Click here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery and video on your mobile device DALLAS — Not four minutes into the first quarter, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic brought the ball up the left side of the floor, checked the distance between him and Warriors guard Alec Burks, stepped back and uncorked a 3-pointer. All Burks could do after watching the ball swish through the net was drop his arms, let out an exasperated sigh and jog back on offense.One night after a feel-good win in …
The economic empowerment of womenis to get special attention during thisyear’s Women’s Month programme.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana beat drums to inform the nation to heed the call of the 2011 Women’s Day campaigns.(Image: GCIS) Women converge on the Union Buildingsin 1956 to voice their protest againstthe demeaning pass laws of the time.(Image: African National Congress) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sibani Mngadi Media liaison, Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities +27 12 359 0024 or +27 82 772 0106 RELATED ARTICLES • SA women marine pilots make history • Women’s rights in SA to advance • Iraqi gender activists learn from SA • Obama inspires tomorrow’s leaders• Non-violence campaign kicks off in SASource: BuaNewsThis year’s Women’s Month programme will focus on empowering the country’s women, said Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana at the launch of the month-long event.“We will use Women’s Month to highlight the economic empowerment of women as a critical element of success for South Africa’s efforts to achieve the targets on economic growth,” said Xingwana. “This includes the creation of five-million jobs within the next 10 years, as outlined in the New Growth Plan.”The 2011 programme emphasises the role of women as equal partners in the economic, social and cultural development of society, and also aims at ending economic marginalisation of women.The highlight of the month is the observation of the annual National Women’s Day on 9 August and this year the celebrations take place under the theme Working together to enhance women’s opportunities to economic empowerment.The national event takes place at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo province, with President Jacob Zuma as the main speaker.The day – and the month – commemorates the epic march, on 9 August 1956, of 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the seat of South Africa’s government.The women were protesting against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act, commonly known as the pass laws of 1950. The pass book, a demeaning requirement, was an identification document that black people were ordered to carry around with them at the time.The feisty group left bundles of petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at the office doors of then-Prime Minister JG Strijdom, and stood silently for 30 minutes outside his office.En route the women sang a protest song that was composed especially for the occasion and aimed at Strijdom – “Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo!” (You strike a woman, you strike a rock).In 2006, a re-enactment of the march was staged for its 50th anniversary, with many of the veterans reprising their roles.Addressing the status of women in South AfricaThis year’s Women’s Month kicked off with the three-day National Women’s Conference of more than 800 women from across the country. The conference is taking place in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, from 1 to 3 August.The conference creates a platform for engagement on key issues affecting the status of women in the country.Xingwana said the objective of the gathering is to discuss and resolve key policy considerations to be included in the Gender Equality Bill, which is being developed to increase women’s participation in all sectors of society.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, said Xingwana, is expected to respond to key issues raised by women when he delivers the conference’s closing address.Another conference that centres on the economic empowerment of women, said Xingwana, will take place on 11 and 12 August at the International Conference Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.She said that the event will review progress and identify measures needed to advance women’s empowerment as a prerequisite for global economic competitiveness.Honouring the country’s heroinesThis year, South Africa lost Albertina Sisulu, and Nonkumbi Bertha Gxowa died in November 2010. Both stalwarts were part of the 20 000-strong group that protested outside the Union Buildings in 1956.Xingwana said: “We owe it to Mama Gxowa and Mama Sisulu, and many other fallen heroines of the struggle for gender equality and freedom, to make this Women’s Month programme a success.”On 18 August, said the deputy minister of Human Settlements, Zoliswa Kota-Fredericks, her ministry will hand over 55 of the 1 956 houses built in the town of Brandfort, Free State province, to commemorate the 1956 women’s march.Brandfort is where Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela and a struggle veteran in her own right, was put under house arrest in 1977 by the apartheid government.The Department of Public Works will also run a programme encouraging indigenous building methods in Limpopo. These techniques were traditionally led by women.The departments of Trade and Industry, Correctional Services as well as Social Development, to mention but a few, also have a line-up of activities to celebrate Women’s Month.
alex williams Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news#NYT Steve Ballmer is not shy about switching out management of the Windows Azure group. First we saw Ray Ozzie leave Microsoft. He left after Windows Azure became part of Bob Muglia’s responsibilities. Now Muglia is no longer the executive Ballmer wants to run the Server & Tools Business (STB), the division that oversees Windows Azure. In turn, Muglia will also be leaving Microsoft after the transition to new leadership.Ballmer’s new choice to lead STB depends on who has the experience to manage what the group sees as its main goals for the year ahead and beyond. It’s a critical decision. Ballmer has made the point often that the cloud represent Microsoft’s future.A quick look at the jobs Microsoft has open in the STB group gives insight into what that future may look like. STB is arguably the fastest growing part of the company. In the past week alone, there have been about 100 new job listings for positions in the division. Muglia’s position is not listed there but you can see what kind of roles are being developed and the skill sets required to do the work. Matching those job descriptions to the direction of the group and you can start to see some patterns.In particular, you see the leadership established by Muglia and Ozzie. Ozzie set the vision for Windows Azure and in many respect, Muglia served as its general, executing on the strategy.Under their successful leadership, Azure has moved from a cloud platform to one that seeks to extend into the all devices, embedded in every aspect of our lives. It’s an approach that means Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 devices will have a future tied to the cloud. Mobile proliferation, smart operating systems and distributed networks are trends that will last at least a decade. You can see the influence of these movements in multiple ways on the Windows Azure group.Most of the positions we see on the Microsoft job search site are in software engineering. The team is also in need for people to do Web development, program management, consulting, operations, IT, marketing, research and sales. There are a few, though, that tell a larger story about Windows Azure future direction.For example, a marketing management position gives deeper insights into how these trends play into the Azure strategy and what the new leader will need to do in order to succeed. The description is testament to the influence the Windows Azure leadership has had on the group’s direction. The description refers to a post by Ray Ozzie about the paradigm of continuous services and connected devices. If you will recall, we wrote last week about a Flickr app on Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 that synchronizes, in particular for a smartphone or tablet device. We are told this will be an ongoing story for Microsoft in the year ahead.Here’s the lead to a description for the marketing manager position:Do you want to join one of the fastest growing and energized groups at Microsoft? Are you interested in Microsoft’s strategy for expanding Windows and the Cloud to Specialized Devices? These Specialized Devices range from in-car infotainment systems, Digital Signage, Enterprise Handheld, Point of Service, Thin Clients, Industrial Controllers, Server Appliances, Connected TV and more. The Windows Embedded Business is impacting a number of industry and vertical segments including Automotive, Retail, Medical, Industrial Automation, Energy, Safety and Surveillance, and Consumer Electronics. The devices and scenarios our product and service enable are at the forefront Ray Ozzie’s “Continuous services / Connected Devices” paradigm (see http://ozzie.net/docs/dawn-of-a-new-day for more).From this we see a strategy that is moving off the PC and to the device. It plays into the need to develop services for the automobile, industrial equipment, consumer electronics and other devices.R “Ray” Wang, principal analyst and CEO of the Constellation Group, said that Muglia has been instrumental in building out the Azure group. His absence will be greatly missed.“Bob was instrumental in Microsoft building out its cloud strategy,” Wang said in an interview today. “A lot of the stuff he was doing on Azure was foundational to Microsoft’s future.”From our perspective, this seems more like a cultural shift. The world of connected devices and synchronized continuous services may be better lead by someone who has had a deeper role in developing a new generation of technologies more suited to a distributed world than the one where the PC was the once and only king. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
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Last week, Yoko Ono Lennon visited Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo to speak about childhood hunger and share details on worldwide efforts to combat the issue through Hard Rock’s 6th annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, benefiting WhyHunger and grassroots partners combating childhood hunger and poverty worldwide.Yoko Ono Supports Hard Rock’s 6th annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaignCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Tsutomu Fujita AP Images for InvisionTaiwanese pop band Mayday, also joined Yoko at the event to support the cause with a live acoustic performance and memorabilia donation to Hard Rock’s world famous collection with funds from the donation directly supporting the campaign.Yoko Ono Lennon appears at Hard Rock Cafe Tokyo on Thursday, December 5, 2013, to speak about her efforts to eliminate childhood hunger worldwide through Hard Rock’s 6th annual IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaignCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Tsutomu Fujita AP Images for InvisionYoko Ono Lennon and Mayday appear at Hard Rock Cafe TokyoCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Tsutomu Fujita AP Images for Invision
Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation, will host the 9th annual SeaChange Summer Party this weekend.This year’s Summer Garden Party will honor multi-hyphenate and Oceana supporter, Seth MacFarlane and will include a world-class auction and cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet seated dinner and exciting live auction and program. The night will end with a SeaChange Post-Party Lounge, where guests can dance under the stars. Presenting sponsor for the event is BMWi. To learn more please click here.Ted Danson will emcee the evening, and expected to attend are Jeff Goldblum Sam Waterston, Cheryl Hines, Mary Steenburgen, Angela Kinsey, Debby Ryan, Aaron Peirsol, Jessica Barth, Leonor Varela and Sally Pressman.WHEN: Saturday, July 30th (RSVP REQUIRED) WHERE: Private Estate, Laguna Beach CA
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s new governor and attorney general moved quickly Wednesday to review the legality of a contentious state deal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes.Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her request for a legal opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat who welcomed the opportunity and expressed concern with a law that facilitated the agreement between the state and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. Such opinions, while not the same as legal rulings, are considered to bind state agencies unless reversed by a court. Both Whitmer and Nessel had questioned the deal before taking office Tuesday.The Republican-led Legislature and GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder rushed to enact the law after Whitmer was elected in November. The new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority then quickly approved the proposal to drill a tunnel through bedrock up to 100 feet (30.4 metres) below the more than 4-mile-wide (6.4 kilometre) channel that links Lakes Huron and Michigan. A new segment of pipeline would extend through the tunnel, replacing twin pipes that have lain along the lake bed since 1953. They are part of Enbridge’s Line 5, which carries crude oil and natural gas liquids used in propane from Superior, Wisconsin, through northern Michigan to refineries in Sarnia, Ontario.“There are serious and significant concerns regarding (Public Act) 359, which the previous governor and legislature initiated and passed without the care and caution one would expect for an issue that will have a monumental impact on our state,” Nessel said in a statement.Whitmer said resolving any legal uncertainty over the law, the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and the panel’s speedy approval of the agreement “is necessary to assure that we can take all action necessary to protect the Great Lakes, protect our drinking water and protect Michigan jobs.”Line 5 has drawn fierce criticism in recent years from environmental groups, native tribes and tourism-related businesses fearful of a rupture that, according to worst-case scenarios outlined by university researchers, could pollute hundreds of miles of Great Lakes shoreline.Enbridge has steadfastly defended the pipelines, contending they are in sound condition and could last indefinitely. But with public pressure mounting amid reports of gaps in protective coating and dents from a ship anchor strike in April, the company embraced the tunnel option.Whitmer asked Nessel six legal questions, including whether a requirement that authority members serve six years or more violates a constitutional four-year limit for newly created commissions. She also wants to know whether the new law improperly made changes to a 1952 law.David Eggert, The Associated Press
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has released a review of hydraulic fracturing. The report, prepared by a three-member panel makes 97 recommendations the focus on environmental impacts and knowledge gaps about the industry.The report focused on four main areas, water quality, water quantity, induced seismicity, and fugitive emissions. The panel also reviewed how hydraulic fracturing impacts human health, impacts on environmental health, and cumulative effects of the process. The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources says they will take a phased approach to implement the scientific panel’s 97 recommendations. In May of 2019, the Province will release its short-term plan and in December the long-term plan.Read the full report below.The Province says they have already started to make changes to now the OGC regulates dams and water storage, new regulations for orphaned well sites and instructing the OGC to work more with Treaty 8 members.
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines may be sold or shut down, Malaysia’s leader said Tuesday, the latest bad news for a carrier that has been in crisis since suffering the loss of two planes. The 71-year-old airline has been on the ropes since 2014 when Flight MH370 disappeared and MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made missile over war-torn Ukraine. With the carrier teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, sovereign wealth fund Khazanah stepped in to take it over several years ago and major reforms were instituted, including cutting thousands of staff. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! But it has continued to fare poorly and its performance was blamed in large part for a set of poor financial results released by Khazanah last week. Responding to questions about the airline’s future, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters in parliament: “I think it is a very serious matter, to shut down the national airline. “We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Official news agency Bernama reported that Khazanah last week posted a pre-tax loss of 6.3 billion ringgit (USD 1.54 billion) for 2018, compared with a pre-tax profit of 2.9 billion ringgit the year before. Mahathir, 93 and in his second stint as premier, is seeking to reduce a mammoth national debt inherited from the previous, corruption-plagued regime. Malaysia Airlines said in a statement it had been “working closely” with Khazanah on the next phase of its turnaround plan since September. The disappearance of Flight MH370, which was carrying 239 people, remains one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries, and successive searches have failed to find the plane.
Mumbai: Mumbai’s Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deven Bharti was transferred on Sunday after the Election Commission (EC) asked the Maharashtra government to shift him, an official said. Bharti became the city’s joint commissioner of police (law and order) in April 2015 and was the longest serving officer on the post. The Maharashtra government had earlier sent a proposal to EC for continuing Bharti on the post, but it was rejected. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The EC directed the state government on Saturday to shift Bharti following which he transferred, a senior official told PTI, adding that his new posting was yet to be decided. Meanwhile, a search for Bharti’s successor was on, he said, adding that the post will be filled soon. The 1994-batch IPS officer conducted investigations in several high-profile cases, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and journalist J Dey’s killing. He was also instrumental in breaking the backbone of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen in the state.