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Ronaldo, Bale and Griezman in running for UEFA award

first_imgRonaldo led Real Madrid to the Champions League title and his country Portugal to glory at Euro 2016.Bale, who also plays for Real, played a major part in Wales reaching the semi-finals of the tournament in France.Griezman finished top scorer in the event and also reached the Champions League decider with his club.last_img

Sugar dispute another manifestation of the Administration’s misadventure in sugar

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU has seen, in several sections of the media, reports regarding the status of the $30 billion bond that was secured by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) to recapitalise the estates under the stewardship of the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo).The bond had come into being after the seemingly clandestine transfer of the Corporation’s shares, among other things, to the Government’s holding company.The March 29, 2018 Stabroek News reported that the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of NICIL, which apparently was instrumental in the bond’s birthing, said it would “…provide a much-needed capital injection, support infrastructure maintenance… and develop new co-generation capacity to support estate operations and sell to the national power grid”.Our Union, as a concerned stakeholder, after learning about the bond through media reports, sought an audience with NICIL-SPU and the GuySuCo regarding its plans for the large sum it was intent at that time to borrow. At an April 19, 2018 meeting with officials of the sugar corporation and the SPU, the GAWU learnt that monies were earmarked towards improving cane production and productivity, as well as enhancing factory operations. Sums, we were told too, were identified for ventures into electricity generation and plantation white sugar.The GAWU, at that time, while welcoming the ideas, did express concern that it appeared there was no firm plan to guide how the monies that would be secured would finally be spent. To that end, we urged NICIL-SPU and the GuySuCo to collaborate on working out the finer details of that plan. We even went as far as offering views to allow for a more rounded and well-thought-out road map.Notwithstanding what we felt was a valuable suggestion, the bodies charged with managing the affairs of the sugar industry have apparently not worked out a proper and workable plan. That suggestion, we must add, the GAWU has reiterated on many occasions.We should not fail to add that Finance Minister Winston Jordan, responding to questions posed to him in Parliament by the Opposition, did say that a plan was worked out. We, sadly, have to say that we take the Minister’s utterances with a pinch of salt; as, if such a plan does really exist, it must be the most closely-guarded secret in the history of Guyana.Moreover, had such a plan really been a reality, the lamentations by NICIL’s Head (ag), Mr Colvin Heath-London, and the responses by the Corporation’s CEO, Dr Harold Davis Jr, we believe would not have been heard. Undoubtedly, the plan, among other things, would have clearly set out the parameters for disbursements and accountability.Rather than ironing out these matters very early on, we see the apparent chasms rising to the surface, and complaints and disagreements between NICIL-SPU and GuySuCo appearing ever so often.Also of concern to us is that, so far, though roughly a quarter of the bond has been disbursed, no tangible progress has been seen. We recall that the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, had previously expressed concern about the lag between implementation and securing of the funds, and the heavy interest costs that would have to be borne in the intervening period.From all appearances, the Opposition Leader was right; as NICIL, according to the media, will channel to the bondholders several hundred million dollars in interest, while the specific capital which was to work to secure the industry’s viability, it seems, appears nowhere on the horizon.Concerns, we see too, were expressed by NICIL regarding the probability of default. This is something that is not in our interest, especially considering that the bond has essentially mortgaged the assets of the Guyanese people. For current and future generations of Guyanese, this would be an unwelcome disaster.The entire imbroglio that is unfolding we see as yet another manifestation of the Administration’s misadventure and undoubted poor policy making regarding the sugar industry; which will further negatively impact national interests. As we well know, the Government’s action and/or inaction regarding the industry has been one of the more difficult times of our nation’s recent history. It is a period which has seen the largest retrenchment exercise in Guyana’s history, and a period that has brought about tremendous hardship and grave difficulty for thousands of Guyanese people of varying walks of life.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 30th JuneThe Big Breakfast: A big thank you to everyone who supported the Big Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday morning, the number of people who turned up was excellent and we hope you enjoyed your meal. Thanks to John Peter, Paul, Oisín, Carl, Malacy, Kevin, Adrian, Calvin, Alan, Ronan, Noel, John C, and especially club members and great stalwarts Rosemarie and Mark for pulling us out of the fire and into the kitchen. Also special thanks to Grant Butchers and Doherty Cafes for the scones and Roisin Doherty (X) who must have been baking all Saturday. To Frances Sarsfield for the bain maries and gel and of course John Peter for the appliances. Sam Maguire Visit: Buncrana GAA will have Sam for a couple of hours on Saturday the 29th of June before it returns to Croke Park on 1st July, before hopefully returning to us in September! If anyone did not get a chance to get their photograph taken on previous occasions please contact Pauline Grant on 086 081 2429 and if we can facilitate you we will.Good Luck: Good luck to Sam Doherty (Roe), Paul Nelson and Aedan Stokes who have been selected for the Ulster Elite U16 Hurling Team who will travel to Jordanstown for a residential training camp. This is a fantastic honour for the boys, well done form everyone at the club. Senior Ladies Football: The Junior Championship draw was made at the County Board meeting on Monday night and our senior ladies have been drawn against Convoy in the preliminary round, with the first leg to played on the 7th July in Convoy. The team are continuing to preparation for the Championship and the remaining league fixtures and would welcome all support at games.Girls Football: The under 14 girls played Urris in the Scarvey on Thursday night. The young Buncrana side found it tough in the first half against a very physical and strong Urris team. Despite Buncrana having most of the scoring opportunities they failed to convert them into scores and the Urris fullback line and goalkeeper did a good job of keeping their side ahead going into half time.Buncrana started the second half well and took the game to Urris. The work rate from all of the team was clear to be seen and they dominated most of the play and started to put together some good team and support play. The Urris backline continued with their strong defending and managed to send the ball upfield to steal a few scores. Despite the ball staying in the Urris half of the pitch for most of the second half the final scoreline was Buncrana 3-07 Urris 5-08. The scorers for Buncrana were Aislinn Browne 2-01, Cortney Clare 1-0, Rachel Mc Laughlin 0-2 and Leah Mc Daid, Abaigh Stokes, Chloe Grant and Shauna Coyle all scored 1 point each. All in all the team can take pride in the way that they kept driving on and their never give up attitude augers well for their remaining matches.Girls football training is on Monday night at 7.00pm sharp. Open to all girls from the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. New players are also welcome. Please bring your own water bottle.U5 and U6 Gaelic Games: Under 5s and 6s sessions continues on Saturday mornings at 11.15am sharp in at the Scarvey. The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on European wide research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment.U8 Hurling: U8 Hurling will continue on Wednesdays at 5.30-6.30pm in Crana College. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Hurling in a fun, safe environment.U8 Football: U8 Football will continue on Friday at 6.30pm, new members are always welcome.U9/U10 Football: U9 Football (for children born in 2004) and U10 Football (for children born in 2003) is on Friday evenings in the Scarvey from 6:30pm. New players are always welcome. U12 Football: The training times are as follows: Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm and Friday 7.00-8.30pm. League matches are held each Monday evening. Mouthguards are now compulsory for all training as well as matches. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Gaelic football in a fun, safe environment.U14 Hurling: Buncrana U14 Hurlers made the trip to Dunloy Co. Antrim last weekend to take part in the Ulster Féile. The boys travelled without several key players due to injury and holiday commitments, but still had a strong panel to pick from. Carryduff (Down) were the boys first opponents in a game that proved to be the teams worst performance to date, although a easy win was recorded the boys themselves know that this standard was not up to scratch.Antrim kingpins Dunloy were up next, and it was a different Buncrana side that took the field. Dunloy dominated the early exchanges until the Scarvey boys settled and began to take control, from the resumption of the second half Ben (Roe) Doherty and Dylan Duffy fired Buncrana back into contention and in command of the game. At the final whistle most spectators around the ground, even Dunloy management, had Buncrana winning by 2 points, except the ref – who’s score card is the only one that counts. The boys took it on the chin and got on with the final game against Carrickmore (Tyrone) and again ran out convincing winners.Apart from the aforementioned players, Jason Campbell in goals had a day to remember and he was supported by a tight group of defenders, Fiachra Mac Lochlainn, Oisín Hegarty, Cathal Óg Wilson, John Vaughan, Mathew Wilson, and PJ Mc Carron. Darren Connolly was a revelation in the middle of the field and for a player who only took up hurling in recent years he is maturing into a fine committed hurler. Up front Dylan and Ben were well supported by Aaron Craig, Gavin Kelly, Liam O’Doherty, Mark Craig, Oisin (Roe) Doherty and Ryan Hegarty. Next up is the championship semi-final against St Eunans at the Scarvey on Tuesday night at 7pm and all support is very welcome.Lotto: The winning numbers in the lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 4th June in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 4-14-26-27There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants:Eamon McDermott, BallymaganSiobhra O’Flaherty, BuncranaFrances Doherty, BurwoodMarain Duffy, LisfannonEoina McClean, BallyshannonClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at [email protected] to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at [email protected] by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on or @buncranagaa, or visit our website NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB SAYS A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ FOR BIG BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER was last modified: June 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB SAYS A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ FOR BIG BREAKFAST FUNDRAISERlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Family Mediation ServiceOPEN DAY TUESDAY, 20th OCTOBER 2015 – 11.00 to 5.00ALL WELCOMEStaff members available to answer queries about personal and professional referrals to the Family Mediation Service.Mediation Information booklets available.Opportunity to meet other family support practitioners.Light refreshments provided with scheduled talks.SCHEDULED EVENTS11.30 – ‘Family Mediation’ 10 min talk followed by Q&A1.30 – ‘Family Mediation’ 10 min talk followed by Q&A4.30 – ‘Family Mediation’ 10 min talk followed by Q&AOffice Location: 3rd Floor Riverfront House, Pearse Road, LetterkennyOffice Hours: Mon – Tues 9-5 & Wed 9-12.30. T: 074 91 02240All Open Day email queries to [email protected] or [email protected] THE FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICEWHAT WE DOWe provide mediation for families, with our primary focus being separating or divorcing couples with children. Mediation is a way of helping people in conflict voluntarily come to their own informed mutually acceptable outcome in a safe and confidential manner. This is done with the help of the mediator: an independent third person acting in non-judgement. Our trained and accredited mediators work to the Code of Ethics and Practice of The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland.For separating couples, mediation focuses on their parenting conflicts during and after separation, with a view to better outcomes for their children and the whole family. It is a very child-focused and pragmatic approach that helps families through the transition of separation. We help parents draw up a usable parenting plan to guide them through the changes. Finances and property are also addressed: this allows the parents to deal with everyday money issues and living arrangements. It also means they can have an agreed plan to present if they are then choosing to separate formally or legally.Mediation works due to the skill of the mediator in helping people find a course through stormy emotional waters with a clear, pragmatic and empathic approach.Family mediation is often but erroneously presented as a ‘cheaper, faster way of getting a Divorce’. Mediation is an alternative to a court-imposed outcome: however sustainable decisions for children and families in conflict should not be made hastily or be perceived as something that can be done at ‘low cost’. In recognition that separation can be a time of additional costs to families, our Service helps by providing mediation with no fee payable by our clients. Mediation is also often seen as an alternative to solicitors, when in fact people still need good legal advice when making certain decisions. Indeed as we encourage our clients to make informed decisions, time is always made in mediation when people need advice or specialist information – whether on parenting, finances or legal issues.Another common misconception is that family mediation tries to reconcile separating couples. We step in when one or both people have made their decision to separate. If they change their minds during mediation, we refer them to counselling. And while mediation can have a therapeutic benefit, it is not about fixing the difficulties that resulted in the couple separating. When people need support to deal with their relationship breakdown, we refer them to personal one-to-one counselling and also to separation counselling (where available).Our Service is available to all couples, whether or not married or in a Civil Partnership – and whether or not they have children. Mediation can also help with other disputes within families, for example between adult siblings or with grandparents. People are always welcome to phone us to explore if mediation can be of help.HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR FAMILY MEDIATION IN DONEGALAs mediation is voluntary we need to hear from both people before offering an appointment so both people need to phone us on 074 91 02240. When people phone us they will be asked for their contact details, the name of their spouse or partner and names and ages of any children. When both people have confirmed they are interested in attending mediation, they are sent a confirmation letter and an appointment will then be sent out as soon as one is available. As the Letterkenny office is part-time only, there will always be a waiting period before the first appointment. We always aim to keep this waiting period to a minimum and we will let you know what current waiting times are when you call us.The first appointment is for you both to meet your mediator and to hear more about how mediation works. In talking with you jointly and on a one-to-one basis, your mediator will help with the decision whether mediation is best suited to your circumstances. If it is suitable, the mediator will then discuss with you what preparation you may need to do for the next appointment when the mediation work itself starts. Most people will need several mediation appointments to give full attention to all the issues that need to be looked at. Your mediator will help you plan to make the best use of your time during these appointments. Agreements reached in mediation will be written up for you by your mediator: this document can then be used as the basis of a legal separation agreement or Divorce application if you are at that stage in your separation.The Donegal branch of the Family Mediation Service is on the third floor of Riverfront House on Pearse Road in Letterkenny.WHO WE AREWe are part of a nationwide Service provided by the State which first started as a three year pilot in 1986 in Dublin. We have worked under various government departments over the years and are now part of the Department of Justice under the auspices of the Legal Aid Board. There are with seventeen Family Mediation Service offices across the country, including a Court based service at Dolphin House in Dublin. Several pilots for other Court based services are currently underway. The Letterkenny office was opened in 2006. TAKES PART IN MEDIATION AWARENESS WEEK was last modified: October 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMEDIATION AWARNESS WEEKlast_img read more

Kendrick Perkins continues his quest to be Warriors’ Public Enemy No. 1

first_imgCongratulate Kendrick Perkins on his new job. He is apparently now the official keeper of Kevin Durant’s legacy.Perkins and Durant were teammates at Oklahoma City for five seasons. Apparently they remain good friends.Perkins was at Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June when his buddy went down with a torn Achilles. After the game, he was interviewed by Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. Perkins said he had told Durant not to play, and was highly critical of the Warriors for letting him.And it …last_img read more

Pan South African Language Board

first_imgThe Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) promotes multilingualism in South Africa by fostering the development of all 11 official languages, while encouraging the use of the many other languages spoken in the country.Linguistic human rights and advocacyPanSALB is mandated by law to investigate complaints about language rights violations from any individual, organisation or institution.PanSALB conducts hearings at which complainants and respondents are present, and depending on its findings may recommend steps to be taken by the department or institution concerned.In May 2004, PanSALB launched a campaign to raise the public’s awareness of their right to be served in their own language at government institutions.Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Pretoria, PanSALB chief executive Cynthia Marivate said the public should complain to PanSALB if public servants refused to serve them in their language.“This is not only limited to written information”, Marivate said. “Even verbal information should be communicated through the language citizens best understand.”She said it was the responsibility of government to get interpreters of all official languages at its key delivery service points.Language policy and lawPanSALB worked closely with the Department of Arts and Culture on its national policy for language use in government in higher education, launched in 2003, as well as on the South African Languages Bill and a number of initiatives to ensure that South Africa has the human resources needed to implement the Bill when it becomes law.These initiatives, announced in March 2004, include a government bursary scheme for postgraduate studies in language, interpreting and translation, and the setting up of language research and development centres to focus on nine of SA’s 11 indigenous languages: seSotho sa Lebowa, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.Lexicography and terminology developmentAnother of PanSALB’s focus areas is that of lexicography and terminology development.Nine National Lexicography Units were registered in 2001, their task being to compile monolingual explanatory dictionaries and other products to help with language development.The Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, and isiXhosa units have published a number of volumes of their monolingual dictionaries.The Tshivenda Lexicography Unit, based at the University of Venda, launched the world’s first Tshivenda dictionary in July 2004, and said it expected to publish the final draft in 2006 or 2007.The lexicography units are based at tertiary institutions throughout South Africa. Each unit is managed by a board of directors and registered as a Section 21 (not-for-profit) company, which allows the unit autonomy to raise funds to carry on its work.Electronic translationPanSALB has also established an electronic translation programme in conjunction with Afrilingo, a company that has translated English computer programmes into isiZulu, isiXhosa, seTswana, Sesotho and Afrikaans.Afrilingo marketing and programme developer Thami Olivier said in May 2004 that the programme had been introduced at the Motheo and Mangaung district municipalities in the Free State, and that Afrilingo was working on translations into the five other South African languages.“By typing a word, you will get its translation in your preferred language, and when you click the volume icon box you will hear how it is pronounced”, Olivier said.“Our aim is to break down language barriers”, he said, adding that copies of the programme had been distributed to South Africa’s embassies in the United States.“This helps tourists to know the basics of language before they arrive in South Africa.”Khoi and San National Language BodyThis body was established in 1999 to promote and develop the Khoi and San languages. The body has been conducting surveys in communities where the Khoi and San languages are spoken, in order to record and standardise terminology.The Khoi and San languages were spoken by the earlier inhabitants of the southern part of Africa.Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe commission’s main purpose is to promote respect for the rights and interests of South Africa’s various cultural, religious and linguistic communities.The 17-member commission has the power to:Monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on any issue concerning the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities.Facilitate the resolution of conflicts or friction between any such community and an organ of state.Receive and deal with complaints and requests by cultural, religious or linguistic communities.Convene a yearly national conference of delegates from the various religious, cultural and linguistic communities and governmental and non-governmental role players.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Maths and science the fun way

first_imgMatric pupils line up to get their movie snacks, at an EduC8 event. The EduC8 initiative puts the fun into revising maths and science.(Images: Edusynergy) MEDIA CONTACTS • Martin Sweet  MD, Primestars  +27 11 562 6350 RELATED ARTICLES • SA education project wins top award • Board game makes Aids education fun • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • Education at the movies • Putting education firstAnish AbrahamLocal mobile operator 8ta has teamed up with other corporate partners and the Department of Basic Education to take EduC8, a nationwide matric maths and science revision campaign, to more locations across South Africa.What makes this programme especially interesting is that the revision programmes are screened simultaneously at several Ster-Kinekor theatres across the country. Following the screening, students are then able to interact with, and pose questions to subject advisors present at the screenings.Launched in July 2011, EduC8 is a partnership between 8ta, BHP Billiton, marketing firm Primestars, the Department of Basic Education, Samsung and the National Youth Development Agency. In 2012 chemicals manufacturer AECI and training company Sakhisisizwe have come on board to enable the programme to be screened in more locations, including eMalahleni (formerly Witbank), Richards Bay, Polokwane and Kuruman.The latest screening took place at Ster-Kinekor in Sandton City, north of Johannesburg, where officials from the various sponsors as well as science and technology minister Naledi Pandor joined over a hundred matric students early on a Sunday morning.To the delight of the students, the organisers also roped in popular local entertainer and comedian Mpho “Pops” Modikoane, as well as Miss South Africa Teen, Celeste Khumalo.According to Primestars MD Martin Sweet, the schools taking part in the EduC8 programme are chosen by the department – though they can also be added through the request of a sponsor – and the more sponsorship that the programme can secure, the greater the number of schools can be accommodated.Education an important toolAddressing the students to huge cheer, Pandor said that South Africa could not become a world class country if its young people were uneducated. “One of the most important tools for human development is education,” she explained.She gave statistics about the declining number of students in the country who are taking maths and science as matric subjects, as well as the importance of performing well in those subjects.“We face the task of providing a huge number of educated people who can tackle the challenges that we face,” she said, adding that it was only through a highly educated workforce that South Africa could compete with its peers in the developing world, like Brazil, India, China and others.Making history with the SKAPandor told the students that South Africa recently made history when it was chosen to host the majority of the Square Kilometre Array, which when completed will be the most powerful radio telescope in the world. A smaller portion of the telescope will be built in Australia.“This is an amazing victory for South Africa and Africa, because for the first time, the continent will host global research infrastructure,” she said, adding that there isn’t such a powerful telescope elsewhere in the world.“By the time we construct it in 2016, most of you will have graduated, and I hope that some of you will be scientists, engineers and astronomers on the project,” she said.She concluded by telling the students that they had made a wise choice by choosing to study maths and science, and urged them to work hard.“You will become the stars of the future,” she said.Pay attention, take advantageMiss South Africa Teen Celeste Khumalo called on the students to pay attention to their teachers, and to ask them for help where needed. She said that she was in a similar situation not too long ago, where she was leaving school and had look for bursaries and make decisions about what career to follow.“When you have nothing to do, you should be studying,” she told them. “Don’t be sitting down doing nothing.”Mpho Pops spoke of the importance of maths in today’s world, illustrating through several jokes that even taxi drivers needed to be good at maths so they’d know whether all the passengers had paid or not.He said that that EduC8 was a great initiative where students could be bussed in and be able to enjoy entertaining revision sessions on the big screen, and urged students to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to them.Before leaving, he made a lasting impression on the students: he first asked them how many of them had plans for what they would do if they won the Lotto – and most of the students raised their hands. When he asked them again about how many had a plan for studying hard, going through university and becoming successful through their work, far fewer stepped forward.His point being made – and understood by the assembled students – he added: “Don’t plan for Lotto, plan for your life.”Partnerships are neededPieter Spies, Telkom Mobile’s MD for sales, said that maths and science played a vital role in the development of the country, and that they were fortunate to have several corporate partners, as well as the department, who were supporting the EduC8 initiative.“We believe public-private partnerships are needed to drive skills development in the country,” he explained.Representatives from other sponsors, including BHP Billiton and AECI, also addressed the students, urging them to study and work hard toward developing their future, and calling on them to consider bursaries, internships and other opportunities available at the respective companies.“We are looking for mining engineers, geologists, geophysicists, chemists – our tagline is ‘resourcing the future’, and we believe that you are part of that future,” said Kevin Morgan from the BHP Billiton chairman’s office.last_img read more

South African literature on stage

first_imgIt has been a tumultuous two decades and South Africa today is a place of great variation. In the literary world, there is a generation of newcomers joining the older voices in unpacking the human condition. (Image:• Fai SuthipinittharmConvenor“Writing South Africa Now”[email protected]• Nadine Gordimer, South Africa’s genius of literature, turns 90• Homegrown artistic talent honoured • The Iliad goes local• South African writes best world children’s book • Festival of poetry and art, wine farms and musicMelissa Jane CookDiversity and freedom will be acknowledged at a one-day colloquium held by the British universities of York and Cambridge to mark South Africa’s 20 years of freedom and democracy.Since the first democratic elections in 1994 and the signing of the Constitution, the country has racked up two decades of realising human rights in a transformed society. With the title “Writing South Africa Now: Twenty Years On” the universities are calling for papers reflecting “on the complex changes and continuities concerning South African literature and literary studies”.It has been a tumultuous two decades and South Africa today is a place of great variation. In the literary world, there is a generation of newcomers joining the older voices in unpacking the human condition. The big names Ivan Vladislavić and Antjie Krog are joined by Niq Mhlongo and Kopano Matlwa in grasping and embracing the complex challenges of social inequality, HIV/Aids, and violent crime. These contentious issues continue in the post-apartheid era. Jonny Steinberg interrogates and explores prisons and Aids clinics, and Lauren Beukes gives a South African spin to cyberpunk. Zoë Wicomb investigates racial identity and inclusion, and Mike Nicol’s characters tough it out on the streets, while JM Coetzee casts his eye to other shores.The 20-year milestone is a time for reflection on the complex changes and continuities in South African literature and literary studies. Questions that will be asked at the colloquium will include ways that post-apartheid texts have responded to the socio-political changes following the downfall of formal apartheid. It will also seek to list the noteworthy new voices of the past two decades, and interrogate how their texts draw on and depart from South African classics. How should scholars go about identifying contemporary currents in a critical landscape that often simplifies or elides any substantive scholarly or social distinctions between “now” and “then”?“Writing South Africa Now: Twenty Years On” will be held on Saturday, 7 June at the University of York, in the city of York, in northern England. The event is the second in a series initiated by the University of Cambridge aimed at making heard new critical voices from the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Convenors will privilege proposals from post-graduate students and early-career researchers dealing with any aspect of South African textual cultures. Possible research fields include but are not restricted to: literature, media, theatre, film, spoken word, publishing, and translation studies.The University of York says that although the conference will be in English, considerations of South African texts produced in other languages are welcome. A range of submissions will help to achieve the colloquium’s overarching goal to facilitate critical conversations across literary genres and relevant disciplines. For this reason, the convenors will also accept proposals based on research being conducted now on South African literature of any period. This will help to place contemporary research projects within broader historical, national and transnational contexts. A concluding interview with professors Derek Attridge and David Attwell from the University of York will encourage questions and further discussion on the conference theme as a whole.last_img read more

With planting finished, it’s time to take a walk

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Finally corn and soybean fields are planted and are up and growing. Now growers need to walk their fields often or hire a professional to identify crop issues that can impact yields.What happens in the next 80 to 90 days will have a major effect on maximizing yield potential. A good tool for scouting plan is the Corn and Soybean pocket Field Guide from Purdue or Ohio State University. Here are some potential problems to monitor.There are corn fields where seedling blights — especially Pythium  — had an effect on the stand, especially in early planted fields. With the wet and cold conditions of early May, soil borne insects including wireworms and seed corn maggots attacked the seed and also hurt the stand. For some fields where 30,000 to 34,000 kernels were dropped, because of seedling blights and insect issues, stands were reduced down to 24,000 to 28,000 plants.With many corn fields planted with the Roundup Ready trait we have become lax in keeping track of weed issues. This year with pre-emerge herbicides applied early and no rain following, weeds have come back and need to be controlled so as to not compete with the growing crop.Take note especially in corn fields for the plants’ response to a lack of nitrogen. After last year’s heavy rains following planting and losing the majority of the field’s nitrogen, many growers in 2016 are having a nitrogen stabilizer added to their nitrogen applications. To maintain the higher corn yields, we need to have the required N amounts into the plant prior to tasseling. If in doubt, use a Pre Sidedress Nitrate Test (PSNT) to determine how much nitrogen is in the ground.Another area to keep track of is the presence of insects in fields in the next several weeks. Armyworm and stalk borer can still attack the later planted corn fields up to July. In fields of continuous corn as well of areas where corn rootworm hatches have occurred, we need to watch for feeding. At times of higher than normal pressure by this insect, we can see more early root feeding that could result in stalk quality and standability issues later in the growing season, which can reduce yield if not harvested early. Depending upon the area, this insect has been found in first-year corn fields following soybeans.In the darker soils of the soybean fields, I have seen bean leaf beetles take out existing plants to the point the growers had to replant in these areas. Under dry growing conditions later on, these pests could cause significant leaf damage and may warrant an insecticide application.As we walk our fields, pay attention to any leaf diseases that have been present in past years. Normally gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight will occur, if the conditions are right, prior to tassel and shortly after tassel. Both of these diseases start at lower areas of the plant and will move up. With the lower grain prices and the high cost of fungicide applications in corn fields, check a current seed guide for the hybrid’s tolerance to both of these foliar diseases. Most hybrids today have very good tolerance to these diseases without yield reduction. An offensive type hybrid without good tolerance to these diseases may need a fungicide application.It is important to note seedling blights or root rots that impacted early soybean stand establishment. When walking soybean fields take a hoop or measuring tape to see what your population is when determining yield potential. In areas where sudden death syndrome or brown stem rot is present, a fungicide application will not help.Taking the time to walk and scout crop fields will help growers stay on top of issues affecting crop growth and yield potential. Due to lower crop prices we need to make sure we are getting the most bushels per acre come fall and to really know what is happening out in our fields, we need to take the time to take a walk.last_img read more

Tablet Developers: Build Productive Apps, Not Games

first_imgdan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Developers have a distinct incentive to build apps for tablets before smartphones. People use their tablets for longer periods of time and tablet apps are easier to monetize than their smartphone counterparts. And, believe it or not, there is a clear area in the app ecosystem for tablets that is being underserved by developers.Tablets hold an outsized influence in the gadget economy. There are many more PCs and laptops in the world than tablets (for now). More than a billion people own a smartphones and adoption is proliferating at an exponential rate. In the second quarter of 2013, tablet shipments across the globe were 45.1 million, according to research firm IDC. That is about 19% of the 236.4 million total smartphones shipped in that same period.Yet tablets see nearly 25% of all mobile usage, according to new stats from analytics firm Mixpanel. People use their tablets for longer periods of time than their smartphones, playing games, reading and using social networks.  Tags:#Android#app developers#iOS#microsoft surface#tablet What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … If you have built a tablet app that people actually use, there is a good chance it is a game. According to Mixpanel’s latest report, 44% of all tablet usage was for gaming. The next four usage categories (social, education, e-commerce and media) account for a combined 27% of all tablet usage. The remaining 29% is divided between categories like travel, enterprise, music, messaging, photography and health. “The biggest clear difference between a tablet and a phone is screen size and I think the best apps will find a way to monetize better on the tablet,” said Mixpanel CEO Suhail Doshi. “More importantly, because you have more real estate you can push the boundaries of design as you are not as restricted as you are with the small screen of a phone.”The easy trap for developers to fall in is to say, “people use games, games make more money, let’s build more games!” Because, you know, when everybody else is doing it, you should be doing it, too. Right?Not exactly. One of the reasons games do better on tablets (and on smartphones) as a category is because both the Apple App Store and Android’s Google Play have tons and tons of games in their respective repositories. Some of those games (like Infinity Blade or Temple Run) are awesome. Some are soul-depleting time suckers (Candy Crush). It truly is the golden age for mobile game developers.Which is exactly why developers should look for the underserved categories of tablet apps. Tablets are custom made to be media consumption devices, for instance. Companies like Flipboard, Zite and Netflix serve this area very well. The New York Times and Washington Post both have fairly new updates to their tablet apps for iOS and Android. But tablets also have great potential for the workers of the world. Mixpanel’s data shows that enterprise-based apps beat only music, messaging, photo & video and dating apps in usage on its network. Health-related apps came in sixth, ahead of travel and enterprise. If you’ve ever used WebMD’s awesome iPad app, you might wonder why health apps for doctors and patients aren’t more of a priority for developers (outside of the draconian but necessary laws about transferring patient data on computers). Doshi says that enterprise-grade apps like Salesforce are just not meant for smartphones. But tablets? Yeah, that would work much better.center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces “There is no way you can really use Salesforce on an iPhone. No way. Salesforce could never build an app for a smartphone that would be sufficient for a person in the real world to use,” Doshi said. “One of the biggest aspects of Salesforce is the reporting. Building complex reports on your phone is basically not possible because there is just not enough space to build all the UI components to build a difficult report.”Mixpanel presents its data as “here are what people are doing, so this is what your opportunity is.” That may be the wrong way to look at it. Media, health, travel, enterprise and music are all market inefficiencies in the tablet app ecosystem. What do developers and entrepreneurs love to do? Correct inefficiency! That makes these app categories opportunities, not areas to be avoided. That goes double for Android tablets. According to Mixpanel, games account for 68% of overall usage for Android tablets. That’s a monopoly ripe for disruption by aspiring entrepreneurs that want to build great tablet experiences for enterprise, education and media on Android.The bottom line? The masses (and the data) will tell you to build a game for iOS. That is the way that everybody is zigging. So why not zag and build where no one else is building, where there are still consumers that need those types of apps?“I think the apps that will start to succeed on tablets are the ones that give you more creative freedom to build something. If you look at Photoshop, for example, you couldn’t ever really build Photoshop on your phone. It would just be too complex to do,” Doshi said. “But, you could do it on a tablet because there are more areas that you can build with, more options that you can mess with. I think you could build a more powerful app. I think that is where there where some of these guys in the middle ground can succeed.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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We need to perform well as a batting unit, says Smith

first_imgSouth African captain Graeme Smith urged his batsmen to pull up their socks ahead of the crucial third and final Test match against India which will start at the Newlands, in Cape Town from Sunday.”Look, we were poor in Durban as a batting unit. We have had some good honest chats about that. As a batting unit we have been pretty successful, but in Durban we lost our minds a little bit. Hopefully we can gather our strength – the top six especially – for this Test,” Smith told reporters on the eve of the third Test.”Everyone has generally got good records here, and we have played well here in the past. It’s a really strong ground for us. We are hoping to use all that and come out and put in a big performance,” Smith said.The skipper feels that toss won’t be a big factor on the outcome of the match. “Even in Durban, I don’t think the toss was that crucial. It kept nipping around the whole game. Most Test wickets have something in the first session, and get better as the game goes on. It will be a good Test wicket.”The Proteas are obviously sulking after their 87-run defeat on bouncy Kingsmead strip where everyone thought that India won’t have a chance.”When you play on a wicket (Kingsmead) like that, the margin of error is small. We probably lacked a bit of tough discipline at times and making the little things count. In the end, we slightly let ourselves down. During key moments, we were not good enough, and India were better than us.”advertisementThe skipper, however, doesn’t have any complaints regarding his team’s bowling.”From bowler’s point of view, we have kept India under 250 in three of the four innings, and if we can maintain that, and maybe get even tighter, we can keep them under a bit of pressure.”Although Smith didn’t comment about some of the debatable decisions that went in India’s favour but did admit that they would also need a slice of luck to turn the tables.”I think it’s fair to say that we lacked a bit of luck, but you make your own luck at times. As a team, it is hard to look at that as a factor for why you were beaten. You have got to be honest and look at the areas you can improve upon.”The honesty around the team has been good. We realise we were not good enough in that game. After starting so well in Pretoria, it was disappointing. Still an opportunity to win the series, and that’s what we want.”The southpaw feels that it’s not only South Africa but India will also equally be under pressure going into the series decider.”These sort of Test matches, when the game is on the line, the pressure is on both teams to perform. It is going to be a tense match. It’s not something that we haven’t experienced before. We were 0-1 down against England last year, and then came back playing well at the Wanderers.”As a team, the confidence runs deep. It’s not just something that erodes after one game. We have played well over a long period of time. It’s just about reassessing the things, tweaking them and getting right in this game. Things that weren?t good in Durban.”The skipper stressed on the mental aspect of playing back-to-back Test matches between a short gap.”Not really. Back-to-back Tests is a more of a mental thing. We have had a good workout yesterday, especially the batsmen. I think if it clears up, the bowlers will do some work in the middle later. As of now, it’s more about mental preparation and execution of plans in the middle.”When asked about the Newlands strip, the skipper answered,”We know that it will have a bit more of bounce and carry than some of the other Newlands wickets we have played on. The ground is looking magnificent, and the nets are the best I have seen in a very long time, which is great.”It’s a wonderful Test to play in. Great to be here, and the crowds are going to be terrific. Probably one of the more knowledgeable crowds in south Africa.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

a month agoArsenal boss Emery: We’ll keep playing out from the back

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’ll keep playing out from the backby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery admits Arsenal must improve their passing out from the back for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.The Gunners’ sloppy distribution against Watford on Saturday saw them blow a two-goal lead to settle for a draw.And Emery is expecting similar high pressure from Frankfurt on Thursday.”To learn is first to have analysis on how we can improve, how we can recover our confidence playing with our objectives, starting and controlling the match, what we are doing with the ball.”Really on Sunday we needed more, that’s what we wanted. We made some mistakes and conceded some goals.”We spoke and we are working yesterday and today on how we can play tomorrow. Frankfurt are usually doing a very high press, with very fast players around the opponents.”Tomorrow we need to improve on the mistakes we made on Sunday to do better. Also we want to achieve another way on the pitch, how we can break the pressing.”After we want to control every game with the ball, with the positioning. We did that on Sunday in the first half, but in the second half we didn’t. And tomorrow is a new challenge, how we are improving, our positioning, our control and our ability to break the press.”Also how we can play the long ball and make some actions in the attacking third, to get the ball, to score and to win the match. Tomorrow is another challenge for us to show we can improve from the game on Sunday.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woes

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Redknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woesby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Redknapp believes West Ham midfielder Declan Rice can fix England’s defensive woes.Michael Keane’s poor form at international level continued in Friday’s loss to Czech Republic.And Redknapp thinks Rice, who operates in midfield for club and country, can do a job alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back.In his column for the Daily Mail, former Three Lions midfielder Redknapp wrote: “Is Declan Rice the answer to England’s problems in defence? I suspect he could be.”I see a centre back in the 20-year-old and that is where his future could lie for club and country, rather than being used solely in midfield.”In the modern game, players are being told to pass it out from the back, and Rice is capable of executing that.”He’d be more than happy to get on the ball and has the intelligence needed to form an effective centre back partnership.”Watch West Ham and you’ll see this young man is excellent at what he does. In the Premier League this season, only two midfielders have made more tackles than Rice.”He also ranks fourth for interceptions and seventh for ball recoveries. I believe he could apply those talents to central defence, too, while being the proficient passer Gareth Southgate wants.” last_img read more

Quebecors Peladeau guilty plea could bar company from bidding on public contracts

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec media mogul Pierre Karl Peladeau says he will challenge a court ruling nearly one month after he pleaded guilty to breaking provincial electoral law, posting on Facebook Monday that he had ignored the consequences for Quebecor Inc.The Quebecor CEO and former Parti Quebecois leader pleaded guilty July 10 to a violation of the Election Act after he personally reimbursed a $137,000 debt racked up by his campaign during the sovereigntist party’s leadership race in 2015. The legislation requires campaign debts to be repaid mainly through public donations.In a message posted to his Facebook page Monday night, Peladeau said his guilty plea could jeopardize Quebecor’s ability to do business with the province due to anti-corruption rules that bar companies with executives convicted under the act from bidding on public contracts.“It has become essential to see things through a perspective of fairness, as much for Quebecor as for its thousands of employees and its clients and partners who were, and still are, completely outside of my choice to get involved in active politics, of my family situation that forced my departure and of my personally reimbursing my campaign debt,” Peladeau wrote.Noting he had voted for the legislation to combat collusion and corruption, the businessman insisted he had “obviously never committed any acts” that would fall under that label.“I never engaged in fraudulent electoral practices, practices for which this law was established. Quite the contrary. I was transparent and I paid my debts. However, the future of thousands of dollars in contractual commitments, ranging from telecom services contracts to production and broadcasting programs…could become uncertain in the future,” he said in the nearly 1,000-word Facebook post.“The Quebec Treasury Board and its president…as well as the premier have the power to declare an exception to the automatic and unqualified application of the Act,” Peladeau added.Quebecor stated Tuesday that public contracts make up “a very small proportion” of its revenue and have “no material impact on the corporation’s profitability.”“We are confident that the matter will be settled in the near future without restricting the corporation’s activities or its public sector clients,” the Montreal-based company said in a release.Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary ran up a $529,000 debt during his 2015 Conservative leadership bid, according to Elections Canada, whose rules prevent candidates from pouring more than $25,000 into their own campaign.Elections Canada rejected a petition from the former “Dragons’ Den” star to let him pay off the debt personally.Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)last_img read more

The NFLs Offseason Carousel Is Mostly Pointless

As my colleague Ben Morris wrote Wednesday, the NFL’s annual free agent market is not, by and large, where Super Bowls are won and lost. At best, it’s a place where teams tread water, paying the going rate for known talents. At worst, it’s where teams waste a ton of money. It’s not hard to see why: Because of “the winner’s curse,” the team that lands a coveted free agent (cough, Ndamukong Suh) is usually the one whose front office overestimated his value by the greatest amount. And with a hard salary cap in place, miscues of that sort mean another aspect of the team is necessarily handicapped with fewer resources as a result.Want more evidence that offseason roster reshuffling is pointless? Going back to the advent of the NFL salary cap (before the 1994 season), I looked at the relationship between the Approximate Value (AV) of veteran players acquired by a team1Via free agency or trades. over the offseason and how much the team’s Simple Rating System (SRS) score improved the following season. Whether you gauge the quality of incoming players using their AV from the prior season alone or their cumulative AV over the preceding three seasons, there’s essentially no connection between how much talent a team adds over the offseason and how much better (or worse) it gets that season.But maybe adding talent is only half the equation. There’s also the matter of preventing talent from leaving by re-signing veterans — or at least maintaining a positive mark in the offseason AV exchange ledger. However, even when looking at net veteran AV gained/lost over the preceding offseason, there’s still no relationship between a team’s ability to hoard proven talent in the offseason and its improvement or decline in the ensuing season.Free agency always feels like one of the most exciting parts of the NFL offseason. But if history is any guide, the vast majority of what happens this week will have little bearing on how much any given team improves or declines next season. read more