Play your part for a better South Africa

first_img13 July 2011 The International Marketing Council of SA (IMC) has added its voice to the Mandela Day drive for civic participation with the launch of Play Your Part, a campaign designed to get all South Africans doing something, whether big or small, to contribute to a better future for all. Speaking at the launch of the initiative at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Wednesday, IMC CEO Miller Matola said: “A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live and who take action by doing something positive, whether big or small, is good for everyone.” Play Your Part encourages ordinary citizens to use whatever resources they have at their disposal – whether time, money, skills or goods – to contribute to positive change in the country. “There are numerous stories and real life experiences ready to be told of people and organisations that are making a positive difference – these stories should be told to lift our spirits and inspire everyone to play their part,” Matola said at the press briefing. Matola said the campaign complements the Mandela Day campaign which is celebrated on Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, asking people to take 67 minutes of their lives to try and make the world a better place – while urging them “make every day a Mandela Day”. To join the movement, people can visit www.playyourpart.co.za, which connects to forgood, a home-grown social network that brings people and groups together for positive change. The forgood social network enables individuals and groups to create their own profiles, interact with others, garner support for their own causes and join in with others, depending on where they live and the things they’re passionate about. “The ethos and legacy of Nelson Mandela is important for the country, and not for a single organisation, because it carries the values of what this great nation should be about and … sets an example of what we should do,” Matola told journalists. “Therefore it is important that we all contribute towards making a difference in the country.”last_img read more

Dalit Professor issued notice for comment on Hindu deity

first_imgA Dalit Assistant Professor in Allahabad University on Saturday said he feared he could be lynched by a mob after an old video showing him making controversial remarks about a Hindu deity was widely circulated on campus.The central university’s administration has served Vikram Harijan, an Assistant Professor in the Medieval and Ancient History department, a show-cause notice for his remarks following a complaint by a delegation of students who claimed they had been offended by Mr. Harijan’s remarks. Mr. Harijan found himself in trouble after a research scholar, Ranjeet Saroj, on August 20 uploaded on YouTube a video showing the faculty member making controversial comments on a Hindu deity. Following the circulation of the video, a delegation of students led by Ashwani Kumar Maurya, joint secretary of the ABVP (Kashi Pranth) wrote to the university’s vice-chancellor on August 27 demanding action against Mr. Harijan. They contended that Mr. Harijan’s “anti-dharma” utterances had “hurt religious sentiments” of the public. Mr. Maurya also lodged a police complaint against the faculty member at the Colonelganj police station.Asserting that he had expressed regret for his comments, if they had hurt anyone’s sentiments, Mr. Harijan told The Hindu, that the video being circulated was, however, at least two years old. The video, which shows the faculty member narrating how as a sixth-standard student he had insulted a Hindu deity but faced no backlash from the deity to push his argument against religion and fears related to it, had been shot at a private event at a hostel in Prayagraj on April 14, 2017, on the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar. “My purpose was to say that our children should move forward on the basis of education, hard work and rationality, not to rely on destiny or fear of god,” he explained. “Faith is the path to superstition,” he added. Mr. Harijan said he had received several threats and casteist slurs over the phone, after the video surfaced last week, and expressed his apprehension of becoming a victim of “mob lynching”. He said he had informed the administration about his fears and had sought protection. “I messaged the Proctor saying that I could be mob lynched, by Hindu fanatics,” he said. Proctor R.S. Dubey said Mr. Harijan had been issued a show-cause notice and further action would be taken after his reply. On the security threat perceived by the Assistant Professor, Mr. Dubey said: “If anyone has a security problem, they should approach the police. I am a teacher, what point is it telling me.”Mr. Harijan contended that the video had been uploaded by Mr. Saroj due to personal animosity against him and caste prejudice. “He did this to show me my aukaat (position in society),” asserted Mr. Harijan, referring to his Jatav caste.Mr. Saroj is also a Dalit but belongs to the Pasi sub-caste, and Mr. Harijan alleged Mr. Saroj considers his caste superior to Jatavs. Mr. Saroj refuted Mr. Harijan’s allegation and said he had uploaded the video as he could no longer tolerate the “repeated” insults to Hinduism by Mr. Harijan. “Does the constitution give you the right for such things? We should respect all religions,” said Mr. Saroj, who is also an activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Ambedkar Mahasabha.last_img read more

17 days agoSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland call

first_imgSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong has replaced Oli McBurnie in the latest Scotland squad.Sheffield United striker McBurnie has withdrawn due to injury.Scotland travel to face Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, before hosting San Marino at Hampden Park three days later.The Tartan Army must beat Russia to keep their hopes of qualification alive. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Paul Haggis Strongly Denies Trio Of New Sexual Misconduct Allegations

first_imgAdvertisement Facing fresh allegations of sexual misconduct, Paul Haggis today postulated that the new charges were a tactic to force a mutimillion dollar settlement or the result of his long estrangement from Scientology.Three women have come forward to accuse Haggis of sexual misconduct after Haleigh Breest filed a civil suit last month accusing the Oscar-winning filmmaker of rape, the Associated Press reports. All three of the women approached Breest’s Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP attorneys with their claims.Christine Lepera, attorney for the 64-year-old screenwriter of Million Dollar Babyand Crash director has denied allegations of non-consensual sex. In fact, the lawyer denies the anonymous claims “in whole” for her client and floats larger moves at play. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: “No one has reached out to anyone on Mr. Haggis’ team other than the press to report this,” Lepera said in a statement to Deadline. “He views the fact that these reports appear to be spearheaded from the law-firm representing Ms. Breest, as a further tactic to try to harm him and continue their effort to obtain money. Mr. Haggis also questions whether Scientology has any role here, which he notes has been attacking him for years with false accusations.” Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

City of Fort St John holds inaugural council meeting

first_imgGrimsrud and Zabinsky during the Councillors’ oath of offcie. Photos by Scott BrooksFollowing the oath of office, Mayor Lori Ackerman made an emotional speech saying that she looks forward to working with the new council.“I want to congratulate those who were elected to represent the city of Fort St. John. I look forward to working with you over the next four years and I appreciate your dedication to council”, said Ackerman.Outgoing councillors Larry Evans and Bruce Christensen were presented with gifts in honour of their service to council.Former Councillors Christensen and Evans surrounded by council as they were presented with parting gifts on behalf of the city. Photo by Scott BrooksThe next city council meeting is on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John held the first inaugural council meeting of the new term at City Hall on Monday night.The Honourable Brian Daley, Provincial Court Judge, was on hand to conduct the Mayor and Councillors’ Oath of Office.Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky were the new councillors among the six to be sworn in at the meeting.last_img read more

Will Herve Renard Coach Moroccos National Team

first_imgRabat- After the Moroccan media published many articles about the failure of Moroccan officials to convince French coach Herve Renard to lead the Moroccan national team, the manager of French FC Sochaux has confirmed that he is in talks with the Moroccan football federation to head Morocco’s Atlas Lions.News website Super Sport recently reported that Herve Renard has confirmed that he is currently in talks with the Royal Moroccan Federation to coach the Atlas Lions national team.According to the same source, Renard said that his agent Youssef Haijoub “has been carrying out negotiations on my behalf with Moroccan officials but there have been many things to clear up there and Morocco is not the only destination on my list at the moment.” Herve, who formerly coached Zambia’s national team, added: “Let’s see what happens from here. In football, you can never say what will happen next. Nothing is certain.”Hassan Benabicha is the interim coach of the national team, but the Moroccan Football Federation is searching for an experienced coach to replace him in preparation for the upcoming African Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Morocco next year.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Can The Vikings Surprise The Packers Again

That could be interpreted in a few ways: Maybe it means that Rodgers’ skills were declining at age 32. The one most favorable to Green Bay, however, is that the roster around Rodgers has improved and that a bounce-back performance from the QB could lead to big things this season. Last year’s NFC North race seemed pretty straightforward, with the Packers favored to take the division for a fifth consecutive season. But after a 6-0 start, Green Bay sputtered to a 4-6 record down the stretch, leaving the door open for the surging Vikings to overtake them with a victory at Lambeau Field on the final day of the regular season. And just like that, the Packers’ NFC North mini-dynasty was no more.Our Elo ratings consider the North far more wide open this season, although the Green Bay Packers are favored to reclaim the division title. And the Pack might have more reasons for optimism than they did last year. For one, Green Bay’s schedule ranks as the second-easiest in football according to Elo, with plenty of winnable games against weak NFC East and AFC South opponents (and the Packers don’t have to play themselves, either, an underrated aspect of schedule strength for good teams). Also, wide receiver Jordy Nelson is back after an injury wiped him out for all of 2015, and there are the usual reports that running back Eddie Lacy has slimmed down.Despite Green Bay’s reputation as a one-man team, there’s evidence that it was less reliant on quarterback Aaron Rodgers than usual last season. The end-of-season Elo ranking for the Packers usually follows Rodgers’s ranking among quarterbacks in defense-adjusted yards above replacement (DYAR), but last season, Green Bay ranked much better in Elo (eighth) than Rodgers did in DYAR (17th): How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division. Here, we look at the NFC North. If the Packers falter again, though, Elo thinks the Minnesota Vikings are poised to take the North. Elo doesn’t know the Vikes lost QB Teddy Bridgewater to a knee injury in preseason, or that they drastically overpaid the Eagles in a trade to bring in Sam Bradford as a replacement. But the damage of that deal will accrue over the long haul; in the short term, Bradford should roughly approximate the production that Minnesota would have gotten out of Bridgewater. And after an otherwise solid offseason, that means the Vikings are on schedule to give Green Bay a run for its money, at least until they have to retool their aging defense.The Detroit Lions are also waiting in the wings after closing out last season with wins in six of their final eight games. The Lions aren’t getting much buzz heading into 2016, and perhaps that’s fair after Calvin Johnson abruptly retired early in the offseason. But the team also ranked among the top half of the league in all three phases of the game last year, and it has the NFL’s easiest schedule this season (according to Elo). The defense is old and Matthew Stafford may not be an Elite QB™ anymore — his most similar retired passers last season were Bernie Kosar, Jeff George, Dave Krieg and Kerry Collins — but it would not be a shock if Detroit finished closer to its 11-5 record of 2014 than the 7-9 mark it posted last season.After this division’s top three, there’s a bit of a drop-off before we get to the Chicago Bears. Chicago hasn’t finished in the top half of the NFL in Elo since 2012, which was (not coincidentally) the last time it had a winning record. Last year, the team continued to be undone by a decidedly un-Bears-like defense — second-worst in football. But Chicago has gone to some lengths to overhaul its D in recent offseasons, so the potential for improvement is there for what was the NFL’s third-youngest defense last year. And the Bears’ offense was surprisingly good in 2015, headlined by a solid passing season for Jay Cutler and a strong ground game (albeit one led by the now-departed Matt Forte). Add in one of the NFL’s easiest schedules, and a Bears renaissance isn’t inconceivable — although it’s unlikely, given the holes in Chicago’s secondary and offensive line.That probably leaves Green Bay and Minnesota as the most plausible division winners, with an outside chance that Detroit will pull off a surprise. But no matter what happens, the NFC North should be entertaining. It’s not the best division in football — it ranks third in average Elo behind the two Wests — and it’s not the most tightly bunched, either — it ranks a distant second behind the NFC East in the standard deviation of team Elo ratings. But it may well combine those two factors — quality and competitiveness — better than any other division in the NFL.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more

The Giants Clustered Their Luck

The 41,911 fans who filed into AT&T Park on June 8 got lucky. It was a perfect, 74-degree Sunday afternoon (instead of the notoriously fickle San Francisco weather), and the sky was filled with glorious sunshine. Those in attendance got a taste of baseball glory, too. The Giants beat the Mets 6-4 that day, making it five wins in a row for Los Gigantes. With that win, they improved to 42-21. A year after stumbling to a 76-86 record, the Giants owned the best record in baseball.They’ve been terrible ever since. San Francisco has lost 16 of its last 21 games, the worst record for any major league team during that time. After owning a 9.5-game lead in the NL West on June 8, the Giants have given most of it up, clinging to a half-game lead on the Dodgers. You can find all kinds of reasons for that swoon. Injuries forced journeyman Tyler Colvin and light-hitting rookie Joe Panik to take on regular playing time, with predictably bad results. Mike Morse, an early-season terror at the plate, hasn’t hit a lick for the past month. And closer Sergio Romo turned into a piñata, becoming former closer Sergio Romo in the process.Few could have predicted such a sharp and sudden drop. But one indicator did suggest that regression was coming, sooner or later: cluster luck.In a late-May Grantland column, I wrote about the concept of cluster luck as a way to explain how a series of good (or bad) events coming one after another can propel or punish a team:Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, presented cluster luck in his book, Trading Bases. Essentially, the concept boils down to this: When a team’s batters cluster hits together to score more runs and a team’s pitchers spread hits apart to allow fewer runs, that’s cluster luck. Say a team tallies nine singles in one game. If all of those singles occur in the same inning, the team would likely score seven runs; if each single occurs in a different inning, however, it’d likely mean a shutout.You’ll sometimes hear a broadcaster talk about a team that scores in bunches, or a pitcher who knows how to scatter hits. But those streaks don’t tend to last very long, since these aren’t sustainable skills for most teams, or players. So when a team has high cluster luck numbers, it usually means its luck isn’t going to last long. Losses are likely around the corner.Sports analyst Ed Feng, proprietor of ThePowerRank.com, calculates cluster luck by using the Base Runs formula to compare actual runs scored and runs allowed to expected runs scored and runs allowed. When that Grantland article ran just over a month ago, Feng had found that the 32-19 Giants ranked second in the majors in cluster luck. And while Giants hitters had bunched hits together about as well as an average team’s hitters would, their pitchers had been astoundingly fortunate, giving up 22 fewer runs than you’d expect over their first 51 games.1Three days after my Grantland article ran, the excellent Colorado Rockies blog Purple Row published an article that noted how the Giants had put up better numbers than any other team both in high-leverage pitching and hitting situations. So cluster luck wasn’t the only factor at work, nor the only one likely to regress.On Wednesday, Feng updated his cluster luck rankings. Below is the ranking of the 30 teams from luckiest to unluckiest:Whatever luck the Giants had earlier in the season, these latest numbers show that their good fortune has almost completely evaporated. A lot of that pullback falls on Romo. From May 29 to June 28, the team’s erstwhile closer allowed 12 hits in nine and two-thirds innings — subpar numbers for a closer, but not necessarily fatal ones, assuming those hits were spread out. They were not. Romo worked four straight perfect innings from June 4 through June 12, with all 12 of those hits coming in just six appearances. All told, opponents blasted him for 10 runs in those six appearances, netting a 16.88 ERA. The biggest beating came on June 13, when the Colorado Rockies clobbered him for four hits, drew a walk and tallied five runs in just one-third of an inning.2The Rockies have been a house of horrors for Romo this year. His past four outings against them netted this line: three innings pitched, 11 hits, 11 runs.The Giants are a talented team, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them contend for the NL West title, and maybe even make a run at the World Series. They have a young ace in Madison Bumgarner, Tim Hudson enjoying a late-career revival, Tim Lincecum suddenly pitching masterfully, All-Stars Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval heating up after lousy starts, excellent first baseman Brandon Belt due back soon after a long stint on the disabled list, and a general manager who’s made lots of aggressive trades in his 18 years at the helm. The cluster luck regression has come, yet they’re still hanging onto first place.We could see more teams experience cluster luck pullbacks, starting with Seattle. The Mariners boast plenty of front-line talent themselves, with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma at the top of the rotation. Robinson Cano is performing about as well as a guy with six home runs can, and 23-year-old Mike Zunino is emerging as a top defensive catcher and dangerous power hitter. Underrated third baseman Kyle Seager is putting up career-best numbers, and the bullpen is leading the American League both in ERA and in fielding-independent metrics. This is also a team with lots of holes, one that has 36-year-old banjo hitter Endy Chavez leading off every day, to name only the most glaring problem. Yet the Mariners are on fire, having won four in a row, 10 of their last 12, and 27 of their last 43 games.That’s what happens when your hitters bunch together hits better than any other team. Through Tuesday, the Mariners had scored 31 more runs than you’d expect from a club with average hit distribution. That Tuesday game offered a Ph.D.-level course in what happens when your hitters click at the same time. Coming into the sixth inning, Seattle clung to a narrow 3-1 lead. The first two batters of the inning reached on a walk and an infield single, followed by two straight groundouts by the lineup’s 1-2 hitters. Then, an outburst. Cano doubled. Seager doubled. Logan Morrison doubled. Zunino doubled. Michael Saunders singled. Finally, Ackley capped the monster inning with a sixth straight Mariners hit, this one an RBI single. All told, Seattle scored seven runs on seven hits in the sixth, an incredibly tough feat to pull off without the benefit of a single homer.None of this is meant to suggest that the Mariners will fall into an immediate slump, the way the Giants did.3Or that teams with poor cluster luck numbers like the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates will suddenly go on monstrous winning streaks and steamroll the rest of the league. There are good reasons to like the chances of all three of those teams, to varying degrees. They have the best pitcher in the American League, and a supporting cast that’s getting increasing contributions from younger players. After sweeping the lowly Astros, they now play seven straight against the struggling White Sox and Twins. And they recently called up top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker from the minors, a far better fifth starter than Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Maurer or others Seattle might have considered.Still, the Ms probably shouldn’t settle for the roster they have now. They already opened the vault for Robinson Cano last winter, and they’ve got the ample TV revenue they’ll need to go after other big talents. The cluster luck beast is lurking in the shadows, and the trade deadline is coming up. Might as well try to fight back. read more

Urban Meyer Ohio State football ready for rivalry game against Wisconsin

The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of only four remaining undefeated teams in college football, but coach Urban Meyer said he has not addressed the topic of potentially being named national champions by the Associated Press with his team. Meyer said he tries “not to control what we can’t control,” since the team is banned from postseason play this season, and that his team’s focus is on playing Wisconsin Saturday. “They know what’s coming,” Meyer said of Saturday’s game. “Our guys know where they’re at.” Redshirt senior cornerback Travis Howard said he and his teammates are approaching the season “one game at a time.” “What we can control is just to go out there and beat every team that we face,” Howard said. “For right now … everyone is just focused on this one opponent, and that’s Wisconsin.” Meyer called this Saturday’s contest, which will kick off at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., at 3:30 p.m., a “rivalry game.” “It’s a rivalry game because we have to understand who you’re playing and what they’ve done the past few years,” Meyer said. “They’re a very good team.” Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Badgers 33-29 at Ohio Stadium. In 2010, the Badgers handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season at Camp Randall. The 2012 season was later vacated by the NCAA as part of sanctions that resulted from Buckeyes players exchanging OSU football memorabilia for free tattoos. Senior defensive end John Simon said the matchup with the Badgers is a “huge game” for the Buckeyes. “This is going to be a tough, tough game for us,” Simon said. “We know they’re going to come in with a chip on their shoulder … we’re doing everything we can this week to prepare and we’ll be up to the challenge.” There is one potential achievement the Buckeyes can control: with a win on Saturday, the Buckeyes clinch the Big Ten Leaders Division title, even though Wisconsin has already clinched a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game due to OSU and Penn State’s postseason bans. Meyer said that he will discuss that with his team. “That’s real important to us,” Meyer said of winning the division title. The Buckeyes clinched a share of the divisional championship after Penn State’s 32-23 loss at Nebraska. Injury update After missing the Buckeyes’ last four games with a broken right fibula, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino is back in the starting lineup, Meyer said Monday. Sabino, sophomore Ryan Shazier and senior Zach Boren, who moved to linebacker from fullback following Sabino’s injury, are the team’s starting linebackers as of Monday, Meyer said. Meyer said senior linebacker Storm Klein will also play off the bench. Freshman cornerback Armani Reeves, who plays on the team’s kickoff coverage unit but has missed the past four games due to injury, is back this week, Meyer said. The news was less positive for freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn, who Meyer said is out for Saturday’s game with an MCL sprain. Meyer said the injury did not require surgery, and that his return for the season finale versus Michigan is questionable. Meyer said starting center junior Corey Linsley is “still a little banged up, but he hopes Linsley will be back at full strength by Wednesday. He also said redshirt senior safety Orhian Johnson was “good to go” for Monday’s practice after suffering a head injury against Illinois. read more

Emilia Clarke: Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Fight Will Be Bigger Than Winterfell

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Game of Thrones’ last season is in full swing, and the “Battle of Winterfell” left many fans in shock, as they watched a long fight between Iron Throne contenders and White Walkers. But, the power struggle is not over yet: According to Emilia Clarke, one of the last episodes will be bigger than Season 8, Episode 3’s deadly showdown.On Wednesday night, Clarke spoke with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about filming the final season of Game of Thrones and what audiences might expect for the last three episodes.“Episode five is bigger,” Clarke told Kimmel. “Episode five is—I mean, four and five and six, they’re all insane, but like…find the biggest TV you can.”It’s likely that Episode 4 could be a transition episode, where the surviving heroes will form a plan of attack against Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister, who are building up the ultimate fleet, as shown in the Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 preview trailer. From what Clarke said though, fans might need to prepare themselves for what’s to come on Episode 5 and Episode 6.The “Battle of Winterfell” wasn’t a typical TV fight though: Season 8, Episode 3 required 55 nights of shooting and 750 people, according to Clarke. The episode, which featured multiple fight scenes between many characters and the Night King’s death, was the longest battle sequence created in TV history, Vox reported.Even though Season 8, Episode 5 is two weeks away, Clarke is making everyone stay on the edge of their seats for now. In the meantime, Season 8, Episode 4 could give fans a better understanding of how some of Westeros plans to take down Cersei Lannister, who will be the “last war” following the “Battle of Winterfell” aftermath.Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 will premiere on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.<em><strong>More on Geek.com:</strong></em>&nbsp;</p><p>More on Geek.com:First Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Photos ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Preview: One Last War to Win‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Say Goodbye to ‘Battle of Winterfell’ Fallen Heroeslast_img read more