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first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In process of naturalization, Brownlee hopes to inspire Filipinos on and off court Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ “These reports have outlined the documented improvements in the organisation’s finance, governance, management, refereeing/judging systems, just to mention a few. “Some of these changes will need the approval of the AIBA Congress early November, and the IOC Executive Board has therefore asked for third and final report following the AIBA Congress to confirm these changes.”Picson questioned some judging decisions against Filipino boxers in Jakarta, complaining Rogen Ladon had been “short-changed” after he was stopped in the flyweight final with a cut and lost on the scorecards up to that point.The judges awarded his Uzbek opponent the first round, in which Ladon appeared to be on top.“You tell me, who won that round? Ladon won that round, no doubt,” Picson said, adding that he hoped AIBA’s interim president, who is a former boxer and coach, could implement changes in time to keep the sport in the Olympics.“Gafur Rakhimov seems bent on satisfying the IOC so we’ll see,” said Picson. “He seems to be exerting a lot of effort to try and straighten things out, that’s a good sign. “He’s been around boxing a long time and he understands what needs to be done. We are hoping he can continue these reforms.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IOC president Thomas Bach said in February that he was “extremely worried about the governance of AIBA”.And though amateur boxing’s under-fire chiefs handed over a crucial report on internal reforms to the IOC in April, the threat remains.“This report shows some progress and goodwill but still lacks execution and substance in some areas,” Bach said in May.“Therefore we retain our right to exclude boxing from Tokyo 2020.”‘The clock is ticking’Philippines boxing chief Ed Picson said he is worried the IOC could carry out their threat.“I hope it doesn’t happen,” he told AFP. “The clock is ticking.”“The IOC seems to think that unless certain drastic measures are applied… it would be justified to pull boxing out of the Olympics,” said Picson, who is secretary general of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines.Rakhimov declined to speak to AFP when approached during the Asian Games, but AIBA issued a written response when asked about the problems boxing is facing.“AIBA has delivered two comprehensive update reports to the IOC Executive Board over the past months,” the statement said. “Our president Gafur Rakhimov is very, very committed to putting in whatever resources necessary to improve the education process of our officials. We’ve got to get better.”IOC threatThe noble art was one of six original sports in the ancient Olympics, but it faces the real prospect of being knocked out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and losing its place at Tokyo 2020.The IOC has been losing patience with boxing since a judging scandal at the 2016 Rio Games when all 36 officials and referees were suspended while allegations of bout-fixing were investigated.An internal power struggle saw Taiwanese AIBA president CK Wu ousted and earlier this year Uzbek businessman Rakhimov — who has always vigorously denied US government allegations of links to organised crime — was installed as interim president.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “We are going to change the culture in AIBA,” the governing body’s executive director Tom Virgets told AFP on the sidelines of the Asian Games boxing tournament in Jakarta.Four years ago in Incheon, South Korea, there were scuffles with police in the arena and foul-mouthed tirades from coaches and relatives after a series of controversial decisions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’One boxer even tearfully refused to accept her bronze medal and was banned from the sport for a year.“We have an issue of competence in our officiating and that’s on us,” admitted Virgets. View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew North Korea’s Pang Chol Mi (blue) and her coach Pak Chol Jun (2nd-L) argue about China’s Chang Yuan (not pictured) winning the women’s fly (51kg) boxing final at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on September 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOThe International Boxing Association says it is embarking on a “cultural change” to prevent the sport being thrown out of the Olympics, as one Asian boxing chief warned “the clock is ticking”.The Asian Games were again marred by ugly protests at judging decisions, with two North Korean coaches removed by police and booted from the Asiad after their fighter lost a split decision.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


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first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced its readiness to conduct voting on April 21 for an occupant for the recently vacated seat of Representative for District #2, Rivercess County.Ten candidates, including a female from the Alternative National Congress (ANC), are vying for the seat to succeed former Representative Francis Paye who relinquished it to contest the 2014 Special Senatorial Election. Paye defeated incumbent Jonathan Banney, becoming the first to walk out of the chamber of the House and into the Senate.Paye’s seat was announced vacant by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler on January 22 and with that notice, NEC was authorized to conduct elections for the post.Addressing a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, Acting NEC Chairperson Cllr. Sarah M. Toe, disclosed the arrival in the country of 24,200 ballot papers for an expected 16,003 registered voters at 42 polling stations across the district.Commissioner Toe further informed reporters that 200 temporary staffers are being processed to serve as poll workers and shortlisted pollsters are to be trained to conduct polling activities on Election Day, April 21, 2015.The Commissioner announced that 44 national and 26 international observers have been accredited to monitor the election process, lending the necessary element of credibility to the polls.“About 840 independent candidates and political party agents have also been accredited to observe the voting process. Among institutions accredited by the Commission thus far are the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United States Embassy, African Union, European Union, UNMIL, UNDP, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) the Elections Coordinating Committee and the Angie Brooks International among others,” Commissioner Toe announced.Meanwhile, since the campaign was officially declared open on March 25, “there has been no official report of rancor or misbehavior either on the part of the candidates or their supporters,” Madam Toe indicated.She called on all participants in the process to remain peaceful and tolerant in order to keep the democratic process on course. “We call on registered voters in Electoral District #2, Rivercess County to turn out en mass and vote for the candidate of their choice,” she declared.All eyes are on the Rivercess County electoral district comprising 19 voting precincts and 42 polling stations for the more than 16,000 anticipated voters.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgGovernment has deferred the deadline for bringing legislation to govern the scrap metal trade to the National Assembly, to next year.This was revealed during the second day of consideration of the Budget 2019 estimates when Business Minister Dominic Gaskin was questioned about allocations to various agencies under the Ministry.He was previously optimistic of bringing the scrap metal legislation to the House by this year end, following much back and forth after the trade was halted by Government.The ban was temporarily lifted in February 2017, after it was imposed in JuneBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin2015. The Business Minister revealed in September that Government would be reopening the trade of scrap metal for three-month stints at a time until the relevant legislation was tabled. In June 2018, he had said that the new legislation was taken to the Cabinet and approved at that level. The next step, he had noted, would have been to approach the National Assembly.“Hopefully, before the end of the year, we will have a new legislation.  We will have a new software system that we are using, and we will have a Board of Directors to oversee the scrap metal unit, and I believe we’ll have something firm and solid in place to regulate the scrap metal industry,” Gaskin had told the media earlier this year.However, following that declaration, the legislation was finalised in the Attorney General’s Chambers and has since been awaiting passage in the National Assembly. Government had approved a restart of the scrap metal trade in Guyana during February 2017 after closing down the industry one year prior to that.The main reason for this was to allow exporters to ship out the existing stock over a limited period of three months, to ensure that there was no pile-up of these materials. However, in April 2018, after several months of delays, Government decided to reopen the trade to facilitate the clearance of some of the accumulated scrap metal across the country.While a date for the full resumption of the trade had not been announced, Gaskin had told this publication that the date depended on several important factors.The Minister disclosed that a meeting was held with exporters and dealers to introduce them to a new system that the Business Ministry was trying to implement.According to him, it is a software-based system that was specially designed to help the Ministry to monitor and regulate the trade once it resumed, creating a level playing field for all.Gaskin said the resumption of the trade would give the Ministry the opportunity to test the system to ensure that it was working and would also help to clear some of the accumulated scrap metal that has been legitimately acquired from some of the exporters or dealers’ yards.It was after a forensic audit conducted by the Scrap Metal Unit (SMU) that Government had removed the responsibility for the trade from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to the Business Ministry.last_img read more


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first_imgInterpol has been called in to investigate the death of a Donegal aid worker killed in Ethiopia.Joyce Campbell died when she was involved in a tragic car crash in 2005.An inquest into Ms Campbell’s death was due to take place at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court today. However coroner John Cannon was forced to adjourn the inquest.Mr Cannon told the court that there have difficulties with securing information from Ethiopian police.“They do not seem to be getting great hope from the police in Ethiopia,” he said.The Campbell family said at a previous adjourned inquest that they were unhappy at the level of details being released surrounding Joyce’s death.Coroner Cannon revealed that Gardai have now been in touch with police at Interpol who have taken over the case.Ms Campbell, from Meenmore, Dungloe, had just celebrated her 25th birthday when she died while working for the Vincentian May Missioners.She was only in Ethiopia for three weeks as part of a four month stay when the tragedy happened.Two other Irishmen in the car were also injured in the crash in Welyta, about nine hours north of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on August 8th.Joyce was a graduate of Development, Health and Disaster Management and she also had a Masters in Humanitarian Assistance.She was a relation of MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher.Coroner John Cannon adjourned the inquest until September 28th.INTERPOL CALLED IN TO INVESTIGATE DONEGAL AID WORKER’S DEATH was last modified: September 5th, 2012 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:ETHIOPIAGardaiinquestInterpolJoyce Campbelllast_img read more


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first_img Tags: Kasawo Islamic Secondary SchoolKibuli ssUMEA Solidarity Games Kibuli are the defending champions of the competition (Photo by Agency)UMEA Solidarity Games19th -22nd April 2019Kasawo Islamic Secondary School, MukonoKIBULI – Kasawo Islamic Secondary School has been cleared to host the 2019 Uganda Muslim Education Association (UMEA) Solidarity Games for secondary schools.The announcement was made at the UMEA offices in Kibuli on Tuesday, 22-01-2019.Kasawo Islamic was nominated during last year’s event at Nkoma SS in Mbale and given the flag for hosting the Games.The organizing committee visited the school facilities on three occasions before approving them as hosts.UMEA Secretary General Hajji Abubakar Kakembo confirmed the news and guaranteed that Kawowo is capable for hosting the event.Hajji Kakembo assured the press that the organizing committee has critically observed Kasawo Islamic’s facilities before making the decision. He further noted that the committee was fully convinced Kasawo could run the event appropriately.“The Director and Headmaster of Kasawo Islamic pledged himself during last year’s event in Mbale. They applied for hosting the UMEA Solidarity games. Our committee visited Kasawo three times and found out that the school is capable of hosting the event this year. We are much convinced that they have the capacity to host the schools,” said UMEA Secretary General Hajji Kakembo.While at the function, the Director Kasawo Islamic Hajji Khassim Kajaya praised the organizing Committee for granting his school the opportunity to host the Games.“We thank the committee for receiving our application and honoring us the chance to host UMEA solidarity Games this year.  We promise to make the best preparations with the guidance of Allah,” said Kasawo Islamic Director Hajji Kajaya.The announcement was witnessed by Hajji Twahil Kiteezaala (Chairman-UMEA Sports Committee) and Hajji Hussein Lwembawo Kyagulanyi (General Secretary UMEA Sports Committee), Hajji Ndugwa Badru (Member UMEA Sports Committee and Executive Secretary of the Wakiso Secondary Schools Head Teachers’ Association-WAKISSHA) and Ntege Sabwe Abdallah (Committee Member UMEA / Executive Secretary UMTA) and Hajji Nasser Kiwanuka Kagimu (Programmes Officer UMEA).The event is for Muslim founded schools in Uganda and will run from 19th to 22nd April 2019.Defending Champions for the previous edition Hosted by Nkoma SS, Mbale:Football: Boys: Bulo Parents SS, Girls: Kawempe Muslim SSTable Tennis: Boys-Mbogo Mixed, Girls: Mbogo Mixed SchoolBadminton: Boys- Kibuli, Girls:  Kibuli S.SVolleyball: Girls- Kinawa High Mugongo. Boys: Mbogo MixedHandball: Girls-Kibuli S.S, Boys: Kibuli S SNetball: Ngando Wamala S.SOverall Champions: Kibuli SSComments last_img read more


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first_imgLetterkenny Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning over fake €20 notes circulating in the town.A number of the notes, which are understood to be of high quality, were passed at the weekend.One business owner contacted the chamber office to warn them of the dud notes. “This is a dud note taken in a Letterkenny business at the weekend, owner says it was high quality. Please inform all your staff,” said a spokesperson.Chamber warning after €20 dud notes passed across Letterkenny was last modified: July 9th, 2019 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:dudforgedletterkennyNoteslast_img read more


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first_imgThe biosphere depends on earth’s magnetic field, but it has been decaying rapidly for at least 1500 years.In Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, Dr Henry Richter describes how the story of the decay of the earth’s magnetic field caught his attention. He had read the monograph by Dr Thomas Barnes in the 1970s, and realized the implications: if the decay is true, the earth could not be billions of years old. He considered the various proposals for maintaining the field, but none of them work, he concluded. If this is a well-known fact, what do secular geophysicists have to say about it?In chapter 7, Dr Richter discusses the implications of a decaying magnetic field.Here’s the short answer, with details below: they are worried about it! They acknowledge the rapid decay, but have no theory to keep it strong enough for millions or billions of years. All they can do is watch it decay, and monitor changes in direction of the weakest spot over time. But unless they can model how it would get stronger again, life is in heap big trouble! Now, the details.A new paper in PNAS, and a Commentary about it by John Tarduno in the same issue of PNAS, provide an up-to-date look at the problem from the secular long-ages viewpoint. Basically, in the first paper, Trindade et al studied stalactites in a South American cave looking for clues to variations in the geomagnetic field. Secular geophysicists have identified a “South Atlantic Anomaly” (SAA) in geomagnetic measurements, “the position of the weakest geomagnetic field on Earth.” They suspected that variations in the SAA might have been recorded in the speleothem data. Here’s what they say about their work. Notice that they acknowledge a “fast decay” the magnetic field’s strength.Experimental and modeling evidence demonstrate the recurrence of the South Atlantic Anomaly. The areal growth of this geomagnetic anomaly accompanies the fast decay of the Earth’s magnetic field, but its origin and longevity are still poorly understood given the scarcity of geomagnetic data in the Southern Hemisphere. We report a ∼1500-y record with unprecedented resolution obtained close to the present-day minimum of the anomaly in South America from continuously grown cave speleothems. This unique record reveals rapid variations in direction and intensity of the local field as a function of the location and magnitude of the anomaly. Synthetic secular variation models show this feature may result from westward migration, expansion, and intensification of reversed flux patches on the core–mantle boundary.To Dr Richter, these data are distractions from the main point: is the earth’s global magnetic field really on a downward trend? Small variations in one continental area won’t fix that. Without a mechanism to replenish the field strength, it will continue to decline, with dire consequences for life. Note that we are not talking about reversals in the field’s polarity (north vs south poles), nor about changes to the magnetic pole angle, but about field intensity or overall strength. Let’s look through these two papers for responses to that main issue.How reliable are the measurements of decline?We know much about the recent waning geomagnetic field; since the time of Gauss in 1840, we have had a rich data source in the form of geomagnetic observatory records. In the satellite era, we have a deluge of data from magnetometers in orbit. [Tarduno]Here, we report a unique geomagnetic record for the last ∼1500 y that combines the data of two well-dated stalagmites from Pau d’Alho cave, located close to the present-day minimum of the anomaly in central South America. Magnetic directions and relative paleointensity data for both stalagmites are generally consistent and agree with historical data from the last 500 y. [Trindade et al]In short, the new measurements agree with field decay further back in time.Are any reversals of the decline indicated in the measurements?These records indicate that the size of the anomaly has increased concomitant with increasing prominence (i.e., ever-weakening field intensity), and the anomaly has migrated continuously westward at a mean longitudinal speed of 0.17° y−1. Areal growth and intensity decay are linked to the first-order variations of the geomagnetic field, more specifically, the relative increase of nondipole terms relative to the overall field geometry and the steady decay in the dipole moment itself at a rate of ∼15 nT y−1. [Trindade et al]The field is invisible to our senses, but allows life to exist.Because a Tesla of magnetism is a huge value, a nanoTesla (nT) is not insignificant. This decay continues year after year. Over the 130 years of annual measurements begun by Karl Friedrich Gauss up through the monograph by Thomas Barnes, the field strength had decreased by 5%. That is a shocking amount of decay for such a brief time, which represents a mere flash in the assumed 4.5-billion-year-age of the earth that secularists treat as fact.Are any theories available to reverse the decay in the past before actual measurements began?The tracking of RFPs [reverse flux patches] throughout the last 3000 y using the available geomagnetic field models attests to the recurrence of reverse patches at specific regions and supports the hypothesis that links them to mantle heterogeneities, but when kernel functions that link the location of reverse patches at depth to the location of the anomalies at the planet’s surface are considered, a straightforward link between these features and the SAA has not been be [sic] established. [Trindade et al]The results of Trindade et al. highlight the potential for further tracing of field behavior associated with the SAA back in time and space to discriminate between far-reaching but differing viewpoints on the nature of the geodynamo. In one interpretation, reversed flux patches are purely intrinsic to the flow of iron in the core, without any influence of the overlying mantle. Hence, the occurrence of flux expulsion, reversed flux patches, and other anomalous features such as field-strength spikes or high secular variation would not have any geographic preference. Reversals should also not nucleate in any preferred location beneath the mantle. In contrast, in the top-down hypothesis, the core–mantle boundary stimulates flux expulsion and formation of reversed flux patches, and this could occasionally lead to a field reversal. In yet another interpretation, a bottom-up control on the geodynamo driven by the interaction of the inner core with the fluid outer core could also lead to geographic preferences in geomagnetic field behavior departing from that of a simple dipole.The tracking of anomalies denoted by Trindade et al. gives a nod to top-down control of the geodynamo, but more data will be needed before the community can fully evaluate these viewpoints and better parse the related processes. [Tarduno]What are the consequences of continuing field decay?The South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) marks the position of the weakest geomagnetic field on Earth, and has long been recognized as a major sink for high-energy particles in the magnetosphere, with consequences for orbiting satellites, as well as telecommunication networks and transmission grids. [Trindade et al]Irrespective of the details of that outcome, the recurrence of changes documented by Trindade et al. provides motivation to use the past as a guide to the future. The nadir of the last occurrence of low intensity recorded in the Limpopo and efforts to forecast the field give us reason to believe that the global field-intensity decay will continue in the coming century. This should be a call to arms to further improve the resiliency of satellites and infrastructure as our planetary magnetic shield becomes ever more imperfect. [Tarduno]None of these scientists mentioned the consequences for life, but clearly the earth’s magnetic field is extremely important for protecting the biosphere from the high-energy charged particles that would otherwise bombard the planet. The beneficial protective effect of our magnetic field is shown in Illustra Media’s new short film Heavenly Fire, which can be viewed for free at TheJohn1010Project.com.Earth is constantly bombarded by deadly radiation from the sun, but the magnetic field defends us from most of the dangerous particles. (Illustra Media)Dr Richter’s book concentrates on design arguments, but in chapter 7, he discusses evidence that the earth cannot be as old as evolutionists claim. His primary evidence is the decay of the earth’s magnetic field. Here, you have seen moyboy geophysicists with a prime opportunity to put forth an explanation for how the magnetic field could be millions and billions of years old. They couldn’t do it. They trust in their radiometric dating methods, but they acknowledged openly that the magnetic field is decaying “at an alarming rate,” that it’s probably going to continue to decay (using “the past as a guide to the future”), and the consequences are dire. Dr Richter shows how the decay rate, if extrapolated into the past as an increase back in time, quickly becomes so high that life would be impossible in just 20,000 years. The earth, therefore, cannot be millions of years old.Add to this the completely separate evidence for a young earth implicated by geneticist Dr John Sanford in his talk to the NIH (16 Nov 2018). If the human population cannot avoid extinction in the near future from mutational meltdown, neither could it have endured millions of years of mutations in the past. These are only two evidences that rule out millions of years, and there are many more.For those Christians who denounce Darwin but still think we must give secular scientists their millions of years, please take a serious look at this evidence. You don’t want to be anti-science now, do you?(Visited 2,831 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgWilma den HartighFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialSouth Africa’s national youth HIV prevention campaign,  LoveLife, has launched a new initiative to fight the spread of HIV and Aids by building identity and self-worth in young people.The campaign tag, L2 M3 What’s your formula? (L2 = loving life M3 = making my move), is a slight change of tack from the previous “Make Your Move” initiative. L2 M3 builds on the earlier campaign that encouraged people to take control of their lives and believe in themselves.“Youth is a time of turbulence for all young people and issues of identity are massive,” said  LoveLife CEO Grace Matlhape. “This is why our starting point is self-worth.”The new approach puts the spotlight on the absence of belonging and purpose, particularly in the lives of marginalised young people.  “We know that awareness of HIV is high, but young people still put up with risk and we want to address to reduce people’s risk tolerance,” Matlhape said.The campaign will focus on the way young people perceive their circumstances and how they deal with societal pressures. “Without a sense of future, identity and self-worth, youngsters may have little motivation to protect themselves from infection,” she said in a statement.One of the main goals of the campaign is to get young people to think about their future and how they plan to achieve their goals. Trina DasGupta, media director for  Lovelife, explained that young people can only do this if they understand their identity. “The formula will address the universal teen feeling of invisibility and the desire for acceptance, as well as provide an alternative to materialism, which is often used today to achieve acknowledgement,” DasGupta said.HIV/Aids communication programmes in South AfricaMatlhape emphasised that even though a lot of work still needs to be done to bring the pandemic under control, the importance of HIV/Aids communication programmes in South Africa should not be underestimated.The recent Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) National HIV/Aids survey findings suggest that HIV/Aids communication programmes have helped to highlight the importance of testing, the dangers of risky sexual behaviour and knowledge of HIV.Of South Africa’s four large-scale ongoing national programmes – LoveLife, Khomanani, Soul City and Soul Buddyz – LoveLife and Soul City had a high reach into the youth age group. In 2008,  LoveLife reached 79.1% of youth aged 15 to 24. Interestingly, although  LoveLife is considered to mainly target the youth, its reach also extended to 71.2% of adults in the 25 to 49 years age group.The findings also show a slight decrease of HIV prevalence, from 10.3% in 2005 to 8.6% in 2008, among youth between the ages of 15 to 24. This decrease is attributed to a significant increase in condom use among males and females within this age group. It is also believed that HIV communication programmes that reach a large population within this age group may have played a role in HIV education.Matlhape said that she is encouraged by the survey findings.  “It gives us feedback on how young people are responding to the messages they are receiving and the survey shows a shift in thinking, particularly in young people.”The 2009  LoveLife media campaign will run for a year. Various media will be used, including television, radio public service announcements, radio programmes on 22 stations nationwide, print, a new-look website, as well as  LoveLife’s mobile social network, www.mymsta.mobi.Related articlesFree Femidoms free women HIV in South Africa stabilising Changing SA one heart at a time Preventing HIV with OneLove Anti-Aids gel offers hope Useful linksLoveLife Human Sciences Research CouncilSouth African National HIV Prevalence,Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey, 2008 Medical Research CouncilCentre for Aids Development, Research and EvaluationDepartment of Healthlast_img read more


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first_imgYoung leaders at the Youth Caucus debated how to build South Africa’s nation brand as well as ways in which ordinary people could play their part in meeting the goals of the government’s National Development PlanThe future of the country depends on the youth of today, which means their attitudes and thoughts are crucial to building a strong and prosperous nation. To get a deeper understanding of youth and prompt debate and discussion on a range of pertinent issues, as part of Youth Month activities, Brand South Africa hosted a Youth Caucus.Representatives of a number of youth organisations met at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton on 21 June to discuss active citizenry and to heed the government’s call to play a role in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), or Vision 2030. They included One Young World, Spring Age, Global Dignity Club, Junior Chamber International SA, Green Economy Youth, and Young Minds. Delegates spoke about youth matters and voiced their opinions on the way policies could shape the future of the country.LET’S PLAY OUR PARTSithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s Brand Manager, outlined the organisation’s Play Your Part strategy to the young leaders. “Play Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change.”An aim behind Play Your Part was to foster social cohesion through dialogue. “We already have sport as a factor to build social cohesion but we should always be like that and not just get along because of our patriotism to our sports teams.”She said that Brand South Africa’s strategies were always guided by research, and that in a recent poll 77% of respondents said they were proud to be South African. “With bad news outnumbering good news in the media, the Play Your Part TV series is trying to balance the equation by showing ordinary people doing what they can to make the country a better place to live in.”This was why Brand South Africa had partnered with the Sowetan newspaper, Ntombela explained. The partnership would bring to the public the Sowetan/Play Your Part Dialogues, as well as South Africa The Good News.About the National Development Plan, Ntombela said: “By 2030, the country seeks to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality. We seek a country wherein all its citizens have the capabilities to grasp the ever-broadening opportunities available.”ARTS AND CULTUREAnother point she made was that for investors, arts and culture played an important role in a country’s profile. “The state of our arts and culture speak on a country’s heritage and investors love a country with a strong heritage, according to research we have done.”Brand South Africa would now be using sport and religion to try to foster active citizenry, she added.Ntombela’s presentation prompted a range of questions from delegates, such as: How do you inspire brand buy-in? How do you get big business to buy into Brand South Africa’s vision? How will Brand South change the fact that there were certain alcoholic beverages, like Castle, that are synonymous with a united South Africa?Despite challenges and setbacks, South Africa has managed to double its economy (GDP) over the past 20 years says Leigh-Gail Petersen, a Brand South Africa researcherCOMPETITIVENESSSouth Africa ranked at 53 on the World Economic Forum Global Competitive Index, the second highest spot out of a Brics (The country grouping that features Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) country. With this in mind, Leigh-Gail Petersen, a Brand South Africa researcher, spoke about nation branding.“Nation branding aims to measure, build and manage the reputation of countries. Some approaches applied, such as an increasing importance on the symbolic value of products, have led countries to emphasise their distinctive characteristics,” she said. “The branding and image of a nation-state and the successful transference of this image to its exports is just as important as what they actually produce and sell.”A national perceptions audit had found that 91% of the population was proud to be South African, while 95% had a sense of belonging to the country. “According to this audit, 82% of South African youth want to be involved in the improving of South Africa’s population but do not know how to be.”Petersen pointed out that South Africa ranked 41 out of 189 worldwide when it came to ease of doing business, but only 61% of people where familiar with doing business in the country. “Out of the 61% who are familiar with doing business in South Africa, only 32% are current investors in the country.”She added that the top sectors associated with South Africa were mining, hospitality and tourism. “The media, especially TV and radio, are sources of negative information regarding the country and that affects the country’s competitiveness.”Despite all these setbacks, Petersen added, South Africa had managed to double its gross domestic product in the last 20 years.last_img read more


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first_imgThe site also offers special “In Company” features which let you network among your work colleagues differently than how you network with persons outside the company. With your “In Company” connections, you may choose to reveal a relationship with a high profile contact that you would not share to others outside the company…or the other way around. Also, “In Company” users with Silver or Gold memberships can make unlimited introductions and information requests. Another unique feature is WhoDoYouKnowAt’s Contact Data Integrity Management option (CDIM). This allows you to control who has access to your current contact information. To set this up, you fill out both your current and formerly valid, but now outdated, contact information. When your data is matched with others’ contact lists, you’re automatically notified. If they still retain your old contact information, you can then choose to grant them access to your new information or ignore the notice without them ever knowing.Too Complex?These features are only scratching the surface of what WhoDoYouKnowAt has to offer. The site has been thoroughly thought through, with seemingly every scenario or use case accounted for. There are options like Prospect Lists for connecting with contacts at targeted companies, Alerts, Relationship Rankings, and a Productivity Center for managing your connections. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web According to Lee Blaylock, founder and CEO of new business networking site WhoDoYouKnowAt, many business executives are reluctant to share their contact information publicly. For this reason, a number of professionals are hesitant to network through sites like LinkedIn where you have to connect with your colleagues and then make those connections available to anyone wanting to use your connections for an introduction. WhoDoYouKnowAt flips this concept of business networking on its head, letting you control the level of access to your contacts based on who’s asking. To do so, WhoDoYouKnowAt offers a unique “Levels of Trust” system which allows your online relationships to more accurately reflect those in the real world. With each connection, you can set their “Level of Trust” to reflect your real life relationship. For example, when sharing a contact’s information with some folks, you can choose to remain anonymous. With your more trusted relationships, however, you can choose to share all your network information. For those close connections who you want to invite into your trusted network, you can invite them to “pair” with you, meaning you’ll mutually exchange all your contact information. Unlike with LinkedIn, you don’t “pair” (aka “friend” or “connect”) with all your contacts – just the designated trusted ones. sarah perez In fact, if anything, WhoDoYouKnowAt might be overly complex for a niche product that aims to address only the needs of heavy-duty business networkers who find LinkedIn uncomfortably open. (Just look at that chart! Click to maximize). We suppose that, for those folks, WhoDoYouKnowAt could be the perfect solution given all its levels of privacy and trust. However, for the everyday business professional, LinkedIn or even Outlook will probably still suffice…or these days, even Facebook may work. center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more