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Robert Ménard prevented from attending the UN Internet summit, Reporters Without Borders activists stuck a giant poster inside the building hosting the WSIS

first_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Members of the organisation stuck a 2×3-metre poster on thefloor of the exhibition pavilion among stands set up thecountries taking part in the summit. It illustrated the 15‘enemies of the Internet’ – the countries that trample on free expression on the Net.In these “black holes on the web”, sites are censored,draconian filtering systems set up and cyberdissidents andInternet-users harassed and imprisoned. December 26, 2019 Find out more News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Tunisian police officers in plain clothes physically prevented Reporters Without Borders’ Secretary General from leaving the plane on which he arrived in Tunis. The organisation said it was outraged at this decision and staggered by the tacit complicity of the organisers of the WSIS and of France. Newscenter_img News News Reporters Without Borders said it was outraged after the Tunisian authorities turned back its Secretary General Robert Ménard on his arrival in Tunis to attend the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).Plain clothes Tunisian police officers physically prevented Ménard from leaving an Air France plane after it touched down in Tunis on 17 November 2005. One officer told the head of the worldwide press freedom organisation that he had no right to get off the plane since he did not have accreditation for the WSIS.Reporters Without Borders said, “We are also staggered by the complicity of the organisers of the World Summit on the Information Society and to some extent, France, which did nothing to ensure his attendance at this international summit.“From being a masquerade, the WSIS has turned into a scandal,” the organisation added.As Ménard was prevented from leaving the plane, another police officer filmed the incident without permission from the Air France crew.Ménard told police that it was untrue he did not have accreditation, his UN accreditation number was 10 30 191. He received no further explanation from police officers at the door of the plane and on the tarmac. The plane’s captain told him to stay on board and issued him with a return ticket on the same aircraft.Robert Ménard was due to arrive back at Roissy CDG (Paris) at 14.20 on AF 1985.No WSIS organiser nor any representative of the French embassy had been present to receive him in Tunis.Executive director of the WSIS, Charles Geiger, had said in a statement on 16 November that Robert Ménard was not welcome at the summit, although his office had given him accreditation. He referred to a claim made by the Tunisian authorities that an official complaint had been laid against Ménard in Tunisia.Geiger admitted that he had not confirmed the existence of the complaint. Moreover, the president of the Tunisian bar told Reporters Without Borders’s lawyer that he was unaware of any such complaint.Reporters Without Borders activists on 17 November 2005 stuck a giant poster representing the “black holes in the web” inside the building hosting the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). November 17, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Robert Ménard prevented from attending the UN Internet summit, Reporters Without Borders activists stuck a giant poster inside the building hosting the WSIS Follow the news on Tunisia Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder to go further Help by sharing this information Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Gardai appeal for help in Inishowen sudden death investigation

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – March 21, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Gardai appeal for help in Inishowen sudden death investigation News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous article11 patients awaiting admission at LUHNext articleFinn Harps v Wexford Preview – Keith Cowan News Highland Gardai have renewed their appeal for information about the movements of a Lithuanian man found dead in Buncrana at the weekend.The man died of natural causes, but there were unexplained injuries on his body consistent with involvement in a road traffic collision.Possible links between the man’s death and an incident on the Slab Road are still being investigated.Earlier, Superintendent Eugene Mc Govern spoke on the Nine til Noon Show…..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/eugenefull.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

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Finance expert Gordon Donaldson dies at 87

first_imgGordon Donaldson, an influential Harvard Business School (HBS) professor, mentor, researcher, and administrator from 1955 to 1993, died on Feb. 12 in Parkland, Fla., at the age of 87. An expert in corporate financial management, Donaldson was the Willard Prescott Smith Professor of Corporate Finance Emeritus at HBS.Born on July 1, 1922, in Winnipeg, Manitoba and a graduate of the University of Manitoba at the age of 19, he earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Toronto. In the midst of World War II, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving as an instructor to flight crews from England, Australia, and New Zealand. At the end of the war, he decided to come to the United States to resume his studies.Donaldson took courses at Harvard Business School in 1950-51 before returning to his native Manitoba to teach and work on his doctoral dissertation. He was invited to join the HBS faculty in 1955, even before completing his doctorate in commercial science in 1956.Donaldson’s pedagogical reach extended across Harvard Business School’s M.B.A., doctoral, and executive education programs, and his involvement in executive education included two stints in the School’s middle management programs, a year as head of a program for senior managers that then took place in Switzerland, and a six-year assignment in the Owner/President Management Program for entrepreneurs that ended upon his retirement in 1993.“Gordon Donaldson was a great clinical researcher and a wise mentor to many young faculty members attempting to navigate their way through the promotions process at HBS, a process he led for many years,” said Baker Foundation Professor William E. Fruhan Jr. “He possessed remarkably good judgment and always had a balanced point of view. Over the years, his advice was sought out by successive deans on matters of great importance to the School. He was a pillar of the institution.”Donaldson is survived by two daughters, Mary Louise Meier of Parkland, Fla., and Patricia Donaldson Smith of Bolton, Mass.; two sons, Richard E. Donaldson of Gorham, Maine, and Robert G. Donaldson of Brunswick, Maine; and six grandchildren. In addition to his wife, a brother, Desmond, also predeceased him.In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends and colleagues consider a donation to organizations that were of special interest to Donaldson, such as the Salvation Army, the Humane Society, or any conservation group. A memorial service celebrating his life may be scheduled in the spring.To read Donaldson’s full obituary, visit the Harvard Business School Web site.last_img read more

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Protecting justice

first_imgMargaret H. Marshall is a woman of firsts: the first to serve as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the oldest appellate court in the Western Hemisphere.She was also the first female litigator at Choate, Hall, & Stewart — a century-old Boston law firm — and the first female vice president and general counsel at Harvard, a post she held from 1992 to 1996.This week (Nov. 16), Marshall was not the first to deliver the Paul Tillich Lecture, a tradition since 1990 at the Memorial Church at Harvard. But she may have been the first to bring the ideas of Tillich — one of the 20th century’s most influential Protestant theologians — into the gritty, vital arena of America’s state courts.That arena is in trouble, Marshall said — underfunded and understaffed to such a degree that Americans are beginning to question the justice of the justice system itself.Other issues loom over state courts, too, she said, including declining access, an aging population, and — most of all — the growing sense that state courts are being rapidly politicized, and that justice may even be for sale.“The American system of justice, particularly in our state courts, is in crisis,” said Marshall. “It is a crisis that if left unchecked will undermine the very principles of fairness and equality that sustain our democracy.”Marshall, who grew up in apartheid-era South Africa and protested the system as a college student, has seen firsthand the consequences of a legal system devoid of equal protections for all. In 1965, she moved to the United States and studied at Harvard — first education (Ed.M. ’69), then art history (four years of doctoral work), and finally, the law. (Though she is a Yale Law School graduate, Marshall spent her last year of legal studies at Harvard.)Friends know her as a measured person not given to exaggeration. But still, said Marshall, “The warning bell I sound this evening I ring with utmost urgency.”And what’s the connection between troubled American state courts and Paul Tillich (1886-1965), a onetime World War I German army chaplain who was a University Professor at Harvard from 1954 to 1962?For one, Tillich appreciated the pressure that real life exerted on the spiritual self, and on the idea of God. He was an existentialist Christian who embraced God as “the ground of being,” a concept of the divine that offered shelter from the existentialist idea of “nonbeing,” with its attendant despair over life’s apparent meaninglessness.And for another, said Marshall, Tillich’s notions were brought to bear — dramatically — in one pivotal legal case. In 1965, the U.S. Supreme Court heard United States v. Seeger, the case of a young man who wanted conscientious objector status, but did not profess the required orthodox faith in God.His lawyer (who won the case) evoked Tillich’s notion that God resides not in orthodoxy, but in whatever speaks to the depths of a person’s life — “what you take seriously without reservation,” said Marshall.It is within these depths that we find “the core precepts that express our common humanity,” she said — and justice is one of them. The law, in Tillich’s phrase, is the “externalized consciousness” of a society.“His passion for justice … is a passion close to my own heart,” said Marshall. “Like Tillich, I too have spent a great deal of time thinking about justice — but my perspective is eminently practical.”It is the “everyday work of justice” that has her concerned — “the thousands upon thousands of daily interactions between people and their courts,” said Marshall.Among the perils facing American courts, she said, is the “hinge notion” of a court’s neutrality — a facet of American justice that has been taken for granted for 200 years.That neutrality is a promise, said Marshall, quoting Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and “if the promise gets broken, the law as we know it ceases to exist.”Adding weight to the troubles courts face — especially state courts — are the “sheer numbers,” said Marshall. In 2008, the latest year for which data is available, there were 325,000 cases filed in U.S. federal courts (not including bankruptcy cases). But in the same year, 48.5 million non-traffic cases were filed in state courts.Here is Tillich’s notion of what is “between law and actual encounter,” said Marshall — an estimated 100 million Americans before the bar in just one year, in state courts alone. This interface is where life’s most fundamental issues are on display, said Marshall: life, death, crime, family, and housing.Yet state courts are often where decisions are made that stir society at large. A state court heard the first case on a runaway slave (1780), which led to the first state to call for abolishing slavery (Massachusetts); the first court case on miscegenation (California, 1948) — an opening shot in legal arguments that were finally settled by the Supreme Court in 1967; and — of course — Goodridge v. Dept. of Health (Massachusetts, 2003), a 4-3 ruling that held a state could not deny marriage to same-sex couples.That case, said Marshall, is one of the two “tags” always associated with her name. (The other is becoming the first woman chief justice in Massachusetts.)“We continue to trust” that justice will be done, she said, but that trust is also being undermined by declines in court funding. Cash-strapped California, she said, has closed state courts on one business day a month. In Massachusetts, where 100,000 people arrive at 100 state courts a day, 70 percent of those courts are limping along with skeletal staffs. And yet, said Marshall, state courts “are the legal equivalent of emergency rooms.”Meanwhile, access to American justice is in decline, said Marshall, who likes Tillich’s notion that the law should hear voices both “small or loud.”“State courts are where our most vulnerable citizens — people who call on us with small voices — come to seek access to their most basic needs: food, shelter, health care, physical safety,” she said. Yet often they have no lawyers, said Marshall — as many as 80 percent in divorce courts and 90 percent in some state housing courts.Other claimants have no translation services, or help with functional illiteracy — or simply face stairs too steep to climb. Without reform, said Marshall, state courts will go on “a backward trajectory.”Then there is the fact that America’s population is aging — that soon 25 percent of us will be over 65. Yet seniors face courts less able to process cases related to benefits claims, age discrimination, and guardianship. Without reforms, she said, the elderly face “the equivalent of barring them” from justice.“But all of this takes money,” explained Marshall. “The states do not have it and the U.S. does not supply it.”Of all these threats to American courts, though, the greatest is the perception that courts are no longer neutral, but are subject to the same political pressures as any legislature. In 39 states, said Marshall, all or most members of the appellate and trial judiciaries are elected.These once low-key contests have often become “multimillion scorched-earth campaigns,” she said — rancorous contests that attract special-interest money.Between 2000 and 2009, election races for state supreme court justices cost $206.9 million, and one Illinois contest alone, in 2004, cost two candidates $9.4 million — “staggering sums,” said Marshall, which have led to “a growing perception that justice in our state courts is for sale.” (Three in four Americans believe campaign cash affects court decisions, she added.)And what would Tillich make of what Marshall called “this ugly and dangerous turn — an attempt to destroy the very neutrality of courts”?He would “act for justice,” she said, and would urge, with her, that jurists maintain their spine and independence, and their neutrality within the law.Marshall quoted Tillich, whom she credited for helping her survive “the juggernaut of apartheid” in her youth: “In every act of justice,” he wrote, “daring is necessary and risk is unavoidable.”last_img read more

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IEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years

first_imgIEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years. Its latest report predicts that by 2024 a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW, almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US.“This is a pivotal time for renewable energy,” said the IEA’s executive director, Fatih Birol. “Technologies such as solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are at the heart of transformations taking place across the global energy system. Their increasing deployment is crucial for efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution, and expand energy access.”The Guardian reported earlier this month that a renewable energy revolution could end the world’s rising demand for oil and coal in the 2020s, decades ahead of forecasts from oil and mining companies.Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024. The resurgence follows a global slowdown last year, due to falling technology costs and rising environmental concerns. However, Birol warned that the role of renewables in the global energy system would need to grow even faster if the world hopes to meet its climate targets.The IEA expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy because falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024, spurring further growth over the second half of the decade.More: Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – reportlast_img read more

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Valencia: An Example of Venezuela’s Industrial Deterioration

first_imgBy Adriana Núñez Rabascall/Voice of America (VOA) December 27, 2019 Rows of locked gates, rusty pieces of metal, and weeds growing in the backyards of factories mark the landscape of Valencia, a two-hour drive from the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The country’s once industrial city is an example of the deterioration in business activities.The Venezuelan Industrial Confederation (Conindustria, in Spanish) says the situation is a result of the expropriation policy and restrictions imposed by the government of former President Hugo Chávez and the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro.“Companies that operate now are working at a top capacity of 20 percent. We don’t have statistics that are 100 percent certain, but of 13,000 companies that were active in Venezuela, about 2,500 are still in business,” Luis Alberto Hernández, head of the Carabobo State Industrial Chamber, told Voice of America.The main engine of the economy in this area of central Venezuela was the assembly of automobiles for transnational companies General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.Hernández says that of these three companies, “General Motors has already left the country. The facilities were abandoned […] and the other two, Ford and Chrysler, have not produced a single vehicle this year [2019].”According to Conindustria, 80 percent of companies in the country acknowledged that they had to decrease their production in 2018.In the first quarter of 2019, only 65 cars were produced in the entire country, a minuscule amount compared to the 45,000 units produced a decade earlier, according to the Automotive Chamber of Venezuela.“Years before, the industrial area was very productive. Now it has declined a bit. Some companies have closed. The few remaining have reduced personnel. They have closed down due to the situation,” Yenny Bravo, a worker in Valencia’s industrial area, told VOA.Gregorio Briceño worked in the automotive industry from 1979 until a couple of years ago. His position no longer exists. “General Motors was once able to make 200 to 309 vehicles a day. Now, everything is paralyzed,” he told VOA.The industry’s main claim for its downfall is the lack of raw materials for production and price control policies.In the last five years, 44 international companies like Kellogg’s and Firestone left Venezuela, said Conindustria, due to obstacles to operating in the country.last_img read more

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LA Dodgers acquire Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, keep Yasiel Puig and top prospects

first_imgYasiel Puig is still on the roster, though he did not fly with the team to Colorado for Tuesday’s game against the Rockies. Dodgers management told Puig’s representatives to prepare for the 25-year-old right fielder to be traded. When that didn’t happen, they told Puig to expect to be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Chris Archer is still a Tampa Bay Ray. Chris Sale and Jose Quintana are still in Chicago. Jay Bruce (New York Mets), Matt Moore (San Francisco), Jeremy Jeffress and Jonathan Lucroy (Texas) all switched teams without the Dodgers’ involvement.“The Oakland deal really started getting into the final stages late last night and we were able to start the medicals on that,” Zaidi said. “It wasn’t quite as frantic as the other deals going on.”Most of the top names in the Dodgers’ farm system stayed put. That includes left-hander Julio Urias and right-hander Jose De Leon, their top two pitching prospects.Right-handed pitchers Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton and Frankie Montas went to Oakland for Hill and Reddick. Pitcher Mike Bolsinger was traded to the Blue Jays for Chavez, a Fontana native. The Associated Press reported that Toronto sent an additional $1.15 million to the Dodgers in the trade.In their final move before the deadline, the Dodgers acquired Fields from Houston for Yordan Alvarez, a 19-year-old first baseman. Fields was on the roster of the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate and will be assigned prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Rockies.Players can be traded after Aug. 1 via the waiver process. It’s still possible that the Dodgers can trade Puig in this manner. They acquired Chase Utley last year, and Adrian Gonzalez in 2012, after each was placed on waivers. Zaidi declined to comment on Puig’s status on a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon.If they do nothing else, the Dodgers have already made two significant changes to their 25-man roster.Zaidi said that Reddick is “is a two-way player, a power hitter, a Gold Glove caliber outfielder. I think he was as good as any position player available in this trade market.” The 29-year-old has eight home runs and a .296 batting average in 68 games this season.Hill, 36, has a 9-3 record and a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts this season.“Just from a pure performance standpoint, (Hill) is as good as any pitcher traded today or in the last week or so.”Yet each comes with question marks about his health.Hill is on the 15-day disabled list with a finger blister and can’t be activated before Thursday. The 36-year-old left-hander also missed time this season with a groin injury. Zaidi said he did not have an exact timetable for when Hill might be activated.Reddick, who will wear number 11 (his number with Oakland, 22, is worn by Clayton Kershaw), missed time this year with a fractured hand. Both players will become free agents at the end of the season.Chavez, 32, has made 39 appearances out of the bullpen this season, going 1-2 with a 4.57 earned-run average. Zaidi said he envisions the right-hander in a “swingman” role, capable of pitching multiple innings out of the bullpen or starting on short notice.Fields, 30, has made 15 relief appearances in the majors this season (0-0, 6.89 ERA) and 23 at Triple-A (1-0, 1.65).The Dodgers are currently two games behind the Giants for first place in the National League West. San Francisco stocked up on lefties Monday, getting Moore from the Rays and set-up man Will Smith from the Milwaukee Brewers in separate deals.“A lot has been made that our division pitching is very left-handed,” Zaidi said. “We do have some right-handed bench bats that can come in and spell some guys and create a different look.”Zaidi said he’s still “optimistic” that Kershaw will return this season. The Dodgers’ ace is out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back. Left-handers Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu are also on the disabled list with potential season-ending injuries, while right-hander Bud Norris was removed from his most recent start with an injury to his lat muscle.Reddick can help fill the void left by Andre Ethier, a corner outfielder who’s missed the entire season with a broken right leg.Ethier’s situation, Zaidi said, “is a little bit like with (Kershaw) where we’re hopeful but you certainly can’t plan on it. I think we sort of had to take the approach at the deadline like, we just have to make do with the information that we have and you can’t do your shopping later.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers were in the market for an everyday hitter and a starting pitcher before the non-waiver trade deadline. The general manager wasn’t keen on giving up his top position player prospects.In that regard, Monday had to be considered a success. In three separate trades the Dodgers acquired left-handed pitcher Rich Hill and right fielder Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s, along with Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez and Houston Astros reliever Josh Fields.“What we were looking for more than anything,” Zaidi said, “were guys who can come in and help us in the division race.”The trades the Dodgers did not make were more telling.last_img read more

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INISHOWEN GETTING READY FOR A HUGE SPRING CLEAN-UP

first_imgThe Inishowen Spring Clean Challenge is taking place on Saturday 12th April 2014. This is a particular focus across the Inishowen Peninsula and is part of the National Spring Clean month.During the National Spring Clean month of April 2014 hundreds of thousands of volunteers across Ireland will take part in cleaning their community. The communities in the Inishowen Electoral Area will play their part in the National clean up month throughout April, with some groups carrying out weekly cleanups in their communities throughout the whole year. An exceptional effort which deserves great credit.It has now become an annual event over the past few years where the numerous groups and communities in the Inishowen Electoral Area have worked together on a nominated Saturday during the Spring Clean Month to carry out a Peninsula wide clean up. In particular this mass clean up has focused on by-roads and side streets between towns and villages as well as the main thoroughfares.Through the National Spring Clean campaign and Donegal County Council’s Spring Summer Clean up campaign support is given to groups intending to carry out a clean up in the form of the provision of Bags, Gloves and Litter Pickers.Any group that registers with An Tasice will receive a clean up kit but you may require additional materials, if so please contact the Water and Environment Section in the Donegal County Council Public Service Centre at Carndonagh on 074 91 53900. For further information on the Clean Up event in your area contact your local Tidy Towns or Community organisation for particular local arrangements and to find out about the local assembly points.Be Safe Be Seen – Please bring reflective coats to maximise visibility and safetyTo register for National Spring Clean call the National Spring Clean Hotline on (01) 4002219 or register online by logging onto to the website at www.nationalspringclean.orgIf you are unable to carry out a clean up in April you can still receive support from Donegal County Council’s Spring Summer clean up campaign which will provide resources throughout the summer time. For more information contact Donegal County Council on 074 9153900 or visit www.donegalcoco.ie .Share your Spring Clean By posting details, pictures and videos of your events on the National Spring Clean’s Facebook page you can show the world all the great work you’ve done. It’s also the quickest way to find out whats going on and where in Spring Clean 2013.INISHOWEN GETTING READY FOR A HUGE SPRING CLEAN-UP was last modified: March 28th, 2014 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:clean-updonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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Warriors’ D’Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans may return next week

first_imgGuard D’Angelo Russell is making progress after missing the last seven games with a right thumb injury and could return next week.Russell, who is traveling with the team during their five-game trip, will not play Sunday in Orlando or Monday in Atlanta, but hasn’t yet been ruled out for games in Charlotte or Chicago.In 10 games, Russell is averaging a career high of 24.3 points per game while shooting 45.5% overall and 35.4% from 3-point range, as well as 6.7 assists.After Stephen Curry was …last_img read more

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Play Your Part ambassadors off to US

first_img2014 Mandela Washington Fellows during the Summit with President Obama. (Image: Young African Leaders Initiative)Two Play Your Part ambassadors have been chosen to participate in President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme for Young African Leaders.Bongekile Radebe and Sandiso Sibisi are both social entrepreneurs devoted to improving the lives of others.Radebe is a 23-year-old woman from Mohlakeng, in Randfontein. She’s a passionate, value-driven and dynamic young leader who works in youth development and social entrepreneurship.Sibisi has been leading and participating in community development for six years. Her most relevant contribution has been towards the development of previously disadvantaged young women.THE FELLOWSHIPThe Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders began in 2014 and is the flagship programme of the American president’s Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali), which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.In 2016, the fellowship will give 1 000 outstanding young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to hone their skills at an American higher education institution. They will also receive support for their professional development once they return home.The fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organisations, institutions, communities, and countries.In 2015, fellows represented all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa; 50% were women. It was the first time 76% of the fellows spent a substantial period of time in the United States.HER DESTINYBongekile Radebe is passionate about women empowerment. Radebe has been recognised as a future promising leader by Destiny magazine. Her passion for female leadership led her to found Her Destiny, a social enterprise that has partnered with Toni Glass, the tea company. Her Destiny influences empowering conversations between young women in connecting generations, improving personal development and understanding financial literacy.Her Destiny helps young women to participate in the economic acceleration of South Africa, to talk about issues that affect women the most and to work together to overcome challenges.Through Her Destiny, for every Toni Glass bottle of iced tea sold, R1 is contributed to their Young Women’s Education Fund. The fund helps to ease the living experience of young women at university.Radebe is a patriotic young South African who plays her part by promoting the culture of nation building.BORN TO SUCCEEDSandiso Sibisi is helping skill women in the business sphere.Sibisi has been leading and participating in community development for six years. Her most relevant contribution has been in the development of previously disadvantaged young women.Her programme, Born to Succeed, primarily focuses on business skills training, professional development, job placement and mentoring of unemployed young women in Gauteng.She founded the organisation, as well as took charge of all fundraising activities, and designed, organised and marketed the programme. Today it is staffed by an administrator, communications officer, project manager and marketer. It attracts previously disadvantaged young women from all over the country and appeals to Johannesburg investors.Sibisi also serves on the bursary committee of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa. The committee focuses on helping previously disadvantaged, bright students from rural communities get university funding.last_img read more

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