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Minister Kiren Rijiju wants this Indian sport to be included in the Olympics!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Shutterstock/TOIAdvertisement c8ljzaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1r6rlWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9xxcwsg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6u1oWould you ever consider trying this?😱avwCan your students do this? 🌚d7g5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Over the years, a number of different sports were introduced to Olympics, and even in the 2020 Summer Olympics, five new sports have been added. However, while the grand event for this year has faced a postponement to the next year, proposal to add another sport has come up from none other than India’s Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, and its the revered game of kabaddi!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Shutterstock/TOIOne of the oldest sport in India and all over the world, kabaddi has achieved a substantial amout of reputation in recent years, with tournaments such as the introduction into the Asian Games, initiation of the Kabaddi World Cup, and even the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League, which has gained a ton of popularity in the country.Even though kabaddi was introduced as a demonstration sport in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but failed to retain the spot. Although, Kiren Rijiju believes its India’s ultimate aim to include the sport in the grand event.Advertisement Speaking in the Online Coaches Knowledge Enhancement session organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Rijiju spoke to over 700 kabaddi coaches across the country.“Kabaddi has already been included in the Asian Games and now, not just India, but all Asian countries must come together to ensure that the sport in included in the Olympics as well. That is our ultimate goal,” Rijiju was quoted by The Times of India.Advertisement “And to achieve that goal we must improve the standard of the game in India and also ensure that we propagate it across geographical locations in India and the rest of the world.” the Sports Minister added.India has been the most successful team in the Kabaddi World Cup, with winning the tournament three times. The Pro Kabaddi League, since its inauguration back in 2014, has also been a huge success, with a viewer count second to only cricket in India. The 2019 PKL season had gathered over 1.2 billion views worldwide.In recent past, the World Kabaddi Federation (WKF) has been making efforts to include kabaddi in the Olympics. However, according to International Olympic Committee (IOC), to be included in the Olympics, a sport needs to be played systematically in at least 50 affiliated countries. However at present, 40 countries play the sport.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-SAI ensuring athletes receive equipment to train despite nationwide Covid-19 lockdownRead which is the latest Pakistani player to get banned for corruption! Advertisementlast_img read more

Time to make plans for the re-vamped West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

first_img“It was a big decision to change course and we put a lot of thought into the new route,” Dimock said, adding the new course is down in kilometers to 154 km.“We are working hard to make sure the 2015 tour is as much fun as our previous ones have been.”“This route change is just for one year and we plan to return to our original route for 2016 but this shorter version is giving us an opportunity to perhaps do a few things that aren’t possible on our longer route,” Dimock adds.“It also presents an opportunity for riders who may be a bit daunted by the longer ride to be able to participate in the MS Bike. It’s a great event for a great cause.”Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs & services that enable those affected by MS. To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problemsThis tour is run by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society and the money raised supports the programs and services we offer in the West Kootenay and Boundary areas to people living with MS and their caregivers,” said Dimock.“It also helps us support vital research for new treatments, and ultimately to find a cure.”The top fundraiser in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge receives a $200 gift certificate for dinner at their favourite restaurant in Nelson compliments The Nelson Daily.For more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=3881&pg=entry or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or emailleona.dimock@mssociety.ca The route may have been changed — just for this year — but the goal remains the same for participants in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge — help fight MS (Multiple sclerosis).Riders and donors alike are already gearing up for the annual race set for August 22-23 in Nelson and area.“Everyone who joins us, whether as a rider, a donor or a volunteer is helping to reach our goal — to end MS,” said Leona Dimock, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge Bike Tour Coordinator.Not only has Dimock been busy with organizing, but the committee has spent most of the spring re-working the course after learning crews would be paving 40 kilometers of highway through on the race course this summer.“Our Route Coordinator started communicating with Selkirk Paving back in April about the plans for resurfacing and they were very willing to work with us and accommodate our cyclists and volunteers through the construction zone, but in the end we decided for the sake of safety, as well as the quality of the experience for our riders, to change the route to avoid that area,” Dimock explained.The new route means the ride, set for Saturday August 22, begins in Nelson, travels to Salmo before returning back to Rotary Lakeside Park for the traditional Save-On-Foods Celebration Dinner.Sunday, riders leave Lakeside Park, head over the Big Orange Bridge on Highway 3A for Proctor and back to Nelson.last_img read more

BlackJack’s Julien Locke Wins Sprint at the NORAM

first_imgSnow conditions left a lot to be desired in the Outaouais region, but the skiers dealt with it.  Before the races, there had been rain and warm temperatures; on race day, the weather was fine — sunny, and a bit below freezing.Julien Locke of Rossland’s BlackJack Ski Club won the sprint in the previous Buff race, and also in the US Nationals in January.This time, Locke earned a narrow win over Knute Johnsgaard in the first semi-final.  In the final, Locke revved up on the last hill and gained a lead that he held past the finish line for another win.   Earlier this season Locke won a bronze medal in the 1.5 kilometer Sprint Distance at the U.S. Cross Country Championships at Michigan Tech University in Houghton Michigan.In March of 2015, Locke, born and raised in Nelson, won a silver medal at the Senior National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ont.The 22-year-old Locke, who started racing for the Nelson Nordic Ski Team at the age of six, joined the Black Jack squad at 14 years of age and has been competing with the Rossland-based club since his teens.Lock, who trains and races full time at the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland, also runs a web design, photography and filmmaking business.Congratulations to Julien Locke.  BlackJack and the Kootenays are proud of you.last_img read more

Team effort clinches Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regional Title for Neptunes

first_imgThe Nelson Neptunes continue to get better with age.The Heritage City club stole the show at the Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regionals this past weekend in Colville, Wash., finishing ahead of the rest of the field to claim the overall title.Neptunes coach Cynthia Pfeiffer said every single Neptune swimmer finished in the top three of their respective individual event, or top two in relay events.This means the entire team qualified for the upcoming BC Summer Swim Association Championships, August 19-21 in Coquitlam.“I don’t think it’s our talent in our pool that we can solely attribute our win to,” Pfeiffer said. “I believe the strong bond our team has, and the care and excitement we have for all of our teammates is what has gotten us through the difficulties of our last few seasons, and has allowed us to still come out on top.”Pfeiffer said the formula for selecting the winning team at the Regionals was calculated by taking overall points and dividing it by number of swimmers who attended the meet.Nelson took a clear lead in front of second place Kimberley and West Kootenay rival Castlegar.Highlights of this meet include Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Kallie Badry, and Jaylen Rushton sweeping gold in their events; Enna Cowan’s four best times; Madeline Holitzki’s first time 200-meter IM and Olivia Cowan’s first place 100 meter Freestyle.Then there was Morgan Robertson-Weir, Chloe Malenfant, and Jaylen Rushton’s Neptune sweep in 50-meter Butterfly as well as both Division 3 and Division 4 girls winning all four of their relays. “This little team has a lot of team spirit and I don’t think anything can slow them down,” Pfeiffer said.Pfeiffer said 13 of the 20 Neptune qualifiters have committed to make the trip down to Coquitlam to compete for the Kootenay region. She said races to watch for include Jaylen Rushton and Lachlan Bibby-Foxes 50-meter Breaststroke.The Neptunes, who spent the past few seasons on the road, will be back in the friendly confines of the NDCC Pool next now that renovations to the facility are close to completion.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 12, 2014

first_imgWARREN‘S VENEDA ON TRACK FOR ADORATIONIs being outside of Beholder in Saturday’s Adoration Stakes an advantage for Warren’s Veneda?That question will be answered when the two square off in the Grade III, $100,000 race for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at 1 1/16 miles. Warren’s Veneda drew post position five to Beholder’s four in the field reduced to six with the scratch of Cast in Silver.“That’s the same question Ben Warren asked me,” trainer Craig Lewis said of the owner/breeder of Warren’s Veneda, who is named for Ben’s late wife, Veneda. Warren’s Veneda disappointed as the odds-on favorite in the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9, when she was in quest of her fourth straight stakes win.“You guys must think alike,” Lewis said. “I’ll give you the same answer. It doesn’t matter where we are. It doesn’t matter where Beholder is. The only plausible explanation for Warren’s Veneda’s third-place finish in the Vanity is, the pace was a little funky, she was giving away five pounds to the winner (My Sweet Addiction) and she only got beat a length. It wasn’t like she got annihilated.“But the bottom line is, she got beat, just like all of them do on occasion. All I can say is, I’m happy to have her and she’s put together quite a few good races for us, but we can’t expect any horse to run out of its mind every time it comes over.“That’s the bottom line. That being said, maybe she’s tailing off. We don’t know.”The field for the Adoration: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 15-1; Grandiose Tactics, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 2-5; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; and Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1. John Brocklebank1544127%$181,540 Kristin Mulhall2045020%$117,300 Rafael Bejarano13733282124%$1,417,868 Flavien Prat11521231118%$1,267,360 Philip D’Amato49147629%$754,770 Jerry Hollendorfer56714713%$519,204 Mario Gutierrez4273817%$334,748 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won FINISH LINES: Trainer Simon Callaghan still hopes to make the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4 with Firing Line, despite the fact that the Kentucky Derby runner-up missed a scheduled workout Saturday due to a sore right foot. “It took four days to get right, but he’ll be back on schedule,” Callaghan said. “We’re still looking at the Los Al Derby. It’s going to be little tighter now but I think we still should be able to make it.” . . . Bolo, ticketed for the grassy Belmont Derby on July 4, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday in 48.80 for Carla Gaines . . . On Thursday, Wild Dude (five furlongs in 1:01.20) and Sahara Sky (six furlongs in 1:14.20) each worked for Jerry Hollendorfer, who plans to run them in the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs on June 27 . . . Frank Mirahmadi, track announcer at Oaklawn Park and Monmouth Park currently filling in for vacationing Trevor Denman at Santa Anita, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. Sunday’s guest will be Santa Anita morning line oddsmaker Jon White . . . Attention Triple Crown hero American Pharoah: Of the 19 horses with the top Beyers on the main track at a mile or over, you are not listed. However, three horses you dusted on the track, Materiality, Upstart and Dortmund, are. FIRST 5,000 FANS TO RECEIVE TRIPLE CROWN PRINT SATURDAYSanta Anita will provide the first 5,000 attendees Saturday a beautiful American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion collectable print, free of charge with paid General Admission. Each item will be accompanied by a protective plastic roll-up sleeve.The print showcases the Bob Baffert-conditioned Triple Crown Champ and jockey Victor Espinoza in three must-see shots–winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes–and thereby becoming racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years this past Saturday. (All photos were shot by acclaimed equine photographer Skip Dickstein).First post time Saturday at Santa Anita is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. (Please note, the American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion poster will not be available in Santa Anita’s Infield Area). Richard Mandella36108428%$726,540 Joseph Talamo1172192418%$825,498 John Sadler5359109%$292,974 Mark Glatt4657711%$264,134 Bruce Headley1341231%$117,490 Felipe Valdez9381489%$356,540 Carla Gaines2144119%$202,830 Mike Smith3578420%$613,296 WILD IN THE SADDLE STEPS UP IN ADORATIONWinless in five starts on grass including the Fran’s Valentine on May 23, Wild in the Saddle returns to the main track Saturday in the Grade III Adoration Stakes against the likes of Beholder and Warren’s Veneda.Wild in the Saddle finished sixth in the Fran’s Valentine after attending the pace in the one-mile grass race. In her two prior races, both at one mile on Santa Anita’s main track, she won the Dream of Summer for California-breds by 6 ¼ lengths on March 22 and an overnight race by a length-and-a-half on Feb. 20.Richard Baltas trains Wild in the Saddle. Through 28 racing days, Baltas was tied with Doug O’Neill for the training lead at 17 victories each. Baltas is winning at a sparkling 33 percent (17 for 51) and is the leader in purse earnings ($842,520).Baltas acknowledges that tackling two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder and Grade I winner Warren’s Veneda is asking a lot of Wild in the Saddle, a Cal-bred daughter of Silic.“It’s a very tough spot to bring her back in,” Baltas said, “but she had two strong wins on dirt before that so she’s good to go, she’s ready to run. Obviously, Beholder and Warren’s Veneda are pretty tough horses, but we’ll see what happens.”Baltas still has to look twice when he sees his name atop the trainers’ standings.“I never thought I’d be in this position,” Baltas said. “I guess it’s just one day at a time, really. Sometimes things fall into place. That’s all it is. One day at a time. I don’t really think about it. I mean, it’s kind of fun to see my name up there, but who would have ever thought it?” Eddie Truman1671244%$260,300 Ricky Agarie1941321%$124,220 Vann Belvoir444669%$159,700 Edwin Maldonado758131311%$368,246center_img Gonzalo Nicolas8766137%$226,298 Martin Garcia2873425%$221,410 Mike Puype53712713%$462,590 ‘NEWCOMER’ AGARIE TACKLES ADORATION HEAVYWEIGHTSRicky Agarie is a new face among Santa Anita trainers but an old hand when it comes to horsemanship.The 45-year-old native of Lima, Peru has been in the game for 28 years but has been on his own only since last November. He learned the ropes in tours of six years each with Carla Gaines, Kathy Walsh and Jack Van Berg.Agarie (pronounced Ah-GAR-ee) currently has 26 horses in his care, four of which have won at the Spring Meet from just 19 starts (21 percent).“I grew up here in Whittier and I’ve been around the race track since 1988,” said Agarie, who sends out longshot My Monet (15-1) in the Adoration Stakes. “We’re getting some good horses to claim and I’ve got horses from new owners. The stable’s getting bigger and bigger.“The good thing is, as long as horses are sound, they’re going to run for you. I think we’re going to be the speed of the Adoration. This filly is doing better in her last three races, so I expect her to go to the front and they’ll have to come and catch us.”MIDNIGHT STORM SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN SHOEMAKERStreaking Midnight Storm seeks Grade I status when he runs in Saturday’s $400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf, a “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race which gives the nominated winner an automatic entry into the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31.Sired by the stallion of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Pioneerof the Nile, Midnight Storm has won three straight races, including the Grade II Del Mar Derby last Aug. 31 before returning in an overnight race at one mile on turf at Santa Anita April 16, scoring by nearly eight lengths in typical front-running fashion.“I think with his natural speed, he should be right up there,” said Phil D’Amato, who trains Midnight Storm for Venneri Racing or Dye or Little Red Feather Racing. “Tyler (Baze) knows him very well and breezes him every time, so I’ll leave that in Tyler’s hands. But I see him right up there.”Addressing the 4-year-old colt’s absence from the races for more than seven months, D’Amato said, “It was nothing of note. He had a nice long campaign (seven races last year, from March 22 through Aug. 31) and came back a better 4-year-old.”D’Amato put his chances of winning the Spring Meet training title on the back burner, even though he was just three off the lead with 14 wins through Thursday.“I’m a few wins from the top and don’t have as much ammo as the big guys,” he said, “but we’re having a really good meet.”Under the enhancements of the Challenge series, Breeders’ Cup Limited will pay the $40,000 entry fee of the Shoemaker Mile winner to start in the Mile if that horse is nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by Oct. 19, the Pre-Entry deadline. Breeders’ Cup is providing all North American connections of horses based outside of Kentucky a $10,000 travel allowance to start in the Championships.          The Shoemaker Mile is the third Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifier in the Mile division this year. On Jan. 10, Futura became the first to earn a Mile bid by taking the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Group 1) at Kenilworth Race Course in South Africa. The New Zealand-bred Keramadec qualified at Royal Randwick in Australia April 6 by winning the Star Doncaster Mile (Group 1).  The field for the Shoemaker Winning Prize, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Talco, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Midnight Storm, Tyler Baze, 6-5; Seek Again, Jose Lezcano, 4-1; and Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 9-5. Martin Pedroza87613147%$329,824 Peter Miller651417522%$582,580 Richard Baltas51176433%$842,520 Fernando Perez10618171117%$726,980 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Michael Machowsky2154224%$133,820 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320 Bob Baffert2462525%$287,970 Doug O’Neill8717161020%$735,788 Tyler Baze16625242515%$1,446,180 Drayden Van Dyke9413111014%$576,160 Alex Solis3373421%$271,834 WARREN‘S VENEDA OUT TO MAKE AMENDS IN ADORATIONBALTAS IN ‘WILD’ RACE FOR SANTA ANITA TRAINING TITLETRAINER RICKY AGARIE IS NO ‘OVERNIGHT SENSATION’MIDNIGHT STORM ONE TO CATCH IN GRADE I SHOEMAKERFIRST 5,000 FANS SATURDAY RECEIVE TRIPLE CROWN PRINT (Current Through Thursday, June 11) Tiago Pereira591010617%$413,710 Santiago Gonzalez7561568%$310,126 Robertino Diodoro2563324%$220,230last_img read more

Specialized Molecules Make Cells Work

first_imgWalker with muscle:  A paper by Kaya and Higuchi from the University of Tokyo discussed how myosin motors, the active force-generating machines in muscle, adjust their walking steps with non-linear elasticity.1  Myosins work together in muscle.  Their ability to reduce stiffness and adjust their walk is essential: “the load-dependent changes in the step size are an essential property of skeletal myosin,” the authors said.  Their last sentence explained why this contributes to their effectiveness: “Such molecular properties may be inherent in the assembly of molecular motors and may reduce molecular interference, leading to the high mechanical efficiency of muscle contraction.”  You have your elastic myosins to thank for every simple or complex move you make.  For more stories about myosin this year, see 04/19/2010, 02/19/2010, and 01/19/2010.Junk with control:  It wasn’t long ago when any non-coding region of the genome was considered junk.  No longer; lincRNAs are emerging as stars of regulation and control (see 08/02/2010).  Another finding to that effect was published in Science by an international team from Stanford, Harvard and the Weizmann Institute in Israel.2  They studied one lincRNA called HOTAIR that has two specific binding domains for making histone modifications.  Histone is the protein on which DNA winds.  It contains molecular tags that affect translation – the “histone code” (see 12/22/2009, bullet 5, with its embedded links).    The team found that HOTAIR, an RNA generated from non-coding DNA, is intimately involved with the regulation of histone by forming a scaffold for PRC2 and LSD1 proteins: “The functional consequence of coordinate targeting of PRC2 and LSD1 by HOTAIR is gene repression,” they said.  What they found may apply to other cases: “Some lincRNAs may be ‘tethers’ that recruit several chromatin modifications to their sites of synthesis while other lincRNAs can act on distantly located genes as ‘guides’ to affect their chromatin states,” the concluded.  “On the basis of their dynamic patterns of expression, specific lincRNAs can potentially direct complex patterns of chromatin states at specific genes in a spatially and temporally organized manner during development and disease states.”Repairmen with teamwork:  A team at Zheijiang University in China studied the partners in DNA interstrand cross-link repair, one of many repair pathways active in the genome.  Fanconi anemia is a disease caused by mutations in 13 Fanc genes.3    “Here, we characterize a previously unrecognized nuclease, Fanconi anemia?associated nuclease 1 (FAN1), that promotes ICL repair in a manner strictly dependent on its ability to accumulate at or near sites of DNA damage and that relies on mono-ubiquitylation of the ID complex,” they said, referring to the tagging of a repair site with ubiquitin, a “ubiquitous” cellular tag signaling a site for repair or demolition.  “Thus, the mono-ubiquitylated ID complex recruits the downstream repair protein FAN1 and facilitates the repair of DNA interstrand cross-links.”    For more on DNA repair teams in the cell, see the 07/18/2001, 07/26/2002, 01/30/2003, 02/13/2004, 03/31/2005, 08/14/2007, and 03/14/2010 entries.These three papers are examples of many that are continuously being published in leading journals that (1) explore highly-specific molecules involved in vital cellular processes and (2) say nothing about evolution.  Examples could be easily multiplied.1.  Kaya and Higuchi, “Nonlinear Elasticity and an 8-nm Working Stroke of Single Myosin Molecules in Myofilaments,” Science, 6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 686-689, DOI: 10.1126/science.1191484.2.  Tsai, Manor et al, “Long Noncoding RNA as Modular Scaffold of Histone Modification Complexes,” Science, 6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 689-693, DOI: 10.1126/science.1192002.3.  Liu, Ghosai, Yuan, Chen and Huang, “FAN1 Acts with FANCI-FANCD2 to Promote DNA Interstrand Cross-Link Repair,” Science, 6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 693-696, DOI: 10.1126/science.1192656.Who needs evolution?  Not these authors.  Not medical science, genetics, or cell biology, either.  Let’s move along, and leave Darwinism to rust in pieces.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Reports continue to show that vital cell processes depend on finely-tuned proteins and RNA molecules.  Most of the papers that discuss these specialized molecules fail to mention how they might have evolved, as shown in three papers in the recent issue of Science.last_img read more

Nestlé nurtures future footballers

first_imgNestlé’s Milo brand is getting behind football in South Africa by supporting its development in schools. (Image: Nestlé Milo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ravi PillayNestlé public affairs manager+27 11 889 6799 or + 27 82 908 2580RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s children get football fever • Peace football tournament for SA • Football for Hope to unite SA • Fly the Flag for Football toolkitJanine ErasmusThe 2009 Nestlé Milo Champions tournament brought almost 6 000 schools from around South Africa together in Soweto to compete for the trophy, as well as R100 000 (US$13 300) for the winning school to invest in a health, wellness or nutrition initiative.With the 2010 Fifa World Cup now scant months away, football fever in all forms is gripping the nation as never before. Last year’s Milo Champions competition, run in collaboration with the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) and the Supersport television channel, was the second edition.About 94 500 would-be football stars participated in the 2009 tournament, with around 75 000 children from some 4 800 schools taking part in the 2008 event.Dorothy Langa Primary School in Limpopo province was the ultimate winner, snatching the title from Mpumalanga’s Mapula Sindane School in an exciting final that came down to a penalty shoot-out. Dorothy Langa, with two goals to Mapula’s one, emerged triumphant.“It is great to see that school competitions like this are not dominated by one school,” said Dorothy Langa head coach Mpho Mathopa. “Our achievement has reflected the true spirit of competition and shown that there is a balance of football talent in the country.”Developing future talentThe competition was open to all South African primary schools, and took place over four months. District and regional winners went through to the provincial play-offs, and the nine provincial winners progressed to the national finals at Hyundai Park in Soweto.“We want to see growth in school soccer in our country,” said Sasfa president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko. “Next year we will make sure that more schools take part in this wonderful tournament.”Global food giant Nestlé has invested generously in the Milo Champions tournament. In addition to the grand prize, each provincial winner walked off with R10 000 ($1 320), while the runner-up took home R75 000 and the third-placed team won R50 000 ($6 600).The programme is intended primarily to foster young football talent in South Africa while promoting an enthusiasm for the beautiful game and an awareness of the importance of healthy living. As well as valuable football coaching from top players, all participants received comprehensive nutritional education.Nestlé South Africa MD Yves Manghardt said, “We at Nestlé hope that each child who has played in this tournament comes out a winner, having learnt about teamwork, determination and most importantly why sports and a healthy lifestyle are qualities that will stand them strong through life.”Nurturing football skillsDorothy Langa chose to use the money for a new football field, which was officially opened towards the end of 2009. The 68m x 50m field, complete with borehole to ensure that the pitch is always green, was a welcome addition to the school’s infrastructure.To celebrate the occasion former Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish gave a coaching clinic at the school. Fish is Nestlé’s Milo brand ambassador for good health, and also took time to visit each of the nine finalists beforehand to help with their preparations for the big day.At the same time Nestlé launched the South African branch of its Healthy Kids programme. This is a global initiative that aims to fight the growing problem of malnutrition and obesity in children between the ages of four and 16. By encouraging good nutrition and exercise, Healthy Kids aims to raise a healthier, more active generation.The programme was introduced to the world in April 2009 by Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke.Regional competitionIn anticipation of the first World Cup to take place on African soil, the Milo brand is deepening its association with football in South Africa by extending the Champions tournament to the entire African continent.The inaugural African Milo Champions tournament was launched in September 2009 and features top under-13 teams from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Regional stages are already underway, and the final will take place in South Africa in May 2010, just before the month-long Fifa World Cup kicks off in June.last_img read more

Gender equality under the spotlight

first_imgDelegates at the event included (l to r) Prof Njabulo Ndebele; Graca Machel; Dr Mo Ibrahim; MMC Yolanda Mabusela; Ferrial Haffajee; and, Nikiwe Bikitsha. Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, posed several questions to South African citizens to judge whether we are truly a socially cohesive society.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sello HatangCEO, Nelson Mandela Centrefor Memory+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Women’s rights in SA to advance • New UN body to focus on women • One man can brings hope into prisons• South African women beat global peersRay MaotaWho better to address issues concerning women, than women themselves?On a sunny 17 August morning at Freedom Park in Tshwane, 250 people, mostly women, gathered to discuss pertinent issues such as how gender equality can help build social cohesion.The event was facilitated by journalist Nikiwe Bikitsha, while the panel included City Press editor Ferial Haffajee, 5FM station manager Aisha Mohamed, Dr Mo Ibrahim of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and Kave Bulambo from Women Across Borders.In attendance were two former first ladies of South Africa, Graça Machel and Zanele Mbeki.Prof Njabulo Ndebele, chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and current chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, opened proceedings, saying: “South Africa occupies a unique space in Africa and globally, as an example of a country that emerged from the morass of deeply rooted racial, cultural and political divides – primarily because of timely dialogue between all its stakeholders.”Ndebele added that that dialogue is fundamental to the legacy of Madiba – the clan name for Nelson Mandela – and to South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.“He based his entire life on the principle of dialogue and the art of listening and speaking to others; it is also the art of getting others to listen and speak to each other,” said Ndebele.Bikitsha added that we cannot have cohesion when inequalities based on gender or otherwise still exist in our society.What social cohesion meansYolanda Mabusela, member of the mayoral committee for health and development in Tshwane, said: “Social cohesion has been described by our president Jacob Zuma as the extent to which a society is coherent, united and functional, providing an environment where citizens can flourish.”South Africa held a National Social Cohesion Summit at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto, in 2012.At that summit discussions took place on the role of organs of state such as the judiciary, Parliament and other legislative bodies and political parties, as well as the role of civil society, including business and labour, and other NGOs such as the Foundation for Human Rights, Molo Songololo and Lead SA. The aim was to figure out how to make social cohesion possible.Speaking social cohesionNdebele said: “Around the globe, gender equality has made huge strides over the last few decades. This includes South Africa. However we still suffer from some very strong and outdated attitudes towards differences in genders and the rights of men or women.”Ndebele lamented the fact that levels of gender-based violence are still unacceptably high in South Africa, and also that inequalities in terms of employment, education and opportunity are experienced daily.Ibrahim said that women were the pillar of Africa’s economy because 70% of the people in Africa live off the land and that women were the ones responsible for most agricultural work on the continent.“I’m a Nubian, one of the oldest cultures in Africa, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing wrong in our values regarding women in our culture,” said Ibrahim.He said we needed to look within our cultures first to figure out how they will foster social cohesion of women.SA progressing in women’s empowermentWith dignitaries at the event, Haffajee started her talk by saying “No protocol observed”, to much laughter from the audience.She explained why: “One of the things that impacts on our social cohesion is these groupings of people into VIP or VVIP, which builds walls around people by ranking them in importance.”She added that a generational shift in leadership in South Africa is needed, citing Barack Obama, who became US president at 47 years – but she did praise quotas that have made South Africa one of the top countries in terms of women’s empowermentThe women in leadership census found that women hold 35% of all senior managerial positions in the country’s public service.Haffajee said: “With us living in the Selfie Generation, where it’s all about the individual, it’s becoming harder to achieve social cohesion.”Mohamed added that social cohesion depends on the decisions we make daily that affect the society around us.Session gets emotionalDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national Bulambo became emotional when describing how women in parts of her country were largely exposed to rape, and gender equality was practically non-existent.Bulambo called on women to find common ground – “Let us find things that bring us together as women.”Machel was teary-eyed when she said: “Efforts by the UN Security Council to see a decrease in rape in the DRC had not yet yielded any success.”Bulambo urged South Africans to start including and considering refugee women in their communities and economy.Machel said: “Recently I read that there was a report saying 47% of children have fathers who do not live with them and 51% of them were from black households.”She added that this means the family structure in this country has changed, while the laws being passed still make it look like all families are nucleus.This has an effect on social cohesion because woman now bear the brunt of raising the children but at a lesser income than their male counterparts.Party societyHaffajee said that when democracy came in 1994, the people of South Africa chose to be a party nation.“We decided to look away from burning issues in society and party our sorrows away,” she said.She added that the born-free generation, those that were born in 1994 and later, will be the one to help us look deeper into these issues.Posing questionsSello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, closed the session by posing questions to the audience.He asked whether we can claim to be a socially cohesive nation if: women can’t walk freely without fear of violence; women are not paid the same as their male counterparts; refugees fear xenophobia; and children have to have sex with older men in order to survive?“Till these questions are answered we then still have a lot to do as a nation,” he said.last_img read more

WEF Africa: Breaking down the digital divide

first_imgIn the developing world, there are still 4-billion people who are not connected to the internet. The World Economic Forum aims to work with governments and civil society to close that digital divide, starting with programmes in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. World Economic Forum executive Alex Wong speaks about closing the digital divide at WEF Africa in Rwanda on 12 May 2016. (Image: Benedikt von Loebell, WEF, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via Flickr)• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls• How can digital technology boost growth in Africa? • Connecting women to technology• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Meet the global leaders heading WEF Africa 2016 Media Club South Africa reporterAccess to the internet gives people the ability to educate and empower themselves. But according to a recent report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), Internet for All: A Framework for Accelerating Internet Access and Adoption there are still 4-billion people, mainly in the developing world, who go without the internet.“The internet has become a pervasive, fundamental part of daily life,” said WEF executive Alex Wong. “But low internet penetration significantly impacts a country’s ability to participate in the digital economy, which is becoming an increasingly important priority for development as Africa, like the rest of the world, enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”He said it was time for governments, business, and civil society to break down the digital divide for the 55% of the world’s population who remain unconnected.Watch the press conference at WEF Africa in Rwanda last week:The report cited four main reasons for people remaining offline:Infrastructure: People aren’t logging on because a good, fast connection is not available – 31% of the global population don’t have 3G coverage, while 15% have no electricity. In sub-Saharan Africa some 600-million people, almost two-thirds of the region’s population, don’t have regular electricity.Affordability: The cost of devices and connectivity is another factor preventing many from accessing the internet, especially the 13% of the world population living below the poverty line. Broadband is only affordable for 100% of the population in only 29 countries.Skills, awareness and cultural acceptance: A key barrier for some is education – 15% of adults globally are considered illiterate. There are also cultural issues, with women up to 50% less likely to be using the internet than men.Local adoption and use: The vast majority – 80% – of online content is only available in 10 languages, which only about 3-billion people speak as their first language. Only 20.7% of Africa’s population is using the internet. (Image: WEF)Only 20% of Africans use the internet – we must fix this digital poverty now https://t.co/QV6RqJ8zwv #internet4all pic.twitter.com/mJKhVw1BcY— World Economic Forum (@wef) May 12, 2016Solutions proposedWEF urged governments to introduce policies that aim to improve infrastructure coverage and quality, provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford to get online, and set up public Wi-Fi.The report recommended adding ICT to the curriculum in schools and providing training to communities. A public-private collaboration is needed to close the global digital divide, it suggested.There is a framework included in the report for both governments and businesses to work towards. “The programme is being implemented in an initial project in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia, where 75-million people – 67% of the total population in these countries – currently have no access to the internet.”Click here to read the report.last_img read more

Ning Launches Ning Apps With 90 New OpenSocial Apps

first_imgfrederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Ning, the popular online service that allows users to create their own custom social networking sites, launched Ning Apps today. Ning Apps gives users the ability to embed over 90 new apps and widgets on their social networks. Given that Ning Apps is based on the OpenSocial standard, however, developers will surely create a lot more apps in the near future. Ning added basic OpenSocial support to its service last year. At that time, however, Ning only supported about 30 applications and users could only add OpenSocial applications to their own profiles but could not publish them on their network sites so that everybody could see them. Now, Ning Network Creators – that is, users who administer their own social network on Ning – can finally embed these apps and make them available for all the users on their custom social network. Among the apps launched today are a service that allows artists to sell merchandise from Sellit, a BlogTalkRadio app for podcasters, Huddle workspaces, PollDaddy polls, as well as WordPress apps to display blog posts and a Ustream app for live video streaming. A complete list of existing apps is available here.While other social networks have obviously provided their users with access to these kinds of apps and widgets for a long time already, this is a major step forward for Ning. Ning, according to its own stats, currently hosts over 1.5 million different social networks (how many of these are active is a different question, however) and has about 33 million registered users. If Ning wants to continue to compete with Facebook and other social networks, it simply needs this kind of open development environment to provide its users with the right set of features, though it also looks like Ning actually has an Apple-like approval process for new apps in place.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more