Dr Paul Wright: Who is accountable?

first_imgThe ‘Diamond Mile’, the richest race in the history of horseracing in the English-speaking Caribbean, was completed at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The day saw 14 races being completed with record attendance, a record handle (money bet on the races), great dividends, and exciting finishes. Sponsors were there in their numbers; no money was spared in the preparation of the in-field for special guests; and a good time should have been had by all. Wrong. Whereas all the above is in fact true, the regulators had to have their now mandatory stab at “spoiling the party”. In the 10th race of the day, the betting favourite was horse number two, Silver Cloud. After being loaded into the starting gate, the horse squatted/fell in the gate, throwing the jockey head over heels (a poop-a-lick) backwards on to the surface. Luckily, the jockey was not hurt and quickly picked himself up and did some checks to make sure that he was all right. absolute shock To the absolute shock of racing fans, the horse was not removed from the gate for inspection by the veterinarian on duty at the gate. Our shock turned into dismay as the horse staggered out of the gate and trailed the field home, obviously feeling some effect of the fall. In every other racing jurisdiction where the safety of the participants (horse and rider) is the priority of paid individuals, that horse would have been examined out of the starting gate BEFORE the horse was allowed to start! But this is racing in Jamaica. who cares? If the horse is seriously injured and falls during the race, injuring the rider and possibly any of the other participants, oops, who won? Can this sport be allowed to continue like this? Apparently, YES. No one cares. No one is accountable. The day was an economic and sponsors success. So what? Divestment IS the only answer. However, with a somnolent Divestment Committee “waiting on Godot”, nothing even close to an announcement will come until a few days before the election, which has now been pushed back to “one day soon”. HELP! privileged positions The much-anticipated and longed-for meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board and the CARICOM subcommittee on cricket was held last Friday. After a three-hour meeting, the recommended dissolution of the board was not discussed as the reports out of the meeting suggest that the board has no intention of giving up its privileged positions. They have agreed to meet again on December 13, and, hopefully, the anxious West Indian fans will hear something from Mr Pybus and ‘President Dave’ about the recent revelation from reinstated coach Phil Simmons. Simmons had mentioned, before a failed attempt to silence him, that there was outside interference in the selection of the West Indies team. Fans of West Indies cricket (the “few” of us left) know that the only hope for the resurrection of cricket in the region rests solely on the removal of a group of men described by one of their own (Baldath Mahabir) as “unprofessional, tardy, or lax in many instances”. As our ancestors have taught us, “If fish come from river bottom and say that shark down there, believe him”. Administrators of sports worldwide will not give up their privileged position no matter what. FIFA continues trying to run football as the majority of that body’s executive is arrested on numerous charges. Sports can be saved. We the people have to insist on transparency and integrity of those who “volunteer” to run sports. We have to!last_img read more

Knicks’ Enes Kanter says anyone against Turkey president is a ‘target’

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I can’t risk traveling overseas. Even if I did, I wouldn’t travel this week to Britain, where I easily could be kidnapped or killed by Turkish agents,” he wrote.“Erdogan’s arms are long. He hunts down anyone who opposes him. In 2017, his security team —- or thugs, as The Post’s editorial board described them —- even beat up peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.“The situation in Turkey has been very bad since a failed coup attempt in 2016. Erdogan unleashed a massive purge, firing more than 100,000 public-sector workers and imprisoning more than 50,000 people. These people are not criminals. They include judges, academics and journalists. Erdogan thinks free speech is dangerous, and he accuses critics of being terrorists.”Kanter, 26, recounted being on the run from police in Indonesia and fearing he might be sent to Turkey when he arrived in Romania. After help from US lawmakers to get back into the United States, Kanter learned a Turkish arrest warranted for him had been issued.“Turkish prosecutors want to put me in jail for four years for insulting Erdogan on Twitter. They claim I am a member of an ‘armed terrorist organization,’” Kanter wrote.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 3 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBA “I was lucky. Turkish business executives, educators and others around the world have been kidnapped or detained, and then deported back to Turkey by governments eager to stay in Erdogan’s good graces.“Erdogan is a strongman and I knew there would be a backlash for the things I’ve said about him and the Turkish government, but I didn’t know it would be like this.”‘Dictator is wrecking Turkey’Kanter said he skipped last year’s Human Rights Foundation Freedom Forum in Oslo for reasons similar to those keeping him off the court this week in England.“I receive many death threats. I used to love walking around New York City alone, but I can’t do that anymore. My friends and family in Turkey could be arrested just for talking to me,” he wrote.“My decision not to travel to London was difficult from a competitive standpoint but much easier from a safety one. It helps puts a spotlight on how a dictator is wrecking Turkey — people have been killed, thousands are unjustly imprisoned and countless lives have been ruined. That is no game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Anyone who speaks out against him is a target. I am definitely a target. And Erdogan wants me back in Turkey where he can silence me,” the 26-year-old Turkish standout wrote in an opinion essay on the newspaper’s website.Kanter says he is often told to “keep calm and play ball” rather than speak out against Erdogan, but said he prefers the philosophy of former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the pre-game US anthem to protest racial inequality and social injustice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The advice I prefer comes from Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad campaign: ‘Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,’” Kanter wrote.Kanter said Erdogan uses global law-enforcement group Interpol “as a tool for having his critics arrested in other countries” and worried because he lacks US citizenship or a US passport. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 1, 2018, Enes Kanter of the New York Knicks plays the Denver Nuggets in Denver, Colorado. – Kanter, staying home from an NBA game JUanuary 17, 2019, in London over safety fears, ripped Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Washington Post column on January 15. Kanter, who says he receives death threats for his complaints against Erdogan, said he refused to join the Knicks on the trip to Britain for a game against the Washington Wizards because he worried Erdogan might have him kidnapped or killed. (Photo by MATTHEW STOCKMAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, staying home from an NBA game Thursday in London over safety fears, ripped Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Washington Post column Tuesday.Kanter, who says he receives death threats for his complaints against Erdogan, said he refused to join the Knicks on the trip to Britain for a game against the Washington Wizards because he worried Erdogan might have him kidnapped or killed.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Nurturing the children

first_imgThe Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust ended Children’s Month with a picnic at the site which will host the hospital in 2014. Trustees of the hospital showed their support and commitment to children by attending the picnic.(Images: Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vuyo Lutseke   Media & Communications Officer,  Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital   +27 73 269 0815 RELATED ARTICLES • Town teams up for Mandela statue • Giving children a sense of pride • Putting children’s rights first • Madiba’s life captured in art • The simple palate of Nelson MandelaCadine PillayNelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust ended Children’s Month, observed in the month of November, by hosting a picnic for youngsters from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Forest Town School for Cerebral Palsy, Choc (Childhood Cancer Foundation) and Thingo Kids Pre-Primary, among other schools.About 50 children joined Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lebo M and the chief executive of the trust, Sibongile Mkhabela, at the site where the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be built in Parktown, Johannesburg for a day of fun in the sun on Friday, 30 November.Madiba’s dreamThe land for the hospital, which will be built by 2014, was donated by Wits University in 2009. Once completed, the hospital will be a academic hospital with 200 beds. Construction is estimated to be R1-billion and to date just over R200-million has been raised.Building is expected to begin in February 2013 and will fulfil the dream of Nelson Mandela for world-class health care to be available to all children. “We are here today to honour what your great-grandfather Nelson Mandela promised you,” Mkhabela said to the kids. “If we love you, we will build a hospital for your needs.”Mkhabela also called on members of the public, young and old, to donate towards the cost of building the hospital.The chief executive of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Reggie Skhosana, said McDonald’s, the fast food franchise, would build the accommodation for the parents and families of the children who were being treated at the hospital.“Our research has shown that when a child is sick he or she tends to heal faster when the parents are there,” Skhosana said. “That is why this hospital will have accommodation. We are going to house families whose children are very sick. A hospital on its own is too clinical; a home has warmth.”Specialised facility for childrenMkhabela has a personal interest in a children’s hospital. Her son, Lindokuhle, died when he was only five years old, and she experienced the sorrows and frustrations of having her child treated in an adult ward. “I realised that nursing a child needs a particular character and specific training,” she said.At the children’s hospital, she said, the needs of children would be prioritised in a way that was not demonstrated at regular hospitals, while bringing South Africa and the continent a little closer to meeting its increasing health care demands. Children’s health care needs were fundamentally different from those of adults and having a dedicated facility for children up to the age of 14 meant the hospital would be child-friendly.Makhabela emphasised that patients would have access to world-class health care through collaboration with other local and international medical institutions.At the site unveiling in 2009, Mandela stressed that a specialised, dedicated children’s hospital would be a credible demonstration of the commitments of African leaders to place the rights of children at the forefront. “Nothing less would be enough,” he said.No child turned awayThe hospital, as a not-for-profit organisation, will be a critical resource that will service not only South Africa but the rest of southern Africa as well. The hospital will run on the principle that no child will be turned away because his or her parents cannot pay.“We are extremely pleased with the progress of the project so far,” said the chair of the hospital’s fundraising committee, Tito Mboweni. “We have a strong vision for Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and believe that it will not only save young lives but give children the right to be cared for and to receive medical treatment irrespective of their social or economic status.”The facility will have hi-tech equipment, will be easily accessible by public transport or air, will be environmentally friendly and will have accommodation for the families of children who travel from far.Addressing the issuesUnicef’s 2012 Child Mortality Report, which was released in September, showed that southern Africa was lagging other areas in paediatric medicine. The report found that poor children were 17 times more likely to experience hunger and three times less likely to complete school than children from wealthier backgrounds.“One in five of our children have complex health conditions,” Mkhabela said.There is a dearth of children’s hospitals in Africa; the only one at present – until the Mandela facility is completed – is the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. Canada, Germany and Australia have no less than 19 each.It will be only the fourth dedicated paediatric hospital in Africa, for about 447 million children. Private funding will cover construction and staff costs, while the government will pay the operational costs.“There is no better opportunity for our leaders and the health fraternity to stand united in demonstrating the urgency of putting children first,” she said.The hospital trust launched a campaign to raise R300-million for the construction – a project that has already taken six years of planning. Mkhabela added a number of contributors continued to subscribe, making financial and in-kind contributions.“A whole series of activities will soon be announced to give as many people as possible an opportunity to know how they can be part of Madiba’s legacy … We remain open to receive expressions of interest, including naming rights.”The future of paediatrics in SAMore paediatric medical staff will be produced in South Africa through the hospital, where nurses will play a critical, central role in operations. “This hospital will fill a huge gap in the country’s health care system and complement other paediatric hospitals,” Mkhabela said.The trust plans to create a regional training platform that will drive specialised paediatric care all over South Africa.last_img read more

Go-ahead for BRICS development bank

first_img27 March 2013 The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have agreed to establish a BRICS development bank to help finance infrastructure programmes and sustainable development in the BRICS and other developing countries, South Africa President Jacob Zuma said at the conclusion of the 5th BRICS summit in Durban on Wednesday. “We have agreed to establish the new development bank. The initial capital contribution to the bank should be substantial and sufficient for the bank to be effective in financing infrastructure,” Zuma said.Issues still to be ironed out While certain issues still needed to be ironed out, such as the bank’s location, initial start-up funds and voting rights, Zuma said that following the report from their finance ministers, the bloc was satisfied that the establishment of the bank – the grouping’s first formal institution – was feasible and viable. South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was optimistic on Tuesday night when he told the media that the talks for the bank were on track, while urging reporters to wait for the leaders’ formal announcement. Ahead of the summit, officials had said the BRICS countries were considering injecting an initial US$50-billion into the bank, with each nation contributing $10-billion. The idea of a BRICS Development Bank was first proposed at the 4th BRICS summit in New Delhi, India last year. While Russia was cautiously optimistic about the idea this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signalled his country’s support for the institution. Putin further proposed the establishment of a permanent secretariat to lead the group’s day-to-day operations.BRICS contingency reserve The BRICS leaders have also endorsed the idea of creating a financial safety net in the form of a contingent reserve arrangement (CRA) among BRICS countries. Zuma, who has assumed the BRICS chairmanship for the next year, told reporters that the bloc’s leaders had concluded that the establishment of a self-managed contingent reserve arrangement would have a positive precautionary effect. It would help BRICS countries forestall short-term liquidity pressures, provide mutual support and further strengthen financial stability. “It would also contribute to strengthening the global financial safety net and complement existing international arrangements as an additional line of defence. “We are of the view that the establishment of the CRA, with an initial size of US$100-billion is feasible and desirable, subject to internal legal frameworks and appropriate safeguards,” Zuma said. “We direct our finance ministers and central bank governors to continue working towards its establishment.” The summit commended the launch of the BRICS Think Tanks Council to assist member countries with innovation, as well as the hosting of the 5th BRICS Academic Forum.Tackling skills shortages, unemployment In a speech delivered earlier to the summit plenary, Zuma emphasised the importance of promoting a knowledge economy among BRICS members. “In South Africa, we need to upgrade the skills of at least 3.2-million youths who are neither in employment, education nor training, so as to ensure that they are employable and can be absorbed into productive labour market economy.” He said South Africa was working on overhauling its post-school education and training system, as well as its skills development environment, in order to address this challenge. “Our government has classified education as an apex priority and thus, naturally has a bigger share of our national budget. We are keen to learn from the experiences of other BRICS countries on how they are dealing with similar challenges.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

President Zuma announces new Cabinet

first_imgMineral Resources – Ngoako Ramathlodi 26 May 2014 Cyril Ramaphosa was appointed Deputy President and Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was promoted to minister of finance in President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet, announced on Sunday following his inauguration for a second term as President on Saturday. Zuma said the new executive – which includes new appointments in the minerals, energy, police and telecommunications portfolios – had been picked in order to drive economic transformation and restore foreign investor confidence by “ensur[ing] implementation and the impact of the National Development Plan (NDP)”. Ngoako Ramathlodi is promoted from deputy minister of correctional services to minister of mineral resources; Tina Joemat-Peterssen, previously minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, takes over as minister of energy; former department of labour director-general Nkosinathi Nhleko takes over as minister of police; and Siyabonga Cwele moves from being minister of state security to being minister of telecommunications. In another big announcement of the evening, President Zuma said Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene would be promoted to be the Finance Minister, replacing Minister Pravin Gordhan moves from the Treasury to head up the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs portfolio. His successor, Nhlanhla Nene, is South Africa’s first black finance minister. Nene was the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on finance for a number of years before being appointed deputy minister of finance in 2008. His wealth of experience and track record is set to ensure continuity and maintain confidence in a portfolio that is key to the country’s economy.New and merged departments Besides appointing new personnel, Zuma also announced a number of changes and mergers to the departments in his executive. The Cabinet now includes a new Ministry for Telecommunications and Postal Services, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, and Ministry for Small Business Development. The National Planning Commission and the Ministry for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation has been combined into one Ministry in the Presidency in order to harmonise planning and monitoring. It will be headed by former justice minister, now minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe. A new Communications Ministry has also been established for overarching communication policy and strategy, information dissemination and publicity, and the branding of the country abroad, Zuma said, adding that improved marketing of the country would promote investment in the country. This department will include the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), the public broadcaster, the SABC, the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Brand South Africa, and the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). The Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities has become the Ministry of Women, located in the Presidency, with functions related to the support of children and people with disabilities transferred to the Department of Social Development. And the Departments of Justice and Constitutional Development and Department of Correctional Services have been combined in the Department of Justice and Correctional Services.New Cabinet ministers: full list The ministers in President Zuma’s new Cabinet are as follows: Arts and Culture – Nathi Mthethwa Energy – Tina Joemat-Peterssen Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs – Pravin Gordhan Communications – Faith Muthambi Public Service and Administration – Collins Chabane Social Development – Bathabile Dlamini Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – Senzeni Zokwana Environmental Affairs – Edna Molewa International Relations and Cooperation – Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Rural Development and Land Reform – Gugile Nkwinti Public Enterprises – Lyn Brown Minister of Women in the Presidency – Susan Shabangu Human Settlements – Lindiwe Sisulu Home Affairs – Malusi Gigaba Small Business Development – Lindiwe Zulu Defence and Military Veterans – Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Minister in the Presidency – Jeff Radebecenter_img Public Works – Thulas Nxesi Sport and Recreation – Fikile Mbalula State Security – David Mahlobo Telecommunications and Postal Services – Siyabonga Cwele Police – Nkosinathi Nhleko Health – Aaron Motsoaledi Source: SAnews.gov.za Labour – Mildred Oliphant Economic Development – Ebrahim Patel Science and Technology – Naledi Pandor Justice and Correctional Services – Michael Masutha Tourism – Derek Hanekom Higher Education and Training – Bonginkosi “Blade” Nzimande Trade and Industry – Rob Davies Transport – Dipuo Peters Water and Sanitation – Nomvula Mokonyane Basic Education – Angie Motshekgalast_img read more

Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission: Special meeting notice

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Notice is now given that a special meeting of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will be held on Aug. 30, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Auditorium, Bromfield Building, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio, for the following purpose:The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed In Distress task-force/subcommittee will meet to evaluate the recommendation for declaring eight watersheds within the Western Lake Erie Basin as watersheds in distress.The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission is a seven-member commission which ensures Ohio counties are served by effectively administered and adequately supported soil and water conservation districts.The meeting is open to the public.last_img read more

What renters who want a smart home should consider

first_img“We are seeing so many of those features very quickly being adopted into apartments,” he said. “Technologies like Nest thermostats and ecosystems which are being developed by Google. Where you have a Nest thermostat and some of the additional features that can be controlled with your smartphone device within the unit. Whether it is the locks, camera or security feature, we are seeing a lot of interest in those.” Duggan says that in some cases, for instance for removable insulation jackets, utility providers such as National Grid will offer incentives for landlords to install the more efficient removable jackets to cut down on heat loss on building components. James is a marketing, communications, and PR professional specializing in B2B and B2C software in healthcare, software, and technology.He is an innovative and proactive builder focused on bridging C-level business demands with the creative side of marketing with product and content marketing. Follow the Puck “We have a massive amount of data about what people are really valuing and what people really want, and again three years ago we didn’t do that,” he said. “So I ask myself, companies that aren’t doing that how do you really know what your residents really want.” James Calder “Tenants especially under 30, have a very positive reaction to smart locks and key fobs versus traditional metal keys,” he said. “The added security and convenience is definitely appreciated.” Steve Duggan is a Licensed real estate Salesperson at CitiHabitats in New York City. Duggan is noticing a heavy investment in smart technology. The team at GreyStar is actively gathering data from its enormous network of residents. The companies email surveys receive a 28 percent response rate, which translates on a monthly basis to about 70,000 responses. “We are an apartment company, that is our niche our expertise and what we exclusively do,” Livingstone said. “At GreyStar we do three things, we manage apartments, mostly for third party owners, but we also manage apartments that we own ourselves. We also are a developer and construction company of apartments. We have about 6 billion dollars of development going on right now so domestically we are the largest developer of apartments. We are also an investment management company. We call that the three legs of the stool and that is what we do and how we do it.” “I think we are usually looking at number one, is the technology in demand, do people think it will have an impact on their experience,” he said. “And if we think it is a technology that is going to be in demand we then focus on how can we make that technology work well, because a lot of technologies have promised that they will work, but just really don’t work well in multi family.” I reached out to a couple of people in this industry to gain a better understanding of how the real estate apartment landscape is quickly shifting. See also: Smart homes are more hackable with IoT devicesAndrew Livingstone, is Executive Managing Director at GreyStar, one of the largest property management company in the U.S. and possibly the world. The company manages about 425,000 apartments across 45 U.S., with operations in the UK, the Netherlands, Mexico, and soon to be expanding into Asia Pacific. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… “I am not so sure that is at all in the life plan of so many in the younger generation today,” he said. “So that means multifamily is an asset class of choice and not just one that is a temporary place but in fact, they are looking to have that as a key part of their life. They want flexibility and amenities without having all of the responsibilities and risk of homeownership. I don’t see that changing over the next few decades.” Related Posts “I am seeing investors who do renovation work or value add projects as well as current landlords looking to be more efficient, increasingly looking at technology to boost their operating income,” he said. “The use of an Energy Star certified thermostat like Nest, smart locks, and customized removable insulation jackets to prevent heat loss, are being increasingly employed to reduce costs.” Tags:#featured#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Nest#Smart homes#top Livingstone said GreyStar doesn’t necessarily think about tech as an amenity first, but it is absolutely on their radar. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, 35 percent of the U.S. population — or 112 million residents — rent vs own. Historically speaking these people tend to live in urban areas and the demographics trend younger in age. That demographic is also more likely to want technology as an amenity.“More and more multifamily is going to play a bigger more dominant role in all cities,” Livingstone said. “So to really advance what smart cities are all about, multifamily is going to play a huge role.” According to Livingstone many of the technologies that apartments are implementing feel like they are starting from the single family market. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Single family homes used to have the monopoly on smart home products. Technology not only changes how things are built but it makes them function better. As a marketing director of an IoT company serving multi family and campus communities, I keep a close eye on the big property management companies and developers. But does everyone want to buy?He explained that there was a time when most people viewed apartments as a pit stop on their final destination towards home ownership.last_img read more