Ten South African human rights achievements

first_imgSouth Africa has made some astounding strides in recognising and achieving human rights in the past 23 years. In the run up to Human Rights Day, we look back at some milestones.South Africa is admired around the world for its human rights record. (Image: Flickr, Jeremy Schultz) Shamin ChibbaSince the advent of democracy in South Africa 23 years ago, human rights have played an important role in each of our lives. There have been numerous human rights achievements over the past two decades, the greatest being the Constitution, which was signed into law on 18 December 1996.We present 10 noteworthy feats that changed the country, one of which was the global acknowledgement of South Africa’s sophisticated understanding of human rights.1994: Free health care for pregnant women and children under the age of six is introduced.1995: The death penalty is abolished.Also in 1995: The South African Human Rights Commission is established in October to promote and protect human rights.1998: The government passes the Domestic Violence Act to curb the number of incidents and protect victims.Also in 1998: The government launches the child support grant to help children under the age of seven with R100 a month. Today all children under 18 are included and receive R350 a month.No-fee schools ensure every child has access to basic education, which is a right according to the Constitution. (Image: Shamin Chibba)2006: Same sex marriage is made legal on 30 November.2007: No-fee schools are introduced throughout the country. At the time, 5 million children were set to benefit.Navi Pillay’s appointment as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was an indication that South Africa is highly regarded for its human rights. (Image: Flickr, Australian Human Rights Commission)2008: South African jurist Navi Pillay begins her term as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1 September, a post she holds for six years. This was an indication that the world acknowledged South Africa’s sophisticated understanding of human rights.2016: NGO Operation Hydrate is established on 4 January to distribute water to drought stricken areas in South Africa. Within three months, the organisation donates 9 million litres of water.Operation Hydrate looks to collect R95-million by Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July 2016. (Image: Operation Hydrate Facebook)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Vodafone Continues Its Move Beyond the Mobile Market With New, Cloud-Based Service

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img alex williams IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Vodafone is launching a cloud-based service designed for business people and consumers who are looking for a way to back up the data on their desktops, laptops and netbooks. The move is significant as Vodafone is making another move beyond the mobile market and is using cloud-based services to get there.Vodafone’s service is built upon Decho’s Mozy platform, the popular backup service, which consistently receives ringing endorsements. Mozy has been on a tear as of late, closing deals with China Telecomm and McAfee.Vodafone will initially offer the service to its European customers. But considering that Vofafone does own 45% of Verizon, it would make sense that the service could roll out to the US market. The company has a presence in 70 countries.The service is designed primarily for small businesses, though it is being used currently by large companies like General Electric, said Charles Fitzgerald, VP of Product Management for Decho.“We have two offerings today, one aimed at consumers (MozyHome) and one aimed at small businesses (MozyPro),” Fitzgerald said. “The business customers for Mozy today range from mom and pop shops to multinationals like GE, but the sweet spot is definitely small business.”Businesses will have administrative control capabilities in order to manage multiple users. With the service, Vodafone is finding its way into the lucrative market that is coming with the massive wave of media that people are producing and storing on their computers. Netbooks have grown tremendously in popularity but have limited storage capability. People are connected to any number of devices. They face threats from malware and viruses. Vodafone is banking on that combination of factors giving it an edge with the business customer who is looking for a one-stop shop to access, organize, protect and share their media.The announcement comes on the heels of 1 million Sidekick customers losing their personal data. Fitzgerald says the Mozy service provides customers with one more backup.The Sidekick fiasco underscores how critical backup is and the importance of protecting your own data,” Fitzgerald said. “Vodafone PC backup (and any online backup) gives user another, redundant way to protect their data. Unlike the SideKick model, where there is only one copy of the data, there is redundancy across the primary PC and the online service, and we encourage customers to also have a local backup.”last_img read more

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Enabling or Discouraging Initiative

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Many things discourage initiative, one of the critical attributes of the mindset necessary to succeed in B2B sales (and just about anything else; see The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need for more on this mindset). Certain behaviors repress and suppress initiative, all of which are worth avoiding when possible.Learn Anthony’s core strategies & tactics for sales success at any level with The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedDiscouraging InitiativeTelling: It is no doubt faster and easier to tell someone what to do. You can also achieve speed by telling people exactly how they are to do something, and when it is critical, like brain surgery, that might be the very best choice available. But if you want people to grow, telling them what to do and how to do it will prevent the growth of the individuals on your team.Criticizing Decisions and Choices: If you want to ensure that the people on your team are never proactive, criticizing the decisions they make will, over time, prevent them from taking any action on their own. Instead, they’ll ask, and you will tell. This makes your people dependent upon you while ensuring your role as a firefighter and not a leader.Devil’s Advocate: Killing every idea while it is still in the crib by playing Devil’s Advocate will annihilate creativity and eliminate independent action. When your people know that everything they propose will be greeted with a contrarian opinion, they will stop coming up with ideas, knowing that none will be good enough.Encouraging and Enabling InitiativeWithhold Your Answers: Instead of telling, withhold your answers. It is uncomfortable not to answer a question, but if you want to enable initiative, then asking a question is a good start. Asking what the person believes to be their choices of action requires them to discover what might be possible. Asking how that might do something can help with the evaluation of their options. I am not a proponent of force as a choice for leaders, but in this case, forcing the person to answer questions for themselves is a positive choice.Coaching Instead of Criticizing: One reason coaching is such a powerful skill is that it allows you to explore what people believe and how that belief drives their actions. When you criticize, you cause people to become defensive and shut down. When you coach, you open them up. It doesn’t often make sense to punish people for making mistakes when they make an effort to act independently. Coaching encourages initiative while allowing you to modify the beliefs and behaviors through conversation.Angel’s Advocate: It feels horrible to share what you believe to be a great idea only to have it picked apart before you have even had a chance to develop it. Some of the best ideas require iteration, and discussing ideas with an open mind is one of the best ways to create a breakthrough. By encouraging discussion and executing ideas, including executing them after they’ve been matured a little, will ensure a steady flow of new ideas, and often by the people closet to the challenges you need to overcome.If you want the people in your charge to take the initiative and to be accountable for results, you need to encourage those behaviors. It would help if you also discouraged anyone from discouraging those same people from taking action.last_img read more

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Is BJP scared of onions, asks Pawar in dig at PM’s rally

first_imgTargeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Nashik, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday accused the government of apathy towards Nashik’s onion farmers and said it feared the ire of these farmers. “Two days before the Prime Minister’s rally, authorities stopped farmers from bringing onions to the market as they were scared that irate farmers might throw the onions during the PM’s address. Is the BJP government now afraid of onions?” the NCP chief asked, while addressing his party workers in Nanded district.The NCP patriarch is on a State-wide tour to revive his party cadre in view of a string of high-profile desertions ahead of the Assembly polls.Targeting Mr. Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Mahajanadesh Yatra in Nashik, Mr. Pawar criticised the BJP government’s ‘anti-farmer’ policies and its alleged policy of importing onions from Pakistan and other countries while refusing to give a fair price to the farmers in Nashik.“The Nashik Police Commissioner had issued a notice ahead of the PM’s rally that activists of all opposition political parties should stay put else they would be taken into preventive custody. Farmers were prevented from selling their produce in the market, the largest wholesale market for onions in the country, ahead of today’s rally … This government talks big against Pakistan, but scrambles to import onions from them, causing losses to Maharashtra’s farmers and forcing them to commit suicide,” Mr. Pawar said. He said when he was the Union agriculture minister, BJP leaders had protested outside Parliament about rising onion prices by wearing ‘onion garlands’. “At the time, I told the Speaker that if they [the BJP] are getting angry about rising prices of onions, I don’t care as the price rise was essential for farmers’ livelihood. I told those BJP leaders how much does it cost you all to pay a little more for onions?” the NCP chief said.‘Companies shut’Accusing the government of being indifferent to the soaring unemployment, he claimed that 54 companies in Nashik had shut down in the past month alone, while 16,000 workers had been laid off. “Besides Nashik, manufacturing companies and small industries are shutting down in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Thane and other parts of the State with rampant lay-offs everywhere … this government has done nothing but contribute to tremendous recession in every sector, be it agriculture or industry,” Mr. Pawar said, alleging that the ruling government was only interested in giving subsidies to industrialists.The NCP chief said there was no climate for investment in Maharashtra today, and accused Mr. Fadnavis of presenting misleading figures during the the Mahajanadesh Yatra.“[Fadnavis] can go on claiming as to which companies have invested in Maharashtra … I urge him to forget these companies and give us instead the true figures of the number of firms that have shut down in the past few months. But as the Chief Minister dare not give these in the face of unprecedented unemployment, he has now taken out this yatra to deceive the public,” Mr. Pawar said.He said Mumbai used to be the textile hub with 120 factories employing four lakh workers at one time. “Today, 110 of these have shut down with barely 10-11,000 workers still working. The factories have been replaced by high-rises,” hesaid.last_img read more

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NSWMA Heightens Solid Waste Management Public Education Campaign in Western Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights Customer Relations Officer at Western Parks and Market Waste Management Limited, Sharnon Williams, said the NSWMA has been visiting schools and community groups to educate individuals on how to manage their refuse under the ban. The ban on the importation, manufacturing and distribution of expanded polystyrene products (Styrofoam), plastic bags -24” x 24” or less in size, and plastic drinking straws came into effect on January 1, 2019. The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has heightened its garbage disposal public education campaign in western Jamaica, in the wake of the ban on single use plastic material. The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has heightened its garbage disposal public education campaign in western Jamaica, in the wake of the ban on single use plastic material.The ban on the importation, manufacturing and distribution of expanded polystyrene products (Styrofoam), plastic bags -24” x 24” or less in size, and plastic drinking straws came into effect on January 1, 2019.Customer Relations Officer at Western Parks and Market Waste Management Limited, Sharnon Williams, said the NSWMA has been visiting schools and community groups to educate individuals on how to manage their refuse under the ban.She pointed out that the agency has been utilizing social media to enlighten persons on how to containerize household solid waste, adding that “we continue to support [the National Environment and Planning Agency] NEPA in sensitizing persons on the ban”.Ms. Williams was addressing a Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) meeting on Friday, January 11.She urged commercial entities which still have the banned material to arrange with the NSWMA for disposal.“We encourage commercial entities… to contact us… if by the end of January they have plastic bags to dispose of. We can make arrangements to collect and dispose of them,” she advised.Meanwhile, Ms. Williams outlined waste management plans being embarked on by the NSWMA in western Jamaica, in a bid to further improve the entity’s waste management capabilities in 2019, and strengthen support for the ban.last_img read more

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Man pulled from collapsed house in Hamilton taken to hospital officials

first_imgHAMILTON – Emergency crews rescued a man from the wreckage of a house that exploded in Hamilton on Tuesday, rushing him to hospital after the blast that scattered debris around the residential neighbourhood.The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, police said.David Nevin said he was on the sidewalk in front of his home when he heard a bang and saw “parts of a house flying onto the road.”“And of course I looked toward the bang,” he said, adding his first concern was for the homeowner, who is elderly and blind, but neighbours called out and could hear him respond, so they knew he was alive.The man uses a service dog, Nevin said, which was his next concern.“We found the dog. He wouldn’t move. Traumatized quite a bit,” he said.Next, Nevin said, he worried about the house itself.“I went and got my wrench to try and shut off the gas, but the meter’s inside and the meter on the sidewalk was covered with house, so I had to let the fire department know and get out of the way,” he said.Police said gas had been shut down in the area, with about 200 homes affected. Several nearby homes were evacuated, but the Red Cross said the residents returned after a couple of hours.The street was cordonned off with police tape, but photos of the house posted online show its bottom half destroyed, the roof intact but tilted forward and nearly touching the ground, and a car half-buried under the rubble.Karen Young, another neighbour, said she lives three doors down from the house and was so close she could feel the explosion.“I was at home watching TV, and we just felt the house shake and came out, and the house was on the ground,” she said.“It was a dust cloud, and debris, and that was it. And of course a lot of panicking people.”It was not immediately known what caused the explosion.last_img read more

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Margaret Atwood takes to Twitter to defend herself after MeToo oped

first_imgMargaret Atwood has taken to Twitter to defend herself after writing a controversial op-ed in which she wondered if she was a “bad feminist” for questioning the tactics of the #MeToo movement.In a piece published Saturday in The Globe and Mail, Atwood called #MeToo “a symptom of a broken legal system”.The op-ed drew sharp criticism from some observers, who were angered by what they saw as a betrayal of feminist values by an author who has long been interested in examining and questioning power structures that subjugate women.She wrote in the piece that women are increasingly using online channels to make accusations of sexual misconduct because the legal system is often ineffective.But she expressed misgivings about the movement going too far, writing of the dangers of “vigilante justice” which she said can turn into “a culturally solidified lynch-mob habit.”The 78-year-old author of “The Handmaid’s Tale”, who is famously active on Twitter, sent out more than 30 tweets on Sunday morning defending the positions she made in the piece.She also tweeted links to two other pieces that questioned #MeToo.One of them, “It’s Time to Resist the Excesses of #MeToo” by Andrew Sullivan in New York Magazine, compares an anonymous crowd-sourced list started by a woman working in media to warn other women about potentially dangerous men to the destructive, career-ending paranoia of the McCarthy era.Some of Atwood’s fans said they were upset by her characterization of #MeToo as a dangerous “witch hunt”, which her piece connects to movements that arose to deal with issues that weren’t being addressed by the legal system and evolved into politically-sanctioned violence, like the early days of the Cosa Nostra mafia and the beheadings during the French Revolution.Many fans were particularly rankled by her linking to the New York article, but Atwood insisted it was an attempt to understand opposing points of view and not an endorsement.Bestselling author Roxane Gay, who published a high-profile essay collection called “Bad Feminist” in 2104 about the nuances of feminist ideology, tweeted about Atwood’s piece, writing “Actually, Margaret…. with all due respect, this isn’t what I meant by Bad Feminist.”Several of Gay’s fans expressed disappointment that Atwood used the term without mentioning Gay, which some characterized as a dismissal of black women’s contributions to feminist discourse.This is not the first time Atwood’s feminist credentials have been questioned, a fact she draws into the argument of her op-ed.In the fall of 2016, she was one of many major Canadian authors who signed an open letter to the University of British Columbia in protest of the university’s handling of complaints of sexual misconduct against creative writing chair Stephen Galloway. The letter characterized the school’s investigation as secretive and unfair. Many of Galloway’s alleged victims and their supporters took issue with the letter’s signatories, who they said took Galloway’s side over that of his accusers.“A fair-minded person would now withhold judgment as to guilt until the report and the evidence are available for us to see,” she writes of the ongoing grievance Galloway’s union has filed against his dismissal from UBC. “My critics … have already made up their minds.”At the end of her piece, Atwood writes that patriarchy depends on keeping women divided against one another, and that women should resist those divisions.“If @MargaretAtwood would like to stop warring amongst women, she should stop declaring war against younger, less powerful women and start listening,” one user responded.Atwood could not immediately be reached for comment.last_img read more

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Rep Hornberger calls for congressional action on new lock following tour

first_img25Jul Rep. Hornberger calls for congressional action on new lock following tour Categories: Hornberger News,News State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, a member of the House Committee on Commerce and Trade, today stressed the need for a new lock at the Soo Locks facility in Sault Ste. Marie following a recent trip hosted by fellow Michigan legislators.State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, and state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, of Traverse City, hosted the event, which provided a summarization of the system connecting Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula to the lower Great Lakes.“I was amazed to see the workings of one of our state’s great marvels of infrastructure, but it also highlighted the ways in which modern technology has outdated the facility,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “Only one of the four locks is large enough to handle the largest tankers and the lock tasked with this job is older. We are putting our local, state and national economies at great risk, as the financial fallout from that lock being unavailable due to damage or breakdown is massive.”The locks were constructed between 1896 and 1968 and see 75 million metric tons of cargo pass through each year. One hundred percent of the iron ore mined in the United States, an amount worth over $500 billion, moves through the Soo Locks annually.Chatfield introduced a House Concurrent Resolution in February to urge the President and Congress to fully fund the construction of a new lock. The construction was authorized by Congress in 1986, but remains delayed due to a lack of federal funding.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimate that 11 million jobs would be lost nationwide as a result of the Soo Locks having to shut down for a period of six months.“We can’t afford commerce through this waterway coming to a standstill before there’s a realization that something needs to be done. Kicking the can down the road on this project brings the potential for great harm for our state and people should be aware of that,” said Hornberger. “With the bipartisan presence on this tour and the governor also acknowledging the importance of an update, the time is now for Michigan’s congressional members to help allocate what is necessary for this project to go forward.”State Rep. Pamela Hornberger (right) of Chesterfield Township looks on from a shipping dock at a tour of the Soo Locks on July 18 in Sault Ste. Marie. The tour was sponsored by state Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering and state Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City.last_img read more

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