Bloodbath in Yemen, violence throughout the region

first_imgNews RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Organisation MOROCCO – Blogger convicted The blogger Mohamed Dawas was sentenced to 19 months in prison and a fine of 20,000 dirhams by a court in the northern city of Tétouan on 22 September. During his arrest on 5 September on a trumped-up drug trafficking charge, Dawas was beaten and forced to sign a confession. When his trial began on 8 September, his lawyer, Abd Essadek Elbichtawui, told Reporters Without Borders his arrest was “purely political.” BAHRAIN – Al-Wasat banned from covering parliamentary elections Reporters Without Borders has learned that journalists working for the opposition newspaper Al-Wasat were prevented from covering the elections for just under half the seats in parliament that were held on 24 September. The relevant agency did not issue them with accreditation. In addition, the journalist Reem Khalifa was, for example, not allowed into a voting station in Sanabis, a district just to the northwest of Manama. Reporters Without Borders, which offers its sincere condolences to Wadhaf’s family, friend colleagues, urges the United Nations Human Rights Council to appoint a special rapporteur to investigate all the violations against the civilian population, including journalists, since the start of the protests.Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the surge in violence against journalists in Yemen since President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s return from Saudi Arabia on 23 September. The atrocities against the civilian population are on the increase.Security forces fired on the Sanaa homes of two journalists on 23 September – Rashida Al-Qiyali, who is also a writer, and Mujib Al-Hamidi, who works for the newspaper Al-Sahwa. As Abdul Salam Mohamed, a journalist with the Saba news agency, left his home on 23 September, he was fired on by a sniper who fortunately missed his target.The headquarters of the Union of Journalists came under fire on the evening of 23 September as government forces and pro-government militiamen (baltajiyas) tried to take control of Change Square. TV journalist Abdel Majid Al-Samawi was injured by sniper fire on the afternoon of the same day as he was leaving 60th Street, where government opponents had gathered. He was admitted to a hospital where doctors said his injury was not life-threatening.Access to the independent news website Yemen Nation was blocked on 25 September for the second time since the start of the protests. October 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News SYRIA – Another journalist arrested Malak Al-Shanawany, a 25-year-old woman journalist and activist, was arrested on a Damascus street on 22 September. It was her third arrest since the start of the protests. The first time she was arrested, on 11 April, she was released four days later without any charges being brought against her. Officials also searched her home at the time, confiscating computers. The second time was on 9 May, when she was arrested on Arnous Street in Damascus after taking part in a demonstration. She was freed on bail and her name was added to a list of people getting a presidential pardon.Qais Abathili, an active netizen, was reportedly arrested on 25 September, while Nizar Al-Baba, another Internet activist, has been held since 21 September. This is the fifth time he has been detained since the start of the uprising.The following are still held:- Jehad Jamal, a blogger better known by the pen-name of “Milan,” who has been detained since 21 September – Nizar Adleh, a journalist working for many websites, who has been held since 6 September- Miraal Brourda, a writer and poet who contributes to many websites- Ahmed Bilal, a producer for Falesteen TV, who was arrested in the Damascus suburb of Mo’adamieh on 13 September- Amer Matar, a journalist with the daily Al-Hayat, who was arrested on 4 September- Omar Abdel Salam- Sami Al-Halabi- Hanadi Zahlout- The bloggers Rudy Othman and Asim Hamsho- Several cyber-citizens including Abd Qabani and Ammar Sa’ib- Manaf Zeitoun- Mohamed Tahan- Abd Al-Majid Tamer and Mahmoud Asem Al-Mohamed EGYPT The trial of policemen Mahmoud Salah Amin and Awad Ismail Souleiman for the June 2010 murder of the blogger Khaled Said resumed on 24 September. According to the forensic report accepted by the court, Said was beaten unconscious and was then suffocated. After beating him, the policemen allegedly stuffed a bag of drugs into his mouth, preventing him from breathing. The policemen had until now insisted that Said died of an overdose of drugs that he took at the time of his arrest. After presentation of the forensic report, the defence lawyers obtained an adjournment until 22 October so that they can review the line of defence.Reporters Without Borders hails the progress that has been made in the investigation and the trial but regrets that the media were barred from the courtroom during the 24 September hearing. A large demonstration in support of Said was held outside the courthouse. The 28-year-old Said’s murder outside an Alexandria Internet café on 6 June 2010 triggered an outcry in the Egyptian blogosphere.The authorities ordered the seizure of the latest issue of the weekly Sawt Al-Umma on 24 September on the grounds that it ignored reporting restrictions on former President Hosni Mubarak’s trial. Restrictions began being imposed on 15 August, when Judge Ahmed Rifaat banned TV cameras from filming the proceedings in order to protect the “general interest,” although they had been allowed to broadcast the first hearing.On 7 September, the judge banished all journalists from the courtroom, imposing a complete news blackout on the content of the trial. This was one day before Hossein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, was due to testify. On 11 September, Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah banned the media and public from the court that is trying former senior officials for ordering men on camels to charge protesters last February. The press will not be allowed back until the verdict is announced, he ruled.Reporters Without Borders submitted a request to the attorney-general yesterday to be allowed to visit the blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad in Cairo’s Al-Marg prisoncenter_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more YEMEN – Third journalist killed since start of protests Reporters Without Borders has learned that that Al-Hurra TV cameraman Hassan Al-Wadhaf died a few days after being hospitalized in a critical condition on 18 September as a result of a serious injury to the left eye. He received the injury while covering attacks by security forces and baltajiyas (militiamen) on demonstrators in Sanaa, in which 26 people were killed. Journalists who were with Wadhaf on 18 September said men in civilian dress deliberately fired rocket-propelled grenades at the crowd.Wadhaf is the third journalist to be killed since the start of the protests in Yemen. The first two were Jamal Al-Sharabi of Al-Masdar and Mohamed Yahia Al-Malayia of Al-Salam, who were killed on 18 March. Follow the news on Bahrain German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest ISRAEL / Occupied Territories – Journalist freed, photographer injured Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday evening’s decision by an Israeli military court to release Al-Jazeera Kabul bureau chief Samer Allawi, who was arrested at Allenby Bridge on 9 August, as he was about to reenter Jordan from the West Bank after visiting members of his family in Sabastia, near Nablus.Interrogated at the Jalameh interrogation centre the day after his arrest, Allawi was accused of links with the armed wing of Hamas and endangering Israel’s security. The military court in Ofer had until now kept on extending his detention at weekly hearings. Reporters Without Borders wrote to the Israeli military authorities on 7 September demanding his release.Chris Huby, a French photographer working for the agency Le Desk, was injured by a tear-gas round while covering a Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh, a village near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on 23 September (photos)Speaking from Ramallah general hospital, Huby told Reporters Without Borders: “The soldiers did not fire the tear-gas round in the air, they fired it level with the ground. It ricocheted twice before hitting my right leg.” He is due to be flown back to France soon. to go further March 17, 2021 Find out more September 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bloodbath in Yemen, violence throughout the region last_img read more

Faculty, PT – MSN Core (Virtual)

first_imgWORK ENVIRONMENTWork is performed primarily in a standard office environment butmay involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involvesoperation of personal computer equipment for 6–8 hours daily andincludes physical demands associated with a traditional officesetting (e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other physicalfunctions as necessary).Technology RequirementsFaculty members are expected to have a personal computer with virusprotection and Internet access. Walden University provides a Waldene-mail account and access to the learning platform,password-protected faculty sections of the website, university andcollege listservs, and other faculty communications tools.About Walden University: For more than 45 years, Walden Universityhas served the higher education needs of working professionals.More than 47,000 students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150countries pursue their doctoral, master’s or bachelor’s degreesonline in a variety of fields, including: Business and Management,Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, Information Technology,Education, and Nursing. As part of the Laureate InternationalUniversities network, you’ll be able to touch lives in yourcommunity and change the world of education. Walden University is an accredited institution that has beenserving the higher education needs of professionals for more than40 years. Offered online, Walden’s doctoral, master’s, andbachelor’s degree programs are designed to help students achievetheir goals so that, as graduates, they can help advance the livesof others.Walden continues its tradition of quality as it grows. Walden’sSchool of Nursing program seeks faculty members for Master ofNursing Practice (MSN) Core specialty to commit to part-timepositions. This is an opportunity for candidates to share theirprofessional experience and academic knowledge with students acrossthe country and around the world. With a computer and a high-speedInternet connection, the faculty member can teach on his or her ownschedule while maintaining other professional and personalcommitments.GENERAL SUMMARYThe key responsibilities of the position are to teach courses inthe specialty area of core graduate nursing courses. This positionreports to Core Specialty Coordinator in the MSN program in theSchool of Nursing. Part-time (Contributing) nursing faculty memberswill also work with other faculty as well as administrators in theCollege. Additionally, faculty members are responsible formaintaining a program of scholarship and/or practice in the area oftheir specialty, and may assist with faculty orientation,development, mentoring/monitoring, and evaluation; part-time(contributing) faculty may also participate in school anduniversity committee service.What to Expect as a Walden Faculty MemberFaculty members educate Walden University students by effectivelyand proficiently using online technology and resources so thatknowledge, information, feedback, and critique are imparted to andshared with students in thoughtful, carefully formulated, wellwritten, and timely communications. This is accomplished in anenvironment that is respectful of the student, the faculty member,Walden University, and the discipline in which the faculty memberis involved.TrainingAll new faculty members receive specific training from WaldenUniversity in the techniques of online teaching; use of anelectronic learning platform; specifics of the policies,procedures, and degree programs of the School or College in whichthey are going to teach; socialization into the Walden Universityculture; assessment of academic integrity of student work(including use ofwww.turnitin.com); and research supervision oftheses and dissertations. Teaching and mentorship assignments arecontingent upon successful completion of required training. Duringthe first term of teaching, faculty members may be assigned afaculty peer mentor (senior colleague) as an extension of their newinstructor training. Peer mentors will continue to supportinstruction and provide peer reviews of the classroom on a regularbasis.Course Teaching/AvailabilityFaculty members are assigned courses, which are taught using theLearning Management System (LMS), and are responsible forinteracting with students within the LMS. Discussion Boards forclassrooms are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Facultymembers are expected to be in the classroom a minimum of 4 days perweek and responses to student questions must be posted within 48hours. The university suggests regular and predictableavailability, such as online office hours or regular online chats;office hours may be required based on program or collegepolicy.Tools/Technical SkillsTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able toperform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedare representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to performessential functions.Licensing/CertificationFaculty members must be appropriately credentialed, possess anearned degree from an accredited institution or an institution thatis recognized by a country’s ministry of education in thediscipline being taught, and may be expected to be licensed orlicense-eligible in order to teach in specific programs. Facultymembers must maintain their licenses and any appropriatecertifications in order to continue to teach at Walden University.Faculty members are also expected to maintain currency withresearch by reviewing articles, journals, and presentations. Ifparticipating in research, the faculty member may publish andacknowledge Walden University.TravelContributing faculty members may have the opportunity to travel touniversity events and residencies. When traveling to these events,the faculty member will be expected to fully participate in theevent. For core faculty, there will be required travel throughoutthe year.EDUCATION and EXPERIENCEThe successful candidate will: Earned Masters in Nursing (MSN) AND an earned Doctorate(preferably in Nursing) from an accredited institution, withdemonstrated coursework in one of the three specializations:nursing education, nursing informatics or nursing leadership andmanagement.Candidates should possess a record of professional scholarlycontributions to the field of nursing, preferably in one of thethree specializations (Nursing education, Leadership andManagement, Nursing Informatics).A minimum of two years experience teaching graduate courses inone of the three specialty areas (Education, Leadership/Management,and Nursing Informatics). Commitment to advocating for the learningand development needs of students earning their degrees in adistance learning environment.Experience with distance learning preferred.Evidence of current RN licensure in one of the 50 states in theUS required.Excellent communication, team, and human-relations skills.Certification in area of specialty is preferred (NurseEducation, Nursing Informatics, or Leadership and Management).last_img read more

Yankee past champions round table is Sept. 2

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa – The 40th annual Yankee Dirt track Classic will truly be a spectacular racing event and will honor the founder of the event, Al Frieden.The Farley Speedway Promotions group will host a past champions round table discussion in the Palace Ballroom on Saturday, Sept. 2 immediately following the charity auction, which will get underway at noon.The past champions round table session is expected to get underway no later than 2 p.m.Past champions of the prestigious Yankee who have already committed to take part in the round table are the winner of the inaugural event in 1978 Verlin Eakers, 1979 winner Fred Horn, 1981 winner Ken Walton, 1996 and 1998 winner Gary Webb, 1997, 2003 and 2015 winner Jeff Aikey, 1999 and 2000 winner Steve Boley and 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007 winner Denny Eckrich. In addition, recent winners Jeremiah Hurst, Tyler Bruening and Joel Callahan are also expected to take part.The session will include highlights from the Yankee in the words of the drivers themselves plus a question and answer session open to all fans. The round table is free of charge in the spacious beautiful Palace Ballroom on the Farley Speedway grounds.Racing action for the Sept. 2 championship night of the 40th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic will take to the 3/8 mile Farley Speedway dirt track at 6:30 p.m. The night’s action will be highlighted by the $10,000 to win 100-lap Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Model main event, which is expected to be run at approximately 9 p.m.last_img read more

Atletico Sign Felix in World’s Fifth Most Expensive Transfer

first_imgJoao Felix Atletico Madrid have signed Portugal forward Joao Felix for 126m euros (£113m) from Benfica in the fifth most expensive transfer in history.Benfica have confirmed Atletico will pay the fee in instalments, after bidding 6m euros more than the 19-year-old’s 120m euro release clause.Only Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have moved for more money. Felix has signed a seven-year deal with Atletico.He made his senior debut in August and scored 15 goals last season as Benfica won the title.Felix is now the second-most expensive teenager following the 180m euros paid to Monaco by Paris St-Germain for France forward Mbappe in 2018.The former Porto youth player made his international debut against Switzerland in the Nations League semi-final in June.He scored a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League in April, becoming the youngest Benfica player and the youngest Portuguese footballer to score three goals in Europe and the youngest player ever to do so in the Europa League.Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he will leave the club this summer, with Barcelona expected to pay his buyout clause of 120m euros.On Wednesday, Atletico also confirmed the signings of two players from Porto.Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera, 29, has signed a three-year deal after moving on a free transfer, while Brazil centre-back Felipe, 30, has joined for 20m euros (£17.9m).The club also confirmed the sale of Spain midfielder Rodri, 23, to Premier League champions Manchester City in a £62.8m deal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s loss to Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 7, 2015 at 6:21 pm PITTSBURGH — In Syracuse’s (15-8, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) first game after announcing a self-imposed postseason ban on Wednesday, the Orange fell to Pittsburgh (16-8, 5-5), 83-77, at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday.1. Didn’t get the memoIt appears no one told SU forward Michael Gbinije that his team can’t make the postseason this year.The junior played like his shorts were on fire, finishing with 23 points by attacking the rim and efficiently scoring from deep. But Gbinije did struggle at times on defense and on the boards, where lack of positioning on the opposite wing led to his fourth foul with 3:43 left in the game.Still, Gbinije’s offensive output — he also finished with three assists, four rebounds and four steals — kept the Orange in the game before it ran out of gas in the end.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. You got zonedWith under 12 minutes remaining in the second half, Pittsburgh dropped into a 2-3 zone that, if for only a few minutes, puzzled Syracuse.SU head coach Jim Boeheim quickly subbed Trevor Cooney into the game with four fouls, and it took some time for the Orange to find the cracks in the Panthers’ look-a-like defense. The tactical change allowed Pitt to build a three-point lead, but SU started solving the defense it’s made famous to reclaim an edge.Gbinije hit a pair of deep 3s and a quick touch pass from Tyler Roberson in the high post to Rakeem Christmas on the baseline earned the senior a wide-open two-handed dunk. Pittsburgh also had trouble rebounding in the zone, which led to second-chance opportunities and a handful of free throws for the Orange.The Panthers didn’t stay in the zone the rest of the way, but the adjustment was instrumental in Pitt’s gradual comeback that set up a tight-knit finish.3. Over and over againPittsburgh’s fans weren’t too happy with Christmas, or the refs, down the stretch of Saturday’s game. As Syracuse continually worked the ball into its leading scorer as the closing minutes fell off the scoreboard, Christmas drew foul after foul to give SU a fighter’s chance.But the game was similarly monotonous on the other end of the floor, as the Panthers exposed the middle of Syracuse’s zone with a bevy of high-post jumpers.In the end, Pittsburgh’s methodical offense outlasted the foul-drawing big man, even as Christmas tallied 23 points. Commentslast_img read more

Sunderland v QPR line-ups: Robinson out, Manning in, Sunderland star starts

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesRyan Manning and Idrissa Sylla start at the Stadium of Light for QPR, who are without Jack Robinson.In-form defender Robinson misses out after breaking a bone in his hand ahead of the game.Sylla starts up front along with Jamie Mackie, with Conor Washington among the Rangers substitutes.Joel Lynch also starts for the R’s, who are without defenders Steven Caulker, Nedum Onuoha, Grant Hall and James Perch.For Sunderland, fit-again winger Duncan Watmore starts and Lewis Grabban is on the bench after recovering from a hamstring problem.Sunderland: Steele, Jones, Matthews, O’Shea, Oviedo, Cattermole, Ndong, Honeyman, Eatmore, McGeady, Vaughan.Subs: Ruiter, Grabban, Williams, Gibson, McManaman, Gooch, Love.QPR: Smithies, Baptiste, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Manning, Mackie, Sylla.Subs: Lumley, Washington, Furlong, Smith, Ngbakoto, Osayi-Samuel, Wheeler. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Youth Day 2016: 40 South Africans Under 40

first_imgTo commemorate Youth Day 2016, we look at the class of young South Africans under the age of 40 whose individual impact, small or great, have perfectly embodied the spirit of the class of 1976 in forging the country’s distinctive identity. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonForty years ago South African youth influenced the way today’s young South Africans wield their own historical impact on the country.This Youth Day we highlight 40 South Africans born since 1976 who have changed South Africa, or even the world in their own unique way through politics, culture, business, sport and public service.Jeremy Nell aka Jerm – cartoonistContinuing a long tradition of strong, intelligent and sharp political art led by cartoonists such as Zapiro, Rico and Dr Jack, Jeremy Nell, known as Jerm, is currently one of South Africa’s best and most widely read satirists. At only 37, he has had a fruitful and eventful career so far, first contributing to The Times and The New Age newspapers before taking his current post as cartoonist-in-residence at Eyewitness News and eNCA websites. He also draws for a number of South African non-news publications. He was a finalist at the 2014 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards, named one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012 and a winner of a number of local and international art and journalism awards. Jerm describes himself as “South Africa’s 39th best cartoonist”, but through his art and acerbic social media presence Jerm has an impressive cool-cache amongst the youth with sardonic observations on the absurdities of South African culture.Anne Hirsch – comedienneAnne Hirsch is South Africa’s queen of comedy. The Anne Hirsch Show on Youtube is one of the country’s most watched online channels and features interviews with some of the country’s most famous, most controversial and most loved personalities, all rounded out with Anne’s cheeky humour. Born and raised in Bloemfontein, Hirsch studied drama in Cape Town. She rose to fame winning the David Kau-produced So You Think You’re Funny reality show in 2009. In addition to her Youtube channel and a radio show that won an MTN Best Night Time Show award in 2013, Hirsch is also the popular host of the Great South African Bake Off. Hirsch’s fun, irreverent and youthful sensibility won her a SAFTA for Best Comedy Writing for the ZANEWS parody show, dislaying a firm but funny finger on the pulse of contemporary South African life.Redi Tlhabi – radio presenterRedi Tlhabi is a no holds barred radio presenter, writer, wife and mother. The undisputed queen of talk radio, Tlhabi’s 702 morning show is one of the most popular in the country. She can hold her own against the toughest politicians while showing compassion for ordinary South Africans. “I love the interaction that radio offers,” Tlhabi once told the Mail & Guardian newspaper, “it feels more like a dinner table conversation than a programme.” With a degree in journalism and honours in social science, Tlhabi understands the complexities of contemporary South African life. She is known to be fearless against inequality and injustice, yet cool and measured in the heat of the debate. Often called the voice of reason in the multimedia noise of the modern world, Tlhabi’s Twitter timeline is a constant and vigorous medium of debate and conversation with almost 300 000 followers.Mokena Makeka – architectAs one of the country’s leading architects, Mokena Makeka is helping create a unique South African aesthetic in its public spaces. His philosophy is to create dignified but modern structures that make South Africans proud of how the country looks to the outside world. His Makeka Design Lab has been involved in a number of high-profile building projects, including the rejuvenation of downtown Johannesburg and renovations to the Cape Town railway station. His company is also involved in the design and building of educational facilities around the country. “I run my studio as a place of learning and enquiry with a purpose,” he told Design Indaba. “Architecture is art. It needs personality and bravery.” Makeka is the South African representative on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Design and lectures at the University of Cape Town.Oliver Hermanus – filmmakerOliver Hermanus is one of South Africa’s most original filmmakers, using his passion for the art form to both drive social change and entertain audiences. Directing credits include Shirley Adams and Skoonheid. Hermanus tells uniquely South African stories with distinctive flare, yet never falls back on obvious narrative tropes. It is a style that translates both locally and globally, with Shirley Adams scoring SAFTA awards for Best Film and Director in 2009. Skoonheid won acclaim and awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. His latest film, Endless River is another personal story told with great performances and a tangible and earthy film palette. It became the first South African film to compete for the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, paving the way for an assured international career.Lauren Beukes – writerLauren Beukes is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and journalist who specialises in horror and supernatural speculative fiction with a distinctive African flavour. In addition to her fictional work, Lauren has a long tradition of social justice work within the arts community, paving a way forward for quality modern African literature and mentoring up and coming female and black writers. Beukes’s second novel, Zoo City, won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke award for most original and outstanding science fiction work. Her follow-up, The Shining Girls, gained the attention of Stephen King who called it one of the best books he read in the last ten years.Sifiso Ngobese – entrepreneurAn entrepreneur with an environmental vision is a rare and necessary combination. While Sifiso Ngobese might not grab headlines like Elon Musk or Mark Shuttleworth, he is starting small by tackling the litter problem in Gauteng. He is using a ubiquitous city staple: the trolley waste collectors, known as the “Abomakgereza”. Ngobese’s Unconventional Media Solutions (UMS) project, which is quite literally rolling out industrially designed trolley-containers to South Africa’s thousands of waste recyclers, is slowly gaining converts. The project solicits advertising for the trolleys, offering the recyclers a percentage of the profits. The colourful, road safe containers enjoys support from brands such as Collect-A-Can, Nedbank and Red Bull. UMS’ first rollout of 200 trolleys in Gauteng, along with waste management and entrepreneurial training for the recyclers, is taking trash collection to a new level.Alan Knott-Craig Jr – entrepreneurAlan Knott-Craig Jr is South Africa’s mobile communications king, taking on the big names in the industry and changing the way ordinary South Africans access the internet through mobile devices. Not only was he the CEO of Mxit, the country’s largest and most popular mobile social network between 2009 and 2012, he is now heading up the Project Isizwe non-profit initiative to bring free Wi-Fi to the nation. The company’s flagship Tshwane operation follows the international model for urban internet accessibility, offering schools, libraries and public spaces user-friendly portals to the world. The project is looking to bring the free Wi-Fi revolution to other major cities in South Africa, but more important, to rural areas. In addition to being one of South Africa’s most creative ideas-people, Knott-Craig is also a proudly South African praise-singer for the country and its people. His ground-breaking motivational book Don’t Panic… urges all South Africans to play their role in building the country. His most recent book collaboration, So, You Want To Be A Hero, is a series of essays targeted at motivating young South Africans to break the mould in business and life.Ashleigh Moolman Pasio – road cyclistAshleigh Moolman Pasio is one of South Africa’s top road cyclists, building a quiet but consistent career over the last 10 years. She is the only South African ranked in the International Cycling Union (UCI) top 10 for 2015/16. She has competed in the 2012 Olympics, won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and won first place in the 2015 African Continental Championships in both road race and time trial categories. Pasio also won last year’s 94.7 Cycle Challenge. She has been specifically tipped by Team South Africa coach Frank Dick to be one of the country’s medal contenders at the Rio Olympics in August. In a recent interview with Cycling News, she reiterated her passion for the sport and her country, “I hope [I] can inspire other South Africans and Africans to realise that with hard work, determination and sacrifice anything is possible”.Bheki Kunene – entrepreneurEntrepreneur Bheki Kunene is one of South Africa’s most celebrated and respected business minds, yet his story could have ended up differently. Kunene spend much of his youth trouble-making and on the run from the law, becoming almost notorious in his hometown of Gugulethu. That soon changed, as Kunene said in a 2015 interview with Radio 702, “my turning point came after I felt like giving up on myself. Society deemed me as a misfit and thought I belonged in jail, or dead. I felt I had nothing to lose anyway. The agony fuelled me to wanting to become successful.Bheki turned his life around and begin his own digital design agency with not much more than an idea, a computer and R600. His company Mind Trix Media is now one of South Africa’s top media agencies, celebrated both in South Africa and the world, with clients from four continents. He is ranked as one of Forbes List’s 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa for 2015.Adriaan Strauss – rugby playerIt was hard not to miss the hulking presence and undeniable passion of Adriaan Strauss during last year’s Rugby World Cup. The 30 year-old Springbok and Bulls hooker has had a steady rise in his playing career, and has now become the Springbok captain under new coach Allister Coetzee’s game plan to inject more level-headed consistency and a bit of power into the team. Strauss has 55 caps for the national team, scoring six tries including two match-winning tries against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2013. Coetzee calls Strauss’ leadership a potential a watershed moment for the future of South African rugby, adding that “(Strauss) enjoys the respect of all the players and he has always fulfilled a leadership role wherever he played, since coming through the junior national structures.”Buti Manamela – Deputy Minister in the PresidencyAs a former youth leader, issues effecting young South Africans is something embedded in Manamela’s DNA, and as someone close to senior Minister Jeff Radebe and the President himself, he is able to bring those issues front and centre for the good of the country. Manamela has had a wide-ranging career for someone as young he is, having been a prodigious student activist in his Limpopo province in the early 1990s. He has been a community journalist and trade unionist. A Member of Parliament since 2009, he has fulfilled positions in the Economic Development, Trade and Labour portfolios. He also has extensive experience in pan-African and global economic partnerships. As one of the government’s new generation of grassroots politicians and agents of social change, Manamela is poised for to be even more influential in determining policy that strengthens the country’s democracy.Sihle Tshabalala – tech entrepreneurTshabalala’s story is one of powerful transformation: a reformed convict and prison gang member, he now runs one of most successful prisoner rehabilitation and support organisation in South Africa. Tshabalala began his Damascene journey while still incarcerated in the Brandvlei Correctional Centre in the Western Cape. He joined the Group of Hope, an initiative that assists prisoners in completing their basic education and developing sellable skills. After being released in 2013, he wanted to continue the good work he had started and created Brothers For All (B4All) an organisation that trains both reformed prisoners and the youth in computer programing and coding. Speaking to the Mail & Guardian in 2015, Tshabalala says his time behind bars drives his need to help society, saying “I believe with deep conviction (we all have the ability to) end the cycle of poverty and crime, (with B4All) offering technology skills to youth at risk, offenders and ex-offenders (creates an opportunity to change mind-sets and offer realistic hope).” With programming skills in much demand and an employment boom currently underway in the IT industry, the work done by Tshabalala and his organisation offers hope beyond a life of crime and his own experience is living proof of that.Simphiwe Dana – singerAs one of South Africa’s most successful music stars, Dana epitomises young South Africa’s message to the world: young, proud and beautiful. Not only a great singer, whose lyrical blend of modern jazz soul and African rhythms has set her apart from others, Dana is also an outspoken social activist for feminism and the rights of the youth. “I wish I didn’t feel so strongly about social injustice,” Dana told Gareth Cliff this year, “I wish I could just write music…(but) I like to fix people.” Hailed when she released her first album in 2004 as the new Miriam Makeba, Dana’s lyrics draws strongly on her upbringing in the Transkei, and she remembers the influence of her mother and her singing voice as a key motivator in both her career and her life. While she has become a mother herself, letting her music take a backseat (for now), Dana is still very much in the public eye and vocal on social media on topical local and global issues with her over 200,000 followers, with the appropriate handle of @firebrand.Angela Larkan – HIV/Aids activistFor almost ten years, the non-profit organization Thanda.org has helped fight the destructive impact of HIV/AIDS and poverty on rural communities, particularly on children. Thanda, begun by Larkan on the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s rural South Coast, supports over 300 orphaned children in the area, in early childhood development, education and other community services. Larkan and her work was featured in a 2011 Levi Strauss ad campaign Go Forth that highlighted pioneering NGOs. The campaign also featured actor Matt Damon’s Water.org safe sanitation project. Larkan and Thanda continue to work in unison with the people to build rural communities that are self-reliant, healthy places where residents respect one another and live sustainably, all while keeping the education and health of children as priority. The organisation has won numerous awards for its work, including the 2010 Brand South Africa Mzansi Soul award and a Southern African Drivers of Change Award in 2011.Musa Manzi – geophysicist and educatorDr Musa Manzi grew up poor in a rural village in KwaZulu-Natal, where poverty and God inspired him to become the man he is today. A natural-born teacher with a passion for knowledge, he starting teaching maths and biology to fellow students while still in matric. He always knew his destiny lay in education, and promised himself that when he could, he would give back to the next generation. “It is a lesson to all (students),” he told Mail & Guardian in 2014, “they shouldn’t let the troubles of their past prevent or limit them from reaching their potential.” He became the first black South African to obtain a PhD in Geophysics, and is currently doing ground-breaking work on seismic reflection data from the Wits Basin that has opened up new ways of understanding the distribution of methane gas along underground faults, something that goes a long to improving mining safety and resource evaluation. Manzi is also the first African to win the international award for the Best Research Paper published in Geophysics of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Manzi is a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, but also donates his time as a science and maths teacher in Alexandra schools, giving back opportunities that he often never had himself when growing up.Sanelisiwe Ntuli – poet and educatorInspired by her storyteller father who regaled her as a child with traditional African fables that had a rich history and strong identity, Ntuli was determined to keep those stories alive for the next generation. She believes even in this modern technological age, that stories have the ability to change the world, “by telling a story you can heal someone or change somebody’s life because we are surrounded by stories,” she told the Mail & Guardian in 2015. Mentored by South Africa’s doyenne of African storytelling, Gcina Mhlope, Ntuli is using stories to educate and promote literacy in the country’s poorest areas through her Funda Ubhale project. She is also a published poet and has performed spoken word monologues at literary festivals in South Africa and around the world. Funda Ubhale is currently presented in over 15 schools and focuses on teaching children to read and write through the art of storytelling and inspiring imagination.Sivu Siwisa – gender activistSiwisa is the creator of the Ikasi Pride initiative designed to raise awareness and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) experience, particularly in townships and rural areas. The movement aims to advance understanding of the constitutional rights of LGBTI people by making information, support and resources readily available to combat the marginalisation of LGBTI people. “What keeps me inspired is the knowledge that someone before me worked tirelessly to push LGBTI rights in South Africa.” Siwisa told Mail & Guardian in 2014, “it is then not only my duty to guard those rights, but my responsibility to ensure that everyone else in the LGBTI community, regardless of gender, race or geographic location, enjoys those rights too.”Bruce Dube – tech entrepreneurDube creates and owns a number of highly influential digital media platforms, including youth portals, ecommerce sites, video platforms and online magazines, including the hugely popular education platform EduCan. He has been recognised as one of the British Council’s top 60 Global Change Makers in 2013 and one of the World Bank’s five most prominent young people from Latin America and Africa, as well as one of UNAIDS SA’s Youth Movers and Shakers. Inspired by young people with positive attitudes despite their circumstances, Dube knew that technology was key in giving go-getters better access to developmental information that could enhance their education, employment prospects and inspire their entrepreneurship. In addition to offering these mobile and internet portals, he also invests in youth start-ups across Africa when he sees the potential for making Africa a fully connected continent with the rest of the world. “It’s OK to be different,” is Dube’s life philosophy, “do what you can, use what you have, where you are and you can go far.”Pippa Tshabalala – tech journalistWith a multi-million local gaming industry growing yearly, it’s important that critical voices stand out to guide the consumer base, which is dominated by the youth, on the ins and outs of the industry, not only in the game technology itself but also in the surrounding social implications of technology that continues envelope everyday lives. Tshabalala has been a writer, TV producer and ardent gamer for over ten years and is one of the most respected journalists in her field. An outspoken critic of sexism in the gaming community, Tshabalala encourages more females to get involved in all aspects of the industry to change the status quo. She was a presenter on The Verge, South Africa’s first locally produced show dedicated to gaming and technology, and has written for a number of local and international publications on the advent of gaming and the local game design industry. She has presented talks at TEDxSoweto, highlighting the importance of gaming and technology in social change and also does consumer education for Vodacom.AB de Villiers – cricketerSuperhuman batting, a calm confidence and a fan-winning smile sums Proteas captain and batsman AB de Villiers perfectly, but he is much more. He is currently one of the game’s most popular proponents, both at home and around the world, thanks to his stylish gameplay and ability to strike any ball anywhere in the field, earning him the nickname ‘Mr 360’. AB plays in all formats of the game, including time with the fast-paced Indian Premier League, where he rivals even West Indian power-player Chris Gayle in both runs scored and popularity. As Proteas captain, he has fully mastered the modern game: AB holds batting records for the fastest fifty, hundred and one hundred fifty score in ODI cricket, the fastest Test hundred by a South African and the fastest T20 fifty by a South African. Ultimately, he is ranked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the best batsman in the world in all formats of the game right now. A fan favourite in South Africa, AB has used his popularity to begin cricket workshops in a number of rural schools, hoping to inspire youngsters to think and hit big. On his success, AB is humble but grateful, telling South African Cricket magazine that “I can never win a game alone. Every time I’m out there, it’s about the team and about the country.”Lauren Schroeder – palaeoanthropologistSchroeder is one of South Africa’s top archaeologists and experts working on the forefront of evolution and diversification of Pleistocene Homo, the ‘missing link’ between the Australopith extinct genus of hominids and the genus of modern humans over two million years ago. More simply, she explained to Mail & Guardian, “This period is important as it marks the emergence of our genus Homo; the beginning of our humanness.” Schroeder is involved with both the Malapa and Rising Star hominid projects at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. She is also part of the research team studying recent fossil discoveries, including Australopithecus sediba and Homo Naledi, all of which she describes as “unravelling questions about our origins adds an additional layer to our rich African identity and heritage.” Schroeder has authored a number of publications and academic presentations internationally, and will take up a post-doctoral research associate position at the State University of New York. But she hopes to return to South Africa to teach and share her passion for uncovering the secrets of humankind’s prehistory hidden away right here in South Africa. Her advice to learners and budding researchers is “never stop questioning.”Karen Zoid – singerDubbed South Africa’s ‘Queen of Rock’, Zoid has had an influence on not only her large rock music audience, but also on the greater national cultural landscape. Zoid shot to fame in 2001 with her iconic youth anthem Afrikaners is Pleiserig that poked fun and celebrated a generation coming of age in the new South Africa. A winner of numerous local music awards, including Best Female Artist SAMA in 2008, Zoid has toured right across the country, to diverse, appreciative audiences at South Africa’s premier music and cultural festivals, performing with the likes of Vusi Mahlesela, Dorothy Masuka and Zolani Mahola. Her duet with Francois van Coke, Toe Vind Ek Jou, is one of South Africa’s biggest iTunes hits and the most watched local music video on YouTube, with over 1 million views. In between live performances and her Kyknet talkshow Republiek van Zoid Afrika, Zoid is also a mentor on the popular reality TV show The Voice where she helps nurture new South African talent.Lady Skollie – artist and social media influencerNot only is Laura Windvogel, AKA Lady Skollie, one of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists, she is also one of the country’s most outspoken social media influencers through her various online social networks. She describes the power of immediate interaction possibilities of social media as empowering, telling the Superbalist fashion and culture website that “(the world is) definitely nearing a space where our thoughts and opinions resonate louder than ever before.”In between creating controversial yet engaging art, Skollie runs a full gamut of multimedia operations, including podcasting, photography and writing. It is on her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds that she creates a uniquely South African, humourous and confrontational youth-orientated vibe that is winning her new fans daily.Faith47 – street artistFaith47 is the internationally-acclaimed South African street artist, with works exhibited on numerous public city spaces around the world, including Taipei, Manchester and Cape Town. Often compared to English art provocateur Banksy, in at least her temperament, Faith47’s art attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik and speaks to the complexities of the history of the human condition and its global existential search.Mahala magazine calls her “one of South Africa’s most unflinching and overtly political artistic voices.” Her most famous works include the Capax Infiniti mural in Portland, US, and her Fees Must Fall graffiti at university campuses across South Africa.Siba Mtongana – chef and television personalityMtongana is a passionate and dynamic food enthusiast, bringing style and charisma to South Africa television food scene. Her popular DStv Food Network show Siba’s Table is broadcast in more than 130 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, USA, Australia and Asia. With a degree in Food, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, Mtongana is popularising healthy living at both home and around the world, all with unique African flavours and an easy-going accessibility. She has won three prestigious Galliova (international food) Awards for her recipe development, food styling and food journalism, and, in 2014, was honoured by O magazine’s Power List as one of Africa’s most influential women alongside actress Lupita Nyong’o and South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.Victor Dlamini – writer, podcasterAs a former journalist, Dlamini has always asked tough questions and offered measured but passionate commentary on South African life. He left journalism and a stint in corporate communications to combine his two loves: photography and literature. His photography work includes portraiture of South African writers, artists and music stars. Dlamini hosts the popular Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast, where he hosts a number of top South African writers and literary experts, passionately analysing South African and African literature, in particular how language and the written word reflects the African experience. His life philosophy, he tells the Books Live website, is to “decide what is important in your own life, and then do it with all the love and care possible.”Tsitsi Chiumya – game designerAfter Robot is a uniquely South African board game, in the same vein as Monopoly or Risk, that uses the local taxi industry as a backdrop to learning how business works and understanding South African culture. The game is the brainchild of Chiumya and his game development team at Shapa Studios. Chiumya wants use locally designed board games and computer games as an educational tool and a community builder, much like the way he himself played in his youth, particularly the traditional game of morabaraba (or African chess). Speaking to the Mail & Guardian, he says his dream is to put South Africa on the gaming map, especially as board games begin to enjoy a resurgence around the world, adding that “games that are made from a South African or African perspective can create experiences that will cross cultures and bring all people of the world together.”Simon Mayson – urban plannerDirector of inner city transformation for the City of Johannesburg Mayson is tasked with solving the housing crisis in South Africa’s largest urban hub and does so with great enthusiasm, perfectly placed to make a real change for thousands of ordinary residents of the city. Mayson is currently co-ordinating the development of the Inner City Housing Implementation Plan, through a partnership with the Johannesburg Social Housing Organisation, Johannesburg Development Agency, the City’s Planning Department and Housing Department. “Inner-city Johannesburg,” Mayson told Mail & Guardian this year, “despite being a mayoral priority and pinpointed at provincial and national level as the hub and core of Gauteng, had neither formal policy, nor implementation by the housing department. Yet decent, affordable housing is arguably the key to transformation there.” He has worked across Africa, discovering new ways to meet the urban expansion challenges in a truly African way, embodying both the spirit of Ubuntu and the importance of uplifting ordinary citizens with on-the-ground interaction. “I aspire to be a change-maker, a thinker and a doer,” he says.Trevor Noah – comedian, TV presenterWithout doubt, Noah is the most famous South African in the world right now, having become the host of one of America’s most popular late night television shows, The Daily Show, where he brings his acerbic, down-to-earth African wit and cool outsider hipness to the realm of US politics and pop culture. But it has been a long road to where he is now, having done his time on the South African stand-up comedy circuit for over 15 years. He has acted and presented in various home-grown shows, before trying his luck in the US and Europe as a comedian. Equally able to tackle the US riotous pre-election season and the global politics, Noah has settled in nicely as Daily Show host, and the show has quickly made Noah a popular staple in the lives of young Americans’ (and South Africans).Itumeleng Khune – football playerThe safest hands in South Africa, Khune is a stalwart of the Bafana Bafana football team for over 10 years, and currently its captain. Khune began his sporting career as a school cricketer, but inspired by his father’s amateur football career and a desire to earn a living for his family, he started playing professional football, first as a defender with the Kaizer Chiefs junior league and then later as goalkeeper. He became Bafana Bafana’s first-choice keeper in 2008, competing in the African Cup Nations, Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup. He became the national team’s captain in 2013. He has won numerous awards as both national player and Chiefs fixture, including Premier Soccer League’s Footballer of the Year and the SA Sportsman of the Year, both in 2013. When not defending between the posts for Chiefs and his country, he spends time nurturing the next generation of South African football stars teaching the fine art of goalkeeping.Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng – medical doctorAs a general practitioner Mofokeng has always made it her primary mission to communicate and champion accurate and vital medical information, particularly on reproductive and sexual health. Through her popular Kaya FM radio show, in her forthright yet quirky style, she gets to do that on a larger scale. She encourages thousands of listeners to challenge rape culture, engender respect for patients among health practitioners and raise awareness of women’s health issues and sexual violence. Mofokeng also raises awareness via her social media platforms and on local and international television and runs a successful women’s health practice in Johannesburg. She is also vice-chairperson of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition.“My end goal as a doctor is to ensure there are places where people can have their bodily integrity respected,” Mofokeng told the Mail & Guardian this year, believing that it starts with information and support, “in communities where there is support at every level, people tend to speak out more, because they know they are not alone. Without knowledge and support, people tend to remain silent, for fear of being shamed and victimised.”Kyle Louw – poet and culture commentatorA former IT specialist who discovered the art and power of spoken word performance as a way to express his creativity, Louw is one of South Africa’s leading poets. His “witty and entertaining, but intelligent and disturbingly shrewd” performances have inspired a resurgence in this largely underground art form. His poetry tackles a number of contemporary challenges, things like racism, overwhelming internet culture and social politics. Louw has won various local and international spoken word competitions including InZync, Poetica and the Open Book Festival, and has spoken at a Tedx Cape Town event. He is also the rhyming voice that welcomes travellers at Cape Town International Airport, as part of the city’s tourism campaign. In a world where the art of spoken word and rap can sometimes be full of bravado and artifice, Louw’s rhymes are thought-provoking and inventive. According to a critic writing for London’s Roundhouse Theatre during his performance there in 2015, “Louw has the ability to address each audience member individually allowing them to take whatever it is they need from his words which in turn transports listeners outside of their norm. When he speaks people stop and listen.”Ludwick Marishane – inventor and entrepreneurMarishane invented the “Dry Bath”, a revolutionary waterless sanitation system that is widely used in impoverished areas. The invention earned him global recognition, and in 2013, Time magazine named him as one of the top 30 people under 30 who are changing the world. Google also placed him as one of the 12 brightest minds in the world. Marishane used the success of the “Dry Bath” to start his own innovation hub, Headboy Industries, that focuses on ideas and inventions that add value to people’s lives. The hub also offers financing and training for young black entrepreneurs. An admirer of innovators like Elon Musk, Marishane doesn’t want to be known just as the “Dry Bath” guy, and is always to looking for new challenges and new ways to change the world. He feels social capital, like networking and creating an impactful word-of-mouth, is essential to finding success in business and innovation. There is a lot of money available to innovators with good products, but they just have to make the right noises.DJ Qness – musicianQness, whose real name is Qhubani Ndlovu, is one of South Africa’s premier house and EDM artists, globally recognised for his slick production and innovative music business savvy. At 17, he built his first recording studio and released his first album On Cue Volume 1 in 2009 which sold over 20 000 copies, thanks to the infectious melodies like Fugama Unamathe and Uzongilinda. He later used this clout to record with established artists like Simpiwe Dana and Zamajobe. Qness established himself and his music as a popular crossover genre, enjoying success on both national pop radio as well as more underground house music community. His street cred so solid that he was selected by American hip-hop star Dr Dre as the South African spokesperson for the Beats by Dre audio products. Qness tours extensively around the country and the rest of the world, bringing uplifting melodic Mzanzi sound to some of the top electronic festivals in Europe and the US.Siyabulela Xuza – rocket scientistXuza had always had his head in the stars as a child in the Eastern Cape, and was determined to make his mark both the world of science and the universe. He built his first fuel-efficient rocket on his mother’s kitchen table, and it won him the National Science Expo top prize and later, a gold medal at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. So impressed with his new take on developing solid, reusable rocket technology, the US Nasa organisation named a newly-discovered minor planet in the Jupiter asteroid best after him: 23182 Siyaxuza. Xuza is a firm believer that hard work and not just brains is key to success, telling University of the Free State graduates at a ceremony in 2014 that “[my achievements] are not because I am smart, but because I never gave up”. He currently sits on the Africa 2.0 Energy Advisory Panel, a pan-African organisation of the continent’s brightest minds committed to seeking sustainable energy solutions. He is also furthering his research at Harvard University developing new energy technology for the good of the planet.Jonathan Liebesman – Hollywood directorLiebesman is currently one of the most sought after action directors in Hollywood, having proven his talent in big budget blockbusters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 2014 and the sleeper action hit Battle: Los Angeles in 2011. Liebesman is a graduate of the highly esteemed AFDA film school in Johannesburg and cut his teeth in filmmaking specialising in short film. After spending years on the US independent film festival circuit, showcasing his self-financed films, he drew the attention of Hollywood action auteur Michael Bay who recruited him to helm a number of Bay’s production company’s smaller films, including a remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre cult classic. Liebesman still describes himself as proudly South African despite his international success and hopes to write and film South African stories for the global market as his career matures.Rebecca Davis – journalistDavis is a journalist, columnist and social media commentator with a flair for concise, constructive and often humourous observations on South African politics and pop culture. She has written for the Daily Maverick website, the Mail & Guardian and the Sunday Times. Davis has also worked in radio, written for satirical TV show ZA News and is a published author. She is an ardent defender of women’s and LGBTI rights. Her Twitter presence, with over 33 000 followers can be best described as Liz Lemon meets Hunter Thompson: irreverent, clever, confrontational but always sincere, whether she’s covering parliament, watching television or fighting injustice. She is an essential read for every South African.Athandiwe Saba – data journalistFormer City Press editor Ferial Haffajee describes colleague Saba as a “digital data guru” and one of the few South African journalists constructively using data to tell compelling stories. Saba herself calls data journalism an invaluable tool for media in the 21st century, when using facts and figures make the difference between a bad story and a trusted one. Saba was part of the team that won the CNN African Journalism of the Year award for deciphering the logistical paper trails behind the Marikana tragedy in 2012. Saba works closely with young journalism students in using data to enhance investigative reporting beyond hearsay and unreliable sources.Terry Pheto – actressPheto shot to fame in the 2005 Oscar-winning Tsotsi, having never acted in film and television before. She has since gone on to become one of South Africa’s most sought after actresses locally and internationally. Pheto has leading roles in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom and the South Africa crime drama How to Steal 2-Million, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress award at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards. In addition to her TV work in local dramas Hopeville and Jacob’s Cross, she landed a significant role in US daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful in 2011. In between work in theatre and being the South African face for L’Oreal, and extensive charity work, Pheto will next feature in the big budget UK production film on the life of Botswana’s first democratic president Seretse Khama, titled A United Kingdom.Source: Mail & Guardian Young 200 South Africans,Wikipedia, South African History Online and other online sources.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Wayne County dairy manure storage inventory survey

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In early January 2017, the Wayne County Extension office in partnership with the Wayne County Farm Bureau, Wayne County SWCD and NRCS, the Wayne County Ag Success Team and the Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit, mailed a survey to 339 Wayne County dairy farms to determine the current manure storage capacity on those farms. Addresses of dairy farms were provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and included both Grade A and Grade B milk producers. The purpose of the survey was to gather base-line information to assess how prepared Wayne County dairy farms are to comply with Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) type of clean water/nutrient management legislation. Surveys were returned in early February of 2017 and Ohio University Environmental Studies graduate student Janessa Hill tabulated survey responses and prepared summaries of the results.SB 1 legislation became effective on July 3, 2015 and currently covers the Western Lake Erie Basin and contains specific provisions regarding manure application and prohibitions against application of manure (and granular fertilizer) during winter months and when soils are saturated. Depending upon who you talk to, it is expected that this type of legislation will move state-wide in the future, possibly within two to five years. In order to comply with the winter application prohibitions and other manure application provisions, the general consensus of persons who work with manure management and write manure management plans, seems to be that most farms should have 9 to 12 months of manure storage. The SB 1 law provided medium-sized facilities (200-699 dairy cattle) a year to comply with the regulations. Small agricultural operations could apply for a two year exemption before compliance. The entire SB 1 legislation text is available at: http://tiny.cc/OHSenateBill1.The dairy farm manure storage survey was designed to collect information regarding the type of manure storage present on dairy farms along with the storage capacity and typical manure application timing. Additionally, the survey asked farms to rate the degree of financial hardship that would be experienced if legislation similar to SB 1 was extended to Wayne County and additional manure storage had to be added.The goal is to use the collected survey information in conversations with legislators, policy makers, and other elected officials to provide a better understanding of the on-farm situation within the county. It is hoped that this baseline data might help to guide legislators as they craft water quality/nutrient management legislation and avoid unintended consequences for agriculture. The results of the survey have implications for compliance time frames, environmental considerations and the social fabric of the community. The information collected regarding the financial cost and hardship that will be incurred by adding additional manure storage has to be considered in any future clean water/nutrient management legislation.According to Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) statistics, there are 32,000 milk cows in Wayne County. Surveys mailed back to the Wayne County Extension office represented a total of 14,811 dairy cows or about 46% of the ODA statistic number. The overall survey return rate was 33%. The majority of dairy farms who completed the survey indicated the use of both liquid and bedded pack manure storage systems for their milking herd, with bedded pack manure storage the dominant form of manure storage for the heifers and calves. When asked about a nutrient/manure management plan, 44% of the survey respondents stated they do have a current nutrient and manure management plan and 43% said they did not. With regard to manure storage capacity, 52% of the responding farms have less than three months of liquid manure storage, 36% have three to six months of storage, 5% have seven to nine months of storage and only 3% have 10 to 12 months of storage. With regard to solid manure storage, survey results indicate that 23% of the responding farms have less than three months of storage and 34% have three to six months of storage, 14% have seven to nine months of storage and 8% have 10 to 12 months of storage.In terms of financial hardship, farms were asked to choose a statement that would best describe their situation if they had to construct additional manure storage to allow nine to 12 months of storage capacity. Approximately 20% of the survey respondents checked “It could not be done in my current dairy situation. The dairy operation would end.” Another 40% of the survey respondents checked the statement; “It could be done but at great financial hardship and greatly increasing risk of business failure.” Another 14% of the respondents checked the statement “It would be done as part of the cost of staying in business.” In a follow up question, 43% of the respondents stated they would not accept a government program if cost share support was provided to help finance the cost of additional storage to stay in business, while 11% said they would need 50% cost-share financing and 27% said it would require 75% cost share financing.More information about the survey and survey summary documents with results to all the survey questions are available on the OSU Wayne county extension website at: http://go.osu.edu/Waynedairymanuresurvey.last_img read more

Privacy, Facebook and the Future of the Internet

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Today is the 3rd annual international Data Privacy Day and a whole bunch of companies are listed on the organization’s website as participants. Google, Microsoft, even Walmart. Facebook is not listed as a participant and has stirred up a lot of controversy with changes to its privacy policy lately.Why are these corporations singing out loud about protecting our personal privacy? According to the website, “Data Privacy Day is an international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information.” More than dignity, this is about building trust with consumers so that these companies can do things with our personal data. Some of those are things we might like, a lot. Aggregate data analysis and personal recommendation could be the foundation of the next step of the internet. Unfortunately, Facebook’s recent privacy policy changes put that future at risk by burning the trust of hundreds of millions of mainstream users.Facebook’s privacy changes were bad for two reasons: because they violated the trust of hundreds of millions of users, putting many of them at risk where they had felt safe before, and because by burning that trust in the first major social network online, the next generation of online innovation built on top of social network user data is put at risk. Had Facebook opened up access to user data through users’ consent – then access to that data would be a whole different story. As is, the privacy change was unclear and pushed-through without user choice concerning some key data, putting the whole concept of users sharing their data at risk.See also: Facebook’s round-up of other peoples’ statements about privacy today on its blog.How Facebook ChangedThis past December, Facebook did an about-face on privacy. (Here’s our extensive coverage of the changes and why they were made.) For years the company had based its core relationship with users on protecting their privacy, making sure the information they posted could only be viewed by trusted friends. Privacy control “is the vector around which Facebook operates,” Zuckerberg told me in an interview two years ago. 350 million people around the world signed up for that system. Facebook’s obsession with privacy slowed down the work of people who wanted to build cool new features or find important social patterns on top of all the connections we users make between people, places and things on the site. (Marshall shared a link to The San Francisco Giants with Alex, for example.)Those geeky cries in the wilderness to set the data free, for users to be allowed to take their data with them (“data portability”) from one website to another? Not going to happen at Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg said, due to privacy concerns. Aggregate data analysis? Facebook as a living census unlike any the world has ever seen? Back off, sociologists, you can’t access aggregate Facebook user data due to…privacy concerns, the company said. Facebook staff did team with a few outside academics they knew and studied that Facebook data themselves. They published some charts about racial demographics on Facebook, concluding that everything was peachy-keen and only getting better on the social network. But if you thought an army of independent analysts could glean some objective insights into the contemporary human condition out of Facebook, you were wrong. Then in December, things changed. Facebook began prompting users to re-evaluate their privacy settings. Public was the new default and some fields on a user’s profile were suddenly and irrevocably made visible to the web at large. Your photo, your list of friends and your interests as expressed through fan page subscriptions could no longer be set to private. Sorry, 350 million people who signed up for the old system. When Facebook said in the fine print that it reserved the right to change its policies, the company really meant it.The changes were responded to with an international wave of confusion and indignation. News stories were written all around the world about Facebook’s privacy changes – they’re still being written today. Yesterday the Canadian government announced it was launching its second investigation in six months into Facebook’s privacy policies.Did Facebook Break the Future of the Internet?Is it naive to think that things you post on the internet are really “private?” Many people say it is, but that was core to the value proposition that Facebook grew up on.Presumably the companies working together on International Data Privacy Day don’t believe that privacy online is a lost cause.In fact, trusting that your private data will remain private could be a key requirement for everyday, mainstream users to be willing to input all the more of their personal data into systems that would build value on top of that data. Facebook is the first system ever that allowed hundreds of millions of people around the world to input information about their most personal interests, no matter how minor.Will that information serve as a platform for developers to build applications and for social observers to tell us things about ourselves that we never could have seen without a bird’s eye view? That would be far more likely if more people trusted the systems they input their data into.Think of Mint’s analysis of your spending habits over time. Think of Amazon’s product recommendations. Think of Facebook’s friend recommender. Think of the mashup between US census data and mortgage loan data that exposed the racist practice of real-estate Redlining in the last century.Personal recommendations and the other side of that same coin – large-scale understanding of social patterns – could be the trend that defines the next era of the internet just like easy publishing of content has defined this era.Imagine this kind of future: You say: “Dear iPad (or whatever), I’m considering inviting Jane to lunch at The Observatory on Thursday, what can you tell me about that? Give me the widest scope of information possible.”Then your Web 3.0-enabled iPad (or whatever) says to you: “Jane has not eaten Sushi in the past 6 weeks but has 2 times in the year so far. [Location data] The average calorie count of a lunch meal at that location is 250 calories, which would put you below your daily goal. [Nutrition data online.] Please note that there is a landmark within 100 yards of The Observatory for which the Wikipedia page is tagged with 3 keywords that match your recent newspaper reading interest-list and 4 of Jane’s. Furthermore…“People who like sushi and that landmark also tend to like the movie showing at a theatre down the street. Since you have race and class demographics turned on, though, I can also tell you that college-educated black people tend to give that director’s movies unusually bad reviews. Click here to learn more.”That’s what the future of the internet could look like. That sounds great to me. Think that vision of the future sounds crazy? How long ago was it that it sounded crazy to think a day would come when you typed little notes into your computer about how you felt and all your friends and family saw them? But how many people will trust this new class of systems enough to contribute meaningfully to them, now that they’ve been burned by Facebook?On International Data Privacy Day, it’s good to consider the possible implications of Facebook’s actions not just on users in the short term, but on the larger ecosystem of online development and innovation over time.Photo: Mark Zuckerberg, by Andrew Feinberg Tags:#Analysis#NYT#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Complete Internet Blackout in Egypt (Updated)

first_imgAfter blocking Twitter on Tuesday and, intermittently, Facebook and Google on Wednesday, the Egyptian government has upped the ante, throwing a complete Internet access block across the whole of the country. Additionally blocked are Blackberry service and SMS.Reports are pouring in, many to Twitterers via landline, that the country has been “cut off” and is now a “black hole.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Breaking#international#news#NYT#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Reports from Cairo, Alexandria and elsewhere in the country indicate the block is wholesale and countrywide. CNN’s Ben Wedeman commented, “No internet, no SMS, what is next? Mobile phones and land lines? So much for stability” and asked “Will #Egypt totally cut communications with the outside world?”That depends, I think, on whether the idea now is to disrupt communications between groups of protesters or to lay a blackout curtain across Egypt to mask a total crackdown. As many as eight protesters, three in Cairo and five in Suez, have been killed, along with one policeman. I think if landlines and mobile go, the question must become, is the Egyptian government planning a wholesale massacre? (AP has raw footage of security forces converging, then killing a protester. Please be warned. This is some vicious shit.)Those in and outside of Egypt have pledged to keep as much in connection to one another using whichever avenues remain. This is one of those times, however, in which the presence of functioning traditional journalists will pick up from the citizens who had been reporting on the ground. UPDATESSome reports indicate landlines are down. Further reports indicate Vodafone will be shutting down mobile service and Facebook videos uploaded by those who retain Internet connection are getting deleted. Can anyone confirm? Egyptian interior ministry’s “decisive measures” may be code for “massacre” now that the Internet’s largely dark. Egyptian Internet cut-off documented by Rensys. Big four Egyptian ISPs, on which the majority of Egyptians, and Egyptian businesses and organizations, rely are offline.As of 12:35 p.m. (PST), all communications seem to be cut off “except landlines from 5 star hotels & Nour ISP” according to a source in the region (but not in the country). When rumors hit the protesters that the Egyptian Museum was going to be looted due to abrupt police abandonment, they ringed it with their own bodies to protect it. Another source, a journalist said:“Latest I’ve read/heard confirmed: 1) 93 percent of ‘net traffic blocked. Only one ISP, Noor, is still up and running.2) Cell service cut off, per government order, in various places — may be countrywide now, but what I read suggested that they asked it to be selective (probably not in tourist destinations, for example). 3) Some landlines, particularly in Cairo, are reported down as well.” Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more