SA supports firm stance in Africa

first_img28 June 2005South Africa would support military action against Rwanda’s former Hutu-dominated militia, the Interahamwe, should the armed forces derail the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).In addition, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council recommends armed action to neutralise the militia, Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad told journalists in Pretoria this week.Pahad said the prospects of peace in the DRC would remain poor unless the Interahamwe problem was addressed.“If you don’t deal with the Interahamwe you will never achieve peace in the DRC”, Pahad said. “If political action does not work it would be important to take military action, and South Africa would fully support such an action.”Pahad said South Africa had been working closely with the people of the DRC to ensure peace in the troubled country, and that the elections scheduled for 30 October were held in a stable political environment.“Before any election can take place, the demobilisation of former rebel movements, including Interahamwe, is crucial,” Pahad said. “However, the withdrawal of the militia from the peace process is causing a delay in the demobilisation process and is also creating an unstable political climate.”On the political situation in Ivory Coast, Pahad said South Africa was asked by the African Union to try to unblock the peace process in that country.“We will review the Pretoria Agreement and identify the stumbling blocks in the implementation of the agreement”, the deputy minister told journalists.“After the Pretoria Agreement, which was signed by the warring sides, we have seen no progress in the implementation of the peace process. We would like to see the legislative process completed and the disarmament process begin.”President Thabo Mbeki is currently hosting another round of peace talks in Pretoria with key leaders of Cote D’Ivoire.Pahad said that while South Africa would do its best to ensure an amicable solution to that country’s problems, strong measures could be taken against those standing in the way of peace.“The possibility of sanctions to anyone obstructing the Pretoria Agreement is a reality,” he said.Pahad said South Africa would continue its conflict resolution mission in the continent’s hot spots.The United Nations Security Council has extended the UN operation in the Ivory Coast until 24 January 2006, following the unanimous adoption of Resolution 1609 (2005).“South Africa and Africa will not prosper if there are conflicts on the continent,” Pahad said. “We cannot achieve the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) goals if there is continued instability on the continent.“It is within this context that South Africa assumes a leading role in resolving conflicts in Africa.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pretoria revamps Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square

first_img28 July 2015The newly renovated Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square in Mamelodi, northeast of Pretoria, in the city of Tshwane, reopened yesterday. It commemorates struggle heroes and heroines, including Mahlangu, who was born in the township.Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said the city spent R49-million on the first phase of renovations.“This is [in] honour of all the people who paid dearly for our democracy with their lives,” said Ramokgopa. “We have to ensure that Solomon’s death is not in vain.”Most of the renovations were concerned with earthworks, Ramokgopa said. “Perhaps by visual inspection you can’t see R49-million. The majority of the R49-million is sitting in the earthworks.”In the second phase of renovations, a museum and theatre will be added to the square.The statueThe statue of Mahlangu is now the anchor point of the square, and it faces the proposed Liberation Spine, a meandering pathway that will cross the park.The bronze statue was made by artist Angus Taylor. The first statue was unveiled in 2005, 26 years after Mahlangu was executed for being an anti-apartheid activist.Speaking on behalf of the family, Chief Lucas Mahlangu said they was honoured. He described the freedom fighter as a brave young man, who was not afraid of death.“Solomon played a role in our democracy. He fought against the injustices,” Chief Mahlangu said.About Solomon MahlanguAccording to South African History Online, Mahlangu joined the African National Congress (ANC) in September 1976. He trained as an Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) soldier in Angola and Mozambique before returning to South Africa in 1977 to assist with student protests.On 13 June of that year, Mahlangu and his companions, Mondy Johannes Motloung and George Mahlangu, were arrested for the deaths of two civilian men. Mahlangu pleaded not guilty but he was later charged with murder and terrorism, and executed. Mahlangu was buried in Atteridgeville, Tshwane.Watch Mike Terry, executive secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, talk about the hanging of Solomon Mahlangu:On 6 April 1993, his body was reinterred at the Mamelodi Cemetery where his supposed last words on a plaque read: “My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”Source: SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still getting a lot of questions about Fertilizer Certification from farmers. Yes, this new regulation applies to you. You, being almost every farmer in Ohio. You have until September 30, 2017 to become certified to apply fertilizer.While there are exceptions, most of these exceptions would only apply to a very small farmer such as one who has 50 acres or less. This site gives more details on the legal issues: the purposes of this Training, “fertilizer” means anything with an N-P-K analysis — meaning yes this includes nitrogen if the co-op applies everything else and you only apply sidedress N. And if you take manure from a concentrated animal feeding facility — a great opportunity by the way — then yes you too need to be certified to apply that manure.Record keeping requirements start when you receive you yellow Fertilizer Applicator Certificate. Within 24 hours of any nutrient application, you must record: Name of fertilizer certificate holder Name of applicator working under direct supervision of certificate holder (if any) Date of application Location (field ID, farm) Fertilizer analysis (such as 11-52-0) Rate of fertilizer application (lbs/A) and total amount applied Fertilizer application method (surface-applied, incorporated, etc) Soil conditions For surface applications only: is ground frozen or snow covered? Temperature and precipitation during application Weather forecast for day following application.And you must keep those records of your nutrient application for three years. One very good place to get and print off weather records and a forecast is find a program for this month – check at At this same website you may also get more information on the education program Ohio State University delivers and some clarification on the regulations from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.last_img read more

Why Asians Rule YouTube

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Last June, in a panel celebrating diversity at Vidcon, the unofficial YouTubers conference, rapper Timothy DeLaGhetto suggested the main reason for his popularity on the site: He’s “an Asian guy doing normal things.” (DeLaGhetto ranks #53 with 1.4 million subscribers and 465 million total views.)“Here’s a group of people that are not traditionally represented elsewhere,” said filmmaker and musician Freddie Wong in an interview. “We didn’t have a Blaxsploitation moment, and the closest we got was Bruce Lee and Kung Fu.” Ranking #6 on the YouTube chart with 1-plus million views of each of his videos, Wong mostly makes geeky and guntastic shorts, though he recently expanded to a Web series format with Video Game High School. Fact: Asians rule YouTube. After decades of stereotypical roles as brainiacs and kung fu masters, the long underrepresented group is flexing its media muscles online. Of the top 10 personalities on YouTube, three are Asian, occupying the second, sixth, and 10th spots respectfully. The top 10 women also include three Asians.Long ostracized from mainstream television, Asians have taken advantage of YouTube’s low barrier to entry to create their own opportunities and their own characters. From rappers to sketch-comedy stars to make-up artists, they can be whatever they want. YouTube even has a Korean equivalent of TV’s Jersey Shore called K-Town, broadcast on Kevin Smith’s LOUD channel. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Wong could easily work in Hollywood, but he loves the freedom of the digital space. In fact, Hollywood directors and actors now vie to work with him or appear in his YouTube shorts.“We are [on YouTube] doing our thing and it works because we’re doing our thing,” Wong said. “We’re not trying to fulfill or reject any given stereotype. This is where our platform is, and it will be a matter of time before traditional media realizes the value of representation across demographics.” Kim Evey, a Korean-American actress who now works as a producer with Felicia Day, joined the YouTube community after seeing a viral video of two  Asians lip-syncing. She recalls only three Asians in media when she was growing up: “Connie Chung, who was a news reporter; a woman on a sitcom called Night Court; and then there was M*A*S*H. That was it if you were Asian and wanted to be an actor.” She is blown away by what is happening on YouTube today. “The fact that they do exist, and have the success that they have, is so exciting to me.”Bernie Su, a Web series writer of hit shows like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, said “as an Asian American, I am proud and happy to see” Asians at the top of the list of popular YouTubers. “Asian Americans don’t have a lot of rolemodels” in traditional media right now, he adds.“The Asian American audience is relevant,” Su said, “and when Hollywood and advertisers realize how relevant they are, they’ll pretty much have to see Asian-American stars.” fruzsina eordogh Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more


first_imgThe Touch community is mourning the loss of a deeply loved friend and Touch legend. Michael Jonson passed away on Saturday after his battle with cancer. Michael was charismatic, loveable, much loved and respected by all lives he “touched”. He was passionate about his Touch Football, he loved to laugh, loved his horses and to have a bet, loved a beer and good wine. He owned a chemist shop in Maurobra for many years and first started playing Touch with South Sydney and then later played for Canterbury. As busy as Michael was he always found the time to travel to Port Macquarie for the NSW State Cup and he also took part in the inaugural Vawdon Cup. He was an experienced Australian representative, being capped eleven times for Australia in test matches as well as taking part in the 1987 Canadian Tour, 1988 FIT World Cup in Australia, 1991 FIT World Cup in New Zealand and the 2000 Masters Tour and the 2002 ATA Masters Tour to South Africa & UK as a member of the Mens Veterans Team. Within NSW Michael represented NSW Mens 35’s in 1983 & 1985, Mens 040s in 1986-1991 and the Mens 45s in 1994 & 1995 before playing in the inaugural NSW Mens 50’s side in 2002. He also represented NSW City in Mens 40’s in 1990 and the Mens 35’s in 93 and was Player /Coach in 1994. He continued on to play for the City Mens 45’s in 1995. At an NTL level he was a Sydney Mets and Sydney Rebels representative in the Mens 45’s and Mens 50’s and in the `early days’ he represented Region 7, which included Easts, Cronulla and South Sydney. Sadly Michael passed away last Saturday morning, he leaves behind four children, and loving family and relatives, and many many friends – we will miss his laughter and his humour. The funeral will be held on Thursday morning and any condolences can be sent to [email protected] or PO Box 276, Maroubra, NSW 2035.last_img

Ohio States Marcus Baugh suspended

Redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh makes a catch during fall practice Aug. 6 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Baugh has been suspended twice in his Buckeye career by coach Urban Meyer.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorOhio State redshirt-freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been suspended, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.Baugh, who has yet to appear in a game for OSU, was suspended two games for what Meyer called “stuff” during a Monday press conference.Baugh did not make the trip to Baltimore for OSU’s game against Navy Saturday and will not suit up for the Buckeyes’ game against Virginia Tech, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.This marks the second time Baugh has been suspended by Meyer. He was arrested in July 2013 for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and displaying improper identification. He missed the 2013 season opener against Buffalo before eventually redshirting.Baugh was cited again in January for underage consumption, but participated in spring practice. read more

Kevin Gameiro I want to score 20 goals or more

first_imgKevin Gameiro’s long-awaited move to Valencia was finally sealed on Monday and now he has set himself the target of scoring 20 goals for his new club this seasonLos Che completed the signing of the French forward from Atletico Madrid in a €16m deal following months of speculation surrounding his future at the Spanish capital.Although Gameiro won’t have to wait long to reunite with his former club ahead of Valencia’s La Liga opener against Atletico in six days time.And, despite having only found the back of the net 27 times in 83 games in his two years with Diego Simeone’s side, Gameiro is already setting himself some big scoring targets at the Mestalla.“I want to score 20 goals… or more,” said the 31-year-old, as stated on Marca.“[Next Monday’s La Liga match against Atletico] will be special.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I am physically good.“I did pre-season with Atletico and we worked a lot there.“I have a week to get used to this team.“I can bring experience, speed and goals.”Although he added that he is unsure if he would celebrate scoring against Atletico.Gameiro has scored 58 goals in 148 La Liga games.last_img read more

United player asks EA for better personal stats on FIFA 19

first_imgJesse Lingard believes he deserves a better pace statistic inside the newest video game from the FIFA franchise25-year-old Manchester United footballer Jesse Lingard took it personally when he saw his personal stats on a leaked FIFA 19 image.The Electronic Arts (EA) Sports video game is coming out soon, but Lingard saw his statistics and he didn’t like them.So he did what anybody would do and ranted about it on Twitter.“I’m telling you something now, yeah. FIFA need to up my physicality to 99 and they need to up my pace to 84,” Lingard wrote on Twitter as reported by The Sport Bible.“Nah, actually, 95. You know why? Because I’m rapid. And I swear, I’m probably fastest…”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Lingard has been with the Red Devils since he started his professional career in 2011.The attacking midfielder has been loaned to Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton, and Hove Albion and Derby County during his [email protected] up my pace too ??‍♂️? #JLingz— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) September 5, 2018last_img read more

Pochettino believes relationship with players now stronger

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has playfully replied reports that he could take up Real Madrid job.Pochettino played down the reports of continued offers after Julen Lopetegui’s sack.“It’s like our girlfriend or our wife, no?” Pochettino said via FourFourTwo.“Because we are so handsome and we are walking down the street in London and she is so proud of you because another woman looks at you.“Your wife is so happy to be with you and feels in love with you. No one looks at you, your wife says ‘maybe he is better’, understand the metaphor?Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“They are confident of course but they are not attached to me only. It is about the club. If I believe that Dele Alli is going to sign or a different player is going to sign a new contract because of me, it is a bad feeling or I am so wrong in my head.”“Of course it is always nice to hear the players say one of the reasons is the manager, one of the reasons is the chairman, one of the reasons is the new stadium, so exciting,” Pochettino said.“One of the reasons I wanted rather to listen – I want to play for Tottenham to make history, to touch the glory with this club and with this badge.“‘Now I am so happy with my manager and I am going to give my best’ but there are going to be days we won’t be happy because we are human.”Having currently secured the fifth position, five points off Premier League-leading Manchester City, Spurs are o their to Wolverhampton this Saturday.last_img read more