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Warriors GM Bob Myers recounts free agency madness and getting swept up by a gay pride parade

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first_imgLabor Day is upon us, and you know what that means.Barbecues, the last chance to rock those Bermuda shorts, and the hide-bound “What I did over summer vacation” essay.Might as well forget the last one. Warriors general manager Bob Myers has all y’all beat.For starters, he looked on in horror as the Warriors suffered catastrophic injuries in the NBA Finals that dashed their best chances for a three-peat. “July was kind of hectic,” Myers said Tuesday during an appearance on the Joe …last_img read more

Desalination: Cape Town’s solution to water shortages

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first_imgWith drought an ever present threat, the City of Cape Town has approved plans to build a plant to turn salty sea water into potable water.The City of Cape Town is building its first desalination plant in the V&A Waterfront to deal with the ongoing drought. (Image: Construction Review)Sulaiman PhilipVisitors to Cape Town this festive season will arrive as the Mother City struggles through the worst drought in living memory. At present dams supplying the city stand at 35% capacity, but without any rains the levels will be closer to 25% by December.Minister of local government‚ environmental affairs and development planning in the Western Cape, Anton Bredell, says the province has been managing drought conditions in some parts of the region since 2010. “Three years of below-average rainfall have exacerbated the situation and despite proactive measures like the implementation of water restrictions and programmes to clear the Berg River of alien vegetation‚ the reality is we are faced with a dire situation.”Inspired by the Target 140 Campaign implemented in South East Queensland, Australia, Cape Town embarked on reducing  water usage. So far residents’ water usage has dropped below 100 litres per person per day, making the City’s Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Programme one of the most successful water conservation projects globally – a fact recognised at the 2015 C40 Cities Awards in Paris.Mayor Patricia de Lille thanked Capetonians and commended them “for rising to the occasion to save more water in our City because we are determined that we will not allow a well-run City to run out of water”.The mayor told the media the City will run out of water by March next year, at current usage levels. Despite water restrictions and the water savings achieved, Cape Town still needs 450 megalitres of water a day.With no end to the drought in sight, the City has approved plans to build a desalination plant to turn salty sea water into potable water.Construction will begin in December at the V&A Waterfront, the first approved site. By February the plant will feed two million litres of water into municipal networks.The harbour site will allow the City to draw water from the harbour and pump the salt brine residue into the ocean. As David Green, V&A Waterfront chief executive officer, explained: “At peak we have about 7m tidal waves, which means that there is no issue in terms of marine life, the brine is cleared immediately.”The V&A plant is the first of a possible eight the City wants to build. Down from an original 17, the other sites include Dido Valley‚ Granger Bay, Harmony Park, Hout Bay‚ Monwabisi, Strand and Strandfontein.The plants will have a working life of two years and, it is hoped, will supply the City with up to 15 million litres of usable water a day.                     Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Play Your Part episode 18: get involved

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first_imgYou can get involved with guests Pria Hassan, Lindo Duma, David Masilela and Oupa Pilane – and be part of their efforts to build a better South Africa – who feature in episode 18 of Play Your Part.Lindo Duma developed a stove that helps to prevent shack fires, a serious social problem in informal settlements in South Africa. Duma’s stove business was incubated at Invotech after he won the 2015 Ithala Bank Inkunzi’ Isematholeni Youth in Business Competition. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterIn episode 18 of Play Your Part, you hear the stories of four entrepreneurs who believe in giving back to communities, such as by providing mentorship and job opportunities.Episode 18 is aired on Saturday, 20 January 2018 on SABC2 at 18:00.Read more about the guests and discover how you can get involved with them:Lindo DumaDuma’s company, Skwe One Rehabilitation, works to rehabilitate and develop young people by opening drug rehabilitation centres around the country. In addition, he runs his stove business.Contact detailsLinkedIn: Lindo DumaDavid MasilelaDavid MasilelaMasilela worked as a petrol pump attendant for eight years while he saved money to study law. Today the lawyer has his own firm and mentors law students. Davi Masilela Attorneys also runs a school shoes project.Contact detailsTwitter: @davimasilelaWebsite: davi-masilela-attorneys.business.siteLinkedIn: David MasilelaFacebook: Davi Masilela AttorneysPria HassanAdvocate Pria HassanAn advocate, Hassan is the founder and managing director of the investment holding company, Women of Africa Investments. She’s also a member of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa. Hassan is involved in the Businesswomen of Tomorrow project, which helps schoolgirls with training and resources.Contact detailsWebsite: www.bwasa.co.za and woaonline.comEmail: [email protected] PilaneOupa PilanePilane is the owner and founder of Nelspruit’s Ubuntu Kraal guesthouse. He is also the executive responsible for municipal business intelligence at the Guma Group and is a mentor in the Bring Change Lowveld programme.Contact detailsTwitter: @oupapilaneWebsite: www.graskopgorgeliftcompany.co.zaLinkedIn: Oupa PilanePlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC

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first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Valdez put up a personal tournament-high of 20 points to lead the Philippines while Jaja Santiago also had her best offensive game yet with 19. Aby Maraño chipped in 11 points to aid the Philippines.Tran Thi Thanh Thuy led Vietnam with 16 points while captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa added 15.ADVERTISEMENT Japan shakes off slow start, grounds Thailand to top Pool F Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Alyssa Valdez dealt the killing blow to the 44th-ranked team in the world off a booming spike that set up the Philippines’ quarterfinals date against 2015 gold medalists Thailand.“They played inspired,” said Philippine head coach Francis Vicente of his 79th-ranked team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“What they showed there just now was the heart of a team that really wanted to win and that was the greatest thing I saw today,” said Vicente in Filipino.Aiza Maizo-Pontillas gave the Philippines the 24-20 match point but Vietnam managed to score three straight points before Valdez landed the final haymaker of the match. Philippines’ Alyssa Valdez reacts after scoring a point against Vietnam. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines came away with an absolute stunner in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship taking down Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the classification stage Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Filipinos improved to 1-2 in Pool E while Vietnam, the silver medalist in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, slipped to the same record.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more

a month agoKenyon: Man Utd paying for dumping Mourinho

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kenyon: Man Utd paying for dumping Mourinhoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon says Manchester United should never have replaced Jose Mourinho with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Reds struggled to see off Rochdale, 17th in League One, in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, progressing eventually on penaties.Solskjaer’s side were also widely condemned after being humiliated in the Premier League last Sunday, losing 2-0 at West Ham . They now face a tough test against a confident Arsenal side. Former United chief Kenyon said: “If you put me in charge of a great club and you needed to appoint a manager, my first thought would be José Mourinho.“He’s intelligent, he’s relevant and has vast experience. He isn’t outdated. I just think he needs the right club. I’m sure that you’ll see Mourinho be a part of a great club again.”He added: “The key is to give him the adequate structure and organisation to make sure he’s a part of everything.“I was the first to express my disappointment when he left United because I think he could have been a part of that great leadership structure.“No one better than him knows what United represents. José is far from being an irrelevant and outdated manager.” last_img read more

USAID-Funded Project Empowering Women and Girls

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first_img The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, being executed through the University of Technology (UTech), recently hosted the second in a series of conversations called ‘Big ‘Ooman Chat’. In seeking to expand the window of opportunity for the protection and promotion of human rights, especially among young women and girls, the Fi Wi Jamaica Project forged a Women for Empowerment (WFE) network across Jamaica, comprising mainly community-based groups and non-governmental organisations committed to empowering women and girls. Story Highlights Ubuntu is a South African Philosophy, which means that through a common understanding, community members are able to help and care for each other as members of one family. It refers to the interconnectedness of humans…“I am because you are”. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Fi Wi Jamaica Project, being executed through the University of Technology (UTech), recently hosted the second in a series of conversations called ‘Big ‘Ooman Chat’.Several successful professional and entrepreneurial women were invited to hear of the success of one major output of the project, ‘Girls using Ubuntu, Respect and Love for Entrepreneurial Success’ (GURLES).Ubuntu is a South African Philosophy, which means that through a common understanding, community members are able to help and care for each other as members of one family. It refers to the interconnectedness of humans…“I am because you are”.In seeking to expand the window of opportunity for the protection and promotion of human rights, especially among young women and girls, the Fi Wi Jamaica Project forged a Women for Empowerment (WFE) network across Jamaica, comprising mainly community-based groups and non-governmental organisations committed to empowering women and girls.Chairman of GURLES, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, said the group was established to support entrepreneurship, mainly among women in the WFE network, by supporting entrepreneurial growth and building sisterhood, incorporating love, respect and other core values embodied in Ubuntu. The highlight of the Big ‘Ooman Chat was the conversation about a new album, ‘Big Woman Tingz’.This album is being described as an artistic, eclectic and empowering body of music featuring 10 tracks from talented modern-day female artistes who are at varying stages of their careers.The objectives of GURLES are to facilitate female empowerment; to build a viable network of female entrepreneurs; to provide forums for both teaching and learning; to raise awareness about the complexity of issues affecting females; to assist in creating funding, organising and promoting events that are being spearheaded by females, and to promote unity and sisterhood amongst females.On May 21, 2015, the USAID signed a Cooperative Agreement to provide grant funding to UTech to execute a three-year national social-intervention project to expand a window of opportunity for the protection and promotion of human rights of targeted socially excluded and vulnerable members of the Jamaican population. The project comes to an end on May 20, 2018.last_img read more

Young Jamaican Chairs Commonwealth Youth Council

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first_imgStory Highlights The opportunity presented itself when Mr. Christian, who was elected to chair the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) in his first official capacity, attended a reception on July 5 at the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House in London, England, to welcome the Prince in his new role. He was also given the awesome responsibility of officially presenting the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, at a July reception held in the Duke’s honour as the Queen’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. At 26 years old, Tijani Christian from Waterhouse in Kingston can boast of meeting Queen Elizabeth II on two occasions. At 26 years old, Tijani Christian from Waterhouse in Kingston can boast of meeting Queen Elizabeth II on two occasions.He was also given the awesome responsibility of officially presenting the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, at a July reception held in the Duke’s honour as the Queen’s Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.The opportunity presented itself when Mr. Christian, who was elected to chair the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) in his first official capacity, attended a reception on July 5 at the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House in London, England, to welcome the Prince in his new role.Mr. Christian became the first Caribbean national to chair the CYC. He was elected in April 2018 during the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF), which was organised as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in London, England.The CYF aims to promote cross-cultural connections and to achieve consensus among youth leaders on the policies required to address the challenges and opportunities facing young people.In his capacity as chairperson of the CYC, Mr. Christian will liaise with Prince Harry to strategically advance the role of young people, according to Article 13 of the Commonwealth Charter, which speaks to the important role youth play in the development of countries within the Commonwealth.The CYC, which is led by a nine-member Executive, acts as a coalition of national youth councils and other youth-led civil society and private-sector bodies from across member countries of the Commonwealth.The Council aims to further advance the youth development agenda by integrating young people into the development work of the Commonwealth at national, regional and Pan-Commonwealth levels. It also provides a sustainable platform for unified engagement with decision-makers and youth-led development initiatives.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Christian says he is humbled by this important position that was bestowed on him, and vows to ensure that voices of the Commonwealth youth are represented and heard at the highest level.He will represent more than 1.2 billion youth from 53 member states of the Commonwealth.“I will be working very closely with Prince Harry to make sure that the voices of the young people are heard and strengthened throughout the decision-making process. He will be taking the issues and concerns to the highest level. Therefore, he will be the eyes and ears of the Monarchy, relating what is happening with the young people of the Commonwealth,” Mr. Christian says.The CYC works to mobilise the voices of young people and advocate for governments to meaningfully engage young people. It partners with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other organisations with a focus on youth development.“As the chairperson of the CYC, I am first and foremost the representative voice/official spokesperson for the young people within the Commonwealth. I am representing their views, their opinions in decision-making, whether to heads of government, United Nations (UN) processes or global developing processes,” Mr. Christian tells JIS News.No stranger to leadership roles, Mr. Christian has also served as Jamaica’s Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth; Special Advisor to the National Youth Council of Jamaica (2014-2016); President of the University of the West Indies Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (UWISTAT) Vice Chancellor’s Ambassador Corps, Mona Chapter (2014); and member of the CARICOM Single Market & Economy (CSME) Spokesperson Bureau.He was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in the category of Leadership for 2013 and the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in the summer of 2016.Mr. Christian tells JIS News that he is intrinsically driven. “I just always want to do better, to effect change, to help as many people as possible to uplift themselves to be in a better situation, and I always want to give others, especially the youth, the opportunity to grow as much as I was able to grow,” he says.He is a graduate of Seaward Primary and Junior High School on Olympic Way, Jamaica College and the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, where he pursued undergraduate studies in Social Policy and Development. He is presently the Events Coordinator at the National Integrity Action (NIA).The CYC was established in 2013 with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Programme and endorsed by Commonwealth Heads of Government at that year’s Summit in Sri Lanka as an “autonomous, youth-led organisation” to advocate on behalf of more than two billion young people in the Commonwealth.last_img read more

Vancouver latecomer actor Lillian Lim shines bright in new feature Meditation Park

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first_imgFrom left, Sharmaine Yeoh, Pei-Pei Cheng, Alannah Ong, and Lillian Lim in a scene from the new Mina Shum movie Meditation Park. SUBMITTED / PNG Advertisement “I think that was my first love since childhood, because I grew up with Shirley Temple and the Chinese equivalent to Shirley Temple named Fung Bo-Bo,” said Vancouver’s Lim, remembering those early movie-going days.“My mom would take me to the movies because my brothers couldn’t sit still.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: As a child Lillian Lim would sit in a Chinatown theatre and dream of being an actor, but it wasn’t until more than five decades later that she got to fulfil her fantasy.In 2013, at the age of 58, Lim joined a Meetup group (online groups that bring people together to do what they love) called the Vancouver B-Movie Factory. The moviemaking group made YouTube shorts, and Lim was thrilled to bits.Flash forward to 2018 and the 65-year-old now has a list of film credits under her belt, and is now on the big screen in a meaty supporting role in the Mina Shum written and directed feature film Meditation Park. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State volleyball upsets No 8 Nebraska

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Members of the OSU volleyball team huddle together during a game against Florida Gulf Coast Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternAfter falling to 0-2 in Big Ten play, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-5, 2-2) won back-to-back matches against No. 8 Nebraska (9-4, 3-1) and Iowa (8-7, 0-4) over the weekend.With the return of freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer, the Buckeyes defeated the Cornhuskers on Saturday in front of 8,041 fans in Lincoln, Neb., in five sets (25-27, 27-25, 23-25, 25-17, 16-14).The Cornhuskers were coming off a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Penn State Friday night.Leading the Buckeyes in kills was junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell, who led all players with 23, followed by senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger and junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell who had 20 and 19, respectively.  Senior setter Taylor Sherwin led all players in assists with 59. Sophomore libero Valeria León led all players in digs with 22, followed by Campbell with 20 and Sherwin with 19.The game was the team’s first win against a ranked opponent this season. The last win against a ranked opponent came against then No. 14 Purdue in a 3-1 set win in Columbus on Nov. 9, 2013.Against the Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes had the added benefit of junior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits, who played in her first match of the season Friday night after coming back from an injury.The Buckeyes beat a Hawkeye team that had lost it’s prior three matches heading into the matchup in just three games (25-19, 25-17, 25-22).Campbell led all players in both kills and digs with 12 and nine, respectively. Sherwin led all players in assists with 36. Mitchell led the Buckeyes in service aces with three. She and Sandbothe led all players in blocked shots with one each.Jess Janota, a freshman middle blocker, and native of Concord, Ohio, had five kills for the Hawkeyes.After Saturday’s game, Mitchell summed up what gave the Buckeyes such a successful weekend after.“Taking perspective of simple things.  One step at a time, one game at a time (and) taking care of what we needed to do,” Mitchell said.She added the key to winning at Iowa was focusing on the current game and not looking forward into the future.Freshman defensive specialist Kalisha Goree praised the team’s ability to work together“When we communicate better, that’s when we get (the) win,” she said.With their two conference wins, the Buckeyes are tied with Michigan State (9-6, 2-2) for eighth in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Columbus this week after being away for over a month and are set to face No. 16 Illinois (11-4, 3-1) on Wednesday at 7 p.m., followed by Northwestern (13-2, 3-1) Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Correction: An earlier version of this article stated OSU is scheduled  to play Northwestern on Friday, when in fact, they are set to play on Saturday. read more

Craig Bellamy believes Wales will qualify for 2020 Euros

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first_imgFormer Manchester City and Wales striker Craig Bellamy has backed his country to qualify for the European Championships in two years time.Speaking to BBC Sport, Bellamy said: “I believe in this group and think they have got one or two tournaments in them,”“I would expect us to qualify for the next Euros.”He also believes that Wales should be developing a stronger ‘structure’ at youth level in order to build teams capable of regularly competing at major tournaments in the future.“I’m more concerned with the next generation than the current one,” Bellamy continued.“How do we get them to become successful because at younger age groups we’re nowhere near qualifying for major tournaments?”“That needs to be addressed, as does our identity to what the senior team plays like.”“We can build a structure but we must have a clear identity. We talk identity and we’re very good at lip service.”Daniel James, WalesGiggs is full of praise for Daniel James Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs, footballer Daniel James is unstoppable after he helped his team secure a victory against Belarus.“But do we truly believe in it? I haven’t seen it and that needs to be hit home for us to have a future in the next 10 to 20 years.”The former Blackburn Rover’s star finished by praising the English FA for their current set up and believes the Welsh should look to follow their example going forward.“England have had a lot of success in youth tournaments, winning World Cups, and that tells me straight away they’re heading in the right direction,” he added.“They’re going to have a lot of confidence on the back of that when it comes to senior level.”“The FA are on the right path, they’ve got their act together and that’s what is putting them ahead of most nations.”last_img read more