New draft law for SA’s elderly

first_img5 August 2004Parliament’s select committee on social services is considering a draft law that seeks to empower older South Africans, recognising the skills and wisdom of older people as well as their right to care and protection.The Older Persons Bill aims to empower older people, enforce punishment for any form of abuse, and initiate programmes and services – including adult basic education and poverty alleviation projects – catering specifically for the elderly.Nomathemba Kela of the Department of Social Development said that although the Aged Persons Act of 1967 had been amended, it was still not responsive to the needs of older persons.“We must look at a new developmental approach to the elderly, which the old Act does not provide for”, Kela said.Kela said the new approach promoted by the new Bill recognises that the Constitutional rights and human dignity of the elderly should be upheld. It also recognises the skills and wisdom of older people, as well as their right to care and protection.Kela said there are an estimated 3.3 million South Africans – roughly seven percent of the population – above the age of 60, about 63% of whom are women.“The role of older persons in society has changed from needing to be cared for to that of caregivers”, Kela added. “The elderly are actually becoming second-time parents.“Most elderly people are affected by poverty, especially in the current scenario where they have to be providers living on old age pensions”, she said.The committee’s recommendations will be integrated into the Bill, while provincial public hearings on the proposed law will take place from 9-13 August. The Bill is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Chinese carriers get green light for new Beijing airport.

first_imgThe move to Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport is ramping up after China Eastern and China Southern last week received approval to proceed with plans to build bases at the mega-project.Chinas’s National Development and Resource Commission approved a China Southern plan for a 14.8-billion yuan ($US2.15 billion) base for China Southern and a 13.2-billion yuan facility for China Eastern.The airlines will each fund about 30 per cent of the construction costs with the rest coming from domestic bank loans.The first phase of the $US12-billion airport, some 30 miles (46kms) south of Beijing’s city centre, is scheduled for completion in of 2019 and the Chinese say it will be the world’s biggest in terms of surface area. The first phase of the airport will serve 45 million passengers annually on four runways with capacity through two stages rising to 100 million passengers a year using up to seven runways.Both Shanghai’s China Eastern and Guangzhou-based china Southern will relocate to the new airport while Beijing-based Air China will remain at Beijing Capital International Airport.The new airport will be connected by high-speed rail to Beijing as well as to the nearby cities of Hebei and Tianjin. It is expected to take about 30 minutes to get from the airport to central Beijing.Airport developers ADPI and  British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid created a starfish design with six piers they say will be more efficient and economical to operate, improve connectivity and give a better passenger experience.“Given the terminal’s compact design, the distance between the terminal centre and the farthest boarding gate is around 650 yards, less than Asian and European terminals with similar capacity,’’ ADPI says on its website.  “Passengers can easily find their way within the open interior layout of the terminal, gravitating naturally to the grand skylight central area where shops and services are located, and then walking straight ahead to their gate.’’Beijing Capital airport has become increasingly crowded as air traffic in China has exploded with an expanding middle class and increased leisure time.The need to improve aviation infrastructure has seen China plan to the increase the number of civil airports by at least 50 in a five-year economic  plan released late last year.As well as new Beijing airport, it is also looking at clusters of world-class airports in Yangtze River and Pearl River Deltas.It also wants to speed up construction of international aviation hubs in Harbin, Shenzhen, Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Ürümqi, and other cities.last_img read more

Gallery: Operation Hydrate bringing water to dry lands

first_imgLearners from the Houghton Muslim Academy helped Operation Hydrate at a recent water drive at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The initiative collected more than R55-million on the day. (Image: Sandile Khumalo)Operation Hydrate, the NGO that has been donating water in drought stricken areas of South Africa, has distributed more than 6 million litres of water so far. The group aims to collect R95-million worth of water by Nelson Mandela Day this year.Though the initiative only started on 4 January this year, it has already garnered massive support from ordinary people, as well as the likes of Mango Airlines, the national cricket team, and the National Lottery.Contact Yaseen Theba on 082 494 2824 to find out how you can contribute to Operation Hydrate’s water drive. For information about helping or where to drop off water or send donations, visit the Operation Hydrate Facebook page, or follow @HydrateSA on Twitter, #OperationHydrate.Below are some of the highlights from the initiative’s work so far. Pictures are from Operation Hydrate’s Facebook page unless stated otherwise. Operation Hydrate has distributed more than 6 million litres of water in drought stricken areas, to date. Water has been delivered by 41 trucks and tankers to Swartruggens, Senekal, Steynsrus, Qwa Qwa, Zululand, Nongoma, Ulundi, Paulpietersburg, Vryheid, and Aliwal North so far. According to the NGO, some people in the drought stricken areas have resorted to drinking sewage water. Leslie Sedibe, the chief executive of Proudly South African, said: “Just to give somebody a glass of water… could be the greatest testimony you’ll ever give them.” Operation Hydrate aims to collect R95-million worth of water by 18 July this year. Pictured here are learners from Benoni Muslim School who donated water to the cause. Water Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane announced that the National Lottery would donate R50-million to the cause. On hearing this news, Operation Hydrate raised its target from R67-million to R95-million. (Image: Sandile Khumalo) The Proteas, the South African cricket team, donated five to 10 litres of water each. These were handed over in large bottles to Operation Hydrate. Cricket South Africa also called on supporters before the game against England in Centurion to donate bottled water at the stadium, collecting more than 5 000 litres of water.Chairperson of Operation Hydrate Fayaaz Moosa, pictured, said that although there had been some rain in certain parts of the country, the water was not necessarily potable, or of drinking quality. (Images: Sandile Khumalo) The donations were “ubuntu in action”, the initiative’s co-ordinator, Yusuf Abramjee, said at a water drive at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “Real people are the ones donating,” he said. “We as civil society will continue to provide this basic human right.” (Image: Sandile Khumalo)last_img read more

ASF Outbreak Shifts in China

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Lin TanDTN China CorrespondentBEIJING, China (DTN) — The impact of China’s African swine fever outbreak has grown, as the disease arrived in one of the country’s largest production areas while pork stockpiles are rapidly falling as well.The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) announced on Tuesday that an African swine fever (ASF) case was found in Bobai County in South China’s Guangxi Province. It was just one hog infected within a small farm, but the location created immediate concerns for the industry. Another outbreak was reported last Saturday on a farm of 104 hogs in Yunnan Province, another southern China province.Industry observers are now speculating whether this latest report out of Bobai County will be used as a policy to curb pork shipping out from Guangxi Province.Bobai County is one of the largest hog-producing counties in China. The county typically has stocks of 500,000 sows and produces 6.2 million head of hogs annually. In the U.S., such production would rank Bobai County behind only Iowa, North Carolina and Minnesota for hog production.Since at least April, there have been questions about a possible outbreak in Bobai County because of hog fatalities, but there was no official confirmation of the outbreak in the county. Hog farms started selling their hogs as early as possible to reduce their risk. Many hog farms have already emptied their barns at a lower price. Those hogs had been shipped to other regions of the country.“The situation is getting worse in South China,” said an industry expert who asked to remain anonymous. “Hog stocks in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces had left only less than half of the pig population.”Guangdong and Guangxi are two provinces in southern China and export pork to other regions, include Hong Kong and Macao.The Ministry of Agriculture said its sow herd in China is 22% smaller than at the same time last year, but many in the industry say this number could be more than 30%.ASF does not harm humans, though it is deadly to pigs and there is no vaccine or cure yet.Government officials have now started testing all pork stockpiles in China for possible contamination.“Many companies and restaurants had stored frozen pork early this year when the price was low and also later on when farmers wanted to sell off pork as there was an outbreak of ASF. It is highly possible frozen pork in storage has been contaminated,” said the expert.Surprisingly, pork prices in Beijing and Shanghai were not creeping higher because companies were selling the stockpile before the mandatory ASF testing.Tang Ke, head of the Market and Economy Information Department of MOA, said last month that the price of pork had already shot up in March and could rise by as much as 70% year on year to record levels in the second half of this year.Industry is expecting a pork shortage in China in the second half of the year. Imports will be the only help to China to fill the market demand for pork. Currently, USDA shows 122,000 metric tons of pork sales to China this year, with 72,800 metric tons already shipped. Canadian pork exports to Chin rose in value over the first three months of the year with a significant increase in March in variety meats such as offal. China also recently approved Argentina as an exporter as well.In the U.S., the pork industry and USDA officials have ramped up efforts to keep ASF out of the country. USDA officials testified earlier this month that biosecurity and import controls have been increased, though they acknowledged ASF would be a difficult disease to control once it arrives in the country. The economic impact, especially from lost exports, would be devastating to the industry. USDA officials also indicated ASF is a difficult disease to find a vaccine for or decontaminate a farm once an outbreak occurs.Over the past few weeks, ASF has spread in Asia with Vietnam reporting more than 2,500 outbreaks and 1.55 million diseased animals since early May, according to the latest report from the World Organization for Animal Health, known by its French acronym OIE.African swine fever has become a greater focus for the OIE. The group announced just Tuesday that it was launching a global initiative with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to curb the spread of ASF. The OIE called on countries that are both infected and free of the disease to tighten biosecurity and traceability controls, as well as manage wild populations of hogs.“Because of its complex epidemiology, it isn’t possible to control ASF without a coordinated response from the different sectors involved,” the OIE stated. (…)(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Google Releases CloudCourse, an Open Source Learning Platform

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google made a number of announcements in the past week that are of interest to educators: opening Google Wave to the public and extending Google Voice accounts to students. But one announcement that didn’t receive much press was its release of CloudCourse, the new internal learning platform.Built on Google’s App Engine, CloudCourse is a course-scheduling tool, fully integrated with Google Calendar. CloudCourse also features approval processes, wait list management, as well as room and user profile information and can be further customized to sync the data with other internal systems.Google hopes that by releasing this under an open-source license that it can “help developers who want to port or build enterprise applications on App Engine.” According to Irwin Boutoul, a software engineer at Google, “We actually didn’t design this system with universities in mind – we designed it as a course scheduling tool for enterprises. Nevertheless, CloudCourse can certainly help school administrators, who most likely don’t have the time or resources to worry about hardware hosting and dealing with traffic bursts like the ones that occur during class enrollment periods. We’d love to see universities pick up this platform and code additional features on top of it to make it more relevant to the higher education ecosystem. “While course management is part of what makes a learning tool appealing, CloudCourse does not yet contain all the functionality that would make it an alternative to the other learning management systems available But as Katie Christo, an instructional technologist at the American International School in Chennai, India says – echoing the frustrations that many teachers have with these alternatives – “I would love something from Google. Moodle is still very basic, Blackboard is worse. It’d be nice to have something that is free, cleanly designed, and integrated with other solid programs.”And as the source code is open, and as more and more schools explore and embrace Google’s Apps for Education, CloudCourse may become another part of the ed-tech arsenal. Related Posts audrey watterscenter_img Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

RW10: What Other Amazing Products Got Their Start In 2003?

first_imgReadWrite celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 20, 2013. For the occasion, we’re running a series of articles  looking back—and looking forward.When Richard MacManus started this site—then known as Read/Write Web—in 2003, he launched it in a time of technological ferment. Things we now take for granted, like ubiquitous social networks, cloud-based software and electric cars, were just getting started. Here’s a look at some of the key innovations that grew up alongside ReadWrite (in alphabetical order):1. Adobe Creative Suite Now the de facto productivity suite for Web and graphic designers, Adobe put together the pieces for its collection of software a decade ago.“Adobe Creative Suite integrates outstanding new product releases and unleashes Version Cue technology that will save creative professionals time and revolutionize interaction within creative teams,” said Bruce Chizen, then-president and CEO of Adobe Systems. “With Adobe Creative Suite we are delivering a platform for the future of design and publishing, building on 20 years of innovation and partnership with the creative community worldwide.”They must have been doing something right, because CS, now in version 6, is a key tool in not just Web and graphics design, but video production, too. Depending on what you want to do, there’s usually an Adobe tool or two in this suite that you will be using. And it’s taking the next big step, moving online as the Creative Cloud.2. AdSense brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It would be folly to underestimate the impact of Applied Semantics’ AdSense. Google clearly saw the importance of the content-targeting ad network, since it bought the company in 2003 and rolled it into its own in-house technology, creating the service we know as Google AdSense today.AdSense fueled the blogging revolution of the early 2000s. With AdSense matching appropriate ads with a blogger’s content, even small-time bloggers could generate revenue from their content. Few people got rich doing this, but a few bloggers were able to make a living doing what they loved, while others could at least justify the time they spent on their labors of love.3. Clearwire Depending on who you ask, wireless networking provider Clearwire got started in either 1998 or 2003, after a restructuring set up the company in its present form.We’ll go with 2003, since that’s the year when Clearwire first made a concerted effort to push high-speed wireless connectivity, a mission that has helped redefine mobile computing. The company launched its first high-speed network in 2004, and now claims to serve 130 million customers.Today, Clearwire is the object of a complicated, three-way takeover battle with Sprint and Dish. Formerly a wholesale customers of Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network, Sprint offered to buy out Clearwire for $2.2 billion, which would give Sprint a big boost in expanding its 4G LTE network. Combined, the Sprint-Clearwire network would have a better chance of standing up to AT&T and Verizon. But Dish first tried to buy Clearwire—and now it’s trying to buy Sprint outright, contesting a takeover offer from Japan’s Softbank.4. iTunes Music Store In 2003, the iPod had taken over the music-player business and put Apple on the comeback trail.But when Steve Jobs introduced the new iTunes Music Store alongside the third-generation iPod, people could be forgiven for thinking it a little far fetched. A hardware company selling music?With 200,000 songs in its debut library, iTunes would very quickly prove its detractors wrong, selling a million songs in its first week of sales, and 25 million by the end of 2003. That’s a lot of tunes, and a lot of coin for a so-called hardware company. Apple was demonstrating what we would all soon learn: content was king in this nascent mobile age.Perhaps even more important, the Music Store provided the underpinnings for Apple’s App Store, which became key to the iPhone’s success.5. LinkedIn It’s hard to imagine a world without LinkedIn, but before 2003, the business-oriented social media platform was little more than an idea in heads of the company’s founders.The site itself launched in 2003, and quickly became a tool for professionals to share information about themselves. At first, the founders thought it might be about dealmaking, but it quickly proved to be an invaluable recruiting tool.Today, LinkedIn is a public company that pulls in close to $1 billion in annual revenue. Its members use the site for everything from finding customers to getting training to keeping up on business news.And sometimes, yes, finding a new job.6. MySpace Before Facebook, there was MySpace, the once-cool social media platform that launched in late 2003 and dominated the hearts and minds of the Internet—at least for a couple of years.The MySpace era was a heady time, when the idea of a social network platform hadn’t quite gelled; but people knew there was money to made helping people get together online, and that was enough. MySpace would grow fast, eclipsing competitors until it was itself eclipsed in 2008 by Facebook’s rise. Along the way, it was acquired by News Corporation, a purchase that may not have saved MySpace from its eventual fate, but did at least solidify the idea that social networking, in some form or another, was here to stay.Bogged down by an overabundance of ads and problems with user privacy, MySpace shed most of its users. The site lives on today, owned by entertainer Justin Timberlake, and is trying to reestablish itself as a niche social network for artists and musicians.7. Tesla Motors If you ever went to Disney’s EPCOT as a kid, you may have had a notion that electric cars of the future would be boxy and slow.In 2003, Tesla Motors‘ founders upended that idea, founding a company that would eventually launch first the Roadster sports car and then the Model S sedan, two hot commodities that everyone would have wanted to drive even if they weren’t electric.These aren’t cheap vehicles, though, and their high price tag puts them out of reach of typical drivers. But Tesla’s cars show us a clear future that electric vehicles don’t have to sacrifice style or speed to save on gas.You may never own a Tesla, but the company’s pioneering work may mean that one day you will own an electric car that delights you.8. TypePad TypePad was one of two big blogging platforms that got its start in 2003. (It’s one that’s near and dear to us here at ReadWrite, since our parent company Say Media owns the platform today.)TypePad was a way to get the functionality of SixApart’s Movable Type without having to install software on a server.TypePad never enjoyed the broad consumer adoption of competitors like WordPress or Google’s Blogger, but it’s still popular among independent bloggers.9. Weblogs Inc. You can’t talk about blogging in the early 21st century without mentioning the start of blog-publishing networks like Weblogs Inc.Founded by Jason Calacanis and Brian Alvey, Weblogs grew to include popular blogs like Engadget, TUAW and Joystiq in its stable. America Online acquired Weblogs in October 2005 for a reported price between $25 million and $30 million. Along with some of AOL’s own sites, Weblogs provided the nucleus for AOL’s media strategy, the focus of the company today.10. WordPress WordPress is the only open-source project on this list, but its reach is probably the broadest of all of the launches we’ve mentioned.Started as a stand-alone blogging platform, WordPress would eventually grow into a full fledged content-management system, able to manage sites that were more than “mere” blogs. Along the way, its creator, Matt Mullenweg, started a company, Automattic, and launched a Blogger-like site,, that now hosts more than 64 million blogs.WordPress powers some of this most popular sites on the Web, and has put website management and creation within easy reach of people with all levels of technical backgrounds.These 10 notable products launched, like ReadWrite, in 2003. Did we miss any of your favorites from that era? Let us know in the comments. Related Posts Tags:#ReadWrite#RW10#ten A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Joshua Pacio keeps ONE crown, submits Rene Catalan

first_imgRice industry paralysis This was Pacio’s second title defense and his first successful one after he lost his first championship to Yosuke Saruta in January.Pacio regained the belt in April knocking out Saruta with a knee strike to the head 2:43 into the fourth round of their bout in April.The loss snapped Catalan’s six-fight winning streak that began in 2016 when he scored a unanimous decision win over Zhang You Liang.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ONE: Folayang scores technical decision after accidental headbutt MANILA, Philippines—Joshua Pacio retained his ONE World strawweight championship after submitting fellow Filipino Rene Catalan midway through the second round in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The 23-year-old Pacio had side control then transitioned to successfully lock the arm triangle choke and prompt Catalan to tap out 2:29 into the second round.“I’m the champion and it’s my job to train. I will get ready for the next opponent,” said Pacio (15-3).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe bout started off hot with Pacio tagging Catalan with a spinning heel kick and following it up with a takedown.Catalan (6-3) had his moment in the first round when he tried to lock up Pacio’s right ankle but the young champion, who’s 17 years the junior of the challenger, managed to break free and continue the match standing up. View commentslast_img read more

Women achievers in performing arts, other fields crowned

first_imgKolkata, Apr 22 (PTI) Singer Arati Mukherjee, director -actor Churni Ganguly, theatre activist Usha Ganguly, archer Dola Banerjee, have been crowned as Woman of Substance in their respective fields at the biggest jewellery show in eastern India. Fashion designer Sharbari Dutta, actress Paoli Dam and educationist Devi Kar were also felicitated. “All these women are achievers in their respective fields and made their mark. Each of them embodies the concept of Sonar Meye, Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee said after felicitating the ladies with trophies and citation yesterday.”From the domain of sports to performing arts and fashion designing, Sonar Meyera (daughters of gold) are taking the nation forward. Lets not forget the immense contribution of women in building the society,” Prosenjit said.”I am honoured as this award has more symbolic value,” Churni, whose Bengali film Nirbasito inspired by the life of a woman Bangladeshi writer on exile was referred in citation, said.Sonar Sansar, the jewellery show, is being jointly organised by Swarna Shilpa Bachao Committee (SSBC), a forum of jewellers and KNC Services, which organises jewellery exhibitions.The fair will continue for four days. PTI SUS MMlast_img read more

SBL beneficial for Indian boxing: Players

first_imgMumbai, Jun 19 (PTI) Skippers of Mumbai and Pune teams believe that the upcoming Super Boxing League, which starts next month, will be beneficial for the sport to grow in the country.Mumbai Assassins skipper Ram Singh (34), who hails from Patiala, started boxing in 2002 and took part in the National Championship in the same year winning a Gold Medal.”This (SBL) is a good step for Indian boxing. We will get money, name and fame. We will get a lot of benefit by playing in the league (along with and against foreign players),” Singh told PTI.Singh, a six time All India Police Gold medalist, also said their preparations are good enough for the SBL.The pugilist, who has participated in various international events, expressed confidence of teams victory in the league.”I will certainly do well and am confident of the teams victory in the Super Boxing League,” he said.Echoing similar views, skipper of Maratha Yoddhas, the team, Deepak Singh said the league will help the sport grow at the domestic level.”Indian boxer boxers will be benefited as they will get to fight with international fighters…they will be trained under foreign coaches. Indian boxing scenario is at the developing stage. SBL will help it grow at the domestic level,” said 23-year-old Deepak, who hails from Bhiwani in Haryana.Deepak said the team will start their training and the coach has asked him to be natural and ensure that he gives 100 per cent.He said playing with foreign players and working with those coaches will help the Indian players.advertisement”The league is different because it will take boxing to the international level and such kind of league was required to be launched in India. Playing with foreign players and coaches will definitely help us as we will know how the foreign coaches train and how they consult and instruct during the game,” said Deepak.The league is being organised by British businessman Bill Dosanjh, also the founder and promoter of successful Super Fight League and two-time world professional boxing champion Amir Khan.While Ajeenkya Patil of the DY Patil Group is owning Maratha Yoddhas, the team that comes from Pune, Nitin Jadhav of Gajanan Oil owns Mumbai Assassins.All the games will be played in New Delhi. PTI NRB DKlast_img read more