1 dead, 1 injured in ECD crash

first_imgTwo persons were yesterday travelling from Mahaicony, ECD headed in a westerly direction in a silver grey vehicle when, at about 16:00h and while in the vicinity of the KK Gas Station located at Unity, Mahaica, the driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control and slammed the vehicle into a lantern post before crashing head-on into a nearby guard hut at the gas station.The impact of this collision caused the entire front of the vehicle to fold in, while the right side was completely shaved off.The driver of the vehicle — unidentified up to press time — died as a result of this collision, while the passenger has sustained serious injury and has been admitted at a city hospital.last_img read more

Workers key to SA democracy: Zuma

first_img2 May 2013South Africa’s democracy would not be sustainable or successful if the plight of the working class, employed and unemployed, was not sufficiently attended to, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.Speaking at the main Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Workers’ Day rally in Kimberly, Northern Cape, Zuma said that the African National Congress (ANC) had a strong bias towards the working class and poor.“The ANC bias towards the working class does not mean we have abdicated our responsibility as a liberation movement to mobilize the broadest strata of society for fundamental transformation.“It simply means we have correctly understood that our democracy will not be stable, sustainable and successful if the plight of the working class, employed or unemployed, is not sufficiently attended to,” Zuma said.Workers’ rights such as the right to fair labour practices and the right to form and join trade unions were enshrined in the Constitution. “These are very important rights which must not be taken for granted.”Zuma said a tendency to divide workers or undermine collective bargaining among others should be guarded against.“Unity within Cosatu is paramount. We need a united Cosatu that is able to devote its attention to promoting the rights of workers. Thus we urge the labour movement to work seriously at uniting the federation and to resolve whatever differences there may exist.”Workers were the creators of the country’s wealth and they had to get an equitable share in the wealth, Zuma said, adding that attention needed to be paid to the plight of mineworkers and farm workers.“As we focus on miners and farm workers, we also remember those workers who tragically lost their lives in Marikana in the North West and related violent incidents. We have to draw lessons from Marikana.”The National Development Plan (NDP) was the country’s socio-development blueprint for the next 20 years, Zuma said.“We reiterate that those who have views about the NDP should feel free to raise them in the spirit of the democratic culture within the movement … Views cannot be suppressed. However, work is continuing to implement the NDP.”At government level, the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation has already begun developing a draft medium-term strategic framework for 2014-2019, as the first five-year building block of the NDP.The intention is to submit the first draft of the 2014-2019 NDP-aligned framework to the 2013 July Cabinet lekgotla. This can then be refined so that it can be submitted to the new Cabinet for approval as soon as possible after the 2014 elections.This will enable departments to include the new targets in their individual five-year strategic plans, which they will be starting to work on later this year and in early 2014.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

A Spotlight on Building Resilience: The Daily Influence of Positive Emotions

first_imgBy: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFTPixabay[Emoticons by freeGraphicToday on November 25, 2017, CC0]Stress and anxiety can sometimes make it hard to focus on the good and simple things in life. We all have bad days, where the negatives seem to outweigh the positives. How can we foster experiences of happiness, gratitude, contentment, and love during times of hardship? These positive emotions play a pivotal role in in our ability to cope through adversity.Dr. Michele Tugade, Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Vassar College, presents this two minute lecture series on how experiencing positive emotions actually increases resilience when we face adversity. But what is resilience? According to Tugade, resilience is the ability to “bounce back” after experiencing stress.She specializes in the field of Positive Psychology, which focuses on positive emotions and people’s strengths when facing difficult times. She gives insight on the role that positive emotions can play; that they can be a time for reflection where you can broaden your scope of thoughts and can lead to seeing the world in a new light. These emotions also build up important resources and a bank of accumulated positivity that people can access during difficult times.Dr. Tugade doesn’t discount the experiences of negative emotions either. In fact, she highlights their benefits as part of the human experience. When we face a challenge or a stressor, negative emotions like anger and fear prepare and motivate us to either face that challenge head on or to live to fight another day.Putting positivity into practice can be as simple as smiling at a stranger you pass on the sidewalk or holding the door open for someone. Small acts of kindness like these can go a long way with people.Want to learn more about positive emotions and resilience? MFLN Family Development has resources for you! Be sure to check out one of our past blog’s here on using positive emotions in everyday life. Also, watch our webinar, “Bending, Not Breaking: Resilience and the Role of Positive Emotions during Times of Stress,” from our 2017 Virtual Learning Conference.ReferencesDon’t Worry, Be Happy. (2009). Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ6Vv8gHq8wThis post was written  by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.last_img read more

Official Beskitas confirm the signing of Karius

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has completed his move to Turkish side Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.Karius has not played a competitive game for the Reds since committing two errors in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May.The German, 25, has made 49 appearances for Liverpool since joining the club from Mainz in 2016. He was equally named on the bench in Liverpool’s game against West Ham.“Everybody at LFC wishes Loris the best of luck during his loan spell,” said a statement on Liverpool’s website.Jurgen Klopp opted to keep Simon Mignolet as the second choice goalkeeper considering his vast Premier League experience.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The Merseysiders continued their winning start in the Premier League with a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton. The solitary strike from Mo Salah was enough to send the Reds to the top after Man City drew at Wolves.Karius will play in the Europa League if his new side seals a spot in the group stages.Besiktas contested the first leg of their Europa League play-off against Partizan on Thursday and continue their league schedule at home to Antalyaspor on Sunday evening.last_img read more

Kasilof River Sockeye Salmon Limits Increased

first_imgIn addition to increasing the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon, ADF&G issued emergency order number 2-RS-1-36-19 expanding the area open to dipnetting on the Kasilof River effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing the bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon to six fish per day and twelve fish in possession; however, no more than two salmon per day and two in possession may be coho salmon, in all portions of the Kasilof River open to salmon fishing. Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka: “Increasing the limits for sockeye salmon allows anglers an opportunity to harvest additional fish to fill their freezer.” The biological escapement goal on the Kasilof River is 160,000-340,000 sockeye salmon. As of Sunday, July 21, 2019, a total of 231,900 sockeye salmon have passed the Kasilof River sonar site.center_img The current escapement of sockeye salmon into the Kasilof River is proceeding at a rate that is projected to exceed the biological escapement goal. These provisions are effective 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, July 24 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, December 31.last_img read more

Deepika Padukone to play Ranveer Singh aka Kapil Devs wife in 83

first_imgRanveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.InstagramAfter wrapping up her first movie as a producer and actor, actress Deepika Padukone flew to London and has confirmed that she will be playing the role of Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Bhatia in the Kabir Khan helmed ’83 which also stars Deepika Padukone’s real-life husband Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev. This will be the first time the star couple will share screen space since they got married.The film, ’83 will recreate the historic events which led the Indian cricket team to win the 1983 world cup against West Indies. The cast finished shooting in Dharamshala and is now in London, shooting for the movie under the mentorship and guidance of none other than Kapil Dev.Before the whole team flew out to London, we saw them all chic and dressed up wearing the Indian cricket team Insignia. Ranveer Singh took to social media to share a picture of the whole team and captioned it, “Kapil’s Devils”. The movie also stars Pankaj Tripathi along with Hardy Sandhu amongst the other actors.Ranveer Singh starrer, ’83 is set to release on the April 10, 2020 and is going to be the first tri-lingual release for both, Kabir Khan and Ranveer Singh having being released in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.last_img read more

China still lags US but building towards navy

first_imgThe PLA Navy is likely to secure significant new funding in China’s upcoming defence budget as Beijing seeks to check U.S. dominance of the high seas and step up its own projection of power around the globe.China’s navy has been taking an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and new Chinese warships popping up in far-flung places.Now, with President Donald Trump promising a U.S. shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.”It’s opportunity in crisis,” said a Beijing-based Asian diplomat, of China’s recent naval moves. “China fears Trump will turn on them eventually as he’s so unpredictable and it’s getting ready.”Beijing does not give a breakdown for how much it spends on the navy, and the overall official defence spending figures it gives – 954.35 billion yuan ($139 billion) for 2016 – likely understates its investment, according to diplomats.China unveils the defence budget for this year at next month’s annual meeting of parliament, a closely watched figure around the region and in Washington, for clues to China’s intentions.China surprised last year with its lowest increase in six years, 7.6 percent, the first single-digit rise since 2010, following a nearly unbroken two-decade run of double-digit jumps.”Certainly, the PLA Navy has really been the beneficiary of a lot of this new spending in the past 15 years,” said Richard Bitzinger, Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Military Transformations Programme at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.”We don’t how much they spend on the navy, but simply extrapolating from the quantity and the quality of things that are coming out of their shipyards, it’s pretty amazing.”RAPID DEVELOPMENTThe Chinese navy, once generally limited to coastal operations, has developed rapidly under President Xi Jinping’s ambitious military modernisation.It commissioned 18 ships in 2016, including missile destroyers, corvettes and guided missile frigates, according to state media.Barely a week goes by without an announcement of some new piece of equipment, including an electronic reconnaissance ship put into service in January.Still, the PLA Navy significantly lags the United States, which operates 10 aircraft carriers to China’s one, the Soviet-era Liaoning.Xu Guangyu, a retired major general in the People’s Liberation Army now senior adviser to the government-run China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, said China was keenly aware of the U.S. ability to project power at sea.”It’s like a marathon and we’re falling behind. We need to step on the gas,” Xu said.Trump has vowed to increase the U.S. Navy to 350 ships from the current 290 as part of “one of the “greatest military buildups in American history”, a move aides say is needed to counter China’s rise as a military power.”We’ve known this is a 15-20 year project and every year they get closer to being a blue-water navy with global aspirations,” said a U.S. administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.”What you have seen this last year and what I think you will see with the new budget is that they are moving ahead with the short-term goal of being the premier naval force in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, with the mid-term goal, of extending all the way to the Indian Ocean.”In January, China appointed new navy chief, Shen Jinlong, to lead that push.Shen has enjoyed a meteoric rise and is close to Xi, diplomatic and leadership sources say.”The navy has gotten very lucky with Shen,” said a Chinese official close to the military, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Now they know for certain their support goes all the way to the top.”Recent PLA Navy missions have included visits to Gulf states, where the United States has traditionally protected sea lanes, and to the South China Sea, Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, in what the state-run website StrongChina called Shen’s “first show of force against the United States, Japan and Taiwan”.Last month, a Chinese submarine docked at a port in Malaysia’s Sabah state, which lies on the South China Sea, only the second confirmed visit of a Chinese submarine to a foreign port, according to state media.The submarine had come from supporting anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia, where China has been learning valuable lessons about overseas naval operations since 2008.Chinese warships have also been calling at ports in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, unnerving regional rival India.”It’s power projection,” said a Beijing-based Western diplomat, of China’s navy. ($1 = 6.8640 Chinese yuan)last_img read more

Taking literature to new heights

first_imgA pen is mighter than the sword, and the legacy has carried on for centuries now. Many literary works by eminent writers have been instrumental in bringing a revolution at many instances.Taking the same idea ahead, Kusumanjali Foundation has instituted an annual award titled ‘Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman’. Established by Kusum Ansal, it runs with the objective of promoting literary works of budding writers of Hindi and other regional languages. The first Samman was conferred last year to  Dr Karan Singh, President, ICCR and also felicitated the literary contributions of writers in Hindi and Tamil. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year, the annual award has invited nominations to honour the literary works in Hindi and Urdu. The selection board and the advisory committee of the Kusumanjali Foundation comprises eminent authors and scholars. The award will recognise and encourage the outstanding literary works in Hindi and Urdu during the years 2008 to 2012. The Samman comprises a cash prize of Rs 2,50,000 along with a citation and the award statuette.In addition to this, the Kusumanjali Foundation has introduced from this year a fellowship scheme for creative writers in Hindi for a maximum period of four months. The amount of this fellowship is Rs 20,000 per month. Details related to application are available on www.kusumanjaliorg. The last date for all entries is 31 March.last_img read more