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

Play Your Part episode nine: synopsis

first_imgGet your sneak peek of episode nine of the Play Your Part television series, here:Lufefe Nomjana, known as the Spinach King, is one of the guests featured on episode nine of Play Your Part, broadcast on 4 November. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporter Lufefe Nomjana was a volunteer at a community garden when he spotted a business opportunity. Using the vegetable spinach, he went on to build his company. He tells his story of how he became known as the Spinach King in this week’s Play Your Part.The episode, which is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane, airs on Saturday, 4 November 2017, at 18:00. It is part of a 26-episode series.Here’s more on the other two guests on this week’s episode:Avril SnymanAvril SnymanSnyman and her team talk about the growth of Lebone Village outside Bloemfontein. The village consists of five centres and benefits vulnerable children, youth and their families. Most of the children are affected by HIV and Aids.Matona Ntshona-SakupwanyaMatona Ntshona-SakupwanyaNtshona-Sakupwanya is the general manager of the marketing and communications department at The Innovation Hub, Gauteng’s innovation agency. She talks about how The Innovation Hub creates a platform to bring tech entrepreneurs, industry, academics, researchers and venture capitalists together.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC 2.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;Like 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

Dot Obits: Inventor of the Video Game Cartridge

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Dot Obits#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Jerry Lawson, who is responsible for the development of the video game cartridge, died Saturday in Mt. View, California, of a heart attack. Lawson was 70 years old. He was a pioneer not just in video games but as a black engineer in an overwhelmingly white industry. While working as an engineer for Fairchild Semiconductor in the mid-1970s, Lawson created the Fairchild Channel F video game console. That was the type that took a different software cartridge for each game. The Reviews of Electronics credits Lawson with providing the platform that launched the independent video game developer. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, he moved out to California to join the new company Fairchild Semiconductor where he served as Chief Hardware Engineer[4] and director of engineering and marketing. As the Village Voice notes, he was a member of the legendary Homebrew Computer Club. Other members included Apple’s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.After Atari had taken the video gaming market, Lawson launched Videosoft, to develop games for it. In the early 1970s, Lawson had created the second ever arcade game (after Pong), Demolition DerbyHe had in his later years suffered with diabetes and used a wheelchair, though he continued an active life building controls for lasers and telescopes. Last month he was, finally, honored by the International Game Developers Association.Vintage Computing and Games has a wonderful interview with the man conducted in 2009.He is survived by his wife, whom he married in 1965, his brother, Michael, of Queens, New York, and his daughter Karen and son Marc, both of Smyrna, Georgia.Other sources: Wikipedialast_img read more

Greening My Home: Biodiesel

first_imgAir sealing and insulating are a great first step, but switching fuels is a lot quicker and easier. I’ll do the insulating after I get a bonus check!I was standing in the cold on a dark December night, pouring diesel fuel from a five-gallon jug into the side of my house, when it really clicked: Houses consume a huge amount of oil. I had always gotten uptight about gas mileage in my cars and trucks (I had a full-size Ford pickup at the time) but, until that cold night, how much our houses gobble up had never really hit home. Five gallons would maybe be enough to make it through the night, but it was about 10° outside and I had two young children inside. So I made a few trips to the gas station and back, pondering all the gas I was chugging into the side of my house.Thousands of people pour hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel into their houses every year. Actually, we burn five billion gallons of fuel oil every year (or we did in 2001).Switching to biodiesel was an easy way for my family to cut our carbon footprint and our foreign oil consumption. Even though it’s a 20% blend of biodiesel, my wife and I feel 80% better about our carbon emissions.Biofuel cost a bit more than regular fuel oil but we don’t really care. Regular fuel oil is bad — biodiesel is better. When the price of oil skyrocketed, the extra premium paid for biodiesel was barely noticeable. And it feels a heck of a lot better to see the oil truck with big green leaves on the side pull up to top us off.To find a dealer, I searched the listing at biodiesel.org. Hale Hill Farm was one of the closest (Bantam Fuel is closer, but they don’t sell 20% blends, only 5%), so we called Hale Hill. Even though we’re a little ways away, they deliver to us because they want to spread the word.The first time the delivery driver came, he had a look at our system to make sure the fuel was compatible with our boiler, lines, and tank; gave the thumbs up; and started pumping. The service is excellent, the drivers friendly, and the office staff pleasant. What an interesting way to do business…—Dan Morrison is managing editor of GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.last_img read more

Ingram, Randle lead Lakers over Suns

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Josh Hart tallied his third consecutive double-double in as many starts. He has scored 44 and brought down 36 rebounds in that stretch.Randle said the team has started jokingly calling him Charles Barkley because he’s rebounding at such a high rate at his size.“He’s great, especially from that guard position, coming in and helping the bigs get boards,” Randle said. “He’s huge for us.”UP NEXTSuns: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.Lakers: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City The Lakers overcame a sluggish start to the second quarter and a 16-6 run by the Suns. Los Angeles made only two of its first 10 shots, and Phoenix took a 50-43 lead on a jump shot by Warren to cap a 22-8 run over nearly seven minutes.Los Angeles answered with a 10-2 run that included Brook Lopez making a 3-pointer after blocking Jackson’s dunk attempt and Ingram making a 3 to give Los Angeles a 53-52 lead with 2:29 left in the half. The game was tied at 57 at halftime.Ingram’s ferocious slam gave Los Angeles an 84-77 lead with 1:59 remaining in the third. His two free throws gave the Lakers a nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter, and Kuzma’s slam dunk sent the crowd into a frenzy and the Lakers into a 95-85 lead with 9:08 remaining in the game.The Lakers held the Suns to just 14 points in the final period, and closed the final 5:27 on an 8-0 run.TIP-INSSuns: Lost their third straight game, and their 12th of their last 13. . Made only 56.5 percent of their free throws. . Marquese Chriss added 10 points and six rebounds.Lakers: Lonzo Ball missed his 11th straight game with a sore left knee. . Outscored Phoenix 25-11 in fast-break points. . Won their seventh straight home game. . Improved to 7-4 without Ball in the lineup.BOOKER OUTSuns guard Devin Booker missed Tuesday’s game with an injury to his left hip.He was hurt in Sunday’s 115-110 loss to the Charlotte Hornets and left the game. He did not practice Monday.Triano said before the game that things change “drastically” without Booker.“He’s a guy that we’ve played at so many different positions,” Triano said. “He’s handled the ball for us in a variety of situations. Scorer, playmaker and he’s been a much better defender this year. We’re going to miss all that.”DOUBLE-DOUBLE HART Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kuzma said the team’s switching scheme contributed to a strong final stretch on the defensive end.“Just switching everything,” Kuzma said. “Switching pin-downs, pick-and-rolls. And rebounding, too.”The Suns shot 47 percent in the first half. The Lakers held Phoenix to just 29 percent for the remainder of the game.“They got out and they beat us up and down the court,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “That’s them doing a good job of rebounding and getting it out.”Los Angeles allowed 12 offensive rebounds in the first half, but only four in the second half. Walton said he showed the team a clip at halftime where Warren outworked four Lakers players for an offensive rebound that resulted in a basket.ADVERTISEMENT “You could tell with the way they were talking to each other on the court and the effort they were giving that they were locked in to getting stops for that second half,” Walton said.Brandon Ingram scored 26 points for the Lakers, while Julius Randle added 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Kyle Kuzma scored 16 points off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTJ Warren scored a team-high 24 points, while Josh Jackson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns.The Lakers pulled away in the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter with a 15-3 run after leading 97-90. Westbrook, George lead Thunder rout of Durant, Warriors Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren, right, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 112-93. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — By the time coach Luke Walton entered the locker room at halftime, his Lakers players were already talking about how to defend better over the next 24 minutes.The talk worked. The Lakers held the Suns to only 36 points in the second half en route to a 112-93 victory on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

London Olympics: Celebrations can wait, medals are the focus for Gagan right now

first_imgIf you thought Gagan Narang was partying the whole night after winning a bronze medal, that’s not been the case. People did come to meet the new Olympic bronze medallist on Tuesday, but the champion says he is not yet in party mode.”Obviously, a lot of pressure is off me but there was no big party last night,” Gagan said on Tuesday.Like a true champion, Gagan said that with two more events to go in the London Olympics, he cannot get distracted.”Yes, it’s nice I have an Olympic medal now but I have to focus on my next two events. My coach Stanislas Lapidus is not going to let me relax,” added Narang as he made his way back at the ranges.In Beijing, after failing to make it to the 10m air rifle final, Narang said he had lost focus for the three-position event. But this time around, the determination seems a lot more and he is not discounting his chances of competing hard once again.For someone like Gagan, who has stayed focussed through multiple events at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, this is perhaps a chance to prove to the world that there is no limit to the success a strong will can achieve.Historically, among Indians at the Olympics, no athlete has won multiple medals in the same edition. Gagan has a chance to add a new chapter if he can motivate himself all over again.With coach Lapidus not allowing Gagan too many media interactions, we will wait for India’s newest Olympic medallist to speak his heart out at length.advertisementlast_img read more

Pirates keep slate spotless, hand Knights first loss

first_imgMOST READ Romeo a champ, finally Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting St. Benilde struggled with JRU’s press, indeed, and turned the ball over 36 times but fortunately for the Blazers, the Bombers collected just 13 points from those errors.Yankie Haruna was the sole Blazer in double digits as he scored 19 points.CSB ended a two-game slide to go to 1-2 while JRU, under new head coach Louie Gonzales, fell to 0-2.In the high school division, National University survived a furious battle with La Salle Greenhills to prevail, 86-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Down 48-61 after a triple from Letran’s Fran Yu, the Pirates turned to twins JC and JV Marcelino to shred the Knights’ defense and spearhead a 9-0 run that trimmed the deficit to four.Nzeusseu finished with 20 points and 10 boards as Lyceum climbed to the Group B lead. Raymar Caduyac and JC Marcelino each added 18 while Jayson David chipped in 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAllen Mina’s 30 points went down the drain for Letran. Mina also had six triples as he helped the Knights control the match early.Yu and Tommy Olivario added 15 and 10 points respectively. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In another seniors match, the College of St. Benilde Blazers blasted the pesky Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 79-56, for their first win in three matches.The Blazers built leads of as many as 20 after a 20-6 start but the Bombers seemed to find a way to crawl back, with guard MJ dela Virgen knocking down a turnaround jumper that trimmed the lead to 55-50.But back-to-back boo-boos by the Bombers blunted their momentum and the Blazers went to Unique Naboa and Yankie Haruna for a 14-2 blast that opened up a 69-55 gap.“Their press gave us some problems and that is something we have to address especially when the NCAA season opens,” coach TY Tang said. “Luckily, our outside shots started falling for us.”“I hope that Unique will find the consistency come the NCAA season,” added Tang of his third-year point guard who grew up in New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum rallied from 13 points down to keep its slate clean and hand Letran their first defeat, 101-95, in the the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre on Friday.A couple of put-backs, one each from big man Mike Nzeusseu and guard JC Marcelino gave the Pirates a pivotal 96-93 lead in the stretch that greased Lyceum’s path to a 3-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

Tiger Woods Pursuit Of History Resumes At US Open

When you’re Tiger Woods, you live for this week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. From the beginning, he placed his focus on winning major championships. With 14 to his credit, second-most in history, Woods has established himself among golfing greats. But that is not enough.That is why he looks at the U.S. Open that begins Thursday with so much hope, so much optimism. Having won two weeks ago at The Memorial helps, too, especially since it was a come-from-behind win. He is seeking to move closer to Jack Nicklaus, who holds the record for major championships with 18.Woods has been stuck four majors behind Nicklaus for the last four years. He last conquered a major in 2008 — the U.S. Open over Rocco Mediate at Torry Pines. To take this U.S. Open will require length, skill and patience, which is just how Woods likes it.“I’ve always preferred it to be more difficult, there’s no doubt,” he said. “And I’ve always preferred it to be fast. I just like a fast golf course, because then you have to shape shots. You have to think.”Woods will play the first round Thursday with the popular Bubba Watson, winner of this year’s Masters, and long-time rival Phil Mickelson, making for must-see golf.The Olympic Club is a long and difficult course, protected by water and bunkers. Most experts insist a score of even round after four days could be enough to claim victory. For Woods, he said a win this week would do little to deter his detractors from doubting him.“I think even if I do win a major championship, it will still be, ‘You’re not to 18 yet’, or ‘When will you get to 19,’ ” Woods said. “I’ve dealt with that my entire career, ever since I was an amateur and playing all the way through and to professional golf. It hasn’t changed.”Woods has won twice this year and insists he’s close to regaining the excellence that dominated the sport for several years prior to injuries plagued him — and his well-documented personal troubles that led to a divorce from wife, Elin. At 36, no matter what happens at the Olympic Club, Woods said he still has time to topple Nicklaus mark.“Well, Jack did it at 46, right?” Woods said of the age Nicklaus was when he won his last major. “So I’ve got 10 (years).Tom Watson almost pulled it off at 59. It can be done. We can play for a very long time. And that’s the great thing about staying in shape and lifting weights and being fit is that the playing careers have extended.” read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Supply Chain Coordinator at SirtexFull-Time (Temporary) Pest Control Technician at Mosquito Shield of the North ShoreFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at Sovos CompliancePart-Time Rising Stars Summer Intern at Sovos ComplianceFull-Time Financial Controller at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Equipment & Service Sales at Dock & Door Handling ServicesFull-Time New Product Coordinator at Analog DevicesPart-Time Kitchen Exhaustive Service Technician at Cochrane Ventilation Inc.Full-Time Laborer at Super Service Today(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

States team up with phone companies to end illegal robocalls

first_img The FCC has adopted some policies to reduce the number of calls people get. The agency has changed rules to allow phone companies to block suspected robocalls by default, and it’s closed loopholes to go after illegal robocallers overseas. Congress has also stepped in to ensure the agency has what it needs to give its policies teeth. In May the Senate passed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act with more than 80 co-sponsors. The bill is designed to improve enforcement policies, such as criminalizing illegal robocalling, and also improve coordination between agencies policing robocalls. It also requires phone companies to use the SHAKEN/STIR protocol.  Now playing: Watch this: How to stop robocalls Share your voice Comment Tags FCC 2:42 (From left) Attorneys General Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas, Josh Stein of North Carolina and Gordon MacDonald of New Hampshire join Patrick Halley, a senior vice president at US Telecom, at a press conference in Washington, DC, to unveil a new agreement with 12 phone companies to help stop illegal robocalls. Screenshot by Marguerite Reardon/CNET States are banding together with large telecom companies to combat robocalls. Twelve of the nation’s largest telephone companies struck an agreement Thursday with the attorneys general of all 50 states to help prevent and block robocalls. Under the agreement, the companies have promised to implement the SHAKEN/STIR technology, which would validate that calls are originating from where they claim to be coming from and would allow for faster tracing of illegal calls to find out who’s responsible for them, North Carolina State Attorney General Josh Stein said during a press conference announcing the agreement. The companies also promised to work with state law enforcement to investigate the origins of illegal robocalls, including confirming the identities of their commercial customers suspected of making such calls. The companies will also make free call-blocking technology available to consumers. ILLUSTRATION: Robocall Frustration Getty Images Stein said the partnership with the phone companies is just the beginning and isn’t a silver bullet in stopping these unwanted and annoying calls. “Thanks to these prevention principles, our phones will ring less often,” he said. “But unfortunately there will always be bad actors no matter how well we try to prevent these calls. Some will get through and that’s why enforcement is such a critical part of what we’re doing today.”Still, he said that “by shining a light on these robocallers, we will be able to aggressively enforce the law against the scofflaws and hold them accountable.”The agreement is voluntary, and there’s no deadline for compliance. Smaller phone companies haven’t yet signed on to the agreement. The larger carriers that’ve signed on say they’re committed to working with the states and federal government to end the scourge of illegal robocalls. “We’re in the midst of an ongoing battle with those responsible for sending annoying and often deceptive spam calls to our customers, and we’re determined to fight this battle,” Kathy Grillo, a senior vice president for government affairs at Verizon, said in a statement. “It’s imperative that we stand together on a common set of goals that include stopping callers from hiding their identities, working with other carriers on efforts to trace back illegal calls to the source, and keeping the originators from sending robocalls in the first place.”Americans received nearly 50 billion robocalls last year, according to a Federal Communications Commission report released in February. Nearly 50% of those calls were from scammers. The report also highlighted that the number of complaints about illegal robocalls has been increasing, jumping from 172,000 complaints in 2015 to 232,000 complaints in 2018.Robocalls use autodialers and recorded messages to make millions of phone calls. Often the numbers that show up in caller ID appear to belong to friends or neighbors, when they’re actually “spoofed.” These calls hide the real number to trick people into answering the call.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai applauded the phone companies for working with states to stop illegal robocalls, and he said the principles align with what the FCC has been doing.  “Few things can bring together policy leaders across the political spectrum like the fight against unwanted robocalls,” Pai said. ” I salute today’s bipartisan, nationwide effort to encourage best practices for combating robocalls and spoofing and am pleased that several voice service providers have agreed to abide by them.”  Mobile 1last_img read more