Warriors Wednesday: It’s Alfonzo McKinnie’s world, we’re just living in it

first_imgIf you knew who Alfonzo McKinnie was before the start of Warriors’ training camp, congratulations.Or perhaps I should ask: what has happened in your life to make you watch that much G-League basketball?Either way, there was no way you predicted the kind of impact McKinnie would make in his first season with the Warriors. The Wisconsin-Green Bay product had a huge week for the Dubs — playing an average of 22 minutes over the last three contests, including nine points per game. He’s …last_img

Play Your Part ambassadors share the same vision with young people of Mpumalanga

first_imgPlay Your Part arrived at D.M. Motsoaseli High School to an audience of enthusiastic and motivated learners for its second leg of the in schools’ activation on Wednesday 30 May 2018.The Play Your Part activations are an opportunity for “a trade exchange between the learners and the Play Your Part ambassadors” as previously articulated by Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela.With every activation that the Play Your Part programme will be done nationally, learners will engage not only with Play Your Part (PYP) ambassadors’ comedians Goliath and Goliath but also with other PYP ambassadors representing their specific province.The learners at D.M. Motsoaseli High School got their one-on-one with PYP ambassador Sandiso Sibisi and she shared her message and received insights from the learners; “My message to the learners at D.M. Motsoaseli High School was based on three principles of success that I use; firstly, work hard, it pays off secondly, knock on every door, leave no stone unturned and thirdly the dots always connect”, said PYP ambassador Ms Sandiso Sibisi from Accenture.Play Your Part encourages dialogue and sharing of ideas as this is a contributing factor to building a better future. “Engaging with young people is never an easy task but I believe the learners were inspired by my message, I believe some will dare try to play their part and make an impact in both their personal lives and the community they live in”, adds SibisiSandiso Sibisi has been a Play Your Part ambassador since 2015 and her work includes mentoring young women to be able to participate in the economy, through career development training. As well as working with Accenture and United Nations Development Programmes(UNDP) where she’s delivering projects that accelerate entrepreneurial growth in the continent.Sibisi said she was very impressed to hear that there are learners that are already playing their part in their community. “One of the learners sings to the sick, which I think is so endearing and another runs a soccer club for boys to keep themselves occupied and away from crime.”This very week, UNDP and Accenture launched a Pan-African portal-platform called YAS! The portal-platform provides; information, opportunities for funding and networking, a map of entrepreneurship eco-system players and sustainable development goal (SDG) challenges where young people can apply for grants. Youth must sign up at http://www.yasdg.com/ to take advantage of what YAS! has to offer and join the community of entrepreneurship in the African continent.“I encourage young people to take advantage of local support firstly when embarking on a community project, they need to make sure that all their classmates, family members, church and community leaders know about their project, and use these relationships to rally up support. It’s important to convince your close relationships first about your project or idea because they are your first customer, donor or beneficiary”, concludes Sibisi.Comedians Goliath and Goliath left the learners in stitches and most importantly with advice on which avenues to tap into in order to reach their full potential.Limpopo you are next on the 14 June 2018. Follow the conversation and for more information, @PlayYourPartSA  and  @Goliath_Goliath @sandisosibisi remember #PlayYourPart #GetInvolved.last_img read more

Five South African human rights NGOs you should know about

first_imgNon-governmental organisations (NGOs), backed by academia, social justice advocates and the arts play an important role in upholding the ideals of human rights in South Africa and on the continent.Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) work with government and civil society tocoordinate strategies that promote social change, and promote a rights-based approach to social development. (Image: Pixabay)CD AndersonAs the country commemorates Human Rights Day on 21 March, access to justice remains an important theme for human rights NGOs and all efforts are directed towards helping individuals and groups from poor communities.As a result, a significant amount of financial and human resources are channelled to the establishment and support of community-based paralegal advice offices that provide people with wide-ranging legal and social advice.Human rights NGOs in South Africa are concerned with protecting civil rights in an effort to ensure the effective functioning of the country’s democracy. A fair number of organisations that provide legal and social services to disadvantaged communities are based in academic institutions around the country. They combine academic and applied research to lobby for social and economic justice.Moreover, within the context of a developing country, a significant group is emerging which argues that poverty is the manifestation of unfulfilled rights. Thus, a significant proportion of South African NGOs integrate human rights into broader development issues by advocating for a rights-based approach to development.In essence, this involves engaging in upstream strategies to promote social change. NGOs promoting a rights-based approach to development are commonly advocacy orientated, mobilising communities around various social justice campaigns.Here is an overview of some of the more prominent human rights NGOs in South Africa:Art for HumanityArt for Humanity (AFH) promotes human rights awareness through the mobilising of artists, writers and poets, both nationally and internationally, in creating artwork for social justice education and advocacy.You can now view our 3D Gallery up on our new and revamped site.Click here: https://t.co/p23G30wQLZ @janj49 pic.twitter.com/eP51hnFwfx— Art for Humanity (@afhSouthAfrica) February 8, 2016In addition to producing and curating books, multimedia artworks, exhibits and school workshops to encourage art as a means to communicate the human rights message, the organisation also works in partnerships with corporate entities, other non-governmental organisations and the government in developing community- based human rights events and discussions, and bridging the gap between the arts and the sector’s duty to speak for the human spirit.Dullah Omah Institute for Human RightsInitially called the Community Law Centre, it was founded in 1990 by renowned human rights lawyer and former government minister Dullah Omar. The NGO was a continuation of his work during the anti-apartheid struggle to put the human rights of ordinary citizens at the forefront of the developing new democracy in South Africa.Prior to 1994, the centre played a major role in the negotiations between the National Party government and the democratic parties, and in determining the country’s first democratic constitution, of which human rights is one of its most prominent pillars. The organisation included prominent activists, including Bulelani Ngcuka, Dr Zola Skweyiya, and Brigitte Mabandla.100 Greatest S A’s confirmed by public vote 76. Dullah Omar, politician pic.twitter.com/SN5hJ2L0QS— Levessor (@Levessor) September 17, 2014The organisation has continued to be a major contributor to policy formulation for South Africa’s constitutional order, while also advising on constitutional and human rights matters across the rest of Africa.Renamed in 2015 to honour its founder, who died in 2004, the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights produces more than 50 articles, books and research reports and hosts more than 20 workshops, conferences and seminars annually, focused on children’s rights, socio-economic rights, multilevel government, criminal justice reform and women’s rights.Operating under the University of the Western Cape’s Faculty of Law, the institute comprises 30 National Research Foundation-accredited doctoral and post- doctoral researchers, headed by accomplished legal and constitutional academic Professor Jaap de Visser.Prof. de Visser Director of Dullah Omar Institute, #CLC25 #DullahOmar @UWC_CLC @UWConline @NaylorNikki @donalddeya pic.twitter.com/aYbW8EELE3— Gladys Mukundi (@mukundigladys) August 19, 2015Lawyers for Human RightsLHR is at the People’s March against Xenophobia in Johannesburg #NoToXenophobia pic.twitter.com/BTx6VtNRK2— LawyersHumanRights (@LHR_SA) April 23, 2015Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is an independent human rights organisation with over 35 years of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. The organisation uses the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of South African society. It provides free legal services to vulnerable, marginalised and indigent individuals and communities, both non- national and South African victims of unlawful infringements of their constitutional rights.LHR’s client received his passport after 5 year struggle for recognition of his #citizenship #iBelong #stateless pic.twitter.com/vI3hcSB8MA— LawyersHumanRights (@LHR_SA) September 2, 2015Operating since 1979, LHR achieved a proud record and formidable reputation for fighting oppression and abuse of human rights under apartheid. The organisation later assisted in the transition to democracy, particularly through voter education and election monitoring during the 1994 elections. Today, LHR is recognised as being the vanguard of South African civil society in its ever-evolving democracy.While the LHR recognises that NGOs need to enter into joint ventures with state institutions in order to promote human rights objectives, the organisation remains vigilant in its role as ombudsman and advocate for human rights causes.Centre for Human Rights, University of PretoriaEstablished by the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law in 1986, the Centre for Human Rights is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights education throughout Africa. It has developed wide-ranging and influential academic literature on a variety of human rights themes, including creating greater awareness of human rights in Africa and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.Nationally, the centre was one of the few internal institutions to speak out against human rights violations in South Africa during the apartheid years. Members of the centre participated in discussions with the liberation movements outside the borders of South Africa, organised conferences and were outspoken in efforts to promote human rights in South Africa.After 1994, it served as technical adviser to the interim and final Constitution writing processes.Today, the centre has realigned its focus on the continent, positioning itself as a primary mover in a network of practising and academic lawyers, national and international civil servants and human rights practitioners in Africa, specifically on the development of human rights law.In 2006, the Centre for Human Rights was awarded the Unesco Prize for Human Rights Education for its advancement and strengthening of human rights and democracy, particularly for the African Human Rights Moot Court Simulation Competition and its pioneering LLM postgraduate law degree in human rights and democratisation in Africa.Legal Resources CentreEstablished in 1979 by a group of prominent South African lawyers, including Arthur Chaskalson and Felicia Kentridge, the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) uses the law as an instrument of justice for vulnerable and marginalised communities.Other LRC alumni include some of the most prominent players in the country’s legal system, including Chief Justice and Constitutional Court judge Sandile Ngcobo, veteran human rights advocate George Bizos and retired High Court judge Chris Nicholson, who during his time at the LRC in the 1980s undertook challenges to apartheid-era pass laws and detention without trial causes.Enshrined in the belief that the Constitution is transformative and should continually be a living and relevant document that addresses the contemporary human rights needs of all South Africans, the LRC strives for effective and innovative solutions to law reform. The organisation focuses on land and housing rights, as well as environmental law and continental outreach.Its Working Paper series oversees the publication of academic writing, on topics in the public interest on local, continental and global levels.Source: NGO PulseWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_imgAs Congress members refused to relent, Kurien was on his As Congress members refused to relent, Kurien was on his feet asking agitated members to listen to him. “Coming to the Well and shouting slogans is not justifiable, not acceptable. What are you going to achieve,” he asked, adding that the Congress members were encroaching upon the rights of 12 members who had given notices to raise Zero Hour submissions. As the din continued, Kurien adjourned the House till 1130 hours. When the House met again, similar scenes of slogan- shouting Congress members trooping into the Well were witnessed, forcing Kurien to adjourn the house till noon. Before the House was adjourned, Naqvi said the House will discuss the AgustaWestland deal on Wednesday and asked Congress members to do their homework properly. As Rajya Sabha met for the Question Hour at noon, Congress members again rushed into the Well and started raising similar slogans. Chairman Hamid Ansari asked protesting members not to raise slogans. As the pleas went unheeded and members of the main opposition party continued raising slogans, Ansari adjourned the House till 12.32 PM. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the matter raised by Congress members pertain to the state and should be raised in the state assembly. PTI NKD AMR ARClast_img read more

Medical Researchers Encouraged to Apply for Grants

first_img Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, is urging medical researchers to submit proposals to the National Health Fund (NHF) for grants. Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Winston De La Haye, is urging medical researchers to submit proposals to the National Health Fund (NHF) for grants.The National Health Fund (NHF) provides financial assistance to public- and private-sector organisations for projects that support primary healthcare with an emphasis on health promotion and illness prevention.“The National Health Fund (NHF) has continued to provide grants for medical research projects and has funded significant research, both in government and non-governmental organisations. I want to urge individuals and entities to submit their proposals to the NHF for consideration,” he urged.Dr. De La Haye was speaking at the opening ceremony for the 26th Annual Research Conference and Workshop on November 8 at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. The theme of the three-day conference is ‘Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Research, Opportunities and Challenges’.Noting that research is a priority area of the Ministry of Health, Dr. De La Haye said the data collected from this activity are used to guide health policy and programmes.The Ministry of Health is also actively involved in research through its annual research conference, slated to take place later this month.The conference, which is being held from November 8 to 10, will feature discussions on the medical, psychosocial, legal and economic impact of cannabis and cannabinoids.A session discussing Ethics in the Cannabis Industry was held on Sunday, November 5.Cannabinoids are a group of active compounds found in marijuana that give the cannabis plant its medical and recreational properties.Among the topics to be covered during the workshop are Cannabis Edibles, Cannabis and the Way Forward, and Cannabis and the Pharmaceutical/Neutraceutical Industry.Chair of the Planning Committee for the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ Annual Research Conference and Workshop, Professor Paul Brown, told JIS News that since receiving its permit to begin research and development, the UWI has been progressing in its research on the herb and its medicinal effect as a pain-management drug in neurodegenerative diseases.“We are scratching the surface and getting into what we could be doing in this field. Jamaica is well placed to conduct proper clinical studies to move it from a class-one drug to at least a class two, which means there is demonstrated medicinal value that can be further exploited,” he said.Jamaica’s Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015 makes the possession of two ounces or less of ganja a non-arrestable but ticketable offence, attracting a fixed monetary penalty. It also allows for a scheme of licences, permits and other authorisations that enable the establishment of a lawful, regulated industry for ganja for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes.The 26th Annual Research Conference and Workshop is hosted by the UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences. Chair of the Planning Committee for the Faculty of Medical Sciences’ Annual Research Conference and Workshop, Professor Paul Brown, told JIS News that since receiving its permit to begin research and development, the UWI has been progressing in its research on the herb and its medicinal effect as a pain-management drug in neurodegenerative diseases. “The National Health Fund (NHF) has continued to provide grants for medical research projects and has funded significant research, both in government and non-governmental organisations. I want to urge individuals and entities to submit their proposals to the NHF for consideration,” he urged. Story Highlightslast_img read more