first_imgRay Maota The community of Ga Masemola in Polokwane came out in numbers to celebrate the launch of the 2012 Nedbank Back-to-School campaign. Through his own foundation, Lupi Ngcayisahas collected over 70 000 school shoes since 2009, with the aim of improving the confidence of underprivileged pupils. Kgoshigadi Masemola, the tribal chief of the community of Ga Masemola and Namane Dickson Masemola, MEC of education in Limpopo, were in attendance. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nkosinathi Msiza  Senior Communications Manager: Nedbank  +27 11 295 3560 RELATED ARTICLES • SA prioritises quality education • Can drive raises R8.5m for education • Nedbank invests in water project • SA businesses urged to adopt schoolsNedbank‘s 2012 Back-to-School campaign is giving underprivileged pupils the pride to go to school with all the resources they need to make a success of learning.At the launch ceremony, held on 24 January at Thabanaswane Primary School in Ga Masemola, Limpopo province, 150 pupils from four schools in the area received essential school items such as uniforms, shoes, stationery, books, bags and sports kits, to start their school year on a high note.The schools are Thabanaswane Primary, Shushu Primary, Tsoatago Primary and Makgoabe Primary.Attending the event were Namane Dickson Masemola, MEC of education in Limpopo; Sekhukhune district mayor David Magabe Mogobo; Kgoshigadi Masemola, the tribal chief at Ga Masemola; Limpopo member of parliament Nelson Diale; Lupi Ngcayisa, from the Lupi Ngcayisa Foundation; and mayor of Makhuduthamaga, Makaeya Matlala.Kone Gugushe, Nedbank’s divisional executive for corporate social responsibility (CSR), said: “Education is one of our CSR focus areas and we are delighted to partner with the Department of Basic Education to ensure that all pupils are able to focus on their studies rather than worry about the lack of school resources.”Gugushe said the back-to-school campaign aims to give disadvantaged pupils an equal opportunity to be the best they can be.Nedbank is investing R2-million (US$251 000) in its 2012 campaign. Some 1 800 pupils across the country will benefit from the initiative.“We are gathered here today because we know the importance of education and the role we have to play to ensure that you get the best education possible,” said Ciko Thomas, managing executive for consumer banking in Nedbank’s retail division.Why Limpopo firstLimpopo province was chosen first because of a link between Ga Masemola and certain fund-raising efforts in Johannesburg.Nicholas Mampana, a shoe-shiner at Nedbank’s head office in Sandton, hails from Limpopo. He’s worked there for the past nine years and managed to raise R124 000 ($15 600) through Nedbank’s Retail Staff Volunteerism Programme, which encourages staff to use their time for worthy causes.Nedbank added another R100 000 ($12 500) to the amount raised by Mampana, who chose two of the back-to-school beneficiaries.Mampana said: “In 2002 I met the director of Nedbank at the Hilton Hotel where I used to work and he told me he wanted me to work at their offices.“I saved some money from the tips I received, as I remembered how I used to feel going to school with no shoes in my hometown of Ga Masemola. This is why I’m here today making sure youngsters in my community don’t go through what I went through.”Mampana said although he used to meet international stars and bigwigs while working at the Hilton, and loved his job there, he doesn’t miss it because it didn’t afford him the opportunity to help his community.MEC Masemola said: “Nedbank has shown its commitment to education every year and I would like to take this opportunity to say we appreciate the work they do.”Limpopo matric pupils improved their pass rate by 6% in 2011, going from 57.9% in 2010 to 63.9% last year.Thabanaswane and Nedbank partnershipThabanaswane Primary had one block of classes with only four classrooms and four ablution facilities when Obed Tshebetshebe became principal in 2006.Tshebetshebe applied to the Nedbank Foundation for assistance in improving facilities.Two years would go by before Tshebetshebe received a call in 2008 saying the foundation would donate R496 400 ($62 000) to build another block of classes.Nedbank built another block of four classrooms and five ablution facilities and also donated an Edutainer Container for early childhood development.This container has educational toys and is used to house Grade R pupils.Special focus on rural areas and informal settlementsNgcayisa, the founder of the Lupi Ngcayisa Foundation, has been collecting school shoes for underprivileged pupils since 2009.Ngcayisa said: “Our selection process looks at the poorest of the poor and we have a bias that favours pupils from rural areas and informal settlements as they have it the worst.”He knows exactly what he’s talking about as he was raised in a shack in Walmer in Port Elizabeth.“As a kid who grew up in a township characterised by despair, I was intrigued by a couple shopping for school shoes for their daughter in one of Johannesburg’s suburbs three years ago,” said Ngcayisa. “The young girl’s smile inspired me to seek to create or rather duplicate this delight in other children who unlike her, had never worn school shoes.”He collected 16 600 school shoes in 2009, 27 700 in 2010 and 43 400 in 2011.People who would like to donate school shoes to the foundation can drop them off at their nearest SABC office, and corporations who wish to help can contact Bata Toughees and buy directly from them at a discount.last_img read more

first_imgMusa Mkalipi Walter and Albertina were avid freedom fighters who played a big deal towards the liberation of South Africans. The Walter and Albertina: Parenting a Nation exhibition was first launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation before moving to the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu.(Images: Musa Mkalipi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Noel Solani  Nelson Mandela Museum head of programming  +27 47 532 5110 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela: childhood heroes and lessons • Albertina Sisulu remembered • The Rivonia Trialists today • Freedom Day: long time coming Walter and Albertina Sisulu: Parenting a Nation explores the private and political lives of the Sisulu family during the apartheid struggle. The exhibition, at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, in Eastern Cape, gives the viewer a deeper understanding of their role in the emancipation of South Africa, as well as of their deep love and abiding affection for one another.Items on display include Nelson Mandela’s desk calendar, which not only notes his blood pressure but also Walter Sisulu’s prison release date in 1989, as well as family photos. Mandela’s summing up of the couple is also highlighted: “One cannot talk about Walter without Albertina – they were an indomitable team,” he said.Theirs was “a unity of such deep friendship and mutual respect, a personal and political partnership that transcended and survived all hardships and persecution”. Walter and Albertina met at the General Hospital in 1941, where the latter was a nurse. Their extraordinary love story traversed 59 years. They married in 1944, with Mandela as best man, and went on to have five children.Even though they had a big family of their own to raise, Walter and Albertina dedicated their lives to the liberation of South Africa. “Although politics has given me a rough life, there is absolutely nothing I regret about what I have done and what has happened to me and my family, throughout all these years,” the exhibition quotes Albertina. “Instead, I have been strengthened and feel more of a woman than I would otherwise have felt if my life were different.”Political beginningsHer political life started after she met Walter. She became a member of the ANC Youth League and the Federation of South African Women, and was one of the leaders of the 1956 Women’s March on which more than 20 000 women walked to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the extension of the Pass Laws.Walter was made the general secretary of the ANC in 1948, a position he held until 1954. For his anti-apartheid activities, he was sentenced to life in prison in 1963. But even as single parent while her husband was in jail, Albertina continued to keep the ANC name alive and in the 1980s was a co-president of the United Democratic Front (UDF), a civic resistance organisation.“On the outside, Albertina Sisulu played a motherly role to comrades in the UDF. In other words, both Albertina and Walter were seen by young people in the struggle for liberation in South Africa as parents not only to their children but also to others,” explained Noel Solani, the head of programming at the Nelson Mandela Museum.The Sisulus’ relationship was one full of hardship and separation; however, their affection for one another never diminished and they remained married for their entire lives. “The two icons are not exhibited in isolation from others, but the exhibition … was aimed at highlighting the specific and unique role they played in the education of young people and nurturing them as parents,” said Solani.Exhibitions were an educational tool and a window to our past, he added. These exhibitions educated the general public about the South African liberation struggle and were a reminder that we should not forget where we came from and repeat the mistakes of the past.Freedom fightersWalter (18 May 1918 – 5 May 2003) and Albertina (21 October 1918 – 2 June 2011) were both born in Eastern Cape, in villages just kilometres apart. From those humble beginnings they went on to become two of South Africa’s most prominent political figures. Their contribution to the freedom of black South Africans was admirable and courageous, and will continue to be written in the nation’s history books.While Mandela is widely celebrated as the man who led the struggle, it is important to remember he was one of many comrades. In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela mentions the Sisulu name several times, and describes the Sisulu home as being “a home away from home”. He lived with the family in the 1940s for several months when he had nowhere else to stay. Mandela also speaks fondly of Albertina, saying she was “a wise and wonderful presence, and a strong supporter of Walters’s political work”.Also known as the “Mother of the Nation” she was a nurse by training and one of the most important anti-apartheid activists by conviction. All five of the Sisulu five children also contributed to the struggle – Max, Anthony Mlungisi, Zwelakhe, Lindiwe and Nonkululeko. The couple also adopted three children, Jongumzi, Gerald and Beryl, whose mothers were Walter’s sister and cousin, as well as Samuel, who was a former Robben Islander.It was with her husband that Albertina attended the first conference of the ANC Youth League, where she was the only woman present. The couple’s life was full of arrests and detentions. In 1963, while Walter was waiting for the outcome of an appeal against a six-year sentence, he decided to forfeit bail and go underground. Security police then arrested Albertina and Zwelakhe. She was the first woman to be arrested under the General Laws Amendment Act, which gave police the power to hold suspects in detention without charge.Walter was convicted in the Rivonia Trail in 1963 for planning to sabotage and overthrow the apartheid government. He was sentenced to life in prison together with other activists, including Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada and Raymond Mhlaba. He was released from prison 26 years later, in 1989. In July 1991, he was elected deputy president of the ANC at the party’s first national conference.The party was elected to power in the first democratic elections just three years later, making Mandela the first democratically elected president of the country.First displayed at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, Walter and Albertina Sisulu: Parenting a Nation will be at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, in Eastern Cape until the end of the year. Thereafter, it will travel to another Eastern Cape venue that is yet to be decided.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Brien, AgriGold agronomistUpon planting a seed into the medium called the soil, one could assume that it is tucked into a warm and inviting environment, where nothing bad can happen to it. If a grower had that assumption, they would be WRONG!When a grower plants a seed into the soil, the war begins. The war is between the seed and the “bugs” that are present in the soil. The seed’s goal is to sprout and grow, while the bug’s goal in today’s discussion is to decompose the seed along with any other organic matter, making it nonviable. Both sides are ready to wage war, but how do they plan on winning? The bugs: Who are they and how do they win?The bugs in this story are the fungi found in all soils. The fungi that battles corn seeds and seedlings are Pythium and Fusarium. The reason the bugs battle corn seeds and seedling is due to their role in the soil cycle. The bug’s role in the soil is to decompose any and all organic matter, much like the acids in our stomachs. Farmers like these bugs when they decompose corn, wheat and/or wheat residue, so next year’s crop can be planted and use the nutrients released from the decomposed residue. Unfortunately, these bugs do not differentiate between residue and valuable seeds. If there is material to decompose, they will attack it, with full vengeance.There are three strategies bugs use to win the battle. The first strategy the bugs use is time. The bugs will have a better chance of outnumbering and overtaking a corn seed or seedling if the corn is slow to grow and develop, thus giving the bugs more time to attack and win. Conditions such as day time temperature in the mid to low 60s, wet to saturated soils and cloudy days are a bug’s dream environment to prosper due to the slow growth of corn plants in these conditions. The second advantage is numbers. There are billions of bugs attacking one seed or seedling, given time and numbers, the bugs tend to win. The third advantage is skill. The bugs only have one job and they are masters at their craft and their only goal is to eat and decompose. So, with skill time and numbers, the bugs can be a tough enemy to defend against. The seeds: How do they out-maneuver the bugs?Corn seeds and seedlings have no natural defense against their enemy, so they must rely on some allies for victory. The first ally of a corn seed is the seed treatment that comes on the seed. The seed treatment is designed to be the first line of defense for the corn seed. Seed treatments are designed to protect the seed while it is beginning its new life. Unfortunately, the seed treatment only protects the seed for approximately 21 days. After that critical window, the seed must then rely on its second ally.The second ally and the most successful defense against the bugs is good growing conditions. Good growing conditions allow the corn plants to utilize the only method available to them that can truly beat the bugs and that is to outgrow them. Meaning the corn plant grows to a size where the bugs are no longer a factor for defeat. The corn plants need to establish a good set of nodal roots to ensure a complete victory over the soil bugs.The war is raged every year in the Eastern Corn Belt, on every soil type and on every farm. Planting into a warming trend and into soils that are not saturated provides a battlefield that is favorable to our seed. Any help a grower can provide will reap huge rewards as the enemy is small but mighty and never seems to get tired!last_img read more

first_imgIn a bid to check the spree of illegal encroachments on the hill slopes of the district’s eco-sensitive Pavana dam area, the Western Bench of the National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the State Environment Department, and 53 other people, including many celebrities.A Bench comprising Justices S.P. Wangdi and Dr. Nagin Nanda was acting on an environment interest litigation (EIL) filed by Sanjay Vishwanath ‘Bala’ Bhegade, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Maval, around 18 km from the city.“The area [in Maval Taluk] under the water catchments of the Pavana Dam, surrounded by hills, has been declared as an ‘eco-sensitive zone’ by the committee formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in 2000 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Pronab Sen,” reads Mr. Bhegade’s petition.However, recently, a number of diamond merchants, cricketers, industrialists and Bollywood personalities have built luxurious villas and farm-houses on the hills, said advocate Asim Sarode, counsel for the petitioner.“The illicit constructions are shearing away the natural contours on the hilltops and hill-slopes, and the rampant felling of trees was causing permanent damage to the environment,” said Mr. Bhegade.Mr. Bhegade also alleged that the constructions had already disrupted water channels, forcing streams and rivers to alter their natural flowing path, posing a serious risk of landslides. “Earlier, some villagers had approached government authorities to apprise them of the situation. But other than sending notices to the owners of the illegal constructions, no action was taken. Hence, I have filed this EIL,” Mr. Bhegade said. Despite the ecological damage and a significant reduction of forest and green cover area, the taluk still retains its importance as a forest area rich in biodiversity, as is noted by the Madhav Gadgil and Kasturirangan panels on the ecological preservation of the Western Ghats, Mr. Sarode said.The tribunal also reprimanded the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board for the rise in encroachments in the area. The next hearing is set for August 6.last_img read more

first_imgMILO executives during the announcement of the Philippine team for the FC Barcelona training on Wednesday. Photo by Bong LozadaThirteen kids are set to go on a trip of a lifetime as they head to  Spain this October to experience the brand of football of the La Liga giant FC Barcelona.The selected youngsters, who were chosen after two-day camp conducted by MILO and FCB Escola Youth Academy, will be in Barcelona from October 15 to 23 for a series of trainings and other activities including watching a live La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES But Willy De Ocampo, the Vice President and Business Unit Manager of MILO Philippines, said they are “committed to bringing everybody to Barcelona.”“Rest assured there won’t be anyone left behind, everyone will fly either on Saturday or Thursday,” said De Ocampo. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Tamaraws come up short against the Green Archers anew From 150 participants, Lien Dale Manuel, Lara Angela Amante, Liam Arc Villaran, Kevin Hadap, Heaven Andrei Teodosio, Lorenzo Miguel Castillo Plaza, Alexis Caitlin Tan, Joseph Kyne Garces, Marcus Lucas Arias, Lorenz Albert Tortona, Enzo Gacutan Courbet, Boris Malcolm Uy, and Ethan Jacob Roxas impressed coaches the most during the camp held last September 2 to 3.“We believe that we have a really good team of kids who exemplify the right mix of values and skills that both MILO and FC Barcelona advocate,” said the brand’s sports executive Robbie De Vera Wednesday during the press conference in Taguig.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFormer Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will also join the young footballers in the training camp where they will also undergo classroom sessions at FCB Escola and technical skills development on the pitch.Unfortunately, there were hiccups when it came to processing of visa with a some of the kids with only a few days left before the trip. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous ON Semi demonstrates new cloud-connected Strata Developer StudioNext Infineon launches TLE985x embedded power series for automotive applications Express Logic announced that its deeply embedded GUIX graphical user interface run-time solution has achieved the highest level of safety certification for the rigorous International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508 SIL 4, IEC 62304 Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D, and EN 50128 SW-SIL 4 safety standards. This new certification performed by SGS-T��V Saar is unique to the embedded industry, making GUIX the only choice for safety-oriented applications that have a user interface and require certification.SGS-TÜV Saar, formed through a joint venture of Germany’s SGS Group and TÜV Saarland, is the leading accredited, independent company for testing, auditing, verifying, and certifying embedded software for safety-related systems worldwide. The industrial safety standard IEC 61508 and all standards that are derived from it, including IEC 62304, ISO 26262, and EN 50128, are used to ensure the functional safety of electrical, electronic, and programmable electronic safety-related medical devices, process control systems, industrial machinery, and railway control systems.SGS-TÜV Saar has evaluated the relevant parts of Express Logic’s modified waterfall development process for GUIX, with phase overlap and phase blending, to ensure that best development practices have been followed at these phases: Requirements management, Design, Implementation, Verification, Maintenance.To make this assessment, SGS-TUV Saar based its evaluation on a rigorous test suite for GUIX. The GUIX test suite is composed of a large number of application simulations and effectively performs functional “black box” testing over the entire GUIX software product. The testing exercises 100 percent of the generic GUIX C code — including 100 percent branch decision coverage. Express Logic’s GUIX Safety Manual documents these quality assurance measures, which enable developers to use GUIX in safety-critical software development that is required to meet even the most exacting Safety Integrity Level (SIL 4) and Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL D), according to IEC 61508, IEC 62304, ISO 26262, and EN 50128, without further qualification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane: Strong Courtois aware of the situationby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was withdrawn at half-time with Real trailing 2-0 against Club Bruges in midweek, and the club later said the Belgian had been suffering from gastroenteritis – rather than an anxiety attack as claimed in the Spanish media.Courtois was jeered by members of the home support during the 2-2 Champions League draw.On Courtois, Zidane said: “Regardless of whether it’s fair or not, it is what it is. He’s strong and is aware of the situation. The first-half performance the other day was down to everyone.”The important thing is how he’s feeling. He’s not the only one who was responsible for that first half against Bruges. At Real Madrid you’re not allowed to make any mistakes, we can never concede and always have to score. Whenever that doesn’t happen, bad things are always going to be said about Real Madrid. We always have to give our all.”Nobody is a guaranteed starter, not Courtois or anybody else. I never said that. I’m going to use all of them.” last_img read more

first_imgGary Pinkel after big win against BYU.Gary Pinkel DanceMissouri head coach Gary Pinkel announced yesterday that he would stepping down at the end of this season due to health reasons. Whether it’s been his team’s up-and-down season, the unrest on campus, or his personal battle with lymphoma, Pinkel has faced more than his fair share of adversity this fall. So perhaps that’s why the scene following Missouri’s 20-16 win over BYU tonight was so touching. After the game, Pinkel’s players surrounded him, chanted his name, and urged him to dance. The veteran head coach obliged, and appeared to get emotional in doing so. “and the GP, GP ayyyyyyy chant has erupted” among players pic.twitter.com/vdwQ8ddega— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 15, 2015Dance Gary Pinkel. Dance. pic.twitter.com/7LouzovljA— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 15, 2015That’s awesome. Hats off to Pinkel and his team.last_img read more

first_imgPuerto Rico native, rapper, producer and “Despacito” singer Daddy Yankee joined volunteers in Caguas this week to distribute shelter repair kits to families.Yankee’s work with Habitat For Humanity and Save the Children is part of his commitment to help Puerto Rico rebuild following Hurricane Maria. He has pledged to donate $250,000 and raise an additional $1.5 million for the recovery.“Puerto Rico has a long road ahead to recovery, and we need to work together to make sure families across the island get the support they need,” Yankee said. “I’m proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children as we distribute these kits that will help families make immediate repairs to their homes as we prepare for long-term repairs. Please visit habitat.org/daddyyankee to join this recovery.”Yankee and other volunteers distributed the first 500 of 2,000 shelter repair kits, which are designed to help low-income families across Puerto Rico make interim repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Maria. The remaining kits will be distributed in different cities on the island this month. Learn more about the kits here.The shelter repair kits are the first phase of Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Hammers Back hurricane recovery initiative in Puerto Rico. Habitat has pledged to assist more than 6,000 families in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida following the devastation of the hurricanes this year. Habitat for Humanity is developing a long-term recovery strategy in Puerto Rico as assessments are performed and conditions permit. More information on Habitat’s hurricane recovery program is available at habitat.org/hurricanes.Save the Children is leading the distribution of the shelter repair kits in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The distribution is one part of the international humanitarian organization’s work to help children and families impacted by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In all three locations, Save the Children is helping alleviate immediate needs, restore access to critical child care and education services, and help children overwhelmed by the emergencies to rebound and become more resilient. More information on Save the Children’s hurricane recovery programs is available at savethechildren.org.last_img read more