Mandela Day book drive to get kids reading

first_img11 July 2014 Members of the public have been urged to donate books about Nelson Mandela and other liberation heroes to schools, libraries and other organisations in need as part of a new Mandela Day initiative by the Gauteng Department of Education, LeadSA and Proudly South African. The initiative, launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Friday, aims to improve the literacy rate among young South Africans while preserving Mandela’s legacy. Pupils from Saheti, Roedean and Redhill primary schools got the ball rolling, making a generous donation of books that was received by Gauteng Education Minister Panyaza Lesufi. Madiba’s great-grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, speaking at the launch, said that beyond simply encouraging children to read, adults should act as role models in making sure that children saw them reading. “If [Nelson Mandela] wasn’t reading a newspaper, he was reading a book,” he said. “I would see this and it was hugely encouraging.” Also speaking at the launch, long-time friend of Mandela, Advocate George Bizos, talked about the importance of teachers as role models, citing his own experience growing up, as well as that of friend and politician Popo Molefe. “Both of us went to school and furthered our education because of one important teacher in each of our lives,” he said. Another of Mandela’s long-time friends, Ahmed Kathrada, spoke of his time on Robben Island as a prisoner during the struggle for freedom. “Even under adverse conditions, prison inmates would study. We would work in the sun with picks and shovels for eight hours, and then spend the night in our cells studying. “Madiba was always adamant about the importance of education,” Kathrada said, adding, in a message addressed to all young South Africans: “Our country needs skills in every direction. With your freedom, you have a major responsibility to serve yourself and South Africa by investing in education.” Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “Let’s all join hands and see how, in each small way, we can contribute to the biggest Mandela Day we’ve ever seen. Please donate a book to your local library or school and join our pledge to keep the legacy of Madiba alive.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Protests lined up against Citizenship Bill in Assam

first_imgMore than 100 civil society and students’ organisations and political parties have lined up protests against the BJP’s move to reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill during the winter session of Parliament.The Bill seeks to fast-track the process of granting citizenship to non-Muslims who have allegedly fled religious persecution from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan till December 31, 2014.The Left Democratic Front, Assam, a coalition of nine political parties including the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Janata Dal (Secular) and Nationalist Congress Party, has called for a State-wide protest on Monday.‘Anti-Assam’ “The Bill is communal and anti-Assam, as it would render the expensive exercise of updating the National Register of Citizens meaningless,” a spokesperson of the Front said on Sunday.About 30 organisations aligned with the All Assam Students’ Union have chalked out a series of programmes for drumming up support against the push for the “jatidhwangshi” (race-destroying) Bill. According to the Union, the six-year Assam Agitation for ejecting illegal migrants would go waste if the Bill is passed by Parliament.The Assam Accord of August 1985 that put an end to the agitation had prescribed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for detecting and deporting illegal migrants from the State. 1966 base year The NRC is being updated on the basis of this cut-off date, although officials have allegedly considered 1966 as the base year for ascertaining the citizenship of people belonging to the non-indigenous communities.Another 70 organisations, led by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, have also announced a “door-to-door” campaign against the Bill from Monday. A Samiti spokesperson criticised Assam Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for insisting that the Bill would be in the State’s interest.last_img read more

10 months agoBarkley insists Chelsea confident they can exact Tottenham revenge

first_imgBarkley insists Chelsea confident they can exact Tottenham revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoss Barkley is confident Chelsea can exact revenge on Tottenham when the two clubs meet in the EFL Cup semi-final.Tottenham beat Chelsea in an emphatic victory at Wembley last month.”Tottenham are a good side but we come into it with confidence and knowing what we need to do to reach the final,” said Barkley. “We will train really hard.”That will be in the back of our minds [Chelsea’s defeat at Wembley] because there are our rivals and we want to beat our rivals. It’s going to be a very exciting game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

BW LPG Cuts Loss Sells VLGC Oldie

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed owner and operator of LPG vessels, BW LPG has reported a loss after tax of USD 7 million in the second quarter of this year, trimming down the corresponding loss of USD 55.6 million from 2016.“The loss of USD 55.6 million in the same quarter last year was mainly due to an impairment charge on vessels and available-for-sale assets of USD 76.4 million while there was no impairment charge in the current quarter,” the company said.EBITDA for the second quarter amounted to USD 39.6 million, down by USD 12.7 million from the same quarter last year mainly due to a decline in LPG spot rates.VLGC rates averaged USD 28.8 per ton on the benchmark Baltic route, nearly halving to USD 21 per ton after starting the quarter at USD 36 per ton. The weakness in freight was driven by worsening arbitrage economics leading to substantial cargo cancellations in the U.S. Gulf Coast and continued above-average fleet growth, the company said.The global VLGC fleet currently stands at 253 ships on the water, with 29 on order. Fourteen ships have been delivered year to date, while three have been committed for scrapping.“Heading into the third quarter, there has been an uptick of fixtures on the long-haul US to Asia route going via the Cape of Good Hope (the longer route) rather than via the Panama Canal. However, this positive development on the distance side of the shipping demand equation is continuing to be partly offset by the adverse impact of U.S. cargo cancellations,” BW LPG explained.In July, BW LPG signed a contract to sell VLGC BW Vision as part of the company’s fleet renewal strategy. The 2001-built vessel is expected to be delivered in September 2017, the company added.As World Maritime News reported, during the same month, BW LPG and Global United Shipping India Private Limited teamed up on the establishment of a joint venture in India, BW Global United LPG India Private Limited.The JV, set to become operational by the end of the year, will own and operate a fleet of VLGCs for the transportation of LPG within Indian waters.last_img read more

HapagLloyd DB Schenker Launching EcoFriendly Initiative

first_imgzoom German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd and compatriot logistics services provider DB Schenker have launched a project aimed at cutting sulfur oxide emissions in ports.In order to reduce the impact of pollution, especially in Asian and Latin American ports, a “prestigious customer” switches all of its containers shipped by Hapag-Lloyd to low-sulfur fuel.Specifically, customers pay a voluntary surcharge on each of its containers shipped through these ports, having started in mid-2017. Such surcharge is used by Hapag-Lloyd to purchase the low-sulfur fuel.Customers receive a factual statement on the fuel change for all of their containers while DB Schenker supervises the transaction.As explained, the move goes beyond current regulation. While some regions in the world provide for 0.1% sulfur content not to be exceeded when at berth, many ports still do not have any such regulations and fuel is permitted to be burnt with sulfur contents of up to 3.5% to run vessel facilities during port stays for loading and discharge.“We are proud to enter with such prestigious companies in a ground-breaking health and environmental initiative,” Andrea Dorothea Schoen, Carbon Controller and head of DB Schenker’s climate protection program and project initiator, commented.“For us this a milestone in our environmental partnership – with the shipper and the carrier alike,” Schoen added.“We jointly can pave the way for better air quality and push sustainability on the oceans,” Thorsten Haeser, CCO of Hapag-Lloyd, pointed out.last_img read more

Opinion 5 keys to Ohio States matchup against Virginia Tech

Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) blocks for redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during a game against Navy Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in baltimore. OSU won, 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team’s season-opening 34-17 win against Navy was a tale of two halves.The Midshipmen led, 7-6, at halftime — which certainly taught us all a lot about this year’s Buckeyes. The comeback run in the second half might have taught us even more, but there will be much more to watch for when the Buckeyes take the field next.The Lantern’s sports editors picked five keys to OSU’s matchup with the Hokies that could decide whether the team moves to 2-0 or suffers an early-season loss.1. J.T. Barrett round twoTo be completely honest, redshirt-freshman quarterback Barrett did as well as can be expected for his first career game. The man had not taken a competitive snap since his senior year of high school — when he tore his ACL — and still threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns.Barrett wasn’t Braxton Miller last week, and he won’t emulate the injured senior quarterback against the Hokies either. But that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes are out of luck.If you’re looking for ankle-breaking running ability or a cannon for a right arm, Miller is still your guy. But Barrett was smoothly efficient and deceptively productive in his first start. After leading the Buckeyes with 50 rushing yards and going 12 of 15 on pass attempts with just one interception, look for the offense to open up for Barrett going forward.2. Will Bud Foster’s defense shut down Buckeye offense?Ever since defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s arrival in Blacksburg, Va., the Hokies have been a model of consistency on defense.Despite losing, 35-10, to then-defending national champion Alabama last season, the Hokie defense held the Crimson Tide to just 206 yards of total offense, including just 110 passing.As Barrett enters his second start, Foster’s ability to dial up confusing blitzes will prove a tough challenge for not only for the quarterback, but also a young and inexperienced offensive line.The Buckeyes only managed six first half points last week, which marked the first time OSU had been held without a first half touchdown since the 2011 Buckeyes were held to just three first half points against Illinois (a game in which they completed just one pass).A similar performance could very well mean the first home loss under coach Urban Meyer. 3. Which running back earned the carries?When Meyer released the team’s first depth chart of the season, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-senior Rod Smith and freshman Curtis Samuel were all listed as co-starters at running back.Against Navy, Elliott earned offensive player of the game honors by carrying the ball 12 times for 44 yards and a touchdown, but actually finished the game behind Barrett and Samuel in rushing yardage. Samuel had 45 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry while Smith carried the ball just twice, but impressed Meyer by holding a block for 11 seconds during a special teams play.According to the Buckeyes’ new depth chart released this week, all three are still co-starters at the position.With one full game out of the way, it’s hard to believe Meyer and his staff have not picked a true favorite at the position. If they have, look for that player to have a breakout game against the Hokies. If the coaching staff really hold all three in equal esteem, look for the running back carousel to continue all season long.4. Record crowd expectedOhio Stadium has been a landmark for college football since being built in 1922, and it is set to break another record Saturday night. With the final touches being made to a $13.7 million renovation project that added 2,600 seats as well as new lighting fixtures, OSU is expecting a crowd of more than 108,000, a number which would crush the current record of 106,102, set during an Oct. 6, 2012, game against Nebraska. The Buckeyes prevailed, 63-38, in that game. One of the expected 108,000 is believed to be Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who has made previous appearances at OSU football games against Texas in Austin (2006) and in Columbus last season against Wisconsin. If nothing else, the atmosphere, along with the world’s greatest athlete, should be a great recruiting pitch for Meyer and his coaching staff.5. Hokies represent last big test until late OctoberIf the past is any indication, Saturday’s game against the Hokies will be the biggest test the Buckeyes will face until traveling to Happy Valley in late October.OSU’s following games after Virginia Tech include matchups against Kent State, Cincinnati, Maryland and Rutgers. The only road game of those four comes against Maryland. Not exactly murderer’s row.If the Buckeyes have national championship hopes, they will need to impress the selection committee of the newly-installed College Football Playoff against the Hokies before playing what most believe is a mediocre schedule at best, until taking on Penn State on Oct. 25.OSU’s game against Virginia Tech is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more