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‘We CAN reduce violence in South Africa’ – Radebe

first_imgChildren at the launch of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign in Reiger Park on 25 November. (Photo: DOC)Minister in the Presidency Jeff RadebeEvery great social movement of our time began with the fight for an ideal. The anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and abroad was fuelled by a profound need to end decades of racial discrimination and to see the birth of a democratic nation. The civil rights movement in the US sought to end segregation.Both these movements have come to signify the triumph of justice, humanity and tolerance over discrimination. Both had humble beginnings and only burgeoned into unstoppable behemoths with the march of time.Our triumphant march to democracy in 1994 was only achieved because of often untold sacrifice by hundreds of thousands of ordinary South Africans. What emerged from the dark depths of apartheid was a society committed to democracy, gender equality and the empowerment of women.Our commitment to gender equality is one of the founding principles of our new society and is a core right of the Constitution. In an ideal world the Constitution and our unwavering commitment to the rights of women and children would have been enough to ensure an end to violence against women and children.Sadly, our Constitution, legislation and institutional mechanisms such as the specialised sexual offences courts, Thuthuzela Care Centres, Family, Child and Sexual Offences Units and Domestic Violence Courts have not fully stemmed violence against women and children.When searching for answers to this continuing sad reality many things should be taken into account. We dare not forget the trauma which stems from our violent past. The apartheid state used violence as its primary instrument of control and not even women and children were spared.This culture of violence still runs through our proverbial veins like a cancer.However, all is not lost and just as cancer can be beaten; there is hope that we can drastically reduce the incidence of violence against women and children in our lifetime.The collective social movement to end the scourge began 16 years ago when the first 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign was held in South Africa. Just as apartheid was not defeated in a day, the battle to stop violence against women and children has been a long time coming.With every passing year more men have become involved and have begun to raise their collective voices. This year’s slogan for the campaign which runs until December 10 is: “Count Me In: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”.President Jacob Zuma launched the campaign on Tuesday, November 25 at the WJ Clements Stadium in Reiger Park, Ekurhuleni.The call to #CountMeIn is a powerful one and government strongly believes that it will find resonance with many people. Everyone has a role to play in raising our collective voice during #16Days2014.Together our combined efforts can bring an end to the scourge of violence against women and children, just as apartheid was defeated by a collective groundswell of popular resistance.However, if this is to become a reality the call to #CountMeIn must be more than just merely another hashtag on social media.To truly be counted in will require a change from all of us. No longer can we look away from what often takes place on our own doorsteps. The reality is that violence and abuse against women and children is not perpetrated by vile monsters; but by our neighbours, friends and even us.The time for change is now; together we can use the 16 Days Campaign to call on all sectors of society to stand up and be counted as part of the solution to eradicate gender-based violence.Let us raise our collective voices in our 20th Year of Freedom and 60 years after the adoption of the historic Women’s Charter.Support the campaign by wearing the white ribbon during the 16-day period; a white ribbon is a symbol of peace and symbolises the commitment of the wearer to never commit or condone violence against women and children.Participate in the 16 Days of Activism events and activities which are taking place. It is within our hands to have a society in which we do not read or hear about the abuse that women and children often suffer at the hands of heartless perpetrators.By being counted in we pledge to be the change we want to see.Count Me In: I will protect my sister.Count Me In: I care for the safety of women and children.Count Me In: I am cool, I do not bully.Count Me In: I do not punch others.last_img read more

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A Two-Home Demo for Deep-Energy Retrofits

first_imgThe Residential Energy Efficiency Project, a nonprofit environmental group that advances residential energy efficiency in the Waterloo Region of Ontario, Canada, decided a couple years ago to deploy one of the most potent, not-so-secret weapons in the battle to steer homeowners toward deep-energy retrofits: the demonstration home.Or in this case, two demonstration homes, both many decades old, formerly drafty, about the same size, and on the same street.A recent post on Treehugger provides in-the-walls details about the upgrades to the homes, one of which was retrofitted to reduce its energy consumption by 50%, the other to net-zero-energy performance. The latter features multiple heating systems (solar hot water, a hydronic boiler, and a ground-source heat pump) so that their operation can be explained to people who visit the house and so the systems’ relative efficiency can be measured and compared over time. Without renewable-energy sources, the NZE home’s annual heating costs, which had been averaging $2,800, are expected to be about $300.Show and tellThe Residential Energy Efficiency Project, or REEP, hopes the retrofits will inspire homeowners who visit the houses to invest in retrofits in their own homes. Both houses are relatively small (originally about 1,000 sq. ft. each) and several decades old, which makes them representative of much of the region’s existing housing stock. But REEP also wants those who tour the homes to leave with a better understanding of the in-the-walls-and-basement systems responsible for the buildings’ upgraded comfort and quiet, and how they can go about securing financing and hiring contractors to do the work.One portion of basement wall in the NZE house, for example, has been insulated with polyurethane foam to R-12 (current code), R-24 (an insulation upgrade option covered by retrofit grants available in Canada), and the R-38 insulation system used in the rest of the basement. SEEP will measure the heat loss and related heating costs for each of the three sections over time. One by-product of the upgrade: the 250-sq.-ft. basement is now a spare room, as habitable as the rest of the house.While the cost total for the all-out NZE retrofit is expected to be high (on May 14 REEP celebrated completion of the project), the retrofit of the first home has been calculated at about $24,000 U.S. If REEP’s strategy of showing rather than just telling bears out, many of those who visit the houses will come away with a pretty firm grip on how they can achieve similar results.Contact REEP to learn more about these demonstration homes .last_img read more

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J Dey murder case: Mumbai Police question oil mafia kingpin

first_imgThe police, probing the killing of senior crime reporter J Dey, on Thursday questioned an alleged oil mafia kingpin after interrogating and letting off three suspects apparently finding no evidence against them. Police questioned alleged oil kingpin Mohammed Ali in connection with the murder case at a hospital where he was taken from Arthur Road jail. Ali was interrogated by police after the MCOCA court’s permission. Ali and his four aides had been arrested from here while two sharp-shooters from Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the murder of Sayyed Chand Madar (56), owner of a private firm in south Mumbai, in September last year. Ali and Madar were rivals as both were allegedly involved in smuggling diesel from the high seas. Earlier, the police let off three persons, believed to be associated with Chhota Shakeel, a key aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who were detained on Wednesday in connection with the killing of the scribe. “The suspects, whom we questioned, appeared to have played no role in the crime, as of now,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said. Three suspects Anwar, Mateen Iqbal Hatela and Shaikh were picked up for questioning on Wednesday to ascertain their possible role in Dey’s killing. However, they were let off late on Wednesday night after no evidence was found against them, police said.  The police said that during interrogation Mateen had said that Dey might have been killed as he could be working on a story which would have caused trouble to some people. They also told us several other things but that is not matching with the fact after verification. “We questioned Anwar and Mateen to ascertain as to why they were telling us those stories and whether they were trying to mislead us in the probe and if so, why they were doing this,” a police officer said adding that they did not appear to have played any role in the murder and were allowed to go. 56-year-old Jyotirmoy Dey, Editor (Special Investigation), with Mid-Day, who extensively covered the underworld and crime for over two decades, was shot dead by four assailants last Saturday. Meanwhile, police have found three more witnesses in the case and are trying to figure out the sequence of events that led to the killing.advertisement- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Stars Shocked By Tropical Disease Images

first_imgIn a hard-hitting new video released today, celebrities from around the world called for support in the global effort to control and eliminate seven diseases that plague more than 1 billion people around the world, including 500 million children.In the video, international actors and musicians witness the devastation neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) cause and encourage their fans to be part of the solution. The video is part of the END7 campaign, the first global public awareness initiative dedicated to controlling and eliminating the seven most prevalent NTDs by 2020.Emily Blunt (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Devil Wears Prada”); Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables,” “My Week with Marilyn”); Tom Felton (“Harry Potter” series); Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South African pop star); Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Pride and Prejudice”); and Priyanka Chopra (leading Bollywood actress and international recording artist) are featured in the video. These celebrities join a growing cast of supporters including Katy Perry, Ewan McGregor, Alyssa Milano, Norah Jones, Rosanna Cash, Paula Abdul and Stella McCartney to help raise public awareness about NTDs.“Until recently, I didn’t even know these diseases existed,” said actress Emily Blunt. “The serious disabilities and suffering they inflict on the world’s poorest people is heart-wrenching. But I was inspired to join the END7 campaign because, for once, the solution is simple and available now. And the cost for treatment is so low that almost anyone can make a big difference by giving just a few cents.”END7 relies heavily on individuals spreading the word and getting involved through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It aims to raise the public awareness and funding required to cover the cost of distributing medicine and setting up treatment programs for NTDs. END7 is encouraging supporters to sign a pledge to inspire global policy leaders and philanthropists to take action and help end these diseases by 2020.It costs approximately 50 cents to treat one person against the seven most common NTDs for an entire year. Pharmaceutical companies have donated billions of pills to treat these diseases, and many programs use existing infrastructure, such as schools and community centers, as distribution points, making NTD treatment one of most cost-effective public health initiatives available today.The seven most common NTDs—hookworm, ascariasis (roundworm), trichuriasis (whipworm), schistosomiasis (snail fever), lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness) and trachoma—infect more than one in six people worldwide, including more than 500 million children. They cause blindness, massive swelling in appendages and limbs, severe malnutrition and anemia. NTDs prevent children from growing and learning. They reduce adults’ economic productivity and ability to care for their families, keeping communities trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease.“In India alone, nearly 700 million people are at risk for elephantiasis and more than 200 million children are at risk for worm infections,” said Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra. “Through the END7 campaign, we can offer a solution that will change the lives of millions of people living in poverty in Asia and around the world. I am proud to be a part of the global effort to end these diseases.”The END7 campaign was launched in 2012 by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Wunderman UK leads the creative direction for the campaign, which includes this latest video along with the campaign’s website, Facebook hub and previously released “Mission in a Minute” video.“We are building a movement that allows nearly everyone to play a part in making these diseases history,” said Dr. Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. “Since last January’s London Declaration we have seen a significant increase in support for NTD control and elimination among global leaders. What we need now is for the general public to get involved in our cause.”To watch the video and learn more about the END7 campaign, visit www.end7.org.last_img read more

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Small restaurant owners oppose ban on styrofoam food containers

first_img Sasha Foo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A proposal to ban styrofoam products in the City of San Diego is heading for a final vote next month.On Thursday, restaurant owners who oppose the measure held a news conference in Logan Heights to explain how a ban would hurt them. Restaurant owners like Javier Rodriguez said if the city enacts a ban on polystyrene or styrofoam containers, the cost of switching to a more expensive paper product will have to passed on to customers.Rodriguez and other small restaurant owners said they don’t have the budgets of bigger corporate run restaurants and paying more for the alternative containers would mean making cuts in other areas.“If we get more expenses, we have to cut the labor, we have to cut the hours. It’s not fair for them or for us, too,” Rodriguez said.A study commissioned by the California Restaurant Association looked at the cost of food containers sold in the Los Angeles area. The study found that a 9 inch hinged container made of styrofoam would cost about 10 cents, yet a compostable paper product of the same kind would be around 24 cents, amounting to a 145% increase.There’s a different view of the proposed ban at Ponce’s, a family owned Mexican restaurant in Kensington and now in a second location in Del Sur.The director of operations, Mikey Knab said Ponce’s switched to compostable paper containers about a year and a half ago.Knab said the price difference was a nickel or less and the restaurant did not have to raise its food prices. He said the restaurant was willing to bear the extra cost so that future generations would not be stuck with the cost of an unhealthy planet.“By allowing that plastic into the food system, you’re making everyone else in the world pay that cost, rather than people who are choosing it. So, yes, we could choose not to patronize restaurants that use styrofoam, but that wouldn’t let us choose the fish that come out of the ocean to have that.” Knab said.The proposed ordinance would give small businesses with less than $500,000 in annual sales, a two year period to comply. The city would also allow business owners to ask for a “hardship” exemption to extend that deadline even further.Larger businesses would have to start following the ordinance in 90 days. The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on the styrofoam ban on January 8. Posted: December 20, 2018 December 20, 2018 Sasha Foo Small restaurant owners oppose ban on styrofoam food containers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Proposal to replace old Mission Hills library with Permanent Supportive Housing Shelter

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Ashlie Rodriguez, Ashlie Rodriguez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mission Hills residents are furious tonight and they are sending a strong message to Mayor Kevin Falconer, objecting to a proposed permanent supportive housing in their neighborhood.Mayor Faulconer and Councilmember Chris Ward have proposed converting the former Mission Hills Library into 28 units of permanent supportive housing for the homeless. It would be one of eight shelters going up in all parts of the city.Residents argue the homeless moving in would threaten the kids attending the nearby Grant Elementary and bring visual blight to their charming nook in San Diego.The city attempted to explain the homeless that would be helped are the people we don’t see, the mothers with children or the men living in their cars.While you don’t have to be sober to get admitted into the shelter, you cannot have a felony record.  The idea being San Diego can avoid the scale of the homeless crisis being seen in Seattle and San Francisco if we act now.Councilmember Chris Ward says if the residents have any recourse, that he will take their concerns to the developers who can address them while they’re building the shelter. He also mentions this is Mayor Faulconer’s plan, which is expected to start going into effect by the end of this year. Proposal to replace old Mission Hills library with Permanent Supportive Housing Shelter for homeless angers residents Posted: May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019 CORRECTION: KUSI is issuing a correction to this story. The proposal is to turn the old Mission Hills Library into Permanent Supportive Housing of 28 units, not a homeless shelter. The video below references “shelter” but it is Permanent Supportive Housing. Updated: 3:41 PMlast_img read more

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