first_imgFormer San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock has sold his Santa Clara, Calif. townhouse for $1.415M, reports the Los Angeles Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.Brock, who played for the 49ers from 2010-2016, currently plays for the Denver Broncos.The 1,716 square foot townhome has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. It features a gas fireplace, patio and an attached two-car garage, among other amenities. The community also has a pool, playground and gardens. …last_img read more

first_imgSpeaker of Parliament Max Sisulu; President Jacob Zuma, Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile and DA leader Helen Zille convened at the summit to speak about an all-inclusive society that is proud and caring of one another. (Image: Ray Maota) The Soweto Gospel Choir led delegates in the singing of the national anthem. (Image: Jenny Tennant) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lisa Combrinck  Communications Director: Department   of  Arts and  Culture  + 27 12 441 3144 RELATED ARTICLES • Hold on to freedom, says Brand SA • Human rights revisited • German tourists in love with SA • Born free to ReporterSouth Africans have embarked on an in-depth process of deciding what kind of society they want to create – and a major part of that process is the National Social Cohesion Summit which took place recently at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto.Some 3 000 delegates joined President Jacob Zuma, summit host arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile, members of the cabinet, MPs, and representatives from the various political parties and civil society bodies, to come up with a declaration of what needs to be done to create a caring and proud society.The summit took place on 4 and 5 July 2012, and featured discussions on the role of organs of state such as the judiciary, Parliament and other legislative bodies and political parties, as well as the role of civil society, including business and labour, and other NGOs such as the Foundation for Human Rights, Molo Songololo and Lead SA.The summit, Mashatile said, aimed to “carve a shared destiny that the country belongs to all who live in it”, deepening the development that has been taking place since the advent of democracy 18 years ago.Under the theme Working together to create a caring and proud society, delegates decided on the steps to take to lead to a society where, despite differences, South African-ness comes first.“We must use our diversity to compel us to a common future,” Mashatile added.Not only a talk shopThe National Social Cohesion Summit is not a talk shop, but must bring about something tangible to work towards.In his opening speech, Zuma noted that the summit was “a crucial dialogue” where people had come together “to bring to life what our forebears left for us as a legacy” – that the country belongs to all.All the speakers emphasised that the summit’s theme reflected on South Africa’s history of selflessness, as well as the vision of the leaders in the democratic movement, in burying apartheid and building a new society.South Africans, Zuma said, are unique, “a people with an inspiring history” who do not hesitate to tackle difficulties and challenges.“We are going to try and find a way to live together in peace and harmony, building a united nation,” he said.Freedom Charter to help social cohesionThis summit looked at how best to bring about a cohesive, democratic and prosperous society. In mapping the direction, cognisance has to be taken of the challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, homelessness, landlessness and divisions of race, class and gender.During the event, various commissions explored aspects of economic inequality, spatial divisions, social engagement, issues around prejudice and discrimination, and national identity.At the end of the two-day gathering a declaration was drawn up – a living document with guidelines and outcomes.Delegates came from all walks of life, from across the country – and the choice of venue was no coincidence. Speaker after speaker referred to the Freedom Charter, the original road map to democracy that was drawn up on that very spot in 1955.South Africa’s Constitution strongly echoes the points drawn up in the Charter, and its preamble picks up the founding principles of that significant declaration: “We, the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of our past; honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.”Now, almost two decades into a democratic state, is the time to reflect on these foundations and forge a future where all South Africans can call this country “home”.Principles of social cohesionAccording to the Department of Arts and Culture, social cohesion and nation building can only be based on the following principles: constitution and democracy; human rights and equality; non-racialism, non-tribalism and non-sexism; unity in diversity; inclusivity and social justice; redress and transformation; intergroup and community co-operation; social solidarity; active citizenship; civic responsibility; and national consciousness.“These principles serve as the touchstone of social cohesion and are aimed at fostering shared values and greater cohesion within diverse communities and national unity between them and across the country,” said Mashatile.Views of political parties on social cohesionPolitical parties ranging from the African National Congress (ANC); the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA); Inkatha Freedom Party; United Democratic Movement; and the Pan Africanist Congress gave their views on how they can help in fostering social cohesion.ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said: “As a country we should make sure of the independence of the three pillars of the state – the judiciary, legislature and executive – and that of the media is upheld.”DA leader Helen Zille gave a multilingual speech citing the importance of languages in gaining social cohesion.“We should make policies that strengthen society and give youngsters the opportunity to work and develop the country into what they want it to be,” said Zille.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is announcing an additional assistance program for producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin funded by the passage of Ohio Senate Bill 299.The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program is a voluntary program that will encourage producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin to plant small grains such as wheat, barley, oats, or cereal rye on eligible cropland. As the “working lands” name implies, participants must plant and harvest small grains, land apply manure, and plant a cover crop to receive a cost-share payment to help offset operating costs. The program benefits the planting of small grains not only for the conservation benefits, but to provide livestock producers with a longer application window to land apply manure and nutrients.“We are committed to working with farmers to achieve shared goals,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “This is a program that both supports farmers and helps protect Lake Erie. Through my H2Ohio initiative, we will continue to invest in Lake Erie and in efforts to improve water quality across Ohio.”Signed in 2018, Ohio Senate Bill 299 provided $23.5 million for soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) located in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) for nutrient management programs. ODA has already distributed $3.5 million to 24 SWCDs in Northwest Ohio and in February, ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda announced plans for three new assistance programs for the remaining $20 million: the Ohio Working Lands Program, the Voluntary Nutrient Management Plan Development Program, and the Cost Share and Equipment Buy Down Program.“We are very excited to roll out the Small Grains Program as we have already seen great interest from producers for our other assistance programs in the Western Lake Erie Basin,” said Dorothy Pelanda, ODA Director. “ODA looks forward to working with farmers to implement meaningful programs that make progress toward our common goals of soil and water conservation.”The Ohio Working Lands Small Grains Program will fall under the umbrella of the Ohio Working Lands Program. Local soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) will manage the program sign-up, verification of eligibility, and crop establishment. Soil tests and records of manure analysis and application will be required to be submitted to the SWCD as well. Producers interested in the program should contact their local SWCD to learn how to sign up.“We appreciate Governor DeWine and Director Pelanda recognizing that assistance is needed to solve important issues facing Ohio’s waters,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “We encourage all growers of small grains in northwest Ohio to consider being part of this important program. Farmers look forward to continuing our efforts to protect water quality in Ohio.”Also, as part of the Ohio Working Lands Program, local SWCDs in the Western Lake Erie Basin are still accepting sign-ups for the Ohio Working Lands Hay Buffer program which semi-retires environmentally sensitive areas of a field from annual crop acres to permanent harvestable forage acres. The sign-up deadline for the Working Lands Hay Buffer program is May 1.Producers located in the Western Lake Erie Basin are encouraged to contact their local soil and water conservation district office to learn more and sign up for these new programs.last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts The pseudo-democracy of Facebook has invited its billion-plus users to vote on their own rights – but don’t count on getting your voice heard.On Monday, Facebook allowed users to weigh in on the site governance policy, namely whether it remains as is or if a set of proposed changes will go into effect. Facebook has opened the polls in the form of a third-party voting widget and is expected to send an email explaining the process to its entire user base.It’s even possible that some Facebook users might actually read it this time. (The last site governance email – embedded below – sailed into the collective inbox black hole on the eve of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.)  So what’s the catch? The vote will be binding only if 30% of Facebook’s more than one billion users weigh in. If they don’t – and that’s by far the most likely scenario – the results will be considered advisory and Facebook’s proposed policy changes will go into effect as planned.That Pesky 30% ThreshholdIn other words, Facebook is asking users to vote on their own right to vote, but unless Hell freezes over, it’ll be taking away that right. The poll will close on December 10 at noon Pacific time, so be sure to exercise your right to a faux democratic process before then.Of course, the post-IPO Facebook is far more beholden to its stockholders than its users. Still, Facebook claims the proposed changes are ostensibly to fix the feedback system, which wasn’t particularly effective to begin with. In fact, ReadWrite has been skeptical about it since 2009, when it had that pesky 30% clause tacked on:“We encourage you to participate and make your voice heard. For this vote and any future one, the results will be binding if at least 30 percent of active Facebook users at the time that the vote was announced participate. An active user is someone who has logged in to the site in the past 30 days.”What The Vote MeansWant to weigh in anyway? Read up here on how the proposal will affect privacy, data ownership and some of those other hot-button issues that Facebook users like to get up in arms about.Sure, it’s not particularly easy for a beast as big as Facebook to collect and consider user feedback, but at this point the site’s whole feedback system is as condescending as it is illusory – right down to this last vote. Tags:#Facebook#privacy#social media#social networks A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… taylor hatmakerlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Valencia, Atletico Madrid battle for Man Utd striker Alexisby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez is wanted in Spain.The Chilean winger, who has struggled to make any impact at Manchester United, could have a route out of the club.Sanchez is wanted by Valencia and Atletico Madrid.And Spanish publication El Gol Digital suggests he is determined to leave United on a permanent deal.One stumbling block would be the player’s wages, which are reportedly £350,000-per-week before bonuses.Sanchez may also want to prove himself under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before deciding on his future in the summer. last_img read more

first_imgGrammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel has unveiled a new song, “Sing On,” in support of LUNG FORCE, a new initiative to make lung cancer in women a public health priority, drive policy change and increase research funding.LUNG FORCE is a national movement led by the American Lung Association in partnership with national presenting sponsor CVS Caremark. All proceeds from Jewel’s song, available on iTunes, will benefit LUNG FORCE to further the fight against lung cancer in women.Jewel is lending her voice by creating “Sing On” to help raise awareness of, and hope for, the fight against lung cancer in women. As a singer, Jewel relies on her lungs every day to breathe, speak, laugh and sing. That’s why she’s made it her mission to ensure that all women realize that lung cancer can happen to anyone.Rallying LUNG FORCE Voices“After learning that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in the U.S. I wanted to write a song that would unite women and their loved ones to take much-needed action in the fight against this disease,” said Jewel. “With ‘Sing On’ I want women to know that there is hope and that we are all raising our voices in support of their battle.”In supporting LUNG FORCE, Jewel joins actress and author Valerie Harper as well as entertainer and country music star Kellie Pickler, who have both been personally affected by lung cancer. Harper battled lung cancer while Pickler lost her grandmother to lung cancer just one day after she was diagnosed. Pickler’s grandmother played an important role in her life and continues to serve as an inspiration for her work.“We’re honored to have Jewel on board as a key LUNG FORCE voice,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “Lung cancer in women needs to be a public health priority. To accomplish that, we have to change our thinking about the disease and increase awareness and education.”Jewel also appears alongside Pickler in a LUNG FORCE public service announcement, calling on women to understand lung cancer’s impact, share what they know with others, and join the fight at Jewel And Kellie Pickler Talk Lung CancerCVS Caremark Continues Its Support of LUNG FORCECVS/pharmacy announced yesterday an in-store fundraising campaign to help fight the number one cancer killer of women – lung cancer. CVS Caremark is the national presenting sponsor of LUNG FORCE, and all funds raised through the campaign will benefit this new health initiative. From now through June 29, CVS/pharmacy customers will have the opportunity to contribute to LUNG FORCE at the register in stores nationwide or online at with all proceeds going to support the movement. Earlier this year, CVS Caremark announced its decision to remove tobacco from its retail stores.last_img read more

first_imgOutside of Winnipeg Police Service headquarters in downtown Winnipeg. (APTN file)APTN NewsWinnipeg police have laid murder charges in a high-profile case that claimed the life of the 17-year-old, only son of Filipino immigrants on March 3.Jaime Adao was killed by an intruder in the home he shared with his parents and grandmother.Police say it was the sixth homicide recorded in Winnipeg this year.Police say Adao was on the phone with an emergency operator when he was fatally attacked by a man with a weapon. The type of weapon was not revealed.Police say responding officers shot and wounded the man, who was in hospital in critical condition.In a release Sunday, police say they charged Ronald Bruce Chubb, 27, with second-degree murder, attempted murder, and fail to comply with probation.Chubb was born in God’s Lake First Nation, which is about 1,000 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.Manitoba’s Independent Investigation Unit is now looking into the officer-involved shooting.Three more homicides have been reported in Winnipeg since Adao’s death, police add.Police have termed it a “senseless killing” they blame on the city’s battle with methamphetamine.A GoFundMe page was set up for Adao’s parents, who run a bakery in the city.last_img read more

Cam Burrows talks to the media on Aug. 12 after practice at the Woddy Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Photo EditorJust days before the season opener, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer indicated on Wednesday that redshirt junior Cam Burrows could miss the entire 2016 campaign. Meyer was not confident the defensive back was going to be healthy enough to play for the Buckeyes this season. “I don’t think he’s going to play this season,” Meyer said.An OSU spokesperson told the media on Wednesday that Burrow’s foot was bothering him.After appearing to be fully healthy for the first time since his sophomore campaign back in 2014, he was forced to redshirt in the 2015 season after breaking his foot.Burrows began his career at Ohio State with lofty expectations, as he was a four-star recruit according to 247Sports back in 2012. He was viewed as the second best recruit in the state of Ohio, the eighth best cornerback prospect and the 61st best recruit overall.When OSU released its first depth chart on Tuesday, Burrows was not on the two-deep at safety. Redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker and junior Damon Webb are scheduled to start at the two safety positions with freshman Jordan Fuller and junior Erick Smith serving as the primary backups. read more

first_imgGermany manager Joachim Low has revealed that the decision to drop Leroy Sane in favour of Julian Brandt was an extremely difficult choice and that it was so close between the pair that it could have been a “photo finish”The PFA Young Player of the Year was the shock omission from Low’s final 23-man squad for Russia after having performed superbly in the Premier League this season as Manchester City sealed the league crown with a 19 point lead over their nearest rivals.Despite having netted 14 goals and added 15 assists, Sane was dropped in favour of Bayer Leverkusen forward Brandt who fared worse this season with 12 goals and seven assists in comparison.“That was a very close decision between him and Julian Brandt, which was made in favour of Brandt,” said Low, according to the Evening Standard.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Draxler, Reus and Muller are set. Leroy has a huge talent.“He will be back again from September. He had not played in international matches yet.“It was a very close decision. If it were a 100-metre race, it would have been a photo finish.”On the bright side, Manuel Neuer was included in the final squad after having proved his fitness to Low and will now captain the national side once more ahead of the World Cup.last_img read more

first_imgThe draw for the fourth round fixtures in the Carabao Cup will be held on Saturday at 9pm, the Tottenham Hotspur official website confirms.The draw will be televised live on the English Football League highlights program on Quest.Spurs have made it to the fourth round draws after eliminating Watford on Wednesday night, thanks to a 4-2 penalty shootout win.The game which was held at the MK Stadium due to Spurs’ new home ground not being ready ended 2-2 after extra time before England international Dele Alli scored the winning penalty to send Mauricio Pochettino’s men through to the next round.Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea‘I’m not proud of it’ Kepa recalls EFL Cup final row with Sarri Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga confessed he was wrong to defy Maurizio Sarri’s orders to come off in February’s Carabao cup final.Nigeria international Isaac Success gave Watford the lead in the 46th minute before Dele Alli levelled matters for Spurs from the penalty spot.Erik Lamela scored what might have been the winner for Pochettino’s men in the 86th minute but Frenchman Etienne Capoue equalized for the Hornets in the 89th minute to force penalty shootouts.Tottenham next travel to the John Smith stadium where they will come up against Huddersfield Town this Saturday in the Premier League. The Spurs will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce after recording victories against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend in the league and Wednesday night’s win over Javi Gracia’s Watford.last_img read more