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first_imgMalacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES After that 4:15 p.m. opener, the Alaska Aces and the NLEX Road Warriors take centerstage with the Aces raring to break a miserable string of games after closing their Commissioner’s Cup campaign with eight consecutive losses.They’ll bring in a familiar face in LaDontae Henton, who led the Aces to the playoffs in the previous Governors Cup, where they were sidetracked by the twice-to-beat Barangay Ginebra Kings in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Following his double-double average stint for Alaska, Henton brought his act to the NBA D-League after being picked 10th overall by the Santa Cruz Warriors. There, the former Providence standout tallied 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 40 games.The Road Warriors, meanwhile, will unveil Aaron Fuller, an undersized power forward out of University of Southern California. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Tanduay books quarters seat LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugene Phelps. PBA IMAGESEugene Phelps breached the 50-point mark the last two times he played in a PBA tournament opener.The high-volume scorer from Los Angeles, California, intends to sustain that streak as the Fuel Masters tangle with the Kia Picanto at the start of the import-laced Governors Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Finishing the Commissioner’s Cup at the bottom of the 12-team standings, NLEX has nowhere to go but up and coach Yeng Guiao brought in Fuller early at the tailend of the previous reinforced tournament to get him battle-ready right away.Fuller, who met the 6-foot-5 conference limit for imports despite being listed 6-6, went unnoticed in the 2013 NBA Draft and last played in the Mexican pro league.With Markeith Cummings suiting up, the Picanto are also thrilled at the prospect of making the playoffs following a forgettable 3-8 record for an early exit last conference.Cummings first burst into the PBA limelight by leading GlobalPort to a quarterfinal appearance in the same season-ending tournament four years ago.The NBA D-League veteran—who also played in Poland, Egypt and, recently, Lebanon—averaged 28.7 points on 60.1 percent shooting and 45.2 percent from beyond the arc.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Florida appeal had been closely watched, because lower courts have been fractured in similar voting cases. Minority and voting rights groups urged justices to hear the case. “The court not only missed an opportunity to right a great historic injustice; it has shut the courthouse door in the face of hundreds of thousands of disenfranchised citizens,” Catherine Weiss, the Brennan Center for Justice lawyer for the Florida ex-felons, said Monday. WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to review Florida’s lifetime ban on voting rights for convicted felons, a case that would have had national implications for millions of would-be voters. Justices declined to hear a challenge to Florida’s 19th-century ban, which applies to inmates and those who have served their time and been released. Felons are kept from voting in every state but Maine and Vermont, although restrictions vary. The issue of voter eligibility got renewed attention after the 2000 presidential election, which was decided by fewer than 600 votes in Florida. last_img read more

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesGerry Francis says he is open-minded about a future return to coaching following his recent departure from West Bromwich Albion.The Chiswick-born 66-year-old left Albion following their sacking of manager Tony Pulis, having also been part of the Welshman’s coaching staff at Stoke and Crystal Palace.Speaking on Sky Sports News, Francis said: “The situation is that if someone comes along with something for me today, tomorrow or whenever then I’ll think about it. Maybe I’ll do it and maybe I won’t.“If Tony gets another job and wants me to go with him, maybe I will or maybe I won’t. Or maybe I won’t do anything.“I’ll see what comes up and see what I feel like doing.”Francis, who made his name as a player at QPR and later had spells at Loftus Road as manager and director of football, also defended Pulis following criticism of West Brom’s style of play during their time at The Hawthorns.Francis said: “You’ve got to get a balance. All managers have their own way of playing and what they think is successful.“If you’re not one of the top six teams that are able to buy the best players in the league then you’re competing at times with players and teams that are better than you then you have to find a way to get results.“Crystal Palace fans were delighted with Tony. But it’s about results – what fans don’t like is to be losing.”last_img read more

first_imgBy signing the pledge, people commit torejecting corruption and speaking upabout illegal activities.(Image: Nicky Rehbok)MEDIA CONTACTS • Corruption Watch+27 11 447 1472Nicky RehbokThe fight against corruption got some heavy artillery today with the launch of Corruption Watch, an independent civil society institute formed to enable South Africans to report and confront corrupt activity in both the public and private sectors.The launch, held at the Women’s Gaol at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, was attended by a range of government, civil society and business leaders, including Jay Naidoo, Mark Haywood, Mary Metcalfe, Njongonkulu Ndungane and public protector Thuli Madonsela, as well as a large contingent of news media.Corruption Watch’s work includes a newly launched website and an SMS hotline to receive reports of corruption, as well as a pledge which people can sign online to signify their rejection of corruption.The website will be a repository of stories from the South African public, a secure portal for evidence-based whistle blowing activity, and a resource for information about corrupt activities in South Africa.In his keynote speech, Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi lauded Corruption Watch as a “critical resolution of Cosatu and civil society” and a “dream come true to empower our people”.“We will not succeed in our quest to defeat this fast advancing enemy unless we can successfully mobilise and empower ordinary people, strengthen and build a people-centred developmental state, led by honest men and women, build independent state institutions that battle against corruption daily and transform the judiciary and media,” he said.The public can tell Corruption Watch about their experiences and sign the pledge on the website.To SMS, send the text “BRIBE” to report corruption or, to sign the pledge, type “PLEDGE” plus your first and last names to the number 45142 (the SMS costs R1).People can also talk about it on Facebook and Twitter (@corruption_sa).No more abuse of power and positionCorruption Watch director David Lewis said that by gathering, interpreting and acting on information gathered from the public, the media and other sources, the organisation would be able expose the corrupt misuse of public money.“We have formed this organisation to enable citizens to report and confront public and private sector individuals abusing their power and position.”The data collected by the organisation will be used to reveal hotspots of corrupt activity around the country at municipal, provincial and national level. Where corruption is rife, Corruption Watch will seek partnerships with powerful organs of civil society to effect change.“We want to help move the national conversation about corruption from resignation to action,” said Lewis.The website will be the main interface between the public and Corruption Watch, though the organisation can also be reached via SMS, Twitter and Facebook.Through social media, people can share their stories about all manner of corruption, including but not exclusive to bribery, kickbacks and graft; influence peddling and patronage; and corruption in the work place where they’ve witnessed or been victims of favouritism, nepotism, ghost workers and illegitimate absenteeism. People may be able to report instances of bid-rigging, price-fixing, arbitrage and profiteering, cartels and collusion and tender and procurement irregularities.The personal details of anyone reporting an incident will be kept confidential, but the information collected will be aggregated, enabling Corruption Watch to analyse the data, spot patterns and draw a “heat map” of when and where corruption is occurring.“Information from crowd-sourcing offers a clear understanding of what is happening on the ground,” said Lewis. “While we won’t be in a position to investigate each and every report, the combined knowledge of people coming to our site will provide us with a powerful tool to build alliances with other institutions and NGOs. Strengthening the scale and voice of civil society will help South Africans defeat corruption.”From some of the aggregated information – and occasionally a personal story that is representative of an endemic form of corruption – Corruption Watch will initiate research, commission reports and compile sufficient documentation to refer matters to the appropriate investigative or prosecutorial authority, or engage in policy-based advocacy work.“Our first campaign,” said Lewis, “is asking people to sign a pledge online, or via SMS, refusing to participate in corruption and, if they are civil servants, committing to treating public resources with respect.”‘Nowhere to hide’Justice minister Jeff Radebe also took to the podium, decrying corruption as a “cancer” in South African society.“This cancer of corruption can only be defeated by the concerted efforts of all South Africans … therefore the launch of Corruption Watch is highly commended,” he said.The minister added that the organisation would help transform many South Africans from being passive recipients within a democracy into “important role-players who actively combat corruption”.“We’d also like the media to continue in its tireless efforts to expose corruption whenever it rears its ugly head.”He added: “We are confident that Corruption Watch will be an independent voice and barometer showing the strides we as a nation are making to fight corruption. Everyone must know that there is nowhere to hide as far as corruption is concerned.”United front against corruptionPublic protector Thuli Madonsela said the initiative “couldn’t have come at a better time” and that the Public Protector team was honoured to be part of it.“Many sectors of society can learn a lot from this development. As a country we need a united front against corruption and central to this is active citizenship.”Accountability and transparency are also central to the organisation, she added.“I’m encouraged by Corruption Watch’s understanding that corruption is a societal problem – it’s not an isolated problem.”Corruption is also rife in the regulatory environment, service delivery, as well as the public and private sector, she said.“It is time that all of us as patriotic South Africans stand together to fight corruption with courage and resilience.“We look forward to working with Corruption Watch in taking the process forward in terms of awareness-raising, protecting and encouraging whistle-blowing and promoting transparency in the government’s legal framework.”Madonsela called on all sectors of society to throw their weight behind the initiative, adding that actively fighting corruption would help alleviate poverty, boost service delivery, and promote safety and justice.“Each of us has a responsibility to fight corruption in the public and private sector to ensure that we build a society where there is public accountability, integrity and responsiveness to all the people of the country.”Taking actionFunded principally by donations from charitable foundations, Corruption Watch was initiated as a non-profit organisation by Cosatu’s office bearers, who were receiving an increasing number of complaints about corruption from its membership and the general public.Its board of directors is made up of Bobby Godsell, Adila Hassim, David Lewis, Mary Metcalfe, Mavuso Msimang, Njongonkulu Ndungane, Kate O’Regan, Zwelinzima Vavi, with Vuyiseka Dubula in the chair.last_img read more

first_img2014 Mandela Washington Fellows during the Summit with President Obama. (Image: Young African Leaders Initiative)Two Play Your Part ambassadors have been chosen to participate in President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme for Young African Leaders.Bongekile Radebe and Sandiso Sibisi are both social entrepreneurs devoted to improving the lives of others.Radebe is a 23-year-old woman from Mohlakeng, in Randfontein. She’s a passionate, value-driven and dynamic young leader who works in youth development and social entrepreneurship.Sibisi has been leading and participating in community development for six years. Her most relevant contribution has been towards the development of previously disadvantaged young women.THE FELLOWSHIPThe Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders began in 2014 and is the flagship programme of the American president’s Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali), which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.In 2016, the fellowship will give 1 000 outstanding young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to hone their skills at an American higher education institution. They will also receive support for their professional development once they return home.The fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organisations, institutions, communities, and countries.In 2015, fellows represented all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa; 50% were women. It was the first time 76% of the fellows spent a substantial period of time in the United States.HER DESTINYBongekile Radebe is passionate about women empowerment. Radebe has been recognised as a future promising leader by Destiny magazine. Her passion for female leadership led her to found Her Destiny, a social enterprise that has partnered with Toni Glass, the tea company. Her Destiny influences empowering conversations between young women in connecting generations, improving personal development and understanding financial literacy.Her Destiny helps young women to participate in the economic acceleration of South Africa, to talk about issues that affect women the most and to work together to overcome challenges.Through Her Destiny, for every Toni Glass bottle of iced tea sold, R1 is contributed to their Young Women’s Education Fund. The fund helps to ease the living experience of young women at university.Radebe is a patriotic young South African who plays her part by promoting the culture of nation building.BORN TO SUCCEEDSandiso Sibisi is helping skill women in the business sphere.Sibisi has been leading and participating in community development for six years. Her most relevant contribution has been in the development of previously disadvantaged young women.Her programme, Born to Succeed, primarily focuses on business skills training, professional development, job placement and mentoring of unemployed young women in Gauteng.She founded the organisation, as well as took charge of all fundraising activities, and designed, organised and marketed the programme. Today it is staffed by an administrator, communications officer, project manager and marketer. It attracts previously disadvantaged young women from all over the country and appeals to Johannesburg investors.Sibisi also serves on the bursary committee of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa. The committee focuses on helping previously disadvantaged, bright students from rural communities get university funding.last_img read more

first_imgIn March 2009, NBC’s Hulu requested that Boxeeremove all embedded video content. While fans were certainly disappointed, Boxee found a simple workaround in the form of a Hulu plug-in. In today’s hearing with the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, NBC President Jeff Zucker justifies that initial removal of Hulu from Boxee by calling the web tv startup’s practices “illegal”. In response, Boxee CEO Ronen writes, “Boxee uses a web browser to access Hulu’s content – just like Firefox or Internet Explorer. Boxee users click on a link to Hulu’s website and the video within that page plays. We don’t “take” the video… There are now close to a million people using Boxee. When they watch shows from Hulu they are watching the ads and generate real revenues to NBC.” Avner then points to his plans for a payment program suggesting that Boxee users might be willing to pay Hulu for subscription content. While this sort of deal might prove lucrative for Boxee, the merger itself may create an extremely restrictive environment for those startups looking to break into the web tv and social tv space. If Boxee is considered “illegal” then what other access will be denied? With NBC Universal representing a large portion of entertainment content and Comcast controlling the flow of that content to tv and the Web, what innovations might be pummeled in the wake of a merger? Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Capitol Hill is abuzz as Comcast and NBC Universal defend their merger in an antitrust investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee. While a number of interest groups are commenting on the potential acquisition, Boxee CEO Avner Ronen’s blog post offers some hints at how the merger could affect the environment for web TV startups. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more