World Cup trust fund to be launched

first_img27 September 2010A trust fund is to be formed to oversee the money that Fifa gives to South Africa following its successful hosting of the first Fifa World Cup on African soil, to ensure that the money goes towards football development in the country.Addressing a media briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday following a 2010 Local Organising Committee board meeting, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said the fund would be jointly managed by Fifa and the South African Football Association (Safa).“This will be a perfect opportunity for Safa to bring other investors on board for the future who will also contribute to this trust,” Valcke said, adding that he could not yet divulge the size of the fund.Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan declared his support for the trust fund, saying that South Africa would continue to benefit from hosting the Fifa World Cup for a long time to come.“The people who came to South Africa had a great experience, and I’m told that up to 93 percent of them said they will definitely come back to the country to visit.”Jordaan said plans were afoot to ensure that the stadiums constructed for World Cup were used extensively in the coming decades. “We are in a position where we can make bids for other major international events, and we will do so.“Durban is already talking about bidding for the Olympics, and they have the infrastructure already,” Jordaan said. “All they need to do is to make a few adjustments to meet such requirements.“After the World Cup, Soccer City hosted one of the biggest rugby matches in this country, and the same applies to other stadiums. These will continue to be national assets.”Valcke said the resounding success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup had set a new benchmark against which future global showpieces would be judged.BuaNewslast_img read more

Indians ‘helped build the new SA’

first_img Source: BuaNews 16 November 2010 The positive role that Indians played in South Africa’s reconstruction and development was an example of how immigrants could help build a country, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at a dinner marking the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers in South Africa 150 years ago. Addressing a gala dinner hosted by the 1860 Legacy Foundation in honour of the Indian labourers who came to South Africa exactly 150 years ago on Tuesday, Motlanthe said the country’s Indians had played a huge role in the struggle against apartheid.Chose to side with black South Africans Though under apartheid they were considered as second to whites in the racial hierarchy, Indians had consciously chosen to support blacks and coloureds and had played a critical role in the struggle for a non-racial society. He pointed to the formation of the Transvaal and Natal Indian Congresses and the African Peoples’ Organisation, which predated the formation of the ANC and played a vital role in the struggle against colonialism. The first discriminatory legislation directed at Indians, Law 3 of 1885, was passed in the Transvaal and was aimed at demarcating certain areas to Indians and ensuring that Indians did not own fixed property outside of these areas.Gandhi and his successors Motlanthe commended the role that Mahatma Gandhi, who lived in South Africa for 20 years, had played in the struggle against oppression in the country, particularly through his philosophy of passive resistance. Gandhi’s views on the upliftment of all people and castes, of the equal treatment of women and of building bridges between peoples and religions, remained as relevant today as ever, he said. He noted Gandhi’s role in the stretcher bearer corps in helping the wounded Africans during the Bambatha rebellion of 1906. When Gandhi returned to India, his work in South Africa was taken up by other Indian leaders, such as Yusuf Dadoo, Farouk Meer, Ahmed Kathrada and Billy Nair. “There were those who joined Umkhonto weSizwe, like Mac Maharaj and Laloo Chiba, and still others incarcerated on Robben Island for their roles, like Indres Naidoo,” he said.Towards a shared South African-ness Motlanthe was optimistic that South Africans would one day be able to develop a common identity not based on ethnicity or race. “We can reach a point of maturity in our national consciousness where it is second nature to think of oneself as a South African first and a black or white person after,” he said. Motlanthe said that the country’s recent history, which spanned decades of non-racial struggle, should be an “unlimited resource” to moving South Africa forward. “Based on this rich history, thrown up by the act of the arrival of the Indian indentured labourers, we would do well to define the direction we are taking as a country today,” he said. Racism in South Africa, he said, was a conscious effort at social engineering and could equally be defeated by conscious efforts. He said justice, equality and economic well-being for all South Africans were critical in expanding and deepening a non-racial future for the country. “We must reach a point where this diversity in our collective life is not a mechanical practice or a contrived outcome, but an instinctive exercise that comes naturally.”last_img read more

Documentary festival brings environmental message

first_imgThe South African Eco Film Festival is taking place at four venues this year, in three cities and a retreat. Catch some of the finest thought-provoking short and feature-length documentaries, 12 of which have never been seen in South Africa before. All carry an environmental message. Project Wild Thing, One of the films showing at the South African Eco Festival, markets nature and the outdoors to children are too obsessed with technology. (Image: SA Eco Festival) Ray Maota Documentary films that both entertain and inform, carrying important environmental, social and political messages, will be screened at the South African Eco Film Festival.The festival is a project of While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town non-profit collective committed to bringing progressive documentary films with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences. Many excellent documentary films never make it on to the South African mainstream cinema circuit, prompting the creation of the project.It runs from 26 March to 2 April in three cities and one rural area. In Johannesburg, you can catch it at The Bioscope in the trendy Maboneng Precinct, in Pretoria at the Asbos Teater, at Theatre Labia in Cape Town, and at Khula Dhamma Retreat Centre and Ecological Farm near East London in the Eastern Cape.Dougie Dudgeon, publisher, music producer, documentary producer and member of While You Were Sleeping, says: “This year’s festival includes a number of South African productions and we want to share these magnificent and important films with as many people as possible. We are proud to announce that this year’s festival will be hosted at four intimate and independent venues: The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg, the Asbos Teater in Pretoria, Khula Dhamma Retreat Centre and Ecological Farm near East London and, of course, the Labia Theatre in Cape Town, which remains our home base.”Tickets for the Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg screenings cost R45 and for each ticket sold, R5 will be donated to Greenpop, the tree-planting organisation also based in Cape Town.Andreas Wilson-Späth, a geochemist, freelance journalist and co-founder of While You Were Sleeping, says: “We’ve branched out. After last year’s enthusiastic reception of the Cape Town Eco Film Festival, we’ve gone nationwide, sprouting offshoots in three additional venues around the country.“Our mission remains the same: to raise awareness about the many pressing environmental issues the planet is facing through the amazing medium of documentary film. We’ve put together a world-class selection of films that both entertain and educate.”MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, one of South Africa’s biggest community fundraising programmes, is the festival’s headline sponsor. Helène Brand, the marketing manager of the fundraising programme, says: “For the past 18 years, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has been working with schools and charities, helping to raise funds for education and social development. By partnering with the Eco Film Festival we aim to create additional platforms through which to encourage community engagement on crucial issues and also to inspire parents and children to become active citizens.”The Cape legFor Cape Town and Eastern Cape audiences, the Eco Kids Film Initiative (EKFI) is an exciting new addition to the festival programme, featuring films made for – and in some cases even by – children.Featuring a mix of documentary and narrative type films, both live-action and animated, this year the screenings will be aimed at children aged three to six, seven to 11, and 12 to 17.Tarien Roux, the director of EKFI, explains: “In order to nurture a social culture that is responsive to the youth’s environmental concerns, we need to ensure that children are aware of the relevant environmental issues and have a vehicle through which to voice their concerns in a creative and empowering manner. I believe this vehicle should be film.”Films on the programmeThe programme includes more than 25 beautifully shot, thought-provoking short and feature-length documentaries, 12 of which have never been seen in South Africa before. The audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film, which will receive the Silver Tree Audience Choice Award.Project Wild Thing, by David Bond, markets nature and the outdoors to children are too obsessed with technology.Cowspiracy, by intrepid filmmaker Kip Anderson, looks at animal farming and how it is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution. He investigates why leading environmental organisations are turning a blind eye to this issue.Nature is Speaking looks at what nature would say to humans if it could talk and features an all-star Hollywood line-up, with Julia Roberts as Mother Nature, Edward Norton as the soil, Penelope Cruz as water, Kevin Spacey as the rainforest and many more.Abalimi is an inspiring story of Xhosa women in the townships of Cape Town who micro-farm to fight extreme poverty, gain health and create food security for themselves, their families and the wider community.last_img read more

Assam club promotes flags that grow into plants

first_imgA club in southern Assam’s Hailakandi town is promoting biodegradable flags that grow into plants.These handmade cotton flags are embedded with seeds of marigold.“After use, a flag should be planted with respect and some soil and water poured on it. The flag will germinate into a plant in two-three days’ time,” said Shankar Choudhury of Inner Wheel Club.The club’s president Kabita Das said the initiative was undertaken to discourage the use of plastic flags on Independence Day as well as Republic Day. “Such flags are discarded to snowball into an ecological problem. We are promoting the seed-embedded cotton flags toward making the country plastic pollution-free,” she said.last_img

Newfoundland woman heartbroken after local SPCA puts down threedayold moose

first_imgGANDER, N.L. – A Newfoundland woman who bottle-fed a baby moose after it got lost in the woods without its mother says she’s heartbroken after the local SPCA put the animal down.Brandi Calder said Friday her husband was building a cabin in the woods near Glenwood, N.L., when he heard a strange crying noise and discovered the three-day-old calf on its own with no sign of its mother.“The baby moose was crossing a brook that’s normally low but this time of year is quite high and fast-moving,” she said in an interview. “The moose tried to cross it but got pulled under and almost drowned.”Calder said her husband tried to track the mother moose but she was “long gone” and the young calf stayed by his side.After waiting several hours for the mother to return, her husband decided after nightfall to bring the infant animal home rather than leave it alone overnight in the woods.“She would have died of starvation, drowned in the brook or the coyotes would have killed her,” Calder said.The baby moose, which she described as dark chocolate brown with a lighter brown face and hind legs, still had its umbilical cord attached and had long, gangly legs.“She looked out of proportion and she wobbled when she stood up,” she said. “She also looked hungry.”She bought some goat’s milk and borrowed a bottle and baby cereal from her sister, who has a human baby.“At first she didn’t take the milk,” Calder said. “So I cut the nipple so it would drip and put my finger in her mouth to open it so she could get a taste of it.”Calder and her husband took turns feeding and watching over the little moose throughout the night and called the Gander and Area SPCA in the morning.But two hours after the SPCA picked up the animal, Calder said she was put down.“They said the Salmonier Nature Park couldn’t take the calf and a veterinarian said it was dehydrated and had diarrhea,” Calder said. “I was so upset, I started to cry.”SPCA manager Bonnie Harris said wild animals cannot be taken care of in a shelter.“We followed protocol,” she said. “When there is a wild animal, any involvement with a wild animal, there are certain things you have to do.“We contacted wildlife and we contacted conservation officers,” she said, adding that ultimately “it’s not our call.”But Calder said the decision to euthanize an animal should only be taken after all other options have been exhausted.“We had a back-up plan,” she said. “We were going to take her to the cabin and take turns feeding her until she was strong enough to go off on her own or in case by some chance the mother came back looking for her.”“Even if we kept her as a pet, it would have been on her home turf.”Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fisheries and Land Resources Department issued a warning Friday asking people not to remove young animals from the wild.“Conservation officers frequently deal with moose calves, and occasionally the young of other species, being removed from the woods by well-meaning people,” spokeswoman Connie Boland said in a statement. “While most individuals have good intentions, their desire to help is usually misplaced.”Wildlife officials often can’t release a calf back into the wild because the animal’s ability to survive is compromised, she said.“An abandoned young animal has a better chance at survival if it is left in the wild,” Boland said. “The cow moose may still be in the area and will return, which provides a better chance for survival than removing the calf from the forest.”Calder said the baby moose bonded with the family dog, a 12-year-old hound that sniffed and licked the little calf and snuggled with her.“When the dog went outside with the moose, she stopped crying,” she said. “Our dog has a fleshy mole on his belly and the moose tried to nurse … it was so sweet.”Calder said it makes no sense to put a three-day-old moose down because it was dehydrated.“When the SPCA came to the house, she had just finished a bottle of milk right there,” she said. “They knew she had just starting eating again and I even gave her the leftover goat’s milk.”She also argued that loose stools are likely not a sign of serious trouble in such a young calf that had a traumatic experience.“They were quick to write her off because they didn’t have anywhere to bring her,” Calder said. “It was easier to put her down.”— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Chinese company announces development of graphene electronic paper

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—Chinese based Guangzhou OED Technologies (makers of O-paper displays), in collaboration with another unidentified Chinese company has announced that they have developed what they are claiming is the “the world’s first graphene electronic paper.” In the announcement, the companies also claim that the product is a breakthrough that will bring e-paper to a new level. Graphene, is of course, a single layer of carbon bound together in a hexagon pattern. Its impressive conductivity properties have made it the subject of much research by many individuals and organizations around the world over the past few years. Now, in this new effort, the group at OED claims to have developed a graphene material that is suitable for use in making e-paper. Doing so, they also claim, allows for creating screens that are more bendable and that are also brighter because they will be able to display light with more intensity. They also suggest that because the end product will be carbon based, it should be cheaper to manufacture than current e-paper products which are based on metal indium. Thus far, the new material has not been publicly demonstrated, and it is still not clear how available products will be even after they move into production next year as promised. Despite advances, such as those made by engineers at MIT last year, it is still not clear if it will be possible to mass produce such a product in a defect-free manner. Also not clear is if the new material will be sold in partnership with other companies with a high profile in marketing e-readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle device.If the new e-paper proves to be as advertised, it could mark a major shift in e-reader technology—graphene, as is noted in the announcement, is a mere 0.335 nanometers thick, which would mean thinner displays, less weight, more durability and of course, much more flexibility. It seems possible that such a material could usher in a paradigm shift—from e-readers that look like tablet computers, to e-paper that looks like old-school paper, but is animated, similar to that seen in the Harry Potter movies. Or, as also mentioned in the announcement, it could lead finally to wearable smart devices. Credit: AlexanderAlUS/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 A new way to make higher quality bilayer graphenecenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Chinese company announces development of graphene electronic paper (2016, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-chinese-company-graphene-electronic-paper.htmllast_img read more