PBA warns coaches

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Yes, I’m calling their attention,” Victolero said of the referees. “Let’s be consistent.”“I know that (what Victolero said) was a part of the coaches’ mind game for the series,” Marcial told the Inquirer over the phone as both tacticians want to gain an advantage over the other considering how close this series has been hyped.“I don’t see a reason why he (Victolero) should call the attention of the referees.“For me, the first three games of the series were the best-officiated games I have seen so far.”Marcial said he issued a memo addressed to both Compton and Victolero for their statements on officiating.Both coaches are off the hook for their previous comments, but Marcial won’t be lenient the next time around.“They’ll be fined if they criticize officiating through the media again,” Marcial said.“The right thing to do is address the technical committee or the commissioner.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Another Petron-F2 title clash looms MOST READ Victolero was wondering where Compton was coming from when the Alaska coach made his post-Game 2 rant on officiating.“I kept reviewing the tapes (of the first two games) and saw that my players weren’t doing anything,” Victolero said in a calm voice. “For this game, the Alaska players were the ones holding my players and they weren’t calling the fouls. I just want consistency.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissConsistency in officiating has been an age-old problem in any league.But PBA commissioner Willie Marcial bluntly denies that there’s something wrong with the way the first three games have been called by his officials. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Game 4 is set Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum at 7 p.m.Magnolia won Game 1, 100-84, on Wednesday and executed better in the stretch to pull out a 77-71 triumph in Game 2, when Compton came out with his tirade about how Victolero’s guards were able to get away with several “karate chops.”A total of 25 fouls were slapped on Magnolia and 24 against Alaska in Game 3.But a big difference why the Aces were authoritative on Sunday was the fact that they turned the ball over just 15 times after averaging 25.5 errors in the first two.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Beaten black-and-blue Sunday night, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero praised the enemy for a job well done before launching his attack on officiating and asking for fairness for the rest of the PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven title series.“Coach Alex (Compton of Alaska) did a good job (in making the adjustments),” Victolero told reporters, shortly after a 100-71 loss.“Coach Alex (also) did a good job calling the attention of the referees (after Game 2) about (how) my guards (are) playing defense.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Employment of Liberians in the Extractive Industries – 5th KAICT-GIZ Speaker Event

first_imgThe Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) in collaboration with the GIZ Regional Resource Governance Project has conducted a Fifth Speaker Event in a series of regular events on Natural Resource Management which are intended to improve public awareness of the impacts of resource governance on peace and development. The program was held on Wednesday, July 2, in the Auditorium of the University of Liberia, under the theme, “Local Employment in the Extractive Industry Concessions: What’s in it for Liberia”.  According to Mr. Zarway, Sector Expert from the GIZ Regional Resource Governance Project, the perceptions of the people that concession agreements signed are intended to create job for all Liberians raises a serious issue and he called on the public to do away with such idea.Mr. Zarway explained, “The issue of jobs by companies in concession agreements is based on specialized skills, but not just degrees as many people have claimed, thereby creating the impression of getting job with only a degree.”He further attributed the issue of impression of job creation for all to the national legislature that they usually create the atmosphere that after the signing of concession agreements; all Liberians will get a job.The GIZ Sector Expert indicated that the issues of panel discussions of local experts and practitioners from civil society, government and the private sector would share issues, challenges and prospects for improving the natural resource management regime of Liberia and the Mano River Sub-region at large.“If we are saying in reality that our resources are taken away weekly, monthly and yearly and the perceptions that concession agreements are there to provide job for everyone, if not, there is a fear that we may go back to where we have come from as Liberians,” Mr. Zarway asserted.One of the panelists on the table, Mr. Urias Goll, from the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), explained that NOCAL has created lot of opportunities for the people of Liberia including scholarships both national and international as part of its program to prepare Liberians to work in concessions in the extractive industry sector.He said despite the country is yet to discover oil in commercial quantity, the oil company continues to train people and create opportunities for Liberians.Mr. Goll indicated that the issue of job creations by concession companies is in specialized areas including technical, professional and specialized skills by but not just degrees in general.“We have more young people within the company and it has over 196 people and stay continues to train people, provide scholarships at the various universities and other vocational institutions across Liberia,” he added.Also serving on the panelist, Samuel D. Karyah from the Liberian Innovation Foundation for Empowerment (LIFE), Inc., explained that research has shown that Liberians have skills but have not been given the opportunity in the sector.Karyah argued that there are weaknesses in the enforcement of the law in the country, stressing, “That is a serious problem for the society.”Mr. Karyah further stated, “We have come to identify what the companies want and we can work with them to ensure that they create the employment for the people of Liberia.”The Fifth Speaker Event brought together staffs and students from the University of Liberia, officials of government and Liberian and international civil society organizations which agreed on the need for further discussions in which all relevant stakeholder committedly participate in order to create training and employment opportunities for Liberians in the extractive industries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

I am not a tourist, says Gor new boss Polack

first_img“This is a big club and hopefully we can improve it even more. They have done really well most of the past years and there are just a few things to change. Hopefully they will be good to help the team move forward. I am looking forward to the challenge and I am on fire,” The Englishman who also bears Finiish citizenship stated.Polack has admitted he was hugely interested in the Gor Mahia job and has tried to apply twice without success, but is glad that he was finally picked up. Gor fished his name out of their archives having come third in the run up to Oktay’s appointment last year.He says he is pleased to join the club and has warned the players that he is in to demand a lot of work from them and he hopes they can quickly grasp his playing philosophy.“Work ethic is a big thing for me. When I played I was a worker, and I heard that a team usually reflects the coach. Discipline is also huge for me. The players have to show commitment and desire with good attitude. You have to play for the club, the supporters and you have to be ready to learn. I want us to play possession football. That is why it is called FOOT BALL…. Not AIR BALL,” added the tactician.New Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack addresses the media after being unveiled on August 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe will be thrown straight into the deep end, the team travelling on Friday evening to Burundi where they begin their CAF Champions League campaign against home side Aigle Noir on Sunday evening.He has admitted that he has already been scouting their opponents and is confident they can get a good result in the first leg and finish off the game at home to progress to the second round of qualification to the group stages.“I have seen some highlights of the team. I know how they are and how they play. Can we beat them? On paper, yes. But on the pitch, it will be different. I have maybe two sessions to look at the team but I am not worried. This is not the first time that it has happened for me,”“At the same time, it is not easy. But I am here to do my best. I like to be number one. We have to be competitive and I believe we will be on Sunday to win the game and finish off in the return leg in two weeks’ time,” added the coach.Polack has signed an initial two-year deal with the club and has promised to create good memories with K’Ogalo, Kenya’s most successful football club.New Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack addresses the media after being unveiled on August 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, the club also unveiled new players, among them Ivorian Gnamien Yikpe and Francis Afriyie. Most of the other players they have gone for are youthful.However, the two foreigners as well as defender Maurice Ojwang signed from Western Stima will not be available for their Champions League campaign as they arrived after the CAF window had closed. They will only be available to play if Gor goes past the qualification rounds.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack is unveiled by club chairman Ambrose Rachier on August 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – “What I have seen, it’s a nice town, lots to be seen but I am not here on holiday I am here to work, 120pc.”Those were the opening words of new Gor Mahia head coach Steven Polack after he was formally unveiled as the man to take over Hassan Oktay’s position with the former Asante Kotoko boss promising to make Gor an even better club.last_img read more

NASA needs a clearer vision

first_imgThe Clinton and the current Bush administrations have played the same “vital national interest” theme. It’s a pregnant phrase because when used in federal-policy documents, it suggests objectives important enough for the nation to defend with military force. Clearly, this is not a distinction that should be taken lightly, especially as concern rises about China’s true intentions in space after that nation successfully tested an anti-satellite weapon this year. The distinction seems lost, however, on most of those who make funding decisions. Except for the first Bush administration, the White House has largely ignored space for more than three decades. In the inquiry into the shuttle tragedy of February 2003, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board emphasized the need for direction: “The U.S. civilian space effort has moved forward for more than 30 years without a guiding vision.” Through all the currents and considerations, however, runs what the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry characterized as “a sense of lethargy (that) has infected the space industry and community.” Does that mean Americans have lost interest in space? NASA administrator Michael Griffin argues vehemently against such a notion. “I firmly believe that if ? the American space program were to disappear ? Americans would be profoundly distraught,” he told the National Space Club early this year. The words of the Columbia board, the aerospace commission and Griffin bring us back to vision. As long as people have lived on this planet, the moon has fascinated them. Almost since we got there, though, we’ve needed a new dream. Unfortunately, a mission by humans to Mars, the obvious ultimate encore to the Apollo program, appears to be an impossible sell to Americans for the foreseeable future, although China has announced plans to go there. For now, we must look elsewhere. One of the most promising avenues could be what’s known as “operationally responsive space.” Satellites and cargo would be kept in holding facilities where systems could be assembled and transported rapidly on demand to a convenient launch site. The concept is scheduled to be tested in December when a hyper-spectral imaging sensor developed by Raytheon rockets into space, from which it is expected to be able to spot hidden targets on the ground. Operationally responsive space could be just the concept to galvanize our national visionaries. John Logsdon, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, contends the best antidote to the current apathy would be a clear demonstration of the value of space assets in achieving an interest or objective critical to national security. What if, he asks, the use of space capabilities led to the capture of Osama bin Laden or to the prevention of another attack by terrorists on this nation or its interests? Such an accomplishment could create the vision we lack. Whatever the agent, however, a new vision is crucial. I cannot believe that a nation of brilliance and determination sufficient to put men on the moon cannot conceive one. Pat Coulter is vice president for communications and public affairs at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, which is headquartered in El Segundo.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since then, the vision has dimmed as the space program has struggled. The shuttle fleet was expected to fly about 50 missions a year. Had it, five spacecraft could have logged more than 1,200 missions by this time. Instead, there’ve been 118 with 14 fatalities in two disasters that reduced the fleet to three. Within the defense industry, the acquisition- reform era of the 1990s produced unrealistic estimates that spawned unachievable budgets, leading to programs that could not be executed as planned. We’re in much better shape today. Yet despite the enormous benefits of NASA’s communications, weather and Earth-monitoring satellites, the malaise continues. Frequent, compelling pep talks from a parade of national leaders do little to dispel it. Several years ago, the long-range plan of the U.S. Space Command characterized space as an emergent “military and economic center of gravity for our information-dependent forces, businesses and society.” Gen. Howell Estes, commander at the time, saw space as “a vital national interest – on par with how we value oil today.” By Pat Coulter Half a century ago, on Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the space race with Sputnik, an artificial satellite. America won that race, but today we’re spacing out on space. If we persist, the consequences will be unfortunate. The primary factor behind this space malaise is blurred vision. Once it was sharp and clear, developing the amazing technology that got humans to the moon and returned them safely. It also kindled an interest of unique intensity in a federal policy. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stood on the lunar surface July 20, 1969, Americans were scarcely able to believe their eyes and ears. last_img read more

DD COOKING: Are you going for a dip this Summer?

first_imgI’m writing this article and the sun is splitting the rocks outside , everyone is away to the beach posting their snaps and photos on Facebook and I am taking a wee break. It’s 25° outside so the summer must be here folks!This means barbecue season as well but I’ve already given you some barbecue tips so I’m not going to start that again.But how about some dressings and dips to go with your favourite salads. by chef Martin AndersonIn Sonder we use a serious amount of dressings for our salads. My own rocket & garlic pesto is a blend of peppery rocket , fresh garlic , basil & light oil , it’s so tasty & served on our mixed leaves & salad plate.The Caeser recipe I gave you a few weeks ago it also popular, our Sriracha dressing is a blend of mayonnaise and Sriracha marinate , so tasty , spicy and it has a unique flavour.Some of these are oil or mayonnaise based sauces and of course can be served separate when requested.This week though I have some really tasty dips & dressings for you. The first is avocado hummus. This is so easy to make and the ingredients are available in most good supermarkets , make this hummus a day before you use it and serve it well chilled . Slices of toasted crust bread smothered in this are so tasty , of course you can serve it with crackers , sticks of raw vegetables or even as a spread for pitta pockets. The pesto recipe is best made and served straight away. It can however be kept for a few days in the fridge but do allow it to come to room temperature before serving, this allows the oil to warm up , use as a dressing for salads , you may mix it through freshly cooker pasta or drizzle over homemade pizza , so tasty.I’m amazed at how there are jars of salsa on the shelves of supermarkets , they are expensive, full of sugar & water and if you just read the ingredients you would realise they are a rip off – in my opinion.Take a look at the recipe below and you will see how easy it is to make real salsa instead of the jars of watery rubbish that are for sale , salsa is supposed to be chunky , tasty and made fresh of course if your content dipping your nachos in overpriced tomato sauce , work away but give mine a go and you’ll see.The final recipe is for a honey and mustard dressing. If you stick your head out the window you will probably get hit on the face with a piece of honey and mustard chicken , so over rated now with the gloopy jars of it that are available. I shudder to think what its like , it looks like wallpaper paste mixed with frog spawn , ughhhh!When I had the cookery school I was making honey and mustard dressing when the rest were still making egg mayonnaise or drowning good prawns in pink sauce, ah will they ever learn! My recipe uses runny honey, that is a good liquid honey. Use a good whole grain mustard and don’t be tight and use powered ginger , use the fresh and you may grate it with the skin on it give that extra kick and it will taste so good.That’s it for this week , I’m going to make a prediction that by the time you read this the weather will have broken and we will have had torrential rain!You know how I know this – because I’m off Sunday and it always rains on my day off ! Enjoy your dipping and dressings.Follow us on Facebook www.Facebook.com/sonder2016 Or add me on snapchat username @cheftothestars for a behind the scenes glimpse of a chefs life and just how fresh of food is in Sonder .Thank youAvocado hummusServe as a dressing or dip.You will need.2 ripe avocado skinned & stone removed .Juice of one lemon.1 tsp of garlic paste.Seasoning.2 dessert spoons of tahini /sesame seed puree.450 of tinned chickpeas .Method.Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.Pesto dressing.You will need.2 packets Fresh basil leaves.50g Pine nuts.2 tsp of Garlic paste.1 inch piece of Parmesan cheese , gratedSeasoning.A good olive oil.Method.Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend at a low speedHot and spicy salsa.You will need.2 beef tomatoes.de-seeded and chopped or one 450g tin of chopped tomatoes .2 cloves of Chopped garlic.1 Chopped chilli , leave the seeds in for an added kick20g of Chopped coriander.Seasoning.The juice of one lemonMethodCombine all the ingredients together and season.Honey and wholegrain mustard dressing.You will need.1/2 jar or Runny honey.1 tablespoon of Whole grain mustard.Dash of lemon juice.1 inch piece of Grated ginger.Method.Combine all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.Simply shake and serve as required.DD COOKING: Are you going for a dip this Summer? was last modified: July 22nd, 2016 by Martin AndersonShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chef Martin Andersonlast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN IS COUNTY’S ‘NO1 DRUG SUPPLIER’

first_imgSeamus BoyceA RAMELTON man has been described in court as the ‘number one supplier of drugs’ in County Donegal.The claim was made by a PSNI officer about Desmond Enfield, from Ramelton and with an address at Ray, Rathmullan during a bail application by Seamus Boyce, originally from Ramelton but now with an address at Glenwood Park in Letterkenny. Enfield, who is 32, and another accused, Kieran Austin, (59), Annesborough Road, Lurgan, and Desmond Enfield, (32), Ramelton, Donegal, also appeared at the same court via video link. They did not apply for bail.All three are charged with possession of cannabis worth £300,000 (€390,000) on April 22  at Derrymacash, Lurgan, and having it with intent to supplyA PNSI detective told the court that at an industrial estate in Newry 32-year-old Boyce met with Enfield and about an hour and a half later they met with Austin in Derrymacash.Police discovered in their vehicle 15 kilos of suspected herbal cannabis with a value of £300,000.The officer said Boyce initially gave an account to police but then over two days replied with no comment or no response interviews.She told the court that Boyce was a close associate of Enfield who Garda believed was the number one drugs supplier in Donegal.The officer opposed bail because of the defendant’s current address outside the jurisdiction and that there was a risk of flight.A solicitor representing Boyce said that his client lived in Letterkenny and did not have far to travel if there was a reporting to police condition of his bail.He also said that Boyce had believed it was tobacco in the vehicle.District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said it was a ‘completely absurd’ application because the defendant had an address outside the jurisdiction and these were serious charges.He felt there was a strong risk of flight and remanded Boyce in custody to appear by videolink on May 27.Austin and Enfield did not apply for bail and were remanded in custody to appear again in court by way of video link on the same date.Desmond EnfieldDONEGAL MAN IS COUNTY’S ‘NO1 DRUG SUPPLIER’ was last modified: May 5th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:armaghDesmond EnfielddrugsLurganSeamus Boycelast_img read more

Crystal Palace defender signs new contract

first_img crackers NEW ERA gameday Ward spent much of the past season absent through injury yet he told Palace’s official website: “I’m delighted to be re-signing.“I’ve been here for six years now and this will take me just shy of a testimonial so I’m looking forward to what the future has in store.“There’s been some fantastic moments; it’s been a great ride, and long may that continue. I wanted to stay here and be a part of it as I feel at home here, and it’s important for us to keep moving forward.“I want to continue to play for this club and set that bar as high as I can. As long as I put the boots on, I’ll never stop trying to better myself and raise that bar.” How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence who plays? Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics predicted Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? possible xi How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Joel Ward has signed a new contract to remain at Crystal Palace until 2021.The full-back, 28, had been available on a free transfer following the expiration of his previous agreement but can instead be expected to add to the 206 appearances he has made since arriving from Portsmouth in 2012. highlights Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener ALTERED 1 Ward has been at Palace for six years Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and morelast_img read more

Kathleen Lynch memorial dance raises €10,000 for LUH Oncology Ward

first_imgThe Lynch family from St. Johnston proudly presented a cheque of €10,020 to the Letterkenny Oncology Ward today in memory of much-loved mum Kathleen Lynch.A hugely successful charity dance was held in Maggie’s Tavern in May to mark the first anniversary of Kathleen’s passing.Kathleen (née Coyle from Coole), who was well-known as a postal worker in Lifford, died at the age of 53. The late Kathleen Lynch (nee Coyle) from CarrickmoreIn honour of the care she received at Letterkenny University Hospital, Kathleen’s husband Joe and her children Claire and Colm decided to hold a charity dance to give something back.Kind-hearted friends, family and businesses offered their support and donations to the event. Ticket sales, donations and a raffle (which was full of surprises!) raised an incredible €10,020.“The staff at the Oncology Unit treated Kathleen and us very well. It was unbelievable the care she received, you couldn’t ask for better,” said Joe.Lynch family donation to Haematology-Oncology Ward in Letterkenny University Hospital. Pictured L-R, Dr Anwar, Dr Rittick, HCA Annette McMullan, Claire Lynch, Joe Lynch, Colm Lynch, Clinical Nurse Manager Shay-lar Maymay, Nurse Sadie Ward, HCA John Ward and Nurse Elena ToyeKathleen spent many months in the ward before her death in May 2018. Joe added: “The staff were more than good to Kathleen. They were her friends and gave her so much comfort. For us as the family, they did everything they could, even if it was to bring us tea and biscuits.” Joe has many people to thank for making the memorial dance a great success in Maggie’s Tavern. “Thanks to everyone in the committee and to everyone at Maggie’s Tavern who went above and beyond for us. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets or gave raffle prizes. People were more than generous and donations came from near and far,” he said.The €10,020 raised will be used in the Oncology/Haematology Patient Comfort Fund in Letterkenny University Hospital.On behalf of staff at the ward, HCA John Ward said: “Thank you to Joe, Colm and Claire for their fundraising. The money will be used in the Comfort Fund for Patients of Oncology/Haematology. We have so many fond memories of Kathleen, she was a true lady. We wish the family all the best in the future.”Kathleen Lynch memorial dance raises €10,000 for LUH Oncology Ward was last modified: June 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donationKathleen LynchLetterkenny University Hospitalmemorial danceoncologypatient comfort fundlast_img read more

Govt respects media freedom: Motlanthe

first_img22 October 2012 Media freedom and access to information had to be secured alongside the responsibility of the government to conduct its work transparently, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told South Africa’s newspaper editors in Magaliesburg, North West province on Friday night. “This understanding is critical if we are to establish and maintain a robust participatory democracy in which all of us work together to build a better society and economy,” Motlanthe said in his meeting with the leadership of the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef). He said the government had a duty to all South Africans to cultivate a diversity of voices in public discourse. Motlanthe added that in an open democracy like South Africa’s, different voices did not have to be “mutually agreeable, and don’t have to agree with government”. “However there should be no voice that goes unheard and, as they say, where applicable, we should disagree without being disagreeable.”Media Freedom Commemoration Day The meeting, at Mount Grace Hotel in Magaliesburg, coincided with the South Africa’s Media Freedom Commemoration Day also known as “Black Wednesday”. It was on 19 October 1977 that the apartheid government launched a crackdown on the media in the country, shutting down newspapers and locking up editors and journalists that were seen as critical of apartheid. Previous meetings between Motlanthe and Sanef had discussed the expectations the government and the media had of one another in the context of constitutional provisions on freedom of expression and the right of all South Africans to receive and impart information. On Friday, Motlanthe said that, while the previous meetings had focused on relationship building, the government thought that future forums should discuss key policy issues and the overall direction in which the country was moving. “We are confident that the continuity and stability the country has enjoyed in leadership and policy over the past 18 years of democratic government will not be derailed,” he said.Improved govt, media relations The Sanef delegation was led by the body’s chairperson, Avusa editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya, and his deputy, Mail and Guardian editor Nic Dawes. Motlanthe was accompanied by Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom. Also present at the meeting were the editors of major publications as well as South Africa’s press ombudsman, Joe Thloloe. Dawes said Sanef was pleased with the improved relations between the government and the media since the previous meeting last year. “We appreciate that this is almost a unique arrangement in the world, and we are enormously grateful of this opportunity to engage with government,” Dawes said. He said Sanef took the issue of media freedom “very seriously” and that “we are very happy government agrees with us on this one”. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Why The Quantified Self Needs A Monopoly

first_imgRelated Posts Matt Asay Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Each also has different sources of ancillary data with which it connects, like WiFi-connected scales, nutritional intake apps (e.g., LoseIt), fitness trackers (e.g., Fitbit) and more. But none incorporates a broad array of third-party data sources, including data sources that we may track on the same device, leaving us to track weight in one app, our exercise in another (and different types of exercise in different apps—I use Ski Tracks for skiing, Strava for cycling and running and nothing for weight lifting), Fitbit data in yet another and so on. Sadly, very few calories are burned swiping between these various apps. And guess what? It’s about to become worse, as “commercial-grade” health-related data, like x-rays, mammograms and more become available to us.Do We Want A Microsoft Of Health Data?The first company to effectively bring together all this disparate data into one app is going to win. Yet it’s an open question whether such a victory actually means defeat, given privacy concerns and the potential for abuse of such invasive intelligence about our health (or lack thereof).It’s a valid concern, but not one that I suspect many of us would heed as we throw our data willy-nilly into apps. We want health more than we want privacy. Some even make their health data public in order to goad themselves into hitting their goals:While most people don’t tweet their weight, I suspect many, if not most of us will happily trade privacy in return for more powerful tools to improve our health. And if it works, ironically, we’ll likely become even less inhibited about publicly sharing our health data, as we show off the weight we’re losing, the times we’re hitting on our rides, etc.But first we need someone to win the race to aggregating the data behind our quantified selves. And we need it now. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.There have never been more ways to track what we eat, how we sleep and how we exercise. Indeed, we’re bingeing on data about our bodies, with a new app or fitness tool feeding our obsession with the “quantified self” every day, each promising better ways to gear up for the big race or slim down to squeeze into those high-school jeans. The problem is that there are so many different ways to monitor our progress—with new apps and devices emerging almost daily—that no single app can give us a truly holistic view of our health.It’s time someone monopolized the quantified self.So Much Disparate Data, So Little Synthesis ThereofAfter all, it seems an almost universal goal in Western society to want to lose weight and improve fitness. ReadWrite‘s own editor, Owen Thomas, now spends his days walking to work and walking at work, hoping to shave a few more pounds. This is good. This is healthy.See also Quantify This! An Editor Works Out His Body IssuesThis is also much harder than it should be.By “hard” I don’t mean that it’s difficult to track our steps per day or our average pace on our last run. Those individual data points are increasingly simple to collect and analyze. Rather, I’m talking about the complexity of making sense of all this disparate data we’re collecting about ourselves.Because no single vendor has a monopoly—or even a tiny majority—on our bodies’ data, we’re actually getting a very incomplete view of our health. It’s like tracking steps taken each day with a Fitbit but not also tracking heart rate data or caloric intake. 3,000 steps may sound like a lot, but if it was accompanied by consuming 3,000 calories and a low constant heart rate, the result is weight gain.  In other words, we have access to a range of different data sources, but no one is yet doing a great job of synthesizing them.Don’t believe me? Think about the running app you use. I prefer Strava, having started out as a cyclist (Strava is the app for cyclists, whether you’re a professional or a Saturday’s warrior). But there’s also Runkeeper, MapMyFitness, Nike+, Endomondo, Zombies, Run! (yes, really), Proof!, WalkJogRun and many more. Each has its quirks, strengths and weaknesses. Tags:#Body#fitness apps#mobile#quantified self The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more