Kurtenbach: What we learned in the Warriors’ loss to the Lakers

first_imgAnd while the game didn’t count in the … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe rivalry is back.No, not Warriors-Lakers — that’s never been much of a rivalry.I’m talking about Lebron James vs. The Warriors. After four years, you better bet that’s a rivalry.On Wednesday, in Las Vegas, James’ Lakers (it’s still strange to see him in an admittedly great Lakers jersey) and the Warriors squared off in the teams’ penultimate preseason affairs.last_img read more

Latest on DeMarcus Cousins: All-Star participates in closed scrimmage

first_imgOAKLAND – Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins participated in a closed scrimmage Wednesday afternoon.Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said the scrimmage was used to “get to the point where he’s ready to go with his confidence and his conditioning.”Following practice, Warriors officials brought down a curtain during media availability to block onlookers from seeing the scrimmage.Cousins, who injured his Achilles in January, has been ramping up his workload in recently. In the last two weeks, …last_img read more

A 150-year African Indian Odyssey

first_img16 November 2010“African Indian Odyssey” brings together leading South African intellectual, political and cultural figures to tell the 150-year-old story of Indians in South Africa. The result is a powerful documentary that overturns stereotypes and gives fresh insight into what it means to be South African.November 2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of indentured Indian labourers in South Africa. It’s a month that is being honoured with festivities and reflection in the Indian community.What is perhaps not well known is that South Africans of Indian origin are the world’s largest non-immigrant Indian population outside of India: people of Indian origin in the US and UK may be bigger in number, but they are recent immigrants. A hundred and fifty years is a considerable milestone.A new documentary commemorates this incredible history. African Indian Odyssey recently wrapped shooting in Johannesburg, and premiered on 13 November on Saffron TV open time (DStv channel 456), with further screenings in the month of November.The documentary brings together leading South African intellectual, political and cultural figures to tell the kaleidoscopic story of Indians in South Africa. It’s an anthology of dreams and sacrifices that started in the cane fields of Natal and went on to touch the heart and soul of the country’s anti-apartheid movement. The result is a powerful portrait of a South African minority, one that overturns stereotypes and gives fresh insight into what it means to be South African.Watch a promo of the film:“We wanted to make a film during the 150th anniversary that would contribute to the story of contemporary South African history,” says Stan Joseph, executive producer of the film and head of Ochre Moving Pictures. “We don’t see this as something just for the Indian community; it’s a part of all of our history. We hope it will contribute to the ongoing struggle to respect diversity in South Africa.”Forgotten historiesThe film is an erudite exploration of forgotten histories and goes some way to identifying subject matter to future documenters of an African Indian past. Shot on the streets of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, African Indian Odyssey combines location, archive material and interviews with ordinary people, historians and social commentators.So who were the early indentured labourers? Why did they leave their homeland for the south east coast of Africa? And what would the future hold for them on shores so vastly different from everything they knew? These are some of the pressing questions that the documentary attempts to answer through interweaving the personal journeys of four narrator-presenters: Amrita Gandhi, an Indian television personality and the great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, artist Riason Naidoo, author Achmat Dangor, and historian William Gumede.The notion of home is inextricably linked to identity, and so the histories of immigrant populations provide a fascinating view of how human beings create communities and forge relationships with their host countries. It is a complex question compounded for the Indian community by their diverse origins and ethnicity, indentured or “passenger” status and the evolving sociopolitical climate of the last century and a half.Academic Uma Dhupelia-Masthrie sketches the background: “The first Indians to South Africa were actually slaves. They arrived from the 17th century to the 18th century … were captured or sold in bondage, and made there way to Cape Town on the Dutch ships.” Many came from Bengal, Bihar and the Malabar or Coromandel Coasts. But no record remains of these people because they were soon absorbed into the Malay community of the Cape Colony.Slavery by another nameBy 1860, indentured labour took the place of slavery. Now labour was tied by contract to an employer for fixed duration (usually five years), in return for wages and the cost of passage. It was a pernicious system – slavery by another name. A little known fact is that Indian labour was designed to fill a gap resulting from the refusal of a proud Zulu nation to be co-opted into the labour economy of the time.Ashwin Desai, sociologist and political analyst, maintains it was akin to scab labour. He points out that it was only after the sacking of Ulundi and the subjugation of the Zulu kingdom by the British that Indian labour was replaced by a local black workforce. This was when Indians started leaving farms for the cities. The trend continued so that by the end of the 19th century there were over 20 000 Indians in the Cape and Transvaal, lured by the diamond and gold economies of the hinterland.Desai also debunks the myth that the indentured labourers were all of lower caste, “thugs and criminals … In fact [they] cut a huge swathe through Indian society.” He points to evidence of this in the first people to disembark from the SS Truro – the first ship to arrive in South Africa from India, in November 1860. All creeds were represented, including Christians and Muslims. What is also fascinating is that language divisions, rather than caste, were the defining feature of indentured society. Religion and culture was maintained throughout and places of worship became the meeting ground for resistance to colonial oppression.By the 1890s, indentured Indian labour gave way to “passenger” immigrants, workers of all kinds who came to find formal employment. In the 1920s, even more established merchant families found there way to South Africa on the immigrant trail.Roots of a political identity based on nonracialismThe film details the amazing story of Mahatma Ghandi and his attempt to unite the Indian groupings, culminating in the 1913 strike. This little-publicised event – and under-reported part of South African history – saw cane fields burned and labourers leave their employ en masse. The strike led to a unification of Indians above caste, culture and creed, and was a step toward creating a mass movement against oppression.There are memorable interviews with playwright Ronnie Govender on growing up in Cato Manor and a guided tour through the Fordsburg area by Fietas festival director, Feizal Mamdoo. Interestingly, Fietas was the name given to the area in Johannesburg now known as Pageview and is another example of a forgotten part of the colourful history of South Africa’s multicultural communities – such as the better-documented Sophiatown. Fietas disappeared with the monstrous forced removals of the 1950s. As Desai says, it was only after 1952 and during the Defiance Campaign that one sees the start of a common political identity in nonracialism.The film unpacks the uneasy relationship between the African National Congress and the Indian political groupings at the time when Mandela first joined the ANC youth league. This fact is frequently glossed over in popular discourse, which often chooses to see struggle history through rose-tinted glasses. This tension continues into the present, and historian Goolam Vahed issues a warning: historians should not glorify the Indian-African relationship; it is still something that needs to be resolved.African Indian Odyssey is a fascinating interrogation of identity, origin and sociopolitical consciousness. The film is by no means a definitive account of the community or the history, but it offers previously untold insights into a people that have carved themselves a home during a tumultuous time in modern South African history.The film is directed by Hina Saiyada and written by Jon Soske. The Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at Wits University (Cisa) contributed the academic research to give the documentary a credible and entertaining account of the stories.The film premiered on Saffron TV on Saturday 13 November (DStv open time, channel 456). The Johannesburg premiere is hosted by Cisa and Saffron TV and is on Thursday 18 November at Wits University. The Durban premiere is screened in association with the Avalon Group at the Supernova Theatre at the Suncoast Casino on 24 November. To reserve a seat at the opening night screenings, space permitting, contact Mary Smith on 011 639 0050 or email [email protected] transmissions of African Indian Odyssey on Saffron TV:Sunday 14 November at 07h30, 13h00 (open time) and 20h00Monday 15 November at 08h00 and 16h30Thursday 18 November at 20h00 and 00h00Friday 19 November at 08h30, 12h30 and 16h30This article was first published by the Gauteng Film Commission. Republished on SAinfo with kind permission.last_img read more

Women ‘must rise to economy challenge’

first_img7 August 2012Chairperson of the African Union Commission and Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has challenged South African women to focus on removing the barriers to their economic emancipation.“I am not talking even about big business, but just small and medium – one of the major problems is access to finance and land, and we must also ensure women have access to other resources like electricity and running water,” Dlamini Zuma said.Speaking at an event to mark launch of Women’s Month at the University of the Free State on Saturday, Dlamini Zuma said South Africa had made progress in women’s representation in government.This progress should still continue and grow, she said, but also efforts should now turn to the economy in a systematic and focused manner.“Education and skills, including in science and technology, is very important for the emancipation of women. Access to finance and land is also critical.“We must enter the struggle for economic emancipation with the same vigour as we did with struggle for liberation,” Dlamini Zuma said. “We have what it takes … and our continent will be much better and stronger for our courage and determination.”She urged South African women to embrace the African Union’s Decade of Women, declared African leaders in 2010.“We should define for ourselves what this decade means, define that we want to do, the role we want to play and achieve during this decade.”Dlamini Zuma also reminded the country’s women that the Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO), which was formed in Tanzania in 1962, commemorates its 50th anniversary this year.“PAWO has historically played an important role in the mobilisation of women for the struggle and for the liberation of our continent. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, we should perhaps ask ourselves whether it is still able to respond to the dynamic changes within the continent and in the world.“Is it able to address the present needs of women of political, social and economic emancipation? If the answer is no, we must take the necessary steps to ensure it can respond effectively, even if it means to transform the organisation.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Big costs of gender gap in sub-Saharan Africa

first_imgAfrican girls are better educated than a generation ago. Women are taking more leadership roles and building successful business careers. However, a new United Nations report says gender inequality on the continent costs it $95-billion a year. African women earn, on average, 30% less than African men. (Image: Universal Giving) Sulaiman PhilipGender inequality costs sub-Saharan economies $95-billion (about R1.4-trillion) a year, according to a newly released study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).That Africa loses 6% of continental gross domestic product is blamed on governmental failure to put into effect legal protections and break down harmful social norms. Failing to act means a large percentage of African women are locked out of opportunities to participate in the economic, social and political life of their countries.The report was released this weekend on the sidelines of the Tokyo International Conference of African Development in Nairobi, Kenya. UNDP administrator Helen Clark pointed out that a 1% increase in gender inequality reduced a country’s Human Development Index score by a similar amount. “If gender gaps can be closed in labour markets, education, health and other areas, then poverty and hunger eradication can be achieved,” she said. “Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment is the right thing to do, and is a development imperative.”The Human Development Index (HDI) measures a nation’s achievement in key human development areas – access to education and medical treatment, quality of life and standard of living. African girls score high in access to primary education, but fail to access higher education or opportunities to join the labour market. The average for women in Africa is also lowered because of the continent’s still unacceptably high maternal mortality rate.Professional workProfessionally, African women fare even worse. A total of 61% of all African women work outside the home but their jobs are poorly paid and their efforts go unappreciated. Despite holding the majority of positions in the non-agricultural sector – 66% – women earn 70 cents for each dollar earned by a man. Across Africa there are, at most, just 30% of firms with a female manager.By not addressing the social norms that limit opportunity for women, Africa has no hope of attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals or achieving its own Africa Agenda 2063 ambitions. UNDP Africa director Abdoulaye Mar says that the African Union’s lofty goals of equality are hamstrung by social norms.African girls spend less time in education, are paid less for their labour and spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water. They have limited access to economic and financial assets and are less likely to have bank accounts. “Closing the gender gap would not only set Africa on a double-digit economic growth track, but would also significantly contribute to meeting its development goals.”Africa is moving beyond the era of legislation and non-discrimination laws and quotas ensuring women’s participation. The African narrative remains to an extent, that girls don’t have the same opportunities as boys to get a decent education, that women are shut out of jobs and assets to uplift themselves and their families.Despite almost universal access to primary education, African girls are empowered more than they were but only to a certain age and stage in their lives – until they get married. (Image: Brand South Africa)Fundamental changeFor most people outside the continent, Africa is still a place where women have too many children and thousands die in childbirth because they have no access to basic health care. In parts of Africa this remains true, but Africa holds many secrets. Closer study shows that African women have also made important progress.There is World Bank research that suggests a deeper reading of the statistics tell a different story. The international financial institution says that the lives of African women have fundamentally changed over the last decade.Since 1990, enrolment of girls in primary school has come close to matching boys and the number of women dying in childbirth has halved. In work and politics Africa leads the world in female representation. The ratio of women to men in formal employment is greater than the rest of the world and the number of women in continental parliaments has doubled. Rwanda and Senegal have the highest proportion of women in government and in Cape Verde parity at cabinet level was achieved more than a decade ago. Africa’s women and girls are its greatest untapped resource. It is they who will build the solid foundation of African prosperity. (Image: Brand South Africa)Social growthSocial attitudes are also changing in Africa. As more people become aware of gender bias, it is becoming less prevalent. Over the last decade, fewer women are reporting sexism and sexual harassment at work.Fewer people believe it’s better for a woman to look after the home while a man goes out to work. The number of people, of both genders, who believe that children are hurt if they are raised by working mothers has also decreased over the last decade.  More men are saying that work does interfere with home life, actively seeking employment with companies that offer paternity leave and flexible work hours.In business the tide is turning as well. A recent poll found that younger employees believe women make better managers. In 2006, one in two women believed that an equally qualified woman would be passed over for a promotion because of gender. By 2014, it was a belief shared by four out of every five. And more women are now also earning more than their husbands.Empowerment and equalityTo go forward, the UNDP report maps out four routes to empowerment and equality:Adopting legal reforms;Building national capacity to accelerate women’s involvement in decision-making;Adopting multisectoral approaches in promoting gender equality; and,Accelerating female ownership of assets and management resources.Co-operation and cross border collaboration between nations will boost the social changes that are improving the lives of African women. In the opinion of the UNDP researchers, two initiatives will speed up equality and empowerment. They propose the establishment of an African Women’s Investment Bank and the awarding of Gender Seal certification for businesses that promote gender equality.Africa’s economy is booming. Banking, retail and telecommunications are driving growth. Large-scale construction projects are improving the continent’s infrastructure and making it easier for Africa to trade with Africa.Growth is changing the continent’s landscape by strengthening its economy. Development is narrowing income gaps between citizens and nations and boosting continent-wide economic integration. And strong working economies disproportionately benefit women.Africa is changing. It is moving beyond seeing gender equality as a token in development policy. As Africa changes, it is taking a leadership position in the conversation about gender. As the prospects of African girls and women improve, the continent gets to lead by example. As more African women realise the freedom to choose their own future, the more they become the champions of and the great hope for women across the world.last_img read more

Women 65mm Metal Bobby Grips Pin Hair Clips 10 Pcs : Slow delivery but fab product

first_img Great clips not like the flimsy plastic clips you can buy really holds a updo. Do what they are meant to do. What can be said about bobby grips except that they serve their purpose?. Exactly what i needed, arrived on time. Good product , i have really thick long hair and these work better for me then the usual clips , good quality and arrived on time. Keeps the hair together well. Sometimes it bends into the hair harder that it can hurt my scalp. Some of it’s cover is peeling otherwise it works well. A bit catchy and took a while to arrive. But one star less because you need to smooth a tiny rough edge. . These are excellent: they actually manage to grip a slender strand of my ultra-fine hair, which is more than any other grip i’ve ever managed to find has done. Those ubiquitous kirby grip things just slide right off my hair within less than a minute. (as a child i could never wear a hair ribbon — yes, i am that old — and i still can’t wear any kind of headband or silk scarf without it falling off in seconds. Tight cuticles on my hair, my hairdresser says when my hair won’t take colour or even dry in a normal time. ) so i’m delighted to have found these. There is one drawback: a small unfinished edge on the bottom of each grip, so only four stars. On the other hand, smoothing this little rough edge away was a matter of moments using a crystal/glass nail file. After that, they are perfect. Slow delivery but fab product. Great hair clips that last forever, holds hair well in place and creates great styles. They work fine, but they are a bit bigger than i. They work fine, but they are a bit bigger than i expected and the single packages were cut open (not the postal package, but the individual pin packages) for no reason. I have thick hair and works great. Really good for fixing my wife’s hair in her amazing styles, so thanks. Ok, except black coating started to peel off quickly. Very sturdy and keeps hair in place. Strong pins would defiantly recommend. Work well, do hold their shape ok and look quite good. Good quality and excellent grip. Actually grip! But one star less because you need to smooth a tiny rough edge.Slow delivery but fab productVery good for thick hairThey work fine, but they are a bit bigger than I Keeps the hair together wellDo what they are meant to do!Women 65mm Black Metal Bobby Grips Pin Hair Clips 10 PcsProduct Name : Hair Grips;Material : MetalSize : 6.5 x 0.4 x 0.4cm / 2.6″ x 0.15″ x 0.15″ (L*W*T);Main Color : BlackNet Weight : 25gTotal Weight : 30gPackage Content : 10Pcs x Hair Gripslast_img read more

Sunshine finally starting to bring farmers to the fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Glenn Harsh, Delaware CountyWe worked on some tile repairs, some fencerow maintenance and we are finishing up our last farm for soil testing. That’s about the extent of the field work.With the cover crops, we do not really want to spray right now with the rain coming in. We won’t be able to plant right after so we want to hold off on spraying.  We are sort of in a holding pattern now because we don’t really do any tillage work so we are finishing up additions to our planter and moving seed.The cover crops are looking much better. The fields that were thin are filling in. It is mainly the ryegrass that is growing in right now. I don’t see a lot of other species really growing much out there yet.After this series of rains this week, I would guess that we could get going next week. There is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow and Wednesday and some chance on Thursday and Friday. Next week looks pretty good for us and we’ll be ready to roll at that time.I took a soil temperature reading yesterday and it was 40 degrees at four inches in the morning and that is about what the weather maps are showing too. For mid-day it is only getting up to 47 to 49 degrees. That is not warm enough to facilitate germination and with the outlook of rainy weather, that could be really scary.I saw there was some anhydrous going on around the state and maybe some spraying over the weekend but that is about the extent of it. After this weather pattern goes through we’ll be ready to go.We are finishing up some variable rate seeding maps and implementing farm management software this year and I am trying to gets guys trained on that too. I like to get started in April but I am not nervous yet. We can get planted fairly quickly. I want to see soil temperatures in the 50- to 55-degree range so we can get the crops up and growing quickly.last_img read more

Thoughts from Facebook’s down-time

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Monday afternoon, our office, like much of the world, experienced problems with Facebook crashing. This brought about various thoughts from my coworkers and I, all of whom apparently spend too much time on social media when we should otherwise be working.“Is your Facebook working?”The initial recognition of something gone wrong. This of course was followed by various bellows of “yes, mine is working” and “only Facebook on my phone is up”, trailed by the inevitable, “oh, wait, yeah mine is all down now too.”“This could be the big one”At the time you’re reading this, the big blue website is back up and running. While it was out, conspiracy theories rose to the extreme. Plus, this isn’t just a simple couple of minutes of it being down. Quick searches on CNN for articles explaining the situation are pointless. True entertainment is found on Twitter where the top trending hashtag #FacebookDown has the deep and meaningful memes that really help to solve the problem.“Definitely the Russians”When things on the world wide web go wrong, it’s always to the Ruskies that we place our first blame. In our defense, the way Facebook crashed was definitely suspicious, because the normal “Oops, something went wrong” page was replaced by words, a couple dead links, and the broken image error. *puts on tinfoil hat*“Now how do I share my memes?”This is a truly perplexing issue for many of our friends used to sharing every single analysis and thought of their life with others — in meme form — on Facebook.“Gosh, where do I get agricultural news now??”Not to worry! Though we share all of our news through social media like Facebook and Twitter, you can always come back to www.ocj.com for the latest in articles, video, audio, and much more!“Oh hey guys, it’s back up.”This has to be shared at least once from each person in the office after their Facebook page successfully reloads.“Wow! The last 15 minutes were the most productive of my eight months of employment! Back to Facebook I guess.”You know who you are.last_img read more

Keep Your Friends Organized: Twitter Expands Lists Beta

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos frederic lardinois Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#twitter#web Twitter rolled out a limited beta of its new lists feature to a larger number of users late last night. With these new lists, Twitter users can now organize their friends into groups. By default, these lists are private, but one of the most interesting aspects of this new feature is that users can also make their lists public – something many Twitter users have been looking forward to for a long time. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Third-party Twitter clients and tools like TweepML, TweetDeck, Brizzly, Nambu and others all offer their own implementation of this feature, though Twitter also gave early API access to this feature to a number of third-party developers. Currently, adding friends to a list is still a bit cumbersome and either involves a lot of clicks from a user’s profile page or a visit to the ‘following’ page. The list of users you follow, however, is organized in chronological order, so finding users on this list is quite hard.One interesting aspect of this feature is that a user’s profile will now also show a section that highlights the public lists a user was added to. This could have some interesting social ramifications. After all, Twitter’s emphasis on follower counts has already created a bit of a popularity contest and now being part of a certain list that is being curated by the right person could add yet another dimension to this issue. Of course, these new lists will open up avenues for a new products as well. Third-party tools, for example, can now look at the public lists and maybe create new algorithms to rank a user’s authority on Twitter. Import/ExportOf course, these are still the early days for Twitter lists, but hopefully we will also soon see a feature in third-party clients like TweetDeck that will allow users to export their existing lists or import their new lists from Twitter. Chances are that this is just a matter of time and this will probably be a default option in third-party clients once Twitter rolls this feature out to the majority of its users.last_img read more

3 Companies That Tackle Complexity in the Cloud

first_imgThe deep complexities of managing a cloud infrastructure for the enterprise are only just beginning to emerge. Today we are at Gluecon, talking with three companies about managing that complexity in the cloud. Let’s take a quick look at these three companies and the services they provide.MakaraMakara is a startup that provides a service for making applications cloud ready. In the traditional enterprise, there is a full view of an application and how it is behaving. The server is there to check and fix. In the cloud you do not have that visibility. If a node dies, there is no view into what happened. The provider may be able to provide some information. But pretty much if the application is not built correctly then there can be some serious issues in play. Makara builds data infrastructures for applications. It outfits application capsules with a data infrastructure so the developer can keep tabs on the application after it is deployed to the cloud. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#events SOASTASOASTA is in the business of cloud testing. It tests the performance of Web applications. SOASTA built its test platform on top of a real time engine that can look at an application and its performance in the dynamic world of the cloud.Here’s a bit about SOASTA’s cloud analytics. From the Amazon Web Services blog:“The new product, CloudTest Analytics, builds on SOASTA’s existing CloudTest product. It consists of data extraction layer that is able to extract real time performance metrics from a number of existing APM (Application Performance Management) tools from vendors such as IBM, CA, RightScale, Dynatrace, New Relic, Nimsoft. The data is pulled from the entire application stack, including resources that are in the cloud or behind the firewall or at the content distribution layer. All of the metrics are aggregated, stored in a single scalable data warehouse, and displayed on a single, correlated timeline. Performance engineers can use this information to understand, optimize, and improve application and system performance.”From IBM: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… OpsCodeOpsCode developed CHEF, which is essentially a cook book with a variety of of recipes for automating the grueling manual tasks that have historically been required to fix server issues. The cloud is dynamic. There may be a spike in demand that requires adding 100 servers. Opscode’s automation capabilities give the capability to detect and add nodes. In essence, you write code to describe how you want each part of your infrastructure built, then apply it to your servers. Gov 2.0: Scaling, Automation, & Management in the Cloud A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williamslast_img read more