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OAKLAND – 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, …
The 16 Days campaign demands an end to gender-based violence.(Image: Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tanana Cornelius MonamaChief director, communications –Department of Women, Children andPeople with Disabilities+27 12 359 0224 or +27 82 578 4063RELATED ARTICLES• Women’s rights in SA to advance• Towards gender quality in SA• Iraqi gender activists learn from SA• Men-only clinic opens in SASource: Southafrica.infoImagine if, for 16 days, there was no rape, no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.For the 13th year, South Africa is taking part in the global 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.President Jacob Zuma and Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana will launch the campaign in Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Sunday.While the campaign runs only for 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan to combat abuse.South Africa is still home to high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights.The government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and the media are all participating in the drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children.The campaign also aims to:Challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour.Involve men in helping to eradicate violence.Provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives.What you can doSouth Africans are urged to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon – a symbol of peace – during the 16-day period to symbolise their commitment to never commit or condone violence against women or children.Other ways of supporting the campaign:Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to challenge abuse, and ensure that they get help. Report child abuse to the police immediately. Encourage children to report bullying behaviour to school authorities.Men are critical partners in the fight against the abuse of women and children. Men and boys are encouraged to talk about abuse and actively discourage abusive behaviour.Families must stick together to create a safe environment for women and children.Parents and adults can make sure that children are not exposed to sexual and violent material such as pornography.Volunteer some of your time and energy in support of a non-governmental organisation or community group working in your area to help abused women and children. Use your life skills and knowledge to help support victims of abuse.Donate some money to organisations working to end violence against women and children by making a contribution to the Foundation for Human Rights. Tel: 011 339 5560/1/2/3/4/5.Engage in online dialogues such as the Cyber Dialogues organised by Gender Links – see www.genderlinks.org.za – which provides a platform to share issues and experiences and offer solutions, with experts participating in the online chats.Get connected with important contacts and information published on www.womensnet.org.za.Seek help if you are emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to your partner and/or children. Call the Stop Gender Based Violence helpline on 0800 150 150.Report illegal guns to the police – according to the International Action Network on Small Arms Women’s Network, women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the home.Join a community policing forum (CPF) or community safety forum (CSF) to help fight crime in your area. For information on how to join, contact your local police station.Take part in a 16 Days event – check out the calendar.Rhetoric and realitySouth Africa, according to NGO Gender Links, needs to close the gap between the “rhetoric of gender equality” and the “reality on the ground”.Gender Links says the country has made impressive strides in recognising the roles and rights of women and children.The Constitution recognises gender equality as the cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy, and new legislation – such as the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act and the Domestic Violence Act – have been lauded for enforcing the rights of women.But more needs to be done. “Changing laws can be swift,” says Gender Links. “Giving them effect, and changing the mindsets that often render them ineffective, is a much more demanding task.”
Does the Nest Thermostat Save Energy?Nest Glitch Leaves Some Homeowners ColdSmart Thermostats Are Getting CheaperGet Ready for Smart Appliances On the heels of offering customers a deal on Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries and deep discounts on Leaf electric vehicles, Green Mountain Power is rolling out a new plan aimed at saving customers money and reducing loads on the grid.Green Mountain, a B Certified Corporation and Vermont’s largest electric utility, launched its “eSmartwater Program” late last month, announcing it would provide an Aquanta water heater controller and a Nest Learning Thermostat for 99 cents a month.Green Mountain customers should see a nice return on their buck. The third-generation Nest, which goes for $249 at the company website, is designed to teach itself when to raise and lower indoor temperatures based on family habits. The $149 Aquanta also is designed to save money by adjusting water temperates to meet a family’s needs via an “autonomous learning function.” Both WiFi-connected devices can be controlled with a smartphone.Green Mountain predicted that customers would be able to save an average of $131 to $145 a year with the Nest; Aquanta says customers should be able to trim between 10% and 30% from their water heating bills. RELATED ARTICLES As a post at GTM explained, customers who take the 99-cent deal also agree to give Green Mountain some control over their water heaters, within certain limits. “We can basically push a button, schedule water heaters to turn off at this time,” and use the resulting load drop to reduce system-wide capacity charges, or mitigate congestion on distribution circuits, Josh Castonguay, GMP’s director of generation and renewable innovation, told GTM.
The Bihar unit of the BJP on Friday alleged that Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s two sons — Tej Pratap and Tejaswi — and his wife Rabri Devi were involved in a multi-crore land scam. The allegation comes days after the BJP had charged Mr Tejaswi Prasad Yadav with conflict of interest as Forest and Environment Minister in a soil purchase contract, worth ₹90 lakh, for the Patna Zoo.Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to sack both Mr. Lalu Prasad’s sons from the cabinet and order a thorough inquiry into the land scam.Showing about 280 pages of documents related to the “dubious sale and purchase of the land”, Mr Modi further said, “I’ve all the authentic documents to prove my charges and we’ll take this scam too to the extent of the fodder scam.”Ownership transferredMr Modi said the land on which a shopping mall is being constructed by a company owned by an RJD MLA, was first given to Delight Marketing Company Pvt. Ltd in 2005 by Harsh and Vinay Kochar, prominent hoteliers of Patna. The Kochars, alleged Mr Modi, were given two railway hotels at Ranchi and Puri to run when Mr Lalu Prasad was union railway minister.Mr. Modi alleged that, “In 2010 Lalu’s family members, his wife Rabri Devi, two sons Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav, daughters Chanda Yadav and Ragini Yadav made an entry into the company as directors but on November 12, 2016 the company changed its name to LaRa Projects Pvt. Ltd and just two months back on February 14, 2017, only Rabri Devi, Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav remained directors of the company.”“LaRa means Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi…Rabri Devi owns 2,402 and both Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav own 800 shares each of the company today… The company, interestingly, did no business in last 15 years but added ‘construction’ in its objective in 2015,” said Mr Modi, who was earlier in exposing the multi-crore fodder scam against Lalu Prasad Yadav.“Nitish Kumar always says he neither protects anyone, nor implicates anyone…So we expect a thorough probe into this land scam too, ” Mr Modi told journalists.Neither the JD(U) nor Mr Lalu Prasad have responded to the allegations so far.
Cautioning that the return of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in the 2019 general election will put the country in peril, senior journalist Arun Shourie on Friday advised the Opposition to stop stressing on prestige issues and instead forget the past to come together to fight. “When the country is in danger, Opposition leaders like Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejariwal should not make an issue of who will make the first phone call,” Mr. Shourie said, addressing the Mumbai debut of Rashtra Manch, a non-political forum with a call to ‘save democracy and constitution.’ BJP MP Shatrughna Sinha, former finance minister Yashwant Sinha, former raliway minister Dinesh Triwedi, AAP MP Sanjay Singh, former high court judge Abhay Thipsay among others were the other speakers at the event. They voiced their concern over instances of violence, the alleged involvement of BJP in manipulating the media, judiciary and bureaucracy, and the autocractic functioning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr. Shourie said that 2019 is going to be the last chance to reverse the course. “ Opposition parties should avoid breaking alliance over 3 or 4 seats. Don’t make your differences public. Don’t talk about each other, but talk to each other.”Commenting on the role of media, Mr. Shourie said, “Many say that media persons fear exposing wrongdoing by the government and business groups. But I think it’s greed that is coming in the way, not fear.”Mr. Shatrughna Sinha said, “Before being a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, I am a representative of the Bharatiya Janta. A party is larger than an individual, but our nation is larger than any party. I won’t leave the BJP but if because of my work and actions they want me to leave … lets see.”Mr. Yashwant Sinha pointed out that the country’s home minister was not aware about situations like the alliance in J&K, or the framework of the Naga accord and the same could be said about the finance ministry and demonetisation. Meanwhile, Mr. Thipsay said that under BJP rule, even judges are scared to deliver judgement. “Our country has taken a turn for the worse in the past four years. Independence of judiciary is a fundamental feature of the Constitution but it is being subverted like never before,” he added.