Mujtaba Salmat arrested

first_img March 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mujtaba Salmat arrested News Organisation The authorities arrested Mujtaba Salmat, a member of the Bahraini Photography Association, who had been covering the demonstrations in Pearl Square and had posted photos of them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/people/Mujtaba-Salmat/1538112094?sk=photos). He was released on 27 April. center_img RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Commemorating 1913 heroines

first_imgThe heroine of the 1913 anti-pass campaign, Charlotte Maxeke, seen here in a poster.(Image: Judy Seidman) The leaders of the 1956 women’s march – (l to r) Rahima Moosa, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, and Sophie Williams – hold the petitions against passes.(Image: South African History Online)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tanana Cornelius MonamaChief director: communicationsDept of Women, Children andPeople with Disabilities+27 12 359 0224 or +27 82 578 4063 Janine ErasmusWomen’s Day, celebrated every year on 9 August, and the annual activities around it honour all the women who, through the years, have led South Africa out of colonialism and apartheid and into democracy.Women’s Month 2013 marks the 57th anniversary of the famous 1956 anti-pass march, which saw over 20 000 women, led by struggle heroines Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn – who is still alive today – marching to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 9 August to register their outrage over laws that forced black people to carry passbooks.These documents condescendingly gave black people permission to be outside their homelands or designated areas, and failure to produce one on demand often resulted in arrest and imprisonment.As part of the South African government’s commitment to restore the identity and dignity of people, especially women, the machines that print the country’s just-introduced Smart ID cards were recently named after the four female stalwarts.Speaking at the government printing works in Pretoria at the ceremony in July, President Jacob Zuma said: “This gesture is intended to further immortalise their contribution to the struggle for liberation and of building a better South Africa, which is home to all who live in it, black and white.”It was fitting that machines printing identification documents be named after women “who fought for justice, human rights and dignity for all”, said Zuma.Women rising upThis year Women’s Day also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1913 anti-pass demonstration by women of the then Orange Free State, which was the first province to require passes for women. Back then, the provincial government announced that women living in townships and rural areas of the province could only get into urban areas if they had entry permits – which were only valid for a month, so new ones had to be bought regularly.Permits were needed for various other reasons – to be able to reside on the employer’s premises, to seek work, to visit certain areas – and to use public bathhouses. It’s thought that the introduction of this final insult was the tipping point – the women of the province were not amused. They organised demonstrations and protests and this ultimately led to the 1913 anti-pass defiance campaign.In those days, according to the Human Sciences Resource Council’s publication Women in South African History, pass laws were introduced and implemented by municipal authorities, so on 28 May 1913 some 200 women marched to the offices of the Bloemfontein City Council to petition the mayor to abort this plan. He wasn’t available, and so they returned the next day, only to hear him say that the matter was out of his hands, directly contradicting what the women had believed to be the case.They were not satisfied with the mayor’s response, and burned their passes outside the municipal offices. Eighty women were arrested for not having their passbooks. The day after that, 600 women marched into town, intimidated police, and persuaded the magistrate to drop the charges against those who were arrested.Two weeks later, police attempted to arrest a woman for not carrying her passbook. A riot broke out, resulting in the arrest and imprisonment of 34 women, who each served a two-month jail term.The campaign escalated. Hundreds of signatures were collected in a petition. There was also a passive resistance component, where black women simply refused to carry the required documents. In addition, women of all races began to voice their indignation.In August 1913 Sol Plaatje, editor of Tsala ea Batho (Friend of the People), visited the 34 women who were still imprisoned at Kroonstad Prison, and was horrified at the conditions there. He wrote of his experience in his book Native Life in South Africa, saying: “A severe shock burst upon us, inside the prison walls, when the matron withdrew the barriers and the emaciated figures of ladies and young girls of our acquaintance filed out and greeted us.”The plight of the prisoners affected Plaatje deeply. “Was ever inhumanity more cold-blooded?” he asked. “Tears rolled down our cheeks as we saw the cracks on their bare feet, the swellings and chronic chil­blains, which made them look like sheep suffering from foot-and-mouth disease.”In Tsala he wrote that they were fighting for the freedom of all women in the Free State, and that they were prepared to die for the cause.The women were released – Plaatje noted that a month later, most of them had returned to their homes.Struggle heroineOne of the leaders of this particular struggle was Charlotte Maxeke, who received a BSc from Wilberforce University in the US in the early 1900s, becoming the first black South African woman to obtain a degree.Maxeke later founded the Bantu Women’s League, South Africa’s first organisation for black women. It was a branch of the African National Congress (ANC), which didn’t accept women members at the time. According to South African History Online, although the pass requirements had been relaxed in 1914 because of the breakout of the first world war, the threat arose again four years later, prompting Maxeke to establish her organisation.The league’s structure was later adopted by the ANC and re-launched as the ANC Women’s League, with Maxeke as its first president.She died in Johannesburg in 1939.Advances in women’s rightsSince those repressive days, the country has made great progress in advancing women’s rights, although it wasn’t until the Bill of Rights came into play in 1993 that women were recognised unconditionally as being equal to men. In article one, point one, the Bill of Rights states that all South Africans are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and in point three, that men and women shall have equal protection under the law.The Constitution guarantees that no woman – or man, for that matter – shall suffer discrimination for any reason. In section nine, dedicated to equality, we read: “The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.”Sadly, though, many South African women are still disadvantaged, especially in economic terms. They also have to endure one of the world’s highest rates of domestic violence, rape and other forms of abuse.However, according to the minister of women, children and people with disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill has been submitted to the cabinet committee. This piece of legislation will supply guidelines for promoting the empowerment of women, gender equality, and compliance in the public and private sector with women’s rights.The weeks of Women’s Month have been allocated certain themes, said Xingwana. The focus of weeks one and two is the restoration of identity and dignity, while the focus of week three is job creation, and that of week four is the development of rural women.last_img read more

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UAAP men’s volleyball: FEU sweeps first round; NU comes in 2nd

first_imgMOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UAAP volleyball: La Salle blanks FEU in finals rematch for back-to-back wins P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University achieved first round perfection after making quick work of De La Salle, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Bryan Bagunas led NU with 20 points while Angelo Alemndras put up 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The Tamaraws stayed unscathed at 7-0 after the first round of action while the Green Spikers remained at sixth at 2-5.John Paul Bugaoan had 16 points to lead the Tamaraws while Jude Garcia added 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn the other match, defending champion National University manhandled Ateneo, 25-19, 25-23, 25-16, to get within striking distance of FEU.The Bulldogs are just half-a-game behind FEU with a 6-1 card at the second seed while the third-seeded Blue Eagles dropped to 4-3. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

ACT – Primary School Championships, Deakin

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Prince Harry And Elton John Speak Out At International AIDS Conference

first_imgYesterday, Prince Harry took to the stage for a special lunchtime session at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban.The session was to raise awareness of the issues faced by young people living with HIV, particularly those adolescents living in sub-Saharan Africa.Prince Harry, representing his charity Sentebale, was joined by Sir Elton John, representing his charity the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Together, they spoke of the impact stigma and discrimination have on youth living with HIV.They were joined for the session by a panel of young advocates – Loyce Maturu, Carlo Oliveras and Brian Ssensalire – who discussed the HIV response among young people, and what needs to change to truly address the needs of youth with HIV.During the session named “Ending AIDS with the Voices of Youth”, Sir Elton said; 
”Young people are being left out and left behind in the AIDS response and it needs to stop. It needs to stop here and now.”
Prince Harry called on today’s youth to be the generation to end AIDS; “It is time for a new generation of leaders to step forward. It is time for us to step up to make sure no young person feels any shame in asking for an HIV test. It is time for us to step up to make sure that girls and boys with HIV aren’t kept from playing with their friends, classmates, and neighbours. It is time for us to step up and acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to our ability to defeat this disease once and for all.”The special session was moderated by Kgomotso Matsunyane (South African director, writer and activist) and was introduced by Prince Seeiso, co-founding patron of Sentebale, who explained the situation in Lesotho, a small, landlocked country with the world’s second highest HIV infection rate.Prince Seeiso said: “UNAIDS reports that there are an estimated 21,000 10 to 19 year olds living with HIV in Lesotho and only 30% of them accessing treatment. Stigma remains the main reason youth fail to access medication. It is our ambition to change the tide of this epidemic by ensuring more young people know their status, access treatment and are empowered to play there part in bringing the AIDS epidemic to an end.”Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso spent the morning together at the conference, taking time to visit Sentebale’s Global Village session about the model of psychosocial support the charity provides to adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. They observed as the Sentebale staff and youth volunteers explained how residential camps, monthly Saturday clubs and caregiver days help educate families and communities on supporting young people in their care with HIV. The delegates were invited to take part in an activity about identifying their circle of supporters, normally delivered to the children at a camp. This activity is one of many which help youth to understand how to cope with their virus and encourage peer-to-peer communication about HIV.Camp is currently being delivered for adolescents living with HIV in Lesotho at the newly- built ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre. Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso visited Sentebale’s projects in Lesotho earlier this week, and took part in some of the camp activities with the children there.On their tour of the Durban AIDS Conference, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso met with IAS youth ambassadors before stopping to sign the UNAIDS ProTEST HIV wall with Sir Elton John to encourage young people to address the stigma around HIV testing and encouragethem to know their status.Prince Harry and Sir Elton John were also interviewed by young journalists from the Children’s Radio Foundation. The Children’s Radio Foundation is a platform to amplify youth voices across Africa. With seven million listeners weekly, young people are shown that what they have to say does matter. Prince Harry said; “The most important thing is being able to give young people a voice,” and emphasised the importance of listening when young people speak. Elton John said, “You are the future of the world.”As well as spending time with the Sentebale volunteers and other young advocates, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso attended official meetings with leaders at the conference, including Mark Dybul, CEO of The Global Fund, and Ambassador Deborah Brix, US Global AIDS Coordinator and Head of PEPFAR.This is the latest in a recent upsurge of advocacy work Prince Harry has undertaken to raise awareness of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Last week, he took an HIV test at Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, to show how easy it is to get tested, and at the end of June, took part in the Sentebale Concert at Kensington Palace, London, headlined by Coldplay. The aim of this work is to get AIDS back on the public agenda and encourage the world to speak out against the stigma towards those living with HIV.last_img read more

Apples stock sours Microsofts soars Say what

first_imgMicrosoft is close to overtaking Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company.The market closed Tuesday with Microsoft just a half per cent behind Apple in market value.That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple — and did so briefly this week — would have been surprising not long ago as rival tech giants Amazon and Google were the more likely favourites for catching up to the iPhone maker.It’s a sign of Microsoft’s steady resilience under CEO Satya Nadella as it transitions into a cloud computing provider more focused on long-term business contracts than consumer demand.That helped shield it from holiday season turbulence and U.S.-China trade war jitters affecting Apple and other tech giants.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hardik wants to prove a point with bat and ball: Rohit

first_imgMumbai: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma says Hardik Pandya has been driven by a desire “prove a point to himself”, more than anyone else, in what is turning out to be a good IPL season for the flamboyant all-rounder. Pandya’s 16-ball unbeaten 37 guided Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore Monday night. The all-rounder is averaging a healthy 46.50 and has a strike rate of over 190 in the eight matches he has played this season. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “His (Hardik’s) hitting has been helping the team and him as well to move forward. This is something he wanted to do because he didn’t have a lot of time before coming to the IPL,” Rohit said after Monday’s match. “So he wanted to prove a point with bat and ball, to himself more than anyone else. The way he is hitting it gives us confidence as a team that there is someone who can hit that well at the end and win crucial games.” Talking about veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who took four wickets to restrict RCB to 171 for 7, Rohit said, “Lasith’s performance matters a lot to us. We missed him for a few games. Trust me, with all that he has done over the years, bowling at the death at the Wankhede is very difficult. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “Credit goes to the bowlers in general for restricting a good RCB batting line-up to 170 odd.” Rohit, however, admitted that he is yet to figure out the Wankhede pitch. “To be honest, I still haven’t figured out the pitch here this season. Normally it’s safe to chase here, but today no one expected it to play this way. If the pitch plays like that I don’t want to chase,” he said with a smile. Pandya, on his part, praised openers Rohit (28) and Quinton de Kock (40) for the the start the team got in the run chase. “Hats off to both the openers. It was not easy to bat on this wicket but they made it easy for us in the end. I felt RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay and that’s where I thought they lost the game,” he said. “We began well and had the bowlers who hit the deck hard and got some purchase off the wicket. The way the wicket started playing, even AB found it difficult but they both (AB and Moeen) played well. A disappointed RCB and India captain Virat Kohli defended the move to use left-arm spinner Pawan Negi in the 19th over of which Pandya smashed 22 runs to end the match. “At the end, we had to take the risk with the left-arm spinner, with two right-handed batsmen. Giving pace was risky, especially with a bit of dew. Unfortunately, it didn’t come off,” said Kohli. “With the ball, we weren’t that great in the first six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well. We just have to enjoy ourselves, play the way we did in the last two games. Need to keep our composure under pressure. Need to take half-chances.last_img read more

Morocco condemns recent “terrorist attacks” in Egypt

first_imgRabat – Morocco condemned the recent terror blasts in Egypt as “horrendous terrorist acts” that are contrary to religious and human values and to the principles of peaceful co-existence.Morocco “is deeply concerned by the series of terrorist attacks” that occurred these last two days in Egypt against security and cultural administrations and some districts of Cairo, killing several people and injuring others, says a release of the Moroccan ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation.Morocco, which offers its heartfelt condolences and expresses sympathy and solidarity with those wounded, reiterates its support to Egypt to face the plague of terrorism and all types of threats against its stability and security, the release says. “Morocco condemns these horrendous terrorist acts that are “contrary to religious and human values and to the principles of peaceful co-existence” and attempt to jeopardize the ongoing democratic transition in Egypt.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook Should Be Mad At Kevin Durant — Durant Stuck Him

The uphill battle that Westbrook faces now doesn’t take away from the fact that Durant will have his fair share of pressure in the months to come. While this season has been a breeze so far for him and the Warriors, who own the NBA’s best record, the noise will be deafening if Golden State stumbles even the slightest bit this postseason. And Durant, fair or not, would likely be the clear target of that criticism, since his high-profile signing was supposed to make the Warriors invincible.But for now, and until the playoffs — the Warriors and Thunder currently have about a 21 percent chance of meeting, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA forecast — the focus remains on Durant and Westbrook, and whether their strained, icy relationship shows any signs of thawing.Check out our latest NBA predictions. KEVIN DURANTRUSSELL WESTBROOK Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches? Usage rate30.6%27.6%31.6%41.8% 2016-17 stats are through Feb. 8Sources: Basketball-Reference.com, Synergy Sports Technology Related: Hot Takedown 2015-16 SEASON2016-17 SEASON2015-16 SEASON2016-17 SEASON Turnovers/game3. Much like the first two times they played each other this season, cameras and storylines will follow Kevin Durant’s and Russell Westbrook’s every move on Saturday, when the ex-teammates square off in Oklahoma City for the first time since Durant signed with the Warriors last summer.For months, the running question for each player has been: When was the last time you two spoke with the other? And as they confirm that they haven’t spoken, the narrative becomes even icier with every matchup.Durant largely dismissed the tension between them as “fake drama” and a media creation. But on a basic level, Westbrook has reason to be upset with his one-time teammate. Though Durant had every right to leave, his departure has made every aspect of Westbrook’s job harder than it’s ever been, while Durant has had to do less than ever before.Westbrook, averaging a triple-double for the season, has been undeniably incredible in Durant’s absence. But a chiropractor is usually necessary when a player puts this much of his team on his back.Westbrook, in trying to make up for Durant, is on pace to log the highest usage rate (the percentage of a team’s possessions that end with a certain player while he’s on the court) in NBA history, by far. By contrast, Durant is posting the lowest usage rate of his career. Westbrook, handling the ball far more often, is turning it over more than ever. Durant has fewer turnovers than ever before. Durant has a career-low isolation rate; Westbrook is going one-on-one more than he has since 2011-12 (just 14.7 percent of his 2-pointers have been assisted this season).1All stats in this article are current through Wednesday. And Durant, part of Golden State’s more free-flowing offense, is cutting and moving without the ball more than ever before, while Oklahoma City still throws fewer passes than any team in the association.We’ve seen Westbrook change his game this way before: He put up similar per-100-possession stats in 2014-15, when Durant missed most of the season because of a fractured foot. Then, as now, Westbrook’s true-shooting and effective field-goal rates declined while he was tasked with so much more ballhandling responsibility. (The Thunder, currently in seventh place in the West, finished the 2014-15 season tied for eighth and missed the playoffs.) Russell Westbrook’s workload increased when Durant left True shooting63.4%65.0%55.4%54.2% Isolation rate14.9%11.4%12.5%19.1% read more