Linebacker Jeff Shott emerges as Humboldt State’s leader on defense

first_imgArcata >> Jeff Shott doesn’t need many fingers to count how much scholarship money he had to his name the first time he walked onto the field at the Redwood Bowl.That’s because there wasn’t any.As a walk-on in 2013, Shott flew about as under the radar as one can. He wasn’t one of the 17 players on the annual press release announcing Humboldt State’s recruiting class. And because of that, he’s had to earn everything he’s accomplished thus far as a football player in Arcata.There were days …last_img read more

Steph Curry’s Tahoe Q&A: He’s excited about Warriors’ post-overhaul challenge

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/07/12/bang_ab49df51-e483-46a7-a0b0-40908c185bd7″]STATELINE, Nev. — Once Steph Curry rolled in a 15-foot eagle putt to cap Thursday’s practice round at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament, it was time to talk at length for the first time about the Warriors’ offseason overhaul.And there was a lot to cover about the state of the Warriors a month after falling in the NBA Finals.The Warriors have bid farewell to Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), …last_img read more

Celebrating the power of women

first_imgThousands of women arrive at the UnionBuildings, Pretoria to march againstpass laws. Image:Jurgen Schadeberg,1956 Rahima Moosa, Lillian Ngoyi, Helen JosephAnd Sophie Williams carrying the petitionssigned by women across the country.Image: Mayibuye Archives, 1956Khanyi MagubaneIn South Africa the month of August honours the 20 000 females who, on 9 August 1956, marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the official seat of the apartheid government at the time, to protest against the pass laws, which required black people to carry a document to prove they were allowed to enter white areas.But the women’s anti-pass law campaign goes back as far as 1913 when black women formed the Bantu Women’s League, which later became the ANC Women’s League, to oppose the state’s attempts to force women to carry passbooks.The league was successful in convincing the government that women did not have to carry passes, however, this all changed in 1952 with the introduction of the Abolition of Passes and Co-ordination of Documents Act, which required all black people over the age of 16 to carry a passbook at all times. The law stated that passbooks had to be signed by an employer every month, and show authorisation for the carrier to be within a particular area and proof of tax payments.Struggle for freedomWomen started rebelling against having to carry these passes and smaller, regional protests eventually culminated in the formation of the Federation of South Africa Women (FSAW). This was a multi-racial body – with the African National Congress Women’s League as its largest component – which aimed to mobilise a united struggle against apartheid.As a result, in 1955 the Women’s Charter was adopted in Johannesburg at the FSAW’s annual conference. Among those present at the adoption of the charter was Annie Silinga, a women’s rights activist who risked being arrested and victimised by refusing to carry a passbook.Opposition to the pass law gained momentum after anti-apartheid activist and one of the FSAW founders, Lillian Ngoyi, was elected to the national executive of the ANC. She made it clear that women’s protest marches would continue until government heeded their demand to have the law repealed.On 27 October 1955, 2 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings to meet with Cabinet ministers and hand over a memorandum of grievances, but the ministers refused to meet the delegation. A similar protest took place in Cape Town at this time.Less than a year later on 9 August 1956 the number of women marchers reached over 20 000 as a second major demonstration took place. Again,The group headed to the Union Buildings, leaving vast piles of petitions of more than 100 000 signatures at then Prime Minister Johannes Gerhardus Strijdom’s door.For half an hour the women stood outside the Union Buildings in silence, with their arms raised high in the clenched fist of the Congress salute. Later, after a series of addresses, the women dispersed. It was during this march that the phrase “You strike a woman, you strike a rock” was popularised. This dramatic anti-pass march went down in history for placing women at the forefront of the political struggle against racial oppression in South Africa.Gender-friendly constitutionToday the rights of South African women are legally protected by our world- renowned constitution, protecting individuals from gender-based discrimination. The introduction of the 1996 Bill of Rights saw all women in South Africa receive formal recognition as equal citizens. Previously, for many years, women in this country were second-class citizens, placed under the social and even legal control of their fathers or husbands.The Constitutional Court has handed down a number of judgments that have affirmed women’s rights. Section 44 of the Insurance Act of 1943 deprived married women, but not married men, of all or some of the benefits of life insurance policies made in their favour by their husbands.In the case of Brink v Kitshoff the court held that, since the common-law rule prohibiting donations between spouses had been abolished, the argument that the section provided married women with a benefit was no longer applicable. The court also rejected the argument that the section was necessary to prevent collusion between spouses: such collusion could as easily occur where husbands rather than wives were beneficiaries.Commitment from governmentBut South African women continue to face critical challenges socially and economically. Black women, especially, are still economically disadvantaged. They make up a section of the population stuck in lower-paid jobs, for example as domestic workers and farm labourers.Women also have to contend with extremely high rates of rape and domestic violence.But the South African government remains committed to addressing the plight of women. The Sexual Offences Act and the Child Protection laws form a legal framework for the protection of women and children.According to the South African Human Rights Commission “women’s social exclusion, economic deprivation and discrimination are integrally linked to HIV/ Aids. Most of them [women] are on the margins of society and are denied access to their most basic human rights – to freedom from discrimination, to education, to physical integrity, to economic security, and as result they become the most vulnerable to HIV infection.”Government’s National Strategic Plan against HIV/Aids is also aimed at helping women receive proper information, counselling and medical treatment.Institutions like the Gender Commission of Equality have been set up to monitor and evaluate the policies and practices of government and the private sector to ensure that gender equality is upheld at all times.The commission also serves to investigate cases where individuals feel they have been discriminated against on the basis of their gender. Being independent from government, the body is able to analyse and make recommendations to parliament on existing and upcoming legislation from a gender perspective.Iron maidensIn Africa, South Africa leads the way in women’s participation in Cabinet, with 42% of ministers being female.When South Africa’s Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was appointed in 2005, the Gender and Media Southern Africa network (Gemsa), praised President Thabo Mbeki for appointing a woman, saying, “Gemsa wishes to extend its congratulations to the new deputy president of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and to President Mbeki for his enlightened choice … We commend Mbeki for using the opportunity created by the recent political crisis in South Africa to strengthen women’s participation in the executive.”There are also a number of powerful businesswomen in South Africa who have made strides in male-dominated fields. Mining magnate Bridgette Motsepe is widely regarded as one of the most successful women in the industry in the world.Maria Ramos, CEO of freight company Transnet, is respected as a no-nonsense corporate leader, known for whipping ailing companies into successful ventures.Every year women’s day celebrations are held across the country. This year President Thabo Mbeki delivered a keynote address at a women’s day event in Ga-Motlatla Village in Lichtenburg, North West, while The Women in Arts Festival in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal began its run in late July 2008 to mark the contribution of South African women to creative endeavours across the cultural spectrum.Useful linksCommission on Gender EqualitySouth African Constitutional courtRape StatisticsGenderlinksSA Human Rights Commissionlast_img read more

Govt not spying on Bahamians says AG Bethel to Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#argumentheatsuponspybill, #Bahamasspybill, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – While arguments on the so called, ‘Spy Bill’ are heated even now, The Bahamas Government is defending itself from social media rumors that there is already some sort of spying happening.   The Jamaica Observer had the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Carl Bethel denying the charge.AG Bethel said that he is aware of an anonymous and untrue posting being circulated on social media which purports to warn users of alarming alleged monitoring of social media.    Bethel added, “the Government of The Bahamas and its Law Enforcement Agencies are not engaged in the collection of any form of what is called “meta data” on the private social postings of residents of our Country.”It was further explained that law enforcement agencies can only act if there is a crime reported.“Any interception of any form of private communications can only take place in respect of a specific allegation of the commission of a crime under Bahamian Law.”#MagneticMediaNews#argumentheatsuponspybill#Bahamasspybilllast_img read more

Four couples to win surprise proposal and dream wedding in The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Romance Department has launched a unique social media competition, in a joint initiative with Paparazzi Proposal.   Online entrants, using the hashtag, #sayyesinthebahamas, can now register until December 15, 2017 to be one of the lucky winners of a dream wedding in, of course, The Bahamas.The couples entering the competition must submit a photo and a 100-word story on why they hope to have their surprise wedding take place in the pristine islands of The Bahamas.   A panel of judges will decide, the winning couples will be flown into four amazing islands says the planners:  Abaco, Exuma, Nassau and Paradise Island.Freda Malcolm, Director of Romance for the Ministry said, “We are excited about the opportunity of sharing our romantic destination with these couples while highlighting the wide array of wedding programs available within our diverse and beautiful country.”The Bahamas has the distinction of being named in 2015 as the World’s Leading Wedding Destination.#MagneticMediaNews#sayyesinthebahamas Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #sayyesinthebahamaslast_img read more

Souness Liverpool are still missing something

first_imgSky Sports pundit Graeme Souness believes Liverpool are lacking a creative and clever player like David Silva maintaining that Manchester City are still favourites for the Premier League title.Liverpool are currently unbeaten after nine games and level on points with champions City at the top of the Premier League but the Reds legend is concerned they don’t have a creative spark in the middle.He said on Monday Night Football: “I think [concern about midfield] is how Jurgen sees it as well. He signed two midfield players this summer and went for Nabil Fekir from Lyon as the third. That tells you he thinks he needs to strengthen.“I think that’s what it is. They have three real workaholics in there, but I don’t think they’ve got anyone in there who is really cute and clever, like a David Silva or a Kevin De Bruyne. But these are hard players to find.”Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Souness regrettably admits Pep Guardiola’s side are still ahead of Liverpool but says anything can happen with injuries and form.“I think right now they’re still a wee bit behind City. It hurts me to say that, but who is to say, football is a strange game as we well know. Injuries to certain players, loss of form,” he said.“But right now I see City as being favourites.”last_img read more

Klopp insists he would have chosen UCL situation for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he would have chosen the opportunity of having to beat Napoli to qualify for the second round of the UEFA Champions League.The former Borussia Dortmund boss says he would have taken this current situation of needing to win at Anfield to qualify from their group.“Yeah, that was from all the bad news of getting that group, the only good news was that we have the last game at home,” Klopp said, according to the club’s official website.“It was not only in our hands that we have still the chance to go through, we know how difficult it will be and Napoli is for sure in a better position – they only need a draw or they can lose and are still through, but they deserved it.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We need to be really happy about the chance we still have. If someone gives you a chance, it is all about you to use it. That’s exactly what we want to try. From that point of view, it is all good.”“Even Belgrade played a different role in the group than probably a lot of people would have expected – they did really well. That’s the group, that’s how it is, we have a chance and we will try everything to get that chance.”“We know the result(s) we need and it’s quite difficult. Napoli are good in possession and good at counter-attacking as well. They are a typical Italian team, good in defending. That’s a big challenge but it’s football and if something special is possible, then it is here. That’s why we should try it.”last_img read more