New law allows 9/11 moment of silence in New York state’s public schools

first_imgAlexandreFagundes/iStock(NEW YORK) — Most children attending public school in New York state were not alive on Sept. 11, 2001. But current students and the generations to come will have a way to honor and understand the lives lost on 9/11. A new law “allows for a brief moment of silence” in the state’s public schools when the school day starts each Sept. 11. It’s a way for students to learn about the terror attacks and “their place in history,” according to the law.The September 11th Remembrance Day law, signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, is effective immediately.“9/11 was one of the single darkest periods in this state’s and this nation’s history,” Cuomo said in a statement, “and we owe it to those we lost and to the countless heroes who ran toward danger that day and the days that followed to do everything we can to keep their memory alive.”“By establishing this annual day of remembrance and a brief moment of silence in public schools, we will help ensure we never forget — not just the pain of that moment but of the courage, sacrifice and outpouring of love that defined our response,” Cuomo said.As a direct result of the terror attacks, 2,997 people died, most of them at the World Trade Center in New York City.Thousands have died since from 9/11-related illnesses. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

South African coal miner Exxaro Resources taking first steps into renewable energy arena

first_imgSouth African coal miner Exxaro Resources taking first steps into renewable energy arena FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Day:Exxaro Resources, [South Africa’s] largest, black-empowered coal miner, is moving into renewable energy as the global transition away from fossil fuels intensifies.At its results presentation on Thursday, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said that after following a “robust engagement” between the board and management, Exxaro has resolved to adopt a strategy “that will focus solely on new opportunities in the energy security space”. Mgojo said renewable energy is the fastest growing energy sector and so will be core to the strategy.The growing issue of climate change presents “big risk” to Exxaro’s business but it has resolved to embrace the challenge, Mgojo said.In South Africa (SA), the integrated resource plan (IRP) envisages a much-reduced role for coal in the country’s future energy mix. In the private sector, big emitters have come under pressure to clean up their act. Lenders too are feeling the heat and last week Standard Bank published its policy on funding coal-powered projects and coal mining.In September last year, Exxaro announced its acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in Cennergi, an independent producer of renewable power in SA, which provides a key steppingstone in Exxaro’s pursuit of its new strategy, Mgojo said.He said the strategy is also being driven by a more-drastic-than-expected liberalisation of SA’s energy market, which, Mgojo said, is driven by severe levels of load-shedding that have prompted stakeholders and the government into action. Recently, the government announced that it will clear the regulatory hurdles which have prevented industry from producing energy for its own use. “There are a lot of things being done behind the scenes,” Mgojo said.[Lisa Steyn]More: Exxaro embraces a green futurelast_img read more

Team Tumillo/Rendini big winners at Nelson Italian Society Bocce tournament

first_imgVito Tumillo and Vincenzo Rendini came away as the big winners at the Nelson Italian Society Bocce tournament Sunday at Rotary Lakeside Park. The Nelson/Italy team of Tumillo and Rendini edged out Cranbrook’s Fred Tironese and Alphonso Bertoia for the top prize in the A event.Gino and Jayden Maida of Nelson finished third.In the B event, Vince Toteda and Joe Sacino of Cranbrook took the top prize with the Trail team of Giuseppe Bertuzzi and Michelle March taking second.Joe Guercio and Nick Murano of Trail finished third.The Nelson Italian Society Bocce Tournament attracts competitors from throughout the Kootenays.last_img read more

Banko, Pocari complete PVL final 4 cast

first_imgCarpio 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanko-Perlas swept its way to the semifinals after drubbing Petro Gazz, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19, on Wednesday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Perlas Spikers, who had a so-so eliminations run except for a rousing upset of title-favorites Creamline Cool Smashers, completed a 5-0 sweep of the quarterfinals to become the third team in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Dandan makes a choice: Maroons over Dyip Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The win, BanKo’s seventh straight dating to the eliminations, also gave a free ride to the semifinals to defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force, which ended the quarters with a 4-1 record.Pocari will take on Creamline at 1:45 p.m. while BanKo Perlas faces Paymaya at 3:45 p.m. in the best-of-three semifinals starting Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNicole Tiamzon topscored among the locals for BanKo with nine points as she diverted Petro Gazz’s defense from imports Lakia Bright and Jutarat Montripila.BaliPure and Tacloban, already out of the running, were still locked in battle in a nonbearing match at press time. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS FINALS

first_imgIt’s all systems go for this week’s Primary Schools Sports Hall Athletics Finals with children from all across Co Donegal coming along to participate in what will be an action packed and high octane indoor event.This programme in its 4th year is coordinated by Donegal Sports Partnership in partnership with Athletics Ireland and the Donegal Athletics Board.Next Thursday the 12th February is the finals of Donegal Sports Hall Athletics Primary Schools in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny at 10.30am. Approximately 400 children will be giving it their best in a range of indoor athletics challenges from team sprinting to endurance running and filed events such as standing long jump, standing triple jump, foam javelin throw and speed bounce.All events are team based with an accumulation of points scored at the end to determine the winners in all four categories 3rd /4th class girls, 3rd / 4th class boy’s 5th / 6th class girls and 5th /6th boys.The list of primary schools who came through regional qualifying are;St Mary, Castlefin, Frosses N.S,Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin, Leitir Ceanainn,Creevy NS, Ballyshannon,Dromore NS, Killygordon,St Bathins, St Johnston, Scoil Chróine, Dungloe,Scoil Iosagáin, Buncrana,St Mary’s NS Stranorlar,Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Letterkenny, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin,Scoil Naomh Fionainn, Whitecastle,St Patricks Primary, Murlog,St Patricks N.S., Lurgybrack.ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS FINALS was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

South Africa is getting plenty right

first_imgMinister in the Presidency Collins Chabane said that South Africa has made strides in fighting crime, providing housing, water and sanitation, and treating Aids. (Image: Yvonne Fontyn) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mac Maharaj  Spokesperson, the Presidency  +27 12 300 5312 or +27 79 879 3203• Kelebogile Thulare  Chief information officer  Dept of Performance Monitoring  and Evaluation  +27 12 312 0500 RELATED ARTICLES • We look up to you: Ibrahim • Plan to boost local industry • Smart cities need innovative citizens • Unpacking the National Development PlanYvonne FontynThe government appears to be on the right path, taking cognisance of the Development Indicators 2012 Report, released by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane on 20 August.The report found that two-million people were being treated for Aids and that life expectancy had risen from 56.4 in 2009 to 60 years. The crime battle continued, but Chabane indicated that the government was winning the war, with crime statistics down. There had been a reduction in unemployment, poverty and inequality, he said; three-million homes had been built, there had been a significant improvement in water and sanitation services and the various government programmes were showing positive results. Regarding land reform, 59 000 claims had been finalised.Education was not performing at the same level as other countries that dedicated the same resources and this needed to be improved. Regarding health, the maternal mortality rate was still high.The Mail & Guardian newspaper and the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation held the Mail & Guardian Meeting of Great Minds Business Breakfast on 23 August, at which Chabane and a panel of experts reflected on the report.Dr Sean Phillips, the director-general in the department, said that in 2009, South Africa had introduced the outcomes system in monitoring and evaluation as well as a system of continuous improvement in an effort to avoid simply repeating what had been done in the past. It was essential to continuously collect evidence and assess impacts and outcomes, to analyse the data and work more smartly and efficiently, he said.As a result, government departments were providing quarterly reports to the cabinet and there was a renewed focus on management practices. “We are looking at [the] government from the perspective of citizens. For example, the response rate to the presidential hotline is improving and 60% of callers say they are satisfied with the service.”Quantitative measuresChabane, who serves in the Presidency’s Department for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, said that with the sixth edition of the Development Indicators, as with the previous reports, quantitative measures were employed to track progress in implementing the government’s policies based on data sourced from research institutions in South Africa and abroad, government databases and official statistics. Results such as an increased number of matriculants indicated the tide was turning in South Africa.First up in the panel was Dr Miriam Altman, a commissioner of the National Planning Commission and the head of strategy at Telkom, who said serious issues facing the government were:The cost of living was out of step with what people were earning and as a result, poverty was rising. The purpose of the National Development Plan was to align earnings with cost of living. “You can only have social stability when people have adequate access to food, health services and transport.”Economic growth was being held back by fundamentals such as labour unrest, a lack of faith in the rule of law, problems with energy supply, regulatory security and the skills shortage.Labour absorption was falling in that the number of people of working age was falling and the majority of these were female, rural and black.South Africa, like many other middle-income countries, needed to change its focus to compete on product excellence rather than on cost.South Africa should manage its macroeconomic framework better so as to counteract global low growth levels and stagnation.Education investmentProviding an education perspective, Godwin Khosa, the chief executive of JET Education Services, said it was commendable that the government invested an annual 5% of gross domestic product in education. More teachers had been absorbed into the system and the matric pass rate for 2012 was the highest in 20 years. He said it was insufficient to speak about inputs and outputs, however; there needed to be more focus on process and involving the parents. The report showed a clear improvement in teacher-student ratios, he added, from 1:33 to 1:30, though urban schools had benefited more than rural ones. The findings showed there were more girls in high school and efforts needed to be made to ensure more boys stayed the course to matric.While it was useful to compare ourselves to other countries, he said, it was crucial to come up with our own working strategies to push education in South Africa forward.Kalyani Pillay, the chief executive of the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, giving a safety and security perspective, said the average civilian still did not feel safe at home or in the streets and there was “lots of work to be done”. Business’s partnership with the government had ensured that cash-in-transit heists had come down, she said, and closer collaboration with the South African Police Service had ensured that more arrests had been made.Cyber crime was increasing, she said, and everyone who used technology was vulnerable as the nature of white-collar crime was constantly changing. Collaborating with Home Affairs had also helped to reduce identity theft.Health perspectiveDr Khangelani Zuma, the executive director of the Human Sciences Research Council, spoke on health. He made the point that analysts should not just look at figures but at what lay behind them. The incidence of HIV had risen, according to the Development Indicators, but this could be because, with treatment, people were living longer. More women were accessing antiretroviral treatment than men and this was perhaps the result of prevention of mother-to-child transmission services.Whereas some districts were showing a decline others had shown an increase, which should also be explored in more depth, he said. Maternity mortality figures were still worrying but immunisation rates were about 95%.A worrying factor was the role of non-communicable or lifestyle diseases, said Zuma, with high levels of blood pressure being recorded among the over-60 population, for example. Regardless of anti-smoking legislation, about 20% of South Africans smoked and many people were being exposed to cigarette smoke. The government needed to act on this, he said, or the gains we had made in health would be reversed. The increase in people becoming overweight was more difficult to deal with as the government could not make rules about every aspect of citizens’ lives. But moves could be made to regulate the advertising of harmful food products.Professor Urmilla Bob of the University of KwaZulu-Natal geography department said declining health and increasing poverty in the rural areas was a concern. “The inability to address rural development has an impact on urban development, as people move from where they believe there is a lack of opportunity.” The loss of jobs in the agricultural sector was a concern and further mechanisation would exacerbate this.Crime and violenceIssues of crime needed to be studied, she added, as some types of crime – such as domestic violence – were increasing in rural areas. Another factor that could destabilise communities was climate change, as South Africa was bound to be affected adversely and this would threaten food security.Prosper Ladislas Agbesi, the chairman of the Pan African Business Forum, celebrated the fact that after 1994, South Africa had achieved a democracy with a vibrant opposition governed by the rule of law. He acknowledged what the ANC had achieved in building schools, clinics and homes and providing social grants to some 16 million people. South Africans who had emigrated were returning because “there is greatness happening in South Africa”, he said.Foreign policy had enabled more foreign direct investment and South Africa was contributing to peace and security in the rest of Africa, as well as growth. However, he said 85% of the land was still owned by 55 000 white farmers and it was important that the government help to create jobs and a better environment for people to live in. To this effect, the National Development Plan should become an emblem and a goal, said Agbesi. In conclusion, he said the government should take a firm stand against xenophobia.During the question and answer session, regarding government accountability, Chabane said that it was the first time in South African history that public servants had had to sign a service agreement with the president, and that there were now contracts for deliverables. “The president will do face-to-face evaluations and assess the management progress in 158 departments,” said Chabane. He added there would be a report back in two years’ time as systems were still being put in place.For more on the Development Indicators 2012 Report, go to the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.last_img read more

The 3 Most Important Tasks For A Director During Pre-Production

first_imgMost directors believe the majority of their work is done on set or in the editing room. In reality, just as much of the director’s job is performed during pre-production.Top Image from LucasfilmOn-set work is the bread and butter of most directors. While it can be stressful, there’s no substitute for the energy gained working on set with a great team and talented actors. That said, in order to get the best possible results on set (and in post), adequate pre-production work must be done.So before you jump into your next film, make sure that you’re focusing enough on these three critical tasks that all directors are responsible for:1. Refine the ScriptImage from ShutterstockWhether you’ve written the script yourself or are working with a writer, it’s ultimately your responsibility to ensure it’s shootable by the time you step on set. There will always be other cooks in the kitchen (namely producers) giving you valuable notes and feedback, but it’s up to you to know what else your script needs. Your producers are going to give you notes that come from an important — but different — angle than you’re coming from. They’ll likely focus on logistical elements, commercial viability, and other factors that don’t necessarily pertain to the overall creative vision. No one is going to do that part for you, so if you drop the ball, then any undesired results ultimately fall on you.2. Rehearse Your ActorsImage from F.I.G.H.T.C.L.U.B.Most productions are run on very tight schedules, and with your story hinging on the quality of your actor’s performances, it’s crucial that you set aside enough time to rehearse with them. If you fail to do so, you’ll end up spending too much time on set working through the scenes with your actors, and may risk losing important shots or coverage due to a lack of time.On the same note, you also need to know when you’re over-rehearsing your actors. The worst thing for a performer is for the material to become stale to them, so always be sure to find a good balance in the prep work that you do with your talent.Maintain Your Shot ListImage from Georgia’s BlogProbably your most important tool on set as a director is your shot list. It’s the blueprint for your shoot and the ‘to-do’ list that you can continually reference as things inevitably become chaotic throughout the day. Directors often neglect to create a detailed shot list and ultimately pay the price when they get to the editing room.The last thing you want is to start cutting your footage only to realize you missed an important insert, cutaway, transition, or reaction shot and can’t complete your scene. That will mean you either need to cut around it (which will likely yield poor results), or reshoot it — which won’t be an easy conversation to have with your producer.Hopefully this post offered you some good direction. Here are a few more PremiumBeat articles that touch on various aspects of working as a filmmaker.4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on Set7 Reasons Why Your Creative Vision Isn’t Translating to the Screen4 Tips for Being an Awesome Assistant DirectorGot any other pre-production tips that can help a shoot go smoothly? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

Petra Kvitova returns to tennis court after knife attack

first_imgTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who suffered a serious hand injury four months ago, has finally returned to the tennis court.Last month in December, Kvitova suffered severe injuries to her playing hand after she was attacked by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in Czech Republic.The Czech on Tuesday posted a picture of herself hitting a ball on a practice court in Monaco on her Facebook account.”Hello guys, I hope this picture makes you as happy as it makes me!” Kvitova wrote.”I am in Monaco and guess what? I’m back on the tennis court, hitting with some proper balls,” she added.Kvitova, who won the women’s singles titles at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, had ruled out of Hopman Cup mixed teams’ tennis tournament due to a foot injury.Last month, she had entered the draw for French Open scheduled to take place from May 22.last_img read more

Australian Women’s team on display on NRL Grand Final day

first_imgThere was plenty of Touch Football action to be seen on NRL Grand Final day at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. The Australian Women’s Open team commenced Grand Final day proceedings when they took to the field to showcase the sport against a team comprised of media identities, including Brett Finch and Matt Shirvington. The girls impressed the building crowd with their skills and ran out easy winners in their match. The focus then shifted to a special announcement, with Touch Football Australia and the National Rugby League announcing Harvey Norman as the new major sponsor for the NRL Touch Football product. To read more about this please click on the ‘related news’ section below. A key feature outside of the stadium saw a large Touch Football presence, with two live sites running all day for arriving crowds. Hundreds of children, and even adults, had their go at playing games of Touch Football or trying their luck at the passing targets throughout the day. Sydney Roosters mascot, Rocky and the Penrith Panthers’ Paws also had a run, proving that our great sport caters for everyone! To view some photos from the day, please visit the Touch Football Australia social media pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia  Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for highlights from the day – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Related LinksNRL Grand Finallast_img read more

Open Trans-Tasman 2018 – Mixed Open Game 1 Report

first_imgThe Australian Mixed Open team have come from behind to take a 1-0 lead in the 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series in Rotorua.It took six minutes for the Touch Blacks to open the scoring with Nat Turner diving over after applying sustained pressure on the Aussie line. The Australians immediately hit back with stalwart Michael Singh finding Ron Hanson Medallist Elin Mortimer with a precision long ball for her to fittingly score the opening touch down for the visiting team.While the first points took some time to come for both teams the game quickly opened up from there. The Kiwis scored again in the 8th minute and shortly after should have made it 3-1 with Bayley Waudby unable to take advantage of the opportunity spilling the ball over the line. It proved to be a costly error as the Aussies marched up the field and levelled the score at 2 apiece through Leah Opie-Lukins.Every time the Aussies drew level the Kiwis just as quickly edged clear and at 4-3 in favour of the home team and with only minute in the opening half a pair of sublime hands from Leah Percy provided Zara Nicholas with a first half hat-trick and a 4-4 score line.The second half started just as the first did with New Zealand opening the scoring and resuming their position in front. With 15 minutes remaining Touch Black’s Ifor Jones interferred with a certain Australian try and earned himself a period of time for his efforts. The Aussies made him pay scoring off the second play but again failed to hold out the Touch Blacks with the Kiwis taking back their lead and the score to 6-5.The teams traded tries again before Lachlan Hoch drew the scores at 7 all with 3 minutes remaining left. This time the Aussies wouldn’t allow the Kiwis to get back the lead and with just 60 seconds left the visitors hit the lead for the first time in the match through Dylan Thompson and held on in the dying stages for an impressive come from behind 8-7 victory.last_img read more