I went to Cape Town during March

first_imgI arrived there on Saturday at about 11, went to the hotel.At the hotel when I was at reception, there was an Indian man who was talking about how he’s in Cape Town for 2 days because the ship he came on (he’s in the Navy from India) and how all he really wants to see are penguins and other animals – he’s never been on African Soil before.Prize-winner! This was our first prize-winning story. Congratulations, Welma!He wants to do something really exciting like go to a game reserve, bungee jump off Table Mountain, just anything really amazing. So there I was just standing there listening to him speak and thinking what on earth have I done that is absolutely exciting in Cape Town.I am a Jo’burg girl – had been to Cape Town twice before (first when I was 10 – school trip, then again when I was about 20/21 – for work). I don’t remember much about Cape Town. I had plans to just go to the Waterfront and shop (okay buy one expensive thing then call everyone I know to tell them how expensive everything in Cape Town is).So there we areSo there we are standing at Reception (me waiting to check in, and him hoping to find something exciting to do). Then the receptionist suggests that for only R390 he can go on a half-day tour of the city. So I had to jump in, because at that moment I realised how boring my trip would be if all I did was visit shops that exist in Jozi. (I can always buy in Joburg).So okay – I have cash on hand, I’m going on a tour bus. I’m completely South African (I’ve never even been out of the country, nor do I own a passport), and I really don’t know my country and in any case it just sounds exciting.I’ve just made a new friendI’ve just made a new friend (the Indian guy) and at 13:30 we are going on a tour around the city. Our tour-guide is a gentleman from Chicago – USA. So no! I feel completly embarrassed, but really who cares; that was my first adventure around a city I didn’t know.He knew all there was to know about Cape Town – the history, the names of the mountains, who Vasco Da Gama is (History Standard 6 or 7 – or even before, the name sounded familliar, but God knows I didn’t remember a thing about him).The tour went via Muizenburg, Simons Town (it was Navy Week – I didn’t know there was such a thing until we went through that town), The Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, etc.I am so proud of myselfI am so proud of myself for having taken that enlightening tour it’s not funny.I have never had so much fun in my life – travelling with an Indian man (who enjoyed seeing things that I thought were normal – I mean the animals), my tour guide from Chicago (who was just a great guy who I’m embarrassed to admit knows my country’s history so much better than me it hurts), and my camera (full of pictures of everything – flora and fauna I couldn’t name if you paid me, I just love knowing that I saw all those things).That is my story about my trip to Cape Town. And since then, my first ever trip alone, I am now planning to go on a tour bus to Mpumalanga in July (alone or with my cousin) and one to the North West (okay not the whole province just Sun City – with my friends).Taking the Sho’t Left challenge …Story submitted to SAinfo on 9 April 2008last_img read more

Solar Decathlon Opening Is Scheduled for October 3

first_imgTeams representing 19 colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, and Europe will showcase their solar-powered demonstration houses when the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013 opens for a 10-day run on October 3 in Irvine, California.The biennial competition was launched in 2002 and until this year it had taken place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For this year’s Decathlon, the Department of Energy (DOE) sought proposals from cities around the country and eventually selected the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, a 1,300-acre former Marine Corps air station. The park offers enough room to expand the Decathlon to include a clean-energy exposition called XPO.The competition typically includes 20 teams, but the Department of Energy said Tidewater Virginia had dropped out.Entries this year represent mostly U.S. universities, but also the Czech Republic, Austria, and Ontario and Alberta in Canada. Solar Decathlons also took place this year in China and Europe. Competing in 10 different areasTeam entries are judged in 10 different areas, including architectural appeal, marketing appeal, engineering, communications, affordability, indoor comfort, and energy consumption. Teams are awarded points in each area, either by completing a specified task, by monitored performance, or by jury evaluation.The DOE wasn’t specific about exactly how many teams applied to the Decathlon this year other than to say that by the time the 2011 event was wrapping up “more than 40 hopeful teams” were already at work preparing proposals for this year’s event.They created draft design plans and assembled other information that was reviewed by a panel of engineers, scientists, and building experts. Winning teams were notified in January 2012.Teams not only have to design and build the houses, but also figure out how to get them to the site of the Decathlon where they are reassembled for the competition. It’s an expensive process. The Department of Energy gives each team $100,000 to get them started, but makes them responsible for expenses beyond that.last_img read more

Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlon

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Huelgas, who along with Chicano has been training around the region for the last two months, clocked one hour, 59 minutes and 30 seconds to win his second straight SEA Games gold medal.READ: Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacentFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingChicaco checked in four minutes later to make it a 1-2 finish for the Filipinos. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener win NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH bags 2nd Gold as triathletes Nikko Huelgas (right) and John Chicano (left finish at 1-2 at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. – marianne bermudezKUALA LUMPUR — Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano dominated the men’s triathlon here in the Southeast Asian Games Monday as the Philippines picked up its second gold of at Putrajaya Water Sports Complex here.READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Trudeau Liberals take Human Rights Tribunal to court over First Nation children

first_imgJorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe Justin Trudeau Liberal government is taking the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to Federal Court over a ruling last month that linked the suicide deaths in a northern Ontario First Nation with Ottawa’s inaction on implementing total equity in health care delivery for Indigenous children.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Health Minister Jane Philpott issued a joint statement Friday saying the tribunal’s May 26 ruling contained two issues that they, as medical doctors, could not allow to stand and needed clarification from the Federal Court.“Our views on this are informed by our past experiences,” said Philpott, in an interview Friday morning.The ministers took issue with the tribunal’s order that all Jordan’s Principle cases be processed within 48 hours and that the federal departments do away with case conferencing, which it saw as an unnecessary and additional administrative layer.Under Jordan’s Principle, the health care needs of First Nations children are placed ahead of jurisdictional disputes between the federal and provincial governments. It also applies to other public services, including education, early childhood learning and child welfare.The Human Rights Tribunal ruled last year that Ottawa discriminated against First Nation children by underfunding child welfare services on reserve and by failing to provide health care services on par with the rest of the country.The Trudeau Liberals have spent at least $707,000 fighting the tribunal’s order, according to numbers obtained by NDP MP Charlie Angus through an Order Paper question.The previous administration of Stephen Harper went to Federal Court in a failed bid to have the discrimination case, which was filed in 2007, dismissed.Since the 2016 ruling, the tribunal has issued three compliance orders against the Trudeau Liberals over the slow pace of its required changes.Philpott said that while the tribunal’s orders were generally sound, the potential exceptions created too much of a health care risk and forced her government to take the issue to Federal Court.“This is our mechanism to get back to the tribunal to make sure we understand what they are saying,” said Philpott. “We don’t want anything that we agree to, to not be in the best interest of kids.”Philpott said there are some complex cases where 48 hours is just not enough time to get the health care treatment right.“Both of us have been in circumstances where we know that when kids need care there are advantages where that care comes not from an individual, but from team based care.”Cindy Blackstock, head of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, said Philpott and Bennett resorted to a “technical argument” aimed at undermining the tribunal’s orders and ruling.“This is a distraction. The federal government has entered zero evidence from the ministers or any other physician suggesting these timelines are problematic,” said Blackstock, who filed the 2007 human rights complaint with the support of the Assembly of First Nations. “They have violated four legal orders to stop the discrimination against vulnerable children and are now launching another technical argument to shirk their responsibilities.”Blackstock said the only physician to file an affidavit was from Dr. Michael Kirlew, who works out of Sioux Lookout, Ont.Kirlew, who provides health care to northern First Nations, linked Ottawa’s failure to fully comply with the tribunal’s order with two suicide deaths of 12-year-old girls in Wapekeka First Nation this past January. Another 12-year-old girl died by suicide last week in the community.“Canada did not challenge Dr. Kirlew’s evidence,” said Blackstock.NDP MP Romeo Saganash said he was “disgusted” by the move to take the issue to Federal Court.“It was unacceptable for Justin Trudeau to ignore the rulings of the Human Rights Tribunal regarding discrimination of First Nations children but I am disgusted to learn that now, Trudeau is taking Tribunal itself to court,” said Saganash. “How desperate can he be to disregard basic human rights of Indigenous People?”Health Canada received an urgent request for help from Wapekeka last summer after community members uncovered a suicide pact. Health Canada officials initially balked at the request.The tribunal, in its May 26 ruling, also made the connection.“While Canada provided assistance once the Wapekeka suicides occurred, the flaws in the Jordan’s Principle process left any chance of preventing the Wapekeka tragedy unaddressed and the tragic events only triggered a reactive response to then provide services,” said the tribunal’s ruling at the time.Philpott said the tribunal made a “factual error in the decision” because it said there was a “refusal to provide funding” to the community.“That funding was never refused,” said Philpott.Philpott said linking the two issues was also an oversimplification.“The roots and causes of these terrible suicides in First Nations will not be solved simply by money and additional health workers. They have to do with deep social injustices, intergenerational trauma, so much inequity,” said Philpott. “Let us not oversimplify this.”Philpott said federal officials have identified 8,800 Jordan’s Principle cases to [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

NHL Lockout Games Through November Canceled

The NHL canceled regular-season games through November, as the labor dispute between the league and the players’ association get nowhereThe league canceled games through Nov. 1 last week following a dispiriting proposal-swapping session between the NHL and NHLPA in Toronto. With no progress made since, the league was forced to wipe out another significant block of the regular-season schedule.A lack of meaningful dialogue between the warring factions means that the league’s marquee event, the Winter Classic, is in jeopardy as well.The annual outdoor game may be canceled as early as next week, a source with knowledge of the league’s plans told ESPNNewYork.com.Commissioner Gary Bettman said a decision on the Winter Classic was needed “very soon” when reached Wednesday at a press conference announcing the Islanders move to Brooklyn.“I’m not going to give you an exact timetable, but at some point in November,” he said. “We will have to commit many millions of dollars to get ready for the Winter Classic, so if there’s still uncertainty, we’re going to have to make a decision and my guess is, we’re not going to commit those dollars unless we have certainty.”Bettman also indicated Wednesday that the negotiation process — one that has been stagnant without any formal meetings over the past week — was likely to get “more difficult” moving forward.The league is following through with that promise Friday, when it is expected to not only cancel games but also inform the NHLPA that its last offer is now off the table.The offer — which included a 50-50 revenue split and provision to “make whole” existing player contracts by using deferred payments — was contingent on playing an 82-game season, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com. With no chance of salvaging a full season, the offer has been rescinded.The NHLPA has not made any additional offer since its trio of proposals was promptly rejected by the league last week. The union has attempted to stoke negotiations by offering to meet, but the league has spurned those invitations. read more

Update Surgery success more to come

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – His wife calls him a ‘trooper’ and the prayers and well wishes continue for former premier, TCI businessman and philanthropist, Galmo Williams who remains in hospital in Florida, after a Sunday night shooting in Grace Bay.  In an update on Facebook, Althea Williams, Gilley’s wife tells the public that her husband is experiencing some discomfort but has pulled through at least one surgery well.Galmo Williams was on Sunday approached by three masked, armed men who robbed him of his wallet and his wedding ring and then still turned around and shot him; we are learning not once but twice in the left knee.   By Monday afternoon, Williams was airlifted for special attention to that knee, which was badly injured by hollow bullets.  Hollow bullets do more damage explained a resident to Magnetic Media; they are said to be designed to assure one’s target does not survive.  But Gilley did survive and is said to be in high, positive spirit.Mrs. Williams said he will stay in hospital until the more definitive internal procedure can happen, which will be in a few weeks.  She asks for continued support, love & prayers…Meanwhile, Magnetic Media awaits an update from Police on the investigation.  If you know anything about this or any other crime, please contact Crime Stoppers, which answers your call in Miami, Florida – anonymously at 1 800 TIPS.Friends have put up a $20,000 reward for information in the crime.#MagneticMedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Sandals inspires changes in Labour laws Minister presents amendments

first_img Sandals Royal Bahamian Serves Up Thanks to Firefighters Recommended for you Related Items:#Bahamaslabourlegislation, #magneticmedianews, #Sandalsinpireschangeinlabourlaws, #SandalsRoyalBahamian, #ShaneGibson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – Sandals Resort in The Bahamas was one of the employers which seemed to have inspired recent changes proposed in the House of Assembly to labour legislation.   The media reports on the presentation by Labour Minister, Shane Gibson outline that trade unions get a hand up and engagement before redundancies is more explicit, even mandatory.Minister Gibson recapped some events involving major resorts, Sandals Royal Bahamian was referenced as it last year laid off 600 staff with only days notice to the Ministry of Labour.  Minister Gibson said this is not acceptable and the amendments will require more notice for staff and government.   Unions had accused Sandals of union busting.    Sandals claimed it needed to renovate and reportedly rehired many of the same staffers.There was focus on the removal of ceilings on when severance pay entitlement starts in the Employment Amendment Bill 2017.   The second proposal, outlines changes to the Industrial Relations Amendment Bill 2017 which now makes employers get to the bargaining table faster and demands more accountability by unions.The unions will now have to create reports, have to have greater employee representation in their organizations and those reports once handed over to Ministry of Labour, will be tabled in the House of Assembly.#MagneticMediaNews#Sandalsinpireschangeinlabourlaws#ShaneGibson#SandalsRoyalBahamian#Bahamaslabourlegislationlast_img read more