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  • Man murdered on Appalachian Trail found solace from his PTSD in the outdoors

    first_imgAsheville’s Urban/Suburban bear study shows bear movements throughout city In the past three months, Mid Atlantic Climbers, a non-profit dedicated to preserving climbing access in the region, has collected more than five hundred signatures from the climbing community requesting restored climbing access in the park and asking that future climbing management decisions allow for public process.    Man murdered on Appalachian Trail found solace from his PTSD in the outdoors The man who was stabbed and killed on the Appalachian Trail last week has been identified as Oklahoma resident and Army veteran Ronald Sanchez. Sanchez served three tours of duty in Iraq and came away from his years of service suffering from depression and PTSD as well as back and knee injuries that made his outdoor pursuits even more difficult. In an effort to pull himself out of the darkness, Sanchez joined a cycling group and a dragon boat team and began showing horses. His biggest pursuit, however, was his hike on the Appalachian Trail. Sanchez’s sister, Brenda Sanchez, told CNN that her brother was especially proud of his hike. “To survive those deployments in Iraq and then to die like this is just devastating,” she said. North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Urban/Suburban Bear Study has entered its second phase. The study began back in 2014 when researchers began catching bears within a 1-mile radius of the city, outfitting them with radio collars that fall off on their own over time, and tracking the bear’s movements with the hope of using the data to inform future bear management decisions. That data is now being analyzed and a full report is expected to be released this fall. In the meantime, the study is on to phase two. During the second phase researchers are looking for 1,000 people in both the Haw Creek and Town Mountain neighborhoods, which have the highest amount of bear activity in the city, to participate in their “Bear Wise” program and agree to the six BearWise principles which teach residents how to live in harmony with bears. Roughly 7,000-9,000 black bears live in WNC and another 11,000-13,000 live on the coast of North Carolina.center_img James Jordan, 30, was arrested and charged with one count of murder and one count of assault with the intent to murder. In addition to allegedly stabbing Sanchez, Jordan is also accused of attacking and stabbing a female hiker who played dead and managed to escape. Climbers in the Mid-Atlantic region are asking Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to lift its climbing closures which began in 2017 when the park withdrew access to all rock climbing and bouldering activities in the Virginia and West Virginia sections of the park. A year later in 2018, climbing locations in Maryland Heights, the only multi-pitch climbing in the state, were also deemed off-limits due to a landslide and construction vehicle traffic. Climbers point out, however, that the landslide is not located near climbing areas and the park never closed the Maryland Heights hiking trail to the public. Local climbers ask Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to restore climbing accesslast_img read more

  • Hostages As Bargaining Chips: An Iranian Tradition

    first_imgBy Mary Jane Maxwell / Share America January 03, 2020 Hostage taking has been a constant and contemptible feature of the Iranian regime ever since Islamic fundamentalists overthrew Iran’s government in 1979. That year, radicals took more than 60 U.S. Embassy employees hostage and held 52 Americans prisoners for 444 days.Foreigners who come to Iran today to work, study or visit family are frequent targets for the regime, who see them as opportunities to extract money or policy changes from governments.Dual nationals — citizens of both Iran and another country — continue to be targeted for “arbitrary and prolonged detention” and often are not allowed to obtain lawyers and defend themselves, according to the U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Human Rights Report on Iran.In some cases, dual nationals have received 10 years or more in prison. For example, American-Iranian businessman Siamak Namazi was visiting his parents in Tehran in 2015 when he was arrested for “collaborating with enemy states” and sentenced to 10 years in prison. In 2017, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention considered “that there is an emerging pattern involving the arbitrary deprivation of liberty of dual nationals in Iran.” Namazi is being held in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison and denied access to his lawyer or visits by family members.British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on trumped-up spying charges in April 2016 following a family visit. A judge in Tehran ruled that she will not be released until Iran receives payment for an old debt owed by Britain, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran.The judge “has confirmed what we have been suspecting for some time,” Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran in July 2018. “His statements confirm that Nazanin is being held in prison as a bargaining chip,” he said.Former FBI agent Robert Levinson has been missing for more than 12 years in Iran, becoming the longest-held U.S. hostage in American history. The Iranian government previously committed to helping the United States in locating Levinson and the U.S. government continues to press Iran to uphold this commitment so that he can rejoin his family.And Princeton University student Xiyue Wang, a naturalized American citizen from China, was arrested on spying charges in 2016 while learning Persian and conducting historical research for his doctoral dissertation. Princeton officials said they continue “to hope that the Iranian authorities will allow this genuine scholar, devoted husband, and caring father to return to his doctoral studies and his family.” The university will continue to support efforts to “seek his safe return home.”Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has arrested at least 30 dual nationals in recent years, mostly on spying charges.last_img read more

  • David Luiz pushing for Arsenal to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Silva

    first_imgLuiz and Silva have played together before (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are interested in signing Thiago Silva on a free transfer and David Luiz is acting as an intermediary between the club and his former team-mate, reports say.The Brazilian duo played alongside each other in defence at Paris Saint-Germain before Luiz decided to return to the Premier League.Luiz has just been handed a new deal at Arsenal and Le 10 Sport claim the centre-back is pushing for the Gunners to snap up Silva.Silva will leave PSG at the end of the 2019/20 season after signing a short-term contract so he can play in the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals and the rest of the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are on the hunt for bargain deals in the next transfer window having been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.The Gunners are desperate to improve a woefully underperforming defence and Mikel Arteta has contacted Silva about joining his project at the Emirates.Luiz put Arteta in touch with Silva and is eager for his international team-mate to join him in London. Coral BarryTuesday 30 Jun 2020 12:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement David Luiz pushing for Arsenal to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Silva Luiz is advising Arteta to sign Silva (Picture: Getty)A new contract for Luiz garnered a mixed reaction from Arsenal fans, but Silva is regarded as one of the most experienced defenders in the world.At 35, Silva would only be a short-term solution as he enters the final years of his playing career. Silva is also attracting interest from Everton, where Carlo Ancelotti is in charge.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAncelotti signed Silva for PSG in 2012 and he would be a huge signing for Everton, who are hoping their Italian coach can spearhead a rejuvenation of the club.Luiz is now free to make his return for Arsenal in the Premier League after serving a red card suspension following his sending off against Manchester City.Arsenal take on Norwich on Wednesday night in their first game at the Emirates since the season restarted.MORE: Ray Parlour sends warning to Matteo Guendouzi amid Arsenal exit rumoursMORE: Arsenal target £32m Wout Weghorst as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

  • Sea Bright Budget Proposal Increases Slightly For 2012

    first_imgTHE BOROUGH OF Sea Bright held a special meeting on Monday to discuss the town’s 2012 budget proposal. By Alison Bitterly He addressed several of the budget’s goals, such as fiscal responsibility, health programs, local infrastructure, and stabilizing the tax rate. While the town’s overall fiscal situation remains stable, Bascom notes that there have been some changes to the budget due to limited funds. “There’s where we want to be, and then there’s what we can afford,” he said Monday. “In the end, you still have a strong budget and a town that will continue to provide the same services you have today.” Nevertheless, Sea Bright’s property taxes will only be affected slightly going into 2012, with an increase of 2.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. The average amount of property taxes paid by a home in Sea Bright is $6,739, compared to an average of $7,754 statewide and $8,040 countywide.  In short, Sea Bright has managing relatively well in light of New Jersey’s ongoing economic obstacles. Bascom’s presentation also illuminated the ongoing effect of dwindling State Aid. He acknowledged that “[while] inflation continues to grow… State Aid continues to decline, leaving more and more of the burden on the local property taxpayer”.  In 2012, State Aid will make up 3.02% of operating revenue, with property taxes at 74.41 percent of revenue—a distribution that has been more balanced in the past.center_img Sea Bright’s Chief Financial Officer, Michael Bascom, provided council members with information and statistics on the new budget. After months of editing and revision, the budget currently stands at $5,333,649.24—up from $5,200,440.81 from 2011, but still slightly lower than $5,344,631 in 2010. Overall, Sea Bright projects that its budget will remain stable, with the exception of items outside of local control, such as state aid. The town’s borough council continues to focus on balancing a stable tax rate with a functioning local infrastructure. In these uncertain economic times, that often requires caution. “Something little in a small town can change things quickly, so we have to be careful,” Bascom said, acknowledging the need for fiscal vigilance. “We want to communicate a stable budget for the long-t Even so, certain changes will be made to compensate for Sea Bright’s limited funds. While police hourly wages are slightly up, police and public employment pensions have decreased somewhat. There has also been a minor increase in spending on health programs. Most other areas of the budget, including beach and sewer utility, remain stationary—despite the borough council’s desire to increase spending on beach improvements.last_img read more

  • Hard work pays dividends for Red Mountain Racer Sasha Zaitsoff

    first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFor Sasha Zaitsoff, it’s the walk in the park he enjoys the most during his stay in Calgary.Of course that walk is not of friendly variety say down the sidewalk at Lakeside.This walk . . . well, let’s just say it’s more than a walk.This walk has this soon to be 21-year-old skier building core strength flipping tractor tires to power around those gates on the Men’s World Cup Ski Circuit.
After toiling the past few years on the Nor-Am circuit as a member of the National Prospect Team, the Red Mountain Racer star has his best shot ever at cracking one of the spots on the Canadian Men’s Team after being selected to the main squad.“No one really knew what was going on with the team,” Zaitsoff told The Nelson Daily last month after hearing the good news from coach Paul Krisofic, head coach of the Men’s National squad, during a telephone call.“I was just happy to that I was going to be on the team.”As Zaitsoff knows first hand, nothing is guaranteed in the sport of skiing. Results do the talking.But this is a major step being named to the National Team roster.And who knows what can happen if the six-foot, 200-pound Zaitsoff puts together a few solid results.“This is something I’ve been working toward for a long time,” Zaitsoff explained. “This is a big step for me.”“I know have access to a lot more resources on the National team, that will only help me get better,” he adds. “Like there’s a physiotherapist that travels with the team everywhere and funding for training.”Competing last season on the Prospect Team Zaitsoff turned heads of the Canadian coaching staff after scoring two, fourths in Super G at Whistler in March and Panorama near Invermere in December 2010.Add in a fifth and sixth-place finish in slalom in Val St. Come, Que., in January along with a handful of sixth-place finishes during the season and it was only a matter of time before Krisofic came calling.“(Skiing) is totally results based but anything is possible . . . and if you can imagine it, you can do it,” said the son of Peter and Elaine Zaitsoff of Balfour who has set Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as a goal.“The harder you work for something the nicer it is when you achieve it and the more you appreciate it,” he adds.After taking a break after the 2010-11 season Zaitsoff joined his new teammates in Calgary for some extensive dry land training.Zaitsoff experienced a taste of what’s to come in January during a slalom race in Adelboden, Switzerland.However, the L.V. Rogers grad could not overcome the soft conditions and failed to qualify for the second run.”I felt pretty confident (but) I wasn’t too nervous,” Zaitsoff said on the Alpine B.C. website. “It was really neat to race against all the people you watch on TV all the time.”Zaitsoff expects to be winging his way to a summer camp, possible in Australia.If things go according to plan, it will be Zaitsoff people will be watching on the wide-screen television.And that will be no walk in the park. But it will be a lot of [email protected]last_img read more

  • STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 20, 2015

    first_imgFernando Perez12022191218%$856,040 Philip D’Amato561610629%$927,670 Alex Solis4075518%$310,654 Martin Pedroza103719147%$409,350 (Current Through Friday, June 19) (Current Through Friday, June 19) Rafael Bejarano16141292625%$1,899,342 William Spawr2944214%$141,870 MOTOWN MEN EYES RICH GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITABargain claim Motown Men, winner of the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes on May 23, is on course to face Catch a Flight and Moreno, the one-two finishers in the Grade II Californian Stakes on May 30, in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita at 1 ¼ miles next Saturday, June 27.“We thought he might be a little bit knocked out coming out of the Tiznow,” trainer Ted H. West said, “because he had run three bang-up races in six weeks, so everything would have had to go perfect to make the Gold Cup five weeks after his last race.“But so far, so good. He recently worked 59 and one and just did it awesome, and came back six furlongs last Sunday in 1:11.40, so if everything goes absolutely perfect from here, we’ll take a shot against the big boys.”Motown Men is expected to have his final pre-Gold Cup breeze on Sunday. He was claimed for $40,000 three starts before the Tiznow and has earned $148,000 since. Doug F. O’Neill9418161119%$782,738 Carla Gaines2444217%$210,530 Joseph Talamo13724142518%$990,428 AMERICAN PHAROAH BACK ON TRACK             Triple Crown winnerAmerican Pharoah returned home to Santa Anita on Thursday but returned to the track just this morning. With regular exercise rider Georgie Alvarez aboard, ‘Pharoah’ proceeded to the track at about 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning with assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes and pony “Sunny” in tow. The most popular horse in the world got to stretch his legs as he jogged once around the one mile main track going the wrong way. Kept close to the outside fence, “Pharoah” returned to trainer Bob Baffert’s Barn 5 with Barnes and Sunny leading the way.Though his next race has yet to be determined, American Pharoah will parade between races next Saturday, June 27. Gary Stevens2563524%$583,300 Edwin Maldonado8410141412%$410,576 Santiago Gonzalez94916810%$414,594 Martin Garcia4094723%$339,010 Vann Belvoir4957710%$187,030 Jerry Hollendorfer63717811%$565,764 Felipe Valdez9881598%$365,640 Kristin Mulhall2345017%$118,050 Bruce Headley1451236%$128,890 Bob Baffert2672527%$327,570 Tyler Baze19631313016%$1,749,620 Richard Baltas56177430%$865,260 Brayan Pena6062310%$128,750 Michael Machowsky2655319%$148,310 Tim Yakteen1854028%$165,630 Flavien Prat14021271615%$1,355,830 Tiago Pereira721113715%$484,110 Peter Miller7918171023%$707,280 Richard E. Mandella411111427%$835,240 John W. Sadler651291118%$696,504 John Brocklebank1544127%$181,540 AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS ON MAIN TRACK MOTOWN MEN WORKING FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITAFANS CAN SEE ‘PHAROAH’ LIVE AT SANTA ANITA JUNE 27VICTOR ESPINOZA CAMPAIGNS ON ‘HOPE’ AND REALITY Mike Puype58812714%$490,040 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Gonzalo Nicolas9567156%$247,208 Mark Glatt5267912%$281,564 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won AMERICAN PHAROAH ON PARADE JUNE 27Trainer Bob Baffert will treat Southern California fans to their first openly public viewing of America’s newest Triple Crown winner on Gold Cup at Santa Anita Day, next Saturday, June 27 as American Pharoah will parade between races.“We want to thank American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, and his trainer, Bob Baffert, for being so incredibly generous in sharing this horse with fans from coast to coast,’ said Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool. “We’re excited to present him to the public on June 27. It should make for a tremendous day for those joining us on track and on television throughout the world.”In addition to a blockbuster card that includes the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes and the Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes, all fans will receive an officially licensed “American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion” T-shirt free with paid admission and Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club membership. (Thoroughbreds Club signups will be available free at all T-shirt distribution locations).NBCSN will televise the Gold Cup live from 5 to 6 p.m. Pacific Time.ESPINOZA CONTINUES SUPPORT OF CITY OF HOPEFor Victor Espinoza, everything is different and everything’s the same since becoming a household name after riding American Pharoah to Triple Crown victories in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.The self-proclaimed “Happy Mexican” still has that same ready smile and low-profile persona, but he’s nobody’s fool. He recognizes his every move will now be subject to scrutiny.“Everything is good, everything is under control,” Espinoza said. “There’s a lot ofexcitement and I’ve been keeping busy doing different things, but I know there is more pressure on me than before because now everyone is focused on me and what I’m doing.“Now every time I make a mistake, people will know about it (laughing).”That won’t prevent Espinoza from keeping things in perspective. Despite the whirlwind PR commitments, he maintains support of his No. 1 charity, the City of Hope in Duarte. He grossed $80,000 from his Belmont victory, and donated a good portion of that to City of Hope.“I had to pay taxes and my agent (Brian Beach), but whatever I earned for myself from the Belmont, I gave to City of Hope.“Those kids are so young to be dealing with cancer. But it’s not just kids. Older people, too. I’ve been to City of Hope several times, and I do what I can because they all need help and I can provide some.“That disease is terrible. Your health is your most important thing.”FINISH LINES: Victor Espinoza will make a special appearance and ride on the $1.175 million Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, July 5. “I’m very much looking forward to a return to South Florida and Gulfstream Park,” Espinoza said in a statement. “If I remember right, my last time there was the Breeders’ Cup of 1999.” The 43-year-old native of Mexico rode Kirkwall to an eighth-place finish behind Silic in the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Mile…The City of Sierra Madre will be giving Espinoza, a resident of Sierra Madre, a special commendation for his part in winning the Triple Crown at its next City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23. The Triple Crown winning jockey will also be honored with a convertible ride in the annual Sierra Madre Fourth of July Parade this year. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Mario Gutierrez5093818%$406,388 Hector O. Palma1642225%$133,910 Eddie Truman2072335%$284,928 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Victor Espinoza3486624%$548,000 Mike Smith4188520%$664,596 Drayden Van Dyke11215131213%$637,498 Robertino Diodoro2864321%$232,380last_img read more

  • Farmer dies in West Berbice accident

    first_img…ex-Cop in custodyA farmer was on Thursday afternoon killed on the West Berbice Public Road, Region Six while riding home. Dead is Cleveland Fraser, also called “Dear Fish”, 73, of Weldaad Village, West Coast Berbice.Dead: Cleveland FraserThe vehicle involved in the accident is owned by the Guyana Revenue Authority and the driver is an ex-Police Officer.Reports are the accident occurred at Washington, a short distance away from the Weldaad Police Station.Police on Friday said the accident, which occurred at about 17:30h, involved minibus bearing registration plate PWW1865, driven by a 35-year-old resident of Golden Grove East Coast Demerara and the pedal cyclist, Fraser.According to the Police, investigations revealed that the minibus was proceeding West along the southern carriageway reportedly at a fast rate while the cyclist was proceeding East along the northern side of the road.The bicycle Fraser was riding at the timeReports are the driver is alleging that the cyclist suddenly veered South into his path and was struck down. He was picked up in an unconscious state, taken to the Fort Wellington Public Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.According to one of the now dead farmer’s daughters, Wonder Primo, her father who was a cash crop farmer, was dead when he was taken away from the scene.“After we reach there, the hearse come like a half hour after and carry him away,” she related.Another sister, Winifred Bentic, told this publication that she was able to speak with the driver and has a different account to that stated in the Police report.The woman said she visited the scene of the accident on Friday morning when Police ranks took the driver, who is himself a former Police Officer, and now drives for the Guyana Revenue Authority.The GRA minibus involved in the accidentAccording to Bentic, the driver showed investigators a spot claiming that it was there the impact occurred but it was untrue. The mark was still on the road to show where he knock him,” she explained.Her other sister noted that when she visited the scene on Thursday, while her father’s body was still lying on the roadway, it was some distance from where the bus was.“I go to the driver and say, “you hit down this man but look how far you drag this man.” It was a far was so like he knock the man and drag him…”Bentic, on the other hand, said she was able to speak with one of the eyewitnesses.“He told me he saw the accident, but he is not going to say anything because he don’t want to be involved with the Police. He say he see how the bus knock him from the back and pick him up and carry him and then pitch him off the bus.When Guyana Times visited the scene there was a mark indicating where the bus had come to a halt. Eleven meters away another mark indicated when Fraser’s body was left and still a further eleven meters further a spot where the driver said he hit Fraser. However, sixty-four meters from where the bus had stopped there was debris on the road indicating that the impact occurred there.Fraser leaves to mourn five children.The Police said a breathalyzer test was conducted on the driver, who is in Police custody assisting with the investigation and no alcohol was found in his breath.last_img read more

  • News in brief: Foxes dominate Terry’s team of the year, QPR crest, Chelsea youngsters sell-out

    first_imgJohn TerryThe Chelsea captain revealed that he has nominated Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez for the PFA Player of the Year award, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane for Young Player of the Year.Terry posted his completed form on his Instagram page, also revealing that he had selected seven Leicester players – Mahrez, Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy – for the Premier League Team of the Year. Chris Smalling, Ryan Bertrand, Dimitri Payet and Kane complete Terry’s XI.Chelsea Under-18sAll tickets for Friday’s FA Youth Cup semi-final, second leg against Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge have been sold. The Blues are 1-0 up on aggregate going into the match, which kicks off at 7.45pm.Chelsea LadiesKick-off for the WSL game with Arsenal on Thursday 21 April has been brought forward to 6pm. The derby will start earlier to allow Arsenal fans to watch both their women’s and men’s teams, with the Gunners’ men facing West Bromwich Albion at 7.45pm.Chelsea Ladies face Arsenal later this monthQPRThe new club crest will be unveiled on Friday 6 May, on the eve of Rangers’ final Championship match of the season.Rajiv OusephFeltham’s world number 21 badminton player received a walkover into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open on Thursday after his scheduled opponent, third seed Kento Momota, withdrew having admitting to illegal gambling.Momota, the world number two, has been stripped of the chance to represent Japan in the Rio Olympics and has flown home from the tournament to assist with an investigation. Ouseph will play qualifier Christie Jonatan in the last eight.Ouseph is competing in the Malaysia openCameron Steel and Robbie WhiteThe two Middlesex second XI cricketers put in good performances for their respective MCC University teams. Steel scored 56 for Durham MCCU against Durham, before being removed by Graham Onions, while Ealing-born White made 30 for Loughborough MCCU in their match against Kent.Fran WilsonThe Middlesex Women’s batsman top scored with 62 but England Women’s Academy lost to Australia A in Sri Lanka, the final match of a tri-series between the three countries.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Connecting women to technology

    first_imgAn Intel programme called She Will Connect aims to increase women’s access to the digital world. Research has shown there is a significant gender gap in developing countries in using technology such as the web. It’ll help to empower women in their businesses, increase literacy, and strengthen their voice.The Intel She Will Connect programme aims to empower women through ICT and close the gender gap when it comes to accessing technology. (Image: CollegeDegrees360, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr) Priya Pitamber“I still cannot believe that I now use the computer and even the internet,” said Nigerian businesswomen and hairdresser Jessica Orji. She always thought the internet was more for the guys and online scammers.Through the web, she has learnt she can reach a wider client base for her business. “Now I love the computer,” she said. “With the internet, I can reach more people. I can advertise my business online through my new Facebook account, and even create fliers for my business.“I can also make a budget to plan my finances.”Orji took part in the Intel She Will Connect: My Digital Journey programme. It is an initiative to provide a learning platform for women online.By being digitally savvy, women have a greater chance of increasing their income, receiving a better education, enhancing their political participation and having a stronger voice in their communities.“As a result of the training, for the first time, I went to the café to browse the Internet,” Orji said. “The training completely changed my perception of computers and [the] internet.”Through the programme, Intel would like to:Close the gender gap in education access;Inspire more girls and women to become creators of technology; andConnect women and girls to opportunity through access to technology.“Educating girls and closing the internet gender gap also has an important multiplier effect – expanding opportunities for families, communities, and nations,” reads the Intel website.See more here:What the United Nation saysThe United Nations (UN) has welcomed the project.“Equality in access to the internet is a matter of human rights, women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction,” said UN Women executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “We are very pleased to be collaborating with Intel, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to connect young women to the internet because equality for women is progress for all.” UN Women’s executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has voiced support for the programme. (Image: Screengrab via Intel)“She Will Connect is going to be hugely transformational (for) women, families and communities and is crucial for sustainable development,” said ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya. His country was proud to be a part of it.Deputy ambassador Usman Sarki welcomed the project into Nigeria. “Providing access to technology and reducing costs are key to empowering women in the internet age.”South Africa was committed to expanding ICT access, said the South African deputy ambassador, Doctor Mashabane. “She Will Connect is a concrete and practical initiative to roll out internet access to young women for national development.”The programme ties in to accomplishing South Africa’s National Development goal of obtaining a skilled workforce to support inclusive economic growth by 2030.What the stats showIntel’s She Will Connect was established after research was done into internet access across the world. The ensuing report, called Women and the Web showed that “on average across the developing world, nearly 25% fewer women than men have access to the internet, and the gender gap soars to nearly 45% in regions like sub-Saharan Africa”.It estimated that without intervention, the internet gender gap could increase to 350 million women in three years’ time.“The research is clear and the call to action has been made,” said Melanne Verveer, former ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues in the US Department of State. “Now is the time for collaboration to actively reduce the internet gender gap and empower women around the world to enrich their lives.”Another report, from the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender, established by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), examined the role that information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the internet could play in advancing gender equality agendas, including equal access to new technologies for women and girls.The report revealed that, around the world, women were coming online later and more slowly than men and highlighted that in developing countries, every 10% increase in access to broadband translated to a 1.38% growth in gross domestic product. That meant that bringing an additional 600 million women and girls online could boost global gross domestic product by as much as $18-billion (R277-billion). Research from the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender shows a wide gap between men and women in the developing world accessing technology. (Image: Broadband Commission)To read the Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender report, click here.To read the Women and the Web report, click here.How it helpsNigerian poet and actress Titilope Sonuga is the spokesperson for Intel She Will Connect in Nigeria. She recalled how she was about five years old when her father bought their first computer. Back then, it was used for homework. She loved to use software that taught people how to type, which helped her to gain and hone that skill.“It’s interesting to think about the seeds that were planted from a young age and what that tells a girl and what her life can become. I know that a lot of opportunities that I have come across now happened on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and because I am plugged into this global network I am able to access those opportunities,” Sonuga said.She said the programme would help women to push boundaries to be whatever they wanted to be, whether it was an engineer, poet, doctor or actress.“To think about girls or women who don’t have access to training to be connected to technology is heart-breaking because to realise your dreams, you need to be plugged into the world around you.“And so to think about the girls and women to benefit from this programme is incredible and it’s exciting to think about different voices that are going to be actualised because of being able to connect.”See more of her interview here: Women share their testimonials of how the internet has helped to improve their lives. (Image: Intel She Will Connect)Orji is also spreading her knowledge about computers and the internet, and has used it to help her mother, a caterer, with her business.“We went to the café to make fliers for her business, showing a proper and clear description of her full catering services,” Orji said. “She has gotten some new customers through those fliers. We are hoping we will be able to get a personal computer at home, as the entire family is excited about this new discovery.”last_img read more

  • South African school wins top prize at world book quiz

    first_imgFour students from St John’s Preparatory School in Johannesburg have won first place at the World Literary Competition, an international youth event that promotes book reading and literary knowledge.Khelan Desai, Hongjae Noh, Sahaj Mooji and Joshua Bruwer, students at St John’s Preparatory School in Johannesburg, celebrate their win at the World Literature Competition held in Toronto, Canada on 3 July 2017. With them is the team’s coach, school librarian Nicky Sulter. (St John’s Preparatory School)CD AndersonThe World Literary Competition, known informally as the Kids’ Lit Quiz, is an annual literature test for pupils between the ages of 10 and 13. The focus of the competition is to encourage a love of books and literature from a young age. Qualifying national rounds are held around the world and regional finalists are invited to compete at an international event. This year the event was held in Canada at the beginning of July.St John’s winning team comprised Grade 7 and 8 students Khelan Desai, Hongjae Noh, Sahaj Mooji and Joshua Bruwer. The team beat off tough competition from school teams in the USA and UK.A series of 100 questions are asked during the competition, focused primarily on children’s literature, young adult fiction and classic literature, which categories also include historical fiction, classic fairy tales, poetry and comic book literature. The St John’s team answered 40 of the 100 questions correctly to win the title.While the win was a surprise for the four boys, following the competition a school representative said they had worked hard for the contest, based on their shared love of books and languages.“The fact that these boys have reached this incredibly high standard,” said Jacqui Deeks, “in a world where [there are] rumblings about reading taking a back seat to technology, and where boys are traditionally seen as more disinterested in reading than girls, is a refreshing and welcome repudiation of these perceptions.”Team coach Nicky Sulter, St John’s head librarian, said the boys worked hard to get their victory: “[They have] been incredibly enthusiastic about preparing for this event and have really enjoyed all the reading that has gone into this victory.”Sulter highlighted how vital it was to encourage boys with an interest in books and talent for literature. “[Interest in the] annual event keeps our boys reading all year, whether or not they make it into the school’s teams.”St John’s headmaster Patrick Lees congratulated the team, saying the four represented the long-held tradition of literary appreciation at the school. “Reading at St John’s is probably the most important aspect of the boys’ education. Right from Grade 0, [students] adopt an adapted version of the Dr Seuss saying, ‘Read, read, read, the more you read, the more you know, the more you know, the more you grow.’”Deeks reiterated the headmaster’s sentiments: “[St John’s students] know this off by heart. Reading gives a child so much; it assists self-improvement, understanding and communication, and develops imagination and creativity. It improves verbal ability, focus and concentration, and memory, and it is relaxing and entertaining. Everyone should read and once you’re hooked, you’re hooked for life.”After the win, team captain Noh spoke about how the boys’ passion for books, particularly in the traditional printed form, inspired their success: “The physical appearance, the paper, the ink, the smell of the book. I had a teacher … who said every book you read was a life you’d lived; I really took that to heart.”The team was sponsored by Exclusive Books. CEO Benjamin Trisk said it was competitions such as this that really cultivated a culture of reading in more South African schoolchildren. “We are proud that [the] boys have excelled … with [this kind of] passion. South African children have shown that they do still love books.”National co-ordinator of the South African qualifying competition Marj Brown outlined the successes South African schools had had in the competition: “Since 2004, a South African team has won three finals.“It is an exciting and motivating event that really brings reading to life for thousands of young people and broadens their scope of reading … [The competition allows] participants [to be] able to meet with ‘kindred spirits’ from other countries and cultures, joined by their shared love of reading … [It] contributes positively to understanding and tolerance among people from a young age.”The team received gold medals, a cash prize and, more importantly, book prizes for their personal book collections.Source: BooksLIVE, Good Things GuyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more