CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The Warriors are poised to add another league MVP to play alongside Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry this season.Though, I should clarify, it’s the MVP of the National Basketball League.The Warriors are engaged in negotiations to sign former Dub Andrew Bogut to a contract that will last the remainder of the season. The 7-foot Australian — who won a title with the Warriors in 2015 — will need to obtain a work …
Janine ErasmusThere’s a new weapon in the fight against HIV/Aids: the mobile phone. South Africa’s Project Masiluleke (Zulu for “to counsel”) is set to use mobile technology to help millions of people access treatment and more via their handsets.Known simply as Project M, the initiative is the brainchild of the Pop!Tech Accelerator, an extension of the annual Pop!Tech conference in Massachusetts, US. The accelerator facilitates projects launched during the conference, an event that sees hundreds of visionary thinkers across the fields of science, technology, business, design, the arts, education, government and culture meeting to explore cutting-edge ideas that are aimed at shaping the future.Project M was launched during the most recent three-day annual conference held in October 2007 and is expected to become operational in South Africa during the first half of 2008.Using mobile messaging, people will be informed about dates, times and locations of HIV/Aids clinics in their areas, where they can be tested for infection, where they can contact a healthcare worker or get counselling, and other general information that will help to de-stigmatise the disease. Those already undergoing treatment will receive regular encouragement.Other players in Project M include creative consultancy Frog Design, the national Department of Health, and iTeach, an HIV/Aids and tuberculosis care and information programme.Frog Design will take existing software, used by patients in the US, and customise it culturally and linguistically for South African users. The company will work closely with local teams to ensure that they have a firm understanding of the cultural and economic situation.“With Project Masiluleke, we have an incredible opportunity to collaborate with Pop!Tech and its partners to implement design strategy and thinking that will make a tremendous difference,” says Doreen Lorenzo, president and COO of Frog Design.‘Everyone has a cell phone’Pop!Tech’s decision to start working in South Africa was heavily influenced by South African Aids activist Zinhle Thabethe, recently named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers for 2008, and a Pop!Tech community member.Thabethe is outreach director of iTeach, working with Dr Krista Dong of Massachusetts General Hospital, who is the founder of iTeach. The organisation tackles the tuberculosis and HIV pandemic head-on in Thabethe’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal, using a variety of resources. These include encouraging and educating people through the Sinikithemba (“we give hope”) clinic and choir, speaking at international symposia such as Pop!Tech, and now, embracing mobile technology.“To deal with the scope of this problem, to even begin to make a dent, we need new ideas, crazy ideas,” says Dong. “And everyone, everyone has a cell phone.”Reaching those in remote areasSays Thabethe, “With Project M we’re aiming to bring in technology to accelerate access to care for people, especially those in rural areas.” The rationale behind this, she explains, is that bringing people to care at an earlier stage benefits all stakeholders, from the government right down to the family.The longer a person waits before seeking help, she says, the more intensive is the treatment they ultimately need. This can cost not only the Department of Health dearly, but also the community, because that person often ends up so ill that they cannot contribute meaningfully, and the family, because in many cases a breadwinner will have been lost or a person needs intense care.Using mobile phones to encourage people to pursue treatment as soon as possible will make a big difference, not only for the already overburdened South African health system but also for the individual.“We’ve established that today about 90% of urban and rural South Africans have access to a mobile phone,” says Thabethe. “We want to capitalise on that because it’s a good medium for our message. And we don’t have to re-invent the wheel.“We’re going to bring the information to the people, because not everyone has access to a newspaper or television. Also, these two media have been known to portray HIV in a negative light but we will be taking positive action.”Thabethe emphasises that the more resources are utilised, the greater the chances of success. “For instance, about 80% of HIV-infected South Africans will consult a traditional healer at some point in their lives, so healers need to be integrated into our strategy because they are often the first entry point into treatment.”The relationship between traditional healers and doctors is important, says Thabethe, because while traditional healers are open to learning new ways of treatment, they know that they cannot treat Aids. They therefore refer people to healthcare based on Western medicine – but there are many Western doctors who have not yet shown confidence in traditional methods. Getting doctors and healers to work more closely together is one of the challenges addressed by iTeach.Using a variety of strategiesThere are also plans to bring South African-developed free instant messaging programme Mxit on board, Thabethe says. Using Mxit’s communication capabilities, those wanting to ask questions or who just want to talk can discuss their concerns with an impartial, yet knowledgeable counsellor, without fear that their families will be notified.“Staying healthy in rural areas is not easy. Often to ask a simple question at community level is difficult, because of the stigma attached or simply because there is nobody qualified to help. If we use a platform that people – especially the youth – are enthusiastic about, such as Mxit, our message will have much more of an impact.”According to an August 2007 article published on biz-community, a South African marketing and media information portal, the number of registered users of Mxit at that time was around 4.8 million. Most of them are South African, although Mxit is used in more than 120 countries around the world.Recruiting celebrities to help spread the message is another effective approach and, as with Mxit, will target the most vulnerable section of the population in terms of HIV infection – the youth. Local kwaito superstar Zola has already expressed interest in becoming involved, according to Thabethe.Even “please call me” messages are a potentially valuable tool in the Project M plan. Extensively used across all South African mobile networks, these free messages are not only a way of getting a recipient to call back when one’s airtime is low, but nowadays have advertisements attached for everything from local airlines to car hire to short-term insurance.Mobile advertising specialists OTL, or On-the-Line, report that between 18 and 20-million “please call me” messages are delivered each day across South African mobile networks.Bringing in the big gunsRepresentatives from Pop!Tech and Frog Design visited South Africa in mid-February to meet with the South African contingent.The Pop!Tech Accelerator provides operational and project management and solicits other forms of support, including human resources, corporate partnerships, financial contributions, skills training, and media coverage.Pop!Tech curator Andrew Zolli, who was recently named a fellow of the National Geographic Society, has been in talks with major South African mobile providers, and there is a move to bring local business on board as well. Says Thabethe, business is also affected by HIV/Aids when employees become ill. They should therefore be closely involved too, helping to preserve our society.“We can’t expect the Department of Health to do it all,” she says. “There is a role for everyone to play – the department, business, and the community.”Related articlesNational Geographic lauds Zinhle ThabetheHealthcare in South AfricaHIV/Aids in South AfricaUseful linksPop!Tech – Project MasilulekeDepartment of HealthSinikithembaSinikithemba choir on National GeographicFrog DesignNational Geographicbiz-communityMxitZola
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ty Higgins had to stop when he saw some soybeans being harvested between Galena and Sunbury in Delaware County with two very different combines running in the same field. The one Perry Buxton was driving looked like many green and yellow combines you see this time of year. The other machine was of the same brand but, after 50 sun-faded harvests under its belt, had a slightly different shade of the iconic colors. Take a look at this Cab Cam, driven by Fennig Equipment.
Some of the ACT’s top sportspeople came out in force to help open the facility, as well as ACT Minister for Education and Training and Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Andrew Barr, and Member for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh.Jemma Johnston and Megan Clowry from the Canberra Darters, Iain Davidson from the Canberra Lakers, Jeremy Bray from the ACT Comets, Marianna Tolo from the Canberra Capitals and Meredith Bone from the Canberra Strikers were on hand to play a celebrity Touch Football match against a group of children from the schools. Building on an existing highly successful model partnership between government and non-government schools, this project involved the installation of a synthetic sports ground and associated components including fencing, lighting, a soccer pitch, a multi-use field with sprint lanes, a running track and cricket practice wickets.This project is designed to enhance school programs impacting on childhood obesity, while innovative construction methods will minimise water usage.The project, totaling $3 million dollars, was funded through $2.5 million provided by the Australian Government under its ‘Local Schools Working Together’ pilot program and $0.5 million provided by the ACT Government.Meredith Bone from the Canberra Strikers team that plays in the Australian Hockey League was full of praise for the facility. Bone plays Touch Football in the local ACT competition and was happy to see the school children make the most of their new fields. “I think it was really good. I haven’t met a lot of these other ACT representative sportspeople before so it’s been good getting together. The younger kids had a really good team,” Bone said. “The opening of this new ground, everyone here is enjoying this new facility. There’s not anyone anywhere else in the school at the moment so I think that they are really embracing the facility as a whole,” she said. Marianna Tolo from the Canberra Capitals team that plays in the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) was pleased to see so many children using the facility.“Just to see the kids running around and having fun, especially the girls who are running around, it is great,” Tolo said.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan vice-president Zanetti explains hiring Conteby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has explained hiring coach Antonio Conte.The Nerazzurri face their city rivals Milan in the Derby della Madonnina this evening.Zanetti said: “This is an ambitious project, so we brought in a Coach with a lot of experience and a culture of hard work.”“The derby is always a special game. “The team is in good shape, but we know that all derbies are particularly difficult and important.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Merson says Ozil should be playing againby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Mesut Ozil should be playing again.Ozil has been linked with a loan move in January, with Arsenal reportedly prepared to pay some of the 30-year-old’s mammoth £350-a-week wages in order to offload him.”He’s a luxury player, and the manager has obviously decided he can’t carry a player like that in a team that’s already one of the worst around without the ball,” former midfielder Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star.”With these games coming up, Arsenal are going to have 70% of the possession. He thrives in those situations.”Unai Emery should bring him in from the cold. But he won’t.”If he plays Ozil and they win, he has to keep playing him, and the manager doesn’t want that. The manager wants him out.”And if that’s the plan then they are going to have to swallow a pill and get rid of him in January come what may.”
The Art Of Peace Foundation will celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday on July 6 with a new installment of “Songs For Tibet.”Songs For Tibet II will feature artists such as Sting, Peter Gabriel, Lorde, Kate Bush, Elbow, Duncan Sheik, Howard Jones and Of Monsters And Men, and will be a celebration of the Dalai Lama’s philosophy of peace, non-violence and compassion.The Dalai Lama is a unique beacon of wisdom and insight for millions of people throughout the world. His message of compassion and nonviolence resonates at the core of our common humanity, regardless of nationality or religious background. This era of universal admiration and respect for a spiritual leader is unparalleled in history.The Dalai Lama turns eighty on July 6, 2015. To recognize and celebrate this milestone, the Art of Peace Foundation is producing an album to honor the Dalai Lama’s vision of compassion, non-violence and peace. It is a moment for musicians and the world to show their appreciation for the Dalai Lama, what he represents and the benefits received from both his teachings & Tibetan culture.Proceeds from the album will be used to help preserve and promote the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan culture. This project is a gift to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan people and future generations around the globe.This is a follow-up to the Grammy nominated Songs for Tibet album produced by The Art of Peace Foundation. The Art of Peace Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit founded on the Dalai Lama’s belief of “Universal Responsibility.” Regardless of nation, culture or religion, skillful compassionate actions can reduce suffering while promoting happiness. The Foundation funds peace-related missions and Tibetan cultural preservation projects. The album is designed to focus people’s attention on the global significance of the Dalai Lama and his teachings.To find out more about the album, click here.
TORONTO – Ontario passed sweeping labour reform legislation Wednesday, including increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, which will form a key pillar of the governing Liberals’ re-election bid next year.Premier Kathleen Wynne has been tying the policy at nearly every opportunity to a theme of fairness that will likely carry through to the June 2018 election, along with free tuition for low- and middle-income students, more child care spaces and pharmacare for youth.The minimum wage boost has proved largely popular in government polling and with labour advocates, though it is controversial with businesses, who say the increase is too fast and will lead to job losses.Currently at $11.60 an hour, the minimum wage will rise under the legislation to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, with the increase to $15 coming in 2019. It will then continue to rise with inflation.The government and some economists argue that the hike will have some positive impact on the economy, as minimum wage earners get more spending power.“Actually what you see is increases in employment because that money gets recycled,” said Labour Minister Kevin Flynn.“This isn’t money that goes to the Cayman Islands. This isn’t money that goes into savings accounts. If you’re trying to raise a family on a minimum wage in the province of Ontario you don’t have a savings account,” he said. “What you do is you take that money out, you pay your rent, you pay your groceries, maybe a little car payment, you buy some shoes for the kids, diapers, that goes right back into the businesses.”Flynn also immediately made political hay of the Progressive Conservatives voting against the legislation.“I really think it was a slap in the face to working people in the province,” he said. “I expected better.”Progressive Conservative John Yakabuski said his party didn’t support it because of various analyses and business groups warning such a sharp increase in minimum wage will lead to job losses.“The accelerated increase in the minimum wage is the No. 1 reason why we had to send a clear message that we’re going to defend what we believe are the working class in Ontario,” he said. “If you haven’t got a job your wage is zero.”The province’s economic watchdog, the Financial Accountability Office, has estimated more than 50,000 people could lose their jobs due to the minimum wage increase.A TD Bank report has estimated the minimum wage hike could cost the province’s economy as many as 90,000 jobs by 2020. And an analysis from the Keep Ontario Working Coalition concluded over 185,000 jobs could be impacted.Businesses say it will be difficult to absorb the increased costs over such a short time frame.“They also turned a blind eye to numerous surveys and evidence-backed studies warning of significant job losses, especially among lower-skilled workers,” said Julie Kwiecinski, with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.The Liberal government recently announced the provincial corporate tax rate for small businesses will be cut from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent to help support businesses through the minimum wage transition, though Wynne said it was never intended to fully offset the impact.The legislation also mandates equal pay for part-time and temporary workers doing the same job as full-time employees, increases vacation entitlements to three weeks after a worker has been with their company for five years, requires employees to be paid for three hours if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its start, and expands personal emergency leave to 10 days per year, two of them paid.The minimum wage increase is the centrepiece of the legislation and something labour advocates have been urging for years.“The $15 minimum wage will put money where it is deserved and most needed, into workers’ pockets,” Navi Aujla, a former temp agency worker with the $15 & Fairness campaign, said in a statement.“Together with paid emergency days, fairer scheduling and equal pay for equal work measures, $15 will make a real difference for our communities who fought so hard for this victory.”The Ontario Federation cheered the passage of the legislation but had hoped it would contain even more changes.“The law needs to go further to better safeguard decent work for generations to come,” said president Chris Buckley. “It must reflect what these workers and so many others face every day, including low wages, no access to unions and no job security.”The NDP had proposed amendments to give all workers five paid sick days, eliminate minimum wage exemptions for servers and limit how much companies can rely on temp workers, but the Liberals voted them down.“Workers have been waiting 14 long years actually under the Liberal government for some improvements to their working conditions in this province,” said New Democrat Cindy Forster.
Mr. Zimmer: “Have you watched the testimony of Mr. Zack Massingham and Mr. Jeff Silvester as they appeared before our committee in Canada?”Mr. Wylie: “I have watched parts of it. I haven’t seen the entire thing.”Mr. Zimmer: “Is it your opinion that they were untruthful to our committee in watching that testimony?”Mr. Wylie: “My impression was that there were answers that felt obfuscated or, as has been discussed now, so fantastical that it is hard to believe.”“I am aware of projects where clients from one country would be interested in …the electoral results in another,” said Wylie when asked about foreign interests using personal data for political purposes. “My understanding is that SCL did participate where some of the funders would not be nationals or residents of the country that they were operating in.”When asked about the use of personal data for voter suppression, Wylie clarified that he was that he was referring to “targeting particular groups of people with messages that will disengage them or frustrate them or confuse them which ultimately will in some cases inhibit or demotivate them enough not to participate in an election.”Following the meeting, Zimmer said that his main concern is over how personal data can be used to manipulate the democratic process both in Canada and in other countries.“We accept that companies will use personal information to advertise to us. It is a completely different and more troubling concern that our information is being used to manipulate us and our democracy and we need to examine how we can prevent it from happening in Canada.” OTTAWA, O.N. — Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer, who is Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, questioned former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie after he testified to the committee today.Wylie is the man who blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica’s alleged improper gathering of millions of Facebook users’ personal data. Wylie testified today as part of the committee’s study of the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.Along with answering questions surrounding AggregateIQ executives Zack Massingham and Jeff Silvester, Wylie testified regarding how the improper use of personal data can threaten democracy. The following is an except from today’s Q&A session: