Call for the release of two French journalists who work for L’Express

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img January 28, 2021 Find out more French journalists, reporter Marc Epstein and photographer Jean-Paul Guilloteau, who work for the French news weekly L’Express, were arrested yesterday in Karachi for violating regulations governing the “circulation of foreigners”. Reporters Without Borders also voiced concern that there was no word on the whereabouts of Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, a Pakistani journalist who accompanied them as their fixer. News RSF_en to go further December 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for the release of two French journalists who work for L’Express News Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today called on the Pakistani authorities to release two French journalists, reporter Marc Epstein and photographer Jean-Paul Guilloteau, who were arrested yesterday in Karachi for violating regulations governing the “circulation of foreigners” by travelling to Quetta near the western border with Afghanistan.The organisation also voiced concern that there was no word on the whereabouts of Khawar Mehdi Rizvi, a Pakistani journalist who accompanied them to Quetta as their fixer.Reporters Without Borders said the imposition of visa and travel restrictions on foreign reporters obstructed investigative journalism, and it urged the Pakistani government to review its rules regarding the provision of visas to the foreign news media.Epstein and Guilloteau, who work for the French news weekly L’Express, were taken to the headquarters of the Federal Intelligence Agency (FIA) in the southern city of Karachi following their arrest by police. A French diplomat was allowed to visit them there.They had press visas for Pakistan but, because their investigative reporting required discretion, they had not requested the necessary special permits for their trip to Quetta, in the frontier province of Baluchistan.They were taken today before a Karachi judge who must reach a decision on their case within six days. They face up to three years in prison. Their lawyer plans to request their release on bail tomorrow. The immigration authorities have meanwhile said they want to interrogate their fixer without indicating whether he has also been arrested.A few days before their arrest, Epstein and Guilloteau were briefly detained by police on the road between Quetta and Karachi. Another person was also reportedly arrested for giving them an interview. Police confiscated a computer and notebook from Epstein, and digital camera memory cards and videotapes from Guilloteau. Epstein (picture) and Guilloteau have done a lot of reporting in Pakistan. In 2001, Epstein received the Diplomatic Press Prize for a report he and Rizvi produced on the situation in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Organisation News News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more April 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Assembly Passes Holden’s Bill to Protect and Preserve Southern California’s Open Spaces

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Government Assembly Passes Holden’s Bill to Protect and Preserve Southern California’s Open Spaces Published on Monday, May 5, 2014 | 1:05 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a commentcenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill (AB 1767) to ensure Southern California’s natural spaces and outdoor recreation areas will be enjoyed by Californians for generations to come, has been approved in the Assembly.AB 1767 would increase the maximum fine for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500 and would increase the fine for infractions to not more than $750. Because state bonds used to fund much of the SMMC cannot be used for maintenance, the bill would require that the fines be used to pay the costs of any repairs or clean up related to those violations“These parks, open spaces and wilderness areas are in our own backyard and if we don’t act to protect them, we could lose them forever,” stated Assemblymember Holden. “Not only will these penalties pay to restore and repair the damages, but will hopefully serve as a deterrent to those who would harm public lands. I consider these 114 parklands and recreational areas part of our heritage and I want them to be available to California’s children for generations to come.”The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is a state agency created in 1980 to preserve open space, parks and wilderness in Southern California. The 69,000 acres that make up the Conservancy stretch from the Pacific Ocean through the Santa Monica Mountains and extend east to include parts of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Verdugo Hills and the San Rafael Hills in Pasadena. 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Best in high gear

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Nicole Johnson’s secret to being her best self? Keeping busy.It’s what fueled her journey to Harvard in pursuit of what could be called a fifth diploma in higher education — and it’s what now has her weighing either a doctorate or more research-based work.Johnson has taken three courses at a time (the normal load is two) toward her master’s in education policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) while working four jobs, serving as vice president of the HGSE Student Council, and preparing for the Miss Massachusetts International Pageant, which she won in March.“I have this ridiculous amount of energy and I have no idea where it comes from,” Johnson said, noting with a smile that she never drinks coffee.But she does plan her day to the minute, from when she wakes up to when she studies to when she goes to bed. And while others may dread the thought of being so busy or having their day so structured, for Johnson it’s normal.“At this point, [keeping busy] is just something I enjoy,” she said. “It feels like so much of just who I am. To not be this busy would … make me a little antsy to just be sitting at home twiddling my thumbs.”This “stay busy” attitude dates to Johnson’s childhood in a neglected neighborhood in Detroit. She packed her day with so much activity that she didn’t have time to consider breaking rules. In high school, she joined the Junior ROTC, took lessons in baton, piano, and clarinet, and worked in the school’s main office.“I would be able to tell my friends, ‘Oh no, I can’t do this bad thing with you because I have after-school practice or I have this organization meeting that I have to go to,’” she said. “The busier I got, the more excuses I was able to give people.”Johnson set herself apart, graduating while many of her peers did not.The Detroit Public Schools Community District has perennially been ranked among the worst in the nation. In 2007, the year after Johnson graduated, Education Week cited the district’s graduation rate as below 25 percent (though a district spokesman said it was more than twice that, accounting for students who left the district and graduated from other systems).“When I was a little girl, or even a high school student, I would have never in a million years thought that a person like me could even apply to Harvard or a [doctoral] program,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t even sure that I would go to a four-year college.”But go she did, to Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti, where she earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s, and two graduate certificates — while, of course, working full time.“Pretty much, I have taken classes — at least one, every single semester — year-round for about the past 10, 11 years,” Johnson said. “I really enjoy school, if you can’t tell.”Johnson went on to work at Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, then applied to Harvard.Arriving here, she had a clear goal: Take advantage of opportunities, one of which was to participate in large-scale academic and field research projects. “I absolutely can’t leave here without research experience,” she told herself.While taking those three simultaneous grad courses, she participated in three research projects and worked as a fellow at HGSE’s Education Redesign Lab. The projects delved into types of research she wanted to learn about: quantitative, qualitative, and experimental. They ranged from studying whether teachers would present their classroom lessons differently if they could collaborate on the lesson plan with fellow teachers, to convening focus groups on how to best support over-age students in a Massachusetts public high school, to examining the theory that learning should focus on things a student will actually use in the real world.“I kind of got all of the different [research] buckets,” Johnson said. “So, mission accomplished.”All this helps Johnson feel like her best self, she said, a notion she got from competing in pageants since she was about 16 years old.“When you compete in a pageant, you are your best self,” Johnson said. You are in the best shape you can be, you’re involved in community organizations, and your grades are the best they can be because judges look at that as well, she said. “Even though there is this glamorous side of things, it helps you a lot on a personal level.”“You also have to know yourself — like, really know yourself — your purpose and what drives you,” she said.From her mix of experiences, Johnson has come to feel a responsibility to succeed for the people who have helped to get her where she is — such as her mother.In the spring semester of Johnson’s freshman year at Eastern Michigan, room and board fees were pending and she didn’t have the money. (She didn’t know about federal student aid when she applied to colleges.) The day the bill was due her mother showed up and paid it. Johnson didn’t ask where the money had come from; she was just grateful to be able to stay. Months later, Johnson noticed that her mother wasn’t wearing her wedding ring; she had sold it to pay the college fees.“Once she made that sacrifice for me, it made me realize that there were so many other people in the world that were counting on me to be successful,” Johnson said. “It made me think of not only my mother but of all my teachers, or my counselors, or even the kids that I grew up with that unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to go to college. I have to be responsible for my future. I saw that as my turning point and my opportunity to make my life what I wanted it to be. Because of that I always shoot for really, really high expectations for myself and also opportunities.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Cuba battling first major cholera outbreak in half a century.

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussions More than 50 people have reportedly been infected and authorities say the cholera outbreak is under control but four hospitals have been prepared to quarantine patients.HAVANA, Cuba, Monday July 9, 2012 – At least three people and as many as 15 are said to have died in Cuba over the past few weeks as the island’s first major cholera outbreak in more than 50 years spreads.Most of the cases were in Cuba’s south-eastern Granma province but it appears now that the disease has travelled the more than 750km (470 miles) to Havana.The latest reports from the BBC are that a 60-year-old woman admitted to a Havana hospital last Wednesday (July 4) has been confirmed with the disease. As she was diagnosed early, doctors say she is in a stable condition.According to the BBC and Reuters, official reports are that three people have died of cholera and another 50 have been diagnosed with the illness in an outbreak caused by contaminated well water, while about 1,000 have received medical attention. The three people who died ranged in age from 66 to 95-years-old and reportedly suffered from other chronic health problems.However, according to the CMC, Havana independent journalist Calixto Martinez reports that the outbreak has killed at least 15 people and affected hundreds more. He said he had obtained information from residents and health workers in the region.More than 50 people have reportedly been infected and authorities say the outbreak is under control but four hospitals have been prepared to quarantine patients.On Tuesday (July 3), the Cuban government said the illness was caused by contaminated well water and it blamed recent heavy rains and high temperatures for the water problems, which forced the closure of some wells and the chlorination of the water system in the hardest hit areas.The Public Health Ministry said in a statement that the township of Mazanillo in the southeast province of Granma had suffered the most cholera cases, which have occurred in the last few weeks, but that the outbreak is slowing.Cholera is an intestinal infection that can lead to death if not treated promptly and properly. Cholera outbreaks have been rare, or at least not publicized, in Cuba since the 1959 revolution and the creation of a national health system by the communist government. The Health Ministry said the last reported cholera outbreak on the island was soon after the 1959 Revolution.According to the BBC, while it is not clear what the source of the cholera is, there is speculation that there is a Haiti link.Hundreds of medical professionals from the centre of the Cuban infection, including nurses, have worked and continue to work with patients in Haiti, where tens of thousands of people were infected after the devastating earthquake in 2010.Cuba’s health ministry has stated that it has the “resources necessary for the adequate attention to patients in all the health institutions” during this cholera outbreak.They said they had taken a series of measures, including taking samples of water and adding chlorine to purify it, to combat the outbreak.Caribbean 360 News Share Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Cuba battling first major cholera outbreak in half a century. by: – July 9, 2012 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Students more political through dialogue than protests

September 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgOccupy Wall Street, a protest that began in New York in September, has ignited protests across the United States. Students in cities like Boston, Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles have joined the cause, yet the USC campus appears to be missing the excitement.Two USC students, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street protests, staged a sleep-in in front of Tommy Trojan on Monday, but their fellow Trojans were nowhere in sight.Speaking up · Last semester students on campus protested the content of a controversial email that had circulated within the Greek community. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily TrojanThis trend is not unique to the USC community, according to Daniel Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute. Though young people are often the force behind political change abroad, as demonstrated by the Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan revolutions, in the United States, older people have taken the reins.“Unlike the anti-war protests about Vietnam, which elicited a broad base of college student support, today’s wave of protests are focused towards an older generation,” Schnur said.Schnur suggested most protests seen in this country, such as the Tea Party demonstrations, pertain to an older demographic and therefore have little impact on the USC campus.“This is not to say that USC students won’t be involved in the future, but right now the issues seem to be targeting other people” Schnur said.Schnur suggested USC students find other ways to become involved in political and social movements.“Since I’ve been at USC, I’ve seen students volunteer in community-based activity, which is just as accurate an indicator in political involvement as voter registration and protests,” Schnur said.USC and its affiliated institutions administer 260 community service programs. These programs serve more than 600,000 people and provide volunteer opportunities for more than 22,000 USC students, faculty, staff and alumni each year. Volunteers contribute more than 900,000 community service hours annually, according to the USC Volunteer Center.Bertrand Perdomo, a senior majoring in public policy, management and planning, has protested against issues such as the passage of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, which requires immigrants residing in Arizona to carry proper documentation. Perdomo, however, does not consider himself to be politically active in a traditional sense.“[Protesting] is not our style, as a school and sometimes it’s looked down upon,” Perdomo said. “USC has a great culture of having discussions and panels and I think their approach is discussion-based.”Perdomo said there are ways to get USC students more involved through open dialogue.“We need to encourage a dialogue,” Perdomo said. “People need to have an OK environment to say, ‘Hey, look, this is how I view the world.’ I know it’s not that popular among the people here, but this is how I view it and this is why.’”Perdomo said being on campus can make it seem like national issues don’t affect students.“USC can sometimes feel cut-off from the outside world,” said Tanja Venstad, a junior majoring in international relations and psychology. “The university is so invested in its own backyard that it is easy to get wrapped up in the USC community and forget about what happens beyond it .”last_img read more

Louis Cross nets 1st goal of season with parents in attendance from England

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Published on October 13, 2015 at 11:09 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus SU Soccer Stadium was empty — save for one player and two adoring fans. Syracuse defender Louis Cross held a cellphone out in front of the three and snapped a picture as the man and woman decked out in Syracuse apparel, including bright orange scarves, smiled widely next to him.Cross’ parents, Tony and Joanne, traveled thousands of miles from England to watch him play — like they do once every year. They’re in the middle of a two-week trip in which they’ll get to watch six of SU’s games.In front of his parents, Cross netted his first goal of the season and shut down Bowling Green forward Pat Flynn, who came into the game tied for fifth in the country in goals and tied for sixth in points.Cross’ play helped the No. 16 Orange (9-3-1, 2-2-1 Atlantic Coast) shut out the Falcons (6-6-1, 0-1-0 Mid-American) and hold them to just four shots — two on goal — in the 3-0 victory at SU Soccer Stadium on Tuesday.“Usually we’re watching these games after midnight so I’m normally watching it in bed,” Tony Cross said. “If he had scored I could see that a cup of coffee would’ve ended up all over the bedding.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We were up and down. We jumped and probably ruined everybody else’s night.”From the start of the game, Cross matched up with Flynn one-on-one. When the forward tried to sneak behind the backline Cross was there to jab out his right foot and stop the pass. And when Flynn’s teammates tried sending long balls into him Cross consistently headed them away.When the Orange offense was maintaining possession of the ball, SU head coach Ian McIntyre constantly yelled to Cross to “squeeze up some.” The result was Cross forcing turnovers in the midfield and sustaining the Syracuse offensive possession.One of Bowling Green’s best chances of the game came in the first half when forward Tate Robertson headed a cross on goal. But Cross was standing just a few feet in front of the goal line and kicked it away.“I don’t think they had any shots that were actually inside the box,” Cross said. “We limited them to just the outside area. They didn’t create anything behind the defense.”When Flynn was substituted out in the first half, Bowling Green head coach Eric Nichols pulled him aside, barking tips into his ear and pointing to where Cross was standing on the field.The second half was much of the same with SU stifling Flynn and the entire Falcons offense. Robertson tried dropping behind SU’s defense more, Cross said, but he and the rest of the back line were able to keep the Bowling Green offense quiet.With 15 minutes left in the game Cross contributed on the offensive end, too. Midfielder Julian Buescher’s shot was blocked by two defenders and Cross crashed into the box to knock the ball out of the air for the goal.“The last couple of days we’ve been giving Louis a hard time,” McIntyre said. “It’s nice for him to chip especially when his mom and dad were here. It was a quality strike from about 2 inches.”After the game, Cross was announced as the man of the match. He signed posters for fans, then greeted his parents — receiving a kiss on the cheek from his mom — before doing interviews with reporters.As Cross was interviewed, his dad stepped onto the field to capture the moment with more pictures, capping the special evening.“To come out here and see him play is extremely special,” Tony Cross said. “And to see him score is fantastic.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Boss vows to protect Sterling

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he will protect Raheem Sterling if necessary.The 17-year-old from Harlesden has had a major impact since stepping up to first-team level and has been included in the England squad.And Rodgers said: “I don’t have any worries about Raheem Sterling being called in the England squad – he’s in capable hands.“He has coped with everything, and the big thing is his courage. I have seen him grow from a young kid to a young man in the last few months. He’s really grown and developed.“But the point I’ve made since the very beginning is it is about making sure the timing is right for these players, not to let them have too much too young and get over exposure.“He is 17 and we have to protect him. Maybe we will let him out of the pram when he’s 18!” 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Unesco lauds SA literacy project

December 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgLiteracy students singing about Aidsin the community. The Aids virus isrepresented by the performer in front. A food tunnel, where vegetables growprolifically for the community’s benefit. A group of literacy students hard at work.(All images: Operation Upgrade)Janine ErasmusThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has awarded one of its two prestigious 2008 Confucius Prizes for Literacy to Operation Upgrade, a South African literacy NGO based in KwaZulu-Natal. The theme for this year’s award was “Literacy and Health”, with entrants focusing particularly on epidemics and communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.Now 42 years old, Operation Upgrade is South Africa’s largest and oldest non-governmental literacy and development organisation, and works closely with Oxfam Australia, its primary sponsor, and local chapters of Rotary International.The organisation was honoured by Unesco for its KwaNibela Project which is based in KwaNibela in northern KwaZulu-Natal, about 500km north of Durban. The project works to promote social change and development through adult literacy and adult basic education in areas such as healthcare, childcare and family nutrition, and income generation.The other Confucius prize also went to Africa, to the Literacy Plus programme of the Adult and Non-Formal Education Association in Ethiopia, which not only teaches rural women to read but also educates them in business, conflict resolution and disease prevention.The laureates were announced by Unesco director-general Koïchiro Matsuura, after careful evaluation by an international jury. In its statement the Unesco jury congratulated “this excellent programme for its exemplary objectives, promising results and innovative elements, all of which provide a true model for other countries to study and adapt”.More than reading and writingPat Dean, director of Operation Upgrade, says that literacy is more than just knowing how to read and write – it encompasses other essential skills that enhance quality of life. “We view the project as an integrated rural development programme that is driven by literacy.”The KwaNibela area north of Hluhluwe is very poor. The area is suffering its eighth year of drought and there is virtually no infrastructure. Some 26 000 people live here with no piped water or electricity. The literacy project started in 2004 with the training of a group of educators, and by the end of the first year, says Dean, they had a group of 287 adult students.Currently there are 430 students, of which 87 are men. Because the area has a history of migrant labour most of the students are women, as the men are off looking for work in mines and cities outside the area. Students vary in age from 25 to 55 years, and many of them are heads of single parent households, supporting an average of five children and two adult dependants.“Aids is very prevalent in this area,” says Dean, “and it was thought to be caused by witchcraft, so our next step was to train our teachers as Aids counsellors, equipping them with the facts about the disease. They have helped to dispel the notion of witchcraft in the community, and through literacy classes and workshops we have educated people in Aids awareness.”Sustainable source of foodOperation Upgrade then introduced techniques that taught people to grow their own food. “We installed food tunnels and found that vegetables grew extremely well under them. Currently we have 28 operating tunnels, but people have asked for more so we are building bigger ones. We have one particular group which has started a seedling nursery, supplying seedlings to other groups that operate tunnels, and to other growers in the area.”Another income-generating activity focuses on leathercraft. People manufacture belts, bible covers and keyrings, as well as the traditional clothing worn by the Zulu nation at ceremonies. “We can’t keep up with the demand,” says Dean, “and the leathercraft industry brings income and food into the community.”Operation Upgrade stepped in to address the problem of access to safe water through several interventions, such as the donation of 70 Hippo rollers and the installation of bio-sand filters, which purify water even from contaminated sources such as dams and stagnant pools.The organisation has also started the practice of rainwater harvesting. “Here we have two systems in place,” says Dean. “The first collects water through gutters placed around an individual house or hut, and the other collects it in a large community tank. This water helps with the tunnels and community gardens.”Earning the respect of the worldOperation Upgrade came to the attention of Unesco at a literacy conference held in Mali. Unesco was so impressed with the organisation it featured it on its website as one of the world’s most effective adult literacy and numeracy programmes, most of which are based in Africa.Unesco later invited Operation Upgrade to enter for the Confucius award, with South African national and KwaZulu-Natal provincial departments of education endorsing the entry.The award will be presented to Operation Upgrade on 8 September 2008, International Literacy Day, at Unesco headquarters in Paris, which Operation Upgrade project manager Itumeleng Lebajoa will attend.This is not the first prestigious award Operation Upgrade has won. In 1996, then-president Nelson Mandela, together with the Department of Education, presented the organisation with the 1996 Presidential Award for Adult Basic Education and Training. In 2005, it received an international award for Innovation in Literacy from ProLiteracy Worldwide in the USA.“Operation Upgrade’s KwaNibela Project is a perfect example of what this year’s Unesco prize is all about – an innovative program that teaches literacy to women and that focuses on literacy and health,” said David C Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy Worldwide, which has partnered with Operation Upgrade for more than 40 years, providing financial support, interns, and onsite training for the organisation’s staff.Rewarding efforts to wipe out illiteracySouth Africa became a member of Unesco in 1946 but withdrew a decade later under increased international pressure against apartheid. It rejoined the organisation with the advent of democracy in 1994.The Unesco Confucius Prize for Literacy was established in 2005 to recognise and reward the activities of outstanding individuals, governments or governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations working to boost literacy among rural adults and out-of-school youth, particularly women and girls.The award was an initiative of the government of the People’s Republic of China in honour of the great Chinese scholar Confucius. The award is worth US$20 000 (R160 000) and includes a medal,  a diploma and a study visit to literacy project sites in China.The Confucius Prize is one of three annual international Unesco literacy awards. The other two are the Unesco International Reading Association Literacy Prize and the Unesco King Sejong Literacy Prize, awarded to projects in Brazil and Zambia respectively for 2008.The Unesco Confucius Prize for Literacy is open to institutions, organisations and individuals who have made a significant contribution in literacy, achieving outstanding results and promoting innovative approaches. Contenders cannot nominate themselves – all nominations must be submitted by governments of member states or by international non-governmental organisations that maintain formal relations with Unesco.Nominations must be accompanied by a written recommendation. Applications are scrutinised and winners selected by an international jury appointed by Unesco’s director-general.Previous recipients include Family Reorientation Education and Empowerment in Nigeria and Reach Out and Read in the US in 2007, and the Ministry of National Education in Morocco and the Directorate of Literacy and Continuing Education of in Rajasthan, India, in 2006.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesEducation in South AfricaSocial development in South AfricaUplifting lives in MadagascarSA sharpens attack on povertyTapping into ingenuityUseful linksOperation Upgrade – +27 (0)31 579 4343Unesco Literacy PortalProLiteracyDepartment of EducationKwaZulu-Natal Department of EducationeThekwini Onlinelast_img read more

Alberta’s First Passivhaus?

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgConstruction costs at $175 per sq. ft.In all, he expects construction costs to be about $500,000, or about $175 per sq. ft. Emilie Zeibin writes in her blog that construction costs will be about 20% higher than standard construction.One difficulty has been locating tradespeople willing to try new construction techniques, she says.“Already familiar with this method, Jim has been more surprised by how long this process is taking,” Emilie writes. “Since this method is fairly new in Canada, it took a bit to find people in the trades willing to try something unconventional. It seems that a lot of the trades are hard to reach and even harder to get a quote from for something this unusual.“In near desperation, Jim contacted Peter Amerongen of Habitat Studios for assistance. As it turns out, the trades that had been working with Peter Amerongen on his highly efficient houses (some of them Net-Zero), have been open to our project.”The Zeibins hope to move into their new house in March 2014. Double-stud walls and plenty of insulationThe house is being built on a corner lot in a new subdivision of Fort Saskatchewan, about 30 minutes northeast of Edmonton. Like all Passivhaus projects, it has far more insulation than a conventionally built house and will be carefully air-sealed to meet the stringent Passivhaus requirement for air leakage.“Architectural controls imposed by the land developer largely dictate overall aesthetic themes to achieve a consistent neighbourhood character,” a blog entry on the design says. “While somewhat at odds with basic sustainable lifestyle choices (e.g. requirement for an attached two-car garage), the outcome still proves to be an environmentally high-performing design that is expected to achieve official Passive House Certification.”Exterior walls are insulated to R-75 with a combination of Roxul mineral wool and fiberglass batts. The roof is insulated to R-94. The concrete foundation is insulated with 12 in. of expanded polystyrene insulation (EPS), applied to both the outside of the foundation and completely around the footings, roughly R-48 but higher in some spots.Exterior, above-grade walls incorporate a 2×6 structural inner layer and a 2×4 outer layer on 16-in. wide plates (strips of OSB). Studs, which are on 24-in. centers, are connected with strips of 3/8 in. OSB. On the inside of the 2×6 wall, 5/8-in. OSB sheathing, sealed with Siga Rissan tape, is the air and vapor barrier. A separate 2×4 wall on the interior, insulated with fiberglass batts, provides room for wiring and plumbing, leaving the OSB air barrier unscathed.The roof is framed with raised-heel trusses and insulated with 30 in. of blown-in cellulose. The windows are triple-glazed.Heat will be provided by a natural gas boiler and small, wall-mounted radiators, Jim says. The house also will have a heat recovery ventilator. A retired chemical engineer, his wife and architect son are collaborating on a 2,860-sq. ft. house in an Edmonton, Alberta, suburb they hope will become the first in the province to win certification from the Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI).Cottonwood Passive House, as the Zeibin family is calling it, is the first post-retirement project for Jim Zeibin, a chemical engineer who spent his career in the oil industry.“Working in the oil industry meant that we moved around a lot,” Emilie Zeibin wrote in a blog about the project earlier this month. “Jim was tired of living in houses that leaked, had cold windows and were expensive to heat.”So he decided to build a comfortable house that didn’t use much energy. Initially attracted to net zero energy houses that were being constructed in Edmonton, Jim eventually decided that route would be too expensive. His son David, an architect, suggested he look at the Passivhaus standard and the two later took a week-long course in Vancouver to learn more. David, a LEED accredited professional who holds a degree in engineering physics as well as architecture, then signed on as designer.The project is described in an unusually well illustrated blog that includes photos taken at various stages of construction.last_img read more

Media entertainment set for slowdown may grow 12 this fiscal

October 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMumbai: Rapid growth in digital users, combined with growing regional demand and better monetisation, the media and entertainment industry grew 13 percent to reach Rs 1,63,100 crore in FY19, and is likely to clip at a slower rate of 12 percent in FY20, says a report. The report by KPMG, however, noted had it not been for the uncertainties created by Trai’s new tariff order and the signs of economic slowdown, the industry would have grown by 1-2 percent more. In FY20, the industry is likely to grow at a slower 12 percent to Rs 1.88 trillion, as it expects another round of regulatory changes. “The growth would have even lower than 12 percent had not been for the gains from the higher ad spends during the April-May general elections and the cricket World Cup. “TV faced major headwinds in FY19 and in fact grew at a lower rate than projected last year primarily on account of the delay in implementation of the new tariff order. “TV ad spend was subdued as marketers waited for assessing the net impact on the number of subscribers, as also pick-up across various genres,” KPMG partner and head of media & entertainment Girish Menon said Tuesday. Television revenue grew 9.5 percent to Rs 71,400 crore in the year. He further said the new tariff order had initial implementation issues–higher bills, which pushed up the average revenue per user from Rs 150 to over Rs 200, shrinkage of the cable and satellite universe. But this has many consumers disconnecting. Although big broadcasters have gained due to higher share of end-consumer revenue, English and niche channels are struggling and have seen significant drop in uptake. The media and entertainment industry is expected to grow 13.5 percent per annum during FY19-24 to reach Rs 3.07 trillion in FY24 on the back of greater focus on monetisation of emerging digital business models, strong regional opportunities and favourable regulatory and operating scenario across traditional businesses. Television, is expected to grow at 11.2 percent per annum to touch Rs 1,21,500 crore by FY24. Digital, which has caused disruption in television and print, is poised to become the second largest segment after television with 20 percent share, and also the maximum advertising spend by FY22.last_img read more