first_imgAt least one of the California Grudens is putting up a fight these days.Jayson Gruden, son of the Raiders’ head coach, recently made his Muay Thai fighting debut, recording a three-round decision over his opponent.Muay Thai? According to tigermuaythai.com, it’s “the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand” in which the entire body is utilized as a weapon.The evlove-mma.com blog refers to it as “the perfect martial art” and “the art of eight limbs (that) utilizes a beautiful …last_img read more

first_imgCitizens everywhere deserve the respectof their governments. They also sharethe responsibility, with their leaders, ofcreating an adequate society. With the continent’s abundance of the sunand wind, solar technology advances inAfrican countries should have become apriority many years ago, said Ramphele.(Images: Southafrica.info)MEDIA CONTACTS• Steve Biko Foundation+27 11 403 0310Valencia Talane“We need a philanthropic movement in this country where each one of us does what we can do.”This was said by distinguished philanthropist, academic and businesswoman Mamphela Ramphele back in 2007, citing, among other concerns, a need for South Africa’s emerging middle class to share more of its wealth in order to help address poverty and inequality in the country.Fast forward to five years later, today – Ramphele has delivered such a movement.The Citizens Movement for Social Change, launched in April, encourages a culture of accountability and proactiveness among citizens, which will see them grow beyond a nation wounded by colonialism and apartheid.Addressing attendees at the launch in Cape Town, Ramphele echoed her words from 2007, saying: “Accountability mechanisms to ensure citizens remain stewards of the democracy and at the centre of governance have not yet been developed.”On the other hand, a change in how leaders view the people on the ground is also necessary to lessen the gap between those who hold the power to govern and those who should be benefiting from the government.In an interview with Business Day earlier this year, Ramphele said one of the flaws of South Africa is that in the transition to democracy “we skipped a step”, forgetting to liberate ourselves from the psyche of an apartheid society, which had thrived on the principles of job reservation and exclusion.“We underestimated the depth of the chasm that we inherited. We thought we could throw money at education and money at other things, but it required much, much more,” she said.“Now the best weapon anyone has to arrest the slide is to become an active citizen and champion of the Constitution, which enshrines social justice.”Lessons from AfricaFrom 2000 to 2004 Ramphele was one of four managing directors at the World Bank, and the focus of her post was human development in Africa.It was a great achievement for her on an individual level; she was the first African to reach a position of such seniority at the global financial institution.“My contribution to the World Bank was to say ‘what is good for people in the US and China is good for people in Africa’, which I think has helped the bank think more holistically in their efforts on development,” she said.However, she reckons, it was a great learning curve for her as well.Speaking to UK-based Ubraintv.com – a digital network that focuses on energy and environmental news – Ramphele shared her views on Africa’s preparedness to start taking care of itself, so to speak.There are parts of Africa that are working, and some that are not, she said.“”Ethiopia, which was in the media for the wrong reasons a few decades ago, is now pioneering the process of reforestation,” she said, referring to the famine that gripped the Horn of Africa country, where varying reports put the number of deaths between 400 000 and 900 000, with many more displaced.“This was achieved by ordinary people whose government had to catch up with the citizens.”She added that the events of the last year or so in the continent’s Arab nations were also a sign of the revolutionary change that can be brought about by citizens.These are ordinary people taking charge of their own issues, demanding that governments meet them halfway in creating governable states that address the needs of the poor.Africa has a unique way of communicating, said Ramphele. Many people in Africa subscribe to a culture of meeting in a circle, with everyone around the circle having a say and contributing towards a solution for the concern of the day. This is known as a kgotla, from the Setswana word meaning “court”.“There is no hierarchy in a circle, so everybody gets a turn to be heard,” she reasoned.This will come in handy, said Ramphele, in the networking and knowledge-sourcing processes that African scientists should be enlisting in order to advance the continent’s chances at fighting climate change.Technology in the fight against climate changeRamphele is of the view that most of postcolonial Africa’s governments ignored the investment in their people and, therefore, the enabling of Africans to innovate.“Despite Africa’s shortcomings in terms of governance, the interconnected world allows us to look at what is happening elsewhere, and determine how we can adapt that to our environment,” she said.“From having looked at the technology the world has to offer, combining it with our natural resources like the sun and wind, we should be able to develop technology that is appropriate for our needs.”Through the work of the Technology Innovation Agency, a government agency of which Ramphele is chairperson, she is able to see benefits of the internet and social media revolution, with young people now able to connect to their peers around the world to share ideas.Ignoring the changes around the globe will, in time, mean that we will fall behind in our efforts to preserve the planet, she said, and when we run out of time, nature could punish us.“The current shift to think beyond economic growth and to embrace an approach towards human development means that at all levels of governance, national, continental and global, we have a set of actors who are well informed.”Nurturing a responsible citizenryThe task ahead, Ramphele argued, is to mobilise citizens to voice their rights and exercise their responsibilities.Without an active citizenry and with enduring poverty and development failures, South Africa is headed down a dangerous path of instability. *Image of Mamphela Ramphele courtesy of Wikipedialast_img read more

first_imgMore than 90 days after hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram rebels in north-eastern Nigeria, a United Nations envoy for the region got a first-hand account of the efforts underway to rescue the students and to fight terrorism in the region, and met with education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was spending her birthday in Nigeria to show solidarity with the girls and their families.In Abuja, Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, reiterated “the continued commitment of the United Nations to the unity and stability of Nigeria,” according to the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).He held consultations with Government officials and the leadership of the National Assembly, as well as heads of defense and security services, to review progress made in efforts to rescue the schoolgirls seized on 14 April in Chibok, and to address the larger crisis resulting from Boko Haram activities.During the five-day visit, Mr. Djinnit also confirmed that the UN has started to implement an integrated support package that includes support for the Chibok girls, their families and their communities, in particular with psycho-social counselling and helping them reintegrate with their families and communities.While in Nigeria, Mr. Djinnit discussed the support package with Ms. Yousafzai, who was spending her 17th birthday in the country by “standing with my Nigerian sisters and their parents.”Ms. Yousafzai, whose Malala Fund reportedly donated $200,000 for education in Nigeria, offered to partner with the UN efforts to mitigate the impacts of the abduction and help the girls return to school.Citing examples of young female students being raped and killed in India, and forced into child marriage in Pakistan, Ms. Yousafzai called on the international community to protect girls around the world. “No child anywhere ever should be the target of conflict or violence,” she said.Turning to the armed group responsible for the mass kidnapping in Nigeria, Ms. Yousafzai had harsh words about their interpretation of Islam.“Stop misusing the name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace. Islam allows every boy and every girl to get an education,” she spoke to applause. “I would request you lay down your weapons, release your sisters.”The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes said she can relate to the Nigerian students.“This Malala Day is a day for education of every child, and is dedicated to my dear, dear and dear Nigerian sisters who are going through the same brutal situation which I suffered through in my past,” she said in reference to the unofficial holiday first marked on 12 July 2013, her 16th birthday.last_img read more

first_imgCES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Walmart TP-Link TP-Link is expanding its wireless networking offerings with a fleet of WiFi 6/802.11ax hardware in both standard and mesh wireless varieties. The Deco X10 mesh wireless system is similar to Netgear Orbi, Eero and Google WiFi. It launches in Q3 2019, and will retail for $350 for a kit that includes two mesh Wi-Fi nodes you can link together to blanket a large area with wireless coverage. That’s a typical price for a multi-unit mesh set up you’d purchase today, but when it launches this fall, the Deco X10 will support the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, among other competitive specs. I would expect plenty of additional Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems available when the Deco X10 launches in Q3 2019, so don’t preorder until we get a better sense of the field.The RE300 is TP-Link’s other mesh product. Rather than working as a standalone mesh networking device, the RE300 is an extender that will add mesh capabilities to existing TP-Link Archer C7 and Archer A7 wireless routers (pending a firmware update).Read more: Wi-Fi 6: Better, faster internet is coming this year — here’s everything you need to know  TP-Link says the RE300 is the first product in its new OneMesh line of Mesh accessories, so expect additional hardware down the line. The RE300 launches in April 2019, for a reasonable $50. archer-ax11000-1 TP-Link On the standard wireless networking front, TP-Link has four new Wi-Fi 6 routers at different but aggressive price points that indicate a hefty premium for the new wireless standard. The Archer AX11000 is a tri-band gaming router that goes on sale this month for a staggering $450. The Archer AX6000 is a dual-band router that will sell for $350 in April, and the Archer AX1800 launches in Q3 2019 for a more down-to-earth $130. An Archer AX1500 model will follow, for an unspecified price. Google Wifi CES Products Wi-Fi Google Netgear CES 2019 Preview • Google Wifi router promises wall-to-wall wireless for less $239 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 See It See it $95 Tags Smart Home Networking Comment CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Google Wifi Review • Google Wifi is the best whole-home Wi-Fi system on the market 1 85 Photos Share your voicelast_img read more

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the area from Monday October 1 until Sunday October 7. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in South Cheshire in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week A- B Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Close Lane from October 6 until October 16 Alsager: Two way traffic signals on Dunnocksfold Lane and Close Lane from October 1 until October 7 Alsager: Two way traffic signals on B5077 Crewe Road from October 2 until October 4 and on October 7 Alsager: Two way traffic signals on B5077 Lawton Road on October 1 Alsager: Multi-way traffic lights on Linley Road at the junction with Linley Lane from September 3 until October 5. Alsager: Multi-way traffic signals on Pikemere Road from August 6 until October 12 Alsager: Multi-way traffic lights on B5078 Sandbach Road North from October 1 until October 10 Bosley: Two way traffic lights on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019. Betchon: Multi-way traffic on A533 Cappers Lane on October 2 Brereton: Two way traffic signals on A50 Newcastle Road at the junction with Holmes Chapel Road from September 18 until October 5. Congleton Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Astbury Lane Ends from September 28 until October 3 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Back Lane on October 2 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Back Lane near junction of Longdown Road from August 20 until October 1. Congleton: Multi-way traffic lights on Canal Road from October 3 until October 5 Congleton: Two way traffic signals at the railway bridge on Middle Lane from October 6 until October 7 Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on St John’s Road and Wharfedale Road from October 3 until October 9 Crewe Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Alton Street from Walthall Street to Electricity Street from October 2 until October 4 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broad Street from October 4 until October 8 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broughton Road from September 24 until October 22 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks at Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on A534 Crewe Road from October 1 until October 3 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on Davenport Avenue at junction with Gresty Road from September 10 until October 22 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Fuller Drive from October 2 until October 4 Crewe: Roadworks on Heywood Green on October 2 and from October 5 until October 9 Crewe: Roadworks on Maw Green Road until October 31 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Middlewich Road/Wistaston Green Road from July 23 until October 25. Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Moreton Road from September 29 until October 1 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on A534 Nantwich Road between October 6 and October 7 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Nelson Street from October 4 until October 9 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Plane Tree Drive from October 3 until October 5 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Queens Park from September 30 until October 3 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Rope Lane near junction with Crewe Road from September 27 until October 1 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Park Drive from October 2 until October 5 Crewe: Two way traffic lights on A5020 University Way near the Pioneer site from September 24 until October 5. Crewe: Two way signals on A532 West Street from October 6 until October 7 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Wheatley Road from October 4 until October 8 Crewe: Road closures around A5078 Wistaston Road from September 22 until November 11 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Woodbank Close on October 5 H – M Hassall: Two way signals on Alsager Road in Hassall on October 3 Moston: Two way traffic signals on Dragons Lane in Moston from September 26 until October 2 N Nantwich: Give and take traffic control on Audlem Road from July 30 until October 5 Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Cronkinson Oak on October 2 Nantwich: Roadworks and road closure around London Road Roundabout from September 25 until October 1 Nantwich: Two way signsals on B5074 London Road outside number 13 on October 2 Nantwich: Multi-way traffic signals on A51 London Road from October 2 until October 4. Nantwich: Carriageway incursion on A530 Peter Destapleigh Way from October 1 until October 14 Nantwich: Two way traffic signals outside A530 Shrewbridge Road from October 2 until October 5 outside Shrewbridge Lodge Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Taylor Drive and Edmund Wright Way from September 28 until October 14 Nantwich: Two way traffic signals on B5341 Wellington Road outside number 40 on October 7 O -W Oakhanger: Two way traffic lights on Butterton Lane on October 1 Radway Green: Two way signals on Butterton Lane from October 2 until October 4 Radway Green: Radway Green Road closed over M6 from 8pm on October 1 until 4am on October 2. Sandbach: Some carriageway incurson on Bradwall Road near junction of Wesley Avenue from October 3 until October 5 Sandbach: Multi-way traffic lights on A534 Congleton Road between October 2 and October 4 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on A533 London Road outside Wilkinson from October 1 until October 2 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closure at Bridge 92 on Little Moss Lane from September 26 until October 24 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closure on Nursery Road on October 5 Shavington: Stop/go boards on Ashcroft Avenue on October 2 Shavington: Roadworks and road closure on Dig Lane on October 3 Shavington: Carriageway incursion on B5071 Stock Lane from October 5 until October 8 Wildboarclough: A54 Buxton Road closed in both directions until November 4. Williaston: Two way traffic signals on Colleys Lane from September 26 until October 4 Winterley: Roadworks and road closure on Coppice Road from October 3 until October 5last_img read more

first_imgWith file from The Associated Press Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Eiffel Tower, Paris Travelweek Group Thursday, June 14, 2018 Eiffel Tower to look even better with new surrounding glass walls Posted by PARIS – The Eiffel Tower, once considered an eyesore upon its construction, is getting a new ‘do.Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing around the famed landmark with more visually appealing glass walls.The company operating the monument says see-through panels are being set up to replace the fences at the north and south ends. Each panel, composed of over 6-centimetre thick armoured glass, measures three metres high and weighs 1.5 tons.The glass walls will give visitors unobstructed views of the tower, the nearby Champ-de-Mars Gardens and the other side of the Seine River that cuts through Paris.In addition to the walls, the gardens beneath the tower will also be enhanced, all of which is being done as part of a US$350 million project announced last year to modernize the 129-year-old iconic structure.last_img read more