Photos: Meet the 2018 ‘Green Oscars’ winners

first_imgThe six winners of 2018 Whitley Award are Munir Virani of Kenya; Shahriar Caesar Rahman of Bangladesh; Kerstin Forsberg of Peru; Dominique Bikaba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Anjali Chandraraj Watson of Sri Lanka; and Olivier Nsengimana of Rwanda.Each recipient was awarded £40,000 ($56,000) in project funding over one year at an awards ceremony held at the Royal Geographic Society in London, U.K., on April 25.A seventh conservationist, Pablo “Popi” Garcia Borboroglu from Argentina, who won the Whitley Award in 2010, received the Whitley Gold Award for his commitment to safeguarding the world’s penguin species. Six conservationists received the conservation world’s “Green Oscars” at an awards ceremony at the Royal Geographic Society in London, U.K., on April 25.The Whitley Award, granted by the U.K.-based charity Whitley Fund for Nature, honors local environmental heroes who work in grassroots nature conservation, often facing “humanitarian, environmental and political challenges in the projects they undertake.” This year marks 25 years of the prestigious award.The six winners were chosen from a pool of over 136 applicants from 48 countries. Each recipient was awarded £40,000, or about $56,000, in project funding over one year, according to a press release from the Whitley Fund for Nature.A seventh conservationist, Pablo “Popi” Garcia Borboroglu from Argentina, recipient of the 2010 Whitley Award, won the Whitley Gold Award for his commitment to safeguarding the world’s penguin species. The Whitley Gold Award is given to an “exceptional Whitley Award alumnus for outstanding contribution,” and includes a £60,000 ($84,000) project prize.Shahriar Caesar Rahman, who won the 2018 Whitley Award for his work in Bangladesh, said at the award ceremony: “Tonight, I would like to share this award with the local communities who have shared with me their homes, their wisdom, and their trust. And to them I say, I will not let them down.”2018 Whitley Award winners from left to right: Shahriar Caesar Rahman, Anjali Chandraraj Watson, Kerstin Forsberg, Pablo ‘Popi’ Garcia Borboroglu, Munir Virani, Dominique Bikaba, Olivier Nsengimana. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Meet the 2018 Whitley Award winners:Munir Virani, KenyaA former cricketer, Munir Virani is now vice president of The Peregrine Fund, a non-profit group that works to conserve birds of prey around the world. Virani focuses on saving endangered vultures in Africa’s Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.Virani’s team works to eradicate poisoning of vultures, a major cause of their decline across Africa. When big cats like lions kill livestock, pastoralists sometimes lace carcasses with poison in retaliation, hoping to reduce predator numbers. Vultures, which scavenge on carcasses, often become collateral damage. In just the Maasai Mara, vultures have declined by 50 percent over 30 years, in large part due to poisoned bait, according to BirdLife International. Virani’s work helps ensure that these birds remain an integral part of the African savanna.Munir Virani focuses on saving endangered vultures in Africa’s Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Vultures often become collateral damage when livestock herders poison carcasses to reduce conflict with predators. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Virani’s team is training conservation leaders among the communities to help monitor and protect vultures. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Shahriar Caesar Rahman, BangladeshShahriar Caesar Rahman, co-founder of the non-profit Creative Conservation Alliance, is working to preserve Asia’s largest tortoise in the remote Chittagong Hill tracts (CHT), on the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.Rahman’s team not only rediscovered the Asian giant tortoise (Manouria emys), previously thought to be extinct, but also found a new species of forest turtle in the CHT. His team has also trained members of indigenous tribes living in the region, many of them former hunters, as biologists. These trained “parabiologists” now help in documenting and protecting the CHT’s wildlife. Rahman’s team has also created a market for the sale of indigenous crafts, reviving cultures that are on the verge of being lost.Read Mongabay’s 2016 interview with Rahman here.Shahriar Caesar Rahman works in the remote Chittagong Hill tracts on the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Former hunter-turned-parabiologists setting up camera traps in remote locations of Chittagong Hill Tracts. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Rahman’s team has created a market for the sale of indigenous crafts. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Kerstin Forsberg, PeruKerstin Forsberg, a marine biologist and founder of the NGO Planeta Océano, is working to conserve giant manta rays (Manta birostris) in Peru.Kerstin’s NGO has lobbied to get manta rays legal protection in Peru. She also works with local fishermen to reduce accidental bycatch of the species as well as take leadership roles in conserving giant manta rays, especially through ecotourism. Her team also engages with youths and other citizen scientists to monitor giant manta ray populations.Kerstin Forsberg is working to conserve giant manta rays in Peru. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Giant manta ray. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Her team engages with children to raise awareness about giant manta rays. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Dominique Bikaba, Democratic Republic of the CongoDominique Bikaba, founder of the NGO Strong Roots, is working to protect and conserve the extremely rare Grauer’s gorilla, also known as the eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri), found only in the mountain forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.Mining, poaching and civil unrest pose severe threats to the species. Bikaba’s team hopes to reduce the rapid decline of the gorillas by working with local people to secure a forest corridor that will connect gorilla populations in the Kahuzi-Biega and Itombwe nature reserves. Through his efforts, Bikaba has succeeded in getting communities to agree to commit 3,000 square kilometers (1,160 square miles) of forest for gorilla conservation. At the same time, the team is working to improve local food security to reduce the communities’ dependence on forest resources.Dominique Bikaba is working to protect the Grauer’s gorilla. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.The rare Grauer’s gorilla is found only in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Bikaba’s team is working to improve local food security to reduce the communities’ dependence on forest resources. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Anjali Chandraraj Watson, Sri LankaAnjali Watson, co-founder of the Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust in Sri Lanka, is an ecologist working to foster coexistence between humans and leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya) in the country’s Central Highlands, a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site.Watson’s team trains local communities as “leopard watchers” to help respond to leopards entering villages, and to reduce snaring of the big cats. Her team also engages with tea estate workers and owners in the landscape to participate in conservation via environmental certification schemes. Watson hopes to establish a protected corridor that will connect two reserves in the region and help reduce human-leopard conflict incidents.Anjali Watson is working to protect leopards in Sri Lanka. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Leopard habitats are severely fragmented in Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands because of large tea estates. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Watson’s team engages with tea estate owners to help reduce human-leopard interaction. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Olivier Nsengimana, RwandaVeterinarian Olivier Nsengimana is working to save the endangered grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) in Rwanda. The birds are threatened not just by the destruction of their wetland habitats, but also by a booming illegal pet trade, with fewer than 500 grey crowned cranes now surviving in the country.To protect the species, Nsengimana, set up the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA). With his team, he has registered all captive cranes in Rwanda to ensure that more individuals are not brought into captivity. He also employs his veterinary skills to help rehabilitate these birds to the wild. Nsengimana’s team hopes to train a network of volunteers who will help combat poaching and monitor crane populations. His team will also continue to raise awareness about the bird’s status, and help conserve four wetlands and restore roost sites across the country.Olivier Nsengimana is working to save the endangered grey crowned crane. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.The birds are threatened not just by the destruction of their wetland habitats, but also by a booming illegal pet trade. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Nsengimana’s team is raising awareness about the bird’s status. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Pablo ‘Popi’ Garcia Borboroglu, Argentina (Whitley Gold Award winner)Pablo “Popi” Garcia Borboroglu, winner of the 2010 Whitley Award, founded the Global Penguin Society to conserve penguins across their range in the Southern Hemisphere.Borboroglu has a number of achievements to his credit, including the designation of the Blue Patagonia Biosphere Reserve, Argentina’s largest; the protection of more than 31,000 square kilometers (12,000 square miles) of marine and coastal habitat, benefiting 20 penguin colonies; and the creation of a wildlife reserve and an ecotourism plan that helped increase the population of a Magellanic penguin colony in El Pedral, Patagonia, from six pairs in 2008 to more than 2,000 pairs in less than a decade.Pablo “Popi” Garcia Borboroglu won the 2010 Whitley award, and is the 2018 Whitley Gold Award winner. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature.Borboroglu is working to conserve the world’s penguins. Image courtesy of Whitley Fund for Nature. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Heroes, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Peoples, Mammals, Marine, Marine Conservation, Oceans, Poaching, Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

T&T’s volleyballers create history

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Trinidad & Tobago Women have become the first English-speaking Caribbean volleyball team to book a place at a Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Championship. Though they went down to Mexico in a five-set thriller in the NORCECA Group C Women’s World Championship qualifier on Sunday, they had already secured a place following strong performances in the preceding matches in the tournament at the National Cycling Centre. “We’ve accomplished a lot this year,” T&T captain Krystle Esdelle said. “Fighting as we did means we have moved a step further. We used to think about beating Costa Rica as a goal and we have done it in this tournament, and now our goal will be to beat Mexico in the future, but this was an exciting final match.” The Mexicans defeated T&T 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 15-9 in a title match full of exciting and long rallies to clinch their spot to the World Championship for the eighth time. T&T trailed throughout the first two sets, but they came storming back in the third and fourth sets in a scoring party. The home team, however, could not sustain the effort and Mexico finally clinched the tie-break set, winning their second consecutive NORCECA qualifier. “We proved that our team and sport is worth investing in,” said T&T head coach Francisco Cruz. “Volleyball is the only sport that qualified to a world championships this year. Funding should come to us. “Our improvement has been so much with so little support. Imagine what we can accomplish with more money. I am positive we could have won, but we failed with too many serves and some players weren’t concentrating enough.” Trinidad & Tobago led in aces 6-5, as the both teams finished with 55 attacks, but they conceded 37 errors and benefited from 33. Channon Thompson of T&T scored a match high of 24 points on 20 impressive kills, two blocks and two aces; teammate Darlene Ramdin added 15 points, all by kills, and Esdelle scored 12 points.last_img read more

A title-winning XI? The almost Arsenal line-up if Gunners had signed top targets

first_img rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target In this formation, Alexis Sanchez would partner Vardy upfront with Mesut Ozil playing at the top of the diamond.Mahrez and Santi Cazorla are on either flank to provide the width while Granit Xhaka is in the holding role.Vardy would have likely thrived with Ozil, Cazorla and Mahrez providing goalscoring opportunities.4-2-3-1 It was just after the Foxes had beaten the odds to win the Premier League title with their top players attracting attention from Europe’s elite.N’Golo Kante was snapped up by Chelsea while Arsenal were linked to both Mahrez and Vardy. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Vardy has nine Premier League goals against Arsenal in his career update statement stalemate Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future How Arsenal could have looked in a 4-3-3 formation in 2016 5 Riyad Mahrez joined Man City in 2018 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Simon Jordan criticises disruptive and destructive Arsenal fansThe Gunners ended the 2016/17 Premier League season in fifth place, one point behind Liverpool in the Champions League places.Could Vardy and Mahrez made the difference that season? We will never know.But here at we have taken a look at how the Gunners could have lined-up that season with the pair in their team.4-4-2 (Diamond) Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Arsenal fans will forever look back at summer 2016 and wonder what might have been given their club failed to prise Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy away from Leicester City.Mahrez, who now plays for Manchester City, recently revealed how he nearly signed for the Gunners in 2016. 5 Getty Images – Getty How Arsenal could have lined-up with Vardy and Mahrez The Premier League winner considered the offer to join Arsene Wenger’s side but he was concerned over whether their playing style would suit his own.He went on to sign a new contract with Leicester and has not looked back. latest Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:29Loaded: 6.62%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen How Arsenal could have lined-up in the 2016/17 season This system would see Cazorla in a more central role with Mesut Ozil to support the front three.Vardy, Sanchez and Mahrez would likely have been a devastating attack for the Gunners. 5 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 5 targets The current City attacker revealed how Leicester blocked his move to north London with the deal verging on completion.He would later seal a dream move to City in 2018 for £60million.The Gunners also triggered a release clause in Vardy’s contract, at around £20million, back in 2016. appointed In a 4-2-3-1 formation, Cazorla and Xhaka are playing in the deeper role with the other four attacking players further forward.Sanchez was often pushed out to the left at Arsenal and later Manchester United and would provide the supporting role to Vardy.4-3-3 5 getty images last_img read more

Presidential candidate Ní Riada ‘heartened’ by Donegal support

first_imgSinn Féin’s Presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada brought her campaign to Donegal last weekend to meet with friends in Gweedore.Ní Riada, who is the Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South, attended a rally and concert in Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair on Saturday.Before the event, the Cork native visited Grianan of Aileach in Burt. Ní Riada was joined at the historic beauty spot by a group of enthusiastic supporters which included Sinn Féin’s senator Pádraig MacLochlainn, Pearse Doherty TD and Cllr Jack Murray.Cllr Jack Murray, Pearse Doherty TD, Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn,Liadh Ní RiadaSpeaking to those assembled she said it was a privilege to visit the beautiful spot which was a special place for the late Martin McGuinnessNí Riada said: “It is such a special honour for me to follow in the footsteps of Martin McGuinness in running for the Presidency.“It was great to see Martin’s family earlier today in Derry.“My campaign is an all-Ireland campaign, and I am very clear that, if elected, I will be President for the of all the 32 Counties of Ireland.“I have been engaging positively with people in Donegal in this election and the support here has been very heartening.“I have fought hard for ordinary Irish people in the European Parliament since 2014. I will bring this energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the Presidency.“I believe I can be a New President for a New Ireland and will address the Oireachtas on the crises in health and housing which are impacting on our people, as well as the difficulties facing people in rural Ireland in terms of services, investment and employment. I will also seek to lead a positive discussion on a future united Ireland.”Presidential candidate Ní Riada ‘heartened’ by Donegal support was last modified: October 8th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:aras 2018Liadh Ní Riadapresidential campaignSinn Feinlast_img read more

IFC boost for cellphone banking

first_img22 November 2007The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has taken up a 10% stake in Johannesburg-based Wizzit Bank, which enables its customers to operate bank accounts using cellular phones, extending banking services to low-income earners as well as customers in rural areas.Wizzit, a division of the South African Bank of Athens, will use the funds raised to expand their cellular banking services, first in South Africa and eventually in other countries, enabling more people to participate actively in the economy.“Wizzit is a small bank with large ambitions,” Wizzit chairman Charles Rowlinson said in an IFC statement released on Wednesday, “We are proud that the IFC recognises our potential to reach the unbanked, promoting greater access to financial services and offering the poor greater opportunities.”The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and promotes sustainable economic growth in developing countries by financing private sector investment and providing advisory services to businesses and governments.It will help Wizzit expand operations, determine new markets for its services, and develop penetration strategies, including identifying local partners.“Access to financial services is costly and limited in Africa, particularly in rural areas,” the IFC said. “Much of the population operates on a cash-only basis and outside of the formal banking system, even in a country like South Africa, which has a relatively sophisticated financial sector.”According to the statement, it is estimated that 40% of South Africa’s 47-million people have little or no access to formal banking. However, nearly 60% of South Africans do have cellular phones and this has created an opportunity to provide social and financial services over mobile networks.Wizzit Bank has capitalised on this opportunity, and now employs nearly 2 000 previously unemployed people, known as Wizz-kids, who have the good local knowledge and contacts that the company needs to market services directly to potential clients in neighbourhoods across the country.“Helping the financial sector become more inclusive by extending bank services to the poor is an important part of IFC’s strategy to strengthen Africa’s private sector,” said IFC chief executive Lars Thunell.“Wizzit’s innovative technology and marketing strategy are already having a strong impact by helping create opportunity for more South Africans.”A video on Wizzit is available on YoutubeSAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Women of excellence: Ferial Haffajee, champion of media freedom

first_imgTough and tenacious, Ferial Haffajee is one of the most respected and influential women in South African journalism today. Throughout her distinguished career she has fearlessly played her part to advance media freedom, transparency and government accountability.When, at the age of 36, Ferial Haffajee was appointed editor of the Mail & Guardian, she became the first woman to edit a national mainstream newspaper in South Africa.Staff writerThe daughter of garment workers, Ferial Haffajee grew up in Johannesburg and studied English and African literature. She trained at the cadet school of the Weekly Mail, the famous independent anti-apartheid newspaper, and began her career as a cub reporter when the paper became the Mail & Guardian. At 22, Haffajee was on a panel of journalists chosen to interview Nelson Mandela on his release in 1990. Haffajee also has experience as a radio producer and TV reporter at the SABC and was political editor at the Financial Mail.Haffajee worked for the Mail & Guardian throughout her career and in 2004, at 36, was appointed editor. She was the first woman to edit a national mainstream newspaper in South Africa. She steered the M&G to record circulation, while maintaining its reputation for courageous, quality journalism. In 2009, she took on the mammoth task of repositioning the national Sunday paper City Press. It now boasts 1.75-million readers, sets the weekly local news agenda and has a first-rate editorial team.Haffajee was voted one of New African’s 100 Most Influential Africans last year, she has won a Sanlam financial journalism award, was a Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year in 2004 and won the Women in The Media award in 2006.As a board member for the International Press Institute and World Editors’ Forum, Haffajee also takes South Africa’s strong tradition of a free and fearless press to the broader global community.last_img read more

Revolution Money to Take on PayPal, the World

first_imgA large group of very heavy hitters, chaired by former AOL man Ted Leonsis, has launched a new financial services company called Revolution Money. The company will charge transaction fees it says are as low as 25% of the industry average and will allow those transfers to be carried out through existing Points of Sale, an anonymous PIN protected credit card and a variety of online methods, including social networking sites and AOL’s AIM instant messenger. Here’s the release on Leonsis’s blog. The team at Revolution Money is staggering. The Board includes Lawrence Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary; Russell Hogg, former President and CEO of MasterCard International, Inc.; Franklin Raines, former CEO of Fannie Mae and former director of the Office of Management and Budget; David Pottruck, former CEO of Charles Schwab and David Golden, CFO of Revolution LLC and former Vice Chairman of JPMorgan. The company recently announced a $50 million Series B round of funding from Citi, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and others. Will you start seeing Revolution Money as a payment option online and off this fall? You probably will. This company could have the financial smarts to succeed where Google Checkout has failed and prove a viable challenger to PayPal, at the very least. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

BAHAMAS Sir Hartman Longley Sworn In as President of the Court of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 23, 2017 – Nassau – Sir Hartman Longley was sworn in as President of the Court of Appeal by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Friday, December 22, 2017.  Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis is also pictured as Sir Hartman Longley received his Instrument of Appointment.(BIS Photos/Derek Smith) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Suicide Prevention Council focuses on teen suicide prevention

first_imgSuicide Prevention Council focuses on teen suicide prevention Posted: September 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An annual report on suicide prevention in San Diego County is focusing on what can be done to prevent suicides among children and teens.The Suicide Prevention Council released its annual report on Thursday, which highlights suicide prevention efforts for students from K-12.Overall, for all age groups, the county’s suicide rate from 2016 to 2017 rose slightly, by 5%. Compared with suicide rates among all age groups, the number of teen deaths is relatively low.However, educators and mental health professionals at Thursday’s news conference said addressing mental health problems early can prevent suicides later. Stan Collins who works with the Suicide Prevention Council said school districts across California are actively involved in creating prevention policies so that all school staff can be trained to recognize the signs of someone who may need help.“A lot of people fear talking about suicide and think talking about it causes it to happen. But there’s a ton of research that shows talking about suicide is the only way we’ll ever prevent it,” Collins said.Students are also involved in suicide intervention, with training that help to create a positive school climate and connect with others who may need help.Jade Forero, a junior at Mountain Empire HIgh School was trained in one of the mental health programs. “If you continue to ask and thoroughly say, ‘Are you okay, do you need help?’ – and offer services, they will get better,” Forero said.A California law passed in 2016 requires all school districts that serve students in grades 7-12 to adopt a comprehensive suicide prevention policy. AB 2246 calls for policies that specifically address the needs of students in high risk groups such as youth with mental illness, substance use disorders, youth in transient home settings such as foster care, and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning.Dr. Cheryl Rode, a psychologist at the San Diego Center for Chiildren said parents can also reduce a teen’s risk of suicide by asking questions and having an open dialogue with their children.” I think kids are so open and willing to talk when we give them the right opportunity. I never had a youth decline to talk to me about those thoughts and those feelings. If anything, it’s a relief to them. Our kids have shown us as adults really, how much better it is when we don’t stigmatize and when we’re open and sharing and supportive. That’s what they want and that’s what they need,” Rode said.If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Access & Crisis Line at 888-724-7240. The hotline operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. September 13, 2018 Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, last_img read more

List of Independence Day events being held throughout San Diego County

first_imgList of Independence Day events being held throughout San Diego County KUSI Newsroom July 4, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ceremonies and events will be held throughout San Diego County Thursday to celebrate Independence Day.The Port of San Diego will host its 19th annual Big Bay Boom fireworks show over the San Diego Bay at 9 p.m. The 20-minute show will be choreographed to music, which will be broadcast on multiple iHeartMedia radio stations. The show will also be broadcast throughout Southern California on Fox 5 San Diego and KTLA.Multiple venues around the waterfront will host watch parties for the fireworks show, including the San Diego Convention Center, the InterContinental San Diego, Shelter Island, Harbor Island and the Coronado Ferry Landing. Local officials have encouraged residents to use public transit to get to the show.U.S. Naval bases San Diego and Point Loma will hold Independence Day celebrations, including a 21-gun salute at Naval Base San Diego. Naval Base Point Loma will hold its annual Freedom Festival at its Harbor Drive Annex, which is free and open to military families, retirees, reservists and employees of the U.S. Department of Defense.The San Diego County Fair will close at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with a daylong celebration of Independence Day, featuring a parade, a performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s First Division Marine Band and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. The fair will open one hour early at 10 a.m. to accommodate the day’s festivities.The California Center for the Arts will host the city of Escondido’s 56th annual Independence Day Festival and Fireworks, featuring an opening ceremony by members of American Legion Post 149, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70. The event will also feature a national anthem singing competition and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.In south county, the Chula Vista Firefighter’s Foundation will host its 11th annual pancake breakfast at Fire Station 7 to raise funds for the foundation’s community programs and fire safety programs. Later in the day, the city of Chula Vista will host its annual Fourth Fest celebration of Independence Day at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, which will also include a fireworks display at 9 p.m.In Mira Mesa, the Mira Mesa Town Council will host its 45th annual Fourth of July Parade, featuring Kansas City Chiefs running back and Mira Mesa High School alumnus Damien Williams as the event’s grand marshal. San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate, who represents Mira Mesa, is also expected to attend.“Damien Williams is a proud Mira Mesan and returns regularly to the school’s football field,” Cate said. “He is often seen volunteering, giving advice, and motivating the players.”The parade is scheduled to start at noon at the Mira Mesa Senior Center.In east county, the city of Santee and the town of Julian will both host Fourth of July events. At 10 a.m., Julian will host its annual Fourth of July Parade, beginning at Julian Union High School. At 2:30 p.m., Santee will host its 18th annual Santee Salutes July 4 celebration, featuring a fireworks show at 9 p.m.For residents with pets, the San Diego Humane Society and the county’s Animal Services Department recommend that pets stay indoors with access to an area in the house where they feel safe and are protected from the noise and light of fireworks. Pets should also be microchipped and have an identification tag to ensure that they can be located if they do escape their home.“There is typically a spike in the number of stray animals that we receive the day after July Fourth,” said SDHS President and CEO Gary Weitzman. “That’s why it is so important for pet parents to plan ahead and make sure their animals are safe during the celebrations.”Lost pets in the county’s unincorporated areas can be reported to the county’s 24-hour emergency line at 619-236-2341. For residents within the county’s incorporated cities, the San Diego Humane Society’s facilities in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside will open at 9 a.m. July 5 to receive stray pets. Posted: July 4, 2019last_img read more