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Cheddi Jagan book, photo exhibition opens

first_imgThe Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) on Monday opened a book and photo exhibition at the National Library on Church Street, Georgetown, in paying homage to former President Dr Cheddi Jagan for his sterling contribution to Guyana.The late Dr Cheddi JaganThis year marks the 101st birth anniversary of Dr Jagan, who was born on March 22, 1918. He died 22 years ago on March 6.At the exhibition, there were images depicting various periods throughout his life. From his fight for independence to being the first democratically elected President of Guyana.Books written by the late President were on display and included The West on Trial, Rooting for Labour, Forbidden Freedom and the USA in South America. The West on Trial is dubbed as one of his best pieces, which documents his fight for the country’s freedom.Chairman of the CJRC, Hydar Ally stated during the commencement of the exhibition that because of Dr Jagan’s persistence, persons of all social strata are given the chance to vote.“It was Dr Jagan who fought the British for that right to vote. The very right to vote that we take for granted was fought for and won. He was also instrumental in the struggle for Guyana’s independence and I would consider him to be the architect in Guyana’s independence struggle,” Ally relayed.In 1950, the former President founded the People’s Progressive Party and headed the PPP elected Government in 1953 while presiding as the Minister of Agriculture. He headed the second elected Government in 1957 to 1961 while serving as Minister of Trade and Industry. From 1961 to 1964, he served as Premier and Minister of Development and Planning.Dr Jagan served as leader of the parliamentary opposition from 1964-1973 and 1976-1992. On October 9, 1992, he was elected as President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.Some of his publications on display at the National LibraryThe exhibition is ongoing until March 29 at the National Library in Georgetown and New Amsterdam. The centre is also known for its vast collection of Dr Jagan’s work, which can be viewed year round. Additionally, those who wish to have additional information can visit jagan.org where his works are electronically tabulated.As customary, thousands of PPP supporters would culminate at Babu Jaan, Berbice, in remembrance of Dr Jagan during this period.The annual pilgrimage to the memorial site saw attendance from the former President Bharrat Jagdeo who outlined how the Party continues to keep Dr Jagan’s policy alive.“Dr Jagan waited for 28 years to return freedom to Guyana. We can return it faster because people are more educated and their children are educated and also they have more means of combination. They can get involved in the fight using social media and now they are not fearful of this Government, so we can all play a part in returning our country to what it was,” Jagdeo stated.last_img read more

Kabelo Mabalane: a music man with a plan

first_imgKabelo Mabalane, host on Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, is familiar with the highs and lows of success and stardomKabelo Mabalane, host on Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, is familiar with the highs and lows of success and stardom. After recovering from a drug dependency, the former TKZee member is an artist, and sportsman, in his own right.Mabalane is no stranger to show business, having been in the spotlight since 1997 as a member of kwaito supergroup, TKZee. With high school friends Zwai Bala and Tokollo Tshabalala, Mabalane blazed a trail through South African music and revelled in his bad boy image. But after being hospitalised after drug abuse, the star slowed down, and has since become an inspiration to young South Africans.last_img

Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’

first_imgProf Helen Rees (middle on photo) is one of the medical researchers honoured at the “Oscars” of South African science last week. Here she is with Minister Naledi Pandor and President of South3, Mike Fraser. (Image: Department of Science and Technology) • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR • Royal boost for conservation in Africa • Solar car races around southern Africa • Safer stoves for all township homes • Drones used to fight crime in South Africa South African medical research institutes rank among the best in the world and are equal to internationally respected institutes, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said in handing out the National Science and Technology Forum Awards.The success of medical research in South Africa was celebrated at the 2015 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards on Thursday, 9 July. The awards ceremony was held at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park.The annual NSTF Awards were established in 1998 to celebrate outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa. They also encourage the involvement and participation of organisations in research while raising awareness in the general public of local research and its relevance.They are often referred to as the “Oscars” of South African science.This year there were over 50 finalists in all the categories, which include Emerging Researcher and Contribution of a Lifetime. Two new awards – GreenMatter and the Photonics – were also launched.The GreenMatter Award is mainly for work in trans-disciplinary research or human capital development that promotes environmental sustainability within an academic or non-academic context. The Photonics Award has to do with research relating to photonics.Innovation and engineeringScience and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor delivered the keynote address at the ceremony. She said that medical research continued to do well in spite of the tough competition from other fields of research. “Bearing in mind that most of the categories in the NSTF Awards are for innovation and engineering, this is even more remarkable.”She praised the renowned parade of researchers, particularly those on the South African Research Chairs Initiative. “Their achievements affirm the Department of Science and Technology’s commitment to the research chairs programme through the R2.2-billion allocated to this programme since 2008.”The chair holders brought the best of research and innovation not only to South Africa, but the African continent. “We firmly believe that Prof Salim Karim’s Caprisa, Prof Valerie Mizrahi’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, Prof Kelly Chibale’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre and Prof Helen Rees’ Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute rank among the best in the world and are equal to internationally respected institutes in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.”Pandor said the government was committed to supporting the research chairs and hoped that they would attract local and international students, as well as international research funds and increased research supervisory capacity. “We look to them to establish new partnerships with institutions across the globe, to strengthen innovation in the southern hemisphere and to build a new cohort of productive researchers and scientists.”Medical research in leadThe list of this year’s finalists indicates that medical research again took the lead. Reese, the executive director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, won the Contribution over a Lifetime by an Individual category.She was awarded for her contributions in the fields of HIV prevention, reproductive health and vaccines, where she enjoys global recognition as a public health strategist with a unique ability to translate research into policy and practice.Rees shared this award with Prof Robert Scholes, distinguished professor of ecology at Wits University, for his contribution to environmental science, systems ecology, savannah ecology, and global change.Khilona Radia, chief executive officer and team leader of Atrium Biotech, received an award for Research Leading to Innovation by a Team or Individual in an SMME. Radia promoted and developed an accurate rapid test for extra-pulmonary tuberculosis that will save lives and reduce costs related to health care.Other winners included Prof Zander Myburg of the University of Pretoria for his research into uncovering the genomic control of wood formation in fast-growing eucalyptus trees, which is significant for fuel production. He received the TW Kambule-NSTF Award for research outputs over the last five to 10 years.Dr Thulani Makhalanyane also received the TW Kambule-NSTF Award in the category of emerging researcher for his exceptional performance and contribution to the field of microbial ecology of hot and cold deserts.Source: Department of Science and Technology.last_img read more

South Africa’s sports awards nominees are announced

first_img9 November 2015The nominees for the 10th annual Sports Awards have been announced by the Department of Sport and Recreation.“This is a significant milestone and we’re celebrating the best sporting moments of the past 10 years, best moments of the Sport Awards and the best sport people that this country has produced,” said Minister Fikile Mbalula.“The Sport Awards gives us all an opportunity to pay tribute to those who excel both on and off the field,” he said. “We’re always inspired by our athletes as they continue to push boundaries and reach new heights of excellence.”The nomineesSportswoman of the Year:Ashleigh Moolman-PasioShabnim IsmailBridgitte HartleySportsman of the Year:Greg MinnaarChad le ClosWayde van NiekerkPeople’s Choice of the Year:AB de VilliersAshleigh Moolman-PasioChad le ClosLucas SitholeWayde van NiekerkNational Federation of the Year:Roller SportCyclingBasketballSports Administrator of the Year:Virginia MabasoKaren LoschTim CornishSchool Team of the Year:Oakdale Agricultural High SchoolSt Johns College – Junior Men’s PairHoerskool WaterkloofDeveloping School Team of the Year:Iqhayiya Secondary SchoolMontshiwa Primary SchooLphayizani Indoor Rowing ClubIndigenous Games Team of the Year:Limpopo Drie Stokkies Men’s TeamWestern Cape Iintonga TeamKZN Dibeke TeamRecreational Body of the Year:Isiqalo – Waves 4 ChangeDiepsloot Mountain Bike AcademyPhayizani Indoor Rowing ClubPhotographer of the Year:Gavin BarkerVeli NhlapoMotshwari MofokengSports Journalist of the Year:Bareng-Batho KortjaasDaniel MothowagaeMbali MokokoNewcomer of the Year:Nokwanda HlongwaneJayde Andrew JuliusKagiso RabadaTeam of the Year:Proteas Test Team – cricketLightweight Women’s 2x – rowingSpringbok Sevens – rugbySportswoman of the Year with a Disability:Kgothatso MontjaneIlse HayesPeggy de VilliersSportsman of the Year with a Disability:Lucas SitholeErnst van DykPieter du PreezCoach of the Year:Holger LoschGeoffrey ToyanaGraham HillRoger BarrowVolunteer of the Year:Zelda HansenNkosinathi NgubaneJeremy CampbellThis year’s awards theme is “IzinjaZeGame . The Best for 2015”.“The majority of South Africans can identify with this colloquial phrase which, loosely translated, means that you are the top dog, the best at what you do,” the minister explained. “Our nominees are the best.”Honored to be a nominee for Sportsman of the year. Thanks Razzmatazz for putting on a great show @MbalulaFikile pic.twitter.com/4DUzbgIIVm— Greg Minnaar (@GregMinnaar) November 3, 2015Huge privilege & honour nominated for Sports Woman of the Year & People’s Choice @SASportsAwards 2015! Thanks for the support SA! #proudlySA— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling) November 3, 2015PrizesEach category nominee receives R15 000 cash and the winner in each category receives R130 000.The winners of the Sport Star of the Year and People’s Choice Award each receive a luxury vehicle, R500 000 for themselves and R500 000 to donate to a charity of their choice.The awards ceremony will take place on 22 November 2015 at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Mangaung, Free State.See the sports awards website for more information.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

48-hour-long Operation Prahar big success: Chhattisgarh police

first_imgThe Chhattisgarh police on Sunday claimed that heavy damage was inflicted on Maoists during the 48-hour-long Operation Prahar in the State’s Bastar region.Vivekanand Sinha, Inspector General of Police, Bastar, said, “For the first time we conducted an operation in the Maoists’ core area in Sukma. For 48 hours our forces were in the area and inflicted heavy damage. There is a possibility that a minimum of 15 to 20 Maoists were killed in the operation. This is a big morale booster for our forces.”According to sources, Hidma, a Maoist leader and chief of the Maoists’ military battalion in south Sukma, suffered injuries during the operation. Mr. Sinha said, “Many senior Maoist leaders suffered injuries. That we stayed in the area for two days is a big achievement. We recovered a huge cache of explosives and other material.” Mr. Sinha said one of the five Special Task Force jawans injured during the operation succumbed to injuries on Saturday night. However, the Maoists denied the police’s claim that 15 to 20 Maoists had been killed in the operation. In an audio clip, the CPI (Maoist) said, “The police are misleading people about the death of 20 Maoists. Thousands of policemen attacked the villages in Tondamarka on Friday and many villagers died in the attack. Many elderly persons and women were beaten up by the police and forcibly taken away. Our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army [PLGA] retaliated and managed to kill a large number of policemen. But the policemen are not revealing heavy casualties on their side. Only Lakkhu, a PLGA member, was killed in the counter-attack and the policemen took away his body.” The IGP said villagers reported seeing nine bodies in a village in south Sukma on Saturday.last_img read more

Congress still firming up its candidates’ list in Himachal

first_imgWith just a day left for filing nominations, the Congress is yet to decide on its candidates for at least nine Assembly segments, including that of the Shimla Rural constituency from where Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya has filed his nomination papers. The party high command has also not cleared the tickets of children of some of the other senior Congress leaders in view of the opposition within the State unit to the propagation of dynastic politics.The party is also facing some resistance within its ranks to the official candidates, with groups aligned to both the CM and the PCC chief at loggerheads.On Saturday, the Chief Minister reacted to former Congress veteran-turned-BJP leader Sukh Ram’s description of him as a “master manipulator” by saying that the latter has lost his memory with age.Another octogenarian leader Vidya Stokes, who had vacated her Theog seat for the Chief Minister, suddenly fell ill on Saturday and was admitted to the Fortis Hospital in Chandigarh. Mr. Virbhadra Singh, fearing a tougher fight in this constituency, has opted to contest for the Arki Assembly seat in Solan district instead and has already filed his nomination papers from there.The Opposition BJP is also facing dissension, with reports of some rebels getting ready to file nomination papers to contests against the official party nominees, especially in seats such as Kusumpati, Shimla Rural, Solan, Arki, Banjar, Mandi, Bhoranj and Palampur.last_img read more

U.P. govt. to showcase heritage

first_imgWith an eye on the coming Lok Sabha elections, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh plans to hold a series of Vichar (thought) Kumbhs as part of its effort to showcase the State as a hub of ancient heritage, while at the same time connecting with youth, women, Dalits and OBCs.To be held ahead of January’s Allahabad Mahakumbh, the Vichar Kumbhs would be held at five historical towns of the State with five distinct themes: Samajik Samrasta (social complementarity), issues concerning the youth, women’s empowerment, environment and social service, an organiser of one of these conclaves said on Tuesday.Student conclavesFive universities in the State would host the conclaves, with up to 5,000 delegates expected to attend each of the meets, Shatrudra Pratap, one of the organisers of the Vichar Kumbhs, told The Hindu.The Vichar Kumbh on youth affairs, to be held at the Lucknow University on December 22-23, is expected to draw about 5,000 delegates from India and abroad, according to Mr. Pratap. Delegates would include students, teachers and professionals.The Samrasta (or social complementarity) Kumbh will be held on December 16 at Ayodhya, and delegates would include people from various caste groups — Dalits, OBCs and upper castes — and tribes from all over the country.last_img read more

ST: dual-interface secure microcontroller boosts safety and convenience

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cadence delivers portable test and Stimulus methodology and libraryNext WITTENSTEIN: SAFERTOS now supports RISC-V Featuring the latest 40nm Flash process as well as enhanced RF technologies, the STMicroelectronics ST31P450 dual-interface secure microcontroller delivers exceptional robustness and performance for contactless applications in banking, identity, transportation, and pay-television.The ST31P450 is built on the proven 32-bit Arm SecurCore SC000 secure processor and meets ISO 7816 and ISO 14443 Type A smart-card and contactless standards. It supports the full range of MIFARE libraries including MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Plus, and MIFARE DESFire. ST’s 40nm Flash technology creates an ultra-small die for dual-interface use cases such as banking and, with security-enhancing properties, increases safety and fraud prevention.Upgraded RF performance ensures ultra-reliable wireless connections for faster, easier contactless transactions. In addition, the ST31P450 features new low-power cryptographic engines that minimize the energy budget and ensure superior product performance at low RF-field strength while executing cryptographic operations. The ST31P450 also comes with optimized loading firmware that makes life easier for card provisioners, offering post-issuance capability.ST31P450 secure microcontroller, and its associated cryptographic libraries, are expected to achieve Common Criteria EAL5+, as well as EMVCo and China UnionPay certifications within the coming months. The ST31P450, with 450KByte non-volatile memory and 10KByte RAM on-chip, is in production now.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Oldham pick Wellens over Scholes & Seedorf

first_imgOldham Athletic Riche Wellens beats out Scholes and Seedorf for Oldham manager job Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 23:32 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) wellens-cropped Twitter: @OfficialOAFC Oldham Athletic Milton Keynes Dons v Oldham Athletic Milton Keynes Dons League One While two former international stars interviewed for the vacant Latics post, it is the caretaker and ex-Manchester United trainee who has prevailed Paul Scholes and Clarence Seedorf have both been unsuccessful in their applications to become the next Oldham Athletic manager, with interim boss Richie Wellens appointed on a full-time basis.John Sheridan left Oldham on September 25 by mutual consent after a poor start to the League One season which had seen them lose seven of their first nine games.Oldham 12/5 to beat MK Dons Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Wellens stepped in on an interim basis and inspired an instant improvement, guiding them to four wins and a draw across all competitions in the five matches he has taken charge of.The club confirmed that former Manchester United star and Oldham supporter Scholes was among those interviewed for the position, with the 42-year-old linked with the job several times before due to his strong ties with them.BREAKING NEWS: Wellens Appointed New Oldham Athletic Manager. #oafc https://t.co/KIzuPxeUq5— Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) October 18, 2017Four-time Champions League winner Seedorf was also spoken to about the position at Boundary Park, with Oldham’s search attracting plenty of interest.But the Latics have stuck with Wellens, whose next task is Saturday’s trip to MK Dons.last_img read more