As we bid farewell women’s month, let us reflect on this year’s centenarian Mama Sisulu’s strength and resilience, and how young women are taking up the baton to stand against gender-based issues, evident in the #TotalShutDown march.Young women continue the legacy left behind by the great women of the 1956 Women’s march and amplifying the centenary theme for Mama Sisulu “A woman of fortitude”. The appreciation of women and their hard work in holding up and building this country is a continuous acknowledgement.Albertina Sisulu was a fearless champion of democracy and human rights. The centenary celebrations have been marked by a series of commemorative events.One of this, is Brand South Africa nationwide outdoor campaign which has over 23 branded trucks with Mama Sisulu’s image captioned “Be driven by the spirit of giving”, a clear reminder to all citizens to be the legacy, thus echoing the theme for the centenary in recognition of her courage, selflessness, integrity and love for her country.Another significant acknowledgement of Mama Sisulu’s centenary is the renaming of a very rare orchid which grows in the hills just above the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. The special Orchid is renamed Albertina Sisulu Orchid by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The botanical name of the critically endangered orchid, Brachycorythis conica subsp. Transvaalensis, grows a mere 2.5 km.Some Facts About the Albertina Sisulu Orchid:The orchid was first discovered in 1918 – same year that Mama Sisulu was bornSince 1918 it has been recorded 16 times mostly from GautengThe orchid was only given its botanical name in 1955 – the year that Mama Sisulu joined the African National Congress Women’s LeagueThe orchid was last seen a year later in 1956 – the year that Mama Sisulu joined over 20 000 women, to march against the apartheid pass laws to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.The orchid was not seen again or recorded again for 51 years until 2007 – just four years before the passing of Mama SisuluThe plant occurs partly on Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden property. It was important to give it an African name that reflects its value as a uniquely South African natural heritage which can be found nowhere else in the world.Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #MaSisulu100 #GetInvolved @PlayYourPartSASource: http://pza.sanbi.org/brachycorythis-conica-subsp-transvaalensis
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Agricultural and Resource Law Program, Ohio State UniversityIn December, the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate agreed to modifications to House Bill 500, which would make a number of changes to Ohio’s township laws. Some of the highlights of the most recent version include:A board of township trustees must select a chairperson annually.Petitions to change the name of township roads will result in an automatic name change if the county commissioners do not adopt a resolution regarding the petition within 60 days.County commissioners will not be able to vacate township roads unless the applicable board of township trustees have adopted a resolution approving the vacation.A board of township trustees will have the authority to charge a fee against a person who appeals a zoning decision to the board of zoning appeals in order to defray costs associated with advertising, mailing, and the like.A board of township trustees may suspend a member of a township zoning commission or township board of zoning appeals after charges are filed against a member, but must provide a hearing for removal no later than 60 days after the charges are filed.In limited home rule townships, the current requirement that a township must submit a proposed zoning amendment or resolution to a planning commission will be optional.This list comes from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s bill analysis as of the bill’s re-reporting by the Senate Finance Committee. The bill analysis has a full list of the changes that House Bill 500 would make.Importantly for agriculture, the Ohio Senate removed language from the bill that would have changed Ohio Revised Code § 519.21(B), which limits the authority of townships to restrict agricultural uses via zoning. Currently, townships may only regulate agricultural uses in platted subdivisions created under certain statutory procedures, and only if certain conditions are met. The House had passed a version that would have allowed townships to regulate agricultural uses in any platted subdivision, but the language would not have changed the certain conditions that would have to be met.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Blogging#web chris cameron San Francisco-based micro-blogging service Posterous launched a marketing campaign back in June that raised a few eyebrows across the Web for its apparently brazen approach. The company has been rolling out new tools since the beginning of the campaign aimed at helping new and existing users transplant their data onto Posterous from other services – services it referred to as “dying platforms.” Today, the campaign came to a close with the release of the company’s final switch tool for the behemoth blogging platform, WordPress. “We knew we had to make some bold statements to break through the clutter but weren’t intentionally trying to piss people off.”– Rich Pearson, PosterousAccording to Posterous, which today listed the top 5 reasons for switching from WordPress, “thousands of WordPress users” have made the jump to Posterous in just the last few weeks. User testimonials cite frequent updates, the amount of free features and mobility as reasons for switching (or at least trying the service out).As for the campaign as a whole, Posterous’ VP of Marketing Rich Pearson says the company is “thrilled at the results.”“It’s too early to gauge the long term bump, but in the short term, it’s been huge,” Pearson told ReadWriteWeb.With today’s import tool launch, WordPress joins services like Flickr, Tumblr, Movable Type, Ning, SquareSpace and Blogger – all which full under Posterous’ definition of a “dying platform.” At the launch of the switch campaign, Posterous used the phrase to openly call out its competition – an action that some saw as a misstep and a gross overstatement. The debate was heated even further when posts discussing the issue were deleted from the popular news discussion forum, Hacker News. Some accused moderators of the forum – part of Y Combinator, a startup incubator from which Posterous graduated – of intentionally removing the anti-Posterous discussions.Pearson says the company didn’t intend to offend anyone with its campaign, but that the wording was no accident.“As for the switch campaign, we knew we had to make some bold statements to break through the clutter but weren’t intentionally trying to piss people off,” he says. “We believe we have the best product so any type of head-to-head comparison was going to benefit us.” Posterous may have seen a bump in usage over the last few weeks, but its reputation may have been damaged by its choice of language. Whether or not it was wise to go toe-to-toe with over a dozen large competitors by calling them “dying platforms,” potentially alienating thousands of users of multiple services – the company seems pleased with the outcome.“We have nothing against our competitors – we’re just playing to win,” says Pearson. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding John Paul Bugaoan had a game-high 16 points for FEU while Redijohn Paler added 11.Joshua Umandal had 15 points to lead UST. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Marck Espejo put up a game-high 17 points while Ismael Rivera added nine points for Ateneo.Isaah Arda led the Blazers with 11 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, Far Eastern University claimed sole possession of the second spot after stopping University of Santo Tomas 25-23, 25-23, 26-24.The Tamaraws improved to 3-2 while the Growling Tigers slipped to a 2-2 card after losing their second straight. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Ateneo continued its romp in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after dropping St. Benilde in straight sets, 25-13, 25-22, 25-22, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles stayed perfect in four games while the Blazers dropped to their third loss in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Messi finally conquers Buffon as Barcelona beats Juve 3-0
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fonte asks Arsenal target Pepe: Will you get a game at Man City?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille defender Jose Fonte has urged teammate Nicolas Pepe to think carefully about his next move.Pepe is being linked with Arsenal and Barcelona ahead of the January market.But former Southampton captain Fonte says, “If you go to Manchester City and it does not work, you come out of the team. “And that’s not a problem for (Pep) Guardiola who has another player with the same talent, and he will continue to win. “So if you want to be in City, Barcelona or another big team, you have to work hard.”
LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 24: A general view during the game between the Rider Broncs and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on November 24, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Get ready college basketball fans. It is March, which means Madness is right around the corner. Before it’s time to fill out our NCAA Tournament brackets, however, we have the conference tournaments, which can be amazing events in their own right.The Big 12 has been arguably the best and most competitive league in college basketball this year, and the conference tournament kicks off next Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m., with the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds playing on ESPNU. Seeding for the tournament isn’t set yet, but we have an idea of how things will shake out when the Big 12 standings are set on Saturday.With Monday night’s domination of the Texas Longhorns, Kansas has clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks face the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game, currently slated to be Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State.There is a large gap between the top seven teams in the conference, and the bottom three. Texas Tech, currently No. 7, is 8-8 in the league, four games ahead of Kansas State. Oklahoma State and TCU each have 14 conference losses.The tournament will take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.Wednesday’s first round games will be broadcast on ESPNU. On Thursday, the first two games will be on ESPNU, and the second two will be on ESPN2. Friday’s games are on ESPN2, and Saturday’s championship game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5 p.m.Here is the bracket, which includes the tournament schedule, via the Big 12’s official website. The Big 12 standings won’t be finalized until after Kansas plays Iowa State at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.More Big 12 Tournament notes:Iowa State won the 2015 Big 12 Tournament, defeating Kansas 70-66 in the final. The Cyclones also won the 2014 tournament, topping the Baylor Bears in the final.Kansas, winner of 12 straight Big 12 conference regular season titles, last won the tournament in 2013, blowing out Kansas State 70-54.Big 12 Tournament tickets are available at StubHub.Kansas will enter the tournament as a favorite, but Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, and West Virginia have all been very strong this year, and will vie for the Big 12 championship. We can’t wait for things to kick off from Kansas City.Information on the ACC Tournament is available here, and learn about the Big Ten Tournament here.
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, is reporting a boost in the production for some 12 crops cultivated locally during 2012, and a massive reduction in imports of some of these produce.Minister Clarke was making his presentation in the 2013/14 Sectoral debate in Parliament on Wednesday, May 8, under the theme: ‘Grow Agriculture – Grow Jamaica’.The crops, which are seeing increased yields of between three per cent and 160 per cent, include cucumber, pak choi, pumpkin, scallion, ginger, onion, hot pepper, sweet pepper, cantaloupe, corn, Irish potato and sweet potato. These crops recorded their highest outputs for the 10 year period dating back to 2003.The level of production ranged between just over one million kilograms, in the case of ginger and onions, to just over 52 million kilograms for pumpkin.Consequent of the increase in domestic production there was a reduction in the quantities of several of these foods imported into Jamaica.The Minister informed that Irish potato imports fell by 9.9 per cent; pork – 37.4 per cent; cucumber – 69 per cent; cabbage – 9.3 per cent; cantaloupe – 17.6 per cent; sweet pepper – 28 per cent; carrot – 41 per cent; and iceberg lettuce – 67 per cent, while noting a two per cent increase in tomato imports. Minister Clarke, however, reported a two per cent increase in the country’s food import bill, which saw the figure moving from US$938 million in 2011 to US$959 million last year.He attributed the “marginal increase” to a seven per cent increase in world food prices, as indicated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), particularly for cereals “which constitute the bulk of our imports.”Mr. Clarke underscored the need to review the items that can be produced locally in an effort to reduce the quantity of imports.“It’s not an easy thing to do. We have to go through and put some serious programmes in place. But also, we have to deal with our own eating habits, to deal with some of those difficulties that we face,” he stated.Contact: Douglas McIntosh
The amazing thing about George Foreman goes beyond winning the heavyweight championship at the creaky boxing age of 45, after losing it at 25 to Muhammad Ali in Zaire, Africa.It’s pretty amazing that all this time later, George Foreman remains relevant. More than that, Foreman, once a boorish and mean oaf, has done so by becoming corporate America’s No. 1 pitchman.It is a position he holds unrivaled, and one no one would have pegged him for after he became this behemoth knockout artist with no room for cheer.But after losing to Jimmy Young in 1977, Foreman said he had a “religious experience.” In that moment in the locker room he decided to retire from boxing and eventually became a born-again Christian.It also was the beginning of him morphing into a Black man who would become the face of white corporate America on a significantly larger scale than O.J. Simpson and even Michael Jordan.Foreman told Sports Illustrated that he mimicked John Wayne when he walked; he adopted mannerisms like boxing champion Sonny Liston; and shaped his mustache after all-time great running back Jim Brown—three men with imposing reputations. He released those elements when he retired.“It took so long for me to find me,” he said to the magazine. “Once I did, my mom even liked me. She didn’t like me much when I was trying to be those other guys.”Ten years after retiring, Foreman, in need of money, returned to boxing with not much fanfare. Promoter Bob Arum recalled to SI: “I was not enthusiastic, realizing what a horrid person he had been.” But after spending an hour with Arum said, “This is the greatest con man in history because he was so different from what he had been before. But it wasn’t a con. He had really changed.”That change made him an embraceable pitchman. It helped that he knocked out Michael Moore at age 45 to become the oldest heavyweight champion in history.Young George Foreman was a force.His always-grinning disposition bordered on buffoonery, but he laced his persona with enough wisdom, gospel and Black empowerment for it to be more congenial than a caricature.Suddenly, with the historic victory and this warm and fuzzy person came offers to endorse products. Foreman told SI he had been hesitant about putting his name to products. But in 1991, none other than Bill Cosby called Foreman.“I don’t want to be on TV saying this and that,” the champ told the comedian.Cosby, Foreman said to the magazine, was not having it. “Come on, man. You’re no different from anyone else. You want to be on television, you want to be known,” Foreman remembers him saying. “If you don’t take ’em, I’ll take ’em.”That was the moment Foreman became the all-time pitchman. Over the years he has done commercials for Nike, Doritos, McDonald’s and Meineke. The deal that made him rich and famous came in ’94, when he agreed to lend his name to and appear in commercials for a line of indoor grills. The George Foreman Grill became a blockbuster hit, earning him more than he ever took as a boxer.He made so much money off the grills that in 1999, Salton Inc., the maker of the product, gave him $137.5 million in combined stock and cash to avoid having to continue paying him royalties, SI reported.He became the spokesperson for InventHelp last year, a company that helps people get patents for prototypes of products. He’s also launching Foreman’s Butcher Shop, a mail-order meat company with an emphasis on quality, health-conscious products sourced from family farms in the Midwest.Why does Foreman push products on all media platforms and speaking?“Never say no,” he said is his approach.He does, however, have other interests. His George Foreman Youth Center in Houston has existed for years as a place Black kids come to play sports and learn life lessons.“The kids would come in and want to learn to box,” Foreman has said. “They wanted to tear up the world, beat up the world. And I’d try to show them they didn’t need anger. They didn’t need all that killing instinct they’d read about. You can be a human being and pursue boxing as a sport.“When you speak to a lot of kids, as I’ve done over the years, you know what to say, keep them laughing, (giving them) good illustrations and (stressing to) learn to read.”Foreman has learned to live with a reality that will not go away, no matter how many products he endorses and how much he’s on TV. At the height of his career, at 40-0 with 37 knockouts, Ali knocked out Foreman in a victory that resounded around the world.“If that fight hadn’t turned out like it did, my life would have been very different,” Foreman said. “I have no regrets. They’ll be talking about it for 100 years, and they’ll always have to mention my name.”He now calls Ali one of his best friends.“After 1981, we became the best of friends,” Foreman said. “By 1984, we loved each other. I’m not closer to anyone else in this life than I am to Muhammad Ali. Why? We were forged by that first fight in Zaire, and our lives are indelibly linked by memories and photographs as young and old men.”
Pelicans3850.5100.4 That’s more proportionate to the small difference separating Minnesota, New York and Philly in the standings.Here’s how the lottery balls would have been distributed in each of the past 10 seasons.4For 2012, which was shortened by a labor dispute, I’ve prorated loss totals to an 82-game schedule. On average, the worst team would have had about a 25 percent chance of winding up with the top pick, as it does now. But those chances would have been as high as 38.5 percent (for the record-setting 2012 Charlotte Bobcats) or as low as 19.0 percent (for the 2013 Orlando Magic), depending on how much separated the very worst team from the almost-as-bad ones. In a year like 2010, in which there was a big gap between the second-worst team (the 15-67 Timberwolves) and the third-worst (the 25-57 Sacramento Kings), that’s where the sharpest break in lottery chances would have been.It’s not the radical change that I’d prefer! But it’s a simple enough reform that even the Knicks couldn’t screw it up.CORRECTION (April 15, 3:36 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this post gave the incorrect location of the second-worst NBA team in 2005. At that time, the Hornets were located in New Orleans, not Charlotte. TEAMLOSSESLOTTERY BALLSCHANCE OF FIRST PICKLOTTERY BALLSCHANCE OF FIRST PICK Jazz4480.8100.4 Knicks6519919.957620.3 Kings54636.31696.0 Heat45111.1160.6 Suns4360.6100.4 Pistons50282.8812.9 76ers6415615.652918.6 Hornets49171.7642.3 CURRENT SYSTEMREVISED SYSTEM Timberwolves6625025.0%62522.0% Magic57888.82569.0 Nets4470.7100.4 Lakers6011911.936112.7 Nuggets52434.31214.3 The New York Knicks did something unusual Monday night: They won a basketball game — just their 17th this season. What wasn’t so unusual — from a franchise that starred in such tragicomedies as Amar’e Stoudemire punching a fire extinguisher and Andrea Bargnani nearly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory — was the Knicks’ poor sense of timing. Having spent most of the season ridding their roster of anyone who could possibly help them win, the Knicks have now won twice in a row.Those two wins could make a lot of difference to the Knicks’ chance of drafting Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns. With one game left for each team, the Knicks are 17-64, a game better than the Minnesota Timberwolves at 16-65. The Philadelphia 76ers have the third-worst record at 18-63.Let’s say each team loses its final game. Under the NBA’s lottery formula, the Timberwolves would have a 25.0 percent chance of landing the first pick, the Knicks would have a 19.9 percent shot, and the Sixers a 15.6 percent chance.That seems like an awfully big difference for teams that are separated by just one or two games in the standings. But it’s how the NBA’s rules work. The number of losses doesn’t matter, only the order of the teams.1The league does, at least, split the difference in the event of ties, so if the Knicks and Timberwolves each finish at 17-65, they’ll each have about a 22.5 percent chance at the first pick.There’s a better way to award those pingpong balls, one that maintains the spirit of the current lottery system without allowing a one-game difference to matter so much.Here’s how it works. Take each team’s number of losses. Subtract 41 (41-41 represents a breakeven record in the NBA). Then square the result. That’s how many pingpong balls a team gets. (OK, one more provision: A team gets a minimum of 10 lottery balls, including if it has a winning record.2Otherwise, a team with a winning record would get more lottery balls than a team with a 41-41 record, since subtracting 41 from a number less than 41 and squaring the result would produce a positive number.)That might seem arbitrary — but it produces results that are remarkably similar to the current formula, only fairer. What chance would each team have at the first pick this year, for example? Assuming each team’s final game goes according to the FiveThirtyEight NBA Power Ratings,3Meaning that the Wolves, Knicks and Sixers all lose. that would leave the Wolves with a 22.0 percent chance at the first pick, the Knicks at 20.3 percent and the Sixers at 18.6 percent.