MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s football team, sporting a moniker that means “mean girls,” has got some very supportive parents backing their antics.Occupying a small section of the University of Malaya Stadium, the small crowd made up of mostly parents of the players were screaming their lungs out to cheer their daughters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vicente hopes for continuous volleyball program after Macandili plum 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Yet it was the parents, brother— and grand parents — of Anicka Chabeli Arrieta Castaneda and Sara Isobel Arrieta Castaneda who handily won the award of “stage folks.”The Castaneda family flew in full force including mother Deedee and father Conz and brother Daniel. Their grand parents are also in tow.Sara, 20, is an Early Childhood Studies major at La Salle Taft, while Anicka, 17, is high school senior at La Salle Zobel.Their parents also joined the team in Tajikistan early this year when the Malditas nailed slot for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan next year.Unfortunately, the Malditas fell to four-time champion Vietnam (3-0) Thursday afternoon. But at 1-1, they still have a solid shot for medal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Khyren Angela Bretana Dimaandal was one of the Malditas whose parents flew all the day from Manila just to catch the matches.READ: SEA Games: PH team stuns host Malaysia in women’s footballFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Dimaandal’s mother said they even had to buy another set of plane tickets because the football schedule was changed at the last minute.“We just can’t miss her matches here in the SEA Games,” said the mother of Dimaandal, a BS Biology major at De La Salle. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas
Red Bluff >> The Red Bluff Joint Union High School District will hold its first meeting of the new calendar year Wednesday at the district board room. The board will discuss and vote on several items, including the consideration of moving the track to a different location due in part to recent wind damage caused to the track, according to Wednesday’s agenda. Wind caused a portion of the track’s surface to peel up.The agenda reads that the board has two options to consider: One is to repair …
An article by a free-lance science writer about dinosaurs evolving into birds takes the cake for speculative just-so storytelling, but it got published and republished anyway.It’s not often that a whole article deserves “Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week,” but this one comes close: “How Birds Evolved From Small Meat Eating Dinosaurs,” by Joel N. Shurkin, published by Inside Science News Service and republished by Live Science. Aside from beginning with the Kipling-style title, Shurkin wrote a completely fact-free story, relying on nothing but imagination: in short, “The arms got longer, the legs got shorter, and they were flying.”Shurkin assumes that for one reason or another, limb proportions changed in dinosaurs. “Some time, perhaps 150 million years ago, small-feathered dinosaurs called maniraptorans began to develop longer arms and shorter hind legs, kick- starting the evolutionary process to becoming the birds we see today.” They didn’t just start flying, “of course,” he quips as he launches into storybook land:Some of the creatures had longer wings and maybe shorter legs than others and found they could run faster and be more maneuverable than others. From there, natural selection took over…. Their bodies got smaller, their forearms larger, the rear limbs shorter.What happened then? One possible — if simplistic — scenario is that one day, one of the creatures with longer arms, while leaping over a hole, or snapping at something to eat, or trying to avoid being eaten, spread its forearms, and left the ground for a second or two. He or she tried it again, maybe flapping the arms, and suddenly he or she was flying.Just like that. The rest was just refinements. “This, of course, happened over millions of years.” Of course.Shurkin also had stories for how flying reptiles emerged, and flying mammals, too (bats). They “probably evolved the same way,” he said, relying on his storytelling assistants, Hans Larsson of McGill University and Gregory Erickson of Florida State. At least the storytellers left themselves an out:“It’s hard to reconstruct the capacity for flight,” he said. To fully understand the process scientists would need to apply “forensic science to the fossil record” because scientists don’t have samples of the muscles. Larsson’s study, he said, was the best done so far, but it is still an educated guess.“We’ll never really know,” Erickson said.The article on Inside Science set off a lively set of comments by a creationist reader. To settle the issue, they all might best watch the documentary Flight: The Genius of Birds. In the film, several scientists explore the “multiple independent points” that work together in a bird to allow powered flight in the heavier-than-air creatures: hollow bones, a redesigned respiratory system, movement of the center of mass, the most efficient digestive system in the animal kingdom, special flight musculature, navigation systems, orientation systems, flight feathers with a million parts each, and much more.Unfettered storytelling is the besetting sin of evolutionists. Coupled with an imagined omnipotent power of the Stuff Happens Law (natural selection), no story is too silly to get told, retold and admired by the Darwin Party. Rescue a storyteller today; take them to Storytellers Anonymous or to a deprogramming session, where they must write “I will not tell just-so stories” on the board 100 times before lunch. Especially hard cases might require devices that deliver a mild electric shock on the wrist every time they say “maybe” or “might have” or “scenario.” There can be outdoor experiments, too. Take the subject outside to run on a track with a hole in it, and instruct him to stretch out his forearms and flap as he jumps over the hole. If he still thinks this could lead to human flight by natural selection (but over millions of years, “of course,”) ask which accidental mutations will get passed on to his offspring that have anything to do with his experience of jumping over a hole and flapping his forearms. Deprogramming requires a lot of patience and time. That’s why so few invest effort in it. It explains evolutionary storytellers, like lost souls, roam the halls of academia, addicted to their habit, lacking a merciful hand to intervene. There’s a quicker alternative: buy copies of Flight: The Genius of Birds to share with them. Blessed are the merciful. (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
7 March 2005Trying to get information from a government department or private company?Help is at hand, in the from of a user-friendly guide on how to use the Promotion of Access to Information Act, published in all 11 official languages by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).South Africa’s Constitution gives every person the right of access to information, held by a public or private body, that is required for the exercise or protection of any right.The Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000 gives effect to this right; now the SAHRC is helping to make the right a reality by offering citizens a simple, easily understandable guide to the law and how to use it. Guide to using the Promotion of Access to Information Act The guide tells the reader how to make a request for access to information, what assistance is available from the information officer of a public body, when access to information may legally be refused, and what legal remedies there are in cases where information is illegally withheld.The guide also lists public bodies from whom information can be requested, along with contact details of their information officers.According to Commission chairperson Jody Kollapen, contact details of private bodies have not been included in the first edition of the guide, due to the fact that some private bodies were temporarily exempted from publishing information manuals in terms of the Act.However, he said, an electronic version of the guide will be kept on the SAHRC website and updated monthly to keep the public abreast of developments and changes in the contact details of information officers of public bodies and general information on the Act.Building a culture of opennessThe Act represented a landmark in South African history, addressing for the first time the pre-1994 culture of secrecy in state and private institutions, seeking instead to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in South Africa.The Act also acknowledged the need to educate South Africans on their rights, to enable them to participate in decision-making that affects their lives.“Participation in democratic processes can only be effective if it is informed participation”, SAHRC commissioner Leon Wessels says in the foreword to the guide.The responsibilities of public and private bodies should under the law “are not intended to be a costly burden but an essential mechanism to ensure good governance and the transformation of our society”.The right of access to information should not be approached in an adversarial manner, Wessels says, but rather be used “as a vehicle to change our society”.Law ‘unique in the world’According to Commission chairperson Jody Kollapen, access to information regimes are fast gaining momentum around the world. “Countries such as Mexico, Pakistan and the United Kingdom, that previously did not have access to information legislation, now have such legislation”, Kollapen writes in the preface to the guide.“Mexico … adopted its Federal Transparency and Access to Public Government Information Law in 2002; Pakistan adopted its Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 in October 2002; while the United Kingdom approved its Freedom of Information Act 2000 in November 2000.”South Africa’s freedom of information legislation remains unique in the world, however, being the only such law that permits access to records held by private as well as public bodies.SouthAfrica.info reporter
4 July 2013 It’s not only South Africa that has a penchant for naming things after Nelson Mandela – there are numerous streets, bridges, educational institutions, buildings, organisms, flowers, statues and monuments around the world that bear his name. With the help of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, we bring you a far from exhaustive list of some of the places where Mandela’s name can be found. In South Africa citizens are used to driving down Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Tshwane, wandering through Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, crossing the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, attending the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, living in the Nelson Mandela residential hall at Rhodes University, visiting the Nelson Mandela Museum in the Eastern Cape, trekking the Madiba heritage trail in the Eastern Cape, or holidaying at the swanky Mandela Rhodes Place in Cape Town. But in Purmerend, Zoetermeer and Arnhem, all in the Netherlands, residents there have their own Mandela Bridges, as do the people of Utrecht, Belgium.A road by any other name And just as Bloemfontein residents have their Nelson Mandela Drive, so do the people of Castries, St Lucia, in the Caribbean. In Paris, France, pedestrians can stroll along the Avenue du President Nelson Mandela in Arcueil, located in the city’s southern suburbs, while there is a Nelson Mandela Boulevard in Caracas, Venezuela. Dakar in Senegal boasts the Avenue Nelson Mandela, and there are more Mandela Avenues in Glamorgan, Harlow and Falkirk, UK; Georgetown, Guyana; and Schrijndel, Netherlands, as well as a Mandela Road in Culemborg, Netherlands, and Uyo, Nigeria. The UK has several versions of Mandela Close and Mandela Way respectively, and there is a Mandela Highway leading into Kingston, Jamaica. Not to be outdone, the authorities in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, have established the grandly-designated Nelson Mandela Highway Road, and there are Mandela roads, places, paths, parkways, interchanges, links, courts and streets all around the world. In Italy, there is a municipality or comune named Mandela, situated in the province of Rome, about 40km northeast of the Italian capital. A few cities have named stadiums after Mandela – besides the Nelson Mandela Multipurpose Stadium in Port Elizabeth, there’s one in Port Louis, Mauritius; in Kampala, Uganda; and in Torrevieja, Spain.Following in his footsteps For those who want to do their own long walk while remembering the elder statesman, the Madiba hiking trail in the Eastern Cape passes through his home town of Qunu. The Mandela Garden in Leeds, UK, as well as the Nelson Mandela ornamental garden in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, UK, the Nelson Mandela Park in Montreal, Canada, and Mandela Park in Hoorn, Netherlands, offer a chance for peaceful contemplation. You can even wine and dine in his presence by proxy, at the Cafe Mandela in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Mandela Bar at Bristol University, or Madiba Restaurant in New York, which has served up peace and love since 1999. Mandela’s former wife Winnie has not been left out – in 1983, the New York City square in front of South Africa’s UN mission became the Nelson and Winnie Mandela Plaza. Port Louis, Mauritius; New Delhi, India; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Hague, Netherlands; Tunis, Tunisia – it seems unlikely that any other world icon has so many tributes in so many places.Education in Mandela’s name Mandela’s passionate belief in education is reflected in a long list of schools, scholarships, programmes, awards, libraries, centres, chairs, bursaries and funds – not just in South Africa or even the continent, but far beyond. A few of them are the Ecole Nelson Mandela, in Bamako, Mali, the Mandela Children’s Learning School in Compton, US, and the Mandela Institute for Human Rights in the Palestinian National Authority Area, Jerusalem, Israel. Students at the Nelson Mandela Educational Centre in A Lama, Spain, the Nelson Mandela State International School in Berlin, Germany, the Mandela Supplementary School in London, UK, and the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution in New Delhi, India, study under the gaze of one of the world’s most ardent champions for the education of youth. The Australian High Commission in South Africa awards 20 Australia Mandela scholarships annually, given to academic staff who wish to study for their masters’ degrees at Australian institutions. At the University of Michigan, the Dubois-Mandela-Rodney postdoctoral fellowship is given to scholars studying Africa or the African diaspora. A Mandela scholarship fund administered by Leiden University in the Netherlands offers African postgraduate students the chance to study for a year at the university. The Mandela Rhodes Foundation supports the development of leadership capacity in Africa.Building on the legacy Needless to say, Mandela himself has been the recipient of numerous awards, honorary degrees, life memberships, civic honours, freedoms of towns and cities, and various other accolades. According to the Mandela Centre of Memory, the statesman has collected more than 1 100 of these honours over the years. They include the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, which he won jointly with then-president FW de Klerk, and an honorary doctorate in liberal arts from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1997. He can also add the Civil Order of the First Class from the Sultanate of Oman (1999), the Order of the Lion of Malawi (2001), the freedom of the city and county of Cardiff, Wales (1998), and honorary citizenship of Canada (2001) – the first time in history that the honour was given to a living person – to his list, as well as hundreds more. There are a host of living creatures, organisms and plants named after the former president, such as Protea cynaroides Mandela, which was revealed in 1988 as an 80th birthday present; Triacanthella madiba, a species of springtail named by scientists at Stellenbosch University; Australopicus nelsonmandelai, an extinct species of woodpecker named in 2012; an indigenous species of African orb- weaver spider named Singafrotypa Mandela in 2002; the Paravanda Nelson Mandela orchid, named in 1997; and the beautiful Strelitzia reginae Mandela’s Gold, named in 1996. Some unusual offerings include a landfill site in Georgetown, Guyana, an apartment block in the long-running British television sitcom Only Fools and Horses, called Nelson Mandela House, and a fundamental nuclear particle discovered at Leeds University in 1973 and named the Mandela Particle. Then there is the nudibranch, or sea slug, Mandelia Micocornata, named in 1999. However, this gesture was eclipsed by the naming of an entire family and genus of sea slugs after him – family Mandeliidae, genus Mandelia. Poems, stamps, aircraft, racehorses, trees, gold coins and medallions named after him or bearing his likeness – there is seemingly no end to the respectful tributes bestowed on this symbol of reconciliation and forgiveness. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
A gruesome incident of honour killing of two teenaged lovers that took place more than a month ago in Odisha’s Koraput district has now come to light. The mutilated bodies of the victims were found on the railway track between Kotpad and Kusumi stations on June 21. Initially it seemed like a case of suicide, but police investigation revealed that the girl’s family had murdered the duo and thrown the bodies on the track. Both the victims were minors studying in the same school.Five persons, including the girl’s father and her brother, were arrested by the police on Tuesday.According to Koraput Superintendent of Police Kunwar Vishal Singh, the girl’s father had met him on July 10 and alleged that his daughter had been murdered. However, investigation and interrogation of the arrested persons revealed details of the gruesome plot.Same school Both victims were residents of Mundaguda village and students of Kusumi High School. They were allegedly in a romantic relationship which was opposed by the girl’s family. The police said her family members had initially planned to kill the boy but later decided to eliminate both of them.On June 20, the five located the youngsters together and dragged them to a deserted jungle area by the side of a railway track near Kusumi. According to police sources, the father, brother and three cousins of the girl warned the teenaged lovers to snap their ties or face dire consequences. When the youngsters refused, they were attacked with sticks and axes.According to the autopsy report, the boy received injuries from sharp-edged weapons on his legs and hands. He died on the spot. The girl was strangulated with her chunri, the police said.To make it look like suicide, their bodies were thrown on the nearby railway track that were later run over by passing trains.