PATH Students Will Continue To Receive Free Lunches

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedEarly Childhood Educators Honoured PATH Students Will Continue To Receive Free Lunches EducationMay 7, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton The Government will spend $2.4 billion this fiscal year to ensure that students benefitting from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), continue to receive free lunch three days per week.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, the Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, in his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 7.“Can we ask parents to contribute between $45 and $60 per day of the cost of the meal for the other two days?” Rev. Thwaites said.He also noted that the Ministry will be providing breakfast and lunch for 138,000 students or 70 per cent of the early childhood cohort, at a cost of $1.05 billion.He also pointed out that that there is another group of children, which comprise about 30 per cent of the school population, who are not on PATH, but are vulnerable.“Sometimes they have lunch money, sometimes they do not. For this group, we will expect parents to pay about 50 per cent of the cost of their lunch, whenever they can afford it,” Rev. Thwaites said.“We also have children whose families experience a crisis from time to time… we will ask our principals to continue to look out for these children and feed them as and when necessary,” he added.Rev. Thwaites also informed that the Government will no longer purchase, store, or distribute large quantities of imported commodities, such as tinned corned beef, tinned mackerel, flour, and cornmeal.He added that the school feeding menu will use, as far as is possible, locally produced protein (such as) meat, peas, beans, and eggs. Story HighlightsThe Government will spend $2.4 billion this fiscal year to ensure that students benefitting from PATH, continue to receive free lunch three days per week.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, the Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, in his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 7.He also noted that the Ministry will be providing breakfast and lunch for 138,000 students or 70 per cent of the early childhood cohort, at a cost of $1.05 billion. RelatedGreater Safeguard of Children’s Welfare Urgedcenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, the Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites makes his contribution to the 2014/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 7. RelatedSLB Launches Outreach Programme for Western Jamaica PATH Students Will Continue To Receive Free LunchesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisementslast_img read more

North Korea Thaws Image with Series of Goodwill Gestures

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn another sign of North Korea striving to thaw its cold war image, regular traffic over the border between North and South Korea will be restored this week to allow the flow of goods from a joint industrial park that had been isolated since December.After its provocation earlier this year launching nuclear and missile tests, North Korea recently undertook a series of goodwill gestures toward its neighbor on the pennisula, and toward the West.The AP summarizes: “In August, the Pyongyang government freed two American journalists and a South Korean worker held for months in detention and set a date for the reunion of families separated during the Korean War. They also sent an official delegation to Seoul to mourn the death of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung,” a partner for North Korea’s Kim Jong Il during the 2000 Korean summit.Also, AP reported yesterday, “The two sides agreed Friday to hold a new round of family reunions in late September. On Saturday, North Korea released four South Korean fishermen seized in late July after their boat strayed into northern waters.” (Read more about the border crossing in SF Gate)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Walter Presents: Ride Upon the Storm season 2 preview – rousing stuff that’s exquisitely acted

first_imgI recall reviewing season 1 of Ride Upon The Storm (Herrens Veje in its native Danish) back in January 2019 and remarking that this isn’t a crime show at all. At the time, it was unusual for Walter Presents to offer us anything that didn’t involve a gruesome murder or twenty; but these days, WP have widened their net to incorporate more and more drama of all types and genres; including family dramas like this.If you want to avoid spoilers for Ride Upon the Storm, stop reading now.For Season 2 of RUTS, there are still no murders – not yet, at least – but there is more family intrigue for Johannes Krogh (the masterful Lars Mikkelsen) and his dysfunctional clan.Credit: Tine Harden / Walter PresentsIt’s 18 months since the death of August (Johannes’ son), who walked in front of a lorry in the Danish countryside at the end of Season 1. Christian (Johannes’ other son), who was with August that fateful day, is immersing himself in his new self-help book, trying to cope with the guilt of being unable to prevent August’s death. Johannes is coping with troubles of his own, as August’s church is on the verge of being sold to the Muslim community, causing discord and anger from some parishioners in Brovang – a view Johannes is not unsympathetic with and one which the tabloids are quick to promote and exploit for a good storyline. As he admits to colleagues, that church is all that he has left of his son and he doesn’t want it sold to anyone – be it Aldi or Allah.Johannes’ wife, Elisabeth – played sublimely by Eleonora Jørgensen, winner of two best actress awards at the Danish Film Awards – is undergoing therapy as a result of the breakdown of her marriage to Johannes. They’re still living together, but they’re no longer intimate; and she struggles to cope with his moods and temper, whilst still mourning the loss of her son.Credit: Tine Harden / Walter PresentsElsewhere, Emilie – August’s widow – has decided that their young child will not be baptised in church, but instead has chosen to have a non-religious naming ceremony; something that further distances her from her father-in-law.This is rousing stuff. It’s exquisitely acted throughout, particularly by Jørgensen and Mikkelsen. In addition, the characterisation is so beautifully rounded, it’s an absolute joy to watch. Take Johannes as an example – he’s a violent, dinosaur of a man, and yet when his daughter-in-law stops him from seeing his grandson, you cannot help but feel sorry for the man. The scriptwriting is top-drawer; and everything from the musical score to the camerawork are faultless too. It is proof that you don’t need flash and crash to create quality drama.Walter Presents: Ride Upon the Storm launches on Channel 4 at 11pm on 5th April and the boxset is available via All4 immediately after the transmission of first episode.last_img read more

Report: Indians to Call Up Pitching Prospect James Karinchak

first_imgMany Indians fans have been keeping a close eye on right-handed reliever James Karinchak, and now with just 18 games left in the season Tribe fans will get to see him in an Indians uniform.Jeff Passan of ESPN tweets that the Indians are calling up Karinchak, a player who could give the pen a huge boost as the club fights for the playoffs.Karinchak has been spectacular in the minors this year, as he has struck out anastonishing 81 percent of batters he has faced. In 30.1 minor league innings he’s struck out 74 batters.Likely Karinchak will be available come Friday night when the Indians open up a critical three-game set against the AL Central leading Twins. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsIndiansJames Karinchakcenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

Louisville Bats’ purple inspired by U of L, UK

first_imgWho knew the Louisville Bats’ puns went beyond their mascot? featured the local Triple-A baseball club last week as part of a series looking into origins of team logos and colors. In the article, Greg Galiette, the team’s senior vice president, revealed how the Bats settled on their primary purple.“In this college basketball, college sports-crazed state and area that we live in,” Galiette said, “if you take the red of the University of Louisville and blue of University of Kentucky, mix the two together, you come up with purple.”Getting the everyday nine to wear the color hasn’t been much of a challenge, either.Galiette said that last year, the Bats switched up their alternate uniforms from a solid black to a “really bright, vivid purple, and the guys really enjoyed playing in those.”Paul Caputo’s article details the Triple-A club’s switch from Redbirds to Bats amid its move to Louisville Slugger Field — Galiette was afraid at first a Bat “might scare some kids” — as well as evolution to one of minor league baseball’s sleekest logos.Check out the full story here: THE C-J• The U of L women’s basketball program rolled out its broadcast schedule for the upcoming season on Wednesday, with the main concern for local fans that an anticipated Dec. 7 matchup against rival UK won’t be televised outside of And it won’t be picked up for TV later. (• Here’s your reminder that Churchill Downs’ November Meet is in full swing, and we’ve got as close to a sure thing as there is in J.J. Hysell’s Play of the Day. For Thursday, the gamble costs $6. (• U of L spokesman Mark Hebert’s letter to Clemson’s hometown paper about positive treatment at the Cardinals-Tigers game last month has caught on. Did you have a similar experience in “Death Valley”? Let us know. ( THE WEB• Former Wildcat Rajon Rondo collected his 20th career triple-double Wednesday night, evening him with LeBron James in that category since the 2008-2009 season. Naturally, trade talks are starting again, this time pointing the Louisville native to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. (• ESPN’s Andrea Adelson added to a common sentiment this week when she wrote wondering, essentially, what if U of L’s DeVante Parker and Micheal Dyer had been healthy all season? “Does Louisville lose to Virginia and Clemson?” she asked in the article. (• USA Today’s Dan Wolken wrote of the increasing trend of college football programs scheduling games 10 years in advance, pointing out that strength of schedule now may mean nothing later with a program like Mississippi State. The trend hasn’t hit U of L or UK yet, though the Cards and Cats did recently extend their Governor’s Cup contract through 2019. ( Jonathan Lintner can be reached at (502) 582-4199. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanLintner .last_img read more

A Woman Tries to Order a Starbucks Drink at Dunkin’ Donuts, Then Fights With the Employee

first_imgA woman in Fort Walton Beach, Florida went through a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru on Tuesday morning and ordered herself an iced coffee drink.We don’t know exactly what she asked for, but we do know that Dunkin’ Donuts couldn’t give it to her . . . because it was a STARBUCKS drink.  So probably a Frappuccino or something.The manager told her they couldn’t make the drink . . . they got into an argument . . . and he wound up giving her a different drink instead.Well . . . that made her so mad she stormed into the store, cursed him out, and THREW the drink at the cash register.By the time the cops got there, the woman was gone . . . but they’re investigating, and she could be facing charges.last_img

Pan South African Language Board

first_imgThe Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) promotes multilingualism in South Africa by fostering the development of all 11 official languages, while encouraging the use of the many other languages spoken in the country.Linguistic human rights and advocacyPanSALB is mandated by law to investigate complaints about language rights violations from any individual, organisation or institution.PanSALB conducts hearings at which complainants and respondents are present, and depending on its findings may recommend steps to be taken by the department or institution concerned.In May 2004, PanSALB launched a campaign to raise the public’s awareness of their right to be served in their own language at government institutions.Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Pretoria, PanSALB chief executive Cynthia Marivate said the public should complain to PanSALB if public servants refused to serve them in their language.“This is not only limited to written information”, Marivate said. “Even verbal information should be communicated through the language citizens best understand.”She said it was the responsibility of government to get interpreters of all official languages at its key delivery service points.Language policy and lawPanSALB worked closely with the Department of Arts and Culture on its national policy for language use in government in higher education, launched in 2003, as well as on the South African Languages Bill and a number of initiatives to ensure that South Africa has the human resources needed to implement the Bill when it becomes law.These initiatives, announced in March 2004, include a government bursary scheme for postgraduate studies in language, interpreting and translation, and the setting up of language research and development centres to focus on nine of SA’s 11 indigenous languages: seSotho sa Lebowa, seSotho, seTswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.Lexicography and terminology developmentAnother of PanSALB’s focus areas is that of lexicography and terminology development.Nine National Lexicography Units were registered in 2001, their task being to compile monolingual explanatory dictionaries and other products to help with language development.The Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, and isiXhosa units have published a number of volumes of their monolingual dictionaries.The Tshivenda Lexicography Unit, based at the University of Venda, launched the world’s first Tshivenda dictionary in July 2004, and said it expected to publish the final draft in 2006 or 2007.The lexicography units are based at tertiary institutions throughout South Africa. Each unit is managed by a board of directors and registered as a Section 21 (not-for-profit) company, which allows the unit autonomy to raise funds to carry on its work.Electronic translationPanSALB has also established an electronic translation programme in conjunction with Afrilingo, a company that has translated English computer programmes into isiZulu, isiXhosa, seTswana, Sesotho and Afrikaans.Afrilingo marketing and programme developer Thami Olivier said in May 2004 that the programme had been introduced at the Motheo and Mangaung district municipalities in the Free State, and that Afrilingo was working on translations into the five other South African languages.“By typing a word, you will get its translation in your preferred language, and when you click the volume icon box you will hear how it is pronounced”, Olivier said.“Our aim is to break down language barriers”, he said, adding that copies of the programme had been distributed to South Africa’s embassies in the United States.“This helps tourists to know the basics of language before they arrive in South Africa.”Khoi and San National Language BodyThis body was established in 1999 to promote and develop the Khoi and San languages. The body has been conducting surveys in communities where the Khoi and San languages are spoken, in order to record and standardise terminology.The Khoi and San languages were spoken by the earlier inhabitants of the southern part of Africa.Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic CommunitiesThe commission’s main purpose is to promote respect for the rights and interests of South Africa’s various cultural, religious and linguistic communities.The 17-member commission has the power to:Monitor, investigate, research, educate, lobby, advise and report on any issue concerning the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities.Facilitate the resolution of conflicts or friction between any such community and an organ of state.Receive and deal with complaints and requests by cultural, religious or linguistic communities.Convene a yearly national conference of delegates from the various religious, cultural and linguistic communities and governmental and non-governmental role players.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Zolani Mahola: the face of fresh

first_img15 May 2007Singer Zolani Mahola has been a busy woman of late. “Doo Be Doo”, the chart-busting track that charmed millions of South Africans, has also propelled her band Freshlyground into the international arena. Freshlyground was the opening act for UK pop star Robbie Williams’ South African tour in 2006. They followed that up by giving the world a foretaste of the 2010 South African vibe at the Fifa World Cup closing ceremony in Germany, before scooping the 2006 MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act.Earlier this year they were chosen by the South African government to perform at the unveiling of Parliament’s new logo.In between, they’ve been doing gigs for their loyal local fans and travelling the world from Joburg to Japan, getting their passports stamped in Belgium, France, Zimbabwe, Holland, Italy, Mozambique, Germany, Namibia and Mauritius along the way. Phew!As to why the band is such a hit with the global audience, Mahola remains modest.“I think that it is the same reason non-South Africans have fallen in love with Bongo Maffin, Johnny Clegg, Bayethe and Simphiwe Dana, to name only a few. There is life in our music! There is a depth of feeling in the expression, a certain joy that many other cultures have perhaps lost.”Freshlyground’s sound is distinctively southern African, yet defies classification, combining elements of kwela, folk, jazz, indie rock and Afro pop. Its eclectic nature gives their music broad appeal, enabling them to cross cultural boundaries.Rainbow bandThe way the band members, coming from contrasting musical and racial backgrounds, seem to blend so effortlessly has also caught the attention of the international media. Both Time magazine and The Washington Post have labelled Freshlyground the personification of South Africa’s “rainbow nation” ideal.While that may seem like a lot of pressure to put on the performers, Mahola takes it in her stride.“It is something to be proud of, for sure, although it also feels very normal,” she says. “It feels to me like people should be in harmony with each other. We don’t have to all be friends, but I think there is a basic humanity we all share that is unlearned as we grow up. The illusion of separatism is a human construct, I think … Of course we are different, but that difference is something to celebrate; not to use to keep us apart.”Each of the band members – who hail from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe – contributes something different to the sound. The Eastern Cape’s Mahola attributes her own musical style to the traditional Xhosa ceremonies she took part in.“There is a lot of theatre and music involved in many if not all of the rituals,” she explains. “I try to bring a celebratory quality to my style of singing and to the lyrics, of course.”Township girlBorn in Port Elizabeth on 19 July 1981, Zolani Mahola was raised in the townships of Kwazakhele and New Brighton. She believes it is the heart of the people that is the Eastern Cape’s most valuable asset.Some of her favourite memories are of childhood Christmases, “. family coming to PE [Port Elizabeth] from all over the country, all the kids in the family playing together. I remember being taken to the beach around those times, braais, Happy Valley … fun times.”Mahola first attended Kama Primary and later St Dominic’s Priory and Trinity High School. It was at Trinity that she first got involved with a drama group and realized that “being onstage was a very comfortable and energizing space”.Her road to success, Mahola says, “started with someone having faith in me, which gave me the courage to believe I stood a chance in this field. That first someone was my drama teacher Isobel van der Linde.”Given new confidence and a firm foundation in her performance art, she left Port Elizabeth to study drama at the University of Cape Town.It was as an actress that many South Africans first got to know Mahola. She starred in the series Tsha Tsha as Boniswa, a character from rural Peddie in the Amathole district.“I really enjoyed playing that character because she was so strong and self aware,” Mahola says. “She was a good example to girls and young women growing up in an environment that often does not give value to their emotional well-being or to their dreams. She was able to show girls around the country that actually it is possible and necessary to put themselves first, whether it be in terms of a sexual relationship, career-wise or even in a family setting.”The role of Boniswa also drew on her own experiences. “There is a certain strength or toughness in the personality of the character which I think that perhaps most township girls share.”Despite losing her mother at a very young age, Mahola had an excellent role model in her father.Personal, universal“My father did the best he could under very difficult circumstances. I love him. Nomvula (the title track from Freshlyground’s current album) is indeed a tribute … It is a ‘thank you’ to the people who brought me into this world. That said, I think it is a universal song, even though it contains very specific details about my life. There is something in the mood of the song that people really connect with, regardless of whether they speak isiXhosa or not.”Sung in isiXhosa and English, the lyrics of Mahola’s songs range from catchy, upbeat and fluffy to introspective and sad, but they are always relevant to people’s lives. Zithande, for example, tackles relationships and HIV/Aids. And it’s something that Mahola feels very strongly about.“It hurts that people are disappearing. It hurts that kids cant be kids any more in many situations … that they have to take on and see things that no child should be exposed to. It hurts that a woman can be faithful all her life and be infected by a husband who has multiple partners.“A lot of it is sore,” says Mahola, “but I believe that people are becoming more aware, and with the greater availability of anti-retroviral medication, we can only hope for the best. The Treatment Action Campaign is one organisation that has done a lot of work on destigmatising HIV/Aids, on gender relations and on challenging government to make treatment more available to our people.South African realities“It is important that all of us get involved, from government to businesses to the entertainment industry to mothers taking care of children orphaned because their parents were infected and died.”The reality of South Africa, its sorrows as well as its joys, infuses the music of Freshlyground – and that is what has earned the musicians their adoring fanbase.“I take a lot from people,” Mahola says. “As Brenda [Fassie] once sang, umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, we learn humanity from those around us, they help to make us real in a way.” The band is working hard on recording material for a new album, due out in September. In line with their plans to release internationally, Freshlyground has signed with Sony BMG Africa.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, winter 2007 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.last_img read more

Exhibition captures ‘essence of Mandela’

first_imgLarge images now suspended in the halls of the Apartheid Museum bear testimony to Mandela’s life from childhood to recent times. Mandela, an extensive new exhibition that took over a year to put together, has opened at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and is also set to travel abroad to tell the story of South Africa’s most treasured person. 12 November 2008 At the same time, Tutu said, it was important to remember “that this one who we hold in such high regard is a human being; he was a little boy who herded cattle. What does this say to our children? It says to our children that they don’t come ready-made for heaven.” “We are free today, but remember the cost of that freedom – our freedom did not come cheap – and it cost this man [Mandela] 27 years of his life.” The exhibition will be on at the Apartheid Museum for about a year, while versions of the exhibition are set to travel abroad, with the Nelson Mandela Foundation saying it is in discussion with the Malmo Museum in Sweden and the Museum for African Art in New York. Tutu stressed the importance of South Africans protecting their hard-won freedom, and the need for debate to happen in an open manner in the country. Jakes Gerwel, who has worked closely with Mandela for the past 14 years, first as director-general in the president’s office when Mandela was president, and more recently as chairperson of the Mandela Foundation, said: “Our Madiba . brings a smile to our hearts . a sense of calm and reassurance in a troubled world.” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who grew up on the same street in Soweto as Mandela and also went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize, said one of the most important things the exhibition was saying was that South Africans were reclaiming their own history. He said he was sure the scale and ambition of the exhibition would impress audiences, adding: “Madiba’s legacy belongs to us all – and we respect it most effectively when we share it actively.” Among the people who feature in the photos and who had a profound impact on Mandela are his former wife Winnie, former president FW De Klerk, and assassinated SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Asmal spoke also of Mandela’s great sense of humour, his humanity, and the fact that his legacy “belongs not only to South Africa, to Africa – he’s part of humanity.” Mandela, Gerwel said, had an “exceptional view of humanity. He has an unshakeable faith in the fundamental goodness of people . and he generally believes the world is populated by people like him!” The exhibition, developed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Apartheid Museum and the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, is made up of photographs, videos and artefacts – including the car that Mercedes Benz workers made for Mandela while he was president of South Africa. After the speeches, a video message to Mandela from United States President-Elect Barack Obama on the occasion of Mandela’s 90th birthday earlier this year was played. “When other people tell your story, they tell it from their own perspective . we want to tell our story, and we want to remember this man who we revere and who the whole world reveres.” Nelson Mandela Museum chairman Kader Asmal, speaking at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, said the exhibition embodied the essence of Mandela, showing a man “driven by the insatiable desire for peace between people and communities”. Obama said: “I reflected on your courage and your foresight and conviction, and on your fundamental belief that we do not have to accept the world as it is, that we can remake the world as it should be.” “Debate, debate, debate as vigorously as you can – but know the other person has the right to respond . My father used to say to me: ‘Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument.’ Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ECM: Sizing Up the market

first_imgNew numbers from Frost and Sullivan try to size up the enterprise content management (ECM) market.  The report estimates that the ECM solution market size in 2009 was on the order of $795 million and that the entire ECM ecosystem was on the order of $2.1 billion.The Frost and Sullivan forecast is that the global ECM solution market will in 2016 reach $1.75 billion and the ECM ecosystem market size will grow to $6 billion. Loren Johnson, Frost and Sullivan industry analyst, comments that “With the capabilities of ECM solutions stronger than their component parts, the ECM industry, consumers and companies have started to recognize the inherent value of implementing full ECM solutions.”Whenever numbers grow into the the billions of dollars, it is often hard to fathom exactly what it means.  And when compared to a similar report by Gartner, we find a wide disparity.  Gartner estimates that 2009 ECM software license and maintenance revenue was $3.5 billion and will exceed $5.7 billion in 2014.But the Frost and Sullivan report may be more strict in what they consider constitutes an ECM solution. “ECM solutions offer a unique productivity solution that singular products, components, and content management modules cannot.”  The report defines a  complete ECM solution as one that contains the following components:Back-End Assessment ManagementFront-end PresentationWorkflow and Business Process ManagementIn the view of Frost and Sullivan, only six vendors are capable of offering complete ECM solutions.last_img read more