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first_img November 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Demonstration in support of beleaguered weekly TelQuel Help by sharing this information Around 300 people gathered yesterday in Casablanca in a show of support for the independent weekly TelQuel, which has been sentenced to pay a total of 1,960,000 dirhams (180,000 euros) in damages and fines since August.The participants include members of neighbourhood and youth groups as well as representatives of the Committee for Freedom of Expression and the Press, a new entity that brings together the National Union of the Moroccan Press, member of left-wing parties and human rights groups, the Truth and Justice Forum and a civil society group called ATTAC Maroc.Reached by phone, TelQuel editor Ahmed Benchemsi told Reporters Without Borders he was very moved by the show of support and said he saw it as “a sign that TelQuel has people’s trust.” Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News The sentence of 900,000 dirhams (82,300 euros) in damages plus a fine of 10,000 dirhams (915 euros) which a Casablanca court passed on the independent weekly TelQuel on 24 October for libelling the head of a child relief NGO was “out of all proportion,” Reporters Without Borders said today, accusing the judicial authorities of hounding the weekly in recent months Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalistscenter_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News ————————————————————————–31.10.2005 Weekly ordered to pay massive libel damages for second time in three monthsThe sentence of 900,000 dirhams (82,300 euros) in damages plus a fine of 10,000 dirhams (915 euros) which a Casablanca court passed on the independent weekly TelQuel on 24 October for libelling the head of a child relief NGO was “out of all proportion,” Reporters Without Borders said today, accusing the judicial authorities of hounding the weekly in recent monthsThe sentence brings the total in damages and fines which TelQuel has been ordered to pay in libel cases in the past three months to 1,935,000 dirhams (177,000 euros), the press freedom organisation noted.“We hope these sentences will be considerably reduced on appeal as the Moroccan media should not be choked to death by exorbitant libel damages awards,” Reporters Without Borders added.Last week’s sentence was prompted by a report in May that Touria Bouabid, the president of a child relief organisation, had been summoned by the police for questioning about embezzlement within her NGO. The information came from police sources and was reported in three other newspapers as well as TelQuel – Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya, Al Ayam and Al Ousbouîya Al Jadida. All four newspapers published retractions after the information turned out to be false, but Bouabid brought successful libel actions against all of them, although the sentences for the others were more lenient. Al Ousbouîya Al Jadida was ordered to pay 30,000 dirhams (2,750 euros) while Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya and Al Ayam were ordered to pay de 100,000 dirhams (9,150 euros). A senior member of TelQuel’s staff said: “The aim is no longer to educate us, but simply to bring us down.”In an earlier case, TelQuel managing editor Ahmed Reda Benchemsi and news editor Karim Boukhari were sentenced by a Casablanca court on 15 August to pay damages of 1 million dirhams (90,000 euros) and a fine of 25,000 dirhams (2 250 euros) for libelling a parliamentarian. They also got two months suspended prison sentences. The suit was prompted by an article entitled “A brunette’s secret” in which Boukhari described the career of a woman identified only by the pseudonym Asmaa who began as a “cheïkha” (popular dancer) and ended up becoming a legislator. The suit was brought by parliamentarian Halima Assali, who assumed the story referred to her. April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgThere is a very simple reason why it was right for the UK to join our closest allies in launching strikes against the Asad military machine.This is about our collective future. It is about the kind of world we want our children to grow up in.It is about – and exclusively about – whether the world should tolerate the repeated use of chemical weapons and the human suffering they cause.The problem with such weapons is not just that their effect is hideous. Anyone looking at the pictures from Eastern Ghouta can see the kind of suffering involved: the foaming at the mouth, the floppy bodies of children, and the particular terror those weapons deliberately inspire.Vile, sick, barbaric though it is to use such weapons – that is not the principal objection. These munitions are not just horrible. They are illegal.It is now centuries since humanity first recoiled against the use of poison in warfare. The French and the Holy Roman Empire were so disgusted by the use of poisoned bullets they signed a treaty to ban them in 1675.It is now almost 100 years since the great post World War One treaty to prohibit use of chemical weapons – and in that period we have seen nation after nation sign up to the global consensus that this particular means of killing is evil and should be banned.Indeed, the universal abhorrence of chemical weapons, and the destruction of declared stockpiles, must be considered one of the great achievements of the modern world.The global community simply cannot afford to turn a blind eye to what is happening in Syria.In 2013 the Syrian regime committed to destroy its chemical arsenal while Russia – the mentor of the Asad Regime – guaranteed to oversee the process.Since then the Asad Regime and Russia has made a complete mockery of that pledge.A significant body of information, including intelligence, suggests the Asad regime was behind the chemical attack at Douma on April 7 that killed about 75 people and resulted in hundreds of casualties.Multiple accounts located a regime Mi 18 helicopter in the vicinity at the time. The opposition does not have helicopters and no other actor in the Syrian theatre is thought capable of launching a chemical strike of that scale.The only reasonable conclusion is that the regime has become so hardened and cynical that it is willing to exploit the extra potential of these weapons for removing entrenched urban resistance – in complete defiance of global disapproval and the norms of civilised behaviour.The Douma atrocity alone would be enough to demand a response. But it is not a one off.The Douma massacre is now part of a pattern of use of chemical weapons by the Asad Regime. International investigators mandated by the UN Security Council have found the Asad regime responsible for using chemical weapons in 4 separate attacks since 2014.The UK and our allies have done everything in our power to deter the barbaric use of these weapons. The EU has imposed sanctions on key figures linked to chemical weapons use in Syria.We have tried countless resolutions at the UN. But Russia has repeatedly shielded the Asad Regime from investigation and censure, vetoing 6 separate UN Security Council resolutions, including torpedoing the UN mandated Investigative Mechanism set up to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.Instead, Russia has repeated its lies and obfuscation that we have seen in this country since the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, including the grotesque assertion that the UK is somehow behind the attack in Douma.Last year we had a military response from the US, when about 20 Syrian planes were destroyed at the Shayrat airfield after the chemical massacre of civilians at Khan Sheikhoun.Now the world is forced to act again – not only to protect those who would otherwise fall victim to Asad’s monstrosities, but because unless we do so his regime will continue to weaken what has become an effective global taboo, with significant humanitarian consequences for many more.If we do nothing there will be other people and other governments around the world who will look at the impunity of Asad and ask themselves: they got away with it – why shouldn’t I?Unless we act there is a risk of moral contamination, a coarsening and corruption of what we have until now thought to be acceptable.Yes of course it was also right for the UK to stand shoulder to shoulder with America and France – close allies who were instrumental in helping to forge the 28 strong group of countries that expressed their palpable outrage at the Salisbury attack by expelling more than 150 Russian diplomats.Yes of course there are diplomatic considerations – but this is about more than diplomacy. It is about principle.And in its specific focus on the use of chemical weapons – and the consequences that must flow – this action is limited, and we must be both acutely aware of those limits and clear about them.These carefully targeted and calibrated strikes are not designed to intervene in the Syrian civil war or effect regime change.The action was carried out to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons capability and deterring their use.At a time of understandable tension in our relations with Russia it has been important to stress that this action does not entail some attempt to frustrate Russian strategic objectives in Syria.In short this does not represent any major escalation of UK or western involvement in Syria – and we should have the courage to be honest about that.In degrading Asad’s chemical weapons capabilities we intend to do what we can to protect his people from that specific form of cruelty.We are standing up for principle and for civilised values.We may not end the barbarism – but we are telling the world that there is one type of barbarism that is banned and that deserves to be banned.last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 9 December 2015A group opposed to euthanasia is encouraging more doctors to sign a new open letter objecting to assisted suicide.But the MP backing a bid to legalise euthanasia says his bill is solid, and claimed the loud objections of some doctors were hypocritical and detached from public opinion.The Care Alliance, which opposes euthanasia, said one its trustees, Dr Sinead Donelly, launched the online letter to send a message to lawmakers.The letter claimed to have attracted the support of 40 doctors by mid-afternoon.“We believe that crossing the line to intentionally assist a person to die would fundamentally weaken the doctor-patient relationship, which is based on trust and respect,” the letter stated.“We are especially concerned with protecting vulnerable people who can feel they have become a burden to others, and we are committed to supporting those who find their own life situations a heavy burden.”The letter invoked the position statements of the World Medical Association and New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA).NZMA chairman Stephen Child said the association was not aware of the letter being published. However, the NZMA’s position statement on euthanasia was recently reviewed and was consistent with the tenor of the open letter.In its position statement, the NZMA opposed euthanasia but supported the concept of “death with dignity and comfort”.“Euthanasia, that is the act of deliberately ending the life of a patient, even at the patient’s request or at the request of close relatives, is unethical.”Yet the NZMA supported the right of patients to decline treatment, or request pain relief. It also supported the right of access to appropriate palliative care.Doctors want no part in assisted suicide     We endorse the views of the World Medical Association and the New Zealand Medical Association that physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are unethical, even if they were made legal. We are committed to the concept of death with dignity and comfort, including the provision of effective pain relief and excellence in palliative care.We uphold the right of patients to decline treatment, as set out in the NZ Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.We know that the proper provision of pain relief, even if it may unintentionally  hasten the death of the patient, is ethical and legal.  Equally the withdrawal or withholding of futile treatment in favour of palliative care is ethical and legal.We believe that crossing the line to intentionally assist a person to die would fundamentally weaken the doctor-patient relationship which is based on trust and respect.We are especially concerned with protecting vulnerable people who can feel they have become a burden to others, and we are committed to supporting those who find their own life situations a heavy burden.Doctors are not necessary in the regulation or practice of assisted suicide.  They are included only to provide a cloak of medical legitimacy.  Leave doctors to focus on saving lives and providing real care to the dying.TO SIGN THIS LETTTER, GO TO http://doctorssayno.nz/ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11558573last_img read more

first_imgMORE: How to watch “ChangeUp,” an MLB whip-around show, for free on DAZNOne thing in particular the commissioner said, though, piqued my interest. I mentioned it at the end of a recent column — about the need for better player-focused marketing — but wanted to follow up, too. Here’s the quote from Manfred from that meeting: “Another piece that I would mention to you is the social media program that, I think, about 36 percent of our players have opted into. We make highlights available to them, easy to get to, so they can use those highlights, add their own commentary and post very quickly. They don’t pay for anything. It’s there, ready to use.”That sounds like one hell of a useful program, right? At the time of that meeting, 270 players in the league had been on-boarded into the Player Social program. By July 30, according to information supplied to Sporting News by MLB, that number had jumped to 315 players, 42 percent of the league — including 39 players from the All-Star Game events. The program has recently been expanded to the minor leagues, too; 78 not-yet-in-the-big-leagues players have joined. The Player Social program provides standard content (pictures, video and/or highlights) to players after games, and also offers custom content at a player’s request. Here’s an example of custom content created for Marcus Stroman’s Twitter account, right after he was traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets.THANK YOU CANADA! 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/G4gaXb4HkR— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) July 29, 2019And here’s an example of standard content available to players every night, used by Mike Trout for his Instagram feed.  View this post on Instagram miss anybody??A post shared by Mike Trout (@miketrout) on Jun 12, 2019 at 7:24pm PDTBarbara McHugh, who was promoted to MLB’s senior vice president of marketing in April 2018, oversees the program. Her promotion was part of a marketing reorganization. “One of our core goals and priorities that we identified early on is our efforts around player marketing,” McHugh said in a phone conversation with SN. “… When you think about social, that’s where people are. Those are the platforms where people go to consume content, to consume news. That’s really where they spend their time. So thinking of that, combined with the young fans that we’re trying to go after to complement our core fan base today and the opportunity to get fans to feel closer and a have a connection with their favorite players, we wanted to be a resource and create a collaborative partnership with our players.”And MLB is very aware of the need to connect with younger fans, which is a big motivation for this new program. According to numbers supplied by MLB:— 71 percent of followers on MLB’s Instagram account are 13-34— 73 percent of followers on MLB’s Cut 4 Instagram account are 13-34— 70 percent of followers on MLB’s YouTube account are 13-34Here’s how it works. The MLB marketing team has what it calls “live content creators” at every game, and those creators take pictures and videos during the game, then upload everything to a database managed by Greenfly, a content and distribution software company (more on them in a moment).That content is funneled into a player’s account, and they’re able to get those images or videos off the app and post from their phones/tablets, or they can post directly through the Greenfly app. McHugh said that, during the All-Star Game events, the Player Social program produced more than 2,000 pieces of content, resulting in nearly 100 posts from the 39 All-Stars who use the program. McHugh said they’ve noticed a push around special events, whether it’s the All-Star Game or the London Series between the Yankees and Red Sox, or the games in Mexico. Here’s an All-Star post created for Francisco Lindor.  You have, no doubt, heard bits and pieces from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s hour-long meeting with BBWAA members the morning of the All-Star Game, in a conference room at the Ritz-Carlton in Cleveland. He talked at length about the rumors of juiced baseballs and the contrast between MLB’s drawn-out free-agency process and the NBA’s thrill-a-minute extravaganza, to name a few topics. Those thoughts and quotes spawned many stories and columns. View this post on Instagram 38 seconds of the best event of the summer #AllStarGameA post shared by Francisco Lindor (@lindor12bc) on Jul 10, 2019 at 2:52pm PDT“We’re trying to stay really, really true to their authenticity,” McHugh said. “What works for one player isn’t necessarily what’s going to work for another player, in terms of the content that we’re providing.”MLB is quick to point out, too, that players aren’t just using the program to promote their own brand. Much of the custom content they’re asked to create is team-focused, like this one created for Christian Yelich. 🗣 Let’s Go!! pic.twitter.com/PM2QDE5vxK— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) February 5, 2019The Greenfly app is named after a familiar name to baseball fans. Shawn Green — the sweet-swinging left-handed slugger who hit 328 home runs in his career with the Blue Jays, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Mets — is actually the founder of the company.  “I actually worked for the Mets when he was on the team. It was fun to be reunited,” McHugh said. “But, yeah, they’ve been a great partner. It’s been fun to give them feedback so they can continue to evolve the product. It really is a technology solution for us. We were using it as a way to share content with out clubs, prior to the player program. It’s just been an evolution of the technology and the product.”MLB supplies the players with analytics about their posts, too, so they know which ones get the most engagement, drive the most follows, etc., even going so far as to provide monthly reports to the players and agents who are the most active. And, as McHugh pointed out, MLB uses that information to drive its social decisions, too, as far as what content it provides to players and what types of posts to use on the MLB accounts. “I think it’s really helpful for them to see that when they are active and putting up engaging content that’s really authentic to them,” McHugh said. “They are seeing their engagement rates go up, and also their follower growth go up and seeing the benefit to being active on social platforms to give fans that deeper and closer connection to them.”According to MLB’s numbers, players in the program have increased their posts by 23 percent, increased their engagement by 50 percent and increased their follower growth by 38 percent. The program started, on a small scale, with the 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series last November. Rhys Hoskins and Whit Merrifield, in particular, were involved, not just with social media posts, but with videos created, like this one.  From there, McHugh and her marketing team met with agents and players at the Winter Meetings to walk them through the Player Social program. And the program’s grown from there, through word of mouth and other event-focused avenues. “The initiative is part of our broader player marketing initiatives, and fortunately there was some traction and adoption to it,” McHugh said. “Like anything that has some legs to it, it’s picked up momentum as time has gone on.”last_img read more

first_imgSergio Ramos celebrates with Dani Carvajal after scoring in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Eibar that kept them on the tails of La Liga leaders Barcelona.Madrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid and Barcelona will have tougher tests to come but emphatic victories on their return to action at the weekend suggest there may not be much margin for error in what is left of La Liga’s title race.Leaders Barca hammered Real Mallorca 4-0 on Saturday before second-placed Madrid swept Eibar aside 3-1 a day later, having led 3-0 at the end of the first half, only to ease off in the second.Both performances erased fears that had arisen during the three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, which saw La Liga go without competitive matches for 93 days.Madrid looked comfortable in their new home at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium — part of their training complex — while Lionel Messi looked fit, with no sign of the tightness in his thigh that was bothering him earlier this month.Two assists, a goal and 90 minutes played suggested Barcelona’s captain is in good shape.“There were many uncertainties,” said coach Quique Setien. “Nobody was clear what was going to happen. We had some bad touches but we will improve with more contact with the ball over time.“Overcoming this match like this gives us confidence and momentum with the advantage we already had.”Mallorca and Eibar, sitting 18th and 16th respectively, were always going to represent relatively kind reintroductions for La Liga’s title contenders.Barcelona are at home on Tuesday to Leganes, who increasingly look the most likely side to finish bottom after they lost at home on Saturday to Real Valladolid.But games away at Sevilla and home to Athletic Bilbao then follow, when perhaps the fitness and form of Setien’s side will be better tested.For Madrid, the challenge intensifies immediately with a home game on Thursday against Valencia, who can ill-afford another stumble after a draw with Levante on Friday left them four points adrift of the top four.– Conditions favour top sides –Yet the early indications are that without fans and with key players fit again, Barcelona and Real Madrid may be set for a more consistent finish to the season.Without supporters at San Moix to rattle Barca or invigorate Mallorca, all that was left was for the superior technical ability and squad depth of the defending champions to prove decisive.That will be the case again when they face Sevilla at the usually bouncing Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Friday while Madrid will likewise avoid the roar of the crowd when they go to Bilbao’s San Mames in a few weeks.With five substitutions permitted, even when Eibar pulled a goal back in the second half, Real coach Zinedine Zidane was able instantly to bring on three players. By the end he had introduced Gareth Bale, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior and Fede Valverde. The total cost of those five players was close to 250 million euros ($281m) while the five Eibar brought on were worth five million euros, three of them free transfers.The cost of the 10 players Barcelona and Madrid brought on combined over the weekend was almost 400 million euros while Eibar and Mallorca’s 10 cost just over seven million euros.It means the conditions are more in favour of the top teams finding greater consistency over the remaining games and any mistakes that are made may also prove more costly.“We know the situation is a bit strange,” said Zidane, whose side are two points off top spot, on Sunday.“But the players are all champions and they can adapt to the situation. We have to get our heads around it, which is what we’re going to do until the end of the season.”Sevilla will try to strengthen their hold on third place by beating Levante on Monday. Getafe are at home to struggling Espanyol on Tuesday, Atletico Madrid visit Osasuna on Wednesday while on Thursday, Real Sociedad — currently fourth — travel to Alaves.La Liga midweek fixtures (times GMT)MondayLevante v Sevilla (1730), Real Betis v Granada (2000)TuesdayGetafe v Espanyol, Villarreal v Mallorca (both 1730), Barcelona v Leganes (2000)WednesdayEibar v Athletic Bilbao, Real Valladolid v Celta Vigo (both 1730), Osasuna v Atletico Madrid (2000)ThursdayAlaves v Real Sociedad (1730), Real Madrid v Valencia (2000)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgThese are the dog days of summer, a time when Bay Area hockey aficionados can do nothing more than count down the days — 29 more till the first game of the exhibition season. To pass the time, you might check out bottom-six forward Marcus Sorenson doing leg lunges during a workout on his social media or resort to watching a game of baseball or spending time with your children.Or we could reflect on the Joe Pavelski Era to determine whether the captain’s departure will be a …last_img

first_img13 September 2002President Thabo Mbeki urged the world’s leaders, gathered in New York a day after the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks on the US, to reaffirm their commitment to the United Nations and its Charter as indispensable to world peace.Speaking at the United Nations headquarters during the opening session of the 57th UN General Assembly, Mbeki described the multilateral system of global governance as “the only viable international response to all our challenges . Fundamentally, this is the only credible response to the challenge of globalisation and the need to enhance human solidarity to meet our common needs.”Mbeki was addressing the gathering in his capacity as chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement and the newly formed African Union, and president of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development.Mbeki spoke immediately after US President George W Bush, whose administration has threatened to attack Iraq, accusing it of failing to comply with UN resolutions adopted in the wake of its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.Laying out the United States’ case against the current Iraqi regime, Bush pledged that the US “will work with the UN Security Council to meet our common challenge”, but warned that “if Iraq’s regime defies us again, the world must move deliberately, decisively to hold [it] to account.”Mbeki said the Non-Aligned Movement is committed to the peaceful resolution of all conflicts, “including those pertaining to Palestine and Israel, as well as Iraq, in keeping with the resolutions of the United Nations”‘, adding that these were “urgent tasks to which this organisation must respond”.Two years ago, Mbeki said, the world’s leaders, through the United Nations Millennium Declaration, “reaffirmed our faith in the [United Nations] and its Charter as indispensable foundations of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.“None of those who spoke from this podium knew that a year after they had pledged to use their energies and talents to provide a meaningful life for all, peace in this country and the rest of the world would be brutally challenged by the murderous terrorist attack of September 11.“We meet a day after the first anniversary of that fateful September 11. We have a collective duty to reaffirm our united resolve to create a world free of the fear of terrorism.“We have a solemn obligation to give real meaning to the message of hope we proclaimed in the Millennium Declaration. It may be that future generations will say that if we have learnt anything at all from the horrendous events of September 11, it is to the accomplishment of these tasks that this General Assembly should dedicate its efforts.”Africa’s response to its past and presentTurning to his Africa, Mbeki said the continent had risen to the challenges of the Millennium Declaration by forming the African Union (AU).“The African Union (AU) is Africa’s practical and determined response to its past and present, in favour of peace and stability, democracy and human rights, co-operation, development, prosperity and human dignity”, Mbeki said.“Its programme for the socio-economic revitalisation of our continent is the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), which must help us to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment throughout Africa and, within the context of the African Union, end Africa’s humiliation as an object of charity.”Mbeki told the gathering that the AU had agreed to the establishment of various institutions, including a peer-review mechanism, “which must help us ensure that we honour our commitments democracy, human rights and good governance”.Mbeki called on the UN to work closely with the AU in modernising Africa’s economy, dealing with the continent’s “intolerable debt burden”, ensuring access for Africa’s products in the markets of the developed world, fighting Aids, malaria and tuberculosis, and working against environmental degradation.Shared prosperity through sustainable developmentReporting on the World Summit, which took place in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September, Mbeki said the Summit had “confronted the stark reality that billions of people across the globe are poor, and boldly confirmed the need for us to collaborate for a shared human prosperity through sustainable development.“We agree that this goal can be achieved because we are inspired by the knowledge that the resources needed exist within the global community.”Delegates from around the world enshrined the decisions they took in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development, “to ensure that the billions of people who have placed their fate on our collective shoulders have a concrete programme of action to realise the goals contained in Agenda 21 and other documents adopted by the world community of nations during the last 10 years.”Mbeki said that UN member states had already committed themselves to making available the finance, technology and capacity building needed for implementing the Johannesburg Plan.“It is critically important that we implement everything we agreed, acting with the necessary sense of urgency.”Mbeki reminded the gathering that, two years ago in the Millennium Declaration more than 150 heads of state and government resolved that “the central challenge we face today is to ensure that globalisation becomes a positive force for all the world’s people.“Through both our global and regional programmes”, Mbeki said, “we can and must ensure that globalisation indeed becomes a valuable process, which will bring about sustainable development and prosperity for all.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_imgBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme is a nationwide initiative created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by encouraging all South Africans to contribute to positive change.A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young to not so young.It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Play Your Part has identified ambassadors who fly the South African flag high by taking responsibility to positively contribute towards nation building and in achieving our vision. Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassadors are ordinary South Africans who have played their part and done the extraordinary for the country.There are also numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate.Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.Visit www.PlayYourPart.co.za.last_img read more

first_imgThe Philippine men’s national volleyball team yielded to powerhouse Vietnam, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20, at the start of the 29th Southeast Asian Games volleyball competition Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos may have faltered in straight sets but they had their moments especially in the third set, where they managed to take a 16-13 edge.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program But the errors piled up for the Philippines, allowing Vietnam to take control, 23-19, en route to the victory.The Vietnamese hope to win the gold medal this time after settling for second place in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore following a three-set loss to Thailand.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 shutout WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight But going by the way they crushed the field so far, the Eagles look headed to accomplishing the mission for a crack at the inaugural men’s crown of the league organized by Sports Vision.Ateneo trounced the FEU Tamaraws last Sept. 3 to open its campaign then strung up shutout victories over San Beda, UST and St. Benilde to zero in on the first semifinal berth.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 shutoutTop hitter Marck Espejo has been lording it over the field with 76 hits, including 68 attack points, after four games.Midway though the tournament, the dominant Eagles are soaring in the stats sheet. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC With Espejo emerging as the leading scorer, the four-time UAAP MVP also paces the spiking department with 60.71 percent success. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next After racking up four straight victories in emphatic fashions, reigning back-to-back UAAP champion Ateneo braces for a tougher stretch of three matches in its drive for a sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference eliminations at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Veterans at the forefront as powerlifting squad shoots for 2 gold medals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more