Gender council to engage communities

first_img23 May 2013The National Council Against Gender-Based Violence has completed its annual action plan and will soon be engaging with communities across the country, says Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana.Delivering her department’s budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Xingwana said the council would be conducting roadshows, consultation summits and educational campaigns in all nine provinces.The council, launched on 10 December under the chairmanship of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, will support victims and survivors of gender-based violence and address all forms of violence against women and children in South Africa.Xingwana said that, working together with the ministers of police, justice and correctional services, her department would continue to support, promote, coordinate and monitor access to justice for women.“This includes effective and efficient services to all victims, such as the Sexual Offences Courts; the Family Violence and Sexual Offences Units in the South African Police Service; the training of police and forensic social workers; restorative justice as well as effective rehabilitation of offenders.”UN praises South Africa’s stanceXingwana noted that South Africa had registered its commitment to the United Nations campaign to Commit to End Violence against Women and Girls at a signing ceremony in New York in March.Xingwana said that during the ceremony, Michelle Bachelet, the under secretary-general of UN Women, had commended South Africa for its solo stance in Africa on the issue of sexual orientation and gender identities as well as on the matter of sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls.“We were also congratulated for developing a multi-sectoral approach towards fighting gender-based violence by launching the National Council against Gender-Based Violence … as well as launching the Orange Day campaign as part of our 365 Days National Action Plan,” Xingwana said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Enterprise Startup Spotlight: Okta Brings Single Sign-on and Access Control to the Cloud

first_imgklint finley Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Okta was founded in 2008 by two former Salesforce.com executives to solve an emerging problem for organizations using cloud services: user management and access control. Okta integrates with Active Directory, Google Apps and other user management and access control systems to provide single sign-on and access control services for software-as-a-services (SaaS). According to co-founder and President Frederic Kerrest, Okta supports hundreds of services and that number is growing weekly.Some of the services that you can manage with Okta include:ADPCisco WebexConcurFacebookGoogle AppsLinkedInSalesforce.comSuccessFactorsTwitterOkta acts a bridge between an enterprise access control system and all the various cloud systems that may be in use. For example, one Okta customer, Enterasys, integrated Salesforce.com with its Active Directory. But Enterasys soon realized it would have to build similar integrations for each and every SaaS it used in the future. Okta makes this easier by allowing a company to build one integration – with Okta – and manage all future connections through Okta.Kerrest met Okta CEO and co-founder Todd McKinnon while working at Salesforce.com. Kerrest worked in business development and sales, and McKinnon was SVP of engineering.While there are many companies working on data integration in the cloud, such as SnapLogic, the identity management and access control space is just getting started. Okta is certainly a company to watch. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#saas Related Posts last_img read more

Good News, Everyone! It’s The 10 Best Inventions From Futurama

first_imgFuturama, the animated comedy from Simpsons creator Matt Groening and writer David X. Cohen, is unparalleled in its ability to mix lowbrow humor with high concept science and technology. But after an initial run on Fox from 1999 to 2003 and a glorious revival six years later, Comedy Central has pulled the plug and will end the show with its seventh season this summer.In keeping with ReadWrite’s mission to map the programmable universe, we figured that a roundup of some of the greatest inventions from the year 3000 was most definitely called for. Futurama, after all, was always at its best turning some recent technological development or scientific notion into farce.Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.Disclaimer: We decided to keep it light-hearted, so we apologize in advance to any fans of the infamous suicide booth.1. Smell-O-Scope Of all the Professor’s many doomsday devices, the Spheroboom was his favorite and the one device that he couldn’t part with when selling his stash to Hedonismbot in “Bender’s Big Score,” the straight-to-DVD film that became part one of season five. The Spheroboom appears to bend an object around its center until it implodes in an explosion of “doom radiation.”In a not-so-subtle jab at the National Rifle Association, the episode introduced the National Ray-Gun Association, which protested a three-day waiting period for mad scientists to purchase doomsday devices. When Fry was tasked with saving the universe from the Brainspawn in season four, he had to infiltrate their secret base, the Infosphere. Fry’s allies against the brains, the highly intelligent yet adorable Niblonians, gave him the Scooty-Puff, Jr. for the task. A wind-up contraption resembling a children’s toy, the Scooty-Puff, Jr. ended up falling apart when Fry tried to escape, leading him to request a more advanced vehicle — the larger, more impressive Scooty-Puff, Sr.3. Fing-Longer 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts The What-If Machine was a Professor Farnsworth device that could predict a scenario based on any “what if” question it was asked. After a series of events that pertain to each character on the crew and their respective “what if” questions, the Professor tosses the machine in the garbage, declaring it a failure due to the preposterous scenarios it generated. The whole episode turns on its head when everything is revealed to be one huge, layered simulation from the What-If Machine, generated when the Professor asks what if he had invented the Fing-Longer.6. eyePhone 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Invented by Professor Farnsworth in an alternative timeline — one he detected via the What-If Machine in the season two episode “Anthology of Interest I,” the Fing-Longer allowed the wearer to reach farther than normal — say, to press buttons. Not exactly groundbreaking, but who couldn’t love a name like the Fing-Longer? Not only does this device now actually exist as a Wii mote accessory, the idea of the Professor getting inspiration from himself provided an interesting philosophical conundrum. Can you be said to have invented something if the initial inspiration came from some external source, even if that external source is an alternate version of yourself? Yeah, we’ll get back to you on that.4. Mind-Switcher In the season two episode “A Clone Of Mine Own,” the Professor introduces his own 12-year-old clone, named Cubert. Created via the Professor’s Clone-O-Mat, Cubert gets named as the Professor’s heir.The Clone-O-Mat makes a return in the season four episode “Jurassic Bark,” one of the rare but emotionally powerful moments when Futurama shifted from comedy to animated drama. Nominated for an Emmy, the episode explores Fry’s anguish after discovering his former dog Seymour’s fossilized 21st century remains, a find that prompts Fry to agonize over whether or not to clone his long-lost animal companion.10. The Spheroboom Tags:#television center_img Invented by the Professor to give animals super intelligence, the Electronium Hat was a wearable device introduced in the season one episode “Mars University.” It used sunspots to produce “cognitive radiation,” whatever that means. The monkey Guenter gets uplifted by the hat and spends much of the episode quarrelling with Fry and lamenting the fact that he can’t live his natural life due to his unnatural super-smarts.9. The Clone-O-Mat The season six episode “The Prisoner of Benda” introduced this invention of Professor Farnsworth and Amy, the Mind-Switcher. After a dizzying number of mind switches, the whole crew is in disarray with everyone in someone else’s body. This episode generated what was apparently the first mathematical theorem created for a television show. Futurama writer Ken Keeler, who holds a doctorate in mathematics, wrote the Futurama Theorem as both a real-world theorem and the solution used in the show that proves “that regardless of how many mind switches between two bodies have been made, they can still all be restored to their original bodies using only two extra people, provided these two people have not had any mind switches prior.”5. What-If Machine nick statt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… One of the few times Futurama took a swipe at real-world companies and products, the season six episode “Attack of the Killer App” introduced an obvious parody of a well-known Apple device. The writers envisioned a 31st Century eyePhone as an actual eye implant that projects a holographic screen in front of the user’s face. 7. Forwards Time Machine Featured in one of the show’s best episodes, “The Late Philip J. Fry,” the Forwards Time Machine is a Professor Farnsworth invention that only lets you move through time in one direction, specifically to avoid temporal paradoxes (a topic the show has explored in past episodes). Fry joins Bender and the Professor to take the machine one minute into the future, though of course they screw up and get thrown thousands of years forward. Ultimately, they have nowhere to go except the end of time. In true high-low concept fashion, Bender, Fry and the Professor couch it on lawn chairs, crack some beers and proceed to watch the universe end, only to realize that a new Big Bang begins to happen all over again. Turns out that idea is an actual scientific model, called the Big Bounce, that posits that the universe is forever oscillating through a cosmic boom-bust cycle.8. The Electronium Hat 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout In the show’s first season episode “A Big Piece Of Garbage,” the Smell-O-Scope was Professor Farnsworth’s seemingly useless space smelling invention. As he explained, “If a dog craps anywhere in the universe, you can bet I won’t be out of the loop.” It certainly came in handy when it detected a giant ball of garbage — a last-ditch effort by New York in the year 2020 to stave off overflowing landfills — that was hurling towards the Earth. The ensuing antics involved continuous spoofs on the 1998 film Armageddon. Turns out that in 2011, a small company actually invented a handheld Smell-O-Scope, although it dubbed it  the Nasal Ranger Field Olfactometer. Killjoys.2. Scooty-Puff, Jr.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings- CSK win by 6 wickets

first_imgSuresh Raina scored a quick-fire 73 not out as Chennai beat Bangalore by six wickets to reach the final of the IPL-4. Score | PhotosBangalore will now play in the ‘Qualifier 2’ against the winner of the ‘Eliminator’ match between Kolkata and Mumbai.If Bangalore win the second qualifier, they too will proceed to the final to be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium In Chennai on Saturday.Chasing 176, Chennai reached the target with two balls to spare against Bangalore during the ‘Qualifier 1’ at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.In a repeat of the last league game between the two teams, Tuesday saw the openers falling to the same bowlers.Paceman Zaheer Khan got rid of Michael Hussey on the sixth ball of the innings even before he had opened his account. In the next over another left-arm pacer S Aravind got the better of Murali Vijay to reduce Chennai to 7/2 in 1.3 overs.Then S Badrinath and Suresh Raina put on 63 runs for the third wicket trying to bring the Chennai innings back on track after the early setback. But in the 11th over Badrinath fell to Abhimanyu Mithun when batting on 34. He wanted to play the ball inside-out, but failed miserably and gave a catch to S Aravind in the covers.Post Badrinath’s wicket, Raina and captain MS Dhoni got going against the opposition bowlers. They started dealing in boundaries trying to raise the slow run rate. And the two picked Mithun for their onslaught. While Raina hit two sixes off him in the 13th over Dhoni hit a four and the over fetched as many as 23 runs.advertisementThe Dhoni-Raina quick-fire 61 run stand finally came to an end in the 17th over off Zaheer Khan. The Chennai captain hit a six off him and then went for another one but this time Mithun caught him at long on and Dhoni was seen walking back on 29. And Chennai were down to 131/4. Raina and Albie Morkel then treated the slog overs the way they are supposed to be treated – as clubbing exercise.The two hit three sixes in the 19th over that saw 21 runs being scored in it.Chennai now needed 12 runs in the last over. Raina took a single on the first ball and then Morkel hit a four and followed it up with a double. A six off the fourth ball by Morkel pushed the Chennai total to 177 – run above the required target.Raina’s 73 came off 50 ball and included a four and six sixes in it.  Morkel scored 28 off 10 balls hitting a four and three sixes on the way.Bangalore inningsVirat Kolhi scored a dogged 70 as Bangalore put on a competitive 175/4 against Chennai.Earlier, Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field.Unlike their league games including the last one against Chennai, Chris Gayle didn’t provide Bangalore with a flying start on Tuesday. He departed in the fourth over off the innings off offie R Ashwin, leg before, when the team total was 30/1.Then one-down batsman Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal tried to revive the innings post the early setback. The two had put on 35 runs for the second wicket when Agarwal fell. He holed out to Doug Bollinger off Dwayne Bravo on the last ball of the ninth over when batting on 34.Two overs later Chennai’s left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati got rid of AB de Villiers cheaply to reduce Bangalore to 85/3.Finally, Kohli and Luke Pomersbach got on with a partnership helping Bangalore to a decent score. The two put on 48 runs for the fourth wicket before Bollinger scalped Pomersbach in the 17th over when he was batting on 29.But more than that, the last ball of the 18th over brought in a major blow for Chenani, literally. As Ashwin got hit by Saurabh Tiwary just above the left eye and was helped off the field. Clearly he needed a stretcher, but he was made to walk back.  Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary were at the crease when Bangalore’s came to a close. Kohli’s 70 came 44 balls and included five fours and three sixes.last_img read more

Ginebra outlasts Magnolia in OT

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra held off fierce rival Magnolia in overtime, 97-93, to close in on a quarterfinals slot in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings made key defensive plays down the stretch to clinch their fifth win in eight games and stay in fifth place.ADVERTISEMENT Yeng Guiao on facing Italy, Serbia in World Cup: ‘A miracle can happen’ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aguilar extended his team’s lead to six after stealing an inbound pass and finishing a dunk on the other end off an assist by Thompson with 1:42 remaining. He then, blocked Ian Sangalang’s attempt the next play.The Kings also spoiled the late-game heroics of Jio Jalalon, who forced OT with a deep 3-pointer over Aguilar with 4.2 ticks left in regulation.Jalalon wound up with 22 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Hotshots, who fell to 3-5.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Google Philippines names new country directorcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson pumped in a career-high 27 points, including a back-breaking triple that gave Ginebra a 94-90 cushion with 1:56 left. He also had 11 rebounds and five assists.“Scottie was just spectacular. He was having a big night,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJapeth Aguilar also finished with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds while LA Tenorio collected 10 points, five rebounds and eight assists on a night where he set the league record for the most number of consecutive games played with 597.“We wanted to make it a memorable night for LA with a win,” Cone said. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snaglast_img read more

Australia union calls for equal World Cup prize money

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The union is “determined to making real and lasting progress on behalf of them,” FIFPro said.Prize money is just one equity issue that is getting attention ahead of the World Cup, which opens Friday. Twenty-four teams will compete in the monthlong tournament, which concludes with the final in Lyon on July 7.The U.S. women’s national team, the defending champion, has collectively filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation.The first women’s Ballon d’Or winner, Ada Hegerberg, is not playing for Norway because of what she believes is a general disregard for the women’s national team by that country’s federation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Konta sweeps Stephens off the court to reach French semis DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport FILE – In this April 20, 2018, file photo, Australia’s Samantha Kerr, left, fights for control of the ball against Japan’s Nana Ichise , bottom right, during the AFC Jordan 2018 Women’s Asian Cup final in Amman, Jordan. The Women’s World Cup kicks off Friday, June 7, 2019, in Paris. Twenty-four teams will traverse France for the next month in pursuit of soccer’s most prestigious trophy. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)The Australian players’ union has called on FIFA to award the same prize money for the Women’s World Cup that is provided for the men’s tournament.Professional Footballers Australia launched a website to bring the campaign to light.ADVERTISEMENT “Women national team players around the world should receive equal treatment to their male national team counterparts; this should include their travel and accommodation as well as their medical treatment and financial compensation,” the statement said.In a letter to FIFA last week, the PFA asked that the prize money be raised immediately. The FIFA Congress is being held in Paris ahead of the start of the Women’s World Cup.The PFA first raised the issue with FIFA in letter last year after the increased prize money was announced. In the most recent letter, they said the prize money should be immediately raised by $27 million — the total of the increased gap in prize money between the women’s tournament in France and the men’s tournament in Qatar.“We suggest that, at a minimum, the FIFA Council take the opportunity to increase the Prize Money to be awarded to the participating teams by $27 million to a total of $57 million. This will at least address the exacerbation of FIFA’s discriminatory conduct,” the PFA letter said. “We can then meet in good faith after the tournament to discuss how to fully realize FIFA’s statutory, regulatory and policy commitments to non-discrimination and the fulfillment of the internationally recognized human rights of the players.”There was no indication that FIFA would address the matter before the tournament. FIFPro said FIFA has agreed to start negotiating new conditions for women’s national team players after the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “FIFA should reward female and male players equally because it is the right thing to do,” the campaign states. “The achievement of becoming world champion in the world’s greatest game should be treated with equal respect for both genders.”The prize money for the Women’s World Cup is $30 million, with $4 million going to the champion. That is double the prize money that was awarded for the 2015 World Cup in Canada.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHowever, it is just a fraction of the $400 million in prize money for last year’s men’s World Cup in Russia. France, the winner of the tournament, was awarded $38 million. The prize money for the 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar will be $440 million.On Tuesday, international players’ union FIFPro issued a statement in support of the PFA. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more