Education Ministry mixes up top performers at CAPE 2019

first_imgThe Education Ministry moments ago announced that the 2019 top performer for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in Guyana is Shanomae Milling of St. Rose’s High School and not Michael Bhopaul as was announced on Wednesday.Milling according to the Ministry wrote 11 units and achieved nine grade ones and two grade twos.Shanomae MillingHowever, the Ministry apologizes for the irregularity regarding the top position while noting that this should not distract from the excellent and historical performance by students at both the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and CAPE assessments.last_img read more

Spain great Casillas confronting twilight at Porto

first_img0Shares0000Iker Casillas won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2000, 2002 and 2014 © AFP / FRANCISCO LEONGLISBON, Portugal, Feb 13 – From a king of Europe in Madrid to the substitutes’ bench with Porto, it’s been a rocky transition for three-time Champions League winner Iker Casillas following his departure from boyhood club Real in 2015.“San Iker”, the captain of Spain’s World Cup-winning side in 2010 and of back-to-back European Championship triumphs, now finds himself Porto’s back-up ahead of Wednesday’s last-16 clash against Liverpool. Casillas, who made his Champions League debut as a tender 18-year-old in 1999, holds the competition record with 170 appearances spread over a remarkable 19 seasons. But an apparent lack of application in training prompted his coach to replace Casillas, who is now 36, as Porto’s first-choice goalkeeper.While away to RB Leipzig during the group stage in mid-October, Porto boss Sergio Conceicao dropped the veteran Spaniard — a European champion with Real in 2000, 2002 and 2014 — in favour of 25-year-old Portuguese deputy Jose Sa.While the baptism of fire did Sa few favours as Porto slid to a 3-2 defeat in Germany, it symbolised the passing of the torch as Sa went on to establish himself in the club’s number one jersey.The change to the hierarchy led former Portugal international Conceicao to clarify the situation during a press conference, where he pointed the finger at Casillas for a lack of drive and energy during the team’s daily training sessions.“With Iker, it’s not a disciplinary problem. I demand all of my players to always be at 100 percent at training and I can’t close my eyes to the fortnight of training that didn’t meet my demands. Iker understood it,” Conceicao explained.– Casillas stays positive –Far from engaging in a stand-off with his coach, as he did during Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Real, Casillas doubled down and ruled out any move away from the club in January.“Everyone drops to the bench one day, there are not only 11 players. I like to train, push myself and fight for a starting place,” the Madrid-born Casillas said in December.While there is no guarantee the Spaniard will regain the first-choice role at Porto, he can at least draw some comfort from a series of promising run-outs in the two domestic cup competitions.Casillas was unable to prevent Porto’s penalty-shootout defeat to Sporting in the League Cup last month, but he gave an assured display to help secure a 1-0 advantage over the Lisbon outfit in the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup a week ago.That match marked the 100th in Porto colours for Casillas, and demonstrated the 36-year-old still has the ability required to shine at the top level.Back in Conceicao’s good graces, the Porto coach even hinted recently that Casillas could be in line for a return to the leading role between the posts.“I have four fantastic goalkeepers and Iker has worked really well these past weeks so I won’t reveal who I’m going to start, it’s the position where I have the most uncertainty,” Conceicao said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe GAA could have sold out Croke Park twice over for Sunday’s All-Ireland final between Donegal and Kerry.At least Big Neil is guaranteed a ticket at Croker!The claim will be little comfort to Donegal fans who have still yet to get their hands on a golden pass.But Alan Milton, the GAA’s Head of Media Relations, said the game has generated exceptional demand. “I can’t quantify this precisely in that I haven’t logged every single request for a ticket, but my belief is that we could sell out Croke Park twice over for Sunday.“There are a number of factors: a) it’s a novel pairing b) the semi-finals were of a such a high standard that there’s big neutral interest and c) the numbers from each county who will travel back to Ireland – both Kerry and Donegal have a very strong overseas presence in the United States particularly but also farther afield.“Kerry haven’t won for five years and haven’t even been in a final for three. Throw in that Donegal come with a level of expectation after beating Dublin and may start as favourites and you can get an idea of the allure created by this fixture.“It might surprise people that this is on a par with Mayo and Donegal two years ago, which was the highest demand I’d ever seen for an All-Ireland final.” WE COULD HAVE SOLD OUT CROKE PARK TWICE OVER FOR FINAL – GAA was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandCroke ParkdonegalGAAKerrylast_img read more

La Liga: Barca at home, Real away on match-day 13

first_img Tags: barcelonaCelta VigoEibarLa Ligareal madrid Barcelona have lost three games this season including their last fixture away to Levante. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)Deportivo Alaves vs Real Valladolid Estadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria GasteizSaturday, 09-11-2019 @3pmAlaves find themselves down in 16th and just three points clear of the relegation zone after going down 4-2 at Osasuna last weekend, a result which marked their fifth consecutive away defeat in La Liga.There’s pressure on Babazorros to secure a positive result when they host 12th placed Valladolid this Saturday, but they go into the contest as narrow favourites by virtue of their strong form at Mendizorroza so far this season.With just a single point picked up from six matches, Alaves have been nothing short of atrocious on the road this term. Babazorros have conceded more goals than any other team on their travels with 16 shipped already and their Matchday 12 loss at Osasuna was the second consecutive away game in which Asier Garitano’s men have been hit for four.Whilst deeply frustrating for Garitano and Alaves fans, Babazorros have at least performed to a much higher standard at Mendizorroza this season and their home form is currently keeping the team’s head above the relegation parapet.A terrific long range effort from Lucas Perez earned Alaves a creditable 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid on Matchday 11, and Garitano’s side have accrued seven points from their last three at home after 2-0 victories against Mallorca and Celta Vigo.The Basque outfit have 11 points on the board in total from their six matches at Mendizorroza and boast a healthy 66% clean sheet ratio in front of their own supporters. So regardless of their inexplicably bad showings on the road including last week’s beating in Pamplona, we can expect a decent performance from Alaves here and a stern test for visitors.Valladolid have been nowhere near as poor as Alaves on their travels, however the three defeats they have suffered this season have all been outside of Castille and Leon, including a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Barcelona two starts ago.Pucela bounced back superbly to thrash Mallorca 3-0 at Jose Zorrilla on Sunday morning and have been an extremely tough outfit to overcome on the whole this term, but the fact they have won just one of their last six away matches justifies why they are rated as the underdogs for this weekend’s contest – particularly as that rare away triumph came against 19th placed Espanyol.Valencia vs GranadaEstadio Mestalla, ValenciaSaturday, 09-11-2019 @7pmIt’s been an indifferent start to the campaign on all fronts for Valencia, however Los Che have enjoyed a decent week after a 1-2 away win at Espanyol and a convincing 4-1 success at home to Lille in the Champions League.Albert Celades’ side are down in 13th but sit just three points behind the top six, and they will be confident of closing the gap this Saturday against a Granada side whose excellent opening to the season appears to be dissipating.After picking up just five points from five games on the road, Valencia desperately needed to secure victory against second bottom Espanyol at RCDE Stadium last weekend, and they narrowly obliged after going behind thanks to a penalty from Dani Parejo and a late winner from summer signing Maxi Gomez.The result teed Los Che up nicely for their Tuesday night Champions League encounter at home to Lille, and a flurry of four goals in the last 25 minutes ensured that Albert Celades’ men head into their final two group games as co-leaders alongside Ajax and Chelsea.Momentum may finally be starting to gather for Valencia and they will welcome another outing at Mestalla this Saturday where they are unbeaten in La Liga this term (W2, D4).After just two home defeats in 2018/19 en route to finishing 4th, Los Che will be extremely keen to maintain their ground’s fortress-like status again this season and they are rightly favourites to land the spoils here against Granada on Matchday 13.Granada began the campaign in terrific style following their promotion from Segunda and briefly found themselves on top of La Liga at the end of October after consecutive 1-0 wins against Osasuna and Real Betis.Nonetheless, back to back defeats this month against Getafe (3-1) and Real Sociedad (1-2) have seen Nazaries drop to 6th and their away form is a concern going into Saturday’s encounter. Diego Martinez’ side have managed to pick up just one draw from their last three outings on the road, conceding eight goals in the process.Whilst Valencia have been largely unpredictable and unreliable so far this term, their overall form at Mestalla is solid and on the evidence of the past few days, Los Che are beginning to click under new boss Celades.Eibar vs Real MadridEstadio Municipal de Ipurua, EibarSaturday, 09-11-2019 @8:30pmReal Madrid co-lead La Liga alongside Real Sociedad and main rivals Barcelona heading into Matchday 13, but with those sides facing soft-looking home games against Leganes and Celta Vigo respectively, Los Blancos will likely need to bag all three points here against Eibar to keep level pegging at the top of the table.With the hosts currently sitting 14th, Saturday’s clash could seem like a fairly straightforward task for Zinedine Zidane’s men at first glance, especially considering that they go into the game on the back of a 6-0 romp against Galatasaray in midweek.Nonetheless, Real will be wary of their trip to Ipurua after being stunned 3-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture, and there are reasons to believe that Los Armeros can claim another positive result this time around.Madrid have been far from convincing on their travels for some time now, and they were beaten 1-0 by newly promoted Mallorca when last on the road a fortnight ago.Zidane’s side turned in a woeful display at Son Moix, reminiscent of their 3-0 hiding against PSG in September and several performances last season which contributed towards them losing seven out of 19 away league matches.With two victories from five this term, Real have now won only ten of their last 24 La Liga away matches dating back to the start of last season – a ratio of around 40% which doesn’t befit a team looking to challenge for the La Liga title.Zidane’s side are clearly fallible outside of Santiago Bernabeu and Eibar will be gunning to pounce after winning three of their last four at Ipurua.The latest of those victories came on Halloween night as goals from Kike and Fabian Orellana secured a 2-1 triumph against Villarreal, and Eibar used that result as a springboard towards getting their first away win of the campaign on Matchday 12, as a further strike from Kike sealed another 1-2 win at Leganes.Barcelona vs Real Celta VigoEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSaturday, 09-11-2019 @11pmIt’s been a pretty lousy week for Barcelona all things considered. Ernesto Valverde’s side were humbled 3-1 by Levante last weekend in La Liga, before managing only a 0-0 stalemate on Tuesday evening at home to Slavia Prague in the Champions League.The reigning champions need to get their act together this weekend, although they are fancied to do so against 18th-placed Celta Vigo, who have registered just two points from five away matches this season.Although Barcelona had already been beaten twice in their opening 10 La Liga games, last weekend’s 3-1 reverse at Levante was a major shock – especially after the Catalans went in front seven minutes before half-time via a Lionel Messi penalty.Barca headed into their fixture at Ciutat de Valencia in fine fettle on the back of seven straight victories in all competitions, the latest of those in La Liga being a 5-1 drubbing of a solid Valladolid side at Camp Nou.But Barca were stunned in the second half by Granotas and the result clearly had an effect on Valverde’s charges on Tuesday at home to Slavia Prague.Any left-field punters who backed a 0-0 scoreline there will have collected a tidy sum, as it was unimaginable Messi and co would draw a blank against the Czech outfit having blasted 23 goals in six previous matches at Camp Nou this season.Fortunately for Barca, they had margin for error in both competitions. They remain top of their Champions League group with two games to play and they co-lead La Liga alongside Real Sociedad and Real Madrid, holding a game in hand on all but the latter.Saturday night’s encounter with struggling Celta Vigo offers Barca a decent opportunity to start firing again and there could be a bit of a backlash from the champions here. They have won four and drawn one of their last five home meetings with Celestes, by an aggregate score of 20-3.Barca’s barren runs never last too long and it’s probably wise to focus on these teams’ respective home and away form so far this season. Barca are a perfect five from five at Camp Nou with 21 goals scored, while Celta have drawn two and lost three on their travels, scoring just twice in total.Additionally, the visitors have lost four consecutive league matches on the bounce, failing to score in three – a run which led to the inevitable dismissal of Fran Escriba this week. Former Watford, Red Bull Salzburg and Olympiakos manager Oscar Garcia steps into the fray and the 46-year-old couldn’t have asked for a tougher start to his tenure at the Galician club.Mallorca vs VillarrealIberostar de Estadi, Palma de MallorcaSunday, 10-11-2019 @2pmMallorca are still without an away point in La Liga after going down 3-0 at Valladolid last weekend, and their travelling woes are placing huge pressure on the need for them to perform at Son Moix to stay above the safety line.Los Bermellones have obliged on that front over the past few weeks with seven points accrued from their last three outings in Palma, but can Vicente Moreno’s men keep that run going this Sunday when they entertain Javier Calleja’s Villarreal?Mallorca’s managed just four away wins in Segunda last term despite finishing 5th, so it’s no surprise that Los Bermellones have struggled so badly on the road in La Liga so far. Last weekend’s 3-0 hiding at Valladolid was their fifth defeat from five outside of Palma, and the fourth time in those games that they have failed to score.Mallorca’s excellent home form (W15, D4, L2) dragged them into the Segunda Play-offs in 2018/19, and the Balearic Islanders are again relying on their results at Son Moix to get by.Mallorca have really stepped up to the plate at home in recent weeks, with their 1-0 triumph over Real Madrid being the clear highlight of their campaign to date. The 11 points they have collected in total at home is currently enough to see them in 17th spot, but they need a positive result against Villarreal this weekend to ensure that they don’t fall into the bottom three.Villarreal are 8th in the table so this represents a stiff task for Mallorca, however the hosts will be confident of getting something from this game. Villarreal were beaten 2-1 by Eibar when last on the road at the end of October and El Submarino have lost four from six in total on their travels this season.It’s a record that Villarreal need to improve quickly if they are going to challenge for European qualification this season, but a win here on Sunday could see Calleja’s side move into the top six come the end of the weekend.Athletic Bilbao vs LevanteSan Mames Barria, BilbaoSunday, 10-11-2019 @4pmAthletic Bilbao held a share of the early lead in La Liga after notching 11 points from their opening five games; however a miserable run of two draws and three defeats from their next five outings saw Los Leones quickly drop out of contention.Things have picked up again though for Gaizka Garitano’s men since the end of October, with a resounding 3-0 win posted over Espanyol at San Mames preceding a hard fought goalless stalemate away to Villarreal last weekend.Bilbao still find themselves in 10th going into Matchday 13, but they are only three points behind the top six and five behind leaders Barcelona. It means a win here against Levante at San Mames will go a long way towards getting Los Leones back in the mix at the business end of the table.Bilbao have been chalked up as favourites at around the 4/6 mark for this clash, and it’s easy to see why considering they have won four and drawn one of their six home matches this season, scoring nine goals and keeping clean sheets on four occasions.Additionally, Athletic have lost just one of their last 18 matches at San Mames, where they are traditionally granite tough to break down. Garitano’s side edged out Levante 3-2 in last term’s corresponding fixture and they have won nine of their last 11 home meetings against Granotas.With confidence starting to re-build and their defence rock solid at present, Bilbao should be able to squeeze out Levante again this Sunday, with Granotas losing four from six on the road so far this season.Atletico Madrid vs EspanyolEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadridSunday, 10-11-2019 @6pmFourth placed Atletico Madrid take on second bottom Espanyol at Wanda Metropolitano this weekend, and it’s a must win game for Diego Simeone’s side if they are to remain firmly in the mix at the top of the table.It’s been a frustrating week or two for Los Rojiblancos after consecutive La Liga draws and a Champions League defeat at Leverkusen, but the visit of Periquitos on Matchday 13 looks like a decent opportunity for Atleti to restore some order.Atleti’s habit of drawing too many games has continued this season, with six of their 12 La Liga matches thus far finishing all square, including four of their last five.A point away to 5th placed Sevilla last weekend has to be considered a good result, however their prior fixtures against Valencia at home (1-1) and Valladolid away (0-0) have to be marked down as points dropped and missed opportunities.Fortunately for Atleti, champions Barcelona are hardly running away with things at the moment after three defeats from 11 games, so Diego Simeone’s men are just a point behind the Catalan giants, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad – albeit they have played one game more than the El Clasico teams.Atleti have to start winning on a more regular basis though if they are to sustain a title challenge this term and anything less than three points against 19th placed Espanyol this weekend will be a failure.Madrid go into this fixture having lost 2-1 against Leverkusen in Germany on Tuesday night, but they should ultimately have enough quality to bounce back and get the job done here.Atleti are ultra-consistent at Wanda Metropolitano, winning 18 and losing just one of their last 26 home league games. They face-off against an Espanyol side who have lost eight of their 12 La Liga fixtures this season, including five of their last six – a miserable run broken only by Periquitos’ positive performances in the Europa League.The visitors indeed head to Wanda having thrashed Ludogorets Razgrad 6-0 on Thursday, although their emphatic triumph is probably worth taking with a pinch of salt in the context of this match, considering the level of opponent and the fact the Bulgarians were reduced to nine men for much of the contest at RCDE Stadium.Getafe vs OsasunaColusium Alfonso Perez, GetafeSunday, 10-11-2019 @8:30pmAfter four league wins from five including a 0-1 success at Celta Vigo on Matchday 12, last season’s 5th placed side Getafe are now up to 7th and right back in contention to challenge for European qualification again this term.Pepe Bordalas’ men will be keen to make further progress this weekend when they entertain 9th placed Osasuna at Coliseum Alfonso Perez; however they can expect a serious battle for the points from Los Rojillos’ based on their tough and consistent performances since returning to the top flight.Last season’s lofty finish means Getafe have had to juggle La Liga and Europa League commitments this term, and their form in both competitions has flip-flopped markedly over the past month or so.A slow start in La Liga was countered by consecutive Group C victories and encouraging displays against Trabzonspor and Krasnodar, but since Getafe have hit their stride in La Liga, they have suffered back to back Europa League defeats against Basel, including a 2-1 loss in Switzerland on Thursday.Getafe will still fancy their chances of progressing to the knockout stages, but it does seem now as though Pepe Bordalas is fully prioritising his side’s domestic engagements.The Madrilenians understandably hold favouritism for this Sunday’s clash after winning three of their last four La Liga games at home by a two goal margin (Mallorca 4-2, Leganes 2-0, Granada 3-1) however Osasuna are likely to pose a stiffer challenge than most of Getafe’s recent opponents.Los Rojillos have lost just twice from 12 La Liga outings this season and they travel to the capital this Sunday with seven points in the bag from their last three matches, following wins against Valencia (3-1) and Alaves (4-2) either side of a credible 2-2 draw against Mallorca at Son Moix.Jagoba Arrasate’s men have proven themselves to be a well organised and resolute outfit that, as typified by their six draws so far, are very difficult to beat. We think they can earn another point here this Sunday – especially as the hosts could be feeling the pinch a little after their midweek defeat in Switzerland.Real Betis vs SevillaEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevilleSunday, 10-11-2019 @11pmThis weekend’s action in La Liga concludes with a bang on Sunday night as 15th placed Real Betis and 5th placed Sevilla clash in El Gran Derbi of Seville at Benito Villamarin. This is one of the fiercest and most long standing rivalries in Spanish football, and we can expect a close contest despite the current gap between the sides in the table.Sevilla’s ultimate aim this season is to qualify for the Champions League and they have enjoyed a decent season so far under new boss Julen Lopetegui. They are currently one place below where they need to be in 5th; however Los Palanganas are only a single point behind co-leaders Barcelona, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad heading into Matchday 13.Sevilla have recovered well from their 4-0 trouncing at Barca before the international break to claim eight points from their last four games, posting victories over Levante (1-0) and Getafe (2-0) before consecutive 1-1 draws against Valencia at Mestalla and Atletico Madrid at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last weekend.Lopetegui’s side secured qualification as anticipated for the Europa League knockout stages in midweek with a bloodless 2-5 success in Luxembourg against F91 Dudelange, and overall they travel to Benito Villamarin this Sunday in great shape on all fronts.Nonetheless, Sevilla still have questions to answer in terms of their La Liga form on the road. They have picked up just a single point from their last three domestic away days and that will stoke up Los Verdiblancos who have notched 11 points from their six home matches this term.Betis endured a rough start to the campaign under Rubi; however they have taken a couple of big steps forward over the past week or so. Betis ousted Celta Vigo 2-1 at Benito Villamarin in a bottom of the table six-pointer on Matchday 11, before scrapping out a 0-0 stalemate against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu last weekend.The latter result was particularly impressive considering Los Verdiblancos had earned just one point and shipped 14 goals in their first five games on the road this term, and holding Los Blancos will give Rubi’s charges a big lift going into this Sunday’s derby clash.Comments last_img read more

New anti-trafficking law for South Africa

first_imgTraffickers will have to deal with the lawonce South Africa’s new legislation comes into force.In Cape Town in 2011, the Body Shop South Africa and Child Welfare presented over 43 000 signatures to Parliament’sPortfolio Committee for Justice and Constitutional Development. (Images: The Body Shop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynn Giles  Eclipse Public Relations  +27 21 555 4282 RELATED ARTICLES • Pupils benefit from couple’s calling • Liliesleaf: keeping the memory alive • ConCourt art tells SA’s story • Cash boost for Baartman memorial • Human rights revisitedWilma den HartighIn a significant move to protect the rights of South Africa’s women and children, Parliament’s justice portfolio committee chairperson Luwellyn Landers announced that the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill will be passed in April.South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that has achieved the human rights milestone of enacting legislation to fight trafficking.Once the Bill becomes an Act in parliament and is fully operational, it will be one of the most comprehensive laws against human trafficking in the country.All countries – including South Africa – that are signatories to the UN protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, are encouraged to pass domestic legislation to fulfil their international obligations.The South African Bill, which has been under discussion in Parliament for the past five years, was drafted in response to the UN’s global call for action against trafficking.There are a number of reforms that the Bill will bring into place. It provides for prosecution of people involved in trafficking and also for harsh sentences to be imposed.The intention of the legislation is to prevent and stop trafficking in people, and provide protection and assistance to victims of trafficking.Campaigning to stop traffickingSouth Africa’s decisive action against trafficking is sending out a clear message that the country’s women and children are not for sale.The decision has been welcomed by ECPAT, an international global network of organisations working together to eliminate child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes; Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA), as well as The Body Shop, a global natural and ethical cosmetics retailer.Together these organisations have been actively involved in an on-going global campaign, spearheaded by The Body Shop, to urge governments to do more to protect the 1.2-million children and young people being trafficked every year for sexual exploitation.Trix Marais, acting national executive director of CWSA, said that the Bill is an important step forward to protect the victims of trafficking. “Trafficking is nothing less than contemporary slavery,” Marais said.She said it is important that the Bill doesn’t only look good on paper. Training is needed to ensure that the legislation is implemented effectively.“We need to know how to the use the Bill so we can enforce it,” she said.The Body Shop group is famous for its campaigns that raise awareness about important social and environmental issues such as violence in the home, HIV and Aids, and renewable energy.Its campaigns have been successful in reaching key decision makers who can bring about change. Now, its drive against trafficking is another success story.The Body Shop South Africa’s campaign manager, Lana-Anne Scheepers, says that the passing of the Bill is a step in the right direction to protect children from trafficking, a crime that has been largely unaddressed.With the legislation in place, trafficking criminals will no longer be able to operate without fear of repercussion.The response to the campaign – both at home and globally – has been unprecedented.In South Africa, the campaign put pressure on the justice portfolio committee to pass the legislation. Last year, CWSA and The Body Shop South Africa led a march to Parliament where they handed over a petition containing 43 000 signatures to lobby the government to approve the Bill.In October last year, the campaign resulted in one of the largest petitions ever to be presented to the UN. All over the world, 7.2-million signatures were collected, calling on governments to take urgent action to stop sex trafficking.The campaign has been so successful that 14 countries across the world have committed to adopt new legislation against trafficking.A lucrative industryHuman trafficking is one of the biggest money-spinners in the organised crime world.According to Corinne Sandenbergh, director of Stop Trafficking of Persons, an organisation that creates awareness and educates the public about the realities of human trafficking, this industry is the third largest international crime, following illegal drugs and arms trafficking.The industry is believed to be worth billions of dollars each year. Driving the trade is the demand for commercial sexual exploitation. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, 79% of all global trafficking is for sexual exploitation.Although the extent of trafficking operations in South Africa is not known, large numbers of people are believed to be trafficked each year, within South Africa and across its borders.Taking action in South AfricaIn a parliamentary monitoring briefing about the Bill, minister of justice and constitutional development Jeff Radebe said the Bill was drafted based on a South African Law Reform Commission investigation, which started in 2003, probing into the causes of trafficking in people.The investigation identified factors such as poverty, war and political instability as some of the main causes of trafficking.In South Africa, children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and remain relatively unprotected from exploitation for sexual and labour purposes.The high prevalence of HIV and Aids in South Africa is also contributing to the problem as many children live in poverty as a result of being orphaned – only increasing their vulnerability to exploitation. Internal trafficking occurs because of high unemployment and poverty.The new Act will address the shortcomings of existing fragmented legislation, but this does not mean that South Africa has not been able to do anything about trafficking crimes.Until now, South Africa’s judiciary system has relied on other laws such as the Sexual Offences Act, 1957; the Riotous Assemblies Act, 1956; the Immigration Act, 2002; the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997; the Intimidation Act, 1982; the Domestic Violence Act, 1998; the Films and Publications Act, 1996 and the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, 1998. Under the common law, depending on the circumstances of each case, anyone suspected of trafficking can be charged with kidnapping, common assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, extortion, attempted murder and murder.last_img read more

Canonical Adds OpenStack Support to Ubuntu

first_imgklint finley Tags:#Architecture#cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img While the most reported news about the next version of Ubuntu, version 11.04 aka Natty Narwhal, is the brand new Unity interface, there’s bigger news for cloud technologists. Natty Narwhal will include OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform created by NASA and Rackspace last year. Canonical joined OpenStack in February.OpenStack will compliment Eucalyptus, the open core cloud computing system. “We want people to think of Ubunutu as a Linux platform that is cloud native,” Canonical VP of Business Development told started what eventually became OpenStack to in order to replace Eucalypsis, The Register reported last year. Since that time, Eucalyptus has partnered with Red Hat and has been working to make its platform more open.George also told that while Ubuntu will support two cloud standards for now, it will eventually “bless” only one – much like it has “blessed” the KVM hypervisor instead of Xen.Although OpenStack has met with much enthusiasm from the open source community, some crack are starting to show in its governance model as we’ve reported. Still, it’s a young project with strong technology and serious backing.But Eucalyptus is a formidable opponent in the cloud stack standard race, especially with its Red Hat partnership.OpenStack is only a technology preview at the moment. But this week’s Amazon Web Services outage emphasizes the need for open cloud standards so that servers can be moved easily from cloud to cloud. The clock is ticking. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts last_img read more

Reputation Management Services Should Practice What They Preach

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#Identity#web Online reputation has been measured by in-bound links through Google Ranking, RSS and feed subscribers and now, the number of social media shares on services like Klout and Echo apps. As new reputation systems have emerged, an army of deceptive users have risen up to game them via link farms and exchanges, fake profile generators and most recently, Twitterbots. It’s no question that social media reputation has become the influencer metric du jour, but we’ve yet to see an all encompassing platform that isn’t gameable. Social stock market site Empire Avenue is certainly no exception.Founded in Edmonton Canada in late 2009, the site allows users to sync their social media profiles to a Web interface and calculate a personal value and share price. From there you can buy and sell shares in companies and people on a virtual stock market based on the perceived value of their online reputations.Empire Avenue users earn virtual currency and reputation points in a variety of ways including:by successfully forecasting and buying stock that sees an increase in social value over time; by earning endorsements and recommendations; and perhaps most importantly,by reaching large social media audiences. But just as Twitter’s mainstream debut marked an increase in follower baiting and follower purchases, Empire Avenue’s rise in popularity has also lead to an increase in abuses.While the company has been around for two years and last year raised a $200,000 seed round, it’s only recently that a large influx of in-world traders have begun gaming the system. The site’s public chartroom messages display total strangers soliciting endorsements, requesting recommendations and making one-to-one stock trades of each other in order to drive up the in-site value of their brands and increase their virtual coffers. Basically you’re looking at chatrooms full of virtual collusion and insider trading.Basically you’re looking at chatrooms full of virtual collusion and insider trading. For an early-stage startup, this may seem like a great problem to have. It’s clear that if users feel the need to cheat your system, then your company is popular enough to matter.But from a reputation management standpoint, this poses a conundrum. How do you separate the wheat from the chaffe? It’s suspicious that super blogger Robert Scoble’s social stock price is rivaled by unknowns who’ve published less that a dozen pieces of popular content in their lives. As a reputation management system, shouldn’t your own company strive for trust amongst its users?If engagement in the form of retweets, comments and Facebook likes are the new measurement for online influencers, then Empire Avenue’s intended mechanics make it literal. But in order for any reputation-based community to be meaningful, it needs to mitigate against a land grab mentality and protect itself against unsavory users. For the company’s sake, I hope it’s able to tweak its mechanics and correct for this. After all, online reputation startups should know better than anyone that success hinges on whether or not your trustworthiness becomes viral amongst key audiences. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirolast_img read more

Sydney Olympics: Was it disappointment or desperation that made boxer Gurcharan run away?

first_imgGONE: Gurcharan Singh’s departure leaves a void in the Indian boxing campAt the Sydney Olympics last year, there were two athletes who lifted Indian hopes. Lifter Karnam Malleswari was one, and she won a medal. Gurcharan Singh was the other but he missed a medal by a whisker.The light heavy,GONE: Gurcharan Singh’s departure leaves a void in the Indian boxing campAt the Sydney Olympics last year, there were two athletes who lifted Indian hopes. Lifter Karnam Malleswari was one, and she won a medal. Gurcharan Singh was the other but he missed a medal by a whisker.The light heavy weight reached the boxing quarter-finals, losing out on a place in the medals tally through a points decision that could have gone either way. Now, six months after the Olympics, Gurcharan Singh, 24, has landed Indian boxing a punch that has left it reeling: he has disappeared.Gurcharan, a serving naib subedar with the 17 Sikh Battalion, went missing in mid-February. His disappearance was kept under wraps until last week. With the passage of time, Indian boxing’s worst fears – that lured by professional boxing Gurcharan has possibly escaped abroad – seem to be coming true.What is more disturbing is that he is not the first but only the latest in the list of runaway boxers from the army. In 1998, Lakha Singh and Debendra Thapa, scheduled to participate in the World Military Boxing meet, slipped out of a Texas airport on the pretext of shopping. They never returned.Gurcharan’s disappearance has come at a time when his coach G.S. Sandhu and the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) were charting out plans to shape him into a world-class boxer. The federation had sent Gurcharan home to his village Roorewalin Punjab’s Ludhiana district in the second week of February to fetch his passport for an advanced training trip to the Czech Republic. But Gurcharan failed to report at the pre-departure camp in Delhi.advertisementUNHAPPY: Gurcharan Singh felt let down after the Sydney OlympicsWhen the IABF informed the Services Sports Control Board (which sponsors army sportsmen) of Gurcharan’s no-show, they checked with his family and were told that he was last seen boarding a bus for Delhi on February 16.”It’s a big blow to Indian boxing,” says Rajesh Bhandari, IABF secretary. Gurcharan was considered young and talented enough to develop into a world-class boxer. “He was a sure bet for boxing medals in the international arena,” says T.L. Gupta, a boxing coach at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala.When Gurcharan returned disheartened from Sydney, having missed out on a medal, the IABF promised him greater international exposure and even wrote to a dozen countries known for top boxing coaches and training facilities. Says Bhandari: “The idea was to help him overcome the setback and get on to a systematic training schedule.”At one stage Gurcharan did appear to have set his heart on his sporting career, turning down suggestions of marriage from his family saying it would affect his training. “He was determined to make another attempt at a medal in the next Olympics,” says father Jagir Singh, who retired as naib subedar from the same unit which Gurcharan joined in 1992.His family is surprisingly stoic. “He was heartbroken over not being recognised for his feat at the Olympics,” says Jagir Singh. He reels out instances of hurt and neglect that Gurcharan shared with the family before he went missing.Gurcharan Singh is the third army boxer to have disappeared in the past three years.The boxer’s main grouse was with the army authorities who had expressed their inability to provide him an out-of-turn promotion after his Sydney performance. His last promotion as JCO was in 1995 when he won gold in the SAF Games.According to the family, Gurcharan wanted the army to treat his Olympic feat on a par with that of a medal winner – a case reportedly made by the IABF as well – but it was turned down on grounds of being beyond the purview of existing rules.All that the army had offered him,says the family, was a cash incentive of Rs85,000.The IABF had also collected Rs 3.5 lakh but before they could hand it over to Gurcharan, he disappeared.”His ill-treatment by the army was the turning point,” says Jagir Singh. The denial of promotion apparently angered Gurcharan who had an argument with a senior army officer in Delhi. “He had a feeling that it was the end of the road for him in the forces,” says his father.In January, Gurcharan had even contacted lawyers in Chandigarh to get him self discharged from the army. On finding that the procedure was long and cumbersome Gurcharan opted to become a deserter.There are others who say that the treatment by the Punjab Government affected the boxer more deeply.The Government refused to acknowledge his Sydney achievement. To add insult to injury, the authorities’ refused even to instal a priority telephone connection at Gurcharan’s home. On the other hand, cricketer Harbhajan Singh was honoured by the chief minister with a plot, Rs 5 lakh and a Class I job.advertisementPICTURE OF DESPAIR: Gurcharan Singh’s parents at the family home in Roorewal village in Punjab”The neglect by the state Government added to Gurcharan’s desperation,”says Jagir Singh. IABF officials feel that neglect may be only a part of the reason behind Gurcharan’s disappearance. “The lure of money in the professional boxing circuit abroad may have been too tempting for him,” says one.There is talk that Gurcharan had been in touch with foreign pro boxing clubs after his strong showing in Sydney. According to boxing circles there is good reason to believe that he is already abroad.The incident has also brought into sharp focus a trend among top Indian amateur boxers of moving towards professional boxing. “It takes at least Rs 10 lakh per year to groom a boxer of Gurcharan’s calibre,” says an IABF official.If Gurcharan has indeed fled for the brutal high-stakes world of pro boxing, he won’t be the first. In 1994, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dharmendra Yadav joined a professional club in the UK, followed by compatriots V. Devarajan, Sanjeev Kumar, Vivek Yadav and Raj Kumar Sangwan.They have tried their luck in professional boxing abroad without much success. Significantly,all the three run away boxers and most of those who turned professional were from the Services, raising questions about the lack of incentives for boxers in the armed forces. “Once the amateurs get trained abroad, they are desperate about the lack of incentive and facilities back home,” says Gupta.All the three boxers who deserted come from poor, rural families making them vulnerable to the lure of money attached to pro boxing. Unlike the private sector, the army – the mainstay of most national-level boxers in India – has stringent rules on promotion of sportsmen. Only an international medal makes a boxer eligible for a one-rank promotion.Worried at the Gurcharan episode, the IABF officials meet in Shimla on May 13 to chalk out a plan to stem this drain of boxing talent. “The key to retaining promising boxers lies in talking to them and keeping their morale high,” says Bhandari.Little wonder, one of the lessons that the boxers are being lectured on at the national training in progress at Shimla is on the pitfalls of professional boxing abroad.last_img read more


first_imgThere may be debate brewing over Dhoni underbowling R There may be debate brewing over Dhoni underbowling R Ashwin but Gambhir said he bowled his spinners full on most occasions. “There have been spinners who have done reasonably well in this tournament. Piyush Chawla has bowled really well for us. Sunil Narine coming back has done well for us, Shakib (Al Hasan) too has done well. It also depends on the captains on how they use the spinners. Sometimes if you dont have that much of confidence in your spinners you might not even end up bowling their four overs,” he said. “Amit Mishra (Delhi Daredevils) got two wickets in the previous game (against Sunrisers Hyderabad) but did not bowl his quota of four overs. It really depends on the captain as to how much confidence he has on his spinners,” Gambhir added. The nature of the wickets which have been flat on most of the venues have surprised him especially after the World Twenty20, Gambhir said. “It is little weird. You are expecting the wickets to be tired especially after the T20 World Cup but apparently the wickets have been very good. It is tough for the bowlers and normally it has been very good wickets to bat on,” he said. For a team that has relied on home advantage, Gambhir said theres nothing wrong in it. “I am always a believer of giving home advantage to the home side. There is nothing wrong in it. If you go and play in places like Australia or South Africa, there will always be bounce on those kinds of wickets. If you come to India and play, you expect wickets to turn and there is nothing wrong in it irrespective of what the format is. In IPL the wickets have been really good whether it is Eden Gardens or Bengaluru or Mumbai.” “Obviously home advantage does make a difference especially with the crowds support. When the crowd is in your favour and cheering for you, it does give you an extra boost that you are looking for; especially when you play in places like Eden Gardens or Mumbai or Bengaluru “Home advantage does not make that much of a difference but you need to be a bit clever in judging what a good total is on that particular wicket,” Gambhir said. KKR will be seeking a revival after their loss to Gujarat Lions in their previous match where they failed to defend 158 for four and lost by five wickets. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Cue sports league Cue Slam to finally take off in August

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, July 20 (PTI) After years of wait, India will finally stage a big ticket cue sports league in August. A senior official at Billiards and Snooker Federation of India confirmed to PTI that the league titled Cue Slam will finally take off next month. Both Indian, including 16-time World Champion Pankaj Advani, and foreign players will be part of the venture, tentatively scheduled from August 19 to 25. The official launch will take place in Hyderabad next week. Cue Slam was supposed to take place in 2015 but the initiative had to be shelved indefinitely. As per the original plan, it was to be a six week tournament with the presence of eight teams. However, BSFI in collaboration with Sportzlive is going ahead with a week long affair for now with five teams in fray. The organisers are keeping only 6 Red snooker and pool event for the inaugural edition, leaving billiards for future editions. When asked about his thoughts on the league finally taking off, Indian great Advani said: “It is finally happening and it is something that our wonderful sport needed.” “I have always felt that cue sports is a very spectator friendly sport and it should be shown on Indian television a lot more, so that it catches up with the popularity of other sports. “I hope the league will grow and become bigger and better with each passing year,” said Advani, who won the Asian snooker title with Malkit Singh Laxman Rawat earlier this month. The league should keep the fans engaged with each contest not expected to last more than 10 minutes. It will also be shown live on a leading sports channel. “Having our sport shown live on television is something I have been talking about for a while. The other leagues that have taken place in India are all shown live and because of that the sports popularity has grown significantly. “I am pretty confident a lot more people will start following our game with the league being shown on television,” Advani added. PTI BS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more