New website for rural community

first_imgFive schools in Magogong village will benefit from a new community website. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Kenneth Jampane created a website to improve information access in Magogong.(Image: www.magogong.webs.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kenneth Jampane Community Development Worker Local government and Traditional Affairs +27 72 5954 997 RELATED ARTICLES • Presidency talks to children • DVD scheme to help poor schools • Internet revolution for Africa • Google Street View gets into gearBongani NkosiKenneth Jampane, a government employee in South Africa’s North West province, is aiming to improve access to information through a new website he’s designed.The website www.magogong.webs.com publishes community development information for residents of Jampane’s home village of Magogong in the Greater Taung Local Municipality.“I want to share information with the community,” Jampane said in an interview. “People need to get important information about development services.”Jampane is a community development worker stationed at Magogong by the Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs. He said his concept came from a realisation that there was no publication to provide detailed information about services and other initiatives in Magogong.In the recent past he used to compile community newsletters that would be distributed in the village, which has about 10 000 residents. “I realised that a website would be effective,” he said.He came up with the idea of the website earlier in 2010 and by May it was up and running. The Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs officially launched it at the Magogong Clinic on 21 September.Jampane created the website through Webs, an international provider that enables communities to set up their own sites for free, and thus help spread information.Four other community workers, Tumelo Gaaname, Motswana Metsing, Dipuo Itumeleng and Maserame Keohitlhetse, work with Jampane to update the fully-fledged site.A recent campaign to issue identity documents through the home affairs department was one of the notifications put on the website. Community meetings and developmental news, such as upgrades of health facilities, are also published on the site.Jampane believes that a lack of access to information is to blame for strikes over government services not being delivered in communities.Schools to gain the mostAlthough many people in Magogong do not own computers, Jampane hopes they will use internet services at the local post office to access site.Magogong’s five schools stand to benefit the most from information offered by the site, Jampane said, adding that at least three of them already have operational computer centres.“My responsibility will be to go to the schools to show them how to use the website,” he said. “It will benefit both the schools and learners.”Many residents are already using mobile phones to log on to the internet, a trend that Jampane said would increase usage of the site.Jampane and his team also plan to establish a community computer centre to provide free basic computer training for residents.Working with other government projectsJampane has already discussed the potential of the website with communications officers at various other local government departments, whom the project will rely on for up-to-date information. “I hope they’ll be able to help in many ways,” he said.Ditshaba Makhate, a senior communications officer in Jampane’s department, sees potential for many other government entities to publicise their initiatives on the site.“We’ll give our support because the website will benefit the community at large,” said Makhate. “I think the initiative is very positive, and it should be encouraged.”last_img read more

Kader Asmal remembered

first_img1 July 2011 The late Kader Asmal, South African liberation struggle veteran, human rights activist, academic and politician, was “a great African patriot who devoted his life to the fight against human oppression,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at a memorial service on Thursday. “The agony that enveloped our country immediately after Professor Kader Asmal’s demise told of a grief-stricken nation,” Motlanthe said during a moving memorial service at City Hall in Cape Town. He said that Asmal had embraced a vision “that said a better human society based on human rights, equality, respect and celebration of our common humanity is possible and indeed desirable.” The Deputy President described the late African National Congress (ANC) veteran as an “an erudite professor” and an “organic intellectual in the truest sense of the word.” “His outlook was grounded in concrete, daily realities of the people he led,” he said. To Asmal’s wife, Louise, Motlanthe said: “We know you have not only lost a husband but also, you have lost a companion, a fried and a comrade.” During the ceremony, many people ranging from family, friends and comrades to politicians and academics gave testimonies on how they knew Asmal. Many described him as a “brilliant professor” and a “maverick of all sorts”, as well as a man with a sense of humour who also loved things like whisky and cricket. Poems and songs were performed in his honour as speaker after speaker quoted some of the poems which the late Cabinet minister loved. His Irish close friend of 47 years, Garry Kilgallen, said that he had met Asmal in 1964 in Ireland when he formed the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement. He said that Asmal’s work in both Ireland and South Africa had left “living footprints on the sands of time.” He said that back home, people loved Asmal as he was loved in this country. He described him as a great source of advice as well as a great human rights activist, patriot and “a fighter for liberty.” Louise Asmal thanked everyone for the support she had received during this time of pain and urged the government to carry on with the work of uplifting the poor. Her speech received a standing ovation. Grandchildren Zoe and Oisin said that they would remember their grandpa as a man who was involved in their lives. They said he used to take them to school, walk them to the shops as well as mentoring them to be well cultured beings. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Muzaffarpur rape case : former Bihar minister Manju Verma’s husband surrenders in court

first_imgChandrashekhar Verma, husband of former State Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma on Monday surrendered in a local court in Begusarai.Manju Verma had to resign from the Cabinet of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after her husband’s name had cropped up in Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case of 34 minor girls.The wife of one of the accused persons in the case had alleged that Chandrashekhar Verma visited the shelter home regularly.Chandrashekhar Verma was also accused of having links with the main accused in the case, Brajesh Thakur. He was said to have spoken with Brajesh Thakur several times between January and June this year.As many as 17 people, including the main accused Brajesh Thakur have been arrested in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case of minor girls and sent to jail.Thakur was recently shifted to Bhagalpur jail from Muzaffarpur jail as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)  had informed the Supreme Court, due to his influential status.Later, a CBI inquiry was ordered in the case which is being monitored by the Supreme Court.A Special Investigation Team of police had earlier conducted raid at residence of Chandrashekhar Verma in Begusarai district of Bihar where about 50 cartridges were recovered.Recently, Supreme Court had asked the CBI and Bihar police to explain the delay in tracing the whereabouts of Chandrashekhar Verma.The court had also asked Bihar police to probe the alleged recovery of a large quantity of ammunition from the residence of former minister and her husband.Chandrashekhar Verma surrendered at Majhaul civil court in Begusarai district.last_img read more

India beat New Zealand by 5 wickets, take 4-0 lead

first_imgYusuf Pathan hits a six during his 96-ball knock of 123. Photo by PTIYusuf Pathan scored a quick-fire century and claimed three Kiwi scalps to lead India to an impressive five-wicket victory during the fourth ODI at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.Batting at his usual pace, Pathan struck left, right and centre as the New Zealanders desperately tried for options. But, the option never came by as he went on to score an unbeaten 123 in an explosive batting show, which saw him hit as many as seven over-the-fence shots and an equal number of fours.Yusuf Pathan raises his bat after his half-century as Saurabh Tiwary looks on. Photo by APComing in after Andy McKay and Nathan McCullum had delivered double blows and the score was a poor 108/4, he changed the face of the game, which was gradually shifting towards New Zealand.McKay had dispatched Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli in the 10th over, while McCullum had dismissed Yuvraj Singh in the 18th and followed it up with Parthiv Patel’s wicket in 20th over. Patel put 53 on board.But, Pathan had other plans. He formed a partnership with Rohit Sharma and after his dismissal got involved in another partnership with young Saurabh Tiwary by his side. Together, the duo put on 133 runs for the sixth wicket to end the day on 321/5. Tiwary scored a fine 37.James Franklin raises his bat after an unbeaten 98. Photo by APEarlier after being put to bat, Kiwi James Franklin hit 22 runs in the last over amassing an unbeaten 98 to help the visitors put up an impressive 315/7 in their quota of 50 overs against an Indian attack that went wrong towards the end.In keeping with India skipper Gautam Gambhir’s plans of early inroads under overcast conditions, Ashish Nehra claimed opener Martin Guptil (30) and Jamie How (4) in quick succession. But, his efforts came a cropper when Franklin scored 22 off his last over.advertisementPathan claimed important wickets of Scott Styris (46), skipper Daniel Vettori (17). Later he increased his victims list by adding Kyle Mills’s name in it.R Ashwin claimed two wickets on the day getting rid of danger-man Brendon McCullum (42) in the 14th over with Rohit Sharma performing the final rites at the short mid-wicket region and then dispatching Ross Taylor on 44.With this win India will be aiming for a series whitewash in the final ODI in Chennai on Friday.NUMBERS GAME6 Number of years taken by Parthiv Patel to make his comeback. He last represented India against Sri Lanka in Colombo on July 27, 2004.3/ 49 Are the best bowling figures of Yusuf Pathan in his 41st match. His previous best was 3/ 56 against West Indies in Kingston on June 26, 2009.98 * Is the highest score of James Fraklin in his 77th match. His previous best was 72 not out also against India in the previous match. Overall, it was his second half century.315/ 7 Is the highest score of New Zealand at this venue.Their previous best was 236/ 8 in 50 overs also against India on October 14, 1987.Compiled by Manoj Kumarlast_img read more

Diana Containerships Books FullYear Profit

first_imgzoom Greek containership owner Diana Containerships Inc. reported a net loss of USD 16.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, doubling its loss from the previous year which came at USD 8.5 million.The loss for the fourth quarter was driven by impairment charges for two vessels totaling in USD 8.4 million.However, for the full year, the company managed to return to profit, having booked USD 3.8 million of net profit, rebounding from a major loss from the previous year which amounted to USD 149 million.The net income for 2017 reflected a gain of USD 42.2 million from a debt write-off, arising from the refinancing of the secured loan facility with the Royal Bank of Scotland plc, which was secured on June 30, 2017.On the other hand, the full-year net loss for 2016 included USD 118.9 million of impairment charges for seven of the company’s vessels and USD 2.9 million of loss on sale of two vessels.Time charter revenues, net of prepaid charter revenue amortization, for the year ended December 31, 2017, amounted to USD 23.8 million, compared to USD 33.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.Diana’s 11 containerships, five Panamaxes and six Post-Panamaxes, are employed on time charters with liner majors.last_img read more

President PM pay tribute to liberation war martyrs

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina pay tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war at the National Memorial on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. Photo: PIDPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, Dhaka on Tuesday morning, marking the 49th Independence and National Day, reports UNB.President Hamid first placed a wreath at the altar of the memorial followed by the prime minister.After placing the wreaths, the president and the prime minister stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the Great War of Liberation in 1971.A smartly turned-out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force presented a state salute on the occasion, while the bugles played the last post.Ministers, advisers, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, freedom fighters, foreign diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.Later, flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League, laid another wreath at the National Memorial on behalf of her party.last_img read more

China looks to combustible ice as a fuel source

first_img(Left) Methane hydrate consists of a cage of water molecules trapping a methane molecule within. Credit: Slim Films for Suess et al., Scientific American, Nov. 1999, pp. 76-83. (Right) When methane hydrate is brought to the surface, the methane can be burnt off. Credit: Gary Klinkhammer, OSU-COAS. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Buried below the tundra of China’s Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is a type of frozen natural gas containing methane and ice crystals that could supply energy to China for 90 years. China discovered the large reserve of methane hydrate last September, and last week the Qinghai Province announced that it plans to allow researchers and energy companies to tap the energy source. Although methane hydrate is plentiful throughout the world, the key challenge for China and other nations will be to develop technologies to excavate the fuel without damaging the environment. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Methane hydrate is an ice-like substance that is sometimes called “combustible ice” since it can literally be lit on fire and burned as fuel. But rather than dig up the substance, excavators would likely melt the ice underground first, and then extract the methane gas. However, researchers are still investigating the most appropriate way to extract the fuel for commercialization.Methane hydrate is an attractive energy source due to its high energy density: one cubic meter of combustible ice contains about 164 cubic meters of regular natural gas. This high energy density is due to the fact that methane is trapped within the hydrate crystal structure and greatly compressed. According to the DOE, the immense energy content of methane occurring in hydrate form may possibly exceed the combined energy content of all other known fossil fuels. In addition, the frozen hydrate has few impurities, meaning it can burn cleaner with fewer pollutants than oil and possibly regular natural gas, as well.Combustible ice has already been discovered in more than 100 countries, buried in both the Arctic permafrost and beneath the ocean floor. Besides China, countries including the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea have plans to tap the natural gas hydrate buried in their territories. Last summer, US scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico discovered pockets of highly concentrated methane hydrate estimated to contain 6,700 trillion cubic feet of gas. The DOE has estimated that the total amount of methane hydrate worldwide could be as high as 400 million trillion cubic feet, including 85.4 trillion cubic feet buried in Alaska.Because methane is a potent greenhouse gas, researchers are also concerned about the environmental effects of extracting methane hydrate. However, if handled carefully, using methane hydrate as a fuel could be safer than simply letting it melt on its own. As the earth continues to warm, methane released into the atmosphere could cause even more damage than if it were burned for fuel. On the other hand, if large amounts of methane were accidentally released during extraction, the results could further aggravate global warming. Another risk from mining the combustible ice is geological slumping. For these reasons, developing a safe technology to excavate the fuel is a priority. With these challenges in mind, China’s Ministry of Land and Resources estimated last week that the country could begin using its combustible ice within 10 to 15 years, joining other countries in methane hydrate exploration. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: via: Xinhuannet and the US Dept. of Energy Citation: China looks to ‘combustible ice’ as a fuel source (2010, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-china-combustible-ice-fuel-source.html Alaskan drilling will assess gas hydratelast_img read more

Launch of Buddha Airs KolkataKathmandu flight deferred due to elections

first_imgKolkata: The ongoing Lok Sabha elections has delayed the launch of Nepal’s private airlines Buddha Air’s proposed flight between Kolkata and Kathmandu by over a month. The airline will now begin its operation from May 27 instead of its earlier plan to start from April 16, Buddha Air’s Marketing Director Rupesh Joshi said. “We will operate three weekly flights between Kathmandu and Kolkata on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from May 27,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “Both the India government and all agencies involved with aviation business suggested to begin the service post election. So we decided to defer it,” he said. Buddha Air would be the second Nepali Airline to connect Kolkata with Kathmandu after the Royal Nepal Airlines’ withdrawal from Kolkata two decades back, Joshi said. The Royal Nepal Airlines now operates flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to Kathmandu, he said. Joshi said grounding of Jet Airways will affect tourism in Nepal and a large number of booking for hotels and tour operators have been cancelled. He said Jet was the key airline to bring foreign tourists to the Himalayan country. Now, return fare from Indian destinations from Nepal had soared four times the normal rate owing to grounding of the Jet Airways.last_img read more