YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Make your 49ers-Chiefs pick & challenge our pros***SANTA CLARA — Cornerback Richard Sherman casually walked onto the 49ers practice field Friday to join his teammates as they finished stretching, and, come Sunday, he’ll by playing against the league’s top-scoring team, the Kansas City Chiefs.Sherman did not practice Thursday because of an unspecified heel injury. It’s not believed to be directly related to his right Achilles surgery last November or this past …
18 January 2005British singer/songwriter Elton John has opened a care centre in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg that runs life skills projects for orphaned, abused and neglected children.The Elton John Masibambisane Centre provides aftercare facilities as well as running various programmes during school holidays and on weekends.The UK superstar got involved after the centre and Johannesburg Child Welfare approached the Elton John Aids Foundation for help. They received funding in December 2003 and work began on developing a new venue in 2004.Elton John formally opened the centre on Wednesday, 12 January.In a press release, Elton John said: “The success of the Elton John Masibambisane Centre is an incredible template for what can be done to assist children to get into the mainstream of life.”During his low-key visit to the country, the flamboyant musician hosted a private charity dinner in Cape Town to raise money for the fight against HIV/Aids.The event, during which he performed some of his hits before an audience of local celebrities, business figures, sports stars and politicians, reportedly raised around R7-million.The singer also visited an Aids clinic in KwaZulu-Natal and toured several projects supported by the Elton John Aids FoundationThe Elton John Masibambisane CentreSince opening its doors in September 2003, the Elton John Masibambisane Centre, run by Johannesburg Child Welfare, has had to move from one venue to another as the numbers of children attending courses or using the aftercare facilities burgeoned. Initially some 70 children made use of the centre. It now caters for 165 children.Since its establishment, the centre has worked closely with the community, schools and clinics. Community groups liaise with the centre when a child is in need and the social workers then follow up the request, talking to the family and the child.Part of the work of the Elton John Masibambisane Centre is to visit families in the neighbourhood, particularly where parents are critically ill. “We counsel ill parents and make an agreement with them to keep and take good care of the children when they die”, says project coordinator Eunice Mahlanga.The children do not live at the centre. They come to the centre after school, where, with the help of community caregivers and extended family members, they are given a meal and helped with homework and preparation for the following day’s school.The children are also able to take a bath or shower at the centre, and can also use the facilities to wash their uniforms.“We don’t want to take the children away from the people they are used to, especially their siblings”, says fundraising manager Jill Edgar.By running the centre in this way, “we want the children grow up knowing that there is someone out there who loves and cares for them”, Edgar adds.The centre also offers counselling to the children. “Our plan is for the children to start making memory boxes to remember their deceased parents”, says Mahlanga.Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
As several people gathered in Faridkot’s Bargari on Sunday to demand action on the third anniversary of the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing incidents, which followed the Bargari sacrilege case, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh of ‘failing’ to punish the accused.Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Gurjit Singh died in police firing in Faridkot district in October 2015, during protests against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, when the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine government was in power.Twitter war Mr. Kejriwal took to Twitter to hit out at Capt. Amarinder, saying “On 3rd death anniversary of Behbal Kalan victims Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Gurjit Singh, I offer condolences to their families. Highly unfortunate that Capt. Amaridner govt has badly failed to punish the culprits of sacrilege of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the murderers of two innocents.”Criticising Mr. Kejriwal for politicising the issue, Capt. Amarinder replied by tweeting, “Stop politicking Arvind Kejriwal. It’s shocking a man in your position talks of subverting law instead of waiting for SIT’s findings. We don’t live in anarchy. In any case who better than you’d know what happens when one doesn’t go by law. Remember your apology to the Badal clan?”The Justice (Retd.) Ranjit Singh Commission, probing the police firing incident of 2015, in its report tabled in the State Assembly, had said former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was ‘quite aware’ of the situation developing and about the proposed action by the police. ‘Report baseless’The Shiromani Akali Dal and Mr. Badal have, though, denied any wrongdoing and termed the report baseless and hollow.Mr. Kejriwal, who was in Punjab last week, had accused the Congress government of failing to act against all those at fault based on the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s inquiry report on incidents of religious sacrilege in the State.Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema has asked five Congress Ministers, including Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Manpreet Singh Badal and Charanjit Singh Channi, to resign from their posts.“They (five Ministers) were at the fore front to seek registration of FIRs against former CM Mr. Badal and senior police officers, including former DGP Sumedh Sainin, in connection with the firing incident. But the government has failed to take action and hence they all should now resign,” said Mr. Cheema.He added that AAP MLA H.S. Phoolka has listened to the voice of his conscience and resigned from Vidhan Sabha on this very issue.
Monitoring your magazine brand’s Web reputation can be just as important as updating your magazine’s Web page. Amanda MacArthur, Mequoda Group editor and publisher, has three online tools that are necessary for her company to monitor and manage their brand. The rationale behind signing up for free alerts and networks? Constant conversation with your readership. “Sometimes people will link to the wrong page,” MacArthur said. “If we post a free special report, a blogger may link to our homepage instead of the report itself. We’ll be alerted through a social media tool and contact the blogger to remedy the situation.” By constantly monitoring what readers and competitors are saying about them—and what they’re linking to—Mequoda has been able to increase traffic to its site and get sign-ups for its email newsletter. Mequoda’s traffic has more than doubled from 12,000 unique visitors per month in March 2008 to 31,000. From one post on Twitter, Mequoda sees between 50 and 60 visitors, according to MacArthur. “Twitter is now our second biggest traffic driver after Google,” she said, Mequoda now boasts a 28 percent conversion rate for newsletter sign-ups. “People are easily impressed,” said MacArthur. “If you are aware of comments about your brand and respond to a comments, readers will get very excited.” Here are three online tools that MacArthur swears by for monitoring her brand online: Tweet Later (www.tweetlater.com)A “Twitter Productivity Tool,” this free function tracks keywords and can be set up to automatically email a daily digest of all of a brand’s daily mentions on Twitter. The professional service, which offers account management and further integration costs $29.97 per month. Competitors: Google Alerts BackType (www.backtype.com) BackType tracks what’s being said about content across the Web using BackType Connect, which supports every major publishing platform for blogs, as well as Twitter, Digg, FriendFeed and Reddit. Publishers work with BackType to display related conversations inline with existing comments on their properties to encourage more engagement. Competitors: uberVU, yacktrack SocialMention (socialmention.com)SocialMention’s search platform tracks conversations across the Web in real time, aggregating user generated content such as blogs, status updates, comments, bookmarks, and videos into a single stream of information. It offers a free, adhoc search engine that provides tracking and metrics with support for more than 75 social media properties and is available in multiple formats.Competitors: whostalkin, radian6, trackur
New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is asking the Air Force to pay the state $25 million to compensate it for the loss of lease revenue from a wind farm project in central New Mexico after DOD said over half of the planned turbines would interfere with the Air Force’s use of a military training route. In a letter sent Tuesday to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Dunn emphasized that money generated from state trust lands support New Mexico’s schools and hospitals, reports the Albuquerque Journal. “I believe that the military should not be uniquely and unduly burdening state trust lands by effectively prohibiting the investment-backed activities of state trust land leases unless it is willing to pay appropriate compensation,” wrote Dunn, who is running for the U.S. Senate this year.An Air Force spokeswoman said the service tries to not to restrict the activities of private industry. “Our primary focus is the Air Force mission,” said Ann Stefanik. “When possible, we work with industry and government partners to allow for development that makes sense for all parties.” A spokesman for wind developer Avangrid Renewables said the company would continue discussions with DOD. “We are going to continue to work with the DOD clearinghouse to help balance the protection of national security with responsible and reasonable siting of our turbines to benefit all parties,” said Paul Copleman.The dispute echoes one three years ago between the Pentagon and SunZia over its plans to build an extra-high-voltage transmission line through parts of White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.Photo by Michael Zamora Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi offers to resign at the Congress Working Committee meeting today.TwitterAfter Congress’s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, party president Rahul Gandhi took full responsibility for the Congress’s poll defeat. The Congress chief has offered to resign at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting today.However, senior party leaders are persuading him not to resign. It has been reported that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul’s sister Priyanka Gandhi, too, tried to persuade him not to resign.The first review meeting of the Congress party after its defeat in the Lok Sabha elections included 52 members of the CWC, which includes party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and the chief ministers of all Congress-ruled states – Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.At the CWC meeting, several party leaders including Rahul Gandhi gave their assessment of what went wrong and the remedial steps that must be taken. However, top party leaders claimed that Rahul Gandhi’s relentless “chowkidar chor hai” campaign against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “negative” in its tone.READ: Rahul Gandhi offered to resign after Lok Sabha elections flop show?The meeting of Congress’s highest decision-making body, the CWC, commenced at 11 am today.While the Congress won 52 seats in the 542 Lok Sabha constituencies, the BJP-led NDA has swept back to power in a landslide by winning a record 303 seats out of 542. Congress suffered a loss for the second time in a row at the hands of the Narendra Modi-led BJP.Earlier, sources had said that Rahul Gandhi’s resignation offer was rejected by Sonia Gandhi. However, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot called the reports “baseless and irrelevant”. “We shall never forget that it was because of Rahul Gandhi’s tireless efforts and fighting spirit that Congress was able to put up a strong challenge to the NDA government,” he said.After the 2019 mandate, rumors of Congress President’s resignation are baseless and irrelevant. We shall never forget that it was because of Sh. #RahulGandhi’s tireless efforts and fighting spirit that Congress was able to put up a strong challenge to NDA government.1/2— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) May 24, 2019Also, senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam asked why should Gandhi resign when the entire party fought “bravely” under his leadership. He said that the election loss was their “bad luck” but that shouldn’t raise questions on the leadership. “Under the leadership of Congress President @RahulGandhi we fought this election bravely. He worked very hard undoubtedly. Our bad luck,we lost. Why should he resign? No. He should continue to lead the party. We will fight back under his leadership and come back soon,” tweeted Nirupam.
107 year old D.C. resident, Virginia McLaurin, danced and did ball tricks with Harlem Globetrotters Moose Weekes and Zeus McClurkin March 15 at Roots Public Charter School in Northwest D.C.