South Africans championing human rights

first_imgBesides the late Nelson Mandela, many other South Africans have stood up for human rights. Among their names, we can count people like Desmond Tutu and Miriam Makeba. They have all devoted their time and talents to improving the lives of all people.Human rights advocates have worked tirelessly to improve the world. Among their number is Desmond Tutu; there are many more. (Image: Kristen Opalinski/LUCSA, Wikipedia)Priya PitamberMany people have championed various human rights causes in South Africa. They were outspoken against abuses during the apartheid years, and remained advocates of human rights for all people in post-apartheid South Africa, some till their deaths.Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu’s hearty laughter matches his passion to improve the lives of people throughout South Africa and the world. Before he became a priest, Desmond Tutu, born in 1931, was a teacher. Following the introduction of Bantu education, however, he decided to join the church.In 1978, he was appointed the general secretary of the South African Council of Churches, where he became vocal about unjust racial laws. He climbed the ladder in the church: in 1985, Tutu was appointed the Bishop of Johannesburg; in 1986, he was chosen as the Archbishop of Cape Town, the head of the Anglican Church in South Africa – hence his affectionate nickname, “The Arch”.He was the first black person to hold the position, the highest in the South African Anglican Church. In 1987, he was also named the president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, a position he held until 1997.Tutu used his position to call for equality, and was a vociferous campaigner for human rights. In 1996, Nelson Mandela appointed him chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the body set up to investigate human rights violations during the apartheid.Tutu acknowledged that bringing an end to apartheid was a collective effort. “In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world,” he wrote on Huffington Post, the American news site, “who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the apartheid regime.”Among other accolades, Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, and the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007.Here is his simple message to the world:Helen SuzmanHelen Suzman was an anomaly in parliament – an English-speaking Jewish woman at a time when it was filled with and controlled by predominantly Dutch Reform male Afrikaners. She won her parliamentary seat as a representative of the United Party in 1953, and was an MP for over three decades, resigning in 1989.Throughout her years in parliament, Suzman remained critical of the numerous unjust apartheid laws. She was vocal in her opposition to the death penalty; she argued against banning the South African Communist Party, and she addressed gender discrimination.“For an astonishing 36 years, Suzman was a flickering flame of white conscience in apartheid South Africa,” British newspaper The Guardian wrote. “For 13 of those years she carried that light alone, a one-woman party in a parliamentary sanctum of hostile men.”But leaving parliament was not the end of her involvement in public life: she became the president of the South African Institute of Race Relations and was a member of the Human Rights Commission in a democratic South Africa.Suzman passed away in 2009; in an editorial, The Star newspaper described her as “an icon of anti-apartheid activism and a woman who took a fearless and often lonely stance during the darkest days of our recent history”.Miriam MakebaSinger Miriam Makeba helped to change the world lyric by lyric, yet insisted: “I’m not a political singer.” She told The Guardian: “I don’t know what the word means. People think I consciously decided to tell the world what was happening in South Africa. No! I was singing about my life, and in South Africa we always sang about what was happening to us – especially the things that hurt us.”Makeba came to be known as Mama Africa, along the way winning not only a Grammy Award for her music, but also the Dag Hammarskjold Peace Prize in 1986.In the early 1960s she addressed the United Nations. “I ask you and all the leaders of the world, would you act differently, would you keep silent and do nothing if you were in our place?” she asked. “Would you not resist if you were allowed no rights in your country because the colour of your skin is different to that of the rulers?”After the end of apartheid, Makeba continued her humanitarian work through the Miriam Makeba Rehabilitation Centre for abused girls and the Zenzile Miriam Makeba Foundation. In 2008, at the age of 76, she died after suffering a heart attack.Albie SachsIn an interview with Australia’s ABC, Justice Albie Sachs described being a judge as an extreme sport. As a law student, Sachs took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign when he was 17. He also attended the Congress of the People when the Freedom Charter was adopted in Kliptown in 1955.He became a member of the Cape Bar when he was 21, taking on cases in which people had broken racist laws. It made him the subject of security police scrutiny, and eventually he was jailed. By 1966, he was forced into exile, first in England then in Mozambique. In 1988, a bomb placed in his car by South African security agents blew up, causing him to lose an arm and vision in one eye.But that did not stop Sachs from preparing for a democratic constitution. He returned to South Africa in 1990 and became part of the Constitutional Committee. After 1994, Mandela appointed him to serve as a judge of the Constitutional Court.Passionate about art, Sachs was instrumental in choosing many of the works of art on show in the court, the highest in the country. “One artist, Judith Mason, was listening to the Truth Commission processes on the radio while she was painting, and she heard the story of an African woman, a freedom fighter, whose naked body was discovered because the man who executed her pointed out where she’d been buried,” he told ABC about a particular work, The Blue Dress, “and the only covering the body had was a little bit of blue plastic bag over her private parts.“And Judith was very, very moved by this, and she went out and she bought some plastic bags and she sewed them into a dress for the person she called ‘My Sister’, and that dress is now hanging in our court.“And they represent a kind of a spirit of the sacrifice, the loss, the pain that was involved in the treatment of our democracy, but also the spirit soaring and the rights that are now protected.”Sachs was also instrumental in bringing about the Civil Union Act, which grants same-sex couples the right to marry. It made South Africa the fifth country in the world to grant such a right.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Hiland FFA Trapshoot Team notes successful contest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Hiland FFA participates each year in the Trapshoot Contest. The contest is where the contestants use shotguns to hit clay pigeons that have been thrown in the air. This year the contest was held at Columbus and the Hiland FFA Trapshoot Team saw one place 11th and team two placed 12th. The contestants were split up randomly. The members that took part in this contest included: Carson Feikert, Bailey Engstrom, Marlin Hershberger, Kyle Huprich, Ryan Mast, Violet Miller, Tanner Neuenschwander, Parker Stutzman, Miguel Tapia, and Tallie Troyer.Pictured lower (l to r): Kyle Huprich, Ryan Mast, Bailey Engstrom, Violet Miller, and Parker Stutzman.last_img

Donaire seeking greater dangers

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Mintah hattrick carries Kaya Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Donaire, 36, said he’s giving Inoue the edge.Inoue, called the Monster, is a very dangerous opponent.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, logistics“We’ve an unwritten respect that we’ll be facing each other in the final fight,” Donaire said.Donaire, a four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year, was quick to state that his projected championship fight against Inoue would be “the best against the best.” Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles There are more than a couple of reasons why Donaire is seeking a difficult and dangerous test while trying to come back as a boxing superstar and pound-for-pound top contender.For one, Donaire made it to the WBSS bantamweight final via an irregular route.He scored risk-free win in the quarterfinals after the previously unbeaten Ryan Burnett surrendered in the fourth round, victim of a freak back injury. It was Donaire’s first bout as a bantamweight since 2011.In Donaire’s WBSS semifinal outing over the weekend, he scored an expected stoppage over the defenseless Stephon Young, a last-minute substitute for Zolani Tete, who quit ahead allegedly due to shoulder tendinitis.After his trouble-free trip to the final, nothing less than a crucial clash against a top-rated opponent would help bring Donaire back to the top of the boxing world.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments (L-R) Nonito Donaire of the Philippines and Jessie Magdaleno exchange punches during their WBO junior featherweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP FILE PHOTOAfter securing a slot in the final of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS), Nonito Donaire said he would be at ringside on May 18 to scout his next opponent. Japanese star Naoya Inoue and Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico, both unbeaten, clash in the world bantamweight semifinal in Glasgow, Scotland.The Inoue-Rodriguez fight promises to be terribly tough, an ultimate test, for both warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Both Inoue and Rodriguez are amazing warriors.But Inoue, Donaire’s main choice for a title foe, is 17-0, with 15 knockouts. He barged into the elite bantamweight bracket with a first-round stoppage of former 118-lb titlist Jamie McDonald. He followed this scintillating win with a 1st round KO over ex-champ Juan Carlos Payano.Inoue, with his power and skillset, is being given the big edge to rule the WBSS bantamweight championship.As the underdog, Donaire could redeem himself from the forgettable slips in his career, when he got crushed silly by Jamaica’s Nicolas Walters, before being humiliated by Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux.The twin defeats practically dropped Donaire into the world boxing dustbin.Surviving the great dangers and topping the WBSS championship series should help firm up Donaire’s badly shaken Hall of Fame career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Kalidou Koulibaly has no regrets for choosing Senegal over France

first_imgNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly insists he has no regrets for choosing to play for Senegal over new world champions FranceThe 27-year-old was eligible to represent France at international level due to having been born in the country at Saint-Dié-des-Vosges.Koulibaly even went on play for the France U-20 team before deciding to switches allegiances to Senegal in 2015 – where his parents come from.Despite France going on to the 2018 World Cup in Russia though, Koulibaly has no doubts over whether or not he made the right decision.“I don’t have any regrets because I want to write the story of the future of Senegal football and I hope I’ll be able to do that,” Koulibaly told BBC.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“For me [the World Cup] was a good experience because I wanted to show that Senegal is one of the best teams in Africa.“I spoke about the decision with my wife and I chose to go with Senegal.“When I saw the light in the eyes of my parents when I told them I had chosen Senegal, I was really happy and comfortable with my choice.”Koulibaly has since made 29 appearances at international level for Senegal.last_img read more

Google takes aim at imposter websites with new Chrome warning

first_img Tags 12 Comments Share your voice Security It’s hard to be sure where you are on the internet these days. Carefully checking the URL is one approach to avoiding danger. Trouble is, many fraudulent websites use tricks to make their URLs look like the real deal. Now, Google wants to call them out.To do that, the company is developing a new warning in its Chrome browser that appears when you’re visiting a site that’s mimicking a well-known web page. The warning could ask you, for example, if you actually meant to go to “paypal.com” when you were headed to a lookalike scam site called “paypa1.com” instead.The warning is intended to take the pressure off you to notice when something’s wrong with the URL. That’s important because most people don’t notice when they’re headed off to a scam site, Google Chrome engineer Emily Stark said in a talk on Tuesday at the Enigma Conference, a security and privacy event. “What people are seeing in the URL bar really just isn’t helpful to them as a security mechanism,” Stark said.The warning could help make it harder to carry out on one of the most pervasive and effective hacking attacks out there — phishing. If users heed Chrome warnings, it could save them from entering usernames, passwords or credit card information into websites controlled by criminals. It could also keep them from downloading malicious software at scam websites that could do things like encrypt their data and demand a ransom.Scammy websites use a number of tricks to look legitimate in that URL field at the top of your web browser. They might use a slight misspelling, or swap out the number one for a lowercase letter L to look like a legitimate website. The latter is called a homograph attack, and it’s powerful because it usually involves characters that the untrained eye will miss. The new warning, which is still being tested, alerts users to the fact that they aren’t heading to a popular website or a website they’ve engaged with in the past. If the user wants to keep going in that direction, they can click “ignore.” Stark said her team wanted to throw up a flag for users without overselling the danger.”We designed this warning to be informational rather than scary,” she said. The talk follows comments Chrome security experts made in September about security problems involving URLs. At the time, Google said its engineers were researching how to make changes to the way Chrome handles URLs in order to improve safety. On Tuesday, Stark said changes Google and other software developers propose should be “incremental.” Still, no idea is too crazy to at least consider, she said.”Website identity is so, so broken that all ideas should be on the table,” Stark said. Hacking Privacylast_img read more

Hot coffee has higher levels of antioxidants than cold brew

first_imgHot-brewed coffee has higher levels of antioxidants than cold brew, which are believed to be responsible for some of the health benefits of the popular drink, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, also found that the pH levels or acidity indicator, of both hot and cold coffee were similar, ranging from 4.85 to 5.13 for all coffee samples tested. Coffee companies and lifestyle blogs have tended to tout cold brew coffee as being less acidic than hot coffee and thus less likely to cause heartburn or gastrointestinal problems, said researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile the popularity of cold brew coffee has soared in recent years – the US market grew 580 per cent from 2011 to 2016 – the researchers found almost no studies on cold brew, which is a no-heat, long-steeping method of preparation. At the same time, there is well-documented research that hot-brewed coffee has some measurable health benefits, including lower risk of some cancers, diabetes and depression. While the overall pH levels were similar, the researchers found that the hot-brewed coffee method had more total titratable acids, which may be responsible for the hot cup’s higher antioxidant levels. “Coffee has a lot of antioxidants, if you drink it in moderation, research shows it can be pretty good for you. We found the hot brew has more antioxidant capacity,” said Megan Fuller, an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University. Researchers said, coffee drinkers should not consider cold brew a “silver bullet” for avoiding gastrointestinal distress.last_img read more