IOC boss: Sports bodies must clean up their act

first_imgLONDON (AP):Sports organisations must work harder than ever in 2016 to clean up their act after a year of corruption and doping scandals that tarnished the Olympic movement, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Wednesday in a New Year’s message.Bach said the entire Olympic world must live up to the public’s expectations of integrity and heed his call from a year ago to “change or be changed”.”One just needs to look at the events over the last 12 months to realise that this message is even more urgent today to safeguard the credibility of sports organisations and to protect clean athletes,” Bach said. “Undoubtedly, recent developments in some sports cast a shadow across the whole world of sport.”While Bach didn’t cite any sport by name, he was clearly referring to the corruption scandal that has enveloped football’s governing body FIFA and the allegations of bribery and doping cover-ups involving the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Russia’s track and field programme.Noting the public’s growing demand for ethical behavior by athletes and sports bodies, Bach said: “It is our shared responsibility in the Olympic movement to provide new answers to new questions.”FIFA is reeling from a corruption scandal that has led to the arrests of dozens of football and marketing officials and eight-year bans for outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Union of European Football Associations head Michel Platini. Blatter is a former member of the International Olympic Committee.Russia’s athletics federation was suspended following a damning report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that alleged widespread, state-sponsored doping in the country. Russia’s track and field athletes could miss next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IAAF’s former president, Lamine Diack, was arrested and charged by French authorities with corruption and money laundering, stemming from allegations that he took money to cover up positive tests in Russia.last_img read more

South African heroines in the spotlight

first_img10 August 2010In celebration of Women’s Month in South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture has launched a number of initiatives to honour female icons who helped shape a more democratic society.South Africa holds its Women’s Month in August, with a public holiday on the ninth, to pay tribute to the more than 20 000 South African women who marched to the Union Buildings on that date in 1956 to protest against the unjust pass laws which enforced racial segregation.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. This peaceful demonstration was led by apartheid activists Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophie de Bruyn, and put women at the forefront of the political struggle.“Through their actions, they helped to lay the foundations for the building of a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic country,” Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana said at her department’s Women’s Month launch in Johannesburg on 3 August.Women have always played a central role in the socio-economic development of society, but their roles have often been overlooked, the minister said.“The programmes we are launching are to declare that women also made a contribution.”Graves become heritage sitesThe department and the South African Heritage Resources Agency will declare the graves of Joseph, Ngoyi and fellow freedom fighter Charlotte Maxeke national heritage sites on 20 August. “This is part of the national legacy projects which honour the forgotten and unsung heroines of the liberation struggle,” Xingwana said.The ceremony will take place in Soweto, where Joseph and Ngoyi are buried. “The programme will include a church service, speeches and the unveiling of site plaques,” the minister added.Dulcie September Memorial LectureA day before this ceremony, on 19 August, the department, in partnership with the University of the Western Cape, will host a memorial lecture in the name of another anti-apartheid icon, Dulcie September, who was assassinated in 1988 while in exile in France.“Through this lecture the government acknowledges her contribution towards the liberation of the people of South Africa,” said Xingwana.The lecture will be delivered by award-winning British writer and editor Margaret Busby, with guest speakers Dr John Daniel – a researcher from the Human Sciences Research Council – and South African ambassador to the US, Barbra Masekela.Xingwana said this lecture was a symbol of her department’s commitment to women: “We constantly see lectures recognising male heroes and rarely do we have lectures about women.”Women writers unite“We will host a women writers’ symposium under the theme ‘Women’s words, African worlds’, renewing a dialogue between African women writers and women of African descent,” Xingwana said at the launch.The gathering will take place from 25 to 26 August at two Johannesburg venues: the Windybrow Theatre and Museum Africa. It will focus on fiction and non-fiction writing, journalism and the formation of an African Women Writers’ Network.Invited writers who will participate in the symposium include Tsitsi Dangarembga of Zimbabwe, Lola Shoneyin of Nigeria, Shailja Patel of Kenya and Lauretta Ngcobo, Miriam Tlali and Elinor Sisulu from South Africa.Sarah Bartmann rememberedTo reaffirm the often marginalised history, heritage and culture of the indigenous Khoi and San Bushmen of South Africa, the department will unveil the design for the Sarah Bartmann Centre of Remembrance, on the 22 August in Hankey, in the Eastern Cape province.Bartmann was a Khoi slave who was lured to London in 1810 and put on show as a “scientific curiosity”, owing to her physical features that were perceived by Europeans as “freakish”.She was later moved to Paris, where she was exhibited by an animal trainer in severely degrading displays intended for public amusement.She died in France in December 1815 and her remains were exhibited in a museum there until 1974.Years later, then president of South Africa Nelson Mandela requested that her remains be returned. This was done, and on 9 August 2002 Bartmann was buried in Hankey, the town of her birth.SA women shine at Shanghai ExpoThe country is currently taking part in the six-month-long Shanghai World Exhibition, for which the Department of Arts and Culture developed a programme to showcase the talents of South African women artists and performers.Each country participating in the Shanghai Exhibition is allocated a national day – and South Africa has chosen 9 August. “As part of celebrating our national day we will hoist the South African flag,” said Xingwana.Prominent South African female musicians, including Debra Fraser, Loveline Madumo, Sibongile Khumalo and Thandiswa Mazwai, will perform at the event.Beyond Women’s MonthAll programmes launched will be sustained beyond the month of August to help empower and inspire women, Xingwana said, adding that “freedom is not complete until women are free from all forms of abuse, poverty, and deprivation”.First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Proactive efforts can curb future legal issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The extreme wind and temperature drop in late September reminded me that fall was here, and it will be winter before we know it. Kent told me the last time he was in Wal-Mart that the Christmas decorations were already on display.I’m sure Wal-Mart is proactive because it means more profits. I’m all for planning ahead because it can save on headaches and legal expenditures. In fact, there are several things that should be considered and accomplished before the end of the year. While they will take some time, the cost, if any, is minimal. The savings, however, could be considerable.Start by verifying that your insurance policy contains a list of all current equipment to be covered. Did you purchase or trade any equipment this year and not call the agent to inform him? Double check. You do not want to discover the list is inaccurate when you have a claim.Also, does your insurance policy offer sufficient coverage? When was the last time it was increased? Rely on your agent for advice in this matter. Adequate and appropriate insurance is essential for a busy farming operation.Schedule an appointment with your accountant before the end of the year. Allow sufficient time to take action if that is required. This is probably the single most important appointment your operation needs to make every year. Do not wait until 2016 to find out you have a tax problem. Granted, this year may not be as likely to create income issues, but verify your 2015 financial situation while there is time to act. That is, unless you prefer to pay more taxes than necessary.While visiting with your CPA before the end of the year, it is also a good time for him or her to assess if any changes in business structure that are advisable from an accounting perspective. Review your overall operation as well as individual enterprises.Sit down and do a balance sheet on the same day every year. Actually have one on hand that is consistent from year to year. This is the single best way to figure out how your operation is doing over time. Also, when the banker asks for a balance sheet you have a great starting point. Keep in mind a balance sheet is just a financial picture taken on a specific date, so you will need to revise the figures when a bank asks for it. Updating is far easier than starting from scratch.Keep a close eye on your cash flow. Know the current status of accounts receivables and payables. If this is problematic, develop a plan to address the issue. Ignoring a problem only makes it worse. This year has been challenging for many. Develop an action to the situation instead of a reaction.Make sure your crop insurance claims are filed and processed, if that applies to your situation. Time is money, so it is preferable to have the insurance proceeds in your financial institution or invested in your operation in a timely manner.If you are in a geographic region that has been declared a disaster area, check with the local Farm Service Agency office to see what programs are available. I know there was a disaster declaration for parts of Ohio several months ago. At the time of the official announcement, however, local FSA directors did not know what programs would be offered. I would seek out this information before the end of the year, if applicable to your location.As much as we do not like to think about this, take a look at your existing estate plan. If either you or your spouse passed, do the executed documents accomplish what you planned? Have there been any changes in your family that require modifications to any of the documents? The beautiful thing about computers is that updating wills and trusts is easier than ever. If necessary, schedule an appointment with your attorney so you are certain that your existing plan works for your current situation. And if you do not have an estate plan, now might be a good time to consider having one written. The government will be happy to enact the statutory one for your operation if you don’t create a customized one for your farm. All of the information you have gathered and analyzed for the other end-of-the-year considerations will assist in making this plan quicker and less costly.I know these recommendations are not complicated. One of the things I have learned taking care of calves is that simple things matter. You absolutely must show up twice a day to feed and bed and treat any animals showing signs of sickness. If a calf has scours or respiratory disease (the most common problems), an extra trip or two to provide fluid makes a huge difference. Keep buckets and bottles clean. Do not let the calf get damp or drafted. Get colostrum in a baby as soon as possible after birth. This is not rocket science, but it works. Keeping a business out of legal trouble is not that much different. I am certain some of the more esteemed members of my legal profession would not comprehend or appreciate this comparison, but it works if you are a farmer. Life is difficult enough, so take basic actions to keep the unnecessary complications away.Most importantly, take some time to consider what worked this past year and be grateful. Having a positive, appreciative attitude is the best way to end one season and begin another.last_img read more

What is the G20

first_imgRussia`s President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) during their meeting on July 4, 2017 at the Kremlin in Moscow, as part of Jinping`s two-day visit to Moscow. AFPThe Group of 20 leading industrialised and emerging powers hold annual summits on economic governance, with wars and crises often overtaking the official agenda.Grouping the United States and other G7 members with giants such as China, India and Russia, it represents two thirds of the world population, three quarters of world trade and about 80 percent of economic output.The other members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the European Union.The G20, with its ministerial-level beginnings in 1999, first met for a summit in 2008 in Washington to discuss ways to achieve balanced and sustainable world economic growth.Critics charge that the “self-appointed” club undermines the role of the international bodies, such the United Nations, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.The grouping has often been a magnet for protesters, including at this year’s meet in Hamburg, Germany.At the 2010 summit in Toronto, thousands of anti-capitalist protesters clashed with Canadian police, leaving dozens injured on both sides and sparking mass arrests.The list of G20 members does not strictly reflect the world’s 20 biggest economies. Some non-members such as Switzerland have bigger economies than, for example, member Argentina.The leaders mostly meet behind closed doors and lack the power to enforce binding decisions or rules.The heads of global and regional bodies are invited to the summits — among them the chiefs of the UN, IMF, World Bank, WTO, African Union, APEC and Southeast Asia’s ASEAN.Rotating G20 summits also invite guest nations, including “permanent guest” Spain and, this year, partner countries the Netherlands, Norway and Singapore.Next year’s G20 host will be Argentina.last_img

Han Solo Movie Details One About His Name Slowly Smuggled Out of

first_imgWell, maybe not “smuggled,” but “delivered in a semi-official capacity” doesn’t have the same ring to it. We’re all so excited for The Last Jedi later this year that it’s easy to forget that we’re getting another exciting new Star Wars movie in 2018 too. We’re still not entirely emotionally prepared for a world where there’s a new Star Wars every year.That’s the timeline we’ve somehow lucked ourselves into, though, and the few details we’ve heard so far about next year’s Han Solo movie all sound pretty exciting. Yesterday, we finally got some concrete details about the film’s plot. Speaking at a tech conference at the University of Southern California, Disney CEO Bob Iger was forthcoming with details about the future of Star Wars, Variety reports. Most notably, he let slip some story details about the new Han Solo film.Probably the most surprising piece of information to come out of Iger’s talk was that Han Solo might not even be the character’s name. Iger said one of the many events the movie will cover is “how he got his name.” What? All of these year’s his name isn’t Han Solo? Have we been living a lie all this time? What was his real name then? Did he just change it because “Han Solo” sounds cool? Did he pass a fake name onto his kid? (Or kids in the “Legends” universe?) What did you do to us, Iger? Star Wars fans lose enough sleep as it is over questions like this one. Fortunately, we should get the answers fairly soon. If you consider mid-2018 soon. By the way, if you’re counting, that makes two George Lucas characters originated by Harrison Ford whose awesome names turn out to be fake. Did Solo have a dog named Han?Iger said the movie will follow Solo’s life from ages 18 to 24 years old, which should make Disney’s marketing department happy. Iger says it will show the origin of everything we associate with the character. Iger says we’ll see Solo “acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookie.” So clearly, the movie will be about Solo’s first speederbike and his brief but meaningful friendship with Gungi. No. Come on Bob; we know what you’re talking about.We also got a little bit more information courtesy of Woody Harrelson. In an appearance on The Tonight Show Wednesday night, Jimmy Fallon tried to get a tiny bit of Star Wars gossip out of the actor. Harrelson was tight-lipped, as you’d expect from any actor who doesn’t want to bring down the all-powerful wrath of Mickey upon themselves. The biggest piece of new information to come out of the interview: His character’s name.“I play a guy named Beckett, who’s kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han… That’s all I can say,” Harrelson told Fallon. He also mentioned that he’d be in London, where the Han Solo movie is filming, until the end of July.So Han Solo had a mentor named Beckett, and now it sounds like “Han Solo” might not even be the character’s birth name? Those details are sure to spark some canon debates amongst die-hard fans. Of course, now that the name Beckett is out there, expect it to start showing up in the new novels and comics. Especially as we get closer to the Han Solo movie’s 2018 release.last_img read more

Picture perfect

first_img17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav organised another phase of Living Legend Series with Raghu Rai. He gave a lecture demonstration on the art of photography in Bahumukh Auditorium, NSD Campus on February 13.He believes that India is a great country for any person to nurture his creativity because the culture is diverse and there are various kinds of people that can be found here. The Padmashree award winner captures real life moments in his camera.  Rai spoke about how he evolved as a photographer and shared a few of his photographs with the audience on various real life situations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The way he explains the inner depth meaning of each photograph is commendable. Rai truly justified the statement- A Picture is worth a thousand words. He said, “Creativity is not about beauty. It means to capture expression and energy.”Playwright Krishna Sobti also gave a lecture-demonstration as a part of the Living Legend series on February 14. She said, “Love, fear, spirituality and mentality become a part of your thinking when you’re on stage.”last_img read more