Women’s Month looks at unity in South Africa

first_img30 July 2015Women’s achievements in the workplace were acknowledged by Susan Shabangu at the official launch of Women’s Month t, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 July.Shabangu, the minister in The Presidency responsible for women, said it was important that women’s achievements – such as being judges, directors or publishers in companies and those in male dominated environments like policing – should not be denied. “Next year, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Women’s March which took place in 1956. We are now hosting events in the build up to next year’s celebrations.”Challenges women faced today would also be addressed, such as gender-based violence. “From the beginning of November, we will engage women in national dialogues, making sure we understand why we still have these challenges.“We will try to identify the gaps and have to strengthen the arms with communities.”The theme of Women’s Month this year is “Women united in moving South Africa forward”. Women’s Month runs every August, with Women’s Day an annual national public holiday on 9 August. The day marks the Women’s March against apartheid laws, specifically against the law requiring all black women to carry pass books, which took place on 9 August 1956.Women from all parts of the country arrived in Pretoria and marched to the Union Buildings to deliver a petition to the prime minister, JG Strijdom. He was not there to meet the women, who left huge bundles of petitions. Estimates of the number of marchers ranged from 10 000 to 20 000.Shabangu remarked that the women in the 1956 march came together despite their diversity and the apartheid laws. “They united to say ‘we need each other as women in this country. Our fight is the fight of all the women in South Africa.’”The unity of women in diversity continued to be the anchor to take South Africa forward.Guests at the launch included actress Sophie Ndaba and activist Sophie de Bruyn, who had taken part in the 1956 march.“Minister Shabangu says we want to pay tribute to all women who played a significant role in this freedom that we enjoy today,” tweeted @GCISMedia, the government’s media account. “Minister Shabangu says all the Women’s Month events will take the nation down memory lane about the role women played.”There would be weekly events as part of the Womens Month programme, it was reported.Week one would celebrate women in fashion; week two would examine women in the film industry; week three would focus on the trafficking of women and children and the exploitation of women; week four would be concerned with women’s economic empowerment of women.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Geocaching in Space Event Center

first_img[Click here for information the Seattle Geocaching in Space event]Mark your calendar for early November, 2013! Geocaching is rocketing into space once again. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio will deliver a Travel Bug® to the International Space Station. Mastracchio will be using the Travel Bug as an educational tool to help teach students around the world about geography and provide other educational lessons. The mission is currently scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan at 4:08 GMT on November 7  and we want you all to be there (at least in spirit). That means the launch is planned to liftoff at 5:08 a.m. in Berlin and November 6 at 8:08 p.m. in Los Angeles. Find out here what time the launch is in your part of the world! Share with your Friends:More We hope that our tips will help make your geocaching in space event a superstar. Now we want to know from you, what you wouldn’t want to miss at a space event you are attending! Tell us in the comments below.A few things to remember:Scheduled Launch Date: November 6 (EST), 2013Watch Launch Live*: at 04:08 a.m. GMT on November 7 (11:08 p.m. EST on November 6) – Convert to your time zone here*NASA TV will broadcast the launch live. You can download a free NASA TV app for Android or iPhone, watch NASA TV live on their websitewww.NASA.gov, or watch the launch on the NASA channel on your cable TV. More questions? Check out NASA TV FAQs here.Facebook Geocaching in Space Event Page: Coming Soon!Geocaching in Space Souvenir Image: Coming Soon!Geocaching in Space Souvenir Patch:  Proceeds go to the educational charity Donorschoose.orgCheck out the Geocaching in Space FAQ to have all your questions answered! Every geocacher who attends a Geocaching Event on November 6 or 7, 2013 will be awarded a “Geocaching in Space” souvenir.*Quick note: As this is a  real-deal rocket launch, it could be delayed. In this case we’ll issue the souvenir for attending an event on November 6 or 7, and for attending an event on the the actual launch date.If you feel that you are an expert when it comes to Geocaching Event guidelines and are up to host a space event in your area, take a look at these tips to help your guests have an out of world experience:1.) Think ahead. Neil Armstrong did not spontaneously decide to hop on a rocket and fly to the moon one day. Rumor has it there was some careful planning (and serious calculations!) involved. The same should apply to your Geocaching Event. Do you need to make reservations for a venue? Do you need to craft or decorate? Are there any questions you have to clear up before submitting your Event Cache? Keep in mind that you have to submit your Geocaching Event at least 14 days prior to the rocket launch, which means October 22 or 23 are the cut off days for your online submission.2.) Think collaboration. You’ll want to get a crowd together to celebrate this once in a Trackable’s lifetime opportunity. To maximize the number of geocachers at your event, check to see if there is already another event published in your area. If there’s already an event, be a team player! See if you can help the event host with planning their event. You can share the load and maybe even serendipitously make a new friend.3.) Think atmosphere. Unfortunately, NASA has a few rules about who gets to go to space, so we can’t all be out there with Rick Mastracchio, but that shouldn’t stop you from making your Event location look “spacetastic.” Here are a few ideas to space up your place:Hang up dark fabric sheets and stick a few aluminium foil stars on them.Remember the glow stars you  stuck to the wall next to your bed when you were a kid (or an adult, we’re not judging)? It is time to get those out of the old dusty boxes in your basement.Collect a few paper towel rolls and get together with your family on a rainy day to craft some mini-rockets. Then have a contest at the event to see who can throw them the furthest up into space (or the air, as we call it on Earth).We are sure you have many more ideas on how to decorate for the launch too. Share them with us in the comments below.4.) Think astronauts. What are astronauts like? They are really, really smart—just like geocachers.  To further improve the brain power of the international geocaching community, put together a little quiz for the event to keep everybody entertained and your brain cells in action. For example: “What year did the first man set foot on the moon?” or (some would say) more importantly, “When was the first geocache hidden?” You see the possibilities are endless and so is the universe (or at least it’s really, unimaginablybig).American astronaut Rick Mastracchio SharePrint RelatedGeocaching in Space FAQOctober 9, 2013In “Community”Behind the Scenes: My Travel Bug®’s Mission to SpaceOctober 16, 2013In “Community”800+ Events Celebrate Geocaching Launch into SpaceOctober 21, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Brazil team reaches home after World Cup heartbreak

first_imgBrazil were one of the tournament favourites ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. After Brazil strolled past the qualifying campaign under Tite, there were hopes of a scintillating performance at the biggest stage of them all. Alas! It ended too soon.Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat to Belgium in the Round of 16. It was always going to be a tough match for both the teams but the number of chances missed by Brazil despite having more of the ball was what made it even more disappointing.Belgium coach Roberto Martinez played his team in a new formation and outsmarted Tite while Casemiro’s suspension due to two yellow cards cost Brazil their solidity in the midfield.Members of Brazil’s national team were applauded by fans greeting their arrival at Rio de Janeiro’s international airport on Sunday.Supporters chanted and cheered the players on as they got off the airplane and appeared in the airport lounge. Players Casemiro and Philippe Coutinho stopped to greet some of the supporters and take pictures with them.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAccording to videos circulating on social media, fans pelted stones on the Brazil team bus, not letting the vehicle move.However, it turned out be an old video that went viral on social media and is not related to the Brazilian team’s return home.Here’s the video which went viral on social media:Brazil Fans ‘Welcome Back’ Players By Throwing Stones At Team Bus. The team was knocked out by Belgium in the #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/k1pGlhjI1UadvertisementKawowo Sports (@kawowosports) July 9, 2018Brazil had great support even in the faraway land of Russia. During all of Brazil’s games, their fans clearly outnumbered their rivals’ fans yet the team could not make the best of it.Also read – World Cup 2018: Brazil exit saddest moment of my career, says NeymarThroughout the World Cup, Brazil looked unconvincing. They began with a stuttering 1-1 draw with Switzerland and then needed two very late goals to beat Costa Rica.However, their 2-0 wins over Serbia and Mexico re-established them as tournament favourites because they had started to look better and much more in sync.Against Belgium though, none of that happened. And it was all about the fact that Belgium took their chances while Brazil did not.Also read – Dejected Brazil coach Tite finds World Cup 2018 exit ‘very hard to accept’Neymar, throughout this tournament, has been brutally trolled on social media for his antics on the field and incessant diving and rolling.Despite all the disappointment, Brazilian defence in Thiago Silva, Roberto Firmino’s link-up play, Douglas Costa’s creativity, Philippe Coutinho’s bravery and Casemiro’s and Paulinho’s strength in midfield do make up for a solid Brazil team for future.Brazilian great Ronaldo Nazario has even backed Tite to stay as coach as he believes in the growth these players have shown under him.Brazil’s coach, Tite, who was invited to keep managing the Brazilian team even after its World Cup defeat, thanked the fans for their warm welcome.”I would like to reciprocate this warmth by saying thank you from my heart,” the coach said in brief comments after arriving.Tite said he felt terrible bitterness after they were knocked out on Friday.The defeat was Tite’s first in a competitive match since he took over in mid-2016 and only his second defeat overall. It was also the first time his side had allowed two goals in a game after conceding only six in their previous 25 matches.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more