Rapid population growth poses daunting challenges for Africa

first_imgThe world’s population is predicted to reach 10.1 billion by 2100, according to a United Nations report released May 3, 2011. Much of the growth is expected to occur in Africa, where the population could triple to 3.6 billion by the end of the century.The figures for Africa are the most “disconcerting aspect” of the UN report, according to David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography and chair, Department of Global Health and Population at HSPH. He joined four other experts for an online discussion of the report on The New York Times website.“It took humankind more than 50,000 years to reach 1 billion, and now Africa alone will be adding more than that number in just four decades,” Bloom writes.Bloom says that the projected population growth poses immense challenges for Africa. “The first and most urgent is the challenge of absorbing large numbers into productive employment. Failure to do this will sink Africa more deeply into a poverty trap and could be a major source of social and political instability,” he writes. The second challenge, says Bloom, is to reduce fertility by making contraception more available to delay childbearing or to limit the number of children. “It also involves moderating the high rates of desired fertility seen in much of Africa, which will naturally occur as the status and education of women improve and couples increasingly recognize that they will be better off with smaller families,” he writes.Read The New York Times’ debate: “Can the Planet Support 10 Billion People?”last_img read more

Madagascar beat Nigeria secure knockout spot

first_imgMadagascar finished as Group B winners with 7 point. (PHOTO/Agency)AFCON 2019Madagascar 2-0 NigeriaAl Salaam Stadium, Cairo Sunday, 30-06-2019Debutants Madagascar sealed a place in the last 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Nigeria. They also finished top of Group B in their first ever appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations.Nigeria were outfought, outthought and outplayed as Madagascar registered yet another success at the continental showpiece.In the previous four meetings between the two sides, Madagascar had never even scored against the three time African champions.Lalaina Nomenjanahary gave Madagascar an early lead in the 13th to send the nations faithfuls into a bouncing frenzy.Madagascar looked more organised, vibrant and ambitious as they made Nigeria look disjointed and deserved an halftime lead.Immediately after the recess, Nigeria introduced on Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for John Ogu.Carolus Andriamahistinoro doubled the Barea’s advantage in the 52nd minute with a curling free kick into the top corner thanks to a big deflection off the hapless Ndidi. This was also his second goal of the tournament.Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo all couldn’t break down a resilient Madagascar defence.Madagascar introduced on William Gros for Faneva Andriatsima, Mamy Gervais Randrianarisoa for Pascal Razakanantenaina and Rayan Raveloson for Ibrahim Amada.The other Nigeria changes were, Alex Iwobi for John Mikel Obi and Moses Simon for Samuel Kalu.Marco IIaimaharitra ( Madagascar) was the only player booked.Madagascar finished top of group B, with 7points followed by Nigeria on 6 whereas Guinea saw off Burundi 2-0 to finish third with 4pointsComments Tags: BurundiCarolus AndriamahistinoroGuineaLalaina NomenjanaharyMadagascarNigeriatoplast_img read more

‘South Africa, look how far we’ve come’

first_img27 April 2011President Jacob Zuma, speaking during the Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria on Wednesday, reminded South Africans of how far their country had come since they voted in the country’s first democratic elections 17 years ago, while acknowledging that much work remained to be done to reverse the long legacy of apartheid.Addressing a large crowd gathered on the lawns of the Union Buildings, Zuma said that Freedom Day “marked the liberation of blacks from subjugation and of whites from guilt and fear, leading to the formation of one South African nation, united in its diversity, colourfulness and vibrancy.“We are celebrating a freedom and democracy that were obtained through the blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifices of scores of freedom fighters, ordinary South Africans and freedom loving people in Africa and the world,” Zuma said.“Each Freedom Day, we remember that scores of South Africans laid down their lives so that we could be free.“We must therefore commit ourselves to not allow anyone or any grouping or structure in our society, to trivialise our freedom or to reverse the gains of our hard-won democracy.”‘We’ve done exceptionally well in 17 years’Reminding South Africans of the suffering caused by apartheid laws “that stripped away the dignity of millions of South Africans”, Zuma said the country had done “exceptionally well against all odds in just 17 years” in reversing this legacy.“We have established a solid, sound, stable, functional constitutional democracy” based on a Constitution that “enjoins all of us to heal the divisions of the past and to establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.”The Constitution also enshrined socio-economic rights, Zuma said, including the rights to water, sanitation, electricity, roads, medical care, quality education and economic opportunities.“We are pleased with the achievements scored thus far in the provision of these basic services, although much more still needs to be done.“In 1994, only 62% of households had access to clean drinking water – today 93% do. In 1994, only 50% of households had access to decent sanitation – today 77% do. In 1994, only 36% of South Africans had access to electricity – today 84% do.”Service delivery achievementsThe majority of South Africans were now provided with free basic services in water and electricity, Zuma said, while by 2010 close to 15-million people, mostly orphans and vulnerable children, pensioners and people with disabilities, were receiving social grants.At the same time, the government was upgrading informal settlements in municipalities in order to provide security of tenure and access to basic services, and had committed to building 80 000 mixed-income rental housing units in the next five years in order to enable low-income earners to live closer to where they work.To broaden economic empowerment, the government was encouraging various forms of collective ownership of the economy, such as employee shareholding schemes, co-operatives and public ownership. “There is also increased assistance to small and micro enterprises, in both rural and urban areas.”Zuma said the government continued to expand access to education and to declare no-fee schools for children of the poor, while more than eight-million children benefited from school-feeding schemes, and more than 400 000 children had received a R12 to R15 subsidy for attending a government-registered Early Childhood Development Centre.At the higher education level, Zuma said, student loans were now being converted into bursaries for qualifying final-year students, while students in further education and training colleges who qualified for financial aid were now exempted from paying fees.Local government ‘needs fixing’However, much work remained to be done, particularly in improving service delivery at the local level.“Our research has indicated that we have to do a lot more to improve the way local government works,” Zuma said, adding that a number of issues would need to be attended to after the 18 May municipal elections in order to implement the local government turnaround strategy recently adopted by the Cabinet.“We have to provide more effective and direct support to municipalities in distress, in line with the needs of each municipality,” Zuma said. “We have to ensure the appointment of qualified and experienced personnel, the transparency of tender and procurement systems, and also improve the levels of financial management and accountability.”Urging South Africans to come out in numbers to vote in the 18 May elections, Zuma said that all South Africans, “black and white, must continue to work together to deepen the reconciliation and unity of the rainbow nation.“We must work together to create a more prosperous South Africa, which will be the best place to live in on earth, for all of us.“Happy 17th Birthday to a free South Africa!”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Government condemns police brutality

first_img15 March 2013 Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has described the latest incident of alleged police brutality, in Lomanyaneng in North West province, as an embarrassment to the South African Police Service (SAPS). Mthethwa, adding his voice to a chorus of condemnation of recent incidents of police brutality in the country, said police officers should be working with communities, fighting crime within the framework of the law, and not abusing the law. “We condemn any act of police brutality as such incidents are not what we want to see or want to become accustomed to, in a democracy that is bound by the rule of law, and where we have many dedicated police officers who continue to serve with excellence,” Mthethwa said in a statement on Friday. “We must all as society mobilise and sustain a campaign against any police brutality and lawlessness. “Critical in fighting crime is the campaign to weed out elements within the criminal justice system who are engaged in various acts of crime, even if it involves our own officers,” he said.Police sergeant arrested for assault The police in North West province on Wednesday arrested one of their colleagues, aged 37, after he allegedly grabbed a complainant by his neck and dragged him behind a police vehicle for about 100 metres. According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), this was after the complainant had advised a boy whom he reportedly saw police harassing while on his way to a tuck shop at around 8.30pm in Setlopo village. After the police had finished talking to the boy, the complainant had reportedly called the boy to advise him about what to do should he feel that he had been badly treated by the police. The victim, a court interpreter at Molopo Magistrate’s Court, sustained injuries to his feet during the incident and was taken to hospital by his neighbour. He has since been discharged from the hospital. It is alleged that the police sergeant had allegedly asked the victim if he knew what the police were capable of these days. Police provincial spokesperson, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane, said a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm had been opened against the 37-year-old sergeant. Ngubane said the officer, who had been on duty in full police uniform and driving a marked police vehicle at the time of the incident, was arrested on Wednesday and was due to appear before the Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court on Friday.Cabinet condemns violence The incident follows the death of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia, who was dragged behind a police van by a number of police officers in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg, in February. At its fortnightly meeting this week, the Cabinet condemned these and other recent incidents of violence in the country, saying they had no place in a democratic South Africa. “Whilst Cabinet notes that violence was part and parcel of life under apartheid, it does not define who we are today as South Africans,” acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams told journalists in Pretoria on Thursday. Commending the swift action taken by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, who suspended the police allegedly involved in death of Mido Macia, Williams reiterated the Cabinet’s call on all communities to stand up against violence and seek peaceful ways of resolving conflicts. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Woolies staff, Newkidz help Cape childcare centres

first_imgOne of the focus areas for the Woolworths Trust has been encouraging employees’ long history of supporting social causesIn a recent venture, the Woolworths Trust made it possible for Woolworths staff members to team up with an inspiring organisation called Newkidz, to renovate 10 facilities that care for children in Cape Town.Newkidz on the block is a Cape Town based non-profit organisation that helps to establish loving homes for orphaned, vulnerable and destitute children. They run a programme which facilitates the renovation and maintenance of children’s homes, foster family homes and Early Childhood Development Centres with the help of corporate sponsors.SUPPORTING SOCIAL CAUSESOne of the focus areas for the Woolworths Trust has been encouraging employees’ long history of supporting social causes, schools and charities in their local communities.“Employee volunteering and giving is an important part of our CSI strategy,” says Woolworths Trust head of transformation Zinzi Mgolodela. “Woolworths Trust matches funds raised by employees for projects they choose to support as well as provides opportunities for employees to actively get involved and volunteer to make a difference at a charity.“Together with our staff we joined Newkidz to make a contribution that will potentially change the lives of children.”The ten facilities that care for children were selected by Newkidz and represent a diverse cross-section of the communities in Cape Town. The investment has reached approximately 700 kids across the 10 organisations.EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRESHeatherdale Children’s HomeThis children’s home is located in Athlone and accommodates approximately 43 boys and girls, up to the age of 18, all in need of care. Like so many children’s homes, where funding is tight, maintenance moves to the bottom of the priority list. The boy’s dormitories need some tender loving care. Woolworths staff repainted the rooms; repaired the cupboards and replaced the soft finishes to create a pleasant environment for these young boys to live in.Carol’s day care centreThis centre in Mitchells Plain didn’t have a suitable play area for the children, so Woolworths staff fenced off an area; installed a play structure; created a garden; painted the perimeter walls and generally made it a colourful play area for the children.Zanethemba Kidz HavenThis EduCare is in the Philippi area. Newkidz on the block replaced their previous shack with a sturdy and much larger Wendy house, while Woolworths staff varnished the Wendy house and erected a shade cover to protect kids from the sun.Free to grow EduCareThis EduCare is in the Blue Downs community. Their current one-room building structure is sound but needed to be brightened up and finished off. Staff revamped the interior and exterior of this EduCare centre making it a more conducive environment for children to learn.Hands of compassionGlenda and her team prepare and serve a hearty meal to over 100 hungry people in the Retreat area every week. The building they meet in was thirsty for a fresh coat of paint and the kitchen desperately needed to be improved. Their kitchen was upgraded the exterior of the building was painted.SOS Children’s VillageThis village is located in Thornton. It is a large facility made up of cottages where the children live in “families” with a carer. Many children remain in children’s homes for long periods of time and in the case of older children, when they reach the age of 18 and have to leave the facility, they are ill-equipped to fend for themselves. SOS has two free-standing cottages on their property which they call transitioning homes. These two cottages were improved by general maintenance; upgrading of the kitchen; repairing the bedroom cupboards; a fresh coat of paint and the supply new soft finishes.Place of blessingThis EduCare is in Guguletu and is managed by Muriel. Muriel has a great heart for children and has grown this centre to be a well-functioning EduCare plus soup kitchen for the children in the area plus a much needed after care facility. This large project received general maintenance; painting; upgrading their soup kitchen; an enhancement of their large existing vegetable garden and more.Nokhwezi EduCareNokhwezi is in Mfuleni. Like most EduCares in the community, the school fees that they receive is minimal and even with the government subsidy it is difficult to keep a hand on much needed maintenance. The exterior of the building needed a fresh coat of paint as well as the playground needed repair work and the garden some brightening up.Khuti’s Homecare for disabled childrenKhuti is an unsung hero. She is the voice for disabled children. She has tirelessly committed her life to caring for children with severe disabilities, especially in the Khayelitsha area. Breadline Africa donated revamped containers for their accommodation. They needed and upgrade of the garden around the building so that the children can sit outside under a tree or on the grass.Khulangolwazi EduCareSetyenzwa runs this large EduCare in Khayelitsha. A few years ago Newkidz on the block completed a project there and installed new play structures and gave them a new Grade R classroom in the form of a container. The exterior of this centre needed a fresh coat of paint and to repair the play structures. A team from Woolworths spent the day improving the outside of the EduCare and enhancing the vegetable garden.Carol’s day care centre in Mitchells Plain didn’t have a suitable play area for the children, so Woolworths staff fenced off an area; installed a play structure; created a garden; painted the perimeter walls (Images: Woolworths)PRACTICAL CONTRIUBTIONS“Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an important phase in a child’s life yet so many communities lack ECD centres to educate and equip kids during their foundation years. And strategic partnerships like these are what enable us to continue to do what we do and have an impact,” says Newkidz spokesperson Hilda de Beer.“It is an amazing statement of support when a company frees up their staff for up to 3 days per project. The 10 children’s homes that we’re part of this project were incredibly thankful to Woolworths staff for their efforts,” she added.“We’d like to encourage individuals and organisations to consider how they can make a practical contribution like Woolworths did. We need strategic partnerships like these to extend the reach of our projects and transform the lives of kids that find themselves in trying socio-economic circumstances.”last_img read more

Grooveshark Signs EMI Deal: Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun?

first_imgTags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dana oshiro Gainesville-based music startup Grooveshark just signed a major label agreement with EMI Music and EMI Music Publishing. While the company is unwilling to disclose the exact terms of the deal, Grooveshark VP of Marketing Josh Bonnain expressed that the agreement is fair and mutually beneficial. The surprise deal comes after EMI filed a June lawsuit against the company. While Grooveshark members gain access to EMI’s huge song catalogue including tracks from the Virgin, Blue Note and Astralwerks labels, it’ll be interesting to see if the agreement is actually a sustainable one. Although a number of music startups have established partnerships with smaller indie record labels, larger deals are rare as the cost of music licensing has proved prohibitive. For streaming music site Imeem, the road to signing major labels has been fraught with legal battles. Despite the fact that Warner music originally invested in Imeem, the company sued the startup to settle outstanding debt. In the end, it seems Grooveshark renegotiated licensing agreements while staring down the barrel of a gun. Due to the similar nature of the EMI / Grooveshark relationship, we can’t help thinking that this recent deal likely skews in favor of the labels and rights holders. As ReadWriteWeb covered in August, Grooveshark recently launched a $3 per month ad-free subscription service and continues to build out its artist tools. Nevertheless, the site’s key revenue stream is its advertising. With seminal albums like Miles Davis’ Birth Of The Cool, Radiohead’s OK Computer and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, EMI will increase Grooveshark’s catalogue selection and popular draw. It will be interesting to see if the company’s revenue increase will be worth the licensing fees. To try Grooveshark visit listen.grooveshark.com. center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola: De Bruyne was incredible

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: De Bruyne was incredibleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City fired home seven goals to thrash FA Cup opponents Rotherham United 7-0.Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and a Semi Ajayi own goal put a strong City side into a comfortable half-time lead.Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane completed the rout as the Millers were outclassed after the break.City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted with Kevin de Bruyne’s performance on the day.“We spoke with him yesterday to play 65/70 minutes for his rhythm and his injury,” said Guardiola.“He played incredible, created a good amount of chances and has a vision that others aren’t able to see.“Last season he played incredible minutes but hopefully in the second leg of the season he will help us because we need him. “I said many times. Without him last season maybe it wouldn’t have been possible. “We try to be a team and so far we have done incredible with results.“We have to carry on, now he is back and he is now fresh in mind and legs. Today he was our captain and he showed why.” last_img read more

Ohio St QB Cardale Jones Has To Make His Stay/Go To NFL Decision Today, What Are People Saying He Should Do?

first_imgA closeup of Cardale Jones warming up for an Ohio State football game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Cardale Jones has until 11:59 p.m. E.T. to decide his future as a college football player. Will the redshirt sophomore declare for the NFL Draft or opt to return to Ohio State for another season? It’s one of the most intriguing decisions we’ve ever seen from a college football player. Jones has started just three games at the college level, but they were three incredible starts – wins against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon – leading the Buckeyes to the national championship. If he decides to return to Columbus, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the starter for Urban Meyer in 2015 – J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller could both be back, too. Jones is 22. Age wise, he’s ready. Physically, he’s probably ready, too. But is he ready mentally? Does that even matter? ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Jones could be a second-round pick in this year’s draft, but has the potential to be a top-five pick and the No. 1 QB taken in 2016 if he returns to school, wins the starting job and improves. Here’s what people are saying the Ohio State quarterback should do: Cardale Jones should declare for the NFL draft. His stock can’t get any higher. He would be perfect as a backup for Big Ben for example.— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) January 15, 2015If Cardale is leaving he has to say so by 11:59 tonight. But he’ll still have 72 hours to change his mind, return. pic.twitter.com/pbA8nzOoC7— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015In my opinion, Cardale Jones should declare for the draft just to get the extra three days to think about it. If you don’t, it’s done today.— Ryan Ginn (@RyanGinnBSB) January 15, 2015Our http://t.co/hoxCxP0Plk poll on whether Cardale Jones should go to NFL or stay at Ohio State: 65% go, 35% stay http://t.co/6ccP1lRUFU— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) January 15, 2015Today is the day Cardale Jones must decide if he should turn pro or stay. His stock never will be hotter–but he could use more seasoning.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) January 15, 2015So many in NFL think Cardale Jones should/will come out. Decision today. True overnight (or three game) sensation— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 15, 2015http://t.co/2EljtaiDgP‘s Rob Rang has Cardale Jones rated as high as the second round, right after Winston-Mariota. http://t.co/CF94WLgmPb— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 15, 2015Cardale Jones has an unprecedented, complex choice between school and the NFL. “If it’s my son, I’d tell him to go.” http://t.co/n3YYI1QNww— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) January 14, 2015What would you do if you were Jones? Stay or go?last_img read more

Theyre turning a Toronto theatre into an English forest for the play

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Among the tales he spins for his followers are those of giants who live in the forest — and who may just be real.Staging the play’s Canadian premiere has been a “monster endeavour,” says Cushman. It’s a co-production between his company, Outside the March, and Company Theatre (in association with Starvox Entertainment) that has been several years in the planning and involves a budget of upwards of $300,000. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Designer Nick Blais and director Mitchell Cushman on the set of Jerusalem. They bought an old Airstream to serve as the home of main character Rooster Byron. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) There’s an audience advisory on the web page for Jerusalem, the award-winning play opening this week.The show contains “adult language and copious references to drugs and alcohol.” It also “may contain traces of fairies, giants, ogres, spirits and other secrets of the English forest.”“The play has this magic running through it,” explains director Mitchell Cushman. It’s the story of a charismatic former daredevil, Rooster Byron (played by Sons of Anarchy star Kim Coates), who lives in the forest outside of Wiltshire, in the southwest of England, and is something of a countercultural folk hero for local youth and other outsiders. Twitterlast_img read more

Amazons quarterly profit more than doubles shares soar

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon’s first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping and the cloud-computing service it provides to businesses and government agencies.Its results blew past Wall Street expectations, and the online retailer’s shares soared 7 per cent in after-hours trading.Amazon has grown rapidly since its start as an online bookstore in 1995. It makes Echo speakers, designs furniture and delivers food from restaurants. Still, online retailing is its biggest business: Sales from Amazon’s online stores rose 18 per cent to $26.9 billion, accounting for slightly more than half the company’s total revenue.The company recently disclosed for the first time that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide, who get faster shipping and other perks. It announced Thursday that it will soon raise the price of its annual Prime membership to $119 from $99 in the U.S.At its cloud-computing business, called Amazon Web Services, sales rose 49 per cent to $5.4 billion.Overall revenue jumped 43 per cent to $51 billion, beating the $49.9 billion analysts expected.The company earned $1.63 billion, or $3.27 per share, in the three months ending March 31 — almost triple the $1.24 per share analysts expected, according to FactSet. It’s the second time Amazon’s quarterly profit has topped $1 billion. In the previous quarter, which included the busy holiday shopping season, it had a profit of more than $1.8 billion.The blockbuster profits come as the company and its chief executive have been criticized by President Donald Trump, who has tweeted several times that the company doesn’t pay enough taxes, should pay the U.S. Postal Service more for shipping, and that The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, is a lobbyist for the company.Trump signed an executive order earlier this month to study the post office’s finances and costs, including its pricing the package delivery market. The executive order did not mention Amazon by name.Amazon.com Inc. has been silent about the attacks from Trump, and executives in a call with investors Thursday did not mention the president. They did say, however, that the company plans to invest further in its own shipping services, which includes planes and on-the-ground logistics that can ship its boxes.The Seattle-based online retailer’s stock, which closed at $1,517.96 on Thursday, soared past $1,620 in extended trading.last_img read more