Penny MordauntHow did those, there to protect, support and serve the most vulnerable people on earth, become complicit in their exploitation – by protecting the perpetrators, by failing to grip the problem or turning a blind eye?Because we failed to put the beneficiaries of aid first.How did we lose sight of that fundamental duty, for all the good people, many in this room today, and all the good works done? For be in no doubt that is what has happened.It may have started with an attitude born of fundraising pressures, fierce competition for bids or work, guarding an organisation’s reputation to maximise its reach and offer.That attitude found a justification, via the chaotic and complex situations we operate in, the belief that reporting wrongdoing would do more harm than good, that we’ve so many other things to worry about, or that peacekeeping troops are doing far worse.And then any nagging doubts that lingered, as predatory individuals moved to another organisation’s payroll, were banished, in order to avoid any criticism of the sector.Maybe that’s how it happened. Maybe.However it did, the result was the grotesque fact of aid workers sexually exploiting the most vulnerable people, and threatening whistle-blowers if they protested.In our respective walks of life – in aid and in politics – we have difficult choices to make, some of life and death:Who to help.Who to save.Who to rescue.How to do the most good.How to do the least harm.But on some issues there is no choice.You cannot help and support people, you cannot give them hope and a chance, you cannot promote human rights or the dignity of every human being – whilst paying them for sex, and whilst funding an industry that exploits them.So why do we find ourselves here?We find ourselves here for the same reasons we find ourselves so far from delivering the Global Goals.Because we’ve forgotten three things:The needs of those we are here to serve.The expectations of those who enable us to – the British people.And the values that make us who we are.To recover we must put the beneficiaries of aid first.We must live up to the values of our nation.And as a sector, as well as a “to do list” we also need to have a “to be list”.We cannot separate the aid this nation gives from the values this nation has. So, how will those principles and values help us deliver the goals?First, they will improve our performance.I’ve seen great things from organisations when they put aside concerns about information and knowledge sharing, Intellectual Property ownership – stop competing and start collaborating.In Somalia, by putting beneficiaries first, sharing data and working together, aid organisations have staved off famine.In Kenya, I’ve seen technological innovation IP shared to utterly transform options for communities to become more resilient.And I’ve seen so many nations, frustrated at a humanitarian system which if it worked better would give us a billion more to spend on helping people, start to come together to speed up the pace of reform.Second, it will enable others to help.I’ve seen entrepreneurs forfeiting profit and their own security to bring water, healthcare and childcare to their workforce.Major companies wanting to make this their mission.Small community organisations and businesses connecting with and supporting those in the developing world.And I’ve seen the courage and commitment of our armed forces opening up the space for us to operate in.We need the humility to recognise what others can bring will multiply our efforts. And we need to let many others help.Third, it is a necessary condition of the British public’s support – and their support is a necessary condition of our work.I’ve seen the poorest in our own nation giving generously to others less fortunate than themselves, time after time – whether it’s in DEC appeals, or in Oxfam’s shops.They’ve seen Ebola defeated, girls educated, hurricane victims rescued, polio near eradicated, and hope and help brought to Syria’s hell on earth, by individuals risking everything, everything, for the love of humanity.They continue to give, but I can tell you on many fronts they want us to raise our game: on what you do, on what I fund, and what together we can achieve.And finally, we must live our values because what you do, what Britain’s aid sector does, is more than satisfy the practical needs of life.In addition to food, water and shelter we bring the rule of law, security, justice.We bring protection for refugees and human rights.We bring freedom – of thought, of religion, of scrutiny, of the press.We bring empowerment – of women, of people with disabilities, of children.Without us bringing our values to work, we will fail in that work.So, let this moment not just be a wake-up call to improve safeguarding.Let it also be a wake-up call to all that we must be, if we are to deliver on our promise to the world’s poor.I will shortly bring forward a new development offer focussed on delivering the Global Goals.It will require others to help.It will require us to change where we work and who we work with, and greater cooperation between DFID and our armed forces.It will depend on the private sector.It will require more sharing of data and working together.It will compel us to leave no one behind.It will make UK aid work harder – delivering for the world’s poor, but also for the UK’s security and prosperity, upon which UK aid depends.It will require me to stop funding organisation that do not deliver our objectives, contribute to the Goals, or live up to our standards.It will have our national values and freedom at its heart.It will require leadership and courage to deliver.And it will put our beneficiaries first.They are the 10 million more children who will see their 5th birthday. The 81 million who will have enough food to develop normally.And the 400 million more able to read and write.If we do deliver the Global Goals by 2030.In my first week in this job I told you that I believe in aid.And I’ve not changed my mind.And I believe in you, in why you chose this career, in why you are here today.The organisations in this room do great work. I know that. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.All the vital work that Bond members, organisations of all sizes, from small to large, do each and every day. Passionate, committed, tireless individuals doing amazing work, in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.I believe in British compassion and charity. From the Magna Carta to universal suffrage, from William Wilberforce to Peter Benenson to Leonard Cheshire – as a nation we can and we have made the world a better place.Since the Oxfam scandal broke, you and UK aid have helped vaccinate around 1.5 million children from polio.That’s heroic.But if we have the courage and the will to change we can do more.And we must.We know what to do.We know what to be.So let’s get to it.Thank you. Penny Mordaunt speaking at the Bond conferenceWe’ve just 12 years left to fulfil our promise to the world’s poorest, and the commitment so central to the Global Goals – to Leave No One Behind.We set ourselves the task that by 2030 every child will have the chance of a decent education, but we are 85 years adrift on current projections – not set to achieve that until 2115.That is better though than our current assessment on when we will end malnutrition – we are looking at least a century before delivering that.And we’ll be well into two centuries hence before we do make extreme poverty history.You know that on current trajectories, achieving the Global Goals – which we talk about and show our commitment to in the pin badges we wear – is simply out of reach.We’ve known for some time we are failing.The facts speak for themselves – and the many we are letting down.If we want those facts to change we have to change what we do.To deliver on the promises we’ve made to the world’s poorest, business as usual isn’t going to cut it.And to understand how we need to change we need to understand why the world, and we as a sector, are falling short.Let us reflect for a moment on the issue currently dominating the headlines: sexual exploitation of the vulnerable, known by some, ignored by others.How did we get to this?
People often ask Victoria Fan, S.M. ’08, S.D. ’11, how she ended up in public health after completing undergraduate studies in engineering at MIT. As she sees it, the trajectory is a natural one, rooted in history.In a piece published on August 20, 2013 in the Huffington Post, the Harvard School of Public Health alumna describes how the two fields converged in the 19th century, and outlines the founding of the first U.S. training institution in public health in 1913—the Harvard-MIT School of Health Officers, which evolved into Harvard School of Public Health.Today, “the creative energy” of engineering continues to inform responses to the world’s most urgent health threats, but progress often hinges on technologies that are “simple, low-cost, and accessible in low-income settings,” as has been the case with malaria, writes Fan, who is currently a research fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. Read Full Story
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nicole “Snooki” PolizziThe ex-sloven and classless former train wreck of the Jersey Shore and author will speak about and sign her new book Strong Is The New Sexy. Years ago, many thought she was destined for either rehab or prison. When she rose to stardom on the MTV breakout series, she was 20 pounds overweight from her steady diet of nachos and alcohol. Today, not only is she a mother of two, but she’s as fit and trim as she’s ever been. Book Revue. 313 New York Avenue, Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. October 22.The State of Long Island Media: Taking Back Our AirwavesThe United States used to be the world’s shining example of a free press. But today’s corporate media isn’t just part of the problem—it is the problem. A public forum on how to fix the media will feature an expert panel followed by a Q&A with media experts, investigative journalists, professors, TV producers and media watchdogs. Huntington Public Library, 338 Main St., Huntington. Free. 7 p.m. October 22.Above and Beyond: The Untold True StoryIn 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the United States, trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal–“volunteers from abroad”–this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. Q&A with producer Nancy Spielberg follows screening. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org Free. 7:15 p.m. October 22.Modest MouseTouted as “one of the biggest and most beloved indie-rock bands of the past 20 years” by Rolling Stone and “the second coming of Nirvana” by the band Black Keys, Modest Mouse’s reputation clearly precedes them. Expect songs from Strangers to Ourselves, their sixth and latest album, as well as old favorites like “Float On” and “Ocean Breathes Salty.” Opening the show is Hop Along. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $50. 8 p.m. October 22.Huey Lewis and the NewsThese Grammy winners defined the ’80s with multiple top 10 hits: “Hip to Be Square,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “Stuck With You” to name just a few. Don’t miss Huey, his harmonica and the rest of the band performing your favorites! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. October 22.KRS-OneThis rapper/activist/writer/producer is bringing his original, creative and socially-conscious raps to LI. Central to hip hop since 1987, KRS-One started the Stop The Violence Movement in the late ’80s and founded the Temple of Hip Hop. “Sound of Da Police” and “MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know” are oldies but goodies with a set list that’s sure to include songs from throughout his 12 album discography. Warming up the crowd are A Side Of Darkness, Status 631, iDeal & Scotty Mac, DJ Shuttle and D.A. The Future Of A.D.D. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $30. 8 p.m. October 22.Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with the Guilty OnesThese blues brothers reunited last year on Common Ground after 30 years apart, and they’ve been hot ever since. Their new album, Lost Time, features covers of blues and R&B songs that showcase Phil’s unique, powerful voice and Dave’s electrifying guitar solos. Come hear this one-of-a-kind duo take that bass line out for a walk! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. October 22.South Side Johnny and The Poor FoolsGot the Fever for the girl? Well come join New Jersey’s own South Side Johnny for a special stripped-down show with The Poor Fools. A more “stripped down” “acoustic-ish” show, The Poor Fools showcases South Side’s musicianship, songwriting skills, and legendary showmanship in a more intimate setting. A must for all fans of the Jersey sound! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$60. 8 p.m. October 22.JeremihEver since 2009’s “Birthday Sex” Jeremih’s fans can’t get enough of his smooth falsetto, intimate lyrics and unique style. No stranger to music, this R&B crooner honed his skills on saxophone, drums and piano from a very young age, and has even been known to spit some rhymes on his mixtapes. “Planes,” featuring J. Cole, and “Tonight Belongs to U!” featuring Flo Rida, are the catchy new singles off his upcoming album, Late Nights. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 10 p.m. October 22.Welcome to Mars – A Conversation and Book Signing with Buzz AldrinSpace is still the final frontier and Mars continues to make news and attract generations of young people. In this fascinating book, hero-astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about Mars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings! With the recent discovery of evidence of water on this extraordinary planet, the human species may be one step closer to Mars’ eventual colonization! #pyramidsonmars Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $25 members, $20 public. 7:30 p.m. October 23.GarbageTwenty years after the release of their self-titled debut, the band will play the record in its entirety for the first time, including the smash hit “Only Happy When it Rains.” The band came together in 1993 and shared an intensive 22 on-and-off years since. Their provocative alternative rock, sung by Shirley Manson’s iconic Irish accent, will echo off the stage to the roar of thousands of fans. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $45-$65. 8 p.m. October 23.Rodney CarringtonDon’t let his cowboy hat, checkered shirts, and Southern-drawled charm fool you! The guitar-playing comedian’s uproarious remarks cut straight to the gut, leaving you “Yehawing” all the way home. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. October 23.The MachineOne of the oldest and purest of the Pink Floyd tribute bands based in America, The Machine has been playing on the Dark Side of the Moon since 1988, when New York-based musicians Tahrah Cohen and Joe Pascarell first started to think Pink. Now Cohen has been joined onstage by Adam Minkoff, Ryan Ball and Scott Chasolen. As Spin magazine put it, they sound “exactly” like the British band. These guys are devoted, delving into 16 albums of material to come up with the perfect playlist. They’ll unleash requests, too. Once they performed songs from A to Z, in order, and they’ve also done gigs accompanied by full symphony orchestras. As Rolling Stone magazine’s Matt Diehl put it, “The Machine duplicates the sound and hits of Pink Floyd with chilling accuracy.” No Wall is too high or too far for this foursome to top. [Video above is actually Pink Floyd, not this extraordinary cover band.] NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50. 8 p.m. October 23.Noah’s ArcThis East Patchogue band absolutely rock, dropping reggae beats that’ll move your feet and free your soul! Opening the show are Roots Foundation and Half Breeds. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10. 8 p.m. October 23.Gary ViderIn the history of NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent, less than five stand-up comics have made it to the final 10! Gary Vider is one of them! A favorite of Howard and Howie throughout Season 10, Gary’s hilarious, deadpan style rocked the house repeatedly at Radio City Music Hall and his “Boobsippi” joke even won Heidi’s approval and trended nationwide on Twitter! Gary has also made a stand-up appearance on Late Night With David Letterman, and he will absolutely floor you here! McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $22-$52. 8 p.m. October 23.Long Beach ROXX Music FestivalThis lineup includes 10 music acts from across Long Island and NYC, including Dave Kellan, The Liverpool Shuffle, Rorie Kelly, Four Way Street, Risky Business, The Electrix, and Mudslide, featuring Ann Klein. This sonic smorgasbord benefits the nonprofit J-Bird Music for The Arts, Inc., supporting music programs in New York State education. Long Beach Public Library, 111 W Park Ave., Long Beach. longbeachroxxny.com Free. Times vary, October 23-25.Long Island Hurricane ExpoJust in time for the third anniversary of Sandy, News 12 Meteorologist Matt Hammer will be on hand to talk about hurricane forecasting along with several other speakers. The Suffolk and Nassau county Offices of Emergency Management and 20 other organizations will be providing hurricane and storm preparedness information. Participants will learn how to track storms, pack a family disaster kit and prepare an emergency plan for their pets, all crucial information everyone should know to fully be prepared! St. Joseph’s College Gymnasium, 155 West Roe Blvd., Patchogue. longislandhurricaneexpo.com Free. 2 p.m. October 24.Shinnecock ShamrockThis music & cultural festival is replete with Irish & Native American bands, raffles, dancing, beer, wine, chowders & so much more. Organized by members of the Shinnecock and Unkechaug Tribes of Long Island. Shinnecock-Sewanaka Society, Inc., 14 North Howell’s Point Rd., Bellport. shinnecocksewanakasociety.org $40, kids 12 and under free. 2 p.m. October 24.Dinner in the DarkA unique sensory experience, blindfolded. Participate in a firsthand journey to appreciate the world the blind and visually impaired live, every day. Upsky Hotel, 110 Motor Pkwy., Hauppague. Siloinc.org $60. 5 p.m. October 24.Mike OrlandoThis is an absolutely riveting event for guitarists, heavy metal and hard rock fans alike, who want to both meet and learn from Adrenaline Mob’s six-string savior, Mike Orlando. get ready for an up-close-and personal guitar clinic along with a Q&A and autograph session with this tremendous guitarist, producer, and overall musician! All Music Inc., 397 South Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview. allmusicinc.com Free. 6 p.m. October 24.Jackie MasonWidely regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time, Mason combines satire, observations on the foibles of modern life and impeccable timing to create material that leaves audiences laughing until they cry and critics raving show after show after show. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 7 p.m. October 24.“Rockin’ Fights 21” Featuring Zac DunnThe red gloves of undefeated Middleweight World Champion Zac Dunn and Denis “The Momma’s Boy” Douglin will hook and jab quick and hard in the arena. Join the thundering cheers of aggression and tension surrounding this bruise-tastic brawl. Who will remain standing at the end of this fist-fest? Only one way to find out! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. October 24.Forbidden FilmsMore than 1,200 feature films were made in Germany’s Third Reich. According to experts, some 100 of these are blatant propaganda. More than 40 remain—nearly 70 years after the end of the Nazi regime—under lock and key. This is their story. Director Felix Moeller in person at reception. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Members $10, Public $15. 1 p.m. October 25.“Boo! A Family Friendly Halloween Musical”Hallie Opal Ween, an 11 year-old, sets out on a mission to stop the “World Holiday Commission” from canceling the Halloween holiday due to low candy and costume sales. During her travels, Opal Ween meets a trio of recently unemployed and good-natured monsters whose very livelihood depends on the survival of Halloween. It isn’t long before they join Opal Ween and the audience on their quest to save the holiday from extinction! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $10-$18. 3 p.m. October 25.Bethenny FrankelThe former Real Housewives of New York City personality’s reality docu-drama, Bethenny Ever After, aired regularly on Bravo until 2012, and her talk show Bethenny was cancelled last year, but she still has opinions about fun foods, smart business, romantic relationships, and her hyper-dramatic life. How did she handle her divorce? How is dating going for her? What’s up with that plastic surgery? Head on down and find out! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 7 p.m. October 25.Boz ScaggsThis accomplished appreciator and performer of timeless blues, R&B, rock and jazz tunes’ soulful tones and nuanced instrumentals mesh his multi-tiered dimension of authenticity on respected American root classics with his own original music. From his seminal role in the Steve Miller Band in 1967 to his stellar solo career, Boz Scaggs has deservedly earned a reputation as a singular artist. And did we say he’s a crooner who will melt hearts too? Yes, yes we did. Are you in the mood for a romantic evening? Who isn’t? This is the gig for you. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. October 25.Long Island Beauty Ball For Cancer CareA groundbreaking showcase event featuring unique interactive experiences & extraordinary networking, this must-attend event includes an open bar, food stations, DJ spinning dance music, beer and wine gardens, nail and cosmetic lounges, psychic readings, a fashion show, pop-up boutiques, paint night, photo booths, raffles and so much more! This is truly an extraordinary event for an extraordinary cause! Come show your support and let’s make a difference, together! Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Tpk., Woodbury. $125. 6 p.m. October 26.IrationWhen not surfing off the coast of California, this infectious band spreads their “luv” through feet-moving, hand-swaying, original alternative/reggae. Since 2007, the group has released three popular albums while remaining in the top 20 on Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart. Supporting acts include The Green and Hours Eastly. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. October 27.Rubble KingsThis fascinating, valuable work of social, music and New York history, is a celebration of a peaceful revolution by those who helped birth it. Filmmaker Shan Nicholson will be here, and the vibe of something purely magical will be radiating through the air. A reception with music by DJ Kool Herc, founder of Hip-Hop Culture, is included. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Members $10, Public $15. 7:30 p.m. October 28.—Compiled by Chuck Cannini, Desiree D’iorio, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III
Officials in Fort Lauderdale are reporting that one person is dead after a police-involved shooting.The incident was reported Sunday around 9:00 pm near Northwest 24th Avenue and Sixth Court.Fort Lauderdale Police and Fire Rescue officials say they responded to the scene after receiving a call about a sexual battery incident.Authorities say after they spoke with the victim, they spotted the suspect and pursued him.During the pursuit, an officer discharged their weapon in an effort to take the suspect into custody.Paramedics transported the suspect to Broward Health Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.The Broward County Sheriff’s office is currently investigating the sexual battery claim, while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
Facebook80Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Joint Animal Services of OlympiaThe Puget Sound region, including Thurston County, is experiencing unusually hot temperatures and our animals are at risk. Animal Services is experiencing an increased number of calls for distressed dogs in hot cars. It’s important for all of us to remember that a parked car can be a dangerous place for your pet. Pets can die of heatstroke or suffer brain damage within minutes as temperatures rise well above the 120 – 150 degree mark.While your pets are at home, make sure they have access to shade and cool water. Learn the signs of heatstroke and talk to your vet if you have any questions or concerns.During hot, summer days, it’s best to keep your pet at home in their own environment either inside or outside with access to water and shade. Don’t take a chance with your pet’s life. We want all our family members, four-legged ones included, to be comfortable in the hot days ahead.This message is brought to you by Animal Services of Olympia. For more information, contact Animal Services at 360-515-5251 or visit www.JointAnimalServices.org.
Facebook16Tweet0Pin1Submitted by ComcastComcast announced that it has made nearly 2,000 hours of programming and thousands of free titles available to Xfinity video customers to give children and parents quick and easy access to educational programming by grade level as part of the company’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 crisis.The collection is a joint effort with Common Sense Media, the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families whose trusted age-based ratings and reviews are integrated into Xfinity on Demand. A subset of the education collection is also available on Xfinity Flex and across devices via the Xfinity Stream app and website.“Today Xfinity is making thousands of hours of educational programming and resources available to our customers through Xfinity on Demand as we know how challenging it is for families right now who are suddenly homeschooling young children – many with both parents working, as well,” said Rebecca Heap, SVP of Video & Entertainment at Comcast. “The programming selected in partnership with Common Sense Media is available in one comprehensive destination organized by grade level to make it as easy as possible for parents to find what is most relevant to their family.”Xfinity customers with X1 or Flex can say “Education” or, if their voice search language is set to Spanish, “Educación,” into the Xfinity Voice Remote to access content available to them by grades “K-2,” “3-5,” “6-8,” and “9-12” and also “for all ages” currently including:Free programs from subscription video on demand services (SVODS) Bluprint, CuriosityStream, The Great Courses Signature Collection, Grokker Yoga Fitness, HISTORY® Vault, Kids Room and The Reading Corner.Additional free adult continuing education programming from these SVODS focused on the “Mind,” “Body,” and “Soul” spanning biographies; podcasts on a range of topics including technology and business; yoga; dance; food and cooking; fitness; wellness; ballets and operas; and gardening.Educational series from networks and streaming services including Animal Planet, HBO, HISTORY®, Nick Jr., PBS KIDS, Prime Video, Smithsonian Channel and more.Spanish language programming available from networks including CBeebies, Discovery Familia and Kids Central.Firsthand interviews and historical narratives from Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, Comcast’s signature commemorative programming initiative honoring the impact and legacy of the movement.Additionally, Comcast has enlisted the guidance of Natascha Crandall, Ph.D., a psychologist and educator to program the content across English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies based on grade appropriate guidelines aligned with the current U.S. school curriculum.“When schools close and other community places people congregate are off limits, it can feel overwhelming for families with kids, so we’ve partnered with Xfinity to curate a list of educational recommendations to help kids learn and keep them engaged during their time indoors,” said Ellen Pack, President of Common Sense.Beyond free education content and resources, Comcast has undertaken a comprehensive COVID-19 response inclusive of making its low-income Internet Essentials program free for new families for the first 60 days of enrollment, opening Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country to anyone who needs them for free (including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers), pausing data plans, creating a COVID-19 news destination on X1 and Flex (in Spanish and English), and offering rolling free entertainment previews to Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers.
Literacy, life skills, Braille Over 600 000 South Africans who could not previously read or write will be literate and numerate by the end of this year through the government’s Kha ri Gude mass literacy campaign. She said the classes were presented for 240 contact hours and were held in communities, at times which were convenient to the learners, and take place in homes, churches, community centres and prisons. “We recognise the significance of access to information and its impact on the socio-economic conditions of our people,” she said. 12 November 2009 “The volunteers are central to the campaign and contribute not only to the teaching and learning process but also to ensuring advocacy, recruitment, monitoring, and ensuring that the campaign is a vibrant part of disadvantaged communities,” she said. The campaign enables adult learners to read, write and calculate in their mother tongue, as well as to learn spoken English, at no cost. It also integrates reading, writing and numeracy integrating themes and life skills such as health, gender, the environment and civic education. Alleviating poverty Source: BuaNews Launched in 2008, the campaign has also created approximately 75 000 short-term teaching jobs, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga told the media in Cape Town this week. Motshekga said the campaign also played a significant role in alleviating poverty by providing volunteers in the poorest communities with a small income. These specifically designed materials have also been adapted for use in Braille in eleven languages, and for use by the deaf.
The North Star Alliance is a cross-borderHIV prevention initiative that has setup a network of roadside wellnessclinics along key transport routesin Africa.(Image: border-lines.com) A game ranger student with Andrew Muir,executive director of the WildernessFoundation.(Image: www.flickr.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• Abigail NobleSchwab FoundationWilma den HartighAfrica’s five leading social entrepreneurs for 2012 have been announced at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, underway in Ethiopia.Two South Africans, Paul Matthew and Andrew Muir, are among the winners who have applied their entrepreneurial savvy to promote transformation and find creative solutions to challenges facing the country.Social entrepreneurs helping AfricaSocial entrepreneurs in Africa aren’t afraid to drive change and find innovative solutions to challenges in various fields such as education, health, environmental sustainability and enterprise development – just some of the major continental issues identified by the WEF on Africa.Some 700 leaders from government, business, civil society and academia from Africa and the rest of the world are currently in Addis Ababa debating these issues.Africa’s leading social entrepreneurs and 19 other winners from around the world will be adding their voices to the discussions, offering their perspectives on sustainability and social innovation on the continent.According to Hilde Schwab, chairperson and co-founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, these creatives have a valuable role to play when it comes to finding new solutions to challenges such as access to healthcare, education, energy and housing to marginalised communities.“They ensure that growth, such as that experienced in Africa, is and will be inclusive,” Schwab says.New solutions to old problemsSub-Saharan Africa is now home to seven of the fastest growing economies in the world – and South Africa is one of them. The continent has been identified as the next major area of growth for the global economy, but at the same time it also has to attend to its challenges.This is where the creative problem-solving techniques of social entrepreneurs are making a major contribution.Healthcare for mobile workers in AfricaPaul Matthew, director at North Star Alliance, received the award for his foresight in establishing an organisation that addresses the impact of HIV/Aids on mobile workers such as truck drivers in Africa.The North Star Alliance is a cross-border HIV prevention initiative that has set up a network of roadside wellness clinics along key transport routes in Africa. The programme is ensuring that much needed quality health care is available to truckers who use these routes, and also to the communities surrounding them.The project is a valuable addition to the world health care system, and it is in line with the WEF’s objective to find innovative healthcare delivery models in Africa.The centres take care of truck drivers by providing prevention and treatment services such as HIV counselling and testing, as well as treatment for sexually transmitted infections.Truck drivers are considered the backbone of economic growth on the continent and many businesses in Africa rely on them as a resource. North Star’s observation at its inception was that with the incidence of disease being so prevalent, the numbers of drivers available to transport freight has, over time, decreased dramatically.Since opening its first centre in 2005 in Malawi, North Star has set up 22 additional centres in 10 countries across the continent.Conservation and social developmentEnvironmental activist Andrew Muir, executive director of the Wilderness Foundation, has dedicated his life to conservation and social development.Muir describes the foundation as a conservation organisation with a very strong people focus.“We try to find the link between nature and people,” he says.The foundation is set apart by its focus on motivating people to take care of the environment as a means to bring about social change.More than 100 000 disadvantaged and vulnerable young people from all over South Africa have benefitted from the project through its social intervention and environmental education programmes.Thousands have been trained as community leaders and national park rangers while, under the stewardship of the foundation, more than 200 000 hectares of African wilderness have been rehabilitated.Muir spent many years working closely with Dr Ian Player, one of the world’s most respected conservationists and founder of the world-famous Wilderness Leadership School and Wilderness Foundation UK. When he took the baton from Player, Muir assumed the responsibility of managing the various organisations founded by the renowned conservationist.South Africa is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and there are many benefits to using the country’s natural capital to create green jobs.Employment in areas such as restoring degraded land or wetlands; combating soil erosion; removing alien plants; collecting and sorting recycled waste; building fire breaks or conserving woodland areas can support socio-economic development, while protecting the environment.
31 January 2014South African Davis Cup captain John-Laffnie de Jager sprang something of a surprise on Thursday when he named his four-man selection to face Monaco at the Irene Country Club in Pretoria from Friday to Sunday, naming Ruan Roelofse ahead of Izak van der Merwe.The lanky Van der Merwe was the second highest ranked singles player available to De Jager, but he only recently returned to action after a long-term injury to a heel, which had required surgery in April 2013. The Davis Cup clash would have been his first competitive outing since then.First matchVeteran South African Davis Cup star, Rik De Voest will get South Africa’s weekend campaign under way against Monaco’s number two Romain Arneodo in a first-ever meeting between the pair.It will be the 43rd time that 33 year old De Voest will step onto court in the green and gold, but the first time he will be playing in the Davis Cup at the Irene Country Club where he learnt to play tennis.The draw for the first round Group Two Europe/Africa tie was made at the Club on Thursday and De Voest’s name was drawn for the first singles rubber by tie Referee Wael Abbas of Egypt.‘Special’“This is going to be a real special tie for me. Irene is where I grew up and on the same courts I played my first tennis,” De Voest said at the draw. “To now go out on Friday and open procedures will be really special for me and my parents and the community at large.“Hopefully I will be giving South Africa that all important lead after the first rubber.”The absence of Kevin Anderson has once again somewhat weakened the South African line-up, but captain John-Laffnie De Jager and his team remain upbeat about their chances on the weekend.‘Best possible side’“We have the best possible side experience-wise for this tie,” he said. “We all know that Kevin would add great value to our team, but with him not being available for Davis Cup we need to work with what we have, and I believe the team we have assembled for this weekend are the best for the job, are passionate about playing for their country, and will do us all proud.’De Jager named NCAA College star Nikala Scholtz as his second singles player. Scholtz made his first Davis Cup appearance against Canada last year in Montreal, where he impressed.He will feature in the second rubber on Friday against Monaco number one Benjamin Balleret, who is ranked 261st in the world.‘Very excited’“I am very excited to be playing for South Africa again,” said Scholtz. “I am truly honoured to play for my country. I feel confident about my game as I have played 10 matches in the last two weeks at college in the USA, and am ready to give of my best.”Talking about his team selection, De Jager said of his opting for Roelofse over Van der Merwe: “I’ve came to the decision because we needed a player that could play singles and doubles in the event we have problems with Rik and or Nik.“Izak made it clear that although he is striking the ball well he felt confident to play the doubles but not the singles. To gamble on Izak as part of the team is not in the best interests of our chances.“Ruan has been playing well in recent months, and then at training this week he was looking good,” De Jager added. “That’s why I selected Ruan and I have confidence that he’ll do the business.”DoublesAs expected, recent Australian Open doubles finalist Raven Klaasen has been assigned to doubles duty and will partner Roelofse.“I see this as an opportunity to nail down the tie in the doubles match on Saturday,” said Klaasen. “Hopefully by the time we play the doubles South Africa will be leading so that we can sew up the result before the start of Sunday’s reverse singles.”The tie will be shown on live streaming at www.streamit360.tvPLAYING PROGRAMMEFriday 09:30 – opening ceremony10:00 – Singles – Rik de Voest vs Romain Arneodo, followed by Nikala Scholtz vs Benjamin Balleret Saturday12:00 – Doubles – Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse vs Guillaume Couillard and Thomas Oger Sunday 10:00 – Reverse singles – Rik de Voest v Benjamin Balleret, followed by Nikala Scholtz vs Romain Arneodo SAinfo reporter
With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 5. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/AJaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSpeaking of sharing the spotlight, Jaycee Marcelino was one of the few players who took advantage of Perez taking a bit of a backseat for Lyceum.The 21-year-old transferee has turned heads in the preseason and has definitely made his mark in his first year in the NCAA.Marcelino’s numbers may not speak much, but he and his brother Jayvee’s pesky defense on lead Chief Kent Salado should be credited largely for the Pirates’ runaway win last Tuesday.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12 points, 11 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing that EAC is more than just a team dependent on its top three guys, Juju Bautista has sprung up to be one of the lead contributors for the team through the first four games.The Fil-Samoan banger racked a double-double this past week, giving coach Ariel Sison another valuable contributor in his rotation for the Generals.If the transferee can keep it up, Bautista might just solidify his partnership with Hamadou Laminou as a terror combination for teams to watch out for.7. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights 19 points, 15 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe lone entry in the list to come from a losing team, Bong Quinto deserves commendation for the work he showed in Letran’s defeat to San Beda. Tropical storm Gorio wiped out two gamedays this week, robbing us of what would have been four-action packed games in the NCAA.But don’t fret as the Tuesday triple-header all delivered, with heroes from all six teams who saw action emerging and giving us this week’s lean list of best performers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHere’s the list of the best seven players from this past week in the NCAA.1. Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 3 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Undersized and all, the 6-foot-2 forward made everyone witness that he can do more than just score as he grabbed 15 rebounds against the towers of the Red Lions.Quinto’s efforts, though, would be better if the Knights can have a more well-rounded contribution from their bench, which, in turn, could lead up to wins.RELATED STORIESNCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 1 NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 2 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ But Onwubere’s offensive game isn’t all of it, as he maintained his defensive drive to level EAC’s record through four games.3. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions17 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWeeks on the fringe, Javee Mocon finally got the nod to appear for the first time in the week’s best this season, largely thanks to his stupendous play for San Beda in its win against Letran.With Bolick taking much of the spotlight for the Red Lions, the fourth-year forward has made the most of his opportunities as he develops another facet of his game: his playmaking.And the results have been promising, as Mocon almost registered a triple-double this past week.It won’t surprise us if he reaches the feat this year and if that happens, expect him to last longer in this list.4. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 stealLast Week: 2Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGoing down to four may be a downer for CJ Perez, but that doesn’t discount the impact he’s doing for Lyceum through the first three weeks.Coach Topex Robinson was elated that the energetic forward allowed his fellow Pirates to shine, resulting to his team’s dominating 99-65 rout of Arellano.Still, Lyceum knows where to go when it wants to finish the job, and this week, it’s not shocking that they still went to Perez to wrap up the commanding W. IN PHOTOS: Kuala Lumpur Sports City ready for 2017 Southeast Asian Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter weeks of treading in the water, Robert Bolick has finally claimed the pole position in our list.Arguably the best two-way player in the amateur ranks today, the hardworking guard showed his worth on both ends this past week.Without any frills, Bolick defended Letran ace Rey Nambatac and forced him to commit seven turnovers, before finishing the job on the offensive end to help San Beda come away with the 81-74 win over its fierce rival.2. Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals 22 points (4/10 3PT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ASidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere finally unveiled his improved outside sniping as he drained all four treys in the second half of EAC’s 77-72 conquest of Mapua.The Fil-Nigerian’s three-point barrage was a huge reason why the Generals didn’t seem to have missed the presence of senior playmaker Francis Munsayac, who is still nursing a sprained ankle.ADVERTISEMENT