Social support to continue as foreign nationals are reintegrated into communities

first_imgForeign nationals who have been accommodated at a temporary settlement next to the Primrose Police Station in Germiston, East Rand, after they fled fearing attacks, will continue receiving social support services from social workers as they are reintegrated into their communities in Makawusi and Marathon informal settlements on April 23.Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini – who visited the settlement during the relocation – said work had been done by various stakeholders to prepare both the communities and foreign nationals for a smooth reintegration.“Our social workers will now be deployed in the communities to work with individual households to ensure their well-being, as well as conduct community facilitation to promote social cohesion between the locals and foreign nationals,” said Minister Dlamini.She warned that successful reintegration is a long term process that will demand persevering attention. The Minister also said that community practitioners would be trained on conflict resolution and deployed to communities to ensure no further flare up of violence.The temporary settlement has been home to three hundred and sixty six (366) foreign nationals since April 16, including one hundred and ninety six (196) men, one hundred and fourteen (114) women, twenty five (25) children and fifty six (56) infants.During their stay at the temporary settlement the Department has, through social workers, provided a number of social support services to them to help them cope with the ordeal.These include psychosocial assessments to detect the need for psychosocial interventions, trauma counselling, and the referral of pregnant women, children and people with disabilities to relevant health facilities for health interventions, including a mobile clinic that has been stationed at the temporary settlement.A mobile early childhood development (ECD) centre had also been brought onto the settlement, run by a qualified practitioner and equipped with stimulating toys to bridge the gap while children were not able to attend their usual ECD centres.There were mixed feelings from the foreign nationals as they were getting ready to be reintegrated into their communities.Lucas Dube (20), a Zimbabwean from the Marathon informal settlement said he was glad to be going back to his home. “I’m glad we can go back home now to resume our lives. We have been given assurances by authorities that we will be okay when we go back, so I’m happy,” said Dube.Safari Dube (28), a Mozambican national, has adopted a wait-and-see attitude. “When the violence began I sent my two children (13 and 16) to my sister in Rustenburg. I will fetch them only when I am sure that the violence will not happen again,” she said.Social workers will continue working with the community in all the areas across the country where foreign nationals are being reintegrated to ensure a smooth transition. They will form part of the broader government campaign to educate local communities about foreign nationals and ensure they are fully integrated as equal members of society.Issued by the National Department of Social DevelopmentMedia inquiries may be directed to Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067 or lumkao@dsd.gov.zalast_img read more

Google removes ‘anti-India’ mobile app from Play Store

first_imgDays after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked Google to remove an anti-India mobile application — ‘2020 Sikh Referendum’ — from its play store, the mobile app has been removed, said a government statement on Tuesday.A press release from Punjab Chief Minister’s office said that the app was not available any more on Google play store for mobile users in India.Centre alertedThe Chief Minister, who had also urged the Central government to persuade Google in the matter, had asked the State Director General of Police to coordinate with central security agencies to tackle the threat resulting from the launch of the app.Notably, the app invited general public to register themselves to vote in the “Punjab Referndum 2020 Khalistan”. Data storedThe statement said that during analysis of the said application and an associated website in the Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre (DITAC) Lab, Punjab, it was found that the data of voters registered through the app was also linked and stored in the web server of the website, namely www.yes2Khalistan.org, created and handled by ‘Sikhs For Justice’ (SFJ), an outfit banned by India.Notice to Google “Based on these findings, the Cyber Crime Centre of the Bureau of Investigation, Punjab, had moved to get the app removed from the Google play store and the website blocked for usage in India. On November 8, 2019, a notice under Section 79 (3) B of Information Technology Act was sent to the Google Legal Cell for immediate removal of the mobile application from the Google Play Store,” said the statement.last_img read more

Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays close

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Switzerland scored early and twice shortly after halftime to keep alive its impressive run in qualifying.Forward Haris Seferovic netted his fourth goal in the qualifying campaign with a neat flick from close range, and Blerim Dzemaili and Ricardo Rodriguez added to the lead in the second half.___STAYING CLOSEPortugal kept pace with Switzerland with its seventh straight victory since an opening 2-0 loss to the Swiss.ADVERTISEMENT Andre Silva scored the winner with a header from close range after a cross by Ronaldo just three minutes into the second half in Budapest.“It was a difficult game from start to finish,” Silva said. “We had to give everything we had. I’m glad I scored the winning goal.”Hungary played with 10 men from the 30th after Tamas Priskin was sent off for an elbow on Pepe.“We were always in control, but it was always a difficult and uncertain match,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.___HISTORIC CAMPAIGNGilli Soerensen scored a first-half winner and the Faeroe Islands defeated Andorra 1-0 to guarantee its best qualifying campaign ever.With two games left, the Faeroe Islands is in fourth place and out of contention for a World Cup berth, but it already has eight points — one more than it achieved ahead of the 2002 World Cup.Lars Olsen’s team beat Latvia earlier in its campaign, and drew with Andorra and Hungary.Its final games are against Latvia and at Hungary. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Andorra has four points from a win over Hungary and a draw against the Faeroe Islands. UST, UP dealt with huge blow as imports Akomo, Ouattara ruled ineligible for UAAP Season 80 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Read Next An Oct. 10 showdown between Portugal and Switzerland in Lisbon will likely decide which team wins the group to automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Three days earlier, Switzerland hosts Hungary and Portugal plays at Andorra.Earlier Sunday, the Faeroe Islands defeated Andorra 1-0 for its second win, securing its best ever qualifying campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout___PERFECT SWISS SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Switzerland’s Blerim Dzemaili celebrates scoring, during the World Cup Group B qualifying soccer match between Switzerland and Latvia, at Skonto Stadium, in Riga, Latvia, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)Switzerland extended its perfect record in World Cup qualifying by defeating Latvia 3-0 Sunday for its eighth straight victory, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal edged 10-man Hungary 1-0 to stay close at the top of Group B.With two games left, Switzerland has 24 points, three more than defending European champion Portugal. Third-place Hungary stayed on 10 points and is out of contention.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

India has been a first rate host: AIBA

first_imgBy Poonam MehraGuwahati, Nov 25 (PTI) Hosting a world boxing championship after more than a decade, India has got the International Boxing Associations thumbs up with its vice- President Edgar Tanner saying that the country has come off a “first rate” organiser.India are currently hosting the womens youth world championships here, a good 11 years after conducting its maiden world championship — for senior women in 2006.”India has been a wonderful host. The opening ceremony for these world championships was by far, the best ceremony that I have ever attended for a world championship. The facilities here have been are first rate and the boxing has been first grade too,” Tanner told PTI in an interview on the sidelines of the championship.”This tournament has been very well organised. I wont suggest anything extra but just to repeat what they have done here,” he added.India would be hosting the world championship for senior women next year, the dates of which are yet to be finalised. That would be followed by the world championship for senior men in 2021.Tanner also spoke about the contentious issue of cutting mens weight divisions in the Olympics to accommodate more women competitors in the 2020 Games.He insisted that womens boxing has improved enough to merit an expansion at the biggest stage.”Certainly womens boxing here has shown that it is as competitive as the mens competition. I have followed womens boxing for a long time, it was nowhere near mens to start with but now it has come at par,” he said.advertisementTanner, however, evaded queries on which two mens categories could be dropped from the Tokyo 2020 roster.But he did insist that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is continuing its discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure that the male boxers are not adversely affected.”Things are still at a talking stage right now with the IOC. Probably the problem is that the IOC is refusing to increase the number of boxers and gold medals for boxing in the Olympics. The IOC wants to keep it at 13. They wont increase the quota for any sport,” he said.”The IOC wants the mens and womens events to be equal at the 2024 Games in both the number of boxers and medals. But I dont know how you can do that and get equal gold medals out of 13,” he added.Tanner said a more workable solution to the current conundrum is to increase the participation in the Games.”I think at some stage, the IOC needs to increase the quota for boxers. We must accept what has been decided for 2020, which is five for women and eight for men.”We are discussing the weight categories with the IOC and lets see how it goes. I dont want to comment on the specific categories because that might change in due course of discussions,” he said. PTI PM ATK ATKlast_img read more

Giants Take Down Texans, 30-17

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When it comes to winning football games, Tom Coughlin isn’t afraid to get out of his comfort zone.With his team feeling the pressure of a second straight 0-2 start and many worried about another 0-6 debacle, Coughlin did the unexpected with his players this week.He played music at practice that his players liked, had a punt catching competition and got his players to relax. It worked.Rashad Jennings ran for a career-best 176 yards and a touchdown, Eli Manning threw two touchdowns and the Giants’ defense recorded their first three takeaways of the season in a 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans on Sept. 21.“He is aggressive at trying to make adjustments to get this team focused and to get this team motivated,” Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said of the 68-year-old Coughlin.“This group reacted to that. Maybe groups in the past would not have gotten it done but he got it done for this group and I respect him for being able to change with the team.”After two dismal performances, the Giants dominated in the first half, taking a 14-0 lead on Manning’s 26-yard TD to Victor Cruz and a 1-yard run by Jennings. Josh Brown added three field goals and Manning (21 of 28 for 234 yards) threw a 9-yard touchdown to Daniel Fells in the second half.“It’s always great to win,” said Coughlin, who team will face Washington on Thursday night. “I wish we would have won a couple weeks ago and kept it going but we won today, let’s just be happy with that for now.”Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a 44-yard scoring pass to Damaris Johnson and ran for another score for the Texans (2-1), who played without halfback Arian Foster (hamstring). Fitzpatrick completed 20 of 34 for 289 yards but he threw his first three interceptions of the season.“You play bad defense, you are going to get beat,” Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. “That is what happened today, we played bad football and we got beat.” The Texans came into the game with an NFL-best plus 5 turnover ratio. They were minus 2 against the Giants.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Back Pasture to Brown’s Hall Main Road to be Rehabilitated

first_img Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said bushing of the roadway has started, and pedestrians and motorists traversing the area will soon have a “much smoother” road surface. The Back Pasture to Brown’s Hall main road in St. Catherine is to be rehabilitated at a cost of $98 million. The Back Pasture to Brown’s Hall main road in St. Catherine is to be rehabilitated at a cost of $98 million.Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said bushing of the roadway has started, and pedestrians and motorists traversing the area will soon have a “much smoother” road surface.Dr. Tufton, who is also Minister of Health, was addressing a recent function to break ground for the new Brown’s Hall Health Centre.Meanwhile, the Minister said he will be establishing a tissue culture project for ginger in the area.“We want to commercialise ginger, but we want clean material,” he added.According to Dr. Tufton, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) will be assisting with the project, adding that cocoa production will also be given attention.He said the Cocoa Farmers’ Association in the area has been briefed on the project. “We are going to be working with them to improve production of cocoa, as part of the agricultural redevelopment programme,” Dr. Tufton noted.The Member of Parliament also told the audience that the nearby Tacius Golding High School will be getting a new classroom block and that the playfield will be upgraded.“There is a lot more in store for this community and the adjoining areas. It is all about empowering you to develop your community,” Dr. Tufton said.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Stars Support The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundations Fight Against Batten Disease

first_imgIfOnly, a platform that delivers extraordinary experiences for good, has partnered with The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation to help with their goal of raising 10 million dollars.The money will be used to fund urgent medical research needed to save the lives of film producer Gordon Gray’s two young daughters, and others who are battling Batten disease. To support the cause, IfOnly and the Gray Foundation have tapped their talented rosters of luminaries across multiple disciplines to create a curated shop of unique experiences with proceeds going to find a treatment and cure for this rare disease.Batten disease is a fatal, genetically inherited disorder of the nervous system that typically begins in childhood. The average lifespan for a child suffering from the disease is 6 to 12 years old. Due to its rarity, solutions for this presently incurable and fatal disease have received minimal research, focus and funding.Through the Cure Batten shop, the Grays have the opportunity to educate millions about the fatal disease and reach a wide audience to join in helping to save their two daughters and other innocent children suffering from this disease. The Cure Batten shop features incredible experiences including set visits, behind-the-scenes access, and private screenings, with new experiences launching weekly.Experiences range from set visits with stars like Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg on their latest blockbuster films to a private screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” complete with a private tour of Lucasfilm. Featured film experiences include a first glance of Finding Dory with director Andrew Stanton and a tour of the Pixar Animation studio; tickets to attend the premiere of the final Hunger Games film including a photo with Liam Hemsworth; or a once-in-a-lifetime dream experience for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film.IfOnly has established itself as a destination for members to purchase coveted experiences that amaze and inspire while being equally dedicated to helping others in need. By melding these unique experiences with worthy causes, IfOnly has the ability to turn consumers into benefactors. In partnering with IfOnly, The Charlotte and Gwenyth Gray Foundation will acquire additional funds desperately needed to accelerate life-saving research.Members can access the Cure Batten shop here.last_img read more

Teen offered lift raped by cabbie

first_imgGurugram: In a shocking incident, a 15-year-old girl was raped in Gurugram on the pretext of offering her a lift. The alleged incident took place on Saturday at IFFCO Chowk. The victim was raped by her cab driver. The Gurugram police is investigating the case.The teenager victim, a resident of Mahipalpur area in Delhi, works with food caterers. The victim was allegedly raped by a cab driver on the pretext of offering her a lift. According to police, the victim had gone to work at a wedding on the Old Delhi Road. The victim was accompanied by three other girls. After finishing her work, the victim went looking for transport to return to Delhi. A cab with two people already in it offered them a lift. The four girls entered the car and sat on the back seat. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe victim alleged that the cab driver dropped the person sitting on the first seat at Shankar Chowk before driving to a secluded area. She added that the cab driver locked the three other women inside the car and then raped her. Following this, he dropped the four women near Mahipalpur and warned them against informing the police. The Delhi Police registered a zero FIR and transferred the case to the Gurugram Police. The police registered a case again at the DLF-2 station. Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was added to the FIR. Gurugram along with its counterpart Faridabad is leading in terms of sexual crimes against minors. In 2017, 106 cases of sexual crimes against minors were reported while in 2016 it was 115.last_img read more

The Cavs Thread The Needle With Kyrie Megadeal

No matter who you feel won Tuesday’s blockbuster Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade — the likes of which were unprecedented in NBA history — there is an irony worth considering in all this.After years of making win-now moves, the Cleveland Cavaliers began straddling the line between immediate contention and considering the future — a must, given Irving’s messy trade request last month and the threat of LeBron James’s pending free agency. In beginning to walk that tightrope, the Cavs effectively switched places with the Boston Celtics, who, until now, had been stingy with future assets, wanting to win the East while also playing the long game.At its core, this all-star point-guard swap was one of survival for the Cavs, even if it did net them a sizable haul. Irving made it known he wanted out, limiting any sort of leverage for the team. And Cleveland had to thread the needle here by not only getting a good, if not great, player to replace a chunk of Irving’s impact, but also landing something for the future in case James bolts next summer.Thomas, who averaged almost 29 points per game last season, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick clearly checked off those two boxes. But for all the similarities Irving and Thomas share — they’re both undersized, top-flight scorers who struggle on defense — the way they go about generating offense is a bit different. Thomas should be able to shoulder just as much ball-handling responsibility as Irving did. But he played in a free-flowing offense with the Celtics, who boasted the league’s second-best assist percentage. Boston utilized handoffs more than any NBA team — about seven a game, according to Synergy Sports Technology — seeking to take advantage of Thomas’s quickness off the dribble.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ithandoffblur.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.By contrast, James and the Cavs — 20th in assist percentage — used the second-fewest handoffs in the NBA, with fewer than three per night. Only 22 percent of Irving’s 2-pointers were assisted last year, which suggests that he’s a bit more more self-sufficient from close range than Thomas (34 percent) is.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/irvingisojazz.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/kyrieiso.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Picking up Ante Zizic and Jae Crowder, a solid wing player who can both defend and shoot, should be viewed as icing on the cake for the Cavaliers.1Even more reason for celebration if you’re Cavs owner Dan Gilbert? According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the team saved more than $29 million in luxury taxes Tuesday by trading Irving. Probably not championship-level icing, though.Yes, Crowder gives Cleveland an additional perimeter defender, something the club badly needed in last year’s finals against the Warriors. That’s paramount, since Golden State might be more difficult to guard than any team in league history, given all the weapons they boast, and the highly unusual way they use off-ball screens to spring shooters open. But for all the ability Thomas possesses as a scorer — including the disappearing acts he performs around the basket — he stands 6 inches shorter than Irving, and, thus, is even less capable than Irving of stopping anyone on defense. A troubling omen: The Warriors feasted on Thomas’s lack of defense the past three seasons, scoring 108.6 points per 100 plays against the Celtics with Thomas on the court. For context, they only managed 87.2 points per 100 plays against Boston with Thomas on the bench, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.2In 170 minutes on court and 69 minutes off court over those three seasons with Boston.Besides being a liability on one end of the floor, Thomas, a 28-year-old who figures to want a max contract next summer, is still slowly working through the hip injury that sidelined him for the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals last postseason. If he isn’t right physically, and can’t get there next season, that figures to leave James overburdened offensively in a year when the Cavs are hoping to leave a positive lasting impression ahead of their superstar’s foray into unrestricted free agency.Should the Cavaliers get out to a hot start amid these changes, they could opt to go all-in to take greater aim at the Warriors by dangling the Nets’ pick in hopes of landing a player like DeMarcus Cousins. That would carry an absolute ton of inherent risk, though, given James’s status.The safer choice, of course, would be to hold onto the pick in case James decides to walk. If and when that happened, Cleveland — in hopes of bottoming out and rebuilding through the draft — might decide it makes sense to let Thomas do the same as opposed to signing him to a rich, long-term contract.For the Celtics, who got the best player in this deal, the calculus is more clear-cut: They got a better, younger and taller version of what Thomas was, and one who’s under contract at a reasonable dollar figure for a longer time. (The Celtics — who traded stud defender Avery Bradley to shed salary for Gordon Hayward’s max deal — were already facing cap challenges. Trading for Irving eliminates the max-or-no-max decision on Thomas and gives the Celtics an extra year to take stock of where they are before Irving hits the market.)3ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Celtics are confident that Irving will stay in Boston long term.It’s fair to wonder whether Boston may have handed over a future No. 1 overall pick in this deal for Irving, though that seems a bit more unlikely this season, given that the Nets have a halfway respectable roster, albeit a young one.4D’Angelo Russell, Jeremy Lin, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker are on the roster, among others.But beyond the players who were dealt, the teams seemingly swapped their long-term outlooks. The Celtics have reached a new stage — one where they finally felt they were within striking distance of LeBron. Only time will tell whether the gamble works out in their favor. The Cavaliers, showing Celtic-like prudence, found a way to replace their disgruntled No. 2 star — while also building an escape hatch should they lose their biggest star. read more

Ohio State mens basketball pounds Iowa 7647

The likely momentum gained from back-to-back wins against Wisconsin and Minnesota wasn’t enough to help spark Iowa to an upset win against Ohio State men’s basketball Saturday.The No. 6-ranked Buckeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, and ended the host’s two-game winning streak, defeating the Hawkeyes, 76-47. Sophomore forwards led the way for OSU as Jared Sullinger poured in a season-high 28 points while Deshaun Thomas contributed 10 points as well.In the Buckeyes’ first road test since a Dec. 31 loss to Indiana, OSU also improved their record away from the Schottenstein Center to 2-2.Iowa’s leading scorer, junior guard Eric May, managed only nine points. For the game, the Hawkeyes shot 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers.OSU continues conference play Tuesday at Illinois.  Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.Milestone winSaturday’s win against Iowa was also senior guard William’s Buford 100th career OSU victory. Buford scored eight points and tallied 11 rebounds and five assists in the win against the Hawkeyes. read more