Africa’s very own Walk of Fame

first_img10 July 2015An Afri-Global Walk of Stars, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was planned along Cradock Avenue, in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, the African Global Heritage Foundation (AGHF) said.It will feature five-pointed stars inlaid into the pavement, which will be inscribed with names of people who have distinguished themselves and have left their mark globally and locally.“The walk is set to be a huge resource for Rosebank,” said Phineas Tichana, the Walk of Stars executive producer, “and a mega marketing tool for Johannesburg to promote tangible heritage as an open air museum, and enhance the business, cultural, and civic well-being of South African and African achievement.”Mock unveilingThe walk has been dedicated to Nelson Mandela, as well as every other South African and African who has made an outstanding impact on the world.A mock unveiling will coincide with Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. “A formal inaugural induction will then be held in September to induct the first South African and African stars,” reported the Rosebank Killarney Gazette.CategoriesStars will be given to people who have excelled in radio, music, sport, film, television and performing arts, as well as to those who have rendered great service to their fellow citizens.Other categories will make provision for contributions from corporates, humanitarian organisations, and special honourees.The general public can nominate people, and the selection committee will make the final decision.The African Walk of StarsThe South African class of inaugural inductees:Recording: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Jonathan Butler, Lerato Molapo aka Lira, Chicco Twala, Johnny CleggTheatre/live performance: Joe Mafela, Sello Maake KaNcubeSport: Lucas Radebe, Francois Pienaar, AB de Villiers, Gary Player, Ali Bacher, Caster SemenyaMeritorious: Imtiaz Sooliman, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada, George Bizos, Desmond Tutu, Patrice MotsepeTelevision: Rolene Strauss, Connie Ferguson, Siyabonga Twala, Bonang MathebaFilm: Leon Schuster, Terry PhetoThe African class of inaugural InducteesRecording: Oliver Mtukudzi, Sade Aku, Salif KeitaFilm: Lupita Nyong’o, Genevieve NnajiTelevision: Alek WekSport: Didier DrogbaFrontline member-states champions:Kenneth KaundaRobert MugabeJoaquim ChissanoQuett MasireSam NujomaSamora MachelJulius NyerereKamuzu BandaHollywood Walk of FameEM Stuart, the volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, came up with the idea of a Walk of Fame in 1953. He wanted to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world”.Eight years later, in 1960, construction of the famed walk began.“An average of two stars are added to the walk on a monthly basis,” reads the Walk of Fame site. “The walk is a tribute to all of those who worked so hard to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction.”Source: Rosebank Killarney Gazettelast_img read more

Last-Minute Apple Watch Rumor Roundup: Secret Labs And Smart Straps

first_imgThe Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables Related Posts david nield 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… With just days to go before we get to see the finished Apple Watch in all its wearable glory, the Web is awash with gossip and rumor—of varying plausibility—about the smartwatch and its imminent arrival.Bloomberg has news of a “secret lab” where app developers have been hunkered down getting software ready for the device. Apps from Facebook, BMW and United Airlines are said to be among those being prepared for the launch event, and the impression they leave on users could be a key factor in Apple shifting units in the first few weeks.According to the Bloomberg report, the app developer room is cut off from the outside world: there’s no Internet access and you can’t bring in so much as a pad of paper. Code is being stored on hard drives which are physically shipped between locations to avoid leaks.As crucial as apps are to the success of the Apple Watch, they could hurt its chances too: overuse of the device’s sensors or screen is likely to make a shaky battery life situation even worse. Apple is rumored to have placed limits on what developers can do for exactly this reason.The Smart Strap That (Maybe) Isn’tElsewhere, TechCrunch has heard of a hidden port on the Apple Watch that allows for direct access to the OS—and which could ultimately be used for smart strap accessories. These bands might offer extra sensors or battery life, for example. Pebble is pursuing a similar idea.The 6-dot brass contact array is underneath the bottom strap connector slot, TechCrunch says, and has so far only been used for diagnostic purposes. 9to5Mac suggests this is actually a Lightning port solely for developer use, and it won’t be making it to units shipped to consumers.With space on the Apple Watch at a premium, it seems unlikely that a port will make it to the finished product, but we’ll know more on Monday. Apple should also reveal an exact shipping date and price tiers for the more expensive models.Photo courtesy of Applecenter_img How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… Tags:#Apple#Apple Watch#battery life#smart strap#smartwatches#wearables You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi…last_img read more

Funding for New Infrastructure Authority Left out of Conference Agreement

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR ADC’s effort to secure a new authority allowing DOD to provide funding to state and local governments for off-base infrastructure projects quickly gained momentum this year, with the House and Senate Armed Services committees each including language establishing a Defense Community Infrastructure Program in their versions of the defense authorization bill. And after the Senate last month approved an amendment allocating $20 million for the new initiative during consideration of the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill, the possibility that defense communities could obtain infrastructure funding in the coming year appeared favorable. But, alas, plans to take advantage of the new authority will need to be pushed back until at least FY 2020, after conferees negotiating the final version of a two-bill spending package covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles dropped the $20 million allocation from the conference agreement reached Thursday.Given the success enjoyed up until this week by ADC, the association’s Federal Outreach Advisory Committee, and the House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses gaining the support of lawmakers to establish and fund a Defense Community Infrastructure Program, the conference committee’s decision comes as a disappointment. Still, ADC and its friends in Congress took a huge step forward this year in seeing the new authority become law, and there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic the coalition will secure funding next year for the program.last_img read more

Brazilian footballer Neymar and his sponsors suspend ad campaigns due to rape

first_imgNeymar playing for PSG.ReutersBrazilian football star Neymar Santos Jr and some of his sponsors have agreed to suspend some advertising campaigns due to the rape allegations about him raping a woman in Paris last month, his agents said on Friday.According to Neymar’s agents NR Sports, no sponsorship contract has been cancelled but some advertising campaigns have been suspended. They did not provide any information on which advertisement campaigns have been cancelled.”All the partners, for obvious reasons, are alert and aware of the unfolding events,” NR Sports statement said in the statement as quoted by Reuters.A Brazilian woman accused the PSG star of raping her at an upmarket hotel in Paris named Hotel Sofitel Paris Arc Du Triomphe, on May 15. The unidentified woman who did not want to disclose her name said that they came in contact via Instagram. Gallo, a representative of the player booked flight tickets and a room for her and Neymar reached the hotel drunk, she added. Neymar then became aggressive and violently had sexual intercourse against her will, she told the police. According to the Sao Paulo police document, she left Paris two days later to return to Brazil. The police are currently investigating the incident.After media reports on the allegation, Neymar posted a video on Instagram, that showed him denying the accusations. He said that he was a victim of extortion and shared messages he exchanged with the woman, including racy photos he had received.last_img read more

AL plan to hold polls keeping Khaleda in jail unrealistic

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday alleged that law enforcers violated the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) directives by arresting one of its activists from a political programme without any warrant, reports UNB.Speaking at a discussion, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said the government’s plan to hold the next national election keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail is unrealistic.”I would like to express my anger and sorrow as I couldn’t save a Chhatra Dal leader who tried to escape arrest holding me tight. The law enforcers swooped on our programme in front of the [National] Press Club and snatched him by tearing his clothes,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “It’s a rare and most disgusting incident in Bangladesh’s political history. The law enforcers violated the directives of the Supreme Court by making such an arrest [without any warrant].”A faction of Jatiya Party (Zafar), arranged the programme at the National Press Club, demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.On Thursday, police arrested JCD leader Mizanur Rahman Raj from BNP’s sit-in programme in front of the National Press Club and foiled the event just 13 minutes before its scheduled conclusion.Fakhrul described the current government as a ‘dangerous demon’ and alleged that it has destroyed all the democratic institutions only to hang onto power.He said their chairperson has been convicted in a ‘false’ case ‘unlawfully’ to keep her, BNP and the 20-party alliance away from the next election. “Their main motive is to retain power without a competitive election.”The BNP leader said Khaleda is being deprived of her legal right of having bail due to the government’s interference.He also alleged that the government is controlling the judiciary by establishing a one-party rule under a different cover.Referring to the chief election commissioner’s comment that the commission will not take any initiative to bring all the political parties to the next general election, Fakhrul said KM Nurul Huda’s remark has reflected the government’s desire.”We know you won’t take any move for an inclusive election as you have been made CEC to ensure Awami League’s return to power through lopsided polls,” he added.last_img read more

Gert Strengthens Into Seasons 2nd Hurricane In Atlantic

first_imgForecasters say Gert has strengthened to become the second hurricane of the season in the Atlantic Ocean.The National Hurricane Center says Gert was about 445 miles (720 kilometers) west of Bermuda late Monday and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). The storm was moving north at 8 mph (13 kph).The weather advisory says Gert has developed an eye and is expected to strengthen in the next 48 hours. The forecast calls for it to turn northeast and accelerate Tuesday night.Swells generated by Gert will begin to affect portions of Bermuda and the U.S. East Coast — from North Carolina to New York — over the next couple of days.No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, but the hurricane center says these swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions in the region.Hurricane Franklin became the first hurricane of the 2017 season in the Atlantic last week. The storm made landfall on Mexico’s Gulf Coast early Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane. Sharelast_img read more

Reforming Baltimore Police will be Expensive Costly

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Months before Freddie Gray died of the broken neck he suffered during what Baltimore’s top prosecutor called an illegal arrest, the city’s mayor and police commissioner said the department needed reform and asked the Justice Department for help reviewing officer misconduct.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during a media availability at City Hall, Friday, May 1, 2015 in Baltimore. Rawlings-Blake says five of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are in custody. State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Now that Gray is buried, six officers are charged in his death and an uneasy calm has returned to the streets, critics are wondering whether city leaders are capable of implementing the change the city needs without the direct, intensive oversight that comes with a full-fledged civil rights investigation resulting in a federal consent decree.Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has already pushed back against this possibility, saying it would deprive Baltimore’s leaders from having a say in fighting crime in one of the nation’s most violent major cities, with more than 200 homicides a year.“Nobody wants the Department of Justice to come and take over our city,” she said last week.Baltimore’s leaders should welcome federal oversight, because it’s doubtful any police department can fix itself from within, said Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the University of California-Irvine School of Law.Consent decrees have been mostly effective since Congress responded to the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles by granting the Justice Department the power in 1994 to sue police departments for civil rights violations. Los Angeles went through it, and proved that it works, said Chemerinsky, who has studied reform efforts there.“I think that there is less likelihood of excessive force today, less racist policing today in Los Angeles, than prior to the consent decree,” he said.Protesters chant in front of police Monday, May 4, 2015, in Baltimore. Lt. Col. Melvin Russell said police pursued a man who was spotted on surveillance cameras and appeared to be armed with a handgun. Police said the man was taken into custody after a brief chase, during which a gunshot was heard. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)The Justice Department has negotiated settlements with 21 other police departments since then; Seattle and New Orleans are currently under consent decrees, and Cleveland’s police department is negotiating one.Justice officials are also negotiating with the department in Ferguson, Missouri, where an officer’s shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked a national debate about use of force by police against Blacks. The federal civil rights investigation in Ferguson found patterns of racial bias and discriminatory law enforcement tactics.A consent decree is a form of negotiated settlement with the Justice Department that averts a civil-rights lawsuit. Police departments agree to implement a series of reforms under the watch of an independent monitor.The Justice Department already announced a separate federal probe of Gray’s death. And a broad civil rights investigation would not begin unless federal authorities conclude the ongoing voluntary review is insufficient.Federal consent decrees also create new challenges. It can take more than a decade for police departments to satisfy their requirements, and meanwhile, expenses add up: It can cost tens of millions of dollars to retrain officers, hire new ones and modify use-of-force policies.“Cities don’t want to invest their scarce resources in the costly process of reforming a police department,” said Stephen Rushin, a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Illinois who is working on a book about police reform. “Typically, it takes away from investments in schools, roads, parks, other things the city is going to value.”Then again, the city is already spending millions in legal settlements with people alleging officers have injured them or killed family members. The mayor and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts asked for the Justice Department review last year after The Baltimore Sun tallied $5.7 million in payouts to resolve more than 100 police misconduct lawsuits since 2011.Alize LeGrange, 18, wears a T-shirt she made in response to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s comments about “thugs” trying to tear down the city as she waits for a bus at the Mondawmin Metro Station on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. Schools closed Tuesday because of the mayhem, but reopened Wednesday, after the city’s first night of a curfew went off without the widespread violence many had feared. (AP Photo/David Goldman)The voluntary review should result in recommendations and give the city access to federal funds to implement them, but they would not be enforced by any court order or independent monitor.Meanwhile, Baltimore faces financial challenges so serious that in 2013, the mayor hired outside consultants who forecast that the local government was on the path to insolvency. The mayor has implemented spending reforms, but has little leedway to raise taxes. The city’s property taxes are already the highest in Maryland after being raised repeatedly between 1950 and 1985, in part to cover the cost of city services as the city lost manufacturing jobs and shed population.Some residents and legal advocates think the city’s government won’t be able to impose change unless it’s forced to.“There’s skepticism about how thorough and effective any kind of collaborative process will be,” said Sonia Kumar, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Maryland. “The measure of success is really whether people feel that things are different on the street in their interactions with police.”Randy Howell, 55, who grew up in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood where Gray was arrested, says far more than federal intervention is needed to set things right. The city, state and federal governments need to address what he calls the root causes of crime: high unemployment, poor schools, grinding poverty and a lack of amenities.“The first thing they need to do is get rid of them vans,” Howell said. “Those vans are a death trap. … Other police departments don’t use them. And body cameras. But they also need to change the people and the neighborhood.”___Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckols .Follow Michael Biesecker on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mbiesecklast_img read more