Raiders activate cornerback Daryl Worley, release Tank Carradine

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — The Raiders activated cornerback Daryl Worley to the active roster Saturday and released defensive end Tank Carradine in advance of their Week 5 road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.Worley served a four-game suspension after violating the NFL policy on substance abuse stemming from an April incident in Philadelphia when he was found by police intoxicated and asleep at the wheel of his car.A 6-foot-1, 205-pound …last_img read more

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SA judge heads UN racism review

first_imgJody Kollapen (right), listens intently as Judge Navanethem Pillay addresses human rights activists during a special briefing on the Durban Review Conference. (Image: Khanyi Magubane)Khanyi MagubaneSouth African judge Navanethem Pillay, the newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is serious about upholding human rights.On Friday Pillay – who is based in Geneva for the duration of her term – visited the South African Human Rights Commission, on the invitation of commission chair Jody Kollapen. There she met with some of the country’s leading human rights groups, and spoke passionately about the upcoming Durban Review Conference, due to take place in Geneva on 20 to 24 April this year.“We have a shared commitment to take part in the human rights agenda, and during the Durban Review Conference, we will be looking at what the countries who attended the racism conference eight years ago did to implement the decisions taken at that conference,” she said.The Durban Review conference will assess the implementation of the resolutions adopted during the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban. It was attended by over 10 000 people from across the world.The conference ended with the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA), which gave recommendations on how to combat racism and racial discrimination.In 2006, the UN General Assembly decided to convene a review conference, in which the DDPA would convene again in 2009.Pillay’s department, the Human Rights Council, was mandated to spearhead this programme.The UN has since convened three plenary sessions in preparation for the upcoming conferenceThe first Substantive Session of the Preparatory Committee for the Durban Review Conference met in Geneva in May 2008, the second took place in October and the third is scheduled for mid-April, just before the start of the main conference.During the sessions, several NGOs were given an opportunity to give their input into the draft outcomes documents that will be used as a guide for all of those attending the conference.In a 23 January letter to the NGO Civicus, Pillay stressed the importance of having all countries in the world attend the conference. This was shortly after Canada announced it would be withdrawing from the round table.“I grew up in Durban, South Africa, under a system of apartheid that institutionalised racial discrimination, denying equal rights of citizenship to all those who were not white,” Pillay wrote.In the letter, Pillay recalled how painful it was when she later served as a judge on the Rwanda Tribunal on genocide, where once again it was evident how discrimination – by race or tribe – could cripple a society,“I came to know in painful detail, killing by killing, the unimaginable destruction of humanity when ethnic hatred explodes into genocide. I know that the consequences of allowing discrimination, inequality and intolerance to fester and spiral out of control can be genocidal.”At the 2001 conference, Israel and the US walked out of the conference after Israel’s policy on the Palestinians was likened to apartheid. Canada decided to pull out of the 2009 review conference, saying the meeting “would likely degenerate into … expressions of intolerance and anti-Semitism”.Born into lawNavanethem Pillay is considered a pioneer among South Africa’s legal fraternity.Born in 1941, she holds a BA and a LLB from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.She also has a Master of Law degree and a Doctorate of Juridical Science from Harvard University.Her career started in KwaZulu-Natal, where she was the first woman to practise law in the province in 1967.She represented many anti-apartheid activists, many times exposing the torture her clients had suffered at the hands of apartheid police.Pillay is also credited as one of the few lawyers who played a pivotal role in fighting for key prisoner’s rights on Robben Island, where many activists were incarcerated.Pillay also lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and was later appointed vice-president of the then-University of Durban Westville (now incorporated into University of KwaZulu-Natal).In 1995, she was appointed a high court judge and, in the same year, was asked to serve on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She held the latter post for eight years, four of them as tribunal president.In 2003 she was appointed as a judge on the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where she remained until August 2008.The following month, she started her new job as the UN high commissioner for Human Rights.Pillay has also played a fundamental role in fighting for women’s rights. As a member of the Women’s National Coalition, she contributed to the inclusion of an equality clause in South Africa’s Constitution, considered one of the most enlightened in the world.The clause prohibits any discrimination on grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.She is also a cofounder of Equality Now, an international women’s rights organisation, and has been involved with other organisations working on issues relating to children, detainees, victims of torture and of domestic violence, and a range of economic, social and cultural rights.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Brand South Africa partners with Abantu Book Festival in celebrating literary

first_imgThe South African story is one that carries weight and pride, and reverberates all around the globe. Platforms like the Abantu Book Festival sets the scene for untold stories to be told.The Abantu Book Festival, running from 6-9 December at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto, is in its third year and has become a literary highlight for African writers and readers, celebrating the rich and diverse African literary heritage.Brand South Africa is proud to play a role in giving aspiring writers and authors the opportunity to learn from industry experts and network with fellow bookworms in a Creative Writing Workshop, featuring author Fred Khumalo. Other authors include Esinako Ndabeni and Sihle Mthembu, writers of Born to Kwaito. The workshop aims to equip aspiring writers and authors with tools to harness their talents and introduce them to big names in the literary world.Included in this year’s Abantu Book Festival line-up is well-renowned author and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who has written books such as Americanah, We Should All Be Feminists, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions and The Thing Around Your Neck.In her address, she said: “I think collectively, as Africans, we do not engage enough with our history. And not African history in relation to Europe, but our own history.”Brand South Africa believes in the power of creating opportunities for ordinary citizens to showcase their creativity. It is through creativity and compelling stories that our Nation Brand will continue to inspire.Here is a list of books every South African should read.last_img read more

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Wheat harvest kicking off for for 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Combines started rolling in southern Ohio last week where the start of wheat harvest was running a week or so ahead of schedule.Scott Metzger of Pickaway County took a wheat harvest selfie.Scott Metzger in Pickaway County got started mid-week and the moisture was around 18% and yields were looking promising. Metzger has some frost damage, though, particularly in the low areas, but he is still hopeful for strong yields in his high management wheat.“Our goal is to be done cutting wheat and finish planting double-crop beans on the same day — by July 1. We plant a couple hundred acres of seed wheat and we’ll cut that wet and dry it down, then go into the rest of the wheat. That gives us a jumpstart,” Metzger said. “We’ll double-crop every acre of our wheat.”The odd winter and unusual spring of 2017 has led to many potential challenges for wheat.“Extreme cold weather caused freeze damage to wheat heads, which has resulted in blank heads and could significantly impact yields,” said Matt Hutchison, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc. “Growers have observed the development of diseases such as powdery mildew and Fusarium head blight (scab). Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus has also been present in some fields, a result of feeding by aphids carrying the virus.“Due to warmer-than-normal weather in late winter/early spring, wheat development has been two to three weeks ahead of normal and growers should expect an early harvest. In areas where head blight has developed, growers should adjust combines properly clean out lighter grains impacted by scab.”That early start is important this year (and increasingly important in general) to maximize the chances of meeting increasing quality standards from many end-users of wheat.“Wheat harvest date impacts both grain yield and quality,” said Laura Lindsey, Ohio State University Extension wheat specialist in a recent CORN Newsletter. “Delaying wheat harvest puts the crop at risk for increased disease, lodging, sprouting, and harvest loss. Last year in Clark County, we evaluated wheat harvested on June 29 (at 12% moisture content) and July 8 (at 14% moisture content). Grain moisture increased between June 29 and July 8 due to a 0.58-inch rain between the two dates.“When wheat harvest was delayed until July 8, yield decreased by nine bushels per acre, test weight decreased by 2.9 pounds per bushel, and DON level increased by 0.86 parts per million. Using a grain price of $4.50 per bushel and discounts from a local elevator, the difference the delayed wheat harvest resulted in a loss of $87 per acre compared to the June 29 harvest.”Lindsey is conducting additional research with funding from the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program comparing grain yield and quality of wheat harvested at around 20% moisture to around 13% moisture.last_img read more

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Der Turm – La Torre — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty: 1.5 Terrain:1.5 Location:Trentino–Alto Adige, ItalyN 46° 48.682′ E 010° 32.235′ SharePrint Related[Chrismod75] US Army base (GC3J2M4) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 23, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Stonehenge in the Desert — Geocache of the WeekJuly 25, 2018In “Community”Cinque Terre – Monterosso-Vernazza — Geocache of the WeekDecember 5, 2018Similar post TraditionalGC1CYGDby SimFloGecenter_img You’ve heard the story of Atlantis, a legendary city engulfed by the waves, never again to emerge. But you might not know of another submerged city, Curon, located near the Austrian border in Italy. Submerged in 1950, the town exists now only in the memories of its former inhabitants, and as one lone church steeple emerging defiantly from the water. You can pay homage to the sunken metropolis (no scuba gear required) when you find Der Turm – La Torre, our Geocache of the Week.In the late 1930s, demand for a source of renewable electricity was on the rise. At the time, the Italian government made the decision to build a dam to harness and generate electricity for northern Italy. There was only one catch—creating the new lake would flood the tiny village of Curon. The lonely tower. Image by xentiscarbon.Despite plans being put on hold for war, construction of the dam finished in 1950, sinking 163 homes beneath the waters of the newly created Lago di Resia. The lake itself is 22 m (72 ft) deep, meaning all houses and stores were fully submerged. The only building still visible to mark the former city is the church tower. Constructed in the fourteenth century, this tower has truly withstood the test of time. It is routinely restored and has become a poignant symbol of the local area.Image by Leopanther.The cache itself lies on the banks of the Lago di Resia—no swimming is required. Parking is available, as the demand of tourists evolved into a source of income for the displaced former residents of the sunken city. Image by Encio22.In the spring and summer, beautiful wildflowers bloom along the banks close to the cache, and in the winter you can venture right out onto the frozen lake at your own risk for an up close and personal encounter with the tower.Image by Fluffy_KoalaThe bells were removed from the tower a week before the town was flooded. But, if you visit in winter, make sure to listen for a ghostly pealing that locals say still rings out across the frozen valley.The tower in winter. Image by Die_Alchemisten.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Money Monday

first_imgA veteran qualifies for VGLI if he or she is a:service member being released from active duty who was covered by Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)service member separating, retiring, or being released from assignment in the Ready Reserve or National Guard who was covered by SGLINational Guard or Reserve member covered by part-time SGLI who incurred a disability or aggravated a pre-existing disability while performing inactive duty or traveling to or from dutymember of the Individual Ready Reserve or Inactive National GuardEvidence of good health is not needed for those veterans who submit their application:within 240 days after discharge for those discharged on or after November 1, 2012within 120 days after discharge for those discharged before November 1, 2012Those who apply after the no-health evidence period are required to answer questions about their health.For more information, refer to this page.Browse more military personal finance webinars and articles written and presented by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on December 2, 2013. By Barbara O’NeillAre Veterans eligible for government-provided life insurance?Yes. Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) is a life insurance program that allows veterans to convert their full-time Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage to lifetime renewable term insurance. Veterans can keep VGLI for as long as they pay the premiums. However, there is a time limit to convert from SGLI to VGLI. Eligibleveterans must apply to convert SGLI to VGLI within one year and 120 days from discharge.last_img read more

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Man held for Facebook posts against Modi

first_imgMeerut police arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly posting inflammatory content on social media against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.According to the police, Fayyaz Ahmed, who hails from Incholi village, was booked under the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Section 124A (sedition) of Indian Penal Code.“Fayyaz has a criminal history. Despite a lot of counselling, he indulged in a number of nefarious activities which could be detrimental to law and order. When many local organisations objected to his Facebook posts against the Prime Minister, we registered a case,” Avinash Pandey, SP (Rural) Meerut, told The Hindu over phone. “As we can take action under 124A only after approval of the government, we have sent a report to the concerned authorities,” he added.last_img read more

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Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgThrough our TFA website and newsletter, NRL Touch Football’s major sponsor, Harvey Norman, has a new great deal for our members.Harvey Norman is offering a discount of $54 off TomTom Spark Cardio and Music GPS Fitness Watches, normally valued at $346! For more information or to purchase your watch, please click here. This discount can only be used with this offer between the Friday, 27 May to Wednesday, 8 June and limited to one per customer. Be sure to use the code – SPARKTOUCH16 to redeem your discount. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Promotionlast_img read more

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17 days agoScotland coach Clarke raps fans barracking Liverpool fullback Robertson

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Scotland coach Clarke raps fans barracking Liverpool fullback Robertsonby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScotland coach Steve Clarke has hit back at the Tartan Army barracking Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson.For the defeats against Russia and Belgium, Robertson received the brunt of the criticism levelled at the squad.”Listen, when you don’t win matches you are going to be crucified,” Clarke told The Scotsman.”Andy is experienced enough to realise that. He is the captain and the one who gets it. But it is unfair. It’s unfair to single out Andy Robertson and say that he should take the criticism.”Everyone should take the criticism. It’s a collective thing. I have spoken to Andy since, we had a good chat and he is fine.”Robertson is not the first Scottish Liverpool player to be questioned for his performances at international level. Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen were both subjected to the same treatment.”There is always going to be certain criticism – Alan Hansen wasn’t good enough to play for Scotland either,” Clarke bemoaned.”The best way to avoid the criticism is to get points, to win matches and draw matches you are expected to lose. That just makes everyone feel a little bit better.”It’s the same in club football. Winning covers a multitude of sins. If you start to win matches everyone will be on board and more positive about it. They will stop talking about the players who are not selected and instead speak about the ones who are.” last_img read more

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