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Tributes pour in for Jakes Gerwel

first_img29 November 2012Tributes have been pouring in for Professor Jakes Gerwel, an important figure in South Africa’s struggle for liberation from apartheid and the director-general in former president Nelson Mandela’s office, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 66.A distinguished academic and politician, Gerwel served as vice-chancellor of the University of the Western Cape from 1987 to 1994, and as chancellor of Rhodes University from 1999.A close friend and associate of Mandela, Gerwel retired from politics when Mandela stepped down in 1999 after serving one term as president of South Africa, choosing to join Mandela in his post-presidential work.President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday added his voice to those expressing their condolences to the family and friends of Gerwel. “We will sorely miss the tenacity and dedication of this distinguished academic and leader of our society,” Zuma said in a statement.Former president Thabo Mbeki also paid tribute to Gerwel, describing him as “an outstanding South African who contributed to the country in a wide variety of fields, including literature, academia, politics, government, business and sport, particularly cricket, while remaining always very humble and self-effacing.”Mbeki said in a statement that he had first got to know Gerwel when he was vice-chancellor of the University of the Western Cape, where he made an enormous contribution in transforming the institution and positioning it as “the home of the left” in South Africa.“He therefore stood in the front ranks of those who helped to transform our centres of higher education into institutions which would use their concentrated brain power to contribute to the transformation of our country into a non-racial and non-sexist democracy,” Mbeki said.As the first director-general in President Nelson Mandela’s office, Gerwel acted as a “pathfinder and dean” of South Africa’s post-apartheid civil service.“With his wealth of experience, commitment and selfless dedication to public service, Prof Gerwel still had much to offer our country and people,” Mbeki said, adding that today’s civil servants would do well to study Gerwel’s example in order to “draw appropriate lessons in addressing the challenges of the civil service and the masses of the people it is meant to serve”.A memorial service in honour of Gerwel will be held in the Main Hall, University of the Western Cape at 3pm on Saturday.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Smithsonian showcases agricultural innovation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is introducing visitors to the ingenuity of America’s farmers and ranchers through new interactive exhibits and programming that showcase innovation in agriculture. On July 1, the museum welcomed the public to the American Enterprise exhibit at the ground level of its new Innovation Wing in the Mars Hall of American Business.Visitors get to see firsthand how innovation has driven American business as they walk through the four eras of enterprise: the Merchant Era (1770s–1850s), the Corporate Era (1860s–1930s), the Consumer Era (1940s– 1970s) and the Global Era (1980s–2010s). The exhibit shows the breadth of the American business story, and agriculture takes a leading role as one of the “five pillars” of enterprise, alongside consumer finance, information technology/communication, manufacturing and retail service.At the center of the new exhibit, a 1918 Fordson tractor — the exhibit’s largest artifact —shows the shift to modern farming practices and production that cleared the path for American agriculture to become a leader in the global marketplace. From Eli Whitney’s cotton gin to a prototype of an experimental gene gun, the agricultural items on display demonstrate how farmers have long been in the business of making their practices more environmentally friendly and efficient.But Smithsonian’s new exhibit does more than show museum-goers evidence of the strides farmers and ranchers have made, it gives them a chance to take on real business decisions in the new Wallace H. Coulter Exchange. At the Farming Challenge, visitors of all ages can take the wheel in an interactive tractor cab where they quickly learn that, much like corporate CEOs, farmers face tough decisions each day that can make or break their businesses. From choosing how to irrigate their crops to investing in new equipment, visitors will see the consequences of their choices and learn if they have what it takes to farm in today’s economy.The Smithsonian is also putting faces to the American Enterprise story through a special biography wall that includes interactive kiosks to highlight stories of business leaders and visionaries—from agricultural innovators like Norman Borlaug and Barbara McClintock to well-known food industry names like Henry Heinz to family farming businesses like Hartman Farms of Parma, Idaho. These stories whet the appetite for visitors looking to learn even more about how business and modern agriculture have evolved. The museum continues to build its online archive as well, and will preserve and share the story of farming and ranching across the U.S. through its Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive.Finally, the museum’s new first floor will also play center stage for the Smithsonian’s Food History Project. Cooking demonstrations, talks and tastings will take place at the Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza to highlight innovation on the plate. American farmers and ranchers will have a special opportunity to join in the conversation each month at the museum’s “Ask a Farmer” program. Every third Wednesday of the month, beginning this month, farmers will share their stories, the challenges they face and the role innovation plays on their farms.The new American Enterprise exhibit has not only chronicled the story of innovation in agriculture, it’s bridging the gap for consumers far removed from the farm. Smithsonian is opening the door for farmers and ranchers to keep telling their stories for generations to come.last_img read more

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Kuldeep Sengar charged for raping Unnao minor girl

first_imgA Delhi court on Friday framed charges against expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for allegedly raping a minor girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao in June 2017. He will also be tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.Charges were also framed against another accused, Shashi Singh, for allegedly kidnapping the girl, who is currently undergoing treatment at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences. The Indian Penal Code provisions of Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping or inducing a woman to compel for marriage) and 376 (rape) have also been invoked.The rape survivor was seriously injured along with her lawyer, and her two aunts were killed, when an “overspeeding” truck collided with their car in Rae Bareli last month. The Central Bureau of Investigation will also probe that case, which was initially registered by the local police.Mr. Sengar and the co-accused have denied involvement in the rape case. During the court proceedings, the CBI had on Thursday submitted that the victim’s father was framed in an Arms Act case in conspiracy with three UP Police officials and five others.The alleged incident took place on April 3 last year when the victim’s father was taken to the area police station following an altercation and an FIR registered against him for allegedly possessing a country-made firearm and four live cartridges. He was arrested and sent to judicial custody, during which he died, on April 9, 2018.Last week, the Supreme Court had directed a day-to-day trial in the rape case, to be completed within 45 days.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Rain spoils the show on Day 1 of the 4th Test

first_imgRain played a massive downer during the first day of the fourth and the final Test at The Oval on Thursday. Score | PhotosInteresting stuff off twitter: Dear ANNA, Thank you for taking public attention away from the Test series.The game could not begin post the lunch break and had to be called off owing to the heavy showers. As a result only 26 overs could be bowled on the day. England were 75 for no loss with openers Andrew Strauss (38 not out) and Alastair Cook (34 not out) in the middle at lunch.Earlier England skipper Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat.Captain Strauss and his opening wicket partner Alastair Cook, who scored a massive 394 in the third Test match in Birmingham, started the day at ease.The two openers knew that they had won the series and had also bagged the number one spot in Tests and so batted steadily against an Indian attack that has been rendered toothless in absence of Zaheer Khan.To make matters worse in this Test, Praveen Kumar is not playing owing to his finger injury that he sustained during the third Test. RP Singh, playing in his place, too looked off-colour during the morning session.TeamsIndia: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, S SreesanthEngland: Andrew Strauss(c), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior(w), Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Andersonadvertisementlast_img read more

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‘Why a mediocre cricket team is news and SAF winners are not’

first_imgReaction to india’s sweeping success at the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Kathmandu has been predictable. Congenital pessimists have dismissed the performances as inconsequential. South Asia is not exactly a sporting powerhouse. Part of the scornful attitude is, therefore, understandable.Yet consider the ridiculous euphoria that has greeted the cricket team’s victorious start to a patently B-grade tournament in Nairobi. It takes one tight spell and a couple of good shots against lowly Kenya for a middling tyro to be hailed as the new match-winner.On the other hand, Sunita Rani may have won races as far apart as the 1,500 m and the 10,000 m and may be only 19 but nobody seems bothered about sharpening her obvious talent. Likewise with swimmer Nisha Millet, karateka Damang Syngkon, the list can go on. Those who scoff at the SAF medals would do well to note that Sri Lanka’s world-class female track stars began their long journey at South Asian championships.This is not to suggest that every medal winner at Kathmandu is a probable Olympian. Given India’s dominance of the region it ends up taking home an overwhelming number of the medals from any SAF meet.It is necessary therefore to separate the athletes with potential from those whose aspirations and abilities can’t take them beyond the SAF winners’ podium. Is India even beginning to do this? Other countries have sports centres, training programmes and university scholarships that harness talent. Whether it is China or Australia or the US, no society leaves sportsmen with promise to their own devices. India does and, SAF games or no SAF games, suffers. The differential in attention paid to cricket and to lesser sports has created a new caste system. The old one is being fought with reservations. Cricket’s Brahminical status, however, is undisturbed.last_img read more

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Spring Football Details Announced

first_imgThe annual spring football game will be held this year on April 16 at 1:00pm, the athletics department announced on Friday. The game should provide some interesting sights this year, with many new talent and faces to watch. Particularly, the backup quarterback position, which will likely be John Kolar, will be an interesting position to watch with the absence of veteran quarterback J.W. Walsh. I’m also intrigued by the receiver position and a young linebacker corps. who I think has a chance to have some big competition that will heat up this spring.The first spring practice begins on March 7, followed by pro day in Stillwater on March 8.The #okstate spring football game is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Free admission! https://t.co/1BPiBFPbWn pic.twitter.com/3rksvveniB— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) February 19, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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