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Science and technology can be answer to Africa’s challenges

first_imgDespite receiving minimal attention from most governments across the world, the science and innovation sectors had the potential to solve numerous perennial problems.Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterDespite receiving minimal attention from most governments across the world, the science and innovation sectors had the potential to solve numerous perennial problems, such as water scarcity, Minister Naledi Pandor said at the opening of the inaugural Science Forum South Africa at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria on 8 December 2015.The forum took place on 8 and 9 December at the CSIR International Convention Centre.“Africa cannot advance without investing in science,” she said, “(and) there are efforts to enhance the status of science and to increase investment in research development and innovation. Unfortunately, science is still at the margins of government attention – seen as less significant than water scarcity, food security and disease burdens. Yet, all of these can be addressed through science.”The forum may not be a platform for resolutions or declarations, said Pandor, the minister of science and technology, but at the end of the event, “delegates should call on their respective governments and institutions to invest more into science and innovation in Africa”.Over 500 delegates from more than 40 African countries, including government representatives, members of civil society and the private sector, as well science academics and students, gathered to discuss and debate the challenges faced by science and technology within the African context and in an ever-evolving technological landscape.The event revolved around three pillar forums, “science talks” as described by the minister, a series of 18 lectures of 30 minutes each delivered by eminent thought leaders aimed at creating a dynamic and lively discussion environment enabling a vibrant exchange of ideas, fostering partnerships and co-operation.These forums focused on topics relevant to the continent, such as science, technology and innovation policy-making in emerging economies, a look at the successes and future of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) space telescope project, and finding high-tech health solutions for low-income countries.WATCH: how science makes a (prototype) car run on water #SFSA2015 https://t.co/zNNk8vclxa— IOL News (@IOL) December 8, 2015The concurrent exhibition featured several exhibits by government science and technology departments and international technology and research organisations. Included were public outreach activities focusing on science education held at the Pretoria venue and in city centres around the country.The South African Science Diplomacy Awards were part of the forum as a way – according to the vision of the event – to “celebrate partnerships that have made a significant contribution towards making the world a better place”.Pandor said the summit would prove that Africa was seriously engaged in science and technology, and would also show the rest of the world that the continent was growing its capacity for research and innovation.Keynote address by Minister Naledi Pandor to kick off this great event #SFSA2015 #science #SouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/QHoNMuB8a2— Nadine Wubbeling (@NadineWubbeling) Decembe r 8, 2015“Our key motivation is to foster public engagement (in) science and technology, to showcase science in South Africa and to provide a platform for building strong African and global partnerships. We have many more parallel sessions than originally planned; this is because we were overwhelmed by the very enthusiastic response from speakers and institutions,” she said.“We are very pleased at the participation and presence of several international organisations and thank them for their support for the forum. Our primary rationale for this conference resides in our conviction that science, technology and innovation can and must play a central role in achieving sustainable development.”We need to build enough capacity in #Africa; It must be #STEM, STEM, STEM, & girls, girls girls; & of course + boys pic.twitter.com/RcM2grfSf1— Dr Dlamini Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) December 8, 2015AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma delivered the forum’s keynote address and reiterated the call for improved investment in science and technology, saying it was “critical for Africa to wean itself from food imports, which cost the continent dearly”.“Africa has 60% of the world’s unused arable land, which is unique, (but) scandalous that Africa (still needs to) import $80-billion (R1.2-trillion) worth of food every year,” Dlamini-Zuma said.#SFSA2015 AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma now addressing #ScienceForum @AfriNewsAgency pic.twitter.com/cA9zIHVWYI— Jonisayi W. Maromo (@Jonisayi) December 8, 2015She added that science and technology research, and the practical application of that research, were all critical to improve agriculture, farming and processing practices and understanding things such as climate patterns and geology.Dlamini-Zuma argued that young people should be at the centre of this drive for new innovation and inspiring new ways of industrialisation. This required better investment in science and technology education. “Young people are our biggest assets; not investing in them and their education is a big liability,” she said.Can’t get enough of the Science Forum? Watch how young women are changing the world #IOL @IOL #SFSA2015: https://t.co/8X8KZzF9Sp— MojoIOL (@mojoIOL) December 10, 2015Women, especially, needed to be the focus of the African science and innovation drive, Dlamini-Zuma said. “Women should be involved: not only because it is their right, but it is also an economic imperative. It makes sense that women should be involved. Companies that have women at their top echelons are more competitive than those that do not have,” said Dlamini-Zuma.The only way Africa could effectively modernise and industrialise was by adding value to its natural and mineral resources, she concluded, adding: “All that needs science. Science can also be an effective job creator.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Women’s Month Dialogue: Africa Free Trade Agreement Invitation

first_imgJohannesburg – Wednesday, 22 August 2018 – Brand South Africa and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) are hosting a national dialogue, under the theme “African women as vanguard of continental integration: Making the African Free Trade Agreement a reality” on Friday, 24 August 2018 at The Gordon Institute of Business ScienceThe discussion will be facilitated by Professor Lulama Makhubela who is currently a Research Associate at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) who gives her time in mentoring, coaching and supervising MBA students, editing research reports as well as contributing to the Business School research outputs. She is a Professor in Information Science at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and has published more than 50 scientific and popular articles in national and international journals and chapters in books.As an Advocate for Women Empowerment and in Green Economy issues, the national dialogue fits impeccably to Professor Makhubela’s profile in contributing towards realising Agenda 2063. As stipulated by The African Union, the Agenda 2063, “is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development”.“Brand South Africa’s objective through this national dialogue is to share relevant insights and to get citizens and academia involved in shaping the future of the country. This will provide opportunities to further promote the Play Your Part programme and encourage active citizenship”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret  This discussion will feature experts and senior executives from National Government, Business and Civil Society Stakeholders.  Women’s Month Dialogue: Africa Free Trade Agreement Invitation RSVP or Interview Requests:  ntombin@brandsouthafrica.com Facilitator: Prof Lulama MakhubelaDate: Friday 24th August 2018Time:  13:00-17:00Venue:  Gordon Institute of Business Science25 Fricker Road, Illovo, Johannesburglast_img read more

Cab Cam – Farm Science Review 2015 Corn Harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On September 8th, Nate Douridas and the Farm Science Review crew began the 2015 corn harvest. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins got a glimpse of the first field Douridas opened up and talked about the yield and moisture to start harvest and about what to expect at this year’s Farm Science Review, September 22nd through 24th at The Molly Caren Ag Center in London, Ohio.last_img

I won’t dump the team, says Srinivasan

first_imgFor the second time in a little over a month, the Indian cricket board refused to discuss the abysmal performance of the national team on its just-concluded winless tour of England, with new president N Srinivasan reposing full faith in the players.Officials who attended the 82nd BCCI annual general body meeting said that no one uttered a word on the team that failed to register a single win.”Not at all. No one said anything on India’s performance during the two-hour meeting,” one of them said on condition of anonymity.Even on August 15, by which time India had lost three of the four Tests, all the officials who attended a working committee meeting maintained a deafening silence.”They were the toast of India till two months ago, after they won the 50-over World Cup in April. You win some, you lose some. A number of factors led to the defeats, like injuries to some players and bad luck (rains and error-prone technology),” Srinivasan told Mail Today.”I am not going to dump the team just after one bad series.” Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team failed to win a single Test, One-Day International or the lone Twenty20 International.A spate of injuries, fatigue, and rain were the main factors that led to the 0-4 whitewash in the Test series, the 0-3 defeat in the ODI series as well as the T20 International. Earlier in the day, addressing his first press conference as BCCI president, Srinivasan told reporters: “We didn’t have our best team from the beginning. We have faith in the team. There’s no reason why we can’t get back there (No. 1 spot). We have not formed any committee (for a post-mortem).”advertisementSrinivasan, however, said that the BCCI would complain to the ICC about Hot Spot technology.”We were extremely reluctant to implement the DRS (umpires’ Decision Review System) and had no belief in the ball tracking system. The BCCI is not averse to technology and agreed to a minimum usage of DRS, including HotSpot, at the last ICC meeting in Hong Kong,” he said.”We were under the impression that HotSpot was very good. It’s not necessary for me to dwell on the accuracy of HotSpot; it was there for everybody to see.”Rahul Dravid was once given out caught after the review, even though HotSpot showed the ball hadn’t touched his bat. There were other instances when Indians, including VVS Laxman, were at the receiving end of the errorprone technology.”The BCCI will raise this issue at the next ICC meeting. We want to revisit it as we feel HotSpot is insufficient technology and, therefore, we would request that it be revised,” said Srinivasan, who will now sit on the ICC executive board that takes the final call on all decisions.”At the last meeting, Mr (Shashank) Manohar had opposed the DRS before laying down office and at the next meeting I will do it.” A new set of office bearers formally took over at the AGM that was reduced from a two-day affair to one after the 14-point agenda was gone through quickly.Mohinder Amarnath replaced Yashpal Sharma as the north zone representative for the lone change on the senior selection panel. The junior panel remained unchanged. Gargi Banerjee will replace Vrinda Bhagat as head of the five-member women’s selection panel, which saw two changes.On the Indian team boycotting the ICC annual awards function in London recently, Srinivasan clarified that both Manohar and he got the ICC invitations, but not the team. “Neither of us could go as we were busy. But no specific invitation had gone to the team. Later on, an ICC team went to Lord’s to invite the players on September 11, but by then, the players had made their plans (for the day),” he said.Asked about the resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan, Srinivasan said as of now there was nothing on the table. A top Pakistan board official said in Lahore on Monday that they were eager to meet BCCI officials in this regard.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for June 8 Wilmington Man Arrested For Assault Battery With

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, June 8, 2019:Anonymous caller reported a female party “flipping out” on the corner of Taplin Avenue and Wisser Avenue. Police responded. Female party was picked up prior to police arrival. There was a dispute over a cell phone. (2:15am)A caller reported one of the porta potties near the Fourth of July Building was knocked over during the night. (5:18am)Police noted a building on Grove Avenue was spray painted. (6:45am)A walk-in party reported his vehicle was struck while parked unattended in the Target parking lot. (10:53am)Kevin MacDonald (56, Wilmington) was arrested for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Threat To Commit A Crime, and 2 counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. (12:10pm)A car struck a bicycle at Jacquith Road and Hardin Street. No injuries noted. (12:58pm)A red iguana escaped from an Aldrich Road residence, but was quickly found. (5:38pm)A turtle with a cracked shell was found on Chestnut Street. Animal Control Officer contacted Turtle Rescue Group. (6:15pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Election official among 7 shot dead in Rangamati

first_imgThe injured undergo treatment at a hospital after the gun attack in Baghaichhari on Monday, 18 Mar, 2019. Photo: UNBSeven people, including an assistant presiding officer, were killed and 13 others were injured in a gun attack on a vehicle of a motorcade carrying election officials and law enforcers in Baghaichhari upazila of Rangamati on Monday.According to UNB, the deceased were M Amir Ali, 37, assistant presiding officer of a polling centre at Kanglak under Sajek and a teacher of Kachalong Girls’ School, Ansar VDP members Jahanara Begum, 40, wife of Tafsil Ahmed of Kachalong Bazar, Mihir Kanti Dutta, 40, son of Sadhu Basak of Karoshtali, Bilkis Akther, 50, daughter of Nur Ali of Paillagona, M Al Amin, 25, son of Selim of Sarikkha in the upazila, Toyeb Ali and assistant of a bus driver Mantu Chakma, 25.However, the professional identity of Toyeb could not be confirmed.Superintendent of police M Alamgir Kabir said the election officials and law enforcers were returning to the upazila headquarters in four vehicles after counting votes at the polling centre in the 2nd phase upazila parishad election.Terrorists opened fire on the last vehicle of the convoy from a hill at Noymile of the upazila around 6:30pm.The attack left the six dead on the spot and the others injured.On information, members of Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh rushed in, rescued the victims with the help of locals and took them to the upazila health complex.The injured include presiding officer of the centre Abdul Hannan, five policemen and three Ansar VDP men.Of them, six were airlifted to the Combined Military Hospital in Chattogram where one of them was declared brought dead.Amid a tense situation, security was beefed up there.Members of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF, Proshid Khisa) might have carried out the attack.They said Barorishi Chakma, nominated by JSS (Santu Larma), contested the upazila parishad election from Baghaichhari against Sudarshan Chakma of JSS (reformists).Barorishi, however, boycotted the election halfway through, they said, adding that after the announcement of the polls boycott, various posts were made on Facebook threatening to launch an attack.Meanwhile, the election commission condemned the attack on the election officials, saying it will stand by the families of the deceased and the injured.The commission also directed for ensuring proper treatment of the injured, said a press release.last_img read more

Delta Sigma Theta Pays Tribute to Soror the Queen of Soul

first_imgBy The Associated PressWhat began as a thin line swelled into a sea of sisterhood as hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta streamed into the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum on Tuesday to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, a member of the sorority.The moving ceremony, known as the Omega Omega Service, is not usually open to non-sorority members. The rare exception was the latest testament to the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin, remembered by her sisters as a proud Black woman who demanded respect and loved her community.Aretha Franklin lies in her casket at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History during a public visitation in Detroit, August 28. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)“She loved Delta and its ideals … she looked for the best in others. Her life was an inspiration,” said U.S. House Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a member of the sorority who was elected the first Black mayor of Southfield, Michigan, in 2001.At least 1,000 Delta Sigma Thetas from across the country attended the service, which lasted nearly an hour and is traditionally performed for any member before her funeral. Standing in a semicircle surrounding Franklin’s family, the women filed in for nearly 10 minutes wearing black dresses, pearl necklaces, and corsages of African violets, the sorority’s official flower.The traditional service saluted Franklin with words, scripture and songs.Particularly emotional was the singing of the Delta Prayer, which filled the rotunda as Franklin’s sisters serenaded her in unison.Franklin was inducted as an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta in 1992. The sorority is among the cultural institutions she loved, including the Black church and historically Black colleges.Delta Sigma Theta was founded in 1913 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Among its members are poet Nikki Giovanni, pioneering congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, entertainer Lena Horne, actresses Ruby Dee and Cicely Tyson and civil rights activist Dorothy Height.Franklin’s commitment to social justice and action was in keeping with Delta Sigma Theta’s roots and mission, said National President Beverly E. Smith.“She was a true, strong Delta and embodied who we are through the songs she sang, through the way she conducted herself and through the boldness she took in terms of social justice,” Smith said in an interview after the service. ”On the first day of her public viewing ahead of her funeral services on Friday, Franklin was resplendent in her sorority’s signature crimson. She wore the color from head to toe, including red Christian Louboutin stiletto heels, red lipstick and red nail polish.Thousands of mourners poured into the museum to pay their final respects to Franklin, who died Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. The two-day viewing was part of a week of commemorations for the legend.At the end of the Delta Sigma Theta ceremony, Franklin’s sorors filed past her polished bronze casket to say goodbye in a final act of sisterhood. Smith said that women came from across the country to show their respect and solidarity.“That’s the strength of the bond we have, making sure as black women we support each other,” Smith said. “They didn’t come from themselves; they’re just a number in the crowd. But they came to support one who meant something to us and who meant something to this country.”last_img read more