Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Heavy Bombers, though, suffered their third loss in four games and fadl to 7-6.The Scores:SAN BEDA 65 – Mocon 19, Tankoua 14, Potts 14, Abuda 4, Bolick 3, Soberano 3, Doliguez 2, Bahio 2, Cabanag 2, Oftana 2, Presbitero 0, Adamos 0, Carino 0, Tongco 0, Noah 0.JRU 60 – Mendoza 16, Abdul Razak 11, Bordon 9, David 7, Grospe 6, Teodoro 6, Poutouochi 5, Lasquety 0, Dela Virgen 0, Sawat 0.Quarters: 17-10, 31-19, 45-46, 65-60. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cameroonian big man Donald Tankoua also registered a double-double of 14 markers and 13 boards to keep his side rolling at 12-1 on an 11-game winning streak.Davon Potts also went 4-of-8 from three to wound up with 14 points, eight of which coming in the payoff period, including the back-to-back triples to put San Beda ahead 62-57 with 3:14 left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut coach Boyet Fernandez said that there’s still a lot left to be desired with the way the Red Lions played this game.“It’s really our defense that really helped us win this game,” he said, after San Beda lost hold of its early 18-point lead, 28-10 in the second quarter. “The worst thing that could happen is we gave up 27 points in the third quarter, which is not our usual self. We also turned the ball over 25 times, we’re consistent at that. So we have to learn how to take good care of the basketball for us to be consistent in our ballgames.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Fernandez, though, took responsibility for the Red Lions’ lackluster play in the second half.“Frankly, if we lost this game, the blame is on me. Credit to coach Vergel Meneses and JRU for playing a good game. But luckily, we played good defense that resulted to clutch shots for Javee and Davon.”San Beda’s win also handed league leader Lyceum a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.The Heavy Bombers still had a chance to close in, trailing by only four, 64-60, after an Ervin Grospe jumper in the final minute, but Aaron Bordon turned the ball over as he was passing to Abdulwahab Abdulrazak which led to a split from the stripe from Tankoua to ice the game in the last 11.6 seconds.Jed Mendoza paced JRU with 16 points and three rebounds, while Abdulrazak had 11 markers and nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davon Potts. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda officially clinched a seat in the Final Four after outlasting Jose Rizal University, 65-60, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Javee Mocon unfurled 19 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists to help the Red Lions make it to the postseason for the 12th straight year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
Although Government has made it clear that the Board of Directors of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) headed by Professor Clive Thomas is the legitimate one, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall claimed this Board has no legal status.In fact, Nandlall said the Board headed by Colvin Heath-London which is registered and listed on the Registrar of Companies for the same company should be the legally recognised one. He said any decision taken by the first Board must be viewed as unlawful, illegal and in violation of the Companies Act.Nandall told Guyana Times that there cannot be two Boards of Directors running the affairs of GuySuCo at the same time. He said if indeed the Board under Heath-London is registered then it remains legal until the Government take steps to revoke its appointment and reinstall the old Board.“This entire fiasco demonstrates that there is confusion in Government with respect to the management of GuySuCo and the future of the industry… You can only have one legally functioning GuySuCo Board,” he opined. He said Government was obsessed with controlling every aspect of the country’s management.When contacted on Tuesday for a comment on the status and chairmanship of the GuySuCo Board, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder declined to comment. The Minister abruptly ended the call with the reporter, expressing concern with being recorded and allegedly not being told during a previous interview, despite the fact that he was advised that an official comment was being solicited.Officials at the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) and the Finance Ministry were also tight-lipped about the chairmanship of the GuySuCo Board.During a press conference on Friday, April 13, 2018, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said contrary to paid full page advertisements that were carried in the daily newspapers and a Cabinet subcommittee’s decision, there is no new Board for the GuySuCo and consequently, no new Chairman.Asked by members of the media whether Heath-London was Chairman of GuySuCo, Jordan replied in the negative. “He is not the Chairman of GuySuCo. The Chairman of GuySuCo is still Dr (Clive) Thomas. The Board of GuySuCo ends this month, in keeping with his responsibilities, Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder has to bring to the Cabinet a new Board to be in place when this old one is finished.”He added that there was a subcommittee that met and discussed the issue of GuySuCo and its Board.“That subcommittee was chaired by Vice President (Carl) Greenidge and it included me, Ministers Harmon and Holder,” he further clarified. “That committee decided, unanimously the life of the GuySuCo Board comes to an end and a new Board will be put in place headed by Heath-London.”Jordan denied there was a political split between the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on the issue. He acknowledged, however, that the subcommittee’s decision died a swift death when the full Cabinet overturned the proposed appointments.Stressing that this was within the Cabinet’s right, Jordan related that the full Cabinet deferred the decision until it could get more information on the nominees and thus rendered the appointments null and void.“… all subcommittee decisions have to be carried to the full Cabinet. It is when it went to the full Cabinet that the full Cabinet said no, we need to look at this more closely. They want to be sure where GuySuCo is going and who are these people.”Asked whether Holder, an AFC member, was part of the dissenting voices, Jordan said even if he knew, he would not say. He noted that there have been several instances where the subcommittee’s decisions are vetoed.According to the advertisement, which was published on March 14, 2018, the new Board was approved by Cabinet on February 26, 2018, and the appointments were supposed to take effect on March 1. There had long been rumours of a split at the executive level over the decision, however.The old Board of Directors had comprised Economist, Dr Clive Thomas as the Chairman and Frederick Singh as the Secretary. The Directors were Louise Bouyea, Fritz McLean, John Browman, Nigel Cumberbatch, Sharon Roopchand-Edwards, Nazim Ali and George Jervis.A list of the newly proposed Board was circulated in sections of the media. On that list were Komal Singh, Verna Adrian, Fritz Mc Lean, Rosh Khan (Jr), George Jervis, Arianne McLean, Vishnu Panday, Annette Arjoon-Martins and two GuySuCo executives.
The Hudson’s Hope RCMP detachment has confirmed that Highway 29 to Hudson’s Hope has been reopened to single-lane alternating traffic, after last night’s single vehicle accident.The detachment was first called to the scene at about 7:45 last night. Constable Tammy Howard says a semi-trailer rolled near Farrell Creek, causing the highway to be closed for a brief time. The semi’s driver was taken to the Fort St. John hospital for further examination.Constable Howard says speed may have been a factor in the accident.- Advertisement -Howard says she expects the highway to be fully reopened at around 8:00 tonight.
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Tags: Bashir SsekagyaRahmat Ssenfukavipers sc Rahmat Ssenfuka (left) against KCCA last season.Credible sources confirm that reigning Uganda premier league side Vipers SC have completed the signing of former Police FC captain Rahmat Ssenfuka.The midfielder has put pen to paper on a four (4) year deal that will see him at the Kitende based side till the end of the 2021/2022 season.Behind the move is Musa Sebulime ‘Atagenda’ who says the move is the best for the player who had also garnered interest from sleeping giants URA.“His quality is undoubted and he wanted a challenge away from Police, said Sebulime.“Besides, he couldn’t turn down a chance to play in the Caf Champions League,” added the Player Representative.Vipers have had to buy out Ssenfuka’s remaining two years at Police FC to acquire his services.The fees involved in the deal remain un-stated as per now.The Uganda Cranes midfielder, versatile enough to play as an anchor-man or in attack just behind the main striker becomes the league champions first official signing.Ssenfuka is expected to make his debut for the Venoms in the forthcoming CECAFA Kagame Cup due in Dar es Salam midway this month, his second international tournament after he was part of the Uganda Cranes Chan team in Morocco early this year.The signing of Ssenfuka galvanizes reports of a possible departure for midfielder Brian Nkuubi who is reportedly close to a switch to rivals KCCA.Still at Vipers, it is reported that they have reached an agreement to sign goalkeeper Bashir Sekagya from UPDF.Ssekagya is also on his way to Vipers.The youngster who was arguably among the best performers in the second round of the Uganda Premier League is set to become the first signing of the window for the league champions.The transfer should hasten the exit of goalkeeper James Alitho who has been strongly linked with a move away from Kitende in a bid to get first team football.First choice goalkeeper Ismail Watenga’s contract also expires soon but talks over renewal are reportedly underway.Sekagya is one of the best young goalkeepers in the country and has proved his worth while at UPDF.He spent a couple of years with 12-time league winners KCCA Junior Side until last season when he was released to the army side.The lanky custodian was arguably Steven Bogere side’s best performer last season with crucial saves that kept the side in survival race till last day of the campaign.Comments
Diego Costa, Pedro and Willian all scored in the first 16 minutes to put Chelsea in complete command.Costa, playing in a facemask to protect a broken nose, opened the scoring early on when he timed his run perfectly to guide Willian’s through ball into the far corner.On eight minutes, Chelsea doubled their lead. Newcastle left-back Rolando Aarons played a casual pass on halfway, Pedro beat Daryl Janmaat to the ball and the Spaniard ran to the edge of the box before firing home.The home side’s dominance was underscored by their third goal, as Costa picked up Cesc Fabregas’ lofted pass before spreading a pass into the path of Willian, who was left with a simple finish.The goals were a fair reward for what was easily the most free-flowing performance of the season.Eden Hazard was restored to the Chelsea starting line-up as Guus Hiddink made three changes.The Belgian came in for Oscar, who is not in the squad, while Pedro and Gary Cahill replaced John Obi Mikel and the injured Kurt Zouma.Newcastle are unchanged from the team which beat West Brom, after Janmaat was passed fit following a thigh injury.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Costa.Subs from: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Kenedy, Remy.Newcastle United: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons; Tiote, Shelvey; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Mitrovic.Subs from: Darlow, Lascelles, Saivet, Colback, Perez, Doumbia, Riviere.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Three stories of interest to historians of the Holy Land were reported recently:A Is for Aleph: A stone abecedary, or alphabet tablet, has been unearthed in the hill country south of Jerusalem. It is dated to the 10th century BC, the time of David and Solomon. See MSNBC News for a summary. The New York Times says this indication of early writing will undoubtedly fire up the squabble over the minimalist interpretation of archaeology, which assumes David and Solomon were minor tribal chieftains rather than the glorious kings as described in the Bible. An alphabet from this time period would indicate that literacy was already well established. Scholars say the script is early Hebrew. See also a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In addition, according to Biblical Archaeology Review, proof of writing from this period would also weigh in on debates over whether the Bible was passed on by oral tradition or through written records. Unlike Egypt, Palestine has a paucity of stone inscriptions. Perhaps official records were inscribed on less durable media; in King Josiah’s day, the priests rejoiced to find a lost scroll of the Law of Moses, and by Jeremiah’s time (6th century BC), King Jehoiakim cut up the prophet’s writings and burned them in the fire (Jeremiah 36). Few such ancient combustible manuscripts could be expected to survive the repeated conflagrations the Holy Land has suffered, but the Jewish scribes were masters at preserving their sacred texts, as evidenced by the Dead Sea Scrolls.The Early Church: A mosaic floor of a church dating from the third century was uncovered by surprise by prisoners working for the Israeli Antiquities Authority in an Israeli high-security prison at Megiddo, reported MSNBC, National Geographic News and the Biblical Archaeological Society. Dating from a period when Christians were persecuted, this marks one of the earliest known Christian churches. The mosaic clearly shows the fish symbol and some inscriptions, one crediting a Roman official for funding the mosaic. Another clearly establishes the belief of the worshipers in the deity of Christ. It says, “The God-loving Aketous has offered this table to the God Jesus Christ as a memorial.”Goliath Found: Sling my stones! An inscription similar to the name Goliath was discovered on pottery dating from the period of the Philistine giant David made famous (by killing him), according to MSNBC News. A definitive link to the giant cannot be established, but it shows the etymological equivalents of the name existed at the time Goliath lived. It was, moreover, discovered at the site believed to be his hometown – Gath. The Jerusalem Post has a picture, and explains that the inscription contains two names that are “remarkably similar” to Goliath.Destroying History: Tragically, the Muslims are destroying Jewish history in Jerusalem and getting away with it. Ryan Jones reported in Jerusalem NewsWire that Temple Mount destruction continues, as Muslims perform illegal construction work to turn the sacred site into a mega-mosque and remove all traces of Jewish history where their famed Temple once stood. “To date, 12,000 tons of earth and debris rich in Jewish artifacts has been removed from the Mount and dumped unceremoniously at garbage dumps outside Jerusalem’s Old City,” Jones writes. “Several historical treasures have been reclaimed from the dump sites. Untold others have been lost, possibly forever.” The Jewish authorities are fearful of intervening because of Muslim threats of violence if they try. See earlier entries from 08/23/2004 and 04/17/2005.Tourist Trap: Should the north shore of the Sea of Galilee become a theme park? The Christian Science Monitor has mixed feelings about it. Evangelicals are working with Israeli authorities on plans for a “sprawling Holy Land Christian Center” to accommodate the flood of pilgrims to the lands where Jesus walked. They want to prevent kitsch and commercialism from distracting from the seriousness of the subject. Facilities of the proposed “Galilee World Heritage Park” might include a large auditorium, amphitheater, a garden of Bible plants, and quiet sites for prayer and reflection.One of the backers of the Galilee Park is televangelist Pat Robertson who, incidentally, just warned Pennsylvania voters that God might judge them with a natural disaster for voting against intelligent design (see 11/09/2005 story). MSNBC News, as could be expected, had fun with that suggestion. Update 01/12/2006: Pat Robertson was cut out of the deal by the Israeli government due to statements he made on the air in January 2006 suggesting that Prime Minister Sharon’s stroke was punishment from God for dividing “His land.” See Pilot Online.Pat Robertson’s indiscretions aside, the archaeological findings listed here are tremendously interesting and important. They coincide with dates and times mentioned in the Old Testament and gird up confidence in the historicity of the Bible. That is the ongoing record of Biblical archaeology. How the Muslims can get away with their illegal and unconscionable actions on the Temple Mount in the most important religious site on earth is unbelievable. Where is the outrage by all the liberals, who are quick to condemn America any time there is destruction of artifacts in Iraq, even if not the military’s fault? Where is the United Nations, with their protection of World Heritage Sites? Why aren’t they bringing international pressure to bear against these criminals? Where are the academics? To see how asymmetric today’s virtue of “tolerance” is, just imagine world reaction if Jews destroyed Islamic holy sites. Remember the violence and death sparked by just a rumor that American soldiers had desecrated a copy of the Koran? Appeasement as a policy has a bad history. Dads used to teach their kids the correct way to deal with bullies. As to a theme park on the Sea of Galilee, bad idea. Galilee is too important historically for attempts at gilding the lily. The best experience for modern day pilgrims is to see it like Jesus and his disciples saw it, unvarnished with 21st century theatrics. Despite their claims that this will not become a Disneyland, just wait. You can visualize it already, can’t you? Contemporary music concerts blaring out from the amphitheater over the waves where Jesus commanded, Peace: be still. Vendors are sure to follow the dollar and line the tourist avenues with Jesus trinkets, souvenir fishnet stockings and boat rides where you can try your skill at walking on water. Ugh! Let’s bomb this idea (figuratively) before the Palestinians do (literally).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Who needs human embryos? Treatments with ethically-pure adult stem cells are moving from the lab to the doctor’s office.Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany are still experimenting with embryonic stem cells, Science Daily reports, but a look inside the article reveals that the work is only conceptual—no actual therapies are being tested to help patients. It’s OK if we’re talking mouse embryonic stem cells, like this study at UCSD that’s testing the effects of BPA on mammals (Science Daily). But there’s no need to arouse ethical protests by tinkering with human embryos when adult cells, processed into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS), can fulfill all the dreams of regenerative medicine. Here are some new findings about iPS cells, with reports of new treatments that are helping people right now.Sports injuries: “It’s not voodoo medicine anymore,” Medical Xpress says; “it is reality and it soon may not require a trip overseas to get it done.” What is it? It’s the use of your own mesenchymal stem cells to heal your injuries. The physician for the Cleveland Browns, Dr. James Voos, is glad he won’t have to send players overseas now. “Stem cell therapy is an intriguing avenue of treatment that is rapidly evolving,” Voos said. “We are continuing to study and better understand the capabilities a person’s own cells have to treat pain and potentially improve healing.”Macular degeneration: Treatment for a blinding eye disease is coming along, thanks to iPS cells. Science Daily says that embryonic stem cells tended to be rejected, but iPS cells are working. “Our finding of the lack of immune rejection of human iPSC-derived retinal pigment epithelium cells supports the feasibility of using these cells for treating macular degeneration,” a spokesman says from CIRM, the California institute that began as a center for embryonic stem cell research. “However, the inflammatory environment associated with macular degeneration could be an additional hurdle to be overcome for the stem cell therapy to be successful.” Work is continuing on this sight-saving technique in Japan as well, but there was a hiccup that called a halt to the trial there. New Scientist reports that a mutation in the stem cell pool raised a risk of cancer in participants. Shinya Yamanaka, the father of iPS cells, says the risk of cancer is low and easily fixable. “There is a lot resting on the outcome of the trial,” the article says. “It could finally provide evidence of the clinical potential of iPS cells, which were first created in 2006.”Retinitis pigmentosa: Another therapy emerging from CIRM to the clinic is the use of retinal progenitor cells to treat retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease that progressively leads to blindness from the peripheral vision inward. Medical Xpress talks about how Phase 1 clinical trials involving injections of these eye-specific stem cells have begun at UCI near Los Angeles.Knee cartilage: Got knee problems? It might be from damaged cartilage. This headline on Medical Xpress is good news for owners of aching knees and other joints: “Surgeons implant knee cartilage grown from patient’s own cells.” A research team at Ohio State says, “The hope is that embedding patients with their own cells will lead to a more durable replacement of the lost cartilage and improve patient outcomes.”Muscular dystrophy: Researchers at Kyoto University are finding that iPS cells are discovering a drug target for Duchenne’s disease, a form of muscular dystrophy. Medical Xpress says, “The strategy depends on first reprogramming the patient cells to induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and then introducing a gene that differentiates the iPS cells to muscle cells.”Lung disease: A rare lung disease is looking like a candidate for stem cell therapy. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a deadly and incurable disease that mostly affects young women in the prime of life. Science Daily says that doctors can harvest a patient’s own white blood cells and find stem-like endothelial progenitor cells. Then, they can genetically engineer them to fix the bad gene, and re-inject them to treat the disease. The treatment appears to be well-tolerated so far. “We desperately need new therapies for this disease, and regenerative medicine approaches have shown great promise in laboratory models and in clinical trials for other conditions,” says Dr. Duncan Stewart of the University of Ottawa.Heart attack: The above article also states, “Dr. Stewart is also leading the first clinical trial in the world of a genetically-enhanced stem cell therapy for heart attack.”Liver: Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute have identified the source of stem cells in the liver, Science Daily reports, that allow the organ to regenerate. “The lab is now investigating how the newly identified stem cells might contribute to regeneration of liver tissue after injury.”Cancer: Can stem cells cause and cure cancer? That’s what researchers at Texas A&M University are trying to find out, according to another piece on Medical Xpress. According to one theory of interest at the National Institutes of Health, cancer is a stem cell disease, involving miscommunications between stem cells and proteins. And if stem cells are behind the condition, reprogramming stem cells might be “the future of cancer therapy.”Brain in a dish?: Are you worried about reports that a researcher used iPS cells to grow a human brain in a dish? (e.g., see Science Daily.) That would certainly be an unethical use of the technology. New Scientist says, however, that other scientists are rejecting the claim. There is no evidence that the cells Rene Anand (Ohio State) grew from skin cells transformed into iPS cells are connected like neurons in a real brain. “They are a bunch of cells in a dish, like a soup,” an observer said. Still, it goes to show that citizens need to keep a watchful eye on mad scientists.These findings are encouraging, but there are still segments of Big Science that want those embryos. The shocking videos of wicked, barbarous practices going on at Planned Parenthood with viable human babies aborted and sold for parts is awakening a sleeping nation to uncomfortable truths: Planned Parenthood wouldn’t be selling the tissue if there were not a market for it. Stem Express, caught with its hands red in blood, has cut ties with Planned Parenthood for now, but the outrage needs to grow. Share those videos! (See Center for Medical Progress — 7 videos out so far, each more disturbing than the last – or watch this two-minute summary at least.) The danger now is that people will get numb from so much evil and turn their heads, like 1930s Germans, rather than demand action. Did you notice that all the Republicans in the Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood from your tax dollars (to the tune of over $500 million per year), but only 2 Democrats voted with them?These stories show that evil is never the only option. There are always alternatives to unethical practices. It’s not right to do wrong to get a chance to do right. If you recall from the early days of the George W. Bush presidency, Big Science was screaming for human embryonic stem cells, using tearful TV ads showing desperate people dying without them. California voters, despite a weak economy, approved a $3 billion proposition to fund the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) under false pretenses that doctors and patients needed embryos, and that miracle cures were right around the corner. Under great pressure, the normally strongly pro-life President Bush acceded to Big Science’s wearying campaign, but he only allowed for existing cell lineages to be used. His successor, President Obama, removed all restrictions. Right before that, though, Yamanaka’s Nobel-Prize winning discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells made headlines in 2006. The gold rush began turning from embryos to iPS. This added impetus to the growing (but less publicized) successes coming from adult stem cells.It appears that embryonic stem cell researchers are being left in the dust because adult stem cells and iPS cells are yielding the goods. We need to stop the use of human embryonic stem cells, and use the lesson of iPS to dry up the market for fetal tissue from abortions as well. There’s no justification for killing a human being; it is immoral (see Dennis Prager’s 5-minute video on abortion). If no one’s buying, Planned Parenthood can’t sell. That’s just one part of a multi-prong strategy that needs to put those racist, Sanger-inspired eugenicist murderers out of business. (Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享
There are thousands of African women creating successful businesses, leaving inspiration and change in their wake, and in a small way helping to uplift Africa’s narrative. The five women below are making massive strides in their respective business sectors, changing their industries and improving business for other women in Africa. Women all over Africa are changing the content’s narrative, writes Graça Machel on the World Economic Forum website. (Image: Benedikt von Loebell, WEF, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via Flickr)• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls • How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?• Connecting women to technology• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Meet the global leaders heading WEF Africa 2016 Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel TrustAll these women are members of the Graça Machel Trust, a pan-African advocacy organisation that focuses on women’s rights, children’s rights and governance and leadership in Africa. Their Multiplying Faces, Amplifying Voices campaign aims to build a network of highly qualified, active and effective women across the continent to become a voice in areas where they are currently underrepresented. This includes the Network of African Businesswomen (NABW), Network of African Women in Agribusiness (AWAB) and New Faces New Voices (NFNV), a programme that focuses on expanding the role and influence of women in the financial sector.Joy Ndungutse: Founder and CEO of Gahaya Links (Rwanda) Changing economies by commercialising cultureJoy Ndungutse spent her childhood and early adult years in exile due to political instability in Rwanda.Driven by ambition, Joy’s strong desire to work towards the empowerment of women translated into a weaving initiative when she moved back to Rwanda after the genocide. While running a hotel and the country’s first furniture store, she trained local women in rural areas and designed baskets, modern in style and shape, that these women could make using traditional weaving skills and techniques. This journey gave birth to Gahaya Links, a successful social enterprise in Rwanda that works with over 4 000 weavers to make traditional baskets that are exported to the US and Japan and sold through leading department stores.Joy notes that, “It is a delight to see the fruits of this project and to see an increase in the number of women in Rwanda achieving financial independence.”She continues: “It is also encouraging to see that the local culture is alive and vibrant, and that using what we have, we have managed to make such an impact on the lives of others, and on creating awareness of what Rwanda has to offer to the world.”However, she highlights that although some progress has been made in Rwanda, a lot still needs to be done to increase financial inclusion of women, educate women on taxation and business practices, as these still remain big challenges for women in business. She identifies certain key issues such as geographical access to financial institutions, information on financial information and products, and access to capital as barriers for women to enter into business.According to Joy, “most rural women in Rwanda lack the knowledge to organize businesses in a formal way. It’s critical to educate them on key issues such as new business taxation policies and the simplified tax regime that exempts them from to allow them kickstart and build sustainable businesses.”She highlights that a lot more work needs to be done to educate and create awareness of the importance of formalizing and growing informal women owned businesses.Hadia Gondji: Managing Director at Hadia Seed Production, Hadia Flowers and Hadia Supermarket (Ethiopia)Challenging the status quo to create opportunities for womenHadia is the country director of the New Faces New Voices Ethiopia Chapter and is a pioneer in the transportation, agriculture and horticulture industries in Ethiopia. In agriculture she is involved in hybrid grain multiplication and through her business she teaches farmers in the country to improve their yields.Hadia says: “We normally work with small-scale farmers to help them improve their production and we teach female farmers free of charge.”As president of the Ethiopian Women Exporters Association, she has seen production by female farmers increase, and exports of different produce such as coffee, fruit, vegetables and flowers improve. Hadia is also one of the founders of Enat Bank, the only financial institution in Ethiopia that specifically targets women.She explains, “In Ethiopia it is still very difficult for women to get into business and politics. Although things are getting better, it remains hard for women to do business, as the environment is not conducive, banks want collateral before giving financial support and women do not own any property. The houses and farms belong to men.”“Enat Bank was launched to assist women by getting money from investors to deposit as collateral for women in business, and we see that the bank is making a great difference to women business owners.”Hadia highlights that creating a strong business network for women in Africa is essential in ensuring that business opportunities improve for women on the continent. As evidenced by the Graça Machel Trust, the role of such networks and advocacy groups is invaluable in connecting likeminded businesswomen across the continent.Elizabeth Swai: Managing Director of AKM Glitters Company Limited (Tanzania) Driving the agenda for women in businessA self-starter, Elizabeth Swai runs a thriving poultry business that has expanded its operations to include small-scale farmers in its supply chain. Her business model makes a conscious effort to include those parties that would normally find themselves excluded from the formalized market.Elizabeth says that although the Tanzanian government has expressed commitment to supporting female entrepreneurship, women still face a great number of obstacles. Challenges such as cultural barriers, the right to property and decision making, stiff competition, corruption and bureaucracy, and a lack of awareness from women themselves, make it extremely hard for women in Africa to build a successful business.She also serves as lead and coordinator of African Women in Agribusiness, holds a seat in the Network of African Women in Business, is a founder member of the African Agriculture Academy, and is an active member of the World Poultry Association.According to Elizabeth, her involvement with the women’s networks and associations is aimed at representing the needs of women in Tanzania.She says: “I am involved with all of these organisations in order to represent other women. Defragmentation is a poison, so women need to partner with other women, networks, associations, men and their gigantic enterprises with muscle to be able to achieve the achievable.”She notes: “I created a business model that is inclusive in order to enable ease of access to finance and technical expertise, but also to work with more women in rural areas and create employment for the youth.”Elizabeth Magaya: Managing Director of Blissford Investments (Zimbabwe) Taking giant steps, one step at a timeElizabeth Magaya became an entrepreneur at the age of 10 to help look after her siblings after her parents’ divorce. She went from vegetable vendor to owning a group of companies that includes a booming construction business, and has recently diversified into horticulture, landscape and interior design. At the age of 52, she went back to school to finish what she wasn’t able to start as a child and graduated at the age of 56.She is the epitome of self-made success and attributes this to hard work, sheer determination and a constant drive for perfection.According to Elizabeth, “the biggest challenges with women in business in Africa are the women themselves.”She explains: “Most women are still marginalised and still depend on men to make decisions for them and give them permission to do things. I believe women should be aggressive, start networking and start to expose themselves. They should see every situation and challenge as a bull and take it by the horns.”“To empower themselves, women must realise that it is possible to start, and you can start small, you don’t need to be great or big to start, begin where you are and the rest will follow. Never mind your background, where you started or where you came from. If you use your hands and mind you will reach your destiny,” she says.Grace Mijiga-Mhango: Director of Agriseed and African Women in Agribusiness (Malawi)Building businesses that transform livesGrace specialises in commodity trading and seed multiplication and has built successful businesses that trade in Malawi and across the continent. Having been with the Graça Machel Trust since 2011, she is one of the pioneers that help shape the Trust’s vision. She conceptualized the African Food Basket Project that promotes the growing of indigenous seeds led by women farmers to raise the yields of staple crops like maize, soya beans and pigeon peas. The overall project aims to benefit 50,000 women across grain production value chains in five countries over the next five years.Grace has incredible vision which she shares passionately with those interested in her work and those that share similar interests and beliefs. She sees herself as an agent of change, and is committed to working to support others to reach their full potential and achieve meaningful change in their lives.The Graça Machel Trust, through its advocacy work, seeks to continue in extending its arm to more women across the continent, to effect and influence a change in thinking about women-owned businesses as a channel for Africa’s economic development. The trust seeks to grow women-owned businesses across Africa, and to empower female entrepreneurs to realize their full potential.This article was originally published on the WEF website as part of its Africa series.Former South African and Mozambican first lady Machel is a renowned global advocate for the rights of women and children. A social and political activist for many decades, she serves in various capacities in several organisations. One of these is the Elders, a group of independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights, brought together in 2007 by her husband, Nelson Mandela.Machel also contributes to the Africa Progress Panel and, like Adesina, the MDG Advocates Panel. She has been named an eminent person in the GAVI Alliance, and works on the UN Foundation’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Machel chairs the board of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, and is chancellor of the University of Cape Town.Watch this to see some of the top female innovators who participated in WEF on Africa:
The US online paid-for streaming service of TV shows and movies, Netflix, has launched in 130 countries, including South Africa. It’ll now be easier for signed-up members to watch what they want, when they want, where they want, on any internet enabled device.Co-founder and chief executive Co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings launches Netflix in 130 countries, including South Africa on 6 January. (Image: Netflix) launches Netflix in 130 countries, including South Africa on 6 January. (Image: Netflix)Priya PitamberThe days of being restricted to a television set to watch your favourite show are dwindling. Online streaming of series and movies is a fast-growing industry and one if its leaders, Netflix, expanded its reach to an additional 130 countries, including South Africa, on 6 January.The paid for service, which started in 2007 in the US, has since expanded across the world.“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global internet TV network,” said co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings at the launch in Las Vegas.“With this launch, consumers around the world – from Singapore to St Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo – will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously – no more waiting. With the help of the internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”How it worksUsers first sign up and then can choose packages starting from $7.99 (about R134 at the current exchange rate). Internet costs are separate and depend on individual packages and service providers.Netflix is available on virtually any device that has an internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and gaming consoles. It automatically provides the best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth.Many titles, including Netflix original series and films, are available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound; and some are available in Ultra HD.What you can watchOnce signed up, members around the world can watch Netflix original series, including Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Narcos, Sense8, Grace and Frankie, and Marco Polo, as well as a catalogue of licensed TV shows and movies.“In 2016, the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series – available at the same time to members everywhere,” the company said.Continued expansionWhile largely available in English, Netflix has added Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” said Hastings. “We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world.”The service is not available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria because of American government restrictions on American companies.South African social media users took to Twitter to express their excitement about the launch.Welcome to South Africa @netflix Our bodies are ready! pic.twitter.com/7f1jppsahl— Anne Hirsch (@Anne_Hirsch) January 6, 2016Okay now that @netflix is officially in South Africa, I suggest we all celebrate by watching @JessicaJones — Caryn Welby-Solomon (@carrieanne07) January 6, 2016The competitionNaspers, the international media company based in South Africa, launched the local online streaming service, Showmax, in 2015. It charges a R99 a month subscription fee. Showmax offers a seven-day free trial, while Netflix offers a month trial period.Source: NetflixWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.