Local Roundup: Arcata Tigers advance to H-DN title game with win over Fortuna Huskies

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Bailey Cherms and Faith Schneider-Reuter scored a goal apiece and Skaidra Pulley recorded 12 saves as the Arcata Tigers defeated the Fortuna Huskies 2-0 in the semifinal round of the inaugural Humboldt-Del Norte League Soccer Tournament on Thursday at McKinleyville High School.Schneider-Rueter scored on an assist from Audrey Shelton and also assisted on Cherms’ goal. Though the Tigers were outshot by the Huskies 12-10, Pulley stopped all shots she faced to keep a clean sheet. …last_img

Women stand tall at Mining Indaba

first_img6 February 2013Susan Shabangu, South Africa’s minister of mineral resources, chose to highlight the role of women in the mining industry in her keynote address at the 2013 Investing in African Mining Indaba, currently under way in Cape Town.“Nothing is impossible for women,” she said on Tuesday. “We are here – we don’t need favours.”Shabangu paid tribute to Cynthia Carroll, the outgoing chief executive of Anglo American, saying she had been “an inspiration to women everywhere”.Acknowledging the need to develop skills and improve training in South African mining, Shabangu said she had been encouraged by the “substantial increase” in the number of students enrolling for engineering qualifications. Female enrolment had doubled since 1996.“This suggests that the base skill requirements for the sustainability of the industry are being built, but these skills must be nurtured and protected.”Susan Shabangu: standing for womenShabangu has been minister of mineral resources since 2009. Soon after leaving school, she became involved in politics, working as an activist and freedom fighter.She served as deputy minister of minerals and energy between 1996 and 2004. She spent the next five years as deputy minister of safety and security, before being appointed minister of mineral resources in 2009.She is a member of the national executive council of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, and has repeatedly rejected the policy of nationalisation. In her Indaba address, she reiterated: “Nationalisation is not a policy of the ANC or the government” and that it would not be helpful or necessary to resuscitate the debate.Shabangu, Carroll and Bridgette Radebe are three women standing tall in an industry that has been dominated by men for centuries.Cynthia Carroll: Anglo’s first woman CEOCarroll is stepping down from her job as the head of Anglo American, one of the world’s biggest mining companies, in April. She was ranked as the 55th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2012.An American, she is the first Anglo “outsider” – and the first woman – to reach the top. She is also the chairperson of Anglo Platinum.With a masters degree in geology as well as an MBA, Carroll started working as a geologist in North America in the early 1980s. She swiftly moved into management, taking up her first CEO post in 2002 with Canadian mining company, Alcan.In her keynote address at the Mining Indaba on Tuesday, Carroll said she remained passionate about South Africa and about mining, which was so critical to South Africa’s prosperity.Carroll quoted figures that show that mining directly contributed 9.2% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), and helped to generate 18.7% of GDP in 2011. Around 13.5-million South Africans are dependent on mining-generated jobs.Acknowledging that “mining is an industry in crisis”, Carroll identified what she called “four truths” she believes are necessary for South Africa to face if it is to progress:There is no future without law and order: public order is the bedrock without which civilisation collapses.Anarchy benefits no one: the rule of law is as important in the workplace as it is in every other aspect of society.No one can defy economic reality: the need to be competitive is as applicable to countries as it is to companies.No country is an economic island: South Africa will only succeed if it fosters an environment that is conducive to business and attractive to international investors.Carroll’s resignation leaves only two female CEOs of FTSE 100 companies. She told the Guardian in October last year that she was against quotas: “You can’t … appoint women just to appoint women, just to satisfy a particular condition. What you want more than anything is to develop women in the organisation who will, when they get to the top, be fully capable of delivering and doing the job effectively.”Bridgette Radebe: champion of junior minersAnother high-profile pioneer in the industry is Bridgette Radebe, who started her career as a miner. Radebe now owns her own mining company, Mmakau Mining, and is a vocal champion for the rights of junior and emerging miners.Radebe was the first black South African deep-level hard rock mining entrepreneur in the 1980s. Her upbringing groomed her not only for entrepreneurship, but also for activism. In 1976 she joined a march on a mine to demand her family’s royalty payments for mineral rights leased to a Canadian mining company.She defied legislation which prohibited women from working as miners or owning mining rights and worked to build her career as a miner, and her company, Mmakau Mining, which has interests in platinum, coal and chrome. She is now one of Africa’s richest women.As president of the South African Mining Development Agency, Radebe represents the interests of junior and emerging miners. She is a founder and director of the New African Mining Fund, which has raised millions for the junior mining sector.At a panel discussion hosted by Brand South Africa on the eve of this year’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town, Radebe said it was essential that legislation be more strongly implemented if it was to give meaning to transformation. It was time that investors “comply with the rules of the game”.She said that her research had shown that only 2.7% of South Africa’s mining wealth is black-owned.Radebe was part of the team that drew up the Minerals and Petroleum Development Bill, and she was key in developing the Empowerment Mining Charter, along with the government, business and unions.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

5 Social Media Apps for Your Internet TV

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos One of the great promises of Internet TV is the ability to facilitate real-time conversations about what we’re watching right alongside the show itself. Social media apps help connect TV viewers with a larger audience, well beyond the living room, so to speak. By checking in and talking to other viewers and fans, particularly right as we’re watching, we’re able to share our reviews and recommendations – not to mention, our banter and commentary – in ways that help increase our enjoyment and engagement with what we watch. Here are some of our recommendations for apps to make your TV viewing more social.This post was brought to you by Samsung Electronics America. The amount and types of Apps available on Samsung Smart TVs vary depending on TV Technology and Model. Make sure to check www.samsung.com/apps to see a complete list of apps available on Samsung Smart TVs and which apps are available on specific models. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Samsung Electronics or its partners.TwitterTV is often denigrated as passive and solitary, but our television viewing habits have always had an active, social component. Until recently, this has often taken place “around the water-cooler,” as we discuss prime-time TV at work the next morning…When it comes to social media and television, Twitter has established itself as the go-to platform. “Live-tweeting” has become a common practice, particularly for big events like the Oscars and the Super Bowl, but even for regular TV episodes. As our own Mike Melanson has observed, “Twitter is the virtual watercooler of the TV geek set.” Twitter’s integration into Internet TV brings the real-time stream of tweets onto the screen alongside the show itself.GetGlueGetGlue is a service that allows users to check in while watching TV shows and movies (as well as while reading books and listening to music). GetGlue’s apps also allow you to “like” and review these shows, and the service blends both semantic technology with human curation to help you discover new movies and TV shows based on your preferences. GetGlue has grown rapidly this year, with over 10 million check-ins per month, giving the service a sizable user population and likely an active following for the shows you watch. TunerfishTunerfish is Comcast’s social TV startup, a social discovery engine for TV, movies, and online video. Tunerfish asks you “what are you watching?” and then uses that data to help you and your friends find shows to watch. Tunerfish not only makes it easy to engage in conversations about a show, its social recommendations help viewers escape from endless channel-surfing in the hopes of finding something. PhiloPhilo lets you connect with your friends around TV viewing, so you can see what others are watching and saying about shows. The app – available for Web, Android and iPhone – lets you check in or tune in to TV programs, then discuss shows in a Twitter-like newsfeed while you’re watching. The app shows what’s trending with friends to help with discovery. And you can determine via the app when those shows are playing locally. FanvibeFanvibe is a social networking tool geared towards sports fans. The site enhances the way you experience sporting events by providing real-time scores and game highlights. As with many of these other apps, you can check in to sports games. But arguably one of the key things about Fanvibe is its devotion solely to sports. And as such, the social network is a great place to cheer on your team with other fans, and of course, trash talk those on opposing teams.TV is often denigrated as passive and solitary, but our television viewing habits have always had an active, social component. Until recently, this has often taken place “around the water-cooler,” as we discuss prime-time TV at work the next morning. Although the Internet has long provided a place for fans of certain shows to participate in online forums and message boards, social media has made this even easier. New apps that are integrated with or designed to run alongside TV are poised to make our viewing even more social.Illustration by hberends audrey watters Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social networks#web center_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

End of Mandal era, says Bihar JD(U) chief Bashistha Narayan Singh

first_imgThe spectacular performance of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar was a result of not just the “Modi wave” but also of a new post-Mandal era of politics in the State, Janata Dal(U) State president Bashistha Narayan Singh says. Mr. Singh, who has participated in electoral politics in the State since the anti-Emergency movement, had been a Minister in the Lalu Prasad Cabinet between 1990 and 1994 before he resigned and joined the Samata Party. RJD’s downfall“These polls have heralded the end of the Mandal era in the State’s politics, with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) drawing a blank and the NDA doing so well,” Mr. Singh told The Hindu. “Social phenomenon and events change with time and people’s demands also change, and people look ahead to what is better for them. Before 2005, Lalu Yadav [RJD chief Lalu Prasad] had made a strong coalition of intermediate castes, consolidated them and created an aspiration for power among these communities. Then after around 2005, they tried to accommodate Mahadalits and communities such as the Pasi community. The surprising thing is that from 2005 to 2019, they still believed that they could get to power just on the basis of caste arithmetic. They took Upendra Kushwaha (Rashtriya Lok Samata Party), Mukesh Sahani, aka “Son of Mallah”, and Jitan Ram Manjhi [Hindustani Awam Morcha] for this reason,” he added. He said that despite the fact that caste was still a “hard reality” of electoral politics in the State, governance and factors that transcended caste, such as the support of women the NDA got in these polls, were important factors. “The first variable was the reservation in government jobs and panchayats for women. Women started to feel they had a stake in public life, and the system that has delivered to them should be continued. Bihar, through seven phases, saw high polling among women — Purnea, Katihar, Kishanganj, Bhagalpur, Banka, Madhepura and Supaul, in fact, saw women having an upper hand in voting. The support base of women helped us transcend caste arithmetic,” Mr. Singh said.Prohibition impact“Prohibition, despite people’s reservation about it, helped women greatly. Bihar has seen a 50% drop in cases of domestic violence, according to reporting at police stations. The third factor was the 360-degree improvement in roads and electricity supply. In 2015 itself, [Bihar Chief Minister] Nitish Kumar had said if we don’t improve electricity supply, we won’t get voted back,” he said. RJD’s ‘miscalculation’The symptoms of this break in OBC consolidation came up in 2010, according to him, when Mr. Kumar won his second term. “And in 2015, when our vote joined an organised vote of Laluji, the RJD got 80 seats and that party tried to project that those 80 seats were all due to its own support base consolidating and that it could defeat anybody. They undermined our contribution to winning those 80 seats, and it boomeranged on them.” The 2019 Lok Sabha election , therefore, had definitely rung the curtain down on the Mandal era of a consolidated OBC vote bank, he added.last_img read more