Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookDETROIT – The Warriors do not celebrate much after winning the Western Conference Finals. Save the champagne celebrations for when the Warriors win the real thing in June. The Warriors make an exception, though. They sport the customary hats.That is except for Zaza Pachulia, who could not rock one after the Warriors swept the San Antonio Spurs in the 2017 Western …
The African continent at night, showingdeveloped urban areas.(Image: Nasa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Thabisile KhumaloBrand South Africa project manager+27 11 483 0122The inaugural Brand Africa Forum is a one-day summit of pan-African decision-makers in the fields of media, business, nation branding and civil society. The gathering is hosted by Brand South Africa, and takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 16 September.According to Brand South Africa, the forum aims to “leverage and extract sustainable learnings from the successful 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa to shape the image of Africa, and to set an agenda to drive the reputation, image and competitiveness of Africa – for Africa, by Africa.”Speakers include Dambiso Moyo, a former Goldman Sachs economist and author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How there is a Better Way for Africa; and Santie Botha, Chief Marketing Officer for the MTN group.Others taking the podium include Gary Alfonso, MD of CNBC Africa, Simon Anholt, author of Brand New Justice, Brand America and Competitive Identity – The New Brand Management for Nations, Cities and Regions, and more.Speaking of Africa’s brand in the global marketplace, Anholt has said: “Brand Africa, with its simple message of ongoing catastrophe, is promoted by aid agencies, international organisations, donor governments and aid celebrities like Bob Geldof and Bono … not as 53 countries in various stages of development and struggle for independent existence and identity, but as a uniform, hopeless basket-case”.It is this image of Africa – which fails to reflect the continent’s economic diversity, and the optimism that goes with rising investment, growth and stability – that the Brand Africa Forum will seek to address, through keynote speeches and discussions.The latter are centred on the three concepts of media, business and economy, and nation branding, and will feature Africans and African diasporans, as well as other global leaders who feel strongly about the continent’s future. The key media address is delivered by Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wits University, while the business address is given by Moyo and the nation branding address by Anholt.The forum will be broadcast to 41 sub-Saharan countries on CNBC Africa, a DSTV channel that reports on business in Africa from an African perspective.
The Odisha government on Friday began culling of birds after confirmation of avian influenza outbreak in Krushnaprasad block of Puri district.Special teams went around Sanasahi, Maluda and Patharaganja in the block and looked for affected birds. As many as 400 birds in three poultry firms were culled and dumped in a pit on the first day.Bird culling would be undertaken within a one-km radius of the epicentre of bird flu. The State government also decided to take samples of migratory birds congregating in Chilika lake to ascertain if they were carriers of H5N1.
A month after producing their best-ever show in the Commonwealth Games, India underlined its rising sporting prowess by bagging the biggest madal haul in the Asian Games which concluded in Guangzhou on Saturday.India, who finished sixth on Friday with 14 gold, 17 silver and 33 bronze for a record 64-medal haul, maintained that position after the end of Saturday’s events.China ended on top with 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze (total 416), followed by South Korea (76-65-91) and Japan (48-74-94) at second and third respectively.India’s best medal haul in the Asian Games till date was recorded in the 1982 Games in New Delhi when they had won 13 gold, 19 silver and 25 bronze for an overall tally of 57.India had finished 10th in the last edition of the Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26.The sixth spot on the medal rostrum by India is the best it has attained since 1986 at Seoul, where the country ended fifth with a more modest haul of 5-9-23.But a quarter century ago there was no Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the rest of the former Soviet bloc to make the competition as stiff as it was here. In fact, Kazakhstan finished higher than India at fifth in Guangzhou.The 14 gold India won in Guangzhou is the second best after the inaugural edition in 1951 in New Delhi where the country finished second with 15 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze for a total medal haul of 51. The 1951 Games was though contested by just 11 countries whereas the 16th edition here had seen 45 nations competing.advertisementIndia had also been improving in their medal haul in the last five Asian Games, having won 22 medals (4-3-15) in 1994 Hiroshima, 35 (7-11-17) in 1998 Bangkok, 35 (10-12-13) in 2002 Busan and 53 (10-17-26) fours years ago in Doha.The record medal tally of 64 in the Asian Games came a month after India won 101 medals (39-26-36) to finish second ahead of the likes of England and Canada in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Out of the 14 gold India won in Guangzhou, the highest number of five came from athletics and two each were won in boxing, kabbadi and tennis and one each from shooting, cue sports and rowing.Just like in many earlier editions of the Asian Games, athletics contributed the lions share in Indian’s number of gold medals in this addition also.AC Ashwini (400m hurdles and women’s 4×400 relay) and tennis star Somdev Devvarman (men’s singles and doubles) won two gold medals while Preeja Sreedharan bagged a gold and a silver — in women’s 10,000m and 5000m respectively.With inputs from PTI
New Delhi: In a bid to make rides safer for women travelling from railway stations, metro stations and airport, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has launched Himmat Plus QR Code scheme in transport range of Delhi Police.Around 3,000 autos and taxies have now associated with this initiative of city police. The transport range comprises of three units namely IGI Airport, Railways and Metro. The Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik was present at the occasion which was held at Ajmeri Gate area of New Delhi railway station. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (Railways) said they have pasted QR code in autos and taxis. To avail the facility, Himmat Plus application should be downloaded in your phone. “In the QR code functionality, the user opens the Himmat Plus App and scans the QR code from the card which is placed on the headrest of the driver’s seat, facing the customer,” said DCP Railways. When the user presses the ‘Report Journey’ button, it sends the location with the driver’s unique I.D. to the Himmat dashboard working at Himmat stations at PHQ. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIf the driver is not registered the user receives the pop-up notification on the application driver is not registered with Delhi Police. In this case, passenger can call the Control Room or press the SOS button from the application. “If the driver is registered with Delhi Police, then the user can start the journey and every five minutes, the user receives the pop-up notification on the app. In case the user presses the trouble button, then the officer of Delhi Police will call the passenger. It also sends an alert message to the Emergency Contact Number of the user. All Special Commissioners of Police including Nuzhat Hassan (Women Safety), Praveer Ranjan (Transport), Joint Commissioner of Police (transport) Atul Katiyar and other senior police officers of Delhi Police, Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, S.C.Jain DRM, Northern Railway & Senior Officers of Railway Protection Force have also attended the programme. According to the police from airport, nearly one lakh fifty thousand people travel regularly. Whereas around thirteen lakh people from railway stations and nearly thirty lakh people commute on daily basis.
Tamara Pimentel APTN National News Ann Jirousek describes her niece as a wild bird. Beautiful, wild, free-spirited, strong and brave.That’s how the family of Tara Tailfeathers want to remember the 36-year-old.They’ve been losing sleep. Not only from the shock of Tailfeathers’s sudden death – but from the images of her found online, that followed days later.“Every time I closed my eyes. All I would see, is this image of her on the floor of her apartment,” said Elle-Maija Tailfeathers.Tara Tailfeathers was a member of the Blood Tribe in Alberta.She was found dead in her Calgary apartment on April 3 of a drug overdose.Photos of the incident were found on multiple websites three days later.A photo of her identification, the scene being searched by emergency medical services, and a photo of her, laying on the floor of her room just as she was found.Jirousek came across the photos while searching her niece’s name online.“I thought, that can’t be Tara. It can’t be Tara,” she said.A man named Jerzy Babkowski, who lived upstairs from Tailfeathers told APTN that he was the one who took the photos.He denied posting them online but wasn’t clear on how they got there.Babkowski said he was a friend of Tailfeathers, and that on April 3, Tailfeathers’s boyfriend asked him to check on her since he hadn’t heard from her for days.That’s when he found Tailfeathers’s body, called 911 and snapped some photos of her.When EMS arrived, Bobkowski continued taking photos.“Why was this man allowed in? Why were these pictures allowed to be taken? It hurts because aboriginal women are treated in such a manor,” said Jirousek. “They didn’t treat her like she had any dignity left.”The Tailfeathers family said they blame Calgary police for allowing Babkowski on the scene.They believe her death wasn’t handled properly because she is an Indigenous woman.But police say those photos were taken prior to their arrival.“When the police arrived, we removed him up to the second floor of the residence,” said Inspector Terry Larson.APTN asked EMS what their protocol is in these situations.“While we strongly support the respectful treatment of anyone in our care, paramedics have no policing authority to physically intervene in any circumstance,” EMS said in a statement.Calgary Police said Babkowski did nothing illegal.“We’ve looked at any charges that may be applicable with the crown and the crown says there is no criminal offense that has been committed.”For the family of Tara Tailfeathers the nightmare is far from over. Cousin, Elle-Maija says the memories of her cousin has been tainted.“The photos are horrific. I don’t want to have to remember my cousin that way. No one should ever have to see their loved ones in that way.”firstname.lastname@example.org