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For more than half-a-century, the Black Sash has been helping people in tangible concrete ways realise their human rights. Formed in response to the discrimination practised by the apartheid government, today it still works to assist the downtrodden. Black Sash, the initiative that started in 1955 to fight against the government’s apartheid laws, are now for example helping people who have fraudulent deductions for loan repayments and airtime taken from their grants. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube) Melissa JavanHelping people who rely on social grants who have fraudulent deductions for loan repayments and airtime taken from their grants, is just one of the things the Black Sash has been doing over the past few years to relieve the pressure of poverty.In May, this initiative – known for its vision to make human rights real – celebrates 60 years of existence. On 19 May 1955, six women decided to take political action against the packing of the Senate to disenfranchise coloured voters; it was to be foundational to the establishment of the Black Sash.According to the organisation, the women who started this initiative continued to making their voices heard by organising peaceful marches, handing over petitions and helping a number of South Africans who were affected by apartheid laws.“They were also part of a group of women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 against pass laws, on what is now known as Women’s Day,” says the Black Sash. “The group was initially called The Women’s Defence of the Constitution League and later nicknamed the Black Sash by the media, because of the black sashes they wore to marches.”It was not an easy road for them. News reports speak of the negative feedback from the public. They were often taunted as vuilgoed (rubbish) and lighted cigarettes were thrown at them. In Worcester, in the Cape, a man confronted the women, saying: “We would like to push you into the sea.”But they also had some support: they were greeted by V for Victory signs, thumbs-up salutes and warm congratulations for their activism.The seed they plantedThe Black Sash embarked on campaigns against the erosion of civil liberties and racial segregation. “They also set up a bail fund in 1958 to assist people arrested for contraventions of the pass laws. Soon afterwards, the first Black Sash advice office opened in Cape Town, offering free paralegal advice and support.“The following 20 years were difficult as political movements were driven underground or into exile. Through this period the women of the Black Sash stood in silent protest with their placards, provided advice services, researched laws, followed parliamentary debates, wrote articles, took statements, monitored and recorded meetings, and kept and published lists of those victimised by the apartheid government,” the organisation says.“We continue to work to realise the rights of the most vulnerable, with an emphasis on women and children. In partnership with civil society organisations across the country, we work in three programmes: rights-based information, education and training; community monitoring; and advocacy in partnership.”Elroy Paulus, the national advocacy manager, said that until 2011 the Black Sash offered one-to-one advice-giving as a service. While this service is no longer an option, there is a helpline through which members of the public can ask a Black Sash paralegal anything relating to their rights. “We work with approximately 400 community based-organisations [and] non-governmental organisations, many being advice offices,” he explained.Much needed to be doneWhile apartheid may be over, there is still a need for the Black Sash. Lynette Maart, the national director, said: “The challenges facing South Africa are inequality and extreme poverty, a footprint left by apartheid and globalisation which will not be changed quickly.“While we acknowledge that we have a good Constitution, it is in part a promise that does not always translate into human rights on the ground, and we need to remain mindful that there is still a lot of work to be done.”She gave an example of one of the group’s achievements: she and a colleague were on a farm in Franschhoek to witness the repayment of funeral cover instalments deducted fraudulently from the accounts of several social grant beneficiaries.The Black Sash had exposed fraud and misrepresentation of South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). “To date, the Paarl Advice Office has uncovered 43 cases in Franschhoek alone,” Maart said.“The Black Sash and our community based-organisations [CBO] partners have witnessed many other unauthorised, illegal, fraudulent and immoral debit deductions from the Sassa branded bank accounts – including [for] water and prescribed debt.”Prescribed debt is debt that is older than three years. In terms of South African law, a debt prescribes – meaning it falls away or expires – after three years.In March this year, the Constitutional Court ordered Sassa to implement a timetable for the new tender for payment of social grants nationally in October 2015, Maart said.“We hope that the South African Reserve Bank serves on the new Sassa Tender Bid Committee to ensure that proposals from prospective bidders technically and systemically prohibit any EFT, stop or debit order deductions from ring-fenced bank accounts and block the trade of personal confidential data, including biometric data and cellphone numbers.”FestivitiesWhile the hard work to make human rights real continues, the Black Sash did spend time celebrating its 60th year.On 16 May, Standing on Street Corners: A History of the Natal Midlands Region of the Black Sash, by Mary Kleinenberg and Christopher Merrett, was launched in Pietermaritzburg.On 19 May, the book Sheena Duncan was launched in Cape Town.On 23 May, a gathering was held for Gauteng colleagues at the Women’s Jail Atrium on Constitution Hill. Sheena Duncan was launched in the region and there was a panel discussion.About Sheena DuncanDuncan was an anti-apartheid activist and counsellor. She was the daughter of Jean Sinclair, one of the co-founders of the Black Sash, and joined the organisation in 1978. She played a significant role in the group and was involved in recruiting members for resistance movements.The book Sheena Duncan was written by her colleague and friend, Annemarie Hendrikz, while Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wrote the introduction. The online news portal IOL reports that Tutu, speaking at the launch, said he thought God was proud of Duncan. “I think God was glad God made Sheena Duncan. He rubbed his hands together and said, ‘Now there’s something.’”She died in 2010.The Black Sash National Helpline, 072 66 33 739 or [email protected], is a free national information, advice and referral service.Watch the history of the Black Sash and how these women made an impact:
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest HOUSTON (DTN) — The Energy Information Administration on Wednesday reported U.S. inventories of propane/propylene increased about 2.9 million barrels (bbl) in the week ended June 7 to 71.1 million bbl, with stocks up more than 3 million bbl in Midwest PADD 2 while stocks in Gulf Coast PADD 3 declined.At 71.1 million bbl on June 7, domestic propane/propylene inventories were up 20.3 million bbl or 39.9% from the same time in 2018 and about 15% above the five-year average for the same time of year, EIA data shows.Gulf Coast PADD 3 propane/propylene inventories dropped about 700,000 bbl during the week profiled to 47.1 million bbl while Midwest PADD 2 stocks jumped 3.1 million bbl to 18 million bbl, EIA data shows.Versus the same time in 2018, Gulf Coast PADD 3 propane/propylene supplies are up 18.7 million bbl or 65.8% and Midwest PADD 2 stocks up 1.5 million bbl or 9.1%.East Coast PADD 1 propane/propylene inventories fell 100,000 bbl in the week to 3.5 million bbl, which was down 100,000 bbl or 2.8% versus the year-ago level.EIA data shows U.S. propane/propylene exports in the week ended June 7 at 1.012 million barrels per day (bpd), down from 1.075 million bpd in the week prior. Four-week average exports were at 1.153 million bpd compared with 863,000 bpd in the same period in 2018.U.S. propane/propylene imports were at 149,000 bpd during the week, up from 107,000 bpd in the week prior. Four-week average imports were at 125,000 bpd versus 106,000 bpd in the same period last year.Propane/propylene inventories in PADDs IV and V, which include the Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions, were at 2.4 million bbl in the week ended June 7, up 500,000 bbl from the week prior but flat versus the year-ago level.Agency data showed implied demand for propane/propylene at 906,000 bpd, which compared with 818,000 bpd in the week prior and 786,000 bpd in the same week last year. Four-week average implied demand was at 785,000 bpd versus 820,000 bpd in the same period last year.EIA reported refiner and blender net production of propane/propylene for the week ended June 7 at a new record-high 2.177 million bpd, an increase of 31,000 bpd from week prior and up 227,000 bpd or 11.8% above the year-ago level.(BM/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Reyland Capellan competes in the men’s floor exercise event of the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Capelan scored 13.950 points to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLHe totaled 13.950 points, enough to beat host Malaysia’s Zul Bahrin Bin Mat Asri (13.750) and Thailand’s Tikumporn Surintornta (13.600). The Philippines’ other entry in the final, 18-year-old novice John Matthew Vergara, finished eighth.“I’m very proud of what I did, because I trained very hard, but before the competition I was very very nervous,” said Capellan who will still compete in vault on Wednesday.Already he is thinking of his training for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. “We are forming a team for the Olympic training,” he said.His coach Aldrin Castaneda said Capellan and Vergara are being groomed to form that training team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: Bata, dela Cruz bow out in English billiards KUALA LUMPUR — Reyland Capellan has been practicing the same routine every day for the past two years.And when it mattered the most, practice made perfect. His routine, highlighted by a lot of high-score power jumps, won him the 29th Southeast Asian Games men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise gold medal Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “I did a lot of power tumblings,” said Capellan of his multiple somersaults that thrilled the judges at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center Hall 6.“I have that routine in my mind and I know exactly what to do,” said the 23-year-old Capellan, who retained the crown he won two years go in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReyland Capellan celebrates his gold medal win in Gymnastics in the 2017 SEA Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLThe Masbate native said he was feeling nervous at the start of the competition, because “everybody is doing well, they are all good.”But Capellan, who competed in the World Championships in Glasgow in 2015, went for jumps that carried high levels of difficulty. View comments LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
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Promising Delhi batsman Unmukt Chand, who made his first class debut last year, has signed up with IPL Delhi team for the fourth edition of Indian Premier League starting April 8.”I am really happy to have signed up with Delhi Daredevils. It is big boost to my career. It will be a wonderful experience to share the dressing room with the likes of Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan,” Chand said.Chand, who will be turning 18 on March 26, will be one the youngest players in this year’s IPL along with Rajasthan medium pacer Deepak Chahar, who have been roped in by IPL Rajasthan.Talented Chand has been one of the finds of the season for Delhi. Opening the batting, the right-hander scored 400 runs in his first year in the domestic circuit at an average of 57.14, which includes a 151-run knock against Railways and two half centuries.Asked whether he expected an IPL offer at such a nascent stage of his career, he said: “I never had any expectation when I started playing cricket. I never played the game like this. Things just happened.””My moto is to work hard and score runs for my team. I am happy that my hardwork paid off in my very first Ranji season,” added Chand, who is presently busy with his preparations for the CBSE pre-board examinations and will resume his practice once the exams are over.- With PTI inputs
Bangalore’s road to final – Here’s a look at how Bangalore IPL team, lead by Daniel Vettori, reached the final of IPL season 4.DateTimeNo.Match DetailsVenueResult9-Apr-1120:003rdKochi vs BangaloreKochi Bangalore won by 6 wicketsscorecard | report12-Apr-1120:003rdBangalore vs MumbaiBangaloreMumbai won by 9 wicketsscorecard | report14-Apr-1120:0011thHyderabad vs BangaloreHyderabadHyderabad won by 33 runsscorecard | report16-Apr-1116:0014thChennai vs BangaloreChennai Chennai won by 21 runsscorecard | report19-Apr-1120:0020thBangalore vs RajasthanBangaloreMatch called off report22-Apr-1116:0024thKolkata vs BangaloreKolkataBangalore won by 9 wicketsscorecard | report 26-Apr-1120:0030thDelhi vs BangaloreDelhi Bangalore won by 3 wicketsscorecard | report29-Apr-1120:0035thBangalore vs PuneBangalore Bangalore won by 26 runsscorecard | report6-May-1120:0047thBangalore vs PunjabBangaloreBangalore won by 85 runsscorecard | report 8-May-1116:0050thBangalore vs KochiBangalore Bangalore won by 9 wicketsscorecard | report11-May-1120:0055thRajasthan vs BangaloreJaipur Bangalore won by 9 wicketsscorecard | report14-May-1116:0058thBangalore vs KolkataBangaloreBangalore won by 4 wicketsscorecard | report 17-May-1120:0063rdPunjab vs BangaloreDharmasala Punjab won by 111 runsscorecard | report22-May-1116:0069thBangalore vs ChennaiBangalore Bangalore won by 8 wicketsscorecard | report24-May-1120:0071stBangalore vs Chennai, Qualifier 1Mumbai Chennai won by 6 wicketsscorecard | report27-May-1120:0073rdMumbai vs Bangalore, Qualifier 2ChennaiBeing playedscorecard | report
Having made a strong comeback in their previous encounter, India would look to carry forward the winning momentum and seal the series when they take on gritty Sri Lanka in the fourth and penultimate One-day International at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.The visitors gave a good account of their character in the third match of the series with Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan stitching a record 92-run sixth-wicket partnership to take the visitors home to a 2-1 lead in the series after succumbing to one of their lowest totals against the Islanders in the second ODI. However, lack of consistency by the top order will be something to worry about for India against the hosts, who will be without their top batsman Kumar Sangakkara, following a fracture in his little finger that has ruled him out of the series.Apart from opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored a much-needed century in the last game, and Raina’s match-winning knock of 65, the Indian batsmen have thrown away their wickets after getting good start. Both Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli have not delivered the goods after decimating the Sri Lankan bowling in the first match.Rohit Sharma’s miserable run seems to have no end and with the voices growing loud for his ouster, it remains to be seen whether the Indian think-tank gives Manoj Tiwary a fairly deserving chance.Indian bowlers have also been an inconsistent lot in the tournament so far. Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan bowled with lot of purpose in the third ODI and it will be once again up to him to lead the attack in the right direction.advertisementAshok Dinda leaked away too many runs for his skipper’s liking and he will require to be more disciplined in his approach.Pathan has swung the ball upfront and also been useful with the bat lower down the order, but the all-rounder definitely needs to work out on his bowling towards the later stage of the match.
Jackie Chan attended the EEG x Orbis Flying Eye Hospital event in Hong Kong on May 24.Orbis is a non-profit global development organization dedicated to helping the blind affected by eye diseases to see light again. Their mission is to preserve and restore sight by training local healthcare specialists, educating the public and assisting the development of better healthcare policies to help raise the standards of healthcare in China. Their aim is to prevent and treat blindness worldwide.“Our eyes are our most valuable possession that we were born with, but for 39 million people on this planet, this precious asset is taken away from them because of poverty, inadequate healthcare facilities or even because of the location they’re in,” says Jackie. “As long as each and every one of us does a little something, we can help them see again and start a new life. I hope that you will also support Orbis and help people around the world see light again! So what are you waiting for? Make a donation now and support the ‘Orbis Sight Saving Journey’!”The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is a well known feature of Orbis, and it’s also a very important tool in fulfilling their mission of the “Orbis Sight Saving Journey”. The flying eye hospital has enabled Orbis to bring together dedicated eye care professionals to treat the blind and give the gift of sight to those living in undeveloped regions around the globe. On board the aircraft is a classroom, audio-visual room, laser treatment room, operating room and recovery room, enabling local doctors and nurses to exchange knowledge and improve skills with the Orbis international medical team.Source:JackieChan.com
Before ever stepping on the field for the Ohio State football team, freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been reportedly cited for underage consumption for the second time since joining the Buckeyes.According to a report by Eleven Warriors’ Kyle Rowland, Baugh will be suspended indefinitely from the team because of the incident.An OSU spokesman was “not aware of any details,” Tuesday night and said he was “just now hearing about this via news reports.”This comes in the wake of Baugh being suspended for the 2013 season opener against Buffalo for a similar incident. In July, the tight end was arrested for underage possession/consumption of alcohol and displaying improper identification, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records.Coming out of high school, the Riverside, Calif., native was considered a four-star recruit by 247Sports and participated in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game.Baugh was redshirted by OSU coach Urban Meyer during his freshman season after not playing for the Buckeyes all year.As of now, OSU is set to return its two starting tight ends from the 2013-14 season in junior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-sophomore Nick Vannett.Baugh did not immediately respond to an email request from The Lantern for comment.OSU is set to start its season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium against Navy.