On Friday, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted High School Journalism Day, inviting 115 high school students from nine different high schools in the Los Angeles area.The biannual event, which is in its fourth year, began as an initiative of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in collaboration with Jaime Carias, the Annenberg Civic Engagement Coordinator. The event has expanded to include the National Association for Black Journalists and the Annenberg Latino Student Association.The agenda included an introduction by Willow Bay, the director of Annenberg, a keynote speech by KABC-TV news anchor and USC alum Marc Brown, and a variety of smaller workshops on a plethora of journalism and communication techniques.Barbara Estrada, a senior studying broadcast and digital journalism, is the founder and former president of the USC NAHJ.“After establishing NAHJ, I thought, ‘OK, we need to give back,’” Estrada said. “It’s a great way for us to get to know our community and the South L.A. communities.”Estrada helped to lead a workshop called “The Power of Social Media Storytelling,” with Dimelo, a media organization started at Annenberg for Latino audiences.Carias credited Estrada with the idea for High School Journalism Day and is thrilled with the program’s continued growth and sustainability.“We are able to expose youth to media and journalism and have them go home knowing it’s possible for them to pursue a career in media,” Carias said. “A lot of students are from two miles away, but they’ve never stepped foot on campus. To expose them to what we do at Annenberg and to see them walk into our TV studio and say ‘Wow,’ is really meaningful to me.’”Nicole Slack, a high school senior from Dorsey High School, is now considering majoring in journalism after touring the Annenberg Media Center.“I had taken a filmmaking class, but I didn’t know about how much time radio or broadcasting took,” Slack said. “I didn’t know anything about how the marketing works. I felt like today I got more inside knowledge about everything that goes into journalism.”Alan Mittelstaedt, associate professor of professional practice of journalism, led a workshop called “Journalism Starts with You” in conjunction with Noorhan Maamoon, a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. They emphasized the accessibility of journalism in the age of technology.“If you don’t feel completely comfortable practicing journalism, that’s okay,” Mittelstaedt said. “Our job is to push you out of your comfort zone.”At the end of the presentation, Mittelstaedt gave students the opportunity to submit a piece to him about the impact of President Donald Trump’s policies in their community.“Toward the end of the presentation, there is usually a half dozen students who tell really compelling stories about things going on in their communities, and I say, ‘You’ve got to write about that,’” Mittelstaedt said.April Barrillas, a high school senior Manual Arts High School, serves as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper. She hopes to study zoology and wildlife in college, but would like to to use the journalistic skills she has learned later in her life.“I want to tell people about how their actions affect the community and how we’re destroying animal habitats. I believe people should know more about it,” Barrillas said. “I wasn’t initially interested in [journalism] but now I’m in it, I understand all the research and interviews that go into a story.”
Alliance of skating sports from Bosnia and Herzegovina is organizing an international competition in figure skating on ice “Sarajevo Open 2015”.Competition that will be held from 20th to 22nd February at the Olympic Hall “Juan Antonio Samaranch”, Alliance of skating sports BiH wants to make its full contribution to the celebration of the 31st anniversary of the Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo.Arrival in Sarajevo and participation in this contest has been confirmed by the 135 competitors from 11 countries: Turkey, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Finland, Cyprus, Moldova, Romania, Armenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as 18 international judges. Bosnia and Herzegovina will be represented by eight skaters.“Alliance of skating sports BiH through this competition is trying to restore dignity and Olympic spirit of Sarajevo, and is trying to promote figure skating in BiH”, announced the Alliance. The entrance to the hall is free.(Source: Novovrijeme/photo sarajevo365/ sport)
Skills development has been identified as a key requirement for economic growth in South Africa, and for the economic empowerment of the previously disadvantaged majority.As a result, the Skills Development Act (1998) provides a framework for the development of skills in the workplace. Amongst other things, the Act makes provision for skills development by means of a levy-grant scheme, and the establishment of 27 sector-specific Sector Education and Training Authorities – or Setas – to administer the scheme’s funds, and manage the skills development process. What is a Seta?The Setas were established in March 2000 and are responsible for the disbursement of training levies payable by all employers in the country. Setas replace and extend the work of the old industry training boards and are accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority.Each separate economic sector has one Seta. There are 27 Setas which cover all work sectors in South Africa, including government sectors. The members of Setas include trade unions, government and bargaining councils from appropriate industries.Within its own sector, a Seta must develop and implement a skills development plan, be responsible for quality control and pay out development grants. They are responsible for about R2.5-billion each year.Part of the objective of the Setas is to ensure that the skills requirements of the various sectors are identified, and that the adequate and appropriate skills are readily available. They are required to ensure that training is of the appropriate quality, meets agreed standards as laid out by the national framework, and caters for the training needs of new entrants to the labour market as well as the currently employed work force.The Setas are also responsible for a learnership programme and the implementation of strategic sector skills plans. They have discretionary funds, drawn from their levy income, that can be used for projects designed to assist in the achievement of sector priorities, including the design and implementation of learnerships.The 27 Setas each renew an MoU with the Department of Labour on an annual basis.What do I have to pay?A compulsory skills-development levy was introduced on 1 April 2000, payable by employers who are registered with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for employees’ tax purposes, or by employers with an annual payroll in excess of R250 000. The levy rate is 1% of the total payroll, and the collection of the funds is administered by SARS.How are the funds disbursed? The levies paid to SARS are put in a special fund. 80% of the money from this fund is distributed to the different Setas and the other 20% is paid into the National Skills Fund. The Setas then pay grants to employers who appoint a Skills Development Facilitator. The National Skills Fund funds skills development projects that don’t fall under the Setas. How do I get my Seta to work for me? Appointing a facilitatorIn order to be eligible for grants, an employer must appoint a Skills Development Facilitator who can be a full-time or part-time employee or contracted consultant.The facilitator is responsible for the development and planning of a company’s skills development strategy. This will include the development and implementation of an annual workplace skills plan and the submission of an annual training report. He or she also serves as a resource to the employer with regard to the criteria required for accreditation of courses, skills programmes and learnership development.Once a facilitator has been appointed, employers can develop the skills of their staff, and reclaim the funds for doing this in three ways:Workplace skills planIn the first year of the levy-grant scheme employers can recover in grants a minimum of 50% of the levy they have paid. The grants, referred to as grants A, B, C and D, have certain conditions that must be adhered to.For the appointment and registration of a Skills Development Facilitator – Grant A – employers will be able to recover 15% of the levy they have paid. The appointment of a facilitator is necessary before applications for Grants B, C and D will be considered.Grant B: An employer will be able to recover 10% of the total levy payment for preparing, submitting and obtaining approval from the appropriate Seta for a workplace skills plan.Grant C: An employer will be able to recover a further 20% of the total levy payment by preparing and submitting an annual training report based on the approved workplace skills plan.Grand D: Each Seta makes available grants to the equivalent of 5% of the total levy payment by the employer for specific sector skills initiatives. The criteria will be made available by the employer’s relevant Seta.Learnerships 140 learnership programmes have been developed by the Setas, ranging from basic entry level to post professional levels. If employers agree to embark on learnership programmes they will be able to access a cash grant from their Seta as well as a tax incentive. Every time an employer signs up a learnership agreement they can claim R25 000 offset against taxable income. When the recognised phase of the learnership has been completed they can claim an additional R25 000 against taxable income.Strategic grantsSetas are eligible to provide additional grants to companies for developmental or special skills training, for example, in the area of HIV/AIDS and adult basic education and training. Tell me more about the National Skills Fund…The National Skills Fund is administered by the department of labour. It is made up of 20% of the total skills levy paid by employers and is used to address significant national skills priorities.Funds are allocated through a range of funding windows. The National Skills Authority provides advice on each window and the criteria to be used to determine the allocation of funds.The principal funding windows deal with strategic projects, social development initiatives, innovation and research, and a bursary programme to support students to study in areas of scarce skills.Nineteen strategic projects to the value of R1.3-billion were approved over a three-and-a-half-year period by the minister of labour in 2002.Where can I find my Seta? The government has contact details for all 27 Setas online.For more see:SA Labour BulletinDept. of LabourParalegal advice websiteBackground documents, regulations and other resourcesSouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this story on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.
With Jharkhand reporting one of the highest incidents of mob-lynching, the Congress manifesto for the upcoming Assembly election in the State is likely to propose an anti-lynching law on the lines of the recent law cleared by the Congress government in Rajasthan. The Rajasthan Assembly in August this year cleared “The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019” which provides for life imprisonment and a fine up to ₹5 lakh to convicts in cases of mob lynching. The Bill proposes imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine of up to ₹1 lakh in case of the victim suffering simple injuries.The convicts will get jail terms up to 10 years and a fine of ₹25,000 to ₹3 lakh in case of an assault by mob or victim suffering serious injuries. It also defines lynching as “an act or series of acts of violence or those of aiding, abetting or attempting an act of violence, whether spontaneous or preplanned, by a mob on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, language, dietary practices, sexual orientation, political affiliation or ethnicity.” Sources said the party’s manifestos for the Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly polls will also be drawn on. In the farm sector, the manifesto will list ways to check the agrarian crisis and is likely to offer loan waiver like it has done in the other three States.With no clarity on which way the alliance in the State is headed or the division of seats, the manifesto, according to sources, will maintain a balance between tribal and non-tribal expectations. The AICC research department is working on the manifesto. “We are in the final stages of talks with our allies and will announce it whenever it strategically suits us,” RPN Singh, the party’s Jharkhand in-charge said. Sources said the Congress will play the junior partner to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).“Our focus will be on rising unemployment. Again we will be borrowing a few ideas from the Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh manifestos,” a senior Congress leader said. In Madhya Pradesh the Congress had also promised unemployment allowance. The manifesto will include better implementation of the land rights laws and will also talk about upholding the CNT/SPT (Chhotanagpur and Santhal Pargana tenancy) Acts. The BJP government was forced to roll back the proposed amendments to the CNT/SPT Act following pressure from tribal groups.In the 2014 Assembly elections, the BJP won 37 seats and formed the government along with the AJSU Party which won 5. With 19 seats, the JMM was the largest Opposition party; JVM(P) won 8 and Congress 6.
Pogba calls Man Utd crisis meetingby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United star Paul Pogba reportedly called a team meeting during training last week.He urged his team-mates to “stick together” amid their miserable start to the season.United have made an indifferent start to the campaign with only two wins from their opening six Premier League fixtures ahead of the visit of Arsenal to Old Trafford on Monday.In fact, the Red Devils have won only five of the 17 matches played since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the managerial job on a full-time basis in March.An Old Trafford source told The Sun: “Paul got all the players together and has been speaking to them about sticking together.“He has been in good spirits of late and is still pulling for Ole. He initiated a sort of rallying call to the boys. He knows he has a lot of responsibility and trying to inspire the younger guys around him.“The backroom staff are impressed and been appreciated while he has been out injured.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: When all efforts of the Delhi Police failed to zero in on the suspect in the shooting on a woman case of Dwarka on July 11, cops resorted to CCTV for help.However, police again reached a blind road when even viewing a thousand hours of CCTV footage on the road proved futile with no trace of the criminals beyond a certain point. However, minute observation of the details on the CCTV led Delhi Police investigators to a clue. “We realised that the criminals, in order to dodge police, have changed clothes at a certain point. They also changed bikes so as to bluff the investigators in case they have left a chain of witness behind. However, our team of Dwarka district soon unearthed the plot and trailed the CCTV to village Chhota Bans, Bhati Khurd Fatehpur Beri in South Delhi,” said Madhup Tiwari, Joint CP Western range. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The criminals were seen in the CCTV footage talking to someone on phone, tough that was to bluff the police. Actually they just pretended to talk. This also delayed our investigation,” said Anto Alphonse, DCP Dwarka. The accused were later identified by local intelligence to be Pinku and Giriraj Tomar. They were found missing from their houses but were soon arrested along with the main conspirator Chandraprakash who hired them to kill Kiran Bala. Two other arrested were also made.
WASHINGTON — Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump’s administration and the tech industry.The White House says the Thursday meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in innovation and how that will affect jobs and the economy.Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Gini Rometty, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf are among the expected attendees.It’s not clear if Trump is also attending. Some of Trump’s policies on trade and immigration have antagonized the tech industry.The president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, is attending a separate business gathering in Washington on Thursday that includes the CEOs of IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, Boeing and AT&T.The Associated Press
New Delhi: The suspense over the announcement of dates for Lok Sabha elections came to an end on Sunday as Chief Election Commissioner unveiled the poll dates. As per Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora, the election would be held in seven phases starting from April 11 and ending on May 19 followed by counting of votes on May 23 for all the 543 Lok Sabha seats.Following the repeated demands of opposition parties, the Election Commission will use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) in all polling stations along with EVMs. As many as 17.4 lakh VVPAT machines will be deployed for the Lok Sabha and simultaneous assembly elections, Arora said, adding that in new SOPs issued, vehicles installed with GPS trackers and mobile-based tracking system for transportation of reserve EVMs and VVPATs will be used. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”There will be very stringent security norms for storage, handling of VVPATs. After incidents, fresh SOPS have been issued for last mile transportation, including monitoring by GPS, including reserve too,” the CEC said. In a first, the Election Commission has decided to introduce candidates’ photos on the voting machines, in addition to the party name and symbol. “This would eliminate confusion in the minds of voters,” Arora said. However, the Election Commission that ‘failed’ to conduct bypoll for Anantnag parliamentary seat is still not in ‘position’ to hold assembly election in Jammu & Kashmir along with the Lok Sabha poll schedule. There are six parliamentary seats in J&K and elections for all six Lok Sabha seats will be held in 5-phases. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyAccording to the CEC, assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously. While announcing the election dates, Arora said, “The model code of conduct would come into immediate effect from Sunday. This time, 10 lakh polling stations would be set as against about nine lakh in 2014 and nearly 90 crore voters would be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country.” “The first phase will be held on April 11, second on April 18, third on April 23, fourth on April 29, fifth on May 6, sixth on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19. The counting of votes will be on May 23,” Arora said, adding that in the first phase, 91 constituencies will go for polls, 97 constituencies in the second phase, 115 constituencies in third phase, 71 in fourth phase, 51 in fifth phase, 59 in sixth and 59 in the seventh phase. Polling for Lok Sabha seats in the states of Bihar (40), Uttar Pradesh (80) and West Bengal (42) will conclude in seven phases, while there will be single phase polling in 22 states/UTs and the states of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha will witness four-phase elections. In reply to a question on monitoring contents/political advertisements on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, the CEC said, “We would set up control rooms to monitor the contents. There is a case pending in Bombay High Court over the issue. The observation of the HC in the case would bring more clarity. We have also asked candidates to submit their social media details.” Replying to a question on the provision of making arrangements to deposit mobile phones at the polling stations, the CEC said, “There is work in progress and a decision in this regard would be taken very soon.” The assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh will be held on April 11, while assembly poll in Odisha will be held in four phases starting from April 11.
Iran said Tuesday that its proposal to unblock talks with world powers on its controversial nuclear programme had earned a good response, but declined to reveal what was on the table.“We presented our proposals in a very positive environment and the reaction was good,” senior Iranian negotiator Abbas Aragchi said after an hour-long PowerPoint presentation by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his team.“The climate of the meeting was very good and very constructive. The proposal that we have introduced has the capacity to make a breakthrough in the negotiations,” Aragchi told reporters. “We are very serious. We are not here symbolically, to waste our time. We are serious for target-oriented negotiations,” he added.Aragchi said that all sides had agreed not to reveal any details of the proposal for the moment.Iran’s meeting with the European Union-chaired P5+1 group — the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia, plus Germany — ends a six-month hiatus over the Islamic republic’s refusal to curb uranium enrichment in exchange for the easing of punishing international sanctions.It is also seen as a test for the administration of new President Hassan Rouhani, who took office in August pledging transparency on the nuclear programme and engagement to eventually lift the international trade embargo that is strangling Iran’s economy.In another sign of the new mood in the often-tense nuclear talks, Iran’s team for the first time delivered its presentation in English, officials said.
TRIPOLI – Amnesty International alleged Monday a Libyan soldier was tortured to death by members of his own unit, calling on authorities to investigate the case and break with such Kadhafi-era practices.“Hussein Radwan Raheel, 37, who served with the Saiqa Forces, an elite army unit under the ministry of defence, was severely beaten and subjected to electric shocks,” Amnesty said quoting family members.It said the soldier “was tortured to death last week following 10 hours of interrogation by his own army unit” following the disappearance of a military vehicle from the unit’s Tripoli compound. “A forensic report and photos of his body seen by the organisation also indicate he was tortured,” added the watchdog.It called for an independent probe, saying it “fears that a military investigation will lack transparency and independence and will only lead to whitewashing abuse”.Amnesty’s Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said torture was widespread under the toppled regime of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, who was killed in the 2011 uprising.She charged that ill-treatment and rights violations still flourished under the rule of Libya’s new authorities who also have “turned a blind eye to abuses by militias”.“Torture and ill-treatment were routinely used by the state to terrorise the Libyan people under Kadhafi’s brutal rule. The Libyan authorities must show that the country has made a clean break with the past by sending a strong message that human rights violations by state officials will not be tolerated,” said Hadj Sahraoui.Libya’s top political authority, the National General Congress, in April passed a law criminalising torture, forced disappearances and discrimination.Amnesty said there had been 20 deaths in custody in Libya between September 2011 and July 2012.It said its delegates toured 27 prisons and detention centres this year, including those run by former rebels, and found torture was widespread in some and systematic in others.Libya has been marred by lawlessness since the 2011 uprising, which much of the unrest blamed on the former rebels who have resisted appeals by authorities to integrate into the regular armed forces.