2010 National Communication Partnership Annual Conference

first_imgThursday 16 August 2007What was said at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference, 15 August 2007“Indeed, Africa’s time has come – and as communicators and we are ready to tell our own stories, as Africans we will tell stories of a developing African continent. It is our responsibility not anybody else responsibility. It is our assignment not anybody else assignment. We are delegated by history to communicate about Africa’s stories of success; the world cup is one of those stories to be told” – Mr Nkenke Kekana, Chairperson: 2010 National Communication Partnership “There is a clarion call to communicators to seize the moment Africa has been given. Africa’s time has come to tell the story of Africa in different voices; to tell our story in tenor and alto and bass, but to tell our story of Africa” – Mr Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-chairperson, 2010 National Communication Partnership “Nobody is going to change Africa for us. Nobody is going to project Africa for us. No one knows Africa better than us. No one else knows how we want to project Africa to the world” – Rev Dr Makhenkesi Stofile, Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa“Uninformed commentators, even in the 21st century, those, who are by no means superior but are fortunate to possess the measuring rod, still regard Africa as one big country where all forms of crime, criminality and barbarism are the rule. It is a challenge for Africa…to use the opportunity of the 2010 World Cup to counter the wrong perceptions of Africa and project the positive image and values of the continent” – Mr Ben Egbuna, President of the African Union of Broadcasting and Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria“We have to tell the world our story. It is easy to write off the media and say they only tell the negative story. It is time for us to take control of the story” – Ms Yvonne Johnston, CEO: International Marketing Council “[What we are seeking] is an African solidarity by communicators that will henceforth seek means and ways of promoting a positive image of our continent…. This solidarity will ultimately [be] embodied in the establishment of a continental network of communicators with a defined mandate and objectives beyond 2010” – Mr Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-chairperson, 2010 National Communication Partnership “All over Africa you find that Africa’s time has come – to celebrate to sing and dance but also to deliver excellence, efficiency and to be global players. Africa’s time has come not just to be looking for charity but for challenge” – Mr Danny Jordaan, CEO: 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa [We must] stand shoulder to shoulder united as one people to say ‘Africa’s time has come’ – Mr Tim Modise, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa “Africa’s time has come to do her thingAfrica’s time has come to tell her storyAfrica’s time has come to bring the world togetherAfrica’s time has come to host the football spectacularAfrica’s time has come to showcase her beauty and richnessAfrica’s time has come to create and bequeath a living legacy”– Mr Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-chairperson, 2010 National Communication Partnershiplast_img read more

OPC hosts annual Taste of Elegance

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chef Todd McDunn, Lakeview Café, Scotts Miracle Gro Campus, took top honors at the Ohio Pork Council’s Taste of Elegance Chefs Competition and Reception, earning the coveted Chef Par Excellence award.Chef Aaron Braun, The Meadowlark, was named Superior Chef, while Chef Ryan Berlin was selected Premier Chef. Chef Aaron Braun also earned the People’s Choice award.This year, each of the three chefs prepared an appetizer, and entrée featuring pork. Judging the event were Chef Michael Deligatta, Chef Par Excellence in the 2017 Taste of Elegance from the Inn at Versailles; Chef Chuck Langstaff, longtime supporter of OPC and known as the “Prince of Pork” and Erin Vasicek, Coordinator of the Columbus Food Bloggers group and blogger at the SpiffyCookie.com.

In keeping with tradition, the evening began with guests receiving white gloves and a bone-in pork chop. After sampling assorted cheeses and appetizers, they were invited to taste samples from each of the chefs’ menu. Additionally, a selection of Ohio wines was offered by the Ohio Grape Industries.The evening provides a unique opportunity for Ohio farmers to mingle with chefs who have prepared the fruit of their efforts — pork — in unique and exciting ways. Although many farmers have spent their lives raising pigs, few have had the opportunity to dine on what may be considered culinary delicacies, like tail or cheek.Pork chops, as well as the pork used by each of the chefs, were donated by J.H. Routh Packing Company in Sandusky. Event sponsors included the Ohio Pork Council, American Culinary Federation, Ohio Soybean Council, The J.H. Routh Packing Company, Farm Credit Mid-America, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, United Producers and Ohio Grape Industries.last_img read more

Korea downs China for AVC bronze

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Hwang Minkyoung gave the Koreans the third-place finish when her final attack bounced off two Chinese defenders.Captain Kim Yeon-koung said she felt bad they didn’t get a chance to challenge for the gold, but the bronze is a good enough consolation prize for them.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 shutout“After yesterday we were really upset because we wanted to go to the finals,” said Kim, who finished with eight points as she sat out most of the third set. “Anyway we finished third so I’m happy for the girls.”Kim Heejin led Korea with 16 points while Park Jeongah added 13. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Jin Ye had 10 points to lead China. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea avenged its failed bid for a championship and dismantled China 25-11, 25-18, 25-20, to earn the bronze medal in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Koreans lost their chance for the gold when Thailand swept them in the semifinals, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Cam favorite Vicencio helps lift PH archerslast_img read more

NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds What The Trade Deadline Hath Wrought

DETBOS, OKC+1.4 (Note that all of these gains and losses are for 2014-15 only — they don’t take into account draft picks exchanged or even the future implications of picking up a player and his contract.)As SB Nation’s Paul Flannery noted, this trade deadline didn’t really make much difference despite all the chaos in the final hectic minutes.Sure, the top team, Miami, added about 2.4 wins over the rest of the season, and Phoenix brought up the rear with a loss of more than 3 WAR when the dust settled. The moves may have kept the Heat afloat for the playoffs (especially in light of the subsequent news that Chris Bosh would be lost for the season with blood clots) and signaled the death knell for the Suns’ postseason chances.But the rest of the biggest movers and shakers on deadline day either had already locked up a playoff slot (Washington and Oklahoma City took steps back but are near 100 percent playoff probability by our projections anyway) or didn’t have a prayer no matter what they did (the Celtics, for all their improvements on deadline day, are still staring at a mere 12.1 percent chance of making the playoffs).The exception to this might be the Detroit Pistons. Two weeks ago, the Pistons clung to a meager 9.9 percent probability of making the playoffs, according to our model. Now they have a 47.8 percent chance of making the postseason and have jumped from 21st to 16th in the power rankings — some of that thanks to the 1.4-WAR boost they picked up at the trade deadline with Reggie Jackson (an upgrade made doubly positive by the discarding of sub-replacement level guard D.J. Augustin).Aside from the Pistons, however, it seems as though few of Thursday’s moves will upend the playoff picture in either conference.At any rate, many of the trades yielded positive WAR simply by jettisoning a poor player from the roster. Take, for instance, Sacramento’s trade of Ramon Sessions to Washington. It netted a solid player in return — Andre Miller is expected to generate 0.8 WAR for the Kings over the rest of the season — but removing Sessions was the bigger windfall in terms of 2014-15 WAR. Sessions’ -5.1 predictive RPM combined with an expectation of 17 minutes per game to potentially deliver -1.0 WAR to Sacramento before it traded him away.As for the rankings themselves, the New Orleans Pelicans were the biggest movers since two Mondays ago — and in a very bad way. They lost all-everything forward Anthony Davis to a shoulder sprain that will cost him several weeks of action, which coupled with an ongoing injury to Jrue Holiday — and the addition of RPM disaster Norris Cole — to drop the Pelicans 11 ranking slots. RPM says their depleted roster projects to be the fourth-worst in basketball over the next week.The Dallas Mavericks dropped eight slots in this edition of the rankings. Adding Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t help, but the biggest changes were an injury to Chandler Parsons and the return of statistical enigma Rajon Rondo to their lineup. Rondo’s having a subpar season by the numbers, and short-term RPM gives him a rating near the replacement level. But at least Dallas is still 99.5 percent likely to make the playoffs, according to our simulations.Looking for good news? The Los Angeles Clippers rose six spots in the rankings from two weeks ago. Usually changes to the power ratings are due to player movement, injuries or other reallocations of minutes, but in the case of the Clippers, the improved play of Jamal Crawford has also played a role. Crawford still carries a negative RPM rating, but he’s averaging 22.8 points per game over his last four outings and has been present for some of the Clippers’ best basketball — they’ve averaged a +17.5 scoring margin per game with him on the floor over the past two weeks.Finally, let’s give a hand to the New York Knicks. While they’ve been a fun punchline all season, they’ve been in a dogfight with the Philadelphia 76ers for last place in our rankings all season. But after a season-ending injury to Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have separated themselves from the pack, easily ranking as the least-talented team in the NBA this week. With the likes of RPM ne’er-do-wells Jose Calderon, Jason Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. projected to soak up huge minutes for the rest of the season, Jim Dolan’s team is truly a fitting “Hope Diamond in his loser’s tiara.” DENPHI, POR+0.7 MILPHO+0.0 PHODET, MIA, MIL-3.2 After a week’s hiatus because of the All-Star break, we’re back with FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.There are more than a few trade deadline-related changes to the rankings this week, but before I get to those, a quick explanation of how these numbers work: Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the upcoming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on these numbers, see our introductory rankings post.In many ways, ranking the league after a reshuffling of players — like Thursday’s trade deadline — is precisely what power ratings such as these are intended to do. Because they’re based on the underlying talent of the players on each team’s roster, they ought to be able to account for player movement more quickly than ratings that require the new-look teams to play together a bunch of times.So, how much did the deadline really shake up the league? Here’s a look at the statistical effect of deadline trades on each team, in terms of the RPM wins above replacement (WAR) they are projected to gain or lose over the remainder of the 2014-15 schedule: NYKHOU-0.5 MIANOP, PHO+2.4 PORDEN+0.4 NOPMIA, OKC, PHO-0.1 BOSDET+2.1 UTAOKC+0.2 MINBRK-0.2 TEAMTRADED WITHNET WAR PHIDEN, HOU, MIL-0.1 SACWAS+1.8 OKCNOP, UTA-0.7 WASSAC-0.9 BRKMIN+0.4 HOUNYK, PHI+0.3 read more

Buckeyes defend Scarlet Course for second consecutive Invitational title

The Ohio State women’s golf team won its second-consecutive Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational, one week before the Big Ten championship. The two-day event, at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course, featured gusting winds and firm greens. The No. 21 ranked Buckeyes were able to hold off the competition and won by 14 strokes.  “It’s always nice to win, especially at home, and especially going into the Big Ten [tournament],” coach Therese Hession said. “It was nice to persevere since it was a tough weekend to play.”  Freshman Rachel Rohanna led the team to victory finishing second, only one stroke behind Michigan State’s Laura Kueny. “First of all, I didn’t even know I was one shot back,” Rohanna said. “I am just excited for our team. We just needed a win to get us ready for the Big Ten [tournament].” Both Hession and Rohanna agree that the team still needs to work on its short game. “I know I am putting better now, but going to different courses I have to get that pace down,” Rohanna said. The Buckeyes beat 11 teams in the tournament, eight of which represented the Big Ten. The team will play four rounds of golf at the Big Ten championship April 23-25 in Madison, Wis. read more

Official Alvaro Morata is a new Atletico Madrid player

first_imgAtletico Madrid have finally made Alvaro Morata’s arrival official, the Colchoneros have closed the deal with Chelsea for the next year and a half.There has been a lot of controversy with Alvaro Morata’s imminent arrival to Atletico Madrid, the Spanish striker has a very prominent past at Real Madrid and the Colchonero fans don’t easily forget a player who made them suffer so much during his time there.However, people also tend to forget that Morata was actually a Colchonero before he was part of Los Blancos as he joined the club when he was just a small boy.Morata then decided to leave for Real Madrid, where he made the most of his career and then got the opportunity to become a professional player.Despite having made his debut in Spanish football with Los Blancos, Alvaro Morata didn’t really accomplish everything he wanted with Real Madrid and the lack of participation pushed him out of the club twice already.The first time was a loan to Juventus and the most successful period of his career, as Morata was able to reach the 2015 UEFA Champions League final and was an essential part of the squad that won the Serie A and Coppa Italia that same season.🔴⚪🔴 #WelcomeMorata!Agreement with @ChelseaFC over the loan of @AlvaroMorata for the remainder of the current season and the next one.FULL STORY ➡ https://t.co/KiMEnruwJk#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/vHYMUSv3Vp— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019When he returned to Real Madrid after such a great period with Juventus, Morata’s ideas were still to become Los Blancos’ most important striker but there were several players up front who were considered better than him.Getting past the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Karim Benzema proved almost impossible for Morata as Zidane never really trusted him to play the position.A lack of patience didn’t let the striker wait for his opportunity any longer, which is why he finally decided to leave Real Madrid for good and he signed a new contract with Chelsea.With the Blues, Morata began a relatively good spell under manager Antonio Conte, but he soon started to play less and less in the squad.There were other great players who actually played more than he did, and the English fans were ruthless against the Spaniard when he did have some playing time at Chelsea.Alvaro Morata’s chances of becoming a top club’s main striker were becoming less likely by the minute and he needed to make another major decision.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…🔴⚪🔴 @AlvaroMorata will wear number 2⃣2⃣! 👕 You can now purchase his shirt in our stores! 👉https://t.co/vlRifIGf4k#AúpaAtleti #BienvenidoMorata pic.twitter.com/02olCsRARU— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 28, 2019Now that the Atletico Madrid option presented itself, the player didn’t hesitate and he was announced by the club today: “Álvaro Morata is now an Atlético de Madrid player,” wrote Atletico Madrid on its official website.“The striker has already signed his contract for the remainder of the current season and the next one, after our club reached an agreement with Chelsea Football Club and the player passed his medical at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra.”“The striker spent four seasons at our Academy, having originally joined as an ‘Alevín’, and was a teammate of Koke during his first spell at our club.”“The two will now reunite in our first team. Morata has proven himself as a prolific goalscorer in some of Europe’s most competitive leagues.”“Apart from his time in LaLiga and the Premier League, the striker also played for Italian club Juventus in the Serie A.”“In total, the 26-year-old has scored 82 goals and registered 37 assists throughout his club career.”“Moreover, he has earned 27 caps for Spain, netting 13 goals. With Morata’s arrival, we add a very talented striker to our club, who has the ability to score with his feet and his head thanks to his height (189 cm) and to combine with his teammates,” they [email protected] has today joined Atletico Madrid on loan until the end of the 2019/20 season.Good luck, Alvaro! 👊— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 28, 2019What do you think about Morata’s arrival to Atletico Madrid knowing that he was a Real Madrid player for so long? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Minority beyond numbers

first_imgThe term “minority” is usually associated with certain disadvantages that accrue to a group by virtue of its status. Designating a group as “minority” is often based on the numeric count of a specific identity like religion, caste, or language. This numeric measure often ignores space and context entirely while interpreting minority as a disadvantage. The extent, to which the notion of being in a minority is associated with disadvantage and deprivation, needs to be re-examined. One must look beyond the numeric to the term’s operationalisation in a functional and social space. Each individual could belong to a minority according to some specific identity. However, the use of numeric count alone can be a misnomer. For example on a construction site with 15 unskilled workers and 2 skilled masons, the latter are considered a minority by virtue of numbers. But by virtue of power over workers and skills, they cannot be thought of as a “minority group”. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justice The popular identity of a minority defined in a social space, according to identities like religion and caste perhaps remains relevant, only when these identities remains primary to the individual. In today’s globalised world, one can hope for a gradual erosion of these primary identities. Suffice to say, these identities can be replaced with professional, regional, as well as functional identities. With information and communication holding the key to social status, linguistic identities, especially the ability to speak in English, is gaining prominence. That renders the non-English speaking group a minority in certain areas of functioning. The conventional minority status is perhaps posing a lesser threat compared to the newly emerging minority identities in the form of linguistic and/or domiciliary attributes. This can be easily seen in the varying demands for statehood in India within a region primarily identified by their linguistic identity alone. Hence, minority identity in the functional space needs to be separated from that of social space for many reasons. Such a scenario can be best explained when one considers a highly educated professional in an urban space. If this professional is domiciled in a place where he/she does not have any linguistic affiliation, the person may not be a minority in the professional space, but will be a minority in his social space. Moreover, alterations in the primary identities and minority status can be achieved given the propensity for mobility in today’s global world. Therefore, a primary identity need not be considered as an ascribed quality that would remain unaltered. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeIf minority associated vulnerability is a real concern, then the term needs to be widened beyond social identities. It is important to recognise that the primary identity alone does not assert one’s minority status. An individual’s identity evolves over the course of their life and so does his/her minority status. The issue of deprivation/disadvantage is largely in the functional space where the identities that come into play may be different from the ascriptive ones. For example, a professional who is less than fully qualified may resist efforts of retraining his/her caste identity or social power that accrues through networks that are strong. Thus, the consequent identity that a person acquires through this process of evolution over the course of their life may take them in a direction completely different from their primary identity. Moreover, such an evolutionary process may give rise to the adoption of ideological positions that overcome the stereotyping of primary identities. Thus, primary identities may change, both in the functional and in the social space over time. Given this complex mechanism of identities, there remain a lot of ambiguities in defining minorities in terms of the numeric, particularly in the social space. Deliberations on minority identity specific to context and circumstance are perhaps more relevant today given the new world of fanaticism emerging due to evolving identities. The identities that are replacing primary identities are the region, language and place of education, among others. With such identities occupying the centre stage, a call for a minority identity that challenges existing orders could emanate from any unknown corner. There is a reason to believe and be optimistic regarding the erosion of caste/class/religion identity with the immensity of opportunities opening up for various groups with mobility. This necessitates redefining the concept of “minority” if at all it remains a relevant means to identify vulnerabilities in the future. Such optimism is possible provided every individual evolves their identity such that it outweighs his/her primary identity, and strives for a privileged identity through this self-evolutionary process, rather than looking for gains from his/her minority status based purely on socially ascribed characteristics. (The author is a professor at the Centre for Development Studies in Trivandrum. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more