Thanks, Hoboken

first_imgWith deep gratitude,Mayor Dawn Zimmer Dear Editor: It has been a true honor to serve the people of Hoboken as mayor for the last eight and one half years. I want to thank the residents of Hoboken for giving me this incredible opportunity. I am proud of all that my team and I have accomplished, including saving our hospital, seeing the city through Sandy, adding nine acres of open space in western Hoboken, making real progress to reduce flooding, and making our city as environmentally and fiscally resilient as possible. I was deeply moved by the community response at Mayor Bhalla’s inauguration and thank everyone for your support over the years to achieve our many goals for our great city. I look forward to seeing all of my Hoboken neighbors as I walk and bike around town! last_img

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Afcon 2013: ‘Get behind Bafana Bafana’

first_img10 January 2013Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula urged South Africans to get behind the country’s national football team – and to give a warm welcome to visiting football fans – during an event to mark the 10-day countdown to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) on Wednesday.Africa’s showpiece soccer event kicks off on 19 January. The opening match will be played between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde at FNB Stadium (which will be known as National Stadium for the duration of Afcon) in Johannesburg.Hundreds of people clad in Bafana Bafana jerseys, waving flags and brandishing vuvuzelas gathered outside the Nelson Mandela Library in Johannesburg on Wednesday to mark the Afcon countdown.Musicians Dr Malinga and Oskido kept the crowds cheering on Wednesday as Takuma, the official Afcon mascot, danced along with the team players and Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula.The message from Mbalula was clear – all South Africans must support Bafana Bafana and welcome visitors from other countries.“On behalf of government I want to thank you for your support. I encourage you to welcome our visitors as [the participating] nations come to the country.”He said South Africans should show the visitors and fans what ubuntu was all about.“To the [Bafana Bafana] coach and all your staff, our message to you is, ‘go and do us proud … go on to the field and fight’”.Mbalula said while he was happy about Bafana’s performance in a warmup match against Norway on Tuesday, they needed to ensure that during the Afcon tournament they scored goals.Bafana player Bongani Khumalo said the team was 100 percent ready to represent the country at Afcon. He thanked all South Africans for their support.The crowd cheered as player Siphiwe Tshabalala introduced himself and encouraged supporters to keep believing in the team. “We value your support,” he said.The team’s coach, Gordon Igesund, said: “I have no doubt that all the players will make you proud. We will do our best to win Afcon.”Bafana will face Algeria in Soweto on Saturday in their final warm-up match.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Sustainability of resilient South African nation brand depends on socially cohesive communities

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 18 August 2016 – In preparation of the inaugural Nation Brand Forum on Wednesday 24 August 2016, Brand South Africa hosted a research reference group yesterday that looked into the issue of social cohesion. The reference group looked at whether South Africa is asking the right questions when it comes to the analysis and measurement of social cohesion in South Africa.The reference group comes within the context of Brand South Africa’s mandate to promote social cohesion and nation building. International best practice indicates that a resilient nation brand is anchored on a socially cohesive citizenry.Social cohesion is, amongst others, premised on active citizenship, where community members and citizens work together for the attainment of shared goals, designed and agreed upon to improve the living conditions for all.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock said: “Unfortunately challenges of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and historical divisions around race, class and gender make it difficult to arrive at a socially cohesive and united society as fast as we would want to. Through such reference groups, we aim to map out ways on how to recreate these challenges in moving us towards an ideal socially cohesive society.”Dr de Kock made reference to the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP), and indicated how these articulate in one way or another ways for the nation to deal with the question of Social Cohesion.He added: “Transformation of the South African society, economy, identity, education, and interactions with our immediate region and the world, are all in one way or another aimed at human development, and greater social cohesion – and this is outlined in the NDP.“The process of building nation brands, including brand South Africa, requires a consistent and coordinated efforts, which is heavily reliant on nation building. Nation-building in the context of South Africa, calls for a rethinking, on what social cohesion, linked to nation building, should be. It is premised on these reasons that we are interrogating the concept of social cohesion. Inputs, suggestions and actions recommended by participants at today’s research reference group will inform planning for the Nation Brand Forum scheduled for 24 August 2016.Dr de Kock concluded: “The reputation of a country, nation, or nation brand is shaped by a multitude of factors. Importantly, a reputation is not a fixed once off outcome of an action, or set of actions. It is a continuous process that needs to be refined based on the challenges and opportunities presented for the nation.”Media are invited to participate in the inaugural Nation Brand Forum as follows:Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016Time: 08h30 – 15h00Venue: The Maslow Hotel46 Rivonia Rd, Sandton, 2146RSVPS/Enquiries: Tsabeng NthiteEmail [email protected] number 076 371 6810Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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Name an African elephant and save it

first_imgAmarula’s Name Them, Save Them campaign fights elephant poaching and gets society to understand these mystical creatures.There are two subspecies of African elephants—the Savanna (or bush) elephant and the Forest elephant. Savanna elephants are larger than forest elephants, and their tusks curve outwards. In addition to being smaller, forest elephants are darker and their tusks are straighter and point downward. (Image: Amarula)Ray MaotaThere are less than 400 000 African Elephants left in the wild and one is lost every 15 minutes to ivory poaching. Should this carry on, the majestic creatures will be extinct by 2030.This will not happen without a fight. Amarula, a cream liqueur from South African beverage producers Distell Group Limited, is working closely with Kenyan-based conservation organisation WildlifeDirect to protect Africa’s elephants with their Name Them, Save Them campaign.Losing an elephant a personal lossThe campaign will allow viewers to actively participate in preserving the African elephant by casting a spotlight on ivory poaching. On the campaign website, users will be guided through a virtual savannah where they can choose an elephant, design it with a range of colourful patterns, then name and share it with friends online.This makes the prospect of losing an African elephant personal to users.According to WildlifeDirect CEO, Paula Kahumbu, the campaign will show people how similar elephants are to humans.“Just like humans, each elephant is an individual with a unique personality. We share many similarities with elephants. They are intelligent, emotional and have a strong sense of family – just like us.”Amarula will donate US$1 to WildlifeDirect for every elephant named and shared per unique user.Kahumbu said: “The world needs to know that the only way to get ivory is to kill an elephant. Once you know them by name, you would never dream of hurting them.”She appears in an extraordinary video shot in front of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli Park, Kenya, and introduces viewers to elephants by name, showcasing their behaviour in their natural habitat and likening their traits to those of humans.The short film, shot by Felix Seuffert from Butterfly Films, has been specifically crafted to raise awareness of the plight of the African elephant, whilst building the bond between man and elephant.Kahumbu, who is internationally acknowledged for her conservation work, said: “The African elephant is an integral part of our African heritage and culture…This campaign is about creating a connection between us and elephants and becoming actively involved in raising awareness and saving our elephants.“By getting to know elephants by name, we want people to realise that they are more important than an ivory trinket. They say an elephant never forgets, but now they need us to remember them.”Amarula’s conservation effortsIn addition to funding this global campaign, Amarula has been committed to protecting the African elephant since 2002 and has donated $642 000 (R9.4-million) to the cause over this period.The partnership with WildlifeDirect is expected to add impetus to Amarula’s conservation efforts.Dino D’Araujo, Amarula Global general manager, said the partnership with WildlifeDirect will help them continue to protect the continent’s elephants. “Our objective is simple – to make sure that for generations to come, we continue to meet the elephants beneath the Marula trees.”last_img read more

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CES 2011: Mobile DTV Coming to an iPhone, iPad Near You

first_imgWhen Sarah Perez summed up the top three mobile trends to expect at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, a trend that both of us occassionally-mobile television connoisseurs were excited about was mobile TV. The Open Mobile Video Coalition is presenting this year and they had a handful of mobile TV devices to show off that will be exciting for the TV-viewer on the go – especially one that retrofits all your mobile Apple devices for Mobile DTV.First off, there was indeed an LG 3D mobile TV unit that operates without glasses, though we’re still a bit passed-by by the 3D hooplah. For our money, we’ll stick with the standard fare, as the 3D looked a bit like regular TV that wasn’t coming in quite right. We’re sure plenty of other people will go gaga for it, however, so for you 3D lovers, it’s going mobile.While a slew of new Mobile DTV devices are likely to be released, one little gadget we saw today was even more exciting. It allows users to retrofit their existing Apple devices with a digital TV antenna. While the big focus has been on providing TV, video-on-demand and other content via your WiFi or 3G connections, this device, called the Tivizen, which brings local broadcast television to your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The device plugs directly into the 30-pin socket (where you normally put the power cord connector) and offers up to 2.5 hours of Mobile DTV video. For those of you who aren’t grandfathered in on the unlimited data plant, a DTV antenna could bring mobile video without costing you an arm and a leg in bandwidth charges. The Tivizen will be available in June for $99 and works with a free app. A WiFi version of the same device is also expected later this year. Of course, the Tivizen is just the first of a number of mobile devices expected this year. According to the Open Mobile Video Coalition, “more than two dozen new Mobile DTV devices are expected to be introduced at CES, including a wide assortment of tablets, iPad and iPhone accessories, portable televisions, DVD players, and USB receivers.” The coalition represents more than 900 broadcast TV stations throughout the U.S. and says that nearly 70 stations across the country are currently broadcasting a Mobile DTV signal. Tags:#CES 2011#conferences#mobile#Multimedia#news#Video Services#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App mike melanson 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts last_img read more

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Lassiter shows he’s more than a sniper

first_imgAfter their win over the Elite, Lassiter now averages two swipes a game.“Sometimes my offense doesn’t show up,” said Lassiter who went 2-of-9 from deep. “And [playing defense] is one of the first things they know about me, but it’s always good to do both.”And Lassiter is also willing to bring his three-and-D style of play to the national team once the officials start calling.Lassiter has worn the tricolor several times in his career and he’s willing to do it again if given the chance.“Being a three-and-D player, and having multiple dimensions to your game, it helps a lot,” said Lassiter. “If they ever call again, I’m always available.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel swingman Marcio Lassiter has long proven his shooter label, with a 39.9 percent shooting clip from deep his first five seasons, but on Wednesday he showed that he is more than that.Lassiter filled up the stat sheets with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists, and eight steals, which was the best way to tell people that he is as a two-way player.ADVERTISEMENT French Open: One and done for home hope Tsonga BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve always known I can play defense, it’s one of my calling cards and I’ve been doing it my whole career,” said Lassiter after the Beermen’s 124-113 victory over Blackwater in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.READ: San Miguel gets back-to-back wins ahead of final elims gameFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’m just playing the passing lanes, and I was just being active, and just reading what the defense was giving,”Lassiter, prior to their game against the Elite, was averaging 1.40 steals a game and had a streak of two games with at least two steals a game.last_img read more

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