Touring Joburg’s landmarks and icons

first_img17 May 2011Johannesburg’s outgoing mayor, Amos Masondo, led a tour to many of the city’s more striking landmarks over the weekend, stopping at places of historic, cultural and political significance.Travelling in busses belonging to Reya Vaya, the city’s Bus Rapid Transit System, Masondo was accompanied by several mayoral committee members, councillors and city officials.“We have organised this tour to re-visit of some of major developments in the city and also to commemorate our history,” said Masondo. “I am glad that working together, we have been able to built a city that works, with a booming economy not only in South Africa but in the whole Africa.”The tour had set off from the Joburg Theatre Complex in Braamfontein; the first stop was Constitution Hill.A walk around this historic establishment brought back memories for those who were once inmates. The mayor and his team went on an orientation, which included visiting the holding cells, where Nelson Mandela was once detained, among many political prisoners.They also visited the Constitutional Court, where people involved in the struggle shared their stories and experiences. For Mali Mokwena, a proportional representation councillor, the memories were as vivid as if they happened yesterday.“This was never a pleasant place for anyone to live. I spent my Christmas Day here in 1976. It is one of the days that I will never forget in my entire life.”With everyone listening attentively, Mokwena urged the officials and members of the media to respect democracy: “It never came cheap, and blood was shed.”“We were subjected to inhumane and unhygienic living conditions, just because of the colour of our skin,” said an emotional Mokwena, wiping away tears.From Constitutional Hill, the group went on a drive through the city’s dynamic and vibrant cultural hub, the Newton precinct. The convoy of Rea Vaya buses drove through the Kazerne Marshalling Yards, into Dolly Rathebe and Ntemi Piliso streets.It also drove past some of the area’s iconic buildings, such as the Market Theatre, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Museum Africa and Chancellor House, where Mandela and Oliver Tambo once had their law offices.Masondo said Newton was one of the vibrant business hub in the City: “It’s where business deals are negotiated and signed,” he said.Out of the city, the convoy went southwest, past Golf Reef City, FNB Stadium, the Pennyville Housing Project in New Canada, Orlando Stadium, Dorothy Nyembe Park and Thokoza Park.Orlando West ParkThe convoy stopped at Orlando West Park, just behind the Orlando Stadium. The park opened in 2009. Officials strolled around stretching their legs after the bus drive and admiring the state-of-the-art facilities. They also inspected the giant screen mounted at the facility.The park is fitted with a big screen TV, netball and basketball court, professional football pitch and one-kilometre jogging track. There is a walking ramp, a wheelchair friendly maze, flowerbeds, a braai area and a sprawling green lawn. It also has a permanent irrigation system and is fully fenced, with 24-hour security.Next stop was the Hector Pieterson Memorial, in Orlando. Here, Masondo laid a wreath in memory of the youth of 1976 who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprising.“It is only right to remember and honour those who selflessly gave their lives to the betterment of others,” he said, encouraging young people to value the role that the youth of 1976 had played in changing South Africa’s political landscape.The square, which is visited by tourists and locals alike, is a booming business hub for local hawkers.Mounted at the heart of the memorial is the iconic photograph of the slain 13-year old Hector, being carried by a friend while his grieving sister runs alongside.Soweto TheatreThe Soweto Theatre, which is taking shape, impressed Masondo and his officials: “This shows that we mean every word when we talk about building a world-class Africa city,” he said at the construction site.He said the theatre would play a huge role in developing young talent in Soweto and neighbouring areas. “It is indeed fulfilling to witness developments of this nature. Our children will no longer have to travel long distances to develop their talents.”The theatre is expected to be completed in October. Giving details about the venue, Alan Dinnie, the manager of property development in the City, said once finished, it would have three auditoriums – one with 420 seats, one 120 and the other with 80 seats.Its design would make it one of the striking, iconic buildings of Soweto.Elaborating on other projects, he said 3 000 houses would be built on a piece of vacant land next to the theatre as soon as the venue was completed. A shopping centre, 20 000m2 in size, would also be built.He added that talks were ongoing with City Parks about the development of a new park in the area.Commenting the work in progress, Masondo said the city’s commitment to building better communities was a reality. “These projects show that we are not just preaching developments but we are living them.”Walter Sisulu SquareFrom there it was off to Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, where Masondo spoke about the importance of the Freedom Charter. He also emphasised the local government elections, taking place on 18 May.“It does not matter what party you are voting for, just go out and exercise your right, because it is stated in the Freedom Charter that the people shall govern.”Another development visited by the group was the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex, in central-western Jabavu. With 17 tennis courts, the venue hosted a successful 2011 Soweto Open.It also provides training for aspiring tennis players with resident coaches employed by Tennis South Africa. City officials enthusiastically went from one tennis court to another, pleased with the quality of equipment they saw.Liliesleaf FarmIt was then up north, where the tour ended at Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia.Liliesleaf Farm, owned by the South African Communist Party, was a refuge for leaders of the liberation struggle in the early 1960s. It was a place of debate and dialogue on political and military policy and strategy.The farmhouse and the outbuildings, where Nelson Mandela lived for a time and the Rivonia trialists were arrested in 1963, have been restored, and opened as a museum in June 2008.The group walked around the historic site, reading plaques about the Rivonia Trial and the formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the former military wing of the ANC.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more



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Ryan Lee, May 11

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished planting corn and we are about 35% done on beans. We are hoping to push that to about 45% today depending on what the rain does. That is not too bad for this time of year, especially compared to last year. Last year was a disastrous spring for us. This seems like cruise control compared to that.We got started planting corn in late April. We got a good start, then got rained out  for a little bit with .65 and then got started again. The corn went in pretty nice but we had to work extra hard to get it done. We try to no-till a fair amount of corn if we can, but it seemed like in order to get a good seedbed this spring we had to open the ground up. We used everything from a disk finisher with a rolling basket to a Krause tool depending on the situation in each field.With the warm days, it has helped the corn come right out of the ground. There is cooler weather in the forecast, but it doesn’t sound like these cooler temperatures are going to be around for too long, maybe just a day or two.The cold weather earlier this spring did seem to hold the weeds in check. We did get all of the burndown on and used the heavy rate of 2,4-D. And, we were able to get that early flush of weeds with the tillage in some of our corn ground.last_img read more



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Cartoon: Wi No Fi?

first_imgMore Noise to Signal. OSCON has wrapped in sunny Portland, and with it the most ambitious conference wireless networking I’ve ever seen. Yet even here I heard attendees complaining about sluggish Wi-Fi… and organizers asking them not to download large files.Now, there’s little question that OSCON is an edge case. Get a few thousand developers and software engineers together and you’re going to strain the bandwidth.But every conference I’ve been to – every single one in the last four or five years – has had issues with Wi-Fi. And for that matter, nearly every hotel I’ve stayed at has also had issues with Wi-Fi. And I sometimes wonder if the issue is often less one of conference overload than one of facilities that invest as little as they need to to be able to say they offer Wi-Fi. Then again, every conference and hotel I’ve been to has had at least one person who insists on downloading an OS upgrade or a movie to watch on the plane home. That would be, um, me.The question is, when does conference Wi-Fi stop being about just checking email and maybe sharing some notes, and start being about allowing people to continue doing the heavy wireless lifting they do at home and at the office? Ever? 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more



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Phil Jones says Solskjaer has brought freshness to the team

first_imgThe defender is happy to see how Manchester United has advanced under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and feels the future is bright for his team.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s manager back in December.And the Norwegian is bringing a new look to the team, at least according to defender Phil Jones.“He’s brought a freshness about the place,” Jones told Sky Sports.“He’s come in and wanted to move us forward and bring those happy times back, and I think he’s done that.”“His man-management skills are very good. He’ll let players know what’s happening, and as players, that’s all you can ask for,” he added.“You just want a manager to be honest with you, and that’s exactly what he gives you.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Manchester United is currently sitting in the sixth position of the English Premier League table with 45 points.They are 9 points behind third-place Tottenham Hotspur.“We’ve achieved nothing. We might have gone on a little run and everyone’s talking about us, but it means nothing,” he warned about complacency.“We’re outside the top four which is obviously not where we want to be, and we have to make sure we finish in the top four.”“Come to the end of the season, if we do – OK we’ve not had a successful season – but we’ve made the best out of it that we can,” he continued.“Ever since I walked through the door I was made to feel very welcome. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time – it’s been great and long may it continue.”last_img read more



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Google denies Trumps accusations of voter manipulation

first_img Google Donald Trump Mobile Applications Mobile Apps Politics Online Internet Services The report had relied on 95 people from across 24 states, 21 of whom identified as undecided, performing daily election-related searches using Google, Bing and Yahoo. According to the report, the study showed search results were “biased in Mrs. Clinton’s favor.”Trump’s accusations on Monday came two weeks after he warned Google he’s watching it “very closely” ahead of the 2020 US election. On Aug. 6, Trump tweeted he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to ask questions about Google’s role in the 2016 election, claiming without evidence that the search engine giant is trying to “illegally subvert” the upcoming election. “All very illegal,” Trump said in a now-deleted tweet. “We are watching Google very closely!” Share your voice Comments The original report (PDF) was published in June 2017 by Robert Epstein for the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. Epstein reiterated in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution in June 2019 that he believed Google’s search algorithm produced “biased search results” that “likely impacted undecided voters in a way that gave at least 2.6 million votes to Hillary Clinton.” Answering questions from Senator Ted Cruz in a video posted in July by right-wing news publication Breitbart News, Epstein added 2.6 million is “a rock-bottom minimum.” “The range is between 2.6 and 10.4 million votes depending on how aggressive they were in using the techniques that I’ve been studying, such as the search engine manipulation effect, the search suggestion effect, the answer bot effect, and a number of others,” he said. With 10.4 million being Epstein’s maximum estimated number of votes manipulated, it’s unclear where Trump’s 16 million figure comes from. Epstein also claimed that if Google, Twitter and Facebook support the same candidate in 2020, “there are 15 million votes on the line.” “In 2020, you can bet that all of these companies are going to go all out, and the methods that they’re using are invisible, they’re subliminal, they’re more powerful than most any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioral sciences,” he said. Clinton tweeted a response to Trump Monday afternoon, saying the study has been debunked and was only based on 21 undecided voters. “For context, that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted,” she posted on Twitter. 13 The debunked study you’re referring to was based on 21 undecided voters. For context that’s about half the number of people associated with your campaign who have been indicted. https://t.co/0zHnWvGjSv— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2019 President Trump says Google “manipulated” voters. Google disagrees. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images Google denied accusations made on Monday by President Donald Trump that the search giant “manipulated” millions of voters against him in the 2016 election. Google said Trump seemed to be referring to an old report claiming to prove that it generated at least 2.6 million votes for Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, but said the report has been “debunked since it was made.””We have never re-ranked or altered search results to manipulate political sentiment,” a Google spokesperson said in an emailed statement Monday. “Our goal is to always provide people with access to high-quality, relevant information for their queries, without regard to political viewpoint.” Citing what he claimed was a “report just out,” Trump had tweeted earlier Monday that “Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election.” “Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!” he added. Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019 Tagslast_img read more



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Rouhani vows to defeat White House antiIranians

first_imgIran`s president Hassan Rouhani attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria on 4 July 2018. Photo: ReutersIran will overcome newly reimposed US measures against Tehran, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told a parliamentary session on Tuesday, vowing that his government would defeat any Western plot against the Islamic Republic.The parliament summoned Rouhani for the first time to answer questions on weak economic growth and rising unemployment, but Rouhani said the troubles only began when Washington reimposed sanctions on Tehran.US president Donald Trump withdrew in May from a deal that had lifted sanctions on Tehran in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.Washington imposed a new round of sanctions in August targeting Iran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, its purchases of US dollars and its car industry. A new round of sanctions to be imposed in November targets Iranian oil sales.”I want to assure the Iranian nation that we will not allow the US plot against the Islamic Republic to succeed,” Rouhani said in a live broadcast on state television.”We will not let this bunch of anti-Iranians in the White House be able to plot against us.”He added, “We are not afraid of America or the economic problems. We will overcome the troubles.”Rouhani, a pragmatist who reduced tension with the West by striking a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, now faces a backlash from hardliners over Washington’s pullout from the pact.Hardline elements in the parliament have pressed Rouhani to reshuffle his economic team to better shield the economy from Trump’s moves and tamp down public discontent.Rouhani said the troubles began with anti-government protests in early January when many Iranians, angered by rising prices took to the streets, chanting slogans against the government and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.”The protests tempted Trump to withdraw from the nuclear deal,” he said, asking lawmakers to support his cabinet and not add to anti-government sentiment.Although the economic problems were critical, Rouhani said, “More important than that is that many people have lost their faith in the future of the Islamic Republic and are in doubt about its power.”Lawmakers asked why the government had not adopted reforms in the financial sector and foreign exchange market, and sought an explanation why, more than two years after the nuclear deal, Iranian banks still had only limited access to global financial services.Rouhani appointed a new central bank governor and accepted the government spokesman’s resignation, suggesting that he accepts the need to reshuffle his economic team.last_img


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Evan Peters Emma Roberts are going great

first_imgEmma Roberts and her American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters have been in an on-and-off relationship, but the couple now seem to be in a happy space.Peters, 28, who was present at the premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel, said he loves her, reported People magazine.“She is really great. I just love her,” Peters said when asked about their relationship status.The Kick-Ass actor is also a big fan of Roberts and admires her work in “Scream Queens”. “I have been watching. I love it! She’s so funny in it. She’s spot-on with the character,” he said.Peters started dating 24-year-old We’re the Millers actor in 2012 and the duo and got engaged in 2013.The couple called of their engagement earlier this year, but were spotted holding hands and spending quality time together last month.last_img read more



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