SA sparkles at World Half Marathon Champs

first_img1 April 2014 The South African men’s team shone at the IAAF World Half-Marathon Championships on the weekend in Copenhagen, producing the country’s best result in more than a decade. Stephen Mokoka finished in a strong 12th place, lopping 11 seconds off his previous best time to finish in 1:00:46, which was the fastest time by a South African since Hendrick Ramaala in 2003 and 39 seconds off Ramaala’s national record, which he set in the World Half Marathon Championships of 1997, when he finished fourth.‘I knew we were running well’ “Around 16km, I was on my own, but the guys were not far away. I knew we were all running well,” Mokoka said afterwards. “I believe this is the best any team of my generation have done. All three of the guys did PBs (personal bests).” Elroy Galant placed 13th in 1:01:09 and Lusapho April 15th in 1:01:15, which meant South Africa narrowly missed out on a team medal, finishing in fourth place, which was their best result since 2002 when they also finished fourth. They were just 25 seconds behind third placed Ethiopia.‘I’m very happy’ “I’m very happy,” Gelant smiled after smashing his previous best time by a huge minute and 50 seconds. “I have to thank Stephen and Lusapho. They kept me in control. “When the surging started, Stephen told us to stay controlled [and] let the guys come back later.” Consistent Overall, the 2014 team’s performance was more consistent than that of the 2002 team, which achieved the same team placing. On that occasion Shadrack Hoff finished sixth, Ramaala 15th and Josia Thugwane 30th. Victory went to Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor in a world leading time of 59 minutes and seven seconds. However, the Kenyans did not win the team title, having to settle for second behind Eritrea, who placed athletes in second, fourth and fifth places.Women’s race It was a story of Kenyan domination in the women’s race, with the first five finishers all being from Kenya. Gladys Cherono took the win in 1:07:29. “Our coach told us to run as we talk and that’s what we did, but when I looked around at 18km no one had the energy, so I decided to risk going for the win,” she said after the race. First South African Rene Kalmer was the first of the South African women to cross the finishing line in 27th place in 1:11:53, which was her fastest time for two years. “It wasn’t disastrous, but I was hoping for better,” she admitted. “I wanted to stick to my 3:20 pace, and I lost some time in the last five kilometres, running on my own.”‘Over the moon’ Jenna Challenor finished in 47th place in a personal best of 1:14:20. “I’m over the moon. It was the most amazing experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better (debut international) race,” she said happily. Cornelia Joubert finished in 66th place in 1:17:10, which was a season’s best for her. Kenya won the team title, with Ethiopia in second and Japan in third. South Africa placed tenth.last_img read more

Publishing Platform Squarespace Receives $38.5 Million Investment

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Squarespace, one of the largest professional blogging platforms, just announced that it has received a $38.5 million investment from Index Ventures and Accel Partners. Until now, the company, which was founded by then 21-year-old Anthony Casalena, did not take any institutional outside investments. Instead, Squarespace, which offers a trial version of its service but no free tier, has been growing organically. The company plans to use the new cash influx for product development and to hire more team members. Tags:#Blogging#news#web frederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “Squarespace has been a profitable business since its first year of operation. This investment will not change that, but it will allow us to be much more aggressive in our quest to both create an incredible product and bring that product to market.”Squarespace founder Anthony Casalena.Squarespace managed to quickly make a name for itself over the last few years. Some of the company’s current customers include ABC News Radio, Bob Woodruff and Don Imus. The company’s services make it easy for customers to set up their own blogs and manage their online content. Unlike and similar free blogging platforms, Squarespace has always gone after paying customers that are looking for a professional and an easily customizable publishing platform. Subscriptions to Squarespace start at $8 per month.As part of this investment, Index Venture’s Dom Vidal and Accel Partners’ Andrew Braccia will join Squarespace’s board. In addition, Getty Images CEO Jonathan Klein will join the board as well. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Family Ties: Dynamics of Today

first_imgThis post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. By Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTFlickr [The R Family – 2 by RebeccaVC1, July 30, 2010, CC BY-ND 2.0]There is no doubt that family structure and dynamics have drastically changed over the past few decades. You can see it all around you. You see it when you go to the park, when you take your child to daycare, when you go to your place of worship. Statistics, research, demographics, definitions and articles will inform you of the exact changes with numbers, beautiful graphs and valid arguments. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have certainly read my share of all of those things. But, I wanted to know what unbiased people had to say about what they have observed personally on the changes in family dynamics and structure. So, I found my participants by getting on social media and asking this one question: How have you seen family structure and dynamics change over the past two decades or so? I would love to share each and every detailed response, but that may defeat the purpose of a blog. I could really write a book from every response I received. So, I took some common themes and pieced the responses together. Here is what I got:“Traditional” family has changed in how it looks- lesbian, gay couples, single parentsBoth parents are in the workforceChildren have more independence and choices in their livesHeavier involvement with grandparents and extended family membersDaycares and nannies have more involvement for longer periods of time in raising childrenIncrease in adoptions, single parent adoptionsIncrease in divorced and blended familiesFamilies are living further away from each other because of jobs, marriage, etc.Huge advances in technology, both helping and hurtingIncrease in schedules- involvement in activities outside of the home (Both children and parents)Marriages happening later in lifeRetirement happening later in life and then going back in to the workforce for more money and other reasonsIncrease in debt concerns in the homeChildren no longer playing outside or having as much face to face interaction with othersParents trying to be their child’s friends and peers; afraid to let their children fail at anythingAll of the responses I received were right in line with the articles, demographics, statistics, and definitions I mentioned above. Even Merriam-Webster have tried to capture the changes in their newest definition of family.In the Seventh edition from 1963, family was defined as the basic unit in society having its nucleus two or more adults living together and cooperating in the care and rearing of their own or adopted children.In the Eleventh edition from 2014, family is defined as the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also: any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family.Notice the slight changes in the wording that can now encompass so much more. They discarded “nucleus” and “living together” and added “traditionally” followed by “any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to traditional family” implying that there are many different dynamics that make up a family”.While gathering all of the responses I received, I started wondering about ways in which family has not changed. And to piggy back on that, I started to wonder about ways in which there have been positive impacts as a result some of the changes mentioned above. With more involvement from extended family and more “parental” figures in the lives of children, I find myself hoping this means that there are larger support systems now in place. And would that also mean more emotional connections? Call me an eternal optimist or someone who often looks at the glass half full, but I would like to believe that there are truly some benefits from the changes in family. By defining family as a social unit, it allows for so many more people to keep the ties amongst support systems that all of us humans so need and cherish. Family now encompasses those daycare workers and nannies that potty train our children and teach them to read; that kiss their boo-boos and wipe their tears. Family can be two mothers who loved an unborn baby so much that they made them their own through adoption. Family can be a divorced couple with children and step children and half siblings and step parents, all thriving as each other’s support system. There is beauty to be found in the changing dynamics of family. Sometimes you have to just look a little deeper than your statistics and research.last_img read more


first_imgRocklin Manufacturing celebrated a recent expansion and 84 years of business in town by receiving the Growing Sioux City Award Thursday from Mayor Bob Scott.Company President Ross Rocklin is the third generation of his family to manage the business, which is headquartered in a 106-year-old restored brick building:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..long period of time. :18The company manufactures and markets industrial products to over 40 countries:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….made of steel. :13Rocklin also imports and distributes equipment manufactured in Europe.The company embraces its history in its $1.4-million dollar expansion by including a decades old vertical boring mill outside the building where a green space and additional parking is being created.There’s also a flag received during World War Two on display honoring the company for its manufacturing efforts of tank escape hatches and running gear:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………of our building. ;13The company also has one of Sioux City’s most prominent murals painted on the side of its building facing Gordon Drive from the end of Jennings Street:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………to restore it. :15The ceremony was also attended by Iowa Economic Authority Director Debi Durham who worked with Rocklin’s late father to obtain state assistance for the expansion project.last_img read more


first_img Facebook According to the CBC’s statement of defence in her subsequent suit, James was found to have violated the CBC’s code of conduct and policies on harassment and ethics, after a series of complaints made around the spring of 2017. Among other things, they allege James “made scheduling decisions…based on the negative relationships James had with her colleagues.”James’s lawyer tells CANADALAND that his client denies the allegations.The CBC also claims that she treated her 12 employees poorly, from discouraging employees from taking vacation to making a subordinate do her child’s homework. The statement includes remarks James allegedly made to her employees like “If you get pregnant, I will push you down the stairs” and “One day your daughter is going to jump in front of the train and kill herself.” The broadcaster has accused the former senior director of English Television scheduling of being abusive toward subordinates and making “scheduling decisions” based on her “negative relationships” with colleaguesWhen the CBC was sued by a former employee for wrongful dismissal last year, the public broadcaster filed a statement in response that included a laundry list of alleged bad behaviour that would get almost anyone fired from their job.Audrey James, CBC Television’s former senior director of scheduling, was terminated for just cause on March 2, 2018, ending a 29-year career at the broadcaster. Audrey James Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Climate change impacts already real in the Yukon

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs the climate change talks continue in Paris some Yukoners say they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change.Warming in the North is occurring faster than the rest of Canada. Canada is also warming at twice the global rate.With warmer temperatures, the permafrost in the Western Arctic is beginning thaw.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Bellegarde urged Trudeau in letter to declare UNDRIP support at UN

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Justin Trudeau government was lauded Tuesday for officially embracing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) during a presentation before the world body’s Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett officially indicated Canada’s decision to fully embrace UNDRIP during a speech at the permanent forum in New York City.“I am here to announce on behalf of Canada, that we are now a full supporter of the declaration, without qualification,” said Bennett, during her speech. “We intend nothing less than to adopt and implement the declaration in accordance with the Canadian Constitution.”First Nation leaders were quick to praise Bennett’s declaration.“Canada is sending an important message to Indigenous peoples, to all Canadians and the international community that Indigenous rights are human rights,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde in a statement. “(UNDRIP) is a framework and essential tool to guide the work of reconciliation that will move us all forward.”Quebec’s regional AFN Chief Ghislain Picard said the Trudeau government’s commitment lays a “strong foundation for the way in which we should work together: respectfully.”Marie-Claude Landry, the chief commissioner for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, also praised the government for its embrace of UNDRIP.“This important moment in history is a key step towards supporting and rebuilding the nation-to-nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples,” said Landry, in a statement. “Canada’s decision to acknowledge the unique and inherent rights of Canada’s Indigenous peoples sends a strong message to Canadians and the world.”Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said he welcomed Canada’s “statement of good will” but expressed concern the Trudeau government was still qualifying its support for UNDRIP by saying it would be interpreted through section 35 of the Constitution.“Section 35 is the legal floor upon which to build in more robust, consent-based processes between Indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada that are based on our right to free, prior and informed consent, which is a much stronger standard than ‘consultation,’” said Obed, in a statement. “Unfortunately, these qualifying statements based on Canada’s interpretation about how the Declaration will be implemented are fundamental departures from the spirit and intent of the Declaration itself.”While the Trudeau government has previously said it would be adopting and implementing UNDRIP, it was urged behind the scenes by prominent First Nation leaders to make a public and political commitment on the document.Bellegarde wrote to Trudeau in April requesting the government declare its support for UNDRIP at the permanent forum.The letter also asked the government to officially withdraw qualifications attached to the previous Conservative government’s endorsement of UNDRIP in 2010, which reversed its 2007 vote against the document.Bellegarde’s letter stated the previous administration of Stephen Harper submitted an “explanation of vote” (EOV) in relation to its stance on UNDRIP during the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples in 2014.“These statements were clearly aimed at diminishing the importance of the rights recognized in the declaration and are inconsistent with international human rights law,” said Bellegarde, in his April 15 letter to Trudeau, which was obtained by APTN National News. “In view of the progressive and welcome positions of your government, the AFN strongly believes it is time for Canada to formally and explicitly withdraw its EOV.”Bennett said Monday, during a press conference, the government was formally removing its “permanent objector status” to UNDRIP. Bennett couldn’t explain exactly what that meant during a teleconference with reporters following the press conference.Indigenous Affairs officials were also not able to explain what this meant and whether this move covered Bellegarde’s request to remove the EOV. The department had not provided a response to a request for comment as of this article’s posting.Global Affairs referred questions on the issue to Indigenous Affairs.Paul Joffe, a lawyer with an expertise in international human rights, said the term “permanent objector status” exists in legal theory in reference to concerns from states over certain rights and obligations becoming customary in international law.Joffe, who was involved in the process that created UNDRIP, said Canada could never claim permanent objector status on the document because its objections focused on certain provisions and only surfaced after the Conservatives took power.Joffe said the Conservatives essentially eliminated any possibility of Canada claiming permanent objector status when it decided to endorse UNDRIP in 2010.“Anyone who endorses an instrument would be laughed out of the forum if they said, ‘we are permanent objectors,’” said Joffe, who also represents the Grand Council of the Crees in Quebec. “The two are totally contradictory.”Joffe said the UN doesn’t keep track of which states have permanent objector status to the various international agreements because not all believe such a position is even valid.“No one keeps track…some don’t believe in the theory,” said Joffe. “The onus is on the state to show they are permanent objectors and it doesn’t mean they will believed. Countries say all types of things in these political negotiations, so it doesn’t mean it has any validity.” read more

Elder accuses Budweiser of using his art to sell beer

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsRobert Yelton looks up at the totem pole and says the eagle is his daughter Lenora and the raven below is him.His son, Peter, is the wolf. At the very bottom is his mother – holding them all up.Yelton carved the pole in 2009 and it sits among others in the Vancouver’s Stanley Park.So when his family saw it on a beer advertisement during a trip in Hawaii a few months ago he couldn’t believe it.“How could Budweiser do that, you know?” he said. “Just to come and take our culture and not even to ask or have any consideration is not right.”Shain Jackson is a former lawyer and now a full-time artist and thinks it’s blatant copyright infringement.“Would they have been so arrogant to go and take a non-Indigenous artists work? Do they come after our Indigenous artists work because they know we don’t have the resources to after them in court?” he said.Robert Yelton standing with his memorial totem pole he carved for his late mother Rose Cole Yelton. It’s located in Stanley Park. PHOTO: APTN’s Tina HouseLuckily for Yelton lawyers from across Canada and the United States have agreed to represent him pro bono and have ensured his copyright on the totem pole.Adding insult to injury is the fact that Yelton is a recovering alcoholic since 1976 and became a drug and alcohol counsellor.He said there’s no way he’d let his work represent something he’s been fighting all these years.Budweiser didn’t immediately respond to questions from APTN News.thouse@aptn.calast_img read more