16 April 2012 A new campaign, driven by the United Nations and backed by local companies, has been launched to improve safety on South Africa’s roads by changing the behaviour of both motorists and pedestrians. The “Think Pedestrian” campaign is expected to run for a decade, and hopes are high that it will curb the high number of road deaths in South Africa. In South Africa, Think Pedestrian is endorsed by logistics company Eqstra and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, in support of Nelson Mandela Day. It will be piloted in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga province.40% of road deaths pedestrians Speaking at the launch in Johannesburg last week, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said pedestrians accounted for more than 40% of deaths on South Africa’s roads. It is estimated that there are around 40 vehicle accidents a day and 14 000 a year countrywide. Ndebele said South Africa was seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. The number of road crashes over the Easter weekend, traditionally a dangerous time to be out and about, dropped to 181 from last year’s 215, according to preliminary statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation.Community road safety councils However, he warned that there was still a long way to go, and urged South Africans to help the government achieve its 2020 goal of cutting road fatalities by half. Ndebele called on community members to join the road safety councils set up by the Department of Transport in their area. “They aim to work with communities in inculcating a culture of responsibility with regard to the use of the road.” The community councils were also tasked with identifying local road safety hazards, and getting people interested in helping to resolve them. Eqstra MD Murray Price said the Think Pedestrian campaign would consist of a range of campaigns designed to change road user behaviour.‘Attitude is the problem’ “The problem is not about how good or bad drivers and pedestrians are,” Price said “Attitude is the problem. We have to educate our people about the importance of observing the rules of the road. We can save lives by doing so.” Price said a task team would identify accident hotspots across the country’s roads as the campaign spread to other provinces. “We will be guided by the Department of Transport in identifying these places. From there we can evaluate the root cause of the problem.” The campaign would also include installing road signs and speed bumps and patching potholes in line with each area’s needs. A golf tournament would soon be launched to raise funds for the campaign. “It will be played annually until the 10-year period lapses,” Price said. Collins Letsoalo, acting manager of the Road Traffic Management Corporation, said road safety awareness campaigns run on an annual basis were already under way to support the Think Pedestrian campaign. One of the was Think Bike, an NGO run entirely by volunteers, that encouraged motorists to be considerate and tolerant of two-wheeled road users. Dr Francis Kasolo, representing the UN, said South Africa was setting the pace by launching the campaign a year earlier than many other countries. Source: City of Johannesburg
The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday banned unauthorised persons from carrying mobile phones inside Vidhan Bhawan, which houses the State legislature complex, and all offices affiliated to the State secretariat. “The Chief Minister instructed officials to ensure that adequate security and cleanliness arrangements are in place in Vidhan Bhawan and at all the offices attached to the Secretariat. Instructions were also issued to debar outsiders from bringing mobile phones inside these buildings,” an official statement said. Concerned over sanitisation and security, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to have fool-proof security check points in the Secretariat and in other related offices, the statement said. “No unwanted person should enter any administrative office without the permission of the officials and mobile phones should be banned for unauthorised persons,” the instructions said. The latest instructions, given by the Chief Minister at a review meeting of secretariat administration, came a day after Mr. Adityanath banned the use of mobile phones during all government meetings, including State Cabinet meetings. All the officials were asked to switch off their mobile phones and keep them outside the conference room. Even office assistants, who had come to collect the laptops of their seniors, were asked not to enter the conference room with their mobile phones. Earlier, the ban was imposed only at review meetings chaired by the Chief Minister. At a function where revenue officials were provided free laptops here on Wednesday mobile phones were not allowed at the venue. Now, Uttar Pradesh government ministers and senior officials will have to deposit their phones at a designated counter and a token would be issued which could later be exchanged for their mobile phones. Officials explained that the Chief Minister wanted all ministers and top officers to focus more on issues that are discussed in the key meetings instead of getting distracted due to mobile phones. Recent media reports claimed that the Chief Minister was irked by some of his ministers chatting on WhatsApp during meetings, after which a direction in this regard was issued by his office. The decision also safeguards against the rising threat of cyber hacking and electronic espionage, the officials said. Ministers were earlier allowed to bring mobile phones but had to keep them in silent mode. Instructions were also issued on Thursday to name all the auditoriums and meeting rooms, and remove hoardings, banners and pamphlets in the vicinity of Vidhan Bhawan and Lok Bhawan, which houses the office of the Chief Minister and senior secretaries of various departments. The statement also said, “e-office system should be implemented at all the departments and offices. All the service-related issues should be disposed of in a timely manner.” A list of officials and staff who indulge in corrupt and nefarious activities should be prepared, it said. Efforts should also be made to effectively dispose of pending cases in the courts, the statement said, adding that complaints should be redressed on merit basis.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mumbai: Football fans here will be able to witness the World Emblem launch of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as the event on September 3 will be live streamed in the megapolis.The Gulf country will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022 for the first time. It will set a major footprint in India on September 3 as the World Cup Emblem launch will be streamed live on a giant screen at Babulnath Mandir junction in South Mumbai simultaneously at around 10.50 pm, a media release issued here said on Monday.Mumbai is the only Indian city alongside 14 other cities in the non-Arabic world where the event will be streamed live.The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy of Qatar, the local organising committee of the quadrennial tournament, has taken up the initiative to generate more interest amongst Indians for the football’s global showpiece event.The 2022 FIFA World in Qatar is, incidentally, going to be the second edition of the quadrennial flagship tournament hosted by an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member association, of which India is an integral part.The ensuing World Cup is scheduled between November 21 -December 18, 2022, instead of the conventional international FIFA window during June-July. 2022 fifa world cupfootball First Published: September 2, 2019, 10:09 PM IST
Executive Director, Bureau of Women’s Affairs, Faith Webster, says the Government has embarked on a process of gender mainstreaming, to ensure that gender is integrated into all policies, programmes and plans. Mrs. Webster noted that the Bureau has been charged with the responsibility to lead the process of gender mainstreaming in the public sector. “So, for the past two years we have been trying to see specifically how we can integrate gender into all the various sectors of government,” she said. The Executive Director was addressing members of various public sector agencies and departments during a training workshop on HIV/AIDS and Gender Equality for Gender Focal Points in the Public Sector, held at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston, on October 31. Mrs. Webster also informed that much training and sensitisation has taken place over the last two years with representatives from the public sector, which has resulted in a better understanding of gender issues among civil servants. “We are quite pleased to see the high level of enthusiasm and participation, which the various groups have shown. It makes us feel very good that people now understand the whole issue of gender, because once, gender was a concept that was so far removed, but now persons are really relating it to their everyday life,” she said. “They have really grasped the concepts and the issues and begun to utilise lessons learnt in their own work,” she added. Gender Equality and HIV Technical Advisor, National HIV Programme (NHP), Patricia Phillips, explained that a major focus of the NHP is to halt and reverse the spread of HIV in Jamaica by 2015. She pointed out that the issues of gender inequality and HIV/AIDS are interconnected and therefore must be “be looked at together,” in order to achieve the desired results. “We will therefore seek to build your (public sector workers) competence to identify that gender equality and HIV has a connection and to enable you to contribute the gender perspective in your workplaces, when your workplace takes on the HIV response,” she said. Ms. Phillips noted that public officials, who have been exposed to gender training through the intervention of the BWA, are strategically positioned to influence policies and programmes that address the issue of HIV in the workplace. The training workshop was organised by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with ‘The Way Out’ United Nations Women Project, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, and the Office of the Prime Minister. The objectives of the seminar were to review basic HIV information and values clarification; to understand HIV as an issue of gender relations of power, gender in/equality, and human rights; to equip participants with a framework for integrating gender equality and human rights into the HIV workplace response; and to identify the role and basic actions that gender focal points can perform in contributing a gender perspective to the HIV workplace response. Among the Ministries, agencies and departments represented at the seminar were: Ministries of Youth and Culture; Science, Technology, Energy and Mining; Industry, Investment and Commerce; Education; and Labour and Social Security; the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF); Office of the Children’s Advocate; and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) marked a marginal improvement in its business results for the third quarter of the year posting 2.1% higher profit year-on-year.The net profit stood at KRW 197 billion against KRW 193 billion reported in the third quarter of 2016.Operating income came at KRW 93.5 billion, down by 20.8 % when compared to the corresponding period from last year when the operating income totaled KRW 118.1 billion.HHI’s sales were also down by 27.3 % year-on-year totaling KRW 3.8 trillion in Q3.As informed earlier, HHI Group’s shipbuilding affiliates have so far this year won new orders for 110 ships worth USD 6.7 billion, 90% of the USD 7.5 billion annual target, the shipbuilder said.World Maritime News Staff
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne says he can’t stand losing, either on the football pitch or playing a board game at home with his family.The Citizens host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, hoping to close in on Liverpool’s seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings.De Bruyne is expected to start the game against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after an injury-blighted season which has seen him restricted him to just six league appearances.Pep Guardiola’s men are looking to become the first Premier League side to successfully defend the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team in 2009.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…City defeated Liverpool 2-1 in their last Premier League outing and will be hoping for another win when Wolves come visiting.De Bruyne was asked what motivates him, the Belgium international, replied, as quoted by the Independent:“Winning. I can’t stand to lose.”“Even at home, playing boards game with the missus, the son, whatever, I can’t lose against them. It’s just the way I am. It just drives me to keep going and to become probably the best I can be in football.”
Parliament FILE PHOTOThe fourth session of the 11th parliament will begin on 8 September next after a 59-day recess in the proceedings of the Jatiya Sangsad, reports UNB. President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday summoned the fourth session of the 11th parliament, said a Parliament Secretariat media release. Before the House goes into the session at 5:00pm on 8 September, the business advisory committee of parliament is likely to sit at a meeting to fix the duration and businesses of the session. On 11 July last, the third session (budget session) of the 11th parliament was prorogued, which passed the national budget for 2019-20 fiscal year, supplementary budget for 2018-19 and 7 bills, including Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019, during its 21 working days.
Facebook has announced the open-source release of Sonar, their cross-platform debugging tool. Sonar is designed to aid developers, framework experts and engineers collaborate on the app development process. Sonar is built on Facebook’s Stetho, an Android debugging bridge built on Chrome’s developer tools. Sonar further adds more extensible features to Stetho such as plugins to help engineers develop new features, investigate bugs and optimize apps. Sonar is a cross-platform debugging tool. Hence developers can connect their mobile devices ( Android and iOS or an emulator) to a desktop client for inspection. Sonar works as a guide and interpreter to a running app providing developers with stats on what an app is doing to better understand bugs and system capabilities. Sonar is now available for the developer community at large, not just Facebook engineers, as an open-source software project via GitHub. As Sonar was designed with extensibility in focus, it made use of a lot of external plugins. With the open sourcing of Sonar, these plugins are also being open-sourced. Some of these include: Logs, a plugin that shows device logs without the need for additional setup. Layout Inspector, a debugging platform that provides deep dives into user interface hierarchies and supports Litho and ComponentKit components. Network, a plugin that enables the inspection of network packets as they pass into and out of the app in question. Sonar architecture Sonar’s architecture has two parts, a desktop client, and a mobile SDK. The desktop client is built on top of Electron, and Facebook’s projects such as React.js, Flow, Metro, RSocket, and Yarn. The mobile SDK is installed within the Android or iOS application and interacts with the desktop client. The mobile SDK makes use of Facebook open source projects such as Folly and RSocket. Plugins are available for both Desktop client and Mobile SDK. Desktop client plugins render the UI and a mobile SDK plugin exposes the data. A React component extends the desktop plugin class. This React component is in charge of communicating with the mobile SDK plugin and rendering any data it delivers. The mobile SDK plugin is developed in the language native to the platform on which it will run ( Swift/Objective-C on iOS or Java/ Kotlin on Android). It registers a set of handlers and defines responses for them. Source: Facebook Blog Emil Sjölander, Facebook software engineer hopes that “open-sourcing Sonar and the accompanying plugins will provide a useful tool for other engineers working on mobile applications.” He says that “As we’ve already seen Sonar prove useful internally at Facebook, we think Sonar’s APIs will help other engineers build great new experiences to improve their workflows.” You can read about the full release coverage on Facebook code blog. Read Next Jest 23, Facebook’s popular framework for testing React applications is now releasedFacebook’s F8 Conference – 5 key announcementsTesting Single Page Applications (SPAs) using Vue.js developer tools