HM was informed of Jackson’s predatory behaviour – victim

first_img…Ellis expected to proceed on leave this weekOne of the victims who were preyed upon by Bishops’ High School teacher Coen Jackson related that head teacher Winifred Ellis was aware of the teacher’s predatory behaviour, but did nothing to address it.Bishops’ High School Head Teacher Winifred EllisSources close to the institution related that the head teacher was expected to proceed on leave this week.“My partner made a complaint to the headmistress asking that she investigate the matter. A week later, Coen Jackson called me five times. He asked if I was the one pushing the matter, he told me he had admitted what went on between us to the head teacher as he had no choice, he said my partner and him had Facebook quarrels and he was taking it too far, he said there was going to be a hearing and asked if I was going to come out against him,” Cris Smith said in a viral Facebook post.Jackson is accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher when he began grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 – the legal age of consent. Jackson has vehemently denied the accusations, but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s – including Smith.Ellis came into the spotlight after she berated female students for not defending Jackson after the allegations hit social media. The Education Ministry on Friday concluded its investigation and found that Ellis was culpable of breaching the regulations under the Education Act 39:01, Section 35 “Inappropriate behaviour by teachers in school”, which comes with a first warning. The committee has since recommended that Ellis be reprimanded and be made to offer an apology to the students and teachers at the institution.Embattled teacher: Coen JacksonIn relation to Jackson, the committee handed over his file to the Police for further investigation. The Police investigation is ongoing and they are compiling statements from victims.Smith, in her Facebook post, said that she was not conspiring against the teacher.“As a teenager I suffered from depression. I was an easy target for someone I’ve now come to recognise as a sexual predator. From the time I was 15, I spent the rest of my years of my life up until now normalising indignity after indignity so much that when it finally ended, I felt barely human to myself. I couldn’t tell anyone everything that happened to me because the most relatable thing I could say was that I was betrayed; I was also forbidden to speak about it by the offender. Betrayal is easy to swallow and take pity on,” she wrote.“For one year after it ended, I could not sleep properly, I had anxiety attacks that made my chest hurt and I was in pain every day. I could not tell anyone what happened to me, because I was ashamed at what I had allowed,” Smith added.On Tuesday, The Bishops’ High School Old Students’ Association held an extraordinary general meeting to address the incident after calling for Ellis to be sent on administrative leave to facilitate an independent investigation.last_img read more

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Arcata football leaves it late, captures 18-14 homecoming night victory over Del Norte

first_imgArcata>> Daylight opened up for Austin Kadle and he didn’t think twice about what to do with the ball.Kadle’s five-yard quarterback keeper up the middle with just under three minutes to go proved to be the difference in the Arcata High football team’s hard-fought 18-14 win over Del Norte on homecoming night at the Redwood Bowl on Friday.“Our offensive coordinator gave us a play and the opening just opened up. I just gave it my all,” Kadle said. “The receivers ran great routes to open things …last_img read more

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Five things we learned from Raiders in London Thursday

first_img“Tahir’ … Five things we learned Thursday from a live stream press conference from the Grove Hotel in Watford, England, with the Raiders preparing for their Week 5 game against the Chicago Bears:Tahir Whitehead takes over defenseIt’s not as if defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is turning his defense over to a stranger.Tahir Whitehead, in his eighth NFL season and second with the Raiders, was the defensive signal caller in 2018 before Vontaze Burfict arrived to play in the middle.last_img read more

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Praise for SA’s Bus Rapid Transit

first_img“In under three years, Johannesburg opened a state-of-the-art BRT system that uses the cleanest buses on the continent,” said Manfred Breithaupt, a senior transport adviser and the project director of Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit, in Germany. “We are humbled and honoured that the Rea Vaya BRT system received international recognition so soon after its launch by an eminent international institution like the ITDP,” said Rehana Moosajee, the member of Johannesburg’s mayoral committee for transport. The City of Johannesburg’s Bus Rapid Transit system, Rea Vaya, has earned international recognition from the US-based Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP). Source: City of Johannesburg An exceptional honourable mention went to Johannesburg for creating Rea Vaya. Others honoured were Cali, in Colombia for transforming its citywide BRT service with Masivo Integrado de Occidente; Curitiba, in Brazil for constructing a new BRT line and city park on a former federal highway; and Guadalajara, in Mexico for completing a full BRT system in less than two years at an affordable cost. 29 January 2010 “It is a tribute to the determination of the executive mayor and the political leadership of our city for remaining committed to responding to the long-standing call by communities for improvements in public transport and the transformation of historic ownership trends in the public transport arena. Rea Vaya is also one of the mayoral legacy projects that aim to leave a legacy beyond the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.” “The City of Johannesburg completed an extraordinary project with the implementation of the first phase of its bus rapid transit system, Rea Vaya,” said Penalosa. “This is an incredibly important precedent and [Johannesburg] should be proud to be a leader in sustainable transport both in Africa and the world.” “Johannesburg’s accomplishment against enormous challenges and the upgrading of the corridor in Soweto with lighting and sidewalks makes it an exceptional honourable mention.”center_img Sustainable transport awards The Sustainable Transport Award is given each year by the ITDP to a city that uses transport innovations to enhance mobility for residents. Honourable mentions were received by four cities that were recognised for creating new BRT systems that reduce carbon emissions and create the most beneficial environment for pedestrians and cyclists. India’s first full BRT system, Janmarg in Ahmedabad, was the overall winner. The awards ceremony was held in Washington DC on 12 January, and was hosted by Enrique Penalosa, ITDP board president and a former mayor of Bogota, Colombia. The ITDP was established in 1985 and has become an international leader in the promotion of environmentally sustainable transportation policies and projects. Its selection committee consists of leading international institutions working in the field of sustainable transport. Johannesburg has launched the first BRT system in Africa, and completed the first mass transit investments in the city since the end of apartheid. Rea Vaya is the first public transit system to link the previously disadvantaged Soweto to the central business district. Rea Vaya won a first place honourable mention at this year’s Sustainable Transport Awards, organised by the institute, for the successful implementation of its first phase. All the nominees were cities in developing nations, a first in the six-year history of the awards.last_img read more

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NDP: ‘faster, more inclusive growth’

first_img11 September 2013 Despite the significant progress made in transforming the South African economy, the majority of the population remains on the margins of development, says National Planning Commission deputy chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa. The economy created too few jobs and the majority of South Africans remained poor, Ramaphosa said during a packed lecture at Wits University in Johannesburg on Tuesday night, as he outlined the proposals contained in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP). A policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030, the NDP identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances. Ramaphosa told academics, students and civil society organisations that the NDP was the only plan that could deliver faster as well as inclusive economic growth. He said the plan took a critical and long-term perspective of the country as it outlined ways to overcome unemployment and poverty. To boost economic growth, the plan suggests a focus on three areas in particular, namely promoting labour-absorbing industries; growing manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications; and providing a broader social wage to enable even the poorest to have a decent living. The plan also offers clear measures for growing agro-processing and mining and supporting small business. Ramaphosa called on those who were criticising the plan to engage on some of the proposals and agree on a process to move forward. “We all want what is best for our people and what is best for our country. This plan is not perfect. There is no perfect plan in the world, and where there are differences, they must be resolved.” South Africa had lower inflation and higher levels of employment since 1994, he said; the number of middle-class people had doubled to more than four-million; workers now enjoy more protection than ever before. “We have a lot to be grateful for. The glass is not half empty but half full. We have a duty to fill that glass, and the NDP is giving us the chance to do so.” Ramaphosa said many of the unemployed people in the country lacked the skills they needed to enter certain markets. The challenge of creating meaningful jobs would forever be present, and this was the struggle “we must engage in”, he said. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Solar Picture Is Brighter Than It Appears

first_imgResults of new research are ‘astonishing’To reach this conclusion, the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group, and kWh Analytics looked at previously uncounted production from household-sited systems, what they call “behind the meter” systems.“The results are astonishing,” Greentech Media reports. “We estimate that actual solar production is 50 percent higher than the previous best estimates of solar production. In the 12 months ending in March, solar energy systems in the U.S. generated 30.4 million megawatt-hours of electricity. EIA’s utility-only estimate for the same period is 20.2 million megawatt-hours.”What do the numbers mean?Collectively, solar-generated electricity in the U.S. is enough to meet the annual demands of Hawaii, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Alaska combined.In California, Arizona, and Hawaii, solar now provides more than 5% of total consumption.U.S. solar production is more than what 16 individual states and the District of Columbia now consume.The report notes that accurate information about renewables is “the lifeblood of effective regulatory and policy decisions at all levels of government.”“Also,” the report adds, “it’s just nice to give full credit to the 174,000 solar workers in the U.S. who work every day to build our energy future. Every megawatt-hour counts. Every megawatt-hour from solar saves 172 gallons of water, displaces 1,500 pounds of CO2 emissions, and provides energy people can feel good about.” Current reporting practices by the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the California Independent System Operator show sharp increases in the amount of solar electricity produced in the U.S., but they overlook the output from the small, house-sized systems of nearly 700,000 solar customers.The result, Greentech Media reports, is that solar production is probably 50% greater than previously thought.In late June, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute issued its own report in which it said the EIA has consistently underestimated the amount of renewable energy coming online. But this new report makes the distinction between distributed generation and projects larger than 1000 kW AC, data which is captured on EIA’s Form 923.“The information from these forms provided a fairly accurate view of U.S. generation when the electricity grid was made up almost entirely of central power plants,” Greentech Media reports. “But now the data gaps are growing.”Distributed photovoltaic systems represent about 9.2 gigawatts-DC in capacity, or about 45% of total solar capacity, the report says.last_img read more

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5 Absurd Copyright Takedowns That Make The Law Look Outdated

first_imgThis one was just an honest mistake and didn’t actually lead to a takedown, but it still shows how things can go wrong with the current system. Somehow YouTube’s Content ID system got confused and thought that the sound of a bird singing in the background of a video about a man making salad was the same thing as a song called “Birdsong” that was recorded by an artist whose songs are licensed by Rumblefish, a music licensing company, and send a “music claim” to the confused salad man. Content ID is a system that automates the process of spotting copyrighted work that’s been used without permission. If your video gets flagged for copyright violation, you can dispute that, which is what the salad-maker did. Rumblefish reviewed the dispute but “mistakenly reinstated the claim,” its CEO later explained. Still, the video was never actually taken down. Nevertheless, salad man made a stink in the press, and the story went viral. Two days later Rumblefish realized the mistake it had made in reinstating the claim, and released the claim. The whole thing was a misunderstanding. But to be clear: Salad man never had to take down his video; it remained up through all of this, and still is up; and no takedown notice was ever issued.A spokesperson for Rumblefish says there were two mistakes. First, Content ID screwed up. Second, Rumblefish “did a poor job of reviewing the video manually.” The issue, she says, is that there are more than 5 million videos online that use Rumblefish songs, and keeping up with so much material is a huge challenge. Bottom line: Rumblefish’s CEO owned up to the error and the video remains online, but the affair raises some questions about the manageability of the copyright enforcement system. [This item has been updated from its original version.]3. Universal Targets Pro-Megaupload Video Just Because 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow A few weeks before the now infamous raid that took down Megaupload and its top brass, Kim Dotcom was involved in yet another copyright-related dispute. Shortly after the music video for “Megaupload Song” was uploaded to YouTube, it was taken down due to a copyright complaint from Universal Music Group.  This was despite the fact that the song and video were original, non-infringing content. UMG apparently didn’t like the fact that a video promoting Megaupload featured on-camera cameos by major label mega-stars like Kanye West, Mary J Blige, P Diddy and Will.i.am.  In 2009, Jonathan McIntosh posted a video to YouTube that seemed ripe to go viral. “Buffy vs. Edward: Twightlight Remixed” riffed on two popular vampire-related entertainment franchises by cleverly mashing up scenes from both into one cohesive, six-minute video. Sound like a copyright violation? It’s not. In fact, the U.S. Copyright Office cited the remix video as a shining example of fair use. In October 2012, McIntosh received an email from YouTube explaining that his video had been pulled due to a copyright complaint from Lionsgate Entertainment, which owns the rights to the Twilight movies. McIntosh challenged the takedown on fair use grounds and a frustrating back-and-forth between YouTube, Lionsgate and McIntosh ensued. At one point, McIntosh was even locked out of his YouTube account and forced to take lessons in copyright infringement from Google. As of today, Buffy vs. Edward is back online. For now. 2. Rumblefish And Birdsong 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#copyright#DMCA#piracy#YouTube 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts NOTE: This story has been updated from its original version to clarify some points about the “Birdsong” takedown in the second item.No matter where you stand on copyright issues, it’s hard to argue that the current system is working. In few places are the flaws of modern copyright law more apparent than when it comes to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests. Sure, plenty of legitimate DMCA are received and honored by sites like YouTube, Rapidshare and Grooveshark all the time. But every now and then we hear about a takedown notice that leaves us scratching our heads: Is that really a copyright violation? If not, why was the content removed? Is the system that easily gamed? Oh, it was a violation? How weird. Even the legitimate takedowns tend to lead a cat-and-mouse game and may not have a meaningful impact on the piracy they’re intended to thwart, research suggests. But either way, some of the headline-grabbing copyright-related content takedowns we’ve seen raise major questions about the state of copyright law, the DMCA and digital piracy. Five prominent examples are listed below, but there are undoubtedly others. If you’ve heard of an outrageous Web content takedown request, let us know in the comments section.  1. Buffy vs. Edward vs. Bogus Takedown Notices 4. Universal Goes Crazy Over A Prince SongWhen Stepahnie Lenz uploaded a short clip of her kids dancing to “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince, the last thing she expected was a copyright takedown notice. Apparently, 26 seconds of low-quality audio was too much for Universal Music Group, which owns the copyright to Prince’s catalog. The resulting legal case, Lenz v. Universal, established a precedent stating that copyright owners would need to take the parameters of fair use into consideration before issuing DMCA takedown notices.  5. Minecraft + Gangnam Style = Copyright Violation?Taking two things beloved by the Internet and mashing them up is often a surefire recipe for a viral video. It’s also apparently an open invitation for accusations of copyright infringement. YouTube user CaptainSparklez learned this the hard way after he uploaded “Minecraft Style,” a video that parodies the world’s most viewed YouTube Video by merging it with the ever-popular Minecraft video game. After being yanked from YouTube, “Minecraft Style” returned in mid-December, only to be pulled again. The jury is still out on whether this video falls under the fair use exception to copyright law. Either way, it’s hard to imagine a clever mash-up parody video eating into the massive success wrought by PSY since his bizarrely catchy song went viral. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Petron storms to early lead; F2 Logistics kicks off title defense with victory

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Defending champion F2 Logistics and Petron fashioned out victories over their respective rivals Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga-Chooks To Go Grand Prix at Santa Rosa Sports Center in Laguna.F2 trounced Cocolife, 25-21, 25-15, 25-16, to start its title-retention bid while Petron drubbed Cignal, 25-17, 8-25, 25-20, 25-17 to also bolster its own campaign.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Stalzer and Hurley, the duo that spearheaded Petron to the finals of last year’s Grand Prix, combined for 27 of the Blaze Spikers’ 44 attack points while providing leadership down the crucial stretch.“We had some troubles in the second set,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “It’s good that we were able to recover and finish strong.”After trailing by two, 8-10, the vaunted floor defense of the Blaze Spikers conked out, allowing the HD Spikers to uncork 15 consecutive points and claim the second set, 25-8.But in the next set, Stalzer and Hurley connived in the attack zone to give Petron an early lead, 8-5, entering the first technical timeout.Petron took the early lead with a 2-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Statement game Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley combined forces to help the Blaze Spikers recovered from a disastrous second set.They both finished with 18 points each.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They really are a tough team,” said Stalzer of Cignal which fell to 1-1 record. “And it was good test for us.”Cignal’s Sonja Milanovic scored 23 points, while Jeane Horton added 20 for the HD Spikers. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar lone Indian in ICC Test XI, Zaheer Khan figures as 12th man

first_imgThe Indian cricket team’s summer of discontent in the longest format of the game was reflected in the ICC ‘Test Team of the Year’ in which senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar was the only player from the country to make the cut.While Tendulkar took his customary number four spot for the third year running, Zaheer Khan was the other Indian to make it to the team squad albeit as a 12th man.As was expected, England made up almost half of the team with five of their players — Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson — making it to the list.The duration of the period on which the players were judged on their performance was between August 11, 2010 and August 3, 2011. Tendulkar made 973 runs in 10 Tests at an average of 64.86 during the stipulated period.The other players to make it to the Test team of the year included four South African cricketers — Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn.Interestingly, Kumar Sangakkara has been picked in the side as captain and wicketkeeper though the Sri Lankan doesn’t perform any of the two duties for his country any longer.Cook made 1302 runs from 12 matches at 76.58 which included six centuries and four half centuries. Trott, on his part, amassed 1042 runs from 12 Tests at 65.12 with four centuries and three half centuries. Anderson was splendid with the ball, picking up 50 wickets in 11 Tests at 25.48.Test team of the year (in batting order): Kumar Sangakkara (capt/wk), Alastair Cook, Hashim Amla, Jonathan Trott, Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, James Anderson, Zaheer Khan (12th man).advertisementlast_img read more

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