A dash towards literacy

first_imgBook Dash brings together volunteer creative professionals to create new, African storybooks for people to freely translate and distribute to budding young minds. (Image: Book Dash, via Facebook)A good book can broaden minds. For young children the benefits are even greater. Reading feeds their imagination and so improves their ability to learn, helping them grasp language faster.The problem is that suitable reading material of a high quality isn’t always easily available for some children. The Book Dash movement is trying to remedy this lack in children’s lives.Book Dash brings together volunteer professional writers and designers to develop open-licence books for young South Africans. Open licence means these books are free, and easily accessible.“Book Dash is a project to put more books in the world,” explains Arthur Attwell, founder of the organisation. “If we want to make them properly accessible we need to be able to print them cheaply and share them widely and translate them easily, and so we’ve got a whole lot of volunteers making books.”Book Dash: creating open-licensed children’s booksThe writers and designers come together for a day to create interesting and relevant stories for young people. These are then be printed with the help of donors and sponsors who see the value in getting more of the country’s youth reading.Attwell says the organisation’s ambitious vision is to ensure that every child in South Africa owns at least 100 books by the age of five. “If we’re going to do that we have to make a lot of books that we can very easily print and give away.“If we can get more children reading from a young age we’ll grow bigger publishing industries, we’ll have smarter leaders, more entrepreneurial business people, and in general we’ll be a better society for it.”Book Dash: Getting books to kidsGET INVOLVEDIf you want to help Book Dash get their books printed and delivered into the hands of youth hungry for an engaging story you can visit the organisation’s website for more information.You can also get involved with Book Dash by becoming a volunteer working with facilitators to help create magical stories.To join them on a Book Dash Day, email the organisation at [email protected] Rijsdijk, one of the writers involved in the early stages of the process says she really believes in Attwell’s vision of creating a large number of books that children can easily access.“I love the idea of flooding this country with children’s books to start creating a reading culture.”PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

Legal aid and advice

first_imgCan’t afford to hire a lawyer or pay expensive court fees? Here are your options for seeking legal aid and advice.There are various other options if you cannot afford a lawyer. (Image: Pixabay)Legal Aid BoardIn criminal matters, everyone is entitled to legal representation. In civil matters, you must pass a means test, based on income, to qualify for assistance. The means-test ceiling is low, so aid is available only to the lowest income groups.To find out whether you qualify, approach the legal aid officer at your nearest magistrate’s court – a legal aid officer is appointed at every magistrate’s court – or your nearest Legal Aid Board justice centre.There are over 40 Legal Aid Board justice centres throughout the country. For more information, click here.Other sources of legal assistanceYou can also approach the Legal Aid Bureau, the Legal Resources Centre, or a university law faculty (see below).Finally, you could approach an attorney directly. This will cost more, but can be very effective – an attorney’s letter threatening legal action often settles a matter quickly. (Click here to find an attorney in your town or province.)Legal Aid Bureau. A private organisation which offers legal help to the poor. If you pass a means test, your case will be investigated and may be referred to an attorney for legal action.Tel: (011) 834 8561Legal Resources Centre. An independent non-profit organisation which provides legal services to poor, homeless and landless individuals and communities.Tel: (011) 403 7694/0902Contacts nationwide (mouse on “about us”, click on “contact details”)E-mailWeb siteUniversity legal clinics. Most university law faculties have legal clinics to which consumers may take complaints. Contacts for university law faculties:University of Cape Town: (021) 650 3551 or the UCT Law Clinic University of Durban-Westville: (031) 204 4445/4821University of Fort Hare: (04060) 22236University of the Orange Free State: (051) 401 2451University of Natal (Durban): (031) 260 2867University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg): (033) 260 5778University of the North: (015) 268 2903University of the North West: (018) 389 2510University of Port Elizabeth: (041) 504 2190Potchefstroom University: (018) 299 1950University of Pretoria: (012) 420 4158Rand Afrikaans University: (011) 489 2141Rhodes University: (046) 603 8427University of South Africa: (012) 429 8439University of Stellenbosch: (021) 808 3195/2University of Venda: (015) 962 8217Vista University (Bloemfontein Campus): (051) 505 1386University of the Western Cape: (021) 959 2756University of the Witwatersrand: (011) 717 8562 or the Wits University Legal Aid ClinicUniversity of Zululand: (035) 902-6192 or 793 3911Finding an attorneyContact the Law Society of South Africa (their web site has a search facility for finding an attorney in your town or province) or your provincial law society – see below. You can also try the search facility on Attorneys.co.za.Law Society of South Africa. Umbrella body for the attorney’s profession in South Africa.Tel: (012) 366 8800E-mailWeb siteProvincial law societies:Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope: Tel (021) 424 8060, Web siteLaw Society of the Free State: Tel (051) 447 3237Gauteng Law Council: Tel (012) 323 0400, Web siteKwaZulu-Natal Law Society: Tel (031) 451 304, Web siteMpumalanga Attorneys Council: Tel (017) 647 298, Fax (017) 647 1260, Web siteNorth West Circle Council: Tel (014) 592 9315/6, Fax (014) 597 1591, Web siteLaw Society of the Northern Provinces: Tel (012) 323 0400, Web siteAlso: Black Lawyers Association: Tel (011) 403 0802, Fax (011) 403 0814Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Kingad fails to take ONE flyweight title as Moraes retains belt

first_imgLATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games View comments MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Moraes (17-2) then locked his rear naked choke forcing Kingad (5-1) to tap out 4:45 into the first round.“Danny you have a big future, but tonight was my time, I trained hard, I trained my life, I had a tough win, but this is my house, this is my belt, and this is my class,” said Moraes who had his first title defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdriano Moraes successfully defended his ONE flyweight title after dominating Philippines’ own Danny Kingad in ONE Legends of the World Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Brazil’s Moraes established his presence early and had Kingad’s back with less than a minute remaining in the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ONE: Silva ends Suzuki’s undefeated streak Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgiving

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgivingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche admits they finding the January market ‘unforgiving’.Dyche admits the rising cost of players is making the transfer window difficult for Burnley.”It’s not like we are going to magic up £50m to go and sign who we want,” Dyche said. “I think predominantly the Championship is one of our markets.”It’s hard enough trying to get players out of the Championship for what I call ‘real money’, as in normal, sensible sort of money. So you try the Premier League, and as you can imagine, it’s very, very difficult.” last_img read more

22 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder says Fleck’s Scotland call-up much deserved

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder says Fleck’s Scotland call-up much deservedby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder says John Fleck’s Scotland call-up is much deserved.The 28-year-old has been called up to the squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and San Marino and has not yet been capped for the senior side, despite previously playing four times at U21 level.”John has come back very strong and positive in his performances,” said Wilder.”Hopefully with just a little bit more belief and confidence, playing in the Premier League week in week out and playing at international level as well. “From my opinion he thoroughly deserves his call-up. He’s been outstanding… every level that he has played at he has embraced and moved forward.”It’s a great reward for him and hopefully he can go and do himself justice when he goes up the road.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

11 days agoLindelof on Barcelona interest: I’m loyal to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lindelof on Barcelona interest: I’m loyal to Man Utdby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Victor Lindelof says they’re capable of winning trophies.Lindelof was linked with a move to Barcelona during the summer though stayed at United and put pen to paper on a new contract last month.”There was a lot of writing about it,” Lindelof told Expressen.“But for me I have a contract with United and I am the loyal type.“For me it was never a question either, I wanted to stay in United and believe very much in what we have going on and that is also why I signed a new contract.“I love to represent United and to wear that shirt every day. My goal when I came here was to win titles and do well for all supporters.“But I haven’t won a title yet, so it’s my big goal to take home big titles with United.“If we get to the level we can do and everyone can do their best, we can win trophies.” last_img read more

Video: UNC’s Marcus Paige Delivers Incredible Speech After Senior Night Victory

first_imgMarcus Paige delivers a speech at midcourt.Marcus Paige SpeechNo. 8 UNC held off Syracuse 75-70 on Senior Night at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill Monday. After the win, several Tar Heel seniors addressed the crowd but it was guard Marcus Paige who brought down the house with a tremendously heartfelt speech.An emotional Paige thanked his family, the fans, his teammates and coaches in what was a heck of a send-off. Paige also told fans that he and his teammates have more to accomplish this season. Talk about fighting back tears, man. Proud of this kid. @marcuspaige5 pic.twitter.com/1SgA7Ixwv6— Taylor Sharp (@tsharp94) March 1, 2016Paige choking up addressing RoyW: “You always believed in me … I can’t thank you enough for that.”— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 1, 2016Marcus to Brice: “I love you, man. You’re like the brother I’ve never had, and I’m going to cherish that the rest of my life.”— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) March 1, 2016Paige wraps up a lengthy and emotional senior day speech. “We’re not done, we’ve get something left to do.”— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 1, 2016A full video of the speech can be found here. It is definitely worth the watch, and if you don’t get chills or maybe even tear up a bit, check your pulse.last_img read more

Criminologist Holds Session with Restorative Justice Stakeholders

first_img He said violence is attributable to several main factors, including poverty, lack of opportunity, high unemployment, lack of education, trauma, limited police presence in communities, dysfunctional families and a breakdown in the relationship between the police and community members. Story Highlights In his address, Mr. Pinkney outlined the causes of violence and possible strategies to reduce them. Twenty restorative justice practitioners, pastors and Peace Management Initiative (PMI) representatives participated in an interactive session with British Criminologist and Gang Reform Specialist, Craig Pinkney,yesterday (February 6) at the Justice Ministry, in Kingston.Hosted by the Ministry’s Restorative Justice Unit, the session was held under the theme ‘Building Personal and Community Competencies for Peace’, and formed part of activities for Restorative Justice Week, being observed from February 3 to 9.In his address, Mr. Pinkney outlined the causes of violence and possible strategies to reduce them.He said violence is attributable to several main factors, including poverty, lack of opportunity, high unemployment, lack of education, trauma, limited police presence in communities, dysfunctional families and a breakdown in the relationship between the police and community members.Mr. Pinkney called on the key stakeholders with access to violence perpetrators to engage them in their communities to effect change.He said these could include government officials, police personnel, religious leaders, educators and research teams, and could provide data to develop community strategies to implement change.Restorative Justice Week aims to educate the public on the value of restorative justice as an alternative mechanism for conflict resolution.The week’s activities commenced with a Church service on February 3 at the New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kingston.Other events include a public lecture on February 7 at Moneague College in St. Ann on the topic ‘A Restorative Approach to Gang Violence in Jamaica’; and the Ninth International Restorative Justice Conference on February 9 at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston. Mr. Pinkney will be the guest speaker at the conference.Restorative justice is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular offence come together to resolve, collectively, how to deal with the aftermath of the breach.It focuses on holding the offender accountable in a more meaningful way. It repairs the harm caused by the offence, helps to reintegrate the offender into the community and helps to achieve a sense of healing for both the victim and the community.Communities where the Restorative Justice Programme is under way include Trench Town, Jones Town, Craig Town and Hannah Town, in St. Andrew; Greater Allman Town and Fletcher’s Land, in Kingston; communities in Spanish Town, St. Catherine; May Pen and surrounding areas, in Clarendon; and communities in Westmoreland and St. James. Twenty restorative justice practitioners, pastors and Peace Management Initiative (PMI) representatives participated in an interactive session with British Criminologist and Gang Reform Specialist, Craig Pinkney,yesterday (February 6) at the Justice Ministry, in Kingston.last_img read more

Students stage protest over teacher transfer

first_imgAPTN National NewsStudents at Stobart High School in central Saskatchewan are protesting the transfer of one of their teachers.They say that too much cultural programming has been cut from the school, and they plan on circulating press releases and continuing to protest until they get answers.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf was there, and has their story.last_img

Michigan Cop Sues Police Department Says He Was Pressured

A Mundy Township police officer filed a civil lawsuit against Mundy Township and its police department alleging they pressured him to portray former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves (left) as guilty of an alleged sexual assault. Photo by Rachel Woolf/Associated Press.A Mundy Township police officer has filed a lawsuit against the township and police department, claiming that they pressured him to paint a former Michigan State basketball star as guilty of an alleged sexual assault.Officer Brian Ogle filed the suit in a Genesee County Court on May 4 accusing the department of punishing him for reporting state law violations by the township and police department to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, The Detroit News reports. Wayne County is handling the investigation into former basketball player Mateen Cleaves.In his complaint, Ogle asserts that his rights under Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act were infringed upon and says he “found himself at odds with defendants because he would not acquiesce to defendants’ pressure to portray Mr. Cleaves as guilty of sexual assault.”Per The Detroit News, the Mundy Township officer began his investigation into Cleaves in September 2015 and informed the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 17 of “suspected violations” by the township and department. In a suspected retaliation, the township informed Ogle that he was in violation of their regulations on Feb. 4, the news site reports. According to the lawsuit, Ogle was then suspended for two days without pay.He is now seeking over $25,000 for lost and potential earnings, as well as emotional damages, the Detroit Free Press reports.According to Dean Yotis, Ogle’s attorney, his client was the first on the scene of the alleged sexual assault that took place Sept. 15 and had an opportunity to interview the victim.“He concluded there had not been a crime committed. And the work environment after that was full of tension, and it got to the point that he got suspended for two days,” Yeotis said.Cleaves, who played six seasons in the NBA, is accused of holding a 24-year-old woman against her will in a Mundy Township Hotel and sexually assaulting her, according to the Detroit Free Press. The former basketball star now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal sexual assault, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If charged, Cleaves could spend 10 to 15 years behind bars, the publication also reports.The former Detroit Pistons player took to Twitter on March 16 to deny the allegations, writing, “My family and I are devastated by these false charges. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit.”Frank J. Manley, Cleaves’ lawyer, deemed the charges “outrageous, false and catastrophic to his career.” Per The Detroit News, Manley also told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the accusations made in Ogle’s lawsuit will be promptly investigated by the prosecutor’s office.“It’s troubling to me that somehow it appears the lawsuit, if true, that pressure was brought upon Ogle to conform his testimony to a certain narrative,” Manley said.Cleaves is scheduled to be back in court on May 17, The Detroit News reports. read more