Olympic Swimmer promotes lessons for minorities: Water safety, formal instruction key to preventing fatalities
by Benjamin KoconisWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although an Olympic swimmer’s message about the importance of water safety was too late to save a 6-year-old Northeast girl from drowning last month, many others may be saved by his dedication to promote swimming lessons among minority youth nationwide.Cullen Jones, the first African-American swimmer to set a world record and win a gold, made a stop in the District recently where he hosted a series of events to promote “Make a Splash”— a USA Swimming initiative, which aims to promote swimming lessons by providing grant money to lesson providers to advance their programs.Jones’ started his day hosting a breakfast at the Marriott Wardman Park, in Northwest, where he told an audience of nearly 100 about the large numbers of minority children who have inadequate swimming skills – like himself, prior to his mother insisting that he take formal swimming lessons.“I understand how it feels to be afraid of the water,” said the 26-year-old 50-meter freestyle swimmer. “When I was five-years-old I almost drown.”Jones tells audiences in every city he travels to of his own near death experience at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, a water park, in Allentown, Pa., in 1989. My inner tube capsized, but I was determined to hold on because that is what my dad told me to do—I subsequently blacked out, he said.Mel Stewart, 41, another Olympic swimmer and gold medalist who spoke at the breakfast said swimmers, even of the Olympic caliber, know to respect the water and are often the most protective when it comes to children’s water safety.“We never swim alone. We have all been in positions where we have got a cramp. In an instant you realize it could be your death.”Anyone is capable of drowning, Jones said.“I love asking kids—I’m a gold medalist— I went to the Olympics—how many of you think that I almost drown—they never believe it.”Jones admitted he was slow to get back in the water after his frightening experience at the water park, but said after finding a good instructor he soon gained his confidence back. He advises children who are scared of the water to do the same.“There are certain things I don’t know how to do. I would love to learn how to play guitar, but in order to do that, I need to take lessons.” Jones said the same goes for swimming— if you don’t know how, you absolutely must take lessons.The “Make a Splash” campaign continued at Turkey Thicket Pool, a Department of Parks and Recreation facility in Northeast Washington, where Jones gave several children swimming lessons. Unfortunately, a dark cloud continues to loom over the public pool where young Yiana-Michelle Ballard drowned on June 23.Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer
FAIR HAVEN – Local residents came out to Fair Haven Fields June 15 to celebrate their town at Fair Haven Day. There was a climbing wall and bounce houses sponsored by various local businesses, giving children many opportunities for having fun. A favorite spot for the kids was a classic truck filled to the brim with bags of popcorn, all donated by Brennan’s Delicatessen. Face painting and colorful bandage wraps were also available. Mayor Ben Lucarelli and state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon were in attendance for the grand opening of a new toddler-friendly play set for the Fair Haven Fields playground, made possible through the fundraising efforts of local resident Cristina Stanley. All present enjoyed live music, great food and fun games with fireworks at the end of the night. Photos by Patrick Olivero
Stellenbosch University (SU) receiveddouble honours as it was included inthe QS listing’s top 500 universities,and also came in third highest onthe African continent.(Image: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Martin ViljoenStellenbosch University media liaison+27 21 808 4921RELATED ARTICLES• Pure water in a jiffy • UCT MBA among world’s best • Can drive raises R8.5m for education• South African university gets global nodWilma den HartighSouth Africa has yet again proved that the standard of its tertiary education is comparable with the best in the world. Two local universities, the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, have achieved top honours by being listed in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2011/12.First published in 2004, the QS ranking is a respected global career and education network. Prospective students and staff from all over the world use the information to decide where to study and advance their academic careers.Stellenbosch University (SU) received double honours as it was included in the QS listing’s top 500 universities, and also came in third highest on the African continent.The University of Cape Town (UCT) was placed in 156th position, up from 161 last year. The QS system also continues to name UCT as the only university in Africa in the top 200.The QS system makes use of six indicators to determine an international ranking: academic reputation (40%); employer reputation (10%); citations per faculty (20%); faculty student ratio (20%); proportion of international students (5%); and proportion of international faculty (5%). The top universities world-wide are then selected out of 2 000 institutions.Recognising outstanding teaching and researchProf Russel Botman, SU’s rector and vice-chancellor, says that inclusion in the QS listing is a significant achievement for the university as it indicates that the international community has taken notice of the excellence of its teaching and research.Stellenbosch University has done ground-breaking work as part of its HOPE project in the areas of nano-fibre water filter technology, food security, HIV/Aids, paediatric tuberculosis and various other research initiatives.The HOPE project supports the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by focusing on world-class research aimed at improving the lives of South Africans and people elsewhere on the continent.“Although we don’t chase rankings, we are proud to be recognised by our peers in this way. It is an important feather in our cap,” Botman says, adding that the rankings also expose local academics and students to more opportunities for research collaboration and exchange.He says that SU has done a lot of work to improve its research output, and has received recognition as the university that delivers the most research output in the country per academic staff member.However, he was surprised at the ranking received for international visibility. “The university has been working very hard to improve its international presence and visibility for the past four years, but we didn’t know that our work would be noticed so quickly,” he says.Results of research conducted by Stellenbosch University in 2007 revealed that internationally the university wasn’t well known for the quality of its academic programmes. However, people were aware of the institution’s negative apartheid history.“The ranking shows that our strategy to improve visibility of the university and bring about transformation is correct,” says Botman.International recognition of this kind is beneficial for individual tertiary institutions and the country. UCT’s executive director of communications and marketing, Gerda Kruger, said in a statement that a good performance on the QS list sends the message that South Africans can get a world-class education without leaving the country.
Music is a great way to foster social cohesion and nation building. This is the basis upon which Music is a Great Investment (MIAGI) was established by opera singer, Robert Brooks and pianist, Ingrid Hedlund in 2001. This is a Pretoria based Non-Profit Organisation with a vision of bringing people, particularly children and youth, together through music while creating platforms for creativity, self-expression, learning, employment, cultural exchange, social development and leadership development. The idea is that music transcends many differences and cultivates innovation. South Africa contends with factors of racial, cultural, religious, class, gender and age differences. These factors, if not addressed in an intentional manner, can have an impact on the unity of members of society and their ability to work together towards the wellbeing of all its members; as well as the development of a common identity. MIAGI aims to address this through three main methods namely, the MIAGI Orchestra, the MIAGI Music and Community Centres and using the MIAGI international profile to attract investment for development work in South Africa. The MIAGI Orchestra is made up of group of young South African men and women of all races. This is a classically trained orchestra that have created a unique sound by infusing elements of African Jazz into their compositions. The orchestra, in its makeup, symbolises South Africa’s diversity and through its unique sound demonstrates the country’s distinct Nation Brand to the world. The MIAGI Music and Community Centres aim to provide arts and culture education for children in informal communities. MIAGI has built, developed and managed a music centre on the premises of the Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto. The success of this Centre has inspired the development of an Arts Complex in Khayelitsha aimed at young children. Through the high level visibility of the Orchestra’s international events and the success of Music and Community Centres, MIAGI has attracted investment from the international donor community. The investment has gone a long way in propelling MIAGI’s success. Follow MIAGI on their official website and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to find where you can catch the orchestra performing and how you can play your part.
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ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Shut it down, everyone. The informal contest to see who would come up with the best college football-themed take on Drake’s Views From The 6 cover might be over just a few days in. After Jay Harbaugh put together a pretty good effort featuring his father, Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye posted his own version…and yeah, this is pretty mean if you’re a Michigan [email protected] ** #VIEWS fro TSUN. **#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/u91EmgEIg0— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) April 26, 2016 Considering the score of last year’s game at Michigan Stadium, he probably could’ve left the Parental Advisory sticker in place. It was pretty appropriate.[Bleacher Report]
zoom The workers’ strike at Damen’s Galati shipyard in Romania has ended, it has been confirmed to World Maritime News by a Damen spokesperson.The strike was staged on August 29, when a number of workers held a spontaneous demonstration in front of the company’s headquarters. The workers were dissatisfied with their wages and were reportedly asking for a pay increase.The protest resulted in a work stoppage at the yard for almost three days.The strike was ended on Thursday, August 31, and work operations are said to have been resumed.Local media informed that the strike was concluded as the company’s management agreed to the proposed wage increase terms.Talks between the company and the union are set to continue until September 15 when a final deal is expected.World Maritime News Staff
MONTREAL – Quebec’s top court has overturned a 2015 acquittal of a Montreal-area naturopath in the death of a patient 10 years ago and convicted her of manslaughter.Mitra Javanmardi has also been ordered to stand trial on a charge of criminal negligence causing death, for which she had been acquitted.Roger Matern, 79, died after Javanmardi injected him with a contaminated substance.Javanmardi is scheduled to appear in Quebec court for sentencing on the manslaughter conviction.Matern visited Javanmardi’s clinic in June 2008 following heart surgery that reportedly did not improve his health.According to court documents, Matern wanted quick results and insisted that Javanmardi inject him with nutrients despite her telling him the procedure was not done on a first visit.She eventually acquiesced.During the injection he complained of being hot and then started shivering. His condition deteriorated rapidly while at the clinic and Javanmardi recommended he get a good night sleep.Matern’s condition worsened at home and he only went to hospital the following day, when it was too late.Police who raided Javanmardi’s office following Matern’s death seized vials containing the substance with which she injected him.Analysis discovered one of the vials contained 9.7 million bacteria when the norm for an injectable product is zero.The appeals court ruled the lower court did not properly apply the law to the facts of the case.It highlight several critical elements: the naturopath injected the medication as opposed to delivering it orally; she used the single-dose vial on two previous patients; she derogated from protocol by complying with the demands of a patient; and she didn’t send her patient to hospital despite witnessing symptoms unknown to her.“The (trial) judge therefore erred by not retaining, from the uncontested facts, that the conduct of the accused is blamable … and meets the criteria of criminal negligence,” the appeals court wrote in its ruling Thursday.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada says a period of very cold wind chills is expected tonight and into Friday.A brisk north wind combined with overnight temperatures near -28C will create extreme wind chill values near -40 overnight and Friday morning.Wind chill values will moderate to the mid -30s Friday afternoon. Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.Remember to dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.Remember to cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with the wind chill.
San Francisco: Apple has announced a new initiative in support of non-profit organisations in the US and Europe that offer un-biased, independent media literacy programmes. To advance their efforts in empowering young minds, Apple will support the US-based News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense organisations, along with the Italy-based Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori, the company said in a blog-post on Wednesday. “News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organisations on the front lines of this effort,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Cook acknowledged the work being done by these organisations in empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens. “Apple News is committed to presenting quality journalism from trusted sources,” said Lauren Kern, Editor-In-Chief of Apple News. “We’re thrilled that Apple is supporting these important organizations to train the next generation on how to seek out accurate and reliable information amid an increasingly complicated news landscape.”