Flying the South African flag

December 18, 2019

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first_img(Image: Bongani Nkosi,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library.)The 2010 Fifa World Cup has hit South Africa, and the country’s striking six-colour national flag is everywhere – wrapped around buildings, on car windows, radio aerials and rear-view mirrors, lining the highways and flying outside homes from suburbs to townships.The new South African national flag first flew on 10 May 1994 – the day Nelson Mandela became president, two weeks after the country’s first democratic elections of 27 April 1994.So it’s a potent symbol of unity and progress. It’s also the only six-coloured national flag in the world, and one of the youngest. Yet whatever shape it takes – and it’s taken more than any other national symbol – it’s instantly recognisable to South Africans everywhere.The South African flag has become integrated into butterflies, bow ties, company logos, trees, top hats, hot air balloons, umbrellas, underwear … the list goes on. In this respect, it seems to have no equal.Brand South Africa has launched the Fly the Flag Fridays campaign, which aims to sustain the spirit of the 2010 Fifa World Cup by asking South Africans to wear the colours of the flag, or the shirt of a national team – Bafana Bafana, the Springboks, or the Proteas – every Friday.Red on top: how to fly the flagThere are definite rules on how to fly the South African flag, as set out by the government [PDF, 468 KB] and explained by Southern African Vexillological Association.When displayed horizontally, the black triangle should be to your left and the red band uppermost. If the red band is at the bottom, the flag is flying upside down – the traditional sign of surrender – or if you’re at sea, the international maritime signal of distress!When draped vertically, a flag should not merely be rotated through 90 degrees, but also reversed. In the case of the South African flag, the black triangle must be uppermost and the red band to your left. (One “reads” a flag like the pages of a book – from top to bottom and from left to right – and after rotation the results should be the same.)The flag may not be defaced by placing slogans or any writing or design directly on the field of the flag. Any writing should appear next to or underneath the image of the flag. Most of all, the flag must always be treated with dignity and respect.For full information on how to handle and display the flag correctly, see SouthAfrica.info’s South African Flag Guide.The making of a flagSouth Africans love their flag, both as a symbol of freedom and simply for its colourful and refreshing funkiness. Yet it was originally commissioned as an interim flag only – and was a last-minute job, barely making it onto the country’s flagpoles in time to herald the democratic South Africa.Choosing a new flag was part of the negotiation process set in motion when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. When a nationwide public competition was held in 1993, the National Symbols Commission received more than 7 000 designs. Six designs were drawn up and presented to the public and the Negotiating Council – but none elicited enthusiastic support.A number of design studios were contracted to submit further proposals – again without success – and Parliament went into recess at the end of 1993 without a suitable candidate for the new national flag.In February 1994, Cyril Ramaphosa and Roelf Meyer, chief negotiators of the African National Congress and the National Party government respectively, were tasked with resolving the flag issue. A final design was adopted on 15 March 1994 – derived from a design developed by South Africa’s former state herald, Fred Brownell.The proclamation of the new national flag was only published on 20 April 1994 – seven days before the flag was to be inaugurated on the 27th, sparking a frantic last-minute flurry for flag manufacturers.Constructing South Africa’s flag1. Draw a rectangle in a proportion of 3 in the length to 2 in the width (18cm x 12cm is a convenient size).2. Using a pencil, divide the rectangle into three equal horizontal stripes.3. Join the four corners by means of a diagonal cross.4. On each side of the diagonal cross, which provides the centre line in each case, draw parallel lines. The distance betweeneach set of lines should beone third of the width of theflag. Join the various linesin the manner indicated.5. Within the V-shaped area,which extends from the cornersat the flagpost to the outeredge of the fly, draw a seriesof parallel lines, the distancebetween which is in each caseone fifth the width of the flag.Join the appropriate lines asindicated and erase theremaining pencil lines.6. Colour specifications:  Textile colours:Green – CKS 42 c Spectrum greenBlack – CKS 401 c Blue blackWhite – CKS 701 c National flag whiteGold – CKS 724 c Gold yellowRed – CKS 750 c Chilli redBlue – CKS 762 c National flag blueApproximate Pantone equivalents:Green – 3415 cGold – 1235 cRed – 179 cBlue – reflex blue cThe South African flag is the symbol of our rainbow nation. The Fly the Flag Fridays campaign aims to sustain the spirit of the 2010 Fifa World Cup by asking South Africans to wear the colours of the flag, or the shirt of one of our national teams – Bafana Bafana, the Springboks, the Proteas – every Friday.last_img read more


Kusile power station to go ahead

December 18, 2019

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first_imgKusile is being built in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. (Image: Eskom) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bheki Khumalo Communications Department of Energy +27 82 773 2388 or +27 12 444 4256 RELATED ARTICLES • Power supply for World Cup ‘guaranteed’ • Deal to boost Africa’s power • Eskom gets $500m for upgrade • SA’s power plan surges aheadBongani NkosiConstruction of the coal-fired Kusile Power Station will not be cancelled, as previous media reports stated, because the facility is much needed to meet South Africa’s growing electricity demands, the government has said.This is according to a statement made by Department of Energy spokesperson Bheki Khumalo, who was responding to the inaccurate reports. “There is no viable option … to replace Kusile,” he said.“The department wishes to state categorically and without equivocation that Kusile Power Station is on the table,” Khumalo added.Kusile means “it has dawned” in local Nguni languages.Construction began in 2008 at Emalahleni, formerly known as Witbank, in Mpumalanga province – which has the richest coal reserves in the country.Upon completion the station will be the “second most advanced coal-fired power plant” in South Africa after the Medupi power station, which is currently under construction in Limpopo province, according to power utility Eskom.Eskom secured a loan of R28-billion (US$3.7-billion) from the World Bank on 8 April 2010 to finance the construction of the 4 800MW Medupi power plant. Once operational in 2013, it will be the country’s biggest generator of electricity.This will be a welcome addition as electricity reserves are low, the Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters has stated, and failing to address this now will undoubtedly lead to a repeat of 2008’s load-shedding and widespread blackouts – which were crippling to the economy.Medupi is being built near the currently operational 3 990MW coal-fired Matimba power station.Kusile part of SA’s power planSome 5 200ha have been set aside for Kusile, which will be positioned close to the existing 4 116MW-capacity Kendal power station. The site on which Kusile is being built was previously used for agriculture.Kusile is part of the government’s plans to ensure South Africa has enough power for the future, Khumalo said. “In the absence of Kusile, there will not be enough power to feed into the South African electricity grid,” he added.The entire Kusile plant is set for completion in 2017, but the first unit will be finished and ready for commercial operations by 2013. Eskom said in 2008 that the plant would cost an estimated R80-billion ($10.8-billion) to build.Anglo Coal South Africa, through its black economic empowerment subsidiary Anglo Inyosi Coal, will supply Kusile with 17-million tons of coal over a period of 47 years.According to Eskom, Kusile will be the first power station in South Africa to use Flue Gas Desulphurisation technology, which will reduce the plant’s harmful sulphur dioxide emissions.Hydro power from Ingula plantEskom is aiming at generating 12 300MW more power to feed into the national grid by 2017, as it’s estimated that South Africa will need about 40 000MW of electricity by 2025.The state-owned utility has also reached an agreement with independent power producers, who are expected to add about 400MW to the grid in the future. Eskom is also constructing the multibillion-rand Ingula power station, whose first unit is set to be commissioned in 2012. Ingula, a hydroelectric plant, is being built on two dams on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and Free State provinces.It will comprise four hydroelectric turbine units, each generating 333MW of power. The plant is one of the biggest environment-friendly projects Eskom has ever initiated.last_img read more


USDA enhances African Swine Fever surveillance efforts

December 17, 2019

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is furthering its overall African Swine Fever (ASF) preparedness efforts with the implementation of a surveillance plan. As part of this plan, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will work with the swine industry, the states, and veterinary diagnostic laboratories to test for ASF.ASF is a highly contagious and deadly disease affecting both domestic and feral (wild) pigs. It does not affect human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans. ASF has never been detected in the United States.“African Swine Fever is an area of high interest among the veterinary community and our swine industry, and we continue to take action to prepare for this deadly disease,” said Greg Ibach, Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. “While we are confident that our overlapping safeguards will continue to keep ASF out of the United States, an enhanced surveillance program will serve as an early warning system, helping us find any potential disease much more quickly. It will also minimize virus spread and support efforts to restore trade markets and animal movements as quickly as possible should the disease be detected.”To make this program as effective and efficient as possible, USDA will add ASF testing to our existing classical swine fever surveillance. We will test samples from the same high-risk animals, using the same overall process, but will test for both diseases instead of one. USDA and its partners expect to begin ASF surveillance efforts within weeks, and will implement the full surveillance plan over the course of the spring.“U.S. pork producers are already suffering as a result of numerous trade disputes with top-importing countries, and an outbreak of ASF in the United States would be devastating,” said David Herring, president of NPPC. “That’s why it’s so important we have a strong surveillance program, to ensure early notification of any spread of the virus. With no vaccination available, prevention is our only defense. We thank USDA for today’s announcement and look forward to working with the agency to strengthen safeguards to protect our animals.”The surveillance effort will test samples from high-risk animals, including sick pig submissions to veterinary diagnostic laboratories; sick or dead pigs at slaughter; and pigs from herds that are at greater risk for disease through such factors as exposure to feral swine or garbage feeding.In addition, USDA will work with state and federal partners to identify and investigate incidents involving sick or dead feral swine to determine if they should be tested for ASF or other foreign animal diseases.The surveillance testing of commercial swine herds is an addition to USDA’s overall African swine fever prevention effort, including:Working with officials in Canada and Mexico on a North American coordinated approach to ASF defense, response, and trade maintenance;Working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at ports of entry, paying particular attention to cargo, passengers, and products arriving from China and other ASF affected countries;Increasing detector dog teams with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to sniff out illegal products at key U.S. commercial sea and airports;Collaborating with states, industry and producers to ensure everyone follows strict on-farm biosecurity protocols and best practices (including for garbage feeding in states where that is allowed);Restricting imports of pork and pork products from affected countries;Coordinating closely on response plans with the U.S. pork industry, producers and States to be ready should a detection ever occur in the United States; andExpanding the testing capabilities and testing capacity of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.Our overall goal remains to keep this deadly disease out of the United States. For more information, visit APHIS’ updated ASF webpage at www.aphis.usda.gov/animalhealth/swine/asf.last_img read more


Where’s Signal?

December 17, 2019

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first_img SharePrint Related5 Lackeys. Approximately 7,000 geocachers. Moin moin!June 25, 2019In “Community”HQ-Mitarbeiter beim Spionieren auf dem Giga in Berlin erwischtJune 11, 2019In “Deutsch”The Lackey Geocoin: An Unexpected 26,000-mile, 5-Year JourneyJanuary 21, 2015In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img


Choosing an Energy-Efficient Refrigerator

December 16, 2019

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first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Because federal appliance efficiency standards have gotten more stringent, new refrigerators use much less energy than those sold in the 1970s. These days, it’s fairly easy to find a full-size refrigerator that requires only 350 to 500 kWh per year — significantly less than the 1,000 kWh/year energy hogs of yore.Beginning in 2014, the minimum federal efficiency standard for refrigerators will ratchet up another notch, lowering the annual energy bill for a 20-cubic-foot refrigerator to about 390 kWh. Energy Star models will use even less energy.To reduce the amount of energy used by the typical American refrigerator, several steps are necessary. Engineers, government regulators, and consumers all have a role to play:Designing an efficient refrigerator isn’t rocket science; the principles are fairly simple. You want the smallest possible compressor. You want the compressor to be efficient. You want the heat-exchange coils to be generously sized and located somewhere where smooth air flow is possible. And you want thick insulation with a high R-value per inch.Engineers have traditionally compromised on many of these features. Since thicker insulation reduces the interior volume of the refrigerator, appliance manufacturers have often skimped on insulation so they could brag about the refrigerator’s volume. Similarly, no one wants to look at heat-exchange coils, so they are usually located at the back of the refrigerator, where air flow may not be ideal.Engineers know that there are two other factors that can improve refrigerator efficiency:Only a few refrigerator designers have paid attention to this last point. (Refrigerators with top-mounted compressors are currently available from Sun Frost.) The most famous refrigerator with a top-mounted compressor was undoubtedly the General Electric Monitor-Top refrigerator sold during the 1920s and 1930s.It’s worth delving into the history of the Monitor-Top refrigerator, for two reasons: it was very energy-efficient,… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more


Man City striker Sergio Aguero breaks his rib in car crash

November 30, 2019

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first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LeBron misses second straight practice with ankle injury MOST READ Guardiola said Mendy would be out until the semifinals of the Champions League, which begin in April. The France defender has added a new dimension to City’s attacking play this season with his powerful runs and delivery from the left wing.City captain Vincent Kompany will also be absent, with Guardiola saying the defender hasn’t taken part in asingle training session over the last month.Aguero lost his status as first-choice striker at City last season following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. However, he has been in good form this season, scoring seven goals in eight games in all competitions.He was selected in Argentina’s most recent squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador.City leads the Premier League on goal difference after six games, with Chelsea three points behind in third place. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero looks around the pitch during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero confirmed he broke a rib after being involved in a car accident in the Netherlands two days before his team’s biggest Premier League game of the season so far.“Hurts, but I’m fine, fully focused on recovery,” Aguero tweeted late Friday. “Thank you all!”ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight This image taken from video shows a car crashed up against a lamp post in Amsterdam, Thursday Sept. 28, 2017. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been injured in a road accident in the Netherlands, the English Premier League club said Friday. (KaWijKo Media via AP)Asked if he had given Aguero permission to be in Amsterdam, City manager Pep Guardiola said: “I’m not the police.”“I want the players to be happy,” Guardiola added. “They have to rest mentally and physically and they have to enjoy their lives. If he decides to go there, that’s OK with me.”On Thursday, Aguero posted a picture on Instagram of himself alongside Colombian singer Maluma, saying: “Thanks for the invitation!”Maluma was performing in Amsterdam on Thursday evening.The absence of Aguero for the Chelsea match is another blow for Guardiola, coming a day after City confirmed that left back Benjamin Mendy had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Aguero attended a concert in Amsterdam on Thursday evening and was on his way to the airport for a private flight back to Manchester when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamp-post.The Argentina international spent the night in the hospital before returning to Manchester on Friday. He will not be available for the match against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday and is expected to be out for up to a month.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 shutoutThe accident happened at 11 p.m. local time, on Aguero’s day off. City had scheduled its training session on Friday for 11 a.m.“The taxi I was riding made a wrong turn and crashed against a pole,” Aguero said on Twitter. “It was a very heavy slam but seatbelts prevented it from being worse.” Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


Rishabh Pant has a lot of potential, says India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha

November 16, 2019

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first_imgBack to playing competitive cricket after a long injury layoff, India’s Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha says he does not consider stumper Rishabh Pant as a rival and is happy at the youngster’s success.”I don’t see him as my competitor. I have never regarded anyone as a competitor since the time I was a child. It’s not that I have to better him and I am not getting a chance because he is there. My job is to play to the best of my potential and keep performing. I have always done that and kept waiting for my chance,” Saha said.Praising the 21-year old who is now making a case for himself across formats, Saha said Pant has proved himself since making his debut.”He is very good. He has a lot of potential and has done reasonably well since getting a look in. If he wasn’t good enough, he would not be getting runs in the IPL or would not have come in the reckoning.”Saha picked up a thumb injury on May 25 last year during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders which ruled him out of the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June.Later, Saha was diagnosed with a career-threatening injury for which he underwent surgery on his right shoulder in Manchester.In the meantime, Pant grabbed the opportunity with both hands by scoring hundreds in England and Australia and averaging almost 50 in nine tests.According to experts, Pant is still not at the same level as Saha behind the stumps with the former’s glovework still a work in progress.advertisementNot thinking about a comeback, selection not in my hands: SahaAsked about his India comeback plans now that Pant has made life difficult for the 34-year old, Saha said he can only let his performances do the talking and leave the selection to the team management.”I am not thinking about my comeback to the national side just yet. There is the IPL and the World Cup. India play Tests only in July so there is no point thinking about it now.”My job is to do well. Selection is not in my hands,” he said.India’s next Test assignment will only be after the World Cup when they visit the West Indies for a two-Test series in July.Saha said he is looking to make the most of the opportunities with the Bengal team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 domestic tournament.”I am match fit and ready to play T20 cricket. That is why NCA (National Cricket Academy) allowed me to be part of the Bengal team.”At the NCA, Saha was put on a rehab programme under former India wicketkeepers Vijay Yadav and Ajay Ratra.”I am looking to help my team do well in the tournament and contribute in the best possible manner. I am not playing with a target in mind. I will take it match by match,” Saha said.Bengal will open their campaign against Mizoram in their Group D fixture in Cuttack on February 21.The 2010-11 champions have been clubbed with Mizoram, Karnataka, Assam, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha in Group D.Virat Kohli’s India one of the favourites at the World Cup: SahaSaha also spoke on India’s chances in the upcoming World Cup, rating Virat Kohli and Co as one of the pre-tournament favourites owing to their recent exploits.”I think the side is very balanced. The pacers are doing so well, spinners are picking up key wickets and the batting now looks settled too. (MS) Dhoni bhai is looking as good as ever. I would rate them as one of the favourites,” Saha concluded.Also Read | Shreyas Iyer breaks Rishabh Pant’s record in T20s with 55-ball 147Also Read | Licence to attack is key to India’s wrist-spin success: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Next step is to play for India in all three formats: Mayank Agarwal Also See:last_img read more


18 days agoEx-Liverpool star McMahon backing move for Leicester ace Maddison

October 28, 2019

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Liverpool star McMahon backing move for Leicester ace Maddisonby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool star Steve McMahon thinks James Maddison would fit into Jurgen Klopp’s system at Anfield.The Leicester City star has gained plenty admirers over the last 12 months, including Manchester United.And McMahon thinks his former club should go after the talented playmaker.”I just wonder, there comes a time and this is no disrespect to Leicester, I wonder if Maddison will make a decision like Maguire and think do I go for the medals, do I go for the cash,” the Reds legend is quoted by the Express.”I don’t think he’s going to be at Leicester for a long, long time. I really don’t.”I think Maddison has another level to go. I think there’s a top team, if it’s not Liverpool then United maybe, they’ll be in for him. He can only get better.”Jurgen loves up and at them players, 100 per cent, non-stop work rate. He knows his full backs can create a chance, the space and can go for an overlap.”I don’t see Maddison sitting on the bench [at a big club]. Say he comes to Liverpool, I’m not telling James Maddison to leave, but if I’m Klopp I would be looking to sign a player.”He’s young, he’s English, he’s got a lot going for him. He changes the tempo of the game, why wouldn’t he get in Liverpool’s midfield?”Henderson has been getting replaced for ever with Milner, Keita has not come on leaps and bounds, Fabinho is the holding midfield player.”There’s a position there for him. If he came and he knuckled down, and he got his work ethic sorted, I see no reason why he wouldn’t fit in.” last_img read more


RCMP government skip community meeting on police oversight in Iqaluit

October 14, 2019

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first_imgKent DriscollAPTN National NewsDespite months of notice, members of the RCMP and the territorial government skipped a community meeting in Iqaluit to discuss police oversight in Nunavut.About 40 members of the community gathered in Iqaluit’s soup kitchen for a meeting organized by local journalist Thomas Rohner, and featured Senator Kim Pate, a long time prisoners advocate, and Tamara Fairchild from the Legal Services Board of Nunavut.The role of Nunavut’s RCMP has been under fire in recent months, as the number of police shootings has increased.Members of Nunavut’s RCMP have shot and killed three people in the last six months.The latest shooting occurred May when police shot and killed Jeremy Nivviaq in Hall Beach, NU.Ottawa Police have been called in the investigate the shooting.The results of the investigation will not be released to the public.To date, no Mountie has been charged or disciplined for any of the shootings.The other men shot and killed in Nunavut in recent months are Charles Qirngnirq, 21 who was killed in Gjoa Haven Dec. 19, 2016. And a 20-year-old man in Pond Inlet who died in March, 2017. Police are not releasing the man’s name or whether officers shot him or he killed himself.In February, an Iqaluit drunk driver received a lesser sentence because he was assaulted by RCMP.Two recent cases of men being beaten by RCMP in their cells on video were dismissed by the Ottawa Police Service, the outside police brought in when Nunavut RCMP need to be investigated.Former Premier Paul Okalik has called for a different agency to investigate RCMP, and the Justice Department is currently studying their options, with no clear goal or timeline established. Nunavut’s Justice Department is the contractor for Nunavut’s RCMP, and the outside force chosen is their decision.Nunavut’s RCMP cited a scheduling conflict as the reason they were not in attendance – and the Government of Nunavut Justice Department responded in writing.“We will not be attending this meeting given the need to first complete the work the Department of Justice is currently undertaking on this issue… we are intending to commence community engagement and public discussion of this matter in due course.”Even without the Justice Department, the meeting was almost entirely comprised of community engagement and public discussion. Rohner acted as host, and explained a recent study from the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.The study explains different methods for police oversight, ranging from completely internal to completely done by civilians.This work is new, and Rohner sees an opportunity for Nunavut to lead.“There’s a huge lack of data, a lack of information. That means policy makers are operating in a black box. They’re at a point now where it is trial and error. Because of that, Nunavut has the opportunity to forge its own path, instead of justcopying what they find in other jurisdictions,” said Rohner.Fairchild explained to the crowd how the Legal Services Board of Nunavut helps those charged with a crime, reminding the audience of some of their rights when dealing with police.“You have the right to call a lawyer. I’m a lawyer and if I was arrested, I would call a lawyer. If you’re detained, the question you should have for police is ‘are you free to go’? If you’re not free to go, you’re being detained, and have the right to speak with a lawyer,” said Fairchild.Senator Pate is the former executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, a group that helps women transition from prison to life outside. She called for more local involvement in correctional choices.“When I was at the jails today, I asked how many non-Inuit were jailed. I was told, most times, there’s nobody but Inuit in the jails here,” said Pate. “It seems to me that the overlay of the system means that those who have come to develop those systems, develop them in what appears to be an equal fashion. But in fact, it’sa completely unequal application, because not everybody is starting on the same foot.”Once the formal part of the presentation was over, the floor was opened for discussion, and two translators tried to translate their culture as well as their words. Mary Wilman and Elisapi Aningmiuq were in attendance, and volunteered to translate after seeing some unilingual elders in the back of the room.After translating, both were urged to speak, providing a long view of Inuit history and of the City of Iqaluit.Aningmiuq told the crowd about the Inuit experience in Iqaluit, where the system can seem overwhelming.“For us, for Inuit, it’s very intimidating to go to the correctional facility, it’s even intimidating to even go to an office sometimes,” said Aningmiuq. “It’s even intimidating to make a phone call. If they say ‘there’s no one here to answer your call at the moment, if it is an unilingual Inuk, they may have no idea what you’re talking about.”Wilman is a former Iqaluit mayor and a longtime Iqaluit resident.Frustration with repeated processes, and disregarding the previous ones, is always a relevant topic at Iqaluit community meetings.“It’s been 40 or 50 years we’ve been talking about these topics. It’s like a broken record, to me. 20 years ago, I was a facilator, and there were wonderful suggestions made at that time,” said Wilman. [email protected]last_img read more


The Thunders Slow Starters Couldnt Keep Up With the Clippers

September 28, 2019

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In Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks made his first substitutions eight minutes into the game. Nick Collison and Caron Butler came in for Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka with the Thunder down four points.This wasn’t the first time the Thunder’s starting lineup had been outscored in its first stint of a game — it was the 48th this season (including the playoffs). The first few minutes of a game are a relatively small sample, of course, but it’s a telling trend: The Thunder’s starters have put them behind in 53.3 percent of the team’s games. And yet the Thunder have won 70 percent of all games so far.Monday night, though, they didn’t. Everything tightens in the playoffs; small weaknesses become magnified and exploited. The narrowest of margins in the beginning can become the deciding factor between victory and defeat. For the Thunder, figuring out how to start building a lead right from the opening tip could be the difference in extending a playoff run.All season, the Thunder have struggled with their starters. In part because of injuries, the Thunder used nine different starting lineups by the time the playoffs rolled around. Those nine different starting lineups had a raw plus/minus of -10 in the 589 minutes they played before the first substitute came in, which is an average point differential of -0.8 per 48 minutes. That number doesn’t seem overwhelmingly negative until we compare it to the Thunder’s season-long differential of +6.3 per 48 minutes using all lineups.In other words, the Thunder’s ability to recover from slow starts is a reflection of their immense talent. Their starting lineups play an average of just over six minutes a game, and in that time the -0.8 per 48-minute point differential works out to just hundredths of a point per game. Their win percentage is almost identical regardless of whether their starters build a lead or dig a hole, 74 percent to 67 percent.But there is an enormous difference in the Thunder’s margin of victory between those two scenarios. In games where the starters build a lead to begin the game, the Thunder have won by an average of 10.86 points. In games where the starters have left the team behind, the Thunder have won, but by an average of just 1.77 points. The Thunder are good enough to eventually overwhelm almost any opponent, but the lead, or lack thereof, that they create for themselves at the beginning of a game carries enormous weight in determining the final margin of victory. It’s something to keep in mind as the Thunder’s starters take the court on Wednesday for Game 2.A methodological note for those interested: The lineup data for this post came from the gameflow charts at popcornmachine.net. I took the game results, final-point margins and number of starting lineups from Basketball-Reference. The per-48-minute differential for all lineups came from NBA.com. I’m kind of a stats polygamist when it comes to sources. read more