Harrison to make return to ring

first_imgAudley Harrison is to return to boxing in a 10-rounder against Chelsea’s Ali Adams in Brentwood on 14 April.It will be the Wembley heavyweight’s first fight since losing a one-sided world title clash with David Haye in November 2010.Harrison, 40, was crowned Olympic champion in 2000 but has been much maligned during his professional career, and the third-round stoppage by Haye was his fifth defeat.“Anyone can lose but I didn’t lose with dignity. I was never going to retire after that performance,” said Harrison.“I’ll have too much for Ali Adams. I intend to show I still have a future in the game.”Adams, who was born in Iraq, is 10 years younger than Harrison and has a record of 13-3-1.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

‘Second chance’ for SA’s unemployed

first_img18 May 2010Despite losing her job as a facilitator last year, 24-year-old Mphafi Mamapepe’s determination to support her family set her on a different path. Today, she is one of hundreds of beneficiaries of the government’s Training of the Unemployed project which aims to minimise the negative effects of the recession.The Department of Labour launched the Training of the Unemployed project early this year, one of its objectives being the re-skilling of retrenched South Africans.South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 25.2 percent in the first quarter of 2010, with close to one million jobs have been lost as a result of the global economic recession.The project currently trains people as electricians, boiler-makers, welders and mechanics, with more than 750 registered trainees in Gauteng province.Department of Labour spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi said the department was looking at the possibility of rolling the project out to other provinces.“People who are currently on training were drawn from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) database, and once they have completed the training another group will be called in,” Mkhwanazi said.Mkhwanazi said that while the project was earmarked for UIF beneficiaries, those who were not UIF beneficiaries also qualified.He added that the department would also assist with placement once the trainees had completed their training.A second chanceMamapepe, originally from QwaQwa in the Free State, said the project had given her a second chance.She had been employed as a facilitator by the Education with Enterprise Trust, an NGO working with schools in the Free State. Now, she is training as a boiler-marker at the Sam Andrew Johan Training Institute in Wadeville, near Johannesburg.While boiler-making is dominated by men, Mamapepe told BuaNews that she was determined to make a mark in the male-dominated trade. “While this job is mostly done by men, I am determined to prove that even though I am a woman, I can do what men can do,” she said.Asked where she sees herself in five years, she said: “I would love to see myself being a Drafter.”According to the Department of Labour, the qualifications the trainees would obtain at the end of their course met the requirements of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority.Facing the world with confidencePatrick Sekgobela, 26, from Phalaborwa in Limpopo, who now trains as a boiler-maker, was previously employed at Hydro Sebenza in Boksburg, where he worked as a semi-skilled boiler maker.Sekgobela says he is optimistic that, once the training is complete in June, he will have a good job. “Now I’m going to face the world with confidence, with the right qualifications. Hopefully one day, I will own my own company,” he said.The UIF and other government entities contributed almost R50-million to train the candidates. All those in the project are paid a stipend of R2 100 a month. UIF beneficiaries get their UIF benefits as well as the stipend.Mark Johaar, 32, who lost his job in 2005 and is also a trainee at the Sam Andrew Johan Training Institute, sees himself as an employer upon completion of the training as welder.“I want to start my own company and employ many people to help me,” he said. “When I lost my job, I did not know what to do, I was just frustrated.” Now, Johaar says he is optimistic about the future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A Facebook Proposal: Let’s Make Gmail Contacts & Google Reader Subscriptions Public

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Don’t you know that privacy on the Internet is an illusion? Do you know how little money Google is able to make from Gmail and Google Reader with your data left private? What do you mean you use Twitter to communicate with people publicly and Gmail to communicate with them privately? Have you seen how seldom people talk about Gmail on TV these days? What’s a web service to do?It’s really a sign of the times. People are blogging more and more these days, you might even have a public blog on Google’s Blogger.com. That’s evidence right there that it’s time to make your subscriptions and contacts public, too.Google Reader and Gmail are both much smaller than Facebook; half as many people use Gmail as use Facebook. Google Reader is much smaller still. Contacts and subscriptions on Facebook are public now – clearly society is moving in this direction.If you don’t want people to know about who you are emailing and what you are reading, maybe you shouldn’t be emailing them and reading it.Think this analogy is a stretch? Think that hundreds of millions of people don’t think of Facebook as a private way to communicate with the friends they’ve approved, just like you do with Gmail, and to read updates from organizations they are interested in, but don’t necessarily want everyone to know about, like Google Reader? I don’t think it’s a stretch at all. I think these are similar tools for many people.As we’ve said before, Facebook’s unilateral privacy policy changes have violated the contract they have with users. Just imagine how that would go over if it happened on other services we consider private.We give Facebook a hard time, but we love the site, too. Come be a fan of ReadWriteWeb there. You won’t be able to hide that from anyone, but maybe it will distract people from your Comedy Tweets obsession. Jonathan Swift argued in A Modest Proposal that children of the poor should be eaten. He went to a rhetorical extreme in order to illustrate the absurdity of a perspective he mocked and opposed.In order to illustrate how absurd Facebook’s new privacy policies are, I want to imagine a fictitious but analogous situation: Imagine Google announcing that our Gmail contacts and Google Reader subscriptions were to be made publicly visible to the web at large. If you don’t want the world to know who you are communicating with and what you are reading, maybe you shouldn’t be communicating with those people and reading that content. The tools you’ve used to communicate and read privately must stay current with the times, right? What Happened at FacebookIn the middle of December, Facebook began prompting users to re-evaluate their privacy settings on the site. If users had not changed any privacy settings in the past, then the privacy of status updates, photos, videos and shared was switched to a new default. No longer visible only to approved friends, that data was now by default publicly visible to everyone.That default could be opted-out of, though, and users could return their activity update settings back to private, limited to friends only. Other user-data was switched from private to public without recourse for users. User profile pictures, fan pages followed and lists of friends on the site are now made publicly visible and cannot be limited in their visibility. A fast backlash led the company to allow friends lists to be removed from public-facing profile pages, but anyone’s friends lists are still publicly available by programs that ask for it. Friends lists can no longer be made accessible only to trusted friends on the site.RSS never caught on in a big way, but Facebook democratized online subscription to syndicated content. Now your interests and subscriptions are naked as a jay bird before the world.Requiring that Fan pages be public is important because that’s how users express their interests and subscribe to updates from organizations they care about. RSS never caught on in a big way, but Facebook democratized online subscription to syndicated content. Now your interests and subscriptions are now naked as a jay bird before the world. (As an aside, did you know that most people who are fans of the Facebook page ComedyTweet are also fans of the page PornstarTweet?)Why did Facebook do this? Company founder Mark Zuckerberg said this weekend that this is the way the world is moving – towards being more public and less private. He said that the company recently considered what settings it would apply if the site were to be created anew today and “just went for it.” I explained yesterday why I don’t think that move has been backed up by a credible argument, why privacy is still important. Last night I heard a story about a podcast for parents struggling to conceive a child. Some Facebook users have said they feel unable to subscribe to updates from the show as Fans on Facebook because they don’t want friends to know they are trying to conceive. Becoming a Fan but being discrete about it isn’t an option anymore. Stories like that are probably much more common than we might think. Consider now what it would be like if this same changes were to be made to a different set of technologies many of us use. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img Let’s Open Up GMail Contacts and Google Reader Subscriptions!You may have signed up for GMail and Google Reader because you thought they would be effective, private and secure ways to communicate with people and subscribe to news of interest – but you were fooling yourself if you thought that information wasn’t going to be made public someday! 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PBA: Bolts near twice-to-beat, push Aces to brink of elimination

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win View comments PBA IMAGESWith several new pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black is not talking about – and has gotten the results contrary to – his Meralco Bolts needing to jell.“We’re starting to blend well together, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and Ranidel de Ocampo, the veteran superstar acquired from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal who was playing his first game, were big as the Bolts broke loose in the second period and turned what was an anticipated close game into a ho-hum.It was the seventh win in nine games for Meralco, while the loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMeralco now effectively has a two-for-one chance of nailing a top four berth, as the Bolts close out opposite GlobalPort and then powerhouse San Miguel Beer.“There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.” Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while de Ocampo, six times a champion with the Texters, fit in so well with the new system that he scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham scattered 26 points, had 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more