Vehicles collide on Colenso Pieters road

first_img3 vehicles collided on the Colenso / Pieters road this morning.Mass casualties were reported at the scene, and paramedics have transported the injured to hospital.Traffic is being delayed.We will update this story when we have more information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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LHS pupil Yukta Singh still alive

first_imgDespite contradictory reports on social media, Ladysmith High School (LHS) pupil Yuktha Singh, who is in a coma, is still alive, say family members who are at her bedside in a Pietermaritzburg hospital.The family would like everyone to pray for her at this time. This story will be updated should her condition change. The family appeal to people not to create rumours on social media.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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Update Illegal strike outside Corporate Services

first_imgAn illegal strike was held outside the Department of Corporate Services, behind Public Safety, earlier today (Friday).It seems that the strikers’ grievances involved a contract that was terminated in the engineering department. The workers want the contract reinstated or be given permanent jobs in the engineering department.It is believed that 1 man was the instigator of the strike action and that he had the support of about 100 other workers. The man threw human excrement on the floor at the entrance to the Corporate Services building and a fire truck had to be used to wash away the faeces.The entrance to the premises was blocked off with boulders so that nobody could enter.Public Safety officers responded to the scene, as well as police (including the Ladysmith K9 Unit).For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Thajna does Ladysmith proud

first_imgThajna Sewparsad carried the South African flag high when she received a trophy and a gold medal from the Head of the Netherlands Department of Education at the Inespo held in Amsterdam.There were about 400 participants from every continent of the globe.The Eskom Expo entrant was selected to take part in the Inespo awards. At the Eskom Expo held in Boksburg last year she won a special award from the Mining Association of South Africa. A gold medal plus a plaque for best project in her category and a scholarship to study at Rhodes University after Grade 12 paved the way for higher achievement at INESPO in Amsterdam.Whilst in the Netherlands Thajna visited the SA Embassy and shared over an hour chatting with our ambassador, Bruce Koloane. Over 400 projects were short-listed into a final 10 with Thajna winning gold in her category. Thajna wishes to pursue a career either as a mining engineer or chemical engineer.She was saluted by Uthukela District Mayor Dudu Mazibuko for her achievement. The announcement was splashed all over Facebook.The official press release from Eskom Expo for Young Scientists confirming Thajna’s astounding feat. Young SA Scientists achieve on world stageFor thirty five years, the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists has been at the forefront of unearthing the country’s most innovative and talented science minds across South Africa’s rural and urban areas.This premier science exposition is open to primary and high school learners and prize winners at the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair held in Johannesburg receive laptops, mobile science kits, university bursaries and some even get the opportunity to participate in prestigious international science fairs.The Eskom Expo, which is a national initiative endorsed by the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Basic Education, is an ideal platform and opportunity for learners to share their bright ideas with peers and judges, and are assessed according to internationally accepted ethics and standards. Last year saw over 824 participants at International finals from a total of over 50 000 participants nationally.Four students from the Northern KZN region did exceptionally well in the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair in 2014 and were therefore selected for the honour of representing South Africa. Grade 8 learners, Neelan Gouden and Thajna Sewparsad, grade 10 learner, Nishka Ramkhelawan and grade 11 learner, Mthembu Nondumiso were all selected to represent South Africa at various international science fairs.The most recent science fair, INESPO held in Amsterdam from 25-29 May 2015, saw all 3 South African learners walk away with top honours. Mieke Lagendyk of Welkom and Carissa Viljoen of Bethlehem received second awards and Thajna Sewparsad of Ladysmith received a first award.The learners looked forward to meeting people from all over the world, learning about their cultures and seeing what they have created. However, our learners’ experience did not just dwell on the social aspects of their international interactions, but they went on to compete with the best in the world and win.“The performance of South African learners at the recent INESPO competition confirms that South Africa has some of the brightest learners in the world in our schools. It is opportunities like the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists that allows this scientific talent to flourish and be recognised in South Africa and on the world stage”, says Parthy Chetty, Executive Director, Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.For the latest news visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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No water in Aloe Park and surrounding areas

first_imgUp until now, there is still no water in those areas, making it very difficult for people to go about their daily chores.We are still waiting for comment from uThukela regarding the problem.For the latest news visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Residents living in the Aloe Park area including Acaciavale and surrounding areas are left without water from this morning (Tuesday).Many residents are fuming because they did not receive any notifications from Uthukela telling them of water interruptions.Many calls were made to uThukela seeking answers, but in vain.last_img read more

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Demon tree in Poort Road

first_imgFrom a certain angle, it appears to have a bowed head, with a wing extending out from its back. An angel? No, but aren’t those horns we see?Anyway, opinions vary from the demonic to the angelic to the unusual to “it’s just a tree and nothing special at all”.Maybe you’ll see the tree’s greenery move to reveal a sinister sneer, or maybe you’ll just think “what’s all the fuss about?”Some local residents go so far as to say that the tree used to look like a ghost, but now has grown horns and looks like a demon that’s trying to scare motorists going up Poort Road. Would it stand out at night? Are you brave enough to see?Christina Jooste noticed this tree last year, when she said it didn’t have horns. She is now astonished to see the “protrusions” and that the tree has grown bigger (with new and mysterious power?). Well, community, you be the judge when you drive past. What does it look like to you?Let us know, comment below the story. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Some people in Ladysmith believe there is a “Demon Tree” in Poort Road.Motorists driving up Poort Road are likely to see the unusual tree if they are checking the advertising signboards in the middle of the road. Have a good look as you’re approaching the Carbineer Road turn-off and the “spruit” in the centre island in Poort Road.Some say if you look quickly, it’s almost as if the tree moves, even on a windless day.Then you look again and it’s standing as rigid as all the other trees around it.last_img read more

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9 injured in crash near Bergville Plaza

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A bakkie and a car were involved in a collision near the Bergville Plaza this afternoon (Friday).9 people were injured in the accident, all sustaining slight injuries.EMRS and Sharaj Ambulance Services paramedics responded.Some of the injured were treated at the scene, while others were transported to hospital.last_img

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Shaveathon in car dealership showroom

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Young and old showed their support for the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) at this morning’s (Saturday) shave-a-thon which was held at Mortimer Toyota.Many had colourful streaks sprayed into their hair, while others went the more extreme route and had all their locks shaved off.The colourful (and sometimes bald) affair took place in the Mortimer Toyota showroom at the top of Murchison Street.Ladysmith Gazette staff joined in the action, shaving and spraying for a good cause.Money was also raised for Cansa by selling delicious wors rolls to those with hungry tummies (and a brand new hairstyle).last_img read more

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21 million rand down the drain

first_imgNational Lottery Operator Gidani says there is R75 million in unclaimed prizes to date.Draw results are also available through the National Lottery website (www.nationallottery.co.za) or players can phone the Gidani Player Helpline on 0800-777-777.Below is a list of prizes that have not yet been claimed:GAME DRAW DATE, AMOUNT WON AND THE PROVINCE THE TICKET WAS BOUGHT IN.Lotto 1418 30/07/2014 R16 500 587.00 MpumalangaP/Ball 495 12/08/2014 R27 720 442.00 Eastern CapeLotto 1474 11/02/2015 R10 017 622.00 GautengAnd for those of you who know you do not have the winning ticket… WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Oh, the agony for someone somewhere in SA who bought a Lotto ticket in Gauteng. They will lose a staggering R21 million tomorrow…Spokeswoman Dudu Ndendwa said the winning ticket was bought in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, and would expire on March 19.That’s tomorrow (Thursday)!The six winning numbers for draw 1380 were: 2,9,21,29,42,47.Players have 365 days from the winning draw date of a particular game in which they can claim their prizes.So if you happened to be in Gauteng  one year ago and you bought a Lotto ticket, now is the time to search high and low…A total of R75 million remains unclaimed and will expire soon.last_img read more

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Not just for film types LMFAO rocks Cannes

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system CANNES, France (AP) – It’s not just film stars who are flocking to Cannes. Music types can’t resist either.Anyone strolling along the city’s famed Croisette promenade on Thursday afternoon was treated to a free show from LMFAO as they sound-checked and practiced how to rock Cannes in the bright Riviera sunshine.The American dance music duo, Redfoo and Sky Blu, were to perform Thursday night at a stage on the beach. Redfoo was seen doing his trademark “shufflin’” on stage in animal-print pants.center_img The film festival in the south of France always draws in plenty of top recording stars: Diddy, Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Cyndi Lauper and Simple Minds are all attending this year. And Lana Del Ray made an appearance on opening night at the gala for “Moonrise Kingdom.”The festival runs until May 27.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img read more

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Lesotho prime ministers party wins vote

first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Shortly before Saturday’s vote in this nation of 2 million, Mosisili broke away from the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, which had been riven by an internal power struggle.The Lesotho Congress for Democracy had 12 seats while another opposition party had one according to the final results.Bakili Muluzi, a former president of Malawi who led a Commonwealth election observer mission to Lesotho, said in a statement Tuesday that the vote was peaceful and credible. He did, however, express concern about isolated incidents of violence, the need to improve vote registration and other issues.“We congratulate the people of Lesotho for demonstrating faith in the principles of democracy,” Muluzi said in a statement.“We reiterate our call on all political parties, their supporters and other stakeholders to continue to show restraint and magnanimity and to uphold their pre-election commitments to peace with the same spirit of national unity, peace and solidarity,” Muluzi added.The Lesotho Congress for Democracy under Mosisili won elections in 1998, 2002 and 2007.In the first decades after independence from Britain in 1966, Lesotho’s military and its king repeatedly meddled in politics, weakening democracy. The king is now considered merely a figurehead. Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 After an army mutiny in 1998, South Africa, which surrounds mountainous Lesotho, led a military intervention. That was followed by political negotiations that led to electoral reforms meant to give a greater voice to the opposition to the entrenched Lesotho Congress for Democracy.As part of the reforms, 40 seats allotted by proportional representation were added to parliament’s 80 elected seats.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – The party of the longtime prime minister won Lesotho’s parliamentary elections, according to complete results posted Tuesday on the website of the southern African country’s Independent Electoral Commission.Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s Democratic Congress won 41 of 80 seats, the simple majority needed to form a government, though it may need to form a coalition to consolidate power. The All Basotho Convention, the main opposition, had 26 seats.last_img read more

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Hamas court convicts 4 in Italian activist death

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The killing was the first such incident in Gaza since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized the coastal territory in 2007.Two of the defendants _ 28-year-old Mahmoud al-Salfiti and 27-year-old Tamer al-Hasasna _ were convicted of murder and kidnapping, and each sentenced to 35 years in prison with hard labor, the judicial official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t allowed to speak to the media. They got 25 years as the maximum sentence for murder under Gaza law and another 10 years for kidnapping.A third man, Khader Jram, 24, was sentenced to 10 years for taking part in the kidnapping. Another man, Amer Abu Ghouleh, 23, was given a year’s sentence for sheltering fugitives, the official said.Lawyers from the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which represented the activist’s family, confirmed the sentences.The verdict cannot be appealed.In a statement issued Monday, the rights group said they were “satisfied by the sentences issued by the court, which can be described, under the circumstances surrounding the case, as fair and legitimate, and considers that the murderers of Arrigoni have been effectively tried.”The group said the court stopped short of sentencing the men to death because the slain activist’s parents had appealed to Hamas authorities not to impose the death penalty. Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – A Hamas court convicted four men on Monday of last year’s kidnapping and killing of a pro-Palestinian Italian activist in Gaza, sentencing two of the defendants to 35 years in prison, a judicial official said.Vittorio Arrigoni was kidnapped and strangled to death in March 2011 by hardline Islamic extremists. The body of the 36-year-old, who had been living in Gaza since 2008, was found a day after he was kidnapped and after a video showing him beaten and blindfolded surfaced online.center_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Two other men suspected of being involved in Arrigoni’s murder died in a gun battle in April last year after Hamas security forces stormed their Gaza hideout.In the online video, Arrigoni’s killers had identified themselves as a hardline group called “Monotheism and Holy War” and demanded the release of two of their leaders in exchange for the Italian.Arrigoni’s death was particularly chilling because al-Salfiti and al-Hasasna worked for Hamas’ Interior Ministry. Salfiti was posted at a checkpoint near where Arrigoni lived, allowing him to closely monitor the Italian activist’s movements.The slaying also deeply embarrassed Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Part of Hamas’ appeal to Palestinians was their promise to bring a halt to the violent crime and kidnapping that plagued the crowded territory when it was run by their rivals, the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas.One of Hamas’ first acts after seizing power was to force the release of a BBC reporter, Alan Johnston, held by hardline Gaza militants in 2007.Arrigoni’s slaying also underscored the challenge that Hamas _ a deeply conservative militant group _ faced from smaller more extremist factions in Gaza that see it as too pragmatic. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories Reporters were not allowed to attend the Hamas military court’s sessions.Arrigoni was easily recognizable in Gaza with his black cap, pipe, tattoos of Palestinian icons and his colorful Palestinian-flag bracelets. He rode with Gaza fishermen on small boats, hoping the presence of a Westerner would deter gunfire from nearby patrolling Israeli navy ships imposing a blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory.He also helped farmers plant wheat close to Gaza’s eastern border with Israel, where they often came under fire for defying an Israeli-imposed security zone meant to deter Palestinian militants from approaching the area.The rights group said it had chosen to represent Arrigoni’s family “out of its moral commitment towards international solidarity activists, who may lose their lives because of their support for the rights of Palestinian people.”Arrigoni’s family was not immediately available for comment.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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No agreement on Iran invite to Syria conference

first_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories “Our partners in the United States are still not convinced that Iran’s participation would be the right thing to do,” Brahimi told a news conference. “We have agreed that we will be talking a little bit more to see if we can come to an agreement on this question.”His comments came after a day of meetings with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council _ Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S. _ and Syrian neighbors Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.Along with those nations, other invitees include Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The actual negotiations between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and opposition representatives begin on Jan. 24 at the U.N.’s European headquarters in Geneva.A senior U.S. official told reporters on condition of anonymity that the U.S. objected to Iran’s participation because it hasn’t publicly endorsed the principles from the first Geneva peace conference on Syria in June 2012 and is providing financing and military personnel to militias including the Iranian-allied Lebanese Hezbollah group that has backed Assad’s troops. The official wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about the matter. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility GENEVA (AP) – The U.S. is blocking Iran’s participation at the Syria peace conference planned for next month, but the other delegations have been agreed on and will include other regional players such as Saudi Arabia, officials said Friday.The U.N.-Arab League’s Syria envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, said about 30 nations would be invited to a day of speechmaking planned for Jan. 22 in the city of Montreux, and Iran’s participation was the only sticking point, but was still a possibility. The Syrian opposition also has opposed Iran’s involvement. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has said it has high-level advisers in Syria, but denied having fighters there.The meetings Friday included Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov, whose country is Syria’s main ally, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Syrian neighbors who have been struggling to cope with the conflict and the more than 2.3 million Syrian refugees.Disputes over who should represent the Syrian opposition and government, and whether Iran, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers should be at the table, have blocked previous attempts to bring Syria’s warring sides for peace talks.Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Bogdanov, who is the Russian president’s special envoy for the Middle East, met Thursday with the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary General Badr Jamous and other coalition officials.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 ways to recognize low testosterone How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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More than 680 in South Korea isolated over MERS virus fears

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 680 people in South Korea are isolated after having contact with patients infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health officials said Monday.South Korea has reported 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome since diagnosing the country’s first MERS illness last month in a man who had traveled to Saudi Arabia. South Korea’s cases have connections to the first patient, either medical staff who treated him or patients who stayed near the man at the hospital before he was diagnosed and isolated. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Also, the son of one of the patients ignored doctor’s orders to cancel a trip to China, where he was diagnosed as that country’s first MERS case last week. China isolated the South Korean man at a hospital, and Hong Kong authorities said Sunday that 18 travelers were being quarantined because they sat near him, but they were not showing symptoms.South Korean Health Ministry official Kwon Jun-wook told reporters Monday that 682 people who had close contact with the patients, such as their family members and their medical staff, were isolated at their homes or state-run facilities to prevent the spread of the disease.Ministry officials said the number could rise.MERS was discovered in 2012 and has mostly been centered in Saudi Arabia. It belongs to the family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold and SARS, and can cause fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure. The virus has spread primarily through contact with camels, but it can also spread from human fluids and droplets.There have been 1,167 cases of the virus worldwide and 479 of the patients have died, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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Black churches targeted because of importance to community

first_imgThree Ku Klux Klansmen were convicted in the bombing; one remains in prison.A wave of black church burnings took place across the South in the 1990s. Three white men burned Springhill Freewill Baptist Church and Rocky Point Missionary Baptist Church in Mississippi on April 4, 1993, the 25th anniversary of the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.The men later said they shouted racial epithets as they burned the churches. They pleaded guilty and were sentenced to at least three years in federal prison.On Nov. 5, 2008, three white men burned down the predominantly black Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts. All three were sentenced to prison terms that ranged from four years to 14 years.One of the men told investigators he “was angry that the country was going to have an African-American president and that ‘blacks and Puerto Ricans’ would now have more rights than whites.”___Associated Press writers Glynn A. Hill in Washington and Alex Sanz in Charleston, South Carolina, contributed to this report.___Jesse J. Holland covers race, ethnicity and demographics for The Associated Press. He can be reached on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jessejholland Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of In this photo taken June 19, 2015, photos of the victims of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., are held during a vigil at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington. The black church has long been the cornerstone and sanctuary for African American life. It has also long been a target for racists and white supremacists trying to strike blows against the African American psyche. The latest attack came Wednesday in Charleston, South Carolina, when 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof joined a prayer meeting inside historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and shot nine people dead, including the pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, and other ministers. (AP Photo/Glynn A. Hill) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall After Vesey’s plot was reported, Vesey was hanged and the church was burned. The church was rebuilt, but in 1834 all black churches were banned and members worshipped “underground” until 1865, when Emanuel AME Church was formally reorganized.Pinckney, a state senator in addition to Emanuel’s pastor, had been outspoken recently over the shooting of Walter Scott, the unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a white police officer in North Charleston, and the killings of African-American men by white police.That advocacy, said Rev. Anthony Evans of the National Black Church Initiative, could be what drew Roof to Emanuel.The shooter “wanted to strike a blow at the black community and what better way to do it than gunning down a man of God who also is a public official and also a pastor of a church,” Evans said.During the post-Civil War era, attacks on black churches were common in the South as the Ku Klux Klan rose in power. The attacks accelerated in the 1960s, when black churches were bombed and targeted in shooting sprees because they were organizing hubs for the civil rights movement.That culminated in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls: Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Denise McNair and Cynthia Wesley. The bombing became a powerful symbol of the depth of racial hatred in the South and helped build momentum for later laws, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Top Stories ___This story has been corrected to show that three Klansmen, not four, were convicted in the Birmingham church bombing.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Why Roof targeted that particular church is not yet known. A friend of the suspect said Roof told him that he felt black people were “taking over the world” and that something needed to be done for the white race.What is clear is that in the days since the carnage inside one of the nation’s oldest black churches, other black churches have begun gathering their faithful to process the tragedy, fortify themselves for the journey toward forgiveness and renew their commitments to the social activism that has made them targets for hate through the ages.“Notions of freedom, notions of hope, notions of leadership, notions of education, notions of how one creates a strategy to counter a strategy of oppression came out of the black church,” said Rex Ellis, associate director for curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.At historic Metropolitan AME Church in the nation’s capital, a multiracial, interfaith crowd gathered Friday to remember the Charleston victims. Metropolitan’s pastor, the Rev. William H. Lamar IV, led the public vigil at the church, which was founded in 1838 and is the oldest continuously held black-owned institution in the District of Columbia. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Large photos of each victim were raised during the service. Those in attendance, some wiping away tears, listened intently as the Rev. Tony Lee, a pastor at Community of Hope AME Church in the Maryland suburbs, encouraged his audience not to feel defeated by what happened in Charleston.“Sometimes, it takes great pain to bring great healing,” Lee said. A handful of people rose in jubilation.The African-American church has been around since at least the late 1700s, providing a place where weary slaves could go for comfort, and fiery abolitionists and civil rights activists could call for change. Emanuel was one of those churches.Jon Hale, an assistant professor at the College of Charleston, said the AME church through history “symbolizes faith, freedom but also resistance. So under very oppressive conditions, under slavery and then legal segregation … the AME church permitted a space for African-Americans to practice their faith on their own terms.”Emanuel church was founded after Morris Brown, a free, black shoemaker and a Methodist, walked out of a predominantly white Methodist church in Charleston in 1816, an AME church website states. Another Emanuel founder, Denmark Vesey, led a failed 1822 slave rebellion that drove the church underground. WASHINGTON (AP) — The black church has long been the cornerstone and sanctuary for African-American life. It’s also long been a target for racists and white supremacists trying to strike blows against the African-American psyche.The latest attack came Wednesday in Charleston, South Carolina, when 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof joined a prayer meeting inside historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and, according to authorities, shot nine people dead, including the pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, and other ministers. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

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Apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2019

first_imgAudacious. Bold. Innovative. If those adjectives describe your early-stage startup, if you’re champing at the bit to launch your company to the world — we want you! Apply to compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2019.Our premier pitch competition takes place on 11-12 December, and a select cohort of startups will compete for bragging rights, the Disrupt Cup and a $50,000 equity-free prize. And they’ll all bask in a bright spotlight of attention from influential global investors and worldwide media outlets. Apply to Startup Battlefield today.You have nothing to lose — applying and participating in Startup Battlefield is free, and TechCrunch does not charge any fees or take any equity. Since 2007, more than 857 companies have launched at Startup Battlefield to great success. Collectively they’ve raised more than $8.9 billion in funding, with 112 successful exits (IPOs or acquisitions). If you’re selected, you’ll join the ranks of this alumni community that includes Dropbox, GetAround, SirenCare, Fitbit, Mint.com, Vurb and more.Here’s how it all works. Early-stage startups from any country — and any tech category — can apply as long as they have a minimally viable product to demo. TechCrunch editors with years of Battlefield experience and a keen eye for potential success will vet the applications and choose 15-20 startups.Now the work begins. TechCrunch provides free pitch coaching to the participants. It’s rigorous and thorough, so you’ll be ready to present your best possible pitch and demo. Each team has six minutes to pitch to a world-class panel of judges — followed by a six-minute Q&A session.If you make it through to the final round, it’s lather, rinse and repeat that experience in front of a fresh set of judges. The judges confer and declare one outstanding startup the Battlefield champion — winner of a $50,000 bottom-line boost.It’s a wild ride that takes place in front of thousands of eager investors, journalists and startup fans. TechCrunch also live-streams the entire Battlefield to a global audience of millions. Win or lose, that kind of exposure benefits all the participants, and it can change a startup’s trajectory in the best way possible.Participating in the Battlefield carries a lot of perks beyond the actual competition. We’re talking free exhibition space in Startup Alley for both days of Disrupt, invitations to private events, backstage access, CrunchMatch — our free business-matching platform — free subscriptions to Extra Crunch and a ticket to all future TechCrunch events. That’s some major value right there.With nothing to lose and so much to gain, it’s the perfect time for every audacious, bold and innovative early-stage startup founder to take their shot. Stop champing at the bit and apply to Startup Battlefield today. We want to see you in Berlin!If you’re not ready to compete in the Battlefield, why not apply for our TC Top Picks program? If you make the cut, you’ll receive a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package along with VIP treatment and plenty of media and investor exposure.Is your company interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Disrupt Berlin 2019? Contact our sponsorship sales team by filling out this form.last_img read more

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Alibaba cloud biz is on a run rate over 4B

first_imgAlibaba announced its earnings today, and the Chinese e-commerce giant got a nice lift from its cloud business, which grew 66% to more than $1.1 billion, or a run rate surpassing $4 billion.It’s not exactly on par with Amazon, which reported cloud revenue of $8.381 billion last quarter, more than double Alibaba’s yearly run rate, but it’s been a steady rise for the company, which really began taking the cloud seriously as a side business in 2015.At that time, Alibaba Cloud’s president Simon Hu boasted to Reuters that his company would overtake Amazon in four years. It is not even close to doing that, but it has done well to get to more than a billion a quarter in just four years.In fact, in its most recent data for the Asia-Pacific region, Synergy Research, a firm that closely tracks the public cloud market, found that Amazon was still number one overall in the region. Alibaba was first in China, but fourth in the region outside of China, with the market’s Big 3 — Amazon, Microsoft and Google — coming in ahead of it. These numbers were based on Q1 data before today’s numbers were known, but they provide a sense of where the market is in the region.Synergy’s John Dinsdale says the company’s growth has been impressive, outpacing the market growth rate overall. “Alibaba’s share of the worldwide cloud infrastructure services market was 5% in Q2 — up by almost a percentage point from Q2 of last year, which is a big deal in terms of absolute growth, especially in a market that is growing so rapidly,” Dinsdale told TechCrunch.He added, “The great majority of its revenue does indeed come from China (and Hong Kong), but it is also making inroads in a range of other APAC country markets — Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Australia, Japan and South Korea. While numbers are relatively small, it has also got a foothold in EMEA and some operations in the U.S.”The company was busy last quarter adding more than 300 new products and features in the period ending June 30th (and reported today). That included changes and updates to core cloud offerings, security, data intelligence and AI applications, according to the company.While the cloud business still isn’t a serious threat to the industry’s Big Three, especially outside its core Asia-Pacific market, it’s still growing steadily and accounted for almost 7% of Alibaba’s total of $16.74 billion in revenue for the quarter — and that’s not bad at all.Ambitious Alibaba takes aim at the kings of cloud computinglast_img read more

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The Seattle Art Fair Is Still Kicking How the Event Is Recalibrating

first_imgWant to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward. In Seattle’s art world and beyond, the subject of whether or not the Seattle Art Fair could withstand losing its founder, the billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen, has been the subject of a great deal of public chatter. Gagosian, Zwirner, and other blue-chip powerhouses all elected to withdraw after the passing of the Microsoft co-founder. The high-profile defections deepened speculation that the event was a “single-collector fair” and that Allen’s ambitious brainchild might well be marching to an early end.This was the backdrop for the opening of the fair at Century Link Field on Thursday afternoon, making this fifth outing—and perhaps the Seattle Art Fair’s most closely scrutinized since its inaugural edition in 2015. With 106 exhibitors, the size of the fair remained largely unchanged, top-notch dealers notwithstanding. According to organizers, attendance this year also matched the previous edition’s turnout.AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsThe Seattle Art Fair remains under the management of Allen’s private corporation, Vulcan Inc., which is also responsible for overseeing the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Cinerama, and myriad other initiatives either founded or adopted by Allen’s estate. According to a statement given to artnet News by Greg Bell, Vulcan’s chief curator, the fair will continue next year. Sponsor AIG had already announced that it was extending its support as the fair’s presenting partner through 2021.So, what were the weekend’s festivities like, on the ground? Impressions varied. Critics such as Juliet Helmke of the Observer maintain that the fair endures as “a site for discovery.” But is the thrill of discovery enough to keep it going? Some in attendance told artnet News that the absence of key players directly compromised the fair’s viability as a destination on the global art circuit. Overall, this was a year when the fair felt like it was finding a new equilibrium, reframing its pitch to the art world, locally, nationally, and internationally.Bigert & Bergström, Incubator for Earthquakes (1992). Image: Rain Embuscado.Mutants, Inc.Last year’s edition was highlighted by a program of special projects that included blockbuster battle-bots and perverse visions of present-day dystopias. The fair’s artistic director, Nato Thompson, opted to conjure a markedly more understated tone for his second year at the helm.Patricia Piccinini, The Bond (2018) and The Loafers (2018). Image Rain Embuscado.“I was interested in the ‘post-human’ as a trajectory, so we have more mutants than computers,” Thompson said in an interview with artnet News, citing the wunderkammer, or “cabinets of curiosities,” as the thematic thread tying the fair’s special projects together.Installation view of Stephanie Dinkins’s Not the Only One (2018). Image: Rain Embuscado.Notable highlights among this year’s programming included Patricia Piccinini’s sculptures, The Bond (2018) and The Loafers (2018), which greeted attendees at the venue’s entrance; Stephanie Dinkins’s AI-powered project, Not The Only One (N’TOO), and the performer known as Bread Face’s “Self-Facing” performance series—all of which (sited in their own, semi-defined corners of the floor) captivated, mesmerized, and confounded swathes of spectators throughout the weekend.View of Spectres of the Postnatural: Gynandromorph Butterfly (2019) by Richard Pell. Image: Rain Embuscado.Richard Pell’s “Spectres of the Postnatural” series, which featured images of organisms irreversibly altered by human intervention (and augmented by 3-D glasses), also stood out among the flock.That Thompson infused this year’s edition with interactive displays is, invariably, a nod to his curatorial roots in socially engaged art. In this new, post-Paul Allen Seattle Art Fair, his decision—whether by design or accident—could be registered as a reminder that art can function beyond its monetary dimensions, and engage the audience with important issues.Full Steam AheadSpirits were high among the galleries interviewed by artnet News on opening night, including Muriel Guépin Gallery (New York), Simyo Gallery (Seoul), and Projects Plus Gallery (St. Louis). In an early, promising development, Greg Kucera—a leading figure in the Pacific Northwest’s art circuit—revealed that he had already sold five paintings within the first 45 minutes of the collector’s preview.But by Sunday morning, confidence had dimmed for a number of hopeful dealers. Hannes Kuckei, owner of the Berlin-based gallery Kuckei + Kuckei, concluded that this year’s edition was the weakest he’d seen, attributing the fair’s decline to the absence of household names like Gagosian and Zwirner. Charles Davidson of New York’s Davidson Gallery, who has been an exhibitor since the fair’s debut year, also said he sensed a dip in traction.Other galleries suggested that there were, in fact, gains to be had.Installation view of Takafumi Asakura’s Japanese Ink Painting at Yufuku Gallery’s booth. Image: Rain Embuscado.Wahei Aoyama, owner of the Tokyo-based Yufuku Gallery, told artnet News Sunday morning that 11 works had sold since the preview, exceeding both the gallery’s expectations and sales from fairs past. “I think people underestimate the Seattle art market,” Aoyama said. “Some of our clients only come to Seattle. If you want to reach these clients, you have to come to them.”Yufuku Gallery’s story isn’t isolated. Karyn Behnke, director of Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, told artnet News that its solo presentation of Heather Day’s paintings, which ranged from $4,500 to just over $10,000, had nearly cleared out well before closing day. Jessica Shea and Megan Des Jardins of Seattle’s Winston Wächter Gallery also lauded this edition as their “best year yet,” with works by Ethan Murrow, Claire Partington, and Peter Gronquist fetching up to $28,000 apiece.Elsewhere on the floor, Anthony James’s crowd-pleasing, geometric sculptures at Melissa Morgan Fine Art’s booth reportedly attracted the interest of prominent museums and tech firms in the area. Gallery director Alec Longmuir said that the light-based works, which command anywhere from $85,000 to $235,000, depending on size, are slated for larger, public venues across the city of Seattle.“We did great,” Longmuir said. “You’ve got young, up-and-coming money here—young collectors. And that’s a good thing.”Installation view of OHSHIMA Gallery booth. Image: Rain Embuscado.Regional InterestsDespite the shifting exhibitor list, most observers interviewed by artnet News emphasized the fair’s relevance to the region’s arts ecology, framing it as an outpost for dealers, collectors, and artists in the greater Northwest—and beyond.“We wish galleries like Gagosian and Zwirner were still coming back,” Seattle-based art dealer Greg Kucera said in an interview. “But the scene goes on without them. It creates a different hierarchy of quality to the fair. It allows northwest galleries to shine.”One northwest exhibitor that returned to the fold for 2019 is the Portland-based Russo & Lee Gallery. According to the gallery’s owner, Martha A. Lee, sales were strong this year, pulling in deals that ranged from $1,200 to $18,000. When asked about the fair’s future, Lee insisted that it was too early to say whether or not the fair was “going to be a ‘regional node.’”Installation view of selected works by Cindy Sherman, Michele Pred, and Katherine Simone Reynolds at the Project Plus Gallery booth. Image: Rain Embuscado.Margaret Sherer, curatorial and gallery associate for the St. Louis-based Project Plus Gallery, posits that while the Seattle Art Fair does support regional interests, it also serves as a direly needed opportunity for galleries otherwise overlooked in “fly-over states.”“We’re trying to weed out [events] that are not mandatory to attend,” Sherer said, adding that the cost of attending art fairs has prompted the gallery to reevaluate its financial priorities. “The Seattle Art Fair is still kicking. We’ve been happy with our sales here, and people here are open about the art that’s coming out of St. Louis and the Midwest.”Notably, Sherer disclosed that the gallery’s sales this year included works by St. Louis-based artist Katherine Simone Reynolds, outshining work by other, higher-profile artists represented in the booth, including prints by the likes of Marilyn Minter and Cindy Sherman.Mezzanine view of the Seattle Art Fair 2019. Image Rain Embuscado.Whether the fair will regain the interest of the ultra-high-end tier of galleries is anybody’s gamble. Tapping into Seattle’s cornucopia of tech-driven wealth—long considered the primary lure for art dealers braving the trip—remains a puzzle to be solved.In the meantime, Seattle Art Fair’s director, Max Fishko, sees nothing wrong with keeping things local. “There’s a lot of success to be had by growing in a direction that serves the city,” he said. “We always want to keep the regional focus. Seattle is a great city to be in, and it’s a great moment to be there.”Follow artnet News on Facebook: last_img read more

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Sothebys Head of ECommerce Explains Why the Market for Rare Sneakers Is

first_imgSotheby’s $1 million-plus auction of rare sneakers earlier this month is further proof that collectible kicks have become serious business.“I’ve seen the market expansion in this category over the years,” Sotheby’s global head of e-commerce, Noah Wunsch, told artnet News. “There’s more and more interest, including media sites and columns devoted to sneakers. It’s really becoming a prominent collecting category with very serious buyers, so it made sense that we would test the market with a dedicated sale.”AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by TeadsSneakers were also featured in Sotheby’s spring sale in Hong Kong, NIGOGOLDENEYE, where two pairs of “BAPE x KAWS” sneakers, estimated at $125 to $190, soared to a final price just under $16,000. Meanwhile, in February, Sotheby’s revealed that 17-year-old Vancouver collector Carson Guo was the buyer of a complete archive of 248 skateboard decks produced by the streetwear brand Supreme. Guo purchased the set at Sotheby’s New York for $800,000 (against an estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million).Clockwise: The 10 Nike Air Max 97 OG; Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Oreo; Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Frozen; Air Jordan 5 Tokyo 23; Air Yeezy2 NRG Pure Platinum; Air Jordan 11 Jeter. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.But the most recent online sale, a collaboration with Stadium Goods, a sneaker and streetwear marketplace, marked the house’s first dedicated sale of sneakers. Wunsch, who reached out to Stadium Goods first, says the companies immediately saw eye to eye about organizing an online auction. It featured a “curated” selection of 100 pairs of “the most prized footwear from their famed trophy case—the most exclusive and coveted sneakers ever produced by Nike, Air Jordan, Adidas, Yeezy,” and others spanning more than 15 years.This pair of unworn 1972 Nike waffle racing flat “Moon Shoes” set a new auction record for sneakers with a $437,500 sale at Sotheby’s. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s New York.In the end, Canadian entrepreneur Miles S. Nadal acquired the whole sale, first snapping up 99 pairs for $850,000 on July 17, and then nabbing the last pair, a set of 1972 Nike “waffle racing flat ‘moon’ shoes” that were designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, on July 23. The latter sold for $437,500, which surpassed the previous sneaker record of $190,373, set in 2017 for a pair of signed Converse worn by Michael Jordan in the 1984 Olympic basketball final. Nadal plans to display the entire shoe collection at his private museum in Toronto, the Dare to Dream Automobile Collection.The collector base for sneakers is more diverse than one might think. Wunsch says there is a huge base of buyers in the US, followed by China and Japan, but also considerable demand from collectors in London and Paris.“It ranges across the board. In the case of the skate decks, we had a 17-year-old buyer. The buyer of the sneakers, Nadal, is well into his 60s,” Wunsch says.Miles S. Nadal. Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s.Another unpredictable area of crossover is interest in sneakers from rare car collectors. “That idea of produced items with a very serious focus on beauty and design has appeal across the two categories,” Wunsch says.Wunsch says there will definitely be another such sneaker sale in the future, though he didn’t have any dates set yet.But not everyone is so bullish on the foray into pop culture, or the opportunity cost.  One skeptic noted that the $1.3 million total is small potatoes when compared with individual seven-figure painting sales. And since there was a partner involved, Sotheby’s had to share the revenue on this deal.Follow artnet News on Facebook: Access the data behind the headlines with the artnet Price Database. GET STARTEDcenter_img Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.last_img read more

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Parking denied to disabled cyclist

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mr Jan van Wyk is terribly upset after repeatedly being told he could not park his three-wheel bicycle in a ‘disabled’ parking space at a local shopping centre.  Mr van Wyk, who is disabled and receives a social grant, says he has been “chased away” on numerous occasions when parking his bicycle at the Oval Shopping Centre, where he goes to buy groceries.He was again “sent packing” recently by security guards at the centre and is now at his wit’s end.He says that if the guards notice him when he arrives on his trusty old bicycle, they waste no time in telling him he cannot leave his bike in the parking lot.  The only mode of transport Mr van Wyk has is his bicycle, which has served him well for many years.He cannot understand what the problem is at the Oval, because this does not happen anywhere else in town. “My social grant is very little and the reason I go to the Oval is because there are a few shops there that are very cheap and I can afford my purchases,” he explains.Every time he is chased away, he has to endure the terrible heat and find a safe place to park that is much further away from his shopping destination.He is scared that if he parks his bicycle where it is not safe, it might be stolen and then he will have to walk.  When approached for comment, the management of the Oval Shopping Centre said they were totally unaware of the problem. They added that if anyone experiences a situation like this, they must please come and address it directly to management, as they are always willing to help.last_img read more

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