first_img Entrepreneurs for Resilience Award 2021 Kurt Schork Awards for Reporters and Journalists Tweet Similar Stories LinkedIn 0 March 31, 2014 Published by tatjana Call for Nominations: Danubius Young Scientist Award 2021 Milan Kostadinovic, Serbia → Deadline: 31 May 2014Open to: Local reporters and freelance journalists working anywhere in the worldPrize: US$5,000DescriptionThe Kurt Schork Memorial Fund (KSMF) is now accepting submissions for its 13th annual awards in international journalism. Established in 2002, the awards were created in honour of American freelance journalist Kurt Schork, who was killed in 2000 while on assignment for Reuters in Sierra Leone.The prestigious awards recognize the work of reporters who seek to illuminate the human condition through courageous reporting of conflict, corruption, human rights transgressions and other key issues.Every year, a winner is chosen in two categories: the first recognises the often unacknowledged work of local reporters in developing nations or countries in transition who write about events in their homeland. The second is for freelance journalists who travel to the world’s news hotspots, often at great personal risk and little protection, to witness and report the impact and consequences of events.EligibilityLocal reporters and freelance journalists working anywhere in the world may enter. Entrants must submit three articles each – published between June 1, 2013 and May 31, this year. Accepted media: any print-based medium, such as newspapers and magazines, or established online publications. Blogs, personal websites and social media pages or channels are not accepted;Articles can encompass war reporting, human rights issues, cross-border troubles, corruption or other controversial matters impacting on people’s lives. Judges will be looking for professionalism, high journalistic standards, and evidence of dedication and courage in obtaining the story.PrizeThe award in each category is US$5,000 to be presented at a prestigious ceremony in London (UK) on Thursday, October 30.ApplicationThe deadline for entries is 31 May 2014. Online entry HERE.For more information visit the official website HERE.center_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Reddit +1 Share 0 Pocket ← Do your Master or PhD at MIT Portugal Program! Kurt Schork Memorial Fundlast_img read more

first_imgNo sweep for Minnesota against Penn StateThe Gophers turned the ball over 21 times and shot 54 percent from the free-throw line. Paul CordesFebruary 16, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA strong first half had the Minnesota women’s basketball team in good shape to sweep Penn State, but a fiery Nittany Lions squad came out in the second half to squash any hopes of a Gophers victory.Penn State has now won 12 straight home games against Minnesota, beating the Gophers 66-57 on Thursday night.Despite leading by as many as 10 points and taking a five-point lead at the half, Minnesota fell victim to a 16-2 run that started the minute the Nittany Lions hit the floor in the second half.Gophers coach Pam Borton said Minnesota (14-13 overall, 6-8 Big Ten) did not come out as aggressive on defense as it was in the first half.“The start of the second half was very indicative to the rest of the half,” she said. “We were down by six or seven very quickly, and that really hurt us down the stretch.”Many of the Gophers’ difficulties originated from the post position, or lack there of, Thursday night.In Minnesota’s previous outing against the Nittany Lions (13-13, 6-7), Gophers junior forward Leslie Knight and freshman center Ashley Ellis-Milan combined for 29 points.The second time around, however, the two coalesced for just eight points and seven rebounds while turning the ball over six times.Borton said post play was the difference in Thursday’s game, especially the lack of rebounding and boxing out, giving Penn State second and third chance opportunities.“We didn’t have much of a post game tonight offensively or defensively,” she said. “It made our offense sputter tonight and made it very difficult for us to score.”Adding to Minnesota’s own problems was Nittany Lions junior guard Kamela Gissendanner, who was responsible for much of the second-half damage. Gissendanner led all scorers with 17 points and hit 3-of-4 clutch free throws at the end of the game.Gophers freshman guard Brittany McCoy had the duty of guarding Gissendanner when Minnesota went to man-to-man defense.“(Gissendanner’s) a great player, and I was able to get my hand on the ball a bunch in the first half,” McCoy said. “But she came out really fired up in the second half and hit a couple of key shots.”Though Gissendanner had the hot hand in the second half, McCoy had a sly hand in the first.McCoy’s five steals led to a lot of easy lay-ups as she scored six of Minnesota’s first eight points.She would go on to finish with a team-high 16 points and Borton said she was a presence on both offense and defense.“She really ignited our team with the steals and lay-ups she got,” Borton said. “She had a great game on both sides of the floor and overall she just put a great game together.”The Gophers have no games this weekend and will be able to sort things out after a mistake-ridden game in State College, Pa.Their 21 turnovers and a 54 percent showing from the free-throw line will be just a couple of things weighing on their minds as the regular season comes to a close. Their final home game is against Michigan next Thursday.And after 27 games, Borton said it’s time for her team to quit making the same mistakes.“We have to start learning from those mistakes,” she said. “It’s nothing that other teams are doing against us, it’s what we’re doing to ourselves.”last_img read more

first_imgOn Wednesday October 12 the City of Cape Town invited senior citizens from various old age homes in the greater Athlone area to a lunch and entertainment event at the Athlone civic centre, from 9am to 3pm. When we arrived, we were given a single cheese sandwich and a cup of tea or coffee. This was followed by hours of, apart from three or four impressive items, mediocre entertainment. The only thing that kept most people there, many of whom had had to spent upwards of R20 to R30 travelling to and from the event, was the promise of a delicious, substantial lunch… such a rare treat for many senior citizens who are expected to survive on R1 500 for an entire month. What a disappoint-ment it was to receive an unappetising container with a piece of chicken, rice and vegetables, three slices of carrots and a piece of sweet potato to be exact, which I ate simply because at that stage I was starving as was, I’m sure most every other person there, as no snacks or drinks were provided between the sandwich and lunch. There were chairs set up around the hall but no tables so we had to eat balancing the container of food on our laps. The City must really have little regard or respect for its senior citizens that they do not see the need to treat us with any dignity. It was incredibly sad to see that those who did not have a written invitation were told that they had to buy food. Food stalls were set up around the hall, but why invite people to a catered event and then sell food? It just doesn’t make any sense. As it was the middle of the month and most seniors had to already spend money to get there, I don’t see how they could still expect any of us to be able to afford to buy anything to eat. I feel very disappointed in the City. I must wonder whether the same type of poor quality event would be hosted in a more affluent area. Suzette Little, Mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development, responds:On October 12, the City of Cape Town hosted a senior citizen event in partnership with the Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged (CPOA). We were joined by Age-in-Action, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) to celebrate our senior citizens and the contribution they make to our society. The event, linked to International Day of Older Persons, is one of the many ways that the City acknowledges the mothers and the fathers of our city, breaking the stigma of ageism and addressing the challenges that many of our senior citizens face. The City invited and transported 500 senior citizens from various seniors clubs across the city to the event at the Athlone civic centre. An additional 500 seniors were invited by our partners Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged. The sandwich, cup of tea, and the lunch were served according to the City’s catering policy and every effort was made to ensure quality lunch for the 500 invited seniors. The CPOA does not provide catering for their members but provided food stalls selling quality snacks, food and beverages at nominal rates. These seniors who are all members of CPOA attend this event every year and are aware of this, as it is a normal practice. The programme for the day included educational and informative talks as well as entertainment. The City is committed to its seniors and in acknowledging their contribution to society and we make every effort to provide meaningful programmes and events for our seniors.last_img read more

first_imgDivorce solicitors could face thousands of compensation claims in cases where pensions were undervalued in a divorce settlement, a pensions consultant has claimed. Divorce LifeLine suggests that since pension sharing was introduced in December 2000, around 750,000 people, in half the divorces across the country, could be entitled to claim thousands of pounds from their solicitors where their former spouse’s pension was undervalued. The company’s founding partner Tony Derbyshire said that in 96% of the 171 divorce settlements it had looked at, solicitors had not sought expert advice on the pension value. ‘It is easy to undervalue the pension without the expert advice of an actuary or independent financial adviser, and it seems most divorce lawyers have failed to seek this advice,’ he said. But James Copson, partner at London firm Withers, said courts are reluctant to grant permission for expert evidence in pensions cases to obtain a valuation. ‘Courts will only allow such evidence if there is a big pension or if it forms a large proportion of the resources. That’s the fundamental problem,’ he said. Copson said that in the ‘most gross cases’, it might be right to pursue the solicitor, but he added: ‘It’s a difficult area because solicitors are not experts, and experts come at a cost, which some clients are not willing to pay.’ Kate Hamilton, partner at London firm Russell Cooke, said that any post-divorce reviews of settlements should take into account the plethora of considerations that lie behind them and not treat them as straightforward accounting exercises.last_img read more