Zuma chats to girl children about work, leadership

first_img30 May 2014President Jacob Zuma took a break from government business on Thursday to field a battery of questions from a group of 40 girls from schools in and around Pretoria.As part of Take a Girl Child to Work Day, Zuma hosted the girls at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was taken to task on what his new administration was going to do to address some of the challenges that the country faces.Zuma sat in a chair alongside new Minister of Women Susan Shabangu and soon put the girls at ease with touches of humour.The girls had question after question for the President, but were most keen to find out what his day-to-day work entailed. He detailed his schedule and explained what it took to be the President of the country.“It’s a huge task,” he said, explaining that a President has to understand the country’s people and its needs.“Understand what leadership is. Join a party and work with it. Join a party that has a clear understanding of its policies. Be knowledgeable. Educate yourself – it is every important,” Zuma said.Asked how he deals with doomsayers, the President encouraged the girls never to be discouraged by criticism and instead to build themselves from lessons learnt.Another learner asked what it takes from a child to rise from humble beginnings in the rural areas to become President. “It is very possible,” Zuma replied. “It depends how you view society. I come from a rural area … but as a young person, I took a decision to educate myself. In the end, I was given this serious job by the ruling party. So, it doesn’t matter where you come from.”One of the girls told Zuma she was very honoured to meet him, but said she was concerned that South Africa had a high crime rate. The President assured her that crime was high on the list of priorities of the new administration. “Already we have a plan, and there has been progress. But going forward, you will see major improvements,” he said.Two girls used the opportunity to pour out their hearts about their daily struggles – from living in an orphanage home, to one family’s battle to keep their daughter in university. Zuma said the stories touched his heart, and promised them that his office would intervene.After well over an hour, Zuma was forced to bring the conversation to an end, saying he had to get back to the business of running the country.The event was clearly a highlight for the girls from schools around Pretoria, as they were beaming after the experience.“At first I had butterflies … It was great and I was honoured to meet him, because it’s not likely for anybody to just sit down with the President and ask him questions,” said Ignatia Mabelane (14) from Birchleigh Hoerskool.Portia Kudobane from Bokgone Technical High School said she was humbled by how the President joked with them. “He is really a people’s President. I have also learnt a lot from him, such as not letting my background or what people say about me define me.”Take a Girl Child to Work Day is an annual event initiated by mobile telecommunications company Cell C to give young girls a chance to spend a day in different career environments to see what options are open to them.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Pork Checkoff seeks 2019 #RealPigFarming
student social forces team

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board is seeking applicants for the 2019 student social forces team. The applications are open now through July 8 at Pork.org/SocialForces.The social forces team will advocate for pig farming through social media usage. Selected applicants who successfully complete all outlined milestones will be eligible for a $500 scholarship.“Last year, the team generated over 670 positive posts about pig farming in a five-month period,” said Claire Masker, director of sustainability communications for the National Pork Board. “This year, we anticipate more discussion about pig farming while the students expand their professional network.”The Checkoff’s #RealPigFarming social media campaign gives pig farmers, academics, youth, veterinarians and allied industry members an opportunity to discuss today’s pork production across social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Applications are open to students, age 18 to 23, who are involved in the swine industry and who are pursuing a post-secondary degree. Applicants should understand the importance of pork production and have basic communication skills. The team is expected to be active from July through December.“The student social forces team serves as another resource for consumers to ask questions about food safety, sustainability and other key areas,” Masker said. “The students play a key role in helping pork producers share their farms and to answer consumer questions.”The team will gather at the National Pork Board in Des Moines, Iowa, in September. The meeting will expose students to the Pork Checkoff program, to communication strategies and to other aspects relative to advocacy and the swine industry.last_img read more

LeBron James hurt but Lakers still rout Warriors

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Lakers: Zubac shot 9 for 10. … The Lakers had lost three of four, so this meant a lot. … Los Angeles improved to 5-6 on the road vs. the Western Conference. … Tyson Chandler, who had been questionable with back spasms after he missed Sunday’s game against Memphis, returned and played 15-plus minutes.Warriors: Iguodala reached double figures for the fourth time this season. … Curry and Draymond Green each picked up two early fouls, and Green fouled out with 5:36 left. He was limited to four points, five assists and five rebounds.UP NEXTLakers: At Sacramento on Thursday.Warriors: Host Portland on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 25: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball while being closely guarded by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James prides himself in his durability, being available night after night, game after grueling game.That’s why the Lakers star is so mad he got hurt.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? He is scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday and coach Luke Walton is preparing to be without James on Thursday night in Sacramento.James has played in 156 straight games overall and 116 in the regular season. And he’s not about to guess whether he will have to miss time.Stephen Curry made consecutive 3s shortly after James exited, and the Warriors got within 78-76 at the 2:48 mark of the third — but Kyle Kuzma and the persistent Lakers stayed at it every possession. Curry wound up with 15 points but the home fans had seen enough well before the final buzzer and headed out for the rest of Christmas.“They played like they had nothing to lose. They played like they had a free swing,” Curry said. “Everybody who touched the ball was aggressive. They just had a different look in their eye and we weren’t able to match that. They went out and won the game, that’s basically it.”Kuzma contributed 19 points with a pretty baseline 3 late, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo 15 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Lakers snapped an 11-game losing streak on the Warriors’ home floor since a 118-115 overtime win Dec. 22, 2012. Los Angeles also ended a seven-game skid overall in the rivalry with its first win in the series since March 6, 2016.ADVERTISEMENT James made it look easy early on shooting over Jonas Jerebko and Kevon Looney. James hit a turnaround jumper at the 4:39 mark of the second quarter to put the Lakers ahead 52-37 and L.A. led 65-50 at the break.It was James’ second straight Christmas game at Oracle Arena after playing here with the Cavaliers last year and losing 99-92.Walton — a former Warriors top assistant and dear friend of Steve Kerr — got some time with his Hall of Fame dad, Bill, before the game and a few moments to catch up with Curry and share holiday greetings in the hallway after the two-time MVP’s warmup routine.Kevin Durant, playing on a tender left ankle, had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Andre Iguodala came off the bench and made his initial five shots and 7 of 9 by halftime on the way to a season-high 23 points while also handling some of the load defending James.Golden State shot just 9 for 36 from deep, Curry going 2 of 8 and Durant 3 for 8.MCGEE’s RING DELAYEDLakers center JaVale McGee was still sick with a respiratory infection and missed his fifth straight game, didn’t travel and missed his scheduled moment to receive his championship ring. That will now happen Feb. 2 when the Lakers return to Oracle Arena.McGee was one of three big men who rotated in Steve Kerr’s rotation on the way to a repeat title.“I’m happy for JaVale. He’s getting more of a chance to play with the Lakers than he did with us,” Kerr said. “We had a lot of centers play a really important role for us the last couple of years. He was fantastic and we loved having him here. Wish he was here and that we could give him his ring today, but we’ll do it next time. Very happy for him and his success this year.”TIP-INS LeBron James leaves game vs Warriors with strained left groin Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James’ 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors.“I take a lot of pride in it,” James said of always playing. “That’s why it (angered me) not to be able to go back into the game. It’s more than anything being available to my teammates, being available to my coaching staff. That’s something I take more personal than anything. Hopefully it’s not a long thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJames grabbed at his left groin area with 7:51 left in the third after slipping under the Warriors’ basket while trying for a loose ball. He tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.“I wasn’t able to go back into the game, obviously. I’ll get an MRI tomorrow and see what’s up,” James said. “With me with injuries, I’m never too concerned about them. I was able to walk off on my own power. I felt a pop, see if I could stretch it a few times, see if it would relieve but it didn’t. … I did a couple exercises to see if I could continue to go but I didn’t feel like it would benefit my team or me. So I came back and got a jump start on the rehab.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more