Aid Through Text Messages

first_img Kenyan citizen journalists developed Ushahidi, a website to map violence during election time based on reports submitted via the Web and mobile phones. Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, has also been used to map xenophobic attacks in South Africa in 2008; monitor elections in Burundi, India, Mexico and Sudan; warn drivers about snow-covered roads and map cleanup efforts during a blizzard in Washington in February 2010; and monitor the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, reported news website www.irinnews.org. A new version of the software called Mogadishu was developed for humanitarian catastrophes. It allows people to send data via e-mail or text message, creating a simple way for the public to share information during crisis response. For more information, visit www.ushahidi.com. By Dialogo July 01, 2010last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, October 6, 2015•12:36 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block N. Washington, Wellington.•10:20 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a residence door in the 600 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•Jeffrey T. Willis, 44, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large and no Wellington tags on dog which occurred on Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m.•12 p.m. Julia M. Whitney, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large.•1 p.m. Officers conducted an assist outside agency, Wellington.•4:30 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 200 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•8:55 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block E. Hillside, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Angela C. Sundquist, 40, Wellington and a deer.last_img read more

‘Hero’ Drotske gives thumbs-up after robbery horror

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Former hooker Drotske was an unused substitute in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final won by hosts South Africa against greatest rivals New Zealand in Johannesburg.Capped 26 times by South Africa, he was the first choice four years later when they finished third in defence of the title in England.Drotske played for and coached the Bloemfontein-based Free State Cheetahs in the domestic Currie Cup and southern hemisphere Super Rugby competitions.He also spent two seasons as a player with the London Irish club. Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Former Springbok World Cup winner and Super Rugby coach Naka Drotske was pictured Saturday making a thumbs-up sign from his hospital bed after being shot during an armed robbery.The 47-year-old was wounded in the abdomen and arm late Thursday at the home of his brother near Pretoria when he charged at three intruders, two of whom were armed.After being rushed to hospital, Drotske was initially listed as “critical” but a hospital spokesperson confirmed to AFP Saturday that he was now “stable”.Many on social media hailed Drotske as a “hero” for tackling the three men and pushing them out of the house.Drotske was shot three times during the melee and suffered a severe loss of blood while being rushed to hospital.None of the other five people in the house, including former Springbok prop Os du Randt, were injured.Police said Friday they were questioning two men but no arrests had been made.last_img read more

Tiffany’s Show, Pattaya Mail support Ladyboy water-volleyball tournament

first_imgWe can’t overlook the contributions to the upcoming 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition made by the competing ladyboys and the bars where they are employed.  Without them and their time, given freely, there wouldn’t be a tournament and consequently our worthy charities wouldn’t benefit.  Then there are the financial contributors, both personal and corporate, who provide the funds that go directly to our charities.  But it’s not just financial contributors to which we are indebted.  This year we’re happy to have the Pattaya Mail Media Group once more giving us an outlet from which to promote the charity tournament and highlight the tremendous contribution the ladyboys are making to their communities.  And of course there are our gracious tournament hosts at the Areca Lodge on Soi Diana.But we’d be fibbing if we didn’t say we were especially thrilled to have the participation of Tiffany’s Show this year!  The world famous Tiffany’s Show Pattaya is the original transgender cabaret show here and is currently in its 38th year. Its showgirls are paragons of both beauty and talent, and the show itself is a huge tourist draw for Pattaya.  Through the efforts of Pattaya Mail, Tiffany’s Show Pattaya has generously agreed to donate five tickets to the Miss International Queen competition, which will be part of the charity raffle held on the evening following the tournament.The Miss International Queen competition is a once-a-year event presented by Tiffany’s Show that draws transgender women from all over the world to compete for the title.  This year the event will be held on Nov. 1, only a week after the Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition.  The tickets always sell out well in advance, so we expect these will be popular items for the charity raffle — in fact we expect some of the tournament spectators will be outbid by the volleyball contestants!All of these efforts are critical to the success of this year’s charity event, and Pattaya Mail, Tiffany Show and Areca Lodge all have our utmost heartfelt thanks.But of course raising money for charities is what the tournament is all about.  With that in mind, I’m happy to say that we are now on track to to raise 700,000 baht for said charities: Pattaya Rotary Club’s Water4Life program, Pattaya’s HEARTT 2000, Bangkok’s St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand’s Camillian Home program, and Phuket’s The Life Home Project.  Thanks to many generous financial contributors and sponsors, we have more than doubled last year’s charitable contribution of 285,854 baht.To date 86 individuals have pledged 110 sponsorships of one or more of the bars competing in the tournament.  That amounts to 350,000 baht — once again, that alone puts us over last year’s mark.  To all of them, on behalf of the charities involved and the ladyboys in the tournament, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you.But this year we also have a corporate sponsor on board in NB Surveys Thailand Co. Ltd., the Thai branch of NB Surveys Global.  To say that we are thrilled to have such an august company sponsoring the tournament would be an understatement.With headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland, NB Global provides surveying services to the oil and gas industry, onshore and offshore, and has offices in Australia, Brunei, India, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates, in addition to its office in Bangkok.Established in 2001, NB Surveys Thailand began with just one expat employee, but has steadily grown over the ensuing decade to now include several local Thai staff in both the survey department and the office operations.  To NB Surveys we must also extend our heartfelt thanks as well.The 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is slated for Saturday, October 26.  For more information or to see how you can help, email us at lbwvb@hotmail.com, or visit us on the web at www.lbwvb.com.last_img read more

Saints close out exhibition campaign perfect after 6-1 blasting of Eastern Washington

first_imgIf this keeps up college staff may want to reserve the marching band for the victory celebrations.The Selkirk Saints closed out the preseason Sunday undefeated after stopping Eastern Washington Eagles 6-1 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action at the Castlegar Complex. The Saints dominated possession and established a 21-6 advantage in shots on goal, but only managed to put one puck past Eagles netminder Cash Ulrich during the opening period.Second-year forward Nick Cecconi was the goal scorer, with Jordan Wood and Justin Sotkowy adding assists. Selkirk extended its lead in the second period with a pair of shorthanded goals, as Logan Proulx and Dylan Smith each took advantage of neutral zone breakdowns and converted on breakaway opportunities.Former Spokane Braves forward Uriah Machuga put Eastern Washington on the board with 2:49 remaining in the frame, but Wood quickly restored his team’s three-goal advantage just 12 seconds later.Linemates Thomas Hardy and Cole Thomson rounded out the scoring for the Saints in the third period, as the home side finished the game with a 53-26 advantage in shots. “Getting pucks and traffic to the net has been a focus over the past two weeks, and we followed through with a good performance in the offensive zone,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Certain parts of our game are still a work in progress, but we’ve experienced some success in our exhibition games and we’re focused on carrying that momentum forward into the start of the regular season next weekend.” Alex Sirard and Stephen Wolff split duties in the Saints’ net on Sunday, with Sirard earning the win in his first preseason appearance. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in 30 minutes of action before Wolff allowed one goal on 12 shots over the game’s second half. Selkirk now travels to Vancouver Island to open its regular season with a games against the University of Victoria next Friday and Saturday.The Saints’ home opener is set for Friday, September 12th against Trinity Western University from Langley, B.C.last_img read more

J-K govt launches “100 Dreams” project in Rajouri

first_img(Eds: Changes in headline)Jammu, Aug 20 (PTI) The Rajouri district administration has initiated a project to provide education and skill development opportunities to children of safai karamcharis working for the local municipal committee.They would also be provided career guidance under the Project 100 Dreams.Under it 112 children of safai karamcharis (sanitation workers) of the Rajouri Municipal Committee will be provided educational assistance, financial support and all pre- requisites for career development, District Development Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said in a press note here this evening.Employment avenues will also be explored under the project, he said, adding that the administration is concentrating on career development of marginalised sections.A number of initiatives have been taken in this regard for students of Nari Niketan, Bal Asharam, Pahari and Tribal Girls hostels, the officer said.The district administration has shortlisted the 112 children, including 57 girls, aged between 4 to 18 years, for the project, he said.Of the total 23 children are in nursery and kindergarten, 14 in class 1, 11 in class 2, 13 in class 3, 10 in class 4, four in in class 5, five in in class 6, four in in class 7, six each in classes 8 and 9, eight in in class 10 and one each in in classes 11 and 12, and six are drop-outs, the officer said.These children would be provided scholarships, tuition for various subjects, insurance cover, pension for their parents, training in self-defence, uniform, school bags, sports material, books, stationery and other items, Choudhary said.Specialised skill development courses, computer certificate courses, vocational training, career counselling and specially designed courses, including spoken English would be provided as part of the project, he said.advertisementThe officer said special focus is laid on girl students and that additional facilities will be provided to them.The project also includes exposure visits, distance education, interaction through video-conference, extra- curricular activities among other components.It also includes a special module of health care and fitness, he said.Choudhary said a committee headed by deputy district commissioner would implement the project which is beginning next month and will be an annual scheme.PTI TAS AB ANB ANBlast_img read more