Let’s learn and honour Children’s Act

first_img“We have to work together to protect children in distress, who suffer neglect, abuse or exploitation,” says President Jacob Zuma (Image: Tagalog) The ’Believe in Zero’ campaign, organised by Unicef, calls on all South Africans to unite behind the goal of zero violence against children.(Images: Unicef) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lumka Oliphant  Media Liaison for the Department of  Social Development   +2783 484 8067 RELATED ARTICLES • Antarctic team did it for children • Spotlight on SA’s street children • Educated Africans teach SA children • Pens for needy children • Madiba: role model for SA youthCadine PillayPresident Jacob Zuma launched Child Protection Week, the annual awareness campaign that promotes the protection of children and their rights in Kimberly in the Northern Cape on Sunday 27 May.A growing concern for the president is that there are children who live in extreme poverty and for whom life remains a struggle, even after 18 years of democracy.“We have to work together to protect children in distress, who suffer neglect, abuse or exploitation,” said Zuma.One way to succeed in protecting the country’s children is by learning and upholding the Children’s Act, an important part of our Constitution. Zuma urged all South Africans to make an effort to this effect.Operating under the theme Working Together to Protect Children, this year’s campaign was adopted by the National Child Care and Protection Forum as it upholds the government’s commitment to child protection in partnership with civil society.During Child Protection Week, South Africans are urged to wear a green ribbon in support of the campaign. The ribbon demonstrates commitment and support to protecting the rights of children.Know the Children’s ActThe South African Constitution outlines a society that respects the equality and dignity of every person – children and adults alike.The government has, in the past few years, worked to ensure that the Constitution, legislation and policies as well as international instruments – such as the Children’s Act 38 of 2005, the Sexual Offences Act 32 of 2007, the Child Justice Act, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child – are in place to provide statutory protection towards providing a better life for children.In a report on South Africa’s children last year, the minister for women, children and people with disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, said her department is committed to creating an environment to ensure the constitutional obligations, policies and legislative frameworks of all children’s rights.About eight-million children receive nutritious meals daily from the government’s school feeding scheme to improve concentration and performance in school.“We have noted with pride that our democracy has made significant progress over the past years in creating a better South Africa for children,” Xingwana said. “However, we also acknowledge that there are still many challenges that our children and their caregivers and communities face today.”The Children’s Act came into effect in April 2010 and is administered by the Department of Social Development. It sets out principles relating to the care and protection of children and defines the related parental responsibilities and rights.The objectives of the Children’s Act are to promote the preservation and strengthening of families; to give effect to certain constitutional rights of children; to give effect to the country’s obligations concerning the well-being of children; to make provision for structures, services and means for promoting and monitoring the sound physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional and social development of children; and to strengthen community structures which can assist in providing care and protection for children.Speaking at the launch, Zuma said the government was doing its part to ensure the safety of children.“Government is focusing on five priorities regarding children. Those are education, health, rural development, creating decent work and the fight against crime.”Zuma also emphasised the need for a good family life, saying this could assist in dealing with the many social ills.“We must invest in a better society in the way we raise children. We must promote the positive values of ubuntu and respect,” he said.“Our children must know that they have to respect themselves, their parents, peers and every other member of society.”Community involvementThe launch started with a visit to the home of the Pico family in Donkerhoek, Galeshewe. The eldest of the household’s three siblings, Kealeboga, is 23 years old and unemployed. The family lives on the social grant payouts she receives on behalf of her younger sisters since the deaths of their parents and grandparents some years ago.“I thank the neighbours for helping these children. This challenge needs more efforts from all of us,” said Zuma, who expressed concern at their living conditions.Social development minister Bathabile Dlamini, who accompanied the president, called on communities to assist child-headed households and promised that the government would continue to reach the poor though social grants.More than 10-million children benefit from social grants in South Africa every month.‘Believe in Zero’In the run up to Child Protection Week, Unicef also launched a new campaign – Believe in Zero – which calls on all South Africans to unite behind the goal of zero violence against children.The campaign highlights the role everyone has to play in the protection of children, not just the authorities.“South Africa’s levels of violence against children are among the highest in the world,” said Unicef representative Aida Girma.“Tens of thousands of children are victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation every year – and offenders often go unpunished.”Statistics from the South African Police Service confirm there were more than 54 000 reported crimes against children between 2010 and 2011. However, crimes against children are largely underreported and the real figure could be much higher.Sexual offences make up about half of that figure, while around 30% of victims are under the age of 10 years. Research has shown that in most abuse cases, the offenders are known to the children.A Unicef report titled A Programme of Cooperation between government and Unicef for 2013 to 2017 highlights conditions under which many South African children are forced to live. The report shows that poor children are 17 times more likely to experience hunger and three times less likely to complete school than children from wealthier backgrounds.“The government must increase its understanding of inequity and its causes, or lose the child rights battle,” Girma said.World famous singer and Unicef ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka added her voice to Believe in Zero, saying “Child protection starts with every one of us, as individuals – no matter who we are and where we live.”Believe in Zero is also accessible online, with a specially designed Facebook app that urges people to express their support, upload photos or videos, post messages and engage their networks on the goal of the campaign.Among those people who share their views through the app, one passionate supporter will be given the chance to take a field trip with Unicef to see first-hand how the organisation works with partners – and children themselves – towards the fulfilment of child rights.I CareNon-profit organisation I Care is also one of the campaigns devoted to finding meaningful solutions to the challenge of street children in South Africa.  Each year over Child Protection Week, I Care joins forces with various organisations to create more awareness around the assistance available to children living on the streets.In the past, I Care has teamed up with KwaZulu-Natal’s Ethekwini Municipality and several of its departments to clean up some of the streets in Durban, a programme that has yielded much success.last_img read more

Joe Lstiburek’s Airtightness Goals

first_imgIn commentary recently posted to the Building Science Corporation website, building scientist Joe Lstiburek takes a stroll down memory lane and reflects on his attempts in the early 1980s to help develop an airtightness standard for residential construction in Canada. Later, after signing on with production builders in the U.S., he launched a successful campaign to plug “big holes” in the envelopes of the homes these builders were constructing so that the finished products would be more comfortable to live in.“I picked one of the big builders’ worst divisions in terms of comfort complaints — it turned out to be Chicago — and focused on making the comfort complaints go away. Notice, energy had nothing to do with any of this,” Lstiburek writes. “I figured that if they got rid of the big holes, the comfort problems would go away. The list of big holes was pretty easy to compile. Bathtubs on exterior walls, fireplaces and chimneys on exterior walls, garages attached to houses with bedrooms over them, cantilevered second floors, interior soffits dead-ending into exterior walls, and dropped ceilings under attic insulation. Done. Make these go away with draft-stopping and, presto, the comfort problems would go away.”Blower-door tests in the Chicago-area houses consistently came in at 3 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal pressure difference – an ACH value that, coincidentally, had already been written into building code in Sweden and had originally inspired the Canadians to come up with their own airtightness standard.However, the 3 ach50 goal was rejected as too leaky when Lstiburek was working with the National Research Council of Canada, whose contingent in Saskatoon, he says, favored 1 ach50 as the standard. Eventually, the NRC folks compromised on 1.5 ach50 as the standard for a new residential program dubbed R-2000. As Lstiburek expected, however, the standard was not widely adopted.As airtight as you likeLstilburek salts his discourse on building-envelope airtightness with a few key points:(1) Blower-door tests are terrific for measuring equivalent air-leakage area, but they do not precisely measure the leakage rate of a building in service or the locations and severity of leakage paths in the envelope;(2) Blower-door test results alone shouldn’t be used to declare that the tested building doesn’t need mechanical ventilation;(3) Draft-stop the air leaks;(4) Install a controlled ventilation system and sealed-combustion or power-vented appliances;(5) Airtightness below 3 ach50 is terrific, 1.5 ach50 is difficult to achieve, and the Passivhaus requirement of 0.6 ach50 is really difficult to achieve – but if that’s your thing, fine. Just don’t try to impose 0.6 ach50 – a “number doesn’t seem to be based on anything that makes any sense” – on everyone else, including and most especially Joe Lstiburek.He elaborates on this point somewhat more crisply near the end of his essay: “From my own personal perspective, you should be able to pick any number you want. And hats off to the Passivhaus folks for their own personal program number. It is their program, and they get to do what they want as far as I am concerned. I only get irritated when they criticize everyone else … arbitrary and capricious is OK too — in your own personal program and your own personal life — but not in mine. Public policy and national standards should not be arbitrary and capricious.”last_img read more

HyperDrive PRO 8-in-2: A Portable Solution With Added Value

first_imgHyperDrive Power 9-in-1 USB-C Hub Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Molekule Air Purifier: Small in Stature, Big on… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. When you own a MacBook, you know that you will eventually have to spend money on accessories to handle some of your tasks. These accessories may include everything from USB-C to USB-A dongles to a USB-C to VGA/HDMI dongle. Now, there’s also the HyperDrive 8-in-2 hub to add to the list, which you can purchase from the company’s website. The HyperDrive PRO really is a protable solution with added value — and it works.I purchased the hub to see if it would provide me with additional convenience and value or if it was just a “nice to have.” Here are my thoughts after taking the hub for a test drive during the last few weeks. To bad for others in the office who want this addition to their computers — because I am keeping it. When you pick the slimmest possible Mac for travel — you forget the other things you really liked about your old Mac — and the portable solution of the HyperDrive helps out a lot.How it WorksThe HyperDrive PRO 8-in-2 is a USB-C hub that takes the two USB-C/Thunderbolt three ports on the side of your Mac and turns them into eight new ports. These ports include an HDMI, a Micro SD, a Mini DisplayPort, an SD, a Thunderbolt 3, a USB-A, and a USB-C PD.When you need to connect multiple devices to your MacBook, this is ideal. For example, you may need an HDMI cable for your primary monitor and a four-port USB hub that you use for a keyboard, mouse, and a wireless charger for your smartphone. Or, you may use a Time Machine backup drive so the extra ports help.It helps deliver crystal clear 4K HDMI/MiniDP video on compatible 4K monitors for a better high-resolution display. HyperDrive also gives you the fastest USB-C capable of 40Gbps data transfer, 5K video output, and 100W power delivery, simultaneously. Also, it is the only MacBook Pro/Air hub with two USB-C ports that support Power Delivery (PD) & Data (40Gbps/100W + 5Gbps/60W).HyperDrive works with the 2016/2017/2018 MacBook Pro and 2018 MacBook Air. The USB ports will not charge an iPad.Some Issues to NoteIf you are not looking to connect multiple monitors (beyond two), then this is the right tool for you. However, you will run into a problem should you want to connect three or more monitors to this hub. That’s because this hub only has one USB-C port that can carry a video signal. Or, if I connect more to it, at some point the charging capability diminishes.If I use all the devices I mentioned above, including the Time Machine drive, all at once, my MacBook Pro will turn off the outgoing power to one or more of the two USB-C ports. The lesson learned here is don’t use all the ports at one time even though there are eight there.A Nice AestheticWhile it is a utility, the hub still offers a pretty cool design aesthetic that looks good sitting next to my MacBook Pro. It’s made from aluminum and designed to complement that look of the MacBook Pro. You can choose from either space gray or silver.The hub sits at an angle when you have it attached to your MacBook Pro. Since it tends to dangle downwards, I found that it helps to get some adhesive pads to add to the bottom of the HyperDrive, so it lays flat.One word of caution is to be careful when you first get the hub and try to plug it into your MacBook Pro. It fits very tightly, so you don’t want to jam it into your laptop quickly. Instead, take some time to jiggle it in and out a few times as I found this loosened it up enough while still keeping a firm connection.The Best (and Worst) FeaturesThere are many things to like about the hub, including how it looks, its portability, and the convenience of plugging into two monitors at once. However, it tends to get overloaded, including not being able to handle when all the ports are in use at one time. Occasionally, gets overloaded if high-power devices are attached to the ports like additional monitors and hard drives. Also, the MacBook Pro won’t charge very well when there are two monitors connected to it.After trying other USB-C hubs, they all seem to be slightly less than perfect with various issues. However, this is a value-added, affordable choice if you are not looking to connect a ton of things to it. Just for its portability, this hub wins out over others on the market.center_img Blueair 680i Air Purifier: Clean Air For Your H… Canvia Digital Art Turns Home and Office Walls … Related Posts last_img read more

Without Ronaldo, Madrid loses to Espanyol in Spanish league

first_imgMOST READ Madrid stayed seven points behind second-place Atletico and 14 points behind leader Barcelona. Atletico hosts Leganes on Wednesday and Barcelona visits Las Palmas on Thursday.“We didn’t deserve this goal in the last minute,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We played well, created chances, but things didn’t go our way in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRonaldo, who scored eight goals in his last four games, was rested by Zidane to make sure he is fully fit for the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League next week. The European champions won the first match 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Madrid hosts Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday in its final game before the match in Paris. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Espanyol Gerard Moreno, center, scores against Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Diego Lopez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and Real Madrid at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Real Madrid couldn’t overcome the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters on Tuesday, losing 1-0 to Espanyol in the Spanish league to see its five-game winning streak come to an end.Gerard Moreno scored three minutes into injury time to give Espanyol the victory against the defending champions. The result left Madrid in danger of losing third place to Valencia, which is two points behind going into its match at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Luka Modric also did not play as they try to recover from injuries for next week’s game against PSG. Casemiro was left out because of a stomach problem, while Dani Carvajal and Karim Benzema started on the bench.Gareth Bale played up front along with Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Isco. The midfield had Marcos Llorente and Mateo Kovacic, and the full backs were Nacho Fernandez and Achraf Hakimi. Benzema replaced Isco in the 69th minute.Madrid had outscored opponents 20-7 in its five-game winning streak.Espanyol, 13th in the league standings, hadn’t won in seven matches, since it ended Barcelona’s 29-match unbeaten streak in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals in January. Its last league win came eight rounds ago, at Levante. It had already beaten Atletico 1-0 at home and drawn Barcelona 1-1 in the league.Espanyol had never beaten Madrid at RCDE Stadium, where it began playing in 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Moreno, who had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half, scored the winner with a shot from near the penalty spot after a well-placed cross by Sergio Garcia following a late breakaway.“It was more or less the same against Atletico and Barcelona, we found a way to win in the end,” Moreno said. “This result restores our confidence after a series of poor results.”GIRONA MOVES UPGirona remained in the fight for a Europa League spot by defeating Celta Vigo 1-0 at home, continuing its impressive debut season in the first division.Portu scored a 14th-minute winner to put Girona in seventh place, two points behind sixth-place Sevilla.The Catalan club was coming off a 6-1 loss against Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium.Celta, which has only one win in its last five games, dropped to ninth place. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vettel fastest in Ferrari on cold 2nd day of F1 testing View commentslast_img read more