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Freedom rediscovered

first_imgNelson Mandela casting his vote in 1994. June 26, 2013 will mark 58 years since the Freedom Charter was adopted in Kliptown way back in 1955.(Images: Wikimedia)MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack LeweleDirector, communicationsDepartment of Arts and Culture+27 12 441 3083 or +27 82 450 5076Cadine PillayThis year, South Africa celebrates 19 years of freedom, with this freedom marked in April. It is vital that every South African – the apartheid survivors and the born-frees – know the history of the freedom struggle.Freedom Day is observed on 27 April, a national public holiday. On this day in 1994, the country held its first non-racial democratic elections that ended 300 years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule, and established a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC).It is recorded in South African history as a day that paved the way towards a new democratic dispensation and a new constitution.The Freedom CharterAnother, earlier, milestone on the march to freedom in apartheid South Africa came in the form of the Freedom Charter, a unique document that allowed the people of South Africa to be actively involved in formulating their own vision of a different society. In it, the existing order of oppression and exploitation that dominated the 1950s was entirely rejected.The Freedom Charter was significant because it embodied the hopes and aspirations of black people in South Africa at that time. Its opening words became widely known and still hold a powerful position in South Africa’s political discourse: “We, the People of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.”It was first proposed at the annual assembly of the ANC in August 1953. Professor ZK Mathews formally suggested convening a Congress of the People to draw up a Freedom Charter.The idea was then adopted by the ANC’s allies, the South African Indian Congress, the South African Coloured People’s Organisation and the South African Congress of Democrats.In 1955, these allies sent out 50 000 volunteers into townships and the countryside to collect what they called “freedom demands” from the people of South Africa – this system was designed to give all South Africans equal rights.Demands such as sharing the wealth of the country and adequate housing, education, and health care for all were then synthesised into the final document by Congress of the People leaders including Mathews, Lionel Bernstein and Alan Lipman.‘The people shall govern’The Freedom Charter was officially ratified on 26 June 1955 at a Congress of the People meeting in Kliptown near Johannesburg. The meeting was attended by about 3 000 delegates but was broken up by police on the second day, although by then the charter had been read in full.The crowd had shouted its approval of each section with cries of “Africa!” and “Mayibuye!”, a Zulu word meaning “bringing back what was lost”. Over the next four decades, the charter came to represent ANC policies formulating basic demands for human and political rights that had been included in previous petitions.“South Africa belongs to all who live in it” and “All shall be equal before the law” are other well-known and oft-repeated declarations in the charter. It pledged to continue the struggle until a new democratic order was put in place, and called for democracy and human rights, land reform, labour rights, and nationalisation.After the congress was denounced as treason, the apartheid government banned the ANC and other parties, and arrested 156 activists, including Mandela. However, the charter continued to circulate in the revolutionary underground and inspired a new generation of young militants in the 1980s to join Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK).Translated as “spear of the nation”, Umkhonto we Sizwe was the armed wing of the ANC and was co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the early 1960s. MK soldiers took up arms against the apartheid government, both at home and in exile.On 11 February 1990, Mandela was finally freed and the ANC came to power in May 1994 after the elections that April. The new Constitution of South Africa, drawn up through multi-party talks between anti-apartheid groups and the government of the time, that began with Codesa (Convention for a Democratic South Africa) in December 1991, included in its text many of the demands called for in the Freedom Charter. Nearly all the concerns regarding equality of race and language were directly addressed in the Constitution.Non-racial, democratic electionsThe first non-racial election marked the end of years of struggle. It came after a tumultuous few years in the beginning of the 1990s. Liberation organisations were unbanned; political prisoners were released; exiles returned; negotiations and talks were held between previous foes, ending in the formal all-party negotiations in which an interim constitution was drafted.Though there were threats of political violence, the elections took place in a peaceful and festive atmosphere. They were contested by 19 political parties – a huge jump from the three main parties of apartheid South Africa, namely the ruling National Party, the official opposition Conservative Party (CP), and the Democratic Party (DP).The main parties in the election were products of political formations that were significant in the years leading to 1994. They include the ANC, Inkatha Freedom Party, the NP, the DP, the Pan Africanist Congress and the Azanian People’s Organisation.Know your rightsToday, the Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa as it protects the rights of all people in the country and upholds the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom. The country’s first bill of rights was restricted in chapter three of the transitional constitution of 1993, which was drawn up as part of the negotiations to end apartheid. The interim bill of rights, which came into force on 27 April 1994, was limited to civil and political rights.The current Bill of Rights, which replaced the interim one on 4 February 1997, retained all of these rights and added a number of new positive economic, social and cultural rights. The Bill of Rights is briefly summarised in the following statements:Equality: you cannot be discriminated against. But affirmative action and fair discrimination are allowed.Human dignity: your dignity must be respected and protected.Life: you have the right to life.Freedom and security of the person: you cannot be detained without trial, tortured or punished cruelly. Domestic violence is not allowed.Freedom from slavery, servitude and forced labour: slavery and forced labour are not allowed.Privacy: you cannot be searched nor have your homes or possessions searched.Freedom of religion, belief and opinion: you can believe and think whatever you want and can follow the religion of your choice.Freedom of expression: all people (including the press) can say whatever they want, subject to certain limitations including hate speech, incitement to violence, and propaganda that may lead to war.Freedom of assembly, demonstration, picket and petition: you can hold a demonstration, picket and present a petition, but you must do this peacefully.Freedom of association: you can associate with whomever you want.Freedom of political rights: you can support the political party of your choice, and if you are a citizen, and at least 18 years old, you can vote.Citizenship: your citizenship cannot be taken away from you.Freedom of movement and residence: you can travel in and live anywhere in South Africa.Freedom of trade, occupation and profession: you can do whatever work you choose.Labour relations: you may join trade unions and go on strike.Environment: you have the right to a healthy environment.Property: your property can only be taken away from you if the proper rules are followed.Housing: the government must make sure people get access to proper housing.Health care, food, water and social security: the government must make sure you have access to food and water, health care, and social security.Education: you have the right to basic education, including adult basic education, in your own language (if this is possible).Language and culture: you can use the language you want to and follow the culture that you choose.Cultural, religious and linguistic communities: communities can enjoy their own culture, practice their own religion, and use their own language.Access to information: you have the right to any information held by the government or another person, especially if the information is needed to protect rights.Just administrative action: actions by the government must be fair, and people who have been affected by unfair administrative action are entitled to a written explanation.Access to courts: you can have a legal problem decided by a court, or a similar structure.To protection: when arrested, detained or accused, and to a fair hearing.Children under the age of 18 have special rights, like the right not to be abused.A more detailed explanation of the Bill of Rights is available online.last_img read more

South Africa announces 2015 Rugby World Cup squad

first_imgIn naming his chosen few, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the 31-member squad that would represent South Africa in the Rugby World Cup would carry the country’s hopes on their shoulders. It would be a tough tournament, he cautioned. Jean de Villiers will captain the team.The South African Rugby Union announces the 31-member team that will represent the country in the Rugby World Cup, on 28 August 2015. The championship takes place in England from 18 September to 31 October. (Image: The Yellow Cap)Jean de Villiers would captain the South African rugby team, the Springboks, at the Rugby World Cup in England starting on 18 September, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) announced on 28 August.Victor Matfield was named as vice-captain, and Schalk Burger would provide captaincy back-up for the 31-man squad.“We’re going to England with the hopes of a nation on our shoulders and we would really like to make our country proud, but we’re under no illusions about how tough it will be,” said coach Heyneke Meyer.It will be the first Rugby World Cup for 16 of the players, while six players who took part in 2011 were selected to represent South Africa again. The average age of the selected players is a little over 26 and their combined number of caps is 1 297.The squadWillem AlbertsSchalk BritsSchalk BurgerDamian de AllendeLood de JagerJean de Villiers (captain)Bismarck du PlessisJannie du PlessisFourie du PreezPieter-Steph du ToitEben EtzebethBryan HabanaZane KirchnerSiya KolisiJesse KrielPatrick LambieWillie le RouxFrancois LouwFrans MalherbeVictor Matfield (vice-captain)Tendai MtawariraLwazi MvovoTrevor NyakaneCoenie OosthuizenRudy PaigeRuan PienaarJP PietersenHandre PollardMorne SteynAdriaan StraussDuane VermeulenDifficult selectionMeyer said it was very tough to select the final squad from the wider training group that had been together for the last two months.“Every single player in our wider group worked incredibly hard and to cut the squad to 31 was probably the most difficult selection I’ve faced in my coaching career,” he said. “In the end, the selectors decided the 31 players named were the best we have at the moment but that is not to say any of the others won’t have a role to play, with injuries a reality in our game.”In the selection, consideration was also given to utility players – those who could move between positions.“I think the squad has a great balance between youth and experience while keeping together the core of the team that did the country proud in the last few years,” said Meyer. “We also have a number of players who know what it takes to win a World Cup and their knowledge will be very valuable.”Gratitude and supportA few players took to social media to show their pride.“Honoured and privileged to be selected to represent my country at #RWC2015,” tweeted Pietersen. “So grateful and thankful.”Steyn echoed his sentiments: “Such an honour to be part of this again! #WorldCup2015 #SA.”Take to the field on the backs of the Boks. Fuel our #HomeGroundAdvantage here: http://t.co/pqvFsQcdKE #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/oQIaxtPpWU— South African Rugby (@Springboks) June 5, 2015The World CupThe Springboks’ first game will be against Japan on 19 September in Brighton. Their second pool game is on 26 September against Samoa in Birmingham.The team plays Scotland in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 3 October before the final pool fixture against the USA in London on 7 October.In the previous World Cup, in 2011, the Springboks reached the quarter-finals. But along with New Zealand and Australia, the Boks have won the most World Cup trophies at two each. New Zealand won in 1987 and 2007; Australia won in 1991 and 1999; and South Africa won in 1995 and 2007.In other records, the least points conceded in a tournament were 35 by South Africa in 2011, while Habana ties with New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu in scoring the most tries in one competition. Lomu scored eight tries in 1999, and Habana made his record eight in 2007.Source: South African Rugby UnionWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ten Common Mistakes Made By New Home Builders

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Designers and builders who do their homework before construction begins have few problems. Unfortunately, some projects happen backwards: the design and construction are well under way before the homework begins. That type of project can be problematic.At GBA, we see examples of the latter group all the time. Designers, builders, or homeowners who are in the middle of a construction project will post basic questions on our Q&A page. “I’m looking at the rafters and trying to decide how we should insulate the roof,” they write, or “We’re trying to figure out the best place to put the HRV.”Answering these questions is part of my job; however, I don’t look forward to another ten years of similar questions. I’d rather be unemployed.To help reach that goal — putting me out of the Q&A business — I’m providing a list of ten common mistakes. Let’s banish these blunders. Mistake #1: Forgot to install raised-heel trusses Raised-heel trusses should provide enough vertical space above the top plates of the exterior walls to allow for the installation of a generous depth of cellulose or fiberglass insulation, plus about 2 1/2 inches for a ventilation baffle and an air space.For a code-minimum home in Alabama, raised-heel trusses might need only 13 inches of vertical clearance at the top plates, while a pretty good house in northern Maine might need 19 inches of vertical clearance. First, figure out how much insulation you want to install, and then let the truss company know your needs when you place your truss order. Mistake #2: The insulation contractor did a bad job of installing fiberglass batts This age-old problem is still with us, as Carl Seville’s many blogs on the… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Lifesavers up even minus star import

first_imgMOST READ Read Next “It’s all about having the proper mind-set,” said Vicente. “They were very motivated, relaxed and happy. They gained confidence and enjoyed the game.”Serbian import Tamara Kmezic was Iriga’s lone bright spot on offense with 15 points as Japanese spiker Saama Miyagawa had a quiet seven markers for the Lady Oragons, who are trying to move on from suspended star spiker Grethcel Soltones.The Lifesavers were brilliant at the attack zone with 43 kills compared to the Lady Oragons’ 28. They also ruled the block, 6-1, and service departments, 7-4, to underscore their dominance and step back on the winning track after absorbing back-to-back losses.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Playful presidential push for Popovich-Kerr QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA A national team member of Trinidad and Tobago, Ramdin still suited up for the game despite a bum stomach. But Generika-Ayala coach Francis Vicente opted to just give her limited minutes of action.“She’s dehydrated,” said Vicente, who fielded Ramdin for a brief period in the second set. “But she’s now OK. We just don’t want to force her so she’ll be up and ready in our next game against F2 Logistics next week.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Ramdin at sickbay, Croatian Katerina Pilepic took up the cudgels by hounding and pounding the Lady Oragons’ defense from start to finish.Pilepic, the former Arizona star, finished with 15 kills, three aces and two blocks for 20 points while Angeli Araneta chipped in 13 markers for the Lifesavers, who took the floor with a fighting mind-set despite the absence of their top spiker. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Generika LifeSavers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOGenerika-Ayala competed with limited personnel, but it hardly mattered as it still triumphed over Iriga City in straight sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21, in the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Import Darlene Ramdin spent most of the time on the bench as the Lifesavers coasted to their second victory.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Opinion Ohio States JT Barrett could spark memories of Craig Krenzel

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 9.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorLooking back at the past 15 years, the Ohio State football program fielded a string of incredibly athletic and highly talented quarterbacks — and then there is Craig Krenzel.Krenzel was certainly a very good quarterback for the Buckeyes, but it’s easy to call him the fourth-best quarterback to play for OSU since the turn of the century. While he is one of the smartest players ever to don the Scarlet and Gray, Krenzel will never be grouped together with Troy Smith as an all-time great, or Terrelle Pryor as an otherworldly athlete.Even as a decorated player at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, Mich., it’s unlikely anyone expected Krenzel to step on the field at OSU and leave with the massive success he had.In his best season, Krenzel never threw more than 15 touchdowns or more than 2,110 yards, and he never rushed for more than 368 yards=. He didn’t win a Heisman Trophy like Smith and he didn’t win back-to-back Chicago Tribune Big Ten MVP awards like current senior Braxton Miller.But he did something else none of them did: win a National Championship.After completing just five passes on nine attempts as a freshman in 2000, Krenzel found himself thrust into a starting role as a sophomore when starter Steve Bellisari was suspended after being arrested for drunk driving. Krenzel’s first start came against then-No. 11 Michigan, when the Buckeyes were unranked, and he led the team to a 26-20 victory on Nov. 24, 2001.It wasn’t pretty — Krenzel threw for just 118 yards and no touchdowns with one interception — but he got the job done. He then went on to lead the Buckeyes to an undefeated 14-0 record in 2002, capped off with a 31-24 double-overtime win against Miami in the BCS National Championship Game.Former OSU quarterback Craig Krenzel speaks to students in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union Oct. 17, 2013. Credit: Katie Riccardella / Ohio UnionKrenzel went on to play six games for the Chicago Bears, including five starts, during the 2004 NFL season. He is now a motivational speaker and part-time commentator on WBNS 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.While it’s unknown where his career will go, a certain redshirt-freshman quarterback for the 2014 Buckeyes is seeing his time as a starter begin similarly to how Krenzel’s did.J.T. Barrett will certainly have bigger shoes to fill than Krenzel did after Miller went down with a torn labrum in fall camp, but he’s still an untested player filling in for a team that had championship aspirations.Just like Krenzel, Barrett won’t overwhelm you with his athleticism, but he has the ability to take off and run if that’s what the play needs. He’s even been dubbed “the distributor” by teammates, which is more or less the only thing Krenzel was really asked to do. Both have been praised for their leadership ability, and both were thrust into the starting lineup before their time had truly come.Barrett even wears Krenzel’s old No. 16.While there’s no telling where Barrett’s career will end up — and it could very well never live up to the success Krenzel had — the parallels are undeniable as he starts to build his legacy.While Krenzel’s first true test came against archrival Michigan, Barrett’s first start is set to come against Navy Saturday in Baltimore. But he’ll certainly be hoping for the same result the former Buckeye signal caller had back in November 2001. read more

Zidane doesnt want to be like Guardiola

first_imgZinedine Zidane was relieved that his side made it through the Champions League quarterfinals and he insisted that the referee’s job isn’t always easy and he doesn’t want to argue with them just as Pep Guardiola did.Pep Guardiola was sent to the stands in his side’s home game against Liverpool and Zinedine Zidane insisted that he doesn’t want to be like the Spaniard in this case and will prefer to “keep his mouth shut” sometimes.The former France international spoke about his opinion on this problem as he said, according to Sport Witness:Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“You just have to shut up sometimes. I had moments where I could have argued with referees, but I didn’t do it. What Guardiola has to say doesn’t interest me because we went through and won the Champions League.”“A referee’s job is hard. Sometimes it goes in your favour, other times against.”“It was a penalty, and, in the end, we went through.”last_img read more

Courtois names his dream World Cup final opponents

first_imgBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is dreaming of reaching the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in two weeks time against SpainThe Chelsea number one spent three successful seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and won La Liga in 2014 as well as being named the Spanish league’s goalkeeper of the year in 2013.Courtois has been strongly linked with a return to Madrid this summer with Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid after previously confessing that his “heart” is in the Spanish capital where his children currently live at.The 26-year-old has started in all of three of Belgium’s games at the World Cup and will be expected to line up in goal once more as the Red Devils prepare to face Japan in Monday’s Round of 16 tie.Speaking ahead to the encounter, Courtois revealed his dream opponents at the final would be Spain.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Of course, it’s a dream to play a World Cup final, especially to play against Spain because I know a lot of people there. It’s a nice final,” he told Goal.“I think Spain played good football against Portugal, even though they conceded three goals. Same against Iran, so … oh no, it was against Morocco!“I think they play well but they also concede goals.”Courtois’ dream final will have some tricky obstacles with Belgium set to face either five-winners Brazil or Mexico in the quarter-final if they progress against Japan.last_img read more

Man United owners have no plans to sell amid Saudi interest

first_imgThe Glazer family have no interest in selling Manchester United or even a stake in it for the near future, amid reports of a £4bn takeover bid from Saudi ArabiaThe Sunday Mirror had linked the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is worth £850bn, with a stunning £4bn takeover of United over the weekend and suggested a formal meeting would take place in the next couple of weeks.This came after United’s share price skyrocketed over the past months that saw shares hit an all-time high on the New York Stock Exchange of $27.65 with Forbes valuing the club at around £3.2bn.This comes 13 years after the Glazer family completed their £790m takeover at Old Trafford, which left United heavily in debt afterwards.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But the Guardian reports that United owners Joel and Avram Glazer have started no discussions nor do they have any real interest in selling the club.Had the Glazer family sold their shares of the 20-time English champions then they could have left with a massive profit of £2.2bn.United already have business interests in Saudi Arabia due to their partnership with the telecommunications firm Saudi Telecom.last_img read more

PM Minnis Urges Disaster Managers to Develop New Mindsets and Protocols in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 6, 2017 – Nassau – The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season ended November 30 as the seventh most active season covering 166 years.   The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes, including six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) and was also the most active season since 2005.   The statistics are based on the Accumulated Cyclone Energy index, which measures the combined intensity and duration of the storms during the season and is used to classify the strength of the entire 2017 hurricane season.   And it could get worse going forward.Addressing the Opening Session of the week-long 10th Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Conference currently underway in New Providence, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said various climate models suggest that damage from natural disasters have increased sharply.  Such damage, the Prime Minister said, is likely to worsen, especially from flooding.   The underlying culprit — climate change as a result of global warming.“The National Wildlife Foundation in the United States notes:  ‘The latest science connecting hurricanes and global warming suggests more is yet to come,’” Prime Minister Minnis said.“Professor Kerry Emmanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology notes: ‘Global warming is tangibly increasing hurricane risks around the world.’“Tropical Storms,” Prime Minister Minnis continued, “are likely to bring higher wind speeds, more precipitation, and bigger storm surge in the coming decades.”Prime Minister Minnis said Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as The Bahamas and other low-lying, coastal countries of the Caribbean and the Pacific region, are at great risk of climate change.“We must develop new mindsets and protocols in this era of Super Storms,” Dr. Minnis told conference delegates, many of them from the Caribbean and Pacific regions in addition to their international counterparts.“We are constantly reminded that the countries in our region are located in one of the most hurricane prone areas in the world.   The risks we face threaten our fragile economies, and demand that we have in place, sound, disaster risk management systems.“We must continue to build disaster resilient communities through partnerships for resilience.   As a region, we must continue to press through CARICOM, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), the United Nations and in other international fora for the promised assistance from Developed countries to help countries in our region to mitigate the effects of climate change, overwhelmingly caused by Developed countries.”Prime Minister Minnis said as a low-lying, coastal state, The Bahamas has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and its byproducts.“Our NEMA team has met with the CDEMA Coordinating Unit to discuss the Country Work Programme and its alignment with national goals identified in the regional CDM Strategy.“Our priorities are mapping of vulnerable areas and community preparedness. We are building capacity in our Family islands and working to bring communities to a point where they can respond as quickly as possible in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, including logistical capacity.”By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis addresses the Opening Ceremony of the 10th Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Conference underway at Melia Nassau Beach resort.  The Conference is being held under the theme, “The Road to Resilience Checkpoint 2017: Building Resilience through Partnerships.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Galaxy Fold was rushed Samsungs next move matters most

first_img 36 Photos Android Update TCL’s DragonHinge lets phones bend and fold Mobile Tablets Phones Foldable Phones The key to making phones stronger is bendable glass, which won’t be ready for a few years. CNET got an exclusive look at Corning’s bendable glass, which, even if fragile, is still expected to offer a degree of protection over the Galaxy Fold and Mate X’s plastic screens.Observers were mostly concerned about the “ugly” crease you see when you unbend a foldable phone into its full-screen mode, and if this could lead to wear and tear over hundreds of thousands of bends. The crease either appears as a ridge or a valley depending on if the larger screen unfolds on the inside or outside of the device. For example, the Galaxy Fold opens like a book to reveal an interior 7.3-inch display, where the Mate X’s 8-inch screen acts more like the book cover that wraps around the outside of the frame.A plastic screen prone to scratches on its softer surface was another issue, especially for outward-bending models like the Mate X, where more of the delicate screen is exposed. 60 Photos The future of foldable phones is murky even now. Angela Lang/CNET Note: Samsung has announced it will relaunch the Galaxy Fold in September.Even before Samsung’s mobile chief, DJ Koh, admitted that he “pushed [the Fold] through before it was ready”, massive delays to the first major foldable phone slammed the brakes on what was once billed as nothing short of a phone revolution. In the 67 days since the Galaxy Fold was initially slated to sell on April 26, Samsung’s admission (some may say it stops short of a full apology) adds heft to fears that the foldable phones, which are part phone, part tablet, are more gimmick than revelatory gadget. What happens next is crucial to Samsung’s foldable future, and could help or hurt the chances of unreleased foldable devices from other brands.Foldable phones have been heralded as the next big thing because of their ability to double the device’s display size with a large, bendable screen. They also aim to shake up design at a time when phone sales have waned amid lackluster upgrades. Samsung (and Huawei) wanted their Galaxy Fold (and Mate X) to prove how exciting and successful a foldable phone could be. But after the screens on some reviewers’ test phones kept breaking (ours didn’t), Samsung delayed the Fold. With only a mea culpa from Koh and not a whisper of a new release window for the Galaxy Fold, there’s no telling if Samsung will be able to recapture the energy it inspired at the Galaxy Fold’s flashy launch Feb. 20. Anyone who cares about the fate of foldable phones is suspended in Galaxy Fold limbo.”I do admit I missed something on the foldable phone, but we are in the process of recovery,” Koh told The Independent during an interview in Seoul.For its part, Samsung might well be shifting gears to announce the Galaxy Note 10 at its next Unpacked launch event in New York on Aug. 7. Perhaps we’ll hear more about the Galaxy Fold then. 10:12 0 Mate X foldable phone: Here’s what it’s really like to use null Share your voice In the Galaxy Fold’s case, where Gorilla Glass protects the interior screen when the phone is closed, I still noticed indentations and scratches on the plastic cover material after just seven days. Some of the Fold’s issues arose because reviewers peeled off a protective layer that wasn’t intended to come off, which made the phone immediately stop working. Samsung has reportedly fixed these problems but hasn’t shared when it plans to put the Galaxy Fold on sale.What about the US ban against Huawei?Some have wondered if the US government’s move to blacklist Huawei from its US partners plays a role in the Mate X’s launch date. For example, Huawei has been cut off from any US-based business supplying software (e.g. Android), components and even consulting services across all of Huawei’s businesses.Although the ban received a temporary reprieve that allows Huawei to support current products, followed by a further easing of restrictions, it’s uncertain if the Mate X will be able to access every component and scrap of software it needs to compete against the Galaxy Fold. The Mate X was announced before President Trump signed the executive order against Huawei, but has never received a firm release date. If Huawei needs Google’s support for foldable phones and Android apps to sell the Mate X outside of China, that could certainly influence its decision to wait. The Wall Street Journal reported that sourcing parts wasn’t an issue, according to Huawei SVP Vincent Peng, but that Huawei and Google are still discussing the license over Android apps.Android Q supports foldable phones. Google Don’t give up on foldable phones yetIt’s too soon to declare foldable phones dead. Samsung and Huawei still plan to launch an improved Galaxy Fold and the Mate X, respectively, and Google declared support for foldable designs in May at its annual Google I/O conference for developers. That means app makers are already optimizing their software to work on foldable phones.While off to a sputtering start, these companies have invested millions into foldable designs. It’s a gamble that they’re counting on to pay off in the long run.Other phone brands also have foldable plans. Apple, LG, TCL and Oppo have either filed patent applications for foldable designs or announced that they’re already at work. Rumors are ripe for a foldable Moto Razr comeback design that will modernize the beloved flip phone. Google Huawei Samsung Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Samsung isn’t the only brand allegedly wrapped up in foldable phone delays. Huawei is said to have delayed its own foldable Mate X to “improve” the screen, the Wall Street Journal reported, though there’s some question over whether Huawei slated the Mate X for “June” or for “summer”, which officially ends September 21, in the northern hemisphere.Samsung and Huawei are currently the world’s largest and second-largest phone brands, respectively. All eyes are on them. Cancel sales and other phone-makers could also scuttle their plans in the hopes of dodging poor sales and public ridicule. Launch the phones late, but without issue, and careful rivals may be encouraged to introduce foldable phones, too. How well these devices do when they come into buyers’ hands may decide whether foldable phone designs ultimately fail or succeed. Samsung and Huawei declined to comment on this story.huawei-mate-x-hands-on-mwc-2019-19The Mate X’s screen bends outward, which means the plastic display covers the exterior of the phone frame. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Plastic is a problem, but bendable glass is years awayFrom the very beginning, phone-watchers remarked that the Galaxy Fold and Mate X’s foldable plastic screens could be their very undoing. Because who wants to spend $2,000 or more on a scratch-prone phone?Right now, foldable phone have to use a bendable flexible plastic screen, which make them especially vulnerable to nicks and gouges, pressure damage and bulges formed by debris tunneling under the display. Samsung’s screen issues don’t come as a total surprise. The brands only showed off their foldable phones briefly, unlike virtually every other models that see much more time in reviewers’ hands before the final review unit appears. We used the Mate X for about five minutes in March and first touched the Galaxy Fold moments before we received our review unit in April. The phone-makers’ elusive attitude was a strong tip-off that the foldable devices weren’t ready for prime time. Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 20 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Tags Apple often waits years after a category is established — think smartphone or smartwatch — before coming in with a fully polished product. The very first foldable phone models were always going to be niche, beta-style devices for bleeding-edge adopters, models that reveal the strengths and weaknesses of a brand-new design ethos that their makers could then fine-tune down the line. Samsung and Huawei aimed to score the first points and force rivals to follow suit. But if competitors are learning any lesson, it’s to slow down and get their foldable designs right. Hopefully Samsung and Huawei are taking note, too.Posted June 15 at 5 a.m. PT. Update, June 16, June 18, June 19 at 7:15 a.m. PT.Update, July 2, 2019 at 3:30 a.m. PT: Added news of DJ Koh’s statement about his role in rushing the Galaxy Fold.last_img read more