Month: September 2020

Vodacom’s Digital Society efforts bear fruit

Digital technologies have changed the way people live, work and interact.

Currently, South Africa has embarked on a digitalisation journey which aims to see the country harness the power of emerging digital technologies to propel economic growth and empower its people.

To reap the full benefits of digitilisation requires building a truly digital society through connectivity and accessibility that will allow for the transformation of millions of lives in the country.

A study by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) found that expanding mobile broadband penetration by just 10% in Africa would equate to an increase of 2.5% in GDP per capita.

Creating a digital society is one of Vodacom’s three key purpose pillars with the objective of connecting people to a better future by bridging the digital divide across all our markets.

To demonstrate commitment, Vodacom articulated its purpose to improve the next 100 million lives and halve their

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Facebook to reject political ads prematurely claiming U.S. election victory

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will not accept political ads that seek to claim victory before the results of the 2020 U.S. election are declared, a company spokesman tweeted on Wednesday.

The move expands the company’s plans, announced earlier this month, to stop accepting new political ads in the week before the election. At the time, Facebook said political advertisers could resume creating new ads after Election Day.

Democrats have warned of a “red mirage” on election night, citing expected delays in counting a record number of mail-in ballots this year, and raised concerns that President Donald Trump could use Facebook to convince people he had won.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has articulated similar concerns about confusion likely to follow the election if results are not immediately clear.

In his announcement last month, he said Facebook was planning to append

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Lawyer Investigating Voice Of America Has Active Protective Order Against Him : NPR

Investigating the journalism produced by Voice of America is one of the tasks lawyer Sam Dewey has taken on since joining the broadcaster’s parent agency, the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

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Investigating the journalism produced by Voice of America is one of the tasks lawyer Sam Dewey has taken on since joining the broadcaster’s parent agency, the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

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The CEO appointed by President Trump to lead the federal agency that oversees the Voice of America and other U.S.-funded international broadcasters has made strict protocols for scrutinizing job candidates a hallmark of his brief tenure there. CEO Michael Pack suspended a slew of senior executives at the U.S. Agency for Global Media and stopped routinely renewing visas for foreign employees over hiring protocols, claiming the executives’ lapses threatened national security.

In June, Pack hired a lawyer with

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Analysing the Draft UN Treaty on business and human rights

Multinational enterprises (MNEs) are active in some of the most dynamic sectors of national economies with the capacity to assert a positive influence in fostering development. Some of those enterprises make real efforts to achieve international standards by improving working conditions and raising local standards of living conditions. 

Some MNEs, however, do not respect international human rights standards and can thus be implicated for abuses such as employing child labourers, discriminating against certain groups of employees, failing to provide safe and healthy as well as just and favourable conditions of work.

The international community is trying to enforce more rigorous scrutiny of MNEs’ negative impact on human rights and on the environment. The United Nations initiated a study and the report came out in 2008 entitled “Protect, Respect and Remedy: A Framework for Business and Human Rights”. The study proposed a Framework based on three pillars: (a) the obligation of

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House approves spending bill, sends it to Senate


The U.S. has reached 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Now experts are looking ahead, and the forecast for the fall and winter isn’t good.


WASHINGTON – The House approved a government spending bill Tuesday in hopes of averting a government shutdown that would rock the country in eight days in the midst of a global pandemic.

The bill extends current government funding levels and would punt negotiations over a number of hot-button issues until Dec. 11 – a month after the election. The legislation saw some last-minute changes with billions for farmers and pandemic food assistance programs for families, additions that allowed the bill to pass with bipartisan support in a 359-57 vote, with a majority of Republicans voting with Democrats. One lawmaker, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., voted present. 

It will now go to the Senate for approval, then, if approved, will head to the White House

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NYC Is Requiring Landlords Set Aside Apartments For Voucher Tenants Under New Approach To Enforcing Human Rights Law

For months, Elizabeth Elohim was living in a shelter with her daughter as she struggled to secure a permanent apartment with a Section 8 housing voucher. Getting the federally funded voucher alone took long enough, in part because she only became eligible once she lived in a shelter. She “hit the ground running” to find an apartment—but quickly realized it was nearly impossible to get a landlord or realtor to accept the voucher, a guaranteed source of payment for rent each month to help low-income families foot the bill.

“As soon as I mentioned that I had a Section 8 voucher, it would become an issue,” Elohim, a mother of a teenager in upper Manhattan who works as an aide to people with developmental disabilities. “I mean, it would be literally so rude to the point where as soon as I mentioned the Section 8 [voucher], sometimes I wouldn’t even

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House overwhelmingly passes bipartisan spending deal to avert government shutdown

The deal was negotiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a chaotic series of events over the past several days. Talks abruptly collapsed late Friday just as a deal appeared within reach, and Pelosi released a partisan bill on Monday that was swiftly rejected by Republicans. But on Tuesday morning, Pelosi and Mnuchin resumed negotiations, and Pelosi announced late Tuesday that they had reached a deal.

The sticking point was demands from the Trump administration and Republicans — along with a handful of largely farm-state House Democrats — for an infusion of money into a farm bailout program that Trump has used to repay farmers hurt by his trade policies. In exchange for agreeing to the bailout money, Pelosi secured about $8 billion for a variety of nutrition programs, including for schoolchildren affected by the coronavirus pandemic — a significantly larger sum than had

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Scioto Society well on way towards fundraising goals, no fall production, says producer


CHILLICOTHE – The Scioto Society has raised $90,000 of its $100,000 fundraising goal.

The Scioto Society puts on Tecumseh! every year among other shows. Tecumseh was cancelled for the 2020 season after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. 

In June, the Scioto Society launched the Bundle of Twigs campaign, with the goal of raising $100,000 by December.

The name of the fundraiser draws from a quote from Tecumseh — “A single twig is easily broken, but a bundle of twigs is strong.”

To kick start the fundraiser, the Scioto Society offered a limited edition poster designed by Jarrod Depugh of Metropolis Design Studios here in Chillicothe, as reported on by the Gazette in June. 

The poster features Tecumseh’s famous quote, and also featured a red foil ink in Tecumseh’s hair ribbon, as a nod to the original Tecumseh logo painted by celebrated local artist Alan Gough. 

“One of the

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Eyes of political world focused on historic Massachusetts Senate race

The eyes of the political world are focused on Massachusetts Tuesday, watching the Democratic primary for Senate between incumbent Sen. Ed Markey and challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy.Kennedy handed out fist bumps to supporters and took photos with voters in Dorchester. He’s hoping voters will agree with him that Massachusetts needs a change.“I think we can be better. I think we can be bigger. I think we can be bolder, but I don’t think you’re going to do that with the same folks that have gotten us to this point — the same leadership for the past 50 years,” Kennedy said.“In my perspective, voters don’t have to choose. They can have experience and change in one candidate,” Markey said.Markey is hoping to ride a recent surge in the polls to victory and is not taking pre-election day momentum for granted.“This race is not over. This Game 7. It’s tied 3-3. We … Read More

Lawyer’s courtroom Hail Mary could get Amite football back into playoffs

BATON ROUGE – A lawyer for the Tangipahoa Parish School System will argue the Louisiana High School Athletic Association is unfairly enforcing its rule dealing with fights during football games Friday morning.

This week, the LHSAA banned Amite High School from participating in its playoff game against St. James.  The game is set for Friday night at the Superdome. Amite won its last semifinal game against Bogalusa but is facing a season-ending punishment for a fight that happened during the game a week ago.

Following a touchdown by Amite last Friday, football players gathered on the field in what was reported as a “bench-clearing brawl.” The LHSAA did not find out about the altercation until Sunday and announced Amite could not participate in the playoffs.

But, the lawyer representing the school system believes the fight was exaggerated and said Amite High School players never struck opposing players. Chris Moody will

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