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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern condemn Donald Trump’s racist remarks

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Jacinda Ardern has revolted against Donald trump recent verbal attack on four congresswomen. In the progression of tweets, the US president told four congresswomen to leave this place and go back from where they belong. Three congresswomen are
'Jacinda Ardern has revolted against Donaldtrump recent verbal attack on four congresswomen. In the progression of tweets,the US president told four congresswomen toleave this place and go back from where they belong. Three congresswomen are Ayanna Pressley,Rashida Talib, Ilhan Omar, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Three of the four ladies were born in the US. Trump told them toreturn and help fix the completely broken place from which they come. Trump said in his tweet: “So interesting to see DemocratCongresswomen, who initially originated from nations whose legislatures are afinished and a complete disaster.” So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly…… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019 PM of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern hascondemned trump remarks. She said that she ispleased New Zealand has opposite views. She also impressed with thesignificance of representative parliament. She said thatgenerally I don’t get involved in other individual government businesses but I completelydisagree with these viewpoints. She said that weare happy we have different views we don’t judge anyone on the basis of theirrace or anyone origin. Otherworld leadersremain silent about this racism is shown by Donald Trump including Australia’s PM.New Zealand PM shows the significance of implementation diversity and condemningdiscrimination. US representative Ocasio-Corteztweeted: “Advising congresswomen to leave this place and return to their nationis hallmark language of a white supremacist. On Tuesday PresidentTrump said that those tweets were not racist and I don’t have a racist bone inmy body. Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019'

Fun ways to give back this Mandela Day

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Each year Mandela Day comes around to remind us of the legacy left behind by the legend who brought our country together and cared about every South African equally no matter their circumstances, and to celebrate his life by volunteering to help out
'Each year Mandela Day comes around to remind us of the legacy left behind by the legend who brought our country together and cared about every South African equally no matter their circumstances, and to celebrate his life by volunteering to help out in our community in some way.If you’re thinking of ways to honour this altruistic tradition of spending at least 67 minutes giving back, we have a few suggestions that are not only charitable but also fun and unique. 1.Make EcoBricks Adidas will be bringing their staff, athletes and friends of the brand together to spend their Mandela Day making EcoBricks in service of the Ecobrock Exchange company and the local community for 67 minutes.This is also in recognition of Plastic-Free July.The Ecobricks made will be used to build sports field benches and support local primary schools in need of infrastructure.An EcoBrick is made by filling a two-litre plastic bottle with compressed soft plastic waste (it needs to have been cleaned and dried). Each EcoBrick contains the equivalent of one black bag filled with uncompressed soft plastic waste!All locals are welcome to join in the fun on Mandela Day and try their hand at making some sustainable EcoBricks.Date: Thursday July 18 2019 Venue: adidas Head Office, Fir Street, Black River Park, Observatory, Cape Town Time:   Session 1 –    9am-10.07am, Session 2 – 10.30am-11.37am 2.Do Cat Yoga Book your space for a stretching and strengthening class alongside friendly felines at The Lucky Lucy Foundation.You can do so by putting a donation towards the foundation in aid of the beautiful rescue cats onsite; your space is booked with your proof of donation.The yoga sessions are hosted by the Flowing Nomads School of Yoga and the absolutely amazing yoga instructor Stacey Veronica Clifton, who will be guiding attendees through gentle flow sequences.Bring a loved one along or just come through on your own and make some purrfect furry friends; either way, you’re sure to feel the love at these classes.The Lucky Lucy Foundation currently has 328 cats in their care.Every donation helps them make sure the cats receive the best care possible, so while you’re enjoying yourself you will also be helping the foundation raise much-needed funds for precious rescue kitties.Bookings can be made and confirmed by emailing your proof of payment to cattery@luckylucy.org.Donations can be made to: The Lucky Lucy Foundation Standard Bank Account nr : 410514039 Branch Code 023910, Cape Gate Swift Code SBZAZAJJ Ref: YOGA/YOUR NAME Date: Saturday July 20 2019 Venue: N7 Lucky Lucy Farm Portion 17 Farm No. 28 Klipvlei Malmesbury, Western Cape Time: 10.30am 3.Cycle against crime Well-known local cycling club the Pedal Power Association (PPA) will be hosting an exciting event this Mandela Day.Cyclists can take to their bikes along with other like-minded cyclists and ride together to take a stand against crime.PPA organised this event to shine a light on the spate of bike hijackings and robberies on Cape Town’s roads and cycle paths – especially the cycle path running from the West Coast to Cape Town as well as routes out to Kommetjie and around Stellenbosch – and the issue of the general lack of safety cyclists experience.The ride will start at 11.30am from the Green Point Urban Park parking area and will follow the various cycle paths along Somerset Road to Adderley Street and Government Avenue to the Houses of Parliament, where a letter stating PPA’s grievances will be delivered to Premier of the Western Cape, Mr Alan Winde, MEC Transport Western Cape  MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela ,Traffic Chief, Mr Kenny Africa, and a representative of the South African Police Force.There will be marshals to assist during the ride but no road closures and all cyclists participating in the memorial ride are expected to obey all traffic rules and wear helmets.Please wear your ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ cycling jersey, should you have one.Date: Thursday July 18 2019 Venue: Green Point Urban Park parking area Time: Starting 11.30am 4.Build a Kennel This year, the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha will be hosting its sixth annual Kennel Building event in honour of Mandela Day.To cater for both the public and work groups, two events will be hosted.A public kennel building day will take place on Saturday July 20 and a corporate kennel building day on Thursday July 18.Both events will take place from form 10am to 2pm at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic.You can arrive any time between opening hours but ensure to give yourself enough time to build.In 2018 thirty-five kennels were constructed.These kennels were made from donated, dismantled wooden pallets.Completed kennels were handed out to community pets in need of shelter.Wood and instruction manuals of how to build a kennel will be provided.Participants need to bring a measuring tape, pencil, hammer and paint brush per person.If participants wish to bring any extra nails, varnish, paint, hand saws or anything to make their kennel pretty it will be welcomed.The cost to participate is R100 per person and space is limited to 120 people per event.Booking is essential.Tickets for the public event can be bought on Quicket at www.qkt.io/kennelbuild2019 and bookings for the corporate event can be made by emailing info@mdzananda.co.za Date: Corporate building day, July 18 and public building day, July 20 2019 Venue: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, 21297 Govan Mbeki Road, Mandela Park, Khayelitsha.Time: 10am to 2pm 5.Serve up some soup This is a big shout out for help and a great way to make a difference!Ladles of Love need people to volunteer to help make over 2 000 litres of wholesome soup for the thousands of homeless and hungry people of Cape Town.How?You simply book a 67-minute time slot and select your task on Quicket, for Thursday July 18.This will raise funds for Ladles of Love feeding initiatives, as you pay R100 to Volunteer and miraculously they feed 50 people a meal each.The harsh winter impacts on the homeless in the most hideous way and Ladles of Love, a local NPO, is doing an incredible job of serving thousands of hungry people meals every week.Locals looking to donate clothes can also do so at  Doppio Zero on St Georges Mall.By volunteering for the Ladles of Love’s project, Mandela Day and Beyond, you not only feed and clothe people in need, but you assist in sustainability of feeding homeless people and school children, all year round.Date: ThursdayJuly 18 2019 Venue: Pier Place Square, Foreshore Time: Choose your here.Pictures: Facebook . The post Fun ways to give back this Mandela Day appeared first on CapeTown ETC .'

Lagarde set for October confirmation as next ECB president

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Christine Lagarde is set to be confirmed in October as the next president of the European Central Bank, after the region’s finance ministers formally signed off on the agreement reached by governments last week.
'Christine Lagarde is set to be confirmed in October as the next president of the European Central Bank, after the region’s finance ministers formally signed off on the agreement reached by governments last week.'

This Is How South Africans Save, With Gen-Z Leading The Pack

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July marks National Savings Month and, according to a survey conducted by Budget Insurance, Generation Z (18 to 24 years old) are the most serious about savings.GenZ is the group of people born after the Millennials who are entering their early
'July marks National Savings Month and, according to a survey conducted by Budget Insurance, Generation Z (18 to 24 years old) are the most serious about savings.GenZ is the group of people born after the Millennials who are entering their early adult years and starting their young careers.One of the key differences in financial habits between these two generations is, Millennials tend to focus on having experiences whereas GenZ is interested in saving money, according to the  World Economic Forum . “The research indicates that while saving is important for most South Africans, having a disposable income plays a big role in the consistency of their saving habits.  49% said they save, but usually end up spending their savings, 43% only save when they want to buy something ‘big’ and 42% of the participants said that they used to save but can no longer afford to do so,” says Susan Steward from Budget Insurance.Those who are saving do so through a monthly deposit and most South Africans prefer burial societies, at 96%. This is closely followed by investment policies with financial institutions at 91% and then stokvels or rotating savings clubs at 88%. To assist with saving money, the majority of South Africans create a monthly budget and tend to stick to it, especially those earning R10 000 or more. “Of those earning R10 000 or more, 41% said they ensure their finances are well managed but agree that increases in food prices are the biggest threat to their budgets, followed by unexpected expenses and fuel costs.To counter this, 51% say they are saving for a rainy day or emergencies and many would sacrifice their luxuries, such as eating out, going on holidays or purchasing new clothes, in order to save,” notes Steward.According to Gerald Mwandiambira, acting CEO of the South African Savings Institute (SASI):  “Saving when you’re already under financial pressure can often seem like an impossible task.That said, it’s vital to ensure your stability and happiness.Saving is not necessarily dependent on income but rather, on willpower and discipline.” Budget Insurance and the SASI offers the following advice for saving money: The first step is to draw up a budget.List your fixed expenditures and other monthly deductions and then tally these up against your income.If your expenses are more than your income, then you need to begin planning how you are going to reduce them.If you do have some money left over every month but believe you should be saving more, draw up a budget to stick to and gain control of your expenditure.Some areas are easier to trim down on so concentrate on them first.Remember, even the smallest adjustments can make a meaningful difference over the long term.Once you have trimmed-down your expenses, you can start channelling the extra money you have into paying off your debt faster, starting with those with the highest interest rates first.Make sure your budget has a goal, whether it’s to pay off your credit card debt or save money for a family holiday.Working towards a goal provides direction, makes it more fun and, delivers a sense of accomplishment when the goal is finally achieved.Be realistic.If you set too lofty a goal and reaching it means deprivation on all fronts, the likelihood of you sticking to your budget is minimal.Be honest about your debt obligations and your expenses so that you have a clear and realistic picture of your financial situation.Communicate this with everyone in the family so that they understand the limitations within which they must live.This will also prevent any feelings of resentment when they are refused money for something they want to do or buy.Deliver on your promises and offer rewards.If the goal was to save enough money to go on a holiday, then you must deliver on your promise when that goal is reached.These are some of the possible areas where you can start cutting excess fat from your budget: Cellphone: If you know that you can and should be spending less on your cellphone bill, then consider switching service providers or swap to a package that is more appropriate to your usage requirements.Entertainment: If you are the type of person who enjoys regular nights on the town, consider cutting down the amount of times per month you go out by half or set yourself a limit in terms of what you can actually afford to spend on entertainment and once that is gone, stay at home.Dining out: If it’s become a habit to buy lunch at the corner deli or office canteen every day, think about rather packing a lunch to take to work.Groceries: If you’re popping into a convenience store on your way home from work to buy bits and pieces for dinner, it is costing you more than if you made a proper shopping list and shopped wisely at a supermarket once or twice a month.Bond: Interest rates are on the rise and if your bond instalment has become unmanageable as a result, shop around and see if you can lower your monthly repayments by refinancing your home at a more favourable interest rate.Credit cards: Abusing the credit facility on your credit card is dangerous because it can land you in serious debt.It is also more expensive in the long run because interest charges are usually high.Keep your credit card for emergencies only and make the decision to pay for goods and services with cash or debit card only.Insurance:  By shopping around for the best insurance premium you may be surprised at how much you can save. “Remember that even the smallest adjustments in a number of areas of your budget can add up to significant savings.The small changes and sacrifices you make now will be worth it in the long-run,” says Steward. . The post This Is How South Africans Save, With Gen-Z Leading The Pack appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

Fans watch, celebrate Women’s World Cup victory in Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Though the activity for Women’s World Cup last was in France, individuals pressed out bars and cafés in Spokane to watch the game. Each bar stool and… View Post
'SPOKANE, Wash. – Though the activity for Women’s World Cup last was in France, individuals pressed out bars and cafés in Spokane to watch the game. Each bar stool and stall at the Swinging Doors sports bar held an energized fan, and the room loaded up with cheers or murmurs during each play of the game. Directors at the bar said individuals had reserved a spot for tables beginning at 7 a.m., an hour prior to the game began. A significant number of those at the watch gathering were from Spokane, while others, as Cameron McCallum and his companions, were from the opposite side of the state. McCallum and his companions were visiting Spokane from Seattle for the Fourth of July. He said they stretched out their excursion to ensure they wouldn’t miss the game. McCallum said, “I needed to get up ahead of schedule and pack up the vehicle and drive up here, and it was cool to see such a significant number of energized people around here. The turnout made for a vivacious encounter, with individuals cheering as they ate their suppers. “I didn’t anticipate those numerous individuals (to be) here,” said Troy Warcozha, who was likewise at the watch party. “I was extremely glad to see many individuals here.” When the game clock achieved its last seconds, the watchers commended the US triumph together. “You simply feel better and devoted,” said Matthew Deer love, who watched the game at Swinging entryways with his companions. “Everyone was high-fiving one another and was simply combining, so we’re extremely happy that we got inside a Spokane people group to look at the game.”'

‘Here, I feel free’: Mexico City celebrates role as haven for LGBTQ migrants

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Tens of thousands of people paraded through the streets of Mexico City on Saturday to celebrate the capital’s growing role as a beacon of tolerance for migrants fleeing persecution for their gender and sexuality in Latin America.
'Tens of thousands of people paraded through the streets of Mexico City on Saturday to celebrate the capital’s growing role as a beacon of tolerance for migrants fleeing persecution for their gender and sexuality in Latin America.'

Presto Academy is giving away their study hacks guide for free to celebrate Youth Month

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Presto, a youth-owned business, has an app which provides access to study guides written by the top performing students in South Africa. It's the perfect tool to help students prepare for the September exams.
'To celebrate Youth Day, Presto Books has made its study hacks guide available for free to South African learners. It’s worth R100 and can be downloaded for free via their app, which is available on the Google Play Store. Presto, a youth-based startup, produces a range of study guides for Mathematics, Accounting, Physics, and Biology, which are available via the Presto app now, as well as monthly life skills guides. These study guides have been prepared by top performing South African students. The students involved include a Rhodes Scholar, as well as the learner who came first nationally in 2012. “We believe that this guide can improve the marks for all learners in SA”, says Shivad Singh, the 24-year-old founder and CEO of Presto. In addition, Presto’s life skills guides are R5.99 per month, while their four matric guides – Maths, Accounting, Physics, and Chemistry – are only R9.99 per month. A worthwhile investment to help prepare for the September exams. To get your free Study Hacks guide, search for “Presto books” in your mobile app store or follow this link . Once you have installed the app, simply click on the Study Hacks book to get the free book for yourself or your child. In conversation: Shivad Singh We had the opportunity to discuss how technology and study aids can help improve the quality of education outcomes for South African learners and what areas learners should be focusing on with the final exams looming. Cheryl Kahla: The Study guide space in South Africa has been relatively static for years. A trip to the local book shop will reveal that a lot of the same companies are doing the same things they’ve been doing since I was in school. With the demands on students and changing teaching methods, how can we disrupt the way we support education in schools? Shivad Singh: The aim would be to provide more computer labs or tablet devices, packed with engaging content through videos, gamification, and text. There should be personalised learning journeys, where students are able to access information on the subjects that they understand and need more time working on. Ultimately, students need to master each concept before they move onto the next and this will be done through adaptive learning. For example, there would be recommended videos to correct mistakes in the previous session. With the right software and devices, good teachers can then spend more 1-on-1 time with students. Furthermore, the correct software and devices will help learners with inadequate teachers or inadequate teaching time, which is sadly the reality today in South Africa. Your new product is focused on distilling study and subject advice down into guides for learners. Do you think that schools put enough emphasis on the skill of studying material? How can your guides assist learners who feel like they’re working really hard but aren’t getting the results they think their hard work deserves? When I was in school, I don’t remember being taught how to study effectively. Schools need to put more emphasis on study skills, as these skills are transferable to all of the learner’s subjects. Once you learn how to study effectively, it is like having a Swiss army knife that can cut different types of materials.  Our study guide is packed with strategies from the top performing students. They show that studying is a skill and ultimately shows you that studying smartly is more effective than studying hard. Some of the things that you will learn in the guide are how to prepare for your exam, productivity tips to cut your time in half, how to actually learn, exam taking strategies and creating laser-like focus. Our other guides are Matric Maths, Accounting, Physics, and Chemistry because those are the guides with the lowest pass rate. The guides are written by learners who received a high 90% or 100% in the subject which they have written. Since it is written by students, we know exactly what the student needs when it comes to what to focus on and watch out for in the exam. The guides are also simple, beautifully designed and full of jokes to make the learning process more engaging.  We also have four life skills guides which are aimed at making the student a more holistic person by teaching them how to decrease stress and living a happier life, creating a success mindset and helping you to find your purpose in life.  One thing I often note is that learners who excel academically tend to excel in extracurricular activities as well. These learners seem to be able to fit inhuman amounts of work in, especially over exam periods, while average students struggle to stick to any kind of study plan. In your opinion, besides mastering the skill of studying, is this down to planning and motivation? Or are they just wired differently to be able to manage their work more effectively? Is it possible for anyone to work the way these high performers do? I believe that everyone has the capacity to be a high performer – if they put in the work. When you look at students who excel academically and in extracurriculars, there may be a mixture of nature (their environment) and nurture (their family) that developed them into this high performer. For example, the school may place a high emphasis on cricket (nature) and the parent may start private cricket coaching (nurture). Furthermore, it’s proven that exercise and doing hobbies leads to better academic scores. Most extracurricular activities involve the two, so I can see why that leads to better academic achievement. These high performers now have the habit from a young age of doing many extracurricular activities while managing their workload. They automatically know how to plan their time well. So, these high performers are wired differently from those who struggle to stick to a study plan. Many people think that we can’t change who we are. However, the latest research proves that we can change our genes and brain cells. A recent discovery is one of neuroplasticity which is the ability to rewire and create new neural circuits at any angle to make substantial changes in the quality of life. Nerve cells that fire together, wire together. So this means we can eliminate the unhealthy habits or the thoughts that we may have inherited or cultivated as a result of our past by rewiring our brain. When you rewire your brain, you rewire who you are. The best way is to create new habits, by starting small. So if you see yourself as a “poor student”, start with one positive study habits and jog for 1 km (Unless you are like me and stop at the 100m mark). South Africa is a country with significant disparities in resources available to schools and learners. How do you see technology helping to close the gap that is created by lack of resources? Technology can solve the problem of limited resources due to its ability to scale. For example, many learners have a phone. They can be taught from a mobile app ( like ours ) and access content at a much cheaper price than printing just one textbook. Our study hacks guide costs R5.99 per month instead of a textbook which can cost over R300. As broadband speeds, data costs and devices decrease in price, it will eventually become cheaper to provide Internet connectivity and world-class content to the classroom. The above will help close the gaps for schools with inadequate teachers and lack of resources. However, the technology will not be the means to solve the education problem. As education researcher Nic Spaull believes that there needs to be a radical prioritisation and focusing on the foundational phase (Grade R-Grade 3). This is because 78% of learners do not learn to read for meaning in any language in the Foundation phase. Spaull explains: “There is now strong evidence that the best way of improving learning outcomes throughout the system is by focusing on basic literacy and numeracy in the first three years of school.” You’ve been working in this space for a while and have a good idea of the struggles a lot of learners will be facing soon. If you had one tip or piece of advice for everyone going into exam rooms in the coming months, what would it be? It’s been scientifically proven that we perform at our best when our mind is calm and relaxed. This can be achieved through multiple strategies such as not studying the day before. My friend, who is a lecturer, and my other co-author of the study hacks book also gave this controversial advice. However, they were both one of the best students in their year so it’s worth taking note of this. Learners can also do deep breathing, meditation, yoga or any form of mindfulness exercise to put you in a calmer state. Finally, I wish all learners all the best for their exams! Shivad Singh, founder and CEO of Presto.'

China’s President Xi to attend G20 summit from June 27-29: Xinhua

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China’s President Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit in Japan next week, state-run Xinhua news agency said on Sunday, giving the first official confirmation of his attendance at a gathering where he is expected to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.
'China’s President Xi Jinping will attend the G20 summit in Japan next week, state-run Xinhua news agency said on Sunday, giving the first official confirmation of his attendance at a gathering where he is expected to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.'