Fiorentina keen to take Liverpool forward back to Serie A

first_img Fabio Borini Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is still in fashion in Italy, despite being out of favour at Anfield, with Fiorentina considering making an offer.The forward was of interest to both Inter and AC Milan in the summer but they – as well as Premier League sides Sunderland and QPR – failed to land the forward.Now, however, Serie A side Fiorentina are considering a January move for the 23-year-old, who has started just one Premier League match all season.The former Chelsea and Roma man is failing to usurp Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling and Rickie Lambert for a place in the Liverpool attack under manager Brendan Rodgers – but he is still highly thought of in his native Italy.Sunderland maintain an interest in Borini, who they had on loan last season, but the player does not seem keen on a return to the Stadium of Light. 1last_img read more

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When reality bites, should producers intervene?

first_imgPerhaps more than any other program on television now, “Intervention” highlights the sticky situations that reality-show producers can find themselves in as they document unpredictable and unstable subjects or situations. In recent years, producers and networks have increasingly pushed the boundaries of television voyeurism in search of another ratings hit. At times, this has proved problematic for television networks. There have been several lawsuits related to shows like “Big Brother” and more recently, CBS found itself facing accusations that it had created dangerous working conditions for children in its reality program “Kid Nation,” in which children aged 8 to 15 toiled in the New Mexico desert to build a working society on their own. In the case of reality-TV documentary shows like “Intervention” and the various incarnations of “The Real World” and “Road Rules” on MTV, producers can be witnesses to crimes, raising the question of when they are obligated to step out from behind the camera and intervene. Sometimes the crimes they film are relatively minor, like underage drinking or fisticuffs. But in other cases, like on “Intervention” and VH1’s “Breaking Bonaduce,” in which the star, the former child actor Danny Bonaduce, got behind the wheel after he had been drinking and bragged how a car crash would make great television, the program’s subjects can put themselves and innocent bystanders at great risk. And legally, producers are treated like witnesses: They bear no responsibility to intervene. “The law in the United States doesn’t require you to step in and save people,” said David Sternbach, counsel for litigation and intellectual property matters for A&E Television Networks. “And it doesn’t require you to stop a crime that’s in the works.” Often, of course, they have good business reasons not to: People on the edge make for good television. “Intervention” is one of A&E’s top shows. This year it has drawn up to 2 million viewers on its best nights. The premiere of “Kid Nation” attracted 9.1 million viewers but slipped the next week to 7.6 million. The first season of “Breaking Bonaduce” helped VH1 increase its prime-time ratings in 2005, though they faded in the second season. And a wide following for “Cops,” Fox’s police ride-along reality show, has kept it on the air since 1989. A&E said “Intervention” has never been sued. And legal experts said that making a case against it or other documentary programs like it would be difficult because the subjects were being filmed in their own homes, engaging in activities that they would be pursuing regardless of whether a camera crew was there. “This is their life with me or without me,” said Sam Mettler, “Intervention’s” creator and executive producer. The program takes other steps, like requiring potential subjects to undergo psychological evaluations and keeping a family member of the addict on call 24 hours a day during filming, to avoid being negligent. To make a case for negligence, legal experts said, the accusing party would need to prove that the reality program created a situation that put its subjects in jeopardy. A “Big Brother” cast member sued CBS, for example, in 2002 after another cast member with a criminal record held a knife to her throat. CBS settled the case for an undisclosed amount. When the sister of a woman who appeared on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” committed suicide in 2004, the contestant sued the network for wrongful death and other charges. The contestant, who was competing to win free plastic surgery but lost, claimed that her sister had felt so guilty about mocking her appearance on the program that she killed herself. ABC settled the case for an undisclosed amount last year. But if a subject on a show like “Intervention” or Fox’s “Cops” series were to injure someone while engaging in illegal activity, a case for negligence would be more difficult to make, because producers are merely observing. “Television producers are not policemen,” said Michael J. O’Connor, whose firm White O’Connor Curry in Los Angeles, has represented reality shows such as “Survivor” and “America’s Next Top Model.” He added: “On a moral level, you get to the point where stepping in seems like it would be something you’d want to do. But from a legal standpoint, third parties causing injuries to other third parties is not something a television program is really responsible for.” Being absolved of legal responsibility for his documentary subjects, however, does not make shooting the program any easier. “I’ve had children of alcoholic parents there watching their mother in a drunken stupor, watching their mother pass out, watching their mother throw up,” Mettler said. “Those innocent children as casualties of their mother’s addiction was just emotionally heart-wrenching. The trauma of that is horrible, just horrible.” “Intervention,” which ends each episode with an actual intervention, has arrangements with substance-abuse rehabilitation centers across the country that provide free in-patient treatment for addicts on the program. “Morally and ethically, none of us can feel good watching someone hurt themselves or hurt someone else. And I’m not going to stand by and have someone who is drunk get behind the wheel of a car and kill someone,” Mettler said. Mettler himself has had to step out from behind the camera on a number of episodes to prevent someone from driving drunk. In one case, he followed a crack addict named Tim through a swamp. Tim had crawled into a drainage pipe and threatened suicide, so Mettler had to talk him out. And in another episode, Mettler’s field producers called paramedics after an alcoholic they were filming overdosed on the sedative trazodone. Laney, a wealthy divorced woman who drank half a gallon of rum a day and traveled long distances in limousines because she did not like putting her cat on commercial jets, swallowed the pills while the cameras were off. She told producers what she had done after they saw her chugging a bottle of juice to wash the pills down. “Our first position is that this is a documentary series; we are there capturing real people in their real lives,” said Robert Sharenow, A&E’s senior vice president for nonfiction and alternative programming. “If there was an immediate danger, that was sort of our line. If the person was putting themselves or anyone else in immediate danger, then we’d cross the line.” He added: “It’s a very, very delicate balance.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On a recent episode of “Intervention,” A&E’s documentary series about addiction, no one was stopping Pam, an alcoholic, from driving. As she made her way to the front door – stopping first at the refrigerator to take a swig of vodka for the road – viewers could hear a producer for the show speak up. “You have had a lot to drink,” the voice from off camera said. “Do you want one of us to drive?” Pam was indignant. “No, I can drive. I can drive,” she mumbled. She then got into her car, managed a three-point turn out of the parking lot and drove off. The camera crew followed, filming her as she tried to keep her turquoise Pontiac Sunfire between the lines. last_img read more

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Things To Do

first_img Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Bowl-A-Thon will benefit Pleasantview Industries, noon-8 p.m. Saturday at Valencia Lanes, 23700 W. Lyons Ave., Valencia. Call (661) 296-6700. Star Party will feature telescopes set up for public viewing of the night sky, dusk-11:30 p.m. Saturday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Campfire program, 6-7 p.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Sierra Club hike to Sierra Pelona Ridge, 9 a.m. Sunday at the San Fernando rideshare, Newhall. Call Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568 or Melinda Arredondo at (661) 298-9024. Waterfall hike, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Afternoon at the Horse Races will benefit the Santa Clarita Emblem Club Scholarship Fund, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $15. Call (818) 368-7777. Shrove Tuesday celebration will feature a pancake dinner and carnival, 6 p.m. Tuesday in Fellowship Hall at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Dinner: $3.50. Call (661) 297-3783. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hart District Shakespeare festival and competition, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. today at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-0033. Winter musical, “Wagon Wheels West,” 7 p.m. today and Thursday at Placerita Junior High, 25015 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $7. Call (661) 259-1551. SCV Jaycees Jazz Night will benefit Habitat for Humanity, 7 today at Java ‘N’ Jazz, 24300 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $20. Call (661) 287-4500. “The Winter Blues” jazz concert will feature the Golden Valley Jazz Ensemble and guest artists, 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the small gym at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $25, includes dinner and concert. Call (661) 298-8140. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Sweetheart Dance to the music of Caravan, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Tickets: $5 at the door. Call (661) 259-9444. Faith & Film will feature six thought-provoking short films followed by a question-and-answer session, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hart auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Suggested donation: $10. Call (661) 259-1129. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Mark Eddie and friends will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $15, or $25.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. last_img read more

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A house for help and hope

first_imgLITTLEROCK – A Roman Catholic order of nuns and community activists are turning a 24-bedroom former facility for mentally retarded persons into a home for young unwed mothers, targeting teens who have left Los Angeles County’s foster-care system. A rambling single-story home, St. Joseph’s Manor has space for up to 24 mothers and 68 children, who would stay two years while the women finish their high school education, get job training and save money from their welfare payments. “We need something for the single mothers with children,” said Sister Maria Clotilde, a member of the Augustinian Recollect teaching order. “When they turn 18 they have to go somewhere. Some of them go into homelessness or prison because they don’t know what to do.” Approved by Los Angeles County planners in March, the home has been cleaned, painted and furnished with the help of volunteers and donations – but it lacks the operational cash to open. The largest category of homeless people in the United States are former foster youth, she said. “Thirty percent become homeless in the first six months after they leave foster care,” Nations said. Vasquez and Sister Maria said the home has had tremendous support from local residents and organizations, including St. Mary’s in Palmdale, Sacred Heart in Lancaster and Living Stone Cathedral of Worship in Littlerock, since refurbishment started in February. Some 75 people from Edwards Air Force Base worked hours Saturday cleaning and repairing. Organizations, families and individuals have “adopted” bedrooms, which they decorated with murals and colorful quilts and curtains. Furnished with a single bed for the mother and a crib or small bed or bunk beds for her children, the rooms have names like “Comfort,” “Hope,” and “Joyful Dreams.” The home also contains a commercial-style kitchen, a homework room and a reading room with shelves of books. The Augustine Recollect sisters had been in Lancaster three years running homes for elderly and mentally ill people, and in 2004 opened a child-care center in Littlerock, across the street from St. Joseph’s Manor. St. Joseph’s residents will not be required to participate in religious services, Vasquez said. “This is not a pray-to-eat place,” she said. HOW TO HELP St. Joseph’s Manor will raise money through a thrift “presale” beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at the home, 9030 E. Ave. Q-12, and the main thrift sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the home. Medical equipment and supplies, clothing, appliances, furniture, electronics items, craft items, toys and household goods will be sold. The Sept. 9 sale will include a hot dog lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. for $3 and a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. for $5. St. Joseph’s will also be one of the beneficiaries of the Sept. 23 rubber-duck race at Palmdale’s DryTown water park. Entry fee is $5 a duck. Organizers hope to put 10,000 ducks on the park’s “lazy river.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.In the process of forming a nonprofit corporation, St. Joseph’s supporters have applied for a Los Angeles County grant to operate the home, are organizing fundraisers and are seeking individuals to pledge regular contributions. “If we had money to open we could do it tomorrow,” Sister Maria said. Expected to cost about $1.4 million a year to run, the home is intended to teach young mothers age 18 to 27 parenting, money management and job skills, aimed at keeping them and their children off welfare. “Something has to be done to end the generational cycle of poverty,” said Linda Vasquez, special projects administrator for United Desert Charities, who is “on loan” from the organization to work for St. Joseph’s Manor. In the Antelope Valley, about 60 or 70 18-year-olds leave the foster care system annually, of whom 10 or 15 are young women with children of their own, said Virginia Nations, Los Angeles County Children and Family Services transitional resource coordinator for foster youth in the Antelope Valley. last_img read more

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PFA chief provides update on Bolton and Bury amid doubts over clubs’ futures

first_img 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ A consortium are allegedly close to completing their takeover of Bolton, who were placed in administration by Ken Anderson The Professional Footballers’ Association have been working with Bury and Bolton to ensure they survive as football clubs, the union’s chief executive Gordon Taylor has confirmed to talkSPORT.It was announced by the English Football League on Monday that the Shakers’ opening game of the season, against MK Dons, has been suspended as the club could not provide the necessary assurances they would be able to start the 2019/20 campaign.Steve Dale, Bury’s owner, agreed a Company Voluntary Agreement to reduce the club’s debts earlier this month, meaning they begin the League One season with a 12-point deduction, and a further deduction could occur due to their inability to fulfil a fixture. FAREWELL The PFA have been working with both Bury and Bolton to assist players who have gone unpaid for months LATEST targets Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions REVEALED Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ “We’ve got our players, many of whom have left the club and are owed wages for five months, and many who are at the club, and basically it’s about whether we think it’s a glass that’s half full or half empty.“As we’ve got the season coming we’ve showed some faith and working with the League and the Premier League and the individuals concerned we are doing our best to get it over the line. There was a board meeting at the League yesterday that approved it so at the moment it is fingers crossed.”On the Shakers, whose plight appears worse than Bolton’s at this moment in time, Taylor added: “We are trying to work with Bury but we need a lot more information.“We’ve already loaned a considerable amount of money to the club and it’s not the debt that Bolton have got but it is still significant enough for [Bury] not to be accepted by the League.“That is another club we are working with at the moment to try and get that sorted.” What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas deals New job EFL Statement: Bolton Wanderers FC and Bury FC.https://t.co/JoUdo1uxoE#EFL pic.twitter.com/mdDH98Ksaq— EFL (@EFL) July 29, 2019The EFL on the same day had to make a decision over whether to allow Bolton’s first match of the season to go ahead following their relegation from the Championship, and it was confirmed Wanderers provided enough proof to assure the governing body they would be able to take on Wycombe on Saturday.The Trotters remain in administration, though the Football Ventures consortium are close to completing their takeover with the Bolton News reporting they will loan money from the PFA to settle with the club’s creditors.And Taylor, who told talkSPORT earlier this month the PFA have been loaning money to Bolton’s unpaid players, joined Jim White on Tuesday to provide an update on both Wanderers and Bury amid doubts over both clubs’ futures.“It’s not been an easy time,” Taylor said of Bolton. “They’ve been in administration since May and they are struggling to get things over the line.“We’ve got the season coming and there have been a lot of efforts made by the new consortium. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP center_img latest Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested “The EFL has thrived with the breakaway of the Premier League. In the early 1990s there was a feeling the Football League would contract, and we should be very proud in this country that we’ve got more full time clubs than anywhere else in the world.“We’ve got Financial Fair Play now and there has never before been more money coming into the game from the media and consequently sponsors, but with some of the ownership the due diligence needs to be done a lot more closely with greater scrutiny, to show they’ve got the wherewithal and plans for the club – plans which are football plans.” Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January TROPHY OFF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Asked if Bury, who were founded 134 years ago, will survive, Taylor replied: “I hope so.“Football has a tremendous capacity that when things look very bad to get out of it. I was just reminded when Manchester City won the FA Cup this year that we were looking at previous record scores in the final and it was Bury Football Club at the beginning of the 20th century.“We are a long time on from that, but they do have a legacy and it’s one they’ve created. They’ve got a good history, and I hope that legacy and feeling for the game in the north west can help it survive.”Taylor joined Jim White on talkSPORT the same day as Roland Duchatelet, the much-maligned Charlton owner, who opined the EFL is not fit for purpose given the struggles numerous clubs have gone through over recent years.The PFA chief executive could not agree with this claim, however – though he did suggest more intense checks must be made before prospective buyers are allowed to take control of EFL clubs.“That is a difficult thing to say [that the EFL is not fit for purpose],” finished Taylor. 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

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New Dons ‘ready to step in for sidelined Adam Rooney’

first_imgTony Docherty says Aberdeen’s summer recruits are ready to step in for the sidelined Adam Rooney during Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol.The Dons head to Cyprus with a slender 2-1 lead in the tie after prevailing in last week’s third qualifying round first leg at Pittodrie.They are missing chief marksman Rooney, however, after the Irishman – who also missed last week’s clash – failed a fitness test.Docherty remains confident Aberdeen have the firepower to progress having completed summer moves for Ryan Christie, Greg Stewart and Gary Mackay-Steven. Derek McInnes’ assistant said: “We hoped Adam would be fit and gave him every chance to do that. We had him out this morning but he’s just fallen short.“It’s nothing serious and he’ll be back in contention for Sunday’s match. He just won’t make this one. But we’re equipped with a squad that can go over there and in his absence get the job done.”He added: “Coping without your top goalscorer from any team is a big loss. But we have a squad this year that has people ready to come in and take his place.“We carry a threat at the top end of the pitch, we have midfielders that can weigh in with goals, while we’re also a goal threat from set plays. “We would love Adam to be here but we’re confident we’ve got the players to get the job done.”This is Derek McInnes’ fourth consecutive Europa League campaign in the Dons hot seat.On his three previous attempts, the Dons have tumbled out at this stage, with Spanish outfit Real Sociedad, Kazakh side FC Kairat and Maribor of Slovenia their conquerors.Docherty hopes lessons learned from those defeats will lead to a different outcome this time around“Hopefully that is a motivating factor,” he said. “It wasn’t a nice flight back from Maribor last year, particularly with the way we got put out.“So we will use that to motivate the boys. We will make sure we’re coming back on a happier plane looking forward to the next tie.”last_img read more

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Food in Space! What You Can Eat in Galaxy’s Edge

first_imgShare This!© DisneyWhen you’re smuggling droids across the universe, you’re bound to work up a mighty appetite. And just our luck, there will be a restaurant to feed us when we’re hiding out in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Black Spire Outpost on Batuu. (Side note: Personal high-five for me because I just spelled Batuu correctly for the first time without having to look it up. Wooot!)The Black Spire Outpost restaurant is called Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. They specialize in “farm to table” style whole foods, influenced by ancient cooking traditions. And good news! You’ll be able to mobile order your meals here so you won’t have to lose valuable minutes away from your time devoted to overthrowing the Rebellion.© DisneyOfferings include:EntréesSmoked Kaadu Ribs – sticky pork ribs served with a blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slawFried Endorian Tip-yip – crispy chicken served with roasted vegetable potato mash and herb gravyYobshrimp Noodle Salad – chilled shrimp served with marinated noodles and vegetablesRoasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad – marinated chicken served with mixed greens, roasted seasonal vegetables, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, and green curry ranchFelucian Garden Spread (lunch only) – plant-based “kefta” served with herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish, and pitaBraised Shaak Roast (dinner only) – beef pot roast served with cavatelli pasta, wilted kale, and mushroomsIthorian Garden Loaf (dinner only) – plant-based “meatloaf” served with roasted vegetable potato mash, seasonal vegetables, and mushroom sauceKids’ Meals (which include choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani Water)Yobshrimp Noodle Salad (Disney Check) – chilled shrimp served with noodles, vegetables, and sweet orange dressingA Taste of Takodana (Disney Check) – black bean hummus served with edible soil with nuts, chilled dipping vegetables, and multi-grain crispsFried Endorian Tip-yip – crispy chicken served with macaroni & cheese and seasonal vegetables(For an explanation of the “Disney Check,” see our WDW kids’ quick service FAQ.)© DisneyDessertsOi-oi Puff – raspberry cream puff with passion fruit mousseBatuu-bon – chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and coffee custardBeveragesThere are drinks aplenty in all areas of Batuu (spelled it right again!). I’m revved up for some Moof Juice.Do you have your first order planned already? Are you wondering what language “yobshrimp” is in? Are you old enough that the word “Endorian” evokes not only the Ewok’s home planet, but also matriarch Endora on “Bewitched”? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Academics unpack xenophobia

first_imgDelegates attending the conference. The call for xenophobia to endhas spread across the continent. Professor Gqola giving her address.Khanyi Magubane The outbreak of xenophobic violence across the country has prompted academics in South Africa to bring their minds together to try and get to the bottom of the social ills at the root of the violence.On 28 May 2008, the University of Witwatersrand’s faculty of humanities hosted a colloquium entitled “Violence and Xenophobia in Johannesburg: Critical responses today”. The aim of the colloquium was to discuss the underlying causes, contexts and consequences of the attacks on foreigners in South Africa.Dean of the faculty, Professor Tawana Kupe, says it was critical to host the gathering in a bid to offer intellectual leadership on the matter. “The situation demands that we as academics use our scholarship and expertise to engage in the search for short- and long-term solutions to these issues.”“This forum provided an opportunity for scholars from Wits University to offer a range of critical perspectives on these events,” said Professor Shireen Hassim, the deputy dean of research at the faculty of humanities. “Our aim was to stimulate reflection, debate and activism in the academic community and amongst members of the broader public.”A media perspectiveJournalists who have been covering the violence also attended the discussion to give an eyewitness account of the uprisings. Alex Aliseev, a journalist from the Star newspaper, spoke of how he witnessed the helplessness and trauma experienced by foreigners as they were forced out of their homes. Many of the immigrants were then forced to find temporary shelter at police stations.A visibly distressed Aliseev recalled journalists having to put their personal feelings aside to write the story and take the photographs, which have moved not only the entire country, but the world too.Professor Anton Harber, of the university’s school of journalism and media studies, analysed media coverage of the violence. He noted that in some publications, like the Daily Sun, the term “aliens” was constantly used to refer to foreigners.Harber also noted that when the violence first erupted the paper failed to use the story as its front page lead until several days later when there had been deaths and high-profile figures had been to visit the hotspots.He said the story angles taken by the Daily Sun gave the impression that the violence had been a long time coming and that foreigners had been a nuisance among the poor as they were all battling for the same resources.In stark contrast, the Star had almost from the beginning of the violence given priority to the victims of the story, and less attention to the attackers. The term “mob” was also used frequently in their coverage of the story, referring to groups of South Africans who carried out the attacks on the foreigners.Harber noted that even though the almost philanthropic coverage of the violence by the Star might have made the public feel better about themselves, the public also had to reflect on which one was really giving the true picture of our society.The scholars’ point of viewSeveral academics then took to the floor to give different perspectives on the cause, effect and possible solutions to the violence.Devan Pillay, associate professor at the university’s department of sociology, came out strongly against what he termed the culture of entitlement that some South Africans tended to adhere to. He said this contributed to the sentiments that foreigners were “stealing our jobs and our women”.Pillay said that poverty does not cause uprisings, but deprivation does. In addition, what is happening in South Africa is not really unique – it happens in societies where expectations are not met. This then gives rise to misdirected frustrations and politicians seemingly indifferent to the plight of the poor.Stephen Gelb, visiting professor of economics at Wits, echoed Pillay’s sentiments and spoke of economic inequality and its social consequences. He raised the pertinent point that inequality and poverty cannot be treated with the same medicine. Quoting a few statistics, Gelb gave a startling picture of the disparity between the rich and the poor in South Africa.According to his figures, the top 10% of earners in the country account for 51% of the country’s entire income, while the bottom 10% account for only 0.2%. While poverty can be addressed by means of job creation and offering social grants to assist those living below the bread line, this does not address the frustrations of the poor who still remain at the bottom of the ladder.Gelb says inequality can be addressed by empowering people with education, skills, land and houses, as asset ownership gives people opportunities to live a better life.Other scholars gave a legal perspective, asking whether our constitution ever made allowance for such a social catastrophe, while others brought the “elite” to order saying that they cannot absolve themselves from the crisis as the unbalanced distribution of power also contributes to the frustration of the poor.Feminist writer Professor Pumla Gqola, from the school of literature and language studies, said that the current spate of attacks is a culmination of xenophobic violence that has been taking place on a smaller scale in the country, without much resolution.She cited last year’s attacks on Somali nationals in Cape Town which, despite good media coverage, did not prompt government to come out strongly and condemn the attacks. She further noted that the “incomprehensible shock” reaction of South Africans is typical of the way that society distances itself from the plight of the victims.Gqola also noted that the attacks seemed to be divided along racial lines as immigrants of other races were not subject to the same treatment as those living in townships. It seemed, Gqola said, that South Africa had found its “throwaway people” in foreigners.She described throwaway people as those who are easy to violate. The immigrants are easy victims as they fall outside the protection of South African law and could easily be victimised. This, she said, raised questions about whether the country was kinder to immigrants that are well off, in stark contrast to those who are living in poverty.Tightening border controlOne of the most critical issues to the current xenophobic violence is the relative ease with which foreigners are able to gain access to the country. To this end, professor of anthropology, David Coplan, painted a picture of the “South African identity for sale” in his discussion entitled “Crossing borders”.According to Coplan, a lack of tight control at our borders and corrupt home affairs officials makes it easy for immigrants to enter the country without the proper documentation or using fraudulent documents. This has led to South Africa using millions of rands each year to deport illegal immigrants, many of whom eventually return to the country.The solution, says Coplan, is for government to start applying vigilant measures at our borders. One of the ways in which this can happen is to use improved IT solutions on the officials’ computer system. Whenever a foreigner arrives at the border, upon his or her passport number being entered into the computer, a history page detailing the number of entries into the country should show up. If a person has been deported previously this should aslo appear on the system, as well as any criminal offences. If a person is coming into the country on a work/study permit this should also be reflected.Coplan says that currently the government does not have the proper management of border controls and once the infrastructure has been established it might start alleviating the escalating problem of illegal immigrants finding themselves unprotected as they have neither the proper refugee status nor a permit to work or study in the country.Solutions mentioned at the colloquium included government taking responsibility for the outbreak of violence by providing the displaced immigrants with all the help they need. The government was also urged to educate South Africans on migration and learning how to co-exist in peace with nationals from other countries.Useful linksUnited for AfricaWits University Faculty of HumanitiesSouth African Human Rights CommissionCentre for the Study of Violence and ReconciliationSouth African Institute for Race Relations Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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first_imgTags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… josh catone 1 Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The MarketWatch financial news web site is getting a fresh coat of web 2.0 paint today with the official beta release of the MarketWatch Community. The community site adds commenting, tagging, and rating to every article offered by MarketWatch. The site also ties in standard social network features, such as bios, avatars, and friends lists.The community features will be rolled out to the MarketWatch at large site conservatively via a sidebar widget. The widget will allow any member of the community site to rate, tag, or comment on articles throughout the site. Other new features will only be available via the dedicated community area. One of the most intriguing new features is the stock picking game, which was actually launched last March as MarketPerception. Users are awarded points based on the success of their picks, and data on the top 10 pickers, the most picked stocks, and the stocks with the most bullish and bearish predictions will be available to site visitors.The social networking features of MarketWatch are basic, but solid. Befriending someone lets you keep track of their activity stream on the site — picks, comments, recommendations (article ratings), all of which can also be subscribed to via RSS. It would be nice if CBS allowed users to communicate with each other more directly to do things like discuss investment strategies or debate the latest Wall Street news. Check out a standard MarketWatch profile here.So far, the new community features are paying off in terms of upping user engagement with the site, according to MarketWatch. In early tests, 47% of users made a stock pick, while 21% commented on stories. A quick scan of the site this morning reveals that most top stories have at least a handful of comments. “In beta we’ve experienced increases in user loyalty, satisfaction and length of visits,” said Jim Bernard, general manager of MarketWatch.Adding social features is the en vogue thing to do at mainstream news properties this year. MarketWatch is the latest on a growing list of mainstream news web sites that have added features like commenting, rating, or friending in the past 8 months. It will be interesting to see if these sites can build a cohesive community around their content and increase readership and advertising dollars, which is of course the ultimate goal. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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first_imgAs part of our launch of the all new 2010 Intel Core vPro processor family, Microsoft Vice-President Brad Anderson talked about how “vPro enables us to do things inside of System Center that in the past required the help desk to actually visit a desktop … [including] remotely troubleshooting PCs even when the Operating System has not been booted.”  To see a demonstration of how Intel vPro technology with System Center Config Mgr 2007 helps reduce time-consuming desk-side visits, watch the demonstration below from Jeff Wattlaufer of Microsoft’s Systems Center Product Group:last_img

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