The South African Government is doing its bit to curb the prevalence of child pornography on the internet with the launch of a website that encourages tip-offs from the public. (Image:Film and Publications Board)Tamara O’Reilly Despite the complexities of policing internet child pornography, the national Department of Home Affairs has taken a stand to protect minors from exposure to inappropriate material. This comes in the form of a recently launched website that will enable the public to anonymously report on other sites that publish sexual images of minors.Said to be the first of its kind on the continent, the website (www.fpbprochild.org.za) is an initiative of the Film and Publication Board (FPB), an organisation established by parliament to regulate the distribution of media and to protecting children from exposure to inappropriate material.Once a report is submitted via the website the FPB team is alerted to it. The case is assessed by an internet content analyst who then forwards it to law enforcement agencies for further investigation.While the website is dependent on adults reporting the occurrence of child pornography, it is child users of the internet whom the site aims to protect.“There is no doubt that the internet is an abundantly useful tool, but it also has its dark side,” says Iyaver Chetty, acting CEO of the FPB. “The increase in child pornography globally is astounding and while we are not attempting to control the internet, what we are doing is increasing our vigilance of what our children are exposed to on the internet. Our silence is a betrayal of our children so the more we do to prevent children from being exposed either as victims or viewers, the better it is for our society.”Iyaver says more than 2.5-billion emails containing pornographic material of some kind are distributed each day. The trade rakes in more than $24-billion (R173-billion) every year and is the fastest growing business on the internet. It is estimated that more than one million child pornography images exist online.Easy access to pornographyAccording to World Internet Stats, there are 1.5-billion internet users in the world. While this is the preferred medium for the distribution of pornographic material, increased availability of internet-enabled cellular phones and phones that can take and transfer images has also contributed to a rise in the creation and distribution of child pornography.A 2008 FPB report on internet usage and the exposure of pornography to learners in South African schools compiled by the FPB indicated that 67% of those surveyed had seen a pornographic film. About 84% of boys compared to 54% of girls have watched at least one pornographic film.When it came to the internet, 64% indicated they had been exposed to pornographic images online. Of that amount, 70% said they came across such material accidentally. For those who had cellular phones, 81% reported knowledge of pornographic images on their friends’ phones.What the law saysUnder South African Law, the failure to report knowledge or suspicion of the commission of any child pornography is a criminal offence. It is also an offence to expose children to pornography, as well as to fail to take reasonable steps to ensure that children do not have access to potentially harmful material.The creation, production, distribution, possession, advocacy, advertising or promotion of child pornography a criminal offence and the maximum prison sentence for any person convicted of any child pornography offence is 10 years. While this may be seen as a light sentence, South Africa joins only four other countries in the world – Australia, Belgium, France and the US – in having laws comprehensive enough to prosecute this crime.Although the country’s laws relating to possessing and creating child pornography are more sophisticated than most, Iyaver says the lack of resources and inferior knowledge of the impact of the crime by investigators, prosecutors and the judiciary hampers convictions.Iyaver says there is enough evidence to prove that a fair percentage of those who watch child pornography are likely to sexually abuse children. One such case that made headlines worldwide was the murder of Holly Jones in Toronto, US. The 10-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped and dismembered by Michael Brier who, during his trial, admitted that he watched child porn on the internet before carrying out the crime.In South Africa, few cases have been prosecuted, but that’s not to say that there is a lower prevalence or less creation of child pornography. “Just because we don’t have many convictions, it does not mean that South Africans are less inclined towards child pornography. Because the internet is so widely accessible, if there are 1 000 websites containing child pornography, it’s a global figure and a global problem and not something confined to one demographic.”Do you have any comment or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] linksFilm and Publication BoardHome Affairs Department South Africa South African Police Services
19 June 2012 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and South African platinum producers, including leaders from the Mining Industry Growth and Development Task Team (MIGDETT), met in Pretoria on Monday to thrash out the challenges facing the industry. According to the department, the minister and industry representatives held a “frank and open” discussion. “As a result of the meeting, all parties agreed on a process to address current challenges facing the platinum sector, with a view to putting in place a short-term and medium- to long-term plan for the sector,” the department said in a statement. The department will convene a task team that will lead the effort and its first meeting will be held shortly, with very tight time-frames to report back to the broader MIGDETT principals’ meeting, which will be convened by the minister soon. The government and industry representatives agreed to engage on ideas to enrich the work of the task team. MIGDETT has been mandated to come up with ways of making South Africa’s mining industry more competitive and sustainable, and to identify the negative perceptions that investor circles worldwide have about the country’s mining industry. Source: BuaNews
Botulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1401:14 The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, on Thursday confirmed avian botulism — a neuro-muscular illness caused by a toxin which is produced by a bacterial strain — as the reason for mass mortality of birds, including migratory species from Northern Asia, at Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.The laboratory tests conducted on the samples of carcasses collected from the lake confirmed the disease infecting the birds, the probability of which was earlier stated by veterinarians in the State. The illness, caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, affected the nervous system of birds, leading to flaccid paralysis in their legs and wings and neck touching the ground.More than 18,000 carcasses of birds have been removed from the lake and its catchment area so far, raising concern among environmentalists and ornithologists. The scientists at IVRI found the samples infested with maggots of third stage with a clear indication that the avian mortality had occurred over a period of time.Animal Husbandry Minister Lal Chand Kataria said the IVRI report had approved the regimen of treatment adopted for birds recovered from the lake’s shores. “The rescue centres established near the lake have treated 735 birds, of which 368 are alive and 36 have been released to their natural habitat,” he said.Located 80 km south-west of Jaipur, Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland saline water body and has been designated as a wetland of international importance, attracting thousands of migratory birds during winter.Avian flu ruled outA Bhopal-based laboratory had earlier ruled out avian flu as the cause of deaths of birds after examining the viscera. The post-mortem of two bird carcasses by a Bikaner-based research organisation had concluded that bacterium Clostridium botulinum had entered from the soil into the meat of some dead birds.
Bengaluru, Jul 27 (PTI) In a much awaited decision, the Sports Ministry has granted formal recognition to Basketball Federation of India, according to the secretary general of the BFI. Earlier this month, the Indian Olympic Association has granted affiliation to the BFI faction led by K Govindaraj, which was recognised by the world governing body (Fiba). This Govindaraj-led faction has been granted recognition by the Sports Ministry. “This recognition has been granted as the BFI has fulfilled all the conditions laid down by the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011 for grant of recognition as a National Sports Federation (NSF),” the BFI said in a release. “Ever since the election of Govindaraj, Chander Mukhi Sharma and V Raghothaman as president, secretary general and treasurer respectively, of the BFI in March 2015, Indian basketball has grown from strength to strength. “Indian teams have participated in 16 prestigious international competitions across various age groups in both the men and women sections. BFI has hosted two South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championships and important FIBA gatherings such as the FIBA Asia Central Board Meeting and the FIBA New Competitions System Workshop. The BFI has also been successfully conducting regular National Championships and various FIBA Coaching Certification courses. “The BFI has also been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting prestigious FIBA competitions this year, starting with the FIBA Womens Asia Cup 2017 which is already underway in Bengaluru,” the release said. Speaking about the ministry decision, Chander Mukhi Sharma said, “This positive step is in recognition of the continued service to the game under the leadership and guidance of our President Shri K Govindaraj. Im thankful to all the stakeholders who have stood by us and supported us in the last two and a half years. We will take the game to new heights.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisement
TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bielsa insists he wants Arsenal striker Nketiah’s Leeds loan to be successfulby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa insists he wants Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell from Arsenal to be a success.Nketiah was loaned out to Elland Road this summer in search of more regular playing time to continue his development. But despite scoring four times in nine appearances in all competitions, the 20-year-old is yet to start a Championship game, with Bielsa sticking by Patrick Bamford.”For me it is very important that Eddie has a good spell at Leeds,” Bielsa said.”If Nketiah doesn’t do well here in Leeds, the responsibility is going to be mine. That will be fair because Nketiah is a player full of results and as coach, I have to know how to manage all this skill to improve the team.”The person who most wants Nketiah to have success at Leeds is me, but also I value Bamford, I value him a lot.”
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)We’re less than two hours from Miami’s adidas uniform release party at Club Liv in Miami Beach. It looks like those in attendance are dressed for the occasion, including Miami’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis. Sebastian is donning a suit for the occasion.Sebastian The Ibis is ready for the Adidas jersey reveal party at Club Liv pic.twitter.com/I2MLM6wnK1— CaneSport (@CaneSport) July 18, 2015Looking sharp, Sebastian. Check back later tonight for the full scoop on Miami’s uniform reveal.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)It’s been documented in the past that Alabama head coach Nick Saban occasionally uses chewing tobacco. Today, on SportsCenter, college football fans got a look at his favorite brand. In an interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith, Saban had a pouch of “Red Man” next to his seat belt. It didn’t go unnoticed.Never thought of Saban as a Red Man guy pic.twitter.com/m2KwlSBhIX— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) November 4, 2015ESPN camera in Nick Saban’s car catches a pouch of Red Man. He’s just like the rest of us; he has a vice! pic.twitter.com/B5QC2xbJQV— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) November 4, 2015For what it’s worth, it doesn’t really line up with Saban’s no-nonsense personality. But as Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News notes, we all have our vices.
shaq lawson clemson dalvin cook florida stateAfter losing superstars like Stephone Anthony, Vic Beasley, and Grady Jarrett from last year’s top Clemson defense, many expected a big slide for the Tigers on that side of the field. After finishing first nationally in total defense in 2014, Clemson repeated in the top 10, currently ranking seventh in that category. A big reason: defensive end Shaq Lawson, who has 55 total tackles, an eye-popping 22.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks on the year. After the upcoming College Football Playoff, though, he will be off to the pros. [email protected] DE Shaq Lawson: “I’m going to declare for the draft, “It’s time. I’m ready for the next level. I will always miss Clemson”— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 9, 2015At 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, Lawson should be a pretty exciting prospect for NFL teams after his breakout season. He’ll have a chance to improve his stock on the sport’s biggest stage on New Year’s Eve.