How Does Homebuying Power Stack Up Across Ethnicity?

first_img  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago How Does Homebuying Power Stack Up Across Ethnicity? in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News April 12, 2018 2,168 Views For a new report, Zillow calculated buying power among major ethnic and racial groups to see what percentage of each group could afford a median-priced home on the median salary for their group without spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Homebuyers in 2017 were able to afford nearly three quarters of homes available for sale during the year,  according to Zillow. However, buying power was not uniform across all groups.“Distinct racial and ethnic gaps in homeownership exist nationwide, which could have long-lasting implications for future generations,” said Aaron Terrazas, Senior Economist at Zillow.Asian buyers fared best, able to choose from 85.2 percent of homes. White buyers had the second-greatest buying power, able to afford 77.6 percent of homes for sale. Hispanic homebuyers could afford 64.9 percent of homes available.Black homebuyers had the fewest options, able to afford just 55.3 percent of the homes available for purchase. It’s a disheartening statistic as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.”The divide between black and white Americans has proven stubbornly persistent across the long arc of American history, visible in incomes, accumulated wealth, and homeownership,” Terrazas said. In April, Zillow reported their gap between black and white homeownership has actually widened since 1900, increasing from 27.6 percent to 30.3 percent. This is “despite years of policy efforts,” according to Zillow.This gap is significant because homeownership is an important source of wealth-building in the United States. In fact, Zillow noted “more than half the overall wealth of American households is held in their primary residence.” Furthermore, “Black and Hispanic homeowners rely on their homes for wealth more than white homeowners do,” according to Zillow. When examining market-level data, Zillow found that black homebuyers had less buying power than other major groups in all but three of the largest 35 housing markets in 2017.In the New York/Northern New Jersey, Houston, and Boston markets, black homebuyers had slightly more buying power than Hispanic buyers. In six of the largest 35 markets, black homebuyers could afford less than one-fourth of homes for sale. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and, MReport and She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: African-American buyers asian homebuyers buying power ethnicity Hispanic buyers Homebuyers African-American buyers asian homebuyers buying power ethnicity Hispanic buyers Homebuyers 2018-04-12 Krista Franks Brock Previous: College Students Plagued by ‘Housing Insecurity’ Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on US Bank, Mr. Cooper, and More Related Articles Share Save Home / Daily Dose / How Does Homebuying Power Stack Up Across Ethnicity? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Krista Franks Brocklast_img read more

Pringle says there is no evidence of emigrants returning to Donegal

first_imgA Donegal Deputy has refuted claims from the Tanaiste that people who emigrated during the economic crisis are now returning.Social Protection Minister Joan Burtons comments came as new figures from the Central Statistics Office – showed a further fall in the numbers on the Live Register.The CSO says there were 370 thousand people signing on in September – a drop of four thousand seven hundred – reducing the rate of unemployment to 11 point one per cent.But Deputy Thomas Pringle says there is no evidence of people returning to Donegal….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – October 2, 2014 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Google+center_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pringle says there is no evidence of emigrants returning to Donegal Previous articleMcIlroy named PGA Tour Player of the YearNext articleMc Conalogue calls for reinstatement of rheumatology services in Donegal News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

President Blatter attends Yaounde inauguration

first_imgFIFA President Blatter was in Yaounde, Cameroon on Monday 5 May 2014 in order to attend the inauguration of the CAF Centre of Excellence in the Mbankomo district.The centre is the first of three which is being constructed by CAF and boasts three football pitches as well as volleyball, handball and basketball facilities as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool and gymnasium. The other centres will be located in Addis Ababa and Dakar.The centre, which is expected to provide training facilities referees from across Africa is considered to be a landmark in Cameroon’s footballing history.Having been partially open for the past four years, Mbankomo has already played host to CAF training and development workshops and seminars; served as a base for Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions and hosted a number of top-flight games in the country.FIFA participated in the building of the centre through its Win in Africa with Africa programme, by providing artificial turf for the pitches. When inaugurating the Centre along with CAF President Issa Hayatou, FIFA President Blatter said “this CAF Centre of Excellence in Mbankomo will certainly help boost football development in Africa.”After the ceremony, in which President Blatter was made an honorary citizen of Mbankomo, the FIFA delegation met the Cameroon Head of State, Paul Biya. After the meeting, the FIFA President remarked that both had the same views on “how football is a force for good in society, producing emotions and connecting people.”last_img read more

Region 5 Chairman complains about changes to budget

first_img– says ratified budget document was not properly perusedChairman of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Vickchand Ramphal, has accused his Regional Executive Officer (REO) Ovid Morrison and team of sidetracking him and his Vice Chairman, Rion Peters and presenting the proposed regional budget for 2019 without proper perusal.Region Five RDC Chairman Vickchand RamphalIn a letter addressed to Finance Minister Winston Jordan dated Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Ramphal called for the Minister’s intervention into the matter involving the region’s budget proposal.According to Ramphal, the Regional Democratic Office ratified its 2019 budget proposal at a special meeting held on Monday July 23, 2018, whereby changes were made in the various line items.However, he said it is mandatory that copies of the ratified budget be circulated by the REO to the Office of the Regional Chairman and Regional Vice Chairman for thorough perusal before being presented to the Finance Ministry. However, this did not happen.According to the Regional Chairman, the REO refused to make available copies of these important documents and also failed to inform the Regional Chairman and Regional Vice Chairman of the planned Budget meeting with the Finance Ministry.Ramphal said the formulation of the region’s budget was conducted through a democratic process, whereby consultations were held throughout the region by the RDC, placing the interest of its citizens first.He reminded that it is imperative that the Council through the offices of the Regional Chairman and Regional Vice Chairman be fully engaged in all the budget processes so as to fully represent the interest of the people of Region Five.As such, the Chairman said the Council does not confirm to the presentation made by the Regional Executive Officer and team, since it may not represent the decision of Council nor the needs of the people of Region Five.He therefore called on Minister Jordan to put measures in place to correct this issue.last_img read more

Early Art Confounds Evolutionists

first_imgThe artwork on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France is too good to have been made by early modern humans.  “Chauvet should be removed from assessments of early modern humans in Europe,” said UK archaeologist Robin Dennell.  “Including it leads to a gross distortion of their cognitive abilities.”  Other experts who dated the artwork at 30,000 years – twice the estimated age of the more famous cave art at Lascaux – stand by their dates.  “Chauvet is the best dated rock art site in the world,” said French rock art expert Jean Clottes.  Randall White (New York U) agreed: “There are more dates from Chauvet than from most other caves combined.”  Michael Balter reported on the controversy in the Aug 15 issue of Science.1    The art in Grotte Chauvet was discovered about 10 years ago (07/26/2001, 04/22/2003).  Its charcoal and ochre paintings of horses, bison and rhinos are so good, they surpass in quality the cave paintings estimated at half that age.  Evolutionary anthropologists divide the modern human period in which the first signs of culture appear into the Aurignacian period (beginning 40,000 years BP) down to the Magdalenian period (17,000 to 12,000 years BP).  They expected to find a progression in cognitive ability as reflected in art.  The reverse is true.  “The fundamental importance of Chauvet is to show that the capacity of Homo sapiens to engage in artistic expression did not go through a linear evolution over many thousands of years,” says cave art expert Gilles Tosello of the University of Toulouse (UT), France.  “It was there from the beginning” (cf. 10/04/2001, 12/13/2003).    Because this runs contrary to evolutionary expectations, Dennell and colleague Paul Pettit of the University of Sheffield have found it too hard an empirical pill to swallow.  They mounted a serious challenge to the dating of the art.  They claim that later Magdalenian people could have picked up old charcoal off the floor to make the paintings.  The Chauvet old-date defenders find that idea ridiculous.  They present other arguments against attempts to revise the date, claiming, for instance, that the cave opening was sealed by a landslide well before the Magdalenian period had arrived.    Balter left the controversy at a standoff with Pettit looking like the underdog.  He quoted Margaret Conkey (UC Berkeley) asking, “Chauvet was an expression of the sensibilities, beliefs, and social relations of anatomically modern humans in this part of the world.  What was it about their lives that made imagemaking in caves meaningful?”1.  Michael Balter, “Archaeology: Going Deeper Into the Grotte Chauvet,” Science, 15 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5891, pp. 904-905, DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5891.904.One other interesting detail in the article is that the humans who made the paintings apparently shared the cave with large, dangerous predators: cave bears.  Hundreds of cave bear bones were found in the cave.  Who were the hunters and who were the huntees?  Maybe they took up residence in different seasons.    This article is a humorous look into the dogmatism of certain evolutionists who want to maintain their beliefs in spite of the evidence.  Throw out the evidence, says one; it is leading to a “gross distortion” of the “cognitive abilities” of early man.  Being interpreted, this must mean that what provides an accurate picture of human history is the fact-free tenacity of imagination.    None of this grants an inch to the grossly distorted dating methods of evolutionary anthropologists.  Despite their bluff about calibration, radiocarbon dating is only as “accurate” as its untestable assumptions.  A global event like a Flood (based on written records) would have drastically changed the calibration curve and put all this art well within a Biblical timeframe.  A creationist would expect man’s cognitive abilities to be complete from the beginning, just as revealed by the Chauvet data.    If you don’t buy that, then we ask again (01/19/2001): do you buy the notion that for tens of thousands of years – multiple times the length of all recorded human history – people physically and mentally our equals (or superiors) drew pictures of horses on cave walls, but never figured out one could get a lot more done by hopping on their backs and taking a ride?    For as far back as we have records, men have ridden horseback for travel, hunting and warfare.  Native Americans introduced to horses quickly became expert riders.  They could fire arrows in all directions at a full gallop, bareback, using primitive bridles.  Yet we are expected to believe that the master artisans of Chauvet cave, very familiar with all the mammals in their environment, drawing magnificent steeds to perfection, never thought about that?  How plausible is it that at least 25,000 years passed, brave men hunting all kinds of large animals the whole time, before someone got daring enough to leap onto Old Paint and shout, “ride ’em cowboy!”?  It’s downright aurignacious to imagine such a thing.  Even a Magdalene would think it silly.    Including the Chauvet Cave data does not lead to a gross distortion of early man’s cognitive abilities.  Believing the evolutionary story with its horseless economy leads to a gross distortion of the cognitive abilities of modern Homo gullibilis.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Shweshwe, the denim of South Africa

first_imgDescribed as the denim of South Africa, shweshwe, the pure cotton fabric in multiple patterns and colours produced exclusively in the Eastern Cape province, is worn by women in every cranny of the country.The range of new colours includes pink, turquoise, orange and purple. Traditional blue and brown shweshwe has been popular for decades. (Image: Meerkat Shweshwe, via Facebook)Lucille DavieDescribed as the denim of South Africa, shweshwe, the pure cotton fabric in multiple patterns and colours produced exclusively in the Eastern Cape province, is worn by women in every cranny of the country.It’s been around for 170 years, at first imported, now produced in South Africa, and is as ubiquitous as the braai or barbecue. First worn by German settlers and Xhosa women from the 1840s onwards, besides the trademark blue, brown and red, it is now produced by Da Gama Textiles in a range of colours. The cloth is made into anything from traditional wedding dresses, to stylish designs for out-there women.Johannesburg designer Bongiwe Walaza has made it her personal signature fabric, creating gorgeous designs that dazzle on the catwalk.“I love the prints,” she says. “They inspire me. I like to coordinate the colours. I really love working with it.”It’s something she does with aplomb, combining the patterned fabrics in frills, layers and stylish bodices, in long and short dresses and skirts, usually using up to 10 metres for each outfit.Walaza says she gets her design inspiration from looking through the catalogue of new fabric designs; once she has the fabric in front of her, the ideas flow. She says her background, growing up in the Eastern Cape, where women still wear the fabric as traditional dress, provides her prime inspiration.“When someone gets married, they wear shweshwe; it’s just a home thing. I wanted to make it fashion.”Walaza’s mother was a dressmaker, and she learnt the basics at her elbow while growing up.It’s been around for 170 years, at first imported, now produced in South Africa, and is as ubiquitous as the braai or barbecue. (Image: Reflections of Norfolk Island)From engineering to designShe originally qualified as an electrical engineer, and she still sees this training as useful. She says she lays out her designs, flat, and “draughts a pattern”, with multiple designs for each dress. “I don’t use a mannequin.”Rees Mann, the man behind the rebirth of downtown Joburg’s fashion district, says of her: “She understands the technical aspects of fashion; she constructs garments, like an architect.”Walaza worked for a while as an engineer but when she came to work wearing one of her designs, her colleagues clamoured for her to make them similar dresses. It wasn’t long before she changed careers, and moved to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal to study fashion design. While there, from her first year she picked up awards and nominations, and showcased her designs at the New York Fashion Week in 2001.At her first local Fashion Week show, she used 40% shweshwe, after which Da Gama approached her, offering to sponsor her for a while.Walaza’s father wanted her to be a doctor because she was good at maths and science, but when she started being a successful designer, he said: “I delayed you, you’d be far.”She describes her target market as a woman who is “individualist, a non-conformist”.HistoryThe distinctive fabric, traditionally in indigo blue, brown and red, was introduced into the country in the mid-1800s by German immigrants settling in the Eastern Cape. The fabric was printed in Czechoslovakia and Hungary but in the 1930s production moved to England, with four companies supplying the ever-increasing demand in South Africa, according to the Da Gama website. The most popular brand name was Three Cats, originally only available in blue.Local Xhosa women over time adopted the fabric, making dresses and skirts.It is believed that the name derives from King Moshoeshoe I who was given a gift of printed indigo cloth – his name being adapted to “shweshwe” in time.The manufacture of Indigo Discharge Printed Fabric, as it is called, in South Africa began in 1982 when UK company Tootal invested in Da Gama Textiles. The blue print fabric was produced under the Three Leopards trademark, the local version of Three Cats. At the same time two new colours were introduced – a warm brown, and a vibrant red.In 1992 Da Gama bought the rights to the Three Cats range of designs, and once the copper rollers needed for production were shipped out to the Zwelitsha plant near King William’s Town, it became an exclusively South Africa-manufactured product.The original German print is still faithfully produced, using the traditional method of feeding the fabric through the copper rollers which have patterns etched into them, followed by a weak acid solution washed over the fabric, bleaching the trademark white patterns.“The fabric can easily be identified for its intricate all-over prints and beautiful panels,” says Da Gama.Its distinctive trademark, Three Cats – Three Leopards has been dropped – appears on the back of the fabric. Another distinctive trademark is the stiffness of the new fabric. The stiffness stems from starch applied on the long sea voyage from England to South Africa, used to prevent damp damage, and is still used today. Once washed, the stiffness disappears.It is believed that the name derives from King Moshoeshoe I who was given a gift of printed indigo cloth – his name being adapted to “shweshwe” in time. (Image: Diva Headwraps)The real thingAlthough Chinese manufacturers now produce a rip-off shweshwe fabric, Anwar Vahed, home sewing sales manager at Da Gama, insists that customers can tell the genuine item by the “touch, smell and taste”. He says that people do literally taste the fabric to test its authenticity.Only the indigo fabric, like denim, is made to fade with washing, while the fake fabric fades quickly and doesn’t endure like the original shweshwe, says Vahed.Da Gama produces five million metres of shweshwe a year, says Vahed. Production used to be higher, but with increased competition in the local market, growth has stagnated. He says there is a need to establish new markets. The fabric is exported to neighbouring Lesotho and Botswana, and once the local market has grown, Da Gama wants to expand further north into Africa.Vahed says Da Gama has embarked on a Seamstress Empowerment Programme, to help women start or expand their businesses, while growing Da Gama sales. A pilot programme had 44 women in Zwelitsha participate in a week-long training session in business skills, sales and marketing, and life skills. This is being followed by a three- to six-month mentoring programme, in which seamstresses are monitored and encouraged, shown how to keep records and market their products, open a bank account, and plan their future direction.“The message to every woman was to make just one more dress a week, and grow the brand,” says Vahed. The programme has now moved to Gauteng.Competition has brought Da Gama “to its knees”, says Vahed, but “it has stood the test of time, and been very strong, and very patient”. Factory worker numbers have been reduced from 3 000 to 600, but there has been no compromise on 100% cotton quality. The imported fabric sells at around R25 a metre, half what the local shweshwe sells for, but, says Vahed, “you can’t compare the two”.Shweshwe has durability, and “the market doesn’t want it any different”.To grow the product beyond the traditional market, Da Gama has, in the past six years, brought out funky new colours – pink, orange, purple, and turquoise – to lure the younger woman.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Africa remembers Rwanda genocide, and says ‘never again’

first_imgEarlier this month, the world paid homage to victims of the Rwandan genocide that took place 20 years ago. In Johannesburg, survivors gathered at Ditsong National Museum of Military History to share their stories and try to understand the terror that once shrouded their country. (Image: Rwanda Genocide 20th Anniversary Facebook page)• Ditsong National Museum of Military History +27 010 001 [email protected] Melissa Jane CookTwenty seasons of mourning: this is a day that cannot be forgotten. Pain fills his eyes as he grips the side of the lectern; his mouth is dry as he struggles to get the words out. Emannual Mwezi is reliving his experience of the Rwandan Genocide.At a harrowing event, commemorating the two decades since the 1994 bloodbath, holocaust and genocide survivors sat side by side embracing hope and trying, desperately trying, to understand the conflict, their country torn apart and their lives once ruled by terror. Held at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History, in Johannesburg, on 9 April, Rwandan music, melodiously playing in the background, washed over throngs of people, who gathered to pay tribute to those who had been killed.Yvonne Dusabirane, a survivor, spoke softly in her lilting French accent. “Twenty years ago still feels like last night, when a million Rwandans lost their lives in a hundred days of darkness.” She focused on the future and gently said that we must remember that now was a time not to express hurt, but to give respect to ourselves and continue our own growth. She implored the eyes staring at her, to say never again to genocide, to hope for a better tomorrow. She quoted Martin Luther King, and said: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” Hutu MilitiaAbout 85% of Rwandans are Hutus, but the Tutsi minority has long dominated the country. In 1959, the Hutus overthrew the Tutsi monarchy and tens of thousands of Tutsis fled to neighbouring countries, including Uganda. A group of Tutsi exiles formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which invaded Rwanda in 1990. Fighting continued until a 1993 peace deal was agreed.On the night of 6 April 1994, a plane carrying then president Juvenal Habyarimana, and his Burundian counterpart, Cyprien Ntaryamira – both Hutus – was shot down, killing everyone on board. Hutu extremists blamed the RPF and immediately started a well-organised campaign of slaughter. The RPF said the plane had been shot down by Hutus to provide an excuse for the genocide. Moving forwardTali Nates, the director of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre, was moved to see so many survivors coming together to commemorate this time. She had recently returned from Kigali, the Rwandan capital, where the country was observing and remembering the genocide. She said it was a very emotional time, as she had met survivors. “I was at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of the silence of the international community. He said: ‘We could have done much more, we should have done much more.’ [Ban] said the world had to overcome a lot. There is a truth to the human condition as alarming today as it was then. He asked: ‘Are we doing enough? Look at Syria; are we doing enough?’”Nates quoted African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, also in Kigali, who said: “We owe it to our children and to our children’s children to remember the 300 000 children killed… I am standing in solidarity with all of you tonight; the genocide was a dark time in history.” Nates pointed out that the Hutu extremists worked at three times the speed of the Nazis, slaughtering 800 000 Tutsis to remove them from shared land.Down south, at that time in 1994, citizens in South Africa were overjoyed, celebrating the country’s new democracy while on the other side of the continent machetes and fear reigned. It is a wrenching comparison that cannot be ignored as South Africa marks 20 years of its rainbow nation.Nates is a passionate advocate of human rights. Learning from the past, she feels strongly about creating a better future, one in which such hatred and violence do not exist. “The words ‘never again’ are still not a reality.” Nates said she felt privileged to be working with Rwandans as it was a process of learning together. “The Holocaust and Genocide centre is a place of memory, a place of legacy and a place of education. Education is one of the only answers available to us. We need to become activists, up-standers. We need to honour the strength and resilience of the survivors. Our human spirit can survive the darkest moments,” she said.The Rwandan Genocide, much like the Holocaust was carried out with meticulous organisation. Lists of government opponents were handed out to militias, who proceeded to kill them, along with their entire families. Neighbours killed neighbours and some husbands even killed their Tutsi wives, saying they would be killed if they refused. At the time, identity cards had people’s ethnic group on them, so militias set up roadblocks where Tutsis were slaughtered, often with machetes, which most Rwandans kept around the house. Thousands of Tutsi women were taken away and kept as sex slaves. A lucky TutsiSearching for the strength to relay his story, Mwezi labelled himself a lucky Tutsi. “Twenty years ago I was nine years old. In 1990, my father was burned alive as he was accused of being a collaborator. At this time, my entire life changed.” His eyes were solemn as he remembered 7 April 1994, his mother saying: “This will be hard to survive.” A Hutu neighbour took in Mwezi, his mother and his siblings and hid them in his house. Days later, the cousins of this good neighbour came to visit, and discussed their urgent desire to find the family that had abandoned the home next door. They described the most frightening ways in which the family was to be killed. Mwezi said that sitting there, able to hear what they were saying, was the most scared he had ever been in his life.The neighbourhood was on the prowl, searching for them like predators waiting for a kill; they had to leave the neighbour’s house and disperse. He and his two brothers went to the lake; his mother and sister went in the opposite direction. He said you always knew when they were coming to hunt down Tutsis as you could hear the excitement of their dogs.The three brothers would literally stay in the lake so they would not be found. “It was so cold, freezing, but it was better to have the cold, than be killed. We saw them killing a woman with a machete, we saw them celebrating afterwards. One of them said: ‘Nowhere in the Bible does it say it is bad to kill the Tutsis.’”In Johannesburg, at his retelling, you could have heard a leaf rustle outside, the auditorium was so quiet, captivated by each word Mwezi said. Eating anything they could find to fill their stomachs, the brothers returned to their abandoned house, where they met their mother and sister. His mother said: “Let’s just stay here together and if we get killed, at least we are together.” Fortunately they were the lucky ones.He said: “Many Hutus saved people during this time.” He wanted to tell others survivors that if you could survive machetes, you could be strong and keep your head held high. He concluded by remembering family and friends – his father, sister who was macheted and cut open while pregnant, his grandparents, his uncle, his best friend: “I remember people who don’t have anyone else to remember them.” The audience was still except for a bag opened to retrieve a tissue or a racked heave trying not to burst into tears. We must uniteHE Vincent Karega, the high commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to South Africa, said this event was a demonstration of solidarity. “We must remember, unite and renew. The future generations can’t fall into this trap. We must resolve our differences in Rwanda to move forward in togetherness and nation building… We must shape a common destiny… We need to reposition ourselves as relevant. In April the mood is sombre in Rwanda, there is great trauma, many widows and orphans.” But he stated emphatically: “There are immense challenges but we do see signs of hope.“We must honour the memory of the deceased; it must be a place of never again. It is not yet a normal country; it is time to dig deep into our consciousness, time to know how we stand for our cause. Let’s work together for a common vision. Together we can build a better world for hope.”Two decades ago, Rwanda was a place of violence and in just 100 days, hundreds of thousands of Tutsis were killed. Their lives were taken in hideous ways, simply for being Tutsis or sympathisers. It is important that no matter how difficult the memory is, we need to keep it alive. Human rightsAdvocate Lawrence Mushwana, the chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission spoke of how he went to Rwanda a few years after the genocide. “It was horrifying what happened, but the healing process will succeed.”Concurring with the UN secretary-general, he said: “In 1994, the international community collective failed to help. More should have been done to help; there was ample warning of an impending massacre but nothing was done.”He reiterated that it was important to protect those who suffered persecution and discrimination. “The Rwandan Genocide was a culmination of a long history of issues not dealt with. There is life after genocide and hopefully this will never happen again… South Africa will always help. As leaders in the field of human rights, we will participate for peace.”last_img read more

Visualize Dissent: Turkish Users Protest Censorship Using Google Maps

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#web See the protest in action here. Users around the world are invited to join in and express their support for Turkish Web users and their disapproval of Internet censorship. The goal for the number of protesters is apparently 1 billion; we certainly hope that this goal can be reached and that – more importantly – this seemingly simple stunt will send a strong message to governments that restrict their citizens’ Web access. jolie odell Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Internet users in Turkey have found an interesting visualization to highlight their numbers, connect with one another, air their grievances and hopefully reach their goals using Google Maps and shared documents. A reader wrote to us tonight saying that his fellow citizens have been “struggling with cencorship for several years just like their Chinese counterparts. Prominent websites are banned in Turkey, such as youtube, and google pages mostly because of political reasons.” In protest, many of people are virtually lining the streets using a shared interface, creating what is becoming a fascinating, non-violent and hopefully effective visualization.The “virtual protest walk,” our source said, is being staged to protest Web censorship. “Thousands of Turkish users gathered on virtual Taksim Square of Istanbul to protest censorship. When prostestors achieve the target number, they will walk to Ankara, pixel by pixel, to the parliament house.”The virtual protest uses Google Docs’ “anyone can edit” function. Each protester is able to edit the document and put her or himself on the map. Our source tells us that since the map can be edited by anyone, “it also becomes a social game, with people moving and editing others’ position.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Glass: Our Lives Are Not Reality TV

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Even as many in the geek-o-sphere drool in anticipation for the onset of Google Glass, some technologists are starting to question the very real privacy issues entangled with the use of these wearable computers and cameras.Predictably, the first concerns raised about Google Glass were about the user’s privacy: If I am transmitting all of this data to Google, it is going to know even more about me than ever! Or so the reasoning goes. I have to admit that this has been bugging me, but since I carry around an Android phone already, I’m pretty sure Google pretty much knows whatever it wants to know about me.But then there’s the other half of the privacy problem, which not many in the community have yet voiced: What about the privacy of the people these devices are looking at? Anyone Can Be a TargetBeyond the voyeur problem, I keep coming back to how this technology can be abused – particularly this very scary scenario:Imagine someone builds an app that lets you upload a photo of someone to your Google account and then uses facial-recognition software to process the face of every person you see. Sure, there are benign uses for such a tool, such as helping people remember the names of the people they meet.But what if I was a member of an (alleged!) criminal organization who would love nothing better than to… talk… to the witness that’s going to testify in the trial that might prove my organization has done some pretty bad things. We’re innocent, of course, but it would be nice to… explain things… to this witness, who is currently ensconced in the U.S. Marshall’s Witness Protection program.To find that witness today, I’d have to be incredibly lucky, hack the Marshall’s computer system or bribe (or threaten?) a corrupt law enforcement official. But in a Google Glass world, I could hire private detectives to be on the lookout for my target. Better yet, I could post an ad on Craigslist offering a reward to find “my long-lost cousin/uncle/aunt.” Now I have an entire community of people using facial-recognition software helping me find this person. Heck, you might not have to actively employ Google Glass users. Just periodically run a Google Image search of your target’s photo for “Images Like This.”Now imagine you’re the witness in this scenario.There are lots of times people don’t want to be found – spouses seeking to escape an abusive partner, victims trying to elude stalkers – any one of these types of people could run afoul of these cameras. The technology to do this kind of illicit activity is not quite ready for commercial shelves yet, but the day is soon coming.But the implications are already disturbing: besides embarrassing videos taken in public, you can add tracking by jealous spouses, overprotective parents or insurance companies to the list. If you’re really paranoid, think about government surveillance of legitimate but unpopular activities.Is this all too much? Maybe. But think about this, because as a father, I sure do: With Google Glass, what’s to stop anyone from recording images and audio of children? As a parent, the thought of anyone tracking minors for any reason without parents’ permission (unlike the kids in the image from the official Google video above) is abhorrent and potentially dangerous.The technology itself makes this kind of subtle, continuous recording more likely. Unlike cellphone cameras, Google Glass is always on, always recording, capturing even the quick stuff you can’t anticipate. The upshot? Far fewer safe refuges where you’re not going to be recorded.  Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Anonymous Cameras EverywhereBeing monitored by video cameras is nothing new, of course; it’s a risk we run every day. If I happen to absent-mindedly pick my nose in the seemingly empty frozen food aisle at Mega-Mart, it’s a pretty sure bet that my gross-out was captured on a video somewhere.The advent of Google Glass supercharges the equation, because now the number of cameras increases – perhaps exponentially – and they’ll show up in ever more unexpected places owned by a much wider variety of people and organizations.For now, there’s an implied trust that someone from the store won’t take that nose-picking video and put it on YouTube as part of a “Disgusting Things Journalists Do” montage. Sure, there’s nothing really stopping some bored Mega-Mart employee from scraping that video for whatever purpose. But, should they happen to post said video and I happen to see it, I will likely recognize my surroundings in the video and find someone to sue.Now imagine the same situation, recorded not by the store’s cameras, but by someone wearing a Google Glass or similar device who happened to be standing unnoticed at the end of the aisle. Our voyeur records the incident, posts it on the Web anonymously, and –boom! – my reasonable expectation of privacy is violated. And I will likely never be able to find the culprit to take the video down.The lesson here – beyond “don’t pick your nose” – is that if these devices do indeed take off, there is nothing to stop someone from monitoring and tagging me in photos, microblogs or videos – whether or not I know what’s going on.There can be some positives out of this kind of citizen “Eye in the Sky.” If someone commits a crime, for instance, they might have been surreptitiously recorded in the act, with less obvious danger to the recorder than holding up a smartphone. Indeed, in his novel Earth, futurist David Brin outlines a near-future where citizens keep down random street-crime just by the existence of video recording equipment they wear.But there’s a flip side to this, when a collection of Brin’s characters, a group of street punks, is befriended by an elderly man who seems to want to teach them about the Way Things Were. It all goes well, until after the senior man’s death, the gang discovers to their mortification that the man has been logging every conversation for use in a social-observation article about the state of youth in that society.A little out there? Maybe so, but how long before Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube are filled with text and video content of embarrassing moments captured by Google Glass? Tags:#Google Glass#privacy Related Posts Ready For Your Close Up?Plenty of others are worried about how Google Glass will destroy the expectation of privacy in our normal, not-made-for-TV daily lives. Mark Hurst at Creative Good writes (emphasis his):“Google Glass is like one [Street View] camera car for each of the thousands, possibly millions, of people who will wear the device – every single day, everywhere they go – on sidewalks, into restaurants, up elevators, around your office, into your home. From now on, starting today, anywhere you go within range of a Google Glass device, everything you do could be recorded and uploaded to Google’s cloud, and stored there for the rest of your life. You won’t know if you’re being recorded or not; and even if you do, you’ll have no way to stop it. “And that, my friends, is the experience that Google Glass creates. That is the experience we should be thinking about. The most important Google Glass experience is not the user experience – it’s the experience of everyone else. The experience of being a citizen, in public, is about to change.”Whether we are just running errands, hanging out with friends or are on the lam from some really bad people, Google Glass has the capability to push our lives into reality of the television kind. But many of us aren’t ready for our close up, and never will be.Images courtesy of Google. Author’s Note: An earlier version of this story mis-identified the author of the Creative Good article as David Hurst, when it is actually Mark Hurst. The identification has been corrected.last_img read more

West Indies set record ODI opening stand against Ireland

first_imgDublin: West Indies openers John Campbell and Shai Hope shattered the record for the highest first-wicket partnership in a one-day international with a stand of 365 against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday. The duo comfortably exceeded the previous opening best at this level of 304 set by Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in July last year. Campbell made 179 and Hope 170 in an eventual total of 381 for three after the visitors were sent in to bat by Ireland captain William Porterfield at Clontarf. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHope was first to his century while Campbell quickly followed to him to a hundred — his first in international cricket. They were both dismissed in the 48th over, Campbell top-edging Barry McCarthy to mid-off with Hope falling three balls later when he holed out to deep square-leg. Campbell faced 137 balls, including 15 fours and six sixes, with Hope’s 152-ball knock featuring 22 fours and two sixes. The only higher partnership in the 4,128-match history of men’s ODI cricket also belongs to the West Indies, with Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels sharing a second-wicket stand of 372 against Zimbabwe in Canberra during the 2015 World Cup. Ireland’s attack had sparked an England top-order collapse at nearby Malahide on Friday but had no answer as the West Indies ran riot in the opening match of a triangular series also featuring Bangladesh.last_img read more