South Sulawesi village inundated, isolated for two months following flash flood

first_imgWara village in North Luwu regency, South Sulawesi has reportedly been inundated for two months as a reservoir in the neighborhood was damaged by a flash flood on July 13. “An embankment located in neighboring Lembang-Lembang village was broken, causing an inundation up to 1 meter high in our village,” Wara village head Basruddin said on Monday.The situation has further isolated the village from the rest of North Luwu regency.Read also: Floods in North Sumatra force hundreds from their homesResidents of Wara can only reach other areas by riding a motorboat to get staple food and clean water, among other essentials. They have to pay Rp 10,000 (67 US cents) for a motorboat ticket. The residents hope the authorities will soon help them with the flooding, as well as distribute food and medicines to the village.“Some volunteers sent us aid, but we are running out of it. We cannot carry out any activities in the village [to fulfill our daily needs] due to the prolonged inundation,” Basruddin added, as reported by (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Seminar turns spotlight on to selling to our kids

first_imgThe New Zealand Herald July 4 2013Jesuit missionaries knew something about human nature when they said, in the 16th century: “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will give you the man.”Five hundred years later, author Maggie Hamilton argues, our society is less interested in saving a child’s soul and more interested in capturing his or her preferences for our consumer products.It starts in infancy with what seem like such harmless childhood characters as Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, Barbie and Ben 10.“When marketing guru James McNeal discovered that drooling babies stare down at their dribble for extended periods, he knew he was on to something,” wrote Hamilton in her 2008 book What’s Happening to Our Girls?“Trademarked characters are now strategically placed on a baby girl’s clothing so that when she dribbles, she gets to know these characters and sees them as a natural part of her world. read more

Big Boxing Bouts Between Garcia & Porter Live on DStv

first_imgDStv gets the ball rolling on a week of big-fight action with this weekend’s WBC welterweight championship fight between Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter in New York live on SuperSport.It will be followed a week later, on Sunday 16 September 1, with the must-see fight of the year – the rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez for the middleweight crown.Garcia and Porter are both former champions and at the peak of their powers, albeit chasing down welterweight rivals Terence Crawford and Errol Spence jnr. Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter Like next weekend’s match-up, this one pits two of the best fighters against each other, a rarity in an age when managers and promoters do their best to avoid fighting anyone who has a chance of beating their boxers.Garcia is a two-handed counter-puncher with a sweet left hook, while Porter is fast and athletic and gets to work quickly. They are both above-average punchers, too, setting the scene for an absorbing fight.“The number one thing Danny’s successful at is punching when opponents are punching at him. He’s the guy who will take my aggression and use it against me. All it takes is one punch. This is boxing. I’ve got to be aggressive but also very aware and ready defensively,” said Porter.“Beating Danny from the outside, making him frustrated, and making him come to me is just as important as being aggressive and allowing him to feel my power, strength, and relentless fortitude throughout the match. I think both are required to beat him.”Said Garcia: “Once you’re in there with me, it’s not the same as anyone else. It’s not the same as what you expect it to be. You’re in for a rude awakening.“I’ve knocked out a lot of fighters for the first time, so it won’t be surprising to me if I knock Shawn Porter out for the first time. Shawn had to have some skill to get to this level, it wasn’t all brawling. I’m not taking anything away from him. We’re prepared for the best Shawn Porter.“This is another opportunity to become a four-time world champion and that excites me. I still feel like the WBC title is mine, so I’m even more ready to reclaim it.”Interestingly, WBA champion Keith Thurman, who narrowly beat both boxers, gives Porter a narrow edge, saying “This is one of the best matchups of the year. I try not to overthink it. It’s Porter by decision or Garcia only by KO. I lean toward Porter.”SuperSport 5 will cross to New York early on Sunday morning (2:00am WAT) to take in the action.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more