More than two dozen philanthropic organizations and corporations on Thursday launched the California Black Freedom Fund. It’s five-year $100 million initiative the group says will provide resources to Black-led organizations in the state aiming to eradicate systemic racism. The 25 funders include the philanthropic groups of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs as well as JPMorgan Chase. The group says the fund aims to address the “history of underinvestment” in Black-led organizations. It currently has $32.4 million, with the rest of the money slated to be raised and given during the next five years.
8 July 2011 President Jacob Zuma has announced plans to build a new R250-million hospital in Limpopo to address critical health challenges in one of South Africa’s most rural provinces. Zuma made the announcement during a visit to Siloam village, about 40 kilometres from Beit Bridge, on Thursday. Addressing the villagers, Zuma said the hospital would be built in phases over a period of three years and would replace the old hospital in the area. “We are here to check how government is performing and, as part of that, we want to ensure that you are happy with the services that are being rendered to you,” Zuma told locals. Accompanied by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, Zuma said the government’s new monitoring and evaluation approach would ensure that issues of health and education remained top of the state’s service delivery agenda. “The monitoring we are doing is not through papers. It is concrete, and we want to see and hear what people are saying, so when something is not working it can be changed,” Zuma said after listening to complaints from the residents about the current Siloam Hospital.Hospital walkabout Earlier, Zuma went on an impromptu walkabout at the hospital. People from the dusty streets of the village, who had gathered outside the hospital to welcome Zuma, greeted him with cheers. As he passed one of them, Muhatuli Mphepu shouted out, demanding that Zuma fire all the managers at the hospital “because they are useless.” “We want you to fire all of them, Msholozi, because they are useless and people are dying because we do not have a proper hospital system here,” she said in Tshivenda. Speaking at the community gathering afterwards, Zuma said an investigation would look into the challenges experienced at the hospital.‘Don’t be afraid of the government’ A sad picture of poverty emerged during Zuma’s visit, with people living in shacks pleading with the President to address unemployment and lack of amenities in the area. Zuma stressed that his visit remained focused on health matters, particularly the issue of the hospital. He asked residents who had raised other issues to write them down and pass the list to his officials. He encouraged those who attended to speak their minds “and don’t be afraid of the government.” “No baba come here to the front, come and speak from here next to me so people can see you. Don’t listen to that one …” Zuma jokingly said after his spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, tried to interfere with one of the community speakers. Nurses also came in for harsh criticism from residents, who complained that they often had to wait for several hours at the hospital before receiving attention. After the meeting, Zuma was whisked away by helicopter to Lebowakgomo, where he visited another hospital before a meeting with officials at the provincial legislature. Source: BuaNews
Following a recent landmark decision by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to stop the Georgia Aquarium and its SeaWorld affiliates from importing 18 Russian beluga whales, Kim Basinger has sent an urgent appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin – whose official website touts his advocacy for marine mammals – asking him to release the whales from captivity.The Georgia-born actor and long-time PETA supporter has been a leading voice on this issue, also publicly pushing NOAA last year to let the whales stay in Russia. As Basinger explains in her letter to Putin, the next step for the whales should be to rehabilitate and return them to their ocean home, from which they were taken years ago.NOAA’s decision is just one of many recent developments contributing to the decline of cruel marine-mammal captivity. The highly anticipated documentary Blackfish, which explores the debilitating effects of constant confinement on the orcas at SeaWorld, was also released last month to widespread acclaim.“I was thrilled to learn that the 18 beluga whales who were slated to be transported from the Utrish Marine Mammal Research Station to a U.S. aquarium will remain in Russia and out of my home state of Georgia,” she wrote. “The whales would have had a bleak life if they had been shipped to Georgia for public display. At least four belugas and two whale sharks have already died at the Georgia Aquarium in recent years. As an ardent supporter of marine life, I commend you for your efforts to preserve this magnificent species. Now that these whales will not be transferred to the U.S., I urge you to take the next step and ensure that they are returned to their rightful ocean home.“The long-term survival of belugas increases dramatically in their natural habitat. U.S. officials, in making the decision to prohibit the importation of these belugas, determined that the live-capture trade may have contributed to the species’ decline and that allowing belugas to be shipped for public display would only increase demand for these animals to the detriment of the species. The U.S. documentary Blackfish has also generated international criticism of marine parks such as SeaWorld and aquariums that continue to confine whales and dolphins to small concrete tanks, despite our knowledge of how painful and harmful such confinement is to these complex animals.“The plight of these whales has the whole world watching to see what will happen next. I urge you to help return these belugas to their families in the ocean. Will you take a strong unequivocal stand in favor of marine animals by initiating the rehabilitation-and-release process?”
Although Hollywood refers to Vancouver as its go-to Canadian production centre on the West Coast, a new study says Burnaby is the site of a booming trade in the industrial real estate where films and TV series are actually being produced.The B.C. Film Industry and Industrial Real Estate study, prepared by the Colliers International Group and released Tuesday, found that 48 per cent of the 2.1 million square feet of Metro Vancouver studio space – a mix of purpose-built studios and former industrial spaces – is actually in Burnaby, to the east of Vancouver. Just 19 per cent is in the city of Vancouver.The new study from the global real-estate services company offers a rare overview of how industrial real estate is being used for productions, largely funded by Hollywood, in an industry that employs more than 20,000 British Columbians. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter