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Diahann Carroll, TV trailblazer for black women, dies at 84
5 October 2019, 8:11 AM

Diahann Carroll, a versatile singer and stage actress who quietly blazed a trail for black women on American television in the late 1960s by playing a widowed nurse and single mother in “Julia,” died on Friday at age 84, her manager said.

Carroll, whose career also was punctuated by a pioneering Tony Award and an Oscar nomination, had been suffering from cancer and died in her sleep at home in Los Angeles with her daughter by her side, her manager, Brian Panella, said by phone.

“She had been fighting it for quite some time, and did not want the world to know,” said Panella, who had managed her career for 20 years.

With a handful of movie roles and an award-winning Broadway career already under her belt, Carroll landed the title role in the 1968 situation comedy “Julia.” She played Julia Baker, a nurse struggling to raise a young son by herself after her husband was killed in the Vietnam War.

The show, which ran for three seasons on NBC and earned Carroll a Golden Globe Award and Emmy nomination, was a breakthrough for African-American women who were only beginning to make inroads on the small screen at the time.

Actress Nichelle Nichols first appeared two years earlier on “Star Trek” in the supporting role of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura. But “Julia” was the first prime-time network series to star a black woman playing a professional character, as opposed to a maid or domestic worker, as was the case in the 1950s sitcom “Beulah.”

SABC workers fear bailout will be used to effect mass retrenchments: Union
5 October 2019, 7:35 AM

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) at the SABC say a climate of fear is persisting at the public broadcaster, especially since the announcement of the partial bailout from government.

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams announced that the SABC would on Monday receive a R2.1 billion portion of the R3.2 billion bailout it requested from government.

Bemawu President Hannes du Buisson says many fear that this will be used to effect mass retrenchments.

“The general concern and the feeling from staff are that the SABC management at this point in time thinks that they are worthless that they are useless and that they must and will be replaced by people externally.”

“We know that for instance certain positions were advertised internally and there was a unilateral being made by management that they are not going to appoint the best candidate , they are going to go externally and then appoint people from outside and we believe that that is an increase in head count.”

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FIFA and WHO team up to promote healthy lifestyles
5 October 2019, 7:20 AM

Soccer’s world governing body FIFA and the World Health Organisation (WHO) agreed on Friday to work together to ensure tobacco-free environments at stadiums and to promote healthy lifestyles through football.

The United Nations agency will also provide advice to FIFA regarding healthy diets, food safety, mass gatherings and the risks associated with alcohol.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus signed the four-year memo of understanding at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva.

Infantino, whose Zurich-based organization is emerging from a major corruption scandal in 2015, said that FIFA and the WHO made “natural partners”.

“We finally realized that actually we have also a social mission in FIFA, a social mission that we have to take seriously, that we have to take on responsibly,” Infantino told a joint news conference.

Infantino was asked whether the deal might lead it to review some of its corporate sponsors.

“Of course organizations like co-sponsors of FIFA you mentioned Coca-Cola, McDonalds, they are also as well progressing, making steps. The world is not perfect,” he said.

The WHO campaigns against tobacco, as well as excessive intake of salt and sugar in food to try to stem cardiovascular diseases and an obesity epidemic, especially among children.

“We believe that WHO technical expertise on health, aligned with FIFA’s global reach can really help to ensure we can reach people with the information they need to lead an active and healthy life,” Tedros said.

Mabuza commits R30 million in immediate relief for farmers
5 October 2019, 7:06 AM

Deputy President David Mabuza has committed R30-million in immediate relief for farmers in the Northern Cape.

Drought has ravaged the province for the past six years with devastating losses in livestock and crops.

Farmworkers have also lost their jobs.

Mabuza says government will do everything it can to ensure that farms are saved and food security is secured.

“Their situation is very dire and we came with some short term measures to supply them with fodder to help them with their animals that are dying. There are almost less than 50% of their stock that is alive. But beyond that we want to find a medium term solution.”

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Morocco’s coalition party quits ahead of reshuffle
5 October 2019, 6:55 AM

A member of Morocco’s governing coalition said on Friday it would join the opposition ahead of a reshuffle requested by King Mohammed VI, citing disagreements with its partners in government.

Senior Progress and Socialism Party (PPS) members, announcing the decision following a majority vote of the party’s central committee, decried a “democratic deficit” in Morocco and cited “backtracking” from a new 2011 Constitution under which the King was to devolve more powers to parliament.

Analysts said the move would make the reshuffle easier for the moderate Islamist PJD party, which has led the government since emerging with more seats than its rivals in the last parliamentary election in 2016.

The PJD and other parties in the coalition can still command a parliamentary majority after the PPS, the party of both the housing and health ministers, quits the government.

King Mohammed shifted some powers to parliament after protests in Morocco during the Arab spring, but he still holds most sway and can fire Cabinet Members or dismiss the whole government after the resignation of the Prime Minister.

Voter turnout in 2016 was 43% of registered voters and 29% of eligible voters.

In July, King Mohammed called for a reshuffle to add fresh blood to decision-making before the next election in 2021. He must approve the appointment of all new Ministers.



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