From inside North Korea: Sides must ease up on rhetoric

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionPYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s capital city is awash in propaganda.Posters depicting missiles, some striking the U.S. Capitol, hang along major streets.In recent days, a million civilians, including high school students, factory workers and older men who long ago completed their military service, have signed up at the government’s request to fight the United States, if needed.“The situation on the Korean Peninsula is on the eve of the breakout of nuclear war,” Choe Kang Il, a senior Foreign Ministry official told me and three New York Times colleagues during a visit last week.Does that mean war is inevitable? “I think it depends on the attitude of the United States,” he replied.There is no sign of any unusual military mobilization in Pyongyang or along the perpetually tense border with South Korea to suggest imminent conflict. U.S., North Korean and South Korean soldiers stand duty as usual at the Demilitarized Zone separating the sides since the 1950-53 Korean War, and tourists, as well as journalists like us, still visit there. I most wanted to learn whether the North Koreans were open to nuclear talks with the United States and what it might take to get a deal.In the 1990s, the two sides reached an agreement that froze the North’s plutonium program for eight years and made progress on missile limits.But these initiatives fell apart in the George W. Bush administration, and today North Korea has at least 20 nuclear weapons and missiles that soon might be able to reach the continental United States, a level of technological prowess that President Donald Trump has said he won’t tolerate.In Choe’s telling, North Korea was driven to become a nuclear power in self-defense against the United State’s “nuclear blackmail,” sanctions, history of confrontation, and affront to the sovereignty and dignity of the state.The North must establish “a balance of power” to hold Washington at bay, finally replace the Korean War armistice with a permanent peace treaty and focus attention on economic development, he said.Therein seemed to be the answer to my question of whether and under what circumstances the North would be open to talks.Only when Washington makes a “bold decision” to end its military exercises with South Korea, halt sanctions and cease moves that diplomatically isolate North Korea can a dialogue between the two countries bear fruit, he added. Our interviews have persuaded me that it is also imperative for Washington to ease up on the rhetoric.Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly last month crossed a line for many North Koreans because it made the fight deeply personal, disparaging Kim as “rocket man” and threatening to “totally destroy North Korea,” a country of 26 million people.The Trump administration insists there can be no talks until the North halts missile and nuclear tests for an unspecified period.Hence, stalemate, and a dangerous one.Allowing the shouting match and muscle-flexing on both sides to gather momentum can come to no good.Carol Giacomo, a member of The New York Times Editorial Board, is a former diplomatic correspondent for Reuters in Washington and covered foreign policy for the international wire service for more than two decades. Yet as Washington and Pyongyang confront each other over the North’s advancing nuclear weapons capability, the warlike rhetoric is escalating and, with it, the risk of conflict.After four days in North Korea, I am not at all sure that this standoff will end well.It was unsettling to hear ordinary North Koreans talk of war with calm acceptance and buy their government’s propaganda happy talk about certain victory over the United States.We also heard some people say that while they hate the U.S. government, they harbor no ill will toward Americans and would prefer to live in peace.One woman was nearly in tears describing her mixed feelings about the United States.I have been writing about North Korea since 1992, when President George H.W. Bush’s administration held the United States’ first meeting with Pyongyang since the Korean War to discuss what was then an incipient nuclear program. I had long wanted to visit.What made it possible now is that North Korea, the world’s least transparent country, has decided to embark on a charm offensive, inviting major U.S. news organizations on separate visits this year to learn more about its economic and political goals.center_img Our trip has not been without some risk, given the way the American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in Pyongyang after allegedly trying to steal a poster, fell into a coma under circumstances that remain mysterious and died days after being returned to the United States.While I and the other Times journalists were invited by the Foreign Ministry (The Times paid all expenses), the diplomats don’t control the security services, and our attempts to report have been a balance between trying to get the most authentic information we can (a struggle) and not running afoul of security.Two government minders accompanied us except when we were in our rooms.We were allowed to visit a silk factory, the science and technology complex (computers are connected to an internal intranet, not the internet), an elite high school and an anti-American war museum, as well as an amusement park, restaurants and a dolphinarium — evidence of Kim Jong Un’s efforts to allow citizens of Pyongyang, where the elite live, opportunities for fun.Our requests to see the three remaining U.S. detainees were refused.Despite such controls, there have been some moments of spontaneous humanity.After dinner one night, a senior official led me briefly in ballroom dancing on the sidewalk outside a restaurant. 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Claims on Govt Cannabis Pamphlet Labelled As “Inflated”, “Unrealistic”, “Unachievable” – NZMJ

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 3 August 2020The claims on the cannabis referendum pamphlet sent to households by the government have been labelled as ‘inflated’, ‘unrealistic’, and ‘unlikely to be achievable’ in the latest edition of the New Zealand Medical Journal. And the proposed bill comes in for scathing criticism from the Auckland University academics who authored the article.The article “New Zealand’s ‘Cannabis Legalisation and Regulation Bill’: an evidence-based assessment and critique of essential regulatory components towards policy outcomes” by Benedikt Fischer and Dimitri Daldegan-Bueno assert that illegal cannabis markets and supply will remain “active and resilient after the implementation of legalisation”, that there is “no reason to assume why young people’s access to cannabis should be expected to decrease in the context of—overall increased—availability of both legal and illegal markets/supply”, and that “legal production, distribution and use is also likely to increase, rather than decrease cannabis ‘public visibility’, and overall societal ‘normalisation’” as a result of any potential legalisation.Other parts of the proposed legislation also come in for significant criticism:“the age limit is inconsistent with age limits for other legal drug use… [F]or alcohol use—an arguably more hazardous substance, especially for young people—no minimum consumption age exists, and the purchase age for tobacco products is 18 years. Thus, the proposed age limit for cannabis is not scientifically supported but appears rather arbitrary, nor is it consistent or policy-coherent in regards to other, widely used legal substances. Here political considerations appear to have trumped science, with questionable compromising for results.”“limiting cannabis use to private homes, by design, will bring substantial health risk to other parties; it also contravenes longstanding efforts to direct away tobacco smoking from homes.”“‘home-growing’ creates a backdoor that directly undermines these protective safeguards. The restrictions for cannabis ‘home-growing’ are practically impossible for authorities to monitor or enforce (unless accepting inspections to regularly search private homes)… [H]ome-growing facilitates potential and easy access to cannabis products by others (eg, including minors), and so can easily enable cannabis diversion”For retail distribution, it is “unclear how density for legal cannabis retail outlets will be regulated or restricted” and that “despite well-intended public health goals, their operational viability and economic success will naturally depend on and strive for increased volumes of customers and sales.”“commercial cannabis industry entities will likely either quickly merge with, or follow the commercial business strategies of large-scale multi-national cannabis, or alcohol and tobacco corporations.”“many cannabis products the legal retail market—for example, for health protections—restricts or bans will remain on offer by illegal sources.”Regarding criminalisation and ‘social justice’, “it is unlikely that the extensive list of new and remaining offenses defined, combined with the likely levels of popular (non-) compliance, will lead to such substantial reductions.” And that “it is unclear whether the practical enforcement of core offenses under legalisation will substantially serve to improve social justice, or rather shift while extending previous discretion and systemic biases under new covers. Conversely, there are key areas where substantially increased, targeted law enforcement would be required to secure legalisation’s essential public health and safety objectives.”“This is a scathing assessment of the sales pitch that the government has given voters. The government tries to argue through their pamphlet that “The bill’s purpose is to reduce harm to people and communities” – but that is purely the view of those lobbying for change. Those against the legislation are arguing that legalisation will lead to more harm to people and communities, and this latest analysis backs our position,” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.“The use of cannabis is associated with increased risks of a number of adverse outcomes including educational delay, welfare dependence, increased risks of psychotic symptoms, major depression, increased risks of motor vehicle accidents, increased risks of tobacco use, increased risks of other illicit drug use, and respiratory impairment. At a time when New Zealand’s mental health system is bursting at the seams, why would we go and legitimise a mind-altering product which will simply add to social harm?”last_img read more

He may have replaced him in the Indian team but Rishabh Pant has ‘good…

first_imgAdvertisement cn5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb7ntWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5isd8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) guWould you ever consider trying this?😱awCan your students do this? 🌚txxtRoller skating! Powered by Firework No one handles immense pressure better than MS Dhoni. And on Friday, it appeared that the veteran Indian keeper gave his alleged ‘successor’ Rishabh Pant a few tips on that matter. The Indian youngster shared a couple of pictures with Dhoni on his social media accounts, captioning “Good Vibes Only @msdhoni”. The picture shows Pant, sitting beside the former India skipper along with his pet dogs having a good time. Pant who is being constantly labelled as MS Dhoni’s successor, since his international debut, has been selected in the T20Is and Test squads for the upcoming series against Bangladesh.Advertisement Advertisement The MSK Prasad led selection committee has preferred Rishabh Pant as India’s primary wicketkeeper since MS Dhoni’s absence. He even claimed on Thursday that they are “moving on” and are looking at “younger options after the World Cup”.“We are moving on, we are very clear. Post World Cup we have been clear. We started backing (Rishabh) Pant and wanted to see him do well. He may not have had the best of matches but we are clear, we are focusing on him only,” said MSK Prasad following the squad announcement for the Bangladesh series.“We’re looking at younger options after the World Cup, so you can understand our thought process. We definitely had a chat with Dhoni and he also endorses our view of backing youngsters,” he added.Earlier, the newly appointed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly stated that Dhoni’s future isn’t finished citing, “champions don’t finish very quickly.”India is scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests against Bangladesh, starting November 3. Advertisementlast_img read more

Summer Is Our Time At The Shore

first_imgBy Joseph Sapia Summer season crowds leave. Oppressive heat disappears, but it is still warm. The sun projects a softer light. Wildlife migrates. The foliage is changing colors.The magic of September at the Jersey Shore.“Don’t tell anybody,” laughed Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Clean Ocean Action.But, then, she added, “The secret’s out.”Secretly or not secretly, Shore people speak in wonder of September along the coast.“It is kind of magical,” said Margaret Mass, executive direc- tor of the Red Bank Visitors Center. “It’s a way to still enjoy the waterfront experience.“It’s kind of nice people can get into their favorite restaurants without a line,” Mass said. “It’s not too cold, not too hot.”Caitlin Over, 31, of Atlantic Highlands and Alissa Snell, 36, of Red Bank were leaving the Sea Bright beach, where both have season badges, on a recent day. While both are educators – Over, a guidance counselor at Howell High School and Snell, a school psychologist at Neptune High School – their summer is not over.September, Over said, “it’s my favorite local summer.”“The water’s warm, the beach is quiet, it’s just easy,” Snell said. “Everybody on the beach we know is a local.“It’s just more relaxed,” she added. “More people know their beach etiquette – don’t sit close to someone else, don’t blare music, throw garbage away, watch your kids.”Some wrongly think September is the end of beach season, said Olivia Rauso, 19, of Red Bank.“I think it’s really great, if you take adavantage of it,” said Rauso. “On Sandy Hook, it’s migrating season,” Dillingham said.Monarch butterflies and fall warblers are heading south, for example. “You start to notice that change,” Dillingham said.Zipf, whose Clean Ocean Action environmental group also is based at Sandy Hook, noted the changing of colors – the “bright yellow” of goldenrod and the ocean’s water, for example.“The water gets a reflection from the sun that’s deeper, crisper,” said Zipf, who has spent all of her 57 years at the Shore. “Foliage starts turning red. The air is crisper. It’s a beautiful time of year.”Pat MacMillan, 66, a recently retired Perth Amboy schools administrator who lives in Fair Haven, noted how September is a great time for town and beach.“We always try to get to the beach in September,” MacMillan said. “It’s quiet. You can go to the end of September. “You can go to restaurants, walk around without the crowds,” MacMillan said. “September is the best.”This September, MacMillan will do local trips to Ocean Grove and Island Beach State Park, along with vacationing at Acadia National Park on the Maine coast.Rauso, on the other hand, is headed back to school at Montclair State University. “As soon as I’m at Montclair, I miss the beach,” Rauso said. “It’s the best-kept secret, September at the beach,” Rauso said.But the secret is out….center_img For locals, September is sort of a Take Back the Shore.“You can look at it as our time,” said Laurie Potter of Rumson. “It can be a time to enjoy our own backyard.”But Potter, co-owner of River Road Books in Fair Haven, noted the “juxtaposition,” when the Jersey Shore’s traditional summer season of Memorial Day to Labor Day transitions with the coming of September.“You can go out to all the places you don’t want to get near in the summer,” Potter said.However, tourism also helps businesses, Potter said. And tourism takes advantage of September. For example, in Red Bank, the Guinness Oyster Festival is Sunday, Sept. 25, at the White Street Parking Lot.“We definitely enjoy a nice shoulder season, Red Bank being the gateway to the Shore area,” Mass said. “Temperatures go down, free beaches.“Beautiful weather,” Mass said. “We, sometime, have the nicest weather, September weather.”“It can be the best weather of the year, in September,” Potter agreed.“People feel it’s a good time to get out,” Mass said.The natural world, too, changes.“The way I always know it’s September is the gulls and terns wing dance,” said Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society, a Sandy Hook-based coastal conservation group. “They’re flying around, grabbing these (flying) ants.last_img read more

Libraries Hope Voters Pass $125M Bond Referendum in November

first_imgBy Bernadette Hogan |Libraries are invested in the world of service and pleasing the public. But when it comes to allocating state resources, they often get the short end of the stick, says a Monmouth County library advocate.“Money has been eroding, and when it comes to state resources, we are often the last ones to reap benefits of taxes and bonds,” said Renee Swartz of Rumson, chairperson of the Monmouth County Library Commission, advisors for the Monmouth County Library System (MCLS). “We don’t have large sums of money to spend on lobbying for what we need.”But after many years of strategic advocacy propelled by the New Jersey Library Association and personalized appeals from advocates like Swartz, library leaders are hopeful an upcoming public vote will support their vision for enhancement of services.On November 7, when voters go to the polls, New Jersey residents will be asked whether or not to authorize the state to issue $125 million in bonds to provide grants to public libraries. The New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act would build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and better serve the public. Grants would cover 50 percent of the cost of projects. The other 50 percent would be provided by a library’s local government. Private donors would be allowed to contribute toward the 50 percent provided by a local governmentJudith Tolchin, director of the Monmouth County Library System, said funds would facilitate programs already in place, not only at Library Headquarters in Manalapan, but throughout the 40 municipalities the MCLS serves.Renovations in Manalapan would transform the space into a modern, attractive, active, and fully accessible building with a functional design, Tolchin said. She envisions upgrading meeting rooms with smart chairs, equipped with individual charging stations for electronic devices.The money would also mean the libraries could offer more attractive and diverse programs.“A library is one of the only places truly committed to lifelong learning,” said Tolchin. “They go far beyond the scope of a K-12 education because it’s a place where intrinsic benefits far outweigh the costs.”The state contributes $70,000 to the MCLS operating budget. Nearly $15 million comes from taxes, with additional funding coming from other sources. While $15 million may seem like a large sum, Tolchin says it leaves minimal wiggle room – and every dollar counts.“The money goes towards maintaining staff, a few buildings, providing materials and programming funds,” said Tolchin.The organization oversees 14 branch libraries and 13 member libraries within Monmouth County. While branch libraries are owned, operated and staffed by the MCLS, member libraries, like in Fair Haven or Sea Bright, are maintained by their local municipal government. Member libraries utilize MCLS services, and receive access to the county catalog, a technology and book budget, and representatives to run children’s programs.The MCLS is motivated to expand digital offerings beyond shelved books because it costs less and frees up physical space for community activity that enhances quality of life, such as lectures, children’s programs, career development seminars, music concerts, movies and tutoring services.Recently, the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury handed out free solar eclipse glasses and ran a program on scientific literacy during the Aug. 21 eclipse. Between three and four hundred people came to the event.“By being eclectic, we are using all our abilities and attracting more and more people,” said Swartz. “There’s nothing in it for the libraries, except they open you up to avenues you never even dreamed of. It’s an intangible thought about advancing mobility and advancing the democratic spirit.”However, not all local libraries in Monmouth will be eligible for a grant application. The Oceanic Free Library, for example, operates under a private system established by the Meeker family in 1920. They started the library as a memorial to their son, William, who died in World War I before seeing combat.Board president Carolyn Miller explains that while funding from the state would be greatly appreciated, money for the Ocean Free Library comes from the borough of Rumson, individual donations and fundraisers, and an annual appeal.“It’s very difficult to get funding because people donate to so many community fundraisers already, like school events or programs. It’s a lot of work,” said Miller. “We would love to purchase awnings to cut back on air conditioning in the summer. We would love for someone to sponsor or underwrite our fish tank expenses. Everyone loves the fish tank but it costs money to maintain,” said Miller.The library just installed a new kitchen. A granite countertop was donated and Home Depot offered a new refrigerator. Last year’s improvements included a new roof, provided by a fundraiser at the Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club.The MCLS does provide services to Rumson’s library, as they have member status. The system supports the Oceanic Library through books and technology, and a weekly representative runs the children’s program.“Our library director Nanette Reis does a great job,” Miller said. “Between new families, after school tutoring services, and community events, we are very busy.When asked which sites were a top priority in the event that referendum passes, Tolchin said there will be a formal process to choose projects. “The Library Commission will assess and prioritize the needs of branch facilities, and decide on the best course of action to enhance services for the entire county library system.”This article was first published in the Sept. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Storm Gareth: Public warnings as extreme winds approach

first_imgPeople across Donegal are being urged to take precautions as Storm Gareth is set to tear through the region tonight.A Status Orange weather alert is in place for Donegal and nearby counties from midday as extreme winds and damaging gusts are forecast for the west and north west.Met Eireann warns that winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 75km/h with damaging gusts reaching 110 to 130km/h. There is also the risk of coastal flooding due to high seas. Heavy rain, hail and a risk of thunder will combine for an unsettled night.Donegal County Council is warning homeowners and businesses to secure their properties and belongings and take extra care. Emergency contact numbers have been issued:Donegal County Council Emergency ServicesThe strongest gusts will come tonight with the north and west coasts worst affected.Sea conditions will be very rough and there will be exceptionally high seas and swell in Atlantic coastal regions at times. Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads.⚠️ Road Safety Alert: Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings for Storm Gareth ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/xChlRa0vol— RSA Ireland (@RSAIreland) March 12, 2019Storm Gareth: Public warnings as extreme winds approach was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:storm garethlast_img read more

Hutchinson to be assessed by Chelsea

first_imgChelsea defender Sam Hutchinson is to have a knee problem assessed by the Blues’ medical staff.He is currently on a season-long loan at Nottingham Forest but has not played since being taken off during the Championship side’s game against Crystal Palace on 18 September.The affected knee is not the same one the 23-year-old previously injured.Hutchinson announced his retirement from football in 2010 because of a knee complaint, but last year returned to Stamford Bridge after making a recovery.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Video: 2010, and a new rental record

first_imgThe word is out! A Clifton, Cape Town home-owner has rented out their house for the duration of the 2010 Fifa World Cup for US$1-million – a new South African record. Zoopy TV visits the house to chat with Clinton Braude of Ronnie Matthews Estates.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 4 January 2010last_img

Youth vlog the South African story

first_imgA camera, an internet connection and a desire to be in front of the camera is all you need to begin vlogging. (Image:Tamur Madjerey).• Caspar Lee, South Africa’s 20-year-old YouTube millionaire • South Africa drives Africa’s internet traffic • Mobile phone boost to African internet • South Africa online • SA web users to double by 2014 Sulaiman PhilipVlog (noun): A blog in which the postings are primarily in video form. Since 2011 it has been a point-scoring word in Scrabble. The South African vlogging population is growing. Slowly. But it is giving South Africans, mostly young, an opportunity to share their world with the universe.There are older South African vloggers, says Gabriel Erasmus, but the majority tend to be younger. Erasmus is the creator of the youtubestars.co.za website and a member of the South African Facebook vlogging group. “Age is not a factor. If you have a camera, internet connection, a love for filmmaking or just love being in front of a camera you are sorted,” he continues.These young, and young at heart, South Africans are in the vanguard of an internet movement that has been growing over the past decade. It is the evolution from the ubiquitous bloggers, and involves the uploading of personal video clips of everything from beauty and fashion tips to raging about language and homesickness.Henri Himschoot was one of the first South African vloggers. The Cape Town musician began his The Himschoots vlog in 2010. A period of inactivity that lasted for a few years came to an end when he discovered the YouTube South Africa Facebook group. When he joined in April 2014, there were 80 members; there are now 291 and the number grows daily. “The community is extremely diverse, but you have to get to know us and understand how we all fit together to make one big happy South African family. Not one of us competes with the other, we all support each other and that’s what makes us succeed.” Communication toolRuben Mostert was the shy kid at school who had trouble making friends. Vlogging became his outlet and means of communicating with others. The longer he vlogged the more confident and comfortable he became in his own skin. “The best of all, my personality in front of the camera has evolved into my daily life. Why do I like vlogging? You can escape the real world with all the bad things going on and create your own world and share it. Call it my fantasy world if you want.”Author Michael Kaminsky traces the birth of vlogging to 2000 and Adam Kontras’s dream of a Hollywood career. Driving across the United States, he posted a video to accompany the blog of his trip. By 2008, vlogging helped elect an American president. Will.i.am’s Yes We Can used a speech by candidate Barack Obama to create a powerful vlog viewed more than 25 million times.Will.i.am’s vlog is slick and professional, but the popularity of vlogging is down largely to the ease with which people can shoot and upload videos. “To start you don’t need fancy equipment or expensive software. You can start with a smartphone and the basic video editing software that comes pre-installed with all major operating systems. All the skills needed are even taught in schools nowadays. In the end good content exceeds the need for expensive equipment and fancy editing.” Global online communityVlogs are part of a larger online movement that has given birth to online global communities. These communities are built on the idea that users are not docile recipients of content but are actively shaping their experience.Vlogger Kristen van Niekerk believes that technology is changing the way we communicate. The world has moved from writing letters to sending emails; phone calls have been replaced by video calls. “Writing is still the basis of all communication and won’t be replaced by video, but video does improve how we communicate. Our education system should adapt to technological advances, offer to teach skills to those who want to learn. Not everyone wants a life filled with technology, but the choice should be available.”YouTube has grown from its first video in 2005 to become a repository of videos of cute kittens, conspiracy theories and a new kind of entrepreneur. It is a hub of raw, soon to be discovered talent, a place that allows for experimentation and creativity that is changing the way traditional media interact with audiences.YouTube vlogger Michelle Phan has over 700 million views of her personal channel, a makeup demonstration channel that grew from a blog. That is as many people who turn on their TVs to watch the World Cup, all of whom want to watch a 27-year-old teach them how to apply lipstick like Miley Cyrus.In a 2012 MacTaggart lecture, media and TV executive Elisabeth Murdoch pointed out that YouTube was beginning to behave like a market leader. “Believe at your own risk that the platform is based on homemade videos of cats in washing machines… Brands and talent are using YouTube to create direct-to-consumer relationships.”Vloggers had developed a new way of creating content and interacting with an audience, which made them attractive to companies. The history of vlogging is full of stories of products mentioned on popular channels that sell out within days, if not hours. South African vloggersSouth Africa vloggers do not generate that kind of hysteria or have the fan base to do that, just yet. Sara Mormino, a director at YouTube, in an interview with the Guardian newspaper explained the attraction of vloggers to companies. She began by explaining that the earning capacity of English vloggers had increased by 60% in 2013, in large part thanks to mobile phones. “These young people have really captured a new way of creating content and a new way of engaging an audience.”South African vlogger Rachel Kopel says even YouTube stars never began vlogging intending to make money or become famous. She has been producing content for three years and believes that she is still learning to create great content. She does it because she is passionate about her topic and wants to share her opinions with the world. “We are living in a very self-absorbed generation, where everyone is taking selfies and promoting themselves. YouTube is a way of promoting yourself and creating a name and reputation for yourself. You must just hope that you are doing it for the right reasons.”As South Africa’s connectivity speeds increase and software becomes more accessible, the number of South Africans going online will increase. As we mature as technology users, how South Africans use the web will change. We will begin looking for more individual experiences or communities that share our interests. South African vloggers are building a collective memory bank to share about the South African experience.Being criticised, earning support, the frustrations of dealing with South African upload speeds, getting views, even making bloopers, are part of the adventure, say Marco and Elmar, who vlog as ThoseBroz. “You find a community that allows you to express yourself and where you can paint a picture of who you are, and share it with the world. The journey from your first video, straight up to your 20th-plus video, is simply one of the most amazing adventures any person can take,” they explain.last_img read more

11 days agoArsenal star Lacazette: Guendouzi aims to become the best

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal star Lacazette: Guendouzi aims to become the bestby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexandre Lacazette says Arsenal teammate Matteo Guendouzi wants to become the best. The 20-year-old midfielder was recently named as the Gunners’ Player of the Month for September.”He is like the younger brother [in the friendship group with me and Auba]!” Lacazette told Arsenal.com. “We all really have a good relationship, we like to work and to laugh together so it’s really good.”I’m really happy for Matteo [for being named September Player of the Month], he played really well, he helped the team when we needed him, he is really improving each season so we are all really happy with his performances this month. “We can see that every top midfielder in the world is like this [in terms of demanding the ball and being brave]. They all want to take the ball. “Matteo has a good ambition, he wants to be one of the best players in his position so every day he is trying to be the best and this month he showed that he can be.” last_img read more