SA foreign policy independent: Zuma

first_img14 October 2011 South Africa’s foreign policy is not dictated by other countries or lobby groups, but is guided by four strategic pillars and informed by the country’s national interest, says President Jacob Zuma. “We look at what is of benefit to the South African people, and what will advance our domestic priorities at that given time,” Zuma said during a lecture on South Africa’s foreign policy at the University of Pretoria on Thursday. South Africa has come under fire recently over the delay in the visa application of the Dalai Lama, as well as its abstention from a recent UN Security Council vote on the situation in Syria.Four foreign policy pillars Zuma said South Africa’s policy was guided by the four pillars of the African agenda, South-South co-operation and North-South dialogue, multilateral and economic diplomacy, and bilateral relations with individual countries. At the same time, the country was careful not to lose sight of its domestic priorities and national interests, which always informed its international engagements. Zuma said South Africa’s foreign policy in key regions of the world including Africa, Asia and Europe was built on the grounds of an “open society, in which government is based on the will of the people”. He added that South Africa was committed to “transformation of the global system of governance from a power-based to a rules-based system in a just and equitable global order”. He emphasised that multilateralism – addressing international issues through international organisations like the UN, rather than through individual nations – was a key foreign policy platform for South Africa.UN Security Council vote on Syria Asked why South Africa had abstained from the UN Security Council vote on the situation in Syria, Zuma said Pretoria was being cautious because recent Security Council resolutions had been abused, their implementation being taken far beyond the mandate of what was intended. The draft resolution in the Security Council had strongly condemned Syrian authorities for their violent crackdown against pro-democracy protesters this year and called for an immediate end to human rights abuses. Zuma said South Africa was concerned that this resolution was part of a hidden agenda to institute regime change. He was referring to the Security Council’s earlier Libya resolution, which he said was abused because military action was chosen instead of peaceful resolutions to the conflict in the country. “The African Union was not given space to implement its roadmap and to ensure an African solution to the Libyan question,” Zuma said, adding that the UN had undermined the AU’s work. Pretoria was of the view that a holistic political solution had to be found, one that respected democracy, political reform, justice, human rights as well as the socio-economic development needs of the people of Syria, in order to ensure long-term peace and stability in that country.UN ‘must partner with African Union’ Zuma called on the UN and international community to partner with and support the AU’s efforts in bringing about peace on the continent. He said the way the UN had dealt with the recent African conflicts, the Libyan crisis in particular, had strained relations between the two organisations. “We have addressed the UN on the need to maintain a positive and cooperative working relationship between the UN and the AU on peace-making and peacekeeping, and generally on matters that affect Africa.” Zuma committed Pretoria to supporting the AU’s efforts to bring peace, political reform, justice and human rights to many conflict-affected countries like Sudan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Madagascar, and the DRC. As in the Middle East, he urged the international community to support these countries’ quest for freedom, human rights and dignity. South Africa hopes to use its non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council to sway this agenda. “We believe we are playing a constructive role, pursuing the interests of our country and the continent,” he said.Reform of international institutions “Our pressing priority currently is the reform of international institutions, including the United Nations Security Council. Africa and Latin America are not represented as permanent members on the Council. This is a serious anomaly which reflects negatively on the UN system.” Zuma said South Africa was also committed to economic diplomacy to attract investment and tourism, remove barriers to trade, support the development of larger markets in Africa, and expand markets for South African products. This, Zuma said, was linked to the domestic imperative of eradicating inequality, unemployment and poverty. Over the years, South Africa has been more aggressive towards the pursuit of the country’s economic interests, with Zuma playing a “super salesman” not shy to promote South Africa’s interests among foreign leaders, including those of India and China. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Microsoft Launches Tools For Teachers

first_imgMicrosoft’s Education Labs launched a new project this afternoon and it’s better on trees and the environment. The group just announced a new Math Worksheet Generator where teachers can generate math problems and email them in paperless Word format to their students. In addition to Math Worksheet Generator, the group also announced plans for two additional projects to be released in the Fall. Math Worksheet Generator: Built on top of Microsoft’s math engine, this product is for teachers who want their students to get more problem solving practice. Instead of having to search for new worksheets or photocopy old ones, teachers can enter a sample problem and the generator determines the structure of the expression. From here the tool produces similar problems and generates a matching answer sheet. Teachers can use this tool for their entire class or tailor worksheets to individual work plans. Microsoft Folder-based Sites:: Education Labs also announced plans to roll out a website creator in mid-October. With this tool, teachers will be able to convert Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents into html files. From here the files can be shared with students as web pages and all the files are hosted at no cost through Microsoft. The group is currently testing different admin rights in order to allow for student uploads. Flash Cards: This product allows you to create and browse flash card decks and create favorites with your Windows Live ID. Teachers create decks by adding images, text and sound to their cards. From here students flip through the decks in Silverlight 3. One interesting part of this project is that as students answer questions, the software remembers incorrect answers and prompts those problem cards more frequently. This project is due before 2010. For more information on these projects, visit Educationlabs.com or check out the 30 minute demo video at the bottom of the Math Generator page. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Microsoft#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Expert Advice Series: Anxiety in Others

first_imgImagine you’re driving in the car on your way to drop the kids off at school. You stop at the red light and begin to list off all of the things that you’re working on and stressed about getting finished. You’re talking to yourself trying to work through a particularly stressful situation when the light turns green and you drive off…Your child is in the back listening to you.Does this sound familiar?  Question: Is your external dialogue encouraging anxiety in others?Advice: When we talk out loud to ourselves it is referred to as external dialogue. Brian Dixon, M.D., cautions parents and caregivers about processing out loud or expressing our internal dialogue as external dialogue in front of children or clients. Often times the child or client will take on the anxiety you are expressing and their stress will increase.Expert: Brian Dixon, M.D., Executive Director of Progressive Psychiatry, P.A. and Board Certified Child and Adolescent PsychiatristFor more advice from Dr. Dixon, watch and listen to his professional development training on ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism: Practical Approaches to Child Psychiatry to learn about practical ways parents and caregivers can help manage these disorders, while reconnecting with the fun of parenting._________________________________________________________________________Are you an external processor? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section. Have a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! Stay tuned for more from our Expert Advice series.The new blog series provides monthly advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study. Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 10, 2016.last_img read more

Teng records 3rd triple-double as Flying V completes eliminations sweep

first_imgLATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games With the Thunder in control the whole game, Batangas threatened to close in and got the lead to as low as 11, 84-73, with 9:53 remaining, but Salamat and Torres torched the nets to once again bring the lead back to 20.New recruit Robby Celiz paced Batangas (6-4) with 15 points off the bench, while Cedric de Joya had 14 markers and five assists.The defeat brought the Batangueños down to fifth-seed, as they will now brace for the fourth-ranked CEU in the quarterfinals, which will start on Thursday.The Scores:FLYING V 116 – Torres 26, Teng 24, Salamat 22, Thiele 13, Paredes 9, Tampus 7, Banal 5, Dionisio 5, Cañada 4, Austria 1, Koga 0.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Perpetual holds off San Sebastian for back-to-back wins View comments MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng tallied a historic third triple-double and led Flying V to a dominant 116-101 blowout of Batangas and complete the team’s perfect 10-0 campaign this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The La Salle stalwart registered 24 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists to lead the romp for the Thunder as it became only the fourth team to reach the milestone previously done by NLEX in the 2012 and 2014 Foundation Cups, and Cagayan Valley in the 2015 Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BATANGAS 101 – Celiz 15, De Joya 14, Isit 13, Ablaza 11, Saitanan 10, Mendoza 8, Ragasa 7, Avenido 6, Anderson 5, Gabayni 4, Dela Peña 3, Bulawan 3, Bautista 2, Laude 0.Quarters: 36-24, 57-46, 84-71, 116-101.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Still, coach Eric Altamirano isn’t putting too much on Flying V’s eliminations sweep as he prepares his team for the semifinals as the top-seed.“We’re happy that we’re able to get it done, but I’ll be happier if we win it all the way,” he said. “As much as we want to win a championship, we can’t look beyond that yet. Our focus right now is the playoffs and we have to hurdle the semis first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThomas Torres caught fire from the outside as he went on a flawless 6-of-6 clip from threes to wound up with 26 markers and five boards.Eric Salamat also had 22 points, six assists, and two rebounds in the win. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more