For its part, after the meeting held between the clubs of La Rioja have reached a common determination that has not yet been considered. They are directly committed to suppressing the Single Seat Playoff and that the best classifieds of the regular season rise directly. In Catalonia, on the contrary, they do support the qualifying rounds, but not in the conventional way, but with the inclusion of eight teams per group. Lleida even threatens to take legal action if a fair measure for all is not adopted.Teams in danger: respect and supportOne of the most controversial decisions in the FEF proposal is the suppression of declines. In this way, success is rewarded, but failure is not punished by not being able to follow the season at a current pace. For example, Hercules and Orihuela They have given their version in AS and both are among the closest to the innovative measure still under debate. “The teams that are in decline will be happy. I think this measure is to keep 70% or 80% of people happy“says Chechu Flores, one of the captains of Orihuela. Luis Rubiales will meet next week with the territorial federations to discuss the Playoff model in Second Division B and Third after proposing the end of the regular season and the suppression of declines in non-professional soccer. The measure, first, is favorable for many clubs, who save the category and have access to the promotion dispute without the need to dispute the pending days. However, there are many voices that have positioned themselves against the measure and few have been in favor. Other territories, without giving their vision, confirm that they will accept the decision made by the federative organism.Starting from a practical analysis, teams such as Castellón or the Logroñés they are one of the great beneficiaries of this. Both lead the classification of their Second B groups and they would have, a priori, a double chance for promotion. It also comes to them ‘free’, since they could lose that favorable condition in the remaining days. However, surprisingly they have publicly positioned themselves against the measure proposed by the FEF. “If the competition can be resumed, we do not understand that some teams play and others do not. We should finish the season, regardless of the dates, “sources from Castellón explain to AS.Logroñés follows the same line: “We are absolutely against this approach and a position that is taken in an improvised way, without giving concrete details and totally out of time in the situation the country is in. “Juanjo Guerreros, club manager and spokesperson in this situation, also dropped the possibility of creating an intermediate category between Second and Second B , so as not to destroy the professionalism of the division with the introduction of more new equipment. This line is also defended by Badajoz, in Playoff positions. Its president, Joaquín Parra, assured in El Larguero that a day before the proposal, Rubiales had guaranteed him that the competition would continue.Castellón & nbsp; (Twitter) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Castellón leads its group in Second Division B.Castellón (Twitter) Quique Hernández, president, acts as spokesman for Hercules: “Health is the most important thing at the moment. Any measure that is taken will have its victims and it is a very complex decision. Perhaps this decision is the least bad of all“Their vision shows a pattern: the teams in danger show respect for the decision made from Las Rozas and, at times, support it. El Arenas, also in decline, takes it “as if God and the Virgin of Begoña had come”. Many others, such as those involved in ‘the miracles of the Third’, have not publicly positioned themselves on this issue.ProLiga represents the clubsProLiga ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>David Jiménez, president of ProLiga.ProLiga David JiménezAs president of the organization representing about 240 clubs between Segunda B and Tercera, he gave an interview at AS to show the general vision that exists around this issue. “Honestly, at the moment we are in, it is impossible to make a proposal that everyone likes.“He explains, and then explains what opinion groups exist:” Those who were lower seemed good to avoid relegation and those who were higher seemed good, although with the uncertainty of what that playoff would be like. But there are teams that are fifth and complain that they could have ended up in promotion positions. Some would see it fairer than the classification taken into account is that of the first round. “Caution before resolutionNext week there will be a meeting to adopt the final resolution. So far, everything discussed is nothing more than a draft and although it has been confirmed that there are no decreases, the competition model from now on is still under debate. Therefore, it is early to venture to present a critical voice or public support. It happens, for example, in the Canary group, where not all those involved in the upper part of the classification add up to the same games played. That is why their clubs keep their distance awaiting a difficult decision.Some advocate for the point coefficient, others for the first round, and others prefer that the Playoff include everyone involved. This setback, in fact, not only affects the Canary group, but also XIV, VIII, XVII and XVIII, although the islands have the most peculiar case. All the specific circumstances will be discussed in the talk by Luis Rubiales with the different territories.In addition to the problems mentioned, the format remains undefined. At this time a territorial promotion in Tercera gains strength with single match crosses between the first four, although the leaders spread a direct promotion for the first ones and opportunities for the fifth, sixth and seventh of the leaderboards. It will also be in question at the next conference. In Second B, except for surprise, it will seek to gather the 16 in neutral headquarters with a conventional format: double chance for the leaders and the only exception to change the round trip for a single match.The Catalan Federation stands up for itselfAfter the meeting held by the eleven Catalan Second B clubs with the territorial one, there is only one evidence: common agreement for the suppression of the declines, although there are different views on the new format. However, each entity has its position on the Playoff and is not in line with that of the FEF. “We cannot accept in any way the letter sent to us by the Spanish Football Federation. Either we can all play soccer or no one can. Lleida defends ending the competition until the last moment, “he says. Albert Esteve, from Lleida, who advocates a cross of eight teams and even threatens to take legal action to defend their rights. It is just one more voice among the hundreds that day by day value the future of non-professional football. The answers, next week.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene South Korea edges North Korea 1-0 at East Asian Championship It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSerbian coach Moro Branislav is pleased with Foton’s campaign despite falling short in retaining the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix title.The Tornadoes headed into the tournament as the reigning back-to-back champions. They finished with a 7-1 record but slipped to No. 3 behind top seed F2 Logistics and Petron due to inferior quotient.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “[I’m] satisfied. You can’t be first every time,” said Branislav on Saturday.“It’s okay. We still finished in the podium. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseFoton’s only loss in the elimination round was against Petron in four sets.The Tornadoes lost to the Blaze Spikers again in the semifinals before they salvaged third place after shutting out Cocolife. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce met with Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.The FSJ Chamber along with the BC Chamber and 10 chambers from the North, Okanagan, and Kootenays met with the Minister to discuss concerns related to the Federal Species at Risk Act’s Section 11 Mountain Caribou Recovery Plan. In attendance was Cheryl Montgomery from the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce to ensure recommendations regarding the socio-economic impact that involves all industry sections including forestry, oil and gas, recreation, indigenous and community are being met through the section 11 criteria. – Advertisement -“It is an incredible opportunity to be able to have time with Minister Donaldson and ensure our voice is being heard on behalf of our members and the region of Fort St. John as a whole. My hope is that having a very large provincial voice in the BC Chamber of Commerce and all of its members will provide clarity to the minister about how important this issue is to our businesses and our local industries.” Says Executive Director of the FSJ and District Chamber of Commerce. Per the BC Chamber adopted policies on the matter, the consortium addressed: The need for more fulsome (and broad) engagement moving forward with Indigenous nations, local governments, industry and communities The necessity of substantial and timely socio-economic impact assessments in areas that may be affected by any management measures intended to help the caribou recover Montgomery shares, their messages were received by the minister, and the group felt optimistic that meaningful action will be taken in the weeks and months ahead to address the concerns. Advertisement According to Montgomery, the Minister stated he appreciates that chambers remain committed “support” organizations on the ground when it comes to enabling deeper consultations moving forward. “Our network will continue to focus on strategies that protect both our iconic caribou and thriving local economies and communities,” says Val Litwin, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “The BC Chamber and our member chambers look forward to continuing to work with the Province on this important file,” Chambers in attendance included: Dawson Creek, Revelstoke, Fort Nelson, Chetwynd, Sicamous, Prince George, Fort St. John, Tumbler Ridge. (Attending remotely were: Nakusp, Kelowna & Mackenzie)
Mr Downey todayA man from Donegal accused of four murders in an IRA bombing will not be prosecuted because he received a previous guarantee he would not be taken to court.It follows a judge’s ruling that an official assurance given in error meant the suspect could not be prosecuted. John Downey, 62, who lives near Creeslough, was accused of bombing soldiers in Hyde Park in 1982.The decision may affect 187 “on-the-run” cases, of people wanted for alleged offences in the Troubles who received similar assurances.The public interest in preventing misconduct by the authorities outweighed the public interest in a trial, Mr Justice Sweeney had ruled.The Hyde Park attack killed Squadron Quartermaster Corporal Roy Bright, Lieutenant Anthony Daly, Trooper Simon Tipper and Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young on 20 July 1982.Mr Downey, who was convicted of IRA membership in the 1970s, had denied murdering the soldiers and conspiring to cause an explosion.He became Scotland Yard’s prime suspect for the Hyde Park attack – but he was never extradited from the Republic of Ireland. He was described in court as a committed supporter of the Northern Ireland peace process.In May 2013 he was arrested at Gatwick Airport while en route to Greece and charged with the murders and bomb attack. Mr Downey had travelled to the UK on four previous occasions since 2010.But over the course of legal argument, he asked the Old Bailey to halt the prosecution – saying he had received a clear written assurance from the government that he would not be tried.He cited an official letter he received in 2007 saying: “There are no warrants in existence, nor are you wanted in Northern Ireland for arrest, questioning or charging by police. The Police Service of Northern Ireland are not aware of any interest in you by any other police force.”He said his alleged offences had been categorised as one of the “on-the-run” cases that would no longer be pursued in the light of progress in the peace process.In his judgement halting the case, Mr Justice Sweeney said Mr Downey had received an assurance in 2007 that he would not face criminal charges, despite the fact that police in Northern Ireland knew he was still wanted by Scotland Yard. Although police soon realised they had made a mistake, the assurance was never withdrawn.The Crown Prosecution Service had argued that the assurance was given in error – but the judge said it amounted to a “catastrophic failure” that misled the defendant. A trial would therefore be an abuse of executive power.Sinn Fein has welcomed the decision.BREAKING NEWS: JOHN DOWNEY CLEARED OF HYDE PARK BOMBING was last modified: February 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:John Downey
The wet weather didn’t dampen the fun of Ryan Tubridy’s visit to Donegal today as part of his Wild Atlantic Way roadshow.The RTE Radio One presenter attracted crowds out to the Diamond in Donegal Town for a live broadcast from 9am-11am.Despite the rain, a mix of local people came out to visit the radio roadcaster and welcome Tubridy to town. Ryan Tubridy with the Grogan and Burns family at Donegal Castle. Photo- Clive Wasson.Eddie Gravan meets with Ryan Tubridy at the new Sliabh Liag centre . Photo- Clive Wasson.Failte Ireland Staff, Miriam Kennedy, Failte Ireland’s Head of the Wild Atlantic Way, John McGroary, Tour Guide and Joan Crawford, Joan Crawford, Wild Atlantic Way Manager, with Ryan Tubridy Sliabh Liag. Photo- Clive Wasson.Special guests on the programme included singer David James, Lynn and Rosy Temple from Magee of Donegal, Chef Finn Ni Fhaolain, businesswoman Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point hotel, Dunfanaghy farmer Danielle Stewart, Bundoran tourism officer Shane Smith and author Catherine Doyle.Tubridy also took the opportunity to visit some of the Wild Atlantic Way highlights in Donegal on Sunday. He visited the Killybegs Seafood Shack for some of their famous scampi and chips. Then it was on to Teelin, where Tubs went out to sea on Paddy Byrne’s boat Nuala Star. The tour was short-lived, but the presenter was treated to a lively music session.Skipper, Paddy Byrne helps Ryan Tubridy get his fishing line sorted from Teelin Pier . Photo- Clive Wasson.Connie Byrne and Thomas Cunningham performing for Ryan Tubridy. Photo- Clive Wasson.Paddy Byrne takes his opportunity for a selfie with Ryan Tubridy Photo- Clive Wasson.Tubs admitted that he was taken aback by the impressive Sliabh Liag cliffs. This was his first visit to the South Donegal cliffs, and he was eager to recommend it to his listeners on Monday’s show. Ryan said: “In my ignorance, I wasn’t aware of it so it was great to go there. It is an amazing piece of Irish beauty on the Wild Atlantic Way that I think people down through the years, people tended to not go to that, they’d go back to the Cliffs of Moher and more familiar sights.“But this one, if you’re up this part of town, is just breathtaking.”Failte Ireland Staff, Miriam Kennedy, Failte Irelands Head of the Atlantic Way Joan Crawford and Gemma Flannagan with Ryan Tubridy at the new Sliabh Liag Centre. . Photo- Clive Wasson.Margaret Cunningham, Glencolmcille Folk Village and Ryan Tubridy at Sliabh Liag Photo- Clive Wasson.Tubridy’s tour is also documented on social media, where fans can follow ‘Tubs on the Wild Atlantic Way’ on Facebook and Twitter @wildatlanticway #wildatlanticway.A warm welcome for Tubs on wild Donegal visit – Picture Special was last modified: June 4th, 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:Donegal TownRyan TubridytourismWild Atlantic Way
QPR are pursuing potential deals for a number of players as they prepare for next season.Rangers, still chasing Brentford’s Jake Bidwell and Huddersfield defender Joel Lynch, are interested in Legia Warsaw midfielder Ariel Borysiuk, West London Sport revealed on Thursday.And despite having an approach for Metz’s Yeni Ngbakoto rejected, Rangers are still hoping to sign the winger and Lille’s France Under-21 striker Sehrou Guirassy.Meanwhile, Wealdstone have made their fourth signing of the summer with the addition of former AFC Wimbledon midfielder Ricky Wellard.Chelsea Ladies duo Fran Kirby and Gilly Flaherty have withdrawn from the England squad for a double header against Serbia because of leg injuries.Kirby and Flaherty have been sidelinedIn cricket, there were no fireworks on his Middlesex debut from Brendon McCullum as Gloucestershire overhauled a target of 160 with a ball to spare in the gloom at Northwood.Ickenham’s Jordanne Whiley enjoyed a superb start to her French Open campaign as she beat the world number one in the wheelchair singles and later reached the doubles final.And in badminton, Feltham’s Rajiv Ouseph survived another tight tussle at the Indonesian Open as he edged out Wei Nan 11-21 26-24 21-15 in Thursday’s second round.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SANTA CLARA — Nick Mullens will finish out the season as the 49ers starting quarterback, further convincing Kyle Shanahan of that in Sunday’s overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks, a game the coach thought was Mullens’ masterpiece through six starts.The 49ers (4-10) close with their home finale Sunday against the Chicago Bears before a Dec. 30 visit to the NFC West-winning Los Angeles Rams.Mullens is 3-3 since replacing C.J. Beathard, who was 0-5 after Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending knee …
The discovery that cells are filled with molecular motors is one of the major achievements of late 20th-century molecular biology. Biochemists routinely use the word “motor” when describing cellular processes, because, in fact, machines made of protein actually do use energy to perform work. Now we have a new hybrid science – biophysics – that analyzes the kinetics of tiny machines that work just like human-sized ones, but at scales a billion times smaller. The diversity of forms these motors take, and the efficiency of their operations, is really quite astonishing. Here are just a few recent examples from the literature.Camera Iris: One of the many gate motors in the cell membrane acts like a camera iris. Biochemists in Scotland studied a mechanically sensitive channel named MscS in the E. coli bacterium. At 3.45 angstrom resolution (a third of a billionth of a meter), they found that the protein coils in this channel, which opens in response to mechanical energy, twist in a way that opens and closes like the iris of your eye. The motion breaks a vapor lock, they said; “This motion is akin to the opening of camera iris.” The side chains move apart “in a manner reminiscent of the plates of a mechanical camera iris.” In conclusion of their paper in Science,1 they said:The opening and closing of channels is central to biology, yet is still poorly understood at a molecular level. The use of mutants with modified gating kinetics may prove a widely applicable approach to crystallize different channel conformations. By combining functional data with an open structure of the MscS channel, we have described the transitions between closed and open forms that involve tilting and separation of the transmembrane helices reminiscent of a camera iris.Winch: Like men pulling together, cell motors can team up to pull cargo along. The two primary transport motor types, dynein and kinesin, actually “walk” step-by-step on filaments. Like African women with baskets on their heads, these machines attach to vesicles and other cargo and carry them to their destinations. Scientists are finding that more often than not they work in teams. This is an active area of research with many questions. William Hancock (Penn State) reviewed what is known in a Dispatch in Current Biology.2 He asked some of the questions: “how many motors need to be turned on or off to trigger directional switching? And what sorts of regulation and cooperative interactions underlie the complex oscillations of chromosomes seen during metaphase?” As if individual motors were not complex enough, he said, “While understanding the characteristics of the individual motors involved in these processes is important, there is clearly another level of complexity that needs to be considered when developing realistic physical models of these processes.”Flagellum motorboat: Observers of the evolution controversy will immediately recognize the bacterial flagellum as the mascot of the intelligent design movement (02/10/2003, 07/11/2003, 10/27/2004). Evolutionists are just as astonished with this outboard motor, present in one of the “simplest” forms of life, but continue to believe it evolved somehow. An example is Dr. Flagellum himself, Howard Berg of Harvard (07/11/2003, 08/19/2005, 06/24/2008). This man who knows the most about the physics of the flagellum published a handy-dandy Q&A article about the flagellum in the Aug. 26 issue of Current Biology.3 Some quick facts from his Quick Guide: It is “remarkably small rotary electric motor” with a drive shaft, rotor, stator, bushings, universal joint, mounting plate and switch complex. It runs on proton motive force or sodium ions that come through the cell membrane through specialized channels. It responds to chemical gradients with higher rotation. “At high loads, eight or more force-generating elements are active, each generating the same torque.” Some 20 protein parts make up the motor base, but many additional parts are involved during its construction. The motor is built from the inside out with parts added in a strict sequence:There are a number of checks and balances in this process, the most dramatic of which involves an antibody-like factor that blocks expression of late genes, which encode the filament protein FliC, the Mot proteins A and B, and the various components of the chemotaxis pathway. When motor assembly reaches the level of the hook, this factor is pumped out of the cell by the flagellar transport apparatus, relieving suppression of late-gene transcription. At about the same time, the export apparatus switches from transport of components of the rod and hook to the hook-associated proteins and filament. Ingenious mechanisms are involved in supplying raw material at the base of the motor, in rod and hook-length control, and in pumping hook and filament subunits through a 2 nm pore along the motor axis. In Escherichia coli and Salmonella, the energy required for this export is supplied by an electrochemical proton gradient (protonmotive force). Remarkably, the filament grows at its distal end.(Links to animations of this process can be found in the 11/02/2005 entry). Berg continues: the motor can turn both directions, and stop in a millionth of a rotation. It usually reverses direction once per second. This allows the organism to alter direction quickly. The viscosity the bacterium feels in water is similar to what you would feel swimming in molasses. The propeller has variable pitch. Rotation is likely driven by conformational changes of protein parts between the 26 units comprising the ring. The flagellum usually spins at 100Hz (6,000 RPM), but can go 300Hz (18,000). Flagella with sodium-ion drive can go five times faster (~100,000 RPM). Berg did a little calculation of how much force the motor generates. If ramped up to our scale, he said, it would be about 5 horsepower per pound – “That’s roughly the power per pound generated by a turboprop airplane engine.” Unlike the airplane engine, though, the flagellum doesn’t get hot: “the motor is water-cooled and thermal diffusion is very efficient over small distances, so its temperature remains very close to ambient.” Asked if the flagellar motor is good for anything, Berg remarked, “If you are a bacterium, a great deal: a lot of energy is expended in building such a machine so that a cell can find essential nutrients. For humans, very little so far, except to illustrate how extraordinary nanotechnology can be.”Of the articles cited above, only Berg’s discussed evolution. He compared the flagellum to the simpler, needle-shaped Type III Secretory System (TTSS; see 04/17/2007, bullet 11, and 01/05/2007). “Some argue that the flagellar rotary motor evolved from the needle structure, but it was probably the other way around, since flagellated bacteria existed long before their eukaryotic targets,” he said. This puts the more-complex machine first – opposite what evolutionary theory would predict. “Perhaps they evolved from a common ancestor,” he continued. But then he asked, “What was the rotary motor doing before the helical propeller was invented, if indeed that was the order of events? Serving as a secretory apparatus that acquired the ability to spin? Packaging polynucleic acids into virus heads? Food for thought.”1. Wang, Black, Edwards, Miller, Morrison, Bartlett, Dong, Naismith and Booth, “The Structure of an Open Form of an E. coli Mechanosensitive Channel at 3.45 Angstrom Resolution,” Science, 29 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5893, pp. 1179-1183, DOI: 10.1126/science.1159262.2. William O. Hancock, “Intracellular Transport: Kinesins Working Together,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 16, 26 August 2008, Pages R715-R717, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.07.068.3. Howard Berg, “Quick guide: Bacterial flagellar motor,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 16, 26 August 2008, Pages R689-R691, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.07.015.Food for thought, indeed. OK, so chew on it. Howard Berg wants us to think that the complete rotary engine existed for some other function before it was co-opted by the bacterium as an outboard motor. That’s like believing a water-cooled, precision-assembled, variable-pitch, reversible, switch-controlled, highly efficient 5HP/lb airplane turboprop engine composed of 40 essential parts just “emerged” from nowhere until an airplane chassis “emerged” that used it to fly. We thought about it. We chewed on it. We ruminated on it. We masticated it. We munched, crunched, chomped, chawed and gnawed it to pulp. Bleagh. So we spit it out and had some SOLID* food for thought instead.*Smart Ones Like Intelligent Design.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Projects developed by the GetOn Foundation are created with the intention for them to become self-sustaining and to enrich their targeted communities. (Image: GetOn Skills Development Centre)Unemployment is one of the major ills plaguing South Africa. This is partly the result of a lack of skills among the working age population, those who can actively contribute to the country’s economy.This prompted GetOn Skills Development to take action and provide skill-specific and market-related training to ambitious and promising young individuals in Pretoria West and its surrounding areas.The organisation gives young people a chance to realise their potential. Yet it also aims to develop its protégées socially and emotionally in order for them to lead happy and productive lives as independent and self-supporting adults.South Africa’s unemployment rate sits at 25.5% among the working age population, according to data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for the third quarter of 2015, the latest available data. This shockingly high figure highlights the need for more measures to be taken to empower unemployed citizens.The unemployment rate has risen steadily in recent years, posing a potent threat to the wellbeing of the country as a whole, with individuals living in rural and informal settlements bearing the brunt.This makes creating jobs a key challenge that has to be addressed, with a firm eye trained on alleviating the pressure on youth. It also ties in neatly with the aims of the National Development Plan, which sets out to achieve a crucial reduction in the unemployment rate from 25% to 6% by the year 2030.“Why this is so real for me is because on a monthly basis we get new students coming in to GetOn and I see a lot of these students shrinking with the burdens and a lot of stress,” said Brenton Cryer, the general manager of the GetOn Skills Development Centre.“When I look at them I smile because I know that after a few weeks they’re standing up tall, confident and ready to take on the world, and that’s really where I see GetOn making a lot of change in people’s lives, through the life skills [we provide].”PARTNERS FOR CHANGEThe GetOn Skills Development Centre was set up by the GetOn Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation working to empower developing countries and close the gap between them and their developed counterparts.Projects developed by the GetOn Foundation are created with the intention for them to become self-sustaining and to enrich their targeted communities.The organisation is partnered with a number of groups whose goals are aligned with its goals, such as Learn to Earn and the Mr Price Foundation, both aimed at developing youth from disenfranchised communities and helping them to break into the job market.“It was a challenging time in my life when I came here [to GetOn]” says former GetOn trainee Thabo Mokhonoana. “I was unemployed and discouraged at not knowing which direction I should take in my life.“I’m glad that when I came here GetOn opened its arms to me and it embraced me like a son. I’m glad to say that today I’m working. It has been six months that I have been working and I have seen a lot of progress in my life financially.”Like many of the GetOn graduates, Mokhonoana aspires to open his own business at some point in the near future and make full use of the skills he has acquired.“I’d love to open my own business because GetOn gives us skills so we can start businesses. It doesn’t just give us skills so that we can work for people, but it gives us skills so that we can be empowered to go out there and make a difference.”GETON AND GET INVOLVEDGetOn offers a number of options to those looking to contribute to bringing about the change the organisation is working towards.These options include campaigning for the organisation, raising funds, donations to ensure the longevity of the programme as well as getting directly involved in the day-to-day happenings at the GetOn centre.For more information on how you can get involved, visit GetOn’s get involved page.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.