Dear comrades, we greet you with the universal greeting of peace “Assalaamu Alaikum Waragmatullahi Wabarakatoe”, a prayer of peace from us to you
.RE: Palestine Bazaar| South African Friends of Palestine Convoy 2013
The South African Friends of Palestine (SAFP) invites the community of Cape Town to join them for a day of fun filled shopping and entertainment at the Ottery Islamic Society Hall (Oracle Academy) on Saturday 31st August 2013.
Hosted under the auspices of South African activist Aishah Cassiem, a Palestine Bazaar will take place on the day to raise funds for the upcoming SAFP Convoy 2013. Activist from around SA will be leaving to the Occupied Palestinian Territories in early September to donate much needed funds to various schools, orphanage homes, places of worship and community centres, during their 10 day stay. All funds raised from the Palestine bazaar will strictly go towards the convoy, Insha’Allah.
A variety of entertainment can be expected on the day, along with special guest speakers from various organisations in SA, including the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU)
and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).
A variety of stalls will also be available from 9am – 7pm, ranging from fashion wear to beautiful jewellery, hijaab galore to health and beauty products, Eastern accessories to Palestine products, as well as tantalising foods to tickle your taste buds and delicious home-made cake’s & savouries. A media screening will also take place on the day, along with much more other exciting endeavours.
If possible, we would like all to be dressed in the colours of Palestine , Inshallah. I am hoping that you can take from your time to come and join us on the day, in support of Palestine. Remember our honourable president Nelson Mandela had once said “South Africa is not free until the people of Palestine are free...”
If you would like to know more about the Palestine Bazaar in aid of the South African Friends of Palestine Convoy 2013, please contact Aishah Cassiem on 0799662228
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. For more details on SAFP contact the Pretoria offices at 0848178005
(Tasneem Mart) or email email@example.com
Please share this information with all you know. Thank you.
NB!!! PLEASE SEE MORE DOCUMENTS ATTACHED ON ACTIVIST AND SAFP CONVOY 2013
Yours in activism
The South African Friends of Palestine Stall booking:Regarding stall bookings for the Palestine Bazaar; all interested stall holders should please make a payment of R400 into the following account before the20th July 2013. Please forward your name of stall/ business, as your posters need to be printed out for the day of event. Banking details:Standard BankA CassiemPromenade BranchBranch number: 026609Account Number: 310932661 There are a lot of stall bookings coming in and no need to worry about losing out on the day, as we will only have up to one or two stalls selling the same items, depending on what the product is. We will not have more than two of the same stalls as this will be a lost for stallholders. Please book soonest. Shukran
Silat warriors from 25 countries will display their ability in the Silat Minang International Jamboree event in Nagari Talang Babungo, Solok district from 20-26 August.
Head of Tourism of Solok, Jasman said to ranahberita.com
on Tuesday (05/14/2013) that the event was organized by the community observers and performers of Silat Minang Talang Babungo. In the meanwhile, the government fully supports the event.
He explained that all participants would be camping in the open. " 25 countries has already provided confirmation.
Those from abroad prefers camping rather than to over-night in a hotel," said Jasman.
According to Jasman, the government essentially wanted the program to start 16 August. However, the foreign national participants has to adjust according to their work schedule. The event, he added, aims to restore the authenticity of Silat Minang. "Given the outstanding amount of Silat Minang practitioners abroad, from England, Germany, Panama and others, it necessitates introduction and explanation what Silat Minang exactly is about, "said Jasman.
Jasman explains, many Silat Minang schools are established abroad. Sometimes, the teachers only study abroad for a while. "They only learn for a year or two over here, thereafter they instantly become instructors.
In fact, Silat Minang is unique, as its correlation with Islam, " says Jasman.
In addition to foreign fighters, the Jambore will also be enlivened by the Minang fighters themselves from West Sumatra. Jasman said, there are approximately 500 silat schools in West Sumatra. The committee will invite all the schools (branches) that exist. For the smooth flowing of this event, the Solok region government had met some of the relevant ministries.
"We've got the full support of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education and Culture," Jasman said.
"We from the government, are ready to assist in all aspects, such as asking for the support of the center and look for sponsors," said Jasman. (Raju Arafat | Yose)
News translated to english from ranahberita.com
Indonesia was elected as the host of the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games. Currently, Riau slightly move on to speed up the process of venues preparation. This will be the biggest event after previous national sports event (PON XVII).One of the winning election factors of Riau as the host city is its location, which is close to Singapore and Malaysia. It makes Riau as a strategic location for attended countries for the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games. Riau has strong Islamic culture and tradition.
Preparation for the international sports event that will be attended by 57 Islamic countries from all over the world will be more easy because it will use venues that been used for the national sports event. The quality of venues will be increased to international venues standard.
The delegation of ISSF with the Indonesia Olympic Committee (KOI) already visited venues on July 2011. In the Consolidation Meeting of ISSF ~ Inspection and Coordination Committee of the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games, ISSF said that they were satisfied with Riau's effort to develop and prepare the venues.
Mohamed Shaled Gadzar, the secretary general of ISSF, said that swimming venues must be adjusted to international standard. But, he's very sure that Riau will be able to adjust the venues soon. 'Riau is appropriated to be the host of ISG. Supported by international infrastructure scale, Riau will be a successful host of ISG, because all of the venues concentrated into one area,' said Gadzar. He's seems to be satisfied and optimistic that the development stages will be finished on schedule.
There will be 18 sports to compete, like Aquatic (swimming, diving, water polo), gymnastic, athletic, football, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting, karate, badminton, pencaksilat, archery, shooting, wrestling, basketball, handball, tennis, table tennis, fencing, and cycling. Sepaktakraw will be exhibited in this event. But, still no warm-up venues seen yet.
'The venues are almost ready to use. The venues look good, but we will have to keep in mind that we do not yet know the number of teams and sports that will attend. Standard medical facilities near the athletes village and the venues will be needed,' said Abdul Khaliq Khan from ISSF.
'We will further cooperate to make our dream come true and make Islam stronger. After this we hope that this event will increase solidarity and understanding between all of us. Actually, I am expecting our guests to stay longer and witness the closing ceremony,' said Rusli Zainal, the Governor of Riau in ICCM Meeting. 'We will prepare it better. And we will work on it and discuss it with the people from Jakarta.'
sourced from http://www.inaisgoc2013.or.id
YOKOHAMA, Oct 7 — Walking or running in a full suit of samurai armour is not the easiest thing in the world. Swimming in it is even harder, but that's exactly what some in Japan are doing. For fun.
“It's heavy, and it's hot in here ... Fan me hard,” Mutsuo Koga, a 27-year-old doctor, told fellow disciples of traditional Japanese swimming at a recent meet.
“I'm worried about whether I'll be able to get myself back out of the water. It's been three years since I last swam,” said Koga as he readied to take the plunge in a public swimming pool.
Traditional swimming was developed during Japan's feudal 15th and 16th Centuries, when feared samurai swordsmen roamed the country enforcing their masters' will.
Part survival technique – there were times when a warrior just had to swim for it, boots and all – and part aesthetic performance, traditional swimming now has its place in the pantheon of Japanese martial arts.
And like all martial arts, its adherents say it has real-life applications.
“The primary purpose of this kind of swimming is to acquire practical skills for swimming in a real environment,” said Tadao Koga, Mutsuo's father and the grand master of the Kobori school, one of twelve recognised by the Japan Swimming Federation.
“If you can swim fast using Western strokes, that doesn't mean you can survive in a natural environment,” said Koga, 67.
Traditional swimmers have to master a kind of treading water, which will allow them to withstand powerful waves near a seashore.
They also have to learn the “hayanuki” stroke, vital for swimming against a current or up a river, thrusting your body high into the air as your arms crash into the foam.
Whatever happens, you have to keep your head above the water and your wits about you – that obstacle looming in front of you could be a rock, or it could be an axe-wielding enemy.
Oh, and you have to do it while wearing 15 kilograms of armour.
The appeal of the sport is that “swimmers compete on form and beauty, rather than the speed of swimming,” said Yoko Suzuki, 25, a champion of women's traditional swimming.
Masahiko Yaginuma, chairman of the Japanese Traditional Swimming Committee of the JSF, said the form was widely taught in schools in the early 20th century but fell out of favour and is now only found in a few institutions.
“Nowadays women in their 60s or older are the main group of new learners,” because they see traditional swimming as an extension of the other noble arts a cultured Japanese woman learns – like flower arranging and tea ceremony, he said.
Briton Antony Cundy, a Tokyo-based advertising executive who has spent years being tutored in the Kobori school of swimming, said there were real benefits to taking up the sport.
“It's a fun way of getting fit and enjoying Japanese culture and history,” said Cundy.
“It's astonishing you don't see many foreigners enjoying it.”
Around a minute after he slid heavily into the water, Mutsuo Koga slowly and unsteadily hauled himself out to roaring applause from the assembled crowd.
He had managed about 20 metres using a stroke designed to make him glide across the surface of the water, his helmeted head making no abrupt moves.
“Your chest was supposed to be above the water,” Tadao chastised, as his son stood panting on the poolside.
“I was not very good,” gasped Mutsuo. “My body didn't float at all.” — AFP-Relaxnews
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- About 600 local and international silat exponents from Higher Learning Institutions in the country are expected to participate in the Deputy Prime Minister's Trophy International Pencak Silat Championships in Batu Pahat, Johor from Sept 17 to 22.
The annual championship to be held at Square One Batu Pahat shopping complex is being organised by the Higher Learning Ministry (HLM) and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UHTM) with sanction from the National Silat Federation (Pesaka).
UHTM vice-chancellor Prof Amir Hashim Mohd Kassim said the third edition championship this year would include programmes like visits to traditional Malay silat villages around Batu Pahat and silat museum, two or three days before the competition.
"The visits will give silat exponents, especially those from abroad, a chance to learn more about local silat practitioners," he told reporters here.
He said nine countries would challenge overall defending champion, Malaysia, including Netherlands, Belgium, Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
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SATU MALAYSIA - One Malaysia Song... at the Malaysian Independence day celebrations
Malaysia Independence Day Hari Merdeka -Independence day hari merdeka is the national day of Malaysia which is held annually on 31stAugust. This day memorializes the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule in 1957. Malaysia’s national day – Hari Merdeka is celebrated all over the country, particularly in KL. It is the festival time to be in Kuala Lumpur or anywhere in Malaysia.
Several events are held during this festival that enhance the beauty of this day. At this event, flags are hoisted & political leaders appear at public events. Besides this, lots of other events are also held such as parades in the morning, fireworks in the evening, royal procession, cultural performances, military demonstration, intricate floats etc.
This year, Malaysia will celebrate its 55th independence day. Just like previous year, this great day will be celebrated throughout August 2012 & possible extended until mid September. In the previous year Malaysia Independence Day 2011, the theme was 1Malaysia, Transformasi Berjaya, Rakyat Sejahtera but in the year of 2012, theme of Independence Day (Hari Merdeka) will be “Janji Ditepati”.
Hari Mardeka – Independence day ends enthusiastically with a festival and parade known asMerdeka Parade. Various government agencies and private sectors join together to participate Merdeka parade.
The formation of federation of Malaysia was announced on September 16, 1963 as Malaysia day but the nationwide independence day is still celebrated on 31st August (original independence date of Malaya). In the year of 2009, it was decided that beginning 2010, Malaysia Day would be a nationwide public holiday in addition to Hari Merdeka on 31st August.
The great independence day (Hari Merdeka) is celebrated by many people at square in Kula Lumpur where a large parade and festival is held. Malaysians from all background, race and religion gather in crowds at Merdeka square, raise flags and show their National pride.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 (Bernama) -- Top Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) exponents
from nine countries will parade their combat skills during the One Fighting
Championship (One FC) - Destiny of Warriors - to be held at Stadium Negara on
According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of One FC, Victor Cui, the
inaugural tournament held in the country would see the top 10 MMA exponents show
off their skills in several martial arts disciplines.
"We can see the international fighters champions in several martial arts
field such as silat, judo, karate and taekwondo display their unique skills in
front of the local fans," he told a media briefing on the event here, today.
Kuala Lumpur has been chosen as the fourth venue by One FC to organise
the event after it was successfully held in Singapore in January, Indonesia in
February, before going back to Singapore in March.
"We will go to the Philippines next month and back to Singapore in June,"
SPORTS-MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) 2 (LAST) KUALA LUMPUR
He also urged the local martial arts fans to buy the ticket early since the
response was very encouraging.
"I can''t tell how many tickets we have sold so far but what I can say is
that the sales of tickets is very fast because the support from the local fans
is simply fantastic," he said.
Tickets for the tournament are currently on sale at www.AirAsiaRedTix.com
and priced at RM348 for VIP seating which includes exclusive red carpet
entrance as well as access to the VIP lounge.
Tickets are also available for usual seating and priced at RM108 and RM48
The martial arts fans from around the world can catch the first four matches
live via streaming online at http://www.livesport.tv/onefc which is free of
The six remaining matches are available on pay-per-view from US$9.99 (RM
Malaysia would be represented in the tournament by the world''s Brazilian
jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai Champion, Adam "Shogun" Shahir Kayoom and national
silat champion, AJ "Pyro" Lias Mansor.
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Reading the Warriors Pledge pronounced with enthusiasm on the Night of The Warriors of Malacca recently, set fire to the spirit of the youth to maintain their identity. The Event took place on Friday 13th, between 5pm and 11pm.
This assembly, involving more than 2600 pesilats (silat practitioners) from 60 Silat schools were held in the open fields near Banda Hilir in Melaka. This occasion which brought together thousands of children from a variety of Silat schools is a manifestation of the spirit of a nation of warriors ready to rise up to defend the dignity of their religion, race and country from elements who try to interfere with its national security.
This historic night was officiated by Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, president of the National Silat Federation of Malaysia (PESAKA), who is also Chief Minister of Malacca. Also present were , Master of Silat Lincah Malaysia, Tan Sri Omar Din Mauju and the Chairman of Malacca PESAKA, Datuk Yaqub Md. Amin.
Mohd Ali said in his opening remarks, this rally is one of the warrior spirit raising efforts to continue to defend the identity of Malaysians, especially the Malay culture which comprises of disciplined behavior and morality.
"Therefore, PESAKA and Silat students are always ready to defend the sovereignty and uphold the values in the martial skills against traitors and threats by irresponsible persons," he added.
The audience present was estimated at nearly 3000 people and they were treated to a demonstration of the speed of the Malay warriors, Silat Seni dances, and weaponry amongst other silat displays. Silat groups from various universities also displayed their skills as early as 5pm to the closing ceremony at 11.00 pm.
At the end of the night of the Warriors of Malacca, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali was awarded the Admiral Award sash of Melaka, which was the highest State award presented by Grand Master Tan Sri Omar Din Mauju; a known warrior of Malaysia. Thereafter, awards were also given to various Silat Gurus.
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day
). The period includes Universal Children’s Day
and World AIDS Day
Although the global campaign focuses on violence against women only, South Africa added children to its campaign because of the high incidence of child abuse in the country.
This campaign has been profiled and implemented in South Africa since 1999. The South African Government runs the 16 Days of Activism Campaign to create public awareness on the negative impact of violence on women and children and to encourage collective action against all types of abuse and its prevention in our communities. We are firmly committed to lead a coordinated effort to sustain the campaign into its next decade.
In 2011 the 16 days of activism campaign will be undertaken under the Theme: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence.”
The five sub-themes will be:
- Bringing together women, peace, and human rights movements to challenge militarism
- Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence
- Sexual violence in and after conflict
- Political violence against women, including Pre/During/Post-election violence
- Sexual and gender based violence committed by the police and armed forces
Every year, government, civil-society organisations and the business sector work together to broaden the impact of the campaign. By supporting this campaign, thousands of South Africans have also helped to increase awareness of abuse and build support for victims and survivors of abuse.
This campaign actively supports the priorities of government to empower women, in particular rural women grappling with the challenge of unemployment and poverty; and protects the rights of the child.
During the campaign, government will mobilise communities around the national effort to reduce arms in society, which tend to be the common denominator in many cases of domestic violence.
While there is slight improvement, the levels of physical, emotional and sexual abuse experienced by women and children remain unacceptably high. The recently released Crime Statistics 2010/2011 indicated that:
- With the exception of the murder of adult women which increased by 5, 6% and sexual offences against children (younger than 18 years) which increased by 2, 6%.
- All other social contact crimes against women and children decreased by margins of between -29, 4% and -0, 8%. This is in quite sharp contrast to 2009/2010, when in most cases significant increases in social contact crimes against women and children were recorded.
- Sexual offences in general indicates a ratio decrease of -4, 4%, from 138.5 sexual offences per 100 000 of the RSA population in 2009/2010 to 132.4 per 100 000 in 2010/2011. This represents a decrease of 2 136 cases, from 68 332 to 66 196.
- The ongoing rape of members of the gay and lesbian community is a crime that will not be tolerated. The criminal justice system will deal harshly with the perpetrators of these so-called “corrective rape” crimes.
- A person who kills and extracts body-parts has not only committed murder but has violated human rights. There is nothing that can drive a person to commit such horrible crimes against women and children as there are no benefits to be derived from imithi with human body parts.
Events What can you do?
Together, let us take actions to support the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.
What is Government doing?
- Wear your White Ribbon from 25 November to 10 December 2011 to show your support.
- Speak out against woman and child abuse. Encourage silent female victims to talk about abuse and ensure that they get help. Report child abuse to the police immediately. Encourage children to report bullying behaviour to school authorities.
- Volunteer for non-governmental organisations and community groups who support abused women and children. Use your life skills and knowledge to help support victims of abuse.
- Contact your local police station to find out how you can join a community policing forum and help create safer and functioning communities.
- Men are critical partners in the fight against the abuse of women and children
- Families must stick together to create safe environment for women and children.
- Parents and adults can make sure that children are not exposed to sexual and violent material such as pornography.
- Make a contribution to the Foundation for Human Rights, which receive money raised during the campaign and distribute it to non-governmental organisations. Contact them at tel: 011 339 5560/1/2/3/4/5.
- Engage in online dialogues such as the Cyber Dialogues organised by Gender Links which provides a platform to share issues and experiences and offer solutions. Professional experts in the caring professions participate in the on-line chat room.
- Get connected with important contacts and information published on www.womensnet.org.za.
- According to the International Action Network on Small Arms (ANSA) Women’s Network, women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the homes. Report illegal guns to SAPS.
- Participate in the various 16 Days of Activism events and activities: Watch this page for a calendar outlining events taking place around the country over the period of the 16 days.
Where to get help
- Government is establishing a Council on Violence against Women and Children. The Advisory Council will comprise of key government departments, civil society organisations and other relevant partners. It will coordinate comprehensive initiatives implemented to stop the scourge.
- The proposed Gender Equality Bill will provide government with the legislative authority to fast-track the empowerment of women and address issues of enforcement and compliance towards the attainment of our target of 50/50 gender parity. The final Draft Bill will be submitted to Cabinet for approval by March 2012.
- Development of a barometer to measure the number of women who will benefit from the five million jobs that we seek to create in the next 10 years under the New Growth Path, will highlight the high impact of unemployment on women.
- Government provides support to children to fight child poverty. We currently have more than 10,5 million children who benefit from the child support grant, while we provide foster care benefits to over 563 000 vulnerable children. Government subsidises close to 800 000 children at early childhood development centres to enable children from poor households to obtain early education. In addition, more than eight million children at primary and secondary schools benefit from school-feeding schemes.
- On 6 June 2011, Government launched the Strategy and Guidelines on Children Working and Living in the Streets [PDF]. This Strategy provides guidance on the services and programmes to be rendered to children living and working in the streets.
- The Expanded Public Works Programme and a community works programme provide short-term employment opportunities while also responding to pressing community challenges.
- The Green Paper on Families [PDF] seeks to strengthen and support families as the cornerstone of a well-functioning society.
- Government led a national Rural Women’s Summit in May 2011 to empower women with information on how to access various departmental programmes. With the help of Government, women in Tzaneen run successful farms, mining as well as arts and crafts projects. These projects employ a number of people and their products are sold in domestic and foreign markets.
- Since 1994, Government has developed several pieces of legislation to redress the wrongs affecting women and children.
- What if you are abused [PDF]
- Counselling and support for women
- National Crisis Helpline (Lifeline) 0861 322 322
- Stop Gender-Based Violence Helpline 0800 150 150
- People Opposed to Women Abuse 011 642 4345/6
- Family and Marriage Society of South Africa 011 975 7106/7
- Counselling and support for children
- Social Security
- Child support grants 0800 601 011
- Marie Stopes clinics 0800 11 77 85
- Depression and Anxiety Group 011 262 6396
- AIDS Helpline 0800 012 322
- AID for AIDS 0860 100 646
- Legal assistance
- Legal Aid Board 0800 110 110
- Lawyers for Human Rights 011 339 1960
- Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation 011 403 5650
- South African Police Service
- Suicide Crisis Line 0800 567 567
- Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences units were established in all 176 policing areas. Police officers have been trained to deal with these cases with the sensitivity they deserve. Forensic social workers are hired to assist child victims in particular to submit evidence necessary to support conviction.