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After the euphoria of Nelson Mandela’s election, what happened next? Podcast

After the euphoria of Nelson Mandela’s election, what happened next? Podcast

It was a moment many South Africans never believed they’d live to see. On 10 May 1994, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of a democratic South Africa, ending the deadly and brutal white minority apartheid regime. To mark 30 years since South Africa’s post-apartheid transition began, The Conversation Weekly podcast is running a special three-part podcast series, What happened to Nelson Mandela’s South Africa? In the first episode, two scholars who experienced the transition at first hand reflect on the initial excitement around Mandela’s election, the priorities of his African National Congress (ANC) in the transition and the challenges that lay ahead for South Africa as it set out to define its post-apartheid future. In the months leading up to South Africa’s 1994 elections, Steven Friedman was seconded to work in the monitoring division of the Independent Electoral Commission. It was a tense period, he remembers: The actual experience of working in the commission was incredibly challenging, I think, for everybody involved, and quite scary at times … I remember looking down from my …

What happened to Nelson Mandela’s South Africa? A new podcast series marks 30 years of post-apartheid democracy

What happened to Nelson Mandela’s South Africa? A new podcast series marks 30 years of post-apartheid democracy

When Nelson Mandela stood in front of the Union Buildings in Pretoria in May 1994 as South Africa’s first democratically elected president, my country was brimming with optimism for its post-apartheid future. I was there and relieved at the prospect of an end to bloodshed. I had seen far too much violence and death in my five-year career as a journalist, covering the deadly political violence that characterised the dying moments of apartheid. But was the negotiated settlement real freedom? The sceptic in me wondered. How could it be when we did not really defeat the white settler colonialists who’d made our lives a living hell, to take back the land they’d stolen from us and dictate the terms on which a liberated country would be founded? My mind wandered back to the days when black children fighting against the inferior Bantu education system would be told: Half a loaf is better than no bread. That seemed to aptly describe what was unfolding before my eyes. It wasn’t quite the liberation many of us envisaged …

Nelson Peltz Praises Elon Musk as Having No Ego

Nelson Peltz Praises Elon Musk as Having No Ego

Fresh off his bruising loss in the proxy fight against The Walt Disney Co., the activist investor Nelson Peltz appeared on CNBC to discuss the fight in a conversation with Jim Cramer. “I’m willing to give them the opportunity to prove me wrong I’m willing to give them the opportunity to do as they say,” Peltz said. “The shareholders have voted. They want to give management and the board a chance. So so be it. We will watch like we did last time.” Peltz said he was “very surprised” that after the Institutional Shareholder Services recommendation that most institutional investors still voted for the Disney board. “If you look at their comments, their comments were beautiful, they were very complimentary. But at the end of the day, they check the box and you’ll have to ask them why they did it,” Peltz added. “I’ve got my feelings but I’m not going to talk about it here on television, but you should ask them. I was very disappointed, to say the least, that after the beautiful …

CalPERS Votes for Nelson Peltz, Jay Rasulo in Disney Boardroom Battle

CalPERS Votes for Nelson Peltz, Jay Rasulo in Disney Boardroom Battle

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) said the U.S. pension fund has voted to elect activist investor Nelson Peltz and Jay Rasulo to to the board of Walt Disney Company, Reuters reported Friday. “CalPERS believes Walt Disney Co will benefit from fresh eyes on its board of directors and voted its company shares in favor of candidates Nelson Peltz and Jay Rasulo,” CalPERS, which owned 6.65 million shares in the media giant at the end of December, told the outlet. CalPERS joins advisory firm Egan-Jones, which has already noted it is backing Peltz and Rasulo, and Institutional Shareholder Services, which ultimately recommended a vote for Peltz. The vote comes just days ahead of Disney’s annual shareholders meeting on April 3, where the final showdown is set to take place over two seats on the entertainment giant’s corporate board. That’s when investors will cast their votes for the board. For several months, Peltz, founder of the investment firm Trian Partners, and Disney CEO Bob Iger have been at the center of a tense proxy fight …

Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb helps Midwest Games navigate the industry’s choppy water

Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb helps Midwest Games navigate the industry’s choppy water

Are you looking to showcase your brand in front of the gaming industry’s top leaders? Learn more about GamesBeat Summit sponsorship opportunities here.  Larry Hryb made a name for himself during a long career at Xbox. Players best knew him as Major Nelson, and he would serve as a bridge between the company and its fans via podcasts and videos. Last year, he announced his departure from Xbox. Now he’s been active in new ways to contribute to the industry, including acting as an advisor to Midwest Games, a Green Bay-based publisher. I had a chance to chat with Hryb about his role with Midwest Games at the publisher’s booth during PAX East. GamesBeat: Tell me about this new role for you at Midwest Games. GB Event GamesBeat Summit Call for Speakers We’re thrilled to open our call for speakers to our flagship event, GamesBeat Summit 2024 hosted in Los Angeles, where we will explore the theme of “Resilience and Adaption”. Apply to speak here Hryb: I retired from Microsoft last year. When I announced …

Warning for strong winds issued by the Met Office as Storm Nelson brings unsettled conditions before Easter | UK News

Warning for strong winds issued by the Met Office as Storm Nelson brings unsettled conditions before Easter | UK News

A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued for many coastal areas in southern England with the UK expected to see unsettled conditions from Storm Nelson in the days before Easter. The Met Office said the warning applies from 7am until 6pm on Thursday and extends in a band from locations such as St Ives and Penzance in the South West across to Brighton. Forecasters said gusts could reach 70mph – and there is a risk of hail and thunder. “Strong winds and large coastal waves may lead to hazardous conditions,” the Met Office said. Find out the forecast for where you live The weather may impact transport networks, including ferry services, and there is a “slight chance” of power cuts, it added. “There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.” Sky News weather producer Christopher England said strong gusts along the coast will be associated with “heavy, squally showers bringing a risk of …

Disney slams proxy fight rival Nelson Peltz in political-style ad

Disney slams proxy fight rival Nelson Peltz in political-style ad

Walt Disney Co. is stepping up its campaign against activist investor Nelson Peltz, warning shareholders in a new video that it would be “disruptive and destructive” to add Peltz and former Disney executive Jay Rasulo to the company’s board. The nearly three-minute campaign message, posted to the Vote Disney website Monday, suggests the Burbank entertainment giant is taking seriously the threat posed by Trian Partners Chief Executive Peltz, who launched his firm’s proxy fight last fall. The current skirmish is Peltz’s second attempt to gain more influence over the legendary company and its executives. Trian has asked for two board seats to make room for Peltz and Rasulo, a former Disney chief financial officer. The election will be decided at the April 3 annual meeting of Disney shareholders. Separately, a second investor, Blackwells Capital Group, also is aiming to shake up Disney’s board, which has largely been seen as in sync with Chief Executive Bob Iger and his initiatives. Although Trian’s campaign has appeared to lose momentum in recent weeks, the effort continues to receive …

Online dating in your middle age feels like praying for a miracle | Shanti Nelson

Online dating in your middle age feels like praying for a miracle | Shanti Nelson

I need an online dating intervention. Or a miracle. It’s 2am and I’m wide awake – weary, wired and spun out. I’ve been swiping for seven hours non-stop with nothing to show for it but an empty bottle of Pinot Grigio, a dull headache, massively dehydrated skin and most likely a trigger thumb. Thanks, Bumble. “Just one more profile and I’ll quit,” I tell myself. Yeah, right, who am I kidding? I’m in a mad swiping frenzy, bug-eyed and blurry, eyes wide shut. I rounded marathon mode a few hours ago and I’m deep in the flow state, swiping through midlife profiles like an Olympic skier hitting the slalom gates – right, left, right, left. “Keep the pace, Shanti, you got this,” I say, trying to stay positive while blindly coaching myself through the ominous obstacle course of finding love online. My adrenaline is pumping and I’m barreling through profiles at warp speed when bam, I’m hit by a wall of hard-nos – an avalanche of bad eggs coming at me in rapid-fire succession. “Oh …

‘The Challenge’ Star Nelson Thomas Has Leg Amputated One Year After Near-Fatal Car Crash

‘The Challenge’ Star Nelson Thomas Has Leg Amputated One Year After Near-Fatal Car Crash

One year after his near-fatal car crash, The Challenge star Nelson Thomas got his leg partially amputated as a result of the injuries he sustained.  The 35-year-old reality star took to social media to share an update on his progress from his hospital bed to then home.  On TikTok, Thomas posted a video of his amputated leg, bending his knee for the first time post-surgery.  “The moment I moved my knee for the first time, witnessing it in person, was truly remarkable. #march5th #amputee #belowkneeamputee #blessed,” Thomas captioned the video.  He added, “I’m truly blessed!”  In one clip, Thomas speaks to the medical staff helping to bandage up his leg, telling them, “I’m already talking to a coach about the Paralympics in August 2024, this year. What do y’all think?” Thomas later shared a video of himself at home, joking, “At least they let me keep my good foot, right?”  He went on to share a more serious update, noting that it had been a “hard three days” and saying that the first two days …

‘Ted Lasso’ Star Brendan Hunt and Fiancée Shannon Nelson Welcome Baby No. 2

‘Ted Lasso’ Star Brendan Hunt and Fiancée Shannon Nelson Welcome Baby No. 2

Brendan Hunt and his fiancée, Shannon Nelson, have welcomed a new bundle of joy into their adorable family. The Ted Lasso star took to Instagram on Monday to share the news that Nelson gave birth to their second child, son Archie, on Friday, after their baby took them by surprise by arriving three days early. “We were supposed to go to @cedarssinai today to have a baby. Instead, we got home today, because our fourth family member felt like rolling up three days early,” Hunt, 51, wrote in the caption to a slideshow post, which featured a cover pic of his newborn son. “Say hello to Archibald Felix Nelson Hunt (Archie will do), born Friday March 1st, coming in at 9+lbs. He’s in perfect health, and his weary hero of a mother @snoopshann is recovering peacefully,” Hunt continued. “He looks just like his brother; not sure about hair color yet tho.” The slideshow included a slew of photos of his infant son — snapped both minutes after his birth, from inside their hospital room, and …