first_imgThe worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his tour of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa on Saturday.The three countries hit hardest by Ebola have now recorded 7,373 deaths, up from 6,900 on Wednesday, according to WHO figures posted online late Friday. A total of 392 of the new deaths were in Sierra Leone, where Ebola is spreading the fastest.The new totals include confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola deaths. The WHO says there have also been six Ebola deaths in Mali, eight in Nigeria and one in the United States.The total number of cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia now stands at 19,031, up from 18,569.Ban arrived in Guinea, where the outbreak’s first cases were confirmed back in March, on Saturday after touring Liberia and Sierra Leone on Friday. After meeting with President Alpha Conde, he expressed concern about the situation in the country’s southeast forest region, where he said the number of infected people “seems to continue to grow.” The region borders Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast, and Ban called for cross-border collaboration to bring the disease under control.He urged all Guineans to commit themselves to eradicating Ebola, saying that the U.N. and its partners “are there to help you.””It has never been so important to work together,” he said.Guinea has recorded 2,453 Ebola deaths and 1,550 cases, according to the WHO. This past week, officials in Conakry, the capital, announced a ban on New Year’s Eve celebrations such as fireworks displays and beach gatherings in a bid to curtail transmission.Ban was expected to travel to Mali Saturday evening.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIn wake of the Orlando massacre which left 49 dead and over 50 injured, one of Guyana’s major political parties, the People’s Progressive Party has called on the international community to increase its efforts in the fight against terrorism.During a press conference on Monday morning, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee said the shooting in Orlando, USA is suggestive of terrorism and in this regard, he called on the international community to increase its efforts to stamp out terrorism.The PPP condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms.“This is the worst killing in recent history in the USA and came on the heels of a series of terrorist-related activities which have left scores of people dead not to mention the untold number who suffered physical and emotional trauma as a result of such barbaric actions.“Actions such as these can only be the work of sick and warped minds regardless of the motive or motives they may wish to attribute in justification of their murderous action,” Rohee stated.The PPP has called for heightened international efforts against terrorism in wake of the Orlando shootingInitial investigations into the incident by US officials revealed that the killer, Omar Mateen, did not appear to receive any external directions.According to CNN, Mateen, however, pledged allegiance to the international terrorist group ISIS.It is believed that homophobia may have prompted the violent action.In this regard, Rohee reflected on the progress made internally as it relates to Guyana’s legal framework in protecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.“I have not noticed anything that the PPP has done against to antagonise such a community,” he stated.He said the ball was now in the Government’s court to take action.Only recently, in observation of its 13th anniversary in Guyana, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) lamented that the political will was lacking and little progress has been made in putting measures in place to curb incidents of violence and discrimination against LBGT members.last_img read more

first_imgThe Junior girls were in Dawson over the weekend where they started strong on Friday night, winning against Dr. Kearney to earn a matchup against Dawson Creek grade 9s on Saturday. Getting the W against the Gr. 9 team, the Grizzlies found themselves in a rematch with the Dawson 10s in the final. After a strong start, the girls hit a slump in the 2nd quarter and Dawson went up by 20. The Grizzlies came back in the second half to pull within 8, but they didn’t have enough left in the tank to pull ahead and finished the tournament in 2nd place. Isabella Ziebart earned Tournament MVP.  The Senior boys played Kelly road in the first game on Friday night, where they won solidly for the second time this season. Jesse Baker won player of the game, providing energy and clutch defence to seal the victory. The boys took a tough loss to a very good DP Todd team on Saturday morning. Jacob Zeibart’s solid shooting and gutsy defence garnered him player of the game. The bronze medal game was the best game of the season for the boys, with a big win over PGSS. This was a revenge game, after losing to them in the championship game of the Dawson Creek tournament in December. It was an all-out team effort, but Ethyn Lang left it all on the floor, earning player of the game, while strong performances from Liam Peterson and Adrian Loewen bolstered the victory.  Up Next: Senior Girls are in Prince George this weekend at PGSS and Senior Boys are in Quesnel at Correlieu Secondary. Both Junior teams have the weekend off. – Advertisement -The Junior boys were in action once again this past weekend in Dawson Creek for their last warm-up tournament before Regionals. The Grizzlies got in three solid games over the weekend starting Friday night when they matched up against Tumbler Ridge Secondary School. The Grizzlies came out flat to start the game, which saw a tightly contested first half, and a Grizzlies three-point lead at half. In the second half the Grizzlies took control of the game playing strong defence and pushing the pace of the game to a quicker level. When the final buzzer sounded the Grizzlies took a convincing win with every member of the team getting on the score sheet in the game for the first time this season. The Grizzlies were in tough in the finals missing three players and needing big minutes from players off the bench. For the first time of the weekend, the boys started the game ready to play and came out fast to take an early lead. Dawson fought back with shot making and a quick transition game to take a lead at half time. The Grizzlies made a few adjustments and got big minutes from some of the bench in the second half and made a strong run at the Dawson team, but when the final buzzer sounded the boys took second place with an eight-point loss to the DCSS Junior Team. NPSS Grizzlies Junior Girls Basketball team. Source NPSS Athleticscenter_img Female Athlete of the Week: Claire Turner (Gr. 12, Sr Girls Basketball) Male Athlete of the Week: Ethyn Lang (Gr. 11, Sr Boys Basketball) FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Senior girls played Caledonia in the first game on Friday night, winning 76-26, led by Celine Quigley with 28 points. In the semifinal game against previously unbeaten PGSS, Claire Turner led the scoring with 11 points and 9 rebounds. The girls relied on tight team defence to beat PGSS with a final score of 60-42. In the Championship game, the team battled and never gave up until the last second of the game but ended up losing to Nechako Valley with a final score of 46-60. The Grizzlies had notable performances from Jordynn McPherson, Alexis Ziebart and Celine Quigley. NPSS Grizzlies Senior Girls Basketball team. Source NPSS Athleticslast_img read more

first_img Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino 1 Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy at Tottenham following speculation linking him with the vacant Argentina job.The 44-year-old, a former Argentina international, was reportedly on the shortlist to succeed Gerardo Martino, who resigned as head coach of the national side after last month’s Copa America final defeat to Chile.But having led Spurs to a third-place finish in the Premier League last term, he wants to stay at White Hart Lane.“I think the speculation is normal because I am an Argentinian coach at a top club in England,” said Pochettino, currently in Australia on Tottenham’s pre-season tour, .“There are a lot of rumours that appear in the media but I am happy at Tottenham and for that reason, this is not the right moment.”last_img read more

first_imgNuala Moore and Anne Marie Ward after their amazing swim.A Donegal woman has conquered the freezing waters of the Bering Strait from Alaska to Siberia.Well-known swimmer Anne Marie Ward, from Portnablagh, is believed to have completed the daring swim yesterday.The 43 year old posted a message on her Facebook site saying she was exhausted but elated after completing the challenge. Among the first to congratulate her was Everest hero Jason Black.Anne Marie said “Finally made it to dry land… can’t even begin to process or articulate what we have just been through, a tough challenge!“Just tired and so humbled to have been part of this.. just resting the body to day in Nome and will begin the journey home tomorrow, thank you so much for all the good wishes.”Anne Marie was part of a team from a dozen countries who took part in the relay event in numbing water temperatures. It took the group three days to cover the 96 km swim.Along with Anne Marie was her training partner Nuala Moore, 42, who has many relations in Killybegs.Both women are to leave for home later today and can expect a ‘very warm’ welcome home after their shivering experience! S-S-S-SHE’S DONE IT! ANNE MARIE CONQUERS THE BERING STRAIT was last modified: August 13th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:AlaskaAnne Marie WardBering StraitSiberiaswimlast_img read more

first_imgPlaying with Elvis: Mojo GoGoIT’S becoming the gig where everyone wants to go in June – and now Donegal will be in the line-up.Donegal rockers Mojo Gogo say they are delighted after being included in the Westport Festival – playing on Saturday June 29.They will be in good company. Headliners include, Elvis Costello, Imelda May and Blind Boys of Alabama.Mojo Gogo may be based in Derry but they’re Donegal to the core – made up of all Donegal lads: Niki Pollock and Paul Rodgers from Dungloe, Jordan Carty from Donegal Town, and Keelin Gallagher from KillybegsDONEGAL ROCKERS MOJO GOGO NAMED IN TOP FESTIVAL LINE-UP was last modified: January 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 ROCKERS MOJO GOGO NAMED IN TOP FESTIVAL LINE-UPlast_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — Zay Jones isn’t the demanding type, but promises to be ready if Derek Carr looks his way.Jones has 11 receptions for 88 yards. Since coming aboard by trade from the Buffalo Bills, Jones has played 226 snaps in five games and Carr has thrown in his direction 14 times. In a 34-3 loss to the New York Jets, Jones played 52 snaps and caught both passes thrown his way for five yards.“I feel very comfortable,” Jones said. “I can’t control targets, though. I feel like I’ve been doing my …last_img

first_imgA guide to the correct usage of South Africa’s National Flag, compiled by the Southern African Vexillological Association.Treat your flag with respectThe National Flag must at all times be treated with dignity and respect. In the Regulations Regarding the Flying of the National Flag, published just before the flag was adopted in 1994, the dos and don’ts are clearly spelled out.The flag must never:Be allowed to touch the ground or floor.Be used as a table cloth, or draped in front of a platform.Be used to cover a statue, plaque corner stone etc. at unveiling or similar ceremonies.Be used to start or finish any competition, race or similar event.Be manufactured or used as underclothes, bath and floor mats or any similar demeaning application.Be used for any commercial advertising in a manner that will distort or show disrespect to the flag.Use of the flag in artefacts and products is subject to the approval of The Presidency and, in the case of manufactured items, the Department of Trade and Industry.Traditional rules for handling the flagThere are a number of traditional rules of respect that should be observed when handling or displaying the National Flag: The flag should always be hoisted at the start of the working day and lowered again before or at sunset. It is not to remain flying at night unless suitably illuminated. In South Africa, this rule still applies to government-designated flag stations, while through common usage the flag can be displayed 24 hours a day outside of official stations.  The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.  Whenever a person sees an official flag hoisting or lowering ceremony in progress, he or she should come to a halt and stand respectfully to attention for the duration. If a hat is worn, it should be removed and the right hand should be placed over the heart in salute. Persons in uniform should salute in the manner prescribed by their service. (The same rules apply when the National Anthem is being played or sung.)  The flag should never be depicted, displayed or flown upside down. Flying a flag upside down is the traditional sign of surrender! When displayed horizontally, the black triangle should be to your left and the red band uppermost.  When draped vertically, a flag should not merely be rotated through 90 degrees, but also reversed. In the case of the South African flag, the black triangle must be uppermost and the red band to your left. (One “reads” a flag like the pages of a book – from top to bottom and from left to right – and after rotation the results should be the same.)  It is also insulting to display the flag in a frayed or dirty state. The same rule applies to the flagpoles and halyards used to hoist the flag – they should always be in a proper state of maintenance. The flag may never be defaced by placing slogans or any writing or design directly on the field of the flag.Correct display of the flag When two flags are fully spread out horizontally on a wall behind a podium, their hoists should be towards each other with the red stripes uppermost.  When the flag is displayed on a short flag pole, this should be mounted at an angle to the wall with the flag draped tastefully from it.  When two national flags are displayed on crossed staffs, the hoists must be towards each other and the flags must be fully spread out.  The flag should never be used as a cloth to cover tables, lecterns or podiums, or be draped from railings. In company with other national flagsWhen the National Flag is flown outdoors in company with the national flags of other countries, the following rules apply: It must always occupy the position of honour. This means it must be the flag furthest to the right (observers’ left) of all the flags on display, with the flags of other countries being arranged alphabetically.  All the flags should be approximately the same size, with no flags being larger than the South African flag.  Each country’s flag should be on a separate pole, with no national flag being flown on top of another from the same pole.  The South African flag must always be hoisted first and lowered last.  If the South African flag is displayed on crossed poles, the South African flag’s pole should be in front and the flag to the right (observers’ left) of the other flag. In company with non-national flagsWhen the National Flag is displayed in company with other flags that are not national flags, such as corporate flags and advertising banners: If on separate staffs, the National Flag should be in the middle, or the furthest left from the viewpoint of the onlookers, or at least one flag’s breadth higher than the other flags in the group, or its flagpole must be in front of the other poles in the group.  If on the same staff, it must be the uppermost flag.  If carried in procession with other flags, it must be at the head of the marching procession.  If carried with a row of flags in line abreast, it must be carried to the marching right of the procession. Displaying the flag indoorsWhenever the National flag is displayed indoors in halls at public meetings or gatherings of any kind, it should: Always be on the right (observers’ left), as this is the position of authority. So when the flag is displayed next to a speaker in a hall or other meeting place, it must be placed on the speaker’s right hand; when displayed elsewhere in the hall, it should be to the right of the audience.  The flag should be displayed completely spread out with the red stripe on top. If hung vertically on the wall behind the podium, the red stripe should be to the left of the onlookers facing the flag with the hoist cord at the top. Parades and ceremoniesThe flag, when carried in a procession or parade or with another flag or flags, should be on the marching right or alone in front in the centre.The flag may form a distinctive feature of the unveiling of a statue, monument or plaque, but should never be used as the covering for the object.As a mark of respect to the flag, it should never be dipped to a person or thing. Regimental colours, organisational or institutional flags may be dipped as a mark of honour.During a ceremony where the flag is hoisted or lowered, or when the flag is passing in a parade, all persons present, except for those in uniform, should face the flag while standing at attention with the right hand over the heart. Hats should be removed and held in the right hand at the left shoulder with the hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should salute. The same rules apply when the National Anthem is played.Half mastingThe South African flag should be half-masted as a sign of mourning only on instructions from The Presidency, who will also give a date ending the mourning period. When the flag is to be flown at half-mast, it must first be raised to the top of the mast and then slowly lowered to half-mast.Before being lowered at sunset or at the appropriate time, the flag is first raised to the top of the pole and then lowered. ONLY the National Flag is half-masted. All other flags remain at normal height.DisposalWhen no longer in a fit condition to be used, a flag should be disposed of in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.Source: Southern African Vexillological Associationlast_img read more

first_img28 October 2009The South African government aims to save over R27-billion a year by cutting down on wastage and slashing inefficient spending.Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the first set of savings proposals, for the 2010 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, would involve a R14.5-billion saving at national government level and a R12.6-billion saving at a provincial level.The savings relate mostly to expenditure on non-core goods and services.The steps follow the setting up of a ministerial task team to look into ways in which the government can achieve more with less resources.The task team is headed by Gordhan and includes Minister of Public Service and Administration Richard Baloyi and the minister in the Presidency responsible for monitoring and evaluation, Collins Chabane.Reducing administrative spendingThe biggest savings are expected to come from reducing administrative spending in departments, which are expected to save the government around R2-billion a year.The government is expected to save about R1.5-billion a year on social development, as a result of increased collections from wrongly paid or overpaid grant beneficiaries, an adjustment of the means test, and as a result of a slower than anticipated uptake of social grants from the extension of the child support grant to 15-year-olds.The government is also expected to save R1.4-billion a year from the Department of Defence and Military Veterans. Some savings have also been realised on the department’s procurement programme, as a result of a more favourable exchange rate.The Department of Trade and Industry is set to save R700-million a year, largely as a result of reductions in transfers and subsidies of certain projects.A further R700-million should also be saved through the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, mainly as a result of a revised foreign exchange rate.Three-phase cost-cuttingThe government’s cost-cutting exercise will involve three phases.The first phase involves changing spending habits, such as cutting costs on unnecessary spending – targeting areas such as consultants, entertainment, travel, luxuries and conferences.Phase two will look at back-office operations to frontline services and reform procurement processes.The third phase will involve a comprehensive expenditure review which will reshape the way in which South Africa’s public services are delivered and resources allocated.Non-performers to be axedIn the latter two phases, the government is expected to terminate non-performing programmes, projects and even entities.The Presidency will conduct a review, together with the National Treasury, of which programmes are working and whether the same services can be delivered at more affordable costs.A review of the ministerial handbook will also take place.A selection of potential saving areas for investigation in the medium term is expected to be finalised by December 2009, while the first set of investigations and recommendations will be completed by March 2010.The review may see spending increase in certain areas, for instance boosting spending on quality education.Crackdown on tender fraudThe government will also crack down on tender fraud to reduce wastage.A working group comprising members of the National Treasury, SA Revenue Service, Financial Intelligence Centre, Auditor-General and police Special Investigations Unit has been set up to look into whether there are leakages in the country’s procurement system, or weak management, causing cost escalations.The working group will report to the minister of finance.The government has already acknowledged that there are some leakages in the government feeding scheme, school construction, and the procurement of office equipment and other goods and services.Intense work has been carried out over the past six weeks to improve compliance with state supply chain management policies and procedures, and a large number of public officials have been identified as suspects in defrauding the state.A range of steps will be taken against these suspects, including criminal sanction, internal disciplinary measures, tax collection and blacklisting.Cutbacks at state IT agencyThe government is also looking at cutting back on IT services procured from the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), in order to allow departments to procure IT services at market-related prices.The government is also looking slashing Sita’s annual spending on temporary and contract workers by 20 percent, from around R400-million to R320-million.It plans to cut annual non-labour operating costs at Sita by 10 percent, from around R428-million to R385-million, while halving the agency’s budget for capital expenditure from R598-million to R300-million.All spending on capital expenditure at Sita will have to be approved by the government’s Capex Review Committee.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgThe expo gives students a chance to learn about the many different stages of film and television production, like how green screens allow editors almost limitlessly manipulate an actor and his or her suroundings. (Image: M-Net)There is much about the broadcasting industry that has the potential to pique the interest of the youth, whether it be a fascination with the stars they watch every day on their television screens, a curiosity about the industry’s inner workings, or how the images get to their screens in the first place.In an attempt to ignite this potential and expose schoolchildren to the possibilities of a career in the industry, television network M-Net will extend its Magic in Motion (MiM) career expo from Johannesburg to Durban and Cape Town. The expo began at Johannesburg’s Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown on 11 August, and ends today. It then moves to Durban, where it will be hosted at the KZN Science Centre from 18 to 21 August; finally it will be at the Cape Town Science Centre from 25 to 28 August.“Our new partnership with M-Net is an exciting achievement for Sci-Bono, and we are thrilled to work with Africa’s leading television broadcaster,” said David Kramer, the chief executive officer of the discovery centre.The expo gives students a chance to learn about the many different stages of film and television production, and how a programme or film makes it from concept to finished product. Pupils interested in pursuing a career in the industry can understand how and where they feel they belong in the bigger picture.“The MiM Career Expo provides an eye-opening view of the many roles that exist within the film and television industry,” explained M-Net chief executive officer Yolisa Phahle.Stages of production demonstrated during the expo include production commissioning, concept creation, script writing, producing, directing, cinematography, sound, art direction (décor, wardrobe, make-up), editing, post-production and broadcasting. It includes business support functions such as human resources, finance, legal services and IT, and technical support, which covers the role of engineers in the filmmaking process.Phahle pointed out that the film industries in Nigeria and the United States made significant contributions to their respective economies. “Our industry has the potential to do the same, yet many do not realise the opportunities that exist.“M-Net is passionate about developing local talent and we are looking forward to meeting the next generation of South African filmmakers. Additionally we have seen how entrepreneurial this business is and [we] are committed to providing opportunities that will allow new production companies to enter the industry as this is how jobs are created.”Essentially, growing interest in the industry of film and television production may lead to the industry itself growing. In turn, this will create more jobs for the youth, who struggle to find employment. It will also help to strengthen South Africa’s economy.EXPECTATIONSM-Net’s human resources director, Fhulufhelo Badugela, said the expo facilitators expected to see about 7 200 students, more than twice the number that came through the door in 2014 because this year the expo was visiting three of the country’s major cities.“We are also very pleased that our 12 Magic in Motion Academy interns, who are halfway through their 12-month programme, will also be functioning as technical support at the MiM Career Expo, putting into practice some what they have learnt so far,” said Badugela.Explaining the function of Sci-Bono, Kramer said the aim was to increase the youth’s awareness of the options they had in the fields of science and technology once they completed school. “As a major player in the broadcasting industry and an esteemed content provider, M-Net is in the best position to give young people a broad view of the television industry,” he added.FAMILIAR FACESActors Zakhele Stanley Mabasa-Mokone and Enest Thabani Gumede, as Skhaleni and Ntandane on the set of M-Net’s Mzansi Magic show Isibaya. (Image: M-Net)To lend a hand in bringing the expo to life, actors Zakhele Stanley Mabasa-Mokone and Enest Thabani Gumede, perhaps better known as Skhaleni and Ntandane from M-Net’s Mzansi Magic show Isibaya, are taking part in the Johannesburg leg of the expo. The colleagues are offering interested students a chance to work alongside them in a mock shoot, in which the pupils play the role of extras.This adds a practical element to their experience and helps to build a further understanding of the processes involved in production and the art of post-production.For more information on the MiM Career Expo, visit M-Net Magic in Motion or find it on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more