Grain producers invited to crop tour

first_imgBC and Alberta Grain Producers are invited to the 2010 annual BC Gran Producers Crop Tour.There will be a steak barbecue and tour of the field crops with a preview of a potential new crop for the Peace River region.The event will also include speakers who will discuss canola, cereals and peas.- Advertisement -The tour will be held on July 14 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Fort St. John research site at Cecil lake road and 101 Rose Prairie Road.For more information, contact 250-782-2557 or 250-785-5774.last_img read more

HIV in pregnant women drops

first_img6 June 2008The prevalence of the human immune deficiency virus (HIV) among pregnant women aged between 15 and 19 in South Africa has continued to decrease over the past two years, said Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.Presenting her department’s Budget Vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, Tshabalala-Msimang said the preliminary findings of the latest survey of HIV prevalence among pregnant women attending public antenatal clinics demonstrate a downward trend in prevalence.“The 2007 survey shows that HIV prevalence has decreased from an estimated 29.2% in 2006 to 28% in 2007,” she said. “HIV prevalence in the 15 to 19 age group dropped from 13.7% in 2006 to 12.9% in 2007, while a decrease was observed in the 25 to 29 year age group from 38.7% in 2006 to 37.9% in 2007.”The HIV prevalence rate in the 20 to 24 age group stabilised between 2006 and 2007.“Taken together, these figures do indeed suggest that we have a trend of decreasing prevalence overall and in the younger age cohort and this trend is in line with the predictions of the United Nations AIDS agency Spectrum model,” said Tshabalala-Msimang.She said the encouraging trends were due to intensive prevention campaigns that were beginning to make a difference in reducing HIV infections.A full report detailing findings of the survey on the prevalence of HIV and syphilis in the country will be released within the next few weeks.Tshabalala-Msimang also announced progress in providing treatment to those living with HIV/Aids, with the department initiating more than 450 000 patients on antiretroviral treatment in more than 310 accredited sites across all nine provinces by the end of February this year.She said the high number, which made the programme the largest of its kind in the world, contradicted those who claimed the government was not concerned about treatment.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Banyana to take on Namibia

first_img2 June 2014South Africa’s national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, will kick off their match preparations for the African Women’s Championship at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday when they take on Namibia in a friendly international.The South African national women’s team had been scheduled to undertake a West Africa tour, but a late alteration needed to be made to their programme.Plan derailedBanyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw explained: “The plan was to go on a West Africa tour and play stronger opponents. It’s unfortunate that we won’t be going as we could not get confirmation from the teams and we couldn’t wait longer as we have to prepare our team.“I would like to thank Safa [the South African Football Association] and our sponsor Sasol for all their hard work in ensuring that we continue with our planned programme by securing the match against Namibia.”Friendly international aimsLooking ahead to the clash, Pauw said: “This match will help us build on the good job that the girls have been doing, and also give us time to work on some aspects that need attention.“We need to play as many games as we can before the tournament,” she added.Banyana in 2014Banyana Banyana have played just three matches so far in 2014. In their first outing, against Zimbabwe in April in Johannesburg, they shared a 2-2 draw.Then, facing the Comoros in an African Women’s Championship qualifier first leg match in Mitsamiouli in May, they overpowered their island opposition 13-0. The Comoros subsequently obtained permission from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to withdraw from the second leg qualifier.In early June, Pauw’s charges were in friendly action against Botswana in Vanderbijlpark. They ran out convincing 4-0 winners.Women’s World Cup qualifierThe African Women’s Championships, which take place in Namibia from 11 to 25 October, will also serve as qualifiers for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada, with the top three teams qualifying for the showpiece event.Should South Africa, who finished second in the African Women’s Championship two years ago in Equatorial Guinea, secure a place in Canada, it would be the first time they have qualified for the Women’s World Cup finals.BANYANA BANYANA SQUADAndile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thokozile Mndaweni (Croesus FC), Noko Matlou (Maindis FC), Nothando Vilakazi (Palace Super Falcons), Janine Van Wyk (JVW FC), Nomathemba Ntsibande (Springs Home Sweepers), Simphiwe Dludlu (TUKS Ladies FC), Amanda Dlamini (University of Johannesburg), Gloria Thato (TUKS Ladies), Alocia Thoboka (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sanah Mollo (Mamelodi Sundowns) Lebogang Ramalepe (Maindis FC), Tina Selepe (Palace Super Falcons FC), Leandra Smeda (UWC Ladies), Refiloe Jane (VUT Ladies), Mamello Makhabane (Palace Super Falcons), Mphumi Nyandeni (FC Rossiyanka, Russia), Disebo Mametja (University of Johannesburg), Tshepiso Mokabane (FC Nove Zamky, Slovakia), Shiwe Nongwanya (Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies), Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies FC), Ode Fulutudilu (Spurs FC), Chantelle Essau (Palace Super Falcons), Portia Modise (Creosus FC)SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Soweto, heartbeat of the nation

first_imgInfused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and abuzz with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto is a must-see for tourists who are looking for more than sun, sea and the big five.Graffiti on Soweto’s Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize laureates lived – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. (Image: South African Tourism)With heritage sites, restaurants, shebeens and budget accommodation options aplenty, Soweto is well worth visiting, whether on a day tour or for a longer period to experience the real Soweto – a place of friendship, vibrancy and contrasts.Soweto is the most populous black urban residential area in the country, with Census 2001 putting its population at close to a million. Thanks to its proximity to Johannesburg, the economic hub of the country, it is also the most metropolitan township in the country – setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language.Chilling at Chaf Pozi bar and restaurant at the base of the iconic Orlando Towers in Soweto. (Image: South African Tourism)The making of SowetoSoweto may sound like an African name, but the word was originally an acronym for “South Western Townships”. A cluster of townships sprawling across a vast area 20 kilometres south-west of Johannesburg, Soweto was, from the start, a product of segregationist planning.It was back in 1904 that Klipspruit, the oldest of a cluster of townships that constitute present day Soweto, was established. The township was created to house mainly black labourers, who worked in mines and other industries in the city, away from the city centre. The inner city was later to be reserved for white occupation as the policy of segregation took root.In the 1950s, more black people were relocated there from “black spots” in inner city Johannesburg – black neighbourhoods which the apartheid government then reserved for whites.It was not until 1963 that the acronym “Soweto” was adopted, following a four-year public competition on an appropriate name for the sprawling township.Soweto’s growth was phenomenal – but unplanned. Despite government attempts to curb the influx of black workers to the cities, waves of migrant workers moved from the countryside and neighbouring countries to look for employment in the fast-growing city of gold.The perennial problems of Soweto have, since its inception, included poor housing, overcrowding, high unemployment and poor infrastructure. This has seen settlements of shacks made of corrugated iron sheets becoming part of the Soweto landscape.Apartheid planning did not provide much in terms of infrastructure, and it is only in recent years that the democratic government has spearheaded moves to plant trees, develop parks, and provide electricity and running water to the township.Soweto is a melting pot of South African cultures and has developed its own subcultures – especially for the young. Afro-American influence runs deep, but is adapted to local conditions.Inside the Mandela Museum on Vilakazi Street in Soweto. Once the family home of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and their children, the house is now a major tourist attraction. (Image: South African Tourism)Rich political historySoweto’s rich political history has guaranteed it a place on the world map. Those who know little else about South Africa are often familiar with the word “Soweto” and the township’s significance in the struggle against apartheid.Regina Mundi Church became home to numerous anti-apartheid organisations and hosted the funerals of scores of political activists.Since it came into being, Soweto was at the centre of campaigns to overthrow the apartheid state. The 1976 student uprising, also known as the Soweto Uprisings, began in Soweto and spread from there to the rest of the country. Other politically charged campaigns to have germinated in Soweto include the squatter movement of the 1940s and the defiance campaigns of the mid to late 1980s.Soweto – melting pot of South African urban culture, rich with the history of the struggle against apartheid. (Image: Gauteng Film Commission)The area has also spawned many political, sporting and social luminaries, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu – two Nobel peace price laureates, who once lived in the now famous Vilakazi Street in Orlando West.Other prominent figures to have come from Soweto include boxing legend, Baby Jake Matlala, singing diva Yvonne Chaka Chaka and soccer maestro Jomo Sono. Others include mathematician Prof Thamsanqa Kambule, medical doctor Nthato Motlana and prominent journalist Aggrey Klaaste.The township has also produced the highest number of professional soccer teams in the country. Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows all emerged from the township, and remain among the biggest soccer teams in the Premier Soccer League.There are plenty of politically significant landmarks, including the houses of some world-famous anti-apartheid activists.Just a few kilometres drive from Diepkloof is Orlando, home to Nelson Mandela’s first house, not surprisingly a popular tourist attraction. Mandela stayed here with his then wife, Winnie, before he was imprisoned in 1961 and jailed for 27 years.The house is now a museum, run by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and contains memorabilia from the short time they lived there together before Mandela went into hiding. Mandela now lives in Houghton, a suburb several kilometres north of Johanneburg’s city centre, with his third wife, Graca, widow of the late Mozambican president Samora Machel.One can also glimpse the high-security mansion belonging to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in an affluent part of Orlando West.Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s house, the residence of ANC stalwarts Walter and Albertina Sisula, and the Hector Pieterson memorial museum are in the same neighbourhood. The recently renovated museum offers a detailed account of the events of 1976, including visuals and eye-witness accounts.When you visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, you’ll see Nzima’s legendary photograph showing the unconscious Hector being carried by Makhubo, with Hector’s sister – now Antoinette Sithole – running alongside. (Image: Brand South Africa)Hector Pieterson, who was shot dead by police during the student uprisings which spread around the country and changed the course of history for South Africa, and the famous picture of his lifeless body being carried by mourning youths, have come to symbolise the 1976 Uprisings.In Kliptown, you can visit Freedom Square, a place where the Freedom Charter was adopted as the guiding document of the Congress Alliance – a broad alliance of various political and cultural formations to map a way forward in the repressive climate of the 1950s. The charter was the guiding document of the African National Congress and envisaged an alternative non-racial dispensation in which “all shall be equal before the law.”Soweto’s brightly painted Orlando Towers – once the cooling towers of a power station – are now connected by a footbridge and bungee-jump platform. (Image: South African Tourism)Mansions and ‘match-box’ housesSoweto is a place of contrasts: rows of tin shanties abut luxurious mansions; piles of garbage and pitted roads offset green fields and rustic streams.Soweto has the same vibrant, racy feel of Johannesburg, of which it is an integral part. Despite the high unemployment rate there is a cheerful energy, a bustle of activity, with informal traders plying their wares on every corner.From the footbridge of the world-renowned Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, one has a panoramic view of Soweto. In the immediate vicinity of the bridge many people mill around – hawkers peddling a variety of goods, shoppers looking for bargains, and of course the ever-present commuters hurrying to board taxis.Further afield, the barrenness that comprises much of the old Soweto comes into view – the small brown houses of Old Diepkloof and Orlando townships, in stark contrast to the colourful shades and tree-lined streets of the newer parts like Diepkloof Extension, home to the relatively affluent.In Diepkloof the grey, four-roomed dwellings, cynically called “matchbox houses” by locals, abound. These are the original dwellings constructed to accommodate the first black migrants to the city. Although they are small, locals take pride in their houses, and put much effort into making them habitable and cosy.In contrast to these symbols of poverty, there are the various “extensions” that have been established to accommodate the relatively affluent. One example is Pimville Extension, home to the emerging black middle class. The suburb boasts beautiful houses, the roads are good, playgrounds and schools are in mint condition.Migrant hostels, squatter campsSoweto offers plenty of other less aesthetically pleasing sights for the visitor. For instance, there are the hostels: monstrous, prison-like buildings designed to shelter male migrant workers from the rural areas and neighbouring countries.These workers were used as cheap labour, and their stay in the city was considered temporary; historically, they always lived on the fringes of Soweto communities. The new government is busy converting the hostels into family units, but they remain unbending in their ugliness.Then there are the squatter camp communities, euphemistically called “informal settlements”, where poverty is palpable. These camps are home to many of the unemployed, who use corrugated iron sheets to build shelters. Despite their poverty, these shackdwellers have managed to build a strong sense of community. They remain in Johannesburg in search of the elusive “gold”.A place to partyRecent years have seen Soweto become a site of massive development projects and a major tourist attraction in the country.For those looking for a night out in the ghetto, Soweto offers some popular joints for relaxation. There are plenty of venues that offer a relaxed atmosphere, pleasant music (both dance and ballads) and a jolly good time.Perhaps the most popular of these joints is Wandie’s Place in Dube. It is a cosy restaurant-bar-lounge popular with tourists and it offers great service. Other taverns in the area are Pallazo Distella in Dube, Club 707, a restaurant and bar or Ubuntu Kraal, both in Orlando West.You may prefer to visit one of the popular shebeens of the township. Shebeens are local drinking joints. They have survived the attempts of the authorities to shut them down and the condemnation from the pulpits of local churches to become thriving informal social centres patronized by local socialites.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

PH winds up with another failed SEA Games bid

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Can Team PH go beyond 50 golds?A newcomer in the SEA Games, the Roxas City native was overweight by two kilos prior to the start of competition Sunday, according to pencak silat chief Princess Jacel Kiram.“He’s a very hardworking athlete with a lot of promise,” said Kiram of Dumaan who won a bronze during the Asian Beach Games last year.It wasn’t hard to pinpoint the missed opportunities.READ: Malacañang hails Filipino SEA Games medalistsADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Taekwondo jin Alora also a ‘keyboard warrior’ READ: SEA Games debacle loomsBut the gold will not rescue sports officials from the rubble of yet another gloomy bid in the biennial meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBy any measure, officials missed their mark despite a dramatic stand by the country’s national athletes. From a 50-gold projection, the country was left to target a better haul than the last SEA Games in Singapore.But even that 29-gold count now seems like a luxury. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Cycling, which Malaysia used to meet its projected gold count, didn’t produce any victories for the Philippines despite the sport dangling 20 golds in BMX, track and road races.Olympian Daniel Caluag was the only one who went home with a medal in the sport, a bronze in his favorite BMX event.READ: Caluag fails to defend BMX title, settles for bronzeShooting also failed to snare a single gold, gaining only a bronze in 14 events of the sport.But swimming has to be the biggest disappointment. Despite being one of the most funded associations this year, swimming went home without a gold.READ: PH wins bronze in women’s 50m rifle for shooting’s 1st medal In fact, the country has no gold to show in swimming in the last two editions of the SEA Games despite the sport offering 38 golds.The sport’s best performer was 24-year-old James Deiparine, who won silvers in the 100m and 50m breaststroke.READ: Two bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Cyclist Azizulhasni Awang gave host Malaysia its 111th goal medal late Monday, allowing the host country to meet its target and serving as a fitting backdrop to the failed Philippine campaign in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.Pencak silat gave the country’s gasping bid some ray of light, with Dines Dumaan going through the wringer for a gold medal Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Glasgow CWG: Indian lifter Omkar Otari wins 69 kg bronze

first_imgIndian weightlifter Omkar Otari won the men’s 69 kg bronze medal late Saturday after he lifted a total weight of 296 kg at the Commonwealth Games.The gold went to Mohd Hafifi Mansor, who lifted a total of 305 kg, while Nigeria’s Yinka Ayenuwa took the silver with a lift of 302 kg at the Clyde auditorium.The 26-year-old helped India win its 17th medal at the Games and sixth from the discipline.Earlier Saturday, India had two won golds and three silvers from shooting and one bronze from judo.last_img read more

NTL Accommodation

first_imgFor anyone still needing accommodation for the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League, some is still available.* Oasis ApartmentsP: 02 6586 7200W: 20 x 2 Bedroom apartments (sleeps 4, 2 bathrooms, small house 4 ½ star)$189 per night* Mecure Centro HotelP: 02 65 830830W:  Twin share accommodation (either 2 x single beds or 1 Queen bed & 1 double sofa bed) $88 per person per night including continental buffet breakfast Single accommodation in a Queen room $160 per night including continental buffet breakfast for 1 person.For any further queries, visit the Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre – read more

Tapping at same beat to bond globally

first_imgA team from the University of Exeter in Britain and Tokyo University of the Arts has found that songs from around the world tend to share features, including a strong rhythm.“The results help explain why humans make music, most common features seen in music around the world relate to things that allow people to coordinate their actions,” said Dr Thomas Currie from the University of Exeter. The study appeared in the journal PNAS. It suggests that the main function of music is to bring people together and bond social groups.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It can be a kind of social glue,” he said. The team analysed 304 recordings of stylistically diverse music from across the world to reveal the common features. Although they found no absolute universals, they found dozens of statistical universals (features that were consistently present in a majority of songs across different world regions).These included features related to pitch and rhythm as well as social context and inter-relationships between musical features. The results showed that rhythms based on two or three beats were present in music from all regions sampled ­— North America, Central/South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The researchers combined a new way of classifying music with statistical analysis to reveal the features that are common to music from across the world.In the old days, western people believed that their scales were universal. Researchers have shown that despite its great surface diversity, most of the music throughout the world is actually constructed from very similar basic building blocks and performs very similar functions.last_img read more