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Unemployment rate in northeast sees three per cent increase

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to Stats Canada, the unemployment rate in northeastern B.C., as of February 2016, is 9.2 per cent.The steadily-rising rate has seen an increase of three per cent since October 2015, when it was 6.2 per cent. However, it isn’t the highest rate within B.C. Thompson-Okanagan posted a 9.3 per cent rate, making it the highest in B.C.The national unemployment rate has nudged up one-tenth of a point to 7.3 per cent in February as the country lost 23-hundred net jobs.- Advertisement -The unemployment rate in B.C. is 6.8 per cent, while its neighbour Alberta looks at a rate of 7.6 per cent.The highest unemployment rate in the country remains that of Newfoundland and Labrador, who holds a February 2016 rate of 15.7 per cent.Saskatchewan and Manitoba both hold the title of lowest unemployment rate in the country, with 5.9 per cent.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Japan bidding to make World Cup history, says Nishino

first_img“Japan had fantastic performances to reach the round of 16 (in 2002 and 2010), but those teams were exhausted by that stage, there wasn’t anything left, especially in 2002,” said Nishino.“This is the third time. We have been very tactical to get to this stage, especially in the third match.“We don’t have much room to manoeuvre, but we can be aggressive. We have the spirit and mentality.“Maybe Belgium feel the tournament is starting after their three wins, but I’d like to feel we are on a par with them. We have played to our best, but the players have something more to offer.”Japan lost to Turkey in the last 16 when they hosted the 2002 finals with South Korea, then bowed out after a penalty shoot-out against Paraguay at the same stage in South Africa in 2010.Nishino endured stinging criticism in the aftermath of their final group game in Russia, when Japan ran the clock down in a 1-0 defeat to Poland.Japan defender Gen Shoji © AFP / JORGE GUERREROThey squeezed into the knockout rounds at Senegal’s expense because they had picked up fewer yellow cards and are the underdogs against Belgium.Nishino, 63, has done well even to get Japan into the knockout stages, having only stepped in when predecessor Vahid Halilhodzic was sacked in April.After a modest win over 10-man Colombia, draw with Senegal and defeat to Poland in the group stages, a win against Belgium would see him write his name into Japanese football folklore.“I have to come up with measures and counter-measures. As a team we might have to create something,” he said.“It can’t be just the sum of individual powers, otherwise we might not be able to overcome them.”Defender Gen Shoji is likely be tasked with helping keep Belgium’s attackers at bay, including Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, who has scored four goals so far.“It’s not just Lukaku — the Belgium team is star-studded,” said Shoji, with Belgium captain Eden Hazard and playmaker Kevin De Bruyne in impressive form.“In terms of my position, I will be facing him (Lukaku) quite a lot, but I have been preparing myself mentally to face Belgium, who are a formidable opponent.“Before this tournament started we wanted to make history, so we are going for the last eight or better. From here on, there is a lot of pressure and expectation, but we have to get the best out of ourselves.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Japan coach Akira Nishino (left) hopes to get the better of Roberto Martinez in their World Cup last-16 match © AFP/File / Benjamin CREMEL, Alexander NEMENOVROSTOV-ON-DON, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – Japan have the spirit and mentality to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history, coach Akira Nishino said on Sunday ahead of his side’s last-16 clash against Belgium.The Asian side have reached the first knockout round twice before — in 2002 and 2010 — but hope to go one better in Rostov against the highly fancied European side.last_img read more

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first_imgA Letterkenny man has been charged with causing criminal damage to a motorcar.Sean Monaghan was arrested by Gardai at 3.10pm on Sunday last and charged a short time later.He made no reply when the charges were read to him. The court was told that Monaghan, with an address at 20 Sprackburn Drive in Letterkenny, may face other charges.Detective Garda Peter Cullen said Monaghan was from Strabane but spent a lot of time at this address in Letterkenny.He did not object to bail.Bail in the sum of €200 was granted by Judge Paul with the conditions that Monaghan sign on three times a week at Letterkenny Garda station and that he keep a curfew.The case was adjourned until October 20th next.MAN WHO DAMAGED CAR IS RELEASED ON BAIL was last modified: September 15th, 2014 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:carcourtDamageddonegalletterkennySean Monaghanlast_img read more



first_imgDONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness has described the season as the second best in the history of the county – and vowed to work to break the ‘old school’ in county GAA.He said pundits who had rounded on Donegal had failed to take into account their achievements or put the success of the Ulster Championship and League title into perspective.“We were a team that hadn’t won a game in three or four years in the Ulster Championship and that had to change,” said Jim. “We ended up winning the league and winning the Ulster Championship and that’s the second most successful year in the history of the county. Outside of 1992 it is our most successful year and that’s almost been forgotten about because of the criticism that has come at the team.“The boys have worked tremendously hard this year to get those two medals and that has been a wee bit lost as well.”And he insisted that he had only taken the side to a 60% level – and he was working hard to find the other 40% and take Donegal further.The management team, he said, had worked hard on conditioning, training, tactics, diets and so much more. “We are realistic about where we were 12 months ago and we are realistic about where we are now and where we want to be at the start of the Championship next year,” said McGuinness.Reacting to criticism of the defensive tactics, the Donegal manager said he would work to bring new aspects and skills to the side.“We feel we can do that; that we can improve the team offensively and still maintain our defensive shape. We want to retain that and push forward on the other fronts.“It has annoyed me in the past week the way the players have been criticised. If someone has a problem with Jim McGuinness that’s ok, but I think the things that have been said in the press have been disrespectful to the players.“We will stick together and up the ante in the next couple of months and move forward.” Talking about the counties which have dominated the game, Jim had more interesting comments to make.“We are nine months in the making,” he said.“The Kerry team in the final next week is ten years in the making. That Dublin team is five or six years in the making. We know we are only at this nine months and we knew that and we knew where we were.“The players gave their all and the pundits expect us on the sidelines not to do the same. Well that’s fantasy football. The reality is that we have to win games in order to progress and you can’t get better unless you win. “We’d like to be double (Ulster) champions and our next step has to be to get to an All-Ireland final. If we can do that, the team will evolve and grow.“The players will know then that they are a top team and it will be up to other teams to come and develop tactics to beat us.“We know where we are at and where other teams are at and we are trying to bridge that gap as quickly as possible.“Because the reality is it’s either Cork or Kerry, it’s Galway or Mayo, it’s Dublin or Kildare or Meath and for 13 years (in Ulster) it was either Tyrone or Armagh.“Now we want a piece of that pie; the players worked so hard in the past and got nothing out of it, but now they have an Ulster medal. We will push forward now and try to evolve and make the whole squad more complete.”McGUINNESS: WE ARE BREAKING THE OLD SCHOOL AND BUILDING FOR FUTURE was last modified: September 5th, 2011 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 GAAdonegaldaily.comJim McGuinnesslast_img read more


Doherty welcomes measures to resolve issues at Ard Gréine Court

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that a number of measures and key actions have been introduced at Ard Gréine Court in Stranorlar to address a recent damning HIQA report which found serious incidences of regulatory non-compliance at the centre which cares for adults with intellectual disabilities.In a reply to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Deputy Doherty, the HSE has stated that it has now taken a number of steps at the centre aimed at delivering service improvements including additional staff training, the conducting of random spot checks, the reviewing of centre practices in response to resident behaviour as well as new control measures to minimise patient risk.Welcoming the HSE’s response, Deputy Doherty said: “The publication in August of the latest HIQA inspection into services at Ard Gréine Court raised a number of very serious questions surrounding practices at the unit which inspectors felt posed a genuine risk to the welfare and safety of residents and staff there. “The report at the time identified serious failings in terms of centre governance and management, deficits and gaps in staff training, as well a number of incidences of major non-compliance with respect to national protocols and guidelines.“Immediately following its publication, I raised the HIQA findings with the Minister for Health and asked what measures were being taken to remedy and address the many shortcomings in the care being provided to patients at Ard Gréine which HIQA inspectors found during their visit earlier this year.“I have now been provided with an update of those measures by the HSE and the many steps which are now being taken to help tackle the centre’s outstanding issues and deficiencies arising from that report.“Amongst them, the HSE has stated that all staff in the centre have received safeguarding awareness training, and safeguarding continues to be discussed at all monthly staff meetings. “Random spot checks are also being conducted by Clinical Nurse Managers in accordance with HIQA sample interview questions which are designed to ensure that staff are aware of the procedures to be followed in the event of an allegation or suspicion of abuse.“Additionally, a Multidisciplinary Team review into behaviour support plans and restrictive practices has been carried out and an agreed protocol has been implemented based on clinical criteria for the prescribing of restrictive practices in response to situations where a resident’s behaviour warrants intervention.“A Psychologist has also completed assessments of each service user who requires behavioural support management, while all staff have undergone training on manging behaviour of concern at the centre.“I understand that a HSE Risk Manager has carried out a review of the operational clinical and environmental risks at Ard Gréine Court in Stranorlar, and a number of control measures have been identified in order to minimise patient risk.“An internal audit system is also now in place which will be used to monitor the use of prescribed medication used at the centre, while an independent audit has now commenced in the wider Donegal Intellectual Disability service. “Of course these improvements are to be welcomed, and the measures outlined by the HSE show a clear commitment on the part of the centre’s staff and care teams to address the failing identified by HIQA earlier this year and ultimately to deliver a safe and effective service to residents at the facility.“Therefore it’s only right that the professionalism of the staff working at Ard Gréine Court is applauded and that they are praised and recognised for their efforts to deliver these vital improvements to ensure the comfort and safety of patients, staff and visitors to the unit both now and into the future.”Doherty welcomes measures to resolve issues at Ard Gréine Court was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

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Family’s caravan torched in suspected arson attack

first_imgA Donegal family have been targeted in what they believe was an arson attack which they say could have had catastrophic consequences.The Murray family, who reside at Ruskey near Convoy, had their caravan burnt out in the early hours of the 21st June last.The caravan was parked adjacent to the family home, and they say they are lucky to be alive. Teresa Murray said her grandchildren often stay with her, and when they do they often play and sleep in the caravan.She explained what happened on the night of the attack.“I was in bed at around 3am when I heard these bangs from the back of the house. I quickly got up and looked out the window and could see the flames rising from the caravan.“We ran to quickly get the car moved and then there were two more bangs, these were the gas tanks exploding from the heat. The caravan was completely destroyed, along with everything in it. “It is scary to think what might have happened had anyone been in the caravan, we would surely have been looking at fatalities here.“Since the attack my family have been extremely upset that anyone could do this to us. We are now living in fear that such a thing could happen again, and we are afraid to stay in our own homes.The Gardai are currently investigating the incident and the family have appealed for potential witnesses to come forward.Family’s caravan torched in suspected arson attack was last modified: July 21st, 2018 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:arson attackconvoydonegalGardailast_img read more

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Resurrecting Stalin’s Ghost

first_imgMost people feel there are certain historical figures off limits for praise.  Hitler and Stalin are probably two of the most infamous.  Believe it or not, a new Russian textbook is trying to portray Stalin in a more positive light.  The UK Daily Mail reported that the textbook portrays the tyrant’s mass murders as “entirely rational.”    Millions were shot, exiled, starved and imprisoned during Stalin’s reign of terror, especially during the “Great Terror” of the 1930s.  In addition, Stalin carefully controlled a “cult of personality” that deceived the masses into thinking of him as a great savior of Russia.  It took years of “De-Stalinization” under successive premiers to uncover the extent of the terror Stalin had inflicted on the nation.    Apparently the current Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin wants to portray Stalin in a more positive light.  The textbook he approved stresses Stalin’s extensive library and rationalizes his purges as understandable given the historical situation.  Critics, naturally, are up in arms over this attempt to whitewash what they consider one of the most evil dictators in history.    The 08/01/2008 entry contained a recounting in Nature of the rivalry between honorable geneticist Dmitri Vavilov and Stalin’s choice for scientist, the charlatan Trofim Lysenko, which resulted in Vavilov’s murder and the starvation of millions of Russians in the Ukraine.  This week in Nature,1 two Russian scientists wrote in to comment.  The Vavilov affair was just one of many atrocities committed by the Stalin regime.  The two correspondents sounded ready to fight any tinge of whitewash or rationalization:To call Stalin’s agricultural collectivization policy a “consolidation of land and labour” is an awful understatement: an estimated 10 million productive peasants and their families were exiled or imprisoned from 1929�1933.  Stalin was hardly “desperate to feed thousands of citizens dying of starvation” when these were the same people he starved and murdered while sending Russian grain abroad.The correspondents also took issue with Nature’s apparent moral equivalence of Stalin with science policy in Western democracies.  “Saying that ’even now, politics continues to trump good science’ should not be taken as equating murderous dictators with democratic governments.”1.  Victor Fet and Michael D. Golubovsky, “Vavilov’s vision for genetics was among Stalin’s many victims,” Nature 455, 27 (4 September 2008) | doi:10.1038/455027a.Stalin’s regime was so unspeakably horrible, we must never let generations forget.  It makes no sense to focus entirely on Hitler’s six million victims when Stalin murdered at least 20 million, machine-gunned whole towns, forced people into miserable lives of hard labor, starved millions in the Ukraine to death, incarcerated millions more in the Gulag, destroyed churches and murdered tens of thousands of clergymen, and purged rivals almost at random with a coolness and disdain that is fearful to contemplate.     While inflicting this unspeakable harm, Stalin lavished wealth on himself and basked in the worship of masses of peasants duped by his propaganda into thinking he was saving their mother country.  Throughout his career he was actively involved, through the Comintern and propaganda, in spreading communism in the West and East.  Had not a stroke cut him down in 1953, he could have toppled many other governments and instigated a nuclear war against Europe and America.    We remind readers that Stalin was a diehard Darwinist.  Upon finding and reading Darwin’s Origin of Species in seminary, Stalin became an atheist, reversed his career plans for the Russian Orthodox Church, and entered politics, where, through intrigue and crafted relationships, he took the legacy of the intensely radical, murderous Vladimir Lenin (another atheist Darwinist) into his own hands.    Every dictator accomplishes some good things and has some nice moments.  But in light of these atrocities, is that useful or necessary to review?  Saddam Hussein could look pretty handsome and polite in meetings with foreign dignitaries.  So what?  His overall reputation for evil swamped any good traits.  Stalin achieved some impressive modernization and industrialization of the Soviet Union.  He repulsed Hitler’s advances (though late and poorly planned, with horrendous human cost).  He collected art and left some impressive buildings.  When such things were done on the backs and graves of millions of his countrymen, it hardly deserves listing them, especially when a free government under beneficent leaders might have achieved the same or better without such horrible human cost.  There’s no rationalization for evil.    The only one exceeding Stalin in pure evil was Chairman Mao in China, Stalin’s ally, who murdered up to 77 million through state-sponsored terror (11/30/2005).  But after awhile the body count begins to sound academic.  The ideas that resulted in the worst genocides in modern history – in all of human history – came from the poisoned well of Darwin, who led people to think of mankind adrift in a chance universe without God.  In Darwin’s meaningless universe, the individual as a creation of God faded away like a dream.  In its place came The State.  Is anyone surprised that Marx, Lenin and Stalin, all Darwin-lovers, began a genre of cold-blooded despots the likes of which history had never seen?  The despots of Cambodia, Cuba, Rwanda, Vietnam, and North Korea (which remains one of the scariest and most brutal governments in the world) all admired Hitler and Stalin as role models.    With American universities still infiltrated with Marxist-Darwinists, with prominent Darwinists pushing atheism in the name of science (08/28/2008), and with Nature insinuating that there is moral equivalence between Stalinist Russia and President Bush’s policies on science funding, maybe you get a sense of why services like Creation-Evolution Headlines play a vital role in our times to remind us that bad ideas have consequences – real consequences, where it hurts.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Viva the vuvuzela orchestra!

first_imgPedro Espi-Sanchis conducting a VuvuzelaOrchestra performance in Mofolo Park,Soweto. The orchestra performing at Ellis ParkStadium in Johannesburg.Lusanda NgcaweniThe garish plastic vuvuzela trumpet is synonymous with football in South Africa – and reactions to its brash elephant-like sound are mixed. In a stadium on match day, with hordes of fans bugling away, the vuvuzela is seen by some as a unifying tool, a symbol of affinity to “the beautiful game”. For others, its booming, discordant noise is just too much to bear.Cape Town-based music educator Pedro Espi-Sanchis has a different view: to him the metre-long, brightly coloured vuvuzela is a rousing instrument that can, when tuned correctly, play in an orchestra as easily as a flute, violin or cello.Espi-Sanchis says the vuvuzela is a “proudly South African instrument” with roots deep in local traditional music. It’s said that the earliest form of vuvuzela was the kudu horn, called ixilongo in isiXhosa and mhalamhala in Tshivenda. Espi-Sanchis was introduced to it over 30 years ago by renowned South African ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey.Power of rhythmA fan of football himself, Espi-Sanchis came up with the idea of a vuvuzela orchestra after realising crowds at a match could coordinate their trumpeting to make music. “I heard the vuvuzelas at soccer games and the sound was not musical at all. Vuvuzelas need to play rhythms together to really show their power,” he says.In 2006 Espi-Sanchis and Thandi Swartbooi, head of the South African traditional music group Woman Unite, officially launched the vuvuzela orchestra as part of the Cape Town-based uMoya Music organisation.“At games you find people in little groups all over the stadium playing on their vuvuzelas, but they don’t listen to each other. All that sound combines to produce a continual drone. South Africa is one of the most musical nations in the world and I know we can do better than that. Imagine 6 000 vuvuzelas playing together and complementing each other with the vuvuzela orchestra to make a harmonious sound – that will make Bafana win!” Bafana Bafana – isiZulu for “the boys, the boys”, are South Africa’s national football team.You’ll probably need a bit of convincing if you’re the type who thinks vuvuzelas produce nothing but a racket. That sound, says Espi-Sanchis, is a b-flat note, which standard vuvuzelas make. Millions of South African football fans have this type of vuvuzela.Colour-chorded nationWith decades of experience in playing and teaching how to play traditional African instruments, it’s not surprising that Espi-Sanchis has realised the discordant trumpeting can be modified into something more pleasant to the ears. For example, by making the standard vuvuzela a little longer, it produces a lower pitch; a shorter instrument produces a higher pitch.“For the most part, songs in South Africa use three chords – tonic, subdominant and dominant. I have created arrangements so that each instrument plays one note in the chord and also makes short little melodies in between to make it more interesting. The three chords can be colour-coded – for example red, blue and green – and this allows you to conduct the orchestra with colours, a good thing for the famous rainbow nation,” he says.“Once the vuvuzela players get the rhythm, then it’s easy. If fans have tuned instruments, it only takes a couple of minutes to learn a song.” Espi-Sanchis’s dream is to see a stadium filled with vuvuzelas making music from the colours projected on the big screen.Espi-Sanchis says the vuvuzela orchestra works on the same principles used in three-pipe ensembles played in Southern Africa: the tshikona of the Venda, the dinaka of the Bapedi – both from Limpopo province – and the dithlaka in Botswana. “Like these instruments, the vuvuzela works on the principle of ‘one person, one note’. It’s very democratic,” he says. “Therefore the vuvuzela players have to work together to make music. This is the musical embodiment of democratic principles, the real essence of ubuntu!” Ubuntu is a Southern African philosophy of fellowship and community.Playing for the publicThe vuvuzela orchestra is made up of a core group of seven people, Espi-Sanchis as conductor and soloist on the lekgodilo flute with six musicians each playing a vuvuzela. Their first public appearance was at the Johannesburg Carnival in December 2006. In 2007 in March they performed at the Africa Day celebrations in Newtown and Soweto – both in Gauteng – and at the Nelson Mandela Challenge football event at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium in November.The orchestra’s most recent performance was at the Super Stadium, west of Pretoria, in June 2008 when Bafana Bafana took on Sierra Leone.Espi-Sanchis has found an excellent local football fan base to accompany his vuvuzela orchestra. Supporters of Bloemfontein Celtic football club, based in the Free State, “form one of the best fan bases in South African soccer. In November last year [2007] we taught 60 of these fans to play seven songs in just five days,” he says. “Each of our six musicians was responsible for 10 fans, and they taught them to play their parts. Celtic fans also taught us some of their wonderful songs and together we supported Bafana Bafana at the Mandela Challenge by singing and dancing with the vuvuzela orchestra.”Looking to 2010“Now we want to bring up a fan base to support our national team. The vuvuzela music can be learnt very quickly … we want to use the Celtic supporters as models for a national fan base. We’re hoping to attract supporters through various advertising mediums, and of course we’re also hoping to attract the attention of the LOC [2010 local organising committee] and Safa [South African Football Association] with an eye to the opening and closing 2010 ceremonies.With millions of soccer fans scattered all over the country, Espi-Sanchis plans to reach them by running uMoya Music workshops at football clubs. “We can work with 200 to 300 people at a time for a week. We’ll be scheduling a road show around the country for training and then perform at matches together with the standard vuvuzelas.”Their plans are not limited to South Africa. “This is an African world cup – we want to train people from Cape to Cairo. We want to broaden the use of the vuvuzela to such an extent that it becomes a musical and rhythmic instrument that unites people from all over the continent.”Keeping busyWhen Espi-Sanchis isn’t teaching fans, he’s working on various other projects, one of which is Mzansi Sounds – a marimba-based group with members from Nyanga, Phillipi, Crossroads and Gugulethu townships in Cape Town. Mzansi Sounds is part of a non-governmental organisation that focuses on empowering people with disabilities. Half of the people in the group, which is made up of children, teenagers and adults, have a disability.Thando Solundwana, a member of Mzansi Sounds, didn’t see the vuvuzela as a musical instrument until Espi-Sanchis introduced them to the band. “I just heard fans blowing them in stadiums and in the streets. I was very surprised that I could make music with it. If I work hard at my music I hope I’ll get the opportunity to play at the opening of 2010 [Fifa World Cup]. I would love to be there,” he says.Espi-Sanchis is currently attending the Le Rêve de l’Aborigène (The Dream of the Aboriginal) festival in France with Madosini, who is widely known as the queen of Xhosa music and one of South Africa’s best-known players of the uhadi (isiXhosa, meaning bow). The event focuses on people throughout the world who make music from organic instruments. Madosini will play her uhadi, umrhube and mouth harp, or isitolotolo, while Espi-Sanchis will perform on his lekgodilo flute.Related articlesWorld Cup 2010: fast factsFootball in South AfricaSouth African musicSouth Africa’s languagesSouth African EnglishUseful linksPedro the MusicmanuMoya MusicYouTube clip of the Uhadi bow and Lekgodilo flute in actionYouTube clip of three traditional pipe ensemblesAfrican Musical Instrumentslast_img read more

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South African soccer fans 4

first_imgSouth African fans supporting Bafana Bafana, the national squad, at a match against Equatorial Guinea in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. Bafana Bafana won by four goals to one.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

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SA team develops HIV monitoring tool

first_imgA software application developed by the University of Cape Town to monitor patients on treatment for HIV and TB treatment is being implemented by countries such as Mozambique, Malawi, Vietnam and Pakistan.The electronic register, developed by UCT’s Centre for Infectious Disease, Epidemiology and Research (CIDER), is already in use in 3 000 clinics in South Africa.Known as, the software was developed because paper registers used to keep track of HIV patients became too unwieldy.Although another application – eKapa2 – had already been developed to do this, it could not be used by all clinics as it relies on internet access to work. TIER.Net, on the other hand, operates offline, requiring only a computer.CollaborationThe application is the result of a collaborative effort between CIDER, the Canadian International Development Agency, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organisation. The Western Cape and national government teams also participated in the development of the project.Representatives from Mozambique, Malawi, Vietnam and Pakistan were at UCT recently for TIER.Net training.CIDER has been responsible for overseeing the implementation of TIER.Net and eKapa 2 in the Western Cape, as well as training “master implementers” for the national Department of Health.Originally the idea was that TIER.Net would only be used in the Western Cape, but it soon drew the attention of the Department of Health, who requested that it be made available to all clinics in South Africa.There are more than 4 000 public sector clinics in South Africa, with TIER.Net being used in more than 3 000 facilities. It cannot be implemented in all clinics as some do not have electricity.Once clinics have been equipped with bandwidth, they will cross over to eKapa 2.“All three systems – paper register, TIER.Net and eKapa – are interoperable,” said CIDER’s Meg Osler, who oversaw TIER.Net’s software development. All three systems can be used to produce the same reports that feed into a single provincial and national database for ARV services.Information gathered through TIER.Net, eKapa 2 or paper register is used to inform policy and resource allocation.This is an edited version of a story first published by UCT. See read more

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