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New York Launches Early Voting For Primary Elections

first_imgMGN Image.ALBANY — Over the weekend, New York State launched early voting for the first time ever in a primary in the state.Early voting runs through June 21, before taking a day off ahead of the June 23 primary.New Yorkers can cast ballots at select polling locations under a law that passed last year, when the state joined 38 others with some form of early voting.In Chautauqua County, voters wishing to cast an early ballot in the Democrat Presidential Primary or Town of Busti Republican Primary can do so by visiting the county’s Board of Election Offices in Mayville. The state first rolled out early voting in November, and has since worked to smooth out issues including the location of polling booths in schools.Voters can also vote by absentee ballots, which can be postmarked by June 23. The state this year sent every registered voter a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot and allowed all New Yorkers to vote absentee because of the COVID-19 pandemic.For more information on early voting in Chautauqua County, visit chqgov.com/board-of-elections/Early-Voting-Information.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ABP and defence unions in court over ‘complicated’ final salary plan

first_imgRené Maatman, the scheme’s lawyer, argued that the mounting problems were about to cause a “short-circuit within ABP’s administration machine”.The MoD’s final salary plan is one of the last remaining in the Netherlands, and is complicated in part as a result of new legislation based on average salary arrangements.The FD said ABP’s efforts to calculate the pensions of military staff – who account for 5% of ABP’s total membership – “have become unbalanced at the expense of all other participants”.Last year, the MoD and the unions seemed to have reached an agreement about abolishing the final salary plan next year, but the negotiations between the two players stalled last autumn.However, ABP said that it had no other option than to start implementing average salary arrangements as of 1 January, as it no longer wanted to improvise carrying out the final salary plan.On Monday, Mark Heemskerk, the unions’ lawyer, argued that ABP could not unilaterally change the pension arrangements “just because they were complicated and it didn’t have its administration in order”.Heemskerk said only the social partners could change the pension plan, according to the FD.ABP, for its turn, contended that the pension fund had the duty to assess whether the agreements were feasible, and had to decline if this wasn’t possible. “This point has been reached,” it said.Both parties also quoted IT experts arguing in favour of their respective cases. The €418bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP and the defence trade unions are at loggerheads, as the pension scheme no longer wants to implement “very complicated” final salary arrangements for military personnel.According to daily newspaper FD, the unions brought summary proceedings against the pension fund on Monday, demanding that it continue to provide a final salary plan as long negotiations about new average salary arrangements were incomplete.Last week, the unions summoned the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) to court. The employer wanted to get rid of the expensive final salary plan, insisting that a previous agreement with the unions about changing the scheme was valid.The FD quoted ABP as saying that it needed to manually calculate part of the military staff’s pension, but so many mistakes were made that regulator De Nederlandsche Bank had threatened to impose sanctions on the pension fund.last_img read more

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Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown

first_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown by: – September 19, 2014 Share 180 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Empty streets in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 19 September 2014Normally bustling streets in the capital Freetown were deserted on FridayA three-day curfew is under way in Sierra Leone to let health workers find and isolate cases of Ebola, in order to halt the spread of the disease.Many people have been reluctant to seek medical treatment for Ebola, fearing that diagnosis might mean death as there is no proven cure.A team of 30,000 people is going house-to-house to find those infected and distribute soap.But critics say the lockdown will damage public trust in doctors.Meanwhile in neighbouring Guinea, the bodies of eight missing health workers and journalists involved in the Ebola campaign have been found.A government spokesman said some of the bodies had been recovered from a septic tank in the village of Wome. The team had been attacked by villagers on Tuesday.Guinea’s prime minister said an investigation was under way, and vowed to catch the perpetrators of the “heinous murders”.Police guard a roadblock in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 19 September 2014Police roadblocks have been set up to enforce the curfewNurses during training in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2014Volunteers will visit each home to test people for the virusCorrespondents say many villagers are suspicious of official attempts to combat the disease and the incident illustrates the difficulties health workers face.Sierra Leone is one of the countries worst hit by West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, with more than 550 victims among the 2,600 deaths so far recorded.In the capital, Freetown, normally bustling streets were quiet, with police guarding roadblocks.‘Extraordinary measures’During the curfew, 30,000 volunteers will look for people infected with Ebola, or bodies, which are especially contagious.They will hand out bars of soap and information on preventing infection.Officials say the teams will not enter people’s homes but will call emergency services to deal with patients or bodies.Volunteers will mark each house with a sticker after they have visited it, reports say.On Thursday, President Ernest Bai Koroma said: “Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.”He urged citizens to avoid touching each other, visiting the sick or avoid attending funerals.Freetown resident Christiana Thomas told the BBC: “People are afraid of going to the hospital because everyone who goes there is tested for Ebola.”Another resident in Kenema, in the east of the country, told the BBC families were struggling because the price of food had gone up.In the hours leading up to Sierra Leone’s lockdown, there was traffic gridlock in Freetown as people stocked up on food and essentials.Cities and towns across the country were quiet without the usual early morning Muslim call to prayer and the cacophony of vehicles and motorbikes that people wake up to here.Thousands of volunteers and health workers have assembled at designated centres across Sierra Leone and started moving into homes.But they had to wait for hours before their kit – soaps and flyers – could reach them.MP Claude Kamanda, who represents the town of Waterloo near Freetown, told local media that all the health centres there were closed, hours after the health workers and volunteers were meant to assemble for deployment to homes.He complained that the delays were not helping the campaign.The UN Security Council on Thursday declared the outbreak a “threat to international peace” and called on states to provide more resources to combat it.Meanwhile, the US military has started work in the Liberian capital Monrovia to establish an air bridge – a link by air transport – to take health workers and supplies to affected countries.The UK has pledged to help build new treatment centres and provide 700 new hospital beds in Sierra Leone, although a majority of the beds could take several months to arrive.Aid workers have welcomed the UK aid but say all of the beds are required immediately, the BBC international development correspondent Mark Doyle reports.Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been strongly critical of the lockdown, arguing that ultimately it will help spread the disease as such measures “end up driving people underground and jeopardising the trust between people and health providers”.BBC Newslast_img read more

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Wild Words North Writing Festival and Art Exhibit

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Wild Words North is a one of a kind event which features writers from across the country in all genres.The three-day event running from Thursday, September 26th to Sunday, September 29th, 2019, is being held at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John.Full festival ticket includes all 17 events, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday for $60. Individual event tickets will admit you to any, one event is $10- Advertisement -Tickets are available online at www.peaceliardarts.org or in person at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery and North Peace Cultural Centre Box Office.last_img read more

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Charles Barkley to Kevin Durant: ‘Don’t go to the Knicks’

first_img Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season Kerr promises Smailagic ‘will 100%’ leave Santa Cruz for Warriors this year Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers Steph Curry attends Kanye West’s Sunday Service center_img Related Articles ‘What’s in the brief, Willie Cauley-Stein?’ New Warrior out to prove he’s …last_img

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HIV/Aids in South Africa

first_imgA mother comforts her daughter at the HIV/Aids clinic at Helen Joseph Hospital inJohannesburg.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library)South Africa is the industrial powerhouse of Africa, one of the world’s youngest and most progressive democracies, with a rapidly growing economy located in a stable region. Fourteen years of democracy have shown major progress, but three profound problems remain: poverty, unemployment – and HIV/Aids.Sections in this article:IntroductionInfection ratesStrategy and budgetTreatmentMothers and childrenCare and support of familiesEducation and awarenessUseful linksIntroductionDespite earlier controversies, the South African government acknowledges that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the cause of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids).“In conducting [the HIV/Aids and STI Strategic Plan for South Africa, 2000 – 2005], government’s starting point is based on the premise that HIV causes Aids,” the South African Cabinet said in a statement on their meeting of 17 April 2002. “It is also critical for us, as a nation, to note that there is no cure for Aids.”When Aids was first identified in the early 1980s it was seen as an immediate death sentence. Since then, advances in treatment means a significant number of those infected with the virus live healthily for many years without succumbing to full-blown Aids. For that reason it is often journalistic practice in South Africa to refer to “HIV and Aids” rather than “HIV/Aids”, to distinguish the lives, experience and challenges of those who are HIV-positive and healthy from those who are seriously ill with Aids. But for reasons of brevity, this article uses the term “HIV/Aids”.Infection ratesSouth Africa has one of the fastest HIV-infection rates in the world. Statistics South Africa’s 2007 population estimates put the South Africa’s overall HIV-prevalence rate at about 11%, much higher than that of sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, and among the highest in the world. Others put the figure higher; UNAids estimates South Africa’s HIV/Aids prevalence rate to be 18% to 19% (18.8% in 2005 and 18.3% in 2006), significantly higher than the rate in sub-Saharan Africa (5.9%) and the world (1%).In 2006, an estimated 350 000 South Africans died of HIV/Aids – nearly half of all deaths for that year, and the leading cause of death for the country’s adult population. Between 1997 and 2004 death rates from all causes increased by about 80%, largely due to HIV/Aids. Some 290 000 South African children were estimated to be living with HIV/Aids in 2006, and the country has more than 1-million Aids orphans.The Department of Health, in collaboration with UNAids, the World Health Organisation and other groups in South Africa, have undertaken mathematical modelling to estimate the HIV prevalence in the general population. Using the spectrum model, the number of South Africans estimated to be HIV-positive some 5.41-million (5.3-million according to according to Statistics South Africa). This estimate is lower than the 2005 estimate of 5.54-million.But HIV prevalence in South Africa may be beginning a downward trend. This has been predicted in the UNAids spectrum model, as well as by independent South African models.The antenatal HIV prevalence report is a yearly study that has thus far been trusted as an indicator of the progression of HIV/Aids in the country. The 2006 results have shown some decreases in HIV prevalence among younger age groups. According to the report, HIV prevalence in women under 20 years has dropped to 13.7% from 15.9% in 2005, and HIV prevalence in women between the ages of 20 and 24 years has dropped to 28% from 30.6% in 2005. The report indicates that this drop may be suggestive of a decrease in new HIV infections due to better HIV prevention programmes.There was also a significant decline in prevalence in the 15-to-24-year and 20-to-24-year age groups. But the HIV prevalence has increased among women above 30 years.According to the Human Sciences Research Council’s Household Survey, people living in rural and urban informal settlements seem to be at highest risk of HIV infection.The survey reveals large difference in prevalence rates between the provinces. KwaZulu-Natal has the highest rate of infection, and the Western Cape the lowest – with the difference between the two provinces as high as 19%.Further research aims to uncover the cause of the decrease in HIV prevalence in younger age groups and to plan a strategy accordingly, on the basis that prevention campaigns need to be streamlined to suit all age groups. Research into the reasons for the difference in HIV/Aids infection in the provinces will also be undertaken.An estimated 6-million South Africans are expected to die from Aids-related diseases over the next 10 years. In addition, new threats such as the emergence of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in South Africa may further complicate the response, given the high rates of HIV/TB co-infection and the high mortality associated with XDR-TB.The epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) are interlinked: in southern Africa, between 50% and 80% of TB patients are HIV positive. While a primary risk factor for TB infection is overcrowding, the development of the disease is significantly more likely where there is co-infection with HIV as a product of immunosuppression. In the presence of HIV, TB is associated with substantially higher case fatality rates.Strategy and budgetTremendous efforts to combat Aids are being mounted around South Africa by local, provincial and national government agencies, as well as myriad nongovernmental organisations, by creating awareness around the disease, promoting behaviour change and providing medical, social and economic assistance to those infested or affected by the epidemic.The South African government’s HIV/Aids response is primarily financed through the national health Budget, with an estimated R2.4-billion earmarked for combating the disease in 2007. In February 2007 the National Treasury provided the Department of Health with R5.3-billion to be spent on human resources, HIV/Aids, hospital revitalisation and tertiary services.The first official policy response to the epidemic was in 1992, when the government established the National Aids Coordinating Committee of South Africa, followed by the creation of the South African National Aids Council in 2000. In March 2007, the government released its National HIV/Aids and STI Strategic Plan for South Africa 2007 to 2011 (NSP), designed to guide the country’s multi-sectoral response to HIV/Aids.The plan was adopted by Cabinet in 2007. It aims to achieve 50% reduction rate of new infections by 2011 and provide an appropriate package of treatment, care and support services to at least 80% of people living with HIV and their families by 2011.The interventions needed to reach the NSP’s goals are structured under four key priority areas:PreventionTreatment, care and supportResearch, monitoring, and surveillanceHuman rights and access to justiceThe package of care includes:Counselling and testing services as an entry pointHealthy lifestyle interventions including nutritional supportTreatment of opportunistic infectionsAntiretroviral therapyThe plan also includes a monitoring and evaluation component critical in assessing progress and sharing research on the pandemic.The NSP is an outcome of the National Strategic Plan of 2000-2005, the Operational Plan for Comprehensive HIV/Aids Care, Management, and Treatment as well as other HIV/Aids strategic frameworks developed for government and sectors of civil society in the past five years. It represents the country’s multi-sectoral response to the challenge with HIV infection and the wide-ranging impacts of Aids.The NSP also forms part of an initiative by the member states of the Africa Region of the World Health Organisation which committed 2007 to “The Year for Accelerating HIV Prevention”. More than 1 060 health professionals have been recruited to support the programme. Some 7 600 health professionals have been trained in the management, care and treatment of HIV/Aids.The NSP is based upon a set of key guiding principles, including:Supportive leadershipEffective communicationEffective partnershipsMeaningful involvement of people living with HIV/AidsPromoting social change and cohesionSustainable programmes and fundingThe government budget allocated for NGOs involved in the response to Aids and TB funding has been increased from R56 million in 2006/2007 to R62 million in 2007/2008 financial year. The funds will be made available to eligible organisations providing the following services:Prevention interventions, which include voluntary counselling and testing, prevention of mother to child transmission of the virus, youth life skills and high transmission areas interventionsCommunity mobilisation for Aids competence, including home-based careSupport for people living with HIV/AidsTreatment adherence counselling, including tuberculosis directly observed treatment governance and leadership developmentGovernment interventions also place a strong emphasis on promoting abstinence and faithfulness, with a massive condom distribution programme that provides some 300 million free condoms to the public every year.Cabinet is the highest political authority, and responsibility for dealing with ongoing HIV/Aids related matters has been deferred to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Aids (IMC) composed of eight ministries. The South African National Aids Council (Sanac) is the highest national body to provides strategic and political guidance as well as support and monitoring of sector programmes.Sanac was reconstituted in April 2007, officially bringing together government and civil society in a renewed partnership against HIV/Aids. The newly-strengthened SANAC will operate at three levels through:A high level council, meeting twice a year, chaired by South Africa’s deputy presidentSector level coordination, with sectors taking responsibility for their own organisation, strategic plans, programmes, monitoring, and reporting to SanacProgramme level organisation led by the social cluster of governmentThe cluster of government bodies involved in trying to combat HIV/Aids is called the HIV/Aids and TB Cluster, which is made up of the directorate for HIV/Aids and STIs, the Government Aids Action Plan (GAAP) and the directorate for tuberculosis.The Department of Health has also introduced a Healthy Lifestyle Programme that aims to promote regular physical activity and good nutrition, control the use of tobacco, reduce the levels of alcohol and substance abuse, and promote safe sexual behaviour.TreatmentThe South African government’s treatment initiative falls under the Comprehensive HIV/Aids Care, Management and Treatment Plan to address the challenges posed by HIV/Aids. South Africa has an extensive antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme, with 213 000 patients initiated on ARV treatment by the end of September 2006, and an estimated additional 90 000 to 100 000 patients initiated in the private and non-government sector.The country already has the largest number of people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the world, but with an estimated 1-million people in need of ART, South Africa also has one of the highest unmet needs for ART in the world. But progress has been made. At the end of 2006, an estimated 287 000 to 363 000 people in the country were receiving ART, about 33% of those in need.By 2002, the government had set up 597 testing and counselling sites for HIV as a strategy for prevention and care of HIV. At these sites treatment for opportunistic infections is available for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients.The government is working with pharmaceutical companies to lower the costs of drugs to treat these infections. In December 2000, an agreement was signed with pharmaceutical company Pfizer to provide Fluconazole (Diflucan) to public hospitals and clinics for two years. Funding was provided for the training of healthcare workers in diagnosing and managing oral thrush and cryptococcal meningitis.In the belief that antiretrovirals can cause harm if not administered correctly or if health services are inadequate, the government will intensify its campaign to make sure that patients infected with HIV, TB, thrush and meningitis follow the correct treatment advice.The government continues to lobby drug companies to lower the cost of antiretrovirals and investigate the production of generic equivalents. In the knowledge that poverty increases vulnerability to illness, it will also work towards poverty alleviation and provision of nutrition for those lacking it; as well as encourage investigation into alternative treatments, particularly those that boost the body’s immune system.Mothers and childrenIn September 2001, the South African government initiated a national programme to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. In 2005, Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission programme (PMTCT) services were available at over 3 000 health sites nationwide, making the programme among the largest PMTCT programs in the world. More than 80% of government clinics are currently providing a PMTCT programme and the target is to have these services available in all clinics by December 2007.Postnatal transmission of HIV from mother-to-child through breast milk remains a key challenge despite the availability of replacement feeds as part of the national Perinatal and Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Rate programme.The percentage of HIV positive pregnant women who received antiretrovirals to reduce the possibility of transmitting HIV to their infants increased from 22% to 30% between 2004 and 2005. At least 580 880 pregnant women accessed the PMTCT services during the calendar year 2006, and of these, 74 052 antenatal clients received Nevirapine prophylaxis.In the same period, a total of 19 758 babies born to mothers living with HIV were tested for HIV infection. 16 288 babies tested HIV-negative while 3 470 babies tested HIV-positive.According to figures released in 2005, women are disproportionately affected by Aids, accounting for some 55% of HIV-positive people. Many of those with HIV/Aids depend on home-based care, placing a further burden on women, and often resulting in child-headed households.Maternal deaths are on the increase, mostly fuelled the HIV epidemic, and for many HIV-infected women, decision making in regard to pregnancy and childbirth is hampered by a lack of information on contraception, interactions between ART, drugs for treatment of opportunistic infections and lack of knowledge about their HIV status when they become pregnant.An outcome of the NSP has been the introduction of dual therapy for reduce Mother-to-child-transmission of HIV. The move from single dose nevirapine to dual therapy (nevirapine and AZT) was based on the recommendations of the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Essential Drugs Committee and the Medicines Control Council (MCC).There has been a reversal in the prevalence of syphilis among pregnant women in the past five years and this has been attributed to the introduction of syndromic executive summary management of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in 1995 as well as the introduction of the primary health care system.The incidence of violence against women in South Africa is high and contributes to the spread of HIV. The government is endeavouring to provide antiretrovirals to survivors of sexual assault and those with needle stick injuries, as well as counselling and testing for HIV, STIs and pregnancy.Care and support of familiesFamilies affected by the epidemic are being helped with foster care grants, assistance to child-headed households, food parcels and other interventions. The government budget for home-based and community-based care for people suffering with Aids in 2004/5 was R138-million.The government promotes voluntarism as an answer to the demand for home-based caregivers to cope with the rising number of people infected with HIV, and because hospitals cannot cope with the number of people needing care. Most care programmes in rely on unemployed volunteers from affected communities, who are usually female and unsalaried or, in a few cases, paid a small stipend.But this approach has drawn criticism from the Health Economics and Aids Research Division (Heard), of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which recommends that the Department of Health reviews primary health care models and refine volunteer-based programmes, provide stipends and assist caregivers to ultimately obtain formal employment.Several NGOS, some supported by government, have set up home-based care projects to help those families in need, including:Hospice Association of South AfricaPalliative Medicine InstituteTreatment Action CampaignEducation and awarenessThe government’s strategy emphasises HIV/Aids prevention by promoting public awareness and delivering life skills and HIV/Aids education. The many Aids awareness campaigns run by government and NGO partners such as LoveLife and Soul City are bearing fruit. There is now a high level of awareness among youth on HIV/Aids – around 90% – but the pressing challenge is to ensure that this awareness translates into behaviour change. Life skills education, which incorporates HIV/Aids education, is now a compulsory part of the school curriculum.Khomanani is a government-led communication campaign that provides an awareness-raising drive to mobilise individuals and organisations to respond to the challenges of HIV/Aids, TB and STIs. Besides a national media campaign, it works through outreach programmes to organisations, towns and villages. Between 2004 and 2006, the government invested R165-million in Khomanani.LoveLife is a nationwide campaign which aims to promote healthy sexual behaviour among adolescents, reduce the incidence of HIV/Aids, sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancies. LoveLife uses a widespread media campaign targeting adolescents, and offers educational, recreational and sexual health services in under-resourced areas.Soul City uses the mass media to promote awareness around health issues. It has won international awards for its success in integrating education and entertainment using popular radio and television drama.Useful linksDepartment of HealthAfrica Region of the World Health OrganisationHealth Systems TrustHealth-eHivan Centre for HIV/Aids NetworkingNational Association of People Living with AidsNational HIV/Aids and TB Unit, Department of HealthTreatment Action CampaignUNAids, South Africa Country PageDocuments and policiesCabinet statement on HIV/Aids, 17 April 2002Comprehensive HIV/Aids Care, Management and Treatment Plan (PDF)Government Aids Action PlanNational HIV/Aids and STI Strategic Plan for South Africa 2007 to 2011National Strategic Plan of 2000-2005Operational Plan for Comprehensive HIV/Aids Care, Management, and TreatmentPrevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission ProgrammeSouth African National Aids CouncilTreatment Hospice Association of South AfricaTreatment Action CampaignEducation and awarenessKhomananiLoveLifeSoul CityResearchHealth Economics and Aids Research Division of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Human Sciences Research Council’sMedical Research CouncilMedicines Control CouncilPerinatal HIV Research UnitReproductive Health and HIV Research UnitSouth African Aids Vaccine InitiativeStatistics South AfricaAids and the lawAids Law Project  Health Professions Council of South AfricaSouth African Human Rights Commissionlast_img read more

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New social housing for East London

first_img15 February 2012 Social housing projects are an integral part of the government’s quest to enhance racial integration in South Africa, Eastern Cape Economic Development MEC Mcebisi Jonas said at the official launch of the multi-million rand Southernwood social housing project in East London on Tuesday. The project includes a nine-storey building in the heart of the city’s central business district and close to all socio-economic amenities. It consists of 249 units in total, made up of 57 bachelor flats, 78 one-bedroom and 114 two-bedroom flats.People who fall in the GAP market The project caters for households earning between R2 500 to R7 500 per month. “Social housing projects are one of the very few vehicles we have of ensuring social stability through racial and social integration,” Jonas said. “These projects are fundamental because they are situated in the city centres and cater for people from all walks of life.” He added that such projects were important in dealing with the ever-growing number of people flocking to South Africa’s urban areas to look for work and to study. Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said the provision of medium- to high-density housing projects was one of the main solutions in dealing with the management of spatial integration in South Africa’s urban areas. “For us to make a difference in the lives of people who fall within the GAP market [those who earn too much to qualify for state subsidies but too little to apply for banks home loans], we need to have more of these projects,” Sexwale said. The project is spearheaded by the Department of Human Settlements, is managed by one of its housing entities, the Social Housing Regulatory Authority, and partly funded by the National Housing Finance Corporation.‘We want to deracialise our cities’ Sexwale said one of the ultimate goal of social housing projects was to create non-racial cities and towns across the country. “We want to ‘deracialise’ our cities and towns so we can see all races in this country co-existing harmoniously,” Sexwale said. “Integration mustn’t be limited only to rugby games and other big sporting events, but it must be a way of life.” Residential executive committee member Lungisa Nazo, who has been a tenant at the project for two years, said: “We co-exist well with all other races, which is why I love living here. Even when we were drawing up our grievances to hand over to the minister’s team, people from all races participated for the ultimate benefit of the tenants.” Social Housing Regulatory Authority chairperson Zora Ebrahim said she hoped the project would be the start of the “cleansing of Southernwood and the inner city”, which has suffered from overpopulation and infrastructural dilapidation in recent years. “We hope this project will create a trend that will see urban decay being dealt with both by residents and the municipality,” Ebrahim said. “We hope it will ultimately lead to social cohesion amongst the community within which people can learn, play and pray.” Sexwale used the occasion to take a swipe at people involved in the hiring out of state-subsidised houses. “People must stop doing this because it is taking away opportunities for those who genuinely deserve houses. Moving forward, we must reclaim the land which is currently being occupied illegally through shack renting.” Sexwale assured those present that the department would not “just provide the money any more”, but would “follow the money” and see how it was spent, as it was the government’s duty to account for taxpayers’ money. Source: BuaNews. Additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

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Tinksky Foxnovo Beautiful Wedding Bridal Shining Crystal Rhinestones Crown Tiara Headband Hair Band – Sat very strangely on your head just didn’t fit well

first_imgCrown headband tiara with small comb, to grip the hair more tightly. Some shining crystal rhinestones decorated on the crown tiara, very delicate and attractive. Came one day early which is exactly what i wanted as i had my prom on the day of arrival. Very pretty and all diamonds intact although the clip at the back may need to me removed, which is no problem. Wel worth the revenue but far too large for young flower ladies head. Looks more expensive than the price paid. Wow is all i can say for this, i would in fact put on this on my wedding day if i wasn’t previously married.Seriously perfectly manufactured wonderful for the dollars.Enjoy this won’t be able to wait to dress in it.However it has become a firm favourite for my step-daughters teddySat very strangely on your head just didn’t fit well Real good quality Suitable for bridal to wear in wedding or engagement party or other occasions you want to be more charming.center_img SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-07-23 16:08:50Reviewed Item Foxnovo Beautiful Wedding Bridal Shining Crystal Rhinestones Crown Tiara Headband Hair Band with Comb (Silver)Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  21  reviewsPrice£6.59 Didn’t sit ideal on my head except i bent the slide. Nevertheless it has become a business favourite for my step-daughters teddy.Quick delivery, am going to have to take out the comb for it so sit properly but nonetheless lovely for the prize. Beautiful tiara, on a comb not too heavy. Sat extremely surprisingly on your head just didn’t suit well at all. Tried out to curve it slightly extra to suit my head and it snapped in two, even so the vendor was pretty practical when i raised my difficulties with them.Following exploring numerous properly recognized retailers to no avail we have been delighted to find this beautiful stylish tiara at amazon around the moon with it.Features of Foxnovo Beautiful Wedding Bridal Shining Crystal Rhinestones Crown Tiara Headband Hair Band with Comb (Silver)Color: mainly silver. Material: durable hard alloy and rhinestone.Size: 15.4 * 6 * 3.4cm / 6.1 * 2.4 * 1.3 inch.Crown headband tiara with small comb, to grip the hair more tightly.Some shining crystal rhinestones decorated on the crown tiara, very delicate and attractive.Suitable for bridal to wear in wedding or engagement party or other occasions you want to be more charming.Color: mainly silver.This is actually beautiful improved than the picture.My spouse made use of to our wedding get together she is beautiful with this.Adore this tiara , it’s beautiful, couldn’t get it to sit properly so i broke the comb off and now it is fantastic 😊. Very pretty and sparkly, only problem was the metal is quite bendy (cheap) which has caused it to snap on one end. Size: 15.4 * 6 * 3.4cm / 6.1 * 2.4 * 1.3 inch.last_img read more

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Triple joy for India as boxers hit the jackpot

first_imgOn one of the most unforgettable evenings in the nation’s boxing history, all three Indians in the fray clinched gold at the Talkatora Stadium on Wednesday.Asian champion M. Suranjoy Singh (52kg) got a walkover against Benson Njangiru of Kenya, Manoj Kumar crushed former European champion Bradley Saunders of England 11-2 while Paramjeet Samota (91+kg) got the better of Trinidad and Tobago’s Abdul Tariq Haqq 5-1 to help India improve their CWG boxing record.With the three yellow metals added on Wednesday, India rounded off their campaign with three gold and four bronze, since Amandeep Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Dilbagh Singh (69kg) and Vijender Kumar (75kg) had lost in the semi-finals.India had only two boxing gold at the Games before Wednesday – with Mohammad Ali Qamar having triumphed in 2002 and Akhil Kumar in 2006. On Wednesday, the Indian national anthem was heard thrice; the first after Njangiru failed to appear owing to a groin injury.The announcer called Njangiru’s name but he didn’t turn up and the referee raised Suranjoy’s hand to declare him the winner. This sent the crowd into raptures.Suranjoy, who clinched his seventh gold medal in the last year-and-ahalf, said he never thought his road to glory would be a cakewalk.”I never thought it would be that easy. The crowd support has been just fantastic. I dedicate this medal to my parents, who could not come to see me because my mother is unwell,” the diminutive Manipuri said.A few minutes later emerged Manoj, who has struggled for the last two years due to a wrist injury. It seemed as though he was on a mission to turn his fortunes around against an opponent who was touted as the favourite.advertisementSaunders is a 2007 world championship bronze medallist and a 2009 European champion. But with a series of counter-attacks, Manoj not only stunned the Englishman but also thrilled the stands. The Indian was ahead 4-1 after the first round and extended his lead to 8-1 after the second.Despite such a big lead, Manoj didn’t get complacent and kept scoring on hooks and upper-cuts. With three points in the final round, he confirmed the second gold for India on the day.”My preparations were up to the mark and I was toiling hard at the national camp. I was waiting for an opportunity to prove my worth,” said Manoj.National coach Gurbux Singh Sanhu was all praise for his ward. “Manoj is actually the find of the tournament.He really impressed with his rock-solid defence and powerful counter punches,” he said.In the last bout, Samota demolished Haqq – who was bulkier and taller than him. “It’s not about your body structure or muscles – it’s your willpower that wins you the battle,” Samota said.last_img read more

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9 days agoGiovanni van Bronckhorst lifts lid on Man City role

first_imgGiovanni van Bronckhorst lifts lid on Man City roleby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst has spoken of his role with Manchester City.Van Bronckhorst spent time at the City Football Academy after his departure leading to suggestions he could be involved in Pep Guardiola’s coaching setup.He revealed that a return to management is in the pipeline, hinting that his time at Man City may not last very long.”I am doing well,” he told Voetbal International.”I have been to Manchester a number of times and travel a lot.”I see new things, experience new things and continue to develop. For me, that is very beautiful at the moment.”Ultimately, I want to be a head coach again. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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