Santos’ ‘hand of God’ paves way for San Miguel title win

Santos’ ‘hand of God’ paves way for San Miguel title win

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “That’s the hand of God,” said Santos in Filipino after San Miguel took the 108-99 victory Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena.“I was fatigued but the will really pushed me. I kept telling myself ‘no, we won’t lose.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSantos’ triple tied the game at 86 with 18.7 seconds left in regulation paving the way for more of San Miguel’s late-game heroics.After a 94-94 stalemate at the end of the first overtime, the Beermen broke loose in the second extra session, outscoring the Hotshots, 14-5, to make their case as the best All-Filipino team in PBA history. Batang Gilas bows to China in Fiba U16 semis Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames San Miguel distanced itself from the Magnolia franchise with the most Philippine Cup titles with eight, two more than the Hotshots.“This is our legacy because you won’t find anything more from this team,” said Santos, who put up 23 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists in the title-clinching game. “Us captains, I, Chris Ross, and Alex [Cabagnot] we want to make history and solidify our legacy.”“And we want you guys, the media, and the people outside the team to proclaim us as the best all-Filipino team. It won’t come from us, it would come from you.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETSan Miguel’s legacy has been defined in such a ceremonious way that it was almost God who predetermined the fate.The Beermen won an unprecedented fourth straight Philippine Cup after surviving the Magnolia Hotshots in double overtime, but it wouldn’t have ended that way had Arwind Santos not made a clutch triple that he dubbed as “the hand of God.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

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Manchester United’s season hits new low with 3-1 loss to Liverpool in English Premier League

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The sight of former United manager Alex Ferguson looking glum in the stands and United’s record signing, Paul Pogba, burying his head in his thick training top to shield himself from the driving rain summed up the state of United at the moment.“We can still finish fourth,” Mourinho added. “For sure, we are going to finish top six.”United is one point above seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers and 11 behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Shaqiri’s intervention spared Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker from some of his embarrassment after the Brazil international gifted United its equalizer by fumbling a fairly tame cross from Romelu Lukaku into the path of Jesse Lingard in the 33rd minute.That goal canceled out the 24th-minute opener from Sadio Mane, which came amid a breathless start from Liverpool as United’s defense was opened up constantly.ADVERTISEMENT “The mix-up of big fight and really playing football against an unbelievably strong team,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said of his team’s performance, which he described as “one of the best we’ve had” in his three-year tenure.Liverpool reclaimed its one-point lead over Manchester City with nearly half the season gone. United, meanwhile, is on 26 points — its lowest haul after 17 games since the 1990-91 season — and has a goal difference of zero.HAZARD’S NEW ROLEEden Hazard is settling just fine into his new attacking role at Chelsea.Playing as a “false nine” for the second straight game, Hazard set up Pedro Rodriguez’s early goal and then scored himself for the first time since October to lead Chelsea to a 2-1 win at Brighton.The Belgium forward usually plays on the left wing but is being deployed by Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri in the center of a mobile front three, between Pedro and Willian. It was an approach Sarri used to great effect when in charge of Italian team Napoli in his previous job.Hazard set up two goals in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City last weekend, leading Sarri to keeping him as the team’s deep-lying central striker at Brighton.Outplayed in the first half, Brighton improved after the break and reduced the deficit when Solly March turned in a shot from close range in the 66th.Chelsea stayed eight points behind Liverpool.HASENHUETTL’S FIRST WIN Liverpool’s 3-1 win over its great rival on Sunday was confirmation of that — although it still needed two strokes of luck to underline the gulf that has quickly grown between English soccer’s two grandest clubs.Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench and scored goals from deflected shots in the 73rd and 80th minutes to finally give Liverpool daylight in a match it dominated from the start at Anfield. In total, Liverpool had 36 shots to United’s six.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe gap between Liverpool in first place and United in sixth place extended to 19 points after just 17 games.“We cannot compare with their intensity,” Mourinho said, “we cannot compare with their physicality.” View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Late PBA Draft pick John Ragasa to work on his defense, hopes to get roster spot with NorthPort Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Jose Mourinho chose his words carefully, and they proved to be as candid as they were concerning for Manchester United as its worst start to a Premier League season hit a new low.“Liverpool,” Mourinho said, “is a better team than us.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The drinks were on Ralph Hasenhuettl at St. Mary’s Stadium.In a bid to raise spirits at the struggling south-coast club, its new Austrian coach sent drinks vouchers to all season-ticket holders ahead of the game against Arsenal. It wasn’t the only thing the Southampton fans were celebrating on Sunday.Charlie Austin’s 85th-minute goal sealed a 3-2 win that lifted Southampton out of the relegation zone with 17 of 38 matches gone. It was the first victory for Hasenhuettl since taking over from the fired Mark Hughes two weeks ago, and he greeted the final whistle by running onto the field and leaping into the air in delight.Arsenal twice came from behind through goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and looked like preserving a 22-game undefeated streak in all competitions and an unbeaten run in the league stretching back to Aug. 18 — a stretch of 14 games. Danny Ings put Southampton ahead both times.Arsenal stayed in fifth place, but is now three points behind Chelsea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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A tribute to Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to acknowledge my debt to an extraordinary man, Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen, former Attorney General and World Court Judge. Uncle Shahab, a man of par excellence. He was the spark of my intellect, the fire of my soul. He humbled me with his intelligence and his passion for knowledge and growth. He made us all Essequibians proud, an eminent and world court jurist.Dr Mohammed ShahabuddeenHis passing brought us sadness and irrevocable memories. Uncle Shahab and his two brothers Moeen and Zahir frequent us at a little Mosque at Johanna Cecilia, Essequibo Coast. A humble man, he would pray with us on that hard floor covered by a discoloured carpet. He would exchange pleasantry with the old folks and encourage the young ones to work hard at school. I can never forget him and his brother’s generosity. We eat from their hands during the rough days of poverty. My mom looked forward for their charity and Zakat and Uncle Shahab had never failed us and for that I am eternally grateful.Uncle Shahab has impacted my life tremendously, words fail me and adjectives are limited to correctly describe this gem – Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen, but permit me, I will still try.He was full of grace. Grace is the life of talents. Grace is the breath of speech. Grace is the soul of action, and grace is the ornament of ornaments.Perfection is the adornment of our nature. But grace is the adornment of perfection itself. Without grace, beauty is lifeless. It surpasses valour, discretion, prudence, even majesty itself.That was Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen – pure and amazing grace. It’s a pity that a fantastic, astonishing man like Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen is only born once in a generation. He consumed my entire being through his extraordinary brilliance. His stunning words were the most dazzling pearl necklace around the neck of humanity. Millions will stand in front of God-Almighty wearing his necklace and be granted salvation through the fact that his astonishing words brought them into contact with the divine author.Additionally, when our contemporary historians will write the annals of our history, Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen will be on the top of the list of the most influential men of our time. He stood tall like a palm tree and was never swayed by the wind.The joy of having known him trumps all the other temporary pleasures I ever had.  I cannot bear the thought that if I were to subtract him out of my history, what my life would be like. Throughout our sojourn on earth one person can touch our lives and we become better, much better.Peace to the greatest jurist of the 21st century, as he has returned to the divine author, peace to a stern advisor, peace to a generous giver and peace to a friend.May Allah – the Almighty, bless him with the highest station in paradise. May Allah – the Almighty, give his love ones patience and perseverance in this time of grief.Yours truly,Nazar Mohamedlast_img read more

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Over 40% adult Guyanese overweight/obese – FAO Country Rep

first_imgGuyana and the rest of the Caribbean region have made immense progress in reducing absolute hunger; however, they are now being faced with another dangerous situation: overweightness and obesity, according to Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Country Representative, Dr Gillian Smith.FAO Country Representative, Dr Gillian SmithShe was at the time addressing a gathering to commemorate World Food Day at La Bonne Intention (LBI), East Coast Demerara.Dr Smith lauded Guyana for its food security but underscored the fact that hunger is still a real issue for a number of people. She revealed that over 40 per cent of Guyanese are either overweight or obese and of that number, the majority are women.“Data is suggesting that over 40 per cent of adults in Guyana are considered overweight or obese and this is a trend that is increasing and significantly more women are found to be obese than men. Not only is this robbing us of our productive years, it is costing us significant amounts of our public health resources,” Dr Smith noted.Students displaying their foodsShe further explained that a 2011 cost of illness assessment, done by the Public Health Ministry in collaboration with the PAHO/WHO, estimated that the direct and indirect cost of treating non-communicable disease in Guyana was over 10 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This, she notes, threatens to erode the human capital.“Most of us have been lucky enough to live in a country, community, family where good food security is the case. I know from time to time many of us have struggled with some aspect of food security…despite all of that, we are the lucky ones. Every day, every single night, more than 820 million people suffer from hunger. Mothers put their children to bed knowing that they have not fed them what they need, and not having a single idea of how they are going to feed them tomorrow morning,” she said.One of the displays at the exhibitionWorld Food Day is observed annually on October 16. The day marks the anniversary of the formation of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.World Food Day, which is dubbed as a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger, sees people from around the world coming together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime. This year, World Food Day is being observed under the theme:”Our actions are our future—healthy diets for a #zerohunger world”.The theme calls on all stakeholders to make a change. To answer this call, the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the local chapter of the Food and Agriculture Organisation hosted a massive food exhibition at the GuySuCo Headquarters, La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara.At the opening ceremony, Agriculture Minster Noel Holder told the gathering that the event is Government’s way of reinforcing its commitment to safe food and healthy diets. He added that while Guyana is a food secure nation, more needs to be done to cement its status.“There are pockets of food insecurity and hunger that we need to address. Additionally, given the significant amount spent annually on health problems related to malnutrition. Strategies to ensure the availability and affordability of healthy diets are essential for the food and nutrition security of our citizens,” the Minister indicated.Holder also used the opportunity to announce that GuySuCo’s LBI compound has been transformed into an agricultural complex, which no sees a number of agricultural agencies being housed there as an effort to provide more efficient services.“During this month, the former GuySuCo Soil and Bio Safety Laboratory will transition into our National Soil Testing and Bio Safety Laboratory serving the entire agriculture sector in Guyana. As we transition to a green economy, quality infrastructure, such as laboratories that will test for disease, water quality and the general quality of safe and wholesome products intended for export are essential. Additionally, for increased productivity, laboratories are needed for soil testing, biotechnology, tissue culture, plant breeding and are also the backbone of the inspection and certification activates to meet these international standards,” Holder informed.The event saw the participation of the various bodies under the Agriculture Ministry, as well as a number of schools. The schools were given the task to prepare a balanced meal that cost no less than $2000 and what some of them prepared are presented in the photos.last_img read more

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74-year-old reappointed as Guyoil Chairman

first_imgFormer People’s National Congress Chief Whip, 74-year-old Lance Carberry, was recently reappointed Chairman of the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil).Carberry was reappointed despite President David Granger’s announcement that Government is reviewing its policy on age and retirement for State agencies, boards and commissions with a view of building a pool of expertise among theReappointed Guyoil Chairman Lance Carberryyounger generation.President Granger had made the disclosures on the heels of a major outcry over his administration’s decision to terminate the services of Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority Justice Cecil Kennard who is also over 70 years old.Granger had argued that Justice Kennard is too old to be functioning and that his Government wants younger professionals to take over these key leadership positions.“We are simply trying to give other persons the opportunity to serve,” the President provided as his justification.He also indicated that former Mayor Hamilton Green, who currently heads the Central Housing and Planning Authority and is around the same age as Justice Kennard would also have to step down, in keeping with Government’s new age policy.Carberry, an economist by profession, had served in the bauxite industry and had played a role in the establishment and development of the Iwokrama Rainforest Project. He is also well-versed in matters affecting the energy and environmental sectors of the economy.Political commentator Dr David Hinds had argued that Government needs to be clear on its age policy, if it has one.Hinds said that if Government has a policy on age, then it needs to make it known, while explaining the reasoning behind it.The political analyst said if the Government really does have a policy where persons who are past a certain age should not occupy some posts, then it should formally announce it and explain to the public the reasoning behind it.Failure to do so, he said, would open Government to the charge of selective targeting of officials, as appears to be the case with Justice Kennard.“If there is a policy to remove people from some positions because they are too old, I would have a serious problem with it. Since when age determines competence? When I read the news story about Justice Kennard’s removal because of old age, I thought he was 100 years old and physically and mentally challenged. But, from all indications, despite his so-called old age, the man has been quite competent at what he does,” Hinds said, noting that if indeed he is being removed because of his age, then it is a clear case of age discrimination.He said if Government is removing Kennard for some other reason, as could well be the case, then it should be honest enough and say so, rather than hiding behind age.last_img read more

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USC looking to make its points vs. Notre Dame

first_img “They had their advantage because I was coming into recruiting late,” Weis said. “Well, it’s X’s and O’s time. Let’s see who has the advantage now.” That comment proved popular with Notre Dame fans, but it didn’t even register with Carroll. He claimed to be unaware of the comment this week and when asked for his opinion, said, “I don’t really care.” The true story of USC games this year isn’t the other team: Oregon (for a half), Arizona State and Arizona proved its possible to dent the Trojans’ defense. However, no one kept pace with the offense, which scored at least 38 points in every game. Even last week’s relatively disappointing effort saw turnovers and penalties “limit” the Trojans to 42 points against Arizona. “It’s never been anything other than what our offense does to stop itself, because no one else really has,” center Ryan Kalil said. “It’s been penalties and stuff like that, but not really the other team.” So while the setting is unlike any other in college football, as NBC will constantly remind viewers, Carroll’s only question will be whether Notre Dame can match points with the Trojans. “They do a great variety of things,” Carroll said. “They do something in one game and then you won’t see it again for a couple of weeks.” That’s one reason USC started watching film of Notre Dame before the Arizona game, generally a no-no in football but necessary when studying the new-look Irish, who got an extra week of practice to prepare for the Trojans. “That really makes them dangerous,” Carroll said. “In the NFL, you get so familiar with opponents you can’t do the same thing week-in and week-out. Well, they have brought the same concept.” USC’s concept changes less and less. White and Reggie Bush are attempting to become the first backs in school history to gain more than 100 yards in four straight games. Bush’s sore knee remains a question, although he practiced most of the week. But he remembered two years ago making a national impression with a 58-yard cutback run for a touchdown and a memorable 38-yard reception. “I guess that was seen as my coming-out party and I got a lot of recognition,” Bush said. “I’m a lot more experienced now. I’ve just learned a lot more. I’m bigger and stronger. And this type of game brings out the best in people.” That’s a rare concession on USC’s part, that playing in Notre Dame Stadium is special, something the normally cautious Carroll even conceded. While he disdains bowing to tradition, he got his first taste of the rivalry in 2001 and made sure to immediately call legendary USC assistant, the late Marv Goux. “I was talking to Marv on the cell phone as I was walking down the tunnel so that he could tell me what he remembered about it and share the experience of doing that,” Carroll said. “That was just out of respect for him but it was for fun because he was so colorful about it. “Then we went into the stadium to do our prayer and I mentioned to the players in my mind I wanted to share this game with Goux and I said Marv will be with us every time we ever play this. Then boom, and the thunder hit. And (former assistant) Eddie Orgeron’s eyes got like this and he didn’t know what had happened. “Marv Goux was the connection for me personally to take it to a different level.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 scott.wolf@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Everything here is different for No. 1-ranked USC today, as landmarks like the Golden Dome and the giant mural Touchdown Jesus impressively greet the Trojans before they take the field. So will rabid fans from about every state in the Midwest who camped out for days in anticipation of this marquee matchup, confident with Notre Dame ranked No. 9 and sporting its pro-style offense under new coach Charlie Weis. But for all the tradition, hype and privilege of playing on a game shown to 100 percent of the country, this game really rests on the same question as every other USC game this season:. Can any team outscore the Trojans? center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week That will be Weis’ daunting task, even with a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback (Brady Quinn) and a more sophisticated playbook than anything seen under Lou Holtz, Bob Davie or Tyrone Willingham. Forget about Touchdown Jesus. The Irish fans will be thinking more about Touchdown USC. “We never think a team will outscore us,” USC offensive lineman Winston Justice said. “We should always score,” tailback LenDale White added. It’s ironic that most of the media focused on Weis this week, with his 15-year NFL career a perfect foil for USC coach Pete Carroll. Of course, Weis planted that seed back in February, shortly after Notre Dame hired him. last_img read more

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Chelsea beat Spurs in semi-final clash

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Chelsea 4 Tottenham 2Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic scored second-half goals as Chelsea won a pulsating FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham to secure a first final appearance in five years.Willian’s double had given the Blues the lead after an enthralling first half.Harry Kane cancelled out Willian’s superb early free-kick, but Heung-Min Son fouled Victor Moses in the box and Willian smashed home the resulting penalty.Dele Alli dragged Tottenham level after the break, but Hazard’s low shot and a thunderous first-time strike from Matic earned victory in the closing stages.Spurs, with Christian Eriksen starring, had long spells of possession on both occasions after drawing level, but failed to create many chances.And Antonio Conte’s side, who will play Arsenal or Manchester City in the final next month, earned a clinical win following the introduction of both Diego Costa and Hazard with just over 30 minutes remaining.Embed from Getty ImagesPedro and Willian were both to the fore as Chelsea made a lively start to the first period following a spine-tingling minute’s applause for Tottenham under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu, the former England defender who this week died at the age of 44.Willian, who played in a front three alongside Pedro and the ineffective Michy Batsuyai, had already threatened by the time Nathan Ake’s tackle allowed Pedro to race through and provoke the foul that led to the opening goal.Willian curled in a glorious 20-yard free-kick, the Brazilian bending the ball into the far corner and past Hugo Lloris after Pedro had been cynically brought down by Toby Alderweireld.Batshuayi then missed a great chance to double the lead, heading tamely at goal from an N’Golo Kante cross.And Spurs, who have now only beaten Chelsea twice in 17 attempts, equalised when Kane flicked the ball into the far corner with a stooping header from Eriksen’s cross.Embed from Getty ImagesSpurs, who have now lost their past seven FA Cup semi-finals, gained in confidence having been second best before the equaliser and began to dominate possession, with Eric Dier going close with another headed chance.Willian’s cool spot-kick restored the Chelsea half-time lead, only for Alli to make it 2-2 with an exquisite first-time finish from Christian Eriksen’s cross.But the introduction of Hazard, Costa and Cesc Fabregas breathed new life into Chelsea.Hazard, who ended Tottenham’s title hopes with the equaliser in a 2-2 draw last season, crashed the ball home after Spurs failed to clear a Fabregas corner to put the Blues 3-2 up.And Matic smashed in an unstoppable 25-yard first-time effort from a Hazard pass to make it 4-2 soon after.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ake; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian [Hazard 61], Batshuayi [Costa 61], Pedro [Fabregas 74].Subs not used: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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US support for 16 Days campaign

first_img24 November 2010The United States Mission to South Africa has organised a number of activities in support of this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, including free performances of the one-act play We Are Here by American actor Antonio David Lyons.The play, comprising 16 sketches expressing the diversity of male voices within the issue of woman and child abuse, is supported by the US Consulate in Johannesburg, and runs at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein from 25 to 30 November.All performances are free, although donations will be accepted. The doors open at 7.30pm, with the show beginning at 8pm from Thursday to Saturday. Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday performances are at 3pm.From 28 November to 7 December, US Minister in the United Church of Christ and founder of the FaithTrust Institute, Rev Marie Fortune, will be taking part in discussions on the role of faith and community leaders in ending gender violence. The events will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town.The US Embassy Pretoria’s Political Working Group will host a meeting focused on gender-based violence on 2 December. The embassy is inviting panelists from civil society and government to address questions concerning the causes of gender violence in South Africa and strategies for eliminating it.USAid also funds a number of projects aiming to root out gender-based violence, including Brothers for Life, which aims to reduce violence by encouraging changes in gender norms and personal behaviour.Another project is the Greater Rape Intervention Project, which operates 26 facilities in Mpumalanga province and offers services to survivors of rape and abuse, many of them children from communities with minimal infrastructure and police protection.The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention South Africa and the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief are also collaborating with the South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union and the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union to raise awareness of the connection between gender violence and HIV transmission through a workplace campaign.This year marks the 11th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence against Women and Children in South Africa.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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South Africa gears up for National Health

first_img22 February 2012 South Africa has moved one step closer to a National Health Insurance scheme, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announcing a R121-billion health budget for 2012/13, aimed at improving hospitals and strengthening public health ahead of the scheme’s introduction. The National Health Insurance scheme (NHI), which will be phased in over a period of 14 years, starting this year, aims to provide equitable health protection for all South Africans. Delivering his Budget speech to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan allocated R1-billion to the scheme’s pilot projects in 2012/13.Nursing college, hospital upgrades Gordhan also announced that R450-million had been put aside to upgrade about 30 nursing colleges, with a further R426-million allocated for initial work on rebuilding five major tertiary hospitals. These are the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, Durban’s King Edward VII Hospital, the Dr George Mukhari hospital in North West province, the Limpopo Academic Hosptial, and the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Gordhan’s Budget also makes R968-million available over the next three years for the provision of HIV drugs. The move is expected to bring up the number of recipients of free antiretroviral treatment up from 1.5-million in 2011 to about 3-million by 2015.Paving the way for the NHI The Department of Health will this year complete an audit of all health facilities in the country, and is working with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Development Bank of Southern Africa to develop a targeted response to the infrastructure needs of the sector. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi acknowledged on Wednesday that it would take some work to finally get the NHI to where the government wants it to be. “That is why we are giving ourselves a period of 14 years, but we do acknowledge that we have to start somewhere, and I must emphasise that by piloting we are putting down the bricks and we getting everything ready,” Motsoaledi told journalists in Cape Town. There were two “preconditions” for making the NHI work in South Africa, namely an overhaul to create a quality health care system, and strict regulation of the sector to make it more affordable to all South Africans. “When we say we want to regulate pricing, it does not mean we are unfair to the private sector,” Motsoaledi said. “What we saying is that you can’t discriminate against people based on price just because the public health system is so poor.” In the interim, general taxes will remain the primary financing of NHI projects, while new funding resources will be explored over the long term depending on the progress of institutional reforms and health delivery capacity. Preliminary modelling suggests that full implementation of the system may be realised by 2025, but this will require financing to rise from 4% to 6% of gross domestic product (GDP). A discussion paper on revenue options and associated transitional issues, including the role of medical schemes, will be released later this year. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Microsoft Writes Off Nearly $1B In Surface RT Inventory

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Microsoft#Surface center_img The Surface RT is officially landfill material following Microsoft’s decision to take a $900 million writeoff of “inventory adjustments” related to the underpowered and underequipped tablet.(See also: Microsoft Tries Again To Aim Its Guns Outside The Company)The writing has been on the wall for the Surface RT, which uses a tweaked version of Windows 8 that won’t run most existing Windows applications. IDC recently reported that Microsoft shipped 900,000 Surface tablets in the first quarter, most of which were the Surface Pro, a bigger cousin to the Surface RT that runs the full-fledged version of Windows 8.(See also: Microsoft Slashes Surface RT Prices By 30%) The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology readwritelast_img read more

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