March 1

Texas EMT Recovering after Ambulance Accident

first_imgBANDERA COUNTY, Texas — Bandera County EMT intermediate Gary Davis continues his recovery after a vehicle struck his ambulance while in transit to the hospital.On Saturday, July 9, at 1:49 p.m., authorities responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 83 south of ConCan. According to a report by Texas State Trooper Juan Maldonado, Caroline Beltran, of Uvalde, was traveling northbound on U.S. 83 when her vehicle drifted off and back on the roadway, striking the driver’s side of a Utopia ambulance. Click here to continue reading the story.last_img

September 29

Rigmarine opens in Aberdeen

first_imgThe facility, which Rigmarine says is strategically positioned to serve the offshore oil and gas, renewables, construction, breakbulk, shipping and marine industries, joins the company’s other locations in Baku, Azerbaijan; Aktau, Kazakhstan; and Sharjah, UAE.Mike Duncan, managing director of the Gaylin Group – which owns Rigmarine – said: “The facility gives Aberdeen a new source of heavy lift rigging available on short or long-term rental at respectable prices and with low lead times.”Duncan added that Rigmarine’s new facility will hold a large stock of heavy lift equipment, as well as a range of subsea lifting materials, including winches, spreader beams and load monitoring equipment.  www.rigmarine.comlast_img

September 20

Forbes hoping to attract more int’l athletes at JC meet next year

first_imgAfter a successful staging on Saturday, Ian Forbes, chairman of the organising committee of the Purewater/Jamaica College (JC)/R Danny Williams Invitational meet, said that they are aiming to attract a lot more international participation next year.Forbes told The Gleaner that the meet, which saw over 2,200 athletes from across the island taking part and almost 4,000 spectators exceeded his expectations. He is now hoping that they will be able to attract schools from the United States and the Caribbean next year. “For that to happen, we will need more communication and more marketing,” Forbes noted. International participation The meet, held last Saturday at Ashenheim Stadium on JC’s school ground, was in its 27th staging and, in fact, had some amount of international participation.“From overseas, we had unattached athletes and we also had masters athletes, females who are over 35 years old,” Forbes noted.The organisers are now planning to increase the numbers and to include clubs and institutions. “We are hoping to attract more athletes from outside of Jamaica, some from possibly US high schools and colleges, because in certain parts of the US, it is pretty cold presently. It would offer them an opportunity to get some early season competition. And of course, we are looking towards our Caribbean neighbours to participate as well,” added Forbes. “We need to insist on the benefits of competing in Jamaica – we have a good facility, there are some islands which do not have a synthetic track for their athletes to compete; we have the best coaches in the world; we have talented athletes, who offer very good competition and we have very knowledgeable track and field spectators,” Forbes stated.Forbes underlined that the newly built track is a welcome addition and will help towards preparations for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which will be held from March 24th to 28th at the National Stadium.“The new track has been a huge difference. We used to have coaches complaining about the previous surface but now, there is no complaint. They are all very happy and excited to compete here,” said Forbes. Melena Heliaslast_img read more

September 8

Ireland hosts two international competitions this weekend

first_img Ireland hosts two international competitions this weekend Ireland plays host to two home international competitions this weekend. At Millstreet (IRL), international competition moves to the discipline of eventing with action kicking off tomorrow (Thursday) at the County Cork venue. In County Kilkenny, Ireland will also host an international carriage driving event at Cuffesgrange (IRL).Team Ireland Equestrian’s showjumpers compete at Valence (FRA), Vancouver Langley British Columbia (CAN), Zandhoven (BEL), Wiener Neustadt (AUT), Lastrup (GER), Rockwood Ontario (CAN), Auvers (FRA) and Ciekocinko (POL). Elsewhere in eventing, Ireland will be represented at Blair Castle (GBR).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Tags: 22 August 2018, 12:02 Home  »  Disciplines News  »  Other Disciplines  »  Carriage driving news  »  Ireland hosts two international competitions this weekend last_img read more

December 19

Anti-abuse campaign hits SA

first_imgWomen often use make-up to hide facialscarring sustained from physical abuse.(Image:Osocio.org) South Africa has alarmingly high levelsof women and child abuse.(Image:Joburg.org) Khanyi Magubane A host of activities are expected to take place in the month of November 2008, as South Africa embarks on its annual 16 Days of Activism, a campaign that focuses on violence against women and children.The campaign, which is endorsed by the United Nations, takes place from 25 November – which is the international day of no violence against women – to 10 December – international human rights day.This will be the ninth time that South Africa is observing the annual event. The 2008 theme for the campaign is, “Don’t look away, act against abuse”.The event operates within South Africa’s national policy on the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Act, which was passed in 2002.The Gender Policy Framework outlines South Africa’s vision for gender equality and its overarching principles when it comes to treating both men and women equally.Government departments who support the initiative include the department of provincial and local government, the justice department and the department of social development.Government involvement in the campaign includes events taking place at both provincial and local government structures. Past events have included rallies and music festivals.Government has also formed strategic partnerships with civil society groups and various businesses in a bid to expand the scope of reach that the campaign has.The core objectives of the campaign are to:Create awareness of the plight and negative impact on abuse against women and children in society.The campaign also aims to challenge perpetrators of abuse to change their behaviour by educating themselves about the affects that physical or emotional abuse have on their victims.During the 16 days, a number of high profile events are held to lobby government to increase its support to victims. During this time, funds are also raised to enable organisations offering help to victims of abuse to continue with their work.South Africans are encouraged to wear white ribbons as a symbol of solidarity with those who’ve been affected by abuse.The ribbons provide a visually effective tool of highlighting the campaign, which in turn, it’s hoped, will elicit increased support.Other sectors of society who also get involved in the campaign include workers’ unions, who are encouraged to garner support within their ranks alongside members and representatives from the sporting fraternity.Disturbing SA statisticsSpeaking at an event during the campaign in 2006, then deputy minister of social development, Dr Jean Benjamin, said that it was crucial for South Africa to have an event of this type, as the country’s abuse statistics were shocking, “South Africa has one of the highest per capita rates of reported rapes in the world. This is despite the fact that most of rape cases are not reported.”According to non-governmental organisation Childline South Africa, there has been a 400% increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse in South Africa over a period of 10 years.The number of cases reported by child welfare societies also increased from 62% from 2000 to 2002.Benjamin also noted that statistics, which state that more than 51% of all cases fell into the category of sexual abuse, are disturbing.Other violence-related statistics show that more than 69% of the victims of abuse are female. The stats were drawn from a large-scale community-based prevalence study, conducted by the social department in three provinces.Other findings of the study showed that in some instances, the abuse on women and children are committed against them in their homes, by people who are supposed to protect them.One of the glaring by-products of violence against women and children, when the abuse is sexual in nature, is its contribution to the escalating HIV-infection rates amongst women.Women’s vulnerability to HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases is particularly heightened, when they are wholly dependent on their abusive spouse, and have no means of escaping.A report by UNAids, indicates that on a global scale, women make up the largest percentage of people living with HIV and Aids.The vulnerability of women and under aged girls to HIV/Aids is further aggravated by the fact that a large number of those victims live in dire poverty.Women’sNet, a South African based non-governmental organisation that works to advance gender equality, is aiming for the campaign against the abuse of women and children to become a daily matter of urgency.2008 eventsThis year, a South African radio station Ligwalagwala FM, will host the first-ever strictly hip-hop music festival in Mpumalanga, east of the country.The proceeds of the concert will go towards the 16 Days of Activism campaign.The station’s publicity officer Christinah Mazibuko, says she hopes the proceeds will make a difference in the lives of those who need them.“This will also be an opportunity for us to help those in need. There are a lot of disadvantaged people out there and the proceeds of the event will go towards helping them.”Organisers believed that, in addition to encouraging local hip-hop musicians in Mpumalanga, the music genre speaks to the youth and will go a long way in carrying the message.The event will bring together some of South Africa’s finest hip-hop musicians such as Tuks Senganga, Zulu boy, Sliquor, Proverb and ProKid.The South African non-governmental organisation coalition will this year, as part of the One-in-Nine Campaign, feature an exhibition at Constitution Hill, showcasing the struggle to end violence against women.The One-in-Nine campaign was established in 2006 during the rape trial of ANC president Jacob Zuma. He was found innocent in a court of law.The campaign operates on the findings of the Medical Research Council (MRC) study on sexual violence (2005) which indicate that only one out of every nine rape survivors report the attack to the police.Furthermore, statistics from the report also indicate that of the cases that do reach the courts, less than 5% of the alleged rapists are convicted.Other activities around the campaign will be announced closer to the date. This includes the official national event hosted by the department of provincial and local government.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email khanyi Magubane on: [email protected] links16 days of activismDepartment of social developmentUnaidsSangocoOne-in-Nine campaignWomensnetlast_img read more

December 18

So this giraffe walks into a restaurant … and the video goes viral

first_imgAn amazing video of a five-metre-tall female giraffe wandering into a restaurant at the Lion Park near Johannesburg, as patrons joke and laugh nervously, has gone viral on the internet, appearing on Huffington Post, the Mirror, the New York Daily News and Fox News.Many of the video posts begin with, “So this giraffe walked into a restaurant …”Watch the video:Text by Mary Alexanderlast_img

December 18

Song to capture South Africa’s freedom spirit

first_img3 April 2014 From Alexandra township in Johannesburg to Gugulethu outside Cape Town, South Africans are famous for their love of music and dance – so it’s little wonder that a national song should be chosen to capture the spirit of the country’s 20 Years of Freedom celebrations. On Thursday, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile announced that work had begun on composing a national song to form part of the country’s Freedom Day celebrations on 27 April. Mashatile was speaking in Pretoria following a session of the National Communication Partnership (NCP), which brings together stakeholders in the communication field to discuss ways of uniting the nation around the 20 Years of Freedom celebrations. The session coincided with the launch of 2014 Freedom Month. South Africa’s Freedom Day commemorates the country’s first post-apartheid elections, held on 27 April 1994, when South Africans of all races got to vote for the first time. This year, however, the celebrations will assume greater significance, as the country reflects on the journey of the last two decades, and how far it has come since the end of apartheid and the birth of democracy. The main Freedom Day event will take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where President Jacob Zuma will make a special address and where a multi-cultural carnival, mirroring the diversity and solidarity of the country, will be staged. Whether happy or sad, South Africans have always had a special way of communing with each other and the rest of the world through song. The role played by music during the country’s struggle for freedom is well documented, and still finds expression in the telling of stories from that era. Today, Mashatile said, the nation has a different song to sing, and this will be reflected in how South Africans celebrate their two decades of democracy. The government has also launched a nationwide programme to give South Africans a chance to be part of the celebrations. This includes the Freedom Fridays campaign, which encourages people each Friday to wear anything that shows their pride in being South African, and a “Tell your story” campaign, which gives people the opportunity to share their stories of freedom and democracy. A travelling exhibition, Building the Legacy: 20 Years of Freedom, is busy touring the country, while the Rise and Fall of Apartheid exhibition at Johannesburg’s Museum Africa documents the major milestones in the country’s recent and more distant past. “We have also launched a series of 20 Years of Freedom countdown clocks at a range of public spaces, such as malls around the country and at OR Tambo International Airport,” Mashatile said. “We call on all South Africans to embrace these celebrations.” Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

November 27

5th ODI: Australia beat South Africa to reclaim No.1 ranking

first_imgAustralia won the five-match series 4-1.Australia survived a late batting collapse to return to the top of the world one-day international rankings with a two-wicket win over South Africa on Sunday in the final game of a five-match series.The victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground concluded a 4-1 series win for Australia ahead of the World Cup it will co-host with New Zealand in less than three months.Shane Watson’s 82 runs, 76 from opener Aaron Finch and player-of-the-series Steve Smith’s 67 appeared to set the platform for a comfortable victory as Australia looked to easily reach their rain-adjusted target of 275 in 48 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.But inspired bowling by left-arm spinner Robin Peterson (4 for 32) saw Australia slump from 264 for 5 to 267 for 8 before James Faulkner (6) hit the winning runs at the start of the final over.Watson hit two sixes and seven fours to show form with the Test side for the opening match against India in Brisbane on December 4 set to be named on Monday. South Africa opener Quinton de Kock’s 107 and powerful lower-order batting from Farhaan Behardien (63) helped South Africa finish on 280 for 6.De Kock, named player of the match, and Rilee Roussow (51) put on 107 for the second wicket after Glenn Maxwell had acting captain Hashim Amla caught behind by Matthew Wade for 18. South Africa’s middle order struggled against some disciplined bowling, slumping from 164 for 2 to 206 for 5 with Pat Cummins taking 3 for 54.South Africa captain AB de Villiers was rested after sustaining a rib injury while fielding during the Melbourne game on Friday won by Australia by three wickets, clinching the series.advertisementThe International Cricket Council said in a statement on Sunday that Australia started the series in third position on 114 ratings points and finished on equal points with India on 117 ratings points. However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Australia is just 0.2 clear of India and five ratings points clear of South Africa, which dropped to third.Ahead of the World Cup that begins in February, Australia will host England and India in a one-day tri-series tournament.last_img read more

September 17

Premier will attend CARICOM Heads of Govt meetings in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Feb 2015 – Premier Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing will attend the 26th Intercessional Meeting of CARICOM heads of Government in Nassau this week. Bahamas Prime Minister Rt. Hon Perry Christie is chairman of the convening which will take place at the Melia Resort on Cable Beach. There are a number of key issues on the table for the sessions including dialogue on the halt on the Dominican Republic’s membership in Caricom. This was stalled after the DR reversed the nationalities of Haitians born in the Dom Rep. Also on the agenda; the financing of a marijuana commission and reparations connected to genocide and slavery in the region. The Caricom Intercessional Meetings begin tomorrow. Related Items:CARICOM, nassau, premier rufus ewing UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high notelast_img read more

September 17

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef to host World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppEngland, April 20, 2017 – London – World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed that the five-star Sun Aqua Vilu Reef will host its prestigious Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2017 on the 8th July.The event will take place on Meedhuffushi Island in the Maldives’ South Nilandhe Atol, with hospitality leaders from across the region expected to be in attendance.Sun Aqua Vilu Reef offers 103 luxurious rooms and suites – all of which come with deep soaking tubs, complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service.   Beyond the bedrooms, guests can indulge in signature spice-scented scrub at the spa or borrow a book to read while soaking up the sun on the pristine beach.  When night falls, sample one of Sun Aqua Vilu Reef’s restaurants serving a range of international cuisine, before enjoying a sundowner cocktail while listening to DJ spun tunes.Ahead of the Indian Ocean Ceremony, WTA Founder and President Graham Cooke said: “It is an honour for us to reveal Sun Aqua Vilu Reef as the host for the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Ceremony 2017.”“This is a wonderful resort in a picturesque tourist hotspot. It will be genuine pleasure for us to welcome nominees to the event in July.”  Cooke added: “With voting still open there is a chance for members of the tourism industry and general public to make their voices heard in the build up to the event.”Voting for the World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony is open until 22nd May 2017, with more information here.A full list of nominees can be seen here.World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.   Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region. World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.For more information about World Travel Awards, please visit the official website, www.worldtravelawards.com.last_img read more