first_imgA mother of four of Front Road, West La Penitence, Greater Georgetown is presently battling for her life at a city hospital after she was shot while asleep in the wee hours of Monday morning.Alicia HenryInjured is Alicia Henry, who was shot in her back while she was asleep with her husband and her baby at their home. The shooting occurred at about 02:00h.Reports are that gunmen on motorcycles opened fire in the neighbourbood and bullets hit the walls of Henry’s wooden home.However, one of the bullets penetrated the wall and struck the sleeping woman. Her 11-month-old baby as well as her husband were not injured.When this newspaper visited the area neighbours recalled that they heard a series of loud noises like firecrackers exploding.The house in which the mother of four was shotA female neighbour, stated that it was Alicia’s family began shouting for help that neighbours realised what had occurred.According to reports, the injured woman’s bedroom is towards the front of the house which faces the public road.This newspaper was told that motorcycles were heard passing through the street when the shots were fired.According to neighbours, the injured woman had been rushed to the hospital where she was admitted.last_img read more

first_img4 October 2012The education department in South Africa’s Gauteng province has intensified interventions over the past financial year to address the quality of learning in literacy, languages and mathematics.Presenting the department’s report for the past financial year in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Education MEC Barbara Creecy said the department had made strides in implementing quality education, especially in poor schools.The report focused on progress made against goals set as a province for 2010/2011 to improve the learner outcome and ultimately improve the quality of education offered across the province.Coaching for foundation phase teachersAchievements included the successful implementation of the innovative foundation phase to improve the quality of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy in targeted schools.A first for the country was the department’s introduction of a coaching programme to support teachers in the foundation phase.“We targeted 792 under-performing primary schools, where all 6 496 teachers in the foundation phase were provided with quarterly lesson plans and were trained quarterly on the use of the lesson plans,” Creecy said.“All learners were provided with workbooks and graded readers in all official languages and each foundation classroom was provided with two library trollies containing a total of 120 books each.”Identifying content gaps and backlogsThe Secondary Schools Intervention Programme (SSIP) was implemented to improve learning in Grades 8 and 9 and the department targeted teachers in 391 under- performing secondary schools for training in problem areas in mathematics and science teaching.“We trained a total of 6 765 FET teachers in science and mathematics content where we identified content gaps and backlogs,” she said.The department also managed to intensify its interventions for Grades 10 to 12 through SSIP, which has seen an improvement in the performance of learners in the 2011 Senior Certificate Examination.The department, which has set a target of 80% pass rate in Grade 12, has through SSIP managed to achieve a pass rate of 81.1%.Improving safety in high-risk schoolsCreecy said the most notable achievement by the department was the implementation of the school safety strategy in all priority high risk schools.“We promised to improve the security at schools and employed over 6 500 school patrollers to provide security at schools which has resulted in a decline in burglaries at school,” Creecy said.In addition, the department has successfully implemented measures to improve on the audit outcome in 2011/12; this Creecy said has assisted in improving the public accountability of the funds voted to the department to deliver quality education.“I’m also pleased that the department has managed to improve in its responsibility of carrying out its fiduciary duties and for prudent manner in which the resources voted to the department have been managed, culminating in a third consecutive unqualified audit opinion,” she said.Source: read more

first_img6 February 2015Durban witnessed what is arguably its most successful tourism year in 2014, with an increase in visitor numbers of 12.8% over 2013, according to the eThekwini municipality.In total, 7.4 million people visited the warm East Coast city, with a total direct spend of R19.2-billion and 95 396 jobs created and sustained over the year, the municipality reported on 4 February. With indirect spend added, the tally was R32.4-billion.Durban proved to be a big draw card for domestic and international visitors over the festive period, which showed an average growth of more than 20% in visitor numbers, with 400 000 more tourists than the previous year. Over the six weeks of December to mid-January 2015, Durban had 1.45 million visitors with a total direct spend of R3.1-billion and 15 492 jobs created; some were sustained.The hospitality industry employs 95 396 people.In terms of market segmentation, Durban recorded a 15% increase in foreign visitors from the United States, 12% from Australia, 13% from Zimbabwe and 10% from Zambia. Gauteng was again a key source market, constituting 49% of all visitor arrivals.Durban mayor James Nxumalo said the city was excited to be presenting these ground-breaking statistics, which had far exceeded all projections and reached a successful peak for the city. “The positive outcome of the research is encouraging and reflects the hard work done by the industry to promote tourism and ensure Durban is a top-of-mind destination.”Durban Tourism head Philip Sithole added: “2014 has proved to be one of our most successful years. This is after we launched a number of campaigns aimed at marketing the Durban destination to both local and international markets. Most notable was our ‘Taking Durban to the World’ strategy, which aimed at boosting both international and domestic tourism.“We have already started seeing return in investment in terms of achieving the objectives of our campaigns and if you look at the number of accolades that we have received in the past year alone, most recently the New York Times listing Durban in the top 10 places to visit for 2015, it is evident that we are on the right track.”The list was released in January. Durban is number seven, and the third city on the list.Durban was named one of the New7Wonder cities of the world in December 2014, out of more than 1 200 nominees from 220 different countries.In addition, in 2012, the municipality entered into a two-year partnership with National Geographic to position Durban as a “must visit” world-class tourist destination. The partnership ended in June 2014.Under it, National Geographic implemented a global campaign that included print, digital and television. The TV campaign included the production of three 60-second vignettes and two documentaries on Durban.Speaking this week, Nxumalo said the National Geographic campaign had reached 497 million viewers in the past two years.In early December, Durban Tourism, the city’s official tourism arm, said it would spend almost R22-million in a second partnership, over three years, with the National Geographic Society to market the city worldwide.As part of it, National Geographic’s Traveller magazine would commission an in-depth feature article on Durban and potentially, KwaZulu-Natal. There would also be an editorial supplement on “The Best of Durban”, and a 12-page feature for the USA Traveller magazine and tablet editions about Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.Themes and topics would include sporting events, culture and heritage, cuisine, lifestyle, architecture and multi-culturalism.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The end result of a crop depends very highly on the conditions above and below the dirt at planting time. Eric Anderson, a product development agronomist from Syngenta, visited with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about some things to consider before the planters roll.last_img

first_imgA drive for good nutrition among pregnant women and children in a southern Assam district has been given a gooseberry candy twist. This follows a report that the targeted groups find the prescribed iron-folic acid tablets repulsive.According to the 2015 National Family Health Survey, 47.2% of the women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. The district, thus, has the most anaemic children below 5 years, adolescents and women of reproductive age in Assam.But mothers, pregnant women and children in the district, data reveal, consume only 24.3% of the total iron-folic acid tablets that the district receives and distributes. “The tablets given to these groups are often not consumed as they feel nauseated or have constipation issues. There are also myths that these tablets will kill them or make them incapable of conceiving,” District Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli told The Hindu. Amla, jaggery comboTo get around the problem while launching Poshan Maah, or nutrition month, a few days ago, the district administration decided to produce roundish amla-gur candies with a dose of salt. Nutritionists involved in the campaign said amla, or gooseberry, is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, while gur, or jaggery, is rich in iron, vital vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system.“The gooseberry candy is a home-made recipe, and is provided alongside iron-folic acid tablets as behavioural change in nutritious eating is a slow process. If women and children avoid the tablet, they can get the required vitamin and mineral inputs through the improvised delicacy of which ingredients are available locally,” Ms. Jalli said. The candy is cost-effective too, she said. Anganwadi workers, supervisors and mothers have been engaged to prepare and distribute the ‘laddoos’ with the ingredients given by the district authorities.“This is a novel initiative that should go a long way in checking anaemia that increases the risk during pregnancy and at childbirth, besides resulting in low birth weight and malnourished children,” Anganwadi worker Labiba Begum Barlaskar said.About 32.5% of the children aged below five in Hailakandi are underweight. The average figure for Assam is 30%.last_img read more

first_imgIll Winds “Promote deforestation, pollute without restriction and you shall be rewarded with retribution: no wind, no trees, no rains.”ANKANA DAGA, on e-mail Cloudy Prospects Given the ominous weather looming large over the globe, countries should focus on fighting this natural threat rather than indulge in skirmishes over region and,Ill Winds”Promote deforestation, pollute without restriction and you shall be rewarded with retribution: no wind, no trees, no rains.”ANKANA DAGA, on e-mailCloudy Prospects Given the ominous weather looming large over the globe, countries should focus on fighting this natural threat rather than indulge in skirmishes over region and religion (“What’s Wrong With the Weather?” August 12). The global weather waft will annihilate life on earth if this deterioration is not curbed. K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, Bangalore Rather than fighting among ourselves, we would do well to reduce our contribution to the environmental crisis before it overwhelms us. Each of us has the responsibility to make this planet a decent legacy for our children. It requires 625 sq ft of green surface area to produce one’s daily requirement of oxygen. If you do not have this much in your garden, you are using someone else’s oxygen. V. VENKATARAMAN, on e-mail The effects of global warming will have to be borne by the people and politicians alike. The Kyoto Protocol will probably get drowned in the melting of polar ice and the rising sea levels around the globe. Since the developed countries seem to be paying lip service to the problem of global warming, India should devise a meaningful long-term strategy for combating the monsoon’s erratic behaviour. SUJA NAMBIAR, Karaikal “Unless junior officers get dignified status and quality life, campaigning cannot attract talent for the officer cadre in the defence forces.” SADHNA UPADHYAYA, on e-mailMahatma Gandhi’s words ring true: “There are sufficient resources to satisfy everyone’s need but there’s not much left for anyone’s greed.” To satisfy our greed we have exploited nature to such an extent that nature has now decided to retaliate. It will not be long before Homo sapiens cease to exist. DIPTANSU SHARMA, Guwahati What is the purpose of sending rockets and satellites into outer space in search of extra-terrestrial life when our own planet remains unexplored and our people live in danger? To save the earth, Indians have to control population growth since overuse of natural resources is beginning to wreak havoc. Either we mend our ways or prepare to vanish from the face of the earth. Politicians, too, should relin- quish petty politics and work collectively to save the earth. BHUPINDER S. PARMAR, Jalandhar Bad Karma No one can deny that Sanjay Dutt has been reckless and self-destructive in continuing his relations with the mafia after getting a second lease of life (“Bollywood’s Bad Boy”, August 12). He has displayed immaturity and a tendency to run after the forbidden like an uninformed child. This time though, there does not seem to be any way out for Bollywood’s ill-fated child-man. SOWMYA RAJARAM, on e-mail What inspires dutt in repeated trysts with the underworld-fame, money or power? In a country like India where filmstars are revered as demi-gods, Dutt has lost the moral right to play the hero. SUSHANT SACHDEVA, on e-mail For Dutt, the thin line between life and art got blurred when he played the role of a mafia leader in one film after another. But he is only a victim and not a perpetrator of crime. B.K. BHATTACHARYA, Delhi I have often wondered what people who sympathise with Dutt’s “hard life” mean when he has always had everything going for him-a caring family, an affluent background and a flourishing career. His so-called misfortunes have been a result of his own actions. RADHIKA OLTIKAR, Mumbai After all that he went through for his alleged connections in the 1992 Bombay blasts Dutt should have had the good sense to maintain his distance from the underworld even if he could not completely cut off connections with them. At least now he must learn for the sake of the people who still have faith in him. KEERTHI MEHER ALLOJI, on e-mail Talking Point In an era of recession the only industry that seems to be flourishing is the cellular one (“Unlimited Mobility”, August 12). With rate cuts, alluring deals and affordable handsets, the one beneficiary, apart from the industry itself, is the subscriber. No wonder mobile mania has gripped even smaller towns. AMIT PARTAP, Solan, Himachal Pradesh Mean Machine If children show ruthless behaviour, it has to do with the media depicting violence as a way of life (“Rage of Innocents”, August 12). While the moral police is worried about the portrayal of sex in movies, they miss out on one point: domestic violence, wife-beating and bullying scenes also affect the young viewer adversely. Parents too fail to see how aggressive, selfish and reckless their children become playing violent computer and video games. J. VARGHESE, on e-mail It is unscientific to say that behaviour problems are on the rise in the present generation of children by quoting a figure from one or two current studies without providing a reference point for comparison. A few decades ago the figure based on a few quick-fix surveys used to be 20 per cent-far worse than the 12 per cent figure quoted now. Every generation tends to have a negative view of the younger generation although the world has evidently changed for the better. DR PREM LATA CHAWLA, DelhiDown, Not Out Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest players of all times and casting doubts on his performance is like committing a sin (“Testing Times”, August 12). He has always given his all on the field, be it batting, bowling or fielding. It is only a matter of a couple of Test innings and the same critics who are now running Tendulkar down will start singing paeans in his honour. RAKESH SINGHVI, on e-mail Bowl to Cup If we are aiming for the World Cup, producing Yuvraj Singhs and Mohammed Kaifs will not be enough (“Generation Next”, July 29). We need some Shoaib Akhtars and Glenn McGraths too. ROHIT SAINI, on e-mail Flesh and Blood Standards of morality cannot be equated with those of decorum (“Is Sex Okay?”, August 5). There is nothing immoral about making love but it is an act that needs privacy. The trouble with sexual events as an object of artistic or literary representation is that its meaning is not always apparent to a spectator who doesn’t know the motivations. Sex is okay but pornography is not a spectator sport. JOTIN D. PHUKAN, Guwahati The censor board believes that its duty is to protect Indian children from violent films. What its members should know is that anyone anywhere in India can readily get CDs and cassettes of X-rated movies. VINIT MATHUR, Barmer, Rajasthan The censor board needs to take a stronger position in curbing violent scenes in Indian cinema than the concupiscent ones. C.P. BELLIAPPA, Coorg All the Hindutva leaders who scream in support of astrology and vedic maths in school curricula should perhaps think of introducing the Kamasutra for sex education. Anyway, if we can decide who should govern us, why should someone else get to make the decision about what we should be able to see? RAHUL PRASAD, on e-mail The censor board may be hypocritical and inconsistent but the liberals of Bollywood and the media should stop pushing sex in films under the cover of democracy, free speech and progress as this has nothing to do with being a liberal democracy. It is simply a matter of economics: sex sells. BEN OBERKIRSCH, on e-mail advertisementadvertisementMature Bonds”Marriages of senior citizens is society’s way of adjusting to changing trends.” AANCHAL ARORA on e-mail “It just shows that it is never too late to attempt anything in life.” SARITA WARIYER on e-mailRocking the Boat It is unfortunate that the company claiming to be a role model for the Indian industry has suddenly developed cold feet at the whiff of bad news (“Silicon Jitters”, August 5). By remaining tight-lipped, Infosys of ficials have shown that its avowed adherence to corporate governance is a sham. Particularly galling was CEO Nandan Nilekani’s statement praising Phaneesh Murthy for driving US sales when at stake was the integrity of the top management, something found lacking at the time of reckoning. SUNIL NAGAR, Chennai Beating Retreat If their instruments are now dying a slow death, India’s classical musicians have only themselves to blame as they played to the gallery, promoted only their children and did not create enough following despite 50 years of state grants and promotion (“Discordant Notes”, August 5). ASHISH KHOKAR, Bangalore It is appalling that our culture is being allowed to die a silent death. If we don’t preserve these instruments, we shall be guilty of burying our past and such a country cannot have a future. It is time to take action to keep the instruments alive. ABHIGYAN VADERA, on e-mail Milk Shake While the ravals deserve appreciation, their claim that groundnut milk is a new discovery is far fetched (“The White Lie”, July 29). Mahatma Gandhi successfully produced soymilk in his ashram, with the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, being the first in India to perfect the process of making groundnut milk. A pilot plant for mass manufacture was established at CFTRI, which blended groundnut protein with milk to produce Miltone with nutritive value almost equal to that of milk. CFTRI did not file for a patent for these processes as it felt that they should be made available to as many people as possible. The Miltone plant in Bangalore was active till Operation Flood made milk more available. M.R. CHANDRASEKHARA, retired scientist, CFTRI, Mysoreadvertisementlast_img read more