Galatasaray signs Uruguayan side Marcelo Saracchi

first_imgSaracchi arrived in Istanbul today, signed the contract and visited the museum Galatasaray, already dressed in the rojiamarilla shirt, in which he wears The number 36.The side, which has been called four times for the selection Uruguayan, He matches in the club with his compatriot Fernando Muslera, the already mythical Uruguayan goalkeeper who defends since 2011 the colors of Galatasaray The Galatasaray, one of the most successful clubs from Turkey, has announced Monday the arrival as given from the side Uruguayan left Marcelo Saracchi, 21 years old and currently under contract in the Leipzig German.The German club will yield Saracci to Galatasaray under loan format for the remainder of this season and 2020-2021, in exchange for a net payment of 500,000 euros, says a statement made public this late on the website of the Turkish club.The young player, who has served on the Danube FC and the River Plate before moving, in summer 2018, to Leipzig, rwill 700,000 euros for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season and another 1,350,000 for the 2020-2021 season, clarifies the statement. Turkish League* Data updated as of January 6, 2020last_img read more

Ambusley declares win as birthday gift to daughter

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United FC captain Dwayne Ambusley netted his first goal for almost three seasons and only his second goal for the club, as they eased past Tivoli Gardens FC 2-0 in Monday night’s Red Stripe Premier League football fixture at Montego Bay Sports Complex.Afterwards, he dedicated the victory to his daughter, Shanice, who was celebrating her birthday, noting that he had promised something special and the goal was a fitting gift.”I am delighted with the win because I kept my promise to my daughter to score tonight and get the win,” the midfielder said.”It is my first goal in about three years so it’s special on that account. But the most important thing is that we won tonight,” added Ambusley.The win lifted the former champions level to the top on 37 points with Portmore United and two clear of defending champions Arnett Gardens FC.Ambusley’s goal, which gave his team a 12th minute lead, was rather fortuitous, as his intended cross swerved away from Tivoli’s goalkeeper Edsel Scott and into the upper far corner of the goalgoalscoring formMercurial striker Dino Williams also continued his fine goalscoring form, when he scored in the 28th minute in a dominant first half of football from the home side, in front of a partisan crowd.Ambusley said they were determined to get the victory and heaped praise on Williams for his role in the team’s success so far this season.”We talked about it before the game that we needed to win this one and that Dino keeps scoring and it worked out that way. As team captain, I can’t ask for nothing more.”MoBay’s goalkeeper had a relatively quiet night between the posts, but was called to duty with a superb one-handed save to deny Jamoy Sibbles an equaliser at the 18th minute.Williams was netting his League-leading 14th goal for the season, but the hard-running striker was taken off in second half action because of a lingering hamstring problem.Tivoli’s coach, Christopher Bender, said his side’s struggle will have to be addressed with additional talent in the transfer window.”We are not playing with enough confidence at the moment and of course the team missed Junior Flemmings greatly. He brings a certain calmness to the team and that was lacking tonight,” Bender reasoned.”There still a way to go in this up and down season for us, but we’re hoping to get some wins and stay away from trouble,” he said.Tivoli, following their 10th loss this season, lie 10th in the 12-team standings and have a woeful defensive record, having shipped a league leading 28 goals in 19 matches.last_img read more

Over 250 HILLSAC Members to Participate in 2015 Marathon

first_imgThis year’s marathon might be the most crowded as compared to the 2011 and 2013 Liberia Marathons owing to lot of interests from individual athletes- active and amateur, the disabled, groups as well as foreign nationals.The Liberia Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, November 8.The Hill Social and Athletics Club (HILLSAC), has announced that over 250 of its members are poised to contest in the 2015 Liberia Marathon.HILLSAC’s president Odusanya Muhamed Abdulhakeed disclosed that 250 members would participate in the 10k race (from John F. Kennedy to SKD Complex). Two of their athletes are training for the 21km (13miles) race.Mr. Abdulhakeed said as November 8 comes closer, they would increase their coaches. The current coaches are Constance Williams, Peter Kollie, Zumba Emmanuel and Ansumana Varney.“We were founded in 2000 and participated in 2011 and 2013 marathons as well as the recently held Olympic Day Run,” the HILLSAC boss said.The 2015 Liberia Marathon was postponed twice owing to the Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weekly MP report from Jay Hill

first_imgSomeone convicted of these crimes should not be allowed to serve their sentences in the comfort of their own home while many of their victims can no longer afford a roof over their head! We could not allow loopholes for ‘house arrest’ to stand and therefore, in June of this year we again introduced legislation to limit the use of conditional sentencing legislation to minor crimes. Bill C-42, which was debated this week by MPs at second reading, will amend the Criminal Code so that conditional sentences will no longer be available for offences such as: street racing causing bodily harm, trafficking in persons, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, criminal negligence causing death, forgery of a passport, incest, perjury, arson, counselling/aiding suicide, airgun/pistol causing bodily harm.We took another positive step forward this week when our Identity Theft legislation, Bill S-4, passed into law. This Bill creates the new offences of identity theft, trafficking in identity information and unlawful possession of trafficking in certain government-issued identity documents. Among other measures, this legislation can make an offender provide restitution to a victim for the expenses they incurred in rehabilitating their identity. Advertisement In order to fight crime in the 21st Centurym, our laws must keep pace with the technology that makes crimes, such as identity theft and the distribution of child pornography, easier to commit. That’s why our Conservative Government has also introduced legislation to give law enforcement agencies additional tools they need to investigate a crime. While careful to respect privacy rights and freedoms, Bill C-47 will expand the existing ability to obtain a warrant to intercept communications over traditional telephones to include cell phones, other wireless technologies and the Internet as well. Now that Michael Ignatieff has stepped-back from his threat to immediately attempt to bring down our Government, I am hopeful we can continue to enact legislation to better protect Canadians! We made a commitment to Canadians to restore faith in our justice system and to better protect them.And this week in the House of Commons, our Conservative Government moved aggressively to advance our crime-tackling agenda. First, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson introduced legislation to crack down on white-collar crime. This is a serious issue affecting the lives of Canadian families who have been swindled out of their hard-earned savings at the hands of fraudsters and criminals. – Advertisement -If passed, the legislation will make jail time mandatory for fraud over $1-million by setting a new mandatory sentence of two years for white collar crimes. The impact on the victim and the magnitude of the fraud will also be considered as factors to toughen sentences. Judges will be required to consider forcing offenders to make restitution to victims in all fraud cases. And affected groups will be allowed to submit Community Impact Statements to the Court. This isn’t the first time we’ve tried to crack down on white collar crime, but the Liberals gutted our previous legislation, introduced in 2006, that would have denied house arrest for serious crimes such as fraud and theft over $5,000.Advertisementlast_img read more

Connect LA wins honor

first_img“It’s a collaborative organization that has grown from a few people to 1,000 affiliates,” Linsley said. “We bring leaders together to try to develop grass-roots solutions to basic problems.” Through Connect LA, for instance, 3,000 teenagers came together last October as part of Teenagers Make a Difference Day. Teens from various community centers and programs cleaned up parks, spruced up neighborhoods and fed the homeless. For its efforts in connecting those teens to Make A Difference Day, Connect LA is being honored today by USA Weekend, which is carried by the Daily News every Sunday. Known as the nation’s largest day of service, USA Weekend’s Make A Difference Day is held the fourth Saturday of each October, with more than 3 million volunteers participating. Aided by Connect LA, a group of teens was teamed up with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to aid the city’s homeless population. “The Parks Department played a huge part, because we had so many sites we could go to,” said Francisca Castillo, recreation coordinator for the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center. “My team cooked a full-course meal, and we went to the Downtown Women’s Center and ate with the women there.” Fourteen-year-old Lashanaye James, who participates in activities at the Exposition Park center, said she found volunteerism extremely rewarding. “Volunteering teaches you responsibility, which is good because you need to know that to go into the real world,” she said. “When we were (at the Downtown Women’s Center), I felt so good. We were part of a national movement, and many people don’t think that teens want to volunteer.” Lashanaye’s team received a cash award and an overall teen project prize from USA Weekend. “It gave the teens a sense of awareness and empowerment that they can actually make a difference in people’s lives, and what they say and do does not go unnoticed,” Castillo said. “It was a very powerful activity for the teens. Some of them teared up.” Teens will meet again in May to discuss other ways they would like to help the city. Homelessness, anti-drug campaigns, graffiti cleanup and recycling seem to top the list of ways they would like to contribute, Linsley said. (818) 713-3664 Connect LA is among the volunteer agencies being honored by USA Weekend, in today’s newspaper, for its efforts on Make a Difference Day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They’d connected as volunteers, working in the nonprofit world before becoming friends. For Ellen Linsley and Marjorie Matsushita, the next, natural step was to connect all of Los Angeles. “We did it because we saw a need in the community to connect L.A.-based organizations in the area,” said Linsley. “We saw that resources and information were out there, but it wasn’t being shared.” In 1996, Linsley and Matsushita formed Connect LA, an umbrella organization that brings together various agencies and departments throughout Los Angeles County, all with the goal of bettering their communities. last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny athlete Mark English was just a bit too slow in his latest quest for an Olympic place.Mark ran in the 800m Grand Prix race in the heat in Madrid this evening with the Olympic ‘A’ standard time of 1:45:60 within his sights.But he was under a second outside that time, finishing fourth on 1.46:20 English had already come very close to achieving the qualifying time for London when he ran 1:45:77 in May.But he does get another chance in Spain later this week.Mark’s next challenge will be the World Junior Athletics Championships in Barcelona which begins next Tuesday July 10th.  PuestoDorsalNombreFecha de NacimientoCalleReacciónFnResultado114 LOPEZ YERGA Kevin12 junio, 199041 : 45.78215 MARCO CONTRERAS Luis..20 agosto, 198681 : 45.98316 MULDER Tyler15 febrero, 198761 : 46.2046 ENGLISH Mark18 marzo, 198331 : 46.20512 KIPKOECH Nicholas22 octubre, 199211 : 46.4264 CASTILLO Maury Surie..19 octubre, 198451 : 46.53710 GEBREMEDHIN Mekonnen11 octubre, 198821 : 46.63MMP824 RUTT Michael27 octubre, 198771 : 46.91919 REPCIK Josef3 agosto, 198611 : 47.001018 QUESADA VELASCO Migu..18 septiembre, 197931 : 47.22112 BUSTOS GONZALEZ Davi..25 agosto, 199071 : 48.03MMT1217 OLMEDO VILLAR Manuel17 mayo, 198361 : 56.28 13 LAGUNA APARICIO Igna..18 mayo, 19878DNF MARK MISSES OUT ON OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TIME was last modified: July 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:800 metresLondonmark englishOlympic Gameslast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has said comments from Central Bank governor, Patrick Honohan are “disappointing for those who hoped for a genuine improvement in people’s lives from a deal on the promissory notes.”Deputy Doherty was speaking after quizzing Governor Honohan in the Dáil Finance Committee. Patrick Honohan hinted that the “design” of a deal was already known.“I put three key questions to Governor Honohan on the impact any deal would have. I asked would it reduce our debt to GDP ratio, would it lift the €28 billion burden from taxpayers and would it mean we would pay less interest on the notes. The answer to the three questions was “No”. “This means citizens will not benefit from any deal on this basis and it suggests that the government is negotiating a slight of hand.“Any positive benefits emerging from a deal will be welcomed by Sinn Féin but leaving the €28 billion bill with the taxpayer in whatever form is unacceptable.“It is not too late for this government to negotiate seriously and forcefully assert that the unjust burden on Irish citizens must be lifted- not shifted to another form or simply paid over a longer period. A genuine write-down on the promissory notes is a fair demand and anything short of that will benefit working citizens very little if at all.”  IRELAND’S DEAL WITH EUROPE WON’T CHANGE DEBT, SAYS TD was last modified: January 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EU debt dealIRELAND’S DEAL WITH EUROPE WON’T CHANGE DEBTPearse DohertySAYS TDSinn Feinlast_img read more

Burglars target Meadows School

first_img Another Newhall School District campus, Valencia Valley Elementary, also was burglarized during the Nov. 5 weekend. At least six classrooms were vandalized, and two laptop computers and more than 200 keys for the school were missing. Newhall School District administrators are considering installing security systems and hiring night guards, said Michael Clear, assistant superintendent of business services. “We are costing out what those options are,” he said. “Once we have developed a list of options, we will evaluate them and move forward. “We would prefer to catch whoever is doing this. We are taking some steps right now to address the string of burglaries and break-ins, and trying to identify a long-term solution.” Parent groups also are pitching in, O’Brien said. “Our school site council has been proactive in allocating money for a security system,” she said. “We have a very strong school community and the parents feel very offended by it. We are going to be very watchful.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Burglars ransacked Meadows Elementary School overnight Wednesday, getting away with a camcorder and petty cash in the campus’s fourth break-in his year, authorities said. The intruders rummaged through five classrooms, a teachers preparation room and the school office, taking a video camera and a small amount of cash, including $15 in student council funds and $6 deposited by students for a “banking” lesson, Principal Peggy O’Brien said Thursday. “Things were strewn all over the classroom and offices, desks and cabinets have been wrangled thorough,” she said. “It looked pretty bad when we got here today.” The intruders pried open a door to enter the main schoolhouse in the 25500 block of Fedala Road between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday, sheriff’s investigators said. Maintenance crews repaired the damage before pupils arrived Thursday morning. “The sad thing is that (the pupils) feel very sad when they come to school,” O’Brien said. “They know things have been taken that belong to them.” Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Weiss said detectives are following a few leads, and urged area residents to keep an eye out for suspicious activity on the campus after hours. “We are looking at a couple of different possibilities,” he said. “To pinpoint it to a certain group, that’s a little premature. … With schools where people aren’t always around, I would suggest that people who see something to call us.” The burglary was the second in three weeks at Meadows School. A computer hard drive was stolen over the Nov. 5 weekend. In two separate break-ins in September, burglars stole a computer – later found on McBean Parkway – and broke into the computer lab. A multimedia projector was vandalized and parts from the school’s wireless system were missing. last_img read more

Mutyaba rushed to hospital as URA FC, Express share spoils in dull encounter

first_imgAction between URA FC and Express FC on Saturday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Uganda Premier League URA FC 0-0 Express FC Bombo Barracks Stadium, BomboSaturday, 23-11-2019BOMBO – URA FC and Express drew 0-0 in one of the two Uganda Premier League games played on Saturday afternoon.The game that was played at Bombo Barracks Stadium had little goal mouth action as both sides struggled to create chances.The major talking point on the day was the injury to URA’s Julius Mutyaba who was rushed to hospital in the first half.The industrious midfielder was elbowed by Denis Sserukwaya on 38 minutes-an incident missed by referee Mashood Sali, and play was stopped for seven minutes until Mutyaba was stretchered off, put into the waiting Ambulance and taken to hospital.With five minutes to play, Anwar Ntege was given his marching orders after a foul on Ivan Ocholit, leaving the Tax Collectors to finish the game with 10 men.Ironically, the only other cards of the rough encounter were again shown to URA personnel with Ivan Ntege booked for a foul on Sadiq Ssekyembe and URA FC assistant coach Hamza Lutalo shown yellow for descent.Both sides made substitution in the game but none proved pivotal in the end.Mikadad Ssenyonga came on for the injured Mutyba, Anwar replaced Daniel Isiagi while Ivant Ntege took the place of Ivan Serubiri as URA rang the changes.For Express they made only two changes. Shafiq Avemah paved way for Joshua Musoke while Ocholit took Sadiq Ssekyembe’s slot.The draw leaves URA FC in 10th with 17 points from 14 games. The Tax Collectors will finish their first round with a game at home to Proline on Tuesday next week.For Express, they end the first round with 18 points from 15 games having won five, drawn two and lost seven.Saturday’s point leaves the Red Eagles 9th on the log.How both teams startedURA FCJames Alitho (GK), Yessri Waibi, Patrick Mbowa, Benjamin Nyakojjo, Ashraf Mandela, Julius Mutyaba, Ivan Ntege, Shafik Kagimu, Brian Majwega, Joackim Ojera, Daniel IsiagiExpress FCTonny Kyamera (GK), Joseph Zziwa, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Yiga Muhammad, David Kakeeto, Kigonya Lawrence, Dennis Sserukwaya, Avemar Shafiq, Frank Ssenyondo, Dissan Galiwango, Frank KalandaComments Tags: Anwar NtegeDenis SserukwayaExpress FCJulius MutyabaUganda Premier LeagueURA FClast_img read more

Breaking: House sealed off by Gardai after man’s body found

first_imgGardai have launched an investigation following the discovery of a young man’s body in Co Donegal.The body of the man, who was in his 30s, was found at a house in Ballybofey on Saturday morning.The man has been named locally as James Devlin who was originally from Glasgow but has lived in the area for a number of years. It is understood that Mr Devlin, who was aged 35, had been at a house party at the house earlier in the evening.The house at Cappry, Ballybofey has been sealed off and a full Garda investigation has been launched.The man’s body was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital for a post-mortem which is expected to take place tomorrow (Mon).A Garda spokesman confirmed that a body was found at Cappry, Ballybofey at 9am on Saturday morning and removed to Letterkenny Hospital. A spokesman for the Garda Press Office said the results of that post-mortem will determine the direction their investigation will take.The man’s family, who are based in Scotland, have been made aware of his death.A fundraising campaign has been launched to bring his remains back to Scotland once the Garda investigation has been completed.Local county councillor Patrick McGowan said the community was shocked by the discovery of the man’s body.“The news of this death is spreading around the town and the entire community of Ballybofey is saddened and shocked by this death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” he said. Breaking: House sealed off by Gardai after man’s body found was last modified: May 29th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballybofeydeathinvestigationlast_img read more

Government doing a disappearing act to avoid Post Office closures, says Pat the Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle has labelled the recently approved Post Office closures plan agreed by the Government as a disaster for rural Ireland and a further death knell for the long term sustainability of rural communities. Pat the Cope has today hit out at the government’s absence from the issue. He said: “What is shocking is the complete unavailability of our Government Ministers to address the concerns of our communities, usually not that shy when it comes to media spin or highlighting the merits of Government policy, but on this occasion regarding their policy on post offices the Ministers are as difficult to find as hens teeth.” Pat the Cope has the accused the government of having a strategy by timing the closures with Dáil summer recess. He said: “The entire Cabinet are missing in action or should I say inaction on their part – they are nowhere to be found since the roll out of this post office closures plan agreed by them. “Even our rural based Ministers have done a Houdini disappearing act rather than face the general public on this issue of post office closures but, this was part of their strategy of announcing these closures during the summer recess. “The Government approach agreed with An Post of announcing Post office closures over the summer months was always intended to make cynical use of the Dáil recess whereby they could not be held to account for their actions and consequences of this policy in the Dáil.”Pat the Cope criticised the Government for agreeing to a policy of removing services and closures in rural Ireland less than six months after the launch of the National Development Plan. He said: “National Plans it seems for this Government are a media show event only and nothing more because when it comes to actual policy the Government revert back to their well-established anti rural approach of closures and removing services from our rural communities.“It is now becoming apparent to many of our rural communities the true and real impact of this Government decision, and the significant negative consequences that these Post office closures will have on our rural towns and villages. It is self-evident that this Government neither comprehend nor understand rural life or the importance of our rural communities and whilst they may have a Department of Rural Affairs they certainly do not have strategy for developing rural communities,” concluded Pat the Cope.Government doing a disappearing act to avoid Post Office closures, says Pat the Cope was last modified: August 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thousands of penis fish cover Bay Area beach

first_imgFat innkeeper worms cover Drakes Beach on Dec. 6. (David Ford photo)A spectacular presentation of marine life on a Marin County beach stunned even the experienced nature photographer who documented it.Fat innkeeper worms cover Drakes Beach on Dec. 6. (David Ford photo)Miles of Drakes Beach at Point Reyes were covered last Friday by Urechis caupo, commonly called fat innkeeper worms — or penis fish.As one naturalist put it: “You don’t have to have a dirty mind to make that connection.”The …last_img read more

Mai Mai: muti capital of Jo’burg

first_img29 April 2003It’s the oldest market in Johannesburg – dedicated to traditional healing. Apart perhaps, from the Faraday market, no other complex in the country can boast such a rich concentration of traditional herbs and healers.The sickly of the city flock here to have their ills, physical and spiritual, divined and treated by traditional healers.Now, following years of neglect, the Mai Mai bazaar has begun to generate. Moves are under way to restore the market to its pristine beauty and promote it as a prime tourist destination in the city. The market has now been brought under the management of the Metropolitan Trading Company, a council-owned company dedicated to the construction and maintenance of markets throughout the city, and already, signs of improvement are beginning to show.Dubbed “Ezinyangeni” – the place of healers, the Mai Mai is nestled on the eastern wing of the city centre. Jabu Vilakazi, manager of the market, describes it as “Afrocentric”, catering for indigenous needs and practices, and indeed, it is here that some spiritual and cultural elements of indigenous South African knowledge have been reworked and preserved.Many consider it to be the “muti” (traditional medicine) capital of Johannesburg, with most of its 176 units dedicated to traditional healing.Mai Mai is also home to some 600 people, many of whom have lived in the complex for decades, evolving into a close-knit, self-contained community. Dance competitions featuring dancing troupes from hostels across the city are a regular feature of the complex.“What sets the Mai Mai apart is its unique product, the presence of an established community in the premises and, of course, its cultural richness,” says Nhlanhla Ndovela of the Metropolitan Trading Company.Tourist attractionTourists fascinated by its exotic offerings stream to the market. “They come here to buy traditional artefacts, including Zulu attire, clothes made from animal skins and feathers, walking sticks, knobkerries, shields, sandals, beaded items. Some also visit the place to have their ills diagnosed,” says young shop assistant Nkosinathi Mkhwanazi, who mans perhaps the biggest and most elaborate of the muti stalls in the market.As you approach his shop in the complex, you are greeted by various animal parts hung out to dry on the verandah. This is not biltong, but medicine reputed to cure various ills – medicine, according to Mkhwanazi, that is capable of getting a patient acquitted from a serious legal case, or of staving off bad luck or nightmares, or of making a person popular with people.“You prepare this by first burning then grinding it,” explains Mkhwanazi, pointing at the remains of a porcupine which, he says, “mixed with the right choice of herbs and grinded tree bucks, renders you invincible before your enemies. You become strong and immune to bad spells and general misfortunes.”The presence of coffins in the store just opposite, where they are manufactured, lends an eerie feel to the place.Desmond Sweke, managing director of Setplan, a development planning company which was contracted by the city council to survey, profile and register city hawkers in the mid-1990s, describes Mai Mai as a “treasure chest waiting to be discovered – an oasis of African culture in the city”.Yet the culture you encounter here is not fossilised – or packaged to meet the expectations of visiting tourists – but is part of a lived experience capturing the interface between South Africa’s urban landscape and traditional beliefs and cultural forms of expression.Sweke expresses confidence that the market can be developed into a lucrative trading area, a thriving community and premier tourist destination in the city.The trajectory of the Mai Mai is closely linked to the influx of first-generation migrants to Joburg, who have remained insulated from local communities since the 1950s.From a stable to a communityThe site was first used as a stable to accommodate horses which were used to pull soil carts back in the 1940s. It was subsequently converted into a market and became an entry point for newly arrived migrants, under the custodianship of the old Johannesburg city council.In 1994, the market was taken over by the newly established Southern Metropolitan Local Council (SMLC) which, working in conjunction with Setplan, set about upgrading the facilities in the complex.Being located in but not of the city, residents of Mai Mai retain links to the countryside and continue practising traditional forms of treating ailments. Some of the traders initially moved in as healers but ended up setting up home in the complex, bringing their wives and kids to stay with them and, in the process, putting pressure on the infrastructure of the market.“The sewerage and storm water drainage were blocked and generally the infrastructure began to cave in under pressure,” says Li Pernegger, the former manager of economic empowerment and business support for the SMLC, and now project manager for economic development in the corporate planning unit.Today, families, including children, stay in the complex, much to the irritation of some traders. Wilfred Sithole who owns a furniture manufacturing plant in the complex and has been attached to the market for over 50 years, says the presence of people on the premises has led to its decay.“The place was not properly maintained and, over time, the presence of people on the premises created social problems like excessive drinking and theft, which are not good for business. We would like to see it turned into a purely trading area and the residents being relocated somewhere else.”But Sweke says such a move would be ill-advised as it is precisely the presence of residents which gives the market its colourful character.According to Perneger, some industries, such as panel beating, may be thriving at Mai Mai, “but are not complementary to tourism”. Such industries, Sweke agrees, should be removed from the market to make it more dedicated to products which enhance its appeal to tourists.Meanwhile, the city forges ahead with plans to give the market a facelift. The MTC has set out to upgrade the market by cleaning it up, removing the rubble which has accumulated over the years and fixing ablution facilities.Cultural appealThe company has also come out in support of moves to promote the market’s cultural appeal. Last year, the city provided funding for the training of tour guides. The open space which was previously occupied is now being cleared for use as a dancing ground.The MTC will, in the near future, register and issue licences to all the traders operating from the market. Children will also not be allowed on the premises after 8pm.Back at Mkhwanazi’s practice, despite its collection of tree and animal parts, it is refreshingly neat and tidy, like the grounds of the complex.A python skin competes for space with a dead vulture and a baboon on the ceiling. Other concoctions of an indeterminate nature are placed inside labelled bottles. “Isende lehashi” (horse penis) “Zamafufunyane” (for nightmares and hysteria), “Owobusoka” (guaranteed to improve the romantic fortunes of a bachelor), “Zikatokoloshe” (to ward off an imaginary evil goblin said to spread terror at night).Some of the potions are reputed to cure common ailments such as pubic lice, persistent headaches and stomach aches, skin rashes and other identifiable illnesses of a physical nature.According to Bhekabantu Ngema, a 58-year old “inyanga” (traditional doctor) who has lived in Mai Mai since 1967, patients should ideally come to inyangas with the knowledge of what muti they want. “Otherwise,” says Ngema, “they should start by consulting sangomas (spiritual healers and traditional seers) who can determine the nature of the problem. Only then can we as healers help with the appropriate medicine, or help establish contact with your ancestors.”Sangomas, says Mkhwanazi, normally detect two kinds of bad luck. One is inflicted through witchcraft, usually by a jealous rival, the other is caused by unhappy ancestors. It is here that patients are counselled to slaughter a beast to appease and rekindle relations with the ancestors.“In other words, sangomas diagnose and prescribe, while we inyangas generally heal, although we can also prescribe, depending on the nature of the problem or whether our ancestors give us the power to help a patient,” explains Ngema.Hence some of the stores double up as consulting rooms. This is where one’s fortunes and misfortunes are read and a possible cure suggested. Mai Mai also serves as a training ground for sangomas.Once the muti is obtained, it can be taken in various ways, depending on its form and nature. While some muti is just good for washing with, smearing on one’s body, or for burning and inhaling, other muti is designed for elaborate uses like ukuphalaza (regurgitating), ukuchatha (applying by means of an enema), or nokugquma (steaming).In the MTC, the council hopes to have come up with a potion to heal the ills which have afflicted Mai Mai over time.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

“4Rs for a Growing Ohio” event to announce expansion of Certification Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is is set to announce the expansion of its voluntary program to agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers statewide in Ohio, effective Jan. 1, in efforts to improve the quality of Ohio’s waterways at the “4Rs for a Growing Ohio” launch event Dec. 9 in Radnor, Ohio. Friday, Dec. 9, 1-3:30 p.m.Special guests will include David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Jim Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; representatives from the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program; 4R certified retailers; farmers; and agriculture industry leaders and stakeholders.  The event will be at the Homestead at Radnor Event Venue, 2866 St. Rte 203, Radnor, Ohio 43066last_img read more

Saving on Cell Phones – Part 2

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIn Part 1 of this series, we went over special considerations for military families regarding cell phone service and questions families should ask themselves when considering switching to a less costly option. In this part, we’ll review some of the many budget services out there. Be aware that these deals can and will change.TingTing is a pay-as-you-go model that adjusts to your actual usage. If you are disciplined (or very budget-minded!) you can even pay as little as $12 per month for a line with minimal voice and texting and no data. More typically, an example family with 4 lines using 500 minutes, 1000 texts, and 3 GB of data in a month would pay $68. (You can add lines for $6/each to the basic Ting plan.) It’s a good choice for families who are able to be somewhat conservative with their minutes, texts, and especially data, in exchange for the advantage of low cost. You do have to bring your own phone (which you can buy used or new—most, but not all, phones are supported) with this plan. Ting uses the Sprint and T-Mobile networks (you choose), so coverage is okay but not the best possible. Ting is known for good customer service.Republic WirelessIf you’re willing to go with a limited stable of 9 (decent quality) Android phones, Republic Wireless offers a very competitive pricing, starting at $20/month for unlimited talk and text plus 1 GB data. You have to get a separate plan for each phone when you use Republic, but this isn’t necessarily a reason for families to avoid the plan. An example family of 4 would have to pay a minimum of $80 month, but for that, they would get unlimited talk and text plus 4 GB of data. You can also upgrade or downgrade your plan by the month to add more or less data as needed. Republic keeps you on Wi-Fi wherever possible for savings, which may result in a slight decrease in call quality. Like Ting, Republic uses the Sprint and T-Mobile networks.US MobileWith a starter plan of 100 minutes/100 texts/100 MB at just $9, this can be a very cheap plan, but this is usage level is likely unrealistic for many. There is also no family plan here either, so each person has to decide on his or her own plan. A more reasonable plan offering 250 minutes, 500 texts, and 1 GB of data per person would ring in at $25 per person. Multiplied by 4, for an example family, this is $100—too much to pay for what you get. This plan would probably mostly be good for people able to maintain low usage who want a very low-cost service. You need to bring your own phone, and US Mobile uses the T Mobile network.Google FiGoogle Fi is another no-contract service with some unique angles. The basic package is $20/month, which gives you unlimited calling and texting. (You can add family members at a cost of $15/month each.) You are then charged $10 per GB of data, with one different feature being that you are refunded (that is, the amount goes back to your account) for every “piece” of a GB you do not use. It’s hard to assign a price to a “example” family of 4 here due to the refund aspect, but for unlimited talk and text and assuming 1GB of data each with no refund, a family of 4 would pay $105 per month. This is a bit high, but the international calling and the improved network coverage may make it worth it for some.Fi’s SIM card allows you to use coverage from Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular, giving better coverage than other resellers that rely on one network. Like Republic, it also relies on Wi-Fi whenever possible, which may result in decreased call quality. A major advantage to GoogleFi for military families is that the service works seamlessly in over 135 different countries (you’ll need to check their website for rates, but they appear reasonable). This alone may make this service the right choice for some.One potential big disadvantage to GoogleFi is that you are very limited on phone type. Right now, there are just 3 choices.Mint SIMMint’s special angle is that it gives you a discount for buying service in advance, allowing them to offer good deals like $12/month for unlimited talk and text plus 2 GB of 4G LTE and unlimited speed-throttled data (if you pay for 3 months upfront). Although they call themselves “no contract,” this does sound a bit like a contract. Mint uses the T-Mobile network and requires you to bring your own unlocked phone. International roaming is also an option with the plan. If you’re willing to take a chance on a newer service and commit, this looks like a good deal, but it might be wise to take a look at its customer service record.CricketCricket uses the AT&T network. Like other budget plans, you bring your own phone, but unlike some of these options, you have many choices, including the iPhone. Plans start at $30 per line for unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of high-speed data. Cricket provides discounts for family plans, so our example family of 4 could get unlimited talk and text and 5 GB of data to share (plus additional slower data that is unlimited) for $80/month: a good deal. This could be an excellent plan for heavy users who want a lot of phone choice but who also want to bring their costs down somewhat.lev dolgachov/PhotospinThe “Big 4”We’re not reviewing the traditional “big 4” (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) here since most customers are familiar with or will “find” their plans on their own. Their deals also change frequently. In general, you can expect to pay $120-$200 per month for a family of 4 for unlimited talk and text and various larger quantities of data (4 GB-10GB+, to unlimited). These plans, though more expensive than the other options here, will be the best choice for some families.Families should definitely ask about discounts with these major players; at time of writing, all 4 offered 15% discounts to at least some military members on at least some plans. Proof of service (military ID) is necessary. Be aware, however, that this may well not be the best option, and that service members have complained about discounts not applying, applying only on “Cadillac” plans, or not being worth it.This monthly bill is one that can creep up in amount over time without us really focusing on how much it’s costing us. However (along with other recurring costs like cable, utilities, groceries, and so on), it can be an excellent place to find savings—as long families understand the tradeoffs they’re making. These less expensive options will be worth considering for some who want to cut their budgets and increase savings and decrease debt.last_img read more

3 Ways to Achieve Smoother Results in the Edit Room

first_imgSince FCPX shook up the post-production world a few years ago, many editors have been heavily focused on the ‘NLE Wars’, trying to choose the best software for their needs. Now that the dust has settled, let’s look at some fundamental editing techniques that are relevant no matter what system you’re editing on.Picking the right takes and creating a basic assembly edit is an art of it’s own, undoubtably. But when it comes time to actually create a presentable rough cut or fine cut of your film, small nuances in the editorial process can hugely change the perception of your film by the viewer. For instance if there is a slight continuity error between two shots, the viewer may not notice that error outright, but they will feel it. Assuming that particular edit was clunky and obvious, the viewer will subconsciously be removed from the film as they start to see the edits.1. Edit Between Camera MovesThis first point specifically applies to scenes comprised of moving footage – whether it be handheld, Steadicam, jib, etc. You need to be really careful when editing between two shots or takes in a scene that have any sort of camera movement to them, as choosing the wrong edit point can result in some pretty nasty results. To illustrate this example, imagine a scenario where you cut from a handheld shot that was panning from right to left to a different handheld shot (from another angle) that is tilting up. In most circumstances, this edit would look very jarring and would be unpleasant to watch. There may be some scenarios where it could work or where you are going for a more disconnected type of aesthetic, but in most cases it just wouldn’t look good.The better option would be to cut from the right/left panning shot to another right/left shot that then slows down and tilts up (continuity of camera movement). If you don’t have the footage to do this with, you might be able to at least sit on the first shot a little bit longer until there is some sort of vertical movement (even if it’s a camera shake) and then cut into the up/down vertical pan then. A difference of a single frame or two could make or break the smoothness of the edit when dealing with moving footage, so always be very cognizant of that and try to find some sort of commonality between the moving shots that you are intercutting.2. Look For Physical Movement In The FramePicking up from the first point above, it is equally important to find fluidity in movement, even when cutting between two static (tripod) shots. No two shots are ever going to match perfectly, unless you are editing footage that was shot in a multi-camera environment, so the key to matching static shots is looking for the movement that the audience is going to be watching. For example, if you are cutting from a closeup to a wide shot and the actor reaches up to brush her hair, you will likely want to make your cut as her hand is reaching through the frame and up to her head. By doing this it will hide any continuity issues or inconsistencies in other parts of the frame. Cut on the action.Let’s say there was someone walking in the background on the tight angle, but they aren’t there on the wide, that won’t be nearly as noticeable when you are cutting on the actor’s physical action as the audience is watching her, not the background. It also goes without saying that you need to be very careful about matching the exact frame where the movement of her arm in one shot is nearly identical to the other, because if you don’t match them perfectly it can feel like a jump cut.3. Use Diverse CoverageOften times on larger scale productions there is a lot of coverage (different angles) being shot of any given scene. This is great for you as an editor because it opens up all sorts of possibilities for crafting the scene in the editing room, but it also needs to be approached with caution as there may be so much coverage that it can lead to strange edits between similar looking shots.A basic setup consists of a wide master shot and closeups for coverage, but in many cases the director and DP may decide to get additional footage by shooting various angles of the closeups and wide shots. This needs to be approached with caution in the editing room as edits typically look most natural and fluid when two shots are cut together that contrast each other well. For instance, a wide shot and closeup are going to look very different from each other and should cut together naturally, whereas a closeup and another closeup from a slightly different angle will not cut as well.A few thoughts:You can cut between two closeups of the same character, but you need the shot to be significantly different.If you cut between a head-on close up and a profile close up, that could work, but if you cut between two closeup angles that are very similar, the shots will not be diverse enough to create a dynamic edit.If you need to get from one closeup to another (and they are taken from a similar angle), try first cutting away to the wide, or a reaction shot from the other character in the scene, and then cut to the new close up.I can not overstate the importance of creating smooth and fluid editing points as a means to connect with your viewer in the most effective way possible. Crafting a story in the edit is obviously critical, but without smooth edits in place the story will never be served well, and the viewer will be taken out of the film and miss many of the story beats that you have worked so hard to integrate into the film.By simply paying attention to each and every edit point that you create, making sure they are all purposeful and smooth, you will be well on your way to creating a polished cut. Always look for movement to cut on between shots (whether it be a camera move, or a physical movement in the frame),never cut between two really similar shots, unless you are going for a veryspecific type of effect.last_img read more