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Community child care workers ‘filling a huge gap’

Community child care workers ‘filling a huge gap’

first_img3 June 2014The Isibindi outreach programme, which deploys trained community-based child and youth care workers to provide support and protection to vulnerable children and families across South Africa, helped nearly 90 000 children in its first year of operation, says the Department of Social Development.The Isibindi (“courage”) programme, aimed at children affected by HIV/Aids and other socio-economic challenges, was conceptualised by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and rolled out for the first time in the 2013/14 financial year.Dlamini said on Monday that the model exists to ensure that orphaned and vulnerable children can enjoy a quality of life similar to children who grow up in a “normal” household.“We don’t want any children to be negatively affected by factors not of their own doing,” Dlamini said in a statement. “Our aim is to ensure that they have access to all the rights and privileges enjoyed by children whose parents are still alive or able to care for them. We want them to have food, access to education and health care, and all other basic needs.”Through the initiative, trained child and youth care workers are sent to identified households to help children with tasks such as preparing meals, completing their homework, getting ready for school and registering for social grants, and to give them advice, reassurance and comfort when they need it.The department said the positive effects of the programme could already be seen. “While orphaned and vulnerable children who received no care often dropped out of school or received low grades, 76% of children who received support from the Isibindi model passed their matric in 2013.”During the 2013/14 financial year, almost 3 000 child and youth care workers received training in order to be deployed in households where they were needed across the country. It is envisaged that 10 000 child and youth care workers will have been trained under the programme by 2017.To help them cope with the difficult conditions they often encounter in these households, the care workers receive individual and group counselling from clinical psychologists.South Africa is currently celebrating Child Protection Week, an annual campaign to promote the safety, well-being, care and protection of children.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

South Africa takes part in International Day of Yoga

South Africa takes part in International Day of Yoga

first_imgTo mark International Day of Yoga, South Africans in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg gathered to stretch their muscles in yoga poses.The United Nations proclaimed today, 21 June, as International Day of Yoga. The draft resolution was proposed by India last year and endorsed by a record 175 member states.Yoga brings thought & action together in harmony. Tuesday is #YogaDay: https://t.co/UPUoR4OTDx #Yoga4SDGs pic.twitter.com/TrzsjIMA4g— United Nations (@UN) June 21, 2016“Yoga balances body and soul, physical health and mental well-being,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “It promotes harmony among people, and between ourselves and the natural world. Recognising its universal appeal, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.”What South Africa didSouth Africa’s main event, co-ordinated by the Indian High Commission and its consulates, together with community organisations, was held on 19 June at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg.Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam said while yoga was born in India, it was practised all over the world and that it belonged to everybody.See the event at Zoo Lake:“We are very blessed that in South Africa, there is already a very big culture of yoga with almost every major school from India being represented,” Ghanashyam told the news site, India Today. “They have been our very valuable partners in providing the guidance and support for these events.”Message from India“When I outlined a vision for an International Day of Yoga in September 2014 at the UN General Assembly, even I did not anticipate the enormous enthusiasm for the occasion from all corners of the world,” said Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.“Your support and participation last year, and once again now redeems our commitment to nurture and promote this ancient discipline, and reaffirms yoga as an exemplary manifestation of vasudhaiva kutumbakam – the world as one family.”Modi recalled the inaugural day last year and described it as momentous and iconic. “All the way from the Pacific Islands to Port of Spain, from Vladivostok to Vancouver and from Copenhagen to Cape Town, thousands gathered to unite the bodies and minds through the practice of yoga.”Holistic health benefitsOriginating in India, the word “yoga” is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or unite; it is symbolic of the union of the physical body and consciousness.Yoga embodied unity of thought and action, Modi said at the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly. “Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.”“Yoga means ‘to unite’. What better place to practice than at the United Nations!” – @UNOG_DG at #IDY2016 event. pic.twitter.com/QbXgQPA8c0— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) June 19, 2016Watch:Noting its global benefits as a sport, Ban said yoga could contribute to development and peace. “Practising yoga can also help to raise awareness of our role as consumers of the planet’s resources and as individuals with a duty to respect and live in peace with our neighbours,” he said.“All these elements are essential to building a sustainable future of dignity and opportunity for all.”Ban urged people across the world to embrace healthier lives and commit to unity regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.“Let us celebrate this day – and every day – as members of one human family sharing onecommon, precious home.”South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 8, 2018

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 8, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 170108_RyanMartinA roller coaster ride is the best metaphor for the weather as we start off the week this morning. We have a front bringing snow to Ohio this morning, and it looks to hang around through at least midday. This is a much wetter snow that what we have seen recently, as temps are trying to moderate somewhat. Still, we can see some good accumulations. Now, temps do look like they will warm enough over south central and southeast Ohio to mitigate the highest part of the snow band that we talked about last week. This morning, we are looking for total snowfall, by early to mid-afternoon, of 2”-3” over about 60% of the state. The best snows will be in NW Ohio, followed by north central. Southeast areas have the best chance of seeing rain mix in or even take full control.Milder air is in over the state for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, as the arctic high gets bottled up farther north into Canada. I don’t think we will hear a lot of complaining over that. Now, temps will be warmer off to our west, were they benefit form stronger south winds, especially Wednesday and Thursday. Still, here we can see a lot of snow melt. The map above shows high temperature potential for Thursday, as projected by the GFS model. But, as the warmer air comes in, keep in mind we have a very cold ground surface, so we will be seeing potential for a lot of fog, low level cloudiness temps that may fall short of what others are talking about. We call this the “refrigerator effect”…where the snow pack and general frozen surface creates a pocket of cold air near the surface that take 5 degrees or so off any moderating push. Just something to watch for.Rains move into Ohio overnight Thursday night into Friday, and then cold air comes rushing back in. That will change the rain to snow, and we could see some significant snow accumulations from Friday afternoon on through Saturday midday. The worst snows may end up hitting farther west, if the track of the low stays as currently projected (MO boot heel to Cincinnati to Kitchner, ON). But, we expect it to move some. The cold air then stays through the balance of the weekend and the start of next week, including another foray into subzero temperatures.By midweek, we try and moderate again, as strong SW winds are back, likely ahead of our next weather system. This will allow for another brief thaw. But, we look for scattered rain showers changing to snow late next week for Friday into Saturday, followed by cold air through the 21st. The end of the extended 11-16 day window suggests another strong front, with a low coming out of the central plains and moving off to the northeast. This could bring another round of rains followed by significant snow and arctic air around the 22nd and 23rd. So…buckle up – it’s going to be quite a wild ride, we think.last_img read more

10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp sympathises with Benitez

10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp sympathises with Benitez

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp sympathises with Benitezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a lot of sympathy for his opposite number Rafa Benitez.The former Liverpool boss has faced a tough situation at Newcastle, where he is unable to sign many players to improve his side.But he still has them punching above their weight, out of the relegation zone for now.”I heard that nobody was really happy with the amount of money they had to sign players,” said Klopp of the Newcastle situation in his press conference.”Rafa [Benitez] is too experienced to carry that for a full season, those emotions. Meanwhile, they are really settled and in a good moment results wise. It is always difficult to play against them.”We know it will be a tough job.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Florida State RB Commit Runs For One Of The Most Ridiculous Touchdowns You’ll Ever See

Video: Florida State RB Commit Runs For One Of The Most Ridiculous Touchdowns You’ll Ever See

first_imgFlorida State RB committee carries ball and evades the defense.Florida State RB Ridiculous RunZaquandre White is a four-star running back recruit from Cape Coral who is currently committed to the Florida State for the class of 2017. That should excite Seminoles fans, because apparently, he’s very hard to tackle. Earnest Graham, former Florida star, posted a video of White breaking a ridiculous number of tackles during a spring game for his high school team. It’s one of the craziest runs you will ever see. Via Tomahawk Nation: Here is a look that does the run way more justice. #applypressurePosted by Earnest Graham on Saturday, May 23, 2015Good luck to future opposing ACC defenses.last_img

Hurricane watch in parts of Atlantic Canada as Dorian moves up US

Hurricane watch in parts of Atlantic Canada as Dorian moves up US

first_imgThe Canadian Press HALIFAX — Hurricane Dorian has moved off North Carolina as a Category 1 storm and is on a path that would take it into Atlantic Canada on Saturday.The Canadian Hurricane Centre says a hurricane watch is in effect for all of Nova Scotia and tropical storm watches are in effect for southeastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands and western Newfoundland.The most likely track projection brings Hurricane Dorian south of the Maritimes on Saturday, with the storm pushing through eastern Nova Scotia Saturday night, and then over the eastern Gulf of St. Lawrence or western Newfoundland by Sunday morning.The forecast is calling for severe winds and torrential rain, with a major impacts for southeastern New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, western Newfoundland and Quebec’s Lower North Shore.Large waves are expected for the Atlantic coasts of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and for eastern portions of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, while a storm surge, combined with large waves and pounding surf, may cause flooding in parts of Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland, and the Magdalen Islands.Tropical storm force winds of 90 to 110 kilometres per hour are expected Saturday morning over southwestern Nova Scotia and in the afternoon over eastern parts of the province before moving on in the evening to P.E.I., the Magdalen Islands and southwestern Newfoundland.The highest rainfall amounts — 50 to 100 millimetres — are expected over Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and the Magdalen Islands.last_img read more

Canada will feel oilpatch pain but likely wont be as bad as

Canada will feel oilpatch pain but likely wont be as bad as

first_imgOTTAWA — The head of the Bank of Canada says the negative impacts of low oil prices that have struck Western Canada will reverberate across the entire national economy.But governor Stephen Poloz says the sting of weaker crude prices will likely have a smaller impact across Canada than the 2015 oil-price crisis, which contributed at the time to a slight, technical recession.In prepared notes of his speech today in Toronto, Poloz says oil and gas production now makes up just 3.5 per cent share of Canada’s, compared to six per cent in 2014.Looking at the positive side, Poloz says the latest oil-price shock also arrives at a time when Canada’s economy is running close to full tilt and the unemployment rate is at a 40-year low.The central bank has been on a rate-hiking path to keep inflation from running too hot — but on Wednesday it left its trend-setting interest rate unchanged as it underlined negatives such as the recent drop in oil prices and an unexpected decline in business investment.Poloz says in his speech that economic data since October have been on the disappointing side and market watchers believe the developments will delay the timing of future rate hikes.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing person

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing person

first_imgUPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Brandon Harris has been located. He is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 35-year-old Brandon Harris.According to RCMP, Harris was last seen in the Grande Prairie Area on May 6. Harris is described as:CaucasianDirty blonde hairBrown eyes6’0″/ 170 lbsTattoo on ArmThere is a concern for his well-being.Anyone with information regarding Harris’ whereabouts is being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img

LNG Canadas progress one year later

LNG Canadas progress one year later

first_imgAccording to LNG Canada,  construction management of Cedar Valley Lodge was handed over to the prime contractor JGC Fluor. One of JGC Fluor’s first and most important projects is advancing the Lodge, the long-term workforce accommodation centre and associated facilities. The aim is to be in Q2 2020, with JGC Fluor clearing and preparing the site, doing topsoil work and demolishing structures at the former Eurocan site.TC Energy is building the 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline that will move natural gas from the Montney region in northeast B.C. to the facility in Kitimat – traversing two mountain ranges in the process.LNG Canada recently made its first contract award for operations. HaiSea Marine, a consortium between the Haisla Nation and Seaspan, a contract to supply and operate tugboats that will be needed to accompany the large LNG vessels as they enter and exit the harbour, valued at $500MBC Hydro will be providing hydro-electric power to the project, helping to achieve the lowest carbon intensity of any large scale LNG plant operating in the world today. BC Hydro is advancing work to construct a transmission line at the site.LNG Canada shares, its commitment to be a good neighbour and build on strong relationships with First Nations, the community and other stakeholders is a priority.To read more; CLICK HERE KITIMAT, B.C. – Construction by LNG Canada in Kitimat is underway and one year later LNG shares progress to the site is quite impressive.According to LNG Canada, dredging is taking place in the Kitimat Harbour to get the existing port ready for larger vessels and piling at Terminal A, where a new wharf is being built for Rio Tinto.Progress with the environmental offsetting programs has started with the creation of salt marshes at Minette Bay and Hospital Beach, a fish ladder at Anderson Creek, and the diversion of Kitimat River to offset the environmental impact of construction-related work shared, LNG Canada.last_img read more