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LM&TC preparing 2017 Budget

first_imgthe Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is currently in the process of preparing its 2017 Budget. This is according to Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell, who also serves as Financial Chairman within the Municipality.The deputy mayor said the municipal councillors who are elected representatives in the various constituencies across Linden would soon be venturing out to meet with residents to find out what is needed in their community.The deputy mayor outlined that consultations are expected to take on an interactive approach, as the residents’ input are necessary.“Everything may not be able to go into the budget but we want to be able to say, this is what we’re going to be able to do this year.We will advise the public when the meetings are going to be held…we would love to have those persons who are prominent in the area, there are some persons who have been around long in their area and they know some of the necessary things that are needed to be done.We would love to have them come out and be a part of those community meetings so the information will be filtered to the Council and we will finally be able to decide what is necessary for 2017,” she noted.The LM&TC usually receives an annual Subvention of $15 million, which was recently increased to $16 million.last_img read more

Assurance needed on Carndonagh Courthouse repairs

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue, has called on the Minister for Justice and Equality to ensure upgrade works are carried out at Carndonagh Courthouse as a matter of urgency.Deputy McConalogue, who raised the matter in the Dáil this week, said there are tremendous concerns locally about how long it is taking to get the courthouse operational again.He commented, “Carndonagh Courthouse was closed in March of this year for health and safety reasons and there was a structural report carried out subsequently by the courts service which was finished last week. There is tremendous concern locally at the pace of repairs in relation to this. “Carndonagh has traditionally been the heart of justice administration in North Inishowen and the building is iconic in the town and important to local business.“I am asking for a commitment from the Minister that the courthouse will indeed be repaired. I also am asking for an assurance that the work now will progress promptly so that the courthouse is brought back into action as quickly as possible.“In reply the Minister acknowledged that works were being carried out, but said this was a matter for the courts service as an independent body. The Minister is seeking an update from the Court Service and I look forward to receiving this.“I will continue to keep the pressure on the Minister and the Courts Service on the issue, now the report has been finished, works must be prioritised as a matter of urgency,” concluded Deputy McConalogue. Assurance needed on Carndonagh Courthouse repairs was last modified: November 15th, 2019 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

Modric ‘prepared to hand in transfer request’ at Spurs

first_imgLuka Modric is prepared to hand in another transfer request at Tottenham after they missed out on the Champions League because of Chelsea winning this season’s competition, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed the Spurs playmaker, previously a target for Chelsea, is still on the Blues’ radar, with Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs also interested.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s players reportedly urged Roman Abramovich to make Roberto Di Matteo their full-time boss in a dressing room sing-song after their Champions League triumph in Munich.The Mirror say the club’s owner went to see Chelsea’s victorious squad, who pointed at interim boss Di Matteo and chanted: “We want you to stay, we want you to stay.”Abramovich has a decision to make.A source is quoted as saying: “It was one of those rare occasions where the players felt able to push the boundaries with the owner a little.“They all want Robbie to stay and they wanted to get their message across. It was all very light-hearted.“The owner was smiling and laughing as they were singing the Di Matteo song. He knew the players were teasing him.”The Sun claim Abramovich told the players he wants four more Champions League titles.Several papers report comments by Chelsea striker Fernando Torres which appear to cast doubt over his future at Stamford Bridge.Torres, unhappy at being a substitute for Saturday’s final, is quoted saying: “I felt I’ve been treated in a way I was not expecting and not in the way for which the club brought me here.“We have had many conversations and now the season is finished we will have more talks to see what happens in the future because this is not the role for which I came and I’m not happy.“Winning the Champions League makes up for it of course but as far as the future is concerned… well.“Right now I do feel it’s all worth it but the truth is I’ve gone through some very bad moments – the worst moments of my career – during the season and I am not willing to relive those moments.”The Sun and Daily Mail both suggest that Lille’s highly-rated Belgian winger Eden Hazard is leaning towards a move to Chelsea rather than Manchester City or Manchester United.And Fulham are set to make an offer for Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson, according to the Northern Echo.Simpson, who has also been linked with Chelsea, is entering the final year of his contract and is yet to agree a new deal at St James’ Park.It is suggested that Fulham manager Martin Jol is planning a formal approach for the 25-year-old.Jol is keen to sign a right-back and has also been linked with the likes of Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter and Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton.Who was your man of the match against Bayern? Click here to voteSee also:Overjoyed Di Matteo celebrates incredible Chelsea winDrogba the hero as Chelsea are crowned European championsBayern v Chelsea: player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors react to Denver-Portland 4 OT game

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — The Warriors may have enjoyed a three-day rest period between their playoff games. But they have just exhausted some of their energy.The reason: the Portland Trail Blazers’ quadruple overtime win over the Denver Nuggets became just too entertaining to watch.“I did,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I wanted to go to sleep.” At least one …last_img read more

Steve Kerr provides clarity on Durant, Cousins rehabs

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Steve Kerr on Friday sought to clarify the status of Kevin Durant’s injury and prognosis.Thursday night, after Warriors victory, Kerr had said the calf injury that has sidelined Durant for the past three games was “a little more serious than we thought at the very beginning.”Friday, before the Warriors departed for Portland, Kerr drew a more nuanced picture. “What did I say last night, …last_img read more

Raiders’ Arden Key fined for penalty against Vikings

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Defensive end Arden Key became the second Raiders player in two weeks Saturday to be assessed a $21,056 for an illegal hit on a quarterback.An NFL spokesman confirmed the fine.The play occurred with the Vikings leading 7-0 late in the first quarter. With the ball on their own 13-yard line, Kirk Cousins threw a screen pass to Dalvin Cook that nearly had first-down yardage. After Cousins threw the ball, Key delivered a blow that not only gave Minnesota the first down with a …last_img read more

More Reasons to Exercise and Plant a Garden

first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Three new studies show more benefits to exercise and home-grown food.The Endocrine Society has compared active and sedentary children in stressful situations.  The sedentary children had elevated levels of cortisol, a stress indicator, when put into the same stressful experiences as active children.  Even though the interactions are not well understood, the researchers feel “These results suggest exercise promotes mental health by regulating the stress hormone response to stressors.”The British Journal of Sports Medicine published results of multiple studies that correlated exercise with self-control.  The correlation held not only for pre-adolescent children, but for adolescents and young adults.  “This is particularly important for children and teens, because well developed higher brain functions are important for academic achievement and other aspect of daily life, say the authors.”Schools that encourage children to grow “kitchen gardens” at home are getting an A+, according to a press release from Elsevier.  Kids who watch their seeds develop at home are more likely to try new foods—healthier foods.  The study reported a noticeable improvement in the nutritional level of school lunches from kids who participated.These studies are healthful and encouraging.  The more we can encourage people to get off the sofa and out into the world, to learn more about the value of fresh fruits and vegetables and exercise, the better we will all be – physically, mentally, and to some extent, even morally.last_img read more

Body Wonders You Didn’t Know About

first_imgHere’s a collection of new findings about the body that should make us all stand in awe of what our Creator has provided.Phenomenal smell sense:  The human nose can detect a trillion odors, Nature says, – and the actual number might be limitless.  The new estimate is “orders of magnitude above the previous estimate of just 10,000 scents.”  The finding was reported in Science.  Articles in New Scientist, PhysOrg and National Geographic provide more information on this stunning announcement.  The researchers from Rockefeller University say, “It demonstrates that the human olfactory system, with its hundreds of different olfactory receptors, far outperforms the other senses in the number of physically different stimuli it can discriminate.”  The nose beats the eyes and ears!Visual compression:  The brain compresses images in the prefrontal cortex before the eye performs its rapid, regular movements (saccades), a paper in Nature reports.  To do this, the neurons in the brain have to converge toward the target space of the movement.  What this means is that the brain predicts where the movement will occur, and prepares for it, so that perception is stable in spite of continual motion of the eyes.Visualizing success:  How does biological vision succeed in the physical world?  A paper in PNAS investigates the subject, a more complex question than first meets the eye.  “Biological visual systems cannot measure the properties that define the physical world,” they note.  Our eyes don’t reach out and measure objects with a ruler, especially when they are in motion, like a baseball flying toward the outfielder’s eyes.  “Nonetheless, visually guided behaviors of humans and other animals are routinely successful.”  How can this be?  It’s a philosophical as well as scientific matter:Most concepts of vision propose, explicitly or implicitly, that visual behavior depends on recovering the sources of stimulus features either directly or by a process of statistical inference. Here we argue that, given the inability of the visual system to access the properties of the world, these conceptual frameworks cannot account for the behavioral success of biological vision. The alternative we present is that the visual system links the frequency of occurrence of biologically determined stimuli to useful perceptual and behavioral responses without recovering real-world properties. The evidence for this interpretation of vision is that the frequency of occurrence of stimulus patterns predicts many basic aspects of what we actually see. This strategy provides a different way of conceiving the relationship between objective reality and subjective experience, and offers a way to understand the operating principles of visual circuitry without invoking feature detection, representation, or probabilistic inference.Fetus Facebook:  Neurons in a developing embryo reach out and touch other neurons, forming an integrated network of friends.  This analogy was described by Science Daily describing research at the Beckman Institute.  (Whether this finding required experimentation with embryonic stem cells is a separate question.)  Individual neurons reach out and connect, forming a mass on which the complex neural networks contribute to the human experience of consciousness and intelligence.Nothing to sneeze at:  God blessed you when you sneezed by giving you a coordinated response to quickly expel dust in the airways.  Live Science says that the sneeze response, technically called sternutation, is nothing to sneeze at.  “This coordinated effort between your respiratory, musculoskeletal and parasympathetic nervous systems results in an impressive feat — the expulsion of air from the body at speeds reaching 93 mph (150 kilometers per hour).Automatic sip alarm:  Your brain knows when to stop drinking water, Science Daily explains.  “Our brains are hardwired to stop us drinking more water than is healthy, according to a new brain imaging study” at University of Melbourne, the article says.  “The study found a ‘stop mechanism’ that determined brain signals telling the individual to stop drinking water when no longer thirsty, and the brain effects of drinking more water than required.”  Without this mechanism, we might reduce the salt concentration in the blood to a point that would cause swelling of the brain, a potentially fatal condition.  Multiple areas of the brain are involved: “The unpleasantness and aversion of overdrinking is associated with activation in the midcingulate cortex, insula, amygdala, and periaqueductal gray,” the authors say in the study published in PNAS.Hercules statue at CornellBone lube:  Why are bones strong yet flexible?  Because they have citrate lubricant, a paper in PNAS says.  Scientists didn’t realize what this 2% citrate was doing in bone.  “The incorporation of citrate between mineral platelets can explain the flat, plate-like morphology of bone mineral platelets and may be important in controlling the crystallinity of bone mineral, which in turn, is highly relevant to the mechanical properties of bone,” they found.  Medical Xpress calls it a “shock-absorbing goo.”  It is “an inbuilt shock absorber in bone that, until now, was unknown.”  You couldn’t live without it.  “Without citrate, all crystals in bone mineral would collapse together, become one big crystal and shatter.”  With the citrate, though, “the crystals stay in flat, plate-like shapes that have the facility to slide with respect to each other.”The reason for P.E.:  PNAS reports that physical activity in children and young people contributes to healthy aging.  Bones are more durable in one’s senior years if they had been exercised in youth; that’s a good motivation for physical education (P.E.) programs in school.  “Here we show at an upper extremity site that half of the benefit in bone size and one-third of the benefit in bone strength obtained from physical activity during youth are maintained throughout life, even though the bone mass benefits are lost,” the abstract says.  There’s something for old people, too:  “When physical activity was continued during aging, some mass and more strength benefits were preserved.”  It’s not too late to get off the sofa.Immunity in the skin:  Certain T-cells (part of the immune system) take up residence in the skin and stay put there, PNAS reported.  “Tissue-resident memory T cells (TRM) form in the skin where they are retained and can protect against subsequent infection.”  TRM‘s were only recently identified.  Studying them, Australian scientists found that they compete for space in this environment.  “Together, these data suggest that skin tissue-resident memory T cells persist within a tightly regulated epidermal T-cell niche.”Cure for jet lag coming?  Scientists at the University of Manchester believe they have found a mechanism for resetting the biological clock, Science Daily reported.  That would be really handy for long-distance travelers.  “The team’s findings reveal that the enzyme casein kinase 1epsilon (CK1epsilon) controls how easily the body’s clockwork can be adjusted or reset by environmental cues such as light and temperature,” the article says.  The team is hopeful: “As this work progresses in clinical terms, we may be able to enhance the clock’s ability to deal with shift work, and importantly understand how maladaptation of the clock contributes to diseases such as diabetes and chronic inflammation.”Suckling science:  Believe it or not, the physiology of breast feeding has been poorly understood.  A paper in PNAS finally solved the “biomechanics of milk extraction during breast feeding,” and yes, it involves a sucking action by the baby.  This is a bigger deal than you might think.  A multi-disciplinary team from Israel and America announced:We have resolved a century-long scientific controversy and demonstrated with a 3D biophysical model that infants suck breast milk by subatmospheric pressures and not by mouthing the nipple–areola complex to induce a peristaltic-like extraction mechanism. Analysis of ultrasound (US) movies demonstrated that the anterior tongue, which is wedged between the nipple–areola complex and the lower lips, moves as a rigid body with the cycling motion of the mandible, while the posterior section of the tongue undulates like a peristaltic wave, which is essential for swallowing. The computational simulations of breast-feeding successfully mimicked the dynamic characteristics observed in US imaging and also predicted the subatmospheric pressure required to draw the nipple–areola complex into the infant mouth during latch-on.Fortunately, the baby doesn’t have to learn the biomechanics of it.  It just does what comes naturally.Newfound wonder:  Viewers’ eyes will moisten at the joyful response of a 39-year-old deaf woman, Joanne Milne, hearing her voice for the first time after receiving cochlear implants.  The short video clip posted on Metro News shows her innocent, spontaneous reaction to a biomechanical wonder most of us take for granted.  “I can’t stop crying and I can already foresee how it’s going to be life-changing” she told reporters.The video clip in that last paragraph provides a glimpse into the joy that the blind, deaf, and lame felt the instant Jesus touched them and healed them.  Jesus always knew exactly what to do, because He is described as the Creator repeatedly in the New Testament (John 1, Colossians 1, Hebrews 1, etc.).  All three persons of the Trinity were involved in the design and implementation of everything in the universe.  The evidence of design is so clear, all men are without excuse.  The rebels who suppress the truth and refuse to give thanks can only blame themselves for the judgment to come (Romans 1).Hopefully we will not have to lose our health before appreciating our physical endowments.  These reports should motivate us to care for them, and to thank our Creator for these intelligent designs and many, many others in the human body.  Such incredible gifts!  How could anyone ascribe these to the chance concourse of atoms?  We vastly underestimate the design in life.  These are but glimpses.  Our Maker thought of everything, so that we could perceive, interact, and love Him.  The scientific findings reported here lead to another conclusion: every human life is sacred.  So many thoughts should rush to our minds as we ponder what we just learned: thankfulness, responsibility, appreciation, wonder – emotions stemming from realities that can profoundly influence our views on politics, ethics, and theology.  Let us bow before our Maker in humble praise, then stand and obey as His grateful servants (Romans 12). 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The bank that’s an art gallery

first_img31 December 2003You’ll have to remind yourself when you walk into Absa Towers North in Main Street in downtown Johannesburg that it’s actually a bank, not an art gallery – you’ll be overwhelmed by the spectacular original art in the building.There is a small art gallery in the building, but most of the artworks are housed in the offices and reception areas.It’s a wonderful space in which to display the artworks, and when the building was commissioned in 1999, the major artworks were commissioned at the same time, allowing the architects and artists to work together to ensure that the building accommodated the artworks perfectly.The Absa head office is on the east side of the city, and consists of four office towers. It’s a quiet side of the city, with a police satellite station positioned nearby. The streets linking the buildings have been pedestrianised and are linked by the Absa Square, a quiet space with benches and trees under which to relax and unwind.When you walk into North Towers, you’ll be struck by a huge colourful mural, by artist Karel Nel, entitled Place of Nurture. Ahead of you is an escalator positioned in a circular well, sparkling with aluminium and steel, and the promise of great things. As you get to the top of the escalator you’ll be dazzled by the huge six-storey open space in front of you, in neutral and clinical shades of whites, greys and metallics, with rows of windows, and large charcoal-coloured granite tiles on the floor.It’s the perfect setting for the six-storey tall tuft carpet banners by Norman Catherine, woven by rural men. There’s five of them and you’ll find it hard to pull your eyes away from them – they soar into the space, with 42 distinctive, square, colourful faces on each banner.When you do pull your eyes away, you’ll be drawn towards the 11-metre high untitled Walter Oltmann wire sculpture in a corner of the huge foyer, depicting replicas of carved African stools. It weighs half a ton and had special steel supports inserted into its middle to prevent it from sagging. It’s magnificent.And up the next escalator, and around a corner and through several doors, you’ll be knocked out by the huge metal Mobile City, created by Lewis Levin, Paul Cawood and Susan Woolf. It’s a mobile of the old city of Johannesburg and the newer, modern city, perfectly balanced and taking up two floors of space. It’s moving slowly, making a cycle every 20 minutes. It has a magical, enchanting quality that will make you want to linger.Absa describes these three works as the “three wonders of the world”, and it’s a fair description. But there are many more treasures to keep you enthralled.There’s the large tapestry panel by Andrew Verster, woven by rural women; a six-metre panel by Karel Nel; a five-panel work by Annette Pretorius, and other large works on every floor adjacent to the escalator.Every executive has an original artwork hanging on his or her office wall. These fortunate people can take time out from meetings and banking to marvel at Jacob Pierneef, Helen Sebidi, Irma Stern, Speelman Mahlangu, Walter Battiss, Anton van Wouw, Solomon Malope, Gregoire Boonzaier, Alexis Preller, Maud Sumner, Eli Kobeli, and Leonard Matsoso, among many others. What is Absa BankAbsa is an amalgamation of four banks: Volkskas, Allied, United and Trust, which took place in the early 1990s, and is now South Africa’s largest bank, employing 35 000 people. Volkskas had the largest art collection that formed the basis of today’s collection, which now numbers 20 000 works, valued conservatively at around R70-million.In previous years, R3.5-million was budgeted for the purchase of artworks. These days R100 000 is set aside for acquisitions, and Cecile Loedolff, manager of art and functions, has the enviable task of spending that money. She does this by keeping track of artists, visiting galleries and exhibitions, and has a panel and an external art adviser from Unisa to advise her on purchases.Loedolff believes that Absa has the largest corporate art collection in the world, all original and all South African, dating back to 1900. It’s a well-balanced collection, with all media represented. In some cases she has up to 40 works of certain artists.Loedolff is busy sifting out undesirable works in the collection, and has been selling prints and oils that don’t fit the profile of the collection. She has re-allocated 13 000 artworks around Absa’s countrywide branches.L’Atelier AwardAbsa encourages the development of artists in another, significant way: they sponsor the annual L’Atelier Award, which is the most lucrative and prestigious local art awards, co-organised by the South African National Association for the Visual Arts. It’s open to 21-35 year-olds, and the prize is R70 000, plus 3-6 months in an apartment in Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, an artists colony where the winner will mix and learn from novices and masters from around the world.The first winner of this Award, back in 1986, was Penny Siopsis, a major artist today. Other winners include Diane Victor, Isaac Khanyile, Paul Edmunds, and Virginia MacKenny.There are four merit award winners each year, who each receive R15 000.This year up to 600 entries were received, out of which the best 100 were selected, and reduced to the top 10 finalists, whose work is on display in the Absa Art Gallery. There’s a national selection panel, and the final judging takes place in Johannesburg. Over the past six years the winners have all been from Johannesburg.Tours of the Towers are conducted by Loedolff, by appointment. She says the collection has a world reputation, and tourists “can’t believe what we’ve got”.Does all this art make a difference to those working in this rarified environment? Yes, it seems so. There’s always an exhibition running on the first floor outside the open-plan and elegant canteen, overlooking the Catherine banners.A wonderful resource, not only for Absa employees but for the people who live in and visit Johannesburg.Source: City of Johannesburg website Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Stars shine at 46664 Joburg

first_img4 December 2007The 46664 concert at Ellis Park Stadium on World Aids Day will go down in history as one of the most spectacular music shows ever held in Johannesburg.Thousands of people turned up for the concert to give their support to the HIV/Aids campaign. And Peter Gabriel, Johnny Clegg, the Soweto Gospel Choir and a host of other local and international musicians put on a sterling performance.From a cool start, the day turned out beautifully, with a festive atmosphere pervading the concert grounds. By noon, the stadium was abuzz with fans eager to savour every minute of the show.At exactly 2pm, the rock group Cassette opened the floodgates, wowing the crowd with heavy metal sounds. The band was followed by other local acts Prime Circle and Louise Carver, who also sent fans into raptures.Next on stage – a magnificent set with a rotating inner platform – was one of the most popular South Africans bands, Freshlyground, which opened with the smash hit “Pot Belly”. Then it was Peter Gabriel’s turn. Together with the Soweto Gospel Choir, the British superstar performed his hit song “Biko”, sending the crowd into a frenzy.During the break, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka delivered an Aids message and encouraged people put all their resources together in the fight against the pandemic.Performing arguably one of his best shows ever, Johnny Clegg and his Zulu dance troupe opened with “Isoka Liyatatazela”, a catchy song that had fans clapping and stomping along with the dancers. Clegg sang his all-time hits “Impi” and “Asimbonanga”, and then the man people had been waiting to see on stage appeared.Mandela, with wife Graca Machel by his side, walked on to the stage with all the performing artists and the crowd erupted. He urged people to support the 46664 concerts and help those afflicted with and affected by HIV/Aids.The acts that followed Madiba’s speech added more spice to an already hot show, with Annie Lennox, Danny K, Vusi Mahlasela, Jamali, Jamelia and Angelique Kidjo pumping out hit after hit.Vuyo and Thandeka Joseph, who had come all the way from Cape Town to attend the concert, said the show was one of the most exciting they had attended. However, they lamented the poor attendance of black people.46664 ambassador and supermodel Naomi Campbell also gave a message and reiterated the call by Mandela and Mlambo-Ngcuka to fight Aids.At a fund-raising Joburg 46664 luncheon on Friday, Campbell auctioned the dress she was wearing for R120 000. An artwork of Mandela’s handprint went for R150 000 and a piece containing all artists performing at the 2007 46664 concert sold for R130 000.Also at the luncheon, Masondo handed over a bronze hand to a representative from the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, where the next 46664 concert will be held.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more