The Rural Doctors Association, together with Rural Rehab South Africa and the Professional Association of Clinical Associates, pay tribute to the astounding work undertaken by dedicated health professionals in some of the most impoverished and isolated conditions across Southern Africa. Dr Pam McLaren is one of several health professionals honoured for going the extra mile for their patients. She receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for Rural Rehabilitation on 24 September 2015. (Image: Supplied) • The Drinkable Book could save lives • South Africa stable on Ibrahim Index of African Governance • Business Connexion champions women leaders • Girls encouraged to reach for the stars • South African journalists shortlisted in global awards Melissa JavanThe doctor who received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rural Rehabilitation South Africa is described by her colleagues as having a “brave and daring heart”.Dr Pam McLaren, an occupational therapist who pioneered rural rehabilitation services, is known for stepping beyond the city limits and taking rehabilitation to the people who need it most yet have the least access to health care services. In paying tribute to the doctors who work in rural Southern Africa, several members of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (Rudasa) were recently honoured at an awards ceremony to celebrate the hard work they put in to serve their patients.Rudasa, in collaboration with Rural Rehab South Africa (Ruresa) and the Professional Association of Clinical Associates in South Africa (Pacasa) hosted the awards on 24 September 2015 in Dullstroom, in Mpumalanga during the annual Rural Health Conference. This year’s awards ceremony was sponsored by the Discovery Foundation.The origin of the awardsFirst handed out in 2002, the Rudasa awards aim to recognise doctors and rehabilitation workers working at the coal face of rural health care. They acknowledge those who go the extra mile to ensure their patients and rural communities receive proper care.The Ruresa awards were first handed out in 2014. This initiative to honour rural doctors promotes two of the 14 outcomes of the National Development Plan, namely: health care, which focuses on a long and healthy life for all; and Africa’s place in the world, which focuses on creating a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world.The Rural Doctor of the Year award Dr Ndiviwe Mphothulo says he could not do his outstanding work without the support of his team of other health officials in the Taung District. (Image: Supplied)Dr Ndiviwe Mphothulo of Taung District in North West Province of South Africa received the 2015 Rural Doctor of the Year. Organisers described his work with tuberculosis (TB) patients and fighting the disease as truly outstanding.The Soweto-born Mphothulo started his community service as a junior doctor in 2003 in Taung District Hospital. “Dr Mphothulo has been instrumental in developing protocols, setting up a TB/HIV co-infection treatment programme with more than 95% collaboration, providing telephonic advice to local clinics and medical officers from other hospitals in the district, and liaising with the South African Social Services Agency for grant applications and home-based care groups on patient follow-up,” explained the awards organisers in a press statement.“Dr Mphothulo also took up the challenge of decentralising MDR-TB (multidrug-resistant TB) treatment by managing the satellite unit at Taung District Hospital, which went from 20 beds to 33 beds in January 2011 and is close to achieving the goal of curing 100 patients by the end of this year.”He is also the author of the book, TB cases from Taung – A Perspective from a Rural District Hospital, which highlights the management of difficult TB cases in a rural setting with scarce resources.In his acceptance speech, Dr Mphothulo acknowledged that his achievements would not have been possible without a supportive team of health care workers and the political will of the district health services. He reminded the audience that health care was a long supply chain that began with the Constitution, passed down to the president and ministers, and then to MECs and health facilities before finally making a difference in the lives of patients.Making a difference in MalawiRudasa also acknowledged the lifetime achievement of Dr Reynier Ter Haar, a South African doctor who has been based at Nkhoma Hospital in central Malawi for the past 18 years. For the past four years, he has been actively involved in initiatives such as family medicine training for Malawian medical students.Ter Haar’s list of achievements, Rudasa said, included developing a programme for Indoor Residual Spraying for malaria control that had resulted in significant reductions in the number of paediatric admissions to the hospital since 2012.Through his leadership, Nkhoma Hospital became the first Cham (Christian Hospital Association of Malawi) facility to enter into a service level agreement with the country’s ministry of health to provide free care to maternity patients and children under the age of five in the hospital catchment area, as well as for referral of these patients needing hospital care at no cost to the patient.In addition, Ter Haar’s cervical cancer screening programme, developed in partnership with Edinburgh Global Health Academy and Lothian NHS UK, was set to become the model programme for cervical cancer screening in Malawi.Unfortunately, Ter Haar was not present to accept his award because of family commitments.The one with the brave and daring heartMcLaren was based in Oshakati General Hospital in Namibia – then Southwest Africa – in the 1970s. She worked with amputees from the war in Angola, who walked using “tree stumps” as legs to get to Oshakati where they could be fitted for prostheses.Later at Manguzi Methodist Hospital, near Kosi Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, she started an income generating project using indigenous knowledge of basketry, woodwork and plants. This allowed mothers and grannies with children in the malnutrition ward to buy peanuts for the peanut porridge promoted by the Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit. Little did she know that her post was funded by two doctors out of their own pockets for the first year.McLaren became more aware of and concerned about social injustice during her research for her Masters degree in Soweto from 1975 to 1978. Her focus was rehabilitation for the people who had been thrown off trains by tsotsis (gangsters). Working at Manguzi, a deep rural, very remote area in the grips of poverty and malnutrition, deepened her concern.A year after arriving in Manguzi she was given access to a Land Rover from The Evangelical Alliance Relief (Tear) fund. She was able to travel into the sand forest and palm veld, where she discovered hundreds of people, with many different conditions, unable to travel to hospital.McLaren is a co-founder of the Rural Disability Action Group (Ruract). Set up in 1986, the organisation aimed to bring together therapists and rehabilitation workers in isolated rural areas in the days before the magic of email and internet. In 2011, McLaren helped to set up Ruresa, a modern version of Ruract.She has also contributed widely to Dart, the Disability Action Research Team, since 1995, and developed a statistics bank for rural rehabilitation and disability.Rudasa said McLaren was the catalyst for therapists to move out of the cities and into rural areas. Her awareness of social injustice and her determination to change the lives of those affected by social injustice helped to create the community rehabilitation service in South Africa today. “(She) influenced the policy of the (KwaZulu-Natal) rehabilitation service, and most recently the national policy regarding rehabilitation through her work on the national Framework and Strategic Plan for Disability and Rehabilitation for 2015.”And she remains enthusiastic about the future of community-based rehabilitation: “I look back at all the photographs of individuals who gave me the strength and determination to face the rapids (on my journey). I realise how much I learned from their humanity and wisdom,” she said.“The simple interventions I was able to offer, as the only therapist in that huge area, were so appreciated, nothing being taken for granted.”
On Thursday 04 October, the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) together with its partners; Department of Basic Education, SanParks, National Arts Council (NAC), National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF); South Africa Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and Brand South Africa celebrated heritage awareness and education through the Heritage Education School Outreach Programme (HESOP). The top four outstanding schools out of the nine are; George Mbulaleni High School from Limpopo in the first place, followed by a KwaZulu-Natal’s Nsikayethu High School, Selelekela Secondary School from Free State took third place and the fourth place went to Western Cape’s John Ramsay High School. The week-long heritage camp from 01 – 05 October, took place at the ecological and historical Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State, where participants including educators had the leisure of experiencing the natural cultural heritage and beauty of the park through the Brandwag Rock hike as well as a visit to the Basotho Cultural Village. Learners were given a glimpse of the traditions and culture of the Basotho people and were tasked with assignments based on their excursions to present to the judges.Since the beginning of the year, passionate ‘Heritage ambassadors’ have been partaking in the HESOP 2018 assignments through portfolios and went on to be eliminated until provincial eliminations where they were expected to research and prepare for presentations on the given topics. “Through this programme we want to empower more young people with the skills that will them to be citizens that understands our rich and diverse cultural heritage for social cohesion and nation building” says Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa Chief executive of the NHC. Research skills, time management and presentation skills are some of the criteria that a panel of heritage experts assessed from the commencement of the programme.Laptops were awarded to the first prize winners followed by tablets for second and third prize winners and lastly virtual reality headsets for fourth place winners.“I’m optimistic that these young citizens will from this experience, make a positive contribution in society. We appreciate the dedicated and supportive educators that have pledged to walk this journey of heritage education with us,” Mancotywa says.Heritage ambassadors that did not make it to the finals and the ones that were part of the final stage and did not make it to the top four, were urged to encourage their peers to be part of this exciting and adventurous programme. He further added that heritage is a very important resource to forge unity in our country. Mancotywa also encouraged them to use the knowledge and skills that they have acquired from this programme, to be good ambassadors of heritage and love their country. For schools to be part of 2019 Heritage Education School Outreach Programme, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.nhc.org.za for more information.
Security forces have cordoned off Tral in Pulwama district are after militants opened fired there. Preliminary reports suggest that gunshots were heard in Tral’s Seer area when Army was surveying a residential area. It’s not immediately confirmed whether the militants opened fire at the Army or it was an attempt to escape the area. A police official told The Hindu that the area, around 40 km away from Srinagar, has been cordoned off to trace the militants.
Slain Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, who was killed inside his house in Bandipora on Wednesday night, was laid to rest on Thursday afternoon, as the BSF and the police paid tributes.The body of the victim, Ramzaan Ahmad Parray, 28, was shifted to local police station around noon where senior officers of the police and the BSF paid tributes.At around 1:15 p.m., Parray, who worked with 73rd Battalion of the BSF in Baramulla, was buried at his ancestral graveyard in Bandipora’s Hajin. Hundreds of locals participated in the funeral.“Parray was in BSF for over seven years but he was never threatened by militants,” said a relative of the deceased.Deputy Inspector General, northern Kashmir, Nitish Kumar said the LeT militant outfit was behind the attack . “LeT commander Mehmood Bhai carried out the killing of Parrey. He was accompanied by few more militants when the killing took place,” said DIG Kumar.Former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah termed the killing as “abominable”.“What a terrible incident. This is abominable. Heartfelt condolences to the family of Rameez Parrey. Hope the injured recover soon,” Abdullah wrote on Twitter.Four members of Parray’s family, including the father and two brothers, were also injured in the attack.
The newly formed Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) is going to be a pampered lot, at least financially. DU is planning to increase the financial outlay of DUSU significantly this year. While each union every year received nearly Rs 4 lakh to spend on student welfare activities and their plan of action so far, it may go up as much as three times this year, supposedly for better and some ‘serious’ functioning of DUSU.”We still have to figure out the exact amount we have received from colleges for DUSU. But we have decided to increase it from this year so that they can conduct their job well and reach out to more colleges,” a senior DU official said.Ajay Chhikara, who was the DUSU president in the last academic session, added that his team was allocated Rs 3.67 lakh to carry out DUSU activities for one year. While he was the only member from NSUI, the other three office-bearers were from the rival party, ABVP.”We got the money to hold student-related welfare activities, cultural programmes and to carry out our day-to-day activities. But just Rs 3.67 lakh was not enough to cater to 51 colleges affiliated to DUSU,” Chhikara said. “However, things are set to change as DUSU will no longer be cash-strapped. Earlier, every student had to pay Rs 5 towards DUSU fund as part of the total fee. That amount went up to Rs 20 per student this year. After all calculations, we expect that the new union should get something around Rs 19 lakh,” he added.advertisementWhile DUSU leaders had been quite popular till a few years ago, they have remained relatively unproductive over last few times. DU officials say this is primarily because of lack of initiative on their part and also because DUSU lacked unity as its members came from different student parties. With NSUI holding three out of four posts, it remains to be seen if the office-bearers can use absorb the hike in their budget judiciously.For now, they seem a little clueless though. Arun Hooda, the current president of DUSU, said on Sunday that he had many sports and cultural programmes lined up. “We will soon decide our plan of action,” he said. The new DUSU panel was elected on September 14 and the winners assumed office three days later on September 17.
Lady Gaga paid psychedelic tribute on the Grammys stage on Monday to the late British rock visionary David Bowie with a multimedia song-and-dance performance that sought to capture the boundary-pushing essence of a kindred pop music spirit.Bowie, a forerunner of Gaga’s brand of provocative, gender-bending performance imagery, died of cancer at age 69 on Jan. 10, just two days after the release of what became his critically acclaimed final studio album, “Blackstar.” (SCROLL DOWN TO SEE VIDEO)Gaga, 29, a six-time Grammy laureate who, like Bowie, is known for frequent self-reinvention, arrived on the red carpet dressed in an outfit that channeled Bowie’s signature androgynous look, sporting a bright, blue embellished jacket-dress and bright orange hair.On stage she charted Bowie’s half-century career with a medley touching on 10 of his hits – “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Suffragette City,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fashion,” “Fame,” “Under Pressure,” “Let’s Dance” and “Heroes.”Also read: Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud wins Song of the Year at Grammys The song-dance number was punctuated by a torrent of flashing multi-colored lights and images projected on a large screen behind her, including a closeup of her face adorned in Aladdin Sane makeup – a nod to one of Bowie’s personas – with a spider crawling over her nose.Bowie’s work also garnered posthumous Grammy award recognition on Monday as a new version of his composition “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime),” re-recorded for his 26th and final studio album, “Blackstar,” earned the prize for best arrangement for instrument and vocals.advertisementLady Gaga performs a medley of David Bowie songs as a tribute to the late singer during the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Reuters photoThat Grammy went to big-band orchestra leader and composer Maria Schneider, who said she had no idea at the time she was collaborating with Bowie on what would be his final project.”It was the greatest privilege to work with David Bowie and to experience his creativity,” she told reporters backstage.”Sue” was originally included as a fresh track for Bowie’s 2014 compilation album “Nothing Has Changed.” The album “Blackstar” was released two days before his death.58th Annual Grammy Awards: Full list of winnersEarlier in the show, another late pop talent, Eagles co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Glenn Frey, was saluted by surviving members of his band who joined Jackson Browne for a performance of one of the Eagles’ biggest hits, “Take It Easy.”Frey, who co-founded the Eagles with Don Henley in 1971 in Los Angeles, died at age 67 in January of complications from a number of ailments, including pneumonia.Browne, who co-wrote the song, stood in for Frey on lead vocals, with the Eagles’ familiar backing harmonies and laid-back instrumental accompaniment from Henley, along with Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Bernie Leadon.Lady Gaga performing a David Bowie song as part of a tribute to the late singer. Reuters photoIn other musical homages to the fallen of pop music, Stevie Wonder joined the a cappella group Pentatonix for a tribute to Maurice White, late founder of the R&B funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, with a performance of the title track off the band’s hit album, “That’s the Way of the World.”And Bonnie Raitt teamed up with Chris Stapleton and Gary Clark Jr. on “The Thrill Is Gone” in salute of the late blues icon B.B. King.See her tribute here:
Augustine was not alone in the robbery, where he and another approached Lightbourne firing off shots at him… the men got the money when Lightbourne dodged for cover and it was Augustine who was that same night found in the Blue Mountains area. Police give the details as when Augustine was searched, he was found with the money from the robbery at the bank on him… by June he was charged and yesterday; the conviction. As for how long this half of a criminal team will spend in jail, that will be revealed at the sentencing on Friday May 13, 2016. Almost a year to the date of the crime, which happened on Thursday May 14, 2015, Police today tell us their charge of shooting with Intent not only stuck, but brought a conviction of the man of Haitian origin. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThirty nine year old Samuel Augustine will go to jail for shooting and robbing security officer, Calvin Lightbourne when he made a night time drop at ScotiaBank last year. Related Items:
WILMINGTON, MA — Beginning on May 4, the Wilmington Police Department will have extra patrols on the road targeting vehicle occupants not wearing their seatbelts. The Department is joining the Massachusetts State Police and municipal police departments across the Commonwealth in the annual “Click It Or Ticket” campaign. This initiative is funded by a federal highway safety grant, through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS).According to statistics from Executive Office of Public Safety, Massachusetts has one of the lowest seatbelt usage rates in the nation. Since being implemented, “Click It Or Ticket” initiatives have helped increase seat belt usage in Massachusetts from 51% in 2002 to 78% in 2016. We still have a long way to go though as the national usage rate average is 90%.The Wilmington Police Department wants to remind everyone that Massachusetts law requires all occupants to be properly restrained by safety belts when riding in a private passenger motor vehicle. So please, when you get in your car, buckle up. You could be saving your own life!(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police To Participate In National ‘Click It or Ticket’ CampaignIn “Government”REMINDER: What To Expect At TONIGHT’S Wilmington Police’s National Night OutIn “Police Log”What To Expect At Wilmington Police’s National Night Out On August 6In “Community”