Three the hard way – Bolt, Powell, Blake set to clash at Racers Grand Prix

first_imgOne is the greatest athlete in history, another is a young champion, who is looking to find his way again, the other inspired them both – a timeless giant, perhaps, the nation’s favourite son. Sprint’s triumvirate will come together for only the second time on Jamaican soil as three of the four fastest men in history will test each other at the upcoming Racers Grand Prix meet at the National Stadium, each looking to test the waters and make an early statement ahead of the National Senior Championships – Jamaica’s Olympics trials. Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell will highlight the 100m clash at the June 11 meet, each at different stages of their impressive careers, but despite the common goal of Olympic success, their trajectories could not be any more different. The six-time Olympic champion has also enjoyed his face-offs against Blake, taking the edge with a 3-2 lead in their five 100m races, with Bolt’s Daegu World Championships false start also adding an ‘L’ to the double world record holder’s head-to-head record Powell holds a 5-3 lead over Blake in their 100m clashes, but there is precious little to choose from between the two with the pair splitting their last six meetings. Bolt, who is now on a 30-race winning streak, kick-started his season with a 9.98 win at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet last Friday, with Blake also teasing with a 9.95 run in April at the MVP Track and Field meet. Powell got a head start on his countrymen with a busy indoor season, which saw him getting a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships. He has, however, only ran once in the 100m so far this season, a solid 10.04 run in Guadeloupe. You can bet comfortably that he will need to go well below that if he is to strike first blood against his friendly rivals with the National Senior Championships just a few weeks away. Nightmare seasons World record While Bolt is keeping an eye on the Olympics with his three gold medals from the previous instalment tucked under his arm, Blake is looking to confirm that he is truly back after a couple of nightmare seasons, where he was dogged by injury after injury. Powell, on the other hand, is looking to change his fortunes under the five rings after two fifth places and an eighth-place finish, respectively, at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games. Interestingly, despite their significance to Jamaican and international sprinting, the three have only raced together in the 100m on three occasions – first in Paris at the Meeting Areva, where Bolt clocked 9.84 to lead a Jamaican sweep, with Powell, 9.91, and a young Blake, 9.95, taking the other two spots. In 2012, weeks before the Olympic Games in London, Blake no longer the wide-eyed understudy that won World Championships gold a year earlier, beat Bolt at the National Senior Champion-ships, with Powell taking third place. The trio would again face each other and the rest of the best in the final at the London Olympics, with Bolt and Blake taking gold and silver as an injured Powell struggled to eighth place. Bolt has certainly been the alpha male where this showdown is concerned. In 16 races together, Powell has only beaten Bolt on one occasion, back in 2008 at the Stockholm Diamond League, in a close finish.last_img read more

Blake Griffin has 44 points in return against Clippers

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “The best thing to be a part of is something that is bigger than yourself and that is what that was,” he said in a crowded hallway outside the Pistons’ locker room. “I don’t look at what I did.”Griffin was greeted with cheers during pregame introductions and received a standing ovation after a first-quarter video tribute from the team that drafted him first overall in 2009.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“There was a lot of hype coming into this game and I was looking forward to it, but I’m glad that it’s over,” he said. “The next time I come it won’t be as crazy.”Griffin stuck his right arm in the air and then brought his raised hands together in a thankful gesture without smiling. He clearly wanted to beat the team that stunningly traded him last January after he had signed a $171 million, five-year extension. Reality check “He played great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Griffin left the court near the end of the third because of back spasms and returned briefly wearing a hot wrap.The Clippers tied it at 97 on a 3-pointer by Lou Williams after outscoring the Pistons 17-7 to open the fourth.Reggie Bullock had two 3-pointers around Drummond’s dunk and Griffin’s hook for a 107-99 lead.“We’re really happy to get the win for Blake,” Bullock said.The Clippers got within three and Griffin missed two 3-pointers in the closing seconds.He stepped out of bounds in the corner of the baseline while trying to save a pass and fell backward, crashing into fans and the floor.Bruce Brown stole the ball with 20 seconds left, got fouled by Danilo Gallinari and made both to keep Detroit ahead 109-104. Gallinari’s jumper missed in the waning seconds.“Down the stretch we played great defense, got stops and protected the ball and that was the difference,” Griffin said. “The Clippers are a tough team. They had three guys who come off the bench on the floor at the end of the game. It was a well-balanced and great win for us.”Drummond had 20 points and 21 rebounds for the Pistons, who had lost nine of 11. Bullock finished with 17. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gallinari led the Clippers with 23 points. Williams added 22 points, and Harrell had 21 points and nine rebounds.Griffin averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in eight seasons for the Clippers. He was the Rookie of the Year and a five-time All-Star with the franchise.Rivers said he and Griffin haven’t spoken since the trade.“That’s a love lost there those two got to work out,” Harrell said.However, Rivers credited Griffin for the franchise’s resurgence.“Blake got this started,” Rivers said before the game. “Six playoffs in a row. It doesn’t equate to being the winner because we didn’t do that but it equates to winning. Blake was part of that. Now when you hear our name you don’t think of those bad Clippers before Blake.”TIP-INSPistons: Taylor Griffin was on babysitting duty, bringing his younger brother’s son, Ford, to the locker room after the game. … Drummond had his NBA-leading ninth game of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. … Griffin played at Staples on Wednesday night when the Pistons lost to the Lakers 113-100. … C Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion) missed his seventh straight game. … G Ish Smith (right adductor tear) sat out his 19th straight game.Clippers: They lost their first game against Griffin’s Pistons in Detroit within days of last year’s trade. Griffin had 19 points in that game.NO LOVE LOST LATEST STORIEScenter_img It showed from the start.Griffin scored 15 points in the opening quarter when he got razzed by superfan Clipper Darrell during free throw attempts. He had 26 points in the first half to help Detroit to a 65-54 lead.“Hey Blake, we miss you but enough for tonight, OK?” a Clippers fan implored.Griffin wasn’t done.His 3-pointer to start the third and a basket by Andre Drummond pushed Detroit to a 16-point lead. Griffin had a one-hand slam reminiscent of his old Lob City days.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Clippers owner Steve Ballmer waited on the sideline for Griffin to finish his early warmups.Griffin began walking off court as Ballmer stuck out his right hand to shake. Griffin took off running into the tunnel. Ballmer threw up his hands and walked away.“As soon as I’m done doing my pregame shooting I make sure there’s a path and I take off running to the locker room and I don’t stop running,” Griffin said afterward. “I don’t change that for anybody.”Asked if he would have shaken hands with Ballmer, Griffin said, “I’m not here to answer hypothetical questions.”HE SAID IT“The West is tough every night and when you lose to an East Coast team it hurts even more.” — Rivers.UP NEXTPistons: At Utah on Monday night in the finale of four-game Western swing.Clippers: Host New Orleans on Monday night. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin waves to fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin kept his emotions to himself in his return to Staples Center for the first time against his old team.After scoring 44 points in the Detroit Pistons’ 109-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, he allowed himself a trip down memory lane.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘We May Lose the Fight’

first_imgUnless the Liberian government empowers communities with support programs, says Joseph Mulbah, chairman of the Point 4 community, “we may lose the fight to reclaim hundreds of young people who have already sold themselves to gambling and drug abuse.”In an interview following a guided tour of his community on Bushrod Island last week, Mr. Mulbah said it may be too late to reclaim those who have already gone astray, “but we must give it a try anyway.”At an unannounced visit to a ghetto inside Point 4, water overflowing everywhere and infested with filth, overlooking a filthy motionless drainage, several young men and women were crammed into an abandoned unfinished structure.A woman sells cooked food to her jobless clientele, who shuffled to and fro in the abandoned building. Inside, a column of marijuana smoke swirled overhead as Chairman Mulbah looked a little excited as they called his name, one after the other.“Chairman,” a young woman, puffing on a large wrapped joint said to Mulbah, who also returned her call.As he observed the juveniles between the ages of 16 and 25, Mulbah turned and shook his head. The occupants, spread across the room, seemed to be in a world of their own.Away from the smoke-filled joint, Mulbah said, “How can we rescue these people? I managed to get a gun from one of them and turned it over to the authorities.”He noted that those are the people who are blamed when bags, mobile phones and important items are jerked (snatched, stolen) from their owners at the Point 4 junction.“They don’t work and yet they must eat every day,” Mulbah said. “We have a situation on our hands and the government must find a way to assist the various slum communities to deal with it.”Mulbah suggests that serious intervention can come from the Liberian government since it affects the young people.“We cannot afford to let the young people descend into an abyss of ignorance, illicit drugs and insanity that ends in violent behaviors,” Mulbah noted.Point 4 Community is one of the flood affected places in Monrovia in the current rainy season.“We are suffering here,” he said. “There is water everywhere and it is because of the drainage that is not moving, [but just sits] in the center of the community.” The clogged drainage originates from New Kru Town and it is originally directed to empty itself into the Atlantic Ocean.He explained, “It is not doing what it was intended to do and as a result the water sits here waiting to end up in people’s rooms.”Point 4, with a population of over 3,000, has dilapidated shacks, undefined alleys, abandoned houses, unfinished and unpainted houses and an overall unhealthy environment. This is part of the daily lives of the community, the Daily Observer learned during the tour.Mr. Mulbah said at one time Rep. Edward Forh brought in a yellow machine to clear the clogged drainage but the machine got stuck and had to be withdrawn.A recent fire outbreak that rendered several families homeless did not benefit from outside relief. “The victims are being put up by friends,” Mulbah said.The community boasts of the New Hope School of Health Science, (NEHSOHS), which graduates nurses into the health care sector. Chairman Mulbah thinks there can be some level of partnership between the community and the school to help sensitize community members and promote a more healthy environment. “We need outside assistance to clean the clogged drainage where the community could provide men to assist,” Mulbah appealed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MySpace post may be threat to judge Spector’s wife denies

first_imgThe case went to the jury on Sept. 10 and the jury foreman told the judge on Sept. 18 that the panel was deadlocked 7-5. After two days of debate among attorneys, the judge revised the jury instructions and the panel resumed talks late on Sept. 20. In addition to those interruptions, the jury has not deliberated on weekends. Spector emerged on the music scene in the late 1950s and became a top producer using a hit-making recording technique that became known as the “Wall of Sound.” His prominence faded after the 1970s. Clarkson was best known as the star of Roger Corman’s 1985 cult film “Barbarian Queen.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Spector’s wife is named Rachelle, but one of his defense attorneys, Christopher Plourd, said Mrs. Spector denied having anything to do with the posting. Mrs. Spector, a 27-year-old self-described singer, songwriter and musician, recently clashed in court with Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler when he scolded her about giving a TV interview and then e-mailing reporters about it. The judge imposed a gag order on her and others after she talked back to him in court. Tuesday marked the 11th day on which the jury has deliberated, but some of those days have been very short. The jury recessed deliberations Tuesday afternoon and was to resume talks Wednesday. Spector, 67, is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 3, 2003, death of actress Lana Clarkson, 40. Clarkson was killed by a gunshot fired in her mouth as she sat in the foyer of Spector’s Alhambra mansion after going home with him for a drink after meeting him at her job as a nightclub hostess. The defense contended Clarkson was depressed and the shot was self-inflicted, either an accident or a suicide. LOS ANGELES – More than two weeks after the case was submitted to them, jurors continued to deliberate the murder charge against record producer Phil Spector on Tuesday as authorities investigated an Internet posting that appeared to threaten the trial judge. The posting was on a Web page described as “Team Spector,” said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. It was being investigated by the sheriff’s judicial services unit, which looks into all alleged, implied or direct threats against judges, he said. Whitmore would not comment on the wording of the posting, but Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said it stated “I love Phil Spector” and “The Evil Judge should DIE!!!!” and was signed “xoxo Chelle.” The posting was subsequently taken down. last_img read more

Still no reprieve in exit exams for special ed

first_imgLinda Simpson’s 18-year-old daughter suffers from attention deficit disorder and a severe math disability, resulting in a poor concept of time and extreme anxiety if she has to count change. Even though the teen qualifies as learning disabled and is enrolled in special-education classes, she must pass the California High School Exit Exam in March in order to graduate in June – something she’s been unable to do on four previous attempts. Simpson plans to hire a tutor for her daughter, even as she pins her hopes on an effort by state schools chief Jack O’Connell to get special-education students exempted from the exit exam requirement. “These students have passed all their courses for their 12 years, met all her requirements, took all the required courses and have an average or above-average IQ, so some of the responsibility for her inability to pass the test has to lie with the schools and the educational system,” said Simpson, a board member for Access Center for Education, a nonprofit advocacy group for parents of special-education students. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I don’t feel these students should take the brunt of the failure.” While most educators agree that students should be able to pass the CAHSEE in order to get a diploma, many say the test – with math skills through algebra I and English concepts through grade 10 – may be unfair to those with learning disabilities. The exemption is included in a legal settlement reached by the California Department of Education, which sought to delay the consequences of the CAHSEE for students with disabilities. The settlement would allow certain students in the Class of 2006 to receive a diploma, while giving schools more time to provide them with the skills necessary to pass the CAHSEE. O’Connell, the state superintendent of public instruction, is working to make the settlement law and “firmly” believes it will be in place for this year’s seniors, a spokesman said. As educators, parents and students wait and hope for relief, schools are aggressively targeting students who suffer from disabilities like dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Los Angeles Unified expects to spend $500,000 to $750,000 this year on tutoring and other efforts to help 2,019 special education students pass the CAHSEE. The district’s senior class has about 30,000 students. In addition to test preparation classes offered to all students during class, after-school and on Saturdays, the district is offering special ed students an 18-hour course, prior to the two-week boot camp before the tests. They’re also lowering the pupil-to-teacher ratio to 10-to-1 for in-class preparation. The district needs to do a much better job in preparing special-ed students to pass CAHSEE, and remediation needs to begin earlier, said Donnalyn Jaque-Anton, associate superintendent of special education at the district. “I don’t believe the students should be penalized based on one single exam. There are those who should be able to pass, but there are those that this is going to be a big mountain to climb. There wouldn’t be special ed if they could pass everything,” she said. “I just think we need a lot more time to vet this out before we use it as a penalty. We’re working mightily, but boy, it’s a hard one.” Statewide, about 35 percent of the 41,335 special-ed kids in the Class of 2006 passed both parts by end of their junior year, officials said. The threat of not receiving a diploma has even forced some to take drastic action. Teachers and administrators report incidents of special-education students moving to Arizona, Montana and Nevada, which don’t have the same graduation requirement as California. There are 118 students at LAUSD with disabilities who may be eligible for a high school diploma if the CAHSEE requirement is waived. However, these students must also meet the other requirements which include completion of course work. At Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, 61 of the 222 who have yet to pass the exam are special-education students. Only six special-education students in the 865-member senior class have passed the test. “If a student has learning disabilities and suffers anxiety taking a test, but meets all the other requirements for graduation, they have an unfair disadvantage,” Polytechnic High assistant principal Gerardo Loera said. Polytechnic senior Lisset Gomez, 17, has taken the test twice to no avail. Her auditory processing learning disability significantly slows down the way she processes new information. “I’ve tried. But the whole thing is really unfair, and for us it’s kind of worse, because you have to handle the extra classes to prepare for the test along with the class work,” said Gomez, a C-student. “I really, really tried. I have tried the best I could. If I don’t pass, I’d look at it as four years of nothing.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tailless supersonic plane revived

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – The Defense Department is revisiting a page out of NASA Dryden’s past to check out the viability of an unusual airplane design for future long-range military jets. The oblique flying wing would be a tailless, supersonic airplane with a “scissors” wing in which one wingtip points forward and the other back at high speed – reducing drag and letting it fly fast on less power. “What we envision is an X-plane program,” said Thomas Beutner, program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. “Like the X-1 or the X-29, the Oblique Flying Wing program will be a technology demonstrator that explores a concept that can only be proven in flight.” Northrop Grumman is working on a $10.3 million DARPA contract for preliminary design and risk reduction work on the aircraft design. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 If successful, the preliminary design effort may be followed by a second phase that would finalize a detailed design and build and flight test an X-plane, with first flight expected in 2010 or 2011. The oblique-wing design concept is attributed to the late Robert T. Jones, a NASA aeronautical engineer credited with advancing the idea of swept wing aircraft in the 1940s. Jones believed that an oblique wing supersonic transport aircraft might achieve twice the fuel economy of an airplane with conventional wings. “One of the things he was interested in was a plane with wings that pivoted,” said Alex “Skip” Sim, a former NASA Dryden engineer. “As a young engineer at the time, I was intrigued by it.” NASA’s own low-speed oblique-wing airplane, the AD-1, flew in the late 1970s and early 1980s at Dryden Flight Research Center. Burt Rutan, who would later gain fame with the Voyager aircraft and SpaceShipOne, contributed to the aircraft’s design. Dryden project participants described the project as a low-cost, simple effort. The airplane was built under a $240,000 contract. “When we built the AD-1, we were not able to find funding for an airplane to go into a supersonic flight regime. What we could do with the money we had was look at handling qualities at slow speeds,” said Sim, who worked on the AD-1. “AD-1 was a handling qualities test – to see from a pilot’s perspective how it would fly.” The twin-engine jet had an electronically driven mechanism that would slowly pivot the wings. The wing could pivot to as much as 60 degrees. The airplane was flown 79 times during a roughly three-year period. The angle of the pivot on the aircraft was slowly increased during the course of the flight test program until it reached the full 60 degrees. “The side forces are very significant once you get past 45 degrees,” said Tom McMurtry, a retired NASA test pilot who was the AD-1 project pilot. “It was not a nice flying airplane.” Jones considered the oblique wing a viable concept after the flight testing, but the aviation industry was cool to the idea, perhaps because of the AD-1’s poor flying qualities. McMurtry and Sim said the AD-1 had a very simple mechanical flight control system and the poor flying could have been addressed in a more sophisticated airplane. “I would have liked to have seen a high-speed demonstrator built, but at the time we couldn’t find the funds within the agency,” Sim said. McMurtry said he was not surprised at the renewed interest in the concept. “I wish them well,” McMurtry said of the DARPA effort. In announcing the contract award, DARPA acknowledged the NASA AD-1 effort and previous engineering studies on the concept. However, DARPA pointed out that no one has attempted high-speed flight and that their concept calls for a tailless aircraft. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

An Clochan Liath Club Notes

first_imgAn Clochan Liath Club NotesBa iad 2, 7, 23 agus 24 na huimhireacha lotto a tarraingeadh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus nior baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €1,700 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Kevin Bonner County Lane, Cathal & Agnes Murray Acres, Vincent Ward Fintown, Patrick McCready c/o Margaret Muuary agus Johnny McGe Bunbeg.Membership must be paid this week as details must be forwarded to Croke Park before end of March. Late membership will not be taken by Croke Park.The fees are the same as last year €95 Family membership with Lotto, €80 single membership with lotto, €35 family membership, €20 single membership, €8 students, €5 children under 18.Next Club 200 draw will take place on Sunday 27th March.Club Donegal membership now due.An Clochan Liath Club Notes was last modified: March 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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

We will not use the playing surface as an excuse tomorrow, says Basena

first_imgThe Uganda Cranes during its last training session at Namboole. Courtesy photo.FOOTBALL–With all the expected players currently in camp and the Namboole stadium not in the best of conditions, head coach Moses Basena spoke to the press for the very last time before tomorrow’s game against Ghana.“All the players are in perfect condition and it is always a good feeling having a whole bunch to select from. Yes we have two notable absentees in Murushid Jjuko and Khalid Aucho but we have always been a team that does not rely on individuals,” Basena said.Jjuuko and Aucho were both booked in Cranes’ last game against Egypt meaning that they had accumulated two yellow cards, automatically ruling them out of tomorrow’s encounter.Asked about whether he will be employing special tactics to cub the inconvenience of the bad playing surface at Namboole, Basena had this to say.“Yes the surface is not okay but that will not be a major problem because its the same pitch Ghana will be using,” he said.The Mandela national stadium was earlier this week used to host a crusade which left the playing surface in a sore condition due to the huge numbers that turned up.On the Ghanian star players that are not in the team, Basena was quick to dismise suggestions that now Cranes are the favourites.“Ghana is a nation blessed with loads of talent so whoever is selected will give us the expected challenge. Sometimes it is an advantage that the key players are not around but all in all, the team will be Ghana, multiple African giants,” Basena said.The Cranes held a light last training session before Ghana also had a feel of the stadium later in the evening.Commentslast_img read more

Gauteng hospitals get maintenance help

first_img2 November 2012A team of professionals responsible for maintenance of all equipment will now be stationed at four hospitals in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu announced in Johannesburg on Wednesday.Mahlangu said the teams – to be stationed at the Charlotte Maxeke and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospitals in Johannesburg, and the Steve Biko Academic and Dr George Mukhari Hospitals in Pretoria – will include mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as quantity and supporting artisans.“They will be responsible for maintaining all equipment, conducting preventative maintenance, drafting specifications and project scoping,” she said.Progress in infrastructure and maintenanceMahlangu did an inspection on three facilities, including the massive Chris Hani Baragwanath, which is currently undergoing infrastructure upgrades.The inspection at Chris Hani Baragwanath and Charlotte Maxeke was followed by a visit to Zola/Jabulani Hospital in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg, which is due to be completed early next year.The aim of the inspection was to check the progress made regarding infrastructure and maintenance in the hospitals.During her visit to Chris Hani Baragwanath, Mahlangu checked the progress in the building of a new ICU ward, chillers, boilers, lifts and generators.“I’m comfortable. It’s all systems go, especially at the ICU. Doctors resting rooms have been improved and patients would be moved to a new ICU ward on 15 November 2012,” she said.“Out of four boilers, two are working and sufficient to deliver services, the other two, which are currently not working, will be fixed by the end of next week.”Natural gas is also scheduled to be installed and used in the hospitals next year.Monitoring of deadlinesRegarding the problem of lifts not working at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Mahlangu explained that the problem was due to the shortage of manufacturers but promised to meet with them to find a solution.“I’m pleased we are doing the work and confident that the timelines are there. I will monitor if the deadlines [for repairs and new buildings under way] have been met,” she said.She acknowledged that they have also experienced several challenges in the construction of Jabulani Hospital, with some delays related to the payment of the contractors, but said they are committed to resolving these matters.Earlier this year, the department reached an agreement with the provincial Health Department for minor maintenance functions to be transferred to the hospitals’ chief executive officers in order to address turnaround times.Together with the allocated budget, the CEO’s will be responsible for purchasing material and managing maintenance for minor work under R1-million.Source: read more

iThemba Tower combines art, recycling and community

first_imgOfficially opened in July 2016, the iThemba Tower is a community art project made with over 7 000 recycled plastic drinks bottles decorating a decommissioned 20m high cellular tower.iThemba Tower: A Recycled Tower of Art in Troyeville— Heather Mason (@2summers) July 26, 2016The tower is situated in the garden of the Spaza Art Gallery in Troyeville, Johannesburg. The repurposed tower has become a point of pride for people living and working in the area.The project is the brainchild of renowned local street artist r1, conceived as a way to collaborate with the community in creating distinctive urban art. The artist specialises in taking lifeless urban landscapes and adding colourful, eye-catching African flourishes using various mediums including recycled wood and plastic.Hidden Trophy from r1r1r1 on Vimeo.Speaking to Graffiti South Africa, r1 says Johannesburg is his canvas, and its people his collaborators. “Every city has its beauty but Johannesburg has a special kind. There is a sense of freedom in the inner city that I don’t experience anywhere else. It is quite unique. People are open for engagement and I get fascinating opinions from very diverse backgrounds. It’s so rich culturally but still somehow a hidden treasure.”Take a look at r1’s latest public art intervention, ‘Hidden Trophy’ –— Between 10 and 5 (@10and5) November 10, 2015The iThemba Tower’s plastic bottles – bought from the city’s informal waste collectors – each contain a light and a written message by members of the community, including learners from local schools. At night the tower lights up with a multitude of colours.Taking the isiZulu word for hope, ‘ithemba’, the messages inside each bottle represent the dreams of each contributor. Speaking to blogger Heather Mason of, r1 describes the artwork as a “symbolic communication tower around which a diversity of people can share their collective hopes”.More important, the installation is also an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of recycling and the informal collectors who recycle the city’s waste as a means to survive.While the tower itself is the main attraction, it forms part of an online multimedia project incorporating video, crowdsourcing and blog posts, which all highlight the installation’s journey from idea to reality. It also tells the stories of the community contributors to the project, including the waste collectors.Ride with Moses from iThemba Tower on Vimeo.“Even though my work is to be seen out in the street, it is also important to cater for those that spend most of their time in front of a screen,” r1 says, adding that “good documentation helps re-adapting the work to the viewer’s means and expectations. The final work is not only the end product, but also the entire narrative towards its completion.”iThemba Tower in Troyeville by artist r1; 7 000 recycled bottles with messages from the community and lights inside— Charl Blignaut (@sa_poptart) October 19, 2016Through online crowdsourcing and visitor contributions, the project has raised over R40 000 for improving the livelihood of informal waste collectors and strengthening the community of Troyeville.Read more about iThemba Tower, the Spaza Art Gallery and how city residents can contribute to this ongoing project.Source: iThemba Tower Tumblr blog and reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using materiallast_img read more