North Bay Shore Man Admits Killing Ex, Tot

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has admitted killing his ex-girlfriend and her 2-year-old son in the North Bay Shore apartment they shared a week before Christmas two years ago.Jerry Lewis pleaded guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.Prosecutors have said the 25-year-old man fatally stabbed Shakeela Planter, 21, a dietician at Huntington Hospital, at her South Cardinal Court home on Dec. 18, 2011.He also beat her son Jaiden to death and stuffed him in the freezer, police said at the time.Lewis, a Jamaican immigrant, had fled to Maryland after the murders but was later extradited back to Long Island.Judge Richard Ambro will reportedly sentence Lewis to 30 years to life in prison on April 3.last_img read more

#CUNAGAC 2020 kicks off in D.C.!

first_imgBe sure to follow the hashtag #CUNAGAC for all the latest from the Washington Convention Center! Platon onstage delivering the ED (Filene) Talk on Sunday at #CUNAGAC 2020. The 2020 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference is finally here! 5,000 credit union advocates from all over have once again arrived in Washington D.C., gathering together to celebrate credit unions at “the industry’s largest advocacy event.” This morning, CUNA president Jim Nussle will deliver a keynote address that will once again be available for live streaming on CUNA’s Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. (ET).After a message from Nussle, Monday’s featured keynote will be delivered by author, consultant, and speaker, Marcus Buckingham. The former senior researcher with Gallup Organization will challenge credit unions to find the best ways to leverage their employees.In the afternoon, numerous breakout sessions will be available to attendees, with topics including: the economy, litigation risk, the CU difference, diversity, regulations, and Google Pay.On Sunday afternoon, the annual ED (Filene) Talk featured photographer Platon. The world-renowned artist regaled the captivated crowd with stories of encounters with photo subjects ranging from world leaders (both noble and corrupt) to celebrities (both famous and infamous).With the crowd hanging on his every word, Platon spoke on the the power of storytelling and challenged credit unions to “rise up and rekindle the spirit of optimism.”center_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Our members need a cookie jar

first_imgOur world outlook will be forever shaped by our COVID experience. COVID has exposed personal and financial weaknesses. We feel more vulnerable, less secure, and less in control. This lack of control causes fear and anxiety at levels many members have never before experienced. These feelings will not disappear completely when the COVID threat lessens. The threat of COVID-20 and other unknowns will be in the back of our minds.A survey by Bankrate showed that 63% of Americans did not have sufficient savings to pay for an unexpected expense of $500. We are a country of grasshoppers spending money faster than we can make it (an Aesop fable). Someone once told me that the cost of living in Southern California is whatever you make plus 20%. We know we should save but we tell ourselves that we will start next week.If we have a solid financial base and a personal support system, we are much more able to cope with the challenges life throws at us. We need savings we can fall back on in tough times. I have seen recommendations of three to six months of living expenses as a target. We need reasonably priced available credit as a back-up. If you have an investment portfolio, the portfolio should be balanced so that there is a hedge if the market declines. We need to be financially literate so we can exercise good judgment and not panic unnecessarily. Finally, we need to have the ability to call upon people for help with chores and tasks, if needed. Credit unions can help with all of these needs.Build-up SavingsGrandmother’s advice on savings is as true today as it was years ago … pay yourself first. When grandmother cashed a paycheck, the first thing she did was to put aside $25 in the cookie jar. When an unforeseen bill arose, she dipped into the cookie jar to pay the bill. In today’s world, the cookie jar can be a special account set up at the credit union which receives an automatic transfer when the paycheck is deposited. It is painless and does not require any action by the member after the account and automatic transfer is set up. The member never misses the money. Will the member be able to save three to six months of living expenses? Maybe, but the member will have the piece-of-mind knowing that there is a cushion of safety that will be there if they need it, even if it is just to pay a car repair bill.There are other methods to help members save. The credit union can set up a round-up debit card option. If a purchase is $19.20, the debit card would be charged with $20.00, the 80 cents of the round-up is deposited to the member’s cookie jar account.Stand-by Line of CreditWhile one should be careful about using debt, having an untapped line of credit provides peace of mind that if you have an emergency and your savings are not sufficient, there is a reasonably priced credit source. There is no need to max out credit card debt which is extremely expensive.Investment Portfolio ReviewIf a credit union has an investment services program, members should be encouraged to contact their financial advisor to make sure that the member’s portfolio is diversified and includes investments that are lower risk and designed to preserve principal during economic downturns.Financial LiteracyMembers need to be more financially literate to enable them to recognize and evaluate the level of risk appropriate for them. Long lectures are not the answer. Fortunately there is a fun and innovative way to learn financial literacy through the Zogo app. Zogo’s financial literacy modules are “bite-sized” that can be reviewed at a pace that suits the users. What makes this app different is that the users are paid to learn. The user is awarded points for successfully completing a module. Once the user has accumulated enough points, the user is awarded a small gift card from Amazon, Adidas, Sephora, Starbucks, etc. The app also quizzes the user on how they feel about a past purchase. For example, if the user bought a new watch, they will be later asked to evaluate how they now feel about the purchase. It is a method to teach the member to reflect upon the lasting value of the item prior to the purchase. The funds for the gift cards come from the sponsoring credit union. A Duke student, Bolun Li, developed the app which has won NACUSO’s 2019 Next Big Idea competition and the FinTech 2019 Fall Best in Show Award.Helping HandThe elderly and those with underlying medical conditions sometimes feel isolated and afraid, not being able to go out to do basic errands. There is the story of an elderly couple in Seattle who sat in their car in a grocery store parking lot for over an hour before they were able to flag down a young person to go into the store to buy groceries for them. There are a lot of people who are more than willing to help if they just knew of the person and the need. If the credit union had a message board where requests for assistance could be made, members could connect. With the permission of the members involved, the credit union would have many stories of kindness to share, stories that we all need to hear now. This will build a sense of community and further enhance the value of membership.This is the time for credit unions to demonstrate that they are more than a less expensive alternative to a bank. Membership must mean something, especially in challenging times. A helping hand now will not soon be forgotten. The mission of credit unions is to help members manage their financial lives. The time to fulfill that mission is now. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Guy Messick Guy A. Messick is General Counsel to the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) and principal in Messick & Lauer P.C. in Media, PA. www.CUSOLaw.com Web: www.cusolaw.com Detailslast_img read more

Ashquay seeks Newport deal

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LIVE BLOG: 99th Rose Bowl Wisconsin v. Stanford

first_imgPASADENA, Calif. – Welcome to the Badger Herald Live Blog! I’m football beat writer Kelly Erickson coming to you live from the Rose Bowl in sunny Pasadena as Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) takes on No. 6 Stanford (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12). Alongside me are my fellow beat writers, Sports Editor Ian McCue and Sports Content Editor Nick Korger. We’ll be bringing you all the action as it unfolds on this New Year’s Day.It was an eventful year the Wisconsin football team could never have anticipated. Despite five loses to its name, six new coaches, a midseason coaching change and the shocking departure of head coach Bret Bielema after winning the Big Ten Championship, an unranked UW still found its way to a third consecutive Rose Bowl.While the Badgers hope the third time is the charm – this time under Rose Bowl Hall of Fame coach Barry Alvarez – they face a tough Stanford team that boasts the No. 3 rushing defense in the nation and a stout offense filled with standout players including unanimous All-American tight end Zach Ertz and senior running back Stepfan Taylor.Keep it here all game long as we update you on all the latest from the 99th Grandaddy of Them All.<a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=4c39fe49f7″ >Rose Bowl: Wisconsin v. Stanford</a>last_img read more

Rockets turn back Lakers as James Harden dominates with 50 points, triple-double

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img But the Rockets also out-shot the Lakers from the perimeter (15 for 34 from 3-point range) and scored 27 points off of their 15 offensive rebounds. Those second-chance points often killed any semblance of momentum the Lakers gathered on offense, despite the fact that they shot nearly 54 percent overall.It was a rematch of the home opener at Staples Center, when a spat exploded into a fight that left the Lakers’ Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram and the Rockets’ Paul suspended. The follow-up still had tension despite the absence of Rondo and Ingram (both injured) – but it was directed more at the officials than between the teams.Frustration with the officiating bubbled over in the third quarter, when the Rockets’ Nene received technical fouls on back-to-back possessions, resulting in his ejection. The Lakers got one of their own moments later as Walton argued a foul called on Kuzma.In all, the Lakers and Rockets shot a combined 59 free throws, but Walton said the game should be better understood as a test of composure for a Lakers team that is still trying to prove itself.“I thought we could’ve done a better job of keeping our composure as a group,” he said. “That’s a great learning experience for us as we try to prep for becoming a type of team that can win toward the end of the year. We have to be able to succeed in tough environments, and when things aren’t going in our favor. And the only way to learn how to do that is to go through it.” PreviousHouston Rockets’ James Harden (13) screams after making a basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, and Lance Stephenson, right, watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Rockets’ James Harden soars in for a dunk over Lakers center JaVale McGee, bottom, during the first quarter of Thursday’s game in Houston. Harden finished with a 50-point triple-double in the Rockets’ 126-111 victory. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart, center, goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Rockets’ Nene Hilario goes up for a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets’ Nene Hilario, left, and PJ Tucker, center, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, drives toward the basket as Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela (15) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela, left, goes up for a shot as Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) knocks the ball from Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela (15) and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) reach for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts after dunking the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts after dunking the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) dunks the ball as Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni yells at the officials during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson (6) is fouled by Houston Rockets’ PJ Tucker (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ Danuel House Jr. (4) goes up for a shot as Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ Nene Hilario (42) reacts after being called for a foul against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. Hilario was called for his second technical foul of the game and ejected after yelling at the officials. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) goes up to dunk the ball as Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, and Houston Rockets’ James Harden reach for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ James Harden, right, goes up for a shot as Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart (3) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Lakers’ Josh Hart reacts after fouling Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lance Stephenson (6) goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela, left, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers’ Tyson Chandler during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ James Harden screams after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) screams after making a basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, and Lance Stephenson, right, watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Rockets’ James Harden soars in for a dunk over Lakers center JaVale McGee, bottom, during the first quarter of Thursday’s game in Houston. Harden finished with a 50-point triple-double in the Rockets’ 126-111 victory. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NextShow Caption1 of 24The Rockets’ James Harden soars in for a dunk over Lakers center JaVale McGee, bottom, during the first quarter of Thursday’s game in Houston. Harden finished with a 50-point triple-double in the Rockets’ 126-111 victory. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ExpandHOUSTON — In the fourth quarter as James Harden stepped to the free-throw line – a part of the court that has seen plenty of his signature shoes during Rockets games – Josh Hart, LeBron James and Luke Walton were on the sideline, deep in discussions with an official.The Lakers had already given up 30 free-throw attempts to that point, 17 to Harden. And as the Houston lead was building, the Lakers felt their chances at winning on the road slipping away in large part due to the whistles.But in the next sequence, Harden earned his own points. The reigning MVP hit back-to-back step-back 3-pointers, the second of which was launched over James and rolled around the rim for a couple of seconds before finally falling in.The Toyota Center crowd erupted. Harden puffed his chest. And the Lakers (17-11), down 12 points with three minutes left, were all but done. Players were terse in the locker room about Harden’s 19 free-throw attempts (he made 18), with Hart and Kyle Kuzma both acknowledging they didn’t want to draw fines for criticizing the officiating. But there were moments in the game that spoke for them. Several times, several players – including James and Lonzo Ball – defended Harden and Chris Paul with their hands behind their backs.“No, that was not part of the game plan,” Walton said. “But I think they were just trying to make a point. ‘We’re not using our arms here. Stop calling fouls.’ ”In many respects, the Lakers did put forth a strong defensive effort. In the first three quarters, they held the Rockets to less than 45 percent shooting, while racking up points in the paint (54) themselves. The score was tied with eight minutes left, as James’ strong start and a hot third quarter by Kuzma (who finished with 24 points) gave the Lakers a chance to win.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersLater, as the Lakers retraced the 126-111 defeat, fueled by Harden’s 17 points in the fourth quarter alone, that was the sequence they circled, allowing The Beard to get too hot. And it started when Harden buried those three straight free throws.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“He’s already talented as (expletive) offensively,” James said. “Can put the ball in the hole multiple ways – drive, step-back 3s. But you give him easy points, when you put a guy like that on the line … you can’t put any of our scorers that we have in our league on the line 20 times because they just see the ball go in the hole.”It wound up being a disappointing start to a four-game trip and just the second Lakers loss in the last eight games. They were undone largely by Harden, who finished with 50 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, the NBA-record fourth 50-point triple-double of his career.But they also gave up opportunities, going just 15 for 27 from the free-throw line as a team, and going under on screens against one of the most dangerous 3-point shooters in the league. Even James, who had a strong overall game with 29 points on 12-for-18 shooting, was just 2 for 6 on the line.While the Lakers valiantly attempted to de-tangle their frustration with the officiating from their own shortcomings, it was difficult for them to do so.last_img read more

GOLF COURSES CLUB TOGETHER TO BRING MORE TOURISTS TO THE NORTH WEST

first_imgFAILTE Ireland today gave its support to a unique link-up between three golf clubs aimed at bringing more tourists to Donegal and Sligo.The clubs – County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point, Nairn & Portnoo and Donegal Golf Club Murvagh – are coming together for the unique scheme which will allow golfers to play all three during breaks.These three great links courses have joined forces to produce a Golf Pass that allows golfers to play all three, at their leisure for only €149 a price that is right up there with the best value for money in the market place at the moment. Speaking at the launch, Martin Donnelly from Fáilte Ireland said: “The project is a partnership between the three courses and Fáilte Ireland’s North West office, aimed at improving not only the golf offering but also providing the local accommodation base, with the opportunity to build packages for sale around the three rounds of golf. We hope that this in turn will entice customers to stay longer and of course spend more, during those longer stays.”Terry Brady, 2013 Captain of Rosses Point Golf Club said: “We are delighted to get this product launched in conjunction with our clubs in Donegal. These are very competitive times in the golf industry and whatever we can do to compete more effectively in the market place, is very welcome. Well done to our General Manager David O’Donovan for his work on the project.”Peter Sweeney, 2013 Captain of Donegal Golf Club Murvagh said: “I’d like to thank our partner clubs, Co. Sligo and Nairn & Portnoo together with Fáilte Ireland for their support on the development of this important golf product and also say well done to Grainne Dorrian, our Manager who worked on the project.”Hugh Shovlin, 2013 Captain of Nairn & Portnoo Golf club went on to say, “Nairn & Portnoo Golf Club is always striving to improve our golf offering and by reaching out to our local clubs through the North West Links Golf Pass, we now have a great value, county wide product that we feel can compete in terms of quality and value for money, well done to Daragh Lyons our Club Professional and all the group working on the development”. The Golf Pass is support by 10,000 A5 flyers ready for distribution throughout accommodation premises in Sligo & Donegal and throughout Ireland and the Golf Pass itself can be purchased by contacting Donegal Golf Club, Nairn & Portnoo Golf Club or County Sligo Golf Club.Going forward, the North West Links Golf Pass will be promoted on the club web sites, www.discoverireland.ie and through Tourism Ireland’s web site for the overseas markets, together with upcoming golf, trade and general consumer shows in Ireland and overseas.  GOLF COURSES CLUB TOGETHER TO BRING MORE TOURISTS TO THE NORTH WEST was last modified: May 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOLF COURSES CLUB TOGETHER TO BRING MORE TOURISTS TO THE NORTH WESTlast_img read more

Joburg’s king of muti museum

first_img8 April 2004The Museum of Man and Science is overflowing with illuminating exhibits and interactive displays – of a different kind. It’s actually a shop, and provides an explosion of strange sights and smells.The 66-year-old museum (why it was originally called a museum is lost in time) is a traditional muti or medicine shop in Diagonal Street in Johannesburg’s CBD, and is described on the board above the door as the “The King of Muti, Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies”.It offers “a face of Africa that has largely disappeared in the push of western civilization and the march of ‘progress’ across the traditional life and cultures of the continent”.Walking into the darkish interior, you’ll probably bump your head on the ceiling displays: hundreds of bits of dried skins, horns still attached to skins, bits of bones, ox hooves and tails, ostrich heads and feet, strings of beads, seed anklets, and straw hats. Very interactive.Third-generation owner Peter Naidoo says there’s a cultural reason for having the displays so low. “When people come in they have to bend. This is a sign of respect in African culture.”Naidoo says his shop “caters for all tribes who live in Gauteng and in Africa”.Your nose will start twitching with a smell that is hard to define. Although not unpleasant, it’s pungent and earthy and dry, a mix of dried herbs and mild cow dung. Don’t worry, it’s nothing to do with the animal products – all have been dipped in formalin, a preservation medium.Once you’ve had your fill of the ceiling display, you’ll become aware of a pillar piled with horns and several dried carcasses of monkeys, another one with black and white tyre sandals. Then you’ll notice the counters. One is filled with painted clay pots (used by traditional healers for storing their mixtures) interspersed with metal candelabras.The front of the counter is decorated with walking sticks and metal “church sticks” (used by priests of Zion veld churches); drums decorate the front of another.Walk further in and you’ll find spears, knobkerries and shields and, down one side, pigeon-holes jam-packed with dried roots, bits of bark, branches, dried plants and herbs.The main counter has more walking sticks and knobkerries decorating its front, and rows of intriguing bottles of mixtures behind the counter, on the wall.Over 1 900 herbsNaidoo says there are over 1 900 different herbs in the shop, collected from as far afield as central Africa.The shop’s biggest local selling item is its dried herbs. The walking sticks and drums and other similar items are for sale to tourists, who visit the shop in busloads.The shop has a constant flow of customers, buying items on the instructions of an inyanga – a traditional healer who uses herbal remedies. They’ll visit the inyanga with a complaint, and he or she will advise what herbs are needed. Once the customer has purchased the mix, wrapped in a sheet of newspaper in the shop, he’ll go back to the inyanga who will prepare the remedy and give it to the customer to take.According to Naidoo, traditional African belief says that all things – animal, vegetable or mineral – have power, and small pieces of the animal or vegetable will be used in muti or potions to “ward off evil, for personal protection and luck, or to ensure the faithfulness of a lover or the defeat of an enemy”.“There are in this shop the ingredients to create a muti for almost every malady,” says Naidoo.“The various barks, roots, twigs, and bulbs, as well as the animal parts, are used, either by themselves or mixed together, to create a paste, liquid or powder which will be effective against illnesses, from mild fevers to serious diseases.”Sometimes the patient will only drink the froth on the top of a brew. For other remedies the patient will crouch over a boiling brew, with a blanket over his head, and breath in the steam.Consulting the sangomaThe sangoma, or diviner, is more concerned with the ancestors and keeping them happy. Some illnesses are believed to be caused by unhappy ancestors, who haven’t been respected or acknowledged sufficiently. The sangoma will throw a set of bones, and give advice to the customer on actions to be taken to appease the ancestors.Some items in the shop are exclusively for use by inyangas and sangomas. Calabashes are used by them to store muti, jackal fur caps are worn by them, as are belts decorated with cowrie shells. The tails of cattle, buffalo and wildebeest are a symbol of power and used as whisks to flick muti onto people, or around a hut or village to ward off disease or evil.At the back of the shop is a hut, stacked with muti, with bones and mats on the floor. Customers and tourists can make an appointment with a sangoma, who will throw the bones in the hut and offer advice.Conserving ancient knowledgeNaidoo maintains that 60 percent of all medicines are based on herbs. “It would surprise most people to learn how, of the pharmaceutical products on the shelves of the world today, most have come from information handed down through the traditional healer.”He says that a lot of this knowledge is being lost, as people become more urbanised and move away from their traditional roots.“It is a function of the Museum of Man and Science to recover such valuable information, and to study the effects of the various influences now being superimposed upon the traditional societies of southern Africa,” he says.Naidoo, a Tamil Hindu, also worships the dead. He has a quiet corner of the shop where an incense candle is burning. He says he offers prayers to his late father, Kasavaloo Naidoo.The shop was established in 1938 by the owner’s grandfather, Moonsamy Naidoo. His son, a medical doctor and homeopath, took over the business. According to Kasavaloo Naidoo’s wife, Moonsamy Naidoo used to work with Raymond Dart, who discovered the skull of the Taung child in 1924 near a town called Taung in the far north of the North West Province.Wander around the shop, marvel at the items on display, enjoy the new smells, but be sure of your purchase, because as you hand over your money you’ll notice a sign at the counter which reads: “No Cash Refunds”.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Broadcast hub ready for kick-off

first_imgJournalists will be able to produceprogrammes about the 2010 FifaWorld Cup from the IBC.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Johannesburg, equipped with top-of-the-range technology, is fully prepared for the thousands of reporters who will converge there to cover the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Journalists were introduced to the facility on 21 May, ahead of its official opening on 2 June by Fifa president Sepp Blatter.The impressive IBC is based at Soccer City, where the opening and closing World Cup matches will be played. It will be the nerve centre of live broadcasts from there and the other nine host stadiums around the country.Some 1 900km of cabling has already been laid to connect the 10 facilities and enable all 64 matches to be broadcast live, in high definition, to 204 countries. It’s estimated that this coverage will reach billions of people around the globe.“It’s very clear that it’s from here [the IBC] that the world will be able to watch the World Cup from South Africa,” said Fifa general secretary Jérôme Valcke.About 13 000 international journalists and other media personnel have been accredited to use the IBC and some organisations have already set up their studios. A total of 189 media groups have confirmed that they will broadcast from the 30 000m2 centre.The top-rated Host Broadcast Services (HBS) will facilitate live feeds of every match to the licensed television and radio stations. It will use about 32 cameras per match for the live transmissions, an improvement from the 26 cameras used per match during the 2006 Fifa World Cup.“[The World Cup] will be broadcast in more homes than ever before. There will be a lot of television companies in South Africa,” said Fifa TV’s Niclas Ericsson.For the first time in the history of broadcasting the tournament, HBS will use 3D cameras to shoot some of the matches. Fifa said 25 of the 64 matches will produced in 3D.The IBC also boasts 80 interview and presentation studios, and facilities for mobile network operators to produce live broadcasts for mobile phones. South Africa’s MTN announced in 2009 that it will use this service.“We trust that we’ll make broadcast history with Fifa in this World Cup,” said HBS CEO Francis Tellier. “It [mobile phone broadcasts] is one of the innovations that we’ve brought to this World Cup.”Powering the IBCReporters and fans need not be worried about blackouts at the IBC, as organisers have enlisted the services of Aggreko, a reputable international electricity company, to ensure power supply at all times.About 16 diesel-powered generators, each with a capacity of 1MW, will be used to back up Eskom’s national electricity grid.“In every major sporting event there’s a risk for power failure … We’re here to stop that from happening,” said Aggreko’s CEO Rupert Soames.Aggreko believes that their power plan is “as robust as we can technically make it”. The company, which has provided back-up power for major events such as the Olympics and Barack Obama’s US presidential inauguration, will set up 1.5MW-capacity generators at each stadium for broadcasting operations.Aggreko has partnered with Shanduka Group, a leading South African investment company, for the World Cup project. “We’re sure that everything will work smoothly,” said Shanduka’s chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa.Centres for print journalistsPrint media journalists will be catered for in centres called “Media Tribunes” at each host stadium. Telkom has equipped the centres with telephones, fax machines, printers and data ports to make the reporting process as convenient and efficient as possible.Photojournalists will be able to download and send off their images at any time, thanks to Telkom’s advanced equipment.last_img read more