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first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device Police in Mobile, Alabama have issued an arrest warrant for former Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, USA Today reports.The mother of Cousins’ son recorded a phone conversation in which a man is heard telling her he will “put a bullet in your (expletive) head.” She told police the person on the other line was Cousins.She filed a police report on the call and sent a copy of …last_img read more

first_imgThe 2008 UNAids report provides revealing information about the global HIV/Aids epidemic. (Image: UNAids) The Aids ribbon emblazoned across the UN building in New York during the first special session of the General Assembly to discuss Aids, held in 2001, 20 years after the discovery of the disease. (Image: UNAids)Janine ErasmusIn a recent United Nations report on HIV/Aids, South Africa is named as one of three countries in the Southern African region where the HIV infection rate is stabilising. The other two are Malawi and Zambia. Overall, the biennial report, published on 29 July 2008 by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAids), carries both positive and negative news in terms of the African situation.Sub-Saharan Africa remains the most heavily infected region in the world, according to the report. Of all people living with HIV in the world, 67% lived in sub-Saharan Africa, and of all the Aids-related deaths in the world, 75% of them occurred in sub-Saharan Africa in 2007. The number of people infected in 2007 grew by an estimated 1.9-million to around 22-million. While the infection rate in sub-Saharan Africa varies widely from country to country, the nine Southern African countries continue to bear the heaviest burden, accounting for 35% of all HIV infections and 38% of all Aids deaths in the world.The report also notes that in the region as a whole, infection among women is far greater than men, especially among the younger generation, although globally the incidence of women living with HIV has remained stable at 50% for a number of years.Heterosexual intercourse is still the major route of transmission in sub-Saharan Africa, but studies have shown that homosexual intercourse may play a more important role than previously thought. In East and Southern Africa drug use is another factor, with the infection passed on mainly through contaminated equipment.Despite the fact that South Africa still has more people living with HIV than any other country in the world, statistics indicate this number seems to be stabilising at 5.7-million. This is in line with the global trend.UNAids does specify, however, that the actual number of people living with HIV continues to grow because of ongoing new infections and increasing access to antiretroviral therapy, which prolongs life. For instance, Namibia’s treatment rate soared from 1% in 2003 to 88% in 2007.Young women most vulnerableNational statistics body Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released its mid-year population statistics on 31 July 2008, putting the total population at 48.7-million and the estimated overall HIV prevalence rate at about 11%. Of this percentage, women between 15 and 49 years old form the largest group.Differing slightly from UNAids figures, Stats SA puts the HIV-positive population at approximately 5.35-million. The most vulnerable population group is young women between 15 and 24 years of age, as they account for more than 90% of new infections in South Africa.The epidemic in Malawi and Zambia has also reached a plateau, according to UNAids, but other Southern African countries are not as fortunate – Lesotho shows a higher HIV prevalence among pregnant women, while infections among young Mozambicans are on the rise and in some areas of that country 20% of the adult population is infected.However, UNAids studies reveal that the epidemic in Zimbabwe has declined sharply, especially among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics. In this category the infection rate dropped significantly from 26% in 2002 to 18% in 2006, and among young pregnant women aged between 15 and 24, infection fell from 21% to 14% over that same period. The major reason for this is the practice of safer sex, as is the case in Malawi and Zambia.Botswana also shows a lower rate of infection among young pregnant girls (15 to 19 years old), from 25% in 2001 to 18% in 2006, while figures for pregnant women in Angola show little change since 2004, indicating a possible stabilisation.A number of East and West African countries, where the epidemic is comparatively smaller, have seen a stabilisation and in some cases a reduction in the HIV infection rate. Among these are Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, and Uganda. In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, the epidemic shows signs of stabilising at 3.1%. More health-conscious behaviour, especially the use of condoms and more efficient prevention of transmission from mother to child, notably in Benin, are among the reasons for the downward trend.In a number of countries in Central and West Africa as well as the Horn of Africa, adult HIV prevalence dropped below 2% in 2007. However, this figure stands above 15% in seven Southern African countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), and above 5% in seven other African countries (Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, and Tanzania). The worst-hit country is Swaziland, whose adult HIV prevalence of 26% is the highest in the world.Fighting HIV/Aids on a global scaleEstablished in 1994, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAids) is a major driver in the fight against Aids and HIV on a global scale. The organisation’s mission is to lead, strengthen and support a multi-faceted response to HIV and Aids, which includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support to those infected, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.UNAids is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Belgian scientist, academic and activist Dr Peter Piot has headed the organisation since its inception.The UNAids Report on the Global Aids Epidemic is published every two years and draws on the best data available. The 2008 report gathered information from 147 countries measured against 25 core targets adopted in the 2001 United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/Aids and, says UNAids, is the most comprehensive assessment of the international response to HIV ever undertaken.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesHIV/Aids in South AfricaUseful linksJoint United Nations Programme on HIV and AidsUNAIDS Southern African regionThe UNAIDS 2008 report on the global HIV/Aids epidemicAids Foundation South AfricaAVERTlast_img read more

first_img15 March 2016During the 2016 World Communication Forum (WCF) in Davos, Switzerland, BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – agreed to establish a BRICS Communicators Forum.The focus of the BRICS group would be on defining the communication strategy of the world’s five fastest growing economies, said acting director-general of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko.Liphoko was part of the South African delegation at the WCF, which ran from 7 to 10 March. The 2016 conference was the seventh annual forum.“The WCF was a major success in that it provided South Africa with a platform to engage with communicators from other parts of the world, but the major highlight is that we were able to agree as BRICS countries to establish a BRICS Communicators Forum on the sidelines of the Davos WCF that is going to focus on defining the BRICS communication strategy as well as positioning the geo-political group,” he said.Listen to what Communications Minister Faith Muthambi had to say:South Africa’s ubuntuThe participation of countries such as South Africa in WCF was crucial, said Dr Jon-Hans Coetzer, the executive dean for undergraduate programmes at the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland.“We all know the history of South Africa and now you just have to look at what South Africa has produced, what the country has brought to humanity in terms of great leadership, what it has brought to the international community in terms of big changes such as the promotion of equality for all, social justice and education in the world today.”“What I like more about South Africa is this concept of Ubuntu, which is so much part of the DNA of all South Africans. This concept is also relevant in global communication because we all need each other – business, the media, communication, education and public relations.”Coetzer said he taught ubuntu as a management concept, emphasizing to his class that without their customers and community they were nothing.About WCFThe annual meeting in Davos brings together industry leaders in public relations, marketing, media, political and business communications and corporate finances, as well as a large number of media representatives and international partner associations and organisations.According to the official website, the goal is to “unite trend-makers and influencers from the global communications elite and provide a platform for discussion focused on the future development of communications and their role in business, society and politics; to provoke in-depth analysis of the form and content of interaction between business, media, and society, on the one hand, and the state, on the other.”Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mostly sunny and pleasant today, as cooler air continues to move into the area. Tomorrow will be dry as well, with sun to start, but clouds increase in the afternoon and evening. Still, it should be a great start to the weekend.A front moves across Ohio for the second half of the weekend. We expect showers for Sunday. Rain totals will end up being from a tenth or two on the low end to around half an inch on the top end. Then overnight Sunday night through Monday, we continue to see rain and perhaps a few thunderstorms, but mostly south of a line from Youngstown to Cincinnati. Any thunderstorm threat comes Sunday night, and will be most prevalent in far south central to southern Ohio. Moisture actually will be done Monday midday in western and northern Ohio, and we should see sun return there faster. However those south and eastern locations can pick up another half to 1 inch.10 day precipitation potential.We are sunny and dry for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Temps climb a bit, but will generally be normal to slightly above normal. This will be great dry down weather and will promote harvest opportunity, particularly in the areas that are on the low end of the range this weekend on rain. Then, we have a strong system and cold front that moves through next Friday. Rain and thunderstorms bring rain of .25″-.75″ to 100% of the state. Behind the front we turn much colder as we clear out. We can see frost either next Saturday morning or next Sunday morning, depending on which model you believe. IF we can clear quickly on Friday night, we think Saturday morning is the most likely…but if the front is stalled at all in leaving, that will bring the coldest morning in on Sunday. Lows for this air mass change will be down in the 31-37 degree range, so we are looking at a frost only, not a hard freeze. The timing of this (October 12th or 13th) really not all that big of a story…this is about average for the first frost in our area.High pressure is in for Saturday and Sunday (with a nearby full moon too, everything seeming to align for a frost) as we finish the the 10 day period, and then stays in control for Monday and Tuesday (14th-15th) to kick off the 11-16 day period. Scattered showers are back over the northern half of the state for Wednesday the 16th, triggering a few hundredths to a tenth or two from I-70 north. Then better organized rain hits 80% of the state for Thursday the 17th, but still yields only a quarter inch or less. Dry to finish the extended window Friday and Saturday (19th-20th), but there is a large storm complex lurking out west that looks like it may want to push in shortly thereafter.last_img read more

first_imgThe cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ over east-central Bay of Bengal may skip Odisha coast, but the State government has taken no chance and kept its coastal districts in readiness for the storm which is likely bring heavy rainfall.Three districts, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Puri, announced closure of schools on Friday and schools would remain close in nine districts on Saturday.“We have sent two units of Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force each to nine districts and units of National Disaster Response Force have moved to six coastal districts,” said P. K. Jena, Special Relief Commissioner on Thursday.“The cyclonic storm ‘Bulbul’ over the east-central Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards with a speed of 21 kmph during past six hours and lay centred about 560 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 680 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 740 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” says IMD bulletin.‘Maha’ spares GujaratIn a major relief to the people of Gujarat, cyclone ‘Maha’ fizzled out into the Arabian sea as a ‘depression’ without making a landfall, the IMD said on Thursday, adding that the cyclone is likely to weaken into a well-marked low pressure area off the south Gujarat coast during next 12 hours,” it said.last_img read more