Keith Thurman walks the talk despite loss to Manny Pacquiao

first_imgPacquiao captures WBA welterweight crown after split decision over Thurman View comments READ: Pacquiao cops WBA welterweight crown with split decision over Thurman “He’s a good fighter. He’s strong,” Pacquiao said shortly after being declared the winner by split decision Saturday night before a packed crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“He did his best. He’s not an easy opponent,” added Pacquiao, his face swelling after taking solid blows from Thurman, most of which came in the latter part of what had been an electrifying bout.The 40-year-old Pacquiao started strong, scoring a first round knockdown after hitting Thurman with a right. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists READ: Thurman looking forward to Pacquiao fight: I get to punch senator with T-rex armsThurman, however, gained steam midway through the fight, but it wasn’t enough as two of the judges had it 115-112 for the eight-division champion.Pacquiao dealt Thurman his first loss after going 29-0.ADVERTISEMENT MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Benefits of township living Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:35Manny Pacquiao compares ‘heavy-handed’ Keith Thurman to Antonio Margarito01:46Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchaliancenter_img ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao, right, lands a punch against Keith Thurman in the fifth round during a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS–Keith Thurman ran his mouth the moment his welterweight showdown with Manny Pacquiao was announced up until the official weigh-in.Thurman may have lost his WBA (Super) title but he walked the talk and earned  Manny Pacquiao’s respect and praise.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summerlast_img read more

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Messi sends autographed jerseys to his Afghan fan

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with “Messi” scrawled on it in marker pen.KABUL, Friday 26 – Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one, but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with “Messi” scrawled on it in marker pen.Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family from eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive the gifts sent by Messi through UNICEF, where he is a goodwill ambassador. “Murtaza couldn’t stop smiling. He kept repeating: I love Messi,” UNICEF Afghanistan spokesman Denise Shepherd-Johnson told AFP.Messi autographed the jerseys, writing “With much love” in Spanish on them, and added a football to the treasure trove, UNICEF said.Purchasing a Messi jersey was beyond the means of Murtaza’s poor family, members of the persecuted ethnic Hazara minority living in volatile Ghazni, near Kabul.His elder brother Homayoun, 15, improvised the blue-and-white-striped plastic shirt with Messi’s name scrawled in black marker, and posted the photos of Murtaza wearing it on Facebook in mid-January.The image touched a chord with football fans around the world, and earned Murtaza the sobriquet “little Messi” on social media.The Afghan Football Federation had said Messi was in contact with them to arrange a meeting with Murtaza as soon as possible, with the Spanish embassy in Kabul telling AFP it would do whatever possible to facilitate.But a source close to Messi’s entourage said earlier this month they could neither confirm nor deny the speculation regarding a possible meeting.Setting up a meeting in Afghanistan, in the grip of a fierce Taliban insurgency, is fraught with security challenges.Football and cricket are the two most popular sports in the war-ravaged country but sports were rarely played under Taliban rule, and the football stadium in Kabul was a notorious venue for executions, stonings and mutilations.last_img read more

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Potable water station upgrades in Area B will be complete in the new year

first_imgLast June Area ‘B’ residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of having the Regional District provide potable water in Area B. Of the 1,010 votes cast in the referendum, 920 voted in favour of the proposal.PRRD Area ‘B’ Director Karen Goodings explained that the provincial government would not allow the regional district to provide potable water services to residents unless they are granted permission by those residents in a referendum.Goodings explained that the reason for the change in the rules stems from the tragedy in Walkerton, Ontario in 2000, when seven people died from consuming drinking water that was contaminated with E. coli bacteria. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of Area B in the Peace River Regional District are one step closer to potable water services.In June of 2017, residents voted in favour of the Peace River Regional District improving existing sites at Prespatou, Boundary and Feye Spring.  They also approved construction at Buick and Rose Prairie and ongoing maintenance of all potable water tank loader sites in Area B.“We expect that the stations will begin to open early in the New Year,” says Paulo Eichelberger, the General Manager of Environmental Services.- Advertisement -“The existing stations will be shut down 1 to 7 days while they are being commissioned”, Eichelberger goes on to say, “the PRRD does not yet have the exact dates for the shut down of each station, but will provide at least two weeks notice to residents prior to each shut down so people can top up their tanks or arrange to get water from an alternate site. There will only be one station shut down at a time.”Bear Mountain Construction, based in Dawson Creek, was awarded the contract for this work through a tender process. Since this summer, Bear Mountain has been working at the sites.Water fees will not be charged until all five sites are fully commissioned.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Who is Salomon Rondon? Five things you need to know about West Brom’s new record signing

first_imgWest Brom have set the cat amongst the pigeons by smashing their transfer record for Zenit St Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon.The £12m forked out for the Venezeulan forward trumps the previous club record; the £10m fee paid for Brown Ideye last summer.The sizeable figure is likely to raise a few eyebrows as Tony Pulis looks to bolster his attacking options, particularly with many seeing it as the beginning of the end for both Ideye’s and Saido Berahino’s Baggies careers.But who is Rondon and what can he offer to a West Brom side looking to consolidate their Premier League status this season?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see five things that may excite Baggies fans… 5 5. He grabbed the winner for Venezuela in a 1-0 win over James Rodriguez and co’s Colombia at this summer’s Copa America. 2. He has a Champions League goal to his name – away to Borussia Dortmund in February 2014. 5 5 3. He scored the most clear-cut opportunities (10) in the Russian top tier last season. 5 5 1. Only Hulk (15) scored more goals in the Russian Premier League last season than Rondon (13). 4. An emerging Rondon displaced goalscoring machine Ruud van Nistelrooy when both players were at Malaga. last_img read more

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Honda veers off road; driver dies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MALIBU — A 72-year-old woman died after the car she was driving crashed down the side of Encinal Canyon, according to the California Highway Patrol. Janet Bailey of Malibu was driving her 1998 Honda Accord south on Encinal Canyon Road when she veered into the northbound lanes and off the road, officials said. Bailey was discovered at 11:50 a.m. Friday after her husband reported her missing. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.last_img read more

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Man United prepare bid for full-back branded ‘not a defender at all’ by Gary Neville

first_imgManchester United are eyeing up a £25million move for Netherlands star Denzel Dumfries, reports claim.The PSV Eindhoven ace has emerged as a new right-back target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the Red Devils struggling to bring in first-choice option Aaron Wan-Bissaka, of Crystal Palace. deals Football’s top transfers from the 2019 summer transfer window so far They have been quoted a high price for the English youngster which has reduced the chance of a summer swoop, while United scouts also like Dumfries as he is more attacking than Wan-Bissaka.The Sun report on United’s interest in a player Solskjaer considers a ‘rising star’, with a £25million bid mooted.A potential United move for Dumfries will not go down well with Gary Neville, however. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:43Loaded: 23.03%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:43 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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JIBE Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa The Red Devils legend was highly critical of the 23-year-old when he played for the Netherlands in their Nations League semi-final defeat of England earlier this month.Dumfries started and completed the full 120 minutes of the Dutch’s 3-1 extra time victory, though he looked shaky as part of a back-line which included Virgil van Dijk, the Liverpool defender, and Man United target Matthijs de Ligt.Though he got forward well, completing three dribbles and delivering four crosses, Dumfries was frequently caught out of position and was wild in the challenge. IN DEMAND punished LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 9.01%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen And after one particularly bad tackle on Ben Chilwell – which earned him a deserved yellow card just before half-time – Neville slammed Dumfries as he covered the match for Sky Sports.“He’s not a defender, at all,” Neville, who was one of the finest right-backs in the world during his playing days, said. “From the first minute everything has looked off.”Manchester United have also been linked with a potential summer swoop for Thomas Meunier, the PSG and Belgium full-back, though there are doubts over a move due to his age.STAY UP TO DATE WITH ALL THE LATEST BREAKING MAN UNITED TRANSFER NEWS WITH TALKSPORT.COM’S LIVE BLOG REAL DEAL 1 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star LIVE ON talkSPORTcenter_img talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… England Under-21s vs France Under-21s (Tuesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTJapan vs England (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTScotland vs Argentina (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2England Under-21s vs Romania Under-21s (Friday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Paul Pogba suggests that he could be open to a move away from Manchester United boost Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVEALED Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST GETTY IMAGES – GETTY latest Dumfries has been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford last_img read more

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My Scotland squad was a gamble that paid off says Gordon Strachan

first_imgStrachan says his side did extra preparation because they were coming up against a better team and should go home with their heads held high after putting them to the sword. “There was a lot of players not here you would have expected to be here,” the national boss said.“It was a bit of a gamble when you come to places like this when you don’t have a full squad, but the group made it a good night and they can all be proud of what they done, even the ones who didn’t get on. “They had to work hard. They did a double session the other day because we are not a great side but we can turn ourselves into a decent side by working hard. It was good for them. “They keep learning and it was great learning from the first half to the second half, about how small things can change a game.” Asked about Fulham forward Ross McCormack, back for the first time in two years and originally left out of the squad until an injury to Steven Naismith, Strachan sidestepped the individual to stress the collective. He said: “As I keep saying, the whole squad did themselves favours tonight. “We improved dramatically in the second half. I don’t think anyone needs to worry about their performance, especially in the second half.” Gordon Strachan admits he took a gamble selecting a weakened squad for the trip to Prague but says it paid off as his side defeated Czech Republic 1-0.The Scotland manager named 10 uncapped players over two squads for the friendlies against Pavel Vrba’s team and Denmark next Tuesday, with three players making their debut in the Generali Arena.Kenny McLean started the match with Paul Caddis and Tony Watt coming on as second-half substitutes. The visitors held on to a 10th minute goal from Ikechi Anya, which the winger slotted through Tomas Koubek’s legs, to secure the victory.last_img read more

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Outsourcing to South Africa

first_imgAs companies worldwide respond to increasing cost and efficiency pressures, South Africa is becoming a favoured international location for business process outsourcing and offshoring.A massive banking call centre in Johannesburg. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterBusiness process outsourcing (BPO) and offshoring is a major global trend and the industry, worth an estimated US$130-billion a year, has an expected annual growth rate of about 50% for the next five years.BPO involves relocating business processes that a company usually performs in-house to a third-party service provider, such as a customer care or call centre, to carry out on behalf of the company. Outsourcing becomes offshoring when the third-party service provider is located overseas.The BPO industry’s focus sectors include financial services, insurance and telecommunications, with outsourced processes including after-sales services, data capture and conversion, accounting, benefits administration, human resource functions, and website design and development.Identified as a key sector in the government’s strategy to boost the country’s economy and create employment, business process outsourcing and offshoring is forecast to create 25 000 direct and 75 000 indirect jobs in South Africa and contribute up to R7.95-billion to the national economy by 2009.Information technology (IT) outsourcing is also a growing business in South Africa, with the diversity of the local market, first world know-how and a developing country environment making it an ideal test lab for new innovations.IT outsourcing makes up more than a third of the R30-billion IT services market, according to a study in 2008 by research and advisory firm IDC, taking up the largest share of all IT service categories.Gartner, the international research group, rates South Africa as one of its top 30 software development outsourcing destinations, with 2007 research putting it on par with Israel in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and next to Australia and India globally.Calling .ZAAccording to Business Day, the local call-centre industry has grown by about 8% a year since 2003. It directly employs about 54 000 people and contributes 0.92% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).A government-backed BPO support programme, launched in 2007, aims to enhance South Africa’s competitiveness and includes a budgeted R1.1-billion in investment incentives. The plan focuses on:A broad-based marketing strategy.A government support programme which includes an investment grant and training subsidies.A developmental pricing framework for telecommunications.Competitive advantagesFor international firms, South Africa slots in between near-shore locations such as Canada, Mexico or Eastern Europe, which offer close proximity as well as cultural affinity to domestic markets, and more traditional offshore locations, such as India and the Philippines, that offer cheap labour.South Africa has many factors working in its favour, including:World-class service levels of call centre staff.A broad base of management and service provider expertise, coupled with extensive financial services expertise, particularly in insurance, mortgage and loan processing and collection.Time-zone compatibility with Europe.High rates of fluency in English, coupled with neutral English accents that are easily understood in Western markets.A favourable exchange rate.Strong government support.State-backed incentives, such as start-up and expansion grants and discounted telecommunications prices.An advanced and growing telecommunications industry.The government is taking steps to ensure cheaper and more widely available bandwidth capacity, which will allow cheaper international phone calls. Major projects are also under way to lay submarine fibre-optic cables along both the east and west coasts of Africa to boost the continent’s connection with the rest of the world.World in one countryInternational companies that have already chosen South Africa as a BPO destination include IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Lufthansa, Virgin, Sykes, Avis and the Car Phone Warehouse.South Africa’s commitment to the BPO industry was underscored in 2007 by the decision to build a R125-million, 1 500-seat call centre at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.The BPO Park covers five hectares in Coega’s business service precinct and includes training facilities and recreational space. The managing company said the space was designed to cater for various scenarios and could accommodate numerous different investors.Other recent investments include:In May 2008, oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell opened a call centre in Cape Town. The centre will service Shell’s customers in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, with native Afrikaans-speaking operators trained to converse in Dutch and Flemish.In November 2007, US-based business process outsourcing giant TeleTech started  construction on its first facility on the African continent, at the Old Match Factory in Salt River, Cape TownBusiness Process Enabling South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustryCoega Development CorporationBusiness DayWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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New unit to rescue rhinos

first_imgSouth Africa is to intensify its anti-poaching strategy. (Image: WWF UK) MEDIA CONTACTS Albi ModiseDept of Environmental Affairs spokesperson+27 83 490 2871 or +27 12 310 3122RELATED ARTICLES • Rescuing the white rhino • South Africa’s national parks • Kruger Park booked out for 2010 • Rhinos return to Uganda• Free entry into SA national parksJanine ErasmusWater and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has announced the formation of a new special investigations team dedicated to the eradication of rhino poaching. This will help safeguard one of South Africa’s most enduring tourist attractions, its wildlife.The initiative could not have come sooner. Horrifying statistics show that since January 2009 84 rhino have been killed by poachers in provinces across South Africa. A breakdown reveals that the world-famous Kruger National Park is the country’s poaching hotspot, with KwaZulu-Natal’s rhino-rich nature reserves not far behind.The current poaching statistics are as follows:Kruger National Park: 33Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife: 19Gauteng: 3North West: 5Limpopo: 7Eastern Cape: 1Mpumalanga: 16Sonjica made the announcement at a September 2009 meeting between herself, deputy environment minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi and various members of the executive council (MEC) from the provinces. The meeting was held to discuss new strategies to fight the recent spate of rhino deaths.The new unit is expected to tackle not only poaching, but other high-priority and organised environmental and conservation crimes. It forms part of an integrated anti-poaching strategy in which the Department of Environmental Affairs is working closely with all provinces where rhino are found.Experts hope that the unit will function in much the same way as the former Endangered Species Protection Unit of the South African Police Service. From 1989 until its disbandment in 2003 this elite unit was responsible for wildlife crime investigation and notched up great successes in its fight against international trade in endangered species.Coordinated effortsDuring the meeting the delegates discussed ways of supporting the anti-poaching initiatives of various conservation authorities around the country.The national parks authority, South African National Parks (Sanparks), is to lead a task team of conservation agencies from all provinces, with the aim of coordinating their efforts.Earlier in the year, as part of the integrated strategy, the Department of Environmental Affairs established a national biodiversity investigators’ forum in its Biodiversity and Conservation branch.This initiative enables the coordination of biodiversity-related law enforcement work, such as the efforts to stamp out rhino poaching, and will help authorities enforce national environmental legislation.War against poachingWhile poaching is still rife, the ongoing war against poachers is proving fruitful. Sanparks recently announced that it would channel US$260 000 (R2-million) from the Parks Development Fund into providing an additional 57 game rangers in the Kruger Park and equipping them with motorbikes, enabling them to cover their patrol areas more efficiently.The funds will also provide for the installation of a hi-tech crime information management system. Sanparks hopes that these new developments will give it the edge over would-be poachers.A further blow to criminal activities is the return of the South African military to patrol the vulnerable 450km national border between South Africa and Mozambique, in the east of the park. Military patrols along the border stopped three years ago.All 33 poached rhinos in the Kruger Park were killed along the eastern border, said Sanparks.“We intend to increase our efforts even more in ensuring that this scourge is routed out,” said Sanparks CEO David Mabunda. “Discussions have been started with Mozambican authorities to solicit their assistance in apprehending suspects and preventing illegal activities from proliferating on their side of the fence.”During 2009 at least 14 poachers, all of Mozambican origin, have been arrested and several illegal firearms seized in the Kruger Park. Altogether, 22 poachers around South Africa have been taken into custody since the beginning of 2009.In KwaZulu-Natal, which has also seen a surge in the number of rhino deaths, several suspects have been arrested in recent months. By late September 2009 the province had lost 19 rhino to poachers, 15 in areas managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife – formerly known as the Natal Parks Board – and four in private reserves.In January 2009 police and wildlife authorities cracked an international rhino-smuggling ring and arrested 11 people of South African, Chinese and Mozambican origin.Zero toleranceA report released in July 2009 by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic, says that illegal international trade in rhino horns is almost at a 15-year high.But South Africa is sending out a stern warning that it will not tolerate this unlawful trade: “Poachers must beware, because we will seek them out, we will find them and they will be dealt with. This is a war that we plan on winning,” Mabunda said.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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National health: SA ‘part of global trend’

first_img25 April 2012 Universal health coverage is a worldwide phenomenon supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said as he tabled his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. Motsoaledi was responding to MPs’ queries over the coming implementation of South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Motsoaledi said implementing some or other form of the scheme was the aim of most countries, noting that it was only last month that 21 countries – including South Africa – signed the Mexico City Political Declaration on Universal Health Coverage.NHI preparatory audits 90% complete Motsoaledi said his department was about 90% of the way through preparatory audits for the NHI, with teams scrutinising the country’s hospitals and clinics for things such as cleanliness, safety and security, drug stock count, queues, infection control and staff attitudes. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has allocated R1-billion for the Department of Health to carry out 10 NHI pilots. Through the NHI, the department aimed to tackle four main health problems in the country, namely improving general life expectancy, reducing child and maternal mortality, beating HIV/Aids and improving the overall efficiency of the health care system. Motsoledi said his department was tackling under-spending on health infrastructure, adding that this had been reduced from over R800-million for the last financial year to R390-million since the new year had started. Recently, 70 unemployed graduates with degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering had been appointed to turn around the performance of the forensic health unit, he said. The department has also appointed 100 commerce graduates to undergo a leadership programme.Progress on HIV/Aids On HIV/Aids, Motsoaledi said a new strategic plan had been launched in December that, for the first time, made fighting TB part of tackling the HIV/Aids epidemic. He said that more than 15-million South Africans would know their HIV status as a result of the department’s testing campaign. Under the new plan, Motsoaledi wants every South African to test for HIV/Aids at least once a year. The number of South Africans on anti-retrovirals (ARVs) had also increased, the minister said, while the incidence of mother-to-child infection had decreased from eight percent in 2008 to 3.5% in 2011 – saving about 30 000 babies from contracting HIV/Aids. He said a new campaign initiated by the African Union – the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa – would be launched in KwaZulu-Natal next month. The department also planned to tackle non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers and asthma, as well as growing lifestyle problems related to smoking, alcohol, poor eating and lack of physical exercise. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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