Although injured, Congolese reporter denied release and medical care pending appeal

first_img February 24, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedViolence Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma News Steeve Mwanyo Iwewe was badly beaten by the governor’s bodyguards when they arrested him on the governor’s orders as he was covering a protest by disgruntled government employees in Mbandaka, the provincial capital, on 27 February.The governor accused Iwewe of calling him a “thief” during his coverage of the protest for Radio Télé Sarah (RTS), a local TV station owned by a former governor who is the current governor’s leading challenger in today’s gubernatorial elections in the DRC.According to a medical report seen by RSF, Iwewe is suffering from contusions to the head, chest and genitals that need further examination and treatment “in an appropriate medical centre.”Although he has appealed against the one-year prison sentence that he received two days after his arrest on a charge of insulting the governor, the authorities have neither released him provisionally nor authorized his transfer to a hospital for the treatment he needs.“It is unacceptable that this journalist, who was arrested, beaten and summarily sentenced to a long jail term, continues to be deprived of both his freedom and appropriate medical attention while his assailants go unpunished,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “With a decision on his appeal due by the end of the week, we urge the authorities to end this persecution, so that he can be freed from prison and seek medical attention.”The DRC’s new president, Félix Tshisekedi, gave an encouraging signal in his inaugural address on 24 January when he said he wanted the media to become a “real fourth estate.” A complete break is needed with the practices that prevailed under his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, regarded by RSF as one of Africa’s worst press freedom predators.However, the past few weeks have seen attacks on media outlets and journalists, especially by the new president’s supporters. Iwewe is the first journalist to arbitrarily receive a prison sentence under the new presidentThe DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of a TV journalist who needs medical attention for the injuries he received when arrested a month ago by the bodyguards of the governor of Equateur province, in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Crédit : Steeve Iwewe News News Help by sharing this information center_img to go further RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedViolence February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo February 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation March 26, 2019 Although injured, Congolese reporter denied release and medical care pending appeal Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Newslast_img read more

Two deaths fan avian flu fears in Indonesia

first_imgSep 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The death of a 5-year-old girl and a 2-year-old girl from suspected avian influenza fanned worries in Indonesia today as the government promised to destroy infected poultry flocks, according to news agencies.The Associated Press (AP) reported that nine people were hospitalized in Jakarta for treatment of suspected avian flu. Authorities were awaiting test results for them and the two deceased girls, the report said. Indonesia has had four deaths attributed to H5N1 avian flu so far, including that of a 37-year-old woman on Sep 10 (though the World Health Organization [WHO] has recognized only two cases as laboratory-confirmed).The 5-year-old died at Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Hospital for respiratory disease after being admitted Tuesday, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said the girl “most likely” died of avian flu, the Jakarta Post reported. But she also said an initial local laboratory test on the girl was negative, according to a Reuters report.An AFP report said the 2-year-old girl died at Jakarta’s Christian PGI Hospital after suffering a high fever and respiratory problems. A hospital spokeswoman named Rosiana said the girl’s illness should be considered a suspected case.Sardikin Giriputro, deputy director of the Sulianti Saroso Hospital, said the hospital had three new patients with suspected avian flu this afternoon, according to AFP. One was a 9-year-old girl who visited Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta just before it was closed this week after 19 captive birds there tested positive for avian flu. The other two patients were teenagers who had had contact with birds before they fell ill, the story said.The government promised today to destroy infected poultry flocks, something it has been reluctant to do until now because of cost concerns, according to the AP. Indonesia has many small backyard poultry flocks.Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono said mass slaughters would be carried out in areas found to be “highly infected,” meaning infections in 20% of the poultry, according to the AP and USA Today.Meanwhile, the ministry’s director of animal health told news services she had been fired for allegedly failing to control avian flu.A WHO official said today the agency is prepared to provide the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) if signs of a flu pandemic show up, according to a Voice of America (VOA) report. Shigeru Omi, director for the WHO’s Western Pacific Region, said the agency is prepared to send doses to Indonesia “if and when a pandemic starts.”A five-member team of US officials is in Indonesia to find out how the United States can help the country battle avian flu, AFP reported today. The team includes officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies, according to the information from US embassy spokesman Max Kwak.The team, which is on a regional fact-finding mission, arrived Sep 18 and will leave Sep 24, the story said.Earlier this week, WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said the agency would not push for a generic version of oseltamivir to increase the supply for people in poor countries, according to a Sep 19 AP report.The story said some countries have suggested that Roche, the Swiss-based manufacturer of oseltamivir, should relinquish its patent so that other companies could produce cheaper versions of the drug. Roche announced in August it would give 3 million treatment courses of the drug to a WHO-managed international stockpile.Lee told the AP that with Roche “doing its part,” pressuring for a generic form of oseltamivir is not a good way to encourage the company to do more.In other news, 37 Asian countries represented at the WHO’s Western Pacific annual conference in New Caledonia approved a strategy for combating emerging diseases such as avian flu, according to an AFP report. The story didn’t spell out what the strategy involves.At the conference, Omi said the strategy cannot be implemented without the help of richer nations. He called on Asian countries to change their farming practices to prevent the spread of avian flu, the report said.According to a VOA report, Omi said it would cost $250 million over the next year to prepare for a possible flu pandemic.In the same story, Georg Petersen, the WHO representative in Indonesia, warned against complacency about the threat of a flu pandemic. “We need to prepare—every country—for an eventual massive influenza pandemic that puts up to 30 percent of the workforce in bed,” he was quoted as saying.last_img read more

Big men play to big potential

first_imgThe Badgers’ offensive line played well, paving the way for 179 rushing yards and not allowing quarterback Scott Tolzien to be sacked.[/media-credit]Against Ohio State, Wisconsin was physical on the ground, efficient through the air and complete in all phases of the game. John Clay and James White combined for 179 yards and three touchdowns, Scott Tolzien connected on 13 of his 16 passes, was never sacked and the offense turned the ball over only once.Need a uniting factor? Try the offensive line.Not only did Tolzien remain upright for the duration of the game, he was also barely even pressured. The running game thrived because of the giant holes created up front, allowing Clay and White to find success on the ground.“The running game was pretty impressive,” UW running backs coach John Settle said. “It was something that we needed as an offense. It was something that we hadn’t done consistently in the past, and it was great to be able to come out and establish the run early, to get John started early and to give him an opportunity to be physical. Then to bring James in as a changeup and make some people miss, it excited the crowd.”Indeed, the crowd was amped, pumped and electrified. So many different words have been used since Saturday night’s upset of the No. 1 Buckeyes to describe the Camp Randall atmosphere, but truth be told, the offensive line was the biggest reason for the Badgers’ success.OSU’s best defensive player, defensive end Cameron Heyward, was limited to four tackles. His only tackle for loss resulted in UW losing just a single yard, and his name was barely heard all game. Heading into this weekend’s showdown with the No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes, Wisconsin will face yet another stalwart in defensive end Adrian Clayborn.“Everyone knows he’s a great player and top draft pick for next year and he’s really strong,” left tackle Gabe Carimi, who will matchup against Clayborn, said. “I’m getting my gameplan to go attack Adrian Clayborn. It’s going to be a lot like defending Heyward for O-State. They’re a lot of the same, maybe Clayborn’s a little stronger.”Against Clayborn last year, Carimi had anything but an enjoyable time. Nursing an injured left shoulder, the Badgers’ standout left tackle was limited to essentially one arm. Consequently, Clayborn recorded six tackles – two for loss – and one four-yard sack. Wisconsin managed only 87 rushing yards, and lost its homecoming game 20-10.“Oh it was real bad,” Carimi said. “I got shot up before the game and we didn’t shoot it up early enough, so I was still feeling shoulder pain and I landed on my shoulder right away on the first play on the first series. That was pretty painful, and I’m looking forward to getting another [chance] this year.”With the Badgers now back in the Big Ten title picture heading into Iowa City, the Ohio State game almost becomes an afterthought. Beat the Hawkeyes, hope for some Michigan State losses and Wisconsin could find itself atop the conference. Yet, it’s 1-0 as always for Bret Bielema’s squad, and that starts with the weekly preparation.“I think it’s important to let Iowa be Iowa and let that game be itself and prepare for it the way that you would prepare every week,” left guard John Moffitt said. “We didn’t do anything supernatural to prepare for Ohio State. We weren’t throwing out any trick plays or trying to trick anybody, so we just prepared the way we prepared.“Then, on the field, we played the football that we play. I think that was clear for everyone to see, and that’s how you win. So we just need to repeat that, which we do every week, and I think that’s a formula to success.”Schematically, the Hawkeyes present almost a mirror image of the Badgers. Both teams do what they do, do it well and don’t do much else. For Wisconsin, of course, that’s running the ball. The Badgers are the Big Ten’s second best rushing offense, behind only Michigan, with 232.7 yards per game. Iowa, meanwhile, is the Big Ten’s top rushing defense, allowing only 83.8 yards per game.“They don’t do a lot of stuff,” center Peter Konz said of Iowa. “They don’t over-blitz you, they don’t do too many complicated things as far as shifting guys and stuff. They really just come at you and just use the guys they have.”Knowing pretty much exactly what they’re going up against at Kinnick Stadium Saturday afternoon either plays into Wisconsin’s favor, or it increases the possibility of a letdown game after Saturday night’s physically, mentally and emotionally taxing performance. The key for the Badgers will be replicating the powerful, efficient and careful approach they took against Ohio State, something that wasn’t lost in the post-victory mayhem.“I think you have to recognize the situation for what it is,” Carimi said. “A lot of people will think of a letdown week, and [we] just know that the same way you attacked the last week, you attack this week. There’s not going to be any difference. You’re going to come in and practice hard. Tuesday, we had a great Tuesday practice and we’re going to come hard Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and prepare to win.”last_img read more

Taiwan Jones, AAF players react to league’s abrupt suspension: ‘I just signed a contract yesterday’

first_imgCareer isn’t over, but my AAF journey is. Thank you @aafstallions for blessing me with the opportunity to continue to still play football. Met great guys across the league and my teammates. This is a journey I will never forget. Thank you @theaaf . Next step…A post shared by Chris Odom (@chrisodom93) on Apr 2, 2019 at 4:21pm PDTJamar SummersTo all ya boys across the AAF, salute to all ya’ll man .. Ion give af what anybody say we was doing our shit out there & having fun win, lose or draw. To everyone higher up appreciate ya for the opportunity -JSUM— Jamar Summers (@jsum) April 2, 2019Steven JohnsonI will forever be grateful for the @TheAAF and the @aafhotshots …. mixed feelings right now!!! These guys all have become my brothers! N we Definately finished #1 in the league!! But its time to go back to the @NFL 🙏🏾🏈💯-Monster [mon·​ster]: 𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑛 pic.twitter.com/Ivl0fzQIAG— Steven Johnson Jr. (@SMJ2852) April 2, 2019 AAF TIMELINE: The events that led to the football league closingLiterally dropped everything I had going on and just signed an @TheAAF contract yesterday at 9pm and was excited to go back to doing what I loved. And in less than 24 hours the league is cancelled, yet it’s “about the players”. I’m sick.— Taiwan Jones (@TJ_Spartan34) April 2, 2019The Express announced Jones’ contract at 10:36 a.m. ET Tuesday. Reports about the league shutting down started at 12:51 p.m., just a few hours later.His story shows just how much of a shock this news truly was to everyone not named Tom Dundon. In fact, the sudden news meant teams had no plans for their players. These athletes who signed three-year deals with the league (every player has the same contract) now have no idea where their next source of income will come from.Contracts were non-guaranteed with a maximum of $250,000. Players would earn $70,000 for their first season. But according to Darren Rovell, the players’ contracts were “immediately terminated and there is no severance pay.” Their last paycheck was for Week 8’s game, so players won’t receive the full $70,000.To make matters worse, teams couldn’t send their players home.Source says AAF teams making players pay for their own flights home. What a clown show this was.— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) April 2, 2019Some of the reactions from players below reflect that report.A Salt Lake Stallions podcast which kept in touch with players also said, “Many who were on the road are currently trying to figure out transportation back home.” A player told a San Diego Fleet podcast, “AAF said health benefits are only available till the end of the month. We were promised benefits until the end of December if we finished the season.” Another player told the Fleet podcast, “AAF just told us we have our hotel until Sunday and that we have to find our own way home.”MORE: Who is to blame for the AAF shutting down?Here’s how some other players reacted on social media.Johnny ManzielIf you’re an AAF player and the league does dissolve. The last check you got will be the last one that you get. No lawsuit or anything else will get you your bread. Save your money and keep your head up. It’s the only choice at this point unless something drastic happens.— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) April 2, 2019Just the reality of this unfortunate situation.. great concept, good football on the field and fun for fans to watch. Just not enough money to go around which has been the main problem with “other” leagues for a long time.— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) April 2, 2019Charles JohnsonSmh. Let us be great. Sometimes it’s not about money, power. It’s about thenlove for the game and the love for others. Let us play!!— Charles Johnson (@MrInkredibleXII) April 2, 2019Rashad RossVery thankful & grateful for the opportunity the #aaf gave me !! Let continued be better!! GRIND DONT STOP!! pic.twitter.com/UNZEERePDS— Rashad Ross (@RocketRoss_19) April 2, 2019Anthony Manzo-LewisUnorganized is an understatement…kicked out of our rooms (that weren’t paid apparently) 17 hours away from home with a car full of my belongings and nowhere to go…#JoinTheAlliance @TheAAF @CharlieEbersol @TDCanes @espn @BleacherReport @aafexpress— Anthony Manzo-Lewis (@amanzolewis) April 2, 2019D’Ernest JohnsonI Just Want To Play Ball🤦🏾‍♂️— D’Ernest Johnson (@DernestJohnson2) April 2, 2019Weslye SaundersThe AAF gave me a chance show that I belong on that field! 🏈And after 3+ years of working & waiting, my daughter finally got to see her daddy play! ❤️ Of course, the ultimate goal is to return to the @NFL & finish what we started! 🏆#TeamSaunders #TheMarathonContinues 🏁🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/FjLEl3z6nt— Weslye Saunders (@Wes_Saunders88) April 2, 2019Will HillIt’s been real y’all https://t.co/dNCY6uycBq— Will Hill III (@WillThrill25) April 2, 2019Ja’Quan GardnerThanks for the Love and Opportunity SD #FleetForever pic.twitter.com/hj1ivAV5oC— Ja’Quan Gardner (@_JGWentworth_32) April 3, 2019Chris Odom View this post on Instagram The Alliance of American Football is suspending operations, according to co-founder Bill Polian, leaving many people without a job.One of those people is former Michigan State and Jets linebacker Taiwan Jones (not be confused with the former NFL running back). But what makes Jones’ case unique is the fact he signed a contract with the Memphis Express less than 24 hours before investor Tom Dundon decided to suspend operations.last_img read more

Red Beard’s Barbershop, landlord move out due to building structure concerns

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – The building housing Red Beard’s Barbershop at Washington and Lincoln Streets in Wellington was shut down and roped off Thursday.Rumor had it that the building had been determined not safe. City officials said the city code department had no contact with the owners and were not involved with the building in any way. They did say they had received a lot of calls Thursday morning about the building after it appeared roped off.The owner Jan Spevak, was not available for comment. She lived on the top floor of the building. She has moved out as well according to sources.Spencer Furman, who owns Red Beard’s Barber Shop on the ground floor, posted on his Facebook page that he was “as confused as everyone else,” but made it clear he had to move. He said he had been told the building was structurally unsafe because of earthquake damage.Furman said he had seen pieces of the ceiling falling so he knew there were problems, but closing it down was not expected.  He said a construction engineer had examined the property, and when he saw the landlords – the owners – moving out, he decided to do the same.He said the Wellington Heat had helped him with the moving process. Spencer said he is looking at a few places and hopes to be open for business again in a few days.“I am not done cutting. I just need some time to pick up the pieces and figure out where to put them down,” he wrote.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down David L Hamilton · 212 weeks ago I hope Floyd finds a new location soon. He does a great job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 212 weeks ago Wow…Im glad you got out while you could and something more didn’t happen. I hope the owners had earthquake insurance. Best wishes in your search for a new place. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 212 weeks ago Good thing everybody paid the $8/mo for earthquake insurance when earthquake numbers shot up a few years back. At least the cost of repairs will be covered. Insurance may even cover his relocation expenses. Insurance has twice paid to repair cracks in my home due to earthquakes. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down guest · 212 weeks ago Owners are at the building now Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 212 weeks ago Earthquake damage? I doubt it. A least as the primary cause. I suspect water damage. BTW, doesn’t this building (the old Masonic Lodge building) have one of the oldest working elevators in the state? I thought I read that several years ago, maybe around the Wellington Centennial celebration time frame. Another tidbit: The building is on the Register of Kansas Historic Places. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Sing along to Jewish tunes at XM’s Radio Hanukkah

first_imgThink the holiday radio waves are all about red-nosed reindeer? Don’t kvetch. It’s time to get your klezmer on. For the second year, XM Satellite Radio is celebrating the Festival of Lights and all that is Jewish with round-the-clock programming at Radio Hanukkah (XM Radio Channel 108). The temporary micro-channel will launch at 2 p.m. today with a live White House candle-lighting ceremony and will wrap up at midnight Dec. 12. Don’t have XM Radio? Even children have a playlist on “Hanukids,” a program with dreidel-spin-worthy sing-alongs. Contrary to mainstream belief, there are thousands of Hanukkah songs, Washington, D.C.-based program director Mike Abrams says. “We just don’t hear them because there’s no outlet,” he said. Radio Hanukkah is not a Jewish jukebox, Abrams says, but a who’s who of Jewish music, arts and culture. There’s comedy for mature audiences on “Oy! No Vey!” and the best of Israeli music, hosted by Israel’s own David Broza on “Radi-O Y’Israel.” At 5 p.m. daily in every time zone, join celebs such as Dr. Ruth and Matisyahu to light the menorah candles. [email protected] 925-943-8155 MediaNews160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsYou can sign up for a free trial at www.xmradio.com. Download the Radio Hanukkah schedule at www.xmradio.com/hanukkah. Hear the classics at “Alter Cockers Corner.” Explore modern Jewish rock on “Rockin’ with the Rebbe.” And catch cantorial masterpieces during “Shul,” the soundtrack for Shabbas. It’s all there, from the “Mental Yentl,” Sally Fingerett’s musical celebration of Jewish mothers, to Neil Sedaka’s exploration of Yiddish folk music on “Yiddishkeit.” last_img read more

Make Taste of India your perfect pit-stop this Rally weekend

first_imgA Taste of India in Letterkenny is gearing up to feed all hungry Rally fans with exciting offers this weekend.The multi-cuisine takeaway, on Lower Main Street, is a hotspot for hungry customers who want a varied menu to satisfy every craving.From authentic curries to fast food favourites and pizzas – you’ll get a top feed here.  Taste of India is located at the heart of Letterkenny’s entertainment scene – just across the road from McCafferty’s Bar – and offers late night opening Taste of India Express A Taste of India has a packed menu of exceptional Indian dishes and delicious vegetarian options. But their fresh kebabs, hoggies and munch boxes really tickle the taste buds late into the night.As a top Tuesday treat, the takeaway offers buy one get one free pizzas. So you pay for one and get two!All special offers and meal deals are just a tap away, as Taste of India have a handy app for all collections and deliveries. Get 15% discount on online orders over €20.Download the app now for all the latest offers: https://tasteofindia-italianpizza.com and discover all the tasty deals for yourself. You can order through the app or call 074 91 25753 Make Taste of India your perfect pit-stop this Rally weekend was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegal rallylate-night food letterkennyletterkennyRALLY WEEKENDtakeawaytaste of indialast_img read more

Sharks could look to trade market for fourth line help

first_imgDALLAS — As the Sharks continue their search for fourth line consistency, head coach Pete DeBoer is leaving open the possibility that the team could seek help on the trade market if things don’t change quickly.The phrase “rolling four lines” got embedded into the brains of Sharks fans shortly after DeBoer took over coaching duties in 2016. Four line play is central to DeBoer’s brand of hockey. But the Sharks have struggled to put that idea into practice over the first 29 games of the season, …last_img

Showjumping in Soweto

first_img15 February 2005Meet Enos Mosotho Mafokate, South Africa’s first black show jumper.There’s nothing fancy about him, despite being first black person in the country to have broken into the white-dominated sport of showjumping.Born in the sprawling township of Alexandra 61 years ago, Mafokate fell in love with horses when his family moved to Rivonia in the early 1950s, then a commercial farming area.Mafokate, who is dressed in an unassuming cap, a blue work shirt and jeans, remembers landing a three-month contract with John Walker, a farm owner, to earn a few pennies.“Many white people used to come and have picnics at the farm, especially during the December holidays, and I would look after their horses for them while they enjoyed themselves”, Mafokate says. “That’s when my love for horses blossomed.”When other kids were playing games, Mafokate would pretend to be riding a horse, unaffectedly prancing about the homestead. He would also ride the family donkeys and go carting to the shops, which were some distance from home.Mafokate made friends with Walker’s son, who taught him “a thing or two” about horse riding. “That’s when we started a good friendship, despite the racial and political furore of the times.”As fate would have it, Mafokate’s home was destroyed to make way for the Woodmead Golf Course in the late 1950s, and his family moved back to Alexandra.From stable hand to showjumperThe removal had a positive effect for Mafokate, however, as most people who used the golf course rode their horses there. And Mafokate, who had landed a job manning the course’s gate, found himself with a job that he loved – tending to the horses for patrons for five pennies a day.In 1961 the 17-year-old got a job in Bryanston as a stable hand for a Springbok showjumper. He became a top groom, looking after the horses for two Springbok showjumpers.“I got my first chance at competitive showjumping in 1962 when the people I was working for decided to give us black people a chance in showjumping”, Mafokate recalls. “I competed against other blacks because we were not allowed to compete against whites. I came first in that competition, wearing an overall.”The following year, his riding having improved “tremendously”, Mafokate won a riding competition at Inanda Country Base. He was “ecstatic”. But his showjumping career came to an abrupt end in 1964 because of “political problems”.More than a decade later, in 1975, things took a turn for the better when “some white people decided to ignore politics” and some discriminatory laws were scrapped, says Mafokate. He and 16 other grooms were enrolled at Marist Brothers College, the only school that allowed blacks to compete in the white-dominated sport.The subsequent years were successful ones for Mafokate. He came second in the Rothmans Derby in 1976 and won the championship at the Constantia Show Grounds in Cape Town in 1977 and 1978.“I was the first black member of the Transvaal Horse Society, which is based at Kyalami. I was also the first black rider in 127 years to compete in the Pietermaritzburg Royal Agricultural Horse Show in 1978. My colleagues and I were now being called black riders, not grooms. We had attained recognition.”International honoursInternational doors opened for Mafokate when David Broome, the British rider, spotted him in Cape Town in 1980 and suggested he compete in Britain. A sponsor was found and Mafokate became the first showjumper in 20 years to compete outside South Africa.Out of 31 riders, he came fifth at the Wembley Royal International Horse Show. His dream to achieve honours overseas had come true.His riding career was almost shattered, however, when Machine Gun, a horse from Zimbabwe, kicked him, breaking his arm. But he was determined to carry on riding, and he went on to win the Rothmans Derby in Sandton.In 1992 Mafokate went to Barcelona to attend the Olympic Games as part of a development team. “The event was quite an experience for me, and my best moment was seeing my picture splashed on the front page of The Star newspaper back home.”Showjumping in SowetoToday Mafokate runs a riding school in Soweto, a long-held dream, which he opened in 1990. “I was fortunate to get sponsorship to do sports management in Belgium in 1997. The course, which ran for two weeks, empowered me with vital knowledge on how to run sports. I currently have 15 students. Two juniors, two adults and the rest are children ranging from four to seven years.”He decided to give riding lessons when he discovered how badly animals were being treated in Soweto, especially by children. His mission is to send a message to people that animals deserve to be loved, not abused.He gives lessons for free at the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) centre in Mofolo South. Four of his students have entered riding competitions in Cape Town, and “people were impressed by their performance”.One of his students is Kabelo Arthur Mafokate, his 14-year-old grandson. Kabelo, says Mafokate fondly, has “a quick eye for horse riding”, a quality he says is essential in showjumping. “Last year he was the overall winner of the Soweto Classic Oliver Tambo Showjumping trophy in the children’s category. I am very proud of him.”But not all members of Mafokate’s family have horse riding in their blood. He is the father of Arthur Mafokate, South Africa’s kwaito king, and the late kwaito singer Makhendlas.He also heads the PDSA centre’s horse unit, where he makes sure that horses, especially the carthorses that deliver coal in Soweto, are not diseased and wear proper horseshoes. Owners bring their horses for regular check-ups, he says.There are plans to develop horse riding in Soweto. Mafokate, with the City of Johannesburg, is planning to establish an equestrian centre in Rockville, Soweto.“The centre will comprise stables, a club house and a restaurant”, he says. “The development is still at the ‘idea stage’, but the site is available. We are also planning a horse riding show on 16 June this year at Kyalami to raise funds for the construction of the centre.”It is almost 4pm and time for Mafokate to feed his beloved horses. He has 11, including his favourite showjumper, Was Salmy. His latest acquisition is Thaba Zimbi, a stallion he recently bought from a farmer who wanted to dispose of the bad-tempered horse.“I tamed him in two days”, Mafokate says proudly. “If I had been given a chance, I would have tamed a lion to behave like a dog. 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80% of US Consumers Won’t Pay For Online Content

first_imgAccording to a new Forrester survey, almost 80% of Internet users in the US and Canada would not pay for access to newspaper and magazine websites. Those users who would consider paying for content are mostly interested in subscriptions. Only a very small number of consumers is interested in making micropayments (3%). The study also asked which distribution channel consumers would prefer if their favorite print publications ceased to exist. 37% preferred the web, 14% mobile phones and 11% would prefer to read the content on their laptops or netbooks. 10% would prefer PDFs delivered by email and 3% would read the content on their e-readers. 44% of all respondents said that they wouldn’t be interested in getting their print content through any of these delivery mechanisms. Tags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Who Is Willing to Pay?Forrester’s Sarah Rotman Epps took a closer look at the demographic profile of those users who said that they would be willing to pay. Gender and marital status had no influence on a consumer’s willingness to pay. Those who are willing to pay for magazine content are slightly younger that those who won’t (43 years vs. 47). For newspaper content, however, there was no difference. Income, too, only makes a small difference. Those with a higher income are slightly more likely to pay for newspaper content than for magazines.The report concludes that there is no consensus among consumers about how they want content delivered to them. The fact that 10% still prefer PDFs clearly shows that we are still in a transitional period. What is clear, though, is that consumers aren’t very willing to pay for content online. According to Forrester, publishers have two options: continue to offer a free, ad-supported product or offer consumers “a choice of multichannel subscriptions, single-channel subscriptions, and micropayments for premium product access.” As Rotman Epps also notes, there is a third solution: have a third party subsidize the cost of the content. This could be a device manufacturer who wants to offer exclusive content, for example. Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois A Slightly More Optimistic ViewAccording to a report in the New York Times, about 48% of all Internet users in the US said that they would pay to read news online. This study by the Boston Consulting Group also looked at online news in general and found that a larger number of users was willing to pay. On average, though, these users were only willing to pay about $3. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more