Soup’s on: Y’all come for Empty Bowls

first_img a time for fun, food and fellowship.Tickets for the Empty Bowls Luncheon are $20 and are available at the Salvation Army Service Center at 509 South Brundidge Street in Troy. Tickets will also be available at the door. With each ticket, the holder dines at the all-you-can eat soup and such buffet and also gets to choose a handcrafted pottery bowl to take home.“We do have some of the best cooks and best local restaurants participating in the 2016 Empty Bowls Luncheon,” May said. “The idea is for everything to be donated, the food and the clay bowls. And, through the generosity of the Pike County community, we are able to raise funds to help stock our food pantry. The Salvation Army here in Pike County serves the people of Pike County – our friends and neighbors — in times of need.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration All around the city and on out into the county, pots and pans are rattling as some of the best restaurants and the best cooks are preparing their soups and such for the annual Empty Bowls Luncheon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday at the Bush Memorial Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Troy.The Empty Bowls Luncheon is a fundraiser to feed the hungry in Pike County through the Salvation Army’s Food Pantry in Troy.Kim May, director of the local Salvation Army Service Center, said the fundraiser is also Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwell Skip Email the author Published 3:00 am Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Soup’s on: Y’all come for Empty Bowls Latest Stories The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… May said she doesn’t ask others to do unless she is doing so she has agreed to make her famous, “Salvation Army” chili.And for those who like chili a little on the wild side, Stacey Diamond will counter May’s chili with her special venison chili.The Salvation Army Service Center will match May’s pot with pots of camp stew and Red Kettle Coordinator Donna McLaney’s broccoli and cheese soup.“We have several men who really know their way around the kitchen,” May said. “Professional chef Ron Case will bring a pot of his tortellini and local soup guru, Dennis Griffith, has agreed to make his crawfish etouffee. Eddie Powell’s offering will be his specialty soup, chicken tortilla. “Tamera Stephens makes wonderful vegetable soup and Shelby Sanders’ cabbage soup is equally delicious, as is Trudy Schroeder’s vegetable beef and barley soup.”Local restaurants have been, and continue, to be supportive of the Empty Bowls Luncheon, May said.Momma Goldberg’s will have a brimming pot of tomato basil soup. Milky Moo’s will bring broccoli soup and Ruby Tuesday’s will have a pot of chicken noodle soup. Santa Fe’s pot will be filled with potato soup and Sodexo will have chicken tortilla.The bowls of those who attended the Empty Bowls Luncheon will be bottomless.“You can sample as many of the soups and such as you would like,” May said. “You can  try them all or just one. But they are all so good that you can’t stop with one.”The Empty Bowls Luncheon will also have a variety of desserts — pound cake, brownies, bread pudding and cookies. Coffee, tea and water will be served.May said more “soups and such” could be added to the menu by Empty Bowls lunchtime.“You can never have too much soup,” she said. “And, we can never do too much to help the people in our community when they are facing difficult times.” Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like FOR OL’ REX: Bluegrass festival continues to pay tribute to the vision of its late founder The late Rex Locklar’s friends, Bobby Jackson, Pete Austin and Shelby Cardile are determined to keep Locklar’s legacy alive. They… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Articlelast_img read more

Gold Coast Hinterland retreat comes with a 116m waterfall

first_img“Whoever goes through and sees it will fall in love with it.”The property was previously an eco retreat so it also has a helipad for scenic flights. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.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 Rate1xFullscreenHinterland retreat has its own 116m waterfall00:45IMAGINE taking a leisurely stroll through a rainforest to get to a waterfall without leaving your backyard.It’s not as far-fetched as it seems with one Natural Bridge property offering just that.The 19.25ha block on Bakers Rd has a four-bedroom house, affectionately known as Quamby Falls Lodge, a caretaker’s cottage, dam with boat house and a 116m waterfall with rock pool hidden among bushland at the back.MORE NEWS: Wackiest bath tubs on the marketMORE NEWS: History lives on in iconic Coast homeIs it known as Quamby Falls Estate.The 116m waterfall feeds a creek that runs through the property.There are plenty of spots to admire the panoramic views.It has hit the market for the first time in 12 years with a $2.888 million asking price.Owners Michelle and Mark Stephan bought it as a “rundown” property and have spent years restoring it to its former glory, both inside and out.“It’s been wonderful, we’ve been very blessed to be able to experience it,” Mrs Stephan said.“Every single day you see something different and new, it’s just gorgeous.”The picturesque boat house.The dam with boat house is a highlight of the property.She said bowerbirds frequented the property while lamington blue crayfish and glow worms could be spotted along the creek.With national parks surrounding the property, Mrs Stephan said there was much more to it than the house.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe interiors have been renovated over the years.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.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 Rate1xFullscreenWhitsundays retreat listed for $6.75m00:41“It’s what’s around the house that’s the big drawcard,” she said.Marketing agent Stewart Baericke, of Ray White Rural Murwillumbah, said properties like this rarely hit the market.last_img read more

Students win Futurethon with site for eco-friendly lawns

first_imgA team of four students took home first place in this year’s Saving Water Futurethon event with “Terracotta,” a website aimed at helping homeowners design and create their own eco-friendly lawn.The 48-hour event, hosted by USC, Deutsch, Hack for L.A., the City of Los Angeles and Global Shapers, was held June 6-7.  Thirty students from USC came together with 30 professionals to discover new and innovative ways to deal with the California drought, which is now entering its fourth year.Spring graduates Camille Kanengiser, Max Pittsley and Catherine Chooljian, along with 2014 graduate Mehrdad Mahdavi, made up the team responsible for the prize-winning website design.“We had a very diverse team with Camille and Catherine coming from the art side and Mehrdad coming from the engineering side and myself having business experience,” Pittsley said. “That really made it easy to partition the duties.”Using supplementary information from Google Maps, Terracotta formulates a visual model of a lawn design based on soil type and the elevation of the home along with the various aesthetic wishes of the user.“With the drought, there’s so much research that a person has to do that no one has time for,” Pittsley said. “We spent a 48-hour weekend working with some of the top experts in the field, and we feel like we just barely scratched the surface. The idea is to make that information accessible to everyone.”Two of the experts that the team worked closely with are Claire Latane and Margot Jacobs of Mia Lehrer + Associates. The two inspired the team to create the website due to the spread of misinformation about what constitutes an eco-friendly lawn.“Talking to them was great because they mentioned how people who rip out their lawns and place native plants weren’t actually solving the problem — just diverting it into another problem,” Kanengiser said. “Grass serves a purpose but there are different types of grass that will save people in the long run and still be aesthetically pleasing.”Homeowners who pulled out their lawns without replacing it with another form of foliage could contribute to “urban island heating effect” as grass has a natural ability to act as a light reflection device.“Urban heating occurs when light that isn’t used by plants for energy are not reflected back up,” Kanengiser said. “It heats up urban environments.”Kanengiser and Pittsley, who have worked together on “ElemenTerra,” a virtual reality game, said their interactive media background played a large role in the way their team decided to inform homeowners. The design for Terracotta’s website was influenced by game design principles that focused on usability and entertainment as an educational tool.“Considering things from the player’s perspective — motivation and ease of use and iteration — all of that was really core to the way that we went about building our design,” Pittsley said.Kanengiser and Pittsley both expressed concern over the fact that information about the drought, though readily available, was difficult for people to obtain.“There is a lot of information from a lot of sources,” Kanengiser said. “Most people simply don’t have the time and energy to go through all of it. If you’re working more than one job or are a student or perhaps raising a family, it simply won’t happen.”Pittsley said that this was the key problem they planned to address with their design.“That’s why we wanted to make Terracotta interactive,” Pittsley added. “We’re trying to make things more specific and topical.”With their first prize win, the four students have received summer fellowship opportunities to continue work on their project at USC. In addition, Pittsley and Kanengiser offered advice to students who are interested in joining the fight against water waste.“Be knowledgeable. Get involved. And be creative with it,” Kanengiser said. “If someone has a really fun, creative idea and needs a developer or artist, USC is a great place to find those resources to make it happen. There are mentors and teachers that are eager to help.”last_img read more

Hertl skates, but status for game vs. Minnesota Wild remains uncertain

first_imgSAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl’s availability for Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild will be decided later in the day as the Sharks look to close out their four-game homestand on a positive note.Hertl left Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a head injury and missed practice on Monday. But he skated Tuesday morning and he said he felt better than he did the day before.“We’ll see how I feel after today’s skate,” Hertl said. “I don’t know if it’s tonight or the next game, but …last_img read more

Media Forum debates Brand South Africa

first_imgFrom left, Kim Norgaard, Africa bureau chief, CNN; Celia Dugger, Africa correspondent, The New York Times; Ian MacDonald, editor, South Africa: The Good News. Delegates exploring the MediaClub stand. Professor Anton Harber speaking at the conference.Khanyi MagubaneThe strongest identity a country has is its brand, the way it portrays itself to the world and, in turn, the way the world perceives it. And at the second International Media Forum South Africa (IMFSA), held in Johannesburg on 21 and 22 May, government, business and the media, both local and international, came together to unpack Brand South Africa.The mission of the IMFSA is to improve international media relations, mostly for the economic development of South Africa, but also for the continent as a whole.This year’s event saw a swarm of journalists, media relations officers as well as senior government communication officials thrash out issues including the seemingly deteriorating relationship between media and the government, the international coverage of South Africa, the appeal of South Africa to the international business community, and South Africa’s readiness to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Speakers at the conference included Themba Maseko, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) head, John Chiahemen, editor of Reuters Africa website, Kim Norgaard, bureau chief for CNN, Andrew Simmons, the Africa editor, for Al Jazeera and Chip Cummins, Africa bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal.Opening the conference this year was Dr Essop Pahad, minister in the president’s office. In welcoming the delegates he spoke of the critical role the media has in shaping the national agenda. “The media are not neutral purveyors of news and voyeurs of facts. They are political actors and political agenda setters in their own right and through the social construction of news,” he said.“Through a set of values which they secrete … they decide what is important for readers to think about, they in effect structure the thinking of readers.”He stressed the importance of cherishing and protecting the freedom of the media but in the same breath also urged delegates to be vigilant about any transgressions on the rights of others by what he termed “the guardian of the public interest”.Free access to South African stories and imagesMediaClubSouthAfrica, a web-based media service which offers journalists and other communication practitioners free access to content about the country and its development, was officially launched on the first day of the conference.Brand South Africa (formerly known as the International Marketing Council), co-hosts of the IMFSA, are the custodians of MediaClub, which includes a comprehensive image library.Talking about the venture, Brand South Africa’s Tyrone Seale said, “ will provide relevant, mind-opening, up-to-date and verifiable information in the build-up to 2010. We took this step because we recognise the importance of media – local, African and throughout the world – in shaping perceptions of South Africa and our continent.”Also on the first day of the conference, a number of leading journalists from around the world spoke about their experiences in covering South Africa.Caroline Lambert, the Africa correspondent for The Economist, spoke of the frustrations that journalists, in particular foreign journalists, were experiencing in dealing with government communicators. The shortcomings were acknowledged by GCIS, which made a commitment to deal with the frustrations of the journalists.International media coverageLambert’s address was then followed by a panel discussion entitled “The big debate”. Chaired by Professor Anton Harber of the University of Witwatersrand’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies, the discussion sought to understand different points of view in terms of international media coverage of South Africa in relation to countries with similar economies.CNN’s Kim Norgaard made the point that while there may be a perception that the international media is only interested in reporting the negative stories coming out of South Africa and the rest of the continent, this was not entirely the case. As a news agency they had the responsibility to cover current affairs, which may be seen as “negative” reporting. This, however, was coupled with the positive human-interest stories too.He said that CNN’s audience had become a global one and that Africa was no longer the poor cousin of the world. The news channel had a responsibility to its African viewers to balance the reporting and angles used on the different stories.To give a more South African perspective to the debate, Ian MacDonald, editor of South Africa: The Good News, said that in his view international media do more harm than good in their reporting on the country.He pointed out that his online publication was committed to writing the good news, not because it was turning a blind eye to the challenges faced by the country, but because there was a critical shortage of good news coming out of South Africa. He said the international media had to do more to give a balanced picture of what was happening in the country.While many speakers said that the current xenophobic attacks taking place in certain parts of the country have deeply hurt South Africa’s image abroad and might also hinder tourism as well scare away investors, some speakers were positive that all is not lost.Business community interest in AfricaChip Cummings, Africa bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, spoke of the big role South Africa plays in the economic development of the continent. The mining industry is especially of interest to the “A list” international business community. He said that businessmen across the globe are constantly looking for new investment opportunities and in many ways look to South Africa as the continent’s business leader.Cummings spoke of the responsibility of business reporters to always report on the fresh and exciting news coming out Africa. “Nothing gets a business reporter’s heart racing more than news of a big [business] deal. Especially if it’s a big African deal,” he said.Ayanda Ramncwana, a government spokesperson, prompted heated debate among the delegates when she said, “We need to separate Brand South Africa from the South African government.”She spoke of separating the need to report accurate news and the need to promote a Brand South Africa. Some of the delegates were of the view that there needed to be synergy between the two, while others contested that they should remain separate entities and that organisations like the IMC should not be “putting out” government fires.The second day of the conference saw the level of debate taken a notch higher. ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe opened the session with an address entitled, “How do you communicate what the country has to offer in order to improve international confidence and media coverage?”In his address, Motlanthe spoke of the media holding the key position of information dissemination, which can be used as an instrument of empowerment, development and progress. He said that the government was committed to protecting media freedom, but that in turn the media had a responsibility to represent every sector of society. “We seek a media environment that is rich and vibrant, and which represents the diversity of languages, interests, experiences and political perspectives that exist in our society,” he said.“We want to ensure that those South Africans whose views and interests have not been adequately represented in the media now have an opportunity for their voices to be heard.”Ready for the 2010 World CupThe issue of South Africa’s state of readiness in adherence to Fifa’s requirements for the World Cup came under scrutiny. Tim Modise, the chief media and communications officer for the 2010 Local Organising Committee, and BSA’s acting CEO Moeketsi Mosola were some of the panellists who took part in this debate.Modise gave the assurance that preparations were still going according to schedule and that in fact South Africa would be ready ahead of the time stipulated by Fifa. From a branding perspective, Mosola also gave the assurance that South Africa was well-placed in terms of its positioning ahead of the event.Modise also dispelled the myth that Fifa was snatching the World Cup away from South Africa and handing it over to Australia, as hinted at in some media reports.Journalists posed some tough questions about access to information about the LOC programmes ahead of the event, as it seemed that reaching the LOC was difficult at times. Modise acknowledged that more needed to be done to keep journalists informed about World Cup developments in a bid to end speculative reporting which contributed to fears that South Africa will not be ready to host the event.In wrapping up the two-day event, Prof Harber spoke of the recommendations made at the last IMFSA in 2006, and said he felt confident that the direction the debates had taken had yielded the desired effect of opening up debate and communication around the branding of the country, government-press relations and reporting news accurately about South Africa without forgetting the good news.He also urged those in attendance to “stop stereotyping global media in the same way that we want them to stop stereotyping us”.Useful linksInternational Media ForumBrand South AfricaSouthAfrica.infoBrand South Africa BlogGovernment Communication and Information Systemlast_img read more

Mini budget 2016: quotes

first_imgManaging a tough balancing act, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered the mini budget on 26 October 2016. He addressed issues facing the economy, politics and the global outlook. Through it all, he emphasised that there was hope and that, working together, goals could be achieved.        Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 26 October 2016 in Cape Town. (Image: National Treasury, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberQuoting the likes of struggle stalwart Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela, the current Pope Francis, former United Nations head Kofi Annan, American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and economist and philosopher Amartya Sen, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan presented the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 26 October 2016 in Cape Town.The minister delivered an overall message of hope, stressing that goals could be achieved through a collective effort. Gordhan balanced that message by acknowledging the realities of global and local politics and economics.On the inaugural MTBPS in 1997:The first MTBPS was tabled in December 1997 under the leadership of President Mandela. Its purpose was stated as follows: “It describes Government’s goals and objectives.“It explains the economic environment within which those objectives are being addressed, and projects the total level of resources that will be available.“It analyses the trade-offs and choices that the nation confronts in addressing its reconstruction and development priorities.“In keeping with our commitment to open, transparent and cooperative policy-making, it invites the nation to share with Government the important choices that must be made.”Our goals remain to promote social transformation and more inclusive economic growth, and to achieve a much better life and opportunities for all South Africans.On achieving a collective goal:Above all, it invites Parliament and the people of South Africa to engage with the policy choices and decisions we must take in pursuing the aspirations and goals of our Constitution and the National Development Plan.On reality:The economic environment this year is unusually difficult. We have also faced other extraordinary challenges.Slow economic growth means that employment has declined over the past year. Many businesses are in difficulties and households are struggling to make ends meet.On working together:Yet if each of us contributes to our shared goals, we can achieve greatness beyond our imaginings. There is a Pedi saying: Ditau tsa hloka seboka di shitwa ke nare ehlotsa, “lions that fail to work as a team will struggle to bring down even a limping buffalo”.On growth:Members of the House, there are many other programmes and policies which are vital for our growth. With careful attention to sustainability and inclusivity, they will contribute to employment and broadening of economic opportunities. Properly designed and implemented, they will contribute to black economic empowerment and to strengthening localisation and the growth of South African enterprises.On protests:Violent protests signal unresolved social challenges. They present immense challenges to the leadership of our higher education institutions, municipalities and community organisations. Highly stressful demands are made on our police and security personnel. Destruction of property diminishes the inheritance of our children.On social grants:Taking into account the rise in food prices this year, I am pleased to confirm that an additional increase of R10 a month has been made to social grants with effect from October.On recognition of debt management:In the international capital markets, we continue to succeed in raising debt despite the tough prevailing environment. South Africa was recently recognised as the “best sovereign debt management operations and issuer” in Sub Saharan Africa by the Global Markets Publication. Debt management initiatives over the past year have reduced government’s refinancing risks and were supported by investors across all the major financial centres in Asia, Europe and the United States. The World Bank has recently commended our debt management framework, indicating that South Africa is now “better positioned to absorb fiscal shocks going forward.”On hope:We are resilient, and we have sound foundations on which to build. But it is action, to bring clarity where uncertainties remain, to address organisational weaknesses, to bring closure to infrastructure transactions and to accelerate trade and investment – that brings hope. It’s up to us.On growth:The MTBPS revises our growth expectation for the South African economy to 0.5% for the 2016 calendar year, somewhat lower than the February estimates of 0.9%. For the current fiscal year, the revised growth estimate is 1.0%.On increasing funds towards higher education:Minister Nzimande has rightly emphasised that expanded opportunities in our universities cannot rely on government funding alone. Public expenditure on post-school education and training has in fact grown considerably faster than other budget allocations in recent years, and this will continue. At the heart of the issue is that access has expanded faster than resources. As a result, many students face financial hardships that undermine their ability to succeed academically.In addition to the R16-billion added to higher education funding in the February budget, we therefore propose:A further R9-billion for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme over the period ahead, raising its funding by over 18% a year.Over R8-billion to meet the costs of fee increases for students from households with incomes up to R600 000.On local governmentIn keeping with our commitment to transparency in the public finances, the National Treasury has launched a new local government budget data portal today, called “Municipal Money”. It provides citizens and other stakeholders with access to comparable, verified information on the financial performance of each municipality. It aims to promote transparency and citizen engagement by providing information about municipal spending in a simple, accessible format.On corruption:As Kofi Annan wrote in the foreword to the 2003 United National Convention Against Corruption:In promoting development and making the world a better place for all, we are called upon to reaffirm the importance of core values such as honesty, respect for the rule of law, accountability and transparency.On the National Development Plan:The National Development Plan requires more rapid growth, and clearly this is a pre-condition for achieving inclusive development and transformation. The MTBPS emphasises that low growth is not inevitable – if we take the right decisions, inclusive and more rapid progress can be achieved.On integrity and accountability:Those who are called upon to serve in public institutions have an added responsibility to work with integrity, honesty and accountability and to ensure that their efforts are directed towards the shared interests of all South Africans.Put simply, this means that public funds must not be diverted to private ends. All citizens are entitled to demand accountability and integrity from those who serve them.In conclusion:Adapting Nelson Mandela’s enduring words:…With freedom come responsibilities,…We dare not linger, for our long walk is not ended.last_img read more

Knee arthroscopy

first_imgDefinitionKnee arthroscopy is surgery thatuses a tiny camera to look inside your knee. Small cuts are made toinsert the camera andsmall surgical tools into your knee for the procedure.Alternative NamesKnee scope – arthroscopic lateral retinacular release; Synovectomy – knee; Patellar (knee) debridement; Meniscus repair; Lateral release; Knee surgeryDescriptionThree different types of pain relief (anesthesia) may be used for knee arthroscopy surgery:Local anesthesia. Your knee may be numbed with pain medicine. You may also be given medicines that relax you. You will stay awake.Spinal anesthesia. This is also called regional anesthesia. The pain medicine is injected into a space in your spine. You will be awake but will not be able to feel anything below your waist.General anesthesia. You will be asleep and pain-free.Femoral nerve block. This is another type of regional anesthesia. The pain medicine is injected around the nerve in your groin. You will be asleep during the operation. This type of anesthesia will block out pain so that you need less general anesthesia.A cuff-like device may be putaround your thigh to help control bleeding during the procedure.The surgeon will make two or three small cuts around your knee. Salt water (saline) will be pumped into your knee to stretch the knee.A narrow tube with a tiny camera on the end will beinserted through one of the cuts. The camera is attached to a video monitor that lets the surgeon see inside the knee.The surgeon may put other small surgery tools inside your knee through the othercuts. The surgeon will then fix or remove the problem in your knee.advertisementAt the end of your surgery, the saline will be drained from your knee. The surgeon will close your cuts with sutures (stitches) and cover them with a dressing. Many surgeons take pictures of the procedure from the video monitor, You may be able to view these pictures after the operation so that you can seewhat was done.Why the Procedure Is PerformedArthroscopy may be recommended for these knee problems:Torn meniscus. Meniscus is cartilage that cushions the space between the bones in the knee. Surgery is done to repair or remove it.Torn or damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)Swollen (inflamed) or damaged lining of the joint. This lining is called the synovium.Kneecap (patella) that is out of position (misalignment).Small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee jointRemoval of Bakers cyst. This isa swelling behind the knee that is filled with fluid. Sometimes the problemoccurs when there is swelling and pain (inflammation) from other causes, like arthritis.Some fractures of the bones of the kneeRisksThe risks for any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsThe risks for any surgery are:BleedingInfectionAdditional risks for this surgery include:Bleeding into the knee jointDamage to the cartilage, meniscus, or ligaments in the kneeBlood clot in the legInjury to a blood vessel or nerveInfection in the knee jointKnee stiffnessBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse whatmedicines you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:Your doctor may tell you to stop takingmedicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other blood thinners.Ask your doctor whichmedicines you should still take on the day of your surgery.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol (more than 1 or 2 drinks a day).If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help. Smoking can slow down wound and bone healing.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you have before your surgery.On the day of your surgery:You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureYou will have an ace bandage on your knee over the dressing. Most people go home the same day they have surgery. Your doctor will give you exercises to do.Outlook (Prognosis)Full recovery after knee arthroscopy will depend on what type of problem was treated.Problems such as a torn meniscus, broken cartilage, Bakers cyst, and problems with the synovium are often easily fixed. Many people stay remain active after these surgeries.advertisementRecovery from simple procedures is usually fast. You may need to use crutches for a while after some types of surgery. Your doctor may also prescribe pain medicine.Recovery will take longer if you have had a more complex procedure.If parts of your knee have been repaired or rebuilt, is you may not be able to walk without crutches or a knee brace for several weeks. Full recovery may take several months to a year.If you also have arthritis in your knee, you will still have arthritis symptoms after surgery to repair other damage to your knee.ReferencesPhillips BB, Mihalko MJ. Arthroscopy of the lower extremity. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 51.Miller MD, Hart J. Surgical principles. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 2.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

The [Marketing] Office: How @HubSpot Learned Twitter

center_img @rickburnes Topics: Ellie “Pam” Mirman ( @ellieeille) @prashantkaw Mike “Michael Scott” Volpe ( @karenrubin Rick “Jim” Burnes ( Credits @mvolpe Dan Tyre (as himself) It may come as a surprise, but HubSpot hasn’t always been fluent in the language of Twitter. It took intensive training sessions led by HubSpot’s social media frontiersman and VP of Inbound Marketing, Michael Scott … I mean, Volpe. Originally published Sep 3, 2009 7:21:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Director, Producer and Film Editor: Rebecca Corliss ( Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How Do You Leverage Paid Media? [Marketing Cast]

first_img Where Paid Media Makes Sense Earned media is the content you create to get others to share it. “So, you are earning the attention of your buyers,” says David. This can take the form of blog posts, webinars, reports, videos and other compelling content. In other words, this is all inbound marketing is about. What Is Paid Media? Originally published Jul 25, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Public Relations The Biggest Mistake You Can Make Paid media, on the other hand, is when you are spending money for somebody else’s media property. An example of that would be Google AdWords: you pay for ads that show up next to specific search results. Paid media encompasses a range of formats, including banner ads, GroupOn emails and even press releases. Press release circulation is actually one form of paid media that makes a lot of sense for marketers. When services like Marketwire and PR Newswire distribute your press releases, you can earn great inbound links and increase your SEO authority and ability to get found online. Spending too much effort on paid media is a mistake, says David. “Your primary should be the earned form,” he says. Maintaining a healthy balance between earned and paid media results in a great marketing combination. So revisit your paid marketing initiatives and if you are spedning too much money or effort on them, think about ways to cut back and invest more in earned media. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img How do you leverage paid media? In marketing circles, the discussion around earned media vs paid media is often heated. Yet, this conversation doesn’t have to be black and white and, as David Meerman Scott points out, this is not an either/or proposition. Topics: Inbound Marketing In some cases, paid media in combination with your inbound marketing efforts can make a lot of sense. In this episode of the Weekly Marketing Cast, we are taking a closer look at this discussion: What Is Earned Media?last_img read more