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Comair opens Dar es Salaam routes

first_img19 August 2010Comair Limited, operator of low-cost airline kulula.com and the British Airways franchise in South Africa, is again expanding its African network, and will soon be offering five return flights a week between Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.British Airways will be operating the new route from 2 November, and the flights will also be integrated and sold through the kulula.com distribution network.“We look forward to including Dar es Salaam in our growing regional network,” Comair network development manager Stuart Cochrane said in a statement last month.“The growth of this network is part of our ongoing commitment to the South African government’s airlift strategy, which aims to improve access to and from South Africa for both business and tourism.”Daily service on the cardsComair will commence with five return flights per week, the full allocation granted to it by the International Air Services Licensing Council. However, Cochrane said Comair’s intention would be to grow this route to a daily service as soon as possible.Cochrane said the introduction of additional flights to Dar es Salaam would bring a much-needed alternative service – and competitive pricing – to a market that was currently only serviced by one airline operator.“Tanzania is a beautiful country and is rapidly becoming a desirable business and tourist destination,” he said. “We are looking forward to developing this route as a successful addition to our network.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s first gold at Fina Championships

first_img27 July 2015Distance swimming ace Chad Ho won South Africa’s first 5km gold medal in the open water swim on Saturday, during the Federation Internationale de Natation (Fina) World Championships taking place in Kazan, Russia.His victory comes six years after he made history as the first South African to win a medal in open water swimming at the global showpiece when he finished the 5km in third place in Rome, in 2009.“I’m over the moon; I honestly couldn’t believe the result,” Ho said after winning the title.“Today’s race was brutal, the wind was something else, and I had to fight the wind just to get a nice line.”Ho won the race by the narrowest of margins, beating Germany’s Rob Muffels thanks to a photo-finish reading, with the two posting matching times of 55:17.6.Muffels claimed the silver medal while Matteo Furlan of Italy bagged bronze in a time of 55:20.00.“I know that I had done the work and it paid off in the end. going into the last 400m I told myself ‘you can do this’ and I repeated this a few times as I sprinted for the finish line,” Ho said about the tight finish for the victory.“As I entered the final sprint I wanted to be close to the left lane rope so that I could breathe to the right.“I saw Rob and Matteo and thought ‘oh no’ but I found my legs and my second wind. That’s what open water swimming is all about, the very close finishes like today.”The pool events start on 2 August, when South Africa’s Olympic gold medallists Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh will start their respective campaigns.They will be joined by Sebastien Rousseau, Ayrton Sweeney and Myles Brown as the only members of the country’s swimming contingent.Watch Ho talk about his win:The championshipsFina, the International Swimming Federation, is the organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee for managing international competition in aquatics.It holds the championships every two years, in which athletes compete in swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo.The first competition took place in 1973.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Addressing rural Ohio’s drug epidemic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rural Ohio has a heroin problem.The subject has been coming up more often lately in conversation and it even found its way into state policy for some of Ohio’s farm organizations. Heroin used to be considered more of an inner city drug, but now it is affecting the suburbs and rural areas of Ohio as well due to a number of factors.“This affects every rural community in the state of Ohio. Unlike other drug epidemics that we saw mostly focused in the cities, this is everywhere. It is in the suburbs and rural areas and it is many times more likely to be in the rural areas than in the cities. It kills four, five or six people a day in Ohio. It does not discriminate gender, race, income — everybody is susceptible to this. Your community has a heroin problem and you may not know it. It has swept across Ohio and we don’t know exactly why,” said Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General. “The Mexican drug cartels have a great business model. They grow the poppies in Mexico and transport the heroin across our southern border and then market it very well. You can get heroin delivered to you as easy and quickly as buying a pizza. What starts as a $15 a day habit may go to a $1,500 a day habit. Late stage heroin addicts may need 100 times more heroin than an early stage addict. Around 90% of the crime in every county in the state of Ohio is caused directly or indirectly by drugs and there is no easy way to fix it.“We need to be doing a much better job with education and prevention. We have had a cultural change in Ohio. When I was a county prosecutor in the late 1970s in Greene County, heroin was something that was not very often in our rural areas and suburbs. There was some psychological barrier that stopped people from doing heroin. Today that barrier is flat and we have to put that barrier back up. That will take a grassroots effort in local communities to rise up and do something about this. This issue is so bad that I have six people on my staff focused on working at the local level and education, prevention and treatment.”Andrea Fox from rural Fairfield County has seen the devastating impact of heroin first hand.“My daughter was born with a congenital kidney defect. It wasn’t identified until she was around 12 and by then a lot of damage had been done. She has been in chronic pain for a good portion of her life. The doctors prescribed narcotic pain medication from the time she was pretty young. She built a tolerance and she had multiple surgeries, which they said fixed the problem, but it was not fixed. After that, the doctors treated her as if all of her pain related behaviors were drug-seeking behaviors. And likely some of them were, though she did have legitimate pain. They were not giving her any more pain meds and she took matters into her own hands,” Fox said. “It started out with her trying to find prescription drugs in her early to mid 20s. Eventually those drugs didn’t work any more because she had built up a tolerance. When you compare the street price of oxycontin to a bag of heroin it is significant. You can get a bag of heroin for as little as $5. It ultimately becomes a financial decision and heroin is everywhere.”Finding resources for help with addiction can be particularly challenging in rural areas.“Trying to address this issue becomes very difficult. Franklin County has quite a few services in Columbus but even they don’t have enough resources and services. The outlying counties are very resource poor. Living in rural Fairfield County where there is an enormous heroin problem, but trying to get a child into treatment is difficult if you do not have money laying around to spend or extremely good health insurance. It gets really hard because there isn’t much assistance out there,” Fox said. “In Fairfield County I am not aware of any medication assisted treatment programs that take health insurance. They only take cash. Many people on heroin want to get sober but withdrawal makes them sick. So they continue to use to avoid being sick, and the resources to get sober are largely unavailable.”Along with the physical addiction, heroin can be mentally and socially devastating as well.“There are a lot of different behaviors associated with heroin. It is not always just the drug they are addicted to. It is also these behaviors. You really have to compromise yourself to do a lot of the things people do to obtain heroin. Many people compromise themselves and their principles to obtain heroin. It takes your self-esteem. It takes away your everything. Heroin kills your soul,” Fox said. “It is not a party drug. It is often a drug people come to as a last ditch effort.  Chronic pain issues are a big reason many people start with heroin. A lot of people also come to it through mental health disorders and other substance abuse issues. Some families are raised this way and that is all they know.“My daughter was doing it and my two boys saw it and kind of followed the same path. Their father is an alcoholic and that put them at much greater risk for addiction. Now they are both addicted as well.”The challenges in her family’s struggle with addiction led to the need for a career change for Fox.“I had custody of my daughter’s four children and I still had my youngest daughter who was a teenager. I was working mostly as a freelance artist, which was not a steady source of income. With the kids, I needed more steady income and I was thinking about how difficult this journey had been for me as a parent trying unsuccessfully to get help for my children struggling with addiction. There are so many things that go along with that —like not sleeping at night because you don’t know where your kids are. It is a heartbreaking situation for everyone,” she said. “I thought if I had to make a career change, it should be something that will do some good and something that I am good at. It seems like I have always been able to help everyone except my kids. I decided to look into the field of addiction studies.”She went back to Columbus State to get a certificate in addiction studies and complimentary health studies to accompany the bachelor’s degree she had already gotten. She graduated last year. Now she works as a mentor for the Stable Cradle Program of Maryhaven in Columbus and has certification as a chemical dependency counseling assistant.“I work with opioid-dependent women who are expecting. I am with them through their pregnancies and one year postpartum. I pick them up and take them to appointments. I also help connect them to community resources, provide some counseling and recovery support, help them discover new tools that they can use to help them stay strong in their recovery, and in a couple of cases, provide support during labor and delivery. I am their all-around resource person,” Fox said. “If there is any way I can help them get anything they need that is what I do. Right now I have 24 clients in Franklin County. It is a challenge that takes a lot of creative time management.“One of the biggest issues that is not addressed for these women is that it is hard to find stable, safe housing. Some are homeless. Some are living in houses with other substance users, which makes it extremely difficult to stop using in that situation. These women often do not have any community or a good positive support network they can count on when they need something. Sometimes they just need someone to talk to. I do what I can but ultimately what helps them the most is good, positive people they can go to when they are having a problem.”The job is challenging and, some days, very rewarding.“As hard as it can be sometimes, I don’t take my clients recovery or non-recovery personally. I give them the best services I can in a non-judgmental way. I treat them the same when they are using as I do when they are not. I try to never be negative about anything that is going on in their life. I search for the positive and sometimes it makes me really tired. Some days are really sad and I just need a hug,” Fox said. “I have seen some people make some really dramatic changes in their lives. I have seen women give birth to healthy babies and get to keep them. For me even if it is one person that changes their life it is a success. And it has been much more than one person. I think the Maternal and Infant Recovery Clinic and the Stable Cradle program does a lot of good and I am really proud to be a part of it.”In terms of addressing the drug problem on a larger scale, Fox said there are no easy answers.“A good place to start is with families and communities sticking together. I feel like there has been a trend for quite a long time when someone exhibits all of these negative behaviors that you put a lot of distance between you and them,” she said. “While that can seem like a really good thing to do, I don’t know that it always is. It only adds to the hopelessness for the individual struggling with addiction. I know how difficult it is to deal with people who struggle with substance use disorders and sometimes it can even be dangerous. Often, addiction stems from trauma or inner turmoil of some kind that has not been addressed. The behaviors of individuals struggling with addiction often leads to families and friends stepping away from the individual, which adds another layer of trauma. If at all possible, it is helpful when the whole family can get help, which helps them positively support their loved one with the substance use disorder.”And, though it has been a long and bumpy journey, Fox has not given up on her family either.“My daughter is doing amazingly well. She just turned 30. She is no longer incarcerated and she is making huge steps to getting her life back on track. She is excited about starting her life over sober. I think my boys are going to follow suit. It takes time. This problem didn’t happen over night and it won’t be fixed overnight either.”last_img read more

Anwar disapproves of Sidhu’s Muslim pitch

first_imgSenior Congress leader Tariq Anwar on Wednesday disapproved of Navjot Singh Sidhus appeal to Muslims to defeat BJP and said he would have stopped the Punjab Minister from doing so had he been present at the rally held in his Lok Sabha constituency of Katihar. “I have always held the view that votes must never be sought in the name of religion and caste. This has also been the policy of the Congress party. I do not approve of what Sidhu has uttered. I would request the party leadership to take note for suitable action,” Mr. Anwar said in a statement.Mr. Sidhu, against whom an FIR has been lodged at Katihar in Bihar for violating the model code of conduct, made the controversial statement at a rally in Barsoi police station area of the district on Monday. The matter came to light when a video footage of his utterances were beamed on TV news channels on Tuesday wherein he could be heard asking Muslims, who have a sizeable presence in Katihar, to be wary of Asaduddin Owaisis AIMIM alleging that it was being propped up by the BJP. He also urged the Muslim voters to unite in favor of the Congress candidate Tariq Anwar and drawing an analogy from cricket, remarked Modi will go for a six if you do so. “I was not present at the Barsoi rally. Had I been there, I would have immediately stood up and expressed my disapproval of the way he was canvassing for me,” Mr. Anwar clarified in his statement. The episode in Bihar came close on the heels of the Election Commission taking punitive action Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati for violating the poll code of conduct.last_img read more

Red Lions, Bombers out to sustain surge

first_imgLATEST STORIES Star import under close scrutiny San Beda and Jose Rizal U seek to close out the first round on a positive note when they clash with separate rivals on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Running second behind Lyceum, the Red Lions go up against the dangerous Arellano Chiefs at 4 p.m. in their first meeting since the finals last season won by San Beda via a two-game sweep.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “You cannot be overconfident against Mapua. They can play,” Meneses said. “If we don’t do things right, they’re going to beat us.”The Lions can stay within striking distance of the Pirates with a victory over the Chiefs who snapped their slide by trouncing St. Benilde, 87-81.The Chiefs’ win also marked the breakout game of rookie guard Levi Dela Cruz, who exploded for 24 points on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.“We have to be ready because they have players who can step up also,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.After losing to Lyceum early in the season, San Beda has quietly piled up five straight victories with Robert Bolick and Jayvee Mocon at the forefront of its relentless attack.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Heavy Bombers look to continue their surge as they take on the struggling Cardinals of Mapua at 2 p.m.After a sputtering start, the Bombers have racked up three straight victories, including a 70-60 triumph over San Sebastian last Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“If we’re playing to our potential, I don’t fear any team in the league,” JRU coach Vergel Meneses said of the Bombers, who are running third at 5-3. “It’s really up to the players if they’re willing to rise to the challenge.”The Bombers own the league’s stingiest defense, allowing just 62.8 points an outing. Still, Meneses said JRU can’t take Mapua lightly despite its 1-7 record. View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more