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South Africa’s museums

first_imgSouth Africa, home to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, has a rich social and cultural history dating back to the word’s earliest human settlements.More than 300 museums all over the country reflect this heritage in a range of places – from elegant 18th century homes to caves in majestic mountain ranges, cultural villages in rural settings to state-of-the-art buildings in major cities.Visitors can find exhibits both conventional and eccentric on every conceivable topic – from beer to beadwork, from fashion to food.New additions are those reflecting the apartheid era, and commemorating those who fought and died in the cause of establishing a democratic country.The flagships of these cultural sites are the country’s national museums:South African Museum – Cape TownRobben Island Museum – Cape TownNational Museum – BloemfonteinAnglo-Boer War Museum – BloemfonteinDitsong National National Museum of Culutural History – PretoriaDitsong Museum of Natural History – PretoriaDitsong National Museum of Military History – JohannesburgHere’s a taste of what’s available in each of South Africa’s nine provinces:South African museum listingsMuseums: Eastern CapeMuseums: Free StateMuseums: GautengMuseums: KwaZulu-NatalMuseums: LimpopoMuseums: MpumalangaMuseums: Northern CapeMuseums: North WestMuseums: Western Cape For more information on the country’s museums, go to Museums Online South Africa Also useful is the Iziko Museums of Cape TownSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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SA romp to Hong Kong Sixes title

first_imgSouth Africa won the Hong Kong Sixes tournament for the second time in four years on Sunday after a 37-run victory over defending champions Pakistan in the final. In a hard-hitting contest, captain Colin Ingram led the way with an astonishing innings. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “This tournament grows in prestige all the time and Asia is a very important area in which to grow the Protea brand. It fully justifies our decision to send the strongest possible team to Hong Kong and I would like to thank our franchises for their support in this regard. Openers Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal led the way with 37 off 11 balls and 51 off 15 respectively, but Ingram claimed three wickets to put the skids under their batting effort. He removed Awais Zia for five, Hammad Azam for one and Yasir Shah for 10. 29 October 2012 “It was really pleasing to see our boys play the final so well and they were in command throughout,” Faul concluded. Australia won the Plate competition, defeating the Netherlands, who had shocked England in the semi-finals. Early on, the Pakistanis were up to the required run rate, but having to maintain such a pace took its toll and they lost wickets where South Africa, by contrast, had seen three batsmen retire. ‘Awesome event’After receiving the winners’ $40 000 cheque (approximately R347 000), he said: “It has been an awesome event. The guys really enjoyed themselves and each other’s company and we just stuck to what we had done all week, which was to bowl tightly and field well, and our batting clicked as well.center_img “The Pakistan team that we played in the final included experienced internationals in Kamran and Umar Akmal, as well as Junaid Khan. Cricket South Africa’s acting CEO Jacques Faul paid tribute to the Sixes winning team in a statement, saying: “Full marks to coach Vinnie Barnes, captain Colin Ingram and the rest of the players for an excellent achievement that saw them win all their matches on the final day, including beating Pakistan twice. He struck an unbeaten 34 off only six deliveries to help South Africa to 142 for 2 in their five eight-ball overs, and he was not alone in clearing the boundaries of the small ground. Seventeen sixesUltimately, South Africa finished with 17 sixes in their innings of 142. That left Pakistan requiring 28.4 runs per eight-ball over, or 3.55 runs per ball! Kamran Akmal as the last man standing in the Sixes form of the game finally fell to Frylinck, caught by Ingram, and South Africa claimed a convincing victory. Opening batsman David Miller made it look easy with a knock of 33 not out from only nine balls, with one four and four sixes, one maximum less than Ingram, while Robbie Frylinck smashed 31 from just seven deliveries and Dillon Du Preez weighed in with 31 off 11. “I had wobbly knees for the ball seemed to take ages to come down, but thankfully it was a clean catch,” Ingram said of the catch that ended the match.last_img read more

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43rd Annual Ohio Dorset Sale March 15 and 16

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Plans for the 43rd annual Ohio Dorset Sale have been set for March 15 and 16 at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, Ohio. Billed as “the first, the biggest, the best” Dorset sale, it will feature both Horned and Polled Dorsets. Dorsets from South Dakota to Connecticut have been entered.Established in 1977, the Ohio Dorset Sale has been a barometer used to gauge how the registered sheep industry is doing in the New Year. Entered in the sale are 100 head of Polled Dorsets and 30 head of Horned Dorsets.“The nation’s finest Dorset genetics from ten different states have been consigned to this year’s sale,” said Greg Deakin, sale manager. “The sale’s history is rich, dating back to 1977. More national breed champion rams and ewes have sold through the Ohio Dorset Sale than any other sale.”Both Horned and Polled Dorset rams and ewes will be offered consisting of classes for yearlings, fall and winter lambs. Serving as judge is Alex Wolf from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and sale auctioneers are Gary Saylor and Danny Westlake, both from Ohio. The Ohio Dorset Association is sponsoring the sale and consignment viewing may be seen at www.bannersheepmagazine.com.Sale questions may be directed to sale manager Greg Deakin, 309-785-5058.last_img read more

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A No Decision Is a No

first_imgSometimes we use words to make things appear differently than they are. We describe things so that something negative appears less so, so it is more palatable. But calling something other than what is truly is, does not make it into something different.There is no such thing as a “no decision.” There is a “yes,” or there is a “no.”There is No No DecisionWhen a client suggests that they are not making a decision, that they are postponing the decision, or they are going to continue doing what they are doing now, that is a “no.” The client has in fact made a decision, and the decision is to not buy from you now.Categorizing a “no” as a “no decision” may make you feel better. It may make you feel as if your prospective client didn’t say “no,” and they may, in fact, have left the door open to explore changing again sometime in the future.Categorizing the “no” as a “no decision” may improve the metrics you capture in your customer relationship management software. It might improve your win ratio dramatically. But, it won’t change the number of wins.If you categorized a prospective client as an opportunity, and that opportunity ended in a “no decision,” that is a loss. You have gone through the process, and you did not convert the prospect to a client. You did not win.The Competitor Who Beat YouJust because you did not lose to a competitor doesn’t mean you didn’t lose. You just lost to one of your toughest, unnamed competitors.You invested the time. You invested the energy. You may have invested your company’s resources in pursuing that opportunity. It is no different than any other opportunity that you pursued, and it doesn’t need a label that makes it something different than a loss. It should be categorized as “Lost-Status Quo.“Change isn’t easy. Compelling people and companies to change is not only difficult, it’s complicated by the fact that so many decisions are made by consensus. If you total up all of your lost opportunities at the end of the year, many of them will have been lost to a competitor who is not named in your customer relationship management software. That competitor is Lost-Status Quo.In “no decision” is the same as a “no.” And in “no” is a loss. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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‘Hungry’ Rene Catalan not to be held back by age ahead of biggest fight yet

first_imgRiding on a five-fight winning streak, Catalan aims to show that he’s just getting started when he faces Yoshitaka Naito, a former strawweight world champion, in ONE: Reign of Valor on Friday at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.“Many believe that the younger generation of athletes have the advantage in terms of learning and adopting things quickly,” Catalan (5-2) said. “But for me, it’s all about your passion and your personal belief that you are better than anyone else.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“If you are motivated to showcase your talent at any given stage, regardless of your age, you will perform at your best.”The 34-year-old Naito, who boasts a 13-2 record, will be Catalan’s stiffest challenge yet. Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNumbers don’t lie but don’t be fooled by Rene Catalan’s age.Catalan is not only going strong at 40 years of age, but he’s also in his best form yet.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Sonny Thoss, shorthanded Aces edge Elite Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The Japanese strongman’s resumé speaks of the caliber of a fighter he is, having beaten the likes of Joshua Pacio, Alex Silva, and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.Catalan vows to be true to form and he should be if he wants to keep going in his bid to earn a title shot.“I know how good he is, but I’m also confident with my skills. I’ll be ready and expect me to perform at my very best,” Catalan said.“I’ll fight like a young and hungry warrior on that night. I always push myself to the limit. Each fight is a chance for me to prove that I’m one of the best.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Meniscal allograft transplantation

first_imgAlternative NamesMeniscus transplantDefinitionMeniscal allograft transplantation is a type of surgery in which a meniscus — a cartilage ring in the knee — is placed into your knee. The new meniscus is taken from a person who has died (cadaver) and donated his or her tissue.DescriptionIf your doctor finds that you are a good candidate for a meniscus transplant, x-rays of your knee are usually taken to find a meniscus that will fit your knee. The donated meniscus is tested in the lab forany diseases.Other surgeries, such as ligament or cartilage repairs, may be done at the time of the meniscus transplant or with a separate surgery.You will likely receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel pain. Or, you may have regional anesthesia. Your leg and knee area will be numbed so that you do not feel any pain. If you receive regional anesthesia, you will also be given medicine to make you very sleepy during the operation.During the surgery:The meniscus transplant is usually performed using knee arthroscopy. The arthroscope is inserted into your knee through a smallincision. The scope is connected to avideo monitor in the operating room.The surgeon inspectsthe cartilage and ligaments of your knee, confirming that a meniscus transplant is appropriate, and that you dont have severe arthritis of the knee.The new meniscus is prepared to fit your knee correctly.If any tissue is left from your old meniscus, itis removed.An incision is made in the front of your knee to insert the new meniscus.The new meniscus is sutured in place.Anotherincision may be needed to sew the meniscus in place. Screws or other devices may be used to hold the meniscus in place.After the surgery is finished, theincisions are closed. Adressing is placed over the wound. During arthroscopy, most surgeons take pictures of the procedure from the video monitor to show you what was found and what was done.advertisementWhy the Procedure Is PerformedTwo cartilage rings are in the center of each knee, one on the inside (medial meniscus) and one on the outside (lateral meniscus). When a meniscus is torn, it is commonly removed by knee arthroscopy. Some people can still have pain after the meniscus is removed.A meniscus transplant places a new meniscus inthe knee where the meniscus is missing. This procedure is only done in cases of meniscus tears that are so severe that all or nearly all of the meniscus cartilage is torn or has to be removed. The new meniscus can help with knee pain and possibly prevent future arthritis.Meniscus allograft transplantation may be recommended for knee problems such as:Inability to play sports or other activitiesKnee painKnee that gives wayUnstable kneePersistent knee swellingRisksRisks of any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicationsProblems breathingRisks for meniscal transplantsurgery are:BleedingInfectionNerve damageStiffness of the kneeFailure of the surgery to relieve symptomsFailure of the meniscus to healTear of the new meniscusDisease from the transplanted meniscusPain in the kneeWeakness of the kneeBefore the ProcedureTell your health care provider what medicines you are taking. This includes medicines, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other medicines.Ask your health care provider which medicines you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your health care provider 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 health care provider or nurse for help. Smoking can slow wound and bone healing.Tell your doctor about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you may have before your surgery.On the day of surgery:You will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your health care provider told you to take with a small sip of water.Your health care provider will tell you when to arrive at the hospital. Be sure to arrive on time.After the ProcedureFollow any discharge and self-care instructions you are given.After the surgery, you will probably wear a knee brace for the first 6 weeks. You will need crutches for 6 weeks to prevent putting full weight on your knee. You will likely be able to move the knee right after surgery. Doing so helps prevent stiffness. Pain is usually managed with medications.advertisementPhysical therapy can help you regain the motion and strength of your knee. Therapy lasts for between 4 and 6 months.How soon you can return to work depends on your job. It can take from a few weeks to a few months. It can take 6 months and a year to fully return to activities and sports.Outlook (Prognosis)Meniscus allograft transplantation is a difficult surgery, and the recovery is hard. But for persons who are missing the meniscus and have pain, it can be very successful. Most people have less knee pain after this procedure.ReferencesBrockmeier SF, Rodeo SA. Knee: Meniscal injuries. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 23, section B.Packer JD, Rodeo SA. Meniscal allograft transplantation. Clin Sports Med. 2009;28:259-283.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed 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, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more