ARCATA >> A truncated training camp has hit its midway point.Ten days of camp down, 10 more to go.The evaluation period doesn’t stop after Saturday afternoon’s scrimmage at the Redwood Bowl for head coach Rob Smith. What the scrimmage did offer was the chance to take another step forward to that all-important 2016 season opener, which is starting to get closer and closer on the calendar.“We’ve got to put kids in game-like situations, and scrimmages do that as best as we can hope for,” Smith …
17 July 2007South Africa’s largest township got its own community television station this month, as SowetoTV started broadcasting from the Tloreng Primary School in Orlando West, Soweto.The station has been granted a licence to broadcast for a full year by the Independent Communications Authority (Icasa), an achievement the station’s management and staff consider a victory for both themselves and the township at large.“This television station will make South Africa proud. It’s a creation of the people of Soweto for the people of Soweto,” SowetoTV’s secretary, Meshack Mosiya, said at the launch of the station on 1 July.The television station, which occupies two classrooms at the school, will offer community-oriented content, such as documentaries on social issues, as well as programming about music, poetry, HIV/Aids and tuberculosis.Run largely by volunteers, SowetoTV first broadcast in July 2005 for eight hours a day for a month, with a second one-month run taking place in December 2006.SowetoTV chief executive, Tshepo Thafeng, said the idea to start a community television station was hatched in 2000, and the station had encountered “ups and downs” until Icasa issued a licence to broadcast for a month in 2005.He hoped that over the coming year, the station would develop into a fully commercial enterprise.“The main objective of the station is to educate, inform and entertain the people of Soweto. It will be the voice of the voiceless covering issues that affect the people of Soweto,” Thafeng said.Mosiya said various organisations had chipped in with much-needed help to make the station a success, particularly Urban Brew Studios, which provided essential technical support.“The station will benefit the people of Soweto in many ways. It will [also] create job avenues for the youth of Soweto [and] it will develop skills in television broadcasting and in fields such as music and other performing arts,” Mosiya said.It was not set up to compete with broadcasters like the SABC or e.tv, but was meant to complement these stations, according to Mosiya. “We actually need their support to make this community station a success.”The station is available across Soweto on the UHF, bang after the e.tv frequency. However, the signal in some parts of the township, like Mofolo, Phiri and Dobsonville, was weak on Sunday.Deon Botha, the advertising sales manager, said the technical team would work flat out on Monday to rectify this.“Our technical team will identify all those areas in Soweto where the signal is weak and we hope all areas in Soweto will receive a clear signal,” he said.Source: City of Johannesburg
Datia district health officials are on high alert after the death of a 52-year-old man due to persistent fever, and increase in fever cases in both government and private hospitals.According to an official, Imat Singh, a patient with high fever for the last five days, was admitted at the Datia District hospital on Monday morning. “On his arrival, the patient was administered an injection to bring his fever under control. In the evening, another injection was given to him. However, this time the patient collapsed,” Pradeep Upadhyay, Chief Medical and Health Officer, Datia district told The Hindu over telephone.The news of death of Imat Singh, a cousin of district Congress vice-president Sarnam Singh Rajput, spread like wildfire, said an official.In the meantime, the family members of the deceased alleged that he died due to administration of wrong injection. A few other patients undergoing treatment with symptoms of high fever and headache in the hospital panicked and fled, said Dr. Upadhyay.He said the condition of nine other patients with similar symptoms is under control. The CMHO has also dismissed allegations of wrong treatment. Dr. Upadhyay also denied media reports suggesting use of a single syringe to treat 25 patients by the hospital staff.
India started their campaign at the BDO Hamburg Masters hockey tournament on a disappointing note, losing 3-6 to world number three Holland at the Ulhenhoster hockey Club in Hamburg, Germany.Bob de Voogd (9th minute), Robbert Kemperman (17th), Jeroen Hertzburger (22nd), Klaas Vermeulen (34th), Mink ven der Weerden (46th) and Constantijn Jonker (60th Min) were the goal-scorers for the Dutch side, while the Indian marksmen were Dhananjay Mahadik (18th), Sandeep Singh (43rd) and Ravi Pal (52nd).India will next play world number two and Olympic champions Germany, who beat Japan 5-3 in another match on Friday.Against Holland, India started the encounter in a lethargic fashion, which resulted in numerous unforced errors in the deep defence.Except for Sardar Singh, who played his heart out, Indian defenders wore a sorry look as the Dutch caught them on the wrong footing with frequent position interchange and quick passes.The continuous pressure by the Dutch forwardline yielded result in the ninth minute when de Voogd scored in the ninth minute from a Verga cross.Eight minutes later, Kemperman encashed on a pass from a turnover in the Indian midfield to make it 2?0.India, however, reduced the margin in the next minute from their first short corner when captain Mahadik slotted the home to the Dutch goalkeeper’s left with a carpet flick.But Holland fired back in the 22nd and 34th minutes with goals from Hertzburger and Vermeulen to go into the breather with an impressive 4-1 lead.Eight minutes into the second half, India pulled another back when drag-flciker Sandeep Singh scored from their second penalty corner.advertisementBut India’s comeback hopes dashed when Mink ven der Weerden made it 5-2 in the 46th minute from Holland’s third penalty corner.Shortly after the goal, Tushar Khandker missed the target with a reverse flick off a Ravi Pal pass.Ravi Pal then scored in the 52nd minute to make it 5-3 and give India glimmer of a hope.But it was not to be India’s day as Holland completed their tally when Jonker scored after he was set up by Vermeulen in the 60th minute to pocket full three points from the high-scoring encounter.