Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks discovered Kevin Durant’s plans for free agency the way everybody else did: By Instagram.How Marks knew Durant was being sincere? K.D. wasn’t using a burner account. But we digress.As you can imagine, Marks was interested in knowing why Durant was throwing in with his outfit. Appearing on WFAN on Tuesday, Marks quoted Durant as saying, “I love how you guys play. I see how hard you guys play. You were never out of games. We could never …
Since 1994 it has provided dental, eye, primary health care and psychiatric care services to hundreds of thousands of people across South Africa. State transport company Transnet is to spend over R80-million on building a second special-purpose train, dubbed the Phelophepa II, to provide primary healthcare in the most rural parts of South Africa. “This is a sign that Transnet cares about the health and well-being of all South Africans. We are also proud that this state-of-the art train will be built by Transnet Rail Engineering.” Apart from offering health care, the train serves as training ground for medical students from South African and international universities. “We are really delighted at the prospects of having to replicate the runaway success that Transnet Phelophepa I has been to the less fortunate and needy communities in our country,” Transnet acting CEO Chris Wells said in a statement last week. “I also wish to acknowledge the contribution of all our partners, especially Roche, a pharmaceutical and diagnostic company which has over the years contributed R7-million each year and pledged to join hands with us again in extending this imaginative partnership to Phelophepa II,” Wells said. The R80-million forms part of a larger R175-million set aside by the company for various corporate social investments, including a significant investment in rural sports development. 2 March 2010 Training ground Phelophepa train Phelophepa I, run by Transnet in partnership with educational and health authorities as well as pharmaceutical companies, is fondly known as South Africa’s “miracle” health train. Wells said the second train is to be commissioned in 2011 to augment the services of Phelophepa I, which serves around 45 000 patients each year. Phelophepa is a 600-ton train consisting of 18 coaches with air-conditioned compartments. It travels for nine months every year, stopping at 36 stations to provide health care services, and working with local communities to extend primary health care. “The intention is to replicate the highly successful model we have used over the years in Phelophepa I,” he said. “The second train will significantly increase both the footprint and frequency of the health care services offered to patients.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
16 July 2014 The government will establish 12 more dedicated sexual offences courts in the 2014/15 financial year, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha told a media briefing ahead of his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday. The plan, Masutha said, was to establish 106 sexual offences courts over a period of 10 years, as part of the country’s drive to combat crimes against women and children. The concept of sexual offences courts was introduced in South Africa in 1993, and by the end of 2005 there were 74 sexual offences courts countrywide. The special courts were phased out in the years following because of budget constraints, but were reintroduced in August 2013. Since then, 22 such courts have been established. “Through sexual offences courts, we are able to provide specialised victim-support services, improve the effectiveness of witnesses in the execution of their role in court, reduce the turnaround time in the finalisation of sexual offences matters, and improve the conviction rates,” Masutha said. The courts feature specially trained officials, procedures and equipment to reduce the chance of secondary trauma for victims. There is a proper screening process to identify cases that fall within the sexual offences category; a special room where victims will testify; a private waiting room for adult witnesses; and a private waiting room for child witnesses and victim support services. The courts also include special equipment to enable victims to identify the accused from the testifying room when required to do so, as well as a designated court clerk and a court preparation programme for witnesses to prepare for court and to provide debriefing after they have testified. The Department of Justice and Correctional Services’s chief operating officer, Khotso Dewee, said R100-million had been allocated for the running of the sexual offences courts. On the issue of rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, Masutha said his department, together with various Chapter 9 institutions and civil society organisations, had launched the National LGBTI Programme in April, in order to guide the government’s response to the growing victimisation of LGBTI people in the country. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Hear from Oscar nominated film editors as they share their thoughts and experiences in cutting the year’s best movies.The Invisible Art Visible Artists annual seminar is a real treat for any editor or aspiring editor. It’s a rare chance to get all of the Academy Award nominated film editors in one room talking about their work.In this year’s hour and a half discussion, available online thanks to Moviola.com, you can hear at length from the editors of: American Hustle (Alan Baumgarten A.C.E, Jay Cassidy A.C.E., Crispin Struthers), 12 Years A Slave (Joe Walker), Gravity (Mark Sanger, Alfonso Cuaron), Captain Philips (Christopher Rouse A.C.E) and Dallas Buyers Club (John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa). This year’s Oscar winner was Mark Sanger and Alfonso Curaon for Gravity.As the recording of the event is only available via Moviola.com you’ll have to head there to check it out – but you can do so in 1080p.A Conversation With Joe WalkerFor a further insight into the art and craft of film editing check out this 20 minute conversation with Joe Walker, editor of 12 Years A Slave, in which he discusses his editing career and close collaboration with director Steve McQueen.More Insights from Invisible Art, Visible Artists EventsTo check out a fistful of more snippets from the 2010 IAVA event – featuring editors like Kirk Baxtor and Angus Wall (The Social Network), Tariq Anwar (The Kings Speech), John Harris (127 Hours), Andrew Weisblum (The Black Swan), Pamela Martin (The Fighter) head here.
Farmers have moved the Bombay High Court against the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Expressway as they are being forced to evict their lands for the project. The farmers claimed that their fundamental rights were being violated.Twelve agriculturists and the Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti, an association of farmers and land owners in Thane district, are opposing the Samrudhhi Expressway project. Around 27 villages in Shahpur taluka and co-operative societies have expressed their objection to the project. The petition challenges the constitutional validity of the provisions of The Maharashtra Highways (Amended) Act, 2016 and the Maharashtra Highways Act, 1955. ‘Illegal methods used’The petition states that the government adopted illegal measures to acquire their land. It claimed that due process of law was not followed and the police force, the paramilitary force and the revenue machinery was used to pressure thousands of land owners to give up their land.The petitions alleges that the proposed project would pass through 155.98 hectares of forest land and the ghat section and it has not received clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.The plea opposes the compensation given to landowners and farmers affected by the project under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.A Division Bench will hear the plea on Wednesday.