• AFL Launches First HIV SERO-Prevalence Risk Survey

    first_imgAFL medical personnel conducts first HIV SERO-Prevalence test Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) with support from the U.S Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP), in collaboration with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International over the weekend launched its first HIV SERO-Prevalence and Behavior Epidemiology Risk Survey (SABERS).This excise is to determine the HIV prevalence and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) that may exist in the army. The testing is to be conducted at all AFL barracks across the country beginning with the Barclay Training Center (BTC).Mrs. Mona Sankoh, program manager at the U.S Department of Defense program HIV/AIDS prevention in Monrovia, said for sometime now they have been working on knowing the HIV/AIDS prevalence in the military specifically the AFL.According to her, the excise should have been carried out since 2014, but due to the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, it was placed on hold.“What we have actively been working on is the country’s prevalence, but it is about time now that we know the prevalence among the soldiers,” she said.She said it is important to know your HIV prevalence as active army personnel which will give (AFL) an informed decision on how to go about things.The program means a lot for the Liberian Army, though the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS program is not only unique to Liberia, but works in 70 plus countries in the world.According to her, after Liberia’s 14-year civil crisis, as part of the security sector reform program it was also essential to have an HIV program for the Armed Forces of Liberia.“One of the strategies that came about apart from the prevention that we have been involved with, is to actually test all AFL personnel; when the results are known it will inform our program in order to know which area that we need to work on more in the military.”She further clarified that the program is periodic and since this is the first of its kind in the Liberian army to have several Prevalence and Behavior Epidemiology Risk Survey it is called “SABERS 2018,” which according to her, is sustainable depending on the donor’s plans  earmarked for Liberia.Mrs. Mona Sankoh, Program Manager U.S Department of Defense-Monrovia followed by Stan Ito is a desk officer at the U.S Department of Defense for LiberiaHowever, the entire testing excise, which was officially launched on April 20, is expected to run up to the 4th of June 2018 and is being conducted by professional medical personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia.Meanwhile, Stan Ito, a desk officer at the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS prevention program for Liberia, has said the U.S. Department of Defense believes that it is an important investment in Liberia to keep its people healthy and to keep soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia healthy as well.Mr. Ito said it is also an effort to maintain their health and to continue to increase their capacity.“We have been able to invest in their education and training, for them to be able to conduct and practice on their own and to take responsibility of this project so we are proud,” he stated.He also said the program will help the army to be able to shape their own preventive programs, to prevent HIV/AIDS in the future and recruit that are also coming into the military.At the same time Maj. Joseph Kowo, the head of the medical command of the AFL, said there are lots of health issues that exist in the Armed Forces of Liberia, and because of this, “we cannot address those health issues if the actual health situation in the barracks is not known.”According to him, it was due to that they have been working with partners in order to help identify those factors that can be addressed with the soldiers.He encouraged the men and women of the army to take advantage of the exercise. “One of the major diseases that have been killing people here is hepatitis,” he said.Kowo however lauded the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program and other partners for their continued support to the Liberian army.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • 87 year-old dead after hit and run

    first_imgPhoto:  The RCMP and Fort St. John Fire Department responded to the hit and run shortly after 12pm – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caUPDATE – For an update on this story, click here- Advertisement -A 87 year-old female is dead after a fatal hit and run incident Wednesday afternoon.The Fort St. John RCMP have confirmed to that they were dispatched to a complaint of a pedestrian hit and run shortly after 12pm on Wednesday Sep. 29, 2010.   A 87 year-old female had been pinned between two vehicles after a mobile treatment centre, backed into her.The female suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital where she later passed away.The incident occurred in the parking lot of an apartment building just of 93A street and 93 avenue. The deceased female was standing beside her vehicle about to get into it when the mobile treatment centre, backed up striking the passenger side of the vehicle leaving the female pinned between the two vehicles.Advertisement A female and male got out of the offending vehicle and observed that they had been involved in a collision with a pedestrian who was seriously injured. The male and female then returned to their vehicle and left the parking lot at a high rate of speed.The RCMP believe the vehicle was occupied by one female and two males at the time of the collision. The suspects are believed to have had business in the Totem II apartments.The vehicle is described as a newer model pickup truck with a “mobile treatment/first aid” camper unit and is believed to have Alberta plates.The RCMP are looking for your help to help identify the suspects in this crime. If you have any information, please contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit a tip online at Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Lukaku loves playing for Everton, claims Martinez

    first_img1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez claimed Romelu Lukaku’s hat-trick performance against BSC Young Boys in the Europa League proved that he “loves” to play for the Toffees.The 21-year-old Belgium striker, who Everton paid a club record £28million for last summer to recruit him from Chelsea after having him on loan for the previous season, was quoted last week following a 1-0 loss to his former employers as saying he would like to “eventually arrive at a top club again.”But Martinez rubbished those reports, adding the Belgian is “delighted” to commit himself to Everton.“It was clearly someone looking for a headline about if Rom [Lukaku] wanted to perform in order to come back to Chelsea, and his answer probably didn’t reflect what he meant,” said Martinez.“It’s never an issue. Rom was delighted to commit himself to Everton.“He loves playing for Everton, and I think he showed that today.“A footballer needs to be measured by the way he talks on the pitch. Sometimes a microphone can be put in front of you and people then dissect everything you say and highlight a word or line which is not appropriate.“It’s not an issue. He’s a special footballer who we love seeing developing, and he’s just enjoying being an important player for Everton.”Martinez added of Lukaku, who now has 13 goals this season: “He’s the complete striker, but he’s only 21 and people forget about that.“Our desire and work we put in over the summer was to show we are the perfect place for him to develop.“We saw today he really makes a difference in front of goal and he’s someone who is going to have a really strong ending to the season.” Romelu Lukaku last_img read more

  • McPhee hangs onto ‘American Idol’

    first_imgLocal songbird Katharine McPhee did it again Thursday, keeping her standing among the remaining dozen contestants on “American Idol.” The Sherman Oaks native, who performed Aretha Franklin’s “Think” in the week’s competition, was not among the four aspiring singers booted from the popular talent show. Instead, Kinnik Sky, Ayla Brown, Will Makar and Gedeon McKinney were sent packing during the fifth season’s third elimination round. The contest began with 24 hopefuls – a dozen males and a dozen females – at the start of the voting process. Judge Simon Cowell liked McPhee’s performance, saying the song choice was “a risk, but you pulled it off and made it seem effortless.” But Sky, 28, wasn’t so lucky and received the lowest number of votes for her rendition of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” “I think you just booked your plane ticket home,” meanie Cowell told the singer. Brown, 17, a student from Wrentham, Mass., fought back tears as host Ryan Seacrest announced she would be leaving the show. “It’s OK to cry,” Seacrest told her, “because you care.” Makar, also 17, from Woodlands, Texas, was chopped after his version of Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is,” prompted Cowell to brand him “very juvenile.” And McKinney’s reading of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” didn’t help. But after he was dumped, the 17-year-old from Memphis, Tenn., smiled and said, “By the blood of Jesus, I’m saved. This is only the beginning.” Also on Thursday’s show, last season’s runner-up, rocker Bo Bice, returned to sing his hit, “The Real Thing.” “American Idol” continues to dominate the ratings for its time slot, drawing between 25 million and 30 million viewers per telecast this season. Seacrest said more than 46 million viewers voted during the past week. After running three times a week since the season began Jan. 17, “Idol” will now run twice weekly. The winner will be named May 24. “The singers have to show real consistency to make it all the way through to the end,” said vocalist Phil King, manager of the Singing Store, a Lake Balboa shop that specializes in accessories for amateur and professional singers. “You have to be great every single time you sing before the camera. That’s the true test of a pro.” McPhee, 21, grew up in Sherman Oaks, attended Notre Dame High School and worked in musical theater in Thousand Oaks. Her mother, Peisha McPhee, is a cabaret singer and vocal coach. Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 and AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


    first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TDs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty have called on those opposed to water charges to mobilise and work together to defeat the charges.The TDs were speaking in advance of the local Right2Water Demonstrations, which has been organised to take place in Letterkenny this Saturday 1st November.The Donegal Deputies said water is a right for all our citizens and is paid for through general taxation.“The charges being implemented by this Government are unnecessary, unjust and will cause huge hardship to families and communities who have already been devastated by the Government’s relentless pursuit of the austerity agenda. “Sinn Féin has consistently opposed Water Charges both North and South – a Sinn Féin Minister blocked them in the North and a Sinn Féin Government would end them in the south. We have made a clear commitment to reverse water charges in Government.“Water Charges can be beaten in the streets and through the Ballot box. This Government has demonstrated through its budget response to the By Election results and the massive turnout at the Right2Water protest in Dublin a number of weeks ago that it is not immune to public pressure. Advertisement As part of the Right2Water campaign, Sinn Féin say they are committed to campaigning here and now to defeat water charges.“We are standing shoulder to shoulder with families, communities and campaign groups who are opposed to water charges.“In order for the campaign to bring an end water charges to be successful all groups must work together to ensure maximum support and momentum for this campaign right across the state. It is clear that a strong campaign, comprising of all those opposed to water charges across all of our towns and communities has the potential to defeat these charges and I am calling on all those who oppose these charges to mobilise on Saturday and send a clear message to this Government of our opposition to these unjust charges.”Sinn Féin is part of the Right2Water campaign. The Right2Water campaign is a broad based organisation made up of a number of campaigning groups which promotes water as a human right.The campaign is opposed to the introduction of water charges in Ireland. It is not advocating a ‘pay’ or ‘don’t pay’ position.DONEGAL SINN FEIN TDs CALL FOR PEOPLE TO GATHER FOR WATER CHARGE OPPOSITION RALLY was last modified: October 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyrallySinn Feinwater chargeslast_img read more


    first_imgLOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES By Aidan GuthrieSt. Mary’s GAABingo in the Hall on Tues at the earlier time of 8.30pm. Lotto results 2 with 3 counties Elaine Gallagher &Helen Long Convoy Next Weeks Jackpot €2300 Lotto available from any Committee Member. St Marys A.G.M. will take place on Sunday 6th Jan 2013 at 3pm ALLNominations need to be returned to Julia before 6pm on Friday 28th December. UNDERAGE PRESENTATION will take place on Sat 8th Dec @2.30 with a Donegal all Star and All Ireland winner as special guest.Blood Transfusion ServiceThe Blood transfusion service will be in Jackson’s hotel Ballybofey at the following times. Mon 10th Dec 6.30pm to 9.30pm Tues 11th and Wed 12th Dec 3.00 pm to 5.00pm and 7.00pm Please come along at time that suits you and bring a friend or two. Blood is urgently needed at this time so please please come along and donate.Drumkeen Youth ClubYouth Club this Fri 07th Dec 7:30-9:30pm.DATE FOR YOUR DAIRY: We are having our “BIG CHRISTMAS DISCO” on Sat 15th Dec in the hall from 4:30-6:00pm. All primary school children and younger welcome, lots of games and fun things to do, Adm €3.Finn Valley AC Jogging GroupThe Finn Valley AC has recently established a Jogging Group which meets every Monday night in Convoy opposite Breen’s Bar @ 7p.m.! All welcome! Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen Lotto Results 28th Nov 02, 05, 06, 19. No jackpot winner 2 Match 3. Numbers €50 each Mick Quinn, Churchill. Lucia diamond, Milford. Next weeks jackpot €3,675 Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agaibh.Tyrconnel Martyrs Flute BandWe would like to thank all our members and friends for their dedication in 2012. We will have a wee break now until the New Year, but remember the 3 Ps. Aye that’s right practice, practice & practice. Enjoy the break agus go raibh maith agaibh.Slimming World Slimming World meet every Tuesday in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar at 10am, 12 noon, 5.30pm & 7.30pm.  New members always welcome. Contact Catherine on 0863962666 for further information.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Birthdays, Anniversaries etc.Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comLOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more


    first_imgWants to go on air – O’LearyLOCAL radio has been rocked this morning with the news that Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has made a last minute bid for the radio franchise for north Donegal.Highland Radio is bidding to add another 10 years to its 24 years on the air covering the north of the county.But former Highland man Charlie Collins is hoping his DLFM station will be on air from September. Both sides gave oral presentations in Letterkenny yesterday.Now a loophole in the regulations of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has allowed a third bid, with a consortium financed by O’Leary making a submission later today.O’Leary’s granny is from Ardara and he has two uncles living in Malin; it’s understood several wealthy cousins – one with a gold mining business in Carndonagh – urged him to get behind the third bid which is believed to be called Tir Chonaill FM.One novel idea included in the bid is not to have a permanent studio, but to follow the example of the banks and go mobile, broadcasting from different villages and townlands every day from the mobile studio. Listeners will be able to sit in part of the mobile studio for €1 and watch presenters in action. Listeners wanting larger seats will have to pay €2 extra. The money will help to offset the decline in radio advertising revenue.O’Leary himself is said to be considering doing a live morning programme “but only during the summer months.”One insider at TCFM told Donegal Daily: “We are delighted Michael is behind the whole idea. The airwaves in Donegal will never be the same again.“He’s hoping to take over the Ocean FM franchise too, bringing the county together under one banner.”He said the slogan – A County Once Again – could help TCFM win the deals. “There will be no Derry news whatsoever on the station,” said the insider.Last night we managed to find O’Leary’s granny Mary in Ardara, pictured left.She approves of her grandson’s license bid, saying: “Cool. I like bit of metal music myself but I do hope Michael keeps playing Daniel O’Donnell.”The BAI said Section 5, subsection 23, paragraph 1a,c of its code allowed for late bids and an announcement on TCFM would be made just after noon today. However sources at DLFM and Highland say they are confident O’Leary’s bid will be scuppered.“It will never take off,” said one source at Mountain Top.SHOCK LAST MINUTE BID FOR DONEGAL RADIO LICENSE FROM RYANAIR BOSS was last modified: March 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DLFMHighland Radionmichael o’learyradio bidlast_img read more

  • Claim filed against county for shooting

    first_imgLANCASTER – The family of an unarmed man shot to death in a fight with a sheriff’s deputy has filed a $2 million civil-rights claim against Los Angeles County, accusing the deputy of mishandling the situation and using excessive force. The claim accuses sheriff’s officials of wrongfully withholding information from the family of Clint Updyke, who was shot about 6:30 a.m. Aug. 8 in a field after he crashed a car in an apparent road-rage incident. “They get to investigate themselves to see if they’ve been bad and it all happens in secret,” said attorney Marc Grossman, who is representing Updyke’s wife, two children and parents. The deputy, whom sheriff’s officials will not identify, was negligent in allowing a confrontation with an unarmed man to escalate after first hitting Updyke with a baton and shocking him with a Taser electronic stun device, Grossman said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “How he ended up in an altercation, with a Taser and ultimately deadly force, is just crazy,” Grossman said. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, was filed Dec. 16 with the county Board of Supervisors. A Sheriff’s Department spokesman said the department will not comment on pending litigation. Grossman earlier filed two requests for information about the shooting, but sheriff’s officials ignored one and denied the second, he said. Sheriff’s officials will not identify the name of the deputy, nor disclose the names of witnesses, Grossman said. A sheriff’s official incorrectly told reporters the day of the shooting that Updyke had tried to hit the deputy with a large rock, but a coroner’s report said it was really a clump of dirt, Grossman said. Los Angeles County district attorney’s officials are reviewing the department’s investigation to decide whether criminal charges are warranted, officials said Wednesday. After prosecutors make a decision on criminal charges, Sheriff’s Department internal affairs officials will decide whether the deputy violated department policies or procedures, a sheriff’s lieutenant said. The shooting will also be examined by the Office of Independent Review, an agency created in 2001 to oversee the Sheriff’s Department. Updyke, 26, was shot after knocking the deputy to the ground and while he stood or knelt over him, punching him, homicide Lt. Joe Hartshorne said. As he was being punched, the deputy told Updyke he would be shot if he didn’t stop the attack, Hartshorne said. The deputy had earlier hit Updyke with his baton and shocked him with a Taser, but that did not subdue him, Hartshorne said. “The deputy felt he’s losing the fight,” Hartshorne said. Two other deputies arrived after Updyke was shot and helped subdue him. Updyke died at a hospital. A coroner’s examination found traces of methamphetamine in Updyke’s system. Hartshorne said Updyke attacked the deputy as soon as the deputy got out of his patrol car, after witnesses pointed out Updyke as the man who minutes earlier had crashed a car in a drainage ditch and run off. The deputy radioed for other deputies to back him up but they didn’t arrive until after he shot Updyke, Hartshorne said. The deputy shocked Updyke when Updyke raised what the deputy thought was a large rock – which proved to be a dirt clod – over his head to hit him, Hartshorne said. Moments before the deputy arrived, Updyke had tried to force his way onto a school bus that had stopped to pick up students but the driver drove off, Hartshorne said. Sheriff’s officials had received several 911 calls after the 5:30 a.m. Nov. 8 crash on Newgrove Street near 30th Street West, Hartshorne said. One came from two people whose vehicle had been followed closely by Updyke’s compact car for a couple miles before it crashed. Updyke had been passing the other car closely and then braking, Hartshorne said. Updyke’s car was behind them when it crashed. The people didn’t know of anything that might have provoked him, Hartshorne said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • 49ers’ ‘Victory Monday’ to include scouting Ravens’ Lamar Jackson

    first_img How much Jimmy G-to-Kittle is too much Jimmy G-to-Kittle? With a little health and stability, Jimmie Ward finally showing 49ers, NFL what he can do SANTA CLARA – The 49ers locker room erupted with glee, Jimmy Garoppolo high-fived George Kittle, and Kyle Shanahan couldn’t mask his pleasure as he rewarded them with a Monday off after their 37-8 rout of the Green Bay Packers.Tonight, however, offers a chance for some extra-credit studying, if you will.Before the Baltimore Ravens (8-2) host the 49ers (10-1) next Sunday, they have a 5:15 p.m. kickoff at the Los Angeles Rams (6-4).SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Middle linebacker Fred Warner #54 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after the 49ers stopped the Green Bay Packers on 4th down during the first quarter of the game at Levi’s Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)“Of course, we’ll be watching,” linebacker Fred Warner said. “We have a great test ahead of us. “Lamar (Jackson, the Ravens quarterback) is an MVP candidate. He’s having an outstanding year. Yeah, we’ll be watching.”Watching, as opposed to quaking in their boots.Aside from an overtime loss Nov. 11 to the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers have turned back every challenger, from the meek (winless Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2) to the mighty (the Packers entered Sunday 8-2).“We crave every single game. Every week is a new challenge,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. “The great thing about this team is we don’t get scared about who’s the next opponent, or, you know, ‘This is supposed to be the top team in the league,’ or any of that. It’s just another team.”The Ravens and 49ers are the league’s two highest-scoring teams, at 34.1 and 30.2 points per game, respectively. FIRST LOOK: Hip-hop icon E-40 teams with 49ers on new music video Hall of Fame QB who once tormented 49ers now sees them as the NFC’s top playoff seed 49ers on Wednesday: Where have all the defensive interceptions gone? Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) tries to break free from Los Angeles Chargers free safety Derwin James in the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Defensively, the 49ers are allowing the second-fewest points (14.8 per game) and the Ravens’ the eighth-fewest (19.6).“We know how good we are,” Buckner added, “so we just have to show it every chance we get.”The next two chances are daunting, and not just because of the credibility that comes with the Ravens and New Orleans Saints (9-2). The day after Thanksgiving, the 49ers will go on a 10-day road trip, as they’ll practice in Bradenton, Fla., before visiting the Saints.“We don’t care if we’re playing on the moon. And we don’t care who we’re playing,” Richard Sherman told Peter King atop his Football Morning in America column. “We had a tough game against Tampa, who moved it on us in the heat. We had a frickin’ monsoon game in Washington. We don’t care. We play as hard as we can, as fast as we can, and let the chips fall.”Rain is forecast to fall on them Sunday in Baltimore. Same thing happened last time they played on the East Coast, 30 miles down the road, when they outlasted Washington 9-0 on Oct. 20.This will be the 49ers’ first visit to Baltimore since Thanksgiving Night, 2011 – a 16-6 loss. They met again the next year – something or other about a Super Bowl – and then again in 2015, when the 49ers won 25-20 at Levi’s Stadium.Related Articles These 49ers are off to the franchise’s best start since 1997, when they opened 11-1. Leading the way is the pass rush, which has produced at least three sacks in eight consecutive games for the first time in franchise history since sacks became a recorded statistic in 1982.Jackson’s been sacked 18 times through 10 games. He ranks sixth with a 106.3 passer rating (19 touchdowns, five interceptions), and he ranks 11th in the NFL with 781 rushing yards (and six rushing touchdowns).PRIME-TIME DRAW: The 49ers, in their fourth prime-time kickoff this season, were a ratings magnet, with perhaps a little help from the Packers. An audience of 21.3 million viewers was the largest for a Week 12 game on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” since 2015. The top-three metered markets: Milwaukee (38.6 rating, 57-percent market share), San Francisco (27.4; 52 percent) and Sacramento (24.5; 43 percent).SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times.last_img read more

  • How chef Siba Mtongana helps to end hunger

    first_imgSouth African celebrity chef and author Sibahle Mtongana is combining her love for food with philanthropy. She has been appointed a global impact ambassador for Stop Hunger Now and recently travelled to the US as part of her role. We find out more from her.South Africa’s ‘Sibalicious’ chef, Sibahle Mtongana, travels to the US in October 2016 as a global impact ambassador for Stop Hunger Now to raise awareness about ending world hunger. (Image: Sibahle Mtongana, Facebook)Priya PitamberSouth African celebrity chef, author and entrepreneur Sibahle Mtongana – simply known as Siba – has added another achievement to her extensive CV. She is also tackling hunger in her role as global impact ambassador for the international organisation Stop Hunger Now.In October, the host of the Food Network show, Siba’s Table, toured the US to raise awareness of world hunger during the How We Rise tour.She spent three weeks in the country, where her activities included media appearances and presentations at meal packaging events in Raleigh, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington DC.Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now CEO, said that during the campaign in South Africa, Mtongana spoke about how, as a child, she had been fortunate to receive food at school which had been donated by caring individuals.“As a global impact ambassador for Stop Hunger Now, Siba is paying that kindness forward by encouraging her many followers to get involved with Stop Hunger Now’s efforts to end hunger in our lifetime,” he said. “She is truly a champion.”We caught up with Mtongana to find out more about her trip to the US.Tell us about how you were chosen to be the global impact ambassador for Stop Hunger Now.I was approached to be ambassador for Global Mandela Day last year and through that campaign they asked me to be their global impact ambassador.They invited me to the US, to be there around 16 October 2016, which is World Food Day, to raise awareness about hunger. It lines up with Stop Hunger Now and the UN’s Sustainable Goals vision to end hunger by 2030.What does the role entail?My role is to be an advocate for change and raise awareness of the scourge of hunger on behalf of 795-million people who suffer from hunger and malnutrition on a daily basis.We do this through presentations at big corporate organisations, government institutions, educational institutions and faith groups, raising awareness around this astronomic challenge we are facing on a global scale.How does your being South African help to elevate the country’s profile internationally?It does in many ways. Being a global ambassador for such a powerful initiative does promote South Africa as I’m always introduced on its global platforms as a South African. During interviews I mention that I was born in Mdantsane township in East London, and there’s always interest to know more. I learnt that knowledge of South Africa and Africa as a whole in many ways is skewed.I always use the platforms to talk about all the great and positive things that we have achieved as a nation and areas where we have pioneered, which are not necessarily published across the world. For example, during a live TV interview in New York I spoke about the health implications of sugar and salt. I spoke about how South Africa was currently at war with sugar and how it was the first country [in Africa] to pass legislation to monitor the use of sugar in products, as well as how retailers had been challenged to put health manifestos on their shelves about all these health-threatening ingredients.They were very impressed by how we had pioneered as a country. They were also very inspired by my personal story – about how I had become a global brand yet had grown up in a township. It’s a great South African story that always changes perceptions of people from Africa and, to be specific, South Africa.It also positions us as global players who are seen as contributors and givers, as well as part of the solution to global conversations and initiatives.What were some of the highlights of your trip?Live TV interview in #LasVegas at the IBM World Of Watson Conference #SibaUStour #interviews— Sibahle Mtongana (@SibaMtongana) October 25, 2016I had a meeting with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women, at the UN headquarters in New York.I delivered a keynote address at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley, in San Francisco, as well as at IBM World of Watson in Las Vegas.And, I think, highlights were also visiting some of the US’s most influential cities, such as New York, Washington DC, Raleigh, Atlanta, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.How does the organisation, Stop Hunger Now, affect South Africa?Did you know that in South Africa, more than three million children go without food daily? That’s a scary number.There is a local office of Stop Hunger Now for Southern Africa which supports a lot of schools, especially day care centres, that are not funded by the government. Stop Hunger Now steps in and supports these establishments through food and other items. This allows the schools to spend money on improving their infrastructure instead, so they can stand on their own or be able to qualify for government assistance.In terms of the foodie scene, how does the US differ from South Africa?The food culture in the US is very “American” and some areas have strong Mexican and Asian influences.We have a lot of similarities, though, I think. I thoroughly enjoyed the farmers’ markets in San Francisco and Raleigh. New York is a melting pot of influences from all over the world.I finally tried the original world-famous cronut (a croissant doughnut hybrid) from Dominique Ansel Bakery.I guess what shook me was how huge their portion sizes of food were.How did you expand your culinary knowledge during your visit?Travelling is an education. You learn a lot about people, their culture and their food. When you are visiting another country, be a local and explore the destination you are visiting to its fullest.I ate as much American food as I could to expand my knowledge of how they ate. Some food wasn’t really my kind of vibe but I did try it to learn and broaden my scope of global cuisine. Some of the food I’m making lately is inspired by my trip.Do you have anything else to add?I’m really determined to use my global influence for positive change and also to change the narratives about and perceptions of South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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