Boino retires in style

first_imgBoino out ran his younger country men by three metres to the finish line at the BSP Stadium.PNG dominated the men’s event, winning all three medals on offer.The Pacific Games record holder with a time of 50.96 seconds ran in lane three, and had to make up yards to catch the start leader Gime at the final 150 metre mark.Turning the bend,  Boino came powering over the hurdles, using is legs and arm to take him home with a winning time of 52.51s.And Peniel Joshua (53.14s) and Wala Gime (53.70s) of PNG finished second and third respectively.Boino ends his carrier at the track where he started and dominated the 400m hurdles for the last 20 years.last_img read more

Guyanese man throws 4-year-old brother to death

first_imgA Guyanese man was charged with murder after he confessed to throwing his four-year-old brother off the roof of their seven-storey building on Saturday.After committing the act, the mentally-ill man calmly walked up and told the Police what he had done. The dead child has been identified as Shimron Smith while his eldest brother who committed the act is Shawn Smith.The New York Post reported that the suspect was admitted to Kings County Hospital in July for psychiatric treatment, but had since stopped taking the medication prescribed to treat his schizophrenia, family members told cops.According to the New York Post, Smith said: “I just killed my brother – I took my brother up to the roof and I threw him off,” before leading Police to where his brother’s broken body lay twisted in a trash-strewn Midwood courtyard.Shawn was charged Saturday afternoon with his brother’s murder, which happened at 02:45h, minutes after he allegedly led the boy up to the roof. He had no prior criminal record or history of violence, Police sources noted.But he recently told his family that voices in his head were ordering him to do “something bad” — though he did not, or could not, warn anyone what that might be, Police sources said.And he had been suicidal in the past – prompting several 911 calls in April, when he climbed up to the same roof at Nostrand Avenue, near Avenue K, and onlookers feared he might jump, the sources said.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Pic saved as 4-year-oldCaption: Dead: Shimron Smithlast_img read more

Exclusive – Van Gaal may decide he doesn’t need Rooney now, warns Man United legend

first_imgPaul McGrath believes Wayne Rooney has put his status as a guaranteed Manchester United starter in jeopardy by being sent off against West Ham.Louis van Gaal indicated earlier this season that he views his captain as the only untouchable outfield player in his star-studded squad.But McGrath believes the Dutchman may revise his opinion should United impress while the striker serves a three-match ban for his wild kick at Stewart Downing during the narrow victory over the Hammers at the weekend.“They have got so much talent up front that Wayne is probably not going to be missed as much as people think he is,” said the Red Devils legend, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Van Gaal is going to have to change the whole front system around and it might work better. You never know.“I would have Wayne Rooney in there every time but he has given himself a problem by getting out [of the team] so simply. He has given Van Gaal a problem because he can say, ‘do we really need Wayne sprinting round the pitch, kicking people and maybe being petulant?’ And we are going to find out whether he does.”United’s victory over West Ham will have come as a huge relief to Van Gaal, who has endured a tough start to his Old Trafford reign.But McGrath still feels United are a work in progress and expects his old club to miss out on Champions League football for another season.“I hate to say this as an ex-Man United player and supporter but I think it is a case of sorting this lot out and being patient and waiting for the rise of Manchester United, probably later on in this season. I don’t think a top four finish will be on the cards,” he said.last_img read more

FREE SEMINAR FOR SMALL FOOD BUSINESSES

first_imgThe Food Safety Authority of Ireland is holding a free ‘Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar’ to assist those working in small food businesses or those who are thinking of setting up a food business.The half day event next Thursday brings together a range of experts to explore the requirements businesses need to meet to get started and comply with all relevant food safety legislation.Experts on the day will provide assistance and advice on everything from registering and running a small food business; what to expect from an inspection; food product development; food safety training requirements; setting up a food safety management system; labelling legislation; traceability; and the numerous information resources available from the FSAI. There will also be two case studies by locally based companies sharing their personal insights into setting up and running a small food business. There will be a number of Q&A sessions throughout the morning and all experts will be available after the event closes for further discussion.Also there will be experts from a number of other State agencies offering advice on areas such as health and safety requirements; financial supports; product development and; food entrepreneurships.The event takes place from 8am to 1pm on Thursday, 28th January at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9. Booking is advised and further information is available at www.fsai.ie/events.According to, Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI the Small Food Business Start-up Seminar is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is thinking about starting a small food business or who has recently gone into business in the food sector. “There is a clear appetite for information amongst people wishing to pursue new food businesses,” says Dr Byrne.“Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for people to get all the information and advice they need in order to set up their food business. We also provide information for those already in business who may wish to expand their business or want to keep up-to-date with changes in food legislation. This seminar is one of a number of free supports we provide on an ongoing basis to food entrepreneurs.There is a free Advice Line service at info@fsai.ie. FREE SEMINAR FOR SMALL FOOD BUSINESSES was last modified: January 22nd, 2016 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:donegalfood safety seminarFSAIlast_img read more

The ten best goalkeepers in the Premier League so far this season

first_imgWell, talkSPORT.com have been right across the action in 2018/19 and – after much deliberating – here is who we rate as the top ten ‘keepers so far this term…10. Mat Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion)The shortest keeper in the Premier League at 6ft, Ryan stood tall for Brighton last season as they avoided relegation and has continued that impressive form so far, keeping three clean sheets in a row as the Seagulls recorded successive victories over West Ham, Newcastle United and Wolves. 9. Ben Foster (Watford)Foster was a proven Premier League goalkeeper when Watford moved to sign him for a budget £4million fee from West Brom, and he’s continued to perform brilliantly in the top-flight. The 35-year-old has started all 12 of Watford’s matches this season, and he’s pulled off some truly eye-catching saves to play a key role in the Hertfordshire club’s excellent start to the campaign; fine stops against Crystal Palace and Wolves will surely top the ‘saves of the season’ ranking and are well worth revisiting. 6. Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers)It has been a pretty faultless start to Premier League life for the former Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper, who has played his part in helping the newly-promoted side rise to 11th in the table. Four clean sheets and a 76 per cent save ratio – the best outside the top five teams – suggest the Portugal no.1 is proving his worth. 1. David De Gea (Manchester United)While he has been nowhere near the level of last season, De Gea is still the Premier League’s best goalkeeper. A Golden Glove winner and five times PFA Team of the Year inductee, the Spaniard has proven his class over a number of campaigns and although his long-term Old Trafford future is in doubt, Red Devils supporters will be praying he stays for many years to come. 7. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)He had an excellent World Cup and Schmeichel continues to be a commanding presence in the Foxes goal after proving his ability on the world stage. Four clean sheets in 12 matches this season, the Dane is vital to Claude Puel’s Leicester side. 11 11 11 8. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)The Spurs shot-stopper has come in for a lot of criticism this season after a number of high-profile errors, particularly in the Champions League. However, despite his erratic form, the World Cup winner remains one of Europe’s best and has still produced some brilliant match-saving stops. 11 11 11center_img 5. Jordan Pickford (Everton)England’s standout performer during their run to the World Cup semi-final, the 24-year-old is firmly established as no.1 for club and country. Comfortable with the ball at his feet, he is an excellent distributor and makes crucial saves on a weekly basis. His displays have even seen him linked with a big money transfer to Man United. 11 4. Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)The world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa has enjoyed a fine start to life at Stamford Bridge since his £71.6m switch from Athletic Bilbao. Nine clean sheets in all competitions have given Chelsea the third tightest defence in the league and as is compulsory among modern keepers, he is equally confident with the ball at his feet, averaging 29 passes per match. 11 3. Alisson (Liverpool)Despite mistakes against Leicester and Arsenal, Alisson is vital to Liverpool and has restored a level of order after the dismal days of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. The second most expensive goalkeeper in the world, the £65m man is confident and commanding and has kept five clean sheets in the league, the joint highest, and appears to have solved Jurgen Kopp’s keeper crisis. 11 11 11 2. Ederson (Manchester City)The Brazilian has changed the role of goalkeeping, turning it into an art form, with his ability to swiftly turn defence into attack, through accurate passes – 82.7 per cent – to be exact, that get City forward. Think of his assist for Sergio Aguero to open the scoring against Huddersfield. Oh, and he has only conceded five goals. The Premier League is blessed with some top-class goalkeepers and there have been some truly outstanding performances from some of the men between the sticks this season.We’re sure most club’s fans think they’ve got the best shot-stopper in the top-flight, but who actually has been number one?last_img read more

DONEGAL STAR MCHUGH APOLOGISES OVER “OFF THE CUFF” REMARK ABOUT ANTRIM

first_imgDonegal star Mark McHugh has apologised after what he said was an “off the cuff” remark about the Antrim GAA team.The Kilcar man had ben asked if he thought his father Martin, a columnist with the Irish Star newspaper, would now tip Donegal to win the All Ireland.McHugh Snr has constantly tipped Donegal’s opposition in this year’s championship. In response to the query McHugh Jnr said he did not think his dad would tip Donegal even if they were playing Antrim.But now Mark McHugh said he is sorry and that emotions were high after the game against Cork in the semi-final.“I talked it over with my father and he was not too happy about it. There was no offence intended to Antrim, who have quite a good record against Donegal.I should not have said it and I hope I have not caused offence,” he said.  DONEGAL STAR MCHUGH APOLOGISES OVER “OFF THE CUFF” REMARK ABOUT ANTRIM was last modified: September 5th, 2012 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:AntrimdonegalMark McHughMartin McHughlast_img read more

DONEGAL FAMILY PRAY FOR YOUNG WOMAN LEFT IN COMA IN INDONESIA

first_imgGAELIC FOOTBALL friends of a Derry woman fighting for her life in an Indonesian hospital have asked for prayers for her recovery.Lisa Orsi, a 22-year-old physiotherapist from the Waterside, is based in Singapore and had flown to East Java for a trekking holiday.Her uncle Peter, from Letterkenny, said Lisa had been the victim of a “one in a million” medical condition whilst walking near a volcano. He said he and Lisa’s grandparents in Donegal and the entire family are overwhelmed by messages of support.“What we understand is that she took a bad reaction up there which caused her sinuses to swell which blocked the flow of oxygen to her brain,” he said.“She collapsed later in her bedroom after taking a shower. She couldn’t breathe properly and this is what caused the damage.The doctors have said this is a one in a million freak accident. We are in shock. We cannot believe it.“This has affected her family and the community across Derry and Donegal,” he added. The Singapore Gaelic Lions, the team Lisa plays for, also released a statement.“We know a lot of people have been wondering about Lisa’s condition today. We have waited until now to update everyone as we wanted to ensure that Lisa’s family were updated on her condition first. They are with Lisa at present,” said the club.“Unfortunately Lisa’s condition isn’t good. She has sustained severe brain damage as a result of a period of hypoxia and she is still in a coma in ICU. We and the family are confident that Lisa is receiving the necessary care as we have been communicating with doctors in Singapore.“The possibility of a transfer to Singapore has been explored. However based on the opinion of doctors in Singapore and Indonesia it has been decided that Lisa will remain in Indonesia to receive care at present.“Everyone here and Lisa’s family appreciate all your support. For now we hope and pray for Lisa. “Lisa’s family would like to extend their thanks to everyone for all of your kind words and support.”DONEGAL FAMILY PRAY FOR YOUNG WOMAN LEFT IN COMA IN INDONESIA was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 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:comaDerrydonegalindonesiaLIsa Orsilast_img read more

PLEA TO COUNCIL TO RELEASE VACANT HOUSES TO RESIDENTS

first_imgLiam Whyte outside a vacant house in Ardara.A call has been made on Donegal County Council to take measures to solve the ongoing housing crisis by allocating vacant houses to families on the housing list.Local activist Liam Whyte said there are houses on estates in Ardara which have ben vacant for some time.“It’s well known in Ardara that there’s a vacant house for some considerable time in the Charlie Bennett Drive estate and it would stand to sense that vacant houses like this would be allocated, instead of lying idle,” he said. He said the growing housing problem throughout the county has been highlighted often over the last year and the very least that could be done would be to use houses such as this available.“While the latest figures reveal that 2,500 people are on the housing list in Donegal with those figures expected to grow it is unacceptable that houses are left vacant for over a year.“The council needs to come up with a strategy to resolve such issues with the housing problem at such a critical level. I would urge swift action to be taken to ensure those on the waiting list are accommodated as soon as possible,” he added.PLEA TO COUNCIL TO RELEASE VACANT HOUSES TO RESIDENTS was last modified: August 27th, 2015 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:ArdarahousesLiam Whytevacantlast_img read more

Sudafrikas Transportnetzwerk

first_imgSudafrika hat die Transportinfrastruktur einer Industrienation. Die Strassen sind erstklassig. Das Flug- und Schienennetz ist das Großte auf dem Kontinent. Und die Hafen des Landes bieten einen naturlichen Zwischenlandungspunkt fur die Schifffahrt von und nach Europa, den Amerikas, Asien, Australasien und beide Kusten Afrikas.Die Transportbranche wurde von der Regierung als einer der Hauptfaktoren zur Verbesserung der sudafrikanischen Wettbewerbsfahigkeit im weltweiten Markt anerkannt. Sie wird in zunehmendem Maße als Motor fur wirtschaftliches Wachstum und soziale Entwicklung gesehen.2010 Fifa Fußball-WMSudafrika plant Ausgaben in Hohe von 9 Milliarden Rand zur Verbesserung und Erweiterung der Transportinfrastruktur in den neun Spielstadten, um den massiven Besucherzustrom bei der Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 bewaltigen zu konnen.In Vorbereitung sind Großmodernisierungen der Flughafen des Landes sowie Verbesserungen im Beforderungswesen, u. a. ein Taximodernisierungsprogramm, die Vereinheitlichung des Zugverkehrs und eine Umstrukturierung des Busverkehrs.Hafen und SchifffahrtHauptschifffahrtsrouten fuhren an Sudafrikas Kuste entlang in den Sudatlantik und den Indischen Ozean. Auf dem Seeweg finden ca. 96% der Exporte Sudafrikas statt und die sieben Handelshafen sind die Handelsadern zwischen Sudafrika und den anderen Partnern im sudlichen Afrika sowie Dreh- und Angelpunkte fur den Handel mit Europa, Asien, Nord- und Sudamerika und der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas.Die staatliche Behorde Transnet National Ports Authority verwaltet die Hafen des Landes. Diese Hafen sind: Richards Bay und Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, East London und Port Elizabeth am Ostkap und Mossel Bay, Kapstadt und Saldanha am Westkap.Durban ist Afrikas geschaftigster Hafen und hat die großte Containeranlage Afrikas, wahrend Richards Bay der weltgroßte Bulkterminal fur Kohle ist. Zusammen genommen haben Sudafrikas Hafen 2007 183 Mio. Tonnen Fracht umgeschlagen. Umfangreiche Erweiterungen sind in der Vorbereitung, um die Kapazitaten zu steigern.Ein achter Handelshafen (Ngqura) ist derzeit in Entwicklung vor der Kuste von Port Elizabeth in der Provinz Ostkap. Die Inbetriebnahme ist fur 2009 vorgesehen. Nqura wird der tiefste Containerterminal in Afrika sein. Das Areal gehort als wesentlicher Bestandteil zu Coega, einer der strategischen Industrieentwicklungszonen in Sudafrika.StraßenSudafrikas Straßennetz umfasst ca. 754.000 Kilometer, von denen 9.600 km auf befestigte Nationalstraßen entfallen. Die Fahrt von Messina an der sudafrikanischen Nordgrenze bis nach Kapstadt im Suden ist eine Reise uber 2.000 km auf gut unterhaltenen Straßen.Ca. 2 400 km des Straßennetzes sind mautpflichtig.Wahrend das Verkehrsministerium die Leitlinien vorgibt, obliegt der Bau von Straßen und deren Instandhaltung er South African National Roads Agency sowie den neun Provinzen und den Kommunen.EisenbahnSudafrikas hat ein großflachiges Schienennetz – das zehntgroßte der Welt – das an die Schienennetze Schwarzafrikas angebunden ist.Die staatliche Gesellschaft Transnet Freight Rail ist die großte Bahngesellschaft und Schwerlastspedition im sudlichen Afrika mit einem Schienennetz von 22.000 km, von denen 1.500 km fur den Schwerlastverkehr geeignet sind. Die Schieneninfrastruktur des Unternehmens verbindet die Hafen mit den restlichen Landesteilen und macht ca. 80% des gesamten afrikanischen Bahnnetzes aus.Die Regierung hat ein Projekt zur Verbesserung der Bahnsicherheit und zur Neubelebung des Zuges als offentliches Verkehrsmittel gestartet. 2008 hat die Regierung Investitionen in Hohe von 19,5 Milliarden Rand pro Jahr uber einen Zeitraum von vier Jahren zur Modernisierung der Hafen und der Bahninfrastruktur angekundigt. Davon ist die Halfte fur den Schienenfrachtverkehr vorgesehen.Die South African Rail Commuter Corporation betreibt die Metrorail-Nahverkehrszuge in Kapstadt, in der Provinz Ostkap sowie in Durban und im Großraum Johannesburg/Pretoria. Diese Zuge werden hauptsachlich von weniger reichen Sudafrikanern benutzt.Fur Touristen und andere gut betuchte Passagiere bietet sich der Blue Train, einer der beruhmtesten Luxuszuge weltweit. Shosholoza Meyl befordert wahrend dessen ca. vier Millionen Fahrgaste zwischen den wichtigsten Stadten des Landes.Zugverbindungen bestehen ebenfalls mit anderen Landern im sudlichen Afrika (Simbabwe, Mosambik und Swaziland).Gautrain Rapid Rail LinkDer Gautrain, ein 80 km langes Schnellzugnetz, wird Johannesburg und Pretoria mit dem OR Tambo International Airport verbinden und bietet gleichzeitig eine sichere und bequeme Alternative zu den haufigen Staus auf der Autobahn von Johannesburg nach Pretoria.Das 25-Milliarden-Rand-Projekt ist eine Partnerschaft zwischen der Provinz Gauteng und der privatrechtlichen Bombelo Concession Company, einem kanadisch-franzosisch-sudafrikanischen Konsortium. Es wird geschatzt, dass der Gautrain bis 2009 etwa 33.000 Arbeitsplatze schafft.24 Zuge werden 18 Stunden am Tag mit einer Reisegeschwindigkeit von 160 km/h verkehren, mit einem veranschlagten Fahrgastaufkommen von 135.000 pro Tag. Fur den Zubringertransport von und zum Bahnhof und zu nahe gelegenen Zielen werden Luxusbusse bereitstehen.Es wird 10 Haltepunkte geben, 3 davon unterirdisch. Der unterirdisch gefuhrte Streckenabschnitt wird 14 km lang sein und an manchen Stellen bis zu 96 m unter der Oberflache verlaufen.Die erste Phase, der Abschnitt zwischen dem Flughafen, Sandton und Midrand, wird rechtzeitig zur Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 fertig gestellt. Die Fertigstellung der zweiten Phase ist fur 2011 vorgesehen.Flughafen und FluggesellschaftenÜber 50 Fluggesellschaften mit 230.000 Landungen und uber 33 Mio. Passagieren pro Jahr verkehren an den zehn sudafrikanischen Hauptflughafen. Dazu gehoren auch die drei wichtigsten internationalen Flughafen Johannesburg, Kapstadt und Durban, sowie die Flughafen Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberly, Upington, Bloemfontein und Pilansberg.21 Fluguberwachungszentren uberwachen den Betrieb von 145 lizenzierten Kleinflughafen mit asphaltierten Landebahnen und mehr als 580 Flugplatzen mit unasphaltierten Landebahnen.Die halbprivatisierte Gesellschaft Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) ist fur die Koordination der Infrastrukturerweiterung auf den Flughafen des Landes zustandig.2007 legte Acsa den Entwurf fur ein funfjahriges Kapitalaufstockungsprogramm im Werte von fast 20 Milliarden Rand vor, um die Flughafen auf die neue Flugzeuggeneration vorzubereiten und um das Passagieraufkommen bewaltigen zu konnen.Der Johannesburger OR Tambo International Airport ist Afrikas meistfrequentierter Flughafen mit ca. 8,9 Mio. Passagieren pro Jahr. Er wurde 2007 vom Airports Council International zum besten Flughafen des Kontinents gekurt.Cape Town International mit 3,8 Millionen Passagieren pro Jahr wurde zum fuhrenden Flughafen Afrikas gewahlt und erhielt uber sieben Jahre in Folge die Auszeichnung World Travel Award.South African Airways, Sudafrikas nationale Fluggesellschaft, fliegt uber 700 Stadte an (darunter 20 Ziele in Afrika) und bietet Wartungsdienstleistungen fur eine Vielzahl von anderen Fluggesellschaften in der Welt.Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):Standard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaSouth Africa YearbookDepartment of TransportTransnet National Ports AuthorityCoega Development CorporationTransnet Freight RailSouth African Rail Commuter CorporationGautrain Rapid Rail LinkAirports Company South AfricaSouth African Airwayslast_img read more

‘We cannot continue to tolerate abuse’

first_img25 November 2010Violence against women and children was an attack on South Africa’s Bill of Rights and Constitution that could no longer be tolerated, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe said at the launch of the 16 Days of Activism campaign in Khayelitsha, Cape Town on Thursday.“I want to tell you today that eradicating violence against women is among our core business as government,” he said, adding that perpetrators should not be given any room to manoeuvre.A recent survey by the government found that women who wanted to report abuse often had to wait three to four hours in police stations repeating the same story to several police officers; that medical examinations were held days later; that doctors rarely treated survivors for HIV or offered medical assistance; and that women faced more risk of being raped when they walked back from hospital.Radebe said that, further to this, when the case involved a partner or ex-boyfriend, many police officers discouraged women from laying charges.Sexual Offences Courts, Thuthuzela Care CentresIn a bid to counter such incidents, the department has set up 54 Sexual Offences Courts with dedicated waiting areas away from the accused, while children are able to give testimony via closed-circuit television.The minister also opened the 27th Thuthuzela Care Centre in Pietermaritzburg earlier this week. These centres link women who have been sexually abused to health workers, social workers and prosecutors.The centres have been one of the government’s most successful programmes, said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, adding another one would be opening soon in KwaZulu-Natal.She said women had been intensifying their efforts to make gender equality a societal issue.A victim’s testimonyMotshekga’s address was followed by testimony from a Cape Town woman who had been a victim of domestic abuse. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her children, spoke out about the 19 years of abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband.“I’ve been abused in all ways possible – sexually, physically and financially,” said the woman, who left her husband two months ago when he began abusing her children.She recounted one incident where her husband dragged her by her hair to the kitchen, where he choked her until she blacked out. He then raped her before cleaning her off with a t-shirt.She was now picking up the pieces of her life and was writing a book about her abuse.Illegal to do nothingAlso speaking at the launch, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana said it was the responsibility of all in the community to report incidences of abuse of women and children to police or social workers.“The Children’s Act in particular makes it illegal for someone not to do anything if they are aware of the abuse,” said Xingwana.Western Cape Minister of Social Development Patricia de Lille said her department would be running a campaign in the province during the 16 Days of Activism, targeting men who were not paying maintenance for their children.De Lille, who estimated the value of maintenance defaults to be over R9.5-million, said her department, together with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, would publish the names of the defaulters daily.Twelve roadblocks would also be set up in the Western Cape for next 16 days to track down defaulters.In addition, De Lille said community development workers were out in the community to help trace about 300 mothers who were not claiming disbursements totalling about R3-million.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more