This column was originally published Aug. 8, 2007, the day after Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s home run record.SAN FRANCISCO — It was a simple act. The home run always has been. Barry Bonds swung his bat, laying its sweet spot against the incoming pitch. The sound was unmistakable, the ball’s flight undeniable.It was over in fewer than 10 seconds. Bonds dropped his bat and raised his arms as the 756th home run of his career took flight, an increasingly distant speck against the Tuesday night …
The Presidency children’s website is colourful and entertaining. (Image: The Presidency) The website is aimed at children in primary school. (Image: Emily Venter, City of Johannesburg. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Presidency of South Africa has launched a new educational website that aims to teach children about its work, inform them of their rights, encourage their interest in communication and the internet, and build national pride.Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang launched the website on 23 March at the Union Buildings, attended by her guests – a special delegation of 24 children from schools in the Gauteng area.Tshabalala-Msimang, formerly the controversial minister of health before the governmental shake-up in September 2008, took the children into her office to personally explain the work of the Presidency and listen to their input. A network of computers was set up so that the youngsters could familiarise themselves with the website.“We are gathered here today to witness one of the key achievements in the children’s sector,”said Tshabalala-Msimang. “Our children need continuous information about their rights, and of course not forgetting that rights go with responsibilities.”In the future, added the minister, the website will carry related information such as the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the African Union Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.With a friendly animated yellow dog as a guide, the colourful and engaging website offers interesting information about South Africa, its government and leadership, its traditions, including the coat of arms, national flag and national symbols, and important historical structures such as Tuynhuys and the Union Buildings.Tuynhuys, situated in the Parliament precinct in Cape Town, is the president’s residence and office when he stays in the Mother City. The old building dates back to the 17th century and the days of Jan van Riebeeck, the founder of Cape Town. Over the centuries the building has undergone extensive renovations and extensions, as well as a few name changes.The impressive Union Buildings, the seat of the South African government, are situated in Pretoria. The structure, which is a national monument, houses the office of the South African president and is notable for its magnificent terraced gardens, which feature only indigenous plants.Moving with the timesWhile they are having fun learning everything they need to know about South Africa’s government, children are unaware that they are also learning important technological skills that that will serve them well in the future.“We want to move with the times,” said Tshabalala-Msimang, “and harness the minds of children at an early age. This will allow the next generation to get to grips with ICT and move forward with the world. It will also help them to know about their own country and build a sense of patriotism and pride in who they are.”The target age group is six to 13 years, and the cheerful content is designed to connect directly with these little ones. The whole site, which has been in the planning for a year, is designed in Flash to give children an animated and wholly interactive 3D experience. Alphabet blocks, rainbows, balloons, and animals provide an enticing environment for youngsters to explore.The educational content on the site is fully aligned with the school curriculum, added the minister, and was developed in consultation with the national Department of Education. All content was checked by a children’s language editor to ensure that the target audience will be easily able to understand.There is a downloads area for important information such as section 28 of the constitution – which deals with children’s rights – and government initiatives such as the national orders, the country’s highest honours, and the Batho Pele (SeSotho, meaning “people first”) scheme that aims to improve the quality of government services. These may be saved and read at leisure.Useful links are provided, as well as a facility for feedback. “We encourage the public, parents, teachers, and other interested parties to help us to constantly improve the site,” sad Tshabalala-Msimang.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org.Related storiesSouth Africa’s governmentEducation in South AfricaUseful linksThe Presidency children’s websiteConstitutional Court – children’s rightsDepartment of Education read more
The staff at South Africa’s Financial Intelligence Centre in Centurion outside Tshwane celebrate Football Friday with Bafana Bafana gear, vuvuzela blowing and diski dancing competitions, and some serious office Foosball action!The FIC’s undisputed vuvuzela champion blows her stuff. (Photo: Lesego Madumo, Brand South Africa)FIC staff members work their moves on the Foosball table. (Photo: Lesego Madumo, Brand South Africa) View the full FIC photoset on FlickrShare your own Football Friday thoughts, photos and videos Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 2 February 2010. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Paige Pence was awarded the title of Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2016 Ohio State Fair. She spoke with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood after her show about the win, her goat Logan, and her other showing experience.
Now that you have learned how to get your kids outside with geocaching, make sure the caches you find are fun for them. Putting in time to plan your outing is a worthwhile investment in future family outings. Here are five tips on how you can select the best caches to make your kids’ caching trip a success!Choose easy geocachesUnless your child is a monkey (in that case go for a T5) or the next Einstein (only D5 caches may suffice), go for geocaches with a low difficulty and terrain rating. You want them to be able to find and grab the cache themselves. That unique feeling of discovery will keep your little explorers coming back for more.Bigger often is betterFor kids, one of the biggest motivators is the possibility of finding real geocaching treasure (SWAG): a bouncy ball? A small plastic animal? A shiny sticker? Yes, yes, and yes. The bigger the cache the more likely you’ll find toys and trinkets for your little geocachers to enjoy. So go for at least medium or large caches. And of course – don’t forget to raid your kids’ overflowing toy chest before heading out to ensure you bring something of equal or higher value to trade.Make sure it’s thereNothing will make geocaching seem less fun than an endless and ultimately fruitless search. There isn’t a guarantee the cache will be at the hiding location, but you can make sure it likely is. Check the latest activity on the caches you’re venturing out to find. If the cache hasn’t been found for a good while or there are a few recent DNF logs (Did not find), take that one off your List.Search by your favorite kids charactersIf you are a Premium member, make use of the web search keyword filter. Enter the name of your childrens’ favorite TV show or story book character, and see if there are any themed caches around. Fun fact: there are currently over a hundred Mickey Mouse themed geocaches to find worldwide.Create a Pocket query with kid-friendly attributesAnother option for Premium members is to create a Pocket query and select the attribute called Recommended for kids. Depending how old your progeny are the attribute Stroller accessible can come in handy. A third attribute to look for is Night cache. If nothing else works, pushing out bedtime for an exciting night caching adventure might be just the thing to get your offspring leaving the house.Did you find caches your kids especially loved? Share your best finds in the comments!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related read more
Normal anatomyThe fingers and toes are supplied by vessels and nerves which run up the lateral aspects of each digit.IndicationsThe surgery is recommended in a case of amputated fingers or toes, with salvaged digits in a condition that would enable replantation. This usually requires a clean cut across the digit, with minimal damage to the digital vessels and nerve. Amputated digits should be brought to the hospital with the patient, wrapped in moist paper towels, in a plastic bag, and on ice. Ice should be placed in a second plastic bag, into which the first plastic bag containing the severed digit is placed, to prevent direct contact between the ice and the severed digit.Procedure, part 1While the patient is sleepy (sedated) or deep asleep and pain-free (regional anesthesia or general anesthesia),the bone ends are shortened to eliminate tension on the repaired vessels. The bone is stabilized with wires. Tendon repairs are done next.Procedure, part 2Digital nerves and vessels are repaired with microsurgical instruments. This part of the surgery is most critical to its success. The skin is then closed. A bulky dressing is applied. Young children may have a cast applied to protect the area from injury.AftercareThe function of the replanted digit varies depending on the type of injury, the quality of the repair, and the post-operative healing course. Physical therapy after surgery is required to optimize function.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.advertisement read more