NCAA: Arellano recovers from San Beda loss, rallies to beat Perpetual DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The Jiang twins from China created history by winning the duet in the synchronized swimming, returning to the Asian Games after extended breaks to have children.Jiang Wenwen and Jian Tingting won the duet titles at the 2006 and 2010 editions of the Asian Games and reunited for another gold in Jakarta.The 32-year-old siblings, the oldest artistic swimmers to compete at the Asian Games, topped the technical and free routines to win with 186.5101 points, more than four clear of Yukiko Inui and Megumu Yoshida who took silver for Japan. Another set of twins, Yekaterina and Alexandra Nemich, collected bronze for Kazakhstan.There are 31 gold medals on the line in 12 sports on the 10th day of competition in the co-host cities of Jakarta and Palembang.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jonatan Christie of Indonesia celebrates after defeating Kenta Nishimoto of Japan during their men’s badminton singles semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)JAKARTA, Indonesia— Every host has a signature event that defines the success of the games, at least in context of sport.Jonatan Christie won that for the 2018 Asian Games hosts with a 21-18, 20-22, 21-15 win over Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen to secure the badminton men’s singles gold medal for Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The 21-year-old Christie, nicknamed Jojo, grabbed the national attention with his shirt-shredding celebration following his semifinal win over Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto and enhanced it with his pressure-packed win in the final.Just like national hero Tan Joe Hok did in 1962 when Indonesia last hosted the games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Badminton is the national sport in Indonesia, although it hasn’t won the men’s singles title at the Asian Games since Taufik Hidayat won back-to-back golds in 2002 and ’06. China’s Lin Dan won both in between.The hosts picked up another badminton gold in the men’s doubles — it was an all-Indonesian final — after top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan beat India’s Olympic and world championship silver medalist and millionaire Pusarla Venkata Sindhu 21-13, 21-16 in 36 minutes for the women’s singles final. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments
Orlando Magic’s D.J. Augustin moves the ball as Chicago Bulls’ Ryan Arcidiacono defends during their regular-season NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)MEXICO CITY — The Bulls had the fans, but Nikola Vucevic and the Magic got the win.Vucevic scored 26 points, including a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds remaining, and Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over Chicago on Thursday night in its first of two games in Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Most of the 20,201 fans that packed the Arena Ciudad de México were using the red and black colors from the Bulls, who arrived in Mexico amid reports of turmoil in the locker room under new coach Jim Boylen.“We knew about the fans and we wanted to come here and give Mexico City an exciting game and we did,” said Justin Holiday, who finished with 18 points for the Bulls. “We are on the right direction. We got another loss but we are on the right direction.”After Lauri Markkanen tied it at 91 with 1:06 left to play, Vucevic nailed a 15-foot jumper to put the Magic ahead and Augustin iced the game with four free throws in the final seconds.The Bulls led 26-24 after the first quarter, but Augustin nailed a couple of 3-pointers in an 11-3 run in the middle of the second and Orlando was ahead 39-29 with seven minutes left to play. LaVine scored on back-to-back jumpers to close the deficit to 51-46 at halftime.LaVine had 14 points after two quarters while Vucevic led the Magic with 13.ADVERTISEMENT Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has surgery on dislocated thumb Chicago started the second half on a 7-2 run and tied it at 53 after a couple of free throws from Wendell Carter Jr., but Orlando took a six-point lead into the fourth period after 3-pointers from Jonathon Simmons and Mo Bamba.The game was the NBA’s 27th in Mexico, and Orlando will play Utah on Saturday. Only the United States and Canada have hosted more.Eight of the last 26 games in Mexico have been regular-season contests.TIP-INSMagic: With 11 3-pointers, the Magic have 19 games with 10 or more and have an 11-8 record in those games. … Orlando broke a four-game losing streak to the Bulls, who swept them in the 2017-18 series for the first time since 2012-13.Bulls: The game was the first neutral-site, regular-season game for Chicago outside of the United States. … Holiday made four 3-pointers and has converted at least one in 39 straight games, the longest streak in Bulls history and the longest of his career.UP NEXTMagic: Play at Mexico City against Utah.Bulls: Play at San Antonio on Saturday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Vucevic shot 11 for 21 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, while D.J. Augustin added 15 points for the Magic.“It was what we came here for. We were coming from (three) straight losses and we knew the trip was not going be easy against a team that was going to regroup,” Vucevic said. “It was tough, but we found a way in the end and now we are focusing on Utah for Saturday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissZach LaVine scored 23 points but the Bulls (6-23) lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games and remained with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.The Bulls, playing in Mexico for the first time in their history, were the main attraction for the game in a country where the franchise is considered the second-most popular among local fans. Many of them fell in love with the team when Michael Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in the 1990s. 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The fear of the deadly Ebola virus has forced the House of Representatives to suspend its Extra Ordinary Sitting for Tuesday, September 16, 2014.According to a statement issued from the House’s Press Bureau, leadership of the House took the decision based “on medical advice.” “The House Chambers and surrounding offices are expected to be disinfected due to a probable case of Ebola,” the statement said.“Members and chamber staff have been asked to stay away for 48 hours after the fumigation. “The Chief Clerk of the House, Madam Mildred Siryon, has been instructed to communicate the House’s decision to the Liberian Senate. The House took the decision after one of the Chamber’s doorkeepers, Captain James Morlu suddenly died.According the House Press Director Isaac Redd, the late Capt. Morlu was briefly ill, but medical authorities are yet establish the cause of death. Based on the probability of Ebola related, the House decided to suspend regular sitting until the House’s wing of the Capitol Building is fully disinfected.Morlu was an active member of the security system in the handling of the Chamber, meaning that during session; he interacted with lawmakers and other staffers regularly and his death raises more concerns about safety in the building. Said information has since created fear among lawmakers vowing for an immediate investigation into Morlu’s death in order to help save the lives of many people who are moving in and out of the legislative seat.Meanwhile, the House renews it mandate for essential staff to show up for work. “Restrictions remain enforced for visitors and those who have absolutely no reason(s) to visit the Capitol Building,” Redd said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
How can the people of Bong afford to make their own son, Sanoyea-born Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, Liberia’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare, ashamed like that?Dr. Gwenigale, along with his boss, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her entire government, the vast majority of Liberian people and institutions, as well as our international partners, are striving the hardest to eradicate the Ebola virus. Ordinary Liberians everywhere, well, except in Bong County, are striving religiously to obey and abide by all the measures the Health Ministry has put in place to eradicate the deadly viral infection. People in most places are, for now, willingly and wholeheartedly suspending cultural and traditional practices, since they have been warned that those practices cause the spread of Ebola. People are washing their hands, reporting the sick to health authorities and insisting that those with any kind of infection go and get themselves tested. People, even the Muslims now, have stopped touching bodies. People have stopped hiding sick people at home. People in many places, WITHOUT WAITING TO BE TOLD, are also quarantining themselves JUST TO ARREST THE SPREAD OF THIS DEADLY VIRUS. But no, not in Bong County!They want to continue to practice their CULTURE, as though they think they are the only ones who have culture. Do they have more culture than the Golas, Deys and Vais of Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties? Do Bong people have more culture than the Lofa people, especially the Lorma, Gbandi and Mandingo, ALL of whom, from childhood, call the Kissis their “uncles and aunts”? This is an enduring cultural tradition that is passed on from generation to generation. Every Lorma and Gbandi knows that when they see a Kissi man, they should bow and surrender everything, if the Kissi “uncle” wants it.But this editorial is not about lessons in culture. It is about the stubborn behavior of many of the Bong people, which is causing Ebola to spread in that county when everywhere else in the country the numbers of infection and death are going down.Even the World Health Organization (WHO), which earlier this week was still predicting that by December ensuing, Ebola would have killed 90,000 Liberians alone, by this Wednesday somersaulted on their apocalyptic (disastrous, Judgment Day) prediction. WHO’s Assistant Director General, Bruce Alyward, confessed on Wednesday that “. . . the trend is real in Liberia, and there may indeed be a slowing. Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the virus? Yes, we are seeing a slowing rate of new cases, very definitely.”The most puzzling question about WHO’s horrible prediction is that it took that organization a full six months to respond to the Ebola emergency in THREE West African countries, with a population of over 20 million people. They forgot that Liberia was one of the only two African nations (also Ethiopia) to sign the Charter creating WHO in 1948. WHO’s Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan also forgot that as Director of Health in the Hong Kong Government, she led the fight against a disease outbreak in her own country. That was how she got elected to this exalted position as WHO DG. Yet when it was something affecting ‘those Africans,’ let them wait. And while we waited, we were dropping dead everywhere. And guess what: She is still calling herself WHO Director General. Others, in the face of such catastrophic failure, would have gracefully bowed out. That is what the Director of the Secret Service in Washington, D.C., Julia Pierson, promptly did after an armed intruder—who killed no one—entered the White House. The Secret Service Director took personal responsibility for what happened.But WHO’s reversal of its pessimistic predictions is proof that people throughout Liberia—except in Bong County—are strictly obeying the rules, causing the number of infections and deaths to go down everywhere—except in Bong County. The county’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. Samson Azoakoi, said earlier this week that the number of infections and deaths in the county are rapidly increasing because of the people’s behavior and attitude; their stubborn “culture of silence” in reporting their sick; and their unwillingness to quarantine themselves when they get the Ebola symptoms.Well, this is most unfortunate and probably the GOL should quarantine Bong County, so that none of their infected persons will travel from there and spread the deadly virus anew to other places in the country. And the Bong people would have themselves to blame for this embarrassing but necessary move. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
WHITTIER – Like hundred of other future travelers, Vanessa Gomez of Whittier is hurrying to get her passport. “I’m really concerned I’m not gonna get it on time” for her trip in four weeks, Gomez, 19, said. She’s not alone. According to the U.S. Department of State, millions of people are trying to get their passport applications processed. As a result, the waiting period is stretching out. It is now taking about 10 weeks to receive a passport, instead of the four to six weeks it took before a new law went into effect this year requiring passports for overseas travel. The library’s passport center has processed more than 276 passport applications so far this year, officials said. “Saturdays normally we would do a maximum of 12, but this Saturday we did 32 passports,” said Diana Erickson circulation supervisor at Whittier Library. But for Gomez, the concern is not only about the delay, it’s also about the fees. “I didn’t think it was gonna cost so much,” she said. The fees range from $97 to $185, depending on the applicant’s age and whether they need their passport expedited. “Sometimes they don’t realize that if the whole family is going to travel, it is going to cost them,” Erickson said. But there’s not much you can do if you plan to travel abroad by air. “Most people just accept it,” Shulkatis said. “If you want to travel, it’s just a fact of life now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Business is booming at the passport processing center at the Whittier Central Library on Washington Avenue, where the increase in demand has been noticeable, library officials said. “We’ve had a huge increase in the number of people that are coming in, and the questions we receive over the phone have really increased,” said Debi Shulkatis, library services manager. “Most of that is because of the law changing this year.” Since January, the law requires everyone traveling by air to and from the United States from the Caribbean, Canada, Bermuda and Mexico to have a passport. By January 2008, everyone traveling outside the country will be required to have a passport, even if they are traveling by land. “As the year goes by and it gets closer to the deadline there will be more traffic,” said Kasey Weseloh, a library assistant at the Whittier Central branch.
A brave group of individuals from Dunfanaghy are participating in a ‘Sky Dive’ to raise much needed money and awareness for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin.The individuals undertaking the ‘Sky Dive’ are Paddy Mc Mullan, Marie Corcran, Chloe Mc Ginley, Neil Colins, Robert McElhinney, Niall Moore, Ali Mc Kemy, Drew Campbell, Cornelius Mc Mullan and Geoffery Black.They’ve already held a string of events in recent weeks including a BBQ and a charity football match with all procedes going straight to Crumlin. They’re holding a table quiz in The Oyster Bar this SUNDAY at 9pm to raise more money for this great cause before they set off to Co.Longford on September 17th to do the ‘Sky Dive’.All money from these events goes straight to Crumlin as they are paying for the ‘Sky Dive’ from their own pocket.So PLEASE come along on Sunday for a good nights craic and to show your support to all the crew taking part and raising money for such a wonderful cause.The Group would like to thank Arnolds Hotel, Patsy Dans, The Oyster Bar and Mollys Bar for hosting these events with them. The group are also hosting a night in Mollys Bar on October 8th to have the final count of all the money that was raised, there will be also be music and refreshments available.DUNFANAGHY CREW GETTING READY TO TOUCH THE ‘SKY’ IN AID OF OUR LADY’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CRUMLIN was last modified: September 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:charityCrumlinDunfanaghyFeaturesnewsNoticesSky Dive
MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter The dolos, a South African invention in which interlocking blocks of concrete are used to protect seawalls and preserve beaches from erosion, at the Coega deep-water port.(Image copyright Coega)Where would you expect to find the inventor of the CAT scan, the makers of the “speed gun” used in cricket ovals the world over, or the world’s first oil-from-coal refinery?There’s a wide range of innovative and entrepreneurial activity in South Africa, backed up by a number of organisations that provide support for budding inventors and innovators.Q20CAT scanOil from coalHeart transplantSpeed gunKreepy KraulyAPS therapyPratley PuttyDolosseQ20, a multi-purpose lubricant The product was developed back in 1950 in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, by a Mr Robertson, who reportedly had come up with an effective water repellent that kept rust at bay, eased squeaky door hinges, and made it easy to release rusted or seized nuts and bolts.Apparently Robertson did not know what to call it but he told his neighbour that it certainly had 20 answers to 20 questions, and the name Q20 stuck.Today the product, and others in the range, is used widely in South African offices, workshops and homes, and has set the standard for all subsequent similar products from around the world. It is also sold in the US and UK/Europe.According to Q20 manufacturing company Triton-Leo, the secret to the wonder substance’s efficiency is that unlike oil, it is heavier than water. Once Q20 is sprayed on water, it sinks to the bottom, where it acts as a water displacer and lubricant on the problem area.Triton-LeoCAT scanThe computed axial tomography scan, or CAT scan, was developed at Tufts University in the UK by South African physicist Allan Cormack and Godfrey Hounsfield of EMI Laboratories. Their achievement secured them the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.Cormack’s interest in the problem of X-ray imaging of soft tissues or layers of tissue of differing densities was first aroused when he took up the part-time position of physicist for a hospital radiology department.The two-dimensional representations of conventional X-ray plates were often unable to distinguish between such tissues. More information could be gained if X-rays of the body were taken from several different directions, but conventional X-ray techniques made this procedure problematic.In the early 1960s Cormack showed how details of a flat section of soft tissues could be calculated from measurements of the attenuation of X-rays passing through it from many different angles.He thus provided the mathematical technique for the CAT scan, in which an X-ray source and electronic detectors are rotated about the body and the resulting data is analysed by a computer to produce a sharp map of the tissues within a cross-section of the body.Nobel e-Museum: Allan CormackOil from coalSasol is the world’s first – and largest – oil-from-coal refinery. It is situated in Sasolburg in South Africa and provides 40% of the country’s fuel.The history of Sasol began in 1927 when a White Paper was tabled in Parliament to investigate the establishment of a South African oil-from-coal industry.It was realised then that, because South Africa did not have crude oil reserves, the country’s balance of payments had to be protected against increasing crude oil imports. After many years of research and international negotiations, the South African Coal Oil and Gas Corporation was formed in 1950.Major milestones include the first automotive fuel (1955), the construction of the National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (1967), the establishment in 1990 of its first international marketing company, Sasol Chemicals Europe, and a joint venture agreement signed with Uzbekneftegaz in 2009 to establish a gas-to-liquids venture in Uzbekistan.Sasol has developed world-leading technology for the conversion of low-grade coal into value-added synfuels and chemicals.SasolHeart transplantThe world’s first heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town on 3 December 1967.Barnard was born in the town of Beaufort West in 1922. The seeds of his future career were sown when one of his patients delivered a baby boy with a heart defect which could not be remedied. The baby died, causing him to think deeply about the need for remedial surgery and the replacement of heart valves.A turning point came when Barnard was offered a chance to work in Minneapolis in the US under Professor Wagensteen, a great teacher of experimental surgery. The heart-lung machine was perfected, and this turned out to be the gateway to cardiac surgery.The idea of transplanting occurred to Barnard. If it was possible with kidneys, why not the heart? After more years of study in the US, he returned to South Africa with a parting gift from Prof Wagensteen – a heart-lung machine.Groote Schuur hospital was waiting his return in 1958 to start the first heart unit to perform a cardiac bypass operation.After performing the first successful kidney transplant on Edith Black, in October 1967 Barnard informed Professor Val Schrire, who had built up the cardiac clinic: “Everything is ready for a heart transplant. We have the team and we know how to do it.”In November 1967, Schrire called Barnard and told him that there was a suitable patient for a heart transplant. Louis Washkansky was suffering from heart failure and was prepared to take the chance. The rest is history.Barnard passed away in Cyprus, Greece on 2 September 2001 from an acute asthma attack.Speed gunThe South African-made speed gun, developed by Somerset West inventor Henri Johnson, was formally launched at The Oval in England during the 1999 Cricket World Cup.In 1992 Johnson, an engineer witha background in sonar and radar, invented the Speedball which was manufactured by South African firm Electronic Development House. The device accurately measures the speed and angles of speeding objects such as cricket and tennis balls.Generally referred to as a “speed gun”, Johnson’s gizmo is sold in cricketing countries and in the US and Europe. It has also been adapted for other ball sports such as tennis and golf. Johnson has since moved his company to Orlando, Florida, to better keep up with world trends.Kreepy KraulyThe swimming pool vacuum cleaner was invented by Ferdinand Chauvier, a hydraulics engineer who came to South Africa from the Belgian Congo in 1951.Chauvier quickly realised that there was a huge market for taking the hassle out of cleaning swimming pools, and went about inventing a machine that would do the job automatically, efficiently powered by the ordinary operation of the pool’s filter.But it wasn’t until 1974 that the first Kreepy Krauly was born in Chauvier’s Springs home.He died in 1985, but Kreepy Kraulys continue to keep thousands of pools clean in South Africa and the world over.APS therapyGervan Lubbe was flicking through an American medical journal one day when he stumbled across an article about pain relief. After reading all he could on the topic, he wondered whether it would be possible to electronically stimulate the body’s natural nerve impulses to relieve pain.Lubbe, had always had a keen interest in medicine, but never thought he was clever enough to be a doctor. So in his spare time he studied human anatomy and physiology until he thought he knew enough about the causes of arthritic pain. Then he set out inventing a device that would alleviate the problem.After building the first prototypes and obtaining approval from the health department and the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, Lubbe formed the company Tech Pulse in 1993 to produce, market and distribute the Action Potential Stimulation device.Today, Lubbe’s devices are sold in 41 countries, including the US, Europe and the Middle East. In South Africa alone, over 40 000 people use the little machines to relieve pain.APS TherapyPratley PuttyPratley’s famous glue is the only South African invention that has been to the moon. In 1969 the putty was used to hold bits of the Apollo XI mission’s Eagle landing craft together.Krugersdorp engineer George Montague Pratley invented his famous sticky stuff in the 1960s while looking for a glue that would hold components in an electrical box.Pratley died in 1983 and today the company is run by his son, Kim. Hundreds of tons of Pratley putty have been exported all over the world, and the company has diversified into other products.PratleyDolosseDolosse are large, unusually shaped concrete blocks weighing up to 20 tons. The structures are designed to break up wave action and protect harbour walls and coastal installations.Designed by Eric Merrifield and first installed in East London harbour, they are now used all over the world.The Coega Project, comprising an industrial development complex and deepwater port 20 kilometres east of the city of Port Elizabeth, recently made history with the casting of the biggest dolosse on the African continent.A layer of 25 000 30-ton dolosse has been laid on the two breakwaters for the deep-water harbour of Ngqura.According to Deon Retief, the partner responsible for the Nqura breakwater design at Prestedge Retief Dresner Wijnberg, the dolosse comprise the top layer of the main breakwater which, at 2.5 kilometres long, is the “largest by far” in Africa.Q20 extract by Emily van Rijswijck. Other information taken from Great South African Inventions by Mike Bruton, published by Cambridge University Press in their Indigenous Knowledge Library series. 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6 October 2010Yoza, a library of mobile novels or “m-novels” that harnesses cellphone technology and popularity to promote reading and writing among South African youngsters, is being incubated by the Shuttleworth Foundation while it looks out for sponsors or partners.Yoza offers young people a growing library of free, hip, interactive novels, encouraging them not only to read but also to participate in commenting on and reviewing them, and to submit their own stories – with the aim of turning reading into a social, sharing experience.“For the foreseeable future, the cellphone, not the Kindle or iPad, is the e-reader of Africa,” Steve Vosloo, founder of Yoza and fellow for 21st century learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation, said in a statement at Yoza’s launch in August. “Yoza aims to capitalise on that to get Africa’s teens reading and writing.”Yoza is available on MXit (go to Tradepost > MXit Cares > mobiBooks), on WAP-enabled mobile phones at www.yoza.mobi, as well as on Facebook.Pilot project: making KontaxYoza is part of the Shuttleworth Foundation’s m4Lit (mobiles for literacy) project, which began as a pilot initiative with the publication of a 20-page story called Kontax, in English and isiXhosa, in September 2009, followed by Kontax 2 in May 2010.Readers were encouraged to comments on chapters, vote in opinion polls related to the story, and enter a writing competition.“The uptake was tremendous,” the foundation said in a statement. “Since launch, the two stories have been read over 34 000 times on cellphones. Over 4 000 entries have been received in the writing competitions, and over 4 000 comments have been left by readers on individual chapters. Many of the readers asked for more stories and in different genres.”Catching the reading bugYoza was launched on the back of this response – in order to complement, not attempt to replace, the printed page. Yoza’s m-novels are written in conventional language, with “txtspeak” only used when a character is writing or reading SMSes or instant message chats.Most importantly, the m-novels offer “compelling, entertaining reading for teens in South Africa,” says the Shuttleworth Foundation. “The aim is to captivate teens and inspire them to catch the reading bug.”Competitions with airtime prizes prompt readers to answer the questions at the end of chapters, keeping them engaged and coming back for more.Write a story for Yoza and submit it at www.yoza.mobi/write – if they like it, they’ll publish it.Yoza’s initial line-upIncluded in the initial line-up are four m-novel series – Kontax, Streetskillz, Sisterz, and Confessions of a Virgin Loser – with a sequel to each to be launched near the start of each month from October onwards (Streetskillz 2, Sisterz 2 and Kontax 5 are already live).Yoza Classics will feature a range of public domain titles such as the school-prescribed work Macbeth. “The idea is not necessarily that teens will read the whole of Macbeth on their cellphones, but if they have to read Act 1, Scene 1 for homework and they don’t have a textbook, then they can do so on their phones.”There is no charge for the actual stories, though users do pay the usual mobile data charges. To keep these low, Yoza uses images sparingly – data charges on local cellphones range from 5c to 9c per m-novel chapter.Current story languages include English and isiXhosa, an Afrikaans story is on the way, and the ultimate aim is to publish in all 11 South African languages. Yoza encourages the public to get involved in translating its m-novels into local languages – “if you translate it, we’ll gladly publish it”.“Over the next six months, the plan for Yoza is to build a library of cellphone stories of multiple genres that are available to teens not only in South Africa, but ultimately throughout Africa,” says Vosloo, noting that Kontax has already been published in Kenya through MXit.Seeking sponsors, partnersWhile the Shuttleworth Foundation is incubating the project, it will need to be sustainable from early 2010, and is actively seeking sponsors or partners.“There is a growing awareness around the impact that a lack of books has on literacy levels in South Africa,” says Vosloo. “Books are scarce and prohibitively expensive for most South Africans. Stats show that 51% of households in South Africa do not own a single leisure book, while an elite 6% of households own 40 books or more. Only 7% of schools have functioning libraries.“What South Africa’s teens do have access to are cellphones, with stats indicating that 90% of urban youth have their own cellphone. The take-up and interaction with the first two Kontax stories clearly demonstrates that cellphones are a viable platform for local teen reading and writing.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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