Experts predict a 1.4% increase in state tax revenue

first_imgDES MOINES — The governor’s budget director is urging caution as state tax revenue growth is expected to be much lower this budget year than in the previous one. Iowa Department of Management director Dave Roederer says he doesn’t think a recession is near, but he has concerns.“While everything looks pretty good, there are still some warning signs out there.”Roederer cites the combination of recent tax law changes at the state and federal level, lower-than-expect wage growth and unfinished trade agreements. Roederer and the two other members of the panel that sets the official estimate of future state tax revenue met Monday.David Underwood, a businessman from Clear Lake, says unfinished trade deals are a big concern in Iowa’s economy. “I’m disappointed that we at this point still have so much uncertainty still hanging over us which makes it difficult for me to see the rosy side of it,” Underwood says. “And I guess looking at the numbers we’ve got before us today, I think we have to continue to be a little bit cautious.”The state Revenue Estimating Conference predicts state tax collections will grow just 1.4% this year. The group meets again in December to set the estimate for next year’s state tax collections that will be used by lawmakers to draft next year’s state budget.last_img read more

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TWO TIME ECLIPSE CHAMPION BEHOLDER VS. RED HOT WARREN’S VENEDA SET FOR SHOWDOWN IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 VANITY STAKES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2015)–In what shapes up as a showdown between royalty and blue collar toughness, two-time Eclipse Award winning Beholder takes on streaking California-bred Warren’s Veneda in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes at 1 1/8 miles, a race that has attracted a field of five fillies and mares aged 3-and-up. One of America’s most prestigious races for fillies and mares, the Vanity was run at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park from 1940 through 2013 and will be hosted by Santa Anita for the second consecutive year.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder’s lofty resume, which includes six Grade I victories, clearly establishes her as one of the top distaffers of her era and assures her certain Hall of Fame induction. Chief among her list of high profile Grade I accomplishments are wins in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, the 2013 Santa Anita Oaks, back to back wins in the Zenyatta Stakes in 2013 and ’14, and a dazzling 4 ¼ length win in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Henny Hughes, Beholder cruised to a 3 ¾ length win in the restricted, 1 1/16 miles Santa Lucia Stakes on April 10, her first start since winning the Grade I Zenyatta on Sept. 27.Blessed with tremendous natural speed, Beholder will again be ridden by Gary Stevens, who has been at the controls in six out of her last seven starts, resulting in five wins. A winner of the Distaff at    1 1/8 miles, her only other try at the distance resulted in a close second place finish in the 2013 Kentucky Oaks. Beholder is 16-11-3-0 overall with earnings of $3,416,600.California-bred Warren’s Veneda, who is trained by Craig Lewis, enters the Vanity at the peak of her game, having taken her first Grade I, the 1 1/8 miles Santa Margarita Stakes by 7 ¼ lengths on March 14, her third consecutive win.Owned and bred by Benjamin C. Warren, the 5-year-old mare by Affirmative, out of the Flying Continental mare More Cal Bread, earned a career best 99 Beyer Speed figure in the Santa Margarita and would benefit from a fast pace, although she’s proven she can lay close early if need be. A five-time stakes winner, Warren’s Veneda got her first graded stakes win two starts back in the Grade II Santa Maria on Feb. 14, a race in which she was last early and rallied to win by 2 ¾ lengths at 1 1/6 miles.Winless in eight starts last year, Warren’s Veneda is 22-8-3-5 overall with earnings of $827,612. She’ll again be ridden by Tyler Baze, who has been up for all three wins this year.Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred My Sweet Addiction comes of a sharp gate to wire score going 1 1/16 miles March 20 and seeks her first stakes win in the Vanity. Trained by Marty Jones, she earned a career best 89 Beyer Speed figure on March 20 and has an overall mark of 9-3-2-3, with earnings of $148,106.Well beaten by Warren’s Veneda in her last three starts, trainer John Sadler’s Legacy has three wins from 19 starts and will hope to reverse her recent fortunes in the Vanity.In addition to Beholder, Brazilian-bred Gas Total was an impressive one mile turf allowance winner in her U.S. debut March 29 and will try dirt for the third time in her 26th career start.The complete field for the Grade I Vanity Stakes, to be run as the fifth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 124; Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 119; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 121; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 119, and Legacy, Martin Garcia, 119. 74th RUNNING OF PRESTIGOUS FIXTURE FOR FILLIES & MARES TO BE CONTESTED AT 1 1/8 MILESlast_img read more

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Ateneo routs Chinese-Taipei White to start Jones Cup bid

first_imgLATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘Do I look 39?’: Pacquiao rolls back years in KO win Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo is off to a good start after its convincing 87-64 win over Chinese-Taipei White in its first game in the William Jones Cup Sunday at Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City.The Blue Eagles had a strong second quarter and outscored the hosts 22-13 to build a 48-33 lead heading into the break.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Thirdy Ravena led the defending UAAP champions with 17 points, seven rebounds, and five steals while Angelo Kouame had a 15-point, 18-rebound double-double.Isaac Go also finished with a solid game for Ateneo with 10 points and seven rebounds while Jolo Mendoza had 11 points on 3-of-3 shooting from deep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Oscar Kao had 16 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chun-Chi Lin added 15 points and five rebounds.Ateneo’s next game is on Monday against South Korea. View commentslast_img read more

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Former Army Chief to head CoI into discovery

first_imgThe abandoned twin-engine Cessna aircraft found just off the Yupukari Airstrip on Tuesday lastFormer Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Edward Collins will today be sworn in by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to investigate, examine, advise and report on all the circumstances under which a foreign aircraft – discovered near the village of Yupukari, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) on September 13, 2016 – entered the country.President David Granger had mandated that a Commission of Inquiry be established to carry out the investigations.  According to a missive from the Ministry of the Presidency, a preliminary report will be expected to be submitted on October 17, 2016 and the final report on November 16.Based on reports from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the discovery was made following information received by a Joint Services patrol, including ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), on September 13. The following day, ranks of the GDF and GPF visited the area and conducted a search, finding the twin-engine Cessna aircraft.Subsequently, a team of investigators from the GDF, GPF, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was deployed from Georgetown to conduct further investigations. A statement from the Ministry of the Presidency noted that investigators had been conducting assessments of the abandoned aircraft to gather evidence, which would assist in uncovering the circumstances under which it came to be abandoned at that location.In fact, a team of high-level officials led by CANU head James Singh and GCAA officials ventured into the area to further assess the aircraft in terms of damage and capabilities and to make recommendations on what should be done with it. According to information, a leak was discovered in the fuel tank. This, investigators believe, may have caused the aircraft to land in Guyana.However, during interviews with nearby residents, investigators were told that the aircraft had been sighted circling the area on numerous occasions. Moreover, the residents, a number of whom shared information on what they deemed ‘suspicious activity, further reported the presence of motorcycles in the area. To this end, CANU officials are seeking to determine whether the aircraft may have any links to the narcotics trade. Additionally during a search of the aircraft, several pieces of communication equipment were discovered and have been removed for further examination.last_img read more

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EnCana believes this was another explosion

first_imgThe RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team and EnCana are investigating another leak at an EnCana facility near Pouce Coupe.The EnCana well site is located about 8km south of Dawson Creek in a remote area. The sweet gas site is still leaking at this time and crews are working to repair the leak (as of 4pm Wednesday). Once the leak has stopped, the RCMP will begin their investigation.Shortly after 8am Wednesday morning an EnCana staff member was doing a routine check and noticed a well head had been disturbed. After closer inspection he noticed a small leak and found the leak had started shortly after 2am Wednesday morning.- Advertisement -Rhona DelFrari with EnCana says they believe this is another explosion. [asset|aid=1598|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fc8f393dd87b1d51ea2bd23262f3a690-Rhona – Believe it is an explosion_1_Pub.mp3]According to EnCana the closest home is over 3km away from the facility. The RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) have assembled and are en route. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says they haven’t determined if this is a criminal act. [asset|aid=1599|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fc8f393dd87b1d51ea2bd23262f3a690-Dan-what was found_1_Pub.mp3]Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says the INSET team has been called in so they have the right people in place. [asset|aid=1600|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fc8f393dd87b1d51ea2bd23262f3a690-Dan-rightpeopleinplace_1_Pub.mp3]Advertisement The four bombings between last October and January all targeted EnCana facilities near Toms Lake, BC. No injuries have been reported from any of the bombings so far. Back in January of this year EnCana offered a $500,000 reward for any tips leading to a conviction in the case. That reward remains in place.The RCMP are asking the public that if they have any information to contact their local detachment or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

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Serie A attacker puts Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham on red alert

first_img Franco Vazquez in action for Palermo Franco Vazquez has put Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham on red alert by revealing he wants to leave Palermo.The attacking midfielder was strongly pursued by clubs last summer after finishing the 2014/15 season with the most assists in Serie A.Palermo, however, managed to hold onto the Italy international after holding talks with him and his agent.But now, Vazquez has revealed that he wants to leave because he feels he needs a new challenge.“A cycle has finished, I can’t give Palermo any more than what I’ve given,” Vazquez told Dxt Carlos Paz.“These were three great years, now I need a change of scene and to have new motivations, new objectives, to fight for more important things.“The most beautiful thing was to say goodbye in the best way, achieving what we’d promised with the whole group, and this makes me happy.” 1last_img read more

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Ched Evans signs one-year deal with League One side Chesterfield

first_img1 Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United Ched Evans has been offered the chance of a return to football by Sky Bet League One club Chesterfield.The Welsh forward, 27, has signed a 12-month contract with the Spireites, the club have said.Evans will go on trial on October 4 charged with raping a woman in May 2011. He has pleaded not guilty.His last game was for Sheffield United against Leyton Orient on April 14, 2012 in which he scored in a 3-1 win for the Blades at Bramall Lane.Evans was jailed in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman but the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction in April.Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen admitted it is not a decision the club came to lightly.He told the club’s official website: ”We are delighted to have secured the services of an outstanding footballer, who is now keen to get back to work and score goals.”(Manager) Danny Wilson knows Ched very well, having previously managed him at Sheffield United. Chris Morgan, our first team coach, also speaks highly of him from their time together at Bramall Lane.”Chesterfield Football Club have given a great deal of thought to this signing and following the court’s decision, we are in no doubt that Ched Evans should be welcomed back into his profession as a professional footballer.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDonegal Junior LeagueReports Downtown CupMulroy Celtic 3 Cranford United Reserves 1The home side continued their excellent form securing all three points from this match. The first goal came through Packie Mc Elwaine who tapped the ball home from close range. Cranford equalised through Jaydee whose curling free kick evaded everybody to clip in off the far post. Mulroy restored their lead when great battling from Michael Sweeney resulted in him squeezing the ball into the net. Early in the second half the game was wrapped up when Ed Moore pointed to the spot. Up stepped Joe Kerr who dispatched to the bottom corner and continue his hundred percent record from twelve yards this season. Michael Mc Grory marshalled the home defence expertly, Andrew Friel and Shaun McGovern also impressed, Jaydee was best for Cranford Watson Hire Division OneLagan Harps 3 Curragh Athletic 0Lagan started brightly and on five minutes had a good chance when Stephen O’ Donnell fired over from eighteen yards. Lagan won a good few corners and Ronan Sweeney should have scored after meeting a great delivery from Kevin Kelly. Lagan went ahead on twenty minutes after great work by O’ Donnell set up Chris Toner who headed home. Curragh threatened with a few long range efforts from Calvin Bradley and Daniel O’ Brien but neither troubled the Lagan keeper. The second half started with Lagan pressing hard and on fifty minutes O’ Donnell saw his cross expertly dispatched with a wonderful overhead kick by Kenny Doran. On seventy minutes Mickey O’ Brien should have done better after meeting a corner but he headed over. Hilley and Grant dominated the middle of the park and the excellent Ronan Gibson marshalled the Lagan defence, curtailing the Curragh efforts. Lagan lost Stephen O’ Donnell with what looked like a nasty injury but wrapped up the game when the industrious Toner crossed for Himley to tap in from close range, a goal his performance merited.Best for Lagan: Himley and Grant in the middle, Toner and Doran up top but Ronan Gibson was outstanding. For Curragh: O’ Brien and the excellent Calvin Bradley who really showed well. Referee: Michael Connolly.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic1 Cranford United 0Rathmullan showed some true Glenvar Warrior spirit to get the better for Cranford in a typically tight battle at the Flagpole this afternoon. Both teams were in desperate need of the points as they look to move away from the wrong end of the table. Chances came and went at both ends but it seemed as though a stalemate would prevail until Hoops full back Ephrim McFadden unleashed 30-yard strike that clipped a defenders heel and flew into the top corner with three minutes left on the clock. It was harsh on Arthur Lynch’s team but the Seasiders will certainly be feeling like they deserved a break after carrying little luck in home defeats to Kildrum and Drumoghill either side of Christmas. With the breeze behind them, Cranford made the better start. After 20 minutes Brian McVeigh saw his shot fly agonisingly over the crossbar. Minutes later it was the turn of Kyle Black to go close. Before halftime Arthur Lynch saw his glancing header cleared off the goal line by the alert Reggie Miller. At the other end, Ryan Connolly came closed when his mazy run ended with a stinging right-foot drive from 18 yards that was pushed wide by Oisin Blaney. Caretaker manager Dara Patton almost stabbed his team in front when the ball broke to him in the box but his effort went the wrong side of the post after 65 minutes. With twenty minutes left it was Connolly’s turn to take aim when he stayed on his feet in the box only to fire into the side netting. On 87 minutes it fell to Man of the Match McFadden to settle the game. Striding over the half way line he found himself 30 yards out and decided to try his luck. His shot took a slight deflection before finishing high in the net to the delight of the Seaside faithful on a bitterly cold afternoon. Referee: Marty Quinn St. Catherines 5 Drumoghill F.C. 1St. Catherine’s played Drumoghill in the Donegal League Premier Division match on Sunday in Emerald Park. With only three minutes gone Jason Noctor was fouled in the box and he dispatched the spot-kick himself to give the home side the lead. Drumoghill created some half chances and were well in the match until the thirty fourth minute the ball was played down the line and Jason Noctor beat the Drumoghill keeper and squared across the Drumoghill penalty area to Conor Doherty at the back post who taped the ball into the Drumoghill net. Noctor added a third on fifty three minutes to put St. Catherines well into control. Daniel Breslin got their fourth before Drumoghill hit the post on sixty five minutes. Barry Rose got the fifth as the home side looked like league leaders. Liam O’ Donnell headed into the Saints net to make the final score 5-1. Best for St. Catherines: Jason Noctor. Best for Drumoghill: Paul Mc CauleyLifford Celtic 2 Milford United 1Lifford won the toss and opted to play with the breeze. The game was an even affair with few chances until Mark Mc Nulty slotted home for Lifford following a well worked short corner on 30 minutes. Lifford almost doubled their advantage as Ross Porter and Kevin Mc Brearty both went close as half time loomed. The second half began as the first did with both midfields battling for possession. Lifford doubled their advantage on 70 minutes as Johnny Mahon played through David Gethins who made no mistake from 20 yards. Milford where awarded a late penalty on 80 minutes but PJ Hagan shot wide of Given’s goal. Gary Merritt did pull a late goal back for the visitors but Lifford held out for a deserved three points. Best for Lifford were Jack Quinn and Johnny Mahon while Gary Merit looked dangerous for Milford. CT Ball Division TwoGlenree United 2 Bonagee United 2After a very competitive match the home side left disappointed after finishing level with the league leaders. It was a tight affair in the first twenty minutes. There were a few chances created but nothing that would worry either keeper. The first half ended all square. Bonagee started the second half the stronger and were knocking the ball around well until the final third were they created few clear cut chances. The breakthrough came when Nick Nelis let fly from 20 yards to give the home side the advantage. Then ten minutes later the same man popped up again, this time from 25 yards to leave the visiting keeper helpless! Glenree were bossing the game and were making chances but not putting the away team to the sword. With 20 minutes left Bonagee resorted to the long ball and it paid off as Aiden Mc Laughlin beat the offside trap to calmly slot past the keeper. This gave the away team hope and they got their second minutes later when a free kick was fired into the box and Peter Mc Namee scored the equaliser. Great team performance by Glenree and a solid performance from Bonagee.Referee: Patrick MartinResultsDowntown CupGlenea United Reserves P v P Arranmore UnitedDrumbar F.C. P v P Donegal Town ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves P v P Erne WanderersDrumoghill F.C. Reserves P v P Castlefin Celtic ReservesTullyvinney Rovers P v P Orchard F.C.Mulroy Celtic 3 v 1 Cranford United ReservesGlenree United Reserves P v P Ramelton MarinersGlencar Celtic P v P Milford United ReservesWatson Hire Division OneLagan Harps 3 v 1 Curragh AthleticBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic 1 v 0 Cranford UnitedSt. Catherines 5 v 1 Drumoghill F.C.Lifford Celtic 2 v 1 Milford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneKilmacrennan Celtic P v P Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.CT Ball Division TwoGlenree United 2 v 2 Bonagee UnitedRaphoe Town P v P Ballybofey UnitedDunlewy Celtic P v P Deele HarpsLetterbarrow Celtic P v P Eany CelticFixturesSaturday 24-01-2015 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupMilford United Reserves v Ramelton MarinersCranford United Reserves v Glenree United ReservesGlencar Celtic v Mulroy CelticOrchard F.C. v Drumoghill F.C. ReservesCurragh Athletic Reserves v Tullyvinney RoversDrumbar F.C. v Fintown Harps AFCArranmore United v Strand Rovers (K.O.1.30)Ulster Junior ShieldMoville Celtic Reserves v St. Catherines Reserves (K.O. 1.30)Sunday 25-01-2015 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionDonegal Town v Milford UnitedCappry Rovers v Cranford UnitedWatson Hire Division OneCurragh Athletic v Kilmacrennan CelticKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Castlefin CelticKeadue Rovers v Copany RoversWhitestrand United v Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoGlenree United v Dunlewey CelticBallybofey United v Letterbarrow CelticUlster Junior Shield K.O. 1.30 p.m.Cockhill Celtic Youths v Deele HarpsBonagee United v Cockhill Celtic ColtsUlster Junior Cup K.O. 1.30 p.m.Aileach F.C. v Convoy ArsenalCootehill Harps v Kildrum TigersMonaghan Town v Glenea UnitedMoville Celtic v Rathmullan CelticGweedore Celtic v Lagan HarpsDrumoghill F.C. v Redcastle F.C.Erne Wanderers v Quigleys Point SwiftsSt. Catherines v Glengad F.C.DONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 18th, 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

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Late Late Toy Show want to hear from you – but hurry, the deadline is soon!

first_imgThe elves behind Ireland’s favourite Christmas programme are hoping to hear from talented Donegal children who would like to take part in the Late Late Toy Show!With four months to go until the airing of the Toy Show, the elves want to make sure that they’ve organised the show nice and early so as they can get back to the North Pole to help Santa in his workshop.Your talent can be absolutely anything – singing or dancing, juggling or jiving, telling jokes or amazing folks – whatever your talent, RTÉ want to hear from you! All you have to do to apply to record a short video of yourself doing what you do best and put it onto a DVD or USB key. Download and fill out the application form from here, and send it along with your clip to: The Late Late Toy Show Auditions, PO Box 170, RTÉ, Dublin 4.RTÉ will be travelling across the country in a few weeks to meet the best of the best to find this year’s Toy Show stars, but first they need those videos.The closing date is just three weeks away on September 22nd, so get filming!Last year, Alex Nicholas from Bundoran stole the show when he told Ryan Tubridy all about his fairy friends; Sunflower, Sam, and Robin – and how they write to him. Alex and his fairies were the stars of the showThe Late Late Toy Show airs on RTÉ One on Friday the first of December at 9:35pm.Late Late Toy Show want to hear from you – but hurry, the deadline is soon! was last modified: September 6th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:ApplicationsCHristmasdonegalKidsLate Late Toy Showlast_img read more

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Men-only clinic opens in Cape Town

first_imgThe majority of people going to seek medical help are mostly women and children and this initiative will try to make men more comfortable to attend to their health needs. (Image: Development Works) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sonke Gender Justice Network  +27 21 423 7088 RELATED ARTICLES • New centres to help fight HIV in KZN • HIV/Aids in South Africa • R13m boost for HIV clinic in SA • SA makes strides in fighting HIVRay MaotaA men-only clinic has opened in Gugulethu, in Cape Town, in a partnership between the municipality and the Sonke Gender Justice Network.It offers clinical services such as HIV testing and counselling, and screening for sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis. It also distributes condoms to promote safe sex, and provides counselling, information and referrals on issues such as substance abuse and refugee rights.The Sonke Gender Justice Network is an NGO that focuses on gender equality, prevention of gender-based violence, and reducing the spread of HIV and the impact of Aids. It will be responsible for social mobilisation on health and gender issues, hosting workshops on health education and conducting outreach programmes at the clinic.The clinic, which was opened on 17 February 2012, is part of a partnership between the city and the NGO, called One Man Can. It aims to make men more responsible for their health, which, it’s believed, will have a ripple effect and reach all parts of society.Cape Town mayoral committee member for health Lungiswa James, who opened the clinic, said: “The need for a dedicated men’s clinic such as this was identified when we realised that men are often reluctant to visit general clinics, despite their susceptibility to particular types of illness.“As a result of these factors, we see men’s life expectancy being lower than that of women.”The NY1 Clinic is opposite Gugulethu Mall.Services by male nurses provided by the city will initially only be available from 9am to 4.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but will eventually expand. Mzoli Properties donated the physical structure for the clinic.“We have started engaging various role players in this community – engaging role players has always proved useful in the past and we’ll definitely be doing this again to reach more men,” said Mzamo Sidelo, a trainer for One Man Can.These role players include churches, libraries, schools and other institutions in the vicinity.Men avoid clinicsAccording to the Sonke Gender Justice Network, studies show that men are under-represented in health services, including HIV services.A national HIV testing campaign conducted between 2010 and 2011 tested nearly 13-million people. It was found that men made up only 30% of that number. Men also sought HIV treatment later than women and often showed up for services with already severely compromised immune systems.In South Africa, about 55% of those living with HIV are women, but more than two-thirds of patients receiving public sector anti-retroviral treatment are female. “The clinic intends to make men partners in health by providing a space to actively participate in health matters and take full responsibility,” said James.“As a caring city, we are working tirelessly to provide this service in all areas and we urge men to use these services for their own benefit and the benefit of their families and the entire society.”The Sonke Gender Justice Network believes that taking responsibility for one’s health is about positively changing one’s relationship with one’s own body; breaking free from the confines of rigid and violent gender constructions, which leave men vulnerable to illness and injury; and developing a responsible and gender-equitable society, which in turn can promote positive relationships and respect for other people.Why the fearAn article in The Lancet titled “Expanding HIV care in Africa: making men matter” says: “Efforts to understand men’s health-seeking behaviour are poorly understood in the Aids epidemic, and encouraging men to get tested and into treatment is a major challenge, but one that is poorly recognised.“Addressing these issues effectively means moving beyond laying blame and starting to develop interventions to encourage uptake of prevention, testing, and treatment for men – for everyone’s sake.”The Lancet is a leading general medical and specialty journal focusing in oncology, neurology and infectious diseases.Sonke says many psycho-social, economic and infrastructural reasons can be blamed for men’s reluctance to care for their health.These include: men’s attitudes and the belief that using health services is a sign of weakness; the fact that health services are mostly offered by women at clinics; and the long waiting times and inconvenient consultation times.last_img read more

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