Curwin Bosch is glad to be back in the number 10 jumper. The 22-year-old featured heavily at full-back under former Sharks coach Rob Du Preez but has now returned to the role of pivot under new boss, Sean Everitt for the Currie Cup.
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Rumours from the Southern Kings camp is that former Springbok prop forward, Robbi Kempson, will be in charge of the side for their warm up match against Georgia.
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Banyana Banyana sit at the top of Group A with three points at the 2019 women’s COSAFA Cup after annihilating Comoros Islands 17-0 at Wolfson Stadium on Wednesday.
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About three years ago, towards the end of the season more than six Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams were in deep financial trouble to an extent that the league was forced to hand advanced payments to keep them going.
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The FIFA Council has unanimously agreed to a proposal to expand the number of teams taking part in the FIFA Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32.
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RUSTENBURG – A 58-year-old man was arrested in connection with conspiracy to kill his family and possession of explosives worth R1 million and appeared in the Orkney Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) said.
Spokesperson captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said the serious organised crime unit of the Hawks on Sunday arrested Tau Lekoa in Kanana near Klerksdorp after it received information alleging he was in possession of a large quantity of explosives and that he had allegedly created a bomb.
Tau allegedly paid an individual R10,000 to bomb his family.
"Hawks members were directed to an empty shack where the suspect had allegedly hidden powergel explosives, shock tube starters, shock tube assemblies and nitro cords estimated to be worth approximately R1 million.
"The suspect was arrested and charged with illegal possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit murder.
He was remanded in custody today [Wednesday] and he will appear at the Orkney Magistrate’s Court on 8 August for bail application," she said.
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has placed two key executives on precautionary suspension and extended the suspension of another executive pending the finalization of a disciplinary process over serious allegations of misconduct.
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The business community says it is extremely concerned with the situation that Eskom finds itself in.
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Five goals were scored in the opening match of the 2019 women’s COSAFA Cup as Zimbabwe defeated Angola 4-1 at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
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About 120 more rangers will be deployed in the Table Mountain National Park to curb crime.
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In the past 20 years, more than 800 children in the US have died after being forgotten in cars that became so intolerably hot the children died or suffered brain damage from heatstroke.
I have been studying the brain and memory since 1980. I have spoken with many parents who have lost children. I heard the gut-wrenching 911 calls they made after their child was found dead. I have realised that, in the vast majority of cases, this was not the act of uncaring or negligent parents.
Memory systems of the brain compete
As a neuroscientist, I have studied this phenomenon from neurobiological and cognitive perspectives. I have interviewed parents, studied police reports, served as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases and contributed to media segments and documentaries on the topic.
Based on my research and my expertise, I have developed a hypothesis as to how this tragedy occurs. This type of memory failure is the result of a competition between the brain’s “habit memory” system and its “prospective memory” system – and the habit memory system prevails.
The habit brain memory system is centered on the basal ganglia, which enables people to perform repetitive tasks automatically. Examples of habit memory abound in our daily lives, including tasks such as riding a bike or tying shoelaces. It also applies in regard to children unknowingly left in cars. When we repeatedly drive along a fixed route, as between home (or other typical start locations) and work, habit memory can supersede plans stored in our prospective memory.
A suppression of prospective memory caused by the dominance of the brain’s habit memory system is an almost daily occurrence. It happens, for example, when we forget to interrupt a drive home to stop at the store for groceries. In this case, the habit memory system takes us directly home, suppressing our awareness (prospective memory) that we had planned to stop at the store.
The magnitude of prospective memory failures, however, is not always so benign as forgetting to buy groceries. There are documented examples of memory-related tragedies: pilot memory failures are a significant threat to flight safety, police officers forget their loaded guns in public restrooms and service dogs have died of hyperthermia after they were forgotten in cars.
Therefore, our flawed prospective memory puts those we love at risk. This is especially true when we assume that precautions are not necessary because such tragedies happen only to negligent parents. The evidence is clear that this assumption is wrong.
Change in routine, stress contribute to lapses
Although each case is different, the cases tend to share factors in common that contribute to children being left in cars: a change in the parent’s routine that leads him or her to follow an alternate, but well-travelled, route; a change in how the parent interacted with the child during the drive, such as when a child might have fallen asleep en route; and a lack of a cue, such as a sound or an object associated with the child – for example, a diaper bag in plain view.
Typically, there was a choice point during the drive where the parent could go to daycare or to another a destination (usually work or home). At that choice point the parents report having lost awareness that the child was in the car.
Parents who have forgotten their children in cars often report stressful or distracting experiences before or during the drive. Many also report sleep deprivation.
The stress and sleep deprivation factors are important, as they are known to bias brain memory systems toward habit-based activity and to impair prospective memory processing. Ultimately, all or a subset of these factors have caused parents to follow a well-traveled route, controlled by their brain habit memory system, that did not include stopping at the daycare.
In theory, therefore, activation of the habit memory system suppressed their prospective memory system. This caused them to lose awareness of the presence of their child in the car.
A universal observation I have made is that each parent’s brain appears to have created the false memory that he or she had brought the child to daycare. This scientific anomaly explains why these parents went about their routine activities, which even included telling others that they needed to leave work on time to retrieve their child from daycare. Having this “false memory” caused them to be oblivious to the fact that their child had remained in the car all day.
I do not think that incarcerating parents for the deaths of their children in many of these cases is appropriate. The hijacking of prospective memory by habit memory, and the parent’s loss of awareness of a child’s presence in the car, is a tragic way for us to learn how the brain can malfunction when it is in “memory multitasking mode.” There is no indication in the cases I have studied that these parents demonstrated an act of willful recklessness or gross negligence for the child’s welfare.
Finally, how do we stop this tragedy?
To ensure that no more children will die in hot cars, it is urgent that legislation mandates that a child reminder system be standard equipment in all cars.
CAPE TOWN – Spotify on Wednesday released its second-quarter earnings report for 2019 and the company believes its out-performance was broad based, with most of their geographic regions growing faster than expectations.
The company reported monthly active users (MAUs) grew to 232 million this quarter, increasing by 29 percent compared with last year’s second quarter, and up from 217 million in the first quarter of 2019.
Spotify also saw a 31 percent increase in premium subscribers, meaning 108 million people worldwide now pay to use the service and all its features.
The company further noted that “tens of millions” now stream podcasts on its platform, with podcast audiences growing by 50 percent the first quarter.
Spotify said: "Timing of certain global music releases yielded some incremental benefit, as did our launch on PlayStation consoles across the Middle East and Latin America.
"As a company, our goal is to continually innovate by testing and learning from new product launches. During Q2, we launched a number of new product initiatives across our major regions. Of note, we rolled out Spotify Lite more widely, and this offering is now available in 36 markets."
Here are the company’s expectations for the third-quarter:
Total MAUs: 240-245 million
Total Premium Subscribers: 110-114 million
Total Revenue: €1.57-€1.77 billion
Gross Margin: 23.2-25.2%
Operating Profit/Loss: €2-€(78) million
How it plans to achieve this is with the new look “Your Libary” update, podcast partnership with the Obama’s production company Higher Ground Audio and its new commute-optimised “Your Daily Drive” feature will contribute to an even better audience experience.
Cavin Johnson says that off-season speculation linking others to his job or the head coach positions at other clubs is the norm of South African football and cannot be taken seriously.
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The Soweto Marathon will see the biggest entry numbers in its 26-year history with a projected 40 000 runners set to take part in the People’s Race.
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Parliament’s Justice and Correctional Services committee says the matter of the fitness of the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to hold office, is likely to be heard by them at the beginning of September 2019.
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Stripping women of dignity and respect during childbirth is not only a violation of human rights, it also affects the health of women and babies.
A growing body of research shows that while some women experience physical and verbal abuse, a much larger group experience more subtle forms of disrespectful care. At one of the most vulnerable times in their lives women can be ignored, left in the dark about their treatment and care team, and denied basic comforts that allow for a dignified birth experience.
Several studies have looked at abuse and disrespect in maternity care. But few had explored the range of issues that affect women’s experiences in low- and middle-income countries. My colleagues and I set out to understand women’s experiences and to create a new way to compare them across different countries.
We talked to about 3 600 women who had recently given birth. They came from a mix of rural and urban areas. We asked them questions to measure what sort of experiences they had had. In particular, whether they’d been afforded dignified and respectful care, whether there had been good communication and whether they felt they could make decisions about their birthing experience.
From in-depth interviews it became clear that the subtler forms of substandard care deeply affected their childbirth experiences. And there is still a great deal of work to be done to give these women the care they deserve.
What women said was missing
We found that communication was the area of care that was most lacking. The vast majority of women in these countries said that their health care providers never introduced themselves. This was true for a shocking 98% of women in the India sample. Many women are not given information about their care and don’t understand what is happening to them.
Over half reported that providers did not explain the purpose of exams or procedures and never asked permission before performing them. Leaving women in the dark about their care can be a frightening and alienating experience. One woman told us:
"They did not tell me anything, I just saw the vehicle ready and they told me you are going to (the hospital) because you are going for an operation. That is the only thing I was told."
Other simple things that were overlooked included how a woman was received when she arrived at the facility, and the timeliness of her care. It’s important to immediately acknowledge her pain and do the best to control it. There is also practical help, like helping her to the bed after delivery, giving her something to drink and warm water to bathe and giving her a bed with clean sheets to rest. One woman said:
"The worst thing that I saw was that after giving birth, you should bath but there was no water so I stayed at the hospital and I came back home without bathing which made me to feel bad."
Why it matters
The violations of basic rights would be enough to inspire action to remedy this problem. But it has even bigger implications for women’s health.
Negative experiences lead to a lack of trust and poor perceptions of the quality of care in health facilities. This discourages women from seeking health care. It has a ripple effect, as other women hear stories that discourage them from delivering their babies in facilities.
In settings where skilled care is only available in health facilities, this contributes to high maternal mortality: many women die of complications that could have been easily managed in a health facility.
According to the most recent data, about 300 000 women died in 2015 from pregnancy-related and childbirth causes. Almost all of those were in low- and middle-income countries.
Mistreatment in health care settings has also been linked with poor outcomes for women such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
The good news is that small changes to these behaviour patterns can make an enormous difference in women’s experiences. As one woman told us;
"Respect to me is like…. maybe how they’d want me to treat them if they were in my shoes."
Simple changes can be made at every level, from interpersonal interactions between women and their providers to the health systems at a national level. Many providers are taught the basics of patient-provider interactions during their training, but lose this quickly. These components should be emphasised in all training and infused in the culture of health facilities.
Women and their families in many settings are disempowered when it comes to demanding respectful care. This is especially true for poorer, less well educated women or those who hold a low social status. Finding ways to help women know and expect the respectful birth experience that is their right can help every woman have a positive birth experience.
The difference when women experience better treatment is clear. As one woman told us:
"You will just feel good that you are welcomed and that you can get help. You can be free with (the doctor)."
Seoul, South Korea – South Korea’s military said North Korea conducted its second weapons test in less than a week Wednesday, firing two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast in a move observers said could be aimed at boosting pressure on the United States as the rivals struggle to set up fresh nuclear talks.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missiles were launched from Wonsan, a city the North pushes as a vacation destination but that it also uses as a regular launch site.
It said both missiles were believed to have flown about 250 kilometers (155 miles) at a maximum altitude of 30 kilometers (19 miles), and that the South Korean and U.S. militaries were trying to gather more details.
The test, which would be yet another North Korean violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, comes as the country’s negotiations with the U.S. over its nuclear weapons program are at a stalemate and as Pyongyang has expressed anger over planned U.S.-South Korean military drills.
"The North’s repeated missile launches are not helpful to efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and we urge (North Korea) to stop this kind of behavior," the South Korean statement said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that the launches were "no threat to Japanese national security."
Last Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles that Seoul officials said flew 600 kilometers (370 miles) and as high as 50 kilometers (30 miles) before landing in the sea.
North Korea’s state media said those tests were supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and were designed to deliver a "solemn warning" to South Korea over its purchase of high-tech U.S.-made fighter jets and the planned military drills, which Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal.
Even though North Korea is banned by the U.N. from using ballistic technology in any weapons launches, it’s unlikely that the nation, already under 11 rounds of U.N. sanctions, will be hit with more punitive measures. Past sanctions were imposed only when the North conducted long-range ballistic launches.
Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters Wednesday that the most recently launched weapons did not reach Japan’s exclusive economic zone and that officials were still analyzing details, including the flight distance and trajectory.
"It is extremely regrettable that North Korea continues firing the missiles that violate the U.N. resolutions," Iwaya said.
Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman from the Chinese foreign ministry, said that China noted the launches and the responses of all sides, and that the "political settlement on the (Korean) Peninsula is currently in a critical stage." China is North Korea’s most important economic and diplomatic ally.
"We hope that all parties concerned will cherish the hard-won alleviations and jointly make positive efforts to promote denuclearization and realize lasting peace on the peninsula and in the region," Hua told reporters at a daily news briefing.
Observers say a low altitude flight by the missiles indicate North Korea may have been testing their ability to avoid being intercepted.
Earlier last week, Kim visited a newly built submarine and expressed his satisfaction with its weapons system. North Korea said its deployment was "near at hand."
In a private briefing to lawmakers Wednesday, South Korean military intelligence officers said they’ve determined that the submarine likely has three launch tubes for missiles, according to Lee Hye-hoon, head of parliament’s intelligence committee. If confirmed, it would be North Korea’s first operational submarine with missile launch tubes, some experts said.
North Korea acquiring the ability to launch missiles from submarines would be an alarming development because such missiles are harder to detect in advance. Experts say the submarine North Korea used to test-fire missiles in recent years should be regarded as a test platform with a single launch tube. They say other North Korean submarines only have torpedo launch tubes.
Wednesday’s launches came hours after a senior U.S. official said President Donald Trump sent Kim mementos from his brief visit to an inter-Korean border town late last month.
The official said a top staffer from the National Security Council hand-delivered photographs from the leaders’ June meeting at the Korean Demilitarized Zone to a North Korean official last week. The Trump administration official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.
The DMZ meeting was the third summit between Trump and Kim. At their second meeting, in Vietnam in February, Trump rejected Kim’s demand for widespread sanctions relief in return for dismantling the North’s main nuclear complex, a partial disarmament step.
During the DMZ meeting, Trump and Kim agreed to resume nuclear diplomacy in coming weeks, but there hasn’t been any known meeting between the countries.
Speaking to reporters accompanying him to an Asian security forum in Thailand, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he’s "very hopeful" for a quick resumption in the nuclear talks.
Despite a recent lack of progress in nuclear diplomacy, both Trump and Kim have said they have maintained good relations with each other. After last Thursday’s missile launches, Trump tried to downplay the significance of the tests, saying that "short-range" was the most important detail. He said North Korea fired "standard" missiles that many countries possess.
South Korea’s military said the flight data of the weapon launched last week showed similarities to the Russian-made Iskander, a short-range, nuclear-capable missile. A North Korean version could likely reach all of South Korea — and the 28,500 U.S. forces stationed there — and would be extremely hard to intercept.
Before last week’s launches, North Korea last fired missiles into the sea in early May, and experts said those were also Iskander-like missiles. During Wednesday’s briefing, the South Korean military intelligence officers said that an analysis of North Korea-dispatched photos showed that the North fired four missiles on two days, according to Lee, the lawmaker. South Korea earlier said the North fired a total of three missiles at the time.
After entering talks with Washington, North Korea has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests, and Trump has said that is proof that his North Korea policy is working well and has eased the danger of a war with the North.
When love, lust and all things in between come calling, dating apps appear to be the only way to meet new people and experience romance in 2019.
Drawing upon my personal experiences and academic insights about sexuality, gender and power, this article explores what happens when dating apps fail on their promises.
Being a tech Luddite, I never dreamed of using a dating app. However, when other options were exhausted, I found myself selecting photos and summarizing myself in a user profile. I chose Bumble because it was rumoured to have more professional men than other apps and I was intrigued by its signature design where women ask men out. Self described as “100% feminist,” Bumble’s unique approach has generated significant social buzz and it has over 50 million users.
As a medical anthropologist, I explore sexuality, gender and health experiences among people in sex work, Indigenous communities and those affected by HIV/Aids. I had no intention of writing about my socio-sexual experiences, but as soon as I started my Bumble journey the words began to flow. Writing helped me cope with the bizarre things I encountered, and my anthropological insights told me that my observations were unique as well as timely.
But what is Bumble all about? What does it reveal about feminism and gender in contemporary dating culture?
The female worker bee does all the work
Established in 2014, Bumble is branded as a feminist dating app that puts women in the driver’s seat and takes the pressure off men to initiate dating conversations. In a 2015 Esquire interview, Bumble chief executive and co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd explained the honeybee inspiration:
“Bee society where there’s a queen bee, the woman is in charge, and it’s a really respectful community. It’s all about the queen bee and everyone working together. It was very serendipitous.”
However, a honeybee hive is less about sisterhood and more about gendered inequity. Just as female worker bees do the heavy lifting as they care for larvae and their hexagon lair, Bumble women perform the initial dating labour by extending invitation after invitation to potential matches. Bumble men, much like male bees, largely sit and wait for their invites to come.
Like the female worker bee, women do all the work on Bumble.
In my five months on Bumble, I created 113 unique opening lines, each of which involved not just work but also a leap of faith.
Will he respond? Will this one like me? Putting myself out there repeatedly made me feel vulnerable, not empowered.
Sure, there was some short-lived excitement, but much of my time was spent wondering if they would respond. Only 60% of my opening lines were answered and I met just 10 men in five months, which is a 9% “success” rate.
Of my 10 encounters, four rated as very good to excellent, three as quite bad and three fluctuated in the middle: not terrible, but not something I’m keen to repeat.
A girl-power bubble
My digital dating journey was not the effective, empowering experience I hoped for. The discrepancy between Bumble’s sunny narrative and my stormier encounters stemmed from the app’s outdated brand of feminism. The women-taking-charge-for-themselves model assumes that we live in a girl-power bubble. It ignores men’s feelings about adopting a more passive dating role. This creates tensions between users. I learned the hard way that despite our feminist advances, many men are still not comfortable waiting to be asked out.
Some Bumble men view the app’s signature design as a way for women to rob them of their rightful dating power. Many openly critiqued us for acting “like men” and I was ghosted, sexually degraded and subjected to violent language by men who resented me or what I represented as a feminist. This was confirmed by several of my matches, who discussed women’s acquisition of socio-economic and sexual power as a problem. These insights not only shocked me; they impaired my ability to have meaningful dating experiences on Bumble.
The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements continue to illuminate how much unfinished business we have ahead of us before gender equity is a reality. My Bumble experiences reflect the same unfortunate truth, as do other studies about the complex relationship between gender and power relations on dating apps.
Using a feminist dating app in a patriarchal world is messy, but also fascinating for what it reveals about sexuality, gender and power in the digital dating universe. Bumble needs a serious upgrade it if truly wants to empower women and make room for men en route to more meaningful dating experiences.
One suggestion would be to remove the “she asks” and “he waits” design so both partners can access one another as soon as a match is made. Bumble might also consider having users answer questions about gender equity and feminism before matches are generated. This could make digital dating experiences less of a bell jar and more of an equitable mess.
Another idea is to have Bumble refresh its narrative to support women’s desires and to help diverse dating roles be more readily accepted by men. The app could add a forum where users can share their various Bumble experiences in ways that encourage safe, engaged dating-related communication.