Police have released the name of the farmer that was killed in a farm attack in Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape over the weekend. He has been named as 51 year old Duaene Truter.
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A woman has fallen to her death as she was running away from protesters on Inanda Road near China Mall in Durban.
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CAPE TOWN – Veterans Bruce Darbyshire Robert and Ant Foster made the most wonderful of statements on the opening day of the General Tire Lifesaving South Africa National Championships in Port Elizabeth.
Lifesaving’s premier extravaganza, which brings together 1700 of the country’s athletes from more than 40 clubs, incorporates the Masters, Nippers, Seniors and Juniors in the surf and pool championships respectively.
The Masters always takes pride of place on the first day of the seven-day festival of lifesaving, and in the female category, aged 30-34, Summerstrand’s Natalie Goedhuls flourished in two first places in the run/swim/run and the single ski and two second places in the board race and surf swim.
Tracy Gouws, magnificent a year ago, was equally impressive in 2019, in winning the surf swim, board race, and swim/run/swim. She also finished third in the single ski to add to Summerstrand’s imposing presence on the Masters’ podium in so many age categories.
The Masters’ starts in category age 30-34 and finishes age 70-plus.
Which brings us to Foster and Darbyshire-Roberts, who got the biggest cheer in showing that age is just a number.
Forster, competing in the 70-plus category, was the most active of athletes in his category, finishing in three disciplines.
Sihle Trevor Xaba of Durban Surf was a popular finisher in the ski race, aged 40-44. Xaba, a television actor in the Durban Beach Rescue series, showed he could transfer his on-screen skills to the water.
Durban Pro’s Siyanda Ngexe finished first in the 30-34 run/swim/run.
Other veterans who enjoyed success included Summerstrand’s Rob Smith, Kings Beach Terry Billson, Ken Richard, Christian Callebaunt, Andre van Rooyen, Antje Hockley, Brent Challenor, Nina Loftus, Gina McCelland and the Ethekwini duo of Mluleki Mthethwa and Mfana Mkhizi.
The surf action stays at Kings Beach today when the Nippers compete for glory until Wednesday. The Masters, Seniors and Juniors take to the pool from today and also finish on Wednesday.
The week’s proceedings reach a climax with the seniors and juniors surf championship from Thursday to Saturday.
The Nippers will complete their pool championship during the same time.
Cancer in children was often a death sentence in decades past, but new therapies are saving lives. Many of these treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, however, make children infertile. Now, new research is showing one strategy to preserve their fertility so that someday they can have their own biological children.
Many childhood cancer survivors have remained beyond the reach of current assisted reproductive technologies because they are not able to produce mature sperm or eggs. Adult patients have the option to freeze eggs or sperm before treatment and use those samples in the future to achieve pregnancy using assisted reproductive technologies. Unfortunately, those options are not available to children who are not yet able to produce mature eggs or sperm.
Now I and my colleagues in the Orwig lab at the Magee-Womens Research Institute of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Cancer have developed a next-generation reproductive technology by figuring out how to preserve fertility in pediatric cancer patients who might face infertility after chemotherapy or radiation.
Pediatric cancer therapies
About 40 000 kids undergo cancer treatments each year, and 80 percent of children will survive and can look forward to a full and productive life. The bad news is that treatment comes at a cost: About 30 percent of adult survivors of these childhood cancers discover that their lifesaving cancer treatment had an unintended side effect – infertility. Cancer survivors report that fertility is important to them, and while adoption or other family building options are available, those options are not always accessible or desired.
In our current study, we used a juvenile male macaque to test whether it was possible to collect and then freeze immature testicular tissues – which produce mature sperm only after puberty.
We began our experiment by surgically removing this tissue from macaques, which we immediately froze. As the animals neared puberty, the testicular tissue was thawed and grafted just under the skin of the same monkey’s back or scrotum.
The grafts matured during the next several months under the influence of pubertal hormones from the brain. The grafts grew and produced testosterone, which is required for sperm production. We retrieved the testicular tissues eight to 12 months after the grafting procedure, dissected it and discovered that all of the grafted tissue produced mature sperm.
My team then collected this sperm and sent it to our collaborators in the Assisted Reproductive Technology Core of the Oregon National Primate Research Center at the Oregon Health and Science University, who injected it into an egg from a female macaque – a procedure called intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
We then checked the eggs to see which ones were successfully fertilized by the sperm. Eleven of the resulting embryos were transferred into six surrogate female macaques, resulting in one pregnancy that produced a healthy baby girl that we named Grady, which stands for graft-derived baby.
This is the first study to prove that sperm from frozen and thawed primate testicular tissue grafts were able to fertilize eggs and produce a healthy baby.
Implications for the human fertility clinic
The freezing and thawing aspect is important because a prepubertal cancer patient may need to keep their testicular or ovarian tissue in frozen storage for years or even decades before they need them for reproductive purposes.
Combined with nearly two decades of work by other researchers in mice, pig and monkey models, we believe that our results provide important preclinical safety and feasibility data to justify translating this technique to the human fertility clinic in the next two to five years.
I believe we owe this to our patients who have already accepted the risk of testicular biopsy surgery and trusted us to develop next-generation reproductive therapies.
Academic centers around the world, including the Fertility Preservation Program of UPMC, are freezing testicular tissues for boys and ovarian tissues for girls in anticipation that those tissues can be matured in the future to produce sperm or eggs and biological offspring.
There is one documented case of an adult survivor of a childhood cancer who had a baby after her frozen ovarian tissues were transplanted back into her body. There are no documented births from frozen testicular tissues. Our group has been freezing testicular tissue for boys and ovarian tissues for girls since 2011 and has preserved tissues for nearly 250 patients (206 testicular tissues and 41 ovarian tissues).
Therefore, our laboratory is committed to responsibly developing the next generation of assisted reproductive technologies that will allow our patients to use their tissues to achieve their reproductive goals.
All patients should be informed about the reproductive side effects of their medical treatments and about options to preserve their fertility immediately at the time of diagnosis.
Pretty Ballerinas shoes are up to date with the fringe trend and have released an Autumn/Winter fringe collection.
Paying homage to the roaring ’20s, this new collection reinvents the famous tassels and invites you to move to the Jazz rhythm, enjoying the fun of the endless festivities in the wonderful Gatsby house.
The "Ella Fringe slide" is a stylish tapered tip shoe design flooded with extra long fringes in different shades, inviting you to dance until dawn.
Whether it’s loafers or slides, the Pretty Ballerina Fringe range is an invitation to dance till dawn. Picture: Supplied.
It is available in highlighted mule slingback wedges and closed ballerina loafer.
For summer parties and magical nights, the Pretty Ballerina Fringe collection is a must-have in your wardrobe.
Rocking the stylish "Ella Fringe slide" with extra large fringes. Picture: Supplied.
The Pretty Ballerinas AW19 Fringe Collection will be available in stores this winter season.
The demand of skilled workforce in South The african continent and in other regions of Africa has forced many people to enroll in various universities. UNISA programs are the most effective because they are offered through distance education. Both equally private and public schools are shifting their target to distance learning because many people prefer…
Eskom says although it remains optimistic that power cuts will not be effected this week – its power system is still vulnerable, and load shedding will be implemented only if absolutely necessary.
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DURBAN – There’s no disputing that Benni McCarthy is a born winner.
The current Cape Town City boss has lifted multiple trophies during his illustrious career as a player. He really enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in his glittering career both locally and abroad. McCarthy is still the only Uefa Champions League medallist from South Africa.
McCarthy is now on the verge of winning a treble with the Citizens. City are still in the tittle race and they will face Kaizer Chiefs in the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday at 3.30pm.
They have already delivered the MTN8 triumph in to their trophy cabinet this season when they defeated SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban at the start of the season to be crowned champions.
The all-time leading goalscorer for Bafana Bafana is in his second season as a head coach. Last season he reached the final of the MTN8 but succumbed to Matsatsantsa A Pitori. He also guided City into the Top 8 which they managed to capture.
The Citizens are three points behind the log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns. They are fourth on the log with 40 points after 24 games, while the Brazilians are at the summit with 43 points after 23 games.
McCarthy and his troops will lock horns against Lamontville Golden Arrows, Bloemfontein Celtic, Highlands Park, Chippa United, Orlando Pirates and Black Leopards in their last six league matches.
They have every opportunity to reign supreme come May if they can stay consistent, so their fate is on their own hands.
Obviously they will need Sundowns to drop points but three points is not a massive gap especially if you take in to consideration that they still have to play their sworn rivals, SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates.
It will be huge achievement for McCarthy if he was to succeed in his quest to capture an unprecedented treble.
It won’t be elementary though. They still have to dispatch Chiefs in the last eight of the Nedbank Cup and see who they will be pitted against in the semi-finals.
However, it is possible.
McCarthy won a treble during his short stint with the Bucanneers. He was a vital cog in that vintage Pirates side that delivered back-to-back trebles. His important strikes played a pivotal role in the Bucanneers accomplishments in 2011/12.
The Sea Robbers lifted the MTN8, Telkom Knockout and the league with the red hot McCarthy securing the treble for the Bucs.
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He notched up a brace in the last league game against Lamontville Golden Arrows at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban as they emerge as 4-2 winners on the day and lifted the trophy.
They needed victory in the last game to win the title. Moroka Swallows were hot on their heels.
McCarthy will be hoping that this season will also go down the wire in the title and thrive on the last day and get that treble.
Durban – A woman has been killed and two others were seriously injured after falling through a roof of a shopping mall in Inanda Road Springfield Park whilst running away from violent protesters on Monday.
Protests had broken out on Sunday night in the Kenville area. Police are on the scene
Rescue Care Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said when they arrived on the scene to a local centre at 9:20 am they were escorted by SAPS to an area where a patient had fallen from the roof.
"A woman believed to be approximately 45-years-old had fallen through a Perspex part of the ceiling approximately 3 metres. She had sustained major injuries. Unfortunately, there was nothing paramedics could do for her. She was declared deceased on the scene. Two other gentlemen who were also running on the roof fell and sustained serious injuries. They were stabilised by paramedics before being transported to a nearby hospital for the further care that they required.
Greenwood Park police have opened an inquest docket for investigation.
THE PORT of Durban is a hub of activity. It’s Monday morning and the temperature in the city’s starting to soar. Families, couples and groups of friends are sauntering about in their summer wear – sun hats being a mandatory accessory.
We are about two hours away away from boarding the MSC Musica, bound for Pomene.
After boarding the cruise liner, famished passengers make a beeline for the buffet, gorging on pizza and desserts.
The cabins are available to guests from 1pm. However, there’s no guarantee our luggage will arrive at the same time.
After the mandatory safety drill, half an hour before the MSC Musica is scheduled to leave the harbour, everyone flocks to the pool area and viewing deck. The chatter continues as cocktails are sipped while little ones enjoy a swim.
By late afternoon, everyone is in cruise mode (no pun intended).
Dinner, usually a formal affair, is in two sittings – one at 6pm and the other 8pm. I am booked at the L’Oleandro Restaurant, where I feast on aloo palak, an Indian curry made with spinach and cheese, and seafood paella. Both are delicious.
While some of the guests choose to end the night with a theatre show, others retire early.
BEING an early riser, I can’t resist catching the sunrise from my balcony cabin. Fitness fanatics have the option of working out at the gym, which opens at 6am.
With more than 2500 holidaymakers on board, breakfast tends to be a crowded affair. It’s best to arrive early to get a table.
And it’s a spread of note with everything from baked bread, fresh fruit and a hot buffet on offer.
Afterwards, we can choose how to spend the time. The pool (or the Jacuzzi) holds much appeal. But so does the rest of the activities on board, which was provided in a pamphlet the night before.
Intrigued, I attend The MasterChef at Sea competition, before lunch. Amateur chefs battle in teams of two for the title, which makes for entertaining viewing.
The Kaito Sushi Bar serves a wonderful lunch – it comes with an additional fee but is worth every cent.
In the afternoon, I head to the Crystal Lounge for a general knowledge quiz, where I emerge as the winner. Other options for guests include a game of Bingo in one of the lounges or enjoy live music along with a cocktail. For those feeling a bit more energetic, the Q23 disco is the place to be.
THE DAY trip to Pomene Island, an unspoilt area just 170km south of Vilanculos and 600km from Mozambique’s capital Maputo, starts from 7am. With my sunscreen packed – temperatures rise to well over 40°C – I get myself ready.
I am an island boy at heart. There is nothing better than taking a dip in the ocean or lazying on a lounger with a good book.
On the island, we can sunbathe or explore Pomene through a range of exciting educational tours.
After a generous (bordering on excessive), application of sunscreen, I am ready to explore.
It is enlightening to learn the history behind the hotel ruins that we stumble upon.
Do note, the tours have to be booked a few weeks before your cruise if you want to qualify for a discount and not have fomo as I did. Other activities include ocean safari, a mangrove estuary trip and kayaking.
If you have time, a visit to the Pomene Nature Reserve, a protected marine area, is a must.
There is a small craft market on the island where you can buy authentic African art – anything from keyrings and ashtrays to silk printed items and wooden planes. The craft owners have compelling stories to share, too.
Rogal Mthembu, who owns a small souvenir stall, says: “I had just finished school and was searching for a job. When I could not find anything, I took solace in creating mementoes as a hobby. I ended up turning my passion into a career.”
A few stalls away, there are people selling traditional Mozambican beers and cocktails, which is perfect antidote for the weather.
The passengers preferring to be away from the bustling atmosphere, settle by the water’s edge.
The lunch service operates from 11am to 2pm with a spread of fresh buns, grilled meats and seafood to keep everyone happy.
With the heat becoming unbearable, I return to the MSC Musica with the first group. It gives me an opportunity to catch up on some reading in the library and take a nap, while the cruise liner gently sways back and forth.
Interestingly, Mo Magic performs for guests in the evening. And his magic acts leave them impressed and curious, at the same time.
Wednesday is “party night” on board. Cruisers learn to dance to different styles of music from across the world.
The atmosphere is exhilarating and I learn some cool new dance moves from fellow cruisers.
THIS is the last day before we return to reality. By this time, everyone wants to make the most of the day.
The options include learning how to make origami butterflies or, for those brave enough, signing up for the Lip Sync Battle contest. The guy who sing Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean is unbelievably talented.
I choose to while away my time at the thermal spa.
Sitting in the sauna, with the magnificent ocean all around me, makes for a priceless moment of solitude.
For those looking to splurge, an hour-long massage or facial will be the way to go.
Opting against shopping, I end the evening with a theatre show at Teatro La Scala and a chocolate beverage on deck 5.
DISEMBARKMENT starts from 6am until 9am. Most cruisers leave their bags outside the night before.
Before you disembark, make sure you tuck into the breakfast spread.
A perfect cup of hot chocolate, or coffee, is the ideal way to toast a fabulous cruise.
As I leave the port, I’m thinking of returning with my family later this year. I know my siblings will be thrilled.
Cape Town – The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is where you go to find collaborations and sometimes it is the only place you will find a particular line-up. With rePercussions, London based drummer/ composer/ producer Moses Boyd brings together five artists who are ground-breaking in their own right, but together they create something different.
Melding the free-flowing elements of jazz with the infectious danceability of Gqom, they take their digi-analogue sound in a whole new direction.
The members of rePercussions are:
Drummer Moses Boyd leads two of his own outfits (The Exodus and Solo Exchange) and holds a degree in jazz drums from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He explored West African percussion and blues music via a duo with saxophonist Binker Golding and is steadily adding to a pile of awards. His self-released first album, Displaced Diaspora (2018), explores a variety of jazz styles encountered as he dug into his Jamaican ancestry over a period of four years.
Lwazi Asanda Gwala, AK DJ Lag, is a pioneer of the Durban Gqom sound whose superb production skills have helped to transform a sub-genre of house into a global music movement. At age 21 in 2016, DJ Lag made his live global debut at the Unsound Festival in Poland, finishing almost a month later at Seoul’s Cake Shop. He has performed at Afropunk NYC, secured a residency at London’s RinseFM and has taken his #GqomIsThePresent tour around the world.
Mozambique-and-Johannesburg based producer/ guitarist/ DJ Tiago Correia-Paulo, ex 340ml and Tumi & the Volume, has worked on various projects including Zaki Ibrahim’s Every Opposite, Bongeziwe Mabandla’s Mangaliso, The Brothers Move On’s Good Times and many more. Today he is experimenting with a different style of documentary about his home town Maputo, a nostalgic audiovisual homage created in partnership with Ailton Matavela (TRKZ), entitled Continuadores.
Self-described eclectic R&B techno artist Nonku Phiri stepped onto the music scene at the age of 17 with a collaboration with Jazzworx. The vocalist embarked on a solo career in 2015, travelled, gigged and wrote for three years, collaborating with the likes of PH Fat, Crazy White Boy, Jack Parow, fellow Red Bull Music Academy alumni Card on Spokes and others. Drawing on electronic, hip hop and kwaito, she recently released single Sifo via her own record label Albino Black.
A recent recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz Award 2019, Mandla Mlangeni is also on the CTIJF line-up as part of Swiss/SA collaboration, The Mill. The trumpeter has collaborated with distinguished jazz artists such as Feya Faku, Louis Moholo and Shabaka Hutchings and is part of Tune Recreation Committee which debuted at CTIJF 2017. The Tune Recreation Committee’s debut album, Voices of Our Vision, was one of the New York Times’ Best Albums of 2017 as well as a SAMA nominee for Best Jazz Album.
* While the Limited Early Bird Weekend Passes are sold out, festinos can still buy CTIJF 2019 Weekend Passes or Day Passes through Computicket. Tickets for the Rosies Stage must be bought separately and are also now available at Computicket.
Ticket prices as follows:
Weekend Pass: R1290
Day Pass: R 850
Rosies Stage tickets: R 20 per performance
* Visit the website for more information: www.capetownjazzfest.com
A crowd has gathered at the Madadeni Magistrate’s Court in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
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PRETORIA – Bulls coach Pote Human gave a brutally honest assessment of his side’s poor performance following a 56-20 drubbing at the hands of the Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
His charges were humiliated on their home ground conceding seven tries against New Zealand’s lowest placed side in the competition.
“We didn’t pitch at all, I think we were still in the bye, I’ll take it on me I gave the guys last week off,” Human said after the match.
“From the kick-off it actually looked like they (the Chiefs) loved playing at Loftus and we really struggled from the kick-off. We were flat and they just had the energy we didn’t have.”
Trailing 24-6 at the half-time break it was clear the Bulls were in for a world of pain unless they managed to turn their fortunes around in the second half.
But the Bulls remained lethargic throughout the 80 minutes with the home side managing to score two converted tries in response to the Chiefs’ champagne display.
Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie produced a sparkling performance controlling the game from all corners of the field.
McKenzie doubled as grandmaster chess player, popping up all over the place to set up the Chiefs in their try-scoring frenzy.
The New Zealanders scored three braces courtesy of Solomon Alaimalo, Alex Nankivell and Brodie Retallick with Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi adding his name to the scoresheet.
Bulls midfielders Jesse Kriel and Burger Odendaal were responsible for their side’s two five-pointers.
The Pretoria franchise’s flat-footed performance had Human scratching his head considering their near faultless displays before last weekend’s bye.
“We were off our game, they were good and we give them credit but we were very poor today and we allowed them to look like they are on track again,” Human said. “I know we are much better than this, we showed it in three of the first four games.
“This is a bad one to take but we have to take it on the chin and come back stronger next week.”
The Bulls battled in nearly every facet of their game with their forwards struggling to get any ascendency whether it was in the set piece or in the loose.
The Chiefs also dominated the breakdown area and Human will have to decide whether his loose trio is striking the right balance.
“They were just a lot more physical than us, if you want to play the way we want to play, the forwards have to be physical and I think they bullied us today,” Human said. “We just have to take it and come back harder.”
The loss knocked the Bulls off their perch in the South African Conference and they are currently occupying fourth place on the log with 13 points.
They will be looking for a quick turnaround for this week’s clash against the Sharks in Durban, a side that has managed to bounce back from their defeat to the Bulls a fortnight ago.
CAPE TOWN – With just two rounds remaining in the 2019 Varsity Cup season, the latter stages of the round-robin phase is set for a thrilling conclusion.
Following the Central University of Technology’s historic triumph over Bloemfontein rivals the University of the Free State last week, the final two semi-final spots can go to any two of five teams.
Mathematically, Wits, the University of Cape Town, CUT, Shimlas and North-West University all stand a chance of reaching the final four.
Ixias and Ikeys are currently in fifth and sixth position on the standings after six rounds, with 14 and 13 points respectively.
CUT’s impressive victory against Shimlas gave them a fighting chance of making it to the semis. And while last week was also a massive one for Cup rookies the University of the Western Cape – who bagged their first win of their first season in the premier competition – their goal will be to avoid finishing bottom of the log, while their round eight opponents, Wits, will also want to move up on the table.
NWU, on the other hand, will be seeking redemption after their shock result against the University of Pretoria last week when they face CUT, while Tuks will look to conclude their round-robin efforts on a high before they go into their guaranteed semi-final match.
And their chances are looking good ahead of their fixture against UCT.
The Pretoria side have only lost one of their seven games – against none other than the reigning champions Stellenbosch University – and it was by just two points with a final score of 26-24.
For UCT, things are a little bit different. While it’s their last away game, they haven’t been too lucky on the road as they have lost all three of their matches away from home.
Their game against log-leaders Tuks will be a massive test, but it will certainly only add to what’s expected to be an exciting final-stage contest.
Round Eight fixtures:
4.45 pm – UP-Tuks vs UCT Ikeys, Tuks Rugby Stadium 7 pm – UFS-Shimlas vs Maties, Shimla Park 6.30 pm – CUT-Ixias vs NWU, CUT Rugby Stadium 6.30 pm- Wits vs UWC, Wits Rugby Stadium
In Doha: “Now you will see the most beautiful horses on the planet,” the voice of Dalya, the guide showing us around Al Shaqab, lilts away as she leads us into the Arabian horses breeding centre.
The majestic animals are every bit as impressive as they’ve been so dreamily introduced.
“Look at their faces, there is magic in them,” says Dalya, as we catch our first glimpse of the Arabians.
“Their eyes, their bodies, their tails, when they move they have an ego about them. Their bodies are gentler than any other horses, their movement is gentler. When you’re proud, you feel majestic, and that’s what these horses represent.”
Centuries before the discovery of the natural gas and petroleum which have made Qatar rich, the country was known for its Arabian horses. When the Al Thani ancestors, Qatar’s ruling royal family, migrated from the Arabian desert three centuries ago to settle in Qatar the Arabian horse was a vital part of daily life.
His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Father Emir, established Al Shaqab in 1992 to help preserve the horse breed.
Al Shaqab is a 100 hectare facility in the shape of a horseshoe. It stands out for its architectural design, and its opulence, scale and grandeur are like no other equestrian facility.
Other than the Arabian breeding centre, Al Shaqab features an air-conditioned main indoor and outdoor arena. Horses are housed at the historic Ottoman stables and fort and put through their paces at the Equine Exercise Centre, where there are the rather curious sights of horses on a treadmill, taking a daily dip in an Olympic-length swimming pool or popping into the jaccuzzi at the “equine spa”.
“At Al Shaqab we treat horses as humans,” says Dalya.
This – the wealthiest country in the world in terms of the per capita income of its just over 300000 locals – is like no other country in the world. The Bentleys, Aston Martins and Lamborghinis parked at the entrance of the VIP suite of Al Shaqab are clear indications that this is no ordinary day out. Al Shaqab is a member of the Qatar Foundation and the facility is underpinned by the kind of wealth unfathomable to most, bearing in mind the net worth of the Qatari royal family is estimated at more than $335 billion (R4.8trillion).
Qatar is a smorgasbord of history and culture, a traveller’s dream if you’re looking to combine luxury with history, modernity and old-world charm.
Al Shaqab is a venue that is symbolic of the whole of Qatar, with its sense of dignified pride in the country’s history, origins and culture married to its modern global ambitions to establish Qatar as a major international sports and tourism destination. Qatar will become the first Middle Eastern country to host the global football showpiece in 2022.
Rashid Mordiffi, who works at Al Shaqab in its commercial business development unit says: “Qatar is such a beautiful place, it’s a hidden gem. There is so much to see and do here. Everyone knows Dubai, but Qatar is different and a country you can enjoy at a more leisurely pace.
The society too is different and the development that has taken place over the last few years in Qatar has been amazing.”
No expense has been spared in building facilities like Al Shaqab, and extraordinary skyscrapers.
Al Shaqab is key to Qatar’s 2030 vision of promoting the country as a premier sports destination, while paying tribute to the rich heritage.
The football world will descend en masse for the 2022 Fifa World Cup, and as one would expect, Qatar is a full-on construction site.
Stadiums are springing up, set for completion well before schedule. And the new Lusail City – for which the plans were announced only in 2005 and which will host the showpiece opening match and final – is nearly completed.
On the coastline about 23km north of Doha’s city centre, Lusail City will have marinas, residential areas, resorts, commercial districts, shopping and leisure facilities, a golf-course community, man-made islands and entertainment districts.
Freeways are being built, metro stations constructed and brand-new hotels and high-rise buildings are taking rapid shape.
In addition to new cities, Qatar also has its own Sun City on steriods in The Pearl-Qatar, an artificial island spanning nearly 4km2 which will feature luxury villas, hotels and more than 2 000 000m2 of international retail space.
But for all its phenomenal resources, Qatar’s opulence is underpinned by understated elegance and every building is an architectural marvel.
When their global bow comes and one of the world’s best-kept travel secrets is not so secret anymore, Qatar will be ready.
It has been waiting – and preparing – for a long time.
Ask a teen today how she communicates with her friends, and she’ll probably hold up her smartphone. Not that she actually calls her friends; it’s more likely that she texts them or messages them on social media.
Today’s teens – the generation I call “iGen” that’s also called Gen Z – are constantly connected with their friends via digital media, spending as much as nine hours a day on average with screens.
How might this influence the time they spend with their friends in person?
Some studies have found that people who spend more time on social media actually have more face time with friends.
But studies like this are only looking at people already operating in a world suffused with smartphones. They can’t tell us how teens spent their time before and after digital media use surged.
What if we zoomed out and compared how often previous generations of teens spent time with their friends to how often today’s teens are doing so? And what if we also saw how feelings of loneliness differed across the generations?
To do this, my co-authors and I examined trends in how 8.2 million teens spent time with their friends since the 1970s. It turns out that today’s teens are socialising with friends in fundamentally different ways – and also happen to be the loneliest generation on record.
Less work, but fewer hangs?
After studying two large, nationally representative surveys, we found that although the amount of time teens spent with their friends face to face has declined since the 1970s, the drop accelerated after 2010 – just as smartphones use started to grow.
Compared with teenagers in previous decades, iGen teens are less likely to get together with their friends. They’re also less likely to go to parties, go out with friends, date, ride in cars for fun, go to shopping malls or go to the movies.
It’s not because they are spending more time on work, homework or extracurricular activities. Today’s teens hold fewer paid jobs, homework time is either unchanged or down since the 1990s, and time spent on extracurricular activities is about the same.
Yet they’re spending less time with their friends in person – and by large margins. In the late 1970s, 52 percent of 12th-graders got together with their friends almost every day. By 2017, only 28 percent did. The drop was especially pronounced after 2010.
Today’s 10th-graders go to about 17 fewer parties a year than 10th-graders in the 1980s did. Overall, 12th-graders now spend an hour less on in-person social interaction on an average day than their Gen X predecessors did.
We wondered if these trends would have implications for feelings of loneliness, which are also measured in one of the surveys. Sure enough, just as the drop in face-to-face time accelerated after 2010, teens’ feelings of loneliness shot upward.
Among 12th graders, 39 percent said they often felt lonely in 2017, up from 26 percent in 2012. Thirty-eight percent said they often felt left out in 2017, up from 30 percent in 2012. In both cases, the 2017 numbers were all-time highs since the questions were first asked in 1977, with loneliness declining among teens before suddenly increasing.
A new cultural norm
As previous studies have shown, we did find that those teens who spent more time on social media also spent more time with their friends in person.
So why have in-person social interactions been going down, overall, as digital media use has increased?
It has to do with the group versus the individual.
Imagine a group of friends that doesn’t use social media. This group regularly gets together, but the more outgoing members are willing to hang out more than others, who might stay home once in a while. Then they all sign up for Instagram. The social teens are still more likely to meet up in person, and they’re also more active on their accounts.
However, the total number of in-person hangs for everyone in the group drops as social media replaces some face-to-face time.
So the decline in face-to-face interaction among teens isn’t just an individual issue; it’s a generational one. Even teens who eschew social media are affected: Who will hang out with them when most of their peers are alone in their bedrooms scrolling through Instagram?
Higher levels of loneliness are just the tip of the iceberg. Rates of depression and unhappiness also skyrocketed among teens after 2012, perhaps because spending more time with screens and less time with friends isn’t the best formula for mental health.
Some have argued that teens are simply choosing to communicate with their friends in a different way, so the shift toward electronic communication isn’t concerning.
That argument assumes that electronic communication is just as good for assuaging loneliness and depression as face-to-face interaction. It seems clear that this isn’t the case. There’s something about being around another person – about touch, about eye contact, about laughter – that can’t be replaced by digital communication.
The result is a generation of teens who are lonelier than ever before.
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