SAN FRANCISCO — Typically a neat and tidy area, Stephen Curry’s locker was symbolic of a season that quickly has unraveled.The cheetah-printed Curry 5 shoes that the Warriors superstar was wearing Wednesday night sat unlaced on the floor by his chair. A pair of shorts hung haphazardly over a cup of coffee Curry never finished before heading to the hospital with a broken left hand suffered minutes earlier in a game against the Phoenix Suns.Friday came the news that Curry will miss at least …
3 September 2009 South Africans’ living conditions are steadily improving, according to Statistics South Africa’s latest General Household Survey, which registered increases in school attendance, satisfaction with health services, and ownership of houses, televisions and – no surprises here – mobile phones. Access to electricity and proper sanitation has also improved, the survey found, although piped water services are lagging. Hunger levels remain low, while the number of South Africans receiving state social grants has more than tripled since 2002. The annual survey, which measured various aspects of the living circumstances of South African households for the year 2008, was released on Wednesday.Education The survey found that the percentage of South African children attending primary school had grown substantially since 2002 – although still not enough to meet the country’s early childhood development goals for 2010. At the other end of the spectrum, the percentage of secondary school students who completed grade 12 increased from 22.8% in 2002 to 24.6% in 2008, while the proportion of adults with no formal education decreased over the same period, from 10.3% to 8.8%. According to the survey, between 2002 and 2008:The percentage of children aged 5-9 who are attending school increased from 79.9% to 88.6%.The percentage of 5-year-olds attending school increased from 40.4% to 63.3%.The percentage of 6-year-olds attending school increased from 70.9% to 87.1%. Among children aged 7 years and above, lack of money for fees remained the most common reason given for not attending school.Health care Statistics South Africa’s survey recorded higher levels of satisfaction with public health services, up from 81.1% of people who used these services in 2002 to 91.2% in 2008. In the private sector, satisfaction levels increased slightly over the same period, from 92.8% to 95.6%. Medical aid coverage remained the lowest among black South Africans, with only 8.4% of people covered in 2008, compared to 68.5% of the white population.Housing and household assets According to the survey, the overall percentage of households living in informal dwellings increased marginally from 2002 to 2008, from 13.1% to 13.4%. However, this was an improvement on the 15.9% recorded in 2005. There was also continued growth in ownership among those occupying formal separate dwellings, from 62.6% in 2002 to 70.1% in 2008. And over the same period, television ownership increased from 59.3% to 72.4%, while ownership of mobile phones more than doubled, from 37.6% to 79.1%.Electricity, water, sanitation Of all the basic services, access to a connection to the mains electricity supply improved the most, the survey found, increasing from 77.4% of households in 2002 to 82.6% in 2008. However, the percentage of households receiving piped water supplies from their local municipalities decreased from 78.9% in 2004 to 74.8% in 2008. The percentage of households with no toilet facility, or having to use bucket toilets, declined from 12.5% in 2002 to 7.7% in 2008. At the same time, the percentage of households using municipal refuse disposal services increased steadily, from 58.8% to 60.5%.Hunger, social grants, child runaways Reported levels of hunger in 2008 were very close to those of 2006 and slightly up from those of 2007, the survey found. However, hunger levels remained low, at 2.4% for adults and 2.5% for children – compared to the 6.8% of households who said their children and adults suffered from hunger in 2002. According to the survey, the percentage of South Africans receiving welfare grants from the state more than tripled between 2002 and 2008, from 3.7% to 13.3%. At the same time, the 2008 survey recorded the highest level of children aged 5-17 who had left their homes and whose whereabouts were unknown, with 8.4% of households affected in 2008 compared to 4.5% in 2002. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
A former BJP MLA’s daughter, who had run away alleging torture by the family, returned home on Tuesday. Her return was unconditional and she didn’t make any accusations against the family, said the police. “We found her at a village near Raver of Maharashtra. A police team escorted her to her house and handed her over to the family. There was no settlement between the two sides,” said Umesh Tiwari, T.T. Nagar City Superintendent of Police. “She had run away of her own accord and returned the same way.”On October 16, former MLA from Bhopal Central Surendranath Singh had filed a complaint with the police claiming his “mentally ill” daughter Bharti Singh had gone missing. Days later, Ms. Singh released a video online alleging torture by her family for a decade, including administration of sleep-inducing injections. According to her lawyer, Ankit Saxena, who petitioned the High Court seeking protection for her, she was in a relationship with a man of another faith for five-six years, but her family was forcing her to marry the son of a political leader.On Monday, Mr. Singh told The Hindu that his daughter was a victim of “love jihad”, in which the Congress leaders had a hand. After receiving his daughter home, he said, “Someone had performed tantric kriya (black magic) on her. Now that she has returned, we want all this to go away.” “When she was upset, no one was by her side. He helped her then. So, she went away with him,” Mr. Singh said, referring to the man his daughter was in a relationship with. Mr. Singh said that he had told his daughter she had a right to decide her fate. “I told her we’ll do as you say. Padho likho apna kaam karo (Study well and do you work)”In the video released from an undisclosed location on Saturday, Ms. Singh had said: “My mental health is totally fine. My family is falsely blaming me as they are in a position to forge documents, but I can’t do that. Please help me. I just don’t want to return home.”Mr. Singh had said his daughter had been suffering from depression since 2016. “She is being treated by a reputed doctor and we have the documents relating to it.”
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Jakarta: The death toll from violent protests in Indonesia’s restive Papua province has risen to 26 after several bodies were found under burned buildings. An angry mob torched local government buildings, shops and homes and set fire to cars and motorbikes in Papua province’s Wamena city on Monday in a protest by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted an indigenous student. Papua police spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said Tuesday that six more bodies were found in and around the burned-out wreckage of buildings engulfed in the fires set by rioters. Another 70 people were injured. National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said police were questioning 733 university students involved in another protest in Jayapura that left one soldier and three civilians dead.
London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson challenged Opposition parties to table a no-confidence motion in his government to trigger a general election, amid chaotic scenes in the House of Commons after a historic Supreme Court verdict over-ruling his earlier suspension of Parliament. Johnson, who had to dash back from the United Nations summit in New York to face furious parliamentarians on Wednesday evening, appeared unrepentant as he stuck to his stand that the senior judges had been wrong and rejected the pleas of members of parliament to moderate his inflammatory language as an attempt to frustrate his Brexit strategy to meet the October 31 deadline. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportInstead of facing the voters the Opposition turned tail and fled from an election. Instead of deciding to let the voters decide, they ran for the courts it is absolutely no disrespect to the judiciary to say I think the court was wrong, he declared, amid extraordinary verbal clashes in the Commons. Other parliamentarians also rounded on Johnson for his lack of contrition following the unanimous and historic defeat for the government in the highest court of the country, when it ruled on Tuesday that the UK PM had been unlawful in seeking Parliament to be prorogued earlier this month. Responding to Johnson, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused him of failing to take the court defeat seriously, branding his statement “10 minutes of bluster from a dangerous Prime Minister who thinks he is above the law but in truth is not fit for the office he holds . He said that Johnson should have done the honourable thing and resigned.
Kolkata: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday visited the National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities (NILD) here and inaugurated an e-rickshaw to help the physically challenged patients move inside the campus. The president also interacted with the differently abled and autistic children at the NILD. Kovind, who did not deliver any speech on the occasion, inspected the Multi-sensory Integrated Therapy Unit and inaugurated the first e-rickshaw to be used by the institute for ferrying patients from nearby state highway to the NILD compound, a spokesman of the institute said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The integrated therapy unit will benefit 12,000 cases of paediatric population every year. The president complimented the institute for setting up the new unit containing various sensory equipment which will help in rehabilitation of children with various disabilities in empowering their movement, behavioural and mental learning process. Kovind mingled with physically challenged children at the Female and Children Ward of NILD and asked a girl to sing a popular Hindi classic, the spokesman said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi He later visited an exhibition of wall hangings and handicrafts made by physically challenged children and praised their artworks. “I am so happy, the President of India talked to my 12-year old daughter,” mother of a differently-abled girl said. NILD Director Dr S P Das told reporters later, the president came and inspected facilities at the institute and commented to accompanying Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot that “we should take it forward.” To a question Das said, there will be one e-rickshaw to ferry physically challenged as of now. Apart from the Union minister, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar accompanied the president, who is on a two- day visit since Monday. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made a courtesy visit to the president at the Raj Bhavan here on Monday. Kovind on Monday visited the Belur Math, the global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission.
Mumbai: One coach of a Mumbai local train derailed on Wednesday morning after one of its wheels came loose. Railway officials said while no injuries were reported, services on the line had to be suspended.According to officials, the wheel of a Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Bandra local came off between Mahim and King’s Circle stations around 11:30 am. As a result, services on the stretch had to be suspended. Trains, however, were running normally on the CSMT-Panvel leg of the line. According to officials, a Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level enquiry has been constituted by the GM of Western Railway to look into the incident. (With inputs from Indian Express)
New Delhi: The role of an opener in Test cricket requires a different philosophy and mindset, where the ability to translate talent and intent into consistent performance is paramount, insists the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. As Rohit Sharma showed signs of fitting into Indian team management’s ‘Virender Sehwag Model’ with a hundred in his first Test as opener, Tendulkar spoke about the bigger picture of facing the new ball in traditional format. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”It’s all about the mindset. If somebody wants to open the innings, then he needs to have a different kind of mindset,” Tendulkar told PTI in an exclusive interview. Talk about Sehwag, Tendulkar reminded that along with the mindset, it is also about ability, which Sehwag had in abundance. “Sehwag had that different mindset. Be it a ODI or Test, he would more or less play in the same manner. That aggressive nature was always there. Again, it boils down to the capability and the potential of that particular player,” said Tendulkar. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”There are number of guys, who want to be aggressive but to able to use that ammunition (aggression) consistently enough is something that Sehwag had been able to do. That number (opener) suited him. One needs to wait and see how it pans out (for Rohit),” said Tendulkar, whose world record of 200 Test appearances is unlikely to be broken anytime soon. Talking about philosophy, Tendulkar recalled that along with stupendous success, Sehwag also encountered rough patches but never changed his style. “Like for Sehwag, he opened for the first time in England and got a hundred. It brought him success but there were occasions, when he also had his share of rough patches. So it’s not the numbers that always really matter but what you bring to the table does,” he explained. Security and a sense of belonging is something that also brings the best out of any player, opined the all-time highest run scorer in Tests and ODIs. “I think security has to be there. If you look at any number, there has to be that security and one needs to feel that he belongs to the team. Players go through ups and down, but if they know that management is backing them, they tend to think differently,” he feels. Among the new crop of youngsters, Tendulkar is impressed with Hanuma Vihari’s temperament during the past few series. “You need to play Test cricket differently and real skill is tested on good bowler-friendly tracks and he has gone out and shown an ideal temperament,” Tendulkar said. “Vihari has been smart in selecting right shots to play at the right time. I have been impressed by his calmness, temperament as well as ability to absorb pressure. In Test cricket, various aspects are going to be tested and if you are sure of those things, your body language is different, which I saw in him,” said Tendulkar. The technical aspect that impressed Tendulkar was Vihari was ready to leave deliveries, a quality that’s also there in Australia’s find of Ashes Marnus Labuschagne. “In Ashes, Marnus Labuschagne is one of the top examples, he replaced Smith (as that Concussion substitute) at the Lord’s and then he stood out because I feel he was leaving the ball better than anyone else.” Tendulkar loves the concept of World Test Championship but it will only have context if the tracks are “sporting” in nature. “It can only happen if you play on sporting tracks and when I mean sporting tracks, it’s balanced one. If there isn’t a bit of something for everyone, then there is no point as the game itself gets affected,” he said giving the example of Ashes. “Ashes was example we got to see everything. Quality batting, top notch fast bowling and spinners also in play. There were players, who were attacking and there were players who are leaving the balls as well. Those elements shouldn’t disappear from Test cricket.” As far as points system is concerned (120 for series clean sweep), Tendulkar finds it as a good move to keep the fans engaged. “Points and all that, team would want to focus on game and nothing else. But what points system does is to keep spectators’ engagement alive. If a team has won first two Test matches, third shouldn’t be a dead rubber. Players will always give their best but how do you keep spectators engaged and involved is also important. “In the last 4 and 5 months, when teams are fighting for the top two slots, the points system will certainly add dimension and I wont be surprised if Test enthusiasts will be engrossed in calculating points,” said Tendulkar.
New Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a humid day on Thursday, with the minimum temperature settling at 23.8 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity in the morning was recorded at 83 per cent. “The minimum temperature settled at 23.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average while the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 35 degrees Celsius,” a MeT Department official said. The weatherman has forecast a generally cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder or lightning. On Wednesday, the city registered a low of 23.4 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature had settled around 32 degrees Celsius.