first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “I mean that was amazing,” Griffin said. “To even have an opportunity to come back, I didn’t think I was going to be able to come back and do it … I don’t remember seeing too many people who have left and came back.“That was the most amazing experience of my entire life. Me thinking about it, that moment, to be up on that stage and having the crowd go crazy, it was like we had won the Peach Bowl all over again. It was nuts.”Griffin helped UCF go undefeated last season, then blew through the NFL combine with a 4.38 in the 40, sensational lifting work with his prosthetic, and a can-do attitude.Exactly the sort of player the Seahawks seem to find; they drafted his twin brother, Shaquill, out of UCF last year.“It’s been a really good experience,” Shaquem said. “I would have been crazy to turn an experience down like this. I’m just glad I was one of the selected few to be here.”ADVERTISEMENT Michael Dickson, the Australian from the University of Texas, was picked 149th overall by Seattle. Alabama’s JK Scott was drafted 172nd overall by Green Bay, a pick before Oakland took Johnny Townsend from Florida. Townsend was the NCAA leader last season with a 47.5-yard average on his 64 punts.In 1988, there were three punters selected in the first 102 picks. Tom Tupa, who also went 4-9 as a starting quarterback during his 16 NFL seasons, and Greg Montgomery were both taken in the third round and became All-Pro punters. Barry Helton was a fourth-round pick.One more punter, Logan Cooke of Mississippi State, was chosen by Jacksonville, and the only placekicker taken was Jason Sanders of New Mexico by the Dolphins.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “A lot of that is instincts. A lot of film watching for me,” he said. “It really helped me because I did not run the fastest time ever, not even close. I had to be able to make up from somewhere else.”Also:—Michigan State extended its streak of having at least one player selected to 78 years when Brian Allen went to the Rams early in the fourth round. Only Michigan and USC have longer streaks, both extended to 80 years during the first two days of the draft.—The Giants took the first quarterback of the third day, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta at No. 109. The Giants passed on trying to get their quarterback of the future to replace Eli Manning in the first round, taking running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall. Lauletta doesn’t have a big arm, but he showed good athleticism and accuracy playing at the FCS school.Other quarterbacks chosen: Western Kentucky’s Mike White to Dallas; Washington State’s Luke Falk to Tennessee; Nebraska’s Tanner Lee to Jacksonville; LSU’s Danny Etling to New England; Florida International’s Alex McGeough to Seattle; and Toledo’s Logan Woodside to Cincinnati.—Dallas acquired wideout Tavon Austin from the Rams in a trade Saturday.—Cleveland used a fourth-round pick, No. 105 overall, to take one of the draft’s most talented but troubled wide receivers: Florida’s Antonio Callaway. He had multiple suspensions while playing with the Gators, missing all of last season because of his part in a credit card fraud scheme.When Callaway plays he is a deep threat receiver and dangerous return man, but he could be the next Josh Gordon, who has had many off-field issues and NFL suspensions with the Browns.—Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli, who is missing the index finger on his left hand, went to Denver in the fifth round.—Three punters — yes, three — were taken in the fifth round. Griffin had one of the more unusual ways of finding out he was chosen.“I was using the restroom and my brother came and tackled me with my cellphone, saying ‘answer it, answer it,’ and I looked, and that’s when tears started pouring down,” Griffin explained.“I literally went to use the restroom and that’s when my brother busted in and tackled me. I think I was more scared of him tackling me in the bathroom and not knowing what was happening than anything.”Griffin received, by far, the biggest cheers of the day — louder even than when the Cowboys’ selections were announced. And he made a promise: “Great things are coming to Seattle.”Griffin’s selection early in the fifth round enlivened a day in which most picks are relatively unknown or obscure players. Not all, though.Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was taken one spot in front of Griffin by Oakland. The All-American would have gone much earlier, but a heart condition was discovered at the combine, dropping him far down draft boards.He had 5½ sacks as an interior rusher and led all nose tackles and defensive tackles with 49 total quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.“It’s tough thinking that you’re one of the top players in the draft and having good tape and everything like that, just having to wait,” Hurst said. “You believe you’re better than guys who go ahead of you is tough. I’m just happy to be in the right place and a great organization.”As for his health, “I’m ready to go right now.”Another All-American, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, was taken by Denver at No. 106. He’s not considered quick, but he is active and seemed to be in on every tackle for the Hawkeyes. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Shaquem Griffin, right, and his twin brother Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin celebrate on stage during the NFL football draft in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, April 28, 2018. The Seahawks selected Shaquem in the fourth round. (Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP)ARLINGTON, Texas — Shaquem Griffin came back. The crowd loved it.Players in attendance not selected in the first two days of the NFL draft usually head out of town before the fourth through seventh rounds.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Heritage MVP snub will fire up Brickman, says former coach Vanguardia ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Griffin, who sat through 100 names being called in the first three rounds, wasn’t in AT&T Stadium on Saturday.Then he was after Seattle spent the 141st overall selection on the Central Florida linebacker who has no left hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat fifth-round choice, announced in Seattle, drew loud cheers from fans at Jerry’s World.Griffin, whose left hand was amputated when he was young, has become the feel-good story this year and one of the most popular players in this draft because of his perseverance, outgoing personality and, of course, his talent. 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first_imgThe coalition parliamentarians on Thursday cleared $700 million in supplementary funds for the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to develop some 4000 new house lots across the country.This sum, which will be added to the $780 million already allocated to the CH&PA, will cater for land acquisition, surveys, designs, land clearing and accesses.The areas to benefit from these additional monies includes Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini); Meter-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (ECD); Vigilance, ECD; Annandale, ECD; Mon Repos, ECD; Foulis, ECD; Hope/Experiment, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Ordnance Fort Lands, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo); Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice); Amelia’s Ward, Linden; Recht-door-Zee, West Bank Demerara; Prospect, East Bank Demerara and Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown.Addressing the National Assembly’s Committee of Supply on the additional money, Housing Minister within the Communities Ministry, Annette Ferguson, explained that the supplementary provision will see the development of 275 new house lots in Mabaruma; 1100 house lots in Meter-Meer-Zorg; 1650 house lots in Vigilance; 385 house lots in Annandale; 220 house lots in Mon Repos; 83 house lots in Foulis; 825 new house lots in Hope/Experiment, and 138 house lots in Ordnance Fort Lands.Additionally, Lethem will be getting 550 new house lots; Kwakwani 110 house lots; Ameila’s Ward 1100 new house lots, and Bur-Jag, Region 10 will get 138 new house lots, the Minister further disclosed.Moreover, Ferguson added too that 275 new house lots will be developed in Recht-door-Zee, while Prospect Phase Two will get 182 new house lots; Providence Phase Five, EBD, will get 190 house lots and Cummings Lodge will have 370 new house lots developed.According to the Housing Minister, once the money is available work will commence immediately in the areas of Recht-door-Zee, Prospect Phase Two, Providence Phase Five and Cummings Lodge to “bring housing solutions to the people in Guyana”.In April, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan had said that the 4000 house lots are expected to be available for distribution within the next 18 months. He had noted that in order to make housing affordable for citizens, Government has pumped over $5 billion in consolidating infrastructure in housing schemes.On the other hand, the Government has held several housing expos and establish various initiatives in its efforts to provide affordable.In fact, the CH&PA has teamed up with some private developers including the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) to build 50 homes for low-income applicants at Prospect New Housing Scheme on the East Bank of Demerara. The houses, measuring 400 square feet each, include the necessary amenities and a small patio which stands on a plot of land measuring 40 feet x 80 feet. The prices range from $4 million up to $9 million.Meanwhile, under the Ministry of Communities another $794 billion in supplementary funds were approved by the Committee on Thursday under Sustainable Communities Development. These monies will be used to for works undertaken by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) to improve the Hinterland, Coastal and Linden Water Supply. Other areas to benefit from the allocations include Urban Sewerage and Water, and the Solid Waste Disposal Programme.last_img read more

first_imgBallybofey is the place to be this Sunday with the unveiling of the iconic McElhinneys Christmas Windows. The elves at McElhinneys have been working around the clock in creating their Magical Fairy Forest that is sure to take you to a magical winter wonderland of mystery, fun and all things festive.  With a special visit from a very important man from the North Pole, live music, refreshments and sweets for the kids this family Fun evening is one not to be missed!Plus enjoy upto 20% off in all departments this weekend and for 1 day only (Sunday) the Annual Occasionwear Clearance Sale kicks off at 1.30pm with upto 50% off many mother of the Bride & Groom outfits.McElhinneys are delighted to announced that their Christmas Sunday Openings start from this Sunday from 1.30 – 6pm. McElhinneys to unveil their Christmas wonderland window this weekend was last modified: November 17th, 2016 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:BallybofeyMCELHINNEYSunveilingWINDOWlast_img read more

first_imgDonegal 2-12 Sligo 0-16Donegal secured their Hurling League Division 3A status for next year thanks to a two-point win at Brewster Park.22-year-old Lee Henderson scored 1-6 for the eventual winners in a game where Sligo looked in total control early on. Donegal came into today’s relegation play-off with a depleted side – Kevin Campbell, Ciaran Matthewson, James Donnelly, Mickey McCann, Ciaran Dowds, and Enda McDermott were all unavailable.However, they dug deepest when required to ensure Division 3A hurling for 2013.Keith Raymond fired seven points for Sligo, including the bulk of their opening five points as his side romped into an early 0-5 to 0-0 lead.Sligo held the lead at the interval, but a 15th minute Ronan McDermott goal and a brace of Danny Cullen points helped bring Donegal back into contention. There were just two points between the sides at the break on a 0-8 to 1-3 scoreline. Henderson was in stunning form for Donegal on the restart as Ray Durack’s charges looked a far sharper outfit.The Sean MacCumhaills clubman cut loose on countless occasions during the second half, and wrecked havoc in the Sligo defence.A quartet of points helped level the tie at 1-9 to 0-12 and although Raymond put Sligo in front again, Donegal continued to bite at their heels.It was Henderson who caused most of the damage, and he pounced on the ball in a crowded Sligo defence in the 60th minute for Donegal’s second goal.The Tir Chonaill men never looked back after this and they ran out two-point winners in the end. DONEGAL: P Burns; P Doherty, C McLaughlin, E Organ (0-1); B Harrigan, J McGee, C McDermott; J Boyle (0-1), P Sheridan; N Campbell (0-2), D Cullen (0-2), A McDermott; L Henderson (1-6, 0-3f), R McDermott (1-0), M McGee.Subs used: M McGrath for McLaughlin (46 mins).SLIGO: D Loughnane; D O’Brien, D Tobin, T Cawley; J Kenny, B Kenny, E McGowan; A Cawley (0-1), T Conneely (0-1); K Gilmartin (0-2), K Raymond (0-7, 0-7f), D Burke (0-1); G Waldron (0-1), M Burke (0-2), L Cadden.Subs used: G Cadden (0-1, 0-1f) for G Waldron (60 mins). DONEGAL HURLERS HOLD DIVISION 3A STATUS AFTER BRAVE DISPLAY was last modified: April 15th, 2012 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:Division 3Adonegal hurlerslast_img read more

first_imgFOOTBALL: James McClean, like him, loath him, love him, one thing is for sure you can’t ignore him – and the former Derry City player was at it again on social media last night. The West Bromwich Albion midfielder, derided Harps fans for what he called a ‘hysterical’ reaction when Harps earned a first league win in over a decade against their rivals in March.McClean said it was long ‘overdue’ and told Harps fans not to get carried away. Derry City were in rampant form last night at Finn Park, and ran out convincing 5-0 winners on a bad night at the office for Harps.McClean took to Facebook to send his former teammate and good friend Rory Kelly a message about the game.He kept it short and simple by simply saying ‘Absolute rout’! The status was liked by Derry goal-scorer Aaron McEneff who netted two penalties, and Tony McNamee, who had his two sons playing for either side last night.The former Lifford Celtic star must be a Derry fan! 😉Irish soccer star revels in Derry’s emphatic derby win over Harps was last modified: August 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derry cityfinn harpsJames McCleannewsSportlast_img read more

first_imgFIFA 18’s developers noticed this and decided to implement it into their World Cup 2018 game mode! 4 The Egyptian national football team are nicknamed the Pharaohs, resulting from their rich history in ancient times.Between 3000 BC – 500 BC, Ancient Egypt was ruled by Pharaohs and became one of the most powerful civilisations in the world.Today’s Egyptians are understandably reluctant to forget this and some have even taken to wearing their ancestors’ famous traditional nemes headdress to football matches. 4 The traditional pharaoh’s nemes headdress is replicated in FIFA 4 4last_img read more

first_imgHE’S THE MALIN MAN – DECLAN AND SAM IN MALINDECLAN Walsh was the proudest man in Ireland tonight at the country’s most northerly GAA club as he carried the Sam Maguire into Malin.A huge crowd of enthusiastic supporters turned out to see the cup arrive in the town.The players may have looked a bit tired – but their faces lit up when the locals cheered the arrival of Sam. You can send your pix to info@donegaldaily.comTHAT’S SAM FOURSOME: JIM, DECLAN, MICHAEL AND SAM IN MALIN TONIGHT SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – PROUD MOMENT FOR DECLAN IN MALIN was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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 DailyMALIN GAA CLUBSAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – PROUD MOMENT FOR DECLAN IN MALINlast_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny’s newest eatery, Uptown Cafe and XL Shop was a hive of activity at its official launch on Valentine’s Day.Manus Kelly and Seamus Doherty were joined by family, friends and customers as they cut the ribbon to officially open their new business.The cafe launched with a family fun day, which attracted strong crowds all day. Children and adults were entertained with face-painting, balloon modelling, bouncy castles, music and dance performances as well as a visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse.Rally enthusiasts were treated to an exhibition of rally cars at the launch and the special guests included 2014 Irish Tarmac Champion Declan Boyle and his Subaru Impreza WRC and 2014 National Modified Rally Champion Declan Gallagher with his white Toyota Starlet.Donegal Sports Star Team of the Year 2015, Termon ladies also called in to wish Seamus, Manus and the Uptown team all the best for the future.There were free treats from the Uptown Cafe menu which guests enjoyed throughout the day. A talented bunch of young dancers, coordinated by Manus’s sister, Kelda Kelly, entertained the crowds with several performances and Manus and Seamus even got in on the act, joining the ladies in a dance off.An impromptu solo performance by local musician, Maria Mc Cormack, was another highlight of the day.Maria sang a number of songs, including one that she wrote specifically for Letterkenny’s Church Lane and Cathedral Quarter.Following the success of the launch, the Uptown Cafe and XL team welcomed TV3’s, The Restaurant chef, Gary O’Hanlon to the cafe on Pancake Tuesday.The Ramelton native had a lovely morning talking to Uptown Cafe customers and even bumped into his third and fourth class teacher, Mrs. Phil Friel, formerly of St. Mary’s NS Ramelton. Uptown Café is located on the Justice Walsh Road and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturday’s from 8am to 5pm.Call the café on 074 91 64779 or keep up to date with the latest news on the Uptown Café Facebook page.PICTURE SPECIAL AS UPTOWN CAFÉ XL SHOP LAUNCHES IN STYLE was last modified: February 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesManus KellynewsOfficial launchpicture specialUptown CafeXL Shoplast_img read more

first_imgRTE Radio 1’s hugely popular show, Sunday Miscellany, will make a very welcome return to Co. Donegal on Sunday Oct 6th. The free live recording will take place in the Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon during the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks festival. Booking is essential on 071 9851375.This Donegal themed live recording creates a wonderful weave of writers and musicians that will be broadcast on RTE Radio1 in the future.  The event is hosted by show producer Sarah Binchy and sponsored by RTE and Donegal Council Arts Office with special thanks to The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, Rossnowlagh. The writers for Sunday Miscellany Live are; Gerard Beirne, Denise Blake, Little John Nee, Olive Travers, Brian Leyden, Louise Kennedy, Patrick Hull, Monica Corish and Colin Regan.  The wonderful selection of music will include; the Hatchlings, Tara Connaghan, Sarah E Cullen, Conor and Michael Murray, and Ellie Nic FhionnghaileThis will be Sunday Miscellany’s sixth time to record from the Abbey Centre and enraptured audiences have enjoyed all the previous shows.  The recordings from the afternoon in the Abbey Arts Centre will be broadcast on Sunday Miscellany as two separate shows at later dates.Sunday Oct. 6th,  3:00pm, Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon Free Event : Booking Essential – 071 9851375 Popular RTE Radio 1 show to be recorded live in Donegal was last modified: September 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:abbey arts centreBallyshannondonegal bay and blue stacks festivalRTE Radio 1Sunday Miscellanylast_img read more

first_imgWith the launch of two important new initiatives, 2009 could be the year the prevention of HIV prevention takes centre stage in South Africa. Years of workshops and speeches in which Aids experts and politicians talked about the need to prioritise prevention are finally translating into action.January 2009 saw the launch of South Africa’s contribution to the OneLove campaign, a five-year regional initiative spanning nine African countries – Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This follows the Scrutinize campaign, started in late 2008, which uses hip, animated characters to urge the youth to scrutinize their HIV risk behaviours.The difference between these campaigns and South Africa’s previous prevention efforts lies in the degree of partnership and the consistency of their messages.“I think there’s a big move in South Africa to put prevention back on the agenda and we’re all on the same page, and I don’t think we’ve ever had that before in this country,” said Richard Delate, country programme director for Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa, the organisation behind the Scrutinize campaign. A graphic depiction of the consequences of multiple and concurrent sexual partnerships, from a OneLove booklet.One messageSuccessful prevention responses in other countries, such as Uganda’s “zero-grazing” campaign, have been characterised by a unified approach that drummed home a single, clear message. In South Africa, a lack of coordination led to various worthy efforts that failed to slow the country’s rate of 1 500 new HIV infections a day in 2005, according to the Human Sciences Research Council.“You cannot remove some of the political tensions around HIV in South Africa from the interventions that have happened,” said Lebo Ramafoko, senior executive for media at the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, the organisation leading the OneLove campaign in South Africa.“Since 1994 … I’ve been doing cutting-edge work on HIV, but lack of leadership can compromise even very good efforts. We worked in silos – different people were focusing on different things.”The OneLove campaign, by contrast, brings together players from government, civil society, traditional and religious leadership, business and academia. Monthly meetings aim to ensure that the partners are staying on message and not duplicating efforts.“I think we’re going to have better success now because this campaign, not only is it a multi-country campaign, it’s a multi-partner campaign; we’re all working together now,” said Ramafoko.It is probably no coincidence that this newly unified response came about after a changing of the guard at the Department of Health. Barbara Hogan, who replaced Manto Tshabalala-Msimang as health minister in September 2008, has lent her support to the OneLove campaign and has publicly endorsed its main message of remaining faithful to one partner.Backed by researchPrevious prevention campaigns have been fairly successful at convincing people to use condoms when they have casual sex, but have failed to persuade them to use protection consistently in longer-term relationships.This is a conundrum for prevention efforts globally, but researchers believe it has had particularly devastating consequences in Southern Africa, where it is more common for people to have two or more partners at the same time, allowing the HI-virus to spread rapidly through overlapping sexual networks.Multiple concurrent sexual partnerships (MCPs), as social scientists have dubbed the practice, were identified at a 2006 Southern African Development Community meeting as a key driver of the region’s HIV epidemic.Despite their very different approaches, both the Scrutinize ads and the Soul City television soap opera – the mass-media component of South Africa’s OneLove campaign – are informed by research findings on MCPs.Download the OneLove Handbook for Journalists – Multiple and concurrent sexual partners: What’s culture got to do with it? (Published by the Soul City Institute)The Soul City series explores many of the reasons people have more than one partner, through its main storyline about Zimele, a middle-class married man and a father of two who has an affair with 19-year-old Lulu.Lulu has a boyfriend her own age, but becomes involved with Zimele because she needs his financial support. Zimele is influenced by his friends, who regard having girlfriends on the side as normal behaviour for a man.The OneLove series is the ninth Soul City has produced since 1994. Previous series have focused on care, support, testing and treatment, as well as other health issues. But the “multiple and concurrent partners” theme, which lends itself so well to the soap opera format, has been particularly popular.Every Monday night 6-million viewers – 52% of the total viewing audience at that time, with nearly half of them men – tune in to watch the series. On Tuesdays, radio stations throughout the country air call-in discussions about the previous night’s episode.The goal of the OneLove campaign is to reduce new HIV infections by 10% by 2011, but Ramafoko believes the real measure of success would be a reversal of the social acceptability of having multiple partners.“Even before we see a drop in infections, if we find people frowning upon men who have 19-year-old girlfriends, to the point where they themselves no longer see it as a macho thing, that would be huge,” she said.“It’s not a moral campaign. We’re not saying you won’t go to heaven, we’re saying you’re at risk, and you’re putting your families at risk.”‘Love yourself’The health department’s own behaviour-change programme, Khomanani, is coming to the end of a two-year campaign called Zithande (“love yourself” in isiZulu), which has used print, radio and television adverts to link self-worth with preventing, testing and seeking treatment for HIV and other health problems.The programme has a wide reach, with information materials translated into South Africa’s 11 official languages distributed to every corner of the country and over 1 500 volunteers taking its messages into communities and people’s homes.However, Cyril Sadiki, Khomanani’s programme director, explained that the future of the programme was uncertain. The Department of Health outsources its implementation in a tender process, and although the current tender is due to expire in April, it has yet to be advertised.“It makes it very difficult to plan anything huge,” he said.When Khomanani’s previous tender expired in 2006, its programmes lapsed for eight months.“When you allow that kind of disruption to happen, it doesn’t help investments,” said Sadiki. “We’re hoping they will just extend the current management until a new company is appointed, to make sure momentum is not lost.”He also hopes that whichever company takes over the running of Khomanani, it will “find a good spin on MCPs” while retaining the well-established Zithande brand.Raising the barSouth Africa is only two years away from the deadline it set itself in the current National HIV/Aids Strategic Plan of reducing new infections by 50% by 2011.The Scrutinize and OneLove campaigns have raised the bar for prevention efforts, but it is a bar that will need to keep rising if the country is to manage an HIV burden that is already the largest in the world.Future campaigns will need to respond more quickly to the latest evidence on what is driving infections, said Delate.“We already have [antiretroviral drug] stock-outs. Unless we get to the point of stopping infections, there’s no way we can continue to put everyone on treatment.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Source: Irin PlusNewsRelated articlesHIV/Aids in South Africa Anti-Aids gel offers hope CSIR develops low-cost Aids drug Saturday night condom fever Incentive scheme for the poor Useful linksOneLoveScrutinizeSoul City AfroAidsInfolast_img read more