QPR are mourning the tragic loss of former club stalwart Alan McDonald, who died on Saturday at the age of 48.McDonald made over 400 appearances during 17 years as a player at Loftus Road, where he later returned for a spell as assistant manager.A hugely popular figure among Rangers fans, McDonald is the club’s most-capped player.He made 52 appearances for Northern Ireland and starred for them in the 1986 World Cup, which they qualified for with a famous 0-0 draw against England at Wembley.In a statement, the club said it was “desperately saddened” by the news.
Not too long ago, it didn’t look like the South Fork football team would get the chance to play the fellow unbeaten in the North Central League III North Division, Upper Lake.But with a little creativity and some reshaping of the postseason format, it’s a go.The top two teams in the NCL III North Division will face off for not only a division title tonight in Upper Lake, but also for a spot in next week’s league title game against the South Division’s championship. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. …
11 March 2005South Africa’s Department of Health will hold discussions next week on ways of dealing with the possibility of an outbreak of a new, deadly strain of influenza.This follows a warning from the World Health Organisation that the H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus affecting some parts of the world may have the capacity to mutate and jump the species barrier, resulting in a disease with a high mortality rate among humans.Avian influenza, or “bird flu”, is caused by viruses that infect birds and, less commonly, pigs.The meeting, that will include representatives from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, will also review the implementation of the country’s flu epidemic prevention and management plan.The department said that a number of measures had already been put in place to enable the country to respond adequately to any flu outbreak.“We are working in tandem with the World Health Organisation and other countries in anticipation of a new cycle of the influenza”, the department said in a statement.The first priority, according to the WHO, is to reduce opportunities for human exposure to the largest reservoir of the H5N1 strain of the avian flu virus.This can be achieved through rapid detection of outbreaks among poultry, along with emergency control measures such as the destruction of all infected or exposed poultry stock and the proper disposal of carcasses.To date, no case of bird flu caused by the H5N1 strain has been reported in South Africa. The recent strain H5N2, detected in August 2004 at ostrich farms in the Eastern Cape, has since been successfully contained.“Despite the fact that there is no immediate danger to South Africa, health authorities have intensified their detection control measures”, said department spokesperson Sibani Mngadi.Mngadi said these included strengthening screening services at the country’s major points of entry, with particular emphasis on freight from high-risk areas such as Asia.The department was working closely with the Department of Agriculture to monitor developments, Mngadi said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The life-changing Play Your Part series shares inspiring stories of ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things.Kabelo Mabalane, Play Your Part ambassador, has been travelling the country meeting South African philanthropists for the PYP TV series. (Image: Brand South Africa)The Play Your Part television series is back! The 26 episode docu-reality series has, since its launch in August 2017, consistently offered viewers an inspirational insight into the world of active citizenship and volunteerism by profiling citizens from across the country who are doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.Presented by Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane, the family show hopes to continue to empower viewers, young and old, to get involved in their individual communities and play their part in uplifting the spirit of South Africa.So far, episodes have featured the likes of Tebogo Ditshego, Mogau Seshoene, Esther Mahlangu, Professor Thabo Msibi, Alan Farber, and Dr Michael Mol, who shared their stories of active citizenship in the areas of literacy, local cuisine, art, education, film production and healthcare.There are still many more stories of inspiration that viewers can look forward to.Be sure to catch Play Your Part every Saturday, at 6pm on SABC 2.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.