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Another big race disqualification

first_img DISQUALIFICATION JUSTIFIED High drama engulfed Caymanas Park yesterday after another major race this season when first-past-the-post FRANFIELD was disqualified in the 38th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres and the race awarded to the 2-1 second favourite BIGDADDYKOOL. FRANFIELD, who won the race last year after surviving a stewards’ enquiry, was not so lucky this time around. Offering odds of 4-1, with top apprentice Bebeto Harvey riding for trainer Richard Azan, FRANFIELD, who led under pressure from two-time winner TYPEWRITER (6-1) and 3-5 favourite SEEKING MY DREAM, under leading jockey Omar Walker, prevailed by a head from the stretch-running 3-y-o gelding BIGDADDYKOOL, ridden by champion apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes in a torrid last 100 metres duel. However, amid excitement and anticipation from the large crowd, the positions of the first two were reversed by the stewards, followed by ‘Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM in third another four lengths away, after being forced to be switched to the inside a furlong out when mounting a challenge on the outside of FRANFIELD. The race brought back memories of this year’s Cal’s Jamaica Derby in June, which resulted in first-past-the-post FUTURE KING being disqualified and placed third and the race awarded to the third horse, ORPHEUS, also trained by Nunes. The second-generation trainer thought the decision to disqualify FRANFIELD was justified. “It was clear for everyone to see … Franfield drifted out repeatedly into Big Daddy throughout the last furlong and this was a clear case of intimidatory riding. This type of riding cannot be tolerated in a race with so much at stake, but I have no doubt that Bigdaddykool was the best horse in the race,” Nunes said. A 3-y-o bay gelding by Sorrentino out of Beware Baby, BIGDADDYKOOL Is owned by the Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh and bred by HAM Stables Limited. He had previously won the Lotto Classic and St Leger and, according to Nunes, will now be prepared for the rich Diamond Mile on December 10. Meanwhile, it was a most eventful day at the track as the stewards disqualified all of three winners on the card, including A THOUSAND STARS (7-1) in the Coca Cola Invitational Mile. And top sprinter BUZZ NIGHTMARE, a 1-4 favourite, was beaten by his lesser fancied stable-companion CAMPESINO (6-1) in the Glen Mills O.J. Caribbean Sprint.last_img read more

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Pogba risks Sh9.8m-per-week Utd pay cut

first_img0Shares0000Pogba risks United pay cutLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 11 – Paul Pogba reportedly faces a pay cut of Sh9.8 million (£75,000)-per-week if Manchester United fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.The Red Devils are understood to have financially protected themselves when they negotiated to bring the France midfielder back to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016. According to United insiders, powerbrokers inserted a clause which means Pogba must take a 25 per cent hit on his Sh39 million (£300,000)-per-week salary if the club fails to secure a place in Europe’s premier club competition.Wednesday night’s 1-0 home Champions League quarter-final first-leg loss to Barcelona leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team with a battle to qualify in next week’s Nou Camp return.United are currently three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and face tough home fixtures against rivals Manchester City and Chelsea during the next fortnight.The Manchester outfit may be commercial giants off the field but even they will feel the pinch if they miss out on around £60m in prize money for non-participation in the Champions League, which is why Pogba and some of their other higher earners are understood to be directly impacted as a result.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Wind affects sailboats, hill parking

first_imgBy City News Service Wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour raked Southern California on Sunday as the first Santa Anas of the fall spread one small fire near San Fernando, and prompted parking restrictions in the Hollywood Hills. A wind gauge at Laguna Peak near Point Mugu clocked a 65-mph gust, and a gauge in the hills above Malibu clocked a top speed of 57 mph early Sunday morning. But by midafternoon, winds had diminished somewhat. The National Weather Service extended its Red Flag warning until 11 p.m. Sunday, and warned that lingering very low humidities may extend the red alert into today, even after the winds die down. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city of Los Angeles warned Hollywood Hills residents that it could enforce its new Red Flag Tow-Away zone rules if Red Flag conditions persist. Certain narrow and steep roadways there are posted as tow-away zones during Red Flag situations, and the designation went into effect Sunday morning but was lifted by 9 p.m. Hundreds of sailboats at Catalina Island’s Two Harbors Resort were able to sail home Sunday afternoon after 35-mph gusts in the Catalina Channel subsided and a small-craft warning expired. Waves described as “snotty” by one mariner had spoiled the sail over for the island’s popular “Buccanneer Days” party. “You had to be a real pirate to get here Friday, that ocean was terrible,” said Two Harbors employee Mary Brye.last_img read more

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Arsenal youngster’s Championship loan spell cut short

first_img1 Isaac Hayden [right] in action for Hull City Arsenal midfielder Isaac Hayden has had his loan spell with Hull City cut short six months early.The temporary switch will come to an end after Friday’s game against Queens Park Rangers.Hayden arrived at the KC Stadium on a season-long loan from the Gunners at the start of the campaign but with competition for places in the Tigers’ midfield strong, the mutual decision to allow Hayden to return to north London has been made.The 20-year-old has made a total of 13 appearances during his time in East Yorkshire but could not hold down a regular place in the promotion-chasing side.last_img

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NORTH WEST 10K: ROBERTS WINS CHARITY RACE

first_imgThe North West 10K in Letterkenny attracted a record crowd today – with Derryman Gregory Roberts winning the race.The charity run/walk – run by Finn Valley Athletics Club and Letterkenny Athletics Club – had more than 2,600 people taking part.Donegaldaily.com was there and we will be putting up exclusive High Definition footage of the race on our site later. We will also have pictures and the results.So keep checking www.donegaldaily.com throughout the day.NORTH WEST 10K: ROBERTS WINS CHARITY RACE was last modified: May 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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FLYBE/LOGANAIR TAKE OVER DONEGAL/DUBLIN ROUTE

first_imgFlying start for new Donegal services Flybe’s new air services from Donegal, operated by its franchise partner Loganair, take to the skies in Donegal today (Thursday 3 November) as the airline assumes operation of services to both Dublin and Glasgow.With two return flights per day on the Dublin route and prices starting from €31.49 one way, the conveniently timed flights allow both Donegal and Dublin-based passengers the opportunity to travel out and back in one day.  In addition, a baggage allowance of one checked bag of up to 20kgs is included in all Donegal-Dublin fares, together with complimentary in-flight refreshments.The airline is also launching its newest international route from Donegal to the Scottish city of Glasgow, with between three and five return flights per week.From Summer 2012, the airline plans to enhance passenger choice from Glasgow with daily onward connections throughout Flybe’s UK domestic and European networks.  Fares to Glasgow start at €55.49, inclusive, one way.Loganair’s Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Hinkles said: “Donegal is a key marketplace for us and we’re thrilled to be taking over these two new services.“In the run up to this launch, we have seen dozens of new bookings being made each day and it’s clear that Donegal businesses and residents are keen to secure the very best deals when travelling to Dublin and Glasgow“I’m confident that we have the right mix of competitive fares, fantastic customer service and onward connections across the UK and Europe that will prove popular, and we very much look forward to serving Donegal for years to come.”Welcoming the new carrier, Anne Bonner, Managing Director of Donegal Airport, said: “We are looking forward to working with the Loganair team to continue to provide flights to Dublin and Glasgow over the next three years.“Loganair is a long established airline and we have no doubt it will deliver a good, reliable service to its Donegal customers.”The link to Glasgow will also provide new connections from Donegal, facilitating links to Flybe and Loganair’s extensive network of UK and Highlands & Islands services; British Airways onward flights from Glasgow to London Heathrow, Gatwick and City; and Emirates Airline’s daily service from Glasgow to its Dubai worldwide hub.Loganair’s franchise agreement with Flybe also provides access to a wide range of connecting flights from Dublin through Flybe’sinterline agreements with other airlines. Through-bookings and onward connections are available from Donegal via Dublin with a variety of carriers including Air France to Paris CDG and London City; and Etihad to its gateway airport at Abu Dhabi.Loganair operates an extensive network of services throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond, carrying over half a million passengers each year with a fleet of 20 aircraft. UK Civil Aviation Authority figures show that the airline has an exemplary punctuality record, achieving the distinction of providing the UK’s most punctual domestic air route (between Dundee and Birmingham) for the second consecutive year. Loganair also achieved 86.4% of flights on time in 2010, significantly ahead of the industry average of 80.7%. All services are bookable via www.flybe.com, via the Flybe call centre on 1-890-925-532 in Ireland or 0871 700 2000 in the UK, or via Donegal Airport ticket desk on 074 9548284.FLYBE/LOGANAIR TAKE OVER DONEGAL/DUBLIN ROUTE was last modified: November 3rd, 2011 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)last_img read more

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Miserable South Sudan bleed to five-star Cranes

first_imgFOOTBALL — Uganda Cranes victory over South Sudan was never in doubt. What the match had to confirm over the 90 minutes was rather the scoreline.Yet while many could read through the result. Even before kickoff no me could have imagined the unlikely hero at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo: Paul Mucureezi.Cranes steamrolled their northern opponents leaving the hapless visitors counting their fingers to be sure of the score.  5-1. They had come hoping for an upset.Forward Paul Muceerezi  grabbed an unlikely four goals while KCCA FC teammate Derrick Nsmbabi  got the other  in a crucial victory that was more than enough to seal Uganda’s progression to the last qualification phase against bitter rivals Rwanda.Leon Khamis Uso scored the consolation goal for the visitors in the dying embers of the game.South Sudan held a wasteful Cranes side in drab goalless stalemate at their own Juba National Stadium last weekend, and approached the return leg in the knowledge that a scoring draw would see them through, but on reflection on the outcomes of the one-sided encounter, Cranes were scheming something sinister for  the hard-nosed Sudanese.There was no sympathy card from Milutin Micho Sredojevic’s stooges like it is wont to happen in security situations when UPDF intervene with incursions into South Sudan. Instead, guns were blazing.The gulf in class between 74th Fifa ranked Uganda and 143th South Sudanese was palpable from the onset with the a lively Derrick Nsimbabi attacking the clueless South Sudan backline at full throttle.Nsimbabi later capitalized on some sloppy defending as his marker failed to track him down to head Uganda into a deserved lead from Captain Nicholas Wadada’s inviting cross.The goal, midway through the first half, came at a price as the KCCA midfielder collided with the visitor’s goalie Daniel Khamis Dak and picked up a nasty injury that subsequently marked the introduction of Paul MucureeziMucureezi repays Micho’s faithIf there were any questions on why Micho preferred the novice in Paul Mucureezi instead of a tried-and-tested Geoffery Sserunkuma to replace Nsimbabi, the answer couldn’t have certain in a more subtle and scintilating manner.Mucureezi’s astute movement and the audacity to bully his markers with lightning pace brought a whole new dimension into the game.His pace allowed him to latch on a through ball and slotted low past on-rushing goalie Khamis to give the scoreline a more respectable meaning in light of the host’s dominance.The attacker returned for the second half where he had left off, running the show with incredible three more goals in the 12 minutes.Uganda Cranes team: Ismail Watenga, Nicolas Wadada, Bernard Muwanga, Isaac Muleme, Savio Kabugo, Timothy Awany, Milton Karisa, Moses Waiswa (72′ Tom Masiko), Derrick Nsibambi (35′ Paul Mucureezi), Muzamir Mutyaba (65′ Simon Sserunkuma), Shafiq KagimuSubs: Saidi Keni (GK), Paul Musamali, Nicholas Kasozi, Geoffrey Serunkuma.South Sudan Starting XI: Khemis Daniel, Yassir Khemis, Salah Abubakare, Abudu Awad Lemi, Omot James Sebit, Chol Peter Bentiu, Wurube Robert Lopodia , Sebit Ajak, Daniel Boki Oliver, Khemis Leon, James Jospeh Moga.Subs: Robert Jospeh, James Anei, John Albino Ajak, Farouq Tajal Mohammad, Stephen John Samson, Jospeh Celestino Ayuru. Comments Tags: toplast_img read more

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Roads Update: Gritted routes passable as 500 tonnes of grit used in 24 hours

first_imgWhile a red level warning remains in place for snow with strong easterly winds for Munster, Leinster and County Galway, a status yellow level warning is in place for much of the rest of the country including Donegal. The status yellow snow-ice warning remains in place for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo and all road users are urged to exercise extra caution.Although there was only some light sporadic snow fall across most of Donegal overnight, there were some isolated heavier snowfalls in parts including Inishowen leading to accumulations of up to 1 foot in places. RoadsThe last 48 hours have been busy for Donegal County Council gritting crews as they worked to keep all the main routes across the county open.Gritting/ploughing trucks were deployed until 11pm last night and started again at 5am this morning. All gritters carried out double sweeps of their routes. ALL Routes to be gritted from 5am on Friday, 02 March Check map: https://t.co/XBBLRbiznW Assume that no road is ice free #StaySafe #BeWinterReady #Donegal pic.twitter.com/kchQ56ZuJ6— RoadsDCC (@RoadsDCC) March 1, 2018All gritted routes are reported to be fine and all these roads remain open to traffic.A spokesperson for Donegal County Council says that more than 500 tons of salt/grit have been applied in the past 24 hours.Gritting trucks have returned to their normal winter maintenance schedule and will be deployed as per normal from 5pm this evening (Friday).“It should be noted that some local roads remain impassable due to snow accumulations from yesterday. These are only being cleared by the Council’s Roads Service where an emergency exists.“All gritted roads throughout the county remain passable and there are no serious disruptions to report,” the spokesperson says.Civil Defence On Thursday afternoon Donegal County Council’s Civil Defence were activated by the HSE to transport patients and staff and 3 no. 4×4 vehicles with drivers and helpers were operational in this role. Operations stood down at 11.30pm on Thursday evening.Out of Hours CallsDonegal County Councils normal Out of Hours phone number will not be available this evening due to technical issues outside of their control, however, a temporary number has been set up – 087 638 8812 and this will be in place until 10am tomorrow morning.Life-threatening emergencies should be reported to the emergency services on 999 or 112. You can keep up to date on road conditions by signing up for free alerts to your phone by registering at www.mapalerter.com/donegal or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil.Weather warning for Donegal downgraded to Status YellowRoads Update: Gritted routes passable as 500 tonnes of grit used in 24 hours was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalDonegal County Councilgritted routesgrittersROADSstorm emmalast_img read more

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SA’s youth can beat drugs

first_imgYoung Jarred Gaskin succumbed to the lure of drugs, and wasted an opportunity to make a name for himself in football. “Don’t try it at all,” he said. Crystal Davids, 18, chose to study law because of the job opportunities it has to offer and because it can make a positive impact on society.(Images: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Counselling and Careers Development  Unit, Wits University  +27 11 717 9140/32• Sanca  South African National Council on  Alcoholism and Drug Dependence  086 14 72622 (toll-free)• Linda Mbongwa  Media liaison officer  National Youth Development Agency  +27 11 651 7053 or +27 82 315 3217 RELATED ARTICLES • Daniel Duda’s success story • Keep our youth drug-free • Protect and support each other • Youth Day to mark student protests • Young people: own your destinyShamin ChibbaSouth African Jarred Gaskin was 17 years old when he was chosen to play for Arsenal Football Club’s youth team in England. He returned to his home in Johannesburg and was given two months to apply for British citizenship, which would allow him to play there.But within that two months, Gaskin got involved with bad company and became hooked on crystal methamphetamine, or meth as it is colloquially known – a highly addictive man-made drug that elicits a strong bout of energy. As a result, he threw a promising football career away.Gaskin’s misfortune is testament to the modern-day youth’s struggle against drugs. And though the problem seems to be escalating, some young people say it can be beaten. Boipelo Masidi, a third-year architecture student at Wits University, said the first time she was exposed to drugs was when she left her home in Potchefstroom and moved to Johannesburg. “I have been offered cocaine. And the people who offer you are young and I know they are students because I see them around campus.”Unlike generations past, who had to deal with racial discrimination and political upheavals, those born after apartheid face a new kind of struggle against poverty and high levels of unemployment, which in turn leads to substance abuse. “We are dealing with trying to find economic freedom. Drugs are part of that struggle,” said Masidi.Aidan van Staden, a screen acting student at Afda Film School and a born-free South African (born after 1994), said drugs are more reachable because youth his age have easier access to transport and various means of mobile communications. However, Van Staden thought exposure to drugs will allow one to make an educated decision on whether to dabble in them or not. “With that knowledge you will know how to deal with it and make the right choice.”For a few, drugs have become less taboo. Jessica Elonga, 20, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but has lived in South Africa for the last six years, believes society has accepted drug use as part of growing up as a teenager. “It depends on your environment. Those who are not protected from the world grow up automatically thinking it is normal for you to [take drugs].” Drug use a “passing phase”Gaskin still harbours regret for becoming addicted to a drug he knew would turn his life upside down. He weighed 97 kilograms during his football playing days. In the two months he used meth, he lost 19 kilograms. “It really is not worth it. You will say you only want to try it once but the feeling is addictive and it will mess up your life.”At the time, Gaskin was influenced by peers who were eight years older than he was. Meth, he explained, boosts energy levels. But the come-downs often lead to depression and irritability. To keep the euphoric feeling, Gaskin always searched for more. “This was near the end of last year, during my matric finals. My marks could have been better.”Gaskin cleaned himself up after his father caught him taking meth. He now gets tested every Friday. Today, the 19-year-old works for a motor insurance company in Johannesburg and will study financial management next year.He offered a solution to youth who have not been exposed to drugs. “Just don’t try it at all. And for those who are addicted; go for rehabilitation.”Masidi is hopeful that drug abuse is a passing phase for her generation and that they can overcome it. If one is looking to get away from drugs, she said they should start by telling their parents about it and make them understand why they were using it. “The first step is recognising that you have a problem.” Masidi added that students, particularly at Wits University, can consult the Counselling and Careers Development Unit, which helps drug users beat their problem. “There is no reason to say you are stuck in a situation because there is a lot of help out there.”Twenty-year-old Angela Mchunu suggested that young adults who have drug problems should keep away from bad company and, instead, surround themselves with people who can influence them positively. “If you are in it already, it is hard to say no [to drugs].”Law student Crystal Davids, 18, thought people take drugs because they cannot handle the pressures of life. “They take the easy way out.” Davids grew up in Eldorado Park in the south of Johannesburg, where the drug epidemic has recently reached a tipping point. With the help of police and with support from the highest levels of government, the community is currently on a major drive to root out drug dealers.Taksheeta Pursooth, a human physiology student from Mayfair in Johannesburg, said drugs affect both the user and the loved ones around them. “It does affect you emotionally especially if the person is close to you.” She added that some young men and women in her community have lost their lives to drugs and alcohol. However, Pursooth accepted that such social problems have always existed and will not go away any time soon – they can only be lessened. South Africa’s youth “ready to lead because they are ready to listen”South Africa’s young men and women will inherit the country in coming years. Some of them will become the chief executives of major corporations, others will become political leaders of South Africa. And they truly believe they are prepared to take on that responsibility.For too long, Mchunu said, her generation had been portrayed in a negative light, which she believed is not entirely true. “There are people who are striving for greater things and who can turn this country around for the better.”Van Staden said his age group has aspirations and knows exactly where they want to go. “I see a lot of people my age as educated, focused and broadminded. They are ready to lead because they are ready to listen.” He felt the country that today’s young people will inherit would still have its problems, which are merely opportunities to learn and grow. A mechanical engineering student, who wished to remain anonymous, said his generation will be one of the best the country would have produced. “There are lots of people out there who are motivated. We want to do major things, make lots of money, be very influential people and change the world. In my school we all left saying we going to be big in whatever we are going to do. We were sure of that.”He added that once his generation lead the country, South Africa will begin to grow properly. “These are the people who are awakened to the possibilities and what South Africa can be.”For Davids, people her age are taking life more seriously and have become wiser. Indeed, Davids is the embodiment of her words. She chose to study law because of the job opportunities it has to offer and because it can make a positive impact on society. Youth more open-mindedGaskin said the way South Africans co-operate is “spectacular”. “We had a problem where everyone was segregated and now we have come together. I see that racism is not a problem any longer.”The exposure to various cultures and beliefs have shaped the born-free generation into a more liberal and tolerant group. Van Staden put it eloquently, saying his exposure to people from various backgrounds revealed to him different thoughts and beliefs. “I have learnt about the respect family members have for each other in Muslim households. There are not many arguments and they treat the family as a team.”Mchunu said that South Africans are becoming more liberal, having already accepted interracial and gay marriage.Pursooth does not think she will be able to adapt to another country’s cultural norms after living in South Africa’s open society. “South Africans are so familiar with diversity. We are taught in our homes how different cultures are and we try to understand it a bit better.”last_img read more

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How to stop violence against women and children

first_imgDon’t suffer in silence. If you are being abused by anyone, you must get help. (Image: Macnolete, Flickr)Do you think you are being abused? Do you suspect a friend or child you know is being abused? Are you an abuser? With the launch today of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, this fact sheet gives advice on how to spot abuse, and how to stop it.Jump to:• How do I know I am being abused?• What do I do if I am being abused?• What are the signs that my friend is being abused?• How do I help an abused friend?• How do I help an abused child?• Who do I call if I or someone I know is being abused?• How can I stop abusing my partner or child?• Who can I call to help me stop my abusive behaviour? How do I know I am being abused?There are two main ways you can tell if you are being abused:1. If someone always says things to you that make you feel uncomfortable or bad about yourself, things you find offensive, hurtful or insulting, then that is verbal, psychological and emotional abuse. The abuser may also ridicule, name‐call, intimidate, harass or stalk you.2. If someone touches you in a way that is undignified, scary or harmful – hitting you, forcing you to have sex, pulling your hair or grabbing or smacking you – then that is physical abuse. The abuser may also damage your property or enter your home without asking your permission.Nobody has the right to hit, push, shove, shake, kick, slap or punch you.If they loved you, they wouldn’t harm you. If they respected you, they wouldn’t insult you and say horrible things to you. What do I do if I am being abused?• Don’t suffer in silence. If you are being physically, emotionally or sexually abused by anyone, you must get help.• Talk to someone you can trust. Confide in a friend, a neighbour, a relative, a teacher, a spiritual leader or elder, a doctor, or a counsellor.• It is not your fault. There is no excuse for abuse. None. You do not have to put up with it.• You can get help. Physical and emotional abuse are both against the law, and there are many organisations offering help to victims.• Contact People Opposing Woman Abuse (Powa) on 011 642 4345 or 011 642 43456 or email itumeleng@powa.co.za. Powa can help with counselling, offers shelter from your abuser, and legal support.• You can use the legal system to help you. Go to the Domestic Violence Court closest to you and apply for a protection order.• Lay a criminal charge – for rape, physical assault or sexual assault – against the abuser. What are the signs that my friend is being abused?• Unexplained bruises or marks on their face or body, broken bones or sprains.• Excessive guilt or shame for no reason.• Secrecy or withdrawal from friends and family.• Avoidance of school or social events with excuses that don’t make any sense. How do I help an abused friend?• Listen. A person who is being abused needs someone to hear and believe them.• It is not their fault. Help your friend understand that it is not their fault. Your friend is not the bad person. The person who is being abusive has a problem and needs help.• Encourage them to seek help. Your friend also needs your encouragement to get help immediately from an adult, such as a parent, family member, or counsellor. Contact People Opposing Woman Abuse (Powa) on 011 642 4345 or 011 642 4345.• Rape victims need immediate help. If your friend has been raped, encourage and help them to go to a hospital within 72 hours for treatment. Medical staff will help collect evidence for the police, and conduct a test for HIV. The hospital may start them on a short course of antiretroviral medicine that can reduce the chances of getting HIV. The hospital should also report the matter to the police. How do I help an abused child?• Talk to them gently.• Don’t interrogate. Let the child explain to you in their own words what happened.• Tell them they are not in trouble, and that you will keep them safe.• Tell them that you do believe them.• Call Childline on 08 000 55 555 and report the case anonymously.• Contact your nearest social worker and report the case. Who do I call if I or someone I know is being abused?• People Opposing Woman Abuse: 011 642 4345 or 011 642 4346• Childline: 08 000 55 555• Gender-based Violence Helpline: 0800 428 428 or *120*7867 from any cell phone• SAPS Crime Stop: 08600 10111• Aids Helpline: 0800 012 322 / 011 725 6710 How can I stop abusing my partner or child?• Acknowledge that what you are doing is wrong.• Stop rationalising your abuse of other people as acceptable.• Abuse is never healthy or acceptable, regardless of anything you may have been told or seen in the past.• If alcohol makes you more likely to be violent or otherwise abusive, stop or reduce your drinking.• Don’t use alcohol and drugs to deal with your problems.• Actively find ways to deal with your stress and anger. See a psychologist, social worker or counsellor.• Always walk away from confrontation until you have calmed down.• Use a counsellor, family, friends, neighbours, spiritual and community leaders to mediate disputes with your partner.• Seek the professional help of a psychologist, social worker or counsellor. Who can I call to help me stop my abusive behaviour?• Gender-based Violence Helpline: 0800 428 428 or *120*7867 from any cell phone• Stop Gender-based Violence Helpline: 0800 003 081• Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567 Violence against women and children is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.last_img read more