Last night, Eric Lindell played the first of two nights at Hill Country Live for his Holiday Roots Music Show in New York City. The New Orleans-based singer/songwriter debuted his first live Grateful Dead cover, bringing “Casey Jones” to the forefront of his soul-soaking blues-rock performance.Thankfully, Marc Millman was on the scene to record this special moment, along with a stand-out reggae medley that kept the groove going for all those in attendance. Check it out: Tonight, Eric Lindell returns to the stage to close out his two-night Holiday Roots Music Show at Hill Country BBQ, then will head to The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ before heading home to New Orleans to close out the year at the Carrollton Station.
Barcelona were shocked 3-1 away at Real Sociedad while title rivals Atletico Madrid went down 3-0 at Osasuna, giving Real Madrid a three-point lead at the top of the table after their 3-0 victory over Elche.Barca, who had not won at Sociedad since the 2006/07 season, were outclassed by their bogey team as they succumbed to their third loss of the season. The hosts were an attacking threat throughout the match as Gerardo Martino’s men never really kicked into gear, going down 1-0 on 32 minutes after an Elustondo header deflected off Cameroonian Alex Song into the back of the Barca net. Lionel Messi equalised with a low drive four minutes later, yet went behind nine minutes after the break as Antoine Griezmann finished off a great counter-attacking move from Sociedad.The Blaugrana were 3-1 down on the hour mark as David Zurutuza zipped in front of a hesitant Victor Valdes to tuck home a Griezmann chip and send the home fans into absolute delirium. Sociedad dominated the rest of the game as Barcelona were unable to find their way back into the match, as their seven-year winless run at the Anoeta Stadium continued.Real Madrid now have a three-point advantage at the top of the table after their comfortable 3-0 win at home to Ulche. Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi gave Los Blancos the lead after controlling a corner and firing in for his first goal of the season as the hosts went into the break 1-0 up.The Galacticos’ second came on 72 minutes when Welsh winger Gareth Bale picked up the ball in midfield and sent in an unstoppable shot from outside the area to net his 10th league goal for Real, after which Isco added a third to ensure all three points for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.Joint La Liga leaders at the start of the weekend Atletico Madrid were no match for a rampant Osasuna side, who put in a dominant display in beating their more-fancied opponents 3-0. First half goals from Alvaro Cejudo, Emiliano Armenteros and Roberto Torres shocked Atletico who now slip down to third place in La Liga, as they prepare to host crosstown rivals Real Madrid on Sunday. Weekend La Liga results:Valladolid 1-1 LevanteReal Sociedad 3-1 Barcelona Almeria 0-0 MalagaCelta Vigo 1-1 GetafeReal Madrid 3-0 ElcheRayo Vallecano 0-1 SevillaReal Betis 0-2 Athletic BilabaoValencia 2-1 GranadaOsasuna 3-0 Atletico Madrid
Ray Maota Dried mopane worms are sold at a market. (Image: Mira Terra Images) The Kruger National Park is home to theblack rhino, which is distinguished fromthe white rhino by its pointy upper lip. (Image: Goallover.org) MEDIA CONTACTS • William Mabasa Head of Public Relations and Communications +27 13 735 4363 RELATED ARTICLES • Going wild over indigenous silk • Kruger Park marks 110 years • Black rhinos return to Serengeti • Wildlife poachers to be taken downThe Kruger National Park is allowing locals in the area to harvest mopane worms during the festive season as part of a poverty and hunger alleviation pilot project. Mopane worms are a local delicacy in the northern region of South Africa.The locals of the Nxanatseni region of the park between Punda Maria and Phalaborwa in Limpopo have been given permits to harvest the worms between 15 December and 28 December 2010, for their own consumption.Situated in the east of the country, the Kruger Park is part of the portfolio of South African National Parks (Sanparks), which manages a system of parks representing South Africa’s indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage.Sustainable harvesting of wormsThe pilot project will be monitored closely to assess its impact and prevent over-harvesting.William Mabasa, the Kruger’s head of public relations and communications, said: “With high unemployment levels in the rural communities outside the park around the harvesting area, we want to contribute positively towards the wellbeing and livelihoods of families, especially during Christmas time.”Mabasa said that many people in Limpopo province and elsewhere in the country eat mopane worms, as they’re an important source of protein.“Scientists will monitor the ecological, social and economic impact of the harvesting process before, during and after the project has taken place to ensure that it does not negatively affect the ecosystem,” he added.Rangers from the park will escort the 60 selected harvesters to the harvest area and guard them throughout the project.Mabasa said, “The harvesters will be divided into six groups of 10 people each, with each group being accompanied to the harvesting zone by a ranger and guide who will protect them against attacks from animals.”Sanparks is associated with tourism and recreation, spiritual experiences, employment and business opportunities. The mopane worm harvesting project is meant to extend these benefits to include sustainable utilisation of natural resources – one of the parks authority’s key policies.Local delicacyInsects form part of people’s diets throughout the world and in South Africa, the mopane worm (Imbrassia belina) is a delicacy amongst many people in the northern region of the country.Mopane worms are actually large caterpillars that feed on the mopane tree (Colophospermum mopane), which grows in Southern Africa’s drier semi-desert, bushveld and grassland areas.The worms are known as mashonzha, masonja or amasonja among the locals and form part of a multi-million rand trade in edible insects, providing a livelihood for many harvesters, traders and their families.Although they usually feed on the mopane tree, their diet can include leaves of many other indigenous trees. This gives the worms a wider range than just the regions where mopane trees grow. Besides humans, the worms and eggs are vulnerable to disease and consumption by birds.Traditionally the worms were harvested for subsistence but harvesting has become more commercially driven. Because people want to cash in on the lucrative mopane worm business, over-harvesting in one season can lead to a smaller harvest in the next.Mopane worms are preserved by drying in the sun or smoking to add more flavour. They are eaten in the dried state or may be soaked until rehydrated, before being fried to a crunchy texture.South Africa’s premier game parkThe Kruger National Park is South Africa’s premier game park and boasts a variety of species, including 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.The park was established in 1898, initially to control hunting and protect the diminishing number of animals, and is the largest game reserve in South Africa. Covering almost 19 000 square kilometres, it’s comparable in size to the entire country of Wales.The Kruger is now a part of the 35 000 square kilometre Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park with no internal borders that joins the Kruger to Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.Although wildlife is its drawcard, its boundaries also encompass over 255 historical and cultural sites, with more yet to be explored.Other national parks managed by Sanparks are: Groenkloof, Table Mountain, Marakele, Golden Gate, Camdeboo, Mountain Zebra, Addo Elephant, Garden Route National Park, Bontebok, Agulhas, West Coast, Karoo, Namaqua, Richtersveld, Augrabies, Kgalagadi, Mapungubwe, and Tankwa Karoo.
Young kids with their hands in the air showing their clean from corrupt acivities. (Image: Public Service Accountability Monitor)A campaign by Corruption Watch is calling on young people to commit to taking responsibility for their actions and to stop corruption by publicly announcing “My hands are clean”.Corruption Watch, a graft-fighting watchdog, says it is urging people to publicly announce their positive stand against corruption and join the organisation’s team of corruption fighters. These people expose corruption where they see it, but are also willing to monitor their own behaviour before holding others to account.Writing in the organisation’s 2014 annual report, board chairman Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane explained the need to put an end to corruption for the wellbeing of the nation. “The pervasiveness of corruption in our country… is robbing our youth of their rightful inheritance. Corruption is insidious and corrosive, and the damage that it wreaks today will be felt well into the future by those who had no part in it, or at least are relatively free from blame,” he said.In its campaign, Corruption Watch urges people to participate in a nomination challenge: take a selfie of your hands and nominate your friends to do the same. Using the hashtag #MyHandsAreClean or #MHAC, post your selfies on social media sites Twitter and Facebook, as well as on Google+.#MyHandsAreClean is a response to the growing awareness of how corruption affects young people, says the organisation.The step by step process to participating in the campaign. (Image: Corruption Watch)At the launch of the campaign in February, people spotted taking part online locally included Justice Project SA chairman Howard Dembovsky and Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.Dembovsky said: “The moment people stop paying bribes, whether it is to get out of something they did or didn’t do, is the moment they start curbing corruption. If you pay a bribe and you weren’t drinking, the same traffic officer will take a bribe from a drunk driver who, in turn, puts your life in danger on the road.”Vavi shared a similar sentiment, adding that corruption was at a “worrying” level. “We need to start collaborating at all positions of society because if we freely participate in small corruption, it leads the way to bigger corruption,” said the trade unionist.The campaign’s social media wall updates in real time the responses from Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, says Corruption Watch. “So far, we’ve received much-appreciated support from, among others, Transparency International chapters in Pakistan, Cambodia, France, Germany and more, Yusuf Abramjee and Crime Line here at home, NGOs, Cosatu, dozens of ordinary people, as well as the departments of Home Affairs, and Arts and Culture.”INVOLVING THE YOUTHCorruption Watch believes young people are a major factor in getting the scales to tip in favour of those trying to stop the scourge. “Our youth campaign aims to educate youth about corruption and encourage them to raise their voices and take action against this problem,” it says.The organisation is no stranger to youth engagement. On 9 December 2014, International Anti-Corruption Day, it released an anti-corruption song, performed by up-and-coming singer Fiesta Black, that has garnered substantial support.It has also begun engaging with about 30 young leaders regarding their experiences and perceptions of corruption, as well as on finding solutions on how to combat it.“This diverse group of young leaders, drawn from across South Africa, is made up of chief executive officers, student representative council presidents from universities and colleges, members of debating teams in secondary schools and tertiary education, and youth participants in leadership programmes and community-based organisations. This forum of young leaders will become the face of the Corruption Watch Youth Campaign and will inform our continuing strategy on engaging South Africa’s young people,” explains executive director David Lewis.“We’re calling on the youth to commit to take responsibility for their own actions, as well as encourage others to come clean with any kind of corruption they may have committed.”#MyHandsAreClean from corruption @PsycheDALIAc nominated me & I now nominate @AndreasFares @MohabRBeats @SummerNazif pic.twitter.com/qnzPrUHNdo— Farah (@CynicalJoyy) March 6, 2015Corruption Watch has also tackled corruption in the driving licence sector by teaming up with FunDza Literacy Trust to publish a seven-chapter short story about corruption in the sector affecting the youth.The drama, called Licensed to Lie, is available on the group’s website and on the Mxit app. By allowing young people to identify with the characters, the story teaches them about how to identify and resist corruption when they apply for their driving licences. There are two more stories scheduled for the first half of this year, highlighting corruption in the police and education sectors.No one opposes corruption more than Batman. I may not be Batman, but #MyHandsAreClean. Nominated by @TheCheif_ pic.twitter.com/Jynj4pmT1M— Duke of Burgershire (@TheAhmedRaafat) March 6, 2015
Former hockey captain and Olympian Dhanraj Pillay on Wednesday joined the increasing chorus of voices demanding that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar be given the ‘Bharat Ratna’ by the Indian government. “Sachin certainly deserves to be conferred the Bharat Ratna for the way he has been playing for the last 22 years. He was the mastermind of our World Cup victory,” said Pillay, who has represented India in four Olympics and hockey World Cups. Pillay, who spoke on the sidelines of the function to release veteran photographer Mohan Bane’s pictorial book on the Beijing Olympics with English captions, The Gold Wall of India, also believed that Tendulkar should play in the next World Cup in 2015. “He’s as fit as a 19 or 20 year old and he should play in the next World Cup too,” said Pillay about Tendulkar who would be turning 38 on April 24. Union Energy Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde also said Tendulkar deserved to be honoured with the Bharat Ratna. “Just like Donald Bradman, Tendulkar has brought happiness to the cricket fans of the world with his batsmanship. He deserves to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna,” said Shinde who was among the dignitaries present at the book release event. With inputs from PTI