Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesArsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted the decision to leave Alexis Sanchez out of the starting line-up against Chelsea was not a hint the Chilean’s future lies away from the club. Sanchez has again been linked with Manchester City, after a proposed move in the summer broke down, and is also now free to talk to European clubs as he enters the last six months of his contract.Wenger brought Sanchez off the bench at Stamford Bridge and was rewarded with a bright display, which the Gunners boss said showed the forward’s commitment to Arsenal remained.“The team selection has nothing to do with the transfer market,” Wenger said.“I want him to stay because I believe he is a very important player for us. When he came on, he created straightaway a danger.“Sanchez plays every game. Sometimes a breather helps him a little bit.“This is a guy who is completely focused on playing football. He can make a difference between what is going on outside and what is going on on the pitch.”Wenger also confirmed that midfielder Francis Coquelin is close to completing a move to Valencia, and suggested 20-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles – who played at left wing-back against Chelsea – could be in contention to replace him.“Maitland-Niles had an outstanding performance tonight,” Wenger said.“He’s a defensive midfielder, basically, so at some stage what he’s doing at the moment will help him develop as a player.“We have Monreal and Kolasinac injured. When they come back, that opens up a position for him in midfield.”
4 November 2013Terry Anna Adams was only four years old when a fellow learner at her school brought chemicals from home in an attempt to “make her brown just like everybody else”.Adams, now 20, is an albinism activist, who is determined to achieve her goals in life and change the misconceptions about the condition.“Growing up in a predominantly coloured community was quite a challenge because people didn’t understand who I am or what I do,” says Adams, who is now an English student at the University of Pretoria.Adams was attending the first-ever National Conference on Albinism, which was held in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, recently. Hosted by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities in partnership with the Albinism Society of South Africa (ASSA), the conference was attended by 300 delegates, 90 of whom were children with albinism.High on the agenda of the conference was the development of positive language associated with albinism in all official languages.For Adams, being an albino is “positive in a way because some people challenge me. It’s like they’re looking at me to see if I can do and achieve certain things. On the other hand, it’s negative because some tend to blame my shortfalls on my disability.”Adams, who has her sights set on being a broadcast journalist, refuses to be defined by her albinism, and detests being treated differently. She uses poetry to express her feelings: “I am my thick glasses and melanin … I am the fight within me. I am the whole world that is against me.”What is albinism?Albinism is an inherited genetic condition in which the body does not produce enough melanin, the chemical that is responsible for eye, skin and hair colour. Because of the lack of pigmentation, the affected person has very pale skin, hair and eyes.In South Africa, around one in 4 000 people is estimated to be born with albinism, compared with about 1 in 20 000 worldwide, according to ASSA.Apart from eye problems that can lead to blindness and a high vulnerability to skin cancer, people with albinism also face discrimination and stigma.In response to the widespread disappearances and killing of people with albinism in Tanzania, Burundi and other East and Central African countries, the United Nations officially declared albinos “persons with disabilities” in 2008.In East Africa, people with albinism are believed by some to have mystical power, putting them at risk of abduction and mutilation. Body parts are used in witchcraft, or buried under businesses, supposedly to bring wealth.An advocacy group called Under the Same Sun estimates that 72 people with albinism were killed in Tanzania between 2006 and this year, while around 31 survived machete attacks.One of the myths that exist in South Africa is that people with albinism do not die, that they simply disappear. Derogatory words are also sometimes used to refer to people with albinism.Tackling discriminationNomasonto Mazibuko is the president of ASSA, which she founded to “enhance the self-esteem of people with albinism”. The society aims to educate and inform communities and to create socially acceptable conditions for people with albinism. It also helps parents to care for children with albinism.Mazibuko says there is still prejudice at most levels in South Africa. The Department of Health, she says, does not have enough health care providers specialising in albinism, which means people with the condition do not always get the correct medical care.For young people with albinism, finding a job is difficult. For those in a career, the chances of being promoted are slim because you are seen as inadequate, Mazibuko says.The conference was the first chance for the society to collaborate with government: “I have hope now that nearly 20 years after freedom, we are being integrated and feel like part of the rainbow nation.”She proposed that the departments of Justice, Health, Education and Labour engage the albinism society to put policies in place.ChallengesLulu Xingwana, the Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, says people with albinism still face prejudice and isolation, including within government departments.“Matters that must be addressed include the reduction in medical and health costs and expenses for people with albinism because of their needs and living conditions as most are also dependent on social grants.”Xingwana said the cost of sun screen and low-vision assistive devices was escalating on a daily basis, which limited people with albinism’s access to information and the environment.Xingwana called on partnerships with professionals in the medical field to assist in health promotion and medical care of people with albinism.Disability rights monthNovember is disability rights month and Xingwana says it is a time for South Africans to reflect on the myths and harmful cultural practices that are discriminatory and undermine the dignity of people with albinism and the disabled in general.The minister said her department would ensure that programmes that address people with albinism are in place within the next financial year.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za
The panels, less than one inch thick are experiments in casting very thin, less than 1/2 inch thick, light weight concrete reinforced with glass fiber rather than steel.” – Roger TomaltyThis report continues on Friday, 8/9/2013 August 7, 2013“Participants in the last 2 workshops worked on light weight earth cast panels as part of their Phoenix field trips.Each panel was cast on a curved earth form which was carved and painted with concrete pigment shortly before the concrete was cast.[photos by Aimee Madsen, text by Roger Tomalty]
Paul JacksonEx-Eyeworks, BBC and ITV executive Paul Jackson has taken a consultancy role at Videojug as part of a restructure at the online content firm that sees its CEO, Tom Laidlaw, leave the business.Videojug is a how-to site covering a range of lifestyle topics from fashion to food.The company said that Jackson’s brief as consultant, content and channels, is to develop the site into a competitor to the likes of Buzzfeed and Vice.Jackson, the former Eyeworks UK, Granada America and BBC entertainment boss, said: “I think there is a huge opportunity for the business to build on its position as the original ‘how-to’ site and develop into a global entertainment platform for short-form video.“There is a growing demand from brands and agency partners for great original video content with humour and compelling stories that engages consumers and we will move rapidly to answer this need.”Gareth Mugford, commercial director, Videojug Networks, added: “It’s thrilling to have such a great mind working with Videojug Networks on behalf of our client roster of brands and agencies. There is a content battle going on in the world of online video and Paul’s expertise will allow us to offer competitive advantage that will be of huge value to our clients.”Laidlaw has exited Videojug after six years at the helm.