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Great Brak Post May 2016 free community newspaper for Great Brak River and surrounds

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Dear Editor   What age...? I overheard a comment in my studio the other day about age. AGE! What age...? Is there an age limit to creative thinking? Definitely not!  It irks me when I hear how free a local “young artist” is with opinions on this matter. I am 83 years old, trained abroad, and have for years been lecturing art students on aesthetics and lateral thinking. I think I understand the serious side of art. With age, one’s understanding of creative processes becomes clearer. Think of Monet, da Vinci, Beethoven, Grandma Moses… Spies Venter BA(FA);  NATD; BCS(London)  

AVIAN FLU

By Sally Adam

Avian flu has been in the news again with not

only poultry but several species of wild birds

affected, including swift terns, Cape gannets and

the famous Boulders African Penguin colony.

The avian version is caused by influenza A

viruses. These viruses are found in a variety of

animals, including birds, pigs, whales, horses,

seals, and humans. Influenza B viruses only

infect humans, while influenza C viruses occur in

pigs and humans, but rarely cause illness in

humans. Influenza D viruses primarily affect

cattle.

Avian influenza A was first identified in the 1900s

during an outbreak in poultry in Italy.

Most avian influenza A viruses cause mild

disease in poultry and wild birds. In contrast, the

high pathogenicity strains can cause severe

illness and high mortality.

The Spanish Flu of 1918 was influenza A bird flu

virus H1N1 that mutated and infected humans,

which caused a pandemic (about 50 million

deaths worldwide). The new strain was not

significantly deadly to birds, but it was fast-

spreading and dangerous to humans - in the

United States, about 2.5 percent of the people

who contracted the disease died. Other Influenza

A pandemics include the Asian Flu (H2N2) of

1957 (1 million deaths) and the Hong Kong Flu

(H3N2) pandemic which killed 700 000 humans.

In comparison, each year about 33,000–36,000

people in the United States die from Influenza B

strains.

The influenza A viruses occur naturally among

wild aquatic birds worldwide - more than 100

different species are known to carry the virus,

including gulls, terns , ducks, geese and swans.

These wild birds are often viewed as reservoirs

(hosts) for avian influenza A viruses. Wild aquatic

birds can be infected with avian influenza A

viruses in their intestines and respiratory tract,

but usually do not get sick. The viruses are

highly contagious between birds. Infected birds

can shed the viruses in their saliva, nasal

secretions, and faeces. Susceptible birds

become infected when they have contact with

the virus as it is shed by infected birds, or

through contact with surfaces that are

contaminated with virus from infected birds.

There is not a great risk of being infected by a

sick bird, but take precautions if you do handle

any.

SOURCES:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/viruses/types.htm 

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/birdflu/avian-flu-

viruses

Geagte Begunstigde

As ‘n sorgsame regering sal ons voortgaan om maatskaplike toelaes te betaal. Let asseblief op die volgende: 1. Die Suid-Afrikaanse Maatskaplike Sekerheidsagentskap (SASSA) -kaarte sal geldig bly tot 31 Desember 2018. 2. Jy kan jou bestaande SASSA-kaart vanaf 18 April tot 30 September 2018 vir ’n nuwe een omruil by jou naaste Poskantoor of SASSA- kantoor of by ’n aangewese lokaal. 3. Jy kan kies om jou maatskaplike toelae deur jou eie SASSA-rekening te ontvang of deur jou persoonlike bankrekening, insluitend Postbank. Kontantbetalings sal in die toekoms uitgefaseer word. 4. Kontak jou gemeenskapsontwikkelingswerker, tradisionele leier, raadslid, geloofsleier of naaste SASSA-kantoor vir meer inligting. 5. Hou die media dop vir meer besonderhede of skakel die SASSA-oproepsentrum by: 0800 60 10 11.

21 DEC 2017

19:30

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GREAT BRAK BUSINESS

FORUM

ALIVE AND WELL

By Mike Ehrman Following a successful Great Brak River Business Forum (Business Forum) meeting held on the 14th of March I am happy to announce that the Great Brak Business Forum is alive and well. The new committee is made up of Mike Ehrman (Chairman) Jorrie Jordaan, Roland Davids, Lyanne Minnie, Jack van der Lecq and Willem Swanepoel. The areas that will initially be focussed on are; membership, tourism, town upgrade and aesthetics, Safety and Security, business to business, the youth and events. With the formation of any non-profit, a number of organisational issues have to be addressed. As the management committee the aim is to set up the organisation as soon as is possible and to get the participation of all business owners and organisations. The Business Forum aims to be inclusive and represent any organisation in the area of Great Brak River that will derive and bring value to businesses in the region and the town of Great Brak River. As a business owner or as the chairperson of any such organisation we ask you to get hold of us and to join the Business Forum. Quarterly feedback meetings have been scheduled and more regular business to business networking meetings are going to be planned throughout the year. The Great Brak Bowls Club have graciously allowed us to make use of their fine facility for our quarterly meetings. The way the Business Forum and ultimately the town benefits, is to ensure you and your fellow business owners sign up and join the conversation. The Business Forum aims to create a cohesive business body and assist in whatever way we can. This will include lobbying the necessary organisations on our member’s behalf to ensure a collective business front is presented when faced with challenges. We aim to link up with and make use of the Mossel Bay Business Chamber, a well-established organisation, and to tap into a wealth of business knowledge and acumen. There are busy times ahead, Great Brak River will not featured when it comes to major land use changes. We are however going to feature in the upgrading of existing infrastructure and features with the necessary beautification of public spaces. So let’s get together and ensure there is a unified voice with a clear vision of how we would like to see our public and business spaces developed. For more information contact Mike Ehrman(083 258 9954)
2nd birthday

SPUR MOUNTAIN BIKE

LEAGUE

By Fred Lingenvelder The 2018 season will kick off with the first event taking place at Klipheuwel Trail Park on Saturday, 19 May 2018.  This series is aimed at introducing learners to bikes and encouraging schools to adopt cycling as a school sport.  The format is built on a cross-country lap racing format with four events taking place at different venues in each province around the country from May to September.  Each rider represents their Primary or High Schools to earn points, with the top High School being invited to participate at the Western Cape Provincials and also at the Nationals where about 400 riders representing around 60 schools from all the different regions compete against each other in their different age groups. The Klipheuwel Trail Park cross country track has been designed for riders of all different skills levels and with the series accommodating riders from the age of 6 to 18, all are welcome to practice and improve their skills.  The track is extremely spectator friendly with more than 80% visible from the start/finish area.  The track is constantly being upgraded and new sections being added provide fresh challenges to the riders. More information is available on our website  www.klipheuweltrailpark.co.za and also www.spurmtbleague.co.za  Online entries may be done on www.chaingangevents.co.za

DRINKING STRAWS

THE WHY, HOW AND WHAT?

From Worldwatch Institute They come in crazy colours, you will find straight or bendy varieties, and while many people use them daily, their 20 minutes of convenience have major hidden consequences. History: 1900’s – When polio was rampant, soda fountains offered rye or paper straws to prevent contact from shared glasses. 1950’s – Fast food restaurants replaced washable glassware with low cost disposable packaging for on the go meals and drinks. 1960’s – Plastic replaced paper, shifting straws from renewable to oil-based, single use products Their environmental impact includes; resources at extraction, more plastic means more oil and gas extraction and more electricity to power plastic production. It includes, the pollution of the oceans with straws which are ingested by marine animals, straws are among the top 10 forms of plastic debris found during coastal clean-ups. It includes crowding landfills as between 22 and 43 percent of plastic goes to landfills, where its resources are wasted taking up valuable space blighting communities. It is estimated that if placed end to end, straws used each day in the USA they could circle the earth more than 2 and a half times. So say no to straws, know that by refusing its use you are contributing to a world with less single use plastic, you are working towards a world with cleaner air, land and oceans.

CUCUMBER PICKLE RECIPE

From Camilla Comins To fill three to four 500ml glass jars - For the Brine: 8 bay leaves; 5ml whole black peppercorns; 250ml white wine vinegar; 500 ml water; 5 ml salt; 50 ml sugar; 4 English cucumbers; 3 heads of garlic; Fresh chilli (optional) Place all the brine ingredients in a large pot and bring to boil, stirring occasionally to ensure that all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Sterilise the jars and lids with boiling water. Slice the cucumbers into 1cm rounds. Peel and roughly chop all the garlic cloves. Fill the jars with cucumber slices, garlic and chilli, packing them as tightly as possible. Pour the brine into the jars, filling them to the top. Pop 2 bay leaves in each bottle, seal with the lid and place in the fridge.  Once you have opened them, they will keep for up to 14 days in the fridge. Yummy with hamburgers or cheese and freshly baked  ciabatta.

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