Dental Care & Talhado Children’s Haven

St Francis College bring Dental Care to Talhado Children’s Haven

The children of Talhado Children’s Haven in Sea Vista were treated to a most unusual event on Thursday 12th November when local Dentist, Dr Michael Jones, arrived with Grade 6 learners from St Francis College to talk to them about dental health care.

The event was the brain child of the College’s Grade 6 learners and their history teacher Cathryn Hempel. “We are currently studying democracy, including children’s rights and their right to free health care, and with this in mind, the class raised enough money to purchase each child at the Haven a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste. We’ve come here today to hand these to the children and to give them the opportunity to learn from Dr Jones on how to care for their teeth,” said Hempel.

St Francis College bring Dental Care to Talhado Chidren's Haven

Talhado Children’s Haven learner Robin-Lee Titus is delighted with her gift of a toothbrush with toothpaste from St Francis College Grade 6 learner Nicole Kaunda

“In addition, the Rotary Satellite Club of St Francis heard about the initiative and felt it was worthy of support with a donation of R1000.00 to boost the funds,” she added.

The children sat engrossed while Dr Jones demonstrated how to properly clean teeth and use dental floss first in Afrikaans and then with the help of a Xhosa translater, Grade 00 Xhosa Montessori teacher, Loreka Coetser. Both groups of children sang school songs for each other as well as the National anthem, but the highlight of the entertainment came when young Josh Robson who only the day before had won the St Francis College talent competition, gave a display of his skills with hula hoops!

St Francis College bring Dental Care to Talhado Chidren's Haven

Dr Michael Jones assisted by St Francis College Grade 6 teacher Cathryn Hempel demonstrates how teeth need to be cleaned

The morning’s fun ended with each child receiving a delicious cup cake before returning to class.

“All of us at the Haven would like to give a big thank you to St Francis College Grade 6, Mrs Hempel and to Dr Jones for giving up his time to come and talk about this very important subject to our young learners. Hopefully they will all remember this day for a long time to come,” said Lesley Moore, Haven administrator.

Article by Lynette Aitken

Beach & Spit Update

Received the following report from St Francis Bay Residents Association on progress of, or lack thereof, on the beach and spit.

Dear interested & affected parties, stakeholders and organs of state;

RE: DBAR PROGRESS: The maintenance and management of the existing rock revetments & sandy beach areas along the St Francis Bay beach coastline, incorporating Erven 720, 623, 2257, 185, 53, 184 & 625, within the Kouga Local Municipality of the Eastern Cape Province. EC08/C/LN1&3/M/21-2015

St Francis Beach update progress to date 10 November 2015:

  1. The draft basic assessment was submitted to DEDEA on 01 September 2015. In terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998), (the Act) as amended and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014 (the Regulations), all parties had a 30 day period to comment on the submission.
  2. On 10 October 2015 we received comments from DEDEA relating to various items of our submission which were answered per letter and further discussed at a meeting on 27 October 2015. Items discussed:

    a. Who will be the implementing authority representing various groups who support this application – i.e. DEDEA want deal with only one organisation responsible for the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the beach & spit area, which will later include the Kromme river.
    b. This implementing authority should be a formally constituted legal entity as they could be dealing with funds both from individuals, state and institutions such as the Development Bank.
    c. Who is financing – initial costings indicate that the amounts required for the works are large.
    d. DEDEA want a more details for comprehensive long term maintenance & management plan.
    e. Access to the existing rock revetments & spit – DEDEA asks if these areas will hold up to the estimated loads.

  3. Several comments from locals and other interested parties were received and the original DEBAR updated and copies sent to DEDEA for inclusion in the assessment.
  4. Oceans to Coast from Cape Town, a division of the national office of Environmental Affairs, who qualifies as a juristic organ of state contacted us and requested an on-site meeting regarding the St Francis beach on 27 October 2015.
  5. Despite the visit being out of the regulatory 30 day comment period, and being under no obligation to accept their comments, it was decided on the advice of DEDEA and other parties to give this body further time to comment on the assessment after the site meeting.
  6. This comment period expired last Friday and an additional communication was sent to Oceans to Coast reminding them of their obligations.
  7. The importance of Oceans to Coast is that they are a national body close to central government and have access to national funding.
  8. The 2014 NEMA assessment regulations stipulate that and updated DBAR, the final assessment (FBAR) should be submitted by 01 December 2015 for final assessment and authorisation.
  9. Having noted the above and that there are still matters outstanding with regards to outside inputs as mentioned above, and on the advice of DEDEA we have decided to request an extension for the submission of the FBAR to be on or before 20 January 2016.
  10. This decision it is felt is necessary in order to ensure a positive authorisation which will allow for the ongoing and proper management of our beach areas for now and into the future.

Yours faithfully

Frank Silberbauer
Consultant.

Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells

Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells, Admits US National Cancer Institute

States in the US may be one step closer to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, especially now that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has updated its website FAQs to include studies proving cannabis as a natural remedy for cancer.

As InfoWars reports, NCI updated its page to include various studies revealing how cannabis “may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow” while also protecting normal, healthy cells.

NCI stated:

“A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.”

The full list provided by the National Cancer Institute follows:

  • Cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
    Cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
  • A laboratory study of delta -9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in models of liver cancer showed that it had anti-tumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.
  • These studies are considered by the NCI as preclinical. They were all done using animals. According to them, no clinical trials of cannabis use for the treatment of cancer in humans have been published.
  • Delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids stimulate appetite and can increase food intake.
    Cannabinoid receptors have been studied in the brain, spinal cord, and nerve endings throughout the body to understand their roles in pain relief.
  • Cannabinoids have been studied for anti-inflammatory effects that may play a role in pain relief.

That’s not all, in April, the NIDA stated:

“Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

How can government agencies conclude the above and the FDA still classify marijuana as a “drug with no medicinal purposes”? Perhaps this video will enlighten you on the reasons why.

Despite the numerous, proven benefits of marijuana, the federal government aims to keep it illegal while the FDA approves expensive prescription drugs with more side effects and far less research.

Marijuana

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Timekeeping tardiness is inexcusable.

A planned meeting took place yesterday evening, 11th November, in the Sea Vista Hall which was very poorly attended.  When the meeting started neither the Mayor,  her Committee members nor the Municipal Manager had arrived.   Your Chairman voiced his concern that this was now the second meeting in as many weeks where the Mayor and senior officials had not attend and indicated that this showed a total lack of interest by the municipality in resolving the many serious issues that exist in Sea Vista and St Francis Bay.  A number of irate Sea Vista residents then demanding that the meeting should be cancelled until such time as those senior municipal officials were in attendance.

A show of hands clearly indicated that the majority wanted the meeting postponed and this was duly done.  As this happened the Mayor actually arrived and was informed why the meeting had been cancelled.   Obviously, this problem has got to be seriously addressed by our municipality and a future date for the meeting has yet to be confirmed.

Copies of the IDP review for 2016/17 where handed out and if anyone is interested, a copy can be viewed in our office.

St Francis Bay Residents Association

FOOTNOTE:

 

Nobody, no matter their position, be it a President, Mayor, school principal or a salesman, has the right not to show up for a planned meeting on time. Maybe it’s an African continent thing but that doesn’t make it any less disrespectful and come voting time, the community should consider this disrespect along with all the other broken promises made just to get votes.

 

Attending a presentation yesterday at the Links that was due to start at 08:30, everyone was seated and when the host opened proceedings at exactly 08:31. Nobody arrived late or if they did, they had enough respect not to disrupt the gathering. That is the way it should be – the audience respecting the presenter by being seated on time and the presenter respecting the audience by starting on time.

 

Report – beach & spit

Received the following report from St Francis Bay Residents Association on progress of, or lack thereof, on the beach and spit.

Dear interested & affected parties, stakeholders and organs of state;

RE: DBAR PROGRESS: The maintenance and management of the existing rock revetments & sandy beach areas along the St Francis Bay beach coastline, incorporating Erven 720, 623, 2257, 185, 53, 184 & 625, within the Kouga Local Municipality of the Eastern Cape Province. EC08/C/LN1&3/M/21-2015

St Francis Beach update progress to date 10 November 2015:

  1. The draft basic assessment was submitted to DEDEA on 01 September 2015. In terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998), (the Act) as amended and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014 (the Regulations), all parties had a 30 day period to comment on the submission.
  2. On 10 October 2015 we received comments from DEDEA relating to various items of our submission which were answered per letter and further discussed at a meeting on 27 October 2015. Items discussed:

    a. Who will be the implementing authority representing various groups who support this application – i.e. DEDEA want deal with only one organisation responsible for the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the beach & spit area, which will later include the Kromme river.
    b. This implementing authority should be a formally constituted legal entity as they could be dealing with funds both from individuals, state and institutions such as the Development Bank.
    c. Who is financing – initial costings indicate that the amounts required for the works are large.
    d. DEDEA want a more details for comprehensive long term maintenance & management plan.
    e. Access to the existing rock revetments & spit – DEDEA asks if these areas will hold up to the estimated loads.

  3. Several comments from locals and other interested parties were received and the original DEBAR updated and copies sent to DEDEA for inclusion in the assessment.
  4. Oceans to Coast from Cape Town, a division of the national office of Environmental Affairs, who qualifies as a juristic organ of state contacted us and requested an on-site meeting regarding the St Francis beach on 27 October 2015.
  5. Despite the visit being out of the regulatory 30 day comment period, and being under no obligation to accept their comments, it was decided on the advice of DEDEA and other parties to give this body further time to comment on the assessment after the site meeting.
  6. This comment period expired last Friday and an additional communication was sent to Oceans to Coast reminding them of their obligations.
  7. The importance of Oceans to Coast is that they are a national body close to central government and have access to national funding.
  8. The 2014 NEMA assessment regulations stipulate that and updated DBAR, the final assessment (FBAR) should be submitted by 01 December 2015 for final assessment and authorisation.
  9. Having noted the above and that there are still matters outstanding with regards to outside inputs as mentioned above, and on the advice of DEDEA we have decided to request an extension for the submission of the FBAR to be on or before 20 January 2016.
  10. This decision it is felt is necessary in order to ensure a positive authorisation which will allow for the ongoing and proper management of our beach areas for now and into the future.

Yours faithfully

Frank Silberbauer
Consultant.