Levittown Man Killed in Yaphank Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 32-year-old Levittown man was killed when a driver crashed his car into the victim’s motorcycle that was stopped in the median of Sunrise Highway in Yaphank on Sunday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Jason Delauro had pulled his Honda motorcycle into the median of Route 27, when a westbound 2012 BMW 535 drifted out of the left lane and struck Delauro just west of Horseblock Road shortly after 1 p.mDelauro was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver, Gregory Dean, of Seaford, who is also 32, refused medical attention.Fifth Squad detectives impounded the vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Stacy Miranda: A Thriving Breast Cancer Survivor

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sometimes, after a wicked storm, a rainbow appears. Stacy Miranda knows that firsthand. Six years ago she was battling invasive ductal carcinoma, triple positive breast cancer, an aggressive, fast-growing form of the disease. Today, she’s living her best life.Miranda was 34 when she discovered a lump on her breast and brought it to the attention of her doctor. That was the beginning of a journey that included radiation, chemotherapy, Herceptin infusions, and three surgeries. “Chemo hit me really hard, to the point that I was barely leaving the house and was dependent on others for even the simplest of daily tasks,” says Miranda, 40, who lives in Long Beach.  Her life was upside down. By the time she recovered from a second surgery, more than a year had passed and she was able to return to work, says the teacher at North Shore Middle School in Glen Head. Six months later, she was out of work again for a revision surgery. But, with gratitude, she says, “This past June, I celebrated my five-year cancer-free mark, which I call my ‘rebirth.’”The metamorphosis was painful. “At times, I have felt isolated and stripped of my youth, femininity, self-worth, and innocence of good health,” she says. “Just as with most cancer patients, I have had my share of dark days. I was a single woman without children.” Overall, she remained positive and grateful.  “Cancer has been one of my greatest teachers in life,” she adds. “While it doesn’t define me, it has certainly played a major role in molding me into the woman I am. I feel very lucky to be where I am today.”While being out of work did eventually make finances tight, she was fortunate to have support from friends and family, as well as extremely good health insurance. Miranda turned to organizations that help breast cancer patients. What sustained her during the most difficult period of her life? “I tried everything I possibly could,” she recalls. ”You name it, I probably tried it. Every stage of the journey required different coping mechanisms and means of support. I think a healthy mindset is always key, though. “It basically came down to gratitude and acceptance,” she continues. “That helped me stay positive and keep the faith that it was a temporary hardship that would lead to good things later on.”When she was overwhelmed, she went into therapy and leaned on her support network. Physical therapy was also helpful both mentally and physically.  “I went to the only breast cancer physical therapy program on Long Island, Full Circle Physical Therapy,” she says.To be sure, after the storm there is a rainbow. Although she has some residual side effects from treatment from her current medication, she’s now in very good health. Now, she says, “I am unapologetically myself, living from my heart, and committed to living life to the fullest.”Living as a cancer survivor presents challenges, but it can create opportunities. Miranda is involved in two nonprofit organizations: First Descents, a group providing adventure trips for young adults impacted by cancer, and Climb For Hope, an organization that raises money for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis research through adventure challenges.  Through all her adventures, such as whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and mountaineering, she has a new sense of empowerment. She has also shared her cancer story through public speaking engagements.  “If simply by sharing my experiences I can help others, I am honored to do so,” she says. “Giving back while also challenging myself has been so very purposeful and healing.” Miranda says her first fundraising adventure challenge was climbing the summit of Mount Adams in Washington. “When I reached that summit, I cried out in astonishment that my mind and body could achieve such a feat,” she recalls. “From climbing the mountains of breast cancer to the mountains of the Earth. I went from barely being able to walk down the block to climbing the second highest peak in the Pacific Northwest!”last_img read more

LIPI biology center identifies 12 Indonesian trees facing extinction

first_imgPriority II species are highly endangered and need urgent conservation efforts. Their geographic range crosses several islands, but exist only in limited areas and have a small population. Trees in this category include the damar mata kucing or white meranti (Shorea javanica) and the Sumatra camphor (Dryobalanops sumatrensis).”Efforts have been made to cultivate them, but not enough to restore a stable population [in the wild],” said Kusumadewi.Priority III species have a broad geographic range, but are threatened with extinction and require conservation efforts. The trees in this category include the ulin or Bornean ironwood (Eusideroxylon zwageri), mersawa daun lebar or maseger (Anisoptera costata), tengkawang or light red meranti (Shorea pinanga), durian karantongan (Durio oxleyanus), red-fleshed durian (Durio graveolens) and saninten (Castanopsis argentea).Many of these species also appear on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.Conservation EffortsKusumadewi said that relevant stakeholders had made a variety of conservation efforts to save these endemic tree species, including on-site (in-situ) conservation and community-based agroforestry to ensure sustainable harvesting practices.She added that off-site (ex-situ) conservation had also been implemented, including setting up tree nurseries and relocating them for planting in areas outside their natural habitat, such as botanical gardens, arboretums and reclaimed land. (aly)Topics : At least 12 endemic species of trees in the country are threatened with extinction, a researcher at the Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Research Center for Biology has said.Researcher Kusumadewi Sri Yulianti said that primary forests originally covered almost 64 percent of land in the archipelago, but forest coverage continued to shrink as a result of land conversion, natural resource exploitation and global climate change, among other reasons.”Such conditions certainly threaten the preservation of forests, as well as various tree species,” Kusumadewi said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday. Of the country’s many endemic trees, 12 rare species are listed as endangered in the Conservation Strategy and Action Plan (SRAK) of the Environment and Forestry Ministry.Tree species are designated as “rare” based on four criteria – scarcity, level of threat, benefits and value, and level of conservation action – and are placed in three priority categories.Priority I species are critically endangered and demand immediate conservation efforts. The endemic tree species in this category have an extremely limited geographic range and minimal population, and are threatened with extinction. Trees designated as Priority I conservation species include the plahar Nusakambangan (Dipterocarpus littoralis), lagan bras (Dipterocarpus cinereus), the resak Banten (Vatica bantamensis), and resak Brebes (Vatica javanica subsp. Javanica).last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonLuna Bosco is still waiting for her forever and loving family to come to Adopt-A-Pet, and take her home. Luna is a beautiful 2-year-old female Blue PitBull Terrier whose birthday is November 14, 2014. She weighs approximately 50 pounds, is spayed, and up to date with her vaccinations. Luna loves sitting for treats, fetch, walks, laying in the sun, chewing bones and car rides (she just falls asleep). This smart girl knows obedience commands, has good recall, and received 30 days training from Muck Creek Kennels in Roy, WA.Luna is doing very well with meeting other dogs, following commands, and learning all kinds of fun things. Luna prefers a stable and calm home, daily exercise and someone who will continue to challenge her mind. If you are interested in this beautiful girl, and would like to take advantage of a day of personal instruction at Muck Creek Kennels, contact an Adoption Coordinator at Adopt-A-Pet in Shelton.  Emails are preferred.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, visit [email protected]  or 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Dale Steyn targets IPL trophy on his return to RCB

first_imgAdvertisement 4uytNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsty38Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4fw5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 28usdwdWould you ever consider trying this?😱w3bevCan your students do this? 🌚ce2iz4Roller skating! Powered by Firework The South African pacer Dale Steyn is back in Royal Challengers Bangalore and will be playing in the IPL 2020, next year. The pacer was bought by RCB at his base price of 2 crores at the Indian Premier League auction that was held in Kolkata on Thursday. His performance at the Mzansi Super League in South Africa is the reason why the Director of Cricket Mike Hesson and RCB captain Virat Kohli wanted Dale back in the team. Dale has played in the IPL series before. Last year he took part in the IPL series as a replacement player but played only 2 matches. He could not play more matches due to an injury, but now that he is back in the franchise, he is excited about the series next year. On Saturday he held a QnA session on Twitter where he answered some of his fan’s questions.Advertisement His participation in the IPL 2019, marked his return to the series after a gap of 9 years. Dale has a played a total of 92 matches in the IPL and is only 4 wickets away from creating a record of 100 wickets. Both Virat Kohli and Mike Hesson was keen on getting Dale Steyn but they did not bid on him in the first half of the auction, because they were afraid of starting a bidding war. They knew to bid on him first, would increase his price and they did not want that to happen. They took a different approach and waited until the later hours of the auction to bid on him. Ultimately, their plan worked and they acquired him for 2 crores.Advertisement “We knew we wanted Steyn but we knew if we put a bid on him early, it might have gone up to three or four crores, which would have had flow-on effects.”I probably exchanged a couple of hundred messages with Virat [Kohli, the RCB captain] for a couple of hours. I think he thought we went to sleep in the middle for a couple of hours as well, but he was well aware of what our planning was. He was keen at the end, as we were, to get Steyn.”Virat Kohli turns into Santa to give children at shelter home the best X-Mas ever!Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

Kootenay Wildcats open season with pair of wins

first_imgThe Kootenay Wildcats opened the 2011-12 B.C. Female Midget Hockey League with a 2-1 record during a tournament in Nelson.The Cats started the campaign with a 5-1 loss to Okanagan Rockets before reeling off two consecutive wins over Vancouver Fusion, 5-4 and Prince George Cougars, 4-2.Kootenay is tied for top spot in the league with Fraser Valley Phantom.However, the Phantom played only two games during the weekend.Against Okanagan, the Rockets built up a 5-0 with two goals in the first period and three in the second.Maggie Shykula-Ross scored twice to lead the Rockets.McKayla Yuris (Trail) scored the lone goal for Kootenay.The Cats rebounded during game two to outlast the Fusion by a goal.Kathryn Haegedorn (Kaslo) led Kootenay with two goals with singles going to Shea Weighill (Nakusp), Courtney Donald (Cranbrook) and Holly Nikrik (Invermere).Kootenay held period leads of 1-0 and 3-2.The Cats then completed the weekend above .500 by doubling Prince George.Goals by Denomie Vockeroth (Rossland) and Christina Bonacci (Trail), with a pair, sparked a three-goal third period allowing the Cats to grab the win.Heidi Haegedorn (Kaslo) scored the final goal for Kootenay.Morgan Flynn and Kayla Keraiff, both of Castlegar, shared the netminding duties.The Cats return to action this weekend with a pair of games against the Fusion in Pitt [email protected]last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 22, 2016

first_imgFUND ESTABLISHED FOR TRAINER AFTER BARN FIRE            The National NHBPA Foundation and the HPBA state affiliates are rallying to assist trainer Eric Reed and his wife, owner Kay Reed, after 23 horses in their care were killed in an early morning barn fire in Kentucky Sunday.The large barn, believed to have been struck by lightning, is one of three at the Reeds. Mercury Equine Center in Lexington. Another 13 horses were saved by the Reeds’ employees who risked going into the burning barn at the private training facility.There are several ways horsemen and the public can help.Donations to the Reeds’ fund through the National HBPA, a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) fund are tax deductible. Contributions can be made online via credit card at https://nationalhbpa.com/donate/. Checks can be made out to the National HBPA Foundation, 870 Corporate Dr., Suite 300, Lexington, Ky. 40503-5419.Donated tack and supplies can be dropped off at Horse Cents or any of three Kentucky HBPA offices: 3729 S. Fourth St., Louisville, 40214, or the backside offices at Turfway Park in Florence and The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington.A GoFundMe account has been set up by the Reeds’ close friends Mike Manganello, a steward in Ohio and a Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, and Kitty Manganello, at http://bit.ly/2icnkYO. BLACK HOPES SAN SIMEON SUITS ACCEPTANCEWhile the Grade I Malibu Stakes for three-year-olds and the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies, both at seven furlongs, will take center stage opening day Monday, the Grade III San Simeon Stakes on the undercard presents an interesting storyline and a daunting challenge for handicappers.Kenny Black, a former jockey virtually born into racing who now trains, entered Acceptance in the race at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course for owners Finish Line Racing and The Ellwood Johnston Trust.A four-year-old California-bred son of Vronsky, Acceptance won the California Flag Handicap over the same venue by a head last October. Acceptance worked five furlongs on the main track Wednesday in 1:00.40.Acceptance was third by a length in the Cary Grant for Cal-breds at Del Mar Nov. 2, beaten a length after stumbling at the start of the seven furlong dirt race. “It looks like he’ll be facing the same caliber of horses in the San Simeon he beat in the California Flag,” Black said.Stewart Elliott, who has ridden Acceptance in his last three starts, retains the mount in the San Simeon for Black, whose passion for the game never ebbs.“I’ve got 15 head here for this meet including some nice older horses we’re bringing back off layoffs,” Black said, “and I’m really looking forward to that. Desiresoftheheart might be the most talented horse I’ve ever had. She won her only out here by like three (lengths) down the hill about two years ago in her only start.“She did it with a slight stress fracture in her pelvis but we didn’t find out until later, after we had her sold to Peter Miller for $400,000. When the nuclear scan for the vet check was done for the sale four days after the race, they found the injury. She won the race with it, so that was impressive.“I think Insubordination is my best three-year-old. He ran once and got beat a head going a mile on the grass, and when we scoped him after the race he was full of mucous. Burntaroundthedges, who will be six Jan. 1, also is coming back and he outworked What a View here last December.”What a View gave Black his first Grade I win when he won the Kilroe Mile last March 12.Black, recently turned 53, started riding match races when he was eight years old, mostly in Northern California. “They strapped me on a horse with a girth over my legs and tied me onto it with no saddle, Mexican-style,” Black said. “I only weighed 50 or 60 pounds.”The San Simeon, race six of nine: Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Hobbits Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; Drummer, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Ohio, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; He Will, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Tough Sunday, Chantal Sutherland, 20-1; Betty’s Bambino, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Holy Lute, Jamie Theriot, 9-2; Horse Laugh, 30-1; and Iron Rob, Corey Nakatani, 50-1. HORSEMEN, HORSES KEEP BUSY, RAIN OR SHINE“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down,” the late Karen Carpenter would sing so beautifully. Any rainy day affects horsemen, but they soldier on, rain or shine.There is no training on the main track in wet weather, so horsemen go to Plan B.“Typically, if the training track is muddy, we just jog, just something to get the horses out of the stall for a while if it’s not pouring down rain,” said 50-year-old trainer Jack Carava, born in Arcadia, site of Santa Anita.“If the rain is too heavy, we’ll walk the horses under the shed row at the barn and keep them from getting wet. On days like today, when it’s not raining too hard, they can go out and jog and expend a little energy.”Carava, whose father, Mike trained in the late 1970s and early 1980s, began his training career with current agent Joe Griffin in 1984, later joining Jerry Fanning. Carava has 21 head in training for the Santa Anita Winter Meet.“We have a pretty diverse barn and I think we’ll be able to run in a lot of different spots,” Carava said. “I have a few young horses, but the jury’s still out on how much ability they have.” ACCEPTANCE BACK DOWNHILL IN SAN SIMEONCHAO CHUM SEEKS ANOTHER UPSET IN LA BREAWALL CALENDAR AND MORE ON OPENING DAYCHAMP STELLAR WIND EYES SANTA MARGARITA CHAO CHUM HOPES TO OVERTAKE SPEED IN LA BREA            At nearly 9-1 odds, Chao Chum upset Enola Gray, favored at 10 cents on the dollar, in the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 13.Chao Chum drew outside of expected pacesetter Enola Gray that day, but it’s a different story for Monday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. Enola Gray drew outside Chao Chum in post seven, while Chao Chum has post six in a field of eight that on paper appears loaded with speed.“Hopefully, we can let Enola Gray go and come outside of her again,” said Gary Stute, trainer of Chao Chum. “I’ve got Kent (Desormeaux), so whatever he does is OK with me.” The Hall of Fame jockey rode Chao Chum for the first time in the Betty Grable upset.The La Brea: Lunar Empress, Norberto Arroyo, 20-1; Lightstream, Julien Leparoux, 2-1; Finley’sluckycharm, Brian Hernandez Jr., 5-2; Constellation, David Flores, 6-1; Coniah, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Chao Chum, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Enola Gray, Mike Smith, 9-2; Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1.SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY            In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita will treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday.A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission.The 2017 calendar is not only bucolic and picturesque, but contains information on Thoroughbreds so profound even a hard-core race tracker can learn something new.Themed “Anatomy of a Champion,” the calendar contains a veterinarian’s glossary in layman’s terms.In short, it’s a keeper!First post time Monday is 12 noon; admission gates open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.            –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs            –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds            –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf             –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar             –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under            –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission            –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events)            –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details            –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events            –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events            For more racing and event information, visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.center_img DRESS YOUR VERY BEST ON OPENING DAY MONDAY        On opening day Monday, Santa Anita will host a contest to discover how many of its loyal fans have true enthusiasm for prize-worthy, race-day attire. Males and females 18 and over are eligible and encouraged to partake in this FREE trackside event.The Grand Prize is a $2,500 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers Furniture and entrance to the VIP seating area of the Craft Brew & Cider Trackside event. Nine runners-up will receive a $250 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers. STELLAR WIND BACK ON TRACK FOR SADLERStellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, went back to the track on a rainy Thursday morning for the first time since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4.“We freshened her up but didn’t turn her out,” said John Sadler, who trains the four-year-old Curlin filly for principal owners Kosta and Peter Hronis.“She’s back and looking great and we’ll see if she makes the Santa Margarita.”The Santa Margarita is a Grade I stake at 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares four and up on March 18, offering $400,000 in purse money. FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will honor the memory of recently deceased jockey Garrett Gomez on opening day, Monday, with a moment of silence at 11:30 a.m. . . . In addition to Santa Anita Wall Calendars and Mathis Brothers Thoroughbred Toy Horses, The Great Race Place will guarantee $1 million in the all-stakes Late Pick 4, which will be comprised of the Grade III San Simeon, the Grade I La Brea, the Grade I Malibu and the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile . . . Additionally, KMN Racing and owner/broadcaster Jim Rome have helped organize a silent auction on opening day featuring a beautiful color print of 2015 Santa Anita Handicap winner and 2013 Eclipse champion 2-year-old male Shared Belief. All proceeds from the print by John Rowe will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The PDJF Silent Auction will take place in the East Paddock Gardens throughout the day . . . One had to look twice at Santa Anita’s work tab Wednesday to see if that old stakes-winning turf sprinter, Caracortado, was making a comeback at age 10. Fact is, he’s not. The horse on the tab was an unraced filly, Caracortada (“a” instead of “o” at the end) trained by Mike Machowsky, the conditioner of the retired Caracortado, who, because of persistent hoof issues, is now “enjoying the good life” in Bradbury after last racing in 2014. “We bought her last spring and she acts like a pretty nice filly,” Machowsky said of Caracortada. “We were trying to come up with a name for her and one of the partners said, ‘Why don’t we name her that?’ I didn’t think it would get through (The Jockey Club), to tell you the truth. Freely translated from Spanish it means scar face or cut face.” Caracortada worked five furlongs in 1:03 . . . Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29 at 12:30 p.m.last_img read more

Palumbo and Walczak Named MVC Doubles Team of the Week for Second Time

first_imgST. LOUIS – Carmen Palumbo (McLean, Va.) and Daria Walczak (Lodz, Poland) of the Drake University women’s tennis team are the Missouri Valley Conference Doubles Team of the Week, the MVC office announced Tuesday, April 9. This is the second time this season the pair are the MVC’s top doubles team after previously winning it on Feb. 19. Drake hosts its final home match Saturday against Valparaiso. First serve at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center is scheduled for 11 a.m. Print Friendly Version Last week, Palumbo and Walczak went 2-0 and helped Drake split its first two MVC matches. They claimed a 7-5 win over Reghan Lynch/Claudia Toledo of UNI in the No. 1 match in a 6-1 victory over the Panthers. They followed that with a 6-3 win over Alye Darter/Mara Presot of Missouri State in the No. 2 match in a close 4-3 defeat to the Bears. The perfect week improved the pair’s record to 11-7 together.last_img read more

Sharks suffer another ugly loss, but do not want to see major changes

first_imgBOSTON — The Sharks never really gave themselves a chance Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins, losing 5-1 at TD Garden to bring an unceremonious end to a five-game road trip and one of the uglier opening months of the regular season in recent team history.Martin Jones, under siege for most of the night, had 36 saves as the Sharks finished with the road trip with a 1-3-1 record and ended the month of October at 4-8-1.Continuing a nearly season-long problem, the Sharks had to kill five …last_img read more

South Africa’s Public Protector

first_imgThe Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against government agencies or officials.The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is South Africa’s fourth Public Protector since October 2016. (Image: Public Protector, Facebook)Here’s a comprehensive guide to how the process works, who and what the Public Protector can investigate, and how to lay a complaint.The Public Protector receives and investigates complaints from the public against government agencies or officials, and has the power to recommend corrective action and to issue reports.The Public Protector’s services are free and available to all and, if you lay a complaint, your name will so far as possible be kept confidential.The Public Protector is appointed by the President, on the recommendation of the National Assembly, in terms of the Constitution, for a non-renewable period of seven years.Website: http://www.pprotect.org/The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. No person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of the Public Protector’s office.How does the Public Protector work?Anyone can complain to the Public Protector, who will then investigate the complaint. Think of the Public Protector as a referee who can look at all sides of a problem. If the Public Protector finds that your complaint is justified, he/she will do whatever possible to find a solution to the problem, which includes recommending changes to the system.The Public Protector can also report the matter to Parliament, which will debate the matter and see to it that the recommendations are followed.Investigations are mostly done informally, but the Public Protector can summons people to give evidence under oath or affirmation when this becomes necessary.Complainants should not fear being victimized for “blowing the whistle” on corrupt or improper practices.All information that comes to Public Protector – including the identity of complainants and their sources of information – is treated as confidential.Who can the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector is independent of government or political parties and can investigate:Government at any level. This includes central and provincial government, state departments and local authorities.Any person performing a public function. This includes anyone performing any official duty which affects South Africans, for example a state employee such as a policeman or an electoral officer.Corporations or companies where the state is involved, for example Eskom and Telkom.Statutory councils, for example the Human Sciences Research Council or the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.What can the Public Protector investigate?The Public Protector is tasked with investigating improper prejudice suffered by the complainant or another person, for example as a result of:Abuse of power.Unfair, capricious, discourteous or other improper conduct.Undue delay.The violation of a human right.Any other decision taken, or situation brought about, by the authorities.Maladministration.Dishonesty or improper dealings with respect to public money.Improper enrichment.Receipt of improper advantage.What won’t the Public Protector investigate?Complaints outside of the Public Protector’s mandate include:Judgments by judges and magistrates, including sentences imposed by them.Private acts by individuals.Private companies.Doctors or lawyers who are not working for the state.However, the staff of the Public Protector can help by telling you where to complain or what to do in such cases.In certain cases the Public Protector may refer you to a court of law where going to court is the best way to deal with the problem. Since the Public Protector does not act as anyone’s legal representative, you will be referred to a lawyer if the matter must go to court.How do I lay a complaint?Should your complaint be about prejudice, you should try to solve the problem yourself before complaining to the Public Protector, for example by:Speaking to the official(s) involved; or, if that does not helpWriting to the person in charge of the official(s), for example the head of the department, or the chief executive director, or the town clerk.You could also consider approaching your Member of the National or Provincial Parliament. Only then, if you are still unable to solve the problem, should you make a submission to the Public Protector. You can do this by:Toll free line: 0800 11 20 40Customer service line: (012) 366-7142Email: [email protected] in an online formThe following information should be contained in your submission:The nature of your complaint.The background to your complaint.Reasons why you feel your complaint should be investigated by the Public Protector.Steps you have taken to solve the problem yourself (if applicable). You should mention names of the officials you have been dealing with, on what dates, and what was said. Copies of any correspondence between you and the officials should be attached to your letter.A telephone number where you can be contacted, if you have one.In some instances the Public Protector may require a statement under oath before investigating.If you are unsure whether your problem is something the Public Protector will investigate, or if you cannot write, you can phone the Public Protector’s office on 0800 11 20 40 (toll free), or visit http://www.pprotect.org/ for other numbers. There are trained professional staff members who will listen to your complaint, big or small, and conduct investigations.In some cases the staff can help people to find quick solutions to their problems. The staff can also tell you where to complain if the Public Protector cannot help you.You could also visit the office for an interview or a consultation, if you prefer. It is better to write first and ask for an interview in the letter.Who is South Africa’s Public Protector?Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane became South Africa’s fourth Public Protector in October 2016. She was appointed by President Jacob Zuma, after being recommended by a special parliamentary committee.Mkhwebane is an advocate of the high court and a specialist in refugee and immigration law. She has held positions in the Department of Home Affairs and the South African embassy in the Republic of China. She previously also worked in the Office of the Public Protector as a senior investigator and an acting provincial director for Gauteng. Mkhwebane was also a senior researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission.Mkhwebane replaced Advocate Thulisile Madonsela, who completed her term in October 2016. Madonsela replaced Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who completed his seven-year term as Public Protector on 16 October 2009. South Africa’s first Public Protector, Advocate Selby Baqwa, served from 1995 to 2002.Updated October 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more