SA celebrates with Obama

first_imgMillions of people around the world will watch the historic inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama.Khanyi Magubane As the United States comes to a standstill on 20 January to witness the inauguration of its 44th president Barack Obama, South Africa has planned its own series of celebrations.Dubbed one of the most prolific moments in American history, the inauguration of Obama, America’s first black president, has grabbed the attention of the world.The swearing-in of Obama as the nation’s 44th president on the west steps of the Capitol, Washington DC, at noon (7pm South African time) is expected to draw between one to three million spectators.  South African ambassador to America Welile Nhlapo will represent the country at the celebrations.No foreign delegations were invited to the inauguration and countries were informed beforehand that only those on ambassadorial level will be invited.Not to be left out though, a glitzy, formal inauguration ball will held at South Africa’s Monte Casino on 20 January, where a live satellite transmission of the events will be screened.Tickets to the now sold-out event were going at R1 000 (US$100) each.Renowned South African film producer Anant Singh is also in the process of filming a documentary around the ascension of Obama to the top seat.Singh was in America on election day in November 2008 when Obama was announced as the winner of the elections and declared the president-elect.At the moment all that is left for Singh is to capture the final footage of the historic inauguration.Currently, talks are in place with various South African and American TV networks to air the documentary soon after the swearing-in.The documentary includes an interviews with Obama himself, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, who hosted Obama in South Africa when he visited Robben Island.  Television stations in South Africa will broadcast the event.Party revellers will also be out in full swing as nightclubs in South Africa also host “inauguration parties”.A Cape Town based nightclub Roots Club will be hosting an Obama party in Observatory, where revellers have been encouraged come dressed up in an American theme.In Johannesburg, club goers will also be making their way to Sinabar. The popular nightclub will start the evening’s proceedings with a live broadcast of the swearing in.President Motlanthe’s message to ObamaAlthough not attending the event, President Kgalema Motlanthe has issued a congratulatory message to Obama.He hailed the profound place in history the event will always hold. “Your election to this high office of the American people, carries with it hope for millions of your country men and women as much as it is for millions of people of particularly of the African descent both in the continent of Africa as well as those in the Diaspora”.Motlanthe reiterated that Obama’s victory is Africa’s victory. “Accordingly, Africa which today stands proud of your achievements, can only but look forward to a fruitful working relationship with you both at a bilateral and multilateral levels in our endeavour to create a better world for all who live in it.“We express the hope that poverty and under-development in Africa which remains a challenge for humanity will indeed continue to receive a greater attention of the focus of the new administration,” said Motlanthe.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesObamamania sweeps Africa Yes, we can Obama: African for White House? Useful linksDemocrats abroad South Africa Department of Foreign AffairsDemocratic Partylast_img read more

Brand South Africa and partners rally to contribute to the provision of quality education

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 28 October 2016 – Brand South Africa in partnership with Rally to Read and Barefoot No More, will contribute to national efforts to improve literacy and education in the Western Cape on Saturday 29 October 2016.Brand South Africa will, through its flagship domestic mobilisation programme, Play Your Part – work with Barefoot No More and Rally to Read to contribute to national efforts to address challenges in literacy levels in South Africa.  This partnership will also contribute to the goals set out in the National Development Plan (NDP) for quality education and skills development.Rally to Read is an initiative launched by the McCarthy Motor Group and is successfully organised by Bidvest to help improve education in rural South Africa. Every year, Rally to Read travels across ten school districts, in nine provinces with the aid of McCarthy Motor Group to distribute reading and educational resources to disadvantaged schools.These resources include literacy materials, toys, books, games, a ‘box library’ as well as shock absorbent school shoes made of innovative material developed by Barefoot No More. Teachers in these schools also benefit from this initiative as they are upskilled and empowered through the READ training programme.Brand South Africa’s Play your Part team will join Rally to Read and Barefoot No More to distribute these resources while applauding teachers for taking up the baton  to educate. Citizens will also be encouraged to contribute actively and positively to the development of their communities.Weekend Programme for Rally to Read TimeSaturday 29th October 2016  06h30All participants to meet at McCarthy Toyota Table View (Cnr Koeberg Rd & Blaauwberg Road, Table View)Park according to your team colours in the designated parking areas.We will provide a short briefing on the project and the schools whilst enjoying rusks, muffins, coffee and/or tea.Your team leader will contact you a week before the Rally to confirm all details.07h30Depart Cape Town in your teams, for visits to 2 schools in the Langebaan, Velddrif area.This is our second visit to these schools. A short presentation at each school; symbolic signing of the contract between the school and the project and a “tour” of the school.A picnic lunch will be enjoyed during the day.Note:  The rally and READ Educational Trust will work in support of these 8 schools for 3 consecutive years: 2015, 2016, 2017.Rally to Read has positively impacted the lives of many communities and schools:By contributing over R86 million raised for rural education1013 – schools have been on the programme (1998-2015)170 – rallies to date, covering all parts of rural South Africa (1998 – 2015)53 – Different areas/school clusters supported (1998 – 2015)17 – Series of Rallies completed (1998 – 2015)Play your Part will return to the Western Cape in November 2016 when it will introduce its interactive and innovate PYP cube to communities to inspire active citizenship for meaningful change in South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Congress announces 59 candidates

first_img  According to media reports, Mr. Singh had earlier said that he wanted to contest the election from a seat which the Congress has not won in previous polls. Arki in Solan district was won by the BJP in the previous two Assembly polls. State Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu has been fielded from the Nadaun seat, which the latter had unsuccessfully contested in the previous election to the 68-member Assembly.The Chief Minister’s son, Vikramaditya Singh’s name did not figure in the first list. Mr. Virbhadra Singh had two days ago had said that Mr. Vikramaditya Singh will contest from his Shimla (Rural) seat. Late Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh’s son, Aditya Vikram, is in the race from Banjar constituency. Karan Singh passed away in May.The Congress has fielded all its senior State leaders in the election. Rajya Sabha MP Viplove Thakur will contest the election from the Dehra Assembly segment, which she had lost in 2012.Other senior leaders including AICC secretary Asha Kumari, Kaul Singh Thakur, G.S. Bali, Mukesh Agnihotri and Gangu Ram Musafir will contest from Dalhousie, Darang, Nagrota, Haroli and Pachchad, respectively. Party veteran Vidya Stokes was supposed to contest from Theog, one of the seats left out in the first list. But Ms. Stokes announced quitting politics on October 18. Assembly Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail is currently representing the Palampur seat. Former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s son Anil is currently representing Mandi. But he has quit the party and joined the BJP, which has already fielded him from the same seat. The Congress on October 18 announced its first list of 59 candidates for the November 9 Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls, with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh being fielded from the Arki constituency in Solan district.The list was finalised after a marathon meeting of the Congress central election committee chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi. Nominees for the remaining nine seats, including Shimla (Rural), would be announced later.Also Read Ex-CM Dhumal, State chief in BJP list of candidateslast_img read more

AAP MLA assaulted by Punjab sand mafia

first_imgAn Aam Aadmi Party MLA in Punjab was allegedly assaulted by a group of people involved in illegal sand mining near Nurpur Bedi in Rupnagar district on Thursday, prompting Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to seek a detailed report on the incident.Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira alleged that MLA Amarjeet Singh Sandoa was attacked for trying to expose the ongoing illegal activities of the sand mafia.The AAP MLA and his gunman, head constable Sukhdeep Singh, were injured in the incident.“Both were taken to a civil hospital, from where Mr. Sandoa was referred to PGI, Chandigarh, for further check-up after he complained of chest pain,” an official spokesperson said.Three arrestedThe police have arrested three persons allegedly involved in the incident. The spokesperson said three relatives of Ajwinder Singh — the key accused from Baihara village — have been arrested. Ajwinder and another accused, Bachittar Singh, of Bhauwal village fled after the incident. Those arrested have been identified as Jaswinder Singh Goldy, Manjit Singh and Amarjit Singh, all residents of Baihara. One vehicle and two guns were seized from them.The Chief Minister has sought a detailed report from the Deputy Commissioner and asked him to ensure a free and fair probe.The two PSOs attached to the MLA have also come under the Chief Minister’s scanner for evidently failing to protect him and have been transferred to the police lines. “The Chief Minister has directed the DGP to investigate their role in the entire episode,” the spokesperson added.‘CM should resign’Reacting to the alleged attack, the AAP in Delhi said the Chief Minister should resign if he cannot rein in the mafia.AAP spokesperson Ashish Khetan said Mr. Sandoa had raised his voice against the sand mafia in the past as well. He said the Chief Minister had during last year’s election campaign promised to rid the State of the drugs, transport, extortion and mining mafia. “Instead, the influence of the mafia has increased. They are carrying out lethal attacks on MLAs,” he said.The AAP has demanded a new policy to put an end to illegal mining and also called for a White Paper detailing the loss of revenue caused to the State by illegal mining during the past 15 years.last_img read more

Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Nadal, Federer back at the top in 2017 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Francisco Lindor tripled home three runs off rookie Myles Jaye (0-1) in the second inning, and the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23, added another blowout to their growing list of lopsided conquests.The defending AL champions aren’t just rolling, they’re steamrolling opponents, outscoring them 132-32 during a stretch that includes six shutouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCarlos Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine in six innings, Lindor had four RBIs and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Indians lowered their magic number to clinch the Central to six.Cleveland is the sixth team in history to win at least 19 straight, and the streak is the longest since the 2002 Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row — a run that was celebrated in the film “Moneyball.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “No knock on the Dodgers or the Astros, they’re obviously both very good teams,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I think this is the most balanced team and probably the biggest threat to anybody in baseball to win a World Series because they do kind of cover every facet of the game.”Cleveland’s streak has happened despite the team missing three of its best players: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. They’re all on the disabled list.“It’s just the next guy up,” Kipnis said. “It doesn’t matter who it is or what goes down. We like the depth that we have. We have the players that go out and compete each night and you’re going to win a lot of games when guys play with that attitude.”MILLER MOVINGMiller threw 30 pitches in a simulated game, a major step in his recovery from knee tendinitis. The team will see how Miller responds Tuesday before deciding the next move. Kipnis faced Miller during the workout and doubled off the left-hander.“After I fouled one off, I said, ‘I’ve already had a better at-bat than I have ever versus him in a game,’” Kipnis said. “He smiled at that one.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman received an injection last week for the neck injury that’s bothered him since last season. He will begin a throwing program in the next few days, and Ausmus said Zimmerman will make a few more starts if there are no setbacks. Zimmerman is 8-12 with a 6.18 ERA in 27 starts. … OF Mikie Mahtook (sore left groin) was out of the lineup for the third straight day.Indians: Rookie CF Bradley Zimmer will undergo surgery on his broken left hand on Tuesday in New York. Zimmer got stepped on while diving into first base on Sunday. The Indians do not have a timetable on his return, but it’s safe to assume his season is over.UP NEXT Kluber is 7-1 with a 1.92 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander, who leads the AL in ERA (2.56) and opponent batting average (.192), will face Detroit’s Matt Boyd.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments The Indians can match those A’s on Tuesday, and their chances of getting No. 20 are strong with AL Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber starting.At this point, it hardly matters who’s on the mound.Cleveland joined the 1906 Chicago White Sox (19), the 1947 New York Yankees (19), the 2002 A’s (20), the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and the 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to reel off 19 consecutive wins. The Giants’ record run is in the books as the major league mark, although it did include a tie, which does not count as an official game in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Even tying these Indians during a game has been nearly impossible.Cleveland has trailed in only four of 171 innings, scored first in 18 of 19 games and has hit 38 homers. In a season where other teams have displayed dominance, the Indians stand alone.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor scores on a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — Unrelenting and unbeatable at the moment, the Cleveland Indians refuse to lose.With their latest overpowering win, they extended baseball’s longest winning streak since 2002 to 19 games with an 11-0 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on Monday night to move closer to a record that has stood for 101 years.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Dhoni offers to quit as Chennai Super Kings skipper, India Cements vice-president

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni and N. SrinivasanIndian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has offered to quit as skipper of Chennai Super Kings following the controversy over conflict of interest. Dhoni, who has been leading the Chennai team since it came into existence, also offered to give up the vice-presidentship of India Cements Limited, a company headed by N. Srinivasan.     The news comes a day after the Supreme Court on Friday appointed Sunil Gavaskar the interim president of the Indian cricket board in place of the tainted incumbent N. Srinivasan. Srinivasan gets sacked, Gavaskar to take charge as BCCI chief An apex court bench headed by Justice A.K. Patnaik said Gavaskar would only be concerned with matters related to the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League.The rest of the functions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be discharged by its senior-most vice-president Shivlal Yadav.It is believed that Dhoni was upset over his name being dragged in the IPL spot-fixing. Gavaskar’s appointment builds optimism in cricket fraternity Harish Salve, the counsel for Bihar cricket association chief Aditya Verma, on Thursday had accused Dhoni of giving false statements to the Mudgal committee about the role of Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of N. Srinivasan, in Chennai Super Kings.Salve, who appeared in Supreme Court for the petitioner Aditya Verma, secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar, said it was indeed a lie aimed at cover-up.”He (Dhoni) said this on record. In one voice with Srinivasan he said that Meiyappan was only an enthusiast. I have no personal knowledge of it, it is the report that said. According to the report, Meiyappan used to sit in the players dug out and was also there in the players auction for the team (CSK). And Dhoni knew it. What was the need for the captain to say that. The definition of corruption includes cover-up,” Salve said.advertisementlast_img read more

Raptors close in on historic NBA title, beat Warriors for 3-1 lead

first_imgATTLES’ PRESENCEHall of Famer Al Attles, the Warriors’ former general manager, coach and player, attended Game 4. It was the first game in approximately eight months for the 82-year-old Attles, who has had health issues.DURANT’S STATUSDurant missed his ninth straight game since the injury May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.Kerr is done providing every detail and step of Durant’s rehab progress.“We’re hoping he can play Game 5 or 6. And everything in between I’ve decided I’m not sharing because it’s just gone haywire,” Kerr said. “There’s so much going on, and so it doesn’t make sense to continue to talk about it. He’s either going to play or he’s not. So tonight he’s not playing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Toronto will take its first try at the title in Game 5 on Monday night back at Scotiabank Arena. Golden State, still hopeful of injured star Kevin Durant’s return, must stave off elimination to guarantee one more game at Oracle. It would be next Thursday.Leonard’s 2017 postseason with San Antonio got cut short against the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals after he re-injured his troublesome left ankle when Zaza Pachulia’s foot slid under his.He’s picked up where he left off in that game. Leonard’s two jumpers in the final 42 seconds of the third put the Raptors up 79-64 heading into the final 12 minutes. Fred VanVleet then dealt another dagger on the first possession of the fourth with a 30-footer.A bloodied VanVleet then went to the locker room with 9:35 left after being hit in the face by Shaun Livingston’s left elbow when the Warriors guard went up for a shot and VanVleet was just behind him. Replays showed a tooth in the middle of the key even after play resumed.These poised Raptors kept level heads again after falling behind by 11 points in the first half. Pascal Siakam scored 19 for Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors lead Raptors, 46-42, after cold-shooting first half ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard’s hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada.Leonard outdueled the Splash Brothers for 36 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors moved within one victory of the franchise’s first championship by winning a second straight game on Golden State’s home floor, beating the Warriors 105-92 on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Two days earlier, Kyle Lowry was praised for staying calm when shoved on the sideline by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who received a one-year ban by the team and NBA along with a $500,000 fine for the incident.Now, the Raptors as first-time finalists and in their 24th year of existence can bring Canada its first NBA championship.Toronto outscored Golden State 37-21 in the decisive third, a complete reverse of the Warriors’ dominance after halftime with an 18-0 run in the Game 2 victory.Draymond Green delivered another impressive all-around performance with 10 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.Warriors coach Steve Kerr challenged his team to do a better job defensively and Golden State did so early but couldn’t handle Toronto’s depth.Kevon Looney, a key backup big man, scored 10 points for the Warriors after it was initially believed he would be out the remainder of the series because of fractured cartilage near his right collarbone. He was hurt in the first half of Game 2.Looney drew huge applause as he checked into the game at the 6:45 mark of the first.Danny Green, who hit six 3s in Game 3, began 0 for 6 with five missed 3s before finally connecting from deep midway through the fourth. His 48th 3-pointer in the finals tied him with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher for seventh place on the NBA list.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto overcame being outrebounded 29-18 in the first half and a 42-38 deficit overall. … The Raptors were 10 of 32 from deep after making 17 3s in Game 3, but converted 23 of 24 free throws Friday.Warriors: The Warriors’ streak this year of 19 straight postseason games scoring 100 points ended. It was 25 dating to last season’s run. … Golden State fell to 4-2 this postseason in games following a loss. … Livingston played in his 100th career playoff game with the Warriors, the fifth in team history to reach the mark. … The Warriors held a closed pregame shootaround 2 1/2 hours before game time. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Klay Thompson made a strong return after missing Game 3 with a strained left hamstring and scored 28 points with six 3-pointers in what might have been the final game after 47 seasons at Oracle Arena before the team’s move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Stephen Curry added 27 points but shot just 9 for 22 and 2 of 9 from 3-point range on the heels of his postseason career-best 47-point outing in a 123-109 Game 3 defeat.Serge Ibaka scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench for the composed and confident Raptors, who for a second straight game found an answer to every Warriors threat at raucous Oracle — where home fans were stunned and silenced when the final buzzer sounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA huge section of Toronto fans over, repeatedly singing “O Canada!”The two-time defending champions’ quest for a three-peat is suddenly in serious jeopardy. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more