GALLERY: Ateneo tops La Salle in Battle of the Rivals

first_imgMalacañang open to creating Taal Commission End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Battle of the Rivals: Valdez, Ateneo best La Salle in 5 sets Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade READ: Battle of the Rivals: Valdez, Ateneo best La Salle in 5 setsAll photos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ateneo edged La Salle, 17-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-13, in the Battle of the Rivals charity game on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Jia Morado of Ateneo and Aby Maraño of La Salle earned Player of the Game honors for their respective squads. Morado had 58 excellent sets while Maraño scored 16 points with three blocks and three service aces.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Napa disappointed with Knights’ lack of ‘team effort’

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter Letran finished the first round with a 5-4 slate, coach Jeff Napas said there was still a lot to be desired with the way his team is playing this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.“I’m still not satisfied because I feel that we still lack effort. We’re still not giving a total team effort. That’s going to be our focus in the second round,” the Knights mentor said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Down at the cellar at one point of the season at 1-3, Letran has went on to rack up four straight victories before Lyceum halted that run, 75-68, on Friday.It was undeniable that Jeo Ambohot’s wrist injury, which he got in the Knights’ last game against San Sebastian, may have had a hand in the recent loss as the team scampered to fill up the hole left in the middle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s a big factor that we lost Jeo because he’s part of our rotation. We’re losing eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks from him,” said the multi-titled coach.However, Napa argued that it wasn’t an excuse for Letran to be in disarray, as evidenced in the defeat to the Pirates where big men Daryl Pascual and Irvin Mandreza both fouled out of the game. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE) PLAY LIST 02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Calisaan shocked by ejection, rues missed chance to play on home floor 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES View comments “We shouldn’t use that as an excuse. It’s a matter of stepping up from whoever I pull from our bench,” he said.As disheartening as the defeat was, Napa said that the Knights’ final game of the first round should serve as a lesson for his bench.“My bench players didn’t step up. We still depend on our main guys to play heavy minutes and that’s where we suffered,” he said. “But the players are still positive. We just have to adjust and check the mindset of our players, especially the ones on the bench, for them to recall their roles.”Napa ended: “Every game, we learn a lot. It’s all a matter of executing our game plan. That’s what we want to achieve, that for our bench players to compliment our main guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

VP Boakai Nudges Churches Toward Rural Banking

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai over the weekend met with fifty pastors from the statutory District of Foya and Churches in Montserrado County to discuss the issue of church involvement in rural banking, something he said will bring great relief to citizens in that part of the country.Rev. Joseph T.S. Menjor of the Free Pentecostal Global Mission, who organized the meeting, praised the idea saying that thousands of their members in those parts have been facing problems moving cash back and forth within the Country.Speaking to the church leaders, most of whom were Pentecostals, the Vice President said churches are encouraged to buy shares in the newly established Foya Community Bank. Thanking the Vice President for the visit, the Head of God’s Glory Free Pentecostal Church, Rev. Joseph Bannah assured the Vice President that they would communicate the information to their various congregations, while Rev. James Plackie, Pastor of the Free Pentecostal Global Mission Church in Kakata, Margibi County, extended an invitation to the Vice President to visit Kakata. Also in attendance were a number of prominent businessmen and women who also welcomed the idea and pledged to work with the Church leaders to realize the project. Other districts in Lofa have already purchased shares for the establishment of banks in the various parts of the county.Earlier, Vice President Boakai received a courtesy visit, at his Paynesville residence, a number of young professionals who expressed their confidence in his leadership and vowed to work with him in the future to realize his goals for the nation.He also distributed food items to a number of institutions outside of Monrovia at the weekend, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beckham injury a reminder

first_imgBut Beckham isn’t scheduled to arrive here until mid-July at the earliest. That’s plenty of time to recover from a strain to the internal lateral ligament, which could have been far worse. Beckham has not had an injury marred career, but he did suffer one major injury at an inopportune time. A broken bone in Beckham’s left foot just before the 2002 World Cup left his participation for England in doubt, which sent the rabid British press frothing at the mouth. There were “exclusive” photos of the then captain’s damaged appendage. “That’s good news,” Galaxy coach Frank Yallop said after practice in Carson. “You think the worst, don’t you, with a knee injury? “There’s no concern (now) at all. If it (had happened) a week before he’s coming (here) then obviously he couldn’t play for us.” A memo to newly minted Galaxy fans who bought season tickets, MLS suits eyeing higher TV ratings and Anschutz Entertainment Group execs dreaming of a succession of Home Depot Center sellouts because of David Beckham’s impending arrival: He’s an increasingly fragile 31-year-old likely to miss his share of MLS games, especially after an arduous European season. Word on Monday that Beckham was only expected to be out four to six weeks after sustaining a second-degree sprain to a right knee ligament in a Spanish La Liga game the day before had Galaxy officials sighing with relief. center_img Progress reports were churned out almost daily. And more medical professionals than you can shake a metatarsal at opined at length about the injury’s severity. Thank goodness the American press doesn’t quite work itself into a similar lather. Ahem. Torrance sports medicine specialist Dr. Peter Gleiberman said Monday that while Beckham’s injury is relatively uncommon, it’s not career-ending. “If they’re saying second-degree (sprain), it means he’s probably OK,” Gleiberman said. “If it had been third-degree (sprain) , that would probably indicate he needs surgery. “I’m assuming they think there’s some injury there, but it’s not grossly unstable so they’ll probably brace it. A second-degree (sprain) means there’s been some structural damage and there’s some abnormal motion, so it’s not a minor injury.” Still, the implications of Beckham’s injury for the Galaxy are the least of his worries. Benched by Real Madrid after his much-publicized, mega-bucks MLS deal, a string of poor results led to Beckham’s reinstatement on the team. Since then he’s been instrumental in turning Real’s season around, notably creating all three goals in the team’s opening game of the second round of the European Champions League, a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich. But now Beckham will miss the second leg Wednesday as well as this weekend’s game against rival Barcelona, and the Spanish league championship still hanging in the balance. Even worse, with England winless in its past four games and Beckham playing well, coach Steve McClaren was under pressure to again select the man he had dumped immediately after the World Cup. McClaren was to watch Beckham on Wednesday before deciding whether to include him on the England roster for a pair of upcoming European championship qualifiers March 24 and 28. Still, Beckham’s injury is a reminder there is no guarantee we’ll see plenty of him once he arrives in Los Angeles. At best, a fit Beckham will play no more than eight regular-season MLS contests in Southern California after his scheduled mid-summer arrival, and three of those conflict with England games. Perhaps it’s just as well for the Galaxy that Beckham won’t get the chance to make a positive impression for England later this month and boost his chances of playing this fall, too. “No comment,” Yallop said of the possibility Beckham could miss some MLS games. “It’s irrelevant really. It’s whatever David wants to do and whatever England wants to do.” Yeah, Frank, whatever. The likes of Dr. Gleiberman, who plans to take his kids to some games to see Beckham, might disagree. Nevertheless, as a couple of celebrity obsessed colleagues pointed out Monday, at least Beckham’s health won’t have any bearing on the planned reality television show starring wife, Victoria, the former Spice Girl. Now that’s putting the injury in perspective. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Football deals its cards in anti-gang campaign

first_imgPablo Blackwood, a former England youth international who works for second-tier English side Queens Park Rangers Community Trust, told AFP the so-called Beautiful Game lends itself to using analogies that can be easily understood by young men who are grappling with how to deal with tough situations they encounter in life.Knife-related crime rose by 23 percent in London last year and a spate of stabbings and shootings have left more than 50 people dead this year, pushing the murder rate higher than New York’s.Blackwood is heavily involved with Key4Life, an organisation set up in 2012 by dynamic Irish woman Eva Hamilton after riots across England the previous year.Its aim is to create solutions to help reduce youth offending and gang warfare as well as rehabilitating young men when they are released from prison.“What football is good at is linking into real-life environment and situations,” Blackwood told AFP at a session last week at QPR’s Loftus Road stadium where 20 young men on the six-month-long preventative programme ‘At Risk’ learned about putting together CVs.“I give them the example of a yellow card and red card.“If you get the former, a referee will normally tell you what you have done to merit it and he or she will tell you if you do it again you will get a red card.“Because of where these young men are I tell them it is like a suspended sentence, with them being told what they have done wrong and what they have to do next. People in general tend to modify behaviour as a result.“But as we also well know some players three seconds later commit the same offence and get a red card.“I link stuff like that in as I tend to find it is about giving them a hook.”Blackwood, who as a youth player was on Chelsea’s books before his career was cruelly cut short by injury, says practice sessions on the pitch are also used to educate.“I say to them ‘some of you don’t like rules and regulations, but guess what, you were able to stay onside, you were able to play within the confinements of the pitch’.“If you can do that, why can’t you take that mindset and apply it in a societal environment?”– ‘Need to take a step back’ –Blackwood, who was instrumental in organising the charity match last year at Loftus Road which raised £1 million ($1.42 million) for the Grenfell Tower fire victims and their families, also gives the young men a lesson in how to avoid trouble.“If you head into a fight and you run into that situation you don’t know what you are running into,” he said.“You need to take a step back and see the big picture, which allows you to take a more informed decision.“The player who runs into a blind alley, normally he or she ends up making the wrong choice.“It is imperative to have that understanding of putting your foot on the ball, assessing the situation and taking a mental step back or even a physical step back,” added the 45-year-old.For Eva Hamilton, football — along with horses and music — play crucial roles in unlocking the emotional pain inside the young men, either in the “At Risk” programme or those on a scheme in prison.Hamilton, whose work for a series of charities of whom Prince Charles was the patron earned her an MBE, knows all about the emotional pain which culminated in her having a breakdown when she was 28.Her long-term goal through Key4Life is securing employment for the people on the programmes — albeit for a lot less than they have been earning through criminal activity.“We need to find ways of getting them a proper job that is going to yield obviously not £10,000 a week but gives them fantastic self-belief and confidence,” she told AFP.“What Key4Life is really about first and foremost is getting more businesses in Britain opening up job opportunities and help these young men back onto a positive path,” added Hamilton, who has persuaded some high-profile companies to place their faith in her proteges.Anthon Dinnall has become a key mentor since being released after serving a prison sentence for robbery. He is responsible for recruiting young men from housing estates in London for the “At Risk” programme.Dinnall — who could see his home from the prison — is also knee deep in the music part of the programme but what gives him the greatest pleasure is his changed relationship with his mother.“Before she used to ring me and ask me where I am and where I have stayed all night,” said the softly-spoken 24-year-old.“Now she is ringing me to sort out everyone else in the household.“To be able to now ring my mum and vice versa and collaborate over these preventative thoughts and have these conversations on how we can help others… it’s great, you know.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pablo Blackwood, a former England youth international, works for Queens Park Rangers community trust © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 12 – Yellow card for a suspended sentence, red card for going to prison — these are the simple but stark analogies used in a revolutionary football programme to prevent young men falling prey to a life of crime.Football, or “Sport for Thought”, is being used as a powerful tool in British charity Key4Life’s campaign to prevent youngsters becoming embroiled in gang warfare and knife crime.last_img read more

Christian Eriksen stat shows a player in red hot form

first_imgChristian Eriksen is a man in form, judging by this latest statistic.The Tottenham and Denmark playmaker scored twice to give his country a comfortable 2-0 win against Wales in their Nations League game. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Most popular football news Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack MONEY smart causal Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 RANKED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ADVICE How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware And ahead of Spurs’ Premier League clash against Liverpool at Wembley on 15 September, Opta showed just how vital Eriksen has been to his side.The 26-year-old has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 18 appearances for Denmark, scoring 14 times and providing five assists.center_img impact Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 19 – Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 18 appearances for Denmark, scoring 14 times and providing five assists. Pride. pic.twitter.com/yBUgJHdRDK— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2018“When you give Eriksen that space on the edge of the box you are in trouble. We kept him quiet but he has quality and makes the right decision and the right execution,” Wales manager Ryan Giggs said.The Danish public were no doubt relieved to see their senior squad back to full strength again after a row between the country’s FA and player’s union over image rights, which embarrassed them during the last week.Denmark had fielded lower league and futsal players in their 3-0 friendly defeat to Slovakia on Wednesday, with temporary manager John Jensen revealing he had to ask who his players were and what position they played in ahead of the defeat. possible standings Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED highlights Eriksen scored twice in Denmark’s 2-0 win against Wales BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

Tigers fire manager Trammell

first_img “I am driven to move quickly because I think there could be a lot of interest in Jim Leyland,” said Dombrowski, adding his search could end as soon as today. Trammell was fired after three seasons in which he failed to turn around a franchise without a winning record since 1993. The Tigers were expected to be close to .500, if not better, but fell short with a collapse toward the end of the season and finished 71-91. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I thought we responded to everything well except for this last month,” Trammell said last week. “I think, looking back, it is fair to say that we hit a wall.” Kenny Rogers will not return to the Texas Rangers, who are cutting their ties with the pitcher best remembered this year for throwing a tantrum and shoving two television cameramen. The Rangers said in a statement that the 40-year-old lefty will not be offered a contract for 2006. He will become a free agent. “The Texas Rangers organization would like to thank Kenny Rogers for his efforts over the last two seasons and during his entire Rangers career,” general manager John Hart said. “As we look at 2006 and beyond, we feel it is in the club’s best interests to move forward without him.” Dave Hudgens won’t return as the Oakland Athletics’ hitting coach next season, the club said. Bulls deal Curry The Bulls dealt center Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks, ending a contentious negotiation in which Chicago insisted the restricted free agent take a DNA test over a heart problem. In making the announcement, an obviously frustrated Bulls general manager John Paxson did not specify what Chicago got in return and he did not field questions. “We will have an announcement tomorrow morning,” Bulls public relations director Sebrina Brewster said. “All we can say right now is we traded Eddy to the Knicks.” Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said the team declined comment on Paxson’s announcement. The Bulls had insisted that Curry take a DNA test to determine whether he’s susceptible to a potentially fatal heart problem. Curry, who missed the final 13 games of the regular season and the playoffs after experiencing an irregular heartbeat, balked, saying it violated his privacy. The Charlotte Bobcats will not match the Miami Heat’s offer sheet for restricted free agent forward Jason Kapono. Kapono joins his third team in three years. The former UCLA standout and Artesia High grad averaged 8.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 81 games last season with the Bobcats, the team’s inaugural year. He also had 35 double-digit scoring games and ranked 13th in the league in 3-point shooting. Beavers charged Two Oregon State football players and a former teammate have been charged with providing alcohol to an 18-year-old, who was later found dead with more than five times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood. Lance Strickland’s body was found in an unoccupied dorm room over Labor Day weekend with a blood alcohol level of .43 percent, officials said. Strickland, who was not a student at the university, had been visiting friends on campus before the Beavers football game against Portland State, Benton County District Scott Heiser said. Michael Marks and Gregg Peat, both 18, have been charged with two counts of giving alcohol to Strickland and another man, Heiser said. Marks and Peat are both being redshirted this season. A former member of the team, 21-year-old John Ronnfeldt, faces four counts of furnishing alcohol to Strickland, Marks, Peat and another man, Heiser said. Ronnfeldt and Marks were arraigned and released. The two are scheduled to return to court on Nov. 3, Heiser said. Peat is to be arraigned today. U.S. sits stars With a World Cup berth clinched, U.S. coach Bruce Arena bypassed many of his top players for Saturday’s qualifier at Costa Rica. Seven European-based players were called in: Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard; midfielders DaMarcus Beasley (PSV Eindhoven) and Bobby Convey (Reading); and defenders Eddie Lewis (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege), Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham) and Jonathan Spector (Charlton Athletic). Among the missing are forwards Landon Donovan and Brian McBride, midfielder Claudio Reyna and goalkeeper Kasey Keller. Softball pitch An international softball delegation will meet with IOC president Jacques Rogge today in hopes of winning reinstatement for the 2012 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee voted in July to drop softball and baseball from the Olympic program after 2008, the first sports cut from the games since polo in 1936. Rogge has said the IOC could consider a new vote, but only if members ask for one. The next full IOC meeting is in February on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Best in hospital Soccer great George Best is hospitalized and responding to treatment for an infection following a liver transplant three years ago because of heavy drinking. The 59-year-old former star for Manchester United and Northern Ireland was in the intensive care unit at Cromwell Hospital in London. Best had “flulike symptoms” and an infection that may have been caused by drugs he has taken since the liver transplant, said his physician, Dr. Roger Williams. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Soon after Alan Trammell was fired Monday morning as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland was en route to the Motor City as the leading candidate to replace him. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski planned to have interviewed Juan Samuel and Bruce Fields both from Trammell’s staff before discussing the opening with Leyland about 24 hours after the regular season ended. last_img read more

A HAPPY TAIL! THE JACKSON FIVE FIND HOMES IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe pups are fit and healthy today after being dumped to die just a month ago.All five pups which were abandoned in a cardboard box in a forest in Ballybofey have now been rehomed.The week-old pups were just hours from certain death when a walker heard their cries.The pups, Labrador crosses, were handed over to the Donegal Pet Rescue group in a suitcase by the man who found them. The group then found a foster bitch in a bid to try and help the pups survive.The pups, dubbed the Jackson Five, all made it and they have been booked by new owners.Ryan McCauley from Donegal Pet Rescue said it is great to think that all dogs have found loving homes despite being left out to die.  A HAPPY TAIL! THE JACKSON FIVE FIND HOMES IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abandonedDonegal Pet RescueJackson Fivepupslast_img read more

DONEGAL GARDA TREATED AFTER BEING BITTEN BY PRISONER

first_imgA GARDA has been treated by doctors after being bitten by a woman who was due to appear in court.The incident happened at Donegal Town court house.The woman – with an address in Letterkenny – has been in custody facing other charges. She was taken to Donegal Town court yesterday for an appearance and lashed out at gardaí, biting one of them during the incident. DONEGAL GARDA TREATED AFTER BEING BITTEN BY PRISONER was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultbittencourtcourt houseDonegal TownGardalast_img read more

Graca Machel launches Mandela Day at community-built township school

first_img“We should reach out to each other.” This was the message Graca Machel, global activist and widow of South African statesman and international icon Nelson Mandela, brought to the launch of this year’s Mandela Day at the Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School in Tembisa, a large township east of Johannesburg. Machel said to the gathered students and dignitaries that, as her late husband believed, every single human being deserves a life of dignity.Mandela Day is held annually on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. This year the focus will be on education and literacy, food security, shelter and the environment. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is urging South Africans and international supporters to help establish food gardens, read to children, paint schools and support recycling initiatives run by young people.Graca Machel addresses schoolchildren at Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School in Tembisa, urging them to do their best in their schoolwork.Nelson Mandela Day is a global event, officially declared by the UN in November 2009. On this day, the UN and the Nelson Mandela Foundation call on people across the world to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others. This is seen as a way to celebrate the spirit of South Africa’s great humanitarian.A 2009 United Nations press statement explains: “For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity – as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.”Machel said Mandela Day was a reminder of our duty to improve the lives of those less fortunate than us. “There is no end in doing better. We have to do it again and again.”She said while we can all do good individually, doing good in a movement, with others, had a bigger impact. “We, together, have the responsibility of making the country a better place to live.”The spirit of active citizenshipAs part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship, Brand South Africa is a key partner of Mandela Day, supporting it with the Play Your Part programme. The initiative recognises the power of young people to spur the country’s social and economic development. Play your Part celebrates South Africa’s spirit of Ubuntu and commitment to human development, as outlined in the National Development Plan.“Mandela Day is an initiative dedicated to giving back to those less fortunate, the vulnerable and marginalised in our society,” Kingsley Makhubela, chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, said in a press release. “In fact, Mandela Day actively encourages service to others, just as Madiba himself gave many years of his life in service to humanity.”Mandela’s nickname “Madiba” is his clan name, as the Nelson Mandela Foundation explains. A clan name is more important than a surname, as it refers to an ancestor. The original Madiba was a Thembu chief who ruled in the Transkei, today part of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, in the 18th century.“The nation and the world remembers the profound and lasting impressions of Madiba, who is recognised and celebrated as an icon for racial equality and freedom,” Makhubela said. “South Africans are encouraged to play their part towards positive change by building their communities and upholding a spirit of Ubuntu and social cohesion.”A school built by a communityAccording to Sello Hatang, chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School was chosen for the launch because the communitythere built it themselves. “They saw a need. They didn’t wait for somebody else to do something,” he said. Locals, he added, even contributed to teachers’ salaries.Hatang said Mandela Day should inspire change every day, not only during the 67 minutes on 18 July. “We want to say to the community of the school: ‘You began the process. Don’t stop!’”Volunteers at the launch sort books donated to primary school’s library, while others put up bookshelves and spruce it up with a coat of paint.The school, attended by 1 601 children, is named after Mathole Motshekga, a South African politician, lawyer and former premier of Gauteng province.Principal Tabitha Kulima said that in celebration of Mandela Day volunteers will tile and paint classrooms, renovate the library, extend the school’s food garden and plant trees. These improvement will be complete by 18 July. At the launch, the school was also given a donation of food and books.Being positive, giving hopeAlso helping out at the launch were actors from the South African soap opera Isidingo: The Need, and representatives from private companies Tiger Brands and Procter & Gamble, and the NGOs Food and Trees for Africa, and Stop Hunger Now.Izak Davel, who plays the character Bradley in Isidingo, said he was happy the focus of the launch was on children. “There is so much negativity going on in this country. We as adults are moaning most of the time. How can we expect the children to be positive about things?”Davel was also glad the volunteers at the launch were leading by example. “In life, many of us are caught up in working to survive, to provide for our children. We forget sometimes that there are other people who need love and other necessities.”He said he played his part by showing love every day, with little acts of kindness like helping an old person cross a street.From left, Brand South Africa’s Keneiloe Phakathi and Tshepiso Malele, Isidingo actors Robert Mpisi and Robert Whitehead, school principal Tabitha Kulima, and actors Izak Davel, Sophie Ndaba and Lindani Nkosi.Lindani Nkosi, Isidingo‘s Lincoln Sibeko, said Mandela Day should encourage us all to discuss the importance of reconciliation, hope and unity. “A day like this gives hope to the children. It gives them hope in seeking help in various areas. Our participation strengthens the sense of hope.“It shows them that there is someone taking care of them and that things are happening for them. Hope would be the driving thing for me this Mandela Day.”Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more