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Voting for South Africa

first_imgRegistered expatriates intending on voting have15 days to notify their local electoral office oftheir intention to cast their ballot. Here’s great account of how South Africans living in London voted last week by John Battersby, former editor of the Sunday Independent, now UK Country Manager for Brand South Africa…Twenty-five years ago, the crowds that gathered in Trafalgar Square to protest and demonstrate against apartheid South Africa played a major role in galvanising international opinion against apartheid and hastening its downfall.Here’s great account of how South Africans living in London voted last week by John Battersby, former editor of the Sunday Independent, now UK Country Manager for Brand South Africa:This time, South Africans gathered in their thousands in orderly queues to have their say in the future of the democratic South Africa in the same place that the demonstrators once stood.With 7427 South African voters marking their crosses in 12 hours the South African High Commision was not only the largest voting station abroad but was also nearly twice the size of the largest one in South Africa – Joubert Park in Johannesburg with between 3000 to 4000 voters, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).I have never seen such a large group of South Africans behaving in such a subdued manner.Perhaps it had something to do with being in the historic Trafalgar Square on an initially overcast –and later fine – London spring day.Perhaps it had something to do with the the tiny figure of Lord Nelson on his towering column peering out over Parliament Square where an animated statue of our own Nelson Mandela is flanked by the likes of Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and General Jan Smuts, the only other South African in the Square.Perhaps, it had to do with the fact that it was very early in the morning.But I suspect it had more to do with the reverence of voting – the universal way for ordinary citizens to have a say in their country and the future.They queued ten-deep across Trafalgar Square and the length of the facade of the iconic South Africa House.It was a day on which South Africans filed onto South African soil in unprecedented numbers thanks to a decision by the Constitutional Court – the cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy – which required government to extend voting facilities to all South Africans abroad who are on the voters roll.They waited quietly, patiently, reading the latest copy of The South African, chatting quietly about why they were in the UK, why they were voting, exchanging their memories, hopes and fears for their country.It also took me back to 1994 when I had felt so priveleged to be part of the first election in which all South Africans were able to vote – most for the first time. The long queues snaked sometimes for kilometres and many South Africans got to know each other for the first time as they waited for hours to make their crosses.Back then it was both a deeply moving and empowering experience.And so it was again yesterday.This time, the voters were mainly young, mainly white and all were united by the decision to have a say in their country and in choosing the next government.It also took me back to the mid-1980’s when I served as a correspondent for the South African morning group of newspapers – including the Rand Daily Mail and the Cape Times – when I covered almost constant demonstrations and protests by South African exiles and large numbers of committed members of the British public who played such a crucial role in ending apartheid.Seldom in the history of freedom struggles has there been such a display of international solidarity by a nation as was the case with the British public’s involvement in the Anti-Apartheid Movement.Today photographic records of those protests are displayed on the walls of South African House and many famous faces are still recognisable – Thabo Mbeki, the late Harold Wilson, the late Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, Abdul Minty, Peter Hain, the late Mike Terry and many more.As I stood waiting and chatting to fellow South Africans, I was humbled to reflect that we would not be standing there voting in a democratic election in South Africa had it not been for the suffering and sacrifice of thousands of South Africans in resisting apartheid for all those years .Many gave their lives, many sacrificed family members and friends.I was overcome by a deep humility tinged with pride.Related ArticlesPress Releases: Statement on voting by South Africans living abroadlast_img read more

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Clemson Releases Video To Tease New Mach Speed Uniforms

first_imgclemson new uniforms with the tiger paw.clemson new uniforms videoFriday night, Clemson dropped a short video to tease its new Nike Mach Speed uniforms for the 2016 season. Oddly enough, they quickly deleted it. Tuesday, it’s been re-released. In the clip, star quarterback Deshaun Watson models the news digs, which feature larger jersey numbers, Tigers Paws on the shoulder, sleeve numbers and a Tiger Paw outline on the side of the pants. Check it out:Tradition. Style. Championship Swagger.All at a @usnikefootball Mach Speed pace.Welcome to 2016 in Tiger Town.https://t.co/pVbB2WUMSE— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) April 12, 2016Clemson fans – do you like the slight changes? Or were you happy with what the team wore last year?last_img read more

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Yang Ming Eyes USD 87 Mn from 2nd Private Placement

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Taiwan’s shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transportation Corp is gearing up to launch a second private placement, targeting NTW 2.62 billion (approximately USD 87 million).The company said that its Board of Directors met on November 29 and approved its second private placement plan by issuing 257,753,442 new shares at a premium of NTD 10.18 per share.The record date of the private placement of common shares in the capital increase is temporarily set on December 8, 2017, the company added.In February Yang Ming announced its first private placement aiming to raise some TWD 1.69 billion (USD 54.8 million) in an effort to strengthen its finances under the recovery plan outlined earlier in 2017.The second round of collecting fresh funds is being prepared days after the company announced the completion of its rights offering that provided a cash injection worth USD 200 million.Following the conclusion of the offering, the shareholding ratio of government shareholders of Yang Ming, including Ministry of Transportation and Communications, National Development Fund,  Executive Yuan and Taiwan International Ports Corporation will reach 38.23 percent, the company said.The closure of the offerings comes on the heels of Yang Ming’s financial recovery and fleet renewal plans.Namely, the company returned to the back in the third quarter of the year booking a profit of TWD 1.26 billion (USD 42 million), against losses recorded in the same period of 2016.Earlier this month Yang Ming confirmed to World Maritime News that it was considering available options aimed at replacing over 10 vessels from its fleet which are about to be off-hired or retired in the next 2 to 3 years.“However, everything is still in the initial stage and under discussion, it’s too early to provide you with more information at this moment,” a spokesperson for Yang Ming said.The statement was made as a reaction to local media reports that tied Yang Ming to an order for up to 20 new boxships ranging from feeders to mega containerships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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John Legend To Perform At The White Project Charity Gala

first_imgThe first annual charity gala for The White Project is set to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 8, 2012.The star-studded gala will include entertainers, athletes and celebrities that have dedicated a part of their lives to help children across the globe actively. Nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend will light up the room with a special performance for the children of the world. HIH Princess Yasmine Pahlavi will be honored during the evening of the gala for her more than 20 years of work as an attorney and activist on behalf of children and at-risk youth. Two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom will also take part in the evening bringing sports and philanthropy together. Lamar Odom’s work with his foundation, Cathy’s Kids has helped many underprivileged youth across the country as well as those with cancer.The White Project touches youth all across the globe, benefiting Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls ages 13-18 the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Not only targeting youth in the United States, The White Project also focuses on youth in places like Iran through the Foundation for the Children of Iran. FCI is organized to help arrange life-altering medical treatment for Iranian children using a worldwide network of volunteers. Also the Levantine Cultural Center focuses on arts and education for children in the Middle East, Afghanistan, South Africa, North Africa, East Asia and many more. Another one of the foundations that The White Project works closely with is Orphan’s Whispers. Orphan’s Whispers touches the lives of children facing adversity and obstacles daily. World Renowned artist, Davood Roostaei, King of Cryptorealism will be one of the artists exhibiting his amazing pieces of art. Ace Gallery artist Gary Lang will be also exhibit a piece of his notable artwork for the silent auction benefiting the White Project. For one night, there will be no borders for the children of the world.The White Project initiative is an experience that will provide unique and tremendous opportunities giving new hope and dreams to children around the world. It is estimated that over 100 million girls and over 70 million boys not having reached the age of eighteen are subjected to abuse every year. The evening will be dedicated to restoring smiles on faces of the millions of innocent boys and girls who have known nothing but sorrow and tears. This night is set to show the difference that can be made with the story of a little Afghani girl named Dalia, who was taken from an abusive life into a new life filled with a brighter future.Event DetailsWhen: Saturday, December 8, 2012 
Where: The Beverly Hilton Hotel 
Red carpet arrivals: 7pm-8pm 
Reception: 8pm-10:30pmlast_img read more

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Womens basketball Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff faces off against former mentor

“I couldn’t say enough positive things about what that was like when I had a chance to work with her,” McGuff said. “Fantastic person, great coach, been a great friend of our family for a long time. Tough to go against people you care about but it’ll be an exciting game and a great opportunity for us.”McGraw has been the head coach of the Irish for 30 years. She is a seasoned veteran of tournament play, with seven trips to the Sweet 16 and two to the Final Four under her belt. McGraw has led her program to four runner-up seasons and one national championship.McGuff first met McGraw when he interviewed at Notre Dame after one season of assistant coaching at Miami of Ohio.“I was fortunate enough to get the job,” McGuff said. “That was really a life-changing event for me.”In their time coaching together, the pair took their team to an NCAA tournament appearance every year and a national championship in 2001. To this day, it is the only national championship either coach has won.McGuff stayed with the Irish until he accepted a head coaching position at Xavier in 2002. McGuff said that McGraw prepared him for the next level and taught him how to run a winning program.“She (runs a program) as well as anybody in the country,” McGuff said. “Just the organization, the structure of how things work. How to treat people well and what you get in return. She was great to work for. Had high expectations, which is an environment that I wanted to work in, but also will allow her assistants to do their jobs and really impact the program.”In addition to this, McGuff met his wife while they were both on the coaching staff at Notre Dame.“She’ll be pulling for us,” McGuff said. “Obviously that program means a lot to her as well, but she’ll certainly be pulling for us.”This season, Notre Dame and OSU are each playing their best basketball at the right time. No. 5 OSU advanced to the Sweet 16 after topping No. 4 seed Kentucky, while the No. 1 Irish defeated No. 9 Purdue, 88-82 in overtime.“They’re a great team,” said redshirt junior Linnae Harper. “Been great for years, have a great program, a great coach. Now it’s just about us focusing on ourselves. Preparation for that game, attention to detail, just doing the little things.”Last season, the Buckeyes made it to the Sweet 16, where they fell short against Tennessee, 78-62. But this year, the team is more experienced and eager to advance.“We’re deeper, we’re more experienced, we’re just better,” McGuff said.  “Last year, I thought the kids did a great job … we found a way to end on a pretty high note. We didn’t play well in the Sweet 16, but we ran into a really good Tennessee team. But I think we’re in a much different place this year. I like where we are and I like the opportunity that’s in front of us.” OSU coach Kevin McGuff during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoWhen the Ohio State women’s basketball team takes on No. 1 seed Notre Dame this Friday, Buckeye coach Kevin McGuff will see a familiar face across the court. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw served as a mentor to McGuff, who was an assistant under the Fighting Irish coach for six years. read more

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Mariano didnt need much to prove the number 7 suits him

first_imgDominican winger Mariano Diaz had been looking for the opportunity he got today for Real Madrid, he presented himself as Real Madrid’s number ‘7’ in style.This Wednesday was the best moment when Real Madrid could make an impact in the Champions League that would leave the fans satisfied, they wanted to watch either Vinicius or Mariano Diaz play against AS Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu. Manager Julen Lopetegui recognized this urge to give one of both players their chance and he decided to let the Dominican winger have his opportunity, Real Madrid’s new number ‘7’ ceased it in the best possible manner and left a fantastic impression on his first official match for Real Madrid this season. There was a huge contrast between what was expected from Los Blancos and what people expected from Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance against Valencia, the Portuguese forward left the match after getting sent-off and Real Madrid got a dream first performance without his presence for the first time in nine years. The Merengues got ahead in the scoreboard through a sublime Isco free-kick during the first half, he struck the ball with such finesse, that his goal was very familiar to the one Messi scored last Tuesday. But by halftime against AS Roma, Real Madrid seemed to struggle a little bit against the Italian club and a greater impact was needed for the second half.? @marianodiaz7: “Estoy muy contento por el estreno, la victoria y el debut con gol.” #RMUCL pic.twitter.com/VIYXCFq5Lj— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 19, 2018Then Gareth Bale made his appearance, the Welshman scored a goal that reminded everyone of two of the ones he scored during the first great Champions League match of his career when he scored that historic hat-trick against Internazionale Milano back in 2010. The ‘Cardiff Express’ received a long pass from the left that gave him a lot of space to maneuver and get himself in a perfect position to score his goal, which meant Real Madrid’s second of the night against Roma and a more relaxed final half an hour of the match. The crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu was very happy with the performance Los Blancos delivered on their opening night, but there was still something missing in this great night for Julen Lopetegui’s side and the manager was able to see this with the perfect timing he usually has to make the proper modifications. It was the 73rd minute of the match and he decided to call Mariano Diaz to make his official debut as Real Madrid’s new number ‘7’, the Dominican forward had been expecting this moment for a long time and he got on the game after taking Gareth Bale’s place on the field. The player’s impact was almost instantaneous, as he started to make several attempts to score his goal and proved he has great talent to dribble and combine with his teammates.EL ‘7’ EN EL REAL MADRID TIENE MAGIA…#ChampionsxFOX Para ver una y otra vez el gol de Mariano Díaz ante la Roma¡PARA QUITARSE EL SOMBRERO! pic.twitter.com/WESqUiXbYRJames Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) September 19, 2018Mariano had an especially good connection with Brazilian left-back Marcelo, who found a new partner to play with on the left side of the field and was precisely the man who gave Mariano his first assist. It was near the end of the match when the Brazilian saw Mariano with space near the box and gave him the ball, the Dominican turned around towards the keeper and released a long-range strike that left the Bernabeu in complete silence for two seconds. Mariano had just scored a world-class screamer from outside the box, this was the dream presentation he had been waiting for since he decided to take on the number ‘7’ challenge as the great responsibility that the number carries with it. After the match, Mariano told the press that: “I’m very happy for my Champions League home debut against a semifinalist from last season. I’m very happy with my goal, I want to thank Marcelo for the assist and my teammates for their work today. I’ve always dreamed of a reception like this and I’m very grateful for it. I wasn’t nervous at all, I actually wanted to play but I wasn’t in a hurry. All I wanted was the chance from the manager, I’m here to win the Champions League and as many trophies as we can as a collective,” said Mariano to the press after the match.⚽? ¡Bonita manera de acabar un partido, @marianodiaz7! #RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/sME2nOlqzW— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 19, 2018What do you think about Mariano Diaz’s first Champions League goal for Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Wright heaps praise on England Southgate

first_imgIan Wright has praised the performance of the England national team under the guidance of Gareth Southgate.Wright, who was working as a pundit for ITV, watched the Three Lions defeat Croatia 2-1 in their final group game of the UEFA Nations League to progress to the semis.Asked to give Southgate a grade for the year, he said, according to Daily Mail:“Massive progress, talking A+. A++ [if England had won the World Cup]. I’m not going A-, I’m going A+, really progressive, really happy… The mere fact the fans are backing him now, they’re looking forward to international games now. A+”Meanwhile, Wright reserved praise for Harry Kane, who, despite missing a few chances early on, continued to get into the right areas and eventually scored the winner for England.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.‘When you’ve got a manager who’s going to keep you on, Harry Kane is like Lineker, Shearer, Owen, Rooney. They will stay on. If they do miss a chance like that, probably they’re going to get another chance somewhere later on in the game.’After the game, Gareth Southgate also praise Kane, calling the Spurs striker, the ‘best goalscorer in world football.’“Harry Kane knows he’s going to stay on and he knows he’ll get a chance and probably will score,” said Wright.England will be in the Nations League semifinals which take place in Portugal, starting in June 2019.last_img read more

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Bill to regulate Flag Coat of Arms introduced in Parliament

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe spirit of the bill was highly commended and widely supported, but the details were sorely and sometimes shamefully lacking as House of Assembly members debated the proposal of a law to govern how to use the flag, coat of arms and national symbols.  Premier Hon Rufus Ewing in presenting the Flag and Coat of Arms Bill 2016 cited that there is a dire need for clarity when it comes to what is official use of emblems like the coat of arms, for example.  Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson pointed out that there were some things missing in the bill, including a thorough description of the coat of arms.  Many would have learned last year, when Howell died, that the song was actually never officially sanctioned as the national song.  Hon Delroy Williams questioned the country’s right to the song.   Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Governor’s Appointed member, Hon John Philips also called for a clear timeline to see the defined and precise colour codes outlined in the bill, instituted eventually.    Related Items:center_img Abruptly, the House of Assembly on this debate was shut down – sine die by Premier Hon Rufus Ewing yesterday evening. There was discussion too on merchandise currently bearing the flag and coat of arms and what would become of that merchandise, sold mainly to visitors to the country.  The Member from Wheeland added question about rights to the traditional national song, This land of Ours, written by the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell.  Philips did not support that the bill puts a restriction on the use of the flag; he wants to see the TCI flag used in advertisements for the country more often.last_img read more

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Loneliness Epidemic Has Simple Cure

first_imgMurthy says that loneliness has become an epidemic. and Nurse Researcher Dr. Shannon Holloway says the cure is human connection, and because of isolation, new parents and the elderly are most likely to be afflicted. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-loneliness-epidemic-has-simple-cure.mp3VmDorene-on-loneliness-epidemic-has-simple-cure.mp300:00RPd Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “Turn to the person next to you and just say hello. Reaching out to someone in line is a great way to have social interaction, and when you do something that is kind for someone else it comes back to you multiplied.” 37% of men and 34% of women admit to being lonely, according to data collected by AARP, and the impact of that is more than just the blues. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It’s cold, it’s dark, and the end and beginning of the year can remind us of unhappy memories. It is a time when some people can be forgotten. Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley says the answer is simple. She says finding meaningful connection can be as simple as looking up from your phone. Fearless Wellness Doctor Deb Kiley: “On the Kenai, where people may live far away from their nearest neighbor, social isolation can also be a problem. So when you have the opportunity to speak with someone in person, reach out.” Former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy: “Loneliness is associated with a reduction in your lifespan that is as severe as a reduction in lifespan seen from smoking 15 cigarettes a day, it is greater than the impact on mortality of obesity.”last_img read more

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