outside chances Western Bureau: Tomorrow the drama and spectacle that is the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup season will get under way and the expectation is that it will be a season of superlative football action. Last year, with Patrick ‘Jackie’ Walters in charge, Clarendon College claimed the coveted title with victory over St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) and are among the favourites in this year’s return. But Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, who is now pulling the strings, feels no pressure. Davis believes flying under the radar could make it better for the Chapelton-based school’s prospect. “This is a brand-new team we are working with and as a result the expectation may not be too high, which is good, because it gives us time to take each game one at a time and build our season,” reasoned Davis. “It is going to be a difficult season, which is why we need to make the players aware of what they will be playing for. Teams we know will be coming at us so we need that edge and we will be fine,” said Davis. Winning last year broke a 14-year title drought for Clarendon College and they will want to hold on to the title at least another season with coach Davis now in charge. “While we are expecting a tough season with an almost brand-new squad, we remain champions and will compete as such. We are hoping to surprise the pundits with a solid season that could deliver for us the title once again,” Davis said of the seven-time winners. Cornwall College, who are the winningest school in the history of the competition with 11 titles to their name, will also be among the favourites, along with STETHS, Rusea’s and Clarendon College. Glenmuir, champions in 2012, and Frome Technical, winners of the 2003 edition, could be spoilers. Add for good measure the outside chances of Paul Bogle, Marcus Garvey High and Cedric Titus High and the plot begins to thicken rather quickly. These are the teams to watch, according to some pundits, but it’s the Dr Dean Weatherly-conditioned Cornwall College who could be the team to watch. Cornwall’s title drought is now into its 14th year and only victory will appease their most rabid supporters. In fact, the current squad assembled by Weatherly could be the ones to break the winless cycle. “It will be competitive this year and we have a good chance to go deep into the competition based on the fact these players have matured and are more experienced, plus we have seen the players become more mature, which bodes well for the season,” said Weatherly. “Cornwall should be in a position to break the drought this year,” he added. Aaron Lawrence of Rusea’s also has his eyes focused on the daCosta Cup title and is hoping to bring his school level with Cornwall on number of titles won. The Hanover-based school has 10 titles. “We are a championship school. We thrive on competition and will raise our game and level each match. The heritage here is massive and Rusea’s will be one of the schools to watch this year,” Lawrence reasoned. STETHS will also be tough. They have won the crown four times, their last being in 2013. They will be challenging for all four titles on offer, but it’s the coveted daCosta Cup they want the most. “We want to win all four titles,” declared the school’s technical director, Wendell Downswell. “The group of players we have is one that can do a good job. STETHS, this year, will be challenging on all four fronts,” Downswell stated. “We have enough quality to push all the way,” he said.
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Colangelo resigned Thursday as president of basketball operations for the 76ers in the wake of what an investigation found was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information.The independent review by a law firm did not determine that Colangelo operated or was even aware of Twitter accounts that anonymously trashed some of his own players and fellow executives, and defended him against criticism from fans and the sports media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPaul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP said evidence supported the conclusion that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, operated the four accounts it investigated, and she admitted to doing so — though also said she deleted contents of her iPhone with a factory reset of the device prior to surrendering it for forensic review, limiting the investigation.“Our investigation revealed substantial evidence that Mr. Colangelo was the source of sensitive, non-public, club-related information contained in certain posts to the Twitter accounts,” the report said. “We believe that Mr. Colangelo was careless and in some instances reckless in failing to properly safeguard sensitive, non-public, club-related information in communications with individuals outside the 76ers organization.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments LATEST STORIES As for Colangelo, there was no evidence he knew of the accounts before a May 22 inquiry from the sports website The Ringer for a story it reported linking him to five Twitter accounts that took aim at Philadelphia players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, Toronto Raptors executive Masai Ujiri and former Sixers players Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.Colangelo released a statement disputing that his conduct was reckless.“At no point did I ever purposefully or directly share any sensitive, non-public, club-related information with her,” he said.“Her actions were a seriously misguided effort to publicly defend and support me, and while I recognize how inappropriate these actions were, she acted independently and without my knowledge or consent. Further, the content she shared was filled with inaccuracies and conjecture which in no way represent my own views or opinions.”Evidence found that Bottini established and operated four of the accounts — Eric jr, Still Balling, Enoughunkownsources, and HonestAbe — but it seemed some of the information being posted, such as details of trade discussions or medical reports, was coming from Colangelo himself.ADVERTISEMENT As such, the team said it had “become clear Bryan’s relationship with our team and his ability to lead the 76ers moving forward has been compromised” and that it had accepted his resignation.“We find the situation to be disappointing for our entire organization,” 76ers managing partner Josh Harris said. “We are determined to continue the tremendous progress we have made over the last two seasons in our quest to win an NBA championship.”It’s a stunning fall for Colangelo, a former two-time Executive of the Year who was expected to lead the improving 76ers into an important summer when they are hoping to pursue LeBron James or another All-Star player to add to a young core that includes Embiid and Ben Simmons.Instead that role will be led for now by coach Brett Brown. The 76ers said he would oversee basketball operations on an interim basis and that the search for a new general manager would begin immediately.“You never want to see someone’s job end through an unfortunate circumstance like this. I certainly understand from the 76ers’ standpoint that that bond has been broken,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “It’s not even necessary to assign fault, just the reality of where they all find themselves. I think Bryan recognizes like that as well, that these teams are like families and it can get to a point where it becomes dysfunctional and I think that’s where they found themselves right now.”Colangelo, the son of longtime sports executive Jerry Colangelo, was hired as president of basketball operations in 2016 after Hinkie abruptly resigned. Hinkie was the architect behind what has been called “The Process” — the long-term tearing down and rebuilding of the Sixers.Colangelo previously served as Raptors general manager, adding the 2007 Executive of the Year award to the one he won two years earlier in Phoenix. But he lost his job there after Toronto missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, and Ujiri took over basketball operations.“Over the last two years, I have worked hard to help build a foundation for what I hope will soon be many championship seasons for the 76ers,” Colangelo said. “I am grateful to team owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer for the opportunity they gave me to be part of such a great organization. I am saddened to have to leave under these circumstances.” Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Horn travels from Australia to defend title against Crawford Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this May 11, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility in Camden, N.J. The Philadelphia 76ers say Bryan Colangelo has resigned as president of basketball operations after an independent firm investigated allegations that he used a variety of Twitter accounts to anonymously trash some of his own players and fellow executives and defend himself against criticism from fans and the sports media. The team says Thursday, June 7, 2018, that Colangelo offered his resignation “recognizing the detrimental impact this matter on the organization.”(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)PHILADELPHIA — Bryan Colangelo may not have authored any of the tweets himself, but he seemed to provide private information that went into them.And when his wife used those details to criticize his own players or rival colleagues, Colangelo and the Philadelphia 76ers knew he could no longer remain their top basketball executive.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phoenix also had a strong showing in the elimination round of the Governors’ Cup last season, but failed to make it past the quarterfinals—a lesson Wright and his teammates hope to learn from.We’re still so far from where we should be,” Wright said.At the same time, however, Wright feels that this version of the Fuel Masters is exactly the team that will help the franchise make its mark on the league.“I feel it in my bones that we’re going to be something special,” said Wright. “We just have to keep at it.”The Fuel Masters will face the NLEX Road Warriors on Friday, looking for a fifth straight win against an opponent that is still feeling its way through its new roster.Game time is at 4:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena. Later in the night, Rain or Shine will battle NorthPort with the Painters hoping to keep in step with the Fuel Masters on top.The Painters have also been doing great, riding on throwback performances by former MVP James Yap and solid contributions from rookie Javee Mocon.On a sad note for Alas, he won’t be coaching against son Kevin, the NLEX gunner who lost yet another season after tearing his ACL again.That leaves NLEX, which is still dealing with Keifer Ravena’s suspension, trying to stop Phoenix behind JR Quiñahan and star big man JP Erram, an offseason acquisition. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award They’ve done that so far.But their schedule will begin baring its teeth once Phoenix flips its calendar. There, the heavyweights await. And the Fuel Masters have dealt with hot starts before, only to falter at the homestretch of their schedule.“We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t done anything worth bragging about. We haven’t won a playoff game yet,” said top gunner Matthew Wright, echoing his coach’s warning that his teammates should not let their lofty perch cloud their goal.The team wants to roll into the playoffs with momentum, not just barely making it there gasping from the beatings handed out by league heavyweights.“We have to sustain this,” Alas added.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gilas coach Guiao worried over availability of players Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Calvin Abueva (right) hopes to help Phoenix soar past JR Quiñahan and NLEX. —AUGUST DELA CRUZSoaring in a way they have never had in franchise history, the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters have every right to feel good about themselves.But Louie Alas offered a warning that was timely and relevant.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s not the way you start,” Alas said on the heels of a 114-95 drubbing of Blackwater at Ynares Center last week.There’s a reason to look at Phoenix’s league-leading 4-0 slate as a mirage of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFor one, the team has plowed through the easy part of its schedule, knocking down teams it was supposed to beat—a preseason challenge Alas hurled at the Fuel Masters.“Before we can start figuring out how to compete against the top teams, we must be able to take care of the teams we’re at level with,” Alas told the Inquirer before the season started.
The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO shows the potential for education to propel progress towards all global goals outlined in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). It also shows that education needs a major transformation to fulfill that potential and meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet.There is an urgent need for progress in education to speed up. On current trends, universal primary education in sub-Saharan Africa will be achieved in 2080; universal lower secondary completion in 2089; and universal upper secondary completion in 2099. This would leave the region 70 years late for the 2030 SDG deadline. Liberia isn’t expected to achieve even universal primary education until next century. In 2030, UNESCO said in a report that over half of children are expected still not to be completing primary education. The Report, Education for people and planet, shows the need for education systems to step up attention to environmental concerns. While in the majority of countries, education is the best indicator of climate change awareness, half of countries’ curricula worldwide do not explicitly mention climate change in their content. Despite being one of the regions’ most affected by the effects of environmental change, sub-Saharan Africa has far fewer mentions of sustainable development in its curricula in comparison with Latin America, Europe and North America. “A fundamental change is needed in the way we think about education’s role in global development, because it has a catalytic impact on the well-being of individuals and the future of our planet,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova. “Now, more than ever, education has a responsibility to be in gear with 21st Century challenges and aspirations, and foster the right types of values and skills that will lead to sustainable and inclusive growth, and peaceful living together.”Education systems, the report said, must take care to protect minority cultures and their associated languages, which contain vital information about the functioning of ecosystems. But the Report shows 40 percent of the global population is taught in a language they don’t understand. Sub-Saharan African houses the most countries with the highest degree of linguistic diversity.“Education systems need to ensure they are giving people vital skills and knowledge that can support the transition to greener industries, and find new solutions for environmental problems. This also requires education to continue beyond the school walls, in communities and the workplace throughout adulthood,” the report added. Yet only 4 percent of adults in Liberia have ever attended literacy programs. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of the poorest rural females in Liberia have basic literacy skills. “If we want a greener planet, and sustainable futures for all, we must ask more from our education systems than just a transfer of knowledge. We need our schools and lifelong learning program to focus on economic, environmental and social perspectives that help nurture empowered, critical, mindful and competent citizens.” said Aaron Benavot, Director of the GEM Report.There is also an urgent need for education systems to impart higher skills aligned with the needs of growing economies, where job skill sets are fast changing, many being automated. On current trends, by 2020, there will be 40 million too few workers with tertiary education relative to demand. Investing in higher education is particularly crucial for growth in sub-Saharan Africa: increasing tertiary attainment by one year on average would increase its long-term GDP level by 16%. Yet, in 2014, only 8% were enrolled in tertiary education in the region, far below the second-lowest regional average, that of South and West Asia (23 percent), and the global average (34 percent). Only 1 percent was enrolled in Liberia on a average in 2014. Inequality in education, interacting with wider disparities, heightens the risk of violence and conflict. Across 22 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, regions that have very low average education had a 50 percent chance of experiencing conflict within 21 years. In Sierra Leone, young people who had no education were nine times as likely to join rebel groups as those with at least secondary education. The Report calls on governments to start taking inequalities seriously, tracking them by collecting information directly from families.The Report also emphasizes that the new global development agenda calls for education ministers and other education actors to work in collaboration with other sectors. It lists various benefits that include educating mothers to lower secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030 that could prevent 3.5 million child deaths from 2050-60. Health interventions could be delivered through schools: by estimation, delivering simple treatments such as micronutrient pills though schools is one tenth of the cost of doing it through mobile health units. Farmer field schools, the report said, could help increase crop yields by 12 percent leading to sustainable increases in food production. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
United are a distant second in the Premier League to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season but are still in the FA Cup and the Champions League.“I am really honoured and proud to be Manchester United manager,” Mourinho, 54, said in a club statement. “I would like to say a big thank you to the owners and to (executive vice-chairman) Mr (Ed) Woodward for the recognition of my hard work and dedication. I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future.“We have set very high standards — winning three trophies in one season (including the Community Shield) — but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for. We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.” Mourinho, who was appointed in May 2016 on a three-year deal, replaced Louis van Gaal with a brief to return the club to the pinnacle of the English game.The 20-time league champions have not won the Premier League title since Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge in 2012-13. – Workrate –Woodward said the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss, whose new deal includes an option for a further year, had already achieved a great deal in his time at Old Trafford.Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho kisses the trophy after the UEFA Europa League final in 2017 © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSEN“His workrate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team,” said Woodward.“He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”Earlier this month Mourinho dismissed reports he may walk out on United this coming close season as “garbage”.Mourinho had looked an unhappy figure as United’s title bid faltered and they suffered a shock League Cup exit at Championship side Bristol City.There had been suggestions that Mourinho was disappointed at the relative lack of spending power at his disposal, claims which he also denied.And Mourinho was upset at suggestions that his decision to live in a hotel, rather than finding a home in Manchester, was a sign of a lack of professionalism or commitment to the job.Earlier this week United signed Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to add to their well-stocked forward line featuring the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.Sanchez, who had previously been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, is in the squad to play Yeovil Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho, pictured in December 2017, became the first Manchester United manager in history to win a major trophy in his first season when he secured the League Cup © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Jan 25 – Jose Mourinho has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until at least 2020, the club said Thursday, ending rumours he is unhappy at Old Trafford.Mourinho became the first United manager in history to win a major trophy in his first season when he secured the League Cup last year, and he also led the club to victory in the Europa League, the only competition they had never won.
0Shares0000Eden Hazard has carried Chelsea’s hopes during their recent dip © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 11 – Maurizio Sarri must solve Chelsea’s striker crisis as his spluttering side bid to get back on track against Newcastle on Saturday.Sarri’s fourth-placed team are clinging onto a three-point lead over fifth placed Arsenal in the Premier League, leaving them with no margin for error in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The root cause of Chelsea’s recent dip has been their misfiring forwards.Plagued by injuries, Olivier Giroud has managed just five goals this season, with only one coming in the league.Alvaro Morata has netted nine times, but just five of those goals have come in his 16 league appearances.Morata appears to be uninterested in adapting to the demands of the physical Premier League — the former Real Madrid forward’s diffident style is the polar opposite of the bruising presence provided by Diego Costa, who fired Chelsea to two titles.Sarri has recognised the fatal flaw in Chelsea’s squad and installed Eden Hazard as his central striker on several occasions in a bid to spark his attack.But moving Hazard to the ‘false nine’ position was a huge gamble given the Belgian’s success on the flanks, where his sublime skills have more room to flourish.Hazard has dropped several hints that he would prefer to remain in a wide role and his subdued performances up front have raised questions about Sarri’s tactical switch.With Hazard refusing to rule out joining Real Madrid following interest from the European champions, Chelsea need to keep their prize asset happy.“They’re definitely not getting the best out of Hazard,” former Tottenham and England Jermaine Jenas said.“You get the best out of him on the left, breaking from deep, running at players. That’s how he scores a lot of his goals.“Up top, with his back to goal, he is a lot easier to deal with.“Chelsea are obviously a top, top side, but I think he has outgrown them. He needs to move on.”– Impotence –Hazard has scored just four times in his last 16 games and, while not all of them were played as a striker, it is a significant enough sample size to suggest Sarri must find another answer.Chelsea’s failure to convert territorial dominance into goals during Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat against Tottenham in the League Cup semi-final first leg was just their latest display of attacking impotence.Hazard was unable to escape Tottenham’s smothering defence and endured seven fouls — more than any other game this season, providing further evidence that he needs the space on the flanks to work his magic.No wonder Sarri recently talked of wanting “characteristics” in attack and admitted to being frustrated by his team’s lack of cutting edge.It doesn’t help that the supply lines from midfield are so uninspired at present.Jorginho is a solid presence in front of the back four, but he rarely contributes to attacks.N’Golo Kante looks a fish out of water in a more advanced midfield role than he is used to, while Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Willian and Pedro have all struggled at times this season.Sarri has also been forced to hand Callum Hudson-Odoi a place in his starting line-up in a bid to convince the promising but raw 18-year-old to reject an offer from Bayern Munich.Turning to the transfer market for a solution, Sarri has been linked with a move for Gonzalo Higuain, currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus.The Argentina striker thrived under Sarri at Napoli, scoring 36 Serie A goals during the 2015-16 season.The deal would reportedly involve the 31-year-old joining Chelsea on loan with an option to sign permanently at the end of the season.In theory, a visit from struggling Newcastle should offer a chance for Chelsea to play their way back into rhythm.But the Blues can take nothing for granted after failing to score in three of their last five home league games against Everton, Leicester and Southampton.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOf course, the predicted 80 percent success rate for the cameras was probably too high given the limitations of the program. Glare, for starters, makes license plates unreadable 2 percent of the time. Plus, any time the driver of the car isn’t the registered owner, the LAPD can’t issue a citation. But the far bigger problem is the number of cars that have out-of-date registrations, or aren’t registered at all. And that points to the lack of serious leadership at all levels of government. Under state law, all cars must be registered, but in Los Angeles County, an estimated 25 percent are not. The reason, in no small part, is that to register a car, one needs insurance, and to get insurance, one needs a license. In L.A. we have many residents who can’t afford insurance, and many wealthier ones (like the city attorney’s wife) who simply neglect to get it. We also have an enormous population of illegal immigrants who can’t obtain licenses, and who thus take to our streets in uninsured and unregistered vehicles. Yet at the very time when unlicensed, uninsured cars drive up insurance rates for all and endanger lives, city leaders have pulled back from a policy of impounding their cars. In Washington, Congress has proved itself incapable of reforming the immigration system that fuels the problem. Ultimately, a significant part of what’s wrong with L.A.’s red-light program is the federal government’s failed immigration policies – as well as the state and the city’s inability to deal with them. Still, as City Councilman Tony C rdenas observes about the red-light camera program’s success rate: “Regardless if it’s at 60 percent or 80 percent, it’s a far cry from not having any police officer at the intersection.” Police credit the cameras with bringing traffic collisions down by 15 percent at 10 of the city’s most dangerous intersections. That’s a definite improvement, even if it’s less than what we could hope for, or what we were promised. But it’s nowhere near good enough.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There are two complementary explanations for the unimpressive performance of the cameras that the city of Los Angeles has installed at key intersections to catch red-light runners. One is inflated expectations; the other is unserious political leadership. The $15 million system let four in 10 violators off the hook in 2006 because the drivers couldn’t be identified, according to the Los Angeles Daily News and Police Department records. That’s a far cry from the 70 percent to 80 percent success rate city leaders predicted. And every car that doesn’t get cited is lost revenue for city coffers and another reckless driver on the streets. As of April, unissued citations have cost the city at least $1.1 million.
It is a colourful event as guests stream in wearing a wide range of traditional attire in celebration of their heritage and individuality for the Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation at Fabz Hotel in Lonehill on 24 September 2016. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)“If you are a South African and you feel that you want our country to be positive, it is your responsibility,” said Bridget Nkuna, founder of Owami Women’s Deep and Meaningful Conversation.The courtyard at Lonehill’s Fabz Hotel was awash with colour as a crowd of women, wearing the brilliant dresses and headwear that expressed their individual cultures gathered on Heritage Day to honour women who went above and beyond in playing their part to build a better South Africa.It was an opportunity to network and meet like-minded people from various cultures in the hopes of forging long-lasting and enriching relationships.Owami Women, in partnership with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative, used the day to recognise some of the amazing women in South Africa. The partners gave these women a platform to share their stories in a safe and nurturing environment.Members of the Owami Women collective put forward the names of the women they felt deserved this recognition the most. They received prizes as tokens of appreciation and acknowledgement of their willingness to go the extra mile for the sake of those who needed help.Owami Women, in partnership with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative, used the day to recognise some of the amazing women in South Africa. The partners gave these women a platform to share their stories in a safe and nurturing environment.THE AWARD WINNERS“Nothing is extraordinary about you except the things that come out of your mouth, except the things that you do with your hands, and your actions. That’s what makes you extraordinary,” said Alice Puoane, the chief financial officer of Brand South Africa.True to her words, this year’s crop of nominees was made up of extraordinary women who were, in their own way, making a positive contribution to society across the country under the pillars of education, skills development, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment.Bongekile Radebe, a nominee, Mandela Washington Fellow and Play Your Part ambassador, was selected for her work in women’s empowerment.“What fuels me to do what I do is (that) often times we hear that we need more women leaders, and women need to take ownership of the economic space,” explained Radebe. “But (the) truth of the matter is, we’ve always had women leaders.”Cindy Ross, an attorney by trade, was nominated for her involvement in the Jala Peo Foundation through which she had affected the lives of many children by using cycling as a means to build character.“We try to teach the children that, if you can survive mountain biking you can survive in life,” Ross explained. “The discipline they put into training on the bike, they should put into life.”Busi Maluleke was nominated for her work with Progress SA. It drives rural development while emphasising education. It also gives people a chance to take part in sports as well as arts and culture.“We’re focusing on the holistic development of the environment, but our core is education,” Maluleke explained.Other nominees included Maselotsha Mphahlele of Dignity Dreams, Khulile Mtetwa of She Cares Women’s Foundation, Vanessa Kruger of the Pieter Kruger Foundation and author Victorine Mbong Shu.“Thank you very much to those (who) decided to give out my name,” said Mtetwa. “Allow me to say thank you to Brand South Africa for thinking about us and remembering that, when women are united together this world will be a better place.”GET INVOLVED“Let it not end with this event,” Puoane said, encouraging the audience to play an active role in developing South African people. “Go ahead and subscribe to Play Your Part, join Owami and influence positive change in your community.“No one will do better things for your community than yourself.”Owami Women encourages people to join its conversation. If you have a story or personal account that you would like to share, visit its contact page and get in touch.You can also have visit the Owami Women Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more about Owami and get in touch with Nkuna and partners.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through business? Do you know of any business person who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Share with your Friends:More “I was very happy when GEOCACHE beat the word BITCOIN; I was thrilled when GEOCACHE trounced COSPLAY… I cannot put into words (!) how ecstatic I was when ZEN took second place and GEOCACHE won the prize.Everywhere I went, there was a Scrabble and GEOCACHE story – CNN, Good Morning America, CBC here in Canada… everywhere!” RCA777Have you spotted a Scrabble Trackable in the wild?The Scrabble success story isn’t the only example of a geocacher who combined their favorite hobbies. That’s what happened when Geocaching HQ heard about the popularity of Airstream RV’s with the Geocachers who love to explore and camp along the way.Geocachers have been known to travel long distances in their RV’s for the perfect story worthy geocaching moment. Airstream and Geocaching were a perfect fit.When we asked longtime Geocacher and Airstream enthusiast, FluteFace, about her favorite hobbies she said, “When we’re on a trip in the Airstream, geocaching is almost always involved. Most geocachers cache when they travel – what better way to travel than in an Airstream.”During the Summer of 2014 Airstream and Geocaching HQ worked together to create 2,000 Trackables tags to be passed out at Geocaching events across the United States. Geocachers swarmed the events closest to their home location in the hopes of receiving an Airstream tag.FluteFace parks her Airstream for the night near one of her favorite caches GC3VN6Y – Buttermilk, placed at what probably is a historical building (of sorts) and may be why the area is called Buttermilk.Nancy aka “yukionna” hosted the event Silver Bullet Launch Party in New Hampshire where her newly renovated 1964 Airstream Bambi II trailer made an appearance.“My husband, Brian, and I have owned Airstream trailers since 2002 and we started geocaching in 2008. One of our favorite things to do is to travel in our Airstream while geocaching along the way. Each summer we plan a couple of camping adventures to different destinations which include finding interesting caches during our trip. When I saw the promotion last year between Airstream and Groundspeak, it was a dream come true for me and I wanted to become involved.” – yukionna SharePrint RelatedFive reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News”5 Geocaching Etiquette TipsFebruary 24, 2014In “Community”5 Tips to Achieve Geocaching StardomFebruary 4, 2013In “Community” With ten geocacher appreciation events and over 750 attendees geocachers were literally happy campers. What hobbies do you think would be a geocaching match made in heaven?Group photo from the Silver Bullet geocaching event in front of the renovateda 1964 Airstream Bambi II trailer Photo caption: the official Scrabble Dictionary including the word Geocache can now be found in stores throughout North AmericaOne simple question spin up into a first in the world of Scrabble. It all started when long time geocacher Roy Alexander, RCA777 was playing a game of Scrabble with a friend. He asked whether they would accept the word “geocache” in the game if it were played. They said, no. But Roy wasn’t about to take no for an answer.At the time the word geocache was considered unplayable because it was not yet an official word in the Scrabble Dictionary. Roy jumped at the opportunity when he saw Hasbro announce the #ScrabbleWordShowDown contest on the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page. On March 12th, 2014, RCA77 suggested the word geocache to Hasbro.“I posted a screenshot of my suggestion in geocaching groups on Facebook – and the response was remarkable. Geocachers spread the word and supported the cause; things snowballed very quickly. Hasbro announced that GEOCACHE had made it to list of the final 16 words.” said RCA777.“Geocache” quickly beat out the competition and moved up the charts to the final round knocking out the word “zen”. It was officially announced as the winner on April 10th, 2014, landing it’s appearance in the Official Scrabble Dictionary later that year.Due to the interest from the fanatic geocaching community, Geocaching HQ reached out to Scrabble to create a partnership. Hasbro had 800 trackable tags made and distributed at the 2014 Geocaching Block Party in Seattle. Copies of the new dictionary were also given away as prizes to lucky geocachers. The tags were hot items and geocachers couldn’t wait to get their hands on them!Photo of two lucky geocachers who won the Scrabble board game and Scrabble Dictionary at the 2014 Geocaching Block Party