Egypt launches official bid to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgThe shortlist of countries bidding to host the tournament is expected to be unveiled on December 25.The 2019 tournament has been expanded to 24 teams for the first time, up from 16 at the 2017 edition in Gabon.Egypt have won the competition a record seven times.Share on: WhatsApp Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt on Thursday officially signalled its willingness to take over from Cameroon as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, a day before the deadline for candidates.“The Egyptian football federation (EFA) declares its candidacy to host the 2019 African Nations Cup which is scheduled to take place in June and should have been organised by Cameroon which is not prepared to host it,” it said in a statement on Twitter and Facebook.Egypt first expressed its interest in hosting the tournament on Wednesday after Morocco — long thought to be interested in standing in for Cameroon — pulled out of contention in a surprise announcement.The Confederation of African Football stripped Cameroon of the tournament last month, citing delays in the construction of stadiums and infrastructure projects and question marks over security.last_img read more

T&T’s Bulletproof hunts B’dos Derby

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados will renew their long-running rivalry, when the island’s best native-breds take on Trinidadian contender, Bulletproof, in the 2015 Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby here today.The bay-colt, trained by Harriram ‘Pepsi’ Gobin, arrived in Barbados on Thursday and was taken for a workout yesterday as part of his final preparation for the Derby event which carries a first prize of BDS$64,000 (US$32,000).Horses in Trinidad usually run in an anti-clockwise direction, which is opposite to how races at the Garrison are contested, but the trainer does not anticipate that this would be a major issue for his horse as they had been doing clockwise work-outs over the past 10 days.”We did a lot of work back home in preparation for the Barbados Derby and we are ready. Bulletproof is a turf horse and he is handling the turns and the clockwise running very well,” said Gobin.Gobin said Bulletproof was second in the recent Chief Commander Stakes in Port-of-Spain, which was a turf event.Decision made”After that performance, we had no hesitation in bringing him to the Barbados Derby. It should be a very good contest,” he said.Barbados’ top riders and trainers have declared themselves fit and ready to defend their turf and keep the big Derby purse at home.Winner of the Barbados Guineas, Poetic Licence, and winner of the Mid-Summer Classic, Donicodidit, are the two hot favourites for the Derby race which will be run over 10 furlongs and constitutes the third event in the annual Triple Crown of races.Champion trainer Victor Cheeseman, trainer of Poetic Licence, and Robert Peirce, trainer of Donicodidit, both said their charges were in top shape and rearing to go, in the Grade 1 event that will determine the island’s best native-bred for 2015.Thousands are expected to flock to the Garrison Savannah where full Derby day celebrations for the whole family are being organised by sponsors Massy United Insurance.last_img read more

D-League: Fuentes drills winner as CEU slips past Wangs-Letran

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Adamson blanks UST for 8th straight UAAP softball crown In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery The Scorpions averted the huge meltdown after holding a 17-point lead to start the game, 36-19.It also allowed the CEU locals to shine as Rod Ebondo missed the game due to a back injury.“I challenged my players and told them this is your time to step up and your time to shine. I’m happy that they responded,” Garcia said.Jerrick Balanza led Wangs Basketball-Letran with 25 points on a 10-of-14 shooting from the field, while Quinto had 16 markers and 14 boards in the loss.The defeat also complicated the Couriers’ playoff chances as they now sit tied for fifth with Gamboa-St. Clare and Zark’s-Lyceum with their 5-4 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Bong Quinto had a chance to respond for Wangs-Letran, but he turned the ball over on the inbounds play before Caballero iced the game with a split from the foul line in the final 1.4 ticks.“My instruction to Keanu was to just create. When you drive, look for the open man, and exactly right timing, Judel got open,” said coach Yong Garcia on that game-clinching play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOrlan Wamar fired 26 points built on eight triples, to go with two steals to lead CEU back on top of the standings at 8-2.Mishaal Veron added 13 markers and eight rebounds, while Oliver Arim also got 13 points, six boards, and two assists in the victory. PBA IMAGESJudel Fuentes drilled the go-ahead triple with 2.9 seconds remaining to lift Centro Escolar University to a thrilling 79-75 victory over Wangs Basketball-Letran Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Keanu Caballero drove to the rack and sucked the Couriers’ defense before dishing the ball out to an open Fuentes on the left corner to break the 75-all deadlock and give the Scorpions a three-point lead in the waning seconds of the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters The Scores:CEU 79 — Wamar 26, Arim 13, Veron 13, Manlangit 7, Guinitaran 6, Caballero 5, Fuentes 5, Cruz 4, Aquino 0, Chan 0, Opiso 0, Saber 0, Uri 0.WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 75 — Balanza 25, Quinto 16, Muyang 13, Calvo 9, Ambohot 4, Fajarito 4, Publico 4, Balagasay 0, Batiller 0, Mandreza 0, Taladua 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 26-12, 45-32, 59-59, 79-75.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Kane scores hat trick in England’s 6-1 rout of Panama

first_imgSterner tests await, starting with the Thursday’s game against Belgium. England and Belgium are level on points and goal difference and will play for first place in the group.England showed it wasn’t only reliant on Kane, who couldn’t find the net at the 2016 European Championship. John Stones headed in two goals and Jesse Lingard curled in another.In Russia, England has been trying to cast aside the negativity of the past while remolding the image of the team on and off the field. Even locals were supporting the team in Nizhny Novgorod, despite the bitter diplomatic relations between Russia and Britain.The egos who dominated in England’s celebrity-obsessed, underperforming Golden Generation in the first decade of century have gone. The joy and togetherness in the squad — the second-youngest in Russia — becomes clear in the goal celebrations.Where past England teams might have wilted in warm temperatures, this one pressed with high-tempo intensity to ensure there was no need to scrape a victory like on Monday against Tunisia.England picked up where it left off in Volgograd, with a corner from Kieran Trippier headed into the net in the eighth minute. It wasn’t Kane on the end this time but Stones, who was left unmarked to score his first international goal.Kane didn’t have to wait long to add to his tally, converting from the penalty spot in the 22nd after Lingard was brought down by Fidel Escobar.Lingard did get on the scoresheet in the 36th with the pick of the goals. The Manchester United forward played a 1-2 with Ashley Young and exchanged passes with Raheem Sterling before shifting the ball across and bending it into the top corner.The fourth goal was the culmination of a well-worked free kick with Sterling’s close-range header parried by goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. Stones was primed to follow-up, giving the defender his second.However much they tried, Panama struggled to block England’s route to goal. Anibal Gody resorted to trying to wrestle Kane to the ground, only to concede a penalty that was converted by the Tottenham striker. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town England was merciless. At 5-0, the job was complete by halftime.“I said ‘Look, I am starting to feel scared. We can’t actually try to equalize. We can’t even reduce this distance. All we can do is try to stop England so they can’t score more goals,’” Panama coach Hernan Gomez said. “We were feeling rather frightened.”Chasing the golden boot, Kane relied on his heel to complete his hat trick by getting the faintest of touches to divert Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot into the net. England completed 25 passes in the buildup, the most in any World Cup match since 1966, according to Opta.England could afford to ease up and preserve energy but it cost the team first place on goal difference. Felipe Baloy slid to meet Ricardo Avila’s free kick and score Panama’s first World Cup goal.Panama, beaten by Belgium 3-0 in the opening game, finally had something to celebrate, albeit briefly.“When you are a debutante in a World Cup … the first goal is even more enjoyable,” Gomez said. “The result itself, I think the difference of goals could have been more. We could have conceded more goals.”KEY TO SUCCESSEngland had spells of sloppy defending that could be punished by stronger teams, like Belgium. But by taking their chances and exploiting a porous defense, England showed what it is capable of.GROUP DYNAMICSThe winner of the England-Belgium match on Thursday in Kaliningrad will win Group G. In the event of a draw, first place could come down to the fair play record — which team has accumulated fewer red and yellow cards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Messi is running out of time to save Argentina’s World Cup In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “The third one is probably one of the luckiest ones of my career,” said Kane, who took the game ball to the locker room. “Sometimes you go through spells where you are scoring and sometimes it doesn’t fall for you.“Not many players get to score a hat trick in a World Cup.”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 crownKane has scored a tournament-leading five goals at the World Cup in Russia, one more than Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku. He also has 18 for England’s national team, one more than Beckham.Not since the 4-2 victory over Germany in the 1966 final has England scored as many goals at the World Cup. The ruthlessness of the display in the sweltering heat of Nizhny Novgorod showed just how far England has been transformed in the four years since an older, more experienced squad couldn’t even manage a win when it exited the World Cup in the group stage.In 2014, England complained about the heat in Brazil — particularly the humidity of the Amazonian jungle in the team’s opening loss to Italy.Kane scored two in the opening 2-1 victory over Tunisia, including a header in injury time.“The other day we had to go right to the wire and show qualities that were going to be extremely important,” England coach Gareth Southgate said. “The only downside was the goal at the end because we talked at halftime about the importance of controlling the group with our goal difference. We missed out on that opportunity but it would be harsh to criticize the players after a day like that, in the heat as well, so we must enjoy the win.”Now England is sure of a spot in the round of 16 with a game to spare in Group G. Panama, which offered little resistance, is leaving the tournament early after being eliminated along with Tunisia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew England’s Harry Kane celebrates after he scored his side’s second goal during the group G match between England and Panama at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — With two penalties and an accidental deflection, Harry Kane moved ahead of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo and put England into the round of 16 at the World Cup.Kane scored half of England’s goals Sunday in a 6-1 rout of Panama, the national team’s largest-ever margin of victory at the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


first_imgSome of the large amount of blatant littering which was found in Kirkstown, Letterkenny.Members of the Letterkenny Heritage Group say they are appalled at the latest dumping of litter in the town.It follows blatant large-scale littering in the Kirtstown area of the town.Chairperson of the group, Gabriel Flood, told Donegal Daily the incident was brought to their attention by members of the public.Mr Flood described this dumping as ‘selfish.’ He also suggested that a large vehicle was used to transport the litter for to be dumped in the area.“As Chairperson of the local Heritage Group I am appalled at this selfish practice and obviously from the amount dumped its being transported there in a large vehicle,if people can afford such vehicles then they can clearly afford to pay for their waste disposal.“Kirkstown is a beautiful scenic part of the town and is a popular walking route with many locals illegal dumping like this not only looks bad it can have a fatal impact on the local wildlife and their natural habitat.”He added that his group will pass on this information to the local Council authority for investigation. HERITAGE GROUP APPALLED BY LATEST SPATE OF DUMPING IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 13th, 2016 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:donegaldumpingGabriel FloodKirkstownLetterkenny Heritage Grouplast_img read more

Residents question perchlorate cleanup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Residents were concerned that they still don’t know how much perchlorate is on the property. And activists worry that removing the chemical before the investigation is complete could make it difficult to tell whether the perchlorate is linked to rocket-testing contamination at the field lab. “They’re giving people 12 hours to comment on the removal plan. As I read the plan, it looks like a plan to cover up, literally, the perchlorate,” said Dan Hirsch with the watchdog group Committee to Bridge the Gap. The plan calls for Centex consultant Allwest Remediation to immediately dig up 1,000 cubic yards of tainted soil from Dayton Canyon Creek. In January, Allwest is supposed to complete the full investigation of the perchlorate contamination – including whether the chemical came from the field lab. The 151-home Centex development is located at the corner of Roscoe and Valley Circle boulevards. It’s 1.3 miles east of the field lab, where the Boeing Co. conducted rocket-engine tests. In May the Daily News reported that the project was approved by the city in 2001 without requiring soil or water tests, and the original developer sold the site to Centex. Under political and community pressure, Centex tested the soil and found perchlorate up to 62,000 parts per million. That’s 850 times more potent than perchlorate found at the field lab and nearly 8,000 times the level allowed for a residential development – raising suspicions that the chemical may have been dumped on the site. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! West Hills residents expressed concern Wednesday night that state officials are rushing the decontamination of a planned luxury home development downhill from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. State Department of Toxic Substances Control officials unveiled plans at a public meeting to immediately begin digging up soil with high levels of perchlorate before the rainy season. “The winter is coming, the storms are coming. We need to do something to prevent the perchlorate from going off the property or going deeper into the ground,” said Jose Diaz, project manager with DTSC. Perchlorate is an ingredient in rocket fuel that dissolves easily and moves with water. When found in drinking water the chemical is linked to thyroid problems and birth defects. But it does not pose an immediate risk to neighbors in West Hills because the perchlorate is on the surface and groundwater in the area isn’t used. last_img read more

Live updates: 49ers lose as Garoppolo is injured

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.) Get scoring updates, news and analysis on Sunday at 10 a.m. as the 49ers and Chiefs battle in what could be quite an offensive showdown in Kansas City.This will be the first home game of the season for the Chiefs, who have ridden red-hot quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a pair of road victories. Mahomes is a two-time AFC Offensive Player of the Week as he’s set an NFL record with 10 touchdown passes in …last_img

The best of African cinema online

first_imgThe official poster for Lumumba, the film about the late Congolese leader who died in 1961. The film won multiple international awards.(Image: A promotional picture for the 1975 South African film e-Lollipop directed by Ashley Lazarus.(Image: ) The late filmmaker and writer Ousmane Sembene, whose film La Noire de… is probably the first African film to win an international award.(Image: CONTACTS• Bonolo Modisakwane M-Net content sales+27 11 686 6000RELATED ARTICLES• New boost for Nollywood• Big grant for African filmmakers • African cinema on the big screen• Internet promotes African freedom• SA director makes festival finalsValencia TalaneThe legendary Congolese freedom fighter and independence leader Patrice Lumumba’s battles for freedom from the ties of Belgian colonial rule are the stuff movies are made of. Several feature films and documentaries have been made to tell this story – one of them is Lumumba, directed by Haitian-born, DRC-raised Raoul Peck, and released in 2000.The movie is one of over 100 titles available in the African Film Library (AFL), a download service launched by broadcaster M-Net earlier this year. The launch of the service gives the continent’s film industry the chance to join the ever-increasing trend of internet services of the same kind, which have seen growth in the last few years around the world.The significance of AFL is that it features films and documentaries by African filmmakers, starring African actors and telling uniquely African stories across a range of genres, from comedy to sci-fi.Lumumba was elected Congo’s prime minister in 1960, following his rise in prominence as a freedom fighter, but he was assassinated in 1961 following political instability in the country. The film stars Eriq Ebouaney, and documents Lumumba’s rise and rapid fall from power, just months after becoming Congo’s first post-independence leader.The country, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, has seen several name changes over the past few decades along with changes in leadership.How it worksThe AFL website lists guidelines for users on how to use the service. A registered user can download any one of the items on offer through a license that is provided upon registration.Each film carries a unique license that is paid for by credit card, to give the user a pre-paid credit line that is loaded on to their account. The user can load as much credit as they wish, but the license expires after a certain period, and if that movie has not been watched, the credit used to buy its license is forfeited, therefore users are encouraged to make full use of the licence upon receipt.The standard cost for a film is US$5 (R42), and this pays for a 36-hour rental license. The user is billed in South African rands and after downloading can watch the movie as many times as they wish during the 36-hour period.If the user would like to watch the film again after the license period has expired, they’ll have to purchase the movie again. No further downloading is necessary as an additional 36-hour license will simply be issued.Due to the type of video technology the AFL uses in its system, users can only download films using Windows media player version 11 or versions higher than that. Older versions of the programme are incompatible.Another unique feature of the AFL’s service is a personal pre-paid online wallet to keep an account holder’s credit safe and secure. A user can top up their pre-paid wallet by entering their credit card details on the site, and their wallet will be topped up with credit when instructed.Reason to celebrateSouth African film lovers have reason to celebrate as well, as some well-loved titles such as Mapantsula and e-Lollipop, are also available. Boasting a 10-genre range across which users can browse and choose what they want to view, the site also offers content in various languages that are widely spoken across the continent.One of the main reasons for putting a service like this online, according to the administrators, was to reach as many of Africa’s diaspora as possible who would otherwise struggle to access films from their home countries.Besides the film database – which typically contains a thumbnail picture of the film, a short description of the film as well as a link to its trailer – there is also a separate catalogue that features short biographies of some of the leading filmmakers on the continent, their most famous work as well as quotes.Authorities on film such as Senegal’s Djibril Diop Mambety, the late Ousmane Sembene and Cameroonian Daniel Kamwa are just some of those featured as a way of honouring their contributions to the continent’s film and literature industries.South African film and stage legend John Kani also features. His 2002 theatre production Nothing by the Truth, about conflicts between black South Africans who fought the struggle from inside the country and those who had gone to exile, is also on offer.History of the African film industryFilm experts like to distinguish between the African film industries before and after colonial rule. History notes that during colonial rule, the industry was represented mainly by western filmmakers who largely portrayed the continent as an exotic land without history or culture. At some point, filmmakers in the French colonies were barred, by law, to make their own films.Although others may have got there first, Sembene’s La Noire de… (The Black Girl of…) , released in 1966, was the first African-made film to go on record as receiving international recognition, winning two awards, the Tanit d’Or at the Cartharge Film Festival and the Prix Jean Vigo. Three years later the Federation of African Filmmakers was formed, and this helped formalise the industry.According to AFL, the African film industry started in earnest in the 1920s. It attributes the honour of the first film made on the continent to Ain el Ghezel (The Girl of Carthage), which was produced in Tunisia by Chemama Chikly in 1924.The challenges met by the AFLOne of the biggest challenges for the AFL team was getting the rights to host some of the films and documentaries because of different copyright laws in the respective countries. This process went on for close to three years before it was resolved and the final list of films could be made available.Digital remastering and further processing also proved to be a hurdle, as the films had to be made available in export-ready condition. Although this didn’t apply to all the films and documentaries, the team had to offer a wide range to meet the needs of as much of their target audience as possible.After three years of negotiations for the rights of the films, M-Net is on track to make the 600-film service available, with an initial 100 on offer. The films are presented in various languages broadly spoken across the continent: English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.“The library forms an important archive of the continent’s cultural cinematic heritage, and also, for the first time, makes the African artists’ works easily accessible by a wide viewership around the globe – creating a new audience for existing and emerging filmmakers”, reads a statement on the AFL website.last_img read more

Global Teachers Institute trains teachers to be leaders

first_imgNearly 2,000 teachers under the age of 35 have been trained by the Global Teachers Institute to lead schools and institutions.Xolani Majola of the Global Teachers Institute says that as a teacher he has always been passionate about youth development. The institute’s primary focus is developing young teachers. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanIn the past three years, more than 1,800 young teachers have benefitted from the Global Teachers Institute (GTI), which trains teachers in how to redefine and recreate their roles in schools.The aim of the GTI is to encourage young teachers to take on the mantle of leadership at a young age by leading schools and institutions.Part of its work is to reconceptualise, redefine and recreate the role of a teacher, says GTI manager Nigel Richards. “[We] do that with our young generation of teachers, and pull them in, with this new idea of teaching, and to shift this idea of teaching, with people who are already in the profession.“Educational transformation will happen through collaboration and integration, and that’s the global essence of the work.”Watch:Xolani Majola, GTI advocacy and partnerships manager, is a Play Your Part ambassador. Play Your Part is a national movement of Brand South Africa that aims to encourage people to participate in active citizenship and social cohesion.Brand South Africa writer Melissa Javan spoke to Majola about his involvement with the GTI.Melissa Javan: When did you first get involved in community projects and what led to your joining the GTI?Xolani Majola: I formally started getting involved in community work in 2003 as a teacher in a small private school in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal. I was probably 28 years old. I’ve always been passionate about the development of young people and the GTI’s prime focus is youth development within the teacher development space.The GTI wants to make the teaching profession attractive to younger generations. With my interest in youth and the GTI’s focus in youth development in education, we became perfect for each other.MJ: Can you expand on that?XM: It gave me the opportunity to work directly with young people, sharing thoughts, ideas and perspectives. I have a chance to positively influence young teachers and motivate them for greatness within the teaching profession. It’s a perfect platform through which to interact with a diverse group of young people from all over the country.MJ: How old is the GTI?XM: It is three years oldMJ: Who are the target beneficiaries?XM: Young people from primarily, though not exclusively, underprivileged communities who have a passion for education. Any other young person who would like to choose teaching as their profession is also welcome.MJ: How do you choose the beneficiaries?XM: Anyone with a Bachelor pass in matric or with a post-graduate qualification can apply. This may include students currently studying through mainstream university but who choose to pursue teaching through an internship. We run interviews across the various provinces from where the majority of applicants come.MJ: What have been your highlights so far?XM: In July this year, as we did in 2016 and the other years, we ran a student conference called Axis Summit. All our students from across the globe came together for a series of specialised workshops.Usually this conference attracts a minimum of 600 young students from all over the country, continent and internationally.So far, over the past three years, we’ve had an impact on about 1,800 young students. To organise an event of this magnitude and open it to the public and use it to influence how young people think, plan, innovate and teach, was a huge highlight for me.MJ: Do you have advice for people who want to play their part in society; what steps should they take to get their communities involved in a project or initiative?XM: Key to prior involvement is passion. How passionate are you about a certain area of interest – education in my case? Do you know what your passion is? Is it strong enough to allow you and others to act on it? If all the answers to these questions are positive, then joining any cause or community becomes easy. The rest of the people will follow you once they realise your passion and dedication. Passionate people attract passionate people.MJ: Why should all South Africans play their part in their communities and be brand ambassadors of South Africa?XM: To change the rest of the country, people need to positively influence and have an impact on areas they occupy provincially, regionally, locally or even within their families.I have a theory that each person in their professional or social capacity occupies a certain radius of influence and power. Therefore, each person within their sphere of influence and control has the potential and opportunity to do great things.With reference to Brand South Africa, every person who becomes an ambassador has a chance to do wonders within that space and thus each brand ambassador, no matter where they are, can positively affect people around them wherever they may be in the country. The rest becomes contagious – a ripple effect.MJ: Do you use technology and/or social media to spread your message?XM: I’m a constant user of social networks, particularly Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I can send audio-visual material to a wide audience in a single posting. Every day through my Facebook page I share my thoughts, views and ideas with 5,000 people. This is the best way I can positively use my ambassadorship to spread good news across the country.You can connect with the GTI via its website or Facebook page.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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State memorial for Nelson Mandela: the programme

first_imgFor those unable to attend today’s massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium, we bring you the official programme, which includes a moving obituary to the great man. READ MORE • Mandela on Media Club South Africa • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Nelson Mandela – a timeline  • Barack Obama’s tribute to Mandela  • Watch: World reacts to Mandela’s death • Infographic: Mandela family tree • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • The women in Madiba’s life • Tutu leads memorial at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory • High-res photos: In 2010, Nelson Mandela wishes World Cup good luck to Bafana Bafanalast_img