French Open to ban Serena’s ‘Black Panther’ catsuit

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Serena Williams of the US plays a forehand return to Czech Republic’s Kristyna Pliskova during their women’s singles first round match on day three of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 29, 2018. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONSerena Williams will be banned from wearing her “Black Panther” catsuit again at the French Open after Roland Garros chiefs described the outfit as “going too far”.The 36-year-old American star stunned Paris this year in her body-hugging outfit which she said was inspired by the “Black Panther” superhero movie and made her feel like a “warrior princess”.ADVERTISEMENT 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. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES ‘Deeply emotional’: Unified Korea win tearful Asian Games bronze As well as describing it as “fun and functional”, Williams insisted it helped her prevent a return of the blood clots which put her life in danger after giving birth last year.However, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) insist that the outfit or anything similarly eye-catching will not be welcome at Roland Garros in 2019.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I really believe that sometimes we have gone too far,” FFT president Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine in remarks reported by French media.“The outfit of Serena this year, for example, will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place. Everyone wants to enjoy the showcase.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giudicelli said that there will be “certain limits” on clothing for the 2019 French Open although he admitted it may be difficult to take too hard a line.“For 2019, it’s a little late because the collections are already designed, but we will still ask the equipment manufacturers to communicate them to us,” he said.Former US Open winner Andy Roddick condemned the decision, tweeting: “This is so dumb and shortsighted it hurts. Sometimes it’d be nice if the sport got out of its own way.”Nike responded to the ruling with a play on the “Black Panther” theme, posting on Instagram: “You can take the superhero out of her costume, but you can never take away her superpowers.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

Linden woman cleared of malicious damage to property charge

first_imgFifty-three-year-old Judy Wilson of Lot 28 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward, Linden walked out of the Linden Magistrate’s Court a free woman on Tuesday after being cleared of the offence of malicious damage to property.It was alleged that on December 27, 2017, she unlawfully and maliciously damaged a dining table valued $140,000, a 20-inch Premier television valued $130,000, a sofa chair which cost $165,000, and electrical appliances, all to a total value of $923,000, and all property of Shelly Boston.Magistrate Clive Nurse, in delivering the court’s decision, noted that the prosecution failed to provide essential elements of the case, including evidence that it was no other person than Judy Wilson who placed the items outside, causing them to be damaged. He added that the prosecution also failed to prove that the items were indeed damaged.He therefore told Wilson that the case was dismissed, rendering her free to go.last_img read more

PNC minister rejects CCJ’s Appellate jurisdiction

first_imgForeign Affairs Minister Karen Cummings and a few APNU supporters outside of GECOM on Friday…reflects Govt’s executive authoritarianismMinister of State, Dawn Hastings  and a few APNU supporters outside of GECOM on FridayMinister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams, on Friday rejected the Caribbean Court of Justice’s appellate jurisdiction.During a bizarre protest staged by several Government ministers and a few A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters outside the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM’s) headquarters, where they were calling for house-to-house registration before elections are held, Hastings-Williams voiced her blatant disregard for the CCJ as Guyana’s final court of appeal by saying that that court has no authority to issue any consequential orders on Monday, since Guyana is an independent state with its own laws.“GECOM is the only authoritative body that will inform the Government whether they’re ready or not for elections. CCJ cannot rule, Guyana has its own institution. Guyana is an independent country with its own independent laws,” the minister said.Hastings was joined by Foreign Affairs Minister Karen Cummings, who also called for house-to-house registration before elections. And as the APNU supporters made allegations against the voters list and GECOM, Linda Gomes-Haley, one of the protestors, held up a placard that said that her name was not on the voters’ list. However, a quick perusal of the voters’ list available on the GECOM website showed that the woman, a resident of Kitty, Georgetown, was registered, and her name is on the Official List of Electors.This act of deception did not go down well with several senior persons within the business community, who told this publication that it is blatant acts of deception like this that causes confusion.Meanwhile, at a gathering of supporters, PNCR member James Bond was addressing the supporters when shouts of “Slow fire, more fire” became audible in the video recording as coming from supporters.A senior Private Sector official told this newspaper that the business community is the sector that feels the brunt of such irresponsible behaviour.The Caribbean Court of Justice has two jurisdictions: an original jurisdiction and an appellate jurisdiction. In its original jurisdiction, the CCJ interprets and applies the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (which established the Caribbean Community), and is an international court with compulsory and exclusive jurisdiction in respect to the interpretation of the treaty.In its appellate jurisdiction, the CCJ, as the court of last resort, hears appeals in both civil and criminal matters from those member states which have ceased to allow appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC). As of March 2015, Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana have replaced the JCPC’s appellate jurisdiction with that of the CCJ.The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is the Caribbean’s regional judicial tribunal. It was established on 14 February 2001 by the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice. That agreement was signed on that date by the CARICOM states of Antigua & Barbuda; Barbados; Belize; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Saint Kitts & Nevis; Saint Lucia; Suriname; and Trinidad & Tobago. Two further states, Dominica and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, signed the agreement on 15 February 2003, bringing the total number of signatories to 12.The Bahamas and Haiti, although full members of CARICOM, are not yet signatories; and because of Montserrat’s status as a British territory, that country must await Instruments of Entrustment from the UK before it can ratify the treaty.The Agreement establishing the Caribbean Court of Justice came into force on 23 July 2003, and the CCJ was inaugurated on 16 April 2005 in Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, the seat of the Court.The reasons given for the establishment of a supreme appellate court are many and varied, including a perceived regional disenfranchisement by the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.last_img read more

Political parties urged to commit to policies for data-driven economy

first_imgOTTAWA — Chambers of commerce from Canada’s biggest cities will release a campaign wish list Wednesday urging political parties to commit to establishing national data-governance standards, making government research more available for businesses and fully harnessing the value of intellectual property.These issues are likely to draw more attention from politicians than in the past. Experts, however, have doubts any party will go far enough to prepare Canada to compete in the new economy and to fully protect the privacy of its citizens.Four years ago, issues related to data governance, intellectual property and digital privacy received few, if any, mentions in party plans. Since then, there’s been a surge in awareness about the opportunities tied to the fast-growing innovation economy as well as in public concerns about the risks.- Advertisement -Parties have sent signals their platforms will include vows in these areas and business leaders from Canada’s urban centres hope to start the conversation at the outset of the campaign, which begins Wednesday.“The permeation of technology in nearly every aspect of our lives mandates the need for new legislation that creates a predictable and level playing field for businesses while ensuring that Canadian interests are protected,” the Canadian Global Cities Council, which is made up of chambers of commerce from the country’s eight largest cities, said in its pre-election release.The document also noted new “serious concerns around privacy and personal control of data.”Advertisement Dan Ciuriak, an innovation-policy expert, said he doesn’t expect serious debate about the data-driven economy during the campaign. He noted the issues cannot be addressed through “sound-bite messaging,” nor will they swing many votes.He recommended Canada adapt its regulations and policies on such an important issue in a manner “free of ideology.”“The federal civil service is really only starting to grapple with the issues,” Ciuriak, a former deputy chief economist of Canada’s foreign-affairs department who now runs a consultancy, wrote in an email.“Change is happening at a speed that is overwhelming the ability to learn about governance from experience.”Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press It’s also calling for a national data strategy to guide companies on data portability, privacy, security and commercialization.After taking office, the Liberal government said it would work toward a national data strategy. Last spring, it released principles under a “digital charter” that critics say lacked firm policies, regulations or standards. Political parties, for the most part, have yet to say very much about these issues. Last week, however, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said, if elected, he would set regulatory standards for the ethical use of artificial intelligence and to protect the privacy of consumers and their data.Since the 2015 election, the “surveillance economy” has become a bigger public concern for a number of reasons, says Dan Breznitz, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.For instance, he said more and more of people’s lives are now managed through their smart phones, which has made the issues very personal. Advertisement He also said there are deepening worries about technological disruption of the labour force and how the inappropriate use of social-media data can alter electoral outcomes.The Liberals, he said, came to power with a realization that the innovation economy was important and they talked about it. Business leaders and public intellectuals fuelled the public debate.Politicians, however, are reluctant to make major changes because innovation policies are longer-term, complex, sometimes hard to explain and attract limited media attention, he said.“On one side, those issues are much more prominent, and business leaders and people … start to realize that those things — data and IP and innovation — will determine whether we can continue to be a prosperous society,” he said.“On the other, there’s still a very … confused understanding of what innovation is all about and, therefore, what should be the IP and data policies involved.”Advertisement Jan De Silva, CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, said the council has been actively discussing the need for these policies with political parties.“I would say there’s heightened awareness on the part of all parties in terms of what’s next with the economy,” De Silva said in an interview. “From my travels, this is a top-of-mind issue in many markets around the world.”The council will also release additional recommendations Wednesday to press parties in several other areas such as diversifying trade, helping smaller companies get government business and conducting a comprehensive review of the tax system.Among its recommendations on the digital economy, the council is stressing a need for the next federal government to improve business access to data and research held by Statistics Canada and to take steps to make it easier for companies to capture the value of IP.Advertisementlast_img read more

No pressure for Wazito ahead of Ushuru clash

first_img0Shares0000Wazito’s Zachary Gathu contests for ball possesion with Ushuru’s Barrack Onyango during their FKF National Super League 2018/2019 season first leg match played at the Ruaraka Grounds. PHOTO/FKFNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – League leaders Wazito FC will face second placed Ushuru in a mouth watering National Super League (NSL) top of the table clash at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Nairobi on Wednesday, but Wazito head coach Fred Ambani says the team is under no pressure.The two who are separated by two points at the apex of the standings are seen as favorites for promotion at the end of the campaign but the small issue of who lifts the title will come into play when they take on each other. “For me, this is a game just like any other. I don’t want to build pressure on my team and say it is a must win game or anything. We are taking it easy and with no pressure and just like we always do, we want to go out there and play to win,” Ambani stated.Wazito lost the first leg to the tax men 2-0 but Ambani says there will not be a repeat of the same, saying his charges have learnt from their misgivings and will be ready to pounce on revenge.“We lost because they had their two chances and scored. We outplayed them and had most of the possession but couldn’t make our chances count. This time, we are ready to do better. We need to be very calm and control the game from the word go,” Ambani said.Wazito FC players Derrick Onyango and Victor Ndinya celebrate a goal during a past National Super League matchHe added; “Ushuru is a very tough team and they never give up till the last minute. We are in for a tough game.”The taxmen come into the tie having relinquished top spot to Wazito with a shock loss to Green Commandos last week. Wazito on the other hand beat Kibera Black Stars via the same margin recovering from their previous loss to Migori Youth.Wazito come into the tie seeking to make amends after their Football Kenya Federation Shield loss against Western Stima over the weekend and will be looking to put all their arsenal into fighting for a top flight return.The side will miss the services of experienced defender Lloyd Wahome who picked up an injury in training last week. The former Tusker and Mathare United man has returned to training but is yet to attain the requisite fitness levels for the high pressure clash.Meanwhile, third placed Nairobi Stima who are on 48 points same as second placed Ushuru will be at home against Kenya Police in Naivasha, the side looking to keep their promotion bid alive.Stima recovered from their first loss of the season against Kisumu All Stars with back to back victories over Modern Coast and Coast Stima and with an form Police coming to their yard, they will be out for a tough test.Police, under the stewardship of Charles ‘Korea’ Omondi have won all their last five games and being only five points off the promotion slots, they will be in to keep their good form running.Meanwhile, fourth placed Kisumu All Stars will be at home against struggling Nairobi City Stars at the Moi Stadium. With one win in their last five games, City Stars have dropped to 17th in the standings and the poor performance saw them fire coach Jimmy KintuNSL Midweek FixturesFC Talanta vs Modern Coast Rangers (Camp Toyoyo, 11 am)Administration Police vs Fortune Sacco (Camp Toyoyo, 2 pm)Wazito vs Ushuru (Camp Toyoyo, 4:15 pm)Shabana vs Kibera Black Stars (Gusii Stadium, 3 pm)Eldoret Youth vs Migori Youth (Eldoret Show Grounds, 3 pm)Thika United vs Green Commandos (Thika Stadium, 2 pm)Bidco United vs Kangemi All-Stars (Thika Stadium, 4:15 pm)Kisumu All Stars vs Nairobi City Stars (Moi Stadium Kisumu, 12 pm)Nairobi Stima vs Kenya Police (Karuturi Grounds, 3 pm)St Joseph’s Youth vs Coast Stima (Afraha Stadium, 3 pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘I think Manchester United is always entertaining!’- Louis van Gaal hits back at Paul Scholes’ criticism

first_img Paul Scholes and Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal has hit back at Paul Scholes’ criticism of Manchester United for “lacking creativity”, claiming he always takes risks.United’s Dutch manager said the criticism did not hurt him and insisted he did have an attacking philosophy.“I think Manchester United is always entertaining but when I read the papers I see that it is boring,” he said.“You have a saying in England that sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me.”Asked if the next phase in United’s development under him was to start taking risks, Van Gaal replied: “Now you are agreeing with the opinion of Paul Scholes. I don’t agree with his opinion. I always take risks.“But I don’t want to defend myself as he is a legend and he has a lot of resonance I hear. I think when you are a legend you have to speak to the manager or his friend Ryan Giggs or [vice-chairman] Ed Woodward but not because he shall be paid by the BBC or Sky and then have to say something.”Scholes had told BBC Manchester following the Capital One Cup defeat to Middlesbrough that he would not want to play for the current side.He said: “There’s a lack of creativity and risk. It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised.” 1last_img read more

Shocking scenes as gang pull safe out of Letterkenny business

first_imgThese are the shocking scenes after a gang tried to pull a safe out of a Co Donegal business in a daring overnight raid.The four-man gang used a rope and pitching posts to roll a safe out of Tinney’s Oil at Bonagee on the outskirts of Letterkenny.The gang are understood to have caused more than €10,000 worth of damage during the botched robbery. They managed to pull the large safe through the doors of the premises and out onto the yard of the oil station.However, an alarm was tripped sending both the owners and Gardai rushing to the scene around 4.30am.The raiders abandoned the safe and fled with just €450 in cash which was used as a float for the business.Garda forensic officers examine the dislodged safe at Tinneys Fuels, Letterkenny which was the victim of a break in. (North West Newspix)As the raiders fled they were confronted by members of the Tinney family and Gardai but they managed to escape by mounting a footpath. Mr Eddie Tinney said the family are now helping Gardai.“They got away with €450 of a float and they caused a lot of damage to the doors and inside.“They managed to get around the Gardai and mounted a footpath and escaped. It’s a pity I didn’t have the lorry and I could have stopped them,” he said.Gardai forensic teams arrived on the scene of the dramatic raid this morning.It is understood part of their investigation will centre around the CCTV footage from the premises in which the culprits could be identified. Garda forensic officers examine the scene at Tinneys Fuels, Letterkenny which was the victim of a break in. (North West Newspix)Shocking scenes as gang pull safe out of Letterkenny business was last modified: August 8th, 2018 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:donegalGardaisafeTinney’s Oillast_img read more

Smorgasbord of items await 49ers at combine

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Now that the 49ers have spent their franchise tag on kicker Robbie Gould, what remains on their to-do list this week as they bunker in for the NFL Scouting Combine?It’s not all about the draft-bound prospects, nor about the steak dinners, shrimp cocktails and late-night gossip. Here are four areas we’ll be scouring for clues this week:1. Contract chatter. Committing $5 million to Gould via the franchise tag Tuesday is a mere ante compared to the high-stakes contract that team …last_img

This Place Really Has Atmosphere

first_imgOf all the bodies in the solar system, only eight have a substantial atmosphere.  If you add in those with tenuous atmospheres, you can add in Triton and Mercury, and maybe a few others, till it becomes pedantic to call it an atmosphere if there are only a few short-lived molecules hovering over a moon.  Atmospheres are interesting because they circulate, creating winds and clouds and a host of interesting effects that some scientists spend their entire careers studying (to say nothing of weathermen).  They also can dissipate into space over time.  What does the ambience of gas around a sphere have to do with life, evolution, and dating methods?  Here are some recent reports.Mercury:  One doesn’t envision the planet Mercury with an atmosphere, but it has a very slight one.  Why it has any is a puzzle.  So close to the sun, any volatiles should have heated up and escaped from its weak gravity.  Science Daily reported, though, that the solar wind supplies a tenuous atmosphere that hangs around a little while.  Charged particles from the sun liberate molecules from the surface in a process called sputtering (a kind of erosion on an atomic scale).  But then, Mercury’s slight magnetic field should keep the solar wind at bay.  The report says that magnetic “tornados” allow solar wind to reach the surface at certain points and times.  The MESSENGER spacecraft found that these “flux transfer events” allow solar wind particles to replenish the thin atmosphere. also discussed this story, saying, “For some reason, there are more tornadoes than scientists had anticipated.”    The sun may not be the only source of gas surrounding this small planet.  Nature this week (June 11) called attention to a recent discovery by MESSENGER of a bright patch on the surface:1 Baked by the Sun and blasted by impacts, Mercury is thought to have lost much of its volatile content – such as water vapour and carbon dioxide – early in its history.  But its interior may have been bubblier than thought, according to Laura Kerber of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and her colleagues.  Using observations from the MESSENGER spacecraft, the researchers spotted the remnants of a volcano that they say was driven by explosive magma with high volatile concentrations.If the volatiles on Mercury resemble those on Earth, as alleged, this complicates theories on the origin of the planets.  It means “Mercury formed from volatile-rich planetesimals from the outer Solar System that migrated inwards.”Earth:  The solar wind batters Earth’s atmosphere, too.  Fortunately, our strong magnetic field keeps most of our gas intact.  National Geographic News said, though, that the sun does steal some of our atmosphere.  The same magnetic energy that protects us also funnels some of the solar wind inside, where it gets heated and escapes.  In fact, we’re losing more oxygen and hydrogen than Venus and Mars.  Not to panic, though: estimates show it would last several more billion years.  The article noted that most of Mars’ original atmosphere was probably lost due to the lack of a global magnetic field.    A planet’s atmosphere is linked to its geology.  Astrobiologists considering conditions for life on other planets need to consider this.  Science Daily reported that without plate tectonics, an atmosphere cannot be sustained.  “If you have plate tectonics, then you can have long-term climate stability, which we think is a prerequisite for life,” said Rory Barnes (University of Washington).  But tectonics can be too severe as well (think Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io).  The close-in habitable zone around red dwarfs has a side effect of generating strong tides and more volcanic activity.  “The planet must be at a distance where tugging from the star’s gravitational field generates tectonics without setting off extreme volcanic activity that resurfaces the planet in too short a time for life to prosper,” the article said.  So now there is a “Tidal Habitable Zone” to worry about.  Barnes said, “Overall, the effect of this work is to reduce the number of habitable environments in the universe, or at least what we have thought of as habitable environments.”Mars:  A report on Science Daily claims that meteor bombardment might have helped Earth and Mars become more habitable.  How?  by modifying their atmospheres.  Researchers at Imperial College London calculated that impacts during the so-called Late Heavy Bombardment could have delivered 10 billion tonnes of water vapor and carbon dioxide to both Earth and Mars.  Why, then, are the planets so different today?  They claim Mars’ lack of global magnetic field exposed it to erosion by the solar wind.  Also, a decline in volcanic activity cooled the atmosphere so that the remaining water molecules froze out.    The article from Science Daily mentioned above also speculated about how Mars might become more friendly to life.  “If Mars were to move closer to the sun, the sun’s tidal tugs could possibly restart the tectonics, releasing gases from the core to provide more atmosphere.  If Mars harbors liquid water, at that point it could be habitable for life as we know it.”    Meanwhile, don’t worry that germs carried by our rovers might be seeding Mars with Earth life.  A story on Astrobiology Magazine says the ultraviolet radiation is intense enough to sterilize everything on the surface.  There’s no escape, even inside salt crystals.  And that’s not the only hazard to life.  Andrew Schuerger, a NASA scientist listed “at least 13 separate factors on Mars that can kill Earth microbes, not counting perchlorate salts uncovered by NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander in the polar region of Mars.”  Earth life would be in even more danger from ionizing radiation if it were not for our atmosphere – with its tenuous ozone layer absorbing most of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.Titan:  The atmosphere of Saturn’s giant moon Titan has been in the news a couple of times this month.  For one thing, summer is refusing to leave its south pole.  A press release from JPL’s Cassini Mission summarizes a paper in Nature about this.2  New Scientist said that Titan’s atmosphere is turning out to be “much more complicated than we ever imagined,” according to Henry Roe of Lowell Observatory.  That, he said, is the “real story” that “we’re only just beginning to acknowledge within the field” of atmospheric science.  Science Daily also reported on the latest findings about Titan’s sluggish seasons.  So did last article on tossed in the L-word where the others didn’t: “It [Titan] has a thick atmosphere and the right chemistry to support some forms of life,” the article said.  “It actually resembles a frozen version of Earth, several billion years before organisms here began pumping oxygen into our atmosphere.”1.  Research Highlights, “Planetary Science: Mercurial Mercury,” Nature 459, 755 (11 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/459755c.2.  Rodriguez et al, “Global circulation as the main source of cloud activity on Titan,” Nature 459, 678-682 (4 June 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08014.The atmosphere in the Creation Restaurant is nicer.  There’s no hot air.  The well-mannered customers do not emit foul-smelling gas (04/08/2002).  They don’t moan over their gastric pains (05/02/2003 and 08/22/2005 commentary).  You won’t inhale any stale, foul-smelling smoke about life emerging from dust.  There are no rude customers puffing on Charlie brand cigars (02/05/2002) while making up stories about things they never saw.  It’s one big non-smoking section.  Ahhhhh.  Take a deep breath and savor the aroma of a healthy science atmosphere.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mandela Day blankets for minister’s ‘favourite people’

first_img18 July 2014 The faces of senior citizens at Imizamo Home for the Aged in Hout Bay, Cape Town lit up during a Mandela Day visit by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Friday. “This area used to be my constituency, so it is not the first time that I am coming here,” Brown said after handing out blankets and food parcels to the elderly. “Senior citizens are the most important people in the society because without you, all of us would not be here. On this special day, that we celebrate Mandela Day, I would much rather spend it with my favourite people, and that is you senior citizens.” Accompanied by acting Eskom CEO Collins Matjila, Brown then moved on to the main road of Imizamo Yethu, joining over 200 women and youngsters clad in blue Eskom overalls in cleaning up the streets of the dense township. The minister called on township residents to refrain from connecting electricity illegally, saying it was hazardous and endangered the lives of all residents in the area. She said the government would do all it could to find available land where decent human settlements could be built for the residents. The United Nations officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”. Celebrated across the globe in honour of the late statesman’s birthday on 18 July, the day gives everyone the opportunity to emulate Mandela’s role as public servant though volunteering and community service. Source: read more