Warriors’ Andre Iguodala ‘absolutely’ believes Mark Jackson has been blackballed by NBA

first_imgThe basketball court isn’t the only place where Andre Iguodala is a straight shooter. On Tuesday, appearing on ESPN’s “The Breakfast Club” to discuss his newly released book “The Sixth Man” he said he believes former Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been blackballed by the NBA.“I do,” he said. “Yes. Absolutely.”Iguodala joined the Warriors for the 2013-14 season in Jackson’s third, and final, season as the team’s coach.“He was one of my favorite coaches of all time,” Iguodala said. “It was …last_img read more

Chair to unleash South African dreams

first_img“I want to be Hannah Montana,” saysyoung Zarah in Cape Town’s colourfulBo Kaap suburb. The chair in front of the tumulus atMaropeng in the Cradle of Humankind. “I just saw this chair and had to sit on it,it’s wonderful and makes me feel proud. Iwish for clean water. My children arealways sick because the water inKhayelitsha is so bad.” South African music legend Johnny Cleggtakes his turn in the chair. Claire Johnston of Mango Groove wascharmed by the work and care thatwent onto the chair’s construction. The Dream Chair overlooking theJohannesburg city centre.(Images: Dreams for Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Paula ThomsonThe Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust+27 31 765 5866RELATED ARTICLESWilma den HartighA spectacular hand-beaded chair is getting South Africans talking about their dreams and expectations for their country, their communities and themselves.The Dreams for Africa Chair is a project of the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT), situated in KwaZulu-Natal.The chair has become a nationally recognised initiative that has warmed the hearts of South Africans and given them the license to express their expectations and raise their hopes for the future. Some may even be inspired to go on and take action to bring their dreams to life.Unleashing South African dreamsAbout eight years ago, the HACT launched the highly successful Woza Moya (Zulu, meaning “Come Holy Spirit”) income generation project to help women affected by HIV/Aids to earn a living. KwaZulu-Natal is one of South Africa’s provinces that is most affected by HIV/Aids.A study titled South African National HIV Prevalence, HIV Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey 2008 (PDF, 655KB) reveals that between 2002 and 2008, KwaZulu-Natal had the highest HIV prevalence in the country.The original purpose of the chair was to draw more visitors to the Woza Moya stand at the 2010 Design Indaba, an annual conference and exhibition that brings together designers, architects, crafters, artists and other creative talents from all over the world.Besides showcasing their jewellery and small crafts at Design Indaba, Woza Moya wanted to create something spectacular to help raise funds of R1.5-million (US$214 000) for a new craft centre.Paula Thomson, who runs the project, described the dream chair as a revolutionary idea. “We realised that the women in the project had stopped dreaming about the future and we were saddened by this. Their circumstances, being HIV positive and living in poverty, didn’t leave much room for dreaming anymore,” she said.This thinking led to the creation of the “talking” chair. The entire chair, except the painted arms and legs, is adorned with beautiful handmade beadwork. Every woman in the project was asked to put her personal dream into the little beaded pieces that would become the chair’s patchwork upholstery.Thomson and the team envisaged that the wings attached to the chair would resemble wire angel wings. However, a German volunteer at the project came up with a much better idea – he constructed the wings from wood in the shape of the African continent, giving the chair a local twist on the classic wingback style.The next challenge was to find a suitable chair. “I was just walking past a skip bin one day and I saw four chair legs sticking out of it,” Thomson said. She rescued an old broken chair from the skip, it was glued back together and local upholsters were tasked with patching it up.The chair has now become a metaphor for the women who come into the project. “They come in broken and damaged and by working together there is transformation within.”After the chair’s first appearance at the Design Indaba in February earlier this year, it has toured the country.Thomson and Claudia Krumhoff, HACT marketing and public relations officer, and photographers Peter Upfold and Matthew Willman have visited many South African towns and cities. Every person who sits in the chair and shares their dreams adds to the character of this work of art.The photographers have generously donated their time and creative input to take photographs of anyone who wants to sit in the chair and share their dreams.Wherever it goes, people are curious about the chair. “The good thing about the chair is that it also connects people to HIV/Aids in a non-threatening way,” Thomson said.South Africans can take a seatHACT staff and patients in the respite care unit were the first to receive the honour of sitting in the chair. Thomson said that although some of the patients were too weak to walk, they still insisted on being carried to the chair.“This was an incredible experience because it was as if their dignity had been restored.”Many local celebrities and South African icons have since been photographed in the chair: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (famous as Zapiro), local band Freshlyground, radio personality DJ Fresh, musicians Lira and Johnny Clegg, and actors Leon Schuster and Shorty, to name but a few.Claire Johnston, vocalist of the ever-popular South African band Mango Groove, was recently photographed in the chair. She was amazed by its detail.“So much work and care had gone into making it; so much human feeling, which is what makes an object special. I was told that the chair had a certain magical quality, and that people who saw it were drawn to it and wanted to sit in it,” Johnston said.She also said that the chair has come to represent something very powerful: “It is definitely a symbol of what we all have in common, what unites as opposed to divides. I want to be like the chair – positive, bright and full of possibility!”The support of high profile South Africans is invaluable to the Dream Chair project, said Thomson, but it is also important to photograph ordinary South Africans, especially those who are doing outstanding work in their communities.Jessica Foord from Hillcrest is one such example. She survived a gang rape while walking with her father at a dam near Hillcrest in 2008. Foord didn’t want to remain a victim, so she established the Jes Foord Foundation to help people restore their lives after rape, to raise community awareness about rape, and also to support victims’ friends and families.South Africans’ dreams“We get to hear everyone’s innermost dreams. People have even asked if they can have two or three dreams. This shows that to some extent, we have all stopped dreaming,” Thomson said. There is no limit to the type of dream people can express, whether it’s for themselves, their communities or for the country.The dreams that South Africans have shared reflect the diversity of the country. They have been funny, uplifting, thought-provoking and unexpected.A mother from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape dreams of clean water for her children who are always sick; a three-year-old girl wants to be teen television character Hannah Montana; a young boy wishes to become a successful businessman and make his parents proud; and another South African would like wealth to be distributed more evenly in the country.While taking the chair to Robben Island, Thomson encountered a man on a Cape Town wharf whose dream was that South Africa would overcome its biggest stumbling block of people not talking to each other any more.Bursting at the seamsWoza Moya is currently housed in a garage, but is in need of a craft centre to inspire the women to come in and work. The garage also houses a sewing and pottery project and the venue is bursting at the seams. Although it is an incredible hub of creativity, said Thomson, the project is now at the stage where it needs larger facilities.Over 300 crafters are involved in the project. The team helps every woman who comes in to identify a creative skill such as beading, quilting, embroidery or sewing, which she can use to earn an income. The body of crafters grows every week, but infrastructure constraints are making it difficult to accommodate more women.A R1.5-million injection would make it possible to enlarge the craft room, build a second storey and do other renovations. Last year the centre raised R3-million ($428 000) for the crafters. “This proves that our crafters are at the centre of everything we do,” Thomson said.Getting involvedAnyone can hire the chair at a daily rate to photograph it on their premises. Many companies are hiring it as part of their strategic planning meetings as well as brand and team building sessions. Any photo shoot with the chair can be tailor-made to an organisation’s needs. The rate includes a set of postcards, which can be customised with the custimer’s logo, and extras may be bought for an additional fee.Prints of South Africans, celebrities and community leaders who have already been photographed in the chair can be ordered and prices vary depending on the size of the image. An extensive catalogue of the postcards, as well as rates, is available online.Woza Moya also sells dream-themed items such as tablemats, handbags and notepads directly from their craft shop in Hillcrest.  They plan to soon release a coffee table book of all the photographs and dreams.Thomson hopes that the Dreams for Africa photo exhibition will raise more awareness of HIV/Aids in South Africa. “We’ve never really met anyone that hasn’t been moved by the chair,” she said. “It has been on an incredible journey and it just makes you feel connected to South Africa again.”/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=314:jewelleryschool130032008&catid=44:developmentnews&Itemid=111last_img read more

Cape Town spends more on early childhood development

first_img3 June 2014Cape Town has allocated R16-million for the construction of more early childhood development (ECD) centres across the city in 2014/15, it was announced at a recent tabling of the city’s budget.Speaking at the meeting, Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and ECD, Suzette Little, said the city remained committed to giving young children a safe learning environment at ECD level. This, she said, would prepare them for their formal schooling.In the new financial year, Little said, the department would expand the programmes initiated in the previous financial year and continue investing in capital projects.The directorate has budgeted nearly R16-million to build more ECD centres in Delft, Mitchells Plain, Dunoon, Ocean View, Heideveld and Lotus River.Little said that in 2013/14, the City had spent over R7-million on building a number of ECD centres, completing the Leonsdale and Scorpio centres in Elsies River and Ocean View. The new Strandfontein centre was also on track for completion, she said.“In addition, the department has exceeded its targets for the number of initiatives to help ECD centres become compliant so that they can register with the Western Cape Social Development Department, and has also provided training to 165 ECD practitioners on the national norms and standards for these facilities.“Children need a solid start in life,” Little said. “We are making a massive investment in early childhood development by building these centres of excellence, as part of our goal of getting to the point where every child has access to a facility that can provide the building blocks so crucial to their future.”Partnerships with communitiesLittle stressed the importance of partnerships with communities, insisting that parents share in the responsibility of ensuring that their children get ahead.“I encourage residents to approach the authorities to find out how you can get involved in the development of the community by, for example, starting a food garden. In some cases, there is the option of volunteering at a local school for those who are unable to pay the school fees.“Our responsibility towards our children must take priority at all times, to ensure that they grow up to be active, well-functioning members of society,” she said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

‘Those siding with Johal are acting against Punjab’s interest’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday said those raising doubts over the arrest of British citizen Jagtar Singh Johal in connection with the targeted killing cases are acting against Punjab’s interest by echoing the baseless statements of some foreign elements.Reacting to statements by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on the issue, the Chief Minister termed their comments as unfortunate and not in the interest of Punjab and its people.“By deciding to side with those who were conspiring to malign the Punjab police and government, these parties had exposed their total lack of interest in the welfare of the State,” said the Chief Minister, in a statement issued here.‘Law being followed’“From being allowed to talk to his family to having consular access, and from his medical examinations to his timely production in court, the due process of law had been followed at every step from the moment of Jagtar’s arrest,” said Capt. Amarinder.He said the whole issue was being sought to be politicized by certain pro-Khalistani elements and it was unfortunate that Punjab’s own leaders were adding their voice to these elements. “last_img read more

Ateneo Blue Babble protests CHR budget, EJKs at halftime performance

first_imgThe House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 119-32 to approve the P1,000 budget.This was not the first time that the Blue Babble Battalion used the halftime show to get their message across. Last year, members of the team wore shirts that spelled “NOT A HERO.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After tearing a huge placard that said “P1,000″ into two, members of the BBB held up signs that read “stop the EJKs [extra judicial killings], uphold human rights” during their performance. LATEST STORIES ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stop the EJKs and uphold human rights. #UAAPSeason80#MensBasketball pic.twitter.com/gVNJG6Geae— Ateneo Blue Babble (@AteneoBabble) September 13, 2017The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion on Wednesday took a stand against the extrajudicial killings and the House of Representatives’ decision to allocate just P1,000 of the 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe group made the statement during the its routine performance at the halftime break of the game between Ateneo and University of the Philippines at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cape Town Test: India look to overcome South Africa challenge

first_imgIndia’s overseas challenge begins when they take on South Africa in the first Test at Newlands in Cape Town from Friday.After the Cape Town Test, India and South Africa will head to Centurion for the second Test from January 13 while the third match of the series will take place in Johannesburg from January 24.The two teams will also play six one day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.India have never won a Test series in South Africa and this will be the biggest challenge for Virat Kohli since he became the captain of the Test team in 2015.A green and supposedly fast bowler-friendly pitch lurking under the covers at Newlands shouldn’t surprise India ahead of the first Test in South Africa starting on Friday.India’s batsmen will already know they are set to face a typically South African challenge of pace and seam movement, likely through all three Tests of the tour, as the top two teams in five-day cricket meet at the start of 2018.”You’ve got to be prepared for it,” India opening batsman Murali Vijay said.Top-ranked India’s preference for playing series at home means that the last time the Indians faced these kinds of conditions was probably when they toured Australia in 2014-15. India lost that series 2-0 and since then has played nine of their last 10 series in Asia.In South Africa, India’s vaunted batting lineup of Vijay, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who has been declared fit for the series-opener in Cape Town, also haven’t had any warmup games to acclimatize to the greener, faster surfaces, preferring to work in the nets in the buildup to Newlands.advertisement”We are well prepared, very confident and we are here to win this series,” Pujara said. “We are not bothered about the kind of pitch they will prepare. We will just try and focus on our processes. We have a clear game plan.”India will also be emboldened by their own pace attack, which has far more bite than previous Indian touring teams. Slow-bowling allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is a doubt for the first Test, though, with a viral illness.South Africa, the closest challenger to India at the top of the Test rankings, is tempted to play four fast bowlers and a spinner at Newlands, coach Ottis Gibson said, fearing that while the Newlands pitch is green now, hot weather forecast for Cape Town over the next few days could quickly dry it out and an extra bowler might be needed.Fast bowler Dale Steyn, fit again from a series of right shoulder injuries and recent illness, could return to Test cricket for the first time since November 2016, joining quicks Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. Captain Faf du Plessis is also healthy after illness ruled him out of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe and batsman AB de Villiers has returned to the Test team after a sabbatical.That gives Gibson, in his first true Test as coach of South Africa after easy victories over Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, options.”It’s a selection headache but it’s a good headache to have, to have all the best players in the country fit and available to play,” Gibson said.Specifically on Steyn’s long-awaited return – he was meant to play against Zimbabwe on Dec. 26 but was withdrawn with a virus on the morning of that game – Gibson said: “We don’t know just yet whether we will see him this week. But, depending on the make-up of the team, he might well play. We’ll pick the team that we think is best to win the Test.”India, the top-ranked team in Test cricket by some way after nine straight series wins, has been the subject of the same analysis it always is when it travels abroad: Can the Indians transfer their dominance at home – they’ve won seven straight series in India, and eight in Asia – to something close to that level in unfamiliar conditions.India lost on the greener tops of South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia on all their most recent tours there.Coach Ravi Shastri said this Indian team is different.”All I can say is the team is up for the challenge,” Shastri said. “In fact, if you had asked me four years ago, I would have said no. But this team has gained experience … The beauty of this team is it doesn’t matter which opposition it is playing. We respect all oppositions. We look at the pitch and adapt to those conditions.”advertisementSquads:India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul.South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Chris Morris, Vernon Philander, Theunis de Bruyn.(Courtesy: AP)last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham

first_imgMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham.The midfielder continues to be linked with Manchester United.But he told the Mirror: “I’ve signed a long-term, five-year contract last season and if I didn’t want to sign it, I wouldn’t have done it.“It makes me a West Ham player for the next five years and I’ll be giving my best for the team and the supporters.“All I can do is to keep my head down, play my football and I’m not taking any notice of what’s going on outside.“The manager keeps emphasising to us that we are a top club with a big-team mentality and we’ve started the season that way.“We see how the boss works, and we know what he’s done at Manchester City , Real Madrid and Villarreal. He’s a top manager and all the lads respect him because we know he’ll take us in the right direction.“As a club, we want to get into Europe and his track record says he usually gets there. If we make it this season, that’s a bonus – but we need to keep pushing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder challenges Henderson to build on first England call

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder challenges Henderson to build on first England callby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder has challenged Dean Henderson to build on his first England call-up.Wilder claimed Henderson’s call-up by Gareth Southgate was recognition of the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper’s progress with the Blades. “He’s working extremely hard and I’m delighted he got his reward with England,” said Wilder.“It was a reward for not just a good start to his Premier League season, but his performances right the way through and for England at international level before.“The next step now is to stay in the squad and to try and make his full debut. He will only do that by playing very well for us.“He has to keep improving and taking his game to the next level, which is playing for the national side and doing very well for us.“When that happens, we will only know with time.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Thirty Students Graduate from Abilities Foundation

first_imgCONTACT: JENEVA GORDON Thirty students, some with severe hearing, visual, and physical disabilities, were presented with certificates on June 27, after successfully completing studies at the Abilities Foundation.Speaking at the graduation ceremony, held on the grounds of the institution, at 191 Constant Spring Road, Kingston, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Board Director, Sarah Newland-Martin, commended the graduates on their achievements, and implored them to continue striving for excellence.She urged them to maintain high standards in their endeavours, pointing out that despite their challenging circumstances, they are equally important to the society and capable of attaining and fulfilling their highest potential.Mrs. Newland-Martin also lauded the parents, family members, and caregivers who supported the graduates during their course of study, against the background of what she said are the varying challenges encountered over the years.“The work of the staff cannot go unmentioned, because they too have also contributed significantly to the overall success of the graduating class, and many others who have benefitted from the programmes,” she stated.While noting that the Abilities Foundation has made tremendous strides over the years, through its programmes, to meet the needs of more persons with disabilities islandwide, Mrs. Newland-Martin said its efforts to this end are, to some extent, constrained for various reasons. She also noted the challenges experienced by persons with disabilities, pointing out that these are often financial, educational, medical, social, marital, or psychological.Mrs. Newland-Martin, who is physically challenged, lamented that persons with disabilities tend, to some extent, to be ignored by society, with many encountering persistent discrimination. This, she pointed out, often results in this special group being marginalized out of the country’s economic and civil processes, among others.“Often times they are denied their rights to move freely, access social protection, and proper medical care, which causes them to live in poverty. They have a hard time in school, and also finding jobs, because of their conditions,” she said.Alluding to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which emphasizes, among other things, the need to break prevailing barriers encountered by the disabled so as to improve their welfare, Mrs. Newland-Martin said persons with special needs should be provided with the appropriate resources that facilitates their seamless incorporation into the society.Additionally, she underscored the need for persons in the wider society to be educated about developments relating to persons with disabilities, in order for them to fully understand the special group’s circumstances.Administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) since 1992, the Abilities Foundation currently caters to persons, aged 17 to 65 years, with physical and mental challenges.last_img read more

More Information on Daily Foreign Exchange Transactions on BOJ Website

first_imgThe Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has announced that, effective today (Monday, May 20), additional information on daily foreign exchange market transactions will be posted on its website.This decision, according to the BOJ, is intended to foster “greater transparency” in relation to large US-dollar transactions by authorised foreign exchange dealers and cambios and improve public access to market information.“The additional information being provided will be the volume and price for each US-dollar transaction (buy and sell) of US$100,000 or more, as reported by authorised foreign exchange dealers and cambios, and will be available… at the end of each day’s trading,” the statement outlined.These transactions, according to the BOJ, “do not represent all of the trading on that day but only the individual trades of US$100,000 or more”.The Bank further stated that while the information will not identify the counterparties to each transaction, the public will be able to view historical data on this, starting May 20.The information may be accessed at: http://boj.org.jm/foreign_exchange/LargeTransactions.php.last_img read more