Call for South Africans to preserve our indigenous heritage and knowledge during Heritage Month

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 – September not only marks the beginning of spring – the season of new beginnings – but also the commemoration of South Africa’s Heritage Month, when the nation celebrates and recognises the cultural and social wealth and diversity of South Africa.• Download press releaseThis year, National Heritage Month 2015 is observed under the theme “Preserving our indigenous heritage and knowledge” with the aim of strengthening and harnessing shared heritage, diverse cultures, languages and religions, and fostering shared national consciousness that make up the DNA of South Africa’s rich heritage.Heritage Month is recognised as an opportunity for South Africans to reaffirm once more that what unites us far outweighs that which divides us. It is a time to celebrate the profound influence of the nation’s cultural and social heritage, to promote national pride and patriotism.South Africans are socially diverse, yet united by their love for the country and the national flag. And this year’s theme presents an opportunity to highlight the common national identity that will allow the nation to break through the barriers of culture, race or religion that still divide us and also offer the prospect to strive for a common national identity that is supported and cherished by all.The preamble to the Constitution of South Africa captures and defines the basis of our common heritage by stating that: “We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.”In the words of Oliver Reginald Tambo, one of the nation’s main architects of our democracy: “We are one people with a rich cultural heritage which manifests itself in many variations. Our task is not to preserve our culture in its antique forms but to build on it and let it grow to assume a national character, the better to become a component of all evolving world culture.”Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to play their part to break down the barriers of our diversity and find the common traits that define us as South Africans. This will be the most sustainable route towards strengthening our pride and patriotism which will drive the active citizenship that will move South Africa forward.Let us all play our part and commemorate Heritage Month 2015.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #HeritageMonth2015last_img read more

BPC plum ‘validation’ of hard work, says Slaughter

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coming off a devastating ACL injury that sidelined him for the better half of last year, all Greg Slaughter wanted was to return to form and help Ginebra get back to title contention.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But for the 6-foot-11 slotman, he’s just glad to see Cebuanos like the two of them making their mark in the league as he looks forward to facing off anew with the San Miguel center.“I know June Mar has five (BPC awards) now, but we’re still young in our careers. We got long ways to go in terms of our stay in the league and I think we can still win more of this in the years to come. But I know between the two of us, I got a lot of catching up to do.” he said.Still, Slaughter isn’t losing sight of his ultimate goal, which is to help Ginebra defend its title.“Of course, the goal will always be a championship and I’m motivated to help us win back-to-back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Slaughter wins 1st BPC; Durham is back-to-back Best Import LATEST STORIES Little did he know that all of his efforts will eventually bear fruit as he came back in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup stronger than ever, enough for him to win the Best Player of the Conference in the season-ending tourney.“It’s indeed a validation for all the hard work I put in,” he told the INQUIRER. “Coming back from the injury I’ve been in, I feel thankful to be in this position again and to receive awards like this is just indescribable. It’s always great to win your first.”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 shutoutSlaughter was stellar all conference long, leading the Gin Kings to a return trip to the Finals with his averages of 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks.Bagging his first BPC trophy also brings back the talks of his rivalry with five-time BPC winner and three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo to life. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals02:21Little people, big lives, bigger dreams01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

2 days to Vivegam teaser: 5 things to look forward to in Ajith Kumar’s film

first_imgBaahubali 2: The Conclusion is perhaps the biggest film event of this year. Now that the film is finally in theatres and is running to packed houses, let’s move on to other big releases in Tamil cinema. Yes! Thala Ajith Kumar’s Vivegam is the most anticipated film of 2017. Last seen in the blockbuster film Vedalam, Ajith Kumar has been out of action for quite sometime now. However, when the first look poster of Vivegam was out, it took everyone by surprise, as the Ultimate Star showed off his chiselled torso, sporting a six-pack abs. The audiences are excited for Vivegam for several reasons. After teasing us with kickass pictures of Ajith Kumar on the sets of film, Siruthai Siva will finally unveil Vivegam teaser on May 11. So, here are five things to look forward to in the film.Ajith Kumar:He’s a demigod for his fans. People are dying to catch a glimpse of him. He rarely attends award shows. He doesn’t give interviews. He doesn’t even own fan clubs. Yet he has one of the largest fan bases in Tamil. The name is Ajith Kumar. Ever since the blockbuster success of Vedalam, fans have been waiting madly for Vivegam. One of the major highlights of the film is obviously Thala’s mind-blowing physical transformation for the film. Tipped to be a spy thriller, Vivegam has already hit the right chords. Considering the unprecedented craze it has on the audience, Vivegam is likely to become Ajith Kumar’s highest grossing film.Ajith Kumar + Siruthai Siva:advertisementSiva is an intelligent director. He’s intelligent in the sense that most of his films are profitable at the box office. Siva, who shot to fame after Siruthai, was supposed to direct a film with superstar Rajinikanth. And Thalaivar isn’t someone who gives his call sheets to mediocre filmmaker. After Veeram and Vedalam, Siva is collaborating with Ajith for the third time. Veeram was a well-made commercial film. Despite opening to mixed reviews, Vedalam became one of the highest grossing Tamil films that year. While fans look forward to Siva-Thala combination, it’d only be interesting to see if Vivegam lives up to its hype.Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal, Akshara Haasan:Apart from Ajith Kumar, Vivegam is impressive in terms of its supporting cast, which has Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi playing the prime antagonist, while Kajal Agarwal will play Ajith’s wife. Kamal Haasan’s second daughter Akshara Haasan has been roped in to play a pivotal role in Vivegam. A film’s success partly goes to its supporting actors. One hopes that the teaser shows us a glimpse of all the characters.Vivegam’s plot:The film is being made on a lavish budget and the makers have shot it in exotic locations from across the world. Going by reports, Vivegam tells the story of an Interpol officer, who is in charge of a crime that happens in Chennai. His subsequent interrogations leads him to different parts of the world. Which brings us to the villain, Vivek Oberoi.Anirudh Ravichandran’s music: Anirudh Ravichandran is the Kollywood sensation who has given some chart busting albums. But his Aluma Doluma became a smash hit that even Russian girls shook a leg to the song. If not for his music, Anirudh Ravichander will be more remembered for his background music. Reports suggested that Anirudh has already composed a peppy theme for Ajith. With Vivegam, the Ajith-Anirudh combination is likely to repeat magic once again.ALSO READ: After Baahubali 2’s success, Prabhas to charge Rs 30 crore per film?ALSO READ: Loved Baahubali 2? Here are 5 other SS Rajamouli films you need to watchALSO READ: Tamannaah on tiff with SS Rajamouli- I am proud to be part of Baahubali 2last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea defender Luiz: Sarri philosophy produced Crystal Palace winner

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Luiz: Sarri philosophy produced Crystal Palace winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says N’Golo Kante’s winner at Crystal Palace came via manager Maurizio Sarri’s “philosophy”.The Brazil defender spotted Kante’s run and found him with a lofted pass, which the France midfielder chested down and shot left-footed under Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.Luiz said, “It is never easy to play here or control it here especially when they play long balls but we did well.”We could have scored early but they also did a great match defensively which is why it was so difficult.”[The goal was about] the connection, about training every day and understanding the philosophy.”I just tried to put the ball in and time it for his run.” last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,269.27, up 11.37 points)Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Unchanged at 6.5 cents on 10.8 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 11 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $8.04 on 6.6 million shares.Trinidad Drilling Ltd. (TSX:TDG). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 6.52 per cent, to $1.96 on 6.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 0.07 per cent, to $14.72 on 5.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 0.40 per cent, to $12.44 on 4.1 million shares.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Telecommunications and media. Up $2.25, or 9.31 per cent, to $26.42 on 3.8 million shares. Strong operational performance by its main business units offset concerns about $417 million in restructuring-related costs booked in its second quarter. Shaw reported a $164-million loss, mostly because of a previously announced restructuring that will affect one-quarter of its workforce.Companies reporting major news:Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU). Restaurants. Up 79 cents, or 28.73 per cent, to $3.54 on 1.4 million shares. The company wants to convert some of its coffee shops in western Canada into cannabis dispensaries and, when legal, pot lounges. It has signed an agreement with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis to develop and operate a network of recreational pot stores. However, neither currently has a licence to sell marijuana, so the deal is contingent on approval from the government, as well as from franchisees and landlords.last_img read more

Lemieux plays outstanding role for Buckeye field hockey in Ohio return

Ohio State field hockey junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux.Credit: Courtesy of OSU Athletic DepartmentSarah Lemieux never thought she would get another chance to play field hockey after having to transfer back home prior to her third year of college.Lemieux, a Columbus native, was forced to leave Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania and come back to Dublin, Ohio, to be with her family. She never expected she would be lucky enough to wear her goalkeeper gear again, let alone be part of the Ohio State field hockey team.“I had to come home for like financial, like family issues,” Lemieux said. “I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore.”However, Lemieux’s passion for the game never faltered, and when she heard OSU needed a goalkeeper, she decided to reach out to the coaches.“I didn’t even think I was going to get to play at all anymore and then I heard they needed a goalie, so I was like, ‘I guess I will email them,’ and I did, and they were like, ‘oh my God, like we really need a goalie,’” Lemieux said.The junior was a big part of the team during her time at IUP, but was not sure what her playing time would look like when she came to Columbus. She felt confident in her knowledge of the sport, but was shocked to see how much of a difference just one division made.“I was a starter. I played every game,” Lemieux said. “I had game experience, but it’s a completely different game. Like, it’s a lot quicker, like skill level’s a lot higher, so it’s different but it’s cool.”Coach Anne Wilkinson said Lemieux is a “very mature player” and has already made huge contributions this season.“She came in with some experience,” Wilkinson said. “She is confident, but she’s not over confident and I think she really plays an outstanding role on this team.”When OSU upset then-No. 20 ranked New Hampshire in its second game of the season, Lemieux claimed the Big Ten Player of the Week award in what was her first career start. The game went into double overtime, ending in a shootout. Lemieux denied UNH three times to preserve the victory.So far this season, Lemieux has tallied 28 saves, and Wilkinson said she has great talent as a goalkeeper and understands what is happening when the ball is coming her way.“She can come out so well on the ball,” Wilkinson said. “Her timing is really very good, and she reads the play. She anticipates well, she can handle a scramble, she can handle a lot of people in front of her, in front of the net, she can get down and she can stay focused on the ball. She is able to fight and if she can get to it, she will.”Wilkinson credits her goalkeeper’s strong mindset as a main proponent of her ability to keep her composure, even when things get rough.“She is just so even-keel,” Wilkinson said. “Whether she has a bad game or a good game, I just think she is mentally very strong.”Lemieux not only helps her teammates, but she has a passion for helping children as well. In the past, she has been a nanny to children and enjoys being part of their lives. She still keeps in contact with them and loves when she sees them in the stands at every home game.Lemieux said she was also a nanny for two children with autism a few years ago and babysits a child who has Down syndrome regularly. Her work with children is something she looks to continue after she finishes at OSU.“I am actually going into physical therapy to work with kids with special needs,” Lemieux said. “It was either occupational therapy or physical therapy. I don’t really know yet, but basically just working on everyday tasks in general with special needs kids is something I’ve always been interested in.”While Lemieux loves to spend her time with children, she also enjoys the time she has spent with her teammates at OSU. She said the team’s enthusiasm about the game is great and fun to be around.“Here it’s like everyone (gives) 100 percent like all the time and it’s a lot of fun to play with,” she said.Lemieux and the Buckeyes head to East Lansing, Mich., Saturday to take on Michigan State. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. read more

Sadio Mane a doubt for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed reports that Sadio Mane is currently struggling with an injury issue and is set to undertake further medical assessments before their match against Stoke City on SaturdayThe Senegalese forward was absent from a club training session on Thursday after scoring in Liverpool’s 5-2 win against AS Roma on Tuesday’s first leg for the semi-finals of the Champions League.Speaking ahead of their encounter against Stoke in the Premier League, Klopp reported that the issue that Mane has is “not that serious”.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Of course there is something. We will see,” said Klopp, according to the club website.“It is not that serious; there is a chance for tomorrow. If we use that chance or not… it is quite early in the day.“In these times, you always have to use each second and minute, speak to the player, speak to the Doc, speak to the physiotherapists and all that stuff. At the end, you have to make a decision and I will make a decision.last_img read more

Diogo Dalot is raring to go

first_imgDiogo Dalot is eager to work hard in training to impress Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and earn a first team spot.Diogo Dalot was signed by Jose Mourinho this summer for £20million from FC Porto.Dalot was injured when he initially joined United this summer but has worked very hard to regain match fitness and made his debut for United’s Under-23 side last week.The Portuguese defender has now set his sights on earning selection to United’s first team this season.“If the manager thinks I’m ready and he wants me to play, I will play, for sure,” he told ESPN, via Team Talk.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I’m going to prepare myself for that and as soon as he wants me, I’ll be ready.“For sure, I’m going to become a better player here. The team have already helped me a lot and I’ve learned a lot in a short space of time from Antonio [Valencia], Matteo [Darmian], Ashley [Young] and Luke [Shaw].“I’m looking forward to learning more. I think I can get better. We always think we can do better and I have to keep improving.”last_img read more

Lovren expects a perfect Liverpool season

first_imgThe Reds footballer believes his team can have a perfect English Premier League season and lift the trophy in the summerLiverpool is currently sitting in the top of the English Premier League table with 54 points.The team has won 17 matches, drawing three times and has yet to lose a single game.They are the only EPL club which has remained undefeated.And for Reds footballer Dejan Lovren, his team can do what it takes to have a perfect season.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s not only December, I would say, it’s all the period we have played well,” he told the club’s official website.“Even sometimes when we didn’t play well, [like] against Everton, we had the luck, we had the belief and it came back to us again.”“The key, like I have said many times, is the defensive moments when we don’t have the ball and everyone is working so hard, up front especially,” he explained.“They are the first defenders and we are the last defenders. That’s the key for us.”last_img read more

Punjab MLA Manjinder Sirsa refuses to apologise for saying Bollywood celebs took

first_imgManjinder Singh SirsaIANSDisgusted that his state Punjab was derided by Bollywood as a drugs haven in the film “Udta Punjab”, Akali Dal MLA Manjinder S. Sirsa on Wednesday refused to backtrack from his diatribe against B-town actors, including Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, for flaunting their “drugged state” at a party.Filmmaker Karan Johar recently shared a video of the party that was attended by top stars including Deepika, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Arjun Kapoor and Shahid, captioning it “Saturday Night Vibes”.Sharing the video with a reference to the Shahid-starrer “Udta Punjab”, which dealt with drug abuse, Sirsa tweeted: “#UDTABollywood – Fiction Vs Reality. Watch how the high and mighty of Bollywood proudly flaunt their drugged state. I raise my voice against #DrugAbuse by these stars. RT if you too feel disgusted @shahidkapoor @deepikapadukone @arjunk2@Varun_dvn @karanjohar @vickykaushal09.”#UDTABollywood – Fiction Vs RealityWatch how the high and mighty of Bollywood proudly flaunt their drugged state!! I raise my voice against #DrugAbuse by these stars. RT if you too feel disgusted @shahidkapoor @deepikapadukone @arjunk26 @Varun_dvn @karanjohar @vickykaushal09 pic.twitter.com/aBiRxwgQx9— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) July 30, 2019With the Twitterati going berserk over his tweet, the Akali Dal leader said the youth look upon the celebrities who should feel ashamed for defaming Punjab when they themselves indulged in drugs related activities.”Nobody in the whole world can force me to apologise to drug addicts. I will stand by what I said. These people were doing drugs, they are drug addicts. They are ruining the society and jail is the right place for them, not society. Those who are asking me to apologise need to go and see who all are indulging in drugs,” Sirsa said.The actors were yet to comment on the issue but politician Milind Deora refuted Sirsa’s claims.”My wife was also present that evening (and is in the video). Nobody was in a ‘drugged state’, so stop spreading lies and defaming people you don’t know! I hope you will show the courage to tender an unconditional apology,” he tweeted.Neither I know @milinddeora; nor his family. I didn’t share this video to harass anyone but to expose Bollywood stars who are themselves into drugs yet defamed our youth calling them drug addict!! I would never apologise to these drug addicts.@ANI @TimesNow @ZeeNews https://t.co/GRB4x5OICC pic.twitter.com/MIn0iPh2x0— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) July 31, 2019Sirsa also said that he didn’t know that Deora’s wife was in the video.”But I want to say this with conviction that Bollywood stars are indulging in drugs in the video,” Sirsa responded.The Twitterati too criticised Sirsa for his reaction. “Let them be stoned or drunk. Why does it bother you?” tweeted Ishita Yadav, who is Parliamentary Secretary to Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi.Sirsa replied: “They are public figures!! They are called ‘stars’ & they enjoy many privileges. Don’t they lecture us on every issue from their verified Twitter handles? So today they are answerable to every Indian for their drug-effected stoned look as visible in this video.”Yadav hit back: “Were you there? Was someone you know there? You can’t go around attacking people based on conjecture.”However, Sirsa refused to pause: “Since @IshitaYadav is so furiously defending the celebs & advocating their innocence in drugs… Let us all request @karanjohar @shahidkapoor @Varun_dvn @arjunk26 @deepikapadukone to get DOPE TEST done & share reports on Twitter. Pls prove me wrong by dope test report Ishita Ji.”last_img read more