Pelicans beat Lakers for 1st win with Cousins in game

first_imgns Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., left, and center Timofey Mozgov, of Russia, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Pelicans won 105-97. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Five games into his trade to the Pelicans, DeMarcus Cousins wanted something to show for it. Like a win.It finally happened against the spiraling Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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He finished with one point while starting for the fifth time in six games. … C Omer Asik was out sick. … G Jarrett Jack sat out his second straight with a right meniscus tear. … Holiday attended UCLA’s win over Washington Stateon Saturday in which his brother Aaron led the Bruins with 16 points.Lakers: F Larry Nance Jr. sprained his right wrist. X-rays were negative and he’ll be re-evaluated on Monday. … C Ivica Zubac rested a right quad contusion. … F Corey Brewer turned 31.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit Utah on Monday. They lost to the Jazz by 33 points a month ago.Lakers: Visit Dallas on Tuesday, a team they have yet to beat in three meetings this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Cousins had 26 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out in the Pelicans’ 105-97 victory after they squelched the Lakers’ fourth-quarter rally.“It feels good to finally get one under our belt,” he said. “It eases some pressure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnthony Davis added 31 points for the Pelicans,who swept the season series for the second straight year and just the second time ever.“We’ve just got to build off it,” Davis said. “We were just talking out there, especially on offense. It’s just communication, trying to play off each other.” Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident The Pelicans improved to 1-4 with Cousins, who joined the team in a trade from Sacramento on Feb. 20. They won a game while he was serving a one-game suspension after earning his 18th technical of the season.Adding Cousins to the mix has forced the Pelicans to adapt on the fly.“It’s hard when a team already has their chemistry and you add a piece like myself,” he said. “It’s a hard transition. To say we’ve got it down pat would be a lie, but we’re definitely getting better each game.”Nick Young led the Lakers with 19 points. They fell to 0-7 since the All-Star break, a game away from equaling the team’s worst skid of the season. They’ve also lost five in a row at Staples Center.“We need to find a way to get a win and put something together,” Young said. “We just have to keep fighting and we can’t give up.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The Lakers rallied from 14 points down in the fourth to tie the game at 97 on a free throw by Julius Randle, capping a 14-0 run. Young scored five straight points and D’Angelo Russell hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the spurt that had the crowd on its feet cheering after only the dull roar of conversation was heard earlier.“They did a great job of giving themselves a chance of fighting back into the game but made crucial mistakes the last minute or so,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “The execution wasn’t great in the last couple minutes, but it was good experience for them.”Cousins left with his sixth foul and the game tied with 1:55 to play. Davis scored and Jrue Holiday hit a 3-pointer to put the Pelicans back in front for good.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry liked that the big three of Davis, Cousins and Holiday had balanced scoring.“All of those guys stepped up and did good things,” he said. “The bench came in and gave us some minutes. If we’re going to be a good team, that’s the formula for us being a good team.”The Lakers shot 51 percent in the first half and owned a 59-55 lead at halftime in the game between two clubs mired in last place in their respective divisions.Los Angeles faltered in the third quarter, shooting 5 of 22 and committing six turnovers while being outscored 28-14.The Pelicans ran off 13 straight points, with Solomon Hill chipping in five and Holiday four, to lead 79-67.“I don’t think we played with the same aggression,” said Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram, who had 16 points. “We stopped what we were doing.”Cousins played with the second unit to start the fourth, extending their lead to 89-75. He sat down and Davis and Holiday came back in, but the Lakers started scoring and the Pelicans couldn’t stop them. View commentslast_img read more

Oh, the things you’ll see if you live into your bonus years

first_imgWe are living longer and longer. But it wasn’t always so good. Take my stepfather, a man born in 1902 with a life expectancy of a mere 47.9 years. Only he lived to be 73 and might have gone longer had it not been for a 60-year diet of unfiltered Camels. And just this week I read an obituary for a South Bay resident, a woman, who was born in that same year. A year in which girls, according to the National Center for Health statistics, were expected to live 50.7 years. But that doesn’t include the longevity bonus points! If a male born in 1902 survived to age 65 he could expect another 11.5 years of life. Women could get another 12.2. My stepdad fell short by 3.5 years while the woman I mentioned outlived every statistician born before 1925. Here’s more good news. If I make it to age 65 without wearing my trousers up around my armpits, I could expect to make 77.7 years, which is about the same as the clumsy 2-year-old who ran into me on the beach the other day. If that little thing makes it to 65, I’ll be surprised. If she does, she gets 20 extra years. Which, oddly, brings me to our epoch. You probably didn’t know this, but we live in something called the Holocene epoch. Don’t act like this is news because we’ve been knee-deep in this period for the past 11,550 years. Holocene, by the way, is Greek for “entirely recent.” Recent in this case being since the retreat of the Pleistocene glaciers and the advent of human “civilization.” Still, it was kind of nice to discover that we have an epoch all our own. Only isn’t it odd how nobody thought to tell us? In fact, I only heard the word a few weeks ago in connection with what scientists are calling the great Holocene Extinction. It’s a good news/bad news thing. Some of us get to live a few months longer while simultaneously witnessing the sixth of our planet’s great mass extinctions. Wikipedia has all this. In fact, an awful lot of scientists are writing about it as the rest of us continue to debate the value of more efficient light bulbs. It seems that some 50 species are dying off each day. These are mostly little things like insects, plants and stuff that isn’t even named yet. Which is like finding out that the neighbor you were meaning to meet just dropped dead. Big stuff is dying, too, things like entire coral reefs and polar bears. No increase in longevity for the big white beasts because soon there will be no ice for them to stand on, which means they’d better grow some fins if they expect to join our elongating lives. In my twisted mind there is a connection between this uptick in human longevity and a down-tick in most everything else due to our own stupidity. Somehow it reminds me of something my stepfather used to say: “If life is so great, why is everybody dying to leave it?” OK, that’s grim and stupid. But there are other words still lingering in my head. Once, long ago, I interviewed a little boy who was dying of brain cancer, a little boy who was more in touch with our shared mortality than most of us. “People walk around acting like they are going to live to be 100, when they could die tomorrow,” said the 9-year-old who left this world a month later. But not you and not me. Besides, our planet has a billion years to run while I have 20 more years. It’s guaranteed. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at john.bogert@dailybreeze.com, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at www.dailybreeze.com/.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When I arrived, boomer baby boys were expected to live 65.5 years while boomer girls could hit 71. However, if we actually get past the car wrecks and indiscretions and make magic 65, we might get 12.7- and 15-year bumps, respectively. But only if we work out and worry constantly about looking like we’re 21. Beyond that, beyond doctors telling us not to smoke, life is almost completely beyond control. Which is why we develop statistical illusions, mathematical conceits that appear to prove the one thing (other than the existence of a supreme being and why the Dodgers so rarely win pennants) that is beyond our comprehension. Namely, how long will we live? You know, will I get four score years and 10? If so, will I still be alive at age 77 and enjoying a cat food diet? Sorry to be so grim, but you know that $270 billion we need to fix the Social Security system? Well, we don’t have it. That’s because Congress will almost certainly allocate $200 billion of that same nonexistent money on war for the coming fiscal year. C’mon, it’s either cat food dinners or democracy? Still, things are getting better. Last week the Centers for Disease Control announced that life expectancy for Americans has reached an all-time high, with males born in 2005 facing 77.6 years of uninterrupted fun while females might average 80.5. last_img read more

DONEGAL’S FIRST RENEWABLE ENERGY BUSINESS NETWORK MEETINGS NEXT WEEK

first_imgThe first meetings of the Renewable Energy Business Network in Donegal will take place on Monday 11 Feb at 6pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny and on Tuesday 12 February at 6pm in Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town.Joanne Holmes Project Officer of the Ren Net project which is based in Donegal County Council said the network meetings will be a great opportunity for businesses and individuals that are involved in or who wish to get involved in the green economy or renewable energy sector.“Members will meet regularly and identify new opportunities for the green economy and renewable energy sector, receive expert advice, training and support for their business with the aim of increasing its profitability. “The project will run until February 2015 allowing time to build a strong and successful network of green enterprises in the region. Local networks will also meet on a regional basis throughout the project lifetime and there will be a number of international best practice visits”.The Renewable Energy Business Network should be of interest to small or micro businesses (employing less than 50 people) or individuals engaged in renewable energy or the green economy or those wishing to get involved in this growing sector.It should also be of interest to farmers who are interested in diversifying into renewable energy e.g. growing energy crops and to those involved in the construction industry, contractors, plumbers, electricians, architects etc looking to gain insight into how the green industry will develop and how they can compete.The Renewable Energy Business Network Project (Ren Net) is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme. For more information please contact Joanne Holmes Ren Net Project Officer on 353 749153900 or email: jholmes@donegalcoco.ie. DONEGAL’S FIRST RENEWABLE ENERGY BUSINESS NETWORK MEETINGS NEXT WEEK was last modified: February 8th, 2013 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:Donegal County CouncilRenewable Energy Business Networklast_img read more

Rough landing expected for market

first_imgIt looks like this unwinding real-estate market is going to make more of a mess than expected.How big remains to be seen, but it will be noticeable. “I don’t think there is any doubt it’s going to be a harder landing than was originally forecast,” said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com. “The forecasts were made with the rose-colored glasses still firmly in place.”Support for that opinion can be found in all the housing-market reports for June that showed sales levels well under last year’s, the number of properties for sale mushrooming and prices starting to stabilize, although some records were set, including in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County.And in some places prices in June did something not seen in a long time — fall under year-ago levels. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesOf the 101 markets in Los Angeles County, the median price in 16 fell under the year-ago level, including Tarzana ($567,000, down 27.2 percent) and Calabasas ($1.1 million, down 17 percent), according to DataQuick Information Systems.(DataQuick’s count includes new and previously owned houses and condominiums. Large changes in local median home prices typically indicate both local home-price appreciation, and often, large shifts in the composition of housing-market activity.)The June report from the California Association of Realtors showed that five major markets saw a year-over-year price drop.Sales are now in a nine-month slump and prices, though still climbing to record levels, show signs of running out of steam.A tipping point may be fast approaching here in the Valley, too. June’s record $625,000 median is just $25,000, or 4.2 percent, above where it was in July 2005. That $600,000 price was a record then, too. Even if prices do flatten, it won’t be much help for anyone trying to get into the market for the first time.That’s more support for a harder-than-expected landing.“The fact is appreciation has pushed affordability beyond the bounds of many buyers and that, coupled with a rising interest-rate environment is bound to have an effect on people,” McBride said.Ryan Ratcliff, an economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast, believes that a worst-case scenario of the early 1990s all over again for California is unlikely.“That’s just rare in the historical record. You only see it in severe recessions,” he said.And a recession is not on the event horizon for the state or Southern California over the next several years. So far.Nevertheless, this housing market will make its presence known.“It’s not going to be a total collapse of the market but it’s not going to be so soft that you won’t know it,” Ratcliff said.There is no doubt that sales took a sharper turn than the California Association of Realtors expected.Last November, the Los Angeles-based group forecast a 2 percent sales dip this year. But in June it was revised down to a 16.8 percent decline, the biggest since a 30.2 percent plunge 24 years ago.Some areas of the state will do better than others.Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, attended a conference in Northern California on Friday. She heard that San Francisco still has low inventory and sellers are getting multiple offers. Locales that could get stressed include those that have seen a lot of building or condominium construction.“It’s more like a return to normal with a bumpier landing in some areas than others,” she said. “It’s not a replay of the mid-1990s. The economy is growing. We’re seeing not spectacular but certainly solid job growth.”greg.wilcox@dailynews.com(818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fire plan causes split

first_imgBagwell said he’s not sure whether he supports a vote on the issue. “It’s one of those decisions that I’m uncommitted to at this point, not until we get all the facts. And then I must do a lot of soul-searching. I’ve been leaning both ways on this issue,” he said. But Molinari said Montebello residents dislike the idea of disbanding the city Fire Department and folding it into the county system. He cited an earlier ballot measure in which residents, by a 2-1 margin, defeated a similar effort in 1997. “If they want to bring in a review of the finances, that’s fine,” he said. “All we’re asking for is to put the final decision to a vote of the people. Why are they so afraid of a vote?” Molinari could not say exactly how many signatures his group has collected, but he added his committee is “very close” to securing the needed 3,000 signatures to force an election. He believes county fire services would be inferior to what the city now provides, plus response times would be slower. Councilwoman Norma Lopez-Reid called those claims scare tactics. “Bob’s letter was primarily to make sure people weren’t frightened,” Lopez-Reid said. “The campaign they’ve launched is completely political. It’s false and incriminating information, so \ was important for Bob to write.” Vasquez said any decision to disband the city’s Fire Department is “too radical of a decision to be left to five or three council members deciding for 65,000 people.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Two committees are vying for residents’ hearts and minds on the question of whether the city Fire Department should be absorbed into the county’s emergency services. The latest appeal to residents was a mailer sent out by Montebello Mayor Bob Bagwell. It seeks to refute claims made in a petition being circulated by council members Bill Molinari and Rosie Vasquez, members of the Save Our Paramedic, Fire and Police Committee. That group is demanding that voters be allowed to decide whether Montebello should contract with Los Angeles County for fire and paramedic services. Bagwell said he decided to send out his mailer on behalf of the Montebello Citizens Committee, which supports investigating whether turning emergency services over to the county might benefit the city financially. Bagwell claims that his two council opponents on the issue are misleading residents with their petitions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“Molinari and Vasquez have chosen to circulate an incendiary initiative petition that is filled with misleading information,” Bagwell wrote. “It is designed to stop our effort to provide you with the best fire and paramedic services available while getting the best deal for taxpayers.” The mailer includes a stamped envelope residents who have already signed the Molinari-Vasquez petition can send in to request that their names be removed from the petition. “\ are hearing a one-sided story and not receiving the facts,” Bagwell explained. “The whole thing is being sold in one way – as a doomsday scenario, and all from a political position. We just want to find out if there’s a cost savings and, if so, how much. It’s simply informational.” He said spiraling overtime costs for city firefighters and paramedics forced the council to investigate cost-cutting alternatives, but without cutting services to dangerous levels. Meanwhile, Molinari’s and Vasquez’s petition attempts to create a city ordinance that would require a vote before any decision on “going county” can be made by the council. last_img read more

City asks MTA to take care of Angels Flight

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An effort to revive Angels Flight was launched Wednesday with the city asking the MTA to consider taking over replacement and repairs of the downtown cable car. The move comes five years after a cable came loose on one of the two cars and the brakes failed, causing an accident that killed one passenger and injured seven others. The 298-foot rail – once a popular tourist attraction that took riders on a steep one-block ride at Bunker Hill from Hill Street – has been closed since then. City Councilwoman Jan Perry said the city and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have already spent $4.1 million to renovate the project. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsBut John Welborn of the Angels Flight Foundation said he opposed turning the project over to the MTA. “No one asked us about this but we believe this should remain a private entity,” Welborn said. “We have spent an enormous amount to revive it and that should be recognized.” Councilman Tom LaBonge defended the proposal, saying the request to the MTA is seeking information on what funding options are available. LaBonge said that while the city appreciates the group’s efforts, he also wants to see something permanent on the site and see it opened to the public.last_img read more

Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal hurlers to be honoured at All-Star awards

first_imgThree Leitrim hurlers and two Sligo players have been named in the Lory Meagher Champion 15 announced today by the GAA and the GPA.Liam Moreton, Conor Byrne and Clement Cunniffe will all be presented with their awards at this evening’s ceremony, after helping Leitrim reach last year’s Lory Meagher Cup final.Sligo have two players among the 15 – Kevin Banks and Cormac Behan.Donegal have one representative on the Nicky Rackard Champion 15, with Davin Flynn set to be honoured this evening.The winners will be presented with their awards this evening as part of the PwC GAA/GPA All-Stars banquet in Dublin’s Convention Centre.These awards recognise outstanding performances and contributions in each of the respective hurling championships which took place over the summer.Uachtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogan Ó Fearghail said: “I know only too well that the competition and commitment to excellence in the Ring, Rackard and Meagher Cups is every bit as intense as it is in the hunt for the Liam MacCarthy Cup. So, congratulations to all of those who have been selected winners in the PwC Champion 15s for 2017.“These teams take great pride in striving for success in these competitions and it is fitting that we acknowledge and celebrate the players who were the stand our performers.”Dermot Earley, GPA Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to all of the Champion 15 award winners from the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups. It is a huge honour to be recognised as one of the best 15 hurlers in your competition, just rewards for years of hard work throughout your career, and no doubt you will treasure this recognition long after your inter-county days have finished.”Christy Ring Cup champions Carlow have the highest representation with four players honoured on their respective selection.Derry were impressive winners of the Nickey Rackard Cup final against Armagh at Croke Park and it is no surprise to see them with five representatives.Former Antrim senior star Liam Watson is selected on the Lory Meagher Champion 15 for his role in guiding Warwickshire to victory over Leitrim, scoring 0-11 in the final at Croke Park.CHRISTY RING CHAMPION 15: Enda Cooney (London), Paul Divilly (Kildare), Ger McManus (Mayo), Padraig Kelly (Roscommon), Eamonn Kearns (Wicklow), Andy O’Brien (Wicklow), Michael Hughes (Down), Eoghan Sands (Down), Chrissy O’Connell (Antrim), John Dillon (Antrim), Paddy Burke (Antrim), Alan Corcoran (Carlow), John Michael Nolan (Carlow), James Doyle (Carlow), Richard Coady (Carlow).NICKEY RACKARD CHAMPION 15:  Mike Lyons (Louth), Seamus Hannon (Longford), Davin Flynn (Donegal), Brendan Begley (Tyrone), Stephen Donnelly (Tyrone), Mark Treanor (Monaghan), Donal Megan (Monaghan), Artie McGuinness (Armagh),  Nathan Curry (Armagh), John  Corvan (Armagh), Brendan Rogers (Derry), Darragh McCloskey (Derry), Paul Cleary (Derry), Sean Cassidy (Derry), Gerald Bradley (Derry)LORY MEAGHER CHAMPION 15: Damien Sheridan (Cavan), Matthew Hynes (Cavan), Sean Corrigan (Fermanagh), Shea Curran (Fermanagh), Kevin Banks (Sligo), Cormac Behan (Sligo), Ronan Crowley (Lancashire), Nathan Unwin (Lancashire), Conor Byrne (Leitrim),Liam Moreton (Leitrim), Clement Cunniffe (Leitrim), John Collins (Warwickshire), Dean Bruen (Warwickshire), Paul Uniacke (Warwickshire), Liam Watson (Warwickshire).last_img read more

In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of May 17, 2019

first_imgShare This!What an interesting week of news! There’s really something for everyone this week…theme park fans have exciting tidbits about Galaxy’s Edge, television fans have news about what’s coming out next season, and we have news of movies we didn’t know we needed, but are apparently they’re in the works.Did you miss anything? Read on to find out!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsWhen Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, it will be as authentic as possible…right down to the droid tracks and the petrified trees.When you wan to impress, you show your friends your cool new toys…when your Bob Iger, that cool new toy is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.The Los Angeles Times has a great article all about Imagineer, Kim Irvine. If you don’t know her name…you should; her family’s been entrenched in Disney history.In news that makes me very happy, Bob Iger said this week that Disney isn’t interested in pushing virtual reality. The company overall much prefers real immersion, like we’ll get with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.Robert Downey Jr. and Bette Midler, Wing Chao, Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer, will be honored as Disney Legends during the 2019 D23 Expo. Congrats to all!Interesting…Disney will soon own all of Hulu. But what do they plan to do with it? What do you think of this move?It’s Upfront season for television networks. Take a look at Disney’s lineup across all their various platforms.Another reboot I didn’t know we needed, but appear to be getting. A Josh Gad lead version of Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Does this excite you?Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will be in theaters later this year and we got to see a preview of the film this week. What do you think of it?The Today Cafe is officially open and Al Roker came down to help celebrate.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Genie MagicBand and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

Imbumba Foundation Caring 4 Girls

first_imgLil-lets We are Woman is one of the major partners in the Caring 4 Girls along with the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) innitiativeRichard Mabaso, founder of the Imbumba Foundation, has been pushing the envelope when it comes to playing his part in bettering the lives of those living in rural and poverty-stricken areas around southern Africa.Having grown up in a poor village in the province of Mpumalanga, Mabaso has an intimate understanding of the difficulties faced by people caught up in the vicious cycle of poverty and this, in part, is why he is so hell-bent on making a difference.The Imbumba Foundation delivers community development programmes, such as its Caring 4 Girls programme, to areas where they are most needed.The Caring 4 Girls programme helps get menstrual hygiene products to girls, as they often miss out on school without access to these. The programme is supported by partnerships and fundraising initiatives.TREK4MANDELA“What we decided, in 2012, was to come up with a concept that would not only make every day a Mandela day but something that would be more tangible and so we launched a programme called Trek4Mandela,” says Mabaso.Trek4Mandela creates mass awareness about the challenges faced by girls in underprivileged schools during their menstrual cycles and raises funds to buy menstruation hygiene products.The first Trek4Mandela expedition kicked off in July 2012 with Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to conquer Mount Everest, joining Mabaso to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Their trip was their contribution for Mandela Day’s 67 minutes of activism.The expedition was a success, raising enough funds to buy more than the targeted 67 000 sanitary pad packs.“The bigger picture is to use Trek4Mandela as something that will talk to the echoes of making every day a Mandela Day … so we don’t wait for July anymore; we’re educating people about Mandela Day so it can be an everyday thing,” says Mabaso.Since Caring 4 Girls began its operations the organisation has moved from strength to strength and over the past two years has distributed more than 130 000 packs of sanitary pads and touched the lives of more than 10 000 girls, with the numbers steadily on the rise.“Through this programme we are not only able to provide sanitary protection to the girls but we then build their confidence in knowing that during that tough or challenging time of the month they are supported,” explains Mabaso.Partners in the initiative include Lil-lets We Are Women, the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) to support more than 30 000 girls.As part of its work with the City of Ekhuruleni, Caring 4 Girls visited Winnie Mandela Secondary School in Tembisa on 28 February to hand over 20 school uniforms and sanitary pad packs, provided by the mayor’s office and the Imbumba Foundation, to pupils.Mondli Gungubele, executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso at the school.Mondli Gungubele (right), executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso (left) at the school and pledged to support the school in their development (image: Mathiba Molefe)During his address to the students the mayor promised to take the secondary school under his wing and pledged his office’s support, saying, “We, as a city, took a view that whilst education competence is a provincial and a national phenomenon, as a city we are responsible for education, all South Africans are responsible for education.“To date we have adopted three schools in Ekhuruleni to test the relationship and the programmes that we have involving the environment and sports, as well as addressing social issues like pupils not being able to go to school because they cannot afford sanitary pads.“The time spent away from school because of this impacts heavily on the child’s education.”Winnie Mandela Secondary School principal, Eddie Kekana, says, “Through this particular partnership and through the adoption of the school by the mayor we are actually very optimistic of greater things to come out of this institution.”Thsegofatso Rebetse, a female Grade 11 pupil at the school said, “I’m glad that the mayor didn’t forget us; I’m also happy that Mr Mabaso came to help the girls in our school and I hope that I can be one of the learners that will make the school very proud and lift the name of the school.”LEARNING TO SAVE WITH IMBUMBAThe Imbumba Foundation and the Caring 4 Girls programme have also partnered with the Banking Association of South Africa‘s flagship financial literacy programme, Teach Children to Save South Africa, to promote saving among the country’s children.“Our partnership with the Imbumba Foundation goes back to 2012 when we met in Soweto at the launch of Mandela Day,” says Fikile Kuhlase, senior general manager in the association’s socio-economic growth and development division.“The concept of Caring 4 Girls spoke to what we would be interested in supporting and as a banking industry body we would be more interested in issues surrounding financial literacy and financial inclusion and Caring 4 Girls allows us to look at the social inclusion aspect.”“Through this partnership with Teach Children to Save South Africa we are now able to develop not only a girl child but both a girl and a boy child,” Mabaso adds.PLAY YOUR PARTThis July you can join Mabaso and Vilane as they drive and climb through Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, on the way to Mount Kilimanjaro, to pay respect to democracies that played a role in shaping South Africa’s freedom.Mabaso says, “Join Trek4Mandela as we celebrate 20 years of democracy; we are uniting Africa and the world through the living legacy of Madiba.”To participate in this year’s Trek4Mandela call Mabaso on +27 (0) 73 5577 2189 or +27 (0) 35 797 3800.To find out more about the Imbumba Foundation, Caring 4 Girls and their many partners, visit the organisation’s website or call or send an email to Mabaso.last_img read more

Mandela-inspired school ‘changing lives’

first_img25 July 2014 Until recently, many children in Mvezo village in the Eastern Cape – the birthplace of Nelson Mandela – had to drop out of school after Grade 9. This is because the village did not have a high school, which meant that children wanting to enter Grade 10 had to travel far from their homes, to neighbouring towns such as Mthatha and Idutywa. The Mandela School of Science and Technology, which opened its doors in Mvezo earlier this year, is changing all that – and more. It’s the first comprehensive science high school in the entire rural Transkei to offer subjects like engineering and information technology. And the government believes that more such schools are needed in South Africa’s rural areas. President Jacob Zuma, who unveiled a statue of Mandela’s grandfather, Prince Mandela, at the school on Mandela Day last Friday, said the government was serious about ensuring that children in disadvantaged communities were exposed to science and technology. The idea for the school was born when Madiba said he wanted a high school built near his birthplace. In 2010, telecommunications giant Siemens pledged millions of rands towards the school’s construction. School Principal Pat Toni, in an interview with SAnews, said the school had brought about many changes for the rural community. The school has four laboratories and a fully-fledged library and IT department, as well as an agricultural science department. “We have very highly qualified teachers for science and mathematics. I think what the school has brought to this village is quality education – something unfortunately that children in rural areas are not used to,” Toni said. “The community has embraced the school. We are receiving hundreds of applications and we cannot cope with the demand. Whenever we have a meeting, we have a full hall, and the support is amazing.” The school has brought opportunities that did not exist in the village before. “Science has moved from very far to just around the corner,” Toni said. The Mandela school will introduce its first Grade 12 class in 2016, and Toni said several universities have committed to grant bursaries to deserving pupils from the school. One of the beneficiaries of the school is Nothobile Mapeyi. Her granddaughter, Zukuswa, was forced to leave home to stay with her aunt in Mthatha after she passed Grade 9 in 2012. Now Zukiswa will be able to do her matric at the Mandela school, and will be staying with the family in Mvezo. “I was not happy when my child had to leave, but we had no choice because I wanted her to continue with her studies,” Mapeyi told SAnews. “Now we have this good school at our doorstep. The future is looking bright for her.” There are also overseas universities that are lining up to take matriculants from the school after 2016. “For these reasons, our emphasis is on mathematics and technology because we know the expectation is very high and we are aware that these subjects will open many opportunities for our pupils,” Toni said. He has promised a 100 percent matric pass rate from his first group of Grade 12 learners in two years’ time. “I don’t see a reason why our pupils should not perform at that level; we have everything they need for them to excel. We expect the children not only to perform ordinarily, we expect them to be broader in their research and studies,” Toni said. “We tell them they are not in an ordinary school – they are in a school that requires them to work double.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more