Women must ‘push back’ against disrespect – First Lady

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Wednesday morning encouraged the delegates in the Mother and Daughter Pageant to be strong and confident and to push back against disrespect in their daily lives.First Lady Sandra Granger (centre); the founder and producer of the Supa-Stylistics Mother and Daughter Pageant, Ingrid Fung (left) and Dr Sulan Fung (right); and the delegates in all of the categories of the pageant, in the Baridi Benab at State HouseThe First Lady made these comments during a courtesy call the group and organisers paid on her at her State House office.“Every time you look around, you see the image of women being battered… “If we’re always afraid; we will always be battered and people will begin to believe that it is normal, so we have to begin to start pushing back,” the First Lady said.The First Lady also advised the delegates to stay true to themselves by holding firm to their values, educating themselves and by cultivating self-confidence so that they can fight against the negative stereotypes of women that are often publicised.“So, we have to start somewhere… I would like to see that when our young girls grow up, they don’t think of being somebody’s assistant or secretary, they look to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Presidents and the Ministers in charge,” she said.Meanwhile, Producer of the pageant, Dr Sulan Fung, said the organisers took the decision to arrange a meeting with the First Lady and the delegates because they view her as a role model for women. “We see her as the epitome of what a Guyanese woman should be and we wanted our mothers, our women, our children to have her as an example,” she said.last_img read more

Mandela archive goes live

first_imgRomaana Naidoo The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project, a project between the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Google Cultural Institute is now live.(Image: Romaana Naidoo) Following Nelson Mandela’s sentencing on 7 November 1962 the Pretoria Magistrates Court issued a warrant committinghim to prison for five years. A photograph, which is regarded as the earliest known taken of Nelson Mandela, is housed in the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and features him in a class photograph of Healdtown, the Wesleyan College he attended in 1937 and 1938. (Images: Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project) MEDIA CONTACTS • The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory  +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • Madiba more fashionable than ever • New Mandela book released • Mandela quotations book publishedThe life of Nelson Mandela is now freely accessible to the global public, as his Digital Archive Project, containing thousands of documents, photographs and videos, is now live on the internet.Google, the internet and software corporation, through its partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) set up the digital exhibition.With a R8.6-million (US$1.25-million) cash injection to the NMCM, which is in Johannesburg, in 2011, Google aimed to help preserve and digitise Mandela’s story. Along with historians, educationalists, researchers and activists, users now have access to extensive information about the life and legacy of the first black president of South Africa, a world icon for peace.This new online multimedia resource includes Madiba’s correspondence with family, comrades and friends, and extensive notes he made while in prison. It also has his diaries, written during his 27 years in prison, as well as notes he made during negotiations to end apartheid.“The archive currently includes over 1 900 unique images, documents and videos, and will grow over time,” said Luke Mckend, the country manager of Google South Africa.“South Africans from all walks of life can now engage with important parts of our country’s history, for example, reading handwritten pages of a letter smuggled from Robben Island in 1977, or seeing warrant documents that sent Mandela to jail first for five years and then for life,” he said.Photographs Apart from material written while Mandela was in prison, the archive also has the earliest known photograph of him, rare images of his cell on Robben Island in the 1970s, as well as previously unseen drafts of his manuscripts for the sequel to his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“It is invigorating to see our combined efforts become a reality,” said Verne Harris, the head of memory programming at the centre.“This digital initiative will make it possible for us to reach the full spectrum of our stakeholders, from the global elite to systemically disadvantage South Africans. Visitors can search and browse the archives to explore different parts of Mr Mandela’s life and work in depth: Early Life, Prison Years, Presidential Years, Retirement, Books for Mandela, Young People, and My Moments with a Legend,” he said.Steve Crossan, the director of the Google Cultural Institute, added: “The Mandela Digital Archive project shows how the internet can help preserve historical heritage and make it available to the world. We’ve worked closely with the NMCM to create an interactive online experience with powerful search and browsing tools, so that users can explore Mr Mandela’s inspiring life story.”Law office Speaking at the launch of the archive, Naledi Pandor, the minister of science and technology, said: “Sixty years ago, in 1952, Nelson Mandela was admitted as an attorney and opened South Africa’s first black law office. Today, we appreciate his huge contribution to bringing peace and reconciliation to South Africa.”About Mandela, she said: “He is an inspiration to us all. His qualities as a person inspire us. And they inspire our children. It is a pioneering step to digitise Mr Mandela’s own records and to post them online. Mr Mandela has made his own intellectual property available to all. The digital world offers an important bridge between access to information and no or inadequate access.“These archives form part of this knowledge enterprise and allow the world to draw on Mr Mandela’s example of leadership and humility,” she added.Paul Mashatile, the minister of arts and culture, added: “Our support for this project is informed by our understanding that as we advance our programme of nation-building and promoting social cohesion, it is important that we continue to preserve our cultural heritage and in particular our liberation heritage.”Democracy It was equally important to celebrate and draw lessons from those who had helped shape the democratic South Africa.“Through this project we are sharing former president Nelson Mandela’s proud legacy of selfless and dedicated service to humanity. We are spreading his message of love for one another, of reconciliation, of equality, freedom, democracy and dignity for all. This is the message that is a defining character of former president Mandela and his generation of freedom fighters.”He said that through the Digital Archive Project on-going efforts to promote dialogue and social justice would be strengthened.The partnership between the NMCM and the internet group was first announced on 8 March 2011 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg.last_img read more

Sandy Arespacochaga appointed as Batang Gilas head coach

first_imgArespacochaga will be at the helm of the Philippines’ junior national team that will see action in the Fiba Under-19 Basketball World Cup and the Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship.“Sandy has proven his worth as a youth basketball coach. He has won championships in the high-school level and has been an active member of the highly successful Ateneo college basketball program,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsArespacochaga served as an assistant in Ateneo’s senior program for nearly two decades and won eight UAAP titles while serving as deputy to Joel Banal in 2002, Norman Black from 2008 to 2012, and Tab Baldwin in 2017 and 2018.Before that, he was the head coach of Blue Eaglets who won the title from 1999 to 2000. MOST READ Arespacochaga is set to bring that immense championship experience to the Batang Gilas under-19 team that includes Kai Sotto.His first order of business is lead Batang Gilas in the Under-19 World Cup in Greece from June 29 to July 7 where the Philippines is grouped with the host nation, Argentina, and Russia.“Sandy’s demeanor is perfect for our young players. He is a natural teacher whose method of teaching is what our young players will embrace and appreciate. He uses his strong communication skills and low key personality to get the best out of his personnel,” said Panlilio.Arespacochaga is also an assistant coach in the PBA currently under Bong Ravena in TNT but has served before under Black in Meralco and Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao in NLEX.“It is important that we teach our young players to not only play good basketball but more importantly, conduct themselves positively inside and outside the basketball court. With his focus on a strong and holistic values enrichment program, we in the SBP are confident that the success of the Batang Gilas program will be sustained and will eventually benefit even our Gilas Men’s program,” said Panlilio.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Pelicans begin interviews for general manager post DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Longtime deputy Sandy Arespacochaga is set to take full charge of his own team after Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas appointed him as the new head coach of Batang Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals camp gets underway in Mumbai

first_imgWith the Indian Premier League around the corner, Rajasthan Royals Monday began their second pre-tournament camp. A training camp is being organised at the Brabourne Stadium here March 6. The Indian players who are part of the Rajasthan Royals squad will participate in the camp under the guidance of the Royals head coach Paddy Upton along with head of cricket Zubin Bharucha.The camp figures three days of intensive training as well as fitness drills to help the players hone their batting, bowling and fielding skills.Practice matches will be held as a platform for the new players including Riyan Parag, Shubham Ranjane, Shashank Singh and others to play with the likes of captain Ajinkya Rahane, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni among others.Showing for PinkSharing a few laughsBonding with teammates, new and oldAhead of our second pre-IPL camp tomorrow, here’s a look back at some of the highlights from the first one! #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/j2A1SFVU5MRajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 3, 2019Royals physiotherapist John Gloster along with assistant physiotherapist Niranjan Pandit are part of the camp to ensure the fitness and energy levels of the players remains optimum, along with their nutrition.While working with the players, Upton said, “It feels great to be back with the Royals and to work with this squad that is full of energetic and talented players.”They show promise and determination. They are eager to deliver the best they can.We are indeed excited to be beginning the season at home in the SMS stadium.”advertisementThe other members present in the camp are Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, S Midhun, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla and Manan Vohra.The coaching team for the camp consists of spin bowling coach Sairaj Bahutule, batting coach Amol Muzumdar and fielding coach Dishant Yagnik.Also Read | Steve Smith returns to training after elbow surgery, likely to be fit for IPLAlso Read | MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli respond to Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah in IPL 2019 banterAlso Read | Women’s IPL exhibition games likely during playoffs: BCCI officiallast_img read more