Uichico, Gilas confident as PH shoots for 18th basketball gold

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines has been the undisputed basketball power in the Southeast Asian Games with the most men’s basketball golds in the regional event with 17.And as the Gilas cadets start their campaign in the 2017 Games, head coach Jong Uichico said they want to enter MABA Stadium with a confidence so high they’ll bring another championship to the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate “We have to give our best and play our A game every single game so we can reach our goal to get the gold,” said Uichico. “We’re positive and upbeat and we know that we have to do our business, this is a business and not a vacation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Bautista silences hostile crowd, downs hometown betcenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano READ: Gilas cadets kick off title defense vs tough Thais“Of course, when you enter the Games, you want to be as confident as possible that you’re able to beat any team that gets in your way to win the gold,” said Uichico in Filipino Saturday at Sunway Putra Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Gilas coach Jong Uichico. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe likes of Kiefer Ravena, Almond Vosotros, Kevin Ferrer, Baser Amer, and Mac Belo are once again in the team that delivered the country its 16th gold in the regional games.Uichico added they have to bring out their best every game if they want to continue the country’s reign in Southeast Asia and claim their 11th straight gold medal. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Wozniacki, Osaka crash out of Miami Open

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters The 24-year-old Puig compared her win over reigning Australian Open champion Wozniacki to her gold medal triumph at the 2016 Rio Olympics.“It felt like Rio all over again,” Puig said. “I have been waiting for this and to finally start finding myself again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 27-year-old Wozniacki appeared to be headed to an easy victory after winning the first set in less than 30 minutes before the wheels fell off.World number 82 Puig clinched the win with a blistering forehand winner on the second match point. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I just tried to stay positive,” she said. “I didn’t think I played that poorly in the first set. She’s a great player so I had to stay focused and keep fighting.”Puig became the first Puerto Rican athlete to win gold in any sport at the Olympics when she beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the final.It was another disappointing exit for Wozniacki, who finally silenced her critics earlier this year with her maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne, where she defeated Simona Halep in the final.Wozniacki drops to 17-5 on the season as she has now crashed out of her last two tournaments in stunning fashion. In her most recent WTA event in Indian Wells, Wozniacki was upset in the round of 16 by Russian dynamo Daria Kasatkina.Japan’s Osaka came into the second-round match against Svitolina on an eight-match winning streak that included her dream run to the Indian Wells title and a first-round triumph here over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimscenter_img But it was Svitolina who emerged with a victory thanks to a solid service performance that saw her win nearly 80 percent of points on her first serve.– Four service breaks –Svitolina saved five of six break points she faced and broke Osaka four times en route to the victory in an hour and 23 minutes.Osaka saved two match points before holding for 5-2 in the second set, but she was unable to convert three break points in the next game as Svitolina sealed the win.“It was challenging. I’m very happy the way I handled this match today and the way I was playing,” Svitolina said.In other second-round action on Friday, seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams stormed back from deficits in each set to defeat world number 88 Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5, 6-4.The 37-year-old American improved to 7-3 on the season as she clinched the victory on the second match point when the 21-year-old Russian smacked a forehand wide.Williams trailed 2-5 in the first set but won five straight games to take the opener. She also rallied in the second set, falling behind 0-3 before winning six of the next seven for the victory.Ninth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova defeated 19-year-old Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. KEY BISCAYNE, FL – MARCH 23: Caroline Wozniaki of Denmark plays a shot against Monica Puig of Puerto Rico during Day 5 of the Miami Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 23, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPWorld No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and rising star Naomi Osaka became early round casualties while veteran Venus Williams survived a scare to book her third round spot at the Miami Open on Friday.Wozniacki slumped to a shock 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico while Osaka’s bid for the “Sunshine Double” of Indian Wells and Miami Open titles ended with a 6-4, 6-2 loss to fourth seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beard, Texas Tech oust Purdue in NCAA East Region Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

102-year-old Chico woman hits her first hole-in-one

first_imgCHICO – Elsie McLean thought she might have lost her ball on the par-3, 100-yard fourth hole at Bidwell Park. Instead, the 102-year-old Chico woman became the oldest golfer ever to make a hole-in-one on a regulation course. Because of the slope of the green, McLean and her partners couldn’t see where her ball landed after she teed off. “Where’s my ball?” McLean asked. Her friends, Elizabeth Rake and Kathy Crowder, found it in the cup. “I said, `Oh, my Lord. It can’t be true. It can’t be true.’ I was so excited. And the girls were absolutely overcome,” McLean said. It was McLean’s first ace. “Well everybody wants a hole-in-one, and I said, `Why can’t I have a hole-in-one?’ I came within inches once,” McLean told television station KNVN. McLean, who has been featured in golf magazines before, will appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on April 24 to celebrate her accomplishment. “For an old lady,” she said, “I still hit the ball pretty good.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

West Ham to make Olympic Stadium debut in Europa League qualifying tie

first_img The Olympic Stadium – West Ham’s new home ground West Ham’s first match at the Olympic Stadium will be against either Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or Slovenian side Domzale. The Hammers have taken up residence in the revamped London 2012 venue after leaving Upton Park, their home for over 100 years, at the end of last season.Slaven Bilic’s side are taking on Italian giants Juventus in a glamour friendly to mark the opening of their new 60,000-seater ground in Stratford on Sunday, August 7.But they will actually take to the field for the first time in their new ground before that, with West Ham’s first fixture to come against the winner of the second-round qualifier, which is currently poised at 1-1 between the Belarusian and Slovenian sides.West Ham’s home leg is due to take place on 28 July, but the club have made an official request to UEFA to reverse the dates of the two legs, as the stadium is being used for the London Anniversary Games on 22 and 23 July. The second leg is scheduled for 4 August.The Hammers’ first home game in the Premier League will then be against Bournemouth on 21 August.A club issued a statement explaining their request to reverse the tie, which read: “In order to give Stadium owners E20 Stadium LLP as much time as possible to prepare the arena for its first taste of European football, the Club have today made official representation to request that the fixture be reversed.“If successful, Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus or NK Domžale of Slovenia will visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the return leg on Thursday 4 August.“Owing to the date of the Europa League fixture, the Club has had to agree to work to a capacity of 54,000 for the Hammers’ first two fixtures at London Stadium. And, given the proximity of the Anniversary Games [22-23 July] to those opening two West Ham games, Stadium owners E20 Stadium PLP are doing their utmost to prepare the venue fully into football mode accordingly. “On behalf of its supporters, the Club went to great lengths in contractual negotiations with E20 Stadium LLP to ensure that the Stadium would be fully ready for the first two fixtures, in order to accommodate as many supporters as possible and offer the best matchday experience.“This is a necessary step for the ramp up to the Stadium opening in full football mode at its full 60,000 capacity for the eagerly-awaited opening Premier League fixture against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday 21 August.” West Ham were forced into playing a Europa League qualifier after being pipped for sixth place in the Premier League by Southampton on the final day of last season.They featured in the qualifying stages last season by virtue of the Fair Play League, but Bilic fielded youngsters and fringe players as they bowed out to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the third round.Bilic has vowed to take this season’s competition more seriously, however, and has already bolstered his squad with Havard Nordtveit, Sofiane Feghouli, Gokhan Tore and Ashley Fletcher.Meanwhile, other British-based clubs in the qualifying rounds include Hibernian will take on German side Hertha Berlin if the Edinburgh outfit can overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Danish outfit Brondby.City rivals Hearts, whose first leg in Malta ended 0-0 against Birkirkara, will be aiming to set up a tie against Russian side Krasnodar.Aberdeen, who are 3-0 up against Latvian side Ventspils, will face Maribor of Slovenia or Bulgarian side Levski Sofia, providing the Dons avoid trouble in their second leg.Northern Irish side Cliftonville will take on Spartak Moscow if they can come back from a 3-2 first-leg defeat against Cypriots AEK Larnaca.Cork City, who are tied at 1-1 with Swedish side Hacken, have been drawn against either Belgium’s Genk or Podgorica of Montenegro.If Welsh minnows Connah’s Quay come from 1-0 down against Vojvodina they could face Ireland’s St Patrick’s Athletic, who drew 1-1 with Dinamo Minsk in their first leg. 1last_img read more

RESULTS: LETTERKENNY AND FINN VALLEY TAKE CROSS COUNTRY TITLES

first_imgLETTERKENNY’S men and Finn Valley’s women took the team titles in the Senior Cross Country Championships today.Letterkenny AC’s Chris Johnston took the individual title in the home event, while FVAC’s Theresa McGloin took the women’s title.All the results are below: Senior Men Cross CountryLetterkenny 2012Pos.No.First NameSurnameClubTime1812ChrisJohnstonLetterkenny A.C.30.502814CiaranDohertyLetterkenny A.C.31.023367PauricMc KinneyInishowen A.C.31.504340JamesSpeightFinn Valley A.C.31.565811DarrenMc BreartyLetterkenny A.C.32.106342PaulLeckFinn Valley A.C.32.117338GerardGallagherFinn Valley A.C.32.458345DermotBrennanFinn Valley A.C.33.069813DanKingLetterkenny A.C.33.3610339MarkHoeyFinn Valley A.C.33.5911368JoeMc KinneyInishowen A.C.34.0312816IvanTonerLetterkenny A.C.34.1013819DannyMooneyLetterkenny A.C.34.2614349MartinErwinFinn Valley A.C.34.3915818PaulMc GlincheyLetterkenny A.C.34.4016821JohnnyPattonLetterkenny A.C.35.1317343DominicBonnerFinn Valley A.C.35.2218347ColinMc NultyFinn Valley A.C.35.3119344ShaneMc NultyFinn Valley A.C.36.0120817SeanMc FaddenLetterkenny A.C.36.1521371MartinMooneyInishowen A.C.36.4522370DwaineRobbInishowen A.C.36.5523350MichaelPenroseFinn Valley A.C.36.5724341PatrickHynes FoyFinn Valley A.C.37.1825806JamieCrawfordLifford A.C.37.2426802ChristianMc GinleyInishowen A.C.37.2927372MalcolmMcGeeInishowen A.C.37.5828820MartinGormleyLetterkenny A.C.38.2429399GerardDohertyInishowen A.C.38.5230807ConorGallagherLifford A.C.39.1631822GlenDuncanLetterkenny A.C.39.3332398ShaneDohertyInishowen A.C.39.5833808DarraghCrossanLifford A.C.39.5834803PaulKellyLifford A.C.41.3835374PhilipCallaghanInishowen A.C.42.4236805KevinMc MenimanLifford A.C.42.4937809DonimicCarlinLifford A.C.45.4938369OwnieMc KinneyInishowen A.C.46.27 Advertisement Senior Women Cross CountryLetterkenny 2012Pos.No.First NameSurnameClubTime1746TeresaMc GloinnFinn Valley A.C.17.312764FionnuallaDiverLetterkenny A.C.17.523757AnnmarieLarkin Mc GlynnLifford A.C.18.134756SaraMooreOmagh Harriers18.525759NathasaAdamsLifford A.C.19.016748AngelaSpeightFinn Valley A.C.19.047747CatroinaDevineFinn Valley A.C.19.268750NoleenPorterFinn Valley A.C.19.429758ClaireMc GuiganLifford A.C.19.4910752KathleenDooherFinn Valley A.C.20.0311749Kelly AnnSpeightFinn Valley A.C.20.2412751MaryConnollyFinn Valley A.C.20.3913763SheilaDohertyInishowen A.C.21.4814755Marie TeresaSpeightFinn Valley A.C.22.2915753GloiraDonagheyFinn Valley A.C.22.5316754MaryHiplesyFinn Valley A.C.23.1417761AileenBoggsLifford A.C.24.5118760IsabellBreslinLifford A.C.25.44Donegal Athletic BoardCross Country 2012 Senior Women TeamVenueLetterkennyDate04/11/2012PositionTeam1st2nd3rd4thTotal1Finn Valley A.C.1678222Lifford A.C.3591734000Donegal Athletic BoardCross Country 2012 Senior Men TeamVenueLetterkennyDate04/11/2012PositionTeam1st2nd3rd4th5th6thTotal1Letterkenny A.C.12591213422Finn Valley A.C.46781014493Inishowen A.C.311212226271104Lifford A.C.253033343637195 Advertisement RESULTS: LETTERKENNY AND FINN VALLEY TAKE CROSS COUNTRY TITLES was last modified: November 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:RESULTS: LETTERKENNY AND FINN VALLEY TAKE CROSS COUNTRY TITLESlast_img read more

CLARK CALLED INTO IRISH SQUAD FOR GERMANY GAME

first_imgAston Villa defender Ciaran Clark, whose family hail from Donegal, has been called into the Ireland squad for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Germany.Ireland has been depleted through injury but Clark could use the occasion to his advantage if he gets a start.Ciaran is the grandson of Vera Clark, originally from Moyle Hill in Milford, but now living in Manorcunningham. Ciaran’s father Michael, although born in Edinburgh when his family were working in Scotland for a time, is a former student of Drummond National School in Ballyare and played for Milford United under Fr Michael Herrity as a teenager.Clark has a huge admirer in fellow Aston Villa player Richard Dunne who will also be missing through injury for Friday’s crunch tie. CLARK CALLED INTO IRISH SQUAD FOR GERMANY GAME was last modified: October 9th, 2012 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:Aston VillaCiaran ClarkIrelandlast_img read more

WATER METER CONTRACTORS PULL OUT AFTER RESIDENTS’ PROTEST

first_imgCONTRACTORS working on behalf of Irish Water have pulled out of some housing developments in Castlefinn today after protests from residents.Some residents there were left angry on Friday night, with one family upset when they came home from work to find their driveway dug up.No-one from the contractors had spoken to them. In the past hour residents of several estates in the area have protested.“I just sent them packing from Sessiagh Park,” said local Cllr Gary Doherty who lives there.“The workers say they will not instal meters for those who don’t want them.”However residents in Emmet Park say their requests for meters not to be installed have been ignored. Contractors are also in Grahamsland and Hillhead.One angry resident there told Donegal Daily: “They won’t be digging up my drive. It is my property and they do not have permission to dig up my property; simple as that.” WATER METER CONTRACTORS PULL OUT AFTER RESIDENTS’ PROTEST was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AngercastlefinnIrish Waterrowstand-offwater meterslast_img read more

Lionesses of Africa radio show profiles women entrepreneurs

first_imgThe network Lionesses of Africa hosted its last event of the year in Johannesburg, encouraging women entrepreneurs to connect and inspire each other. The network also shared some of its successes.Raksha Mahabeer and Sandhya Singh co-founded the company Summertime. Mahabeer was one of the speakers at the Lionesses of Africa event LeanIn Breakfast in Johannesburg on 23 November 2017. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanDuring its birthday celebrations in November, online network Lionesses of Africa announced it had launched a radio show. The show, hosted by Lionesses of Africa founder Melanie Hawken, interviews women from all over Africa about their entrepreneurship journeys.The Lionesses of Africa has a network of 500 000 women entrepreneurs from 49 countries across the continent, says Hawken.On Thursday 23 November 2017, the network hosted its last event in Johannesburg – a LeanIn Breakfast. “This [event] is where we inspire each other,” Hawken said. “This is where we get together to talk, especially when days are tough.”Speaking about the radio show, Hawken said it touches on how the women interviewed build their businesses, lose their businesses. “We also celebrate each other.” The show is powered by Standard Bank.Another success Lionesses of Africa has achieved is the hosting of African Startup Nights in countries beyond Africa. “We take five women entrepreneurs to these African Startup Nights to pitch their businesses to investors, partners and retailers.” The most recent event took place in Berlin, Germany.The network is already planning the 2018 African Startup Nights for Germany, the United Kingdom and France.SpeakersSpeakers at the LeanIn Breakfast included Standard Bank’s Dipuo Phakathi, Kathryn Main, founder of the Money Savvy Kids, Ngwana Matloa, co-founder of Abot Technology, Deborah Hartung, founder of People Pivot Tech, and Raksha Mahabeer, co-founder of Summertime.Each gave a motivational talk, explaining their entrepreneurial journeys including the hard lessons they had learnt on the way.Kathryn Main, founder of Money Savvy Kids, is one of the speakers at the Lionesses of Africa LeanIn event. She launched her financial literacy e-book, which is aimed at children between the ages four and 15 years old.Here are some of the gems the speakers shared:Raksha MahabeerMahabeer, who co-founded Summertime in 2007 with Sandhya Singh, described their entrepreneurial journey as a beautiful one. “As an entrepreneur it’s important to understand where you going,” she said.Mahabeer said, as a business owner, it was important to know your strengths and weaknesses.For a long time she did not own her title, even if she knew and fulfilled the responsibilities of the title, Mahabeer said. She highlighted the business aspects of finance, operations, productions, marketing and human resources.“Get real with yourself,” Mahabeer advised. “Get real about what you are skilled at and where you need to outsource.”Other lessons she shared included:One should have humility to be learner;You should have resilience. “Do what you need to do to pick yourself up. For me, it’s doing yoga or being around certain people,” she said. “You are a reflection of where your business is going to be in the world.”Know yourself and follow your intuition. “The [business] is a reflection of you.”Ngwana MatloaMatloa founded tech company Abot Technology with a university friend.She worked in corporate structures for seven to 10 years and what she learnt during that time was that clients did not always get what they asked for. “I hated that clients didn’t get what they wanted. Then it was the developer’s job to fix the situation.”Her company wants to change the perception around tech companies. “Tech is not difficult. We want to teach customers to understand data and help them collect it. Also, we wanted to start developing our own products and solve our own problems.”Lessons she learned include:If you want to move from working with small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) clients to big corporations, make the move a slow transition. She found that SMME clients would tell you upfront if they could afford your services, while with corporate clients you could wait for months to get confirmation on contracts;Be aware that you will fail. “Being perfect doesn’t work.”Learn to leverage your network. “It’s not just about taking. See what value you can bring.” She added that mentorship opened doors for her, because she got referrals from her mentors.Source: Lionesses of AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

SA condemns terror attack in Kenya

first_img23 September 2013 The South African government has condemned the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya in which at least 68 people, including a South African, were killed and around 200 people injured. President Zuma, on behalf of the government and people of South Africa, on Sunday expressed his shock and dismay at Saturday’s attack. Zuma expressed his sympathy and deepest condolences to the family of the South African, as well as to the government and people of Kenya and especially the families of the many deceased, and wished the wounded survivors a speedy recovery. “South Africa continues to support Kenya’s and the international community’s efforts aimed at peacekeeping, stability, democracy and nation-building in Somalia,” Zuma said in a statement. “Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned, and South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism, and this act in particular. We wish the Kenyan government every success in rapidly resolving this issue with as little further loss of life as possible.” The South African High Commission in Nairobi is closely monitoring the situation in close liaison with the Kenyan authorities. Consular assistance is being provided to the next of kin of the deceased South African. Meanwhile, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in charge of Internal Security, Joseph Ole Lenku, told journalists in Nairobi on Sunday that the security operation to free hostages who were still trapped inside the Westgate mall would continue. “Regrettably, the human loss in the attack also went up overnight,” Lenku told journalists on Sunday. “We have established the location of the criminals. It’s a delicate balance and we want to evacuate the hostages safely.” He said the police had managed to evacuate more than 1 000 people from the mall overnight, but that a number of others still remained. “The operation is in a very delicate stage. Our paramount responsibility is to ensure that our people still held in the mall come out alive.” Fierce gunfire was heard from the mall on Sunday as the hostage standoff in Nairobi entered its second day amid heavy security around the building. Militants from Somalia have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia. An Al-Shabaab spokesman said in an audio message, “Either leave our country or live with constant attacks.” According to the latest reports, the slain foreign victims include Canadians, French nationals, Chinese, South African and Ghanaian people. The Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) entered Somalia two years ago to pursue the militants, who often crossed the border to stage attacks. Lenku said the authorities believed there were 10 to 15 attackers still in the building. “We are grateful for all offers of support from individuals and friendly countries we have received. But by and large, this remains a national security operation,” Lenku said. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga condemned the terrorist attack as an act of cowardice and assured the country that its security forces were up to task. “We will not be intimidated. The act was intended to cow the people of Kenya, but the Kenyan spirit is strong,” Odinga told journalists in Nairobi on Sunday. He appealed to the international community not to issue travel advisories against Kenya, but work with the government to ensure return to normalcy. “This is not the time for grandstanding. This is not the time for partisan politics. It is a time to unite the country. This is a tragic moment in Kenya. It has been 15 years since the last terrorist attack that claimed 250 lives,” Odinga said. Source: SAnews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more

The Mother of the Nation – By Tebogo Ditshego

first_imgThe Mother of the NationBy Tebogo DitshegoWhile the struggle has been romanticised,truth is, it was a living hell,The legacy of which remains today, the ashes we still smell,In the shacks of Khayelitsha & Diepsloot, the stench of apartheid’s inferno lingers on,In the landlessness & lack of equal economic opportunities the stench remains very strong,Mama Winnie, you raised this without fear of consequences, you were consistent,For you prioritised justice over your own interests,During apartheid they stripped you of your rights to mother your own creation,Little did they know, you’ll be the Mother of the Nation,I wonder how it felt to be punished for asking questions,7 days and 7 nights of torture in your bloody & brutal detention,Where did you get the fortitude to do 18 months in solitary confinement?Or to hold the torch of liberation high to ensure there’s no misalignment,But they have the tenacity to ask why you were livid,At a system that tried to burn all you had to ashes because of your pigment,The same people who used the K-word countless times after a smash and grab in all their vanity,Will ask why you were angry at a crime against humanity?After many decades of blood, sweat and tears, freedom was on the horizon,You walked hand in hand with uTata Madiba, your clinched fist raised in the air, as rock solid as diamonds,These many sacrifices were the seeds that bore the fruits of our democracy,But you never let justice go, as you exposed its hypocrisy,But as the years went by I wonder how it felt to be betrayed & ignored,For exercising the very freedoms you risked your life for,Did it feel like getting one thousand lashes and being thrown on a cactus? Hands in bondage while being asphyxiated in plastic? Being forced alive in a casket and burnt to ashes?That’s not romantic, that’s more than traumatic,For the pain you endured is more than just tragic,While in our darkest hour they stripped you of your rights to mother your own creation,Little did they know, you’ll be the Mother of the Nation!last_img read more