Almost there: Alas, Phoenix learn from playoff exit

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Going for KO, Belingon says Fernandes ‘saved by the bell’ in 4th round Alas even shared an anecdote about wingman Matthew Wright telling the team that the NBA dynasties of the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs weren’t built overnight.“Matthew earlier said in the locker room that Chicago, before becoming champions, they first had to shed its blood against Detroit, and we also have to do that,” said Alas of the Bulls who won six titles in the 1990s. “San Antonio, before winning the championship, was getting beat by Utah.”The Spurs, who won five titles across three decades, lost to the Jazz three times in the playoffs during the 1990s before they claimed their first championship in 1999.Alas said the team has learned its lesson and they will try to correct their mistakes once the 2018-2019 season rolls along and the Fuel Masters can add a couple of pieces after the Draft.“This is a lesson learned so we’re expecting to have a better run in the All-Filipino conference and make it to the semifinals,” said Alas. “Everything’s a process but we expect that our process should bear fruits so maybe we can do that next year.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Fuel Masters, in their short history, have never become a team to go into the top two of the standings except for the third conference of the 2017-2018 season when they surprised all after getting the no.2 seed with an 8-3 record.That was the first time that Phoenix headed to the playoffs with a twice-to-beat advantage, and then disaster struck.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Fuel Masters lost that perk after losing to seventh seed Meralco twice, 90-74 and 108-103, but Alas said it’s important for them to experience disheartening defeat before growing into a franchise that could constantly contend for the championship.“For us to get to the next level, we need to experience a deeper playoff position or get to the semifinals, but we’re almost there,” said Alas in Filipino after their second loss to the Bolts Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phoenix may have seen the end to its surprising run in the PBA Governors’ Cup, but head coach Louie Alas vowed that good things are just beginning for the usually considered mid table team.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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Scaled-back airlines face service woes

first_imgATLANTA – How do you turn a profit and make the customer happy at the same time, especially with a smaller staff and fewer available seats? That question is front and center of late for the slimmed-down airlines with flight delays, computer glitches, lost baggage and weather-related problems getting more attention. Airlines started the week still struggling with delays and cancellations caused by an ice storm in the Northeast over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and on Wednesday, JetBlue Airways Corp. lowered its 2007 profit outlook, partly because of a rash of weather-related cancellations. There’s only so much the airlines can do when it snows or ice freezes the runways, and system malfunctions can happen from time to time. But with the airlines laser-focused on controlling costs and turning profits, customers have a right to expect more for their money, travel watchers say. “We’ve had a race to the bottom in the airline industry to see who can operate an airline with the least amount of people,” said Terry Trippler, a Minneapolis-based airline expert. “I don’t know which airline has won, but I know the consumer has lost.” The number of total employees fell from 672,294 at the end of 2000 to 529,590 at the end of 2005 among U.S. carriers designated as major airlines by the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Meanwhile, government data show U.S. carriers did a poorer job of on-time performance and baggage handling in January compared with a year earlier. The 20 airlines reporting had an on-time arrival rate of 73.1 percent in January, down from 78.8 percent a year earlier, and 8.19 reports of mishandled baggage per 1,000 passengers, up from 6.93 a year ago, according to the DOT. David Castelveter, a spokesman for the Air Transport Association, said it’s unfair to blame airlines for things that are often beyond their control – such as weather-related delays. And while he acknowledged that major airlines have reduced capacity and cut staffing in recent years, he said they haven’t lost sight of the importance of good customer service. “I think it is a convenient argument for people to make that downsizing has increased delay times,” Castelveter said. “I find that to be unsubstantiated.” He said that while having fewer available seats doesn’t always provide for a customer to quickly get to his or her destination when a flight is delayed or canceled, “there are many cases where there are seats available.” Widely publicized gaffes lately have not made things easy for the airlines. New York-based JetBlue suffered a public-relations fiasco after a storm on Valentine’s Day caused widespread operational delays. The airline, which could not resume a normal schedule for days, adopted a customer bill of rights after reports that passengers were stranded for hours on grounded planes. Earlier this month, Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways Group Inc. was affected by computer glitches that started shutting down hundreds of check-in kiosks. Problems with self-service kiosks in several cities began after the airline put a new computerized reservation system in place. JetBlue spokeswoman Alison Eshelman said it’s reasonable for passengers to expect a lot from the airlines. “We want to hold ourselves to very high standards,” she said. “When there are weather delays, they can know exactly what to expect from us.” US Airways’ Phil Gee said airlines should be prepared to handle any situation. “We’re in the customer service business and the customers expect good customer service every time they fly,” he said. One of the things the airlines can do is be proactive, especially when preparing for inclement weather, said James Whitehurst, chief operating officer of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc.160Want 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

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Karl Robinson on promotion push and ‘special’ Dele Alli

first_imgAhead of MK Dons’ trip to Rochdale, manager Karl Robinson chatted to talkSPORT to discuss his team’s push for promotion.There are two games left to play and the club are one point behind second placed Preston.And Robinson was full of praise for his MK Dons players, revealing they are among the best group he has ever worked with in his five seasons at the helm.There was also praise for Dele Alli, the Football League Young Player of the Year who is set to join Tottenham in the summer.last_img read more

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Quique Sanchez Flores promises ‘something special’ with Watford next season

first_img Quique Sanchez Flores 1 New Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores hopes to create “something special” during his first season in the Barclays Premier League.The Spanish former Atletico Madrid boss was appointed by the Hornets earlier this month after it was decided not to renew the contract of Slavisa Jokanovic, who spearheaded the club to automatic promotion and has since taken over at Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv.Sanchez Flores, who guided Atletico to Europa League success in 2010, is confident he can have an instant impact as Watford look to upset the form book and extend their stay in the top flight.Speaking to the club’s official website, www.watfordfc.com, he said: “I was reading about Watford and their history, which is very important to know when you join a new club. I know they have big stories.“I know about people like Elton John and what he did years ago and Watford have had important players like John Barnes playing at this club as well.“So it is special to come here and to go into the Premier League, I know that. I feel a passion for my work and I want that to transmit to the fans and players.“In my mind I have an idea of the new team, of Watford. I will work very hard to achieve something special.”Sanchez Flores, 50, stressed the importance of building on last season’s team spirit.“For me the most important thing is the sensation you transmit to the fans, you must connect with the people from Watford and the players,” he added.“I always want to improve and create something special on the pitch. The idea is to create a team the fans can connect with.”Watford have already made moves to strengthen the squad, with the free transfer signing of Austrian defender Sebastian Prodl and Lithuanian goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis, with more movement expected ahead of the new campaign.last_img read more

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Minimum-wage bills reach Legislature

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Schwarzenegger vetoed increases in the minimum wage in 2004 and 2005, but he announced in January that he would support an increase this year, saying the economy had improved enough to warrant one. Though the governor said his change of heart did not indicate a shift to the political left, his backing was widely seen as an attempt to cultivate a more moderate image after voters rejected four initiatives he promoted in last November’s special election. The state’s minimum wage, now $6.75 an hour, was last raised in 2002 by the state Industrial Welfare Commission, a five-member panel that rejected another increase in 2003. The commission went out of existence in 2004 after its funding was cut off by Democratic lawmakers who complained it wasn’t protecting workers. Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-San Jose, said the commission’s demise means lawmakers need to find a way to adjust the wage to keep up with inflation, which has eaten up more than 30 percent of minimum-wage earners’ purchasing power since 1968. “This is the third year running that the Legislature is considering a minimum wage increase,” said Lieber, who introduced the two minimum-wage bills that Schwarzenegger vetoed and one of the bills under consideration this year. “Taking care of the needs of the lowest income-earning California families shouldn’t be a political football that gets tossed back and forth for three years.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Three bills to raise the minimum wage – one backed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and two by Democrats – face tests this week in the California Legislature. All three measures would boost the hourly minimum wage by $1 to $7.75, making it one of the highest – if not the highest – in the nation. The two Democratic bills also would require automatic adjustments to keep pace with inflation. California’s current minimum wage is the nation’s seventh-highest along with those of four other states and lags behind the entry-level pay offered in Washington, Oregon, Connecticut, Vermont, Alaska and the District of Columbia, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Already approved wage hikes in New York, New Jersey and Hawaii are scheduled to move those states ahead of California later this year or early in 2007. last_img read more

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Cranes Captain Denis Onyango out of danger following head injury

first_imgDenis Onyango got injured in a league game last nightUganda Cranes captain is out of danger after suffering a head injury that forced him off the field of play last night.Onyango was stretchered off the pitch in the 43rd minute of his side, Mamelodi Sundown’s 2-0 victory over Polokwane City in the ABSA Premier league.Through a video posted on Mamelodi’s official twitter handle, Onyango confirmed that he was now feeling well.“Guys this is Denis, said Onyango in the Video.“Am feeling much better as it has been nothing major. But thanks for the win and a good hard fought game.Onyango collided with a Polokwane striker with five minutes to half time and although it was first feared to be so serious, reports coming from the hospital indicate that the shot-stopper is now ok.Onyango will undergo further tests today to confirm that he is fully recovered before he is discharged.The Victory yesterday elevated the ‘Brazilians’ to second spot on the log with four points from two games.Their opening game of the season was a 1-1 draw with Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs last weekend, a game that Onyango featured in for 90 minutes.Comments Tags: Denis OnyangoMamelodi Sundownstoplast_img read more

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NCS Playoffs: Up two sets, Ferndale volleyball’s season ends in first round playoff loss

first_imgFerndale >> The momentum switch was palpable, and the Ferndale Wildcats could not recover.The Ferndale High School volleyball team took a two sets to none lead over the favored Contra Costa Christian Cougars, only to see their season end 25-12, 31-29, 13-25, 17-25 and 15-17 in a five-set North Coast Section first-round thriller Tuesday at Ferndale High School.“Once our team gets down we have a hard time pulling ourselves back out of it,” a crestfallen Ferndale head coach Melissa Throssel said …last_img read more

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Biological Fact: Men and Women Are Different

first_imgToday’s trend of gender confusion flies in the face of science. Who is “anti-science” in this hotbed political issue?The transgender movement tries to separate sex at birth from gender identity later in life. Birth sex, they might agree, is biologically evident in all but rare cases, but gender is fluid, they say, and can be a choice. Extremists have invented dozens of new genders people can “identify” with, and insist that others must use distinct pronouns to refer to them. They even want to eliminate the words “men” and “women” from public vocabulary, akin to Newspeak in Orwell’s 1984.And yet the biological differences between males and females do not stop at birth; they continue onward, leading to distinct differences throughout life. These differences are not just external, but internal as well, even in the mind. Scientific papers continue to report these differences no matter what marchers and activists say on their placards.X and Y chromosomes differ dramatically in size and contentSex Chromosome Effects on Male–Female Differences in Mammals (Current Biology). These authors affirm that sex differences are pervasive, and biologically evident down to the cellular level. It is unlikely that treatment with sex hormones will change these innate differences.Fundamental differences exist between males and females, encompassing anatomy, physiology, behaviour, and genetics. Such differences undoubtedly play a part in the well documented, yet poorly understood, disparity in disease susceptibility between the sexes. Although traditionally attributed to gonadal sex hormone effects, recent work has begun to shed more light on the contribution of genetics — and in particular the sex chromosomes — to these sexual dimorphisms. Here, we explore the accumulating evidence for a significant genetic component to mammalian sexual dimorphism through the paradigm of sex chromosome evolution…. A functional result of these differences is cell autonomous sexual dimorphism. By understanding the process that changed a pair of homologous ancestral autosomes into the extant mammalian X and Y, we believe it easier to consider the mechanisms that may contribute to hormone-independent male–female differences.Psychotropic use patterns: Are there differences between men and women? (PLoS One). Based on a study of adults in Campinas, Brazil, scientists concluded, “The present results confirm the greater use of psychotropic agents, especially antidepressants, in the female sex and reveal that the pattern of associated factors differs between sexes. It is therefore necessary to understand the peculiarities of each sex that exert an influence on the perception of health problems and the desire to seek care, which, in turn, affect the use of psychotropic agents.”Stress-induced effects on heart blood flow differ for men versus women (Science Daily). “Mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia occurs in both men and women, although younger women tend to have more of this phenomenon. While MSIMI is linked to worse cardiovascular outcomes in both sexes, there may be sex differences in the mechanism through which stress can trigger MSIMI, according to new research by Viola Vaccarino, Md, PhD, and colleagues, of Emory University School of Public Health and School of Medicine, Atlanta.”Why older women are less healthy than older men (Science Daily). Have you ever heard of the “male-female health survival paradox”? Older women are more ill in old age, but men are more likely to die at any age. There appears to be a biological reason. “Genes that act late in life could explain why women have poorer health than men in older age, according to new research.”Differences between male and female fat tissue, and health (Science Daily). Linda Andrews writes, “New research from York University on fat tissue is providing an important clue as to how females stay healthier than males, even as their body fat increases.”Soccer heading worse for women’s brains than for men’s (Medical Xpress). Perhaps men are more thick-skulled than women. Will this factor into Title IX rules for sports?Women’s brains are much more vulnerable than men’s to injury from repeated soccer heading, according to a new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Montefiore. The study found that regions of damaged brain tissue were five times more extensive in female soccer players than in males, suggesting that sex-specific guidelines may be warranted for preventing soccer-related head injuries. The results were published online today in Radiology.Snoring poses greater cardiac risk to women (Science Daily). This comes from the Radiological Society of North America: “Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring may lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women than in men, according to a new study.”Sex, drugs and estradiol: Why cannabis affects women differently (Science Daily). If gender is just a figment of the imagination, or of hormones or social constructs, why would this be true? “Cannabis use is riding high on a decade-long wave of decriminalization, legalization and unregulated synthetic substitutes. As society examines the impact, an interesting disparity has become apparent: the risks are different in females than in males.”Virtual reality assessment of walking and non-walking space in men and women with virtual reality-based tasks (PLoS One). Using virtual-reality tests on 60 men and 60 women, this study determined that “men outperformed women, committing less number of errors in both virtual tasks.” This only indicates sexual differences in certain cognitive skills; men are good at some, women are better at others. The authors had no hesitation stating these well-known facts that previous studies have supported:Furthermore, spatial cognition is directly related to gender. Hence, men and women have proven to use different spatial abilities in which male outperform their female counterparts. This was previously reported in several virtual reality-based tasks as well as in different versions of the Boxes Room task. Women committed more errors than men no matter if they used distal landmarks or proximal landmarks. It is noticeable that sexual dimorphism depended on the level of difficulty. Thus, differences appeared in levels of medium difficulty but disappeared when low or high difficulty conditions were used.Nephrologists may need more training in women’s health issues (Medical Xpress). Don’t both sexes have kidneys? Shouldn’t nephrologists (kidney doctors) be politically correct and treat their patients equally? That would ignore the biological fact that women’s kidney treatments are complicated by “menstrual disorders, contraception, osteoporosis and menopause.”Men are less likely than women to survive some cancers, study shows (Medical Xpress). Apparently cancer doesn’t care about the LGBT movement. It must be sexist.Men with particular cancers generally fare worse than women with the same cancers, new Australian research has found.Published in Cancer Causes & Control, the Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne-led population-based study found men had a survival disadvantage relative to women for 11 of the 25 cancer types investigated.Women had lower survival than men for bladder cancer and cancers of renal pelvis or ureter. The sex differences were generally greatest for people diagnosed at younger ages. For 12 cancer types, there were no differences in net survival.Obviously, too, women never get testicular cancer, prostate cancer, or penile cancer, and men do not get ovarian cancer or uterine cancer. Men are far less likely to get breast cancer (although some do).ConclusionsThese are just a few samples of scientific reports and research papers that illustrate gender differences linked to biology. None of these reports or paper even dream of other genders. They are always about male/female, men/women differences. The differences are biological. They are universal, global, non-racial, non-sectarian, and non-cultural. They exist from conception through old age. No generation till the present has ever conceived of multi-genderism. Yet institutions like Drexel University are walking a fine line, trying to be supportive of the transgender cause in spite of the science. In Phys.org, waving a gender-neutral flag, they ask, “Would a new definition of gender erase trans people?” The University is bending over backward to ease transgender fears that the Trump administration’s definition of gender as biological sex would harm the gender-confused students.In the image of God He made them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 (Credit: models at the Creation Museum, Kentucky; photo by DFC)Some rational people may just laugh this off as the latest progressive insanity. But the gender radicals are gaining alarming power, and will likely start calling normal people “insanity-phobes” for wanting to stay sane. Already, we have seen Nature fall in line and claim that the Trump administrations definition of gender (as biological sex at birth) has no basis in science (3 Nov 2018). Deep-state progressives and Obama holdovers in the federal government try to sneak gender non-discrimination language into trade deals, military regulations and omnibus bills. James Dobson warned that time is running out to fix the transgender mandate in a trade deal (WND). Universities are punishing straight people who will not bow the knee to the PC totalitarians, and cities or states are denying contracts to those who will not pledge non-discrimination language to LGBT dictators. Companies like AirBnB require it; Twitter is starting to drop users who transgress their gender rules, and a new wave of lawsuits will punish businesses who refuse to use their talents to affirm transgenderism, like they already have for those who would not affirm gay marriage (e.g., Jack Phillips, Baronelle Stutzman). The transgender activists would change every bathroom in the country, taking off “men” and “women” signs, and letting anybody use any bathroom, including men invading the privacy of women’s personal space in bathrooms and changing rooms. Target Stores have still not repented of this evil (don’t shop there this Christmas). This is no game; it is serious, and getting worse. And yet conservatives, who affirm only male/female and men/women, have the science behind them! To borrow a phrase, the price of sanity is eternal vigilance.(Visited 1,567 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Movement for Good launched to inspire action

first_img“It is about personal responsibility. It is about not saying THEY must fix it, but I can fix it. I can help create the country I want my children to live in,” says Yvonne Johnston on behalf of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), custodian of Brand South Africa.Khathu Mamaila, Editor of City Press, notes: “The destiny of our country is in our hands, and we all have to take responsibility for the future. We encourage every person to become an active citizen, to take action, any action, to make South Africa the country we all want to live in.”Expanding on what an active citizen is, Themba Maseko, CEO of the GCIS says “an active citizen is someone who talks South Africa up, votes, doesn’t bribe, or do crime, initiates or participates in community projects, does their bit to save energy and treats others with tolerance, dignity and respect.”“If we work together, we can transform South Africa by creating an unstoppable momentum, and ultimately a tipping point,” SAYS Garth Japhet, the Executive Director of Heartlines, which is supported by First National Bank. Mr. Japhet went on to describe a revolutionary networking tool, the Social Networking Platform that Heartlines is launching – which uses communication technology to bring people across the country together.The vision for the Social Networking Platform is based on the statistic that approximately 80% of South Africans have access to a cell phone, which inspired the concept of harnessing this communications tool “for good”. A technological platform has been developed to enable people to join as members of the Social Networking Platform For Good via cell phone, thus becoming part of a larger movement for positive action.The Social Networking Platform For Good will send out weekly SMS messages providing inspiring and practical information on taking action – for individuals, families and community groups. In order to receive information most relevant to them, members will clarify their specific areas of interest and will provide basic profile information.For the 10% of South Africans who have access to the internet, the Movement for Good website (www.itstartswithyou.co.za) will provide information on how organisations can join the Movement for Good, as well as links for individuals to support the campaigns of member organisations or to join the Social Networking Platform For Good.Steuart Pennington from SA the Good News says, “The Movement for Good is part of our healing as a nation, understanding our progress is important and it starts with you.”Details of the Movement for GoodSouth Africans are good people, 93% of South Africans give to social causes (with donations, with time and with materials). Ordinary individuals donate R12 billion annually, the corporate sector R5 billion and we have 100 000 NGOs that are working to make a difference. Yet our headlines are dominated by stories of crime, corruption, HIV/Aids, poor education and lack of delivery.Our positive energy, so much of which is below the radar, needs to be mobilised, good people need to connect. We need to be visible – for good to prevail.The Movement for Good will do just that. By co-ordinating campaigns and activities by partner organisations, as well as through breakthrough SMS technology and a dynamic website – NGOs, SMME’s and corporates will be able to join the Movement for Good and individuals choose where they want to make a difference and join a community of likeminded individuals who want to work for good.That’s what movements do, they organise people, they create an unstoppable momentum, and ultimately a “tipping point” that builds a critical mass that will ensure the ground swell grows with a force to be reckoned with.The Movement for Good has been established to build a South Africa we all want to live in.Who started the Movement for Good?‘The Movement for Good, it starts with you’ was founded by City Press, GCIS, Heartlines, the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), SA the Good News, the SABC, South African Tourism, the Valued Citizens Initiative and various government departments. Since its inception, the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Organising Committee SA, City of Johannesburg, Eskom, FNB, IEC, Indalo Yethu, Kaelo, Meropa Communications, Moral Regeneration Movement, National Youth Commission, Nelson Mandela Foundation and Paula Fray & Associates have also joined the Movement for Good.While all these organisations are running very different campaigns, they are united by the fact that their campaigns are for the greater good of South Africa. These organisations decided to launch the Movement for Good to inspire everyone to act and become involved in doing good. Being a movement, rather than a campaign, the Movement for Good doesn’t have an end date. Instead it will use milestones to motivate all South Africans to work for good.Who can join the Movement for Good?Any organisation that runs a campaign that is for good can join.Individuals can also join, by supporting any of the campaigns run by member organisations of the Movement for Good or joining the Social Networking Platform For Good.Visit www.itstartswithyou.co.za for more information about the Movement for Good.EndsFor more information, including scheduling interviews and accessing photographs, contact:Candi Matavele: 011 772 1000, candim@meropa.co.zaClaire Taylor: 011 772 1000, clairet@meropa.co.zaIssued by Meropa Communications on behalf of the Movement for Good, it starts with you.last_img read more

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Youth Day: lessons from 1976

first_img13 June 2011Young South Africans say they will be celebrating this year’s Youth Day by standing up and confronting the challenges they face – just like their compatriots did in 1976.Youth Day is a public holiday celebrated in South Africa every year on 16 June and pays tribute to the hundreds of students who lost their lives during the 1976 uprisings in Soweto.Taelo Mokoena from Houghton, Johannesburg, said there are great lessons to learn from the students of the 1976 uprisings. He said although today’s youngsters are not fighting for the same things, they are also facing challenges that they need to liberate themselves from, such as unemployment, poverty and crime.“We need to come out of a mindset where we as youth wait for the government to do things for us. We need to liberate ourselves from our circumstances and take up opportunities that are available to us and build a better future for ourselves.”Mokoena said the biggest lesson young people of today should learn from those in 1976 is the courage to fight for change. “We should always celebrate June 16 because the courage of the youth then proved to us that it is possible for young people to bring change in our country.”‘It didn’t come easy’“Unemployment and HIV/Aids are the two major struggles the youth today are faced with,” said Dikeledi Madau from Rustenburg, North West. “We must use the example set by the students of 1976 to inspire our youth to dedicate themselves to being empowered and fighting HIV/Aids, in the same way the youth of 1976 dedicated their lives to defeat apartheid.”Madau said young South Africans remain a central part of the country’s success. “For this country to grow and develop, the youth need to be empowered. The development of the youth is central to the transformation of this country and the enhancement of the lives of all South Africans.“We need to always keep the awareness; we can never allow that kind of oppression to exist again in our country,” said Thato Sibeko from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.“Our country has come far in achieving the growth our youth enjoy today – we need to protect that because it didn’t come easy. We need to keep the knowledge of our history conscious in our youth, to encourage them to be daring and face their challenges and succeed.”Sibeko said the day should be used to take stock of the progress the country and its youngsters have made. “We should use this time to celebrate the strides we have made since that day. We should also take this time to reboot and gear up to continue to empower young people.”“Our student heroes of 1976 were fighting to change the political situation of this country back then. I strive to change the socio-economic environmental of our country today,” said Thabiso Tladi from Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal.“By educating myself and helping other young people also get an education I am fighting for change. I am fighting to see all young South Africans realise the benefits of the uprising.”Tladi offers career guidance to high school students in his community and helps them apply for bursaries and scholarships, and secure a place at tertiary institutions.“We all now have equal opportunities to study and pursue our dream careers and live a better life. The challenge now is to assist young people with information and resources to realise that dream, and reap the rewards that the youth of 1976 fought and died for.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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