Ask the Mayor — April 22, 2020 — CG Public Health public information officer Emily Dunbar

first_imgCerro Gordo County Department of Public Health public information officer Emily Dunbar was our guest on “Ask the Mayor” on April 22nd, 2020. Listen back to the program via the audio player below, and below that see a video about wearing masks correctlylast_img

ENOLA GRAY REBOUNDS OFF LONE DEFEAT TO TAKE $100,000 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP BY ONE LENGTH UNDER BAZE; ALEXANDER HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY D’AMATO, GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:11.57

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2016)–The lone three year old in a field of five fillies and mares, Enola Gray tried turf for the first time and avenged her only career loss with a gutty one length win under Tyler Baze in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at Santa Anita. Owned and bred by Nick Alexander and trained by Phil D’Amato, the grey daughter of Grazen got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.57.Second as the 1-5 favorite against open company in the six furlong Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 11, Enola Gray broke from post position three today and was immediately engaged on the front end by Desert Steel, who broke from the rail under Rafael Bejarano.“I didn’t necessarily think that filly would go like she did, but it didn’t alter the way my filly ran,” said Baze. “I just wanted to give her a chance to spread her wings and be comfortable. Coming into this race, the more I thought about it, I thought she’d like this firm turf. On the way to the gate, she was having a blast, feeling good and I knew she was gonna run big.”The second choice in the wagering at 8-5, Enola Gray paid $5.20, $3.60 and $3.00.A winner of her first three starts by a combined 26 ¼ lengths, Enola Gray now has four wins from five starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $304,100.“This was an experiment that paid off,” said Alexander, who is well known in Southern California through his car dealership, Nick Alexander Imports and his radio slogan, “Nick can’t say no.” “Her sire, Grazen, never ran on the grass because he got hurt right before we had a chance. Now this gives us a lot of choices with her, but the Betty Grable (seven furlongs against open company at Del Mar on Nov. 13) is where we’re going next. That was the plan.”For her part, Desert Steel, who was making her third start of the year, was extra game in deep stretch, and shifted to the three path with a furlong to go and ran down Home Journey by a head for the place. Off at 10-1 with Rafael Bejarano, Desert Steel paid $6.80 and $5.00.Home Journey, who appeared to have an idyllic trip under Mike Smith, broke from the far outside and sat third behind the top two to the dirt crossing at the top of the lane and appeared well positioned to fight it out with the winner to the wire but had to settle for third money, 9 ¾ lengths in front of longshot Out Of the Ordinary.Off at 5-2, Home Journey paid $3.60 to show.Enola Gray’s stablemate, Long Hot Summer, who was favored at 6-5 with Joe Talamo, finished fifth and last with no apparent excuses.Fractions on the race were 21.84, 43.34 and 1:05.56.last_img read more

Liberia Moves One Spot Above in November FIFA Ranking

first_imgThe Lone Star was last month ranked as 135th in the world and as the 38th nation in AfricaLiberia climbed one spot above its previous world ranking and one above its previous Africa ranking, according to the latest FIFA Coca-Cola world ranking.FIFA’s latest ranking for November showed that Liberia climbed to 134th position in the world and to 37th position in Africa.The Lone Star was last month ranked as 135th in the world and 38th in Africa. Liberia was ranked one spot above Sudan and one spot below Swaziland.Back in August, Liberia moved up to 133rd in the world ranking – 17 places above its previous rank (150th) in July, and maintained the position in both August and September, but later dropped in the October rankings after being kicked out of the World Cup qualifiers and the African Nations Cup. Despite winning 1-0 away in Mauritania, Lone Star dropped from the competition on away goals after losing 2-1 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.The latest report showed Senegal moving up to 1st place in Africa and 23rd from 32nd on the Fifa world rankings for November – their highest ever position.Senegal moved above Tunisia and Egypt to become the highest-ranked team on the continent.The Teranga Lions rise according to the BBC comes on the back of two wins over South Africa in November that saw them qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia. Nigeria are the lowest ranked of Africa’s World Cup-bound nations at 50th globally and 8th on the continent.Also on the African continent according to the latest FIFA ranking, Burkina Faso are the biggest continental movers as they leapt 11 places to reach 44th overall and six in Africa.The global top five of Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium remains unchanged from October.Africa’s Top TenSenegal (23)Tunisia (27)Egypt (31)DR Congo (36)Morocco (40)Burkina Faso (44)Cameroon (45)Nigeria (50)Ghana (51)Ivory Coast (61)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bayern down to seventh after defeat at leaders Gladbach

first_imgBayern, now seven points adrift in the title race, went ahead at Borussia Park when Ivan Perisic fired home just after the break, but defender Bensebaini headed Gladbach level with an hour gone. The Algerian then struck his decisive stoppage-time penalty after Bayern’s Javi Martinez was sent off for a second yellow card.There were wild scenes of celebrations from home fans at the final whistle of a game Bayern dominated for long stretches.But like last week’s 2-1 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen they only had themselves to blame as they squandered a string of chances.Bayern had six clear first-half chances, two of which saw striker Robert Lewandowski fire wide.“I’m annoyed that we lost the last two games, although we were clearly better and had more chances,” fumed Flick.Bayern nearly grabbed the lead on 29 minutes when Joshua Kimmich’s shot slid under Yann Sommer’s block, but the Gladbach goalkeeper scrambled and just managed to stop the ball from fully crossing the line.Bayern finally broke through when Perisic, a first-half replacement for the injured Corentin Tolisso, hammered his shot on the turn to beat Sommer four minutes after half-time.However, Gladbach drew level on the hour mark against the run of play as they scored with their first clear chance when Bensebaini powered his header past Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.The game turned in the 90th minute when Spain international Martinez gave a penalty away and was sent off for a clumsy tackle on Marcus Thuram in the area.Bensebaini showed nerves of steel to convert the spot-kick and keep Gladbach a point clear of RB Leipzig at the summit.Bayern slid down three places after Bayer Leverkusen secured a 2-1 win at home to Schalke thanks to a pair of goals from Lucas Alario. – Dortmund run riot –Elsewhere, RB Leipzig recorded a fifth win on the trot as Timo Werner netted twice in a 3-1 victory at home to Hoffenheim.The Germany striker scored the opener and added a second-half penalty to climb up to 15 league goals this season — one behind Robert Lewandowski.Midfielder Marcel Sabitzer scored Leipzig’s third before defender Ermin Bicakcic notched a consolation goal for Hoffeheim just before the final whistle.Dortmund’s England winger Jadon Sancho celebrates after scoring against Fortuna Dusseldorf in Saturday’s 5-0 home win © AFP / INA FASSBENDERBorussia Dortmund eased the pressure on coach Lucien Favre to go third with a 5-0 home romp against Fortuna Duesseldorf, who dropped into the bottom three, as England winger Jadon Sancho and club captain Marco Reus both scored twice.Having ground out a 2-1 win with 10 men at Jurgen Klinsmann’s relegation-threatened Hertha Berlin last weekend, Dortmund ran riot after the break at home with four second-half goals.Reus put the hosts ahead at Signal Iduna Park and then combined with Sancho and Thorgan Hazard after the break to shred Duesseldorf’s defence.Sancho had a goal ruled out for offside on 52 minutes but set up Hazard four minutes later, before scoring Dortmund’s third goal with an hour gone after combining with Reus.Reus and Sancho then both claimed their second goals of the contest inside a devastating four-minute spell.Freiburg moved up to fifth, a point above Bayern, with a 1-0 win at home to Wolfsburg courtesy of a second-half winner from Jonathan Schmid while mid-table Augsburg enjoyed a 2-1 win at home to Mainz.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ramy Bensebaini was the hero for Gladbach with both goals in a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich © AFP / UWE KRAFTBerlin, Germany, Dec 7 – Bayern Munich dropped to seventh in the Bundesliga Saturday after Ramy Bensebaini’s injury-time penalty fired leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach to a 2-1 win over the reigning champions.A second straight league loss puts pressure on Hansi Flick, who has been put in charge until January and was tipped to see out the season as interim boss after winning his first five games.last_img read more

SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS FEVER HITS DONEGAL

first_imgIntroduced to Donegal by George Bunner MBE as part of a promotional road show many years ago the concept of running children’s athletic events in indoor venues all across Donegal has been growing hugely over the last number of years with the development of a primary schools programme.Donegal Sports Partnership with the support of Athletics Ireland and the Donegal Athletics Board have been driving the primary schools programme which is now in year 3 and features running, jumping and throwing events in a team format for children from third to sixth class. Indoor venues in Clonmany, Castlefin, Dungloe, Letterkenny and Ballyshannon will host primary school events as regional events with the winners going forward to a county final which will be held in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny on Thursday 12th December starting at 11am.The Donegal winners will also have an opportunity to go forward to national qualifying events ahead of national finals to be held in Athlone in 2014.This concept of athletics has also been used by Donegal Sports Partnership to support special needs schools in Donegal with a dedicated project being delivered under the Sports Inclusion Disability Programme.The 2012 Sports Capital programme which is coordinated by the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport provided finance to support the Sports Hall Athletics Programme in Donegal through a grant of €10,000. This equipment which will support the increased demand on the programme and will be distributed to clubs and community groups across Donegal and will further strengthen community involvement by children in sport.Further information on the programme from Donegal Sports Partnership, River Front House, Pearse Road, Letterkenny – info@activedonegal.com 074 9116078/9116079 SPORTS HALL ATHLETICS FEVER HITS DONEGAL was last modified: November 29th, 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:donegalDONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPschoolchildrenSportlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A 40-year-old man found dead in the 1200 block of Spruce Street on Friday morning was shot several times in the upper body, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives said Monday.Authorities identified the victim as Larry Herrera of Montebello. He was found dead in his driveway at 10 a.m. Friday.Neighbors said they heard gunshots and saw a man in dark clothing running from the house, Deputy Luis Castro said.Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call detectives at (323) 762-5026. Car collision kills assault suspect PICO RIVERA – A man who police believe was driving at a high rate of speed after allegedly committing an armed assault died Sunday night when his vehicle crashed into the back of another car at Slauson Avenue and Paramount Boulevard.The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of next of kin, allegedly committed an assault with a deadly weapon at Slauson Avenue and Rosemead Boulevard minutes before the collision, said Sgt. Della Walls of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station.No one else was hurt in the collision, she said. Hospital guild seeks donations WHITTIER – Whittier Guild Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is collecting toys and books for children.Bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to the Pickard Architect office, 7915 S. Painter Ave.The collection campaign runs through Jan. 20. Whittier Guild members will deliver toys and books to the hospital during the third week of January.For more information, call (562) 908-9117. Restaurant to feed families in need WHITTIER – Scotty’s Family Restaurant, 8426 Laurel Ave., will hold its ninth annual free Christmas Eve dinner for needy families from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Participants will receive a complete dinner. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa Claus. The event is intended only for those in need.Participants should pick up a flier at the restaurant to present at the event.For more information, call (562) 698-8636. 2 charged with Xbox tampering PICO RIVERA – Two store owners and a third man from Pico Rivera were charged Monday in a federal copyright infringement case for allegedly selling modified Xbox game consoles that allowed the machines to play pirated video games copied on to a hard drive installed in the console, according to authorities.The three were identified as Pei “Patrick” Cai, 32, of Pico Rivera, and ACME Game Store co-owners Jason Jones, 34, of Los Angeles, and Jonathan Bryant, 44, of Los Angeles.A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Los Angeles accuses the three of conspiring to traffic in a technology used to circumvent a copyright protection system and conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement.The complaint affidavit specifically alleges that the owners of ACME Game Store on Melrose Avenue sold Xbox game systems that had been modified by a third man who installed modification chips and large hard drives into Xbox consoles.The defendants will be summoned to appear in United States District Court in Los Angeles in late January. From staff reportslast_img read more

Road safety appeal to candidates over election posters

first_imgThe Donegal Road Safety Working Group has issued an appeal to candidates contesting the upcoming elections to be mindful of road safety when erecting posters.Brian O’Donnell Road Safety Officer says they totally understand that candidates need to erect their posters.However, they are asking them to be mindful of where they erect their posters and to be aware that erecting posters in the wrong location can lead to problems for motorists and pedestrians, such as vision impairment, obstruction or distraction, which could lead to a collision”. He said “In the interest of road safety we are appealing to candidates to be conscious of where posters are placed and secure them properly.“We would also ask all candidates to ensure that all campaign workers are made aware of the dangers of working at the roadside and not to place themselves or others at risk when erecting posters. It is also essential that workers take the practical step of wearing high-visibility clothing when doing so.“Posters should be placed in a way that does not obscure road signs and does not cause problems for drivers or pedestrians.“We would urge candidates to be particularly mindful of erecting posters at or near roundabouts, speed limit signs, statutory road signs, directional signs, road works sites, STOP or Yield signs and other crucial areas. “These signs are there to ensure the safety of motorists and all road users, so it is important that no action is taken that either obscures the signage or distracts road users from their content.”Road safety appeal to candidates over election posters was last modified: April 25th, 2019 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:appealbancouncildonegalroad signslast_img read more

Shosholoza: passion and dreams

first_img4 February 2005Team Shosholoza have not only changed the landscape of South African yachting, they have also turned the 153-year-old America’s Cup on its head.The South African team have held their own against the most expensive yachts in the world, despite racing in a far older craft – at the same time shattering the image of yachting as a white man’s sport.Throughout the history of the America’s Cup there have been very few black competitors. Team Shosholoza has bucked that long tradition, with seven of the yacht’s 24 crew being black. And as Ian Ainslie, a three-time Olympian and the team’s strategist, points out, those seven are there on merit.‘They’ve risen to the occasion’There were plenty of sceptics at first, says Ainslie, who reckoned the team’s black sailors wouldn’t make the grade; but they were wrong. “They’ve risen to the occasion”, Ainslie says.Ainslie’s involvement with sailors from previously disadvantaged backgrounds began after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. On returning from the Games, he took up teaching mathematics, geography and maritime studies in Simon’s Town, which is home to a South African naval base, in Cape Town.At the school he met two 15-year-olds from KwaThema in Johannesburg. Golden Mgedeza and Solomon Dipeere were studying in Simon’s Town because they had earned scholarships.Both youngsters had been naval cadets at their former school in KwaThema, but their experience on the water was very limited until they met Ainslie. They made good progress under the Olympic sailor, and Ainslie responded by asking sailors at the local yacht club to use the two as crewmen during weekend races.Sailing classes for township kidsThen, in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, Ainslie began offering sailing classes to black youngsters from the poor townships surrounding Simon’s Town.It was “for fun”, he says, “one day a week”.Word quickly spread, and soon large numbers of eager youngsters were flocking to Ainslie’s classes.Marcello Burricks lives across the Peninsula from Simon’s Town, but he heard about Ainslie’s lessons and managed to get into a class for 15-year-old sailors. He was just 12 at the time.He was the most eager participant of all, remembers Ainslie. The biggest problem was persuading him to do his schoolwork, and not just sail all the time.Salvatore SarnoThen Salvatore Sarno stepped in. The founder of the Mediterranean Shipping Company, the world’s second-largest container carrier, he annually sponsored regattas in Durban at which young sailors were accommodated at his expense. They included Golden Mgedeza, Solomon Dipeere, and Marcello Burricks.Sarno took on the three, plus two other teenagers from Cape Town, Sieraj Jacobs and Ashton Simpson, to crew on his own boat. The effect it had on the five was huge.In 2002, Mgedeza became the first black crewman to win the Lipton Cup, the most coveted yachting title in South Africa. Sailing Magazine named him Yachtsman of the Year.As the five built up experience, sailing in the Cape to Rio race, in Newport, Rhode Island, and off Mozambique, Sarno started to dream. He had visions of competing in the America’s Cup, something that no yacht from Africa had ever done before.Ainslie thought Sarno was crazy. There wasn’t the kind of money they needed to compete at that level in South Africa. He believed Sarno’s aims should be more humble. Sarno was undeterred.Valencia 2007The shipping magnate spoke to his black crewmen. He explained that crewing in the America’s Cup would not be about money. However, it would get them to Valencia in 2007. And it would make South Africans sit up and take notice.“One day President Mbeki will look in your eye, shake your hand and say, ‘South Africa is proud of you’”, he said.In 2004, Team Shosholoza faced up to the best teams and yachts in the world in the Louis Vuitton Regatta, including defending America’s Cup champions Team Alinghi, off Marseille and Valencia. With a yacht that couldn’t make the grade two Cups previously, Team Shosholoza surprised all by finishing as high as fourth.That drew the interest of giant German company T-Systems. The result was a massive sponsorship of R100-million over three years, and now Team Shosholoza is having two new yachts built, which should improve their challenge immeasurably.Can Team Shosholoza pull off a miracle and win the 32nd America’s Cup? As Michael Wines writes in a recent New York Times article, however they fare in Valencia in 2007, their accomplishments “are pretty miraculous already.“They have shattered the image of yachting as the preserve of hyper-rich CEOs and lily-white sailing crews. They have raised the delicious prospect, however remote, that billionaires who lavish $100-million and more on America’s Cup challenges can be humbled by a rival with one-quarter the budget and a 19-year-old sailor with scars from old knife fights.“They have attracted a corporate sponsor, a huge German company that pumped some $17-million into Team Shosholoza this month just as money was running out.“Then there is the biggest accomplishment of all: taking a handful of young men with cloudy futures and showing them that they, too, can take on the world’s best.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

On the trail of the 16 June ’76 students

first_img13 June 2011 Visitors can relive South Africa’s turbulent history by walking the route that protesting Soweto school students took on 16 June 1976 – the day that marked the beginning of the end for the apartheid regime. The entire path has been declared a heritage trail. The beginning of June – Youth Month – is an appropriate time to relive some of the events of the 1976 Student Uprising; retracing the steps of the Soweto students and children, heart-rending anecdotes are told by locals who were likely participants, bystanders or spectators on the day it all exploded, 16 June. The route they chose through the streets of the sprawling township south-west of Johannesburg is tortuous. The heritage trail begins at Morris Isaacson High School in Jabavu, where the protest is said to have gained momentum, after starting at Naledi High School, in the southwestern end of the township. Inside Morris Isaacson, visitors are met by a bronze statue of the 19-year-old political campaigner, Tsietsi Mashinini. He is hoisting his right fist upwards, a universal gesture signalling the mobilisation of people to reclaim power and influence, and embrace their liberation, in this case from the racially oppressive government of the day. Outside the school, lies a broad, tree-lined avenue with a paved walkway painted red, signalling the blood lost on the day – this is where the June 16 heritage trail begins. Parallel is the June 16 Memorial Acre, a plague erected to commemorate the happenings of the day. It stands alongside a small, scruffy mural, standing forlornly amid uncut grass. On any given day, the suburb of Jabavu is abuzz with life; taxis hoot while they rush around, ferrying passengers here and there, learners and pedestrians crisscross the streets, children shout playfully above the din, and informal traders on street corners do brisk business. It is a typical scene on Mphuti Street, just outside Morris Isaacson. There is another busy intersection nearby, on Tsietsi Mashinini Street, overlooking the school backyard. Here some of the events and memories of the day are recaptured.Boycott The 1976 school boycotts began in mid-May, when pupils refused to go to school. They were protesting against Bantu education, an inferior education forced on them by the government. Afrikaans had also been introduced as a medium of instruction, further angering the learners. A clandestine student meeting was held in Orlando on Sunday, 13 June and about 400 students attended. At the meeting, Mashinini, a prominent figure and leader in the events of June 1976, advocated for a mass demonstration against the use of Afrikaans, planned for Wednesday, 16 June. An action committee called the Soweto Students’ Representative Council was formed to organise the demonstration, with two representatives from each Soweto school. As day dawned on 16 June, students converged at different points across Soweto, then set off to meet at Orlando East, where they planned to pledge their solidarity, sing Nkosi Sikeleli ‘iAfrika – at the time a freedom song – and depart, having voiced their grievances against the state. More than 10 000 students marched through Soweto, hoisting placards and banners. Slogans such as “Down with Afrikaans” and “Viva Azania” reverberated around the route as protesters made their procession. It is estimated that at least 250 000 people in Soweto were actively involved in the resistance.Mofolo Arts Centre At the Mofolo Arts Centre, near where the marchers passed by, an adult man identifies himself with his first name, Mosoeu. He was 10 years old at the time of the 1976 uprisings, and clearly remembers the time. He says the march actually started at Naledi High School, collecting marchers along the way to Orlando East. “We marched from there and we met other students in Senaoane. Then we carried [on] through Koma Road and then arrived at Morris Isaacson,” he says, noting that when the procession left the school, they agreed to march to Orlando Community Centre, opposite the Orlando Police Station on Mooki Street. They set forth on Mphuti Street, marching along the road until it becomes Machaba Street, at the intersection of Roodepoort Road. This part of the trail is treed and green, and adequately marked. The marchers turned right into Zulu Drive, past Mofolo Bridge, where demonstrators were halted by the apartheid security forces. Mosoeu says this was the first altercation of the march. Police used teargas and fired bullets in the air to disperse the crowd; however, this did little to deter them, he adds. “The protesters were determined to make their voices heard.” They continued along Zulu Drive, which becomes Mahalefele Road and then Pela Street at the intersection with Moema Street. Today, the Hector Pieterson Museum stands here, marking the infamous shooting of the young boy, the first to die in the march. It was here that the students had another run-in with the police, whom they pelted with stones and beer bottles. They retaliated with force in an attempt to quell the rioting, firing live ammunition in the air – and into the throng of protesters. It is believed that some 200 Soweto learners lost their lives on the day and over 500 died across the country, as unrest spread like wildfire to other communities. Hundreds of others were injured.Hector Pieterson The government’s account of Hector’s death was that he had been killed by a stray bullet; however, a post-mortem later revealed that he was killed by a shot fired directly at him, and not by a ricocheting bullet, as the police had claimed. Initially, students had planned for the demonstration to be peaceful. More than 20 000 young people participated in the protest. They were protesting against the language policy, and for an education that was equal to that of white pupils. With the streets having been turned into a war zone, it is expected that 35 years later there will some remnants of the destruction, but there are none. What remains are several information plaques, which give passers-by a passing taste of some of the key events of the day. Yet there is also a plethora of history, heritage and modern culture to soak up. The entire route has been declared a heritage trail, specially marked by a red walkway. It starts outside Morris Isaacson High School and continues to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Orlando West. It can be walked, cycled or even driven. Another part of the trail, from the museum to the Orlando Community Centre hasn’t been adequately marked, although it is well-developed and verdant.Vilakazi Street There is a myriad upgrades which now characterise the trail along Khumalo, Moema and Vilakazi streets – once a battleground, it has been spruced up and turned into a tourist precinct with paved walkways, gardens with manicured lawns, meticulously pruned trees, street lights and furniture, public art, artefacts and the sort of thing that enthrals tourists and visitors like. The area outside the museum is a melting pot of sorts – tourists walk around, flashing cameras in hand; young schoolchildren run amok; and street vendors carry on with their daily business. The museum façade faces the area where Hector is said to have been shot, now marked by a plague with the famous Sam Nzima image handcrafted into it. There is another one in the background. Moema Street, on which the museum is built, intersects with Vilakazi Street, a well-established tourism precinct attracting at least 120 000 local and international visitors a year. Two Nobel laureates, retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, have lived here. The Mandela matchbox house comprising four inter-leading rooms that contain memorabilia belonging to him and his former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is a museum and lies a few blocks from where the young Hector was shot. On any given day, the area bustles with life and traffic moves without hindrance. It is still filled with schoolchildren who carry on with their lives unabated, some oblivious of the sacrifices of the youth of 1976. Today, June 16 is a South African public holiday commemorated as Youth Day. Each year on the day, homage is paid to the young people who sacrificed their lives by defying the apartheid government and rejecting Bantu education. Their actions unwittingly changed the course of South African history and intensified the struggle for liberation. Walking the June 16 trail will acquaint any stranger with the township, and one might realise that the world’s most famous and biggest township is not so big. Identifying less than 10 landmarks along this trail will accustom any visitor to the rest of Soweto, because most streets interlock and suburbs combine.Find out more: Heritage Trail: 16 June Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys’ celebrated in new documentary

first_imgComedian, writer and satirist-in-chief Pieter-Dirk Uys is a true South African icon. Almost everyone knows who he is and what he’s done. He has contributed greatly to South Africa’s collective pop psyche and funny bone.A new documentary, Nobody’s Died Laughing, celebrates the life of Pieter-Dirk Uys and his career, which expands over 50 years in performance. The film, which debuted at the Durban International Film Festival (Diff) at the end of June, is set for a nationwide theatrical release on 29 July 2016.Directed by Willem Oelofsen, the film features interviews with friends, family and well known South Africans in arts and politics, all reminiscing about their favourite Uys moments. Interviewees include singers David Kramer and Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground; actresses Charlize Theron and Janet Suzman; and others such as former president FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela’s former private secretary Zelda la Grange. Italian actress Sophia Loren – one of Uys’ childhood idols – makes a special appearance to talk about their lifelong friendship.The film also covers campaigns he is passionate about such as his travelling Aids-awareness entertainment programme, which he performed to over 1.5-million people across South Africa.Spice up your popcorn for Nobody’s Died Laughing @numetro @numetrowoodland 29 JULY. Trailer https://t.co/rPkILTabaf pic.twitter.com/VBdrtn53KQ— NobodysDiedLaughing (@whoEntProjects) July 12, 2016The film looks at the over 100 performances around the world, with particular attention on his apartheid-era satire. He took his anti-establishment message to forefront of the country’s dark political landscape while making all South Africans laugh at themselves.Uys is the only entertainer to win South Africa’s prestigious Truth andReconciliation Award.During his long career, Uys has enjoyed audiences with political figures such as former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pik Botha, former president Thabo Mbeki and Mandela too. He has also formed long friendships with fellow social justice warriors such as U2’s frontman Bono, Mandela’s widow Graça Machel and the late Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Taylor.“This film captures a man and a lifetime commitment to a country by using satire to affect change,” Oelofsen told News24.The film also goes beyond Pieter-Dirk Uys the performer. It gets to know the man himself and what he thinks about a life spent in the limelight, drawing the ire of politicians and doing his best to change the world for the better.“I found it fascinating that after 50 years in the entertainment industry he was still working at the same pace and with the same vigour as when he started,” Oelofsen said, “I believe audiences will be intrigued to experience more about the man who refuses to be silenced while using the arts as his weapon against discrimination and confronting intolerance.”Popular online film critic duo, simply known as The Critics, call the film “an incredible South African experience”. They recommend it as compulsory viewing for every South African. Watch their full review below:Durban film critic Fred Felton calls the film “deeply thought provoking, emotional, very funny.”Watch a discussion between Uys and Oelofsen, recorded during Diff 2016.Source: SA People Newslast_img read more