Amelia’s Ward Jets capture Under-23 basketball championships

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanTHE Amelia’s Ward Jets were able to overcome a strong Kwakwani side 70-68, to capture the Linden Amateur basketball Association/Hamid Foundation Under-23 basketball championships in dramatic style last Saturday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.Jets were able to snatch the win after the final’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), Akini Wilson, scored a reverse drive to the hoop to score with 15.2 seconds on the clock and stifled the Kwakwani unit out of the game to come away victors.After knocking off Half Mile Bulls in the semi-finals, the Jets found themselves against the outsiders Kwakwani in a final which seemed to favour the running game of the out-of-town side.With that first-quarter spurt led by Troy David, the tournament’s MVP, and his captain Leonard Primo, the Kwakwani side looked formidable but Jets remained in contention as they pulled within reach at half ime, trailing 31-37.By then Akini Wilson, Vibert Benjamin and Keison Butters had come to the party and made incisive plays down low to upset the rhythm of the un-ranked Kwakwani players. But the third quarter saw the visitors pull away once more and look for the kill as the third quarter finished 54-46 for the underdogs.However, the Jets would not go away and they pulled within a basket, adrift 54-56, with 6:18 to go. The Jets captain Shannon Cadogan then hit a floater as they remained in contention 56-58; but then David penetrated for a four-point advantage.Wilson sank a hook shot with 2 mins 28 secs left after the Kwakwani team, under pressure, turned the ball over and Butters played big with a penetration that sent his team ahead 65:64 with 1:16 remaining.Kwakwani regained the lead with just over a minute to go. Cadogan had a chance to send his team into the lead but could only hit one of two free throws for a tied game at 68. with 49.1 seciods to go.But with the tension rising with every second Kwakwani lost possession to the pressing Jets side and, after taking the ball cross court, the pass went in to Wilson on the left low post. He rounded his man and swished the ball for the go-ahead basket with 15.2 seconds remaining.Then Jets defended well to ensure victory was once again earned from pretty good team play as they were crowned the new champions and left Kwakwani dejected from that heartbreaking loss 70-68.The top shooters for the game for the winners came from Wilson with 23 points, Vibert Benjamin 17, Keison Butters 13 and George Yearwood 10. The Kwakwani best players were Tournament MVP Troy David with 18, Leonard Primo 13 and Domar Gladstone 10 points.In the third-place playoff game defending champions and top seed Half Mile Bulls pulled out a 51-49 win over fourth-ranked Retrieve Raiders. Tahquille Johnson and Terron Welch each had 15 points for the Bulls while the Raiders top scorers were Travis Sutton with 16 and Coel Winter 14.The championship trophy, donated by Gordon Moseley Promotions, was handed over by Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland while the replicas, compliments of Save The Children Foundation, were handed over to the winning team by LABA president Lawrence Simon.The Most Valuable Player-of-the-Final Trophy, donated by LABA, went to Akini Wilson and that was presented by the Public Relations Officer of LABA.The Most Valuable Player Trophy for the Tournament, won by Kwakwani’s Troy David, was donated by World Access. It was presented by Tracey Liverpool and the second place trophy was presented by Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira.Before the final game the teams were introduced by LABA president Lawrence Simon to Regional Executive Officer of Region Ten Gavin Clarke and Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland.Abdulla Hamid of the Abdulla Hamid Foundation, who collaborated with LABA, thanked the many sponsors who came on board including Gordon Moseley, Save the Children Foundation and World Access.last_img read more


WHS Daily Bulletin: Finals schedules released

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, May 9, 2016:Monday•Senior Finals – 5, 6, 7, 8.•AV-CTL Golf meet at Winfield.•JV track at Goddard.•Band Concert at 6 p.m.Tuesday•Senior Finals – 1, 2, 3, 4.•Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m.WednesdayNo events scheduledThursday•Track at Mulvane.•All School assembly, 2:15 p.m.•Class Night, 7 p.m.Friday•State tennis at Topeka.•Finals 1, 2.Sunday•Graduation, 2 p.m.Monday’s lunch — Fajita Wrap, Romaine and Tomato, Sweet Corn, Chilled Pears, Chips with Salsa and MilkTuesday’s lunch — Pancakes with Syrup, Sausage Links, Tri Tater, Juice, Mixed Fruit and Milk.Today’s News: *The finals schedule is as follows:Friday  May 13th- Normal Schedule 1-4 Students not taking finals may leave after fourth hour.Lunch  11:22 – 11:471st      11:52 – 1:332nd       1:38 – 3:10Monday  May 16th 3rd        7:55 – 9:354th        9:40 – 11:17Lunch   11:22 – 11:475th        11:52 -1:336th        1:38  – 3:10Tuesday May 17th7th      7:55 – 9:358th      9:40 – 11:00*Walk a Mile in My Shoes will be held at Lions Club Park on Saturday, May 14th from 9 am until noon. Please come walk to raise awareness for sexism and discrimination. T-shirts are available. Order forms are in the office.*Seniors: If you would like a portrait other than your regular school picture in the yearbook please email them to Ms. Ford ASAP ([email protected]) Pictures must have a plain background and must be a portrait style photo. No full body pictures or pictures of you outside.Today is National…National Butterscotch Brownie DayNational Lost Sock Memorial Day.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more


Athletics: Kenyan cross country aces Tirop, Cheptai set for worlds

first_imgNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Former world cross country champion Agnes Tirop beat training partner Irene Cheptai to win the women’s 10,000 metres on the first day of the Kenyan world championship trials on Friday.Tirop, winner of the women’s senior cross country title in Guiyang, China in 2015, sprinted away from Cheptai on the home stretch to win in 31min 56.0sec and qualify for her first world track and field championships.Cheptai, who succeeded Tirop as champion at this year’s world country event in Kampala, Uganda, clocked 31:56.4 to also book her ticket to London this August.“This is my first time to qualify for the world championships,” said Tirop. “The journey has just started. I am going back to training for the next month with the hope of winning in London.”The pair will be joined at the world championships by Cyrus Ruto as a new wave of young athletes emerged at the trials.Ruto was overlooked for the Rio Olympics last August but silenced the doubters by winning the men’s 5,000m to earn the chance to challenge Britain’s reigning world champion Mo Farah in August.“I am happy to win and prove wrong the selectors who dropped me from the team to the Rio Olympics despite finishing third at the trials,” said 22-year-old Ruto, who ran a world-leading time of 13:03 at Hengelo in May. Ruto said he hopes to win a medal in London as a consolation after Kenya failed to send a single man through to the Olympic final in Rio for the time since 1964.Ruto beat the world youth 3000m silver medallist Davies Kiplagat in a race where third-placed Geoffrey Koech was disqualified for impeding Commonwealth steeplechase champion Jonathan Muia Ndiku, who fell on the last lap.Colm O’Connell, a renowned athletics coach who tutored Ruto at youth level, believes Kenya’s future rests on the young crop of athletes who are expected to emerge during the two-day trials.“There is a new group of ambitious and fresh athletes, who have no fear of their well established runners. They are more aggressive to attack.“It is good to see this new generation of 5,000m runners to move forward.”The two-day competition ends on Saturday with a series of finals, before the Kenyan squad for the world championships in London is finalised.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more



first_imgTHE ZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE GRADE I, BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ STAKES TO BE OFFERED AS PART OF 11-RACE BLOCKBUSTER CARD ON OPENING DAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–Fresh off a record-breaking 8 ¼ length win versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, superstar mare Beholder will face eight rivals as she seeks a record third consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Beholder, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Henny Hughes, has 10 wins from 11 starts at Santa Anita–her only defeat a second place finish in the 6 ½ furlong Grade II Santa Anita Ynez Stakes in January, 2013.Beginning with last year’s Zenyatta, Beholder has now rattled off five consecutive victories and should all go well on Saturday, it’s widely expected she’ll suit up for an epic showdown versus Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.Although her regular rider Gary Stevens was forced to miss last year’s Zenyatta tally due to knee replacement surgery, he has been aboard for her last four wins and in all, has eight wins from nine starts with her and has called her perhaps the best horse, male or female, he’s ever ridden. With eight wins from nine tries at 1 1/16 miles, Beholder’s overall mark stands at 19-14-3-0. She has amassed lifetime earnings of $4,256,600.Benjamin Warren’s homebred Warren’s Veneda, a close second to Beholder three starts back in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Adorations Stakes June 13, was third, beaten 11 ¼ lengths by the top selection in the Grade I Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 1 and will try to narrow the gap in the Zenyatta.A 5-year-old California-bred mare by Affirmative, Warren’s Veneda is trained by Craig Lewis and will again be handled by Tyler Baze. She has four wins from nine starts at Santa Anita and is 26-8-4-7 overall with earnings of $931,612.Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred My Sweet Addiction, a winner of the Grade I Vanity Stakes three starts back on May 9, was no match for Beholder in her most recent out, as she showed early speed and finished fourth, beaten 12 ½ lengths in the Hirsch at Del Mar Aug. 1. Trained by Marty Jones, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Tiznow has three wins from eight starts at Santa Anita and is 12-4-2-3 overall with earnings of $348,106.George Krikorian’s homebred Big Book, who was second to Grade I winning Stellar Wind going a flat mile in the Grade III Torrey Pines Stakes Aug. 30, faces her stiffest test to date on Saturday for trainer Tim Yakteen. A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Mr. Big, she has three wins from four starts and earnings of $198,400.The complete field for the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes, to be run as the seventh race on an 11-race card Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Oscar Party, James Graham, 119; Savings Account, Drayden Van Dyke, 119; My Monet, Santiago Gonzalez, 119; Big Book, Kent Desormeaux, 116; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 119; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 124; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 121; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 124. Special first post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.-30-last_img read more


‘Try something new, come to Italy,’ Ronaldo urges Messi

first_img0Shares0000“The Juventus group better than Real Madrid,” said Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Dec 10 – Cristiano Ronaldo has urged long-time rival Lionel Messi to be more like him and push his limits by challenging himself in another league than Spain.“I’d like him to come to Italy one day. I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that,” Ronaldo told the Italian press on Monday. The two strikers have been rivals for the past decade winning five Ballon d’Or trophies each before their domination was broken by World Cup runner-up Luka Modric last week.Asked if he missed the 31-year-old Argentinian, who has spent his entire senior career at Barcelona, Ronaldo replied: “No, maybe it’s him who misses me …“I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain.“Maybe he needs me more… For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy.“He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.“I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin, everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player,” said Ronaldo.Ronaldo joined Juventus for 100 million euros ($114 million) last summer as the Turin giants bid to lift the Champions League trophy after two runners-up finishes in the past four seasons.To mark his 150 days in Italy he gave interviews on Monday to three leading sports dailies: La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.“Comfort zone”: Argentinian forward Lionel Messi has spent his entire senior career at Barcelona. © AFP / Pau Barrena“I had different options. I won’t say which but I had them. Juventus is a solid club. It has a long history,” he said of his decision.“I knew the atmosphere in the stadium. I’d played several times in Italy. I like the city, the people and the club. I knew it could work.“I couldn’t be 100 percent sure I was joining the best club in the world. After nine years at Real Madrid it was difficult to compare.“Now I’m 100 percent sure it was the right option.”– ‘Not an obsession’ –Ronaldo has scored 11 goals this season, bringing his career total to 584.Finishing second in Ballon d’Or voting to Modric, said Ronaldo, just motivates him even more.“Of course I’m disappointed, but life goes on and I will continue to work hard,” said the 33-year-old.“On the pitch I’ve done everything to win the Ballon d’Or, numbers do not lie, but I’m no less happy if I do not win, I have wonderful friends and a family, I play in one of the best clubs.“Congratulations to Modric, who has earned the award, but next year we will meet again and I will do everything to win the prize again.“Do you think I’m going home and crying?”Juventus play Young Boys in their final Champions League group game in Switzerland on Wednesday, having already booked their place in the knockout rounds.And Ronaldo is hoping his experience of winning the trophy five times can serve his new team.“The Champions League cannot be an obsession, you have to think about it calmly,” he warned.“Yes we all want it but we have to get there step by step.“Look at the game against Manchester United (2-1 defeat), if it had been a quarter-final we would have gone out. You need a little luck.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Cancer Care group say ‘we are not going away’ in open letter to Minister Harris

first_imgDonegal Action for Cancer Care (DACC) have today sent the following letter addressing Minister Harris, the Minister of Health; Mr. Maurice Power CEO, Saolta University Hospital Group; Mr. Sean Murphy, General Manager of Letterkenny University Hospital.DACC say that they pride themselves on working within an Ethos of Respect but recent months have really tested their resolve.“Even though we are voluntary and unpaid, and work within an Ethos of Respect, there comes a time when we must do the right thing and what we can for Donegal’s sick folk & community.” DACC say that they have tried several times to meet Minister Harris and get answers to their questions, to no avail.Below is a copy of the letter sent by Betty Holmes of DACC this morning:“Dear Minister Harris, Mr. Power & Mr. Murphy,“It is very important to state clearly that the matters in this letter are separate from the outstanding matters & very long overdue meeting from the meeting at Dept. of Health on the 20 th August 2015. Minister Harris with respect as per our many letters including the recent 3 regarding meeting request having the follow up meeting in same format when you are at LUH on Monday 12 th Dec. “We are asking you all three at this time in the hope that accountability will prevail and we can get answers. We have had major difficulty getting answers to any of our questions over many months.“The questions below are being asked to be answered as soon as possible please in light of yesterday’s announcement that “HSE considers using prefabs to ease trolley crisis”. These may appear to be very basic but both need to be asked & answered please.> How many hospital beds does Letterkenny University Hospital have in total?> How many hospital beds have been available to patients in the last 3 months?> How many hospital beds are closed?> How many wards or other bed providing areas are closed at LUH?> How many patients have been admitted to LUH in the last month?> How many patients in the last month were unable to access a bed on admission?> How many front line staff is needed to safely manage patients health care needs at LUH?> How many front line staff has left or is off sick at LUH in the last 6 months?> Are any Prefabs on the agenda to be allocated at LUH? If so how many & when? If so how will they be paid for? Out of what budget?> Is LUH on the list for Prefab/Prefabs?> As the tender process is starting & intended to conclude in early December how will this process happen? Who will decide on the successful tender?> When is it intended that the Prefabs would be installed?“Letterkenny Hospital needs budget & staff allocation based on its In Patient work & recognition at National level for the work, service provision, developments over many years. Instead of repeatedly trying to take key services from Letterkenny strategic planning should be focusing on the hospital’s achievements & growing needs instead of downgrading it.“Letterkenny Hospital was a leader in many areas over many years till recent years when the focus is on downgrading it! This must stop. We Donegal folk will not accept it… Recognise the work our hospitals both the General & Community Hospitals.“Other outstanding questions regarding Cardiac Services at LUH we sent to LUH General Manager by letter on the 3rd October and also reminders since then… Hopefully we can now get these answered also please. Addressing Mr. Sean Murphy, general manager of LUH, Betty Holmes writes:“Dear Sean,“Can you update us please on the following?> How many Cardiologists does Letterkenny University Hospital currently have?> How many clinics per week does each of these Cardiologists hold?> What days of the week are clinics held & by what Cardiologist? Where are these clinics held at?> How many patients approx. have each of these Cardiologists on their clinic lists?> Is it true that it takes 3 months to have an Angiogram at LUH? Why? Details please.> Is it true that the Urgent Waiting List is approx. 9 months? Why? Details please.> Is it true that the Waiting List to see a Cardiologist at LUH is approx.2 years? Why?> How much does it cost from LUH budget to send a patient to Altnagelvin Hospital as part of the new cross-border cardiology service for Donegal patients suffering from a STEMI heart attack?> The new Cardiologist announced for Letterkenny Hospital on the 7th April by the then Minister for Health Mr Varadkar has a person been recruited & that post now filled?> Also the Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Letterkenny University Hospital, who will help to deliver the pPCI service from Altnagelvin announced also at that time by The Saolta Group, has that post been filled? Whose hospital budget funds this post?> Will these two additional Cardiologist post announced in April be stationed at LUH or are they both primarily to work at Altnagelvin?> Will LUH in the coming year/ years cease doing their own Angiograms & Angioplasty for its own patients?> What are the future plans for Cardiac Services at Letterkenny University Hospital? “And these questions by email to Mt. Murphy on the 15th November when we learned that LUH has no Social worker.> Since what date has LUH no Social Worker?> Why has LUH no Social Worker?> What is being done to address this serious matter?> When will a replacement Social Worker be recruited?“Also Minister Harris we are awaiting confirmation of our meeting with you and all those listed in our letters from the previous two meetings please.“We in DACC are totally voluntary and unpaid and with respect should NOT have to put the effort that we do to get meetings and answers to our questions… it’s really not acceptable. It is very hard to hold onto our Ethos of Respect for everyone when we look at how we are treated by those in positions of responsibility.We are not going way.Yours sincerely,Betty HolmesDACC also included the following image showing the route that Donegal patients must travel:Cancer Care group say ‘we are not going away’ in open letter to Minister Harris was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more


Leaders challenged on climate change

first_img22 September 2011 World leaders were challenged to step up the international effort to find solutions to climate change at the Leaders Dialogue on Climate Change, convened by South African President Jacob Zuma and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in New York this week. The Leaders Dialogue took place during the opening plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting on Tuesday, bringing together Zuma, Calderon and six other heads of state to highlight opportunities for collaboration and share strategies for addressing the global climate challenge. Zuma and Calderon were joined on the stage by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Malian Prime Minister Cisse Mariam Kaidama Sidibe, Slovenian President Danilo Turk, and Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, addressing the leaders, said that governments needed to show greater commitment to achieving success at global negotiations on limiting emissions of greenhouse gases and strengthening adaptation measures – starting with the upcoming UN climate conference in Durban. Ban called for a clear plan on the future of the Kyoto Protocol, an addition to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that contains legally binding measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and whose first commitment period is due to expire next year. Ban pointed out that the current climate change mitigation pledges represented only 60 percent of what was needed to have a minimum chance of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. “We must do better – and soon. Governments need to dramatically increase their level of ambition. Developed countries must take the lead in this effort, but all countries must do their part.” He told the leaders that he was counting on their commitment to agreement at the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC taking place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December. “I appeal to you: help us to achieve success in Durban. Use every ounce of your experience, skills and influence to advance action on climate change. Help us defend the science that shows we are destabilizing our climate and stretching planetary boundaries to a perilous degree. “Help us to identify the new alliances – among public officials, business, civil society and faith communities – that will make sustainability the rallying point for action in the 21st century. Together, we can build a low-carbon, more sustainable economy – one that can protect the most vulnerable and result in a cleaner, safer, healthier world for all.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Township yoga brings peace and healing

first_imgMore women than men attend township yoga classes, with ages ranging from four years old to 70. (Image: Green Shoot Films)• Elle MatthewsFilm ProducerGreen Shoot Films+27 83 780 [email protected]• Andy Birkett gets his green number, at 23 • Johannesburg bikes for Madiba in the Freedom Ride • In the swim of things at the Midmar Mile• Sithole: SA’s wheelchair tennis champion wins againLucille DavieTownship and yoga are not two words that naturally go together, but for Elle Matthews yoga in townships has become a way of helping others to live more peacefully in extremely stressful conditions.Matthews, a film producer with Green Shoot Films, launched the Township Yogi Project in February last year in three townships in Durban, the sub-tropical coastal city where she lives – Inanda, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma. And now, a year later, she has 17 people on her team, 14 volunteer teachers, and up to 60 people attending classes on a weekly basis in just one venue.“We decided to focus on the townships of Inanda, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma in KwaZulu-Natal, notorious for their crime and violence and HIV/Aids incidence, and then roll out the project into other townships across South Africa,” says Matthews, who has registered the project as a non-profit organisation.How did this all come about? In 2012, she went on a 10-day yoga retreat to Thailand – “those 10 days changed my life”, she explains. She became increasingly aware of desperate people sitting on the curbs, looking for jobs. “Or the despair of people I knew who lived in the townships and were victims of crime and violence, or living with the effects of HIV/Aids in their lives. I kept saying to my husband, ‘They need to do yoga.’”She got together a group of volunteer yoga teachers, and teaching started at the Ohlange Institute in Durban, a place of some significance. Nelson Mandela cast his first democratic vote at the institute in 1994. It is also the place where John Dube, the first president of the African National Congress, opened a school. The yoga classes were also held in Aids clinics and community halls.Women in their 60s get down on the mat to enjoy the benefits of yoga. (Image: Green Shoot Films)Township teachers“At the same time, we identified four guys living in the townships – who all have various stories of hardship and suffering – and began training them as yoga teachers through the Jivananda Centre in Durban North,” says Matthews. They completed the course in December 2013, and are now running their own yoga classes.Matthews has extended the project into northern KwaZulu-Natal, and she plans to launch in Soweto in Johannesburg in the coming months, and Cape Town later this year. Classes are run from Mondays to Saturdays. More women than men attend, with ages ranging from four years old to 70. Some gogos, or grandmothers, walk to class using walking sticks. There are also special classes for children.Matthews and her director husband have funded the project through their film company so far, with some donations. They are making a documentary on the project, and have big ambitions for it. “We are looking for international distribution for the documentary, but it will also be sold through non-traditional distribution methods such as DVD, internet downloads etc,” she says. “We are also aiming to get corporates and smaller companies to sponsor DVD copies to be distributed into townships, so people can become aware of the power that yoga has to change lives.” The documentary will be called Township Yogi. Profits from the film will go towards the project.Benefits are feltAnd already the benefits are being felt. “One of our newly qualified township teachers suffered from tuberculosis [TB] and the nurses at his local clinic told all the patients there to go with him to yoga because they had never seen anyone recover so fast from it and become so physically strong within such a short period after suffering from TB.”Kwazi Manzi, 47, has qualified as a teacher. He describes how it has given him “confidence, perseverance and understanding”. “I feel physically and mentally connected – it brings peace, and tones your muscles.” He says, too, that it has changed his life – he now looks at things more optimistically, and can “inspire others to do good”.Another new teacher, Kenneth Shange, says he hopes to bring “peace and healing to his community”. Matthews says it is stories like these that give her and her team inspiration, and “confirm to us that yoga has the power to elicit tremendous change across so many people’s lives, in the townships”.The effect of yoga is seen in a reduction of stress and tension in families, and how that effect ripples through people’s immediate communities. (Image: Green Shoot Films)Stress and tension easesAnd that change has been measurable, she stresses, although it is impossible to measure its effects on crime and violence in the townships. But the effect is seen in a reduction of stress and tension in families, and how that effect ripples through people’s immediate communities.“Our goal is not to change townships, but rather to change individuals who live in those townships – and then the spirit of the townships will change. We want to change hopelessness and desperation to peace and hope, ill health and suffering to strong, empowered people who can face their ill health and difficulties with true strength of spirit… that’s the kind of change we’re seeing because of the power of yoga.”The practice teaches people to breath correctly, as well as strengthens the immune system, thus reducing stress. “Yoga promotes strength, flexibility, relief from pressure on the abdominal organs, and enhances circulation, and can be hugely beneficial to the millions of people we have living with illnesses such as TB and HIV,” says Matthews.“Ultimately we want to use the benefits of yoga on people suffering in various desperate situations, and see whether it can be used as a practice to improve their health and quality of life – which could have huge consequences for South Africa going forward, as the country struggles to manage its Aids crisis, as well as rising poverty, unemployment, crime and violence statistics.”last_img read more


9 months agoSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to grow

first_imgSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to growby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants two players to arrive at the club this month.The Blues have been linked with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who Sarri worked with successfully at Napoli.And the Italian hinted that his demands were not being appeased by the Chelsea board.”As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market,” he said”In my opinion we need two players, but it’s up to the club. As you can understand, I cannot tell you where [we need to strengthen]. The club knows my opinion.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


25 days agoMcTominay defends Man Utd boss Solskjaer: He’s the right man

first_imgMcTominay defends Man Utd boss Solskjaer: He’s the right manby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is fully behind the club’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.McTominay believes that Solskjaer is the right man to lead United to success domestically and in Europe.The Norwegian has come in for significant criticism after his side’s dismal start to the season.They face a tough home clash against Arsenal on Monday night.”It takes time for a new manager coming in,” the Scotland international told The Mirror. “It’s not all of a sudden just going to click straight into place.”Once Sir Alex left, it was going to take time for the club to find the right manager, and I do believe that we have the right manager now in Ole.”You see different eras in football teams – everybody goes through transitional stages and we’re going through one right now.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more