Prayers and messages wishing formerPresident Nelson Mandela a speedyrecovery continue to flood in fromaround the world.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zizi KodwaSpecial Advisor on CommunicationsThe Presidency+27 82 330 4910• Sello HatangInformation communications managerNelson Mandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela’s legacy• SA families give back on Mandela Day• World leaders praise Mandela• World celebrates Mandela DayNosimilo RamelaChurchgoers across the country joined thousands of people from all over the world wishing former South African President Nelson Mandela a quick recovery. Over the weekend churches around South Africa held vigils and said special prayers for the ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate.“Let us light a candle and pray for the health of former president uTata Nelson Mandela,” said Pastor Joseph Kubheka of the Methodist church in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein suburb, at the morning service on Sunday.Many other churches in the country included similar prayers in their Sunday services. Over the past week, messages of support wishing Mandela a speedy recovery have poured in from all over the world.The elder statesman was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday 26 January, suffering with an acute respiratory infection. He was discharged two days later to recuperate at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home, where he continues to receive specialist care.“Let us now unite in prayer and wish him a speedy recovery,” said African National Congress treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, who attended the prayer service organised by the ruling party and the Eastern Cape Council of Churches for Mandela at the Regent Hotel in East London on Sunday.A candle of hopeGauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane joined the congregation at Soweto’s famous Regina Mundi Catholic Church, praying for Mandela’s fast recuperation. As part of the Candle of Hope campaign, which encourages people to show their support for Mandela by lighting a candle of hope for his recovery, Mokonyane lit a candle bearing an image of the South African flag as prayers were said.At the Faith Mission Church of Christ in Vosloosrus, east of Johannesburg, the congregation sang songs and clapped in celebration of the anti-apartheid icon. “We want to wish uTata well, we hope he recovers soon,” said Ntate Jacob Motlana, one of the elders in the church.“There has been such a gloomy air surrounding our great hero’s hospitalisation, so by celebrating his life in our service today we are hoping to send some positive energy that will put uTata in good spirits. We hope he is not in pain and recovers soon.”Well-wishers congregated at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton, northern Johannesburg, on 29 January to light candles and pray for Mandela. The candle lighting ceremony was also aimed at sending prayers and positive energy to the veteran.“Light represents life and ignites warmth and good energy, so that is why we have lit candles,” said Gordan Dehl, who attended the ceremony. “We hope that as the candles burn they blow some positive energy that helps Mr Mandela heal soon.”World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, have also sent their best wishes to Mandela.“We truly appreciate the support and good wishes we received,” said South African President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, Zuma also wished the statesman a full recovery.“We wish him a long life and good health, as he continues to age with dignity and inspire all of us to strive to be better people each day.”
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Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But despite the fanfare surrounding Standhardinger’s entry to San Miguel, Austria is still putting a premium on team chemistry.“We still don’t know yet what we could have from him since he’s going to Hong Kong, but once he joins us, we’re expecting great things from him. The important thing here and what we’re after for is to have good chemistry. It took us a long time to have that and now that we do, it’s just a matter of blending him in to our team,” he said.But based on what Austria had seen so far, it looks like chemistry issues won’t be that much of a problem.“Based on what we saw, he’s a good fit for our team. He’s really a hardworker and that’s what we like from him. He could give a lot of help for our team because you know, that’s what we’re always aiming for. We’re always looking for excellence.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fajardo hopes Beermen will win more titles with Standhardinger MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Austria and the Beermen have every reason to want Standhardinger, who won’t make his PBA debut until midway through the next season due to his commitments with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the Asean Basketball League, on the team.The Fil-German big man quickly became a hot commodity the moment he bursted into the Philippine basketball scene as a member of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Jones Cup, Fiba Asia Cup and Southeast Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Fajardo hopes Beermen will win more titles with StandhardingerStandhardinger forms a fearsome frontline with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and joins an already stacked roster featuring Mythical First Team members Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Arwind Santos. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel head coach Leo Austria said picking Christian Standhardinger first in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft will be worth the wait.“I think I’ve said it before that for a talent like Christian, we’re willing to wait even for one or two more years. It’s still okay for me as long as we’ll have him,” Austria said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments
Go moves on from costly miss in Ateneo loss to La Salle And that proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Ayo, who took off his jacket and slammed it to the floor in frustration.“I always thrive in anger and hatred. I’ve always been there. My players can say that and that’s how I was raised,” he said. “Personally, anger or hatred fuels my adrenaline and it helps me in making right decisions.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis players responded as La Salle got its act together and went on a decisive 10-0 run to finish the game and hack out a 79-76 victory.“They executed the game plan because we’re not going to quit. We’re not just going to wait there and allow them to beat us. We’re going to do our part, we’re going to compete, and we’re going to do whatever it takes, just to win, in the right way, of course,” he said. “There were lots of distractions, I can say that, in the first round,” admitted Ayo, whose team finished at No. 2 with a 12-2 slate. “But we were able to overcome them and we were able to focus when the second round came. It’s just being focused and being committed to the objective, which is to win the championship,” he said.The Green Archers head to the Final Four against No. 3 Adamson riding a seven-game winning streak.Ayo is confident coming into the duel but he is also wary of the challenge the Falcons present.“It will be a dogfight, for sure. They’re going to prepare against us. Our last game in the second round was close, it was decided less than a minute or two. So for sure, it will be difficult for us. We’re going to prepare against them.”Armed with a twice-to-beat edge, the Green Archers take on the Soaring Falcons on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games De La Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAldin Ayo couldn’t seem to solve what’s puzzling La Salle that it can’t shake off Ateneo on Sunday.Whatever the Bicolano mentor did for the first 30 minutes wasn’t working and the Green Archers found themselves down 12 in the fourth quarter and by seven, 69-76, with 2:24 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve been trying to change the environment for the most part. You can still see the immaturity in our team. I think now that we’ve been able to compete not just with NCAA teams, but also the UAAP teams, we’re not letting them get an easy win from us,” he said.Tang shared that it’s been hard to get the shift in mentality without the team tasting victory. But he’s willing to play the long game with a brighter future of St. Benilde in mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For the most part, the change of environment and culture has to be evident with us getting wins. If you don’t get wins, there’s no change in whatever you’re trying to build up with. But at the same time, the question for us is how are we’ll be able to get there? It’s a process wherein we got to keep explaining to them the small details, up to the nitty-gritty ones where we’re telling them why weren’t we able to get over that hump,” he said.Despite the Blazers bowing out of the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with a paltry 1-7 record, Tang believes that the foundation has already been laid out and it’s now up to the players to continue staying on the path the coaches have paved for them. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde coach TY Tang knows the challenge that awaits him with the Blazers.With the team in the cellar for the past two seasons, the rookie mentor knows that the goal for him this NCAA Season 93 is to take away the squad’s losing culture.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick leads San Beda past rival Letran MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “The challenge is making them respond to that. That’s something that us coaches, the whole coaching staff, has been trying to do for the longest time, for the last six months,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to polish it given a few more weeks entering the NCAA season.”
Among the many parents who keep dropping in daily at the Commonwealth Games Village, Prakashi Tomar is very special. You may not realise it when you meet this ‘grandmotherly’ 73-year-old from Johri village in Baghpat district (Uttar Pradesh), but she took up shooting as a sport when she was 60 and went on to win district and state honours.Seema Tomar (right) with her mother Prakashi Tomar (left) and a villager.The spunky mother of eight has been the inspiration for her daughter, Seema Tomar, who became the first Indian woman to clinch a shotgun medal (silver in her case) at the ISSF World Cup in Dorset (UK) in June this year.The performance of the world No. 7 in the women’s trap event hasn’t matched up to her billing in the 2010 Games. But Prakashi Tomar was glowing with maternal pride as her daughter took her around the Games Village.Johri (population 12,000) made national headlines when its Rifle Club, set up in 1998 by local marksman Raj Pal Singh, gave the village women a chance to take a shot at shooting.Prakashi was the first to bring home a gold medal, which she lifted at the 10m air pistol event in the veterans group of the national shooting championships in Chennai. That was in 2001. In the same year, sister-in-law Chandro Tomar, then 66, became the star of 67th Rural Olympics at Qila Raipur in Punjab.Seema Tomar did not have to look far for a role model, but it wasn’t easy for Prakashi and Chandro to enter what was entirely a man’s domain in a village where conservative mindsets still prevailed. “Women in our village generally do household work,” Prakashi said. “But seeing our dedication they let us try our hand at shooting.” At this point, the normally reticent Seema chipped in.advertisement”At the village we are treated like royalty and everything is taken care of,” she said, adding that her inspiration was her mother. Seema started shooting in 2001 at a 10m range with a pistol that Rahul Gandhi had donated to the village.She moved on to the air rifle in 2004 – her favourite event in the double trap – and her performance in the sport got her a clerk’s job in the Corps of Signals. “Without the army’s support,” Seema says, “I couldn’t have come this far because shooting is a very expensive sport.”But both Prakashi and Seema have a complaint. “The government has done nothing for us,” they say in unison. “This year, after the shooters won medals (at the ISSF World Cup), they sent us to international camps. Before that we had to even pay for food at training camps.” Seema was also not happy with the sanitary conditions in the Games Village.”The level of hygiene could have been better,” she says. “The toilets in other countries I’ve been to are much cleaner.” Seems like the Games organisers have a lot of cleaning up to do.
The World Values Network is honored to announce the presence of television personality and Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Caitlyn Jenner at their Sixth Annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, which will be held on March 8th, 2018 at The Plaza in New York City. Having already summited the spheres of athletics and entertainment, Caitlyn became one of the foremost exponents of LGBTQ rights in the world today and has become a cultural icon. Widely considered the most famous openly transgender woman on earth, she is also a sincere supporter of the State of Israel, which has always been a world leader in securing the rights and wellbeing of people of all identities. In a region where discrimination, persecution, and even execution are daily realities for LGBTQ communities and individuals, Israel’s message of liberty and tolerance must be desperately heeded.Rabbi Shmuley Boteach said, “Israel is a bastion of global human rights and a great light to the nations. But the Middle East is sadly a cesspit of human rights abuses, especially toward LGBTQ citizens who are routinely murdered, beheaded, and even hung from cranes. Caitlyn Jenner, a great friend of the Jewish people and Israel, is uniquely suited to highlight Israel’s incredible record on human rights and LGBTQ rights and protection to the LGBTQ citizens which is utterly unique and unprecedented in the Middle East. I believe her remarks will have a global impact, especially as we celebrate 70 years of Israel as the Middle East’s only democracy.” For years, Israel’s military has served as a model for transgender soldiers to serve. In 1993, Israel became one of the first countries on earth to protect the rights of transgender soldiers, providing them with the constitutional right to a full and unhindered service. Today, the Jewish State is one of only eighteen nations on earth whose armies allow transgender individuals to serve.The Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, now in its 6th year, celebrates individuals who honor human rights and defend the protections and values of democracies like Israel which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Other honored guests will include Ron Dermer (Israeli Ambassador to the US), Dennis Prager (The Dennis Prager Show), Sean Spicer (Former White House Press Secretary), Dana White (Chief Spokesperson, The Pentagon), Congressman Ron DeSantis, Dani Dayan (Consul General of Israel) and Adar Gandelsman (Miss Universe Israel). Past honorees have included Pamela Anderson, Senator Cory Booker, Academy Award-winner Sean Penn, Academy Award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley, Pulitzer Prize-winner Brett Stephens, Philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson, Newt Gingrich and Senator Ted Cruz.
Kolkata: The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state Ariz Aftab on Friday held a video conference with the senior election officers in all the poll-bound districts issuing guidelines on how to put in place adequate alternative arrangements if the cyclone ‘Fani’ affects the poll preparation.During his meeting, the CEO also took a stock of the overall arrangements that have been made to handle the crisis. One of the main objectives of the initiative is to ensure that the Election Commission does not face any problem to conduct the polls in the fifth phase. On May 6, elections will be held in Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampore, Hooghly and Arambagh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the weather office prediction, a severe cyclone ‘Fani’ will hit the state on late night of May 3 or early morning of May 4. The district election officers will have roughly 24 hours in hand to overcome any emergency situation. The election officials have already spoken to their counterparts in the Election Commission of India in Delhi. The CEO office has instructed the district administrative officials to deploy the disaster management personnel in various places under their districts so that prompt action can be taken in case of any untoward incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySanjay Basu, additional CEO, on Friday said that they wanted to know from the district election officers if everything was in place as per plan. The district officials have been asked to inspect the Distribution Cum Receiving Centers (DCRC) from time to time. DCRC are generally accommodated in a temporary makeshift structure outside school buildings. The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are distributed from the DCRCs. The Election Commission is chalking out an alternative arrangement if the cyclone damages the DCRCs. “We are preparing a second plan so that the DCRCs can be put up inside the school or any other buildings. We have instructed the district election officials to make indoor arrangements if the DCRCs are damaged in the cyclone,” Basu said. He also mentioned that there will be adequate arrangements of vehicles to ferry the polling personnel to the polling stations on Sunday. Measures are being taken so that the poll personnel do not face any difficulties in reaching the polling stations. There will be alternative arrangement of small vehicles to take the poll persons to various places. During a press conference Basu said that the commission has so far received 2352 complaints out of which 113 are in the process of disposal. The Commission has seized 60.50 crore cash and nearly 15 lakh litre of liquor.
Modern Times Group has secured the exclusive rights to the World Boxing Super Series across the Nordic and Baltic regions.MTG’s TV channels and streaming service Viaplay will be the exclusive home of the World Boxing Super Series in the Nordic and Baltic regions from September 9, when thei will air the bout between WBO cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck in Berlin.Peter NørrelundThe series encompasses competitions for seven world title belts and US$50 million in prize money, and rings together 16 elite boxers in the cruiserweight and super middleweight weight classes. Among those competing for the Muhammad Ali Trophy are local stars Erik Skoglund from Sweden and Mairis Briedis from Latvia.“This tournament is what boxing fans everywhere have been dreaming about – an elimination format with the best fighting the best for a prize named after the greatest fighter of all time,” said Peter Nørrelund, MTG EVP and CEO of MTG Sport.“Nine of the boxers taking part have never lost a fight, and the combined record for all 16 participants is an astonishing 423 wins and 294 KOs. Get ready to rumble as we bring fantastic live fight action to our platforms across the Nordic and Baltic regions – the recent Mayweather vs McGregor fight was MTG’s most successful ever, so we’re even more excited about what’s to come.”
As Tele2 combines with Com Hem and T-Mobile takes over UPC Austria, Stuart Thomson looks at the relative merits of different interpretations of convergence. Anders NilssonThe importance of convergence in European service providers’ strategies and as a rationale for M&A appears to be gathering steam.This week saw Swedish mobile player Tele2 and Com Hem agree to merge their operations into a single integrated mobile and fixed-line player to take on Telia in the Swedish domestic market.That deal followed closely on last week’s Liberty Global’s sale of its Austrian cable unit to T-Mobile to create a combined fixed-mobile player to compete with Telekom Austria.Last week’s DTVE Week in View focused on the prospects for a convergence-centric tie-up between Liberty Global and Vodafone in Europe, a more challenging combination to realise in practice, but one that continues to be the object of much speculation. Fixed-mobile convergence would of course lie at the heart of any move to pair these companies up.The case for combining fixed and mobile into a single offering appears to be increasingly compelling, with Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries’ vision of at least two major convergent players confronting each other in each country coming closer to reality.Fries portrays Liberty and Vodafone’s JV in the Netherlands, VodafoneZiggo, as something of a poster child for convergence, with synergies being realised and the ‘converged’ base of customers that take both fixed and mobile services increasing.Fries has also highlighted T-Mobile’s very aggressive assumptions about the synergies it believes can be realised from its acquisition of UPC Austria, a relatively small player in the Austrian market compared with its main rival.Convergence has been a major driver of service provider growth in markets such as France, Spain and Portugal – although competition between providers of bundled offerings has also highlighted one of the main dangers of convergence: a price war between operators that ‘destroys value’ when fixed and mobile operators expand into each other’s territory with the objective of capturing market share by any means necessary. For consumers, of course, low-cost bundled offerings are the main attraction of convergence.A longer-term view could be that the never-ending growth in data consumption across all devices will drive uptake of unified communication services spanning data, voice and entertainment delivered over multiple networks, with new applications fuelling demand for converged services. This deeper convergence is also taking place in the enterprise market, with the Internet of Things shaping up as a promising market for converged communication providers.Of course there in another big ‘convergence’ play to be weighed up by telecom players: that between communication services and media. Most big fixed-line providers believe video and entertainment are an essential part of the mix, but not all have gone down the route of investing directly in their own exclusive content.AT&T’s planned acquisition of Time Warner in the US is the blockbuster example of telecom-media convergence taken to the next level, but in Europe, Telefónica and Altice have both gone big on content investment. And of course let’s not forget BT’s quest to rival Sky as a purveyor of premium sports.Liberty Global, Vodafone and Orange, by contrast, have focused mostly on aggregating content rather than making it. They know that video is a key part of the converged offering, but they believe primarily in being distributors. Liberty Global has made content investments, including in premium sports – in a small, strictly localized way – but it has shown no inclination to bid for English Premier League rights.The approaches of the operators that go big on media are distinct, and they are at different stages of development, but it is clear that going down the content route does carry risks for telecom players.Acquiring premium rights carries the risk of cost inflation through competition – BT has taken a step back recently by striking a deal with Sky – while investing in a wider content play may not secure sufficient growth in a base of loyal subscribers to justify the expense. One of the key elements of Altice’s planned reorganisation of its European business – announced this week along with separation of its US operation from the parent company – is to split its content activities off into a separate Altice Pay TV unit. This is move that seems designed to assuage investor concerns about the impact of Altice’s investment in premium content on the underlying network business. Altice said that the move would enable investors to better assess Altice France’s performance against its competitors.There is more than one convergence story. But on balance the one with a stronger guarantee of a happy ending seems more likely to be the pure-play communications one – combining fixed and mobile assets – rather than welding together communications and content.