Swimmers take out ‘best athletes’ titles at Games

first_imgPini broke 6 new games records and collected 7 gold medals taking out the best male athlete award.The beat female athlete Lara of New Caledonia broke 10 new records during the games and took home 11 gold medals. She was unable to collect the award personally, though, as she is now in Kazan preparing for the FINA World Championships, where she will represent France. Pini also got elected to represent the athletes of the Pacific on the Pacific Games Council (PGC) Executive Board.last_img

English Premier League Standings

first_imgEnglish Premier League StandingsStandings P W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Man City 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 62 Leicester City 2 2 0 0 6 3 3 63 Man United 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 64 Everton 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 45 Swansea 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 46 Crystal Palace 2 1 0 1 4 3 1 37 West Ham 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 38 Liverpool 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 39 Norwich City 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 310 Aston Villa 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 P W D L GF GA GD Pts11 Arsenal 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 312 Watford 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 213 Stoke City 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 114 Tottenham 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 115 Newcastle 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 116 Chelsea 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 117 Southampton 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 118 West Brom 2 0 1 1 0 3 -3 119 AFC Bournemouth 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 020 Sunderland 2 0 0 2 3 7 -4 0last_img read more

Hot apprentice steals spotlight with first triple at Caymanas Park

first_imgHot apprentice Linton Steadman stole the show at Caymanas Park yesterday, becoming the first from the recent batch of Jockeys’ School graduates to ride a triple.His winners were 4-5 favourite SIR BIGGS for trainer Donovan Plummer in the third race over 1820 metres for maiden three-year-olds, EXPRESS TRUCK at 9-2 for trainer Steven Todd in the sixth race over a mile for $180,000 claimers and the Ryan Darby-trained POCKET MONEY, a 6-5 favourite in the closing race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers.A past student of Waterford High, Steadman, 25, duly made amends for not landing his first triple last Saturday, when one of his winners, DOC HOLIDAY, was disqualified by the stewards after passing the post first in the seventh race over 1500 metres.The disqualification did not prevent him from emerging the CTL Jockey of the Month – with eight winners – winning the incentive in only his first full month in the saddle, having ridden for the first time on September 26.The popular young rider has so far ridden 13 winners to become the fastest apprentice to reduce his claiming allowance from 4.0kg to 3.0kg.On a day when the apprentices dominated by winning seven of the 10 races, Steadman said he was happy with his form.”I was looking forward to taking the triple last Saturday, but Doc Holiday was unfortunately disqualified.”Today, everything fell into place, and I can’t wait to get back into the saddle on Saturday. Right now, I want to win every race, and with this kind of focus, I should continue to do well,” said Steadman, who is apprenticed to 14-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, who gave him his first winner, VISION, on September 26.Fellow apprentices Odean Edwards and Bebeto Harvey rode two winners each, Edwards just missing a triple when the Richard Azan-trained ABBEY ROAD (5-2) was beaten by a nose in a tight photo finish by the Shane Ellis-ridden favourite, BONGO KING, in the eighth race over 1600 metres.Harvey, meanwhile, made all aboard the Robert Darby-trained 4-5 favourite, FORCE DE JOUR, in the ninth race (high claiming) over 1100 metres – the 4-y-o colt recording his sixth consecutive win.Trainer Steven Todd topped all trainers with two winners in EXPRSSS TRUCK and BLUE EYE BOY at 2-1.last_img read more

Singida sink AFC on penalties in Super Cup

first_imgSingida have now booked a date against defending champions Gor Mahia, the game set to Thursday at 3pm.On penalties, only Ally Kenny missed for Singida with Shafik Batambuze, Adam Miraji, Danny Lyanga and Sumbi Elynyesia scoring.AFC missed two of their four kicks with Baker Lukooya hitting the crossbar while Moses Mburu struck his effort wide. Robinson Kamura and Isuza scored AFC’s efforts.The light afternoon showers at the Afraha Stadium made the playing conditions difficult with the ground becoming slippery and players finding it tough to have their feet on the ground.It almost cost Singida the opener within the opening three minutes when Salum Kipaga slipped as he tried to pass the ball back to his keeper, but good for him AFC forward Ray Omondi was not fast enough to the ball allowing Kennedy Juma to race back and block his effort at stealing the ball.AFC Leopards midfielder Marvin Nabwire vies for the ball with Singida United’s John Tibar during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSingida were doing all they can to pass the ball around despite the tough conditions of the Afraha pitch and they had a good chance in the sixth minute when Danny Lyanga’s header from a John Tibar cross was well handled by Ezekiel Owade in the AFC goal.Ingwe didn’t look organized in the opening minutes and they kept spraying stray passes with Singida picking them up and attempting to build up play.Amidst the confusion, Ingwe almost had the opener in the 22nd minute when Dennis Sikhayi’s dipping cross from the right headed on target, but Singida keeper Peter Manyika backtracked to turn the ball behind for a corner.Ingwe had an even better opportunity two minutes later when Brian Marita raced away from his markers on the right before slicing in a cross back, but Whyvone Isuza and Omondi clashed going for the same ball.The cross fell on Jaffary Owiti at the backpost but the youngster’s shot at goal was well handled by Manyika.On the other end, Owade almost gifted Singida the opener when he punched Deus Kaseke’s cross right into Habib Kyombo’s path, but the Tanzanian’s shot went wide.Owade made the same mistake in the 28th minute this time spilling Tibar’s shot from distance but the keeper dodged a bullet once again when Kyombo’s effort from the rebound unmarked inside the six yard box went wide.In the final seven minutes of the opening half, Ingwe had chances to break the deadlock.AFC Leopards winger Brian Marita wheels past Singida United’s Kennedy Juma during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFirst Omondi’s connection from a Marita cross being saved by Manyika while in the second instance three minutes to half time the custodian parried away a stinging freekick from Robinson Kamura.The second half turned out to be a Peter Manyika show, the Tanzanian keeper standing tall in the Singida goal making crucial saves.Three minutes after the restart, Manyika pulled a brilliant double save, first acrobatically tipping behind a Kamura freekick for a corner and from the resultant set piece made a full stretch save to his left to punch away a ferocious shot from Victor Majid who picked the ball on the right.In the 65th minute, the custodian was once again well placed to pick out a stinging freekick from Marita.His AFC had a golden chance to break the deadlock just three minutes later when Owiti was hacked down inside the box by Salum Kipaga, but nothing could beat Manyika.The custodian made a brilliant leap to save Whyvonne Isuza’s penalty before bouncing back up to save Ray Omondi’s rebound.The ball fell kindly to Omondi once again from the save, but the forward who lacked sharpness on the day shot high over the bar.AFC Leopards midfielder Marvin Nabwire attempts to go past Singida United’s Daby Amara during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWith 15 minutes left and Singida’s confidence increased by Manyika’s saves, AFC head coach Rodolfo Zapata made two changes, the ineffective Omondi coming off for Vincent Oburu while Baker Lukooya replaced Brian Marita.Nonetheless, nothing the two sides did could change the score-line.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards midfielder Whyvonne Isuza vies for the ball with Singida United’s Ally Kenny during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 5- Hopes of a Mashemeji Derby in the semi finals of the SportPesa Super Cup were dashed when Tanzanian outfit Singida United beat AFC Leopards 4-2 on post match penalties in the quarter finals on Tuesday evening.The game was forced to penalties after a barren draw in regulation time and AFC will have only themselves to blame after missing a penalty in regulation time, Whyvonne Isuza seeing his 68th minute kick saved by Singida keeper Peter Manyika.last_img read more

We don’t have full-backs this week, says Solskjaer

first_img0Shares0000We don’t have full-backs this week, says SolskjaerNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United are struggling to find a couple of full-backs to face West Ham on Saturday.With Luke Shaw and Ashley Young both suspended for the Premier League clash, Solskjaer may have to bring Matteo Darmain and Marcos Rojo in from the cold to take on the Hammers at Old Trafford. “We don’t have full-backs this week,” the manager told MUTV.“Not too many as we’ve lost Luke and Ashley through suspension. Antonio Valencia is still not fit.“Maybe Darmian will be available for the bench and Rojo has been training for a while.“He’s available and we’ve got Phil Jones, who could also play there. Rojo needed to get out on the big pitch [in the Under-23s against West Brom last Friday] so he could have that game but we’ve had a couple of practice matches so let’s see what we decide.”Solskjaer also offered his take on Ander Herrera’s injury problems, but Nemanja Matic may return from illness to take on Manuel Pellegrini’s men.“I doubt Nemanja is available because of his illness, maybe because he’s warrior and wants to join in and help his team-mates.“Let’s see after today. He trained individually yesterday.”There was better news – if you choose to look upon it that way – over Alexis Sanchez’s injury.The Chilean forward could be back for the trip to Barcelona next week.“He is training with us,” Solskjaer said of Sanchez. “He’s trained twice, trained today, I’m not sure if he’s going to be available.“He’s injury free but we’re not sure 100 per cent for tomorrow, maybe more likely for Barcelona game. Let’s see.”“I’ve still got options of course to rest one or two because there are games coming up and they’ll all play a part.“We had players on the bench on Wednesday night like Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial who normally start games.“There will be a couple of changes. Let’s see what we’ll decide on.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bird flu plans in works

first_imgAs 75 officials were trained Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport for a possible avian flu outbreak, worried state regulators moved rapidly to develop an updated response plan for dealing with a statewide pandemic. State Department of Health Services officials said they expect to release their updated pandemic influenza response plan soon after the federal government issues its own plan later this month. “One of the questions is, ‘Are we prepared?”‘ said Dr. Howard Backer, the state’s interim public health officer. “There is no yes or no. It’s a continual state of increasing and improving our preparedness. “Even when we have a draft plan, we’ll continue to work on that to expand details.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Avian influenza – which has jumped this year from Southeast Asia to China, Russia, Turkey, Romania and Macedonia – has yet to reach the United States. Officials say it remains a greater danger to animals than humans because it is transmitted primarily among birds and has resulted in only about 60 human deaths worldwide. But health officials remain worried about the potential for it to mutate and be transmitted among people – and to land ultimately in California. A state plan crafted shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, estimated that an influenza pandemic could kill at least 21,000 people in California, compared with about 200 deaths in a normal flu season. Overall, it could make about 9 million Californians ill, with 97,000 hospitalizations, compared with 3,000 hospitalizations in a normal year. “If it was truly a pandemic like they’re talking about, the hospitals would be totally overwhelmed,” said Dorel Harms, vice president of the California Hospital Association. “The hospitals are already somewhat overwhelmed during a regular flu season. If we had a pandemic, it would not be a good thing.” In the past 10 years, about 70 hospitals have closed in California, including six in the San Fernando Valley, reducing the total number to 430, according to the association. During that time, the state’s population grew by 5 million people. Part of the state’s 2001 plan calls for ways to deal with potential shortages in medicine and personnel by, for example, recruiting volunteers with medical training or health care workers from other states or the federal government. It also calls for setting up temporary medical locations similar to military MASH units, asking the governor to call the National Guard for help with law enforcement, and increasing the number of public messages asking sick people to stay at home to avoid spreading the virus. Meanwhile, at LAX on Thursday, airline personnel and officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the county health department, and the city of Los Angeles’ police and fire departments tested responses to different scenarios of a potential bird flu outbreak. “With each tabletop exercise, emergency operation plans get better and better,” airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said after the closed-door session. The CDC has for years maintained a quarantine station at LAX and other major international airports across the country. CDC officials also have already trained airport and airline employees to spot symptoms of infectious diseases in passengers. When such symptoms are observed in a passenger during a flight, the pilot is expected to notify airport personnel in advance, who in turn notify health and customs officials. CDC officials then treat the passenger and try to determine whether they have an infectious disease, according to CDC spokeswoman Jennifer Morcone. If they do, medical personnel work to provide treatment and contact other passengers and employees who may have come in contact with the infected person. They also may have to quarantine those other passengers. There is currently no vaccine available for the bird flu, although one is in clinical trials. Tamiflu is the most effective medication to treat the virus. The federal government has stockpiled about 2 million doses, and has plans to adds million more. Other health officials say, however, that amount would be far short of what is needed if a pandemic occurs. The worst flu crisis of modern times was the “Spanish flu” pandemic of 1918-19, in which an estimated 50 million people died worldwide, including 500,000 in the United States, according to the CDC. Later pandemics, which initiated in Asia in 1957-58 and 1968-69, killed a combined 100,000 people in the United States. The flu virus strains in all three cases had an avian origin. “Many scientists believe it is only a matter of time until the next influenza pandemic occurs,” the CDC states on its Web site. California’s poultry industry is also concerned about the possibility of an outbreak, and state agriculture officials say they have a regular program of testing about 60,000 birds a year for various illnesses, including avian flu. State Department of Food and Agriculture spokesman Jay Van Rein said agency officials remain confident they can detect the virus and contain it fairly quickly, given their experience containing an outbreak of exotic Newcastle disease in poultry farms in Riverside County in 2002. “It’s hard to overstate how important early detection is in a case like this,” Van Rein said. “The solution in itself is fairly straightforward, once you detect it. The detecting it in the smallest possible area and smallest bird population is the key, in terms of saving as many birds as possible and also in terms of minimizing exposure to humans.” Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Vipers strike late to overcome resilient Ndejje in League opener

first_img Tags: ndejje universitytopvipers The Vipers team that started against Ndejje on Friday (Phot0 by Shaban Lubega)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueVipers SC 1-0 Ndejje University St. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeFriday, 28-09-2018Defending league champions Vipers SC required a stoppage time goal to take care of newly promoted Ndejje University in their league opener at Kitende.Substitute Davis Kasirye was the hero on the day, scoring in the 91st minutes to hand Mexican tactician Javier Martinez Espinosa a debut win.Vipers took the game to Ndejje from the on-set as Bashir Asiku sent in a low cross which was spilt by Ndejje custodian Derrick Emikole but last season’s top scorer Daniel Sserunkuma could not capitalize as he shot high rebound straight at the keeper.In the third minute, Noel Nasasira sent a deep cross into Viper’s penalty area and after a scramble, Anwar Ntege shot straight at Fabian Mutombore in the Venom’s goal.Ndejje continued growing into the game, and Sam Matovu who looked calm in possession tried his luck from distance only to see his fierce drive saved comfortably by Mutombora.Seconds later, Vipers want on the offensive at the other end. Tito Okello sent a low cross into the area and again Emikole spilt it but Richard Sekubomba saved his blushes as the defender deflected Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye’s goal bound rebound out for a corner off the left hand post. From the resultant corner, Dickens Okwir headed wide Aggrey Madoi’s pin-point cross.Minutes later, the Venoms were at it again, this time it was Asiku who shot venomously at Emikole who pureed the ball out for a corner.The first booking of the game and season went to Ndejje’s Isa Mubiru for a clumsy foul on Tito with 26 minutes played.Vipers’ Tito Okello (left) in action against Nyamityobora on Friday (photo by Shaban lubega)Just after the half hour mark, Moses Waiswa raced down the pitch and tried to lobe Emikole from distance but the custodian saved comfortably. Waiswa’s teammates Dan Sserunkuma and Okwir were left furious as they had caught Ndejje naping and had the midfielder decided to play either of them in, he would be one on one with Emikole.With four minutes to play in the first half, Anwar who had sustained an injury after following Venom’s captain-Tadeo Lwanga’s challenge earlier in the half, was taken off and replaced by Dickens Kilema.The game picked more life towards the and of half time. Matovu ran through on the Vipers goal and crossed low but Isaac Mayanja failed to connect with the ball on the turn.At the other end, Waiswa sent in a delicious cross but Sserunkuma and Zaga somehow failed to connect as it went out for a goal kick.At the stroke of half time, Waiswa and Zaga played several short passes to one another but the former could only look on as his fierce drive went inches wide of the target.In stoppage time, Sserunkuma had the best chance of the first but failed to find the back of the net as he tapped weakly a Tito cross while standing inches away from the goal line.Following a 20 minute delay at half time as Ndejje coach Raymond Komakech had failed to produce his licence, the match resumed and Martinez brought on Duncan Sseninde in place of the in effective Dickson Okwir.Ndejje who had spent almost the first five minutes of the second half socking up pressure finally tested Mutombora following a long throw by Mwima Abdallah but Kilama’s header could not beat the Congolese custodian.The second booking of the game was shown to Bernard Katetemera who fouled Waiswa as the Vipers midfielder tried to build an attack from the centre circle.Dan Sserunkuma who looked a shadow of the player who won last season’s top scorer’s gong had a chance to put Vipers ahead on 64 minutes but his header off Madoi’s cross was saved low by Emikole.With Vipers searching for a goal, they made another substitution three minutes later. New signing Davis Kasirye came on for Zaga.The lanky striker found himself un marked in the box with 17 minutes of the game to play but headed Asiku’s cross straight at Emikole.With time running out, Ndejje resorted to time-wasting tactics and Mwima was booked for delaying a restart.Emikole in the Ndejjje goal who seemed unbeatable all day was at it again with eight minutes to play when he saved Tito’s low shot from inside the area after Vipers had passed their way through the University side’s back-line.When Kasirye again headed straight at Emikole with two minutes to play, the St. Mary’s stadium went into silence as many seemed to be resigned to taking only a point from the game.However, the striker had other ideas and in the first minute of added on time, the former SC Villa player made amends for his earlier misses, tapping in a Tito low cross from the right to give the home side a priceless lead.It was heart break for Ndejje but three vital points on the side of Vipers who start their league title defence on a high.The other league games played on Friday:-KCCA FC 2-1 Tooro United-Kirinya JSS 2-2 SC Villa-URA 2-0 Paidah Black Angles-Bright Stars 3-1 Maroons-Onduparaka 2-0 Nyamityobora-Mbarara City *-* Express (PP)Comments last_img read more

Concert hoping to shed a lot of light on Killygordon this Christmas!

first_imgA wonderful community variety concert will take place in the CAKE Centre, Killygordon, next weekend in aid of the Crossroads Community Christmas Lights.Last year the parochial hall was packed out on three consecutive nights for a hilarious play, produced by locals.This year, the lights committee wants to give others the stage this Saturday night, November 18th, by showcasing all the fantastic talent in the area. The lineup includes children from Dromore and Gleneely National Schools, a comedy written, directed and partly performed by Seimi Callaghan as well as Irish dancers, a classical guitarist, traditional music and much more. Top Letterkenny comedian Andy McGranaghan, whose ancestors hail from the area, will also provide plenty of laughs on the night.This is the only fundraiser for the committee for the year for the upcoming lighting up event when Santa himself will return to the grotto to meet the local children and give them a present.“We will be adding more to the switching on night this year to keep the adults entertained – more details will be announced at the concert – so your support is very much appreciated as we cannot switch on the lights without sufficient funds,” said chairman Dean Gillespie.“We are also in the process of making a beautiful new crib which will be a centrepiece at the Cross, as the old one has had its day. As a committee, we don’t like going out asking for money so we try to give you something for your money instead. This concert is very much a community event for all the people of the area.” Tickets (€10 for adults & €8 for children) are selling fast and can be purchased from Bradley’s Shop, any committee member or you can pay on the night. However, pre-purchase is highly advised as the event is expected to sell out.Doors open at 6:45 pm and the will start at 7:30pm sharp. For updates, see the Crossroads Community Lights Facebook page.Concert hoping to shed a lot of light on Killygordon this Christmas! was last modified: November 14th, 2017 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:CHristmasconcertKillygordonlast_img read more

Google Maps launches the Mzansi Experience

first_imgAcross the globe, people can now explore the beauty of South Africa virtually through Google Maps. From the views from atop Table Mountain to animals grazing in the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s natural wonders are on display for all the world to appreciate. Google Maps shows an elephant grazing in Kruger National Park. (Image: Google Maps blog) • Tourists watch as buffalo burst tyre to chase lions away • South Africa’s tourism improves • World falls in love with South African baby elephant Priya PitamberGoogle Maps has launched its Mzansi Experience: Discover South Africa for people across the world to discover the wonders of the country.“A virtual trip to South Africa awaits you in Google Maps,” wrote Sven Tresp, street view special collections program manager on the Google Africa blog.He said the country was well known for its unique array of wildlife.“Visiting Kruger National Park in Google Maps, you can see some of its majestic creatures as if you were there in real life,” Tresp wrote.“Catch a glimpse of a rhinoceros grazing the plains, an elephant enjoying a grassy snack, and a herd of buffalo charging against the wind. You may even spot a leopard, who often remain elusive to tourists and locals alike.”We are proud to launch The Mzansi Experience: Discover SA on Google Maps https://t.co/CVhhI6PrPQ #ExploreMzansi pic.twitter.com/tZmuqvk1hn — googleafrica (@googleafrica) March 8, 2016 Google Maps show buffalo grazing in the Kruger National Park. (Image: Screengrab via Google Maps)South African Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom attended the launch in Cape Town on 8 March. He dispelled his initial worry about virtual tours and said it could drive tourism to the country.Minister @Derek_Hanekom speaks at #exploremzansi launch at Cape Point @googleafrica pic.twitter.com/tMtZ2FDhKY — Praveen Naidoo (@tourism_media1) March 8, 2016Minister @Derek_Hanekom said that at 1st he was worried by virtual tours, but now sees them as driving tourism pic.twitter.com/KelfEv6XQv — Megan Ellis (@Megg_Ellis) March 8, 2016Tresp said climbing to the top of Table Mountain gave people a breathtaking view, even on cloudy days. “Feeling like you’re on top of the world has never been so easy as it is at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.”In more good news, Google Maps Street View will be expanded to more SA tourist destinations. This is only the beginning #ExploreMzansi — iafrica Travel (@iafricatravel) March 8, 2016Tresp wrote that South Africa was a must for people who loved the beach. “With Street View, you can watch the waves break at Sandy Beach, gaze at the clear blue sky and water at Clifton Beach, go parasailing at Sunset Beach or just take a long walk along Durban’s Golden Mile.” Keen for a walk? #ExploreMzansi virtually on Google Maps, you could be on Durban beach now http://bit.ly/1RxaDBS Posted by Department of Tourism on Tuesday, March 8, 2016He hoped that visiting the country through Google Maps would inspire a deeper appreciation for the country, the wildlife and Africa’s beauty.last_img read more

Brand South Africa is proud to collaborate with the National Heritage Council (NHC) and various other stakeholders on its annual programme Heritage Education Schools Outreach Programme (HESOP)

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday, 28 September 2018 – Brand South Africa is proud to collaborate with the National Heritage Council (NHC) and various other stakeholders on its annual programme Heritage Education Schools Outreach Programme (HESOP).Speaking about the programme, Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager, Ms Toni Gumede said; “Brand South Africa is very pleased to be collaborating on this programme for the second year. The significance for Brand South Africa as the custodian of the South African Nation Brand, is that through HESOP, young people get to engage with their heritage and identity which is enabling for building pride and patriotism, as an important part of Brand South Africa’s work.”The HESOP programme is targeted at Grade 9 to 11 learners from public schools and is designed to deepen awareness and appreciation of our common and diverse heritage through an inter-cultural exchange, presentations, traditional performances and a visit to a heritage site of cultural significance.In a statement the Chief Executive of the NHC, Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa, said; “We also pride ourselves in decolonizing heritage for the future leaders of the country to start writing about and telling their own history as well as to better understand their heritage.”Each Province is represented by the school that won the provincial round of presentations. This year the 2018 HESOP competition will be at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in Free State from 01st – 05th October 2018.“One of the most attractive features of our beautiful country is the diversity of culture and multiplicity of lenses through which our stories are being told. It’s a privilege few are afforded to be able to own such a rich heritage as ours and we should not only appreciate it but share it, collectively. We are proud of all the schools that made it this far and encourage other schools to get involved in HESOP”, adds Ms Gumede.The names of the schools participating at the 2018 HESOP, who also won the provincial presentations, are;Free State: Selelekela Sec SchoolGauteng: Sunward Park High SchoolKwazulu Natal: Nsikayethu High SchoolLimpopo: George Mbulaheni Secondary SchoolMpumalanga: Valencia High SchoolNorthern Cape: Emmanuel Secondary SchoolNorth West: Vuyani – Mawethu High SchoolWestern Cape: John Ramsey High SchoolEastern Cape: Jongilizwe S.S.Slast_img read more