first_imgSouth Africa’s Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Masilo Mabeta, is calling on Africans, including Liberians, to join his country in building respect for the African Culture.Alerting Africans on the importance of their culture is an initiative undertaken by the South African Government, to make people of the continent show solidarity to one another and to reflect their significance to other peoples of the world. Ambassador Mabeta spoke to journalists recently at the South African Embassy near Congo Town, Monrovia.The South African diplomat underscored the importance to avoid the form and manner in which African cultural values are overlooked in most countries. He made specific references to dress code, food, songs, amongst others.According to Amb. Mabeta, belief that traditional ideas and industrial commodities from Africa are not beneficial to contemporary development, keeps Africans in bondage on their own continent.He said locally made products in most African countries do not have attractive values anymore, “because people do not give preference to them as to how they would be improved.”He noted that if Africans with knowledge in certain professional areas are allowed to teach in universities their knowledge, Africans will know the value of their locally produced commodities and culture.Ambassador Mabeta then frowned on the idea of investing in foreign materials when Africans are competent to produce same, stressing that the lack of empowerment for locals makes it hard for African products to be given value.He said that Africans who design and produce African cloth did not learn the art in school such a brilliant idea, but can produce materials using their local equipment; an act, which he commended.Ambassador Mabeta said using such people to teach their ideas in school will get students to specialize in textile and other areas and as well produce African materials that will make most countries on the continent industrious.In addition to problems affecting Africans, the South African diplomat noted that because cultural values are not respected, Africans are divided on tribal and sectional lines, thus making it difficult to be united.Prior to briefing journalists, Ambassador Mabeta said, he had travelled to some parts of Liberia including Maryland, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Nimba Counties to have an insight of the country.“My travel to these counties entails that I did not only come to Liberia to reside in the capital Monrovia, but to reach other parts to make South Africa’s presence felt among all Liberians.According to him, the tour to the counties made him to learn about the people living there and their culture likewise.He described the visit as worthy, because it opened the corridor for the local people in those parts of Liberia to realize that South Africa was not only here for central government, but for all Liberians without discrimination.South Africa is expected to celebrate its national and freedom days the latest part of this month.  The freedom day marks freedom from Apartheid rule with the first black African leader, Nelson Mandela, taking over as President of that country in 1994.The national day is in commemoration of the country’s independence that can be marked by many cultural activities, and words of inspiration for national and foreign leaders.The celebrations would have been held last April, but was postponed because of election currently underway in that part of Africa.A credible diplomatic source told this paper that parliamentarians are elected by the people of South Africa, and the parliamentarians subsequently elect the president.“The country will soon have a new president therefore, South Africans want to celebrate these days with the new president,” our source said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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first_imgLOS ANGELES – The Clippers would like to think the All-Star break gave them a chance to regroup and come back ready to turn around their disappointing season. Unfortunately for them, things aren’t quite that easy in this difficult season. The Suns made the fourth quarter irrelevant, going up 92-68 through three quarters. They led 17 at halftime, 14 in the first quarter, and Steve Nash returned from a four-game absence and often made the Clippers’ defense look silly. “They didn’t make it look worse than it was,” the Clippers’ Elton Brand said. “That’s how bad it was.” Nash didn’t play in the fourth quarter, but had 13 points and 12 assists. He had eight points and seven assists in the first quarter, when the Suns shot 77.8 percent from the field. Shawn Marion finished with 31 points and nine rebounds, and by the second half, the Clippers basically had no chance. Cuttino Mobley (strained groin) and Chris Kaman (flu) were out, and no one made up for their absence enough to make it competitive. In their first game back since the break, the Clippers’ slide continued as they lost a fourth consecutive game with a 115-90 defeat against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Nine months ago, the Clippers took the Suns to Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. On Tuesday, the Suns took them to school. center_img Sam Cassell, in particular, was nowhere to be found. In the second half, he did not play at all and finished with two points. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said he had an abdominal strain, but if the game got close, he could have reinserted him. Corey Maggette had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Brand added 17 points. The only Clipper who had significantly more production than normal was second-year guard Daniel Ewing, who scored 16 points. With the Clippers struggling and the trading deadline Thursday, the team is not expected to make a move, even though Maggette’s name is a common part of rumors. “I don’t see us making any deals,” Dunleavy said. “Obviously, every team should be looking for anything with potential that could help you. But I don’t see anything on the horizon.” Dunleavy said teams are making lowball offers, nothing that would make the Clippers better. Maggette is likely to stay, even though he has called out Dunleavy on what he, and media members and heaps of fans, see as misuse of the small forward. “We’ve been talking about this since last year and now this year,” Maggette said. “It is what it is. The best thing I can do is go out there and play and play to the ability I can. Like I said, I’ll let (management) handle the business aspect, and I’ll play basketball.” Joe Stevens can be reached at joe.stevens@presstelegram.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

first_imgJohnson played Toros player Jamar Smith in a game of 1-on-1 after practice and everything seemed normal, player Anthony Fuqua said. “He was being coach Johnson out there, talking trash, playing basketball, dribbling around and shooting,” Fuqua said. “Everything seemed fine. We’re all in shock. Johnson, a five-time All-Star and one of the top defensive guards, was part of the last Boston dynasty. He spent 14seasons in the league and retired after the 1989-90 season. He played on title teams with the Celtics in 1984 and 1986 and with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. “Whether he was leading his teams to NBA championships or teaching young men the meaning of professionalism, Dennis Johnson’s contributions to the game went far beyond the basketball court,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “Dennis was a man of extraordinary character with a tremendous passion for the game.” In the 1984 Finals, Johnson guarded Magic Johnson effectively in the last four games. In 1985, he hit a last-second jumper against the Lakers that won the fourth game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AUSTIN, Texas – Dennis Johnson, the star NBA guard out of Pepperdine who was part of three championships and teamed with Larry Bird on one of the great postseason plays, died Thursday, collapsing after his developmental team’s practice. He was 52. Johnson, a Compton native who coached the Clippers at the end of the 2002-03 season with an 8-16 record, had been coaching the Austin Toros of the NBA’s Development League. center_img Johnson was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at Austin Convention Center, said a spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him for 23 minutes before he was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. last_img

first_imgAll services provided by Letterkenny General Hospital prior to last month’s flooding disaster will be fully restored.That was the message from Deputy Joe McHugh following discussions at the hospital yesterday afternoon with Bill Maher, Chief Executive of HSE West.“I can confirm today that all services previously provided at Letterkenny General Hospital are to be restored as they were before last month’s flash flooding of the hospital. “This was confirmed to me at a meeting in the hospital yesterday with Mr Bill Maher, CEO of HSE West, and with Seán Murphy, Manager of Letterkenny General Hospital. It has also been confirmed that the planned new endoscopy unit, funding for which was announced in early July, will be put in place as intended prior to the flooding,” said the Fine Gael TD.Deputy McHugh at the hospital with Health Minister James ReillyThe Donegal Deputy said he is confident in the capabilities of hospital management, staff, patients and the community to overcome the enormous challenges that face us over the next nine months.“The task for Letterkenny General Hospital is to deliver high quality health services at a site that will be under refurbishment. This will involve unavoidable disruption for patients and staff, which must be minimised.“I know from speaking with people working in the hospital and from speaking with people in the community, that they do not want a rushed job. It is important that the refurbished building will be fit for purpose, and that last month’s disaster will never happen again. “This work is already underway with design, engineering and architectural teams being appointed. It is also encouraging that local sub-contractors are working on the construction of temporary accommodation for A&E services at the hospital, a number of whom I met at the hospital yesterday,” he added.The Carrigart-based politician also made the point very strongly that the people of Donegal want answers as to why the hospital flooded last month.He said there must be be full accountability and disclosure and that he awaits the independent engineer’s professional assessment.“I also raised public concerns about kitchen services at the hospital. HSE Management assures me that a new state-of-the-art kitchen will be fully constructed.“I am in continuous contact with the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, about the hospital. Minister Reilly has visited Letterkenny General Hospital twice since last month’s disaster, and he is monitoring the situation closely. “It is encouraging for the people of Donegal that existing services will be restored and secured, and that plans to roll out further additional services remain in place.”NO SERVICES WILL BE LOST AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL AFTER FLOODING was last modified: August 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deputy joe mchughLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img

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