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Garin suffers to circumvent the debut in the ATP 250 of Santiago

first_imgThe ultimate set began with a break in favor of ‘Gago’, who took benefit of his rival’s presents. In actual fact, the level that gave him the break was for a double lack of the Hispanic.Garin was launched once more and started to ship in the factors, a proven fact that calmed the public. The primary favourite started to punish with the reverse and it was taking time for the European, however this didn’t cease preventing and generated two break alternatives in the fourth sport and managed to get well the break. Thus, in a matter of minutes, the visiting participant went from 0-2 to 3-2.To match, Garin suffered significantly. He had to save two break factors with courageous strikes. That combat was rewarded, as a result of it instantly broke to cross up.The Chilean stored his serve and pressed the Spaniard who gave himself yet one more likelihood when he was 4-5. Garin pulled to shut and didn’t fail. The Chilean stored his serve and pressed the Spaniard who gave himself yet one more likelihood when he was 4-5. Garin pulled to shut and failed. He had two match factors however didn’t sentence him. The combat began once more.Garin was changed to that blow and broke thanks to one other double lack of his rival. In the second likelihood to seal his triumph he returned to forgive and all the pieces went to the tie break.The nerves have been apparent. Davidovich was the first to present them with one other double fault. Garin went 6-2 forward of a brand new mistake. In the finish he closed it 7-6 (4).Thiago Seyboth Wild awaits you in rooms, though the presence of ‘Gago’ in that sport at present is a thriller. It appeared a quiet evening for Cristian Garin after profitable the first set towards Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his debut in the Santiago ATP. Nevertheless, his again pains modified all the pieces. Regardless of that, the Chilean gained 6-2, 0-6 and 7-6 and superior to the quarterfinals of the nationwide event.The Chilean began the duel with a break regardless of beginning 40-Zero down. Nevertheless, a pair of doubts in his first service shift difficult and instantly returned the benefit. However that didn’t blur him, and the story was repeated in the third sport. Davidovich was 40-Zero together with his serve and once more managed to get the break.From then on it was nearly all of the Chilean, who rapidly bought 5-1 and in 30 minutes closed the preliminary set. In that manga, ‘Gago’ took 57 p.c and gained 10 of 13 factors with the first service and broke three of the 4 choices he had.Davidovich raised his degree at the starting of the second spherical, Garin was confused and bought three double faults in the identical sport that price him dearly. The again issues that the Chilean was dragging from Rio, returned.The European took benefit of the bodily loss of the nationwide who requested medical time when he fell 5-0. The Chilean evidenced his annoying bodily gestures in direction of his field led by Andrés Schneiter. As well as, the Chilean instructed the physiotherapist that he attended, that he cooled in one of the facet modifications and that’s why his discomfort started. Lastly the set completed 6-0 in favor of the Spanish in 28 minutes.last_img read more

Indigenous groups, Red Thread picket Mae’s school

first_imgCulture Day fallout…demand apology from school…institution differs on account of eventsAs public outcry continues over Mae’s Schools deeming an Indigenous student’s cultural outfit inappropriate, the National Toshaos Council (NTC) on Tuesday joined with the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and Red Thread in criticising the actions taken by the administration of the private institution.NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks and other picketers outside of Mae’s schoolThe concerned organisations and a number of persons took part in a picket exercise outside the school, after the mother of the primary schoolchild vented her frustrations on social media after the private institution deemed the boy’s Indigenous outfit “inappropriate”. These comments have drawn anger from interest groups and persons of similar heritage.NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks during the picketing exercise said that Indigenous people respect other races and expressed total disgust for the entire episode. In the same vein, he questioned if Government was truly serious about advancing social cohesion.“The NTC condemns such an act. With something like this happening here, I am not seeing what the Government is saying about social cohesion. Is this social cohesion for a big school like Mae’s to do something like this? From since then to now, no one is coming out and saying let us come out and make a public apology to the family,” Fredericks expressed.A young demonstrator, Ann-Marie Simon, who was adorned in cultural apparel, told <<>> that all the young man was doing was showcasing his heritage as “a proud Indigenous boy” and added that she too was awaiting a swift apology. Jude Da Silva, another person present, noted her frustration over her people being mistreated.“I am very happy of being an Indigenous woman, so I would expect that they issue an apology to us and to that little child,” Da Silva explained.Red Thread representative Joy Marcus told this newspaper that Amerindian persons were Guyanese, who should be able to express their culture.“I think that was disrespectful and that it was also discrimination with what happened to that child. What’s the use with having Culture Day if different people can’t showcase their culture freely? This has to stop now and should happen to any child,” she said.Her sentiments were shared by APA representative Michael McGarrell, who said that often times the Indigenous are mischaracterised as “bush people” without much knowledge. He too condemned the school’s actions, saying that the student suffered “indifference and disrespect”.“It’s not right and is totally unacceptable and we demand a public apology to the child and Indigenous peoples as a whole,” he stressed.In a statement, the APA noted that it was “disgraceful” that the student was singled out and disallowed from entering the school dressed in his cultural wear.“Traditional Indigenous clothing should not be deemed inappropriate in a country that celebrates its rich cultural diversity. It is enshrined in the Constitution of Guyana that every citizen has a right to their religion, cultural beliefs, and practices.”The Association recommended cultural sensitisation sessions be conducted at the school, so that students, teachers, and staff understand the cultural traditions and human rights Indigenous peoples possess.Mae’s version of eventsMedia operatives tried to get official word from school administrators, but the gates were locked to the media after which a “no comment” on the matter was offered. However, the administration of Mae’s in a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon offered an alternative account of the events of the May 25, 2018 Culture Day, saying that all students were briefed on the activity, noting that no clothing that exposed them was allowed.“All children were told that plain t-shirts and tights/shorts should be worn under clothes that would otherwise expose them,” the school highlighted.While acknowledging that an incident took place, the school said that the students of the class of the child were to dress as Portuguese and said that the child turned up in Amerindian wear and was told that it may be an issue since he was exposed. His mother, the school said, gave him a t-shirt.“At no point was any teacher engaged on this issue either by the child or his mother. The child settled into his classes without incident. There was no crying or other discernible upset displayed by him that warranted the attention of the class teacher, headteacher, or administration of the school then or at any other time throughout the school day. The fact that this student is made the subject of national headlines is regrettable.”The school also noted that there is no clear-cut national policy that is consistently enforced on what is acceptable in terms of exposure for both boys and girls when representing Guyana’s very diverse culture.Meanwhile, the child’s mother was urged to file a formal complaint to the Education Ministry and Ethnic Relations Commission. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Arsene Wenger responds to Jose Mourinho’s swipe over big-spending

first_img Arsene Wenger 1 Arsene Wenger has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s jibes at Arsenal over their ‘big-spending’.Chelsea boss Mourinho has suggested that the Gunners have bought their way into the title race, insisting that, contrary to popular beliefs, they do not have a cautious transfer approach.The comments, made before the two teams meet in the Community Shield on Sunday, were widely viewed as a move by Mourinho to turn up the heat on Wenger ahead of the new season.But Wenger, who has splashed out almost £150million since the summer of 2013, was unfazed when he asked what he thought about his managerial rival’s barbs.“We spend when we think we have to spend and do not listen too much to what people think or say,” said the Frenchman.“We just try to make the right decisions. When we have the money available, we spend it. When we don’t have the money, we don’t spend the money we haven’t got.“I believe that one day if you make real statistics of the players we have developed here and compare them to the other clubs, you will be surprised.“I think what you want is not to listen too much to what people say, because sometimes in the same week I get two different reproaches: one I don’t spend enough and one too much.“I believe if you want to create success, which we want desperately, is to focus on inside and try to do as well as we can, believe in the football we want to play, play it as well as we can and let other people talk.”last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 7 p.m. at Vincenzo’s, 245041/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 877-2775 or visit www.DAA.org. Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Caf , 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Curious George story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Memorial Day program, 10 a.m. at Eternal Valley, 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall. Call (661) 259-0800. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Grand opening, 3 p.m. at Canyon Dental Group, 28237 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Start Smart, a free class geared toward new or soon-to-be drivers and their parents, 6 p.m. at The California Highway Patrol office, 28648 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Wendy Hahn at (661) 294-5540. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Career open house for health-care professionals, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Greeley Education Center at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8370. Free health lecture, “Memory Loss and Stroke: Know the Facts,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Opera Tales, 3:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. “A Toast to Roberta” will celebrate the life of Roberta Gillis, 6-8 p.m. at Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. Call Leigh at (661) 296-4278 or visit www.MyTownUSA.com. “Zorro” discussion group 7 p.m. at Borders Books & Music, 24445 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 286-1131. Beverly Hillbillies Bible study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256 or fax her at (661) 257-526.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY “Zorro” discussion group for Spanish speakers, 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 286-4006. United Way Telethon, 6-9 p.m. on SCVTV Channel 20. Call (661) 253-0082 to make a donation. Open auditions for “Meshuggah-Nuns!” 7-9 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. last_img read more

A5 ROW: TD SLAMS ‘UNCERTAINTY’ OVER ROAD FUTURE

first_imgTHE row over the future of the upgrade of the A5 road between Dublin and Donegal rumbed on today.Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has said he is deeply disappointment by the uncertainty still surrounding the A5 project following the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) meeting last Friday.“As a result of the Government’s decision to abandon the commitment to contribute £400 million towards this project between now and 2015, and the totally inadequate offering of £50 million instead, we are now very much dependent on the Northern Executive to allow work to commence on this crucial piece of infrastructure,” said Deputy McConalogue. “I had hoped that the North South Ministerial Council meeting last week would result in a clear renewed commitment by the Northern Executive to continue to earmark the £400 million in funding for the project and to commit to proceeding with at least one of the three sections of the road next year.”The TD said it was unfortunate that civil servants on both sides of the border with plotting a pathway forward over the coming months in advance of the next meeting scheduled for June of next year.“It is absolutely essential that the two Governments agree on a timeline that will see this project started in the coming year. This requires the use of the full funding from the Northern Executive and a renewed commitment from the Fine Gael/Labour Government on a timeline to fund its half of this project,” said Deputy McConalogue.“Other parts of the country have received major upgrades in arterial roadway routes throughout the last 10 years.  It is now the North West’s turn to get priority for infrastructural development.  And yet Fine Gael and Labour have decided to only allocate £50 million of the £17 billion they plan to spend on its capital infrastructure programme 2012-2015. “Years of work and cooperation have gone into this project since the St Andrew’s Agreement in which the Northern Executive, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Government committed to funding this key infrastructural project for the North West.  This was a major achievement and we cannot allow it go to waste.”A5 ROW: TD SLAMS ‘UNCERTAINTY’ OVER ROAD FUTURE was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:A5Charlie McConaloguelast_img read more

ROSES ARE RED? BE INSPIRED WITH A MEMORABLE VALENTINE MOVIE QUOTE

first_imgFrom Bogart to Swayze, from cheesy to soul-baring angst, take inspiration from a few of the most memorable movie quotes to help celebrate Valentine’s Day….Dirty Dancing (1987)Baby: Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you. Along Came Polly (2004)Reuben Feffer: Since we have been together I have felt more uncomfortable, out of place, embarrassed, and just physically sick then I have in my entire life. But I could not have gone through that, I could not have thrown up 19 times in 48 days if I was not in love with you.The Great Gatsby (2013)[to Gatsby] Daisy Buchanan: I wish I’d done everything on earth with you. One Day (2011)Emma Morley: Whatever happens tomorrow, we’ve had today. And if we should bump into each other sometime in the future, well that’s fine too. We’ll be friends.The Notebook (2004)I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, for ever, you and me, every day.The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life.The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)—Edward (Robert Pattinson) to Bella (Kristen Stewart) “I love you. You’re my only reason to stay alive… if that’s what I am.”Gone With The Wind  (1939) —Rhett (Clark Gable) to Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”Jerry Maguire (1996)—Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) to Jerry (Tom Cruise) You had me at hello.Wuthering Heights (1939)— Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier) “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest so long as I live on! I killed you. Haunt me, then! Haunt your murderer! I know that ghosts have wandered on the Earth. Be with me always. Take any form, drive me mad, only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul.”When Harry Met Sally (1989)Harry to Sally – I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.City of Angels (1998)“I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.”As Good As It Gets(1997)Jack Nicholson. You make me want to be a better manCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon(2000)Chow Yun-Fat. “I want to tell you with my last breath that I have always loved you”Casablanca (1942)Humphrey Bogart. “We’ll always have Paris.”A Beautiful Mind, (2001)“It’s only in the mysterious equations of love that any logical reasons can be found. I am only here tonight because of you. You are all I am. You are all my reasons.”Pride & Prejudice (2005)—Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) to Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) “…If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love … I love … I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”ROSES ARE RED? BE INSPIRED WITH A MEMORABLE VALENTINE MOVIE QUOTE was last modified: February 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Movie quotesValentines Daylast_img read more

BID TO GET PRINCE CHARLES TO VISIT GLENVEAGH AND SLIABH LIAG

first_imgTOURISM chiefs are working behind the scenes to get Britain’s Prince Charles to visit Glenveagh Castle and Sliabh Liag next month.Charles and his wife Camilla will be in Ireland for four days between May 19 and May 22, with two days in the North and two days in the Republic.He is set to visit Lissadell and Mullaghmore, the scene of his great uncle’s assassination by the IRA in 1979. Lord Louis Mountbatten and three other people – including a teenage boy – died when the IRA blew up his fishing boat.The prince is expected to visit the scene of the tragedy.However Tourism Ireland is keen to use the visit to push tourism in the North West.Charles is a keen walker and environmentalist and tourism bosses want to include Donegal destinations during his trip. Slieve League are Ireland’s highest sea cliffs – and Glenveagh Castle our most visited attraction.“It’s the perfect opportunity to highlight the whole North West and we are looking at including stop-overs in Donegal,” said one Tourism Ireland source.“If we can include Glenveagh and Slieve League it would be a fantastic boost to Donegal.”Details of the trip won’t be made public until just hours beforehand for security reasons.But it is being welcomed as another chance for reconciliation. Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said he hopes the visit will be “an occasion to promote reconciliation, respect and understanding”.He added: “The visit by the British Queen to the Garden of Remembrance, her words of reconciliation and the subsequent meetings with Martin McGuinness demonstrated the potential of these events.”BID TO GET PRINCE CHARLES TO VISIT GLENVEAGH AND SLIABH LIAG was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalPrince Charlesvisitlast_img read more

Ruby’s remarkable artwork makes the Texaco Calendar

first_imgAn artwork by 13-year old Donegal student Ruby O’Reilly Duff from Loreto Community School, Milford, has been chosen to illustrate the 2018 Texaco Children’s Art Calendar.One of 13 chosen to illustrate the publication, Ruby’s work, entitled ‘Three Curious Friends’, will appear during the month of September and will be seen in thousands of homes throughout Ireland in 2018.September – Ruby O’Reilly DuffWinning a Special Merit Award in the 12-13 years age category of the 2017 competition, it was one of a number said by a competition adjudicator to perfectly reflect the incredible talent and imagination of children and the essential role played by schools who encourage and inspire their students through art education. Calendars are currently available through a select number of Texaco service stations countrywide and through Texoil, Valero’s home-heating oil division.Ruby’s remarkable artwork makes the Texaco Calendar was last modified: December 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Ruby O’Reilly DuffTexacolast_img read more

Schools become ‘centres of caring’

first_img27 August 2007A primary school in the poverty-stricken Wembezi township outside Estcourt is being turned into KwaZulu-Natal province’s first “inclusive centre of learning, care and support”, which will see school programmes extend beyond the classroom to food supply, health care and social services.“Schools are no longer only institutions of teaching and learning,” says the KwaZulu-Natal education department, which has identified 48 schools that will benefit from the “inclusive centres of learning, care and support” programme.The programme tackles barriers to teaching and learning such as inadequate school facilities, poverty, late enrolment, communication difficulties, children living in the streets, HIV/Aids, insufficient support of educators, poor health and other “psycho-social disturbances”.The initiative brings together the education, health, social services and home affairs departments, as well as the SA Police, the Love Life campaign, the Media in Education Trust and local municipalities.The programme focuses on areas with a high unemployment rate among parents, coupled with high mortality rates that have left children orphaned and in the care of their grandparents.Some of the services to be provided at schools include the conversion of a classroom into a health and wellness centre to offer support such as HIV/Aids counselling.The inclusive centres will also offer residents with services such as access to social grants, issuing of birth certificates and support for abused persons.Schools chosen as inclusive centres will intensify their life skills education programmes and engage with the local community to gain their trust and encourage them to get involved.“We cannot simply assume that both the parents of learners are alive and that they have enough food and a room with a table and chair to do their homework,” Provincial education minister Ina Cronje said at the launch of the first centre at Muntuza Primary School last week.“Very often, these essential systems we regard as normal do not exist.”“It becomes very difficult for the education department if children have no birth certificates or parents have no identity documents,” Cronje added. “Without these basic documents, grandmothers who need grants for themselves and the children they look after cannot access them.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

‘Mandela magic’ at South Africa’s box office

first_img4 December 2013Following on its record opening day last Thursday, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom emerged as the highest-grossing film in South Africa this past weekend, earning R4 431 228, outgrossing the comedy Schuks! Your Country Needs You, which earned R3 635 876.It also outgrossed the opening weekend box office of some of the biggest studio films of the year, including Hunger Games – Catching Fire, World War Z, The Wolverine and Hangover 3.According to film group Videovision Entertainment, the movie has been playing to packed, diverse audiences from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town to Gateway in Durban, The Zone in Rosebank, Sterland in Pretoria and the Mall of the North in Polokwane, all of which were among the best-performing cinemas in the country over the weekend.“I am extremely pleased with the audience reaction,” producer Anant Singh said in a statement on Tuesday. “I visited a few cinemas over the weekend and experienced the emotional response to the film, with audiences leaving the cinemas completely satisfied. For me as a filmmaker, this is really fulfilling.”The film also opened in the United States on Friday, with exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles, earning an average of $25 076 per screen, the highest this past weekend, Videovision said on Tuesday.The New York Times and Los Angeles Times newspapers reviewed the film ahead of its opening, with the New York Times saying, “The performances give a crucial human dimension to this streamlined, panoramic epic”, and the Los Angeles Times stating: “Inevitably celebratory … it is one worth experiencing again and again.”Meanwhile, the international roll-out of the film continued on Monday night with the French premiere of the film at the Paris headquarters of Unesco (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) ahead of its opening in France on 18 December.Singh, director Justin Chadwick and actors Idris Elba, Naomie Harris and Lindiwe Matshikiza presented the film.“We were encouraged with the amazing reaction from the Paris audience,” Singh said on Tuesday. “The film opened as the number one film in South Africa last week, and we expect the film to perform equally well in France.”France will be the first European country to release the film.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more