Walking across South Africa to raise money for Limpopo schools

first_imgSocial entrepreneur Nkosinathi Manganyi is leading a group of South Africans on an endurance walk across the country, from Giyani, Limpopo to Cape Town, to raise money and awareness for disadvantaged schools in Limpopo.Social entrepreneur Nkosinathi Manganyi is undertaking an epic walk across South Africa to raise money and awareness for schools in Limpopo during February and March 2017. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonThe 40-day, almost 2,000km walk began on 26 February 2017, with Manganyi and his team reaching their 500km milestone, Johannesburg, on 6 March.This is not Manganyi’s first walk for charity. In 2014, he walked from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein for children’s charities, and in 2015, he embarked on a longer trip from the Free State capital to Port Elizabeth for cancer research.Manganyi says his social entrepreneurship was first inspired by a friend in need, telling the New Age newspaper: “I had a friend who was diagnosed with bone cancer and they had to amputate his leg. It was at that moment that I realised how fortunate I was and wanted to give back to the community and show gratitude to God.”Hearing about various similar charitable walks around the world, particularly one by a man who walked from Europe to the North Pole in under a month, Manganyi decided “right there and then…that next year on my birthday I’m walking to Bloemfontein. I didn’t know how but I knew I had to do it.”Social entrepreneur Nkosinathi Manganyi is undertaking an epic walk across South Africa to raise money and awareness for schools in Limpopo during February and March 2017. (Image: Facebook)The Giyani to Cape Town trek is specifically for the community of Giyani, in particular schools in the area. Manganyi says schools here need urgent funding to rebuild libraries, revamp bathrooms and buy uniforms for more than 700 students.“We might be able to raise funds that could cover beyond the schools that we are looking to fund,” he told the Citizen newspaper on 28 February 2017, hoping to help out a few needy schools in Mpumalanga as well.Manganyi, a prominent church leader in his community, is also using the walk as a personal spiritual journey, a mission to spread the word of God. He and his team of walkers will visit schools and community centres along the way to speak about using God-given gifts to build and not destroy:“(We will be) working on the spiritual progress of people, (teaching communities about) what it takes to give and what it means to give to others. It’s about enlightening people about where they are coming from and who they are and where they are going,” he told the newspaper.#Giyani2CapeTown TweetsManganyi is using social media to spread the word of his journey, offering regular updates via his Facebook page and inviting anyone along the route to join the walk or offer assistance.“We are trying to do all of this to raise money so…anyone can join us (or sponsor the walkers) for 5km (at R100 per kilometre)…We currently have about 200 people joining us on the road.”But Manganyi says, above all, the walk is about meeting and talking to South Africans from all walks of life and changing lives along the way. “It’s not (only) about the money; it’s about playing your part with the little that you have.”Back in Giyani, the community is eagerly following his progress on social media and on the local community radio station, Giyani Radio.Station manager Prenomen Chabani says the work of Manganyi and his team of walkers is inspiring. “We are monitoring him every day so he can tell us where he is and what the challenges are that he is facing. We also help them with food and all that they may need for the trip.”For more information on Manganyi and his walkers’ journey through the country, and how you can contribute to the cause, check his Facebook page. Source: GoodThingsGuy and CitizenWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Back to zero as Team Lakay loses all ONE world titles in heartbreaking stretch

first_imgLATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Google Philippines names new country director Folayang and Belingon were the last men standing for Team Lakay heading into Sunday’s big event.Both failed in their title defenses in ONE: A New Era with Belingon losing to Bibiano Fernades in their third encounter via disqualification while Folayang fell to Shinya Aoki in their rematch in the main event.READ: Kevin Belingon yields ONE bantamweight belt after getting disqualifiedDespite the undesirable outcome for Team Lakay, it still had a silver lining with its rising star Danny Kingad advancing to the semifinals of the Flyweight World Grand Prix.Kingad impressed in his quarterfinal matchup against Senzo Ikeda, whom he beat via unanimous decision.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag READ: Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio yields ONE strawweight titleOn Sunday, Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon yielded theirs on the same night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFrom four ONE world champions to end 2018, Team Lakay will now have to work their way back up again after all four of its fighters lost their belts just three months into the new year.READ: Geje Eustaquio bows to Adriano Moraes for 2nd time, surrenders flyweight title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Team Lakay during its fruitful reign with four fighters holding four belts. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTOKYO, Japan—And then there were none.Two months ago, Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio lost their world titles after suffering heartbreaking decisions in just a span of six days.ADVERTISEMENT Threes, dunks and wheelchairs as North beats South in all-star game View commentslast_img read more

7 days agoChelsea boss Lampard blows fuse with Deschamps over Kante treatment

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard blows fuse with Deschamps over Kante treatmentby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has hit out at France coach Didier Deschamps and his medical team over their handling of N’Golo Kante.Kante will miss Chelsea’s home game against Newcastle due to a groin problem and Lampard was clearly frustrated that his midfielder, who has also been dogged by knee, ankle and hamstring issues this season, was not sent home from international duty sooner.Kante was ruled out of France’s first game after picking up the problem in the warm-up before their 1-0 win in Iceland.Lampard said: “We didn’t get him [Kante] back until after the second game [Turkey] and he’s not fit for Saturday.”Before the international break, I know Didier Deschamps mentioned in jest a little bit about Olivier Giroud and that was obviously quite light-hearted and I get it, we all have our selection problems and he had his in the two games.”But the Kante one was not a laughing matter because we communicated before the last international break because he was injured so couldn’t go.”Let’s think what benefits the player, he didn’t go, we both agreed on that. That’s how things should work.”After the first game when he pulled out, he then had a fitness test the day before the second game, it was clear that he couldn’t play.”He then sat on the bench on the evening of the game, so that’s not communication, so it’s not such a laughing matter I suppose.”And it’s more for Kante himself because he’s not an inexperienced player, he’s been around the block, he’s won World Cups, he’s been a fantastic player. I think that probably could have been handled better for sure.”Our doctors were speaking and there were some times when things weren’t coming back to us when I would expect them to come back – that’s what I mean about communication.”Even though we joked about the communication from the time before, that was much better to deal with it, as opposed to not.”We got a player back a bit later. I understand when players are on international duty, they are their player as such but it was quite clear he wasn’t fit to play.”From our point of view we would have wanted him back to work on him but it’s been and gone and as with every international player I will try and have open lines of communication with every manager for both our sake’s.”Kante, for instance, the first squad, nobody would have benefited from him going – me, him or France.”We have to think about the long-term and the care of the player as well so that’s sometimes a bit of a grey area.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Leah Still Wants To Be A Cheerleader At Penn State, Where Her Dad Played

first_imgLeah Still reveals she wants to be cheerleader for Penn State.leah still penn state answer cancerPenn State fans – brace yourselves for the cutest Nittany Lions-related story you’ll read today. Leah Still, the five-year-old daughter of Houston Texans defensive star Devon Still who beat cancer this past year, wants to attend her father’s alma mater. Still, who was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma back in 2014, wants to be a cheerleader for Penn State simply because her father went there.Her answer to Robin Roberts’ question drew a few “We Are!” chants from the crowd.Leah Still says she wants to go to @penn_state like her dad and be a cheerleader. #LeahStrong #WeAre #PennState https://t.co/hDntqifLdm— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 15, 2016Even if you aren’t a PSU fan – this is an awesome story.last_img read more

Minnesota’s QB Says Michigan State Has Big Ten’s Worst Visiting Locker Room

first_imgMichigan State's Spartan Stadium during the spring game.InstagramGoing on the road in the Big Ten is never a treat – between the travel, the team’s opposing fans and the shoddy facilities. But according to Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner, one program’s visiting locker room situation is worse than the rest.Leidner was asked which program has the worst locker room in the Big Ten, and his answer was Michigan State. He claims the stalls don’t have doors. Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press captured the quote.#Gophers QB Mitch Leidner was asked today about worst #B1G visiting locker room. Michigan State, he said. Reason: no doors on toilet stalls.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) July 26, 2016It’s hard to disagree with Leidner, if what he’s saying is true.Luckily for Leidner, he won’t have to deal with the situation again. He’s a senior, and Minnesota doesn’t play Michigan State in 2016.last_img read more

EU UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

first_imgSALZBURG, Austria – Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade.With Britain’s departure from the EU on March 29, 2019, looming, there are growing concerns that a deal on the post-Brexit relationship may not be cobbled together in time to ensure a smooth and orderly British exit.All leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, are desperate to solve the biggest Brexit riddle — how to keep goods moving freely between Northern Ireland in the U.K. and EU member state Ireland.Despite reports of a friendly spirit at a summit in Salzburg, Austria, the fundamental differences remained. EU Council President Donald Tusk said parts of May’s Brexit plan — dubbed Chequers after a key Brexit meeting at the premier’s country residence of the same name — simply “will not work.”But just minutes after he spoke, May insisted that her Brexit plan was the “only serious and credible” proposal on the table.Like many leaders, including May, Tusk said “we need to compromise on both sides.” He wants to see a major breakthrough by the time the leaders meet again in Brussels on Oct. 18-19. Tusk said a special Brexit summit could be held in mid-November if things progress as hoped — but only as a “punch line” if most of the deal had already been agreed.If Britain is to leave with a deal in six months, May and the Europeans must find solutions in coming weeks so parliaments have enough time to ratify the agreement.They’ve spent two days in Salzburg trying to do just that, but with things at a standstill, each side tried to ramp up pressure on the other. Each is urging the other to compromise, while EU leaders issue constant warnings to Britain about the Brexit clock ticking.“Time is running short,” Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told reporters. “We want to avoid a ‘No Deal Brexit,’ but we are preparing for that. We are hiring extra staff and officials, bringing in IT systems. We are ready for that eventuality, should it occur.”Tusk said that key parts of the British proposals to leave would undermine the union of the 27 remaining members.May wants to keep the U.K. inside the bloc’s single market for goods, but not services. The EU has insisted that the single market cannot be cherry-picked like that.“Europe isn’t an a la carte menu,” French President Emmanuel Macron said.The French said May’s proposals “are not acceptable as they stand, particularly in the economic realm” because they “don’t respect the integrity of the single market.”Tusk agreed May’s Chequers proposals “will not work, not least because it risks undermining the single market” of seamless movement of goods, services, capital and persons.The biggest single obstacle to a deal is the need to maintain an open border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. For Ireland, it’s important not to undermine the hard-won peace after decades of sectarian tensions in neighbouring Northern Ireland.May said Britain and the EU agreed on the need for a legally binding backstop to guarantee there would be no hard Irish border. But Britain rejects the EU’s proposal, which would keep Northern Ireland inside the bloc’s customs union while the rest of the U.K. leaves.May said the backstop “cannot divide the United Kingdom into two customs territories.” She said Britain “will be bringing forward our own proposals shortly” about how to break the impasse.Dealing with the EU is only part of May’s problem. Her Chequers plan also faces opposition from pro-Brexit members of her own Conservative Party, who say it would keep Britain tethered to the bloc, unable to strike new trade deals around the world.Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, who quit the government in July, said Thursday that the Chequers plan was “devoid of democracy” and “worse than no deal.”Macron, meanwhile, expressed contempt for pro-Brexit British politicians who told the public there would be “simple solutions” to leaving.He said Brexit “demonstrated that those who explain that one can get by easily without Europe — that it will all go well, that it is easy and brings in a lot of money — are liars.”Any Brexit deal will include a withdrawal agreement and transition period to smooth Britain’s exit from the bloc.Currently that’s expected to last until the end of 2020 — but without a deal Britain would crash out of the EU on Brexit day, a development that in theory could see flights parked and trade between the two sides grind to a halt.It all suggests a fractious summit in Brussels next month.“We are today at the moment of truth,” Macron warned.___Lawless reported from London. Raf Casert in Brussels, Thomas Adamson in Paris, and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.last_img read more

Littleknown among consumers Huawei has high profile in Canadian tech networks

first_imgTORONTO — Before the arrest of Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last weekend, the Chinese company wasn’t a household name in Canada — certainly not in the league of an Apple, Samsung or BlackBerry.However, the Chinese tech giant considered by several of Canada’s allies as a security threat has quietly established itself as an important provider of technology essential to Canada’s telecom infrastructure, a situation that is not likely to change any time soon.  Huawei’s share of the Canadian smartphone market has been tiny — about 3.8 per cent, according to market research from IDC Canada — but outside of Canada the company is a juggernaut, overtaking Apple earlier this year in smartphone sales and employing more than 170,000 people around the world.Founded in 1987 by a former officer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the company has grown at an explosive rate over the past ten years and is projected to post sales of more than US$102 billion in 2018.For Canada’s telecom industry and the federal government in Ottawa, Huawei has long been known as an important equipment supplier — one that U.S. officials consider a significant threat to national security.That’s largely because Huawei is a major supplier of the equipment needed for wireless networks that could potentially be used to gather sensitive information for the Chinese government.“There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party — and Huawei, which China’s government and military tout as a ‘national champion’ is no exception,” U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio wrote in October in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.However, Canadian officials and representatives of major telecom companies have maintained that they have put safeguards in place — long ago, and before the American alarm — to ensure Huawei isn’t a security or privacy threat.Like Canada, the United Kingdom hasn’t moved to ban Huawei from doing business with their networks — despite U.S. warnings that they may be jeopardizing the “Five Eyes” intelligence gathering partnership. Lawrence Surtees, vice-president for communications research at IDC Canada, says Britain and Canada are the second and third most important Five Eyes partners after the United States and ahead of Australia and New Zealand.“My take is, both Ottawa and London are in a position to say … we do lots with you in the intelligence sharing and we’re not going to jeopardize our networks. We know what to do.”Surtees says Huawei equipment has already been used in at least five Canadian wireless networks that use fourth-generation LTE technology, and it would be expensive to replace.Huawei is also working with Bell and Telus to develop equipment for 5G wireless networks that are expected to become increasingly vital to carriers and their customers over the next decade.“The magnitude of the contracts that Huawei has here would be a factor, with the Canadian carriers saying to Ottawa that it’s kind of too late now,” Surtees says.There are very few alternative suppliers of 5G network equipment to chose from, he adds.Ericsson of Sweden, the main equipment supplier for the Rogers wireless networks, and Nokia of Finland are also global players in Canada but Surtees considers Huawei to be the market leader.It has been in operation in Canada since 2008, and currently employs about 960 people in this country — about 600 in research and development.Huawei’s Canadian head office is in the Toronto area in Markham, Ont. while its Canada Research Centre is based in Ottawa. The company also has research facilities in Markham, Waterloo, Ont., Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton.Huawei also makes smartphones for current wireless networks, sold in Canada by Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Videotron under their main brands as well as some secondary brands such as Virgin Mobile, Fido and Koodo.David Paddon, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Gallaghers most festive light display

first_imgThe light display started when the family use to live in town, close to Bert Ambrose school. Gallagher admits the substantial display at that time would expand out of his yard into a neighbouring park.  Four years ago when he purchased this new property, Gallagher said as soon as he looked at the property he knew it was perfect for his light display “the winding entrance would be the perfect ‘Candy Cane Lane”.To create the growing display Gallagher has purchased light displays from the States then found a Supplier in Edmonton and chooses to purchase second-hand lights. This is more meaningful as he uses his time in the summer to refurbish the lights by stripping the frames of their old incandescent lights, sanding and repainting the frames and then rewiring with new LED lights.  Gallagher says residential displays this big could not happen with the old incandescent light as the power usage would be too great.“LED technology uses 90 percent less energy,” said Gallagher yet he still upgraded to a 400 amp service to be able to power the over 65,000 lights in the display. Gallagher tells me he already has plans for next year and I could tell he is eager to continue to grow the size of the display.Gallagher has received help from his friend Bob Amon a local Electrician, who has donated a lot of his time to help install panels and all the underground wiring.  Gallagher’s youngest daughter also enjoys helping by going outside to work on and look at the lights.This year the Gallaghers offered a spot on the property to house a Red Kettle for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. Gallager admits he was surprised by the success that the kettles received.  About 500 vehicles passed through his property each night, the week before Christmas giving the Red Kettle great exposure. Gallagher was happy to do this by providing help to the community.Typically the lights of the display are turned off at midnight, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day they were left on all night and the family saw approx 1000 vehicles pass through the property on Christmas Eve alone. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – For the past 15 years Gallagher’s light display has been the fulfillment of a childhood dream and continues as the display grows in size every year.Many residents of the North Peace have come to look forward to and have created their own family traditions by visiting the Gallagher’s ‘Candy Cane Lane’. Set on their property which can be seen from the West Bypass, the light display is impressive and inspiring.Sean Gallagher shares “As a little kid I always loved Christmas more than the average person, I dreamed of doing this even as a little boy. I never dreamed it would be this big, its a real love for Christmas and it has never gone away.” There is still time to view the display as the lights will be turned off for the season on January 15th, 2019. To see the lights travel north on 100 Street past fish creek and taking a left onto the west bypass road, take a left onto the 244 Road for approx half a km and the property is on the left. You can also approach the property if you continue on the bypass and take a right onto the property. You get a different view of the display when approaching from either direction.last_img read more

Algerias Bouteflika back home but health fears remain

first_imgALGIERS – Veteran Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika flew home Thursday after a Paris medical check-up that had raised questions about his ability to run for a fourth term in April.Bouteflika, 76, has ruled the north African nation continuously since 1999 but a mini-stroke that confined him to a Paris hospital for three months last year has created concerns for the political future of a country seen as pivotal to the fight against Al-Qaeda across the Sahara.The president’s office had insisted that the check-up was entirely routine and Algeria’s APS news agency reported that it had found an “an overall improvement” in his health that had enabled him to return home earlier than planned. Bouteflika has until Sunday to convene the organising committee for April’s election in which the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) named him as its candidate in November despite his failing health.Bouteflika’s presidency has been dogged by health concerns since as far back as 2005, when he underwent surgery in Paris for a bleeding stomach ulcer, and with a leaked US diplomatic cable two years later suggesting he might be suffering from terminal cancer.The transient ischaemic attack, or mini-stroke, that he suffered last April kept him out of the country until late July and he has not been seen in public since.But he has never named a favoured successor and has not ruled out the possibility of accepting the FLN’s nomination to stand for re-election, creating mounting political uncertainty.Opposition parties have seized on his latest hospitalisation as evidence that he is incapable of carrying out his duties, let alone standing for a fourth term.“It proves once again his inability to accomplish the least of his duties, and encourages those calling for him to be declared incapacitated as stipulated by Article 88 of the constitution,” said Atmane Mazouz, spokesman for the mainly Berber Rally for Culture and Democracy.Bouteflika’s opponents had insisted the constitutional clause be invoked in April but had little chance of mustering the necessary two-thirds majority in parliament, which is dominated by the FLN.The FLN nominated the ageing president as its official candidate in November and the party’s secretary general Amar Saidani said on Sunday that he was “sure” he would run.last_img read more