KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Jamaica Tallawahs crumbled in the face of a daunting record run-chase as they crashed to a 41-run loss to reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), to suffer their fourth straight defeat of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here Friday night.Chasing a CPL-record 268 at Sabina Park, Tallawahs were in the hunt when opener Glenn Phillips (62) and Chris Gayle (39) provided a sizzling start of 88 off 44 deliveries.Once that partnership was broken, however, the innings lost the momentum required and a last ditch effort from Ramaal Lewis (37 not out) and Javelle Glen (34 not out) provided only fireworks but not the miracle needed.Unbeaten TKR had earlier galloped to a massive 267 for two off their 20 overs – the highest-ever total in T20 franchise cricket and the third highest-ever across all T20s.New Zealander Colin Munro provided the impetus with a superb unbeaten 96 off 50 balls while former West Indies opener Lendl Simmons slammed 86 off 42 balls to notch his second straight half-century.Captain Kieron Pollard’s brutal 17-ball 45 not out intensified the assault on the Tallawah’s bowlers, as TKR plundered an amazing 171 runs off the last 10 overs of the innings.The contest was marred by wretched out-fielding by both sides, with as many as seven catches being spilled overall.TKR have now won four matches on the trot to sit on top the standings on eight points while Tallawahs have yet to register a single win in their worst-ever start to a CPL campaign, and are rock bottom.Sent in, TKR were given a handy start by Simmons and Sunil Narine (20), the pair posting 55 off 32 balls for the first wicket.However, the innings only really kicked into gear after Narine missed a heave at 20-year-old left-arm spinner Zahir Khan and was bowled in the sixth over, bringing Simmons and Munro together in a devastating 124-run, second-wicket stand.Simmons belted eight fours and five sixes, reaching his half-century off 32 balls in the 12th over while Munro counted half-dozen fours and eight sixes as he romped to his maiden fifty of the campaign off just 22 balls.Simmons lived a charmed life, dropped on 11 at the wicket off fast bowler Jerome Taylor in the fourth over and then caught at mid-on off a no-ball a couple of balls later when on 17.He was then twice put down in the 10th over off Lewis’ leg-spin, first on 40 and then on 41, and appeared to be riding his luck to three figures when he was run-out in the 15th over, chasing a third run off a free hit.Pollard then arrived to blast four fours and three sixes, posting 88 in a rollicking unbroken third-wicket stand with Munro.Faced with a stiff required run rate of nearly 13-½ an over, Tallawahs started positively with Phillips and Gayle launching a fierce assault in the power-play.While Phillips struck seven fours and four sixes off 32 balls, the left-handed Gayle punched five fours and two sixes in a 24-ball knock.The innings was bouncing along at 12 runs per over when Gayle missed a wild slog at impressive 19-year-old Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain and had his stumps rattled in the eighth over, and his dismissal put in train Tallawahs’ decline.In the same over, Chadwick Walton (6) top-edged to the wicketkeeper and in the very next over from left-arm spinner Khary Pierre, new batsman Rovman Powell smashed the second ball he faced for six over long on, before falling to the ground clutching his rib cage and then being stretchered off.Phillips, dropped twice on 37 in the fifth over from pacer Jimmy Neesham then picked out Munro in the deep off Pollard’s slow medium in the 12th over, one of three wickets to fall as the hosts stalled at 163 for five in the 16th over.With 105 runs needed off 29 balls and the required run rate having risen to over 22, Tallawahs were all but buried but Lewis and Glenn blasted 63 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand to save face.
The Syracuse offense passed the eye test, but statistically was not up to par.SU setter Gosia Wlaszczuk spread the ball around, but the Orange’s hitters were not consistently converting sets into points.“Our offense was not good,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said. “How it could be good if its (middle blocker Monika Salkute), out of 41 swings, .098 (hitting percentage)? If it’s (outside hitter Silvi Uattara), out of 40, .025 overall? I mean, this numbers, it’s not good.”Syracuse (8-16, 1-11 Atlantic Coast) fell to Clemson (17-9, 5-7) in four sets Friday night in the Women’s Building with a balanced yet inefficient offensive attack. For the first time in ACC play, four players scored double-digit points for the Orange. Right-side hitter Stacey Smith stepped up to provide SU with early offense as SU won the first set.“It maybe seems like (the offense was better) because one of our players, which we’re really pleased she stood up today, is Stacey,” Yelin said. “I think offensively, this was probably her best match.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith had 11 kills on 24 attempts as well as two block assists to give her 12 points, tied for second-most on the team.During a key run in the first set in which SU came back from down three to tie the set at 16, Smith had four kills and a block assist.“It was amazing to have one more player to go to,” Wlaszczuk said of Smith offering her another option on the offensive end.Wlaszczuk seemed to make every right decision in the first set in deciding whom to pass to. Yelin said he “helped” her more than he usually does, trying to get her to kill a bad habit.Being new to the setter position, Wlaszczuk is more likely to set the players she is most comfortable with, notably Uattara and Salkute. When she does, the SU offense becomes predictable, allowing defenses to set up double and triple blocks on the primary Orange attackers.Against Clemson, Yelin told Wlaszczuk not to set Uattara and Salkute when they were in the back row and for the most part, she listened.“I said, ‘Leave them alone, I will tell you when it’s time, you can get in,’ and she did,” Yelin said.Senior middle blocker Lindsay McCabe was another recipient of Wlaszczuk’s new mentality, recording eight kills on 23 attempts. She also had eight block assists.McCabe had three kills and three block assists in the first set, when the SU offense looked to be at its best.“I think Gosia was just delivering me the ball really well and that makes my job easy,” McCabe said.Her play was less consistent for the rest of the match, something McCabe blamed on a lack of mental awareness.The distribution of points early in the game should have made Salkute and Uattara’s jobs easier, but neither was able to finish consistently.Uattara, SU’s primary offensive weapon, didn’t receive the most sets for the fourth time in ACC play and said she saw fewer double and triple blocks than usual due to Wlaszczuk’s sharing. When she got the ball, Uattara simply wasn’t finishing.As Yelin said, while it may have looked good, SU’s offense did not perform efficiently.As a team, SU hit .128 and made 30 attack errors, six more than Clemson despite five fewer attempts.Yelin looked back at the game positively, pleased with his team’s drive and Wlaszczuk’s growth as a setter.Said Yelin: “She’s doing a phenomenal job for somebody who’s never done this.“That’s what we keep telling all of them.” Comments Published on November 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Fulham trailed at the break at the KC Stadium and had to substitute both goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and striker Matt Smith just before half-time.Ahmed Elmohamady broke the deadlock on 34 minutes when he nodded in from Andy Robertson’s cross to give Hull the lead.The Egyptian then headed just wide from another Robertson delivery as Hull upped the tempo, and shortly afterwards Bettinelli and Smith collided as they both tried to reach a loose ball.The two team-mates had to be taken off, replaced by Andy Lonergan and Moussa Dembele.Smith had had Fulham’s only shot on goal in the first period, a low effort from distance in the 38th minute which was comfortably fielded by City keeper Allan McGregor.Kit Symons selected an unchanged team from the one which lost 2-1 to Brighton at the weekend, while former Brentford full-back Moses Odubajo was named in the Hull side.Hull City: McGregor; Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson; Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Aluko; Akpom, Hernandez. Subs: Jakupovic, Taylor, Clucas, Maguire, Jelavic, Hayden, Luer.Fulham: Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Voser; Cairney, Christensen, O’Hara, Pringle; McCormack, Smith. Subs: Lonergan, Burn, Kavanagh, Tunnicliffe, Kacaniklic, Woodrow, Dembele.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Poor defending from Fulham saw them go a goal down four minutes before the break.Despite having the better of the chances in the first half, the Whites were caught out when Aron Gunnarsson escaped the attentions of Richard Stearman and, with the outside of his right boot, clipped in a cross for Lex Immers, who was left totally unmarked to head in.Cardiff almost doubled their lead immediately afterwards as Sean Morrison’s header came back off the post.Fulham had had the better of the first half chances prior to the goal, with Emerson Hyndman and Ross McCormack both denied by Cardiff keeper David Marshall.Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, chasing a third league win in seven days, looked bright going forward and Moussa Dembele skied an early shot from the edge of the box.Cardiff, who need the points to keep in touching distance of the play-off places, responded with headers from Gunnarsson and Bruno Ecuele-Manga, which did not unduly threaten the home goal.Hyndman, who replaced the injured Tom Cairney in the starting line-up, showed the energy he can bring to the side when he intercepted a pass on the halfway line, strode forward 40 yards and then getting a shot away which Marshall palmed behind.Marshall was also equal to McCormack’s curling free-kick, but Fulham were left to rue lapses of concentration at the back when Cardiff went in front.Fulham: Bettinelli; Stearman, Madl, Amorebieta, Garbutt; Tunnicliffe, Parker, Ince, Hyndman; McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lonergan, Fredericks, Burn, Baird, Christensen, Woodrow, Smith.Cardiff: Marshall; Peltier, Morrison; Ecuele-Manga, Malone; Noone, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Whittingham; Lawrence, Immers. Subs: Moore, Fabio, Connolly, Dikgacoi, O’Keefe, Zohore, Saadi.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Brett Favre recently turned 50. He hasn’t thrown a football in anger in nine years. But he still recognizes a good team when he sees one. When the talk turns to the 49ers, Favre’s a fan.“You know, in that (Saints) game, (Jimmy) Garoppolo, as well as (Kyle) Shanahan, we have to be perfect with our execution,” Favre said during a recent appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “We have to come away with points almost every time.”How cool is that? Brett sounds fired up, practically inserting himself …
The Eastern Cape offers major cities, airports, ports as well as a dynamic manufacturing sector which includes the southern African bases of some of the world’s major companies.The Eastern Cape offers modern infrastructure for import and export, such as the deep-water Port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth. (Image: Brand South Africa)John YoungThe Eastern Cape is on the south-eastern coast of Africa, a location that is proving to be an international asset. The allocation of two of South Africa’s five industrial development zones (IDZs) to the province is confirmation of the potential that is offered by the shipping traffic that operates between Europe and Asia and the Far East.Eastern Cape overviewEastern Cape governmentEastern Cape Development CorporationThe province is well served logistically, with two major airports in Port Elizabeth and East London, and several facilities serving smaller towns such as Mthatha and Bhisho. In addition, many farms and private game reserves have airstrips.The construction of the large new port at Ngqura, within the Coega IDZ, brings to three the number of effective ports operating in the Eastern Cape.The province’s road network is defined by the west-east axis of the coastal N2, with three other national routes (N9, N10 and N6) providing north-south routes through the region.The reopening of the Mthatha-East London line is a step along the path of revitalising the province’s rail network, a vital part of any rural upliftment plan.Varied topographical and climatic conditions contribute to a diverse agricultural offering that includes wool, mohair, dairy and forestry, and make for a superb tourist destination.The Eastern Cape is home to four of South Africa’s biggest automotive companies and several of the largest concerns in the automotive components and support sectors. The catalytic convertor industry is a world leader.Transformative projectsProjects that are due to come on stream at the Coega IDZ have the potential to transform the provincial economy. In the medium-term, Coega is the preferred site of a new oil refinery. Project Mthombo, set to be completed in 2017 according to the plan, would cost about R77-billion and create 18 000 jobs in the operational phase.The plan to locate a new manganese processing plant at Coega will similarly inject massive amounts of capital into the province, and have a sustained downstream effect on related industries and suppliers. Investment at the Port of Ngqura, part of the Coega IDZ, is scheduled to reach R4-billion in the period 2011-2016.Port Elizabeth’s port has for many years been the site of a manganese-exporting facility. The idea is to move that to Ngqura, together with the existing liquid-bulk terminal.Once these facilities are located away from the Port of Port Elizabeth, large parts of the harbour will be available for redevelopment for retail and leisure. This has been a plan for some time, part of a broader plan to revitalise the harbour and neighbouring beachfront.The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, through its Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), has plans to spend R40-million on beachfront development. The MBDA has spent R250-million on upgrading Govan Mbeki Avenue and other parts of the inner city. It has also supported 67 tourism projects.The province’s automotive producers export just more than half of the motor vehicles produced in South Africa. The companies that operate in the Eastern Cape are Mercedes-Benz SA (East London), Volkswagen (Uitenhage), and General Motors South Africa and Ford, both in Port Elizabeth. The Ford plant assembles engines.All of these companies have invested heavily in increased production in recent years. These operations support many subsidiary industries such as pressed steel, plastics, and leather for car seats. Port Elizabeth has become a world leader in the production of catalytic converters.The Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP) serves as an automotive cluster, supplying logistical support and economies of scale for companies servicing the motor industry in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage. National government has allocated R30- million to this project in its medium-term expenditure framework.The East London Industrial Development Zone has a similar initiative which is attracting automotive-supply companies.The province’s exports have been doing well in recent times, driven by a large increase in vehicle sales. Volkswagen Group South Africa won the Exporter of the Year in 2011, awarded by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.Howden Donkin, a company making fans, blowers and accessories, won the award for exporting by smaller businesses. Morgan Cargo was acknowledged for its excellent service to exporters.Other major manufacturing sectors in the province are food and beverages (Cadbury, Nestle, SAB, Clover, Dairybelle) and pharmaceutical (Aspen).Key factsThe Eastern Cape extends over 169 580 square kilometres, representing 13.9% of South Africa’s land mass.The province has more livestock than any other province, with a fifth of the country’s cattle, a quarter of its sheep and nearly half its goats. Mohair is a speciality of the Karoo region.The province’s population of 6.9 million makes it the country’s third-most populous province, with about 15% of the national population.TourismTourism is a major growth industry. Addo Elephant National Park is the largest of the province’s four national parks and there are more than a dozen provincial parks and a growing number of private game farms, lodges and reserves.The province’s beaches and waves are very popular, with adventure tourism luring in tourists wanting to go on 4×4 trails, jump off bridges or fly microlight aircraft.Alternative energiesThe Eastern Cape receives a lot of sunlight and it has areas along its coastline that can easily transfer wind into energy. These and other options in the alternative energy field, including biofuels, are being actively investigated with some sizable investments already having been made.InvestmentProvincial government expenditure in the Eastern Cape was 60.5% higher in March 2011 than it was in March 2010. This is according to the Eastern Cape Barometer, an economic tracking programme that is a joint initiative of Sake24 and BoE Private Clients.The biggest growth subsectors were agriculture, transport and manufacturing but it was the state spending that took the province’s Barometer growth index to its highest- ever point – 19%.According to the provincial Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs, total gross domestic fixed investment in the Eastern Cape has been dominated by the machinery/other equipment and building and construction sectors over the last 13 years. The machinery/other equipment sector contributed 44% of fixed investment in the period 1995-2008, with building and construction averaging 41% in the same period.Mega-projects such as the refinery and the manganese plant together with the huge amounts of money committed by motor manufacturers and suppliers are signs of the growing confidence in the Eastern Cape as an investment destination.Other significant investments made into the region in the course of 2009 and 2010 were:A diamond-beneficiation project in the East London Industrial Development Zone. This will help South Africa to beneficiate more of its own resources and create opportunities for skilled employment.The Sunningdale Dairy being established in the ELIDZ.The construction of the SAS Radisson Port Elizabeth (Radisson Blu Hotel), an investment of R320-million and a significant addition to the tourism offering of the region.A facility in the ELIDZ intended to produce 300 000 flat-panel solar-water heaters, as well as more affordable vacuum-based systems per year. The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) holds 15% equity in a firm of mostly Taiwanese investors and is putting R20-million of the R33-million capital into the start-up. Some 250 direct and indirect jobs will be created.The opening of the R1.5-billion Hemingways Mall in East London. Put together by the Billion Group, at 210 000 square metres, it is the biggest shopping centre in the Eastern Cape.The investment in two call centres in the Coega IDZ.Several wind-farm projects are either being constructed or are under consideration. Belgian company Electrawinds has started installing 25 wind turbines at Coega Industrial Development Zone while Rainmaker Energy, an independent power producer (IPP), is planning two new wind-power projects in the Eastern Cape, the Dorper project and the AB’s project. Together, the two projects will generate 610 megawatts.Other municipalitiesAlfred Nzo District MunicipalityTowns: Matatiele, Mount Frere, Mount AyliffThe smallest district is located in the mountainous north-east, with hiking trails being an attraction for tourists. Subsistence agriculture and forestry are the major economic activities.Cacadu District MunicipalityTowns: Graaff-Reinet, Cradock, Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, GrahamstownThe western part of the province contains the biggest municipality and is one of the biggest contributors to provincial GDP. Large commercial farms in the Karoo produce quality meat, wool and mohair, while the coastal belt has dairy farming and some forestry. The Kouga Valley is a big deciduous fruit producer, while the area around Kirkwood/Addo is known for its citrus.Cacadu has three of the region’s national parks (Camdeboo, Tsitsikamma and Addo Elephant Park) and several private game farms. Grahamstown is the venue of the National Arts Festival, while Jeffreys Bay is among the top surfing spots in the world.Chris Hani District MunicipalityTowns: Middelburg, Molteno, Dordrecht, Queenstown, Lady Frere, ElliotSheep farming is an important part of the economy. Some coal is found in the north and tourist activities include fly-fishing. The Nola factory in Molteno manufactures Ouma rusks. The Grootfontein Agricultural College and Research Station is in Middelburg, and the Marlow Agricultural College is near Cradock.OR Tambo District MunicipalityTowns: Mthatha, Coffee Bay, Port St Johns, Qumbu, Bizana, FlagstaffOR Tambo District Municipality encompasses some of the province’s least-developed areas and contains one of South Africa’s most important ecological areas, the Pondoland Centre of Plant Endemism. Mining is already pursued in some areas, but plans to allow titanium mining on seaside dunes are being contested.There is great potential for tourism. A Wild Coast Spatial Development Initiative exists to plot further development. Magwa Tea Estate and forestry concerns are among the biggest employers.Joe Gqabi District MunicipalityTowns: Aliwal North, Burgersdorp, Lady Grey, Rhodes, Barkly East, UgieCattle and sheep farming make up 80% of land use, while commercial forestry is a big contributor to employment. The hot springs at Aliwal North and skiing at Tiffendell are two major tourist attractions.This is an edited version of an article published by Frontier Market Network. Republished here with kind permission. Copyright © Frontier Market Intelligence Ltd. All rights reservedReviewed: September 2013
10 June 2014 The South African government is developing a blue economy strategy to help realise the full potential of its marine resources, Dr Monde Mayekiso, the deputy director general of the Department of Environmental Affairs, said at a meeting in Port Elizabeth on Monday. “South Africa has large ocean spaces and we are beginning to appreciate the value of this vital national asset and how it can contribute to our livelihoods and economy,” Mayekiso said. He said technology was helping to unlock the country’s marine resources, the sustainable use of which could make a meaningful contribution towards job creation in years to come. “Much of our ocean remains unexplored and … there is a need to urgently gather information and describe what resources are available and how they can be used sustainably,” he said.White Paper The White Paper on the National Environmental Management of the Ocean (Nemo) was gazetted on 29 May. Approved by Cabinet in December 2013, Nemo aims to govern activities and marine stakeholders to ensure optimal and sustainable use of the marine environment. The ocean economy has been identified by the National Development Plan as one of the key drivers to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030. Mayekiso noted that the policy would help give effect to the environmental rights in the Constitution. The general statutory framework is provided by the National Environmental Management Act and other relevant legislation, which envisages on a high degree of co-operative governance between organs of state pursuing economic development and those tasked with environmental responsibilities. “A number of key areas such as aquaculture, marine transport, offshore oil and gas exploration are crucial in growing the economy, providing much-needed jobs and improving prosperity while ensuring environmental sustainability and integrity,” Dr Mayekiso said. Source: SAnews.gov
On stage at the Cape Town city hall for the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2014, from left: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Mandela’s widow Graça Machel, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory chief executive Sello Hatang, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, and veteran South African actor John Kani. (Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory)• Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory+27 11 547 firstname.lastname@example.org Central StreetHoughton2198South AfricaLorraine KearneyThe challenges of social integration were increasing, and it was essential to update democracy. “We must take on the challenges of the future, not just consolidate our wins.”Chilean President Michelle Bachelet expressed these sentiments in delivering the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in the City Hall, Cape Town, on Women’s Day – 9 August.The lecture was particularly significant as it was from the City Hall that Mandela first addressed South Africans and the world following his release from prison on 11 February 1990. It was also the place from where he first spoke to South Africans as their president on 9 May 1994. And it was also particularly poignant as it was the first annual lecture to be given since his death on 5 December last year – a fact mentioned by more than one speaker.Women’s Day, a national public holiday, commemorates the day in 1956 when about 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to demand that women not be required to carry passes.Watch Chilean President Michelle Bachelet deliver the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture:The topic of Bachelet’s lecture was “Building social cohesion through active citizenship”. She also focused on education and community participation in democracy.She paid tribute to Mandela, saying his life had been based on a “profound certainty that there are no differences that justify discrimination, violence, abuse or oppression”. He had shown that the only viable path was one of cohesion and unity. She also honoured Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, one of the many dignitaries in the audience, for having convened the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and for the similar process in Chile.It was one of several historical similarities between the two countries on their path to democracy that she listed: “It can be said we share a common wound, a common pain, but we also share a sense of common pride.”In speaking about democracy today, Bachelet said: “Economic growth and reducing inequality are essential, but are not enough. The growing new middle class brings new challenges that pose new tasks. Confidence in institutions is weakening – this is a global trend. This puts at risk our democracy… Society has changed, the world has changed, and people around the world are asking more of their governments,” she said. “Today, legitimacy and justice are more than just legality. More and better democratic policies of inclusion are needed.”And to get there, changes must be driven by society. Representative democracy was no longer enough; people were now demanding participation. “But to take part requires more than just voting. This is key to modern democracy.” Indeed this was the core of her lecture: society was opening spaces and forums where these new demands could be reflected. It was time for structural changes, but there was no magic recipe for this. “But the wrong path is denying citizens their participation.”Bachelet pointed out that sub-Saharan Africa had experience strong economic growth in recent years, but half the population still lived on less than $1.25 a day “This strong economic performance is not filtering down. It is the same in Latin America and the Caribbean. There is some encouragement in the growth of the middle class, but the inequality gap is high and is growing.“We need more equal distribution of wealth.” To get there, the public sector needed strengthening.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Michelle Bachelet and Sello Hatang at the lecture. (Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory)Gender equalityIn building a socially cohesive, democratic society in which all people participate meaningfully, there needs to be equality between the sexes. Yet, Bachelet pointed out, cultural, economic, social and political discrimination against women remained one of the “most scandalous unequal situations on the planet”. Six out of 10 poor people were women; 75% of women could not get a bank loan because they were in unstable or unpaid jobs. Sexism was rife and there was a lack of representation in business.She spoke about policies being set up in Chile to assist women. “[Equality] needs to be promoted in every country. We need to make gender equality a state objective.” But to do so “requires us to rethink our ways of cultural identity. We need to ask: ‘How can we make living together possible?’ It is a complex task in permanent evolution.”Chile, and the world, had a lot to learn from South Africa, and from Mandela’s attempts to build a unified nation. To get there, structural changes were needed – and effort had to be made to make cultural changes. “Above all, we must build a culture that allows us to recognise our self in others. To do this requires active citizens … Chile is proposing that people take this responsibility to grow social cohesion.”Importance of educationBachelet also spoke about improving education, as a crucial tool to ensure a democratic, socially inclusive nation. The challenge was “not only access to education, but also quality education”. Structural changes were needed to achieve this; it should be an economic, social and political goal simultaneously.She quoted Mandela, saying that education was the most powerful weapon to change the world, but added that action was needed to reach this goal. Non-negotiable was passion, the ability to listen and the active participation of citizens who could also listen to constructive criticism.In ending her lecture, Bachelet referred to South Africa as the cradle of humanity: “In this land that is the birthplace of the human species, we can dream of a new humanity… We have hope to build a common future.”At the press conference after the lecture, she said: “Mandela has been the leader who inspired me all my life. He has taught us so much.”Returning to education, she announced that in 2015, Chile would launch 50 Nelson Mandela scholarships for post-graduate students from Africa to attend Chilean universities. A statue of Mandela would also be commissioned for a public park in Santiago, and Chile planned to convene a “conversation” involving South Africa, Chile and other Latin American countries going through a transitional justice process so that they could learn from each other.Her lecture was well-received by an audience that consisted of dignitaries, activists and ordinary folk, as well as Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandla Mandela, Mandela’s grandson. The Nelson Mandela Foundation website reported that he found the lecture to be insightful. Bachelet made it clear that being an elected official meant you had to continue to speak on behalf of people, the Mvezo chief said.“This is to ensure service delivery and to be a true reflection of what is happening in the country… We must strive to make a better world. Her excellency has called us back to the drawing board, and has raised questions: have we done enough to recognise indigenous people? Is there still a role in post-apartheid South Africa for traditional leaders?” he said.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2004, was also upbeat as he walked out of the hall. Showing the victory sign, he said the lecture had been “wonderful to listen to”, and Bachelet had been “fantastic”.
Sporadic violence was reported from several districts of West Bengal on Monday during filing of nominations for the Panchayat elections.One person was shot dead in Suri block of Birbhum district. Police is yet to confirm the person’s political affiliation.Apart from incidents of alleged assault on Opposition party workers by Trinamool Congress (TMC) cadres in the districts of Murshidabad and Paschim Medinipur, two photojournalists and a reporter were assaulted in Murshidabad. One photojournalist was assaulted in Birhum.Meanwhile, Bengal’s Congress leadership said that they would approach the Calcutta High Court regarding the outbreak of violence during filing of nominations.The West Bengal State Election Commission on Saturday night announced that filing of nominations will take place from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday.