___1:20One of college basketball’s postseason invitational tournaments has been canceled.Organizers of the College Basketball Invitational, widely known as the CBI, say they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event because of the “uncertainty about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on college campuses across the country.”The tournament is played at campus sites for teams that aren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT. Associated Press The 12-team women’s tennis tournament was set to be played April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary. The International Tennis Federation said it still hopes to stage the event in 2020, but did not announce a date. The Fed Cup serves as a qualifying event for the Olympics and the ITF said it “is working closely with the IOC to address any impact this may have on athlete eligibility” for the Tokyo Games. All playoff matches between lower-ranked teams, which were set to be played in eight locations around the world, were also postponed. ITF President David Haggerty said “we are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators.” The Fed Cup finals features a new format this year with 12 teams competing in four groups before a knockout phase. The United States is set to play Spain and Slovakia in Group C. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):2:45 p.m.The Fed Cup finals have been postponed indefinitely in response to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. The statement issued Wednesday says officials look forward to bringing back the CBI in 2021.___1 p.m.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus. ——2:35 p.m.An exhibition baseball game in San Francisco between the Giants and Oakland Athletics has been canceled because of the virus outbreak. The Bay Area teams were set to play at Oracle Park on March 24. That was two days before the start of the regular season in Major League Baseball. The announcement came Wednesday after the San Francisco mayor banned gatherings of 1,000 or more people. 2:05 p.m.The Mariners will move home games from Seattle through end of March following the state of Washington’s decision to ban large group events in response to the coronavirus outbreak.Seattle had been scheduled to open the season at Safeco Field with a four-game series against Texas from March 26-29, then host Minnesota in a three-game series from March 30 through April 1.The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle metro area through at least the end of March. Golden State also said all events through March 21 would be canceled or postponed. The G League Santa Cruz Warriors were set to host the Austin Spurs on Saturday, but that will be moved to Santa Cruz.Fans will receive refunds, the team said.___— Reporting by Janie McCauley—— ___2:30 p.m.San Francisco is banning all large gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next two weeks and the Golden State Warriors intend to play at least one home game without fans.Mayor London Breed announced the ban Wednesday. She says she understands the order “is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health.” She says the Warriors are in support of the efforts, and the team announced it would host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night with no fans, making it the first NBA game set to be played in an empty arena.The Warriors’ next home game after that is March 25 against Atlanta. That decision affects the Seattle Mariners’ first seven games of the season, when they host the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. It also applies to home games for the MLS Seattle Sounders, XFL Seattle Dragons and a pair of junior hockey teams in the area.The restrictions do not include Spokane, where NCAA Tournament games are scheduled to take place next week. The men’s first and second rounds are being played at the Spokane Arena, while early rounds of the women’s tournament could end up being played on campus at Gonzaga.___1:35 p.m.Stanford is still willing to host the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a strict limit on spectators if selected to do so next week. The school in Northern California said Wednesday that all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public through May 15 or until further notice in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.Only participants, coaches, working staff, officials, credentialed media and a very limited number of family members, friends and guests of the competing teams will be allowed to attend. Santa Clara County announced a ban earlier this week of gatherings of more than 1,000 people.The seventh-ranked Cardinal were expected to be picked as a host for the tournament that starts March 20. The top 16 teams are picked as hosts of the opening two rounds.The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.— Reporting by Josh Dubow The Latest: International tennis officials postpone Fed Cup March 11, 2020 Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo.“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.”
LITTLE SILVER – Red Bank Regional (RBR) junior Matthew Rosen of Little Silver has achieved a notable accomplishment in his musical career with his selection to the exclusive All-Eastern Honors Band.Matt Rosen, a Red Bank Regional High School junior, has been playing clarinet since he was 10.Matt will play bass clarinet for the ensemble. The band is composed of 150 of the best musicians in 12 states on the East Coast from Maine to Virginia, with only 16 percent of that number coming from New Jersey.The ensemble convenes every other year, and the players are picked from among the best musicians in their state, having performed with their All-State Honor Musical Ensembles, which alone is a major feat.Matt achieved this last year, along with the Region II Band and All-Shore Band honors. He was seated as first chair alto clarinet in the 2012 All State Wind Ensemble and was also accepted to the wind ensemble on contra alto and bass clarinet. He played first chair bass clarinet in the 2011 and 2012 All-Shore Band.The All-Eastern Band is one of five honors ensembles and includes concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus and jazz ensemble. The groups, which feature 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern Region of the U.S., will give a virtuoso performance on Sunday, April 7, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Mortensen Hall, in Hartford, Conn.Matt began his deep interest with the clarinet at age 10. It has been a major focus of his life ever since. He has studied both privately and as an instrumental music major in RBR’s Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts, where he plays in the orchestra as well as the concert and jazz bands. “I have only known Matt for about three months; however, I quickly learned what an accomplished musician he is,” said RBR’s new band teacher Ross Chu. “He has developed a mastery of his instrument that is very impressive for someone as young as he is. His love of music and his desire to learn and improve his playing ability is truly inspiring.”Matt’s long-time private teacher, Jennifer Brush, coincidentally was the last RBR student to make the All Eastern Band in 2003. She is currently the Markham Place Middle School orchestra and choir director.Matt plays bass clarinet in the Rutgers University Symphonic Band, conducted by Darryl Bott. He was recommended to the position by Dr. Maureen Hurd, chairman of the Mason Gross Woodwind Department. He is the only high school student to ever play with this ensemble. Additionally, Matthew studies the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones with the well-known saxophonist Dr. Paul Cohen from Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers.Next to his selection to the All Eastern Band, Matt considers his biggest accomplishment to be his acceptance to the highly competitive Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Program where he studies clarinet with Renee Rosen. Matt spends every Saturday in Manhattan in this prestigious program. He hopes this will help him realize another dream: that of studying music at this exceptional conservatory of music, although he is also very fond of Rutgers’ music program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.“I just love it and believe I was born to play,” Matt said.
By Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – Plans to solidify and expand former Fort Monmouth’s future as a technology and innovation hub have won a $100,000 state grant – the only Monmouth County recipient of the new statewide “Innovation Challenge” pilot program.Nine awards of up to $100,000 were granted Sept. 13 to fund future-focused projects with demonstrable potential for success following a proposal process that began in July. The program is part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s “Stronger and Fairer” economic development agenda.“Communities responded with a clear commitment to spurring innovation,” the governor said. “From the installation of a high-speed 5G fiber network to the creation of a collaborative research-driven incubator, and a maker’s campus, these plans will help further New Jersey’s ability to compete and win in the 21st century economy.”The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) – partnering with Monmouth County, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) – will utilize the funds to facilitate development of a 50-acre tech park at the fort’s former McAfee complex, already slated for technology-focused re-use. In August, FMERA hosted a showcase there, which officials said garnered “a high level of interest” from developers, real estate professionals and technology companies in attendance. The McAfee complex will be formally offered for sale by FMERA this fall. Built in 1997, the facility features a 6-foot loading dock, eight 2,400-square-foot raised floor labs, and an anechoic chamber designed to absorb reflections of sound or electromagnetic waves.“The approximately 50-acre campus (named in the grant award), refers to the planned redevelopment of the McAfee Center and surrounding property in Oceanport and Eatontown,” said Sarah Giberson, FMERA senior marketing and development officer. “The McAfee Center is envisioned for reuse as a technology or research and development facility that will potentially include an accelerator, incubator and/or graduation space for entrepreneurs, startups and emerging tech companies.” Funding will be funneled through Monmouth County, which works closely with FMERA in myriad areas of the fort’s redevelopment and maintenance on a daily basis.Initially, NJII will lead a Cluster Readiness and Feasibility Assessment to determine which tech sectors should be targeted, as well as identifying the area’s key assets and opportunities to attract business and investment.“NJII, led by Drs. Donald Sebastian and Timothy Franklin, who also hold faculty and/or administrative positions at NJIT, is the state’s leader in cluster/regional development, distributed research, and transformative regional engagement,” Giberson said, adding that FMERA staff will participate and contribute at no cost to the county. The authority’s staff includes expertise in real estate development, engineering, planning, finance, marketing and economic development. A 20 percent funding match required through the grant will be provided as in-kind services, primarily in the form of faculty and staff time.“Providing seed funding to catalyze planning and key investments is an important step in advancing Gov. Murphy’s mission of reclaiming the innovation economy,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), which oversees the Innovation Challenge. “This program will help our communities advance plans and build the capacity they need to drive innovation-centered economic development.”Since initiating the fort’s redevelopment more than seven years ago, FMERA has ushered three tech companies through the processes to locate their headquarters on the 1,127-acre fort, which spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. To date, those firms employ more than 1,000 people.Applicants for Innovation Challenge grants were limited to cities or partnered municipalities representing at least 25,000 people, or county or regional partnerships that collectively represent at least 100,000 people. Applicants were required to demonstrate “a viable path to bring ideas to implementation, including a collaborative stakeholder engagement process and strategy.” Economic and social impact, management experience and the strength of solutions based on utilizing new and emerging technologies were among the criteria.Other awardees are: Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Bridgeton, Camden County, New Brunswick, Passaic County, Trenton, and Union Township. Atlantic City and Stockton University will create a Center for Marine and Environmental Science, while in Bridgeton, the new Center for Smart Food Manufacturing seeks to create a national model by using emerging technology to establish a futuristic hub for the food industry. Projects will be tracked and assessed to “inform the EDA’s own plans for economic development activities and programs, and will be shared with other local governmental entities to foster further innovation across the state,” Sullivan said.“We owe our gratitude to Freeholder Lillian Burry and Monmouth County director of planning Ed Sampson for their overwhelming support of this initiative, as a county or municipal partner was an eligibility requirement,” Giberson said. “The county’s decision to partner with NJIT, its affiliate NJII, and FMERA indicates the significance of this grant and its potential impact on the fort and its surrounding communities.”This article was first published in the Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh has said that “quality education requires quality schools,” and as such there are urgent needs for government and partners to invest in the construction of more schools across the country.The Education Minister said the improvement of academic infrastructure and introduction of technologies in the school system will help Liberia returns to its pre-war academic status and as well help Liberian students compete with peers in the region and beyond.She spoke recently in Boe Town Morweh District in Rivercess County when she and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Country Director, Sheldon Yett, dedicated a newly constructed seven-classroom primary school in that rural town. The school is known as the Boe Town Public School.The school was constructed by UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Liberia. The project was funded by the Government of Japan. The school serves three communities and has an enrolment of 215 students, of which 100 are girls.Prior to its reconstruction, the school was a mud structure unfit for children.In 2010, the Japanese Government joined forces with UNICEF to decrease barriers to education with a US$ 8.6 million grant under which 90 schools in 11 of Liberia’s 15 counties would be constructed or renovated with people of Boe Town the latest beneficiaries.The school has not only been transformed into a modern structure, but also equipped with desks, chairs, blackboards and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, including gender separated latrines and a hand pump to guarantee students and teachers access to safe drinking water.”We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with UNICEF to ensure that more schools like this one are built, and most importantly, that within those schools, students gain relevant, appropriate knowledge and skills,” Minister Tarpeh said.“We are calling for quality education in Liberia, but this does not come without quality schools, quality teaching staffs and the requisite teaching materials, and we must strive to ensure that these things are available. This is why we want to be grateful to UNICEF and the Japanese people for this gift,” she said.She called on the community leadership to ensure that the students make use of the facility by constantly going to school. She challenged the community to protect the facility and keep it up to date.She noted that this will ensure UNICEF and Japanese government’s efforts won’t be wasted.Also speaking, Sheldon Yett of UNICEF said Boe Town Public School was a prime candidate for the UNICEF-supported project because of its remoteness. The town is difficult to access, the nearest paved road ends in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. From there it takes two hours to reach Boe Town by car via secondary dirt roads that can be rendered impassable during rainy season.“I am thrilled to be here today to hand over this school to the Boe Town community. But a building alone is not enough to ensure access to education for children. Dedicated teaching staff, sufficient educational materials and sustained support from the government and the community are crucial to any school’s success,” Mr. Yett said.“Today, UNICEF is calling on all of you to maintain this structure and ensure that it serves as an institute of learning,” he continued.Head of the Boe Town Women group, Sarah Bonoe, lauded UNICEF for the initiative and called on the children, especially the young women, to take full advantage of the opportunity.“We are happy that UNICEF has constructed this school here. When we were young some of us never had the opportunity to go to school. I happy that our children will have this beautiful building,” oldma Bonoe said through an interpreter.Meanwhile, despite government’s compulsory primary education legislation, many children remain outside the classroom. Some children lack access to adequate educational facilities; others begin formal schooling late, placing them at higher risk of drop-out. In 2013, over 90 percent of primary school students in the country were over the appropriate age for their grade level.Rivercess is one of Liberia’s most impoverished counties with some of its worst education indicators. Rivercess is tied with River Gee County with the fewest primary schools in the country and scores the lowest on gender parity (roughly 59 percent male students against 41 percent female).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Jose Luis Gaya 1 Chelsea target Jose Luis Gaya has signed a new contract with Valencia, according to reports in Spain.The highly-rated left-back has reportedly penned a new five-year deal at the Mestalla after an impressive campaign.Valencia are battling it out with Sevilla to secure the final Champions League place in La Liga and the club’s owners are desperate to keep their best players should Los Che qualify for Europe’s elite club competition. A Spain youth international, Gaya has made 33 appearances for Valencia this season and his performances have attracted interest from Real Madrid as well as Chelsea.
Raphoe notesNew! New! New!The following new afterschool clubs will be commencing in the Family Resource Centre in the coming weeks-Youth Committee for 3rd Class up to Secondary School, Computer Club for 3rd – 6th Classes, Environmental Club for 4-8 year olds, Camera/Photography Club for Secondary School age and Arts & Crafts Club for 1st -6th Class. For further information please contact the Family Resource Centre on 074-9145796/087-3641503. Annual General MeetingThe Annual General Meeting of Raphoe Family Resource Centre will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th November in the Volt House. Everyone welcome.‘Helping Hands’The Family Resource Centre’s ‘Helping Hands’ initiative supports older people by carrying out practical work such as grass-cutting, weed control, hedge-cutting, power-washing, cleaning windows, clearing gutters, exterior painting etc. For further information or a registration form please contact Laura at the Family Resource Centre on 074-9145796/087-3641503. Junior Jiving ClassesThe Family Resource Centre’s jiving classes for young people from 6th Class Primary School to 5th Year Secondary School continue each Thursday from 5-6pm. The classes with Highland Radio’s Terence Lafferty will be held in Raphoe Boxing Club. There is a charge of €3 per class. It is expected that the classes will be very popular so please phone us on 074-9145796/087-3641503 to book your place! Our sincere thanks to Raphoe Boxing Club for the kind use of its premises.50-50 Bonus BallThe winner of this week’s Bonus Ball was Catherine Toner. Winning number was 9.To enter the next Bonus Ball Draw please call into the Family Resource Centre in The Volt House before Saturday of each week. Good luck!Charity Variety Concert A Charity Variety Concert will be held on Monday 14th November in the Villa Rose, Ballybofey commencing at 8pm. The Concert is in aid of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ozanam Holiday Centre, Mornington. MC for the night will be Fergus Cleary. The Concert will feature Letterkenny Senior Accordian Band, Smith McCarron School of Irish Dancing, and Comedy Sketches by local artists and Graham Bell. Tickets are €10 or pay at the door.Raphoe Kurling ClubRaphoe Kurling Club are hosting a social evening in Raphoe Presbyterian Church Hall on Tuesday 15th November from 8pm to 10.30pm. Music by Leslie Matthews. Join us for a night of fun, storytelling and music. Admission €8, which includes light refreshments and door prize. For further information contact Margaret Parke on 0857067208.Raphoe Friday Club The Friday Club meets every Friday morning in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am-12.30. We would like more in our community to come along and be a part of the Group. There will be events organised over the summer so come along and join in the craic! Refreshments are also provided. Transport is available on Friday mornings and if you require this please phone 0749145462 and arrange.Christmas Craft FairThere will be a Christmas Craft Fair in the Diamond, Raphoe from 12-6pm on Friday 25th November 2016 with crafts and bake sales all day. Santa will also be arriving. The switching on of the town’s Christmas lights will take place at 5pm approximately. A great fun day for all the family! For details on stalls please telephone The Volt House Reception on 074-9173966. Stalls will cost €20. Come and support this community event.DD Local: Raphoe to host super Christmas Fair was last modified: November 5th, 2016 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)
9 May 2005President Thabo Mbeki hailed Pope Benedict XVI as a partner in the struggle against global poverty after an audience with the Pontiff in Vatican City on Friday.Mbeki was the second world leader – after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – to have an audience with German-born Joseph Ratzinger after his installation as Pope Benedict XVI in April.Mbeki was on a two-day official visit to Rome during which he met with Berlusconi and addressed top European CEOs at a conference in Venice organised by international securities firm Morgan Stanley.The selection of Ratzinger as Pope drew mixed reactions in the developing world, which is home to most of the world’s Catholics. Many Catholics, particularly in Africa and South America, expected one of their religious leaders to be posted to the Vatican.But Mbeki welcomed the election of Ratzinger, saying he was convinced that the new Pope would be an “ally” of Africa, and after Friday’s meeting Mbeki hailed Benedict as a partner in the struggle against global poverty.“The voice of the Pope in support of this global struggle against poverty is very important,” Mbeki told reporters after the meeting.“He indicated the commitment of the church to this particular project with regard to poverty but also to peace and stability – a major challenge on the African continent”, Mbeki said.“I am really very, very pleased that we are clearly in tandem in terms of thinking about these major challenges.”SouthAfrica.info reporter
President Jacob Zuma flanked by veteranSouth African footballers and World Cupambassadors Mark Fish (left) and LucasRadebe, at the Media Opening Lunch atDavos. On the left is the 2010 Fifa WorldCup mascot, Zakumi.(Image: Michael Wuertenberg, WorldEconomic Forum)MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024• Wolfgang EichlerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia FischerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• Team SA punts country at Davos• Zuma: SA’s most important year• Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day“The South African warmth and hospitality will be experienced by many, as we ensure that the rainbow nation successfully opens its borders to the world, for an African experience of a lifetime,” President Jacob Zuma told delegates at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.This is the full text of his speech on 27 February at the Media Opening Lunch hosted by South Africa with the theme “World Cup 2010 – Before the Kick-off”.Ladies and gentlemen, good day.We are very pleased to join you at this very important forum.We meet at the World Economic Forum during a crucial phase in the global economy, as evidence by the theme “Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild”.The theme signifies that we have to ponder the future of the global economy, and rethink business models, innovation and risk management.Countries and international institutions find that they have to redesign policies and regulations to prevent future crises. It is important for us to be part of this global renewal exercise.We are also here at Davos during an exciting year for South Africa. We will in a few months host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the biggest event of its kind to have ever taken place in South Africa and in Africa. The tournament offers an opportunity for the world to see and experience Africa in a different way.It is an opportunity to tackle stereotypes and preconceptions about the continent, and explore new frontiers of interaction and cooperation. It is an important milestone in the regeneration of the continent.2010 is also an important year for us, because we will be marking the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, which kick-started dramatic political changes. The decades of the struggle against apartheid by South Africans, supported by Africa and the world, had yielded results.We have achieved a lot since that dramatic day of the 11th of February 1990. South Africa has performed admirably in the economic, political and social spheres. This includes the political transition to a democratic state, the subsequent strengthening of South Africa’s democratic institutions, as well as economic growth.We have built a resilient economy which has been able to survive the global economic crisis, and which is actually beginning to show signs of recovery.We have not been spared the job losses, but we have put plans in place, working together as business, labour and government to ensure that the recovery becomes faster and inclusive.We are making significant improvements in key areas of domestic policy, such as health, education as well as visible, vigorous and effective crime prevention.The country’s transport, energy, telecommunications and social infrastructure are being upgraded and expanded. This is contributing to economic development in the midst of a global recession, while improving conditions for investment. This investment has been made possible by the judicious management of the country’s finances. It is thanks to this approach that we have been able to respond to the first recession of the democratic era without placing undue strain on our public borrowing requirements.Sound macroeconomic policies, an effective regulatory environment, and sustained political and social stability, continue to make South Africa a candidate for even greater and faster economic growth.These are strengths on which we continue to build, identifying opportunities and confronting challenges. We cannot think of any logistical hurdles that cannot be overcome. South Africa is truly ready for business and for football fans from around the globe.We must note also that the country is one of the key players internationally. It has contributed much to the pursuit of global consensus in forums like the G20, at the United Nations, and most recently at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.Working together with other emerging economies, South Africa is contributing to building a new international order that offers greater hope and better prospects for the countries of the South. We say boldly that South Africa is ready to welcome the world to Africa, in June-July 2010. We have worked for many years for this exciting tournament.Other than the football games that South Africans will be privileged to be part of, the country’s potential as a destination for business, trade and tourism will be on display during the World Cup tournament.That is why we welcome the opportunity to provide delegates to the WEF 2010 Annual Meeting with a glimpse of what to expect in South Africa in June and July. We hope it will generate much enthusiasm for the World Cup. The beautiful cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mbombela, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and others await thousands of football fans and tourists.The South African warmth and hospitality will be experienced by many, as we ensure that the rainbow nation successfully opens its borders to the world, for an African experience of a lifetime.We look forward to welcoming you all ahead of the tournament, and also during the event.I thank you.
From top left: ‘A Young Man’ by Heather Gourlay-Conyngham; ‘L’Hommage a Ingres African Chic(k) Ms Tshegofatso Phage Seated’ by Nicholas Allen; ‘Professor Brown’ by Angela Banks; ‘Face of Xhosa (my four fathers)’ by Anathi Tyawa. From bottom left: ‘The Secret Life of a Mathematician’ by Sanell Aggenbach; ‘Mukwirikwiri (foreigner)’ by Richard Mudariki; ‘Voetstoots’ by Willem Pretorius; ‘Myself with Plants’ by Susan Grundlingh By Anne Taylor29 August 2013Heather Gourlay-Conyngham has won the first Sanlam Private Investments (SPI) National Portrait award for her extraordinary painting, A Young Man (top left).The award aims to celebrate and showcase the best original portrait artwork in South Africa. An astounding 1 792 works from 1 200 artists were entered into the competition, according to Rust-en-Vrede, where the works were judged. Gourlay-Conyngham won R100 000 for her nude male portrait (177 x 180cm, oil on canvas).The exhibition of the “top 40” entries is on display at Rust-en-Vrede in Durbanville until 8 October. The exhibition will then tour South Africa.Daniël Kriel, the chief executive of SPI, said the outstanding quality and standard of the entries received was testament to the range and depth of talent South Africa had to offer. “Portraiture in South Africa has had a rich, and at times controversial, history that reflects the country’s social and political evolution.”See Rust-en-Vrede for a full list of the 40 finalists as well as images of all the top 40 works.The SPI exhibition is on at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery until 8 October; at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery from 24 October to 13 November; at Stephan Welz & Co at the Alphen Estate in Constantia, Cape Town, from 26 November to 10 January 2014; and at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts during April 2014.See more of Gourlay-Conyngham’s work: heathergc.com
Young Ethiopians celebrate US President Barack Obama on their T-shirts. The US president is popular among young people in a number of African countries, particularly since his visit to the continent in 2009. (Image: Evgeni Zotov, Flickr) • Young African Leaders Initiative www.youngafricanleaders.state.gov • Mandela’s letter to Obama • Full text: Barack Obama’s speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial • World leaders praise Mandela • Obama inspires tomorrow’s leaders • In their own words: leaders and friends remember MandelaMelissa Jane CookDeveloping a new generation of young African leaders is a priority for US President Barack Obama. Since 2010 the Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali) of the country’s State Department, which deals with international relations, has supported promising new talent from the African continent. This month, Obama renamed Yali’s flagship Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders after Nelson Mandela. The programme gives young African leaders leadership training at some of the US’s most successful, sought-after universities.In June this years 500 gifted young Africans, the first class of the Mandela Washington Fellows, arrived in the US for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building. The programme culminated in a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC on 28 July, at which Obama announced its name change in honour of Mandela. According to the Yali website, the initiative gives young African leaders the skills and connections they need to advance their careers, and contribute to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.Mandela’s greatest giftAt the summit, Obama announced that the US would double the number of annual fellows in the programme to 1 000 by mid-2016. The president also met representatives of public-private partnerships as part of a strategy to bring more programmes to young leaders across Africa.Mandela’s greatest gift, Obama said, was “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that are invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us”.The Huffington Post reported that Obama pointed to the inaugural class of young African fellows as inspiring examples of what the continent could achieve. The world’s security and prosperity depended on “a strong and prosperous and self-reliant Africa,” he said. He repeatedly spoke about the important role that women must play in Africa’s future. “One of the things we want to teach about Africa is how strong the women are and how we’ve got to empower women.”The young leaders programme would be expanded through the creation of four regional leadership centres – in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa – for more training on the continent. He also said it would offer more online tools, such as mentoring and courses, and more public-private partnerships to support young entrepreneurs who wanted to start businesses or non-profit organisations.Participants in the young leaders programme singled out by Obama included a Nigerian woman who, after a friend died in childbirth, worked to distribute sterile kits for delivering babies, and a woman from Senegal who started an academy to fight trafficking of young girls. South African fellow Khanyi Magubane is a filmmaker, broadcaster and poet, and a former journalist for Media Club South Africa.Washington D.C: The President’s Young African Leaders InitiativeAfrican visitDiscussing the fellowship during a visit to South Africa last year, Obama said that “we want to engage leaders and tomorrow’s leaders in figuring out how we can best work together”. A series of events had also been planned to strengthen US-African relations, including the first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit. The heads of 50 African nations will gather in Washington, DC from 4 to 6 August at the invitation of Obama for the unprecedented three-day summit.With the theme “Investing in the Next Generation”, it will build on Obama’s 2013 trip to Africa and will highlight the United States’ commitment to Africa’s people, security and democratic development. In announcing the summit while in South Africa, Obama said female empowerment would be on the agenda. He wanted “to launch a new chapter in US-African relations”.The fellowshipThe fellowship is designed to give young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa leadership training at American universities, as well as the chance to meet government officials, entrepreneurs and members of American civil society.According to USAid, Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative it “as a signature initiative that supports young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across the continent”.Investing in the next generation of African leaders was critical to ensuring the success of Africa’s democracies and its economies. “One in three Africans is between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35. Through Yali, the United States is investing in the next generation of African leaders, and has committed significant resources to enhance leadership skills, bolster entrepreneurship, and connect young African leaders with one another, with the United States, and with the American people.”