UCLA’s Shareef O’Neal to miss season with heart ailment

first_imgO’Neal said he’s been asked if the injury is career-ending.“The answer is absolutely not. Just a little bump in the road,” he said in the video. “During my rehab, I’ll be attending my classes and being a normal student.”O’Neal said the news has been difficult to endure.“I’m a little down,” he said. “I feel like I was at my peak of basketball going into my freshman year and coming out of the state championship of high school. I felt like I was at the top of my game right now. Just trying to get better, getting stronger but then this happened. I’m just doing my best to focus on my health right now.”O’Neal is the second member of UCLA’s frontcourt to be sidelined after forward Alex Olesinski was diagnosed this week with a stress fracture in his right foot that will force him to miss two to three months.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this April 8, 2018, file photo, Shareef O’Neal shoots a free throw during the Jordan Brand Classic high school basketball game, in New York. UCLA freshman Shareef O’Neal will sit out the entire upcoming basketball season because of a heart condition that the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal says is “risky.” The younger O’Neal didn’t specify the condition in a TMZ Sports video , saying only that “I know it’s something serious and it’s risky.” UCLA said in a statement Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, that it will support O’Neal as he gets the issue resolved.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)LOS ANGELES — UCLA freshman Shareef O’Neal will sit out the entire upcoming basketball season because of a heart condition that the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal says is “risky.”The younger O’Neal didn’t specify the condition in a TMZ Sports video , saying only that “I know it’s something serious and it’s risky.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ O’Neal said he will attend classes and take a medical redshirt. He’s expected to be sidelined for three to four months after undergoing surgery.UCLA said in a statement Friday that it will support O’Neal as he gets the issue resolved. The school said only that he was being sidelined for a medical reason and a spokesman declined to provide further details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissO’Neal said doctors discovered the condition after he “felt funny” during summer practices. The 6-foot-10 forward wore a heart monitor attached to a button that he pressed whenever he wanted to send an alert. He received the diagnosis a few weeks after pressing the button during a practice.O’Neal played the last two seasons at Crossroads High in nearby Santa Monica. As a senior last season, O’Neal helped the school win the CIF Division II state title for the first time since 1997. He had 29 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in the title game. O’Neal averaged 27 points as a senior while Crossroads finished with a 25-9 record. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rockets hope Paul can escape bad luck and help team to title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

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“Time to Move Beyond Advocacy”

first_img(L-R) Hon. Rosana Schaack, Gender Minister Williametta Saydee Tarr, First Lady Clar Weah, Amb. Louise Blais–Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada and Ms. Marie Goreth Nizigama, UN Women Rep in Liberia.First Lady Clar Weah Tells Event on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls’The First Lady of Liberia, Madam Clar Marie Weah says it is time to progress from advocacy for gender equality in Africa to participation and concrete actions. Delivering special remarks at a Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) side event organized by Liberia in New York, Madam Weah urged women to build a culture of competitiveness and take advantage of gender equality laws crafted specifically to increase women’s participation in politics, society and the economy.                          Reflecting on the event’s theme: Rural Women and Girls Economic Empowerment, Madam Weah said it was time to empower rural women by giving them land ownership and access to credit to increase their agriculture output and provide much needed income. She believes such action would reverse some cultural practices that intentionally create gender inequality. “It would be a major achievement if one of the key outcomes of this gathering would be to find ways to equip our mothers, sister and children living in rural Liberia with the skills and competences so that they become a driving force for a sustainable economic growth and social welfare in Liberia” she stressed. According to dispatch from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, the First Lady pledged to dedicate her service and mobilize the support of His Excellency President George Manneh Weah to ensure that actions are taken to address the plight of rural women and girls.The First Lady used the occasion to announce the formation of the ‘Clar Hope Foundation’ to restore the hope of disadvantaged children, youth and women through education, health and other opportunities to better their lives. Speaking earlier, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Williametta Saydee Tarr described the event as an opportunity to tell the Liberian story. She noted that rural women have been the backbone of women’s economic empowerment in Liberia and it is critical to highlight their best practices and the key lessons in achieving the results and change they desired. Cross section of particpantsThanking UN Women, Sweden and Canada for their support in empowering Liberian women and girls; Minister Tarr expressed the hope that Liberia will draw the attention of donor countries to consider support for sustaining the gains already made on the social and economic empowerment of women and girls in rural areas.  Sharing her story as a beneficiary, Ma Kebbeh Mongar, National President of the Rural Women Structure explained that she and other rural women benefitted from adult literacy programs, leadership trainings, business management, and mobile banking services.Madam Mongar who displayed packaged products created by rural women at the event, said the interventions from the Government and UN Women have made a huge difference in their lives. She called for more support to empower more women and girls in rural Liberia.Meanwhile, partners including UN Women and Canada have assured that they will continue to work with Liberia to ensure the full accomplishment of gender equality and economic empowerment of women and girls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GPL operating below industry standard – energy expert

first_img…poor infrastructure crippling company’s ability to go renewableGuyana, in April 2016, signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement amidst public commitments to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, but experts have been painting a dire reality about Guyana’s energy sector.Head of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat’s Energy Unit, Dr Devon GardnerOne such reality concerns the capacity of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL). Responsible for the distribution of electricity across the length and breadth of Guyana, experts say GPL has such out-dated infrastructure that integrating renewable energy into its grid would be an uphill task.Head of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat’s Energy Unit, Dr Devon Gardner, speaking during the recent University of Guyana Turkeyen and Tain Talks, identified GPL’s generation and distribution systems as below industry standard. He noted that while GPL is contending with reaching unserved areas, there is also pressure surrounding the utility company going green.He painted a picture of a company that has bitten off more than it could chew. “To start with, the grid they currently operate is not in the best of shape, to say it mildly. There’s not a lot of investment that is going into the grid right now. And the fact is it’s always difficult to manage and maintain infrastructure in countries like Guyana, where the population density is very small compared to the distance over which the grid is run.”Dr Gardner explained that the longer the transmission line, the more a utility company’s losses are likely to be from both a technical and criminal standpoint, from the increased possibility of theft. The specialist noted that this all amounts to lost revenue and investment diverted away from upgrading the grid.“Looking at the generation system, not even talking about the fact that it is fossil (fuel) based, the capacity at which power is being generated (by) GPL is 10 to 15 per cent less efficient than the (standard).“The average rate for the generators is around 8200 BTU (British Thermal Unit) per kilowatt,” he said, adding that this is around 10 per cent higher than what is average in the industry. So GPL is 10 to 15 per cent less efficient. In addition, the transmission losses are currently 28 per cent.For perspective, Gardner explained that the industry standard of transmission losses is five to six per cent, compared to GPL’s 28 per cent. He noted that as a result of these statistics, GPL could stand to benefit from the introduction of renewables.He noted the potential not only to reduce carbon emissions, but to also lighten the load on the pockets of consumers, if GPL were to switch to renewables. But he said the issue is a complicated one, and he cited GPL’s infrastructure as a major hindrance to renewable energy.“Even if GPL wanted to put wind and solar right now, it’s going to be difficult to put significant amounts. Because the critical issue is because the grid is so unstable, it’s not modern, it means you would run the risk of the system becoming destabilised by the fluctuations and variations of the solar and wind generation,” he explained.“So the grid issue is a primary source of concern; because, without fixing that, it limits the ability to put certain types of renewables into your grid. (But) there are opportunities for GPL to look at the way it is currently expanding its gridding,” he declared. Notwithstanding the state of its infrastructure, Dr Gardner said, GPL is taking steps in going green.InitiativesSharing the panel with him was Project Officer for the Project Management Department of GPL, Amir Dillawar. While the young engineer confirmed the stark reality of Gardner’s contributions, he identified what the company is doing about it.“What we have done is advertised recently for three utility scale solar sites,” Dillawar said. “One (is) in Demerara, one in Berbice, and one in Anna Regina. The intention is to shortlist from that public round (persons) to move to proposal stage, where we will enter a build/own/operate/and transfer (BOOT) arrangement,” Dillawar explained.Essentially, the company would build, own and operate the solar sites, he said, adding, “We will buy power from them. So there (are) three three-megawatt (sites) and there are ongoing negotiations on finalising the Hope Beach Windfarm project. There are restrictions to what and how you can technically put (infrastructure), but we are making moves to have a greening of the sector, little by little,” he explained.In the Finance Ministry’s 2017 mid-year report, it was detailed that GPL’s expenditure increased from $9.3 billion in the first half of 2016 to $12.6 billion in the same period this year. Interestingly enough, this increase in expenditure was noted to be due to higher costs for heavy fuel oil (HFO), reinforcing the need for clean and renewable energy if the Government hopes to cut costs.Recent issues with the transmission of power have caused the Private Sector Commission (PSC) to take the power company to task for the spate of blackouts.last_img read more

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Travesty of justice

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANY way you look at it, the affair of the Duke University lacrosse players arrested for suspected rape of a stripper was a travesty of justice. Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong on Thursday apologized to the athletes he had accused last year, but only after the North Carolina attorney general decided to drop the whole dirty case and cleared the players of all charges. Still, the damage has been done. No one involved in the scandal emerged unscathed. Not Nifong, whose reputation as a prosecutor has been irreparably damaged. Not the lacrosse players, who will never escape the taint of the last year. Not Duke University, which will be remembered for years to come as the place where the lacrosse team did something bad to a stripper.last_img read more

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AMERICAN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR RECEIVES TIP O’NEILL DIASPORA AWARD

first_imgChris MatthewsThe recipient of the 2016 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award will be American political commentator, talk show host, and author Chris Matthews.The announcement was made at a special reception which was held in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana today 23rd June 2016.Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Tip O Neill Irish Diaspora Award Committee, is delighted that Christopher John Matthews is to be awarded the fifth Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award. “I am delighted that Chris Matthews is to receive the Tip O’ Neill Irish Diaspora Award, which is presented on an annual basis to a chosen member of the Irish Diaspora in recognition of achievements in their chosen field and their interest in, and support for Ireland and its Diaspora.”Chris Matthews is a well known American political commentator with strong links to Ireland through the maternal side of his family.   He is best known for his nightly hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which is televised on the American cable television channel MSNBC.Chris has had a varied and interesting career.  Having spent time with the Peace Corps in Africa, he returned home to the US and became a presidential speechwriter and top aide to the legendary Speaker of the House, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr., for whom this award is named.In the late 1980s, he switched to full-time journalism, serving as Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner and covered some of the great historic events of the late 20th century, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first all-races election in South Africa and the Good Friday Peace Talks in Northern Ireland. He began his career on television in 1994 as host of a two-hour nightly program on the NBC-owned America’s Talking network. Three years later, he launched Hardball, now on MSNBC, which was the title of his best-selling handbook on real-life politics published in 1988.  He has been on the air every weekday night since.Speaking at the reception Cllr. Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council said that ” Chris Matthews’ faith in electoral politics and his belief that the American people will make the best judgment on who should lead has stood him in good stead through war and peace and in good times and bad. I understand that he continues to have a strong faith in the value of democracy and how it can best serve the people.  This is a quality that I admire greatly.”The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was initiated in 2012 on the centenary of the birth of Thomas P. Tip O’Neill. Tip O’Neill whose maternal grandparents hailed from Donegal (Buncrana and Clonmany) was an American Politician and Statesman who served as Speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1977 until 1987.Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council stated “Tip O’Neill was one of the most prominent US Politications of his era with many notable achievements at home and abroad. In an Irish context he was central to the initiation of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and did much to advance the socio economic regeneration of Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of the Republic through initiatives such as the International Fund for Ireland.  I think that it is very fitting that the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award should be presented to a person so closely associated with the late Tip O’Neill and to an individual who has made such a significant contribution to politics not just in the United States but across the world.”The previous recipients of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award have been, Niall O’Dowd, an Irish New York based journalist and publisher, Brian Schweitzer, former Governor of Montana, Senator Therese Murray, former President of the Massachusetts Senate and Loretta Brennan Glucksman, US philanthropist. This year’s award will be presented at a gala ceremony in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana on Friday, September 23.AMERICAN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR RECEIVES TIP O’NEILL DIASPORA AWARD was last modified: June 23rd, 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)last_img read more

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Small, sacred Burbank school to shut doors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Parents received notices about the school’s closure May 18. Pending an 11th-hour turnaround, the last day of classes will be June 15. Over the last five years, the K-5 school saw its enrollment drop from 169 students to 67 this year. Tuition and fees are $4,250 a year. The school considered raising tuition by $1,000 per student, but parents told the school that would be too expensive, said Ron White, pastor at American Lutheran Church. “All the evidence is this is directly related to housing costs, because it parallels declines in enrollment in Burbank public schools,” White said. One advantage the school used to have over the public schools was that it allowed parents who lived outside Burbank to enroll their children, making it easy for parents who worked in the city to have their children nearby. But to combat its own declining enrollment, Burbank Unified in recent years has also let parents enroll their children if they work in the city, which has drained students from American Lutheran. On Thursday, the school put on a show in the church. About a dozen parents sat in the pews watching their children sing pop tunes or bang out samba rhythms on conga drums. Parent Bonnie Hill, a vice president at Warner Bros., said she was almost in tears at the performance. “I moved to Burbank as a widow, and this school became like a family,” she said. Genia Jarred teaches a computer class at the school, which only last year raised enough money to buy 14 new computers. “I’m waiting for somebody miraculously to say, `Don’t close,”‘ she said. The church’s congregation will vote within the next few weeks on administrators’ recommendation to shut it down. The school’s students get daily religious lessons, studying the Bible and Martin Luther. They play basketball in a carpeted gym that doubles as a church assembly hall. Kindergartners learn in a classroom with a bust of the Statue of Liberty in one corner and a sketch of a laughing Jesus posted by the teacher’s desk. When the school was first created in 1946, it served children of the church’s congregants. But in recent decades it has accepted children of all faiths, and its mix of students has also become ethnically diverse. “Basic to our belief is resurrection comes out of death,” White said. “So we’ll just seek to find new avenues of serving, especially the children and families of this community.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Over the years, American Lutheran School’s former students have been married in the same adjoining church where they prayed as children. Other alumni have returned to the private Christian school to enroll their own kids. Some have come to the church for counseling when they faced a crisis. Classes were small – 20 students or fewer. But the community of parents and students that has formed around the 60-year-old school at 755 N. Whitnall Highway could be coming to an end as the campus faces closure because of declining enrollment. “Everyone’s been doing a lot of crying the last week,” Principal Joanne Biondi said. last_img
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SHAY GIVEN RETIRE? ‘HE’S STILL A SPRING CHICKEN’ SAYS GOALIE GREAT SHILTON

first_imgHE’S hailed as one of the world’s greatest ever goalkeepers.And now Peter Shilton – 125 caps for England and two European Cups with Nottingham Forest – says Shay Given has quite a career ahead of him.In fact Shilton says that Given (aged 36) is a spring chicken. He was speaking an interview with joe.ie about the Lifford man’s performances in Poland in Euro 2012.“Shay is a great goalkeeper and has great technique, but when a team is struggling that obviously doesn’t help as well,” Shilton said.“It’s fair to say he didn’t have the best of times, but it’s a team effort and you need to have players in front of you to perform as well.“I think he’s been a world-class keeper for a long time now…What age did you say he was again?” asks Shilton. “36…” said joe.ie“Ah well, he’s still a spring chicken really! I played in Italia ’90 when I was almost 41! He’s quite a reasonable age for a ‘keeper so as long as he avoids injuries you’d think he’d be able to play on for a few more years yet.”Before retiring Shilton cautions Given against making any rash decisions based on the disappointment at what happened in Poland.“Obviously he’s thinking about the European Championships and that’s putting pressure on to decide if he retires or not, but I think he’s still young enough to play on for another couple of years,” he said. SHAY GIVEN RETIRE? ‘HE’S STILL A SPRING CHICKEN’ SAYS GOALIE GREAT SHILTON was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHAY GIVEN RETIRE? ‘HE’S STILL A SPRING CHICKEN’ SAYS GOALIE GREAT SHILTONlast_img read more

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POLICE HAVE TREATED CLIFF APPALLINGLY, SAYS MAJELLA

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has claimed that her friend Cliff Richard has been “treated appallingly” by British Police.The singer’s home was raided by cops last week as part of an investigation into the alleged abuse of a child going back to 1985.Majella, along with her husband Daniel O’Donnell, have been friends with the singer for many years. She tweeted in defence of the 73 year old singer who was abroad at the time police raided his home.“The way that police have treated Cliff Richard is completely unacceptable,” she told her 1,620 followers.Many agreed with her tweet.However, one posted said “Hope you never have cause to regret that tweet?” An annoyed Majella replied Why would I ever regret it? Cliff has ben treated appallingly. What about his rights? There’s nothing 2 regret.”The couple often meet Cliff and they stay with eachother while on holiday.Photos of Cliff are posted on Daniel’s website. POLICE HAVE TREATED CLIFF APPALLINGLY, SAYS MAJELLA was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abuse allegaitonsCliff Richarddaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

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How a meeting helped Erik Karlsson become comfortable with idea of coming to San Jose

first_imgSAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson and his wife, Melinda, sat down and talked face-to-face with Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and coach Pete DeBoer in Toronto earlier this month.Karlsson wanted to know more about the two men and the Sharks organization, and in turn, Wilson and DeBoer wanted to familiarize themselves on a personal level with the two-time Norris Trophy winner.“They were explaining about everything that they’re about, what they’re looking for and what they believe in,” Karlsson …last_img read more

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Mandela’s close friends express the world’s grief

first_imgAhmed Kathrada, 84, one of Nelson Mandela’s oldest friends and confidantes, at Madiba’s memorial service in Johannesburg on 10 December 2013. The two met almost 70 years ago in Johannesburg when Kathrada was a teenager in high school, and Mandela a university student.  (Image: GCIS) READ MORE • Mandela on Media Club South Africa • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Nelson Mandela – a timeline  • Barack Obama’s tribute to Mandela  • Watch: World reacts to Mandela’s death • Infographic: Mandela family tree • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • The women in Madiba’s life • Tutu leads memorial at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory • Photo gallery: South Africans celebrate Nelson Mandela Perhaps the best people to express the sadness of South Africa – and the world – after the death of Nelson Mandela are those closest to him: his long-time personal assistant Zelda la Grange, his old friend Ahmed Kathrada, and his fellow Elder, Desmond Tutu.La Grange was Mandela’s aide for 19 years, helping organise his life and shielding from an often overenthusiastic media and public. They grew close. On Friday 6 December, the day after he died, she released a statement that summed up the feelings of many. She had, she said, “come to terms with the fact that Madiba’s legacy is not dependent on his presence”.“His legacy will not only live on in everything that has been named after him, the books, the images, the movies. It will live on in how we feel when we hear his name, the respect and love, the unity he inspired in us as a country but particularly how we relate to one another.”She wrote of how he had moulded her into the person she is today. “Thank you for all the wonderful opportunities you afforded me, but most of all thank you for believing in me Khulu, [isiXhosa for “grandfather”] making me a better person, a better South African.”Prayer and reflection, song and danceThe nation has expressed its grief in different ways. Sunday 8 December was an official day of prayer and reflection on Mandela’s life. People gathered in churches, mosques and synagogues around the country. Others visited Mandela’s Houghton home to place flowers and candles on the street outside, and be quietly contemplative, or sing and dance in his memory outside his old home in Soweto. Still others just took to the outdoors, cycling in his honour, or being with family in public places.His friends and companions for decades – George Bizos and Ahmed Kathrada, among others – have been on television and radio recounting anecdotes, talking about his sense of humour, his strength and courage in the hard times he faced, and his simple humanity. World presidents and prime ministers such as Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, who both describe him as a close friend, have similarly recounted with affection their times with him.‘Trust, respect, liking and close comradeship’His old friend and fellow prisoner on Robben Island, Ahmed Kathrada, said in a statement the day after he died: “Madala [Zulu for old man], as you light-heartedly started calling me some years ago, it both grieves me and inspired me to write this to you now, with the hour of your death still a fresh wound in our people’s hearts.”They met in Johannesburg when Kathrada was a teenager in high school, and Mandela a university student. Kathrada is now 84.The title Madala, he said, “signifies mutual trust, respect, liking and close comradeship. In a wider sense, this one word brings out much more. It encapsulates the foundation of the very qualities that set you apart from other men.“Foremost is your sincere and consistent ability and skill in relating as equals to fellow beings from all walks of life – royalty, peasants, prime ministers, business people, presidents, workers, scientists, the illiterate, children, men and women: you treat, and regard, all as equal and equally deserving of respect, decency and dignity. You embodied the epitome of respect for your fellow beings, and the ability to relate easily to every strata of society.”Kathrada was sentenced to life imprisonment with Mandela in 1964, and served 25 years.“Your abundant reserves of love, simplicity, honesty, service, humility, care, courage, foresight, patience, tolerance, equality and justice continually served as a source of enormous strength to me and so many millions of people around the world,” he wrote.One of the many endearing features of Mandela was his wide, warm smile. Kathrada said: “Yet your smile, which lingers still, was always from the heart, never forced or used for expediency’s sake, and the great joy you took in the world around you, especially in children, was unmistakeable.”Mandela’s love of children was legendary. His love for his own children was long distance when he was a prisoner, but he always signed letters to Zindzi and Zenani with affection: “With lots of love and a million kisses”, or “A million kisses and tons and tons of love”.‘The gift of Madiba’Perhaps the best person to express the deep sadness South Africans are feeling is Anglican Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, who with Mandela led the Elders, a group of retired and independent world leaders. Barely 12 hours after the world heard of Mandela’s death, Tutu gave a brief, emotional address in St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town to a tearful congregation.“We gave hope to the world and one gift that you and I can give to the world as a fitting memorial, remembrance of Tata, is for us to become what the world had thought impossible,” he said slowly and deliberately, his eyes closed. “Let us give him the gift of a South Africa … God, thank you for the gift of Madiba. Thank you for what he has enabled us to know what we can become. Help us to become that kind of nation.”Tutu led another memorial to Mandela on Monday 9 December, at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg. He had by now regained his famous sense of humour, perhaps just what the audience of several hundred needed, after a numb three days of grief.“Thank you for giving the world this amazing person,” he said. “What a fantastic gift God gave to us in this Mandela.”Tutu recalled many of Mandela’s extraordinary acts of reconciliation, such as going to have tea with Betsy Verwoerd, the wife of the architect of apartheid. “The chemistry of this country began to be affected.”Or, when he wore a green Springbok jersey in support of the national rugby team during the 1995 World Cup, an act symbolic of the unity he wanted to create. “Any other president would have looked clumsy,” said Tutu, but not Madiba.“South Africa used to be the world’s pariah, but it was transformed into a beautiful, beautiful butterfly.”The audience responded with laughter, smiles and tears, in an emotional release.But it could be Kathrada’s words, in the end, that best sum up our feelings: “Farewell my elder brother, my mentor, my leader. With all the energy and determination at our command, we pledge to join the people of South Africa and the world to perpetuate the ideals and values for which you have devoted your life.”last_img read more

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