After thrashing the Hawks two days ago, the Warriors beat the Cavaliers 129-105 Wednesday in their latest tune-up game for Friday’s road trip finale against Milwaukee.Stephen Curry scored 42 points, adding seven assists and nine rebounds. Kevin Durant added 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, scoring 15 points in the second half.Wednesday’s matchup was the latest sign that Curry is back. Since coming back from a groin injury, Curry is averaging 33.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 …
President Thabo Mbeki and King Letsie of Lesotho have inaugurated the latest phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which delivers water from the highlands of Lesotho to South Africa’s Vaal River system and generates hydropower for Lesotho.Water is now flowing from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. (Image: Lesotho Highlands Water Project)Brand South Africa reporterThe project is Africa’s largest ever water transfer project as well as the largest ongoing bi-national construction project on the continent.The project aims to address the needs of South Africa’s rapidly expanding Gauteng province, which generates almost 60% of the country’s industrial output and 80% of its mining output, and where over 40% of South Africa’s population live. The province needs more water than its main source, the Vaal River, can provide.The Lesotho Highlands, with its high rainfall and surface area of high basalt mountains – the Maloti – is an outstanding catchment area.The Lesotho Highlands Water Project captures most of the excess water from rainstorms in the Orange/Senqu River catchment and transfers it to the Vaal River system, at the same time ensuring the sustainability of life forms dependent on flows downstream of its storage dams.Completion of the latest phase of the project – phase 1B – will solve Gauteng’s water problem for the immediate future and rejuvenate the Vaal River. For Lesotho, it provides valuable income, job opportunities, electricity and infrastructure on which tourism and industrial development can thrive.Construction on phase 1A of the project began in 1984, and the first dam, Katse, began delivering water in 1998.Construction on phase 1B of the project began in 1998, and comprises the 145 metre high Mohale Dam on the Senqunyane River, the 32 kilometre Mohale Tunnel linking Mohale Dam to Katse Dam, and the 6 kilometre Matsoku weir and tunnel, which diverts flood water from the Matsoku River into the Katse reservoir.Water transfer from Mohale Dam and the Matsoku River to Katse Dam has begun, and will gradually increase the volume of water delivered to South Africa from 20 to 26 cubic metres per second.While Katse Dam is the highest concrete arch dam in Africa, Mohale Dam is the highest rockfill dam on the continent, consisting of 7.8 million cubic metres of rock that was placed and compacted before the addition of concrete face. The dam features a flexible outlet structure that ensures high quality water for downstream releases to ensure the sustainability of aquatic life.Other infrastructure completed during phase 1B includes three mountain passes, 72 kilometres of tarred roads, 75 kilometres of power lines and over 100 construction houses. At the peak of construction, phase IB created more that 8 000 jobs for local and regional workers.The entire project is expected to cost US$8-billion by the time of its completion in 2020.Speaking at the ceremony at Mohale Dam on Tuesday, Mbeki described the Lesotho Highlands Water Project as a bi-national project to harness a natural resource, Lesotho’s “white gold”, for the benefit of both countries.“For South Africa, the project brings improved security of water supply for both economic and domestic use, and will undoubtedly help to meet the increasing water demand for many years to come”, Mbeki said.“Equally, Lesotho enjoys the benefit of new infrastructure, including roads, expanded communication and electricity systems, health facilities, job opportunities, improved water supply and sanitation to numerous communities, and many additional secondary benefits associated with a huge capital investment with its revenue streams.“The project not only sustains the development of both countries in significant ways, but provides a showpiece for the region and the rest of the continent of mutually beneficial co-operation.”The Katse Dam is the highest concrete arch dam in Africa. (Image: V)In November 2003, the South African Institute of Civil Engineering named the Lesotho Highlands Water Project “project of the century” for its “immense impact on the betterment of the lives of South Africans and Basotho, the benefits it brought to the economies of both countries, the manner in which the environmental impacts were addressed, and the effective and efficient overall management of the project”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Ahmed Kathrada, now 84 years old, was friends with Nelson Mandela for almost seven decades. (Image: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation) • Ahmed Kathrada Ahmed Kathrada Foundation www.kathradafoundation.org • Mandela’s close friends express the world’s grief • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Liliesleaf remembered 50 years on • One Young World celebrates MandelaLucille Davie“It’s not easy to talk about Madiba,” Ahmed Kathrada said at the third Mandela Colloquium in Johannesburg this week.And then proceeded to spend almost an hour talking about his affectionate memories of Nelson Mandela, mostly in the present tense – perhaps giving a sense how present Mandela still is in his life, even after his death three months ago.Kathrada spent 26 years in prison with Mandela on Robben Island and in Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town. Although there was an 11-year age gap between the two – Mandela was the elder – they became close friends. They were both accused in the Treason Trial (1956-1961) and in the Rivonia Trial. Eight members of the African National Congress (ANC) were sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 in the latter trial.Kathrada, now 84, was released in 1989 and became a member of parliament. He was parliamentary counsellor to Mandela when he was president from 1994 to 1999. He obtained four degrees while in prison, and has written three books since being released. In 1992, he received the Isitwalandwe Award, the ANC’s highest award for sacrifice in the freedom struggle; he has also been awarded four honorary doctorates.He first met Mandela in 1946, when he was a teenager at school, and boasted to his classmates that he knew someone who was at university. But what struck him, even at that age, was how Mandela spoke to everyone as equals. “He made me feel comfortable.”Eagerness to learnRecounting how prison brought out the “strengths of human character”, Kathrada spoke about his friend’s strengths. Mandela was always eager to learn everything; for example, one day they found a chameleon in the prison garden. Then it appeared with six babies and there were immediately questions as to how it reproduced, and Mandela wrote to ask outsiders for the information.This inquisitive quality was combined with a need to be very thorough about everything he tackled. When the ANC decided to take up arms to fight apartheid, for example, Mandela got every book he could to read about armed struggle, recounted Kathrada. Or when he learned to play chess in prison. He ordered books on chess, and when playing, every move was laboriously thought out, requiring extreme patience on the part of his opponent. Tired of waiting so long, one young opponent gave up and allowed Mandela to win. “Every move was calculated,” explained Kathrada.“He doesn’t kill a bee or a snake or any living things.” The cells had ants, which annoyed prisoners, but Mandela wouldn’t kill them. At Pollsmoor, where the two men shared a cell with the late Walter Sisulu, Andrew Mlangeni and the late Raymond Mhlaba, a cricket kept them awake one night with its chirping. No one was prepared to get up and kill it, but eventually Mandela got up, opened the window, and placed the cricket outside. It still chirped and kept everyone awake, but he hadn’t killed it. Once he drove over a snake. He stopped the car and went back to check on the snake. The only time Kathrada saw his friend kill a creature was when he swatted flies to feed the chameleon.He was always slow to anger, Kathrada said, and in all the years in prison, he only witnessed Mandela “with real anger” twice.Overwhelming courageKathrada was overwhelmed by Mandela’s courage. When they were on trial for sedition in the Rivonia Trial, with the death sentence hanging over them, Mandela said that no one was to apologise or ask for mercy; and if it was to be the death sentence, they would not appeal it. He had prepared a few lines if it was to be the gallows, based on his long address to the court before sentence was passed. But of course he never delivered those words before they were sentenced to life imprisonment. “It required courage to conduct the trial in the face of death.”When they got to Robben Island, Kathrada, being Indian, was offered more privileges than Mandela and the others. Kathrada wanted to reject this unequal treatment, but Mandela advised him: “You are making a big mistake – don’t give up what you’ve already got.” And this week, Kathrada said: “Mandela was right – we’ve got to fight for equality.”And Mandela always treated everyone as his equal. When others were ill with flu and unable to leave their cells, he and three new arrivals collected, emptied and washed their toilet buckets, placing them in the sun afterwards. “All his life he struggled for equality and justice.”No preferential treatment for himself was another trait. They worked for 13 years in the island’s quarry, chopping stones mindlessly. Mandela and others had problems with high blood pressure, but refused treatment. At about the same time he was approached by the apartheid government with an offer of release, on condition that he live in the Transkei in isolated circumstances, but he turned it down. Another similar offer came 18 years later; again he turned it down.A democratHe was a democrat, Kathrada said simply. He had a request once from his nephew, chief Kaizer Matanzima of the Transkei, to visit him on Robben Island. “He was keen to see [his nephew] but we rejected the request, and he went along with the majority decision.” The request was turned down because Matanzima was a puppet of the apartheid government – he was the president of Transkei, a Bantustan. These were several areas set aside in South Africa by the government, reserved for black people, in an effort to separate the races. They offered meaningless presidencies.After several years in Pollsmoor Prison, Mandela was taken to a separate house in the prison grounds. “That’s when he took the initiative to speak with the other side,” said Kathrada. “It was a bold decision although it was ANC policy. He didn’t want to consult with others who would have disagreed with him, which would have meant he would have had to obey the majority decision. That was Madiba.”His strength as president was that he always consulted with others, and liked colleagues to be open with him. “I don’t think prison changed us in any way, except that we came out stronger.” In fact, they were protected in prison, because it was their comrades on the outside who were at the cold face of the struggle. “This was one of the things that kept our spirits up.”Love of childrenMandela’s love of children was well-known. It was very difficult for him and others not to see or touch a child for 20 years. “That was our greatest deprivation in prison.”Journalist and writer John Carlin, in his book Knowing Mandela, recounts how Mandela, after 23 years in prison, persuaded one of the warders with whom he had become close friends, to bring his new baby into Mandela’s cell for him to hold. Christo Brand had been offered a promotion but it would have meant leaving Pollsmoor Prison, so he turned it down, to be with Mandela. “One of the sorrows of prison life for Mandela was never having the opportunity of contact with children,” writes Carlin. Brand smuggled his eight-month old child into the prison and into Mandela’s cell. “He took Riaan in his arms and he loved it. I think I saw tears in his eyes,” Carlin quotes Brand as saying.On his release in February 1990, Mandela was whisked away in a car and “got lost” in the suburbs of Cape Town for several hours before he appeared at the Grand Parade for his first post-prison speech. “I learned later that Mandela rolled down his window to greet a mightily surprised young white couple walking in the neighbourhood with their twin babies. Fortunately, they were a liberal-minded pair who happily acceded to Mandela’s request that they pass their children through the car window for him to hug.”The inaugural Mandela Colloquium lecture was delivered by Edna Molewa, the minister of water and environmental affairs. The second, by Gwede Mantashe, the secretary-general of the ANC, was delivered on the night that Mandela died, on 5 December 2013.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham manager Pochettino: I tell Rose to stop thinking so much!by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the advice he gives to his left back Danny Rose.There was a time when it seemed as though Rose would be on his way out of Spurs.But he has fought back and emerged as their best left back again.When asked about Rose, Pochettino said to the Evening Standard: “Yes. There’s no doubt about Danny Rose’s quality. He’s a great player. “But like all players with quality, he needs to be focused on his job — focus, train and care about yourself and don’t think too much. “I’m always saying, ‘Danny — hey, you’re thinking too much, you need to stop, work and deliver the job we want!’ “When he arrives at the training ground, he asks, ‘What are we going to do? Laps, a training session, a tactical session? Gym or no gym? Shower or no shower? Eat or not eat?’ Stop, relax! “We think for him, but sometimes he tries to think for us. We’ve said, ‘Danny, you spend too much energy in thinking about everything. You need to stop. When you drive home, you can start to think again.'”He spends too much energy and then he doesn’t have energy for what he needs to do. And that is a dangerous situation.”
APTN National NewsA popular American barbeque restaurant has expanded into Canada.Famous Dave’s opened up in Winnipeg.The chain is owned by Dave Anderson, a self made Native American multi-millionaire with an M.B.A. from Harvard.APTN’s Matt Thordarson went down to Dave’s newest location to see what all the fuss is about.
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 17-23. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Sunday Night Football: Kansas City at Seattle, NBC, 19.6 million.2. NFL Regular Season: New Orleans at Charlotte, ESPN, 13.3 million.3. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-kick,” NBC, 12.6 million.4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12 million.5. “Fox NFL Sunday Post-Game,” Fox, 10.3 million.6. “The Voice (Tuesday),” NBC, 9.9 million.7. “The Voice (Monday),” NBC 9.5 million.8. “Thursday Night Football: Baltimore at Los Angeles Chargers,” NFL Network, 8.2 million.9. “Football Night in America,” NBC. 8.1 million.10. “Survivor,” CBS, 7.7 million.11. “The Voice (Tuesday),” NBC, 7.2 million.12. “NCIS,” CBS, 7.1 million.13. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7 million.14. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 6.6 million.15. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.57 million.16. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.4 million.17. “America’s Got Talent: Holiday,” NBC, 6.2 million.18. Thursday Night Football: Washington at Tennessee, NFL Network, 6.19 million.19. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 6.1 million.20. “Thursday Night Football Pre-kick,” NFL Network, 5.6 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace region businesses cleaned up at the annual ThriveNorth Business Challenge held Thursday night in Fort St. John.ThriveNorth was launched in Northeast B.C. back in February. Managed by Futurpreneur Canada, the organization helps budding young entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses with mentorship, funding, and resources.The Business Challenge held at the Lido Theatre had three categories: Best New Business by an entrepreneur aged 18-28, Best New Business by an entrepreneur aged 29-39, and Best Growth Opportunity for an entrepreneur aged 18-39 whose business at least one year old. In the category of Best New Business for 18 to 28 year-olds was Holly-Anne Ritchie & Shay Bergunder with BowTie. In the Best New Business for 29 to 39 year-olds the winner was Stephen Beard of Beard’s Brewing Company.Jessie Taylor from Mama G’s Country Kitchen in Chetwynd won in the Best Growth Opportunity.Each business was given $10,000 to fund their business.There was also a People’s Choice Award valued at $5,000, which was voted on by people at the Lido Theatre and online. The winner of that award was Axel Whalen with Tiny Life Supply.
The NCAA shouldn’t suspend Jim Tressel for more than two games. It shouldn’t fine him more than $250,000. It shouldn’t bar him from spring practice and summer workouts. After it finishes its investigation, the NCAA should recommend Jim Tressel’s termination as head football coach at The Ohio State University. This incident is further proof that college athletics is spinning out of control, and a message needs to be sent to university presidents and athletic directors who let rule-breaking coaches keep their jobs because they win games and sell tickets. And that’s exactly why Tressel, who said he never considered resigning, didn’t tell the athletic department that he had received an e-mail from an attorney indicating OSU football players were selling memorabilia to Edward Rife. Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor, is one of the focal points of a federal drug investigation. Tressel’s contract states that he is bound to report any possible violation immediately. He didn’t. When Regular Joe with a normal job breaches his contract, he gets the boot. So should The Vest. “I am sorry and disappointed this happened,” Tressel said. “At the time the situation occurred, I thought I was doing the right thing.” Doing the right thing? Surely a deeply religious man with a newly released book titled “Life Promises for Success: Promises from God on Achieving Your Best” knows the difference between right and wrong. Or does he? Maurice Clarett and Troy Smith, the highest-profile players of the Tressel era other than current Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were both suspended for accepting improper benefits. Tressel also had a player do the same thing at Youngstown State. It’s clear that Tressel, also author of “The Winner’s Manual,” wants to win at all cost. The mantra is shared by athletic director Gene Smith and university President E. Gordon Gee, who make up the university’s “Big Three.” When asked whether he considered firing Tressel, Gee gave a clear indication of who actually runs the university. “No, are you kidding?” Gee said with a laugh. “Let me be very clear: I’m just hoping the coach doesn’t dismiss me.” I rest my case. At this point OSU has given Tressel a slap on the wrist. The NCAA should break his arm.
Defensive end Se’Von Pittman is no longer part of the Ohio State football team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed to The Lantern that Pittman, a rising sophomore, was granted a release from the program. Pittman was absent from OSU’s first spring practice Tuesday. Emig said he wasn’t sure why the Canton, Ohio, native made the decision, though. Before becoming OSU coach Urban Meyer’s second commit in 2012, Pittman was a two-time first-team Associated Press Division I All-State selection at Canton McKinley High School. Because of a knee injury suffered last spring, Pittman did not play in the Buckeyes’ undefeated campaign last season. OSU finished 12-0 and No. 3 in the final AP poll.
Swansea City has agreed to personal terms and a compensation package with Ostersund FK boss Graham Potter, a move that draws them closer to confirming Potter as their new manager. The club have agreed on terms which include Potter bringing his assistant Billy Reid.The move will be finalized next week in Swansea, according to BBC.Swansea have been in search of a new manager since Carlos Carvalhal left following Premier League relegation. The deal also sees Ostersund recruitment analyst Kyle Macaulay move to south Wales.The 43-year-old Potter led Ostersund from the regional tiers in Sweden to the top-flight Allsvenskan with three promotions, winning the Swedish Cup along the way.Potter’s style since he arrived in January 2011 shows the manner in which his new club once shined in English football.Report: Sanches is on a collision course with Bayern chief George Patchias – August 21, 2019 Renato Sanches is apparently on a collision course with Bayern Munich chief after recent comments.According to beIN sports network, Renato Sanches has publicly criticised…They have been described as producing expansive, possession-based football with a tactical flexibility.A statement from the Swedish club said:“The club wants to congratulate all three as they face new challenges.“Because I knew how Swansea worked more than 10 years ago, I felt that such a project was intended for Graham.”