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  • Warriors mailbag: What’s the plan for the two-way contract players?

    first_imgThanks as always to everyone who submitted questions. You can send questions for future mailbags to [email protected] or on Twitter to @wcgoldberg.Q: Hey Wes, how many more days do Ky Bowman and Damion Lee have, and what’s the Warriors’ plan when their days expire? – Phil DobryTwo-way contract players spend the bulk of the season in the G League and no more than 45 days with their NBA team. Having spent 19 days with Golden State, Bowman has 26 more days of service before he has …last_img

  • Qunu museum gives life to Mandela’s legacy

    first_imgTourists have been streaming into the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu in the Eastern Cape this week, underlining the institution’s worth as a catalyst for the upliftment of the local community – something Mandela insisted on when he opened the facility in February 2000, 10 years after his release from prison.(Image: Nelson Mandela Museum, Qunu)Brand South Africa reporterSituated on a hill top near Mbashe River in his home town of Qunu, the building honours Mandela’s wish that a museum be built at his birthplace to safeguard and preserve the gifts that he received from all over the world and make them accessible to all South Africans and its visitors.“Mandela insisted it was not just to be a static collection and tribute to him, but a living memorial to his values and vision,” the museum explains on its website. “It was to inspire and enrich all who visit it, serve as a catalyst for development, and should share the heritage resources linked to him.”The museum’s collections and multimedia exhibitions, including a comic display of Mandela’s life-long struggle for freedom, give visitors insight into the road Mandela walked to lead South Africa to democracy.“Through the museum, we promote the values of ubuntu [human kindness] and the rich history of our country for the benefit of many generations to come,” Nokuzola Tetani, the museum’s marketing manager, told SANews recently.Mandela, who died last week aged 95, is to be buried in Qunu on Sunday, 15 December.Message of condolenceThe number of visitors to the museum has doubled since the former president’s death. While the museum usually receives about 100 visitors a day, the number had doubled since last Friday, Fumanekile Wisani, a spokesman for the museum, said on Thursday. “There’s quite a number of people who are also coming here to write their messages of condolences.”Wisani said visitors were “feeling very sad as they viewed our exhibitions, but they were still keen to see those exhibitions, especially the ones about Mandela and [Albert] Luthuli in conversation”. Luthuli was the leader of the African National Congress and the first South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.There was also a lot of interest in the Sisulu exhibition. “We always explain to our visitors that the role played by Walter and Albertina Sisulu in the life of Nelson Mandela cannot be forgotten, because they are the ones who welcomed Madiba when he first arrived in Johannesburg.”The stone-and-wood museum in Qunu survived a big tornado earlier this year that destroyed houses and schools in the area.UpliftmentAccording to Tetani, the museum has been central to the socio-economic development of the area since its inception. “The majority of people in this area are poor and unemployed, and what the museum has done and continues to do is to bring business closer. And we always ensure that only locals are employed where possible.”Since 2008, the museum has been operating on two sites, in Qunu and at the Bhunga Building in nearby Mthatha, which is about 30 kilometres away.Through its youth and heritage centre, it trains young people in arts, tourism and farming. Visitors can join a local village tour to experience the authentic landscape of Madiba’s birthplace.Visitors are also taken to the small hut that Mandela slept in during his teenage years in Mqekezweni and shown the remains of his mother’s hut in Qunu.Monde Mgodlana, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, said the museum had changed his life. “I first started here as a caretaker and moved on to become a tour guide. I’m grateful for all the opportunities.”Source: SAnews.govWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

  • Geocaching country souvenir: Malta

    first_imgWe know what you’re thinking, and no, we’re not talking about that Elmo. This Elmo is a fictional Finnish sports hero created as, “a hilarious parody of nationalistic sporting fervour, featuring a peerless athletic giant who despite his fantastic achievements, suffered from loneliness.”This cache is located at a Fort Saint Elmo in the capital city of Valletta and best known for its role in the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. This cache is best approached from the coast.The Blue Grotto – Il-HnejjaEarthCache | GC1HWV9 | by Sinclair of Rosslyn | D1.5/T2The Blue Grotto is a system of six sea caverns on the southeast coast of Malta. The most famous landmark is Il-Hnejja (The Arch). The water is an intense blue color due to the reflection of the sky off the white sandy bottom. It is possible to enter into the Blue Grotto and the other caves on “Dghajjes”, which are small Maltese boats. The Dghajjes are piloted by expert boatmen who know the surrounding waters and caves very well.To log this EarthCache, you’ll need to determine the height above sea level from the viewpoint.We announced five new Geocaching country souvenirs on Monday, December 4th. If you’ve already found a geocache in any of these countries, you’ll automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Check out all of the geocaching souvenirs here.Share with your Friends:More Geocaching country souvenir: MaltaAfter learning about Malta for the first time, most people have the same reaction: a sudden urge to sell everything they own, hop on a plane, and spend the rest of their life on a beach, drinking wine, playing guitar, and (of course) geocaching.Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, 93 km (58 mi) south of Italy, 300 km (186 mi) east of Tunisia, and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya. From April through November, the climate deliciously hovers between 20 °C (68 °F) and 30 °C (86 °F).Known for its dramatic coastline, stunningly turquoise waters, countless hidden coves, phenomenal snorkeling, rich history, decorative architecture, and vibrant culture, Malta has it all. But did you knowMalta is more than just one island, it’s an archipelago, or a chain of islands. Only the three largest islands; Malta (Malta), Gozo (Għawdex) and Comino (Kemmuna), are inhabited.There are over 1,300 rock climbing routes in Malta. It actually snows on very rare occasions. The last recorded snowfall occurred on December 31, 2014. Malta has double the amount of summer sunshine and quadruple (!!!) the amount of winter sun compared to London.Now that you’re thoroughly inspired to board the next plane, here are three must-find geocaches to earn your shiny new Malta Geocaching country souvenir!The DWEJRA – GOZOEarthCache | GC3XFYV | by bern082 | D3.5/T1.5 Located on the northern island of Gozo (Għawdex), the Dwejra Inland Sea is a lagoon within the rock coastline produced by the “caving in” of the surfaces above. A narrow tunnel, called “Ghar iz-Zerqa” (Azure Cave) because of the color of the sea, cuts through the cliffs and connects to the sea. Full of octopus, cardinal fish, barracuda, and parrotfish, Jacques Cousteau once said that Dwejra was among his favorite dives.To log this EarthCache, you’ll need to answer four questions about the rocky coastline that surrounds you.Elmo, the AthleteTraditional | GC1NZ4G  | by mjtannin | D1.5 / T3 SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country souvenir: CyprusDecember 11, 2018In “News”Five new Geocaching country souvenirsDecember 4, 2017In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: IndonesiaDecember 12, 2018In “News”last_img read more

  • Maine Slashes Its Efficiency Program

    first_imgLawmakers are dismayed, but PUC says the law is clear“This decision by two members of the PUC makes absolutely no sense,” state Sen. Dawn Hill, a York Democrat, said in a written statement, according to the Press Herald. “Underfunding a program that has a proven track record of helping businesses and homeowners save money on their energy bills is a short-sighted decision.” In a statement posted at its website, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, an environmental advocacy group, said the vote was a “surprising and unfortunate development” that would cost state residents as much as $265 million a year in missed savings.The NRCM said the vote was part of a “very disturbing trend” that included an earlier PUC vote to reopen discussions on two previously approved wind farms in the state.PUC spokesman Harry Lanphear said that commissioners in favor of the cutback were simply following the letter of the law.“The law is completely clear and completely unambiguous as to how we do the calculation of the cap, and that was their decision,” he said by telephone. “The other side, some people would say that wasn’t the intent of the legislation, but the law that was passed, the law that went on the floor that was passed, was crystal clear. Our job is to implement the laws passed by the legislature and that’s what we’re doing.”After the legislation was approved, lawmakers followed up with a letter to the PUC explaining their intent that efficiency spending be capped at $60 million. Lanphear said commissioners considered the letter, but in the end decided the law as written took precedence.Electric rates won’t be going up as a result of the ruling, he said, and that current Efficiency Maine programs would not be affected.Currently, the program adds about 78 cents a month to the average residential power bill. That would have increased to about $3.13 a month if the PUC had interpreted the law as legislators had apparently intended, The Press Herald said. Utility regulators in Maine have voted to trim funding for a statewide program that pays for energy efficiency improvements in homes and businesses, from the $60 million state lawmakers said they were expecting to $22 million.Efficiency Maine, an independent agency that underwrites a variety of programs designed to reduce energy consumption, gets money from several sources, including a surcharge on electric bills. The vote by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on March 17 affects the amount of money that can be collected and spent on efficiency programs such as weatherization, heating system upgrades, and more efficient lighting.The 2-1 vote was part of a rule-making followup to legislation passed in 2013. Flabbergasted lawmakers said their intent for a $60 million cap was clear, but regulators said they were simply following the letter of the law.A clerical mistake in the bill as it left committee — the omission of the word “and” — may be to blame, according to a report in The Portland Press Herald.The vote doesn’t affect current spending plans, but it if left uncorrected will be a blow. Efficiency Maine’s fiscal report for 2014 said the program had invested $36 million in efficiency upgrades last year that would save $192 million in long-term avoided energy costs. Benefits directly affected 261,000 participants last year.Michael Stoddard, Efficiency Maine’s executive director, said by phone it was still up in the air exactly how the reduced funding would affect the agency’s program. If left as is, changes would kick in with the budget year that begins July 1, 2016last_img read more

  • Ram temple a symbol of self-respect: VHP

    first_imgThe Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya is a symbol of Hindu religious sentiments and self-respect, Vishwa Hindu Parishad secretary general Milind Parande has said.Speaking to the media in the city on Sunday, Mr. Parande termed the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit as “the victory of truth” and a result of the struggle and sacrifices made by lakhs of Hindus. “As the Supreme Court has asked the Central government to organise a trust for the construction of the temple, we hope that the government soon takes steps for it,” he said.The VHP secretary general also took on the Kerala government on the Sabarimala temple controversy, saying it is the intent of the ruling party to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindu devotees.“The VHP does not worry about being a part of the trust committee, but we believe that the construction [of the Ram temple] should be done according to the wishes of Hindu society… The temple should be constructed with the money of Hindu society as it’s the Hindu society’s temple, and it should not become a government temple,” Mr. Parande said.Given that the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided to file a review petition against the Ayodhya verdict, Mr. Parande said it was their right to file a review petition, although the decision of Supreme Court was very balanced. “They had the time in the 40-day hearings to prove that the disputed land had a Muslim graveyard or it was an empty land, but they failed to prove it.” He said if the AIMPLB thought the demolition of the Babri mosque was illegal, it should also think of the temple at that site, which he claimed was demolished before the mosque.Mr. Parande said neither the VHP nor the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas had asked for any donations for the temple construction in the recent times, and warned people not to believe in rumours.Hee also accused the Communist Party of Kerala of hurting religious feelings of Hindu devotees by trying to portray the Sabarimala temple issue as one of discrimination towards women.The VHP secretary general also accused the Kerala government and Christian missionaries of wanting to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus, for which, they are using the Sabarimala issue. Mr. Parande was in Mumbai to attend an annual function of a home for cancer patients managed by the VHP.last_img read more