29 September 2005South African Nobel prize winners JM Coetzee and Aaron Klug have been awarded the Order of Mapungubwe by President Thabo Mbeki.“John Maxwell Coetzee is awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in gold for his exceptional contribution in the field of literature and for putting South Africa on the world stage,” said Frank Chikane, chancellor of national orders, at the awards ceremony at the Union Buildings in Tshwane on Tuesday.Lithuanian-born Klug received the Order of Mapungubwe in the gold class for his contributions to medicine. Coetzee won the Nobel prize for literature in 2002, and Klug the Nobel prize for chemistry in 1982.At the latest national orders ceremony, 24 South Africans and one foreigner were awarded the highest civilian honours the country can bestow: the Order of Mapungubwe, Order of Ikhamanga, Order of the Companions of OR Tambo and Mendi Decoration for Bravery.Also on the orders list were actor John Kani, playwright Athol Fugard, geneticist Himladevi Soodyall, poet NP van Wyk Louw, soccer star Lucas Radebe and journalist Henry “Mr Drum” Nxumalo.“For all time, these men and women will be honoured as esteemed members of these orders, subject to the precedence and authority of our national anthem, our national flag and our national coat of arms, which represent the highest repositories of our common nationhood,” Mbeki said at the ceremony.He said the recipients deserved high tribute for what they had done to enrich others’ lives and “to make it possible for our diverse nation to proclaim itself an adherent of the ancient values of ubuntu”.“The people of South Africa salute and express their humble gratitude through the national orders to the distinguished men and women who are the stars of our firmament, by admitting them to the ranks of those who belong to the esteemed national orders of the Cradle of Humanity, the high pedestals on which will stand the human beings who have made it possible for us to live and develop in a world of freedom, without the fetters of oppression,” Mbeki said.The full list of the latest recipients is as follows: Order of Mapungubwe The Order of Mapungubwe is awarded to South African citizens for excellence and exceptional achievement. JM Coetzee (gold) – for his exceptional contribution in the field of literature. Coetzee’s first book, Dusklands, was published in 1974. In the Heart of the Country (1977) won South Africa’s then principal literary award, the CNA Prize. Waiting for the Barbarians (1980) received international notice. His reputation was confirmed by The Life and Times of Michael K (1983), which won the Booker Prize. It was followed by Foe (1986), Age of Iron (1990), The Master of Petersburg (1994), and Disgrace (1999), which again won the Booker Prize. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 2002. Aaron Klug (gold) – for his contributions to medicine. The Lithuanian-born British physicist and chemist moved to South Africa at the age of two. He graduated with a science degree from Wits University and studied crystallography at UCT before moving to England. He won the 1982 Nobel prize in chemistry for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and was knighted in 1988. Frank Nabarro (silver) – for contributions to science. Nabarro is professor emeritus in the department of physics at Wits University and one of the world’s experts in dislocation theory. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering, a platinum medallist of the British Institute of Materials, a former president of the Royal Society of South Africa and a founder member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Tebello Nyokong (bronze) – for contributions to science. Nyokong is a professor in physical inorganic chemistry at Rhodes University. She won the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Award in 2003, and the Woman of the Year Award for Science and Technology in 2004. Himladevi Soodyall (bronze) – for contributions to science. Soodyall is director of the MRC/NHLS/Wits Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research Unit at Wits University. Her research has shown that living Khoisan populations have retained some of the ancestral DNA signatures found in modern humans, making southern Africa the most likely geographic region for the origin of our species. Order of iKhamanga The Order of iKhamanga is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. NP van Wyk Louw (gold) – posthumously awarded for his contribution to literature and promotion of African languages. An academic, Louw’s prestige derived in particular from his exceptional poetic skills. The Rijksuniversiteit of Utrecht in the Netherlands, which rarely confers honorary degrees, awarded him an honorary doctorate. He won the most prestigious Afrikaans literary prize, the Hertzog Prize, five times. Although a fierce opponent of Hendrik Verwoerd’s apartheid regime, Louw viewed himself as an Afrikaans nationalist. He was one of the first thinkers to support language rights for the speakers of African languages. Archibald Campbell Jordan (gold) – posthumously awarded for his contribution to literature. A novelist, literary historian and intellectual pioneer of African studies in South Africa, Jordan’s publications include Kwezo Mpindo zeTsitsa, a book on short stories published in 1973 as Tales from Southern Africa, and a pioneering critical study entitled Towards an African Literature: the Emergence of Literary Form in Xhosa (1972). Lucas Radebe (silver) – for his achievements in sport. Radebe is a former captain of the South African soccer squad, former captain of Leeds United, and South Africa’s most capped soccer player. Henry Nxumalo (silver) – posthumously awarded for excellence in South African journalism. Nxumalo, affectionately known as “Mr Drum”, was a journalist for the legendary Drum magazine of 1950s South Africa. His work brought to life both the hardships and absurdities of life under apartheid and the hope and vibrancy of the mixed-race community of Sophiatown. Allina Ndebele (silver) – for her contribution to the arts. Her tapestries depict Bible stories and African myths and legends. Sophie Mgcina (silver) – her excellent musical contribution to, and achievement in, theatre and film. Mgcina is a veteran actress who has appeared in the films A Good Man in Africa (1994), A Dry White Season (1989), Cry Freedom (1987) and Dingaka (1965). Stephanus Lombaard (silver) – for his athletic achievements and for serving as a role model to South Africans. Lombaard is the winner of seven gold and two silver medals at the paralympic games in 1996, 2000 and 2004. John Kani (silver) – for his contribution to theatre. An acclaimed actor, director and playwright, Kani is executive trustee of the Market Theatre Foundation, founder and director of the Market Theatre Laboratory and chairman of the National Arts Council of SA. Athol Fugard (silver) – for his contribution to theatre. South Africa’s most famous playwright, Fugard’s work mainly explores the tensions of life under apartheid and includes Boesman and Lena, Sizwe Bansi is Dead and the more recent Exits and Entrances. He describes himself as an Afrikaner writing in English. Peter Edward Clarke (silver) – for his contribution to the arts and literature. Clarke is a poet, writer and visual artist. Marjorie Wallace (bronze) – posthumously awarded for her contribution to the arts. Born in Scotland, Wallace promoted, tutored and advised black and coloured artists. Mahlatini and the Mahotella Queens (bronze) – Nobesuthu Gertrude Mbadu, Hilda Tloubatla and Nontsomi Mildred Mangxola of the group Mahotella Queens were awarded for their contributions to traditional music, with their long-time collaborator Mahlatini Nkabinde receiving a posthumous award. Tebogo Mogkalagadi (bronze) – for his outstanding achievement in paralympics and serving as a role model to all South Africans. Mogkalagadi is a paralympic gold medallist. Mendi Decoration for Bravery The Mendi Decoration for Bravery is awarded to South African citizens who have performed an extraordinary act of bravery that placed their lives in great danger, or who lost their own lives including in trying to save the life of another person, or by saving property, in or outside South Africa. Solomon Mahlangu (gold) – posthumously awarded for his role in the freedom struggle. He was executed by the apartheid government in 1979. Grant Kirkland (silver) – for saving the life of a fellow surfer who was attacked by a shark in April 2004. Simon Mthombeni (bronze) – for saving the victims of a light aeroplane crash near Pretoria in 1991. Order of the Companions of OR Tambo The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo is awarded to heads of state and other foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa. It is an order of peace, cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support.Sheik Yusuf (gold) – posthumously awarded for his contribution to the struggle against colonialism. Yusuf fought Dutch colonialism in southeast Asia during the 1600s. He was exiled from Western Java to the Cape in 1694 by the Dutch East India Company for his allegiance to Javanese ruler Sultan Ageng. Yusuf’s residence at Zandfliet farm in the Cape subsequently became a place of pilgrimage for Muslim people in the area. 2005 national orders awards – I2004 national orders awards – I2004 national orders awards – II2003 national orders awards2002 national orders awardsSouth Africa’s national ordersOrders for ‘ordinary people’ SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Solskjaer: Man Utd not about STUPID square and backpassesby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it’s important the team plays in the club’s best traditions.Until now he has been careful not to criticise the work of his predecessor, but he looks to have let his guard down for the first time in an interview with Malaysian TV station Astro Supersport.Solskjaer said: “Man Utd is built around, attacking football and going forwards, not stupid square and backpasses.”The comment about square passes is thought to have been a direct reference to the style of play he discovered in his squad when he arrived just before Christmas. Solskjaer joined Teddy Sheringham on Astro Supersport after the 1-0 win over Tottenham, and was asked by his former team-mate what he needed to change.The United boss said: “The first thing you talk about is that you do need to smile when you are a Manchester United player, you do enjoy it because when it’s over, you miss it.“It’s about at attacking, it’s about pace, power, attack quickly.”I know we didn’t have the best of pace but we still attacked.“That’s what Man Utd is built around, attacking football and going forwards, not stupid square and backpasses.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The federal government says it will monitor underwater ship and mammal noise in British Columbia’s Salish Sea to help develop measures to support the recovery of endangered southern resident killer whales.Terry Beech, parliamentary secretary to the transportation minister, announced the measures as his government is set to face new scrutiny on the impacts of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on the threatened species.A court ruling found the National Energy Board failed to assess the pipeline project’s effects on the marine environment and the government has asked the board to reconsider that part of the review by Feb. 22. The project would increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold and whale experts argue there is already too much traffic for the 74-member southern resident whale population to survive.Beech says Transport Canada will spend $1.6 million on measures including deploying an underwater hydrophone, or listening device, at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea.He also says the department will carry out a four-year project to better predict propeller noise and hull vibration of a vessel.
By Paula AstihBEIRUT– The minister confirmed that his country nevertheless planned to take part in the event.Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said Tuesday that his country had not yet received a formal invitation to attend the Geneva II conference on the Syria crisis, slated for later this month. “Lebanon hasn’t received anything to this effect,” Mansour told Anadolu Agency.He confirmed, however, that his country nevertheless planned to take part in the event.The Geneva II conference, set to kick off on January 22, is ostensibly aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in violence-wracked Syria.Syria has been in the throes of conflict since 2011 when a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad escalated into civil war following a violent government crackdown.According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict to date.
The Oakland Raiders had the option of selecting highly touted wide receiver Calvin Johnson or quarterback JaMarcus Russell as their No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL draft, and selected Russell, who ended up being categorized as a “bust.” But now Russell is attempting a comeback, according to Yahoo! Sports.Russell’s last snap came in 2009 with the Raiders, but he has been away from the NFL for the last two seasons. He received tryouts from the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in 2010, but now finds himself trying to resurrect what once was deemed as a promising career.“My first year out, I couldn’t watch football, but after a while, I couldn’t keep the TV off,” Russell said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “I got that itchy feeling but now I gotta watch it, gotta watch.”The 27-year-old Russell was heavily criticized throughout his collegiate and professional career for his weight. When he entered the league he was 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds. He has picked up even more weight since his absence. Now Russell has dropped from 320 to 308 pounds by focusing on his cardio conditioning in the last six weeks.“The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family,” he said. “People would say (that) I didn’t love the game but that pisses me off. People don’t know the real you, but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do. People are always saying that I’m a bust. I want show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”The next couple of months will be one of Russell’s biggest tests of commitment to reclaiming his future in the league. He will work with a plethora of former NFL players and personnel to get into better physical shape and retool his memory. Jeff Garcia, Marshall Faulk and Olympian Ato Boldon are some of the people he will be working with.Russell will still need to prove that he has changed from the man who was arrested in July 2010 for possession of codeine syrup without a prescription.“I’m not looking for a pat on the shoulder from people who haven’t been there for me,” Russell said.One step that Russell has taken is speaking to youth groups about his arrest and poor decision making.But he is determined that the decision to make a comeback will be the right choice in the long run.“It’s going to feel good to go back out there again,” Russell said. “I will make this happen.”
Coach Urban Meyer stands in front of the team before the Buckeyes take the field against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe enterprise that is college football continues to grow with social media branding, television deals and other sources of revenue. All factors emphasize the importance of signing one of the best play callers in the country, but that comes at a price.On Wednesday, USA Today released a compiled database of the 2016 salaries of all NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision coaches. At the top were arguably the three best coaches in the NCAA: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Alabama coach Nick Saban and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.Meyer is ranked third out of 128 coaches with a 2016 total salary of $6,094,800.Meyer trails only Harbaugh and Saban, respectively, for the largest income of Division I coaches. Harbaugh tops the charts at $9,004,000, more than $2 million higher than Saban’s $6,939,395. USA Today lists Harbaugh’s maximum bonus at $1,325,000, while Meyer’s maximum bonus is $775,000.Not all of Meyer’s payment is coming from OSU. The school pays Meyer a maximum of $6,003,000, with all bonuses factored in, and Meyer received $91,800 for “other pay.” OSU said the $91,800 was meant to cover travel costs associated with outside engagements, and any leftover money was directed to the Shelley and Urban Meyer Family Foundation.The most recent outside-income form available to USA Today was due to be filed by Sept. 10, 2015, and lists Meyer as having generated a total of $801,450 in “cash and/or goods and services for charities.” That number includes $696,450 he raised for his family’s charity.Meyer had $250,000 of his possible bonuses paid in the 2015-16 season.
Luis Suarez believes Barcelona were top class in their 5-1 drubbing of rivals Real Madrid without Lionel Messi in Sunday’s Clasico.The Catalans were in fine fettle at Camp Nou and Suarez helped himself with a hat-trick alongside goals from Coutinho and Vidal to further complicate issues for Julen Lopetegui.Injured Lionel Messi was in the stands and would surely be impressed by the performance of his teammates.“[Messi] is the best in the world, always a plus,” Suarez told FourFourTwo. “But what we’ve done is shown the level of football this team is capable of. We’re behind the manager and we love the club.”Give me 🖐 pic.twitter.com/wClG6dWjTi— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 28, 2018Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Madrid had threatened a fightback when Marcelo scored early in the second half, but Suarez delighted in taking advantage of the space as the visitors flooded forward.“They came out obviously wanting to turn the game around,” he said. “They made it 2-1, they had a couple of chances.“We thought, in general, the team played very well and were able to respond. Madrid were leaving a lot of spaces and we knew we could take advantage of that.”But Suarez is not writing off ninth-placed Madrid, adding: “Every player and every team can suffer a poor game and a poor performance.“You just have to keep trying and pulling together as a team. These are situations you can understand. They can happen to everyone.”
The Paris Saint-Germain coach is keeping quiet especially about Edinson Cavani’s chance of playing on Tuesday against NapoliUruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been struggling with injury for some time.But Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel won’t confirm if the South American will be able to play tomorrow night against Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.“I can’t say, it’s Monday afternoon so I can’t say who will play,” Tuchel said according to Football Italia.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Cavani is with us and he’s trained, we’ll see later.”“You always say that we’re favorites, that Napoli are small or outsiders. We know it’s a huge challenge though, the 2-2 in the first game was well deserved. We could have done better but for 30 minutes we were not at our level,” he added.“Napoli are a strong team, they’ve been playing together for a long time. They have an understanding, quality, and defensive discipline.”“It’ll be a big challenge but we want to win, this is the second half after the 2-2 in the first. We’re coming off two beautiful games against Marseille and Lille,” he commented.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 30, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS A PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 6AMGENERAL SITUATION: AN AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER NEAR CUBA COMBINED WITH A MID TO UPPER LEVEL LOW OVER FLORIDA WILL CONTINUE TO PUMP DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE ACROSS THE BAHAMAS RESULTING IN UNSETTLED WEATHER ACROSS MOSTLY THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG NORTH AND EAST COAST BEACHES.NORTHWEST BAHAMASWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY, HOT AND HUMID WITH A FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHTADVISORY: BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS:SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND HOT WITH THE CHANCE OF A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHTADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT CAUTION REMAINS IN EFFECT.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE 92 °F 33 °COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE 77 °F 25 °CSUNRISE: 7:02AM SUNSET: 6:57 PMMOONRISE: 3:43PM MOONSET: 3:01AM SUNLOW TIDE: 10:12AM & 10:02PMHIGH TIDE: 4:33PM & 4:59AM SUNEXTENDED FORECAST: (FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS) TROPICAL MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO STREAM ACROSS THE ISLANDS OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS.FORECAST FOR SUNDAYWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND HOT WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMSWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTSSEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEANFORECAST FOR MONDAYWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND HOT WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMSWINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTSSEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET OVER THE OCEANTROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK:1. SEE LATEST NEWS ITEMS ON MARIA AND LEE.2. The interaction of a weak low pressure area over central Florida and an upper-level low over the Gulf of Mexico is producing disorganized cloudiness and showers that extend from the northwestern Caribbean Sea northward across much of the Florida peninsula and the adjacent waters. Due to the low’s interaction with land and an expected increase of upper-level winds over the weekend, the likelihood of this system’s development appears to be decreasing. Locally heavy rainfall is still anticipated over portions of western Cuba, the Florida Keys, and the Florida peninsula during the next several days while the system moves slowly northward and then westward near northern Florida and the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. This has a low chance of formation over the next 5 days.3. A tropical wave interacting with an upper-level low is producing widespread cloudiness and showers extending from the eastern Caribbean Sea northeastward across the Lesser Antilles to the nearby Atlantic waters. Upper-level winds are not expected to be conducive for development while this system moves west-northwestward to westward at 10 to 15 mph during the next few days. However, locally heavy rainfall is expected over portions of the northern Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles during the next several days, with a Flash Flood Watch in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through late Sunday night. Formation chance over the next 5 days are low.FORECASTER: SHEZELLE MATHER /C.G. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: