New Mandela book released

first_imgConversations with Myself givesreaders a glimpse into the inner lifeof Nelson Mandela. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello HatangInformation communications manager, NelsonMandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela: a remarkable 92 years • Mandela Day now a global event • World leaders praise Mandela • Mandela’s African tales fight Aids• More than just a celluloid MandelaJanine ErasmusA new book that features writings in former president Nelson Mandela’s own hand has been released internationally in 20 languages, from Turkish to Catalan. The book is available in stores and online from 12 October 2010.Conversations with Myself was compiled by the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue from priceless material held in the elder statesman’s personal archives.Here the reader will get a glimpse of the man behind the leader and international icon, from previously unavailable material such as private recorded conversations, journal entries, interview transcripts and draft speechesThe 344-page Conversations with Myself includes notations on desk calendars, interviews, and letters written to his family during Mandela’s 27 years of imprisonment, 18 of them spent on Robben Island.The book also features an unfinished sequel to his best-selling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, which was co-written with Time managing editor Richard Stengel.“Here he is making notes and even doodling during meetings,” says a statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation, “or recording troubled dreams on the desk calendar of his cell on Robben Island; writing journals while on the run during the anti-apartheid struggle or conversing with friends”.Neither an icon nor a saintThe book, says the foundation, shows the former president, now 92 years old, to be neither an icon nor a saint, but a person just like everyone else.The foreword was written by US President Barack Obama. “Nelson Mandela reminds us that he has not been a perfect man,” wrote Obama. “Like all of us, he has his flaws. But it is precisely those imperfections that should inspire each and every one of us.”“You have publicly said that you should not be treated as a saint,” concurred struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada, who was present when an advance copy of the book was placed into Mandela’s hands in August 2010. “Because you’ve got shortcomings like all human beings have … but this here is in your own words.”Kathrada added that the publication was unprecedented, because much has been written about Mandela in his home country and elsewhere in the world, but there’s hardly anything available in his own words.“There’s just nothing like it,” he said.“A little more than two decades after I made my first foray into political life and the divestment movement as a college student in California, I stood in Mandela’s former cell in Robben Island,” said Obama in the foreword. “I was a newly elected senator. By then, the cell had been transformed from a prison to a monument to the sacrifice that was made by so many on behalf of South Africa’s peaceful transformation.”Obama wrote that he tried to put himself in the place of the person with that famous prisoner number 466/64, to imagine what it must have been like for him. “I tried to imagine Mandela – the legend who had changed history – as Mandela the man who had sacrificed so much for change. Conversations with Myself does the world an extraordinary service in giving us that picture of Mandela the man.”Published in South Africa by Pan MacMillan, Conversations with Myself is available in hardback, as an audio book, and from as a Kindle ebook. Sales of the book will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1998:more-than-just-a-celluloid-mandela&catid=42:landnews&Itemid=110last_img read more

Modified relay intercropping: Now is the time to make sure the plan will work

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jason Hartschuh, CCA, Ohio State University ExtensionIt is time for modified relay intercropping planting of soybeans into growing wheat. This is a very versatile system working across multiple row spacing’s and planting dates. Eighteen years of MRI soybean planting have been done in Bucyrus with wheat yields averaging 75 bushels per acre and soybean yields of 33 bushels per acre. Over the past 3 years we have had outstanding double crop soybeans, but MRI has out yielded them by about 10 bushels per acre averaging 42 bushels per acre. One challenge though is that straw cannot be baled in the MRI system but can be in double-cropping. The lower price of soybeans and higher price of straw is driving more producers to double-crop soybeans.During these 18 years we have worked with multiple row spacing’s, seeding rates, and planting dates each with success and challenges. The easiest systems we have worked in is wide rows, either 15 inch or twin row wheat, wheat rows are 8 inches apart on 30-inch centers leaving a 22-inch gap. These two systems require much less equipment modifications and prior planning than 10-inch rows. In order to plant MRI soybeans in 10-inch wheat rows you should have planned ahead last fall and left tram lines, wheel passes in the field, where your tractor and planter tires can run.Since your wheat is planted and row spacing is determined, we will focus on soybean management. We have seen soybean-planting dates from May 1 through mid-June with the most common planting date being late May through early June at Wheat Feekes growth stage 10.1 thought 10.5. The early May planting date only works in wide row wheat, this early planting date in 10-inch wheat leads to tall spindly soybeans that fall over after harvest. The best soybean yields have come from planting as close to Feekes 10.1 as possible, but planting much earlier than that often leads to tall soybeans that are clipped during wheat harvest. Some producers do prefer an early May/Late April planting date before wheat stem elongation, which allows for easier planting since the wheat is not damaged by planter tires driving over it. In order to manage the soybeans being as tall as the wheat at harvest producers are putting cutter guards on their grain head that pushes the soybeans down and protect them from the cutter bar. These producers are often also using special tires on their combines or at least using duals on the combine and straddling the soybeans rows. Early planted soybeans driven over at wheat harvest usually do not survive.When selecting soybean varieties look for the highest yielding conventional variety. We have seen the highest yields from the longest season varieties for your area. Short season varieties start flowering to soon and usually do not achieve full canopy closer. Usually during MRI planting higher seeding rates of 200,000 seeds per acre is recommended because mice and insects that live in the wheat field feed on young soybean plants. As we have improved our planting equipment, we have also been able to decrease our recommended seeding rates from 250,000 to 200,000 seeds per acre. In our studies with early June seeding rates we have seen seeding rates of 150,000 seeds per acre maximize yields. The most important part when lowering your seeding rates is to make sure you have good planting equipment that creates good seed to soil contact protecting the seedlings during germination. If this is your first year intercropping, now is the time to take your planter to the field and make sure it fits through your wheat rows and make adjustments so that the planter does not drive over the wheat. You may also need to make spreaders that push the wheat away from your row units if they barely fit in the row since the wheat will be thicker by Feekes 10.5.last_img read more

Tigresses on cusp of first title shot in eight years

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Out of rhythm in return, Marcio Lassiter working to get touch back in Game 2 The victory put the Tigresses on track toward making the title series for the first time in eight years as La Salle would now have to beat Santo Tomas two straight times to advance.The league’s best attacking team used its advantage to the hilt in carving out the win, and the Tigresses are not expected to divert from that game plan when they shoot for the all-important win in their Final Four matchup Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the midst of the hysteria, Santo Tomas coach Kungfu Reyes said he wanted to savor the win for a little bit.“It’s a beautiful feeling we have now. We have the twice-to-beat [edge] for the first time in a long while,” said Reyes in Filipino. “This is history for me.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Making the most of the deadly guns that it has, University of Santo Tomas imposed its brand of game and put three-time defending champion La Salle in dire straits Wednesday night.UST knocked La Salle down to No. 3 and moved within another win of barging into the finals of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament after a masterful 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19 victory at jampacked Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT The Tigresses, who have now won five straight, also put the Lady Spikers in a dicey situation as it marked the first time in 10 seasons La Salle won’t have a twice-to-beat edge.“But my concern now is how to [physically] recover, it has been a rough playoffs,” said Reyes. “We need to be refreshed because the real war will be on Sunday.”UST top player and main Most Valuable Player contender Sisi Rondina scored 29 points as the Tigresses outgunned the Lady Spikers, 52-33.“I only had one thing in mind, and that was to win this match,” said Rondina, as she shrugged off chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!,” every time she served.Prized rookie Eya Laure added 17 points, while Ysa Jimenez and Caitlin Viray added a total of 15 more for the Tigresses.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti happy with Coppa win over Benevento

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti happy with Coppa win over Beneventoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti was pleased with their Coppa Italia triumph over Benevento.Inter won the round of 16 clash 6-2.”I told (Benevento Coach Cristian) Bucchi after the final whistle that he ought to be proud of that performance,” Spalletti said on Inter TV.“When we went 4-0 up, there was the risk they would stop playing and our attitude was one of assuming it was over, but they constantly pushed forward to harass us off the ball. It was a real game and a difficult one.“I compliment my team, because they proved themselves very professional in their approach during the week building up to it. There is the risk of getting distracted and embarrassed, the way we were last year, so this result is a step forward.“I was impressed with the players who haven’t been on the field as much this season, such as Andrea Ranocchia, Daniele Padelli, Antonio Candreva and Roberto Gagliardini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoLascelles motivates Newcastle for ‘six-pointer’ with Brighton

first_imgLascelles motivates Newcastle for ‘six-pointer’ with Brightonby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has branded Saturday’s clash with Brighton as a “six-pointer”.Both clubs are expected to fight to stay in the Premier League at the tail-end of the season.The 25-year-old said: “We’ve had another tough run to the start of the season. Playing Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal is a tough start for anyone.”We’ve played some good football, and now against Brighton we need to be really pushing to get the three points out of that game.”These games are six-pointers. At home to Brighton, we’ve definitely got to fancy ourselves.”They could be competition for us, so anyone who’s going to be in and around us, we need to be taking points from. Saturday is the right time to do that.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ranking The SEC Teams’ Schedules By Difficulty

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The SEC is an absolute grind. The West has long been considered the toughest division in college football, and the East may be back on the up-swing with teams like Florida and Tennessee showing signs of life recently. Add in the league’s penchant for scheduling big-time non-conference opponents early, and the vast majority of these teams refuse to take it easy.A few months ago, we ranked the easiest and most difficult schedules in all of college football. Only one SEC team made our ‘easy’ list, while a third of the most difficult list was made up by SEC programs. The preseason edition of ESPN’s Football Power Index strength of schedule rankings is incredibly bullish on the entire SEC, with eight of the conference’s teams in the top 20.Which team has the hardest schedule of them all, and who is taking it (relatively) easy? Here is our ranking of the 14 SEC teams’ schedules by difficulty.Next: No. 14 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15last_img read more

Northwest Territories to create specialized RCMP unit for cold cases

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsThe Northwest Territories government is spending more than $300,000 to create a special RCMP unit dedicated to investigating missing people and unsolved murder cases.The news comes almost a month after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls held hearings in Yellowknife.Freda Cardinal was among the many families at the hearings who pitched a specialized cold case unit for the Northwest Territories. Cardinal’s sister, Stella Cardinal, has been missing since the 1970s.Hers is one of 71 unsolved historical cases in the region.“I feel good about it in a way but where is it going from here is what I would like to know,” Cardinal said, adding she hopes the families will have a say in the creation of the unit. “Are they going to do some follow up with the recommendations and have something for us, some information? We need to know.”A total of $304,000 is budgeted for the unit which would consist of three members to organize, catalogue and investigate cases of suspicious deaths, unsolved homicides, missing persons and unidentified human remains.Currently the major crimes unit is responsible for these cases.last_img read more

The NBA Playoffs Sleepers Favorites And Best FirstRound Matchups

CARM-Elo chancesVegas chances 8Timberwolves47-3515651<110 How Elo is forecasting the Western Conference playoffsAs of April 12 7Bucks44-3815001<120 TeamRecordRatingWin Conf.Win TitleWin Conf.Win Title 2Warriors58-241628844435 376ers52-3016593011175 Statistical favorite: After years of taking a backseat as Golden State dominated our pre-playoff predictions, the Houston Rockets are now front-runners to win the West. Specifically, CARM-Elo gives soon-to-be MVP James Harden and friends a 57 percent chance of making their first NBA Finals appearance this summer. Incredulous? Fine, but doubt Houston at your own peril. Remember that this season’s Rockets team shares many of the same characteristics with the Warriors back when Golden State was first making the climb toward transcendence. Teams that produce all-time great seasons like Houston has this season tend to win NBA titles at a tremendously high rate. Nothing in the regular-season numbers suggests that the Rockets should be anything other than solid favorites to take the conference — if not more.Betting favorite: There is a huge disparity between the chance our model gives the Golden State Warriors of winning the championship and what the betting markets say. CARM-Elo gives the defending NBA champs only an 8 percent chance of winning the West, tied to the team’s relatively unexceptional 58-win campaign that ended with Steph Curry injured and Steve Kerr calling his team out over a series of listless final-month losses. And yet, Golden State remains the betting market’s Western Conference co-favorite (alongside the Rockets), with an implied 44 percent chance of going to the NBA Finals for a fourth-straight season. Similar to the situation with the Cavaliers, the Warriors’ strong odds can be attributed to disagreement over how much we should read into a talented team’s regular-season struggles. The oddsmakers are clearly putting a lot more weight on Golden State’s track record than what we’ve seen on the court in 2017-18 — and considering how well we know the Warriors are capable of playing, that’s probably a good call.Dark horse: The West is so crazy that we could highlight a few teams here, but the Utah Jazz stand out in particular. According to CARM-Elo, they rank as the NBA’s third-best team going into the playoffs — trailing only the Rockets and Raptors — even after making our adjustment for playoff experience (of which the Jazz have very little). Utah put itself in a bit of an unfortunate position by losing to Portland on the final day of the regular season, which dropped the Jazz from the No. 3 seed down to No. 5. As a result, Utah lost home-court advantage in the first round, and the formidable Thunder were locked in as its first-round opponent. (It also set them up for a potential second-round collision course with the Rockets.) Even so, our model lists the Jazz as tied with OKC for the second-best chances of winning the West, and they could prove a dangerous opponent for the top seeds if they make it out of the first round.Best first-round series: CARM-Elo says the closest matchup of the first round is the aforementioned clash between the Thunder and Jazz. Oklahoma City is a slim favorite at 52 percent, by virtue of having home-court advantage. But these teams are very evenly matched: Both posted 48-34 records, and only 5 points of CARM-Elo separate their ratings. This one might be a referendum of sorts on the importance of playoff seasoning — the Jazz are the least-experienced team in the postseason field, while the Thunder rank fourth-highest behind only the Cavaliers, Warriors and Spurs. That edge might be enough to push OKC over the top, although whoever wins the prize likely has a date with the Rockets in the next round. Enjoy these teams while they last.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (April 12, 2018, 4:45 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the possibility of the Utah Jazz facing the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round if the Jazz had won their final game. Although Utah would have been the No. 3 seed if it had won, it could have played several different teams depending on the results of other games. 8Wizards43-391487<1<121 TeamRecordRatingWin Conf.Win TitleWin Conf.Win Title 5Pacers48-3415473<110 How Elo is forecasting the Eastern Conference playoffsAs of April 12 Statistical favorite: The numbers say this might finally be a breakthrough year for the Toronto Raptors, who are in the playoffs for a fifth straight season but have only one conference finals appearance (and zero NBA Finals berths) to show for it. Everything seemed to come together for Toronto this season, from a mega-efficient offense to a defense that improved to fifth-best in basketball. Add in a career year from DeMar DeRozan and a world-beating second unit, and the result was the top seed in the East — with a 42 percent chance to win the conference, according to CARM-Elo. That number is much higher than the 30 percent chance that CARM-Elo is giving the 76ers, the team our model thinks has the second-best chance of making it to the NBA Finals. And it’s hugely better than the 14 percent we’re giving the three-time defending conference champion Cavaliers. If the regular-season indicators mean anything, Toronto has earned every bit of its favorite status.Betting favorite: Another year, another case of the stats underrating the Cleveland Cavaliers’ chances in the East. Our model struggled to assess the Cavs last season too, and LeBron James’s squad proved the data wrong by tearing through the East with only one loss en route to the NBA Finals. The same scenario is shaping up to happen this season — and Vegas knows it. That’s probably why the Cavs are favored by the markets to win the conference again (albeit as less of a favorite than in the past), despite a regular season that was unimpressive by the standards of a LeBron team. In the battle between skepticism over Cleveland’s inconsistent form and trust that James can will his team to an eighth consecutive NBA Finals,2Including his time with Miami and his second stint in Cleveland. the bettors are still giving LeBron the benefit of the doubt.Dark horse: Although our ratings are higher on the Philadelphia 76ers than the Las Vegas odds are, both predictions think the Sixers are an intriguing pick to contend for the East crown. On the one hand, Philly’s near-total lack of playoff seasoning is a troublesome indicator for the postseason, where experience matters more than we sometimes acknowledge. (A late-season injury to star big man Joel Embiid also complicates matters; Embiid is recovering but probably won’t be ready for Game 1 of Philadelphia’s opening series with the Heat.) But Philadelphia is loaded with talent, from Embiid down low to likely rookie of the year Ben Simmons at the point and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, who on Wednesday became the youngest player to post a triple-double. The Sixers are also playing at something close to peak form going into the playoffs, having won 16 straight games to close out the regular season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the longest winning streak ever for a team entering the playoffs, and it’s one big reason why both our model and the Vegas odds list Philly as the only East team other than Cleveland or Toronto with a double-digit probability of winning the conference title.Best first-round series: The East doesn’t have as many quality first-round duels as the West, but the Celtics and Bucks should be an interesting matchup. Boston lost its star player, Kyrie Irving, with just a week to go before the playoffs. The Celtics have home-court advantage and enough supporting talent to win a postseason series without Irving, but the onus will be on Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier to cap off their breakout seasons with great playoff performances. On the Milwaukee side, the Bucks have largely underachieved this season, although they’ve been slightly better after firing Jason Kidd in January. They also have the best individual player in the series by far, according to’s Value Over Replacement Player, in Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak had an MVP-type season this year, and he possesses the skills to potentially take over a series all by himself. It’s been a year since the Bucks put a scare into the Raptors before losing in the first round, and Milwaukee could be poised to actually win this time around. 1Raptors59-23168342%17%29%7% 3Trail Blazers49-3316126332 4Thunder48-3416589532 Vegas odds based on the implied probability of betting line.Source: 1Rockets65-17177257%44%44%35% 7Spurs47-3516226310 5Jazz48-3416639531 2Celtics55-2715789231 6Heat44-381491<1<110 6Pelicans48-3415954210 At long last, it’s time to put regular-season basketball in the rearview mirror and move on to the NBA’s main event — the playoffs are finally here! And FiveThirtyEight is here, too, to help predict how it’ll all go down. With the help of our CARM-Elo projection model, and the betting odds1According to as a second opinion, what follows is our survey of both the Eastern and Western Conference postseason landscapes. And in a departure from last season, when the Warriors were near-universal favorites on the eve of the playoffs, there’s actually some uncertainty in the playoff outlook this time around. Vegas odds based on the implied probability of betting line.Source: CARM-Elo ChancesVegas Chances 4Cavaliers50-3216251444510 read more

Barcelonas 43game unbeaten record – the stats

first_imgWhile they may have failed to complete their aim of going the entire league campaign unbeaten, Barcelona’s record of 43 games unbeaten in La Liga will undoubtedly stand for many years to come with the club recording some impressive stats during their 394 days undefeatedThe Spanish champions began their legendary streak on April 15 at the Nou Camp, where they defeated Real Sociedad 3-2.They remained unbeaten for the rest of their six league games in the 2016/17 season and in the process set the following stats up to May 13:34 victories and nine draws111 points122 goals scored33 concededPlayer StatsIn that 13 month period, goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen played in all but one of those 43 games and recorded 3,780 minutes on the pitch.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Lionel Messi also featured in 42 of those 43 matches and in that time the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored a club-best of both 44 goals and made 14 assists.His nearest rival was his strike partner Luis Suarez, who ranked in 29 goals and made 12 assists.Ivan Rakitic, who played in 40 of those games, topped the charts for most passes made at 2,732 passes with 2,453 completed (89.78%).(Obtained by club website)last_img read more

Barca keen on a final flourish against Spurs Pique

first_imgGerard Pique insists Barcelona are keen on beating Tottenham Hotspurs in their final Champions League group game, despite already winning the group.Spurs and Inter Milan are the two other clubs vying for the final qualification spot with the Italian giants a bit concerned the Catalans may rest several stars for the game.However, Pique’s claims will somehow bring some respite to Inter fans who will face PSV Eindhoven in their last group fixture.“Of course we’ll play to win like we always do,” Pique told Football Espana.“Our history shows this, plus we don’t want to interrupt our good run of results.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In particular, we want to win and keep another clean sheet. As for Inter and Tottenham, I hope the best team qualify.“Of course, we’ll play our game trying to win it.”Spurs will need to produce their best ever performance to get a result at the Camp Nou to make it three wins on the spin.last_img read more