Giants quarterback Eli Manning not ready to sit just yet

first_img“What do you expect?” McAdoo said. “I’m glad he said that. He’s a pro football player, that’s what he should be saying. Eli, he’s our quarterback. I have a lot of confidence in Eli. That hasn’t changed. But that doesn’t mean at some point in time, we won’t throw another guy in there to get a look at him.“Every position needs to be held accountable and every position needs to play to a high standard. The same thing goes with the coaches. And obviously, when you lose in the fashion that we lost (Sunday), it’s not good enough.”Manning has made 207 consecutive starts going back to his rookie season. If he starts this week, he will tie his brother Peyton for the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history. Brett Favre holds the record with 297 consecutive starts.The Giants are still stinging from the 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.Manning was asked about the relationship with his head coach.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Manning realizes that this has been a tough season — and there are still eight more games to play.“Hey, it’s tough for everybody,” Manning said. “It’s no fun losing games and losing players and going through stretches where you’re not winning. So, a good thing is we got eight more games and an opportunity to fix it.”NOTES: The Giants reinstated cornerback Janoris Jenkins from the suspended list. Jenkins was suspended for last week’s game against his former team when he didn’t report back to the team in time for practices last Tuesday after the bye week. … After the workout, the team announced the signing of linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who played in all 16 games for the Giants last season. The Giants are without starting linebackers Jonathan Casillas (neck) and B.J. Goodson (ankle).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “Coach and I, hey, we communicate well,” Manning said. “We have great confidence in each other and have a good relationship. I haven’t been tested. I mean, I think, hey, he’s the coach. I’m the quarterback and just trying to keep getting better and keep working.”The Giants (1-7) face the winless 0-9 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Santa Clara, California.“Hey, I think both teams need a win,” Manning said. “I think you try to play your scheme. You try to do things correctly, do things right. We got to play our game. We got to be where we need to be. Make the plays that are there.”Manning knows that he missed receivers Sterling Shepard and Tavarres King on passes that could have beentouchdowns against the Rams.“I missed Shepard on a post route that we could have made,” said Manning, who completed 20 of 36 for 220 yards and two touchdowns and an interception Sunday.“We had a couple other plays. We had drops. You had just different things that keep you out of a good down and distance. There’s always little things. There’s always things you have to correct and missed plays. We’re not in that position where we can have too many of those.”McAdoo agreed with Manning’s assessment of his play.“It’s disappointing,” McAdoo said. “We had chances down the field. We got to make those throws and make those catches. It’s pro football. We got to catch them on all opportunities like that. You don’t get many in the game. It’s just incompletions and we got to clean them up.”If McAdoo wants to go to Davis Webb, the third-round draft pick from Cal, then Webb will be ready.“My job is to be the best teammate I can be,” Webb said with Manning standing in a locker immediately toWebb’s right.“That’s my priority. I’m here to help the team win. That’s my role right now. I’m confident in anything I do. I’m confident when I’m playing checkers. I have learned so much from Eli. I’m grateful to have a teammate like him. Not many can say they’re learning from a Hall of Famer and one of the best in NFL history.” LATEST STORIEScenter_img Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. 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He said that he’s gotfaith in me and to keep grinding.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“So that’s what we’re doing. I want to play. That’s what I like to do. I like to play football and play quarterback. I understand that I got a job to do and I got to do it better and do it well and get wins and if you don’t, everybody’s job is up for grabs in this league.”McAdoo said that he was impressed that Manning was a little taken aback by the suggestion of a possible replacement. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning calls signals at an NFL football training camp Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Eli Manning of the New York Giants looks on against the Los Angeles Rams during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 5, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPEAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — Eli Manning is not ready to sit just yet.A day after New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo floated the idea that he would consider using some young players, and no position was being excluded, the two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player said that he definitely wants to keep playing.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more


first_imgWhen Ray McFeely and Bronagh Colhoun decided to launch a fund-raising campaign to send their daughter Sarah to the Peto Institite, little did they know it would be such a hair-raising experience.And when we say hair-raising we men just that – backs, moustaches, heads and many other parts we can’t mention.Because that’s exactly what took place in Letterkenny’s Central Bar as the Great Shave-off in aid of Sarah’s Smile left many men wishing they hadn’t ben so brave. Well-known DJ Brian McDaid arrived looking like Grizzly Adams and left looking like Tin Tin.Bronagh’s dad had his 40 year old moustache whipped off in an instant and one Man Utd fan even had a Liverpool crest shaved into his head for €200!One man (we think it was a man!) had so much hair on his back that he had a love-heart shaved onto it but strangely it still did not attract many women on the night.Bronagh and Ray are well on target now to raise the €6,000 needed to bring little Sarah, 3, to Budapest for her treatment later this summer. They still have a host of fundraising ventures lined up thanks to the goodwill and generosity of friends and family including a tattoo day with Extreme Tattoo in Letterkenny which took place yesterday.Bronagh says herself and Ray are very proud of Sarah and her battle against the odds.They can now add their wide circle of family and friends to that list.Keep it going guys! 40 YEAR OLD MOUSTACHE AMONG THE CHOP FOR SARAH’S SMILE! was last modified: March 3rd, 2012 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:Bronagh ColhounRay McFeelySarah’s Smilelast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal pub is to feature in a feature film called The Irish Pub.The film is available to stream or download nationwide from from tomorrow.The film includes an interview with Nan and Patricia Brennan of Brennan’s in Bundoran, two sisters who were born in a bedroom above the bar that their grandparents opened on St. Patrick’s Day 1900 and who continue to run the pub now. Featuring pubs and publicans from across the country, the film can now be streamed or downloaded to enjoy at home (even if your home isn’t close to an independent cinema).The film is a tribute to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub, or more specifically, the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The characters in this wonderful film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of THE IRISH PUB.After a successful run in cinemas, audiences nationwide can now rent the film to watch at home. By logging on to, users can decide to rent or purchase the film by streaming or downloading.For further Information, interview requests with publicans, videos or images please contact Tom Lawlor on 01 618 5032 or For Production Notes, images, trailers, posters, audio and video clips and more visit:  DONEGAL WATERING HOLE TO FEATURE IN NEW FILM ‘THE IRISH PUB’ was last modified: October 30th, 2013 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:BRENNANSbundoranfilmlast_img read more


first_imgSt Eunan’s Feile team at Celtic ParkST EUNAN’S CLUB NEWS: The Seniors advanced to the q-finals of this year’s championship as they finished top of their group after defeating N. Conaill on Saturday evening. A blistering first half display was enough to get the job done and they ran out winners by 2-15 to 3-09, this result combined with Malin’s big win sees the Glenties men exit this year’s championship.The N. Conaill Reserves fared better as they eked out a 1 point win to top the group as both teams move onto the q-finals.The Senior Hurlers travel to Burt for their opening Championship fixture this Wednesday evening, throw-in at 7:30pm. The Senior ladies host Glenfin in the first round of the Senior championship this Sunday in the Park at 12 noon.There will be a club General Meeting this Monday night (July 8th) at 7:30pm in the Clubhouse. All members are welcome to attend these meetings to keep up to date with everything happening in the club.Last weekend saw a large number of Donegal teams compete in the All-Ireland Féile that was hosted by neighbouring Derry.Our U14 boy’s team were hosted by The Loup on the banks of Lough Neagh and were very lucky to be received by such excellent hosts. The lads won their first two games against The Loup and Portglenone (Antrim) before meeting the Burren in a final group game showdown. After a slow start the boys came back to take the lead and were denied by the woodwork on 3 occasions before two late goals ended their hopes. The Burren went on to win the All-Ireland Div. 2 crown. The U14 Boys will take on Ardara this Wednesday in their championship semi-final. The U13 Boys hosted St. Anne’s from Dublin. The Dublin team went on to win the group before a semi-final defeat. The U14 girls hosted West Clare Gaels. Kilkenny City also competed in the girls group and they went on to win the Div. 2 title. The Eunan’s girls lost to West Clare in the opening game. However after falling behind to Kilkenny in the first half of that match, the girls had a storming second half, putting two goals and a point past Kilkenny and denying them any scores. The girls then went on to beat Naomh Conaill with some brilliant individual performances throughout the team. A great weekend was had by all the visiting teams and special thanks to Éamonn Doherty and Declan O’Donnell for presenting gifts to the visiting clubs. All the clubs hosted at O’Donnell Park left Donegal with a great impression of the club, its players and their families. A huge ‘thank you’ to all the parents who provided food throughout the weekend at the Park.The U-14 girls play Robert Emmetts at O’Donnell Park in the league this Saturday. Throw-in is at 10.30am and girls should be at the park no later than 9.45am. Training is in the Park at 6.30pm to 8pm this Wednesday evening.The U-12 girls host a blitz in O’Donnell Park on Wednesday. Girls should be at the park by 5.30pm with the blitz starting at 6pm.The U16 Boys finally get their league campaigns underway this Friday (July 5th) with the div. team at home to St. Michaels with the div. 2 team travelling to Cloughaneely. Games throw-in at 7:30pmThe Minor boys take on Burt in this year’s championship preliminary round over two legs with the first game at home on Wednesday, June 10th and the 2nd leg the following Wednesday away from home. The winners of this game will take on Termon in the first round / quarter-final of the Northern Board. The U12’s will make the short trip to Glenswilly for Go Games next Monday evening.The U16 hurlers will take on Setanta in the League this Thursday (4th) in O’Donnell Park at 7:30pm.Gordon and Fergal want to thank all the players, parents and supporters of the U14 hurling panel for a fantastic year. The team won the County League B with a great win over Gaels in the final, following an impressive record of success in the league, showing great improvement over the season. The championship saw a great win over Burt in the q-final, and a loss in the semi to Buncrana, who are the team of the year in U14 this year. Our Eunan’s U14 hurling team are playing at the top level of hurling in Donegal, and the players should be really proud of their hard work, commitment and achievements. The end of the U14 season does not mean the end of hurling for the players. The U12s will now play in the U12 league, and the U13’s and U14’s are all asked to play with the U16 panel, with training on Tuesday evenings at 5pm. In addition many of our U13/U14’s will represent the Donegal county team.There were 5 winners that matched 3 numbers in this week’s Lotto draw and they win €20 each. This week’s numbers are: 4-9-10-21. Odhran McGowan, Dromore; Kieran O’Loan; Hugh Kelly, Beechwood; Lee McMonagle; S. Glackin (all c/o Adrian). Next week’s jackpot is €3,400. We extend our sympathies to the McHugh family, Milford on the sad passing of John.West Clare Gaels at Celtic ParkThe St Eunan’s U-14 Feile GirlsGAA NEWS: U-14 TEAMS DO ST EUNAN’S CLUB PROUD IN FEILE was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 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:GAA NEWS: U-14 TEAMS DO ST EUNAN’S CLUB PROUD IN FEILElast_img read more


first_imgThe Grand Final of the Mr & Mrs to Be Competition takes place this Saturday night, the 9th of March at the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey. One lucky couple will emerge as the winners of a Dream Wedding Package valued at approximately €15,000 and includes everything a bride & groom could need for their big day.Thirty couples took part in a number of heats which commenced in February with Nine couples making it through to Saturday night’s final. A number of local couples took part as well as couples from as far away as Kildare each hoping to win this much sought after prize. The couples taking part include: Ciara Loughran & Eamon Keyes from Omagh, Mary Coyle & Liam Marley from Dooish, Ciara McDaid & Alan Gilgunn from Letterkenny & Kildare, Jenna McConnell & Patrick McHugh from Castlederg, Theresa Doherty & Barry Gallen from Ballybofey & Castlederg, Goretti Houston & Michael Byrne from Ballybofey, Shauna Breen & Sean Gormley from Castlederg, Louise Coyle and Kevin Doherty from Ballybofey. Aisling Shiels & Denis McBride from Raphoe.The Prize includes a wedding reception at the 4 Star Villa Rose Hotel for 150 guests including drinks reception, 5-course meal with Wine and Evening Buffet as well as Wedding Photography from Gerard McHugh Photography, Cars by Gerard McGirr Wedding Services, Wedding Dress from McElhinney’s Bridal Rooms, Men’s Suit hire from Evolve Menswear, Videography by Arthur Lynch, Bridesmaids Dresses from High Society, Cake from Heidi’s Creative Cakes, Flowers from Ballybofey Florist’s, Entertainment from Mr Majestic & DJ John Bosco.This remarkable prize will be an unbelievable start to married life for one the lucky couple.  DONEGAL’S MR & MRS’ TO COMPETE FOR €15,000 GRAND PRIZE was last modified: March 7th, 2013 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:BallybofeyMr and MrsVilla Roselast_img read more

Week 7

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Friday Oct. 21 Notre Dame 49, St. Paul 6 Valencia 42, Burbank 3 Taft 25, Birmingham 0 Oaks Christian 58, Palmdale 14 St. Francis 30, Alemany 3 Hart 55, Burroughs 21 Moorpark 22, Newbury Park 16 Simi Valley 38, Thousand Oaks 34 Canyon 55, Saugus 7 Grace Brethren 56, L.A. Baptist 7 Oak Park 35, Bishop Diego 12 Boron 28, Vasquez 0 Antelope Valley 14, Quartz Hill 9 Arcadia 42, Hoover 28 Camarillo 28, Oxnard 0 Canoga Park 54, Grant 20 Chaminade 24, Harvard-Westlake 12 Crescenta Valley 8, Pasadena 7 Crespi 42, Bishop Montgomery 12 El Camino Real 34, Cleveland 0 Eagle Rock 48, Belmont 14 Granada Hills 14, Chatsworth 7 Highland 28, Lancaster 27 Hollywood 29, Poly 28 Littlerock 50, Knight 3 Monroe 24, Reseda 13 Muir 26, Glendale 0 Ontario Christian 56, Golden Valley 7 Rio Hondo Prep 30, Flintridge Prep 22 Rio Mesa 46, Channel Islands 0 Royal 28, Calabasas 6 San Fernando 35, Van Nuys 28 Sylmar 28, Kennedy 7 Temple City 35, La Canada 15 Verdugo Hills 26, North Hollywood 23 Westlake 44, Agoura 14last_img read more

Google lawsuit remains on hold

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Responding to a lawsuit filed by Microsoft, Washington state judge Steven Gonzalez last month issued an order that prevents Lee from working on search technology or directing much of the work to be done at a Chinese research and development office that Google hired him to run. The noncompete agreement expires in July 2006 – one year after Google lured him away from Microsoft with a $10 million compensation package. Google hoped to free up Lee this year by filing a suit in California, a state with a history of rejecting noncompete employment causes. Washington, in contrast, honors noncompete agreements. Although Lee signed his Microsoft contract in Washington, Google asserts California law should apply because its headquarters is in Silicon Valley and Lee moved to the state as soon as he left Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft. Whyte decided Google could make the same arguments in the Washington trial. SAN RAMON – A federal judge has rebuffed Google Inc.’s attempt to remove court-ordered restrictions limiting its employment of prized computer scientist Kai-Fu Lee, whose recent defection from Microsoft Corp. exposed the escalating tensions between two of the world’s best-known companies. In a ruling late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte declined to become involved in the legal battle over Lee until next year’s completion of a Washington state trial on the validity of a noncompete agreement Lee signed when he joined Microsoft in 2000. Whyte’s stay of the San Jose lawsuit filed by Google finalizes a tentative ruling he issued two weeks ago in a case pitting the Internet’s search engine leader against the world’s largest software maker. The Washington trial isn’t scheduled to begin until Jan. 9, meaning it will be several more months before there’s any chance for Lee to carry out all the duties that Google hired him to do. “Continuing to hear arguments in California would potentially waste judicial resources,” Whyte wrote in his 13-page order. Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans said the company is pleased with Whyte’s decision. Michael Kwun, Google’s litigation counsel, said the company is looking forward to the Washington trial, although it “would have preferred a ruling on the merits” of its California lawsuit. The struggle over Lee, previously little known outside the high-tech industry, has cast a spotlight on the behind-the-scenes acrimony brewing between Google and Microsoft. A sworn deposition given by a former Microsoft employee in the Washington state case depicted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as an obscenity-spewing leader on a mission to destroy Google – a characterization that Ballmer labeled a gross exaggeration. Other evidence and testimony showed Google hungrily pursuing Lee, who passed along confidential Microsoft documents during the courtship. The strife has been triggered by Google’s rapid rise in just seven years of existence. The company’s dominance of the lucrative Internet search engine has provided Google’s management with the money to introduce an array of new software, including products that eventually could morph into a threat to Microsoft’s long-running dominance of the personal computer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

South Africa’s museums

first_imgSouth Africa, home to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, has a rich social and cultural history dating back to the word’s earliest human settlements.More than 300 museums all over the country reflect this heritage in a range of places – from elegant 18th century homes to caves in majestic mountain ranges, cultural villages in rural settings to state-of-the-art buildings in major cities.Visitors can find exhibits both conventional and eccentric on every conceivable topic – from beer to beadwork, from fashion to food.New additions are those reflecting the apartheid era, and commemorating those who fought and died in the cause of establishing a democratic country.The flagships of these cultural sites are the country’s national museums:South African Museum – Cape TownRobben Island Museum – Cape TownNational Museum – BloemfonteinAnglo-Boer War Museum – BloemfonteinDitsong National National Museum of Culutural History – PretoriaDitsong Museum of Natural History – PretoriaDitsong National Museum of Military History – JohannesburgHere’s a taste of what’s available in each of South Africa’s nine provinces:South African museum listingsMuseums: Eastern CapeMuseums: Free StateMuseums: GautengMuseums: KwaZulu-NatalMuseums: LimpopoMuseums: MpumalangaMuseums: Northern CapeMuseums: North WestMuseums: Western Cape For more information on the country’s museums, go to Museums Online South Africa Also useful is the Iziko Museums of Cape TownSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Africa takes charge of its heritage

first_imgMinister of arts and culture in South Africa, Paul Mashatile, bids delegates farewell at the closing ceremony of the four-day conference. Alaphia Wright, director of Unesco’s Southern African regional office in Windhoek, Namibia reflects on the event. Ministers and representatives of African governments pose for a group photograph to mark the end of the event.(Images: Valencia Talane) The Maropeng visitors centre at the Cradle of Humankind, which is one of South Africa’s eight world heritage sites(Image: CONTACTS•Mack Lewele Director of communications: arts and culture+27 12 441 3083•Reuben LefokoSA Naitonal Commission for Unesco+27 12 312 5154RELATED ARTICLES• World heritage in South Africa • Can heritage, development coexist? • New deal to protect Mapungubwe site • Maropeng sets green standardValencia TalaneParticipants at Africa’s first-ever international world heritage conference, held under the auspices of the Unesco World Heritage Centre, have declared the event to be a success.Under the theme Living with world heritage in Africa, the event was co-organised by the African World Heritage Fund and formed part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Unesco’s World Heritage Convention.South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, with the support of the Department of Environmental Affairs, was the official host for the event, which ran from 26-29 September at the Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre in Benoni, east of Johannesburg.Government ministers and policy makers engaged community leaders from all over the continent, as well as academics and civil society, to discuss the most amicable ways to manage and protect existing and new world heritage sites on the continent.A joint statement released by the ministers present helped set the tone for the conference. In it they condemned the destruction of world-famous and irreplaceable heritage sites and objects by Islamic insurgents in Mali.A call was also made to the international community to support a cause to curb the trafficking of cultural objects and manuscripts from the historic town of Timbuktu in the same country.“We call upon all parties to the conflict to desist from destroying cultural heritage,” read the statement.Opening the conference, South Africa’s minister of arts and culture Paul Mashatile said: “The recent events in Mali are of concern not only to the people of Mali, but the entire continent and the world.”The Malian history, he added, opened a new chapter in the understanding of African civilisation, instilling significant pride in all Africans.“This conference has reminded us of the importance of ongoing dialogue in finding lasting solutions to challenges facing the continent and the world,” said Mashatile.The way forwardWith that said, participants in the conference’s various themed discussions deliberated on ideas to help protect Africa’s heritage sites and secure their preservation in future years by drawing up recommendations on the way forward.One of the statements of principle that delegates arrived at was the recognition of world heritage properties as unique and irreplaceable resources, meaning that states parties have a responsibility to ensure their long-term development and management.The term ‘states parties’ refers to countries which adhere to the World Heritage Convention and have agreed to identify and nominate properties on their national territory to be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List.Sustainable development and world heritage, according to another principle statement, should coexist, with neither being sacrificed for the benefit or survival of the other. The management of the sites should be central to development agendas and be integrated into larger plans by authorities.Delegates also called for communities living around heritage sites to be incorporated into management plans, as the role of the communities is central to the survival of the sites.Educational, social and financial support for the proper management of the properties has to be given in good faith because it is these communities that have historical and cultural knowledge of the sites.“This conference reaffirmed that all our world heritage properties belong to, and must be accessible, to all,” said Mashatile in his closing speech on 29 September. “They must first and foremost be managed in a manner that benefits communities living in and around those properties.”Private industries and heritage sitesOne of the recommendations made for the sustainable management of world heritage sites was that the private sector – particularly industries whose work can have a direct impact on the preservation of the sites – should connect with communities and implement best practices for doing business in those regions.The mining industry, represented by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), acknowledged that stronger working relations between the sector and governments would benefit the sites.In addition, states parties needed to respect and recognise the ICMM’s principles for non-members and therefore not grant licenses at world heritage properties to non-ICMM companies. Going this route, went the argument, would ensure that governance of the properties would remain within the standards set by the ICMM and states parties.Responsible communitiesOnce the concept of a local community has been defined within the context of listed world heritage sites and those that are yet to be listed, its dynamics – which would include cultural awareness of the site in question – should be taken into consideration in the planned listing.This will ensure that when the government steps in to empower such a community, the strategy will be built on already existing knowledge and will endeavour to equip future generations with that knowledge.Another recommendation was that the responsibility of strengthening organisational capacities of local communities, so that they can effectively participate in the management of sites in their areas, should lie with governments.For this to be possible, sustainable funding for conservation of the sites is also necessary, and would boost the development of the communities.Measures should always be in place to protect heritage properties from unlawful acts or decisions, through protective legislation that keeps up with changes within the communities.Delegates also concurred that there is no reason why world heritage sites should not drive the sustainable development of the communities around them. The 2006 Charter of the African Cultural Renaissance was cited as a benchmark that could help guide communities’ understanding of this role of a heritage site.Tourists bring valueHeritage sites can be developed as eco and cultural tourism destinations, which will then bring more benefits to surrounding communities. For this move to be feasible, however, the community should be educated about successful tourism ventures, and using their surroundings to improve their livelihood.Another recommendation was that proper monitoring processes be put in place to ensure that the community has the proper tools to keep up with changes in the socioeconomic environment of their bigger surroundings, such as their country and the world at large.Taking stock of issuesOnce the deliberations were over and recommendations noted down, it was the turn of the collective political leadership of the continent to declare the way forward on the issue of protecting heritage sites.Cirino Hiten Ofuho, the minister of culture in Africa’s youngest country, South Sudan, expressed his gratitude at having been included in the process of drawing up solid resolutions for the protection of the continent’s heritage.“We have a privileged position as South Sudan, because we can learn from mistakes made by other countries in the past,” he joked, adding that his country could also be viewed as a clean canvas on which to focus efforts to save the country’s heritage.In a gesture that received booming applause from delegates at the closing ceremony, the Nigerian representative government made an announcement, on behalf of that country’s minister of culture Edem Duke, of a pledge from his government of US$1-million towards the Africa World Heritage Fund.Mashatile said Africans must work to develop long-term plans on the sustainability of the continent’s heritage properties.“We emerge from this conference more convinced that we must protect our heritage sites and ensure that they also contribute towards the socioeconomic development of our societies,” he said.The resolutions and declaration of the conference will be tabled during the final occasion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, scheduled for Japan in November 2012.last_img read more

Hundreds gather outside Mandela’s home

first_img6 December 2013 Hundreds of South Africans began gathered outside Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg on Friday morning as news spread of the great man’s passing. The mood was sombre but also celebratory as the crowds sang freedom songs and the national anthem. Others, many of whom were still in their pyjamas, were laying down flowers near the property, while others lit candles and clutched pictures of the struggle icon. There is a high police presence, and roads leading to the home have been blocked off. President Jacob Zuma announced the death of Madiba just before midnight on Thursday in a televised address to the nation. He said Madiba had died peacefully at 8.50pm. Meanwhile, tributes are pouring in from all corners of the world. United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron said Madiba was a towering figure in our time, a legend in life and now in death – a true global hero. “Across the country he loved, they will be mourning a man who was the embodiment of grace. Meeting him was one of the great honours of my life.” Former US president Bill Clinton tweeted a picture of himself holding hands with Mandela, saying: “I will never forget my friend Madiba.” The president of Fifa, world football’s governing body, Sepp Blatter, also took to the social network, saying: “My respects to an extraordinary person, probably one of the greatest humanists of our time.” Zuma said flags around the country would be flown at half-mast from Friday until after the funeral. Source: read more