first_imgLed by Elijah Hughes’s 26 points and Joe Girard III’s game-clinching free throws, Syracuse (12-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) staved off Notre Dame’s (11-7, 2-5) late comeback effort on Wednesday night.Listen to beat writers Michael McCleary and Josh Schafer break down the Orange’s fourth-straight win from South Bend, Indiana: Published on January 23, 2020 at 12:35 am Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

first_imgAirbnb says it has launched its “Open Homes Program,” which provides free housing to displaced residents and disaster relief workers, to those affected by Hurricane Dorian.More than 800 Airbnb hosts will be available in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Check available listings here.As of Monday morning, more than 30 Airbnb locations were available around our state in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tallahassee and Miami-Dade.Kellie Bentz, Airbnb’s head of global response and relief, says, “Airbnb’s Open Homes Program continues to be activated for those affected by Hurricane Dorian across the southeast U.S. region. We encourage hosts to open up their homes, and those who need housing to take advantage of the program.”last_img read more

first_imgThe 55+ BC Games were held in Vernon this year, and again, husband and wife team Stephen Langley and Danielle (Dany) Montandon rose to the occasion.They competed in 3 road riding events ― Time Trial, Road Race & Hill Climb, with Dany scoring 3 first place finishes.  Steve was also on the podium 3 times – 1st (tied), 2nd (tied) and 3rd, in the events, respectively.Stephen commented, “We both very much enjoyed the games this year. It was fun to spend time with people our age who share our passions. The number of entrants was about three times larger than last year for my cycling age group and the competition was fierce, but after the races it did not really matter who had placed where, there was just a tremendous feeling camaraderie and of joy after giving our very best effort.” In the picture below, Stephen is speeding nearly out of the frame on the right.last_img read more

first_imgBeloved star of film and television Joe Mafela died on 18 March 2017, following a road accident in Johannesburg. He was 75.Joe Mafela, South African star of television, film and theatre, died on 18 March 2017. He was best known as S’dumo in the popular 1980s sitcom Sgudi ‘Snaysi. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonWell known for his roles in the classic South African sitcoms Sgudi ‘Snaysi and Going Up, beloved South African star Joe Mafela was also a multitalented producer, singer, dancer and entertainment business pioneer.Mafela was born in Sibasa, Limpopo in 1942 and grew up in Kliptown, Johannesburg. He started his acting career at 22, in the film Real News. He later joined the film company SA Films as actor and producer, where he helped to conceive small-budget films for the black South African market, in most of which he also acted.During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he also managed a variety of popular multidisciplinary dance and music troupes, including groups such as Mzumba and the Gold Reef Dancers, which performed around the world.He acted in one of the first South African films to feature an all-black cast, Udeliwe, in 1974, as well as in a number of international productions filmed in South Africa, including Shout at the Devil, co-starring Hollywood legends Lee Marvin and Roger Moore, and Red Scorpion, with action star Dolph Lundgren.It was with the arrival of television in South African in 1976 that Mafela’s talents began to reach a wider audience. He acted in several series, while also conceiving and producing local language television shows, first as part of SA Films and later with the Penguin Films production company he co-founded with writer-producer Roberta Durrant.The company produced the popular 1986 sitcom Sgudi ‘Snaysi, in which Mafela played S’dumo, a rascally schemer who, over the course of the show’s 78 episodes, become a beloved cultural hero, thanks to Mafela’s talent for balancing over-the-top physical comedy with a realistic portrayal of township life.At the same time, Mafela moved into the advertising industry as creative director for a number of burgeoning black-owned creative agencies. He transplanted the Sgudi ‘Snaysi premise and his S’dumo character to great effect into a series of popular television commercials for a well-known fast food chicken outlet.Thanks to the popularity of Sgudi ‘Snaysi, Mafela and Penguin Films produced many of the country’s most popular television shows of the past 30 years.During the early days of post-apartheid South Africa in the 1990s, he produced and acted in the pioneering popular sitcom Going Up, alongside South African theatre legend Rex Garner. The series successfully communicated the New South African experience with biting humour and frank pathos on race relations.Mafela and Penguin Films also brought beloved South African comic strip Madam and Eve to the screen in 2000.During the 1990s, Mafela also recorded a number of isiZulu music albums. They included the local hit Shebeleza (Okongo Mame) that was later used as the anthem for the 1996 African Cup of Nations football tournament held in South Africa.While beloved as a South African comedy actor, Mafela proved he could tackle more serious issues, most notably in the film Retribution in 2011. The dark, compelling drama took a raw look at the effects of apartheid on South Africa.Mafela continued to produce, direct and act in television, film and theatre during his final years, including a role in the television drama Generations.He received a host of industry lifetime achievement awards, including a Comics’ Choice Award, a Duku Duku black entertainment award and a Naledi theatre award.Mafela is survived by his wife, four children and six grandchildren.Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa tweeted the country’s condolences, saying: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn about the news of the passing of legendary…ubaba Joe Mafela.”Friend and collaborator Durrant spoke at length to SABC News after Mafela’s death about his life and work, and of his unlimited passion and talent in developing the South Africa cultural landscape.Watch the full interview belowFans and friends alike paid tribute to the South African entertainment legend on social media.#joemafela Tweets #RIPJoeMafela Tweets Source: News24, Wikipedia, Huffington PostWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgOver 100 militants, including 23 foreigners, have been killed in Kashmir in the first five months of 2019, but what is keeping the security establishment worried is the large number of new recruits, officials said on Sunday.According to them, 50 youngsters have joined various terror outfits since March and the security establishment needs to find a better way to cut off the supply chain and can consider educating families on radicalisation of the youth.The officials said 101 militants — 23 foreigners and 78 local militants — were killed in 2019 till May 31. They include top commanders such as Zakir Musa, the chief of so-called Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda. However, there is a sudden surge of militants from Hizbul Mujahideen joining Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, especially after the elimination of Musa on May 23, they said. The officials, many of whom are engaged in either fighting militancy on the ground or formulating strategy, believe there is a need for having a relook at the policy. Among the terrorists killed, Shopian accounted for a maximum of 25, including 16 local militants. Pulwama was second with the killings of 15 militants, followed by Awantipora with 14 and Kulgam with 12. However, all these highly-volatile areas in south Kashmir continue to contribute more youths to various militant groups. The officials said infiltration was also picking up and some of the terrorists had managed to sneak in from Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu region as well as from the LoC in Kashmir Valley. This created a more alarming situation for the security forces which were readying themselves for the two-month-long Amarnath Yatra beginning this month-end.There has been a steady rise in the number of youths taking up arms in the valley since 2014 onwards as compared to 2010-2013 when the figures stood at 54, 23, 21 and 6 respectively. In 2014, the number shot up to 53 and in 2015, it reached 66 before touching the highest mark of 88 in 2016, data presented in Parliament earlier showed.After the February 14 terror strike in Pulwama, the officials feel, encounters between terrorists and security forces have turned into spectacles with protests and stone pelting by locals at sites, followed by large gatherings at funerals. The entire phenomenon has the potential to create an emotionally charged environment ideal for recruiting fresh cadres, they added.last_img read more

first_imgzoom The 165,960 dwt containership MSC Clorinda is hindering traffic in the Suez Canal as the vessel stopped in the waterway due to undetermined issues, according to Wilhelmsen Ships Service.According to a spokesperson from Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the containership reported a machinery transmission malfunction and subsequently grounded around 05:00 UTC on January 4. It was then cleared and afloat again by around 08:10 UTC.“MSC Clorinda is now ready to resume passage and will be doing so imminently, once other vessel traffic has cleared,” the spokesperson added.At the time of the incident, MSC Clorinda was transiting Northbound through the canal.Traffic in both Southbound and Northbound convoys is obstructed and the Southbound convoy which has already entered the canal will be required to drop anchor and wait at the Great Bitter Lake until the issue is resolved, WSS said.WSS added that Suez Canal Authority tugs are already alongside the vessel.According to AIS data provide by MarineTraffic, the 2012-built containership is still stopped off Egypt’s Al Saiyid Abu Hatab region.last_img read more