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‘Fenerbahce would be a serious option’ – Mesut Ozil’s agent hints at shock Arsenal exit

first_img1 Mesut Ozil Fenerbahce are lining up a summer offer for Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, according to his agent Dr Erkut Sogut.Ozil had a mixed first season at Arsenal following his £42.5m move from Real Madrid two years ago but is considered a vital member of Arsene Wenger’s team.But the Germany international, who is of Turkish descent, is a lifelong Fenerbahce fan and has always said he would like to play for the club one day.And now, according to quotes attributed to his agent in Turkish news outlet Vatan, the Super Lig club could make their move as early as this summer.Sogut said: “Fenerbahce want Mesut but it all depends on what Arsenal want and it is hard to figure out what they will decide until the end of the season.“If he does end up leaving Arsenal, Fenerbahce would be a serious option.”Ozil has made 77 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 12 goals, and has helped the club to back-to-back FA Cups since his arrival.last_img read more

‘He trusts us and we trust him’ – Jose Mourinho has full backing of Chelsea squad, insists Cesc Fabregas

first_img Under-pressure Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has the full backing of his players despite the Blues’ nightmare start to the season, insists midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke was Chelsea’s seventh league loss in their opening 12 games of the season, with the defending champions heading into the international break 16th in the standings.The result left Mourinho’s future looking more uncertain than ever, but the Portuguese, who was unable to attend Saturday’s contest due to a one-match stadium ban, retains the trust of his squad, according to Fabregas.“I don’t think Mourinho will be sacked,” the 28-year-old told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. “The coach trusts us and we trust him.“We all have to work together to come out of this bad spell.“The level of play at Chelsea does not correspond with the results, but I’m certain that we will improve.“I feel good and I trust this group.”Earlier this month, Fabregas denied reports that he was organising a “mini-revolt” at Chelsea and reiterated he was happy to work under Mourinho.“I don’t know where that came from,” the Spain international said. “Someone invented a story saying that I was leaking information from the changing room.“I have dignity and I had to defend myself.“My relationship with Mourinho is good, as always.”last_img read more

These LFC fans can see positives despite others sticking the boot in – tweets

first_img Christian Benteke is not liked by some Liverpool fans but he does have his supporters 1 Christian Benteke has endured a difficult start to life at Liverpool.The Reds paid Aston Villa £32m for him in the summer, but he has failed to find the consistency that made him so deadly in front of goal at Villa Park.In Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham in the FA Cup, Benteke bore the brunt of criticism, but he does still have some supporters among the Anfield faithful.FANS FUME: ‘IMAGINE PAYING £77 TO WATCH BENTEKE’Have a look at some of the tweets from those who believe the Belgium international simply needs time.VIDEO: GOALS FROM WEST HAM 2-1 LIVERPOOLlast_img read more

HORROR AS FIVE PUPS FOUND DUMPED IN A BOX

first_imgANIMAL welfare experts have made an urgent appeal for help after these five pups were found dumped at the side of a road.Donegal Pet Rescue is urgently seeking a foster bitch to help care for the animals.Ryan McCauley from DPR told Donegal Daily: “We got a call this morning to our helpline from a member of the public who was out walking in the Ballbofey area and came across a box. “He told us that there was pups in the box. We met him this morning in Letterkenny pets and we were horrified to see five labrador cross pups approximately one week old inside.”The charity urgently need a foster bitch to help these pups survive as milk from a lactating bitch will hopefully keep them alive at this tender young age.“We also want to appeal to the public for any information on who might of dumped these wee pups in such a manor as to leave them to die and we are very worried for the welfare of the mother of these pups,” said Ryan.“We at Donegal Pet Rescue are horrified that in this day and age with so much help available that someone can be so cruel as to put 5 pups in a box and leave them at the side of the road and God only knows what state the poor mother is in.” He added: “So please if anybody has a lactating bitch that might let these poor wee pups latch on then please get in contact with Donegal Pet Rescue , we will provide you will all the help we can to keep these little darling alive to they are strong enough to wean and hand feed.”Email Ryan on ryanmccauley@ymail.com or via DPR Facebook page. HORROR AS FIVE PUPS FOUND DUMPED IN A BOX was last modified: October 19th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Ballybofeyletterkennypups abandonedlast_img read more

MyUnsafeSpace? Sex predators poach online

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHe called her earlier that day, identifying himself as Steve. He sounded like Jessi’s friend, also named Steve. She told him she would be at Starbucks that night. “It scares you,” said Jessi, now an 18-year-old senior at Calabasas High. About 68 million people use My- Space, and millions more use other social networking sites such as friendster.com, livejournal.com and facebook.com. According to MySpace, 22 percent of its users are younger than 18. As such sites burgeon among teenagers, so does the scrutiny, since the sites can be havens for sexual predators, police say. MySpace, the most popular of the sites, has drawn the most attention. Jessi still remembers when the stranger walked up to her at a Starbucks two years ago. The 16-year-old Calabasas High School sophomore was expecting a friend. Instead, a 23-year-old man recognized her from her profile on MySpace.com. “He was like, `Can I buy you a drink? I have this really cool car, this really cool house, this really cool job,”‘ said Jessi, who asked that her last name not be used. “Then he started to threaten my friends.” The man got Jessi’s phone number off her profile on MySpace, the most popular of the dozens of social networking sites on the Internet. “Where the kids are, that’s where the pedophiles are going, too,” said Peter Brust, special agent in charge of the FBI’s cyber division in Los Angeles. “The numbers bear that out. … It’s a really user-friendly type of forum for kids to communicate with each other. “We’ve seen probably half a dozen or so cases in the last few months that have been related to sites such as that.” Most teenagers go to the Web site to communicate with friends and meet new ones. They share stories, pictures, ideas, art and music. Users have lots of room for customization; they can put up their own background pictures and music and make it a reflection of themselves. Recently, high school students across Southern California used MySpace to organize mass protests over a federal immigration bill. More than 36,000 students walked out of school on March 27 – a protest that wouldn’t have happened without a mass communication tool like My- Space, students said. “We’ve given them a place to express themselves and connect around a shared interest,” MySpace CEO Chris Wolf said. “It’s a place where they can manage their social lives, find entertainment, keep in touch with old friends, all sorts of things.” MySpace is the fifth-most popular English-language Web site, behind Yahoo, Google, MSN and eBay, according to Alexa.com, which monitors Web traffic. Conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. bought My- Space last year for $580 million. But the sites also make it easy for sexual predators to search for prey in anonymity. They can easily make up a persona through a MySpace profile, posting pictures and writings that would appeal to teenagers. Then, they can search for vulnerable children in a particular age range and geographic area and contact potential victims through e-mail or instant messaging. When two students from Calabasas High School disappeared in February, their parents worried that they had run off with older men they had met on MySpace. That fear proved false – the girls had run away, but Sheriff’s Department officials said it had nothing to do with MySpace. Other cases have been linked to the Web site, though. Recently in Westford, Mass., a 22-year-old man was charged on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl he met on My- Space. In Honolulu, a 29-year-old man faces charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he met on MySpace and in Abernathy, Texas, a 39-year-old man faces similar charges. Jessi has seen the problem first-hand. Even though her MySpace profile is much less risque than others – she has no suggestive photographs on the site – she frequently gets e-mails and instant messages from strangers. She mostly ignores or blocks them. Occasionally, she responds. Then she posts the worst comments – describing rape and other sexual acts – on a blog on her MySpace profile, with warnings like, “Ladies, watch out for this guy.” She still considers the Web site useful. First posting her MySpace profile at age 16, she used the site frequently for a year, in particular to follow little-known bands. Many of them have MySpace profiles that let users download music. She’d correspond with the bands through the site, then band members would recognize her at concerts. But increasing contact from strangers soured her on the site. The online come-ons dropped off after she indicated on her profile that she was married – even though she’s not – but they didn’t completely stop. “That’s why I stopped using it,” Jessi said. “Now I just use it to check messages, and most of them are from strangers.” Most teenagers are savvy enough to avoid problems on sites like MySpace, said Dee Shepherd-Look, a practicing child psychologist and professor at California State University, Northridge. They might use nasty language – sexual terms and curse words that most adults wouldn’t have thought of as teenagers – and they might express sexual and nonsexual fantasies, but they do it from a safe distance, Shepard-Look said. Most children know not to put personal information on the site, and they know to avoid strangers – just like they learned in grammar school. “People make MySpace sound worse than it is,” said Jacki, a 16-year-old student at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. “Strangers do try to contact me, but I’m aware of what happens with meeting people on MySpace. It’s good for keeping in touch with people, but it shouldn’t be used for meeting people. I know to avoid that.” Still, a small percentage of children – those with low self-esteem, who have never had a boyfriend, who might be straight-and-narrow or nerdy – could be susceptible to predators, Shepherd-Look said. “Those kinds of kids are very susceptible to, `I love you, you’re beautiful,’ this and that,” she said. “The predator on the other side, they’re very savvy with that kind of kid. “That’s the kind of kid they usually wind up getting. Then the kid finds out that this is just a line to get the kid involved in cybersex or to get the kid to send pictures. Then she’s incredibly crushed and hurt. “There’s always going to be predators, and there’s always going to be kids who are the perfect victims for predators.” In recent months, as media attention has focused on the dangers of MySpace and other social networking sites, parents are trying to protect their children, often by banning them from using the site altogether, Shepherd-Look said. But teenagers and experts agree that a ban won’t keep kids away. “The bottom line is, parents have to know who their kid is,” she said. “For parents to say something like, `Absolutely no MySpace, absolutely no aggressive video games,’ that’s all the problem. “If the parent could know their child and guide them through the morass of what’s out there, that will be so much better. They should say, `Let’s keep an open dialogue. If you go on MySpace, let’s talk about it.”‘ Most parents said they treat the Internet and social networking sites like any other dangers of society – they teach their children what is acceptable and what isn’t, what is safe and what isn’t, and they trust their children to do the right thing. “Kids have to learn how to monitor their own use of the Internet without mommy and daddy watching over their shoulders,” said Laura Peters, whose 16-year-old daughter attends Calabasas High School. “When she got her own computer, she learned the rules of safety. The Internet is not this big bogeyman if your child has a set of tools to use in approaching it.” Stellamaris Fuire, mother of a 17-year-old girl from West Hills, looked at her daughter’s MySpace profile and didn’t have any problems with it. “You’re going to have pedophiles everywhere,” Fuire said. “You’re going to get people with bad intentions serving at McDonald’s. It’s very difficult to control everything. But you have to let them know that some things are dangerous, and you will not be there to say no. When I explain what drugs and alcohol do to the brain – this is the same thing.” MySpace officials try to protect children from predators. The site’s terms of service prohibit harassment, sexual exploitation, nudity, soliciting personal information of minors and anything that furthers or promotes illegal activity. The company employs 95 people to monitor profiles for anything that violates those terms. “But that’s like policing the Internet,” Wolf said. “It’s never perfect.” MySpace also uses computer technology to search profiles for compliance with the terms of service, and the company is working to educate children on how to use the site safely. All minors must read safety tips provided by the company before signing up. “We try to look at it in as positive as a way as possible,” Wolf said. “We really believe that education is the answer to these issues. It’s really an Internet issue, and MySpace is a big part of the Internet.” MySpace is the social networking site du jour, but it’s not alone, and it probably won’t be the last site to attract hordes of teenagers. Already, facebook.com is becoming popular among college students. “Before MySpace, it was livejournal,” Jessi said. “Before livejournal, it was deadjournal. There’s always been some type of Web site that was cool. Now, everybody’s starting to use facebook.” Law enforcement is trying to sharpen the focus on the sites – all of them, not just MySpace – so that kids and parents will protect themselves against the dangers. “It’s the classic predator technique, going where the prey is,” Brust said. “They prey on the innocence of kids, and kids generally take someone at face value online. “And there’s so many kids online. If one of them blocks (a predator), he’ll just go on to the next one. Kids have to be really careful.” josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

CARRICK EDGE OUT GAOTH DOBHAIR IN U-16 FINAL

first_imgCarrick captain Paddy Byrne with the U-16 final trophyCARRICK Vocational School are the county U-16 Champions after a two point win over Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair.The Carrick boys came from behind to edge to a 1-11 to 3-03 victory.They’ve now added the U-16 title to the senior schools title won against Carndonagh two weeks ago. Gaoth Dobhair had led by four points at the break, but Carrick took the lead early in the second half thanks to a goal from Pauric Cunningham.The Pobalscoil hit their third goal soon afterwards but Carrick VS held their nerve and took their points to seal the win. CARRICK EDGE OUT GAOTH DOBHAIR IN U-16 FINAL was last modified: January 27th, 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:CARRICK EDGE OUT GAOTH DOBHAIR IN U-16 FINALcarrick vocational schoollast_img read more

GOLDEN BOY JASON TAKES TO THE RING TO PREPARE FOR BIGGEST FIGHT OF HIS LIFE

first_imgCome on Jason!THIS is Donegal’s own Jason Quigley – in the ring where he will make his professional debut on Saturday night.Jason is pictured in the right at the world famous MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas where he will face Florida’s Howard Reece.The former Irish European Amateur Champion and World Championship silver medalist will battle the American fighter in the 4-round middleweight contest. The headline bout is his Golden Boy Promotions stable-mate Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who takes on Erislandy Lara in a junior middleweight bout.Brilliant Alvarez has been picking up on some of the Donegal lingo too – and has now taken to calling Jason “lad” in his best Irish accent! GOLDEN BOY JASON TAKES TO THE RING TO PREPARE FOR BIGGEST FIGHT OF HIS LIFE was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:FightGolden Boy PromotionsJason QuigleyLas Vegaslast_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThere are 12 races on tonight’s greyhound racing card at Lifford.The runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Sugarland Gig; 2, Leahs Smoke; 3, Kayleighs Girl; 4, Hatmore Emma; 5, Over the Line; 6, Glencloy Beauty. Race 2 (350 yards): 1, Lacey Girl; 2, Joshuas Princess; 3, Tias Pearl; 4, Oghill Hack; 5, Bearhaven Kim; 6, Tarmac Lee.Race 3 (525 yards): 1, Wilma; 2, Macsruso; 3, Mullrook Danaher; 4, Deerpark Kitty; 5, Cushie Willow; 6, Claires Diamond.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Bold Cola; 2, Original Song; 3, Pretty Jockey; 4, Leahs Bolt; 5, Hather For Luck; 6, Mullrook No Cash.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Maybe Ted; 2, Local Whitesocks; 3, Tahina Keavey; 4, Crossleigh Thyme; 5, Edenvale Maeve; 6, Townsend Panter. Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Tommys Loch; 2, Meenirves; 3, Pretty Lilymay; 4, Ballybun Oshea; 5, Ardnasool Rio; 6, Global Club.Race 7 (525 yards): 1, Thrill Me; 2, Hather Bonnie; 3, Fridays Maybe; 4, Rampant Razzle; 5, Tahina Ace; 6, Paddock Paula.Race 8 (350 yards): 1, Tahina Kyle; 2, Corrin Gooch; 3, Hather Two Bake; 4, Ill Get That; 5, Meadowview Dove; 6, Turbine Tulip.Race 9 (350 yards): 1, Mizen Magic; 2, Farley Jambo; 3, Colarhouse Bound; 4, Hather Ma Man; 5, Do It Ruso; 6, Ardnasool Kagawa.Race 10 (525 yards): 1, Hather If; 2, Hather Eve; 3, Do It Boy; 4, Wrong Note; 5, Culture Annie; 6, Ballyhill Zest. Race 11 (550 yard): 1, Fridays Brett; 2, Hanoras Dream; 3, Spudzonetherun; 4, Spotty Totty; 5, Castleroggy Lord; 6, Hather Lock.Race 12 (575 yards): 1, Do It Kim; 2, Meadowview Hawk; 3, Colarhouse Lady; 4, Farloe Pixie; 5, Another Choice; 6, Castleroggy Rust.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: July 30th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

Chef Ciaran Sweeney heading home to Donegal for RTE food series

first_imgChef Ciaran Sweeney will be going back to his roots to celebrate Donegal food in his appearance on RTE’s popular new food series, Beyond the Menu, this Monday.Sweeney, from Downings, is an award-winning chef and keen promoter and developer of Irish cuisine.As Head Chef of Forest & Marcy in Dublin, he is one of Ireland’s exciting food champions. And he will be bringing his enthusiasm for food and Donegal produce to our TV screens on Monday 30th September for his feature on Beyond the Menu on RTE One at 7.30pm.Chef Ciaran Sweeney from DowningsThe food series is hosted by Chef Mark Moriarty, who steps into some of Ireland’s most exciting kitchens to meet the young chefs at the helm.This week Mark will travel to North Donegal with his former mentor and colleague Ciaran Sweeney to visit Breac House, a stunning modern retreat outside Dunfanaghy. There, they will celebrate some of the best local producers around during their special pop-up evening.Breac.House in DunfanaghyThe programme will also explore the positives and negatives of Ciaran’s life in Dublin and the great changes that have happened since he became a father two years ago. Having worked in some of the best restaurants in Ireland and the UK, Ciaran is looking to the future and the next step. The episode will find out how Ciaran wants to head home to Donegal to live the simple life and set up his own restaurant.The programme is set to provide a unique insight into Ciaran’s life as a young chef, and there will be plenty of Donegal interest as cameras go inside the amazing Breac House kitchen.Watch Beyond the Menu at 7.30pm on RTE One, Monday 30th September.Chef Ciaran Sweeney heading home to Donegal for RTE food series was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Beyond the MenuBreac HouseChef Ciaran SweeneyTVlast_img read more

National Orders were bestowed on activists and cultural leaders

first_imgNational Orders are the highest awards that the country, through its president, can bestow on its citizens or eminent foreigners. This year, the 21st year of the ceremony, awards were handed to sports leaders, cultural luminaries, and a host of veteran activists, both local and foreign. President Jacob Zuma bestows the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in silver to Professor Gay McDougall from the United States during the National Orders Awards ceremony at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on 8 December 2015. (Photo: South African Government, Flickr) • South Africa’s national orders  • The Met in New York showcases 100 years of West African photography • Recollections of 16 June 1976  • Indigenous Games Festival promotes unity in South Africa • Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage  Priya Pitamber“I am so thrilled to get this honour today, especially in the name of OR Tambo who was one of the true heroes of my life,” said Professor Gay McDougall from the United States when she received South Africa’s National Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.“I first met Tambo in London in the late 1970s; that was the door opener for me and the African National Congress (ANC),” she recalled.McDougall was one of the five international members of South Africa’s 16-member Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) that organised the first democratic elections in 1994. She was honoured for her work in a ceremony held at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on 8 December.National Orders, the highest awards the country can give, are bestowed on individuals from South Africa and abroad, who have contributed to the advancement of democracy; who have excelled in various endeavours; and who have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways.McDougall said receiving the order brought back memories of the country’s history – the liberation struggle and the political transition from apartheid to democracy. “I remember walking to get thousands of South Africans out of jail, [those] who were detained on political charges,” she said. “I remember being here for the country’s first democratic elections. There are so many memories brought by this.”She recalled how she helped Nelson Mandela to cast his ballot paper during the democratic elections in 1994, which was a tremendous honour for her, and the anxiety they felt about pulling off those elections.“I remember most of all 27 April 1994, when the sun came up and all the problems faded away, and long lines of people waiting to vote peacefully and quietly,” she recollected.The awardsThe Order of the BaobabThe Order of the Baobab is awarded to South African citizens for distinguished service well above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.The baobab, an indigenous African tree, is symbolic of endurance, tolerance, community and longevity. It has long been a valued symbol of vitality, a tree endowed with both magical and functional properties: it provides bark for cloth and rope, fruit, fuel and other useful products. The distinctive baobab, characterised by its stature and appearance as an “upside down” tree, has for centuries been used as a meeting place for communities.Various elements in the Order’s design symbolise longevity, community support, contribution, and prosperity in organic unity.The Order of IkhamangaThe Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport. This award is made in three categories: gold for exceptional achievement, silver for excellent achievement, and bronze for outstanding achievement.It is named after South Africa’s second national flower, known in English as the strelitzia.The Order of LuthuliThe Order of Luthuli is awarded to South Africans who have made a meaningful contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution.It is named after Chief Albert Luthuli, whose leadership during the Defiance Campaign against apartheid won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960.The Order of the Companions of OR TamboThe Order of the Companions of OR Tambo is awarded in three categories to eminent foreign nationals and foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa. It takes into consideration matters of peace, co-operation, international solidarity and support and is integral to the execution of South Africa’s international and multilateral relations.Former African National Congress leader OR Tambo played a pivotal role in building the international anti-apartheid movement. He set up the first missions of the then-banned ANC in Egypt, Morocco, Ghana and the United Kingdom.Symbols reflected in this order include the majola or mole snake, which is symbolic in African mythology for friendship, protection and active support; the walking stick, which is symbolic of support and commitment; and the universal yin and yang symbol, connoting a meeting point of diverse spiritual energies.The Order of MapungubweThe Order of Mapungubwe is awarded to South African citizens for achievements that have had an international impact and have served the interests of the country.The Kingdom of Mapungubwe existed a millennium ago in the northern part of South Africa. The kingdom had a developed mining, metallurgy and agricultural industry, and traded with countries as far afield as China. Various elements in the Order’s design symbolise new horizons, creativity and excellence, as well as human resourcefulness.The Order of Mendi for BraveryThe Order of Mendi 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.The lapel rosette is for outstanding courage in the face of danger. The decoration is dedicated to the South African troops who lost their lives in 1917 when the SS Mendi was destroyed. The ship was struck and cut almost in half by another ship, the SS Darro, while crossing the English Channel from Britain to France during World War One.The ceremony in 2015Running for the 21st year, in 2015 the ceremony was held at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.Originally, it was scheduled to take place on Freedom Day, 27 April. However, this was postponed because “the country was mourning the passing of four South Africans and three citizens of other countries who were killed during violent attacks directed at foreign nationals in Durban and Johannesburg”, noted the South African Government News Agency.The 2015 recipientsThe Order of Mendi for Bravery was bestowed on:Jetro Ndlovu for his outstanding contribution to the fight for freedom, equality and democracy in South AfricaJoe Morolong (posthumous) received the silver order for his excellent contribution to the fight for liberation in South Africa. “He endured tremendous personal persecution for the ideal of a democratic and liberated society,” said the chancellor of the National Orders, Dr Cassius LubisiCaleb Motshabi (posthumous) for his excellent contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa; he facilitated the creation of safe passage for many young people who went into exile to fight for freedomEric Mtshali for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheidMpumelelo Washington Bongco (posthumous) for his exceptional contribution to the pursuit of equality and universal suffrage in South AfricaThe Order of Ikhamanga was awarded to:Themba Patrick Magaisa for his outstanding contribution to the development of indigenous literature in South AfricaMbulaeni Mulaudzi (posthumous) for his outstanding achievements as a track athlete and for his contribution to the advancement of athletics in South AfricaDarius Mfana Dhlomo for his excellent talent in various professional sporting codesWinnie Mahlangu for her excellent contribution to the field of broadcasting and for keeping the listenership of Ukhozi FMRamakgobotla John Mekoa for his excellent contribution to the development of jazz music in South Africa; he established a jazz music centre that contributed to the growth of the careers of many South African jazz musiciansMbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane (posthumous) for his excellent contribution to the development of African literature and the upliftment of African languages on the global stageThe Order of the Baobab was given to:Yvonne Mokgoro for her outstanding contribution to the field of law and the administration of justice in a democratic South AfricaJohn Douglas Anderson for his excellent contribution to the upliftment of the lives of children and people with disabilitiesMary Makobatjatji Malahlela (posthumous) for her excellent contribution to the provision of medical services to oppressed South Africans during apartheid; she was one of the first African women to qualify as a medical doctor in South AfricaAndrew Ross for his excellent contribution to the training of young rural medics; his work has provided hope to communities that use rural hospitalsOtto Stehlik for his excellent contribution to economic and social development in South Africa; his business skills in the hospitality industry have benefitted South Africa significantlyJames David Lewis-Williams for his exceptional and distinguished contribution to the field of archaeology; his research on the rock art of the ancient people of Southern Africa has contributed invaluable knowledge about their lives and timesThe Order of Luthuli was given to:Kay Moonsamy for his outstanding contribution to the fight for democracy and freedom in South Africa; as a trade unionist, he was among the leading figures who actively fought the apartheid systemWilliam Frankel for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheid; he played a significant role in raising funds for those detained by apartheid security forces and those charged under apartheid legislationJohnson Malcomess Mgabela (posthumous) for his exceptional contribution to the fight against oppressionPetros Nyawose (posthumous) for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheidJabulile Nyawose (posthumous) for her excellent contribution to the fight against apartheidMohammed Tikly for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheid; he assisted many young freedom fighters while he was director of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College during the days of exileThe Order of the Companions of OR Tambo went to:Gareth Evans from Australia for his excellent contribution to and support of the anti-apartheid movement; his leadership influenced the Australian public to provide scholarships for underprivileged South African students at home and in exilePeter Hain from the United Kingdom for his excellent contribution to the fight against the injustices of apartheid and his unwavering support for the South African liberation movementAmbassador Vladimir Kazimirov from Russia for his excellent contribution to the recording of the plight of the majority in Southern African countries, especially South Africa, during the period of minority ruleLars Nordbo from Denmark for his excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation and for his architectural skills that saw him build dormitory blocks in Mazimbu, Tanzania, which housed South African freedom fighters in exile; these blocks were later converted into a Tanzanian universityAmbassador Andrey Urnov from Russia for his excellent contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South AfricaDr Lim Kok Wing from Malaysia for his excellent and commendable contribution to the fight against apartheid and to education internationally, with a special focus on Southern AfricaProfessor Gay McDougall from the United States for her excellent contribution to the fight against the injustices of apartheid; she mobilised policymakers in the US in support of the struggle for freedom in South Africa and put to use her legal expertise for the defence of political prisoners in South Africa and Namibia.last_img read more