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The dismissed Francisco Egas defends his presidency

first_imgFrancisco Egas, dismissed as president of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF), assured this Sunday that he will defend his position before the corresponding organizations and did not rule out taking his case to court.Egas, dismissed by most of the FAITH DirectoryF, who commissioned the presidency to Jaime Estrada, said that tomorrow he will send his complaint to international organizations such as the FIFA.Through a virtual press conference, Egas assured that he will defend his election as president of the FEF before the corresponding organizations and did not rule out “initiating legal actions, because it is an act for punishable actions” against the six members of the Board who dismissed him.“Tomorrow we will send all the documentation and legal arguments to the corresponding entities, we will not be asking favors of theto the Sports Secretariat, the South American Football Confederation (CSF) and the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), We will ask them to enforce the rules, “he said.The manager accepted that there was an excess in the amount of the contract that prepared for the hiring of the technical body that commands the Spanish-Dutch Jordi Cruyff and also of the general secretary of the FEF, the Argentine Gustavo Silikovich. According to the FEF, this was one of the reasons for his separation from office, considering that Egas “did not respect a Board resolution that gave him the guarantee to hire the sports director, the Spanishl Antonio Cordón, and the coaching staff, up to four million and he extended the figure to six million. “He also recognized that there was no reduction of Cruyff’s salary, but a restructuring, another reason why he was sanctioned by the Board of Directors.“Indeed, there was a restructuring as a measure to find a solution to the critical moment in the months of March, April, May, June and July, as the other 70 percent were still negotiating it; but we had achieved a very good negotiation, which reduced the expenses of $ 1,300,000, “said Egas.Surely, he said, “communication was lacking on my part, it could be my mistake, because I dedicated myself to work to find solutions in an institution that we took practically broken, that was spending in an exaggerated way “.He also regretted that within the Statute that governs Ecuadorian football, “Amateur clubs and Associations have the same rights as professional clubs”, regarding the rules for the removal of a leader.However, he recalled that “by order of FIFA its reform is being processed, hopefully it will be ready until before the next elections.”Therefore, “I will continue to be president until one of the competent bodies tells me that I am no longer president. PTo remove a president today with the statutes that FIFA has reformed, it takes between 80 and 90 percent of the votes in a football congress“encouraged the dismissed Egaslast_img read more


Huskies beat Junior Canucks to conclude season’s first half

first_imgThe game began with Fort St. John scoring the lone goal of the first period, as Huskies leading scorer Robbie Sidhu, scored his 16th goal of the season to provide Fort St. John an early one goal lead.Fort St. John doubled that lead to kick off the second, as the newest addition to the Huskies, Owen Barker, scored to provide his new team a 2-0 lead 2:07 into the second.However, before the period was up, two Dawson Creek power-play goals saw the Junior Canucks tie the game at 2-2 as the second concluded.- Advertisement -The second also provided the Huskies quite a scare, as Owen Barker took a hard hit-from-behind into the boards, forcing him to leave the game injured. Reports from the Huskies team say Barker could miss approximately 4-6 weeks due to the injury.Fort St. John returned the two goal favour in the third, as Blair Karasiuk scored on the power-play to reclaim the game’s lead, 3-2, with assists going to linemate Dylan Houle and defenseman Taylor Greatrex.Once again, the Huskies extended that lead, as Tyler Norris scored for a second straight game, with Robbie Sidhu and Shawn Holliday each earning their second assists of the game on Norris’ goal.  Advertisement The Huskies will now have the holiday break to take their mind off of hockey for a short while, and then resume the second half of the NWJHL season Friday, January 4, in a rematch between the Junior Canucks and the Huskies at the North Peace Arena.Don’t forget, today (Sunday, December 16) is the annual Skate with the Huskies event, inviting all fans to take to the ice with their favourite Fort St. John Huskies.The event is free of charge to attend, and is taking place at the North Peace Arena from 1-3 p.m. All that is required is a pair of skates and a helmet, the Huskies will supply the rest. Dawson Creek managed to squeak one more past Huskies tender Travis McLean, but was unable to score the game-tying-goal, thanks to some serious last minute effort and shot blocking by the Huskies, who emerged victorious 4-3.It was a busy night in net for Huskies goalie Travis McLean, who stopped 35 of 38 shots fired his way Saturday.The Huskies also managed to tally a power-play marker Saturday, going 1 for 5 with the man advantage, compared to their opponents, who scored 3 of 5 times, all of their offense, on the power-play.With the victory, the Huskies no sit tied for sixth place with Beaverlodge in the NWJHL standings, each with 16 points.Advertisementlast_img read more


Jurgen Klopp’s first press conference: The new Liverpool boss’ best quotes

first_imgJurgen Klopp gave his first press conference as Liverpool manager on Friday morning.Open, honest and humble, Klopp impressed the assembed media – as well as those watching on – as he outlined his ambitions for the club.Here’s some of the highlights…On becoming Liverpool’s 20th boss:“It’s the biggest honour I can imagine, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve been given the opportunity to help in this situation, but it’s not so difficult as some people in this room think.“It’s not a normal, usual club, it’s a special club.”On what he has been up to since leaving Borussia Dortmund in May:“I had a normal holiday. I am 48 and most of the time in my life I had no money to take a holiday and then I had no time. Then I had four months. I played a lot of tennis, watched football all over the world. Of course I thought I had until next year.”On potentially becoming a Liverpool legend:“I don’t compare myself with genius managers of Liverpool.“It’s cool that some of you, and the fans are looking forward to the next few years and months, but none of these (past) managers said ‘my target is to be a legend’. This is a great club because of many, many great decisions in the past, now we have to work in the present.”“I had two very special clubs before and this role is the perfect next step for me.” On Liverpool’s long title drought:“Twenty-five years ago (Liverpool’s last title) is a long time. In this time all people have tried to get better, to improve, to take the next title. But history is only the base for us. It is all the people are interested in but you don’t take history in your backpack and carry it with you for 25 years.“We can wait for it but I don’t want to say we can wait 20 years. If we sit here in four years I think we’ll have won one title – I’m pretty sure.”On Liverpool’s much-criticised transfer committee:“It’s enough for me to have the first and last word. We only want to discuss really good players. I’m not a genius, I don’t know more than the rest of the world. I need the other people to get perfect information. It’s really easy to handle it.”On Jose Mourinho describing himself as the ‘Special One’ at his first press conference in England:“I don’t want to describe myself. I’m a totally normal guy, I’m the Normal One.”On the style of play Liverpool will adopt under him:“I haven’t met my team yet. (My style is) emotion inside, it’s speed, it’s a transition game. All the things that make football interesting for me I want to see on the pitch.“But it’s not the day for promising a certain style of football. Let’s start to work, let’s speak next week, let’s start normal work.”On the Liverpool squad he has inherited:“This is a great club with big potential, fast players, strong players, good defenders. Everything is there. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders, defenders are experienced and young, goalkeeper is really good.” 1 Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as Liverpool manager last_img read more


Chivas USA has No. 1 pick and Wynne in its sights

first_imgAfter the growing pains of an inaugural Major League Soccer season in which expansion Chivas USA went 4-22-6 and surrendered a league-high 67 goals, it’s no secret which direction coach Bob Bradley likely will go with today’s No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia. Unless there’s a trade offer Bradley and Chivas USA officials can’t refuse, they likely will nab speedy UCLA defender Marvell Wynne with the top pick. Wynne, a right back who turned down European club offers to sign an MLS contract, is coveted because of his speed on the flanks and athleticism. At Poway High School near San Diego, he was timed in 21.87 seconds over 200 meters. He gained respect internationally playing for the U.S. under-20 national team at last summer’s World Youth Championship in the Netherlands but decided that staying in MLS for the early part of his professional soccer career was his best option. Bradley, a defensive-minded coach who took over for Hans Westerhof in the offseason after coaching stints in Chicago and with the MetroStars, wouldn’t say he would take the All-American with the top choice, but he did admit Wynne probably is the most coveted player in the draft. “I think (Wynne as the first pick) is the general consensus,” Bradley said. “Most people would say he’s the likely No. 1, and he’s earned that. “He’s obviously a special kind of athlete. And when you talk about somebody who can adjust and play right away, his athletic qualities allow him to do that.” Wynne is the son of former major-league outfielder Marvell Wynne, who played for the San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. The younger Wynne said he signed with MLS after consulting with several people, including Bruins coach Jorge Salcedo, a former Galaxy standout. “A lot of people were saying (I was headed to Europe), but I figured my best opportunity would be here in MLS,” Wynne said. “I figured if I stayed here, I could train with other MLS guys, other Americans. I have to work my way up, and I’ll get more of a chance to maybe start.” Chivas, which traded away two selections to New England for salary considerations and another to the Galaxy for defender Ryan Suarez, doesn’t pick again until the fourth round. Fred Robledo, (626) 962-8811 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card 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


‘He needs time to clear up the mess’ -Some Arsenal fans beg others to give Emery time

first_img 1 possible standings Almost home from the game gutted but going to take Emery season or maybe two to sort this mess out , I hope Cech & Xhaka get dropped for Chelsea away. The new boys look decent #AFC— George Georgallas (@GGeorgallas86) August 12, 2018 I thought @Arsenal started off poorly and grew into the game. Plenty of positives as well as negatives to take. Emery has a lot to work on this week but give him time and I can’t see why we can’t improve. Let’s beat Chelsea next week lads 👌 #ARSvMCI #afc #arsenal #AFCMCFC— Robert Whippy (@rob99whippy) August 12, 2018 Definitely not an unexpected result vs the champs. The lads will get better under Emery. It’ll take time to gel & play HIS style of football however… it is STILL #COYG #AFC #WeAreTheArsenal #ARSMCI— Rock City Gooners (@RockCityGooners) August 13, 2018 revealed latest gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update changes Disappointing result today but truth be told it was men against boys. City too strong for us. Could see hints of what Emery wants to achieve, the fans need to back him and have plenty of patience! Long way to go, just the beginning. #AFC— Matt Taylor (@matt1taylor) August 12, 2018 It’s obviously going to take a bit of time for Emery to turn things round, and City are the best team in the league. But our senior players were still very disappointing yesterday #AFC— Kane (@K88Baker) August 13, 2018 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Now the dust has settled, think it’s pretty clear that Emery is going to need a fair few transfer windows to sort the mess out that we currently have. 18 months down the line this team will look very different, both in the way it plays, and the players playing in it! #AFC— John (@Johnboy270783) August 13, 2018 Most Popular Premier League News SORRY How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Some pundits, including former Everton and West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce, have criticised Emery for his tactics against Man City, which allowed Pep Guardiola’s stars to swamp them as they pressed.And some fans have been critical too but a large portion of Arsenal supporters on social media have began to rally around their new boss, telling critics he will need time to turn their fortunes around.You can see a selection of the positive messages on Twitter below.center_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops Emery has to be given time. Sure. Not going to turn it around after 1 game. But we still look very very vulnerable in defence. Still nowhere near good enough imo. By far the weakest out of top 6 clubs & if we get 1/2 injuries we are in serious trouble #AFC #AFCMCFC @Arsenal— Tracey Kaye (@TraceyKaye1) August 12, 2018 It was always going to be a baptism of fire for Unai Emery at Arsenal with his first Premier League game coming against champions Manchester City.It ended, fairly predictably, with defeat and some unsure performances from some of his player with Petr Cech struggling with his passing and Granit Xhaka looking off the pace against tough opponents. smart causal This just shows that it will require at least 2-3 transfer windows for Unai Emery to at least quickly transition and we will see some deficiencies. #afc #lfc #ARSMCI— ArsenalEmpire (@empire_arsenal) August 13, 2018 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion silverware predicted Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Disappointing result today but Emery needs time to clear up the mess Wenger left us in, I saw clearly what Emery wants us to play, pressing off the ball, and starting attacks from back to front by playing out of the back but City just a much better side than us at the moment #AFC— James (@unkn0_wn) August 12, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Emery needs a LOT of time to rebuild Arsenal and make us competitive again. He’s inherited some shit Wenger signings. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Give it a couple of years before I make a proper judgement 👍 #AFC— Harry Bell (@harrybell11) August 12, 2018 Arsenal manager Unai Emery gesticulates on the touchline against Manchester City. Simple, if Wenger was in charge today, be 5 or 6-0. Don’t think we are going to get slaughtered under emery. Also, we aren’t playing city every week ! Stay positive ! #afc— AFahey-11™️ (@AFahey_Official) August 12, 2018 One part of me is excited for the new arsenal era , another part of me is afraid for Emery because this arsenal team still has Wenger written all over it … That man is gonna need time . Flush out the bad ones #afc— Adebayo (@debayo_manuel) August 12, 2018 #AFC | Listen, give Unai Emery time. It was his first competitive game in the Premier League and it will take time for home to adapt with his tactics and how he wants the team to play. You cannot transform a team that has been low in confidence for months into a big one! #Arsenal— Shane Maguire (@ShanemaguireAFC) August 12, 2018last_img read more


Leeds United lose to Blackburn and miss the chance to go top of the Championship

first_imgLeeds missed the chance to go top of the Championship as Darragh Lenihan’s header consigned them to a 2-1 defeat at Blackburn.Rovers made four changes from their victory at Bolton, while Leeds were without the suspended Luke Ayling but were able to call upon fit-again duo Kemar Roofe and Gaetano Berardi. 1 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Blackburn Rovers won at Ewood Park. Latest Football News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow no dice shining Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF RANKED ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Marcelo Bielsa’s side were roared on by a 7,717-strong following, but Danny Graham’s towering header gave the hosts into a second-minute lead.Only fine goalkeeping kept Leeds in the game, before Mateusz Klich equalised from close range on the stroke of half-time – his fifth goal this term.Despite dominating possession for large spells, Lenihan’s first of the season 20 minutes from time handed Leeds a first away defeat of the season.It was rich reward for the hosts, who moved fifth after an energetic and clinical display that gave them back-to-back league victories for the first time this season. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more


Gas Co. pipeline project fuels road rage

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The pipe has to cross the street and go on the other side, so traffic is down to one lane on each side,” Wainie said. Wainie said the major impact hits during morning rush hour when motorists have little patience for common courtesy. Some have resorted to shouting at him to direct traffic instead of watching cars going by. “If I wave them through the light, it just gets worse at the next intersection,” he said. “We’re more productive in a preventive mode. But when we’re not there, it’s like NASCAR. They jam in and cut in front of other cars. It’s a big mess, but all we can do is let it run its course.” Santa Clarita public works inspector Bernie Bugarian said having deputies on-site to keep the peace is normal on a project of this magnitude. “We’ve received a couple of colorful calls where the people told me about the traffic,” Bugarian said. The next step in the project is to pave San Fernando Road to Oak Ridge Drive, which workers will start next week. “With any luck, we should be off San Fernando Road by the end of January,” Bugarian said, acknowledging that delays will bedevil drivers through the upcoming holidays. The project involves installing 80-foot-long sections of 32-inch-diameter pipe from Newhall into Valencia, along San Fernando Road and Magic Mountain Parkway. Once the new gas line is in, the old line on McBean Parkway will be capped before it is abandoned. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A new gas line being installed in the Santa Clarita Valley is fueling more than one motorist’s rush hour rage. Complaints about traffic snarls along San Fernando Road, where a 5-mile-long stretch of outdated pipe is being replaced by the Gas Co., have prompted city officials to require the utility to pay overtime for a sheriff’s deputy for traffic and temper control. “The permits specified that crews work at night when they were in Old Town Newhall,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Byron Wainie. “But once they got out of that area, they went back to day shifts.” The biggest problem is where crews are working on San Fernando Road, alongside the Santa Clara River’s South Fork near the Wiley Canyon Road bridge. last_img read more


Science Reporters Stretch the Truth on Limb Evolution Claim

first_imgItem: some fragments of bone were found from a road cut in Pennsylvania.  Conclusion: Darwinian evolution from slime to humans has been demonstrated again.  Sound far fetched?  Not if you are a science reporter for a typical news organization; this is common practice.    The bone this time is a humerus of a presumed “early” tetrapod, described by Neil Shubin and team (University of Chicago) in the Apr. 2 issue of Science.1  Their diagram shows a few scattered fragments of bone, not a whole skeleton.    That’s the data; now the interpretation.  According to the authors, the fragments of bone from this late Devonian creature represent a “novel mix of primitive and derived characters,” that “provides the basis for new interpretations of structural and functional stages in the origin of the tetrapod limb.”  Since only a few bone fragments were found, their identification of the fossil is “based on the presence of multiple shared derived features” compared with other assumed early tetrapods.  The shape of the bone, they think, indicates it supported bigger muscles.  It might have been, therefore, evolving into something that could support the body of the animal underwater and perhaps was used for a kind of hopping locomotion.  Admitting that “Many of the changes seen in these Devonian taxa are also seen in modern fish,” they “argue that this function represents the intermediate condition between primitive steering and braking functions in fins.”    Jennifer Clack, a veteran tetrapod-evolution researcher (see 08/09/2003 entry), writing in the same issue of Science,2 agrees with the interpretation and thinks that Shubin’s conclusions “reveal how even fragmentary finds can be used to draw inferences about the nature and sequence of changes that must have taken place during the evolution of terrestrial locomotion by tetrapods.”  In other words, no one saw this creature walking on its fins; inferences were drawn based on what they envision must have happened sometime in the evolution from fish to four-footed walker.  Even though Clack admits this bone “hints at a wide diversity of tetrapods existing in close proximity” in Pennsylvania where it was found, she illustrated her article with the new bone arranged into a hypothetical progression from fin to foot.    Here are examples of how this interpretation was reported in the media:Astrobiology Magazine pictured a contemplative chimpanzee pondering its origins, and began, “The Darwinian picture of the first fish venturing out of a muddy pond to become a lizard, has always had a certain simplistic appeal, but recent findings suggest this transitional puzzle has new fossil evidence.  A 365-million year old humerus bone hints at a fish that tried to prop itself up underwater, long before its offspring could have appeared as eventual amphibians.”  Charles Darwin, in pictures and quotes, is featured in the story, along with an illustration of limbs reverting back to fins in the evolution of whales.MSNBC News carried the story with the title, “How did fins evolve into feet?  Fossils document gradual change in the bones of ancient fish”.  The first paragraph is even more daring, connecting the story to us humans: “There is something fishy going on in your arms and legs – and it’s a good thing.  With the discovery of the world’s oldest known arm bone, scientists conclude that many of the physical features we associate with life on land, including the bone structures and muscles necessary for walking and doing pushups, have their evolutionary roots in fish.”New Scientist claimed that this “Primitive fossil arm performed push-ups” and “has revealed important insights into how animals colonised the land.”National Geographic gave Shubin’s team uncontested coverage, even though among the positive affirmations, they quoted one of the researchers as “unable to discern whether the humerus belongs to Hynerpeton, Densignathus, or an entirely new tetrapod species.”BBC News reported the story in slightly more tentative language, “Fossil may be earliest arm bone,” though offering no alternative to an evolutionary interpretation.  When they wrote, “It suggests the earliest limbed animals were fish navigating shallow rivers, but its place in the evolutionary tree is the subject of some controversy,” the controversy they speak of is not whether evolution from fins to feet occurred, but where this particular fossil fits in the scheme: they end with another scientist mentioning that this bone “isn’t like any of the later humeri that you encounter in the later Carboniferous.”Nature Science Update claimed “Strong-arm tactics drove creatures from the pond,” and stated, “The discovery of an ancient arm bone has helped scientists understand what happened as water-dwelling creatures evolved into land animals.”  The end of the article admits that “Details are sketchy, however.  We do not know, for example, how developed these creatures became underwater before crawling ashore, but the new find should add to the current picture.”These articles can probably be considered representative of how the interpretation of one bone in a scientific journal was reported in the popular media.1Shubin et al., “The Early Evolution of the Tetrapod Humerus,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5667, 90-93, 2 April 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1094295].2Jennifer Clack, “Enhanced: From Fins to Fingers,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5667, 57-58, 2 April 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1096415].If this article doesn’t make you mad, you have been hoodwinked as a victim of bad high school science teaching.  These reporters have taken an inch of data and stretched it into a light-year in both directions, fitting it into an all-encompassing myth of their own making, without considering alternative explanations or even coming close to supporting their case.  No muscles were found, no dates were stamped on the bones, no creatures were seen doing push-ups, and no transition from fins to feet was observed.  In fact, this bone brings as many puzzles into the evolutionary tale as “insights” (oh, how they love to claim that such and such a discovery “may provide insight into evolution”).  Where is any science reporter wise and bold enough to stand up and call this kind of grandstanding unjustifiable, misleading and worthless?    Darwinists have commandeered the news media by installing gutless lackeys as reporters who dare not question the fanciful interpretations of the Darwin Party.  As a result, they can weave their tall tales with reckless abandon.  If this were a court of law, the opposing attorney would cry “Objection!”, and demand proof.  If a politician made a claim on such flimsy evidence, the reporters would hammer him with hard-hitting follow-up questions and turn his reputation into a laughingstock.  If it were a logic class, the teacher would use it as an illustration of a of logical fallacy of extrapolation while the students would respond to the claimed evidence by rolling their eyes and rotating their fingers around their ears.  But no; the Darwin Party is a totalitarian regime, suppressing freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of thought.  Only the official party line can be debated.  That’s why Creation-Evolution Headlines, the alternative media, exists.  Spread the word.    For a more detailed response to prior claims by Clack and Shubin, be sure to read our 08/09/2003 entry.  You won’t get it in the mainstream media.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Bolivia asks for SA’s advice

first_img16 January 2006Visiting Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales asked a number of South Africa’s current and former leaders for advice last week on transforming his country’s bitter past into a peaceful and democratic future.Morales, who assumes office on 22 January, met with South African President Thabo Mbeki at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday.His visit to South Africa was part of a world tour aimed at clinching business and political relations with other countries.Common history“I believe Bolivia has encountered the same history as South Africa,” Morales said after the half-hour meeting with Mbeki. “In this process of change and democracy, we need to collaborate with governments which have defended the rights of their people so we can learn from them.”The former union leader explained that he learnt how Mbeki and former president Nelson Mandela had gone about transforming the country, and would like to have them as close allies in the process of fostering peace in his own country.“I asked President Mbeki to give advice on how to instill democracy in Bolivia,” Morales said. “I asked him that they should not abandon us in this process of transformation.”Former leadersMorales said he had also come to South Africa to seek advice from other former leaders who had helped chart the country’s transformation from “apartheid isolation to democratic prosperity.”On Wednesday, he held brief meetings with former apartheid Cabinet minister Roelf Meyer and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa. The two were key figures in the negotiations to end apartheid and in drafting South Africa’s new Constitution.On Thursday, he made a whirlwind visit to Cape Town, meeting apartheid-era president FW de Klerk at the city’s airport before visiting Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island.After that he was driven to the parliamentary precinct to meet Deputy Foreign Minister Sue van der Merwe who, Morales said later, had drawn up a draft framework for future bilateral relations with the South American country on the instructions of Mbeki.He then capped off his visit by meeting another of South Africa’s Nobel Peace laureates, former Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairman Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.Speaking to the media at Tutu’s offices after a brief meeting with the man who led South Africa’s pursuit of post-conflict probity and reconciliation, Morales said he was leaving South Africa “having a father”.Archbishop Tutu said he was impressed with the warmth and humility of the former leader of Bolivia’s cocoa farmers, an indigenous South American who rose through the ranks of the country’s worker and peasant movements to win the presidential elections there in December, in a coming-of-age for a people who have suffered the humility of colonialism for almost half a millennium.Morales congratulated the Archbishop on his struggles for South Africa’s black people, receiving the quick reply from the cleric that those struggles were “for everybody”.The indigenous Aymara leader said he had asked publicly that all the personalities he met in South Africa would continue to “accompany” the impending changes in Bolivia.His trip to South Africa had “strengthened us to learn to be responsible for the changes in our country”, he said.BuaNewslast_img read more


Class of 2015: more pass their exams

first_img6 January 2016South Africa’s class of 2015 was the largest number of pupils to have passed their exams yet, with nearly 800 000 pupils sitting their final school examinations.The pass rate of 70.7% was a drop of 75.8% over the previous year, but 455 825 candidates passed the 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations.Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the total number of candidates who registered for the November 2015 NSC exams was 799 306, comprising 667 925 full-time candidates and 131-381 part time candidates. –“This is 110 000 candidates more than those enrolled for the 2014 NSC examinations.”Motshekga clarified that the pass rate would have been 74% if “progressed learners” were included in the figure. Progressed learners are those who have failed Grade 11 more than once and who are then promoted to Grade 12 without meeting the criteria to pass.ImprovementsThere was an increase in the number of passes in mathematics and physical science, although the pass percentage in these subjects decreased.The number of pupils who passed maths rose from 120 523 in 2014 to 129 481 in 2015, while the number of learners who passed physical science rose from 103 348 in 2014 to 113 121 in 2015.“In 2015 there were 3 711 more distinctions achieved by learners than in 2014,” the minister said. “In 2014, 157 913 distinctions were achieved, whereas in 2015 161 624 distinctions were achieved.“In the 12 key subjects (including mathematics, physical science and accounting) the total number of distinctions increased from 59 981 in 2014 to 63 348 in 2015.”Provincial pass ratesMpumalanga – 78.6%, almost the same as in 2014North West – 81.5%Free State – 81.6%Gauteng – 84.2%Eastern Cape – 56.8%, down from 65.4% in 2014KwaZulu-Natal – 60.7%, down 9% from 2014Limpopo – 65.9%, down from 72.9% in 2014Northern Cape – 69.4%, down from 76.4% in 2014Motshekga said the department must pay particular attention to KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Eastern Cape if it wanted to improve the overall NSC national picture.“If we don’t do this, our basic education outputs and outcomes may not improve to the extent (that is) necessary.”Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more