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Unfamiliarity cost us – Holder

first_img STRUGGLE WITH BOWLERS “We struggled with their slow bowlers and it’s a situation where we need to counteract their slow bowlers in the middle. Those were the guys who really put the strangle on us up front.” Holder ruled out the pitch being a factor in the poor batting display. The surface had been under a matting cover for the last three days during the playing of a Regional Four-Day match between Barbados Pride and Guyana Jaguars. “I felt that the pitch was slow and it was a little bit more difficult to hit on,” he said. “It broke up a little earlier than I thought it would, but bearing that in mind, we just needed to find ways to knock some balls back down the pitch. It was a good enough pitch for us to get 150, at least. Definitely think if we had 150 on the board it would’ve been a much better game. “It’s clear we didn’t bat well. We started off with a runout, which gave them momentum. It was a very good piece of fielding, but we never really recovered from there. It was a situation in the middle where we had to consolidate, build a partnership.” The remaining three T20Is in the series will be played Thursday, Saturday and next Sunday at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jason Holder said he expects West Indies to bounce back from defeat now that they have a better idea of the Pakistan side. The lanky all-rounder felt that unfamiliarity with a number of Pakistani players, especially debutant leg-spinner Shadab Khan, was principally the reason for the Windies’ six-wicket loss in the first Twenty20 international on Sunday at the Kensington Oval. Khan had a memorable spell of three wickets for seven runs from his allotted four overs, as the home team was restricted to 118 for eight before the visitors successfully chased down the target with 17 balls remaining. “We need to just sit down and work out our plans against all their bowlers,” said Holder. “Obviously, we are coming up against some guys who we have never played. In this situation, we need to find how best to play them given the conditions that we have.last_img read more

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Racing Results

first_imgCaymanas Park Results for April 17, 2017Track Condition : Dirt – GoodRace 1 1100 M (Purse $720,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)*1. #1 FRANKENSTORM SEllis 56.0$117.00 $59.002. #6 FIFTYONESTORM OMullings 52.02L $70.003. #7 COMPUTERIZE JInnis2 52.01/2L $99.004. #2 GAGA LADY JJackson 52.0NeckLate scratch: #5 CONCURFinal Time: 1:07.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, ,Winner: 7yo b horse – OUTRIGGER – SEEKING LILTrainer: JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : SOLDIER CAMPBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $147.00 Exacta : $189.00Trifecta: $883.00Race 2 1600 M (Purse $870,000)NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIALWEIGHT – FILLIES*1. #2 DEAL MARKER WHenry 53.0$76.00 $50.002. #9 ROSES IN BLOOM ARobles 53.51-1/2L $50.003. #8 VICE ROYALTY JPatterson2 51.02-1/4L $50.004. #1 DADA’S NALA JInnis2 51.03-1/4LFinal Time: 1:41.2 Splits : 23.3, 46.3, 1:12.0Winner: 3yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL – RIGHT MARKERTrainer: FITZROY GLISPIEOwner: AINSWORTH CLARKEBred by DONALD WILLIAMSQu: $131.00 Exacta : $216.00D/E: $159.00Superfecta: $1,202.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $660,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)*1. #2 CHEERS SEllis 56.0$105.00 $54.002. #7 XQUISITE CHOICE AndrePowell3 53.0Nose $53.003. #5 LATE N DRAFTY DDawkins2 50.57L $65.004. #8 SHELLIAN GREY AChatrie 52.04-1/4LFinal Time: 1:35.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:13.2,Winner: 6yo ch colt – YESBYJIMMINY – ANGELA’S FAVORITETrainer: ROBERT DARBY (SR)Owner: MASOUDBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: ($101.00 Ex: ) $286.00D/E: $208.00Trifecta: $322.00Rolling Triple: $385.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. #8 PERFECT ASSET JInnis2 53.0$64.00 $60.002. #6 THE SALESMAN JJackson 55.05L $98.003. #7 RED DREAD AndreePowell3 52.021/2 $98.004. #10 TURBO MACHINE JErwin 54.03/4DNF: #2 TEISHA’S DREAM AChatrie 53.0Late scratch: #11 TO THE WORLDFinal Time: 1:09.0 Splits : 23.2, 48.1, ,Winner: 4yo filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – FATTY BUM BUMTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTAOwner: ELIZABETH DACOSTA & JEFFREY MOREDECAIBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $249.00 Ex: $291.00D/E: $219.00Superfecta: $1,285.00Rolling Triple: $301.00Race 5 1820 M (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #4 BARS OF GOLD JErwin 56.0$157.00 $86.002. #5 COLORS OF WAR JPatterson2 51.01-1/2L $121.003. #1 DEMOLITION BOY HPottinger2 53.0 4-1/2L $871.004. #6 BIGBROWNGREYHOPE RHalledeen 56.0 3-3/4LFinal Time: 2:11.0 Splits : 28.2, 53.3, 1:19.3, 1:46.0Winner: 6yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – GEM LEATrainer: PAUL SMITH Owner : PAUL N SMITHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $414.00 Ex: $636.00D/E: $260.00Superfecta: $19,986.00Rolling Triple: $695.00Race 6 1000 M (R) (Purse $600,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDENCONDITION RACE1. #6 LUNA EMMA AndreePowell3 51.0$116.00 $58.00*2. #9 PATCH HLewis 52.01-1/4L $54.003. #4 ASTRO ARobles 55.04L $110.004. #7 CATCH THE FLIGHT OMullings 55.0 2L5. #12 YOUR HEARTBEAT JPatterson2 49.0 NeckFinal Time: 1:02.1 Splits : 23.3, 48.3, ,Winner: 4yo b filly – WESTERN CLASSIC – MOONLIGHT DANCERTrainer: DENNIS PRYCE Owner : DENNIS PRYCEBred by DENNIS PRYCEQu: $151.00 Ex: $451.00D/E: $771.00Trifecta : $723.00Hi-5: $67,877.00Rolling Triple: $1,476.00Pick-4: $2,356.00Super-6: $3,228.70Race 7 1600 M (Purse $650,000)NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #11 BIG BUCK OWhite 54.0$259.00 $80.002. #12 CAPTAIN GRANVILLE ZMeikle 55.0 11-1/2L $101.003. #10 VICIOUS LOOK RWilson 56.01/2L $57.004. #9 MY FAVORITE DANCER JInnis2 49.0 3/4L5. #6 BURLIN AChatrie 53.01-1/4LFinal Time: 1:42.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.0, 1:14.0,Winner: 5yo b colt – WHO’S STAYIN ON – BUCKS ORCHIDTrainer: WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : V.M.W.Bred by VINCENT LUMSDENQu: $1,947.00 Exacta : $4,412.00D/E: $1,390.00Trifecta: $1,489.00Hi-5: $143,312.00Rolling Triple: $5,432.00Race 8 1300 M (Purse $620,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #11 FLYING MACHINE RHalledeen 53.0 $212.00 $135.002. #10 PROUD PRESIDENT AndrePowell3 52.5 Sh.Head $175.003. #14 BOUNCE AChatrie 55.03-3/4L $162.004. #8 DRAGLINE OWalker 55.0Neck5. #7 PIANO MAN LSteadman* 55.0NeckLate scratch: #5 A VESSEL OF LOVE, #15 RUNNING STARFinal Time: 1:21.1 Splits : 23.3, 47.1, 1:13.4,Winner: 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – MORNING GRACETrainer: GARY GRIFFITHS Owner : ROBERT LEEBred by ROBERT LEEQu: $773.00 Ex: $2,083.00D/E: $1,538.00 (11-5) $184.00 (11-15) $446.00Trifecta: $1,461.00Hi-5: $16,878.50Rolling Triple: $5,358.00PlacePot 8: $2,843.00EASTER SPRINT CUPRace 9 1100 M (Purse $1,000,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. #8 CHACE THE GREAT JErwin 53.5$90.00 $66.002. #5 DANCING QUEEN PWilliams 52.01-3/4L $77.003. #9 LOTTERY TICKET OWalker 53.0Neck $74.004. #6 VISION OScott4 49.0 1-1/2LLate scratch: #10 DWAYNE STARFinal Time: 1:06.2 Splits : 23.3, 47.2, ,Winner: 4yo colt – GREATNESS – OUR MISS RUTHTrainer: DWIGHT CHEN Owner : VINCENT ATKINSONBred by VINCENT ATKINSONQu: $422.00 Ex : $543.00D/E: $309.00 (11-10) $111.00Trifecta: $277.00Hi-5: $13,175.00Rolling Triple: $3,808.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $600,000) 4YO&UP CLM$180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-3rd SINCE 16/12/20161. #8 DA JACKAL OWalker 56.0$93.00 $88.002. #9 MAKE MY DAY RLahoe 54.01/2L $295.003. #3 ZEUS AndrePowell3 53.03-3/4L $177.004. #11 SNEAK PEEK DDawkins2 49.0 1L5. #16 I’MNOTFINE HPottinger2 52.03-1/2LDNF: #12 KING PHARAOH RWilson 53.5DNF: #13 SEAL THE DEAL ZMeikle 52.0Late scratch: #5 WAR CHIP, #15 RULES OF THE CATFinal Time: 1:00.4 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner: 6yo ch colt – LEGAL PROCESS – SUB ZEROTrainer: JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : SYDNEY ROMANBred by KELVIN JONES & MICHAEL MCINTOSHQu: $685.00 Ex: $961.00D/E: $188.00 (8-5) $69.00Trifecta: $1,924.00Hi-5: $9,143.00Rolling Triple: $697.00Pick-4: $7,560.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $41,293.50 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $1,000,000.00 (9 OF 9)last_img read more

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Accra to Serve as Transit Point for Flights

first_imgThe President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, has been in consultation with the United Nations secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, to allow Accra to serve as a transit center for international flights that might be bringing in logistics, medicines and other relief items for the affected countries.Accra is the capital of Ghana, but President Mahama said his consultation is in his capacity as chair of the regional body, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This is a  demonstration of how Ghana is prepared to help affected the countries.He spoke on Monday September 15, when he paid a one-day solidarity visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia.The ECOWAS boss also expressed disappointment over decisions by countries, especially those in the region, isolating Ebola affected countries by barring land, sea and air travels. He said these are not the best way to jointly fight the disease.As the Ebola virus was wreaking havoc on Liberia, Sierra leone and Guinea, who are the worst hit countries, several countries, including those in the sub-region, closed their borders. Some of these countries that closed their land, Sea and air borders include Ivory Coast, Senegal and Kenya. Though some later reversed their decision, it was noted that their earlier decisions were not in line with African solidarity.The Ghanaian President said isolating countries will further compound the precarious situation, especially trade and commerce, thereby seriously affecting the economies of these countries.The Ghanaian leader informed the media gathering that there have been lots of international commitments to fight the disease but said turning these commitments into actuality was too slow.   He encouraged donor countries to fast-track their commitments, since they are intended to save lives in an emergency situation.The ECOWAS Chair further  noted that his visit to Liberia was also intended to join the advocacy for more international concerted efforts in eradicating the virus out of the sub-region. He praised the courage and determination of the Liberian Government and its people in defeating the Ebola virus disease.  He disclosed that he had  begun consultations with world and continental bodies as well as airlines that have stopped flying to Liberia and other affected countries to begin plans to re-engage the Liberian authorities in overturning their isolation as the affected countries have now put into place World Health Organization (WHO) recommended measures in order to stop the spread of the virus to other countries. Speaking earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described Ghana as a sisterly country that has always been by Liberia during good and bad times. On behalf of the Liberian Government and people, she expressed appreciation for the role being played by Ghana and President Mahama, in his capacity as chairman of ECOWAS.President Sirleaf hoped Liberians will continue to work together for the total eradication of the Ebola virus.The Ghanaian President also made stopovers in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Conakry, Guinea with similar messages of solidarity in their respective fights against the Ebola virus disease.President Mahama was met upon arrival by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at the Roberts International Airport. They proceeded to Monrovia and joined President Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office for closed-door discussions before addressing the press.The Ghanaian President was accompanied by his Health Minister, Dr. Kweku Agyeman; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ambassador Kwesi Quartey; Senior Advisor to the President, Alhaji Baba Kamara; and the Director of State Protocol, Ambassador Kwame Tenkorang-Asamoah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Local instructor receives provincial recognition

first_imgShe has taught at NLC for seven years and has acted as the chair for the Early Childhood Education and Care program. Photo: Patricia McClelland has received the Gayle Davies Award from the Province./ SubmittedAn instructor at Northern Lights College has received a provincial award.- Advertisement -Patricia McClelland received the Gayle Davies Award from the Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia.The award is in recognition of her commitment to peace, power, friendship and vision.McClelland was presented the award in May at the ECEBC’s 39th annual convention in Richmond.She says she was thrilled to receive the award.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bandari held by Al Ahly Shandy at Kasarani

first_imgIn a cagy tie played infront of a handful fans at the expansive Kasarani stadium, William Wadri had the best chance for Bandari off a diving header whil the visitors had a goal disallowed for offside.Ahly had the first chance of the game after five minutes and Bandari had Mike Wanyika to thank for remaining even in the tie.The shot-stopper, deputizing for newly signed Justin Ndikumana who is waiting for his paperwork to be complete raced off his line to block from Mohammed Abdallah who had raced through on goal from a Yassir Mozamil pass.In the 13th minute, Abdallah thought he had given the Sudanese side the lead when he raced to a Mozamil pass again, but the second assistant’s flag was up for offside.Mozamil had run behind the defense to pick out a cross from the right and had his teammate not touched the ball, then it would have counted as a goal.Bandari’s Abdallah Hassan passes the ball during his side’s CAF Confederation Cup match against Sudan’s Al Ahly Shandy at the Kasarani Stadium on August 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBandari lacked their usual pace and didn’t create much in the opening quarter hour of the game. They came close in the 20th minute when Darius Msagha headed a Yema Mwama cross towards goal with the keeper off his line, but Amgad Ahmed cleared off the line.In the 27th minute, the dockers had an even better chance when he read well a back pass to the keeper but he collided with the shot stopper who swiftly raced off his line.Wadri had the closest chance for the dockers in the 33rd minute when he dived in decently at the edge of the six yard box to meet up with a Mwama cross but his header missed the target by a whisker.In the second half, the visitors started brighter and came close to breaking the deadlock just a minute in when Mozamil found some shooting space on the right but he blasted his shot wide.Salaheldin Adil had a great chance to score midway through the half when he was picked out with a cross from the right but his header from close range unmarked went over the bar.Bandari made attacking changes, Wycliffe Ochomo, Benjamin Mosha and Shabaan Kenga all coming on with Collins Agade, Abdallah Hassan and Darius Msagha all rested.It was Ochomo who came closest with his header from Mejja’s cross going inches wide while Kenga had a rasping shot from the left going inches over.0Shares0000(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bandari’s Collins Agade tries to go in for a header during his side’s CAF Confederation Cup match against Sudan’s Al Ahly Shandy at the Kasarani Stadium on August 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10 – Bandari were held to a goalless draw by Sudanese side Al Ahly Shandy in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Saturday afternoon.The draw at home now leaves the dockers with all to do in the return leg in Khartoum in two weeks time if they are to retain any hopes of progressing to the first round of qualification. Bandari must now win away from home or earn a scoring draw to proceed.last_img read more

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‘Raheem Sterling will leave Liverpool for a big football club’

first_imgDo you fancy becoming a football pundit? Take a listen to the clip above and give it your best shot hereRaheem Sterling will leave Liverpool for a “big club” within the next few seasons, according to Rodney Marsh.The attacking starlet is reportedly close to signing a new contract with the Reds, but Marsh insists that will not stop a European giant like Real Madrid from luring Sterling away from Anfield.“They are talking about his new contract and all these numbers but I think Raheem Sterling will definitely not be a Liverpool player in the not too distant future,” the ex-England striker, who also believes Harry Kane will be tempted away from Tottenham, told the Sports Bar.“He may stay another year or two but, ultimately, he will be at a big football club.”What are your thoughts on Rodney Marsh’s view? Do you think you could cut it as a pundit?This is your chance to prove how good a football pundit you could be! talkSPORT has teamed up with The Carlsberg Fan Squad on a mission to find Probably The Best Pundit in the World… with probably the best prize too!The winner will become part of the on air talkSPORT team, live from a Premier League ground on the final day of the season!Get recording your entries now and also keep an eye out for the People’s Pundit van, which is now on tour to catch all of your punditry skills outside UK football grounds!It’s a fantastic opportunity! So head to www.thepeoplespundit.co.uk to find out more now.last_img read more

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HUNT ON FOR TYRONE FAN WHO SPAT ON LACEY AFTER GAME

first_imgAn investigation has been launched after a supporter allegedly spat on Donegal star Karl Lacey after yesterday’s game against Tyrone.Lacey, who is out injured, was making his way up the tunnel in Omagh when the incident happened.The Four Masters man and bank official was not involved in any altercation before the incident happened. Tyrone management have confirmed they are seeking to identify the supporter involved in the act and have apologised to Lacey and to the Donegal management team.Manager Mickey Harte and Tyrone board chairman Ciaran McLaughlin visited the Donegal dressing afterwards to apologise.McLaughlin confirmed a full investigation will be carried out into the matter.They say the supporter could face a lengthy ban after the disgusting act.   HUNT ON FOR TYRONE FAN WHO SPAT ON LACEY AFTER GAME was last modified: March 4th, 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:fankarl laceymickey hartespatTyronelast_img read more

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NEW DONEGAL DIASPORA WEBSITE REACHES 135,000 PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

first_imgSince the launch of the Donegal Diaspora website last week, the response from abroad has been very positive.Frankie’s Angels! The ladies behind the Donegal Diaspora website along with Mayor Frank McBrearty at its launchEvidence of this is the many comments left on the linked Facebook page from all corners of the globe.Donegal County Council says it is delighted Donegal emigrants can connect with each other over a variety of different stories from all corners of the world. The website recorded over three and a half thousand visits within a short period of its launch last week and the associated Facebook page has a total of over 500 likes, which reaches 135,000 people worldwide.Speaking this week Michael O’hEanaigh, Director of Service with Donegal County Council said that “We are delighted with the positive response that we have received to www.donegaldiaspora.ie . Our Donegal friends and family are located all over the globe.”The US and the UK record the highest number of visitors, nearly two thousand between them.But the website has also been accessed from Russia, Vietnam, Jamaica, Nepal, the list goes on and on – all of these countries and many, many more have someone living there who is interested in, or has a connection to Donegal. Now they can access a site that lets them know what is happening in the county, be it creative or business orientated; whether they are from Inishowen or Killybegs; whether they are interested in the Arts or in windsurfing – there is a story on the website which will interest them. NEW DONEGAL DIASPORA WEBSITE REACHES 135,000 PEOPLE WORLDWIDE was last modified: February 15th, 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:Donegal diasporalast_img read more

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FUNDRAISER FOR SEAN MacCUMHAILLS U-14 FEILE CAMOGIE TEAM

first_imgGAELIC games fans are being urged to help Sean Mac Cumhaills Under 14 Camogie team when they represent County Donegal at the All-Ireland Feile Na nGael.The Feile is on from the 5th-7th of July in Limerick. This is the second year in a row that Sean Mac Cumhaills have represented Donegal in the Feile.This feat is even more remarkable when you consider that up to three years ago there was no Camogie teams in the club. Through very hard work and sheer determination the coaches and players have built up a great squad and have rightly claimed their place in Limerick.The club is running a fundraising night in Kee’s Hotel on the 15th June.Tickets are €10. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899 or Don Browne 0858724116 for tickets. Music will be provided by the brilliant Beefsteak Dancers and DJ Gerry Mac Laughlin.This promises to be a great night’s entertainment. A donation will also be made to the Local Cancer Bus Fund. Please come along and support the girls as they represent Donegal in Limerick. If anyone would like to help out and sponsor the girls in any way, please contact Alan Martin. FUNDRAISER FOR SEAN MacCUMHAILLS U-14 FEILE CAMOGIE TEAM was last modified: May 28th, 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:FUNDRAISER FOR SEAN MacCUMHAILLS U-14 FEILE CAMOGIE TEAMlast_img read more

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Cape Town sings, dances for Madiba

first_img12 December 2013The life of Nelson Mandela was celebrated with dignity, joy and tears by tens of thousands of South Africans at the Cape Town stadium in Green Point on Wednesday night.In a spirit of remembrance and celebration, formalities were set aside as artists and the city’s leaders paid tribute to Mandela, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 95.“Nelson Mandela: A Life Celebrated” was a free event organised as part of the City of Cape Town’s commemorative programme. The city laid on free public transport, making it possible for people from all corners of the city to come together to remember Mandela.The mood of the crowd was one of joyful togetherness as they stood side by side to mourn the man who set them free. “The Mandela Magic at work one last time – his Cape Town farewell last night,” said author Tim Butcher, who attended the event with his family.Praise songsHelen Zille, the leader of the Democratic Alliance and the premier of the Western Cape, sang praise songs about Madiba in isiXhosa. She told of how she had just returned from the state ceremony for Mandela in Pretoria, where the former president’s body has been lying in state.She said his face was at peace, “a face that must symbolise both in its physical features and its spiritual features everything that we must become as nation”. She said Mandela’s familiar smile “must have masked such a deep pain over a vast number of years, when he sacrificed to bring us freedom and to bring us a constitution that defends us today”.Zille said she had flown in from Pretoria over Robben Island, seeing Cape Town as Mandela must have seen it. “It was a powerful sight.”Johnny Clegg paid a heartfelt tribute to Mandela with Asimbonanga, a song he wrote in the dark days of apartheid. The crowd, on its feet, sang and cried along with him.Justice and dignity“The spirit of the New South Africa may have had its origins in Madiba but it lives in all of us,” Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said. “And because of that, we cannot let that spirit die with him. He showed us what reconciliation meant; he showed us what we needed to become.“In mourning him, we celebrate his values of justice, dignity, respect, human rights and reconciliation,” she said. “In our celebration of them, these values live and thrive once more.”The Bala Brothers also brought the crowd to their feet – where they remained for the rest of the night – with their rousing rendition of Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata. Paying tribute to the country that determinedly breaks stereotypes, they sang in Afrikaans.National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said it had been a long walk to freedom for South Africa, but that “the journey was not over yet”.Never forgetSinger and Aids activist Annie Lennox, who is also an ambassador for the charity 46664, used her bongo drum to convey a powerful message to “stop the violence”. Banging out slam poetry, she got the crowd chanting about safe sex and getting tested.Also paying tribute was rugby player Francois Pienaar, former captain of the Springboks, who described Mandela as “our spiritual coach and our captain”. Recalling the World Cup in 1999 when he led Springboks to team victory, Pienaar said, “For the first time ever, we were all champions together. I will never forget how proud Madiba was, and his beautiful smile.”Marius Fransman, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation and the chair of the ANC in the Western Cape, said Mandela was the country’s role model: “We all ask what we want our children to be like. We want them to be like Madiba.”The event was well organised, with the city relying on many of the procedures it used when it successfully hosted the 2010 World Cup. The “fan walk” from the station through the city centre to the stadium was renamed the “remembrance walk”.“Madiba’s Cape Town celebration has got to be one of the highlights of my life,” said photographer Jackie Murray. “Never before have I experienced such intense, unified joy, sorrow and elation as this. We sang, we danced, we cried, we screamed our hearts out. Lucky the stadium doesn’t have a roof, because we would have blasted it right off up into our beautiful African skies!”A few thousand people also gathered at the Grand Parade, where the event was broadcast on big screens.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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