Warriors roll into second round of NBA playoffs

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.last_img read more

Nets deny Heat a clincher with tight win in OT

first_imgBrooklyn’s six-game overtime losing streak ended, and the Nets went 3-1 against the Heat this season.James Johnson and Goran Dragic each scored 18 for Miami, which got 16 from Kelly Olynyk and 14 from Hassan Whiteside. Wade and Josh Richardson each had 13 for the Heat, whose magic number for clinching remained one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWade found Johnson for a layup with 41.1 seconds left to put Miami up one, and that was followed by the Levert score that became the one that mattered most.Miami came out flying, taking a quick 30-16 lead when Wade hit a 3-pointer. The lead was still 11 early in the second, and it looked like a bit of comeuppance — clinching a spot against a Nets team that offered no resistance in Game 82 at Chicago last season, a Bulls win that eliminated the Heat from the postseason — was on the way. View comments Not quite.Brooklyn trailed by only seven at the half, and took its first lead since 7-5 when Dinwiddie’s 3-pointer midway through the third put the Nets up 62-61. The lead eventually grew to nine midway through the fourth, and Miami’s frustration was on full display.Wade thought he got fouled when he missed a spinning layup, slapped the basket stanchion and drew a technical.It seemed to be a spark.Johnson had 12 of his points in the fourth, including a pair of three-point plays 24 seconds apart. Wade put the Heat ahead with a drive with about a minute remaining, Hollis-Jefferson got a three-point play to put the Nets on top again, and Wade tied it with a pair of free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors’ Kerr questioned about not attending Clark rally Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brooklyn missed two shots on its last possession of regulation, Dragic missed for Miami at the buzzer, and to overtime they went.TIP-INSNets: D’Angelo Russell started for Brooklyn, played the first 6½ minutes, missed all five of his shots while turning the ball over twice and never saw the floor again. … Brooklyn has had a great year against the Southeast Division. The Nets are 12-6 against Miami’s division — and 13-45 against the other five divisions, including 1-13 against their Atlantic rivals.Heat: Miami remains one win shy of clinching its 18th winning record in Pat Riley’s 23 seasons with the organization. Only San Antonio has more winning seasons (22) in that 23-year stretch. … The Heat have scored at least 90 points in 26 consecutive games, tying the third-best streak in team history. They’ve done it in 37 straight games on two other occasions.SCORING RECORDThe Heat finished March averaging 111.7 points for the month — the best for any full month in team history.MUTUAL RESPECTHeat coach Erik Spoelstra said he can see, and respects, how the Nets are trying to create a winning culture. Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson took that as high praise — knowing “culture” is a very significant word to the Heat. “From Erik to Pat Riley, they’ve been doing it for a long time. They’re a team that we imitate,” Atkinson said.UP NEXTNets: Host Detroit on Sunday.Heat: Visit Atlanta on Tuesday. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The Nets defeated the Heat 110-109 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — Caris Levert scored with about a half-minute left in overtime to put Brooklyn up for good, Dwyane Wade missed on a play where he thought he got fouled at the buzzer and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 110-109 on Saturday night.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 20 points for the Nets, who denied Miami a chance to clinch a playoff spot. Levert finished with 19 and Brooklyn put seven players in double figures for the second straight game — the first time the Nets have done that in 29 years.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

Man jailed for raping 4-year-old

first_imgTwenty-eight-year-old Dwayne Hamilton, who was found guilty of raping a four-year-old, was on Friday sentenced to 12 years in prison by Justice Jo-Ann Barlow for the act which was committed on February 21, 2007.The accused was found guilty of the offence on March 20, 2019, by a 12-member jury at the High Court but was sentenced on Friday after his lawyer had made a request for a probation report to be presented.Justice Barlow during her sentencing explained that the only mitigating factor existing is that Hamilton was 16 years old when he committed the act, and thus metred a 12-year sentence against him.After the sentence was handed down, Justice Barlow recommended that during his time in prison Hamilton be exposed to counselling sessions, while advising him to participate meaningfully in same which would help reform him to be a part of society again after serving his time.The accused was represented by Attorney Ravindra Mohabir while the State’s case was presented by Prosecutors Lisa Cave, Seeta Bishundial and Sarah Martin.The court heard that the accused committed the act on the child moments after she had used the washroom. The accused, who was 16 at the time, was caught in the act by the child’s mother, who immediately reported the matter to the police. He, however, managed to evade the police but was eventually caught.last_img read more

Texila welcomes new batch of students

first_imgThe Texila American University (TAU) once again opens its doors to another batch of students for the 2019-2020 academic year. The University, in welcoming their new intake, conducted a three-day ceremony that embraced a total of 61 students.The freshmen, who were all ready to venture out on their journeys, were greeted with welcoming tools and a series of events that were aimed at ensuring that the integration period was fun-filled.Students of Texila University during the white coat ceremonyOn day one of the ceremony, the students were greeted by staff and members of the University and later taken on a campus tour so that they would become familiar with the facility and its framework. This activity was expected to help the students have easy access and mobility.Meanwhile, the second day saw them interacting with their seniors and on day three, the school’s faculty team briefed the students on their various policies.Even with a fun-filled programme and with their new students’ welfare in mind, the University hosted a separate programme that catered for the parents of the students. With the main objective in mind to create a friendly relationship between parents and the institution, this programme fostered a discussion with parents on the challenges and difficulties students face in day-to-day life.Business Administration and Public Health are the new programmes TAU has introduced into the programmes they already offer. These classes are expected to be more interactive while creating a liberal experience from both ends.Mr Sepersaud Denonarain, the Academic Coordinator of the Programmes, expressed how elated he is to for the new journey the University is about to venture on. He said, “I am especially pleased to say that we are starting something great here in our University, and it is going to be very successful for our students and faculties. We are inviting anyone who wants to further their education in these areas of life”.White coat ceremonyFurthermore, 33 students moved on to their clinical practices after the white coat ceremony at the Texila American University. This ceremony has now become a part of the University, more or less as a new tradition with great significance. It symbolises the transition from the completion of studies to the world of work.The keynote speaker during the ceremony was Chairperson of Medical Council of Guyana, Dr Navindranauth Rambaran. Other speakers included: Dr Hugh Duckworth, Chief Academic Officer; Dr Jeffrey Antonio, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Dr Dheeraj Bansal, Dean of the College of Medicine.Dr Jeffrey Antonio addressed the gathering, highlighting the significance and importance of the white coat ceremony; while Dr Bansal introduced the faculty members of the College of Medicine and shared some words of encouragement as the students progressed into their MD level.At this event, each new student was tasked with reciting a version of the Hippocratic Oath, which acknowledged their commitment to serve humanity with honour, compassion, and dignity. The Oath was followed by the presentation of the coats to each student by the Chief Guest, Dr Rambaran, as well as Dr Bansal.Out of a total number of 1046 accepted applicants for admissions for the medical school, this batch of students was from a diverse class of 54 per cent females, with students hailing from Guyana, Africa, India, and the Caribbean region.last_img read more

Ghana shape up for Ethiopia in Nairobi

first_img0Shares0000Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan and striker Andre Ayew train at the Utalii Grounds in Nairobi on November 14, 2018 ahead of their AFCON qualifier against Ethiopia.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – Ghana’s Black Stars have pitched camp in Nairobi ahead of their crucial 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifier against Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex on Sunday at the Addis Ababa Stadium in the Capital.The Ghanaians trained at the Utalii Complex on Wednesday evening and on Thursday had another session at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, as head coach Kwesi Appiah shapes up his side for the crucial tie. “Kenya has been like home for us and we feel more comfortable here probably because it is an English-speaking country and the people here are nice. Anytime we come here they accept us we feel more comfortable here and the players also love it here,” Appiah said on his side’s decision to train in Nairobi.Ghana face a must win tie against the Walias as they currently sit third in Group F standings with three points, one behind second placed Ethiopia and four behind leaders Kenya who beat them 1-0 in Kasarani in September.A loss against Ethiopia will put their AFCON dreams in jeopardy and hence head coach Appiah has said they will take the match with utmost seriousness.Appiah has called in a strong squad, only maintaining four players that featured against Kenya and he was only short of admitting the rest did not win his trust.In his squad for Ethiopia, Appiah has included captain Asamoah Gyan and the Ayew brothers who were absent in the 1-0 loss to Kenya.The tactician says it was about time he fields his strongest side.“The situation was that I don’t want to rely on only a few players. I want a situation where we can enlarge the group but when the going gets tough and you want to finish the job early, you have to come with your best,” Appiah said.He added; “They (Ayew brothers and Gyan) are key players in our team and anytime the going is tough or you need best players, automatically you need to call them to finish the job.”Ghanaian head coach Kwesi Appiah before a training session when they played Kenya at the Kasarani Stadium in September 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Group is currently standing in the middle of a jungle with CAF yet to make it clear whether Sierra Leone will be reinstated in the qualifiers or not. Sierra Leone have not played two matches in the qualifiers; home and away to Ghana and will also not play Kenya this weekend.If Sierra Leone will not be reinstated, Ghana will only need a point against Ethiopia to assure themselves of a place in CameroonAppiah though says his side is not distracted by the uncertainty saying they will concentrate on their job on the pitch.“It has not had so much effect on us because we were 100pc prepared for them. Unfortunately they could not turn up and we don’t know what the CAF decision is. We are only looking at what is in our hands and that is Ethiopia and Kenya and to win the games,” Appiah commented.Looking forward to the wounded Ethiopia who were beaten 3-0 by Kenya, Appiah does not expect an easy game, but notes his team will be going out full attack.“This is a very important game for us because we want to finish the qualification job early. We are going there to play our best and make sure our attack is working. We are not going to defend anything. We are not the kind of team to do that,” the coach said.The team is expected to leave the country later Friday for Addis Ababa.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Delay is promoting unhappiness

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Q My supervisor constantly plays practical jokes on me, especially in front of others. Things are said about me in a playful way, but others don’t know this person is playing around. I enjoy a good joke, but when I am trying to work it becomes hurtful and annoying. The other issue is that my supervisor is one of my closest friends. This makes it hard for me to say anything. What can I do? A Practical jokes at work are often impractical at best. When comments are made in a so-called playful way but are actually hurtful and annoying, it is difficult to see how they qualify as jokes. If these comments came from a garden-variety supervisor, it would be easy to think that perhaps he or she is a bully, or maybe is feeling threatened by you. However, since your supervisor is one of your closest friends, his or her motivation to tease you may be to show the others that there is no favoritism. Although you said that it is difficult for you to say anything to your supervisor because of your close friendship, it is this friendship that should make it easier for you to discuss this with him or her. After all, friendship is premised on openness, trust and mutual respect. With that in mind, you should meet privately with your supervisor and let him or her know exactly how you feel about these jokes. If this person is a good friend, a good supervisor, or hopefully both, the jokes will end. Q My manager keeps asking me if I am happy working here. I tell him that I am, but then a day or two later, he asks the question again. I don’t know what he is getting at or why he is doing this, and I don’t know how to find out. What do you think? Q I am in charge of a department for a large state agency, and my counterpart over a different department retired a year ago. A year ago, my boss offered me the interim position over both departments, and a few months later she announced that she was promoting me over both departments. However, a year has passed, and I have approached my boss several times and reminded her about the promotion. I cannot go to the human resources director since he is a close friend of my boss. Is there anything I can do, or is this just a lesson learned? A There are lessons to be learned by you and your boss. First, it is time for your boss to learn that when she makes a commitment like this, she needs to keep it unless there are extraordinary circumstances that prevent her from doing so. The lesson for you is not to dwell on what you should have done. Rather, the lesson is to learn how to act more assertively. Assertiveness is more than a reminder. You should meet with your boss, present the facts, express your feelings and specify what you want – in this case, your new title and other perks that may accompany this position. Fortunately, it is not too late. Tell your boss that with the impending new year, the timing is perfect for you to formally start in the supervisory position that she offered you. Refresh her memory regarding your accomplishments over the past year, and give her an idea of the new goals that you have established for yourself in this position. You should not end the meeting with her until you find out if the offer is on the table or off the table, and certainly not tabled any further. A On the one hand, this could happily be an innocuous question that he asks of many people, perhaps as a way to start a conversation or learn about their attitudes. He may even be thinking about longer-term opportunities for you in the company and trying to indirectly learn more about your plans. He might have even heard that you are not so happy, and he may view you as a valuable employee whom he wants to retain. Is it possible that you are giving off some cues that indicate you are not happy at the company? This can be as basic as wearing a frown, complaining too often or too loudly, producing substandard work or maintaining a low level of enthusiasm. However, all of this is conjecture. If you really want to know why your manager is asking you this question, there are two people to ask. First, ask yourself why he may be doing this. If you draw a blank and remain highly concerned about his thinking, you can ask him. Hopefully, his response will make you happy. Ken Lloyd, Ph.D., is an Encino-based management consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at lloydonjob@aol.com.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

Hollis shines in Lakewood net

first_imgAsking your goalkeeper to stop every ball shot on net is often asking the impossible. Lakewood High goalie Tiffany Hollis nearly did the job but had to settle for a 1-1 tie against visiting Wilson High in a Moore Leauge girls soccer game on Monday. “Tiffany had another awesome day at the goal,” Bunton said. “She just comes up every time for us. She’s our bigtime keeper.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the opening half the Bruins (9-5-3) were getting past the Lancers’ defenders with relative ease. Wilson took several shots, including a few breakaways, but were unable to get them past Hollis. That was until midway through the half when Samantha Prochnow raced by the Lancers backline into the box and tucked her shot in front of a diving Hollis’ outstreched hands to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The Lancers (9-5-2) answered with a goal from Nikki Bleidistel who received a pass inside the box with a defender on her and turned around with a left-footed shot for the score. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I think overall this is a satisfactory game for me,” said Lakewood first-year coach Greg Bunton. “I thought toward the end we were dying a little bit in the second half. I give Wilson a lot of credit. In the first half they played really nice, really quick. They played well.” Wilson dominated most of the second half, playing on Lakewood’s half of the field. This time around the Lancers did a much better job of limiting the Bruins chances of scoring, but it was Hollis who stepped up big when the Bruins came close to converting. “For us it’s a little disappointing,” said Wilson coach Jason Kirkwood. “This a game we came to win … their goal they just simply outhustled us. “I thought their goalkeeper had a really good game. We had plenty of chances to score, we just didn’t get the job done today.” Hollis, who is a sophomore, had 13 saves in the game, seven of those in the second half. last_img read more

Kovacic reveals he watches videos of Man United hero to improve himself

first_img“Sometimes I go home and watch him to learn something new.“He had everything, he was the modern midfielder — scoring goals, defending well, tackling. I don’t copy anybody but I do like to watch Scholes. I also watch other players to see what I can do better.“Players like Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta, too.”Kovacic is likely to make his switch to Stamford Bridge permanent next summer and also added he is working on adding goals to his game. 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Kovacic loves watching videos of great midfielders to try and improve his game Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED smart causal Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware center_img ADVICE MONEY Most popular football news Scholes scored 155 goals in 718 Man United games and was instrumental to much of their success And watching the Manchester United legend – one of the game’s best midfielders – is certainly one way to help him adapt to a new environment.“Every player has to be himself— but for me Scholes was one of the best ever, he told The Sun.“He was amazing. I still enjoy watching his videos on YouTube. BEST OF impact Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? possible standings Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic explained he watches clips of Paul Scholes in action in an effort to improve his displays.The 24-year-old Croatia international is on loan from Real Madrid, swapping places with Thibaut Courtois, and has played four of the club’s five Premier League games so far. REVEALED last_img read more

KCCA FC departs for Congo Brazzaville ahead of Confederations Cup tie

first_img Tags: CAF Confederations Cup 2018/19CS SfaxienKCCA FCOtoho Doyotopvipers sc KCCA are the defending champions of the Uganda Cup (file photo)CAF Confederations Cup – Play-offs 2019Otoho d’Oyo vs KCCA FCStade Omni Sport Marien Ngouabi d’Owando, OwandoSunday, 13-01-2019 @5:30pmENTEBBE – KCCA FC have on Friday morning departed for Congo Brazzaville as the Uganda Cup champions build up to their CAF Confederations Cup play-off round clash away to Otoho d’Oyo.A team of 31 personnel departed Entebbe Airport aboard Boeing 737-800 – Rwanda Air and will have a stopover at Kigali International Airport before finally connecting to Brazzaville.The contingent comprised of 18 players, eight technical team members and five officials.However, the players did not include Jackson Nunda who was left out following a Hip injury sustained in KCCA FC’s 1-0 win over URA in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Tuesday afternoon.Nunda has been a key component for the Kasasiros, top scoring in the 2018 CAF Champions League for Mike Mutebi’s side.However, with an array of talent available in the midfield department, Mike Mutebi has more than capable replacements for the talented-lanky play-maker.KCCA FC need to overcome Otoho after two legs in order to reach the Group stages where they last featured in 2017.The other Uganda CAF Confederations Cup representative, Vipers SC host Tunisian giants-CS Sfaxien on Saturday in the first leg of their play-off.The 31 Man Continent that left on Friday Morning:Officials:Juma Marjan Abdul Hamid (Leader of Delegation), Tom Lwanga (Board member Technical Director), Kirunga Micheal Bitonde (Finance Manager /Advance person), Magero Moses Mwanje (Public Relations Officer), Babirye Aminah (Media Officer).Technical team:Mutebi Mike Hillary (Team Manager), Byekwaso Morley (Assistant Manager), Kaddu Badru (Fitness Coach), Kiwanuka Daniel (Goal Keeper Coach), Malinga Richard (Assistant Coach 1), Kabuye Robert (Assistant Coach 2), Ssewanyana Ivan (Physiotherpist / Team Doctor), Tusuubira Emmanuel (Assistant Physiotherapist).Players:Charles Lukwago (GK), Malyamungu Jamil (GK), Bukenya Lawrence, Awany Dennis Timothy (c), Gift Ali Abubakar, Musana Hassan, Kaddu Henry Patrick, Mutyaba Muzamiru, Kyambadde Allan, Kizza Mustafa, Achai Herbert, Ssenjobe Eric, Mutyaba Mike, Sserwadda Steven, Kirabira Isaac, Poloto Julius, Okello Allan, Obenchan Fillbert.Comments last_img read more

Freedom brings responsibility

first_imgAs we move from Human Rights Month in March to Freedom Month in April, we must remember that South Africa’s hard-won democracy and the rights it gives us all must be used to fight intolerance and foster a cohesive society, writes Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.South Africa is often cited as a praiseworthy example of the resilience of the human spirit and the power to rebuild a nation fragmented by a tortuous history. (Image: GCIS) Brand South Africa CEO Miller MatolaAs South Africa enters its 21st year of democracy in 2015, we also mark 60 years since the adoption of the Freedom Charter in Kliptown on 26 June 1955. The charter was one of the founding documents of our democracy, demanding inclusivity with its opening words: “South Africa belongs to all who live in it.” This set the vision for a unified, egalitarian, free and equal South Africa.Sixty years later, we can claim to live in a free and democratic society. We certainly have challenges, but are essentially a free people living in a country that belongs to all.Democracy is essential to preserving a culture of human rights. This becomes pertinent in the light of recent turbulent events in our country. What is important is to not forget those who laid their lives down so we could proclaim: “Free at last.”South Africa has a brutal history. But that history has bequeathed a rich and glorious democracy to the people of our country. Our Constitution and its Bill of Rights are often described as among the most progressive in the world – a not insignificant accolade for a democracy as young as ours.But democracy is complex, and with our strong human rights culture comes a weight of responsibility.Twenty-one years on, democracy is firmly entrenched in South Africa. We have a common understanding of what democracy means, and the rights it gives us.We must now ask how we should express these democratic freedoms. What is our individual and collective obligation to ensure our freedoms are responsibly exercised?South Africa is often cited as a praiseworthy example of the resilience of the human spirit and the power to rebuild a nation fragmented by a tortuous history. The nation-building project, though, is long: it requires many years and a constant re-evaluation of how far we have come.We should not lose the remarkable qualities of our nationhood as we seek to express our democratic freedoms. South Africa, even after 20 years of democracy, remains a country in transition. Ours is a living democracy, one being forged again in the face of new realities.With rights come responsibilities. It is up to every South African citizen to ensure that we respect one another’s rights. Having freedom of speech, for example, does not mean we have the right to defame, insult or hurt others.I have often felt that South Africa’s democracy and human rights culture can be succinctly described by the term “Ubuntu.” This uniquely South African concept, loosely translated, means “humanness”, and describes the reality that we are who we are because of the efforts of those who have come before us. If all South Africans displayed Ubuntu in our interactions with each another we would be able to fight intolerance and foster social cohesion.The history of our country makes it the responsibility of us to work to honour and respect our democracy and strengthen our culture of human rights.As Nelson Mandela, the founding father of our democracy, said at his inauguration: “The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.” We have a responsibility to work hard to safeguard our democracy – our hard-won freedom and the inherent respect for the human rights of others – that is the cornerstone of our progressive constitution. Our past, our future and the generations to follow deserve to inherit a culture where our diversity is indeed our greatest asset.Miller Matola is CEO of Brand South Africa. Follow on @MillerMatola.last_img read more