Heat bracing to be without Whiteside for several games

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rookie Bam Adebayo is now the starting center in Whiteside’s place. Adebayo goes into Friday night’s game against Charlotte having shot 11 for 12 in his last two games, playing bigger-than-usual minutes because of Whiteside’s injury.“I like the progress,” Spoelstra said. “It’s hard not to see the progress that Bam is making.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pelicans’ Davis fined for outburst that triggered ejection MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Only time will tell,” Whiteside said. “Hopefully the next couple weeks I can just rest and get healthy. … I’m going to sit down and let my teammates take it over from here and just cheer as much as I can from the sideline for them.”He got the first bruise on Oct. 18 in the season-opener at Orlando and missed the next five games. The second bruise occurred in a win over Boston on Nov. 22, and Whiteside played an average of 22 minutes — well below his usual — in the three games that followed while dealing with pain. He sat out Wednesday’s loss in New York, and could miss at least six more games if his couple-weeks estimate proves correct.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think he feels much better, and so do we, just that he now knows exactly what it is,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We can move forward from there.”Whiteside is averaging 14.9 points and 12.7 rebounds per game this season for Miami. He ranks eighth in the NBA in field-goal percentage (.581), third in rebounds per game and ninth in blocked shots per game. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves center Taj Gibson (67) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside walked out of the Miami Heat locker room Friday with a brace on his left knee, and without any idea when he’ll be back on the floor.The NBA’s reigning rebounding champion will miss at least a week — possibly much more — with another bone bruise in his knee. It’s the second time he’s had a bruise on that knee this season, and Whiteside said he doesn’t plan to resume playing until the knee is fully healed.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

D-League: Zark’s-Lyceum destroys AMA by 24

first_imgPBA IMAGESShowing no signs of slowing down, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum waylaid AMA Online Education, 109-85, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu led the balanced attack for the Jawbreakers with 17 points, including a rim-rattling dunk over Andre Paras with 2:44 remaining to punctuate the victory, along with 10 rebounds, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Quarters: 31-19, 61-39, 81-64, 109-85.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES CJ Perez was also one of the seven players who notched double figures in scoring with 15 markers, 14 boards, and five dimes.Wilson Baltazar pumped three treys to wound up with 13 points, Jaycee Marcelino, MJ Ayaay, and Ralph Tansingco all logged 12 points, and Jayvee Marcelino got 11 in the comfortable victory for Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAfter gaining back-to-back wins after losing their conference-opener, Jawbreakers coach Topex Robinson praised his wards for sustaining their frenetic pace.“Again, we want to keep on sustaining the energy. We want to change the way the D-League will be played,” he said. “They have to keep up to us rather than us keeping up with the rest of the D-League.” Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases The win also allowed Zark’s to surpass its paltry showing in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where it finished 1-9.The Jawbreakers ran to a 15-6 opening salvo and kept their foot on the pedal en route to a 27-point advantage, 109-82, late in the game.Genmar Bragais held the fort for the winless Titans (0-2) with a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds, while Michael Cañete got 22 markers and seven boards.The Scores:ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 109 — Nzeusseu 17, Perez 15, Baltazar 13, Ayaay 12, Jc. Marcelino 12, Tansingco 12, Jv. Marcelino 11, Serrano 5, Cinco 4, Ibañez 4, Marata 4, Liwag 0, Santos 0.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 85 — Bragais 29, Cañete 22, Manalang 10, Escalambre 8, Casiño 5, Porter 5, Paras 4, Parcero 2, Antonares 0, Garcia 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.ADVERTISEMENT Marcial brings experience, demeanor to PBA Commissioner’s Office OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

San Miguel Beer offers Brian Heruela, David Semerad, 1st round picks for embattled Terrence Romeo

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio on Robert Bolick: ‘The kid’s a winner and we need a winner’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew This time around, San Miguel is planning to trade bench players David Semerad, Brian Heruela, a 2019 first round pick, and a 2021 first round pick for the beleaguered Romeo.San Miguel head coach Leo Austria kept mum on the subject but he did say that everybody deserves a second chance and that includes Romeo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“As a player, we’ll start with his good traits and Terrence played for Gilas,” said Austria in Filipino Sunday at Robinson’s Manila. “He’s one of the most admired players.”“Everyone can change and his talent will always be there.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Guard Terrence Romeo sits on the TNT bench during a game against Phoenix. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel didn’t take anyone’s draft picks in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft but it did set a plan to acquire the polarizing Terrence Romeo from TNT.The Beermen traded away role players Jay-R Reyes, Ronald Tubid, Rashawn McCarthy, and their 2019 first round pick for the Columbian franchise’s first overall pick in the 2017 Draft that turned out to be Christian Standhardinger.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s been a rough few months for Romeo, who was slapped with a three-game suspension for his participation in the Philippines-Australia brawl in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers in July and was also involved in a scuffle also in the same month where his group got into an altercation with bar patrons in Quezon City.The spitfire guard has also reportedly gone AWOL from the KaTropa for several days now though, TNT head coach Bong Ravena downplayed the news, saying Romeo’s only recovering from flu.Nonetheless, Romeo is still considered to be of the best guards in the PBA, having won the scoring title from 2015 until 2017.“Any team will surely need his talent,” said Austria.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

PCC’s ‘Buy Your Dirt’ Project on Course, But…

first_imgDespite effort made to control solid wastes through the “Buy your dirt” strategy, authority of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) has underscored the lack of garbage trucks and front loaders for transporting trash as a key challenge that the administration of Acting Mayor Cyvette Gibson faces.Speaking to the Daily Observer on November 12, the public affairs director of PCC, Jani K. Jallah said that upon taking over last year, Mayor Gibson introduced the “Buy your Dirt” project to encourage community dwellers to collect dirt and stockpile it at a selected location: but the absence of transport equipment has remained an impediment to the project.Dirt under the “Buy your dirt” project is measured in a peanut bag for LD$10.00.  This means the more dirt one carries to the dumpsite, the more money he/she receives.It is meant to reduce the spread of solid wastes in the environment in order to keep it clean.Ms. Jallah said while community dwellers are cooperating with this strategy to give a good outlook of Paynesville, especially the Red-light area, the city corporation is financially constrained in terms of transporting the garbage, adding, “We have to rent trucks from garbage companies including NC Sanitor and Zoom Lion to transport the dirt; it has become quite burdensome.”She said renting a truck costs not less than US$300 and a front-loader US$500—something, she noted, that is creating problem in the midst of low budgetary allotment.The Red-light District in Paynesville is one of the over- populated areas in Monrovia, and it is the main center for business.According to Ms. Jallah, over 700 bags of dirt are brought to the dumpsite daily and PCC has to fulfill its vow by paying those bringing the dirt.She said they hope to some days receive needed equipment to reduce the stress. In the main time, they are engaged in deploying sanitary workers in communities to collect solid wastes at disposable sites’ that reduces the burden of payment for dirt.Although the PCC Public Affairs Director says the sanitary task in Paynesville is enormous, they are also in the process of educating residents of their responsibilities in line with the city ordinance to learn how to manage dirt and business centers where public food is prepared.A few months back, the ever-busy district of Red-Light was free of stockpile of dirt as a result of the “Buy your dirt project.But now, the situation is turning back to the old status as areas cleaned of dirt before are beginning to be filled with garbage.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Leicester star Mahrez rubbishes January exit but admits he COULD leave in the summer

first_img1 Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez Riyad Mahrez has no plans to leave Leicester during the January transfer window.The winger has been one of the stars of the Premier League this season, and his 11 goals and seven assists have attracted the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United.The 24-year-old has ruled out a January exit with the Foxes currently riding high at the top of the table, but the Algeria international admitted he could leave the club at the end of the season.“It’s best for me to stay until the end of the season,” Mahrez told RMC.“I was at Le Havre, I had six months left but nobody came to get me. Leicester tried very hard to get me.“I could feel that they wanted me. I took the decision without knowing the culture or the area. It was a risk.“When you come from far away and you end up in the Premier League it makes you happy. I am happy that I signed for Leicester.”last_img read more

Church Gate Collectors raise over €7,500 for North West Simon Community

first_imgNorth West Simon in Donegal are delighted with the amount raised during the most recent church gate collections which took place throughout Co. Donegal at the end of July.Total raised was €7,826 which will go directly to help sustain the work and services provided to prevent homelessness throughout Co. Donegal.They would like to give a big shout out to the many volunteers who came forward to help guarantee the weekend was a success and sincerest appreciation to all who generously donated to the collection, we are extremely grateful. The North West Simon Community provides ‘Long-term Supported Housing’ to over 40 individuals in Letterkenny and provides an “Outreach Service” to families and individuals throughout Co. Donegal.This service actively prevents vulnerable people and families from becoming homeless. With the correct intervention at the correct time and with the correct support, Simon Community staff can support people in difficult situations and prevent another person from becoming homeless.The cause works with people not only to address their immediate crisis but to try and have long term sustainable solutions for the individual and their family such as developing a routine, providing life-skills, accessing training and educational opportunities. North West Simon Community is run independently and relies heavily on funding from donations and fundraising.If you would like to help make a difference please contact the Letterkenny office on: (074) 9121613 or email collette@northwestsimon.ieLetterkenny ‘Sleep Out’ will be held on Fri, 30th Sept 2016.If you would like to sign up or get involved please contact: (074) 9121613 or E: collette@northwestsimon.ieChurch Gate Collectors raise over €7,500 for North West Simon Community was last modified: August 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalHOMELESSNESSNorth West Simon Communitylast_img read more

Delightful Valentine’s giveaway at Castle Grove!

first_imgTo celebrate the debut of the Delights of Castle Grove County House column on Donegal Daily and to mark the special occasion of Valentine’s Day, we are bringing you a wonderful competition.Castle Grove County House Hotel are inviting two lucky winners to come and dine in the luxurious residence this Valentine’s Weekend or Valentine’s Day.The beautiful estate is the perfect setting for an intimate romantic meal with your loved one, where couples will enjoy a sumptuous five-course dinner in decadent surroundings. The special meal can be reserved on Saturday 11th or Tuesday 14th February.To enter, visit the Donegal Daily Facebook page and follow the like and share the guide on the Castle Grove post.Castle Grove Country House are also launching a mouth-watering Valentine’s Weekend Afternoon Tea for friends to enjoy, as well as a special Sunday lunch menu in the dining room for families this weekend. See below for details of all the special events. Visit www.castlegrove.com to make your reservation today.  Delightful Valentine’s giveaway at Castle Grove! was last modified: February 7th, 2017 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:castle Grove country housecompetitionhotellast_img read more

Bombers start non residential training for Commonwealth games

first_img Tags: Bomberssports topuganda boxing federation UBF president Moses Muhangi (left) tries on  gloves at the federation offices this morning : PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGA.The Uganda National Boxing team, the Bombers have today, Monday,  started non-residential training as they prepare for the upcoming Commonwealth games that start April 4, in  Australia.The Bombers have been boosted with equipment they are required to use while training by Street Finance, a microfinance company.The materials received today include gloves, mouth guards, skipping ropes, weights, coaching pads and reflector jackets estimated to be worth Shs5 million.Speaking at the event, Street Finance representative Esther Olivier Nampima thanked the Federation for the opportunity to partner with boxing. “We as Street Finance we are very happy to be part of this and thank the federation for enabling the partnership,” Nampiima said, adding: “We believe in boxers and that is why we have come to be part of this project and do what we can as well wishers.”She said that they gave the equipment to help boxers achieve their desired goals and also called upon all other companies to come on board and sponsor the Bombers.The non-residential training camp at Lugogo will last for 14 days and will have either morning, evening training sessions daily or both.Currently there are 27 boxers who were summoned but the number will be trimmed to that that can be facilitated by the government.“At the moment, we have around 27 boxers but we will cut off a few and we remain with a smaller number which will be facilitated fully,2 Muhangi said, adding: “We would have loved to take all of them to the Commonwealth but it is not possible financially.Seventeen  boxers attended today’s morning session at Lugogo and the rest are expected later in the day.Light flyweight Fazil Juma Kaggwa and super heavy weight Mike Ssekabembe  both got bronze medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.Some of the Bombers in action this morning at Lugogo: PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGAComments last_img read more

Batty Illogic Published in Evolutionary Paper

first_imgScientific papers do not emerge from pure realms of wisdom and knowledge.  They are written by people, who can be illogical sometimes.One has to be pretty smart and well-educated to get into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).  The criteria for getting published in the Proceedings of the NAS are stringent.  Somehow, though, the criteria for evidential rigor and sound logic are relaxed when the subject is evolution.  Here’s what a recent paper by evolutionists primarily from China said in PNAS about “Adaptive evolution of energy metabolism genes and the origin of flight in bats” —Bat flight poses intriguing questions about how flight independently developed in mammals. Flight is among the most energy-consuming activities. Thus, we deduced that changes in energy metabolism must be a primary factor in the origin of flight in bats. The respiratory chain of the mitochondrial produces 95% of the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) needed for locomotion. Because the respiratory chain has a dual genetic foundation, with genes encoded by both the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes, we examined both genomes to gain insights into the evolution of flight within mammals. Evidence for positive selection was detected in 23.08% of the mitochondrial-encoded and 4.90% of nuclear-encoded oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) genes, but in only 2.25% of the nuclear-encoded nonrespiratory genes that function in mitochondria or 1.005% of other nuclear genes in bats. To address the caveat that the two available bat genomes are of only draft quality, we resequenced 77 OXPHOS genes from four species of bats. The analysis of the resequenced gene data are in agreement with our conclusion that a significantly higher proportion of genes involved in energy metabolism, compared with background genes, show evidence of adaptive evolution specific on the common ancestral bat lineage. Both mitochondrial and nuclear-encoded OXPHOS genes display evidence of adaptive evolution along the common ancestral branch of bats, supporting our hypothesis that genes involved in energy metabolism were targets of natural selection and allowed adaptation to the huge change in energy demand that were required during the origin of flight.These evolutionists must surely know that the earliest fossil bat is already 100% bat (2/16/08, 4/20/06, 1/28/05).  That empirical problem aside, the authors of this paper assume that the presence of “genes involved in energy metabolism” was sufficient to create flying mammals.  The high-performance genes for ATP production (involving the exquisite molecular machine, ATP synthase) somehow made a ground-based rodent take off into the air, with all the systems involved for powered flight.  Why?  Because natural selection “allowed” it.  Since flight “required” a huge change in energy demand, once the genes arrived (somehow), the “origin of flight” resulted.We’re holding up this example of patho-logical inebriation (i.e., drunken stupor) for the world to see that scientists can say really dumb things when under the influence of Darwine.  Don’t let their jargon fool you.  This is blubbering foolishness masquerading as scholarship.Let’s apply this theory to flying dogs.  Some dogs are high-strung, and some are calm.  The high-strung dogs meet the stringent requirements for flight, don’t they?  Tell your dog you “allow” him or her to fly, and watch natural selection bring “the origin of flight” to pass.Some horses are high-strung, too.  Maybe we could call this the Pegasus Theory of Evolution.  If energy requirements being met is all that’s necessary for horses to fly, then evolutionists should expect to find flying horses in the fossil record.  Maybe unicorns, too. (Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Remembering Nelson Mandela’s first steps of freedom

first_imgOn 11 February 1990, millions watched as Nelson Mandela took his first steps of freedom.Frederik Willem de Klerk and Nelson Mandela at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos in 1992. (Image: World Economic Forum, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Brand South Africa reporterNelson Mandela walked through the gates of Victor Verster Prison because he insisted on doing so.If he didn’t have his way he would have been dropped off at his small house in Soweto, 1 400 kilometres away.Just two days before, President FW de Klerk told him he would be flown to Johannesburg and released in Soweto. Mandela refused.He also asked for another week in prison to allow his comrades outside to prepare properly. De Klerk refused.So on Sunday, 11 February 1990, millions of people around the world watched as Mandela took his first steps of freedom in 10 050 days through the gates of the last prison he was detained in.It was nine days after De Klerk legalised the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress and announced that Mandela would soon be freed.It was 27 years, six months and four days since South Africa’s most wanted man had been arrested at a roadblock outside the eastern town of Howick. The father of five young children from two marriages walked to freedom as a 71-year-old grandfather.NewspapersOne would have expected some jubilation from the man who had endured two criminal trials, two prison sentences and time in four prisons. But all who encountered Mandela in the days leading up to his release were struck by his calmness.Trevor Manuel visited him in prison soon after De Klerk had announced that he would leave the prison the next day. When he arrived at the house where Mandela had been held for the last 14 months of his imprisonment, he found him already in his pyjamas.On the day of his release Mandela was up early as usual, read the newspapers over breakfast and even had his daily nap as thousands of supporters and journalists gathered outside the prison.Children had been born since his capture and had grown into adults; many became freedom fighters themselves, inspired by the sacrifice of Mandela and his comrades. They had been detained, tortured, forced into exile and killed. Some encountered him as fellow political prisoners.DignityWhile some young firebrands grew frustrated with his manner, he impressed them in jail with his dignity. He made a conscious decision to hold on to it at all costs.“I believe the way in which you will be treated by the prison authorities depends on your demeanour and you must fight that battle and win it on the very first day,” he said to journalists some years after his release.While some prison authorities were brutes, there were some with whom he formed friendships. One was Jack Swart, who was Mandela’s last warder. Even Swart, who spent every day of 14 months with him, did not notice him as anything but calm as he prepared for freedom.In the searing summer heat of 11 February 1990 Mandela and his wife Winnie walked a few metres towards the crowd lining the road outside the prison. Freshly-sewn flags in the colours of the African National Congress were held aloft. Just ten days earlier, merely having one could have earned them a vicious beating from police and even time in prison.NegotiationsFor the last three years of his imprisonment Mandela was involved in secret discussions with the apartheid regime with a view to setting up eventual multiparty negotiations to end apartheid.Ironically this is what he was calling for before he was jailed. His letters in1961 to Prime Minister HF Verwoerd were ignored, so he called for a strike against South Africa becoming a republic, away from the Commonwealth Group of Nations.A peaceful solution out of the question, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a partner in South Africa’s first black law firm became the first Commander-in-Chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC.Passive resistanceMandela and Gandhi were often named in the same sentence when extolling the virtues of passive resistance.Mandela put the matter to rest after his release when he said:“If the conditions demanded, as they were, that we should avoid any form of action which would lead to bloodshed, I would avoid that. But if the conditions were such that one could depart from a non-violent struggle I would do so. That’s why we resorted to violence, for example. Because the conditions demanded that we should take up arms. The government had banned our organisation, it had sent people to exile, thrown others to jail, gagged those who were inside and imposed ruthless repression. In that situation it was proper to take up arms. Gandhi would never have agreed.”Mandela went on a seven-month tour through Africa and to London in 1962 to raise support for the armed struggle and to undergo military training. He was captured soon after his return to South Africa. He was tried and sentenced on 7 November 1962 to five years in prison. His crime? Leaving the country without a passport and inciting a strike.SabotageTen months into his sentence he was brought to court on charges of sabotage relating to the ANC’s attacks on strategic installations in which no-one but a fellow freedom fighter was killed. Facing the death penalty, Mandela and Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Denis Goldberg, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni were sentenced to life imprisonment on 12 June 1964.During his imprisonment Mandela fought to improve prison conditions; demanded in vain for anti-apartheid fighters to be recognised as political prisoners; brought his legal skills to the aid of fellow inmates and urged unity between political organisations. Slowly, as the campaigns grew outside the prison walls, so did Nelson Mandela’s stature in the imagination of those opposed to apartheid.Expectations“Rolihlahla Mandela, freedom is in your hands; show us the way to freedom in this land of Africa,” are some of the words of just one of many songs highlighting him as a saviour. Each refrain placed firmly on his shoulders, the expectations of millions.He rejected several offers of conditional release, the last made on 31 January 1985. This time President PW Botha insisted that abandoning violence would be the only way to secure one’s freedom.In his reply to Botha, Mandela wrote: “The coming confrontation will only be averted if the following steps are taken without delay.The government must renounce violence firstIt must dismantle apartheidIt must unban the ANCIt must free all who have been imprisoned, banished or exited for their opposition to apartheidIt must guarantee free political activity.”As the struggle within and outside South Africa intensified, successive states of emergency were imposed, giving security forces a free hand in detaining opponents of the state indefinitely.By the end of 1985, when many parts of South Africa were literally in flames, Nelson Mandela was taken from his Pollsmoor prison cell to hospital. He needed prostate surgery and surgeons of his own choice were seconded onto the medical team.ConversationWhile en route from Johannesburg to visit him, his wife encountered Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee on the flight. She engaged him in conversation and encouraged him to visit her husband in hospital.The hospital meeting on 17 November 1985 was the moment Nelson Mandela needed. On his discharge he reached out to Coetsee and the first in a series of meetings took place the following year.In August 1988, Mandela was admitted to another hospital where he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He was treated at two different hospitals until 7 December when he was transferred to Victor Verster Prison.By then Goldberg and Mbeki had already been released and Mandela used his contacts with the government to call for the release of the remaining Rivonia trialists.On 15 October 1989 Sisulu, Kathrada, Mhlaba, Motsoaledi and Mlangeni were freed with Oscar Mpetha, Wilton Mkwayi and Jeff Masemola.UnbannedSouth Africa was still under a state of emergency when the regime released Mandela, but it had unbanned the organisations, allowed exiles to return and begun to free political prisoners.Mandela had not been expected to renounce violence.Within months of his release, the ANC delegation, which included returned exiles, sat down with the government team. These bilateral talks led to multi-party negotiations beginning in December 1991 and ending in November 1993 with the setting of an election date for 27 April 1994.As President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela – prisoner number 19476/62, 11657/63, 466/64, 220/82 and 1335/88 – laid the first bricks in the building of a new foundation to hold his motherland for future generations. Nelson Mandela and his comrades pulled South Africa back from the precipice, but the country faced a long and arduous battle ahead.Reviewed 25 April 2017Source: Nelson Mandela FoundationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more