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Taekwondo Association Creates Ebola Awareness

first_imgThe Liberia Taekwondo Association last Saturday created Ebola Virus Disease preventive measures awareness, along with a parade in Monrovia. The LTA also held a brief exhibition match at the Sports Commission, on Broad in Monrovia.The association’s president Gbene Wode Doh Baker told the Daily Observer that the parade and the exhibition match were meant to reinforced awareness on preventive measures from the Liberian government towards the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.“We also want our athletes and the general public to recognize the need for our continuous use of preventive measures against the virus,” President Baker said.At the Sports Commission, taekwondo athletes engaged in several demonstrations to end their activities.The association meanwhile displaced new outfits received from South East Asia for its programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PYJ, Yealue in War of Words over Nimba Disputed Votes

first_imgGarrison YealueSenator Prince Y. Johnson and Representative Garreson Yealue, both from Nimba County are at each other’s throats following the controversial October 10, 2017 Representative election in District #4.The war of words ensued between the two Nimba lawmakers as a result of  disagreement that emanated from the outcome of the election that put sitting Representative Yealue at the losing end.Yealue has meanwhile accused Johnson of being the chief architect of the  loss of his legislative seat, which he claimed to have won at the October 10 polls.Yealue, who appeared on the Truth Breakfast Show (TBS) at Truth 96.1 FM, yesterday morning, said as far as he is concerned, he remains the winner of the district’s representative seat.  However, as it stands without a clear court ruling, he believes that Sen. Johnson, who is in favor of Gonpu Kargon, has plotted to strip him of his constitutional right. Kargon is Yealue’s closest opponent in the race. Authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) have on previous occasions declared Kargon as winner.“Sen. Johnson is a very wicked leader, but I promise that I will come up with a time bomb press conference soon against his ugly deeds. I have been putting a five-page document together on Sen. Johnson, and what I have in that document will discuss more of his ugly deeds as far back as 1989,” Yealue claimed.Sen. Johnson: “I have job for Yealue, but not at the House of Representatives”Up to yesterday’s radio talk show, Yealue believes that Sen. Johnson is not a person to unite Nimbaians, “because he is not interested in the unity of our people; he is boastful of the respect we have for him. He thinks he is demi-god, but we want to tell him that we mean well for our county, and therefore will not sit by to watch him damage the county’s unity.”He alleged that Sen. Johnson told him that he will not win the case involving him and the NEC, no matter what. However he said that Senator Johnson assured him that if he drops his pursuit of justice at the Supreme Court, he (Sen. Johnson) will offer him an assistant ministerial spot or, better still, a position to serve at the local level.Yealue said he is not in search of a job from the hands of Johnson or the government, because he has laid a good foundation for his life, even before becoming a lawmaker in 2011.Whether it is true or not, Yealue boasted of building six houses before he became a lawmaker in 2011 and that he is now a lawyer.“So I don’t need his job. Let him give it to Kargon, who he thinks is qualified enough,” Yealue said.He accused Sen. Johnson of giving Cllr. Cooper Kruah (now Minister of Post and Telecommunications) US$ 6,000, to lobby for Kargon and “succeed in snatching my fairly won position. But if their mission is to bribe the Justices at the Supreme Court or the Chief Justice himself, they will not succeed because I have the confidence in those Justices and the Chief Justice on grounds that they are not cheap, and will not reduce themselves to any evil Sen. Johnson has plotted.”He said the October 10, 2017 election results from the district showed that he won with 6, 153 while his closest rival, Kargon, received 6,050 of the votes.“In fact the Tweh River Region, which constitutes 75 percent of the overall number of residents, is on my side, while Kargon has 25 percent supporting him contrary to Sen. Johnson’s claim that I am using my own money to fight a fruitless battle. My people are the ones contributing the money to pay my lawyers,” Yealue said.Yealue ran on the ticket of the People’s Unification Party (PUP), one of a number of collaborating parties that pledged support to then Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in last year’s presidential elections.Sen. Johnson has, however,  said that if Yealue has nothing good doing since he lost the election, he should think of how to manage the money he earned while serving at the 53rd Legislature, and improve the lives of his family.“Yealue is my son, but I will not sit idly and listen to him castigate me for nothing. He should find something important to talk about rather than attacking my reputation on the radio. I will not take that from him,” Sen. Johnson said.Johnson admitted that he has told Yealue not to lose hope, because it is still possible that he, Sen. Johnson, can speak with President George Weah to find him (Yealue) an assistant minister position at any of the ministries.“Let him forget about the lawmaker’s position, because he has already lost it. As the political godfather of Nimba, I will speak with the President to find Yealue an assistant minister job. But if he does not accept it, we can still find something for him to do at the county level,” Johnson assured.He said it is unfortunate that Yealue is getting at him with falsehood, “because the problem with Yealue is that he, as anyone else running for a political seat in Nimba, wanted me to support him. But it was not possible then because I too had a candidate in the race in that district. So I could not stop supporting an MDR candidate because of love for Yealue. That was not possible at all,” Sen. Johnson said.Sen. Johnson denied Yealue’s claim of striping him of his legislative seat, because of his position in Nimba politics. “If I have such a power to take away people’s positions, I should have given myself the presidency today. That sounds so funny to me, and I wonder if Yealue understands what he’s talking,” Sen. Johnson rhetorically asked, adding that Yealue has the right to seek the attention of the law through the court system, but he also needs to accept decisions reached against him.He said NEC did a recount at Kpaiplay polling center, and Yealue lost by three votes. “He took exception to the results and lodged a complaint with NEC. There again, he lost. But as he did earlier, he appealed to the Supreme Court. Let’s wait and see what comes out of the court because we are sure he is already defeated,” Johnson told his audience.About Yealu’s threat of staging a press conference to expose his alleged ugly deeds, Sen. Johnson said it is up to Yealue to say whatever he wants, but he remains certain of his impeccable character.“We all take responsibilities for our actions and I don’t know what else he has to tell the public other than the same old and well known stories about my roles at the Ministry of National Defense, the war front and now in government. I don’t know but I look forward to his so-called time bomb press conference against me. I will respond when there is a need,” Johnson declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No plans to change fair play rule – FIFA

first_img0Shares0000Japan will face Belgium for a place in the quarter-finals after finishing runners-up in Group H © AFP / Philippe DESMAZESMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – FIFA said it had no plans to change its fair play criteria that allowed Japan to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup at the expense of Senegal in controversial circumstances.Japan and Senegal were both locked on four points in Group H with identical goal differences and the same number of goals scored, but the Asian side went through to the next round on Thursday after collecting fewer yellow cards in the group stage. In a farcical end to Japan’s 1-0 loss to Poland, the Japanese players slowed to walking pace and hardly a single tackle was made. Both teams were booed from the pitch in Volgograd.It sparked comparisons with the infamous 1982 World Cup match between West Germany and Austria, where both teams played out a mutually beneficial 1-0 win for the Germans.“This is the first time (the fair play rule) has been used in a senior World Cup in this way. Obviously what we want to avoid is the drawing of lots,” Colin Smith, FIFA’s chief tournament and event officer, said Friday.“We believe teams should go forward on their performance and what happens on the pitch, not what happens in a draw pool.“This criteria was introduced to provide one more criteria before we would have to revert to the drawing of lots.”Japan advanced to a last-16 tie against Belgium as Akira Nishino’s team received two fewer bookings across their three group games than the six picked up by Senegal.“We will review after this World Cup,” Smith added. “We will see what the feedback is, what the situation is but as it currently stands we don’t see any need to change the rule that’s been put in place.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Missouri kidnapper gets life sentence

first_img“He just does not want to see anyone suffer any more than they have in this whole ordeal,” said Devlin’s attorney, Michael Kielty. Devlin answered questions from Circuit Court Judge Stanley Williams but declined to explain the plea when the judge asked if he wanted to comment. Prosecutor Bob Parks painted a chilling picture of a predator who spent months seeking out a victim. In the three months before Ben’s abduction, Devlin visited rural areas, driving near schools and following school bus routes, Parks said. In his pickup truck, Devlin had duct tape, a hooded sweat shirt and a 9 mm gun, Parks said. He drove up to Ben and asked him if he knew where some people lived, Parks said. When Ben appeared nervous, Parks said, Devlin grabbed him and shoved him into the truck. Ben asked Devlin why he was taking him, Parks said. “The defendant said, `Just because,”‘ Parks said. Devlin then drove Ben to his apartment in Kirkwood, Mo. Ben was 13 when he disappeared minutes after stepping off his school bus in rural Franklin County. Four days later – on Jan. 12 – a tip led to Devlin’s cramped apartment, where both boys were found. While it is The Associated Press’ policy not to identify suspected victims of sexual abuse in most cases, the story of Shawn and Ben has been widely publicized and their names are well-known.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Michael Devlin, 41, pleaded guilty to one charge of child kidnapping and one charge of armed-criminal action in the January abduction of 13-year- old William “Ben” Ownby as the boy walked home alone from his school bus stop. “We’ve been waiting for this moment,” Ben’s mother, Doris Ownby, told reporters after the sentencing hearing. It was the first in a series of hearings this week in four jurisdictions where Devlin faces more than 80 counts in the abductions of Ben and Shawn Hornbeck, a 16-year-old who was snatched in 2002 while riding his bike and held for more than four years. Devlin plans to plead guilty to all charges to spare the toll of trials on the boys’ families and his relatives, attorneys said. PLEA: Man tracked boy and held him along with a teen who disappeared in 2002. By Christopher Leonard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS UNION, Mo. – A former pizza parlor manager was sentenced to life in prison Monday for kidnapping one of two boys authorities said he held captive and sexually abused in his apartment. last_img


first_imgThere is only one week left to register for the craziest thing you will do this summer. Extreme Adventure in Letterkenny are getting things all tied up (including bales) for the Gateway to Hell Mud Run next Saturday July 18th.The Old Foundry in Letterkenny (formerly Letterkenny Paintball) will be the venue for a morning filled with mud and water, obstacles and barriers and more importantly fun and exercise. Offering both a 5k and 10k course for those who dare sign up to get waist-deep for parts of the day.Entrants can take things at their own pace should they wish and if not, there will be a time clock in operation for those looking to keep a record or have competition among their group.Whether you want to run or walk your given course, that’s up to you! Either way, be prepared for some sliding, slipping, slumping, skipping and sludging.Successfully complete the ‘Gateway to Hell’ Mud Run Challenge and you will have rightly earned the right to wear your very own t-shirt. All entrants will receive their free event t-shirt at the event.The event is open to clubs and charities to raise money and you can simply ask for a sponsor card from Extreme Adventure and get sponsored to complete the event.The event will kicks off at 10am on Saturday morning for the 10km run and at 11am for the 5km run.Participants are asked to be at the venue 45 minutes before they are due to start and there will be car parking facilities availableYou can register up until the day of the event but people are asked to register prior to the event either online at or next Friday the 17th July you can call out to Extreme Adventure (formerly Letterkenny Paintball) Lurgy Letterkenny Co Donegal between 4pm and 8pmThe best thing about this great event is that after there will be a BBQ at The Orchard Bar in Letterkenny complete with a FREE drink to quench that thirst and that’s not all. Each of those who participate will also get FREE entry to The Pulse that night. Get booking and do something different this summer and make it a memorable one.For more information contact Gerard on 0863831188 and he will be glad to help.ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH? REGISTER NOW FOR THE GATEWAY TO HELL MUD RUN was last modified: July 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GATEWAY TO HELLMUD RUNnewsSportlast_img read more

Quigley turned down sparring opportunity with UFC star Conor McGregor

first_imgJason Quigley has revealed that he turned down an offer to spar with UFC kingpin Conor McGregor. Following McGregor’s surprise defeat to Nate Diaz – he and and his team decided to enlist the help of professional boxers in his training camp ahead of his rematch with Diaz.Quigley was asked to help them out, but he was unable to do so due to a conflict in schedules. However, Golden Boy Promotions rising star has said that he would help him out in the future – especially if a superfight with Floyd Mayweather materialized.Quigley is an outstanding fighter and he is forging a career for himself in professional boxing under the tutelage of Oscar De La Hoya.The Finn Valley man has made a perfect start to his professional career and has won all of his eleven bouts.He is in back in the ring in just over three weeks time when he appears on the card for the farewell of one of boxing’s greatest ever fighters Bernard Hopkins. Quigley will face a stern test against Puerto Rican pugilist Jorge Melendez (30-7-1)Quigley is in training in LA, but spent time recently with his good friends – Cork City captain Johnny Dunleavy and Kevin Gillespie who also hail from the twin towns.Quigley turned down sparring opportunity with UFC star Conor McGregor was last modified: November 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:campConor McGregorJason QuigleyOpportunitySparringtrainingUFClast_img read more

Man of the match in every Premier League match this weekend

first_img 11 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 11 11 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Richarlison (Everton) – 8.5/10 gameday 11 Wolves 2-2 Everton Fulham 0-2 Crystal Palace Southampton 0-0 Burnley Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 9.1/10 11 impact highlights Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool all got off to winning starts in their bids to challenge Pep Guardiola’s side.In these games, and throughout the opening gameweek, there were some huge individual performances.But who was the man of the match in every game, according to Scroll down to find out.Manchester United 2-1 Leicester City Watford 2-0 Brighton Aaron Wan-Bissake (Crystal Palace) – 8.6/10 Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) – 8.4/10 smart causal NEW ERA 11 ALTERED 11center_img The first weekend of the 2018/19 Premier League season is over – and we’re delighted it’s back!Manchester City began their title defence by condemning Unai Emery to defeat in his opening game as Arsenal manager. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur Alex McCarthy (Southampton) – 8.5/10 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 11 Raheem Sterling (Man City) – 7.8/10 Arsenal 0-2 Manchester City Pedro (Chelsea) – 8.2/10 11 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? possible xi Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United 11 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Roberto Pereyra (Watford) – 9.3/10 Bournemouth 2-0 Cardiff City Huddersfield Town 0-3 Chelsea Paul Pogba (Man United) – 8.4/10 Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) – 8.4/10 11 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Sterling and Silva rounded off an entertaining weekend LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgMore than 500 people have applied for up to 35 jobs at a toy store in Co Donegal.Smyths Toy Store is due to open on November 5th in Letterkenny in time for the Christmas rush as exclusively revealed in recently.Interviews for jobs at the store, which is to be located at the Letterkenny Retail Park, are taking place over the next two days. Spokesman for Smyths, Rob McGuckin, said they have been inundated with job applications.“There will be between 30 and 35 full and part-time jobs at the store. This will be the 22nd store in the country.“We have been inundated with job applications, around 500, and we are interviewing people in the coming days.“We will be open well in advance of Christmas and we are looking forward to this store being a very busy one,” he said. The well-known toy store chain already has another branch across the border in Derry which is hugely popular with Donegal shoppers.The Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle said the arrival of the store is a huge endorsement for Letterkenny.“This is very welcome news at a time when you hear so many jobs being lost.“Smyths are a very well-known and respected brand and we are talking about up to 35 jobs which is a great boost for the town and for Donegal,” he said.Ends JOBS FOR THE TOYS! MORE THAN 500 SWAMP SMYTHS FOR JOBS AT DONEGAL STORE was last modified: September 21st, 2011 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:letterkennySmyths Toy Storelast_img read more


first_imgSchedule of MassesSt. Mary’s, Kincasslagh:PIC: Aedan John baptism. Next weekendSaturday @ 7.30 p.m.Sunday @ 10.00 a.m.Next WeekWednesday @ 7.00 p.m., Friday @ 10.00 a.m.St. Columba’s, Burtonport:Next WeekendSaturday @ 6.30 p.m.Sunday @ 11.00 a.m.Next Week.Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri @ 10.00 a.m. Lay Apostolate Prayer Group 2nd Monday of the Month in the Oratory @ 6.30 p.m. All Welcome.Anniversaries & MassesStC= St Columba’s. StM= St Mary’s.Mary Bonner, Sat 12th May, StCBrian Ward, Keadue, Sat 12th, StMFuneral Mass, Sun 13th, StMFrankie Julia Boyle, Sun 13th, StCVictims of the Ballymanus Mine Disaster, Wed, StMBarney McGonagle, Sat 19th, StCAnnie Ann and Dinny Rosie Boyle, Sat 19th, StMPeter Moy McCreath and Mary Moy Canning, Sun 20th, StMMary Breslin and Francie, Enda and Madge, Sun 20th, StCMichael (the Ailt) O’Donnell, Kerrytown, who was buried on Wednesday. Cathal O’Donnell, Meenbannad, who died on Thursday. Funeral Sunday at 10.00 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church.Denis Doherty, Cruit,Fr. Willie Lynagh, whose anniversaries occur at this time.May they rest in peace.Fundraising EventsCaislean Oir, AnnagryQuiz on Wednesday. Proceeds to ST. COLUMBA’S CHOIR CONTRIBUTION TO WINDOWS. Teams of 4, €20, 10 p.m. All welcome. Please consider becoming a minister of the word or the Eucharist in our parish. Just ring the number above or email me.Belarus SistersThe sisters from convent of St. Elisabeth, Minsk, Belarus will be here on Tuesday 22nd May, after Mass in Acres and in the afternoon in St. Mary’s Hall, Kincasslagh.Burtonport Bowling ClubAny new members wishing to join the club are invited to come along any Sunday evening at 7.30 p.m. to the Community Centre, Burtonport. Bowlers are available to teach new members.Relay for LifeA 5k walk, run, jog in aid of Relay for Life, is taking place in Burtonport on Sunday 13th May. Registration will take place at the Community Centre from 12 midday. The funds raised are for the Irish Cancer Society, who provide nursing care, patient support, research to try and find a cure for cancer, and many other facilities for people who find themselves in this situation. Please come along and support this worthy cause.St. Angela’s College, SligoCourses in religious education, theology and chaplaincy studies open to teachers, chaplains, parents, sacrament preparation teams and those who are interested in these areas are being run in St. Angela’s College, Sligo. More information 071 9195550, or email education@stangelas.nuigalway.ieThank YouThe Parents Association of Scoil Mhuire, Belcruit would like to thank, most sincerely, everyone who supported our Fair on Sunday last. The event was a huge success and was enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you to everyone who helped out in anyway and to Daniel and Majella for taking the time to call in and join in the fun. Thanks also to The Cope who sponsored our hamper. Go raibh mile maith agaibh go leir.Gospel Reflection taken from Pentecost Sunday Year B John 15:26-27Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who issues from the Father, he will be my witness. And you too will be witnesses, because you have been with me from the outset.”The disciples – Mary of Magdala, Peter, John and all the others – had experienced the resurrection. They knew Jesus had been raised from the dead – they had met him, talked with him, even eaten with him. But somehow, knowing about the resurrection is not enough. It is as if that knowledge and experience are being held onto as something private and personal. What happens at Pentecost changes every thing. The Spirit of truth is given so that all those who receive it will be sent out, will be witnesses to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Instead of being turned in on themselves the disciples are turned outwards and sent out to bring the good news. As we hear from the first reading in Acts2:1-11 not even the barriers of language can stand in their way.Do we see faith primarily as something private and personal, given to us for our own comfort and salvation?As individuals, families and parish communities do we know ourselves to be gifted by the Spirit and sent out to be witnesses to the good news?Where in our own lives are we called to be witnesses? What does that mean in real terms? How comfortable are we with that?First Holy CommunionPlease remember Lexie Oglesby Grogan, Aoife McGonagle, Owen Gallagher, Matthew Comiskey, Aoibhe Boyle, Owen Doherty, Holly Doherty, Jamie McCready, Finn Nicholas, Chloe Murphy, Orla McCready, Seamus Doherty, Jack Ward, Liam McCann, Seamus McCann, Ethan Sharkey, Harriet Quested and Liam Boyle in your prayers as they made their first Holy Communion this weekend. Congratulations everyone!Scrap MondayA “scrap Monday” will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 4th June at the upper factory on the railway road, Burtonport between 10am and 4pm. Check your shed or garage for metal, copper, steel, boilers, bicycles etc… No fridges or toys. Further information from 086 6086231, 086 8415467 or 085 1742559.LOCAL NEWS: ST MARY’S KINCASSLAGH PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: May 12th, 2012 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:LOCAL NEWS: ST MARY’S KINCASSLAGH PARISH NEWSLETTERlast_img read more

Ndamase takes local trends global

first_imgIn 1990, Ndamase launched what was to prove one of his most important associations – designing the Madiba Shirts for the country’s future president. (Image: Sonwabile Ndamase Facebook)Fashion runs in his veins and he has dressed the who’s who of the South African elite, yet he has always stood for the ordinary man.Sonwabile Ndamase is an innovator, creative thinker and visionary. He is a sought-after trend analyst and while his feet remain firmly planted on African soil, he uses a global perspective to source new ideas, gauge the zeitgeist and identify cutting edge trends.Encouraged by a mother who loved sewing, Ndamase and his siblings were taught to be all-rounders at home.After studying fashion in Johannesburg, Ndamase went on to study the commercial side of the clothing business in Sweden and the USA; this retail background gave him a thorough understanding of the realities of the fashion market. In 1994, he founded and established Vukani Fashion Awards to unearth undiscovered South African fashion design talent.“This is an export industry which can earn large sums in foreign currency for South Africa but it is fuelled by fashion influences that dictate how we should look and what we should wear,” he says today, with more than 29 years in the sector under his belt.“New colours and styles constantly create a desire for new clothes, especially among young and fashion-conscious people but as I am a South African, I felt passionate about improving the indigenous fashion in our country.”And Ndamase, who is a Play Your Part Ambassador, walks the talk. He was recently asked to design a uniquely South African garment for Miss Earth South Africa.MAKING A FASHION STATEMENT WITH MADIBAOf all of Ndamase’s clients Nelson Mandela was the one who gave his creations a worldwide appeal.In 1990, Ndamase launched what was to prove one of his most important associations – designing the Madiba Shirts for the country’s future president.“The decision to make a style statement was one Nelson Mandela made on his own,” the designer says. “He wanted to identify with the people. The majority of South Africans never wore suits, so he wanted to have a specific kind of shirt made – cut long so it could hang over trousers, both coloured and plain, with the conventional pointed collar as well as the standing Nehru.“As always, Madiba wanted to do things his own way.”VUKANI AWARDSThe Vukani Awards are an African fashion showcase held over a week. It is not only an exhibition, but also an information-sharing forum for designers, manufacturers, weavers and others in the clothing industry.The 21st edition of the awards took place during November.Guests on the evening included Metro FM talk show host Criselda Kananda, former model and actress Nakedi Ribane and Gauteng MEC for infrastructure Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, who was a key speaker at the event.The High Fashion Award went to Mmaphefo Dibetso. The award for Most Innovative Designer was presented to Simo Matomela while Zamaswazi Sithole took home the Best Ready to Wear award.Recipients in each category received generous financial support with the overall winner Zamaswazi Sithole taking R40 000; Simo Matomela and Mmaphefo Dibetso received R20 000 each.The winners will also be enrolled in a six-month mentorship programme to the value of R35 000 with Vukani Range Creations.“Fashion creates dreams and makes them happen,” Ndamase says. “We are thrilled to see platforms such as the annual Vukani Fashion Awards act as a tool that offers opportunities to support the South African fashion community.”Previous winners have participated in Mozambique, Swaziland, Cape Town, Joburg and Durban fashion weeks to rave reviews. Some have gone so far as to have their ranges featured at the London, New York and Paris fashion weeks.Each year, 12 or more designers are selected and tasked with designing garments along a theme.The three prize categories are Most Innovative Designer, Designer Collection, and High Fashion / National Costume. They have presented mixed results. Some designs tend towards folklore or patriotism, while other designers have gone on to establish themselves and service a clientele that is hungry for a local identity.Besides Mandela, Ndamase’s client base includes King Letsie III of Lesotho; Bill Clinton, the former American; President Jacob Zuma; American musician Quincy Jones; and South African businessman Saki Macozoma.last_img read more