Reyes on Batang Gilas’ tough odds in U17 World Cup: Remember 2014

first_imgView comments Basketball history suggests not to count out the Philippines ahead of another World Cup stint.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The country faces a tall order in the Under-17 tilt in Argentina, but Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes reminded everyone of the last time the Philippines competed in a Basketball World Cup.“Croatia was plus-20 and Argentina was plus-30 and we took both of those teams to the last possession,” said Reyes.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 crownReyes steered Gilas to breakthrough campaign in the 2014 World Cup in Spain and he thinks the Philippine youth team can do the same two months from now.“You’ll never know. The fact is the team is there. And every time they’re there, they will always have a chance to win,” Reyes said. “It’s a good test and barometer on where we stand but really, we believe that with enough preparations and proper preparations we can compete with these teams,” said the younger Reyes, who serves as deputy to head coach Mike Oliver. “As you can see, we are not the small team anymore. We know, physically, we can hang with these guys.”“We have to believe that we can compete. We’re not preparing to go on vacation, we’re preparing to compete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Batang Gilas, which is ranked 31st, is slotted in Group D together with No. 7 Argentina, No. 8 Croatia and No. 9 France.“Honestly, we haven’t looked at the teams yet. But just the names of those countries alone, they’re very tough,” said Batang Gilas assistant coach Josh Reyes.“But I believe with the proper preparation, especially in this age group level, I think we can really compete and the aim is to surprise people and see how far we can go. The first goal is to get into the next round.”With the 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto, who led the team’s fourth-place finish in the Fiba U-16 Asian Championship in Foshan, China, Reyes said size is not that of a concern for the Philippines unlike before.What’s crucial, however, is having ample time to prepare.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Alaska lacked effort in Game 1 loss to Magnolia, says Alex Compton

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 PBA IMAGESIn a finals series featuring two evenly-matched teams in Alaska and Magnolia, Aces head coach Alex Compton felt “effort” made the big difference in Game 1 on Wednesday night.Unfortunately for Compton, it was the Hotshots who wanted to win more.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “Obviously, the horrible start didn’t help. I just can’t figure out how our energy can be that way. We tried to come back and fight but you dig yourself a hole and just a lot of fundamental breakdowns on our part,” Compton said.“We got to be so much better. I thought Romeo Travis and Jio Jalalon were awesome tonight. They killed us. Romeo dominated us and Jio dominated us,” added Compton, who also commended Mark Barroca’s play especially in the fourth quarter when Alaska made its run.Romeo Travis had 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, Jio Jalalon scattered seven points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals while Barroca added 16 points and five steals.“I thought their guards just took it at us. They handled us,” he said.Compton said the Aces looked “very rusty” but it was still not an excuse for how they played.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I thought we just got totally outworked,” a disappointed Compton told reporters after the Aces lost, 100-84.“Something I feel that’s been the trademark, the hallmark of our team has been effort. I just said in the locker room, I felt like we gave an 85 percent effort and Magnolia gave 100 percent effort and the score was a hundred to 84, I was about right.”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 ChrissGames are won in the end but the story of Game 1 came in the opening minutes when the Hotshots raced to a 15-0 lead.The Aces didn’t score until the 5:42 mark on two free throws by Kevin Racal and made their first field goal with 5:16 left in the first quarter. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Some people told me, ‘you guys are just rusty’ but what about them (Magnolia)? They had a good game. I expect us to play at their level and for it to be a tight game. We don’t have any excuses,” he said.“We missed a ton of free throws and we missed a ton of threes and we turned the ball over,” he added. “The point is that it happens sometimes, but it can’t be that the other seems to be quicker to the ball, they get a few more extra rebounds. It’s just really frustrating.”Aces try to even the best-of-seven series on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scalpers turn to online after crackdown during UAAP Finals Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Trackers hit the road for busy weekend

first_imgFriday evening, the Trackers will find themselves in Spruce Grove, Alberta, taking on the PAC Spruce Grove Saints (18-6-1), the first place team in the NAMHL’s West Blue Division.The Trackers will have to be sharp defensively, as the Saints boast a league-high number of goals for, finding the back of the net an impressive 161 times this season already, and allowing 88 to be scored against.Friday’s meeting will be the first time the Tracker and Saints have squared off this season.- Advertisement -Saturday, the bus travels to St. Albert, Alberta, where another introduction of teams will take place between the hometown Crusaders, and our Trackers.The game will continue the competition within the West Blue Division, with the Crusaders occupying the fifth place in the standings, with a record of 6-11-6. The team has scored 103 goals for, while allowing 106 against, but have won three of their last five games.Finally, the weekend wraps up in Slave Lake, as the Trackers take on a familiar North Black division rivals, the Thunder (6-17-1). The two teams have already met three times this season, with Slave Lake leading the season series 2-1.Advertisement Game one was the season opener for both teams back in September, when the Trackers handed the Thunder a 6-2 defeat in Slave Lake. The Thunder returned the favour mid-October, beating the Trackers twice in two days, 5-3 and 6-2, on the Trackers home ice.Despite only being behind the Trackers by one spot in the standings, the fourth place Thunder have no chance to catch the third place Trackers this weekend, as 13 points separate the two teams.It’s a significant six points on the line for the Trackers, as the Bantam boys only trail second place Grande Prairie by four points, so a weekend sweep could potentially see the Trackers improve to second place in the North Black Division.last_img read more

Explained: What can still happen in the league table on final day of the season

first_imgAs the table above shows, it is possible for West Ham to finish above Manchester United, but while they could go level on points with fourth-placed City, their goal difference all but rules out fourth place.EXPLAINED: WHAT HAPPENS TO FOURTH SPOT IF LIVERPOOL WIN THE EUROPA LEAGUEMoving aside from Champions League qualification, the Europa League places are far from confirmed, as the FA Cup could have a notable impact on proceedings.The side who finishes sixth would would qualify for the group stage if United win the FA Cup, but would enter the third qualifying round if Crystal Palace win at Wembley on 21 May.HOW MANCHESTER UNITED CAN STILL COMPLETELY RUIN LIVERPOOL’S SEASONThe club who finishes seventh would qualify for the Europa League third qualifying round if Manchester United win the FA Cup. Eighth, meanwhile, cannot qualify.There could be a scenario where West Ham and Liverpool finish level on points, goal difference and goals scored. In this case, a play-off could be needed to determine which team qualifies for the Europa League. 4 4 4 Similarly, Manchester City and Manchester United still have a battle of their own. United threw away the chance to leapfrog City into fourth with defeat to the Hammers mid-week, keeping two points between the duo.It’s not all over, though, as a Citizens defeat and a Red Devils victory would see the latter steal fourth spot, thereby qualifying for the play-off qualifying round for the Champions League. There’s still much at stake for a number of clubs on the final day of the Premier League season.What we do know for certain is Leicester City are champions, and Newcastle United, Norwich City and Aston Villa have been relegated.But other matters are yet to be confirmed.Arsenal can still finish second if they beat Villa and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur lose to Newcastle at St James’ Park.Just two points separate the pair, so the Gunners must do their job and hope Spurs drop three points to end the season as runners-up to Leicester. 4 The battle for supremacy between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur goes to the last day of the campaign Of course though, if Liverpool are to win the Europa League final they would qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, with potentially five teams from England’s top flight appearing in the elite European competition next season.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE IN FULLlast_img read more


first_imgGeraldine in action against Cavan today. Pic Gabrielle GallagherTHREE of Donegal’s Ulster Championship-winning ladies team  have been nominated for TG4 All Stars.Defenders Ciara Hegarty and Treasa Doherty and forward Geraldine McLaughlin are among the 45 on the short-list.All Ireland Finalists, Cork and Dublin are both well represented in the short list with the TG4 All Ireland Champions receiving 11 nominations whilst Dublin have 10 players nominated. Galway and Kerry both receive 5 nominations each with Monaghan and Donegal receiving three each. THREE DONEGAL PLAYERS NOMINATED IN LADIES FOOTBALL ALL-STARS was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalTG4 All Starslast_img read more

Memorial service honors Parks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Winfrey, who was born in Mississippi during segregation, said Parks’ stand “changed the trajectory of my life and the lives of so many other people in the world.” Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson of the African Methodist Episcopal Church called Parks a “woman of quiet strength” who was “noble without pretense, regal in her simplicity, courageous without being bombastic.” Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said Parks’ refusal to give up her seat “was the functional equivalent of a nonviolent shot heard round the world.” “She saw the inherent evil in segregation and she had the courage to fight it in its common place, a seat on a bus,” said Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. At the end of the service, the audience joined hands and sang the civil-rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.” Mourners reached into the aisle to touch her casket as it was wheeled out of the church. Afterward, Parks’ casket was flown to Detroit , where a viewing began at mid-evening at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Former President Clinton and singer Aretha Franklin were scheduled to attend her funeral Wednesday. Her memorial brought together leaders of both parties, from Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. The choir led the crowd in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” President George W. Bush, who presented a wreath Sunday night at a Capitol Hill ceremony, ordered the U.S. flag flown at half-staff over all public buildings Wednesday, the day of Parks’ funeral in Detroit. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Linking hands and singing “We Shall Overcome,” old friends and Washington’s establishment remembered Rosa Parks on Monday as a quiet, gentle woman whose courage in the face of segregation helped inspire generations. An overflow church crowd paid tribute to the woman whose refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus 50 years ago helped galvanize the modern civil-rights movement. The two-day farewell and “homegoing” in Washington also attracted tens of thousands who stood for hours for a glimpse of Parks’ mahogany coffin in the Capitol Rotunda. In a three-hour memorial service at historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Parks was celebrated by political, religious and civil-rights leaders and other luminaries who spoke of the example she set with a simple act of defiance. “I would not be standing here today, nor standing where I stand every day, had she not chosen to sit down,” said talk show host Oprah Winfrey. “I know that.” last_img read more

Hull v Chelsea: Luis starts for Blues

first_imgFilipe Luis gets the nod for Chelsea at left-back against Hull, with Cesar Azpilicueta among the Blues substitutes along with youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Ramires also starts. Hull are without the injured Nikica Jelavic and the suspended Tom Huddlestone.Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Robertson, Meyler, Livermore, Ramírez, Hernández, N’Doye.Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Davies, Quinn, Brady, Sagbo, Aluko. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Cuadrado, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Warriors report: Champs trying to find an offensive flow

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up practice Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s matchup against the Mavericks.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session.The champs are trying to improve ball movement.After the Warriors’ 108-103 loss to the Jazz Monday evening, Warriors coach Steve Kerr criticized the team’s lack of ball movement. While the Warriors rank fourth in the league in passes per game (309.8) and first (27.6) assists per game, they’ve been averaging just 289.5 passes …last_img

Did Man Invent God?

first_imgA new study claims that religions with “moralizing gods” arise primarily in affluent nations.This idea is bouncing around the science news:Wealth may have driven the rise of today’s religions (Science Magazine)Affluence, not political complexity, explains rise of moralizing world religions (Science Daily)The idea is based on a paper by Pascal Boyer and 3 others in Current Biology, “Increased Affluence Explains the Emergence of Ascetic Wisdoms and Moralizing Religions.”  Their thesis is that “Buddhism, Jainism, Brahmanism, Daoism, Second Temple Judaism, and Stoicism, with later offshoots, such as Christianity, Manichaeism, and Islam” all arose about the same time when the world was having an economic boom.It’s obvious this can be dismissed, because it’s just one of many evolutionary notions that come around from time to time.  For instance, PNAS hoisted this flag up a bit earlier: moralizing high gods evolved because of “the relative effects of resource abundance, ecological risk, cultural diffusion, shared ancestry, and political complexity.”  In any case, correlation is not causation.  People’s beliefs are too comple, with deep historical roots in many cases, to attribute to single causes or a few causes.  Intelligent beings have ways of scrambling tidy theories.This is just more in the old Darwinist genre of explaining away religion as a product of societal evolution, usually with subplots of some charismatic leader duping the masses.  Sometimes that happens.  But it’s true of all worldviews, including scientific ones, so that scientist refutes his own position; theists could turn this idea around, and say that Scientism is a product of unguided evolutionary processes, and therefore is self-refuting.  Don’t let academics exercise a Yoda Complex.To Darwinians and materialists, all religions are equally fictitious and equally stupid.  They never consider the fact that there was a real Creator who has spoken, but fallen humans have corrupted their inborn knowledge of God (Romans 1) and invented false gods to rationalize their sin.  Judaism and Christianity did not arise during some affluent period when the others come into prominence; they go back to the Genesis and the Garden of Eden.  Evolutionary “scientists” act oblivious to the real effects of the Fall.  What about ancient “moralizing religions” in ancient civilizations?  Paganism is as old as the antediluvian world.  It spread abroad after the Flood at the Tower of Babel.  The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 shows how it spread.  This is history, not mental constructs or social construction.The fact that some false religions arose contemporaneously does not mean that all religions are false or even comparable.  There can be only one Truth, but falsehoods are infinite.  The Lord of creation is not some invented “moralizing god” to be compared with Buddhism, Islam or anything else.  He is the explanation for reality, including the universe, the Earth, life, man’s mind, and eternity.  Evolutionists have no answers for these things.  The true God has revealed himself.  He is to be heeded and obeyed, for He has spoken in propositional language in His word, as well as in creation and in our consciences.  Let God be true, and every man a liar. (Visited 162 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Take a Sho’t Left through Soweto

first_img25 March 2009Bungee-jumping between Soweto’s Orlando Towers, driving around the township in a double-decker-open-top bus, and visiting the Apartheid Museum made my Sho’t Left tour a humdinger of an escapade.My epic day began when I woke early on a Thursday morning in the middle of March, feeling a bit feeble. My mind whispered that if I persisted in my decision to take that “sho’t left,” it would lead to something extreme later on in the day. Nonetheless, I went ahead.With a stressful working environment, the tour was perfect because I was in dire need of something to invigorate my spirits and relieve the tensions of my deadline-driven days.So off I set for Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg’s cultural precinct, to meet the rest of the crew invited along the tour. I arrived as the sun’s rays broke through the clouds. At that moment, I put on my shades to protect my somnolent eyes from the harsh ultraviolet rays. And we’re offThe first stop is Museum Africa; we are told that it is Joburg’s major history and cultural museum.As we walk in, a scrum of photographers and journalists unpack their backpacks and take out their cameras and notepads. Mzwakhe Mahlangu, a tour guide, tells us these are important tools for the tour.Museum AfricaMahlangu says the Museum Africa building, which used to be the city’s fruit and vegetable market, was erected in 1913; in recent times it has been transformed into a more modern edifice, with two pillars embellishing its façade.The museum comprises a vast collection of exhibitions, paintings and objects that have been collected since the 1930s; “They all retell South Africa’s history,” Mahlangu says.Most of the museum’s exhibitions are permanent and illustrate the transformation of lifestyles – from the archaic age to urbanisation – in the area of Johannesburg. “These exhibitions define Johannesburg’s position in South Africa’s complex history,” Mahlangu adds.There are seven permanent displays, themes of which have been chosen to echo the complex economic, social, political and geographical history of the country, with emphasis on urbanisation in Johannesburg since the embryonic phase to the discovery of gold in 1886.On the second floor there is an eye-catching display of the San rock art, housed in a reconstructed shelter.Museum Africa is at 121 Bree Street, Newtown. To book a tour, phone 011 833 5624 or e-mail is free, and the museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm. It is closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and the Day of Goodwill.Apartheid MuseumNext stop is another museum, the Apartheid Museum, which brings back memories of high school history lessons.To enter, you need to use your plastic ticket, which resemble the old pass books, on which were printed the words “white” and “non-white”. Pass books were part of the apartheid government’s racial segregation policy.Inside, the experience is mainly audiovisual. There are a number of television screens showing footage of the history of South Africa under the apartheid government – from life in the townships to black and white resistance and the establishment of Afrikaner nationalism. The footage has been collected from around the world.The Apartheid Museum is on the corner of Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, in Ormonde, in the south. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 5pm. For more information or to book a tour, phone 011 496 1822, e-mail, or visit leave the Apartheid Museum at noon, under a blazing sun. I open a cooldrink can and a packet of chips to while away the time on our way to Soweto, the great township in Joburg’s southwest.Soccer CityWe swiftly drive past the African calabash, the 90 000-seat Soccer City. It is to host the opening ceremony and first match and the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The stadium was built in 1987, and some of the biggest and most memorable matches in South Africa’s soccer history have been played on its field.Soccer City is undergoing a R1.5-billion facelift for the World Cup. Construction started in early 2007 and is expected to be finished by July. Next door is Safa House, the headquarters of the South African Football Association. World football body Fifa and the 2010 Local Organising Committee are based in the building.The design of the new stadium was inspired by the African calabash, we are told.Heading further south, the area around Soccer City is receiving a major upgrade; the Soweto Highway has been widened and will form part of Joburg’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, easing the commute between Soweto and the city.AS we enter the township via Diepkloof there is a sudden change in the atmosphere; a certain kasi-vibe and fervour can be felt. Youngsters loiter on street corners; mothers sweep their yards with babies strapped on their backs.When they see the bus, they shout, ululate and wave in delight, with huge smiles adorning their faces – to the chagrin of the taxi drivers who just want to overtake. We are travelling well within the speed limit of 60 kilometres an hour, getting a clearer view of Soweto and its residents.Bungee!The weather has cooled by the time we arrive at the Orlando Towers at the old Orlando Power Station, with a breeze blowing across Orlando Dam. Because of time, this is the final stop – and we are about to bungee jump between the towers.Before I sign my life away – well, that’s another way of looking at an indemnity form – I am handed a leaflet which reads “ONLY 1 in 100 will dare. ARE YOU THE ONE”? To think this would scare me from daring to do it – not a chance.Taking the lift to the top of the tower, a scary thought creeps into my mind; but I ignore it.As a first time bungee-jumper, the serenity I feel is not normal. So I ask around, “What is wrong with me? Why aren’t my nerves kicking in?” But whatever, I am still adamant I’ll jump.On the tower roof, I enjoy the panorama of Soweto and its gentle air that crawls into my lungs. I am left frantic by this experience; however, I remain potent and capable.“At the count of three, you jump,” an instructor whispers into my ear. Before I jump, I become garrulous to delay the activity, and heave a deep sigh when I see the actual distance from the top. But before the instructor reaches three, my body is aloft and I realise that I have conquered my worst fear. Then, as I am being lowered down, my eyes are filled with tears of joy. I realise that if I can do this, I can do anything.MuralThis is the end of the tour, and we head back to Jozi, where a Sho’t Left mural is being unveiled next to Sophiatown, a restaurant in Newtown.Phumi Dhlomo, the director of Africa and domestic tours at SA Tourism, says the tour fitted perfectly with the unveiling of the mural and the agency’s plan to “take Sho’t Left to the streets”.Explaining the idea behind the mural, Dhlomo says the agency used “street art to depict what tourism is all about and allowing our brand custodians – the South African public – to take ownership of it”.It was inspired by the agency’s new strategy and target market of young professionals, Dhlomo notes. “The mural will communicate with our target market in a manner most suitable to them – hence a Sho’t Left mural in graffiti.”Brightly painted on a yellow background, the mural contains the Sho’t Left trademark and its web address, a person bungee-jumping at the Orlando Towers, and three young travellers – one reading a book on Gauteng, the other taking pictures, the third shooting footage on a video camera. There is a catchy map of South Africa and a phrase. It was painted by acclaimed local graffiti artists Breeze, Hac 1 and Rasty.SA Tourism believes that graffiti plays a major role in promoting youth culture, while bringing dead walls to life.The Sho’t Left mural is painted “where people live and work”, Dhlomo notes, adding that his agency is optimistic it will have an affect on people’s daily lives “while bringing different forms of art into the public sphere”.Sho’t Left“The basic premise of our domestic marketing campaign is “go on a Sho’t Left – it is easy, affordable fun with friends.’”Sho’t Left is an initiative of SA Tourism designed to showcase world-class tourism destinations in South Africa, and attract people from all walks of life to visit at least one heritage site in their lifetime. The main target is young South Africans to become travellers.Tourism is a big money spinner. According to statistics compiled by the agency, domestic trips decreased by 23 percent in 2007. About 12.7-million South African adults took an average of 2.8 trips in 2007 compared to 12-million in 2006. This helped generate about R21.3-billion in 2007; an increase of 29 percent over the R16.5-billion in 2006.The major beneficiaries of domestic tourism in 2007 were KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, with both provinces being the source and destination of the majority of domestic trips.To book a Sho’t Left tour of Joburg and Soweto, call the Johannesburg Tourism Authority on 011 214 0700, the Gauteng Tourism Authority on 011 639 1600, or go to R1 152 tour includes a drive down Vilakazi Street in Orlando West. It is the only street in the world that was home to two Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the Earth Hour patron, and Nelson Mandela.The fee includes a half-day tour of Soweto, two nights’ accommodation at the four-star Protea Hotel in Rosebank, and a Thompsons draw-string backpack.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more