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Taggart a good fit for ROS, says Chan

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “Yes, we thought we already had the win,” Chan said in Filipino. “But they had their run, especially when Gary (David) got hot. We’re fortunate that we had some stops to force overtime.”What worked in favor of Rain or Shine, however, was its cohesiveness which showed late in the game as Chan and the rest of the crew found the creases on the Floodbuster defense to eke out the gritty win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Coach told us to give it to Shawn (Taggart) in the post because Mahindra was playing him small. We gave the ball to Shawn and he scored four points, and also looked for the open guys. He found me at the corner where I got a three. We just looked for the mismatches,” he said, reflecting on his booming three which put the game away for good, 97-93 with 1:38 remaining.Rain or Shine has been impressive in its two wins early in the conference and Chan is liking what he sees especially the team’s unpredictability when it comes to who will take charge when it comes to scoring. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle’s Eco Car Team wins Shell Drivers’ World Championship Asia Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “Ever since, we’re wired that way. Even from the days of coach Yeng (Guiao), that’s how we are. Coach Caloy (Garcia) wants no superstars in this team, and anytime, anyone can explode, may it be a local or an import. It also makes us harder to scout,” he said.And Chan feels Taggart certainly fits the bill with him believing that with the towering import on deck, the Elasto Painters will be a tough matchup against any team in the league.“He’s an import who doesn’t necessarily need the ball. He’s not a ball hog and he’s a team player. He’s really fit for us because he can play inside and outside, and is also good at passing,” he said. “That’s the import we’re looking for.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGetting a surprise challenge from Mahindra, Rain or Shine banked on its experience to pull through with a 99-95 overtime victory to keep its record immaculate in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday.Even Jeff Chan admits that the Elasto Painters felt they had the win in the bag when they led, 80-73, with eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

AFC needs to repudiate Dr Rohan Somar’s comments

first_imgDear Editor,On October 19, 2017, President David Granger invoked presidential powers under the Constitution that allowed him to supersede a provision requiring nominees from the Opposition Leader for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, and autonomously appointed former Guyana Supreme Court Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.A media report on November 22, 2017 stated that in an email to Alliance For Change (AFC) party leaders in Guyana in reaction to Justice Patterson’s appointment, Dr Rohan Somar, head of the AFC New York Chapter, allegedly said, inter alia, that “This unilateral appointment by the PNC Executive President of an Afro-Guyanese GECOM Chairman, whether right or wrong, rips open the scars of PNC rigging the election. You have just thrown red meat to the notion of ‘PNC rigging election’ which, in my view, will cause to forever lose Indo-Guyanese support at the polls.”The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) deems the comments attributed to Dr Somar to be racist and offensive, and strongly condemns them. Dr Rohan Somar is the head of the New York Chapter of the AFC, and was apparently communicating with the party’s leadership in that capacity. His suggestion that an African Guyanese Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission will automatically cause the multi-ethnic coalition Government to lose Indian votes is the text book definition of racism.Moreover, his irresponsible association of African Guyanese with “rigging elections” – electoral fraud – is text book racial profiling, as well as an insult that should make all Guyanese gravely nauseous. His bigotry appears to at least contravene the legislative intent of racial incitement statutes. They are dangerous and destructive to the body politic of the nation, and undermine the Government’s efforts to foster social cohesion.   They must therefore be forcefully condemned by all Guyanese, regardless of race or ethnicity.There were three Chairmen of the Elections Commission over the last twenty years. All three were of East Indian descent. No one judged their performance or competence based on their race. That would have been equally condemnable. Dr Somar’s discernible prejudices apparently make him oblivious of the fact that no one ethnicity or race has an inherent right — or is more competent — to govern Guyana, or hold any particular constitutional office, over the others.The AFC, of which Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is an executive member, and Vice President and Minister of National Security, Khemaraj Ramjattan is leader, is a part of Guyana’s ruling coalition Government.  Dr Somar’s statements have tainted the party and its leadership, which has remained silent on the matter. This is a moment for leaders to stand for principle in the interest of Guyanese national harmony.The AFC’s silence can be interpreted or misinterpreted for tacit support of these reckless remarks. If the AFC does not support Dr Somar’s comments, then CGID calls on the party to repudiate them.Yours sincerely,Richard MillingtonDirector of CommunicationsCaribbean GuyanaInstitute for Democracy (CGID)last_img read more

RB couple fight for dogs involved in pets’ deaths

first_imgHEARING: They say animals are “no threat” to humans, but their neighbors don’t agree. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER A Redondo Beach man testified Monday that his dog’s hunting instinct took over when it killed three cats on his block but that the pit bull-shepherd mixed breed shouldn’t be considered a threat to neighborhood children. The children escaped injury, although a neighbor broke her leg while running from the dogs and a police car crashed en route to the scene. Redondo Beach residents in the 1000 block of Avenue D say they’ve been concerned about one or both of the Haueters’ animals for some time. On Monday, Jerry Goddard, the former city attorney who now works as a consultant, presented the hearing officer with documents dating to April 2004, when animal-control authorities first reported that a dog at the address had attacked a cat. The following June, police responded to another call that Haueter’s then-girlfriend, Melissa, was walking Jack when the animal grabbed and killed a cat that had been lying on a neighbor’s lawn. Police and animal-control officers have logged two additional attacks on felines this summer: one in late June and another just a few weeks ago, when residents said the Haueters’ pit bull mix preyed on a black cat while they were on vacation and the pets were being watched by a housekeeper. In the June incident, resident Raoul Rodriquez testified that he watched both animals tear into his house cat a few hours after he had shooed them off his property. “Both of them had latched onto the cat,” he said Monday, describing how he tried to make the animals let go, using a stick. “I was standing in front of my cat, and it was too late.” Then, Rodriquez said, the dogs “circled right back at me.” When asked by Goddard whether he was worried about his safety, he replied: “I was fearing for my life with a stick in my hand.” With 10 children younger than 10 living on the street, Rodriquez told Goddard that “it’s just going to be a matter of time before these dogs latch onto one of these kids.” Chris Haueter later objected to his neighbor’s description of the June incident, saying Rodriquez “towers over our dogs” and that they wouldn’t harm anyone. The couple also objected to both dogs’ being described as pure-bred “pit bulls” – dogs that have taken a beating in the media as of late. Melissa Haueter said Cher is one-tenth pit bull and Jack is likely half. “Jack and Cher are like my children,” Melissa Haueter said of her pets. When the couple married in June 2006, both dogs participated in the wedding, with Jack wearing a tuxedo and Cher a flower girl outfit. Both attacks this summer prompted the couple to take action, she added; a picket fence now surrounds their property, and they hired a dog trainer. Even so, Goddard argued that the animals continue to pose a threat to the public’s safety. On Monday, he recommended that hearing officer Lance Widman impose a laundry list of restrictions, including orders that the Haueters obtain liability insurance, keep the dogs inside an “escape-proof fence” and walk the dogs only if they are muzzled. Melissa Haueter would not be allowed to walk Jack because of the prior attack. Widman, a Hermosa Beach school trustee who runs a South Bay dispute-resolution service, said he plans to weigh the testimony and issue a decision in writing later this week. Meanwhile, Chris Haueter faces misdemeanor charges for keeping the two dogs without valid licenses. In June, animal-control officers determined one dog’s paperwork had expired, and the city had no record of the other. After Haueter failed to appear at a court hearing last week, Redondo Beach City Prosecutor Steve Kay said police served him with a bench warrant. He remains free on a $500 bail bond and is due back in court Oct. 4, Kay said. kristin.agostoni@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chris Haueter and his wife, Melissa, told a roomful of neighbors they were “deeply sorry” the animal had taken the lives of family pets and backyard squirrels and possums. Yet they maintained their male dog, Jack, and a female Labrador-border collie mix named Cher don’t deserve to be labeled vicious animals. “It’s very human of us to assume that other animals think and act like we do. Dogs do not mistake humans for animals,” Haueter said. “If you order us out, we’ll go, but our dogs are no threat to any children or human.” The administrative hearing Monday inside City Council chambers stems from a handful of complaints about the Haueters’ dogs – mainly Jack, who was blamed for most of the attacks. It will be up to an independent officer to determine whether either of the animals should be labeled vicious, and then whether the couple should have to give up their dogs or face restrictions. Coincidentally, the meeting follows a pair of recent pit bull scares in the South Bay. Early last week, a dog of that breed mauled a Torrance mail carrier, while a pair of others Friday terrorized two Gardena children who were out walking their Jack Russell terriers. last_img read more

Roma wants talks over Tottenham defender transfer

first_img1 Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio Roma are set to hold talks with Tottenham over a move for out-of-favour defender Federico Fazio.Fazio joined Tottenham in 2014 but was shipped out on loan to Sevilla in February this year and has now been told by Mauricio Pochettino to find a new club.Roma are searching for a centre-back this summer, and, according to Sky Italia, are keen on snapping up Fazio on the cheap.The Argentine, who joined Tottenham from Sevilla, was being heavily linked with a return to the Spanish club but it now appears Roma are in pole position to land him.Spurs paid £8million for Fazio two summers ago but are now reportedly willing to let him go for half that price.last_img read more

LaLiga: Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid: Los Blancos move three points clear in first

first_img James Rodriguez scored Real Madrid’s opening goal 1 Real Madrid continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 2-0 win over Quique Sanchez Flores’ Espanyol.James Rodriguez scored the opening goal, before Karim Benzema rounded off the victory with a powerful first-time finish in the second half.The win ensures Los Blancos have won four of four games, and Zinedine Zidane’s men have moved three points clear of Barcelona at the top of LaLiga.You can watch the goals below…last_img read more

NO PRESSURE! Mauricio Pochettino likens Tottenham teenager to Lionel Messi

first_imgMauricio Pochettino says Tottenham teenager Marcus Edwards reminds him of a young Lionel Messi but insists the winger has a long way to go to fulfil his potential.Edwards is one of a handful of Spurs youngsters set to be given a chance in the EFL Cup third round against Gillingham on Wednesday but none have created as much excitement as the 17-year-old.A left-footed attacking midfielder, with a low centre of gravity and lightning quick feet, Edwards is considered one of the brightest talents in his age group, having represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels.Edwards joined Tottenham’s academy aged eight and there was a feeling of relief when he signed his first professional contract in August, with some fearing he might be snatched by rival clubs.Pochettino is likely to start Edwards on the bench at White Hart Lane but he shares fans’ enthusiasm for the youngster although he adds a note of caution.“The qualities – it’s only looks, his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi,” Pochettino said.“He’s small, he’s left-footed, I remember a little bit (Erik) Lamela when he was at River Plate, remember he had long hair, when he was 14, 15 years old, there is a lot of videos on YouTube that you can see, that he took the ball, didn’t give a pass and shot straight away.“He (Edwards) is a very good prospect and potentially he can be a top player, but we need to be patient and tell him that he has a lot of talent, enough talent to be a top player, a great player. But now it’s how he builds his future, that’s very important. And it’s our responsibility to tell him.”Other Tottenham academy products may also be on display at White Hart Lane, with 19-year-old playmaker Joshua Onomah, 20-year-old midfielder Harry Winks and 18-year-old centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers all in contention for starting spots.Carter-Vickers has been named on the substitutes’ bench ahead of Kevin Wimmer so far this season and Pochettino believes the American also has a big future in the Premier League.“For me, he can be one of the best centre-backs in England in the future,” Pochettino said. “He has a strong mentality, quality, all the qualities for playing centre-back.”While Edwards and Carter-Vickers are considered prospects for the future, summer signing Vincent Janssen is under pressure to deliver now after Harry Kane was confirmed to have injured ligaments in his ankle.Tottenham say the swelling around Kane’s right foot makes it difficult to set a return date, but Janssen will be given an extended run, starting against Gillingham.The Dutch striker has made five appearances for his new club so far, four off the bench, and is yet to open his account.“Janssen has already shown the supporters he has a big passion to play, they have been excited to see him on the pitch and the energy he brings,” Pochettino said.“It’s true this is a big opportunity for him to confirm all that we expect from him and he has to be ready – now that Harry is injured, it is true it has opened the door for him to play more.”Janssen comes from impressive sporting stock. His mother, Annemarie Janssen, was a swimmer, who won three Olympic medals and the prestigious Dutch Sportswoman of the Year award in 1982.His younger sister Frederique is also a swimmer, who represented Holland at the 2015 European Championships and won two silver medals in relay.“Every time we play water polo, he’s the best,” Pochettino joked.“He’s athletic, he’s very competitive, his mentality is very good. He’s a very nice guy but he’s very competitive, athletic, strong, he likes to work very hard. It’s very good.”Tottenham’s scouts had assessed Janssen several times last season but Pochettino watched the 22-year-old personally in May when Holland played Ireland in Dublin.“It wasn’t a good game for Holland, but it’s true in this moment we realised he was a good signing for us. It confirmed it,” Pochettino said. 1 Marcus Edwards last_img read more

Raffaele Cretaro signs off as Finn Harps’ task of building starts again

first_imgVETERAN attacker Raffaele Cretaro has confirmed his intention to retire from League of Ireland football again after helping Finn Harps secure their Premier Division status. Last year, Cretaro hung up the boots after leaving Sligo Rovers, but Ollie Horgan, the Harps manager, convinced him to go again.Horgan, who had tried before, finally lured Cretaro to Finn Park. Now 38, Cretaro made 30 appearances for Harps in 2019, including 90 minutes in last night’s 2-0 extra time win over Drogheda United in the play-off. “That’s me finishing on a real high,” Cretaro said.“I gave it what I had to try and keep Harps up.“I’m grateful to Ollie for giving me the chance and I enjoyed the season.”Cretaro said Horgan was someone who he ‘admired’ and had been keen to work under. He said: “It was a new experienced and a really positive one.“The atmosphere  was just electric here, like a Cup final. It was a great experience. The players showed character to go and get the result.”Horgan will face a battle to hold onto some of his key players.Unlike their Premier Division counterparts, Harps have none of their senior players tied down for next season while Horgan’s own two-year term from the end of 2017, has also expired. Mark Russell and Harry Ascroft, Harps’ goalscorer last night, have proved big hits with the Finn Park faithful but could both move on.  Jacob Borg – who has had two fine campaigns at the club since joining midway through 2018 – is in a similar position while striker Nathan Boyle is understood to be moving abroad. Raffaele Cretaro signs off as Finn Harps’ task of building starts again was last modified: November 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 League of Ireland Premier DivisionDrogheda Unitedfinn harpsHarry AscroftMark RussellOllie HorganRaffaele Cretarolast_img read more

Columbus Day schedule

first_imgGOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed Monday. The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be open. TRANSIT: Buses and subway services in Los Angeles will run on a regular schedule, as will Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley and Ventura County Dial-a-Ride buses and Metrolink trains. BANKS: Banks will be closed. Financial markets will be open. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’TRASH: Pick-up will be on a regular schedule in Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale. STORES: Malls and supermarkets will be open.last_img read more

talkSPORT host will not apologise for calling Pogba a ‘spoiled brat’ and ‘poison’

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Alan Brazil has refused to apologise for comments he made about Manchester United star Paul Pogba earlier this season, having branded his ‘a spoiled brat’, ‘poison’ and ‘a bad egg’.Pogba was the subject of a number of furious rants from the Sports Breakfast host Brazil – himself a former Man United star – last year while Jose Mourinho was still in charge at Old Trafford. “No apology needed about Paul Pogba, Alan. He was a spoiled brat and if he gets upset again, he will do it all again.”“Pogba should apologise to Manchester United fans for not trying for six months!” Despite his starring role in France’s World Cup win in the summer, the midfielder looked a completely different player back in a Red Devils shirt.The confidence, drive and skill we all saw during the summer’s tournament was gone, and what was left was an often sulky star who was clearly not happy.Alan Brazil’s rants:‘Pogba is POISON – he MUST be sold in January’ Alan Brazil slams ‘spoiled brat’ Pogba after his row with Mourinho‘Paul Pogba is FINISHED at Manchester United’‘I would get Pogba out the door – he’s not worth £200k-a-week pay rise’  It’s perhaps easy to forget just how heavily Pogba was linked with a move away from Old Trafford ahead of the January transfer window, with the player reportedly telling his agent he no longer wanted to work under Mourinho.He ultimately got his wish when Mourinho was sacked and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December, and he has been like a new man ever since.talkSPORT host Brazil had accused the midfielder of downing tools under the Portuguese boss, claiming he was a disruptive influence in the dressing room, and urged United to get him out of the club.Fast-forward a few months, though, and he is one of United’s top performing stars and proved it once again with a goal and fine assist in Monday’s FA Cup fifth round win over Chelsea.But when faced with his previous comments, Big Al refused to go back on what he said – insisting Pogba’s poor form and attitude can’t have all been Mourinho’s fault…Alan Brazil on September 27, 2018: “Pogba is a spoiled brat, he has been average for Man United at best!”He replied on Tuesday: “I just say it the way I see it. You see the way he’s playing now, he covers every blade, he gets his foot in, he’s a great passer of the ball and great header of the ball.“When you play for Manchester United you have to perform at your top level 90 per cent of the time. He clearly had the hump with Jose Mourinho and wasn’t doing it.” Paul Pogba was reportedly not happy under Mourinho and wanted to leave Man United center_img 1 Alan Brazil on September 26, 2018: “This man is a bad egg. He’s a great player and a World Cup winner, but he is poison.”“Not when he’s playing the way he’s playing and United are winning,” he added on Tuesday’s Sports Breakfast.“I just get so frustrated. I get frustrated with David Luiz because I know what a good player he can be, but he switches off and I just want to give him a shake. Pogba is no different.“When he’s on his game he’s a great addition, but he’s got to be consistent. He’s finding that now.“When he’s great, like last night, you give him all the plaudits he deserves. He was fantastic, made one scored one, great performance.“But was it all Jose’s fault? I’m not sure it was.”Does Big Al think he owes Pogba an apology? Listen above to see what the Sports Breakfast host said… talkSPORT listeners back Alan Brazil over Paul Pogbalast_img read more

Full text: Barack Obama’s speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial

first_img“Nothing he achieved was inevitable,” US President Barack Obama said of Nelson Mandela. “In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history … He tells us what’s possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives.”(Image: The White House)To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honour to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.It is hard to eulogize any man – to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person – their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul. How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his Thembu tribe – Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century. Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement – a movement that at its start held little prospect of success.Watch Obama’s speech: READ MORE • Mandela on Media Club South Africa • Nelson Mandela: the world mourns • Nelson Mandela – a timeline  • Barack Obama’s tribute to Mandela  • Watch: World reacts to Mandela’s death • Infographic: Mandela family tree • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • The women in Madiba’s life • Tutu leads memorial at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory • High-res photos: In 2010, Nelson Mandela wishes World Cup good luck to Bafana BafanaLike King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice. He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War. Emerging from prison, without force of arms, he would – like Lincoln – hold his country together when it threatened to break apart. Like America’s founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations – a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power.Given the sweep of his life, and the adoration that he so rightly earned, it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. “I’m not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection – because he could be so full of good humour, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried – that we loved him so. He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood – a son and husband, a father and a friend. That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still. For nothing he achieved was inevitable. In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith. He tells us what’s possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well.Mandela showed us the power of action; of taking risks on behalf of our ideals. Perhaps Madiba was right that he inherited, “a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” from his father. Certainly he shared with millions of black and coloured South Africans the anger born of, “a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments…a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people.”But like other early giants of the ANC – the Sisulus and Tambos – Madiba disciplined his anger; and channelled his desire to fight into organization, and platforms, and strategies for action, so men and women could stand-up for their dignity. Moreover, he accepted the consequences of his actions, knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price. “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination,” he said at his 1964 trial. “I’ve cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those you agree with, but those who you don’t. He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a sniper’s bullet. He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and passion, but also his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement. And he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depended upon his.Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough; no matter how right, they must be chiselled into laws and institutions. He was practical, testing his beliefs against the hard surface of circumstance and history. On core principles he was unyielding, which is why he could rebuff offers of conditional release, reminding the Apartheid regime that, “prisoners cannot enter into contracts.” But as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal. And because he was not only a leader of a movement, but a skilful politician, the Constitution that emerged was worthy of this multiracial democracy; true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights, and the precious freedoms of every South African.Finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa – Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us. We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much of was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell. But we remember the gestures, large and small – introducing his jailors as honoured guests at his inauguration; taking the pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family’s heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS – that revealed the depth of his empathy and understanding. He not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves. It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but also hearts.For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe – Madiba’s passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate his heroic life. But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?It is a question I ask myself – as a man and as a President. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took the sacrifice of countless people – known and unknown – to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle. But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done. The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love.We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.The questions we face today – how to promote equality and justice; to uphold freedom and human rights; to end conflict and sectarian war – do not have easy answers. But there were no easy answers in front of that child in Qunu. Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. South Africa shows us that is true. South Africa shows us we can change. We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes. We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world – you can make his life’s work your own. Over thirty years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land. It stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities – to others, and to myself – and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be better. He speaks to what is best inside us. After this great liberator is laid to rest; when we have returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength – for his largeness of spirit – somewhere inside ourselves. And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, or our best laid plans seem beyond our reach – think of Madiba, and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of a cell:It matters not how strait the gate,How charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate:I am the captain of my soul.What a great soul it was. We will miss him deeply. May God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela. May God bless the people of South Africa.last_img read more