Its music library will have listening posts for CDs and a DVD/video collection which will include South African and African content. Speaking at the official opening of the National Library in Pretoria on Friday, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said: “We are trying to make our libraries warm and engaging public spaces thronged by young learners seeking knowledge.” Jordan said an additional R200-million had been made available for building and renovating public libraries all over the country in 2008/09. The book stock will have a similarly strong focus on local content, and will be the only library in the city offering reading material in all 11 official South African languages. Warm, engaging public spaces Jordan said that access to information promoted critical thinking, particularly among young people, helping them to open up to differing, even conflicting, dimensions of the same issue. The aim, he said, was for the country’s libraries to have better staffing, more sensible opening hours, upgraded educational support material and other information resources, facilities promoting children’s literature, and more books in South Africa’s indigenous languages. 4 August 2008 Cape Town’s new central library, now housed in the Old Drill Hall, offers a wider selection of books, free internet access on 40 computers, a professional children’s collection intended for research purposes, an extended Art Library, and a Music and Performance Arts Library. Focus on local content Two state-of-the-art, multi-million rand public libraries opened in South Africa last week: the new National Library, built in Pretoria at a cost of R374-million; and Cape Town’s central libary, refurbished and upgraded to the tune of around R50-million. South Africa’s new National Library, situated at the corner of Proes and Andries Streets, can accommodate up to 1 300 visitors at a time and stocks around two million books, with capacity for another 3.5-million. The facility, which will contribute to the regeneration of Cape Town’s central business district, will also have a coffee shop, bookshop, meeting rooms, seminar rooms and an auditorium. “The power of written word resides in the fact that recording words transforms them into powerful means of communication, not merely between two people, but potentially amongst millions.” The upgrading of Cape Town’s central library was funded by a US$2-million (around R15-million) grant from the US-based Carnegie Corporation and R36.6-million from the City of Cape Town. At last week’s official opening, Carnegie Corporation announced that it would donate a further $2.495-million over the next three years to upgrade the library further. Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian said that libraries were invaluable to those who were engaged in lifelong learning, and who could not imagine an existence without something new to learn about every day. Source: BuaNews
Dalit man killed in Gujarat for owning horseA 21-year-old Dalit man was allegedly murdered in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district after he bought a horse a few months ago and rode it in the village. Pradeep Rathod’s family has alleged that his keeping a horse was not liked by people from upper castes, who had threatened him.
Hashan Tillekaratne, who played 83 Tests and 200 ODIs for Sri Lanka, made the sensational claim while appearing in a TV show.India’s triumph in the ICC World Cup earlier this month has come under the match-fixing cloud after a former Sri Lankan captain’s accusation that the unlawful practice has been rampant in the island nation’s team. Appearing on a TV talk show, cricketer-turned-politician Hashan Tillekaratne raised his doubts about the selection of the Sri Lankan team for the World Cup finals. The Lankan team had made as many as four changes for the vital match against India, held on April 2 in Mumbai. Tillekaratne, who played as many as 83 Tests and 200 ODIs in his 16-year international cricket career, questioned the logic behind making extensive changes for such an important match. Maintaining that he did not think that the final match was fixed, Tillekaratne said that it was unfair to have replaced spinner Ajantha Mendis and all-rounder Chamara Silva. Tillekaratne claimed that match-fixing has been a problem in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992. He said he knew all the people responsible for it and would expose them soon. He alleged that every time the matter of match-fixing was brought up, it was quietly swept under the carpet by corrupt administrators. He alleged that money was exchanged to hush up the issue.Earlier, former captain Arjuna Ranatunga had also raised concerns about the manner in which cricket was being run in his country. A day after the visitors lost to India in the finals, Ranatunga told Headlines Today that “mafia” had got into Sri Lankan cricket and that corrupt administrators were running the game.”When we won the World Cup, we had a very honest, very good cricket precedent. But the business mafia got involved in cricket and they knew that the money is there and all unwanted… some of them were involved in bookies, they come from bookie families, some of them ordinary business people who wanted to get into cricket to create a name,” said Ranatunga, who led his side to win the coveted cup in 1996.”Even now what they do is, they appoint wrong people to run cricket. They enjoy the comfort, they enjoy the money that comes from cricket… and I tell you, lot of money has gone under the carpet. I think government has to be blamed,” he said.advertisement
Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ “We know anything can happen in the playoffs,” Boston guard Kyrie Irving said.The Thunder have shot the ball horribly from the outside, but more than anything else have been doomed by one bad quarter in each of their first two games against the Trail Blazers. In Game 1 (a five-point loss), they lost the first quarter by 14. In Game 2 (a 20-point loss), they lost the third quarter by 16.Oklahoma City is 2-14 this season when shooting 41 percent or less, which includes both of the two games. Despite that, Thunder star Paul George said he has a simple message for teammates.“Keep shooting,” George said. “We’re going to make shots. Keep shooting. We missed shots, so what? Keep shooting.”A look at Friday night’s games:ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The Orlando Magic bench celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)Orlando returned to Florida with home-court advantage.Indiana and Oklahoma City are seeking some home-court magic.ADVERTISEMENT RAPTORS AT MAGICSeries tied, 1-1. Game 3, 7 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: Orlando is playing its first home playoff game since May 5, 2012 and will seek its first home playoff win since April 26, 2011.KEEP AN EYE ON: Magic center Nikola Vucevic has not been much of a factor so far, going a combined 6 for 21 in the first two games. Expect Orlando to run a lot for him early in an effort to get him in rhythm.INJURY WATCH: Toronto may be getting Patrick McCaw (right thumb sprain) back for Game 3, which will bolster the bench. McCaw — who played in 21 playoff games with Golden State over the last two seasons — last played March 28.PRESSURE IS ON: Still Toronto. All the Raptors did in Game 2 — a blowout, no less — was escape a bigger hole. Magic fans have waited nearly a decade for a playoff game. The atmosphere will be intense and Orlando is 13-1 in its last 14 games at home.CELTICS AT PACERSCeltics lead, 2-0. Game 3, 8:30 p.m. EDT, ABC.NEED TO KNOW: Boston is 36-1 all-time in best-of-seven series when it holds a 2-0 lead. The loss? Against Cleveland, in last season’s Eastern Conference finals.KEEP AN EYE ON: The Pacers’ rebounding. They’ve been completely outplayed in that department, one of the reasons why they’re in this 0-2 hole. Boston shot only 58 percent from the line in the first two games, though obviously that didn’t hurt the Celtics. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte STAT QUIRK: Through all teams’ first two games of this year’s playoffs, Boston ranked 15th out of the 16 clubs in points per game. Luckily for the Celtics, Indiana was 16th.PRESSURE IS ON: Myles Turner. The Pacers’ center has 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks — not averages, totals — in the first two games, and he’s taken more 3-point tries than 2-point tries. He’s got to come up big in Game 3.TRAIL BLAZERS AT THUNDERTrail Blazers lead, 2-0. Game 3, 9:30 p.m., ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: Since losing in Oklahoma City on Feb. 11, Portland has gone 11-5 on the road. The Thunder didn’t reach the 100-point mark in either of the first two games; the last time they didn’t reach triple digits in consecutive games was back in mid-November.KEEP AN EYE ON: The 3-point line. Oklahoma City is shooting 16.4 percent from beyond the arc in this series; the last time a team shot worse than that in a first-round matchup was 1991, when San Antonio was 3 for 26 (.115) in its 3-1 series loss to Golden State.HEAD TO HEAD: Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Portland star Damian Lillard have gone head-to-head 25 times. Lillard’s team leads, 13-12.PRESSURE IS ON: Westbrook. He took the blame after the Game 2 loss. It will be extremely interesting to see what Westbrook’s floor plan is for Game 3. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew A trio of Game 3s in the NBA on Friday night — Toronto at Orlando, Boston at Indiana and Portland at Oklahoma City — have three very different story lines. The Magic got a split of their first two games with the Raptors, the Pacers are reeling after a late-game collapse in Game 2 left them trailing the Celtics 2-0, and the Thunder have seemed completely out of sorts as they’ve gotten into a 2-0 hole against the Trail Blazers.“I still don’t think we understand how good a team we can be when we play well,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIndiana had a great chance at getting a split slip away late in Game 2 at Boston. The Pacers have now lost 16 of their last 24 games overall, are looking at a fourth consecutive first-round ouster and have never won a series after losing the first two games.Having said all that, the Celtics are leery of a letup. 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