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Brisbane’s growth superstar suburb breaks into national top two list

first_imgLot 5069 Steamer Way, Spring Mountain, is walking distance from cafes and shops.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“Moving forward Spring Mountain is going to be the new Springfield Lakes. All the new display homes have been sold at Springfield Lakes and all the developers have moved to Spring Mountain and they have a wide range of Hamptons homes, luxury houses and the like. Spring Mountain is going to be the new inner-city hub of Springfield. It’s walking distance to shopping centre, USQ campus and all the activities. All the new homes in that part are a bit more expensive than the older parts of Springfield.” QUEENSLAND TOP 10 (3 Months): SPRING MOUNTAIN (Ipswich, Brisbane) $432,500 33.8% MILES (Western Downs, Darling Downs) $167,500 25.7% JOYNER (Moreton Bay, Brisbane) $670,000 22.4% WONGAWALLAN (Gold Coast) $990,000 20.0% KANDANGA (Gympie, Wide Bay-Burnett) $355,000 18.3% MIRANI (Mackay) $337,000 18.2% MOUNT MELLUM (Sunshine Coast) $675,000 17.2% BENARABY (Gladstone, Fitzroy) $511,500 17.0% BLACKBUTT NORTH (South Burnett, Wide Bay-Burnett) $227,500 16.7% PEACHESTER (Sunshine Coast) $575,000 16.2% (Source: CoreLogic August Market Trends) This Greater Brisbane suburb has seen one of the biggest surges in median house price in the country.A BRISBANE growth superstar suburb has cracked the national top two for fastest price growth in the country.Nationally, three suburbs saw their median house prices grow by more than a third in over the three month period to May, according to CoreLogic August Market Trends report, released this afternoon.Trundle in Parkes, New South Wales, was on top by the narrowest of margins (0.2 percentage points) at 34 per cent growth, with Sea Lake in Buloke, Victoria, and Spring Mountain in Ipswich, Queensland tied in second spot with 33.8 per cent growth.That’s a massive surge for all three, but while Trundle was 5.5 hours from the Sydney CBD and Sea Lake was almost 18 hours away, Spring Mountain was just over half an hour away from the Brisbane CBD. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKcenter_img Spring Mountain is just 36 minutes drive from the Brisbane CBD. NATIONAL TOP 3 (3 Months): Trundle (Parkes, NSW) Median price $167,500 34% Sea Lake (Buloke, VIC) $95,000 33.8% Spring Mountain (Ipswich, QLD) $432,500 33.8% (Source: CoreLogic August Market Trends)Queensland’s star performer, Spring Mountain, which pulled a massive 33.8 per cent quarterly surge in median price, was the new hub for developers in the Springfield area. Freedom Property James Hurley, whose recent sales were focused on Spring Mountain, said it had a higher entry level than most new development zones.Among properties he’s sold in the past few weeks was Lot 5069 Steamer Way, Spring Mountain — a four bedroom, three bathroom, double garage property that fetched $519,900 on July 19.last_img read more

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CID starts investigations into misuse of Akii- Bua stadium funds

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Criminal Investigation Department-CID has started investigations into the reported misuse of funds meant for the construction of Akii- Bua memorial Stadium.A team of senior police detectives from the CID – headquarters are in Lira district to investigate the alleged misuse of funds.Grace Akullo, the CID Director said the officers are to probe possible fraud and financial mismanagement by the district officials.The detectives arrived in Lira town on Tuesday afternoon and held a meeting with the Lira District LCV Chairperson, Alex Oremo.While in Lira town, the investigators are expected to visit the construction site of the Akii Bua stadium at Erute Village and interact with selected members of the public. ****URNShare on: WhatsApp It is expected that the Chief Administrative Officer Lira Mark Tivu and the District Engineer Hudson Omoko shall be required to record statements regarding the alleged misuse of the funds.Trouble for Lira district officials stemmed from a petition by two members of parliament from Lango, Denis Hamson Obua (Ajuri) and Tony Ayoo (Kwania) who petitioned President Museveni demanding for a forensic audit to establish value for money.Since 2013, Lira district received 665 million shillings from the Ministry of Education and Sports to facilitate the construction of the stadium.Tivu says that the money was used to fund preliminary work including bush clearing, opening access roads, draining swampy areas, planting of trees, building temporary pavilion and a VIP three stance pit latrine.In 2008, President Museveni pledged to build modern sports facility in Lira town in memory of late John Akii Bua who won Uganda the first gold medal in 1978 during the Olympic competition held in Munich, Germany.last_img read more

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OVERTIME…Goodbye to “The Deacon”

first_imgBILL NEAL, LEFT, WITH DEACON JONES :10 Last week the NFL lost one of its greatest ever players and most certainly one of the 10 greatest D-Lineman of all time. The creator of the head slap, Deacon Jones died of natural causes at the much too young age of 74. Anybody that knew “The Deacon” will tell you it wasn’t all natural causes. The man lived life large…all legal…but large! I know because I had the pleasure and privilege to have interviewed him about 25 years ago, when he was in town to do a “Lite Beer” promo. My first major assignment for the New Pittsburgh Courier, given to me by “The President” of the Know It All Club and my writing mentor Eddie Jeffries. (All I can tell ya without getting head slapped from above is, yes there were women when I got there…4 to be exact! Like I said, natural causes!):09 You gonna believe me or what your lying eyes told ya last night? The Spurs will beat the Heat in seven like I said. (Please God get Fred Crawford off my xxx!):08 Fred…Fred…yo Fred!!! The Pudding Lady’s phone number MMMMAAAANNNN!:07 Sneak Movie of the Year, Trust me on this. Have I ever steered you wrong on the reviews? The answer is no! “Now You See Me,” starring Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Mark Ruffalo. Little promo and hype…great movie. See it now. 3 1/2 stars.:06 Trivia question for you. (No I’m not doing this every week. Just enjoy the moment.) Name the two Black men who graduated from high school together and made history becoming the first Black NBA coach and the first Black MLB manager? This is amazing stuff. Answer at the end.:05 Hey Manu Ginobili, you’re killing us man. We…Us…the Spurs, can’t beat the Heat if you’re playing for them. C’mon man.:04 This is long overdue, but here’s to my #1 fan and weekly Courier reader J.M.W. AKA Joy Maxberry Woodruff. She’s not only in the locker room she reads the column every week…unlike Rita…what?:03 I interviewed Bill Russell about five years ago when he was in town for the Sports History Center. (Yeah I sit on the board of directors. I keep trying to tell you people…I-AM-SOME-BODY!!) Anyway, he said then that LeBron would end up being the greatest off all time. Aw, what does Bill Russell know?:02 Champions Connie Hawkins Youth Basketball League Tournament coming up in a few weeks. Still looking for boys’ teams, 14 and under. Call 412-628-4856.:01 If you don’t know by now, the Highland Park Tennis Club provides free tennis clinics every Saturday morning at the Highland Park Courts from 9:30-11 a.m. for boys, girls and grown folks, too. And it’s free ya’ll! Now stop saying there’s nothing for my kids to do. If they can swing a racquet, they’re old enough to come. Champion Enterprises is proud to partner with HPTC in this program. Now get your lazy butt down there…Now… No not next week, now!:00 The Par-Tay continues June 28, Champions and the United Rays Corvette Club present Harlem Nights with the Legend Sly Jock; 3 Lakes Golf Club 8 p.m.-1 a.m.-Free Parking-Cash Bar & Kitchen-50/50-Vendors wanted and welcomed-Benefits Champion’s Safe Summer Programs-call 412-628-4856 for more info. Leave your e-mail and we’ll blast ya.:00 Double Overtime—The answer to the trivia question is Bill Russell and Frank Robinson. Now all you Know It Alls…that don’t know it all…Shut Up!Game over Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

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Action Jackson outduels Downtown Brown to take first place in City League play

first_imgFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier COACHING—Getting some pointers from coach Jerry Haslett before James Jackson QB goes back into the game. TIMOTHY JACKSON #1 grabs the ball out the air for a 35 yard gain to be penalized for unsportsman like behavior for 15 yards after throwing the ball in the face of the defender. RONALD BROWN #3 QB being protected by #66 Ky’Lee Adams to complete the pass.In the fourth quarter, USO quarterback Ron Brown threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Desean Bonneau. Brown also found Bonneau for the 2-point conversion to give USO a 8-7 lead.Quarterback James Jackson had done all he could do to bring Allderdice back from a fourth quarter deficit and bring Cupples Stadium back to life.  He passed for over 100 yards and nearly rushed for 100 yards.Allderdice was trailing late in the fourth quarter 8-7 and began a drive from their own 2-yard line.  Quarterback James “Action” Jackson drove the Dragons on an 11-play, 98-yard touchdown drive to take a 15-8 led and the win and the top seed entering the league’s playoffs.  Jeremiah Hardrick bulldozed into the end zone from 2-yards out and a Timothy Jackson run completed the successful 2-point conversion. “We call it NASCAR and we practice the two-minute drill every day in practice. My team and the Jackson brothers, they have an imposing will to win,” Allderdice Coach Jerry Haslett said.  “When that happens, they bring everyone else along for the ride.“We have a bunch of kids who are winners and who don’t take lightly to losing. We have some veterans and some younger guys still learning their roles.  We’re starting to figure it out.”The Dragons have won six games in a row since opening their season with a non-league loss against Wheeling Park (W.Va.).  They have only given up 23 points against City League opponents.USO Quarterback Ron “Downtown” Brown has thrown for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns in five games.SQUARING UP AS THE BALL IS ABOUT TO BE HIKED (Photos vy J. L. Martello) Since joining the league in 2011, USO has beaten Allderdice in five consecutive games. The Wildcats beat the Dragons in the City league championship game, 33-20, last year.The defending City League Champions were hit particularly hard by graduation but the Wildcats did not play with the execution and precision that the fans were accustomed to seeing. They entered the game averaging 40-points per game and was held to only 8-points.  Both teams combined for whopping 23 penalties and at times it looked more like flag football.In 2012 US. (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama), teammate Ne’Ondre Harbour, was the victim of a Garfield shooting in which he was an innocent bystander and lost his life. On Wednesday, October 8, U.S.O. classmate Eric Young was shot to death in the Hill District.“They came out real flat. They lost two classmates.  One from the Hill and the other in East Liberty and it had to affect them,” said Ronald Brown Sr., USO quarterbacks father. “My son is taking it hard. He hates to lose. He has been that way since he was little. I told him to keep working. He doesn’t have all those senior receivers like he did last year, but everybody is getting better each week and if that continues they are going to be hard to beat by the end of the year.” JAMES JACKSON #7 QB throws down field looking for a receiver.USO (4-1) 5-game winning streak over Allderdice (6-1) came to an end Friday afternoon at Cupples Stadium.  The Dragons led by the Jackson brothers and a physical defense was able to pull off a 15-8 upset. The victory moved Allderdice into the top 20 in the state.James and Tim Jackson potential for greatness are limitless, but it’s up to them to fulfill.  James to Tim, just might be the best quarterback to receiver combination in the state.  Allderdice is very well coached and has great size and is a team who is built to win the City and a PIAA State championship.The schedule has made for an “exciting” end of the regular season by matching the city’s two most dominant teams.After a scoreless first half, quarterback James Jackson’s 1-yard touchdown run and an extra point kick by Alex Hahn gave Allderdice a 7-0 lead.last_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Rachel

first_imgFacebook35Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Rachel! She is a 2-year-old, 71-pound Rottweiler/Labrador mix. She is a stunning beauty, who is very shy. Rachel had to fend for herself for four months, and because of this her prey-drive is strong. She will need a calm and patient, quiet home with a secure fenced yard where her forever people will help her grow into a loving family member. She does know her basic commands, and walks well on a leash. Rachel has lived with two other dogs and would be willing to meet new friends with proper introduction and supervision. She has great potential, and is very smart.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Rachel in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Bomber boys begin season in at Best of Best Soccer Tournament

first_imgAfter experiencing the joy of winning a B.C. Soccer Provincial B title during the summer with the Nelson U18 Selects, head coach Keith Williams is preparing to dial it back a little as skipper of the L.V. Rogers Bombers.Williams, with a few of the same crew that won the provincial crown, travels to the Fraser Valley today to compete in the 16-team Best of the Best High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament in Chilliwack.“It’s definitely going to be a rebuilding year,” Williams said Tuesday when asked about the team heading into the 2010 high school boy’s soccer season.“It’s probably the smallest team I’ve had in terms of physical stature I’ve had in years,” added Williams, who took the Bombers to a disappointing 12th place finish with almost the same team that rebounded to win the 2010 Provincial B Cup.LVR returns just seven players from last year’s squad. Along with several graduating seniors, the Bombers are missing the Chopin boys, Jules and Titoun. The Chopin boys decided to move to the Lower Mainland to pursue their soccer careers playing the in Metro League.Heading up the roster is midfielders Luke Mori and Erik Norberg. Other returning players include striker Danny Santano, midfielder Simon Sheppard and defenders John Whelan, Kevin Lewis and Sean Hickson.The Bombers open the tournament Thursday morning against Valleyview of Kamloops. The team completes the opening day round robin draw against G.W. Graham of Chilliwack and Vancouver’s Handsworth Royals.Other teams in the tournament are from Northern B.C., the Fraser Valley, Okanagan and Vancouver regions.The round robin record determines where teams advance into the playoff round.The final is set for 2:15 p.m. Friday.The date of the Chilliwack tournament hit the radar screen much earlier than in previous years, forcing Williams to take a different approach entering the event.“I’m just getting to know a lot of the player’s names so I really don’t now what to expect,” he explained. Andrew Woodward and Bruno Munro, the latter an exchange student for Mexico, have the tough task to replace graduating senior Kean Silverthorn in goal.last_img read more

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Reports – Bayern Munich beat Chelsea in race for £25m-rated Brazilian

first_img1 Bayern Munich have beaten Chelsea to the signing of Douglas Costa, according to reports in Germany.The Brazilian has been on the Blues’ radar for some time but he has now instead elected to leave Shakhtar Donetsk for the Bundesliga.According to German radio station Sport 1, Bayern have agreed to sign the playmaker from the Ukrainian side after splashing out £25m for his signature.The news will come as a blow to Chelsea, who had not given up hope of signing the Brazil international this summer.The 24-year-old will now, though, sign a four-year contract with Bayern and join up with his new team-mates after competing in the Copa America. Douglas Costa in action for Brazil last_img read more

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Inishowen student wins place at prestigious European college

first_imgDonegal woman Adelle has won a place at the prestigious Leuven Institute in Belgium, located just outside Brussels, where she will spend three months this summer.Adelle Doherty from Drumfries, Inishowen, is a first year student in the Level 3 Professional Cookery course at North West Regional College.The Institute offers a number of funded placements, on the campus in Leuven, for students studying Further and Higher Education courses in Ireland. And for 26 years-old Adelle, the opportunity to travel to Leuven will be the perfect opportunity to sample the culture of a new country.She explained: “My placement in Belgium will last three months and I’ll be trying out a number of different roles including being a kitchen assistant and helping with food preparation.“My ultimate goal when I finish my course next year is to open my own café with a library. As well as cooking I also love reading so it would be dream come true to combine the two.“I’m looking forward trying out some new food when I’m away and maybe learn some new techniques.” NWRC Lecturer Douglas Walker explained that for many years the college has enjoyed successful links with the Institute.He added: “The college has previously sent several students to Leuven where they gained valuable experience working in a conference centre, catering and in a hotel environment.“Adelle is an exceptional student and we are delighted that she has secured what will be a very beneficial placement.”Adelle is taking part in the placement as part of an Erasmus+ funded project.For details on Hospitality and Catering courses at North West Regional College campuses you can find out more at www.nwrc.ac.uk Inishowen student wins place at prestigious European college was last modified: June 21st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:adelle dohertyBrusselsnorth west regional collegelast_img read more

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Upsets: Assumptions About Genes, Atmospheres Challenged

first_img1Hotopp et al,“Widespread Lateral Gene Transfer from Intracellular Bacteria to Multicellular Eukaryotes,” Science 21 September 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5845, pp. 1753-1756, DOI: 10.1126/science.1142490.2Watson, Thomas and Cherniak, “40Ar retention in the terrestrial planets,” Nature 449, 299-304 (20 September 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06144.3Chris J. Ballentine, “Geochemistry: Earth holds its breath,” Nature 449, 294-296 (20 September 2007) | doi:10.1038/449294a. 4Creation scientists may want to examine the implications of the Rensselaer study on radiometric dating methods.  An assumption underlying potassium-argon dating is that argon is not stored when lava is deposited.  If argon is not released readily, even at high temperatures, would this not make some deposits appear far older than expected?Will the researchers at top levels notice these earthquakes in their underlying assumptions?  Will they explain them away?  What about the papers, books and press releases that now have to be rewritten?  We’ll leave it to specialists to explain the extent of the damage from these announcements, but here is an example of how science works.  Anything you thought you understood is always subject to challenge.    We don’t accept the cynical description of a scientist as a blind drunk occasionally bumping his head into the lamp post of reality.  After all, we do successfully fly probes to the planets.  But beware the scientist who says “Now we know” this or that thing, especially when it comes to questions of unobserved history and unobservable domains.  The only thing about which you can say “Now we know” is that more such challenges lurk in the future.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It’s not fun when a whole superstructure of scientific theories and models is found to rest on a shaky foundation.  That’s just what may be happening in two very different fields: genetics and planetary science:Lateral pass to the opposing team:  Building evolutionary trees by comparing genomes was supposed to be simple.  Sure, geneticists knew that some organisms could insert DNA into other organisms, but lateral gene transfer was supposed to be rare or limited to lower life-forms.  That assumption was called into question in Science on Sept. 21: a team of 20 researchers from 7 universities and genetics labs titled their paper, “Widespread Lateral Gene Transfer from Intracellular Bacteria to Multicellular Eukaryotes.”1    Their findings from studying the Wolbachia genome may send shock waves through biology labs: “heritable lateral gene transfer occurs into eukaryotic hosts from their prokaryote symbionts, potentially providing a mechanism for acquisition of new genes and functions.”  Their concluding paragraph calls for a complete reevaluation of basic assumptions about lateral gene transfer (LGT):Whole eukaryote genome sequencing projects routinely exclude bacterial sequences on the assumption that these represent contamination.  For example, the publicly available assembly of D. ananassae does not include any of the Wolbachia sequences described here.  Therefore, the argument that the lack of bacterial genes in these assembled genomes indicates that bacterial LGT does not occur is circular and invalid.  Recent bacterial LGT to eukaryotic genomes will continue to be difficult to detect if bacterial sequences are routinely excluded from assemblies without experimental verification.  And these LGT events will remain understudied despite their potential to provide novel gene functions and affect arthropod and nematode genome evolution.  Because W. pipientis is among the most abundant intracellular bacteria and its hosts are among the most abundant animal phyla, the view that prokaryote-to-eukaryote transfers are uncommon and unimportant needs to be reevaluated.Gasid indigestion in planets:  Another assumption under fire has to do with gas ratios emanating from planets.  For decades, scientists have assumed that ratios of inert gases tell us something about a planet’s history and interior.  Now, a paper in Nature by Watson, Thomas and Cherniak of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, found that argon-40 is not coming out as fast as thought.2  So?  Chris Ballentine explained in the same issue of Nature3 that this has far-reaching implications on models of planetary origins.    “We thought we knew how much gas Earth gives up, and how it does it,” he began, “but a challenge has emerged to the prevailing model.”  The implications affect models of plate tectonics, the physics of the mantle, the movement of radioactive decay products, and the origin of the terrestrial planets.  It appears now that argon and helium can be recycled into the mantle rather than being released.  Physicists measuring gas ratios at oceanic ridges, therefore, can no longer assume what they took for granted: that the rate of helium-3 and argon-40 emission reveals something about the rate of convection in the mantle.  “So does the Earth hold its breath?,” Ballentine ended.  “Someone has got it wrong.  Let’s hope we don’t have to hold our own breath too long to find out who.”    This problem was reported in the popular press by EurekAlert and PhysOrg.  The press release made the extent of the problem of this “Argon conclusion” clear in the first paragraph:Geochemists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are challenging commonly held ideas about how gases are expelled from the Earth.  Their theory, which is described in the Sept. 20 issue of the journal Nature, could change the way scientists view the formation of Earth’s atmosphere and those of our distant neighbors, Mars and Venus.  Their data throw into doubt the timing and mechanism of atmospheric formation on terrestrial plants.  Astrobiology Magazine also reported on this finding.  Watson remarked, “We can no longer assume that a partly melted region of the mantle will be stripped of all argon and, by extension, other noble gases.”  He added, “We may need to start reassessing our basic thinking on how the atmosphere and other large-scale systems were formed.”4last_img read more

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Mandela’s African tales fight Aids

first_imgNelson Mandela and special guests at his 90th birthday celebration. (Image: Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund) The audiobook is available as a CD or a digital download. (Image: Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales ) Superstar Carlos Santana with South African children who receive help from the Artists for a New South Africa organisation. (Image: Artists for a New South Africa)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com material Former president and Nobel Peace laureate Nelson Mandela has lent his name to a newly released audiobook of African folk tales. The production features some of the world’s most acclaimed actors reading beloved stories from the continent.Launched in July 2009, Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales is a project of the non-profit Los Angeles-based Artists for a New South Africa (Ansa) organisation. The beneficiaries are the thousands of children in South Africa who have been orphaned or otherwise affected by HIV and Aids.Proceeds from sales of the audiobook go to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Ansa’s It Takes a Village programme. The project helps Aids orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa by strengthening the capacity of their communities to take care of them, enabling them to remain with their families and grow up in their own environment.The list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to the project is mouth-watering, but writers, illustrators, legal and technical staff, and others have also donated their services.The voices of Oscar winners Charlize Theron, Whoopi Goldberg, Forest Whitaker, Matt Damon and Helen Mirren star alongside those of the X-Files‘ Gillian Anderson, Star Trek‘s LeVar Burton, Academy Awards 2009 host Hugh Jackman, Don Cheadle, Alan Rickman, Debra Messing, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophie Okonedo, Blair Underwood and Alfre Woodard, among many others.Woodard also directed the production. She was in London in 2008, where she met with Mandela.“He challenged us,” she said. “He told us, ‘… our work is far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness, including Aids, where human beings are oppressed, there is more work to be done. It is in your hands now.’”Oscar nominee Jackson said, “I’ve travelled with Ansa to rural villages and met children whose lives will be changed by this audiobook. This is our way of honouring Mr Mandela, by assisting children who are the future of his nation and our world.”A special message for childrenSouth African music icons Johnny Clegg and Vusi Mahlasela composed and recorded original music for the audiobook, which was engineered by Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen. The production includes a special message to the children of the world from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, also a distinguished recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.The stories were all personally chosen by the former statesman, who celebrates his 91st birthday on 18 July. Mandela has all but retired from an active public life and 67-year-long political career, but still finds time to address important issues through The Elders. This is an independent group of respected global leaders who lend their collective experience to initiatives that build peace and promote human rights.The print version was first published in 2002 and featured 32 stories from all parts of the continent. The clever snake charmer from Morocco, the Kenyan lion Simba, the Southern African mantis and the moon, the trickster-spider Anansi from Nigeria, and the Swazi cloud princess are just a few of the much-loved characters in stories so old that their exact origins are unknown.In the book’s foreword, Mandela wrote of his wish that storytelling in Africa would never die, but rather that all the world’s children might experience the wonder of books.The oral tradition of storytelling has been handed down through many generations in Africa. Now the oral tradition has gone digital and it is the hope of all involved that children all over the world will delight in and learn from the audiobook.Lending talent for a good causeArtists for a New South Africa, previously known as Artists for a Free South Africa, was established in 1989 by Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover, Mary Steenburgen, Robert Guillaume and several other artists who were involved in the anti-apartheid struggle.Over the years Ansa has received the support of many distinguished artists and humanitarians, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Carlos Santana, Jackson Browne, Morgan Freeman, Jonathan Butler, Johnny Clegg, George Lopez, Noah Wyle, and many more.Today the organisation focuses its efforts on combating HIV and Aids, educating and empowering people, and entrenching democracy in South Africa.It celebrates its 20th anniversary in September 2009 with the Jabulani (isiZulu, meaning rejoice) gala function in Los Angeles. Jabulani will honour struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, outspoken politician Barbara Hogan and Ansa founder Woodard, and the special guest keynote speaker will be Archbishop Desmond Tutu.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesHIV/Aids fight moves to mobile Loving life, fighting Aids HIV in South Africa stabilising Useful linksNelson Mandela’s Favorite FolktalesArtists for a New South AfricaNelson Mandela Children’s FundNelson Mandela Foundation46664last_img read more

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