Game Day Preview: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

first_imgAntonio Brown (84) and teammate Emmanuel Sanders (88) react after a catch during the second half against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) The black and gold finally picked up their first win of the season last week in New York against the Jets and the team is ready to turn that win into back to back wins and then some.The challenge won’t be easy as they take on the hated rival Ravens. It will be a hard hitting, trash talking, close game.Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:These games are always close and the defense will need to play a pivotal role in this one. Last week they were able to get their first two turnovers of the season and they’ll need to get another one or two again to help set up the offense with decent field position.Antonio Brown needs to continue to shine. He’s been the best offensive weapon on the team in the last 3 or 4 weeks and he needs to be the ‘go to’ guy in big games like this. His ability to go deep as well as across the middle makes him a true impact receiver.The rookies are going to need to play like veterans. Linebackers Jarvis Jones and Vince Williams are now very key players on this team. They will get introduced to this rivalry in a hurry. These two, along with LeVeon Bell on the offensive side of the ball will all have a big impact on the outcome of this game.  If they struggle, it could be a long day.  The offensive line is going to need to play better than they have all season long. They showed some improvement against the Jets and they’ll need to build on that against a Ravens defense that will be salivating at the very idea of hitting Big Ben. If they can’t keep Ben upright and away from the Ravens defense; he may not make it through the game.  Here are a Few Things to Watch:Heath Miller – He’s Ben’s security blanket. With an anticipated rush on just about every down coming from the Ravens, Miller could play a huge role in what the black and gold do on offense.Ike Taylor – He’ll be guarding Torrey Smith most of the game. Smith is a burner and had a game winning grab against the Steelers at Heinz Field last season. Taylor will need to play his usual stellar defense to keep Smith in check. Will he be up for the challenge?Brett Keisel – At this moment he’s expected to play but coming off a rib injury last week, how effective will he be?The Terrible Towel – With the team finally getting a win last week and one of the biggest games of the year being played, will the crowd be a factor? Can the terrible towel waving crazies impact the game? If they are loud enough and stick it out, yes, they can and they will.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at read more

SEA Games: Archery instructor collects bronze in men’s compound

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paul Marton De La Cruz bags the bronze medal in men’s individual compound archery in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Under gathering darkness, Paul Marton Dela Cruz came away with a bronze medal for Philippines in archery Wednesday.The 30-year-old Dela Cruz, a full-time archery and instructor, said he didn’t expect to make it to the bronze medal match because of his dismal performance in the first two ends.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano PH absorbs first loss in men’s water polo View comments MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her “I just told myself not to give up and continue to fight,” said Dela Cruz as he tried to calm his nerves for his first individual medal in the Southeast Asian Games in this verdant, humid city.He matched up with top-ranked Mohd Juwaidi Mazuki of Malaysia in the semifinals, lost and fell in the bronze medal match against yet another strong hometown bet Ruslan ZulfadhliFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“He showed determination and I was happy that on Day 1 we were able to medal,” said head coach Clint Sayo. “It was a good fight in the bronze medal round.”Indeed, Dela Cruz finished at the same score as Zulfadhli (144-144), forcing a nerve-wracking shootout for the medal at the Synthetic Turf Field inside National Sports Council KL Sports City. “It was overwhelming. I was very nervous,” said Dela Cruz, who fired a 10 while the hugely favorite Malaysian had a nine.Dela Cruz started in recurve — the Olympic archery event — in 2003 but shifted to compound. He is an instructor at FR Sevilla Archery Range, home of the Philippine Team.The Philippines will have more chances of nailing a gold in the next few days in compound event with team competitions for men’s and women’s on tap.The rest of the individual compound archers, including former champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, faltered in the round robin matches.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more

Nun at Catholic Hospital Dies of Ebola

first_imgA Congolese nun who worked with Spanish Catholic missionaries in Liberia has died of Ebola, the charity she worked for said Saturday in Madrid. Chantal Pascaline died early Saturday “due to Ebola at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia,” the Liberian capital, the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God said in a statement. Pascaline worked with Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, who being a Spanish national, was flown out of the country to Spain for special treatment.  He left Liberia on Thursday after contracting Ebola.Father Pajares’ country’s government said the same trial drugs that were tested on the US citizens—Dr. Kent Brantly and Nurse Nancy Writebol—who, too, contracted the deadly disease in Liberia, would also be tested on the Catholic priest.  The Hospitaller Brothers are in charge of the NGO that runs the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital, where the priest and the nuns worked. Spanish health authorities said Thursday that the priest — the first Ebola victim in the fast-spreading outbreak to be evacuated to Europe — was in stable condition with no sign of bleeding. The hospital is not providing medical updates for the missionary, at his request. A weakened Pajares arrived in Madrid aboard a special hospital plane along with 65-year-old Spanish nun Juliana Bonoha Bohe. The nun had been cleared of Ebola before leaving Liberia, but doctors at Madrid’s La Paz-Carlos III hospital repeated the blood test on Thursday and said they would do so again in four days. The Hospitaller Brothers asked Madrid on Tuesday to “urgently” repatriate Pajares, Bonoha Bohe, Pascaline, and a Guinean-born nun, Paciencia Melgar, who was also infected with the virus. But officials said they would evacuate only the Spanish nationals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sophia man jailed for 21 years for scrap metal dealer’s murder

first_imgAfter facing two trials and both ending in a hung jury at the Demerara High Court, Rondell Bacchus of C Field, Sophia Squatting Area, Greater Georgetown, on Wednesday opted to plead guilty to the charges of murder and three counts of robbery related offences, halting another re-trial.Jailed: Rondell BacchusThe accused, originally charged with murder, stood before Justice Navindra Singh and pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter, which stated that on July 24, 2008, in Georgetown, he unlawfully killed scrap metal dealer Akbar Alli.The second charge stated that on the said date and location, the accused being armed with a gun robbed Alli and his wife, Rameena Bibi Hydar, of over $2.1 million. The other charges read that on August 15, 2008, at Georgetown, Bacchus had in his possession a .38 colt revolver along with six matching rounds of ammunition without being a licensed firearm holder.Bacchus pleaded guilty to all the charges after it was read to him. Attorney Nigel Hughes in association with Ashley Henry and Ronald Daniels represented the accused, while the State’s case was led by Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy, in association with Teriq Mohammed and Abigail Gibbs.In a plea of mitigation, defence attorney Hughes asked the court to be lenient with his client as he would have had extensive time to re-think what he did and is remorseful for his actions which caused a life to be lost.Meanwhile, Bacchus is a statement told the Judge that he did not come to waste the court’s time but rather accept the responsibility for the offence, as well as to apologise for what he had done.Justice Singh before sentencing the accused advised him that he should prepare himself for his release back into society as he is still young and can contribute to society. As such, Bacchus was sentenced to 16 years, eight months for the offence of manslaughter, three years for armed robbery and one year each for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, which is to run concurrently.According to reports, on the day in question, around 13:00h, Alli withdrew about $2.1 million from a city bank and went with his wife to another city bank after which he proceeded to Brickdam to transact business with an auto dealer.He parked and along with his wife, exited the vehicle, when two men rode up on a motorcycle and snatched the bag containing the money which his wife had.The men then rode away, but Alli gave chase, and one of the bandits shot him in the chest. The injured man was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he eventually succumbed.last_img read more

GDF Captain kills girlfriend, surrenders

first_img…GDF launches BoIA Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain has been arrested following a Saturday morning shooting which resulted in the death of his girlfriend in Alexander Village, Georgetown.According to reports received, at around 11:00h, the couple was in a car bearing registration number PWW 7163, proceeding along First Street, Alexander Village.Subsequently, residents of the area heard the now dead woman who has been identified as Reona Payne, and the GDF Captain Orwain Sandy arguing, after which she was reportedly seen exiting the vehicle. Sandy then followed her carrying a loaded firearm. There was a scuffle between the two after which the GDF Captain discharged several rounds in the direction of the woman, killing her instantly. Guyana Times was told that the woman sustained approximately eight gunshot wounds.Reona Payne and Captain Orwain Sandy in happier timesAn eyewitness, who asked to remain anonymous, stated, “They went fighting, then the man kick she and start shoot she up. You gah seh the magazine empty”.“He peep over she and then went inside the vehicle and turn around and gone he way,” the eyewitness added.Immediately after the shooting, Sandy was seen entering his vehicle and left the scene. He reportedly visited the Brickdam Police Station where he explained what transpired and was taken into Police custody. Residents of the area after hearing the gunshots also summoned the Police.When this publication visited the scene, the woman’s lifeless body was covered on the roadway as Police ranks cordoned the area, collecting the spent shells as evidence.While information as to what led to the shooting remains sketchy, Guyana Times understands Payne and Sandy shared the same household after separating from their respective spouses. Payne was previously married to a businessman with whom she shared two children. On the other hand, Captain Orwain Sandy was the aide-de-camp (personal assistant) of the Chief-of-Staff.The woman’s body being examined by investigatorsShortly after the incident, the GDF issued a statement which revealed that Captain Orwain Sandy is interdicted from duties while the Chief-of-Staff has ordered the Inspector General of the GDF to conduct a Board of Inquiry (BoI) into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting.Meanwhile, the Force also stated it is deeply saddened by the incident and reassurance is given to the general public that this is an isolated incident and does not reflect the values and standards of the GDF. Sincere condolences are also outgoing to the relatives of the late Reona Payne.last_img read more

Sometimes, the sound of silence is bliss

first_imgThe next time you’re at the store, why not turn your cell phone off and instead come home with the right flavored Popsicles and without the ire of the people who normally have to listen to your conversation while ducking around you as you absent-mindedly pluck items from the shelves? The next time you’re in your car (it won’t be long from now, will it?), take a ride with a little music playing and turn the cell phone off. Let your mind do some old-school multitasking: Allow it to rest a little while you roll (slowly) through traffic. When the left brain, which handles mechanical tasks, is busy driving the car for you, the right brain might just come up with something fantastic. You might have a huge revelation and run home, draw up plans and make millions of dollars (and then feel compelled to mail me a small commission). No? At least you might notice other cars/pedestrians and avoid an accident. If it’s me, I’d like to thank you in advance. Not that I don’t want to know you better, but, heck, let’s have a barbecue instead. Ilene Sutter lives in Van Nuys and has an attractive cell phone somewhere in her handbag.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I would have loved to swat her. Is being left alone really so horrible? Don’t people ever relish being left alone any more? I know it’s tough when you aren’t used to it. I was once left alone when our child unexpectedly keeled over for a snooze when the house was clean and I had already eaten. And I was at a loss, too. This country was built on and has prospered from the strength of ideas. (I’m ranting now. Any sentence that starts, “This country,” signals a rant. Before that I was just complaining.) Ideas generally spring forth as if by magic from the depths of our imagination, but they take time, patience, and a somewhat cleared mind to fully develop. We only have the car, the cell phone and thousands of other useful things (a shout-out to the inventor of ibuprofen is in order) because some clever souls sat themselves still for a moment or two. How can we accomplish great things when we are never alone with our thoughts and barrage ourselves with multiple activities? HEY! Put down that phone for a second. I need your attention. Just for a second. Yes, you who cannot drive a car, go to the gym, drink a cup of coffee or shop for groceries without a cell phone accessorizing your ear. Recently I pawed my way through a local market that closes at 9 p.m. I had 20 minutes to fill a cart and run it by some poor cashier who probably wanted to get home and couldn’t believe my gall. Everywhere I went, over every piece of fruit, in the frozen section, near the bread, a woman whirred around me like some loud insect buzzing into her cell phone. She bobbed aimlessly into the freezers, and hovered in the aisles. last_img read more

Thomas Vermaelen replacements for Arsenal: World Cup stars and more to join the Gunners if Belgian leaves?

first_img Dejan Lovren – Click the arrow for more – Another central defender catching the interest of top Premier League sides is Southampton’s Dejan Lovren. The Croatian is well-adapted to English football, but Arsenal would need to move quickly, as Liverpool look close to tying him down Joel Veltman – Click the arrow for more – Continuing on the Ajax theme, another defender from the Dutch side who has been linked with a move to the Premier League is Joel Veltman. Arsenal and Spurs were both reportedly tracking the 22-year-old earlier this summer, and with big things expected from him, moving sooner rather than later could be smart for the Gunners Click the arrows for five players Arsenal could consider as Thomas Vermaelen replacements 6 Daley Blind – Click the arrow for more – After a strong performance at the World Cup, Netherlands and Ajax man Daley Blind is being linked with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Arsenal join the race. Blind can play at both left back and centre back, and spent most of last season gaining praise for his displays as a holding midfielder 6 Phil Jones – Click the arrow for more – A left-field suggestion to replace Vermaelen is Phil Jones, who John Cross claims could go the other way in a Manchester United deal for the Belgian. The 22-year-old is versatile, but hasn’t exactly excelled since moving to Old Trafford in 2011 6 6 6 6 Click the arrows for five possible Thomas Vermaelen replacements for Arsenal – It looks highly likely that Thomas Vermaelen will leave Arsenal this summer after five years with the club, and Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he will bring in another centre back should the Belgian depart. talkSPORT takes a look at five players that could replace him in the Gunners squad… Stefan de Vrij – Click the arrow for more – Dutch World Cup star Stefan de Vrij only has one year left on his Feyenoord contract, and with no intention of signing a new deal, he’s almost certain to leave the Netherlands this summer. Capable of playing at centre back and right back, he would kill two birds with one stone for Arsenal, but Manchester United may have a head startlast_img read more

DeGale in line for world title eliminator

first_imgJames DeGale looks set to face the unbeaten Badou Jack in a final eliminator for a shot at the WBC world super-middleweight title.The WBC [World Boxing Council] has called for the bout to take place after Marco Antonio Periban withdrew from a planned fight with Harlesden’s former Olympic champion.Jack, a Swedish-born Gambian based in Las Vegas, is currently under the Mayweather Promotions umbrella.He has won 16 and drawn one of his 17 professional contests – the draw coming against Mexican Periban last year.Hennessy is in negotiations.A victory for DeGale against the 30-year-old would secure a showdown with the WBC’s world champion Sakio Bika.“This is the fight I’ve been aiming towards and it’s one I’m going to take with both hands – I’m 100% fit, 100% hungry and I’m good to go,” DeGale declared.DeGale wants the fight to take place on 1 March and in a message to his planned opponent, he said: “I hear that you’ve been training for a while now, so let’s get it on and make it a night to remember.“You’re in my way and I’m in your way, so please don’t do a Periban!”DeGale, 27, currently holds the WBC Silver title and has also been British and European champion.His only defeat as a professional came in May 2011, when he lost a close points decision against his arch-rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves, who fought Carl Froch for the IBF and WBA world titles in November.“James is a proven world-class fighter and I’m delighted to have secured him this opportunity, because he has worked so hard for his chance,” said DeGale’s promoter Mick Hennessy.“He has done things properly; he became ABA champion, Olympic gold medallist, turned professional, went on to win the British title, then the European title and now is the WBC Silver title holder.“He has paid his dues so it is only right that he goes on towards the prestigious world title.“We’re now in the private negotiation period and if we cannot come to an agreement with Jack’s representatives it will go to purse bids on 14 February.“We have already made an offer to Mayweather Promotions for this fight to take place in England on 1 March and we are awaiting a reply.“The great thing about eliminators and mandatory positions is that fighters are forced to face each other, as no-one was in a hurry to face James.”See also:DeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeJames DeGale v Dyah Davis as it happenedVictory keeps DeGale in line for title shotPromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightPromoter vows to deliver DeGale title fightDeGale keen to put on ‘wicked’ displayDeGale eyes world title after joining HearnFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A guide to South African political parties

first_imgSouth Africa has a vibrant multiparty political system, with 13 parties represented in the National Assembly of Parliament.A sitting of elected representatives from South Africa’s political parties, as elected by the people, at Parliament in Cape Town. (Image: South African Government Communication and Information System)The African National Congress (ANC) is the majority party, with 249 of the 400 National Assembly seats. The party controls eight of the country’s nine provinces, with the exception of the Western Cape, where the Democratic Alliance has been in power since 2009 elections. In 2014, the DA secured 59.38% of the provincial vote.The ANC controls seven of the eight metropolitan municipalities. Nonetheless, South Africa’s opposition parties remain robust and vocal.South Africa’s Parliament is made up of two houses: the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. The National Assembly is the more influential, passing legislation and overseeing executive performance. Its members are elected for a term of five years.All South African citizens over the age of 18 eligible to vote, if they register to do so. So far, South Africa has had fully inclusive democratic elections every five years since 1994. Before the end of apartheid, only white South Africans were allowed to vote for the national government.For a full list of results from South Africa’s 2014 elections, visit the Independent Electoral Commission at Wikipedia)PARTIES IN PARLIAMENTOf the 29 parties that contested the 2014 elections, only 13 received sufficient votes to gain representation in Parliament.The African National Congress (ANC)249 seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: partners: and African National Congress)The African National Congress (ANC) is the governing party of South Africa, supported by its historial tripartite alliance with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP).Founded in 1912 as the South African Native National Congress, it aimed to bring Africans together to defend their rights and fight for freedom. In 1923 its name was changed to the African National Congress.Following the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, the party was banned by the Nationalist government. From 1961 organised acts of sabotage began, marking the emergence of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC. The ANC was to be an underground and exiled organisation for the next 30 years.In February 1990, the government unbanned the ANC and released Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners. The ANC was again able to openly recruit members and establish regional structures.In the historic 1994 elections the ANC won 62% of the vote. Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president. In the 1999 elections the party increased its majority to a point short of two-thirds of the total vote. A two- thirds majority theoretically allows a party to change the country’s Constitution. Thabo Mbeki succeeded Mandela as president of the country.ANC key objective is the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society. The Freedom Charter remains the party’s basic policy document. Adopted in June 1955 by the ANC and its allies, the charter lists principles on which a democratic South Africa should be built.In the 2004 elections the party, which declared itself to be a social democratic party, retained its two-thirds majority (69.7%). After Mbeki resigned in 2008, a group of former ministers – led by Mosiuoa Lekota – split away and formed the Congress of the People.In the 2009 elections, the ANC’s majority fell to 64.9%, and Jacob Zuma became the country’s president. In the 2014 elections, the ANC’s margin once again dropped to 62.15%. As of 2017, Zuma maintains a controversial stronghold on the party and the country as the head of the ANC and the country’s president, as it heads into a party elective conference at the end of 2017 and national elections in 2019.The ANC is, with its tripartite alliance partners, committed to the values of the National Democratic Revolution. This, the ANC says, “strives to achieve the liberation of Africans in particular and black people in general from political and economic bondage. It means uplifting the quality of life of all South Africans, especially the poor.”Democratic Alliance (DA)89 seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: Democratic Alliance)South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, formerly known as the Democratic Party (DP), espouses liberal democracy and free market principles.The party’s forerunner was the Progressive Federal Party (PFP), whose veteran politician Helen Suzman was its only representative in the white Parliament for many years. Suzman upheld liberal policies in the apartheid-era legislature and spoke out against apartheid laws.In the 1980s the party increased its Parliamentary seats to seven. Among the new MPs was Tony Leon, who became DP leader in 1996, introducing a more aggressive approach to opposition politics. In 1999, the party became South Africa’s official opposition party – a position it has held since then.In 2000 the DP joined forces with the New National Party and the Federal Alliance to form the Democratic Alliance (DA). But the NNP withdrew from the pact in late 2001, and was disbanded in 2004. More recently, the party integrated the smaller Independent Democrats.Leon resigned as party head in 2007, to be replaced by Helen Zille, who is also the premier of the Western Cape.Its leader in parliament is the outspoken and combative Mmusi Maimane, the first black leader of the party, who leads a parliamentary caucus of 109 members (89 in the National Assembly and 20 in the National Council of Provinces).The DA increased its share of the vote from 1.7% in 1994 to about 10% in 1999 (as the former DP), 12.4% in 2004, 16.6% in 2009, and to 22.23% in 2014. The governing party in the Western Cape, its improved performance in the 2014 elections mean it is also the official opposition in seven of South Africa’s eight other provinces. (The EFF is the official opposition in Limpopo.)While often seen as a traditional white liberal party, the DA has been slowly gaining more support from a rising black middle class and South Africans disillusioned by corruption and the failure of basic service delivery by the governing party.The DA vision for South Africa is of “an open opportunity society in which every person is free, secure and equal, where everyone has the opportunity to improve the quality of his life and pursue her dreams, and in which every language and culture has equal respect and recognition”.Economic Freedom Fighters25 seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: Economic Freedom Fighters)Contesting its first election in 2014, Economic Freedom Fighters is the third most popular party in South Africa, garnering 6.35% of the vote. Formed just eight months before the election, the party received more than 1-million votes in the national ballot, earning 25 seats in Parliament.The EFF is also the official opposition in North West and Limpopo provinces. The party, with its young, outspoken and politically savvy leaders, enjoys growing support among the youth.The EFF was formed by former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema after he was expelled by the ANC in 2013. The charismatic yet controversial Malema is the self-declared leader of the party, and carries the title ‘commander in chief’.The EFF describes itself as “a radical and militant economic emancipation movement” that is “pursuing the struggle for economic emancipation”.Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)10 seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: Inkatha Freedom Party)The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), led by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, draws its support largely from Zulu-speaking South Africans, with the majority of its votes coming from voters in the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal. In 1994, the IFP held 41 seats in the province but this dropped to a mere nine in 2014. Support for the party from migrant workers’ in the metropolitan areas of Gauteng has shifted to the EFF.Buthelezi has led the IFP since he founded it as the Inkatha National Cultural Liberation Movement in 1975. His political career dates back to the 1940s, when he joined the ANC Youth League while studying at Fort Hare University. In 1953 he took up a position as chief of the Buthelezi clan, and in 1970 was appointed head of the KwaZulu Territorial Authority in terms of the apartheid-era Bantu Administration Act. He became the homeland’s chief minister in 1976.Inkatha was transformed into a political party in July 1990, championing federalism as the best political option for South Africa.The IFP’s focus is on social justice and its manifesto seeks the resolution to a number of South African issues – the AIDS crisis, unemployment, crime, poverty and corruption – and to prevent the consolidation of a one-party state.The IFP also believes in integrating traditional leadership into the system of governance by recognising traditional communities as models of societal organisation. Buthelezi heads KwaZulu-Natal’s House of Traditional Leaders, which advises the government on issues relating to traditional leaders.KwaZulu-Natal Provincial House of Traditional Leaders: Freedom Party (NFP)Six seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: National Freedom Party)The National Freedom Party was established in 2011 by Zanele ka Magwaza-Msibi, a former chair of the Inkatha Freedom Party. Contesting elections for the first time in 2014, the NFP secured six seats in the National Assembly with 1.57% of the vote. It holds six seats in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature.Magwaza-Msibi was appointed as South Africa’s deputy minister of science and technology in Zuma’s cabinet shake-up after the 2014 elections.The NFP says it aims to emphasise service delivery to realise its vision of substantive economic emancipation. One of its primary aims is to govern KwaZulu-Natal and increase representation in all other provincial legislatures.United Democratic Movement (UDM)Four seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: United Democratic Movement)The United Democratic Movement (UDM) was formed in 1997 by Bantu Holomisa, who was expelled from the ANC after accusing a top party official of corruption. Holomisa, the former military strongman in the former homeland of the Transkei, teamed up with Roelf Meyer, a former Nationalist Party Cabinet minister, to form the new party. Meyer later left politics to pursue other interests.The party supports social democracy and envisages “the coming together of all in South Africa”, to build one nation that ensures a quality life for every citizen.Ahead of the 2014 election, a faction of the Congress of the People led by Mbhazima Shilowa joined the UDM. While national support for the UDM remained small (only 1% of the vote), the party – shored up by disenchanted Cope supporters – strengthened its position in the Eastern Cape, overtaking Cope to became the third largest party in the province.Freedom Front Plus/Vryheidsfront Plus (FF+)Four seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: Freedom Front Plus/Vryheidsfront Plus)The Freedom Front was formed in 1993 by Constand Viljoen, the former chief of the South African Defence Force. Viljoen came out of retirement to lead a group of Afrikaners who wanted to form a political party.As head of the Afrikaner Volksfront, Viljoen was instrumental in convincing conservative Afrikaners to participate in the new dispensation, through which, he argued, the issue of self determination should be taken up.The Freedom Front Plus, which saw the Conservative Party and the Afrikaner Eenheids Beweging join forces with the FF ahead of the 2004 elections, aims to help Afrikaners to “protect their culture, education and values”, especially by tackling affirmative action, land reform as well as crime.Headed by Pieter Mulder, the party retained its four seats in the National Assembly in the 2014 elections.Congress of the People (Cope)Three seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: Congress of the People)The Congress of the People (Cope) first contested elections in April 2009, winning 30 seats (7.42% of the vote). However, the infighting and bad decisions that followed saw supporters move to other opposition parties in the 2014 elections. Cope’s portion of the vote dropped to 0.67%, leaving the party with just three seats in the National Assembly.Cope was formed at its first convention in Johannesburg in November 2008 by breakaway ANC members dissatisfied with that organisation’s decision to “recall” then-President Thabo Mbeki a few months earlier and replace him with Kgalema Motlanthe.Its prominent founding members included Mosiuoa Lekota, the former minister of defence who resigned from the Cabinet after Mbeki stepped down, as well as former Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa.The party’s name echoes the 1955 Congress of the People, which saw the Freedom Charter adopted by the ANC and other parties. The choice of name was subject to a legal challenge by the ANC, which was later dismissed by the Pretoria High Court.Cope supports a participatory democracy and believes in the supremacy of the Constitution. Its founding principles include social cohesion as well as freedom and equality before the law. Its slogan is, “Reliable, accountable and incorruptile”.Lekota and Shilowa’s locking of horns over leadership of the party also saw them land in court, but Lekota was re-elected as the party’s leader in January 2014. Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Costau) president Willie Madisha was elected deputy president of Cope.Smaller political parties in South AfricaAfrican Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)Three seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) was formed in December 1993 with the aim of representing South African Christians in Parliament. It won two National Assembly seats in 1994 and six in 1999. It currently holds three seats.The ACDP was the only party in the National Assembly that voted against the adoption of the Constitution in 1994, citing moral and Biblical objections to some of the document’s clauses – particularly the rights of gays and lesbians.According to its manifesto, the ACDP stands for “Christian principles, freedom of religion, a free market economy, family values, community empowerment and human rights in a federal system”. Its leaders is Kenneth Meshoe.African Independent CongressThree seats in the National AssemblyWebsite: African Independent Congress was founded in December 2005 in protest against the ANC government’s decision to include the Matatiele locality into the Eastern Cape rather than KwaZulu-Natal.The AIC explains on its website that they regard the ANC as arrogant for “ignoring the poor people of Matatiele”. It says that it “does not want to govern” but rather believes in a “more inclusive type of governance model” where ordinary citizens voices are considered in the political-decision making process.In the 2009 elections, it won a seat in the Eastern Cape legislature. It reatained this seat in 2014 – as well as three seats in the National Assembly. Agang SATwo seats in the National AssemblyFormed at the beginning of 2013 by Mamphele Ramphele, Agang is the new kid on the block of South Africa’s political scene.Agang, which is the Nguni word for “to build”, encourages reforms towards direct governance, striving to “build a stronger democracy in which citizens will be at the centre of public life”.In January 2014, Ramphele accepted an invitation from the DA to stand as the official opposition’s presidential candidate in the 2014 general election. A few days later, however, Ramphele rejected the idea of joining the DA and the proposed merger fell through.Matters did not improve after its shambolic start, and the party fared poorly in the 2014 elections, winning just 52 350 votes (0.28% of the vote, granting it two seats in the National Assembly). A few months later, amid reports of continuing internal conflict, Ramphele resigned, announcing her withdrawal from politics in July 2014.Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)One seat in the National AssemblyWebsite: Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) was formed in 1959 as a breakaway from the ANC. Influenced by the Africanist ideals of Kwame Nkrumah, it promotes African nationalism and the return of the land to the indigenous people.The PAC was outlawed with the ANC in 1960 after the Sharpeville massacre. Its leaders were exiled or detained for long periods. These included Robert Sobukwe, its founder and leader, who was incarcerated in Robben Island until 1969 and then placed under house arrest until his death in 1978.Political infighting and numerous changes in leadership have contributed to a steady erosion of support since 1994, with voters favouring the ANC and the EFF. In the 2014 election, the PAC retained its single seat in parliament.African People’s Convention (APC)One seat in the National AssemblyWebsite: African People’s Convention Azanian People’s Convention was created out of the 2007 defection of two prominent PAC members of parliament. It was the only party created by the now-abolished practice known as “floor-crossing” to contest the 2009 elections.The party says it represents the “voice of the voiceless” with its Africanist socialist democratic principles, aimed at ensuring that “freedom and democracy have material meaning to all the citizens of the country”.PARTIES NOT IN PARLIAMENTMinority Front (MF)Website: Minority Front, created by the maverick Amichand Rajbansi and now led by his widow, Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi, says it represents the interests of all minorities. The party, however, finds the majority of its support among the Indian community, especially in Durban.The Minority Front has held a seat in parliament since 1999, but lost this in the most recent election. It holds a single seat in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature.United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)Website: United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) was formed by Lucas Mangope, head of the apartheid-era “homeland” of Bophuthatswana. Mangope was among the first homeland leaders to accept so-called independence for his scattered country for the Setswana-speaking people. The UCDP was the only party allowed to operate in the territories under his control.The UCDP was the official opposition to the ANC in the North West province in 1999 and 2004, but it has been usurped by the EFF, which now holds five seats in the province where the Marikana massacre took place in 2013.Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)Website: Azanian People’s Organisation preaches the philosophy of black emancipation and black consciousness, a philosophy popularised by Steve Biko, who was killed in police cells in 1977. Azapo lost its single seat representation in the National Assembly when it managed to gain only 0.11% of the national vote in the 2014 election.*Updated July 2014Source: South African Government Communication and Information SystemWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Startup Clinkle Has A High Frequency Plan To Push Mobile Payments

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