‘Why fix it if it’s not broken’: No trade talks for Magnolia after PBA title run

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Mark Barroca won his second Finals MVP after the Hotshots wrapped up Alaska in Game 6 Wednesday while the older veterans Marc Pingris and PJ Simon provided emotional leadership.That’s why Magnolia governor Pardo said that management has no plans to trade away its key players especially after the Governors’ Cup title run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The core of the team will be retained,” said Pardo. “We’re happy with them, in fact most of them have been renewed already.”“We’re not into trade talks, and there’s a saying right? Why fix it if it’s not broken. We won and why would we break it up,” added Pardo in Filipino. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—After four years of struggling to return back into its place at the top, Magnolia has finally figured out the winning solution to win a PBA championship.Players have come and go, most notably franchise’s face in James Yap who was shipped Rain or Shine for Paul Lee, but the Hotshots’ core, those who wore the old San Mig Coffee jersey, remained the pillar of success for the team.ADVERTISEMENT After back-to-back UAAP titles, Ateneo’s Isaac Go is also First Honor for 2nd straight year Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the team, the franchise’s 14th title was a culmination of hardwork and sacrifices the past few years, which have been rocky, to say the least.Magnolia finished as the second-worst team in the league in 2016 with a 12-24 record for the season until the Hotshots took a risk in Chito Victolero, whose only credential back then was lead the Columbian franchise to its lone playoff appearance in 2016 Governors’ Cup.But Victolero, who also led the Hotshots to three semifinals stints, has won the respect and admiration of his players, and the result of that is hard to miss.“Coach Chito is a players’ coach, he’s really someone that the player admire,” said Pardo in Filipino. “Players love him, and these players would put it all on the line for him.”“Even the import’s (Romeo Travis) going all out and he’s not even a Filipino,” said Pardo. “He had a hamstring injury, he had a cut on his brow, but he didn’t quit. Chito does a great job of motivating players. Hats off to him and we’re lucky we got him.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Barrolle Suffers another Defeat

first_imgThe Kanyan Pepper boys of Mighty Barrolle on Saturday suffered another defeat in the Cellcom National League when they fell to LPRC Oilers 1-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Barrolle started the match on slow motion by making less attempts on goal with just a shot on target.Frustration was seen on the faces of Barrolle fans, including national team head coach James Debbah.LPRC dominated the first half, getting close to the goal with several attempts but could not find the back of the net.Barrolle returned in the second half with more purposeful attacks but striker Julius Wotoe missed two clear chances to put his side ahead of the game.Oilers later stole the show after striker Manie Yancy scored a 74th minute volley to secure the three points.Midfielder George Solo of Oilers was sent off in the 84th minute, reducing his side’s numerical strength to 10 men.Oilers now have three points out of two matches, while Barrolle are yet to collect a point from their first two matches. Barrolle in week-1 of the new season lost 1-0 to Monrovia Club Breweries when Benjamin Sackor scored the lone goal in the match.The team is yet to sign on a single player since the start of the campaign.On Friday, FC Fassel maintained their winning form to reclaim the top spot after beating MC Breweries 1-0.The result puts FC Fassel top of the league table with equal points and goals with Champions BYC.FC Fassel in its first match demolished ELWA United 5-1 through a brace from James Watala and a goal each from Fassedu Logan, Sam Kollie, and Terrence Tisdell. On Thursday, ELWA United secured their first win of the season by punishing Watanga FC 1-0.In the midweek fixture, LFA Champions, Barrack Young Controllers BYC-1 got their second win when they defeated Jubilee FC 4-0 at the Blue field, their home ground.The Go Blue boys got an early goal in the ninth minute when Morris Claudius netted in a low cross from left-back James Kpoto.The team continued its attack to increase their lead, but the chance of getting a goal was thrown away by striker Mark Paye.The Church Boys of Jubilee fought in their attempt to get their first goal in the 25th minute but Captain Kanmanue Folee missed the opportunity.BYC took control of the half by creating several chances, but struggled to get a goal through striker Paye who was caught in offside position on several occasions. The team later tallied the goals to two in the 45th minute through Bility Abdullah, due to a misplaced pass from Jubilee’s defenders.Jubilee later got a penalty opportunity to have reduced the deficit during the first half, after defender Kpoto of BYC committed a foul in the 18 yards box, but the opportunity was wasted by Alvin Polo who kicked the ball above the bar.Jubilee’s hope of getting a consolation goal from the break was buried when Bility Abdullah registered his name on the score sheet for the second time with an assist from Van-Dave Harmon.BYC closed things up by getting her fourth goal of the match when Dukuly Randy found the back of the net from Claudius Morris’s left volley.The Go Blue boys got their first win of the season by narrowly defeating LPRC Oilers 1-0 from Sylvanus Morris. Jubilee is now positioned in 7th place with three points from their first match against Invisible Eleven that they won 2-1.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Convicted fraudster jailed for 30 years for raping woman

first_imgAn eloquent convicted fraudster, Troy Webster, was on Wednesday afternoon handed a prison sentence of 30 years by Sexual Offences Court Judge Jo-Ann Barlow after a majority jury found him guilty of sexually penetrating a woman without her consent. The jury produced the 11-1 verdict after a few hours of deliberation.The rape survivor was 25 years old at the time of the attack, which was said to have occurred on November 21, 2015 at a community in the county of Demerara.The prosecution contended that Webster had also tricked the woman into giving him money in addition to raping her. The offender, who was convicted multiple times for conning several women in the past, had pleaded not guilty when his matter came up for trial earlier this month. He was represented by Attorney Clyde Forde while Attorneys Seeta Bishundial, Tiffini Lyken and Abigail Gibbs prosecutedGuilty: Troy Websterthe case.Although he had already been committed to serve a prison sentence for a similar offence four years prior, the now convicted rapist was jailed for nine years by Magistrate Judy Latchman in August 2017 after he pleaded guilty with explanation to six charges. He had admitted that between August 17 and 21, 2017, at Georgetown and with intent to defraud, he obtained from six women (names withheld) $7000 each, pretending to be in a position to offer each of them a job.It was revealed that he would pose as a businessman seeking females to work either in the Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) area or on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD). He would request a sum of $7000 along with a copy of their identification card, but would vanish after informing them that he would make contact with them to commence work.In May 2013, he was jailed for three years after defrauding seven young women (names withheld) of their valuables. He similarly collected $7500 of a down payment from six of them for uniforms for employment. In that case, he had also been charged with fraudulent conversion, whereby he had taken a pair of gold earrings from one of his victims, claiming that this was for her employment. The majority of criminal cases concern sexual offences.last_img read more

What is the correct amount of exercise you should be doing everyday?

first_imgA new study has said that the minimum recommended daily exercise should be increased, researchers have found that more exercise can drastically lower a person’s risk of five serious diseases.Doing more of the current recommended minimum levels of exercise each week can significantly lower the risk of breast and bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, experts have found.At present, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that people conduct at least “600 metabolic equivalent minutes (MET minutes)” of physical activity – the equivalent of 150 minutes each week of a brisk walk or at least 75 minutes per week of jogging.Researchers from the US and Australia looked into how much exceeding these levels can reduce one’s risk of the five common chronic diseases.Their study, published in the British Medical Journal, examined 174 studies published between 1980 and 2016 which looked at the associations between total physical activity and at least one of the diseases.Having higher levels of physical activity was significantly associated with a reduced risk in the diseases.The study found two phased reductions in the risk of the five conditions – quick drops in the risk from 600 to 4,000 MET minutes of physical activity per week followed by slow but steady reductions from 4,000 to 10,000 MET minutes each week.Most health gains occurred when people conducted 3,000 to 4,000 MET minutes per week, they found.The authors said that 3000 MET minutes each week can be achieved by climbing the stairs for 10 minutes, vacuuming for 15 minutes, gardening for 20 minutes, running for 20 minutes, and walking or cycling for transportation 25 minutes on a daily basis.“The findings of this study showed that a higher level of total physical activity is strongly associated with a lower risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and ischemic stroke, with most health gains occurring at a total activity level of 3000-4000 MET minutes/week,” the authors wrote.What is the correct amount of exercise you should be doing everyday? was last modified: August 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:daily exercisehealthRunningwalkinglast_img read more

Revealed: How Chinese chef from Buncrana is now ambassador for Donegal food

first_imgA CHINESE chef from Buncrana has been hired by the Government – as an Irish food ambassador in China.Kwanghi Chan was born in Hong Kong but raised here in County Donegal and from the age of 8, he was helping out in the family restaurant kitchen.At the age of 13, he was cooking on a 3 woks stove in the restaurant and determined to learn more, he went on and trained at Killybegs Catering College ,Co. Donegal and also gained a Bachelors Degree in International Culinary Arts from TVU London later on in his career. Earlier this week Kwanghi was hired by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to showcase Donegal and Irish food at an event in Hong Kong.The East Meats West event aimed to promote Irish grass-fed beef and lamb to the burgeoning Chinese market, and was held in partnership with the Hong Kong Chef’s Association. The event is part of a three year campaign co-funded by Bord Bia and the European Union. Over 40 local chefs were invited to create a two course menu with European beef and lamb.The top six entrants competed in a live cook off to win the overall title, and all six finalists will travel to Ireland in June. As part of the trip, the chefs will visit Irish farms, factories and processors to experience EU food safety, quality and sustainability controls first hand.The judging panel included Kwanghi. Minister Creed congratulated the chefs and invited all attendees to take time to travel to Ireland to immerse themselves in Irish food culture. “We are here today to celebrate the very best of EU beef and lamb, to tell you how it is produced and why it is the best in the world.”Kwanghi has extensive experience in the hotel and restaurant industries working in some of the best restaurants In Ireland gaining experience with the best chefs in the country.Over the years he has also represented Ireland in International Culinary Competitions with the Irish Culinary Team from the age of 20 and during his quest, after numerous Awards including the World Championships in Holland and the World Cup in Luxembourg organised by WACS (World Association of Chefs Society) he was awarded a Silver Medal in the Culinary Olympics in Germany 2008. He has also Captained the Irish Culinary Team in doing so.Kwanghi Chan was Head Chef at the 5* Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore Co.Waterford since late 2011- working at the 1* Michelin “House Restaurant” gaining 4 AA Rosettes in 2014. In 2014 he was awarded Winner of Le Grand Prix de Cuisine de L’Academie Paris by 25 MOF Chefs representing Ireland in Paris at this international competition. After spending over 3 years as Head Chef at the Michelin starred Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, in 2015 he stormed onto the scene in Dublin with Soder+Ko, a hip collaboration between a Scandi bar and Kwanghi’s fine fusion cooking.In 2016 he moved on to his latest venture, starting ChanChan, making products (including a particularly fine miso based hot sauce, fine Spice mixes, black garlic products & other fine food products) that supply into food services & selling in supermarkets and selected award-winning artisan food stores across Ireland. This year in Hong Kong, working as an ambassador with Bord Bia Shanghai he began promoting Irish Grass Fed Beef & Lamb Initiative & working closely with the Irish Consulate in Hong Kong & Macau to promote Irish Produce in Southeast Asia. Revealed: How Chinese chef from Buncrana is now ambassador for Donegal food was last modified: May 22nd, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2017 Donegal MarathonbuncranachefdonegalKwanghi Chanlast_img read more

A new mug for coffee’s Juan Valdez

first_imgBOGOTA, Colombia – Juan Valdez is retiring. Long live Juan Valdez! Colombia’s coffee ambassador to the world, Carlos Sanchez, is finally quitting after four decades of playing the role of Juan Valdez. And the national federation of Colombian coffee producers is searching for a man to inherit his poncho – as well as his trusty mule, Conchita. Sanchez has promoted Colombian coffee since 1969 with a leather bag, bushy mustache and straw hat typical of rural Colombia. He inherited the role from Jose Duval, a Cuban, who became the first Juan Valdez in 1959. The Juan Valdez trademark has become one of the most recognizable in the world, the fictional figure of one of the most famous Colombians of all time. Juan Valdez even made it to Hollywood, sharing a scene with Jim Carrey in the film “Bruce Almighty.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Colombians have been thankful to Valdez for presenting another side of their country, which often is seen abroad as a haven for drug traffickers and terrorists. “I feel like a flag. I feel like I’ve represented the country,” Sanchez said Tuesday at a news conference where he struggled to hold back tears. “There is a big sense of gratitude from Colombians abroad for this.” Sanchez, 71, said his advancing years made it hard to keep up a strenuous schedule traveling the globe promoting coffee. Coffee is the national product of this South American nation and was crucial in the country’s early economic development. It’s rare to find a Colombian who does not start his or her day with a shot of tinto, heavily sweetened black coffee. The bean also is used to make alcoholic drinks, candy and soft drinks. The new Juan Valdez has a lot of selling to do: Colombia’s coffee industry has taken a beating during the global glut of the past decade. In 2005, coffee exports were about $1.4 billion, or $100 million less than those of a decade earlier. In searching for a replacement, the federation sent teams across the streets, farms and – of course – cafes in the country’s western coffee region. With the help of U.S. consultants, it narrowed the field from 400 contenders to 10. The new Juan Valdez, the third incarnation, will be announced by June 30. “Of course he must have a mustache,” joked Gabriel Silva, the general manager of the federation. Sanchez nodded in approval and stroked his own impressive mustache. “This is not a beauty contest,” Silva said. Images of the casting call showed dozens of mustached men, some with notable paunches, doing their impressions of Juan Valdez. Asked what he wants to do now that he’s retired, Sanchez said “paint like a madman.” For his part, Conchita, the mule, will remain alongside the future Juan Valdez. “We’ve had to change Conchita a few more times than our Juan Valdez,” Silva said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GENEALOGY MAGAZINE TO HELP DONEGAL FOLK FIND THEIR ROOTS

first_imgThe July edition of Irish Lives Remembered, Ireland’s biggest digital genealogy e-Magazine has a real Donegal flavour.The latest edition of Irish Genealogy magazineThe eMagazine is FREE and there is 20 pages dedicated to helping people trace their Donegal ancestors globally.Among the many articles based on Donegal is ‘Resources at Donegal Library & Archives: Resources at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (P.R.O.N.I.) & Irish Family History Foundation. Surnames of County Donegal with Dr. Paul MacCotter: The Gallagher Clan invites everyone to their gathering event: The McLaughlin homestead of Dunree: ‘Tracing Your Donegal Ancestors’ from the team at Fly Leaf Press and Helen Meehan’s book launch ‘Ethna Carbery – (Anna Johnston MacManus)’.  The magazine is now LIVE & FREE to read/download via our website www.irishlivesremembered.comGENEALOGY MAGAZINE TO HELP DONEGAL FOLK FIND THEIR ROOTS was last modified: July 11th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:donegalGeneaologyIrelandmagazinelast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Picked As MVC Preseason Favorites

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University women’s tennis team has been picked by the league coaches as the preseason favorite in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll, league office announced Thursday. Drake claimed five titles at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships in October. Summer Brills, 2017 MVC All-Select honoree, won at No. 2 singles. Joely Lomas took first at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles along with partner Mela Jaglarz. Liza Petushkova placed first in the No. 5 singles spot and brought home another victory at No. 2 doubles with Kenya Williams. The Bulldogs open the 2018 season on Friday as they host Creighton at 2:30 p.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img The Bulldogs received two first-place votes for a total of 44 points and edged out Stony Brook and Illinois State who were picked tied for second with 40 points.last_img read more

‘La vita’ looks ‘bella’ for Debora Patta

first_imgFrom left to right, IWW award winners Ferdinando Pezzoli, Lara Mazzoni, Debora Patta, Tiziana Grassi, Marco Folegani, and Elena Maria Teresa Calligaro.(Image: IWW)  “La vita”, it would appear, is pretty “bella” right now for South African television journalist and media personality Debora Patta.Not only did the Zimbabwe-born anchor and executive producer of e.tv’s hard-hitting investigative programme 3rd Degree add yet another award to her collection last month, but she seems to be revelling in a career decision of a year ago to free up some time so as to be able to concentrate more fully on her “two real passions”: journalism and her family. Happily married to her second husband, Patta is the mother of two young daughters.And it would seem that, like many women her age, the 40-something Patta is discovering the liberation and confidence that the years can bring.“The best thing about this age is no longer caring what other people think of you,” she is quoted as saying in a recent edition of a fashion chain’s club magazine. “I’ve learnt not to be so hung up on people who don’t like you.”The fact that the apparently always self-assured and assertive Patta has ever lacked confidence might well come as a surprise to 3rd Degree viewers who have seen her courageously and tenaciously hold those in positions of power and responsibility to account.Famous for her tough, no-nonsense approach she has had heads of state, politicians, business leaders and many others in the hot seat on the show in the decade that it has been in existence – but has also told the stories of the ordinary person in the street with compassion.Patta has featured high-profile figures such as African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema, the late political leader Eugene Terre’Blanche who, she says, is the only person to have walked out of an interview, businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, President Jacob Zuma, axed Ekurhuleni police chief Robert McBride, and former president Thabo Mbeki.Winning formulaPatta’s unrelenting pursuit of not only answers but also excellence in a journalism career spanning two decades has garnered her respect and recognition stretching beyond the country’s borders. Already the winner of multiple accolades, including a 2010 South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government category award and the 2009 Vodacom Women in the Media award, Patta was honoured by the Italian Women in the World (IWW) association last month when she received a Tricolor Globe Award at a ceremony held in Bologna, Italy.The IWW is a global networking association. Its awards recognise the achievements of men and women of Italian origins, or of Italians working abroad or in Italy for other countries, who have attained outstanding career success within “creative and innovative global industries” such as communication and events; art and design; performing arts; alternative energies and recyclable products; information and communication technologies; science, research, technology and engineering; and tourism.Six achievers from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe were recognised in this year’s awards. Patta was honoured for her “achievements, excellence and contribution to society in the communications field in Africa”.The main goal of the award, according to IWW founder and president Patrizia Angelini, “is to promote the important role of compatriots and other Italians who work abroad, through the spreading of personal success stories and highlighting the cultural and entrepreneurial effort.”Angelini, a television journalist for Italian broadcasting corporation RAI International, founded the association in 2007 after her work brought her into contact with the larger Italian community around the world and she conceived the idea of creating a network to facilitate their international communication.The awards project, which has the support of the Italian government, is active in promoting the “excellence, enterprise and beauty” of Italy and its culture and the Made in Italy brand internationally. This is done through on-line and television information and through events including seminars, international awards and intercultural exchanges.“It is a great honour to be recognised by my country of origin,” said Patta, who owes her Italian heritage to her Calabrian father. “I am extremely proud of my Italian roots, so this is very exciting.”Patta has previously said that while South Africa is where her heart is, Italy is indeed her second home. And like most good Italians, she loves cooking “fabulous Italian food” and relaxing with family, friends and a glass of fine wine.Team effortAlways mindful of the team effort required for the success of the current affairs show that draws close to 2-million viewers, she said: “It is also a great tribute to 3rd Degree and e.tv as they are regarded as making a significant contribution in Africa.”E.tv’s channel head Monde Twala paid tribute to Patta, saying that “Debora is a committed journalist and executive producer who continually aims to better and uplift society by exposing the truth and keeping the public informed. 3rd Degree has been successful for the past 10 years and e.tv congratulates Debora for her ongoing investigative success.”With a career of more than 20 years spanning radio, television and writing – she has co-authored two non-fiction books – Patta is one of the most prominent and respected journalists in South Africa, having reported fearlessly on virtually every major story in the country during that time. She became well known for her extensive coverage of Nelson Mandela from his release from prison to his election as South Africa’s first black head of state – the warm relationship they developed led to her being dubbed his favourite reporter.During her time with e.tv since its inception in 1998 Patta has trained, developed and mentored many budding young television journalists and news anchors. She also led the team that launched South Africa’s first 24-hour news service.Known for her no-holds-barred interviewing and for being unafraid to ask the tough questions, Patta maintains that she has never felt her achievements were limited because she is a woman. Indeed, in receiving the Vodacom Women in the Media award last year she had a strong message for young women: “Don’t just knock on the door, bash it down!”But she does acknowledge the sometimes harsh truth that “women are so often seen as aggressive while men doing the same thing are regarded as tough, assertive, uncompromising”.While Patta too has come under fire from those who feel her style of interviewing is too aggressive and not diplomatic enough, there is no doubt that she has brought many sinister cases to light, which might otherwise have continued to harm society.She admits that finding the balance between career and family can be a tough challenge – and one she handles better at some times than at others. She finds release from the pressures of her “adrenaline-all-the-way” job through “strong coping mechanisms, trying to stay healthy and a supportive family”. A year ago she resigned from the demanding position as editor-in-chief of eNews to be able to concentrate more fully on 3rd Degree and her two real loves, journalism and her family.“You can’t change the world, but you can make a difference to someone,” Patta has said. Over the years, the woman described as having “a unique front row in South Africa’s history” has done that many times over.last_img read more

Gift of the Givers: 25 years of philanthropy: Emily Thomas

first_imgIn a series of five articles, we share stories from Gift of the Givers volunteers in their own words as the organisation marks its 25th year of serving humanity. Emily Thomas, who works in logistics, tells us about what she does.Bringing water to the thirsty, Emily Thomas helping with drought relief programme in the Free State. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Sulaiman PhilipEmily Thomas: LogisticsI had just returned from leave in January 2016 when I was asked to go to Bloemfontein to help with our drought relief programme, where we distributed thousands of litres of water to communities around the Free State. It was really so sad to see people queue from five in the morning hoping that a water truck would come pass. Elderly people had to pay someone to fetch them buckets of water; children in creche were forced to carry two litres of water for the day.Listening to farmers when we brought them animal feed moved me. They would speak of how they ploughed and planted in hope and how they lost it all as the drought went on. I could feel and see the heartache and pain this drought visited on them.Listening to farmers talking about having to kill their animals brought home the despair people live with. (Image: Gift of the Givers)The animals were thin, sickly and dying. To remove yourself is a coping mechanism and I kept thinking about how this would affect the price of meat. Then you listen to the farmers tell you how hard it was to shoot their animals because they could not stand to see their suffering, and you realise the despair and hopelessness they live with. This donation of animal feed brought them new hope. The drought was an act of God, but through us He brought hope.I am a Gift of the Givers employee and I’m on call 24/7, but I see this as a calling, not a job. I have been doing this for so long – for nine years – and I have learnt that every distribution or disaster comes with its own unique challenges. It’s my responsibilty to make sure that logistics are in place and to be aware of the things that could possibley go wrong.On my first mission I thought of none of that; I was thinking only that our donations were going to make people’s hearts happy. Then the reality of the amount of work and planning that goes into every distribution or mission dawns on you. I work with an incredibly experienced team that helps to ensure that everything runs smoothly and without any security hazards.When people ask I always tell them my journey with Gift of the Givers started as an intervention by God. When I think of who we are and what it is we do I am filled with pride. We are an organisation that brings hope and restores dignity to people’s lives. I lost my job in June 2008. I remember I was standing outside when two gentlemen stopped to talk to me. We prayed together and one of them said: “In a month from now God will give you a job.”Exactly a month later I was planning to spend the day in bed because I was so depressed about still being unemployed when I got a call from my priest, Reverend Eve. Some flats close our church in Mayfair had burnt down and she wanted me to help with the residents. I could not tell her I was still in bed feeling sorry for myself, instead I jumped up and got ready.The Gift of the Givers were there as well and we all worked to determine what the residents immediate needs were. I accompanied Uncle (Badr) Allaudin to the warehouse to get some food and basic hygiene products. When he heard I was unemployed he asked me to accompany him to Orlando in Soweto to distribute food and blankets.In Orlando he asked me to say a few words and, not knowing anything about the organisation, I shyly and nervously read the Gift of the Givers brochure and ended with a prayer. Driving back Uncle Allaudin simply said: “I don’t think Im going to let you go, I want you to join the foundation.”Read the next profile on Ahmed Bham who heads the search and rescue department of Gift of the Givers.Our first profile was on medical co-ordinator, Dr YM Essack. Click here to read more.To find out how beekeeper, Owen Williams, has contributed to the organisation, click here.Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Livan Meneses-Turino, shares his experience in Nepal, Haiti, and Palestine.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more