This Friday, Do Something Good

first_img14 September 2010Mentor a young person. Visit an old age home. Start your own volunteer project … as part of its “Legacy” campaign, Brand SA has called on South Africans this Friday to “fly the flag” by volunteering some of your time to South Africans who need it.Brand South Africa’s Legacy campaign aims to leverage the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup by providing platforms for South Africans to keep achieving and showcasing their “South Africanness” to the world, while entrenching the principles of pride, patriotism and solid citizenship that have been established over the past year.SA Legacy campaign explainedFor the past three Fridays, and the next two to come, South Africans have been “celebrating all the things that make us who we are”. Each Friday has a different theme, this Friday’s being a call to do something good for each other, for example:Visiting www.forgood.co.za for how to go about volunteering in your community.Finding a young person in your community that you can mentor.Finding out how you can work with your local SAPS to make your surroundings safer.Organising a visit to an old age home or hospice.Creating your own volunteer project.Volunteering for an existing project.Do Good Week – poster“When we stand as one, we can do anything,” Brand South Africa said in a statement. “We can build stadiums. We can host the most successful Fifa World Cup™. So what if we all came together to do something good for each other?”“This Friday, Fly the Flag by volunteering some of your time and resources to South Africans who need it.”SAinfo reporterSA Legacy campaign: programmeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Spurs edge Mavericks in Dirk Nowitzki’s last NBA game

first_imgDallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki waves to fans after the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 105-94. This was Nowitzki’s last NBA game before retiring after 21 seasons with the Mavericks. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO — Dirk Nowitzki said goodbye to the NBA the same way he came into the league, smoothly draining a jumper over a defender to punctuate a passionate performance.It was only fitting that Nowitzki’s final shot came against the San Antonio Spurs, a team he terrorized in the regular season and postseason. This time, however, the tears it stirred were tears of joy.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “It was fantastic again tonight,” Nowitzki said. “Felt almost like a home game, honestly.”The Spurs couldn’t afford any sentimentality with playoff positioning at stake, and they didn’t show any. San Antonio raced to a double-figure lead and led by as many as 22 points.The Spurs finished seventh in the Western Conference as a result of Oklahoma City’s 127-116 victory over Milwaukee. They will face second-seeded Denver in the opening round of the playoffs.The regular-season finale turned out to be a win for everyone. San Antonio won, Nowitzki led the Mavericks in scoring and Popovich, the Spurs and San Antonio’s fans got to say goodbye to the future Hall of Famer.“He was having a lot of fun tonight, I was really happy for him,” Popovich said.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LaMarcus Aldridge had 34 points and 16 rebounds and the Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-94 Wednesday night in Nowitzki’s final game.“Everybody, players, fans, coaches and staff got to witness history watching him play his last game,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He played a fine game, which was great. It’s not surprising.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNowitzki finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the finale of his storied 21-season career — all with the Mavericks. Nowitzki announced he was retiring Tuesday night following Dallas’ final home game of the season.Wednesday’s sell-out crowd cheered wildly each time Nowitzki entered the game or touched the ball and let out a collective groan when he missed a shot. He was serenaded with chants of “MVP!” throughout the game by the crowd filled with patrons wearing his No. 41 jersey. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It was appropriate that Nowitzki’s final game came against the Spurs, who he has had many memorable battles against. Perhaps the most memorable was the 2006 Western Conference finals against San Antonio. After the Spurs battled back from a 3-1 series deficit and a 20-point lead in Game 7, Manu Ginobili fouled Nowitzki on a layup with 21.6 seconds remaining. Nowitzki made the free throw to forge a tie and the Mavs went on to win in overtime on the way to the franchise’s first NBA Finals appearance.“If it’s not at home, this kind of works perfect,” Nowitzki said of San Antonio. “This team was always sort of the big brother. They were beating us and then we kind of found a way to get through them in ’06. To me, probably still one of the best playoff series I’ve been a part of and probably some of the best basketball in that series that I’ve ever played in my life.”Nowitzki was able to turn back the clock, shooting 8 for 21 in 32 minutes, including going 2 for 6 on 3-pointers. His final shot was a 20-footer over Spurs rookie Drew Eubanks with 49.7 seconds remaining.Dallas coach Rick Carlisle subbed Nowitzki following the shot, leading to an ovation of cheers and chants of “Dirk” and “MVP.”“It’s cool playing against Dirk tonight,” Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan said. “Seeing him out there and playing against one of the greatest of all time for the last time, it was cool. Hopefully, I got a good photo op.”Derozan finished with 19 points and Derrick White added 14 for the Spurs, who finished with a 49-34 record.Justin Jackson and Courtney Lee added 14 points each for Dallas, which was without Rookie of the Year candidate Luka Doncic.TIP-INSMavericks: Nowitzki averaged 15.3 minutes and started 20 games this season, the lowest numbers of his career. He started 24 games as a rookie while playing 20.4 minutes. … Nowitzki has played 38 games in San Antonio, tied for the third-highest total of any player. Utah legends Karl Malone and John Stockton each played 46 games in San Antonio. Denver’s Alex English played 39, and Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon played 38. … Doncic missed three of Dallas’ final four games due to a thigh injury. He missed back-to-back games against Memphis with a bruised right thigh, played 32 minutes against Phoenix, and missed the team’s finale with a bruised left thigh.Spurs: Bryn Forbes finished with 10 points in 26 minutes. . San Antonio only had four players in double figures. MOST READ THANK YOU, DIRKThe Spurs played a 1 ½-minute tribute video in honor of Nowitzki, highlighting his 21 seasons in the NBA.Nowitzki looked up to watch the video on the big screen at the AT&T Center, but had to turn away as he began to cry.“The first 20, 30 seconds, I was kind of holding it (in),” Nowitzki said. “I was like, ‘That’s sweet,’ and then it just kind of all came out. I’m not sure why. Not only did they show highlights from my career, but they showed highlights from me beating up on the Spurs, which was even more incredible.”UP NEXTMavericks: The offseason.Spurs: First round of the Western Conference playoffs against Denver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PBA D-League: Petron-Letran halts Ironcon-UST’s unbeaten run LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

United Nations Names Angry Bird As Honorary Ambassador For Green

first_imgRed, the starring animated character voiced by US star Jason Sudeikis in the upcoming “The Angry Birds Movie,” was named Honorary Ambassador for Green on the International Day of Happiness yesterday at the United Nations.Red with his new friends Ban Ki-moon and Jason SudeikisThe appointment of Red is part of the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign to help the world body promote the International Day of Happiness, which is observed on March 20 each year, and encourage people to take action against climate change and its impacts.Video: Angry Birds – International Day of Happiness AnnouncementThe International Day of Happiness recognizes that Gross Domestic Product alone cannot measure the wealth and well-being of a country’s population and a more inclusive, equitable, balanced and sustainable approach to growth and development is key to being happy.After United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named Red as Honorary Ambassador for Green, the campaign was presented to hundreds of young people in the iconic General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.The presentation included the movie’s US stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Maya Rudolph as well as producers John Cohen and Catherine Winder, who asked the attendees for their support to make the Angry Birds happy by doing their part to take action against climate change. They presented the “Help Red Go Green” materials including public service announcements created to support the campaign. By participating in the #AngryBirdsHappyPlanet campaign, individuals can make the Angry Birds happy and “Help Red Go Green” by posting photos and messages to show how they are protecting our planet by recycling, taking public transportation and conserving water, for example.“The Angry Birds have entertained millions of people around the world — and now they are part of making the world a better place,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We are proud to give Red a reason to go Green. There is no better way to mark the International Day of Happiness than to have our animated ambassador raise awareness about the importance of addressing climate change to create a safer, more sustainable and happier future for all.”“We are incredibly honored that Red from ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ has been named as the Honorary Ambassador for Green. While Red may still look angry, we know that he’s smiling on the inside. As we say in our ‘Help Red Go Green’ campaign, nothing makes an angry bird happier than a healthy planet. In partnership with the UN, we are very excited to help raise awareness of critical global issues such as climate change,” said John Cohen, producer of “The Angry Birds Movie” and “Despicable Me.”last_img read more