[Guardian] South Africa’s sports minister has announced that he will no longer "beg for racial transformation", but will start forcing the country’s sporting federations to fulfil racial quotas.
Fikile Mbalula said in a speech on Sunday that the cricket, rugby, netball and athletics federations would be banned from bidding for any international tournaments until their numbers of black players improved.
For more than 50 years, black athletes were banned from representing their national sides. Thanks to these policies, it’s taken South African cricket more than 20 years to produce Temba Bavuma, who earlier this year became the first black cricketer to earn the country a century in Test cricket. Hat tip to Mbalula. At least he was open about quotas, no back-dooring or denial.
Bryan Gary Habana OIS (born 12 June 1983 in Benoni, Gauteng Province) is a South African rugby union player who plays as a wing for Toulon in the French Top 14 competition, as well as 2007 Rugby World Cup champions Springboks. Habana was one of the stars of the World Cup, his eight tries equalling the record set by Jonah Lomu in 1999, and was named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year.
During the 2015 Rugby World Cup he equalled Lomu's record of 15 tries, and also moved into the joint second place of all time test try scorers, with a tally of 64.
Named after former Manchester United footballers Bryan Robson and Gary Bailey, he played outside centre and scrumhalf in provincial and age group rugby, but once he was moved to the wing a vast improvement was seen. Prior to his first year of Super Rugby he was selected for the Springboks, scoring a try with his first touch of the ball in test rugby in the end-of-season match against England at Twickenham in 2004.
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[WASHINGTONPOST] The encouraging news from Latin America is that the leftist populists who for 15 years undermined the region’s democratic institutions and wrecked its economies are being pushed out -- not by coups and juntas, but by democratic and constitutional means. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina ...a country located on the other side of the Deep South. It is covered with Pampers and inhabited by Grouchos, who dance the Tangle. They used to have some islands called the Malvinas located where the Falklands are now. They're not supposed to cry for Evita... is already gone, vanquished in a presidential election, and Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff is likely to be impeached in the coming days.
The tipping point is the place where the movement began in the late 1990s: Venezuela, a country of 30 million that despite holding the world’s largest oil reserves has descended into a dystopia where food, medicine, water and electric power are critically scarce. Riots and looting broke out in several blacked-out cities last week, forcing the deployment of troops. A nation that 35 years ago was the richest in Latin America is now appealing to its neighbors for humanitarian deliveries to prevent epidemics and hunger.
The regime that fostered this nightmare, headed by Hugo Chavez until his death in 2013, is on the way out: It cannot survive the economic crisis and mass discontent it has created. The question is whether the change will come relatively peacefully or through an upheaval that could turn Venezuela into a failed state and destabilize much of the region around it.
A democratic outcome seemed possible in December, when a coalition of opposition parties won two-thirds of the seats in the National Assembly. Rather than concede or negotiate, however, the Chavista government, now headed by President Nicolás Maduro, dug in. At its direction, a constitutional tribunal stacked with party hacks has issued annulments of every act by the new assembly, including an amnesty for scores of political prisoners.
Gangs of regime thugs now roam the streets on cycle of violences and attack opposition gatherings. Meanwhile, ...back at the precinct house, Don Calamari's lawyer was getting even redder in the face... the government is essentially shutting itself down: Last week Maduro ordered that state employees, who make up more than 30 percent of the workforce, would henceforth labor only two days a week, supposedly in order to save energy.
Remarkably, most of the Western hemisphere is studiously ignoring this meltdown. The B.O. regime and Washington’s Latin America watchers are obsessed with the president’s pet project, the opening to Cuba. As it happens, the Castros turned Venezuela into a satellite state, seeding its security forces and intelligence services with agents. Yet now that it is decreasingly able to supply discounted oil to its revolutionary mentor, Venezuela appears to have become an afterthought even in Havana.
Last week a delegation of senior Venezuelan politicians traveled to Washington to make one more effort to call attention to their crisis. They had a simple message: "Venezuela will end with a political change, because there is no other possibility," said Luis Florido, president of the National Assembly’s foreign affairs commission. "But the government will decide how this change happens."
Posted by: Fred ||
05/02/2016 00:36 ||
Top|| File under: Commies
Leftist. Populists. Socialists. All protected classes for the progressive media, therefore nothing bad is published on the "front pages" or equivalent.
...Were I President for a day, I would say to the Venezuelan delegates, "Tell me what time TOMORROW that insane socialist madman you have is leaving the country, and a democratic government takes over, and we will pour food and aid into your country, regardless of the cost to us. Until then, speak not and reflect upon your sins."
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
05/02/2016 5:03 Comments ||
The story doesn't fit the narrative, therefore the story doesn't exist for the Mouth of Sauron MSM.
The Venezuelan lawmakers had some practical and specific requests for the Obama administration, starting with the public release of the names and alleged offenses of top Venezuelan officials included on a confidential U.S. sanctions list. They’d also like help finding the $300 billion to $400 billion they estimate has been stashed in foreign bank accounts by the Chavista elite; the money is desperately needed to import food and stave off a foreign debt default.
The falcon cannot hear the falconer, wrote William Butler Yeats. Political leaders, like the falcon, were meant to obey their minders, but Yeats’s falcon had soared above them and loosed mere anarchy on the world. Today, Donald Trump’s campaign soars above our conservative elites, who in their foundations, their little magazines, their think tanks, define what conservatives may do or say. Trump ignores them, they tell us, and disorder and chaos must follow. Very long, but IMO, worth the effort
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...Table 1 reports on how countries rank on a measure of mobility, the correlation between the earnings of fathers and sons. With a ranking of zero there is perfect mobility, and perfect immobility with a ranking of one. It will come as a surprise to realize that the U.S. is one of the most immobile countries in the developed world, that children in other such countries are better able to climb the economic ladder. Through a broken educational system, insane immigration laws, a regulatory state on steroids, a disregard for the rule of law, we have created an aristocracy and betrayed the promise of America.
It's ironic how the elite's sing the doom and gloom of trump. They say he will drive the country to ruin, and he might be at the helm as we go over the cliff. We must understand who is to blame here and it's not trump or the current political opportunists. It is the voters. We elected criminals that slowly changed the rules so they could hold power, profit from that power, and reduce the voters ability to change them out. Currently all those that stick to these rules are hiding behind them. Possibly out of complicity or possibly out of fear of change. Either way people awoke this year in both parties realizing that out nation is broke both financially and ethically. People on both sides want our nation back. We want our nation led by people with integrity. Understand that if the popular vote is again ignored the people will rise up, not to just protest. They will rise up to overthrow those that have taken our constitution hostage to greed. The threat of violence, and not riots, real targeted violence is out there. Not by a few nuts, but by rational people that see their democracy is no longer one. The GOP needs to think long and hard about how they handle this. The fate of our nation could be at stake. The democrats have long been a bastion of greed, or so we thought, now we realize the left and right wing are on the same bird. We as a nation need to look inward put America first, fix our leadership problem and get ourselves back on track. When you do an intervention, no one likes the counselor, but we all need to understand we can't go on like we are and we need this intervention. Another 8 years of the same will make our nation unrepairable. It's time, before less cool heads prevail.
Posted by: 49 pan ||
05/02/2016 13:48 Comments ||
I suspect if/when Trump becomes President the Congress will suddenly start to take their job as a counter-balance to the Executive Branch seriously again.
That is unless Trump keeps the gravy train running on time.
You do not go into the fight with what you want, but with what you have. I view the latest presidential follies as a bunch of Beltway insiders, determined to maintain the status quo(with all its largess and plunder)even if it means their own destruction in the end by the system they manipulated finally collapsing.
I have great reservations about Trump, but he is the only one attacking the established elite. The Washington DC establishing is bleeding the country dry, and saddling the people with an avalanche of laws and regulations.
As far as the other candidates go, they will just accelerate the destruction of this country. The system is broken because Congress does not assume the responsibilities and powers that are given them under the constitution.
DC has played fast and loose with the constitution, and now has a sister city in Brussels. If the overbearing power of DC is not downsized, then the country will begin to break up, mainly due to bankruptcy. Take a look at Puerto Rico, Venezuela. This is where we are heading if we do not take back this country.
Back to Trump. We know that he is the only one attacking the political status quo. Every other candidate is vested in the corrupt system that is bringing down this country. If Trump screws up when in office, he can be removed. That is the way I look at it. The least worst alternative.
In the next world, you are on your own.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
05/02/2016 15:36 Comments ||
Hear, hear, Paul.
Posted by: Barbara ||
05/02/2016 16:23 Comments ||
Well done Paul.
Posted by: 49 pan ||
05/02/2016 17:03 Comments ||
MONEY-if the only real export left that the United States has is the military than it is about time the rest of them PAY for the services rendered just like any other work order or contract! At least Trump has the Balls and testosterone left to say it!
The problem is that Trump will be a boat anchor. This will hand Congress (the Senate) to the Dems. The Trump-a-dump has started - he's being used to bash the GOP senator in Arkansas already. Get ready for this type of stuff to be run non-stop as "News" as well as in campaign commercials like this.
Much fear and constipation these days. So many have gotten Trump wrong time after time. I don't bother listening to them. I suspect many others are doing the same, the voters!!. Tuesday will be a great day for the country and Trump. The silent majority is silent no longer. Certainly the Republicans will fight Trump more than they ever did O. That will fade as they see the influence Trump will have with the American people. They will take the way of least resistance. The media will be revitalized and see aligning with Trump bringing prosperity to a dying industry. Using tools of management and his ability I suspect he will hit the ground running. Focus on the home front. Requiring less sleep than most he will run the legs off his staff. Think positive. Think results. Think America united as in war. A new chapter in American history is going to be written. Seize the day !!.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.