The South African Mint Company has launched a limited edition coin set, the first in a series of coins dubbed “Life of a Legend” that will be issued over the next 12 years in honour of the life and work of Nelson Mandela.“Nelson Mandela’s contribution to South Africa’s democracy and to the world at large is well known,” SA Mint Company chairman and Deputy Reserve Bank governor Francois Groepe said at the launch at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg in March.“He is our nation’s foremost symbol of reconciliation. Now, the South African Mint proudly honours ‘The Life of a Legend: Nelson Mandela’ with the legal tender Protea coin series.”Three coins in the series will be released each April for the next 12 years: a stirling silver R1 coin), a one-tenth-of-an-ounce pure gold R5 coin, and a one-ounce pure gold R25 coin.The coins will depict various aspects of Mandela’s life, starting with his early childhood in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.Images inspired by Mandela’s boyhood in Qunu – including his beloved stick-fighting – feature on the reverse of the pure gold R25 coin, with the quote: “It was in that village near Umtata that I spent the happiest years of my boyhood and whence I trace my earliest memories.”After the death of his father in 1930, Mandela’s mother took him to the “Great Place” in Mqhekezweni to be raised by Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting king of the Thembu people.The arrival of Mandela and his mother is portrayed on the reverse of the pure silver R1 coin, with the quote: “In that moment of beholding Jongintaba and his court I felt like a sapling pulled root and branch from the earth and flung into the centre of a stream whose strong current I could not resist.”Depicted on the pure gold R5 coin is the silhouette of a child with a quote taken from the launch of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund on 8 May 1995: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”Being part of the SA Mint’s Protea coin set, the commemorative Mandela series depicts South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea, on the obverse of each coin. For the inaugural set, the flowers frame an older Madiba in one of his trademark silk shirts.Tumi Tsehlo, managing director of the SA Mint Company, said at the launch: “The South African Mint Company is one of the foremost preservers of South Africa’s heritage. Through our coins, South Africa’s stories are told time and time again. By creating this unique series of coins to honour one of Africa’s great fathers, we are paying our respects and venerating a great legacy.”SAinfo reporter
SharePrint RelatedAttend the World’s Mega-EventMay 14, 2013In “Community”August Goes to the Mega-EventsAugust 12, 2013In “Community”Dear Geocaching Diary: Orange Headbands for the WinSeptember 1, 2013In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Adventurers from around the globe joined Geocaching HQ staff on August 17, 2013 to celebrate International Geocaching Day. It’s tempting to measure the Geocaching Block Party 2013 in attendance (more than 3,000) or by the number of countries represented by geocachers (more than 12), but we preferred to look up from shaking hands and swapping stories and just measure the Geocaching Block Party in smiles—and there was plenty to smile about. Geocachers soaked up the creative geocaches, clever wordplay and tricky clues of a newly launched Geocaching HQ GeoTour. Geocaching HQ also debuted a new geocache type, Lab Caches, and asked geocachers to help test the new style of geocaching (potentially coming to a Mega-Event near you). Plus, did we mention getting to meet 3,000 other geocachers from around the world?Check out the new Geocaching Block Party 2013 video to experience the thrill of the event. Make no mistake, we want to see you in the next video. Put it on your calendar, make your travel plans and log your ‘Will Attend’ for the Geocaching Block Party 2014 on August 16, 2014. Keep scrolling down for the winners of the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) and more pictures from the Geocaching Block Party.Click the image to see more than 450 pictures from The Geocaching Block Party 2013The Geocaching Block Party didn’t stop when the sun went down. Geocachers rallied for the first annual Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF). Annnnnnnnnnd the winners are… Most Adventurous FilmThe Story Behind the Log – By: FredericBrotMost Instructional FilmGeocaching Norway – By: WoodneyepatchBest CinematographyGalaxycache – By: aak7Audience AwardMy Geocaching Addiction – By: Mayberryman & DrjbrokeMost Inspirational FilmThe Best Days of Our Lives – By: FrederikHastMost Creative/Experimental FilmMy Geocaching Addiction – By: Mayberryman & DrjbrokeCongratulations to each of the winners and all of the entries. Each finalist received a 1-year Geocaching Premium membership. Each award winner received a 5-year Geocaching Premium membership, a personalized (and super cool) trophy and a GIFF Geocoin. Want to see the finalists? There are two ways: attend a Mega-Event that will be screening them or view them online in Spring 2014. Mega-Event hosts should contact Geocaching HQ to request a DVD to screen at their event.The view from the waaay back at GIFF
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side But it wasn’t just him. The locals also hit their mark as Rain or Shine shot 16 three-pointers to rise to a 3-2 card.Finishing the game strong, Jericho Cruz poured in eight of his 14 markers in the fourth period, alongside five boards and five assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJewel Ponferrada chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds, while Mark Borboran got 11 for the Elasto Painters.“Everybody seemed to be on the same page today and that’s why we played well,” said coach Caloy Garcia. “Basically, everybody stepped up in today’s game.” Beau Belga also was a positive influence for his team this time out, doing the dirty work with five points, 10 rebounds, and three assists to bounce back after being ejected in Rain or Shine’s last game against Kia.The Elasto Painters stepped on the gas pedal early, jumping to a 27-11 lead in the first quarter to set the tone for the whole game. They led by as much as 28, 62-34, courtesy of a Maverick Ahanmisi jumper at the 8:28 mark of the third quarter.Debuting import Glen Rice Jr. woke the KaTropa up out of their slumber, chopping the lead down to 12, 66-54, after an RR Garcia free throw with 3:46 left in the period, but a pair of Chris Tiu treys followed by another triple from Mark Borboran restored order for Rain or Shine and brought the lead back up to 20, 77-57.With the absence of its national team players, the KaTropa couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting Elasto Painters and shot only 28 percent from the field.Rice scored 19 points that went with eight rebounds, and three assists in his first game with the KaTropa, as he struggled to draw support from his locals.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid Ranidel de Ocampo and Levi Hernandez wound up with 11 points for TNT.The scores:RAIN OR SHINE 105 – Bullock 20, Cruz 14, Ponferrada 12, Borboran 11, Yap 10, Ahanmisi 9, Trollano 7, Tiu 6, Belga 5, Robles 4, King 3, Matias 2, Daquioag 2, Maiquez 0.TNT 73 – Rice Jr. 19, De Ocampo 11, Hernandez 11, Williams 8, Lingganay 6, Tautuaa 5, Garcia 4, Reyes 3, Nuyles 3, Tamsi 2, Carey 1, Golla 0.Quarters: 30-14, 49-32, 77-58, 105-73.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FILE – Rain or Shine import J’Nathan Bullock scores on a layup against Kia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMotivated to rebound from his underwhelming debut, J’Nathan Bullock responded to coach Caloy Garcia’s demands to lead Rain or Shine to a 105-73 blowout of TNT Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 30-year-old reinforcement made sure the Elasto Painters didn’t make a mistake tapping him as replacement, as he posted 20 points, 14 rebounds, and three assists in the win.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UP hadn’t beaten Far Eastern U in their last eight meetings but that changed Wednesday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Maroons were able to secure their first victory against the Lady Tamaraws in five years, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, in another milestone moment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUP head coach Godfrey Okumu said the Lady Maroons’ latest victory is a sign that the team is headed in the right direction.“Everything comes with change, our team is changing,” said Okumu. “It’s now how we used to play before, every day we keep on changing and we’re trying to improve step by step.” Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough PLAY LIST 01:28Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal01:14Albayalde says no hand in 2013 Pampanga buy-bust02:42PH 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 MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines has slowly started to rise to prominence in the women’s volleyball landscape for the past three years, but there are still teams that the Lady Maroons have yet to beat well until now.ADVERTISEMENT Work in progress: Lady Eagles still working on maturity, consistency PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “It’s a good thing that we’re able to achieve this first win after so many years.”For a bit of perspective, the Lady Maroons still had Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, Pia Gaiser, and Angeli Araneta the last time they owned FEU.Bersola led the Lady Maroons in that victory with 20 points and Tiamzon, who was known as one of the better spikers in her last years with UP, dished out 32 excellent sets as the Lady Maroons’ setter.FEU had a rookie Bernadeth Pons score 22 points for the Lady Tamaraws who still had Marie Toni Basas, the older sister of Toni Rose, Gizelle Sy, and Geneveve Casugod.“This is something we’ll take home and celebrate over,” said Okumu. “I hope when we meet them again the results would be the same.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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Don’t Call it a Comeback! Mad Catz Returns With a New Line of Prod…Mad Catz creates a crazy $300 gaming controller For nearly three decades, Mad Catz has been the leading manufacturer of video game peripherals. The company produced everything from controllers, battery packs, memory cards, headsets, and fight sticks for PC, consoles, and handhelds. For the past several years, however, the company has faced serious financial trouble. Just last year, the company laid off 40% of its employees. In January they received a listing deficiency notice from the New York Stock Exchange because its stock was trading so low. When Mad Catz shares dipped below $.04, the company’s days were numbered.Mad Catz today announced via press release that its Board of Directors voluntarily filed for bankruptcy yesterday. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc (PWC) has been appointed as the trustee of the company’s estate. PWC will now oversee the liquidation of Mad Catz’ assets to pay off all of the debt it has incurred. Mad Catz also petitioned chapter 7 bankruptcy in the United States to initiate an orderly liquidation of its assets. As of yesterday, all of Mad Catz’ directors and officers have officially resigned.In the press release, President and Chief Executive Officer, Karen McGinnis stated, “Regrettably and notwithstanding that for a significant amount of time the Company has been actively pursuing its strategic alternatives, including various near-term financing alternatives such as bank financing and equity infusions, as well as potential sales of certain assets of the Company or a sale of the Company in its entirety, the Company has been unable to find a satisfactory solution to its cash liquidity problems. The Board of Directors and management would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the Company’s employees in support of its business, especially during the time that the Company faced financial difficulties. The Company would also like to thank the vendors and professional service providers who have supported the Company’s efforts during this time.”With the exception of the new Tritton headset, all of Mad Catz’ products from the past year have been reworked versions of existing products (according to Kotaku‘s sources). Things like the recently announced Tekken fight sticks are just products the company had already created.Anyone who has been paying attention to Mad Catz’ financial situation could see this coming from a mile away. With that said, it is still sad to see such a fixture in gaming close its doors so suddenly. Hopefully, all of the Mad Catz employees will be able to find work new jobs soon. Stay on target
Kolkata: In a bid to ensure employability for its students after they pass out from the engineering colleges, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) is introducing as many as 25 professional courses from this academic year.”We are constantly upgrading our existing curriculum according to the demands of the industry to ensure employability for the students. All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has urged all universities across the country to frame its curriculum in a manner so that it keeps pace with the changing times and we are leaving no stones unturned. As many as 25 new courses are being introduced from this academic year,” Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, Salkat Maitra, said at a press conference in the city which was convened by Association of Professional Academic Institutions (APAI), Bengal, to announce the dates of three day pre-counseling fairs and seminars at Netaji Indoor Stadium from June 5 to 7. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that MAKAUT presently has around 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges across the state affiliated to it. “The new professional courses have been designed in consultation with the Chambers of Commerce based nationally as well as at the state level. The emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cyber Security and Blockchain will have huge employability potential in the days to come. Our students should be ready for this,” Maitra maintained. Real Estate Management, Data Science, Culinary Science are some of the courses that will be introduced. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSatyam Roy Chowdhury, secretary, APAI, said the pre-counselling fair is aimed at motivating the students to remain in the state and pursue their higher education within the state. A number of private engineering and management colleges across the state will be present at the three-day fair.The three-day fair will also have a special lucky draw event in which 25 students per day will be awarded Rs 20,000 each. They will be handed over this amount as soon as they seek admission to the engineering or management institution under APAI.
Kolkata: The Special Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Rakesh Asthana, directed investigating officers (IOs) to take necessary steps to complete probe of all the pending cases by the end of 2018.Asthana held a meeting with CBI officers, including IOs of all the ongoing cases, at Nizam Palace on Wednesday. The meeting started at around 11 am and continued till around 1.30 pm. There was also a second round of discussion after the lunch. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSources said that Asthana took stock of the presentsituation of the cases and directed the concerned officers to take necessary stepsto expedite the process, so that the final chargesheets of the cases can be filed by the end of 2018.It may be mentioned that the ongoing cases include the Saradha Group scam, Narada sting operation and Rose Valley Group’s case.It has been learnt that the direction to expedite the process of completing the probe was given, as the new cases are getting piled up one after the other. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSources said that he directed the officials to be technologically advanced and also stated that there would be recruitment of new staff. This came at the time when the IOs have also stated about the total number of cases they are handling at present.He has also stated that officers from Revenue Service will also be providing necessary assistance to the CBI officers, in the probe against financial irregularities.Asthana also went to the house of former CBI officer Upendranath Biswas on Wednesday morning, before heading towards Nizam Palace. He left Kolkata in the evening itself. It may be mentioned he had come to Kolkata on Tuesday.