Clippers’ Griffin to miss rest of playoffs with toe injury

first_imgCanadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town He had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes, and the team said at the time the injury was a bruised toe. X-rays at the arena were negative, but he was re-evaluated after the game.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury actually happened on the play before the layup and added Griffin knew immediately that it was bad. The former No. 1 pick will remain in Salt Lake City, wearing a walking boot and will return with the team after Game 4 on Sunday. Rivers said surgery is a possibility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHis injury marks another playoff blow to a franchise that has dealt with a series of bad luck and internal turmoil in recent years.Griffin and point guard Chris Paul were lost to injuries last year, and the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead against Houston in 2015. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte In this Friday, April 21, 2017, photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) looks on after driving to the basket during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City. Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night’s win against the Utah Jazz. The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the NBA playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night’s win against the Utah Jazz.The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. Griffin left Game 3 with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter after landing awkwardly following a transition layup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hawks deliver early playoff KO, romp past Wizards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town During the 2014 playoffs, voice recordings of then-owner Donald Sterling making racist comments surfaced, leading to him being banned by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who forced the sale of the team.The Clippers were up 2-0 in 2013 before losing to Memphis in six games after Griffin stepped on teammate Lamar Odom and injured his ankle.Rivers said he believes in the karmic-like presence of the “basketball gods,” but not in any kind of Clippers curse.“You make your own luck at the end of the day,” Rivers said. “Like I told Blake last night … right now he’s probably thinking, ‘Why me?’ He’s too good of a guy for this to continue to happen. There’s going to be some kind of sunshine for him at some point. You’ve just got to weather this storm.”The Clippers run much of their offense through Griffin and he’s one of the best passers on the team. Rivers said they’ll play both big — with Marreese Speights and DeAndre Jordan — and small for stretches. He doesn’t want to put too much of a load on Paul to make up the difference.ADVERTISEMENT Paul added, “It has to be by committee. Blake’s too much to our team. Offensively, defensively, his presence. … We don’t have one person over there that we’re like, ‘Oh, Blake’s out, put him in.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img read more

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BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April Jeng Bualee chimed in 15 points for BaliPure, which stayed on top with its 7-2 slate.“We’re thankful,” said coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino. “The way the game was played earlier, the girls were really tired from our game on Sunday. It was evident on the way Jeng hit the ball. But we’re just thankful to get the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Water Defenders had to play catchup for the first time this conference, losing two of the first three sets as they stared at a 2-1 set deficit.But a better showing from Sato and Bualee anchored BaliPure in the fourth set, which continued in the clincher as it broke off of a 3-all deadlock and took a 13-6 lead. BaliPure’s Risa Sato.BaliPure had to sweat it out but was still able to pull off the come-from-behind five-set win over Creamline, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, to clinch a seat in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Guest player Jennifer Keddy topped the Water Defenders with 18 points, powered by 14 kills, two blocks, and two service aces, while Risa Sato provided the much needed support with her 16 markers.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sato put the Water Defenders on the hill before Grethcel Soltones capped off the victory with a killer spike to seal the deal.Kuttika Kaewpin fired 26 points in the sorry defeat for Creamline (3-6), while fellow guest player Laura Schaudt got 16.Alyssa Valdez played limited minutes as she nursed a sprained ankle, but was hardly a factor in the match, finishing with only two points in the losing effort.Still, the Cool Smashers are locked at the fifth seed with their 3-6 card regardless of the result of their match against Perlas on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United game For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Morris Farm Rivers, Creeks Go Dry

first_imgRivers and creeks are drying up in Morris Farm, a community of about 50,000 inhabitants northeast of Paynesville City.Among the most affected water ways are Mango and Gbeh rivers and Desert Hill and Crab Hole creeks.Several inhabitants of Morris Farm told the Daily Observer during the weekend that they have to get up as early as 4:30 a.m. to be able to get water for domestic use from the remaining hand pumps in the area.Owners of restaurants, tuck shops, bars and other entertainment centers also complained that they are having problems accessing safe drinking water for their customers.“We encountered some serious difficulties in catering to our Christmas Day customers,” restaurant proprietress Hawa B. Giddings said. She added that she has considerably reduced the quantity of food she prepares every day as a result of the constant lack of sufficient water.“I would like for the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) during this dry season to extend its water connection to our community,” Mrs. Giddings said.Resident Milton M. Bleetan said the swamp land, which was brushed and burnt in preparation for planting corn, cucumber, bitter ball and okra, dried up in November. He added that the small creek that he used to rely on to plant cash crops dried up on December 5.“I would like for agriculture extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to come and help us with new methods for planting and maintaining our wells,” Mr. Bleetan pleaded. Many residents, however, said that they still get water from hand pumps in the area, but that they find it difficult to get the quantity of water they need.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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No Kroos for United, Bayern insist

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, April 1- Bayern Munich have rubbished suggestions that midfielder Toni Kroos could leave the club in the off-season.Kroos is believed to be at the top on Manchester United’s shopping list, and the Germany international has admitted a fondness for the Premier League. However, Bayern appear to have no intention of letting the 24-year-old depart the Allianz Arena. “Toni has one year more of a contract and Toni will remain,” said manager Pep Guardiola.“I hope he can extend his contract and stay with us because he is a very good guy, he loves his game, it is not just a job for him and I would like him to stay.“I spoke with the player, with the club, I gave my opinion. After that I am not manager, I am just the trainer.”Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge echoed his manager’s sentiments.“Toni Kroos is sure to play in a Bayern Munich shirt next year as well,” Rummenigge told reporters.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Dawson Creek to get curbside recycling

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Dawson Creek city council voted in favour of awarding the contract for the City’s new curbside recycling program, which will be rolled out this fall.Chief Administrative Officer Duncan Redfearn said that the possibility of Dawson Creek getting curbside recycling collection has been brought up several times in the past several years. During planning for this year’s budget, he said the City was able to include curbside recycling collection. The program will be single-stream – similar to Fort St. John’s – meaning residents can dispose of all acceptable items into the 360-litre wheelie bins without the need to sort.Redfearn explained that the cost of the program will see residents’ utility bills – which already include water, sewer, and waste collection – rise by $6.86 for the next five years. The cost of the wheelie bins is included in that amount. The recycling bins will be collected every two weeks, while unlike in Fort St. John, household waste will continue to be collected weekly.- Advertisement -Dawson Creek received two bids for the contract to do the new curbside collection. On Monday, Council awarded the contract to its current household waste collection contractor, Waste Management, since its bid was 43 cents/month cheaper than the only other bid from DC Recycling.The contract is set to begin on September 1st for a period of five years. Redfearn said that the program will be rolled out in stages for residents in each part of Dawson Creek after it comes into effect.last_img read more

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Marinelli hired by Lions

first_img“There’s one voice for discipline. Mine,” the Vietnam veteran said during his introductory news conference. “There’s one voice for leadership. Mine.” Lions president Matt Millen acknowledged the team he began crafting five years ago – which has compiled a league-worst 21-59 record – has been soft. ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions hired Rod Marinelli because they hope he’s the tough coach they need to turn around the team that has been the NFL’s worst since 2001. Marinelli, a Rosemead native who spent the past 10 seasons in Tampa Bay as defensive line coach, certainly sounded like the right fit Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card“That’s my fault,” said Millen, who later added he never will quit his job in Detroit. Millen interviewed 12 coaches the past two weeks in a process that was in stark contrast to the brief searches leading to the hirings of Steve Mariucci and Marty Mornhinweg. “It was a learning experience for me,” he said. Marinelli, who has a four-year contract, bristled at the notion of facing a difficult learning curve next season when he is a head coach for the first time at any level. He had the title of assistant head coach added by the Buccaneers in 2002, a role he also had at Arizona State and California during his 20 years as a college coach. center_img “That has prepared me to be a head coach,” the 56-year-old Marinelli said. Millen is not bothered by Marinelli’s lack of head coaching experience. “It’s been done before, there have been guys that have come from the same route,” Millen said. “To me, it’s less about what they’ve done, and more about who they are. “I’ve been around coordinators that haven’t coordinated.” Marinelli is the latest protege of Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy to get a head coaching job. “Another one of Tony Dungy’s apples has fallen from the tree,” Kansas City coach Herm Edwards said in a statement released by the Lions. “(Chicago’s) Lovie Smith was part of his staff. I was fortunate to be a part of his staff, and now Rod Marinelli.” Marinelli attracted interest from at least one other NFL franchise with an opening. The Oakland Raiders interviewed Marinelli on Monday, then he traveled to suburban Detroit for a second interview with Millen. Marinelli was scheduled to depart from Detroit on Wednesday night – when former New Orleans coach Jim Haslett expected to arrive for a second interview – but ended up staying to negotiate his contract. Dick Jauron, who took over when Mariucci was fired in November, was one of many candidates Millen interviewed. Among the coaches Millen also interviewed were Haslett, Pittsburgh offensive line coach Russ Grimm; Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak; Cleveland offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon, New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and San Francisco assistant head coach Mike Singletary. Marinelli’s coaching career began in 1973 as an assistant at Rosemead High School. He was an assistant at Utah State from 1976-82 before moving on to California for nine seasons, Arizona State for three seasons and USC for one season. Marinelli helped Tampa Bay establish an NFL record with 69 consecutive games with at least one sack from 1999-03, and win the Super Bowl three years ago. The St. Louis Rams hired Miami offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who became the sixth first-time NFL head coach to land a job in the last two weeks. The team called a news conference for today to introduce their fourth head coach since moving to the Midwest in 1995. It’s the first hire outside the organization, however, since Dick Vermeil was lured out of retirement in 1997. That move produced the franchise’s only Super Bowl victory after the 1999 season. Linehan, 42, helped the Dolphins finish 9-7 and win their last six games. He had been one of three finalists along with Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Linehan replaces Mike Martz, who was fired one day after the Rams finished a 6-10 season. That move also came one day after Martz received medical clearance to return to the job after missing most of the season with a bacterial infection of the heart. Joe Gibbs addressed the Washington Redskins’ late-season offensive struggles by hiring offensive coordinator Al Saunders away from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday. Saunders’ new title has yet to be determined, but he will join Gibbs, assistant head coach Joe Bugel and offensive coordinator Don Breaux in improving an offense that produced only 120 yards in one playoff game and scored 10 points in the other. The Redskins also announced contract extensions for all of their assistant coaches except for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who got a three-year extension worth about $8 million last week. Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton interviewed for the Buffalo Bills coaching job Thursday. The former Bills player and current San Diego Chargers receivers coach is the fourth candidate to meet with team owner Ralph Wilson and general manager Marv Levy in their search to replace Mike Mularkey, who resigned last week. 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

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Man United pre-season fixtures: Showpiece friendlies against Kristiansund and Inter

first_img OFF What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ GETTY United have now confirmed a batch of pre-season fixtures for this summer and they will be jet-setting over the coming weeks.In July, Solskjaer and co will take on Perth Glory and Leeds United in Australia before heading to Asia to face Inter Milan and Tottenham.They have also booked a friendly against AC Milan in Cardiff in August. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested TROPHY statement deals Manchester United face a huge summer ahead as they strive to hit back from their recent season woes.United suffered a turbulent campaign last term, sacking Jose Mourinho before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revolution hit the buffers completely. latest Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United face a huge summer appointed GETTY Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 FAREWELL 2 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions rookie error update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP They are expected to conduct a major overhaul of their struggling squad this summer with a host of transfers in the pipeline.And with the Red Devils ranks set to be vastly different next term, they’ll need some games to get up to speed for the new Premier League season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United suffered a woeful end to the season Fixtures confirmed so far:July 13: Perth Glory, Optus Stadium (Perth) – kick-off at 12pm UK timeJuly 17: Leeds, Optus Stadium (Perth) – kick-off at 12pm UK timeJuly 20: International Champions Cup, Inter Milan, National Stadium (Singapore) – kick-off at 12:30pm UK timeJuly 24: International Champions Cup, Tottenham, Hongkou Stadium (Shanghai) – kick-off at 12:30pm UK timeJuly 30: Kristiansund, Ullevaal Stadion (Oslo) – kick-off at 7pm UK timeAugust 3: International Champions Cup, AC Milan, Principality Stadium (Cardiff) – kick-off at 5:30pm UK timelast_img read more

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‘Rashford too good for Man United – Pep would make him world class’, says Durham

first_imgBut Durham believes the critics are being too tough on the young forward and are ignoring an obvious fact – he has been held back by a declining United team.And the Drivetime host says Rashford should be playing for a club that can give him Champions League football, instead of ‘slumming it in the Europa League’.“I think we’re too harsh on Rashford and I think he’s too good for Manchester United,” said Durham on talkSPORT.“It’s hypothetical, but just imagine he was at Manchester City learning under Pep Guardiola over the last three or four years, can you image how good he might be then?“I think he’s already a terrific player, but imagine how much better he would be if he’d been at Man City where they’re settled and they’re learning from Guardiola?“Look at how good Raheem Sterling has become… Rashford would be bordering on world class now.“Rashford and Mbappe were at a level when they first burst onto the scene, but Mbappe has gone through the roof because he’s been in a settled team that’s winning domestically and he’s been winning with his country as well. You will probably need little reminding of the Carrington graduate’s rapid rise, having burst onto the scene in February 2016 with two goals on his Man United debut against FC Midtjylland.Then, just three days later, he scored twice again and provided an assist in a 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League.Rashford had become England’s greatest future prospect almost overnight, and just months later in May he also became the youngest player to score on his Three Lions debut in a 2-1 win over Australia.The following years saw him go from understudy to leading man for the Red Devils, but with it has come greater expectation, especially since taking the number ten shirt.His form in recent months has suffered. Many fans have complained about his finishing, his lack of match-winning influence and his apparent inability to lead the line by himself. “Rashford has had to go through different managers, he’s been in and out of the team, he’s played in different positions.“Manchester United are different now, they’re not Champions League regulars and you wouldn’t back them to get into the top four this season. They are where they are, that’s the truth, you can’t deny it.“Should Rashford be slumming it in the Europa League?“I personally don’t think so, I think he’s a Champions League player, I think he’s that good.“I think he’s selling himself short being at Man United.”Watch a clip of Adrian Durham on Drivetime aboveSaturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Bournemouth vs Man United at 12:30pm! getty 3 getty talkSPORT host Adrian Durham has claimed Marcus Rashford is ‘too good for Manchester United’ and is ‘selling himself short’ by staying at Old Trafford.And, he believes the striker would be an even better player if he had been coached by Pep Guardiola at rivals Manchester City.Rashford turned 22 on Thursday and, having struggled for consistent form over the last 12 months, Durham is certain there is plenty more to come from him. 3 Rashford stunned everyone with two goals on his senior debut, which only came as a result of Anthony Martial’s warm-up injury Getty Images – Getty Marcus Rashford has a lot on his young shoulders at Manchester United Rashford and Mbappe both scored their first club goals in Feb 2016. Durham claims they were on-par when they burst on to the scene, and the Frenchman’s current status is only more proof of Rashford’s unfulfilled potential 3last_img read more

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H2O+ Products Are a Way to Take a Bit of Disney Home With You

first_imgShare This!The H2O+ bath products found at Disney resorts have almost a cult following, with stories of people gathering dozens upon dozens of single-use bottles to carry home. With the more eco-friendly trend at Disney resorts to move towards the large, refillable bottles, it is worth a reminder that you can purchase your own full-size bottles of H2O+ products, including many items you wouldn’t find as a hotel room freebie, at most Disney resort gift shops. Can’t decide on just one product? Disney offers a “vacation essentials” gift box containing a popular assortment of items. Currently, many locations are offering a gift with purchase promotion.Are you a fan of the H2O+ products? What’s your favorite item in their line? Let us know in the comments.last_img

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16 June 1976: the day Hector Pieterson died

first_img“I saw a child fall down. Under a shower of bullets I rushed forward and went for the picture. It had been a peaceful march, the children were told to disperse, they started singing Nkosi Sikelele. The police were ordered to shoot.”(Image: South African History Online)Brand South Africa reporterThese are the words of Sam Nzima, recalling the events of 16 June 1976, when over 500 people were killed as they protested over the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools.Nzima’s photograph of the dying Hector Pieterson being carried by a fellow student was published around the world, and came to represent the anger and tragedy of a day that changed the course of South African history, sparking months of clashes between police, schoolchildren and protesters.Hector, 12, was one of the first casualties of what came to be known as the Soweto Uprising.Hastings: June 16’s forgotten heroFifteen-year-old Hastings Ndlovu was probably shot before Hector Pieterson, although he died later. But no photographer was on hand to record the moment.Another boy, Hastings Ndlovu, is believed to have been the first child to be shot on that fateful day. But Nzima, a photographer for Johannesburg newspaper The World, was on the spot when Mbuyisa Makhubo picked Hector up and, together with Hector’s sister Antoinette, ran towards a press car, into which he was bundled taken to a nearby clinic, where he was pronounced dead.“I was the only photographer there at the time”, Nzima says. “Other photographers came when they heard shots.”A few months after that, The World was banned and shut down.Hector Pieterson MuseumWhen you visit the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto, you’ll see Nzima’s legendary photograph showing the unconscious Hector being carried by Makhubo, with Hector’s sister – now Antoinette Sithole – running alongside.You might also get to see Antoinette herself, who works at the museum, giving guided tours.But don’t expect to come away with an image of what Hector looked like – the family do not have a single snapshot of their famous son.Soon after 16 June, journalists approached the Pieterson family for pictures of Hector. Photographs were handed over with the promise they would be returned – but they weren’t. Thirty years later, the search for the photographs continues.The museum, which opened on 16 June 2002, follows the chronology of the build-up to 16 June 1976, starting with the way tensions were building among Soweto’s school children, with one school after another going out on strike.The museum stands two blocks from where Hector was shot and fell, on the corner of Moema and Vilakazi Streets in Orlando West, Soweto. There are houses on all four corners of that intersection, so the museum is located up the road in Kumalo Street.Hector’s mother, Dorothy Molefi, lives in nearby Meadowlands. “I’m very proud that there’s a museum for Hector, and that children are learning about him in history,” she says. “We still visit his grave every few months.”Hector’s father died not long before the opening of the museum.The museum is an impressive red-brick building, two storeys high, with irregularly shaped windows in a haphazard pattern. The community asked that the building blend in with the dwellings around it – small red-brick, semi-detached houses with iron roofs.Walking through the large rust-red door, the immediate impression is of a cathedral, with its double volume ceiling, tall thin windows, stripped wood floors, concrete columns and tall red-brick walls.The wall opposite the door is filled with an enlarged photograph of marching children, with banners and posters protesting the use of Afrikaans in township schools.The musuem’s chief curator, Ali Hlongwane, is sensitive to the differing accounts of why that day’s protests exploded the way they did.There is some debate about the extent to which several student organisations, in particular the South African Students Organisation and the South Africa Students Movement, were involved in the lead-up to the uprising. The role of the liberation movements – the African National Congress and the Pan Africanist Congress – is also unclear.“The re-representation of the story is an ongoing process”, says Hlongwane; the museum continues to record people’s stories and add to its displays.“We may get someone come into the museum, look at the photograph, and say: ‘This is me’, or ‘I know that face’. We will then record and archive their experiences”, Hlongwane explains.There seems no doubt about the role of various cultural activists in building solidarity among the youth, inspired by Black Consciousness philosophy. Writers, poets, dancers, singers and painters captured the injustice of apartheid, and some of these works are on display.Build-up to 16 JuneBut it is generally agreed that tensions in schools had been growing from February 1976, when two teachers at the Meadowlands Tswana School Board were dismissed for their refusal to teach in Afrikaans.Students and teachers throughout Soweto echoed this sentiment, and the African Teachers’ Association of South Africa presented a memorandum to this effect to the Education Department. From mid-May around a dozen schools went on strike, and several students refused to write mid-year exams.On 16 June, students from three schools – Belle Higher Primary, Phefeni Junior Secondary and Morris Isaacson High – planned to march from their schools to the Orlando Stadium, about a kilometre from the museum, to hold a meeting. But before they got to where the museum stands today the police met them, in Moema Street.There are conflicting accounts of who gave the first command to shoot, but soon children were turning and running in all directions, leaving some children lying wounded on the road – among them Hector Pieterson and Hastings Ndlovu.A major part of the museum’s presentation of the story of the day is done through TV monitors, recording the world’s footage of the events, as South Africa had only just got television. Text panels scattered throughout the museum give eye-witness accounts and background viewpoints.Inside the museumThe museum is arranged in a series of interleading spaces joined by ramps, moving you closer to Nzima’s photograph – enlarged and waiting for you at the top of the second ramp.The interior is dominated by red brick walls, with some areas plastered and painted white and black, and others left in grey concrete. Large square windows at the top of the ramps give views of the suburb’s significant sites: Orlando Stadium, the Orlando Police Station, Moema Street, and several schools. Combined with black steel banisters and high ceilings, the effect is stunning.One of the few walled-in rooms in the museum is the Death Register, the room that records the names of the children who died over the period from June 1976 to the end of 1977.But the day, and the events that followed, had positive consequences. Thousands of students joined the broader liberation movement, ensuring that resistance to apartheid was maintained and escalated. International solidarity movements added to pressure on the apartheid government.The use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction was dropped. More schools and a teacher training college were built in Soweto. Teachers were given in-service training, and encouraged to upgrade their qualifications by being given study grants.And most importantly, urban blacks were given permanent resident status in South Africa. Before, they had been considered “temporary sojourners” with permanent residence only in the designated homelands, often inferior pieces of land far away from industrial centres and jobs.Like the Apartheid Museum at Johannesburg’s Gold Reef City, this much smaller museum – the first museum in Soweto – has a simplicity which allows the drama of the story to have maximum impact.What became of them?What became of some of the chief protagonists of 16 June 1976?Sam NzimaNzima, who took six sequence shots of 12-year-old Pieterson in those brief moments, left Johannesburg for Limpopo – then the northern Transvaal – about a year later, when it became clear that his safety in the city was under threat. “The security branch phoned me and told me to go to John Vorster Square, but I went into hiding for three weeks,” he says.The harassment didn’t stop after he left the city. “In 1978 the security branch from Nelspruit phoned and told me that they knew of my whereabouts and what I had done.”Nzima set up a bottle store after he settled up north, and later served as a member of parliament in the homeland Gazankulu government. He opened a school of photography in Bushbuckridge after being donated a black and white enlarger by The Sowetan newspaper.“There is an art to developing black and white pictures”, he says.When the Independent Group bought Argus newspapers in 1999, he was given copyright to his Hector photographs.Theuns ‘Rooi Rus’ SwanepoelThe police commander who is believed to have given the command to fire on the schoolchildren on the day, Theuns “Rooi Rus” Swanepoel, was described by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1998 as a policeman “who already had a long history of human rights violations as chief interrogator of the security branch”.Swanepoel told the TRC: “I made my mark. I let it be known to the rioters I would not tolerate what was happening. I used appropriate force. In Soweto and Alexandra where I operated, that broke the back of the organisers.”Die Afrikaner, the far-rightwing Herstigte Nasionale Party mouthpiece, gives the following version of how the first shot was fired in Orlando West: “In the heat of the struggle, (Swanepoel) and his men are called in from leave to stop a mass of seething, threatening youths. The atmosphere is laden and then one of the blacks throws a bottle into the face of the Red Russian (“Rooi Rus”).“A war breaks out as the young men let loose on the seething crowds and the one responsible for throwing the bottle looks like chicken mesh after the automatic machine gun flattens him.”Swanepoel allegedly lost his right eye in the incident. He died of a heart attack in 1998 at the age of 71.Mbuyisa MakhuboMbuyisa Makhubo, the schoolboy who picked up Hector, was harassed by the police after the incident and eventually went into exile. His mother, Nombulelo Makhubo, told the TRC that she received a letter from him from Nigeria in 1978, but that she had not heard from him since. She died in 2004.Antoinette SitholeAntoinette Sithole, Hector’s older sister and one of five sisters, still lives in Soweto. She was 17 in June 1976.“On the day, I was hiding in the second house next to my school Phefeni High School,” Antoinette says. “There were younger children at the march who shouldn’t have been there. I don’t know why they were there – Hector was one of them. There were random shots, we were not familiar with teargas shots. I was confused, those first shots could have been teargas.“I came out of hiding and saw Hector, and I called him to me. He was looking around as I called his name, trying to see who was calling him. I waved at him, he saw me and came over to me. I asked him what he was doing here, we looked around, there was a shot, and I ran back to my hiding place. When I looked out I couldn’t see Hector, I waited, I was afraid, where was he?“Then I saw a group of boys struggling. This gentleman came from nowhere, lifted a body, and I saw the front part of the shoe which I recognised as Hector’s. This man started to run with the body, I ran alongside, and said to him: who are you, this is my brother?“A car stopped in front of us, a lady got out and said she was from the press, and offered us a lift to the clinic. We put him in the car. I don’t remember how I got to the clinic, but the doctor said Hector was dead so I gave his details.“I was so scared of how I was going to tell my mother. Two teachers from a nearby school took me to my grandmother’s house. A neighbour phoned my mother at work, and when she got home at 5.30pm my uncle was standing outside the house with me. She said she had heard on the radio that children had died. My uncle broke the news – she was calm, she showed no emotion.“My father lived in Alexandra – my parents are divorced – he saw the picture in the paper and recognised me and wondered why I wasn’t at school.“My mother’s strength – she was stronger than my father – helped me come to terms with death. I can accept now that we are all going to die.“My mother is still alive and still very strong. She still lives in the same house in Soweto. Hector was her only son, and since the uprising she has lost one of my younger sisters in a car accident.“To me and my family, Hector did not die in vain.”Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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