Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team returned home last Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneA person with knowledge of the Pac-12’s decision said any discipline involving the trio would be up to UCLA. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conference doesn’t plan any sanctions.UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Aldridge has 32 points, Popovich gets milestone in Spurs win It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university,” Scott said.Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.Ball, Hill and Riley were expected to have an immediate impact as part of UCLA’s highly touted recruiting class. Instead, they are being talked about solely for their actions off the court.Ball, a guard whose brother Lonzo is a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 33.8 points as a high school senior. The elder Ball played one season in Westwood and left early for the NBA draft.The Balls’ outspoken father, LaVar, was in China at the time of the incident. He spent some time promoting the family’s Big Baller Brand of athletic shoes with his youngest son, LaMelo, while his middle son was detained.Forwards Hill and Riley, both four-star recruits, figure to bolster 7-foot senior Thomas Welsh in the frontcourt.The Bruins traveled to China as part of the Pac-12’s global initiative that seeks to popularize the league’s athletic programs and universities overseas. The China Game is in its third year, and while the scandal was developing the league announced that California and Yale will play in next year’s edition.The game is sponsored by Alibaba Group, the Chinese commerce giant that both UCLA and Georgia Tech visited before the shoplifting incident occurred. “I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law,” he said in a statement. “In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared.”There was no immediate word on the trio’s status for the team’s home opener Wednesday night against Central Arkansas.The school said the three players, along with coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero, will make their first public comments about the matter at a campus news conference Wednesday, but won’t take questions.Scott thanked President Donald Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called “the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China.” He indicated that UCLA made “significant efforts” on behalf of its athletes.It wasn’t clear under what terms the players were freed to return to the U.S.ADVERTISEMENT UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball keeps his head down as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, California—Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Tuesday afternoon after a 12-hour flight from Shanghai. They ignored reporters’ shouted questions while making their way through a horde of media outside and getting into a van that took off from the departure level.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brandon Ingram came back strong from his four-game suspension with 24 points for the Lakers. Kyle Kuzma, after scoring 11 points in the first five minutes, had only eight more over the rest of the night. The Lakers let the Wolves grab a season-high 20 offensive rebounds and committed 18 turnovers.Anthony Tolliver was perfect on four shots from the floor for the Timberwolves, including a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter for a 96-94 lead. Butler’s back-to-back swishes from behind the arc pushed the lead to 114-107. He added one more, his fifth in as many attempts in the final period, to make it 122-117. That preceded a corner miss with 16.3 seconds left by James, who had a costly turnover with 1:43 remaining when he lost the ball at the top of the key and let it drift into the backcourt.“We’ve got to get better at the little things. One of those things is paying attention to details, following game plans. The game plan tonight: Keep them off the free throw line, and defensive rebounding,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “They hurt us with both of those.”BETTER EFFORTRookie Josh Okogie, starting at shooting guard for the Wolves in place of the injured Andrew Wiggins, had a career-high 17 points. The defensive-minded Okogie was one of the catalysts for a team that lost at home to Milwaukee by 30 points on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jimmy Butler hit five of Minnesota’s eight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 32 points on 12-for-20 shooting and help the Timberwolves hang on to beat the Lakers 124-120 on Monday.“They were playing fast, which made us play with a lot of energy, so I guess their energy kind of helped ours,” Butler said.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 ChrissKarl-Anthony Towns pitched in 25 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and four blocks for the Timberwolves (3-4), who played some clutch defense just in time to fend off a late push from James. The four-time MVP had 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter after missing his first five shots of the night, but the Lakers (2-5) went back to Los Angeles with another uneven performance.“We’ve got to get better. We know that. We talk about patience, but we can’t have reoccurrence of doing the same things over and over and over again and expecting a different result,” said James, who added 10 rebounds and seven assists on the 15th anniversary of his professional debut. “That’s insanity.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kings run away after halftime to top Heat View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Shots are going to fall. Shots aren’t going to fall. But we have to have that energy every single night, and that’s what’s going to get us through those humps,” said Okogie, who added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 30 minutes.Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau remained noncommittal on keeping Okogie as part of the rotation when Wiggins is back.“He makes things happen,” Thibodeau said. “He’s not perfect, but he’s learning, he’s eager and every day he comes in with a great attitude, and I like that he’s taking advantage of when he does play.”INGRAM IS INThe Lakers went with a new starting lineup to maximize their length, sliding the 6-foot-9 Ingram back to the shooting guard spot and flanking James with the sharpshooting Kuzma at power forward. They entered the night with a league-leading 22 percent of their points coming on fast breaks, but the Wolves outscored them 21-15 in transition. Ingram was 9 for 18 from the floor.“I didn’t feel tired out there,” Ingram said. “That was surprising.”TIP-INSLakers: Backup forward Michael Beasley was away from the team to tend to a personal matter. He has appeared in three games, logging a total of 10 minutes. He’s with his seventh different team in his 11th NBA season. … The largest lead for the Lakers, 90-85, came on Lance Stephenson’s 3-pointer with 3:28 left in the third.Timberwolves: Wiggins took part in the morning shootaround but was held out for the third straight game with the strained right quadriceps that stopped his consecutive regular-season games played streak at 243. … Rose had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists but missed 12 of 16 shots from the field. … Taj Gibson had three of the team’s 12 blocks, tying a season high.UP NEXT Lakers: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.Timberwolves: Host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, right, res to work around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — After a lethargic loss in their last game, the Minnesota Timberwolves came to life.LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers served as their spark plug.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum
Some errant broadcasters will soon be hauled before the courts by the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) as the Authority has already given its lawyer the green light to proceed with litigation.However, persons are not going to be placed before the courts for broadcast content but rather for broadcasting illegally since many of them have not renewed their licenses.“Those broadcasters who never had a broadcasting licence and are broadcasting, whose licences have expired and have not renewed their licences but are still broadcasting and those who owe the Authority millions of dollars and are refusing or failing to pay, are the ones that will be brought before the court. GNBA continues to function as a professional entity and within the parameters of the broadcasting legislation,” the GNBA said.Additionally, the broadcast authority will be soon institutionalising the concept of “Citizen Monitoring” and this goes in tandem with the development of a research department that will be tasked with surveying listenership as well as the quality of programmes and conducting content analysis.“There is the Monitoring and Compliance Department which monitors the airwaves and when certain infractions are identified, those infractions are forwarded to the Special Investigative Committee for further examination.”According to the Authority, if it is decided that a fundamental breach was committed against the Broadcasting Act, then that broadcaster is summoned for a preliminary interview, where an opportunity is given for the broadcaster to refute or acknowledge the charge brought against his/her station.Following that preliminary interview with the Special Investigative Committee, recommendations are made as to whether the broadcaster should be brought before the Hearing Committee or the Board.Earlier this year, Reporters Without Borders for freedom of information (RSF) said that journalists in Guyana still face hurdles in executing their duties and some of the present laws that the country has implemented can land a journalist in jail despite the Constitution guaranteeing free speech and the right to information.The RSF website says that “a Cybercrime Bill that was passed into law in July 2018 took into account amendments RSF proposed regarding provisions that could have posed a threat to press freedom if used to penalise journalists for publishing reports deemed critical of the Government or that are based on information from confidential sources. However, the bill remains imperfect. The members of the media regulatory authority are appointed directly by the President”.According to the media advocacy body, this restricts the freedom of certain media outlets, which are denied licenses and recent attempts to improve regulation of the broadcast industry involved no consultation with any broadcasters.It added that local journalists may be censored due to editorial or company policies and the threat remains at large that Government officials can use the laws of Guyana to persecute and prosecute journalists if their articles are not “in keeping” with how they wish the publicity to be.This by itself, is an infringement on the rights of journalists, and in contradiction of Guyana’s Constitution, the RSF added.
…says Environmental audits to be completed by 2020The Audit Office of Guyana (AoG) is affirming that contrary to questions being raised, it does have the capacity to audit the Natural Resources Fund (NRF), which will hold revenues Guyana gets from its oil and gas sector.In an interview with Guyana Times, Auditor General Deodat Sharma made it clear that his office had the capacity to complete such audits. With the AG as the external auditor of the NRF, persons have theorised that hiring an international firm was the way to go.But Sharma also noted that even now, the Audit Office is building its capacity further to audit the Fund.“I have capacity to do the sovereign wealth fund audit, because it’s basically a financial audit. They put in money and they spend it. Spend it on infrastructure, expenses that are normally covered by the estimates,” he said. “I have two officers in British Columbia, on a nine-month programme.“One will be looking at how prepared are we in terms of oil spill. We are continuing in terms of the active assistance. I will be going shortly to the British Columbia audit office, in order to coordinate. I also went to Norway. And I had a chat with the audit office of Norway and Sweden in terms of how they look at their Sovereign Wealth Fund.”According to Sharma, he is still in contact with these auditors and as such, the door was open for constant skills transfer. But the AG noted that his office did not have the capacity to do cost oil audits.“What I don’t have the capacity to do is to verify the oil and gas money. We are now looking at that. For that, you have to get technical knowledge; you have to get engineers, economists, lawyers, and different people.”He acknowledged that the Department of Energy has tendered out in order to get the audits done into pre-contract costs. Sharma expressed his hope that this could be completed soon, so that these findings could also be audited.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator, and hold a 45 per cent interest. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds the remaining 25 per cent interest.Guyana will have to audit and verify cost oil claims Exxon will make on its revenue. Exxon is expected to use revenue from its production in order to recoup its capital investment. Whatever remains of this is the ‘profit oil’ Guyana will have to split with the oil company and its associates.According to Annex C of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) Guyana signed with Exxon, pre- contract cost “shall include four hundred and sixty million, two hundred and thirty seven hundred thousand and nine hundred and eighteen United States Dollars (USS460,237,918) in respect of all such costs incurred under the 1999 Petroleum Agreement prior to the year ended 2015.”Environmental auditsThe Audit Office had previously announced that it would be carrying out a number of audits to analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals.When it comes to these environmental audits, the AG noted that efforts were moving apace to have these done. According to Sharma, from discussions with personnel, the audit will be completed by 2020.“I have an officer in Canada on one programme. That person will actually complete that environmental audit, (which will find) how an oil spill will affect the turtles (and other fauna and flora). We had a discussion on his planning. He’s going to come back by June and we’re going to complete that audit by the first quarter of next year.”
The city is also urging those with long grass, to keep it cut and not to let it get out of control. The district is also going to be cutting tall grass as they see fit.Mayor Rob Fraser wants to see a report on how much it will cost to cut the tall grass to allocate enough funds. They also want to see a more detailed report on how much the spraying and mixture will cost the city. TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor is taking a earth friendly approach to those pesky mosquitos that come out every summer, in the form of a pilot project.At a City Council meeting last night, Mayor and Council discussed the idea of fighting mosquitos with a mixture of garlic and canola oil, called Mosquito Barrier.The mixture is a natural way, compared to harmful chemicals, to kill mosquitos, but also kill the larvae completely.- Advertisement -The price is $84.95 per gallon. The mixture is 99.3% garlic juice, with some food grade preservatives added.They are first going to start with the baseball diamonds and city core this year. They then want to expand, based on cost and results, to a larger area in 2017.Another area of concern was the golf course. The pond specifically. You can dump the mixture into the pond and it will suffocate the mosquitos and kill the larvae. The District wants a cost on total price before making a decision.Advertisement
“He (Owino) should be back soon, but I want him to rest. If he has good rest then he can have a bigger impact in the second round. Sometimes it is good to have a break though not entirely because of injury because this is a player who has featured for three seasons consecutively without rest,” Kimanzi said.Owino has been a core figure for the Slum Boys especially last season when they were fighting relegation, his leadership on and off the pitch delivering the perfect tranquility to aid the young side into safety.This season, Mathare have started strongly and he is expected to play an even bigger role if they are to challenge Gor Mahia for the league crown.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi issues instructions during a past Kenyan Premier League match Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYABut despite a good start to the campaign, Kimanzi’s Slum Boys have not had a smooth run over the past four fixtures, losing twice consecutively and drawing the last two, results that have seen them drop to third in the standings with 25 points, two behind leaders Gor who have three games at hand.But despite that run, there isn’t cause for alarm for the experienced tactician who believes it is just a matter of time before they get their winning mojo back.“We have had two heavy matches back to back and getting a point there is good. Sometimes you don’t have to be all that sad because of a draw especially when you look at the quality of the opponent,” Kimanzi added.Mathare followed up their 2-2 draw against Gor Mahia with a 1-1 draw against Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday.Meanwhile, Sharks have also had a shaky start to the season and seem a huge shadow of their selves last season. William Muluya’s men have not won in seven games and in that period, they have picked up four draws off the last five matches.Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya walks out of his technical area during his side’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Mathare United at Camp Toyoyo on May 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We need to do better in our attacking because that is the area that has not worked out well for us with the high number of draws. We scored one goal (against Mathare) which is a good thing and now we need to score a second and win in the next game,” Muluya noted.He said he was impressed with their performance against Mathare terming it a fair point in a game that they hugely dominated and had the lion’s share of chances.“The dry period will not be for long and I am optimistic the rain is coming soon,” further added the tactician.They had a brilliant performance against Mathare, an improved show from their last three games and he credits most of this to the return of midfielder Sven Yidah who played a massive role in the Sunday evening tie.Elsewhere, Tusker FC continued their resurgence under Robert Matano with their third consecutive win having beaten Bandari FC 2-0 at their backyard in Mombasa, Brian Osumba scoring twice.KPL weekend results:Saturday: Sony 0-0 KK Homeboyz, Nzoia 0-2 Ulinzi Stars, Bandari 0-2 Tusker FC, Chemelil 0-0 AFC Leopards.Sunday: Kariobangi Sharks 1-1 Mathare United, Vihiga 0-1 Sofapaka, Zoo 2-3 Nakumatt, Wazito 0-1 Thika United0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United skipper George Owino celebrates a goal in a past match with teammate Lennox Ogutu. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 7- Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi says skipper George ‘Wise’ Owino’s injury might be a blessing in disguise to give the experienced defender time to rest as he has played consistently over the past three seasons.Owino sustained a hairline fracture on his ankle during the side’s 1-0 loss to Wazito FC on April 21 and has missed the games against Gor Mahia and Kariobangi Sharks with his return date yet to be established.
11 11 10. Sergio Aguero (striker) 17. Kevin De Bruyne (left wing) 3. Bacary Sagna (right back) 25. Fernandinho (centre midfield) 6. Fernando (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 11. Aleksandar Kolarov (left back) 15. Jesus Navas (right wing) 11 11 11 You can listen to Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals live on talkSPORT, tonight from 19:45 (BST).Manuel Pellegrini’s quest to win the competition continues on Wednesday night as the Premier League side travel to the French capital.In the Blues’ way, though, stands a formidable force in PSG, who have already won Ligue 1 and now have their sights firmly set on lifting Ol’ Big Ears in Milan this May.Manchester City have been boosted by the news Joe Hart should be fit to stand between the sticks at the Parc des Princes, although whether he will relish facing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored four past him in 2012 during England’s 4-2 defeat to Sweden, is another matter.Meanwhile, unfortunately, Pellegrini will be without three key stars as Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling recover from their respective injuries.So who will take to the field in France for the Champions League quarter-final first leg clash? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see our Manchester City predicted XI v Paris Saint-Germain… 11 21. David Silva (attacking midfield) 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 20. Eliaquim Mangala (centre back) 11 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back)
Tottenham have splashed out £18.5million to land striker Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar.The 22-year-old was playing in the Dutch second division just over a year ago before joining AZ from Almere City for just £340,000.He was an immediate hit in the Eredivisie and went on score 27 times in his debut season, while he also forced his way into the Netherlands side.Little is known of Janssen outside of Holland, but judging by this video of some of his best goals in 2015/16 he looks more than capable of making the step up to the Premier League.Let us know what you make of the Tottenham new boy below…
20 September 2010Former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy once said that a love of books is the best way to enlarge a child’s world. But for many children in South Africa, this is not the reality.Access to books is limited for many of the country’s children, depriving them of the opportunity to develop a love for reading. It also puts children at a major disadvantage when it comes to literacy and educational opportunities.Chris Dykes from Infinity Learning, an organisation that equips children with study skills through various programmes, decided to establish the Bookshelf Project in response to the desperate need for reading material in many impoverished communities in South Africa.The project provides books and bookshelves to any organisation that works with children in such a capacity, mainly in Gauteng province.The project has already set up the infrastructure that will impact the lives of 2 000 to 3 000 children through the eight centres, which have already received bookshelves stocked with books.Stimulating a love for readingDykes says the need for books became apparent in his conversations with staff at children’s centres and schools in underprivileged areas.“It became clear to us that limited access to books was one of the main barriers to literacy improvement,” he says.South Africa has a major literacy challenge. According to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, coordinated by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 80% of South African pupils do not develop basic reading skills by the time they reach grade five.“Our vision for the project is to facilitate a love for reading. I realised that kids need books to read. Many children don’t read because they don’t have access to books, not because they don’t want to,” Dykes says.Building bookshelves and collecting booksHe believes it isn’t enough to just teach a child to read. What children need is something worthwhile reading.“Children have to read books that are interesting, fun and that will help them to dream,” he says. This will help children improve their literacy skills, build their confidence and imagination, and ultimately improve their academic performance.The project has partnered with aftercare centres and schools that have a need for books and are keen run reading groups and homework sessions for the children they work with.“The initiative needs existing infrastructure to provide kids with a safe place to read,” he says.Instead of just distributing books, Dykes and his team also provide hand-made bookshelves to each centre. “Each bookshelf is built at our homes in our free time and no fees are charged for this time,” he says.But he says the project is growing so quickly that he is running out of time to build bookshelves. Soon he will have to outsource the construction to a carpenter.“Doing this is a great job creation opportunity that can also come from the project,” he says.Each bookshelf costs about R900 (US$122) to build and he is negotiating with a local hardware store to get a discounted price on the material needed for each shelf.The bookshelves are 1.8-meters wide and 1.5-meters high and can house 500 to 600 books. The goal is to ensure that every book collection contains a variety of books, including encyclopaedias, dictionaries, study guides, reference books, story books and picture books.All the books are donated by second-hand bookshops, schools and individuals who support the programme.“The response to the project has been phenomenal,” Dykes says. Just recently, a UK-based organisation, Book-Cycle, donated 3 000 to 5 000 books for the project.To date, the Bookshelf Project has collected books to the value of approximately R175 000 (US$24 000). Some of the books are not suitable for children and are donated to other charities such as Friends of Rescued Animals and Forest Farm, which supports people with cerebral palsy.Future plansThe Bookshelf Project has a goal to reach at least 10 000 children in the next three years, but Dykes says this is a conservative estimate.He says that the main goal is to collect as many books as possible. In the next few months, he wants to set up a book-collection system involving schools in Johannesburg.To start out, he wants to approach 10 schools to organise book collection days, once a year. In doing this, the project will receive 500 to 600 books every month. He also wants to ensure that each bookshelf is stocked with new books every year so that the children won’t run out of reading material.The Bookshelf Project is a labour of love for Dykes and he is encouraged by the positive response to it. He says that he is also amazed at how well the children have responded to the project.“I met a 16-year-old girl who had never owned a book in her life because her parents are too poor to buy her any books. It was heartbreaking,” he says.Through the project, she can experience the benefits of reading. Children are also taking ownership of the bookshelves by keeping them neat and tidy.“The kids at the centres are just incredible,” says Dykes.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
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