Invited guestsHe acknowledged Liberia’s role in the fight for freedom for South Africa and extended President Jacob Zuma’s warm greetings to the Government and people of Liberia.The Ambassador also extended appreciation to the Government of Liberia for the ongoing rebuilding process that has tackled roads and reconstruction of the Mount Coffee Dam.On behalf of the Liberian government, Deputy Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin said the Liberia-South Africa bilateral relation has been fruitful over the years, especially with the introduction of visa in Liberia which he said relieved people of hardships when they want to travel to South Africa.Mr. Shoniyin also acknowledged South Africa’s role in the area of health and expressed his wish for such to continue as Liberia strives towards rebuilding its health sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Amb. Moodley giving his keynote addressSouth African Ambassador to Liberia Vanapalan Punjanathan Moodley says his country’s progress after 23 years as an independent nation is attributed to her philosophy of togetherness.Making the statement in his keynote speech during the celebration of South Africa’s National Day on April 27, 2017, Ambassador Moodley said since the country gained independence in 1994 through efforts exerted by President Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC), the country has held together without racial discrimination, sexism, religious discrimination, and other social vices.South Africa got its independence in 1994 following years of racial discrimination against which ANC stalwarts Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo and African countries, including Liberia, and their international friends, fought for decades. Mandela spent 27 years in prison and later became the country’s first black President, serving one term.The racial discrimination, known as Apartheid, was perpetrated by the white minority. It met its end with the help of the seventh and last President of the regime, Fredrick W. de Klerk, who reigned from 1989 to 1994.Ambassador Moodley said freedom does not come automatically, but takes the sacrifice of a few to bring a great change to many, and recalled the roles of Mandela and the ANC leader Oliver Tambo and said it was through these great men that South Africa is what it is today.Quoting former President Mandela, Amb. Moodley said, “We understand it is said that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one another….”The Ambassador said: “The essence of democracy is to have participation of all citizens, equal freedom and economic benefit and freedom for all and this has made South Africa to better up itself.”However, he admitted that despite this trend of democratic achievement, land ownership in South Africa is still a serious challenge.
But Vanderbilt (18-8, 8-4) has been one of the country’s best against ranked opponents this season. Students poured onto the court at Memorial Gym after the Commodores pulled off their first victory over a top-ranked team since Jan. 13, 1993, when they beat then-No.1 Kentucky, and their sixth victory over a ranked team this season. “A lot of people don’t ever get the opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the country,” Foster said. “We got the opportunity and seized the moment.” The Commodores won for the seventh time in nine games by beating the nation’s best shooting team at its own game, outshooting the Gators 57.1 percent to 44 percent from the field. They took the lead in the first half and led by as much as 16 points late. “We caught them on an afternoon where they missed shots they normally make,” Vandy coach Kevin Stallings said. Florida coach Billy Donovan tried to put the loss into perspective by pointing out his Gators, the defending national champs, had won 35 of their past 37games and had not lost a game since Dec. 3 to Florida State. That said, he didn’t want this to be the start of a trend. “We don’t want one to lead to two,” Donovan said. This was the fourth time this season the Gators trailed by double digits. They came from 18down Wednesday night before beating Alabama. “We never want to get down like we have been,” Florida guard Lee Humphrey said. “It seems like the last few games we’ve gone into halftime down. It’s never what we want to do. We want to stay focused and come back. Today Vandy, they kept playing well. They outplayed us the second half.” No. 3 Wisconsin 75, Penn St. 49: Alando Tucker shook off a slow start and scored 22points to lead the host Badgers (26-2, 12-1 Big Ten). No. 4 North Carolina 77, No. 21 Boston College 72: Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 and Ty Lawson had 13 points with seven assists and sixrebounds as the visiting Tar Heels (23-4, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from Tuesday night’s 81-80 overtime loss to Virginia Tech and took over first place in the conference from the Eagles (18-8, 9-4). No. 6 Texas A&M 56, Oklahoma 49: Joseph Jones and Acie Law scored 21 points each for the visiting Aggies (22-4, 10-2 Big 12), who maintained its spot atop the conference standings. No. 8 Memphis 78, Gonzaga 77 (OT): Chris Douglas-Roberts hit a layup with 5.6 seconds remaining in overtime as the Tigers (23-3) won their 15th straight. No. 9 Kansas 92, Nebraska 39: Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur scored 13points each and the host Jayhawks handed the Cornhuskers one of the worst defeats in their history. (23-4, 10-2) No. 11 Nevada 79, Northern Iowa 64: Kyle Shiloh scored all 16 of his points in the final 20minutes as the host Wolf Pack (24-2, 11-1 Western Athletic Conference) started the second half with a 22-4 run on its way to winning its 17th of 18. Louisville 61, No. 12 Marquette 59: Jerry Smith hit a 3-pointer as time expired as the visiting Cardinals (19-8, 9-4) took sole possession of third place in the Big East. With the Golden Eagles (21-7, 8-5) leading 59-58, Edgar Sosa took the inbounds pass up the court and found Smith open for the winning shot. After reviewing television replays for nearly two minutes, the referees ruled that Smith got the shot off on time. Smith, a freshman, scored all nine of his points on 3-pointers in the final 3:04. No. 14 Georgetown 58, Villanova 55: Jeff Green scored 19 points and hit the game-winner with 19.8 seconds left to lift to their ninth straight win. the visiting Hoyas (20-5, 10-2) No. 16 Southern Illinois 68, No. 13 Butler 64: Jamaal Tatum scored 20 points and stopped the Bulldogs’ 22-game home winning streak and defeated a ranked team on the road for the firsttime since December 1975 against then-No. 16 Michigan. the Salukis (23-5) No. 17 Air Force 67, Colorado State 58: Dan Nwaelele returned from a first-half ankle injury to score 18 points as the Falcons extending the nation’s longest home-court winning streak to 30. (23-4, 10-3 Mountain West) Missouri 75, No. 18 Oklahoma St. 64:Keon Lawrence scored 18 points and Matt Lawrence added 15 off five3-pointers as the visiting Tigers (16-9, 5-7 Big 12) got their firstwin over a ranked foe under first-year coach Mike Anderson. No. 25 Alabama 72, No. 20 Kentucky 61: Richard Hendrix had 16 points and ninerebounds and handed the Wildcats their third straight loss. the host Crimson Tide (19-7, 6-6 SEC) (18-8, 7-5) No. 23 West Virginia 81, Seton Hall 71: Frank Young scored seven of his 18 points during a key second-half run for the host Mountaineers (20-6, 8-5 Big East). Michigan 58, No. 24 Indiana 55: Dion Harris had 16points and Jerret Smith made up for a key turnover with a pair of late free throws for the host Wolverines (18-9, 6-6 Big Ten). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Forget all that talk about the top-ranked Florida Gators rolling through the Southeastern Conference undefeated. Derrick Byars and Shan Foster each scored 24 points, and Vanderbilt snapped the nation’s longest winning streak by upsetting the Gators 83-70 in Nashville, Tenn., after they finally fell into a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out of Saturday. “This is one for the ages,” Byars said. “Twenty years from now, I’ll be able to tell my little kids this. This is special. You can’t explain it.” Florida (24-3, 11-1) had won 17 straight games and needed a victory to clinch at least a share of the SEC’s Eastern Division and the overall league title. They also had won seven straight against the Commodores.