FIFA boss: New home will transform football in T&T

first_img IMPORTANCE OF PARTNERSHIPS Infantino was quick to underscore the importance of the FA forming partnerships in order to develop the sport. “Obviously, a collective effort is needed,” he stressed. “One person or organisation alone cannot do anything, but I am sure that with the help of the Government, who is very committed, and also a little bit of FIFA and CONCACAF, I am sure the results will be there.” Infantino, a former general secretary of UEFA, also praised the work of John Williams, whose administration has come in for criticism in recent times, especially for its bungling of the appointment of a national men’s coach to replace the long-serving Stephen Hart. “I have been able to witness really a new Trinidad and Tobago Football Association with a new spirit, with my friend, David, who with his passion, brings everyone with him,” Infantino said. “I have witnessed the government, who is fully behind the football association. I have been witnessing the population in Trinidad and Tobago, who is absolutely passionate for football.” He added: “[John Williams] is one of these persons who can really make things happen with his energy, his passion, and his way of working. This is certainly inspiring, and this is why I am really happy to be one of his friends.” PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): FIFA President Gianni Infantino believes the establishment of the Ato Boldon Stadium as the country’s new national development centre could have a profound impact on Trinidad and Tobago football. The Italian, who took over the helm of football’s controversial world governing body last February, announced during his visit there earlier this week that the Couva venue would now become the Football Association’s home. Construction is expected to begin shortly on the building that will house the FA’s new offices. Located in central Trinidad – about 45 minutes outside of the capital of Port-of-Spain – and named after one of the country’s most heralded Olympic sprinters, the stadium was opened in 2001 and hosted games in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup that year. The facility will now also serve as the main venue for national team training and international games, though the Hasely Crawford Stadium will remain an active venue. “This will change Trinidad and Tobago football but also Trinidad and Tobago society,” Infantino said. “Football is a great game in which players, both boys and girls, are taught not only how to play football and how to be sports persons, but how to be human beings with values and respect. And this project will of course boost the whole football movement in Trinidad and Tobago. “If you work around this talent, you will have great results and it will send a strong message in the country and also in the whole CONCACAF, Caribbean and Americas on what can be achieved if you work seriously.” Infantino’s visit to the island was his first since assuming office, replacing the long-serving Sepp Blatter who was forced to step down amid corruption allegations. He was welcomed on arrival by TTFA president David John Williams and Sports Minister Darryl Smith, and later met with Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.last_img read more

No guaranteed Round of 16 slot even if Azkals beat Kyrgyzstan

first_imgCurrently in last place in Group C, the Azkals face Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday night at Rashid Stadium with both teams needing victories to stand a chance of progressing to the round of 16.Making it to the next round as one of the top two teams in the group is already out of the equation for the Azkals, but qualifying as one of the four best third-placed squads is a scenario that is still alive.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 ChrissThe Azkals narrowly lost to South Korea, 0-1, in their opening match on Jan. 7, before falling to China, 0-3, at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The match against China drew 16,000 fans, so far the most attended game in the tournament that did not involve host United Arab Emirates.“The Kyrgyzstan match will be like a final for us,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “We have to finish with a really good performance, taking three points—and really hope for the best.” View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DUBAI—There is no guarantee that a victory in its last group match will be enough for the Philippines to reach the next round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.But a strong finish can cap what has been a memorable debut so far for the Azkals here.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines is one of eight winless countries in the tournament after all 24 teams have played their two matches. A draw will not be enough for both Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines to reach the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ LATEST STORIES PacMay II: Russia or London Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Illegal Mining Activity Resurfaces in Nimba County

first_imgFlashback: Mining equipment floating over Cestos River near Buutuo Headquarters, a stone’s throw from the Ivoirian border. This is occurring all over the country. Several “undesirable” foreign nationals linkedIllegal mining activities have reportedly resurfaced in Nimba County with concentration recorded around the west bank of the Cestos River, near Behwalay Town in the Kparblee Administrative District.The identities of those foreign nationals, who are allegedly connected to the illegal mining activities, and those who hired them as well as how they arrived at the river as their point of convergence have so far remained unknown, though locals claimed many of the miners come from countries in West Africa.“They miners have reportedly installed two dredges in the river and are carrying on intensive mining activities during day and night hours without any consideration to the environment,” eyewitnesses have said.The proliferation of suspected illegal alluvial mining, involving foreigners, is becoming alarming across the country, specifically in Nimba County where 40 persons were recently trapped under debris in Gbanepea Town, near Tappita District.Last year, a group of unknown men, believed to be Malians, surfaced around the northern town of Buutuo with the same floating dredge for mining in Cestos River near the Liberian border with la Côte d’Ivoire. Residents however raised alarm, which thwarted the foreigners’ intention to mine near Bwelay Town, situated east of Buutuo Headquarters.With this latest development in the mining sector, it is not clear whether the governments of Liberia and La Cote d’Ivoire are officially informed about the presence of those allegedly linked to the border trade.In the wake of the report, Nimba Superintendent David Dorr Cooper, has halted the alleged mining activity around Cestos River, Behwalay Town, shortly after receiving reports of unfolding developments.Meanwhile, the office of Superintendent Dorr Cooper has invited to Sanniquellie, the county political capital, all those that are allegedly linked to the mining trade, to explain whether any government officials authorized them to mine minerals in those areas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Projects: How the money flowed

first_imgNearly every defense contractor that Southern California lawmakers boasted securing federal funding for over the past three years also made political contributions, according to a review by the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. In the review of 32 private firms in Southern California that won money in federal spending bills since 2003, all but two made political donations to national or local lawmakers through their top executives, political action committees or Washington, D.C., lobbyists. The companies gave more than $10.8 million nationally, with about $200,000 going to Southland lawmakers who championed their specific projects. The companies, in turn, got more than $203.8 million in funding for everything from construction of unmanned aerial vehicles to fiber optic research. “It has become a pay-to-play system,” said Keith Ashdown, spokesman for Taxpayers for Common Sense, a non-partisan budget watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. “If you want to get federal contracts or earmarks, you have to support and financially back those in Congress. It doesn’t always mean you get want you want, but it opens the door.” All of the contributions were within the legal limits, and the earmarks have not sparked any allegations of misconduct. But two recent high-profile Congressional influence-peddling scandals are putting such dealings under a microscope, highlighting what insiders say is a pervasive culture where money opens doors on Capitol Hill. “All of this is now under scrutiny, and everybody is scared to death,” said Winslow T. Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C. The newspaper review targeted projects that Southern California lawmakers announced they helped secure funds for since 2003, and used Federal Election Campaign reports and PoliticalMoneyLine.com, a nonpartisan, nonprofit public disclosure Web site, to analyze campaign contributions. While millions of dollars were secured for public universities and local military bases, area congressional members also brought between $32 million and $106 million annually to defense contractors performing work in their districts. Donors ranged from multibillion defense contractors such as Boeing and Northrop Grumman to smaller local companies. Recipients included longtime champions of defense projects such as Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Long Beach, whose district is home to C-17 transport plane production, and lawmakers who lead key committees such as House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-San Diego. They also included local lawmakers who rarely get involved in national defense issues, such as Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs. Donations ranged from $250 to $20,000. “It’s a very easy game of compound interest. You give thousands, you get millions,” Ashdown said. Southern California lawmakers maintain the donations did not influence their decisions to seek appropriations, and the companies said the contributions were made with no expectation of a return. Chang Industries in La Verne, AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia and City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte won a total of $38 million in federal appropriations over the past three years with the help of Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora. Over that period, the companies contributed more than $50,000 to lawmakers – about $20,500 of that to Dreier. Dreier, tapped by House Speaker Dennis Hastert to design new ethics rules last week, did not return a call seeking comment. In an e-mailed statement a Dreier spokeswoman called the companies Dreier supports “beyond reproach.” AeroVironment did not make company officials available for comment, but the other companies said their donations had nothing to with winning federal funding. Napolitano helped win $6 million for United Technologies, a Connecticut firm with offices in her Pomona district. A recent $1 million contract will be spent upgrading certain atmospheric monitoring systems for older Los Angeles Class Navy submarines, with work being done locally. The company, in turn, made more than $1 million in political contributions, including $5,000 to Napolitano. “I want jobs in my district, and I don’t push people to contribute,” Napolitano said. “I actually made a phone call for them, and that was the last time I heard from them. I don’t expect anything. I’m working to represent my district. I don’t do it for the favors or for the money. “My working premise is, `I don’t buy, and I don’t sell,’ ” she said. “There is a lot of backroom dealing and that is not how I work. The people need to elect (candidates) who are honest and ethical. I havealways held myself as an honest person, and I don’t `quid pro quo’ anyone.” United Technologies spokesman Scott Seligman said in a statement that the company donates to candidates “with whom we have common goals, such as removing barriers to trade, maintaining a strong national defense and space exploration.” Wheeler, a former aide to Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., who worked for years on defense appropriations, said that despite what lawmakers and companies say, the wheels of Washington are greased with campaign contributions. “A competent congressional staff will check on whether or not a manufacturer made a contribution last year, and that will typically affect the enthusiasm with which the office seeks an earmark for the following year,” Wheeler said. While openly discussing fundraising is forbidden for both staff and lawmakers as well as contractors, “both sides understand it’s going to occur,” he said. It’s a characterization Southland lawmakers and their aides deny. But many acknowledge that Congress has a public perception problem that’s going to be tough to change. “I would love to see a system of reform that could take us to the meaningful elimination of contributions from private interest groups,” said Lewis. “But we’re not going to be able to, that’s the problem.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GARDAI APPEAL FOR HELP IN TRACING MISSING DONEGAL WOMAN

first_imgSiobhan: Missing – Can you help?Gardai are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a woman missing in Co Donegal.Siobhan McGread, who is 51, is missing from Bundoran.An extensive search operation has already taken place along the coast involving helicopter and land-based Coast Guard teams. “Siobhan was last seen at approximately 6.30 pm on the 19th February 2014 on Rougey Walk, Bundoran,” said a Garda spokesman“Siobhan is described as about 5’3″, with dark grey hair and blue eyes. When last seen she was wearing a blue tracksuit and white runners.”Gardai in Bundoran are appealing for members of the public who may have seen Siobhan to contact them on 071 984 1203, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.  GARDAI APPEAL FOR HELP IN TRACING MISSING DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorandonegalgarda appealmissingSiobhan McGreadlast_img read more

McBREARTY DEMANDS INTERNATIONAL TEAM IS BROUGHT IN TO FIX JUSTICE AND POLICING

first_imgCllr Frank McBreartyDONEGAL councillor Frank McBrearty has called for an international team of experts to be brought into the State to fix the justice and policing system.Speaking on Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3, Cllr McBrearty said successive governments have lacked the will to tackle the issues.The Raphoe man was framed for a murder which didn’t happen; investigators later concluded that the death of cattle dealer Richie Barron was most likely the result of a hit and run incident. The incident led to the Morris Tribunal which found “systemic” corruption amongst some members of the Gardai in Donegal.“The only way we can fix the system is by bringing in experts from outside the State,” said Cllr McBrearty.“We need to have the same structures which are used in Northern Ireland with a police authority because right now in this State there is no proper oversight of the gardai or the Department of Justice.”Mr Browne responded: “You know that’s not going to happen.” But Cllr McBrearty said it “needed” to happen.“Article 40 of our constitution guarantees equal rights for all Irish citizens,” he said.“But that’s not what we have. We have some people with all the rights and the rest of us with none.” McBREARTY DEMANDS INTERNATIONAL TEAM IS BROUGHT IN TO FIX JUSTICE AND POLICING was last modified: March 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:framedFrank McBreartyGardaiTV3Vincent Brownelast_img read more

Joined churches mark five decades of service

first_imgCANOGA PARK – Proud to say, “This is your grandmother’s church,” Faith Lutheran Church will mark 50 years of spiritual and outreach ministry on Sunday with a special service and celebration. The congregation is actually celebrating the longevity of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on DeSoto Avenue and Epiphany Lutheran Church on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, which combined in 2000 to become Faith Lutheran Church. Faith Lutheran owns both locations, with Sunday services held at the DeSoto Avenue address. Weddings and other special events are held at what is now known as The Garden Chapel on Topanga Canyon Boulevard. “We’ve been successful for 50 years because of the members; the people are friendly and caring,” said Ethel Elliott, originally a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church. “I’ve been a Lutheran all my life. If you ever need support from people, well, I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t go to church.” The church supports local food pantries, Habitat for Humanity projects and Lutheran Social Services; hosts the annual Valley Interfaith Council “Gandhi Day” in September; and has begun a Las Posadas Christmas tradition. The congregation even had a float in Canoga Park’s annual Memorial Day parade. “It’s not just getting together and praying and go; when the service stops, the ‘service’ begins,” said Ellen Harrison, a church member for a year and a half. “I’ve always been an activist, and everyone here is active. This is the first time I can express myself and my religion in the same way.” Harrison, the director of the preschool Tutor Time in Woodland Hills, was also impressed by Christiansen. “His openness to other religions and his stance on peace are some things I like,” Harrison said. “There’s a legacy there that gives strength. This church gives you a 50-year home. It’s a great testimonial.” The Rev. Wayne R. Christiansen will deliver the message at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at Faith Lutheran Church, 7500 DeSoto Ave., Canoga Park. The 50th anniversary celebration will begin with a service at 1 p.m. with guest speaker Bishop Dean Nelson. The service will be followed from 2 to 6 p.m. by Oktoberfest, with Bavarian music, dancing and games and foods. Call (818) 348-4266. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Elliott is a shining example of Faith Lutheran Church’s faithful members, who their pastor, the Rev. Wayne R. Christiansen, lauds for their energy and spirit. “I think there’s a lot to be said for ‘Grandma’s church,’ said Christiansen, who has been the senior pastor at Faith Lutheran for five years. “You’ll meet some real treasures here. It’s a place to raise a family and grow old with your friends. “You can get the healing and be a part of a family. This church has been a wonderful resource for teaching children the secrets of life.” While the congregation would like to see an increase in membership, Christiansen said he takes heart in knowing that the early Christian experience was to be found in small community fellowships. He’s proud of his “classic model” congregation whose members don’t shirk from community activism. Members of the church quilting group, like Elliott, sew quilts that are donated to Lutheran Social Services on a yearly basis. Their quilts have gone around the world, including Afghanistan and, this year, to hurricane survivors. The group also makes baby quilts that are donated to neonatal units at local hospitals. last_img read more

MCELHINNEYS BRIDAL ROOMS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

first_imgMcElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Ballybofey, have beaten off tough competition to be shortlisted as finalists in the 2014 Wedding Journal Reader Awards. With only 5 stores shortlisted for the whole of Ireland and Northern Ireland this is an exciting time for the local company.The shortlisted retailers are voted for by the general public and it’s thanks to votes from past and future brides and customers that has secured McElhinneys the top 5 spot. Voting now continues until Friday May 16th to select an overall ‘Bridal Retailer of the Year 2014” and you can vote by following the link below –http://weddingjournalreaderawards.com/finalists-revealedMCELHINNEYS BRIDAL ROOMS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:awardsBusinessEntertainmentFeaturesMCELHINNEYSnewslast_img read more

Rotary Clock Discovered in Bacteria

first_imgWhat could be more mechanical than a mechanical clock?  A biochemist has discovered one in the simplest of organisms, one-celled cyanobacteria.  Examining the three complex protein components of its circadian clock, he thinks he has hit on a model that explains its structure and function: it rotates to keep time.  Though it keeps good time, this clock is only about 10 billionths of a meter tall.    Scientists have known the parts of the cyanobacterial clock.  They are named KaiA, KaiB, and KaiC.  Jimin Wang of the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale, publishing in Structure,1 has found an elegant solution to how the parts interact.  He was inspired by the similarity of these parts to those in ATP synthase (see 04/30/2005 entry), a universal enzyme known as a rotary motor.  Though structurally different, the Kai proteins appear to operate as another rotary motor – this time, a clock.    We learned last time (see 09/15/2004 entry) that the parts interact in some way in sync with the diurnal cycle, but the mechanism was still a “black box.”  Wang found that the KaiC part, a six-sided hexagonal cylinder, has a central cavity where the KaiA part can fit when it undergoes an “activation” that changes its shape, somewhat like unfolding scissors.  Like a key, it fits into the central shaft and turns.  The KaiB part, like a wing nut, fastens on KaiB at the bottom of the KaiC carousel.  For every 120° turn of the spindle, phosphate groups attach to the outside of the carousel, till KaiC is fully saturated, or phosphorylated.  This apparently happens to multiple Kai complexes during the night.    How does this keep time?  When unphosphorylated, KaiC affects the expression of genes.  During the night, when complexed with the other two parts, it is repressed from acting, effectively shutting down the cell for the night.  Apparently many of these complexes form and dissociate each cycle.  As the complexes break up in the morning, expression resumes, and the cell wakes up.  When KaiC separates from the other parts, it is destroyed, stopping its repression of genes and stimulating the creation of more KaiC.  “In summary,” he says, “the Kai complexes are a rotary clock for phosphorylation, which sets the destruction pace of the night-dominant Kai complexes and timely releases KaiA.”  The system sets up a day-night oscillation feedback loop that allows the bacterium keep in sync with the time of day.    Wang shares the surprise that a bacterium could have a clock that persists longer than the cell-division cycle.  This means that the act of cell division does not break the clock:The discovery of a bacterial clock unexpectedly breaks the paradigm of biological clocks, because rapid cell division and chromosome duplication in bacteria occur within one circadian period (Kondo et al., 1994 and Kondo et al., 1997).  In fact, these cyanobacterial oscillators in individual cells have a strong temporal stability with a correlation time of several months.    (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Wang’s article has elegant diagrams of the parts and how they precisely fit together.  In his model, the KaiC carousel resembles the hexagonal F1 motor of ATP synthase, and the KaiA “key” that fits into the central shaft resembles the camshaft.  KaiB, in turn, acts like the inhibitor in ATP synthase.  “The close relationship between the two systems may well extend beyond their structural similarity,” he suggests in conclusion, “because the rhythmic photosynthesis-dependent ATP generation is an important process under the Kai circadian regulation.”1Jimin Wang, “Recent Cyanobacterial Kai Protein Structures Suggest a Rotary Clock,” Structure, Volume 13, Issue 5, May 2005, Pages 735-741, doi:10.1016/j.str.2005.02.011.Need we tell readers what we are about to say?  “There is no mention of evolution in this paper.”  The inverse law of Darwinese stands: the more detailed the discussion of cellular complexity, the less the tendency to mention evolution.    This is wonderful stuff.  The cell is alive with wheels, gears, motors, monorails, winches, ratchets and clocks.  Paley would be pleased.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gallery: Constitutional Court

first_imgThe Constitution Hill precinct, located just west of Hillbrow in Johannesburg, is the seat of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in the country in terms of matters relating to the Constitution. The Constitutional Court building on Constitution Hill in the Johannesburg inner city is now 10 years old. (Image: South African History Online)Formerly a fort and then a notorious prison, the precinct is full of history and it’s fitting that a light, airy and altogether public court now resides on the premises.The theme of the precinct in “justice under a tree” and refers to the age-old African practice of people gathering under a tree to discuss important matters. This theme is carried through the building in a number of different ways.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image. The building which houses the judges’ chambers, the courtroom, the law library and the art gallery.• Download high-resolution image As with the front of the building, the words “Constitutional Court” in all eleven official languaes can be seen on the side.• Download high-resolution image The Angry Godzilla, a three-metre-high statue carved from a single leadwood tree by artist John Baloyi, stands guard at the northern end of the court building.• Download high-resolution image The Great African Steps lead up to Constitution Square and the entrance to the main building.• Download high-resolution image Constitution Square was built on the site of the old awaiting trial block, which dates back to 1928.• Download high-resolution image Three of the staircases from the awaiting trial block have been preserved. Bricks from the building were preserved and used to build the courtroom and the Great African Steps.• Download high-resolution image The words “Constitutional Court” in all eleven official languages.• Download high-resolution image “History” by the late Dumile Feni is often mistaken for a slavery statement, but the artwork actually depicts people moving forward by carrying each other.• Download high-resolution image The eternal flame of democracy burns in one of the old awaiting trial stairwells.• Download high-resolution image The word “freedom” is inscribed on the bowl’s rim. Before it arrived in Johannesburg, the flame was lit in 2011 by former president Nelson Mandela at his Eastern Cape home, and the flame passed through the hands of all the judges before it touched the bowl.• Download high-resolution image The doors to the court building feature the 27 fundamental themes of the Bill of Rights in all official languages, plus sign language.• Download high-resolution image The magnificent doors stand nine metres high, and are a work of art in their own right.• Download high-resolution image High above the doors, each of the judges presiding when the building was constructed inscribed the words equality, dignity and freedom in their mother tongue into the concrete.• Download high-resolution image The foyer continues the theme of “justice under a tree” and is built to resemble a stand of trees where people would traditionally gather to discuss problems.• Download high-resolution image The foyer is airy and welcoming, with tall tree-like pillars and delicate silver wire chandeliers, designed to look like the leaves of the forest canopy.• Download high-resolution image The phrase “A luta continua” (Portuguese, meaning “the struggle continues”) is written in neon on the wall. It refers to the ongoing process of transformation, but was also the rallying cry of the Mozambican Frelimo freedom movement in the 1960s and 70s.• Download high-resolution image The foyer is designed to make the most of natural light, and gives a welcoming feeling to those who enter.• Download high-resolution image Inside the courtroom, which is always open to the public, the judges’ seats are covered with hide from the hardy indigenous Nguni cows – each one is different, symbolising the different characteristics that each judge brings to the bench.• Download high-resolution image  The panels in front of the window, as well as the South African flag, were made by hand. The flag is beaded and was crafted by unemployed women from a rural beadwork workshop. The panels symbolise clouds in the sky, and their theme is echoed in the carpet, which looks like the shadows of clouds on the ground.• Download high-resolution image The digitally-woven tapestry is by Marlene Dumas, one of the country’s most distinguished artists. Titled The Benefit of the Doubt 2, its themes are law, justice, innocence and freedom.• Download high-resolution image Justice under a tree – the symbol of the Constitutional Court at the entrance to the courtroom.• Download high-resolution image While the art gallery houses many fine pieces, one could also argue that the entire building is a work of art.• Download high-resolution image The bulk of the collection was assembled by former Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs, over a ten-year period.• Download high-resolution image The square brass nosings on the steps leading down to the judges’ chambers were designed by Jabu Nala, a resident of the high-density suburb Hillbrow in Johannesburg, using patterns of traditional beer pots.• Download high-resolution image Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more