Leonard’s 31 points lead Spurs to win over Pacers

first_imgChina counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots and scores over Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs returned from an eight-game road trip to beat the Indiana Pacers 100-99 on Wednesday night.Leonard hit a turnaround, fade-away jumper from 16 feet against Paul George with 2.4 seconds left to win it. Indiana’s Monta Ellis missed a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining and George missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Jokic’s 2nd straight triple-double leads Nuggets past Bucks Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIEScenter_img Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely George finished with 22 points, C.J. Miles added 19 and Myles Turner had 16.San Antonio extended its winning streak to five games, including four straight to close its annual rodeo road trip in February.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 returnPau Gasol and David Lee had 18 points each off the bench for the Spurs.The battle between All-Star forwards was a stalemate until the final five minutes. Leonard scored San Antonio’s final nine points during that stretch, including the game-winning shot, while George was limited to a pair of free throws. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon 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 respitelast_img read more

Aldin Ayo posts cryptic tweet on crucial non-call in UST loss to Adamson

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ayo tweeted a photo of his guard Renzo Subido appeared to be being held by Adamson’s Jerom Lastimosa during a critical baseline inbound amid the Falcons’ 16-0 run to end the game that should’ve been a foul.READ: Adamson stuns UST after 16-0 closing runFEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Terrific 12: Lance Stephenson downplays skirmish with TNT’s David Semerad LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘People evacuated on their own’ With no whistle blown, the inbound play resulted in a turnover followed by a crucial 3-pointer by Val Chauca that pulled Adamson within one, 71-70, with 1:19 left.CHAUCA LONG BOMB.UST lead is down to one, 71-70! 1:19 to go! #UAAPSeason82 pic.twitter.com/jJEBRzZgMQ— ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) September 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 👓 pic.twitter.com/LQPXIqGzOt— Aldin (@AyoAV_official) September 18, 2019 Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son The Growling Tigers dropped a 78-71 decision after going scoreless in the last three minutes in a game where they led by as much as 13 in the fourth period.The loss sent UST into a third-place tie with Adamson at 3-2 after blowing a golden opportunity to move into solo second place.It also didn’t help that the Tigers didn’t have Rhenz Abando down the stretch after the star rookie sustained an apparent leg injury.Soulemane Chabi Yo led UST with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Abando finished with nine points in just 18 minutes and 33 seconds of play. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas head coach declined for an interview following his team’s stunning loss to the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday.Ayo, though, went on to express his thoughts on the game on Twitter without saying a word but safe to say, he wasn’t pleased.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

MANCHUREK JOINS MEN’S HOCKEY 2018-19 RECRUITING CLASS

first_imgStory Links “Joe brings us a little bit of everything,” said Varsity Blues head coach Ryan Medel. “He’s a big, physical forward that can play in both offensive and defensive situations. He’s shown he’s a tireless worker on and off the ice. That’s something we take a lot of pride in with our group. But Joe also brings some intangibles that are hard to find. He’s a former captain and he’s won a Memorial Cup, while playing on the biggest stage in junior hockey. We couldn’t be happier to have him a part of our program moving forward.” The University of Toronto men’s hockey program is pleased to announce that former Oshawa Generals captain Joe Manchurek has accepted his offer of admission and committed to play for the Varsity Blues beginning in September. The 6-foot-2 forward from Tecumseh, Ont., suited up for the Generals for four seasons from 2013-17, serving as team captain in 2016-17. During that time, Manchurek racked up 48 goals and 64 assists for 112 points in 239 regular season games. He added eight goals and four assists for 12 post-season career points, while helping Oshawa win the 2015 Memorial Cup alongside current Varsity Blue Aidan Wallace. “It is a privilege to be at the University of Toronto for academics and athletics,” said Manchurek. “There is so much support on and off the ice. I got a really good feeling from the players and coaches about the future of the hockey team and I can tell everyone is very eager to get on the ice and try to win a championship. Furthermore, I am excited to pursue hockey and work towards getting a degree at the top academic school in Canada.” Machurek will begin his studies in humanities within U of T’s Woodsworth College in the fall.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Manchurek brings even more leadership to the Blues strong 2018-19 recruiting class. He is the fourth graduating junior captain, along with Riley Bruce (North Bay Battalion – OHL), Mike Webster (Barrie Colts – OHL) and Kyle Clarke (North York Rangers – OJHL).last_img read more

Fergie insists ‘rescue jobs’ must end

first_img0Shares0000READING, United Kingdom, December 2 – Alex Ferguson insists his Manchester United side cannot continue mounting “rescue jobs” if they want to wrestle back their Premier League title.United have fallen behind seven times this season before going on to record wins with their latest comeback victory being a 4-3 win at Reading on Saturday. But the Manchester United manager knows they will not be able to escape for that much longer with their charitable defending that has seen them concede 15 league goals already this season.With the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium looming on Sunday, Ferguson will know his side can ill-afford a repeat defensive performance.“I thought it would be a record score against Reading for the Premier League at half-time,” he said.“It was unbelievable. There was some real bad defending in the first half. The worst we have been this season, absolutely the worst.“We have to sort that out. We got battered and deserved to be but we are getting goals to rescue us all the time.“In the first-half I said to myself it would be a miracle if we win this one the way we were defending. I’m just glad we did win it.“It’s not a question of character. But if you make mistakes like that defending, then it’s going to be rescue jobs every week. Once again this was.”United conceded six goals, albeit on home soil, 14 months ago to next opponents Manchester City.It looked as though history could repeat itself at relegation-threatened Reading before Robin van Persie had the final say in the seven-goal thriller to send them back to the top of the league.The visitors fell behind to Hal Robson-Kanu’s fine opener before normal service was resumed when Anderson and Wayne Rooney’s penalty looked to have put them in control.But two headers from Adam Le Fondre and Sean Morrison, both from corners, would have left Ferguson fuming.It would have also had Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, sit up and take notice.United responded, as they so often do, with Rooney and van Persie wrapping up the win in this see-saw game that saw seven goals in the first 30 minutes.Rooney admits his teammates must heed the lessons.“It was not good enough defending set-pieces and it could have cost us,” he said.“We had to make sure we defended better in the second-half. The message at half time was to defend better, stay with our runners and get against them at set-pieces and we did that.“We always believe in ourselves. Even when we went behind twice.“It was important seeing the results earlier to get three points, regardless of the performance. And we did that. It was like a basketball match at times. I’m sure the fans were delighted watching it, but I’m not so sure you want that every week.”Reading remain rooted in the relegation zone but manager Brian McDermott says his players will take heart from a display which fell narrowly short.“We just have to remember where we a few years ago,” he said.“We lost 4-1 at Plymouth and it could have been 10 that day. We were staring the second division in the face. Where we are now is a phenomenal achievement for the club. It shows how far the club have come.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

World gets a glance at Castro’s successor

first_imgHAVANA – Acting President Raul Castro is giving Cubans and the world a preview of how he may lead if his brother Fidel does not return to power: efficiently and with little fanfare. Addressing leaders from developing nations as Cuba hosted the Nonaligned Movement summit, he gave several speeches this past week calling for unity against “imperialist” U.S. policies, but with none of Fidel’s passionate gestures. “With this summit, the world has discovered more about who Raul Castro is,” Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said. Dressed in a dark suit rather than his typical olive-green uniform, Raul Castro, 75, has been visible at the summit, his first real opportunity to appear as a statesman since his 80-year-old brother fell ill in late July. 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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAnd while he seemed a bit stiff on Thursday while presiding over the Group of 15 meeting on the summit sidelines, he soon settled into the businesslike operating style he has long been known for as defense minister.last_img read more

Tire, traffic do Hornaday in

first_imgBodine has been leading the Truck Series standings for 17 straight weeks. If he can lead for another week, he will tie Hornaday’s record for most consecutive weeks atop the Truck Series standings. Hornaday led the Truck Series standings for 18 straight weeks in 1996. Jack Sprague, winner of the Martinsville race, led the standings for 17 straight weeks in 1998. Bodine saw his lead in the standings shrink to its smallest margin since June 1. Three of the final four races on the Truck Series schedule are on 1.5-mile tracks. Bodine has won seven races in his Truck Series career on 1.5-mile tracks. He won the race in Atlanta in March. The Truck Series returns to Atlanta for today’s race. Tire problems and lapped traffic relegated Ron Hornaday Jr. to a 13th-place finish in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway last Saturday. Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc., started the race sixth, but had cut a left rear tire early in the race and had to fight his way back to the front. “Every incident I’ve had out there (Saturday) was a lapped truck,” said Hornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale. “That’s what hit my left rear tire. They’re just stupid things.” Hornaday is seventh in the Truck Series standings. Todd Bodine has a 79-point lead over Johnny Benson with four races to go. Plus, Bodine has won the past two Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, site of the Nov. 3 race, and won the races at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway last year. The last two races of the year are at Phoenix and Miami. “We’ve got the good experience and we’ve got the confidence, but we aren’t looking at any of the final four races as guarantees,” Bodine said. “We have to stay on top of our game and keep focused.” NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 Site: Hampton, Ga. Schedule: Today, qualifying, 10:15 a.m., race (Speed Channel, 1:30 p.m.). Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (quad-oval, 1.54 miles, 24 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 200 miles, 130 laps. Last race: Jack Sprague took the lead when NASCAR took it away from Ted Musgrave with 61 laps to go and won for the first time in 13 career starts at Martinsville Speedway. Musgrave, who hoped to run the entire 200-lap race without a pit stop, grabbed the lead from Sprague on the 34th lap and held it through several restarts until the 138th lap, when he was penalized for an improper restart after several warnings. Last year: Kyle Busch won the truck race at Atlanta, charging from eighth to a victory in a three-lap dash that ended with most of the leaders involved in a crash. Fast facts: The polesitter has won four of the last five races. … Toyota will clinch the manufacturers’ championship with a victory this weekend. Next race: Silverado 350, Nov. 3, Fort Worth, Texas On the Net: www.nascar.com160Want 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

Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleInternational Family Film Festival through Sept. 30, 4-10 p.m., Regal Grand Palace Theater, Valencia Town Center, 24435 Town Center Drive. General admission $7. Call (661) 257-3131. Redondo Beach Lobster Festival through Sunday, 5-11 p.m., Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way. $10. Call (310) 937-5555. Back To School Bash, 6-9 p.m., The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 257-0044, Ext. 114. St. Bridget and Sweden Fall Festival through Sunday, 6-11 p.m., St. Bridget and Sweden School, 7120 Whitaker Ave., Van Nuys. Free. Call (818) 785-4422. Trail to the Stars Night Hike, 8-10 p.m., Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. Bring blanket, water, jacket and flashlight. $5 parking fee. Call (310) 454-1395, Ext 106. FRIDAY Temescal Canyon Nature Walk, 10 a.m., Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. $7 per family. Call (310) 998-1151. Feast of San Gennaro Italian Festival through Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Hawthorne Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive, Hollywood. Free. Call (818) 508-0082. L.A. Korean Festival through Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Seoul International Park, 3250 San Marino St., Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 487-9696. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.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

Glendora council updates public records policies

first_imgCity Manager Eric Ziegler said the policy still needed to be “polished.” However, the policy was necessary to bring the city’s policies in line with state law, according to the city attorney. Zielger approved the policy this week as an interim policy until a final draft is ready. “Ziegler also disputed Aguirre’s accusations against the city. When Aguirre submitted several large records requests, some of them “fell through the cracks,” Ziegler said. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – Reacting in part to an ongoing lawsuit, Glendora city officials made updates to their public records policies this week to correct what they called out-of-date or illegal requirements. The council revoked a $25 fee for copies of maps and blueprints on Wednesday. A potentially illegal recommendation that would have charged “for the expense of the person operating the copy machine,” on top of an existing $3-per-page fee, was deleted from the new rule. A lawsuit by Glendora resident Gil Aguirre, who has been in an ongoing disagreement with the city over the fees for a proposed lighting district, accused the city of having illegal requirements to access public records. Among other things, Aguirre contested the $25 fee the city eliminated this week. “It looks like we won on that one,” said Aguirre’s attorney, Robert Silverstein. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThough he and Aguirre remained critical, Mayor Doug Tessitor described the issue as a minor formality spurred by Aguirre’s complaint. “All we were doing was changing our ordinance to conform to the law, as a house-keeping thing,” Tessitor said. “Originally the intent of that $25 fee was to compensate the city for the labor to do all this stuff, and the law does not allow the city to recover that cost.” The change is an improvement, Aguirre conceded, but doesn’t go far enough. “I was hopeful that they were going to be announcing some new fabulous policy that complies with the law, and I don’t think that’s the case,” Aguirre said. An updated public records policy was presented to the council, but pulled from the agenda before a vote, according to the city clerk’s office. last_img read more

Scotland hold ‘brutally honest’ review after Ireland loss

first_img“I can understand that everybody is disappointed. I’m disappointed. The boys are disappointed.“We don’t go into these games not to prepare well. We go out to perform to the best of our abilities. We didn’t do that and we’re disappointed. Maybe the occasion got to us, I’m not sure. It’s difficult for me to say.“If I knew the answers I’d be able to turn it around directly and make sure it never happens again. But we’ll do everything in our power to put in a performance the country can be proud of against Samoa.“I’m sitting here. I’m frustrated. Everybody is frustrated. But we’ve got to move on. The Ireland game is gone. We’re disappointed with it, but it’s gone. Scotland have been told to draw a line under their Ireland debacle or risk letting the mood of despair ruin attempts to get their World Cup back on track against Samoa.Defence coach Matt Taylor admits he still has no idea what caused Sunday’s shambolic performance in Yokohama as the Dark Blues crumbled to a 27-3 defeat.But he warned that focusing too much on their dismal Pool A opener will make it harder for the Scots to lift themselves for Monday’s do-or-die clash with the Pacific Islanders in Kobe.He said: “We were pretty brutally honest with the review. We said ‘that part’s gone, we can’t get it back’. We’ve focused on today’s training session. We’ve got to make the few days we’ve got to prepare for Samoa count. “If we dwell on that, it seeps into Samoa. We’re going to do a good job on Samoa. I’m sitting here saying that we will – I’ll be disappointed if I’m sitting here in a week’s time and we don’t.“But I’m sure the boys are pretty focused on doing just that.”There were plenty of bold predictions coming from the Scotland camp in the lead up to their meeting with Joe Schmidt’s side but they were made to look foolish as Gregor Townsend’s team contributed to their own downfall.The criticism that has followed since has not been sparing but Taylor believes his side can win over their doubters with an improved display at the Misaki Stadium. “The criticism was tough to hear,” admitted the former Scotland A forward. “After losing to France in Nice during the warm-up games we had a good conversation and seemed to be able to turn it around.“But we came up against the number one side in the world and if you’re not up to your best as a team you will come second and that’s unfortunately the way it went.“We’ve got Samoa this week and we’ll be looking to put those things right. We’ve got to be more full on than we were at the weekend and be more aggressive. We’ve spoken about that and we’ll see the response at the weekend.”But Taylor was still at a loss for the reasons behind the abject start on Sunday that allowed Ireland to score three tries inside 26 minutes.“Not sure,” was his curt reply when first asked for an explanation, before adding: “Yeah it’s disappointing. We can’t put our finger on it. We’ve spoken about it. All we can do is move on and make sure the next game is right.“Sometimes in big events teams don’t perform and unfortunately that’s the way it was. Samoa now gives us lots of challenges but I’d be hoping the boys would be pretty keen to get up and smash them as we need to do that.“If we don’t do that then it’s going to be tough. They play with a lot of width, they are big explosive athletes and we’ve got to make sure we get up with our line speed and knock them over.”Watch all the action from Rugby World Cup 2019 on the STV Player including live games, catch-up, highlights, full fixtures and behind the scenes extras.last_img read more

One million jobs in four years

first_imgCage assistants Moeketsi Momlekoa andNdlaka Mtano at the shaft at Harmony Gold Mine in Welkom, Free State. The Expanded Public Works Programme aims to give the jobless short-term work that will train them in the skills they need tofind permanent employment. (Image:Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more photos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), set up by the South African government in 2004 to fight poverty by using existing government budgets to create jobs in labour-intensive projects, has reached one of its major goals a full year ahead of schedule – it has created over a million new job opportunities.In his State of the Nation address in 2003 President Thabo Mbeki announced the new initiative, aimed at drawing at least 1-million jobless people into productive work between 2004 and 2009. Of those, 40% would be women, 30% would be youth and 2% would be disabled.The EPWP arose out of the 2003 Growth and Development Summit, which explored the causes of unemployment. The programme is the major instrument of the Department of Public Works’ (DPW) poverty alleviation strategy, working as a bridge between South Africa’s formal and informal economies.The EPWP has two major components: creating employment using labour-intensive methods, and giving people skills they can use to find jobs when their work in the EPWP is done.Although the projects have a limited lifespan, the main focus is on skills development and access to work, which allows the previously unemployed to take their first steps into the job market.Making an impactIn her annual budget speech in parliament in May 2008, Minister of Public Works Thoko Didiza said the target of a million jobs had been reached by the end of April. Exactly 1 077 801 work opportunities had been created, way ahead of the March 2009 deadline.The EPWP had also surpassed its targets for women and youth, who made up 47% and 40% respectively of those employed.Didiza cited examples of the impact the EPWP has had on the lives of ordinary South Africans. One is Samuel Mangena of Limpopo, a former farmworker who, with the help of the EPWP, brought two acres of land under cultivation, growing tomatoes and other crops. He is now so successful he is able to employ six workers full-time and another 10 seasonally. “Such a daring spirit of entrepreneurial adventure should be an inspiration to the country,” said Didiza.She also mentioned the Siyazenzela waste management project, which combines job creation with care for the environment. In the programme, modelled after one used in Curituba, Brazil, poor households collect garbage from their neighbourhoods and exchange it for food vouchers and groceries. Piloted in KwaZulu-Natal, the programme is to be rolled out to other provinces.“The majority of participants in the Expanded Public Works Programme have earned income during their involvement,” said Didiza, “which made it possible for them to support their families and invest in entrepreneurial activities that have become sustainable after they exited the programme. This has been possible because of the limited training they received while working in the various projects.”She highlighted the Kamoso Awards, initiated in 2007 to reward municipalities, provinces, and other public bodies that showed excellence in implementing the infrastructure component of EPWP in their regions. It was later expanded to include the economy, environment, and social interventions. The awards were presented in July 2008.“The EPWP has been very effective in reaching the target of 1-million work opportunities a year ahead of schedule,” the minister said. “However, we recognise that given the state of unemployment in the country, the EPWP needs to be significantly bigger.”Because of this, says EPWP chief director Ismail Akhalwaya, the programme’s targets may be revised, one of which may be the creation of 1.5-million job opportunities every year by 2014.Phase twoThe second phase of the EPWP, set to launch in March 2009, will include targets up to 2014. The DPW has studied similar systems in Argentina and India and is hoping to introduce some of those methods into phase two.The Indian National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which guarantees 100 days of work annually to at least one unskilled and unemployed person in a rural household where no one has a job, is one of the strategies studied by the DPW. This and other initiatives were on the agenda at the International Labour Organisation’s 12th regional seminar on promoting labour-intensive practices, held in November 2007 in Durban.The use of legislation to address unemployment is still a much-discussed topic, with some experts saying it could increase social dependence and corruption. On the other hand, those in favour argue that the legal route would overcome current objections regarding the temporary nature of EPWP jobs, and would cost up to R30-billion annually in wages compared with the R3-billion currently disbursed – making a far greater impact on poverty.Also under consideration is the potential contribution to the EPWP of non-state institutions such as NGOs and community-based organisations, as well as the private sector and its large number of corporate social responsibility projects.The Business Trust, an association of local companies that works with government to create jobs and provide skills training, already participates in the EPWP, committing R100-million for the programme’s first five years.The EPWP is specifically looking at proposals that will halve the number of unemployed by 2014, said Didiza, in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Under this international programme governments and organisations around the world are working to reduce poverty and provide unemployment for all, including women and the youth, by 2015.Unfortunately, only 14% of EPWP beneficiaries have found permanent jobs afterwards. But Akhalwaya says this problem will be addressed. “The EPWP is an ongoing programme,” he said, “and for phase two we will make the necessary changes to its design, including training and exit strategies, that will improve its ability to deliver on its objectives.”Poor-quality training is another problem the second phase will attempt to solve. “We are using the remainder of the period to address some of the challenges, and to lay out a much larger programme for the next five years,” he said.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSocial development in South AfricaDrive to create a million jobsUseful linksExpanded Public Works ProgrammeDepartment of Public WorksThe Business TrustMillennium Development Goalslast_img read more