Casillas to Míchel: “Play again? I think it will be difficult”

first_imgHis children, footballers: “No, that they study, that they are what they want. I am afraid that I will have that failure and you have to be very strong”Anecdote by Michel Salgado: “Iker stares and says to me: ‘Come on Michel accelerates that you are already old’. And I fixed my gaze”.Luis Enrique: “The same thing happened to me with you and Luis Enrique, he went to the Sports City with him. I was smart and you pulled my ears rightly.” Iker Casillas He has had an Instagram chat with his former partner at Real Madrid Michel, axctrual coach of Pumas de México. The candidate for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation spoke about a possible return to the playing fields.Play again: “Playing, I think it will be difficult, I have an appointment with the doctor when I finished this. I did a stress test a month ago and it went well. We had arranged for April but it could not be because of this. Now the most important thing is solve this and I want to run for the presidency of the Federation but the good thing is to end the pandemic. I keep going, but it is not important now. “last_img read more

Tough grind ahead

first_imgCarpio 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 “We have [close to] two weeks to review [our performance in the first half of the eliminations] and basically, prepare for Magnolia. We have 12 days to do that.”Play was very physical right from the start. With 3:20 left, GlobalPort’s Kelly Nabong and Rain or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi almost came to blows.Both were tossed for fighting fouls and several technical fouls where slapped, giving Garcia the chance to put Tiu back in the game after taking a rest for taking an elbow to the mouth from GlobalPort import Malcolm White.From 84-79, Tiu gave the Painters a breather after converting a technical free throw and a triple that broke the Batang Pier’s backs and doomed GlobalPort to their third loss in six games.Things almost got out of hand again in the last 40 seconds when Raymond Almazan planted an elbow to White’s face in a rebound play.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Burly Reggie Johnson led the Painters with 18 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.James Yap had 14 points, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12 and Tiu 10 for the Painters, who won this tournament under Yeng Guiao in the 2015-2016 season with a similarly hulking import in Pierre Henderson-Niles.White paced the Batang Pier with 21 points.The scores:First GameRAIN OR SHINE 96—Johnson 18, Yap 14, Ahanmisi 13, Almazan 12, Tiu 10, Ponferada 9, Daquioag 7, Belga 6, Norwood 5, Torres 2, Nambatac 0.GLOBALPORT 90—White 21, Pringle 15, Anthony 14, Nabong 13, Tautuaa 8, Elorde 8, Grey 4, Javelona 3, Sargent 2, Guinto 2, Araña 0, Teng 0.Quarters: 26-30, 45-45, 67-62, 96-90Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa’s Cool Smashers back on top View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Rain or Shine returned to the solo lead on Sunday night after a physical 96-90 decision of GlobalPort at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the endgame took a long time to finish after skirmishes halted play three times and Chris Tiu returned with a swollen kisser to play hero.In the nightcap, Phoenix Petroleum labored through two extra periods before edging Barangay Ginebra, 103-98, to tie idle Meralco for fifth and sixth spots at 3-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGinebra fell to 1-3.“It’s good that we’re No. 1,” Garcia said after Rain or Shine rose to 4-1 after getting the biggest buckets in the endgame from Tiu. “But there’s still a long way to go. We’re just halfway through [the eliminations]. MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Game officials break up themelee that marred the Rain or Shine-GlobalPort game on Sunday night. —AUGUST DELA CRUZRain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia lauded his Elasto Painters for going into the annual PBA All-Star break on top of the Commissioner’s Cup heap.But instead of looking at the long break to marvel at how they have overachieved so far, Garcia will use the time to rest his players, review the things they’re doing right, identify what they have done wrong and prepare for a stern test on June 2.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Province to make expansions to high-speed internet for residents living in Rural B.C.

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is making expansions to high-speed internet for residents living in Rural B.C. by investing $50 million.According to the Government, improved connectivity due to updates to the Local Government Act will provide more options for people living in rural and remote areas to connect online.Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, says these changes will give Regional Districts an additional tool to help expand high-speed internet to under-served areas.- Advertisement -“Regional Districts have been asking for this. It’s one more way we are delivering results that empower communities, bringing more people online to be involved in, and benefit from, today’s digital economy. The changes build on the significant investments our Government has already made to connect people and communities by increasing their access to high-speed internet service.”Updates to the Local Government Act respond to needs identified by local governments through resolutions endorsed by the Union of B.C. Municipalities.For more information, you can visit read more

‘Makes Giroud look prolific!’ – Fans discuss possible £51m bid for new striker

first_imgArsenal are said to be eyeing up Juventus and Spain striker Alvaro Morata.However, it is thought the 23-year-old could cost more than the £42.5m the club paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil if the Spanish side trigger the buy back clause in Morata’s contract – believed to be around £23.6m – having sold him to Juve in 2014 for around £15m.This would then see Real offer him to the highest bidder.Morata has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season and created nine in 46 appearances, but as some fans pointed out, people should not read too much into those figures… 1 Here’s how fans reacted to news of a possible record bid from Arsenal for Alvaro Morata last_img read more


first_imgThe following fixtures are down for decision this Sunday, August 11, in the Donegal Ladies Championship:Moville v TermonConvoy v St. Eunans Milford v Four MastersAodh Ruadh v CloughaneelyDungloe v Gaoth DobhairSt Nauls v Kilcar L/Kenny Gaels v N. ColumbaMalin v KillybegsTermon B v Buncrana LADIES GAA NEWS: THIS WEEKEND’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES was last modified: August 5th, 2013 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:LADIES GAA NEWS: THIS WEEKEND’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURESlast_img read more


first_imgMilford GAA Notes*G4M&O Blitz in Cookstown*Our G4M&O team are off to Cookstown on Saturday the 28th when they take part in the Mid Ulster Sports Arena annual fun day, starting at 11am. The following week is the Ulster G4M&O Blitz in Randalstown. Training is on Monday evenings at 6.45 and always open to newcomers.*Seniors*The Seniors were defeated last Saturday by Burt at home by 2-8 to 0-17. Next up for the Seniors is a home clash against Aodh Ruadh on Friday 27th at 7.30pm.*Minors* CLG BnaG v St Eunans BO’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, Wednesday @ 7.30. Bus leaving Milford at 6pm.*U16s*CLG BnaG v St MichaelsMoyle Park, Tuesday at 7pm. *U14s*CLG BnG 4-17 Gleann Fhinne 0-4The U14s returned to action on Thursday evening with a comprehensive victory at home to Glenfin. The sides were meeting in the Semi-Final of the Shield competition and the home team signalled their intent from the offset scoring from the very first play of the game, a high ball into the square from Ryan Toye was met by Rory O’Donnell who made no mistake to o…pen the scoring. O’Donnell was on hand again to get Na Galloglaigh’s first goal, after good build up play from the Moyle men O’Donnell fired the ball past the Glenfin goalkeeper. Further points were added by James Moore, Niall Trarty and Ryan Toye as the home side dominated the first half. CLG BnaG got their second goal after a low powerful strike ended up nestled in the bottom corner. Glenfin did register a number of fine scores however they struggled to find their feet as they went in at half time trailing Milford 2-12 to 3 points. The home side continued in the second half where they left off in the first with more slick passing and excellent build up that allowed Jamie Lee Blaney, Darragh Greene and Peter Curran to increase their advantage and seal the win for the home side. Manager Harry O’Hara will now hope to see a repeat performance in the final where they will take on either Burt or Red Hugh’s with the venue yet to be decided. It was a spirited performance from Glenfin with Peter Curran, Fionn Robinson and Darragh Greene the stand out performers for Baile na nGalloglach. CLG Bng: Odhran Crossan, Luke Serrinha, Conor Coll, Fionn Robinson, Peter Curran (0-1), Kieran Sheridan, James Sweeney, Niall Treaty (0-4) Darragh Greene (2-3), Conor McHugh (1-1), Jamie-Lee Blaney (0-1), James Moore (0-2), Ryan Toye (0-4), Rory O’Donnell (1-2)*Training Schedules* Seniors/Reserves/U21s/Minors: Mon (8.30pm @ Crossfit LK), Tuesday & Thursday (7pm @ Pitch)Senior Ladies: (@ Pitch): Wednesday (7pm), Saturday (10am)Minors: (@ Pitch) Wednesday (4.30pm)G4M&O: (@ Pitch): Mondays (8pm)U16s: (@ Pitch): Mondays (6.30pm), Wednesdays (6.30pm)U14s: (@ Pitch): Tuesday (4.15pm), Friday (4.15pm)U12s: (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)U12s (Mixed): (@ Pitch) Thursdays (6pm)Gaelic4Girls: (@ Pitch) Fridays (6pm)U10s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (7pm)U8s: (@ Pitch): Fridays (6pm)*Underage Coaching*Anyone interested in getting involved in the coaching of underage teams are asked to contact Shaun Paul Barrett on 086-6052169*2014 Membership*Club membership will be soon due for the 2014 year. Please be aware that Donegal tickets will only be sourced for paid up members of the Club. The rates remain unchanged from 2013:Family – €50Senior – €20U18 – €10Alternatively you can subscribe to the Club Lotto Database. For €17 a month you will receive:– Full Family membership– Entered into every weekly Lotto draw– Automatically in a Christmas Hamper Draw (For subscribers only)– 11 free weeks entry into the lottoFor more information contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Lotto*This weeks lotto numbers were 1-13-16-21. No jackpot winner, 3 match 3 winners win €25 each. Seamus Durkan Snr, Milford, Jonathon Magee, Cratlagh, and P. O’Donnell . Next weeks Jackpot is €920.*Lotto Database*Lotto database players are reminded that end of year payments are now due. Anyone wishing to join the lotto database in 2014 can download the standing order form from the Club website or contact Joe McNulty. The benefits of joining the database are:– Full family membership for 2014 included– Entered into every draw evey week– Automatically in Christmas hamper draw (One for database members only)– 11 weeks free entry to lotto draw*Lucozade Sports Club Crusade*Thank you to all who helped with this years bottle cap collection, your support was much appreciated and we would ask that everyone continues to collect their bottle caps for next years collection.*Child Protection & ASAP Policies*CLG BnaG Child Protection and Welfare Policy & Procedures and CLG BnaG Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ASAP) prevention Policy information sessions have been held for all members of the club executive and all those involved with underage teams. There will be further information sessions for underage members and their parents/guardians following the next registration in 2014. Please visit the ‘downloads’ section of our website ( and view the policy for yourself. If anyone has any queries or concerns or comments please contact the club Children’s Officer Marian McNulty at 086/8506405 or*Volunteers Needed for Sub-Committees*CLG BnaG is currently in the process of creating Sub-Committees to help implement and achieve the targets of a 5 year plan. If you feel you can contribute to the running of the Club in any small way, either in time or in ideas, please contact, 0863400082 or send a PM. The Sub-Committees are as follows:FinanceUnderage Games DevelopmentAdult Games DevelopmentClub AdministrationClub FacilitiesPR, Communication & Culture*Lotto Sellers Required*The Club is seeking lotto sellers in the Milford, Ramelton and Rathmullan areas. If you are interested contact Joe McNulty on 086-8547114*Evolution Fitness*All paid up club members will now be able to avail of a €10 discount on 3 month membership. Normal 3 month membership is €80 but will be available to members for €70. If interested contact Jack Duddy at Evolution Fitness beside the mart in Milford*Contact Us*For all information and queries contact, follow us on Twitter on @CLGBnaG, and on Facebook on or see our website*Milford GAA Club Gear*Club gear is now available to order. Anyone who has ordered club gear but yet received it are to contact either Aidan or Barry. The range of club gear includes Hoodies, Tracksuits tops, Windcheaters, hats, navy polo shirts, white polo shirts, and t-shirts. There is some lovely gear available at very reasonable prices and photos are available to view on the club Facebook page. Orders can be placed with Agnes Ryan on 086-8194751.GAA NEWS: MILFORD FACE TOUGH CLASH AGAINST LEAGUE LEADERS AODH RUADH was last modified: June 24th, 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:GAAMilfordNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgÓcáid shúntasach agus lán ceiliúradh a bhí ann sa Ghaelscoil i Leitir Ceanainn inniu mar bhí oscailt oifigiúil as mhéadú agus athcóiriú na scoile.Bunaíodh Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin ar an chéad lá de Mhéan Fómhair 1991 le 26 dalta agus múinteoir amháin.Ag an am sin, bhí an scoil lonnaithe in Ard Uí Dhónaill. Bhog Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin go úrthógtha i nGleann Cearra sa bhliain 2000. Inniu, tá thar 400 dálta ag freastal ar an scoil.Labhraíonn aoi speisialta, Seán Ó Longain, Iar Ardfheidhmiúnach ar Choiste Gairmoideachais, ag an ócáid speisialta.Bhí cór na scoile, daltaí, bord bainistíochta, pobal na scoile i láthair sa halla inniu.Lá brodúil a bhí ann do phríomhoide na scoile Máire Nic Gairbhe-Uí Bhaoill agus d’fhoireann na scoile.   CEILIÚRADH MÓR AG GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN was last modified: May 22nd, 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:gaelscoil adhamhnainletterkennyOPENINGschool extensionlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Chetco Bubble fishery kicking out some big kings

first_imgThe Chetco bubble season got off to another slow start, but quickly rebounded with plenty of big kings hitting the net over the weekend. “Fishing was fair on Saturday and good on Sunday once everyone figured out where the fish were,” said Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing out of Brookings. “Big swells to 10 feet and strong northwest winds made trolling tough at times, but good numbers of salmon were holding between Salmon Rock and the red buoy. Sand was churned up from the swell, so Fish Flash …last_img read more

Homosexuals Can’t Blame Their Genes

first_imgLargest genetic study ever done on the subject shows no conclusive evidence genes influence homosexual behavior.There is no “gay gene,” a big new study concludes. The results of a large genome-wide association study (GWAS) study were published in Science today. Some scientists, however, continue to try to tease the data for some evidence of a predisposition to homosexual behavior.The ‘Gay Gene’ Is a Total Myth, Massive Study Concludes (Live Science). “No individual gene alone makes a person gay, lesbian or bisexual;” Charles Q. Choi writes about the study, but he leaves some wiggle room for genetic determinism: “instead, thousands of genes likely influence sexual orientation, a massive new study of the genomes of nearly half a million people suggests.” But thousands of genes affect lots of things. Which genes are most influential? What combination of genes forces a tipping point? It’s not scientific to leave causation unidentified in some cloud of “thousands of genes” that “likely influence” something, especially a behavior.No ‘gay gene’: Massive study homes in on genetic basis of human sexuality (Nature). Jonathan Lambert summarizes the “solid study” in Science:The largest study to date on the genetic basis of sexuality has revealed five spots on the human genome that are linked to same-sex sexual behaviour — but none of the markers are reliable enough to predict someone’s sexuality.The findings, which are published on 29 August in Science and based on the genomes of nearly 500,000 people, shore up the results of earlier, smaller studies and confirm the suspicions of many scientists: while sexual preferences have a genetic component, no single gene has a large effect on sexual behaviours.“There is no ‘gay gene’,” says lead study author Andrea Ganna, a geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Ganna and his colleagues also used the analysis to estimate that up to 25% of sexual behaviour can be explained by genetics, with the rest influenced by environmental and cultural factors — a figure similar to the findings of smaller studies.The 25% figure is misleading, however. For one thing, association is not causation. For another, none of the five markers has a clear connection to sexual behavior (one, for instance deals with olfaction, but it’s a stretch to think a gene for smelling is going to make someone homosexual). A third and most important conclusion from the data is that while 8% to 25% of homosexuals shared one or more of the five markers, the combined influence of the markers dropped to less than 1%. That makes the markers statistically inconsequential for predicting one’s sexuality if he or she has the markers. Darwinists already have their problems cut out for them trying to figure out why any gene would be “naturally selected” that eliminates reproduction.How do genes affect same-sex behavior? (Science). Commenting on the study, Melinda C. Mills seemed the most determined to preserve the argument that homosexuals are the way they are because genes make them that way. Right off the bat, she claims that homosexuality is genetic:Studies have indicated that same-sex orientation and behavior has a genetic basis and runs in families, yet specific genetic variants have not been isolated. Evidence that sexual orientation has a biological component could shape acceptance and legal protection: 4 to 10% of individuals report ever engaging in same-sex behavior in the United States, so this could affect a sizeable proportion of the population.She even drags in the discredited sex researcher Alfred Kinsey to make the case. While not wandering far from Ganna study’s data, Mills seems intent on not offending the LGBT community or causing them discrimination, speaking of (and apparently agreeing with)voices from the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+) community arguing that a range of sexualities exist. Sexuality is dynamic, with the ability to express and realize sexual preferences, and is thus also shaped and regulated by cultural, political, social, legal, and religious structures.But if homosexuality is not genetically determined, and is a chosen behavior, why should those “structures” not regulate behavior which they find to be objectionable? Society “discriminates” against some behaviors all the time, and regulates them, if it deems them harmful or contrary to the society’s well-being (e.g., drug use, abortion, loitering). Anti-discrimination laws were intended to protect those who have an unchangeable genetic trait, like skin color, disability, or biological sex. If the discrimination laws start applying to personal choices and preferences, then some citizens will have a legal hammer to pound those who disagree with the morality of those choices and preferences. This, indeed, has happened – and is happening in court cases today about whether vendors must be forced to use their artistic expressions to support pro-homosexual messages they feel violate their religious convictions. Some have won; some have lost; some are waiting to see what happens. The interests that prevail in these civil-rights cases are likely to have enormous effects on society.Much of the justification for the early gay-rights movement was that homosexuals couldn’t help themselves, because they were “born this way.” The idea led to searches and false claims about a “gay gene” – something innate – that would allow homosexuals to hitch onto anti-discrimination laws protecting race and biological sex (we can’t say “gender” now that our culture has blurred the meaning). The success of the LGBT movement along this line has been rapid and overwhelming, shaping the attitudes of the law, business, politics and the media. Religious leaders are suffering the most, trying to maintain a Biblical stance on human sexuality and marriage, but getting caught in the crossfire of vocal activists who would marginalize their voices and deny their civil rights to freedom of speech and religion. Right now, California is trying to outlaw “conversion therapy.” Laws or regulations might make it a crime to counsel a homosexual who comes to a pastor, seeking help to escape same-sex attraction. Shouldn’t such a person be allowed to find answers, and learn that there is a way out of unwanted desires? Is it becoming a crime to show compassion?And yet homosexuals should be the first to be glad there is not a “gay gene.” Genetic determinism ends any hope of change. It locks one in desires and behaviors that a person may wish to escape. Family Research Council’s Washington Watch program today (29 August 2019), contained two segments on this issue. In the first, Jake Warner, Legal Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, on the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision to hear a years-old case on a Christian T-shirt maker who refused to print “LGBT pride” shirts in 2012. (This would be like forcing a Jew to print Nazi shirts, or a Muslim to print Christian shirts). In another segment, former homosexual Becket Cook describes his conversion to Christianity: how empty he felt in his homosexual lifestyle, and how he found great joy and fulfillment in coming to Christ. That’s a tremendous message of hope to give someone. Cook even studied theology and wrote a book, A Gay Man’s Story of Redemption. His relief at escaping his former life, and his surprise by joy in Christ, is palpable in his testimony.Homosexuals have been in the world since the Fall, and the issue is not going away. These are times of great social upheaval as LGBT activists are making huge inroads and striving to force acceptance among those with Biblical views on sex and family. The Supreme Court, by a swing vote (5-4), legalized homosexual marriage in 2015, and thus forced same-sex “marriage” on millions of people who strongly disagreed with it, especially among those who follow God’s word. How is the church to respond, when any genetic basis for homosexuality has been undermined by this new study? The issues for churches and Christian ministries are complex and delicate, involving how to avoid “discrimination” while boldly maintaining Biblical orthodoxy. There are also individual Christ followers who want to do right, but have a hard time with their feelings and attractions. One of the things Becket Cook points out in the interview is that it is one thing to feel same-sex attraction, but another thing to act on it. All Christians are tempted by some things. The beautiful part of Cook’s story is that the church welcomed him into their service, and led him to the gospel of Christ. They didn’t have to endorse his sin, but they showed him the way to salvation. That started to change him from within, as the Holy Spirit worked on his heart. Every believer must learn to master their feelings and do what God commands. Obedience is always the path to joy. (Visited 597 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Johanna Mukoki: ‘I am an entrepreneur’

first_imgJohanna Mukoki will be appearing in the next episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series on Sunday, 31 August at 9pm on SABC2. Johanna Mukoki is a continent-leading tourism entrepreneur. (Image: Travel With Flair) Brand South Africa +27 (0) 11 483-0122 • Jeweller Kevin Friedman gilds the ordinary • Female refugees face particular problems • Richard Maponya’s big dreams for Soweto • Small-scale farms grow African women’s income • Index to boost women’s rights Mathiba MolefeFrom honing her entrepreneurial skills on the busy streets of Soweto to supporting her family’s business at the tender age of 11, to heading up an internationally acclaimed travel agency, Travel With Flair joint founder and managing director Johanna Mukoki is making waves in the world of business.With a Rhodes University B.Com degree and steely determination, Mukoki made her bones doing her articles at KPMG before beginning her own foray into the world of entrepreneurship.She credits her tight family unit for her drive and success, saying “My mother was really strict and my father urged us to read self-help and then business books”.Winning on a sound business planMukoki considered going into business on her own after realising how highly sought-after she was in her field. She says, “I thought that if people wanted me to be in their companies this much, why not start my own company?”She pieced together her plan to make the most of her qualifications and experience.Her search for seed capital wasn’t easy; at the time banks were loath to extend loans to women, based on sexist assumptions around their ability to run businesses, but her perseverance soon paid off.In 1996 she joined forces with her current business partners Robert Wilke and Tibor Zsadanyi, Travel With Flair’s chief executive officer and chief operations officer respectively. With a start-up loan of R1.5-million and a water-tight business plan, they established the award-winning agency the following year.“I started Travel With Flair in 1997 and in those years, it was difficult to raise finance as a black woman,” Mukoki explains.“I am an accountant by training so a sound business plan was our breakthrough and one of my partners’ parents gave us the loan to start the company.”The trio took the fledgling company from strength to strength and paid back their start-up loan in just under two years.Travel with Flair continued on its upward trajectory and soon the need for expansion from their head offices in Pretoria became apparent.The business’s footprint expanded throughout the country, with branches opening in Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg, and amassed a staff in excess of 500 employees, the majority of whom are female.“Any business is difficult to start initially, however, if you persevere you will ultimately make it if you have passion for what you are doing,” Mukoki says.“Travel is amazing and I believe I am working my passion…”Mukoki has accumulated numerous accolades including being named Emerging South African Entrepreneur of the Year at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards in 2012.She was also named as South Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in the Tourism Sector by CEO Magazine in 2008.Mukoki also made history by becoming the first person from the African continent to take a seat on the Global Tourism Board of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.Passionately advocating for women to succeedMukoki’s successes in her endeavours along with her prominence in her field have earned her more than just trophies and accolades.She is respected among her peers and uses her position to advocate passionately for women’s development and empowerment. To this end she became executive producer on SABC 2’s Women on the Move.Conceptualised and presented by Mukoki, Women on the Move highlighted the careers of successful South African businesswomen in 2012.Mukoki says her inspiration for the show came from seeing how vital women are to the country’s development.She says the show was “to challenge the myths surrounding successful women and enhance the perception and importance of women in and to our society”.Mentorship for empowermentOn supporting and developing young and aspiring businesswomen Mukoki says “it’s good to have a mentor as they guide you through your professional journey.“I mentor a lot of young ladies and some were fresh out of school and have developed into amazing, strong and focused businesswomen.”Her work ethic, complemented by her business savvy and demand for excellence, continue to propel her career. She concludes: “I am an entrepreneur. I was born a free spirit and I cannot think of any other way to work or live.”last_img read more