Real Madrid: Ronaldo face cut could have been worse

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Australian Open: Nadal-Cilic among 4 quarterfinals Tuesday Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The club confirmed he needed a few stitches, and released video of the incident.Ronaldo was diving to head in the ball from near the penalty spot for his second goal in minutes. Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabian Schar tried to hit the ball and ended up striking Ronaldo’s face with his right boot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDoctors attended to him but they could not contain the blood, and Ronaldo had to leave the game even though there were about five minutes left and Madrid had already made all three substitutions.As he left the field and blood was spilling down his face and neck, he asked for the doctor’s cell phone to look at the injury. Using the phone camera as a mirror, Ronaldo checked the damage and was not happy with what he saw, shaking his head briefly. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year While Madrid said the injury was not serious, it did not say if he was fit to play.Madrid’s next game is on Wednesday at home against Leganes in the second leg of the Copa del Rey. Madrid won the first match 1-0 using its second-stringers.It remains unclear if Ronaldo will be available for the second leg.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the pitch as he uses a phone to look at himself while bleeding from his forehead during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 7-1 victory. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo’s face cut could have been much worse, according to video released by his Real Madrid club on Monday.Ronaldo was sliced extremely close to his left eye by a defender’s boot while he was scoring in the Spanish league on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View commentslast_img read more

CAN Donates to Johnsonville Residents

first_imgA locally-based none governmental organization (NGO) working in the country, Change Agent Network (CAN) over the weekend donated several bags of the 25kg rice and other non-food items to some residents of Lower Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.In his presentation remark,  CAN executive director, Eric Wowoh, told the beneficiaries that the donation was the entity’s way of identifying with residents in the CAN operational area as part of the fight against the Ebola outbreak in the country.Mr. Wowoh, told this newspaper shortly before he presented the items that his organization made the donation as it own way of caring for the needy during this time of the Ebola crisis.According to him, CAN has targeted families who are being listed as “destitute” and  could no longer afford a single meal for themselves during the time of the outbreak in the country.Through the help of donors, a container of medical supplies,  including medicines and other facilities, will soon arrive in the country to be distributed to hospitals across the country.CAN is at the same time  providing free education, safe drinking water to over five counties in the country. Since the Ebola outbreak, the entity has been providing rice and other-non food items to residents around the vicinities where it operates, such as the Lower Johnsonville belt. The CAN aims to unite existing and emerging leaders in the way that they too could form a community of practice which focuses on addressing the implementation of innovative policy and models of evidence-based practices.CAN are committed to sharing their passion in providing quality education, relief and other services and learning how to do it better as they interact regularly.Members of CAN will also be supported to develop their leadership skills and knowledge through structured programs that include peer mentoring, leadership training and experiential learning through the participation of real workplace projects, etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Under its community practice,  CAN has a vision to support a dynamic workforce which is responsive and sustainable, promoting evidence-based practice and collective wisdom, to facilitate measurable and beneficial outcomes for clients and communities.last_img read more

HottFm 107.9 Releases New Songs on LIB Top 75 Playlist

first_imgWith a passion for underground as much as international Hip-Co music, the industry is getting serious as more and more people are engaging in concert going and Liberian music. HottFm 107.9, alias One Media House, has done just about that by strategizing a way to blend every part of entertainment into one. One Media House, consisting of event planning, management, recording studio, advertising, humanitarianism, community development, artist promotion and a list of other things, HottFm is 100 percent engaged in Liberian entertainment and opening lanes for artists who have the ‘right stuff.’With the coming of the New Year, and the anticipated 2017 elections, HottFm has put its hands on a list of eye popping, heart racing events up to January 1, 2017 to get everyone’s mind ready for what’s ahead. For now, the country is hyped.First up is the LIB Top 75 Playlist, a creative playlist hosting more than 70 songs from Liberian artists living in all parts of the world. What makes the playlist exciting is the fact that songs featured on it are always a blend of super-talented and peaking artists. For example, Starmelo-D (the D is silent), an afro-pop artist with the smashing hit ‘Rude rude tings,’ has been in the industry since 2014, but as an underground artist, this young lad has been making music for years. A sound engineer first and foremost, Starmelo-D decided that it was time to sing over the sound of music that he cooks so well in the kitchen.“When I first started in the music industry, I was just a sound engineer. In 2014, I did a sample track about Liberia and the amount of positive feedback I received gave me the faith. Since then, I began enjoying the music more, every passing day it becomes a part of me,” he said.Now considered to have one of the best hit singles out, Starmelo-D’s ‘Rude rude tings’ has been on the Lib Top 75 Playlist for the past four months leaving him spellbound by the amount of followers he now has.Meanwhile, HottFm is also hosting a massive International concert in collaboration with the brains behind the “ADAY” initiative, Prince Jimmy Dee, who will be bringing down ‘Danze’ hitmaker Young Muse and his management team, Skylet White, the boss-lady’s voice behind‘Balance,’ on December 17 at Bernards Beach.The two artists are expected in Liberia today, December 15, 2016. Excited and prepared to see home, their fans, friends and family, the two have a professional show planned for LIB. What many don’t know is that Young Muse is one of Liberia’s most sought after artist.Nicki Minaj’s former manager and Waka Flaka Flame’s mother, Ms. Deborah Atney, has always said that she has a special interest in Young Muse’s music. Young Muse has had the opportunity of being mentored by some of the best in the music business; and with that said, he has something ‘real’ to show Liberia.There will be security and a protocol during the Jingle Bells Beach Jam that will be people friendly and safe for all. The artists, according to information coming from HottFm, will have ample time to perform.Again as we head closer to season time, it’s time to pop those bottles, have fun and enjoy the show. Below is a listing of the newest songs to be added to the playlist… LIB Top 75 PlaylistScientific – Ain’t Got Time (Prod. By Hasty Baba)Kobazzie – Ma U Gifted (Prod. Quincy B)2switt – My Woman SweeterQuincy B. Olukupie PerfAG DA Profit Feat. Shuaibu – Baby YooAG-Da-Profit-Feat.-True-Story-Daddy-Cool-Bumping-HipcoC.I.C ft. F.A John Buttay prod. by Kizzy WChiller Coolnanee – One more Chance -(Beat Master)201600ConCcoins Feat. DenG – Some MoreEric-Geso-Fall-Down-DieProd.-KillerBeatz1Flex – HOLY GHOST Fire ThemFREE RAP BONUS- SPEEDOI Here- PCK L FrankieKizzy-W-Feat.-C.I.C.-Backa-YardMr. Smith (LIB Money) – Let’s Go PlayMz.-Menneh-Cuddle-Boy-SHOUT CIC ft CRISHTOP N OTHERSSoulfresh-Red-Banks-Prod.-Stone-LuckShineSTATE OF THE NATION- cyphaSweetz – Like Your Business (US Mastered)Tag Team – Least GbellehTan-Tan-B-Feat.-Teddyride-Fullest4-U-Fool-MeVenny Ten Ten‘Woman Lapa Squezze Ft Nig BoyZoko (Pillz)Mezonic – Dah LehVoMezonic – Kelewele Love(master)Make it thick Sammie Love featuring StarmelodJuice- Cypha D King featuring ChristpohCrazy for your love- Z. PapooseShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘A’ student, aspiring doctor honoured by Enmore businesses

first_img“I just want to be able to help persons to feel better.”That’s the life mantra young Gangadai Harrichand plans to uphold as she embarks on her secondary school journey with the ultimate aim to one day serve in the medical field.Gangadai Harrichand with her parents, brother and the numerous trophies shereceived“My long-term aspiration is to be a doctor,” the 11-year-old Enmore lass related.At the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) earlier this year, Gangadai, attending the Valkimi Vidyalaya Primary School at Lusignan, chalked up 523 marks out of a possible 536, thereby gaining a place at the prestigious Queen’s College.Her achievement matched that of her brother, Balram Harrichand, who, in 2017, managed 516 marks out of a possible 529 and also secured a spot at the Camp Street institution.Gangadai said her biggest challenge during the examinations was time management, as she had to tussle with extra lessons, but the sacrifice and hard work, along with unflinching support from her teachers, parents Tularam (Pandit Hero) and Urmila and brother Balram, paid off in the end.Ironically, it was Science that gave her the most trouble, but Gangadai was determined to conquer whatever was thrown at her during the examinations.She gained 130 marks in Science, 129 in English Language, 133 in Mathematics and 131 in Social Studies.Academic excellenceRecently, Gangadai was recognised for her academic excellence by several businessmen/women of her East Coast Demerara community.The ambitious young lady was presented with trophies and given words of encouragement and advice as she pursues more success in the classroom.Gangadai said being honoured by her community is just the motivation she needs to make a positive difference in society in the future.The businesses that came forward to show their appreciation to the young student were R Kissoon Contracting Services, Trans Pacific Motor Spares, Loaknauth Lumber Yard, Motor Trend Service Centre, Gajadar’s Service Centre, Star Sports Trophies and Awards, Kuldip Lumber Yard and General Hardware, Rajin’s Auto Paint and Accessories Shop and SE Auto Sale and Spare Parts.They all encouraged Gangadai to continue to strive in the field of academics, as the future progress of the community is dependent on the foundation that is laid now.last_img read more

GNBA gives short notice for added feature to newscasts

first_img…broadcasters shocked, furious over announcementWith just two more months before the calendar flips to February 2019, the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) on Friday announced that all broadcasting agencies must have at least one newscast which caters for persons who are differently abled.According to the GNBA Chairman, Leslie Sobers, broadcasting agencies will be required to have an inset on the newscast with persons using sign language, toGNBA Chairman Leslie Soberscater for persons with hearing disabilities.He also noted that closed caption may also be used to cater for such persons.Sobers said these provisions are being imposed as the entity seeks to have an equitable access of information to persons regardless of their circumstances.While acquainting his audience on the matter, he noted, “It is quite clear that the world of broadcasting is changing with new channels and content producers transforming the media landscape and with the impending digital changeover, what also needs to change is how we cater for the information needs of Guyanese; in particular, those with disabilities”.It was here that the Chairman quoted the section of the law, which states that provisions should be made for such persons. “Section 26 of the Persons with Disabilities Act Chapter 36:05 says ‘that within 10 years of the coming into operation of the Act or a later date, the Minister may prescribe, the person in charge of every national television station shall provide sign language inset or subtitles in at least one newscast daily and special programmes covering events of national significance’”.He was keen to note that broadcasters, who fail to meet this requirement commits an offence and will be liable to a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for six months. He however did not comment on whether there was consultations with local broadcasters on the matter and who will stand the extra cost for the additional feature.“All broadcasters are therefore bound by law to ensure that somebody is doing sign language on at least one newscast per day,” he added.Sobers was at the time giving a presentation at GNBA’s Broadcasters’ Engagement and Christmas Luncheon at Herdmanston Lodge, Peter Rose Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.It was explained by the Chairman that this Act came into being in 2012, which means all broadcasters should be compliant by 2022 in keeping with the 10 year-period.The Broadcasting Agency is adamant that persons with disabilities face challenges when it comes to accessing information, employment, education and entertainment, among other areas which can be mitigated with the implementation of this law.Sobers was sure to include that just about 50,000 people comprise Guyana’s differently abled population. Of this population, 9.1 per cent or 4406 people suffer from hearing impediment. Moreover 30 per cent or 14,525 persons, he noted, suffer from visual impairment.“If one thinks carefully about those numbers, one can imagine that persons with disabilities can make significant differences in certain spheres,” the Chairman asserted.According to him, technologies are available to help persons who are visually impaired understand what is happening on television, although such is expensive.As explained by him, the GNBA is working to develop a policy framework by February 2019, with the goal of encouraging broadcasters nationally to allow for greater accessibility to information for the differently abled.While the intentions of the Agency may be for good, many broadcasters have already complained of this move, citing little or no consultation on the matter was done. Many broadcasters on Friday said that with the exorbitant fees that are already demanded will now be compounded with the cost to add this new feature to their newscast. While several agreed that indeed persons who are differently-abled should be carted for, they however noted that there should be a reduction in the yearly GNBA fees to compensate for this stipulation.Although, Sobers, quoted sections of the law on the matter, some broadcasters are furious over the move by the GNBA. Guyana Times was told that the GNBA has not consulted with local broadcasters on the matter, with some saying they are not even aware of any such law. Several broadcasters said that were shocked by the announcement by Sobers and will be seeking legal advice on the matter.last_img read more

Alaska Highway Closed at the Underpass – Use the Airport Road as a detour

first_imgThe Single Semi-roll over on the Alaska Highway near the underpass. No injuries were reported. Andrew Tylosky/Energeticcity.ca- Advertisement -**Update – As of 5:30pm the Road is still closed – the RCMP keep pushing back the time when the road will be re-opened.  They could now open the road around 7pm.  The delays in clearing the road have been caused by the trucking company, as it had to send in another truck to unload the tractor trailer that rolled over.  We will keep you updated as we hear more**At last report, a portion of the Alaska Highway near the Baldonnel overpass, was still closed, following the overnight roll-over of a truck trailer.Police report the driver of the semi-trailer unit was travelling north bound on the highway, when he went off the right side of the road. His re-correction attempt then caused the trailer to flip onto its side across the highway. The accident occurred about 10 o’clock last night and did not result in any injuries.However, police are requesting motorists to use an alternative route, making use of the Swanson Lumber, Airport and 255 Roads, in order to bypass the accident scene. They estimate it could take until late this morning, perhaps 11 o’clock, before the trailer is removed and the road reopened.last_img read more

THERE’S NOTHING FISHY ABOUT JAMES’ GIANT CATCH!

first_imgJames Hayden what the giant halibut.Now all we need is some giant chips!Well-known Ardara man James Hayden doesn’t like to talk about the ons that got away.And the two giant halibut fish certainly didn’t. James caught the two specimen fish, which weighed more than 300Ibs each, off Alaska where he has been fishing with his own boat. The problem now is where he’s going to get an oven big enough to cook them in!THERE’S NOTHING FISHY ABOUT JAMES’ GIANT CATCH! was last modified: September 27th, 2015 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:ArdaradonegalfishJAMES HAYDENlast_img read more

Up to 20 students rushed to hospital in Limerick following school bus crash

first_imgUp to twenty students have been rushed to hospital in Limerick after a crash between a school bus and a car.The incident occurred in the townland of Caherconlish known as Connelly’s Cross.Around 46 students were on their way to a local secondary school in area when the crash happened at around 8.30am. Several units of the Limerick city and council fire brigade are at the scene and a fleet of ambulances are on stand-by.At least 20 people – 18 minors and two adults – have been taken to hospital, while others are being assessed by paramedics at the scene in a nearby disused filling station.It is not known at this stage if there are any serious injuries as a result of the crash, but it is understood no one is believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.A Medivac helicopter is also on standby. The school bus overturned into a ditch as a result of the crash.Students, aged 13-18 were en-route to John the Baptist Community School in the village of Hospital.Principal of the school, Ita Browne, told the Limerick leader that students brought to hospital were understood not to be seriously injured.Up to 20 students rushed to hospital in Limerick following school bus crash was last modified: February 7th, 2018 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)last_img read more

“Marvelous Puzzle”: Enceladus’ South Pole Surface Less Than 1,000 Years Old

first_imgEnceladus, a moon of Saturn smaller than the British isles (comparison image), has a region at the south pole that is less than 1,000 years old, and maybe only 10 years old.  This conclusion, announced at Cassini science briefings in London August 30, is based on multi-instrument observations taken July 14 during the closest flyby ever of Enceladus (08/09/2005, 07/14/2005).  Crystalline ice has been found in four 80-mile-long parallel canyons dubbed “tiger stripes” due to their appearance.  Water ice has been observed venting into a plume of small particles from these cracks, which are noticeably warmer than the surrounding regions.  Measurements from all the instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft converge on the conclusion that Enceladus’ southern polar surface is young, probably active today.    Two instruments detected icy particles coming from the south pole.  The Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) and the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA) measurements reached a peak at closest approach (graph, flyby chart), showing that material is being emitted now, and probably accounts for at least some of the fresh material replenishing the E-ring around Saturn.  The Magnetometer (MAG) confirmed the existence of this plume by watching its asymmetric influence on the magnetic field lines around Enceladus; the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (UVIS) arrived at the same conclusion.  The Virtual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) (picture) and Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS, see article and picture) showed a temperature rise across the tiger-stripe cracks up to -279°F, almost 40° warmer than expected.  Apparently this is warm enough to cause sublimation of ice from the surface.  The crystalline nature of the ice constrains its age to 1000 years or less.  Crystalline ice rapidly changes to an amorphous structure when exposed to solar radiation.  Another odd thing about the tiger stripes is that each of them curves into a question mark shape at one end, all facing the same way (picture 1, picture 2).  Could this be a rotational effect, or is it due to a massive flow from the west?    The closest-approach image (picture and zoom-in movie) revealed boulders about 20m in size that New Scientist said could be ejecta from eruptions.  That Enceladus should be erupting material today is puzzling to the planetary scientists for several reasons.  For one, the north pole is heavily cratered and therefore looks much older; why would the south pole be active, when normally the equatorial regions are the warmest?   (compare prediction vs. observation).  Another puzzle is the comparison with Mimas, a moon of similar size.  Mimas is heavily cratered with no activity, even though it was pummeled by a colossal impact at some time in the past and is subject to greater tidal stresses due to its proximity to Saturn.  Finally, small bodies cool the fastest.  A moon the size of Enceladus should long ago have lost all its internal heat and remained forever frozen solid.    To account for the heat and resultant activity (03/04/2005), planetary geologists are constructing models combining radiogenic heat from a rocky interior and tidal heating from interactions with Saturn and other moons.  So far, however, these energy sources seem to come up short by an order of magnitude or two (see New Scientist).  This is a “marvelous puzzle,” said one scientist; another said that “Enceladus is constantly evolving and getting a makeover.”  Enceladus joins a “short list of bodies in our solar system where scientists have found internal activity,” the press release said.  That list includes Io (05/04/2004), Titan (06/09/2005, 05/18/2005, 04/08/2005), Triton (05/30/2002), Earth, and Venus (see “Earth’s Ugly Sister Can’t Get a Date,” 08/16/2004).  Most other solid planets and moons exhibit surface features that, while not active today, appear young (06/05/2003 commentary).  The Cassini team expected that Enceladus would prove one of the prima donnas of the Saturn system.  It appears that she delivered a “stunning surprise” of a performance.    Sources: JPL, Cassini press release, NASA Cassini page, New Scientist, BBC News, the Planetary Society, EurekAlert and the Cassini Imaging Team.  The latter contains polar projection maps, a graph and flyby chart, and three models attempting to explain the heating process.Scientists love a good puzzle, and being surprised is fun; we can all share the excitement of a new and baffling phenomenon.  But what none of them seems to be asking is the obvious question: how could this moon be anywhere near 4.6 billion years old?  Look at the size of those canyons – 80 miles wide and 50 miles apart – they speak of large-scale processes at work, not just minor eruptions.  This revelation is just the latest in a long string of discoveries that challenge the consensus view of the age of the solar system.  For all the flash and color of the model diagrams, New Scientist says that tidal heating and internal radioactivity are not anywhere near sufficient to drive the activity.  Why not consider the possibility that Enceladus – as well as the solar system that contains it – is young.    Don’t miss the zoom-in movie; it is really cool.  It puts the imaging capabilities of Cassini into perspective.  The color mosaic is also a beautiful sight.  Here are the tiger stripes up close.  For a complete catalog of Enceladus images, go to Cassini multimedia page and select “Enceladus.”  The Planetary Photojournal is the NASA repository for all solar system images.  Simply click on Saturn, then on Enceladus.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Embrace tattoos to fight cancer

first_imgThe Tattoo-a-thon SA for Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation – 30 tattoo artist, 300 tattoos, 24 hours. (Image: Tattoo-a-thon SA) The Tattoo-a-thon hopes to go international, with childhood cancer its main priority.(Images: Choc Chatterbox) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jordon Gray  Tattoo-a-thon SA event coordinator   +27 74 191 1234 RELATED ARTICLES • Facelift for KZN children’s hospital • SA scientist leads cancer fight • New online university to fight cancer • New eye care unit for KZN children • Reaching out to the terminally illCadine PillayFor many, the thought of getting a tattoo is a scary one. For others, people with tattoos have a bizarre way of expressing themselves and do not have charitable traits. Capetonian Jordan Gray is changing that perception, all in the name of charity. With the help of tattoo artists from around Cape Town, Gray organised the city’s first ever tattoo-a-thon, for the Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics (CHOC) Childhood Cancer Foundation.The 24-hour charity drive took on 15 June and aimed to raise R100 000 for CHOC’s Tygerberg Lodge – a facility that houses several families of children undergoing treatment for cancer.The fundraiser involved 30 tattoo artists from 10 of the Mother City’s top tattoo studios, who were hard at work in an effort to help remove the stigma surrounding tattoo fanatics.  Project coordinator Gray wanted the event to draw as diverse a group of South Africans together as possible. Furthermore, he hoped that all who were present would be eager to assist CHOC by getting tattoos.The start of a journeyThe CHOC SA was established in 1979 with offices across the country that provide all-inclusive support for children suffering from cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. The organisation recognised the far-reaching impact of cancer on families and children undergoing treatment, and in response decided to provide residence for these children for the duration of treatment.Gray became involved with CHOC a few years ago when he adopted a cancer patient named Gishmo by taking over the funding for his treatment. Gishmo’s parents were struggling to meet the financial demands of his brain cancer treatment. The family was housed by CHOC for the duration of Gishmo’s trials with his cancer and treatment, until he lost the battle to the disease shortly after his second birthday. CHOC does not receive funding from the government and relies heavily on donations from corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer.“Donations and fund raising projects like the Tattoo-a-thon are therefore the lifeblood of the organisation,” says Gray. “The facilities need re-tiling, paint, plumbing, electrical and security services urgently for the recovery process of the children.”The controversial champions of childhood cancerCurrently, Gray is a graduate of Landmark Education – a global educational enterprise – and is close to finishing the Self-Expression and Leadership Programme, through which students learn to make an impact on communities and contribute to the quality of life of others.The idea for a Tattoo-a-thon came to him, along with his connection to CHOC, in the form of a curriculum community project.Gray hopes to achieve respect for tattoo enthusiasts – to whom a stereotype of rebellious and somewhat mischievous is often attached – by highlighting the diversity of the city’s ‘tattoo community’.“I am covered in tattoos,” Gray points out. “And so I want to alleviate the stigma attached to people with tattoos by doing something to show South Africa that people with tattoos are not second rate citizens, but that we are a community that cares.”With fundraising at the core of this project, the event aims to uplift CHOC.  There are also plans to make it an annual event that can expand to Johannesburg and thereafter to overseas locations such as London, New York and Miami, with all proceeds strictly devoted to cancer awareness and treatment.Meanwhile, the tattoo studios in Cape Town seek to break a record of 300 tattoos for each studio in an effort to raise as much money as possible. The studios involved in the initiative are Wildfire Tattoos, Sins of Style, Metal Machine, and Mob Inc.Johannesburg tattoo parlour Fallen Heroes has pledged their support to the cause by designing gold ribbon tattoos, dedicated to childhood cancer. Manuela Gray, co-founder and owner of Wildfire Tattoos, said all tattoos are a set size and will only cost R700.Participants can book their tattoo appointment directly with the tattoo studio or go to www.tattooathon.co.za to choose an artist of their choice.last_img read more