Did failed Warriors’ TV show pave the way for ‘This Is Us’?

first_imgA buddy comedy set in the world of the Golden State Warriors? Hollywood producer Dan Fogelman thought it was a slam dunk.But the show never made it to the air and that failure just might have paved the way for the biggest hit of Fogelman’s career — “This Is Us.”Maybe Steph Curry could have made a cameoSpeaking on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” earlier this week, Fogelman, who created “This Is Us,” recalled how he made a series pilot for ABC with the Warriors just as the team was “rising to …last_img read more

World Indoor gold for Mokoena

first_img10 March 2008South Africa claimed a gold and a silver medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain at the weekend, thanks to long jump ace Khotso Mokoena and 800 metres star Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.Mokoena finished fifth at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka in 2007 after leading the way in qualifying, so his credentials as a genuine title threat could not be discounted. In Valencia, he again proved strong in qualifying, leading the way with a leap of 8.01 metres.Once in the final, he faced a stiff challenge from Christopher Tomlinson for the gold medal as the pair staged a tightly contested battle.Close competitionAfter round one, Tomlinson had the edge, having jumped 8.06m to Mokoena’s 8.05m. In round two, Mokoena flew 8.01m to the Briton’s 8.04m. Round three saw the South African star leaping 8.03m to Tomlinson’s 8.01m.In round four, Mokoena again leapt 8.03m, while Tomlinson drew a red flag for a no jump. Mokoena finally took the lead in the fifth round, jumping 8.08m, while Tomlinson managed only 7.90m.Straining for more distance with his final jump, Mokoena overstepped and failed to record a distance, but Tomlinson came up short with his jump of 7.96 metres.Mokoena’s consistency paid off as he took gold for South Africa, with Tomlinson claiming silver, while Mohamed Salman Al Khuwalidi of Saudi Arabia picked up the bronze after a jump of 8.01 metres.Outstanding 800 metres finalAfter an outstanding 800 metres final, SA’s Mbulaeni Mulaudzi had to settle for silver behind Sudan’s Abubaker Kaki Khamis, with Yusuf Saad Kamel of Brunei finishing in bronze medal position.The final’s very fast pace led to many milestones being achieved by the runners: Khamis’ 1:44.81 was the fastest time in the world this year, while Mulaudzi’s 1:44.91 was a South African national record. Kamel’s 1:45.26 was an Asian record, while fourth-placed Dmitrijs Milkevics of Latvia set a national record, and fifth-placed Dmitriy Bogdanov of Russia and sixth-placed Nick Symonds of the USA both recorded personal bests.The prodigiously talented Khamis, only 18 years old, burst into the lead after the athletes broke from their lanes and was never caught. He took the field through 400 metres in a fast 51.26 seconds and, despite a strong finish from Mulaudzi, managed to hold off the 2004 world indoor champion.Sixth on the medal tableThanks to the medal-winning efforts of Mokoena and Mulaudzi, South Africa finished in a tie for sixth with Sweden on the medals table.In a tremendous battle for first place, the USA edged out Russia by the narrowest of margins. The Americans won five gold medals, which the Russians matched, and three bronze medals, which the Russians again matched. The USA also won five silver medals, just one more than Russia, to finish in the top spot.Ethiopia finished third, Great Britain fourth and Cuba fifth.SA at the World Indoor ChampsIn total, South Africa has won eight medals at World Indoor Championships, three of which have been claimed by Mulaudzi in the 800 metres. Apart from his silver this year and his win in 2004, he also won silver in 2006.Johan Botha was a gold medal winner in the 800 metres in 1999 and won silver in 2001, while Okkert Brits took a bronze in the pole vault in 1995 and Shaun Bownes claimed bronze in the 60 metres hurdles in 2001.That’s seven medals plus, of course, Khotso Mokoena’s gold in Valencia on Saturday. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

More people with access to safe water

first_imgThe government had not yet managed to eliminate the use of bucket toilets, although its use had dropped from 2.5% to 0.8% over the reference period. Stats SA said this was because as soon as government got rid of bucket toilets in one area, another new settlement without proper sanitation would spring up. Relationship between quality and payment 1 September 2011 Thirty-thousand households were surveyed in face-to-face interviews. “This could possibly be attributed to an increase in informal dwellings in the large metropolitan areas of Gauteng making it difficult for the metropolitan councils to keep up with the need for safe water supply services,” the report said. Having access to water does not mean that safe water is easy to access. Only 45% of those with access to water actually had it in their dwellings. Limpopo province was the worst-off at 14%, followed by North West at 25% and Mpumalanga at 29%. “There is therefore a relationship between water quality and probability to pay for water services.” Payment for municipal water services had declined nationally, from 62% in 2002 to 47% in 2010. It was unclear exactly why, but could be due to the tough economic conditions since 2008 and an increase in government support for indigent households, Stats SA said. Ninety-three percent of South African households had access to safe water in 2010, Statistics SA said on Tuesday.center_img These figures do not take into account the distance people had to travel to reach water, and regarded safe water as piped, tap and borehole water. In 2010, 59% of households used flush toilets connected to a public sewerage system. This was up from 56% in 2002. Households with no toilet facilities dropped from ten percent in 2002 to five percent in 2010. Gauteng, the country’s fastest-growing province, had shown a steady decline in households with access to water since 2004, with the lowest percentage in 2010, at 89%. “Households who did not pay for their water were more likely to say that their water had a bad taste, was not safe and had bad smells compared to those who did pay,” Stats SA found. The Eastern Cape had the lowest access to safe water in 2010 at 74%. It had, however, shown remarkable progress from 59% access in 2002, the report said. The Western Cape had the best access in 2010, at 99%. This had improved from 88.7% in 2002, according to statistics in the General Household Survey. Sapalast_img read more

Replant, patience and seed availability

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This spring has been nothing short of frustrating for farmers who planted a large number of acres before heavy rains that caused ponding, drown-outs and crusting on those newly sewn fields. The season has been equally as taxing on seed companies working with their customers to navigate the difficult scenarios of 2017. Daniel Call, General Manager with Seed Consultants, tells Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that he hasn’t seen a spring like this in some time.Listen to their conversation below.Seed Consultants Daniel Calllast_img read more

Ohio FFA’ers staying busy with delegate duties at National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 91st National FFA Convention continues Thursday in Indianapolis. Wednesday officially kicked off the convention with Garth Brooks performing a special concert for FFA members Wednesday night.Mallary Caudill is an Ohio FFA State Officer staying busy at convention. She has also worked with our team in the past as an Ohio Ag Net student reporter. She said she’s enjoying seeing the wave of blue corduroy jackets in Indy.“It’s an awesome opportunity to see 65,000 of your closest friends,” she said. “I attended National Convention as a member three years in high school and I’m just really excited for the opportunity to see a different perspective and a different avenue of it as a delegate this year.”FFA truly is a student-led organization, with student representatives in each state showing up early at convention to take part in the governance and bylaw changes of the organization.Caudill said it is an honor to work as an FFA delegate.“As a delegate, we have the unique opportunity to actually vote and decide on issues that can affect the organization as a whole. One of the really neat things is seeing the different perspectives from different states and how different things mean more to them and just their viewpoints on it then being able to make history essentially and deciding some of those things in FFA,” she said.The National FFA Convention will see several Ohioans compete with their proficiency projects Thursday, perennially one of the top-represented states in the nation in the competition.last_img read more