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

Video: South African libraries

first_imgLibraries play a vital role in South African communities, enabling people to access a wide range of information and offering services such as children’s story-telling, classroom support and community event venues. But how many of us make use of these services? Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 30 March 2009.last_img

Kyocera Mita unveils BEE deal

first_img10 July 2009 According to the statement, the deal focuses on training and promotion of black staff, and fits well with the company’s ongoing commitments, as evidenced by existing programmes in executive and skills development and social responsibility – such as support for the Potter’s House Training Centre in Soweto. “Another plus is that Kyocera Mita South Africa is a local company, run and managed by South Africans. We are confident that, with our reputation in both private and public sectors, we can add value by supporting Kyocera’s growth across all local markets.” The Kyocera Mita Corporation of Japan will continue to hold a 65% share in the company. “Kyocera Mita Corporation has taken the forward-looking decision to enter into a direct ownership transaction in support of local empowerment, rather than enter into an indirect empowerment arrangement.” “Nozala Investments scored well on all the above, and we look forward to a lasting relationship that will create great opportunities for all parties far into the future,” he said. Focus on women empowerment SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Training and skills development Nozala Investments is one of the country’s longest-established empowerment organisations, with a 13-year track record and a firm focus on black women’s empowerment. The immediate advantage for Kyocera’s dealer channel is that their purchases from the company now meet government BEE compliance requirements. “In terms of the BEE scorecard, this puts us on Level 4,” Holborn said. “This is a great opportunity for our company to expand in all markets and make further contributions towards transformation by working with our dealers to help them meet BEE standards.” Office automation company Kyocera Mita South Africa has announced a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal that will see 15% of the company being transferred to Nozala Investments and a further 20% being split equally between a trust for Kyocera Mita’s black employees and an executive retention trust. A ‘local company’ Nozala Investments director Lorato Phalatse said the group had always been looking for an opportunity to enter into the office automation sector, and the deal gave them a chance to do so with a well-established, truly global player. “We are one of the very few office automation companies in the country that are a subsidiary of the manufacturer with direct representation,” Kyocera Mita South Africa director Wayne Holborn said in a statement this week. Holborn explained that criteria included in their search for a partner included that the company should be black-owned and, preferably, owned by black women; that they should have a solid track record and familiarity with the industry; and that they should be able to add real value to the business.last_img read more

Mikaela Shiffrin prevails despite distractions over her choices

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town When Vlhova won the giant slalom and Shiffrin claimed the slalom, the pair of racers embraced both times and appeared to exchange heartfelt words.“In two weeks of time a lot of stuff can happen. It’s life. Life happens,” Shiffrin said. “There’s a lot of things that happened. It’s just too many things to explain to everybody right now. It would take much too long. But in the moments that it counted, my team and I were able to focus on the true task and the reason we’re here. That’s something special.”Vlhova would not reveal what she and Shiffrin said to each other.“It’s crazy, everybody is asking me what I say to Mikaela. It’s between us, so it’s secret,” Vlhova said with a smile.Add Ted Ligety, the only other American skier besides Shiffrin to win five world titles, to the list of U.S. greats urging Shiffrin to do more and be less calculating with her decisions.“I understand that need or desire to take some time away but I always felt like you got to strike while the iron is hot,” Ligety told The Associated Press. “If you asked me in 2015 if I would only win one more World Cup I would have laughed in your face. You blow out your knee, then you throw your back a couple times and you have back surgery and next thing you know you’re struggling to stay in it.”Ligety, who was unbeatable in giant slalom for a long stretch of his career, has achieved only one podium result in the last three seasons while he’s been slowed by injuries. But back in 2013 when he was at the height of his powers, Ligety swept gold in super-G, combined and giant slalom at the 2013 worlds in Schladming, Austria.“So I’m of the belief that you got to take advantage while you’re healthy and when you’re good, because it goes away pretty fast,” the 34-year-old Ligety said. Shiffrin “seems to have herself under control and have that going so you have to commend her for that. But you never really know. It’s not a sport where you can control every variable.”Julia Mancuso, another well-decorated U.S. skier who ended her career last year because of persistent hip pain, came to Shiffrin’s defense after she posted a long Instagram message explaining her decisions midway through the championships.“Most people forget that it’s actually more difficult to make the decision to skip a race than to enter it. Routine is easy. Going against the grain is tough!” Mancuso wrote. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Amazon Peladao: a soccer tournament unlike any other “As we say in the country we come from, ‘Long live the king’ and there will be a new one,” said International Ski Federation secretary general Sarah Lewis, who is British. “There is no question that Marcel Hirscher is wearing that loud and proud at the moment, and Mikaela Shiffrin as well.”Shiffrin and Hirscher are both on course to become the most successful skiers ever in their respective genders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAt age 23, Shiffrin already has 56 World Cup wins, and 29-year-old Hirscher, the seven-time defending overall World Cup champion , has 68.Vonn retired with 82 wins, the best among women and four short of the overall record of 86 held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin poses after winning the women’s slalom, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)ARE, Sweden (AP) — Maybe Alpine skiing won’t be so lost without Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal after all.One week after Vonn and Svindal retired by claiming medals in their final races, Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher both showed true grit by fighting through debilitating sickness to claim the slalom titles at the world championships that everyone expected them to win.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Svindal left with two overall titles and 13 medals at Olympics and worlds.Shiffrin also won the super-G — her first major title in a speed event — and bronze in giant slalom.The slalom victory meant Shiffrin became the first skier, male or female, to win the same event at four straight worlds.Still, it was a challenging championships for Shiffrin after Vonn and Bode Miller, her childhood idols, questioned her decision to skip the Alpine combined — an event she would have been the overwhelming favorite to win. Shiffrin then didn’t show up at Vonn’s retirement race.There were also accusations from the coaching staff of Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova that they were denied a chance to train with Shiffrin when many of the slalom specialists went over to Trysil, Norway, midway through worlds — even though it’s common for top skiers to practice side by side.ADVERTISEMENT Vonn also responded to Shiffrin’s message.“What we said was a compliment, that you are capable of winning medals in all events,” Vonn wrote. “No one said it’s easy, Bode and I both know that, as winners in all 5 disciplines. So stick with your decision and go be you. You don’t have to justify anything to anyone.”Shiffrin should have a great opportunity to expand her program at the next worlds, with parallel slalom added to the schedule for the 2021 championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. So will she ever entertain the possibility of competing in every event at a worlds or Olympics?“Perhaps. It’s entirely up to her and how she feels and the schedule obviously dictates a lot of that,” Jeff Lackie, one of Shiffrin’s coaches, said. “Her core events are still slalom and giant slalom. The speed, as successful as she’s been in the past, is still kind of a new thing and she’s taking the opportunities when they present themselves to be conducive to slalom and GS.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

Bovada Releases Its 2015 Heisman Odds, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott The Favorite

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.47.37 PMYour 2015 Heisman favorite.It’s time to start marketing your best players for the Heisman, college football programs. The initial 2015 Heisman odds have been released by Bovada.        The favorite? Ohio State junior-to-be running back Ezekiel Elliott, who ran through Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon while leading the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship. Elliott isn’t the only Buckeye player listed. All three Ohio State quarterbacks are contenders for the award, too. Here’s the full list: Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott – 6/1Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott – 7/1LSU RB Leonard Fournette – 7/1TCU QB Trevone Boykin – 15/2USC QB Cody Kessler – 12/1Georgia RB Nick Chubb – 12/1UCLA RB Paul Perkins – 12/1Ohio State QB Cardale Jones – 14/1Alabama RB Derrick Henry – 14/1Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine – 14/1Ohio State QB J.T Barrett – 16/1Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson – 16/1Ohio State QB Braxton Miller – 18/1Michigan State QB Connor Cook – 20/1Wisconsin RB Corey Clement – 25/1Arizona State RB D.J. Foster – 25/1Oregon RB Royce Freeman – 25/1Miami QB Brad Kaaya – 33/1Florida State RB Dalvin Cook – 33/1Pittsburgh RB James Connor – 33/1Clemson QB Deshaun Watson – 33/1Georgia Tech RB Justin Thomas – 33/1Arizona RB Nick Wilson – 33/1Baylor QB Seth Russell – 33/1Oklahoma State RB Mason Rudolph – 40/1North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett – 50/1Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd – 50/1California QB Jared Goff – 50/1North Carolina QB Marquise Williams – 50/1Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell – 66/1Arizona LB Scooby Wright – 66/1Who will you be betting on? [Bovada]last_img read more

Tahltan Nation protest along sacred headwaters in northern British Columbia

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been just over six weeks since the Tahltan Nation set up a protest camp along sacred headwaters in northern B.C.They are trying to prevent Fortune Minerals from building an open pit coal mine in the area.last_img

March Madness Crib Notes For Saturdays Games

Midwest RegionalNo. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Kentucky at 2:40 p.m. on CBSGodspeed, Cincinnati. Take your 6 percent win probability and make the best of it.No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Notre Dame at 9:40 p.m. on TBSButler’s already pulled off one upset this tournament, even though it beat a team with a worse seed. No. 11 Texas was slightly favored to beat the Bulldogs, but Texas flamed out as it did for most of the season. Butler has a bigger challenge ahead of it in playing Notre Dame, though. The Irish are favored to win 62 percent of the time, perhaps because of their offense, which was third in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy. Butler’s defense is also in the top-10, though, making this a matchup of contrasting strengths. West RegionalNo. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Arizona at 5:15 p.m. on CBSAs D’Angelo Russell goes, so go the Buckeyes. Bloodied but still breaking ankles, Russell led a furious charge as Ohio State came back against VCU to stage the upset. It won’t be so easy against Arizona, which has the third best defense in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy. That Arizona has the ninth-best offense probably won’t help the Buckeyes either; the Wildcats have an 81 percent chance of moving on to the Sweet 16.No. 14 Georgia State vs. No. 6 Xavier at 6:10 p.m. on TNTSomebody get Georgia State’s coach, Ron Hunter, a stool with some armrests. After his son, R.J. Hunter, hit the game-winning shot in Georgia State’s game against Baylor, Hunter tumbled out of his stool and right into a thousand highlight reels. The good news for Georgia State: Our model likes them in this game more than it did in the last (and our model gave them a decent shot on Thursday). The problem: The Panthers still only have a 30 percent chance of beating Xavier.No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 4 North Carolina at 8:40 p.m. on TNTThis No. 5 vs. No. 4 matchups looks like it should be a taut contest based on the seeds. But the FiveThirtyEight model thinks North Carolina is twice as likely to win as Arkansas. The Razorbacks come from a worse conference, have a poor defense and struggled against No. 12 Wofford. Then again, North Carolina didn’t have a great game against Harvard, either. But the model takes the longer view — the fundamentals favor UNC. South RegionalNo. 5 Utah vs. No. 4 Georgetown at 7:45 p.m. on CBSBoth teams were heavy favorites in their opening games, but Utah struggled to put Stephen F. Austin away. The FiveThirtyEight model says not to worry about that — the advanced metrics love Utah because of its great defense and efficient offense. The model says Utah should win this matchup 71 percent of the time.No. 14 UAB vs. No. 11 UCLA at 12:10 p.m. on CBSThis isn’t a basketball game, it’s a glass-slipper competition. Who will become Cinderella? The UCLA Bruins, which most talking heads said didn’t belong in the tournament, or the UAB Blazers, which put together the third-most surprising upset since 2011, according to FiveThirtyEight’s past models. This year’s model likes UCLA to win (67 percent favorite), thanks to UCLA’s strength of schedule during the regular season, and its higher offensive and defensive ratings. The teams that play on Saturday are the survivors of the wild opening day1Not counting the play-in games. of this year’s NCAA men’s tournament. No matter how many harmonic means, linear regressions and bootstrapped standard errors we applied to the data, we couldn’t find a way to make it say Saturday’s games would be as thrilling as Thursday’s were. But the data didn’t say that for Thursday either! It’s March Madness — there’s always a chance of chaos.Read on for more of what to look for in the NCAA tournament Saturday. East RegionalNo. 1 Villanova vs. No. 8 N.C. State at 7:10 p.m. on TBSNo team on Thursday looked better than the Wildcats, who devoured the sacrificial lambs of Lafayette. That victory — by 41 points — helped raise Villanova’s chances to win it all by 4.3 percentage points. They looked that good. N.C. State did not look great, needing a last-second shot to overcome a middling LSU squad. The model expects Villanova to run away with this one — the Wildcats are an 88 percent favorite. read more

Danilo injury concern for Man City

first_imgManchester City will observe Danilo’s fitness upon his return from international duty with BrazilThe 27-year-old full-back had only recovered from an ankle injury last month, but appeared to have sustained damage in the same area on Tuesday.Danilo started for Brazil in their South American showdown with rivals Argentina in a four-team friendly competition at Saudi Arabia.But Sky Sports reports that a tearful Danilo was forced to leave the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the final 37 minutes of the game with a suspected ankle injury.The injury occurred while Danilo attempted to stop an Argentina attack and he was replaced with Liverpool’s Fabinho by Brazil coach Tite.It’s currently unclear whether Danilo will be available for City’s Premier League game against Burnley this Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Brazilian has featured only once this season for Pep Guardiola’s side in a 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Brazil won the game against Argentina 1-0 through a late Miranda goal.Danilo leaves field in tears for Brazil to hand boss Guardiola injury blow https://t.co/xtbrHPSoyk pic.twitter.com/ap5Hn59NiG— The Sun – Man City (@SunManCity) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Laporte expects a fierce battle from Chelsea

first_imgBookmakers will be getting it all wrong if they feel Manchester City’s game against Chelsea will be a walk in the park, says Aymeric Laporte.The Spanish defender who penned down a new contract with the Citizens has warned his side not to be complacent in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.Both sides have cancelled each other out in the league front but Guardiola’s men are overwhelming favourites having humbled the London side 6-0 less than a fortnight ago.Still a lot to live for, still a lot to enjoy. Thank you @mancity for keeping your trust in me. It is an honour to be part of this family.The best is yet to come! 💙 #AL14 #Laporte2025 pic.twitter.com/qITxDfF2c8— Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) February 22, 2019The result compounded Maurizio Sarri’s woes and plunged the future of the Italian manager into serious doubt as the run of disappointing results continued.However, Laporte is of the view that there would not be a repeat of the Etihad Stadium result in Wembley.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“I think that people are mistaken,” Laporte, revealed in a quote cited on Goal.“Their results recently haven’t been good but they have a great squad, great players and they have shown that they know how to play good football.“They have a great team and we have to concentrate on ourselves, do our things well and hopefully we will.“All the matches that we have got from now until the end of the season are finals. We will try to win them all and try to achieve our objectives.Chelsea can’t lose 6-0 to Man City twice… right?https://t.co/92Mq2S6gCs— Goal News (@GoalNews) February 22, 2019“We are expecting a very difficult match, very physical and we have to play at our best level if we are to win.”last_img read more

Sewage runoff from Tijuana River forces beach closure in Imperial Beach

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom February 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River forced beach closures near the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday.The shoreline from the border to the northern boundary of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife refuge was closed after testing showed unsafe water quality, according to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.Officials also issued a precautionary advisory for the beach from the slough boundary to Carnation Avenue in Imperial Beach.The closure and advisory will remain in place until testing confirms water quality meets health standards, the agency said.The unhealthy water quality comes after a Friday morning incident in which a partial power failure at a treatment facility in Tijuana allowed an estimated 560,000 gallons of water to flow through the Tijuana River across the border unhindered, according to the International Boundary and Water Commission.Officials sample the water quality in the area weekly, the environmental health department said, and sewage from the Tijuana River frequently results in closures during the winter rainy season. Sewage runoff from Tijuana River forces beach closure in Imperial Beachlast_img read more