Easy for Royal Assault

first_imgROYAL ASSAULT yesterday again proved his superiority in overnight allowance, returning off a five-month lay-up to outclass 11 rivals in the 1000-metre straight G.A. ‘Sarge’ Bucknor Memorial. Breaking widest from the favoured stands’ side draw over the straight course, the five-year-old horse briefly disputed the lead with ACTION MAN before powering to the front under apprentice Linton Steadman. Though drifting to the centre entering the main track, ROYAL ASSAULT’s class was obvious from two furlongs out. Ran a brave race Straightened out by Steadman, the Anthony Nunes-trained runner stayed on strongly to win at odds of 9-5 in 58.1 seconds on the recently sanded track, beating late-closing DANCING QUEEN with Percy Williams by two-and-a-half lengths. ACTION MAN ran a brave race for third, losing second almost at the wire at odds of 13-1 with Wesley Henry astride. ROYAL ASSAULT closed a two-timer for Nunes, whose MEMORY OF TS finished strongly under Aaron Chatrie to catch LIGHT BRIGADE stealing home in the seventh race at 1200 metres. Chatrie lit up the 10-race card with a three-timer, which included the two biggest outsiders on the day, starting with 25-1 chance CRUISING MOTION, beating another outsider, 16-1 shot SIEMPRE BUENO with Ahon Gray. The bustling rider closed the programme with another stunner, 27-1 longshot SHELLIAN GREY, running past 4-5 favourite MEET JUSTIN early in the straight. Apprentice Bebeto Harvey rode two winners, CLEARLY OURS in the second and SUBBIE in the fourth. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.last_img read more

Walker, Pinto continue to push each other to be better

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Things won’t always be peachy between two competitive players like Blackwater import Henry Walker and star point guard Nard Pinto.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Free from jihadist grip, Iraqi weightlifters target medals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Walker, who is treated as the team’s older brother, said he wants nothing but the best for his teammates and he will do whatever it takes for them to succeed and part of that is giving some tough love here and there.“I told him ‘bro, I just want you to be at your best, you’re playing against one of the best point guards on the PBA and he can’t get on the floor and you not get on the floor. He’s a champion,’” said Walker. “He’s [Pinto] got to bring it everyday and I don’t expect anything less than that and I’m going to be on him like he would on me the same way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The two would push each other to the limit that tempers sometime flare between them, and that was in full display Wednesday when the Elite battled San Miguel in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Walker and Pinto got into each other’s faces late in the first quarter when Beermen point guard Alex Cabagnot dove for a loose ball in front of Pinto, prompting Walker to yell at him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Both Walker and Pinto, though, downplayed the incident saying the game’s intensity just caught up with them.“I’m on Nards everyday because I can see the type of player he can be and that’s is, I don’t want him to come out there and do a disservice to himself and not be at his best,” said Walker after the Elite’s 103-100 win over the Beermen. Blackwater is on a surprising 2-0 start after beating the Beermen for the second time this conference following their 106-96 win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.Pinto was given the Player of the Game nod after he put up 15 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists while Walker finished with 35 points, 17 rebounds, and seven steals.“When he’s out there and he’s playing, he’s attacking, he’s aggressive, it’s a whole different team. He got a big game, 15, nine, and seven and in order for us to be successful he’s got to be heading the attack,” said Walker.Pinto, meanwhile, sees Walker’s aggressive attitude towards him as the 30-year-old import’s way of showing some tough love.“Henry just wanted to win and even in practice he’s like that,” said Pinto in Filipino. “I too was carried away with my emotion but after we both apologized to each other and everything was forgiven.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

JNJ Challenges ‘CAF License C’ Candidates

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The man who talks, breathes and eats soccer, Josiah N. Johnson, yesterday challenged 28 candidates who are participating in the on-going ‘CAF License C’ seminar to be prepared to make a difference in Liberian football.He told them, “In football, if you win you’re a hero and when you lose you are condemned.”However, since the participants are very young, which is contrary to the practice around the sub-region, he urged them to demonstrate their willingness to accept instruction to become better coaches.The seminar, which began on April 20 will end on May 10, and it is being handled by CAF Elite Coach Instructors Francis Tamba and Henry Brown.“In Europe,” Coach Johnson said, “if you look at the coaches they are people who are in their 50s and 60s.”“Actually, national coaches are people who are older,” the man known as Masayo, said, “and the reason is that they are more experienced and are able to provide fatherly advice to the players.”Masayo, who was appointed as head coach of Lone Star in 1986, said it was due to Lone Star’s victory at the 6-Nations Tournament in Liberia that the late President William Tolbert was impressed to start the blueprint for what became known as the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.“What you must learn and be able to offer your players,” Johnson said, “are the fundamentals, including discipline and psychology to serve as solid foundation for their upbringing.”Masayo told the coaches that when he was in Germany, one of his instructors said if he had known about the challenges in football coaching, he would have become a boxing coach instead.“Because if a boxer fails to adhere to his training principles,” he said, “the athlete is the one who will absorb the pains in a bout.”He urged the coaches to make the work of CAF Assessors Tamba and Brown beneficial by absorbing all they could from the seminar and must be mentally, physically and technically inclined to go forward to be the new advocates for the improvement of Liberian football.At the program yesterday, individual coaches carried out oral presentation of what they have learned so far.Meanwhile in a communication from CAFDirector of Football Development Abdel Moneim Hussein-Shatta confirmed that both Francis Tamba and Henry Brown are “CAF Elite Coaching Instructors” with the criteria and competency to conduct and assess C coaching locally and abroad.CAF confirmed that “it will approve the results of the assessment signed by them.”last_img read more

Region 6 has capacity to be self-sufficient, feed entire nation – Chairman

first_img“This region has the ability to be self-sufficient and we have the ability to feed the entire country based on our production. But we first have to modernise.”This view was espoused by the East Berbice-Corentyne Regional Chairman (RC), David Armogan during the launch of the Berbice Expo 2018 at Rose Hall on Wednesday last.The Region Six Chairman said it is the aim of the regional administration to encourage more Berbicians to become involved in commercial farming. ArmoganRegional Chairman David Armoganpointed out that currently, there are several persons involved in cash crop farming of produce vegetable and citrus fruits.“We don’t want people to just manage a small plot of land… We want them to get into agriculture in a big way; where they will be able to utilise new methods and technology in order to compete with the overseas markets,” Armogan is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.In order to build the region, the RC emphasised that they must “move away from subsistence farming and incorporate more value-added production across the agriculture sector; not only in the planting of crops but also poultry rearing, cattle ranching and all other aspects of the sector.last_img read more

Only minor injuries in Alaska Highway crash involving garbage truck

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Leroy Sane latest: Bayern Munich to battle Man City for German wunderkind

first_imgBayern Munich are ready to go head-to-head with Manchester City in the pursuit for Schalke starlet Leroy Sane.New City manager Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of the young forward, who was part of Germany’s Euro 2016 squad this summer.The 20-year-old struck nine goals for Schalke last term and caught Guardiola’s eye during his time in charge of Bayern.City reportedly made contact with Schalke over a move last week but now, according to Bild, Bayern have registered an interest as well.A bidding war could take place in the coming weeks between the two clubs, with Schalke set to slap a £25million asking price on Sane’s head. In-demand German starlet Leroy Sane celebrates with his Schalke team-mates 1last_img read more

‘Scholes won nothing for England – he should show Pogba more respect’

first_imgManchester United legend Paul Scholes is not qualified to criticise midfielder Paul Pogba, according to football agent Phil Smith.Scholes has come under attack on social media from super-agent Mino Raiola, over comments he made about Pogba’s performance in Sunday’s surprise 3-2 defeat to Brighton.The former midfielder said United ‘lacked leaders’ on the pitch – with Pogba wearing the captain’s armband – and that the Frenchman had ‘another really poor game’.He also added: ‘I just don’t think he [Pogba] uses his brain enough’. Pogba played a key role for France as they lifted the World Cup this summer – but he has struggled to repeat the same form in a United shirt Raiola hit back at the Old Trafford hero, saying on Twitter: ‘[Scholes] wouldn’t recognise a leader if he was in front of Sir Winston Churchill’.Having not only played under Sir Alex Ferguson for his entire career – winning 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns – but also alongside some of the club’s greatest captains, Scholes would likely argue that. “He’s got to be a bit careful. When you’re paid to be a pundit, you’re there to be attacked as well.“I’m not sure why the agent should have to get involved, but he’s fiercely protective of his client and actually, why shouldn’t he say something?“Pogba is a World Cup winner and a class act. Why should you have to listen to criticism from people who maybe aren’t best placed to give it?”Listen back to football agent Phil Smith on talkSPORT 2 in full above Paul Pogba captained Man United again against Brighton – but put in a sloppy display 3center_img But Smith says Scholes’ lack of success at international level in an England shirt means he has no right to slam World Cup-winner Pogba.Speaking on talkSPORT 2, the agent said: “I think Paul Scholes should maybe show a little bit more respect.“As big a player as he was for Manchester United and as much of a legend as Scholes is… Pogba is a top class player and he’s just won the World Cup.“Show me your medals, Paul Scholes! The fact is, he did not win anything for England and he hasn’t won anything for a long time.“There are not too many World Cup winners around, and Paul Scholes isn’t one of them. 3 3 Scholes as Sir Alex celebrate Manchester United’s 2012/13 Premier League title win last_img read more

Women’s Golf Wins UNI Invitational; Lee Earns Medalist Honors

first_img CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s golf team won the UNI Women’s Invitational at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course Sunday with Heari Lee leading all individual competitors. Drake, which led after the tournament’s first day, closed with a final round 300 for a two-round total of 612 (312-300). The Bulldogs beat host UNI by eight shots and also handily defeated Green Bay and Western Illinois in cool, windy conditions. Final Results “I’m so proud of everyone on the team,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “We played really steady golf in very challenging conditions. They were ready to play and compete and that drive showed.” Story Links Bulldog freshman Haeri Lee took medalist honors after posting her second-straight 75 for a two-round score of 150. Freshman Kristen Giles finished in second place by three strokes with a score of 153 (78-75) while junior Aimee Gerschke tied for fourth at 155 (77-78). center_img Senior Grace Dunn placed tenth with a two-round score of 157 (82-75) with junior Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir (83-75) and Sam Paulak (79-79) right behind Dunn as the pair tied for 11th with scores of 158. Dunn shaved seven strokes off round one while Run Jonsdottir took eight off. Erica Olberding finished T-18th at 164 (82-82) while Reilly Krohe was 26th at 170 (87-83). “It’s so great to get a team win and for Haeri to take medalist honors and Kristen right behind her in second,” Pruett added. “Aimee continued solid play with another round in the 70s and Grace and Sigurlaug bounced back today with really great rounds of 75 each. I’m proud of everyone who competed this weekend. It’s great to see their hard work pay off.” Drake will compete at its final regular-season tournament, April 8-9, at the Kansas City Intercollegiate. The Bulldogs will then play at the MVC Championship, April 14-16, in Chesterton, Ind. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Midmar Mile’s 89-year-old finisher

first_imgOctogenarian Lorna Cochran plans to break the Midmar Mile record for the oldest finisher. The race has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s biggest open water race, but there are hopes that even this record will be broken in 2013, the 40th anniversary year. Craig Dietz from the US is taking part in his first Midmar Mile this year. Despite having no arms or legs, Dietz is a competitive open water swimmer and is also a motivational speaker.(Images: Midmar Mile) MEDIA CONTACTS • Wayne Riddin  Event organiser, Midmar Mile  +27 82 570 1951 RELATED ARTICLES • Swimmer’s memoir up for award • World first for SA extreme swimmers • Paralympic dream team • Chilling triumph for SA swimmers Lucille DavieLorna Cochran, 89, will be swimming her 14th aQuellé Midmar Mile this year and if she makes it to the other side, she will be the oldest finisher in the race’s 40-year history. In 1999 Colin Cable finished as an 89-year-old, but he was four months younger than Cochran. She turns 90 in July.The race, recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s biggest open water swimming event, takes place on 9 and 10 February. It takes its name from the location- the Midmar Dam outside Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal – and the distance of about a mile.People come from all over the world to contest the Midmar Mile, including disabled entrants, company or family teams, and Olympic swimmers. However, they don’t all leap into the water at once – they depart in groups at three-minute intervals, with the fastest going first, in eight separate races over the two days. Swimmers are allocated to certain groups depending on their time in a qualifying event.The race has expanded to distances of 3km, 10km and 25km. This year there’ll be tough competition between some of the world’s top swimmers for first place, with prize money of R10 000 (US1 120).One of the more inspirational entrants for the 2013 event is Craig Dietz from the US. He has no arms or legs but is a regular open water swimmer as well as a qualified attorney and a sought-after motivational speaker. This is his first Midmar mile.Other entrants this year include British swimming star Keri-Ann Payne, Katinka Hosszu from Hungary, French swimmer Sébastien Rouault, and South African Olympian Troy Prinsloo.The defending champion is South Africa’s Chad Ho. Taking her timeCochran takes her time during the swim – she stops and floats for a while, does a bit of breaststroke, then freestyle, and finishes the Midmar Mile in an hour and some change.“I don’t have the stamina and breath anymore,” says a youthful-sounding 89-year-old Cochran, “my age is against me, I’m afraid.”In her earlier years, she says, she used to swim the 1.6km race without stopping, but is now “very slow”. Cochran first took part in the Midmar Mile at the youthful age of 75!She is five years older than the oldest male participant this year, and 12 years older than the next oldest woman. She might have had a serious challenge to the record if 90-year-old Petrus Meyer from Pietermaritzburg had not suffered “a late setback” which meant he had to withdraw this year. Meyer is planning a comeback for next year. Breaking the recordsCochran will be getting into the water with more than 14 000 swimmers over the weekend. The organisers hope that this year the final tally of entrants will be close to 15 000 swimmers, improving on the race’s 2009 Guinness World Record of 13 755 finishers.“We’ve already unofficially broken our own Guinness record for the world’s largest open water swimming event,” says event organiser Wayne Riddin, “but with this being the 40th anniversary of the race, we’re expecting a larger entry than normal to come through because there will be a special medal and cap.”According to Riddin, conditions on the dam can be tough, with mist, waves and high winds. He says that the race attracts a wide range of ages – from six to 89 years, meaning that parents can swim with their young children. “We get a lot of under-10s swimming.”This also makes the Midmar Mile one of the world’s most unusual sporting events, where all ages complete the same distance.Riddin is excited about the participation of the race’s founder, Mike “Buthy” Arbuthnot, who will be swimming his 40th race. He is 80 years old.“Buthy’s participation is always going to be the special moment,” Riddin says. “We’ve been building up to this for a number of years. The question was how good would his health be as Buthy gets older.” Always mad about sportsWhen she first took part Cochran used to finish in 54 to 55 minutes, but now “I can’t get under an hour these days”.She has seven children, 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, and most years swims with some of her children or grandchildren.She confesses that she was really nervous the first time she swam the race, aged 75. That nervousness never leaves one. “I am a bit nervous this time, it’s a big task,” she says, with a laugh.Cochran says she has always been a sportsperson, representing her school in tennis, hockey and swimming. She was at boarding school at St Dominic’s in Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal, and learnt to swim by watching and copying others.She trains on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. “On Wednesdays and Thursdays I don’t train – you gotta live, go shopping . . .” she laughs. Taking up swimming in her 70sCochran was playing club tennis at 74 when she was dropped from the second to the third team, a fact that upset her as she says she beat the player chosen to replace her, the Sunday Tribune reports.Her son Neil comforted her by suggesting she join them doing the Midmar Mile for the first time, “for a bit of fun”.So she started training, doing an hour in the pool, stopping and resting after 50 metres, because she was “very slow”, she says. Her son worked out a training programme for her because he “realised she was serious about the challenge”. She competed in her first Midmar Mile in 1998, and has not looked back.Cochran says she will not swim next year’s race, but then hesitates. “But who knows, I will never give up swimming, it is good exercise.” She says it is sometimes quite difficult, but her attitude is to “take it as it comes”.“I seem to have the genes,” she concludes.And when she’s not in the swimming pool, Cochran does line dancing once a week at the old age home where she lives in Benoni on Gauteng’s East Rand.last_img read more

East London woman campaigns for babies born with clubfoot

first_imgNisha Varghese, who has cerebral palsy, says she knows it’s tough when you cannot walk, which is why she wants to help children born with clubfoot.Nisha Varghese has an online campaign to raise money for at least 50 children who are born with clubfoot to get treatment. Varghese (in front, left) with her mother, Anne, and Play Your Part ambassador Catherine Constantinides (right). (Images supplied)Melissa JavanNisha Varghese, who is from East London, has cerebral palsy. Despite her disabilities, the 26-year-old is always on a mission to make people’s lives better. Her latest campaign is helping children who are born with clubfoot to get treatment and have their feet fixed.MiracleFeet says clubfoot affects one in every 800 children worldwide. The American group provides organisational, technical and financial support to clinics throughout the world in order to provide treatment to children born with clubfoot.Varghese is working through MiracleFeet to raise money for children in impoverished communities in more than 20 countries, including Liberia and Tanzania.Clubfoot (or talipes equinovarus) is a congenital birth defect that causes one or both feet to turn inwards and upwards. Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by damage to a baby’s brain before or during their birth, which makes their limbs and muscles permanently weak.So far, through MiracleFeet, about 27,000 lives have been transformed in 24 countries and 194 clinics have been supported worldwide.“Children deserve opportunities”Varghese is no stranger to fundraising. She has been involved with initiatives such as the Smile Train and the Not For Sale Campaign.She came across MiracleFeet, she says, while researching charities that have sustainable impact. “I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to live to their fullest potential without the hindrance of clubfoot.“Additionally, I know how hard life is when one can’t walk and although I can’t fix my cerebral palsy, there is a cure for clubfoot. I’m going to make sure I fix every child who I can that way. My suffering is not for nothing.”Watch Nisha Varghese’s crowdfunding campaign video:Treatment for each child costs $250 (about R3,500) and already 17 children can get treated through Varghese’s crowdfunding efforts. The treatment used is the non-surgical Ponseti Method.Writer Melissa Javan spoke to Varghese.Melissa Javan: When did you start getting involved with community work and fundraising?Nisha Varghese: I started my community work and fundraising at the age of 19. In retrospect I realise that while losing myself in the service of others, I accidently found the best version of me – the me I didn’t even know I wanted to be.Nisha Varghese paraglides in Cape Town to raise awareness of people who live in Saharawi refugee camps.MJ: What is cerebral palsy?NV: Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that affects speech and movement. [Because I have cerebral palsy] I can’t walk and my speech is sometimes difficult to understand.MJ: What are the myths around it?NV: Some people think cerebral palsy affects everybody the same way when, in fact, it affects people to varying degrees depending on how badly the brain was damaged during the injury.MJ: How do you go about setting up a fundraising campaign?NV: I contact the non-profit organisation I am interested in working with and ask if it is partnered with a fundraising platform. If the answer is yes I follow a simple sign-up process and start fundraising.MJ: What have you learned about fundraising and marketing on social media?NV: I have learned that fundraising using social media is not about the monetary goal you set or even reaching it, but rather it’s about telling a good story and conveying to people why you’re doing what you’re doing.MJ: What is the most important thing about fundraising?NV: It is knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing and attempting to convey that to the public as creatively as humanly possible.MJ: What charities have you supported in the past?NV: During 2010-2012 I raised $7,862 for The Water Project, Inc. The money was used to build a well for a community in Kenya. Since then, I have raised $1,075 for the Not For Sale Campaign, $1,088.84 for the Elton John Aids Foundation (UK), $5,307 for the Malala Fund, and $10,317.04 for Smile Train, which was enough to pay for 41 cleft-repair surgeries.Apart from fundraising I also raise awareness about causes and issues I care about. On 10 April 2017 I went paragliding in Cape Town to raise awareness about the Western Sahara. It is the last colony in Africa which has been illegally occupied – by Morocco for the past 41 years due to the fact that it is rich in natural resources. Thank you to my real-life superhero Catherine Constantinides, a Play Your Part ambassador, who made me and the rest of the world aware of this issue by literally going to the Saharawi refugee camps and living with the Saharawi people for a time.Source: Miracle Feet and CrowdriseWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more