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Waterhouse brace for tough game

first_imgTwo-time national champions Waterhouse FC are in a must-win situation when they face-off against Portmore United on match-day 31 in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at Juici Park,Clarendon, tomorrow, starting at 3:30 p.m.Waterhouse are sitting in the cellar position in the 12-team league on 28 points from 30 games and find themselves in a tense fight to avoid relegation.With three games remaining in the preliminary stage, Portmore United lead on 57 points, followed by Montego Bay United (56) and defending champions Arnett Gardens (54) as the teams battling for the $1 million incentive awarded to the team that ends on most points.Portmore will be looking for maximum points against Waterhouse in order to continue their impressive run. On the other hand, Waterhouse’s season is on the line, so spectators could be in for a good game.”It is going to be a tough one, but we are up to the challenge on Sunday,” coach of Waterhouse Anthony Patrick said during the RSPL’s weekly press conference last Thursday at Red Stripe.”We have to stay disciplined. We are very confident as a team and training has been going well,” Patrick disclosed.Meanwhile, manager of Portmore United Clive Marshall says his team’s confidence his high following a sweep of Montego Bay United.”We needed back our confidence and it is coming at the right time. We prefer to have this level of confidence going to this stage,” Marshall said.Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, Marshall added that: “We are fully aware that all games will be tough because teams have different objectives at this stage.”last_img read more

Porzingis says no timetable yet in return from torn ACL

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APNEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis thought he would go right back into the game when he hurt his knee last month.Now he’s not sure when he can play again.ADVERTISEMENT That came at the hospital, where tests confirmed the torn ligament. He underwent surgery and said he is keeping a positive mindset in his recovery, already working on his upper body strength while rehabilitating the knee.“I was shocked at first. I couldn’t believe that it happened to me, and then about 30 seconds later I said, ’OK, what can I do now?’” Porzingis said. “Now it’s just time for me to make a comeback and then I focused on the next thing, and that was prepare myself for the surgery.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Wizards coach not concerned about timing of Wall’s return MOST READ 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments Porzingis said Tuesday there is still no timetable for his return from a torn left ACL that will keep him out the remainder of this season and at least some of the next.The All-Star forward was hurt upon landing after a dunk in a game against Milwaukee on Feb. 6. The 7-foot-3 forward said there was sharp pain when the injury happened, but that he quickly felt better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I got up, I started walking a little bit, it felt better with every step, so once I got to the locker room I was like, ‘Can I go back in the game?’” he said. “I almost felt that good.”“I thought it was like a sprain honestly. I didn’t feel it pop, I didn’t feel anything. So once it happened on the floor I was trying to get back in as soon as possible, because I thought I don’t want to be on the floor too long. It’s just a sprain. But then I got the bad news.”last_img read more

Riot Characterizes NAMBO’s Membership Re-launch

first_imgNAMBO’s supporters resorted to fistfights after seeking financial assistance to return to their respective homesBy David S. Menjor & Jerry Kai- LewisPandemonium broke out yesterday at the close of the program marking the re-launch of the membership drive of the National Movement to Support Boakai (NAMBO) when NAMBO’s supporters resorted to fistfights after seeking financial assistance to return to their respective homes.The riot which was also characterized by stone throwing left Deltin Dorley, a reporter for the Concord Times newspaper, with a head wound.The situation intensified when officials of NAMBO rushed the reporter into their office instead of taking him to the nearby clinic for treatment.The secretary general of the Reporters Association of Liberia (RAL), Willie Tokpah, said NAMBO’s refusal to allow the affected reporter to seek immediate medical attention was a complete disservice to him.The Daily Observer reliably learnt that the incident started when an unidentified person went into the NAMBO’s office to seek the attention of leadership to afford him and his colleagues, who all came from Mount Barclay, money for transportation, for which they reportedly resorted to fighting after being denied the requested cash.During the re-launch ceremony, VP Joseph N. Boakai who served as the chief launcher, called on members of the movement to be sincere to themselves, and their motives must not be driven by anything negative.“When a doctor makes a mistake while attending to a patient, only that patient loses his or her life, but when we politicians blunder, the whole nation suffers,” VP Boakai said.He said he is prepared to lead the nation as president if elected because he has worked for the public for over 40 years.Meanwhile, VP Boakai commended the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) and many other organizations and friends for believing in him and accepting to sacrifice everything to see him elected in October.The membership drive is targeting 250,000 voters across the country.The Progressive Gbao Youth Development Association in Nimba County District #7, the LMA, NDC and the People’s Unification party (PUP) pledged their unflinching support to the presidential bid of Vice President Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

North Peace Leisure Pool water slide opening all year

first_imgNorth Peace Leisure Pool Commission announced that it reached both a short and long term goal to resolve the issue of having to close the pool’s water slide due to cold weather.- Advertisement -Facility Manager Steve McLain says that wrapping the slide in an insulated tarp system will provide the pool with a short-term solution. [asset|aid=3361|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c87d2e70aae73eae85bf9cc6eb69af03-Slide 1_1_Pub.mp3] According to McLain, such a solution is rather inexpensive, which should only cost the pool around $3,000. With regards to a long term solution for insolating the slide, it is highly likely that renovations will have to be considered in order to fully enclose the slide all year long.Advertisement As a result, the pool will issue a Request for Proposal’s (RFP) to build the desired enclosure around the slide. The RFP is to be issued in January.McLain says the main issue is keeping the pool’s patrons happy. As requests for the slide to be open year around grew, so did the concern of the North Peace Leisure Pool Commission. [asset|aid=3362|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c87d2e70aae73eae85bf9cc6eb69af03-Slide 2_1_Pub.mp3] Due to the public’s concerns, the message was received and currently the process has begun to make the slide available to the public all year around.Advertisement North Peace Leisure Pool patrons can now slip and slide all year round.last_img read more

Guus Hiddink on Villa victory: ‘These games are for the youngsters at Chelsea’

first_imgChelsea ran riot over Aston Villa in the weekend’s early Premier League kick off, cruising to a 4-0 victory at Villa Park.The result is even sweeter for the Blues after Guus Hiddink experimented with his team, bringing academy players Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jake Clarke-Salter into the side, as well as handing Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga their debuts.Loftus-Cheek, in particular, impressed – repaying his manager’s faith by getting the ball rolling in the first half. And Hiddink is not only delighted with the victory, but has spoken of his joy at the club’s young players showing they can compete at this level. “Well I feel ok after a win – I feel always ok after a win,” said Hiddink. “But today, especially, because we brought up some youngsters – one or two make their debut.“Another one, Loftus-Cheek, was already involved in some games and now gets a full game.“These games are for them to show they can step up to a higher level.”Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League since Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December, and the Dutchman is thrilled with the response from his side following a terrible opening to their title defence.“[Our unbeaten league run] is not, maybe a record, but it’s good that the team is now reacting after a difficult first half of the season.”last_img read more

OCEAN FM SEES OFF RIVAL TO RETAIN BROADCASTING LICENSE

first_imgThe Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today  announced the decision of the Contract Awards Committee regarding the award of the contract for a local, broad-format radio service for Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal.“A contract has been awarded in principle to North West Broadcasting Limited (t/a Ocean FM) for the provision of the radio service for the franchise area of Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal,” says the BAI.“The Authority will now proceed to contract negotiations with the successful applicant and further details regarding the award of the contract will be issued in the coming months.” Coast FM – run by Mid-West Radio and the previous holders of the license – had been hoping to regain a license it had held for 14 years.Former Donegal All-Ireland winner Martin McHugh was part of the Coast FM bid. OCEAN FM SEES OFF RIVAL TO RETAIN BROADCASTING LICENSE was last modified: July 28th, 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)last_img read more

‘Hard Knocks’: Series has extra meaning for ex-Raider’s son

first_imgFrom Jon Gruden’s hilarious barbs to the bizarre antics of Antonio Brown, HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders” has delivered plenty of memorable moments through its first three episodes.But for Matt Montoya, a key production assistant with the show, the best experience by far came during the team’s alumni weekend featured in the series opener. It was an event attended by his father, former Raiders’ guard Max Montoya, and his mother, Patti. And, in his eyes, it was pure …last_img

Steenkamp: SA rugby player of the year

first_img2 November 2010Gurthro Steenkamp of the Blue Bulls was named the South African Rugby Union Player of the Year on Monday. He succeeds his team-mate Fourie du Preez.The big loosehead prop shone for the Bulls as the franchise claimed its third Super 14 title and stood out for the Springboks too. Not only did he exhibit improved scrummaging in 2010, but he also excelled around the field, producing a high tackle count and uesful contributions as a ball carrier.The other nominees for the award were Francois Hougaard, also of the Bulls, and the Western Province and Stormers trio of Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, and Schalk Burger.Team of the YearWhile the Bulls produced the Player of the Year, they were also recognised as a unit and named the SARU Team of the Year after winning the Super 14 for the third time in four years with a 25-17 victory over the Stormers in Soweto.Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies was named the SARU Young Player of the Year. He also picked up the SA under-20 Player of the Year Award after excelling at the IRB Junior World Championships in Argentina, where South Africa finished third.Together with 20-year-old Patrick Lambie, Jantjies was chosen for the Springboks’ end-of-year tour. The emergence of the two young playmakers has given supporters of the green and gold a lot of optimism about the future.Western Province awardsAlthough his team was beaten in the final of the Currie Cup, Western Province coach Allister Coetzee was given some consolation as he picked up the Absa Coach of the Year award. There was another award for Province when their exciting winger, Gio Aplon, was named the Players’ Player of the Year.There was success for the Stormers, with Andries Bekker being named the Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year after an impressive season in the southern hemisphere’s leading provincial competition.Another Stormer, Jaque Fourie, won the SuperSport Try of the Year for scoring a stunning five-pointer against the Crusaders after a superb run at Newlands.Record try scorerGriquas’ Bjorn Basson was named the Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year after setting a record with 21 tries in the season. The flying winger has been snapped up by the Blue Bulls for next season.The Eastern Province Kings’ Norman Nelson, who dotted down nine times in the season, was chosen as the Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year. The Kings claimed the First Division title with a hard-fought 16-12 victory over the South Western Districts Eagles in George.Francois Brummer of the Blue Bulls picked up the Vodacom Cup Player of the Year award. His drop-kick after the final whistle helped the Blue Bulls edge the Free State Cheetahs 31-29 to win the competition.Kyle Brown won the Sasol Sevens Player of the Year Award.Club rugbyStellenbosch University was beaten in the final of the SAA Club Championships, going down to College Rovers, but Maties’ Lourens Adriaanse was named the SAA Club Championships Player of the Year.Lock Dolly Mavungwana received the SARU Women’s Rugby Achiever of the Year award.Craig Joubert, who took charge of the Currie Cup final, won the Marriot Refereeing Achievement of the Year award.Johan Goosen of Free State, yet another fine product of the country’s top rugby school, Grey College, was named the Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament.Interestingly, the Sharks, winners of the Absa Currie Cup, didn’t win a single award!Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gripen first for SA woman fighter pilot

first_imgMajor Catherine Labuschagne completed her maiden solo flight in the South African Air Force’s Gripen Jas 39C in October, becoming the first woman fighter pilot ever to fly the supersonic aircraft.Maj Catherine Labuschagne made history when she became South Africa’s first female fighter pilot. (Image: SAAF)Brand South Africa reporterLabuschagne, who is identified by her call sign of Siren, is now the only female member of the SA Air Force’s (SAAF’s) elite 2 Squadron. The squadron, which flies the single- and dual-seat Gripens, is based at Makhado Air Force Base in Limpopo province.Formerly known as Air Force Base Louis Trichardt and today also called the Fortress of the North, or Castrum borealis, Makhado is the most northerly of South Africa’s bases.Established in the 1940s, 2 Squadron has earned many battle honours, including El Alamein in 1942, South East Europe in 1944 and 1945, and Korea from 1950 to 1953. Lieutenant Colonel Glen Gibson is the unit’s officer commanding (OC).Labuschagne trained on the venerable Impala jet before graduating to the Hawk 120 lead-in fighter trainer in preparation for the step up to South Africa’s most formidable aircraft. Pilots are required to accumulate about 430 hours on the Hawk and pass several courses before they can sit behind the controls of a Gripen.Dedicated and meticulousShe got her wings in 2000 and, a decade later, is one of South Africa’s most highly skilled women pilots. Although she’s never felt that she’s had to work as hard as her male colleagues, the going has been tough, Labuschagne admits.“You need to be dedicated; you need to be meticulous; you need to work hard, be committed to what you do; and definitely must have passion for what you do,” she said in a recent television interview.Labuschagne boasts 1 900 flying hours, of which 1 000 have been on military jets.Back in 2004 she made military history as the first woman to fly in a Gripen, but it was from the back seat of the two-seater 39D. Today she is among the first group of locally trained Gripen pilots to complete their operational conversion course – the initial six received their training in Sweden.Major Labuschagne (left) during training in Sweden. (Image: SAAB)The other local graduates are Lieutenant Koobendra Chetty (Saffron) and Lieutenant Colonel Gys van der Walt (Samurai). The three will complete their training in 2011 with Major Lance Mathebula (Lancelot), who trained in Sweden.Gripen instruction takes place at 85 Combat Flying School, based at the Centralised Training Centre at Makhado and operating under the motto Detrimento sumus (Destruction is our business). The centre offers a computer-based instruction system and a virtual aircraft training facility, also known as a simulator.According to 2 Squadron’s OC Gibson, the approximate ratio of air and simulator sorties is 50:50.SAAF setting the exampleThe Gripen is a single-engine fighter built by Swedish manufacturer Saab. Besides the SAAF, which was Gripen’s first export client, the craft are currently in service in the Czech, Hungarian and Swedish Air Forces.The SAAF has placed an order for 17 single-seater 39C craft and nine two-seater 39D craft, and in April 2008 took delivery of its first Gripen.To date, 15 of the nimble fighters have arrived in South African airspace, and the order is expected to conclude in 2012. The Gripens will replace the fleet of Cheetah fighters, some of which have been in service since 1986. The Cheetahs, which are basically refurbished Mirages, have now been retired.Before the Gripens could formally join the SAAF fleet, they had to pass a stringent two-year test programme to adapt the craft to local systems.“South Africa was the first export customer to select Gripen, and its recognition of Gripen’s capabilities and its faith in Saab has inspired other new Gripen customers, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, the UK’s Empire Test Pilot School and, more recently, Thailand,” says Saab president Åke Svensson.Svensson adds that the success of future negotiations with other countries depends to a degree on the performance of the aircraft in South Africa.BAE Systems South Africa CE Mike O’Callaghan says the purchase of the Gripens and Hawks has revived the country’s defence and aerospace industry and enhanced its reputation internationally. The UK-based BAE Systems is that country’s biggest defence contractor, and manufactures the Hawk fighters.With a maximum speed of Mach 2 – twice the speed of sound, or about 2 400km/h – and a highly advanced sensor system, the Gripen is widely regarded as the world’s top medium-weight fighter aircraft.During the recent 2010 Fifa World Cup, Gripens and Hawks were responsible for much of the security in the air.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South Africa’s Modise hailed for top career

first_img21 May 2015Portia Modise deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, according to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who saluted the decorated Banyana Banyana forward following her retirement from football.Modise’s contribution to women’s football was valuable, he said yesterday, and while she was hanging up her boots as a player, it was not goodbye as she would continue to be part of sport as an ambassador and mentor.Modise was the first South African soccer player in both the men’s and women’s sports to have scored more than 100 goals for the national team. After a triumphant career as a player, she announced on 19 May that she would retire from Banyana Banyana with immediate effect to pursue a career in coaching.“I’m not saying goodbye to the football association, I’m saying see you later. I would really like to contribute to building football in this country,” she said.“The question of honouring people who have made a contribution in sport is a matter that we are attending to, through the Hall of Fame. People like Portia, I think in even in women’s sports, those that came before her have not achieved what she has achieved in the field of play,” said Mbalula.“She definitely belongs in that Hall of Fame in terms of honour and respect. She needs to be inducted into that Hall of Fame for all her achievements. She is one of the brightest stars of women’s sport.”She was retiring at a time when there were plans to make women’s league football a full-time sport in South Africa. The South African Football Association (Safa) had committed to making Modise an ambassador of women’s sport as she was a role model to young girls and an icon of women’s sport.It was important that efforts be made to train her as a coach so she could pass on her talent through training others.The Mail and Guardian newspaper stated that Modise “is South Africa’s most successful soccer player. She’s the most capped female player and the top goal scorer. Across the board.”Modise, who was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, was the longest serving player in Banyana Banyana, with 124 caps. She scored 101 goals in national team colours, making her the first African footballer to ever score 100 international goals, according to Safa.Nicknamed “Bashin” after the Orlando Pirates goal scoring legend Albert “Bashin” Mahlangu, Modise played a vital role in Banyana’s achievements. She started playing football aged 10, choosing the sport over netball in school. She played for Soweto Rangers at U/10 level and Jomo Cosmos Ladies before joining Soweto Ladies in 1996.At 13 she captained Basetsana before being called-up to the senior side two years later. She made her debut in the senior national team in 2000. She also had a stint overseas playing for Danish side Fortuna Hjorring for two seasons.Source: SAinfo reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more