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Kaizer Chiefs back on top of SA football

first_img‘Happy and excited’“I’m so happy and excited at the same time. I think I have an even bigger challenge next season to defend all the awards that I won this season. All eyes will be on me.” Kaizer Chiefs are back on top of South African football after winning both the Premier Soccer League and the Nedbank Cup. Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune also dominated the PSL Awards on the weekend, putting an exclamation point on the Amakhosi’s fine season. ‘Immensely proud’“You’ve got to be happy to come to a club and win the double in your first year. It’s incredible and I’m immensely proud of my players.” It was certainly a weekend to remember for Chiefs. It began with victory over SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup final in Durban on Saturday, and ended in Johannesburg on Sunday with Khune being named Footballer of the Season, the Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Season, Goalkeeper of the Season and Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament. In his first season with Chiefs, the former Bafana Bafana mentor was named Coach of the Year after the club claimed the Nedbank Cup for the first time in seven years and the league honours for the first time in eight years. ‘The culture of winning’Baxter also praised his technical team and the team’s management. He further sounded a warning to other clubs, saying: “It is very important that we continue with the culture of winning. Khune, captain of Chiefs and South Africa, told Sapa he was humbled by the awards he received. “To be recognised as the best player in the PSL, I’m so humbled,” he said. 28 May 2013 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Speaking after his side’s win over SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup, Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said: “If someone had told me at the start of the season we would win the double I’d ask them what how much they were drinking? But as the season progressed, we all started to believe [we could do it]. SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt, after seeing his side go down in the Nedbank Cup final, said: “They’re the biggest club in South Africa and your back’s going to be against the wall every time you play them,” he said. “They’re a fantastic football club and you’ve got to commend Kaizer [Motaung] and his family for what they’ve done here. “We will meet soon and discuss areas that need strengthening in the team. We will be campaigning in Africa which means our squad will need to have more depth.” “When I started playing against them in 1980, it was unbelievable already in those days, and it’s grown into a huge empire.” Khune has also moved to downplay suggestions that he could sign a lucrative contract with an overseas club, saying he had not heard anything from anybody and was thus focusing on playing the next season with the Amakhosi. “It is a great feeling to win this award,” Baxter told the Kaizer Chiefs’ website. “When you receive a call to coach Kaizer Chiefs it brings lots of pressure especially after the club went through such a long time without winning the league. I thank the supporters for sticking through with the club through thick and thin.”last_img read more

10 months agoMonaco coach Henry leans on Dein to go for Chelsea midfielder Cesc

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Henry leans on Dein to go for Chelsea midfielder Cescby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Thierry Henry has jumped into the battle for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Off contract in June, Cesc has been put up for sale by Chelsea ahead of the January for a price of £7-8m.AC Milan and Roma are in talks with Cesc and Chelsea, as is Atletico Madrid.And Nice-Matin says Henry is also keen on the former Arsenal captain as he attempts to stave off relegation. The pair played together at Arsenal for four years.Further strengthening Henry’s chances is he shares with Cesc the same agent, Darren Dein. last_img read more

Roundup Of All The Projected NCAA Tournament Brackets A Month From Selection Sunday

first_imgProjected NCAA Tournament brackets.NCAA BracketsWe’re about a month away from the start of the best three weeks of the college sports year. In roughly four weeks, it’ll be Selection Sunday. On March 13, the NCAA Tournament selection committee will unveil its 68-team field on CBS. Here’s what the bracketologists are currently projecting the NCAA Tournament to look like. CBSNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Kansas, Virginia, Villanova. No. 2 seeds: Xavier, Iowa, Oregon, Miami. No. 3 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Michigan State, West VirginiaNo. 4 seeds: Dayton, USC, Iowa State, PurdueFull bracket. ESPNNo. 1 seeds: Oklahoma, Villanova, Kansas, Iowa. No. 2 seeds: Maryland, UNC, Oregon, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: Miami, Michigan State, Xavier, West Virginia.No. 4 seeds: Kentucky, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Dayton. Full bracket. FOX SportsNo. 1 seeds: Kansas, Villanova, Virginia, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: Iowa, Michigan State, Oregon, Miami.No. 3 seeds: UNC, West Virginia, Maryland, Xavier.No. 4 seeds: USC, Texas, Iowa State, Purdue.Full bracket.Sports IlllustratedNo. 1 seeds: Iowa, Villanova, Kansas, Oklahoma.No. 2 seeds: UNC, Maryland, Xavier, Virginia.No. 3 seeds: West Virginia, Iowa State, Michigan State, Oregon.No. 4 seeds: Baylor, Miami, Texas A&M, Purdue. Full bracket. And now, to get you in the mood for the NCAA Tournament: last_img read more

Power outages experienced in Fort St John

first_imgFor information on power outages, you can visit B.C. Hydro’s website.Original story:FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A major part of Fort St. John is experiencing power outages this afternoon.According to B.C. Hydro, it was reported that the power had gone out at 1:41 P.M.The cause of the power outages is believed to be a Substation fault.Areas affected include South of 115th AVE, North of 79th AVE, West of 78th ST, East of 108th ST. UPDATE – B.C. Hydro says power has been restored as of 2:46 p.m. on January 8, 2019.Bob Gammer, Northern Community Relations for B.C. Hydro, says an electrician is currently heading to the Fort St. John substation to investigate the cause of the outage.“The cause is unknown at this point, but an electrician is going to the Fort St. John substation to investigate.” It is estimated that 8957 customers are affected by the outage.We will continue to provide updates as they become available.For more information, you can visit B.C. Hydro’s website.last_img read more

Towards an inclusive India

first_imgAmbedkar’s vision has revolutionised the socio-political atmosphere of modern India bringing a sea of change in the perception of democracy. Unlike the traditional thinkers, Ambedkar redefined ‘democracy not merely as a form of government but as a mode of associated living, and an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellowmen. To him, fraternity is the foundation and social endosmosis is the character of democracy. He was first to discover that social inequalities disallow economic freedom and mobility to a majority of Indian people and they are eternal; not just because they are endemic to caste system but because caste is the base of India’s economy sanctified by religion, unlike other societies in the world. Contrary to communists, Ambedkar viewed class as only the next door neighbour of caste. Also Read – A special kind of bondWith the Constitution, the beginning of a new India was heralded which was radically opposed to caste-ridden traditional society. Though discrimination on the grounds of caste was prohibited, soon it was realised that it alone was not good enough to uplift the excluded people of India. Affirmative action was approved as policy under Article 16 (4). The provision ‘for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion of the State, is not adequately represented in the services under the State’ has a scope wide enough to accommodate all the socially deprived classes apart from Dalits and Tribes. And ‘Backward class’ as Ambedkar stated in the House, ‘is what the State says it is’. The job of identifying a backward class is entrusted to the Backward Class Commission constituted under Art. 340. It’s remarkable that the Constitution does not mention any caste in particular, barring the general reference to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes under Articles 341 and 342 to be notified by the President. However, the entitlement is only under the sole criteria of ‘Backward Class Citizen’ whether one is from SC, ST or OBC. Ironically and naturally, ‘caste’ became the only practical criteria for identification of backwardness. Also Read – Insider threat managementAmbedkar, a statesman, dreamt of India as a nation with liberty, equality, and fraternity, but found the caste system as a strong impediment on the path. He prophetically cautioned that ‘political power in India had long been the monopoly of a few, while the many are not only beasts of burden but also beasts of prey. But these downtrodden had now become impatient to govern themselves’. Urge for self-realisation in the downtrodden classes must not be allowed to devolve into a class struggle or class war. To avoid this, the establishment of equality and fraternity was necessary.” Such an appeal from an iconic leader of struggle for equality could never end up as a voice in the wilderness. Excluded classes, overlapping castes, soon realised that they did not receive their due share in the new democratic power structure, be it in the sphere of politics, professions or services; and what followed was a massive social awakening which has impacted the nature of politics in the country. ‘Social engineering’ has become a common phrase in Indian politics. India’s caste society couldn’t prove a fertile ground for ‘Class Struggle’ of Marxism while Gandhism, proved no more than a romanticised justification of caste society of India. Nehru’s socialism was a mixture of Gandhian ethics and Marxian economics. All the three shied away from questioning the basic roots of injustice – the caste system. Ambedkar fearlessly condemned not only the institution of caste but also the religion that sanctified such irrational undemocratic institutions. He believed in democratic socialism aimed at nation building by empowering and mainstreaming the millions of victims of caste society – an ideology unheard before in the traditional India of inequalities. He profoundly observed that ‘while reason may mitigate the conflict it can never obviate the necessity of such a conflict of interest’ between few dominant classes and the vast majority of dominated. He expounded that ‘what makes one interest dominant over another is power. That being so, power is needed to destroy power.’ Hence his emphasis on political empowerment of the weaker sections. Surprisingly and contrary to a fallacious conclusion of many, Ambedkar’s call was not restricted to or monopolised by Dalits, it crossed the divides and appealed to the majority of other ‘lower castes’ of Hindu social hierarchy – the backward classes in Mandal’s language, or for a sociologist, the occupational castes of Indian economy; shepherds, blacksmiths, washermen, barbers, weavers, potters, fishermen, and agricultural communities. History was made when Mandal Commission recommendations were translated into action by central legislation. Ambedkarism was seen paving way for an inclusive and enlightened India. Ambedkar, however, never could have possibly visualised that the logical culmination of the struggle for equality one day would be a constitutional arrangement of reservations up to fifty per cent in jobs and educational institutions. But far from sounding sinister, it is only a natural course of state action in order to compensate the historical injustice perpetrated against not only the Dalits, but also the majority of Shudras’s – the fourth ‘Varna’ of Manu’s Social hierarchy, and mainstream them. The political economy of India, which is still predominantly controlled by the institution of caste, long shut the doors on these excluded masses. Only the state sector could come to their rescue. Some states have provided reservations for minorities too. New demands for reservation are arising from various castes/classes across the country. The prospects are unknown though, the message is loud and clear; a challenge to the traditional power structure and a struggle for empowerment. Now Parliament has passed a bill on reservations in favour of the economically backward too, of course, the Savarns – the upper castes. Though eyebrows were raised, this should not, however, be viewed as anti-thesis of Ambedkar’s ideology, for his philosophy is secular in spirit and his vision inclusive in content. It is aimed at nation building wherein fraternity is the foundation. Leaving political and legal ramifications aside, wider affirmative action towards more inclusion is not unjustified. Or else one day in future, today’s ‘Sawarns’ may end up as depressed classes and agitate for reverse discrimination. Social inequalities are a threat to nationhood. Ambedkar emphatically said that ‘to leave inequality between class and class, between sex and sex, untouched and to go on passing legislation relating to economic problems is to make a farce of our Constitution and to build a palace on a dung heap’. Ambedkar’s vision has acquired greater relevance today since more than economic development, social equilibrium with inclusive progress is seen as essential for the survival of India as a nation. It is remarkable that all political parties, including the Rightists, now openly claim to adhere to Ambedkar’s ideology. This is Ambedkarism in its full bloom. The journey from Homo Hierarchicus to Homo Equalis has begun! (The author is a senior Bureaucrat of Chhattisgarh. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Property worth crores gutted in Vedic Village fire, none hurt

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at the Vedic Village resort in Rajarhat on Monday night. A big portion of the resort was damaged due to impact of the inferno. It is said property worth crores reduced to ashes but no one was hurt in the incident.Twelve fire tenders doused the flames almost after battling for about eight hours. According to sources, Vedic Village resort authorities claimed that around 10 pm, on Monday, a lightning struck the cottages, which were made of hay. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn no time the fire started spreading fast because of the strong winds. At the first, the staff members of Vedic Village tried to control the fire by arranging water from their underground reservoir. But as the intensity of the fire was high, they were not able to control the inferno. Immediately, the fire brigade and the Rajarhat police station was informed. Soon, five fire tenders were pressed into action. Later, seven more fire tenders were called in as the intensity of the fire was increasing. It is alleged when the fire started media personnel, who went to cover the incident, and a few firefighters were not allowed to get into the resort. Later, the police intervened and resolved the matter. Question arises if the Vedic Village authorities had no flaw on their part, why the media and fire fighters were restricted. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA source informed that the reception, godown and the office burnt into ashes as these structures were made of hay. Though the Vedic Village authorities claimed that the fire broke out due to lightning but the actual cause is yet not confirmed. It is suspected that fire had occurred due to a short circuit. Within an hour, the fire took a bad shape as it raged up to almost 25 feet. Guests in the cottages and the residents of various apartments within 100 metres got panic-stricken due to intensity of the fire. All the guests were evacuated and taken to a safe place. Later, fire minister Sujit Bose went to the spot and supervised the firefighting operation. According to Bose, it is not clear if any firefighting measures or license were in place at the resort. Around 3 am, on Tuesday, the fire was brought under control. Later, cooling process went on till early morning. Till Tuesday night no complaint was lodged by the Fire department. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott wins top Big Ten offensive player leads 14 Ohio State

OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs with the ball to the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. OSU won 42-13. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo EditorAfter rushing for 1,672 yards through 12 games, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year on Tuesday evening.The junior headlined a class of six offensive players named to either the coaches’ or media’s all-Big Ten teams and was also named the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year.Elliott was a steady influence on the offense all season long, rushing for triple-digit yardage in 11 of 12 games, including 274- and 214-yard outbursts against Indiana and Michigan, respectively.The St. Louis native tacked on 19 touchdowns in 12 games, one more than his 15-game total a season ago. He has also been lauded by coach Urban Meyer as one of the top blockers on the team all season long. In addition to the ground attack, he added 176 yards on 26 receptions, the third-most catches on the team.Meyer said after the Michigan game that he believes Elliott should be a Heisman Trophy finalist. Regardless, the Offensive Player of the Year award stands as a fitting end to his junior season, which he already announced would be his final one collegiately.Elliott, as expected, was also named to the all-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and media.Joining Elliott on both first teams were a pair of offensive linemen: senior left tackle Taylor Decker and redshirt junior right guard Pat Elflein.Decker also took home a top positional honor as a blocker, winning the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award.Decker, for the second year in a row, was the anchor of an offensive line that overcame a slow start to turn into one of OSU’s biggest strengths toward the latter part of the season.The Vandalia, Ohio, native played a big role in opening up holes that enabled Elliott to have the year he did, as well as buying quarterbacks Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett room to run and time to throw.Decker was named to the all-Big Ten second team in 2014 by both the coaches and media but took a step up to the elite of the conference in his senior season.Elflein was another solid performer all season long on the opposite side from Decker. The first-team honors on the coaches’ ballot were the second in as many years as a starter for the Pickerington, Ohio, product, and he also appeared on the media’s first team for the first time.In addition to the threesome on the coaches’ and media’s first teams, two of Decker’s and Elflein’s mates on the offensive line, sophomore left guard Billy Price and senior center Jacoby Boren, were named to the third team. Redshirt senior wide receiver Michael Thomas joined the two blockers on both third teams.Elliott was the third Offensive Player of the Year from OSU in the past four years, joining redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller, who won the award as a quarterback in 2012 and 2013. He is also the second OSU running back to win the top Big Ten honors at the position, joining Carlos Hyde in 2013.Decker was the first OSU offensive lineman to win the Rimington-Pace award since 2001, when center LeCharles Bentley nabbed the honors.Eight OSU players appeared on the all-conference lists for defense and special teams, which were released Monday night: defensive end Joey Bosa, linebackers Joshua Perry, Raekwon McMillan and Darron Lee, safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Eli Apple, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington and punter Cameron Johnston. Bosa was also named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. read more

Football Ohio State still eyeing the field for a safety

Ohio State then-freshman safety Isaiah Pryor (14) takes down UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers in the third quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere’s safety in numbers.Or at least, there should be. Ohio State has an opening in its defensive backfield at the field safety position opposite junior safety Jordan Fuller. Despite having three people competing for the position, head coach Urban Meyer said he views the position battle as the No. 1 concern for his team exiting spring practices because no one has made any noticeable separation to this point.“We’re just not quite sure who that is,” Meyer said after the Spring Game. “[Defensive coordinators Greg] Schiano and Alex Grinch, we’re going to meet probably next Wednesday and they’re going to give me a depth chart and we’ll go from there.”One of the many positions vacated by a senior from last season, safety has not been a major debate for Ohio State in past seasons. Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell, both now in the NFL, held the roles in 2015. Damon Webb and Malik Hooker were viewed as the clear starters in the 2016 season, and while Fuller split snaps with Erick Smith across the field from Webb in 2017, Fuller soon overtook Smith. Now, there’s three players — sophomores Isaiah Pryor and Brendon White, as well as redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint — battling against one another for the opening. Pryor, the No. 8 safety in the 2017 recruiting class according to 247Sports composite rankings, entered the spring considered by many to be the favorite to grab the position. Meyer said on March 26 those were the only three competing for the spot, but also suggested freshmen Marcus Hooker — Malik’s younger brother — and Josh Proctor could put themselves into the fight as well.Almost three weeks after that, Schiano still refused to rule those two players out.“Around here, there’s no freshman, sophomore, junior. I mean, if you’re the best guy, you’ll play,” Schiano said after the Spring Game. “There’s a guy by the name of Hooker too that’s coming to town. Who knows? Somebody in his family played that position pretty well.”Hearing the coaches talk about the position battles for the upcoming year, it becomes apparent that the second safety position could be the last decided on defense. The coaching staff appears to have several players in mind for the two linebacker openings.But safety, a position that had an early frontrunner in Pryor, now might not have an answer until the end of the summer.“I know we [won’t] come out of spring with a clear-cut guy,” Schiano said. “The competition will continue into training camp and I’m confident we’ll have two guys that start that game that will be game-ready. It’s developing depth behind it that will be the challenge.”It remains to be seen how that depth will shake out. Even if Pryor separates himself from the rest of the pack, it is unknown how White and Wint will be as backup options.White was burned several times in coverage during Saturday’s Spring Game. And while Wint appeared to have a solid Spring Game performance, he is the only former three-star recruit of the group. There also is four-star safety Amir Riep, who despite coming in with lofty expectations, has not been mentioned as someone ready to start.Part of what has made Ohio State successful in the past with developing young members of the secondary was the ability to plug incoming freshmen onto special teams and have them gain in-game experience while waiting for their chance to shine. If Meyer’s concern over the group of safeties is warranted, some of the freshmen might be in a position where one injury could force them to play meaningful snaps, which is a less-than-ideal situation.But Schiano did not seem worried after the Spring Game. “I do feel we have guys that can play, but you would always like — it’s cleaner if you come out with a guy that established himself,” Schiano said. “It’s not that none of them show things. They did. It’s just none of them showed it that much more than the other that you can say, ‘That’s the guy.’”Regardless of if the talent necessitates the concern, it is not an optimal position for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will leave spring camp unsure who even the top two people are at a key position on the defense. Ohio State’s track record of developing players in the defensive backfield should provide belief that the void will be filled. There is typically safety in numbers. Yet, Ohio State will find more safety if it can narrow that number down to one sooner rather than later. read more

Expert explains why Salas plane crashed

first_imgAccording to expert Juan Arturo del Azar, he believes pilot David Ibbotson suffered from “spatial disorientation.”Spatial disorientation is defined as the inability of a pilot to correctly interpret aircraft attitude, altitude or airspeed in relation to the Earth or other points of reference.And for flying expert Juan Arturo Del Azar, the cause of the crash of a light aircraft in the English Channel carrying Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson could be just that.“As in any investigation we can only speculate on what has been published until there’s official information,” Juan Arturo Del Azar was quoted by The Express.“But everything so far indicates there was an operation that should never have existed and a pilot who was not qualified to fly in the conditions there were that night.””The bulk of the plane was on the seabed and very few things were missing.” David Mearns, who led the privately-funded search for the plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala, explains how his team found and identified the wreckage pic.twitter.com/yEtnglCGlG— ZooM Harare (@ZoomHarare) February 5, 2019“What we know is that the pilot ‘requested descent’ on passing Guernsey,” he added.“I’ve flown that same route at least 400 times. It’s a crossing over water.”“The reason for requesting a descent, according to the aviation community, was because the plane was accumulating ice,” he explained.“But the information we have now is that this pilot was not authorized to fly with instruments.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“If that is the case, it could be a lot simpler. It could simply be a case of being in a cloud, not knowing how to fly with instruments and suffering what is called spatial disorientation,” Del Azar continued.“There’s a well-known incident, that of John Kennedy Jr, in which that happened.”“When a person is in a cloud and looks out of the window, they are disorientated. Then they have to know how to fly the plane looking just at the instruments,” he added.“If the information is correct and this pilot wasn’t qualified to fly with instruments, yes, there could have been ice.”“Your body sends you erroneous signals at that point. Your body tells you the plane is rising and the plane is falling and vice-versa,” the expert commented.“At that point, the only thing that is valid are the instruments. It’s something that’s very routine but it’s something for which a pilot must have a license and training.”“At night-time, everything is much more complicated. Ninety-five percent of accidents are human errors, errors by the pilot or maintenance errors. It’s not the planes’ fault. At times there are faults but they are a tiny minority, three to four percent,” he concluded.Emiliano Sala’s sister shared this photo yesterday of his dog still waiting for him to return…’Nala also waits for you’This is absolutely gutting 😔😔😔 pic.twitter.com/sV96ql2xnH— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 5, 2019last_img read more