LSU suspends head men’s basketball coach Will Wade

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We’ve handled everything very well so far,” Wade said Thursday. “We’ve talked about the bigger the game or the more noise that’s out there, the more you have to narrow your focus. We’ve been very good at keeping a narrow focus thus far.”Smart has not been made available for comment.Several LSU players who were among Wade’s top recruits the past two years — speaking late Thursday afternoon — echoed some of their coach’s comments about moving forward and also suggested their recent success had something to do with the timing of the scrutiny surrounding the program.“If we weren’t winning, trust me, they wouldn’t talk about us,” freshman forward Emmitt Williams said. “As you can see, we’re doing stuff no one ever thought of us doing. They’re trying to find a way to bring us down. We don’t even pay attention to that stuff.”LSU’s 25 regular season victories are tied second most in program history with the 2000 and 2009 teams and behind only the 1981 Final Four team that won a school-record 27 regular-season games. The 1981 team went on to finish the postseason with an LSU-record 31 victories.Sophomore guard Tremont Waters said LSU players are close-knit group that stays together “when people are trying to create havoc around our program.”“People don’t pay attention to losers,” Waters added. “Growing up, I never won a championship. People don’t talk about you when you’re not winning. That’s just a way of life.”Wade’s suspension comes near the climax of a season that began with profound sadness after the late-September shooting death of LSU forward Wayde Sims, a junior from Baton Rouge. Sims — a popular role player known for proudly showing teammates around his home town or helping them run errands — was fatally shot while sticking up for a friend who’d been involved in a fight near the campus of Southern University. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying La Salle snaps skid, rolls past UE Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LSU coach Will Wade shouts during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)What could go down as LSU’s most successful basketball season in about four decades has been tarnished by the suspension of coach Will Wade amid concerns about whether his recruiting tactics violated NCAA rules.LSU Chancellor F. King Alexander and athletic director Joe Alleva announced Friday that they suspended Wade indefinitely and appointed assistant Tony Benford interim head coach. Benford’s first game in his new role comes Saturday, when No. 10 LSU (25-5, 15-2 Southeastern Conference) hosts Vanderbilt (9-21, 0-17) with an opportunity to win at least a share of the SEC regular-season championship.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The suspension came a day after reports that an FBI wire-tap captured Wade’s telephone conversations with a person convicted last year of funneling money to the families of basketball recruits. In a joint statement, Alexander and Alleva said the suspension will continue until LSU can ensure that Wade’s recruiting tactics have been in full compliance with NCAA and university policies.“Recent media reports regarding coach Will Wade are without question concerning to all of us,” the joint statement said. “As such, we and university officials have taken deliberate and purposeful steps to fairly assess and adequately address this situation. … We are closely coordinating with the NCAA with every step. They have our full cooperation and we will continue to report to them all facts and information on this matter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsA Yahoo report on Thursday included excerpts of a phone call in which Wade spoke with Christian Dawkins, who is one of several people convicted in October of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State. Dawkins also is a defendant in a federal bribery case scheduled for trial scheduled for April 22, and Wade is expected to be called as a witness in that case.In the report, Wade is described expressing his frustration with an unidentified third party handling the recruitment of player referred to only as “Smart.” LSU has a freshman guard named Javonte Smart who is a former Louisiana high school player of the year. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Wade is quoted on a transcript of the call saying that he made a strong offer that was “tilted toward taking care of” the player and his mother, but that the third party who received the offer was unsatisfied with his “piece of the pie.”The report also states that it was not clear if the offer Wade discusses would violate NCAA rules, or if the player and his family knew of, or accepted, the offer, of which there were no specific details.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said he supported LSU’s decision to suspend Wade.“The information in recent news reports is very disturbing, if true,” said Sankey, noting that the SEC advises member institutions on compliance matters, and would do so in this case. “Considering the existing circumstances, LSU has taken appropriate action.”Wade was at a public speaking engagement at a south Louisiana casino when the report came out. When asked about the report by media after the event, Wade declined comment other than to express confidence in his players’ ability to remain focused on basketball.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Sinoe Supt., MRU Youth Speaker Might Compete for House Seat in 2017

first_imgSinoe County Superintendent Thomas Romeo Quioh and the County’s Representative to the Mano River Union Youth Parliament, who is also the Speaker, Melvin Sarh, are both eyeing the District #1 Representative Seat of the county in 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Supt. Quioh told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview on Monday, August 24 in Monrovia that though he has not “finally concluded in contesting the District # 1 Representative slot in 2017,” though it is possible that he might.Mr. Quioh, who is also a Liberty Party (LP) executive member, boasted that if he considers running for District # 1 Representative seat, he would be a formidable force.It can be recalled that Quioh emerged second in his Senatorial bid in the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections.From 2010 to 2014 Supt. Quioh served as Assistant Superintendent for Development in Sinoe County and temporarily served as Acting Superintendent before his official appointment as Superintendent.He boasted of developments during his tenure, including the James Green Sports Stadium, Multi-purpose Youth Center, Children Player, Executive Guest House, electricity, and the Rural Bank.Sarh, who is also the Speaker of the MRU Youth Parliament, said the youth, which comprised of 65% of county’s population, have resolved to elect a “youthful representative” to seek and promote their welfare.Sarh indicated that he has renovated 10 schools in the county as well as donated education materials.He said over the years, he had presented assorted materials to various schools in Sinoe, including textbooks, zinc, and dozens of pencils, among other things.He said schools that benefited from the gestures include the Sinoe Multilateral High School, United Methodist School, and St. Joseph’s Catholic School, among others. This includes the renovation of several schools.“2017 will be the time for the young people to speak and we will represent them,” Sarh said. “We as citizens of this county, it is our turn to empower people, who will care and we cannot afford to put the future of our county at stake with the election of people who will enrich their families and themselves.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fermo Cambianica’s Los Alamitos selections for tonight:

first_img3. License To Zoom raced near the lead throughout and edged up from fourth to miss winning by ahead. Special Spice bumped at the start and got up to be a close fourth and was claimed. Hit It Hard was passed by the winner after leading most of the way. Long shot: Takin Up Streakin. 4. Aquickchick led all the way to win by 3/4 length and steps up in class. Keep A Dasher raced in third place all the way and fits better with drop in class. Exploiting lost by a neck while finishing in fourth place and races for a different owner after being claimed. Long shot: Dees Cocktail. 10. La Dominica closed form fifth place to lose by a neck as the 3-2 favorite. Dreams Can Fly lost by a neck while running second and third during the last two attempts. Silver And Sable moves up in class after capturing her last two outings. Long shot: Corona Martell. 11. Corona Curl was runner-up in the best of six career starts and threatened the last four outings. Chicks Got Cash has to be considered after running third during her last two appearances. Chicky Te missed winning during her last two trips. Long shot: Chikita Especial. Best bet: Johnnys Looking Good (9). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 5. Thorpe battled for the lead all the way around the track and lost by a nose and should be leaving the maiden ranks. Souvenir Rose finished third for the best of three career showings and may be the major threat. Alyjam was unlucky to lose, being a head in back of the first two finishers. Long shot: Excess Heat. 6. Raise The Toll raced evenly to wind up in fourth place and should do better. Planting Czech broke out and bumped coming out of the starting gate and finished an improved third. Mighty Big Splash was in the runner-up position the entire trip. Long shot: SLR Sonoran Gal. 7. State Ruler ran eighth while racing five wide after defeating maiden opponents the race before. Extended Leave raced in the second position throughout and should be the major competition. Chow Baby was three wide on the turn and ended up last after winning the previous race and is coupled in the wagering with Flist. Long shot: Ofrank. 8. Seis Tres Bien has been threatening in recent races and could be leaving the maiden ranks. Prince Natova lost by a neck during last two outings while running second. Dashing BK ran fifth and fourth during his first two career outings. Long shot: Benitos Digity Jet. 9. Johnny’s Looking Good is overdue for a winning trip after battling all the way and losing by a nose. First Dinastia ran in fourth place the entire trip against better runners and has to be considered. War Chimes was second and third during his first two attempts. Long shot: Mohican Sun. center_img 1. Lionizer forced the pace for the first half mile before weakening and finishing eighth and failed to duplicate the victory at Fairplex Park the race before. Devil’s Launch had a poor start and finished sixth. Bajreeeda raced wide throughout and didn’t offer a challenge while running fifth. Long shot: Tricky Don. 2. Chico De Mongoose showed a lot of improvement over debut seventh place outing of the race before by running third and was claimed. I Gotta Lead raced with the leaders throughout and got up to run second. Doing Battle was off slowly and ran seventh and takes a big class drop. Long shot: Forcing The Issue. last_img read more

Shabbat with a sense of humor

first_imgSHERMAN OAKS – The observance of Shabbat, the Fourth Commandment in Judaism, is a holy day but not a day of dour faces and solemnity. Shabbat, Hebrew for Sabbath, is a festive holiday from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday that observant Jews look forward to with eagerness every week. The Creative Arts Temple, based at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, is bringing its humor-laced but tradition-rooted Shabbat service to the San Fernando Valley on the second Friday of every month. “The way we should relate to Judaism and Shabbat should be joyous. Open up your heart to it,” said Rabbi Jerry Cutler, who established Creative Arts Temple’s Shabbat service, meeting this month at Temple B’nai Hayim in Sherman Oaks. Cutler continues to lead the 8 p.m. Shabbat service the first Friday of the month at Temple Beth Am on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles. “My idea then, and now, was to make a Shabbat service once a month, but make it special so people looked forward to it and they would actually come. Our services have been packed.” Great music is a staple at Creative Arts Temple. The cantor is former Broadway and television actress Lorna (Patterson) Lembeck. Besides her wonderful voice, said Cutler, she has a magnificent sense of humor. “My background is comedy. We kibbitz a lot,” Cutler said. “People come to pray but there has to be humor. We have a lot of joyous singing. We do Israeli dancing at the Oneg Shabbat. We want people to feel the spirit of Shabbat.” The Creative Arts Temple still attracts entertainment industry personalities but it’s definitely not, said Cutler, an exclusive A-list congregation. “The service is very upbeat. It’s very much in the spirit of reaching out to people who may have abandoned their Jewish roots,” said Joann Roth-Oseary, founder of the Tarzana-based catering company Someone’s in the Kitchen. “Our rabbi is extraordinarily available to both the congregation and people in need. He’s not someone who turns people away.” Cutler is hoping the Sherman Oaks service will attract singles and young families to discover the joys of Shabbat observance. But the key for sustaining temple membership is to have a school. Temple B’nai Hayim has a school, and the goal is for the Creative Arts Temple’s congregation to help build up the school. The two congregations plan to hold joint fundraising programs and outreach to the needy. “I promote Jewish pride. I want people to know what Jews have accomplished,” said Cutler. “You should be a practicing Jew as best you can. Read books about every field that Jews have participated in. Find your Jewish love somewhere and feel proud.” Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jerry Cutler, 7:30 p.m. April 13, Creative Arts Temple, meeting at Temple B’nai Hayim, 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (323) 965-1818 or see www.creativeartstemple.org. holly.andres@dailynews.com (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The services are fun. There’s a lot of laughter. You will sing your heart out and clap your hands,” Cutler said. “You never know what to expect at one of our services. It’s the enjoyment of Judaism through the creative arts.” The Creative Arts Temple has a substantial member base living or working in the San Fernando Valley. Cutler decided it made sense to establish a second Shabbat service for his congregation on this side of the hill. The “Un-Orthodox” rabbi – yes, that’s printed on his business cards – has a background in writing and performing comedy. But he grew up in the Orthodox Judaism tradition in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, as the son of the late Rabbi Abraham Cutler. Cutler was the founder in 1972 of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts, a Los Angeles temple attracting Jews in the entertainment field due to Cutler’s dual career. But after some ups and downs with the former synagogue and in his personal life, the rabbi left the pulpit for a time before he started the Creative Arts Temple in the early 1980s. last_img read more

The UEFA Nations League explained

first_img0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann’s France face Germany in their inaugural UEFA Nations League match © AFP / Jewel SAMADPARIS, France, Sep 4 – A heavyweight showdown in Munich between the last two World Cup winners, France and Germany, sets the ball rolling on Thursday as the inaugural UEFA Nations League gets under way.The new tournament sees the 55 European national teams split into four divisions, taking promotion and relegation to international football while also offering an alternative route to the 2020 European Championship, without replacing the qualifiers themselves. AFP Sport tells you everything you need to know about the competition:– Fewer meaningless friendlies –The creation of the competition stems from the desire to replace meaningless friendly matches with more competitive games.When Germany last hosted France, in a friendly last November, the number of emtpy seats in Cologne was striking and suggested that the appetite for such games was waning.Meanwhile, smaller nations find it difficult to arrange friendly games, so UEFA believe they have come up with the perfect solution.They are using their own coefficient to split their 55 member nations into four leagues, with the top 12 sides all in League A. The next 12 are in League B, followed by 15 in League C and the bottom 16 in League D.Each group contains three or four teams, with everyone playing each other home and away between September and November this year.– Final four –The winners of the four groups in League A will go through to the finals from June 5-9 next year. Semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final will all be played, with the host country to be decided in December from among the finalist teams.So there is a title and a trophy up for grabs, but also promotion and relegation with future Nations Leagues in mind.The team finishing bottom of each group in Leagues A, B and C will be relegated, and replaced by those finishing top of the groups in Leagues B, C and D.– Euro 2020 places up for grabs –There will still be qualifiers for the 24-team Euro 2020. They will take place from March to November, 2019, with a draw to be held this coming December.However, that will no longer be the only means of qualifying for that competition.Twenty teams will make it to Euro 2020 from qualifying, with the top two in each of the 10 groups advancing. The remaining four places will be decided in March 2020, in the Nations League play-offs.Each of the four leagues (A, B, C and D) will hold play-offs which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the respective group winners, with semi-finals and a final being played.However, if a group winner has already qualified via the classic route, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. And if a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league.All of which means that one place at Euro 2020 will go to a team from League D, comprised of the continent’s traditional minnows.Meanwhile, teams will still be free to play friendly matches when the opportunity arises, hence why Scotland and Belgium meet in Glasgow this Friday, for example.– UEFA Nations League draw –League AGroup 1: Germany, France, NetherlandsGroup 2: Belgium, Iceland, SwitzerlandGroup 3: Italy, Poland, PortugalGroup 4: Croatia, England, SpainLeague BGroup 1: Czech Republic, Slovakia, UkraineGroup 2: Russia, Sweden, TurkeyGroup 3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern IrelandGroup 4: Denmark, Republic of Ireland, WalesLeague CGroup 1: Albania, Israel, ScotlandGroup 2: Estonia, Finland, Greece, HungaryGroup 3: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Norway, SloveniaGroup 4: Lithuania, Montenegro, Romania, SerbiaLeague DGroup 1: Andorra, Georgia, Kazakhstan, LatviaGroup 2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San MarinoGroup 3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Kosovo, MaltaGroup 4: Armenia, Macedonia, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SANTA’S LOST SIGNAL SEES HIM END UP IN WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL BAR!

first_imgWord has it that Santa Claus had an emergency stop in the Olde Glen Bar on Christmas eve.The wonderful Olde Glen Bar. No wonder Santa stopped off!A last that’s what a number of the patrons of the delightful pub have claimed.In fact, one has even penned a poem to recall the visit by the stranger who lost his phone signal close to Lough Salt. Here’s their efforts in all its glory. We love it!St Nick Stops in to GlenTwas the night before Christmas, and inside of Glen,We all gathered to share a drink, with family and friends, When all of a sudden, the door swung a jar,And a wee jolly buck, walked into the bar,He was all dressed in red, nearly as wide as the door,And had a lovely white beard that reached down to the floorHe looked a bit lost and spoke with a whisp, About a sled, and some elves, and a very long list,And of sweets, and bikes, and a load full of toys,To deliver across Glen, to all the good girls and boys“All was going well, up to the last address, and then the battery died on my GPS,I cant ring home, it’s 3mobiles bloody fault,I lost my damn signal coming over Lough Salt”Mary spoke up and told him not to worry,“Sit and have a drink, sure what is the hurry,Ashleen, get this man a Brandy and Port,And the rest of us will give him logistical support”After a few drinks, he was back on his way,But we made sure an elf took the reigns of the sleigh(Tis always good idea to bring a DD, or ask the bar to sort out a taxi)All over Glen, down came the snow,As we gathered outside to see the last show,With a clatter and batter and whistle and kick,Up rose the sled, the elves and St.NickAnd we heard him call out, as he flew out of sight,“Merry Christmas to All, And to All a Good Night!!”SANTA’S LOST SIGNAL SEES HIM END UP IN WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL BAR! was last modified: December 26th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:CHristmasdonegalOlde Glen BarSANTAlast_img read more

DDTV VIDEO! THOUSANDS AT LAUNCH OF EUROSURF IN BUNDORAN

first_imgThousands of people thronged the streets of Bundoran today for the opening ceremony of EuroSurf – the European Surfing Championships.Minister of State Dinny McGinley, TD, helped get the event underway and said later: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the Co Donegal has to offer, particularly for surfers who come here from all over the world.” Sixteen teams from all over Europe as well as from Israel and Morocco will take part in the prestigious ten-day event.More than 20,000 people are expected to visit the county in the next ten days, generating millions of euro for the economy.Television coverage will ensure Bundoran could be seen by up to 25 countries around the world.The end of the parade saw a protest from surfers over sewage still being pumped into the sea. DDTV VIDEO! THOUSANDS AT LAUNCH OF EUROSURF IN BUNDORAN was last modified: September 24th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

Boks romp to record win over Wallabies

first_img1 September 2008Recent unhappy thoughts of a disappointing Tri-Nations 2008 campaign were erased at the weekend as the Springboks ended their competition with a record 53-8 victory over the Wallabies. The win brought the curtain down on Percy Montgomery’s outstanding career.South Africa entered their final Tri-Nations match needing a win to avoid a first-ever home whitewash in the southern hemisphere’s flagship rugby competition. Incredibly, when the dust had settled on their clash in Johannesburg, the Boks had prevented that ignominious record with a sensational 45-point victory.South Africa’s loss to the Aussies at the Absa Stadium in Durban had been the world champion’s third on the trot and after that lacklustre performance they had come in for heavy criticism in the week leading up to the clash at Coca-Cola Park (formerly Ellis Park).StructureMost experts felt the Boks needed more structure in their approach. The question was whether or not it would be on show in Johannesburg, and what effect it would have on the Springboks’ play.The answers to the questions were clear: there was more structure on show on Saturday and with it came more opportunities. By making effective use of those opportunities, the Springboks raced to a record margin of victory over the Wallabies as they outscored them by eight tries to one.The score makes clear the dominance that South Africa enjoyed in all phases of play. The direction that was absent in their disheartening losses earlier in the Tri-Nations was back and Springbok fans were treated to a rich dollop of traditional Bok rugby.Effective approachThe effectiveness of the approach that had won South Africa the 2007 Rugby World Cup left one wondering why there was ever an attempt to play the game in any other way. It also left Bok supporters hoping that their team will from now on stick to the tried, tested, and successful.Australia were first on the scoreboard after five minutes of play when, after they had kept the Springboks pinned in their half of the field, Butch James was trapped offsides. Matt Giteau slotted an easy penalty attempt to put his team 3-0 ahead.South Africa went onto the attack from the restart and eventually capitalised from a knock on by Wallaby skipper Stirling Mortlock. The Boks moved the ball left, but looked pretty static until Andries Bekker ran onto a pass into a gap and raced through to dot down. Butch James converted to increase SA’s lead to 7-3.Easy run-inOnly three minutes later, South Africa had crossed for a second five-pointer. Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez took a quick tap and spun the ball wide. Jean de Villiers drew a defender and passed to Jongi Nokwe for an easy run-in. James was wide with his kick, but the Boks’ lead had grown to nine points at 12-3 in front.Australia had an opportunity to get back into the game four minutes later, but Lote Tuquri dropped a pass with an open goal line in front of him.After 25 minutes, the Springboks extended their lead. The Australians were shoved off the ball after a scrum near their own try line and South Africa made them pay for conceding the tighthead; Du Preez moved it wide and after a few pick ‘n drives Nokwe was freed up for another easy canter over the line.James was off target with conversion, but South Africa’s lead had grown to 17-3.The flyhalf had another kick at goal shortly afterwards from right in front after Springbok pressure led to the Wallabies conceding a penalty. This time he was on target and SA led 20-3.BeastBok loosehead prop “Beast” Mtawarira had been making Matt Dunning’s life miserable in the front row and after just 32 minutes the Australian coaching staff had seen enough as Al Baxter substituted Dunning.Four minutes the Springboks scored their bonus point try and Nokwe again benefited after he found himself on the end of an overlap once more. Schalk Burger made a break from a lineout before finding De Villiers with a pass. He pulled three defenders in before releasing Nokwe to cross for a hat-trick of tries.Butch James added the extras and South Africa took a 27-3 lead, which was the score when the halftime whistle sounded.Any concerns that the Springboks might go off the boil in the second half were quickly dispelled when they added a fifth try only three minutes into the second stanza.Long-distance tryDe Villiers made a break and his centre partner Adi Jacobs, running a good angle, burst through the Australian defence. A neat sidestep wrong-footed the last defender as Jacobs raced through for a long-distance try.James kicked the conversion and South Africa were 34-3 ahead.After 50 minutes the lead was extended as Nokwe scored a Tri-Nations’ record fourth try in a single game.A clever grubber kick by Conrad Jantjes was gathered by Odwa Ndungane and left wing Nokwe, looking for work on the right, was on hand to take the offload from Ndungane and crash over for another try. Unfortunately for the flyer, he was injured in the act of scoring and had to be substituted.James missed the kick, but the lead had been extended to an astonishing margin of 39-3.A few minutes later Matt Giteau intercepted and ran through to dot down for the shellshocked Aussies, but the try was disallowed and the flyhalf penalised for straying offsides.Australian tryNot long afterwards, though, the Wallabies finally cracked the South African defences. After retaining possession through a number of phases, they worked the ball up to the Springbok try line. They then moved the ball quickly to the left where Drew Mitchell crossed in the corner for the five-pointer.The conversion attempt by Giteau was wide of the mark, leaving the score at 39-8.After about 15 minutes without a change to the score, Ruan Pienaar, on for James at flyhalf, scored the Springboks’ seventh try with a brilliant solo effort during which he beat three defenders before crashing over near the uprights.Percy Montgomery knocked over the conversion to put South Africa 46-8 ahead.Nail in the coffinTwo minutes from the end the Boks struck again to make their victory margin over the Wallabies their biggest ever. Substitute Danie Rossouw made a powerful run that split the Australian defence and then committed the final defender to the tackle before passing to Odwa Ndungane, who rounded off the move.Montgomery added the extras to make the final score 53-8.It was a vastly improved performance by the Springboks and the woes at the breakdown where Victor Matfield and company had played second fiddle during their three successive losses were comprehensively rectified; more players were committed to the loose ball and SA bossed the breakdown.The pack, with “Beast” Mtawarira to the fore, dominated the set scrums and the lineouts, which had been strangely unreliable in Durban, were more solid.DefenceSouth Africa’s defence, upon which Springbok teams pride themselves, regained its hard-hitting edge and the game plan that won the Boks a World Cup was once more in evidence.Coach Peter de Villiers insisted the Springboks were still a long way off the level they could achieve, putting their performance at only 60 to 70 percent of its potential. However, observers have by now learnt to take his pronouncements with a pinch of salt.SA skipper Victor Matfield, upon whom cheers rained down during the after-match interviews, praised his team, saying their character had shown itself when the pressure was at its greatest.Australia’s coach Robbie Deans quipped: “We’ve already seen in this tournament how little it takes to go from being a victor and enjoying the experience to a loser and not enjoying the experience.”Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Tsima uses video to help fight Aids

first_imgAccording to the organisation, Tsima traditionally means working together to plough a field. (Image: Tsima)Through a series of short videos, the Tsima – Treatment as Prevention gets people to talk about the issue of HIV/Aids. The aim is to encourage the community to mobilise against the spread of the virus.The project is a three-year community mobilisation intervention and research trial established in 2015 by Sonke Gender Justice. It is being implemented in eight villages in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.Sonke Gender Justice is an NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and Aids.According to the organisation, Tsima traditionally means working together to plough a field.The main goal of the project is to mobilise communities to learn and understand that HIV treatment is also a form of HIV prevention.Download the full Tsima booklet here.Two examples of such storytelling come from Rhulani Mkansi and Mpho Lewele, both of whom are residents of local villages and are HIV-positive.last_img read more

Geocaching.com Caption Contest 22 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

first_img19 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the twentieth Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize. Click on the image at right to discover the winning caption from the previous Geocaching.com Caption Contest.Explore the wit and wisdom of geocachers by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Caption Contest 19 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJanuary 5, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Caption Contest 25 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJune 30, 2011In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 20 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJanuary 18, 2011In “Community” WINNING CAPTION: “This is knot what I wood have expected.” – 1Delta10Tango.Try your caption writing skills in the twenty-second installment of our Geocaching.com Caption Contest.   You could become the proud winner of a barely coveted prize! What caption would you write? “You’ve barked up the right tree.” You can do better!Caption contest prizeSubmit your caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your geocaching username in all entries. Then, explore the captions that other geocachers have crafted.You can influence the voting. “Like” the caption that you think should win.  If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers to “like” your caption. Lackeys decide between the top captions to crown the winner of this Geocaching.com Caption Contest.The winner receives a barely coveted prize from Groundspeak Headquarters. This time it’s a much coveted prize, a Jeremy Irish Trackable Gnome.Click on the image to discover the winning caption from this contestlast_img read more