Giants need an All-Star: ‘Somebody is going to have to go’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — An attendance decline at Oracle Park isn’t the only way fans have expressed their disappointment in the Giants’ play this season.After Major League Baseball revealed updated vote totals from the ballots that have been cast, it’s clear Giants players haven’t received much support in the polls this year.Catcher Buster Posey was the only Giants starter to rank among the top 10 vote-getters at his position, but Posey is a distant eighth among catchers behind Cubs backstop Willson …last_img read more

Honours for five sports heroes

first_imgHowever, he spent most of his prime years abroad, playing 11 seasons in the North American Soccer League for the Miami Torros, Denver Dynamos, Minnesota Kicks and Toronto Blizzards. When the names of those in line to be awarded with South Africa’s National Orders – the highest honour that the country can bestow on its citizens – were announced on Tuesday, five sportsmen were among them. A try-scoring dynamo, Habana has dotted down 31 times in his 43 tests, many of those tries being spectacular efforts exhibiting his remarkable speed. Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker rates Ntsoelengoe on a par with French legend Zinedine Zidane. That is high praise indeed! Ntsoelengoe was voted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. More importantly, Habana has crossed the racial divide; a player of colour, he has become a hero to all South Africans and is a uniting factor in the dream of the Rainbow Nation. He retired with a host of other important South African records to his name, including the most points in a test career – 893 – and the most points in a test – 35 versus Namibia. As a young boy, Ntini was discovered at Mdingi in the Eastern Cape and through the predecessor of Cricket South Africa, the United Cricket Board, was given the opportunity to make his mark in the game. He has done so and then some. These were: rugby players Bryan Habana and Percy Montgomery, cricketers Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini, and soccer legend Patrick Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe. In total, there will be 26 new recipients of the orders in the fields of sport, art, music, literature and the struggle against apartheid. Patrick Pule “Ace” NtsoelengoePatrick Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe is regarded by many as the finest footballer South Africa has ever produced. Makhaya NtiniNtini ranks second to Pollock only among South African test wicket takers, with 358 to his name. His match haul of 13 for 132 against the West Indies in Port of Spain in April 2005 is the best ever bowling analysis by a South African in a test. He retired as South Africa’s all-time leading test wicket taker, with 421 wickets at the superb average of 23.11. He also contributed with the bat, scoring 3 781 runs at 32.31. In addition, Pollock claimed 393 wickets in one-day international cricket and scored a total of 4 059 runs. He led the Proteas’ bowling attack for many years, firstly with Allan Donald and then with Makhaya Ntini. He was voted an NASL All-Star in 1979 and 1982, while also earning honorable mentions in 1977, 1978, and 1980.center_img A thoroughly decent man and a wonderful role model, as recently as 2007 Pollock was named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year. He was respected by both teammates and opponents, and also by knowledgeable cricket fans throughout the world. A garrulous man who smiles easily, he has been voted the most popular sportsman in South Africa on a number of occasions. He is also a popular tourist when the Proteas travel abroad. Shaun PollockWhen Shaun Pollock announced his retirement in early 2008, in the last appearances he made for the Proteas at each of South Africa’s international grounds, he was wildly cheered by the crowds, a popular man from one end of South Africa to the other, and few would argue that he didn’t deserve it. His total of 102 test appearances leaves Montgomery tied for sixth on the all-time list with Australian great Stephen Larkham. National OrdersThe national orders will be bestowed by President Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday 28 October at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. 22 October 2008 Ntini has become a role model, not only for children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, but for all children who aspire to play cricket at the highest level. Importantly, besides all the record-breaking achievements, he was a role model and a model professional; those traits are common to the five sportsmen chosen to receive national orders. He was the midfield maestro of many fine Kaizer Chiefs teams during the 1970s and 1980s, when the Amakhosi dominated the game in South Africa with a brand of exciting football that he engineered. Sadly, Ntsoelengoe’s award will be a posthumous one. He passed away in April 2006 at the age of 50. Bryan HabanaHabana is the reigning International Rugby Board Player of the Year and equalled Jonah Lomu’s record of eight tries in a World Cup tournament when South Africa won the title for the second time in Paris in October 2007. Percy MontgomeryMontgomery, meanwhile, was South Africa’s top points scorer and the only man to top a century of points in the tournament. During the course of the current season, he became the first Springbok to play 100 tests and eventually retired, in August 2008, with 102 tests under his belt, making him only the ninth player in history to achieve the milestone. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Government ‘must now perform’: Zuma

first_imgCrime figures were reportedly down in the country during the month-long World Cup, which had some calling for the police to sustain their increased presence after the tournament. Zuma said the government will soon announce a meeting with the business community to discuss the legacy of the tournament on South Africa’s economy and the business opportunities it had created for local entrepreneurs. The World Cup had created much international goodwill towards South Africa, and many factors indicated that the tournament was economically in the county’s interest, he said. “The [meeting] resolved not only to continue to build on the spirit that has welded us together as a cohesive nation, but to harness this energy to solve the many problems we face as a developing country,” Zuma said. Source: BuaNews A ministerial committee to deal with corruption and crime will also be set up, and each department will be required to have such a unit dedicated to stamping out corruption in the public service. Tackling unemployment While not divulging the contents of the contracts, Zuma said several delivery agreements were finalised between himself and his Cabinet ministers, and that departments were expected to give regular progress reports on the implementation of various key priorities outlined in the State of the Nation address earlier this year. The South African government will be closely monitoring the performance of its departments to ensure that delivery agreements signed by ministers are met, says President Jacob Zuma. “Progress with implementation of the delivery agreements will be the key agenda item on an ongoing basis for engagement between ministers and provincial MECs, clusters, Cabinet committees and Cabinet,” Zuma said at a press conference in Pretoria on Thursday following a two-day Cabinet meeting. Engaging with business community 23 July 2010 Those who have passed matric but cannot progress to tertiary education will be given opportunity for practical training and access to programmes that are occupationally directed, such as artisan training, he said. He said that Government Communications (GCIS) would arrange several media briefings over the next two months with individual ministers who would share their lessons from the World Cup and how they planned to build on the success of the tournament. Strengthening police, justice system Zuma added that the government’s immediate priority would be to respond decisively to the challenges posed by unemployment, especially among young people. “We will for instance be increasing access to post-school education and training to give young people who have not completed their senior secondary education an opportunity to attain an equivalent qualification.” He said the meeting had agreed that the government should draw on the success of the recent 2010 Fifa World Cup to take the delivery of major projects forward while strengthening South Africa’s policing and justice system. Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has indicated that he is considering keeping the special courts that helped to speed up World Cup-related cases during the event.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, July 25, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Overall, our “broken record” forecast continues to play well. Dry, sunny weather repeats every day from today through Monday. On Sunday, we may have to keep an eye out for a few more clouds, but at this time we are not concerned about any precipitation threat. Clouds will be on the increase Monday, especially in the afternoon, ahead of the fronts nighttime arrival. Temps today through Monday will continue to work higher by a small amount each day, ending up at above normal levels late weekend into early next week. Humidity levels will also be climbing, particularly this weekend.Our next front arrives in northwest Ohio after midnight next Monday night, as alluded to above. This will trigger showers, but due to timing, we do not expect a huge thunderstorm threat. The rains track across the state overnight Monday night through Tuesday and into very early Wednesday,  bringing rain totals of .1”-.75” to 85% of the state. The front is clearing out of the state faster, though, and this morning we are taking rain out of a large part of the state for next Wednesday. Instead, we think the region can turn out partly sunny. The exception will be far eastern and southern areas of Ohio, where the front slows just a bit. Still, in those regions, we get sunshine back by mid to late afternoonWe are also removing well-organized rain from the Thursday forecast next week. Warm air and increasing humidity levels will lead to some instability, and because of that we can’t rule out a shower or thunderstorm, but most of the state will be rain free. Same story for Friday…no well-organized moisture, but heat based pop up thunderstorms are likely, at least in the afternoon and evening as a product of our humid and unstable atmosphere. The map at right shows rain totals through next Friday. Note that most of the state only sees .25”-.5” for the entire period, and only a the“over-achievers” get closer to .75″ or an isolated 1” total. The heaviest rain totals near Lake Erie and near the Michigan line are over done, I think. There will be some stronger thunderstorms out of the front for next Monday night and Tuesday, but we doubt they trigger those levels of rain.For the extended period, we start with a threat of lingering thunderstorms Saturday morning (3rd), but action should be winding down by midday. For the afternoon we turn out partly to mostly sunny, but still warm. Sunday will be sunny and dry. Monday the 5th brings our other organized frontal boundary to the area. Rains are possible all day with rain totals of .1”-.6”, but coverage only at 60%. A lot of the state can miss that rain event. Then the rest of the week, we see mostly partly sunny skies, but humidity and warm air will make it so once again we just can’t completely rule out scattered showers for the Tuesday through Friday period. Coverage will be closer to 30%, and the better chances come Tuesday-Wednesday (6th and 7th) over later that week.last_img read more

LJP rebels float new party

first_imgA group of disgruntled leaders of Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party announced the launch of a new outfit, accusing the leadership of reducing the party to a “private limited company”.Mr. Paswan played down the development, saying “let them go”. Led by LJP national general secretaries Satyanand Sharma and Anil Kumar Paswan, and treasurer Ramesh Chandra Kapoor, the rebel leaders announced the formation of LJP (Secular).last_img