T’Tennis: Omotayo Shines as Nigeria Dominates Men’s Singles

first_imgAside Omotayo, Aruna Quadri also walloped Congo Brazzaville’s Saheed Idowu 4-0 to berth in the last four and set up a rematch of the ITTF Africa Cup against Egypt’s Omar Assar on Thursday August 29.Seven-time Olympian Segun Toriola was at his very best when he also beat Egypt’s Khalid Assar 4-3 to set up a semifinal clash against Omotayo.In the women’s event, Olufunke Oshonaike played her last game after going down 3-4 to Egypt’s Farah Abdel-Aziz. Dina Meshref also beat Algeria’s Lynda Logrhaibi 4-0, while Edem Offiong humbled Egypt’s Reem El-Eraky.Cameroun’s Sarah Hanffou berthed in the last four after beating Egypt’s Yousra Helmy.Offiong will battle Hanffou while Meshref will face her compatriot – Abdel-Aziz in the second semifinal on Thursday August 29.An elated Omotayo said: ” I am so excited that in my first African Games I made it to the semifinal. I knew that it was going to be a tough game against of the most experienced African players and I just ensured that I did not get angry on table because he did everything to upset me but I was determined. I was calm and I am happy that this is a good outing for me in the singles.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olajide Omotayo gave an inkling of what he has in stock again at the 12th African Games as the Nigerian defeated one of the continent’s most celebrated star – Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh 4-3 in the quarterfinal of men’s singles to berth in the semifinal of table tennis.Omotayo was all over the Egyptian in the encounter which had the fans glued to their seat throughout the match.The Nigerian combined his backhand with forehand smoothly and this confused the Egyptian who had to surrendered to the youthful Nigerian star. Olajide Omotayolast_img read more

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Syracuse to host Niagara, Patrick Beilein in December

first_imgSyracuse will host Niagara in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, December 28.The game marks the return to Syracuse of former Le Moyne head coach Patrick Beilein, the son of now-Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein. Before his departure, he led a Dolphins squad that reached the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament in three of his four years at the helm. His 2018 team reached the national quarterfinals, the furthest run in school history.The Orange haven’t played Niagara since 2000, when SU topped the Purple Eagles, 95-69. The matchup is the eighth game currently on Syracuse’s nonconference schedule.Here is SU’s schedule that has been released so far.Oct. 26 – Daemen College (Carrier Dome, exhibition)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOct. 29 – Carleton College (Carrier Dome, exhibition)Nov. 6 – Virginia (Carrier Dome)Nov. 13 – Colgate (Carrier Dome)Nov. 20 – Cornell, 7 p.m. (Carrier Dome)Nov. 27 – NIT Season Tipoff vs. Ole Miss/Oklahoma State/Penn State (Barclays Center)Nov. 29  – NIT Season Tipoff (Barclays Center)Dec. 3 – Iowa (ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Carrier Dome)Dec. 14 – Georgetown (Capital One Arena)Dec. 18 – Oakland (Carrier Dome)Dec. 21 — North Florida (Carrier Dome)Dec. 28 — Niagara (Carrier Dome)ACC home games: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State.ACC away games: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Louisville. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 2, 2019 at 12:47 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

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Smokies hand out awards on eve of last regular season game

first_imgUnsung Hero: Luke SandlerMost Improved Player: Mitch FoyleTop Defenseman: Braden PearsMost Inspirational Player: Adam WheeldonMost Dedicated Player: Bennett HambrookRookie of the Year: Scott DavidsonFan Favourite: Adam WheeldonEd Shelly Memorial Award: Garrett McMullenMost Valuable Player: Brent Baltus/Tyler BerkholtzRandy Emery’s Warrior of the Year: Tyler BerkholtzThe Smoke Eaters, 25-28-0-2 and fifth in the Interior Division, play its final regular-season home game is this Sunday, (March 10) against the Penticton Vees at 3 p.m.For ticket information call (250) 368-5000. A handful of players, including Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adam Wheeldon, took home a pair of awards as the Trail Smokies handed out team awards at the annnal banquet Tuesday at the Riverbelle Restaurant.Wheeldon, in his second campaign with the Smokies, finished the season with eight goals and 10 assists and took home the Most Inspirational Player and Fan Favourites honours during the evening.A total of 12 individual trophies and honours were handed out in front of more than 100 people Tuesday.Forwards Tyler Berkholtz and Brent Baltus shared the Most Valuable Player award, 17 year-old forward Scott Davidson was named the Smokies’ Rookie of the Year and captain Garrett McMullen was presented with the Ed Shelly Memorial award.The Smokies’ four 20-year-olds, Baltus, Berkholtz, McMullen and Bennett Hambrook were also presented with their game jerseys from this season.The full list of award winners is as follows:Top Scorer: Brent BaltusScholastic Award: Scott Davidsonlast_img read more

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Activation Gallery – Cape Town

first_imgBrand South Africa, in conjunction with the NGO Sporting Chance, hosted the Play Your Part Rugby Activation at the Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium, in Cape Town, on Friday, 2 October. And with the Rugby World Cup currently under way, there was no better time to get the learners enthusiastic about the game.A former professional rugby player and Sporting Chance coaches taught dozens of children from the area rugby techniques and rules. Furthermore, the children learned about the health benefits of an active lifestyle.         Read more: http://www.playyourpart.co.za/our-news/1469-kids-learn-that-sport-is-the-mba-of-lifelast_img read more

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Promoting Constitutional Awareness with Play Your Part Ambassador Sihle Ndaba

first_imgOne of Brand South Africa’s domestic campaigns is the promotion of constitutional awareness, especially targeted at the youth. As such last week Brand South Africa visited Katleho Mpumelelo High School, in the far South of Johannesburg to share information on constitutional awareness. Accompanied by Play Your Part Ambassador, Sihle Ndaba, a multitalented, activist and actress,  who gave great emphasis on the importance of young people knowing their rights and understanding what the country’s constitution has to offer.           “The Constitution is the supreme law of our country – that is why it is essential that we all familiarise ourselves with its contents. It’s our goal that young people know and exercise these rights”, said Sihle in her welcome address to the learners.          The activation was an opportunity to engage learners on what the 16 days of activism campaign is all about and how learners need to  speak up against any form of abuse or violence whether  at home or at school so that they can get help. This is their constitutional right.“These kinds of activations are very important especially towards the festive season to motivate young people to understand their rights and taking care of each other. We are all aware of the social ills that young people face and this was to say to them they are not alone, they have the constitution on their side but everyone has to play their part and be willing to help,”, said Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager Ms Toni Gumede.Follow @PlayYourPartSA #Inspiredbymyconstitution #GetInvolved  to find out which school will be next and also share your thoughts.About Play Your Part:Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

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The strength of South Africa’s democracy

first_imgSouth Africa’s electoral system allows the voice of the minorities to flourish. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Kate BapelaSpokespersonIndependent Electoral Commission+27 12 622 [email protected]• Elections 2014: All you need to know • Election volunteers: the beating heart of democracy • Frequently asked questions about voting in the 2014 elections • Elections 2014: A guide to all registered parties • South Africa’s 2014 elections – a resource packSulaiman PhilipOnce upon a time Thembi Nobadula was a hard-charging activist, a reform-minded firebrand, one of the optimistic leaders of the 1956 Women’s March. Today she remains the imposing African woman who fled into exile in 1962 rather than live as a second class citizen in her own country. In London she was a neighbour of Oliver and Adelaide Tambo, and she remained active in the fight to topple the apartheid government.One day, just after the advent of a free and democratic South Africa, she marched to Nelson Mandela’s office to confront him. Why, she wanted to know, was he bending over backwards to appease those who had oppressed them. “He said that the architects of apartheid were the very people that should be liberated first before anything was done because if those were not liberated then South Africa would not be free.”With that simple and elegiac guiding philosophy, South Africa began building a democracy for all of its people. Doubters were challenged as the new broom of reconciliation and the world’s most progressive constitution became law. The 19 tribes, parties and factions at the negotiations may not have dreamed of a compassionate and inclusive society, but they created a constitution that safeguards all of South Africa’s people no matter their gender, race, tribal, ethnic or sexual identity.Two storiesOften perception becomes reality. One South African’s good story is another’s fable. One group sees a failing education system; another sees a process of rehabilitation after years of neglect. Some elements of the population are convinced the government is a hotbed of cronyism and corruption and that we are all doomed to wake up one day in a banana republic; others do not hold with this.People will get upset by their leaders and their government but, as the country gets ready to go to the polls, the reality is South Africa’s democracy is stronger than it has ever been.That is not a naïve statement. South Africans have embraced democracy and heeded the words of their first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. At the 1993 Cosatu congress he urged them: “If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.”South Africans are weathering recent storms by doing exactly that. They are building strong grassroots movements and new political parties are being born to give voice to their frustrations. The country enjoys a raucous, scandal-seeking free press. Unrestricted NGOs have run successful and creative campaigns that have forced changes in government policy. Opposition parties consistently and without fear have a go at the ruling party.In other words, South Africans have learned the most important lesson of democracy: they have learned to criticise without fear and discovered how to turn anger into positive action.Political consultant Abdul Waheed Patel says the ANC remains a formidable opponent. With 20 years of campaign experience and a track record in government, it has definite advantages over newer parties. “It is also the party of Nelson Mandela and the movement that brought apartheid to its knees. It has a national infrastructure and a grassroots presence second to none. What is also often overlooked is that the ANC remains a broad church, where diverse communities and interest groups do find a political home and with whom the party’s policies resonate.”Many parties in the runningThat there are 33 parties contesting this election is a sign of the strength of South Africa’s democracy and not only an indication of frustration on the part of the country’s electorate. It is healthy that voters have a choice, Patel says. “Larger parties can’t afford to become complacent, and it deepens and enriches political pluralism, debate and discourse. Such healthy competition can lead to all parties raising their standards for the benefit of the citizen.”Sally Matthews, a senior lecturer in the politics department at Rhodes University, argues that the number of parties in an election is not the best way to judge the strength of a democracy. “The election cycle is a very shallow indicator of the strength of a democracy.”To truly know if South Africans are developing a deeper understanding of what democracy is you need to look beyond what is, in essence, an auction. “We have to respect the choices that voters make but our elections are still tied to our recent history. The ANC, as the party of liberation, has a legitimacy that makes it difficult for other voices and ideas to be heard. The Vote No campaign is an indication that there are people who understand that meaningful choice and the right to choose that option is part and parcel of a true democracy.”Eroded legitimacyIt is not provocative to say that there are people who feel the ANC has eroded some of that legitimacy, says Matthews, but their frustration is unlikely to change the political landscape of the country.In 2012, 18 years into the new democracy, a study by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation found that South Africans identified themselves by their race, ethnicity or language group before they called themselves South Africans. Just 8.3% of adults identified themselves as South Africans first and that number was even lower among younger South Africans.According to Patel this is a result of South Africa’s culturally and racially engineered history. Democracy, he argues, allows people to cherish and rekindle social and religious identity within the tapestry of South African society, but this does not mean they do not identify as South African as well. “The South African government has promoted the notion of unity in diversity. However, clearly there are issues around social cohesion and what it means to be South African which the government has identified as a challenge and awoken to address.”Proportional representationSouth Africa’s electoral system makes it difficult for one party to truly dominate the political and social landscape, Matthews explains. The national proportional system, a concession to the National Party made during constitutional negotiations, makes it easier for smaller parties to win parliamentary seats. “Our system puts the ANC at a disadvantage despite its vast majority because it allows different voices to flourish. Win one percent of the vote and you get four parliamentary seats, so even if the ANC was tempted to dilute constitutionally guaranteed rights and protections, it would be difficult to win the required two thirds majority.”A decade ago the ANC was polling at 70% and whispers began among opposition parties. A ruling party enjoying such a vast majority was bad for South Africa’s fledgling democracy, they warned. The ANC answered, through then president Thabo Mbeki, that the country’s biggest challenge was not the need for a stronger opposition. It was, he wrote, whether voters would unite behind the ANC’s “people’s contract” to continue reconciliation after the abuses of apartheid.Today, the idea of a “people’s contract” is less relevant to ANC campaigns but the ideology remains firmly entrenched in the policies of the ANC as the ruling party. The government’s National Development Plan, the roadmap for the development of South African society and economy, is built on the principle of an activist society and citizen activism.Patel points out that the Constitution has been amended on more than 17 separate occasions. “The ANC has always stepped lightly when dealing with fears associated with tampering of the Constitution. The changes it has legislated, in partnership with opposition parties, have been made to advance national reconstruction, transformation and redress,” he says.“The task at hand will not be easy, but you have mandated us to change South Africa from a land in which the majority lived with little hope, to one in which they can live and work with dignity, with a sense of self-esteem and confidence in the future.” – Nelson Mandela, in his inauguration speech, 10 May 1994last_img read more

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Potential frost impacts for Ohio’s late planted crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Alexandra KnightBy Alexandra Knight, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Lewis Center, OhioThe cool, wet spring of 2019 got many farmers off to a slow start in Ohio. The challenging weather conditions carried over from last Fall and continued through May and well into June. The question remains, “Will crops have enough time to will finish out?” Early September was not excessively warm, but the majority of Ohio continues to track 4 to 5 days ahead of the long-term average for heat unit accumulation. This is true of whether your plant date was May 30, June 30 or anywhere in between.Each day corn planting is delayed past May 1 a decrease of 6.8 GDUs will be required to reach maturity. This means a May 30 planted corn would require approximately 204 GDUs less than it would on April 30. With this in mind, 105-day corn is anticipated to be at blacklayer mid-September when planted May 30, late September when planted June 15 and late October when planted June 30. These anticipated timeframes are with the expectation of weather keeping up with the long-term average and most relevant for central Ohio.Corn producers — especially in northwest Ohio — are hoping to avoid an early frost to maximize yield and have dry corn to shell. If a cold snap does hit early, the severity of frost and stage of corn will determine the yield impact. In general, a hard-killing frost at an early reproductive stage of corn will be more detrimental to yield. Research would define a light frost event as one in which leaves are killed but not the stalk and shank. A hard-killing frost (29 degree F or less for several hours) at beginning dent (R5) has shown the potential of a 35% to 40% yield hit. Once reaching half milk line (R5.5), the risk of yield reduction decreases. However, a hard frost has shown a 12% to 15% yield decline while a light frost is a 7% to 10% yield hit. A freeze event at R5.75, or three-quarters milk line, has shown a 5% to 6% yield decline and 2% to 4% with a light frost.Soybeans are photoperiod plants. Meaning plants will initiate flowering and crop maturation in response to longer night lengths. Later planting will therefore result in a decrease in the time spent in vegetative growth as well as reproductive growth. As a general rule, for a three-week delay in planting, soybean harvest will be delayed one week. Soybeans typically take 70 days from R1 to R7. This will be lesser with a later planting date. Soybeans will continue to add nodes and flowers until R5 or beginning seed.As we get later in the year, the risk of frost obviously becomes greater. What timeline are we looking at for soybeans to finish out and what is the yield penalty if an early frost occurs? From full seed (R6) to maturity we are looking at approximately 25 days remaining until full maturity and seed moisture of 75% to 80%. A frost at this growth stage would lead to a yield loss of 20% to 35%. R6.5, or mid-way between full seed and maturity, there is roughly 16 to 18 days to maturity with pods between green and yellow in color. A frost event occurring at this growth stage would mean a yield hit between 10% and 15%. R7 is the beginning of maturity where one pod on the main stem has reached mature color. At this point, the crop is 8 to 10 days from full maturity. A frost event at this stage would range from 0% to 5% loss. The start of full maturity (R8) will mean that most pods are of mature color but still require 5 to 10 days to reach a harvestable moisture. Beginning R8 will have pods between 25% and 35% moisture.With much of the state showing late October as the historical date for the first killing freeze, there is still time on the calendar for crops to reach full maturity without cold weather limiting yield.last_img read more

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Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin star as Pistons outlast Magic in OT

first_imgDetroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) passes the ball around Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) to center Andre Drummond (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Andre Drummond’s bad habits bother Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey.Luckily for Casey and the Pistons, Drummond’s good moments can win basketball games.ADVERTISEMENT Australian men’s tennis hit by infighting, Twitter rants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross each scored 24 points for Orlando, which had won two in a row after a four-game losing streak.“We had to find a way to win that game,” Ross said. “We didn’t play a consistent defensive game. We weren’t physical enough in the third quarter.”Detroit led by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter, but Vucevic helped pull the Magic within 105-104 with 3:23 to play and tied it at 107 with 2:14 to go. D.J. Augustin followed with a layup to put Orlando ahead, and the teams went scoreless on their next possessions.Drummond’s tip-in tied the game at 109-all, and Vucevic missed a jumper with 20.4 seconds left.“It was a good play, but no one makes every shot,” Clifford said. “We scored 109 points in regulation, and if we defend the way we are capable, we win the game. This wasn’t about making shots.”Griffin ran down the clock, but missed a jumper at the end of regulation.Detroit scored the first four points of overtime, but Ross answered with a pair of 3-pointers.“I raised T from a pup, and I’m thrilled that he’s become one of the best shooters in the game,” said Casey, who coached Ross in Toronto during his first five seasons. “I just wish he wouldn’t do it against us.”Both teams struggled to score after that, and the Magic called a timeout with 42.5 seconds left, trailing 117-115.Vucevic missed a hook, and Griffin hit a layup in traffic to give Detroit a four-point lead. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Magic shot 67.5 percent from the floor in the first half, but the Pistons were able to hold the margin to 63-58 with a 6-1 rebounding advantage on the offensive glass and nine free throws to Orlando’s three. Vucevic and Ross had 15 each for the Magic, while Griffin led Detroit with 12.Ish Smith’s 3-pointer gave the Pistons a 75-74 lead late in the third quarter, and Griffin’s nine points in the period helped Detroit take a 90-84 lead into the fourth.The Pistons reserves, supplemented by Drummond, started the final period with a 7-2 run to expand the margin to 11 with 9:45 to play.TIP INSMagic: Orlando has lost 20 of its last 26 games in Detroit. They trail this season’s series 2-1, with the final game on March 28 at Little Caesars Arena.Pistons: Detroit, which leads the league in offensive-rebound margin, had 10 or more for the 30th time this season. . Griffin came into the game averaging 20.2 points in 13 career games against Orlando, his lowest average against any team other than 18.7 against the Memphis Grizzlies.DRUMMOND’S PERSONAL STATDrummond’s 11 triple-doubles of points, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds is four more than any active player (Tyson Chandler 7) and more than twice than the players in third (Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard 4). This season, he has three of the league’s five with Whiteside and Clint Capela each having one.UP NEXTMagic: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Drummond put up his version of a triple-double on Wednesday and the Pistons notched a crucial 120-115 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic.Drummond had 14 points, 11 offensive rebounds and 11 defensive rebounds to record his 11th career “Moses Malone triple-double.” Only Malone (24) and Dennis Rodman (17) have recorded more since the ABA-NBA merger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Andre’s the best rebounder in the league — it isn’t even close — and that’s a huge asset,” Casey said.Drummond, though, doesn’t impress his coach as a point guard, especially when he tries to go coast-to-coast after a rebound. “Andre and I are going to have a heart-to-heart talk about his sashays down the court,” he said. “Those aren’t winning plays, because teams aren’t going to let a center dribble down the floor and score. It might happen once a month.”Drummond finished with 11 of the game’s 22 rebounds. Detroit ended up with a 14-8 edge on the boards.“That was the game,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “In the last 42 seconds, we were up two and got two stops, but they got three offensive rebounds and tie the game.”Blake Griffin scored 30 points for the Pistons, who won for the third time in 11 games and moved a half-game ahead of Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings. Detroit had six players with at least 13 points.“I thought we were sluggish, which is understandable coming off a West Coast trip, but we dug down defensively,” Griffin said. “In overtime, we were getting stops and forcing them into shots that we wanted. That was great.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Pistons: Host the Miami Heat on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

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