Tuesday February 18th Local Sports

first_imgClass 2ARecord Pts Prv1. Treynor (7) 21-1 104 12. North Linn, Troy Mills (1) 21-0 96 2(tie) Van Meter (3) 20-0 96 34. Monticello 18-2 66 85. West Sioux, Hawarden 19-2 57 46. Camanche 18-3 55 57. Aplington-Parkersburg 19-2 31 108. Boyden-Hull 18-3 25 69. Western Christian, Hull 16-5 21 910. Osage 19-2 19 NROthers receiving votes: Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 14. Woodward-Granger 11. A-H-S-TW, Avoca 3. OA-BCIG 3. Panorama, Panora 2. Williamsburg 2. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — 1A girls regional quarterfinal — Newman at Garrigan — 6:45AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, Radio.com app — Clear Lake boys at Algona — 7:30 == 1A girls Region 2 tonightNewman at Bishop GarriganBCLUW at AGWSRNorth Butler at East BuchananDunkerton at Colo-NESCO== 1A girls Region 3 tonightJanesville at St. ansgarRiceville at ClarksvilleTripoli at Central ElkaderKee vs. Turkey Valley at Waukon== 2A girls Region 2Lake Mills at OsagePocahontas at North UnionManson-Northwest Webster at EmmetsburgRidge View at Sioux Central== 2A girls Region 3Belmond-Klemme at West HancockSouth Central Calhoun at Clarion-Goldfield-DowsACGC at PanoramaEast Sac County at IKM-Manning== 2A girls Region 4West Fork at MFL-Mar-MacSouth Hamilton at Grundy CenterDenver at Maquoketa ValleyAplington-Parkersburg at Hudson — Tournament basketball gets into full swing this week, with 1A and 2A boys opening round games played last night, and 1A and 2A girls tournament basketball continuing tonight:== 1A boys District 3 MondayNorthwood-Kensett 51, Central Springs 47== 2A boys District 5 Monday at GarnerGarner-Hayfield-Ventura 70, Belmond-Klemme 56Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 75, Eagle Grove 30 Class 1ARecord Pts Prv1. Easton Valley (7) 21-0 102 12. WACO, Wayland (3) 21-0 97 23. South O’Brien, Paullina 19-2 74 44. Bishop Garrigan, Algona (1) 19-2 64 55. St. Mary’s, Remsen 18-3 55 7(tie) West Fork, Sheffield 19-2 55 37. Montezuma 19-2 54 68. Lake Mills 19-2 47 89. Notre Dame, Burlington 17-4 21 1010. Martensdale-St. Marys 19-3 12 9Others receiving votes: Boyer Valley, Dunlap 11. Mount Ayr 4. Newell-Fonda 3. Lamoni 3. East Mills 2. Keota 1.center_img DES MOINES — Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll By The Associated PressThe Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:Class 4ARecord Pts Prv1. Ankeny Centennial (8) 19-1 107 12. Waterloo, West (2) 17-2 81 3(tie) North Scott, Eldridge (1) 18-1 81 54. Cedar Falls 17-2 78 25. Iowa City, West 17-2 76 46. Waukee 17-2 58 67. Dubuque, Senior 16-3 39 78. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 20-1 36 89. Valley, West Des Moines 14-5 30 910. Indianola 16-3 12 NROthers receiving votes: Ankeny 2. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 2. Sioux City, East 1. Davenport, Central 1. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 1. Class 3ARecord Pts Prv1. Norwalk (8) 16-3 106 22. Mount Vernon (2) 18-2 95 43. Assumption, Davenport (1) 15-4 69 34. Clear Lake 18-2 67 85. MOC-Floyd Valley 18-3 54 106. Carroll 16-3 43 17. Marion 16-4 40 58. Winterset 15-4 38 99. Glenwood 16-4 34 710. Pella 15-5 27 6Others receiving votes: Ballard 13. Dallas Center-Grimes 4. Central Clinton, De Witt 4. Gilbert 4. Decorah 3. Carlisle 2. Center Point-Urbana 2. LAWRENCE, KANSAS — Third ranked Kansas used a late run in the opening half to take control and raced away to a 91-71 win over Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks shot 56 percent for the game, including 12 of 27 from three point range.That’s ISU coach Steve Prohm, who says Kansas got too many easy baskets.The Cyclones lost despite connecting on 11 three pointers.Iowa State falls to 4-9 in the Big 12 with the losslast_img read more

Ukrainians remanded for assaulting Guyanese miners

first_imgThe two Ukrainians who allegedly assaulted and threatened two Guyanese miners were on Tuesday taken before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Vitaly Paraschuck, 38, whose local address was given as Lot A 173 Robin’s Place, Bel Air Park, Georgetown and Maksym Furtak, 33, who was stationed at Quartzstone, Region Seven (Cuyuni- Mazaruni) where the incident occurred, denied the allegations through a translator.The men who were represented by Attorney-at-Law Mark Waldron answered to their charges separately.It is alleged that Paraschuck, on August 3, 2018 at Quartzstone Backdam, Cuyuni River, while employed as a coordinator and security officer by the West Bank Demerara Gold Incorporated Security Service, failed to wear his uniform prescribed by the Guyana Police Force as a supernumerary constable while on duty.It is also alleged that on the same day at the same location, he made use of threatening behaviour – by pointing a gun – at Charles Clarke, thereby breaching the peace.Paraschuck also reportedly unlawfully assaulted Clarke so as to cause him actual bodily harm.The charges against Furtak, who is a general manager of the company, stated that on August 3, 2018 at the same location, he failed to wear his uniform prescribed by the Guyana Police Force as a supernumerary constable while on duty.He is also being charged for allegedly making use of threatening behaviour to Rudolph Deane, thereby breaching the peace on July 28 at the said location.Attorney Waldron, in his bail application, told Chief Magistrate McLennan that his Maksym Furtak and Vitaly Paraschuck being escorted by Policemen following their court appearanceclients did not pose a flight risk, since they have already lodged their passports with the Police.He revealed that West Bank Demerara Gold Incorporated Security Service has taken the decision to have the men remain in Georgetown until the matter is completed.The men are also said to be cooperating with investigators.However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail, noting that the men had no ties to Guyana as no local address was given for one of the defendants as well as contrary to the claims of their attorney, their passports have not been lodged with the Police and as such, they pose a flight risk.Prosecutor Mansfield also informed the Court that the men were supernumerary constables (a supernumerary is a fully sworn officer who has the same powers as other officers, but does not hold a full-time position or is licensed to carry a firearm).Both men were remanded to prison. The case will continue on August 23 at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.Meanwhile, Guyanese security clerk Charles Clark was charged for failing to wear his uniform prescribed by the Guyana Police Force as a supernumerary constable while he was on duty.However, he was released on $10,000 bail, since there was no objection to bail. Clarke will also make his next appearance on August 23.It has been reported that the assault on the two miners took place at the Quartzstone River two weeks ago, but an official report was made to the Police only last week.Upon making this report, one of the miners was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was examined and treated by a doctor. He was discharged, and subsequently led a team of Police ranks to the area, resulting in the two guards, who were initially reported as being Russian, arrested.Upon their arrest, they were informed that at the time of the incident, they were not attired in the uniform prescribed by their employer and approved by the Guyana Police Force.Following the incident, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman hasGuyanese Charles Clarkeregistered his concern over the contents of the video.“I am concerned about foreigners having weapons – licensed weapons. I am told that precepts were issued. A precept is really a kind of permission given by the Police Force to persons to act as security guards and also to carry firearm licences. I am concerned about that, and the number of persons who may have them,” Trotman disclosed.He explained that the interior is known to be like the “Wild West”, and so the number of guns present there would have a direct bearing on the levels of crime and violence in the area.“It also tells us that people expect or need a greater Police presence, and so I believe Government is looking at that. We recently launched the Corps of Wardens, and that Corps of Wardens will come alongside the Police Force, when necessary, to assist not just with law and order, but, of course, to ensure that the laws (such as) mining laws, forest laws, wildlife protection laws, etcetera, are respected,” the Minister added.last_img read more

Project Porchlight is looking for YOU

first_imgPhoto: Richard Neufeld, Dan Davies and a young volunteer help make the switch to CFL’s – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caProject Porchlight is looking for you. Project Porchlight officially kicked off it’s campaign to reduce energy consumption in Fort St. John on Saturday. This is Regional Coordinator Jane Baker [asset|aid=387|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=34ca0e89ea9256fa5075d053d748d11e-Jane Baker-1_1_Pub.mp3] The hope is to hand out 6,000 Compact Florescent Light-bulbs in Fort St. John during the month of October. If that goal is accomplished enough power will be saved here in Fort St. John to power 45 average homes for an entire year. MLA Richard Neufeld was at the event and says BC Hydro has a goal to get 50% of it’s future power needs from conservation. [asset|aid=388|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=34ca0e89ea9256fa5075d053d748d11e-Neufeld-1 – Project Porchlight_1_Pub.mp3] If you have a few hours to volunteer and hand out CFL’s contact Project Porchlight at www.projectporchlight.com or 250-219-1623- Advertisement –last_img read more

Blockbuster movie lineup promises hot box office

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even the summer returns of the “Shrek,” “Spider-Man,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Harry Potter” franchises won’t be enough to attract the 80 million moviegoers per week that was common in the 1940s and ’50s. But this powerful quartet, along with at least eight other releases from proven franchises coming out over the next four months, give the film industry a realistic chance of recording its highest-grossing summer in history. The summer record of $3.95 billion was set three years ago with a movie slate led by “Shrek 2,” the biggest summer hit ever. “The summer season is critical because 40 percent of the year’s total box office comes from the 18 weeks running from May through Labor Day,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers LLC. “There is the potential for a lot of records to be broken this summer and a lot of appealing product.” The records should begin to fall right away with the one-two-three punch of summer kickoff film “Spider-Man 3,” followed two weeks later by “Shrek the Third,” then the next weekend by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” The domestic grosses for the most recent installments for those three powerhouse franchises are stupendous: “Shrek 2” ($441.2 million), “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ($423.5 million) and “Spider-Man 2” ($373.6 million). “I think May is going to be a record month, and if the momentum can continue for the three months that follow, then we have a very good chance for a record summer,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of BoxOfficeGuru.com. “The only thing to watch out for is if sequel-itis kicks in halfway through the summer and people start getting sick of sequels. It might hurt the second half. But the first half of the summer is very front-loaded.” The June releases “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” and “Evan Almighty,” seem to be sure things as is the August release “The Bourne Ultimatum.” But “Live Free or Die Hard” could suffer from the more than a decade between “Die Hard” films and star Bruce Willis’ lack of hits in recent years. There has been less time between “Rush Hour” films and the third installment of that franchise is expected to do strong business. Although it’s not a sequel, “Ratatouille,” comes from Disney-owned Pixar Animation Studios, which has a perfect record of blockbuster hits including “Cars,” “The Incredibles” and “Monsters Inc.” There are also high commercial hopes for “The Simpsons Movie” which marks the feature film debut of Homer, Marge, Bart and the rest of the characters from the long-running animated television hit. Adam Sandler is a reliable summer performer with a string of hits that include last year’s “Click” as well as “The Longest Yard,” “Mr. Deeds” and “Big Daddy.” This year, he teams with Kevin James for the comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” Pandya notes that July 20 release of the musical “Hairspray,” starring John Travolta and Michelle Pfeifer, could go the way of such recent hits as “Dreamgirls” and “Chicago.” But many other big-screen musicals have been ignored by audiences including “Rent,” “The Producers,” and “Beyond the Sea.” “It will probably skew a little more female so it could become strong counter-programming to all the testosterone flicks,” he said. “If they can tap into ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ audience from last summer, then they could have a winner on their hands.” But Pandya is far more bullish on Michael Bay-directed “Transformers” which is positioned as the big Fourth of July weekend hit. It is a live-action and CG-animated adaptation of the popular comic and toy franchise. ‘”Transformers,’ I think, will be a pretty big hit,” he said. “There’s been a lot of Internet buzz all year, and Michael Bay has made a career out of making over-the-top summer action films.” But Pandya and other pundits don’t believe that any film will be able to get close to all-time domestic leader “Titanic” with $600 million-plus. And if the grosses for “Gone With the Wind” were adjusted to today’s ticket prices, it would have revenue of $1.2 billion. According to Media By Numbers, movie grosses in the U.S. and Canada were at $2.597 billion as of Sunday — 4.82 percent ahead of 2006 in terms of revenue and 2.5 percent ahead in attendance. — Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758greg.hernandez@dailynews.comlast_img read more

12 killed in Black Hawk crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson He did not say what caused the crash, but bad weather has wracked most of Iraq. The Black Hawk was part of a two-helicopter team providing support for the 101st Airborne Division and was flying between bases when communications were lost, the military said. After a search, the helicopter was found about noon Sunday, the military said. The helicopter was part of Task Force Band of Brothers and attached to the 101st Aviation Brigade, but Maj. Tom Bryant, spokesman for the division’s 3rd Brigade, said the helicopter was not from Fort Campbell, Ky., and belonged to another unit. Bryant could not say what unit the helicopter belonged to or whether any soldiers from the 101st were aboard. Master Sgt. Terry Webster of division public affairs could not identify what unit operated the helicopter. It was the deadliest helicopter crash in Iraq since a CH-53 Sea Stallion went down in bad weather in western Iraq on Jan. 26, 2005, killing 31 U.S. service members. BAGHDAD, Iraq – A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter went down in northern Iraq, killing all 12 Americans believed to be aboard in the deadliest crash in nearly a year, while five U.S. Marines died in weekend attacks, the military said Sunday. The latest deaths followed an especially bloody week in which about 200 Iraqis and a dozen U.S. troops were killed. Iraqi politicians, meanwhile, claimed headway in forming a stable coalition government following the Dec. 15 elections, whose final results may be released this week. U.S. military officials said the UH-60 Black Hawk crashed just before midnight Saturday about seven miles east of Tal Afar, a northern city near the Syrian border that has seen heavy fighting with insurgents. “All (those killed) are believed to be U.S. citizens,” military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said. In Saturday’s crash, records indicated that eight passengers and four crew members were aboard. Three Marines were killed Sunday by small arms attacks in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, the military said. Two other Marines were killed Saturday by roadside bombs in separate incidents, the military said. With the latest Marine deaths, at least 2,199 members of the U.S. military have died since the war started in 2003, according to an Associated Press count. That toll did not include those killed aboard the Black Hawk. In other violence Sunday, five people died in separate attacks in Baghdad, including a policeman killed by a suicide car bomber targeting an Interior Ministry patrol. Seven others were wounded. Meanwhile, a French engineer abducted Dec. 5 apparently was dumped on a Baghdad street by his fleeing captors and recovered by U.S. troops, who turned him turned over to the French Embassy on Sunday, according to Iraqi police and the French Foreign Ministry in Paris. Bernard Planche, 52, was kidnapped on his way to work at a water plant. Planche worked for a non-governmental organization called AACCESS and was found Saturday night near a checkpoint in the Abu Ghraib neighborhood. His captors had demanded the withdrawal from Iraq of French troops – even though the country has none in Iraq. The French Foreign Ministry said Planche should be returning to France shortly. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin thanked U.S. authorities, as well as French diplomatic and intelligence officials, for their help in Planche’s “liberation during a securing operation.” Insurgents have kidnapped more than 250 foreigners in the past two years, aiming to force U.S.-led troops to leave Iraq or prevent Arab nations from strengthening their ties with Baghdad. The leader of Iraq’s main Sunni Arab political group said after meeting President Jalal Talabani that significant headway had been made in efforts to form a government of national unity. “Talabani and I have an identical point of view regarding the formation of a national unity government based on consensus,” Adnan al-Dulaimi said. Al-Dulaimi confirmed that Iraq’s two Kurdish leaders, Talabani and Kurdistan regional President Massoud Barzani, have been mediating with other groups to form a coalition government. Their efforts seem to have forged an understanding between the main Shiite religious bloc and al-Dulaimi’s group – which represent two traditionally hostile camps whose enmity often threatens to plunge Iraq into sectarian warfare. Shiite leaders have in recent days threatened reprisals against the minority Sunni Arabs following twin suicide attacks that killed more than 100 people. They have blamed the attacks on both the Sunni-Arab-led insurgency and some Sunni Arab political groups they say openly support the militants. “This should be done by consensus for the sake of Iraq’s unity and independence. Barzani, Talabani and I agree on this condition, and this is our sole condition and demand,” al-Dulaimi said. Talabani said Saturday that Iraq’s political groups could form a coalition government within weeks – and some experts say the new government could be formed next month. “Barzani and Talabani are conducting contacts with the Shiite Alliance and I think that the Alliance should agree on this project otherwise stability in Iraq cannot be achieved,” al-Dulaimi said of a broad-based government. Forming a viable broad-based government is a key American goal because such an administration, if it includes Sunni Arabs, could help defuse the insurgency. In an effort to help draw Sunni Arabs into the political process, U.S. officials for months have been communicating directly or through channels with members of the disaffected minority connected to the insurgency. The Iraqi government also said it was talking directly to all militant groups who are willing to communicate, but no commitments have been made to any of them, said Wafiq al-Samarie, an adviser on security affairs to Talabani. “Yes, many groups are communicating with us. We are listening to them and providing them with advice with open arms and transparency,” said al-Samarie, a Sunni Arab and a former intelligence chief under Saddam Hussein. Sunni Arabs expressed anger over a raid by U.S. troops on the headquarters of the Association of Muslim Scholars, a major Sunni clerical group. The troops raided the headquarters of the association, thought by some to be close to some insurgent groups, at Baghdad’s Umm al-Qura mosque before dawn Sunday. “The Americans bear the responsibility for this assault,” said Sheik Younis al-Ekaidi. “This crime came as punishment for the association’s position on the occupation and its position on the latest elections.” A U.S. military official said the raid came after a tip from an Iraqi citizen that there was “significant terrorist related activity in the building,” and six people were detained. In other violence Sunday, according to Iraqi police: Gunmen assassinated a member of former Prime Minster Ayad Allawi’s secular Shiite Iraqi National List in Baghdad. A gunman was killed when clashes broke out between militants and Iraqi police. Militants opened fire on a vehicle in Baghdad, killing the driver. Gunmen killed a policeman in western Baghdad. Police found six bodies, most shot in the head, at a sewage plant in southeast Baghdad. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool still want to do business with Southampton – and player wants move

first_img1 Southampton playmaker Dusan Tadic Having ended their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool have turned their attention to his Southampton team-mate, Dusan Tadic.An investigation into their approach for Van Dijk forced the Reds to abandon their pursuit of the Dutch defender, but they still want to do business with the Saints.The Times report that Tadic, who has a release clause of £13m, is open to a move to Anfield having grown frustrated with life under manager Claude Puel.The playmaker started 30 of the Saints’ league games last season, contributing to eight goals, scoring three and assisting five.West Ham United are also interested in his signature, with The Sun claiming, at the beginning of this month, that the Serbia international is one of Slaven Bilic’s top three targets for the summer.last_img read more

Arsenal survive late scares to beat Bournemouth and close in on top four

first_img REVEALED 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Aubameyang’s winner fired Arsenal closer to the top four Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY ADVICE REVEALED Arsenal secured a hard-fought win at Bournemouth courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s eighth Premier League goal of the season.The north Londoners had drawn each of their last three league matches but Aubameyang’s second-half strike was enough to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches in all competitions. Ryan Fraser shot straight into the arms of Leno as Bournemouth chased a second equaliser, with Eddie Howe turning to Junior Stanislas and Lewis Cook off the bench.Lerma almost atoned for his own goal but struck the same post as Torreira with a low drive before Leno had to be alert to push the ball behind after it looped towards goal off the foot of Sokratis. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice Jefferson Lerma scored a remarkable volleyed own goal to give the visitors the lead at the Vitality Stadium, with Joshua King levelling for Bournemouth before Aubameyang scored to seal a 2-1 victory.Unai Emery sprung a tactical surprise by starting with a three-man defence, the first time the Arsenal head coach has opted for such a system in the league since his appointment.It paid off as Sead Kolasinac, playing as a wing-back, laid on both Arsenal goals as they moved to within a point of Chelsea in fourth place.Alexandre Lacazette missed out with a tight groin, while the change in system meant Mesut Ozil was only among the Arsenal substitutes. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Football News 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The hosts thought they were ahead early on but David Brooks was flagged offside as he slotted home King’s through ball.Arsenal went up the other end and Lucas Torreira rattled the foot of the post with an arrowed shot, with Alex Iwobi only able to lash the rebound high and wide.Bournemouth were certainly the better side as the visitors struggled to adapt to a new formation, with Callum Wilson heading at Leno as the Cherries continued to push for the opener.King’s pace was causing problems for the recalled Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who was shown a yellow card for hauling the Bournemouth man to the ground on the edge of the penalty box. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 But it would be Arsenal who took the lead with half an hour on the clock, Lerma turning a Kolasinac cross past Begovic with a finish any top Premier League striker would have been proud of.Iwobi drew a smart stop out of Begovic as the visitors looked to double their advantage before the break – but instead their run of not leading at half-time this season continued.Cardiff are the only other top-flight side yet to hold a half-time lead in the league this season and King’s smart finish with the last meaningful kick of the opening 45 minutes ensured Bournemouth went in level.Arsenal were again pushing for a second but, having lost possession in the Bournemouth box, a rapid counter-attack ended with King – back in the side following an ankle injury – converting past Leno.Neither side could create anything of note at the start of the second-half, Aubameyang spurning a good chance after Mkhitaryan had rolled in his team-mate.The Arsenal fans began to call for the introduction of Ozil but were soon celebrating the lead as Aubameyang slid in to score from six yards after another Kolasinac cross. Arsenal have closed the gap on the top four ahead of next weekend’s north London derby Aubameyang rounded off a fine team move to put Arsenal in front BEST OF last_img read more

A bit of South Africa in London

first_imgOlympic and Paralympic athletes, their families, friends and supporters, and all South Africans will find a home away from home at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre in Belvedere Road, London. Supporters at the New Zealand Ekhaya during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, show their patriotic spirit.(Images: Ekhaya Hospitality Centre)MEDIA CONTACTS • Manase MakwelaHead of communication, Dept of Sportand Recreation+27 12 304 5017 or +27 82 782 1759Romaana NaidooTeam South Africa, as well as those citizens going to London to show their support, will be welcomed at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.Ekhaya Hospitality Centre will be run by a host of national government departments during the sporting spectacular – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa.Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, explains: “The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather.”But it is more than that: “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,” she adds.Facilities at the centre will include wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar.Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.”The 30th Summer Olympics begin on Friday, 27 July and end on Sunday, 12 August.Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be officially opened and closed for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from homeEkhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations.“Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,” the department notes.South Africa is sending a team of 125 athletes to the Summer Games, with 13 names added to the initial 112 published in June. Blade runner Oscar Pistorius is among them. He will be making history as the first double amputee to compete in the Games. Pistorius will be running in the 4 x 400m relay with Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager.Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA.The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home” that provides an opportunity to:Drum up support for Team SA;Market and promote South Africa through showcasing its successes and venues such as stadiums as the preferred places to host international events;Inspire people to visit the country and experience the culture of ubuntu; and,Host journalists both local and foreign, with the intention of profiling South African athletes, political principals and the country.All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA.Athletes’ villageDubbed Victory Park, the athletes’ village in Stratford, East London, has a uniquely British feel. It’s open for business from 16 July, housing some 17 000 Olympic athletes, 6 000 Paralympians and officials from 203 nations.It covers 36 hectares, with comfortable living quarters and large areas of open space. Competitors dine in a huge 225m x 80m tent, which is large enough to accommodate about 100 double-decker buses.This facility, which can seat 5 500 at a time, is open 24 hours a day. The menu includes popular British staples such as fish and chips, as well as Asian and halaal food. There is also a McDonald’s on site.The social hub of the village is a pub called the Globe Centre which, while it boasts 10 pool tables, live music and karaoke, will not serve a drop of alcohol. After the Olympics, the village will be converted into residential accommodation.last_img read more

‘Legit NBA talent’ Manny Harris as NLEX import too hard to pass up for Guiao

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former NBA veteran Manny Harris had his first practice with NLEX on Tuesday. Photo taken from the NLEX Road Warriors’ Twitter accountMANILA, Philippines—Despite the strong showing of Olu Ashaolu, NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao felt that the chance to tap the services of a proven NBA talent in Manny Harris was too hard to pass up.Guiao eventually made the tough decision to let go of Ashaolu and bring in Harris, who had stints with NBA teams Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks before wreaking havoc overseas and in the developmental league.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Lacson says P82 billion lost in tax revenue from Chinese imports in 201702:294 million bags of imported rice still at NFA warehouses — administrator02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The Road Warriors are set to parade Harris, who had his first practice Tuesday, on Wednesday against the Columbian Dyip at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “We thank Olu for helping us get to where we are, for the strong start this conference. But the opportunity to have Manny Harris opened up for us and we had to make the difficult decision to grab the chance to realize a long-standing desire to have Manny play for the Road Warriors,” said Guiao in a statement posted on NLEX’s Facebook account Monday.NLEX is currently tied with San Miguel Beer in second place after going 4-1 with Ashaolu in tow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceGuiao, though, believes Harris is capable of taking the Road Warriors to even greater heights.“Manny is a legit NBA talent who has the ability to impact the game on both ends, a proven scorer and defender—a winner in his chosen field,” Guiao said. This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sangiao believes PH fighters will rise again after 1-4 result in ONE: Century Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Ashaolu, who averaged 22.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in five games in the Governors’ Cup, has nothing but love for the Road Warriors.“I enjoyed my time with NLEX. It’s a great team atmosphere where everyone came in to work and get better each day,” he said. “I have no doubt these guys will continue to fight and surpass people’s expectations.”After starring for the Michigan Wolverines in college, Harris went undrafted in the NBA in 2010 but managed to make the Cavaliers’ roster and played two seasons in Cleveland.He then, landed spot on the Lakers in the 2013-2014 season where he played nine games and averaged 8.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.The 30-year-old Harris went overseas and played in Turkey, China and the G-League before seeing action for the Mavericks in the 2016-2017 season for four games.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more