Thompson, McPherson impress indoors

first_imgWorld Championships 200-metre silver medallist Elaine Thompson looked at home on her indoor debut, twice clocking 7.14 on a day that saw her finishing second to her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers in the 60m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena yesterday.Just like she did in the 200m final at the World Championships in Beijing last August, Schippers led Thompson to the line with a time of 7.10, with third place going to Ewa Swoboda (Poland), who clocked 7.15 seconds.Thompson’s run makes her the joint fastest Jamaican in the event so far this year along with Simone Facey, who also ran 7.14 earlier this month.Competing in her first individual indoor 400m race, Stephenie-Ann McPherson became the fastest Jamaican this year after posting 52.05 to win ahead of Seren Bundy-Davies (Great Britain), 52.10 and Lisanne De Witte of The Netherlands, 52.49.In the men’s 60m, Julian Forte ran 6.64 for fourth place in the heats before improving in the final to a personal best 6.63 and a sixth-place finish behind winner Sean Safo-Antwi (Great Britain), 6.56. Another Briton, Richard Kilty, the defending World Indoor champion, finished second in 6.57 with third place going to American Mike Rodgers, 6.60.Rusheen McDonald was sixth in the men’s 400m in 49.38 seconds. The win went to Pavel Maslak, 46.02, of the Czech Republic, who finished ahead of USA’s Calvin Smith, 46.45 and Great Britain’s Jarryd Dunn, 46.67.With the IAAF World Indoor Championships fast approaching and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association set to name their team this week, it’s left to be seen who will be available for the March 17-19 championships which takes place in Portland, USA.last_img read more

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Pacers snap James’ playoff streak, Harden powers Rockets

first_img0Shares0000Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers (L) celebrates with Lance Stephenson © GETTY/AFP / Gregory ShamusNEW YORK, United States, Apr 15 – Forget LeBron James making his eighth consecutive trip to the NBA finals — the Cleveland Cavaliers star might have trouble just getting out of the opening round of the playoffs.Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points to power the Indiana Pacers over the host Cavaliers 98-80 on Sunday in the opening game of their first-round NBA playoff series. “Stay calm, stay composed, play the game I have all year long,” Oladipo said of the key to his overwhelming day. “This was a great team win.”James had won 21 first-round playoff games in a row until the rout, having never before lost the opener in a first-round NBA post-season series.James, seeking his ninth career trip to the NBA finals and fourth league title, had not dropped a first-round playoff game since the New York Knicks beat Miami in the fourth game of the 2012 opening round, a minor setback on the Heat’s title run, a career first for James.James said falling behind in a series just motivates him to step up his game.“I’m down 0-1 in the first round. I was down 3-1 in the finals. So I’m the last guy to ask about what I’m gonna be like the next couple days,” James said.In the late game, league MVP candidate James Harden exploded for 44 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101.The Pacers jumped ahead 33-14 after the first quarter and led by as much as 23 in holding off the Cavs, who came no closer than seven points the rest of the way.“You can’t ease into the playoffs,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. “I thought (Indiana) came in and they attacked us.”James had a triple double in a losing cause with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. The rest of Cleveland’s starters only managed 25 points, Kevin Love with 17 rebounds but only nine points.J.R. Smith had 15 points off the Cavaliers’ bench while Myles Turner had 16 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 for Indiana.The Cavaliers had their lowest-scoring first period of the season and only five baskets with six turnovers in the opening quarter, drawing boos as they walked off at half-time trailing 59-38.Giannis Antetokounmpo (L) of the Milwaukee Bucks defends Al Horford of the Boston Celtics on April 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts © GETTY/AFP / Maddie Meyer– Celtics edge Bucks in OT –The Boston Celtics nearly fell victim to another Eastern Conference opening upset bid before edging visiting Milwaukee 113-107 in overtime.Al Horford scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Boston and Terry Rozier, starting in place of injured Kyrie Irving, added 23 points.Marcus Morris scored 21 off the bench while Jaylen Brown netted 20 and Jayson Tatum contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics.“We’ve been down a lot, a lot of injuries, and we’ve always found a way,” Horford said. “Morris made some big shots, Tatum down the stretch, Terry — that’s what we’re all about. We just find a way.”Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and gave the Celtics headaches until fouling out in overtime.Khris Middleton added 31 points, hitting five-of-seven three-pointers, with eight rebounds and six assists in a losing cause.In Houston, Harden led a big fourth-quarter run as the top-seeded Rockets held off the Timberwolves in game one.Harden made seven-of-12 three pointers but the Rockets had their hands full with the eighth seeded Timberwolves.Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns failed to get untracked Sunday, scoring just eight points, well below his season average of 21.3 points.Andrew Wiggins had 18 points for Minnesota, who are making their first playoff appearance since 2004.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Tourist precinct for Cape Agulhas

first_img21 August 2013South African National Parks (SANParks) has opened a kilometre-long boardwalk linking the Cape Agulhas lighthouse with the southernmost tip of Africa – the point in the Western Cape where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.The R2.25-million pathway is the first phase of a project to create a Cape Agulhas lighthouse precinct comprising a lighthouse museum, heritage centre, restaurant, vendor stalls and information services. Cape Agulhas is a about a two-and-a-half hour drive from Cape Town.Funded by the Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism Department, the project has so far created 36 jobs.“The construction method of the boardwalk provided an opportunity to employ unskilled people from in and around the Agulhas area,” SANParks said in a statement on Monday.The boardwalk will protect the sensitive area around the southern tip from walking damage while making the Agulhas National Park more accessible to visitors.“This is just the beginning. We all know that tourism plays a vital role in the economy of South Africa because of the number of jobs it can create in the absence of other large industry in the area,” said SANParks conservation and tourism committee chairperson, Gerald Swan.‘Unlocking the precinct’s full potential’“In order to unlock the precinct’s full tourism potential, as well as focusing attention on the sensitive natural environment, we have to improve the area to international standards.”Funding of almost R22-million has been secured from the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism Department, and planning and design of the precinct has started.Building is expected to begin in late 2014.The Department of Tourism has also confirmed funding of R12-million for the construction of a southern tip iconic structure.“We will be unlocking and celebrating the superb views with appropriate viewing decks with minimal blockage, and we will be paying attention to the significant space between the lighthouse and the point,” Swan said.A hiking trail will take in the Agulhas village, ancient tidal fish traps, the lighthouse precinct, the peninsula’s southernmost point, and a shipwreck along the coastline.“A further R17-million will be invested in the park for the restoration of the historic Ratelrivier Homestead that acknowledges the deep history embedded in the area,” SANParks said.“It will become the tourism hub at the Western entrance, and the aim is to build the longest boardwalk in Africa from the lighthouse along the Agulhas coast.“Underpinning all of these developments will be to conserve the indigenous fauna and flora that makes Agulhas National Park so unique.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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South Africa’s sugar tax: a bold move, and the right thing to do

first_imgSouth Africa is implementing a sugar tax in April this year. Government and health authorities hope it will curb non-communicable diseases and obesity. Researchers from the University of Pretoria investigate how effective the tax will be.The sugar tax, effective 1 April 2017, can contribute to curbing diseases such as diabetes and reduce obesity. Researchers say non-communicable diseases have a significant impact on economic development. (The Conversation)Hettie Carina Schönfeldt, Beulah Pretorius and Nicolette HallSouth Africa’s planned sugar tax has come under severe scrutiny from its parliamentarians. The questions they’re grappling with are whether the country needs a tax and how effective it will be.The tax is planned to take effect on 1 April 2017. It’s designed to reduce sugar intake from sugar-sweetened beverages by upping the price with a 20% fiscal tax.The South African health authorities’ plan to issue a sugar tax must not be seen in isolation. It is part of the South African National Department of Health’s strategic plans to prevent and control non-communicable disease, and obesity.These strategies have set the ambitious target of reducing obesity by 10% by 2020. And they include salt reduction legislation, trans-fat regulations, and stricter label and advertising regulations.The reality is that the move to introduce the sugar tax is necessary because of the scourge of non-communicable diseases and obesity in the country.The rise of non-communicable diseases It is not unusual for populations that modernise as a result of socioeconomic development to have changes in their dietary patterns.But the move from traditional foods to more processed and convenience foods is linked to weight gain and an increased risk of developing diet-related non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.Non-communicable diseases have become the leading causes of death in low- and middle-income countries. South Africa is no exception. It has the highest rates of overweight and obese adults in Africa. Nearly one in every seven South African women is affected. And 40% of deaths from non-communicable conditions among men occur before they turn 60.In its second National Burden of Disease Study South Africa’s Medical Research Council tracked mortality levels and trends for non-communicable diseases between 1997 and 2012. It found that by 2010 non-communicable diseases had become one of the top causes of death in the country. They accounted for 39% of all fatalities putting them on par with the number of people dying from HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined.The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2020 these diseases will account for 80% of the global burden of disease. They will be responsible for seven of every 10 deaths in developing countries.Currently, a third of these premature deaths in lower income countries occur in people under the age of 60. In high income countries the proportion is only 13%.The impact of non-communicable diseases has a significant impact on economic development. The accumulated loss to South Africa’s gross domestic product between 2006 and 2015 from diabetes, stroke and heart disease was estimated at US$1.88 billion. The World Economic Forum has estimated that other industrialised countries such as Brazil, China, India and the Russia lose more than 20 million productive life years annually to non-communicable diseases.An obese nationIn addition to sharp increase in non-communicable diseases, obesity has also risen at an exponential rate. The number of overweight and obese children in South Africa has increased from 1.4% in 1994 to more than 15% in 2004.And the obesity phenomenon has come about before South Africa has been able to win the battle against under-nutrition. While there has been a rise in the number of overweight and obese people, many are still undernourished because their food choices deprive their bodies of essential nutrients (energy, vitamins and minerals).The changes in South Africans’ dietary patterns over time have included: more foods rich in total and saturated fats, less legumes and vegetables, and more energy-dense, micronutrient-poor snack foods, convenience foods, vegetable oils, and more sweetened products and beverages.Adding salt, sugar, fats and oils during food preparation has also increased. Although studies show that people are eating more fruit and meat than 10 years ago, people are still not consuming enough variety of foods to meet all the recommended macro- and micro-nutrients for optimal health and wellbeing.Global commitmentsAs the world continues to win battles against HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, the national burden of disease attributed to non-communicable diseases is expected to intensify.In the next 10 years it is estimated that the global non-communicable disease burden will increase by 17%. In Africa, this figure will be closer to 27%.Globally governments are being forced to pay more attention and intensify their actions against these diet-related diseases. As a member state to the United Nations, South Africa has signed various global resolutions and commitments on food and nutrition. By implementing the sugar tax, South Africa is simply heeding to its international commitments.Associate professor Hettie Carina Schönfeldt, Beulah Pretorius and Nicolette Hall are researchers in human nutrition and food composition at the University of Pretoria. The article was originally published in The Conversation. Read the original article.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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NAFTA renegotiation talks extended

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The timeframe for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks was extended last week as the United States, Canada and Mexico seek alignment on controversial issues surrounding the auto industry, dairy, dispute resolutions and a “sunset clause.”The sunset clause, proposed by the United States, would prompt the termination of NAFTA every five years if a new endorsement from all three countries is not signed. Talks will resume on Nov. 17 in Mexico City, with additional rounds expected to extend into next year.The National pork Producers Council and other agricultural groups continue to urge the Trump administration not to withdraw from NAFTA, to maintain zero-duty market access for pork exports to Canada and Mexico and to ensure that pork trade is not disrupted. A U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA would cost the U.S. pork industry $1.5 billion.last_img read more

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Ginebra outlasts Rain or Shine in 3OT, clinches fourth spot

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Game 3 hero SJ Belangel takes inspiration from Mike Nieto Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City LATEST STORIES View comments Ginebra vs Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra had to trudge through three overtime periods to beat Rain or Shine, 100-92, and secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Despite both teams ending up with identical 6-5 cards, the victory propelled the Gin Kings to the fourth seed in the standings because of quotient advantage and set up a best-of-three series against, incidentally, the fifth place Elasto Painters starting on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Ginebra had parts in the conference where they played without Joe Devance, Sol Mercado, and Greg Slaughter due to injuries and the victory symbolized a huge sigh of relief for Ginebra. “This is the first good thing that happened to us all conference long and it took us a triple overtime game to do it against a team that really didn’t have much to play for,” said Cone. “We lost Joe and Sol earlier and they’re struggling to come back from their injuries, and we lost Greg in some key games.”Japeth Aguilar led Ginebra with 30 points, 17 boards, and five assists while LA Tenorio added 20 points. Beau Belga had 17 points, six boards, and five assists to lead the Elasto Painters while Gabe Norwood finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Ginebra win also eliminated Blackwater in the process and allowed TNT to get a crack at the final playoff berth against Phoenix on Sunday.With Ginebra leading 94-92, Rain or Shine had four chances to either force the tie or the lead but Maverick Ahanmisi and Raymond Almazan bricked their free throws with 55 seconds left in the game. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJervy Cruz then promptly punished the Elasto Painters with a dagger of a baseline jumper that gave the Gin Kings a 96-92 buffer with 34 seconds left. After the grinding victory, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said the victory was a Godsend for them. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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BJP has Gujs washing powder to clean Oppn leaders Danve

first_imgMumbai: In a veiled reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, Union minister Raosaheb Danve has said they have “Gujarat’s washing powder” which first cleans the Congress and NCP leaders before they are inducted into the BJP.He also dubbed as “funeral procession” the NCP’s ‘Shivswarajya Yatra’, the Sharad Pawar-led party’s mass contact programme to counter Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’ ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We have Gujarat’s washing powder which first cleans leaders of the Congress and NCP and then the BJP inducts them,” Danve said in an indirect reference to the leadership qualities of Modi and Union Home Minister Shah. Notably, both Modi and Shah hail from Gujarat. Danve was addressing a rally on Wednesday evening in Jalna district where Fadnavis was also present on the stage. Hitting out at the NCP’s pre-poll yatra, Danve said, “(On one hand) there is Chief Minister Fadnavis’ Mahajanadesh Yatra where people are flocking in large numbers. On the other hand, the NCP’s rally is, in fact, a funeral procession.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”People generally make a point and attend a funeral procession but in case of NCP’s rally, several senior leaders are skipping it. NCP’s own people are turning their back on the party’s rally,” said the Union minister of state for consumer affairs, food and public distribution. Meanwhile, NCP leader Dhananjay Munde hit back at Danve’s remarks. In remarks laced with sarcasm, Munde said the Union minister was “right”, and added the NCP’s yatra was indeed the “funeral procession” of the “tyrant, insensitive and anti- farmer” BJP-led Maharashtra government. “But I correct your mistake. People are giving huge response to the Shivswarajya Yatra to pay homage to the authoritarian government. @raosahebdanve,” Munde countered Danve in a tweet in Marathi. He also put out a video clip on his Twitter handle to allege that the rally organised as part of Fadnavis’ ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’ received poor response in Danve’s home turf, Jalna, even as the BJP’s working president J P Nadda spoke.last_img read more

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SAINTS produced a titanic defensive display to bea

first_imgSAINTS produced a titanic defensive display to beat Warrington Wolves 20-16 at Magic Weekend.For the second week in a row resolve and desperation came to the fore as the Champions turned a poor first half right around to secure the win.Tommy Makinson’s hit in the last 60 seconds on Daryl Clark was the highlight reel but it typified the effort of Keiron Cunningham’s men who secured their first victory at Magic since 2010.Saints began the game well but found themselves 8-0 down after 15 minutes – largely on the back of their own errors and ill-discipline.They hit back when Jon Wilkin’s chip through found Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook in space and Makinson tagged on a penalty.Ryan Atkins then put the Wolves ahead – Chris Bridge to tagging on a two-pointer – to give the Wolves a solid advantage until that second half turnaround.Saints made one change from the side that beat Hull FC last week – Jon Wilkin returning from suspension at scrum half in place of the injured Lewis Charnock.And for the first few minutes, that parity from the win in Humberside seemed to do the side well.Wilkin’s last tackle kicking was pinpoint and it forced Warrington on their heels, time after time.Makinson broke down the right hand side in the seventh minute, earning Saints a repeat set, and then Swift showed great feet to get the Champions out of danger.A minute later Warrington though won a penalty and Stefan Ratchford showed great speed and awareness to break tackles to put the Wolves ahead.On the quarter of an hour mark the advantage was doubled too as Ben Harrison collected a nice Declan Patton reverse kick to increase the lead.Saints hit back when Wilkin’s kick early in the tackle count took a wicked deflection and bounce and was mopped up by Loiue McCarthy-Scarsbrook.It still took some scoring but the big cockney was not going to be denied.Makinson made it a two-point game with the conversion and then levelled it up in the 23rd minute with a penalty.But four minutes later, Saints gave a penalty away and with a fresh set Atkins was caught on a strong line and the Wolves were back in front.Chris Bridge added a penalty as the game reached half time – and it came via an unnecessary loose pass that put Saints in trouble.That took the margin out to eight points – and Saints nearly cut that on the stroke of half time but Swift was bundled into touch.Saints needed to come up big in the second half – and they received a massive let off when Richie Myler went through the middle in the first minute and should have scored.He bombed the chance and on Warrington’s next attack the defence had to be keen once more.Jordan Turner went to within inches seconds later but on 49 minutes he put in a superb pass for Swift as Saints spread the ball wide.It was much needed and showed when the ball headed to that combination, the Champions looked dangerous.Saints continued to come and after back to back to back sets they went ahead for the first time.Jon Wilkin was caught on a great run and he forced his way over the line.Makinson tagging on the extras.Saints continued to turn the screw and were unlucky not to come away from Warrington territory with more points.The Wolves defended out and then won a drop out on 66 minutes – only for Swift to produce a massive hit on Bridge to stop a certain score.That defence was crucial as the game entered its final stages too – but they had the video referee to thank as well as Ben Harrison was pinged for passing off the floor – moments before Gene Ormsby looked to have scored in the corner.Makinson cooled the nerves (a little) with another penalty to take it out to 20-16 with five minutes to go, before Saints produced some of the best defence you are likely to see in Super League this year.With Warrington throwing all they could at the line, Saints defended back to back sets and the Makinson flew out and smashed Daryl Clark to force the ball loose.It was a world class tackle from a player who is surely becoming one of the best in the game.And it sealed a dramatic and well deserved victory.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Swift, WilkinGoals: Makinson (4 from 5)Wolves: Tries: Ratchford, Harrison, Atkins, Goals: Ratchford (0 from 2), Bridge (1 from 1)Penalties: Saints: 8Wolves: 8HT: 8-16FT: 20-16REF: R Silverwood ATT: TBCTeams:Saints: 34. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Tommy Makinson, 30. Matty Fleming, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 4. Josh Jones. Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio.Wolves:6. Stefan Ratchford; 5. Joel Monaghan, 3. Chris Bridge, 4. Ryan Atkins, 22. Gene Ormsby; 29. Declan Patton, 7. Richie Myler; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 17. Ben Currie, 12. Ben Westwood, 13. Ben Harrison.Subs: 15. Roy Asotasi, 18. James Laithwaite, 25. Brad Dwyer, 27. George King.last_img read more

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