Western Bureau:Double ISSA Western Conference High School basketball champions Herbert Morison Technical are in pole position after Game One of their best-of-three finals on Wednesday, outlasting a spirited Cornwall College in both the Under-16 and U-19 categories at the Montego Bay Cricket Club court.The Dave Black-coached Herbert Morrison stopped Cornwall College by a comfortable 65-50 margin to win the senior match-up.But they were made to work much harder in the junior section by a Cornwall College side that was bent on turning the tables on the Herbert Morrison juggernaut. Herbert Morrison ultimately prevailed by a narrow 53-50 margin for the advantage heading into Game Two of the series.The reliable shooting guard, Ralique Grant, was in awesome form for his team, ending with a game-high 34 points.Grant, who is in line for the season’s MVP award, also had three rebounds, six steals, and three assists.Fellow guard Tafari Vassell added 12 points and 12 rebounds in a double-double effort for Herbert Morrison as Herbert Morrison sped off to a whirlwind 13-point lead (18-5) after just one quarter.Cornwall College rallied through Antonio Spence, especially in the second quarter. Spence eventually ended as his team’s top scorer with 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.But it was the defending champions all the way as they dominated all quarters, except in the fourth, as Spence and Leonardo Friginette threatened to wrest Game One from them. Friginette also recorded a double-double, hitting 15 points and 13 rebounds.In the end, Herbert Morrison had enough to post the victory, after posting (18-5, 15-12, 16-11 and 16-22) quarterly returns.It was not so comfortable for them, however, in the Under-16 category as Ojay Marshall and Alwade Thompson of Cornwall partnered superbly in trying to secure the much-needed win.Marshall’s 17 points and three rebounds and that of Thompson (12 points), propelled Cornwall College to within touching distance of a victory, but Herbert Morrison’s star shooter, Shaqueal Benti’s 17 points output, led the way.Benti was supported in the win by Ryheem Barrett, 13 points, while Davaughn Campbell chipped in with a useful 10 points, four rebounds, and eight steals.
CALGARY, Alberta — The much-anticipated rematch featured more talk and little action. Only this time, the Sharks did all the talking, getting their revenge on the Calgary Flames with their play instead of their words and fists.The Sharks and Flames seemed poised for another battle royale in Calgary on Thursday, a continuation of the fisticuffs that dominated their last meeting on Dec. 31 when the clubs combined for 64 penalty minutes in the game’s final 41 seconds. Instead, the Pacific …
USF’s successful basketball coach Kyle Smith is headed to Washington State, according to reports Wednesday.The Spokane Spokesman-Review reported Smith, 49, signed a six-year deal worth $1.4 million annually. He would replace Ernie Kent, who led the Cougars to an 11-21 record in his fifth season before being fired.Smith went 63-40 in three seasons at USF after leading Columbia University for six years. Smith built his reputation as Randy Bennett’s trusted assistant at Saint Mary’s from …
“I am humbled.” Thuli Madonsela said of her inclusion on the Time magazine list of the most influential people in the world. (Image: GCIS)Sulaiman PhilipPublic Protector Thuli Madonsela is one of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2014, according to Time magazine. She is, as Lamido Sanusi, former governor of the Bank of Nigeria said “… an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be”.’The Time> list of”the activism and innovation of thinkers, artists, visionaries, philosophers and scientists”; people who, according to the magazine, are “using their ideas, their visions and their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people”.Madonselas office released a statement in which she acknowledged the accolade; “Like several other accolades that have been bestowed on me, I regard my inclusion in the Time 100 as an acknowledgement of the selfless efforts of the Public Protector team at large.”She went on to say she hoped the award would “… alert governments of the potential of this institution as a partner in promoting good governance, thus strengthening constitutional democracy” …Since her unopposed appointment as Public Protector in 2009, Madonsela has reputation for resolve, and has the authority of her office to build the life promised in the Constitution.Madonsela is a pebble in the shoe. To millions of South Africans she is a breathe of fresh air; a civil servant wanting to take on the powerful and corrupt without favor.On a visit to Soweto, on one of the 14 000 investigations her office conducts, she recalled that things were different back when she was growing up in Soweto; “… I don’t remember it being this bad.”But Madonsela cannot be accused of being nostalgic for a “… better time” before democracy. She is a former teacher and accomplished union lawyer who turned down a Harvard scholarship to remain in South Africa to help craft the country’s post-apartheid constitution.About the Office of the Public ProtectorAccording to its website, “… The mandate of the Public Protector is to strengthen constitutional democracy by investigating and redressing improper and prejudicial conduct, maladministration and abuse of power in state affairs.” The office began operating on 1 October 1995, after multi-party negotiations before the 1994 elections included an agreement to create it.The Public Protector “… has jurisdiction over all organs of state, any institution in which the state is the majority or controlling shareholder and any public entity as defined in Section 1 of the Public Finance Management Act, 1999″…The duties and powers of the Office of the Public Protector were reaffirmed in a Supreme Court of Appeal judgement in a case between former public protector, Lawrence Mushwana, and the Mail and Guardian. The newspaper described Mushwana’s report on an investigation into oil contract funds being diverted into African National Congress (ANC) coffers as a “… whitewash”. Mushwana laid a charge of defamation against the newspaper, but Justice Robert Nugent dismissed his appeal, after the case dragged through the courts for five years, and ordered he reinstate the investigation.Nugent said, “… The office of the public protector is an important institution. It provides what will often be a last defence against bureaucratic oppression, and against corruption and malfeasance in public offices that are capable of insidiously destroying the nation. If that institution falters, or finds itself undermined, the nation loses an indispensable constitutional guarantee.”The Public Protector’s office has no power to enforce the recommendations made in her reports. However she has often made the point that her office remains important to the functioning of democracy in South Africa; “We don’t have coercive powers, but we do have persuasive powers that encourage implementation of our recommendations. We have a responsibility to strengthen constitutional democracy and we do that by ensuring that ordinary people get to speak truth to power.”Despite threats to her safety and that of her staff, Madonsela has continued to work, unearthing the secret corruptions that her targets would rather remain hidden, but she assures that her office does not seek to harm the young democracy she had a hand in birthing.As she told the Mail and Guardian>; “… It was important for me not to attack the ANC but to clarify so that people out there who know me are not left with the impression that ‘… Thuli does not want the ANC to win the elections’. In the past, we always felt that the government had our back when we undertook our work. But the current events have created a climate in which we are no longer sure that the government has our back to investigate and fight maladministration.”Madonsela sees her office as a permanent commission of einquiry that should be free from threats to undermine it, so it can investigate any issue without favor. Expressing a personal opinion, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said it is for this reason Madonsela should develop a thicker skin; “The public protector is free to investigate anything so there should be no holy cows. And in return people are free to also defend their rights, so she mustn’t feel too sensitive … They have a right to raise their voice as she has a right to investigate.”Madonsela is a staunch advocate for gender equality; she is a member of the member of South African Women Lawyers Association and Business Women’s Association of South Africa; and has authored and co-authored a number of publications on gender management, a handbook for family law, and a bench book for the equality courts.
Several campaigns have got many South Africans to get in the habit of reading books and posting their reviews on Twitter.Ditshego Media CEO Tebogo Ditshego founded ReadaBookSA in May 2012. The initiative gets people to take up the habit of reading. By January 2017, it had received 14,857 book recommendations from Twitter followers. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanCoffee shops, bus terminals, police stations, office complexes, Uber taxis and shopping malls are just a few of the places where free books are dropped off as part of the #PuffnPass campaign.It is one of two South African initiatives to get people in the habit of reading. With #PuffnPass, bookworms post their recommendations of books distributed by publishers Jacana Media to Twitter, tagging the campaign as well as Jacana (@JacanaMedia) and ReadaBook South Africa (@ReadaBookSA).In the first week of January this year, Jacana started the #JacanaChallenge encouraging people to read a different book every week this year. Shortly afterwards, it launched its #PuffnPass campaign. The first includes any book a reader picks up; for the second, specific titles are distributed by Jacana.@JacanaMedia #JacanaChallangeAn amazing tale from a brilliantly descriptive writer, not done yet or plan 2 b. Brilliant read. pic.twitter.com/j016AORp4T— #Stop Albino killing (@kuliroberts) February 1, 2017.@JacanaMedia #JacanaChallenge just finished this morning. I’m supporting Hospice by buying from their shop #Hillcrest pic.twitter.com/tXj98Y8f6e— Run On Coffee (@NicolaLMeyer) January 28, 2017#PuffnPass rallies people to participate in the challenge: “Find it. Read it. Sign it. Leave it.” Through this initiative, free books are left at spots such as coffee shop tables or shop shelves. Books have already be left in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.Another South African initiative on readers’ lips online is ReadaBookSA, which began on 1 May 2012. Its first tweet explained that the campaign was not geared at bookworms, but rather at people who needed to get in the habit of reading.Within its first month, ReadaBookSA exceeded its target of 4,000 followers – on 1 June 2012 there were more than 5,000 Twitter followers. Currently ReadaBookSA has 37,800 Twitter followers.According to Brand South Africa, when you follow ReadaBookSA on Twitter, you pledge to read at least one book a month.How #PuffnPass worksJacana Media spokesperson Tembinkosi Sikupela explains: “When you find one of the books, take a picture, post it on social media and tag #PuffnPass and @JacanaMedia.“Once you’ve finished reading it, write a short review on the first page, sign your name and leave the book in a public space for someone else to find and read,” Sikupela says.“Post another picture on social media with the same tags #PuffnPass and @JacanaMedia, so that the next person knows where you left the book. The books continue to travel and exchange hands this way.”Seven Steps to Heaven by Fred Khumalo is on the move. We left it at the Pavilion in De Waal Park, Cape Town #PuffnPass pic.twitter.com/hIFsz1ugzp— FB: Jacana Media (@JacanaMedia) February 2, 2017The #PuffnPass and @JacanaMedia tags also help the publisher keep track of the books, says Sikupela, “to see how far the books have travelled and how many people have read them”.“We started off with 50 books but we have had to add more because of the interest that the campaign has already achieved. As it continues to grow, we will add more titles.”Shelved, at Engen/Woolworths on Annandale Street, Cape Town. #PuffnPass pic.twitter.com/1Pqu1l24iK— FB: Jacana Media (@JacanaMedia) February 2, 2017The aim of the campaignSikupela says the idea is to get more South Africans reading. “We are planning on doing this by creating a new community of readers who discover the joy of reading.”There is not a set number of books Jacana will distribute. “Depending on how well the campaign does, we will then decide on the way forward. But the Jacana team is hoping this becomes such a success that we have to do it again next year and the year after that. In fact, the planning went beyond just this year.”Achievements of ReadaBookSATebogo Ditshego, CEO of media and communications company Ditshego Media, and his team founded ReadaBookSA. Although they do not keep year-on-year records, he says, they have received 14,857 book recommendations since the start of the initiative.“We have an average 258 book recommendations per month.” According to Ditshego Media, ReadaBookSA is the most-followed online bookclub in Africa.I just finished reading my 3rd book. I am blown away by the insights @ReadersMinds @ReadaBookSA #mentaltoughness pic.twitter.com/RCatUZ388i— Themba Msimango (@TheMicMsimango) February 4, 2017My colleague recommended #ThingsFallApart by Chinua Achebe, multi-tasking with #MySecondInitiation by Vusi Pikoli @ReadaBookSA #CurrentRead pic.twitter.com/vXUIcaQ7zn— Karabo Mokoena (@iKay_Mo) February 8, 2017The growth of ReadaBookSA is excellent, Ditshego says. “We’re using a user-based content model where our followers have a say in the majority of content driven and we share their thoughts and recommendations.“We have a legion of dedicated members, which is what ensures the initiative remains sustainable in the long-term.”Of the highlights Ditshego says: “So many young people have sent us posts saying that they did not have much interest in reading books until they started following ReadabookSA on Twitter.“Others say we got them back to reading books. This will have a significant impact on society as we are helping to develop tomorrow’s leaders, one book at a time.”ReadaBookSA will host its fourth annual World Book Day celebration on Monday, 27 April. The venue is still to be confirmed.Other Twitter handles that promote reading include @BooksOfAfrica of African Flavour Books, @BookWormersGP of Bookwormers, and @ReadABookL of Read A Book L.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Rick Neuheisel SingingIn addition to being a former head coach and current college football analyst, it appears Rick Neuheisel is also a performer in his spare time. The 54-year-old Neuheisel took his show on the road to Wild Wings Cafe in Columbia, S.C. this evening, where he’s performing on-stage in a South Carolina hat under the watchful eye of Steve Spurrier and a host of other bar patrons.The HBC looks like he’s having a good time. Neuheisel also broke out the tune “Born in the SEC,” which he has previously sang on the Dan Patrick Show.pic.twitter.com/owbpx8wTRX— Steve Spurrier Jr (@coachspurrierjr) August 8, 2015What do you all think of Neuheisel’s vocal prowess?
InstagramMichigan freshman Ahmir Mitchell transferring after suspension.Ahmir Mitchell enrolled at Michigan early, but it doesn’t look like he’s ever going to play a down for the Wolverines. Wednesday, just days after it was announced by head coach Jim Harbaugh that the freshman wide receiver would be suspended indefinitely, Mitchell announced on Twitter that he’d be leaving the program.“It’s been all love from the fans, community, and the people of Michigan. I’ve made bonds and friendships with people here that will last a lifetime. I love what U of M had to offer me but, what is best for me and my family comes first. Therefore I will like to announce that I am hereby reopening my recruitment to all Universities and football programs.”Mitchell specifically stated that he’s “reopening’ his recruitment. But since he’s been enrolled at Michigan since January, this would have to be considered a transfer.All love for the people of Michigan and U of M ?? pic.twitter.com/dATIELCJQe— Ahmir_SoDevoted (@TheDeuce_2_Nice) August 24, 2016Mitchell is a class of 2016 player who was rated as a four-star composite. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound star is from Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.Reasons for Mitchell’s suspension have not been released. Harbaugh became frustrated with the press when asked about it last week.
zoomImage by Navingo The registration for Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2019 is now live! The event, to be held on October (7), 8 and 9 in Amsterdam is expected to attract over 10,000 offshore professionals and more than 550 exhibiting companies.Offshore Energy is unique in bringing together various offshore industries, including oil and gas, offshore wind and marine energy, and as such gives the energy transition a home. The energy transition is also reflected on the 22,500 m2 exhibition floor and the conference consisting of six 2-hour sessions, Offshore Wind Conference and Marine Energy Event.Knowledge sharing in transitionThe OEEC conference will reflect all aspects of the energy transition. The Offshore Wind Conference, to be held on October 7 and 8, will focus on the offshore wind industry’s role in the energy transition.Five sessions ranging from the global potential of wind, future pioneers and linking the grids will take delegates on a journey to current and future challenges and achievements.Confirmed speakers are Manon van Beek, CEO, TenneT, Huub den Rooijen, Director Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure, The Crown Estate and Andries Hofman, Project Manager, Gusto MSC.Further to that, visitors can attend technical conference sessions during offshore energy exhibition on The Energy Outlook, Future Offshore Energy Systems, Cross Industry Game changing Technologies and The Energy Transition Debate.Marine Energy Event 2019, scheduled for October 9, will focus on how marine energy can lead Europe in the energy transition.Home of energy transitionA fascinating mix of leaders from the business, buyers, investors, engineers and other interested parties within the offshore energy sector will get the opportunity to meet each other at OEEC and it is precisely this balance between supply and demand which brings a unique mix of exhibitors and visitors to the event each year.More information of Offshore Energy Exhibition & conference can be found on the website www.offshore-energy.biz. Here you can also register attendance, book conference tickets, find out more about the conference program and all other events related to Offshore Energy 2019.
As two of the faces of United States and international soccer, retired forward Abby Wambach and current midfielder Megan Rapinoe have used their platforms to act as leaders for various social issues, such as LGBT and women’s rights. But now, following in the steps of another former U.S. women’s national team star, Brandi Chastain, Wambach and Rapinoe have plans to make a difference in an entirely different way.In an interview with The Lantern before the two spoke at Ohio State for an event sponsored by OUAB, Wambach disclosed that she has made arrangements to have her brain donated for concussion research. Rapinoe later revealed the same during the event.“I think it’s amazing. I’m going to do the same myself,” Wambach said of Chastain’s pledge to donate. “Actually, I’m going to be doing a piece with her in order to get the word out, and I think that will be so important not just for the next generation, but to learn more.”Wambach later added that the piece with Chastain is set to be a podcast.Chastain, known for her game-winning penalty kick and ensuing celebration in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, announced her intentions in early March, becoming one of the most prominent female athletes to do so.The 35-year-old Wambach, the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer, could prove especially valuable in the research due to her propensity to use her head on the pitch. Of her 184 goals in international play, 77 were deposited using her head.“I think there will be valuable research and information that will be studied, and we will understand more about the heading and the heading process as it pertains to the game,” Wambach said.During the OUAB event, Rapinoe acknowledged that she’s unsure how much information could be gathered from her brain, as she does not use her head to the extent of Wambach. Even so, she said she felt it necessary to contribute to the burgeoning research on concussions. Boston University, where Chastain plans to donate her brain, is the lead researcher on the field of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a postmortem degenerative brain disease that is suspected to be linked to concussions and repeated blows to the head. However, only seven of the 307 brains studied by Boston University belonged to a female, according to The New York Times, which adds salience to the commitments of the three U.S. soccer players. CTE, initially linked to boxing, is now commonly associated with football, as the first large-scale findings on the disease came after Dr. Bennet Omalu published a paper in 2005 on former NFL center Mike Webster. Since the initial report, the list of NFL players diagnosed with CTE continues to grow. An October study from the Department of Veteran Affairs and Boston University found the disease in 87 of the 91 brains of former NFL players that were examined. Despite the repeated linkage to football, research on the disease and the impacts of head trauma is developing beyond gridiron, namely to soccer. Boston University discovered CTE in the brain of a deceased 29-year-old soccer player in 2014, the first named player to have traces of it. A 2013 study from Yeshiva University found abnormalities in the brains of soccer players who frequently head the ball that are similar to patients who have sustained concussions. The study noted a single header is not enough to result in traumatic brain injuries, but the lead author, Dr. Michael Lipton, wrote that “repetitive heading could set off a cascade of responses that leads to degeneration of brain cells over time.”As a preventive measure in young players, the U.S. Soccer Federation put forth new safety guidelines in November, banning headers for players under 10 years old, while limiting it in practice for those aged 11 to 13. Wambach said she fully supports safety measures to protect youth players, but she is advocating that there are better ways to go about it than simply banning headers altogether.“We want to make sure that when those 10-year-olds get to that 11-year-old age, the 11- to (13-year-olds) get to the next level, we want to make sure those kids are prepared,” she said. “You don’t want to send somebody out and not know how to do it, how to properly head a ball. I think that actually makes it more dangerous.“If you can do it technically sound, you’re less likely to incur a concussion. In fact, most concussions come from elbow-to-elbow or head-to-head contact, and that’s something that’s a little not talked about.”She said that because of this belief, she is working with the federation to instill new programs to teach proper technique when heading the ball.“I’m setting up a protocol with U.S. Soccer at this point to create a business in and around some of these clubs with soft balls to properly teach how to technically head a soccer ball, how to attack a soccer ball, to not be afraid of heading a soccer ball, because I don’t foresee soccer ever losing heading as part of its game,” Wambach said.Soccer might not be a sport noted for its spine-tingling collisions or overtly physical nature. But Wambach said that is precisely why she thinks research into the effects of the sport could prove invaluable to future generations.“We’re different from the NFL,” she said. “Heading a ball is different than getting struck in the head by a linebacker that’s 300 pounds trying to literally rip your head off, so I’m excited to see what those results are.”Nick Clarkson contributed to this story.
Alan Shearer fears that Manchester City may be in line for a long period of domination in the Premier League under Pep GuardiolaThe Citizens sealed their third Premier League title in seven seasons with five matches remaining after their 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday.After a disappointing first season in the Premier League, Guardiola led City to the league title in dominant fashion with newly-crowned champions currently leading arch-rivals Manchester United by 16 points and having only lost twice all season.Currently City have the opportunity to break two more league records this season with their 103 goals during the 2009/10 season within their reach. As well as that, Chelsea’s points record of 95 is also within touching distance with Guardiola’s side currently on 87 points with five more matches to play.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Upon witnessing the change that Guardiola has made at City, Shearer is fearful that this reign of dominance has only just begun at the Etihad Stadium and has warned their challengers.“You go through all of City’s team and he has improved every player,” Shearer wrote on The Sun (via GiveMeSport).“They are all playing the way Pep wants them to play.“The worrying thing for all the other clubs now is that City could be around for a long, long time.