TNT ends skid; Ginebra on top

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TNT  is obviously in dire need of an import change and the KaTropa should make the replacement in the quickest time possible.The KaTropa survived the Columbian Dyip in overtime, 118-114, on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup with minimal help from Stacy Davis to break out of a slump that forced team management to place head coach Nash Racela on leave.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Davis had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes, numbers that the KaTropa find unacceptable.The KaTropa will have the luxury of choosing the perfect import for them as the league takes a long break after Wednesday’s games to give way to the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers  where Gilas Pilipinas faces Iran and Qatar.“We have to take advantage of the long break and prepare for our next game,” said Gonzales.TNT won’t see action until Sept. 22 in Passi, Iloilo City, where it faces the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, who will open their conference after lending their core to the national team in the Asian Games.After Wednesday’s double header at Smart Araneta Coliseum where San Miguel Beer takes on Blackwater at 4:30 p.m and Barangay Ginebra faces NorthPort at 7 p.m., the PBA resumes on Sept. 19.The First Game scores:TNT 118—Castro 25, Romeo 22, Pogoy 16, Semerad 15, Davis 11, Garcia 9, Rosario 7, Williams 4, Trollano 3, Cruz 2, Paredes 2, Carey 2, Reyes 0, Golla 0.COLUMBIAN 114—King 26, Wright 24, McCarthy 18, Escoto 15, Camson 6, Lastimosa 6, Ababou 5, Khobuntin 4, Gabriel 4, Cabrera 3, Reyes 2, Sara 1, Cahilig 0.Quarters: 40-26, 61-48, 84-77, 107-107 (reg.), 118-114 (OT) Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “It’s taking him (Davis) a long time to adopt (to our system). We have decided to replace him,” said TNT assistant coach Eric Gonzales, who temporarily took over Racela.After dropping three straight games, the last two by an average losing margin of 29.5 points, TNT bigwigs have put Racela on forced leave following the team’s worst start in years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The KaTropa stopped the slide for their only second win in six games, but not after the Dyip gave them a huge scare in extra time.Jayson Castro nailed the go-ahead three and Terrence Romeo scored on a drive against Rashawn McCarthy for a 117-114 lead, before Castro forced import Akeem Wright into committing a decisive turnover that finished off the Dyip for good.center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ PH cagers regain respect in Asian Games Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Jerramy King fired four threes and had 26 points while Wright added 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists but threw the ball away nine times, including that final play that kept Columbian winless in five starts.Barangay Ginebra later improved to 2-0 and climbed to a share of the lead with idle sister team Magnolia after pinning a first loss on Alaska, 109-101.It was the Aces’ first defeat in three games.For the fourth straight game, Davis had little contribution to the TNT cause and wasn’t even fielded in late in the final quarter when the KaTropa were trying to fend off the Dyip.“Team management is working on his replacement,” said Gonzales.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

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Big game for Giannis Antetokounmpo helps NBA-best Bucks beat Nets

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I might pick Steph because he picked me first last year and I’ve got to return the favor,” Antetokounmpo said.BACKCOURT BOOSTBesides LeVert and Crabbe, the Nets are also without Dinwiddie (right thumb surgery) and Harris (sore right hip). So Atkinson said the nearing returns of some regulars is “good timing.”“Listen, it doesn’t have to be 40 minutes, right?” Atkinson said. “I think that would be kind of the best scenario, just kind of integrating those guys slowly into the lineup. That’s going to be a big boost for us. I think right now, like I said, it’s good timing.”IN THE CROWDFormer President Bill Clinton and Brooks Koepka, last year’s U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner, were in attendance.UP NEXTBucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.Nets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. View comments Vince Carter provides needed spark as Hawks beat Wizards “To finish our road trip with four wins in a row says a lot about this team and how great it can be,” Antetokounmpo said.Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Milwaukee beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe injury-depleted Nets missed 19 of their first 20 3-point attempts, making it another easy night for the team with the league’s top record. Brooklyn finished 5 for 42 (11.9 percent) behind the arc and had its nine-game home winning streak snapped.Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 15 for the Bucks, who won their fourth straight — all by double digits — after dropping the first game of the trip in Oklahoma City. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen, left, watches as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, tries to strip the ball from Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — They already had the NBA’s best record, so Giannis Antetokounmpo knew the Bucks were a good team.A powerful finish to a five-game road trip showed him they might be even better than that.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The remaining Nets were no match for the Bucks, especially with Shabazz Napier going 0 for 10 behind the arc and DeMarre Carroll missing his first eight overall before finishing 2 for 11.“It just seemed like everything that we did, they had a plan for it. They just played their butts off defensively,” Brooklyn center Jarrett Allen said.Despite all that, the Nets trailed by only nine at halftime. It was nearly 11, but Antetokounmpo’s basket was ruled too late after he picked up an inbounds pass with three seconds left near one foul line and got all the way to the other basket to attempt a layup.But the Bucks broke out for 36 points in the third quarter, extending their lead to 87-64.TIP-INSBucks: Bledsoe missed Saturday’s game at Washington with a sore Achilles tendon. … Antetokounmpo was the Eastern Conference player of the week last week for the second consecutive week. He has won the award six times this season.Nets: Atkinson said LeVert (dislocated right foot) and Crabbe (sore right knee) would practice with the Nets’ G League affiliate on Tuesday. Atkinson said he wasn’t sure yet if they would be able to get into games before the All-Star break. … The Nets signed F Mitch Creek to a second 10-day contract.DRAFT STRATEGYAntetokounmpo, as the highest vote-getter among fans in the East, will draft one of the All-Star rosters Thursday. LeBron James has the first pick, so Antetokounmpo said he hasn’t made a list of who he wants because James can get them first in the first round.But he did say he’s leaning toward Stephen Curry with his first pick. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The teams entered with the two best records in the East since Dec. 7, with the Bucks coming in 22-6 and Brooklyn 20-8. But the Nets were minus a lot of the firepower that produced that strong stretch.“Brooklyn’s really banged up so it’s almost not fair, but for us at the end of a road trip it’s a good win,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points for the Nets, who have been forced to go deep down their roster because of injuries and lost their third in a row.Brooklyn shot 32 percent overall while playing without Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Jared Dudley and Allen Crabbe, all either starters or key reserves.“We obviously have some guys out and some guys back and are mixing and matching,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I like what we do offensively. Sure we can move it better, but it’s tough when you’re not making shots.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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A story of Escape, Rescue and Subjection

first_img(Subject unknown)I remember feeling tired and sick, as if something had been extracted from my body. I walked for days on end and when I noticed the big, shiny-all-over-money-green Benz that pulled up near my worn out body, I didn’t hesitate to ‘get in,’ when I was told to.“Hello beautiful, my name is Sweat. That’s what my girls call me. You look hungry, do you want to eat?” he asked after swinging his door open for me to get in.So caught up in the cloud that his all-over-leather-seats had taken me as a I sat down inside, I sank deeper into its comfort and felt my head roll up and down in a ‘yes’ motion.I remember a man in the car saying, “This one is mine, Sweat.” and hearing the now familiar voice of Sweat saying, “Man, you’ll mess this one up like you always do.”What felt like years and a long distance from home, a place I had now longed to go back to, I felt the car swerve into a parking position. When I tried to look out the window, I saw something that surprised me, another hotel.I began to panic. I thought they had captured me to take me back into the aggressive arms of my assaulter, who I had tried running away from days prior to meeting these guys. I remember the guy wanted to force me to have sex with him because I took his offer to follow him on a skiing trip. It was still hard to digest that I got away from him.As if in my mind or able to read it, Sweat began comforting me saying that he wanted me to take some rest, clean up myself and find food to eat, and that I was ‘okay’. As I rested weakly in his back seat, both men, one wearing a dirty old shirt and a pair of outdated jeans, opened their doors and slammed them shut.I began humming a song that always soothed me whenever I found myself in trouble. I felt that I was in trouble again. I could sense the stillness in the atmosphere, there was not a customer in sight, something was very wrong with this picture.“Come on, let’s go inside,” I felt Sweat gently pulling on my arm to help me out of the car.“Where are you from, and what’s your name?” he askedWithout giving me a chance to answer he answered for me.”I bet they call you Africa; you are dark like an African. Don’t worry, that’s your name when you’re with me, okay?” he teased.I fell in love. At least I thought I did. Here was a guy who cared so much about making me feel secure, good and not once trying to make me feel like a victim of any crime. All he wanted was for me to be happy.However, as we entered into the hotel room, I noticed how poorly kept it was and that the television was chained to the wall. The mattress was also very lumpy; there were pieces of the box spring sticking out of it, and I thought, ‘How could someone who cared so much about me bring me here?’Sweat gave me $50 and told me that he would send his girls to pick me up the next day. As he prepared to leave, he told me that I should prepare myself by resting and taking a hot shower; and surprisingly, the man who called himself ‘Pimp’ came into the room and handed me a shopping bag of clothes.“What’s your shoe size?” he askedI told him and within minutes he was holding a pair of high heels, ones that I had seen only on girls in dance videos.“All this for me?” I thought.Meanwhile, two days passed and I remember resting so much that I had a headache. On the last day in the room, I decided to go out for fresh air and to buy some chicken at Popeye’s Chicken. I saw a lady and her children having lunch together and then it happened:“Please ma’am, can you take me home? I am lost and stranded. Some guys brought me here and I don’t even know where I am.”To my surprise, she waved me away as if trying to push away chickens, or a fly that was bothering her. I must have looked bad. My hair was matted and I must admit I hadn’t showered the two days I slept in the hotel.Coming back to the hotel after feeling defeated, there was no one who was willing to take me back home. I noticed that the hotel attendant watched me oddly, as if she was my babysitter and I had done wrong. I noticed that she had picked up the phone as I headed back inside.Within an hour of getting back to the dark and lonely hotel room, I heard a blare of loud music. And within minutes, I heard women chirping, singing loudly. When I looked out of the front door to see what all the commotion was about, the three women started heading right towards me, and they all looked like prostitutes.They were driving Sweat’s car.Get a copy of Daily Observer Newspaper for the final addition to this true life account of a young woman’s journey down a pimp mans road.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Competition heats up as players head into Round of 16

first_imgPee Wee FootballFollowing three rounds of gruelling and competitive football at the junior stage, the Petra-organised Pee Wee Under-11 football tournament will ignite the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue this weekend.The top 16 teams will be pitted against each other as they battle for a place in the quarter-final round. Though they are young, the Under-11 players are not to be underestimated as they have proven over the past three weeks to be talented and keen on the particulars of the sport.Leading the charge into the Round of 16 are defending champions West Ruimveldt. Despite missing some of their front runners from their championship team, West Ruimveldt have proven that they are the team to beat, since they are yet to lose an encounter. However, the champions will have to watch their backs, as there are quite a few strong contenders this year. Along with West Ruimveldt, there are five other teams who have not lost a game, hence, recording nine points. However, this front-running batch is being led by St Agnes, who thanks to their 9-0 win over Parfaite Harmonie in the first round, has a goal difference of 13. St Pius trail closely with their 11 and North Georgetown on 10. The other top teams are Mocha Arcadia with 9 (goal difference) and Mae’s Primary with 8.The remainder of the top 16 will feature Marian Academy, St John’s Bosco (Plaisance) and South Ruimveldt on seven points while Golden Grove, Enterprise, Tucville, Timehri, Colaaco and St Ambrose are all on six points.However, come Saturday, points will be put aside as the teams venture into fresh rivalries outside of their groups. The battle for the eight spots in the quarter-finals will kick off from 12:30h and will go on until the final match is staged at 17:30h.Fixtures:12:30h St Agnes v/s Colaaco 12:30h Tucville v/s Maes13:30h Marian Academy v/s Golden Grove 13:30h West Ruimveldt v/s Plaisance Orphanage 14:30h St Pius v/s Soesdyke14:30h Timerhi v/s Mocha15:30h St Ambrose v/s south15:30h North Georgetown v/s Enterpriselast_img read more

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Lakers find no humor in rim shot

first_imgAfter meeting with reporters, Jackson walked into the locker room and found Odom sitting at his locker. He asked one question, “Did you put a body on Parker?” and got into a box-out position as they talked. “Perfect bounce,” Odom said. “For him.” Parker made the second of two free throws – the Raptors went just 15 of 26 from the line – for a 95-92 lead. Bryant missed his 3-pointer at the other end and the Lakers now need a victory Sunday at Cleveland to break even on this trip. “The more years you’re in the league, you kind of learn how to make the ball bounce your way,” Bryant said. “You learn how to get up for certain games, how to attack teams. You become more of a cerebral player. That just comes with experience.” So it was that the Lakers returned to the familiar themes of youth and inexperience. They went into the fourth quarter down 72-65, put a lineup of Odom and four reserves on the floor and wound up trailing by 12 when Bryant returned for the final 8:36. Bryant was kicked in the left leg and went down briefly but stayed in the game after a timeout. He scored 10 points in the fourth but the Lakers made their run with Brian Cook, Smush Parker and Maurice Evans hitting consecutive 3-pointers. “It’s better that we gave ourselves an opportunity tonight as opposed to not even giving ourselves a chance to win it,” Bryant said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They caught up to the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter Friday, erasing what had been an 11-point deficit with 5:41 to play, only to have the road catch up to them in the final minutes of a 96-92 loss, dropping the Lakers to 3-4 on this eight-game trip. On their final possession, Kobe Bryant faked Jorge Garbajosa into the air, pulled up from beyond the 3-point arc and watched his jumper hit the front rim and bounce out. TORONTO – There was no law of physics that could explain it, what happened with 12.8 seconds left in Friday’s game, when Toronto’s Chris Bosh missed a free throw so short that somehow it bounced off the front rim perfectly to Anthony Parker. On their 12th night away from home, playing their third set of back-to-back games, while enduring their longest trip in 17 years, the Lakers had to accept that such bounces always seem to veer in the direction of the team that needs them the most. center_img “Just a touch short,” Bryant said. It might as well have been the theme of the night for the Lakers, who are just 4-8 in their last 12 games. No play hurt more than Bosh’s missed free throw and Parker’s rebound. If Lamar Odom had grabbed the ball, the Lakers would have had a chance to win or tie trailing 94-92. Instead, Bosh short-armed the free throw only to have it bounce right to Parker. All Lakers coach Phil Jackson could do on the bench was sit with his arms crossed and stare in disbelief. “I couldn’t even see if Lamar went to Parker’s body or not and really boxed him out or just went to the boards,” Jackson said. “That was a critical rebound. It changes all the dimensions of what you’re going to do on the next sequence.” last_img read more

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After Torres’ transfer this is what fans now think of him – agree?

first_img 5 5 5 5 Now the transfer window has closed until the summer, fans have been discussing which club benefitted most.Chelsea signed one of the stars of the World Cup, Tottenham sealed the signing of one of English football’s most promising players and Arsenal spent considerable money on a new defender.And that is just in the Premier League, so after uefa.com asked football fans what their top five transfers were during the 2015 January window, we wanted to find out if talkSPORT readers agreed.Click the arrow on the right to see who number one is, then let us know what your top five is. 3. Seydou Doumbia’s move from CSKA Moscow to Roma was the third best transfer – The Ivory Coast striker scored 61 times in 95 league games in Russia and his goals will be crucial for Roma’s title charge after shelling out £10m for him. 4. Xherdan Shaqiri’s move from Bayern to Inter was the fourth best bit of business – Shaqiri moved to Inter who are still in with a chance of winning the Europa League, the only major piece of silverware to elude the Switzerland ace. He was convinced to leave Bayern after a chat with Roberto Mancini. “I spoke on the phone with Mancini and he laid out his plans and from that moment, I had no doubts [about joining],” he said. 1. Fernando Torres’ loan from Milan to Atletico was the deal of the transfer window! – Chelsea let Torres go to Milan in the summer, who then immediately loaned him to Atletico in Spain, where it all began for the striker. He left Madrid in 2007 for Liverpool, but since returning he has scored three goals in six games including two against city rivals Real. Torres recently revealed that the prospect of more game time fuelled his desire to return to Spain, after struggling for minutes in Italy. Do you agree with this list? 5. Andre Schurrle’s transfer from Chelsea to Wolfsburg was the fifth best deal of the transfer window – Schurrle returned to Germany after two years in England and his £24m move to Bundesliga title chasers Wolfsburg helped Chelsea sign Juan Cuadrado. 5 2. Fans thought Man City’s capture of Wilfried Bony was the second best deal of the January transfer window – Click to see who is number one! – Bony was a goal machine for Swansea, which convinced Man City to pay £28m to take him from the Welsh club, who initially bought the striker for £12m from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013. last_img read more

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REVEALED: THIEVING FRENCH NANNY STOLE CASH FROM DONEGAL FAMILY

first_imgThief: Emeline Marie Essertel (Pic from South Wales Police)A French au pair on the run from British police robbed a County Donegal family earlier this year and is wanted by Gardai in Milford, it has emerged.Emeline Essertel is wanted by detectives in South Wales after failing to appear in court in March to face charges of fraud, stealing a debit card and possessing CS gas.The French national has now reportedly said “all the mistakes” were due to addiction to drugs and that is why she left England in January to get treatment. “My best reason to leave England is because I need to go (to) rehab,” she told Wales Online via Facebook.However she didn’t go to rehab – she landed a job as a nanny to Ramelton couple Michael and Niamh Vambeck and their children….and stole money from their piggy banks.She was later quizzed by Gardai in Milford about the thefts and admitted stealing the money as well as credit cards from family friends.However she later disappeared and Gardai were unable to bring her before the courts. “She is still wanted for questioning here,” said one source.“We thought she had returned to France.”Miss Essertel, who is 24, became well-known in the Letterkenny area earlier this year and is believed to have left Donegal in April.Newspaper reports say she then taunted Welsh police by uploading pictures to her Facebook page from various places around Europe – including at a rugby match at the Aviva stadium in Dublin.Robbed by their nanny: Michael and NiamhMichael Vambeck and his wife Niamh are well-known in Letterkenny. Michael runs a wholesale hair and beauty business on the Port Road whilst Niamh is a teacher at St Eunan’s College.They called in Gardai after the thefts.REVEALED: THIEVING FRENCH NANNY STOLE CASH FROM DONEGAL FAMILY was last modified: August 9th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SUPER DONEGAL DEFEAT DERRY AND ADVANCE TO ULSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL

first_imgDonegal have booked their place in the semi-final of the Ulster SFC following a fantastic win over local rivals Derry. Paddy McBrearty on the attack for Donegal during their fantastic Ulster SFC quarter-final win over Derry.In a poor first-half, Donegal had struggled, and went in at the interval trailing by two points.However, Donegal were a different animal in the second-half, and took the game to Derry. A couple of trademark wonder scores from Michael Murphy eased Donegal into the lead.But the turning point in this encounter was the goal Donegal got from the rampaging Leo McLoone.A stunning move, involving Frank McGlynn, was finished off expertly by the Glenties man who enjoyed a fine game.Donegal should have had a second goal, but McBrearty blazed over when he was in a great position. Derry rallied and reeled off four scores on the trot, to make it a two point game.They had opportunities to to reel Donegal in, but just couldn’t find their range.Leo McLoone capped of a super individual display by getting the all-important insurance score in the final minute of the match.Jim McGuinness and his team have been written off by many, but this performance, particularly in the second-half,  Donegal showed glimpses of the tempo and intensity shown when they won the All-Ireland in 2012.Donegal will play the winners of Antrim and Fermanagh, in the Ulster SFC semi-final, and will fancy their chances of reaching another Ulster Final. For now Jimmy’s back winning matches.Tir Chonaill Abú!!SUPER DONEGAL DEFEAT DERRY AND ADVANCE TO ULSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ghana, Brazil book 2010 places

first_img7 September 2009Ghana became the first African country to qualify for the 2010 Fifa World Cup after beating Sudan 2-0 in an Africa group D qualifier on Sunday, while Brazil became the first South American qualifier after defeating Argentina.The Black Stars, as Ghana’s football team are known, are Africa’s second most successful team of all time, having won the African Nations Cup four times: in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982.This is the second time the Ghanaians have qualified for a Fifa World Cup, the first being in 2006, when they made it through to the second round.Danny Jordaan, chief executive of South Africa’s 2010 Organising Committee, said it was fitting that the first African country to gain independence was the first country on the continent to qualify for Africa’s first Fifa World Cup.“A long-standing symbol of hope on the continent, Ghana is sure to win many fans in South Africa,” Jordaan said in a statement on Sunday. “We hope that they will go far in the tournament and do Africa proud.”Ghana gave invaluable support to South Africa’s bid to host the World Cup, in the form of football legend Abedi Pele. At the time of SA’s bid, Pele said that a World Cup in South Africa would bring the “greatest benefit to African football”.Pele has since joined other African football greats, such as George Weah, Roger Milla, Kalusha Bwalya and Philemon Masinga, as 2010 bid ambassadors.Brazil qualify for 2010Ghana will join Brazil, currently the number one ranked team in the world, who qualified for the World Cup after defeating Argentina 3-1 in a qualifier on Saturday.Jordaan congratulated the Brazilians on becoming the first South American country to qualify for the World Cup, saying: “You cannot host a World Cup without Brazil.“The kings of football already wowed South Africa earlier this year when they won their third Confederations Cup title, and we look forward to seeing if they can repeat that performance and add a record sixth World Cup trophy to their name next year,” Jordaan said.Brazil has won five World Cups to date, and is the only country in the world to have qualified for every Fifa World Cup.“Brazil are the hosts of the 2014 Fifa World Cup, and it will be great to have them here so that we can formally hand over the baton to them come 12 July 2010,” Jordaan said.The 32 teams who will take part in the World Cup will be known before the end of October.Besides Brazil and Ghana, the Netherlands, North Korea, South Korea, Australia and Japan have already qualified. Italy, as the defending champions, and South Africa, as the hosts, have automatic places in the elite field.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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SA-manufactured wagons for Botswana

first_img The Botswana Railways deal follows the successful execution of 200 wagons supplied to mining giant Rio Tinto in Mozambique. It involved the development of twon new prototype car-transport wagons with adjustable hydraulic top decks. SAinfo reporter 13 December 2012 Transnet’s delivery of 100 salt wagons from its manufacturing plant in the Eastern Cape to Botswana Railways forms part of the state company’s plan to accelerate sales of heavy equipment to the rest of Africa, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Tuesday. The partnership between Transnet and Botswana Railways signalled “the beginning of the new approach to intra-regional cooperation to drive Africa’s economy”, Gigaba said at an event to mark the completion of the first batch of wagons at its plant in Uitenhage. The delivery forms part of an initial 260-wagon order for specialised wagons to transport bulk chemical grade salt from Sua Pan in Botswana to Sasol’s factories in South Africa. Botswana Rail has ordered 562 wagons, all of which are being designed, engineered and produced at the manufacturing plant in Uitenhage. The Uitenhage plant is one of the largest wagon refurbishment and new-build plants in Africa, employing about 1 500 people.‘Exploiting significant engineering capacity’ “We will exploit Transnet Rail Engineering’s significant capacity and competence with regards to heavy engineering, especially in rail and port equipment manufacturing to drive Africa’s industrialisation and therefore economic growth,” he said. Transnet also has manufacturing plants in Koedoespoort in Pretoria for locomotives, Salt River in the Western Cape for coaches, wheels and other rolling stock components, and Bloemfontein in the Free State. “In line with Transnet’s commitment to the development of local supplier and supporting industries and the government’s economic and developmental objectives, the company – through its competitive supplier development programme – sources most raw materials and components to manufacture the wagons locally,” Transnet said. “If not, these are built in-house.” It is through partnerships such as the one with Botswana Railways that Transnet Rail Engineering is planning to increase its sales to external parties, Gigaba said. As a way of meeting this target, Gigaba developed an Africa Strategy to guide state-owned companies such as Transnet, South African Airways, Eskom and Denel. Targetted by the strategy are Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania, among others.last_img read more

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