Plucky Dinthill could spoil STETHS’ party

first_imgWestern Bureau:After a long, often frustrating 34-year wait, Dinthill Technical now have the chance to once again play for the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup title, when they clash with St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) in this afternoon’s final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at 4:30 p.m.Much is riding on this one, as Anthony Patrick, in his first year as head coach of Dinthill, will be on the cusp of joining an elite set of coaches – Jackie Walters, Oliver Clue and Frank Brown to have won both the daCosta and Manning Cups, but for him the focus should rightly remain on his players.”It’s really about them. If we play our game and win the final against STETHS, everybody associated with Dinthill will be happy. That is what we are hoping for,” coach Patrick said.”It is their good side against our good side. Anything can happen, but we are very happy to be here and want to do our best. We want to win and is going out there to win,” he added.According to Patrick, his team has what it takes and have been preparing all season for this moment.He said that as far back as in April, along with assistant coach Curtis Hamilton, the team’s management, the entire school have been in support of their dreams.”Everyone has played a part in us reaching this far, but my hat is off to the players. They have given all to this moment. Confidence is right where we want it to be and it’s a good feeling,” the coach said.As well it should be. With the prodigious talent of Rodave Murray in full swing, he has one of the most lethal strikers in the game. They will need him and the team’s tenacity to be crowned champions. Murray has 27 goals to his name.Not to mention goalkeeper George Brown, whose efforts between the posts has been underrated to say the least. Brown has been a tremendous part of Dinthill’s march to the final and will be called upon this afternoon to once again be the wall to stop Michael Kerr and company from scoring.”Big Brown is a huge part of our success. I think he is the best at the position in his age group,” stated Patrick.”But football is a team sport, so all our players have been impressive. Now we must take it to the STETHS team to win,” he said.- Paul Clarkelast_img read more

Celtic chief confirms talks over deal for Dundee United ace

first_img Gary Mackay-Steven 1 Ronny Deila has confirmed Celtic want to sign Gary Mackay-Steven from Dundee United on a pre-contract agreement.The 24-year-old winger’s current deal at Tannadice ends in the summer and United are demanding £250,000 to part with him this month.Deila, however, is prepared to play the waiting game and is hopeful of agreeing a deal to take Mackay-Steven in the summer.Deila, who returned with his squad from the winter training break in Gran Canaria on Wednesday, said: “He is a player we have been looking at for a long time.“We hope to sign a contract with him into the summer.“If we can do something now we will do it but everything has its price.“We haven’t talked with him but we have talked to his agent and what we understand is that he is interested in coming to Celtic.“We have an opportunity to get him under contract from the summer and we will do what we can to arrange it and hopefully it will be arranged in a few days.”last_img read more

Paper votes a must under House bill

first_imgWASHINGTON – Lawmakers have come full circle after devoting more money to high-tech voting machines following the 2000 election debacle in Florida. They now say a return to the paper trails of old is the key to an honest vote, exasperating state election officials. Legislation pending in the House would require a voter-verified paper ballot for every vote cast in national elections beginning with the November 2008 ballot. It also would require random audits in federal elections and specifies that the paper ballot is the vote of record in all recounts and audits. Public confidence in the voting process is at an all-time low, said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., the bill’s chief sponsor. “I shudder to think what would happen with another election where millions of Americans don’t believe the results,” Holt said. But his bill has been hit by a barrage of criticism from state and local election officials and election machine makers who contend that the timelines are unrealistic, the audit process is overly cumbersome, the reliance on paper is too restrictive and the $1 billion allotted to replace existing systems is insufficient. But Holt argued that with the rush to buy new voting systems, as many as 50 million voters in the 2004 election cast ballots on electronic voting machines that lacked a voter-verified paper audit trail.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The ramifications of hasty action on this ill-conceived piece of legislation are immense and far-reaching,” Donna Stone, a member of the Delaware House of Representatives and president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, wrote to House leaders Wednesday. R. Doug Lewis, executive director of the Election Center of the National Association of Election Officials, said the bill is so objectionable that, if it passed, he would recommend that state and local election officials refuse to run future federal elections. A planned vote on the House floor Thursday was put off after the legislation met resistance in the Democratic-controlled Rules Committee, which sets rules for floor debate. “I really am scared we’re waltzing off a cliff here,” said Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., citing the need for more comprehensive election reform. It could come up Monday. Few were arguing against the need for Congress to restore integrity to the election system. In 2002, Congress passed an election-reform act approving nearly $4 billion aimed at correcting some of the technology and registration problems epitomized by the “hanging chad” dispute in Florida that left the outcome of the 2000 presidential election to a Supreme Court decision. A 2006 study by the Election Data Services predicted that 80 percent of registered voters would use optical scan or electronic voting equipment in that year’s election. About 13 percent would use lever or punch-card devices, it said. last_img read more

Done deal or have Spurs been trolled? Fans tweet about potential deadline day transfer

first_img Saido Berahino scoring for West Brom Given that Tottenham loaned West Brom Alex Pritchard, some fans think the club could be about to land Saido Berahino.The 22-year-old forward is a long term Spurs target and it appears chairman Daniel Levy has thrown a sweetener in by allowing talented attacker Pritchard to move to the Midlands.Here, talkSPORT looks at what some of the White Hart Lane faithful have been saying about a possible last minute transfer for Berahino.Follow deadline day live here on talkSPORT. 1last_img

Man takes rod to court in bid to prove his arrest is ‘fishy’

first_imgA man took his angling gear including his rod to court to prove to a Judge that there was nothing “fishy’ about his behaviour.Emlyn O’Donnell appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal complete with fishing bag and fishing rod as he faced public order charges. Gardai claimed that at 8pm on July 17th last year they were called to a disturbance between two men outside Pearse House in Letterkenny.They found Emlyn O’Donnell and his friend Mark Patton sitting on a step and that Mr O’Donnell was highly-intoxicated.When confronted by Gardai, 36-year-old O’Donnell became abusive and was arrested by Gardai.As he was being arrested a four-inch knife fell out of his pocket and was recovered by Gardai.Emlyn O’Donnell leaving Letterkenny District Court complete with his fishing gear. (North West Newspix)The accused man refused to get in the Garda patrol car but was eventually put in but continued to abuse officers and even kicked out at windows in the patrol car.He was eventually restrained when Gardai used pepper-spray and he was processed at Letterkenny Garda station.However, in his evidence, Mr O’Donnell, of Railway Partments in Letterkenny, admitted drinking five or six cans of beer after returning from a fishing trip.He denied being abusive to Gardai and claimed he was attacked by Gardai using a baton.Pictures of his injuries, which included marks to his head, were produced in court as evidence.However, officer-in-charge Garda Martin Quinn said he saw O’Donnell on the night he was arrested and said he did not have or complain of being attacked or having any injuries.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Kieran O’Gorman, denied that his client had been abusive or that there had been any altercation between his client and his friend earlier.He said that as a result of a fall four years earlier, O’Donnell had smashed his two ankles and had also suffered a head injury which had left him unable to work and is now of special needs.“He had merely been out fishing earlier and his fishing gear was on a nearby step.“He does not deny resisting arrest but he simply did not know why Gardai were questioning him because he or his friend had done nothing wrong,” he said.Mr O’Donnell told Judge Kevin Kilraine that he was on heavy prescription medication for depression and had a bad memory of what had happened.He said he had been fishing on the River Swilly earlier but denied any wrongdoing.Gardai denied that there had been any fishing gear found at the scene of the arrest.Judge Kilraine asked for a closer look at the knife recovered at the scene and having viewed it said he was satisfied that it was a fishing knife.He dismissed a charge against O’Donnell of possession of a weapon.However, he said Gardai had a right to speak with people in the course of their duty.He said he was finding O’Donnell guilty of both Section 4 public order and fined him €100.He also found him guilty of using threatening and abusive language and the obstruction of a police officer and jailed him for two months but suspended this for two years.He warned O’Donnell to refrain from taking alcohol while on heavy medication.Man takes rod to court in bid to prove his arrest is ‘fishy’ was last modified: September 11th, 2018 by StephenShare 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) Tags:courtdonegalEmlyn O’DonnellFishingJudge John Kilraineletterkennylast_img read more

GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgAll Ireland Quarter FinalBuncrana GAA Club wishes senior player Ryan Bradley and the Donegal team the very best of luck in the All Ireland Quarter Final against Kildare this weekend.IF YOU PLAN ATTENDING DONEGAL’S QUARTER FINAL PLEASE MAKE YOUR ORDER NOW, DON’T LEAVE IT ANY LATER. CONTACT CLUB SECRETARY, PAULINE GRANT ON 086 081 2429 OR BY EMAIL TO secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ie Senior Executive Board MeetingJuly’s meeting will take place on Wednesday evening at 8:15pm sharp at the clubhouse.Coiste na Condae MeetingThere will be a meeting of Coiste na Condae in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey, on Monday, July 25th, commencing at 8.30pm Senior FootballThe senior footballers were away to St Naul’s on Saturday last and recorded an excellent victory on a scoreline of 1-10 to 11. Despite being short a number of regulars and and being unable to field county player Ryan Bradley this was by far and away the team’s best performance of the season. Played with great intensity, the Scarvey boys took charge right from the off and and took a lead they were were never to lose. The Mountcharles men did call on their county panelist Stephen Griffen but the hard working Buncrana defence marshalled by John Doherty soon got to grips with this threat. Up front the forward line were tearing the Naul’s defence to pieces with Oisin Doherty particularly hard to stop. At half time we deservedly led by three points with the pick of the scores a screamer under pressure from Ronan Doherty (X).St. Nauls opened the second half stronger but a short kickout was intercepted by Adrian Doherty and as he bore down on goal he was cynically fouled and Odhran Doherty dispatched the resulting penalty to the bottom corner. To their credit St. Nauls kept chipping away and the Buncrana boys soaked up a lot of pressure and with the forwards working tirelessly to assist we moved towards a tense and nervous finish. A trademark Adrian McColgan point sealed the deal for Buncrana and with with Noel O’Donnell in control of everything that the Mountcharles men threw at him we ran out two point winners to consolidate our position near the top of the table.The lads played with a real commitment and drive that ultimately was the difference between the two sides. A special word to Philip Harkin and the under the weather Calvin Jones who were excellent throughout. Otherwise it is very hard to single out any other individuals in a display of courage, effort and commitment we can be rightly proud of. Training continues in the Scarvey on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a 7.30 pm start.Under 21 Football The under 21’s will kick-off their football championship campaign with a home fixture against Fanad Gaels on Tuesday 26th July, 7.30pm at the Scarvey. The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday 19th July but was re-scheduled. There will be extra time if required.Buncrana GAA Fun Day in conjunction with Buncrana Music and Arts FestivalThank you to all who helped out with the now annual sports day in a sun-drenched Scarvey on Sunday last, thanks to all the mentors, parents and supporters who manned the stalls, thanks to all who helped in any way especially to David McConnell who co-ordinated this event. Buncrana Mayor Nicholas Crossan as usual did a fantastic job as MC but will be unavailable for team selection for a number of weeks due to a persistent hip problem and the Club wishes him all the best with this.Inishowen GAA – Jerome Quinn Media Promotional DVD As part of his schedule to visit all the GAA clubs in Inishowen, Jerome Quinn Media was in Buncrana last Thursday night to make a promotional DVD on behalf of Inishowen GAA. Jerome’s brief was to interview and film members of each club to promote the GAA in Inishowen. These interviews covered a brief history of each club, the number of teams involved with each club, facilities available, successes in football, hurling, ladies football and camogie as well as cultural activities, coaching and personalities.You can see some previews of the dvd on www.jeromequinnmedia.com.BORD na nÓGUnder 12 FootballOur u12 footballers had a good day out in Carndonagh on Saturday last in the “Go Games” finals Day, fielding two teams, team 1 recorded several comfortable wins setting up a final against Carndonagh, losing narrowly in the end. The second side also performed well and were narrowly beaten in the semi final, by Burt.Hurling & Camogie Training for National School ChildrenThis week also saw extra hurling and camogie training sessions being kindly sponsored by Scoil Iosagain. Over 50 young hurlers took part. A special thanks to Kevin Hinphy, Yvonne Byrne, Donal MacLochlainn and all the coaches who made the three days very enjoyable for all children..Under 12 HurlingThe u12 hurlers will make the long trip to Ballyshannon on Thursday night with the bus leaving at 5.15 sharp, they will also travel toDungiven on Saturday to take part in the annual Kevin Lynch memorial hurling festival, match details will be given on Thursday night.Our u10 hurlers hosted a poorly attended Donegal blitz on Sunday only neighbours Burt fielded, manger Tommy O Neill can be proud of his young charges with all playing well.Under 16 HurlingCongratulations to Daniel Wilson who has been selected as part of the Ulster u16 Hurling Squad to play an inter-provincial against Connaught on Wednesday afternoon. This is a fantastic honour for Daniel and his family, hopefully he will have a memorable day.The clubs u16 hurlers got their season back on track with a good away win against Carn on Thursday last, short a few regulars, the boys dominated from the start, the few attacks Carn had were easily dealt with by keeper Darren Fitzpatrick, he was well supported at full back by Donal og mac Lochlainn who gave a master class in striking the sliotar. Sam Doherty (Roe) and Darren Doherty (Roe) were the driving force in midfield, up front Michael Farrell had a good first-half as did the youthful Patrick Wilson enjoying the unusual roll for him, in the full forward berth.‘Get-Fit’ Football Training for Women“Want to get fit and have a bit of craic as well? Join other women with the same objective every Monday night at 8pm at the Scarvey. We are playing gaelic football and it’s not competitive just FUN. No experience needed you only need to be over 18 years of age.”LottoThe results of the club’s lotto draw which, took place on Tuesday 19th July in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows. The winning numbers drawn for the €10,000 jackpot were 01-06-11-19.There were no winners. The winning numbers for the €2,050 Lotto Plus draw were 01-05-13-15. There were also no winners. There were five €20 consolation prizes which went to the following participants:Donal Doherty, Oakfield Close;Della Kelly, Burnfoot;Angela Leonard, ℅ Bingo;Joseph McLaughlin, Ture, Muff;Brian McLaughlin, Linsfort.If you are clearing out your wardrobe, facilities are available at the Scarvey to recycle your old clothes. Call in anytime and leave them at the clothes bank. By doing so you will be helping out our club.Use of the Scarvey pitches for training or matches MUST be confirmed with Martin Mullan in advance (087 246 8108). Use of clubhouse MUST be confirmed with David McConnell in advance (087 939 2767).If you do have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on a Sunday for consideration.To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaaGAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 25th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)Tags:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

first_imgRESULTS – COUNTY DONEGALRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 14-Oct-2012 Naomh Adhamhnan 2 – 15 0 – 7 Na Cealla Beaga Sean MacCumhaills14-Oct-2012 Na Ceithre Maistiri 0 – 9 0 – 9 Naomh Micheal O Donnell Park14-Oct-2012 Gleann Fhinne 1 – 10 0 – 5 Bun Dobhrain Sean MacCumhaills Centra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Oct-2012 Red Hughs 1 – 13 0 – 6 Naomh Naille Red HughsMarley Coach Hire Division 5Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Oct-2012 Pettigo 1 – 17 1 – 5 Glenswilly Pettigo Mount Errigal Hotel Junior A Football ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Oct-2012 Downings 0 – 10 0 – 5 Moville O Donnell Park Final Line: P mc Keever/M Mc GlincheyCentra Supermarkets Under 21 B Football Championship 2012 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Oct-2012 Convoy 2 – 8 0 – 13 Naomh Brid Tir Chonaill Park Donegal Town Final Line: T mc Shea/G O’DonnellCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Oct-2012 Red Hughs Naomh Naille Red Hughs VoidThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Naomh Mhuire 0 – 6 2 – 6 Termon The Banks MullachderghCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Urris 0 – 6 0 – 7 Termon Urris Pairc Ui ChraimhsaighMarley Coach Hire Division 5Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Naomh Conaill 0 – 7 4 – 11 Sean MacCumhaills Glenties Davy Brennan MemorialRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Na Ceithre Maistiri 2 – 9 2 – 8 Ard a Ratha FintraThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Carndonagh 0 – 10 0 – 12 Buncrana Carndonagh 1st R/1st.LegCentra Supermarkets Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Naomh Padraig-Muff 0 – 7 4 – 13 Aodh Ruadh MuffMarley Coach Hire Division 5Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Glenfin Naomh Columba Pairc Ghleann Fhinne VoidRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Bun Dobhrain 2 – 15 2 – 12 Gleann Fhinne MountcharlesRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Gleann Suilli 0 – 8 2 – 7 An Chlochan Liath O Donnell ParkMarley Coach Hire Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Robert Emmets 1 – 10 0 – 1 Naomh Padraig Leifear Killygordan Pairc an Domhnaigh Play OffThe All Sports Donegal Town 2012 Intermediate Reserve ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Carndonagh 1 – 3 3 – 5 Buncrana CarndonaghCentra Supermarkets Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 Naomh Padraig-Muff Aodh Ruadh Muff VoidRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SRFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Oct-2012 An Chlochan Liath 0 – 9 2 – 10 Cloch Cheann Fhaola Machaire GathlanRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta 2012 Comórtas Craobh an Chontae SFCDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Oct-2012 Cill Chartha 2 – 5 2 – 8 Naomh Adhamhnan Naomh Mhuire – Convoy Play Off/Extra Time11-Oct-2012 Ard a Ratha 0 – 5 0 – 12 Na Ceithre Maistiri Sean MacCumhaills Play Off/Extra Time10-Oct-2012 Gleann Fhinne 0 – 8 1 – 11 Bun Dobhrain Ard a Ratha Play Off/Extra Time10-Oct-2012 Gaeil Fhanada 0 – 11 1 – 13 Na Cealla Beaga MacCumhaill Park Play Off/ Extra TimeRESULTS – DONEGAL NORTHMarley Travel U-13 League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Oct-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 4 – 11 2 – 5 Termon Machaire Gathlan shield semi final extra time if needed10-Oct-2012 Sean MacCumhaills 4 – 10 1 – 8 Gaoth Dobhair Mac Cumhaill Park play off extra time if neededKavanaghs Supervalu Ballybofey u/15 Division One ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Oct-2012 Gaoth Dobhair 1 – 10 1 – 9 St Eunans Falcarragh-Pairc Naomh Fionnan Final rxtra time if neededMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Oct-2012 Burt 5 – 8 1 – 5 Letterkenny Gaels Burt-Hibernian Park shield semi final extra time if neededRESULTS – DONEGAL SOUTHUnder 13s Division 2 Regional FinalDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Oct-2012 St Nauls 4 – 10 6 – 9 Kilcar Naomh Ultan Linesman Lee Jordan & Ronan McCalligU-13 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Oct-2012 Naomh Conaill 4 – 15 2 – 9 Four Masters Naomh ConnaillALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: October 14th, 2012 by StephenShare 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 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Center Mihm is now first line of defense

first_img Jackson said after Friday’s game he has yet to see Mihm and Brown look comfortable on the court together. Brown had 10 points in the third quarter and got behind the defense for several easy baskets while Mihm was out. In turn, Mihm had seven points in the fourth quarter playing without Brown. On consecutive possessions, Mihm fouled out Jake Voskuhl and Melvin Ely on strong moves to the basket. He also has a turnaround jumper that rarely gets displayed. “I liked what happened (Friday),” Jackson said. “I think the big thing is taking (Mihm) out after one foul and not letting him get a second and handicap himself for the rest of the game. I think that’s what I’ll experiment with.” Even though he has months of learning ahead, Mihm said he also likes what the Lakers are trying to do, the pressure defense being but one example. “I’ve gotten better and better at it here in practice and games,” Mihm said. “It’s something at first that’s tough because I was automatically turning and running and trying to get back. Now it’s something that I’m getting used to and enjoying.” Also: Brown did not practice Saturday after suffering a bruised thigh in Friday’s game. He should play in tonight’s exhibition against Charlotte in San Diego. If not, Brian Cook will start at power forward, Jackson said. … Tex Winter returned home Saturday after three weeks with the team and won’t return as a consultant for another month or so. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 ross.siler@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SEGUNDO – Everything Lakers center Chris Mihm has been taught about defense in his five-year NBA career might as well have been turned upside down during one sequence in the second quarter of Friday’s exhibition game with Charlotte. The 7-foot center was standing 94 feet from his basket, trying to help trap the Bobcats’ 5-foot-10 point guard Brevin Knight along the baseline. Sure enough, Knight got a step on Mihm, who slid over a second too late and was called for his second foul. “I’ve been used to, when they get the ball, my job is to be the first man back, the last line of defense,” Mihm said Saturday. “This year, I’m being asked to be the guy up there jamming the ball, if my man gets it, and trying to kind of shadow and pressure guards.’ Mihm’s education Friday would have to continue on the bench. Lakers coach Phil Jackson promptly sent forward Kwame Brown into the game for Mihm, who went on to play with the second unit in the third and fourth quarters of the Lakers’ 109-93 victory. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After playing for eight coaches in the NBA, Mihm never has had more to learn than this season with Jackson. He finally was able to bounce back from several foul-plagued games in the second half Friday, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. But Mihm has struggled to find his spots in the triangle offense and is playing in a defense that seems counterintuitive at times. There also has been the matter of staying on the court, with Mihm being called for a foul at the rate of one every 4 minutes. “I’ve been trying to figure this offense out and play hard defense and have been trying to make too many plays defensively,” Mihm said. “I’ve been getting myself in foul trouble and really taking myself out of any kind of rhythm. “I just really tried to focus (Friday) on playing hard and moving my feet, but also using my head to play smart and realize that I can’t block every shot. I can affect shots just by my presence and getting places early.’ While Mihm said he still hoped for big things out of the starting five, Jackson seems inclined to use him with the second unit more. last_img read more

Sustainable South Africa fact file

first_imgThe theme of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development was ‘People, planet, prosperity’. Here are 30 fast facts on how South Africa is giving substance to this slogan.Did you know that …PEOPLEEducation. Adult literacy is up from 87% to 92%. 23% of South Africans have passed the matric examination, compared to 14% in 1994. Unisa’s Graduate School of Business is the largest in the southern hemisphere. (Source: SA Advertising Research Foundation)Electricity. 69.8% of South African households have electricity. In rural areas, electrification has increased by 218%, or 1.98 million households, in seven years. This means that over half of rural households have electricity at their disposal, compared to just 17% in 1994. (Source: SA Advertising Research Foundation)Employment. South Africa’s labour legislation is among the most progressive in the world, providing for nine institutions to settle disputes and ensure fairness in the workplace.Empowerment. The South African business landscape has changed rapidly over the last decade as large companies have merged with their black counterparts, formed joint ventures or sold stakes or entire companies to black consortiums. The Employment Equity Act is recognised as one of most progressive empowerment laws in the world.Gender. With three out of every 10 members of Parliament, nine of 27 Cabinet ministers and eight of 14 deputy ministers being women, South Africa ranks eighth in the world for women’s representation in government. Women also occupy 20% of seats in the country’s nine provincial legislatures, and 18% of seats in local municipalities. Women account for 6.6% of directors on boards of South African companies, one of the highest in the world. (Source: Business Day)Health. South Africa’s malaria control programme was recognised by the World Health Organisation as the best in the Southern African region in 2001/2002. (Source: Department of Health)HIV/Aids. Dr Debbie Glencross of the University of the Witwatersrand devised a new method for testing the immunity of Aids patients. The innovation is more accurate, cuts testing costs by more than a third, and has received worldwide recognition. (Source: The Star)Housing. More than 70% of South Africans live in formal housing. Home ownership has increased from 66% to 77% since 1994 – an increase of 1.5 million family homes. Home ownership in urban areas has increased from 55% to 71% in the same period. (Source: SA Advertising Research Foundation)Nobel Peace Prizes. The only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace Prize winners is in Soweto, south-west of Johannesburg. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses in Vilakazi Street, Orlando West in Soweto.Water. 83.4% of South African households have access to clean water. Since the beginning of 1999, four million more South Africans have got access to clean running water, with a 62% improvement in rural households with running water available either in the house or on the plot. (Source: SA Advertising Research Foundation)PLANETAlien vegetation. South Africa’s Working for Water project is the biggest conservation endeavour on the continent, tackling the scourge of alien vegetation head-on while employing in the region of 18 000 people.Biodiversity. South Africa has the third-highest level of biodiversity in the world, and is the only country to contain an entire floral kingdom. The Cape Peninsula National Park has more plant species within its 22 000 hectares than the whole British Isles or New Zealand. Some 18 000 species of vascular plant (plants with vessels for bearing sap) occur within South Africa’s boundaries, of which 80% occur nowhere else.Coastal care. South Africa’s Coastal Management policy is one of the best in the world, with the country being the first outside Europe to gain Blue Flag status for its coastal management. (Source: Department of Environmental Affairs)Drinking water. South Africa is one of the only 12 countries in the world to supply safe, drinkable tap water.Elephant conservation. There are approximately 12 000 elephants in South Africa. Since 1994 no elephants have been culled, thanks to a new elephant management plan.Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park supports the greatest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.St Lucia. St Lucia on the northern KwaZulu-Natal coast was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1999. It includes a remnant of a primordial forest, and has five separate ecosystems: coral reefs, coastal dunes, lake systems, swamps, and extensive reed and papyrus wetlands. The lake supports some 600 hippos and 2 000 crocodiles. Two years ago the world’s most accessible population of coelacanths – the famous ‘fossil fish’ – was found off the St Lucia coast.Transfrontier parks. The Transfrontier park that spans South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe is the world’s first conservation initiative of its kind. The 38 600 square kilometre park will be bigger than the Yellowstone National Park in the US, and even bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan. (Source: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park)Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. The Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site – one of just 23 sites worldwide granted this status on the basis of both natural beauty and cultural significance. The 230 000 hectare protected area contains 500 known sites of San rock art.Urban forest. The trees of Johannesburg form one of the largest urban forests in the world.PROSPERITY Conference destination. The International Convention and Conference Association places South Africa 20th on a list of top convention countries, and rates SA as the leading conference/meeting destination in Africa. For every eight tourists, one permanent job is created for a South African. About 30% of jobs created from tourism in South Africa are derived from conferencing.Exports. Japanese researchers acknowledge that South Africa’s export performance in the last four years is better and broader that that of Japan in the fifties and sixties, considered their boom years. (Source: INSIG Magazine, August 2002)Fruit export. South Africa is the second largest exporter of fruit in the world. (Source: The Embassy of South Africa in Jakarta)Foreign debt. South Africa today has one of the lowest ratios of gross foreign debt to GDP of any developing or semi-developed country. South Africa also has the most advanced economy of any country on the African continent. (Source: The Embassy of South Africa in Jakarta)GDP per capita. The 2002 World Competitiveness Yearbook notes that South Africa has the sixth biggest increase in GDP per capita, compared to ninth place in the previous year.JSE. The JSE Securities Exchange is the most traded stock exchange of any emerging country. At least nine of the 22 developed country stock exchanges are smaller than the JSE. (Source: INSIG Magazine, August 2002)Productivity. In the past 15 years, South Africans have become 50% more productive. In the same period, American productivity has improved by 30%. The pace of improvement in South African labour force productivity is among the four highest improvement rates globally. (Source: INSIG Magazine, August 2002)Small business. Small businesses in South Africa absorb more than half the people formally employed in the private sector and contribute about 42% of the country’s GDP. (Source: Department of Trade & Industry)Vehicle manufacture. South Africa is the sole producer of Mercedes Benz Class C right hand drive vehicles, and BMW of South Africa (a subsidiary of BMW AG Germany) provides more than 70% of the leather requirements of BMW AG’s worldwide production. (Sources: Dr Roelof Botha, Gordon Institute of Business School and 2002 Initial Quality Study, JD Powers & Associates)Wine. South African wines win international awards every year, and we have the longest wine route in the world. (Source: Fair Lady Magazine, April 2002) Source: International Marketing Councillast_img read more

A map fit for a king

first_imgA portrait of Francois le Vaillant, the French explorer and naturalist. Le Vaillant’s famous giraffe illustration, with him in the foreground.(Images: Iziko South African Museum) The map features numerous wild animal species, three of which are now extinct.(Image: MapMyWay)MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Ian GlennHead, Department of Media Studies,University of Cape Town+27 82 788 4253Lucille Davie“I returned, so to speak, to man’s primitive state, and breathed, for the first time in my life, the pure and delicious air of freedom,” wrote the explorer, naturalist and social commentator, Francois le Vaillant, of his adventures in South Africa, between the years 1781 and 1784.Le Vaillant was instrumental in creating a large, painted cotton map of South Africa for the French monarch, King Louis XVI, measuring some 3m by 2m in size. It is the centrepiece of the exhibition The King’s Map, Francois le Vaillant in Southern Africa: 1781-1784, which is on at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town until the end of May.Drawn 222 years ago, this is the first time the map has been seen in public, thanks to former French ambassador Jacques Lapouge, who was the driving force in getting permission for it to be brought to South Africa.The exhibition is part of the French Season 2012/2013, a multifaceted bilateral collaboration between France and South Africa. Its purpose is to strengthen relations between the two countries through exchanges of cultural, commercial and social initiatives, while promoting an awareness of French culture through a series of events and exhibitions.Recognised as the first modern ornithologist and taxidermist, Le Vaillant produced watercolours and maps, and captured his adventures in a number of volumes on his return to France. In these, he painted a picture of the peoples of South Africa at the time.The exhibition is curated by Ian Glenn, the professor of media studies at the University of Cape Town. He has written extensively on Le Vaillant, including a biography on his military career, his role at the Cape, and his political affiliations during and after the French Revolution. He has also co-authored two books: François Levaillant and the Birds of Africa (2004), and Travels into the Interior of Africa via the Cape of Good Hope, Vol 1 (2007).“When I first learned that there had been a map lavishly produced under the instruction of François le Vaillant for King Louis XVI in 1790, I was determined to see it,” says Glenn. “The map, originally stored in a naval archive, had been moved from one archive to another to escape destruction during World Wars I and II in France.”He finally traced it to Paris. “When I eventually saw it in the map archives of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, I hoped a South African public would one day share my pleasure in the most beautiful and striking map ever produced of Southern Africa.”But there was some doubt about it being taken out of storage and displayed, given its value and fragile state. “We owe an enormous debt to the French Cultural Services in South Africa for persuading the Bibliothèque Nationale to let the map [be] exhibited in the land that inspired it,” Glenn adds.Rare and valuable worksThe map is on show alongside with other rare and valuable works by Le Vaillant, including a selection of watercolours belonging to the Library of the South African Parliament in Cape Town, original bird illustrations for his Oiseaux d’Afrique and elephant folio versions of his bird books from the Brenthurst Library in Johannesburg.The biodiversity and range of animals he came across while travelling in the interior is depicted on the map, including three that are now extinct – the kwagga, the Cape warthog, and the bloubok. It contains 66 illustrations of animals, birds, and plants, as well as four cartouches or decorative panels showing different indigenous groups he encountered.Le Vaillant left an impressive legacy – besides the bird books, illustrated maps, travel accounts and paintings, he took back animal specimens, in particular the skeleton and skin of a giraffe. To acknowledge his taxidermy skills, a huge stuffed giraffe greets visitors at the entrance to the exhibition.It also has interactive elements – a video with modern day images of the places he recorded on his map, an interactive display of the map on touch screens, and a large replica of his map on the floor at the entrance, allowing visitors to walk the routes he travelled.Rust en VreugdThe house in which Le Vaillant stayed for part of his sojourn in Cape Town, Rust en Vreugd, and where he catalogued his collections, still exists. Today, it is one of the 12 Iziko museums in Western Cape. The late 18th century townhouse is on Buitenkant Street in the city bowl.His journeys took in the colony and its boundaries: one was made around Cape Town and Saldanha Bay; another out eastwards from the Cape, lasting 16 months; and on the third he journeyed north of the Orange River and into Great Namaqualand.There is a possibility that a replica of his map will be made and put on permanent display in Rust en Vreugd.On his return to France, Le Vaillant published two volumes of Voyage dans l’Intérieur de l’Afrique in 1790, and in 1796, he published three volumes of the second Voyage dans l’Intérieur de l’Afrique, all of which were translated into several languages. He also published six volumes of Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux d’Afrique, between 1796 and 1808, with drawings by Jacques Barraband; Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis, between 1801 and 1806; Histoire Naturelle des Cotingas et des Todiers in 1804; and Histoire Naturelle des Calaos in 1804.His publications were widely distributed in Europe, introducing the southern African interior to Europeans. They helped to dispel incorrect perceptions of Africa. His illustrations also often influenced scientific names, and he named several birds. He sent over 2 000 bird skins to Europe.Illustrations of travelsOn display in the exhibition are illustrations of Cape Town; an image of Kees, a tame baboon that travelled with him; several camps at Plettenberg Bay and the Great Fish River; wagons crossing the Olifants River; and of the beautiful Narina, a Gonaqua woman with whom some say he became infatuated. The rare Narina Trogon bird is named after her. A friend and hero to Le Vaillant, the Hottentot Klaas, is portrayed looking regal and elegant. Klaas saved Le Vaillant’s life.Several exquisitely detailed botanical images line the walls. Alongside some of the bird illustrations are musical annotations – his efforts to describe the song of the particular bird. Le Vaillant pioneered the display of stuffed birds in lifelike poses.“Le Vaillant played a major role in establishing how Europe saw the Cape,” explains Glenn. “He attempted to represent his South African experience in many ways – from the production of specimens, to lavishly illustrated bird books and travel accounts, and to innovative maps.“In so doing, he created more than a single influential text, but rather a range of texts that shaped what came after him, both here and elsewhere. This work helped shape many modern media, genres and intellectual traditions. In many ways Le Vaillant is a founding figure of South African culture.”Le Vaillant died at the age of 71 in his country house in France.last_img read more