Gin Kings bring down Elite

first_imgMOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The other looked like one of hopelessness, knowing that he and his Bolts don’t hold their fates in their hands.“I’m just happy to win this one,” Black said after an upset 82-72 clipping of Rain or Shine in the first game that did little with what’s left of Meralco’s wafer-thin hopes of surviving the elimination round of the season-opening conference.“We’re keeping our hopes up,” he said after rising to 3-7—but still out of the eight-team quarterfinal circle.“We need to win one more game and hope for a lot of teams [ahead of us in the standings] to lose” Black added. “Basically, we don’t have control. And we still have to beat Star.”SCORESMERALCO 82 – RAIN OR SHINE 72MERALCO 82—Newsome 19, Hodge 17, Uyloan 14, Al-Hussaini 10, Chua 9, Hugnatan 4, Dillinger 3, Daquioag 2, Grey 2, Amer 0.RAIN OR SHINE 72—Yap 17, Ponferada 11, Chan 9, Cruz 9, Belga 7, Trollano 7, Washington 6, Tiu 4, Norwood 2, Ahanmisi 0, Matias 0.Quarters: 35-20, 49-35, 68-56, 82-72GINEBRA 99 – BLACKWATER 90GINEBRA 99—Cruz 16, Tenorio 15, Aguilar 14, Thompson 13, Devance 13, Marcelo 13, Ellis 6, Mercado 5, Ferrer 2, Caguioa 2, Taha 0.BLACKWATER 90—Sumang 20, Belo 16, Aguilar 16, Sena 14, Dela Cruz 7, Gamalinda 6, Miranda 5, Buenafe 4, Pascual 2, Ababou 0, Pinto 0.Quarters: 25-23, 53-40, 80-71, 99-90Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESRight now, it’s all about the next man up for Barangay Ginebra in its last gasp stand to tab a twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.The Gin Kings stayed mathematically alive for the No. 2 ranking in the playoffs after withstanding Blackwater, 99-90 at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, but the crowd-darlings might have to continue their chase with the second of their twin towers, Japeth Aguilar, out for the next game.ADVERTISEMENT Reality check on Pacquiao’s next foe Aguilar hyper-extended his right elbow after landing hard on both hands following a dunk with 3:55 left in the second quarter and never returned, and coach Tim Cone, though ecstatic in winning back-to-back games for the first time here and staying alive in the running for a playoff incentive, is bracing for the worst.“It will be all about the next man up [in the rotation],” Cone said after his Kings rose to 5-4 and tied Rain or Shine for third spot, just half-a-game behind GlobalPort. “I probably won’t lose sleep over it [waiting for the results of an MRI scan], but I will worry for sure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“He (Aguilar) is a big part of what we do, obviously, and it’s going to be tough if we lose him,” he said. “We have been able to withstand Greg’s (Slaughter) injury, but we will take a big blow [if Aguilar is ruled out].”Ginebra has two games remaining, against Phoenix Petroleum tomorrow and then NLEX the week after, and if Aguilar’s injury is what Cone described it to be, then the Kings will be playing those games without a legitimate center. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims View comments DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ “We tried him at halftime, and he couldn’t even grip the ball,” Cone said. “We don’t know his status for Sunday (against the Fuel Masters).”Jervy Cruz and Dave Marcelo were the next men up when Aguilar stepped out, and both delivered.Cruz, the former UAAP MVP with Santo Tomas, scored 12 of his 16 in the third period and Marcelo tossed in 10 of his 13 there as the duo got all the backcourt help they needed with LA Tenorio finishing with 15 points and six assists and Scottie Thompson firing 13 and grabbing 15 boards.The Batang Pier’s game against defending champion San Miguel Beer in a Petron Saturday Special Game today has now become crucial for GlobalPort, which could gain some space over the Gin Kings and the Elasto Painters with a win in their 5 p.m. clash at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City.Meanwhile, Norman Black wore two sets of smiles last night when he talked in front of the press for the customary winning coach’s interview for the first time in a long, long while.One was of genuine joy after Meralco snapped a six-game losing streak in the Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’last_img read more

With TNT up 2-0, Dickel bracing for Ginebra’s best in Game 3

first_imgSons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ “I know Ginebra is a proud team, and they didn’t have their best game tonight,” said Dickel. “I know that their best game is coming in Game 3. By no means is there time to celebrate.”The Gin Kings shot the ball at a 42.5 percent rate, 31-of-73, but what that overall stat concealed was how Ginebra struggled mightily from beyond-the-arc.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGinebra missed 18 of its 23 attempts from the three-point area while TNT waxed hot from deep going 16-of-44 from rainbow country.With his team’s defense clicking and shots falling, Dickel said he wasn’t surprised with the outcome of the game. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Justin Brownlee lauds TNT defense in Ginebra Game 2 loss “Well you’re never surprised because that’s what you plan for the game,” said Dickel. “You plan it going like that, the problem is if the other team sometimes plans it to go the other way.”“We just have to be aware that they’re [the Gin Kings] are going to come out and play a much better Game 3, and we’re going to have to be better again or we’re going to be on the other side.”Dickel added it’s not just Ginebra’s players that TNT has to be aware of, there’s also the presence of the league’s most successful head coach in Tim Cone.Arguably the greatest tactician in PBA history, Cone holds 21 titles under his name, just five short of matching San Miguel Beer’s championship count.“I know he’s [Cone] going to make adjustments and come ready,” said Dickel. “I mean, he’s the winningest coach over here for a reason. He’s been in this situation before wherein he came back and won.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? Duque explains “He’ll have some ideas what he’s going to do against us, but we’re going to make adjustments too and come back ready for the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer MOST READ SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis PLAY LIST 03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—A 2-0 series lead won’t put TNT in a celebratory mood in its five-game semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel was aware that the Gin Kings they beat, 88-71, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum weren’t at their best and that Game 3 against the crowd darlings would be much different.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Benefits of township livinglast_img read more

A weekend when things shake out

first_imgARCADIA – On this weekend a year ago, Barbaro still was a turf specialist trying to show little-known owners named Roy and Gretchen Jackson that he might have something to offer on the dirt tracks of the Kentucky Derby trail. Jazil was the proud owner of one desperate victory in four starts, running to long odds. And Bernardini was a month away from his first victory. They played a good game of catch-up, huh? The lineup, from the rail out: Ravel (Garrett Gomez riding), a strong maiden winner by Fusaichi Pegasus; Pirates Deputy (Victor Espinoza), the champion Cal-bred 2-year-old after his restricted-stakes victory at Santa Anita; Time Squared (Julien Leparoux), a $1.05 million New York-bred by Fu Peg seeking his first win; Silent Soul (Richard Migliore), mid-pack finisher in the Hollywood Futurity and the San Rafael; Song of Navarone (Jon Court), 2 for 3 at Zia and Sunland Park; Liquidity (Corey Nakatani), who missed by a photo to Stormello in the Hollywood Futurity; and Kolo (Jose Valdivia Jr.), 2 for 4 on turf for trainer Carla Gaines. The 1-mile, one-turn Holy Bull finds Nobiz Like Shobiz (Cornelio Velasquez) starting from the outside of a field of eight, while Scat Daddy (John Velazquez) comes from post 2. An impressive victory could vault Nobiz Like Shobiz to No.1 in this column’s Kentucky Derby Top 10, which debuts like this: 1. Street Sense – The 10-length Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner deserves at least a tenuous hold on the top spot, but we’ll find out how much he was helped by the rail bias at Churchill Downs and how much he’ll be hurt by the decision by trainer Carl Nafzger (Derby winner with Unbridled, 1990) to have only two Derby preps beginning with the March 3 Hutcheson at Gulfstream. 2. Nobiz Like Shobiz – Trainer Barclay Tagg (Funny Cide, 2003) is way ahead of the game with a colt who already has won big at 11/8miles in the Remsen. 3. Circular Quay – So far, the son of Thunder Gulch is the best hope for Pletcher, the Peyton Manning of thoroughbred trainers, still trying to win the big one. 4. Stormello – Winning the Hollywood Futurity made the Bill Currin owned and trained colt the leader of the Southern California crop. 5. Scat Daddy – After taking advantage of Nobiz Like Shobiz’s bad start to upset him in the Champagne, the Pletcher colt had his own trouble and ran fourth at the Breeders’ Cup. 6. Any Given Saturday – Another from Pletcher’s barn, Any Given Saturday is recommended by his close second in the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill to Tiz Wonderful, an unbeaten who has been injured and is off the Derby trail. 7. Notional and 8. Great Hunter – Two stars for trainer Doug O’Neill and owner Paul Reddam, an equine team rounded out by Liquidity. Cal-bred Notional won the San Rafael three weeks ago, and Great Hunter was a busy and consistent 2-year-old. 9. EZ Warrior – The $1.2million son of Exploit, trained by Bob Baffert (Silver Charm, 1997; Real Quiet, 1998; War Emblem, 2002), is 3 for 3 but all in sprints. 10. Hard Spun – The Pennsylvania-bred has a chance to continue the mighty Penn trend in the Triple Crown, after Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex and Barbaro all had connections to that state. He’s 4 for 4, all by five lengths or more. This weekend: Horse of the Year Invasor makes his 2007 debut at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, and Southern California’s less imposing older horses run at Santa Anita both days. Invasor (Fernando Jara), seeking his fifth win in a row, drew post 1 for the $500,000 Donn Handicap and gives away five to 13 pounds in a nine-horse field that includes Magna Graduate (Velazquez), Strong Contender (Edgar Prado) and the rising Chatain (Velasquez). Brother Derek (Alex Solis) tries for his first win since the 2006 Santa Anita Derby, his six opponents in Saturday’s $300,000 Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds including Awesome Gem (Tyler Baze) and Midnight Lute (Espinoza), the two who beat him in the San Fernando. Sunday’s $250,000 San Antonio Handicap is one of the lesser runnings of the race that’s ostensibly the prep for the March 3 Santa Anita Handicap, with Preachinatthebar (Court) and Southern Africa (Aaron Gryder) the only probable entrants with as much as a Grade III win. Kevin Modesti is a Daily News columnist. His horse-racing column appears on Friday. (818) 713-3616 SANTA ANITA LEADERS Through Thursday JOCKEYS, WINS Garrett Gomez 36 Victor Espinoza 31 David Flores 19 Corey Nakatani 14 Aaron Gryder 13 TRAINERS, WINS John Sadler 14 Bob Baffert 13 Doug O’Neill 12 Bobby Frankel 9 Paddy Gallagher 8 ON THE STAKES SCHEDULE SANTA ANITA Saturday $300,000 Strub Stakes, 4-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles $100,000 Sham Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 miles $75,000 Thunder Road Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 1 mile (turf) Sunday $250,000 San Antonio Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles GULFSTREAM PARK Saturday $500,000 Donn Handicap, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile $150,000 Swale Stakes, 3-year-olds, 6 1/2 furlongs A WEEK AT THE RACES Hank Moreno, who rode Dark Star to beat Native Dancer in 1953 in perhaps the biggest Kentucky Derby upset, died of cancer Thursday in Florence, Ore. He was 77. Lava Man has been named champion Cal-bred older horse for 2006, and it’ll be a shock if he isn’t the Horse of the Year at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association awards dinner Monday at the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Brother Derek has been named champion 3-year-old, and Thor’s Echo champion sprinter. Russell Baze was expected to miss at least a week at Golden Gate Fields after cracking a rib in a four-horse accident Sunday. Baze, career record-holder with 9,590 victories, had to miss riding Bwana Bull in that horse’s California Derby win Sunday. Rosie Napravnik, runner-up in Eclipse Award voting for top apprentice, will miss eight to 12weeks with three compression fractures in her back. Napravnik, 18, was hurt when Look Out Lorie fell Friday at Laurel racetrack in Maryland. Garrett Gomez extended his Santa Anita lead by riding four winners Thursday, including the impressive 3-year-old filly Coco Belle for new top trainer John Sadler. Seabiscuit will be honored at the Willits ranch that was his home with a life-size statue scheduled to be unveiled June 23. The bronze will be a replica of a statue that stood at Ridgewood Ranch until 1951 and now is at the national racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Another Seabiscuit statue anchors the Santa Anita walking ring. Trainer Ron Ellis said off-form Declan’s Moon passed a physical at the San Luis Rey clinic, leaving the future up in the air for the 2004 2-year-old champion. – Kevin Modesti 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Barbaro won the Derby, Jazil won the Belmont, and Bernardini won the Preakness on his way to being the champion of all the 3-year-olds. It was this week in 2006 when Barbaro jumped onto Derby handicappers’ top 10 lists by winning the Holy Bull Stakes by three-quarters of a length on a sloppy surface at Gulfstream Park near Miami. So, if Barbaro’s fate has put you in a mood to quickly turn the page to the May 5, 2007, Kentucky Derby, it would be fitting to start paying attention Saturday. The campaign begins in earnest on both coasts when Liquidity faces California-bred leader Pirates Deputy and Todd Pletcher prospect Ravel in the $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, and the widely popular Nobiz Like Shobiz has a rematch with Scat Daddy in the $150,000 Holy Bull at Gulfstream. The 11/8-mile Sham – won last year by Bob and John, on his way to winning the Wood Memorial before a disappointing Derby – drew seven horses this time, none of them big-race winners yet. last_img read more

Johnson guilty of under-age sex charge

first_imgLONDON, March 2 – Former England winger Adam Johnson was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child at a court in northern England on Wednesday.The 28-year-old had previously admitted to grooming a 15-year-old girl and one charge of sexual activity with her, relating to an incident when he kissed her in his Range Rover.He was cleared of one more serious charge of sexual activity with a child regarding an oral sex act, but found guilty of a second charge of sexual touching by a majority verdict of 10-2.The judge at Bradford Crown Court said a custodial sentence was “almost inevitable” and told Johnson he was likely to face a jail term of between four and 10 years.The former Sunderland player was granted bail and will be sentenced in two to three weeks.Johnson, who wore a black suit, white shirt and black tie, sat in the dock between two security guards and did not appear to react to the verdicts.The charges related to an incident that occurred after he picked the girl up in County Durham, northeast England on January 30 last year.The girl was a Sunderland fan who would wait for Johnson outside the club’s stadium after home games and began exchanging messages with him after he accepted her Facebook friend request.The trial heard that the pair exchanged 834 messages using the WhatsApp messaging service, during which she made it clear how old she was.They subsequently met on two occasions, on January 17 and January 30, and it was on the second occasion that the sexual touching for which Johnson was convicted took place.Johnson was sacked by Premier League employers Sunderland last month after pleading guilty to the count of grooming and the first count of sexual activity with a child on the first day of his trial.He had been playing for Sunderland until the weekend before the trial began, having initially been suspended following his arrest.In a statement released after the verdicts were announced, Sunderland “refuted in the strongest possible terms” the suggestion that they had known Johnson would change his initial not guilty plea to guilty at the last minute in order to play for the club for as long as possible.“The club was NOT advised in advance that Mr Johnson would plead guilty to any offence,” Sunderland said.“Had the club known that Mr Johnson intended to plead guilty to any of these charges, then his employment would have been terminated immediately.“Indeed, upon learning of the guilty plea on 11 February 2016, the club acted quickly and decisively in terminating Adam Johnson’s contract without notice.”Johnson began his career with Middlesbrough and returned to his native northeast in 2012 when he joined Sunderland from Manchester City in a £10 million ($15.3 million, 13.7 million euros) transfer.He has been capped 12 times by England, making his last international appearance in February 2012. 0Shares0000Sunderland have sacked Adam Johnson after the winger pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a child under 16 years 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Gore, U.N. win Nobel Peace Prize for climate work

first_img “During Clinton/Gore we had a saying, ‘Gore gets it,’ said John Doerr, a longtime supporter and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture capitalist. “He does get it and he gets the prize.” On the political front, Doerr said “I wish he were president. He’s the most popular unannounced candidate for president.” Doerr said he sent an e-mail to Gore this morning offering his congratulations and a “hurray.” In its citation, the Nobel committee lauded Gore’s “strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.” The last American to win the prize, or share it, was former President Carter in 2002. When asked for President Bush’s response to Gore’s award, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said, “Of course he’s happy for Vice President Gore . . . He’s happy for the International Panel on Climate Change scientists who also shared the peace prize. Obviously it’s an important recognition. And we’re sure the vice president’s thrilled.” It’s been a banner year for Gore. He has won a “Best Documentary” Oscar for his popular movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” which explains the climate change phenomenon. And Current TV, his cable channel aimed at young viewers, was awarded an Emmy. Another longtime friend and co-founder with Gore of San Francisco-based Current TV, Joel Hyatt of Atherton, said “Al Gore single-handedly put this issue high on the world agenda and he did so with unbelievable determination and passion and commitment. This recognition by the Nobel Committee is a truly outstanding achievement, and I believe Al is more justly deserving than anyone in our lifetime has ever been who has achieved this esteemed award.” Gore has many Bay Area friends and business colleagues who were rooting for him. Speaking of Gore’s global warming work at a TechNet event Thursday, before the prize was awarded, venture capitalist John Doerr said he believed the former vice president has “done more to get the message across than any other human being.” Gore has been in the Bay Area all week, including an appearance at a U.S Sen. Barbara Boxer fundraiser Thursday afternoon. He told the 400 Boxer guests “we have to call upon our courage as free men and women to make decisions about what is the best interest of our civilization – and it’s our own civilization at risk.” At the close of his remarks, the audience chanted “Run, Al, Run.” And several in the crowd said they would love to see Gore jump into the 2008 presidential race, whether he was awarded the Nobel Prize or not. “In my dreams,” laughed Ellen Davis of San Francisco, who came to see Gore speak but does not expect him to throw his hat into the ring. In fact, Gore tried to stay above the political fray, saying combating global warming shouldn’t be “a political issue or ideological issue.” “Increases in global warming pollution anywhere on this planet is a threat to our well-being everywhere,” he said. But Monica Friedlander, an Oakland PR woman who wants to see Gore run for president in 2008, says the award of the prize will only drive enthusiasm for a Gore 2008 candidacy. “We’re going to redouble our efforts,” she said. Her group,, paid for a full-page ad in The New York Times on Wednesday, which read: “Your country needs you now, as do your party and the planet you are fighting so hard to save.” “I don’t think the award by itself is a requirement, but I think it will sort of add to this tidal wave of support that has been building up over the last few weeks and months. It will increase the demand that he become a candidate for president,” she said. “He’s in a unique position to make a difference in the world. We believe under these circumstances, he has an obligation, in a way, to take the one step left in changing policy on global warming, and that is to run for president.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And the winner is . . . Al Gore. The former Vice President and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change jointly won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize today for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for fighting it. “We face a true planetary emergency,” Gore wrote on his Web site this morning, adding that he is “deeply honored” to win the award. “The climate crisis in not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.” And the beneficiary of half of Gore’s $1.5 million prize is the Palo-Alto based Alliance for Climate Protection. Gore co-founded the Alliance, a bipartisan, non-profit organization, as a vehicle for raising money to encourage Americans to find ways to address global warming. Gore is scheduled to appear at the Palo Alto headquarters this morning. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Accolades began pouring in immediately for the former vice president as media crews crowded around his condo in the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, where he spent the night after a week of Bay Area speeches and political fundraisers. Vinod Khosla, one of the leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists investing in green technologies, said the award recognizes Gore’s ability to make the issue of global warming “mainstream” and predicted the exposure of the prize would help win more financing for clean energy ventures. “He’s done an amazing job of communicating it. He’s really changed it from a greenie, left issue to a mainstream business and economic issue,” Khosla said “and we now have as much concern as national security.” Khosla said Gore’s advocacy has been instrumental in helping developing green technologies to win financing. Although technologies have been around, few people wanted to finance them. “We were all worried about global warming, now we’re worried about climate crisis,” he said.last_img read more

The Late Tackle Podcast on talkSPORT – Saturday, November 5

first_imgListen back to talkSPORT’s newest show – The Late Tackle.Every Saturday night from 10pm, James Brown and Andy Dawson will bring you a light-hearted look back on a busy day of sporting action.In this week’s edition, the boys reacted to the Premier League results, asked listeners to send in their best excuses and favourite bedtime biscuit choices, while they spoke to former Tottenham midfielder Kevin Watson to find out how he used to spend his Saturday nights during his playing days.Have a listen, above, or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img read more

Mayoral takeover

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MAYOR Antonio Villaraigosa is taking his pitch for school reform to the people all across Los Angeles, painting a disturbing picture of a bloated bureaucracy in dire straits and failing an entire generation of Angelenos. He talks about the second-largest government agency of its kind that should be among the most respected in the world but somehow can’t seem to even accomplish its most basic responsibilities with its multibillion-dollar budget. He decries the disconnect between the agency’s officials and constituents, describing a bureaucracy that has become so remote from the people it serves that it can’t hope to turn around without outside intervention. Which is, of course, where he comes in a take-charge mayor who will get things fixed, hold people accountable and empower ordinary folks to play important roles. But wait a minute: Is Villaraigosa talking about the Los Angeles Unified School District or the city he heads? Villaraigosa’s assessment of the LAUSD and its current state of abject failure is right on target. But what he doesn’t see or perhaps doesn’t want to acknowledge is that the same things are true of City Hall. If the LAUSD’s problems can be defined by its 50 percent or so dropout rate and low achievement, the city’s can be calculated in the flight out of town of the middle class and the good-paying jobs that supported them. So if a take-charge mayor holding people accountable is good enough for the schools, it should be good enough for the city. The school district is run by a group of extremely well-paid people who seem to be primarily interested in preserving the bureaucracy and squashing diversity and creativity. The city, by comparison, is run by a group of extremely well-paid people who also seem to be engaged in keeping their place in the power structure and not rocking the boat. The LAUSD board of education members are virtually anointed by public-employee unions or the mayor or one of the various political power brokers in the city. Their meetings are designed to squelch public comment, not encourage it. The Los Angeles City Council is put into place by more or less the same interests, paid handsomely and granted much bigger staffs. And hard as it may be to believe, the council has decided to refuse to listen to the public at all. Mayor Villaraigosa is right. The bureaucracy is broken both in the schools and at City Hall. And while he needs new state legislation to fix the schools, the new city charter gives him all the tools he needs to put the bureaucracy and the City Council in their places. So he can start fixing the city. last_img read more

‘There’s a vendetta against Joe Hart – he’s a top keeper and will fight back’

first_imgJoe Hart is still one of the country’s best goalkeepers and will fight back from the criticism he is facing during his loan at West Ham, believes Chris Kirkland.The Manchester City man has struggled for form ever since he was unceremoniously dropped by Pep Guardiola when the Spaniard was appointed manager in 2016.Hart spent an unspectacular campaign in Italy with Torino last season and joined West Ham in the summer, where he immediately became the club’s first-choice keeper over long-term number one Adrian.However, there have been calls for Adrian to return to the team after his recent impressive display against Man City, while Hart’s place as England’s No.1 has also been called into question in recent months, with Stoke’s Jack Butland,24, and Everton’s Jordan Pickford, 23, both impressing. But former Liverpool and Wigan goalkeeper Kirkland says the 30-year-old is being unfairly treated.“There seems to be a bit of a vendetta against him at the minute, for me he’s a top, top keeper,” Kirkland told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The criticism Joe has taken has been very harsh, but we all know the industry we’re in – when you get a target on your back unfortunately it stays there for a while.“But Joe is a big enough boy, he’s a great goalkeeper and he’s very confident – he’ll fight this all the way.”last_img read more

SA’s social investment exchange

first_imgIn June 2006, South Africa launched a different kind of “stock exchange” – at the time only the second of its kind in the world – to facilitate investment in selected social investment projects.The South African Social Investment Exchange (Sasix) gives philanthropists a centralised way of keeping track of how effectively their donations are being used. Sasix opened with an initial offering of 16 selected “social profit” projects available to the public as investment opportunities with a social return in the form of improving lives.By February 2007, the exchange had attracted some R2.4-million for its projects, which had grown in number to 31 – twenty of them fully funded.“Unlike other ‘do-good’ efforts, these carefully chosen projects have been scrutinised as thoroughly as any company listing on a formal stock exchange,” Sasix said at its launch.“Budgets, project plans and expected outcomes have been assessed in an intensive due diligence process and the expected results carefully analysed. In this way, the returns that accrue to society, while not of a financial nature, can be measured by the way the completed project actually changes people’s lives.”The first such “stock exchange” was the Social Stock Exchange launched by Brazil’s Bovespa stock exchange in 2003.Sasix is an initiative of the Greater Good South Africa Trust, with support from Noah Financial Innovation’s Broking for Good Foundation.Towards a dynamic ‘social capital market’“As is the case elsewhere in the world, South Africa’s current social capital market is not particularly dynamic,” Greater Good South Africa founder Tamzin Ractliffe said at Sasix’s launch.“People tend to support what they know best, which typically means the better known ‘charity’ brands, even though there are so many other non-profit organisations doing great work and being extremely worthy of support.“We hope to make these organisations, many of whom are providing innovative solutions to social problems, more visible, facilitating their access to a responsive, dynamic social capital market that sees social capital flowing to exceptional social investments that demonstrate their social profit.”“Social shares” in Sasix projects cost R50 each, with projects falling into the fields of early childhood education and development; orphans and vulnerable children; food security; enterprise development; basic healthcare; environment and conservation; and animal protection.A prospectus is printed quarterly and detailed project proposal profile documents are available on the Sasix website.Investors – who can choose to invest in one project or a portfolio of projects – can purchase shares online or through the offices of the Greater Good South Africa Trust.Performance-based investmentsIf, for instance, a non-profit organisation needs to raise R75 000 for a particular purpose, 1 500 shares costing R50 each will be allocated, Sasix explains on its website. “Once the entire allocation has been taken up, the project is closed to further investment and the work is implemented.”At the end of the “social investment cycle”, Greater Good South Africa provides a project performance report that includes an analysis of the achieved outcomes versus the forecast, as well as an assessment of the lessons learned.“Sasix is unique in that all its investors are able to choose discrete, time-bound and performance-based investments in projects that are meaningful and tangible to them,” says Ractliffe.“The provision of clear, accurate and concise information, before and after, means that they know exactly how their investment will be used, and exactly what kind of social impact, social profit, their investment generates.”From ‘non-profit’ to ‘social profit’“The concept of a social investment ‘stock exchange’ represents a shift in thinking that moves beyond the idea of charity, or of corporate social responsibility as a means whereby businesses ‘pay something back’, to a 21st century idea of committed investment in accountable development projects that yield measurable achievements, specifically a ‘social profit’ that can be measured by how lives have changed for the better.It is with this in mind that Ractliffe suggests that non-profit organisations are better described as “social profit” organisations.“‘Non-profit’ is negative in the sense that it implies no value. In reality, non-profit organisations do, can and should deliver significant value to society.“The impact of the words ‘non-profit’ is that it can lead to low expectations all round,” says Ractliffe. “A business doesn’t necessarily expect decisive and measurable results from its corporate social investment as long as they are ‘doing good work’, and the non-profit organisation can succumb to this low level of expectation and not be accountable for delivering on its social mission.“The concept of a social profit organisation demands far greater performance and accountability.” reporterArticle last updated: April 2007 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

First Polaris climate centre for Cape Town

first_imgCape Town’s Polaris climate change centrewill be shaped like a giant iceberg. The Collier jetty in Cape Town harbour,where the Polaris will be built.(Images: International Polar Foundation)MEDIA CONTACTS • Michel de WoutersIPF South Africa executive secretary• Ben HuygeIPF press officer+32 2 543 06 98Lyndon JafthaAlready known for its progressive green philosophy, Cape Town is about to score another coup by hosting the world’s first interactive climate change centre, a project driven by the Brussels-based International Polar Foundation (IPF).The centre was launched in December 2011 at the V&A Waterfront, where it will be built on the Collier jetty.Among the dignitaries present at the ceremony were Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife, Princess Charlene; Michel de Wouters, IPF South Africa’s executive secretary; and Nighat Amin, the IPF’s vice president.Known as the Polaris Climate Change Observatory (PCCO), the centre is scheduled to open in 2014.“Without a protected planet and without an environment sheltered from the violence of a disrupted climate, our entire vision of the future is called into question,” said Albert, who is involved with the IPF as well as projects run by his own environment-focused foundation.He then stressed that the project needs the help of the private sector to thrive.“They are essential partners; essential for their financial support, of course, but also for their capacity for rallying large numbers of people.”Albert finished off by quoting the late environmental activist Wangari Maathai, Africa’s first woman Nobel Peace laureate.“You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.”A building like no otherThe multi-level PCCO will resemble an iceberg in a large pool of water and visitors, as they go along, will learn about Earth’s history as far back as 800 000 years.After crossing the water and entering the iceberg, which has an overall floor area of 3 000 square metres, visitors will see a large globe, 15 metres across, in the atrium. This will be the central point of the PCCO, not only to remind visitors what is at stake but also to serve as a 3D screen to explain phenomena such as weather patterns.Near the globe, a giant ice core – a sample of ice sheet, drilled deep enough to show all the layers of snow accumulated over thousands of years – will support a transparent spiral staircase.Other features and exhibitions will include Ante Hominem and Advent of Mankind (climate history); Dance of the Planets (natural climate variations); the Blue Planet observatory (inside the globe); The Carbon Age (man-made climate); and Domus in Terra (solutions for climate change mitigation).This will be the basic model for future Polaris centres, but it can easily be adapted to different sites. The second one will be built in Brussels.Educating the public about climate changeDespite regular meetings, conferences, symposiums, lectures and discussions on the topic of global warming, solutions are slow to arise.With challenges growing in number, including the effect of climate change on sea temperatures, polar animal populations and the global weather, the world’s leaders and its citizens are working hard to save the situation.But it is not all bad news – scientists agree that the damage can be halted, and even reversed in time. However, this will not happen if people remain uneducated about their impact on the environment and the danger into which they are putting the world.And this is the aim of the PCCO – to educate visitors, through temporary and permanent exhibitions, as well as education and outreach activities, about the consequences of climate change and the helping role that everyone can play.last_img read more