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first_img Associated Press February 9, 2020 Taylor overcame two early bogeys with a 25-foot eagle putt on his 16th hole for a 69, and his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. Taylor was at 17-under 198.Jason Day posted a 70 at Spyglass Hill and was only three shots behind at 14-under. Update on the latest sports — Former major league outfielder Angel Echevarria (AHN’-hehl eh-cheh-vah-REE’-ah) has died at 48. The Connecticut Post reported Saturday that Echevarria died on Friday at Bridgeport Hospital. The story said his girlfriend, Jazmine Cox, told them he took at fall in his Bridgeport home earlier in the day.PGA-PEBBLE BEACHSurging Lefty sizzles at Pebble BeachPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is in great shape as he tries to nail down a record sixth Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Mickelson finds himself just one shot behind leader Nick Taylor through three rounds. Lefty holed out from a bunker for birdie on the 13th and chipped in from 90 feet for birdie on the next hole before closing his round with a birdie. — Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) scored 20 points and No. 2 Gonzaga made 14 of its first 15 shots to send Saint Mary’s to its worst home loss in 19 years, 90-60. The 25-1 Bulldogs turned the highly anticipated showdown between the fierce rivals into a laugher by taking a 20-point lead midway through the first half.— Fourth-ranked San Diego State remains the lone unbeaten team in Division I after K.J. Feagin dropped in 21 points and Jordan Schakel added 18 in an 89-74 win at Air Force. Malichi Flynn furnished 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help the Aztecs move to 24-0.— Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-uh) had 22 points and No. 5 Louisville stretched its winning streak to 10 games by topping Virginia, 80-73. Malik Williams had 13 points as the Cardinals improved to 21-3 overall and 12-1 in the ACC.— Sixth-ranked Dayton picked up its 12th straight win as Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) contributed 17 points to a 71-65 win against Saint Louis. Jalen Crutcher scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as Dayton broke open a tight game to stay unbeaten in Atlantic 10 Conference play at 10-0.— Wendell Moore scored on a putback as time expired to complete seventh-ranked Duke’s 98-96 triumph at North Carolina. Tre Jones finished with 28 points for the 20-3 Blue Devils, who led for only 1:47 of the game. — M.J. Walker and Patrick Williams each scored 14 points as No. 8 Florida State beat Miami, 99-81. The Seminoles improved to 20-3 by outrebounding the Hurricanes, 46-24 and shooting 13-for-26 from 3-point range.— Myles Powell had 19 points and 12th-ranked Seton Hall snapped a 17-game road losing streak to Villanova with a 70-64 victory over the No. 10 Wildcats. Sandro Mamukelashvili scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half for the Big East-leading Pirates, who last won at Villanova on Feb. 26, 1994.— No. 11 Auburn pulled out a 91-80 win over 18th-ranked LSU on J’Von McCormick’s floater with 0.1 second left in overtime. Samir Doughty hit five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 26 points for the Tigers, who rallied from a 14-point second half deficit and moved into a tie with LSU for the SEC lead.— Kristian Doolittle scored 27 points and Oklahoma broke West Virginia’s early defensive pressure in a 69-59 win over the 13th-ranked Mountaineers. The Sooners built an 18-point lead and withstood 19 turnovers to drop WVU to 18-5.— Oregon State pulled off a stunner by allowing just 21 points in the second half of a 63-53 triumph over 14th-ranked Oregon. Kylor Kelley had 14 points and seven boards for the Beavers, while Ethan Thompson provided a team-high 15 points. The 79-year-old combustible coach was introduced during a halftime ceremony along with former players including members of the Hoosiers’ 1980 Big Ten championship team.Knight won 662 games and three national championships in 29 seasons with the Hoosiers before he was fired on Sept. 10, 2000 after a student accused Knight of grabbing him in the hallway of Assembly Hall.NBA-SCHEDULEBucks batter MagicUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks remain on pace to become the third team in NBA history to top 70 victories in a regular season. — Riley Smith had 15 points and UCLA shot 51% in a 65-52 upset of Arizona at Tucson. The Wildcats shot 25% and went 6 of 29 in the second half— McKinley Wright IV finished with 21 points and D’Shawn Schwartz added 20 as No. 24 Colorado rallied from 11 points down at halftime to beat Stanford, 81-74.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NCAA INITIAL SEEDSBaylor gets top seed in NCAA committee’s initial rankingsUNDTED (AP) — Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State are the top seeds in the NCAA’s preliminary rankings. — The Raptors stretched their team-record winning streak to 14 games as Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter of a 119-118 triumph over the Nets. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 20 points, including the tiebreaking free throw with 22 seconds remaining.— Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 24 points and Malik Beasley added 23 in his Minnesota debut as the duo led a 142-115 pounding of the Clippers. Karl-Anthony Towns just missed a triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to help the Timberwolves end a 13-game losing streak.— Jrue (jroo) Holiday scored 14 of his 31 points in the final 2:26, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the Pelicans’ 124-117 victory at Indiana. Reserve JJ Redick added 23 points as New Orleans handed the Pacers their fifth consecutive loss.— The Mavericks knocked off the Hornets, 116-100 as Seth Curry scored 26 points in his return to Charlotte. Curry made his first 10 shots from the field, including six 3-pointers to help the Mavericks snap a two-game losing streak.— Buddy Hield (heeld) shot 9-for-10 from beyond the arc while pouring in 31 points off the bench to highlight the Kings’ 122-102 dismantling of the Spurs. Harrison Barnes finished with 25 points for Sacramento, which drained 19 of its 35 3-point attempts. — Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) set up Steven Stamkos’ 26th goal and Brayden Point’s 20th as the Lightning notched their sixth straight win, 3-1 over the Islanders. Carter Verhaeghe (vur-HAY’-gee) provided the eventual game-winner in the third period, and Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 17 shots to help Tampa Bay improve to 18-2-1 since a Dec. 21 loss to the Capitals.— Sidney Crosby scored his 10th goal in the second period and the Penguins won for the ninth time in 12 games by downing the Panthers, 3-2. Kris Letang (leh-TANG’) had a goal and an assist as Pittsburgh pulled within three points of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.— Shootout goals by Justin Williams and Andrei Svechnikov (SVHEHCH’-nih-kahv) completed the Hurricanes’ comeback in a 6-5 decision over the Golden Knights. Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and Erik Haula and Teuvo Teravainen each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which trailed 3-1 and 4-2 in the third period before winning for the fifth time in seven games.— The Avalanche earned a 2-1 victory at Columbus as Philipp Grubauer handled 31 shots and Nathan MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:34 left. Colorado earned its third win in a row and ended the Blue Jackets’ 11-game point streak.— Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) scored twice in the third period to push the Oilers past the Predators, 3-2. Nashville led 2-0 until Alex Chiasson (CHAY’-sahn) notched a power-play goal with under nine seconds left in the second period.center_img — Dillon Dube (doo-BAY’) had a goal and two assists to lead five Flames with at least two points in a 6-2 rout of the Canucks. Milan Lucic (LOO’-cheeh) and Derek Ryan each had a goal and an assist against Vancouver, which has dropped four straight since a five-game winning streak.— Ilya Kovalchuk (KOH’-vahl-chuhk) scored 1:43 into overtime to complete the Canadiens’ late comeback in their seventh victory in nine games, 2-1 against the Maple Leafs. Toronto led until Marco Scandella beat Jack Campbell with 2:33 left in regulation.— Patrik Laine (LY’-nay) registered his eighth career hat trick by providing three power-play goals in the Jets’ 5-2 win over the visiting Senators. Kyle Connor had a goal and three assists for the Jets, who are 3-0-1 since a five-game losing streak.— Mackenzie Blackwood posted his second straight shutout by stopping a penalty shot and making 37 saves in the Devils’ 3-0 decision over the Kings. Nikita Gusev (GOO’-sehv), Blake Coleman and Kyle Palmieri scored for the Devils, who extended their points streak to a season-high six games at 3-0-3.MLB-RED SOX-BENINTENDI — Julius Randle scored 17 points, including a bank shot with 13.5 seconds left that helped the Knicks secure their season-high fourth straight victory, 95-92 over the Pistons. Wayne Ellington scored 17 points for New York, which grabbed 16 offensive rebounds compared to three for Detroit.NHL-SCHEDULEBruins extend win streakUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have expanded their lead in the NHL’s overall standings, moving three points ahead of the Washington Capitals.Charlie Coyle scored twice and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) had a goal and two assists as the Bruins picked up their sixth consecutive win, 4-2 over the Coyotes. The game was tied 1-1 until Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk netted power-play goals 2:29 apart in the second period. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULESelf gets 700th winUNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Kansas and Jayhawks head coach Bill Self earned milestone victories this afternoon. The Jayhawks’ 60-46 victory against TCU gives them 31 consecutive 20-win seasons, matching North Carolina’s record. It also made Self the second-youngest head coach with 700 career victories.Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-ah-BOO’-kay) had 20 points and 15 rebounds in his 10th double-double of the season. Azubuike had five dunks during a 13-3 run early that put Kansas ahead to stay.Devon Dotson added 18 points and 11 assists to help Self improve to 700-214 in 27 seasons spent with the Jayhawks, Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois.In other top-25 games Saturday:— MaCio Teague scored 24 points and top-ranked Baylor stretched its winning streak to 20 games with a 78-70 victory over Oklahoma State. Teague hit six consecutive free throws in the final 14 seconds, four coming after Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton Jr. was assessed two consecutive technical fouls and ejected from the game. — Immanuel Quickley scored 18 points as No. 15 Kentucky beat Tennessee, 77-64 for its sixth win in seven games. Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards each had 15 points to help the Wildcats beat the Volunteers in Knoxville for the first time in Rick Barnes’ five seasons as Tennessee’s coach.— Isaiah Livers scored 14 points in his return to the lineup and Zavier Simpson added 16 to lift Michigan to a 77-68 victory over No. 16 Michigan State. Livers was back in the starting lineup after missing nine of the Wolverines’ previous 10 games with a groin injury.— Joe Wieskamp dropped in a career-high 30 points and Luka Garza added 22 to help No. 17 Iowa slam Nebraska, 96-72. The Hawkeyes led by 11 at the break before opening the second half with a 25-8 run to put the game away.— Creighton was a 94-82 winner against St. John’s as Marcus Zegarowski had 23 points and Denzel Mahoney had 18 points for the 21st-rated Bluejays.— Lamar Stevens scored a career-high 33 points and No. 22 Penn State picked up its sixth consecutive victory by downing Minnesota, 83-77. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-tah-KOON’-poh) just missed a triple-double and Brook Lopez scored a team-high 23 points as the Bucks hammered the Magic, 112-95. Antetokounmpo finished with 19 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists to help the Bucks win for the 13th time in their last 14 games. Lopez shot 5-for-5 from 3-point range, and Khris Middleton chipped in 21 points with 13 rebounds as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 45-7.Eric Bledsoe finished with 18 points for the Bucks, who led by as many as 27 in the third quarter.Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:— LeBron James heated up in the second half and finished with 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in guiding the Lakers to a 125-120 victory over the Warriors. Avery Bradley added 21 points with five 3-pointers, and Anthony Davis contributed 27 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.— Jamal Murray was 6 of 8 from 3-point range and 14 of 17 overall while scoring 36 points in the Nuggets’ 117-108 downing of the Suns. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) added 23 points, nine boards and six assists, while Paul Millsap furnished 12 points and 11 boards in his first game since Jan. 6. The Bears were the No. 1 overall seed in rankings released Saturday by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.The preliminary rankings are designed to be a sneak peek at the selection process before the official seeds are revealed on March 15.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-INDIANA-KNIGHT RETURNSKnight back at Indiana after 20 yearsBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bob Knight has ended his 20-year split with Indiana. Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 29 shots as the Bruins became the league’s first team with 80 points.In Washington, Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) scored twice and Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) recorded three points in the Flyers’ 7-2 rout of the Capitals. Giroux scored a late power-play goal and collected two assists to reach 800 points for his career.Brian Elliott made 25 saves and helped Philadelphia keep Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) two shy of 700 career goals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Roope (ROO’-peh) Hintz provided a pair of goals in the Stars’ 3-2 win over the Blues, including the game-winner at 2:19 of overtime. Jamie Benn also scored and Anton Khudobin (koo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 23 shots as Dallas improved to 10-5 in OT. Benintendi gets extensionBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with Andrew Benintendi by signing the outfielder to a two, year, $10 million contract.The 25-year-old Benintendi has hit .277 with 51 homers and 259 RBIs in his first three-plus major league seasons. He batted .266 with 13 homers, 68 RBIs and 10 stolen bases last year.Also, in the majors:— Giants catcher Aramis Garcia had surgery on his right hip after getting injured during winter ball in the Dominican Republic in December. 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Heisler: Lakers should add a year to Luke Walton’s contract every time LaVar Ball rips him

first_img Lakers coach Luke Walton believes his job remains safe Kyle Kuzma defends Luke Walton, says most Lakers ‘love playing for him’ Spurs’ Gregg Popovich latest to come to defense of Lakers’ Luke Walton Actually, it was Lonzo’s play and LaVar’s inspiration. Or LaVar’s inspiration and Lonzo’s play. Just ask LaVar.Not that it’s easy … or possible … to deal with someone not even Magic Johnson can charm or persuade. The Lakers had him in on Nov. 29, at which time LaVar said he’d come to them with any complaints.Or that’s what the Lakers thought he said. LaVar’s version, to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne was, “I am going to say, to plant a seed, ‘Let’s look for this now.’ They might not want to hear that, but it’s going to be successful if you listen to what I’m saying on the fact that I know what it takes for my son to run like this.”If LaVar doesn’t deserve the respect they have shown him, there’s no embarrassing or intimidating him, either, when all he has to do in reply is talk into a live microphone.The Lakers, who know something about stars, had Kobe Bryant, the brashest of the brash, who asked Coach Del Harris as an 18-year-old rookie why they couldn’t run post-ups for him, leaving Delmer to explain they had Shaquille O’Neal for that.Anguished as Kobe was at not playing more than 16 minutes a game in his first season, his father, Joe, a former NBA player who was at every game, never uttered a peep.I knew Joe from Philadelphia, where I covered him as a young player. In Los Angeles he declined to do interviews for years, saying this was Kobe’s time.Suggesting how secure Walton feels, he joked about lifting Lonzo in the win over Atlanta because “his father was talking (trash).”Showing how big this story has gotten, you can now buy “DNP, Coach’s Decision (Dad was talking (trash)” T-shirts online for $25 – which is pricey, but half the price of the cheapest tee on the Big Baller Brand site.Big Baller, of course, is a hype-driven shell company with no advertising budget, the Better Business Bureau citing it for not fulfilling orders and the apparel company that made its products suing for non-payment.This BBB hype is nothing compared to LaVar’s boast that he took LiAngelo and LaMelo to Lithuania so both could get to the Lakers by 2020.Believe this: The Lakers will never have more than one Ball on their roster – if that many, assuming they can make a go of it with Lonzo.We’re not talking about Pau and Marc Gasol. LiAngelo, 19, isn’t considered an NBA prospect. LaMelo is highly regarded for his age – 16 – but a long way away at a listed 6-foot-3, 160 pounds.If a village of 10,000 in Lithuania in winter time with seven hours of daylight isn’t as comfortable for the kids as Westwood or Chino Hills, it’s perfect for LaVar, with the locals changing the team’s schedule for a tournament with the BBB logo plastered everywhere – including the referees’ jerseys – and a female TV reporter asking out Gelo at the introductory press conference.And the press! There was all sorts of press, even if NBA coaches blamed ESPN – unfairly – for LaVar’s nonsense. Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy proposed a boycott of the network. More entertainingly, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich settled for noting that LaVar is “just another fan from the peanut gallery.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIronically, and dismayingly for the Lakers, they’re committed to Walton with Jeanie Buss tweeting #InLukeWeTrust in her New Year’s greeting … but with the heat on, no one had his back.Furious though the Lakers were, they were afraid to reply and make the story even bigger. Luke was left to fend for himself at a tender moment with a nine-game losing streak, including the 37-point home loss to OKC that followed LaVar’s rip, in which Kyle Kuzma said, “We gave up.”Worse was Lonzo’s response – “I can play for anyone” – or was it just low-key Lonzo being Lonzo?Wait a year or two to see if Luke’s still here.In the nick of time, the Lakers won three in a row … whether or not the credit goes to the Luke and the players.center_img Clippers coach Doc Rivers says criticism of Lakers counterpart Luke Walton is ‘awful’ Yes, Daddy Dearest.There’s no getting away from LaVar Ball even when he’s half a world away, continuing his outrages from Lakerdom to Lithuania.The Lakers live for the day they no longer hear his name, but there’s no pretending he doesn’t exist – as they’re trying to do – or that his latest rip of Luke Walton wasn’t a distraction, or that it’s not damaging their brand as they prepare to pursue elite free agents.In the annals of problem parents, this is beyond the Marv Marinoviches. LaVar is more like Faye Dunaway playing Joan Crawford in the 1981 film, using her children as extras, ordering them to call her “Mommy Dearest” and visiting her hysteria on them as her movie queen status fades. Lonzo Ball says he’ll ‘play for anybody’ after LaVar blasts Lakers coach Luke Walton Unfortunately for the Lakers, they find themselves buffetted on all sides at a time their brand is all-important for impressing LeBron James, Paul George et al. Players are aware that all but three or four of them could be outward-bound and morale is already on a precipice.What to do the next time they lose two in a row and LaVar sees guys aren’t high-fiving each other coming out of the game?The Lakers can 1) say nothing and let Walton dangle, which is bad; or 2) give Luke a vote of confidence, a well-known red flag for trouble, which is worse.Or maybe No. 2 is bad and No. 1 is worse.I’ve got it: Every time LaVar rips Walton, add a year to Luke’s contract. For a team making more than $100 million per year in local TV revenue, another year of Luke’s $5 million salary is chump change if it sticks a cork in LaVar.last_img read more

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Rugby, football – and a nation united

first_img9 July 2010 In 1994, when South Africa shed the shackles of apartheid, it did not mean the country was automatically set on a path of unity. Sport – starting with the 1995 Rugby World Cup, followed up by the 1996 African Nations Cup, and continuing with the 2010 Fifa World Cup – played and continues to play a major unifying role. During the apartheid years, sport was used as a major tool for resistance against the system of racial segregation, with South Africa being banned from competing on the international stage in most sporting codes – including cricket, rugby and football. These sanctions served the purpose of both highlighting the unjust system in the country at the time and of applying pressure on the National Party to end apartheid. As the first democratic president of South Africa, Mandela sought to work toward the goal of bringing together a once divided people and to lead South Africa on a path to success. In what for many seemed an insurmountable task, the Nobel Peace Prize winner did not just look to the corridors of government for a solution, but also to the playing field – a possible indication as to why South Africa has hosted so many major sporting events since.Rugby World Cup The first of many major sporting events hosted in the country was the IRB Rugby World Cup in 1995 – a tournament which saw South Africa lift the trophy at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg. South African cricket administrator Ali Bacher is no stranger to the importance of sport in South Africa’s history, having captained the South African cricket team in 1970 against Australia just before SA Cricket was kicked out of international participation. He also pushed for the breakdown of racial divisions in the sport, and shared a poignant moment with Mandela on the issue of sport and national unity. Bacher speaks about the mood leading up to the Rugby World Cup. This event saw calls for the removal of South Africa’s sporting emblem – the Springbok – due to its link with the predominantly white-dominated sports of the past. Mandela saw this argument as a chance to send a strong symbol to the white and Afrikaans population, many of whom feared reprisals from the apartheid years, by lending his support to their cause.Mandela’s wisdom “To give an indication of [Mandela’s] wisdom and insight, in 1995 – halfway through the Rugby World Cup – he came out publicly to support players wearing the Springbok emblem which, to many, represented a sporting code that only whites could play for in the apartheid era,” says Bacher. “A television crew came to me to ask about the response from South African cricket, and I said that we wanted a neutral emblem that would satisfy both white and black. “Soon after, Mandela invited me to lunch and he took me out onto the patio with two of my board members,” says Bacher. “He started to explain that he understood that among Afrikaans people, rugby and the [Springbok] emblem were very important.” Referring to the now famous post-match celebration in which Mandela come out onto the field wearing a South African rugby jersey with captain Francois Pienaar’s number on the back, Bacher says Mandela “told me he wore the rugby jersey and the emblem … because he wanted to thank [Afrikaans people] for their support for him as South Africa’s first black president.‘I see a difference now in 2010’ “In South Africa, the majority of the black population supported soccer, while the majority of whites supported rugby,” says Bacher. “Mandela rallied the black people to support rugby and united a country. The man that made it all happen was our revered icon, Nelson Mandela.” Reflecting on the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Bacher says: “I see a difference now in 2010. At the grounds, thousands of whites have been dressed in Bafana Bafana clothing going out to support the national team – where previously it would be mainly black people. “I see black families and white families talking about the national team, taking pictures with each other. These are small things for people from overseas, but from a South African point of view this is very significant. “We have arrived at a state of true unification in this country.”1996 African Nations Cup Another sporting icon who has witnessed first-hand the power of sport in South Africa’s psyche is former Bafana Bafana football player, Mark Fish, who was part of the team that lifted the African Nations Cup trophy in 1996 at the very site where Soccer City stadium now stands. In another successful sporting tournament hosted by South Africa, the 1996 African Nations Cup was more than just a football tournament, as Nelson Mandela once again came out in the captain’s jersey to hand over the trophy to the victorious team. “In 1996 we represented a nation and saw what we are seeing now,” says Fish. “White people came to [the then] FNB stadium to support football and the nation. It was brilliant. Before, these people would know the rugby team, but after 1996 – with Mandela supporting the team – they knew who we were.‘We can build on this’ “It was the highlight of my football career – not winning the trophy, but seeing how people came together and united behind Bafana Bafana,” says Fish. “That’s why I think we ended up winning the tournament. The way the country got behind us was absolutely phenomenal.” Fish believes the 2010 Fifa World Cup has also had a dramatic effect on the nation. “We have seen a nation get behind Bafana; people are talking about football. The challenge for us as a nation and a footballing nation is to keep the standard that we have now reached,” says Fish. “We can build on this if we continue to work together as a nation.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Rwanda gas deal gets US$142m boost

first_imgRwandan capital Kigali will benefit from the country’s expanded power generation capacity. (Image: Yahoo Groups) The schematic demonstrates how gas will be extracted from Lake Kivu. (Image: Kivu Gas) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure + 250-585503  RELATED ARTICLES • Namibia ups power-supply capacity • Zambian hydro projects in full swing • Liquid fuel from coal • SA’s R80bn methane projectBongani NkosiRwanda’s bid to complete its first major gas-power generation project has been boosted by a recent investment guarantee from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga).Miga’s guarantee on the KivuWatt project will be handled by ContourGlobal, a New York-based company developing Rwanda’s largest methane-gas extraction and power-generation facilities. The group announced the assurance fund on 5 May 2011.“Miga’s issuance of this guarantee package is an important development milestone for the KivuWatt project and comes as the project is just one year away from full operations,” ContourGlobal CEO and President Joseph C Brandt said in a media statement.The US$142-million (R960-million) KivuWatt project, under way at Lake Kivu in Kibuye, will result in the generation of much-needed electricity for Rwanda. A 25 MW power plant to support the national grid will be created in the area after the completion of the project’s first phase.It’s expected that phase two of the project will expand power generation capacity to 100MW.ContourGlobal has applied for a $99-million (R669-million) guarantee from Miga, a World Bank member designed to stimulate investments in developing countries, for guarding against risks such as expropriation, transfer restriction, civil war and breach of contract. The guarantee is effective for 20 years.Methane gas from the waters of Lake Kivu will be processed to produce electricity. The gas was discovered in 1936, apparently after people realised the lake had fewer fish than other bodies of water in the region. Comprehensive studies on the lake’s potential to produce electricity started in earnest in 1976.Lake Kivu is one of Africa’s great lakes, bordering Rwanda on the one side and the Democratic Republic of Congo on the other.ContourGlobal said a lake barge, from where gas extraction will take place, is nearing completion and its launch is expected to take place in early June 2011. KivuWatt is scheduled to start production by 2012.Construction of the power-generating station was set to begin in May 2011. A Finnish electrical company Wartsila is currently manufacturing the electricity-generating engines and will also build the plant, said ContourGlobal. “We are grateful to Miga for their dedication, support and the leadership they have shown in committing to the project at this critical stage,” ContourGlobal’s Brandt said. ContourGlobal has announced that it will also bankroll a new financing scheme with a lending consortium that includes the African Development Bank, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, and FMO – the Dutch development bank.Miga bought into KivuWatt after identifying it as an important project that would stimulate Rwanda’s economic growth, the agency said.“Rwanda has tremendous potential for economic growth, but the persistent challenge of a lack of power infrastructure has been a huge constraint,” says Izumi Kobayashi, Miga’s executive vice president.“We are pleased that we were able to facilitate this investment into a complex renewable project that will help Rwanda achieve one of its key development objectives.”Rwanda’s electricity driveThe Rwandan government has a steep challenge to improve the country’s electricity generation capacity. It’s set out to expand capacity to at least 130MW by 2012 through hydropower and methane gas power projects.The country’s total installed power generation capacity is currently under 100MW and less than 10% of the population is on the national power grid. Until now the country has had to rely on expensive diesel generators for power.Its electrified regions, mostly cities, were plunged into darkness in 2004 due to load shedding. The Ministry of Infrastructure said it was that year’s severe power shortages that “prompted the government to hire emergency power solutions and invest in increasing generation capacity”.The methane in Lake Kivu needs to be exploited for electricity as its abundance may be detrimental to the environment within 100 years, studies have found.last_img read more

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Ft. Loramie FFA wins its first state banner

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On April 14th, the Fort Loramie Agriculture, Food and Resources, Structural Engineering, and Business Management for Agriculture and Environment students competed in one of the following contests: Greenhand Quiz, Farm Business Management and Agricultural Technology and Mechanics CDE.  Agriculture, Food and Resources class competed in the Greenhand quiz, in which tests a first year member’s knowledge about the organization’s history and functions. Austin Meyer placed 83rd as an individual out of 1, 692 in the state.Clint Ratermann, Cole Cordonnier, Joe Seger and Ethan Broerman ranked 6th in the state for the Agricultural Mechanicals and Technology contest.Structural Engineering students took a test for Agricultural Technology and Mechanics, testing them on agricultural equipment, metals and calculating acreage. Cole Cordonnier ranked 24th, Clint Ratermann placed 30th, Ethan Broerman was 35th, and Joseph Seger ranked 40th as individuals out of the 314 contestants. Their team ranked 6th in the state; all participants claim the contest will help them in their engineer and mechanic careers, and are planning to come back to compete in the state finals this October.The Business Management for Agriculture and Environment class competed in the Farm Business Management contest. Students were tested on their understanding of economic principles and analytical ability to solve problems associated with farm management. Out of 512 participants, Jordan Meyer placed 24th, David Holthaus placed 32nd, Amanda Seger was 39th and Sara Maurer was 56th. As a team, they ranked 5th in the state. This outstanding achievement has earned the Fort Loramie FFA its first state banner. To achieve these high scores, the team utilized their skills they learned from their agricultural class, taught by FFA advisor, Mr. Matthew Pleiman. During their interview, the team was asked how it felt to be the first Fort Loramie members to win a state banner. All four senior participants agreed it was a lasting experience, but the greatest feeling was knowing they had finally achieved their goal they made as freshman, creating a perfect ending to their final year in the FFA.last_img read more

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Liv Tyler flashes underwear

first_imgActress Liv Tyler accidentally flashed her undergarment when she stepped out here.During her recent outing, “The Leftovers” star suffered wardrobe malfunction, flashing her thigh and black underwear as the strong wind blew, reports aceshowbiz.com.She sported a black-and-blue wraparound dress and a pair of sunglasses and was apparently unaware of the incident. Actress Liv Tyler accidentally flashed her undergarment when she stepped out here.last_img

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