Popular owner Oneil Hinds (O’Shaun Connection) has hit the ground running at the start of the new season, thanks to four winners including the grey ITALIANO who romped the opening James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Hinds and trainer Neive Graham teamed up for a second winner on the nine-race card when highly fancied PERSIAN BELLE (2-1) made all in the fourth race for $250,000 – $210,000) claimers over 1820 metres, winning by six lengths from PERFECT FLYER (5-2) who chased him relentlessly. The seven-year-old gelding, ITALIANO, running as the 1-4 favourite with former champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, shot past early leader AGAKHAN (2-1) leaving the half mile and breezed home by five lengths from 2-1 chance GOLDEN BULLET in a field of seven $450,000 $400,000 claiming horses. PERSIAN BELLE, on the other hand was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson. Significantly, both horses were claimed, but Hinds was not perturbed. “That ‘s the nature of game, you would like to keep horses when they win and do well for the most part, but there are others out there in the claiming marketplace with an eye for an Italiano or Persian Belle and as the owner, it’s best you lose them as winners,” said Hinds who finished sixth on the list of top owners last year with 18 winners and $81 million in stakes. “I can’t complain about my numbers in 2015, but the plan is to finish higher in the standings this season even though most of my earnings will come through claimers,” added Hinds ,who owns the O&S Tack Room (horse supplies and accessories provider) located on the Caymanas Park compound.
Khanyi MagubaneSouth African Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota announced on 13 February that peacekeeping operations are to become a key feature of the country’s foreign policy, after the government’s international relations, peace and security cluster met to address its programme of action for the year.Lekota said the white paper on peace missions would be reviewed, seven years after South Africa’s first foray into peacekeeping missions.“It is clear that peacekeeping is now not a passing engagement,” he said.Lekota added that “greater challenges that lie ahead”, largely in peacekeeping in Africa “and beyond”. He said that since 1994 demand for South Africa’s involvement in peace missions has grown far beyond what could be expected from a young democracy.The government would now advance the review of the white paper in order to make peacekeeping support for conflict areas a priority, especially within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It is likely that peacekeeping operations will be pushed up the agenda when South Africa assumes the chair of the SADC in August 2008.In 2007, the SADC rapid reaction brigade was launched in Lusaka, Zambia. Lekota said there was further need to fast track the establishment of the African Standby Force.He added that a new strategy would be devised to budget for reserve amounts to meet the country’s peacekeeping commitments.South Africa is currently hosting the third annual conference on peacekeeping, reconstruction and stability operations, which is set to run from 11 to 15 February. Delegates include representatives from European, African and US governments, military and NGOs.The conference will provide an opportunity for detailed discussion of past and present peacekeeping operations in Africa. Delegates will also be able to raise their most pressing questions with the forum, and will discuss and share major African issues of concern.SA’s peacekeeping missionsSouth Africa is currently involved in peacekeeping missions in Ivory Coast, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is also playing a strong role in the reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country with it has had a long involvement, having helped end the country’s civil war.The facilitator of the Burundi peace process is South African Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula. At his recent meeting with the leadership of the Regional Peace Initiative, Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Jakaya Kikwete, Nqakula’s mandate as facilitator was extended for twelve months, ending in December 2008.Nqakula will now focus his mandate on two key areas. The first six months of his mandate ending June 2008 will concentrate on the final phase of the demobilisation, disarming and reintegration of the rebel PALIPEHUTU-FNL combatants. The second phase will be to assist with the mechanisms aimed at implementing the agreed political and military principles, adopted on 18 July 2006 in Dar es Salaam.To further cement its key position in conflict resolutions, in April 2008 South Africa will this year assume the presidency of the United Nations Security Council, after spending a year as a non-permanent member. The country will use this position to further seek and promote improved relations between the African Union Peace and Security Council and the United Nations Security Council.Useful linksPeacekeeping Africa conference 2008Accord Department of Foreign Affairs
3 January 2012 The price of petrol is set to drop by between five and six cents a litre at midnight on Tuesday.The price of the 93 grade petrol is decreasing by six cents.One litre of 95 unleaded will cost five cents less.Diesel would also be dropped by 20 cents per litre.Peter Noke of the South Africa Fuel Retailers Association said it was a great way to start the New Year.“We have a reduction in petrol of between 5 and 6 cents and on diesel between 20 and 21 cents a litre,” Noke said.Sapa
Kings XI Punjab innings (target: 153 runs from 20 overs)Kings XI Punjab innings (target: 153 runs from 20 overs) Murali Vijay c Dhoni b M Ashwin 53 Manan Vohra lbw b Ankit 51 Shaun Marsh b M Ashwin 4 David Miller c Pietersen b M Ashwin 7 Glenn Maxwell not out 32 Wriddhiman Saha not out 4 Extras:(W-2) 2Total: (For 4 wkts in 18.4 overs) 153 Fall of wickets: 1/97 2/103 3/112 4/119Bowling: Ishant Sharma 3-0-26-0, Ankit Sharma 4-0-27-1, Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-27-0, Murugan Ashwin 4-0-36-3, Irfan Pathan 1-0-7-0, Thisara Perera 2.4-0-30-0. PTI PDS PDS
Auburn junior quarterback Nick Marshall (14) breaks a tackle during a game against Georgia Nov. 16 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn won, 43-38.Credit: Courtesy of MCTCollege football is funny.A sport that brings joy and despair to people across the country week in and week out, the game is particularly dubious on the final weekend of the regular season.Known as “Rivalry Weekend,” the final Saturday before the 2013 postseason did not disappoint either.From an Ohio State’s fan perspective, emotional highs and lows ensued from defeating archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor in thrilling fashion — picking off redshirt-junior Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner in the end zone to deny Michigan the necessary two points that would give them the victory.Fans, players and the like were proud because the Buckeyes had just recorded their 24th straight win under coach Urban Meyer, but also turned their attention quickly to another rivalry game — The Iron Bowl.The same could be said for both myself and my colleagues at The Lantern, who had just left Michigan Stadium with the knowledge that No. 1 Alabama held a touchdown advantage over No. 4 Auburn. Upon tuning into the game on the radio and hearing that the Tigers had tied it up with 32 seconds to go, we made the correct decision to U-turn into the closest restaurant with a TV (Red Robin) because seeing if the unthinkable could happen — The Crimson Tide no longer rolling — was something we could not miss.All year, OSU has been slotted behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Florida State, who had already taken care of business against rival Florida earlier in the day to finish regular season play unbeaten. So, if the Buckeyes were to even get a chance to compete for the final BCS National Championship, ‘Bama was going to need to either fall Saturday or next week in the SEC Title game. It seems unthinkable that an undefeated OSU would be left out of the national championship game, but because of the national perspective of the Big Ten as second tier to other conferences like the SEC, the possibility was at its highest point.Then lightning struck.While we were waiting to order our food, the referees put one second back on the clock, giving Alabama a chance to save its unbeaten season in regulation. Alabama coach Nick Saban turned to redshirt-freshman kicker Adam Griffith to attempt a 57-yard field goal for the win. Griffith’s attempt was short, Auburn senior cornerback Chris Davis retrieved it, and returned it 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown.Red Robin, filled with members of Buckeye Nation, exploded — and I couldn’t help myself but join in on the excitement.With a win against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, the Buckeyes — barring any sort of BCS catastrophe that will allow a one-loss Auburn team to jump them in the rankings — will be heading to Pasadena, Calif., in early 2014 in search of the program’s eighth national championship.In a mere four hours, Buckeye fans went from holding their breath when Gardner took the snap on the two-point play, to extreme jubilation when Alabama’s undefeated season was no more. Suddenly, seeing OSU back at the top of the sport is a very real possibility.As a journalist writing on deadline for the OSU-Michigan game, the last half of The Game’s fourth quarter brought stress to both my fingers and head.But as a college football fan, rivalry weekend proved once again why the sport is tough to be topped.
Thad Matta stands on the sidelines during a game against Minnesota. OSU won, 64-46.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWhen a college basketball game is closing on the the final minutes of play, most coaches would say each possession becomes increasingly more important.The value of making the correct read, protecting the ball, making free throws and getting good shots goes up in such a way that if a team fails to do those things, they are likely to end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard when the buzzer sounds.Ohio State coach Thad Matta said Saturday doing the little things — like converting free throws, keeping proper spacing on offense and defending to his team’s capability — is what ultimately led to its 65-63 loss Thursday night against Penn State.Even junior guard Shannon Scott knew something was off that night in State College, Pa., mentioning that at times when the Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7, fourth in the Big Ten) were trying to decipher the Nittany Lions’ zone defense, not everyone was on the same page.“We’re not seeing it all the way the whole time. There’s been possessions where three players are running one play, and two players are running a different play,” Scott said Saturday. “We’ve gotta have a better focus on our offense, especially against the zone.”When Matta was told that Scott said the team sometimes has trouble getting into the right sets offensively — even though the team is 29 games into the season — he said it shows how OSU’s mind wasn’t in the right place against Penn State.“That just tells you the concentration wasn’t there. And a lot of that is on Shannon and (senior guard) Aaron (Craft). We were going way too quick the other night,” Matta said. “We had a guy stop and tie his shoe twice during the game, and we didn’t start our offense until there was 22 seconds on the clock. We had wasted possessions on those two possessions.”The No. 22 Buckeyes are likely going to need to have those little things corrected when they are set to travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Indiana (16-12, 6-9, eighth in the Big Ten). The Hoosiers won the Big Ten regular season title last year, beating the Buckeyes by a game in the standings.OSU’s second loss this season to Penn State this year was not exactly what the Buckeyes had planned, Scott said, but there’s no time to worry about that with a quick turnaround to take on Indiana.“It cuts us deep, losing another game. But we can’t really dwell on it. It’s too late in the season to start dwelling on our mistakes,” Scott said. “It’s not time for that right now. We gotta all be men and move on from that and make the most of our next games.”Despite falling to Penn State Thursday, OSU would still be the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament — and get a first-round bye — if the season ended today, because Iowa also lost Thursday, on the road at Indiana.The Hoosiers are led by sophomore guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, who is currently fourth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game.“Ferrell is obviously one of the top point guards in the country and (freshman forward Noah) Vonleh is a monster,” Matta said of the Hoosiers two leading scorers. “Just a well-coached basketball team, very good basketball team and it’s another Big Ten war for us.”Despite their record, Indiana isn’t going to be an easy opponent, Scott said.“We know none of our games are going to get easier. Indiana’s a great team,” Scott said. “Their record doesn’t show how good they really are, so we all know that coming into the game. We’re going to be prepared for them and hopefully be ready to play.”The loss to Penn State came on the heels of six wins in seven games for OSU, but Matta said he’s not concerned about his team’s confidence level.“It’s funny because with this quick turnaround, I’m not even worried about confidence,” Matta said. “Our focus is quite honestly, ‘Hey that’s behind us. We can’t change that. Here’s what we gotta do to try to win the basketball game’ … In terms of being 25 games or whatever we are into the season, come on — you gotta man up. You gotta carry your weight around here and get the job done.”Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Assembly Hall.
AS Roma’s sporting director is analyzing legal action against Barcelona over Malcom’s transfer, and Ousmane Dembele is meditating an exit from the Catalan club.The latest FC Barcelona signing Malcom has produced some serious ripple effects in both Rome and Barcelona, the Brazilian’s arrival in the Catalan city came as an unexpected surprise from the AS Roma board of directors. The Italian club’s sporting manager Monchi, explained to Cadena COPE the reason his club might be considering to take legal actions against FC Barcelona. He states that AS Roma had a closed deal with the player and the Catalan club got in the middle of the negotiations. But that’s not all, French winger Ousmane Dembele is very unhappy with Malcom’s arrival because he sees it as a clear message directed towards him.?️ Monchi, director deportivo de la @OfficialASRoma:➡️ “Tengo mensajes con los agentes de Malcom y del presidente del Girondins con el acuerdo cerrado. Esta mañana me piden subir la oferta porque el Barça está pagando más. Estamos valorando si tomar procedimientos legales” pic.twitter.com/OKZbYMBdE8— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) July 24, 2018Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Monchi spoke live with the Spanish radio show Partidazo de COPE about AS Roma’s situation, he confirmed that the Italian club reached an agreement with French club Girondins Bordeaux but Barcelona got in the middle of the negotiation and convinced the player not to honor their deal: “I have all the texts I sent Malcom’s agents and Girondins president in which we reached an agreement for his transfer to AS Roma. Then they asked me to raise the offer this morning because Barcelona offered more money. We are seriously considering taking legal action against both clubs,” said the former Sevilla sporting director to Cadena COPE.?DEMBÉLÉ (@Dembouz) está valorando buscar una salida del Barça. Cree que el fichaje de Malcom demuestra que no se apuesta por él. Su relación con Valverde es distante. Espera que le aclare qué rol tendrá, quiere protagonismo para explotar (….) @partidazocope @deportescope— Helena Condis Edo (@HelenaCondis) July 24, 2018While all that drama is taking place, another situation unfolds in Barcelona with French player Ousmane Dembele. According to Spanish journalist Helena Condis Edo. The player is not happy with Malcom’s arrival and he feels it as an invitation to leave the club due to a lack of trust in his skills. However, Barcelona has already told the media that Dembele will not leave the club because they consider him a very important player for the institution. The Brazilian winger’s arrival should be seen as an increase in competition for Dembele rather than an obstacle in his development as a star inside the Catalan club.
South Korea have appointed former Portugal national team coach Paulo Bento as their new coach. Bento has been appointed to become the South Korean men’s national team head coach.The Korea Football Association (KFA) made the announcement to the public at its headquarters in Seoul. Bento has signed a four-year deal with Korea that would see him take the national team to the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022.The 49-year-old has succeeded Shin Tae-yong who was in charge of the team at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia. Shin wasn’t offered a new deal after his contract ran out at the end of the World Cup with the KFA looking to take the team in another direction.“After reviewing his plans, we believe Bento is a coach who can develop South Korean football if we can support and wait for him for four years,” Kim Pan-gon, the head of the Korea Football Association’s Technical Committee, told a press conference in Seoul on Friday, according to ESPN.South Korean fans will sue after Ronaldo snub Manuel R. Medina – July 30, 2019 Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in the Bianconeri against K-League All-Stars last Friday and the supporters were angry.Kim admitted that Bento had not been on his original shortlist of three candidates which were reported to include former Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic and Quique Sanchez Flores who has coached extensively in Spain.“While we were in negotiations with the others, we heard that Bento had become available. We were excited with his results at Euro 2012 and while there were problems at the 2014 World Cup, he had already proven his leadership qualities.”Kim also dismissed worries about Bento’s time in China. “Even there, he improved and developed the team’s training. I have no worries at all about his ability.”