Women of Troy to take on Oregon schools

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team will head up the Pacific this weekend to take on  No. 7-ranked Oregon State (18-1, 8-0 Pac-12) on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. in Corvallis and Oregon (8-11, 1-7 Pac-12) on Monday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in Eugene.The Women of Troy (11-8, 3-5 Pac-12) will look to end their current three-game losing skid. They’re coming off of a pair of home losses, a 67-53 loss to California and a 71-60 loss to Stanford. After a close first half against the Golden Bears, Cal got hot during the second half to put the game out of reach. The game against Stanford was a more consistent affair, but an early 15-1 run by the Cardinal put the Women of Troy in a hole quickly, and despite a strong effort, they were unable to dig themselves out of it.Sophomore guard Jordan Adams led the team with a combined 32 points over the weekend, including her first career double-double against Stanford (21 points, 10 rebounds). Senior forward Kaneisha Horn also picked up a double-double against the Cardinal with 11 points and 11 rebounds, the second of her career.“With the Stanford plays defense, they sag a lot sometimes, and they force us to make outside shots, and we just didn’t knock them down,” said Horn. “If we would’ve had more balanced scoring with the starting five and the people coming off the bench, I think it would’ve been a different game.”Senior forward Alexyz Vaioletama leads the team with 12.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Freshman guard McKenzie Calvert is averaging 10.9 points, while junior guard Brianna Barrett has 10.5 points per game, and leads the team with 4.2 assists.The Women of Troy will look to get more production off of their bench, which only scored a combined 13 points over their last two games.“We have a few things that we need to work out, but scoring off the bench is just one of them,” said Cooper.USC split their two games against Oregon State and Oregon early this year, using a strong second-half to beat the Ducks 70-54, but falling 76-66 to the Beavers. USC is 44-17 all-time against Oregon and the winner of three straight in the series, and 41-21 all-time against Oregon State, including 2-1 last season.USC’s three-game losing streak has dropped them down to No. 8 in the Pac-12 standings, but head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke isn’t especially focused on that.“I don’t know if there’s any more pressure than I feel right now,” said Cooper. “I’m not a big pressure person. Every game is important for me, so just because they’re Cal and Stanford didn’t make it any more or any less pressure than I feel going up to the Oregon schools. For us, we need to get back on the winning track, and we do that by digging our heels in the ground, playing solid defense, and making some plays.”Ruth Hamblin leads Oregon State with 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.  Jamie Weisner has 13.1 points and 6.5 points per game, while Sydney Wiese is averaging 12.3 points and a team-leading 6.1 assists per game. The Beavers are coming off a 73-55 win over Arizona, and a 68-57 win over then No. 13 ranked Arizona State.Meanwhile, Oregon is coming off a 70-58 loss to the Sun Devils and an 81-78 overtime loss to the Wildcats. The Ducks are led by Jillian Alleyne’s 16.5 points and 14.7 rebounds per game, with Lexi Bando adding 11.4 points per game and Lexi Petersen adding 11.2 points and 4.1 assists per game. Alleyne has led his team with double-digit rebounds in every game this season.The Women of Troy will return home the following weekend to try and sweep Utah (6-13, 0-8 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. and Colorado (9-10, 2-6      Pac-12) on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 12 p.m.They will then head up to the Bay Area, looking for revenge against Stanford on Friday, Feb. 13 at 6:00 p.m. and California on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Frampton loses ‘super’ featherweight title in Vegas

first_imgThe Belfast fighter was beaten on points by Leo Santa Cruz in a thrilling rematch.Frampton, who is keen for a third fight with the Mexican soon, says it was the right decision.last_img

Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic thrashes Lucas Pouille to set up showdown with Rafael Nadal

first_imgNovak Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in a mouthwatering Australian Open final following an imperious straight-sets demolition of Lucas Pouille.The world No. 1 barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Friday, producing a masterclass to crush first-time grand slam semifinalist Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Djokovic, aiming to become the only man to win the first major of the year seven times, took just an hour and 23 minutes to disdainfully end Pouille’s unexpected run at Melbourne Park.The top seed made only five unforced errors in a relentless performance to set up another blockbuster showdown with Nadal on Sunday, when he will go in search of a third consecutive major title and a 15th of his incredible career.Frenchman Pouille was given a brutal lesson by a fresh-looking Djokovic, who was a man on a mission as he lost just eight points on serve in a crushing victory.Masterclass @DjokerNole def. Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes to advance to his seventh #AusOpen final. pic.twitter.com/LwJT5J4BFB— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019The 28th seed’s nerves were evident from the start and a double fault gifted the six-time champion a 2-0 lead.Djokovic — who spent just 52 minutes on court in his quarter-final before Kei Nishikori retired due to injury — continued to apply the pressure, not allowing Pouille to settle as he returned majestically and raced through his service games.The world No. 31 did not know what had hit him as he walked back to his chair after spraying a forehand wide to go a set down in only 23 minutes, and Djokovic continued to show no mercy in the second. Pouille got on the board with a cross-court forehand pass to hold at 1-1, but a prowling Djokovic stepped up the intensity to go a break up, another double fault from the surprise package putting him 3-1 down.The domineering Serb was two sets up when Pouille drilled another backhand wide and an error off the forehand wing put the helpless underdog a break down at 3-1 in the third.Pouille was put out of his misery when he was forced back by another searing return and crashed a backhand into the net to bow out. STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNDjokovic [1] bt Pouille [28] 6-0 6-2 6-2WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSDjokovic – 24/5Pouille – 18/27ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSDjokovic – 6/0Pouille – 4/3BREAK POINTS WONDjokovic – 7/12Pouille – 0/0 FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEDjokovic – 72Pouille – 54PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEDjokovic – 84/87Pouille – 68/26TOTAL POINTSDjokovic – 83Pouille – 44last_img read more

Raptors ground Hawks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES There were plenty of second-quarter highlights for Toronto but one of the best came in the final minute, when Lowry ripped the ball from John Collins and passed upcourt to DeRozan at the 3-point line. DeRozan immediately did a tip-pass for an alley-oop that Siakam slammed down for a 67-39 lead.The victory set the Raptors up for what could be an easy next three weeks as they play just one opponent that’s currently over .500.TIP-INSRaptors: DeRozan’s streak of 113 consecutive games in double digits, one shy of Lowry’s franchise-best mark, was snapped. … In Friday’s loss at Indiana, Lowry became the first Toronto player to have consecutive games in leading the team in points, rebounds and assists. … F C.J. Miles missed his second straight game to stay home for his daughter’s birth.Hawks: C Miles Plumlee, acquired in the offseason trade that shipped Dwight Howard to Charlotte, finally made his Atlanta debut late in the fourth and went scoreless with no rebounds in nine minutes. The Hawks would like to get something more from Plumlee, who’s in the second season of a four-year, $52 million contract, but has been sidelined recently with a strained quadriceps.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kyle Lowry had 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as the Raptors snapped a two-game skid. Seven players finished in double figures for the Raptors.Dennis Schroder scored 14 points and Taurean Prince and Marco Belinelli each had 10 for the Hawks. Atlanta was coming off Friday’s rally to beat New York, but it had nothing left after leading by one point late in the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneToronto scored 39 points in the second and faced no danger of another third-quarter meltdown that proved costly this week at New York and Indiana. The lead surged to 36 by the 9-minute mark of the third on Serge Ibaka’s short jumper, and the Raptors went up a game-high 45 in the fourth.Toronto’s bench outscored the Hawks’ reserves 43-14 by halftime as Powell, Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam each scored in double figures (Powell 13 and Siakam 13, Poeltl 12.) McCollum fuels Blazers rally past Wizards View comments Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) vie for the ball during the first half of a NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Norman Powell scored 17 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 16 and the Toronto Raptors blew out the Atlanta Hawks 112-78 on Saturday night.Toronto dominated the game so completely that it needed just 28 minutes from DeMar DeRozan, one of the NBA’s most prolific scorers. DeRozan handed out a game-high eight assists and finished with just two points on 1-for-5 shooting before sitting out the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ UP NEXTRaptors: Host Charlotte on Wednesday.Hawks: Host Cleveland on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

South Korea counting on red-hot Son Heung-min to shine on Asian Cup quest

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college New sanctions loom as WADA confirm Russia misses doping deadline MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Koreans, edged 2-1 by Australia after the 2015 final went to extra time, haven’t won the Asian Cup since 1960 — a puzzling record considering their 10 World Cup appearances, including the 2002 semi-finals.Arnold’s predicamentJapan are among their chief rivals in UAE, after they were the only Asian side to reach the World Cup knock-outs before narrowly going down to Belgium in the last 16.The Blue Samurai, winners of four of the last seven editions, will demand improvements on 2015, when as defending champions they slipped up with a penalties defeat to UAE in the last eight.Recent results have been encouraging, including a 4-3 win over Uruguay, and Hajime Moriyasu has picked on form after ditching World Cup stars Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki in favour of younger players.ADVERTISEMENT Australia, however, seem to have gone backwards since they lifted the trophy in Sydney in 2015, and it’s a tall order for new coach Graham Arnold who is plunged into the title defense just four games into the job.After record scorer Tim Cahill retired, Arnold’s predicament worsened last month when midfield lynchpin Aaron Mooy suffered a serious knee injury and was ruled out of tournament.Three-time winners Iran look much more settled, and after winning plaudits for their narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain and 1-1 draw with Portugal at the World Cup, Carlos Queiroz’s side have gone unbeaten in their six games since.With attacking talent including Rubin Kazan’s Sardar Azmoun, with 24 goals in 40 internationals, and Brighton winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Iran will expect to do better than 2015, when they were ousted in a combustible quarter-final against arch-rivals Iraq.Dark horses and VAR UAE received a body blow with the loss of playmaker Omar Abdulrahman to a knee injury, but they have plenty of firepower and are redoubtable on home ground, where they were runners-up as hosts in 1996.Meanwhile, rivals Qatar are desperate to make a statement before 2022, when they will be the first World Cup hosts in the modern era never to have qualified for the tournament by right.Success in UAE would be doubly satisfying for Qatar, which has been at the center of a diplomatic storm in the Gulf and under blockade from their neighbors since June 2017.On Saturday in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and Bahrain will open the biggest Asian Cup yet after it grew from 16 to 24 teams, paving the way for Kyrgyzstan, war-torn Yemen and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Philippines to make their debuts.Among many sub-plots, China’s stuttering attempts to become a football power will come under scrutiny, in what looks set to be Marcello Lippi’s last outing as coach, while India gets a rare chance to impress at the region’s top level. South Korea’s forward Heung Min Son celebrates after defeating Japan during the men’s football gold medal match at the 2018 Asian Games in Bogor on September 1, 2018. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)South Korea is hoping Son Heung-min’s dazzling pace and goals can help them end a 59-year wait to be crowned continental kings as the newly expanded Asian Cup starts at the weekend.Holders Australia, four-time winners Japan, Carlos Queiroz’s Iran and hosts the United Arab Emirates are all formidable opponents, but none will relish facing Paulo Bento’s Koreans.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Saudi Arabia, who won the last of their three Asian Cup titles in 1996, should factor in the closing stages, and Syria, Uzbekistan and North Korea lurk as dark horses.One wildcard looks set to be the introduction of video assistant referees (VAR) from the quarter-finals, which could raise the likelihood of penalties after playing a role in the record number given at last year’s World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES The 2015 runners-up have put their stamp on the international scene in recent times, stunning holders Germany at last year’s World Cup before winning the Asian Games football tournament in September.Son, 26, was at the heart of both successes and his delight was plain to see at the Asian Games in Indonesia, where victory earned the team an exemption from South Korea’s compulsory, 21-month military service.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Tottenham Hotspur forward, who has a deadly shot with either foot, has been in scorching form for his club, scoring seven goals in his last seven Premier League games. But he will sit out South Korea’s first two games next week under a deal with his club in return for his release for last year’s Asian Games.Son, the most prolific Asian in Premier League history, will hope South Korea get the job done against the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan before he jets in for their final Group C clash against China on January 16. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY

first_imgThe lotto numbers were 8,16,17,19 and the match 2 winner paddy crerand templedouglas. Next weeks jackpot is €3,540. Sellers this week are Ciaran Gallagher and Paul McCool.Circuits take place in the hall every Monday at 7pm for ladies and 8pm for men. All are welcome.The gym is ladies only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8pm. There is minor training in the hall on Friday night at 6pm sharp.There will be Zumba Dance classes in the hall every Thursday @ 8.15pm, all are welcome.All club equipment should be returned to the club for the annual audit. All key holders should register their keys with the secretary.  All team managers should check their team equipment and arrange for replacement jersies through the treasurer. Managers are reminded to submit their plan for 2012 to the February committee meeting. SCÓR 2012 is underway. Anybody who wishes to take part in Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Recitation, Nuachleas or the Quiz should contact Phelim or Sé this week. If anybody is interested in helping side stage for the upcoming events they will be more than welcome. Any members who would like a weekly e mail of the club notes please send their e-mail address to neilgerardgallagher@gmail.com.  GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: January 31st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Tax fillip for SA film

first_img16 August, 2004South Africa’s film industry has received a major fillip from the government, which is offering some $40-million in tax incentives to local and foreign film companies over the next three years.The incentives are intended to promote South Africa as a prime filming location and, according to Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa, “secure South Africa’s place as a major place of investment, like Spain, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and India.”The total value of the South African entertainment industry is about R7.7-billion, comprising film and television production, broadcast, cinema and interactive industries. Of this, the local production industry accounts for approximately R1.4- billion.Productions with budgets exceeding R25-million ($4-million) will qualify for tax rebates under the programme. Feature films, documentaries, television movies and drama series will be eligible for tax rebates – but reality series and, unsurprisingly, pornography will not.According to the department of trade and industry, production costs in South Africa are up to 40% lower than the United States and 20% lower than in Australia. But it says despite the country’s many competitive advantages, the film industry’s development has been stunted by South Africa’s apartheid legacy.Shooting in colour…Although the South African film industry has a long history, until 1994 it was largely inward-looking and culturally exclusive. The country’s first democratic elections meant a rejuvination of the political, economic and cultural landscape and new challenges and opportunities for the industry.An increasing number of feature films, television series, documentaries and commercials have been produced in South Africa since 1994, which has had a positive impact in the local industry. But the Department says there’s much room for improvement. Benefits of local production have been largely restricted to improving “certain technical skills only” and attracting only “some” investment into the sector.A critical driver to its growth has been the inclusion of culturally distinct content and the development of niche markets worldwide. In this way, a number of other countries such as India, the UK, Spain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have emerged as major movie producers.Consolidating…commodifying…The South African film industry has been characterised by increasing consolidation driven by the need to generate economies of scale. As a result, about 15 production companies produce over 90% of all feature films and television productions.The local film industry is clustered around two key locations – Cape Town and Johannesburg, and there are around 150 registered producers in the country.The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) was established in order to increase the local content quotas for television, which had a positive impact on the growth of the local industry. During 2003, 24 films were produced in South Africa. The NFVF invested in 16.However, the department says growth in the sector is dependent on “inward investment” as well as the development of local content as a tradable commodity – and it is in these areas that it hopes to make a contribution.Major films produced in South Africa include ‘The Gods Must be Crazy’, ‘Cry, the Beloved Country’, ‘The Piano Player’ and ‘Sarafina’. Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell are currently in the country filming ‘Ask the Dust’.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

SA rugby players big in England

first_img3 June 2005There are roughly two full teams’ worth of South African professional players plying their trade in England’s premier rugby union competition, including a host of former Springboks as well as a number of lesser known players – among them a scrumhalf from KwaZulu-Natal whose nickname is “Howzit”.South African rugby players are big, powerful men known in particular for their prowess in the tight phases of the game – a fact that English clubs seem to appreciate.If one takes a look at the South Africans playing for Zurich Premiership teams, prop is the position in which they are most sought after. Out of 33 South African players in the Premiership season just ended – won by the London Wasps – roughly a quarter were props.Propping up UK scrumsA number of those players have represented the Springboks: Newcastle’s Marius Hurter (13 caps), Gloucester’s Christo Bezuidenhout (four caps), Robbie Kempson of Northampton (37 caps) and Cobus Visagie of Saracens (29 caps).Then there is Matt Stevens, who played for the South African under-21 team behind Ryno Gerber. Stevens, from Kwazulu-Natal, has represented England at full international level.Gerber, at 24, was recognised as one of the top up-and-coming props in South Africa. The powerful front-ranker represented the Free State Cheetahs before moving to the Tykes Leeds for the 2004/2005 season.Playing ahead of Matt Stevens, Gerber was an important part of the South African under-21 team that won the World Championship in dramatic fashion in Johannesburg in 2002.Pierre Durant of London Irish is one of the lesser known South Africans. His clubmates call him “The Rock” because they’re fully aware of his abilities in the front row. He played for South African Universities and Eastern Province before making the move north in 2002, first to Saracens, then to London Irish.Heinrich Kok of Bath previously played for the Lions (SA provincial) and Cats (SA Super 12) sides, packing down on both sides of the scrum.‘The Exiles’The London Irish, known as “The Exiles” because they are home to so many players from abroad, have seven players with South African connections on their books – or eight, if you count their recent signing for 2006 of Bulls and former Springbok hooker Danie Coetzee.Ryan Strudwick, formerly of KwaZulu-Natal, has been club captain since 2002/2003. He has been named the club’s player of the season three times and has turned out for the side in more than 150 games.Like Strudwick, Geoff Appleford struggled to make his mark with the Sharks during a time that the Durban-based team dominated the game in South Africa. And like Strudwick, he excelled after making the move to London.A centre, Appleford has gone on to play for England once, but he has made a greater impact in Sevens, regularly turning out for his adopted country. Appleford recently signed a three-year contract that will see him moving to Northampton Saints.Former Free State fullback Michael Horak has also played one full international for England. He previously represented South Africa in rugby league!Flanker Roland Reid was born in Middelburg and played for South African Schools and the SA under-19s. However, he has also played for Scotland in two tests.Also up front is the aforementioned Pierre Durant and hooker James van der Walt, formerly of the Lions, and a man who represented South Africa at schools, under-19 and under-21 level.On the coaching front, Gary Gold, coach of the Villagers’ second XV in Cape Town back in 1997, has enjoyed success with the London Irish. His class was recognised by Western Province director of coaching Nick Mallett: Gold recently signed to coach Western Province next season.Two former South African MBEsThe most decorated of the SA/former SA crowd at London Irish is Mike Catt, who was schooled at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth. As part of the England team that won the World Cup in 2003, he was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire). A vastly experienced player, Catt played 65 times for England at flyhalf and centre.He is not the only former South African to be awarded Royal honours as a result of the English World Cup triumph. London Wasps’ centre Stuart Abbott was also a member of the England squad, and he too picked up an MBE.Abbot is one of two SA-connected players with the current English club champions. The other is little known scrumhalf Harvey Biljon. He is from Kwazulu-Natal and previously played for the province’s under-21s. His origins are clear when one learns that his nickname is “Howzit”, which is a typical South African greeting.BathBath also has a sizeable South African contingent. Besides Matt Stevens and Heinrich Kok, the club is also home to former Springbok centre Robbie Fleck. Capped 31 times by the Boks, Fleck made the move to England after he was overlooked by coach Rudolf Straeuli for the 2003 World Cup.Frikkie Welsh is also in the Bath backline, playing either centre or wing. He joined from the Blue Bulls in August 2004 after excelling in the Currie Cup and for the Bulls in the Super 12. Although not a Springbok, he did represent SA at A level.Leeds TykesLeeds Tykes have four South Africans in their squad. Prop Ryno Gerber was mentioned earlier. Then there is flanker Pierre Uys, formerly of the Pumas, Western Province and the Stormers, and the winner of one Springbok cap.Behind them is centre Andre Snyman, who was for a long time a fixture in the South African national team’s midfield, turning out 36 times in tests. Flyhalf Gareth Wright, who played most of his representative rugby in South Africa for Border, is also in the Tykes squad.Worcester WarriorsWorcester’s ninth-place finish this past season was the best finishing position for a newly promoted team since Bristol achieved sixth place in 1999/2000. The Warriors did it with five players with South African connections in their line-up.Up front was former Lions’ hooker Andre van Niekerk, along with ex-Shark Brad McLeod-Henderson and Zimbabwean international Leon Greeff who, like McLeod-Henderson, also played for the Sharks.At the back, former Springbok Thinus Delport turned out at fullback, while the speedy Giscard Pieters did duty at centre and wing.Northampton SaintsThe Northampton Saints also had five South Africans on their books and, until he was given the boot, Alan Solomons as coach.Apart from Robbie Kempson, the Saints had hooker Johan van Wyk, lock Selborne Boome and former SA captain Corne Krige – playing his final season for the club. In the backline was Wylie Human, who will be returning to the Cats next season.London HarlequinsKrige is not the only former Springbok captain to have plied his trade in London. Andre Vos has been a fixture at London Harlequins for a number of seasons now; at the club’s recent annual awards ceremony, he was voted both supporters’ player of the season and players’ player of the season.Harlequins have just been relegated from the Premiership; they’ll be hoping to bounce back from that disappointment with the help of Vos, as well as another couple of former Boks: Dave van Hoesslin, who joined the club from the Sharks, and former Bulls lock Geo Cronje, who has hardly been in the mix since he joined because of an injured knee that required surgery.GloucesterApart from Christo Bezuidenhout, Gloucester has flank Jake Boer in their squad. He has been with the Cherry and Whites since 2000, and led Gloucester to victory in the Powergen Cup in 2003.Boer was named the Zurich Premiership Player of the Year the same year, and also picked up the overseas player of the year award. Gloucester love his industrious ways, and in May 2004 signed him to a new three-year contract. 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SA ‘making progress on poverty’

first_imgIncome inequality Development Indicators 2009, released last week by The Presidency’s policy coordination and advisory service unit, also found that more than 13-million South Africans now receive social grants, compared to 7.87-million in 2004/05. Economic growth, employment Despite recent protests by citizens over alleged lack of service delivery, the report found that the government continued to make big improvements, with the number of subsidised houses continuing to increase, along with access to water, sanitation and electricity. He noted that the distribution of social grants and the improvement of the labour market were not enough to dent income inequality, which the report says did not decrease even during the years of economic growth. Despite the reduction in poverty, the publication found that income inequality has remained the same or worsened in the country. However, despite the reduction in poverty levels, the rate of eliminating poverty in the country remains slow. 28 September 2009 The report, which provides information on the impact of government programmes, found that there was a significant decrease in the number of South Africans living in the lower categories of the Living Standards Measure (LSM -3), as well as an increase in the size of the middle bands (LSM 4-6).center_img Source: BuaNews “When the percentage of richest and poorest quintiles is compared, the deep structural nature of poverty in the country is clear,” Manuel said. “This structural nature of poverty has a racial underpinning.” The number of South Africans living in poverty declined between 1999 and 2007, positioning the country well to meet its target of halving poverty by 2014, while the incomes of the poorest have increased from R783 to R1 041 per month in recent years, a new report finds. “We are improving people’s quality of life, but inequality is worsening,” Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said in Cape Town last week, adding that the government would have to focus on intensifying its programmes to take the country onto a higher development trajectory. Service delivery “Although poverty has reduced over time … the rate of eliminating poverty is slow,” the report said, adding: “Over this period, there seems to have been significant shifts in the provincial distribution of poverty.” “The improvement in people’s lives should be attributed to economic growth and expanding employment, as well as the government’s poverty alleviation initiatives, social assistance and support for better housing,” the report says.last_img read more

South Africa to manufacture pneumonia vaccine

first_img5 November 2015An important pneumonia bacteria vaccine will be made in South Africa within the next five years, following a partnership between the global pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer; the local biotechnology organisation, Biovac Institute; and the Department of Science and Technology.The vaccine, Prevenar 13, has proven to be effective in preventing pneumococcal infection in children from six weeks to five years old and in adults of 50 years and older. It will be manufactured at Biovac’s new commercial-scale facility in Cape Town.This move fulfils several of the goals of the National Development Plan Vision 2030, including ensuring access to health care for all South Africans and enhancing South Africa’s competitiveness in the field of medicine and pharmaceutical manufacturing.Science Minister Naledi Pandor officially launched the public-private partnership on 3 November.#DSTVaccine announcement will c Pfizer transfer skills and equipment to Biovac. Th transfer will b phased ova 5 yrs. pic.twitter.com/OsIdygem5N— Taslima (@Dsttviljoen) November 3, 2015Pandor said the partnership demonstrated South Africa’s ability to do successful technology transfers in the bio-economy space. Local manufacturing is due to start in 2020.“This demonstration of successful technology transfer with Pfizer is one of the prerequisites for unlocking future technology transfers that will see Biovac becoming the major vaccine manufacturer in Africa.”She went on to explain that the strategy would alleviate South Africa’s continued dependence on imports and the consequent threat to security of supply of essential vaccines.#DSTVaccine Pfizer SA Country Manager Ms Power says they committed 2 improving SA Health. pic.twitter.com/HV6QJoBS0u— Taslima (@Dsttviljoen) November 3, 2015Prevenar 13 vaccinePrevenar 13 vaccine is used to prevent infection caused by pneumococcal bacteria. The vaccine contains 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria. It exposes the body to a small amount of the bacteria or a protein from the bacteria, helping to develop immunity to the disease.While the vaccine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body, it will prevent anyone vaccinated from being infected in the future. The vaccine can be used for children between six weeks and 5 years old, as well as adults 50 years and older.“Preventing pneumococcal disease is a priority for Pfizer in South Africa,” said Jennifer Power, the South African country manager for the pharmaceutical company. “We have already seen great results since vaccination was introduced and we are pleased to partner with Biovac, sharing best practices, knowledge and skills to continue to make a real difference for patients.”“We are confident that this partnership will help to ensure the sustainable supply of our pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for patients in South Africa,” Power added.Locally relevant vaccinesBiovac chief executive Dr Morena Makhoana said the company was committed to developing and establishing a strong and locally relevant vaccine capability, specifically vaccine process and product development in South Africa.“We believe that this partnership with Pfizer will strengthen our ability to deliver a potentially life-saving vaccine for South African children, as well as accelerate our technological knowledge in vaccine development,” Dr Makhoana said.#DSTVaccine Min Motsoaledi, says th partnership is significant in Africa where we r burdened by childhood pneumonia. pic.twitter.com/edUySfE7nE— Taslima (@Dsttviljoen) November 3, 2015Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi reiterated that the vaccine partnership should be celebrated as it would benefit not only South Africa but the whole Southern African region. “The launch of the local manufacture of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is a stepping stone to the ultimate dream of developing our own vaccines on the continent, for the continent.”The partnership facilitates technology transfer from Pfizer to Biovac in compliance with international Good Manufacturing Practice standards. Pfizer will also implement a skills transfer process. This will equip Biovac employees to continue manufacturing the vaccines after the transfer period.Biovac was established in 2003 as a public-private partnership with the aim of restructuring state vaccine assets to ensure domestic capacity in vaccine production, as well as a local skills base.The Department of Health introduced Prevenar 13 to South Africa in 2011. Results from a laboratory-based survey, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in November 2014, showed that the introduction of the vaccine in South Africa substantially reduced invasive pneumococcal infections in children – one of the top five killers of children under the age of five.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more