Southampton may have to start their Premier League campaign without Ronald Koeman, but James Ward-Prowse is confident the manager’s absence would not derail them at Newcastle. “We knew we had to perform well and the job was half done,” Ward-Prowse said. “But we were very professional and managed the game well and, obviously, the early goal helped us settle into the game. It’s just a case of doing things the right way for Sunday.” It certainly looks a tough start to an important Premier League season for Ward-Prowse. The 20-year-old has already made 74 top-flight appearances, but has yet to establish himself as a regular starter. That task will be even harder in what Ward-Prowse believes is a better squad than last term, although he is confident of progressing and earning a maiden senior international call-up. “I want to start every game I can,” he said. “I’ve had a few years of starting games and not starting games so I want to nail down a permanent place in the team. “Obviously international-wise, I want to be heading for the full England squad. So hopefully if I keep performing well for the club, then hopefully the first team with England will come calling.” On the eve of the second leg the former Dutch defender ruptured his Achilles, meaning he took to his place on the bench with crutches and his foot in a protective boot. Koeman told Press Association Sport after the match he was seeing a specialist in his homeland on Friday morning and admitted he was unsure whether that could sideline him for Sunday’s season opener. Missing the trip to St James’ Park would certainly be a blow for Saints, but midfielder Ward-Prowse is confident they have the wherewithal to manage such a scenario. “He joined in training as he does and it was a freak thing where he stepped back and it went,” he said. “These things happen, it’s just one of those things. “I am not sure yet (about Sunday) – he hasn’t really said yet. “(It would not impact us) at all. You can see he focus of the lads. I think some teams it may affect, but we were solid and focused on the job in hand.” Ward-Prowse believes this weekend’s clash with Newcastle will prove “very difficult” as Steve McClaren’s arrival will have “rejuvenated” them. However, Southampton will arrive in the north east bubbling with confidence after securing a 5-0 aggregate win from what had looked to be a tricky clash against Vitesse. The Europa League has proved costly to English clubs over the years, but returning home sweating on the manager’s fitness is not a scenario anyone could have foreseen. Saints secured progress to the play-offs with a 2-0 win at Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday evening, giving Koeman something to smile about at the end of a painful return to the club with whom he began his managerial career. Press Association
By Eleanor O’Sullivan“When Billy and I look out, we can see deer,’’ said Leslie Hintelmann, gesturing toward the wooded preserve in the backyard of her Bluffton, S.C. home. Her husband, William Hintelmann III, known to just about everybody as “Billy,’’ added that “One of the reasons we bought here is because of the preserve and the privacy it gives us.’’But the Hintelmanns, who moved to Bluffton from Monmouth County in 2012, won’t be seeing any one-horse sleighs dashing through the snow this winter.The Hintelmanns are among nearly 200 transplants from Monmouth County who live in Sun City, a 55 yrs. and older retirement development in Bluffton that is about 20 miles west of Hilton Head Island and 20 miles north of Savannah. It is about 790 miles from Red Bank.Many of these retirees moved to escape high property taxes and icy winters, but sadly left behind the place they happily called home for most of their lives, and beloved children and grandchildren.With their families back in New Jersey or elsewhere, what do these transplants do for the big three family-centric holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s?“This year, we’re staying put,’’ said Mrs. Hintelmann, who hails from Fair Haven and is a Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School graduate. She happily recalls growing up in the lovely coastal area and her nursing career. Her husband, who resided in Little Silver, retired from William Hintelmann Firms on Ridge Road in Rumson, a short walk from Hintelmann’s Corner, named after his large and prominent Rumson family.They did spend Thanksgiving with one of her sons in Neptune, but spent Christmas in South Carolina. On New Year’s Eve, the Hintelmanns took a boat ride to watch fireworks on the Savannah River.For Roger and Louise Merritt, who moved to Sun City from a home on Scenic Drive in Atlantic Highlands eight years ago, the holidays require careful planning.“The family is scattered all over the country: Chicago, New Jersey and Florida; so celebrating the holidays may not happen exactly on the holiday. We met up with my wife’s youngest son and his family in Lido Beach (Fla.) last week. My daughter and her family are in New Jersey but we don’t go there in the wintertime; we ran away from New Jersey because the winters were just too much,’’ said Merritt, who retired from Merck & Co., Linden.“But every once in a while, I think, “Gee wouldn’t it be nice to be inside and look out the window watching the snow coming down. It was a pretty sight,’’ Merritt said.When the Merritts moved from Atlantic Highlands to South Carolina, he traded what he called “a very lovely, unique town’’ for a place of golf courses, year’ round warm weather and nearly 300 nearby restaurants. So, for the 2014 holidays, Merritt and his wife relaxed at home in summer attire.With 14,000 residents living on 5,000 acres, Sun City is the largest retiree development in what is known as the Lowcountry of South Carolina. It’s located in coastal Beaufort County, a historic area that played an important part in the Civil War, and today is a tourist destination with ocean beaches, rivers, restaurants and shopping, not unlike the Two River area.Sue and Sylvia Marguccio celebrate together in Sun City.–Eleanor O’SullivanSylvia Marguccio, who has lived in a veritable map of Monmouth County – including Brielle, Navesink and Rumson – moved to Sun City 11 years ago with her husband, Robert Marguccio, Rutgers University Class of 1956 and its director of alumni relations for some years. They were drawn for the weather and the golf. Now a widow, she lives with her daughter, Sue Marguccio, a para-legal who moved from Red Bank.“I spent Thanksgiving with a cousin in Florida, and my son from Rumson came down here for Christmas,’’ Mrs. Marguccio said.A first cousin of Jack Anderson, of Jack’s Music, Red Bank, Mrs. Marguccio has an extended family of in-laws from Piscataway, now living in Beaufort, whom she also visits during the holidays. Prominent in her home is a quilt that Mrs. Marguccio made with stitching saying, “Over the river and through the wood,’’ from Lydia Maria Child’s 19th century Thanksgiving poem.“Every time I look at that quote I think of driving over the Oceanic Bridge from Rumson to Locust,’’ Mrs. Marguccio said.In the future, Mrs. Hintelmann said, she and her husband will make the northern-bound trip at Christmas to visit children in New Jersey – the pull of hometowns and family still strong.Transplant Sherry Conohan, a Hilton Head Island resident who moved in 2011 to South Carolina from Monmouth Beach, celebrated the holidays with family who live in the South.“I went to James Island in Charleston to spend the holidays with my stepson, Randy Houser, who grew up in Middletown, and his family – his wife, Jean, her mother, Alice Allmaras, and my grandson, Bill Houser, who lives in North Charleston, and his significant other, Rhiannon.’’Conohan is a veteran newspaper writer and editor who worked for the Daily and Sunday Register; the Asbury Park Press, the Atlanticville, The Hub and most recently, the Two River Times.On Christmas Eve, Conohan’s extended family attended the 5 o’clock Mass – known as the Children’s Mass – and had a light supper following. But on Christmas Day, it was presents opening and a big turkey dinner.Shopping excursions from James Island to downtown Charleston and trips to a nearby historic plantation were made during the week, and on New Year’s Eve, there was a quiet dinner.But on New Year’s Day, the family celebrated both the new year and a Southern tradition: They attended a big luncheon held at Houser’s James Island yacht club where the bill of fare included hoppin john’s (a locally grown bean), hominy grits and collard greens.“The New Year’s day menu has its roots in what Southerners were forced to eat after the Civil War, when all that could be grown on the devastated land were beans, corn and greens. Tubsful of bloody Mary’s are also served,’’ Conohan said with a laugh. Eleanor O’Sullivan is a freelance writer who moved from Locust to Sun City in 2011. She was movie critic and a feature writer for the Asbury Park Press for 30 years and continues to write for New Jersey publications. 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The Kootenay Thunder received a taste of the sport of soccer in the fast lane during the Seattle Field-turf Showcase Tournament this past weekend in the Emerald City.The squad, consisting of 14-16 year-old players from throughout the Kootenays, played in the tournament’s strongest division and finished with a 0-3-1 record.Despite the result the Thunder were not overly matched by any of the teams, that included playing against two state champions.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the Kootenay Thunder with with Team of the Week honours.The contingent includes, Andrea Stinson, Brittany Wheeler, Taylor Stewart, Paige Mansveld, Ameeta Bhabra, Brenna McKay, Kathryn Heagendorm, Tasha Hewat, Elise Hewat, Morag Patterson and JallaDerochie. Front, Erica Augsten, Jessica Britton, Taylor McKinnon, Danika Bartlett and Samantha Einarson. Missing coaches Dave Spendlove and Iain Harvey.
Before the first extrasolar planets were discovered, astronomers had high confidence that other solar systems would resemble ours. We have rocky planets close to the sun, and gas giants farther out. Planetary scientists were pretty sure the pattern would hold up around other stars. Now that we have hundreds of examples to compare, the reality has been far different from expectations. The number of surprises in real exoplanet systems underscores the potential flaws in building models based on a sample size of one. In Caltech’s latest Engineering and Science magazine,1 John Johnson was interviewed about the state of extrasolar planet hunting. Johnson has been involved with leading planet-hunting pioneers. A recurring theme in the interview is the surprise that planetary systems were found to be radically different from predictions.What are some of the current big questions that you guys are trying to tackle?We’re interested in how the solar system formed. We’re interested in our immediate environment and describing its origins. And beyond that, we’re interested in general in how planetary systems formed. There are some very specific questions that arise at every turn. There are so many surprises in this field—almost nothing is turning out as we expected. There are Jupiter-mass planets in three-day orbits. There are planets with masses that are between those of the terrestrial planets in our solar system and the gas giants in the outer part of our solar system. There are Jupiter-mass planets with hugely inflated radii—at densities far lower than what we thought were possible for a gas-giant planet. There are giant planets with gigantic solid cores that defy models of planet formation, which say there shouldn’t be enough solids available in a protoplanetary disk to form a planet that dense. There are planets with tilted orbits. There are planets that orbit the poles of their stars, in so-called circumpolar orbits. There are planets that orbit retrograde—that is, they orbit in the opposite direction of their star’s rotation. There are systems of planets that are in configurations that are hard to describe given our understanding of planet formation. For instance, some planets are much too close to one another.But a lot of those surprises have to do with the fact that we have only one example of a planetary system—our solar system—to base everything on, right?What’s interesting is that we’ve found very little that resembles our example.Johnson went on to say that the leading theory of planetary migration to explain how the so-called hot Jupiters get so close to their star has “gone into the dustbin” now that so many inclined and retrograde examples have been found. “We’re scrambling to find a new way of describing how these gas giants can move in that also causes their orbits to be tilted,” he added. Although Johnson reaffirmed the old Laplace nebular hypothesis with a “2.0” upgrade, the number of “wacky” things his team has discovered belies any attestation of confidence. “We’re going out into the solar neighborhood, where there are things that we thought were just familiar, things that we thought we understood,” he said. “But just the wackiest stuff comes up—and it’s sure keeping me busy.” He compared it to going on safari and discovering a blue lion. “That might be the level of wackiness I would attach to it.”1. Marcus Y. Woo, “Discovering New Worlds,” Engineering & Science, Volume LXXIII, Number 3, 2010, pp. 18-23.He didn’t really find a blue lion. He found a natural lion, but the funny glasses he was wearing made it look blue. Johnson went on to describe how Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time had made a profound influence on him. He also affirmed at the end that he thought humans would figure out that their place in the universe is insignificant, following the theme of the positivists and Carl Sagan: “We are coming out of the darkness from a couple hundred years ago and we’re rubbing our eyes today, realizing that we are on a really small planet around a really average star in an unspectacular part of the galaxy, and we’re learning our place in this whole universe,” he said. “Once we find more planets like our own, it’ll further define our place and give us a better universal context for what it means to be human.” This kind of bluffing means Johnson has been a good apprentice. His mentor Hawking was similarly prone to wild speculation without evidence, pontificating as he did in his book about how close humans were to finding a “theory of everything” when in fact he could point to little more hard evidence than mathematical speculations whirring about in his nimble imagination. If anyone in economics or sportscasting had this bad a track record of predictions, though, they would be out of a job. Cosmology is one of the many evolutionary sciences where you can brag about how wrong you have been, and people will still think you are wonderful because you are busy stamp collecting.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
5 July 2004Way back in January 1988, at the age of 16, Amanda Coetzer turned professional. Now, after 16 years on the pro tennis circuit, she has called it quits, bringing the curtain down on a career as courageous as it was successful.In an age when tennis equipment technology made huge advances, helping the power games of the athletes of the “new generation”, Coetzer proved that guts, physical and mental commitment, and a marvelous scrambling, thinking game could overcome the cut-and-thrust of the modern tennis superstars.After all, Coetzer stands only 1.54 metres tall (five foot two inches) and weights about 54 kilograms. Compare that to players like Amelie Mauresmo (1.75m, 69kg) or Lindsay Davenport (1.89m, 79kg).These are just two of the players that Coetzer competed against, more than holding her own, rising as high as third in the world rankings in November 1997.An amazing journeyShe says it was an amazing journey, being able to play the sport she loves, travel the world, and meet so many wonderful people. Through those years, Coetzer built up a considerable following, and not only in South Africa.Who wouldn’t want to cheer her on – the little gladiator battling bigger warriors on the other side of the net?For Coetzer to succeed she needed tremendous heart, and that heart was always in evidence on the court, a quality that simply demanded that fans cheer for her.And let it be said, especially in an age where image is so important – why else is Anna Kournikova so well known? – that Coetzer is a very attractive athlete, even more so in person than on television.Former world number one Martina Hingis once admitted that she hated playing Coetzer more than any other player. “Just when you think you’ve hit a winner”, she said, “the ball comes back at you, again, and again, and again.”Coetzer acknowledges, and is grateful for, the part that fans played in making her choice of career a success. “No matter what I may do in the future, I know that tennis will always be a part of my life”, she reckons.Coetzer’s golden yearUndoubtedly the best year of Coetzer’s career was 1997, when she reached number three in the world, winning tournaments in Budapest and Luxembourg, reaching two Grand Slam semi-finals – the French Open and Australian Open – and beating the great Steffi Graf three times.Only five players ever managed to beat Graf three times in one year. Coetzer’s Australian Open victory over Graf brought the world number one’s 45-match winning streak to an end, and earned Coetzer the nickname that stuck, “The Little Assassin”.Coetzer was also responsible for Graf’s worst ever defeat, a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of the German in Berlin.The South African star rounded off her most memorable year by becoming the first player in Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) history to win three awards: Most Improved Player, the Diamond ACES award for interaction between players and fans, and (for the second time) the Karen Krantzcke Award for Sportsmanship.Fine recordDuring her career, Coetzer landed nine WTA singles and nine doubles titles. Her last title came in Acupulco, Mexico in 2003, when she won the Mexican Open for the second time.She contested 56 Grand Slam events, and represented South Africa at three consecutive Olympic Games and in numerous Fed Cup ties.Coetzer still sees herself being involved in tennis in future. And her retirement certainly does not mean the end of her Learn Tennis, Love Tennis Foundation – she says the Foundation will remain one of her priorities.Her personal assistant, Bruce Davidson, says her new schedule will include some relaxation time, then it will be about getting down to studying. Coetzer left school in standard eight to take up her tennis career, after which she completed her matric by correspondence. Now she wants to study further.RomanceThere is also something else that is sure to keep Coetzer occupied: romance. She has been linked with Hollywood film producer Arnon Milchan, whose production list includes movies such as “LA Confidential”, “Pretty Woman”, “Fight Club”, “JFK”, “Free Willy” and “Natural Born Killers”.Imagine that … after picking up more than R35-million in prize money during her career – not to mention her personal endorsements – Coetzer is in love with a man whose personal worth dwarfs her own considerable fortune!Milchan is considerably older than Coetzer at 59 years of age, but who knows how love works. All that South African tennis fans know is love for the feisty player from the small Free State town of Hoopstad. She certainly made her mark on the world tennis circuit, and gave her country a player and a role model to be proud of. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
29 August 2012Promoting South Africa as a financial centre and investment “gateway” for the continent is imperative if the country is to benefit fully from the growing global investor interest in Africa, according to the National Treasury and the country’s banks.This was one of the things that emerged from Monday’s meeting in Pretoria between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the chairpersons and CEOs of the major banks.In a statement issued after the meeting, the Treasury said “the substantial global increase in interest in Africa was noted, as well as the fact that South Africa was well placed to benefit from this.“If South Africa is to benefit fully from this interest in sub-Saharan Africa, government and the private sector must work together closely.”The meeting noted that despite the ongoing European and global financial crisis, South Africa’s banks remained well-capitalized, liquid and solvent. Lending conditions had in fact improved, with credit extension beginning to rise, and the latest banking results pointing to a recovery in banks’ profitability.“In particular, the representatives of banks confirmed the build-up of corporate cash balances and noted that this was a global phenomenon, which was typical of global uncertainty and a lack of investor confidence.“This provided opportunities going forward to unlock money for investment in emerging economies.”The banks indicated their strong support for the government’s vision of growth that supported job creation and poverty reduction, and in particular for the state-led infrastructure drive announced by President Jacob Zuma in February.The banks “noted that they could play in key role in both the financing of the key infrastructure projects as well assist in providing the technical capacity to speed up the delivery of such infrastructure,” the Treasury said.“Constraints to a smoother working relationship between the financial sector and government were identified, and the meeting agreed that the Minister of Finance will coordinate attempts within government to remove these blockages.”The meeting also discussed the international regulatory requirements for banks.“Progress in meeting Basel 3 requirements was noted, and the announcement of measures to assist banks to meet the liquidity coverage ratio was welcomed.”The banks had also noted “the ongoing efforts of the National Treasury and the Financial Services Board to ensure South Africa’s compliance with the G20 requirements for clearing and reporting of derivative transactions”.SAinfo reporter
8 March 2016South Africa will be hosting a series of important international conferences this year, the first being the 21st International Aids Conference, taking place over five days starting on 18 July, International Nelson Mandela Day.Aids 2016, as the conference is known, is co-hosted with the International Aids Society (IAS), and will be held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban.“This is the second time that Durban will be hosting the International Aids Conference and marks a major milestone in the HIV response,” said Olive Shisana, the Aids 2016 local co-chair. “We want to create an enhanced conference experience for everyone involved.”Aids 2016 is convened by five permanent partners: IAS, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), International Council of Aids Service Organisations (Icaso) and UNAids in collaboration with international and South African scientific and civil society partners. It is expected to convene over 18 000 delegates from around the world, including up to 1 000 journalists.Watch Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa talk about the conference:“This conference will provide a platform for researchers from across the world to share the latest scientific advances in the field, to learn from one another’s expertise and to develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV,” the Cabinet said.Held under the theme Access Equity Rights Now, it will serve as a call to action to work together and reach people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services.The South Africa Cabinet said it would advance the country’s HIV and tuberculosis response, and leave an impact on one of the most important challenges in the world.Come see #SouthAfrican Judge, Justice Edwin Cameron speak about human rights & stigma at #AIDS2016 plenary session https://t.co/pKJp7LiKNc— AIDS 2016 (@AIDS_conference) March 7, 2016The country will also host the 17th Conference of Parties (CoP17) to CITES at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October and the 35th International Geological Congress from 27 August to 4 September.These conferences help to boost the country’s influence on global governance, as well as positively contribute to tourism and investment.SouthAfrica.info reporter
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