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Carmelo Anthony signs 1-year, $2.4 million deal with Rockets

first_imgMOST READ Houston general manager Daryl Morey announced the signing and the Rockets posted a picture on social media of Anthony signing his contract.The 34-year-old joins a team led by MVP James Harden and star point guard Chris Paul. The Rockets hope the addition of Anthony will help them contend for their first title since 1995. They lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Anthony will get a fresh start in Houston after spending last season with the Thunder, with whom he averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 games. The third overall pick in the 2003 draft has averaged 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 15-year career that also included stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks.The 6-foot-8 Anthony is a 10-time All-Star and has won three gold medals in the Olympics. He is USA Basketball’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. 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 FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony pauses during the team”s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)HOUSTON — Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets on Monday.Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last month before the Hawks released him.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Anthony has averaged more than 20 points every year of his career except last season and led the NBA in scoring in 2012-13, when he averaged 28.7 points a game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Murray loses in Cincinnati, clearing Federer’s path Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

DONEGAL TO ESCAPE WORST OF SNOW STORM AS FREEZING CONDITIONS SET FOR RETURN

first_imgYou could be seeing more of this on Sunday/MondayFORECASTERS are today warning of a 70% chance of snow in Donegal on Monday but the county will escape the worst of a snow storm which will hit the east and north of the country early next week.Peter O’Donnell of Irish Weather Online says the mild weather will end on Sunday with the return of a cold spell.The bitter cold will be accompanied by high winds. He says heavy snow could develop across the south bySunday  evening in near-blizzard conditions with NE winds increasing to 55-90 km/hr.Dublin and the east will be worst hit but Peter says: “It could spread throughout Ulster. There’s a 70% chance of snow for Donegal.”Here’s the rest of his forecast:SUNDAY NIGHT … Bitterly cold with strong northeast winds 50-90 km/hr and some higher gusts near Irish Sea, outbreaks of snow and blowing snow may develop in parts of east Ulster, Leinster and some flurries may reach further west into Connacht and east to central Munster. A blizzard-like snowstorm is possible across the south, merging by early morning with Leinster snow streamers. Snow also in parts of east Ulster. Amounts variable but potential for 10-20 cm. Temperatures falling to -1 C and wind chills -7 to -15 C. MONDAY … Windy and bitterly cold with further snow, becoming more dominated by streamers as the south coast snow may pull away to the east-southeast, but details may change closer to event … some of the streamers could become very heavy with local bursts of 5-10 cm snowfalls and isolated 15-30 cm falls with thunder-snow, also some hail showers embedded. Some wintry sunshine at times mainly in the west, but passing snow flurries even there. Highs about +1 C but feeling like -6 to -15 C in the strong winds. If snow accumulates, blowing and drifting will follow and could lead to some travel problems and even road closures.Chances of snow are about 80% for east Ulster and Leinster, 70% for south coast and Donegal, 50% for north Mayo, and 30% for midwest and Atlantic coasts. Most likely amounts peak at about 15-35 cm higher parts of Dublin and Wicklow, 5-15 cm Dublin-Meath and east Ulster as well as coastal Wicklow, and 3-7 cm further inland and inland south. Confidence on these amounts is moderate, there could be more, and there could be less. This appears to be a highly volatile situation with an unusually cold regime in the lower reaches of the atmosphere for any time of year, regardless of calendar date.Temperatures may fall as low as -2 C and recover only slightly during the day to about 1-3 C, despite any sun that manages to break through. The change will be abrupt and could lead to icy road conditions especially where snow falls.MONDAY NIGHT … Clearing and very cold, some remnant snow squalls or flurries dying out near east coast but developing in some parts of Connacht and north Ulster as winds back to N 30-50 km/hr. Some severe frosts likely with lows -7 to -4 C except a bit milder where winds blow in from the sea.TUESDAY … Sunny intervals south, partly to mostly cloudy north with isolated snow 2-4 cm, cold or very cold with highs 2-5 C. OUTLOOK … Mostly dry except for some heavy coastal wintry showers (hail/snow as well as graupel or rain by mid-week) and staying quite cold for the mid-week period, some flurries or mixed wintry showers inland also, as weak troughs move south, but inland they not expected to be too heavy except possible in north, lows in the range -6 to -3 C and highs 2-5 C. Towards the following weekend, a frontal system (that develops out of remnants of the east coast U.S. storm now in the western Atlantic) could bring a sleety mixed fall of rain and snow to the south and there’s even some chance of a snowfall in some higher areas. There is some chance of this storm being able to bring back milder weather but if not, any return to milder weather looks about two weeks distant at this point.DONEGAL TO ESCAPE WORST OF SNOW STORM AS FREEZING CONDITIONS SET FOR RETURN was last modified: March 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL TO ESCAPE WORST OF SNOW STORM AS FREEZING CONDITIONS SET FOR RETURNlast_img read more

HOW SINGER DANIEL MET NEIGHBOURS FROM DONEGAL DURING AUSSIE TOUR

first_imgCOUNTRY crooner Daniel O’Donnell must have felt he was back home when he played a concert Down Under at the weekend.For he was able to catche up with some neighbours (no pun intended) at a concert in the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, in Adelaide South Australia.Daniel was thrilled to see friends from back home in Donegal – and gave them the VIP treatment. Laura McCole, among them, commented on how great it was to catch up with Daniel and hear some news from home.Daniel told Gerard that he seen his mam out walking the other day and that when he gets home he will drop in for cup of tea with Mary DuffPictured left to right are Laura Gallagher McCole from Kincasslagh, James McCole from Annagry, Bec Claridge, from Adelaide and Gerard Flynn from Annagry.  HOW SINGER DANIEL MET NEIGHBOURS FROM DONEGAL DURING AUSSIE TOUR was last modified: March 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AdelaideAustraliadaniel o’donnellKINCASSLAGHlast_img read more

Katelyn’s impactful poster wins the 2018 Road Safety Art Competition

first_imgKatelyn Nic a tSeachlainn from Scoil an Choimín, Clochan has been announced as this year’s overall winner of the Finn Harps Primary School Road Safety Art competition. Katelyn’s artwork will now feature as an advertising hoarding promoting Road Safety in Finn Park for the 2018 season.Katelyn Nic a tSeachlainn from Scoil an Choimín, Clochan with her winning entry in the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition receiving her prize on Friday last at Finn Park. Also pictured is Donegal Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell and John Campbell, Finn Harps. Photo Clive WassonThe overall winning entry was unveiled at Finn Harps first home game of the new season against Shelbourne at Finn Park, Ballybofey on Friday night last (9th March). The game finished 1-1 and all the winners present had a great evening as guests of Finn Harps. All the 2018 Winners: Pictured receiving their prizes in the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition on Friday last at Finn Park are Katelyn Nic a tSeachlainn, Scoil an Choimín, Clochan (overall winner), Eadaoin Finnegan, Creevy NS, Ballyshannon, Aisling McFadden, Scoil Cholmcille NS, Murroe, Dunfanaghy, Rowan Zava Mason Buchanan, St. Joseph’s NS, Rathmullan, Tommy Friel, St. Naul’s NS, Keelogs, Inver and Shea O’Leary, St. Baithin’s NS, St. Johnston with Brian O’Donnell, Donegal Road Safety Officer, John Campbell, Mark Hannon and Peter Burke from Finn Harps.The category prizes in this Art Competition were awarded to: Eadaoin Finnegan, Creevy NS, Ballyshannon; Aisling McFadden, Scoil Cholmcille NS, Murroe, Dunfanaghy; Rowan Zava Mason Buchanan, St. Joseph’s NS, Rathmullan; Tommy Friel, St. Naul’s NS, Keelogs, Inver; Shea O’Leary, St. Baithin’s NS, St. Johnston.Eadaoin Finnegan, Creevy NS, Ballyshannon receiving category prize from Brian O’Donnell Road Safety Officer for her drawing in the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition on Friday last at Finn Park. Also pictured are John Campbell, Mark Hannon and Peter Burke from Finn Harps. Photo Clive WassonAisling McFadden, Scoil Cholmcille NS, Murroe, Dunfanaghy receiving category prize from Brian O’Donnell Road Safety Officer for her drawing in the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition on Friday last at Finn Park. Also pictured are John Campbell, Mark Hannon and Peter Burke from Finn Harps. Photo Clive WassonTommy Friel, St. Naul’s NS, Keelogs, Inver receiving category prize from Brian O’Donnell Road Safety Officer for his drawing in the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition on Friday last at Finn Park. Also pictured are John Campbell, Mark Hannon and Peter Burke from Finn Harps. Photo Clive WassonShea O’Leary, St. Baithin’s NS, St. Johnston receiving category prize from Brian O’Donnell Road Safety Officer for his drawing in the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition on Friday last at Finn Park. Also pictured are John Campbell, Mark Hannon and Peter Burke from Finn Harps. Photo Clive WassonRowan Zava Mason Buchanan, St. Joseph’s NS, Rathmullan receiving category prize from Brian O’Donnell Road Safety Officer for her drawing in the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition on Friday last at Finn Park. Also pictured are John Campbell, Mark Hannon and Peter Burke from Finn Harps. Photo Clive WassonWith over 1,000 entries to this year’s competition, Donegal Road Safety Officer, Brian O’Donnell, praised all the schools for their participation in this very important Road Safety initiative.He said, “I would like to thank all the schools for getting behind this exciting competition. This year again the standard was amazing across all ages and categories and I want to congratulate all the entrants for your excellent and imaginative drawings.“I wish to also congratulate all the winners and particularly at this time, urge all parents and guardians around the county to build on the work being done in our schools by demonstrating safe and responsible road use at all times.  We need to continue to promote road safety in Donegal and help us make the roads of Donegal a safer place for all road users.” Katelyn’s impactful poster wins the 2018 Road Safety Art Competition was last modified: March 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Finn Harps Primary School Road Safety Art competition.road safetylast_img read more

South African rugby in 2004

first_img10 January 2005South African rugby in 2003 and South African rugby in 2004 belonged not one year apart – there were light years between them. Thankfully for the game’s legions of fans, the shift in fortunes was in the right direction.The aftermath of the World Cup failure in 2003 and questions of racism in the sport led to a changing of the guard that runs the game, and a change of Springbok coach that most would surely agree has proved to be a great success.Brian van Rooyen took over from Rian Oberholzer as CEO of Sarfu. While his autocratic style and occasional about-faces on issues have not endeared him to all, it cannot be denied that the game is in a healthier state under Van Rooyen than it was before he took over at the top.The decision to appoint Jake White to coach the Springboks proved to be a masterstroke. From an atmosphere of distrust – an “us against them” laager mentality – and poor results on the field, the Boks have evolved into a united team that has produced the kind of results that the demanding South African rugby fan, justifiably or unjustifiably, demands.2004 brought with it South Africa’s second Tri-Nations title in the tightest-fought competition to date as each team won twice at home and lost twice away from home.The Springboks, though, came close away from home and, very encouragingly, found an attacking edge that saw them top the try-scoring charts and with that earn enough bonus points to sneak the win ahead of Australia, with New Zealand in third place.It was, indeed, a remarkable turnaround from the directionless, angry rugby of 2003.Let’s take a closer look at the stars of 2004.Player of the Year: Schalk BurgerThis choice is an easy one. It is hard to argue with the four major awards the all-action blond-haired flanker won. Burger was named South African Player of the Year, the International Rugby Players’ Association’s (IRPA) Player of the Year and the IRPA Best Newcomer, as well as – the cherry on the top – the IRB International Rugby Player of the Year.So, why did he win all those awards? Probably at the top of the list of reasons would be Burger’s performances in the Tri-Nations when, up against some of the finest loose forwards in the game, he dominated the competition with powerful, industrious and effective performances that many would have thought impossible for such a big man (1.93 metres tall and 106 kilograms).The man dubbed “the Incredible Schalk” added a new dimension to the play of loose-forwards just when it seemed the standard couldn’t really be improved on.After all, in the Tri-Nations alone, there were already recognised world-class players such as George Smith, Phil Waugh, Richie McCaw and Marty Holah. Yet Burger, at age 21, turned the Tri-Nations on its head.He also enjoyed a very good Super 12 competition, but his play suffered later in the year when the Springboks undertook yet another end-of-season tour – this time of the United Kingdom and Argentina – that drained the last bit of energy left in the tired bodies of players who had begun their competitive fixtures way back at the end of February.One must question, as has been done many times before, the wisdom of such tours.Special mention: Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield and Jake White got off to a shaky start – no doubt some of the problems were due to a contractual dispute the Blue Bulls’ lock had with SA Rugby – but White also believed Matfield was capable of better performances than he had delivered so far in his career.On that point it would appear that the Bok coach was right, because Matfield lifted his game to new heights in 2004.He is a remarkably gifted athlete for such a big man, and if there was one guarantee in the Springboks’ matches it was that Matfield would win his lineout ball, while giving the other teams fits when they had the put-in to the lineout. As the year wore on his command of the lineouts became more imperious.Where Matfield lifted his game considerably – and it helped that he was partnered by his very physical Blue Bulls teammate Bakkies Botha when playing for the Boks – was in the tight phases. In the past he had been accused of spending too much time away from the rucks and mauls, but in 2004, it seemed, Matfield found a good balance.He produced a very skilled game in all departments, all over the field, and his Tri-Nations winning try against Australia at the Absa Stadium in Durban provided possibly the biggest highlight of the year for South African fans.Most overlooked player: Ettienne BothaThe player who, in my book, deserves special mention wasn’t considered good enough to make the Springboks squad in either the Tri-Nations or the end-of-season tour.Blue Bulls’ centre Ettiene Botha set the domestic scene on fire with a string of electrifying performances that helped catapult the Pretoria-based team to a successful defence of their Currie Cup title.Give Springbok coach Jake White his due, he stuck by the players that served him well in the Tri-Nations when he selected the team to tour at the end of the year, but after Botha’s scintillating season, surely he could have won a place as one of the five centres in the team.The thing is, Botha’s sustained excellence was on display week after week against the very players that White selected ahead of him. It didn’t drop off when he was confronted by a “big gun”, and he regularly made game-changing breaks or scored game-changing tries.Botha’s 18 tries – one short of Carel du Plessis’ record of 19 – were something to behold, and it was somewhat disturbing that he wasn’t considered good enough to make the Springbok squad yet he was good enough to be named Currie Cup Player of the Year.There is something about that decision that doesn’t sit right. Either Botha didn’t deserve the award, or he deserved to be awarded his national colours; in my opinion, it’s clear he deserved the award. Enough said.Best Test performance: SA vs New Zealand (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)The Springboks’ best performance of the year came in front of the side’s talisman, Nelson Mandela, in front of a full house of expectant fans at Ellis Park. Their 40-26 victory over the All Blacks was their first over the Kiwis since 2000, and it also put the Boks in position to win the Tri-Nations title, which they went on to do with a good win over Australia in Durban the following week.It wasn’t just the fact that South Africa won that resonated with the fans, but the manner in which they achieved the victory. It is not every day that the All Blacks are beaten, and it is certainly a rare feat to score five tries against the New Zealand national team. Add to that the fact that Percy Montgomery had an off-day with the boot, and the Boks could have reached 50 points.Yet it wasn’t a runaway victory. Six minutes in, John Smit and co found themselves 10-nil behind after the visitors had scored a penalty and a brilliant try by Mil Muliaina, which Andrew Mehrtens converted.Marius Joubert, though, pulled the Springboks back into the contest with the first of his three tries, which equaled the record against the All Blacks, previously set by Ray Mordt back in 1981 in the infamous flour-bomb Test.South Africa managed to open up a six-point gap at 19-13 after further tries from Breyton Paulse and another from Joubert, but the Kiwis clawed their way back through a penalty by Andrew Mehrtens, who made it 19-16.Montgomery put South Africa 22-16 in front with a penalty, but the New Zealanders retook the lead when Joe Rokocoko sliced through SA’s defences for a try that Mehrtens goaled, to make it 23-22 New Zealand.Back came the Boks, with Montgomery nailing a penalty to give SA a 25-23 lead. Mehrtens made it a one-point game with another penalty that put the All Blacks 26-25 ahead, but then came a grandstand finish from South Africa.First, Joubert punched a huge hole in the Kiwi defences and then popped up a pass for Jean de Villiers to put South Africa back in front at 30-26. Importantly, it was the Springboks’ fourth try of the match, which secured for them a bonus point; at the conclusion of the competition it would be bonus points that secured the title for South Africa.Then Montgomery extended the South African lead to seven points with a long-range kick and then, with only four minutes left, Jacques Cronje, on as a substitute for Joe van Niekerk, set up Joubert for his third try, which he dotted down under the uprights.Montgomery’s conversion made it 40-26 to the Boks, and a whole nation once again believed that the Springboks could be world beaters.The victory over the All Blacks also meant South Africa became the first holders of the new Freedom Cup, which was introduced to celebrate 10 years of democracy in the rainbow nation.Worst Test performance: SA vs England (Twickenham)This was one of those games; it had barely started and one could see that England would win for the sixth successive time over South Africa.The Springboks could do little right, making rhythm-breaking error after error. And up front the big Bok pack was strangely incapable of dealing with the driving mauls of the English. Even in the tight phases, the Boks were on the back foot. Clearly, from the start of the game, this was a team that was out of sorts.England were without the commanding figure of Jonny Wilkinson at flyhalf, but his replacement, Charlie Hodgson, blossomed behind a dominant pack to contribute 27 points in a convincing 32-16 England victory.For the third match in succession on the end-of-season tour, South Africa looked tired but, worse than that, it appeared they had not yet adjusted to the conditions, and facing the world champions that sealed their fate.On a positive note, Bryan Habana came on late in the game and scored a try with his first touch of the ball. In the next game against Scotland, the flying newcomer would confirm his massive promise with a two-try effort.That ray of light at the end of the contest, though, couldn’t hide the fact that it was by far South Africa’s worst test performance of 2004.Newcomer of the year: Bryan HabanaBryan Habana began the season starring for the South African under-21 team at the World Cup. Although they were well beaten 49-27 by eventual winners New Zealand in pool play – the Kiwis would go on to crush Ireland 49-17 in the final – Habana showed his pace with a hat-trick of tries as NZ outscored SA seven tries to five.Habana didn’t play in the Super 12, but later in the season, when he cracked the nod for the Lions’ Currie Cup team, he excelled, crossing the tryline 10 times and showing a devastating burst of speed that left defenders floundering in his wake.The champions, the Blue Bulls, liked what they saw of him in the Currie Cup and moved to sign him for the 2005 season, where the potential of his pairing with Ettienne Botha is huge.Springbok coach Jake White recognised something special in Habana and pulled him into his Tri-Nations squad, where the versatile backline speedster had a chance to reap the benefits of the Springbok experience.He wasn’t a first choice option on the Boks’ end-of-season tour, but when he came on as a substitute against England he scored with his first touch of the ball. Against Scotland the following week he touched down twice.Not only that, Habana impressed with his very physical defence despite his being somewhat undersized by today’s standards of centres and wings.After a draining tour, far too late in an extended season in which many stalwarts struggled to find form, it was clear that the find of the tour was Bryan Habana. And when one considers that he started the season playing for SA under-21, and missed out on Super 12 action, it was definitely a case of a meteoric rise for him.Coach of the year: Jake WhiteHeyneke Meyer deserves mention for leading his Blue Bulls to a convincing defence of their Currie Cup title, but Jake White takes this honour because he brought back the world’s belief in Springbok rugby. It is hard to argue with his award as IRB International Coach of the Year. It was an one he richly deserved.The quick turnaround of people’s perception of the Boks – from the bad boys of world rugby to the exciting new talent – is down to White’s vision in identifying the right players, and his ability to communicate what he wants to those players. Some recent Springbok coaches failed miserably in that vital aspect of their job.By the end of the year, White had led the Springboks to nine wins and four defeats. The successes included victories over New Zealand for the first time since 2000, over Australia, Ireland (twice), the tough Pacific Islanders, Wales (twice), Argentina and Scotland.All the losses were away from home, to New Zealand by two points, to Australia by four points, to Ireland by five points, and in the sole really disappointing game of 2004, by 16 points to England.Obviously away form is something the Boks need to work at, but the signs are good that the team is moving in the right direction. Thanks, Jake.Provincial upset of the year: Griquas vs Sharks (Kimberley)Griquas are usually tough customers in Kimberley, but heading into their clash with the Sharks they had been thrashed 79-31 at home by Western Province and 63-6 by the same team in Cape Town. They had lost six of eight matches. The Sharks, meanwhile, had downed WP 29-18 in Durban.When the final whistle blew on the Griquas versus Sharks encounter, however, it was Griquas who came away with four points and a 33-24 win. And they were full value for their victory.Just how Griquas managed to pick themselves up and beat the most consistent team in the Currie Cup over the past decade is difficult to understand, but they clearly didn’t take a step back for the visitors.Both teams managed three tries apiece, but with the Griquas’ pack forcing the Sharks onto the back foot, the Natalians made plenty of errors for which they were made to pay by the accurate boot of Braam van Straaten.Even so, the home side’s win came after they fell 10-0 behind, which goes to show how much they eventually dominated the contest.Provincial game of the Year: Blue Bulls vs Western Province (Pretoria)The two teams met in the final round of the round robin competition in Pretoria and Western Province needed a positive result to clinch second spot on the log. It proved to be an epic encounter, with both teams scoring five tries in a 36-all draw as Province achieved their aim.Played in front of a packed stadium of 52 000, the match had it all, including Ettienne Botha scoring twice to show the Springbok selectors – to no avail – that he belonged in the green and gold.Early on the Blue Bulls led 14-0 thanks to those two Botha tries, but when Bulls’ hooker Danie Coetzee was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes the visitors made the champions pay in a big way.They ran in four tries while he was off, all just before half time, to take a good-looking 26-14 lead into the break. First it was Breyton Paulse going over, followed by De Wet Barry, Jean de Villiers, and Marius Joubert.The Bulls, however, who before the game had been accused of fielding a second-string line-up because they had rested some of their stars (they would qualify top of the table regardless of the outcome), had no plans to lie down and surrender.They came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, taking the fight to Western Province in the forwards. Pedrie Wannenberg and Warren Brosnihan pulled the Bulls back into the contest with tries for the Blue Bulls, and when Morne Steyn landed a penalty with four minutes left the scores were level at 29-all.Western Province, desperate for the points they needed for a home semi-final, hit back with a great try that was rounded off by De Villiers near the uprights. The successful conversion from Gaffie du Toit put WP 36-29 ahead, but the Blue Bulls were not done.They attacked mightily, forcing Province to concede penalty after penalty, which resulted in two yellow cards, for prop Pat Barnard and lock Johan van Zyl.The home team then made them pay, carrying the ball through 14 phases, prodding and prying left and right until Western Province finally ran out of defenders and Steyn flew over for the try. His conversion leveled the scores at 36-all and brought down the curtain on a great contest.Feel-good moment of the year: SA wins the Tri-NationsAfter the troubles of 2003 – Kamp Staaldraad and the World Cup wipeout – South Africa’s return to rugby respectability was confirmed when the Springboks clinched the Tri-Nations title in Durban in front of a deliriously happy crowd.I was lucky enough to be in the crowd that day. The energy of the expectations and hopes was electric, and when those dreams were realised with a 23-19 win over Australia the feel-good vibe that erupted was a joy to experience.The Tri-Nations title proved that the talent in South Africa that everyone knows exists can be moulded into a winning Springbok team, something that had become a little unclear in recent years.Optimism is now the key word for South African rugby fans as they cast their eyes to 2005.2004 Currie Cup Log 1. Blue Bulls 562. Western Province 463. Cheetahs 454. Lions 455. Sharks 336. Griquas 287. Pumas 238. Eagles 13 Currie Cup Top Scorers Willem de Waal (Cheetahs) 192Derick Hougaard (Blue Bulls) 188Braam van Straaten (Griquas) 143Nel Fourie (Lions) 138Conrad Barnard (Sharks) 137Gaffie du Toit (Western Province) 97 Currie Cup Top Try Scorers Ettienne Botha (Blue Bulls) 18Egon Seconds (Western Province) 13Giscard Pieters (Pumas) 12Bryan Habana (Lions) 10Breyton Paulse (Western Province) 10John Daniels (Lions) 9Frikkie Welsh (Blue Bulls) 9 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Strength in Numbers

first_imgYou need a score-keeping systemI learned essential lessons from my friends and peers in that group, lessons that have enabled me to stay in business far longer than my limited native talents would ever have gotten me. First and foremost, I learned how essential it is to have a score-keeping system in place in your business so you can quantify and track your performance with regard to as many of your business activities as possible.I also learned how critical it is to be able to share and compare your numbers with other business owners and managers who are dealing with the same challenges, so that you can not only learn what a minimally acceptable score is but also learn what a truly winning score can be.There were other owners who were able to pay themselves three or four times what I was able to in my first years of belonging to that group — and do it in the context of complete integrity and a high level of service to their clients. It was a revelation to me how short I had been selling myself, on any number of fronts. In the context of the group meeting, it was a quick, unforgettable lesson; left to my own devices, I don’t know how many years it would have taken me to learn. I’ve had three extended learning experiences in my career that have taught me the power of numbers. Thanks to my friends John Abrams of South Mountain Company and Jamie Wolf of Wolfworks, along with key support from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and the Yestermorrow Design Build School, I’m about to embark on a fourth such experience — one which promises to be the most exciting and powerful of all.My first experience with the power of numbers occurred over the course of twelve years between 1989 and 2001. I was a member of a peer review group of about a dozen remodeling contractors from across the United States, run by Business Networks. We’d get together every six months, taking turns being the host, and spend our time together comparing key numbers: profit & loss and balance sheet numbers; marketing numbers; client satisfaction scores; employee compensation packages; hours worked to earn our respective salaries; and so on.Every meeting had its eye-opening moments. More than once I’d stand up in front of the group and talk about a new great idea I was implementing, only to be stopped short by a question from another member who was looking at my numbers and seeing much worse results than what I had convinced myself I was achieving. One classic example was a time I was proudly explaining my innovative markup strategy, only to be interrupted and shown that, innovative or not, the strategy was yielding some of the worst gross margins in the group. A ‘triple bottom line’ analysis looks at people, planet, and profitsI have long dreamed of cultivating a network of practitioners who blend the best of my Business Networks experience with the best of the Passivhaus training and the NESEA community — who make a concerted effort to break down what I often see as a demising wall between those in the design and construction professions who are good craftspeople, and those who are good businesspeople.What I have in mind is a network of practitioners who meet periodically in small, high-trust groups to spend time not just sharing profit and loss statements and asking business management questions, but also sharing building performance data and asking building science questions; helping each other track the carbon impact of their operations as assiduously as they track their net profit; developing long-term plans for their businesses as well as for the buildings they work on; and supporting each other in creating businesses every bit as great as their buildings, and buildings every bit as great as their businesses.The outcome would be an ongoing “triple bottom line” analysis: people, planet, profits — with each getting equal emphasis.That’s where John Abrams of South Mountain Company, Jamie Wolf of Wolfworks, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and the Yestermorrow Design Build School come in. We’re working together to create just such a network. It’s called Building Energy Bottom Lines, and it just launched. Focus on people as well as the numbersNote there are two threads interwoven in all three of these learning experiences. One is numbers, of course, but the other is people — my peers, colleagues, collaborators, and even some ostensible competitors who have generously shared with me their numbers regarding a wide range of aspects of our common goal of getting good projects built.Fundamentally, it’s the people who have given the numbers their power and meaning — but without the numbers there would have been much less power and meaning to be had. I’ve needed both. NESEA members say, “Show us your utility bills”My third extended experience learning the strength of numbers has been my nearly thirty years as a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. NESEA practitioners are, on average, five to ten years ahead of the rest of the design and construction professions. A lot of that cutting-edge experience comes from having a good handle on the numbers.At NESEA workshops and conferences, we don’t let people make claims that their projects are “green” unless they can provide actual performance data that backs up those claims. I’ve been spoiled by that experience — I have a hard time sitting through presentations at some other conferences where speakers make claims that just can’t be true, but no one questions them because no one else in the audience really knows the numbers, either.But the most lasting lesson I’ve learned from my friends and colleagues in NESEA is that, powerful as numbers are, they can’t by themselves get stuff done. Donella Meadows recognized this in her famous essay, “Places to Intervene in a System,” where she includes “Numbers” as one of twelve key leverage points, but puts it at the bottom of the list, at #12 — the weakest leverage.Relatively weak leverage, yes — but the flip side is that knowing your numbers and learning to keep score is an easy and obvious entry point, a good place to start even if your goal is ultimately to change a very complex system like a building, or a business, or an entire industry.center_img The Passivhaus standard includes three pass-fail testsMy second experience learning the power of numbers occurred over the course of three intensive multi-day classes in 2008, when I took Katrin Klingenberg’s Passive House consultant’s training in Urbana, Illinois, with about two dozen other design and construction practitioners from across North America.In that training, it became clear to me that the most compelling aspect of the Passivhaus standard is the way in which it attempts to quantify what a quality building is. Passivhaus gives you three pass-fail tests: how much total energy does your building use; how much heating or cooling energy does it use; and how tight is the building. Pass all three tests, and you have a quality building.You can argue with the answers Passivhaus provides for these questions, and you probably should — we certainly did in that class, as countless others have argued with them since — but you can’t argue with their impact on our industry over the five or six years since that inaugural training class. Those three simple numbers have transformed the way many contractors and architects now think about quality buildings.I remember how concerned we were about reaching an airtightness level of 0.6 ach50. Within a few months, though, as the first of our classmates’ building were being designed, built, and tested, we were finding that it was becoming routine not just to meet that standard but also to beat it by a comfortable margin.Until we were told what a winning score was, we had no idea what sorts of performance numbers were possible. Identifying the critical numbersImagine getting together with twelve of your favorite contributors and commentators here at Green Building Advisor twice a year, in person, for a couple days of intensive conversation about not only the technical aspects of designing and building high-performance projects but also about responses to the challenges of making a living at it. That’s what we expect Bottom Lines experience to be like.If you think having a seat at that table would have any value to you at all, don’t hesitate to sign up for one of our workshops at BuildingEnergy 14.In the meantime, Martin Holladay has agreed to let me post a series of blogs over the course of the next few months that will discuss examples of critical numbers that I think we should be tracking in all aspects of our work. I hope to be able to provoke some discussions about those numbers — and I expect I’ll be getting plenty of material from conversations I’ll be having with other Building Energy Bottom Lines participants. Paul Eldrenkamp is founder and owner of Byggmeister, a Boston-area residential remodeling firm; a partner in the DEAP Energy Group, a consulting company that helps architects, builders, and homeowners make significant improvements in the performance levels of their new construction and retrofit projects; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.last_img read more

5 Examples of Apple’s ARKit Already Changing E-commerce

first_imgAR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging … Related Posts Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. With the release of iOS 11 this fall, Apple unleashed AR on anyone running an iPhone 6 and above. And e-commerce brands are racing to offer those iPhone owners new ways to interact, discover, and buy their products with AR technology. Here are five examples of how ARKit is already transforming the e-commerce retail experience.1. Furniture ShoppingWith concerns about fit, color, and more, furniture shopping is a perfect fit for AR. Ikea Place is one of the big name brands using Apple ARKit. Their app lets users virtually place IKEA products in their home, with buttons for saving an item or adding it to the shopping cart. In a stunning display of AR’s capabilities, the app automatically scales products to the room with 98 percent accuracy.AR apps that virtually measure objects or a room can further help shoppers make the right choice. Unbranded furniture dropping apps, like this one by developer Asher Vollmer, help users completely design and stage a room with multiple pieces of furniture.2. Delivery and Shipping LogisticsLarge retailers can use AR to transform how they organize their warehouse for optimized workflow. Shipping, packing, and restocking can become more accurate and efficient. Through arrows and information overlays, AR can help employees quickly identify which objects to ship according to delivery times instead of having to read tiny labels.On the delivery end, shippers can use AR instead of scanning devices, minimizing the need to click a button. They can quickly hold up an iPad to determine which box needs to be delivered from their truck, or use an iPad to navigate through an apartment building.3. Video Games and ToysWith AR, some retailers can forget shipping altogether. For example, video games can now be sold without a console, as demonstrated in this demo from Directive Game. Their “The Machines” game only requires a flat tabletop and an iPad running ARKit to play.Companies selling more traditional, physical games or toys can use AR to further entice customers. Imagine a virtual catalog that shows you building a LEGO set on your kitchen table, Barbie dolls interacting in your bedroom, or playing Minecraft in your kitchen sink. The possibilities are endless.4. ApparelClothing retailers were one of the first to jump on the AR bandwagon. Early adopter Uniqlo has used AR in their stores since 2012. Fitting room mirrors include a LCD screen so shoppers can quickly try out a top in different colors.E-commerce marketplace Redbubble sells custom print-on-demand products. Their AR app shows shoppers how the products will look in their homes. Instead of relying on the website’s product image gallery, shoppers can see how the colors of their new sham pillow match the rest of their furniture collection, or decide whether they like the way a t-shirt looks on them.5. Cosmetics and Beauty ProductsOne of the toughest things about buying cosmetics online is the discrepancy between how the product looks on the website with perfect lighting on a model and how it looks on your face in the real world. That’s why Modiface created a virtual AR makeup counter. Customers can experiment with different looks and products so they buy the right shade with confidence.ConclusionIf you work in e-commerce and you’re not already developing an ARKit app, you’re behind. ARKit gives you an unique opportunity to help consumers fall in love with your brand, and increase their confidence during the buying process. Michael Quoc is the founder & CEO of Dealspotr, an open shopping platform bringing together up-and-coming brands, influencers, and savvy shoppers around today’s best deals. He was previously the Director of Product Management for Yahoo’s media lab, spearheading the launch of several innovative live video and mobile social networking services. Michael has been awarded nine patents relating to mobile and social network applications and technology. Follow him on Twitter at @michaelquoc. Michael Quoccenter_img Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your…last_img read more

Jaguar launches XKR special edition in India

first_imgTata Motors-owned Jaguar said it has launched the XKR special edition luxury sedan in India, priced at Rs 1.27 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi).”New XKR special edition models are available to order now in both coupe and convertible form from July 2012… The special edition models introduce enhancements to the XK’s already luxurious hand-crafted cabin in addition to discreet exterior changes,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.The car is powered by a 5.0 litre direct-injection V8 petrol engine, it added.The company said the car is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers manual driver control via steering-wheel mounted paddles.In June, global sales of luxury brands from Jaguar Land Rover were at 28,215 units, up 39 per cent from the same month last year.While sales of luxury sedans of Jaguar brand decreased by 5 per cent last month at 3,829 units, Land Rover sales were up 49 per cent at 24,386 units. It may be noted here that Tata Motors-owned British luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR), which opened its 15th dealership and the first in Pune on Saturday in association with Ace Perkins, is planning to expand its dealership network from 15 to 20, targeting tier-II cities like Bangalore, Surat and Aurangabad.last_img read more

Man United hires former striker Solskjaer as interim manager

first_imgJeremy Lin’s big 4th quarter leads Hawks past Wizards, 118-110 FILE – In this Saturday, March 29, 2014 file photo, Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds fans after the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City at Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, England. Manchester United announced Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018, they have hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as its manager until the end of the season, bringing the Norwegian back to the club 20 seasons after he scored its winning goal in the Champions League final. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)Manchester United turned to a popular former player by hiring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager until the end of the season on Wednesday, 20 seasons after he scored the winning goal in the Champions League final.Nicknamed the “Baby-Faced Assassin” during his time as a United player from 1996-2007, Solskjaer was known for his lethal finishing and ability to conjure up late goals typically as a substitute — none bigger than that close-range winner three minutes into injury time against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou in 1999.ADVERTISEMENT The arrival of Solskjaer did not come as a surprise.Late Tuesday, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg appeared to confirm Solskjaer was moving to United by writing on Twitter it was a “great day for Norwegian football” and wishing him “good luck keeping control of the Red Devils.” It was later deleted.Minutes after Solberg’s tweet, a page was published on United’s official website containing a video of Solskjaer celebrating after scoring the winner in the 1999 Champions League final. Under that, a post read: “Solskjaer becomes our interim manager, 20 seasons after clinching the Treble with THAT goal at Camp Nou…” That page also was later deleted.The 45-year-old Solskjaer is a sentimental choice as an interim manager — United has said it will look to hire a permanent replacement for Mourinho at the end of the season — and one that should prove popular with fans who have grown weary of watching the team under the pragmatic Mourinho.Solskjaer likes to play an attacking brand of soccer modeled on the sides of Alex Ferguson, who was his manager at United in that trophy-laden decade when the Norwegian won six league titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League. He has said on a number of occasions that coaching United was his dream job.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Solskjaer is a gamble, however. His only previous experience of Premier League management was with Cardiff in the second half of the 2013-14 season, and he could not prevent the Welsh team from getting relegated. He was fired a few months later, ending his spell with a record of only five wins from 30 games.In a coincidence, Solskjaer’s first game in charge of United will be at Cardiff on Saturday.Solskjaer’s playing career ended in 2007 after he failed to recover from a serious knee injury. He scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United. He remained at the club in a coaching and ambassadorial role, and went on to become its reserve-team manager from 2008-10.He coached Molde — his former club — from 2011, winning back-to-back titles in his first two seasons and then the Norwegian Cup in his third. He returned there after his nine-month stint at Cardiff.“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles,” United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said. “His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back.“We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSolskjaer had been coaching Norwegian team Molde, who said it had agreed to “lend” him to United to “help to put Molde further on the football map.” He recently signed a three-year deal with the team.“In football, you never know what can happen,” Solskjaer said. “We get proof of (it) time after time. 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IndusInd Bank to support para athletes at Rio Games

first_imgMumbai, Apr 7 (PTI) IndusInd Bank today announced its support to the Indian para athletes, who qualify for this years Rio Paralympics, through its Para Champions Programme — IndusInd Umang — designed for differently-abled sportspersons. Fifteen emerging and elite para athletes have been selected to receive support under the programme in the first year with two among them — Amit Saroha and Devendra Jhajharia — having already qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this September, a media release said today. Para swimmer Suyash Jadhav, also among 15 athletes, has already breached the A qualification mark for the Paralympics this year. The programme is in association with GoSports Foundation, an independent, professionally-managed and donor-funded organisation focused on promoting sports in the country with an advisory board comprising sporting icons Abhinav Bindra, Rahul Dravid and Pullela Gopichand. “The programme seeks to impact the lives of the selected 15 athletes positively, and boost them to the next level in their sporting journeys,” the release said. This is the first time a cohesive and comprehensive programme and commitment have been put in place for para athletes by any corporate in the country, it added. PTI SSR KRK CM AH PTPlast_img read more