Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairperson of Ghana Rugby, has issued letters congratulating the re-elected Chairperson of World Rugby, Sir Bill Beaumont, as well as the African EXCO Members Mr Khaled Babbou (President of Rugby Africa) and Mr Mark Alexander (President of South African Rugby Union).World Rugby unexpectedly announced the result of the just-ended election of a new World Rugby Executive Committee.The new Executive Committee will comprise Sir Bill Beaumont (Chairman), Bernard Laporte (Vice-Chairman), Brett Gosper (Chief Executive), Angela Ruggiero (Independent), Lord Mervyn Davies (Independent); Mark Alexander (South African Rugby Union), Khaled Babbou (Rugby Africa), Bart Campbell (New Zealand Rugby), Gareth Davies (Welsh Rugby Union), John Jeffrey (Scottish Rugby), Bob Latham (USA Rugby) and Brett Robinson (Rugby Australia).In his message, Mensah stated that times have changed and greater equity was required for all. He noted the positivity of having President Khaled Babbou elected to the New Executive Committee (a first for Africa Rugby).“The President of Rugby Africa’s ascendence to the Executive Committee is an indication of changing times. The elections are often seen as simply a stay or changing of the guard and not a time to change,” Mensah said.But Mensah hoped that the gap between the haves and the have-nots would be tackled proactively. Rugby has major challenges to tackle and overcome and he expressed the hope and believe that the newly elected EXCO will indeed tackle and overcome all the challenges ahead to ensure the continued growth and well-being of Rugby, also in Africa.Mensah also extended his appreciation to Mr Agustín Picho who unsuccessfully contested for the top position in World Rugby and thanked him for his selfless service to Rugby as Vice-Chairperson over the past four years.Africa is well-represented on the new World Rugby Executive Committee with both Mr Mark Alexander (President: South African Rugby Union) and Mr Khaled Babbou (President: Rugby Africa) occupying a seat. All Members of the Executive Committee were ‘elected’ unopposed.Mensah congratulated both Babbou and Alexander with their positions on the World Rugby EXCO and expressed the hope that they will do all they can to improve the support to Africa from the world governing body.“We fully realise that the World Rugby EXCO is there to execute the will of the World Rugby Council for the greater good of rugby. The plight of developing rugby in the world, however, is huge and I believe that the position of a region such as Africa as one of the fastest-growing areas of the Game should be reviewed as a matter of urgency,” Mensah said.About Ghana RugbyGhana Rugby is the official full member of both World Rugby (2017) and Rugby Africa in Ghana-West Africa and is responsible for the management and development of the Game Rugby Union in the country. The Union is governed by a Constitution and administers five KPAs (Key Performance Areas) namely: (1) Youth Development & Growth through the World Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme, (2) Women in Ghana Rugby, (3) Training & Education, (4) Domestic Competitions and (5) International Performance. Tags: Ghana RugbyHerbert Mensah
Betting company Mybet.africa have launched a one-day promo dubbed “Double Win Promo” ahead of Ghana’s final Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifier against Kenya on Saturday, March 23 at the Accra Sports stadium.With the “Double Win Promo, ”fans who deposit 30 Ghana cedis and above on the day of the game would get 10 Ghana cedis bonus.You would also have to bet 30 Ghana cedis on both the Black Stars and the Black Meteor match on one bet slip to get 5 Ghana cedis refund on the slip whether win or loss.“Football fans would celebrate double victory and win double for themselves as both national teams are expected to win their respective game,” said an official of Mybet.africaThe Black Meteors will play the first game at 15:00 GMT before the Black Stars get into action at 18:00 GMT. The winner of the Ghana-Gabon second round tie after two legs books a ticket for the third and final stage of qualifying in June. There could be a big reward for playing at the U-23 Afcon as the top three teams at the November 8-22 championship in Egypt will represent Africa at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.The Black Stars’ game, on the other hand, is nothing but a dead rubber as both teams have already secured qualification for the Afcon scheduled for Egypt in June/July.—
10 September 2008The Gauteng government has entered a multi-million rand partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of Johannesburg to set up a think-tank to help the province achieve its vision of becoming a leading global city-region.To be established at a cost of R4-million, the Gauteng City-Region Observatory will be run by a research advisory committee consisting of representatives from the two universities, the Gauteng provincial government and local and metropolitan municipalities.“The idea of establishing an observatory is to ensure that leading universities play a full role in developing a prime city-region in the province,” said Professor Peter Alexander, a director at the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg.“The observatory will assist in developing a research-based approach to long-term strategic planning related to economic, social and other areas of development for the province.”Catalyst for cooperationIn keeping with similar successful knowledge-intensive observatory initiatives implemented globally, Gauteng’s observatory – to be based at Wits – is expected to become a catalyst for further co-operation between universities and the government in various fields of scientific endeavour.“The key objective of the observatory is to make use of the intellectual capacity of institutions of higher learning and research institutions towards the achievement of the global city-region objectives, including socio-economic development,” said Professor Rob Moore, deputy vice-chancellor for advancement and partnerships at Wits.Gauteng’s global city-region strategy, which features the province as a major metropolitan conurbation ranked in the world hierarchy of urban settlements, was influenced by the growing centrality of cities in modern economies like London, New York, Paris and Tokyo.It was also a response to development challenges affecting the province, the ongoing divide between the first and second economies and the high levels of poverty in the province.Prioritising resourcesMoore described the establishment of the observatory as “unprecedented” in the province. “The establishment of the city-region perspective will prove the province as an economic power that drives the economic and social development of not only the region but of the continent as well.”As part of its mandate, the observatory will collect data from Gauteng government departments to assess the progress made in implementing global initiatives to enhance socio-economic growth.This data will also enable the province to make intelligent decisions that help to balance investment in new initiatives against maintaining existing infrastructure.“In a resource-scarce context like Gauteng, the observatory will be key to helping the province prioritise in resource allocations,” he said.The observatory, expected to be fully up and running before June 2009, is further expected to help Gauteng lay a firm foundation for the province’s Vision 2014, which aims to halve unemployment and poverty by 2014, among other things.Source: City of Johannesburg
28 September 2012 Hilton Worldwide opened a regional office in Johannesburg last week as the hotel group moved to exploit growth opportunities and develop existing and potential properties across the African continent and the Indian Ocean islands. The office is expected to act as a springboard for Hilton to build on its Africa interests and spearhead activities in the region. “The newly opened office is a milestone in Hilton Worldwide’s 50-plus year history in Africa and a tangible symbol of the company’s future dedication and commitment to the region,” the company said in a statement. The South Africa office is headed by Hilton Worldwide’s vice president for Africa and Indian Ocean, Jan van der Putten. “Hilton Worldwide has 33 hotels across Africa and Indian Ocean and a further 19 in the property pipeline, placing us in a strong position for future regional growth,” said global president and chief executive officer of Hilton Worldwide, Chris Nassetta. The opening of the office follows the addition of the luxury Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa to the Conrad Hotels & Resorts of the Hilton chain in June this year, as well as the launch of a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Cape Town in September. The rebranding of Pezula is expected to be complete by November 2012, and the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel will be rebranded from the Upper Eastside Hotel and is expected to open by the end of this year. DoubleTree is Hilton Worldwide’s fifth property in South Africa and its second in Cape Town. “In 2012 Africa’s projected growth rate is 6%, which gives us confidence to invest even further,” said Hilton Worldwide’s area president for the Middle East & Africa, Rudi Jagersbacher. “Our long-term goal is to have a Hilton hotel in every key city across the continent, and as we watch Africa turn into a global market player, we want to be present alongside its successes,” Jagersbacher said. “The next few years promise to bring a wide range of opportunities, including the opening of hotels in new markets such as Sierra Leone, Chad and Uganda.” SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Curtis Young, CCA, Ohio State University ExtensionEmpty bin treatments for grain bins for storage of corn, popcorn and soybeansFirst, before using any product to treat grain bins, always read the most current label for the product to assure that the product is used correctly. This is for the protection of the grain to be stored in the bin as well as for the protection of the applicator of the product. Labels for products are subject to change from one year to the next, product registrations can be changed and/or canceled and rates may be changed. Errors made because of not reading the most current label could result in injury to the applicator or contamination of the grain with a non-labeled product making it unsalable. Bins with perforated aeration floors (a.k.a. “false floors”)If a bin has had a known insect problem in the recent past where a residual population of the insect(s) could be hidden under the perforated aeration floor, fumigation might be the only option to destroy these hidden insects. The most likely product to be used for this purpose is aluminum phosphide (phosphine gas) which is sold under a number of different trade names such as Phostoxin, Fumitoxin and Weevil-Cide. When determining the proper dosage for treating the empty bin, one has to remember that the dosage is based on the total volume of the area into which the fumigant is being released.There are several precautions to be addressed when using aluminum phosphide as a fumigant:The phosphine gas released by aluminum phosphide is only slightly heavier than air and will sink through a perforated aeration floor into the void below; however any air flow that is allowed to pass through the grain bin will easily carry off the phosphine gas from the intended target area. Thus, to accomplish a successful fumigation of the volume of the targeted area within the bin, the area must be completed sealed. If one is not willing to put forth the effort to properly seal the structure, don’t use this product!The entire empty bin does not need to be fumigated if the true target is below the perforated aeration floor. Plastic sheeting sealed around the walls can be used to restrict the gas below the floor.Phosphine gas is a highly toxic compound and must be handled with care following all safety requirements listed on the label and in the applicator’s manual. Phosphine gas is a colorless, odorless compound. For safety purposes, the manufacturer of aluminum phosphide includes an indicator compound to warm persons of the potential presence of phosphine gas. The indicator compound is described as smelling like garlic, fish or carbide. If a person smells this indicator compound, they should leave the area immediately. Unfortunately, a person’s sense of smell will become accustomed to the odor very quickly and be undetectable. Thus, absence of the odor does not mean safety.The aluminum phosphide label and applicator’s manual have gone through major revisions recently. Thus, one must read both very closely to use this product correctly. Interior bin surface treatmentsThere are very few products left registered for use around and on stored grains. Thus, the list is short. For corn and popcorn bins, products registered for interior surfaces of empty storage bins include:Tempo SC Ultra (a.i. is cyfluthrin) used as a liquid sprayCentynal (a.i. is deltamethrin) used as a liquid sprayPyronyl (a.i. is pyrethrin) used as a liquid sprayDiacon-D IGR (a.i. is s-methoprene) used as a dust applicationInsecto (a.i. is diatomaceous earth) used as a dust applicationFor soybean bins, products registered for interior surfaces of empty storage bins include:Tempo SC Ultra (a.i. is cyfluthrin) used as a liquid sprayDiacon-D IGR (a.i. is s-methoprene) used as a dust applicationInsecto (a.i. is diatomaceous earth) used as a dust applicationPrior to using any of these products, the first step to bin preparation for the upcoming storage is sanitation, sanitation, sanitation. Everything that comes into contact with the grain should be cleaned thoroughly to remove all old grains that could potentially be harboring insect infestations. These items include, but are not limited to: grain carts, wagons and trucks, combines, combine heads, augers, grain dumps and pits, grain legs, grain driers, and bins (inside and outside). Any spilled grain should be removed. Old seed and feed sacks should be disposed of. Any bin that is to be used for this upcoming harvest season should be empty. Never place new grain on top of old grain.
Everton boss Silva delighted with form of Yerry Minaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is delighted with the form of Yerry Mina.Silva feels the Colombia defender is now showing his quality.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I am really happy with him. It was a tough season, last season, for Yerry Mina. He changed, two seasons ago, from Brazil to Barcelona and the top, top, top level in the world. He didn’t play so much but around that club, around those players every single day you are improving, playing or not.“After that he joined us in the Premier League, as an expensive signing and all of the things around that. Unfortunately for us, he had a bad injury in that period and lost two or three months. He had short, good moments, but he had some very good moments last season. The competition was tough and if you look at our central defenders last season, all of them improved but I am really happy with Yerry.“He is taking his role in the team, he is performing well. Like always he has many, many things to improve but I am really happy with him and I will tell you why.“What I can see in Yerry – his English is improving and all of these things – is one player who comes to Finch Farm everyday to improve and with a big desire to win, every single day and not just on a matchday, but everyday. He wants to learn, he is always paying attention to the feedback the technical staff give him and always with a big desire to improve and win. It is something I really appreciate in a football player, when they come everyday with a big, big desire to improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
World 100 and 200 metres record holder Usain Bolt and American World 100 metres champion Carmelita Jeter produced dazzling performances at the JN Jamaica Invitational IAAF World Challenge meet inside the National Stadium last night.Competing before a capacity crowd at the country’s premier sports venue, both clocked world-leading times in the men’s and women’s 100 metres, respectively.Bolt had the crowd cheering wildly after he breezed to the line in 9.82 seconds, finishing ahead of Michael Frater (10.00) and Commonwealth and Pan Am Games champion Lerone Clarke (10.03). The race had earlier been held up by two false starts.Good start to seasonThe 2008 Olympic champion was elated with his display.“This is a good start for me as I was not able to compete last time and to come and give the crowd a nice treat … , I am happy. I am looking forward to the remainder of the season with great hope,” Bolt said.In the women’s event, Jeter showed supreme speed and confidence in crossing the line in 10.81 seconds, beating the 10.86 meet record she set last year.World Championships bronze medallist Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago was second in 10.86 seconds, as Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart finished strongly for third in 10.98 seconds.Olympic 400-metre hurdles champion Melaine Walker had a successful start to the season in her pet event, winning in 55.29 seconds.Walker took control of the race from very early and cruised home ahead of American Tiffany Williams (55.80) and fellow Jamaican Ristananna Tracy (56.62).Happy for victory“I am happy to come out and win tonight as it is always good to win at home. I am not too happy with the time, but the good thing is that I was able to finish the event injury-free,” a satisfied Walker said after her event.World leader in the men’s 400-metre hurdles, American Bershawn Jackson, competing for the first time locally as a senior, showed his class in the event by racing to an impressive 48.73 seconds, beating Trinidad and Tobago’s Jehue Gordon (48.98). Defending champion Justin Gaymon of the United States was third in 49.08.“The atmosphere in Jamaica is always great, and it reminded me of when I competed here at the World Junior Championships in 2002,” said Jackson.Read the rest of this story on the Jamaica Gleaner
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta capped off his impressive Cy Young case with the first no-hitter of his career late last month. Arrieta’s 2015 résumé lists a 1.99 ERA, 19 wins and the third-most wins above replacement (WAR) in the league.1Here, I’m using Baseball Prospectus’s version of pitcher WAR, which is based on its new pitching statistic Deserved Run Average. This incredible year builds on a 2014 season in which he was one of the top 10 pitchers in baseball. So it’s no surprise that this year, Arrieta has confirmed he’s an ace. But how he became one isn’t the usual story of a phenom flying through the minors and into hitters’ nightmares. Instead, it’s the story of a guy who kept changing the way he threw a baseball until everything started to click into place.Two years ago, Arrieta was a near-replacement-level player, worth a win or so as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and Cubs. His career to that point had been lackluster. As a fifth-round draft pick, Arrieta had already exceeded expectations merely by making it to the majors, but his performance there hadn’t been especially impressive: Arrieta recorded a grand total of 3.1 WAR in 78 games spread over four years, never putting up an ERA better than 4.66.While Arrieta’s surface stats were static and unimpressive, his mechanics were busy evolving. Where a pitcher releases the ball is one of his most important characteristics: High release points establish more downward plane on the ball, causing a pitch to sink as it enters the zone; release points far to the left or right create more horizontal motion through the zone.Most of the time, the horizontal and vertical coordinates of a pitcher’s release point are fairly constant, determined largely by mechanics learned long before he made the majors. In Arrieta’s case, however, his release point changed the more time he spent in the bigs. Every year, Arrieta’s release point increased in height and moved further toward the third-base side of the pitching rubber. The total change is extreme: Arrieta moved his release horizontally across the rubber by nearly a foot and upward by nearly six inches. Since Arrieta didn’t get any taller or wider during that time, the variation in his release point means that his pitching mechanics changed.2It’s popular to attribute the change to Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio, who has had success in developing other pitchers, but it appears as though Arrieta began his transformation long before getting to Chicago. Release points change arm angles, and those in turn affect platoon splits, or how well a pitcher does against batters of different handedness. Sideways arm angles — the product of low release points — establish more horizontal movement, which can befuddle same-handed batters. Typically, pitchers perform better against same-handed batters, and before the 2013 season, Arrieta was no exception. But as his release point drifted upward, Arrieta, who is a right-hander, began to show a reverse split: For the past three years, he’s been better at getting lefties out than righties.Beyond the modified platoon split, Arrieta’s new release seems to have allowed him to develop a consistency he didn’t have before. The standard deviation of Arrieta’s release is substantially narrower than average (meaning he was more consistent) in 2015 and 2014, after being wider than average in all his previous seasons. Release point consistency is correlated with walk rate, and along with Arrieta’s more steady release came a profound improvement in command, from 4.90 walks per nine in 2013 to 2.08 in 2015.Arrieta’s release point evolution is extremely rare. In a given year, most pitchers sustain a game-to-game standard deviation in release point of only a single inch. (Think about that! Hundreds of times, pitchers perform a motion as violent as hurling a 95-mph fastball with a consistency of plus or minus a single inch!) Even from year to year, so practiced are their mechanics that pitchers vary their release points by merely 1.8 inches on average.3For these calculations, I used Pitch Info’s corrected release point coordinates, which adjust for calibration errors between parks.Arrieta is a different story. His largest single-year change (from 2012 to 2013) ranks in the 90th percentile of all players’ single-year changes since 2009.4I got that stat after z-score normalizing the average horizontal and vertical coordinates for each pitcher, in each year since 2009. I limited my analysis to pitchers who threw more than 1,250 pitches per season, eliminating relievers and partial seasons. That was done to ensure that the other pitchers in the data set could be fairly compared with Arrieta. Arrieta’s ongoing trend toward a higher and farther-right release point is even more impressive over a longer time period. Over any two years between 2009 and 2015, Arrieta’s release point change is in the 95th percentile; over three, only 13 pitchers made larger changes to their release point. Over four years, only eight pitchers5Out of the 203 pitcher-spans that qualified. experienced as much release point movement as Arrieta did.Those eight pitchers are very different from Arrieta. Many are pitchers who have suffered extensive injuries since 2010, including Brandon McCarthy (missed 417 days), Clay Buchholz (306), J.A. Happ (235) and Tommy Hanson (238).6All data on days missed comes courtesy of Baseball Prospectus, in particular Corey Dawkins’s manually curated injury database. The only pitcher on the list who has missed fewer days since 2010 than Arrieta (161) is Cole Hamels (101), but Hamels was already an established frontline starter in 2010. His evolution since then has been more about coping with the normal effects of age, as opposed to growing into an ace, as Arrieta has.Perhaps the best parallel for Arrieta is Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada, who missed 222 days. Like Arrieta, Estrada seems to have embarked upon a program of steadily moving his release upward, becoming more of an over-the-top arm slot. But unlike Arrieta, Estrada — who is also a right-hander — has moved toward the center of the rubber and away from third base. Whether that choice is at all related to Estrada’s lack of success (his 3.31 ERA and 4.50 FIP in 2015 are uninspiring) is an interesting question. Maybe, like 2013 Arrieta, Estrada is only a few inches of release point away from becoming an ace.What makes Arrieta unique is not that he changed as much as he did — it’s that the changes were associated with such a drastic improvement. Most of the time, a release point transformation like Arrieta’s is the product of injury. But in Chicago, Arrieta didn’t just change; he adapted into one of the best pitchers in the league.
Ohio State redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been reinstated to the football program an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern Monday evening.OSU coach Urban Meyer also confirmed at a Monday press conference following practice that Sprinkle had been reinstated, but said he will still face additional steps before he plays for the Buckeyes.“He lost his scholarship for the summer, so he’s going to have to pay for his scholarship,” Meyer said. “He’s going to be suspended for the first game. He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field.”Sprinkle was part of the morning session of the opening day of fall camp Monday.Sprinkle was arrested following an early morning fight outside a Lorain, Ohio bar July 5, and was originally charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine before pleading no contest to a reduced failure to comply charge July 31.According to the court reports, Sprinkle received a 30-day suspended sentence in addition to a $500 fine and two years of probation. The felony charge for possession of cocaine was dropped.Meyer confirmed that Sprinkle’s reinstatement stemmed from the drug charges being dropped, in addition to his negative test for cocaine. Meyer said if anything had shown up on the drug test, Sprinkle would not have been part of the team going forward.The Elyria High School graduate has never appeared in a game for the Buckeyes after enrolling early and redshirting in 2013.OSU is scheduled to begin the 2014 season against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Aug. 30. Kickoff is set for noon.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists his team’s stuttering start to the season won’t stop him from overhauling their style of play.The Gunners have lost their first two games of the season to Manchester City and Chelsea, and the former Paris Saint-Germain manager has come under heavy criticism for changing the club’s style of play.Where Wenger demanded Arsenal played an all-out attacking system that often left them vulnerable at the back, Emery favours a high-tempo pressing game.The Spanish boss also prefers his goalkeeper and defenders to start moves with passing from the back, even when under pressure from opponents.This has led to Arsenal putting themselves in difficult positions at times, but Emery is adamant the issues are just teething problems that will soon resolve themselves.“In our process, we are going 38 matches against all the teams — whether you are playing againstManchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham on Saturday,” he said, as quoted by France24.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“There are three points on this game. It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically.”“After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.”West Ham’s visit gives Jack Wilshere a chance to prove Emery was wrong to let him leave.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” Emery said.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future.“On Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also. I think there is a good reception for him here.