Bolt, Shelly sprint away with RJR awards … again: The Best!

first_imgKing and queen of the sprinting world and now, yet again, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have claimed the RJR Sports Foundation 2015 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year crowns after last night’s coronation as Jamaican sporting royalty. Like he was last year, shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year award. Sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams capped a terrific year with the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, after her personal best 12.57 brought her the gold in Beijing last summer. Exceptional seasons The lack of surprise around what was Bolt’s sixth and Fraser-Pryce’s third Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles speaks volumes to the exceptional seasons that both sprinters enjoyed, considering the highly successful year that their peers also registered. They are used to topping medal podiums, and the pair again shared the spotlight at the glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus – as they did in 2012 and 2013. Bolt helped himself to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in Beijing, while Fraser-Pryce followed up her World Championships gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m with the Diamond League 100m title. This win by Bolt means that a track and field athlete has won the National Sportsman of the Year title for 13 of the last 15 years, with cricketer Chris Gayle in 2010 and last year’s winner Nicholas Walters (boxer), being the exceptions. His other wins came in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The athletics dominance is even more pronounced on the female side, with only three non-track and field athletes winning the National Sportswoman of the Year award in its 54-year history. Fraser-Pryce also won this award in 2012 and 2013. The MVP Track Club star, who has won two Olympic and seven World Championships gold medals over a decorated career, was also presented with the Sagicor Icon Award. Novlene Williams-Mills, whose determined anchor leg lifted Jamaica to a gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m relay and who also successfully fought breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more

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Arteta favourite to become Arsenal manager

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Arteta, who has been working as assistant coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, has no management experience.Gazidis, who has said he is not scared of making a bold appointment, wants the new boss to keep playing progressive football, to embody the values of the club and to be keen on developing young players.Arsenal want to take their time and are planning on making an appointment before the World Cup starts in a month.Gazidis is working his way through a preferred list of candidates with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.Other names being considered include Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri.It is understood the new manager will be able to bring in his own backroom staff.Also leaving with Wenger are coaches Boro Primorac, Neil Banfield, Gerry Peyton and Tony Colbert, and physio Colin Lewin.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta was assessed in the City dressing room after being left with a cut to the head, the Guardian reportedLONDON, United Kingdom, May 15 – Mikel Arteta is now the favourite to become the next Arsenal manager, Sky Sports News understands.Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants Arsene Wenger’s successor to fulfil a head coach role to fit into the club’s new management structure.last_img read more

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Mandela Bay Stadium ‘already a hit’

first_img30 September 2009 Built slap-bang in the middle of Port Elizabeth’s inner city, and with its white sail-like roof cladding, the 46 500-seater Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium makes for a very impressive sight – but there’s more to its design than aesthetics. The city is renowned for the friendly nature of the locals – but also for its constant high winds, an element which, for a stadium about to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, doesn’t make for the best football conditions. “The stadium is compact in nature – the wind, which is all too common in this city, will hit the roof and be deflected off, ensuring that fans and players have the best possible experience in the stadium,” explains 2010 World Cup host city coordinator Errol Heynes. When South Africa’s first built-from-scratch World Cup stadium opened in June 2009 after just 26 months of construction, the weather was not optimal, but inside the stadium it was an oasis of calm. It is the first time that Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay has had a facility capable of hosting major events, and football and rugby matches already played in the stadium have attracted near-capacity crowds. “The stadium is already hugely popular – the people of Port Elizabeth are huge sports fans,” says Heyns, adding: “Last Saturday alone we hosted three rugby matches here. The stadium precinct “All that remains to be done now is for us to finalise upgrades to our transport network to get fans to and from the games, to firm up accommodation requirements, and to complete work on the [stadium] precinct.” As part of the precinct development plans, the crane path, used by the cranes to hoist the 36 roof girders that make up the stadium’s magnificent roof structure, will become a cycle and running track around the stadium, and the plan is to extend this track around North End lake as well. There is also talk of putting fountains in the lake to further beautify the area. For 61-year-old Major Pikoli, born and bred in the area, who for many years worked in a factory a stone’s throw from the stadium, it is in the perfect place to host football’s greatest showpiece event. “It is right in the middle of the city – easily accessible for all people of Nelson Mandela Bay. As a rugby and football player of many years, it is amazing to think that my city now has such an amazing stadium, right in the North End,” says Pikoli, who 10 years ago set up his own football club in the city. Today his club fields three teams, largely made up of street children. Additional attractions No doubt Port Elizabeth will be a popular host city in 2010. With a mild climate and excellent beaches, there is also no shortage of attractions within a short drive of the city. The Eastern Cape university town of Grahamstown, just over an hour’s drive from Nelson Mandela Bay, will host the National Arts Festival, said to be the second largest in the world after Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, concurrently with the World Cup. Shuttle buses will be on hand to transport visitors between the two cities. Plans are also on the table to host the annual Knysna Oyster Festival and the Jeffrey’s Bay Shell Festival, both within driving distance of the city, at the same time. There are also a number of malaria-free game reserves just a short drive from the city, a sure-bet attraction for visitors making their first trip to the continent. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Second group of South Africans sent to West Africa

first_img17 FebruaryA second group of South African health workers are being deployed to countries affected by the latest Ebola outbreak by the government, in collaboration with the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (Aseowa), to help contain the disease.The Right to Care organisation, which partnered with the national Department of Health to send the first batch of health workers almost a month ago, says 20 nurses and three paramedics are expected to leave for Sierra Leone on 20 February.“The health workers have undergone pre-deployment training given by the African Union [AU] and Department of Health officials. On arrival in affected countries, [they] will undergo further intensive training for two weeks before embarking on their duties,” the organisation said.The AU’s commissioner of social affairs, Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, commended the South African government for sending health workers, saying that the 835 African medical personnel so far deployed by Aseowa had had a positive impact on reducing both new infections and deaths from Ebola.“We are very proud that, together with the governments of AU member states, we are finding solutions to African challenges by Africans,” said Kaloko. “By representing South Africa on the mission, you will also be representing the AU and Africa in general. I am very sure that you will. continue to make a positive impact.”Emergency treatmentThe organisation said the first group, which comprised nine professional nurses and a medical doctor, was stationed at the Goderich Emergency Ebola Treatment Centre on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone.“Since their arrival, the South Africans have already seen six discharges and lost two patients. One 36-year-old man was a typical patient. He arrived with a confirmed Ebola diagnosis. He began treatment and then ‘crashed’ as often happens, but treatment was successful. He recovered and was released, walking out on his own. The youngest patient so far has been a four-year-old boy. He has been moved from the [intensive care unit] and is now recovering,” said Right to Care.It said the health workers would stay in the country for six months of service at treatment sites supported by the AU. When they returned to South Africa they would be observed for three weeks before they could resume normal duties.Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said while Ebola cases were decreasing, the South African effort implemented by Right to Care and supported by the South African government, the private sector and the AU was able to address Ebola fatigue.“South Africa’s involvement, which began last year, has been extensive and has included mobilising both a domestic response to prevent the entry of Ebola into South Africa as well as an external health and humanitarian assistance programme to support affected countries.”Cash and in-kind contributionsHe said the Department of Health had mobilised cash and in-kind contributions amounting to almost R60-million. “This has included setting up a diagnostic laboratory which has tested more than 6 000 specimens of those suspected of Ebola infection. The laboratory teams rotate every five weeks and are also training local personnel.“We have also provided 16 000 protection suits and we have sent ambulances, scooters, drugs, generators, autoclaves for sterilisation and food. South Africa can be very proud of our courageous health care workers and all those that have supported the Ebola response, as they assist fellow Africans to win the fight against Ebola,” Motsoaledi said.Right to Care’s Professor Ian Sanne said South African health workers were on duty for long shifts each day, sometimes in full protective clothing and at other times working in the laboratory or fulfilling other duties.“They are learning to treat a highly infectious disease effectively. The knowledge they gain will be useful in knowing how to better treat other crisis outbreaks.”AU director of social affairs Dr Olawale Maiyegun said the most important and effective intervention with significant impact was the decreasing number of Ebola cases. Aseowa had made a huge difference.“Before their intervention, Ebola was chasing us. Thanks to Aseowa, we are now chasing Ebola. It is just a matter of time, Ebola shall be defeated,” he said.Benefits for health workersThe organisation said Aseowa would give the health workers an allowance, full training, insurance and housing, and would take care of them should they contract Ebola.“One of the major groups in the financial sector in South Africa has committed to paying for transport, flights and transfers for this medical intervention,” said the organisation.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Delhi Minorities Commission team in Palwal to probe foreign funding of local mosque

first_imgA three-member fact-finding team of Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) on Saturday reached Palwal in neighbouring Haryana to probe the alleged funding of a local mosque by terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The team will also meet the family members of the persons arrested by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in connection with foreign funding of the mosque, DMC chairman Zafarul Islam Khan said.“The fact-finding team is in Palwal to probe the allegations about the alleged foreign funding of the mosque being constructed in a village in Palwal, Haryana,” he said. It will also meet, in Hazrat Nizamuddin area, the family members of the persons arrested in this connection, he added.The team comprises human rights activist Ovais Sultan Khan, a member of DMC’s advisory committee Sardar Gurmindar Singh Matharu and a member of Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar, Abu Bakr Sabbaq. In July this year, the NIA filed a case to probe the terror funding module linked to Pakistan-based terrorist Hafeez Saeed’s Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) — a front-end organisation of LeT. During the probe, it emerged that one Mohammad Salman was in regular touch with a Dubai-based Pakistani national, who in turn is connected with the deputy chief of FIF, the agency had said. So far, three persons have been arrested in this case including Mohammad Salman, Mohammad Salim, both residents of Delhi, and Sajjad Ahmad Wani, who is a native of Srinagar.last_img read more

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Patkura Assembly poll on July 20

first_imgElection to the Patkura Assembly seat in Odisha, which was postponed twice, will be held on July 20, the Election Commission of India announced on Thursday.The counting of votes will be held on July 24. The model code of conduct has come into force with immediate effect in Kendrapara district since Patkura comes under it.The election to the Patkura Assembly seat was first scheduled to be held in the fourth phase of the recently concluded general election on April 29. It was, however, adjourned due to the death of the Biju Janata Dal nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20.Subsequently, the ECI called upon the BJD on April 24 to nominate another candidate and fixed May 19 as the next date of polling. The BJD fielded Agarwalla’s wife Sabitri Agarwalla as its nominee.But after Cyclone Fani hit the State on May 3, the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha, proposed to postpone the poll schedule, and the ECI extended the completion of the election in Patkura by 60 days.The ECI said on Thursday that EVMs and VVPATs will be used in all the polling stations in Patkura. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPTs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the poll is conducted smoothly.last_img read more

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