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Gary Kirsten the new Proteas coach

first_img7 June 2011Gary Kirsten, the former star Proteas batsman who coached India to an ICC World Cup crown and the number one ranking in test cricket, has been appointed head coach of South Africa’s national cricket team.“We are delighted to welcome Gary back as part of the CSA family,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola said in a statement on Monday. “We have been through an exhaustive but rewarding process to find the best possible candidate for the job, and we are totally confident that we have done just that.“Gary’s credentials and cricketing experiences speak for themselves, and the board of CSA is confident that he will lead the Proteas to new heights in all formats of the game,” Majola said.Kirsten said he felt greatly honoured to be selected for this important position.“Having filled the same position with the Indian national team for the past three years, I believe this is a natural progression as far as my coaching career is concerned.”“My coaching philosophy will not be any different than it was for the Indian team,” Kirsten added. “I always endeavour to influence players in a positive way and give them options so that they can grow both as cricketers and as people.”Kirsten, 43, had a distinguished career as a player both for Western Province and the Proteas. He was the first South African to reach the milestones of 100 test caps, 7 000 Test runs and 20 test centuries and, although these marks have subsequently been passed by Jacques Kallis, he set the original benchmark for others to follow.He was also the first South African since the country’s re-emergence after apartheid to score a century in both innings of a test match, and he stood in for an injured Hansie Cronje as captain of the Proteas against Pakistan in 1998.Domingo, Donald to assistKirsten wasted no time in naming his coaching team: former Warriors coach Russell Domingo will be his assistant coach, and former South African great Allan Donald his bowling coach.“Domingo has done outstanding work with the Chevrolet Warriors, particularly in the limited overs format,” Majola said. “He led the Warriors to both the limited overs crowns in the 2009-10 season, and has qualified the Warriors for the Champions’ League for two seasons in a row. This included reaching the final in last year’s edition.“He has also achieved considerable success with the South Africa A side, and this is a natural progression in his coaching career to move up to the highest level.”Domingo and Kirsten have worked together before, when Kirsten was a batting consultant to the Warriors’ franchise.“Donald’s record speaks for itself,” Majola said. “He has been involved with both the England and New Zealand national sides as well as in county cricket with Warwickshire. Above all, his record in international cricket as a player makes him ideally equipped to work with what is still a young Proteas’ bowling attack.”De Villiers, Amla lead Proteas’ ODI squadAlso on Monday, Cricket SA named AB de Villiers as captain of the Proteas’ ODI and T20 squads. His deputy in both formats will be Hashim Amla. Graeme Smith remains test captain, with De Villiers his deputy.“De Villiers and Amla have been part of the new tier of leadership that has been built up in the Proteas’ squad for some time now under the guidance of Graeme Smith,” Majola said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gordon Igesund named Bafana coach

first_img“If there’s anyone who knows how to turn teams around in a very short time, it is Gordon,” he told IOL’s Matshelane Mamabolo. ‘The bigger picture’“The bigger picture is the 2013 Afcon tournament and qualifying us for Brazil 2014 World Cup,” Nematandani said. “All I can say to you all is that I’m going to do my very best to make us all proud.” “At the end of the day, it was a unanimous decision and we think the final verdict was in the best interest of the nation.” “I feel very honoured and privileged to be in charge of an asset like the national football team,” Igesund said at the press conference at Safa House. Unrivalled PSL coaching recordIgesund owns a Premier Soccer League (PSL) coaching record that is unrivalled, having led four clubs to titles: Manning Rangers in the PSL’s inaugural season in 1996/97, Orlando Pirates in 2000/01, Santos in 2001/02 and Sundowns in 2006/07. Most recently he led unfancied Moroka Swallows to a runner-up finish in the past PSL season. ‘He’ll have them delivering’“Gordon knows how players think and is able to find out what makes them tick. He knows how to treat them as individuals and get them playing at their best. He’ll do that with Bafana and have them delivering.” Igesund’s assistants have not yet been named and speculation is that Komphela will stay with Bafana in that role. The contract comes with a mandate to achieve two things: to make at least the semi-finals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations, which South Africa will be hosting, and to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup. It won’t be easy, given Bafana’s poor record in big competitions in recent years. The search for a coach began with five men in the running. The others, apart from Igesund Komphela, and were SuperSport United’s Gavin Hunt, Neil Tovey of Thanda Royal Zulu and former Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba, who now coach the national under-23 team. “He is amazing at raising players’ morale and confidence, and right now, we all can see that Bafana’s confidence is at an all-time low. He’s the ideal man to get them motivated. He also called on Bafana Bafana supporters to give Igesund time to make his mark and not judge him on forthcoming away friendlies against Brazil in September and against Poland in October. What that record shows is that Igesund is able to get results out of players at underdog teams, such as Rangers and Santos, and out of players at big name clubs, such as Pirates and Sundowns. That augurs well for his tenure because, many agree, it is man management that will be needed to achieve better results, and that is one of the new Bafana coach’s strengths. 2 July 2012 Gordon Igesund was named the new coach of South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana, in Johannesburg on Saturday. He has been handed a two-year contract. Commenting on the choice of Igesund over interim Bafana coach and former coach Pitso Mosimane’s assistant Steve Komphela, Safa President Kirsten Nematandani said: “It was not an easy decision as both coaches are well-equipped to take Bafana Bafana forward. The right man for the jobFormer Bafana Bafana player Clinton Larsen, who coaches Bloemfontein Celtic, won PSL titles under Igesund with Rangers and Pirates. He believes, despite the tough job Igesund has been given of uplifting a team that has severely underperformed, that his former boss is the right man for the job. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa and US agree to build trade ties

first_img21 April 2015South Africa and the United States have agreed to strengthen and deepen their bilateral trade and investment relations following the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) Council meeting in Washington DC.The gathering was co-chaired by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and the United States Trade Representative, Michael Froman. The two countries signed a revised Tifa in 2012. It is a key platform to address bilateral concerns and boost bilateral trade and investment relations.Davies and Froman had fruitful and constructive discussions on the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), outstanding market access issues and the investment climate, as well as on issues on the multilateral trade agenda.Regarding market access, Davies said South Africa would work towards concluding poultry discussions soon. Under the proposed deal, US chicken bone-in cuts exports to South Africa would be restored to their value prior to 2000 with a growth factor that took into account current dynamics in the South African market.The outstanding issue is for the poultry associations from both sides to agree on the quantity of US chicken on which anti-dumping duties would be excluded.The South African and US poultry associations met last week on the margins of International Egg and Poultry meetings in Europe and the Department of Trade and Industry expected the South African Poultry Association to table an improved offer that may lead to a deal being finalised.The Tifa Council meeting also noted growth in investment relations and committed to work together in continuing to improve the business and investment climate in the two countries.Agoa extensionFollowing the council meeting, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee introduced the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015, proposing reauthorisation of Agoa, including South Africa. It also proposes the extension of the third country fabric provision for 10 years.The bill is not final as it needs to be taken through Congress for approval and then signed by President Barack Obama. The bill has also introduced conditionalities that will allow the US to review the country’s eligibility at any time.The US is South Africa’s third largest trading partner; their bilateral trade and investment relations are guided by the Tifa, which was initially signed in 1999.Agoa, a non-reciprocal preferential scheme, is the cornerstone of bilateral relations between the US and sub-Saharan Africa. It provides the sole platform between the US and the region to discuss ways and means to deepen trade and investment relations.The legislation was approved by the US Congress in May 2000 and it expires in September this year. South Africa and other sub-Saharan African countries are calling for a 15-year renewal of Agoa for all eligible countries without conditionalities. It provides duty-free market access to the US for qualifying sub- Saharan African countries by extending preferences on more than 4 600 products.The numbersTotal two-way trade between South Africa and the US increased from R56.7-billion in 2001 to R141-billion in 2014. Bilateral trade recovered beyond the pre-crisis figure of R127-billion in 2008 (which declined to R83-billion 2009).South Africa’s exports to the US grew from R30-billion in 2001 to R69.8-billion in 2014. US exports to South Africa grew from R26.6-billion to R71-billion in 2014. Both exports and imports have recovered beyond their pre-crisis level.South Africa’s top exports were vehicles and associated transport equipment (representing 27% of total exports to the US), precious metals (23%), base metals (11%), mineral products (9%), and chemical or allied industries (16%).The US’s top exports to South Africa were machinery and mechanical appliances; vehicles, vessels and aircrafts; chemical products; plastics and optical and medical equipment.Sub-Saharan Africa Agoa exports increased from $12.4-billion (about R151-billion) in 2000 to a peak of $79.7-billion in 2008. However, in 2012, exports declined to $43-billion and again to $34-billion in 2013, largely as a result of a decline in oil exports.Source: Department of Trade and Industrylast_img read more

Are modern genetics worth the money?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistI have conducted a number of trials and comparisons over the years and generally have concluded that new is better when it comes to choosing a hybrid or variety. One such comparison I have been making over several years now is of a modern hybrid to open pollinated corn varieties. This may be used as a comparison for those who grow open pollinated corn for sale as organic, although I used herbicides here for weed control. For 2019, I compared a modern traited hybrid, an early modern traited hybrid, a modern open pollinated variety and several older open pollinated varieties.Reid’s yellow dent has a history with Ohio and has played a significant role in modern corn breeding. Green Field and Krug are selections from Reid yellow dent. They were all tall, and had some leaning problems, so looked like Reid across the board. I planted all the treatments at 28,000 seeds per acre. I got 90% plus germination on the modern genetics and about 65% stand on the older varieties. And this year with no derechos at South Charleston, they all stood reasonably well.Typically when I make this comparison between my modern hybrid and Reid’s yellow dent, I have about a 100-bushel advantage for the modern hybrid. This year, the differences were a bit more at 175 bushels per acre. I use this information when talking with consumers about the value of modern technology in plant breeding. As to why the Rea Hybrid did so poorly — raccoons love this stuff and took about 75% of the ears at roasting ear stage.Economics? I think you can do the math. Put in $4 per bushel and maybe $10 for the open pollinated varieties if sold as certified organic.last_img read more

A Close-Up Look At Amazon’s New Kindles

first_imgIn a Santa Monica Airport hangar on Thursday, Amazon announced its latest round of Kindles and related services. Overall, they look pretty impressive.After a big corporate self-hug as CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage, Amazon focused on three key items: new Kindle Readers, new Kindle Fires, and enhancements to the Amazon ecosystem tying them all together. (For more analysis on the new products and services, see What The New Kindle Means To Amazon.) But the real story is the Kindle Fire HD units.The 7″ Kindle Fire HD is a massive upgrade for $40, and is aimed squarely at the Nexus 7. It comes with 16GB of storage (with an optional upgrade to 32GB), a 1280×800 HD screen, dual-antenna dual-band Wi-Fi, Dolby Digital Plus audio, front-facing camera, stereo speakers and a zippy TI OMAP4 4470 Processor. Amazon estimates the 7″ unit’s battery life at 11 hours. Pre-orders are available now, and the Kindle Fire HD 7 is due to ship on September 14.But wait, there’s more. Amazon also debuted a larger 8.9″ version aimed squarely at the Apple iPad, with prices starting at just $299. This 8.8mm thick, 20 oz. unit sports a 254 pixels-per-inch display with 1920×1200 resolution. It’s battery life should be somewhere below that of the 7-inch model when it ships November 20.,Then there’s the Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD 4G, starting at $499. This model boosts the default storage to 32GB and adds a custom 4G LTE modem. Even more intersting, thought, Amazon’s base 4G data plan offers 250MB/month for just $50 per year – plus a $10 app credit. Power users will want to upgrade to more expensive 3GB/month or 5GB/month plans from AT&T, but the base package might be enough to let you download books and surf the Web when you’re not near a Wi-Fi connection.The ServicesBezos opened the event by saying that “people don’t want gadgets anymore. They want services.” And he explictly described the Kindle itself as a service.There were also plenty of actual services announced, too, as Bezos tried to showcase an integrated Amazon ecosystem:He showed Whispersync for Games, which saves game progress in the cloud so you can pick up your game on another device.He demoed Whispersync for Voice, which lets you listen to an audiobook and then pick up where you left off in a regular e-book.He showed X-Ray for video, which pulls content from IMDB and suggestions from the Amazon store when you pause a video on a Kindle Fire HD.He got a round of applause from parents for Kindle FreeTime, which allows parents to set user-based time limits on different types of media (for example, unlimited reading, but only x hours of gaming). Related Posts No single service will be reason for most users to buy a Kindle, of course, so Bezos also pressed what he saw as Amazon’s most potent weapon in the tablet wars: content.No vendor other than Apple can offer a closed-loop ecosystem with as much content as Amazon has. If Bezos can bring that content to bear in a complete, high-quality system at an atttractive price point, Google will have a lot to worry about… and Barnes & Noble should be very, very scared.The Kindle ReaderThe big news for e-readers was the Kindle Paperwhite, a new device with a higher-resolution, front-lit screen. Amazon has upped the pixel density to 212 pixels per inch, and text really does look crisper than it does on previous generation readers. As a result, the Paperwhite offers greater font flexibility, and in a moderately well-lit room, even the smallest font size in a number of different fonts was perfectly readable at arm’s length. Tags:#Amazon#web cormac foster The New Kindle FiresAmazon’s Kindle Fire line is getting a much-needed hardware boost designed to help it compete with Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and, to some degree, the iPad (more on that later). The entry-level, 7-inch Fire tablet is now priced at $159 (down from $199), with double the RAM and a claimed 40% speed boost. Images by Cormac Foster and Amazon. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Unlike backlit screens, which project a light from toward the user, the Paperwhite’s front-lit screen mimics ambient lighting and creates 25% greater contrast than previous Kindle screens while using less battery power, the company said. Amazon claims eight weeks of usage with the light on between charges. In theory, this should reduce eyestrain. Without time to test the unit under a variety of conditions, it’s impossible to confirm, but ad hoc tests of the demo system looked promising. There’s also a new feature called Time To Read, which estimates a running total of the time left in a chapter or book based on your reading habits, and X-Ray, a hyperlinked meta-glossary that allows readers to track characters, concepts and other information. For example, a user could jump from a passage to a character’s biography, then skip to each of her appearances in the book. This feature could be especially useful on textbooks.The Wi-Fi Paperwhite starts at $119, and the 3G version will retail for $179. Amazon also announced a refresh to the previous-generation, $79 Reader, with upgraded fonts, faster page turns, and a $10 drop in price to $69. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Reyes taps Alas, Amer to join Gilas pool

first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Para athletes seek public help for funding through ‘Alay Para Atleta’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Amer has been averaging 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists this past conference, while Alas has racked 9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists.READ: 15 players called up as Gilas resumes practice; Ravena, Paras on the listAlas last saw action for the national team in the 2014 Fiba Asia Cup, while Amer has won a gold medal in the 2015 SEA Games.Reyes earlier called out his cadets and invited Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, and Fil-German Christian Standhardiger to join the Gilas Pilipinas practices, set to start on June 20.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Guinto and Grey were earlier tapped to be part of the 27-man national team pool, and even saw action in the three-leg 2017 PBA All-Star Week games, where the national team faced off against PBA All-Stars from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.READ: Reyes to pick just 2 players even as Gilas reps from GlobalPort grow to 4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, the two found themselves traded to GlobalPort, creating a league imbalance which put four pool members in the Batang Pier camp, together with Terrence Romeo and cadet Von Pessumal, while leaving NLEX and Meralco without a second representative to the pool.Now, Reyes can move on and continue his buildup for the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games with this rejigged pool. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Baser Amer (left) and Kevin Alas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Alas and Baser Amer are the two new entries to the Gilas Pilipinas pool.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes announced his decision on Friday as he replaces pool members Bradwyn Guinto and Jonathan Grey.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Pak cricketer Haider goes missing in UAE

first_imgThe wicketkeeper of Pakistan — Zulqarnain Haider — has gone missing from the team hotel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), local media reported on Monday. According to reports, the hero of Pakistan’s series-levelling victory did not arrive with the team at Dubai International Cricket Ground where Pakistan are scheduled to play their for the deciding fifth one-day international (ODI) against South Africa. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials refused to comment on the matter or talk about the reasons for Haider’s non-arrival. But a cryptic message left as a status update on the player’s social networking site Facebook said: “leaving pakistan cricket because get bad msg fr 1 man fr lose the match in last game”. A reporter for a leading Pakistani news channel said that he had received a similar text message from Haider earlier on Monday. The wicketkeeper batsman had hit the winning runs for Pakistan in the fourth ODI which levelled the series against South Africa 2-2. Haider was fined after the fourth ODI for not following the team discipline. He was fined 500 dirhams for reaching 10 minutes late from the deadline set by team manager Inthikab Alam.last_img read more

Eritrean Teen Wins World Marathon

first_imgBEIJING — The mighty Kenyan marathoners wilted in the heat and humidity of Beijing, with the current world-record holder dropping out late and none of them finishing anywhere near the podium — or even in the top 20, for that matter.Not a day — a sweltering one at that — to remember for a nation so rich in marathon tradition. Just the opposite for teenager Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, a 19-year-old Eritrean who became the youngest man to win the marathon at the world championships on Aug. 22.Ghebreslassie finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 27 seconds, holding off Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia by 40 seconds. Solomon Mutai of Uganda was third, while his teammate, defending world champion Stephen Kiprotich, was sixth.The soaring temperature didn’t seem to bother Ghebreslassie, who said “the weather was very nice for me.” The searing heat certainly thwarted the Kenyans, whose top finisher was Mark Korir in 22nd, a distant 8:52 behind Ghebreslassie’s winning time.Korir at least finished. Current world-record holder Dennis Kimetto dropped out late in the race. So did Wilson Kipsang, the former world-record holder.“I don’t know what happened. Things were not going well,” Kipsang said. “The whole body would not (respond).”The Kenyans entered the event thinking about a possible sweep. Not even close.“We had a lot of hope, of course, in the marathon. We know our guys are good, but I think the weather didn’t favor them,” Olympic 800-meter champion David Rudisha, another of Kenya’s great runners, said after his opening heat.It’s the second straight world championships in which the Kenyans failed to finish on the podium. The country’s top performance in Moscow two years ago was ninth. This from a nation that has captured seven medals in the event, including four golds.“The pace was not there — but the weather, it was difficult,” Kipsang said. “We could not run normally.”A concern for Kenya ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro? “No, no, no,” Kipsang said. “It’s OK.”There’s another runner to contend with in Brazil for the games — Ghebreslassie.Although he only has a few marathons under his belt, Ghebreslassie’s plan all along was to pull away at about 34 kilometers. And with the Kenyans nowhere in sight, it worked.“Even strong athletes can get challenged from athletes and from the course,” said Ghebreslassie, who grabbed his country’s flag as he entered the Bird’s Nest and waved it to the cheering crowd. “Things can happen. So you cannot be surprised.”It was the first marathon win for Ghebreslassie, whose parents encouraged him to attend university over becoming an international runner. The family is becoming more and more supportive.“They start to believe I can do some special history,” he said.The race began early with the temperature already hot. It only soared from there, with the thermometer reading 28 degrees Celsius (83 degrees Fahrenheit) by the time the racers finished.The field tried to find shade whenever possible, hugging the side of the road to gain cover from the trees if only for a few steps. They also ran under coolers spraying water in the second half of the race.The air quality was listed as “good” by the U.S Embassy Beijing Air Quality Monitor throughout the race. Much of the concern around the marathon had to do with pollution levels. There were 25 “DNFs” — runners who did not finish — and another who didn’t start.After entering the stadium for the finish, Ghebreslassie and dozens of others were confused about the finish line. Typically, marathoners run a lap around the stadium before completing the race. But this year, the course ended after only about 100 meters of running on the track.“I didn’t know which one was the finish line,” Ghebreslassie said. “I wasn’t sure.”___By Pat Graham, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer John Pye contributed to this report TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more