Stumph steals game one for Mack

first_imgA pass-ball proved to be the difference in an otherwise — unsurprisingly — close ball game between the Big 5 Conference’s two top teams, Eureka High and McKinleyville.In the seventh inning with no outs and men on first and third, McKinleyville’s Corbin Eichin stepped to the plate looking to delivered a game-winning at bat.Instead, his fellow Panther T-Ryan Stumph stole home on a pass-ball during the at-bat to break a 5-5 tie and give McKinleyville a key 6-5 win in game one of a three-game …last_img read more

South Africa: ‘make the 2010 mindshift’

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 18 August 2009 It is time for all South Africans to realise the enormity of the opportunities being generated through the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and to make the “psychological adjustment” needed to ensure the tournament’s success, says 2010 Local Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza. Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Khoza said South Africans had to think of the World Cup as a live, 30-day advertisement for the country that would be watched by a cumulative TV audience of billions around the globe. “The extent to which the tournament changes lives will be largely determined by the degree to which [the country’s communicators] use the tournament,” Khoza said. He referred both to the progress that had already been made, represented by the building of six new stadiums in less than four years, and to the potential legacy that would be generated in terms of job creation, tourism, trade and investment. “We must be relentlessly positive,” Khoza told the gathering of marketing and communication professionals, from both the public and private sector. “As South Africans, we have a tendency to be self-critical. We should see everything in perspective and, importantly, see the positive stories. “There is one show on the road at the moment, and a psychological adjustment from all South Africans is needed. “You must feel that there is something happening in this country. The banners you use must be larger than life. Every street corner must be filled. We must feel that this show is in town,” Khoza said. At the same time, South Africa 2010 had to be “pan-African”, to tell the story of a continent that is being redefined in a historic way. “This tournament must ensure that our African teams feel like they are playing at home.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Local athletics brand for Kenya stars

first_imgRay Maota Kourage Athletics aims to be the official sponsor of Kenyan athletes in 10 to 20-years, giving sportswear giants Nike and Adidas stiff competition. (Image: Wikipedia) One of the t-shirts available now has the Kourage graphic on it. T-shirts from Kourage retail at US$39 (R317). (Images: Kourage) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chris Markl  Kourage Athletics: Founder RELATED ARTICLES • Legacy of 2010 shines in Kenya • Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes • Quality inputs for Kenya’s farmers • Environmental activist laid to restA Kenyan company has developed a local brand of sportswear for the country’s range of elite athletes, ensuring that when they compete internationally, their gear reflects a sense of national pride and commitment.Kourage Athletics was launched in July 2011 and is the only athletics apparel company of its kind in Kenya.Hussein Kurji, designer and head of operations for the company said: “There are a lot of Kenyan athletes and you always see them wearing Nike and Adidas, and not something from their own country.“We do have quite a good track record when it comes to running, so why not match that with an equally big clothing brand?”So far no major stars have been approached by the company to promote the brand, but it is hoped that in 10 to 20 years it will become their gear of choice.For now, Kourage will associate with youth organisations with a focus on sport.The company is the brainchild of Chris Markl, a professor of economics and political science at Florida State College in the US.Markl said: “I always wondered why ‘ethical’ clothing lines were so focused on concentrating operations in America or Europe. There are incredible designers and entrepreneurs in impoverished countries.“To create real economic development, an apparel company needs to create as many economic linkages in a poor country as possible.”With every purchase of a Kourage garment, revenue is injected back into the Kenyan economy. This helps sustain jobs and create wealth for local communities.Kourage also hopes to inspire entrepreneurship. Kurji said: “We hope the entrepreneurship spirit of Kourage will show other young talent that if you have the courage and perseverance, you can achieve what you want to.”From Kenya, by Kenyans for the worldKourage Athletics is designed, manufactured and managed in Kenya by locals, so by purchasing their apparel, one is investing in the Kenyan people.Its clothing is produced at Viva Africa, a Kenyan-owned and -operated factory, which also produces other types of branded garments.Viva Africa employs 200 people, the majority of whom are women.Conditions at the factory are good, and the area in which employees work is kept well-lit and cool. They work 45-hour weeks with an hour-long lunch each day. They are also paid well above the country’s minimum wage, according to Markl.Best performance, best fitKourage garments are modern, fashionable and use the same type of quick-dry fabric that leading sports brands like Nike and Adidas use.Kurji said: “We combine the fit of your favourite t-shirt with the best performance fabric in the world.“We tested Kourage garments under extreme conditions, in snow on Mt Kenya and in the heat of the Rift Valley plains. Kourage garments are perfect for any athletic endeavour.”For the launch, 1 000 t-shirts were produced by the company with different graphics and designs.The sportswear company is planning on increasing its line by adding hooded sweatshirts and running shorts, which it hopes will boost sales.Creation of KourageMarkl spent 1 000 hours planning how to start the company, which included liaising with Kenyan factories, photographers and graphic designers.Liaising took place over the internet and by phone as he is still based in the US.Markl strategised in great detail before making his first trip to Kenya in 2009.Once in Kenya, he met up with five entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s, who are now Kourage’s key employees specialising in photography, fashion, production and graphics.Markl invested US$25 000 (R203 000) in the enterprise and although he says he works over 50 hours a week on Kourage, he does not get paid.Having only seen a $5 000 (R40 000) return on investment so far, Markl says jokingly: “One day I would like that money back but as long as I don’t give up, we’re fine.”last_img read more

Are you job-market ready?

first_imgWhile South Africans are proactive in their search for jobs, the reality still exists that it is not easy to break into the job market. Citizens look to government, private and public sector to not only prioritise the development of young people, but also to create opportunities that will ensure everyone plays a part in contributing to economic growth in South Africa.If you are job hunting or will be in the market once you’ve graduated, get as much preparation done as possible, before you get that all-important phone call. Although there are general practices and procedures that recruiters follow when selecting candidates for interviews, they may choose to do things differently, especially if the vacancy needs to be filled with immediate effect.Recruiters advise that in order to be effective in the job market, you need to invest in the appropriate “marketing” tools and skills. .Given below are essential tips to help you.Make sure your CV/ résumé is up to-to-date and grabs attention. Get in contact with companies or individuals who offer CV formatting services if you are unable to do it yourself.Be easily-contactable and remember to always put your cellular phone number on your CV.Do thorough research about the industry educational and work experience required to gain entry to fields you are interested in so you can create an action plan to be equipped for employment in the chosen field.The rise and relevance of social media in the 21st century has seen many success stories. Keep an eye on social media platforms for conversations and trending topics related to recruitment. By searching #JobSeekersZA on Twitter one is able to look for specific vacancies and apply.Check your emails regularly as this has become a preferred way of communication by employers.Avail yourself for learnerships and internships. Register on company websites for these, and use the opportunity to growAdditional reporting: Spectator Index, IOL, Faith Solomon, Managing Director and Founder of Intelligent Placemenlast_img read more

Ayel Estrañero moves on from UP’s early exit: ‘Life doesn’t end in UAAP’

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—It wasn’t the dream ending Ayel Estrañero always envisioned for herself in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Jennifer Nierva still learning to keep emotions in check Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles They face Adamson on April 24 to wrap up their campaign.“It hurts of course because you’ve dreamed of this so much, I dreamed so much for my team,” said Estrañero, who went to the Final Four just once in Season 78. “The goal was to at least get to the Final Four or the finals.”“Who wouldn’t want that kind of finish in your graduating year? It hurts but life doesn’t end here.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. University of the Philippines bowed out of the title race after it lost to National University in five sets, 25-21, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 17-15, Sunday,  leaving Estrañero to ponder why her final collegiate year reached an abrupt end.“I can cry, I can feel bad but then at the end of the day I still have to move on with my life and at least think about what’s next for my volleyball career,” said Estrañero Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It hurts but life doesn’t end in the UAAP.”The Lady Maroons dropped to 6-7 with a game left in their schedule which allowed University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University to clinch the last two spots in the semifinals.last_img read more

Chiefs owner ‘deeply disturbed’ by Tyreek Hill allegations

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 19, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Los Angeles. The Kansas City Chiefs have made a habit of inciting controversy during the NFL draft in the Andy Reid era by acquiring players that have a history of off-the-field issues. The team took a chance on cornerback Marcus Peters, who was traded away after getting into trouble with coaches. It drafted running back Kareem Hunt, then quickly cut him when he kicked a woman in a hotel hallway. And it picked wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who is currently dealing with a domestic violence case that centers on the 3-year-old child he shares with his fiance.(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said he was “deeply disturbed” by audio of Tyreek Hill discussing injuries to his 3-year-old son but declined to elaborate on the case citing an ongoing criminal investigation.The most visible face of the Chiefs’ ownership family, Hunt spoke briefly with reporters Saturday while the team was holding its annual draft party. He declined to discuss the team’s plans for Hill but did acknowledge that the star wide receiver’s legal problems are an embarrassment for the team.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It is obviously a tough situation for the organization,” Hunt said.”Hill has been suspended from all team-related activities after audio surfaced Wednesday in which he discusses abusing his son. Hill also told his fiancee, Crystal Espinal, that she should be “terrified” of him during an 11-minute discussion that took place in a Dubai airport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe audio surfaced one day after prosecutors declined to press charges against Hill following a domestic violence investigation. They said at the time that they were convinced a crime had occurred, but were unable to determine whether it was Hill or Espinal that hurt their son.Prosecutors reopened the case on Friday after receiving the audio from a local TV station. Dorsey and Chiefs coach Andy Reid insisted at the time that they did “due diligence” in selecting Hill, and that they were confident that he would make the most of a second chance.“Before you are given the opportunity for a second chance, you better be doing the right things,” Reid said. “We have a great support system here for that, with quality people. We feel good that he is trying to right a wrong — a big wrong. It is a big wrong, but he is trying to do better and be a better person for it. That part, we feel very confident in.”Hunt said that the Chiefs have not necessarily changed how they vet players, whether in the draft or acquired through trades and free agency. But he did admit there is risk with every player.“Could be his playing ability. Could be things that distract him off the field as well as the trouble they get into,” Hunt said. “That’s a risk you take. It’s something that as a franchise we have to be willing to own when it doesn’t go the right way. That’s something I believe in.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hunt said the team was conducting its own investigation, though it’s unclear how much information that Johnson County District Attorney’s office will make available. The NFL is also involved in the case, and it’s possible that Roger Goodell could place Hill on the commissioner’s exempt list.“We were deeply disturbed by the audio, which we heard on Thursday, and that’s why he’s not with the organization at this point,” Hunt said, “and we expect that will be the case until we have a chance to work through whatever information we are able to get.”There has been speculation that the Chiefs could release Hill once this weekend’s NFL draft is over, but Hunt declined to discuss those internal deliberations. He did say that “there are a couple of ongoing investigations relating to Tyreek and we’re going to have to let that process play out.”The Chiefs have been lambasted by fans league-wide for their history in domestic violence cases. In 2012, linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend before driving to the team facility and committing suicide. And last year, the Chiefs quickly cut star running back Kareem Hunt when video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman in an Ohio hotel hallway.Hill was drafted by the Chiefs and then-GM John Dorsey despite numerous red flags. He had been kicked off the team at Oklahoma State after punching Espinal while she was pregnant, and many teams said off the record that the incident caused them to take Hill off their draft boards altogether.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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