Badgers’ ranking needs proving

first_imgIt seems like every year the rankings in both football andmen?s basketball are always questioned ?though probably more in football sincefinal rankings have BCS implication.This year hasn?t been different.During the football season we debated for almost two monthson whether or not LSU and Ohio State were the top two teams in the country.Most people also thought that when the Wisconsin football team peaked at No. 5in the rankings, that it wasn?t the fifth-best team in the country, which theyproved by losing the next two games to Illinois and Penn State.The basketball team?s ranking has been debated all seasonlong too.After picking up two wins last week at Indiana and homeagainst Minnesota, the Badgers find themselves back in the top ten of thecoaches? poll and projected as a four seed in the latest edition of JoeLunardi?s ?Bracketology.?Despite the fact that the Badgers have exceeded most fansexpectations ? including mine ? almost anyone I have talked to about the teamthis year seems to agree on one thing: They are not sure Wisconsin is a top 10team.While I said in an earlier column that this is Bo Ryan?sbest coaching job ? and I still believe that ? I?m also not sure if UW isreally the 10th-best team in the country.Their win against Indiana was a huge statement for this team,considering that playing in Bloomington has given UW fits over the years. Thisyear?s team was also facing a much tougher IU team than the one they faced lastyear when the Badgers were ranked No. 2 in the country and lost.The win also gave Wisconsin something no other team in thecountry can claim: two road wins against top 15 teams.So UW?s win against the Hoosiers has put the Badgers back inthe top 10, but Wisconsin?s next three games will really prove if it is worthyof its ranking.While at Illinois this year might not seem like a dauntingtask considering the Illini?s 3-10 conference record, playing in Champaign hasnever been easy for the Badgers. Wisconsin is 18-66 all-time at Illinois, andits win last year was UW?s first in Assembly Hall since 1997. Add to the factthat Bruce Weber?s club played the Badgers tough in Madison in January, andthis game will not be a cakewalk for Wisconsin.Playing at Ohio State is another tough venue for UW, whereit is 20-51 all time. Yes, the Buckeyes are not as good as they were last yearwhen the Badgers lost by a point in the first ever No. 1 vs. No. 1 matchup(Wisconsin was No. 1 in the AP, and Ohio State was No. 1 in the coaches).However, the Buckeyes are trying to make their case for the NCAA tournament,and winning over a top ten team like Wisconsin would be a good signature win totake to the selection committee.Then there is Michigan State.This will most likely be the toughest game out of the three.Even though Ryan has been almost unbeatable at the Kohl Center in Big Ten playsince coming to Wisconsin, the loss to Purdue showed that a game in Madison isnot a for sure win. The one thing UW has going for them is it has not lost toMSU at home since Ryan has been the head coach.Should Wisconsin be 24-4 and 14-2 in the Big Ten on Feb. 29,?UW will have proven ? at least tome ? that they are really one of the best teams in the country. However, shouldthey falter once, it will show that, while the Badgers are a good team thisyear, they are not ready to be talked about as one of the upper echelon teams.So the question to ask until then is: Are the Badgersdeserving of their top 10 ranking? Maybe.But only time will tell.?Greg is a senior majoring is communication arts. Let himknow where you think the Badgers should be ranked at [email protected]?last_img read more

South African football in 2011

first_img22 December 2011Two teams shone in South African football in 2011: the national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, and Orlando Pirates, who dominated the club scene.Banyana’ success was reflected in the team’s Confederation of African Football (Caf) nomination as African Women’s Football Team of the Year. One of the main reasons for that was the team’s qualification for the 2012 London Olympic Games.Only 12 places are open to women’s teams at the Olympic Games, with just two African teams among them, and those places went to South Africa and Cameroon.Banyana had previously never qualified for the Olympic Games.Busy yearThey had a busy year in 2011. Apart from qualifying games for the London Olympics, they were also involved in the All Africa Games and Cosafa Women’s Championship.In total they played 18 matches, won 12 of them, lost only four, and drew two. They scored 36 goals and conceded 15.Star striker Noko Matlou was named South African Sportswoman of the Year in August, while her fellow striker Nompumelelo Nyandeni was nominated for the Caf Women’s Player of the Year award.Club footballIn club football, Orlando Pirates enjoyed one of the finest years in their fine history.It began in October 2010 when they broke a 10-year title drought in knockout competition by capturing the MTN 8 after a penalty shootout win over Moroka Swallows. It earned the club the biggest reward in its history of R8-million.Kaizer Chiefs crushed Pirates 3-0 in December 2010 to lift the Telkom Cup, but that proved to be but a small blip as the Buccaneers went on a winning run which by December 2011 would be unequalled in the history of South African football.PSL titleIn May, Pirates claimed the Premier Soccer League title after a down-to-the-wire race for the honours.Heading into the last round of matches, Ajax Cape Town led Pirates, in second, by two points, while Kaizer Chiefs were three points off the pace, and in need of losses by the two clubs in front of them to claim the silverware.Ajax drew 2-2 with Maritzburg United, while Pirates beat Golden Arrows 2-1, leaving Chiefs out of the running for the title. With both Ajax and Pirates on 60 points, the Buccaneers claimed the title on goal difference.“I saw my team this season bouncing back after some big defeats and we were coming back in the race for the championship and only big teams can do that and that is the consistency that you need to win something,” coach Ruud Krol told the Orlando Pirates’ website afterwards.The Soweto giant’s title ended a run of three in a row for SuperSport United.TrebleShortly after that, Pirates completed a remarkable treble when they beat Black Leopards 3-1 to capture the Nedbank Cup. The club’s players rallied around coach Ruud Krol, who was out of contract, to show their support for him.It wasn’t enough as the club, incredibly, chose not to renew the Dutch coach’s contract.At the annual PSL Awards, the Buccaneers’ Andile Jali was named Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament, while Krol was named Coach of the Season. The Chairman’s Award went to Pirates’ captain Lucky Lekgwathi.Footballer of the YearHowever, the big winner on the night was Thulani Serero of Ajax Cape Town. He was named Footballer of the Year, the Absa Premiership Player of the Year, the Players’ Player of the Year, and the Red Hot Young Player of the Season.Ajax Cape Town’s big brother club, Ajax Amsterdam, recognised Serero’s excellence by signing him to four-year contract.Bafana BafanaFor Bafana Bafana, the national men’s team, 2011 tailed off into disappointment after a promising start.It began with a 2-0 win over Kenya in a friendly in Rustenburg. After that, a last-gasp goal by Katlego Mphela took Bafana to a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Johannesburg in an African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.An experimental line-up defeated Tanzania 1-0 in Dar Es Salaam in a friendly ahead of the big return match against Egypt in the Afcon qualifiers. A goalless draw in Cairo ended the qualification hopes of the three-time defending champion Pharaohs and kept Bafana top of their qualifying group.Costly lossBafana’s preparation for their second last qualifier went well when they outplayed Burkina Faso 3-0 in Johannesburg in a friendly. Unfortunately that stood for nothing when they went down 2-1 to Niger in Niamey and fell from the top of their group standings.South Africa faced Sierra Leone in their last qualifying game, figuring they needed only a draw to advance to the Afcon finals. Embarrassingly for the South African Football Association, that was wrong.After a 1-1 draw with the Leone Stars, the players celebrated qualifying for the continental finals on goal difference. The rules governing qualification, however, stated that in the case of a tie on points, the head-to-head record between the teams – in this case there were three: South Africa, Niger, and Sierra Leone – would decide who would advance. That turned out to be Niger despite the fact that they had the worst goal difference of the three teams.Nelson Mandela ChallengeBafana regained a measure of pride by holding Africa’s highest ranked team Cote D’Ivoire to a 1-1 draw in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, but the year ended on a downer a matter of days later when Zimbabwe scored a 2-1 win over them in Harare.On a positive note, a long running dispute about the naming rights for Bafana Bafana was resolved, leaving the national team in the clear to retain their name.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Q and A with few of South Africa’s influential women

first_img18 August 2016What do Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba, Kass Naidoo, and Farah Fortune have in common? Besides being in the limelight, they are successful women who learnt important life lessons from influential women in their lives.With the 9th of August having been National Women’s Day, we celebrate the contribution of women through the month. Journalist Melissa Javan conducted question and answer sessions with a few of South Africa’s prominent women.Nomzamo Mbatha is a South African actress and the face of the skincare range Neutrogena South Africa and the Puma’s local brand ambassador. (Image: Nomzamo Mbatha, Facebook)Who are the women in your life who have inspired you, and why?Roxy Burger, TV presenter: My mother. Cliché, I know but she is the epitome of an amazing career woman. She will also do anything for her family. I also admire broadcasters such as Leanne Manas, Anele Mdoda and others internationally.Farah Fortune, entrepreneur: My mum is my biggest female inspiration. She’s a strong woman who raised six children and always has the best advice. I would have loved to meet Maya Angelou, because she was a huge inspiration to me too.Bonang Matheba, media personality: I come from a family of strong women. My mother is my biggest inspiration. From her I learned what it means to be resilient, not shaken, to love and nurture. Her sisters have also been my other role models in being a woman. They pursued education, held down households whilst being captains of their industries.Nomzamo Mbatha, actress: My grandmother has an incredible amount of influence on the woman I am becoming and have become. She taught me everything – having strength, resilience, humility and charm. One of the things she’d say is: “People are like fingers on your hand. They may not be the same in terms of social standing, but are treated the same. Treat people equally, no matter who or what they are, because you need them.” I also admire Basetsana Kumalo, Khanyi Dhlomo, Viola Davis and mam’ Winnie Mandela.Kass Naidoo, sports presenter: There are many women who I admire. One of my earliest inspirations was West Indian Donna Simmonds. She was cricket’s first woman commentator. These days, I’m proud of South Africa’s 800m Olympic heroine, Caster Semenya. She consistently displays courage, strength and champion temperament without apology.Roxy Burger is television presenter for the lifestyle series Top Billing and Strictly Come Dancing. She is also a celebrity blogger. (Image: Roxy Burger)What does Women’s Month mean to you?Roxy Burger: It is of course special and women deserve to be celebrated. I do wish that the respect and celebration women receive during this month continues and we achieve equality in all aspects of our lives.Farah Fortune: It means we get to highlight issues in South Africa that affect us. I’m not overly fond about Women’s Month though. I feel a little disappointed that our issues are only highlighted during this month. I wish we had more platforms throughout the year for the issues and rights that affect us.Farah Fortune is the founder and chief executive officer of the public relations company African Star Communications. (Image: African Star Communications)Bonang Matheba: Every year, I use 9 August as a time to reflect on what 20 000, fearless women risked in order for me to have a voice and a position in society. This year it’s been more about what the Bonang Legacy will look or read like in 60 years’ time. I am ensuring that I do my part through the camp for girls I am hosting in December.Nomzamo Mbatha: It’s an exciting time! Many women say: “It shouldn’t just be during this month that we are celebrated, it should be every month.” Of which I fully agree. However, come August, there’s a breeze in the air, women walk taller, owning who they are, unafraid of their voices, sharing their stories, being bold, demanding their voices to be heard, reminding men how powerful we are. Women’s Month for me means that we are claiming a place in this world that belongs to us in the most fiercest and fearless way.Kass Naidoo: Women’s Month gives us the opportunity to amplify our message to raise profile of South African women in sport, and comes on the back of a daily commitment to support our athletes and women in sport.Kass Naidoo was South Africa’s first female cricket commentator. She is also founder of G Sport for Girls, an online platform that promotes girls and women in sports. (Image: Judd van Rensburg/ Jet Club, Kass Naidoo)Can South African women move the country forward?Roxy Burger: Of course. This goes without saying. I believe that the emotional strength women have is something that is not respected enough. Sometimes this is even seen as a weakness but I believe a high EQ is a leadership quality we as women should embrace.Farah Fortune: Yes! We are a strong willed nation of women leaders. We need to create our own platforms to have our voices heard. When we look at what women have done for South Africa since 1956 alone, the evidence is there that we as women in South Africa are capable of anything.Bonang Matheba: Most definitely. Women are the cornerstone of society. When anything goes wrong with a child in the home or community, it is always the woman who is looked upon to give answers and speak solutions to that.Nomzamo Mbatha: Absolutely! South African women have one of the deepest and strongest narratives. Our forefathers fought and had resilience which was imparted on us when they left this earth. As women of this country we have woken up and realised that we are worldly, and can become absolutely anything in this world, and guess what, we want it! There is a strength that we have and a sense of leadership that we are fighting for now. We are becoming anything and everything that we have always wanted to be.Kass Naidoo: South African women are moving the country forward, because of our tenacity, ability to endure, and our hunger for success.Bonang Matheba’s resume´ includes radio disk jockey, television presenter for lifestyle shows like the Afternoon Express, and being a global ambassador for Revlon cosmetics. (Image: Bonang Matheba)Any advice to women?Roxy Burger: Run your own race. Try not to compare yourself to others. And let’s stop pulling each other down. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Let’s support one another and uplift one another and that is how we can create change.Farah Fortune: Always do what’s best for you. Your gender is not a disability.Bonang Matheba: Be each other’s champions. We are so much more than the bickering.Nomzamo Mbatha: Have resilience. The resilience to fight for your voice, your place and your dreams. We can and will be any and everything that we want to be. Society is afraid of the strength we have, now is the time to be the change. Now is the time! Let us love each other, support each other and know that if one of us wins, it’s a win for all!Kass Naidoo: My advice for women is to find your passion, work hard and reach for the stars!Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

South African research team develops concentrated solar power system

first_img26 August 2015It has been predicted that concentrated solar power (CSP) will be the key to making solar energy a viable energy source over the next 30 years. The quest to harness an effective and operational system has preoccupied some the best science and technology minds in the world, including the Google REThe challenge with CSP systems is that they require large mirrors, called heliostats, across a large area to generate enough energy to make the technology feasible and cost-effective. Mirrors track the sun’s movement throughout the day and reflect its energy to the top of a generator tower, where the heat is transferred to moving water that can create electricity.At Ivanpah, 143 000 heliostats across 1 420 hectares centralise the energy gathered on to three central solar power generators. The plant’s capacity factor – its ratio of actual output over time – is 31%, meaning for every hour it operates, the plant can generate 18.6 minutes of energy. Naturally, the technology is inhibited by its size and cost, so any way to cut these down is greatly anticipated.South African solar energy researchers at Stellenbosch University have designed and developed the Helio100 system, which deals with the size issue. It is portable and easy to install without losing the technology’s effectiveness: Helio100 has only 100 heliostat panels, but can generate 150kW of energy collectively, enough to power a small suburb. At the moment, the system is aimed at relieving the effects of load shedding, but once fully developed, Helio100 will be a viable alternative power source.Paul Gauche, a former strategic planner at Intel, is the founding director of the university’s Solar Thermal Research Group that developed Helio100. He explains that the system is remarkable in its portability, referring to what he calls “plonkable heliostats. (meaning) that, from factory to installation, you can just drop them down on to the ground and they work”. There is no major construction involved and minimum effort to install. “Every part in it is manufacturable (sic) and installable by two sets of hands,” Gauche told Britain’s The Guardian newspaper earlier this month.Athi Ntisana, a technologist on the team tasked with conceptualising, prototyping and building the finished systems, is convinced the technology is right for South Africa. Helio100 “requires (local) labour, components manufactured here in the country and we have land here where sunlight is abundant – and that’s also where there is not much employment. It solves all these problems.”The Helio100 system is expected to be fully functional by the end of October, and Gauche predicts that once the technology is perfected, economies of scale will follow to possibly create the first affordable, small-scale, consumer-friendly CSP system.Source: The Guardianlast_img read more

Shot teacher not entitled to more compensation under govt rules ombudsman

first_imgREGINA – A teacher who was shot in the face at a school in La Loche in 2016 says she’s disappointed the Saskatchewan ombudsman has determined she can’t be compensated for pain and suffering under government rules.Charlene Klyne, a substitute teacher, lost all vision in her left eye and can only see dark shadows in her right eye. She has numerous pellets lodged in different spots from her jaw to her chest that can’t be removed by surgery.Last year, she complained that workers’ compensation payments weren’t enough to cover her bills.The provincial government asked ombudsman Mary McFadyen to review the case and she said Wednesday that Klyne has received all the support provided by government programs and workers’ compensation.“Through no fault of her own, Ms. Klyne was badly injured at work in a horrific event. We looked at the government agencies within our jurisdiction and found they provided her the supports that were within their authority to provide,” McFadyen said in a release Wednesday.“Those benefits did not include compensation for pain and suffering.”Klyne, who hasn’t been able to work since the shooting, said she’s disappointed with the ombudsman’s review. She said the province hasn’t upheld its commitment to take care of the victims of the deadly school shooting.“It is part of the government, and they are sweeping everything under the carpet — like I’ve said since this happened,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “They just want us to go away and ignore the whole situation.”A gunman opened fire at the La Loche high school in January 2016, killing a teacher and teacher’s aide, and wounding seven others. He also killed two brothers at a nearby home.Following the shooting, the provincial government had committed to supporting the victims and the community.“The offer to help was so pronounced,” said Buckley Belanger, an NDP MLA for Athabasca, which includes La Loche. “Fast forward two and a half years later and it is so discouraging to see what limited support they are affording a lot of the shooting victims.“While this one is specific to Ms. Klyne, I’ve talked to a lot of the victims and a lot of them are very frustrated and angry and very disappointed.”Belanger said the ombudsman had to work within a set of parameters, but the Saskatchewan government should have updated its legislation to address some of the concerns that came out of the shooting.“You would think after a horrific event like a school shooting that the government would respond accordingly,” he said. “They never did.”The province said in a statement that the ombudsman’s review showed Klyne received “all the entitled services and benefits under the Victims of Crime Act and the Workers’ Compensation Act.”The government said they have increased addiction services, student counsellors and victim services to follow through on its commitment to help the community.Klyne said she expected more from the government as a victim, but added that she’s not finished fighting.“I’m working on getting a lawyer, getting more papers together that the lawyer requested and going from there,” she said.In the meantime, Klyne’s son has set up a GoFundMe campaign to try to get some help for his mom.last_img read more

Premiers to focus on Quebec over pipelines religious symbols at conference

first_imgSASKATOON — Canada’s premiers are meeting in Saskatoon on the final day of their annual gathering with Quebec expected to be at the centre of talks.Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he is trying to work with Quebec Premier Francois Legault on moving oil through the province by pipeline as part of a future energy corridor.But Legault says there is no “social acceptability” in Quebec for oil pipelines.Kenney says he believes Legault understands the financial pain Albertans are feeling.He says provinces that receive equalization payments should help develop resources that pay the bills in the federation.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he plans to express his concerns with Legault about Quebec’s new law that bans public servants in positions of power from wearing religious symbols.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is hosting the meeting of The Council of the Federation and says some disagreements are expected.The premiers are also to discuss health care, Arctic sovereignty and cannabis. Bill Graveland and Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Chainsmokers And Los Angeles Youth Network Announce Partnership

first_imgLos Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) is proud to announce a new partnership from the Grammy Award winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers.The donation will help fund LAYN’s services for homeless and foster youth in Los Angeles. The donation will help in the vital services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, education and job development, health and wellness, and aftercare program.“The issues facing the youth served by LAYN are not insurmountable and we knew we could help,” said Taggart. “These homeless, runaway and foster youth are bright, intelligent and have determination to achieve their goals and LAYN is there alongside them to motivate and inspire them,” Taggart added. “The issues facing these youth seem daunting, but we are happy to support this cause and LAYN in its mission to create permanent solutions for these young people.”“We are honored that Alex and Andrew chose LAYN as their charity of choice,” said Mark Supper, CEO and President of Los Angeles Youth Network. “Partnerships like this, play a critical role in driving momentum and fueling community awareness, and support. This donation and their partnership will make a significant impact on the lives of the homeless and foster youth we serve.”Annually, LAYN houses over 500 youth and provides more than 16,000 bed nights and 97,000 meals, to youth 12-21 years old. For youth whose histories of trauma have driven them to the streets or placed them in the foster care system, LAYN is there to help and support them. Beyond the basics of shelter, food, and clothing, LAYN gives youth the tools and mindset they need to imagine positive futures. LAYN empowers each youth to realize their academic potential, to identify their career aspirations, and advocate for themselves.last_img read more

Soccer Players Launch Social Media Boycott Over Disgusting Racial

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Soccer players in England are backing a 24-hour boycott of social media to demand a crackdown on racial abuse on the platforms. “My teammates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch,” Deeney said. “Any racism in football is too much, and it’s essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it. “Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just ‘part of the game’ but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income,” Smalling said. “Football has a problem with racism,” England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose said. “I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career.” After being targeted with monkey noises while playing for England in Montenegro last month, Rose said he couldn’t wait for his career to end to escape racism in football. The PFA has distributed a red graphic featuring the words “Enough. Make a stand against racism.” Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham’s Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Watford captain Troy Deeney was also targeted with racial insults on Instagram earlier this month after scoring in an FA Cup semifinal win over Wolverhampton. “Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse,” Rose said. Twitter said earlier this week that it uses “proprietary-built internal technology to proactively find abusive content” but anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out asked for more serious action. Unlike Rose, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling does have public accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. “I understand that I am in an extremely privileged position and I am deeply thankful for that but, at the end of the day, we are all human.” Earlier this week, Manchester United condemned abuse directed at Ashley Young online following the club’s Champions League exit at Barcelona. Following a series of high-profile cases, the Professional Footballers’ Association has gathered support from players to stay off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 9 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday. “While there has been progress in the battle against racism within football, there are still far too many instances of players being abused,” said Leicester captain Wes Morgan, who won the Premier League in 2016. “I’ve heard it in the stands and I’ve seen it online. We all have. That’s why, as players, we are coming together on Friday to say that more must now be done to eradicate racism from our game.” “On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players — or anyone else — whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football. The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism — enough is enough.” “Football is more popular than it has ever been, but we have a discontented generation of players who won’t stand for racist abuse any longer. Enough is enough,” Arsenal and England women’s team forward Danielle Carter said. “We want to see social media companies take proper responsibility for racist abuse on their platforms and we want them to find solutions.” read more