Giants’ Bruce Bochy honored with farewell tribute in ‘the place it all started’

first_imgSAN DIEGO — At the end of the 2006 season, Padres executive Sandy Alderson allowed Bruce Bochy to step away from his position as manager and leave for the same role with the Giants.Bochy’s departure was unceremonious at the time, but his career is not short on ceremonies.Three of the most memorable took place on Market Street in San Francisco. One was staged at Petco Park on Friday evening ahead of Bochy’s final series with the Giants in San Diego.The Padres paid tribute to the winningest …last_img read more

Final audition for some Sharks prospects falls flat

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks came into training camp excited about the amount of competition it was going to bring. There were going to be spots on the roster up for grabs, and the organization felt the players it had in the system deserved an opportunity to vie for those jobs.A couple of players like Lean Bergmann and Mario Ferraro, no doubt, have come to the forefront. But after 11 days of camp and four preseason games, it’s safe to say not enough guys took advantage of the opportunity.Tuesday’s …last_img read more

Mbeki, Bush cement relations

first_img10 July 2003A toast between President Thabo Mbeki and visiting US President George W Bush, proposed by the former, sealed a relationship between the two countries at a luncheon hosted by Mbeki for about 250 guests in Pretoria on Wednesday.Mbeki said the Americans had offered their unwavering support to South Africa during the struggle era and during the post-democratic dispensation to overcome the challenges it faced.“As the eminent representative of such a people, Mr President, we could not but receive you as a friend and an honoured guest,” Mbeki told Bush.A few hours before the luncheon, the two leaders held discussions on political, economic and social issues. These included conflict resolution on the continent, the post-war Iraq, the Zimbabwean crisis, HIV-Aids, and trade relations.Addressing the media after the meeting, Mbeki said his government was pleased by the commitment shown by the US to assist both South Africa and the continent. “The visit will result in strengthened bilateral relations and strengthened cooperation to meet these and other challenges that we face together,” he said.In response, Bush said he appreciated the relationship between the two administrations, describing it as vital. “Mr President, I want to thank you for making it a vital relationship,” he said, adding that the partnership could help extend democracy, free markets and transparency across Africa.On Zimbabwe, Bush said the US would encourage the South African government to continue engaging the warring parties in that country, adding that Pretoria and Washington shared the same objectives on the manner in which the political, economic and social turmoil in Zimbabwe could be resolved.“I have no intention of second-guessing [Mbeki’s] tactics. We want the same outcome,” Bush said. “Mbeki is the point man in this important subject, he is working very hard and is in touch with the parties involved, and the US supports him in his efforts.”Mbeki assured Bush that the warring factions in Zimbabwe – the government and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change – were engaged in talks to solve the problems in that country.Mbeke reiterated, however, that the principal responsibility for the resolution of those challenges lay with the Zimbabweans themselves. “It is very important that they should move forward with urgency to find resolutions to these questions,” Mbeki said.Bush also lauded efforts by Pretoria to forge peace elsewhere on the continent, particularly in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.He said the US was heartened by South Africa’s decision to increase its HIV-Aids budget, reiterating that his administration would provide $15-billion to Africa in the next five years to combat the disease.“Trade is the key to Africa’s economic future. The African Growth and Opportunities Act is creating jobs and stimulating investment across the continent,” Bush said.Bush arrived in South Africa on Tuesday from Senegal as part of a five-nation tour of the continent. He leaves for Botswana on Thursday, from where he will head for Uganda and Nigeria before returning to the US.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

New Dawn satellite now in orbit

first_imgIntelsat New Dawn taking off from the French Guiana on 22 April. (Image: Space) The satellite is specifically designed to improve Africa’s communication. (Image: Intelsat) MEDIA CONTACTS • Portia Sibugodi Communications Convergence Partners +27 11 550 5320 RELATED ARTICLES • Intelsat New Dawn set for take-off • SA company selling tickets to space • Blast-off for space weather centre • SA space agency to launch soonBongani Nkosi Intelsat New Dawn, Africa’s new communications satellite, finally blasted into space via the Ariane 5 rocket, which to date has lifted off almost 60 times with satellite payloads.The satellite took off successfully on 22 April from commercial space transport company Arianespace‘s rocket complex in Kourou, French Guiana. Its initial launch on 29 March was aborted.Ariane 5, one of the world’s most successful launch vehicles, also took the Yahsat 1A satellite to space on the same day. This communications satellite will serve the Middle East primarily, and will also offer services to customers in Africa and Southwest Asia.Intelsat New Dawn is specifically designed to improve communications within the African continent. According to its owners, because it operates from a geostationary orbital slot at 32.8° east, it’s well placed to bolster Africa’s telecommunications capacity.Its 28 C-band and 24 Ku-band 36 MHz transponder units are tailor-made to provide critical communications infrastructure for African customers, Intelsat said.“Intelsat New Dawn will be ideally positioned to serve Africa through a payload optimised to deliver new capacity for voice, wireless backhaul, fixed line and wireless infrastructure, broadband and media,” said Intelsat’s statement.New Dawn will be part of Intelsat’s well-established satellite fleet that caters for almost the entire world.“Intelsat New Dawn will be integrated with the resilient Intelsat fleet, allowing us to expand and enhance the vital communications services that are provided by our customers to business consumers throughout Africa,” Intelsat’s CEO Dave McGlade said in the statement.With a life span of at least 17 years, Intelsat New Dawn comes at a time when the continent’s telecoms sector needs to take full advantage of upcoming long-haul submarine and terrestrial broadband cables, following the recent launch of others like Seacom and Eassy.Intelsat owns a 10% stake at New Dawn after it provided the bulk of the 15% equity investments. African investors hold a combined 90% majority.The local funders, which include financial provider Nedbank, the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, the African Development Bank and investment management firm Convergence Partners, provided both equity and debt funding.“The satellite will not only deliver crucial services specifically tailored for Africa, it will also herald the dawn of a new era where Africans enjoy far greater involvement in the space communications industry,” said Convergence Partners’ chairman Andile Ngcaba.Terrestrial fibre cable partnershipConvergence Partners is also a partner in Johannesburg-based FibreCo Telecommunications, a venture that plans to implement a new long-haul terrestrial fibre-optic broadband network in South Africa. Local companies Cell C and Internet Solutions are the other investors in the 12 000km open-access cable.The first phase of construction will see a 4 500km redundant core ring, which will link Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban, being completed by the end of 2012. The entire project will be finished off in two more subsequent phases.“The project is on track, with good progress being made on the key activities supporting the development of FibreCo’s network, including negotiations with local and international network implementation partners, government authorities and various other market players,” said Arif Hussain, the consortium’s CEO.last_img read more

Red Lions, Bombers out to sustain surge

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Star import under close scrutiny WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “You cannot be overconfident against Mapua. They can play,” Meneses said. “If we don’t do things right, they’re going to beat us.”The Lions can stay within striking distance of the Pirates with a victory over the Chiefs who snapped their slide by trouncing St. Benilde, 87-81.The Chiefs’ win also marked the breakout game of rookie guard Levi Dela Cruz, who exploded for 24 points on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.“We have to be ready because they have players who can step up also,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.After losing to Lyceum early in the season, San Beda has quietly piled up five straight victories with Robert Bolick and Jayvee Mocon at the forefront of its relentless attack.ADVERTISEMENT The Heavy Bombers look to continue their surge as they take on the struggling Cardinals of Mapua at 2 p.m.After a sputtering start, the Bombers have racked up three straight victories, including a 70-60 triumph over San Sebastian last Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If we’re playing to our potential, I don’t fear any team in the league,” JRU coach Vergel Meneses said of the Bombers, who are running third at 5-3. “It’s really up to the players if they’re willing to rise to the challenge.”The Bombers own the league’s stingiest defense, allowing just 62.8 points an outing. Still, Meneses said JRU can’t take Mapua lightly despite its 1-7 record. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next San Beda and Jose Rizal U seek to close out the first round on a positive note when they clash with separate rivals on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Running second behind Lyceum, the Red Lions go up against the dangerous Arellano Chiefs at 4 p.m. in their first meeting since the finals last season won by San Beda via a two-game sweep.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

IPL: Pride at stake as Delhi take on Chennai

first_imgOut of contention for a place in the play-offs of the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), spoiling the party for top teams is Delhi Daredevils’ aim heading into their last three matches.But with skipper and mainstay Virender Sehwag out of the tournament, even that seems far-fetched as they take on Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.Sehwag had been the lone performer for the Daredevils, who have chopped and changed their side time and again in search of the right combination.With the talisman bowing out, it will be the perfect platform for the youngsters to rise to the occasion against a strong Chennai outfit led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.David Warner has failed to provide a good start at the top of the order, forcing the management to drop him for the match against Deccan Chargers before recalling him for the match against Mumbai. But Warner managed a solitary run before Harbhajan Singh got the better of him. Only new skipper James Hopes, among the foreign recruits, has managed to consistently contribute to the team’s cause.But with nothing to lose, Delhi would look to just go out and enjoy themselves and there could be quite a few changes in the playing XI with the likes of Roelof van der Merwe and Shahbaz Nadeem being given an opportunity to spin a web around the Chennai top-order on a turning track.The Super Kings, on the other hand, will look to avoid an upset and earn the win required to book their places in the play-offs. Having put up a professional show in their last match against Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni and his boys will guard against complacency.advertisementWith the national selectors set to meet on Friday, the likes of Murali Vijay and Subramaniam Badrinath – a consistent performer for Chennai along with Michael Hussey – would look to catch the eyes of the men who matter.Chennai’s consistent run has been helped by the fact that all the other toporder batsmen have flourished with Hussey – 388 runs from nine matches – and Suresh Raina – 320 runs from 11 matches – leading the way.Even the bowlers have been impressive with pacers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel – 13 wickets apiece – being ably backed by spinner R Ashwin – 12 wickets from 11 matches. The basic difference between the two sides this year has been that while CSK’s foreign recruits have repaid the faith shown in them, the foreigners in the Daredevils outfit have failed to fire throughout the tournament with even Morne Morkel’s line and length going haywire in the last few matches.During training, Delhi coach Greg Shippered could be seen talking to Irfan Pathan, Warner and Venugopal Rao – Delhi’s most prolific batsmen after Sehwag with 290 runs from 11 matches.Rao also bowled for a long time. He could be an option considering the nature of the wicket.Chennai were relaxed during their session. While the likes of Dhoni and Raina went for big hits, Badrinath played some classy drives and flicks before stepping out to the spinners.last_img read more

Cree and Inuit gather to share knowledge in launch of Hudson Bay

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN NewsLucassie Arragutainaq is from Sanikiluaq, an Inuit community located on the Belcher Islands of Hudson Bay.Since the 1990s he has wanted to collaborate to share Inuit and Cree knowledge of the ecosystems of Hudson Bay and James Bay.“We understand what is going on exactly. That is what it matters really,” said Arragutainaq. “We just want to be a part of the process and understand what is going to happen within Hudson Bay and James Bay.”Arragutainaq dream came true this week as more than 200 Cree and Inuit gathered in Montreal to launch the Hudson Bay consortium.“How can we keep the bays healthy for future generations, how can we make sure that young people can learn Indigenous knowledge and go out and hunt” said Joel Heath, co-founder of the Arctic Eider Society, explaining its purpose.MP Hunter Tootoo says it’s positive to see everyone around the same table for a common goal.“For us that live there, and rely on it, we all have something at stake,” said Tootoo. “I think it is important that everyone come together and collectively come up with a plan on how to preserve and protect and monitor the waters that we rely on for livelihood.”[email protected]last_img read more

Opinion 5 takeaways from Ohio States win over Rutgers

Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) reaches for a pass from redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) during OSU’s 56-17 win against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead Saturday, en route to a 56-17 drubbing of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.And beyond just a victory, the Buckeye offense collected another record-setting performance by racking up more than 500 yards for the fourth straight game.The Lantern sports editors compiled a list of five things we learned from the Buckeye victory.1. J.T. Barrett could be best in the Big TenComing into the season, senior quarterback Braxton Miller and Penn State sophomore gunslinger Christian Hackenberg were thought to be the class of the Big Ten quarterbacks.But eight weeks into the season, Barrett seems to be heads and tails over any quarterback in the conference.The redshirt-freshman from Wichita Falls, Texas, leads all Big Ten quarterbacks in completion percentage, touchdown passes and quarterback rating and has not thrown an interception since Sept. 13 against Kent State.Not too bad for a guy who was the third string quarterback to start fall camp.If Barrett continues to impress with his play, there is a good chance he could unseat Miller as the Big Ten offensive player of the year.2. The offensive line is dominatingAfter being embarrassed against Virginia Tech in the second game of the season, the Buckeye offensive front has been making opposing defenses look silly.Since the loss to the Hokies in which the Buckeyes totaled just 108 rushing yards, OSU is averaging 314.25 yards per game on the ground.In addition, the Buckeye line has allowed just five sacks in four games since the Virginia Tech game, when Barrett was sacked seven times.OSU coach Urban Meyer has said this year that the Buckeyes are an offensive line driven team, and it has shown the last four weeks.3. Secondary improving, but yet to be testedWhile the OSU secondary held Rutgers to just 196 yards passing, how much stock can we put into the Buckeyes’ performance?Yes, Gary Nova threw for more than 400 yards against Michigan, but this year’s Wolverines are not your traditional Big Ten power.The Buckeye secondary has yet to be tested, but will be on Saturday against Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions.Hackenberg leads the Big Ten in passing yards per game and Penn State is last in the Big Ten in total rushing.Needless to say, the Nittany Lions will be throwing early and often against the Buckeyes in what will likely be the first real test of the OSU secondary this season.4. Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall has star potentialMarshall — a former high school quarterback — had to take some time before finding his role in OSU’s offense. On Saturday, that role become more defined than ever before.He is simply a playmaker for the Buckeyes and keeps on improving week to week. In OSU’s win against Rutgers, he totaled three receptions for a team-high 58 yards and returned four punts for 45 yards along with one kickoff return for another 26 yards. He ended up leading the game with 129 all-purpose yards, 22 ahead of Barrett.Marshall was expected to make contributions last season before ending up having to redshirt, but he’s proven so far this year that he can step up when his number is called. If he continues on the same kind of trajectory, he has a chance to become the most dangerous player on the Buckeyes’ offense along with the special teams units.5. And so does freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillanNot only does McMillan have star potential down the road, but he is quickly morphing into an important player this season.While he’s not a starter on OSU’s defense, his playing time has continued to increase week by week, and at times it seems like he is the more trusted option ahead of senior linebacker and incumbent starter Curtis Grant.McMillan totaled five tackles against Rutgers — tied for fourth on the team — and made his presence felt throughout the game. Grant, much like McMillan, is a former blue-chip prospect, but it’s starting to look like the younger of the two is ready to unseat the elder sooner than anyone expected.Regardless of Grant’s experience, look for McMillan to be starting games before this season comes to a close.The Buckeyes are set to hit the road on Saturday to take on Penn State in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more