With one game left, Utah can finish anywhere from 8th to 11th in Pac-12 depending on final week’s results

first_img Utah guard Both Gach (11) dribbles the ball up the court against California during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Utah forward Mikael Jantunen, right, grabs a rebound against California guard Joel Brown (1) and guard Kareem South (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak gestures during the second half of his team’s NCAA college basketball game against California in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California head coach Mark Fox, right, holds up the hand of guard Joel Brown (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California won 86-79 in overtime. The Utes had some positives come out of the most recent trip to the Bay Area. Against Stanford, the Utes came back from an 18-point deficit and twice had a chance to tie the game in the final two minutes before falling 70-62.Then on Saturday, the Utes led for much of the game and again fought back, this time from a six-point deficit in the final minute of regulation with eight points in the final 51 seconds to force overtime. However, the Golden Bears took control in the extra period, scoring on nine of 10 possessions to take an 86-79 victory. Utah guard Alfonso Plummer, middle, drives between California forward Andre Kelly (22) and forward Grant Anticevich (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Grid View California forward D.J. Thorpe, middle, passes the ball while being defended by Utah forward Riley Battin, left, and forward Mikael Jantunen (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California forward D.J. Thorpe, middle, passes the ball while being defended by Utah forward Riley Battin, left, and forward Mikael Jantunen (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California guard Matt Bradley, top left, shoots over Utah guard Rylan Jones (15) and center Branden Carlson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Utah forward Mikael Jantunen, right, grabs a rebound against California guard Joel Brown (1) and guard Kareem South (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP California forward Grant Anticevich (15) is congratulated by forward D.J. Thorpe after scoring against Utah during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California won 86-79 in overtime. California guard Paris Austin (3) dribbles the ball up the court against Utah during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP Jeff Chiu, AP Utah forward Timmy Allen (1) shoots against California forward Kuany Kuany (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak gestures during the second half of his team’s NCAA college basketball game against California in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP Jeff Chiu, AP California guard Joel Brown (1) shoots against Utah center Branden Carlson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Utah guard Both Gach (11) dribbles the ball up the court against California during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP Jeff Chiu, AP SALT LAKE CITY — At least the Utah basketball team has no chance of finishing in last place in the Pac-12 this season. That became reality Friday night when Washington State defeated defending champion Washington, assuring the Huskies of finishing in last place and taking the No. 12 seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament.However, the Utes can finish anywhere from eighth place to 11th, depending on what happens this week in the final week of the regular season.“It seemed like they wanted it a little more and played with a lot of energy we didn’t have.” — Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak, on the loss to CalAfter losing to Cal in overtime Saturday afternoon in Berkeley, the Utes fell to 6-11 in Pac-12 play and currently stand in 10th place, a half-game behind Washington State and a half-game ahead of Oregon State.The Utes will conclude the season Saturday when they take on Colorado at 12:30 p.m. at the Huntsman Center. A win would leave them at 7-11 in league play, a loss at 6-12. Either way, it’s their worst finish since the 2012-13 season when they were 5-13.Cal must play at Oregon and Oregon State this weekend, while Washington State plays at Arizona and Arizona State. If all the home teams win, then Oregon State and Cal would also finish 7-11 and Washington State would be 6-12. If Utah and Washington State tie, the Utes would win a tiebreak for the league tournament because of their Jan. 25 win (the two teams only played once this year). Other tiebreaks will be determined on the order of finish at the top of the standings, which are jumbled right now, and how each team did against them this year. California forward Andre Kelly (22) shoots against Utah center Branden Carlson (35) and forward Mikael Jantunen (20) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP Utes get beat up on the boards and fall to Cal in overtime for one more road loss California forward Kuany Kuany, top, shoots over Utah guard Alfonso Plummer (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California head coach Mark Fox, right, holds up the hand of guard Joel Brown (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California won 86-79 in overtime.center_img 3 keys in the Utah Utes’ 86-79 overtime loss to the Cal Golden Bears Jeff Chiu, AP California guard Matt Bradley, top left, shoots over Utah guard Rylan Jones (15) and center Branden Carlson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California forward Kuany Kuany, top, shoots over Utah guard Alfonso Plummer (25) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Related California forward Andre Kelly (22) shoots against Utah center Branden Carlson (35) and forward Mikael Jantunen (20) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California’s Paris Austin (3) and Joel Brown (1) celebrate with Andre Kelly (22) and Matt Bradley, second from right facing, during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Utah guard Alfonso Plummer, middle, drives between California forward Andre Kelly (22) and forward Grant Anticevich (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP Utah guard Alfonso Plummer (25) is congratulated by guard Both Gach (11) after scoring against California during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California won 86-79 in overtime. Jeff Chiu, AP California’s Paris Austin (3) and Joel Brown (1) celebrate with Andre Kelly (22) and Matt Bradley, second from right facing, during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California forward Grant Anticevich (15) is congratulated by forward D.J. Thorpe after scoring against Utah during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California won 86-79 in overtime. California guard Matt Bradley, left, looks toward a loose ball in front of Utah forward Mikael Jantunen, bottom, and guard Alfonso Plummer, right, during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP Jeff Chiu, AP California forward Grant Anticevich, bottom, is defended by Utah forward Timmy Allen (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP Jeff Chiu, AP California guard Paris Austin (3) dribbles the ball up the court against Utah during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP California guard Matt Bradley, left, looks toward a loose ball in front of Utah forward Mikael Jantunen, bottom, and guard Alfonso Plummer, right, during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California forward Grant Anticevich, bottom, is defended by Utah forward Timmy Allen (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Utah forward Timmy Allen (1) shoots against California forward Kuany Kuany (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California guard Joel Brown (1) shoots against Utah center Branden Carlson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Jeff Chiu, AP Utah guard Alfonso Plummer (25) is congratulated by guard Both Gach (11) after scoring against California during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. California won 86-79 in overtime. Once again, the Utes got off to slow starts in both halves against Cal, despite a change in the starting lineups, but they didn’t fall into a hole as they have in other road games. Timmy Allen had perhaps his best game in Pac-12 play, scoring 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting and pulling down eight rebounds, while Both Gach had his best game in two months, scoring 19 points with six rebounds. That has to be encouraging for the Utes as they head into the regular-season finale and conference tournament that their two “veteran” players are playing well. However, there are concerns. Will Rylan Jones be healthy after suffering a head injury early in Saturday’s game, coming off a shin injury two games before that? Can Riley Battin break out of a slump that has seen him go scoreless in three of his last four games and score only two points in the other? Was that just an off night for Branden Carlson, who had just two points and one rebound in 32 minutes Saturday after being Utah’s best player over the past month?With Saturday’s loss, the Utes finished 0-9 in Pac-12 road games, just the second time that’s happened, along with the initial 2011-12 season. With just the one road win at Nevada in the season opener on Nov. 5, the Utes finished 1-10 overall in road games, only the second time since 1973 they won just one road game.At this point, coach Larry Krystkowiak just wants his team to play as hard as possible.“It seemed like they wanted it a little more and played with a lot of energy we didn’t have,” he said after the Cal loss. “I know they beat us to the floor on some loose balls that we weren’t even thinking of getting on the floor. We’ve got to play with a little more vigor than we did.”last_img read more

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Hard luck for hard waste collectors

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Cardinia Shire Council has declared a war on waste. At their 11 Decembers general council meeting, councillors…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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It didn’t take Tom Renney long to find a new job, joins Detroit Red Wings

first_imgRenney had also been courted by the San Jose Sharks of the NHL but signed a three-year deal with Detroit.The Red Wings had a spot open on their staff when Jeff Blashill was named head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.Before arriving in Edmonton, the 57-year-old Cranbrook native was let go from the Rangers in February 2009 after 61 games, following three full seasons and 20 games in another when he took over from Glen Sather, who remained as general manager.Renney was also release from Vancouver in 1997-98 after his first full season with the club.Renney got his start in hockey in the KIJHL. He won the league championship as skipper of the Columbia Valley Rockies before moving to coaching in the Western Hockey League and winning a Memorial Cup with Kamloops Blazers.In two season with the Blazers Renney compiled a 101-37-6 record for a .714 winning percentage, which ranks as the all-time highest winning mark in CHL history.Before coaching in the NHL, Renney guided Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.Renney and wife Glenda own a summer home near Nelson on the North Shore overlooking Kootenay Lake. It’s didn’t take former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League coach Tom Renney to find a job back in the pros.The Columbia Valley Rockies skipper, who took the one proud franchise to a KIJHL title, accepted an offer earlier this week with the Detroit Red Wings as associate coach.Renney fell out of favour with his last team, Edmonton Oilers, which elected not to re-sign the coach after his third season with the NHL club.Instead, the Oilers decided to go with Renney’s right-hand man, Ralph Krueger, into the head coaching post.Ironically it was Renney who cohersed Krueger to join the Oilers from Europe.last_img read more

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Holmdel harriers second in Central Jersey meet

first_img1 Cinnaminson 70 2 Old Bridge 66 1 South Brunswick 61 8 South Amboy 235 Boys 1 West Windsor-Plains. So. 52 7 Somerville 184 2 Holmdel 76 9 Matawan 230 8 Pt. Pleasant Borough 199 11 JF Kennedy, Iselin 304 10 Keyport 247 Group III High school Pts. 7 Freehold Borough 182 Group I 6 Middletown North 170 13 Marlboro 339 5 Northern Burlington 146 5 Rumson-Fair Haven 145 8 Ocean Township 225 7 Keansburg 206 Boys Championships were held at Thompson Park, Monroe Township, on Nov. 9. 7 Keansburg 198 3 West Windsor-Plains. So. 78 GIrls 5 Middletown South 118 14 Montgomery 374 15 Monmouth Regional 342 14 Hamilton North 380 12 Jackson Memorial 304 9 Freehold Township 271 Boys Girls 13 Middletown North 342 14 Sayreville 350 10 Freehold Borough 248 5 Colts Neck 167 7 Hillsborough 175 9 South Hunterdon 221 12 East Brunswick 325 3 Hopewell Valley 136 4 Hightstown 139 8 Freehold Township 212 6 Raritan 112 1 Robbinsville 52 12 Monroe Township 349 6 Princeton 156 1 Robbinsville 32 4 Delaware Valley 98 16 Brick Memorial 381 4 Colts Neck 99 PHOTO BY ERIC SUCAR staff Say this for Holmdel’s George Galasso, he’s raced against the best the state has to offer. After competing against Manalapan’s Robby Andrews at both the Monmouth County and Shore Conference championships, Galasso faced another of the state’s elite harriers, West Windsor-Plainsboro North’s Joe Rosa and his twin brother, James Rosa. Joe Rosa turned in the fastest time of the day on the rain-soaked Thompson Park course in Jamesburg, 15:37, while James was second in 15:54. Galasso finished fourth (16:20) just behind WWP North’s third runner, Tyler Corkedale (16:20). The Hornets’ Oliver Song ran a solid race, finishing ninth (16:52). The top 10 individuals and top five teams from the weekend’s state sectional races all qualified for Saturday’s NJSIAA State Group Championships back at familiar Holmdel Park. Holmdel finished second to the powerful, nationally ranked WWP North squad with 76 points. The Pirates won with a dual meet score of 18. The Hornet girls also finished second in a close competition with Hopewell Valley, 57-74. Holmdel had its fifth runner home before Hopewell Valley’s fourth. But a one-two finish by the Bulldogs’ Clare Buck (18:23), and with their third runner, Julie Jablonski (seventh in 18:56) home before the Hornets’ No. 1, proved to be too much for Holmdel’s pack to overcome Shannon Nelson led Holmdel in ninth place (20:14). She was followed closely by Rachel Williams (20:29) and Cathay Zhao (20:29) in 13th and 14th. Katie Little (20:50) and Lilia Xie (20:56) were 18th and 20th. The top five were separated by only 42 seconds. In Group II, Matawan’s boys were third (118) and will be racing on Saturday. Sean Donohue’s eighth place ((17:03) paced the Huskies. Ryan Montaparerto was 11th (17:17). Rounding out the scorers were Dhaval Shah (17:42), Evan Norwood (17:51) and Tim Birch (18:39), who were 22-24-53. While the public schools were contesting the state sectional, the parochial schools were up at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth for the New Jersey Catholic Track Coaches Championships. The Warinanco Park course at 5,250 meters is slightly longer than the standard high school 5,000 meters. Nationally ranked Christian Brothers Academy ran the race as if it were a workout, together. Brendan Swan (17:21), Mike Mazzaccaro (17:21), Dennis Smith (17:21), Mark Lee (17:22) and Dan Bailey (17:22) finished in seventh through 11th place as the Colts collected yet another championship with a team score of 45. On the girls’ side, Mater Dei’s Marie Walsh was fourth (19:55). NJSIAA Central Sectional Cross-Country Championships 1 Hopewell Valley 57 16 Lakewood 464 4 Pt. Pleasant Borough 133 2 Red Bank Regional 109 2 Holmdel 74 3 Princeton 80 17 No. Plainfield 428 7 Jackson Memorial 209 Girls 10 Spotswood 243 8 Neptune 205 14 Delran 409 8 South River 216 10 Northern Burlington 243 6 Middlesex 180 17 Sayreville 397 13 Ewing 407 12 Manville 314 9 Lawrence 232 1 West Windsor-Plains. No. 18 1 Johnson, Arthur L. 64 Group IV 6 Delaware Valley 169 2 Shore Regional 60 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 96 4 East Brunswick 143 10 Raritan 299 15 Wall 393 12 Allentown 322 13 Spotswood 335 4 New Providence 95 15 Burlington Twp. 424 16 Burlington Twp. 374 15 Rancocas Valley 379 2 Hillsborough 62 8 Manasquan 210 3 Matawan 118 4 Henry Hudson 145 11 Johnson, Arthur L. 302 5 Howell 127 6 Montgomery 140 3 Manalapan 106 6 Wall 132 7 Middletown South 161 Girls 11 Cinnaminson 280 3 Pt. Pleasant Beach 76 11 South Brunswick 303 Group II 10 Rancocas Valley 309 2 Red Bank Regional 77 Boys 4 West Windsor-Plains. No. 101 14 Ewing 340 3 Shore Regional 96 2 Metuchen 56 15 Brick Memorial 379 6 Dunellen 182 5 Manasquan 108 9 Delran 244 7 Somerville 191 10 Howell 279 11 Middlesex 286 BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer 9 Ocean Township 206 8 Old Bridge 221 11 North Brunswick 313 13 JF Kennedy, Iselin 372 High school Pts. 5 Metuchen 107 13 South Amboy 367 9 North Brunswick 275 5 New Providence 165 12 Allentown 390 11 Hamilton East 285 last_img read more

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Asian National Olympic Committees given reassurances over Zika ahead of Rio 2016

first_imgRepresentatives of NOCs from South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia were told that the number of mosquitoes was dropping as Brazil entered the winter months and that a series of preventative measures have been put in place to reduce the threat even further in venues and accommodation to be used for the Olympic Games. The measures include extensive spraying of competition venues and the Athletes’ Village, air conditioning to keep the temperature cool and windows closed and plug-in devices to ensure 24-hour vigilance inside apartments.“I would like to calm your fears over the Zika virus,” Sarah Paterson, continental manager for Asia and Oceania NOC relations for Rio 2016, told delegates at the Olympic Council of Asia and Olympic Solidarity Regional Forum.She added, though:: “We advise National Olympic Committees to take bite prevention measures.”According to Rio 2016, data collected by the Brazilian Ministry of Health over the past 20 years indicates there is no history of outbreaks of illnesses caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito – which transmits dengue and Zika – during winter.João Grangeiro, the chief medical officer of Rio 2016, has stressed the importance of following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), which has classed the link between zika and birth defect microcephaly as a public health emergency of international concern.Microcephaly causes babies to be born with small heads and under-developed brains, while Zika can also cause miscarriages, premature birth and vision problems in babies.More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in Brazil since October.Only around 200 of these have been in Rio de Janeiro however, and, given that the Olympics and Paralympics will be held in winter months, the risk there is considered relatively low so long as adequate precautions are taken.“Although the general symptoms of the illness are mild and affect only 20 per cent of those infected, we have to be alert to the risks that the virus represents for pregnant women, who should speak with their doctors about preventative measures,” said Grangeiro.WHO advice, which is being followed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Rio 2016 organisers, is for women who are pregnant to not attend the Games.Other tips include mosquito repellent, air conditioned rooms, long clothing and avoiding impoverished and over-crowded areas.The IOC has also provided athletes and NOCs with guidance about prevention and symptoms.last_img read more

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Slaven Bilic sacked… or backed? See what Hammers fans think

first_img1 Slaven Bilic: Should the Croatian be given more time in east London? The pressure is increasing on West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic.The east Londoners, who finished seventh last season, have had a poor start to the Premier League campaign.Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Arsenal at the London Stadium piled the misery on United, and the pressure on Bilic, leaving them 17th after 14 games.READ MORE: Premier League points swing table revealed – How clubs’ performances compare so far to last seasonThey have won just three matches all season and things need to change. Speculation is mounting on the 48-year-old’s future and the Hammers board reportedly want answers.Sky Sports have today said West Ham will give Bilic ‘time’ – but is that the dreaded vote of confidence?Vote in our poll, below…last_img read more

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Al-Qaida No. 2 blasts Bush, pope in video

first_imgCAIRO, Egypt – Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri called President George W. Bush a failure and a liar in the War on Terror in a video statement released Friday, and he compared Pope Benedict XVI to the 11th century pontiff who launched the First Crusade. “Can’t you be honest at least once in your life, and admit that you are a deceitful liar who intentionally deceived your nation when you drove them to war in Iraq?” Osama bin Laden’s deputy said, appearing in front of a standing lamp and a small, decorative cannon. Al-Zawahri also criticized Bush for continuing to imprison al-Qaida leaders, including al-Qaida No. 3 Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11, 2001, mastermind who was captured in Pakistan in March 2003. “Bush, you deceitful charlatan, 3 years have passed since your capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, so how have you found us during this time? Losing and surrendering? Or are we launching attacks with God’s help and becoming martyrs?” he said. “They are countering arguments that individuals have been able to provide useful information,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“What you have perpetrated against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other Muslim captives in your prisons and the prisons of your slaves in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and elsewhere is not hidden from anyone, and we are a people who do not sleep under oppression and who do not abandon our revenge until our chests have been healed of those who have committed aggression against us,” he said. “And we, by the grace of Allah, are seeking to exact revenge on behalf of Islam …” he said. Al-Zawahri accused the United States and its agents of torturing Muslim prisoners seized across the Middle East. “Your agents in the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have captured thousands of the youth and soldiers of Islam whom you made to taste at your hands and the hands of your agents various types of punishment and torture,” al-Zawahri said. Ben Venzke, head of the Virginia-based IntelCenter, which monitors terrorism communications, said al-Zawahri essentially gave al-Qaida’s spin on the arrests and detentions of its leaders. last_img read more

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Initiative to help young entrepreneurs

first_imgAccording to statistics, an estimated 73% of South Africa’s youth, who make up 42% of the country’s population, are unemployed – a reality that needs to be addressed if the country is to effectively eradicate poverty, he said. This is especially the case with for young people in rural and peri-urban areas, as well as young people with disabilities. “The NYDA recognises that it cannot do this alone. South Africa is what it is today because of the power of partnerships and what they can achieve,” said Ngubeni. “We want to partner with the public and private sector and South Africans in general to make the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme effective.” The programme seeks to address this through five key areas: identification and technical training, entrepreneurship training, micro-enterprise finance, business mentorship and business opportunities and market linkages. In addition, an appeal is being made to public and private organisations to avail business opportunities such as procurement, retail and distribution, acquisition of equity stakes and others. Call for volunteers While the programme is aimed at young aspirant and established South African entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35, preferences will be given to young people in rural and peri-urban areas and to those living with disabilities. 29 February 2012 “We believe that the Ithubalentsha Programme will go a long way in creating direct and sustainable employment for young people thereby alleviating the scourge of youth unemployment, which is a major concern to the NYDA.” “What the programme aims to achieve is to give young entrepreneurs the exposure that they need to succeed by facilitating access to mentors and business opportunities in both public and private sectors, while also empowering them with the relevant skills and start-up loans ranging from R1 000 to R100 000,” explained NYDA chief executive Steven Ngubeni in a statement last week.center_img The agency is calling on South Africans experienced in the areas of leadership, management and business to volunteer to be mentors. According to the agency, young entrepreneurs face several barriers including lack of finance to start or expand their businesses, inadequate mentorship and business opportunities, and lack of business management and other appropriate skills. Among those who have come onboard are successful NYDA and Ithubalentsha ambassadors: Rita Zwane, owner of Imbizo Buy & Braai (popularly known as Busy Corner), author and activist for people with disabilities, Nenio Mbazima, and Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, CEO of South African digital marketing agency, KrazyBoyz Digital. For more information about Ithubalentsha Micro-Enterprise Programme and how to get involved, potential mentors and young entrepreneurs can visit the NYDA website at www.nyda.gov.za or e-mail ithuba@nyda.gov.za. South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency has launched the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme, which will provide young aspirant and established entrepreneurs with training, mentorship, micro-enterprise finance, market linkages and access to business opportunities. It says all these factors combined often become entry barriers to business or result in a high failure rate among start-up businesses initiated by young entrepreneurs. Focus is on experienced entrepreneurs, business consultants, middle or senior managers, retired professionals, and life/business coaches. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Is Your Health at Risk From Your Work Culture?

first_imgIn a time when well-being discussions are on the lips of a growing number of business leaders, there are also more mentions of the negative impact of the faster pace of the workplace on employees.  I addressed part of this when I wrote about avoiding burnout at work, and today I’m thinking about a different impact that comes from the unrealistic expectations of many organizations’ executives.   It is the realization that even if organizational leaders are thinking about well-being, what they really mean is addressing it in terms of medical, financial or other benefits.  I think the root problem and negative impact comes from the shrinking number of employees that are expected to do more work, and at a faster pace.In the past month, I’ve witnessed several examples of employees who wear their long hours at work, their continuous availability to their bosses, and their weekly business travel as badges of honor.  Now, for some, maybe those are badges of honor.  But for the rest of us, there is a real cost to living in that mode continuously.  The wear and tear on our bodies and minds are real, and it manifests in stress and physical injuries.  These impacts then spill over into our personal lives when we have to deal with the repercussions.  Yet, because of the pace of work, we don’t have time to even go to the doctor to take care of solving them.  It’s a vicious circle.“Self care should not have to be a choice at work, it should be the foundation of work.”I think this disconnect between what the organizational leaders think is the cause of stress and what employees say the case is, demonstrates the chasm that needs to be addressed to positively impact productivity, engagement and retention.  As evidenced by a recent Willis Towers Watson survey (below), you will see little overlap in the employee and employer view. Many of the items in the employee view are tactical things an organization can change to make a difference.The message here is that if you are a business leader, it’s imperative that you seek to understand what really drives your own behavior, as well as your teams’ behaviors. Don’t rely on what you think you already know.  ASK them what is causing their stress.  You may not be able to solve for everything, but easing the burden on some of the stressors will make a positive impact on their connection to you and the company.Originally published on HR Ringleader blog.last_img read more

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4 coaches, Adidas executive charged in college bribe scheme

first_imgRobredo: 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 No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ He admitted making payments and loans to NCAA athletes as far back as 2000 to get them to hire him.Person, associate head coach at Auburn, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1986 and played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons.Prosecutors said Person accepted about $91,500 in bribes from Blazer last year to steer clients to him when they reached the NBA. Some payments were alleged to have been arranged by Michel, a former NBA referee turned high-end clothier.Person was quoted by prosecutors as telling one player: “The most important part is that you … don’t say nothing to anybody … don’t share with your sisters, don’t share with any of the teammates, that’s very important ’cause this is a violation … of rules. But this is how the NBA players get it done.”Prosecutors said Evans solicited at least $22,000 over the past two years, while Richardson in February was paid $20,000 in bribes, some of which he kept for himself and some of which he gave to at least one high school athlete to get him to play for Arizona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ These file photos show, assistant basketball coaches Tony Bland, left, Chuck Person, center, and Lamont Richardson. The three, along with assistant coach Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, were identified in court papers and are among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors.Some of the most explosive allegations appeared to involve Louisville, one of college basketball’s biggest powerhouses, which is already on NCAA probation over a sex scandal.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Bland appeared in court in Tampa, Florida, wearing handcuffs and ankle chains. He said little during a brief hearing other than to answer the judge’s questions and did not enter a plea.Richardson appeared in court in Tucson, Arizona, where he was set for release on $50,000 bond. His lawyer declined to comment.Those charged also include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, a maker of custom suits for some of the NBA’s biggest stars; and various financial advisers and managers.NCAA President Mark Emmert condemned the alleged misconduct, saying, “Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families, and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest anextraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.”Since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the influence of money on coaches and players in the NCAA. Kim noted a special FBI hotline was set up and asked anyone aware of additional corruption to come forward.Prosecutors said the coaches took bribes to use their “enormous influence” to steer players toward certain financial advisers and agents.Most if not all of the 10 defendants were under arrest. Lawyers for Gatto and two of the coaches did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It was unclear whether Evans had an attorney.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Adidas said it was unaware of any misconduct by an employee and vowed to fully cooperate with authorities.Gatto and others are accused of funneling $100,000 to the family of a high school athlete to gain his commitment to play at Louisville and to sign with Adidas once he became a professional. Louisville and Adidas announced a 10-year, $160 million extension of their sponsorship deal over the summer.The player’s name was not released, but details in the criminal complaint make it clear investigators were referring to Brian Bowen, who did not return messages seeking comment.Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the allegations “come as a complete shock to me.”The development comes as Louisville is appealing a four-year NCAA probation over a scandal involvingescorts hired for players and recruits. The scandal could cost the school its 2013 national championship.In court papers Tuesday, the FBI said it recorded a July meeting at which an assistant coach at Louisville was briefed on a plan to funnel thousands of dollars to a potential high school recruit. The participants in the meeting noted they had to be careful because Louisville was on probation.“We gotta be very low key,” said the coach, according to the FBI.Investigators said agents wiretapped a call in which Gatto and another defendant discussed an unidentified coach at Miami requesting that Adidas pay as much as $150,000 to another recruit, in part to prevent him from accepting a similar offer from a rival apparel company.Louisville interim President Gregory Postel confirmed the university has been informed it is part of the investigation and said, “Any violations will not be tolerated.”Miami said it will cooperate with authorities, while USC said it appointed former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to conduct an internal investigation.The investigation began after Martin Blazer, a Pittsburgh-based financial adviser to pro athletes, began cooperating with authorities in 2014. Blazer, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of taking money from clients without permission, pleaded guilty this month to fraud and other crimes. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as$150,000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company. Court papers didn’t name the schools but contained enough details to identify them as Louisville and Miami.“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingProsecutors said that while some of the bribe money went to athletes and their families, some went to coaches, to get them to use their influence over their potentially NBA-bound players.The coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans were suspended, and Bland was placed on administrative leave. 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