Baugh slams unbeaten 100

first_imgDiscarded West Indies wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr continued his rich vein of form in the Jamaica Scorpions’ trial match series with an unbeaten hundred at Sabina Park yesterday.Representing John Campbell’s XI on the final day of the fifth and penultimate trial game, Baugh Jr hit seven fours and two sixes in an even 100.It was his third straight significant score in the trials, following knocks of 54 not out, in the fourth match, and 96 on Wednesday.Baugh’s century lifted Campbell’s XI to a second-innings total of 252 for four to go along with their first innings 363 for nine.Baugh Jr, in his over four hours stay at the crease, was supported by Cassius Burton (52) and Andre McCarthy who made 48.Left-arm pacer Gavon Brown, two for 44, and left-arm spinner Coi Thompson, two for 47, were the leading bowlers.Paul Palmer’s XI were dismissed for 268 in their first innings early yesterday. Tamar Lambert failed to add to his overnight 74. Palmer Jr and all-rounder Ravmon Powell, who made 45 and 36, respectively, on day two, and Jason Dawes, who ended unbeaten on 19 also got among the runs.Fast bowler Marquino Mindley took three for 46, The sixth and final trial match is slated to start next Tuesday at the same venue.last_img read more

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Conway to ‘swim for the rhino’ at Midmar Mile

first_img31 January 2014Sean Conway, the first and only man in history to swim the length of Great Britain, was in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Wednesday to attend the official press launch of the 2014 aQuelle Midmar Mile, and to lend his support to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s efforts to save the rhino.Conway’s love of endurance events began with his participation as a schoolboy in the Midmar Mile and he has since gone on to cycle around the world and climb Mount Kilimanjaro in a penguin suit for charity.Eight Mile ClubThe former Clifton Prep and Hilton College schoolboy will be again be doing his bit for charity in the Midmar Mile as part of the Eight Mile Club and as one of 20 swimmers raising money for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s fight to save the rhino.A total of 120 swimmers, divided into six sections, will be participating in the Club, with the beneficiaries including Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the Pink Drive, the Red Cap Foundation, The Princess Charlene Foundation, the Childhood Cancer Foundation (Choc) and a group of swimmers with disabilities, who will be raising funds directly for the groups they wish to support.Father’s work“My dad [Tony Conway] has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to saving the rhino. I grew up in KZN in a game reserve, so being surrounded by rhinos was very much part of my upbringing,” Conway told SAinfo.“Just to put it into figures, in 2007 South Africa lost only 13 rhinos to poaching. We’re now losing three a day. Something really needs to be done. They could become extinct and we can’t have that happen.“Also, if they keep getting shot they become scared of humans, and in some of the game reserves now you just don’t see rhinos anymore because they are so afraid of people. It’s such a shame that we can’t get to appreciate these incredible animals. It’s only when you see them up close and in person that you do realise how amazing they are.”ThanksThe CEO of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Bandile Mkhize, lauded Conway for his efforts to assist in the fight to save the rhino. “I’m very happy that he has decided to come and swim for the rhino. And I must thank Wayne [Riddin] for his efforts in helping us to raise money for saving the rhino,” Mkhize said.“It’s a very important opportunity to push the story [of the rhino],” Mkhize said. “As I always say, we are not going to give up on this war. The more people who hear about it the better because there is no way we are going to give up. If we give up and stop talking about it, then it means that we don’t care about our rhinos anymore, but we can’t afford that.“The fact of the matter is that if we don’t do anything about saving these rhinos, if we don’t get everybody involved, we are going to lose this battle.”‘Very, very important’Mkhize also praised the Midmar Mile, which brings Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife property almost half of its annual income from gate takings, terming the event “very, very important.”“We are very proud of the association we have with the organisers of the Midmar Mile. It is one of the highlights of our calendar of events and we are very proud to be hosting it,” he said.While there is a serious side to Sean Conway’s participation in the Midmar Mile, he said he had also returned from the United Kingdom to his roots to have fun.‘A very different race for me’“The Midmar Mile is a very different race for me,” Conway explained, “because in my world it is a sprint. I would normally go out and swim 10 miles really slowly. To be there with all the whippersnappers, doing it quite quickly is going to be quite tough for me, but I’m here to have fun and to promote saving the rhino.”EntriesThe entry figure for the Midmar Mile is at an all-time high ahead of the event, which takes place on 8 and February just outside Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.A flurry of late, on-the-day entries is expected, but 14 687 people had signed up by Wednesday, said event organiser Wayne Riddin.Riddin has been organising the Midmar Mile since 1991 when the field comprised 4 890 swimmers. His goal is to grow the event to 20 000 participants, but for that to happen he said he would need help from government departments.Call for assistanceRiddin praised Tourism KZN for their support, but said he had not received so much as an e-mailed reply in his efforts to get support from government despite the event’s outstanding track record, which includes raising R1-million for charity annually, and the high esteem in which the swimming world holds the Midmar Mile.“Could you imagine what we could do with more money?” the former South African national swimming coach asked, citing the development of swimming as a primary goal. At present, money brought in by the Midmar Mile is funnelled back into the event, into supporting the host club, Pietermaritzburg Seals, and running a swimming development programme.A significant fund-raiser for charities, it is an event for everyone and participants include swimmers with multiple disabilities through to Olympic champions and world record holders.last_img read more

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Zuma pledges friendlier, more efficient public service

first_img20 June 2014South Africa will put improved performance by the state, particularly the public service, at the core of how the government conducts business over the next five years, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Friday.Responding to the debate on his State of the Nation address in Parliament, Zuma said: “We want government to deliver services faster and more efficiently. More importantly, we want members of the public seeking services to be treated with respect, patience, understanding and courtesy.“The Batho Pele People First programme will thus be revitalised this term, accompanied by the promotion of the new Public Service Charter, under the leadership of the Public Service and Administration Department.”In his State of the Nation address on Tuesday, Zuma said the government aimed to ensure “that all levels of this administration treat complaints management as a priority issue, so that we can achieve the goal of being a government that is accessible and responsive to citizens”.He noted that more than 190 000 citizens had logged complaints and queries through the Presidential Hotline that was introduced in 2009, helping the government to understanding how important it was to have a well-functioning and responsive complaint systems.To added that the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency would continue to conduct unannounced visits to service delivery sites around the country in order to monitor things such as queue management and waiting times, dignified treatment, cleanliness and comfort.The focus will be on facilities where the public is directly served, such as Home Affairs offices, South African Social Security Agency offices, police stations, hospitals and clinics, drivers’ licence centres, municipal customer care centres, schools and courts.Zuma told Parliament on Friday that while a lot of good work was being done by public servants, some improvements were needed.“There is a need to enhance skills development in areas such as financial management. Shortcomings become glaring each time the Auditor-General releases his annual report.“We agree with Honourable Members that part of improving the performance of the state is to get government to pay small businesses and other suppliers promptly within 30 days.”During the previous administration, the National Treasury and the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation put in place a system to monitor the payment of suppliers by national and provincial departments within 30 days.There will now be more emphasis on assisting departments with large numbers of invoices that are paid late. This will draw on case studies of the best performing departments.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Buy local to build South Africa’s economy

first_imgLeslie Sedibe will feature on the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to air on Sunday 24 August on SABC2 at 9pm Proudly South African launched the Ubuntu Schools Campaign against sexual violence and bullying in schools in 2012. If anything, the campaign has shown a pressing need for guidance, mentorship, vision, discipline and encouragement in schools. (Image: Proudly South African)• Leslie SedibeCEOProudly South African+27 11 327 7778info@proudlysa.co.zaMelissa Jane CookSocial cohesion will only come on the back of economic success, says Leslie Sedibe, the chief executive of Proudly South African. The country faces massive challenges of unemployment, poverty and growing inequalities, he points out. The simplest solution is to buy local as this will grow the economy and increase jobs.Sedibe is an advocate, and holds a BA, LLB and LLM (Tax) from Wits University. Before joining Proudly South African, he was heavily involved in the football World Cup in South Africa in 2010. He was the head of legal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee; during the championship he was the chief executive of the South African Football Association (Safa), and chairperson of the National Rights Protection Programme.In addition, he was on the boards of Safa and the Local Organising Committee. Other boards on which Sedibe has served include EMI and the SABC. He was the deputy chairman of the Film and Publication Board and chaired the board of the Recording Industry of South Africa and the South African Music Awards, or Samas. Added to his business acumen, he is a passionate activist and introduced the Ubuntu Schools Campaign against sexual violence and bullying in schools.Proudly South AfricanThis project is about national identity and the need to encourage people to buy South African goods, Sedibe says. “This job’s not just about patriotism; it’s about investing in the country, about job creation.” Buying local will boost the economy and, in turn, job creation.Sedibe’s main task is to ensure that South Africans are proud of that which makes this country great. If it were up to him, he would introduce a rule that compelled South Africans to buy local every time they shopped, particularly for clothing. He laments that thousands of people lost their jobs in the textile industry partly because a number of South Africans chose to buy imported designer labels. But he believes the campaigns he leads at Proudly South African will go a long way in educating South Africans about the importance of choosing locally produced goods and services.His first task at Proudly South African was to reposition the brand and ensure that more South Africans understood its ethos. To achieve this, he set himself four goals: to ensure more South Africans buy local; to ensure the country produces quality products; to campaign for fair labour standards; and to protect the environment.Lesley Sedibe reminds South Africans to embrace Brand SANeed for jobsFirst conceived at the Presidential Job Summit in 1998, the Proudly South African campaign was born out of a socio-economic need to create jobs, under the leadership of Nelson Mandela. Mandela was the president of the country at the time. Through the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), the campaign was launched in 2001 and supported by the government, organised business and labour. It promotes national pride, patriotism and social cohesion.“I think that South Africa needs more and more people to dedicate themselves and their lives to better position South Africa. One of the things that really strongly influences me is what Madiba spoke about in parliament after 10 years of democracy. He said his wish for South Africa was that South Africans should never give up on the belief in goodness,” Sedibe says.Under his leadership, Proudly South African has been vigorous in its “buy local” campaign and many seem to be heeding the call. The campaign seeks to promote South African companies, products and services which are actively helping to create jobs and economic growth.“What we really need as South Africans [is] to speak well and positively about our country. There’s a very good reason for that. I think we need to be very careful as South Africans about what we say about our country because you could be the only person that the world will interact with to know South Africa. If you say negative things about South Africa then people will have a negative view [of] South Africa.”Sedibe is adamant South Africans will never see the value of a South African product unless they have pride in who they are and their creativity.Ubuntu Schools CampaignProudly South African launched the Ubuntu Schools Campaign against sexual violence and bullying in schools in 2012. If anything, the campaign has shown a pressing need for guidance, mentorship, vision, discipline and encouragement in schools. “The Ubuntu Schools Campaign is a direct response to the level of violence that happens in our schools and communities, particularly issues around sexual violence and bullying within schools. There are issues that the Ubuntu Schools Campaign seeks to address.”The aim of the project is to drive home the message to the youth that abuse and violence are not acceptable, he explains. “We owe it to the generations who went before us to make this country a better place for all who live in it. And we certainly owe it to the generations of South Africans to come. We owe it to ourselves and our fellow countrymen and countrywomen to live out the principles of ubuntu. We need to get back to basics and learn, teach and practise humanity, respect, humility, kindness, love and self-control.”last_img read more

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South Africa’s integrated water system launches

first_img24 July 2015The Department of Water Affairs has created a new online water services system, the National Integrated Water Information System (NIWIS), a data portal for water management institutions.It will allow commercial water users, researchers and the general public to get updated information on the status of water and sanitation in South Africa.The system is user- and interface-friendly, providing information 24 hours a day on any desktop and mobile device. With this new system, the public are can query basic data from a national level, as well as from local and municipal water management information systems.Using the system will benefit the water sector community and the public, the department says, as it will enable faster and more knowledgeable decision-making for more effective water management.The department comprises many specialist subdivisions operating in separate functions that have been unco-ordinated for some time. The NIWIS now integrates all these business units under one system, allowing easy and convenient access this co-ordinated information.It is part of the government’s commitment to using information and communications technology to improve public service delivery.Information available on the NIWIS system includes:Water and waste water monitoring: including general drinking and waste water quality checks and waste water treatment authorisation.Water revenue information: particulars on actual water use versus registered volumes, water revenue per sector and non-revenue water.Water regulation: information about enforcement case management, legal compliance, classification of offences by activity type, classification of offences per sector and status of the legal process.Water services information: including municipal strategic self-assessment, access to municipal water scheme infrastructure and water board tariff information.Water-use authorisation: raw water tariffs, municipal tariffs, water use licence application monitoring, existing lawful water use and information about water licences.Water sector decision makers: information about department representatives and external stakeholders.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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NHL free agents following NBA path in picking destinations

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Chinese ref ‘beaten’ as draw sparks match-fix claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “No matter where you go you’re trying to win your team a Stanley Cup,” Shattenkirk said. “There’s no better place to try to do it for me than in New York.”Rangers GM Jeff Gorton praised Shattenkirk for leaving money and years on the table, and even New Jersey’s Ray Shero — who made a strong push to sign the top free agent available — gave him credit for signing in New York because it was “where he wanted to be.”The NHL’s hard salary cap and players re-signing to so many long-term deals means super teams like in the NBA won’t happen. But where and who matters more and more to hockey players than simply how much and for how long.Thornton had more than half the 31-team league reach out to sign him at age 38 and signed for $8 million for one year because he simply wanted to stay in San Jose.“It was nice getting courted by all these teams, and I felt bad saying, ‘Hey I’m going back to San Jose,’ but that’s where my heart is and that’s where I’m happy,” Thornton said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this June 12, 2017 file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Durant has agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth about $53 million to remain with the Golden State Warriors. The deal calls for about $25 million in the first year with a player option for the second season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Kevin Shattenkirk could’ve got more money but took less to join the New York Rangers.Joe Thornton could’ve got a multiyear deal from someone but wanted to stay with the San Jose Sharks.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Likewise, Sharp couldn’t pass up going back to Chicago where he was part of three Stanley Cup teams, even if his contract is worth just $850,000 with performance bonuses. Sharp said he was “coming back to make some more great memories and try to help this team win another Stanley Cup,” which Campbell tried last offseason, too.Familiarity with Nashville and coach Peter Laviolette led Scott Hartnell to return to the Predators one a $1 million, one-year deal, after playing his first six NHL seasons with them.“Absolutely love coming back to Nashville,” Hartnell said. “I wish it was October already.”That kind of natural excitement doesn’t happen everywhere. Executives around the league don’t begrudge players for making personal choices.“Players have priorities on where they want to play: family reasons, where teams are, whether they’re on the verge of winning a Stanley Cup or a rebuilding situation,” Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill said. “I think that happens every year.”Some money factors could play a role, such as Alexander Radulov making more in Dallas than he would have earned on the same, exact contract in Montreal or Vegas, Tampa Bay and Florida having a leg up in states with no income tax. But the Stars wouldn’t have attracted Radulov if they weren’t contenders.“Trying to win is a huge component to players picking places,” said veteran winger Chris Kunitz, who won the Cup three times with the Penguins and signed with the Lightning. “I think we’re all pretty fortunate in what we do, but we also want to go out there and compete and have a chance to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Campbell and Patrick Sharp could’ve got more money the past two summers but took the Chicago discount to return the Blackhawks.The NHL is becoming more like the NBA with top players forgoing longer, big-money contracts to pick their preferred destination, a trend that has added a new wrinkle to free agency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s their opportunity to go to where they want to go and sometimes you might have to take a little bit less money to go there,” Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “Do you want to go to a good team? Is it a city you want to go to? Is it where your family wants to be? … It’s players finding the right fit for where they want to be and having the money that they can live with.”Shattenkirk is not exactly LeBron James, but the New Rochelle, New York, native filled that role on Saturday when he turned down offers of seven years and over $30 million to sign with the Rangers for $26.6 million over just four years. The 28-year-old defenseman felt like it may be his only opportunity to “fulfill a lifelong dream” and wants to help pull off what LeBron did in Cleveland.last_img read more

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