Marshfield boys basketball wins at Baraboo

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterBARABOO – The Marshfield boys basketball team won its second-straight game, defeating Baraboo 54-47 in a nonconference game Saturday afternoon at Baraboo High School.The Tigers improve to 2-2, while Baraboo remains winless at 0-3.This story will be updated when statistics are made available.Marshfield’s next game is Tuesday at home against La Crosse Central. The game begins at 7:30 p.m(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher ofMarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Tsogo Sun in $100m African expansion

first_img29 April 2013South African hotel and casino group Tsogo Sun is to invest $100-million (about R900-million) in projects in Mozambique and Nigeria as part of its African growth strategy.The Southern Sun Maputo in Mozambique will get a $30-million (R270-million) revamp of the existing 158-room hotel, as well as the addition of 110 rooms and conferencing facilities.“The Mozambican economy has shown encouraging signs of growth in recent years, and Tsogo Sun has benefited from a strong trading at the Southern Sun Maputo,” Tsogo Sun chief executive, Marcel von Aulock, said in a statement last Wednesday.“The group has for some time been planning to utilise the additional land owned next to the hotel and believe that this exciting expansion programme will cement the Southern Sun Maputo as the destination hotel of choice in the city.”Approximately $70-million (R630-million) will go towards the Nigerian project. It involves the acquisition of a 75% stake in Ikoyi Hotels Limited, the holding company of the Southern Sun Ikoyi hotel in Lagos.The hotel has been managed by Tsogo Sun since it opened in 2009, but the acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals. Shareholders will be notified once the acquisition has become effective.“This acquisition will cement our presence within the fast growing and progressive Nigerian economy as well as provide a base from which to expand our operations in Nigeria,” Von Aulock said.The Southern Sun Ikoyi hotel is centrally located with access to prime business nodes in Lagos and has additional land available for expansion.Tsogo Sun currently operates hotels in seven African countries, including South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and the Seychelles.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SA coach aims to grow wheelchair basketball in Africa

first_img24 April 2014 National men’s wheelchair basketball coach Franck Belen hosted a technical coaching course over the Easter weekend at Mandeville, near Johannesburg, to help grow the game in South Africa. He is also aiming to grow the sport on the African continent. Belen, the head coach of the Sasol-sponsored national senior men’s wheelchair basketball team, said the course, which covered areas including medical, hygiene, warm-up and warm-down techniques, wheelchair basketball equipment maintenance, and on-court match situation exercises, was the first of many to be held as part of a four-year plan to develop and empower coaches on the continent. Other areas covered during the coaches’ course included knowing how to structure a practice, knowing the basic rules of the sport, and understanding the role of Wheelchair Basketball SA and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation.Beyond South Africa’s borders “With the Sasol SA national senior men’s team set to compete in a six nation international tournament in Agadir, Morocco, from 8 to 15 June, this creates another platform for a leg of the coaches course to be held in that country, so the knowledge can be spread well beyond the borders of South Africa,” Belen said in a statement. “The course covers a wide range of elements so that when the participants go home to rural or urban areas, they will be able to apply the knowledge to young athletes who wish to be as competitive as possible in the sport of wheelchair basketball.”Shortlist Following several national team training camps held earlier this year, at which the coach was able to access a large number of players invited to trials, a shortlist of 20 players is being formed from which the team to compete in Morocco will be selected. “The key focus for 2014 has been to create a squad of depth, from which a winning formula can be developed, so that the Sasol SA national senior team can compete and achieve success at next year’s Paralympic qualifying matches,” said Belen. “A lot of the national team’s experienced players retired from the sport after the 2012 London Paralympics, and we are in a team re-building process with an eye towards the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Right now, the training camps have been of more value than playing international fixtures, as we look to build the confidence of several new faces on the fringe of team selection.”Rankings The South African team is currently ranked 12th in the world and second on the African continent. Sasol CA Sponsorship Specialist Dumisani Mbokane said wheelchair basketball is an action-packed sports package, conducive to family fun and entertainment, which Sasol, as a sponsor of the national senior men’s team, has been involved with since 2007. “Wheelchair Basketball SA needs to be commended for taking the initiative to roll out the Sasol Wheelchair Basketball Technical Excellence Coaching Programme which will benefit many aspiring coaches across the country,” Mbokane commented. “Following the trip to Morocco, the Sasol SA senior men’s team will host France in July this year, and we look forward to witnessing the South African sports-loving public coming out in support of the home side for this four-test series.” Source: Road to Riolast_img read more

Shoplifting Suspect Accused of Hitting Cop with Car

first_imgA suspected shoplifter who police say hit an officer with his car while fleeing from a Coconut Creek, Florida, Walmart last month has been arrested. Avonta Lamar Bailey, 30, was arrested Saturday in Dania Beach on charges including aggravated battery on an officer, grand theft, eluding a police officer, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and resisting arrest with violence in the June 29 incident, Coconut Creek Police officials said Monday.Officials said the officer was working an extra duty detail at the Walmart in the 5500 block of West Hillsboro Road when loss prevention associates alerted the officer that a suspected shoplifter left the store with two stolen computers. The officer tried to speak with the suspect, who was putting the items in his car, when the man put his car in reverse and hit the officer with his open driver’s side door, officials said.The impact knocked the officer to the ground and the officer had to roll out of the way to avoid being hit by the car as the suspect fled. The officer was taken to a nearby hospital and later released, and was not seriously injured. Bailey remained behind bars on $47,000 bond Monday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn’t available.   [Source: NBC6 Miami]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

WHO ends Zika designation as international public health emergency

first_imgThe disease will continue to spread in regions where its mosquito vector lives, David Heymann, chair of the Zika Emergency Committee, told the press conference. The outstanding questions require long-term, coordinated research, which WHO and its partners can do better by forming a technical advisory group to coordinate the international response, Heymann said. 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Because the disease requires a long-term approach, it has decided to end its declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The move is not a demotion of the disease, Pete Salama, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, told a press conference. “We are not downgrading the importance of Zika. By placing it as a longer-term program of work, we are saying Zika is here to stay and WHO’s response is here to stay.”WHO Director-General Margaret Chan declared in February that the cluster of babies born with unusually small heads, a condition called microcephaly, associated with an outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil should be declared a public health emergency. That PHEIC declaration allowed WHO and its partners to take quick action to better understand the connection between the virus and the observed increase in severe birth defects. Since then, researchers have concluded that the virus can indeed trigger a range of birth defects as well as neurological complications in adult patients. But a long list of questions remain unanswered: Scientists don’t know how often the disease causes severe complications, nor do they know whether certain cofactors, such as other viruses, genetic factors, or environmental factors might be playing a role. Other questions remain about how the disease spreads, both via mosquitoes and directly from one person to another.last_img read more

Time for Indian skippers to pull up their socks

first_imgCricket rates have been jacked up for the Indian Premier League matches at home but ardent T20 fans may not mind it.This is peak summer in India and as the temperature rises, it is time for the intensity of cricket to also go up. After the first fortnight in the UAE went off well, one almost did not notice how the cricket caravan slipped into home training grounds.Enough has been written about the woes of defending champions Mumbai Indians but on Saturday they would have heaved a sigh of relief as they snapped the winning streak of Kings XI Punjab.It is hard to fathom what went wrong with the Mumbai team in the desert, but I have not been able to understand the logic of getting on board so many “expert advisors.”John Wright is the head coach, Jonty Rhodes the fielding coach, and in addition they have Anil Kumble, Robin Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and now Ricky Ponting. It’s nice to have a star support cast for a team which has no dearth of funds but what value they bring to the team we will know in coming weeks.The famous saying of too many cooks spoiling the broth may sound cliched but for Mumbai all the collective thinking was needed when they left the UAE. To have finally won their first match in front of a sea of blue in the stands at the Wankhede on Saturday was very important. Given the long drawn format of the tournament, no team can be written off, though Chennai Super Kings as usual have done extremely well under the guidance of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. We all know how shrewd a captain Dhoni is and this season he has been well served by Ravindra Jadeja and Brendon McCullum in particular.advertisementThe same, however, cannot be said about the other Indians who are leading their respective franchises. Watching Gautam Gambhir struggle with the bat, it is clear his poor run has a lot to do with trying too hard. Any professional sportsperson has to enjoy whatever he does on the field. In Gambhir’s case, it does appear he is trying too much and it shows on his face. To have scored just 52 runs in six matches with a highest of 45 at a strike rate of 76.47 is a cause for worry.When Kolkata Knight Riders were crowned IPL champions in 2012, Gambhir was the superstar. He talked of how Kolkata was his home away from home and the Bengali community lapped it up with glee.If Gambhir has to connect again with the Kolkatans and turn the fortunes of his team around, he needs to be more relaxed. Where does that leave Gambhir’s Delhi Ranji teammate Virat Kohli? The rockstar of Indian cricket, who has done so well in the ODIs and the recent ICC World T20, is looking subdued in the IPL.Nobody is expecting him to slam a 100 in this format often but given the fluctuating fortunes of Royal Challengers Bangalore, fans would love to see Kohli changes gears fast. For sheer star value, the Bangalore side is loaded with heavyweights. With Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle for company, Kohli would do well to show his current run is just an aberration.It is unfair to expect he will score each time he steps out to bat though 105 runs in five matches this season with a highest of 49 seems meagre. Let’s take a look at Sunrisers Hyderabad. For a side which has a good bowling line-up with Dale Steyn looking impressive, skipper Shikhar Dhawan has not been inspirational at all.This is Dhawan’s first season as captain and whether it is that pressure or a poor run with the bat we will know soon. Till now, in five matches, Dhawan has scored 85 runs with the highest being 38. Surely for a side which needs to win more matches, it is very important Dhawan bounces back to form.And what about Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma? Consistency has never been his forte. There are days when he looks outstanding and there are patches when he just does not score in international cricket. The IPL is a demanding tournament and each player has to be firing on all cylinders. Rohit has scored 123 runs in six matches with a 50 to boot. His 39 on Saturday was valuable and he would have realised how important it is for him to score runs and motivate the side.This is a great chance for Rohit to show leadership skills in addition to his own batting. He has a galaxy of past stars to seek advice from and that should be real education.advertisements.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more