There’s evidence to suggest the Billikens have become the kind of force they were expected to be from the beginning of the season. They shortened their rotation down the stretch, leaning even more heavily on Javon Bess, Hasahn French, Jordan Goodwin and Isabell than before. D.J. Foreman, Fred Thatch Jr. and Maryl and transfer Dion Wiley split time for the final spot on the floor. Concentrated minutes for top contributors has helped boost overall production.Every regular but Wiley is considered at least an average defender, and French and Goodwin grade as elite defenders. The question will be whether Saint Louis can shoot well enough for its defensive muscle to matter. After all, it ranked 296th in the nation in field goal percentage (42 percent) during the regular season and did not improve much in that respect in the A-10 Tournament. Bess in particular will need to get hot for the team to beat Virginia Tech on Friday.The Hokies are adept at both ends of the floor and have gone toe-to-toe with powerhouse ACC foes in recent months. But they are also one of the slowest-tempo teams in the country, and a defensive rock fight could bode well for Saint Louis’ hopes of an upset. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPredictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsAs a result, many picked Oregon and Saint Louis to win their respective conferences. But by January, they were long-shots to make the NCAA Tournament at all, having lost core pieces of their rosters to injury and transfer in the middle of the season.After winning their conference tournaments to book unlikely tickets to March Madness — and potentially discovering their identities in the process — they’ll be popular picks to continue those late-season surges in the NCAA Tournament.Oregon is the No. 12 seed in the South Region and will play Wisconsin in the first round. Saint Louis, meanwhile, is the No. 13 seed in the East Region and will play Virginia Tech in the first round.Could the Ducks or Billikens spring an upset? Let’s explore what makes them so intriguing this March.MARCH MADNESS: Get your printable NCAA Tournament bracketOregon (23-12, 10-8)In truth, the trouble for Oregon started before Bol suffered a season-ending foot injury in mid-December. The Ducks lost nonconference games to Iowa (NET: 43), Texas Southern (NET: 230) and Houston (NET: 4) with their star 7-2 big man in the lineup producing consistent double-doubles. Once the projected NBA lottery pick went down, though, early-season warning signs became a midseason free fall.The Ducks went 4-4 in January, essentially knocking them out of at-large contention given the weakness of the Pac-12. Three straight losses in late-February made things even worse for coach Dana Altman.REGIONAL PREVIEWS: East | West | Midwest | SouthThen something funny happened. Oregon finished the season on an eight-game winning streak, beating Washington and Arizona State twice each en route to a Pac-12 Tournament triumph. It averaged 18 points more than its opponents over that span. It held teams to 35 percent shooting overall and 23 percent from three.Defense, of course, was expected to be Oregon’s biggest strength entering the campaign, and while Bol’s injury might have eaten away the unit’s ceiling, it did not keep the Ducks from morphing into an elite guarding team late. Wooten is a monster at that end of the floor, averaging more than two blocks per game for the second straight year while effectively switching onto multiple positions. Miles Norris, Francis Okoro and Louis King are also long and capable of securing the paint for stretches. Even Pritchard, the experienced guard known more for his offensive skill set, has performed well defensively.Wisconsin and Kansas State are each mediocre offensive teams, ranking 52nd and 102nd in KenPom’s defensive rating. That means Oregon’s defense will have a real shot at powering a Sweet 16 trip if it can continue to play with the same collective intensity it’s showed in recent weeks.SN’s 2018-19 AWARDS:Player of the Year | Coach of the Year | All-American teamsSaint Louis (22-12, 10-8)Saint Louis was already reeling when Gordon, its star freshman, announced he would transfer to DePaul in January. It had lost four times in nonconference play, including a letdown to Southern Illinois (NET: 143).Without Gordon, its chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament appeared shot.But Saint Louis found its defensive identity late, much like Oregon, and stormed through the A-10 Tournament to earn an auto-bid to March Madness despite the loss of one of its top contributors. It won six of its last seven games, thumping Davidson in the A-10 semifinal, 67-44, in the process. Oregon and Saint Louis were considered among the most well-rounded dark horse programs entering the 2018-19 college basketball season.Oregon boasted the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class, headlined by Bol Bol, and returned standout guard Payton Pritchard and forward Kenny Wooten. Saint Louis was supposed to be lifted by incoming freshman Carte’Are Gordon (No. 78 ranked recruit) and highly-touted transfers Tramaine Isabell and Dion Wiley. The Billikens returned four regulars from the previous campaign.
Roberto Di Matteo’s right-hand man Eddie Newton has told the Mail on Sunday that the duo have been given no clues by Chelsea about their futures.There has been speculation that interim boss Di Matteo believes he will either be overlooked for the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge or given the role on a one-year deal.But Newton insisted: “Nothing has changed. The situation is that we’re contracted to the end of the season, June 30th.“We’re still digesting what we’ve done. But nobody at the club is telling us anything.“We all want what’s best for Chelsea but we have absolutely no idea what the club thinks that is.”Should Di Matteo be given the Chelsea job? Click here to voteSee also: Di Matteo and Newton must stay, says former Chelsea manFollow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebook
20 August 2004Africa’s biggest stock exchange, the JSE, is opening its doors to foreign listings, a move expected to significantly boost the value of the local bourse.The National Treasury says the first listings will take place from September. The plans to allow foreign listings, including African firms, were first announced by Finance Minister Trevor Manuel during his budget speech in February.The move is part of a bigger initiative to promote South Africa as the financial nerve centre on the continent, and to boost investment and development in Africa.“Despite being the largest financial centre on the continent, South Africa’s capital markets have yet to play a significant role in channeling debt and equity capital to where it is needed for African infrastructure projects, direct investment and government finance”, Treasury director-general Lesetja Kganyago said recently.“What is needed is a financial hub especially focused on the needs and circumstances of the region, much in the same way that Singapore and Hong Kong cater for the capital needs of the Asian continent.”The JSE’s current market capitalisation stands at around US$258-billion (R1.6 trillion), which falls short of the value of both Hong Kong’s ($628-billion) and Singapore’s ($148-billion) bourses.The JSE says it has already received inquiries from foreign companies interested in a local listing.Kganyago said South Africa was well placed to become a preferred location for processing financial deals and managing global call centres.The move will allow “African firms, finance institutions and sovereigns alike to access our markets for the long-term capital they need for development”.“African companies can now be part of the JSE’s market indices, potentially increasing the scale of capital they can access, but also raising their profile amongst the analyst community”, he said.“Developing a critical mass of analysts and investment advisers dedicated to the African continent is going to be critical.”Read the director general’s full speechSouthAfrica.info reporter
5 October 2005South Africa and Iraq have resolved to increase political and trade relations, especially in the oil sector, and South Africa is seriously considering opening a mission in Baghdad.This emerged following the first South Africa/Iraq meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and his Iraqi counterpart, Talib Al-Bayati, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.Pahad told reporters that the parties discussed broad economic relations, and that the Iraqi delegation had informed them that the Iraqi oil industry had “tremendous” potential for involvement and investment.Iraq has the second-largest oil reserves in the world.Pahad said the relevant departments from both sides would look further into the potential of economic relations between the two countries. The two deputy ministers also discussed the potential of visits between the two countries’ business sectors.“The deputy minister [Al-Bayati] has stressed that there is a lot of potential in Iraq in the post-conflict situation and reconstruction and development process for international partnerships generally and specifically for South Africa,” Pahad said.Economic trade between South Africa and Iraq increased from over R90-million in 2004 to over R200-million during the first five months of 2005.“There are a lot of Iraqi business people based in [neighbouring] Dubai, Jordan and Kuwait, and we think that can become the starting point between the business sector and parastatals,” Pahad said.He added that he had received a “thorough” briefing Al-Bayati on the constitutional process unfolding in Iraq, including the referendum on the draft constitution that is scheduled for later in October, to be followed by elections in December.“[The Iraqi] government is confident that there will be a very successful turnout and that a political process is on the roll,” Pahad said. “We also received a briefing on the security situation there.”He said the South African government had always believed that Iraq was “very strategically placed” and that when peace finally came it would be a major player in the Middle East region.The South African delegation to the meeting briefed the Iraqi delegation on developments in the country and the continent, as well as South Africa’s interest in increasing economic relations in the Middle East region.Al-Bayati said Iraq viewed South Africa – the only African country in which Iraq has an embassy – as important, and that it envisaged strengthening existing political and economic relations with SA.“There is a lot of potential resources in Iraq such as oil, gas and minerals,” Al-Bayati said. “Iraq needs oil for reconstruction, and we need all kind of help from friendly countries, and South Africa can do a lot to help the Iraqi people and government.”On security issues, Al-Bayati said Iraq was up against groups like the Al-Qaeda that did not believe in democracy and attacked women and children.“They consider everybody who takes part in elections, referendums or democratic processes as infidels who deserve to be killed. Car bombs are targeting innocent civilians and it is our responsibility to protect our people and maintaining security.“We had a vacuum of power because of the collapse of the [Saddam Hussein] regime and the dismissal of the army and police force, but now we are in the process of rebuilding our army, police force and security organisations,” he said.He added that when the elected Iraqi government took over the running of the country, its security forces would be capable of maintaining security, and would discuss taking over from the multinational force deployed there.“We will keep them for as long as they are needed and they will not be kept [in Iraq] longer than they are needed,” he explained.Source: BuaNews
It’s easy to make friends in South Africa’s culturally diverse population, which makes Mzansi a hit with expats.(Image credit: Andy Carter) Sulaiman PhilipThe 2014 edition of the HSBC Expat Explorer survey spins a really good story for South Africa. Expatriate workers looking for a balance between work and a decent family life rated South Africa the second best destination in the world, after New Zealand.The annual survey measures four categories: earnings, lifestyle, raising children and the cost of living. Countries made it on to the list if, and only if, there were at least 100 respondents from each locale. South Africa did not fare that well in the economic measures, but it was close to the top in the social categories. Or as one respondent put it, in South Africa I “enjoy improved quality of life i.e. better weather and more social events. There’s more luxurious housing and better value for your income.”The results are based on the subjective opinions of almost 3 000 expats. Switzerland was tops overall, South Africa 22nd, but the country outranked most others on social measures, like “great place to raise children”. South Africa’s cultural diversity also made it easier for expats to find their feet, and made it easier for them to find something to remind them of home.The international bank measured four social categories: (1) ability to befriend locals, (2) success in learning the local language, (3) capacity for integrating themselves into the community and fitting into a new culture, and (4) raising children abroad. Like expat parents in New Zealand, expats living in South Africa felt their children enjoyed a better quality of life, and believed their children were more well-rounded as a result of being integrated into the local community.Expat life has evolved to become about more than just a bigger pay cheque or better career prospects. While this does remain true for younger and newer entrants to the job market, for married expats and those with children especially, a more balanced and well-rounded experience for themselves and their children matter as much as salary.As they did in the Land of the Long White Cloud, expats in South Africa claimed that the scenery, diversity of the landscape and good weather made their new homes the best place to raise children. The expats who voted New Zealand and South Africa as the top two places to raise children also mentioned that they felt their children were safer and healthier since they moved because children grew up more active, outdoorsy and healthy.People in search of better job prospects headed to Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Kuwait, countries that scored very low on integration with the local community. Money matters of course. Switzerland was voted top but as an average, the Asian subcontinent – mostly South Africa’s Brics partners China and India – scored highest in the salary stakes. The global salary average is $92 000 (about R997 000), but in Asia you can pocket $120 000 although you have to contend with a higher cost of living.In Mercers 2014 Cost of Living survey, Hong Kong (3), Singapore (4), Tokyo (7), Shanghai (10), Beijing (11), Seoul (14), and Shenzhen (17) were the Asian cities that made the top 20 most expensive cities in the world. Covering 211 cities across the globe, the Mercer survey measures the cost of 200 items in each location including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.Companies and governments use the Mercer index to set compensation allowances for expat employees. There are four African cities on the list, with Luanda in Angola rated as the most expensive city in the world. N’Djamena in Chad (2), Victoria in the Seychelles (13), and Libreville in Gabon (19) are all more expensive than South Africa’s most expensive city, Cap Town, which came in at a value for money 205.Economic opportunity in South Africa, generally, cannot match the prospects of the countries that make up the top 10 of HSBC’s list, but the friendliness of South Africans remains one of the country’s biggest assets. We face challenges, and sometimes we don’t get along with our neighbours, but the warm smiles and affection Mzansi shares with foreigners – guests or expats – is infectious. Expats feel their children are safer and healthier and lived a more active, outdoorsy and spirited life.(Image credit: Sandra Mallinson)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two weeks ago Wednesday we got 85 acres of beans in. They are not sprayed yet but they are in. The weekend of May 18 we were able to pick away a little on some dry corn fields and we got maybe 60 acres of corn in but that’s about it. We got another 1.1 inches on that next Tuesday into Wednesday. It has been cool but now they are talking about 80 degrees for the next few days. I just checked the ground temperature and it was 60. There is a chance of rain in the next few days then more rain after that. It depends on how much we get if we can keep going or not. It seems like there are pockets where some guys have quite a bit done and there are some places where they haven’t even gotten started. The wheat looks pretty good. It is heading out. The cool, wet temperatures have kept it going. We usually don’t spray fungicide on the wheat but there are a few guys starting to spray. This week a lot of guys laid down their first cutting triticale and it got rained on. They are going to try to get it chopped before it rains again. I don’t think there has been any attempt at dry hay around here. The triticale has been short this year. I talked to a lot of guys and they haven’t gotten the tonnage out of it that they wanted to get. The grass hay is finally growing now that it has gotten warmer but up until now it hasn’t grown like we thought it would. It hasn’t warmed up enough for it to really take off. I don’t know if we have had any days in the 80s yet, maybe one or two. We had a few days last week that were pretty warm during the day and then in the 60s at night, but today might be the first day in the 80s we’ve had. We plant quite a bit around Memorial Day and the week after but if we get washed out again we’ll be getting behind. We are going to mow some triticale down today and then once the dew dries we’ll try to put some more corn in.
It “levels the playing field,” utility saysThe debate had a familiar ring; a utility spokesman argued the surcharge would prevent customers without solar or wind systems from subsidizing those who do.“It levels the playing field where one customer was subsidizing another,” a spokesman for one utility told The Oklahoman. “This neither unfairly advantages or disadvantages a class of customers.”This is essentially the same argument that utilities around the country have made as distributed energy grows more common and customers buy less electricity.Arizona regulators approved a surcharge of 70 cents per kilowatt of capacity that took effect at the start of the year, and Maine’s largest electric utility, Central Maine Power Company, also has proposed a surcharge. That plan is still under review by the state’s Public Utilities Commission.But in Vermont, the state legislature recently passed a measure that will allow more homeowners to get paid for the electricity they generate on their residential solar and wind systems. And UtilityDive.com reports that utilities around the country have lost as many as ten of these surcharge debates. Oklahoma residents who install small wind turbines or photovoltaic panels will be paying a new surcharge beginning in 2015, thanks to a bill that zipped through the state legislature and was headed to Governor Mary Fallin for a signature. UtilityDive.com called the measure “the first complete defeat for solar advocates” in their efforts to prevent electric utilities from recouping money they claim they’re losing to distributed generation (DG).The bill allows electric utilities to create a new class of ratepayers, those with solar or wind systems, but the amount of the surcharge has yet to be determined by regulators. It is to be in place by the end of next year and will affect only new installations, not those already in place. Nor will it affect customers who get their power from cooperatives that are not regulated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.There were only five votes against the bill in the House of Representatives and no debate when it passed on April 14. The Senate had already approved it. The Republican governor is expected to sign the bill.In a familiar split, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company and Public Service Company of Oklahoma lined up in favor of the bill while renewable energy advocates and environmentalists opposed it.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “And it’s not anything personal, I’m not here to tirade anybody, I’m not here to go at any particular person or the organization, because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the times that I spent there. It’s nothing about that.”After mostly keeping to himself since the trade went down, Irving further explained his motivations behind leaving Cleveland.“It’s just there comes a time when you mature as an individual. It’s time to make that decision,” he shared.“And there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save someone’s feelings, when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do. And it wasn’t about me not wanting to win. It wasn’t anything about that. I want to be extremely, extremely happy in perfecting my craft. And that was the only intent that I have in all of this.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take,” the 25-year-old guard confirmed that he did not speak with LeBron about his trade request, nor did he feel obligated to do so.“Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership before you let them know you wanted out?” host Stephen A. Smith candidly asked the four-time All-Star.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“No. Why would I have to?” Irving responded, prompting Smith to say that LeBron might have taken it personally.Without mentioning his former teammate’s name, Irving calmly explained his side: “I don’t think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Austin, Ravena lead PH team in 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup Former teammates Kyrie Irving (left) and LeBron James AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOKyrie Irving and LeBron James will share the court on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season next month. But for the first time in a long time, it won’t be as teammates.Irving recently demanded his way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers and got his wish when he was traded to the Boston Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
AussiesIs there a team that can stop Australia doing a hat-trick of World Cup wins? At the time of writing, they still have to play New Zealand in the Super 8 stage, and that should be a humdinger of a match. Though there is much talk of rivalry between Australia,AussiesIs there a team that can stop Australia doing a hat-trick of World Cup wins? At the time of writing, they still have to play New Zealand in the Super 8 stage, and that should be a humdinger of a match. Though there is much talk of rivalry between Australia and England, the Aussie dominance over England in recent years has been so complete that it is a surprise when England occasionally beat them. So is with South Africa.There are great similarities between Australia and South Africa. They have the same love for sport, the facilities for all sports are top class, the people are competitive and both have a fierce instinct in whichever sport they play against each other. But unlike rugby, the Proteas have never truly stretched the Aussies in cricket.But against their Trans-Tasman neighbour, New Zealand, the rivalry is to be seen to be believed. Somehow, even India-Pakistan encounters pale when one sees the intensity of passion when the Kiwis play the Aussies, especially in New Zealand. And that’s true in any sport. That the Kiwis beat the Australians in all three of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy games will be rankling the Aussies to no end, and remember, the Kiwis did that by chasing 300-plus scores, which is a remarkable achievement indeed. The Aussies were without Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, and Brett Lee got injured. So they were without top players and would want to prove that the defeat was the result of that and possibly because they were jaded after the Ashes series and the triseries that followed. Mind you, the Aussies are not for excuses but for results, and they will want to show who is the boss in no uncertain manner.advertisementDespite similarities, South Africa have never stretched Australia in cricket.It is this total dominance over other teams that does bring up the question of whether the Aussies are beatable in this World Cup. True, teams do have the odd bad day, but the Aussies have hardly been stretched in the matches they have played so far. So much so that the likes of Michael Hussey and Brad Hodge have not had to hit the ball in anger so far. The Aussies had to promote Hussey to open the batting against Ireland to give him some time out in the middle, and that’s a chilling thought for the bowlers as the tournament reaches the final week.South Africa claimed the last place for the semi-finals by romping home to a win over a listless England side. That means, barring an unexpected big margin loss by Australia to New Zealand, the Proteas will face the Aussies in the semi-finals. That may not be what they want, but if they catch the Aussies on the wrong foot, just imagine the confidence with which they will enter the finals. Though the Australians beat them quite easily in their group clash, the Proteas will keep rewinding to that astonishing chase of 434, which not only got them the world record for most runs, but also a one day series victory. Where the Proteas might find themselves short is the spin department, where they have nobody of international class.The other anticipated semi-final between New Zealand and Sri Lanka promises to be a much closer one than their Super 8 clash where the Lankans ran out easy winners. Both captains, Stephen Fleming and Mahela Jayawardene, are shrewd operators who know how to extract the maximum from their players. Fleming is in his third consecutive World Cup as captain, and is also in good form with the bat, which makes a huge difference when one is leading the side. Jayawardene, on the other hand, has been in patchy form, but is capable of the sublime innings that can turn the match around. He came in for plenty of flak for resting Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan in their Super 8 clash with Australia, but it was more to do with resting two senior players than a tactical ploy. Australia won that game easily. Some of the gloss was taken out of the win through the absence of Vaas and Murali.The one-day game does not allow too much scope for tactical moves, but captains have been using their spinners in a clever way. The ‘Powerplay’ also has been used intelligently, though Brian Lara got it horribly wrong against South Africa when he took the final one in the 44th over of their innings.As the tournament enters its final phase, tactics will count, but not as much as temperament and fitness. That is what invariably separates the men from the boys.advertisementFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar will be writing an exclusive column for all through the World Cup.
The Australian team narrowly lost in the pivotal 18’s Mixed division 6-4.With a powerful and heartfelt pre-game address by coach Michael McDonald, the 18’s Mixed were pumped to do their country proud.Some flashy footwork and accurate long balls from the Kiwis tested the Aussie defence as New Zealand ran out to an early lead. Haylee Henderson scored in the corner to open the Aussies account but a lot of work was needed in the second half to bridge the gap.Australia improved greatly in the second half but unfortunately half chances did not eventuate through no lack of trying from the Aussies. Sam Brisby in particular was the architect of many attacking raids.The Australians should take great heart that they can compete and win against the Kiwis in their pet division and will challenge over two games on Saturday. For more information, please visit the Youth World Challenge website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6458-0-0-0