Coach of the seasonThe Absa Premiership Coach of the Season award, not surprisingly, went to SuperSport United’s Gavin Hunt who, despite losing a number of players from his title-winning side of last season, led Matsatsantsa to their third league title in succession. Referee of the SeasonBuyile Gqubule – winner – R50 000Jerome DamonDaniel Bennett He was up against Katlego Mphela and Elias Pelembe, both of Mamelodi Sundowns, for the title, which was voted on by the coaches of the 16 PSL clubs. They unanimously agreed that Gould was choice. It was worth R250 000 to the defender. MTN8 Player of the TournamentNjabulo Manqana – winner – R150 000Dispy SelolwaneRichard Henyekane 24 May 2010 Goal of the seasonThe Absa-lutley Awesome Goal of the Season went to Maritzburg United’s Namibian international Rudolf Bester for his strike against Kaizer Chiefs on 12 September last year. Katlego Mphela picked up a second award, one which he had long ago secured when he finished as the top goalscorer in the PSL: the Absa Premiership Top Goalscorer. Telkom Knockout Player of the TournamentArthur Baartman – winner – R200 000Mandla MasangoDipsey Selolwane Golden Arrows won their first silverware when they crushed Ajax Cape Town 6-0 in the final of the MTN 8 and thus it was not a surprise when one of Arrows’ players won the MTN8 Player of the Tournament Award, with Njabulo Manqana receiving it. Absa Premiership Coach of the SeasonGavin Hunt – winner – R75 000Boebie SolomonsHristo Stoichkov SuperSport United defender Morgan Gould was named South Africa’s Premier Soccer League Player of the Year at a function at the State Theatre in Pretoria on Sunday evening. ‘Extremely happy’“It was an extremely challenging season, but I’m extremely happy at what we have achieved on and off the field.” Another player from SuperSport United, Daine Klate, picked up the Absa Premiership Player of the Season award, while Mphela was named the Absa Premiership Players Player of the Season. Chairman’s AwardSuperSport United – R100 000 Nedbank Cup awardsMidfielder Matthew Pattison won another award for Sundowns when he was named the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament. Patrick Phungwayo of Nedbank Cup champions Bidvest Wits grabbed was named the tournament’s Most Promising Player. Kaizer Chiefs claimed the Telkom Knockout Cup and their goalkeeper Arthur Baartman, who plays behind Bafana Bafana incumbent Itumeleng Khune, was honoured with the Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament gong. Mamelodi Sundowns captured another award when defender Siyanda Xulu was named the Absa Red Hot Young Player. PSL Player of the Year Morgan Gould – winner – R250 000Elias PelembeKatlego Mphela “Tonight is not only a celebration of player excellence, but also the achievement of the PSL this season,” PSL CEO Kjetil Siem said. Absa Premiership Player of the SeasonDaine Klate – Winner – R150 000Morgan GouldKatlego Mphela Absa-lutley Awesome Goal of the SeasonRudolf Bester – winner – R50 000Tlou SegolelaVinent Khobola After leading Orlando Pirates to the best defensive record in the league, Moneeb Josephs won the Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season. Award Winners and Nominees “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees this evening. You certainly deserve all the accolades,” he added. National First Division Top GoalscorerMulondo Sikhiwhivilu and Tebogo Masahaba – R25 000 each Assistant Referee of the SeasonGeronimo Piedt – winner – R40 000Toko MaleboEnoch Molefe Absa Red Hot Young PlayerSiyanda Xulu – winner – R50 000Andile JaliThandani Ntshumayelo SuperSport United were presented with the Chairman’s Award by PSL chairman Irvin Khoza. Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament Matthew Pattison – winner – R100 000Pere Arewariyai Patrick Phungwayo SAinfo reporter and PSL Absa Premiership Players Player of the SeasonKatlego Mphela – Winner – R150 000Elias PelembeDaine Klate Absa Premiership Top GoalscorerKatlego Mphela – winner – R50 000 Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the SeasonMoeneeb Josephs – winner – R50 000Tshepo MotsoenengEmile Baron Nedbank Cup Most Promising PlayerPatrick Phungwayo – winner – R25 000Simangeliso BiyelaNdumiso Mabena
Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “We have to be ready and we have to prepare hard.”Austria is aware of the challenge they are about to face in seeking the franchise’s second Grand Slam since 1989. He believes that the wheeling and dealing among the teams in the off-season was done with his Beermen in the crosshairs.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“There are so many teams that built up their rosters,” said Austria, whose squad will parade the stocky Wendell McKines for the final conference starting July 19.A dynasty has certainly been established with the Beermen’s Game 6 series-clinching win over TNT KaTropa. It was San Miguel’s 24th title overall and the Beermen’s fifth in the last eight conferences—all under Austria. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Castro says TNT’s young players will learn a lot from finals loss LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena “Nice that you said that,” Austria said in jest. “[My contract] is expiring at the end of the season.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coach Leo Austria and Finals MVP Alex Cabagnot celebrate on center court —AUGUST DELA CRUZThe euphoria has certainly died down a bit, and with less than three weeks before the last PBA jewel is put up for grabs, San Miguel Beer will have its work cut out.“It (Grand Slam) is in the minds of so many people,” coach Leo Austria said on Sunday night after the Beermen lined themselves up for a shot at a Triple Crown sweep, just the sixth in the pro league’s 42-year history.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’?
As excitement on social media about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse heats up, experts are urging people to take good care of their eyes when they enjoy the spectacle in Canadian skies.Ralph Chou, a University of Waterloo optometry professor and president of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, says that staring at the sun for more than a few seconds will cause harm. He says the eye feels no pain so it will be too late to look away from potential retina-burning solar rays before a person notices they’ve done potentially-permanent damage.“The problem with the back of the eye is that there’s no pain sensors, so all this damage can occur without you even knowing about it until it’s far too late … the next morning they wake up and the photo receptors at the very centre of their vision are damaged and they suddenly realize they can’t see their faces in the bathroom mirror,” he said. The person will have to wait an anxious three months to know whether the damage is permanent, Chou said.Regular sunglasses just won’t cut it during the direct viewing for an eclipse because they allow in thousands of times more sunlight than is safe to reach your eyes. NASA says special solar eclipse glasses should be marked with the “ISO 12312-2” international safety standard on the label. Make sure there are no scratches on the lenses.These glasses cost only a few dollars but are becoming hard to find as we inch closer to eclipse date.This week, Amazon pulled potentially shady glasses from its site and issued refunds to customers who had already purchased them. In an email to buyers, the company said it could not get confirmation from the supplier that the glasses came from a recommended manufacturer.“We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse,” the email said.The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable sellers of solar eclipse glasses on its website. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, some universities and science centres will be distributing free eclipse glasses at viewing parties across Canada. Science museums and stores that sell telescopes may also have stock left.With ads for eclipse glasses for sale on Kijiji and social media it can be hard for armchair astronomers to track down where they were made and whether they meet the standards recommended by NASA.The Canadian Press asked the University of Toronto to test two pairs of eclipse glasses using an ellipsometer. The machine sends a wave of UV and visible light though the glasses’ lens and uses a sensor to measure how much of the light makes it through.The first pair, bought at one of the stores on the American Astronomical Society list, blocked out more than 99.9 per cent of UV and visible light. The pair was labelled as conforming to the ISO 12312-2 standards for direct observation of the sun.The second pair, purchased online did not have the ISO mark and did not perform as well. It let through more than 0.1 per cent of visible and UV light.The ISO standard allows a maximum of 0.0032 per cent of light to be allowed to pass though. The equipment used could not give a sensitive enough reading to verify if the glasses conformed to the standard.In both cases, the machine was not able to determine if the glasses met the ISO 12312-2 standard. Both pairs did let through less than one one-thousandth of the light that you’d see with the naked eye.“Results show us that the two sets of glasses are most likely safe for observing the sun,” said Herman Wong, a University of Toronto engineering and photonics PhD student who tested the glasses. He said the machine found that there was almost zero transmission of light that passed through the lenses, but added that there’s really no way to know if they meet NASA recommendations, especially if they are not labelled.“They are not standardized by any means so use at your own risk,” he said.Chou, who has travelled as far as Africa and Asia to view more than 25 eclipses in person, says you shouldn’t let fear deter you from enjoying the event as long as you take precautions. He said he gets an emotional rush when seeing the sun’s corona, which appears differently every time.“There are some times when you get sort of a uniform halo around the sun. There are other times when you get these spectacular elongated streamers of corona shimmering in the sky around the sun,” he said.“This is sort of the giant astronomical clock at work and it’s just the way the universe ticks, or at least the solar system ticks as you see the movement of the earth around the sun.”———On the web:Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s list of solar eclipse events in Canada: http://rasc.ca/solar-eclipse-2017American Astronomical Society list of reputable eclipse glasses sellers and manufacturers: http://bit.ly/2hZzB7JFor more safety tips, visit NASA’s dedicated solar eclipse safety website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety———Follow @marygazze and @lucastimmons on Twitter