McKenzie Gonsalves threw a pair of complete-game wins, Lexi White had five hits on the day and Olivia Alves, four, and the McKinleyville High softball team secured a 3-game series sweep over Arcata with a pair of wins, Saturday afternoon at McKinleyville High.Gonsalves struck out a total of 10 batters and allowed a total of 10 hits, five of each in both games, to guide McKinleyville to an 8-3 win in game one and a 5-1 win in game two.With Saturday’s wins McKinleyville stays perfect on the …
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
Japanese car manufacturer Honda will belaunching the world’s first hybrid sportscoupé, the CR-Z in South Africa(Image: www.honda.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS• Joeline Dabrowski+27 11 847 9400RELATED ARTICLES• Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality• Gautrain rolls out• Business school to expand in Africa• School for Africa’s future leadersNosimilo RamelaJapanese car manufacturer Honda will be launching the world’s first hybrid sports coupé, the CR-Z, in South Africa later in 2010, the second hybrid vehicle to be launched in the country.A hybrid model uses two or more sources to power it, usually fuel and a rechargeable battery. The combination helps the engine operate more efficiently, which minimises fuel use and makes the vehicle more environment-friendly.The CR-Z’s low emissions and fuel efficiency translate to a combined-cycle fuel consumption figure of only five litres/100km and a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rating of 117g/km.This is well below the 120g/km emissions tax threshold, which was first announced earlier in the year in the 2010/11 national budget (PDF, 363 KB). The regulation will come into effect in South Africa on 1 September 2010.It stipulates that passenger vehicles will be taxed according to their certified CO2 emissions at R75 per g/km for each g/km above 120g/km.The emissions tax is expected to encourage more South Africans to purchase energy-efficient and environment-friendly vehicles.The arrival of the hybrid sports coupé is attracting particular attention because it’s expected to differ from the hybrid-vehicle stereotype, which is often associated with sluggish performance.Honda spokesperson Joeline Dabrowski said: “The acceleration of the CR-Z feels almost turbo-like, but it’s accompanied by a sustained linearity and appetite for revs that contribute substantially to the car’s sporty character.”Central to this hybrid sports coupé is a parallel hybrid drive-train with integrated motor assist (IMA). It combines a 1.5-litre VTEC petrol engine with a compact, high-torque electric motor.The motor is located between the engine and the clutch, and contributes up to 78 Newton metres (Nm) of additional torque at low to medium engine speeds. The output of the parallel system is comparable with that of a conventional 1.8-litre petrol engine, offering 92kW of maximum power and 174Nm of torque. The IMA system provides direct torque, which ensures immediate response and supreme in-gear tractability.The vehicle combines the environmental advantages of a clean and efficient hybrid drive-train and the sporty appeal of a six-speed manual gearbox, said Dabrowski. “The six-speed manual gearbox is a first for a hybrid car and significantly enhances driving experience and involvement.”The car is operated using a three-mode drive system: normal, sport and economy. Each mode has a set of operating features that establish aspects such as throttle response, steering feel and IMA boost.Set to turn headsThe CR-Z has a distinctly sleek and smooth exterior. It is a split-level two-door hatchback with a lower glassed area and a carved waistline.On the inside it offers two robust front seats and a smaller integrated backseat bench that can be folded down to enhance cargo space. The dashboard is uniquely shaped to provide an effortless overview of the various controls and three-dimensional (3D) instruments for the driver.The 3D instruments light up in one of three colours, which reflect the three driving modes. The CR-Z also has a multi-information display that shows a selection of trip-related data.In keeping with its green appeal, it has an eco-assist bar that provides a graphic display of how economically the car is being driven ‒ and at the end of each trip an eco-score is given. The driver is then able to compare this with the score of the previous trip.“The new CR-Z has all the hallmarks of a thoroughbred performance machine,” said Dabrowski.
Protests in Tamil Nadu against Sri Lanka took a new turn with Tamil chauvinists on Tuesday demanding that the Indian cricket team not be sent to the island nation for the forthcoming Twenty-20 World championship.While Yuvraj Singh was making a comeback in international cricket after his battle against a rare germ cell cancer representing the Indian team in the second T-20 match against New Zealand, Tamil protesters held a demonstration outside the Chepauk stadium in Chennai on Tuesday evening.The protesters also disrupted traffic near the stadium.Pro-Tamil groups have also issued a warning to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against sending the Indian team to Sri Lanka.Mainstream political parties in Tamil Nadu have not taken a stand on the matter so far. DMK chief M. Karunanidhi had earlier said that sports and politics should not be mixed.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Borussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez defends Barcelona attacker Dembeleby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund winger Sergio Gomez insists Ousmane Dembele can be a success at Barcelona.Dembele will face his old club in the Champions League tonight.Gomez, formerly of Barca, was asked about Dembele’s problems at the Nou Camp.He told Sport: “Dembélé is a player who has given a lot to Borussia. With (Thomas) Tuchel, he learned a lot. And thanks to that, he is now in Barça. “Why does it not work in Barça? These are different championships. I do not know what problem Dembélé has. But he is a very good player, young and I am sure that in the years to come, he will be one of the greatest.”
CALGARY – A fatality inquiry into the death of a peace officer in Alberta five years ago focused strongly on the mental health of the killer on its opening day Monday.Rod Lazenby was a retired RCMP officer who was responsible for enforcing bylaws in the Municipal District of Foothills south of Calgary.The 62-year-old died in 2012 after being sent to Trevor Kloschinsky’s rural property on a call about dogs. An autopsy found Lazenby was strangled and had 56 cuts and bruises to the face, head, neck, body and back. He also suffered numerous internal injuries.Kloschinsky told officers he had apprehended a dog thief. He was charged with first-degree murder, but was found not criminally responsible because a mental disorder meant he didn’t understand that what he was doing was wrong.Doctors testified at his trial that they found him “actively psychotic.”RCMP Sgt. Ryan Singleton faced a number of questions at the hearing, which included Lazenby’s sister and daughter as well as a representative of the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers.He testified that there was a note on Kloschinsky’s file indicating mental-health issues and the municipal district had made it clear that no one should go to the property without RCMP backup.“It was the MD of Foothills … telling RCMP that they weren’t going to do this and therefore giving them the heads up that we may be requesting your assistance,” said Singleton.“They weren’t going to go out and deal with Mr. Kloschinsky by themselves … on a one-on-one basis without RCMP presence.”Singleton said there hadn’t been any previous indication that Kloschinsky was dangerous.“We had no indication of him being violent. We were dealing with a person who believed his dogs were being stolen.”Singleton said it’s probable that Lazenby, who wore hearing aids, may have turned them down before the attack because of the din created by the barking dogs.“I don’t think Mr. Lazenby knew what was coming.”The Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers held a news conference Monday to call for more collaboration between police agencies, improved access to personal protective equipment and better training.“The training that we get currently is based on different levels of community police officers,” said president Terri Miller. “The three levels that we have don’t get the same amount of training and we want to try and standardize the training.”The group is also recommending officers be trained in how to deal with people experiencing mental-health problems.Jamie Erickson, who was vice-president of the association when Lazenby was killed, hopes the inquiry will push forward changes.“We want to make sure our peace officers are safe.”A fatality inquiry may recommend how to prevent similar deaths, but cannot make any findings of legal responsibility.“The recommendations from the inquiry, although they’re non-legally binding, will provide an opportunity to make those necessary changes to ensure the safety of bylaw and peace officers in Alberta and in other jurisdictions across Canada,” said Dawn Rault from the Department of Economics, Justice and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University.The inquiry is scheduled to run until Friday.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
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BANGKOK — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region’s burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market.The World Economic Forum announced Monday its “ASEAN Digital Skills Vision 2020” initiative to improve the technological capacity of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations with training, funds for scholarships, internships and shaping the curricula of technology and computing courses, among other measures.Southeast Asia is seeking to increase the digital skills of its workers as the shift to greater use of robots and other automation threatens to rob those without technological savvy of opportunities for employment, even in manufacturing and service industries.The Associated Press
New Delhi: In a bid to improve the Congress’ position in south India, party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala besides his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.Veteran Congress leader from Kerala and former Defence Minister A K Antony made this announcement at a press conference here Sunday, saying Gandhi had consented to fight from Wayanad following requests from the party’s state unit. The decision is seen as an attempt by the Congress to consolidate its electoral base in south India, especially Kerala which has 20 Lok Sabha seats. Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats and Karnataka has 28. “This is a message to the southern states that they are deeply valued and respected. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said he will represent Amethi but will also represent southern states as they are an important part of India’s way of life”, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. He said Gandhi has said Amethi is his ‘karmabhoomi’ and he will never leave it. The announcement evoked sharp reactions from both the Left and the Right of the political spectrum. Reacting to the development, CPI(M) Politbureau member Prakash Karat said that the decision of the Congress to field Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad shows that the party wants to take on the Left in Kerala. BJP chief Amit Shah also took a sharp dig at Gandhi contesting from two seats at a rally in Uttar Pradesh. “Congress’ vote bank politics has worked on playing with the security of the country. It is the result of this that Rahul Gandhi has left Amethi and run away to Kerala because he knows that voters will seek account from him in Amethi this time,” Shah said. Senior Congress leader Antony said Wayanad is situated in Kerala but also surrounded by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. “In a way, it’ll satisfy the requests of three southern states,” he said. There were many requests from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the former defence minister said, adding that one of the major reasons for consideration was that it is a trijunction of the three southern states. “Amethi and Rahul do not have a political relationship. Amethi ke mann mein Rahul baste hain. It is a family relationship and cannot be broken by BJP’s politics,” Surjewala said. Congress had won eight Lok Sabha seats in Kerala in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, besides two by its ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and one by Kerala Congress (Mani) and one by Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP). Wayanad district is in the northeastern part of Kerala and houses various tribal groups of the state. The area was badly affected due to last year’s floods.