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Orlando Pirates capture PSL title

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first_imgGoal differencePirates’ 60 points trumped Ajax’s 60 by four goals on goal difference. Interestingly, Chiefs, in third, had a better goal difference than either team, and Sundowns, in fourth, had the best goal difference in the league, further underlining how tight the title race had been. PromotedJomo Cosmos, after only a year in the First Division, are headed back to the PSL after beating Bay United 5-4 in a penalty shootout at the Makhulong Stadium on Sunday. Black Aces, who will be playing in the First Division next season, ended their campaign with a 2-0 home loss to Moroka Swallows. Vasco Da Gama, meanwhile, thumped fellow Cape Town club Santos 3-0. Despite the win, they still finished second from bottom on the log and will go into the promotion/relegation playoffs. Ajax will be gutted to have missed out on the title after managing only one point from their last two matches in which there were six points on offer. A 4-0 defeat at the hands of Chiefs in their penultimate match was regarded by many as a temporary setback as they faced Maritzburg United, who had barely escaped relegation, in their final game, with home ground advantage. Cosmos topped the Inland Stream of the First Division by a healthy 10 points over Pretoria University, while Bay United edged Thanda Royal Zulu by a single point in the Coastal Stream. In other results, BidVest Wits and Platinum Stars drew 1-1, while three-time champions SuperSport United finished their season on a high with a 1-0 win at Free State Stars. Pirates’ coach Ruud Krol told the club’s website that the victory was one of the finest moments of his coaching career. He said: “From my experience the teams who are on top of the log heading into the last match never win their last matches and that happened today. It was good for us. Of course what it means is that I’m happy and I’m happy for my players. RockyHowever, less than 20 minutes into the second half their chances of finishing top of the table looked decidedly rocky after Maritzburg United took a 2-1 lead. The Urban Warriors appeared on course for the title, and a fairytale ending for coach Foppe de Haan in his last match before retiring, when they took lead in the 43rd minute through Khama Billiat. When the dust had settled on a fascinating day’s action, the Buccaneers were the champions on goal difference over Ajax, with Chiefs only a point behind them and Mamelodi Sundowns two points off the pace. PSL CHAMPIONS The Sea Robbers had taken the lead in the 38th minute through Bongani Ndulula, but it lasted only three minutes. Collins Mbesuma, a nemesis for Pirates in the past while with their great rivals Chiefs, headed past Senzo Meyiwa to level matters. Pirates’ victory and title suddenly leaves the club with the possibility of a season for the ages. They have won the PSL title and earlier in the season claimed the MTN 8 crown. Next up, they face First Division side Black Leopards in the final of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday. Win and they will secure a sparkling treble.center_img “I saw my team this season bouncing back after some big defeats and we were coming back in the race for the championship and only big teams can do that and that is the consistency that you need to win something.” One of the most famous sayings in sport is attributed to New York Yankees’ legend Yogi Berra, who said: “It ain’t over till its over.” And so it proved on a thrilling final day of the PSL season as Orlando Pirates came from behind to snatch the title from Ajax Cape Town on Saturday. 23 May 2011 Heading into the final round of matches, three teams were in with a shot at claiming the honours. Ajax were in the pound seats, leading Pirates, in second, by two points, while Kaizer Chiefs were three point adrift and needed the two front-runners to trip up to lift the silverware. ‘We deserved it’“I told my players that we deserved it because we worked hard. They worked hard for 11 months. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Chiefs, Sundowns victoriesChiefs finished their season with a victory away from home, downing AmaZulu 2-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Fourth-placed Sundowns completed their season with a 3-1 win over fifth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. The Urban Warriors pulled one back in the 87th minute through Sameehg Doutie. It wasn’t enough, however, as Pirates claimed a 2-1 win over Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium. Late goalThe game was decided only six minutes from time by a stunning long range shot from Isaac Chansa. 2010/11: Orlando Pirates2009/10: SuperSport United2008/09: SuperSport United2007/08: SuperSport United2006/07: Mamelodi Sundowns2005/06: Mamelodi Sundowns2004/05: Kaizer Chiefs2003/04: Kaizer Chiefs2002/03: Orlando Pirates2001/02: Santos2000/01: Orlando Pirates1999/00: Mamelodi Sundowns1998/99: Mamelodi Sundowns1997/98: Mamelodi Sundowns1996/97: Manning Rangers Gert Schalkwyk pulled the visitors level after goalkeeper Hans Vonk made a mess of a back pass and eight minutes later, in the 63rd minute, Maritzburg were awarded a penalty when a shot by Schalkwyk struck Nazeer Allie’s hand. Diyo Sibisi netted against his former club to seriously dent their title hopes.last_img read more

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SA crime-busting tools get global nod

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first_imgRay Maota Crime Line with support from the police has since its inception been responsible for over 1 400 arrests and R41-million in seizures. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For  more free photos, visit the image library) Yusuf Abramjee, the head of Crime Line, said that the initiative was humbled by the honours and would like to thank all tipsters and their partners in fighting crime. (Image: Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf Abramjee  Head: Crime Line  +27 82 441 4203 RELATED ARTICLES • SA toughens fight against crime • Direct access to top cops’ numbers • New campaign for a better SA • SA gets tough on traffic crimeSouth African crime-prevention and tip-off services, Crime Line and Crime Stop, have been recognised internationally for the role they play in combating criminal activity.Crime Line and Crime Stop received three awards during the 32nd Crime Stoppers International (CSI) conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 23 to 26 October 2011.The two initiatives also scooped three awards at the 2010 CSI conference for outstanding print, radio and television advertising campaigns.Michael Gordon Gibson, CSI president, said: “South Africa is leading the way on many fronts and we are extremely proud of their achievements, especially over the past year.”Yusuf Abramjee, head of Crime Line, said: “The world has recognised our achievements and it’s something that South Africa should be proud of. We thank the thousands of anonymous tipsters and our partners for the successes.”Abramjee also thanked the South African Police Service for acting on the tip-offs, which have led to many arrests and seizures.South Africa will bid to host the 2014 CSI conference. It is being held in Las Vegas, US, in 2012 and will be held in Europe in 2013.Abramjee said he is confident the country will win the 2014 bid.Fighting crimeCrime Line is a Primedia Group initiative launched in 2007 and is aimed at preventing, decreasing and ridding the country of criminal elements.It was the first programme of its kind to introduce text-message technology for whistle-blowing.Individuals in South Africa can text-message their tip-offs to 32111 for R1 (US 14 cents) any time, day or night. Crime Line also has a website that features the photographs of wanted criminals and lists numbers of who to contact with a lead.Since its inception, Crime Line has been responsible for over 1 400 arrests and R41-million (US$5.3-million) in seizures.Crime Stop is a police initiative, which operates call centres around the country aimed at receiving tip-offs of criminal activity. The local toll-free number for tipsters is 08600 10111.Both these initiatives promise anonymity for information supplied, thereby protecting the whistle-blower.Abramjee, Major-General Vinesh Moonoo and Colonel Dr Attie Lamprecht from the police service were added to the CSI’s board of directors in 2010.Lamprecht said: “We are proud of our achievements and the successful partnership we have with Crime Line.“The CSI awards mean a lot to us and we are delighted. We will continue to spread the message and encourage communities to blow the whistle on crime.”Awarding excellenceThe crime tip-off bodies won the Productivity Award for the number of arrests and recovered stolen property in communities with over 5-million inhabitants.They also won two Media Awards for their special TV reports on criminals and criminal activity, and for their special print campaigns urging the community to speak out about known crime.Abramjee said: “We are delighted to have won the top awards again. We are humbled and we thank the public and our partners for the support.“We also salute the production team at Primedia Broadcasting that resulted in us winning the television-audio visual category.”The production teams from Primedia’s radio stations, including Talk Radio 702, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 567 Cape Talk and 94.5 Kfm, produced a special report of the initiative’s achievements during its anniversary earlier this year.A few months ago Crime Line ensured that newspaper photographs were published of men wanted by police for a spate of ATM bombings, and this led to arrests within days.CSI has praised a group of newspapers from the Independent Group for supporting Crime Line.Leading from the frontNot only does Abramjee promote civic participation in the fight against crime, he has also been involved in a police sting operation, leading from the front.This operation came after Abramjee uncovered a multimillion-rand school subsidy scam and was offered a bribe to keep quiet about it.The reverend who ran the two schools, and was allegedly pocketing the state subsidies, offered Abramjee R7-million ($905 000) for his silence.When Abramjee went to “collect” the first instalment of the bribe, he took police officers with him and they arrested the man on the spot.He is now facing charges of fraud and corruption.last_img read more

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South Africa A to face England Lions in 2015

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first_img “This is a very important agreement for us,” Cricket South Africa’s General Manager Corrie van Zyl said in a statement. “It continues our policy of enabling our second best team to test itself against some of the strongest cricket playing countries in the world. “What is particularly important is that our A side will now tour England in 2017, at the same time as our senior squad is in that country. “England is always an out-of-season tour for us and it will help a lot to know that our back-up players are match-fit in case of need.”‘An excellent opportunity’ 17 April 2014 Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday announced a reciprocal agreement in terms of which the England Lions will tour South Africa in the 2014/15 season and South Africa A will tour England in 2017. The England Lions, England’s A team, will play two four-day test matches and five 50 overs limited overs matches against South Africa A in January and February 2015.‘A very important agreement’center_img ECB Performance Director, David Parsons, commented: “The Lions tour to South Africa will be an excellent opportunity to take on some very tough opposition in a challenging environment. “It will also offer us an opportunity to test the players at the very highest level and allow the players to ultimately learn a great deal from the trip. “We are look forward to visiting South Africa early next year.’ ENGLAND LIONS 2015 TOUR ITINERARY5-7 Jan: SA Invitation XI v England Lions, UJ Soweto Oval11-14 Jan: SA A v England Lions, Boland Park, Paarl18-21 Jan: SA A v England Lions, Chevrolet Park,, Bloemfontein25 Jan: 1st ODI, SA A v England Lions, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein28 Jan: 2nd ODI, SA A v England Lions, Diamond Oval, Kimberley31 Jan: 3rd ODI, SA A v England Lions, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom2 Feb: 4th ODI, SA v England Lions, Mamelodi, Pretoria5 Feb: 5th ODI, SA A v England Lions, Sahara Willowmoore Park, Benoni SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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King Corn Adds Acres

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matthew Wilde Progressive Farmer Crops EditorMESERVEY, Iowa (DTN) — Midwest farmers are doing the unthinkable as the corn-planting window slams shut.Some growers are switching intended soybean acres to corn, or at least thinking about it. Usually the opposite happens in mid-to-late-May if corn isn’t in the ground due to yield-loss potential.But desperate times call for desperate measures, said Dave Nelson of rural Belmond, Iowa.Decade-low soybean prices and a re-energized U.S.-China trade war convinced the former Iowa Corn Growers Association president and his family — Dave farms with his brother, son and nephews — to plant another 1,000 acres of corn at the expense of the world’s most popular legume. Now, 4,000 of the 6,500 acres that the family crops will be corn.Dave piloted a New Holland TG255 tractor pulling a 12-row Case I-H planter May 13 in a field near Meservey, Iowa, as other family members planted elsewhere. He seeded corn in a field intended for beans. Dave’s nephew, Josh Nelson, incorporated fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide at the same time. Both were trying to beat impending rain that has dramatically slowed planting progress throughout the Midwest, which also played a part in the family’s decision.It’s the first time in nearly 50 years of farming Dave Nelson reduced soy acres in favor of corn with June fast approaching.“The market is telling us to switch,” Dave said as he planted corn. “Soybean prices have gotten worse and a trade deal with China doesn’t look like it will happen for a while. The profit potential for corn isn’t good, but it’s a lot better than soybeans.“Illinois, Missouri and the Dakotas are way behind and we’re able to plant,” he added. “That may help corn prices.”GRAIN COMPLEXBig U.S. soybean ending stocks and a recent setback in trade negotiations with China contributed to the lowest prices since 2007, according to DTN market analysts. The latest government estimate pegs the nation’s soy stockpile for 2019-20 at 970 million bushels, bolstered by China’s reluctance to buy from the U.S.November soybeans opened at $8.43 Tuesday, with cash prices less than $7.70 at many elevators and processors. Iowa State University (ISU) estimates the break-even price for soybeans averaging 62-bushels-per-acre at $8.86 per bushel.Corn futures have increased lately. December corn opened Tuesday at $3.83 per bushel. Cash prices are 30-40 cents less. ISU estimates the break-even price at $3.38/bu. for corn after soybeans averaging 218 bpa and $3.88 for corn-after-corn averaging 200 bpa.Planting less soy in favor of corn may be a good plan for some farmers, said Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois agricultural agronomist. Given current market dynamics and planting woes in much of the Corn Belt, he said farmers who can get corn in soon and possibly limit yield losses due to delays could benefit.“I can see that strategy making sense in Iowa, and possibly other areas,” Hubbs said. “There could be a significant amount of corn that isn’t planted nationwide, possibly 3 million acres, which may support prices come June.”PLANTING DELAYSAbout 79 million acres of soybeans and more than 71 ma of corn were unplanted as of May 12, according to prospective planting estimates and the latest USDA Crop Progress Report. Rains and cold weather hampered planting throughout major corn and soybean states this past week.Only 11% of Illinois’ corn is in the ground compared to the five-year average of 82%. Indiana is 6% done and North and South Dakota are 11% and 4% finished, respectively.Iowa is better off with 48% of its intended corn acres planted, four days behind last year and just over a week behind the five-year average. The planting clock is ticking loudly.ISU studies indicate corn, with a plant density of 35,000 per acre, on average will yield 87% of its potential when planted from May 15-25, 70% from May 25-June 5 and 54% from June 5-15. Research shows soybean yields, on average, decline by 0.25 to 0.9 bushels for every day that seed isn’t in the ground after May 15.The 50% corn planting completion threshold wasn’t met in Iowa only five times prior to this year in the last 40 years. In each of those years, the statewide yield was below trend line.CORN OPTIMISMDave Nelson hopes to break the trend. The family is more than half-done with corn. If they get yields 180-bpa to more than 200-bpa, and prices jump 30 cents, they can make a profit unlike on soybeans.“Some of the fields we’re switching raise a lot better corn,” he said.The thought of planting soybeans and losing money is dejecting, Josh Nelson added. There wasn’t a debate among the family members about swapping soy acres for corn.“It’s shear economics,” Josh said. “Planting soy just didn’t pencil out. A lot of farmers are in a similar boat.”He may be right. Several ISU Extension regional agronomists mentioned during a recent conference call that many farmers statewide are swapping some soy acres to corn, according to Mark Licht, ISU Extension cropping systems agronomist.High yield potential for corn is still possible by planting well-adapted full season hybrids up until June 1, Licht said. After that date, he recommends switching to earlier maturing corn.“Agronomically speaking, it’s easier to switch to corn from soybeans,” Licht said. “It usually doesn’t happen because of yield potential.”Contact Matthew at matt.wilde@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @progressivwilde(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?

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first_imgOn 25 June, arguably the most important meeting in the history of the sport will be held. The Special General Meeting will vote on a new constitution that will fundamentally change – for the better – the way the sport is managed and delivered across the country. Let’s assume that the vote is `yes’. What does this mean for the affiliates; for those people actually out there delivering the sport, running competitions? If you’ve been wondering what the answer to this question is, it’s well worth your time to check out the following document… THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?last_img
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10 months agoFC Sion attacker Fortune: Tough to turn down Mertesacker and Arsenal

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say FC Sion attacker Fortune: Tough to turn down Mertesacker and Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFC Sion attacker Yassin Fortune has explained leaving Arsenal this summer.The 19 year-old rejected a new contract offer from the Gunners to sign permanently with the Swiss outfit.He told Foot Mercato: “Arsenal had offered to extend four years. But I started to join the pros. Arsenal is a great club, but I needed playing time. I had to play, and I preferred to leave. “It was difficult to stay at Arsenal in the sense that there were big names and a new coach (Unai Emery). I spoke with Per Mertesacker who made me a little hesitant.”He really wanted me to stay. But I felt that the best solution was to leave. At that time I did not yet have contact with Sion, but with other clubs. I was contacted by Sion fifteen days after my decision to leave. I had a preference to return to France but despite some contacts it is Sion who had my preference.” last_img read more

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13 hours agoRaul insists Wolves aiming for Europa League knockout round

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Raul insists Wolves aiming for Europa League knockout roundby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul Jimenez says Wolves are fighting to reach the Europa League knockout stages.The Molineux outfit recorded a brave 2-1 away win over Slovan Bratislava on Thursday, with Jimenez scoring the decisive penalty.He told BT Sport: “For me it’s always in my mind that I’m going to score. It’s my style of shooting penalty kicks, I’m never going to change. I had a lot of confidence and it was a good moment to score the second goal, we’re in the fight now.”We came here knowing that if we won the game it would be better for us, we’re fighting to go into the next round now.” last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Honoring Members Of Basketball Program Who Died In Plane Crash 14 Years Ago Today

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first_imgOklahoma State honors 2001 plane crash victims.On January 27th, 2001, the Oklahoma State basketball program suffered an unthinkable tragedy when eight members of its family (two players and six staffers and broadcasters) died in a plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. In the years since that traumatic event, the 10 people who died in the crash –including the pilot and co-pilot–have been memorialized with a banner hanging in the rafters of OSU’s home court, Gallagher-Iba Arena, and a memorial located inside the Athletics Center. Also, each year, at the home game closest to the date of the crash, Oklahoma State honors the 10. This post from the Cowboys’ official athletics Instagram account has all the details on the ceremony before tonight’s game against Baylor: Very touching and appropriate tribute for those whose lives were inexplicably cut short, and it’s incredible to think 14 years has passed since this tragedy happened.last_img read more

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College Football Playoff Rankings Unveiled By Selection Committee For Week 11

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first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.Twitter/@Adam_Longname None of last week’s top four teams lost, but that doesn’t mean the week was without its College Football Playoff drama. Baylor, ranked sixth last week, fell to No. 12 Oklahoma at home, giving the Sooners a big boost this week. Stanford, which was ranked seventh last week, fell to Oregon, all but knocking the Pac-12 out of the running for one of the four spots, barring some extreme craziness. LSU’s loss to Arkansas also makes the SEC a two horse race, as far as playoff berths are concerned.The selection committee just unveiled its third rankings of the year on ESPN. Here is the full Top 25:1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/ayBIEp6c4E— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20155. Iowa 6. Oklahoma State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20157. Oklahoma 8. Florida 9. Michigan State 10. Baylor— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201511. Stanford 12. Michigan 13. Utah 14. Florida State 15. LSU— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201516. Navy 17. North Carolina 18. TCU 19. Houston 20. Northwestern— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201521. Memphis 22. Mississippi 23. Oregon 24. Southern California 25. Wisconsin— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 2015How’d they do this week, football fans?last_img read more

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Video: Maryland Beat Wisconsin On Melo Trimble’s 3-Pointer With 1.2 Seconds Remaining

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first_imgMelo Trimble hits game-winning three-pointer as time expires.Melo TrimbleWe just had a Big Ten thriller in Madison. No. 3 Maryland defeated Wisconsin 63-60 on a long three-pointer by point guard Melo Trimble with 1.2 seconds remaining.Trimble’s triple came after Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig buried a three of a his own to knot the score at 60. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon elected not to signal for a timeout, instead trusting his All-American point guard to win the game.Good decision.  That shot is the definition of long range. Note ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich saying “Too late” in the background. Dakich thought Trimble took too long before trying to attack.Looks like he knew what he was doing.last_img

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