Hope through hockey in Diepsloot

first_imgMalele is currently a level-one coach and his goal is to reach level six, the highest grading. He also hopes to send some of the older players on umpiring and coaching courses. A chance meeting with University of Johannesburg (UJ) Sport’s Siobhan Brown at a counselling course in 2008 saw the tertiary institution take up his cause. “Thanks to media reports about violence, people don’t want to set foot in Diepsloot, but the UJ people came,” said Malele. “I thank God for everything. He’s the only one keeping my projects going.” Two of his biggest success stories are Shirley Machaba and Kabelo Motsatsi, who have both qualified for the Southern Gauteng under-18 sides on a number of occasions. Motsatsi now plays for the Beaulieu College men’s side and is coached by former Olympic hockey player Allistar Fredericks. He believes it helps them avoid the peer pressures and socio-economic pitfalls plaguing his impoverished community. Starting with half a dozen youngsters in 2001, the unemployed Johannesburg resident now has over 150 players in nine teams. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Academic support programmes The Silver Stars project was also the runner-up in last year’s Murray & Roberts Jack Cheetham Memorial Award for development teams. The financial windfall from this prize has helped to pay for development clinics, transport and other expenditures. Where many see a future as barren as the dusty ground on which his teams practise, Diepsloot hockey coach Silver Malele sees hope. They were and interest grew steadily. “On Saturdays, we play round-robin tournaments and the older teams have league fixtures,” he said. “Sometimes I’m out at 6am and only get home at midnight.” Malele’s Silver Stars development project in the Johannesburg township, on the northern fringes of affluent Sandton, is giving youngsters from the ages of seven to 17 something positive to focus their energies on. He said that he has seen significant changes in the children who come from far-flung areas. “They are often in different schools, but, when they are together at Silver Stars, they have the opportunity to make friends and teach and support each other. UJ Hockey’s Elize le Roux said the university helped with equipment and clinics, assisted in Malele’s development and also with applications for sponsorships, government grants and national lottery funding. But the deep-seated love of the game returned decades later when he decided to do something positive for his community. “As Africans we are just focused on soccer,” he said. “So I thought let me do something different and see if the kids would be interested.” The 42-year-old Malele’s passion for hockey started in the late seventies, when he learned the game at Witkoppen School in the Fourways area of Johannesburg. After leaving school, he quit the sport on principle. “In those days there was no good treatment,” he said. “We need to attend more clinics so that we can move forward,” he said. According to Le Roux, UJ is busy developing academic support programmes to assist Malele’s younger players in qualifying for university acceptance in the future. 23 September 2011 Malele has applied for various jobs over the years, but fears that finding permanent employment will mean the end of Silver Stars. “I do this out of love,” he said. Dedicated hockey academy “That’s what I like to see,” he said. Malele’s ultimate goal is to have a dedicated academy in Diepsloot, and is a little closer to achieving this thanks to the University of Johannesburg’s hockey club. He hopes that every child who has been isolated from sport will be able to one day join a team and get a sporting chance. “Playing in tournaments gets them away from all the cruel things that just traumatise and stress them,” he said. Malele also runs a community food garden and counselling and support groups for HIV/Aids patients and their families at the Diepsloot South Clinic. “We don’t have an astroturf or even grass, just bare ground,” said Malele, who was named Volunteer of the Year at the recent South African Sports Awards. “The fact that boys and girls have been developed to provincial level on that rocky piece of land, you just wouldn’t believe it.”last_img read more

Farmers do business with a huge corporation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no doubt that farmers are becoming more productive and that is because they are doing big business with a big company.With this one humongous company’s help, farmers are more efficient. This company helps farmers grow a bigger crop and do it on fewer acres with fewer chemicals and limited trips over the field.Farmers pay loads of money to have these products as part of their operation. It helps them better manage what they do and it keeps track of everyone around them to make their system work as a whole.It may sound like this company and their products are making our world better, but some critics would say this company and what they are selling to farmers will lead to this world’s demise. Does this big corporation force their products on farmers and punish them for not using what they have to offer? It might be a good idea to ask the same question back to you and many of your friends and neighbors too, because the company I am referring to is Apple.Apple’s iPhones, iPods, iPads and Macbooks downloaded with farm-savvy apps are used by many farmers everyday to make their farms a little more sustainable, and yes, a little more profitable. As you consider why you also use awesome technology from a major conglomerate, think about why a farmer would use beneficial agriculture technology, like treated seeds and products for pests and diseases on their farms.Newer, greater technologies that today’s society utilizes to better ourselves, what we do and how we do it are being developed every day and are adopted in quick fashion in fear of missing out on “the next best thing.” If you expect a farmer to be successful with yesterday’s practices, technologies and products, I suggest digging out the old “flip-phone” for a day to see if you can be as productive and efficient as you are with your smartphone or tablet.last_img read more

Probe in bribery scam leads to 14 shell firms

first_imgPanaji: The Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) probe into the Louis Berger bribery scam led to 14 shell companies that were used as channels to transmit bribes worth crores of rupees from the US-based consultancy firm to Goa politicians and authorities via Louis Berger officials, ED sources said on Friday.On Thursday, the ED, which is investigating the case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, had said that it had attached properties of Digambar Kamat and Churchill Alemao (former Chief Ministers of Goa and MLAs of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party), worth over ₹10 crore to ₹15 crore.Mr. Kamat, Mr. Alemao, and top Goa government officials, like Anand Wachasundar (retired), have been accused of allegedly accepting $976,630 in bribe in 2010 from officials of the firm who intended to secure implementation rights of a water and sewerage project worth ₹1,031 crore and funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).Sources in the ED told The Hindu that detailed questions had been sent to the former senior vice president of the firm, in the form of a letter rogatory (LR). An ED official said, “A letter rogatory has been sent for further investigation against James McClung, who is presently imprisoned in the U.S.A.” A senior official added, “Louis Berger officials created these 14 shell companies through which money [amounting nearly] ₹4 crore was systematically laundered to pay off those indicted in the scam.”It was also revealed that a bribe of around ₹2 crore was initially agreed upon, but was later hiked to ₹4 crore after negotiations between local politicians and officials of the firm.The Goa Crime Branch, which began it’s probe in the case after filing an FIR over two years ago, had arrested some top officials linked to the project, senior Louis Berger employees, a hawala dealer, and Mr. Alemao, who are all presently out on bail.Mr. Kamat who has managed to escape arrest so far, has been charged with Section 120B (criminal conspiracy ), and Section 201 (tampering with evidence) of the Indian Penal Code, and other sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. He has filed an anticipatory bail application in the Supreme Court.Mr. Kamat has been charge-sheeted as the prime conspirator, followed by Mr. Alemao and Mr. Wachasundar. The Crime Branch has also filed a supplementary charge-sheet in the case.On Friday, a senior Goa Crime Branch official said the ED filed a Enforcement Case Information Report and began a separate probe since the crime branch was not competent in probing the money laundering aspect.last_img read more

Puttaiah Memorial Cup 2018: South United FC begin their campaign with a 2-0 win…

first_imgAdvertisementBengaluru, September 24, 2018: Strikes from Magesh and Lokesh saw South United FC beat ADE FC 2-0 in their first Puttaiah Memorial Cup Game. The orange-clad South United saw a man sent off in the final few minutes but it had no bearing on the result.In the first match of Zone B, South United took an early lead against ADE FC through their talismanic captain Magesh. The goal came as new signing Aaron crossed the ball in from the left flank all the way to the other end of the pitch only for Mani to cut it back into the onrushing Magesh who smashed the ball home with a first time left-footed shot.Puttaiah Memorial Cup 2018: South United FC begin their campaign with a 2-0 win over ADE FCSouth United FC created several chances but was unable to finish them off as the first half flowed on. Their keeper Jayant remained largely untested for the entirety of the half.ADE FC began the second half well and put the orange clad South United FC under some pressure. It resulted to naught as they rallied back strongly to claw back some semblance of control. Midway through the second half, Henderson, the South United striker made way for Chander, and Aaron switched to a more advanced role. The change saw South United renewed with some dynamism and they would seal their victory in the final 20 minutes through a strike by Lokesh.A couple of good plays and attempts by ADE FC to salvage something from the game did not come to fruition. The final few minutes saw SUFC substitute Chander sent off for a poor challenge but the men in orange had enough composure to see out their first game of the tournament with a 2-0 victory. 6 Attachments Advertisementlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: India vs Pakistan clash great opportunity to become hero, says Azhar Mahmood

first_imgPakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has called on his side’s players to see the upcoming Champions Trophy clash against India as a great opportunity for them to shine and become heroes.Fans from both nations have marked their calendars for June 4 when the two arch-rivals take on each other in their group clash.Recalling his debut against India, Azhar said that he headed into the clash thinking that if he manages to perform well against their arch-rivals he could become a hero.”These matches are a great opportunity for players to shine and become heroes whether they are a veteran or a newcomer. I remember my debut against India and I thought this is the time for me to perform and I thought that if I can perform in this game, then I can become a hero. There is never a dull moment in these matches wherever the match is played and whoever holds their nerve and whoever can take the pressure will come out as the winner,” PakPassion.net quoted Azhar, as saying.The 42-year-old, who retired from international cricket in 2007, insisted that although India have a strong batting line-up, his side’s bowling attack could pose a big challenge against the Virat Kohli-led side.”Expectations are always huge and it’s a game which is usually won in the mind. India’s batting is strong and our bowling is strong. So, it promises to be a great occasion with both teams standing a good chance of winning,” he said.Azhar Mahmood also expressed his views on paceman Hasan Ali, who has been included in the 15-member squad for the Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.advertisementAdmitting that Hasan has the `perfect attitude` which is required to become a successful player, Azhar said that the pacer’s willingness to perform well for his team reminds him of his own international career.”I like this guy’s attitude. He wants to play, he wants to learn, he wants to do well and he wants to perform well for the team and for himself. He has the perfect attitude and exactly the attitude you want from your players. When I first saw him bowling in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League, he reminded me so much of myself when I came into international cricket,” Azhar said.Azhar, however, said that the team are working on his run-up so that he could deliver more positive results in the coming future.”We are working on a few things with him and I am sure we will see more positive results from him in the future. We are looking to reduce his run-up as he over-accelerates sometimes. His run-up was 86 feet which we reduced to 80 feet in the West Indies and we will be looking to cut it down a bit more so he gets more momentum towards the crease rather than decreasing his speed as he approaches the crease. If this works then I think he will bowl quicker,” he added.Pakistan are slated to play two warm-up games in Birmingham before their clash against India — taking on Bangladesh on May 27 before facing world champions Australia on May 29.They will also attend a week-long training camp from the third week of May in Birmingham to prepare for the eight-team event, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.The tournament will also provide Pakistan a great chance to further consolidate their position in the top eight ODI sides as they look to qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The Pakistan squad for Champions Trophy is as follows:Sarfraz Ahmad (captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz.last_img

ATK sign Jobby Justin on three-year deal from East Bengal

first_imgFormer Indian Super League champions ATK on Wednesday announced the signing of East Bengal forward Jobby Justin for a three-year pre-contract, commencing June 2019.The 25-year-old from Kerala, who also plays as forward for the national team, had scored nine goals, the most by an Indian, in East Bengal’s runners-up finish in the I-League.The ISL’s Kolkata franchise also extended contracts of the Spanish duo of captain Manuel Lanzarote and Edu Garcia, along with Englishman John Johnson.ATK Squad: Foreign players: Manuel Lanzarote, John Johnson, Everton Santos, Andre Bikey-Amougou, Gerson Vieira, Edu Garca;Indians: Aiborlang Khongjee, Arnab Mondal, Ricky Lallawmawma, Komal Thatal, Avilash Paul, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Balwant Singh, Jayesh Rane, Pronay Halder, Hitesh Sharma, Pritam Kotal, Sena Ralte, Debjit Majumder, Ankit Mukherjee, Arindam Bhattacharya, Ashish Pradhan.Also Read | Forget quadruple, focus on Cardiff, says Manchester City coach GuardiolaAlso Read | Lionel Messi great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope Francislast_img read more

OSU’s red zone offense has been perfect

first_img15Oklahoma State31515100.0015100.0000.00 11LSU3161593.751168.75425.00 RankNameGamesTripsScoresScore %TDTD %FGFG % 11Cincinnati3161487.501275.00212.50 6Troy3171482.351164.71317.65 4Oregon State31818100.001477.78422.22 11Northwestern31616100.001062.50637.50 15Ball State31515100.001173.33426.67 6Oklahoma3171588.24952.94635.29 4Marshall3181688.891266.67422.22 2Oregon3191684.211368.42315.79 Some might say “hey, not a big deal, we’re only three games in” and that’s true, but consider OSU’s struggles in 2012 to punch TDs in when they got inside the 20. The Cowboys ranked No. 4 overall in college football in score percentage (93%) but just 26th in TD percentage (67%).When you remember that OSU’s issues last year were laid equally on the offense and defense, it’s a big deal that they’ve been able to score with such ease in the red zone.Will this change come conference play, sure, but OSU’s start is definitely encouraging.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img 6Houston2171482.35847.06635.29 1Texas A&M3211885.711780.9514.76 11Tennessee3161487.501275.00212.50 6Utah State3171694.121482.35211.76 Photo Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIThere are 19 schools with more than 15 trips into the red zone this year. Of those only four have a perfect scoring rate (100%) and only one has scored a TD in every trip. That would be Oklahoma State.Here’s a look: 15Boise State3151280.001066.67213.33 15Navy2151386.671066.67320.00 15UCF3151493.331066.67426.67 2Indiana3191473.681368.4215.26 6Western Kentucky3171376.471058.82317.65last_img read more

QUEENSLAND JUNIOR STATE CUP COMING UP

first_imgHot on the heels of the recent NSW Junior State Cup almost 1500 junior Touch Footballers will converge on the Glasshouse Sports Club on the Sunshine Coast, for the 2005 Queensland Junior State Cup from July 1-3. The teams will travel from all around Queensland, with several new country entrants in 2005. The competition is the largest Junior Touch Football event in the State and will bring the future of Queensland and Australia’s elite teams to the Sunshine Coast. Competition will be in the Under 11’s, Under 13’s, Under 15’s and Under 17’s in both girls and boys divisions, with the Gold Coast always one of the strongest teams at the tournament. With several new country sides traveling to the tournament however, QTA organisers are hinting that there may just be the odd upset on the cards here and there throughout the tournament. Games begin around 1pm on Friday July 1 and will start at 8am on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3. Finals for the Under 11’s will be held on Saturday July 2 and on Sunday July 3 for all other age groups. ATA Tournament Director and IT guru Jon Pratt has refined the art of running our National Touch League and Under 18 Championships since 1997, as well as run several International events such as World Cups, Youth World Cups and International School events. He will be traveling to Queensland to help with the smarter web program, the computer software that builds ladders, draws, keeps statistics and can publish minute by minute info for all those interested in the results of the Queensland Junior State Cup. While at the event Jon will be helping to up skill and teach the Queensland Touch Association (QTA) staff about the program, how it works and how to use it to better service the Touch public during major events such as this. He will also be able to work with the affiliates at the event, providing information on the software that’s available for their weekly competition in their home regions. The event has already gathered interest from local media outlets, including newspapers and radio, with advertisements and stories being run regularly. ATA Media Manager Rachel Moyle, will be working with QTA staff in the lead up to the event, helping to promote the event further and push regular media releases and information to the Queensland media. With the event drawing such a large number of participants from all around Australia this is another chance for ATA and QTA to work together in promoting the sport further to the Queensland public and developing the resources we use in running Touch competitions and tournaments. It is fantastic to see such large numbers and interest in events such as the Queensland and also NSW Junior State Cup and promises much for the future of the sport in the states and at a national level.last_img read more