Witness appeal after fire in Newtowncunningham

first_imgWitnesses are being urged to come forward as investigations continue into a building fire in Newtowncunningham.A fire at a derelict building on Main Street last Saturday is being treated as a criminal damage incident.The building was set alight at approx 8pm on 20th July. “The fire services and Gardaí attended the scene and thankfully nobody was hurt,” said a garda spokesperson. “If anyone has any information in relation to this fire or how it started then we urge them to come forward and speak to us. The number to call is 074-9167100, Letterkenny Gardaí.”Witness appeal after fire in Newtowncunningham was last modified: July 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Newtowncunninghamlast_img read more

A’s struggles on road continue as Seattle Mariners sweep two-game series

first_imgSEATTLE — The road woes just continue for the A’s.Oakland lost away from the Coliseum for the 11th time in its past 12 games as the Seattle Mariners held on for a 4-3 win over the A’s to sweep a two-game series.The A’s have lost four straight on the road and fell to 5-15 in away games this season. Oakland has seven more games on its current trip.Oakland starter Brett Anderson (4-3, 4.41 earned-run average) had allowed just one home run in his first 43 innings this season. That total jumped a …last_img

Why Alexandra survived

first_img27 October 2003Alexandra township in Johannesburg has been under threat of demolition many times in its 90-year-old history. The marvel is that the township still exists. It should have been obliterated years ago, at the height of the apartheid period, when other “black spots” in the middle of white suburbs met their deaths under the bulldozers. But Alex alone survived. Because of a friendship.A friendship between a church minister and a cabinet minister is what finally saved the township from demolition in 1979.The church minister was the Reverend Sam Buti, who initiated and drove the Save Alex Campaign in the late 1970s, and Dr Piet Koornhof, Minister of Co-operation and Development in the apartheid government.Their friendship came about because their fathers, both ministers in the Dutch Reformed Church in the Free State, were friends and their sons knew one another from those times. Buti spoke Afrikaans and when Koornhof was appointed minister, he approached him and said: “My mense praat van ‘die erwe van ons vadere’ en vra: Hoe moet ons verstaan?”Translated, this refers to the land inherited from their fathers, meaning that the people of Alexandra failed to understand why this land was being taken away from them, a plea that Afrikaners could readily understand.It was the key to solving the problem. Shortly afterwards, Buti got a call containing a simple message: “Alexandra gaan bly [Alexandra will remain].”Buti recounts in Alexandra, I love you (Published for the Alexandra Liaison Committee, 1983) that he was told to remain quiet about this news until it was announced by government. People in the township were beginning to doubt him – by 9 o’clock that evening nothing had happened. But at 9pm the South African Press Association phoned and asked for comment on the saving of Alex.He responded: “All I could say was: “Oh my God, I’m so happy.’ There wasn’t anything else I could say. We all hugged one another.” He was later photographed wearing a t-shirt that announced: “Thank God, Alexandra is saved”.Sprawling ghetto townshipAlexandra, described by Nelson Mandela as “exhilarating and precarious”, is a sprawling ghetto township some 12km north-east of the city centre. Some 170 000 (2001 Census: 166 968) people live in this ghetto, in an area of approximately two square kilometres. It’s surrounded by wealthy suburbs like Sandton, Kelvin and Wendywood.Alex, similar in some ways to Sophiatown and other townships around the country, had freehold rights for blacks and like these other ghetto townships, was a nurturing womb for musicians and artists and notorious gangsters, but unlike these townships, Alex survived demolition and continues to be a lively but desperately poor township.The township, for decades referred to as the “dark city” because it had no electricity (Buti’s was the first house to get electricity in the early 1970s), has been one of the first stops for rural blacks entering the city, being neighbours with the semi-industrial suburbs of Kew and Wynberg, and hence jobs. For decades too it had no storm water drainage, resulting in potholes and dongas opening up. Water to homes was provided by communal taps, one tap serving several households.It has several cemeteries, now full, and 25 schools. Several clinics serve the community, with numerous spaza shops and telephone kiosks supplying basic goods and services. There’s one cinema, several soccer fields and a number of churches.Alex has sections where narrow alleyways separate overcrowded single-room shacks, and, in a reminder of its farm beginnings, unherded goats scratch for food in the piles of garbage on the streets. In other areas there are hostels of five or six storeys, or brightly-painted blocks of flats. In still other areas there’re ordinary suburban streets and houses with the usual high walls and pretty pavement gardens that characterise South African suburbs.But driving through Alex leaves one with the overall impression of squalor and desperate poverty witnessed in the polluted streets, the overcrowded shacklands, and the many unemployed people milling about the streets. The township has very few open, green spaces and aside from a few scattered trees, very little vegetation.But despite this Alexandra has a pull on its residents. Linda Twala, grandson of the original settlers of Alex, was born there and wouldn’t live anywhere else. He calls it “a wonderful place”. Many others feel the same about the township.Back in 1904The story of Alex goes back to 1904 when it was very much part of Johannesburg’s farmlands. A wealthy farmer by the name of S Papenfus bought a number of farms around present-day Alexandra, one of which, Zandfontein, eventually became the township.Papenfus brought his cook Hey Nxele Mbanjwa and wife, Eva, along with him and they built themselves a mud hut in the heart of Alexandra. The hut acted as a donkey refreshment station for carts carrying Papenfus’ milk from his farm in Midrand to Johannesburg.The Mbanjwas brought their five-year-old daughter Annie with them when they moved. Annie married Phumuza Twala and they had 10 children. Phumuza was a thatcher and thatched roofs in the white suburbs of Johannesburg. He died in 1971. Annie lived to the age of 99, dying in February 2003, leaving a memorable philanthropic legacy taken over by her son, Linda Twala.Annie Twala’s original mud hut was in 2nd Avenue, and she lived in it until the late 1990s, when her son replaced it with a modern two-storey home, giving it to her as a birthday present. The school she attended in 3rd Avenue, a wood and iron structure, still stands.People from the rural areas, drawn by the possibility of jobs on the burgeoning mines, settled near to the Mbanjwas, and by 1912 Papenfus started dividing Zandfontein into plots, selling them to black families and giving them an opportunity to own land just before the 1913 Land Act took that right away from them.Papenfus placed a board, in three languages, on the farm which read:ALEXANDRA TOWNSHIPFreehold township for sale to natives and coloured persons only. Easy monthly payments for terms.Apply to: S PAPENFUS, 35 Exploration Building, Commissioner Street, Johannesburg.Papenfus needed a name for the new township. Twala recalls that Papenfus asked his grandparents what name was suitable. They replied: “Your wife, Alexandra, loves people.” So it became Alexandra.In 1912, Alex was proclaimed a “native township” and by 1916 the Alexandra Health Committee was established to manage Alexandra, a settlement that now accommodated around 30 000 people. The Committee was not given any funds by the city council for managing the township, and as it grew, with untarred roads, no rainwater drainage system, no street lighting, no sewerage system and haphazard shack settlement, it took on the appearance of a ghetto.First removalsIn 1948, the National Party was elected into government, and it brought into law a sweep of apartheid laws. It was decided that the influx of people into Alexandra had to be controlled, and in fact the population needed to be decreased, and finally, the provisions of the 1913 Land Act had to be implemented: freehold rights had to be taken away from those residents who owned their properties.Despite the fact that Alexandrans had already proved themselves to be responsive to protest and resilient to hardship when in 1940 a bus boycott took place, repeated three more times, in the mid-1940s some 5 000 squatters were forcibly removed to Orlando in Soweto. But there were no homes for them in Soweto and they were dumped back in Alexandra, becoming the health committee’s problem again, Alexandra being considered outside the jurisdiction of the Johannesburg City Council.The exercise was repeated again in 1947 with 2 000 squatters. At this time Alex had a population of 60 000 residents, according to Alexandra, I love you.Bus boycottsThe bus boycott took place because the city wanted to increase the four-penny fare to five pennies (one penny is around R1 in today’s terms). The township came out in protest, and for six months residents walked to town, a distance of up to 15km, taking them up to two hours to walk the distance each way.This persistence and resilience paid off – at the end of six months the penny increase was dropped. But the issue was raised again in 1942, 1943 and in 1957 in a movement called “Zikwelwa” (“we will not ride”).The residents won the fourth bus boycott too, with the government passing a law that compelled employers to pick up part of the bill of increased transport, getting their workers to and from work.EducationIn 1957 the residents of Alex were in for another fight. In 1954 the government passed the Bantu Education Act, which stated that blacks now had to submit to an inferior system of education, preparing them for inferior status in South African society.Mission and private schools, which had maintained high standards, had to now register with the Bantu Education Department, along with all public schools. Thousands of school children boycotted their schools in April 1954, in Alexandra and around the country. Sixteen teachers in Alex lost their jobs. Cultural clubs were formed and informal teaching took place in the open. This continued for two years in Alexandra, with numbers attending the classes slowly dwindling.The government eventually ended the impasse with an ultimatum: no child would be allowed back into a classroom if they hadn’t started attending school by the beginning of 1956. Parents, concerned for their children’s education, relented, and their children and future generations were subjected for the next 40 years to the debasing and debilitating Bantu education.Removals and the reverendAlex had been threatened with removals on and off for decades. It started back in 1942 with the North Eastern Protection League, according to urban specialist Pauline Morris in her 2000 paper Alexandra township – A history, lessons for urban renewal and some challenges for planners.The league pushed for the abolition of Alexandra. The city council, which didn’t have jurisdiction over the township, approved of the idea but backed down when faced with the cost of relocation of the residents, proposing instead, the upgrading of Alex, and its incorporation into Johannesburg.Alternative accommodation was offered to residents and some of them took up the offer, the first of many removals of people out of Alex.From 1948, Alexandra was administered by the Peri-Urban Health Board, and through the issuing of permits and passes, further settlement of people in the township was controlled, at the same time as freehold property was expropriated.Police raided homes, checking on passes, and residents not in possession of the relevant documents were systemically moved out of Alexandra.Morris says that the Alexandra population in 1948 was estimated at between 80 000 and 100 000, with plans to ideally bring the population down to 30 000. Between 1958 and 1973, some 56 000 people were removed from Alex and resettled in Soweto, and 15 000 removed to Tembisa on the East Rand.The board started buying homes, demolishing some and renovating others, with a view to the government owning all land and houses in the township. Owners were compensated an amount of around R1 770, with the government buying 2 539 properties for an amount of R4.5-million by 1972. Not everyone who was compensated was moved from Alex, in the broader plan of maintaining a labour pool in the northern suburbs.After the Sharpeville killings of 1960, the government clamped down on opposition parties with a state of emergency and it was decided to remove Alexandra altogether and rebuild the area as a “hostel city”. Twenty-five hostels were to be built, each housing 2 500 people, for single men and women, and blacks living on white properties throughout the northern suburbs were to be moved into these hostels.There was widespread resistance to the move, including from the Johannesburg City Council. All parties felt the cost and social dislocation was not worth the enormous effort that would be needed.But construction went ahead and Madala men’s hostel went up in 1971 and Nobuhle hostel in 1972. A women’s hostel was completed in 1981, even after it was acknowledged that it wasn’t feasible, the destruction of family life being the major stumbling block.And this is where the Reverend Sam Buti steps onto the stage to play a major role in the eventual reprieve of Alex. He established the Residents’ Interim Committee in 1974.Buti was originally a minister in the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in Africa, a breakaway branch of the Dutch Reformed Church which was exclusively for whites. In 1974, a further breakaway group including the NG Mission Church (for coloureds) was formed by the amalgamation of the two groups, calling themselves the Uniting Reformed Church.Buti was born in Brandfort in the Free State, and is a third-generation minister. He settled in Alex in 1959 and has lived there ever since, measurably assisting to improve the quality of lives of Alex residents.The interim committee resisted removals and was concerned about the breakdown of family life that would come with the hostel proposal.Buti recalls that officials would remove furniture onto the streets, in preparation for the removals. “We would take the furniture back inside.” The same happened with windows and doors – they’d be removed from the houses, to be promptly put back by residents. “They didn’t know how to arrest us.”Meanwhile, freehold property rights were still being taken away from residents, and they were ordered to pay rent for their properties.The committee swung into action, shooting off letters to the West Rand Administration Board (which then administered the township), a succession of cabinet ministers, among them Connie Mulder and Willie Vosloo.Of Vosloo, Buti remarks in Alexandra, I love you: “He was a verkrampte [arch conservative] . . . but there were times when he shed tears at the facts – and the faces – we brought to his attention. I always had the feeling that he would have welcomed some form of change, but the forces around him didn’t allow him to accept our point of view.”But still nothing happened. Then Koornhof was appointed Minister of Co-operation and Development. Buti could speak Koornhof’s language, Afrikaans.“He told the Minister what his flock were coming to him with . . . and he did it in the language of the church that both he and Dr Koornhof held dear,” according to Alexandra, I love you.Buti says it was a “tough time”. The board tried to bribe Buti. “They offered me a big plot in Diepkloof and said they’d build me a house on one condition: I was not to interfere with what they were doing.”But Buti was not going to fall for that trick: “I said no. I was not a traitor to my people.”Buti says it took him and his committee two years to persuade Koornhof. What he eventually gave them was the answer the community had hoped for – that Alexandra was to be saved.Buti’s story subsequently takes on a sad irony. He got further involved in municipal politics. After fighting for Alex to be an independent municipality, he was voted on to the Alex council, and was eventually elected mayor of Alex. But Alexandrans felt he was siding with the apartheid government and betraying their interests. His house was bombed and razed to the ground. He was forced to give up his mayorship, and got more involved in church matters.Today his reputation is fully restored, but the 1980s were a difficult time for him and his family.The Master PlanThe reprieve didn’t mean that Alexandrans’ worries were over. The next year, in 1980, Koornhof announced the “Master Plan”, which was to see the township divided into seven new suburbs with a central business area with shops, offices and light industry. New schools, sports complexes, parks and a dam were to be built.Alexandra was to become a “garden city”. An amount of R25-million was to be set aside for the development, which would take five years.The catch to the whole grand scheme was that all properties were to be bought by the government and all houses were to be demolished. Residents were to be moved into temporary houses and refurbished buses while waiting for new houses to be built.Alexandrans appeared tolerant of the temporary inconvenience. Between 1981 and 1984 around 260 houses were built in an area known as the East Bank, over the Jukskei River. Another 2 200 houses were still to be built, but by 1985 the plan and its implementation had dried up, mainly because of cost considerations. The cost of the new houses had become unaffordable for residents, and they had resisted being moved from their homes in the first place – they were to spend years in temporary accommodation instead of months, waiting for their new homes.But there was another factor – the ’80s were a very turbulent time nationwide, with the apartheid government beginning to come off the rails under the pressure of international sanctions, disobedience campaigns, the astronomical costs of apartheid, and growing violence. In 1986, a state of emergency was declared, the government’s attempt to regain some semblance of control of the situation.The master plan for Alexandra was modified and became the Urban Renewal Plan in 1986, to be divided into three phases. Still the object was to move to private ownership as soon as possible, but what was needed was to define the borders of each person’s stand clearly, mostly done from aerial surveys, conventional surveys being impossible, given the rate of overcrowding in the township.By the end of 1987, over 6 000 stands had been surveyed and demarcated. But because of the squeeze on space, each stand was to accommodate between three and seven families, with both original stand owners and tenants – many of whom had been issued permits to be in Alex in the 1950s – feeling that they should both have rights to the property.The first phase of the plan consisted of clearing passageways for service lanes, often obstructed by uncontrolled squatter housing. Part of this process was to classify dwellings as either permanent or temporary, depending on the building material used – bricks and blocks, or tin and other temporary material.Residents were classified as either “qualified or disqualified”, in terms of their original link to Alexandra.Into this messy situation was introduced the abolition of influx control in 1986, the apartheid government’s means of controlling the movement of blacks from rural to urban areas. Shacks started going up everywhere.Morris says that shack numbers increased from 7 352 in 1987 to 20 000 in 1991. “Of this total some 6 000 to 7 000 were in backyards and the rest, at 12 000, were in freestanding areas.”It was impossible to control the situation. “So desperate was the search for land and living space that shacks were erected overnight on roads being prepared for paving.”This and the fact that residents felt they hadn’t been consulted, together with funds running dry, led to the abandonment of the renewal plan.Morris has this to say regarding the impact of the progressive upgrades: “. . . the only conclusion that can be drawn [is] that all the attempts to upgrade Alexandra had been a dismal failure and had incurred massive financial, economic and social costs to the country and to Alexandra’s residents”.In the early 1990s the township was wracked by violence in the run-up to the first democratic elections in 1994. Violence broke out between residents in the men’s hostels and residents just south of the hostels, an area that became known as “Beirut”. In early 1992 some 60 people were killed and nearly 600 people were injured and around 10 000 people were displaced from their homes, according to Morris.More development plansIn 1998 another development plan was drawn up, and like its predecessors, planned to reduce Alex’s population and divide the township into development zones. “Superblocks”, three-storey blocks, were to be built to house 3 000 people. Total cost was to be R3-billion.The plan fizzled out. Meanwhile, an athletes village was constructed in 1999 for the All Africa Games on the Far East Bank. Called “Tsutsumani”, it consisted of 1 700 freestanding, semi-detached and simplex units. These are now occupied by Alexandrans who have been on the housing waiting list and qualify in terms of certain criteria.In February 2001 President Thabo Mbeki announced the Alexandra Renewal Project, a presidential project that is to lift the township onto its feet. An amount of R1.3-billion has been made available and over a period of seven years the township is to be upgraded.The project’s aims are far-reaching: To reduce unemployment by 20 percent (believed to be 60 percent at present) through skills development and supporting SMEs in Alex; upgrade existing housing and create new housing; improve service delivery and payment levels; create a clean living environment by upgrading parks, rivers and air quality (coal is still used for cooking and heating); improve access to effective health and social services; establish a safe and secure environment with improved policing and community involvement; and finally, establish civic pride and a respect for Alex’s heritage.Work on the ambitious project has started: 7 000 people have been moved from the dangerous river banks, and those banks have been reinforced and grassed; around 2 400 houses have been built, and a further 11 500 houses are to be built in the next three years; a greening strategy is in place, in which 3 000 trees have been planted; a water-borne sanitation system is being put in place, together with sewers; in March this year a spanking new police station was opened in the township, and reportedly crime has dropped in Alex; and, to relieve the pollution and health problems, 46 000 bins have been distributed around the township.After two years of intense planning, the project moves into the second phase with developments along London Road moving aheadHopeful investmentIn the last decade there have been flickers of hopeful private/public sector investment in Alex, in the quest to uplift Alexandrans’ quality of life. In 1995, a lifeline counselling office was opened. And in 2000 the Bombani Shelter for Abused Women was opened, run by three volunteers from the community.In April this year the Alexandra People’s Centre opened, providing an information centre, a help and complaints desk, as well as a centre for the payment of local rates, electricity and water.After the World Summit on Sustainable Development, a resource centre used at the summit was donated to Alex. It consists of 16 computers, a call centre for five operators, an audio-visual centre with two TVs, two video machines, and a screen and cameras, and a conference/education room.There are other private initiatives: the Alexandra Chamber of Commerce announced in May that it would be building a state-of-the-art shopping centre. Buti has just had his business plan for an environmental theme park approved by the city council, a R70-million investment initiative that involves a waterfront development, a recreational area and a community centre. He expects the first brick to be laid early in 2004.In an effort to bring tourists and their money into the township, tours of Alex are now conducted. The township now boasts several restaurants and B&B establishments.It seems fair to say that Alex is finally finding its feet.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

National Affiliate Development Coordinator

first_imgNational Affiliate Development CoordinatorRemuneration: Structured to attract quality candidates & dependant on experienceTouch Football Australia (TFA) invites applicants to fill the position of the National Affiliate Development Coordinator for TFA in the Canberra Office.  The position is business critical and vital to the delivery of service support programs for all affiliates participating in one of Australia’s fastest growing sports.  As a key member of the Sports Development team, and reporting directly to the Sports Operations Manager, you will contribute to the strategic direction, long term planning and growth initiatives of the sport of Touch.  Your responsibilities will include coordinating the delivery of affiliate and operational support systems to the national office, state operations and affiliate members under a unified management structure being delivered for the administration of the sport of Touch.You will be tasked with the operational delivery of the national affiliate management and servicing system and business initiatives that are vital to the overall delivery of this exciting sport.A huge focus will be placed on the support to the national network of sport operations and program synergies of the organisation and their improved alignment with the unified operational function. Strong client service and communication skills are a must along with a proven success in operational management.A Job Description including selection criteria is available at: www.austouch.com.au.By COB Thursday the 21 May 2009, applicants should email a 2 page letter of introduction addressing qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to [email protected]  Employment will be subject to conditions as outlined in the TFA Certified Agreement.Further information: Garry Foran, Commercial Operations Manager (02) 62122800.Related Filesaffiliate_development_coordinator_01-pdflast_img read more

SCHITTS CREEK STARCOCREATOR DANIEL LEVY TO GET GLAAD AWARD

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Emmy-nominated “Schitt’s Creek” co-creator Daniel Levy will receive an award from the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD next month.The media watchdog group says it will give the Toronto actor/writer/producer the Davidson/Valentini Award at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco on Sept. 28.The award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD’s first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:center_img Daniel Levy cast member in the Pop TV series “Schitt’s Creek” poses for a portrait during the 2018 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington hotel on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. Emmy-nominated “Schitt’s Creek” co-creator Daniel Levy will receive an award from the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP It honours an LGBTQ media professional who has promoted acceptance for the LGBTQ community.Levy is the showrunner on “Schitt’s Creek” and also stars as a character who identifies as pansexual, which means being open to all sexual orientations or gender identities.The openly gay Levy has also done fundraising for GLAAD and, in honour of his recent birthday, his fans raised over $20,000 for Ontario’s LGBT Youth Line.“Schitt’s Creek” airs on CBC and Pop TV and is also on Netflix.The show about a formerly rich family living in a small-town motel is up for four Emmys next month, including best comedy series.Stars Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy are also up for acting trophies.“Through his work on-screen and behind the scenes of ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ Dan Levy moves LGBTQ visibility on television forward in humorous, compelling, and necessary ways,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement.“By featuring and celebrating a pansexual character, Dan and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ are expanding representation of the spectrum of identities within the LGBTQ community in a way that other content creators should model. Dan has been such a powerful advocate throughout his career, and continues to use his platform to uplift and inspire LGBTQ youth.”The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Commentary Thad Matta departs Ohio State in an honorable way

Thad Matta addresses the media for the final time as head coach at Ohio State on June 5, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of 97.1 The FanThad Matta was fired Monday because lately the Ohio State men’s basketball team hasn’t won enough games, and it is an honorable reason to be fired. There is no shortage of reasons why college coaches are fired, and failure to win enough games is the best of them. Just think about the last two big-time coaches fired at OSU: Jim O’Brien, who Matta succeeded, and Jim Tressel.Both were removed amid scandal. Both left behind a trail of embarrassment and NCAA sanctions. Heck, turn back the clock a little further and you can even toss beloved Woody Hayes in there, who was dismissed after punching an opposing player. Of course, most coaches in college football and basketball are not fired for scandal, covering up a scandal or assault. Most cases are similar to Matta’s, and the phrases we heard Monday during his farewell press conference have become common parlance. Time for new leadership. A change in direction. Mutually agreed upon. We’ve heard those phrases over and over, but it’s important for fans — especially OSU fans right now — to remember that a failure to win games does not automatically indicate the failure to build a successful program. That is, we cannot simply let our measure of success be banners and win percentage. They are important, but they cannot become the only thing that matters.We’ve seen the effects of that thinking already, and they look like Louisville’s Rick Pitino keeping his job despite his program reportedly hiring escorts for recruits, though he denied wrongdoing. They look like Jim Boeheim, of Syracuse, who actually received an extension in March despite having been suspended two years ago after the NCAA found he “failed to monitor his program” while it racked up violation after violation, including academic misconduct and impermissible benefits. In his 13 seasons leading the Buckeyes, Matta carried himself with grace and integrity, and he built a program with principles and decency. In this column, there is no need to list the number of Big Ten titles he won or how far he took his team in the NCAA tournament. The one stat worth mentioning, Matta brought up himself. “When I got here, we had a 20 percent graduation rate. We’re up to, I think, 88 percent right now,” he said. “To see these guys walk in here and the one-and-dones that we had and those guys fulfilling their dreams. The stories are countless and I don’t want to be up here all day, but I could tell stories that makes me feel good. Just in terms of what we’re able to accomplish, I’m very proud of it.”OSU basketball coach Thad Matta laughs as he answers a question during Media Day on Oct. 10, 2013, at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoMatta’s former players are proud to call him their coach, too, and many took to social media to share his impact, which speaks volumes about the who he is as a person, not only a coach. “Your enthusiasm, passion, knowledge, and humor are the reasons why I’m glad I made the decision to become a buckeye when I was 17,” wrote Evan Turner, who was the national player of the year under Matta in 2010, on Instagram. “You helped me weed thru a lot of ups and down in order to be the player and man you knew I could become. I’ll forever love you for that and you’ll always be a legend and great man in my book.” “Family aside, no one has done more for my life than Coach Matta,” tweeted Mark Titus, a former walk-on and current writer at The Ringer. “Love that man w all my heart and will forever be indebted to him.” Aaron Craft, one of the most beloved Buckeyes of the Matta era, tweeted, “Man, words can’t describe what Coach meant to me and the program! Wouldn’t have wanted to play for anyone else!”So, yeah, Matta was fired because his team didn’t win enough. His health issues appeared to play a role, and the struggles in recruiting — which tie directly to the ability to win games — were broached during the press conference. In the end, he used to win a lot of basketball games, and recently he didn’t win as many basketball games, so now he lost his job coaching basketball at OSU.Coach Thad Matta talks to his players during a game against on Minnesota Feb. 22, 2014, at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photo“The wins, the losses, those things, they come,” Matta said. “We hit a stretch here that was probably about a five-year stretch as good as anybody in the country in terms of college basketball.”  Consider this departure in an age where coaches have been fired for throwing basketballs at players, and where entire athletic departments have been plagued by questions of academic misconduct or, in the case of Baylor, covered up sexual assault allegations against its players, and where coaches have been fired after lying to the NCAA during an investigation. “And I think the last thing that I hope I’m always remembered for is that we always did it the right way,” Matta said.  “That to me is something that I want to hold or hang my hat on. That this program was run the right way.”  Indeed, Matta built a program the right way, and its sterling reputation remains intact as he departs in the most honorable way a dismissed coach can: because lately he didn’t win enough. read more

Commentary Ohio State made the right decision to fire Thad Matta at

Coach Thad Matta calls to players. OSU beat Purdue, 63-61, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament March 13, 2014 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Shelby Lum | Former Photo EditorThere is never a perfect time to fire the winningest coach in a program’s history. There’s no easy way for Ohio State to move on from the man who took the Buckeyes to the brink of winning their first national championship since 1960. But, the timing of Monday’s firing of now-former coach Thad Matta is particularly bad for OSU.Teams have moved on from the 2016-17 season, are transitioning to the fall and, if necessary, they made a coaching change months ago. No head coach has been hired by a major Division 1 school since New Mexico tabbed Paul Weir as its leader on April 11.The inopportune swap is not lost on OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith, who sat next to Matta at a press conference to announce the end of the three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year’s tenure in Columbus Monday.“No time is optimal, but obviously this time is not the best,” Smith said. “So I need to be sensitive to what I’m dealing with in this window of time.”Since OSU is late to the coaching carousel, it won’t have to jockey with other schools for hot-shot up-and-comers or established coaching talent on the market.But is that a good thing, or does it mean that the coaches who check off both “talented” and “available” boxes do not exist any more? Could the Buckeyes have won over former Dayton coach Archie Miller, who decided to leave the state of Ohio to take over the Indiana program? We’ll never know because OSU’s job wasn’t open when the former Flyers coach was listening to the Hoosiers’ pitch.Established coaches and potential candidates such as Arizona’s Sean Miller, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and Virginia’s Tony Bennett are each heading successful programs and have turned down offers from major schools in the past. Given OSU’s lackluster roster and the reality that basketball will never be the university’s most important sport, a fit in Columbus for these coaches is not obvious.Exciting, young coaches such as Xavier’s Chris Mack and Butler’s Chris Holtmann could stay with their programs for another season – both of which bring back talented rosters – and hope to attract a head coach offer from a higher profile school than OSU.Whoever sits in Matta’s former chair in the fall will have a tough job. With just 10 scholarship players, including a former walk-on, and major recent roster turnover, the new head coachBut, it just takes one person to say yes. That’s where optimism should set in. Despite the recent struggles, OSU is still appealing, and there’s an obvious place to start: at the bank.Only two Big Ten coaches – Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Michigan’s John Beilein – made more than Matta in 2017. But if you thought OSU might be cash-strapped as it is buying out Matta’s next three seasons, think again.The athletic department is flush with cash. It is spending $43 million on building a student-athlete development center and $49.7 million on a wrestling facility, and will also be building an arena for volleyball, gymnastics and fencing. They are also reportedly considering building a hockey arena.If OSU thinks it can hire someone to replicate Matta’s success from his first decade as the Buckeyes coach, it would pay up to do so.At Monday’s press conference, Smith said that he didn’t intend to relieve Matta of his duties when the two met on Friday. If that’s true, the pressure is on for him to act quickly and bring in someone who can find the success on the court that has escaped the program in recent years.Only time will tell if the Buckeyes whiffed on their opportunity to find a worthy replacement for Matta in a timely matter. Perhaps Smith has a master plan to land Miller, Villanova coach Jay Wright or Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan.But, maybe he doesn’t.Sometimes, even if the correct decision is made but the window of opportunity is missed, the result is a disappointment. OSU might learn the hard way.Colin Hass-Hill: [email protected] and Twitter @chasshill read more

Liverpool defender talks about national team captaincy

first_imgLiverpool defender Andy Robertson has revealed what it feels like to be captain of the Scottish football team and how he communicates with his teammates.Due to his outward personality, Robertson would not be an obvious choice as the team’s captain. He’s not a ranter or raver and, at 24, still exudes the youthful enthusiasm that has carried him from amateur status at Queen’s Park to the highest echelons of European football.However, those attributes are why he got the nod from head coach Alex McLeish. He seems willing to take all the commensurate flak.“I feel extra responsibility when we come off the pitch as I have to help lift the boys and all the staff,” Robertson said, according to Daily Mail.“Everyone was down after that performance on Thursday. Fans can react negatively to me, that is all part and parcel of it. Since I was made captain, it has happened a bit more as they see me as a scapegoat.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I can take it on the chin. I have to up my performances. And if I can help even five per cent to get the lads right for the game against Portugal, then I will do that.”“It hurts. I was part of the team when Gibraltar came to Hampden and scored their first ever international goal.”“We went on to win 6-1 but all the players knew when that goal went in, we could have scored 12 and we’d still get negative reaction from the press and fans.”last_img read more

Fire exposes Nassau vulnerabilities

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 6, 2017 – Nassau – The Fire at Jubilee Gardens exposes a string of vulnerabilities in the country’s most populated island and capital, Nassau and now officials are trying to help residents cope with the loss as they summon resources to avoid the fire ever happening again. Top priority though is totally extinguishing the inferno.Up to late last night, the reports were that the fire was still raging in Jubilee Gardens and while there is no official count on the homes consumed in the blaze believed to have been caused by embers from the nearby Harold Road dump blown onto the houses of the people living so nearby; the loss is significant.   The Fire Department was said to be outmatched by the fire which was fanned by 35mph winds and residents were ordered to get out of the community.For years the cry had gone out to remove the dump site; the leading thoughts were linked to mainly to the toxic and foul fumes from the city dump; this morning we grieve as it is proving to have posed so much more of a hazard.  Tall Pines MP, Leslie Miller said he has never seen anything like it in 35 years and believes, as in times past, the dump was lit by stragglers.Prime Minister Christie was on the scene yesterday too, explaining that The Bahamas was in dialogue with the US and said his government will find someone to manage the site, that talks toward this effort are in advanced stages.Residents see it as mere talk though; outraged, broken and disappointed that a government subdivision would be constructed within yards of the dangerous dump. Smoke from the massive fire could be seen black, menacing, billowing from miles away. Airport fire trucks were deployed to the scene to help the domestic unit and Defense Force officers are on board to add manpower.The Kendall Isaacs Gym was opened as a shelter, the Flamingo Gardens Clinic was opened for medical care and NEMA also informed that the Human Society was available as an animal shelter.  Early reports were of smoke inhalation so far. There is no school today for Acquinas College.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Scripps Ranch High School was in lockdown after a threat made against

first_img KUSI Newsroom, December 6, 2018 Posted: December 6, 2018 SCRIPPS RANCH (KUSI) – Scripps Ranch High School was in lock-down for several hours Thursday while police investigate a threat made against the campus, according to the San Diego Unified School District.The lockdown at Scripps Ranch High School was lifted around 1 p.m. and activities at the Treena Street campus have returned to normal, according to the San Diego Unified School District.This is a developing story, please check back for more updates. Scripps Ranch High School was in lockdown after a threat made against the campuscenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 1:07 PMlast_img