Why Jon Gruden purposely threw challenge flag when he knew he couldn’t

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)ALAMEDA — Jon Gruden’s weekly Monday press conference neared its end in an uneventful manner compared to some in prior weeks, when the occasionally mercurial head coach has posed hypothetical questions to “America” about his perceived distaste for rookies and questioned whether a veteran cornerback was confused about his technique, among other highlights.That’s when, asked a simple question about injured wide …last_img

Empowering youth for a bright future

first_img20-year-old Neftaly Malatjie foundedDiepsloot Youth Projects in 2005. The organisation seeks to empower Diepsloot’s youngsters. Its craft training centre is already showing impressive results. (Images: Diepsloot Youth Projects) MEDIA CONTACTS • Neftaly Malatjie CEO Diepsloot Youth Projects +27 78 637 0815  RELATED ARTICLES • Teaching jobless how to find jobs • Transforming lives through sport • Hair academy empowers women • Itlhabolole: beauty from wasteBongani NkosiAt age 20, Neftaly Malatjie is already a distinguished leader in his community of Diepsloot, a sprawling township grappling with underdevelopment and poverty.Diepsloot Youth Projects, the non-profit organisation he founded in 2005 at just age 16, is making a difference in the lives of fellow youngsters.The hard-working Malatjie is the CEO of the organisation, which he runs with a group of volunteers and professional trainers.The list of community initiatives taking place under the auspices of Diepsloot Youth Projects is burgeoning, ranging from the popular computer-training and pottery and craftwork academies to the school and community outreach programmes.“We’re a non-profit organisation that’s mainly focused on awareness, capacity-building and training,” said Malatjie during an interview in his makeshift office.Originally called Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture, Malatjie started the organisation as a performing-art project after identifying a need for it in the community.“I was attending an acting school and I thought this type of thing is needed in the township,” he said.The success of the initial phase was encouraging for Malatjie. “The support we received was amazing, as well as the participation and performances. Even parents were supporting it.”The organisation expanded when Malatjie began working with other young leaders from Diepsloot. They started in-depth research on what the community desperately needs, and found that “our people need jobs, they need skills”.And so Diepsloot Youth Projects was born.A recent highlight is being awarded an accreditation certificate, in July 2011, to operate their computer-training facility as a Microsoft IT Academy.They also got accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (Saqa), meaning the academy’s more than 200 students will graduate with recognised computer studies certificates.Malatjie said they are now hoping to secure an ISETT Seta-accredited training provider licence in the next few months.Microsoft and Saqa accredited them after “they were satisfied with everything and found that we’re really committed”, while the Seta licence will be granted after the organisation appoints an assessor for the programme – according to Malatjie.The academy caters for youngsters who’ve completed secondary school and those who left in grades 10 and 11.Proper building plannedDiepsloot Youth Projects has now appointed experienced professionals to serve on its board committee, as well as in management and executive teams.The organisation is planning to build a proper facility to operate from in the near future, but they are still accruing funds for construction.The piece of land donated to the organisation by the City of Johannesburg is currently scattered with containers, used as makeshift classes. This is where their “modest” building will be erected.Hopeful studentChikore Takaidza, a Zimbabwean youngster living in Diepsloot, attends the computer academy and is hopeful that he’ll gain the necessary skills to find a job.“I’m going to get out here a changed person in terms of how I conduct myself in the business world,” he said.Malatjie and his team also help community members find employment. In addition to drafting CVs for job-seekers, they circulate adverts on vacancies in their internet cafe.Pupils can also visit the organisation’s three centres for career guidance and help to secure study funds.Crafts schoolThe pottery and craftwork academy is another project that’s realising tangible results. Its students, most of whom were once unskilled youngsters, are already producing artistic creations for the market.“The whole aim is to help them generate income for themselves. We now have people who are selling their products, some are exhibiting in markets.”The craft school is also helping unearth talent among once-idle youngsters. “The school doesn’t teach craft, but looks at talent and goes beyond it,” said Malatjie. “We never say to our students your art is nice. We always say go fix this or that.”Their sewing training project has also taken off, noted Malatjie, as they now have necessary material.Ultimate dreamMalatjie’s ultimate dream is to see the majority of Diepsloot youngsters becoming self-reliant and able to find jobs.“We are changing stones into self-moving assets,” he said, referring to Diepsloot’s many youngsters who are despondent about their prospects.“I want people to have success stories, and would like it if one day people say that that organisation made them who they are.”Creating entrepreneurs is part of the organisation’s aim. “If someone starts a business, my people will get jobs,” Malatjie said.Diepsloot Youth Projects lists government and private companies as its funders, but Malatjie said more contributions are needed to sustain initiatives.The organisation is planning to start operating in other underprivileged areas in the near future. “We’re about to spread our wings to other townships,” Malatjie said.last_img read more

Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki share eventful history as honorary All-Stars

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes For Nowitzki, it’s no secret why it fits better now than it did eight years ago.“We’re older,” Nowitzki said. “When you’re young, you compete, you’re stubborn. There was a few guys where I was just not that friendly with. We played against the Spurs every year in the playoffs, and I didn’t love them guys either.”Turns out it’s nothing personal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Madrid’s Gareth Bale faces possible 12-match ban for celebration MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants FILE – At left, in a June 25, 2012, file photo, Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade hugs the NBA Championship trophy after a public celebration in Miami. At right, in a Dec. 13, 2011, file photo, Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, kisses the NBA championship basketball trophy during a photo shoot at the NBA basketball team’s media day in Dallas. Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki accepted honorary All-Star roles to help the NBA celebrate two long and decorated careers.It should also be a chance for the two-time Finals foes to go out on amicable terms after a shared history that Nowitzki acknowledged was “frosty” at times. (AP Photo/File)DALLAS — Of all the opposing jerseys Dwyane Wade has collected through swaps during his final NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki’s was among those the Miami star wanted the most and somehow seemed worried he wouldn’t get.Maybe it had something to do with the “frosty” phase of their relationship, as the Dallas icon described the strain following the Heat’s six-game win over the Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals. Maybe Wade thought such a display wouldn’t be possible on Dallas owner Mark Cuban’s court.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “We don’t lose that Finals in ’11, we’re still going, me and ’Bron still fighting it out to see who’s the best,” Wade said. “I took a step back at that point to kind of let him take over, an organization that I would call mine before that.”The Mavericks haven’t won a playoff series since taking the franchise’s only title and have ground to make up if they want to avoid missing the postseason for the third straight year.The Heat had one playoff series victory in the four years after going to the Finals in each of James’ four seasons. Miami has more realistic playoff hopes than Dallas this year, but only because the Eastern Conference is more forgiving.None of that will matter as the All-Stars celebrate two players with 27 appearances between them. This will be 14 for Nowitzki, the German who is the only foreign-born player among the NBA’s seven 30,000-point scorers, and 13 for Wade.“Dirk is one of the first guys to have ever done it from overseas,” said Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, the “Greek Freak” who is an All-Star captain alongside James. “Hopefully, all the other international guys and overseas guys can do the same thing for the next generation.”The most competitive part of Nowitzki’s weekend will come in the 3-point contest Saturday night — he’s the only 7-footer to win it (in 2006). And he’ll be one of the coaches in the Rising Stars game, leading 19-year-old Dallas rookie sensation Luka Doncic.As for the game, Nowitzki expects his role to be about like that of an extra in the movies — very, very minor.“It’s going to be fun to be part of and watch, maybe coach some, maybe get in for a minute or two,” the 2007 NBA MVP said. “But really I think that game is more about the guys that deserve to be there and got voted in.”The other guy who didn’t get voted in has similar feelings.“Me and him have had our fair share of All-Star games,” Wade said. “This is a lot different for what we’re looking to get out of it. I’m glad it is me and Dirk. I think it fits. I think it’s right and I’m appreciative of it.” After winning his first title on Dallas’ home court in 2006, Wade wasn’t thrilled with complaints that the Heat — and their star player in particular — got a huge assist from the officials. He eventually shot back that the Mavericks might have won with better leadership from Nowitzki.When Nowitzki was on his way to payback with a title five years later, Wade and LeBron James mocked Nowitzki by faking coughs in front of cameras after that year’s finals MVP made the decisive bucket in a critical Game 4 win while playing with a fever.Those days are long gone, replaced by mutual admiration for players in supporting roles on teams with little hope of winning titles after years as pressure-laden leading men for franchises that were among the elite.“I always say he pushed me to become the player in ’11 to ultimately win,” Nowitzki said. “There were some things said after the ’06 finals, and both sides didn’t love it. There were some times that we didn’t speak much. But I always watched from afar.”Wade won his second and third titles — both with James — the first two years after losing to the Mavericks. He essentially says the same thing about his experience of losing to Nowitzki.ADVERTISEMENT In reality, Wade didn’t need to worry about Nowitzki turning him down.The two-time Finals foes are elder statesmen in their league now, a co-existence better defined by sharing honorary All-Star status for the NBA’s biggest party than bitterness over a championship lost to a rival.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“You appreciate having someone like that that’s a part of your journey, that pushes you,” Wade said, a few hours before that jersey swap took place near midcourt following Miami’s 112-101 victory in Dallas on Wednesday. “We’re an important part of each other’s story.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver added Wade and Nowitzki as All-Star extras for Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the 37-year-old Wade already saying his 16th season will be his last and the 40-year-old Nowitzki’s record 21st season with the same franchise having the feel of an unofficial farewell tour. 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Cortez Simmons in court tomorrow for 2013 murder

first_img Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Related Items:cortez simmons, court, Keziah Burke, margaret ramsey-hale, murder, rodney adams Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – Court tomorrow for murder accused Cortez Simmons according to the court docket. The now 31 year old Simmons has been imprisoned since May 2013 for allegedly being a part of the shooting death of Keziah Burke in April that same year. Simmons had been beaten up initially when remanded; now he stands trial for the incident which has spawned other landmark cases and rulings in the country; including the trial of now exonerated Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams. Cortez Simmons is expected to appear before Chief Justice Margaret Ramsey-Hale in Provo at 9am, Tuesday. Recommended for you Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Team work for help to Haiti

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Provided by PR for the Haiti Relief Fund Related Items:intercaribbean airways-tchta-graceway supermarkets all team up with residents to support haiti, team work for help to haiticenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 13, 2016 – The TCI Hotel and Tourism Association, InterCaribbean Airways, Graceway Supermarkets alongside residents coordinating Saturday’s Haiti relief fundraiser called o the public to support the upcoming fundraiser and other relief efforts in Turks and Caicos in the wake of the storms devastation in Haiti.Haitian Consulate to Turks and Caicos Dr. Wenceslass Lambert said hundreds died following heavy rain and flooding in the southern region.  One week later, Lambert said most residents are cut of, living without electricity, water and essential medication.“This is a humanitarian disaster.  Haiti is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Jeane in 2004, still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and numerous tropical storms that have impacted the country, compounded by the increasing fears of Cholera.” The groups have galvanized efforts in hopes of reaching persons throughout the community.   Graceway Supermarkets IGA, Smart and Gourmet are asking residents to donate $1 or more to go towards disaster relief in Haiti.  The store has pledged to match up to $10,000.Tamell Seymour, Store Manager at Smart said, “we understand the situation they are in because we have been there before with Hurricanes and Haitians in this community, they are our people, we hurt when they hurt, we cry when they cry, we always want to step in when we can.”The relief group will host a fundraiser on Saturday at Sarah’s Kitchen on Airport Road.  Kevin Clarke who is representing the group called for donations of clothing, emergency kits, non-perishable goods, canned food, shoes, baby items and hygienic products.Meanwhile, TCHTA’s Stacy Cox said the group is encouraging persons to donate through IGA supermarkets.  She said the TCHTA is spreading the word through other travel agents.last_img read more

Sandals Story Behind the Songs concert benefits local community programs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, December 13, 2016 – Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island welcomed country music fans to the Caribbean December 8-11 for its second Story Behind the Songs concert event.   In partnership with Big Machine Label Group, this installment of Story Behind the Songs featured top country music artists Eli Young Band and Tucker Beathard.   As part of Sandals Resorts International’s new LIV+ Events program, offering vacationers unique limited-edition events, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts teamed up with Premier Networks to host Story Behind the Songs, a new concert series showcasing a collection of intimate acoustic performances with top country artists.The second stop in the Caribbean for the Story Behind the Songs series was in the beautiful Nassau, Bahamas.  The four-day getaway included live performances on Friday night with Grammy-nominated and ACM Award-winning chart-toppers, Eli Young Band, and a rocking opening performance by breakout singer/songwriter, Tucker Beathard.  The musical events included backstories of each song told first-hand by the artists, from memories on the road to the inspiration behind the songs.  This once in a lifetime opportunity was enjoyed by Sandals LIV+ vacationers, along with 30 lucky radio listeners who won their way to paradise by tuning into their favorite local country station or the nationwide contest on CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan, CMT All Access with Cody Alan, and CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan. The music carried from The Bahamas to the airwaves throughout the weekend as the artists met with 17 radio stations garnered by MicnE Productions.   DJs and radio hosts caught up with the artists on air as the stations broadcasted live from the tropical Sandals Royal Bahamian Luxury Included® resort.   As the official event host, award-winning country music personality Cody Alan also sat down with the Eli Young Band and Tucker Beathard as they shared their Story Behind the Songs experiences, including a red carpet Meet & Greet with fans, a VIP LIV+ Official Wrap Party with DeeJay Static and special presentation by the Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International.In an effort to improve the lives of those in the Caribbean, proceeds from Story Behind the Songs t-shirt sales, silent auction and a portion of LIV+ package sales were donated to the Sandals Foundation’s Holiday effort.   As a special thank you for the donations and in- kind Holiday Toys that will go to local children in The Bahamas, the local Rake & Scrape Band and school choir from Gerald Cash Primary School prepared a surprise musical performance, singing Eli Young Bands’ hit single, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”In total, the Story Behind the Songs event raised US $7,894 for the Sandals Foundation, of which 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit local community programs in the Caribbean. #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

SeaWorld announces new roller coaster for 2020

first_img Posted: January 7, 2019 January 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SeaWorld San Diego has unveiled their new roller coaster coming 2020 Mako.SeaWorld said this new roller coaster will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.The park describes the ride will climb to 153 feet, passengers feet will dangle in the air, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.Riders will also experience inversions, barrel roll, Immelmann loop,  hammerhead turn and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track, according to SeaWorld.Each of the floorless ride cars are said to hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows.SeaWorld said the dive coaster will be located adjacent to Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park in an area that is currently a parking lot. FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img SeaWorld announces new roller coaster for 2020 Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more