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Harden surpasses 15,000 points as Rockets trip Nets

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Brooklyn ended the run with a pair of free throws but Paul then was fouled behind the line and made all three. He scored the final basket of the period to make it 96-86 when Nene freed him for a layup with a devastating pick on Caris LeVert, knocking him out of the game.TIP-INSRockets: Eric Gordon returned after missing 2½ games with low back stiffness, scoring 13 points. … D’Antoni said F Trevor Ariza (left hamstring strain) still had a little way to go before coming back, saying there was no timetable yet for his return.Nets: LeVert was being evaluated for a possible concussion. … Brooklyn remained without starting F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson because of a right groin strain. Quincy Acy, who had been starting in his place, was sidelined with a sprained right middle finger.HELPING HANDSThe Rockets’ star backcourt got plenty of help from Clint Capela (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Green (16 points). Also, the Rockets outscored the Nets by 17 points during Nene’s 14½ minutes on the court.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Miami on Wednesday.Nets: Visit Detroit on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — That’s 15,000 points for James Harden, with plenty more to come the way these Houston Rockets can run it up.Harden scored 36 points, reaching a milestone along the way, and the Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 123-113 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “In the first half they were making shots. Second half, especially at the end of the third quarter, we had to lock down, get stops and push the lead ahead,” Harden said.DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points for the Nets and Spencer Dinwiddie added 18 points and nine assists. Brooklyn has lost seven of its last eight.“We never found a solution to stop them, obviously,” Atkinson said. “They made a lot of tough shots.”The Nets had an 84-80 lead when Dinwiddie hit from nearly 10 feet behind the arc with 3:38 remaining in the third. The Rockets charged back with 11 straight points, including two 3-pointers by Gerald Green, to go up 91-84.“We just started getting stops on defense,” Paul said. “All game long it seemed like they were just too comfortable, and they played well. I think you got to give them a lot of credit. They moved the ball well, and then we just locked in defensively, started making some shots.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Magic stun reeling Cavs as LeBron says he’s staying put OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Chris Paul added 25 points for the Rockets, who kept right on rolling in their first game since their nationally televised romp in Cleveland on Saturday.“It’s all coaching out there. You saw that, right?” Houston’s Mike D’Antoni said. “Chris Paul, James, you got those two guys, it’s one or the other. It’s unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBoth teams made 16 3-pointers in an entertaining shootout between D’Antoni’s Rockets and the Nets of Kenny Atkinson, who assisted D’Antoni in New York and has the Nets trying to do some of the things Houston does on offense.But it’s one thing to be like the Rockets and another to beat them. Houston simply went to another gear when Brooklyn took the lead late in the third quarter and never stopped scoring long enough in the fourth to let the Nets get too close. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Donegal man avoids jail after using fake documents for mortgage

first_imgA Donegal man who is the owner of a debt recovery business has been given community service for providing false documents to secure a mortgage on his home.Kevin Molloy (49) from Donegal and now living in Dublin Road., Celbridge, Co Kildare, was handed 240 hours of community service for three offences under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act. Mr Molloy pleaded guilty to the offences at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.The offences came to light in July 2016 when an official from the Bank of Ireland met with gardaí.Between December 2014 and February 2015 Molloy provided a number of documents to the bank as part of a mortgage application. These included a salary cert which was found to be signed off in the name of a Mr Lafferty for a company actually owned by a Mr Laverty.The bank’s officials were not satisfied with the accuracy of the documents and declined the mortgage.Garda investigations found later that Molloy had successfully applied in April 2016 to Ulster Bank for a mortgage and the bank had issued a mortgage of €71,000.A review of this application found that some of the documents provided for this were fraudulent. A P60 tax document and bank statements were altered and wage slips for companies which had gone into liquidation were provided.Molloy later presented himself to gardaí for questioning and accepted that the bank statement contained entries that couldn’t possibly have been correct.Mark Lynam BL, defending, said there was no issue with Ulster Bank over the mortgage repayments.He said Molloy was self-employed with a debt recovery and credit control business and this business would suffer as a result of this conviction.Judge Melanie Greally imposed 240 hours of community service to be completed within 12 months, in lieu of an 18 month prison sentence.Donegal man avoids jail after using fake documents for mortgage was last modified: October 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

DDTV – CHARLIE COLLINS TALKS SPORT WITH GAA STAR EAMON MCGEE

first_imgThe voice of Donegal sport Charlie Collins has released another great online interview – this time with Donegal GAA star Eamon McGee.Filmed by Wallace Media, Eamon talks about a range of topics including the senior championship and also the upcoming Ulster Final with Monaghan. Simply click to play.  DDTV – CHARLIE COLLINS TALKS SPORT WITH GAA STAR EAMON MCGEE was last modified: July 12th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Charlie CollinsEamon McGeeTalking Sportwallace medialast_img read more

DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE RESULTS, REPORTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SUNDAYUlster Junior Cup Clonmany Shamrocks 0 Gweedore Celtic 1The Donegal Junior League will, once again, be represented in the Final of the Ulster Junior Cup. Despite a disappointing League campaign, by their standards, Gweedore Celtic have proved more than capable when Cup football is the order of the day. Pitted against Clonmany Shamrocks of the Inishowen League their task on Sunday was all the more difficult as they had to travel to contest the semi-final. From the opening exchanges and what followed it soon became clear that one goal may be enough to win the tie. This is exactly how it panned out and it was the men from An Screaban who got the all important strike. Recently awarded Player of the Month for January in the Donegal Junior League, Chris Porter played his part in the build up to the deciding goal. After making a run along the wing he crossed for Brendan Mc Geady who timed his run to perfection and calmly flicked the ball past the local custodian with ten minutes remaining in the fixture. Clonmany pushed for an equaliser and Gweedore had another chance in the closing minutes but John Walsh saw his effort saved by the home net minder. Gweedore will play Glengad F.C. in the Final in three weeks time.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 St. Catherines 1Played in blustery conditions in Greenbrae Park, St Catherine’s attempted to de-rail Lifford’s title challenge. Chances during the first half were few and far between with both defences coming out on top. St Catherine’s hit the front with a freak goal on the half hour mark. A Jason Noctor shot was caught by the wind and was chested to the net from the edge of the box by Willie Hakkenun. Lifford protested for handball but to no avail, half time score 0-1.Lifford stormed out of the blocks early in the second half and grabbed their equaliser as Alan Gethins finished following a through ball from Lee White on 50minutes. Lifford should have hit the front on the hour mark but Gethins fluffed his lines from the penalty spot. The diminutive forward made amends for his miss, calmly finishing another through ball from Lee White on 75 minutes. White, Lifford’s number 1, almost got on the score sheet as he brought a fine save from his opposite number from a 60 yard free kick as full time approached. The result keeps Lifford in the hunt at least for another week. Battling performances from both teams.Kilmacrennan Celtic 0 Rathmullan Celtic 3Rathmullan Celtic cruised to a win over struggling Kilmacrennan Celtic at the Flagpole with Dara Patton and inspirational striker Eamonn Sheridan netting the goals for the Hoops as Kilmacrennan were reduced to ten men to compound their misery for the final five minutes at the Seaside.The Hoops now go into their final fixture away to Glenea United on April 27th knowing that a victory at Glasserchoo over Tom Coll’s troops will at least guarantee them a play-off with Lifford Celtic who won at home to St Catherine’s but need to win their game in hand away to Curragh Athletic in order to tie up proceedings with the Hoops at the top of the table. Paddy Burger and Paddy Sheridan’s table toppers dominated proceedings all afternoon with pass and move football orchestrated by Paddy in midfield with Eamonn Sheridan menacing up front. They only took the lead on 41 minutes when in form striker Dara Patton hit the net after a scintillating dribble past the Kilmacrennan defence, finishing off with a low strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Chippy Barrett almost doubled the advantage on the stroke of half time following a goal mouth scramble but was denied by the outstanding Kilmacrennan keeper Mark Gallagher. In the second period Eamonn Sheridan was denied twice on two separate occasions by Gallagher when it seemed inevitable that goals were on the horizon. Kilmacrennan faced a daunting wind, which the Hoops took full advantage of, and struggled to make any impression on a resolute Hoops defence. The Seasiders continued to push for a second with Shea Coyle heading inches over from a corner on 62 minutes. Yet again the Kilmacrennan shot stopper Gallagher denied Eamonn Sheridan with a finger tip save on 70 minutes but the keeper could do nothing to stop Sheridan finally hitting the target on 73 minutes after super sub Ryan Connolly crossed in from the right wing on his introduction with Sheridan clinically scoring with a bullet header inside the area. The contest was over when referee Ed Moore awarded the Hoops a penalty following a push on Connolly from Gavin Gorman, who was shown red for dissent on 86 minutes. Eamonn Sheridan made no mistake from the resulting spot kick to round off a fine performance from the title chasing Hoops.Paddy and Eamonn Sheridan inspired the Hoops all afternoon with Mark Gallagher producing a master class in goal keeping for Kilmac. Referee: Ed MooreWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 1 Drumoghill F.C. 2 Keadue Rovers lost out to Drumoghill at Central Park in a crucial game on Sunday. The game was played in difficult conditions with a strong breeze throughout making play a bit broken overall. Keadue had the brighter opening against the wind with Adrian Hanlon forcing the away keeper into a good save on ten minutes. It was hard for either side to get a grip as the game went on. By the half hour mark Drumoghill were starting to take control and Richard Moore had a fine curling effort tipped on to the post by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle. Keadue went close on thirty three minutes when Corey Gallagher’s free kick almost caught the Drumoghill keeper off his line but it went just over the bar. A few minutes after this Drumoghill had a goal disallowed when their forward was caught offside having lobbed the keeper On forty minutes Keadue took the lead when good work from Adrian Hanlon led to the ball being flicked into the path of Corey Gallagher who finished well, beating the keeper to the ball. It stayed at 1-0 until half time. Into the second half and Drumoghill were quick out of the blocks with a shot over the bar on forty seven minutes. However Keadue had a great chance to finish the game on fifty two minutes when Corey Gallagher’s shot hit the post. Ben Boyle in the home goals made a couple of good saves and the home side had another good chance on sixty eight minutes when Adrian Hanlon’s shot was cleared off the line. Drumoghill were level though on seventy one minutes when following a goalmouth scramble Carlos Rodgers poked home at the near post after a couple of attempted efforts. A number of chances followed for Drumoghill and Keadue’s defence had to be on alert, doing well each time an attack came from Drumoghill. Corey Gallagher also had a half chance on eighty five minutes but just missed his touch at the far post. It looked like finishing in a draw but in the last minutes Drumoghill grabbed a winner when Richard Moore took down a ball and finished past the keeper with a left foot strike to cue great team celebrations.A good team effort from both sides. Drumoghill have one game left at home to Bonagee next Sunday while Keadue make the trip to Eany Celtic. Referee: Ronan Floyd.CT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 3 Deele Harps 1Raphoe Town came from behind in this local derby played at Deele College in Raphoe. Brian Breslin gave Deele Harps an early lead which they held until the interval. Raphoe Town then produced a purple patch which lasted for fifteen second half minutes and saw them score three without reply and in doing so win the match and climb into third position in the CT Ball Division Two table. Gavin Mc Brearty got the equaliser before Kieran Mc Gowan, under pressure from Jamie Gallagher, scored an own goal to put Raphoe into the lead. The busy Gallagher then secured the points when he scored from inside the box with the Deele keeper, Christopher Roulston, stranded. With only one round of matches remaining any one of three teams. Raphoe Town, Convoy Arsenal or Deele Harps could take third spot and get into the Promotion/Relegation play-off. After this match it is advantage Raphoe Town.WEDNESDAYWatson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers 5 Bonagee United 1The home team started very well and could have been one up in the first minute when Kevin Mc Glynn crossed for Alan Patton who saw his shot saved. Cappry took the lead in the 8th minute when Brian Lafferty’s corner was headed home by Stephen Mc Dermott. Bonagee came back into the game after this but the Cappry defence was well on top. In the 31st minute Stephen Mc Dermott added his and Cappry’s 2nd following a good passing move involving Brian Lafferty and Kevin Mc Glynn. Stephen Mc Dermott and Brian Lafferty were controlling the game for the home team from midfield. In the 34th minute Brian Lafferty played Alan Patton through who saw his shot saved by the keeper, Patton squared the rebound for Kevin Mc Glynn to tap home from 6 yards. Kevin Mc Glynn turned provider for Cappry’s 4th goal in the 40th minute when he split the defence for Aaron Kelly who finished well. Cappry started the second half brightly and added a fifth in the 54th minute when Stephen Mc Dermott played Alan Patton through and he made no mistake from the edge of the box. Cappry had a few more chances but failed to convert any of them with Conor Laverty going closest for the home side. Bonagee got a late consolation goal when Reece Shortt scored with a header at the near post. Best for Cappry: Stephen Mc Dermott, Brian Lafferty and Benny Kyle. Best for Bonagee: Sam Murphy. Referee: Liam Farren.SATURDAYOld Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 1 Mulroy Celtic 3Mulroy broke the deadlock on the 20th minute, after great team-work Enda Coll found the net. Fintown pushed hard to get an equaliser and got their just rewards on the 31st minute when Christopher Mc Glynn found the net. The second half began with all to play for. Mulroy’s Enda Coll got on the ball from a mistake from the Fintown defence and had a pop at goal and made no mistake, putting the away side in front again. Seamus Coll then made it 3-1 shortly afterwards. Fintown continued to make scoring opportunities but all to no avail. Referee: Victor RaineyCastlefin Celtic Reserves11 Ramelton Mariners 0Right from the off Castlefin pressured the Ramelton defence with Gary McNulty hitting the post after one minute. The first of the goals came after four minutes, Paddy Dooher’s cross caused trouble and a Ramelton midfielder put the ball into the roof of his own net. Four minutes later Ronan Tourish doubled Castlefin’s lead when he had the simplest of tap-ins. Paddy Dooher then found Peter Bryson free at the back post and Bryson’s volley went straight into the bottom corner in 19th minute. A minute later James McMenamin got Castlefin’s 4th goal when he picked the ball up on the edge of the box and gave the Ramelton keeper, Kevin McCahill, no chance with his strike. Castlefin had numerous chances to make it five only for the Ramelton keeper to make a number of good saves. Ronan Tourish got Castlefin’s 5th and his second in 34th minute when he took on the Ramelton defence and slipped the ball under the keeper.The second half started much the same as the first when Castlefin began to run at Ramelton’s defence. Paddy Dooher made it six when he ran from the half way line and finished it himself into the bottom corner in the 55th minute. Ramelton continued to compete despite the score. Dooher got his second when he rounded the keeper to make it seven to Castlefin with 67 minutes gone. Minutes later Paddy Dooher’s corner found Keith Nelis in the box. Nelis was given time to take the ball down and fire home. Keith Nelis got his second when Peter Bryson sent him clear and he completed his hat-trick when Thomas Devlin crossed the ball into the box and Nelis was in the right place to tap home on 78 minutes. Peter Bryson finished the scoring and made it 11 for Castlefin when his 25 yard strike went straight into the top corner in the 90th minute. Best for Castlefin: Team Performance. Best for Ramelton: Kevin McCahill. Referee: Bran O’ KaneSt. Catherines Reserves 0 Glencar Celtic 1Glencar Celtic came to Emerald Park on Saturday looking for the point that would secure their first league title since they joined the league ten years ago. A youthful St. Catherines Reserves side didn’t crumble against their more experienced visitors and as they have done all season they represented their club with pride and direction in their play. A closely fought first half failed to produce any clear cut chances and it remained level at the break. The second half was played in similar fashion to the first with both teams committed but unable to breach each other’s defensive lines. The game’s only goal came on eighty five minutes and it is a goal that will go down in the history of Glencar Celtic football club. Christopher Malseed started the moved from the central back position. He played the ball to Paddy Collins on the left wing. Collins skipped past two St. Catherines’ players before centering to Stephen Browne who sent the ball to the St. Catherines net past a helpless Brian Smith who had done well throughout the game. The goal was enough to win the match and give the Letterkenny based club their first league title. For their part St. Catherines Reserves will look back on their first year in Saturday football with the knowledge that their conveyor belt of young players is continuing to produce talented players who will be capable of representing the club for many years to come. Referee: Martin Mc Anenny.Orchard F.C. 2 Erne Wanderers 1Erne Wanderers opened the scoring in this match played at Letterkenny Community Centre.Erne were well in control and went close again but Ward saw his shot saved. Orchard started to settle after this and Niall Bonner went close from close range. Orchard levelled the game on the half hour when Eddy Moore slotted home from inside the box after a nice lay-off from ChuckySweeney. The second half continued much the same with both teams working hard to get in front Orchard hit the Crossbar through Rory O’ Gorman and Erne also went close when Ward did the same. In the seventy fifth minute Orchard got their nose’s in front when Joe McCarron shot home from the edge of the box. Orchard withstood some intense pressure until the end to take all three points. Best for Orchard: Eddy Moore, Krissey McLaughlin and Nail Bonner. Best for Erne: Team Performance. Referee: Kevin LogueGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 Arranmore United 3Curragh started of brightly and were unlucky to see a Marty Mc Laughlin’s shot narrowly missing the target. Arranmore took the lead after 35minutes when Daniel O’ Donnell scored. Curragh should have equalised but the Arranmore keeper saved well from Gary Heaney. Arranmore doubled their lead on 40 minutes from a well worked free kick from Danny Rodgers. The second half saw Curragh score early when the Dylan Irwin found Gary Quinn who played in Gary Heaney to place the ball past the Arranmore keeper from 18 yards. Curragh should have scored again but the Arranmore cleared well. Arranmore scored their 3rd from Chamajack Porski in injury time from a corner . Best for Curragh was Dylan Irwin..Team performance from Arranmore.Tullyvinney Rovers 2 Glenree United Reserves 4It was Glenree who did most of the running in the first half and should have been two or three up at half-time, only for some woeful finishing this game would have been over as a contest. Out of the blue however Tullyvinney scored from a corner through Renato. The second half was only a minute old when Glenree scored from a free kick after poor defending. Karol Mc Elhinney then put Glenree ahead when he beat the offside trap to drive home. Tullyvinney then made it all square when Mervyn White blasted home from twenty yards. Tullyvinney then pressed the self destruct button again to let Glenree in for two late goals, firstly Damien Neilis beat the offside trap again and chipped the Tullyvinney keeper. In the last minute a poor back pass gifted Karol Mc Elhinney his second goal to wrap up the points. Best for Glenree: Damien Neilis and Nicolas Neilis .Best for Tullyvinney: Meryvn White and Mc Kinney .Referee: Marty Mc GarrigleCranford United Reserves 7 Gweedore United Reserves 2Gweedore got off to a great start when John Paul McFadden broke free and finished well into the corner to put Gweedore one up after 10 minutes. Cranford responded well and in the 15th minute they were rewarded for their pressure when a Gweedore player put the ball in his own net. Cranford then went 2 – 1 up when Brendan Giles reacted quickest to score from inside the box. Gweedore made it 2-2 when a quick break saw Stephen O’Donnell scored at back post. With chances falling to both teams, Cranford took the lead when Philip Hegarty scored from a tight angle. After half-time Cranford started the game on top and got their 4th when Kyle Black turned his marker and ran from halfway line and then finishing past the Gweedore keeper. With Gweedore needing to take chances they were caught with Kyle Black getting another three goals with some fine finishing to make it 7 – 2. Martin Mc Bride, Darren Lynch and Philip Hegarty were best for Cranford. Team effort from Gweedore.DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSWEDNESDAY 02-04-2014Watson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers 5 v 1 Bonagee UnitedSATURDAY 05-04-2014Old Orchard Saturday Division OneFintown Harps AFC 1 v 3 Mulroy CelticCastlefin Celtic Reserves 11 v 0 Ramelton MarinersSt. Catherines Reserves 0 v 1 Glencar CelticOrchard F.C. 2 v 1 Erne WanderersGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoCurragh Athletic Reserves 1 v 3 Arranmore UnitedTullyvinney Rovers 2 v 4 Glenree United ReservesCranford United Reserves 7 v 2 Gweedore United ReservesSUNDAY 06-04-2014Ulster Junior CupClonmany Shamrocks 0 v 1 Gweedore CelticBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 v 1 St. CatherinesKilmacrennan Celtic 0 v 3 Rathmullan CelticWatson Hire Division OneKeadue Rovers 1 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.Cappry Rovers P v P Dunkineely CelticCT Ball Division TwoRaphoe Town 3 v 1 Deele HarpsDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESWEDNESDAY 09-04-2014 K.O. 6.45 p.m.Watson Hire Division OneCappry Rovers v Castlefin CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoMilford United Reserves v Glenree United ReservesSATURDAY 12-04-2014 K.O. 2p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown Cup Semi FinalsOrchard F.C. v Glenea United Reserves( Flagpole Field, Rathmullan K.O. 1p.m. )Glencar Celtic v Castlefin Celtic Reserves( Diamond Park, Ballyare K.O. 4.30 p.m. )Old Orchard Saturday Division OneErne Wanderers v St. Catherines ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoArranmore United v Tullyvinney Rovers ( K.O. 1p.m. )Gweedore United Reserves v Strand RoversGlenree United Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesKeadue Rovers Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesSUNDAY 13-04-2014Brian Mc Cormick Cup Semi FinalsCastlefin Celtic v Dunkineely Celtic( Moyle View Park, Milford K.O. 1p.m. )Glenea United v Milford United( Diamond Park, Ballyare K.O. 4.30 p.m. )Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionCurragh Athletic v Lifford CelticWatson Hire Division OneEany Celtic v Keadue RoversDrumoghill F.C. v Bonagee UnitedCappry Rovers v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.CT Ball Division TwoGlenree United v Whitestrand UnitedCopany Rovers v Raphoe TownBallybofey United v Dunlewy CelticDeele Harps v Convoy ArsenalDrumbar F.C. v Letterbarrow CelticLeague table for Brian McCormick Sports Premier LeagueTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsRathmullan Celtic 17 11 3 3 42 22 20 36Lifford Celtic FC 16 10 3 3 28 18 10 33Glenea United 16 8 4 4 27 14 13 28St Catherines FC 17 7 4 6 39 32 7 27Milford United FC 16 7 5 4 33 24 9 25Gweedore Celtic 17 4 5 8 22 25 -3 20Donegal Town FC 17 4 7 6 29 35 -6 18Cranford FC 17 4 8 5 26 29 -3 17Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 17 4 10 3 19 40 -21 15Curragh Athletic FC 16 3 13 0 16 42 -26 9League table for Watson Hire Sunday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsDrumoghill FC 17 12 3 2 43 19 24 38Cappry Rovers 15 9 2 4 45 19 26 31Castlefin Celtic 16 9 4 3 45 30 15 30Gweedore United FC 17 9 6 2 41 21 20 29Kerrykeel 71 FC 17 8 5 4 51 34 17 28Dunkineely Celtic FC 16 9 7 0 41 40 1 27Lagan Harps FC 17 6 8 3 31 42 -11 21Keadue Rovers FC 17 5 10 2 35 43 -8 17Bonagee United FC 17 4 10 3 32 44 -12 15Eany Celtic FC 17 0 16 1 13 85 -72 1League table for CT Ball Sunday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsCopany Rovers FC 17 11 3 3 43 24 19 36Whitestrand United FC 17 10 4 3 39 21 18 33Raphoe Town 17 10 5 2 39 22 17 32Convoy Arsenal FC 17 9 4 4 33 23 10 31Deele Harps FC 17 9 5 3 33 19 14 30Glenree United FC 17 6 8 3 29 38 -9 21Letterbarrow Celtic FC 17 6 8 3 27 38 -11 21Dunlewey Celtic 17 4 10 3 27 38 -11 15Ballybofey United FC 17 4 10 3 20 37 -17 15Drumbar FC 17 1 13 3 15 45 -30 6League table for Old Orchard Saturday Division OneTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsGlencar Celtic 14 13 1 0 44 11 33 39Glenea United 15 9 5 1 38 25 13 28Erne Wanderers FC 14 9 5 0 40 19 21 27St Catherines FC 14 8 5 1 25 24 1 25Fintown Harps AFC 15 6 7 2 26 39 -13 20Orchard FC 14 6 7 1 32 30 2 19Castlefin Celtic Res 15 5 8 2 38 37 1 17Mulroy Celtic 15 3 10 2 16 32 -16 11Ramelton Mariners FC 14 1 12 1 15 57 -42 4League table for Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTeam Played Won Lost Drawn Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff PointsArranmore United 14 12 1 1 33 9 24 37Donegal Town FC Res 16 9 2 5 38 27 11 32Gweedore United FC Res 14 8 4 2 38 31 7 26Glenree United FC Res 13 6 4 3 38 33 5 21Cranford FC 17 5 8 4 39 44 -5 19Keadue Rovers FC 14 5 6 3 33 30 3 18Milford United FC Res 15 5 7 3 32 41 -9 18Curragh Athletic FC 16 4 8 4 30 44 -14 16Tullyvinney Rovers 15 4 8 3 24 31 -7 15Strand Rovers FC 16 2 12 2 19 34 -15 8DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE RESULTS, REPORTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: April 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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 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Rowing Competes Against Kansas In Saturday Scrimmage

first_imgLAWRENCE, Kan. – The Drake University rowing team traveled to Lawrence, Kan., on Saturday for a controlled scrimmage against the Kansas Jayhawks on the Kansas River. Drake and Kansas raced head-to-head in seven total races that featured each team’s varsity 8, 2nd varsity 8 and varsity 4 boats. The teams rotated rowers and coxswains in-and-out for each segment and the course distance was 1,250 meters for five segments, 1,000 meters for one segment and a 500-meter segment. “Kansas is a team on the verge of the top-25 rankings,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “We used it as day to get looks at future lineups and do that in race conditions against a really good team. Some results helped us find lineups for Lubbers Cup, coming in two weeks. The biggest thing is we got lots of good race experience against a really good team. We learned a lot about ourselves today, what we need to do to prepare for Lubbers and we must continue to get more speed in our boats.” Saturday’s goal for Drake was to continue preparation for its first official race this spring, the Lubbers Cup, held April 9-10, in Grand Haven, Mich. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Port Elizabeth’s 2010 turnaround

first_imgJordaan was able to walk on the newly laid pitch and take in a view of a venue that has 40 000 of its 48 000 seats already installed. More than half of the 36 girders that will support the roof have been erected, and the columns, slabs, precast seating, precast raking beams and moat are already complete. After a couple of reprieves, Fifa pulled the plug and ruled that the port city had been axed for this key 2010 curtain-raiser. The city’s dreams of building a world-class stadium in record time for the “Festival of Champions” had been dashed. 6 February 2009 The venue had initially been selected as the only new stadium for this year’s eight-nation Confederations Cup but, from the start, it was clear that it would be a tall order. So there was more than a little irony to 2010 Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan’s visit to the city this week. After all, the city is on track to sign off on South Africa’s first completed stadium for next year’s World Cup. And in just four months, it will be christened with a British Lions tour match. Time will tell whether these stadiums will become white elephants or magnificent symbols of South Africa’s new role as a world-class destination. If the determination of Port Elizabeth’s 2010 organisers is anything to go by, it will be the latter. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Like every other 2010 stadium, it has come at a price. The initial cost was estimated at R250-million, but this rose to R1.2-billion a year ago and it now stands at R1.95-billion, of which the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality will have to pay 10 percent. Seven months ago, Port Elizabeth’s 2010 World Cup stadium managers, architects, construction workers and other role-players had their faces rubbed in the dirt.last_img read more

State of the Nation address by President Cyril Ramaphosa

first_img7 FEBRUARY 2019PARLIAMENT Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete,Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise,Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP,Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and esteemed members of the judiciary,Former President, Mr Thabo Mbeki,Former President, Mr Kgalema MotlantheFormer Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Frene Ginwala,Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Max Sisulu,Ministers and Deputy Ministers,Premiers and Speakers of Provincial Legislatures,Chairperson of SALGA and Executive Mayors,Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Mr Lesetja Kganyago,Heads of Chapter 9 Institutions,Isithwalandwe, Ms Sophie De Bruyn,Isithwalandwe, Mr Andrew Mlangeni,Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Ikosi Sipho Mahlangu,Western Cape Khoi San Leader, Prince Jacobus Titus,Kgosi John Molefe Pilane,Chief Aaron Martin Messelaar,2018 CAF Women’s National Team Coach of the Year, Ms Desiree Ellis,Leaders of faith based organisations,Leaders of academic and research institutions,Veterans of the struggle for liberation,Members of the Diplomatic Corps,Invited Guests,Honourable Members of the National Assembly,Honourable Members of the National Council of Provinces,Fellow South Africans, It is a great honour to stand before you today to deliver the 25th annual State of the Nation Address in a free and democratic South Africa. This year, as a diverse people and as a united nation, we will celebrate one of the greatest of human achievements. We will celebrate the triumph of freedom over subjugation, the triumph of democracy over racial tyranny, the triumph of hope over despair. We will celebrate the irresistible determination of an oppressed people to be free and equal and fulfilled. We will use this time to recall the hardship and the suffering which generations of our people endured – their struggles, their sacrifices and their undying commitment to build a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it. We will remember the relief and exhilaration of the day of our freedom, the moment at which we became a nation, a country at peace with itself and the world. During the course of this year, we must and will reflect on the journey of the last 25 years. As South Africans, we will have to ask ourselves whether we have realised the promise of our nation’s birth. We must spend this year, the 25th anniversary of our freedom, asking ourselves whether we have built a society in which all South Africans equally and without exception enjoy their inalienable rights to life, dignity and liberty. Have we built a society where the injustices of the past no longer define the lives of the present? We must use this time to reflect on the progress we have made, the challenges we have encountered, the setbacks we have suffered, and the mistakes we have committed. A year ago, we set out on a path of growth and renewal. Emerging from a period of uncertainty and a loss of confidence and trust, we resolved to break with all that divides us, to embrace all that unites us. We resolved to cure our country of the corrosive effects of corruption and to restore the integrity of our institutions. We resolved to advance the values of our Constitution and to once again place at the centre of our national agenda the needs of the poor, unemployed, marginalised and dispossessed. We agreed that, in honour of the centenary of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu, we would devote our every action, our every effort, our every utterance to the realisation of their vision of a democratic, just and equitable society. In our magnificent diversity, and despite our many differences, the people of this country answered the call of Thuma Mina. In their multitudes, South Africans asked not what can be done for them, but what they could do for their country. In ways both large and small, both public and private, South Africans set about building a better nation. Many reached out to other South Africans to lend a hand where others were going through difficulties. Others expressed a willingness to support government in its efforts to turn the country around. Today, as we reflect on the year that has passed, we can attest to meaningful progress. Our people have embraced the renewal that our country is going through and are much more hopeful about a better tomorrow. Our people’s hope is not baseless; it is grounded on the progress that is being made. Over the last year, we have begun to rebuild a durable social compact for fundamental social and economic transformation with key stakeholders as we promised. As social partners, we are restoring the bonds of trust, dialogue and cooperation. We are reaching out to those parts of our society that have become disaffected, disinterested or marginalised through various forms of dialogue and engagement. Our efforts may have been uneven, and we still have much work to do, but we have demonstrated over the last year our shared determination to work together to confront our common challenges. We have focused our efforts on reigniting growth and creating jobs. We have worked together – as government, labour, business, civil society and communities – to remove the constraints to inclusive growth and to pursue far greater levels of investment. We held a successful Presidential Jobs Summit that agreed on far-reaching measures that – when fully implemented – will nearly double the number of jobs being created in our economy each year. Last year, a number of stakeholders raised their concerns about policy uncertainty and inconsistency. We have addressed these concerns. In response to the dire situation at several of our state-owned enterprise – where mismanagement and corruption had severely undermined their effectiveness – we have taken decisive measures to improve governance, strengthen leadership and restore stability in strategic entities. We have also had to deal with the effects of state capture on vital public institutions, including our law enforcement agencies, whose integrity and ability to fulfil their mandate had been eroded in recent years. We have therefore acted to stabilise and restore the credibility of institutions like the National Prosecuting Authority, the South African Revenue Service, the State Security Agency and the South African Police Service. We have appointed a new National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Shamila Batohi, to lead the revival of the NPA and to strengthen our fight against crime and corruption. We are implementing the recommendations of the report of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into SARS and are in the process of appointing a new Commissioner to head this essential institution. On the basis of the report and recommendations of the High Level Review Panel on the State Security Agency, which was chaired by former Minister Sydney Mufamadi, I will soon be announcing a number of urgent steps to enable the reconstitution of a professional national intelligence capability for South Africa. Among the steps we will take to reconstitute a professional national intelligence capability will be the re-establishment of the National Security Council chaired by the President in order to ensure better coordination of the intelligence and security related functions of the State as well as the re-establishment of two arms of our intelligence service one focusing on domestic and the other on foreign intelligence. Work on the reconfiguration of the state is at an advanced stage. We are pleased to note that in the spirit of active citizenry many South Africans continue to show a great interest in the future reconfigured state. During the course of the past year as the Presidency, we have paid particular attention to the violence and abuse perpetrated against women and children in our society. We responded to national concerns and calls by many South Africans by convening a Summit on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide that has provided a firm basis for a coordinated national response to this crisis. We also convened the first Presidential Health Summit in October last year, which brought together key stakeholders from a wide range of constituencies in the health sector. At this Health Summit, the participants dissected the crisis in the health system and proposed immediate, short term and medium term solutions to improve the effectiveness of the health system. We begin this new year encouraged by the progress we have made, working together, in reviving our economy and restoring our country’s democratic institutions. We are determined to stay the course. We are undaunted by the considerable difficulties we have yet to overcome. All of us, as South Africans, should face up to the challenges and difficulties that lie ahead. The task of building a better South Africa is our collective responsibility as a nation, as the people of South Africa. It is at the centre of the work of every department of government, of every agency, of every public entity. It informs every policy, every programme and every initiative. While there is a broad range of critical work being done across government, this evening I want to address the five most urgent tasks at this moment in our history. These are tasks that will underpin everything that we do this year. Working together, we must undertake the following tasks: Firstly, we must accelerate inclusive economic growth and create jobs. Secondly, our history demands that we should improve the education system and develop the skills that we need now and into the future. Thirdly, we are duty bound to improve the conditions of life for all South Africans, especially the poor Fourthly, we have no choice but to step up the fight against corruption and state capture. Fifthly, we need to strengthen the capacity of the state to address the needs of the people. Over the past year, we have focused our efforts on accelerating inclusive growth, significantly increasing levels of investment and putting in place measures to create more jobs. Last year, our economy was confronted by the reality of a technical recession. Government responded with an economic stimulus and recovery plan that re-directed public funding to areas with the greatest potential for growth and job creation. Our approach was not to spend our way out of our economic troubles, but to set the economy on a path of recovery. We introduced a range of measures to ignite economic activity, restore investor confidence, support employment and address the urgent challenges that affect the lives of vulnerable members of our society. We are pleased to report that significant progress has been made in restoring policy certainty on mining regulation and the visa regime, crafting the path towards mobile spectrum allocation, and reviewing port, rail and electricity prices. We also began the process of stabilising and supporting 57 municipalities, where over 10,000 municipal infrastructure projects are being implemented. The focus we have placed on revamping industrial parks in townships and rural areas has brought about discernible change, as industrial parks that have been lying idle are becoming productive again. We have so far completed the revitalisation of 10 out of 16 identified industrial parks, in places such as Botshabelo, Phuthaditjhaba, Garankuwa, Isithebe, Komani and Seshego. The levels of growth that we need to make significant gains in job creation will not be possible without massive new investment. The inaugural South Africa Investment Conference in October last year provided great impetus to our drive to mobilise R1.2 trillion in investment over five years. The Investment Conference attracted around R300 billion in investment pledges from South African and international companies. There was also a significant increase in foreign direct investment last year. In 2017, we recorded an inflow of foreign direct investment amounting to R17 billion. Official data shows that just in the first three quarters of 2018, there was an inflow of R70 billion. This is a phenomenal achievement compared to the low level of investment in the previous years. Our investment envoys – Trevor Manuel, Mcebisi Jonas, Phumzile Langeni and Jacko Maree – as well as InvestSA are closely monitoring the status of the investments announced at the Investment Conference. To prove that our investment conference was not just a talk shop where empty promises were made, as we speak, projects to the value of R187 billion are being implemented, and projects worth another R26 billion are in pre-implementation phase. Drawing on the valuable lessons we’ve learnt, through a more focused effort, and through the improvements we’re making in the business environment, we aim to raise even more investment this year. We will be identifying the sectors and firms we want and need in South Africa and actively attract investors. Based on our experiences over the past year, and to build on the momentum achieved, we will host the South Africa Investment Conference again this year. It is our intention that the investment we generate should be spread out in projects throughout the country. In this regard, I have asked provincial governments to identify investable projects and ensure that we build investment books for each of our nine provinces to present to potential investors. Following our successful Investment Conference, a group of South African business leaders moved by the spirit of Thuma Mina initiated the Public-Private Growth Initiative to facilitate focused investment plans of leading companies across 19 sectors of the economy, from mining to renewable energy, from manufacturing to agriculture. These industries expect to substantially expand investment over the next five years and create a vast number of new jobs, especially if we can enhance demand for local goods, further stabilise the labour environment and improve conditions for doing business. As part of our ongoing work to remove constraints to greater investment, we have established a team from the Presidency, Invest SA, National Treasury and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation that will address the policy, legal, regulatory and administrative barriers that frustrate investors. This is an important aspect of our work to improve the ease of doing business in South Africa, which is essential to attracting investment. This team will report progress to Cabinet on a monthly basis. The World Bank’s annual Doing Business Report currently ranks South Africa 82 out of 190 countries tracked. We have set ourselves the target of being among the top 50 global performers within the next 3 years. It has long been recognised that one of the constraints that inhibit the growth of our economy is the high level of economic concentration. The structure of our economy was designed to keep assets in a few hands. This has stifled growth and enterprise and has to a large extent kept many young South African entrepreneurs and small enterprises out of the economy or confine them to the margins. As part of our efforts to increase investment, and to foster greater inclusion and create more opportunities, I will soon sign into law the Competition Amendment Bill. This will give the competition authorities the ability to address this problem but more importantly it will open up new opportunities for many South Africans to enter various sectors of the economy and compete on an equal footing. To stimulate growth in the economy, to build more businesses and employ more people, we need to find new and larger markets for our goods and services. We will therefore be focusing greater attention on expanding exports. In line with Jobs Summit commitments, we will focus on the export of manufactured goods and trade in services such as business process outsourcing and the remote delivery of medical services. We will also be looking at establishing special economic zones that are dedicated to producing specific types of products, such as clothing and textiles, for example. To improve the competitiveness of our exports, we will complete the studies that have begun on reducing the costs of electricity, trade, communications, transport and other costs. We will focus on raising the sophistication of our exports. The agreement on the establishment of African Continental Free Trade Area offers great opportunities to place South Africa on a path of investment-led trade, and to work with other African countries to develop their own industrial capacity. The agreement will see the creation of a market of over a billion people with a combined GDP of approximately $3.3 trillion. Alongside a focus on exports, we will pursue measures to increase local demand through, among other things, increasing the proportion of local goods and services procured both by government and the private sector. Increasing local demand, and reducing the consumption of imports, is important because it increases the opportunities for producers within South Africa to serve a growing market. Through this we will intensify the “buy South Africa” programme. Given the key role that small businesses play in stimulating economic activity and employment – and in advancing broad-based empowerment – we are focusing this year on significantly expanding our small business incubation programme. The incubation programme provides budding entrepreneurs with physical space, infrastructure and shared services, access to specialised knowledge, market linkages, training in the use of new technologies and access to finance. The incubation programme currently consists of a network of 51 technology business incubators, 10 enterprise supplier development incubators and 14 rapid youth incubators. As part of the expansion of this programme, township digital hubs will be established, initially in four provinces, with more to follow. We expect these hubs to provide most needed entrepreneurial service to small and medium enterprises in the rural areas and townships but more especially to young people who want to start their businesses. Our greatest challenge is to create jobs for the unemployed of today, while preparing workers for the jobs of tomorrow. The Presidential Jobs Summit last year resulted in concrete agreements between organised labour, business, community and government. These agreements, which are now being implemented by social partners, aim to create 275,000 additional direct jobs every year. We have come up with great plans, platforms and initiatives through which we continue to draw young people in far greater numbers into productive economic activity through initiatives like the Employment Tax Incentive. This incentive will be extended for another 10 years. In addition, we have launched the Youth Employment Service, which is placing unemployed youth in paid internships in companies across the economy. We call on all companies, both big and small, to participate in this initiative and thereby contribute not only to building their business but also to building the economy and fostering social cohesion. Progress is being made in the areas of installation, repair and maintenance jobs, digital and tech jobs like coding and data analytics, as well as global business services. These enable us to absorb more youth – especially those exiting schools and colleges, and those not in any education, training or employment – into productive economic activity and further work opportunities. As government, we have decided that the requirement for work experience at entry-level in state institutions will be done away with. Our young people need to be given a real head start in the world of work. They should not face barriers and hindrances as they seek to find work. We are focusing our attention, our policies and our programmes on the key parts of the economy that are labour intensive. These include agriculture, tourism and the ocean economy. The potential of agriculture in South Africa for job creation and economic growth still remains largely underdeveloped. South Africa still has large areas of underutilised or unproductive land. There are around 250,000 small emerging farmers who are working the land and need support in fully developing their businesses. Agricultural exports are an important source of revenue for our economy, and developing our agricultural sector is key to enhancing our food security and for attracting investment. We are fortunate to have an agricultural sector that is well-developed, resilient and diversified. We intend to use it as a solid foundation to help develop agriculture in our country for the benefit of all. Through an accelerated programme of land reform, we will work to expand our agricultural output and promote economic inclusion. Our policy and legislative interventions will ensure that more land is made available for agriculture, industrial development and human settlements. I wish to commend the many South Africans who participated in the work of the Constitutional Review Committee in the dialogue that ensued through the length and the breadth of the country. I applaud the members of the Constitutional Review Committee for remaining focused throughout this period and sifting through the submissions that were made by ordinary South Africans and their organisations. We will support the work of the Constitutional Review Committee tasked with the review of Section 25 of the Constitution to unambiguously set out provisions for expropriation of land without compensation. Alongside this constitutional review process we tasked the Deputy President to lead the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform to fast-track land reform. An advisory panel of experts headed by Dr Vuyo Mahlathi, established to advise government on its land reform programme, is expected to table its report by the end of March 2019. As part of accelerating land reform, we have identified land parcels owned by the state for redistribution. Strategically located land will be released to address human settlements needs in urban and peri-urban areas. As part of the stimulus package in agriculture, we have invested significantly in comprehensive farmer development support to ensure that restituted and communal land is productively utilised. We will continue to prioritise targeted skills development and capacity building programmes for smallholder and emerging black farmers. In the coming year, we will continue to focus on high value agricultural products with export potential such as our fruit, wine and vegetable industries, as well as poultry and red meat. During SONA last year, we spoke at length about the huge potential that exists for the expansion of the tourism sector. Our concerted efforts to market South Africa as a prime destination for tourists has yielded positive results, with significant annual growth in the number of foreign visitors. In the past year we had 10 million tourists who came to our country. We intend to raise this to 21 million by 2030, targeting, among others, the largest and fastest growing markets of India and China, as well as strong markets on our continent. In addition to direct jobs, this export industry could generate as many as 2 million more jobs in food and agriculture, construction, transport, retail, and the creative and cultural industries by 2030. We will deepen the partnership between government and business to realise this vision. Our highest priority this year will be on the introduction of a world class eVisa regime. This, combined with enhanced destination marketing and measures to strengthen tourism safety, will create the conditions for the growth we envisage, and the jobs and opportunities that will follow. Our beautiful country, South Africa has one of the world’s longest coastlines spanning 3,000 km around the contours of our country from the east to the west. Our mere positioning as a country means we can harness the potential of our oceans to grow the economy. Since the Operation Phakisa on the Oceans Economy in 2014, we have secured investments of nearly R30 billion and created over 7,000 direct jobs. The investments have been mainly in infrastructure development, marine manufacturing, aquaculture, and the oil and gas sector. Expected investment in the Oceans Economy over the next five years is estimated at R3.8 billion by government and R65 billion by the private sector. These investments are expected to create over 100,000 direct jobs and more than 250,000 indirect jobs. Last night I received a call from Minister Gwede Mantashe when he told me that the oil giant Total would be making a big announcement today about a new “world-class” oil and gas discovery off the coast of South Africa. We are extremely encouraged by the report this morning about the Brulpadda block in the Outeniqua Basin, which some have described as a catalytic find. This could well be a game-changer for our country and will have significant consequences for our country’s energy security and the development of this industry. We congratulate Total and its various partners and wish them well in their endeavours. Government will continue to develop legislation for the sector so that it is properly regulated for the interests of all concerned. Over the past five years, we made significant progress with the provision of infrastructure. More than R1.3 trillion has been invested to build hundreds of schools and two new universities, to build hundreds of thousands of new houses, to electrify more than a million homes, generate new electricity and to expand public transport. These infrastructure investments also helped grow our economy and create many new jobs in construction and other sectors. Infrastructure development has been flywheel of the engine of our economy and has yielded tremendous benefits for the country. We must do more. Our infrastructure development has slowed down for a whole number of reasons. We have also realised that our infrastructure provision is too fragmented between the different spheres of government. It does not fully integrate new housing development with economic opportunities and with the building of dams, water pipelines, schools and other amenities. Cabinet has adopted a new infrastructure implementation model to address these problems. It will be underpinned by the new Infrastructure Fund announced in September last year. Government has committed to contribute R100 billion into the Infrastructure Fund over a 10 year period and use this to leverage financing from the private sector and development finance institutions. As a first step, we will expand projects underway already, such as student accommodation. We plan to do things differently, starting with a deeper partnership with our communities in the planning, building and maintenance of infrastructure. Just as we did with the Vaal River, where the SANDF intervened to address a sewage crisis, we will call on all the capabilities of the state and the private sector to address infrastructure challenges. We will strengthen the technical capacity in government to ensure that projects move faster, building a pool of engineers, project managers, spatial planners and quantity surveyors – an action team that can make things happen faster on the ground. The telecommunications sector represents vast potential for boosting economic growth. The Minister of Communications will shortly be issuing policy direction to ICASA for the licensing of the high demand radio frequency spectrum. As a water scarce country, we are confronting water crises in many parts of the country. We are developing a comprehensive integrated nation plan that addresses water shortages, ageing infrastructure and poor project implementation. We are urgently establishing an inter-governmental rapid response technical team, reinforced by specialist professionals, to intervene in areas which are experiencing severe water problems. In one of these areas, Giyani, extensive work is underway to get water to the residents, in the immediate term through the repair of boreholes, and then through the rapid provision of proper infrastructure. The safety of our learners in school is critical for creating a healthy, learning environment. We recall with deep sadness the tragic deaths of Michael Komape, who drowned in a pit toilet at Mahlodumela Primary School in Limpopo in 2014, and Lumka Mkethwa, from Luna Junior Primary School in the Eastern Cape, who lost her life in March last year. We conducted an audit last year and found that nearly 4,000 schools still have inappropriate sanitation facilities. Given the scale and urgency of the problem, we launched the SAFE Initiative in August last year, through which we mobilised all available resources, including pledges from business, strategic partners, and the building industry to replace all unsafe toilets in public schools. Since we launched the initiative, 699 schools have been provided with safe and appropriate sanitation facilities and projects in a further 1,150 schools are either in planning, design or construction stages. We are determined to eradicate unsafe and inappropriate sanitation facilities within the next three years. This is an outstanding example of collaboration between government and business to address with urgency a great need that impacts on the right of South Africa’s children to safety and dignity in educational facilities. We are making important progress in restoring the integrity and capacity of our strategic state owned enterprises. To restore proper corporate governance, new boards with credible, appropriately experienced and ethical directors, have been appointed at Eskom, Denel, Transnet, SAFCOL, PRASA and SA Express. We have established the Presidential SOE Council, which will provide political oversight and strategic management in order to reform, reposition and revitalise state owned enterprises, so they play their role as catalysts of economic growth and development. We want our SOEs to be fully self-sufficient and be able to fulfil their development and economic role. Where SOEs are not able to raise sufficient financing from banks, from capital markets, from development finance institutions or from the fiscus, we will need to explore other mechanisms, such as strategic equity partnerships or selling off non-strategic assets. As we do all this, we will not support any measures that, in any form, dispose of assets of the state that are strategic to the wellbeing of the economy and the people. We have the task and the responsibility to safeguard, build and sustain these key institutions for future generations. We have sought credible plans from boards to put in place the right skills and expertise to manage these companies so that we can shift the focus from immediate stability to long-term sustainability. We also seek to build a pragmatic and cooperative relationship between government, organised labour and private sector stakeholders, where we can jointly determine a strategic path for SOEs to create jobs, enable inclusive growth and become operationally and financially sustainable. Security of energy supply is an absolute imperative. Eskom is in crisis and the risks it poses to South Africa are great. It could severely damage our economic and social development ambitions. We need to take bold decisions and decisive action. The consequences may be painful, but they will be even more devastating if we delay. In responding to this crisis, we are informed by the need to minimise any adverse economic cost to the consumer and taxpayer. As we address the challenges that face Eskom we will ensure that there is meaningful consultation and dialogue with all key stakeholders. We will lead a process with labour, Eskom and other stakeholders to work out the details of a just transition, and proper, credible and sustainable plans that will address the needs of all those who may be affected. As we address the challenges that face Eskom, we also need to safeguard our national fiscal framework, achieve a positive impact on our sovereign credit rating, and pay attention to the rights and obligations of Eskom’s funders. Eskom has come up with the nine-point turnaround plan which we support and want to see implemented. In line with this plan, Eskom will need to take urgent steps to significantly reduce its costs. It will need more revenue through an affordable tariff increase. We need to take steps to reduce municipal non-payment and confront the culture of non-payment that exists in some communities. It is imperative that all those who use electricity – over and above the free basic electricity provided – should pay for it. Government will support Eskom’s balance sheet, and the Minister of Finance will provide further details on this in the Budget Speech. This we will do without burdening the fiscus with unmanageable debt. To ensure the credibility of the turnaround plan and avoid a similar financial crisis in a few years’ time, Eskom will need to develop a new business model. This business model needs to take into account the root causes of its current crisis and the profound international and local changes in the relative costs, and market penetration of energy resources, especially clean technologies. It needs to take into account the role that Eskom itself should play in clean generation technologies. To bring credibility to the turnaround and to position South Africa’s power sector for the future, we shall immediately embark on a process of establishing three separate entities – Generation, Transmission and Distribution – under Eskom Holdings. This will ensure that we isolate cost and give responsibility to each appropriate entity. This will also enable Eskom to be able to raise funding for its various operations much easily from funders and the market. Of particular and immediate importance is the entity to manage an independent state-owned transmission grid combined with the systems operator and power planning, procurement and buying functions. It is imperative that we undertake these measures without delay to stabilise Eskom’s finances, ensure security of electricity supply, and establish the basis for long-term sustainability. At the centre of all our efforts to achieve higher and more equitable growth, to draw young people into employment and to prepare our country for the digital age, must be the prioritisation of education and the development of skills.  With over 700,000 children accessing early childhood education in the last financial year, we have established a firm foundation for a comprehensive ECD programme that is an integral part of the education system. This year, we will migrate responsibility for ECD centres from Social Development to Basic Education, and proceed with the process towards two years of compulsory ECD for all children before they enter grade 1. Another critical priority is to substantially improve reading comprehension in the first years of school. This is essential in equipping children to succeed in education, in work and in life – and it is possibly the single most important factor in overcoming poverty, unemployment and inequality. The department’s early grade reading studies have demonstrated the impact that a dedicated package of reading resources, expert reading coaches and lesson plans can have on reading outcomes. We will be substantially expanding the availability of these early reading resources across the foundation phase of schooling. Over the next six years, we will provide every school child in South Africa with digital workbooks and textbooks on a tablet device. We will start with those schools that have been historically most disadvantaged and are located in the poorest communities, including multigrade, multiphase, farm and rural schools. Already, 90% of textbooks in high enrolment subjects across all grades and all workbooks have been digitised. In line with our Framework for Skills for a Changing World, we are expanding the training of both educators and learners to respond to emerging technologies including the internet of things, robotics and artificial intelligence. Several new technology subjects and specialisations will be introduced, including technical mathematics and technical sciences, maritime sciences, aviation studies, mining sciences, and aquaponics. To expand participation in the technical streams, several ordinary public schools will be transformed into technical high schools. In line with government’s commitment to the right of access to higher education for the poor, last year we introduced free higher education for qualifying first year students. Thanks to this initiative, links have been re-established with all institutions, and institution heads and student leaders have played a critical role in communicating with students. The scheme is being phased in over a five year period until all undergraduate students who qualify in terms of the criteria can benefit. Stabilising the business processes of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme will also be a priority in the coming year so that it is properly capacitated to carry out its critical role in supporting eligible students. We are concerned about developments on some campuses this week, especially reports of violence and intimidation. Of particular concern, is the tragic death of Mlungisi Madonsela, a student at the Durban University of Technology. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and call on law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the incident. We call on student representatives and university authorities to work together to find solutions to the challenges that students are facing. We will give effect to our commitment to build human settlements in well-located areas that bring together economic opportunities and all the services and amenities that people need. The Housing Development Agency will construct an additional 500,000 housing units in the next five years, and an amount of R30 billion will be provided to municipalities and provinces to enable them to fulfil their respective mandates. However, if we are to effectively address the substantial housing backlog in our country, we need to develop different models of financing for human settlements. It is for this reason that we are establishing a Human Settlements Development Bank that will leverage both public and private sector financing to aid in housing delivery. We will also be expanding the People’s Housing Programme, where households are allocated serviced stands tp build their own houses, either individually or through community-led housing cooperatives. South Africa has one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching social security nets in the world, providing a buffer between poor households and abject poverty. Every month 17.5 million social grants are provided to South Africans. The Department of Social Development is to be commended for having honoured Constitutional Court’s directive for phasing out the services of Cash Paymaster Services. To date the majority of grant beneficiaries have been successfully migrated to the South African Post Office, and the old SASSA cards replaced by new ones. We have made significant progress in devising a Comprehensive Social Security strategy through NEDLAC. The reforms focus on achieving comprehensive social security and retirement reform that is affordable, sustainable and appropriate for all South Africans. With the assistance of the National Planning Commission, we reached consensus on reforms that include the National Social Security Fund, institutional arrangements, regulatory reforms, improved unemployment benefits, improved social assistance coverage, and active labour market policies for citizens between 18 and 59 years. We will now incorporate this consensus agreement into a policy framework to guide implementation. This year, we will take a significant step towards universal access to quality health care for all South Africans. After extensive consultation, the NHI Bill will soon be ready for submission to Parliament. The NHI will enable South Africans to receive free services at the point of care in public and private quality-accredited health facilities. By applying the principle of social solidarity and cross-subsidisation, we aim to reduce inequality in access to health care. Realising the magnitude of the challenges in health care, we have established an NHI and quality improvement War Room in the Presidency consisting of various key departments to address the crisis in the public health system while preparing for the implementation of the NHI. We have a funded national quality health improvement plan to improve every clinic and hospital that will be contracted by the NHI. By introducing the NHI together with a multi-pronged quality improvement programme for public health facilities, we are working towards a massive change in the health care experience of South Africans. While we have made progress since 1994 in bringing down certain categories of serious crime, communities across the country are still plagued by gangsterism and violence. As part of our concerted effort to make our country safer and more secure, the Community Policing Strategy was launched in October last year. The strategy focuses on building partnerships between communities and the police; making more resources available for policing and better communication between the police and communities about crime prevention strategies. This will enable policemen and women to become more proactive in addressing crime and broader public safety concerns. In addition, we are strengthening the functioning of various specialised units such as the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units and improving our administrative and record keeping capacity at all levels. The SAPS has embarked on a restructuring process to shift more policing resources to the local level. Violence against women and children has reached epidemic proportions. Every day, South African women are faced with discrimination, abuse, violence and even death, often by those they are closest to. Over the last year, we have started to address this scourge in a more serious and coordinated way. At the Presidential Gender-based Violence and Femicide Summit, women from all walks of life came together with government and civil society to outline a road map to end gender-based violence, improve coordination of planning, and establish a commitment to resourcing and accountability. Work is underway to implement the decisions of the Summit, including preparing the National Strategic Plan on Gender- Based Violence. This year, we will work with our partners in civil society to implement the decisions of the National Summit on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide. We are expanding and dedicating more funds to places of support, such as the Thuthuzela Care Centres and Khuseleka Care Centres. We have been working to ensure the better functioning of Sexual Offences Courts. We will improve the quality of services in shelters and ensure they also accommodate members of the  LGBTQI+ community. We will strengthen the national hotline centre that supports women who experience gender-based violence and ensure it is functional. We have listened to the call to make funds available to combat gender-based violence, and have allocated funding in the current budget to support the decisions taken at the Summit. Government will lead the campaign to include men and boys as active champions in the struggle against gender-based violence. Ending gender-based violence is an urgent national priority that requires the mobilisation of all South Africans and the involvement of all institutions. South Africa has extremely high levels of substance abuse, which feeds crime and violence against women and children, it deepens poverty and causes great hardship and pain for families. As government we continue to roll-out interventions to address social ills tearing our communities apart such as alcoholism and substance abuse. Knowing as we do that there are strong linkages between substance abuse, drug trafficking, crime and insecurity in communities – we are focusing on tackling this problem at its source through prevention programmes targeting vulnerable persons especially our youth. We are resolute that all taverns, shebeens and liquour outlets near school premises must be shut down. We recognise, as do all South Africans, that our greatest efforts to end poverty, unemployment and inequality will achieve little unless we tackle state capture and corruption in all its manifestations and in all areas of public life. The action we take now to end corruption and hold those responsible to account will determine the pace and trajectory of the radical social and economic transformation we seek. The revelations emerging from the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture and other commissions are deeply disturbing, for they reveal a breadth and depth of criminal wrongdoing that challenges the very foundation of our democratic state. We commend these commissions for the work they are doing, often under challenging circumstances, to uncover the truth. These commissions need to be able to do their work without any hindrance, and we call on all those people who are in a position to assist them in their investigations to make themselves available. While these Commissions will in time make findings and recommendations in line with their mandates, evidence of criminal activity that emerges must be evaluated by the criminal justice system. Where there is a basis to prosecute, prosecutions must follow swiftly and stolen public funds must be recovered urgently. To this end, we have agreed with the new National Director of Public Prosecutions, that there is an urgent need to establish in the office of the NDPP an investigating directorate dealing with serious corruption and associated offences, in accordance with section 7 of the NPA Act. I will soon be promulgating a Proclamation that will set out the specific terms of reference of the Directorate. In broad terms, the Directorate will focus on the evidence that has emerged from the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, other commissions and disciplinary inquiries. It will identify priority cases to investigate and prosecute and will recover assets identified to be the proceeds of corruption. The Directorate will bring together a range of investigatory and prosecutorial capacity from within government and in the private sector under an investigating director reporting to the NDPP. In the longer term, we will work with the NPA and other agencies of law enforcement to develop a more enduring solution that will strengthen the capacity of the criminal justice system to deal with corruption. Fellow South Africans, As we grapple with the challenges of our recent past, and as we deepen our efforts to overcome the grave injustices of centuries, it is essential that we do so with our eyes firmly fixed on the future. The world we now inhabit is changing at a pace and in a manner that is unprecedented in human history. Revolutionary advances in technology are reshaping the way people work and live. They are transforming the way people relate to each other, the way societies function and the way they are governed. The devastating effects of global warming on our climate are already being felt, with extreme weather conditions damaging livelihoods, communities and economies. As a young nation, only 25 years into our democracy, we are faced with a stark choice. It is a choice between being overtaken by technological change or harnessing it to serve our developmental aspirations. It is a choice between entrenching inequality or creating shared prosperity through innovation. Unless we adapt, unless we understand the nature of the profound change that is reshaping our world, and unless we readily embrace the opportunities it presents, the promise of our nation’s birth will forever remain unfulfilled. Today, we choose to be a nation that is reaching into the future. In doing so, we are building on a platform of extraordinary scientific achievement. The successful construction in the Northern Cape of the MeerKAT telescope, the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, and the development of the Square Kilometre Array has enabled South Africa to develop capabilities in areas such as space observation, advanced engineering and supercomputing. These skills and capabilities are being used to build HERA, a radio telescope designed to detect, for the first time, the distinctive radio signal from the very first stars and galaxies that formed early in the life of the universe. This is not merely about advancing human understanding of the origins of the universe – it is about responding to the challenges that face South Africans now and into the future. It is about developing the technology and the capabilities that will build a dynamic and competitive economy that creates decent, sustainable jobs. It is about enhanced food security, better disease management, and cheaper, cleaner and more efficient energy. It is about smart human settlements and social development solutions built around people’s needs and preferences. It is about smarter, more responsive, more effective governance. To ensure that we effectively and with greater urgency harness technological change in pursuit of inclusive growth and social development, I have appointed a Presidential Commission on the 4th Industrial Revolution. Comprised of eminent persons drawn from different sectors of society, the Commission will serve as a national overarching advisory mechanism on digital transformation. It will identify and recommend policies, strategies and plans that will position South Africa as a global competitive player within the digital revolution space. Building on the work we have done over the last year, we will focus on further strengthening the capacity of the state. We have made progress in examining the size and structure of the state, and will complete this work by the end of this administration. We invite all South Africans to make suggestions on how we can better configure government to serve the needs and the interests of the people. In improving the capabilities of public servants, the National School of Government is introducing a suite of compulsory courses, covering areas like ethics and anti-corruption, senior management and supply chain management, and deployment of managers to the coal face to strengthen service delivery. We will process the operationalisation of section 8 of the Public Administration and Management Act, which strengthens the outlawing of public servants doing business with the state and enable government to deal more effectively with corrupt activities. This provision will see the imposition of harsher penalties, including fines and/or prison sentences for officials that transgress. The Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit will be established to to strengthen management of ethics and anti-corruption and ensure consequence management for breaches of government processes. Fellow South Africans, South Africa has this year taken up a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. We will use this position to advance peace on the continent and across the globe, taking forward Nelson Mandela’s vision of a peaceful, stable and just world. Fellow South Africans, In a few months time, South Africans will go to the polls for the sixth time in our democracy to vote for national and provincial governments. This is an opportunity for our people to exercise their hard-won right to determine the direction of this country. I have engaged with the Independent Electoral Commission and also with the Premiers of all provinces, and intend to proclaim the 8th of May 2019 as the date of the election. We wish to remind all eligible South Africans who have not yet registered as voters that they still have until the proclamation of the election date to register. Fellow South Africans, We are a people of resilience, of determination and of optimism. Despite the worst excesses of apartheid, we did not descend into vengeance when our freedom was won. Our democracy has blossomed and flourished, nurtured by the goodwill of the men and women of this great land, who understand only too well at what cost it was attained. But the road towards true freedom is a long one, and we have seen divisions in our society grow. Between black and white, rich and the poor, between rural and urban, between the sexes, and between language groups and cultures. At times it has seemed that the milk of human kindness that allowed us to reconcile in 1994, had gone sour. But we will not surrender to the forces of pessimism and defeatism. Our society is anchored in the roots of tolerance and co-existence, and we stand firm, resolute and united against all and everything that seeks to divide us or destroy our hard-won gains. They told us building a non-racial South Africa was impossible, and that we would never be able to truly heal from our bitter past. Yet we weathered the storm, and we are prevailing. It was the eternal optimism of the human spirit that kept hopes alive during our darkest time. It is this optimism that will carry us forward as we face a brave new future. It is a South Africa in which every man, woman and child is provided with the opportunity and means to make a better life for themselves. It is a South Africa ready to take advantage of the technological changes sweeping the globe to make our economy grow and create jobs for our people. It is a South Africa whose people have vision, drive and ambition; making it a hub of innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise. It is a South Africa that acknowledges the problems of the past, but looks firmly to the future. It is a South Africa whose leaders are bold and courageous, leaders who remain servants of the people – and for whom fulfilling their duty is the highest, and the only, reward. Above all, it is a South Africa of which we are all proud, of what we have achieved and of where we hope to be. The task before us is formidable. Above everything else, we must get our economy working again. I call upon every South African to make this cause your own. Because when we succeed – and of this we are certain – it is the entire nation that will benefit. As government, as business, as labour and as citizens, let us unite to embrace tomorrow. Let us grasp our collective future with both hands, in the immortal words of the Freedom Charter: side by side, sparing neither strength nor courage. This task – of building a better South Africa – is our collective task as a nation, as the people of South Africa. As we approach these tasks and challenges, we should heed the word of Theodore Roosevelt, who said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” We all have a role to play as individual South Africans, faith-based organisations, sports organisations, trade unions, business, students, academics and citizens Let us continue to embrace the spirit of citizen activism in line with the injunction, Thuma Mina, in the onward march towards equality, freedom and prosperity for all. I thank you.last_img read more

Indian golf teams announced for the Asian Games

first_imgCountry’s top amateur golfer Rashid Khan was elated at making it to the Asian Games squad and envisages it as an opportunity to win a gold medal in Guangzhou, China in November.”I had been revelling in the dream of becoming a part of the Asian Games for the last two years. So I am feeling extremely happy to make the cut,” said the 19-year-old golfer in New Delhi on Tuesday.”But it is only half the journey finished and life will come a full circle for me when our team will hand the country a gold medal at the Games,” Rashid said at the sidelines of ceremony where the Indian Golf Union (IGU) announced the men’s and women’s team for the Asian Games, and other tournaments.India clinched a gold at the 2002 Asian Games while in the previous edition of the event, India finished with a silver medal.The other golfers who will accompany Rashid at the Games are Rahul Bajaj, Abhinav Lohan, Abhijeet Chaddha and Ashbeer Saini. The first three golfers will be the regular members of the team while Saini is a reserve.Amongs the girls, it is country’s top amateur golfer Vani Kapoor who will be the front runner of the team. She will be joined by Gurbani Singh and Shreya Ghei, with Shradhanjali Singh as the reserve player.The IGU on Tuesday also announced the men’s team for the biennial world amateur team championships – the Eisenhower Trophy scheduled to be held in Buenos Aires in Argentina from October 28.advertisementIGU president Ashit Luthra said that the selection process was very transparent and the Indian team will be a force to reckon with. “The biggest challenge for India will come from Korea and Japan. But our teams have the potential champions who would go on to make it big at the pro level as well,” Luthra said.FOUR ROUNDS IN GUANGZHOUThe men’s and women’s team will be off to Guangzhou, China, on September 23 to play the four practice rounds at the Dragon Lake Golf Club – the venue of the golf competition for the Asian Games.Rashid said that the practice will provide a good opportunity to have a feel of the course. “It’s great that we will get a chance to play four rounds at the golf venue for the Asian Games. It will help us know what type of the golf course it is. After coming back to India we can plan our game according to that” he said.last_img read more

Jason Day shoots record-tying 63 to move two ahead at Players Championship

first_imgJason Day lived up to his status as the world’s number one golfer as he charged into a two-shot lead with a record-tying nine-under-par 63 in Thursday’s opening round of the Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.Taking advantage of a receptive layout at the TPC Sawgrass with very little rough and barely a breath of wind early on a sun-drenched day ripe for low scoring, the long-hitting Australian piled up nine birdies in a bogey-free display.Though he rued a missed birdie opportunity at the par-three eighth, his penultimate hole, Day picked up five shots over the closing stretch to become just the fifth player to card a 63 at the event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major.Missed opportunity”I played solid from tee to green and I was very confident with my putter,” Day told Golf Channel after finishing two ahead of Americans Cameron Tringale, Bill Haas and Brendan Steele, England’s Justin Rose and Ireland’s Shane Lowry.”Just got things going. Unfortunately it didn’t go in on eight,” he said of a narrow miss with a 40-foot putt at the eighth that would have given him a birdie-birdie-birdie finish.”I really wanted to hole that putt to then try and give myself a birdie on nine to beat the record but I will take tying the course record.”Fred Couples in 1992 was the first player to shoot 63 at the TPC Sawgrass before Greg Norman (1994), Roberto Castro (2013), Martin Kaymer (2014) and then Day followed suit.PGA Championship winner Day, who has long coveted a first Players title to add to his already impressive golfing resume, felt that fatigue had helped his on-course focus.advertisement’Felt tired'”It’s been a long week because it’s been hot and I just felt really tired for some reason,” said the 28-year-old Australian, who has won six tournaments in his last 16 starts. “That kind of distracted me from anything else.”The scores here are so low. When you shoot a nine-under-par round, you expect — especially on this course — to have a decent lead. I’ve got only a two-shot lead and there’s a slew of guys that are at seven under and at six and five (under).”Four-times major winner Ernie Els of South Africa, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Americans Hudson Swafford, Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and Boo Weekley opened with 66s while world number two Jordan Spieth double-bogeyed his final hole for a 72.The late starters had to cope with strengthening winds in the afternoon when scoring became a little more difficult as American Rickie Fowler, the defending champion, and Northern Irish world number three Rory McIlroy both opened with 72s.last_img read more

How many teams have won the Premier League? Full list of winners

first_imgThe 2019-20 Premier League season will be the 27th since 22 clubs broke away from the Football League to set up their own competition at the end of the 1991-92 campaign.It has proven to be a commercial success, turning into a money-making behemoth that attracts record television revenue and, in many ways, is the envy of the world.Now dominated by a familiar ‘Big Six’ – Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham – it has not always been that way. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Nevertheless, these are the clubs who have claimed the vast majority of silverware on offer since the inception of the new competition. However, among these clubs, Liverpool and Tottenham have failed to win a single league title during the Premier League era.When the division was formed, though, the landscape was very different, with Leeds United the last winners of the old First Division. They now find themselves one of 29 clubs who have tasted top-flight football in the Premier League only to be playing outside of the division now.Indeed, the 1992-93 season heralded the true rebirth of Manchester United under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, as they picked up their first title in 26 years, with the remainder of the top five comprising of Aston Villa, Norwich, Blackburn and QPR.It would be the first of 13 Premier League crowns – a record tally.  Club Club Years Manchester United 13 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13 Chelsea 5 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2016-17 Manchester City 4 2011-12, 2013-14, 2017-18, 2018-19 Arsenal 3 1997-98, 2001-02, 2003-04 Blackburn Rovers 1 1994-95 Leicester City 1 2015-16 United would go on to win four of the first five Premier League titles, with their sequence interrupted by big-spending Blackburn Rovers in the 1994-95 season. Arsenal became the third different club to lift the trophy, with Arsene Wenger’s revolution leading them to success in the 1997-98 campaign, beginning a lengthy rivalry with the Red Devils as they sparred over the next seven years for supremacy.Roman Abramovich’s takeover at Chelsea in 2003 sparked a fresh era of previously unprecedented spending as the Russian poured money into the Stamford Bridge side and was rewarded with the 2004-05 title.Manchester City were the next club along to break the established order as they, too, enjoyed the benefits of a takeover, with the Etihad club picking up their first Premier League title in 2011-12.The only constant in terms of success were United until Ferguson retired after winning the title in 2013, after which they dropped away.The void has been filled with nouveau riche Chelsea and Manchester City, who have taken four of the last five titles between them, with a fairy tale success from Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester the interloper in that run.In total, only six clubs have won the Premier League title: Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Blackburn and Leicester.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more