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Samardzija moves from lonely locker back to pitcher’s mound

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Jeff Samardzija’s locker at Scottsdale Stadium is tucked into a corner in the home clubhouse, offering a small sense of privacy in a crowded space occupied by 70 other teammates.Samardzija stood in front of it Wednesday with a smile on his face after throwing two scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut against the Royals. As he discussed a fastball that bumped up to 94 miles per hour and a splitter he likes as an out pitch, he looked back at an offseason spent rehabbing …last_img read more

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African languages in SA courts

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Appeal inBloemfontein, South Africa’s judicialcapital city.Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.Wilma den HartighThe Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape recently joined the ranks of other indigenous language courts in South Africa when it committed itself to hearing cases in isiXhosa.English and Afrikaans have always been dominant languages in the courtroom, often at the expense of South Africa’s other official languages. The practical difficulties of using all 11 languages in court have in the past been offered as an excuse for the continued use of English.Now KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Limpopo are the leading provinces to introduce indigenous language courts in the country. The first indigenous language court at Msinga in KwaZulu-Natal has been operating since the beginning of March. In Mitchell’s Plain in the Western Cape a court is hearing cases in Afrikaans and in Khayelitsha isiXhosa is used. In Limpopo a court in Sekhukhune is hearing cases in Sepedi.Professor Hennie van Coller, head of the Afrikaans Department at the University of the Free State, commended the justice system for introducing indigenous language courts.“Using a language in a court is one of the most important and effective ways to keep a language alive and restore its status,” he said.Department of Justice spokesperson Zolile Nqayi said the new language policy is twofold: to develop a culture of understanding, tolerance and dialogue in courts and to improve the delivery of justice. Many courts have significant backlogs and hearing cases in indigenous languages will hopefully speed up cases.Nqayi said that where one of the parties in an indigenous language court did not speak the language, the case would be heard in English. But in places like Zwelitsha, where 90% of the population including the magistrate and all court officials speak isiXhosa, the language policy has helped speed up the wheels of justice.Research has indicated that the use of interpreters can also lengthen court proceedings. In diverse communities such as Hillbrow, some cases can be conducted in four languages. In such cases every word by witnesses, accused persons, magistrates and attorneys must be translated four times.Interpreters may also get in the way of justice. Van Coller said the use of interpreters can often be harmful to cases as the accounts of the accused or witnesses are often loosely translated and not accurate.“There is a real need for good translation services,” he said. “Translators need good training to understand and interpret legal jargon. This is a very specific skill.”Nqayi added that indigenous language practices will initially be limited to magistrate’s courts. The reasoning is that all cases heard in magistrate’s courts are automatically subject to review by the high court. When cases go for review or on appeal to the high court, the transcript will be translated into English.Julia Mabjana from the Wits Language School added that South African businesses and tertiary institutions are also making an effort to promote the use of other languages. Many companies are sponsoring staff members to learn an indigenous language. At most tertiary institutions staff members are encouraged to learn the indigenous language of the area.Mabjana added that many provincial government departments’ employees are learning sign language. “This has made it possible to offer a much better service to the deaf community,” she said.Useful linksDepartment of Justice and Constitutional Development Constitutional Court Supreme Court of Appeal Legal Aid Boardlast_img read more

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HIV treatment lifts SA life expectancy

first_img9 October 2012 The government’s massive scaling up of its antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme is beginning to show results, with a new report showing that, in the space of two years, South Africa’s life expectancy has increased by over three years. This emerged in Cape Town on Wednesday during a briefing by the Department of Health’s acting director-general, Yogan Pillay, to Parliament’s portfolio committee on health on his department’s 2011/12 annual report. Pillay pointed to a report just released by the Medical Research Council that estimates that the country’s life expectancy, which stood at 56.5 years in 2009, has increased to 60 years in 2011 (57 years for men and 63 years for women). Added to this, South Africa’s under-five mortality rate has also fallen, from 56 deaths per 1 000 live births in 2009, to 42 deaths per 1 000 live births in 2011.HIV/Aids and TB programmes Pillay said these improvements showed that the department’s HIV/Aids and TB programmes were beginning to make an impact. He pointed out that 50% of maternal mortality could be attributed to HIV/Aids, while 40% of mortality in children in under five could be attributed to HIV/Aids. In the last financial year, the number of new patients placed on antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) increased by almost 50%, with 617 147 new patients placed on ARVs in the last financial year compared to 418 677 in 2010/11. This number could increase again, Pillay said, as the department was planning to move soon towards a one-tablet-a-day ARV treatment. He said the significant increase in ARVs was also coupled with the government’s voluntary counselling and testing campaign, which saw 9.6-million South Africans testing for HIV in the last financial year alone. This was about five times the number testing annually prior to the launch of the campaign in April 2010, he said. In total, since the launch of the campaign, 20.2-million people have been tested for HIV. Pillay said that with more South Africans with HIV/Aids on ARVs, people were living longer – and also pushing up the country’s HIV prevalence rate, which had risen among antenatal attendees, from 29.4% in 2009 to 30.2% in 2010.Male condom conundrum The department had distributed over 6.3-million female condoms and over 397-million male condoms in the last financial year. This had exceeded the department’s target of six-million female condoms, but fallen far short of its target of one-billion male condoms. Pillay attributed this to service providers not being able to deliver the numbers specified in the tender as a result of a global latex shortage, delays in the registration of approved service providers in provinces, and legal action initiated against the National Treasury. The department had also been able to improve South Africa’s TB cure rate, from 71.1% of patients in 2009 to 73.1% in 2010. However, this was still below the target of a 75% cure rate.Other targets reached The department had achieved its second unqualified audit in the last three years, spending 99% of its 2011/12 budget. Detailing other results in the department’s annual report, Pillay said a national immunisation coverage rate of 95.2% had been achieved for children under a year old, exceeding the target of 95%. In all, 59.6% of mothers and 57.8% of babies had received post-natal care within six days after delivery, against a 60% target for both. When it came to births, 89.3% of deliveries (just below the 90% target) had taken place in health facilities under the supervision of nurses and doctors. Pillay said 337 ward-based primary healthcare teams had been set up in 2011/12, exceeding the target of 54 teams. To improve training, 80 medical students, drawn from various provinces, were sent to Cuba in the last financial year. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Still the champ: Manny Pacquiao keeps welterweight title, outpoints Adrien Broner

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This was Pacquiao’s first defense of his WBA belt after he won the strap from Lucas Matthysse in July 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.Broner, meanwhile, has yet to win his first fight in three matches with his last victory coming in February 2017 against Adrian Granados via split decision after 10 rounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Pacquiao was the aggressor for most of the fight with Broner’s wide stance forcing him to rely on his jabs to create a considerable distance from the Filipino champion.Things went haywire in the seventh when Pacquiao showered Broner with flurries across three of the four corners but the challenger stopped all of those attacks when he continuously clinched until the end of the round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao then picked his offense up in the ninth landing a left straight to the jaw of Broner who immediately back pedals to the corner where he, once again, clinched the champion to avoid punishment.Things eventually slowed down in the final round with Pacquiao content with using his jab for his attacks while Broner continued to be on the defensive. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win against Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao retained his WBA World welterweight title after taking a unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand Las Vegas.The judges scored the fight 117-111, 116-112, 116-112, awarding Pacquiao (61-7-2) his 61st win in 70 career professional fights.ADVERTISEMENT ROUND 12: Manny Pacquiao slows down in final round LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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In The Spotlight – New South Wales Scorpions

first_imgIn the fourth edition of In The Spotlight, the New South Wales Scorpions’ Sam Brisby speaks about his team’s preparation in the lead up to the Elite Eight. How does it feel to be a part of the 2011 Elite Eight series?It is very exciting to be a part of the new system and I’m looking forward to the series in March. It is going to be a very tough series as all eight teams will be even due to the great spread of talent. I believe it will also be a great experience playing in the Elite Eight series as the best players in Australia will be competing.How is your team’s preparation going in the lead up to the event?The team’s preparation is going well. We have had some good training sessions lately and are starting to mix well. The team is a lot of fun and we are all having a good time. We are a very relaxed team which is good.What would you say are the strengths of your team?The bulk of our team played in last year’s NTL winning Scorpions team. I think this will be our strength and many of the boys will know what it takes to win a tournament such as this one.Who do you expect to be your toughest opponents?The Country Mavericks look to have a good side, although all the teams will be tough due to the spread of talent with the new system. All seven round games are going to be hard so we have to be switched on for each game.What would it mean to you to win the Elite Eight Series?It would be a great honour to win the Elite Eight series and to beat some of the best quality teams in Australia. I would be extremely happy to win a tournament with this team and it will also be a great experience with all the boys.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every team in the Elite Eight series. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, go to www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook by clicking on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384last_img read more

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20 days agoAC Milan boss Giampaolo: I always had faith in Reina

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan boss Giampaolo: I always had faith in Reinaby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo thanked his players after their 2-1 win at Genoa.Lasse Schone had Genoa aheead before Theo Hernandez and Franck Kessie struck for the visitors. Pepe Reina secured the points with an injury-time penalty save.Giampaolo said, “I am quite cool-headed during a game, fortunately. I had doubts it was a penalty, but Reina has so much character that I had faith he would save it.“It was a difficult match, we went underwater and were under a lot of pressure, so I praise the lads for not letting go. I didn’t even care if they misplaced a pass or a goal, the important thing was to give a response in terms of character.“I want us to continue with this character, but obviously hope to get a sharper and higher quality style of football in future.“I want to see this team play better football, but it wasn’t possible today because they felt the pressure so much and needed the victory so badly. We had to scrape the last bit of determination and character. I couldn’t ask them for beautiful football today, as we had other objectives.” last_img read more

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Oklahoma Lands 4-Star DE Amani Bledsoe

first_imgOklahoma landed another big-time commit Thursday afternoon – this time from four-star defensive end Amani Bledsoe. Bledsoe, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound star from Lawrence, Kansas, chose the Sooners over dozens of other programs, including Oregon, Florida State, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Ohio State and more. Randy Withers of KansasGridiron.com was the first to report the news.Head coach Bob Stoops also tweeted about the commitment.BREAKING: 4-star Lawrence (KS) DE Amani Bledsoe commits to #Oklahoma, choosing #Sooners over #KUFBall— Randy Withers (@RandyWithersKC) January 21, 2016Another future Kansan draft pick headed to Soonerland! #785 #OUDNA #Sooners16 #BoomerSooner— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) January 21, 2016Bledsoe later tweeted the news himself, thanking the other schools that offered him.#Boomer #rushmen #OU pic.twitter.com/q2Rs2B3ntn— Homeboy Moooooose (@amani_bledsoe) January 21, 2016Rivals lists Bledsoe as the top-ranked player in his state. He’s a huge addition for OU’s program.last_img read more

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King of Rock n Rolls granddaughter drops in on NoDAPL supporters in

first_imgTina House APTN National NewsThe movement started by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is attracting people from around turtle island.That includes politicians, movies stars and even a visit from the granddaughter of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.According to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, people from 43 States and Canada have been arrested for various activities at the pipeline frontline.thouse@aptn.calast_img

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Opinion Columbus Blue Jackets primed to contend with NHLs best

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) makes a save with Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker (16) in front of the net during the second period on Jan. 19 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe 2015 NHL season has finally arrived, and that only means one thing: meaningful hockey games will be abundant.The Columbus Blue Jackets start off their season on Friday against the New York Rangers at Nationwide Arena starting at 7:05 p.m. Coming into the season, the Blue Jackets have big expectations after some offseason moves and look to continue to take steps toward a Stanley Cup coming to Columbus. With a new captain in place for the first time since Rick Nash was traded in 2012, forward Nick Foligno is ready to lead this team on the march for the playoffs.StrengthsIf one should give credit to anyone on the team, it is Sergei Bobrovsky. The goalie has emerged as one of the best in the league and is the backbone of the team. He took Columbus by storm in his first year with the team by winning the Vezina Trophy (the best goaltender in the league) in 2012-13. Bobrovsky has also been working a bit differently this year. He normally takes a few months off after the season to relax his body and mind away from the rink. This year, he worked more on and off the ice to be ready for this season.Having a healthy Bobrovsky is always a plus for the defense, which also has some bright spots. Ryan Murray, a young defenseman, has been considered the key to the defense. However, he has also been hurt quite a bit the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy, he can give Bobrovsky some relief from taking unnecessary shots. He has 70 shots on goal in his two seasons, meaning that he can bring the puck down the rink and even put the puck on goal.Alongside Murray is another young defenseman, David Savard. Savard is entering his fifth season in Columbus, and is coming off a 36-point campaign. Savard also had three game-winning goals last season, an impressive mark for a defenseman. Those two should help keep some pressure off Bobrovsky, and help keep the puck with the offense.Speaking of offense, the top line has not yet been mentioned. Center Ryan Johansen has made a statement over the last two years, and is now considered one of the best young players in the league.Teaming him up with Johansen is the new captain Foligno, who had an all-star year last season, even being named the captain of his squad in the 2015 All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena.He had a career year with 31 goals, 42 assists and three game-winners.Those two should be lined with a third potential all-star, in Brandon Saad.Saad comes over from Chicago, where he won two Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 and 2015. The forward is only 22 years old, but he is considered one of the up-and-coming superstars in the league. Having a top line of Foligno, Johansen and Saad should stack up against any other team’s.WeaknessesColumbus, on paper, doesn’t seem to have too many weaknesses, but that does not mean that it is perfect. After an injury-riddled 2014-15 season, regaining the team’s timing is going to take some time. With the loss of center Artem Anisimov, who was moved for Saad, that leaves a hole on the power-play and short-handed lines. Saad will be shifted to his spot, which he should be able to handle.The third and fourth lines are a mystery right now. Players such as winger Corey Tropp and center Mark Letestu’s departures could hurt the team’s depth. Tropp was a good physical presence last year, and gave fits to other defenses, while Letestu could score from the bottom lines — notching seven goals and six assists — and had a knack for ending up with the puck. This team, just like last year, needs younger guys to step up and produce in order to have any chance with the likes of the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.Overall, this club has a good-looking roster to compete with any team in the NHL, especially with the blue-collar attitude that Todd Richards has incorporated into the Jackets’ play over the last few years.Expectations have changed in Columbus. The city expects the club to not just compete, but win. These are not the same old Jackets that were pushovers in the Western Conference. This team has tasted the playoffs, and can see the opportunity of this year. If it plays up to expectations, it should return there for the third time in franchise history. read more

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Guardiola thanked all his coworkers for the title

first_imgPep Guardiola insisted that he has to be grateful to every single member of Manchester City as they all had a huge impact on their team winning the Premier League title this season.The Spaniard admitted that he wouldn’t be able to achieve such a thing without the support of the whole club and as the players returned to the training after their free days for celebrations, he expressed it.The former Barcelona coach spoke about this title-winning season as he said, according to France 24:norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“In the end, what we have done is to be better than 19 other teams, nothing else. But what you have done – all the people here, you deserve all my respect.”“Always it will remain in my heart until the last day of my life, I am pretty sure of that. What I felt this season is something amazing.”“You can lose one game, two games – but to be nine months, 10 months, every single day… that is the most outstanding thing an athlete can show in their lives and the people who surround them.”last_img read more

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