first_img Struggling powerhouse The struggling powerhouse, which have already been disqualified from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player, will also have to be careful not to be caught by fourth-place Villarreal after Bruno Soriano scored his second of two goals deep into stoppage time to grab a 2-1 victory at Deportivo La Coruna. Benitez’s latest stumble, which arrived after losses at home to Barcelona and away at Sevilla and Villarreal in the last eight rounds, came in his return to a Mestalla Stadium where he established his reputation with two league titles and a UEFA Cup trophy. Benitez’s counterpart, Gary Neville, remained winless in his fourth league game since taking over at Valencia, but his team earned a morale-boosting result. Madrid’s strong start provoked panic in Valencia. Bale started the move with an audacious back-heeled flick to send Benzema’s pass to Cristiano Ronaldo, who slid the ball back for Benzema to slot his shot into the corner of the net. But instead of going for a second goal to finish the hosts off, Madrid let complacency creep in, and Valencia slowly began to push forward through midfielder Andres Gomes and forward Joao Cancelo. A Gomes incursion was only stopped when Pepe tripped him in the area, letting Parejo step up and level the score. Madrid recovered some of their attacking verve after the restart, but it was stalled by Kovacic’s sending-off for a lunging tackle on Cancelo in the 70th. Toni Kroos, however, placed a free kick for Bale to rise up and gracefully head in off the far post to momentarily restore Madrid’s lead. But Valencia charged right back to score when Rodrigo Moreno headed down a pass for Alcacer to nod home. Also Sunday, it was Athletic Bilbao 2, Las Palmas 2; Real Betis 0, Eibar 4; Granada 2, Sevilla 1; and Rayo Vallecano 2, Real Sociedad 2. BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Real Madrid squandered a great opening goal and a chance to catch Barcelona in the Spanish league standings when they slipped to a 2-2 draw at Valencia in a match it ended with 10 men yesterday. Madrid seemed set to romp to an easy victory after Karim Benzema finished off a superb move in the 16th minute, but Valencia’s Dani Parejo levelled from the penalty spot just before half-time. Gareth Bale headed Madrid back in front in the 82nd, despite his team playing a man down after Mateo Kovacic saw a direct red card, only for Paco Alcacer to strike right back for the hosts a minute later to spark a thrilling finish by both teams. Coach Rafa Benitez will face even more scrutiny after Madrid failed to capitalise on Barcelona’s scoreless stalemate at Espanyol on Saturday and remained two points behind the defending champions, which have a game to play. Madrid also fell four points behind provisional leaders Atletico Madrid, the only title contender to win this round. Benitez said: “I can’t stop some people from speculating” about his future. “What I can do is get the team to work hard like they did today,” he said. “We missed an opportunity – only if you look at the result. But the effort that my team made deserves more praise that anything else.”last_img read more

first_imgThe head-shaking saga of the Marinovich family is reaching its concluding chapters. And it’s predictably depressing.A short primer: Marv Marinovich, a two-way lineman at USC in the early 1960s who played one game for the Oakland Raiders in 1965, set about building son Todd into the ultimate athlete, a perfectly engineered quarterback. A trainer (Marv worked for the Raiders after his cameo as a player), he combined his vast expertise and radical practices and turned Todd into what some called a …last_img read more

first_img17 November 2008South African Olympian and Paralympian Natalie du Toit joined a select group of international leaders honoured for their contribution to ethics and human values at the European Parliament in Brussels on Friday.Du Toit received the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) Youth Leadership Award 2008, a prestigious award that recognizes young leaders with an astonishing track record of performance and/or social responsibility.According to Christoph Glaser, a member of the IAHV board in Europe, Du Toit was selected because of her raw defiance in not giving up on her goals. “We admire her indomitable will and strong determination, and the fact that she has become a source of inspiration to the youth of her country,” Glaser said in a statement.Other IAHV 2008 award recipients were Ibrahim Abouleish, founder of Egyptian organisation SEKEM (Outstanding Individual Award); Hans-Peter Durr, founder of German organisation Global Challenges Network (Outstanding Scientist/Academic Award); and GM Rao, group chairman of India’s GMR Group (Outstanding Corporation Award).“It is a real honor to be representing South Africa and to receive this award,” Du Toit said. “I would like to give a message to everyone: it is possible for everybody to achieve something. You don’t have to be the best singer, but you can still write your song.“I would also like to thank everyone for their support: the public in South Africa, the people close to me, everyone. Without teamwork these types of awards would not be possible.”Founded by HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Geneva in 1997, the International Association for Human Values is a volunteer-based, charitable non-governmental organisation dedicated to the development and promotion of human values in society.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgThe President of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, hereby invites nominations for candidates to serve as trustees on the Brand South Africa Trust. Brand South Africa is a Schedule 3A public entity and a Trust established in terms of the Trust Property Control Act, No. 57 of 1988 to develop and implement proactive and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategies for South Africa.  The ultimate aim is to make a contribution towards economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation and social cohesion by encouraging local and foreign direct investment, tourism and trade through the promotion of the Nation Brand. Requirements: The trustees of Brand South Africa should have leadership qualities and be committed to the primary object and mandate of Brand South Africa.  They must possess knowledge and expertise in: board responsibilities (including fiduciary duties), marketing, communications, tourism, investment promotion, research and development, law, risk management, finance, corporate governance, business management, reputation management and any other marketing–related area.  Nominated persons must be citizens and ordinarily residents in the Republic of South Africa and be representative of the race, gender and geographic composition of the Republic. Disqualification: The following persons are not eligible to be appointed to the Board of Brand South Africa: unrehabilitated insolvent person; person removed from an office of trust on account of misconduct; and person convicted of an offence within South Africa and abroad, other than an offence committed prior to 27 April 1994 associated with political objectives.   Terms and Conditions: The term of office for Board members is three (3) years effective from date of appointment by the President and may be appointed for a further term(s). Nominations Particulars: Nominations should be in writing and must contain the following information: Full name, address and telephone number(s) of the nominating person or organisation. A motivation for the appointment of the nominee to the Board of the Brand SA (maximum:1 page). A short Curriculum Vitae of the nominee (maximum: 2 pages) covering the following areas: the nominee’s full name, ID number, race, gender, contact address, telephone numbers, qualification(s), experience, knowledge and skills, names and contact details of at least two referees. Certified copy of the South African ID. Certified copies of the qualifications. Prior to their appointment, qualifying candidates will be subjected to a process of verifying their qualifications and vetting in respect of criminal records. The closing date for the submission of nominations is Sunday, 18 August 2019. Nominations must be sent to: sifison@brandsouthafrica.com. Physical Address: 103 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg. Postal address: Director: Governance, Legal & Board Secretariat. ATTENTION: Adv. Sifiso S. Nyoni, Brand South Africa, P.O. Box 87168, Houghton 2041. For Enquiries: Ms Twitwi Rasebopye: 011 483 0122/ 011 712 5000last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Apple just announced some major additions to its iBooks e-reader application. Most importantly, iBooks users can now read their PDF files in iBooks. PDF documents will get their own bookshelf in the application. In addition, iBooks users will now be able to write notes within the app and create bookmarks with a single click instead of having to highlight a word to create a bookmark. These new features will be available later this year. Obviously, most of this feature – and especially notes – should have been in the original iBooks app. It’s good to see that Apple is finally adding this functionality, which is already available in almost every other e-reader application on the market today.2.5 eBooks Per iPadWith regards to eBooks on the iPad, Steve Jobs also announced that Apple has sold about 2.5 books per iPad since the launch. That, of course, is far behind Apple’s numbers for iPad apps (users have installed about 17 apps per device) – though 2.5 books is not a bad number, especially given that most books are retailing for at least $10. Sadly, Apple did not disclose how many of these books were paid downloads. In total, iPad owners downloaded 5 million books so far. Jobs also stressed that publishers are telling Apple that iBooks now accounts for 22% of their e-book sales. frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#web Image credit: gdgt 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgThe J&K police on Thursday arrested a man for killing a 12-year-old boy in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. “The accused, Abrar Majeed Reshu, was stalking the elder sister of the deceased boy. The girl’s father had turned down Abrar’s marriage proposal. This infuriated him and he targeted the boy,” police said.The body of the victim, Faisal Hussain Misger, was found in an orchard in Ganderbal on September 18. The accused has confessed to his crime.last_img