LOS ANGELES — Short on the premier defenders of past Warriors teams, Steve Kerr will rely even more on Draymond Green this season.“He’ll have to still captain the defense, but maybe from a different scheme. Maybe with a little more patience with the younger guys who he’s working with on the floor,” Kerr said before Wednesday’s preseason game against the Lakers at Staples Center.The Warriors lost Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston this offseason, and Klay Thompson won’t be in …
Von modernen Kunstgalerien zu Steinkunstzentren, hochmodernen Museen zu abgeschiedenen Cultural Villages, vom innerstadtischen Jazzclub zum Open Air Festival – es gibt zahllose Wege, die reiche Kultur und das Erbe von Sudafrika hautnah zu erleben.Der Rhythmus von SudafrikaDie Livemusik-, Tanz- und Theaterszene in Sudafrika brummt, mit Veranstaltungsorten von Bushveld Festivals und Botanischen Garten zu dunklen Nachtclubs und piekfeinen Theatern.In unseren Adern fliesst Musik. Kaufen Sie eine CD, gehen Sie in einen Club, horen Sie den Strassenmusikanten zu, besuchen sie ein Cultural Village oder gehen Sie an einem Sonntagmorgen an einer Kirche vorbei – wo auch immer Sie die sudafrikansche Musik erleben, Sie werden dabei kaum die Fuße still halten konnen.Begegnung mit SudafrikernNicht ubertrifft personliche Begegnungen. Sudafrika’s viele Cultural Villages bieten hautnahen Kontakt mit den traditionellen Kulturen des Landes. In den Ballungszentren, Township Touren – die mit Stolz und sensitivity ausgefuhrt werden – kommen Sie in Kontakt mit den echten Sudafrikanern und ihrer Geschichte.In den langlichen Gegenden lernen Sie in den community Touren das Land durch die Augen derjenigen kennen, die dort auch leben. Sie lernen die uralte Setswana Astronomie von der Großmutter, die noch intime Kenntnisse der uralten Traditionen hat. Oder wurde Sie gerne in der Fischergemeinde in Kalk Bay lernen, den Fang des Tages auf traditionelle Art zu kochen?Die Wiege der MenschheitUnd vergessenen Sie nie: wo auch immer Sie herkommen, Ihre Wurzeln sind hier. Es ist eine weitgehend akzeptierte Tatsache, dass das menschliche Leben seinen Urprung in Sudafrika nahm. Die meisten Menschen sehen die Welt mit anderen Augen nach einer Tour durch die Wiege der Menschheit in der Nahe von Johannisburg – einer der reichhaltigsten Fundstatten fur Hominide der Welt.Versteinerte Fußabdrrucke in der Nahe von Kapstadt und die Fulle an Felsmalerien und surviving shelters in den Drakensbergen von KwaZulu-Natal und anderswo im Land sind liefern alle Zeugnis ab uber die Ursprunge der Menschheit auf diesem uralten Kontinent.Kriege, Apartheid, VersohnungIn der letzten Zeit war die sudafrikanische Geschichte eine Geschichte der Konfrontation aber auch der Versohnung. Sie konnen die Kampfstatten erkunden, wo die blutigen Auseinandersetzungen stattfanden, die dieses Landes geformt haben.Von Isandlwana oder Talana in KwaZulu-Natal nach Soweto in Johannesburg oder Langa in Kapstadt, unser Land hat eine Geschichte zu erzahlen – die allerdings manchmal schwer verstandlich sein kann, daher lohnt sich eine gefuhrte Tour.Wir zeigen die Wunden unserer Vergangenheit – besuchen Sie das Women’s Monument in Bloemfontein oder das Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.Aber wir demonstrieren auch mit Stolz unsere neu erworbene Einheit. Eine Reise nach Robben Island zeigt, wie kraftvoll diese Einstellung wirklich sein kann. Wir haben einen Ort der Unterdruckung, Isolation und der Verzweiflung genommen und in ein Symbol fur Vergeben und Hoffnung gewandelt. Und das ist es, was Sudafrikaner aus dem ganzen Land machen.SAinfo reporter, mit Material von South African Tourism
2 July 2012 South Africa and Spain are to advance bilateral political and economic relations when the two countries meet for their eighth annual consultations this week. International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim will lead the South African delegation during the talks, which will be held in Madrid on Monday and Tuesday. The visit takes place within the context of enhancing North-South Dialogue. “The visit will afford South Africa an opportunity to further strengthen bilateral relations with Spain in support of South Africa’s national priorities and foreign policy objectives by promoting high-level consultations to discuss bilateral, regional, multilateral and other international issues of mutual concern,” the Department of International Relations said in a statement on Friday. The South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations serve as the main forum for co-ordinating relations between the two countries and it was established in terms of a memorandum of understanding signed in December 2000. The two countries enjoy cordial relations as Spain places a high priority on its relations with the African continent, as seen by its 2009-2012 “Africa Plan”. The plan pledges support for the Sub-Saharan African development agenda, highlighting the need to harmonise, co-ordinate and develop both bilateral and multilateral initiatives, including the African Union. The two countries are committed to multilateralism, with Spain having supported South Africa’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2011-2012. South Africa and Spain also share a common belief that United Nations governance should be restructured, particularly the Security Council and global financial architecture. Source: SANews.gov.za
FILE – In this Sept. 17. 2017, file photo, Slovenia’s Goran Dragic lifts the trophy after defeating Serbia in the Eurobasket European Basketball Championship finals in Istanbul. Here’s how Heat guard Goran Dragic spent his summer vacation. He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)MIAMI — A quick summary of the last few weeks in the life of Miami guard Goran Dragic:He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland and the place he calls home, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. The title game came against Serbia, his father’s homeland and a place where he still has relatives.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Heat had a strange season a year ago — starting 11-30, finishing 30-11 and missing the playoffs in a tiebreaker. Dragic averaged a career-best 20.3 points, and emerged as a locker-room leader as the year went along. He also did what he could to persuade Heat free agents like Dion Waiters and James Johnson to stay.“It’s a lot of new challenges ahead,” Dragic said. “I’m looking forward to come to Miami and to battle for a title in Miami. Nobody gave us a chance, the Slovenian national team. Nobody is going to give us a chance in Miami. But I always believe. Why not?”An estimated 20,000 people stood in the pouring rain to greet the Slovenian team when it arrived home. The medal ceremony after the championship game became Slovenia’s most-watched television event in the country, at least since ratings started being kept. Dragic was told 94 percent of the nation was watching.“I’m just proud of him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “And I’m proud that we have him.”Before 1991, both Serbia and Slovenia were part of Yugoslavia. Hence, the family ties for Dragic still exist.“Playing for my national team for the past 12 years, you’re always waiting to achieve something, and as soon as we won the final all the burden from my shoulders fell down,” he said. “I felt so happy. And, of course, on the other side, I have family in Serbia. But I was born in Slovenia … it was not a question that I was going to do everything to bring them a title.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City He was the tournament’s MVP . He received one of Slovenia’s highest civilian honors. He was brought to tears by a gift of a jersey from the mother of his idol, the late star Drazen Petrovic.And through it all, the words of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra echoed in his head — winning a championship is usually more demanding mentally than physically.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Now I fully understand what he means,” Dragic said.It’s a lesson Dragic hopes to put to more use starting next week, when he returns to the U.S. and the Heatbegin training camp. The only true point guard on Miami’s roster, Dragic is going to be a major key if the Heat are to return to the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. And coming off his MVP showing at EuroBasket, the Heat hope his game keeps elevating. “He looked sensational,” Spoelstra said of his point guard’s play at EuroBasket. “I’m so happy for him, so proud of that accomplishment, this most unlikely championship. Slovenia is a country of only 2 million.It’s smaller than the city of Miami. And to beat the powerhouses over there, but also to see how passionate Goran was about trying to lead this team to the title.”Dragic averaged 22.6 points and 5.1 assists in the nine games. His 35 points in the title game was the high for the tournament.He told Spoelstra in June he was all-in on trying to deliver Slovenia its first gold medal.“He trained extremely diligently for this,” Spoelstra said. “And he competed and led at such a high level. You could just see the emotions pouring out of him. I talked to him on the phone after they won and he said, ‘This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.’”The task that awaits in Miami won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IOC tries to calm Olympic concerns amid North Korea tension View comments
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham plan Howe contigency if Pochettino joins Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will look at Eddie Howe if Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club this summer.With Pochettino linked to jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid, there is a possibility he will leave Spurs.And according to the Daily Mail, Bournemouth boss Howe is the man chairman Daniel Levy would target to replace the Argentine.It would cost a club £40 million to buy out Pochettino’s contract at Spurs, as he signed a new deal this past summer.English papers have suggested he is open to a move to United, as he knows it is an opportunity that may be too good to turn down.
Man City boss Guardiola: Congratulations to Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says they won’t lose their fighting spirit after defeat at home to Crystal Palace.With the Blues trailing league leaders Liverpool by four points, Guardiola refused to be drawn into talk of panic, crediting Palace for their triumph and urging a response from the Champions on Boxing Day.”We have an incredible team – fantastic players,” he stated. “We started quite decent and created chances. We scored a fantastic goal and after they passed the halfway line they scored.”The first two times Crystal Palace crossed our halfway line, they scored. We played good. Their second goal was an incredible goal.“We reacted well to the second goal and in the second half, we started okay. We put more people in the box.”The third goal… the penalty was really tough for us. We cannot concede the penalty we conceded. We have to try and avoid it. Football is like this – three shots on goal and three goals.“We scored a goal – a little bit late but even then, we had chances to score. We did absolutely everything.“They arrived two times and before the penalty, they hit the post but they didn’t have another shot on target.“Congratulations to Palace. Defensively, they were brilliant. I give a lot of credit.“That is football and sometimes it happens. The teams are good and there is a lot of quality.“Now, we must go onto the next one. There are a lot of games to play. We have to recover mentally and recover our physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
dabo swinney hype video clemsonClemson ended the first half with a 44-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Alabama and fell short. The Tigers were forced to burn their final timeout and lost an additional play after referees somehow allowed several seconds to tick off the clock after a first-down completion.The refs are taking heat for this on social media, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made sure to let them know they messed up on his way into the locker room. In hallway on way to locker room, Dabo Swinney screamed repeatedly at officials “you made us use a time out” on late first half scenario— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 12, 2016Our only hope? That clock snafu and the points it might have cost Clemson doesn’t end up costing the Tigers the game in the long run.
One of the great barriers to ending the global AIDS epidemic is still that of human compassion. While new HIV infection rates have dropped by up to 50% in many countries over the last two years, and 8 million people living with HIV around the world are now on life saving medical treatment, the HIV symptom we still struggle to overcome is shame.EJAF Twitter blood post – LOVE IS IN MY BLOODThis Valentine’s Day, the day of international love, Elton John and a host of singers, artists, writers and sportspeople including Jessie J, Florence Welch, Ben Drew, Ai Weiwei, Elizabeth Hurley, Paulo Coelho, George Takei, Kelly Osbourne, Lara Stone, Stephen Fry, David Walliams, Jamie Oliver and Shane Warne are showing their love by pricking their fingers, creating a spot of blood and tweeting the image accompanied by the words ‘Love Is In My Blood’.The campaign, which comes from Elton’s AIDS Foundation, is designed to create a global conversation; reminding the world that the fight against AIDS is winnable, but only if we have enough love and compassion to ensure that no one is shut out, left behind or made to feel ashamed.“Now more than ever we know how to beat AIDS,” comments John, whose AIDS Foundation marks its 20th anniversary this year. “Thanks to incredible work by the AIDS community over the past 20 years we now have affordable, quality treatment which saves lives and dramatically reduces the chances of passing on HIV. But these medicines don’t work against prejudice and discrimination. It’s time to stop treating people who are most vulnerable to HIV as outcasts. Everyone deserves the chance to protect themselves. Surely we have enough love for that.”“A little drop of blood, a huge wave of love and a great surge of generosity – let them lead to an end to HIV/AIDS around the world,” comments Stephen Fry.Artist Ai Weiwei has created a film commercial inspired by the campaign. “The work is about love, about a need for all to be concerned with life,” Weiwei says. “When Elton asked me to create something for the Foundation, I wanted to contribute by finding an expression that raises awareness for this crisis among as many people as possible.” A 30 sec and 60 sec version of Weiwei’s commercial – which features the words ‘Love is in OUR Blood’ over drops of blood and the sound of a heartbeat, will run simultaneously on Thursday 14 February on YouTube, and for 24 hours from the time people wake up on Valentine’s Day throughout the day until midnight on screens in Times Square, Piccadilly Circus and Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, which has the largest AIDS epidemic in Europe.“Of course we want people to protect themselves and everything we fund promotes safe sex, clean disposable needles and condom use” says David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “The idea of this campaign is not to get everyone pricking their fingers, but to get the world’s attention; to challenge the equation that HIV + blood only equals fear and isolation. What pumps through our veins is also the love and compassion to keep one another safe AND look after people when they need it. The only question is whether we are ready to show it.”
2San Francisco114201317Jacksonville141999 Well, that didn’t take long. We’re just one week into the 2017 NFL season, and there’s already a new team atop FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings. The Kansas City Chiefs rose to the top slot after beating the preseason No. 1 New England Patriots 42-27 in last Thursday’s season opener, and now Elo gives them a league-best 14 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.OK, so maybe you shouldn’t bet the farm on that Chiefs championship just yet. (The Vegas books still list K.C. in a tie for the seventh-best Super Bowl odds of any team, alongside the Atlanta Falcons.) But Kansas City occupying first place in an NFL power ranking is a pretty rare sight nonetheless. Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, the Chiefs have only held the No. 1 slot for eight total weeks,1Including this week. the same as the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Compare that with the team the Chiefs beat — the Pats, who lead all post-merger franchises with 137 total weeks at No. 1 — and you start to get a sense for just how unusual a top-ranked K.C. squad is.The last time the Chiefs ranked first in Elo? Week 11 of the 2003 season, when Kansas City had just crushed the Cleveland Browns to move to 9-0 on the year. It was K.C.’s fourth consecutive week at No. 1, but the celebration wouldn’t last: Dick Vermeil’s Chiefs were upset by Cincinnati on the road the following week, part of a 4-3 stretch to close the regular season. And in the playoffs, they lost an epic shootout with Peyton Manning and the Colts in which neither team punted. K.C. fell to 7-9 the next season, and the offensive firepower briefly captured with Trent Green and Priest Holmes was never quite achieved again. CAR65CAR71CAR+1.4– 7Washington51199221Kansas City82017 13Seattle30201629Atlanta0— FiveThirtyEight vs. The CrowdLast week, we rolled out a new game in which we invite you, the readers, to make picks against our Elo algorithm — as well as each other. (The more confident you are in your choices, the more points you win.) After each week, we’ll tally up everyone’s scores, and you can see where you stand relative to Elo and your fellow players.As a side benefit of this exercise, we can also use the results of your picks to figure out which games and teams the crowd most disagreed with Elo about — and who was right. For instance, in Week 1, readers were all over the woefully high 57 percent win probability Elo gave the Andrew Luck-less Colts on the road against the L.A. Rams. (In Elo’s defense, it doesn’t factor in key injuries like Luck’s.) Los Angeles ended up crushing Indy 46-9, costing our algorithm a lot of points in the process.Here are all the games from the opening week of the season, in order of how much readers outsmarted Elo:3The Chiefs-Patriots matchup isn’t included here because our game launched last Friday, after the season opener was played. 10Minnesota42201625Buffalo41991 MIN59MIN54MIN-6.7– 6Indianapolis52200921N.Y. Jets82010 our PICKWIN PROB.READERS’ PICKWIN PROB.ACTUAL WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS 8Miami50198524New Orleans62010 9Oakland43200225Cincinnati41982 HOU74HOU75JAX-3.1– IND57%LAR53%LAR+8.2– 14L.A. Rams27200229Detroit0— 4Green Bay67201120Baltimore92009 CIN63CIN58BAL+4.6– 15Philadelphia22200429Houston0— Kansas City is far from being the franchise with the least time spent in first place. Among teams that have reached the top slot, five — New Orleans, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Carolina and Arizona — have spent fewer weeks in first than K.C. Four other teams — Detroit, Houston, Cleveland and (amazingly2Given that they’ve made two Super Bowls.) Atlanta — have never made it to No. 1 in the post-merger era.Maybe the Chiefs will have the staying power of the Patriots, whose 11-week reign at the top K.C. snapped this week. Or maybe they’ll be like last year’s Minnesota Vikings, who spent one solitary week at No. 1 (Week 6, if you’re keeping track) before fading away. DAL65DAL60DAL-6.7– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 1Average difference between FiveThirtyEight reader points won and Elo points won per matchup Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 11Chicago40198827Carolina22015 ATL72ATL80ATL+1.9– GB61GB56GB-6.6– 16Tennessee17200829Cleveland0— WSH58WSH52PHI+4.6– OAK51OAK54OAK+0.5– 12Denver37201628Arizona12015 PIT76PIT86PIT+1.9– DET54ARI52DET-8.3– The Week 1 winner is …Congratulations to Dante Sblendorio of Livermore, California, who absolutely humiliated Elo with this week’s high score of 225 points. Dante, a 25-year-old physicist, went for an extremely aggressive approach that paid off: He picked 12 of 14 games correctly, all at 100 percent confidence. Too bad he wasn’t in Vegas.Remember: You can start playing the prediction game this week, even if you didn’t get your picks in last week.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 5Pittsburgh59200921Tampa Bay82003 3Dallas108199619N.Y. Giants112008 Most weeks spent at No. 1 in NFL Elo ratings, 1970-2017 BUF64BUF71BUF+2.6– 1New England137201717L.A. Chargers142009 DEN74DEN66DEN-8.5– RKTEAMWEEKSLAST YR AT NO. 1RKTEAMWEEKSLAST YR AT NO. 1
The Big Ten released football schedules for its 12 teams for the 2013 and 2014 seasons on Wednesday. Here is what stood out from Ohio State’s schedules: – The OSU-Michigan rivalry will not be going anywhere in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The matchup will be the final conference game before the Big Ten Championship games, which are set for Dec. 7, 2013, and Dec. 6, 2014. – OSU will not be facing Nebraska, the newest school to join the Big Ten, in 2013 or 2014. The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers will, however, meet on Oct. 6 this season. Michigan State also will not be on the schedule for the Buckeyes in 2013 or 2014. – OSU will not be taking on Minnesota for a span of four years between 2011 and 2014, unless the teams meet in the conference championship. – OSU and Wisconsin will face off in the Buckeyes’ Big Ten opener in 2013. The rivalry matchup is scheduled for Sept. 28. – OSU’s first Big Ten game in 2014 will be against Purdue on Oct. 4.