After two losses last weekend at No. 1 BYU, the USC Trojans men’s volleyball team is heading on another weekend road trip featuring consecutive matches against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation members UC Irvine and UC San Diego.The pair of tight road losses against BYU — in four and five sets respectively — has shown the No. 5 Trojans (3-2, 2-2) a clear picture of their deficiencies as well as their strengths.Spiked · Senior middle blocker Steven Shandrick goes up for a block in a home contest. The Trojans are looking to stop a two-match skid. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“It’s very easy to walk out of Provo with our heads held high,” USC head coach Bill Ferguson said. “It’s great to know that our process is working. We’ll be good at the end of the season, but we’ll stub our toes early.”Searching for more effective blocking and a more balanced offense, the Trojans have found the weekend schedule to be an advantage. Instead of bisecting the week with Wednesday and Friday matches, the new schedule allows them to focus practice time for both shoring up deficiencies from the previous week and preparing schematically for matches to come.“Having the weekend matches early in the season gives us more time to practice,” Ferguson said. “It’s different than last year, but it’s working out for us.”No. 2 UC Irvine has tremendous athleticism, depth and experience and is known especially for strength at the service line and a balanced, high-paced and precise attack.“They don’t have one guy that carries them,” Ferguson said. “You have to be sound everywhere. We need to weather the storm at the service line from [outside hitter Jeremy] Dejno and [opposite Carson] Clark, find balance in our own offense and be sound blocking, or else they’ll expose us.”On the defensive side, the Trojans will have to continue to have production from all three front-row blockers. If one of them lapses for even a split second, UCI has shown that it will attack those spaces with quick and precise offense.“For a lot of teams, speed like Irvine’s is a big advantage because they just aren’t used to it,” said senior outside hitter and co-captain Tony Ciarelli. “But our offense is just as fast, if not faster, than theirs is, so the advantage is somewhat taken away.”Clark is one of the nation’s elite players, with top-notch skills attacking, serving, blocking and defending. Ciarelli will be matched up against him.“I need to show Carson [Clark] something different every time I go up to block,” Ciarelli said. “He’ll figure it out and take advantage of it if I don’t mix it up.”The second match will be a mental check for the Trojans. UCSD is ranked at the bottom tier of the conference. Even though their ranking does not indicate a competitive match between the teams, Ferguson said the Trojans need to bring the same intensity and focus as they would against a top-ranked team.“In the past, teams like that tend to give us trouble and sometimes we walk in there taking them lightly,” said senior middle blocker and co-captain Steven Shandrick. “But they’re just as important. We need to be mentally prepared. They’re going to give us their absolute best.”First serve for both matches is at 7 p.m.
Journalist Tyron Brown, whose body was found at 3a.m yesterdayEye-witness claims ‘black jeep’ spotted dropping ‘body’ in Du-port RoadWho killed Super FM journalist Tyron Browne? That’s the important question now on the lips of Liberian journalists when yesterday it was reported that Browne was found dead in D-uport Road Community, Paynesville, outside Monrovia.According to reports reaching the Daily Observer, an eyewitness claimed that he saw a black jeep depositing what later turned out to be the mortal remains of journalist Browne. They said there were cuts on several parts of the body, including his left side, shoulder and his palm. The body was finally taken to the Benson Hospital in Paynesville where he was announced dead upon arrival.Tyron Browne was a former student of the BlueCrest University, according to Super FM manager Emmanuel Kortu. “He later moved to the Monrovia Vocational Training Center in Paynesville to do some courses,” he said, adding that Browne was scheduled to have been on TV yesterday morning.“A black jeep came and dropped Browne’s body at his residence by 3:00 a.m. on Monday, April 16,” the witness and neighbors said. They could, however, not provide additional information on the alleged black jeep.Police investigators are asking many questions and want to know who may have a reason to kill the radio journalist. Super FM is owned and operated by Liberian businessman and politician George B. Kailondo, who in 2011 contested on the Unity Party (UP) ticket for the House Seat of Montserrado County District #10, but was defeated by Julius Berrian of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).In a phone interview on OK FM yesterday, Charles Coffey, President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), confirmed the body was that of journalist Tyron Browne.According to Coffey, Tyron Browne was found with all his belongings, including cellphone, modem, and money intact.In a press release issued yesterday, the Press Union of Liberia said it was shocked over the vicious killing of journalist Tyron Browne and called on the Liberia National Police (LNP) for a speedy investigation to determine the cause(s) of the journalist’s death.The PUL said it is interested in the autopsy that would be conducted on the journalist’s remains, which will also indicate the cause of death.According to the PUL, the killing of Tyron has increased the level of fear in the journalism community in Liberia and has further strengthened the case for self-censorship in the traditional journalism sphere in Liberia.What made the murder of Browne shocking, according to family sources, was that he was never involved in controversial stories that could be said to have been the basis for anyone wanting to hurt or harm him.The PUL, while not mentioning names, described the vicious murder of Tyron Browne as coming in the wake of the escalation of threats and intimidation of journalists and the independent media by some officials of the CDC-led government.Journalist Tyron Browne, a father of a little girl, was a member of the Redeemed Christian Church, located at Du-port junction, in Paynesville.According to family sources, he was in church last Sunday.Morris McCarthy, a reporter of True FM, said Browne was seen taking pictures of players in a tournament organized by Super FM at a soccer field behind Du-port Road Market last Friday, April 13, Fast and Prayer Day.Tyron’s remains are now deposited at the Abraham Anderson Funeral Parlors, awaiting police forensic examination.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
25 February 2004What are you wearing right now? South African chic or foreign shtick? Wise up. February 27 is the country’s first national Design Day. D-Day. A day to celebrate, support, buy, use and wear South African design.D-Day forms part of this year’s Design Indaba and inaugural Design Indaba Expo, an interactive showcase of the best South African design, running at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 26 to 29. Showcasing South African design According to the D-Day website, Friday has been declared “a day to explore your own indigenous creativity in everything you do. Show a bit of home-grown flair in the way you dress, the way you work, the way you cook, the way you play.“D-Day is a part of the designer in each one of us, and of the creative spirit which inspired our transition to democracy 10 years ago.” It is also, say the organisers, an opportunity to recognise the talents of the country’s professional designers in all fields – from fashion to furniture, from crafts to architecture – as well as a call for South Africans to acknowledge “the importance of innovation and imagination to our economy, our culture and our quality of life.“Because it is our unique South African ideas that will help us create jobs, boost exports and strengthen our national identity.“Be a part of D-Day, and help to get everyone talking about, thinking about, and appreciating South African innovation, imagination and style.”D-Day Digipic ChallengePart of the D-Day celebration is the D-Day Digipic Challenge, a competition challenging South Africans to submit by e-mail a photo of anything that “represents South African creativity and innovation”.“Keep your eyes open for D-stinctly South African design”, says the D-Day website. “It could be something you saw in the street, something painted on a taxi, a stunning building or a gorgeous piece of locally made furniture.“It could be yourself wearing a great local outfit, or it could be something you made or put together – your hairstyle, your garden, your wedding, your breakfast table, or the things stuck on your fridge.“We’re looking for beauty, inventiveness, quirkiness, humour … for that in-D-finable South African signature. Keep your eyes open and your finger on the button. Then send us your take on South African design.”The most imaginative images will be published on the D-Day website, and the winner will receive a “D-vinely D-licious” hamper from Woolworths.Join the National Design ForceAlso part of the D-Day fun are design “pass” (or “fail”) citations which anyone can “serve” on their friends or colleagues to compliment (or criticise) them on their SA design sense.“Do you know someone who flaunts their exotic labels, blahs on about their Manolo pumps, insists on having their hair done in Paris and lives in a pseudo Tuscan villa full of priceless foreign objects?”, asks the D-Day website.“Well, volunteer for the South African National Design Force and bust them with a pink D-Day citation. Make them blush and bluster, and swear to mend their alien ways.“If, on the other hand, you know someone who appreciates South AfricaÕs unique aesthetic fusion, proudly wears garments designed by our own fabulous fashion houses, and knows their kwaito from their mbaqanga, pat them on the back with a green D-Day citation.”Citations can be sent directly from the D-Day website. Or you can get printed copies from selected Woolworths stores on D-Day itself.D-Day is a non-profit venture sponsored by the Woolworths Trust and Design Indaba Trust in association with Vodacom.SouthAfrica.info reporter read more
China leads the way with 13 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals for a total of 34 medals in all. Australia (7,4,8,19) is in second place, with Ukraine (6, 5, 5, 16) in third. Team South Africa’s Hendri Herbst claimed a bronze medal in the pool at the London Paralympic Games on Friday to add to the gold medal won by Natalie du Toit on Thursday. Unsuccessful defenceFanie van der Merwe was unsuccessful in the defence of his 200 metres title in the T37 class after he lost his balance. The world record holder in the event, Van der Merwe led rounding the bend, but after suffering a speed wobble finished in sixth place in 23.79 seconds. Chenelle van Zyl finished sixth in the women’s discus F35/36, which was decided on a controversial points system. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Renette Bloem swam an African record time of 1:25.72 in the heats of the S11 100m freestyle, but did not progress to the final, while Shireen Sapiro’s African record of 30.87 in the heats of the S10 50m freestyle was also not enough to take her through to the final. Russia’s Roman Kapranov claimed victory in 23.10, which equalled Van der Merwe’s world record, while there were regional records for second placed Guangxu Shang of China and Omar Monterola of Venezuela. BasketballAfter being drubbed 93-39 by defending champions, Australia, in their first outing, the South African men’s basketball team produced a far more competitive showing second time out, but were again beaten, going down 74-50 against Spain. Men’s S13 100m butterflyCharl Bouwer, the winner of a gold medal in the 400m freestyle in Beijing, was in action in the 100m butterfly in the S13 class. He finished well out of the running in seventh place, with a time of 59.39. Ihar Boki of Belarus took the win in a Paralympic record of 55.50, with Russia’s Roman Dubovoy in second and the Australian Timothy Antalfy in third. Competing in the 100m freestyle S11 class, Herbst clocked 59.60 seconds to finish third behind the USA’s Bradley Snyder (57.43) and Bozun Yang (58.61). Medal tableBy the end of Friday’s competition, South Africa shared 19th place on the medal table with Cuba, Denmark, and the Republic of Korea. Kevin Paul set another African record in the men’s S10 50m freestyle, but his time of 25.49 didn’t secure him a place in the final. Anrune Liebenberg qualified for the final of the women’s 200m T45 classification with an African record time of 25.79 seconds, which was the second fastest time in the heats. Marike Naude failed to advance from the heats of the S13 women’s 50m freestyle. At Eton Dornay, where South African Olympians claimed gold and bronze, Sandra Khumalo went through to the repechage of the women’s single scull ASW1x after finishing fifth in her heat. On the cycling track, Jaco van Zyl placed tenth in the men’s C2 individual pursuit in a time of 4:12.794. Australian Ellie Cole was a convincing winner of the gold medal in an Oceania record of 1:09.42. British swimmer Stephanie Milward placed second in 1:11.07 and the USA’s Elizabeth Stone took third in 1:12.28. They were the only three men to dip below the one-minute barrier in the race for blind swimmers. Spain’s Enhamed Enhamed, the winner of the S11 50m and 100m freestyle in the Beijing Paralympics, was fourth in 1:00.76. Gray was slower than she had been in the heats. Her qualifying time of 1:15.59 was just over a second faster than her 1:16.65 in the final, which left her in seventh place. 1 September 2012 Du Toit, who was fifth at the turn, came home strongly, with a second 50m that was barely a second slower than her first 50m, in a time of 1:12.56 to finish fourth. The hosts, Great Britain, are in fifth place. Their total of 20 medals is second to only the Chinese. Women’s S9 100m backstrokeNatalie du Toit, who has seven events on her schedule in London, contested the final of the S9 100m backstroke, an event she had not swum in two previous visits to the Paralympics. Emily Gray gave South Africa two finalists in the same race. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Agriculture Department told Reuters it had pulled all staff from Pro Farmer Crop Tour after an employee received a threatening phone call from an upset farmer. The Crop Tour started on Monday and will wrap up later in the week.At Profarmer.com they had this to say:We are sad to report a USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) employee received a phone threat while on the Pro Farmer Crop Tour from someone not involved with the tour. As a precaution, USDA immediately pulled all their staff out of the event. Federal Protective Services are investigating the incident.We are taking the threat very seriously and the safety of all those involved in Tour is our top priority. As a precaution, we are taking steps to secure the remaining location venues, adding security personal at the live events as well as asking staff and crop tour scouts to remain aware and report any concerns immediately. Lance Honig, crops chief at NASS, and other USDA staffers have canceled meeting appearances for Wednesday. read more
Now that you have learned how to get your kids outside with geocaching, make sure the caches you find are fun for them. Putting in time to plan your outing is a worthwhile investment in future family outings. Here are five tips on how you can select the best caches to make your kids’ caching trip a success!Choose easy geocachesUnless your child is a monkey (in that case go for a T5) or the next Einstein (only D5 caches may suffice), go for geocaches with a low difficulty and terrain rating. You want them to be able to find and grab the cache themselves. That unique feeling of discovery will keep your little explorers coming back for more.Bigger often is betterFor kids, one of the biggest motivators is the possibility of finding real geocaching treasure (SWAG): a bouncy ball? A small plastic animal? A shiny sticker? Yes, yes, and yes. The bigger the cache the more likely you’ll find toys and trinkets for your little geocachers to enjoy. So go for at least medium or large caches. And of course – don’t forget to raid your kids’ overflowing toy chest before heading out to ensure you bring something of equal or higher value to trade.Make sure it’s thereNothing will make geocaching seem less fun than an endless and ultimately fruitless search. There isn’t a guarantee the cache will be at the hiding location, but you can make sure it likely is. Check the latest activity on the caches you’re venturing out to find. If the cache hasn’t been found for a good while or there are a few recent DNF logs (Did not find), take that one off your List.Search by your favorite kids charactersIf you are a Premium member, make use of the web search keyword filter. Enter the name of your childrens’ favorite TV show or story book character, and see if there are any themed caches around. Fun fact: there are currently over a hundred Mickey Mouse themed geocaches to find worldwide.Create a Pocket query with kid-friendly attributesAnother option for Premium members is to create a Pocket query and select the attribute called Recommended for kids. Depending how old your progeny are the attribute Stroller accessible can come in handy. A third attribute to look for is Night cache. If nothing else works, pushing out bedtime for an exciting night caching adventure might be just the thing to get your offspring leaving the house.Did you find caches your kids especially loved? Share your best finds in the comments!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related read more
A senior executive at Mediaset has said that the TV advertising market shows no signs of improving this year or next and that the Italian media giant faces renewed competition from Internet-focused rivals. Reuters reports Marco Paolini, strategic marketing director for Mediaset as saying: “We expect the advertising market will be very bad in 2012 and will remain as such in 2013, at the best.”The Mediaset executive also voiced concern about new competitors in its sector. He said: “Five years ago Mediaset was concerned about the arrival of the Murdoch group, today it fears Google, Apple and Facebook. I think the real problems will come from there in the next three years.” read more