Team SA shine – but no medals yet

first_img11 August 2008South Africa’s men’s 4 by 100 metres freestyle relay team were dethroned as Olympic champions on Monday in an astonishing final in which the first five teams bettered the world record that the USA had set in the heats.The South Africans had qualified for the final by finishing third in their heat, with the sixth best time overall. They clocked three minutes 13.06 seconds, which bettered their gold medal winning time in Athens by 0.11, and was also a new national record.The USA, swimming without their three fastest sprinters, showed amazing depth as they cracked their own world record of 3:12.46 with a time of 3:12.23. Australia and France also finished beneath the previous mark.Relay finalIn the final, the Americans included Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale and Jason Lezak, with only Cullen Jones retained from their team that qualified for the final. It proved to be one of the most eye-opening of all the events swum so far in Beijing.Despite their enviable depth, the Americans needed the fastest leg ever swum in a relay to reel in France over the final 100 metres. Lezak clocked 46.06 seconds with the flying start and hauled in Alain Bernard, who holds the world record at 47.50 seconds, to take the USA to victory in 3:08.24. The French touched a mere eight hundredths of a second later.The winning time slashed an astounding 3.99 seconds off the record that had been set in the heats.Australia took third, Italy fourth, and Sweden fifth, all under the old mark. Canada followed in sixth and South Africa’s Roland Schoeman, Darian Townsend, Lyndon Ferns, and Ryk Neethling finished seventh in 3:12.66, which was once again a national record. Great Britain finished eighth.Basson impressiveJean Basson excelled in the 200 metres freestyle heats, winning his race and recording the second fastest time of 1:46.31. US superstar Michael Phelps turned in the fourth fastest qualifying time.Basson then upped the excitement level considerably by winning his semi-final in 1:46.13. Two swimmers in the other semi-final bettered his time, but not by much, so a cracking final is on the cards. Phelps, in his quest for a record eight Olympic gold medals, made it through by finishing third.While South Africa’s swimmers have failed to win a medal in the pool, it is hard to criticise their performances, which have been littered with national and African records.National recordsGerhard Zandberg won his heat in the 100 metres backstroke in an African record of 53.75 seconds, which was the fifth best time of the heats. He couldn’t match that time in the semi-finals, clocking 53.98, which was good for only sixth and saw him fail to make the final.Riaan Schoeman failed to progress beyond the heats in the 400 metres individual medley, but his time of 4:14.04 was a national record. Kathryn Meaklim also couldn’t progress beyond the 400 IM heats, but she, too, set a national record, lopping almost four seconds off the previous mark in 4:37.11.Mandy Loots established yet another SA record in the heats of the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.61. It wasn’t good enough for her to go on to the semi-finals, but Lize-Marie Retief lowered the new record shortly afterwards to 58.20, which earned her a spot in the semis where she finished last in her race.The one-minute barrierCameron van der Burgh became the first African to break through the one-minute barrier in the 100 metres breaststroke in the heats with his time of 59.96 seconds. He was third in his race as Norway’s Alexander Dale Oen won in an Olympic record that was later broken in the final.Van der Burgh was not as sharp in his semi-final as he had been in the heats and his time of 1:00.57 saw him eliminated after he finished fifth in the second race.Suzaan van Biljon qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres breaststroke by finishing third in her heat in 1:07.55, which was the fifth best time. The winner of the race, Australia’s Liesel Jones, set an Olympic record of 1:05.64 and then won her semi-final in a slightly slower time. Van Biljon was badly off song in the semi-finals, finishing in a time two seconds slower than her time in the heats, and in last place.Augustyn’s star on the riseIn the men’s cycling road race, won by Spain’s Sammy Sanchez over a tough and hilly 245 kilometre course, John-Lee Augustyn, one day shy of his 22nd birthday, excelled by finishing in 27th place. With his recent strong performance in the Tour de France and his gritty showing in Beijing, Augustyn has confirmed that he is a star in the making.Marissa van der Merwe finished 34th in the women’s road race, while teenager Cherise Taylor settled for 49th place.The SA women’s hockey team got their campaign off to a rough start against defending champions The Netherlands. They were crushed 6-0.Rowing hopesRower Ramon di Clemente kept alive his hopes of adding to the bronze medal he won at the Athens Olympics men’s pairs with Donovan Cech, who has since retired. He and new partner Shaun Keeling comfortably qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in their heat.Keeling is confident they can challenge for a medal; he says they held something in reserve in their outing.Rika Geyser qualified for the quarterfinals of the women’s single scull by finishing third in her heat.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Kemar Roach proud of his 5-wicket haul vs England: Just tried to make them uncomfortable

first_imgBrief scores – West Indies (289 & 127/6) lead England (77) by 339 runs. Dowrich (27*), Holder (7*); Moeen (3/41). Full ScorecardEngland all-rounder Moeen Ali complimented the West Indies bowling attack after the visitors were skittled for 77 on the second day of the first Test in Barbados on Thursday.Ali was caught on the fine leg boundary for golden duck, one of Kemar Roach’s five victims on a day when the four-pronged Windies bowling attack produced a brilliant display.Roach did most of the damage, taking five wickets for 17 runs as he wiped out Rory Burns, Jonny Bairstow, Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen in a glorious spell after lunch. All of his wickets were concentrated in the space of 27 deliveries.”They bowled fantastically well with good pace,” Moeen told reporters in Bridgetown.The England batting line-up has quality all the way down to number 10, so even after slumping to 44 for three it was reasonable to believe the visitors would still eke out a respectable reply to the hosts’ first innings of 289.But when captain Joe Root was trapped lbw for four by West Indies counterpart Jason Holder, the writing was on the wall.England crumbled to be dismissed for the lowest total in a Test at Kensington Oval, leaving them with a first-innings deficit of 212 runs.Roach’s five wickets for 17 runs off 11 fiery overs came less than seven months after he returned 5-8 against Bangladesh.His fifth wicket was probably the best, Jos Buttler forced on to the back foot by a brutish steepler and feathering behind.advertisement”Today is one of those great days against a top side, so I’m proud of my achievement,” the 30-year-old said, his achievement made all the more sweeter by playing on his home ground.”I want to do that as much as possible for as long as possible for West Indies. It was a special, special feeling.”We just tried to make them uncomfortable. You never expect these days but they do happen. It’s all about doing it again in the final innings.”West Indies finished the day 339 runs ahead on 127-6 in its second innings after Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali led a spirited but seemingly hopeless fightback with the ball.last_img read more

FIFA Gate implicates Bahamian Banker

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – Also from the region: A CIBC First Caribbean banking executive in The Bahamas is alleged to have hopped onto a plane to go and collect a cheque, reportedly for a quarter of a million dollars as an alleged bribe… more harrowing reports coming in the aftermath of arrests in the FIFA Gate scandal. This one is reported in the Bahamas Tribune newspaper. Related Items:bahamas tribune, CIBC First Caribbean bank, fifa gate scandal Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CIBC First Caribbean Bake Sale for the Curelast_img read more

Kayak Adventure turns deadly for American man

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Kayakadventureturnsdeadly, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 6, 2017 – Providenciales – An American visitor today died after complaining of a headache when the kayak he and his wife was on flipped over in the waters of Thompson Cove in Provo.   Police reported that the man was pronounced dead at 1:03pm.  Magnetic Media had been contacted by family friends of the man out of California, asking if there was any news of  his death.Police responded to our query and confirmed that “He and his wife was out on a kayak in the area of Thompson Cove.   The Kayak flipped over and when he got back on he complained of headache and later lost conscious.”It was also said an autopsy will be carried out to determined the exact cause of death.#MagneticMediaNews#Kayakadventureturnsdeadlylast_img read more

Bahamas Congratulates India on the Celebration of its National Day

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has congratulated the Government and people of the Republic of India on the celebration of its National Day.   The Government of The Bahamas looks forward to continuing the friendly and cooperative relationship that has existed between the two countries since the inception of Diplomatic Relations in 1975.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a formal Diplomatic Note of congratulations to the Government of India to that effect.Release: BISlast_img read more

San Diego County Gun Owners respond to shooting at Del Mar Fairgrounds

first_img DEL MAR (KUSI) – The San Diego County Gun Owners PAC has published an official statement in response to the shooting incident that took place during the Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.RELATED STORY: Armed suspect shot by deputy outside Del Mar FairgroundsTheir statement reads:“In response to the shooting at the Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC calls on the 22nd Agricultural Board to discontinue events that invite violence and, instead, support events that promote family, safety, and law-abiding San Diegans, such as the Crossroads of the West gun show.“Where’s the moral outrage towards the Del Mar Fairgrounds and the Agricultural Association board of directors? The Agricultural Board permitted a rap concert performed by an artist with a history of glorifying violence, drug dealing, gang culture, and degrading women. Guess what happened? Sure enough, violence breaks out with a gun. Yet, the board is entertaining the idea, based on so-called moral grounds, of discontinuing the gun shows attended by thousands of law-abiding San Diegan families who learn gun safety. The board wants to close down or demand additional security for family-oriented events, but then they allow Ice Cube concerts.“Their hypocrisy is obvious: The fairgrounds board has lost all moral authority. We call on the board to realign their priorities with the rule of law and support events that promote safe, legal, responsible activities for families to enjoy, such as the annual county fair and the gun shows.”Michael A. SchwartzExecutive DirectorSan Diego County Gun Owners PAC Mike McKinnon III, San Diego County Gun Owners respond to shooting at Del Mar Fairgrounds Mike McKinnon III Posted: September 4, 2018 September 4, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

City Council approves law that makes it illegal to provide marijuana to

first_img KUSI Newsroom, The addition of marijuana and controlled substances to the Social Host Ordinance gives law enforcement a tool to deter conduct that puts our kids at risk. Working with @ChiefNisleit, we’ll educate the public about this ordinance, and hold accountable those who choose to ignore it pic.twitter.com/tdeXtQkxbO— SD City Attorney (@CityAttorneySD) March 5, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week, San Diego City Council approved an amendment to the city’s social host ordinance. It is now illegal to host a gathering where minors can have access to marijuana substances.City Attorney Mara Elliot discussed the new amendment and why she supported it on Good Morning San Diego.RELATED STORY: San Diego City Council OKs amendment focusing on underage marijuana use March 12, 2019 Posted: March 12, 2019center_img City Council approves law that makes it illegal to provide marijuana to minors in social settings KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Mara Elliot, Marijuana FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

PIC Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh lock lips onstage picture goes viral

first_imgInstagramBollywood’s power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been flying high and how! The duo not only has given probably their career-best performance last year (Ranveer Singh as Khilji and Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini in Padmaavat) but, also have established themselves as the most sought after stars in the filmy world.Right when their films had released, the industry had predicted that this year all the awards would belong to the two of them and rightly so! As the award season has begun so has the two taking home some shining awards.At the recently held Vimal Filmfare awards, Ranveer Singh won the best actor award. Deepika Padukone handed him the trophy to which, Ranveer Singh said, “This Black Lady (award) is very special to me, but this lady (Deepika) is the most special lady to have ever happened to me, I love you, are you proud of me?” He further added, “I dedicate this award to my nani as it was my nani as favourite character. One day I called my sister and asked what nani is doing, she said that nani is on terrace doing her favourite thing that is watching Padmavaat.”Ranveer won the award for playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat which went through a lot of controversies before its release. Ayushmann Khurrana won the Best Actor (Critics) award for Andhadhun. Despite a superlative performance, Deepika Padukone lost out to Alia Bhatt who won the Best Actress award for Raazi. Neena Gupta won the Best Actress award (Critics) for Badhai Ho.Alia Bhatt too proclaimed her love for Ranbir Kapoor while accepting the award. Bhatt called Ranbir her ‘special one’ and blew a kiss at him. Ranbir was left blushing with Alia’s special gesture of love.last_img read more

Google CEO Sundar Pichai to announce new initiatives for small Indian businesses

first_imgGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai will start the new year with major announcements for small businesses and startups in India on January 4. He is currently touring India on a personal holiday with his family. Also read: Google features PM Modi among ‘top 10 criminals,’ served court noticePichai landed in India on Sunday and arrived in Jaipur in a private jet from Chennai. The local administration doesn’t know about his whereabouts, but it is known that he is staying in a top hotel in his wife’s home state. The event in New Delhi will be attended by Union Minister of IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and senior Google officials. Pichai is expected to announce Google’s further inroads into India’s Start Up India and Digital India initiatives. “As Indian small businesses chart their journey, technology is playing a pivotal role in helping them explore new markets, engage different audiences and compete more effectively. At Google, we are excited about partnering with small businesses to help them unlock exponential growth through the power of digital…We invite you to join senior leaders from Google, the industry and business owners like yourselves, as we shine the spotlight on the Indian SMB ecosystem and delve into how digital can be a game changer for your business,” reads the Google invite, according to India Today. He had said in December 2015 he wants to help 20 million small and medium enterprises in India get online by 2017. This will be Pichai’s second public event in India since taking up the position as CEO. He had announced the Google My Business tool in December 2015, which allows businesses to update information regarding business hours, phone numbers and other particulars on Google. Last month, Google had announced that seven Indian startups will be part of its third batch of ‘Launchpad Accelerator’.  Google has also partnered with RailTel to bring high-speed internet to 100 railway stations. Their aim is to bring internet to at least 400 railway stations.last_img read more

IndianAmerican businessman found dead in Delhis Taj Palace

first_imgGetty ImagesAn Indian man was found dead in his room at the Taj Palace in New Delhi on Saturday morning.Munni Jaitely, a 35-year-old Indian-born US citizen, travelled frequently to India due on business needs and had landed in the national capital on Thursday. His father felt something amiss when his calls to Munni went unanswered. His father then called the hotel reception and asked them to check, reported IANS.”His father called the hotel reception and requested them to check his son’s status. The hotel staff tried to connect with Jaitely through the landline, but didn’t succeed,” Eish Singhal, the Additional DCP, was quoted as saying by IANS.Singhal said that the manager went to Munni’s room on the sixth floor and knocked on the door. Upon getting no response, the manager used his master key card and opened the door to find Munni lying unconscious.Munni was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Munni’s death, the police were informed and an investigation was launched.The preliminary investigation revealed that there was no foul play since no one, including the hotel staff, was in the vicinity of Munni’s room between Friday night and Saturday morning, according to the CCTV footage.”A medical board would conduct an autopsy on Monday to ascertain if he consumed any drug, causing the death,” said the Additional DCP.last_img read more