Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Assistant coach Jay Triano, a former head coach of the Toronto Raptors, was named interim coach. Triano was an assistant at Portland before coming to Phoenix last year.Watson was promoted from assistant to interim coach of the Suns after Jeff Hornacek was fired Feb. 1, 2016. The interim tag was removed on April 19 of that year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith an extremely young team, the Suns struggled under Watson. He compiled a 33-85 record. Watson’s only full season was 2016-17, when the team went 24-58.The 38-year-old Watson played collegiately at UCLA and in the NBA for 10 seasons. He often spoke of his long talks with John Wooden, emphasized togetherness and a family atmosphere to nurture the young squad but wins were hard to come by. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ And owner Robert Sarver apparently didn’t like what he saw. Phoenix is 0-3 and two of the losses were especially ugly. The Suns were blown out 124-76 by the Portland in their season opener Wednesday night, the most one-sided loss in franchise history and the most one-sided season opener for any NBA team.Phoenix was routed by the Clippers in Los Angeles 130-88 on Saturday night.“I Dont wanna be here,” point guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted Sunday, just as the news of Watson’s firing surfaced in an ESPN report.The tweet by Bledsoe, a former Clipper, was followed by one from the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan saying “Come back home bro.”Bledsoe has been rumored in possible trades for months.Watson’s dismissal is the first NBA coaching change in well over a year. Hornacek’s hiring by the New York Knicks, which was finalized in June 2016, had been the most recent change — and the irony there is that Watson got the job in Phoenix with 33 games left in the 2015-16 season, after the Suns fired Hornacek.ADVERTISEMENT In this Oct. 21, 2017, photo, Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson watches action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. The Suns have fired coach Watson just three games in to the NBA season. Phoenix announced the firing Sunday night, Oct. 22, after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have fired coach Earl Watson just three games in to the NBA season.The Suns announced the firing Sunday night after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Watson was the league’s second-youngest active coach behind the Lakers’ Luke Walton, and the Suns were tied with the Chicago Bulls as having the youngest opening-night roster in the NBA this season.“I’d like to see the fight be a little bit more,” Watson said after the blowout loss to the Clippers. “Or a lot more, until you know they’re just fatigued.”The Suns came into this season with only four losses by 40 or more points in franchise history. They’ve had two in the first three games of this season. Phoenix has not made the playoffs in seven years, the longest drought in the franchise’s 49-year history.Watson was the 17th Suns coach in the franchise’s history.This was the first NBA season where every coach who started one year had the same job to begin the next.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: Kyrie Irving fined for NBA fan spat
Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I want to start the playoffs right away,” Dragic said. “But first, we need to take care of business and be professional.”The Heat need one more win or one more Detroit loss to wrap up their 20th postseason trip in 30 seasons. The Pistons are in New York on Saturday, in a game that should be over before the start of Miami’s home game against Brooklyn.Bulls center Robin Lopez was ejected after picking up a pair of technicals with 8:43 remaining, ending his 13-point, six-rebound night. The Bulls dropped their seventh straight, making this the third losing streak that lasted at least that long for Chicago this season.Lopez had plenty to say to the officials as he walked off the floor, gesturing and pointing as he yelled his case.“I was emotional. I had a life reaction,” Lopez said. “I felt I was never given the time to cool down. I was making my way towards the bench and I was hit with that second T right away. I was a little caught off guard. … It’s not something I’m particularly ashamed of. I play with passion. If I do something I feel is wrong, I apologize for it. If not, I’ll stand by it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Bulls won four playoff series in 1997-98, Michael Jordan’s final season in Chicago. They’ve won five playoff series in the 20 seasons since.UP NEXTBulls: Visit Orlando on Friday.Heat: Host Brooklyn on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) and forward Justise Winslow (20) block a shot by Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)MIAMI — No matter the opponent, there are two constant principles of the Miami Heat playoff philosophy.Win at home.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Defend like mad.There’s no playoff berth to officially celebrate yet, but the Heat are getting into that postseason mode. Miami held Chicago to 37 percent shooting on the way to beating the Bulls 103-92 on Thursday night, pushing its home winning streak to a season-best eight games, and cutting the magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think we’re pretty solid on defense right now,” said Heat guard Josh Richardson, who led all scorers with 22 points. “But it can be better.”Goran Dragic added 17 points for Miami, which got 13 from Justise Winslow and 11 from Kelly Olynyk. The Heat (41-35) moved within a half-game of Washington for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race; the Wizards lost at Detroit earlier Thursday, an outcome that meant Miami will have to wait at least a couple more days to clinch. David Nwaba scored 15 points, Noah Vonleh added 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Bobby Portis ended up with 13 points and 16 rebounds for Chicago.“I thought we came out with greater effort,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We sustained it for the game. We did let it get away from us a little bit in the fourth quarter.”Miami led most of the way, trailing for only 14 seconds in the opening quarter. The Bulls didn’t make it easy, getting within four late in the third and cutting what was a 19-point deficit down to 12 after Lopez’s ejection.But Olynyk answered with six straight points for Miami, part of a 48-point Heat bench effort.Heat center Hassan Whiteside returned from a nine-game absence with a hip problem, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds in just under 20 minutes.“It’s just good to have him back,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.TIP-INSBulls: Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen (elbow) got the night off. The Bulls are thinking that he can play in Orlando on Friday. … Justin Holiday scored 13 for the Bulls.Heat: Tyler Johnson left in the first half with a sprained right ankle. … Thursday was the 22nd anniversary of Alonzo Mourning’s career-high 50-point game for Miami.SLOW NIGHTMiami came in averaging 11.2 makes from 3-point range per game. The Heat went 7 for 27 from deep Thursday, and are 16 for 56 in their last two games.SPLIT DECISIONChicago beat Miami on Thursday, and then Miami beat Chicago. A couple miles from AmericanAirlines Arena, the Cubs topped the Marlins 8-4 in an opening day game that preceded the Heat victory over the Bulls.PERSPECTIVE Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Stanton homers twice in debut as Yankees beat Blue Jays Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism
The Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat is set to launch, internationally, the recently released study report on the state of biodiversity management in the Caribbean.The report will be launched in Egypt today to an international audience at a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) event, on the sidelines of the 14th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The global summit on biological diversity is being held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from November 17-29.This UNEP side event is expected to discuss support for the implementation of the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework and the long-term strategy for capacity building which will be adopted at the CBD COP-15. It is within this context that Caricom will present the report which examines how Member States have progressed in meeting their commitments under the Aichi Biodiversity Targets within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity.Titled ‘The State of Biodiversity in the Caribbean – A review of the progress towards the Aichi biodiversity targets’, the report was originally launched in Georgetown, Guyana on October 24, 2018, at the opening of the Caribbean Regional Preparatory Workshop for the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP) for the CBD and Regional Consultation for Phase III of the Programme for Capacity Building related to the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP).The preparation of the report was a unified effort among the Caricom Secretariat, UN Environment, Caricom Member States and regional biodiversity experts. It was funded by the European Union with the implementation support from UN Environment, under Phase II of the ACP-MEAs Project.
They’re all set for the Bike Watt Challenge at County HouseCouncil staff to take part in Bike Watt Challenge at Energy Awareness Day on MondayOn Monday next Donegal County Council will launch it’s Staff Energy Awareness Campaign in the County House in Lifford where staff will be asked to use their pedal power in the ‘Bike Watt Challenge’.Speaking prior to the launch John McLaughlin, Director of Roads and Housing Capital with Donegal County Council explained to Donegal Daily: “This is all part of our Energy Awareness Campaign which is about giving staff information about energy, the importance of conserving it and advising on simple ways to save energy both at work and at home. “While this campaign is targeting staff, members of the public are also welcome to drop in and check out some of the demonstrations and even take part in the Bike Watt Challenge.”The Bike Watt Challenge will show staff how much energy they can produce through pedal power and other activities on the day will include presentations and demonstrations on energy saving in the home and at work and the launch of the Best Staff Energy Saving Idea competition.Activities will start at 11am with the official launch taking place at 1.30pm. Staff awareness days will also take place in each Municipal District in September.Said John: “This is an important part of our Energy Management approach where we have set out the Council’s policy in relation to energy and put in place objectives and targets for energy performance improvement over the next number of years. “We have identified a number of Significant Energy Users or SEU’s within the organisation including Public Lighting, our Offices and Cultural Services Buildings, Fire Stations, Landfill sites and our Transport Fleet.“An important part of this process is about identifying opportunities for improving energy performance and we believe that our staff are well placed to help identify these opportunities.”John added: “We have conducted energy assessments on a number of buildings and we are putting in mechanisms to monitor consumption and this data will be analysed regularly and used to develop performance indicators. However, our staff have a very important role to play in all of this and for this reason our Energy Awareness Campaign will be critical to our success.”Cllr Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach, told Donegal Daily that he is delighted to see this initiative being launched and believes that it is an important step within the context of meeting the targets set at national level.“This campaign is an important part of the Council’s energy management system and the Council is continuously strivng to deliver savings and efficiencies in energy consumption and this initiative is important if we are to achieve our targets of a 33% reduction in energy use by 2020,” said Cllr Slowey. “I am delighted to see the Council leading out on this initiative as it will no doubt be an exemplar for other businesses both in the public and private sector.”WATT A CHALLENGE! COUNCIL STAFF TO USE PEDAL POWER IN ENERGY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN was last modified: July 8th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bike Watt ChallengeCllr Terence SloweyDonegal County Councilenergy awareness dayJohn McLaughlinLiffordpedal power
The “Make 1 Change” Campaign launched in January this year was a huge success and had its Recognition Evening on Wednesday last.Make 1 Change, an initiative of the Parent Hub, Donegal asked parents in the county to make a New Year’s Resolution to do one thing differently with their children to add to the quality of family life. Over 160 families from all over Donegal returned their Resolution Slips which were entered in a free draw.Over thirty families committed to having a family movie night once a week with a similar number of families agreeing to go on a family walk once a week.Other changes families agreed to commit to included having a family board games night, enjoying more outdoor activities together, going swimming together, reading together, less shouting at home and pressing the “pause button” when needed. Helping each other more, reducing the use of TV and electronic devices and praying together also featured in the changes that families wanted to make.Families were invited to the Recognition evening where Mary Roche gave a very interesting talk on the use of Picture Story Books and Reading with children.The families were presented with their prizes which had been sponsored by the Cineplex, Letterkenny; Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Tearooms; Ionad Cois Locha, Dunlewey; The Eclipse Cinema, Bundoran; Surf and Turf, Bundoran; the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town; Leisureland, Redcastle and Arena 7, Letterkenny.Prize winners were the Meagher family, Ramelton; Tinney family, Letterkenny; Hegarty family, Letterkenny; Clarke family, Lifford; Mc Glinchey family, Raphoe; Mc Dermott family, Donegal Town; Mc Cracken family, St Johnston; Gallagher family, Churchill; Duffy family, Barnesmore; Magee family, Ballybofey; Ward family, Kerrykeel; Mc Dermott family, Mountcharles; Mc Shane Family, Kilcar; Mc Fadden family, Bunbeg and Mc Adoo family, Portsalon.The Parent Hub would like to congratulate all the prize winners and wish them well with the changes they have made to family life and indeed encourage all families who committed to making a change to keep it up.The Hub would also like to thank all the Sponsors and all the schools and community groups who distributed information about the Campaign.It is hoped to run a “Make 1 Change Campaign” again next year and to encourage all families throughout the county to get involved. DONEGAL FAMILIES THANKED FOR ‘MAKING A CHANGE’ was last modified: April 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalMake A Change
Two Letterkenny men who were part of a gang that caused €82,000 worth of damage when they were involved in the attempted theft of copper cylinders and piping from an apartment block have avoided jail.Brendan Dunleavy, 28, of Ballymacool, Letterkenny (above left) and 31-year-old Darren Doherty of Kirkstown, Letterkenny (above right, pics by North West News Pix) were before Letterkenny Circuit Court, each on three counts of criminal damage and burglary in relation to the incident on February 22, 2012. Dunleavy and Doherty were sentenced to 240 hours of community service each, in lieu of three-and-a-half-year prison terms.Dunleavy and a third man, a co-accused who was not before the courts as he is currently out of the jurisdiction, entered the premises at Aras Derek Hill Hall on the Port Road in Letterkenny on the night in question, while Doherty acted as a ‘look out’.Gardai received a report of a male acting suspiciously in the area at 10.45pm. Gardai spoke to the security guard who said he observed a male exiting a Mercedes rigid body lorry, parked in the car park, and fleeing from the scene.Gardai carried out a search, but were unable to locate the male, while they observed extensive water damage in three of the apartments which had the copper cylinders and piping removed. Two hacksaws and a sledge hammer were found as well as a receipt in the name of the third man and a photocopy of his driving licence.Dunleavy said he had been in a pub talking with the third man about how ‘times are tough’ and how they were aware that ‘scrap was good old money’.Prosecution counsel Patricia McLaughlin BL said that Dunleavy told Gardai that he knew that Darren Doherty was ‘short of a few pound’.Dunleavy and his accomplice made their exit when they noticed lights approaching before running across the field and onto the nearby river bank.In his statement to Gardai, Doherty said that Dunleavy ‘landed to the house and asked if I was interested in getting a few pound’. After 20 to 30 minutes at the scene in the lorry, Doherty ‘saw lights and ran’, Doherty went to a nearby pub and called a taxi before collecting the other two men, one of whom was Dunleavy, at the Port Bridge.Barrister for Dunleavy, Damien Crawford, said his client had lost his job over this matter. “He is completely and utterly remorseful. He was recruited to the cause and he didn’t have the original thought himself,” he said.Barrister for Doherty, Ciaran Elders, said his client was ‘not fully aware that he was committing a crime until he was outside’.Mr Elders said: “He (Doherty) was only engaged at the very last minute. He did play a very minor role in the crime itself. This was not premeditated by Mr Doherty. It was totally out of character and he is ashamed of his actions. He has shown remorse and this is a serious blot on his copy.”Judge John O’Hagan outlined the gravity of the crimes, noting that an estimated €82,000 of damage was caused to the apartments, two of which were owned by the same man.“By golly, when you decided to do it, you decided to do it big,” Judge O’Hagan said.“I cannot get across clearly enough how serious these offences are. They are very serious.“They were disturbed and had to do a runner. In their trail, they left absolute, complete and utter destruction.”Judge O’Hagan said he was not impressed with the suggestion that the raid wasn’t planned and noted that it was his belief that the men planned to bring the copper to ‘some unscrupulous scrap dealer’.He said: “There was a hired vehicle to deliver the goodies and there were tools there for a particular purpose. There must have been a discussion between them to decide what they’d need to do the job.There was a conspiracy between them. How did they know that the property was unoccupied? Someone must have done a recce.”Regarding Doherty’s part in the crime, Judge O’Hagan added: “Mr Doherty was ‘keeping nix’, as they say. He is equally responsible. The fact that he was just keeping a look out is not an excuse.”The two defendants each lodged €10,000 with their solicitors by way of compensation. Judge O’Hagan directed that €10,000 be given to each of the two apartment owners.Judge O’Hagan imposed a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence on each man, but substituted those sentences with 240 hours of community service in each case.He told the defendants: “You can be very thankful to your counsel. In normal courses, I would have no hesitation in sending you to prison.”Men avoid jail after causing €82,000 of damage in botched copper raid was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan DunleavycopperDarren DohertyJUdge John O’HaganletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit Court
Kaleya Sanchez had 22 points and the Del Norte Warriors girls’ basketball team, 48 hours removed from capturing its first Big 5 Conference title in program history, finished off its first sweep of the Big 5 with a 63-53 win on the road against the Eureka Loggers, Thursday night at Jay Willard Gymnasium.When the Loggers first took on the Warriors this season they failed to score for the first 11 minutes of the game. Thursday night, the Loggers found no trouble offensively in front of their home …
8 October 2012 Brisk bidding at a rate of R1-million per hour set the tone for a record-breaking 28th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction in the Stellenbosch winelands over the weekend, with a complete sellout of all the wines on offer producing the auction’s highest turnover ever of R5 739 000 (excluding VAT). The auction is recognised as South Africa’s most prestigious wine auction that is open to the trade and general public. A full house of 52 wines, made exclusively for the auction to represent the pinnacle of what can be achieved in South African winemaking, went under the hammer. According to the Cape Winemakers Guild, this year’s sales were 8.6% up on the 2011 turnover of R5 286 700, despite 431 fewer cases of wine. The auction also attracted a record number of 54 new local buyers and private collectors, four of whom were among the top 10 buyers this year. ‘Increased variety, superb quality’ “With the increased variety and superb quality of our auction selection reflecting the great diversity of the South African wine industry, there was more scope for different types of buyers this year,” guild chairman Louis Strydom said in a statement on Monday. “We got the balance right between red and white wines on offer once again, which ensured keen interest from the floor right until the end. Unusual varietals such as Nebbiolo and Cinsault as well as stylistic differences within varietal categories such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon created a lot of interest.” The lineup of 52 wines included 38 red wines, 10 white wines, 2 Methode Cap Classiques, one dessert wine and a port. According to the guild, the auction attracted 148 buyers, including 14 foreign buyers and, for the first time, 14 online bidders. The bulk of the wines, 87%, was bought by local buyers. Belgium the biggest foreign buyer Among the foreign buyers, the biggest sales went to Belgium with R266 800, followed by Namibia on R131 400, Denmark on R105 600 and the United Kingdom with R101 600. “Alan Pick of The Butcher Shop and Grill in Sandton triumphed for the 11th consecutive year as the biggest spender at R1 017 400,” the guild said. In total, 2 517 cases were sold at an average price of R2 281 per case equivalent of 6x750ml bottles. Three Kanonkop wines were among the eight top sellers at an average price per case of over R3 000.Top sellers The top eight sellers were: Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2007 (R3 760), Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (R3 548), Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2009 (R3 485), Hartenberg Estate Auction Shiraz 2009 (R3 324), Kanonkop CWG Pinotage 2010 (R3 294), Beyerskloof Traildust Pinotage 2010 (R3 214), Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir 2009 (R3 120), and Ernie Els CWG 2010 (R3 063). Among the white wines, the top sellers were the Jordan Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2011 with an average price per case of R2 353, the Chamonix Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2011, Gottfried Mocke’s maiden auction wine, at R2 044, and the Cape Point Vineyards Auction Reserve White 2011 at R2 014. The best performing Methode Cap Classique, Graham Beck Non Plus Ultra Cap Classique 2008 sold at an average price per case of R1 630. The only dessert wine on auction this year, the Teddy Hall Eva (Krotoa) Muscat de Frontignan Noble Late Harvest 2009 averaged at R1 113 per case of 6 x 375ml, whilst the only fortified wine, the Carel Nel Cape Vintage Auction Reserve 2010, achieved an average price per case of R1 353. “Over and above the main auction, a record amount of R182 100 was raised on the day in aid of the Cape Winemaker’s Guild Protege Programme, a mentorship initiative for young, upcoming winemakers,” the guild said. “Every year a very special charity item is auctioned off to raise funds,” the guild added. “This year’s item, a one-of-a-kind 18-litre 2010 Members’ Reserve comprising a blend of top wines from all 45 members of the guild, was purchased by Annelie van der Merwe of Restaurant Mosaic for a record price of R50 000.” SAinfo reporter
15 August 2013 South African-based Team Bonitas appointed Luthando Kaka as their new team captain on Wednesday, making him the first black South African to lead a professional cycling team. Kaka began his bike-racing career as a member of the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy, the township-based cycling club in Khayelitsha, near Cape Town. He progressed rapidly and was named as captain of South Africa’s first full-time development cycling team, the Liberty Life Cycling Team. InfluentialIn 2011, he was listed by Destiny Man Magazine as one of its Power of 40, individuals under the age of 40, who are making waves in various industries, including fashion, science, education, film, sport and entertainment. Last year, he was selected by the South African Department of Sport and Recreation as one of the top 100 most influential sports people in the country. “Lu”, as he is known to his friends and teammates, was born in the Western Cape and spent three years from the ages of five to eight in the Eastern Cape near the town of Alice, where he helped his grandparents as a cattle herder before moving back to the Western Cape to attend school. “They aren’t afraid to break with traditional practices and have been hugely supportive of developing young riders in particular and black riders in general. For the 27-year-old, the appointment was unexpected, but for the team management, there wasn’t really any doubt about putting their faith in a man who is one of the biggest success stories in South African sports development. “In Luthando we have a role model, both on the bike and off it. He is an athlete that transcends his sport due to the tough path he’s taken to live his dream of being a pro cyclist. He’s an achiever and an inspiration not only to black cyclists, but all young cyclists. “When I joined the team almost four years ago, I was the second-youngest rider. Now I’m one of the oldest and most experienced. At 27 years of age, that shows just how committed Team Bonitas is to young talent. I look forward to transferring my knowledge to my young teammates and am committed to leading this team to even greater success.” “He’s proof that commitment and hard work are still strong values, especially in a team sport like road cycling.” “Us black folk need to do some family work growing up. It’s part of our culture,” grinned Kaka. “Professional road cycling, though, hasn’t ever been part of our culture. But that’s starting to change, faster than I expected. “I was a surprised to be given this honour at this relatively early stage of my career, but not surprised that Barry Austin, our team manager and Malcolm Lange, our team owner, had this progressive plan in place,” Kaka said in a statement. “I feel so privileged to be a part of that change.” ‘Creating opportunities’Lange, a former multiple national champion in track and road cycling and Barcelona Olympian, added: “At Lange Sports, we’ve always made cycling development a high priority. There is so much young cycling talent in this country and the real challenge is creating opportunities and a support system for young riders to shine. Kaka has been a member of Team Bonitas since 2010 and is regarded as a very reliable super-domestique, essentially the glue that holds the team together. ‘Guiding principle’Kaka praised Team Bonitas, saying: “In South African cycling, up until quite recently actually, black riders were signed to teams more as a window-dressing strategy, but with Team Bonitas, there’s a sustainability strategy that’s got long term investment in black riders as it’s guiding principle.” ‘Progressive plan’ Kaka, who is also a qualified journalist and a member of the board of Life Cycling Academy, now lives in Johannesburg and hasn’t let his success affect his awareness of the challenges still being faced by black cyclists from poor communities. He returns at least four times a year to Khayelitsha where he gives motivational talks and training advice to the hopeful young riders at the Academy and goes on training rides with them. Raced abroadHe then became the first black South African to race professionally abroad when he was signed to Danish professional team, Glued & Marstrand Horsens, in 2008 and 2009, after which he was signed to Team Bonitas. “They need mentorship. They need hope. When I was at that stage of my cycling [career], I would have loved to have a pro rider that understood my challenges coming regularly to our club to keep me motivated and remind me that making a career out of cycling is not easy, but it’s worth it,” smiled Kaka. Malcolm Lange, of Lange Sports, the company that owns and manages Team Bonitas, commented in a statement on Wednesday: “I had very few opportunities when I raced as a professional road cyclist. I know how tough it can be for talented riders to make a career out of bike racing. For talented black riders in South Africa, it’s even tougher. That’s why with Team Bonitas, we place high priority on creating opportunities for riders that show potential and commitment. Luthando is one of those riders.” SAinfo reporter
On 27 October South Africa commemorates what would have been the 100th birthday of Oliver Tambo, one of the country’s most important revolutionary leaders. Here is an overview of Tambo’s history and significance in the country’s transition from apartheid to democracy.South African political icon Oliver Tambo embodied the values of unity, sacrifice, humility, honesty, discipline and mutual respect. In 2017, the country commemorates the centenary of Tambo’s birth. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonSources: South African History Online, The Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.