Zach Newlin finished fourth, with Ryan Lynn taking fifth. PORT ROYAL, Pa. (April 27) – In a performance worthy of his nickname, “Nitro” Nick Sweigart blasted the Pennsylvania Sprint Series field to earn his first victory since 2017 in the 20-lap feature Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. Flying past competitors on the outside from his 10th starting position, Sweigart took the lead from Jaremi Hanson on lap seven and never looked back, scoring the win by a 1.448-second margin over Jonathan Jones, who passed Hanson in the fourth turn of the final lap. A stellar field of 39 cars was in the pits and with the large field, Port Royal lead promoter Steve O’Neal added two starting positions to enable 26 cars to race in the feature. The series returns to action this Saturday, May 4 at Path Valley Speedway and to Port Royal on Saturday, May 11. Sweigart raced to seven top five finishes last year, including two runner-ups, but he hadn’t visited victory lane since August of 2017 at BAPS Motor Speedway. He had added two more top fives this season and had finished in the top 10 in all five previous PASS IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car events. PASS representatives raised nearly $300 from team members who purchased decals for former series regular Dylan Shatzer, injured in a recent highway accident. Nick Sweigart won his first Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature since 2017 with a convincing run to the checkers Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker) Feature results – 1. Nick Sweigart; 2. Jonathan Jones; 3. Jaremi Hanson; 4. Zach Newlin; 5. Ryan Lynn; 6. Ken Duke; 7. Drew Ritchey; 8. Colton Hoover; 9. Kassidy Kreitz; 10. Johnny Scarborough; 11. Devin Adams; 12. Cale Reigle; 13. Nathan Gramley; 14. Reed Thompson; 15. Scott Ellerman; 16. Robert Garvey; 17. Josh Dressley; 18. Doug Dodson; 19. Dylan Proctor; 20. Jay Krout; 21. Dave Wickham; 22. Fred Arnold; 23. Jake Waters; 24. Brett Jaycox; 25. Wally Eshenaur; 26. Kyle Ganoe.
“Short step, quick hands: That’s the thing he always preached,” Muncy said Friday. “Stay through the middle of the field, that was the other biggest thing he preached, and those have always stuck with me to this day.”The tweaks, he said, were “15 or 20 mechanical changes that ended up being one big change,” enabling him to get in better position to get to the pitch he wanted to attack. It took him about halfway through last season in the PCL to get comfortable to the point where that new approach became second nature.The other adjustment was mental.“I kind of lost confidence in myself as a player in 2015-16,” he said. “I didn’t think I was as good as I should have been. You start (experiencing) failure and you don’t know if you’re as good as you thought you were. … Last year was kind of a chance for me to just regroup and recover, to focus on myself and not worry about getting called up or anything. I just focused on baseball, remembering how much I love the game and how much I like playing it.”Having it possibly taken away can be a reality check. When the A’s released him, and before the Dodgers called, he was ready to go back to Baylor and work toward a business degree.Even when he was called up this April, swapping places with infielder Breyvic Valera, it seemed a minor transaction, given his .195 career average in 96 big league games.When did it become apparent this was sustainable?Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season That’s his Sunday bag, so to speak. “In my locker at home I’ve got 12 or 13, probably,” he said. “Got ’em for four positions, and then the backups. And there’s certain gloves you like more than others.”But why are we talking about his gloves? If he is to be a first-time All-Star – which would have to be either as a reserve, by a vote of the players, or in next week’s fan vote for the final spot on the roster – it will be because of his bat, and the damage he has done with it.He entered Friday 38 plate appearances short of the 3.1-per-game required to qualify for the official stats. But the numbers are eye-popping: A 1.060 OPS, thanks to a .419 on-base percentage and .640 slugging percentage; 20 home runs, 38 RBIs, eight doubles and 39 runs scored in his 64 games. His home run rate of one per 9.45 at-bats is the best in baseball for players with a minimum 200 at-bats, according to Stats LLC, while his walk rate (one per 5.24 plate appearances) is second only to Mike Trout.Remember, this is a player who was invited to spring training this year as a non-roster player. He was without a job in baseball last April, released by Oakland just before opening day. The Dodgers signed him to a Triple-A contract April 25, with General Manager Farhan Zaidi – an A’s employee when Muncy was drafted – having seen enough to figure he warranted a look.Muncy, 27, showed signs of this breakout last year at Oklahoma City, with 12 homers, 44 RBIs, a .306 average and .905 OPS in 109 games in the Pacific Coast League. He’d retooled his swing under the guidance of his father, Lee, a geologist who now might be tempted to offer his services as a hitting instructor, too. “The 50 at-bat mark,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Just the way he handled some early struggles and didn’t panic and kept getting opportunities. Some were starts, some off the bench, but the at-bat quality remained consistent.“ … I think that early on he was swinging at balls down below the zone. Then there was some hard contact for outs. Then (a few) weeks in, some hits started falling for him and he started to gain some confidence. For me, it turned when I saw him against left-handed pitching. A couple of times when I didn’t hit for him, he stuck his nose in there and had some really good at-bats and (earned) some more opportunities. At that point in time, I felt he was going to be a guy that could really help us.”And when did Roberts get the idea he could be All-Star quality?“The last couple of weeks he has really shown that he’s worthy of an All-Star selection,” the manager said.Since Roberts is the National League manager and will have some say in replacements for players who withdraw with injuries, Muncy probably shouldn’t be making any unbreakable plans for July [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire ANAHEIM — Max Muncy, All-Star.Who would have imagined that even a month ago?There’s no certainty, of course, that the Dodgers’ latest out-of-nowhere sensation will be in Washington D.C. a week from Tuesday for the Midsummer Classic. The rosters will be announced Sunday at 4 p.m. in a made-for-ESPN special. Muncy, called up by the Dodgers on April 17, was not listed in the top five at any position in the fan balloting, partly because he wasn’t on the ballot and partly because fans who might be inclined to vote for him probably would have trouble figuring out his position.He started at first base Friday night against the Angels. He has played second, third and the outfield, and he had five different fielder’s gloves in his locker in the Big A visitor’s clubhouse. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start
Davis vs. Gamboa latest news — It took two trips to the scale for Gervonta Davis to make weight and keep the vacant WBA lightweight title at stake.— Gervonta Davis himself, his trainer Calvin Ford, Stephen Espinoza, Leonard Ellerbe and rapper Casanova 2X all tackle Tank’s “it” factor and spell out the elements of the 25-year-old boxer’s magnetic appeal .— Everything you need to know about how to watch Davis vs. Gamboa . Gervonta Davis went to the 12th round for the first time in his career Saturday, but he avoided going the distance with yet another knockout.”Tank” delivered a 12th-round TKO of Yuriorkis Gamboa to become the WBA world lightweight champion at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Davis dropped Gamboa three times, with the last knockdown coming on a dazzling left uppercut in the final frame. As Gamboa hit the canvas with a thud, referee Jack Reiss didn’t even bother registering a count and waved off the fight to grant Davis the win. Malik Hawkins vs. Darwin PriceJr. welterweight Malik Warren vs. Trayvion ButtsJr. lightweight DeMichael Harris vs. Amonie SandersJr. lightweight Ahmed Elbiali vs. Brian VeraLight heavyweight 12th round stoppage for @Gervontaa 🔥 #DavisGamboa pic.twitter.com/ZKG3tyjMOX— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 29, 2019Despite adding a world lightweight title to his two career super featherweight championships, Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) was critical of his performance. He thought he should have put out a hobbling 38-year-old Gamboa way earlier, but insisted that needing two attempts to make weight Friday didn’t affect him.”I believe my performance tonight was a C-plus,” Davis told Jim Gray on the Showtime telecast. “[The weight] wasn’t really a problem. It was just short timing and things like that. I blame myself and I don’t blame anyone around me. I blame myself and am continuing to learn.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIf anything, Davis got a valuable learning experience.”I was focused on catching him with clean shots,” Davis said. “I’m hurting him, but he’s not going anywhere. I knew I was in a fight and was going some rounds tonight. I’m only 25 years old, so I’m learning each and everyday.”Davis first dropped Gamboa with a left hook to the body in the second round. The Cuban fighter rose from the canvas following that knockdown favoring his right leg. After the fight, Gamboa told Gray, “I think I ruptured my Achilles tendon.”Still, Davis, despite being 13 years younger and way more explosive, couldn’t put away Gamboa as the veteran hung tough on pure heart and guts.Davis showed great presence of mind during the eighth round when he stepped back, created space and uncorked a left to drop Gamboa for the second time in the bout.Four rounds later, Davis finally closed out the show.”I’m the top dog and, as you know, there’s no safety on this Glock, so bring ’em on,” he said in a warning to the rest of the lightweight division.Here’s how the Gervonta Davis vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa card went:Gervonta Davis avoids going the distance with 12th-round TKO of Yuriorkis Gamboa to claim WBA lightweight titleRound 12: Davis catches Gamboa with a combination. A short right hook from Davis rocks Gamboa. “Tank” is pouring it on, and now a left uppercut drops Gamboa with a thud. The ref doesn’t bother registering the count, waving it off. Davis wins to become the new WBA lightweight champion of the world. It wasn’t easy, but “Tank” gets it done.Round 11: Davis does look tired. This has been a strange fight. A sluggish round until the final 10 seconds, when Davis came to life by catching Gamboa with a left and pouring it on with a barrage of punches. (10-9, Davis; 108-99, Davis)12:30 a.m.: The replay shows that Davis was looking away from Gamboa — seemingly distracted — when Gamboa landed that three-punch combo. What was Davis looking at?Round 10: This marks the first 10th round of Davis’ pro career. Whoa! Gamboa launches a three-punch combination that rocks Davis out of nowhere. Davis wasn’t expecting that at all. Davis does shoot back with a left. Davis lands a left hook as the round closes. (10-9, Gamboa;, 98-90 Davis)Round 9: A left lands for Davis. The ref warns Gamboa for two straight rabbit punches. A left and another left. Gamboa standing on pure heart and guts now as “Tank” increases the pressure. A left uppercut crunches Gamboa, and another. He’s dazed. The Cuban fighter is holding on for dear life. (10-9, Davis; 89-80 Davis)Round 8: For some reason, Davis has gotten conservative with his punching output. Unsure as to why he’s giving Gamboa this much respect. Huge shots landing for Davis. And he rocks Gamboa with a left hook that crumbles the Cuban fighter. A left hook started the onslaught, and then another left hook. Davis, with great presence of mind, stepped back, created some space and uncorked that left to drop Gamboa. Dazzling stuff. (10-8, Davis, 79-71, Davis)Round 7: Gamboa actually managed to win the round by piecing together a couple of separate combinations and moving “Tank” around well. The 38-year-old veteran is definitely showing heart. (10-9, Gamboa; 69-63, Davis)Round 6: “Tank” is sitting in the pocket ultracomfortable and simply picking his shots — whether it’s that left jab to the body to brush back Gamboa or something stronger upstairs. (10-9, Davis; 60-53 Davis)Round 5: Gamboa’s corner working on his right shoe, addressing whatever issue is persisting. Jim Gray announces it as a “wardrobe malfunction.” Back in the ring, Davis launches left, including a left uppercut that rocks Gamboa on the chin as he bounces off the ropes. He’s hurt and feeling every bit of Davis’ explosiveness. “Tank” is unloading on Gamboa now with nothing but power shots. It could end here. Another left and another left. Then an uppercut. Gamboa ate a lot of punches in that round. (10-9, Davis; 50-44, Davis). @Gervontaa loading up 👀👀 #DavisGamboa pic.twitter.com/6btJyACgJm— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 29, 2019Round 4: Left uppercut lands flush in Gamboa’s chest. The two then trade a quick flurry. “Tank” with another left uppercut and then a straight left moments later. (10-9, Davis; 40-35, Davis)Midnight: It appears something is wrong with Gamboa’s right shoe.Round 3: Something is wrong with Gamboa as the third round begins. He’s still favoring his right leg or foot. That said, Gamboa counters and catches Davis’ attention. “Tank” with two left hooks and two left jabs. He’s in full control. (10-9, Davis; 30-26, Davis)11:56 p.m.: Gamboa is saying “I can’t go, I can’t go” in his corner via a translator. He’s favoring his right leg.Round 2: Right hook to the body from Davis. “Tank” plants a left hook to the body and Gamboa gets dropped just like that. He’s back up, but he just felt Davis’ power. A left hook crashes across Gamboa’s head. He’s dazed and in survival mode. He’s trying to hold on. Davis nails Gamboa with a stiff left jab. (10-8, Davis; 20-17, Davis). @Gervontaa sends @gamboa to the canvas in round 2 #DavisGamboa pic.twitter.com/udD3qyJgaQ— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 29, 2019Round 1: Davis plants a left to Gamboa’s body early. A right to the body follows seconds later. A straight left from Davis lands flush on Gamboa’s chin, and another for good measure. Then he goes back to the body. “Tank” definitely makes Gamboa aware of his power in the opening frame. (10-9, Davis)11:45 p.m.: Jimmy Lennon Jr. is now making official ring introductions.11:40 p.m.: Here comes Gervonta Davis led out by ATL’s own Lil Baby performing “Woah.” Casanova 2X in the cut as well. “Tank” looking ultra-relaxed and loose as he grooves his way to the ring. That’s likely to change once the bell rings. Davis needed two attempts on the scale to make weight Friday. Let’s see if that affects him tonight.. @lilbaby4PF x @Gervontaa #DavisGamboa pic.twitter.com/BDHDSqdDzt— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 29, 201911:37 p.m.: Yuriorkis Gamboa making his way to the ring at 38 years old, looking to pull off the mammoth upset.11:30 p.m.: The main event is next as Gervonta Davis looks to become a world lightweight champion.Co-main event: Jean Pascal keeps WBA light heavyweight title with controversial split-decision win over Badou Jack11:17 p.m.: “Of course, I feel like I won the fight,” a dejected Jack tells Jim Gray. He adds: “I would love a rematch.”Rematch? @BadouJack thinks he won the fight. #PascalJack pic.twitter.com/Wc2Vf8A2gx— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 29, 201911:13 p.m.: Scores are in and it’s ruled a split decision — 114-112 in favor of Jack, 114-112 in favor of Pascal and 114-112 to Pascal, who retains his title to audible boos from the crowd at State Farm Arena and likely from fight fans watching at home as well. Sporting News had it 114-112 in favor Jack, who looked like the clear winner after that 12th round. A very tough decision for Jack to swallow.Round 12: Pascal with a lightning-quick combo to start the final round. Right hand from Jack rocks Pascal. He’s hurt! Jack adds another right and another and another. Pascal is badly hurt. Jack giving chase and drops Pascal with another huge right! Pascal up on his feet to beat the count, but Jack with a flurry, ripping the champ and stumbling Pascal some more. Right cross from Jack now grazes Pascal. A counter left from Pascal lands late as the champ makes a final stand on pride. Jack takes the round and should take the fight and title as well. Hell of a fight. Let’s see how judges score it. (10-8, Jack; 114-112, Jack)Round 11: The two fighters clash heads, with Jack quickly turning his face to avoid getting hit flush on that forehead that still bears the scar from his last fight. Jack countering and digging into the body with a left uppercut. Nice left slips through Pascal’s guard and crashes across the champ’s jaw. (10-9, Jack; 104-104)11 p.m.: Ultra-close as we enter the 11th round. Round 10: Both fighters slugging it out this round, with some solid give and take. Jack is making Pascal fight his fight, slowing the tempo and picking and choosing his shots behind the jab. (10-9, Jack; 95-94, Pascal)Round 9: Two left hooks wobble Pascal to open the round. As this bout goes on, it feels like Jack is getting stronger and the champ is slowly fading, but just as that’s said, Pascal lands a razor-sharp uppercut inside. Still, another round for the challenger. (10-9, Jack; 86-84, Pascal)Round 8: A left-right combo from Jack brushes the champ back against the ropes. Moments later, Jack blasts Pascal with a right hook, but the champ fires back and we have a brief firefight breaking out. Jack back to pumping the left jab and following up the volume with crunching right hooks to the body. A great round for “The Ripper.” (10-9, Jack; 77-74, Pascal)Round 7: Jack looked to be taking the round, but Pascal with a late surge, including tripling up on left hooks and lunging in hot pursuit of the challenger. (10-9, Pascal; 68-64, Pascal)Round 6: Jack did a hell of a job using the jab to set up punishing body shots, including a vicious right. (10-9, Jack; 58-55, Pascal)Round 5: Business picks up during the waning seconds of the round. Pascal unloads a flurry of punches to take the frame. (10-9, Pascal; 49-45, Pascal)Round 4: Jack lands a big right hook and now a barrage of punches with Pascal up against the ropes. Pascal survives the onslaught, but Jack keeps up the pressure with a nice combination seconds later. Now, it’s Pascal with a left hook that lands. Jack measuring Pascal up and teeing off on two straight right hands that split the champ’s guard. Pascal winds up and rocks Jack with a huge right hook! Jack is stunned as he stumbles around the ring and tastes the canvas! Pascal rushes at Jack before the challenger survives the round. Wow! (10-8, Pascal; 39-36, Pascal). @jeanpascalchamp staggers @BadouJack and sends him to the canvas in the fourth! #PascalJack pic.twitter.com/4iutL8PiBe— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 29, 2019Round 3: Pascal landing shots with some pop as he loads up on his power punches, but Jack might have dazed Pascal with a heavy, thudding right that lands flush during the waning seconds of the round. (10-9, Pascal; 29-28, Pascal)10:30 p.m.: Interesting, entertaining fight thus far.10:28 p.m.: Shaquille O’Neal interviewed by Showtime between rounds. He says he would have been a mix of Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Deontay Wilder had he boxed. Hilarious!Round 2: Pascal clips Jack with a right-left combo, but Jack didn’t absorb the brunt of those shots thanks to putting his gloves up just in time. Pascal lunges with a left hook that misses, he spins around and nearly knocks himself through the ring ropes. Pascal won the round, but he needs to settle down a bit. (10-9, Pascal; 19-19)Round 1: Pascal the more active fighter early on; he’s pushing the pace and peppering Jack. He even triple-jabs Jack at one point. But Jack pinpointing his shots toward the middle to the end of the opening frame is just enough to take the round. (10-9, Jack)10:10 p.m.: The co-main event, pitting Jean Pascal vs. Badou Jack, is up next. Pascal’s WBA light heavyweight title is on the line. This is Jack’s first fight since suffering that gruesome cut due to an accidental head-butt in a unanimous-decision loss to Marcus Browne last January.Lionell Thompson edges Jose Uzcategui by unanimous decision; super middleweights10 p.m.: There it is. Thompson is declared the winner (96-92, 96-92, 95-94). An appropriate decision considering Thompson was on the wrong side of three split decisions in the past. The 34-year-old should now be in the conversation for bigger fights at super middleweight. Salute to him for moving down in weight at 34 and being successful in his 168-pound debut. . @LonnieBthegreat upsets Jose Uzcategui with a big win tonight on #PBConShowtime , improving his record to 22-5. #UzcateguiThompson pic.twitter.com/wKtBX69a0b— PBC (@premierboxing) December 29, 20199:57 p.m.: There’s the final bell as the 10th round comes to an end. Thompson should win on the scorecards. Let’s see how the judges have it.9:50 p.m.: Thompson is definitely the sharper boxer and SN has him up on the scorecards through eight rounds, but if he’s going to close this out, he’ll need to be cautious of Uzcategui’s power.9:37 p.m.: Ref deducts a point from Thompson in the fourth round for excessive holding, but the Mayweather Promotions fighter responds with a strong fifth round.9:30 p.m.: Thompson’s left jab is landing at will and really bothering Uzcategui through three rounds, but late in the third, Uzcategui drew blood with a jab of his own. Uzcategui also did a good job of sitting on his punches that round.9:20 p.m.: Thompson just shocked Uzcategui with a right hand that put the Venezuelan fighter down on the canvas with a second left in the first round. Uzcategui shook it off, but he has been put on notice of Thompson’s power.Thompson sets the tone and dropped @JoseBolivitaU in Round 1 #UzcateguiThompson pic.twitter.com/K2zqKOMOEn— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 29, 20199:15 p.m.: Both fighters are in the ring and being introduced. Let’s see how Uzcategui greets Thompson, who’s making his debut at 168 pounds.9 p.m.: This main card is live on Showtime, with Jose Uzcategui vs. Lionell Thompson starting it with a super middleweight bout.8:50 p.m.: Gervonta Davis pulled up to the State Farm Arena in Atlanta like this. Tonight’s main card will begin in roughly 10 minutes. Angelo Leo vs. Cesar JuarezJr. featherweight Jackson Marinez vs Yardley Aementa CruzLightweight Elvin Gambarov vs. Phillip LarsJr. middleweight Kareem Martin vs. Petros AnanyanJr. welterweight . @Gervontaa pulled up for fight night 🔥🔥 #DavisGamboa pic.twitter.com/tiy5WVPcga— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 29, 2019Davis vs. Gamboa fight cardMatchupClassBeltGervonta Davis vs. Yuriorkis GamboaLightweightWBAJean Pascal vs. Badou JackLight heavyweightWBAJose Uzcategui vs. Lionell ThompsonSuper middleweight Ladarius Miller vs. Miguel ZamudioLightweight Mia Ellis vs. Uneaka BestJr. welterweight
By Energeticcity.ca Staff Volunteers are still needed for the 2010 Allan Cup. Ushers are still needed for much of the tournament. If you can help call Gail at (250) 785 – 5163.The 102nd edition of Canada’s oldest amateur hockey championship will be held in Fort St. John April 19th-24th, 2010. Senior AAA hockey teams from all over Canada will compete with the host Fort St. John Senior Flyers in hopes of becoming Canada’s senior hockey champions. You have until Friday April 16th at 12pm (PST) to purchase tickets online or by phone to every Allan Cup game for as little as $10 a game.- Advertisement – Eleven game reserved and general admission ticket packages will only be on sale online or by phone until Friday April 16th at 12pm (PST). The 11 game packages will still be available up until 2pm on Monday April 19th, but only at the North Peace Arena.Individual game tickets will go on sale starting Sunday April 18th at the North Peace Arena. Until Friday, you can call the North Peace Cultural Centre at (250)785-1992 or purchase them online at www.2010allancup.caEleven game reserved ticket packages are only $165 or 11 game general admission packages are $110. When individual tickets go on sale, prices will increase. General admission tickets for games 1-6 will be $20 per ticket and reserved seats will be $25. For all playoff games, general admission tickets will be $25 and reserved seats will be $30.All individual game tickets will be on sale starting Sunday April 18th from 12pm to 6pm at the North Peace Arena. During the tournament, you will also be able to pick up tickets during the day at the North Peace Arena.Advertisement
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Buster Posey didn’t want to cut his 2018 season short, but he knew having surgery on his hip at the end of August would at least give him a chance to catch Madison Bumgarner on Opening Day in 2019.Bumgarner admitted he wasn’t initially sure Posey left himself enough time to recover.“Not that I didn’t expect him to get back as soon as he could, but that’s a pretty major deal he went through,” Bumgarner said. “Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to have him back even when the …
Andre Iguodala may have stolen the game and the show in Golden State Warriors’ Game 2 win against Portland Trail Blazers. But beat writers Dieter Kurtenbach and Mark Medina instead dissect the Warriors’ defensive performance in Game 2 against the Blazers to crush a notion of Draymond Green as the most overrated player in the NBA.Defensive tactics don’t evolve as fast as offensive tactics, but ever since the Warriors started switching everything with Green-at-center lineups in Kerr’s first …
PORTLAND, Ore –The Warriors might feel good about their chances to close out the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. They are less certain about whether veteran Andre Iguodala will help that cause.On Sunday, the Warriors listed Iguodala as questionable for Game 4 despite a clean MRI on the left calf limited him to 18 minutes in Game 3 Saturday.While the Warriors have a film session and … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.
Ingqayizivele’s pupils now have access to top science equipment. Siemens’ Emily Molefe urged the school to use the tools. The partnership is key in Ingqayizivele’s improvement, said principal Cass Sehloho. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sithembile Mokaeane Head: Corporate Affairs Siemens Southern Africa +27 11 652-2146 RELATED ARTICLES • Mvezo school a legacy of Mandela • Poor schools score textbooks • South Africa prioritises quality education • School to empower Malawian girlsBongani NkosiTheoretical chemistry tutorials are now a thing of the past at Ingqayizivele high school in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg, thanks to a donation of lab equipment that will enable pupils to grasp concepts through much-needed practical work.The R200 000 (US$29 000) worth of apparatus donated by Siemens will enhance learning for Ingqayizivele’s grade eight to 12 science pupils. The lab was officially opened on Mandela Day on 18 July 2011, as part of the celebrations for the former president’s birthday.Until recently Ingqayizivele, like many public schools in the country, relied solely on theory-based tutorials for chemistry and physics – subjects that are better taught through demonstrations and experiments.Youngsters from rural and township schools often only get exposed to practical science at tertiary level.“Science is based on practical work, so the equipment will make it easier for us as teachers,” said the school’s Paul Mokgabudi.“When I talk of potassium, the learners must know exactly what I’m talking about,” he added.The lab’s tools were manufactured by East Rand-based Africa Scientific Instrumentation. The company’s Reiney Mahadaven pointed out that they are not “micro-science toys”, but large demonstration apparatus tailor-made for advanced chemistry and physical science education.“Our main aim is to mould the learners to go into science and technology fields,” Mahadaven said.“Now that you have apparatus you’ll be able to do experiments. Your creativity is going to be enhanced,” principal Cass Sehloho told the science pupils.As part of its Generation 21 Programme, Siemens South Africa is aiming to improve learning and teaching of mathematics and science – “subjects which are critical to our country”, said the company’s corporate social responsibility manager Emily Molefe.The donation ties in with the government’s call for the private sector to partner with state schools to improve their quality of education.A beneficial relationship Since 2008 Siemens has invested more than R2-million ($287 000) in Ingqayizivele to help develop the school.An information technology room with 20 computers was their first project, and they also replaced old computers in the principal and administrators’ offices.The CCTV surveillance system installed by the company has improved the school’s security, said Sehloho.Pupils began performing far better after the private-public partnership kicked off. Sehloho attributes their latest achievements to Siemens’ investment.The school’s matric pass rate hit a historical high of 94.8% in 2010, a vast change from 2009’s 68.8%. It was the most improved school in the Gauteng Education Secondary School Improvement Programme, which is designed to boost poor-performing public schools. As many as 64 schools were targeted in 2010.Maths and science results in particular have improved drastically at Ingqayizivele. While 54% of the matriculants passed maths in 2009, the average shot up to 83% in 2010. The pass average for science grew from 51% to 83.3% in the same period.A 100% matric pass rate is now within sight, Sehloho said. “We are not sitting on our laurels.”Ingqayizivele has been recognised with a number of awards for its performance over the last two years. In addition to being the most improved school in the Secondary School Improvement Programme, it was rated as one of Ekurhuleni’s top township schools in 2010.Such achievements have given both pupils and the community trust in the school.“Students are now studying in an environment that gives them hope,” Sehloho said. “When you get support, your thoughts break all the bonds, you start to think differently.”Sehloho himself has been recognised for the school’s turnaround. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the provincial and national government in 2010.“It (the Siemens involvement) also gave me hope and I was able to achieve certain things on a personal level,” he said. “Our educators themselves have been scooping awards.”Sehloho believes the launch of the Bill of Responsibilities by the Department of Basic Education and Lead SA took place at Ingqayizivele in March 2011 in “recognition of the work that happens at this school”.
The Tipfuxeni Project was launched in Parktown in Johannesburg on Tuesday 24 September.The project, funded by the National Lottery Trust and a collaboration between government, the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) and South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) aims to provide South African non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with a “user-friendly “one-stop’ internet entry point to information on South African development funding issues’.The project allows funders to communicate with NGOs in South Africa and connects South African NGOs with each other to share “up-to-date information and capacity- building resources to enhance their fundraising efforts’.The project is in line with the government’s National Development Plan and has been developed with the National Broadband Advisory Council, established to ensure that government, the private sector, academia and civil society work together to reach the SA Connect broadband policy targets.The SA Connect policy aims to give every South African access to a broadband connection at a cost of 2.5% or less of the average monthly income.Speaking at the launch deputy minister for national planning, performance monitoring and evaluation, Buti Manamela, said the National Broadband Policy [South Africa Connect] seeks to move the country away from over-reliance on mobile broadband and to achieve 100% broadband penetration by 2020.“Minister Siyabonga Cwele [minister of telecommunications and postal services] has indicated that in the current financial year, R20-million has been allocated for the finalisation of the first phase of the Broadband Plan. In the medium term, government is looking to connect 580 clinics, 4 444 schools, 182 police stations, and 572 other government offices.’The Tipfuxeni ProjectThe first phase of the project is a web platform that allows NGOS to “share content, access funding opportunities, undertake online fundraising, profile their own work and share best practice models’.According to Manamela, “The Tipfuxeni Project recognises that information and communication technologies have a critical role to play in ensuring that NPOs embrace the vision outlined in the NDP’s Vision 2030.“The project is founded on the belief that access to ICT plays a crucial role in creating conditions for meaningful participation of people in society.’He said that the Xitsonga word Tipfuxeni, which means “do it for yourself’, is a critical underpinning of the national call to action: “Together We Move South Africa Forward’, and added that Tipfuxeni is being rolled out while government is focused on harnessing ICT more effectively to create an internationally competitive knowledge economy, improve productivity and expand access to new markets and social development. Manamela concluded saying that the Tipfuxeni Project would ultimately empower communities by strengthening NGOs.
chris cameron So you’ve got a fabulous idea for a startup? That’s great, but before you get wide-eyed and start thinking about wireframes, venture capital and moving to San Francisco, get your feet wet first by beginning to build your community.Having a strong and loyal community behind you is an important step in the startup process. After all, it will be much easier to convince a potential investor of the viability of your product if there is a thriving community eager to get their hands on it.Kevin Hale, co-founder of Wufoo, an online form builder, knows this better than anyone.Before they even knew what business they wanted to enter, Hale and his fellow co-founders, Chris Campbell and Ryan Campbell, began building a community by starting a Web development blog. The inspiration came from hearing Jason Fried speak at SXSW, Hale said yesterday in a video interview with Mixergy‘s Andrew Warner.“We were like, ‘Let’s do what they do. We’ll start building an audience, and from that audience something will be born.’ So we started a blog called Particletree,” Hale says. Quickly, the blog garnered a captive audience of over 20,000 RSS subscribers and over 100,000 monthly visitors – all eagerly anticipating the eventual launch of Wufoo in the summer of 2006. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The audience built from the Particletree blog aided the trio in attaining their first round of funding from startup incubator Y Combinator by showing the investors that a thriving community already existed for their product. The audience also helped reduce blowback when Wufoo’s servers crashed the day of its launch by reassuring new users that this was not a common problem.“Thankfully, our users who had known us immediately said, ‘We know these guy from Particletree. They know what they’re doing. They’re going to overcome this.’ And it immediately turned the tide for us,” Hale says. “That’s not something we did. That was our own audience.”More than two years later, Wufoo has evolved into a prosperous business based on the freemium model. As the community continues to grow, the company realizes that keeping the users happy is a continuing step in community development. It has a seven-person support team on call from 9 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.Disclosure: Kevin Hale redesigned ReadWriteWeb’s homepage in the summer of 2006.