49ers record may match Raiders but this regime staying intact

first_imgSANTA CLARA — On one side of the bay, the Raiders followed Sunday’s rare win by firing their general manager. At 49ers headquarters, their second-year regime looks entrenched, even though coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch preside over a 3-10 record that mirrors the Raiders’.Jed York, the 49ers CEO, gave Shanahan and Lynch a not-so-subtle endorsement amid an emotional and powerful speech in the locker room after Sunday’s 20-14 win, a speech that honored York’s younger brother, …last_img read more

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Kevin Anderson cracks tennis top 20

first_imgAnderson reached the round of 16 at the French Open and followed that up with a round of 32 showing at Wimbledon. Davis Cup Good startAnderson began 2013 on a fine note by reaching the final of the Apia International in Sydney in January where he lost to Australia’s Bernard Tomic. Even before the tournament, though, it was clear that his game was reaching new heights after his performances in the Hopman Cup in which he defeated Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and the USA’s John Isner and narrowly lost 7-6, 7-6 to France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. New goals At the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Indian Wells in March, he became the first South African since Wayne Ferreira in 1996 to reach the quarterfinals of a Masters event. His results included a win over top 10-ranked David Ferrer. “The next step up for me is going to be in the top 16. The top 16 gets you seeded at all the Masters Series events for the year and the Grand Slams. It takes you from playing a guy ranked one through 16 up until the fourth round.” Despite his lack of Davis Cup play, Anderson added that he receives “quite a bit of support [from South Africans], which is really nice.” The towering (2.03 metre-tall) right-hander, who is now ranked 19th in the world, follows in the footsteps of Kevin Curren, Wayne Ferreira, Johan Kriek, Cliff Drysdale and Christo van Rensburg. He was ousted in the semi-finals of the Claro Open Colombia in Bogota by eventual champion Ivo Karlovic in July and followed that up with his third runner-up finish of the year at the BB&T Atlanta Open. In a very tight title-decider, John Isner claimed the honours 6-7, 7-6, 7-6. For many South Africans, their most immediate concern about Anderson is when he will return to Davis Cup action for the country. He said it was a question he did not have an answer to at present. 13 August 2013 One obstacle that has stood in the way of Anderson’s success this year has been his nemesis, Tomas Berdych. Of the 16 defeats the South African number one has suffered in 2013, world number six Berdych has been responsible for five of them. Questioned about the reasons for his continuing ascent, Anderson responded: “Continually working hard and looking to improve has been the big theme of my career as a tennis player … being a bit more experienced as well, as I’m playing more tournaments and feeling more comfortable against the top guys in the world.” In an interview with Talk Radio 702 on Monday evening, Anderson, who began the year ranked 37th in the world, said he has now set his sights on a new goal. “It has always been a difficult decision, but I have spent my life sacrificing and dreaming of becoming the best that I can be,” Anderson said before explaining that when he was growing up he would look at the world rankings and seeing South Africans doing well provided him with a lot of motivation. He said he hoped that his achievements serve as motivation for young South African tennis players. Curren owns the highest ever ranking for a South African man, having reached number five in July 1985. Ferreira peaked at number six in May 1995, while Kriek was ranked seventh in September 1984. Drysdale’s high mark was 13th in May 1974, while Van Rensburg was ranked 19th in February 1988. Clay court finalIn April, he reached the final of a clay court event for the first time in the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, but was beaten in three sets by Spanish clay court specialist Tommy Robredo. Kevin Anderson became the sixth South African men’s tennis player to be ranked inside the world’s top 20 when the ATP World Tour released its latest singles rankings on Monday.last_img read more

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Play Your Part cleaning up in Diepsloot

first_imgPlay Your Part, along with GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa, will be in Diepsloot to clean-up Akani Primary School. (Images: Akani Foundation)Brand South Africa’s active citizenship programme, Play Your Part, has partnered with the GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa for a clean-up campaign in Diepsloot, the densely populated township in the north of Johannesburg, this Saturday, 24 October.The campaign will be rolled out at two schools in the impoverished township, Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary.The campaign falls in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor (second from right) will also be getting her hands dirty at the clean-up at Akani Primary School. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Aims of the collaboration with GEM and Miss Earth South Africa are to encourage citizens to clean up and recycle in their communities and to become environmentally aware.Newly crowned Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and runner up Jade Axon will be in Diepsloot getting their hands dirty while encouraging learners to take care of their environment.GEM, the mobile rewards app that stands for Going the Extra Mile, will also partake in the event, bringing along its army of volunteers to add some sparkle to Diepsloot.The GEM app, which was developed in conjunction with Play Your Part, rewards volunteers for their good deeds. Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app. Once the good deed is done, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.To join through the GEM app, follow these steps:Download GEM via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1#; or,Download the GEM app from App Store or Google Play.Sign in to see volunteering opportunities in your area.Select the Diepsloot clean-up taking place on Saturday, 24 October.Details for the clean-up are as follows:Time: 09h00-12h00Venue: Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary School, Akani Centre, Bophelang, Diepsloot West, Extension 4 (both are on the same street)RSVP: Please confirm you attendance with Boitumelo Mpete on boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comFor more information or to set up interviews, contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comVisit: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Amit Shah meets RSS leaders in Nagpur

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah visited the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters here on Wednesday and held a closed-door meeting with the outfit’s top brass and senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders.“Mr. Shah arrived at the Nagpur airport around noon, along with the RSS Sah-Sarkaryawaha [deputy general secretary] Krishnagopal. He directly went to the RSS headquarters in Mahal and met Mohan Bhagwat [RSS chief] and Bhaiyyaji Joshi [RSS general secretary],” said Chandan Goswami, in-charge of the BJP’s publicity wing in the city.According to sources, the newly appointed president of the VHP, Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje, some other VHP leaders, and Union Minister Uma Bharati were present at the meeting.It was not clear what discussions the BJP president had with the top RSS and VHP leaders, However, RSS sources said the Karnataka Assembly elections and outbursts of former VHP working president Pravin Togadia could have been discussed.“The Karnataka election is crucial for everyone. The outcome of this election will decide if the Lok Sabha election will take place as scheduled or earlier. Also, it is a difficult election for the BJP. The BJP president may have briefed the RSS bosses about the situation there,” an RSS member from Nagpur said on condition of anonymity.Mr. Shah came out of the RSS headquarters around 4.30 p.m. and left by an evening flight. Ms. Bharati had, however, left the meeting at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Irregularities in labour schemes in Rajasthan

first_imgA social audit of labour welfare schemes in Rajasthan, conducted on the Supreme Court’s direction, has revealed several irregularities, including registration of a large number of those who were not entitled to the benefits of the schemes. The State government has planned a crackdown to check irregularities and promised action against the guilty officials.‘Panel to take action’Minister of State for Labour Tika Ram Jully said in the Assembly that a committee comprising the Labour Secretary, Labour Commissioner and senior officers would examine the complaints and take suitable action. The department has already blocked 24 E-Mitra Centres after receiving reports about labourers’ registration on the basis of forged documents.Mr. Jully said the social audit had revealed that 33% of beneficiaries of the schemes meant for construction workers were those who were not employed in this sector, while the construction labourers were identified in a five-month-long campaign in the State. Besides, the cess from owners of buildings was not collected in the correct proportion of the buildings actually constructed.The Minister said a labour inspector was suspended on charges of accepting bribe.last_img read more

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