first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s lost to the Texas Rangers, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon. They finished the season 52-27 at the Coliseum. With Tampa Bay’s loss to the Boston Red Sox, the A’s remain two games ahead for the first wild card spot.Tanner Roark continued his rough stretch of games, allowing a career-high four home runs (five total), in a season-low three inning outing. Roark has a 9.69 ERA in his last three starts.A.J. Puk … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

first_imgFast-tracking the growth of almost 100 small businesses in South Africa is one of the initiatives at the upcoming Indaba, Africa’s top travel show. It will be held in May at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.The media launch of this year’s Indaba is held on Tuesday 28 March 2017. Delegates from the countries such as Angola, Botswana, the DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Reunion, the Seychelles, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be displaying tourism-related products and services alongside local South African exhibitors at the event in May 2017. The event is hosted in Durban. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterThe Indaba 2017 will host 90 small tourism businesses at the show, organisers revealed at the media launch of the conference on Tuesday 28 March 2017.Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar, reads the site.“It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. Indaba is owned by South African Tourism.”The event, also known as Africa’s top travel show, takes place from 16 to 18 May 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.Small businesses to get exposureSisa Ntshona, chief executive officer of the South African Tourism, said at the media briefing at the Killarney Country Club in Johannesburg that this year’s Indaba would have a special focus on accelerating small businesses in the tourism sector.One of the key focuses is an initiative to train and mentor small and medium-sized enterprises, and give it with preferential access to influential industry players.“For me, one of Indaba’s highlights is our new Hidden Gems programme, which will help boost tourism by enabling smaller players. [The 90 small businesses are] emerging and existing enterprises are at least 50% black-owned,” said Ntshona.“They are drawn from each of South Africa’s nine provinces and we call them our Hidden Gems, because they are tucked-away treasures that only a select few know about.”South African Tourism, in partnership with the National Department of Tourism and the Southern African Tourism Services Association will allow the entrepreneurs to get exposure at Indaba as well as the opportunity to “pitch” their offerings to travel buyers during speed marketing sessions.Here are some of the messages that was put to Twitter during the media briefing:“Tourism has evolved. It’s now more about stories & #Indaba2017 has allowed us to work harder on what makes us special.” – Tony Nkadimeng— SATravelTrade (@SATravelTrade) March 28, 2017“#Indaba2017 is a networking opportunity to showcase what we have to offer as a country & continent” – @sisantshona.— SATravelTrade (@SATravelTrade) March 28, 2017“We are serious about transformation in the tourism industry and have put plans in place for this.” – Perry Moodley, @dbntourism #Indaba2017— SATravelTrade (@SATravelTrade) March 28, 2017A variety of panel discussionsNtshona also unveiled a series of topical panel discussions with industry thought leaders aimed at constructively exploring issues related to developing tourism in Africa to take place during Indaba.Local and international game changers, technology “disruptors”, experts and captains of industry will exchange ideas on how to market tourism offerings to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community; how the private and public sectors can join hands to drive inclusive growth; and how Africa’s pioneering arts sector can further enhance the continent’s appeal as a tourist destination.Organisers also said that Indaba will have a more streamlined events programme, designed to improve the experience of exhibitors, buyers, visitors and media alike.Innovations include an enhanced online diary system to provide more “match-making” options between delegates who want to meet with a view to doing business, and a new Indaba app that will provided updated information and news at the show.Sisa Ntshona, chief executive officer of the South African Tourism, believes Africa is going to be the next tourism frontier. He adds that the continent as a whole reported an 8% surge in international arrivals in 2016, with Sub-Saharan Africa increasing by 11% and South Africa by a massive 13%. “Last year, we broke records to reach 10-million international tourists coming to South Africa.” (Image: Brand South Africa)Ntshona urged all businesses and individuals interested in tourism to book their place at Indaba 2017, adding: “It’s going to be a lively, buzzing, bustling trade show that will showcase Africa in all its rich and diverse glory.”List of more than 50 things to do in DurbanWith less than 50 days left to the event, the Indaba’s Twitter handle @SATravelTrade also revealed a list of 51 things to do in Durban. This list, compiled by Durban Tourism includes the Ohlange Institute.It was created by John Langalibalele Dube, who was also the founder member and first president of the South African Native National Congress, which was renamed to the African National Congress in 1923.Dube’s first house and the JL Dube Hall, where Nelson Mandela voted in the first democratic election in 1994, is within the Ohlange Institute.Source: South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

first_imgIn this edition, read about TFSA’s State Executive Council changes, the upcoming 2011 Colley Reserve as well as the South Australia Heat teams that will compete at the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League. To view, please click on the attachment below. Related Filestfsa_newsletter_february_2011-pdflast_img

first_imgTouch Football Australia CEO Steve Mitchell was on hand at Wests Tigers this week to present the Club with the maiden Women’s NRL Touch Football Premiership trophy.Wests Tigers were presented the award after taking out the award after winning the Grand Final 4-2 over the Brisbane Broncos back in July — a brilliant first season for the club in the brand new competition.While they didn’t end the year with silverware, Wests Tigers Men’s team also produced a brilliant year — going down in a heartbreaking extra time finish to close out the NRL Touch Football Premiership.–for the whole article click here (as originally posted on

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal boss Emery hints at new position for Torreiraby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery believes he may have found a solution to their midfield in a position change for Lucas Torreira.The Uruguayan played in a slightly more advanced role against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.It worked and he managed to help his side to a 3-0 away win.And Emery spoke about that adjustment after the game.He said to the club’s official website: “Tonight he [Torreira] played very well and this season it’s the first match that he was feeling physically very good in. He was able to go from box to box and I want to use his quality. “His qualities are that he can give us good pressing, and he can win the ball high up the pitch to give us the possession to score. He did that tonight. “After, we need someone with the ball and in his position, he can help us with the build-up.” last_img read more

first_imgohio state's ezekiel elliott receives the ed sullivan award.Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was named the winner of the 2014 AAU James E. Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s top amateur athlete. Elliott, a rising junior tailback for the national champion Buckeyes, rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2014, including a stellar 246-yard, four-touchdown game in the national title contest against Oregon. One of six finalists for the award, Elliott accepted the award in person at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan Sunday afternoon. ICYMI the winner of the 85th Annual #AAUSullivanAward is Ezekiel Elliott @EzekielElliott #topamateurathlete— AmateurAthleticUnion (@TheRealAAU) April 19, 2015Elliott praised the other finalists, praised his Ohio State team, and said “I’d like to thank my parents for pushing me to be …— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) April 19, 2015“… the person I am. … they push me for excellence.”— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) April 19, 2015The award’s other finalists included Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, among others.last_img read more

first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) @ClemsonFB@ClemsonFBThere weren’t many upsets in college football this weekend, but there was still plenty of exciting action throughout the country. Michigan, Stanford and Miami eked out last-second victories, with Miami coming in especially improbably fashion. Notre Dame rallied in the final minutes to hold off Temple, and UNC’s win over a ranked Pittsburgh squad bumped the upstart 7-1 Heels into the top 25. But in ESPN’s Weekly Power Rankings, the big news is at the very top of the poll. That’s where you can find a new No. 1 team: Clemson. The Tigers’ ’56-41 win over NC State enabled them to vault over undefeated Ohio State and into the top spot. Poor Buckeyes: they were on a bye this week and could do nothing about Clemson overtaking them. Here are the full rankings:1. Clemson 2. Ohio State 3. LSU 4. Baylor 5. TCU 6. Michigan State 7. Alabama 8. Florida 9. Notre Dame 10. Stanford 11. Iowa 12. Oklahoma State 13. Oklahoma 14. Utah 15. Memphis 16. Florida State 17. Michigan 18. Houston 19. Ole Miss 20. Temple 21. Toledo 22. UNC 23. UCLA 24. Mississippi State 25. Navy Texas A&MCompared to last week’s rankings, how do you think ESPN did?last_img read more

first_imgThe Hermitage Dam Rehabilitation Study will continue during the new fiscal year with an additional $15.6-million provision in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, which initially ran from April 2017 to March 2018, entails a feasibility assessment of the dam’s proposed rehabilitation.This is being done to analyse the facility’s structural integrity as well as engage in a desilting exercise.Among the achievements up to December 2017 are the National Water Commission’s submission of the signed project agreement, through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, to the funding agency – the Caribbean Development Bank – for signing; completion of tender evaluations and award of contract; and the shortlisting of six firms to undertake the feasibility study.Programmed activities for 2019/20 include completion of the findings report, detailed designs and feasibility study; and preparation of tender documents and cost, and operational and procedural manuals.The project, which has been extended twice and is slated to run until March 2020, is being executed by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The attorney general in the nation’s capital has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for allowing data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data from as many as 87 million users.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Karl Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia. It alleges that Facebook misled users about the security of their data and failed to properly monitor third-party apps.After the revelations about Cambridge Analytica, congressional hearings were held and Facebook changed what sorts of data it lets outside developers access.It was revealed this week that Facebook’s privacy controls had broken down yet again. In that case, a software flaw affected nearly 7 million users, leading to their photos being exposed to a much wider audience than they had intended.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more