Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions In a roster shuffle in the offseason, the Lakers opted to keep center Ivica Zubac over Bryant. Zubac briefly entered the game in the fourth quarter for garbage time minutes, and the two big men appeared to have some friendly exchanges on the court.Bryant appeared in just 15 games for the Lakers as a rookie, mostly playing with the South Bay Lakers in the G League. Walton said he couldn’t surmise with certainty how Bryant has managed to gain a foothold with the Wizards. But he admired several of Bryant’s qualities with the Lakers that seem to have translated in Washington.“My guess would be how hard he plays and the energy he brings every day,” he said. “I’m not around the halls so I can’t give you the right answer, but that’s what we loved about him was his contagious energy, positive attitude and how hard he played.”Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOne of the veteran acquisitions of the offseason, Rondo (8.5 ppg, 6.5 apg, 4.5 rpg) has been out since a Nov. 14 home game against the Portland Trail Blazers, when he fractured his hand in the fourth quarter. He had been seen participating in limited basketball drills prior to last week, before swelling prompted medical staff to drain fluid in his hand. The Lakers then said they shut down Rondo from activity during the last week, which was followed by a pair of medical evaluations.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.The Lakers have been pining to get him back to improve the depth in the backcourt: With Brandon Ingram missing the last six games with a sprained ankle, Walton has increasingly looked down the bench to solidify the rotation.The Lakers confirmed over the weekend that Ingram also wouldn’t join the team on the road swing. The earliest either player would be available to return is a Friday home game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Rondo suited up for the Pelicans last season, helping propel them to the second round of the playoffs.BRYANT BOUNCES BACK WITH WIZARDSThe starting lineup of the Washington Wizards had a familiar face on Sunday night: Thomas Bryant, who was selected by the Lakers with the 42nd overall pick in the 2017 draft. Waived over the summer, the Indiana product was picked up in Washington, where he has recently been in the starting lineup as Dwight Howard deals with injury.While he hasn’t been overly productive as a starter, he’s fielded a solid place in the rotation (6.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg). He had some explosive minutes early in the Wizards’ 128-110 throttling of the Lakers, including a block on fellow draftee Josh Hart. He finished with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed NEW YORK — After a small setback last week in his recovery from a fractured hand, Rajon Rondo is set to take the next step in rehabilitation.The Lakers announced Monday that the veteran guard has been assigned to the South Bay Lakers of the G League, chiefly to get practice time on the court as he readies for a return after a month on the shelf.Rondo was cleared for basketball activities following a Saturday medical evaluation, but the Lakers opted not to send him East to rejoin the team in the middle of a four-games-in-six-nights trip. Instead, he’s been working with non-traveling assistants in the meantime, as the team hopes for his return sometime in the next two home games.“We’re hoping they’ll be ready for that, and yes I’m excited to get our team with full strength and start working on that cohesiveness and that rhythm,” Coach Luke Walton said on Sunday. “The guys have done a really nice job filling in since they’ve been out, but if we’re going to get to our best we need those guys in the rotation.”
Guyanese swimmer Andrew Fowler departed Guyana on Wednesday for the Barbados Invitational in his bid to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. Fowler who is competing for an Olympic wild card qualification spot will look to trim some time off his personal best of 25:65 in the 50 meter freestyle.The 20 year old who hails from the rural village of Farm, is very confident of bettering his personal best due to his excellent preparations ahead of the meet. The Agri- Machinery student of the Guyana Technical Institute who will be in Barbados for the first time revealed that his best accomplishment in the pool thus far is winning his heat at the World Championships in Russia last year.Fowler can directly qualify for the Olympics if he meets the Olympics Qualifying Time (OQT) of 22:27 seconds. He can also potentially qualify if he reaches the Olympic Selection Time (OST) of 23:05.The qualifying time standards must be obtained in World Championships, Continental Championships, Continental Qualification Events, National Championships and Trials, or International Competitions approved by FINA in the period between March 1, 2015 to July 3, 2016.
OAKLAND — 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.
4 February 2009 Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile said: “Our golden train is finally where it belongs. This is the beginning of a dream that has now come true. We are getting an efficient public transport system that is safe, reliable and efficient.” That compliance involves ride comfort, journey time and environmental compliance, among other criteria. Some 150 invited guests and journalists gathered at the operational control centre and depot at Midrand, Johannesburg to ride the Gautrain for the first time, in a ceremony the officials named iFikile Ekhaya – welcome home. “The outcomes of the testing and commissioning and system integration processes are measured against strict technical criteria to ensure compliance with all design and safety requirements,” according to a Gautrain statement. ‘Dream on wheels’ Barry added: “The time is right for trains.” The train silently moved forward, no sound, no surge or jolt to push passengers back into their seats, and reached a speed of 80km with ease. People on the road below the elevated track stopped to take pictures with their cellphones. People inside the coach looked around in wonder. The Gautrain will operate between Johannesburg, Tshwane and OR Tambo International Airport. The route between the airport and Sandton will be ready for the 2010 World Cup. Residents of South Africa’s Gauteng province are probably tired of the excessive rainfall over the past week, but the “Gautrainers” – the group of people invited for the first official ride of the country’s high speed train, the Gautrain – were excited by the sudden downpour on Tuesday. They have waited for seven years, since late 2001, when the high-speed train concept was punted for Gauteng, to step aboard the R25-billion Gautrain, which is being manufactured in England. Dave Barry, the vice-president of Bombardier Transportation, spoke about passion. “The passion that we can sense now on the project is fantastic.” While listening to the officials giving speeches, the thunder boomed outside, forcing the controller to increase the sound level on the mike. Then the rain beat down on the large warehouse depot where the event took place. He said that the transport of the train up from Durban harbour in early December 2008 was delayed along the way because people wanted to touch and photograph the train each time it stopped. “That passion is being felt by everyone in Gauteng – people are stopping on the motorway to take photos with their cellphones.” The train will be supplemented by a dedicated bus fleet which will comprise 125 buses running some 36 routes, covering 26 000 kilometres every day. “This is the birth of a new legacy in public transport in South Africa and in Africa.” He said that the Gautrain would establish a new standard of trains that arrive and depart on time, and allow passengers to travel in a safe and clean environment. The train from Sandton to the airport would take 12 minutes, he confirmed. Golden train’ He thanked Joburg residents, particularly those living along the construction sites of the Gautrain, for their patience and tolerance of the inconvenience. Ignatius Jacobs, the provincial MEC of public transport, roads and works, called the Gautrain “this dream on wheels”. He couldn’t stop beaming. In late October 2008, the tunnel between Sandton and Marlboro merged, a major milestone. Inside, the coach resounds in blue and gold – the tall-backed seating is a rich royal blue, with blue and gold spotted carpet, with two stripes running up it, and with the gold Gautrain logo emblazoned on it. “We give you a train with modern technology to ensure safety for all of you,” concluded Govender. Fifteen of the cars are being manufactured in Derby in England. The remaining 81 cars are being flat-backed into crates and shipped to Durban, for assembly in Nigel on the East Rand. Jerome Govender, the chief executive of Bombela Concession Company, said: “Having seen the train in Derby was very exciting, but having seen this train on our track, man, was really exciting.” “It is a relief for me and the residents of Oxford Road,” said Govender. A mishap occurred along the road in July last year, when a large hole opened up in the road, causing weeks of detours around the site. More information can be obtained from the Gautrain website or from the Gautrain toll-free number, 0800 Gautrain (0800 428 87246). Tunnel In Africa, rain denotes a blessing. The enormity of the construction task has now moved to a new challenge – testing and commissioning. Before opening for general use, each train will be subjected to rigorous testing. This involves applying progressively more onerous tests on all systems, from brakes and power, to air-conditioning and communications. Each train will complete some 3 000 kilometres on the test track before being passed for operation. Once the train has been tested, the personnel involved in its operation have to be trained, including undergoing disaster and emergency simulations. The Gautrain fleet will comprise 96 rail cars, running initially in four-car sets, which will reach speeds of 160kph. Govender said that procuring some 40km² of land in a city the size of Joburg was a major feat for Bombela. Building and construction on this size of land is also a major undertaking. “That’s something to celebrate.” The southern wall of the depot opened and the sleek, gold, four-car Gautrain burst through, amid loud cheering. The rounded aero-dynamic engine has been especially designed for the Gautrain, the “fastest electro-star in the world”, said the chief executive of the Gautrain Management Agency, Jack van der Merwe. Rosebank and Killarney residents will be pleased to know that the tunnel boring machine has finished its work of constructing a tunnel from the Rosebank station site in Oxford Road, through to Parktown, from where the normal cut and cover method of tunnel construction resumes. It took the machine a year to cut a 3km tunnel. It will now be dismantled and disposed of. The Railway Safety Regulator has to issue to safety permit, or a licence to operate, before the Gautrain can begin operating. As he spoke, the rain started thundering down again. “It’s raining again; it means we are truly blessed.” Testing and commissioning Source: City of Johannesburg
Fast-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 pic.twitter.com/XxqGiLZuP9— SATravelTrade (@SATravelTrade) March 28, 2017“#Indaba2017 is a networking opportunity to showcase what we have to offer as a country & continent” – @sisantshona. pic.twitter.com/ZdfEpjVPWL— 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 pic.twitter.com/TBtXshTCLu— 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 material