Canada celebrates after Raptors win first NBA championship

first_img“What a night! I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it!” said Elias Edraki, 35, also of Toronto.Fans had gathered both indoors and at dozens of outdoor venues across the country to cheer on a team from a city many Canadians love to hate, their enthusiasm measured by unusually jammed bars.Dozens of cities across Ontario also held packed viewing events as did many other places from coast to coast, such as Halifax, which threw a massive outdoor block party.“This is the best day of my life!” said John Cooke, 35, of Toronto.Montreal shut down two city blocks to allow the improbable: people cheering a team from Toronto. Thousands braved the rain, forming a red tide, as organizers handing out “We the North” T-shirts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Thousands of spectators who jammed Jurassic Park, the fan zone outside the team’s empty downtown arena, to watch Game 6 of the NBA Finals on big screens screamed in gleeful pandemonium as the final buzzer sounded on the Raptors’ 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors.Rapper and Raptors global ambassador Drake said the team played with heart.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We did this off of love,” Drake said after the game. “We willed this into existence.”The crowd sang Queen’s “We Are the Champions” as they streamed into clogged streets. Some climbed poles and waved shirts. Car horns blared in a triumphant cacophony. One man was booed when he arrived in a blue Warriors T-shirt. But he ripped it off to reveal a Raptors jersey. The Warriors shirt was set on fire, burning until police doused it. Fans in Regina, as they did on Monday, watched on the massive screen at the Roughriders’ home stadium, while Edmontonians headed to the Expo Centre.Even in Rockford, Illinois, hometown to Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, fans began a party at 6 p.m. at the newly created Jurassic Park RKFD to watch their local hero perform.“Fred is an amazing basketball player and a genuinely good person both on and off the court,” Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said.The championship win by the Raptors marked the first for a Canadian team in one of the big four professional sports since the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series, and the first for an NBA team outside the U.S. A parade will be held on Monday.“I remember coming here as an immigrant from Sri Lanka in 1989 and we watched Joe Carter hit that home run for the Jays,” said Subi Mahan, 37, of Pickering, Ontario, who was with his two boys, Kiyan, 6, and Kishan, 9. “(So) to be here and share this with my boys is amazing. This is what love is.”Love of the Raptors, with their best performance in their 24 seasons, prompted Toronto Mayor John Tory to don his now-signature black-and-gold blazer to visit the gathering crowd Thursday.“It is beyond comprehension that people could be down here, huddled under these makeshift tents, for hours on end, more than a day, overnight,” Tory said. “It’s cold, it’s rainy, it’s been such a terrible spring, but they’ve been here week after week, day after day, and they’re the greatest fans in sports.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Jollibee, Philippine Rugby Football Union renew partnership for Philippine Volcanoes’ campaign LATEST STORIES Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Fans celebrate in Jurassic Park outside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, Canada—Fans poured onto the streets and honked horns in Toronto and celebrated throughout Canada after the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship on Thursday night.“And that’s how we do it in the North,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted above a photo of him, two of his children and a dog watching the game.ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Dalilah Muhammad breaks world record in 400 hurdles at nationals

first_imgSons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Lomong fled Sudan to avoid a militia group when he was a kid. He lived in a refugee camp run for 10 years and became an American citizen in 2007.MORE WINNERSNick Christie (men’s race walk), Katie Burnett (women’s race walk), Valarie Allman (discus), Erica Bougard (heptathlon), Ajee Wilson (800), Daniel Roberts (110 hurdles), Chase Ealey (shot put), Ja’Mari Ward (long jump) and Sandi Morris (pole vault).SHE SAID IT“It really just gave me more confidence. I can race with every woman, not just in the U.S. but probably in the world,” said Athing Mu, who turned 17 and will be a high school senior in New Jersey this fall. She finished fifth in the women’s 800 in a personal-best 2:01.17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In workouts, Muhammad has often been on world-record pace.She put it all together for real.To think, Muhammad fell in a training session two weeks ago and suffered a mild concussion. She missed three days of workouts to heal.She lost none of her speed. Then again, the level of the competition brought out the best in her.Muhammad believes it mark may not last too long. It may even fall again at the world championships this fall in Doha, Qatar. Defending world champion Kori Carter didn’t even compete at nationals in the event since she has an automatic bye into worlds.“That 52 is going to get broke,” Muhammad said. “If not by me by the other women.”McLaughlin finished in 52.88.“It was a really fast race and I could feel the pace being pushed,” said McLaughlin, who turns 20 next month. “I’m happy to be a part of a world-record race.”Muhammad’s performance stole the show on a big final night.Soon after, Dezerea Bryant won the 200 in 22.47 seconds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 22-year-old Brazier won the 800 in 1:45.62 to beat Clayton Murphy, his training partner at the Nike Oregon Project. University of Kansas runner was Bryce Hoppel was third.HOULIHAN’S DOUBLECheered on by a friendly Shelby Houlihan, a Sioux City, Iowa, native, won the 5,000. She also captured the 1,500 crown.“Iowa strong, baby!” Houlihan said.NICE ’STACHECraig Engels stands out with his mullet even if it may not be the most aerodynamic haircut. He’s also rocking a mustache.“I just wanted to be different,” said Engels, who won the men’s 1,500 over Matthew Centrowitz. “This is what I landed on.”LOMONG WINS AGAINLopez Lomong won the 5,000 after taking the 10,000 earlier at nationals. He doesn’t have the world qualifying standard in the 5,000.“I’m just going to concentrate a little more on the 10,000 meters and see what I could do on the world stage,” Lomong said. “I woke up this morning and I’m like, ‘I’m not going to be denied,’” Bryant said. “That was my attitude.”Noah Lyles closed out the competition in style by doing a nifty little dance after taking the men’s 200 title in 19.78. He held off Christian Coleman and, after crossing the line, shook his rival’s hand before breaking off some dance moves.The 22-year-old Lyles can certainly celebrate.“Joy? Tons of joy. This is the hardest team to make,” said Lyles, who sprayed his hair gray. “The saying is, once you make the U.S. team, you better come away with a medal.”Things to know on the final day of nationals:COBURN’S DOMINANCEReigning world champion Emma Coburn captured her sixth straight national title in the steeplechase (eighth overall). She finished in 9 minutes, 25.63 seconds to narrowly edge Courtney Frerichs. Colleen Quigley was third. With Coburn getting an automatic bye, fourth-place finisher Allie Ostrander also is going to Doha.GONE FISHINGDonavan Brazier is celebrating his berth to worlds by taking a fishing trip to Michigan.“I would’ve gone either way,” he cracked. Benefits of township living LATEST STORIES Dalilah Muhammad smiles as she wins the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Championships athletics meet, Sunday, July 28, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa — The running joke between Dalilah Muhammad and some of her competitors goes like this: She orders the wet conditions.Because she reigns in the rain.ADVERTISEMENT No way that can be real, right?It was.Muhammad smiled, briefly put her hands on her hips and then slumped down when her time flashed on the screen at Drake Stadium. Third-place finisher Ashley Spencer emphatically celebrated behind her and teenager Sydney McLaughlin came over to hug Muhammad after finishing second.It was also lightly raining when Muhammad won the Olympic gold at the 2016 Rio Games. Her competitors might want to start looking at the weather reports for the Tokyo Games, which are a year away.“Ashley said, ‘You’re the one that brings the rain,’” the 29-year-old Muhammad cracked. “I don’t know what it is.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Relay silver medal is victory for cancer survivor Nathan Adrian Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View comments MOST READ On a drizzly Sunday night, Muhammad broke a 16-year-old world record in the 400-meter hurdles by finishing in 52.20 seconds at the U.S. championships.“I’m just shocked,” Muhammad said. “I broke the world record.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWith puddles formed on the track, the defending Olympic champion sloshed her way around the track to eclipse the mark of 52.34 set by Yuliya Pechonkina of Russia on Aug. 8, 2003.Running out of the fourth lane, Muhammad didn’t let the rain drops deter her. She looked at her time and was almost taken aback. Vaccinated but still infected with polio? What happened? 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Kings, NBA taking no action against Luke Walton in assault case

first_imgUS Open: Things feel better for Naomi Osaka back in New York ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Tennant said Walton continued to harass her after he became coach of the Lakers and she was working as a broadcaster in Los Angeles for Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA.“I am 100 percent focused on coaching the Sacramento Kings, and energized to work with this incredible group of players and coaches as we start the preseason,” Walton said in a statement. “I will have no further comment.”The Kings investigatory team was led by Sue Ann Van Dermyden, the founding partner of the Sacramento law firm Van Dermyden Maddux who specializes in employment law. Elizabeth Maringer, senior vice president and assistant general counsel of the NBA, led the league’s investigation.More than 20 people were interviewed during the investigation process, including Walton. Friday’s release said investigators attempted repeatedly to speak with Tennant but she opted through her legal representative not to take part.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton talks with former Sacramento Kings player Chris Webber, left, as Kings general manager Vlade Divac, obscured at center, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball summer league gamebetween the Kings and Golden State Warriors in Sacramento, Calif. The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced that after a thorough investigation there isn’t enough evidence to support allegations that new coach Luke Walton sexually assaulted a woman. The team and league began a joint investigation in April following a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by former sportscaster Kelli Tennant, who “elected not to participate in the investigation. Based on this and the available evidence, the investigators determined that there was not a sufficient basis to support the allegations made against Coach Walton,” the Kings announced in a joint statement with the NBA. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced they are taking no action against Luke Walton after not finding enough evidence during an investigation into allegations that the coach sexually assaulted a woman.The team and league began a joint investigation in April following a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by former sportscaster Kelli Tennant, who “elected not to participate in the investigation. Based on this and the available evidence, the investigators determined that there was not a sufficient basis to support the allegations made against coach Walton.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Kings and NBA said Friday the matter is considered closed barring further evidence emerging.Walton was hired by the Kings on April 13 just one day after being dismissed from his first head coaching job with the Lakers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Luke Walton is our head coach and we support him and his team as they continue to prepare for the upcoming season,” the Kings said in a statement.Tennant said that Walton attacked her when he was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, which was from 2014 to 2016. The woman said she confided in people at the time but never filed charges because she was scared. Her lawyer, Garo Mardirossian, said because years had passed, he believed it would be difficult now to file a police report and put together a criminal case. Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemerycenter_img BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft MOST READ LATEST STORIES Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? View comments Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solonlast_img read more

Hudson’s Hope mayoral candidate brings industry connections

first_img He also argues that elder residents often prefer to have their own doctor in town, and that the district hasn’t their own doctor for some time now. Although Johnson believes the District has enough of a population to support a doctor, that may not be properly represented in statistics, as they don’t account for transient workers. “I think that’s very important that we arrange something so that you can bring in the transient workforce in the area and add it to your stats, because that’s a huge thing when it comes to medical services.” He adds that knowing the true population would also affect other services in town like recreational facilities. At the end of the day, Johnson says he simply likes to give back to the community in whatever way he can. He and fellow Councillor Gwen Johansson are running to replace Mayor Karen Anderson along with five residents running to fill their now vacant councillor positions in the byelection being held on December 1, 2012. An interview with Johansson can be found to the right of this article.Advertisement “Right now we have a lot of industrial activity and whatnot going on around town and I’m quite familiar with industry of quite a few different styles,” he says. “The town is probably going to be on a build cycle for the next few years, and I’ve always considered myself a builder, rather than a sitter-on-a-fence.” At the top of the future possible industrial developments list is the proposed Site C dam. Johnson says the most important thing for the district to do now is to get input from residents on what legacy projects they’d like to see if it goes through. “The time is coming close and we don’t know for sure whether it’s going, but we have to be prepared for it and we should be deciding what we need to get from it.”- Advertisement – He adds that with the anticipated population increase for the district, it’s also time to work on freeing up properties from the Agricultural Land Reserve within municipal boundaries. Johnson also says attention needs to be paid to medical services for residents. For the most part, Hudson’s Hope relies on doctors that come from Fort St. John two to three days a week. “We’d really like to get a permanent doctor so we have at last five days a week [coverage],” he says. “Our population is aging and of course that increases the medical need.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Conte in crosshairs for England’s mighty managers

first_imgInstead it was Chelsea who shot to the front, closely pursued by Mauricio Pochettino’s enterprising Tottenham Hotspur, leaving Conte as the man who must be toppled.“He is going to have the two Manchester clubs, who are going to be throwing £300 million ($390 million, 350 million euros) to £400 million at it between them,” predicts former United captain Gary Neville, the Sky Sports pundit.“They are hurting and they are under significant pressure next season to deliver. And if they don’t deliver there’s going to be a big problem.”Having brought the smiles back to Stamford Bridge following the emotionally sapping final months of Mourinho’s tenure as Chelsea manager, Conte’s next challenge is to equip his squad for a return to the Champions League.Chelsea benefited from having no European distractions, allowing Conte to lean heavily on a very tight group of first-team players, and adding depth to his squad is now of fundamental importance.“With the right additions and a little bit of time, Chelsea can really challenge for (the Champions League), but next season it is going to be a huge burden on them,” former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer told the BBC.– Wenger uncertainty –Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola achieved his minimum objective of securing a place in next season’s Champions League © AFP / Anthony DevlinAfter his City side lost to Monaco in the Champions League last 16 and fell by the wayside in the two domestic cups, Guardiola achieved his minimum objective of securing a place in next season’s Champions League.City dazzled at times, but were also made to look remarkably vulnerable, notably in one-sided defeats at outgoing champions Leicester City (4-2) and Everton (4-0).Guardiola seems content with his attacking set-up, particularly since the January arrival of Gabriel Jesus, but in defence and in goal, where Claudio Bravo vanished after arriving to replace Joe Hart, work is needed.United won the League Cup, defeating Southampton in the final, and are favourites to beat Ajax in Wednesday’s Europa League final, which will yield a berth in the Champions League.But while Mourinho has brought a bit of belief back to Old Trafford, United have looked desperately short in attack, their failure to secure a top-four place the legacy of a league-high 15 drawn games.Wenger has endured his most difficult season at Arsenal, one which divided the cub’s support and ended without the promise of Champions League football for the first time in 20 years.Victory in the FA Cup final against Chelsea would restore some credit, but Wenger must address the lingering uncertainty about his future before Arsenal can hope to move forward.Liverpool looked set for a title tilt after surging to the top of the table in November, but a run of one win in seven early in the year robbed them of momentum they never rediscovered.While Klopp’s team were often magnificent against the division’s heavyweights, finishing the season unbeaten against the other members of the top six, they were too easily frustrated by the smaller teams.– Newcastle return –Spurs seduced neutrals with their dashing challenge to Chelsea, only to run out of steam, and now face the wrench of playing a season at Wembley while their White Hart Lane home is demolished and rebuilt.With Europe’s elite clubs already eyeing up Pochettino and players like Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Spurs’ biggest challenge is keeping the train on the rails.“You don’t sit back and wait for this team to become champions because that might not happen,” says former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness, who began his career at Tottenham.“You’ve got to add to the squad and have a right go because they are not very far away.”Everton, who finished seventh, look the only club capable of muscling in on the top-six cartel, particularly with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri expected to splash the cash in the close-season transfer window.With Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull City going down, the northeast has lost three clubs, but the regional superpower, Newcastle United, return under Rafael Benitez.Brighton and Hove Albion will sample Premier League football for the first time, as could Huddersfield Town, who face Reading in the Championship play-off final on May 29.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte (C) talks during the presentation ceremony for the English Premier League trophy on May 21, 2017 © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – Left in the starting blocks by Chelsea’s Antonio Conte this season, the Premier League’s all-star cast of super managers will be desperate to hit the ground running in 2017-18.The 2016-17 title race was billed in some quarters as a shootout between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal heading the chasing pack.last_img read more

Liverpool fans want Jurgen Klopp to swap Philippe Coutinho for this midfield sensation in January

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Isco has emerged as a target for Liverpool, which has been met well by the club’s supporters.According to reports from Spanish outlet Fichajes, the Spaniard has told Los Blancos president Florentino Perez of his wish for a ‘change of scenery’, suggesting that he could be tempted to force through an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu in the winter window.Despite having created more clear-cut chances than any other player in La Liga, with six, only on three occasions this season has Isco played the full 90 minutes.It seems, therefore, that his patience in the Spanish capital is wearing thin.Inevitably, the playmaker is again being heavily linked to the Premier League, with suggestions that Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool could be tempted with an offer.But it’s Reds supporters that seem to be the most excited by the news.Some have even urged Jurgen Klopp to ditch Philippe Coutinho to make room for the 23-year-old…Have a read of the best reactions, on Twitter, below. 1 Liverpool fans want Jurgen Klopp to swap Philippe Coutinho for Real Madrid midfielder Isco in January last_img read more

Ex-scout killed in war honored

first_imgShe said his joining the Army Reserve right after graduating from Santa Fe High School was just another outlet for his daredevil ways. The Nakamura family joined the families of other Boy Scouts who have died in the Iraq conflict as their sons were honored with campgrounds named for them at the Firestone Boy Scout Reservation in Brea. Casey Sheehan, 24, of Vacaville, Francisco A. Martinez, 21, and Dion M. Whitley, 21, were also honored. All were Eagle Scouts, except for Nakamura, the first Japanese American to be killed in the war. His Life Scout rank is below Eagle Scout, the highest a scout can achieve. “He loved being in the Boy Scouts, but he wasn’t in it for the badges,” Pearl, 27, said. Nakamura, also a Junior Olympian, worked at the Santa Fe Springs Aquatic Center and in the community garden at Heritage Park. “He just loved all outdoor activities,” Pearl said. That’s why the family – including father, Paul, 65, mother, Yoko, 60, and another sister, Miki, 34 – say the honor is appropriate. The campgrounds are marked with plaques displaying their images and service records, Zuniga said. The Firestone Scout Reservation serves 5,000 to 10,000 area scouts and schoolchildren annually. “These are four new sites, and the board members thought it would be a fitting tribute for these men, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” Zuniga said. The 65-member board made the decision because they felt their acts of bravery should be recognized by all the scouts who use the sites, he said. They are used on weekends by scouts honing their nature skills and by Industry youth activity programs. Nakamura, who was in Troop 328 in the Rio Hondo District of the Los Angeles Area Council, was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the military ambulance in which he was tending to a wounded American soldier. In a 2003 newspaper article, the Army reservist, who stood only 5 feet 1 inch, recalled how he and his four-member ambulance crew transported thousands of wounded American troops in two months in Kuwait and Iraq. “We’ve seen a lot of casualties,” Nakamura told the Riverside Press-Enterprise. “When they see us, they’re happy; they know they’re getting out of there.” He was promoted posthumously to sergeant. in June 2003 sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BREA – More than three years after Paul T. Nakamura of Santa Fe Springs was killed in Iraq, the Boy Scouts named a campsite to honor his service to his country. He exemplified the Boy Scout Law that reads, in part, “I will do my best to serve God and my Country,” said Victor Zuniga, public information officer for the Boy Scouts of America Los Angeles Area Council. Nakamura, 21 at the time of his death by an Iraqi grenade attack, joined the Scouts in third grade, said his family. “He loved adventure,” said Pearl Nakamura of her brother. last_img read more

Stratford trio signs letters of intent to play football at Division II Minnesota schools

first_imgKamren Bornbach, Tyson Kauffman, Tanner Weinfurtner set to play in NSICBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Three Stratford High School teammates will now be playing against each other in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after each signed letters of intent Wednesday — during a ceremony at Stratford High School — to play football at NCAA Division II schools in Minnesota.Kamren Bornbach will enroll at St. Cloud State University, Tyson Kauffman will play at Concordia University in St. Paul, and Tanner Weinfurtner will go to Winona State University to continue their respective football and academic dreams.Bornbach, a 5-10, 220-pound running back/linebacker, was a two-time two-way first-team all-Marawood Conference selection, earning Back of the Year honors last season for the Tigers after rushing for 771 yards and leading the conference in scoring with 114 points (16 touchdowns, 13 extra-point kicks, one field goal, and one two-point conversion).Bornbach, who also is a two-time WIAA Division 3 state wrestling champion, plans on studying biomedical science and entering the prechiropractic program at St. Cloud, which he found to be a great fit for him both on and off the field.“St. Cloud has been one of my goals now for a while,” said Bornbach, who will play inside linebacker at SCSU. “I went to camp there this summer, put myself in front of the coaches to show what I could do. This season played a big part in it, and they stuck with me.”Kauffman, a 6-5, 280-pounder, was a first-team all-Marawood Conference selection at offensive line the past two seasons.Tyson’s older brother Hunter was a redshirt freshman on the Concordia team last season, and his experience played a big role in Tyson choosing to play for the Golden Bears.“What it was about Concordia that really got me was that their coaches were very personable,” said Kauffman, who plans on studying biology and going into the premed program. “I got a good feel off of them and the team, and I wanted to be a part of that.“It was nice knowing that (Hunter) sees the coaches on the field and in practice. He couldn’t have a better relationship with his O-line coach, and that’s something I want to have with the guy I’m going to be working with in college, pretty much every day.”Weinfurtner battled through a knee injury midway through the 2015 season that sidelined him for the rest of that year. He came back to play for the USA Football Under-18 national team in the International Bowl series last February at AT&T Stadium in Texas and was at full strength last season for the Tigers as they finished 9-2, reached the second round of the WIAA Division 6 playoffs, and won the Marawood Conference outright for the first time since 2007.“It came down to Duluth and Winona, and I took an official visit to Winona and fell in love,” Weinfurtner said. “It’s a family atmosphere, and everybody gets along. Academically, it fits right in to what I need. I plan on majoring in criminal justice and psychology, and they have an amazing department. They work with internships with the Winona County Sheriff’s Department and the Twin Cities.”After the injury in his junior year, Weinfurtner said his dream of playing college football wavered, but his family helped him through it.“There were a couple of times where I questioned it and seriously had to take a look at myself to see if it was something I could work through,” Weinfurtner, a 6-4, 305-pound offensive tackle, said. “My parents were instrumental in keeping me going. Every time I felt down, it was my mom (Lisa) or my dad (Kurt) telling me to keep going, that I had it in me. Without them, I wouldn’t have made it through. Working back from that, it helped me shape and build my character. I’m a lot stronger because of it now.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Cape Town Jazz Fest to spoil for choice

first_img3 March 2011Praised by President Jacob Zuma for creating 2 000 jobs and contributing more than R475-million to the economy in 2010, this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival is aiming higher still, with over 40 African and international stars set to spoil festival goers with choice.The key to the success of “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 25 and 26 March, is programming.In addition to putting up 40 bands on five stages over two days, the organisers working with the musicians put together “concept bands” specially assembled for the event. The list of 20 additional artists unveiled last week includes four concept bands.Four ‘concept bands’The first concept band will be a Tribute to Oscar Peterson featuring Dutch pianist Jack van Poll, globe-trotting South African guitarist James Scholfield, and Dutch bassist Hein van Geyn.Opting for a piano-guitar-bass format that resembles the definitive Oscar Peterson-Ray Brown-Herb Ellis trio, the three will dig deep into the late Canadian pianist’s swinging and massive repertoire.The second band that had been put together for the occasion is Guitafrika, a unique collaboration by three African guitarists – South Africa’s Steve Newman, Eric Triton from Mauritius, and Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla from Niger.In addition to showcasing different guitar-playing styles from the continent, the three musicians will celebrate the history and role of guitars in African music.With a number of Cape Town jazz musicians having passed on in the last year, the third concept band, The Cape Town Tribute Band, has been formed under the musical directorship of Alvin Dyers and will pay tribute to Winston Mankunku, Tony Schilder, Donald Tshomela, Ezra Ngcukana, Robbie Jansen and Hotep Galeta and Vincent Kolbe.Joining Dyers will be pianist Nick Williams, bassist Wesley Rustin and drummer Denver Furness. Guests such as saxophonist Buddy Wells, pianist Mike Perry, guitarist Errol Dyers, trumpeter Ian Smith and singer Sylvia Mdunyelwa will join the piano-guitar-bass-drums quartet as it goes through tunes like Schilder’s “Montreal”, Galeta’s “Harold’s Bossa” and Ngozi’s “Crossroads”.The last concept project is The Conversations, with bassist Victor Masondo and Johannesburg-based trumpeter/conductor Prince Lengoasa, drummer Kevin Gibson, pianist Mark Fransman, and saxophonist Donvino Prins.The Conversations will offer a rare opportunity to see Masondo, who was recently invited to present his arrangements of Duke Ellington’s music at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, DC.“Concept bands make the festival unique,” says festival director Rashid Lombard. “People have the opportunity to see bands that they are unlikely to see somewhere else or in their lifetime.”Headline artistsIn addition to the concept bands, headline artists announced in January are: Earth, Wind and Fire (US); Christian Scott (US); Dave Ledbetter and the Clearing (SA); Dave Koz (US); Esperanza Spalding (US); Gang of Instrumentals (SA); Gazelle (SA); Hanjin (Singapore/Hong Kong); Hubert Laws (US); Ivan Mazuze (Mozambique/SA); Lisa Bauer (SA); Monique Bingham (US); Patricia Barber (US); Sandra Cordeira (Angola); Simphiwe Dana (SA); The Flames – Official Reunion (SA); Wayne Shorter Quartet with Brian Blade, Danilo Perez & John Patitucci (US); and Youssou N’dour (Senegal).Added to the lineup last week were:Guitarist, composer and arranger Chieli Minucci with his Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX. US guitarist Chuck Loeb, who in addition to leading his solo projects has the guitar seat in the pre-eminent contemporary jazz band Fourplay. He will be joined on stage by Spanish vocalist Carmen Cuesta.  Drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana, who with her quartet “Another Lifetime” and with Felix Pastorius, son of the late Jaco Pastorius, will pay a tribute to drum machine and pioneer of jazz-rock fusion, Tony Williams.  BeBe Winans, a vocalist that comes out of a Detroit family in which both parents and nine other siblings are all recorded musicians. Hugh Masekela and Larry WillisAnother special act will be a performance by South African great Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis. In 2005, Masekela released an album that was different from his previous recordings. Almost Like Being In Jazz consisted of jazz standards taken from the American songbook. In the recording there was not a single Masekela composition. Also absent were the home-brewed compositions that the 71-year-old artist always belts out.“When I first began recording and performing in America, self-anointed ‘jazz experts’ Leonard Feather and Stanley Crouch were extremely offended by the music I was playing and vehemently declared: This is not jazz,” says Masekela on the origins of his unusual recording.Throughout his career, Masekela wanted to prove these “jazz policemen” wrong and show them that he could play “jazz”. But more than that, the trumpeter who draws massive audiences wherever he performs was keen to show his respect for composers and past performers who had brought great joy to music lovers with their outstanding songs.Joined by pianist Larry Willis, bassist Victor Masondo and drummer Lee-Roy Sauls, Masekela will play music that inspired him to record Almost Like Being In Jazz. Masekela will lead his qaurtet in front of a seated audience at the Rosies stage.Additional artistsOther artists added to the lineup last week were: South African pianist and producer Don Laka; Berlin-based nu-jazz group Jazzanova featuring US vocalist/bassist Paul Randolph; leading South African trumpet-player Feya Faku; live house band Tortured Soul from Boston; Mozambican saxophonist Orlando Venhereque; local hip-hop outfit Tumi and The Volume; poet and actor Naima McLean; Songbook, a band led by a promising South African trumpet-player Lwanda Gogwana; local student group Sekunjalo Edujazz Band; Citie, a bass guitarist from Botswana; and three artists from Cape Town’s StereoType Records: Chad Saaiman, Mathew Moolman and Lloyd Jansen.Community Concert, workshopsA free Community Concert will take place at Green Market Square on the Wednesday prior to the festival, showcasing of some of the festival’s international and local acts.As part of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival’s commitment to the sustainable development of the music arts industry, festival workshops will place at various venues throughout the CBD and greater Cape Town over an eight-day period.The workshops will explore various elements of the jazz world, including arts journalism, music business, master classes, arts and culture focus schools, gigs for kids, youth workshops and a photography workshop.Two new additions to this year’s workshops are The Juilliard School, New York’s “Conversations 2011: A Trans-Continental Jazz Event”, and the Berklee College of Music’s (US) Auditions, Interviews and Clinics.“This is a positive development that we believe will strengthen ongoing efforts to build the necessary skills base to sustain the growth and development of the creative and cultural industriesm,” said Arts and Culture Minister Paul MashatileSouth African Tourism CEO Thandiwe January-McLean added: “South African Tourism takes great pride in supporting this world-class event that has helped showcase our country as a unique lifestyle and musical destination.”Ticket prices for the 2011 festival are: R365 for a single day pass and R499 for a two-day weekend pass. As in previous years, there will be an extra fee of R25 per act for patrons wishing to attend concerts on the Rosies stage. Tickets are available via Computicket and Shoprite-Checkers stores.The gold sponsors for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2011 are the Department of Arts and Culture, Ritek Investments, and Mzansi Magic (channel 107 on DSTV) the broadcast sponsor.Other sponsors include the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, the City of Cape Town, Hansa Pilsner, the provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Cape Town Partnership, South African Tourism, Polo, the Western Cape Education Department, and the Pepper Club Luxury Hotel and Spa.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Eighteen years of the world’s best Constitution

first_imgSouth Africa’s Constitution has helped transform the country from pariah to moral beacon. (Image: David Sasaki) • Active citizenship and changing the South African brand reality • Documentaries celebrate the making of South Africa’s rainbow nation • A freedom timeline: 20 years of democracy • Taking from the past to build the future • Pistorius, Dewani cases validate South Africa’s robust justice system Staff writerHarvard law scholar Cass Sunstein called it “the most admirable Constitution in the history of the world.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a US Supreme Court justice, praised it for dealing with modern challenges when she said, “That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary … It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recent than the US Constitution.”South Africa’s constitution is 18 years old and is rightly held up as a document worth emulating. Our Constitution is unique because it includes what constitutional scholars call “positive rights”. It requires the state to enact policies that minimise inequality. It frees South Africans from discrimination and redresses historical inequalities over personal choice, whether about who you love or reproductive rights.Apartheid legislation denied people the right to vote, to work, to access education, to move freely, to love whomever they wanted to, to not be imprisoned without trial. South Africa’s groundbreaking Bill of Rights, Chapter 2 of the Constitution, changed all that. We take a quick look at how far we’ve come.Compared to the apartheid era, where the majority had no political rights and parties opposed to apartheid were banned, all South Africans now have the right to freedom of association and are free to make political choices and campaign for any political party or cause.Whereas the majority of South Africans were denied the right to vote during the apartheid era, every adult citizen now has the right to participate in free, fair and regular elections, the right to vote and to stand for public office and, if elected, to hold office.All South Africans have the right to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions, provided this is done peacefully.South Africans now have the right to freedom of expression.The press and other media can express themselves freely and there is academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.The Bill of Rights also makes provision for the right to access any information that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights. The freedom of expression does not extend to propaganda of war, incitement of imminent violence or advocacy of hatred based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion.Compared to the apartheid era, all South Africans are now equal before the law and have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.Whereas during apartheid people were detained without trial, mainly for their political beliefs, all citizens now have the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right not to be detained without trial and not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way.Everyone who is detained has the right to be told the reason for their detention, and to legal representation. Everyone who is arrested for allegedly committing an offence has the right to remain silent and to a fair trial or hearing before a court.While the apartheid state sought to deprive the majority of South Africans of their citizenship and controlled their movement through oppressive pass laws and other means, no citizen may be deprived of citizenship and everyone has the right to freely move through the country, reside anywhere and hold a passport.Whereas the apartheid state reserved skilled jobs for white South Africans, all citizens now have the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession.All citizens have the right to fair labour practices, to form and join a trade union and participate in its activities and programmes and the right to engage in collective bargaining. No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude and forced labour.While access to education was racially determined during apartheid, all South Africans now have the right to basic education, including adult basic education, and to further education, which the state has sought to progressively make available and accessible.All South Africans now have the right to access health care, water and social security and appropriate social assistance if they are unable to support themselves and their dependants. No one may be refused emergency medical treatment.Every child, regardless of race, has a right to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health services and social services. Every child also has the right to family care or parental care and to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation and exploitative labour practices.Compared to the apartheid era, all citizens have the right to freedom of sexual orientation, conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion. During apartheid, not only was same-sex marriage unheard of, but homosexuality was illegal. In 2006 South Africa became only the fifth country in the world to pass legislation allowing gay and lesbian people to marry – way ahead of so-called developed democracies such as Norway, Sweden and the UK.Apartheid’s “immorality” legislation also outlawed sex and marriage between people of different races. Today, all marriages concluded under any tradition, or any system of religious, person or family law, are recognised.Compared to the further oppression and discrimination women experienced during the apartheid era, they now have equal rights before the law, including the right to make decisions regarding reproduction. Giving life to democracyDemocratic South Africa is 20 years old, and our Constitution just 18. As a country we struggle with rights that are new to us all. We live and breathe guided by a Constitution that explicitly guarantees us the right to abortion, mandates government-funded healthcare and encourages income redistribution.It is a Constitution that requires the state to legislate against inequality. Our Constitution is only 18 years old so the state does fall short at times of these lofty goals. But South Africa’s Constitution gives us citizen’s access to the court system to demand action from the government.Our admirable Constitution would mean nothing unless South Africans lived in its spirit. And South Africans do, we have a robust media unafraid to take on the state. A hardy judiciary that rules on law, rather than popular opinion. South Africa is become a country boldly embracing the spirit and giving life to the Constitution.last_img read more