UCLA football notes: Bruins get two players to commit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA’s football program had a big day in landing a pair of recruits, including high-priority target Aaron Hester of Dominguez High of Compton. Hester, a cornerback, and Venice High receiver Jerry Johnson gave oral commitments to Bruins coach Karl Dorrell for the class of 2008. “I knew that UCLA is the right school for me,” Johnson said. “They had respect for me, it’s close, and it’s the type of program I want to be in.” Johnson said the hiring of former Crenshaw assistant coach Eric Scott as UCLA’s receivers coach earlier this week sealed his commitment. Johnson said he also had offers from Arizona State and Washington. -Brian Dohn center_img Hester is a 6-foot, 180-pounder who also plays wide receiver for Dominguez, where he caught nine passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. He will play cornerback for UCLA. Johnson is a big target who gets plenty of yards after the catch. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Johnson averaged 25.5 yards on 24 catches, and had four touchdown catches. last_img read more

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Half-time: Leeds United 0 Fulham 0

first_imgLeeds United had the better of few first-half chances after a low-key opening 45 minutes at Elland Road.Sam Byram had the game’s first opportunity, firing across the face of goal.Fulham’s defence largely kept the Leeds attack well marshalled, until the 29th minute when Alex Mowatt got up to head the ball against the bar.Kit Symons’ side used that warning sign as a cue to put some overdue pressure on Leeds, but they failed to work Marco Silvestri in the home goal, with Ross McCormack unable to muster a threat on his return to Elland Road.Late in the first half, Gabor Kiraly – in goal for Fulham for the suspended Marcus Bettinelli – pushed away a shot from Byram, while Seko Fofana engineered Fulham’s first effort on target but Silvestri dealt with it comfortably. Fulham (4-1-2-1-2):  Kiraly; Grimmer, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Stafylidis; Hyndman; Christensen, Fofana; Ruiz; Rodallega, McCormack.Subs: Rodák, Zverotić, Burn, Kavanagh, Williams, Roberts, Woodrow.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The 5 worst Drake songs: A Warriors Dub Nation playlist

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.Remember when the Bay Area use to like Drake?Yeah, that was back when he had better taste in clothes.Rapper Drake sports a Warriors’ Kevin Durant jersey as he performs in concert during the Summer Sixteen Tour with Future at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)Those were the good old days, when Drake was sporting a Kevin Durant jersey during a concert at …last_img

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SA pair win Atlantic Rowing Race

first_img22 January 2008Only about 300 people have rowed the 2 500 nautical miles covered in the Atlantic Rowing Race – roughly one-fifth the number of people who have reached the top of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.South Africans Bill Godfrey and Peter van Kets have now not only completed the trans-Atlantic crossing; when they rowed into English Harbour in Antigua in the early hours of Tuesday morning, it was as the winners in the pairs division of the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race.The event began on 2 December 2007 from San Sebastian, La Gomera in the Canary Islands.After 51 days at sea in their seven-metre boat, Gquma Challenger – “gquma” in isiXhosa means the roar of a lion, or the sound of a breaking wave – the two East Londoners completed their epic voyage, second only to the fours boat Pura Vida, which crossed the finish line in first place overall on Saturday.Tough fightGodfrey and Van Kets were made to fight all the way for their pairs victory, however. After 2 552 nautical miles (4 726 kilometres), they finished only 20 miles ahead of their nearest rival, No Fear, rowed by Britain’s Jon Csehi and Nick Histon.Apart from the distance, most of the challenges were predictable, such as having to contend with varying weather conditions, including storms that resulted in big seas.Some of the challenges were predetermined by the race rules that prohibited any assistance whatsoever, with disqualification the punishment for those receiving outside help.All food and drinking supplies, including a desalinator to produce drinking water, had to be carried on board the 7.1 by 1.9 metre boats, which were purposely built for the race.Purpose-built boatOn board, they carried a satellite phone, a laptop computer for monitoring weather patterns, and other sophisticated instruments.There was not much that could be done, though, to prepare for the company of flying fish, one of which gave Godfrey a big smack on his head!A visit to the Gquma website’s blog reveals messages of congratulations: “Simply the Best” is the title of one, while another reads “A stunning achievement”, and another “You are the champions, champions of the world”.With Antigua six hours behind South Africa, an increasing number of congratulatory messages are sure to be posted on the website.Strong pedigreesBoth Godfrey and Van Kets brought strong pedigrees into the race, although nothing they had previously done could have prepared them for task they faced.Godfrey was previously a member of the South African national rowing squad. He lived in the United Kingdom for some time and while there competed at Henley and other major UK events.On the Team Gquma website, he explained why he decided to take on the Atlantic Rowing Race, saying: “It’s there and it has to be done.”In good steadVan Kets, a relative newcomer to ocean rowing, has a background in kayaking and surf ski racing, which stood him in good stead for the Atlantic crossing.He twice contested the 255 kilometre Port Elizabeth to East London Surf Ski Challenge, which gave him some idea about the demanding test he and Godfrey would face.The last words about Godfrey in his profile on the website read: “He will do everything in his power to prove his worth and make South Africa proud”.Having won the race with Van Kets, Godfrey and his partner have both proved their worth and made South Africa proud. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Whistle through the wilderness

first_imgTaking a break with a herd of elephants. Tent town in the dry Shashe river bed. Awesome views across rivers and bushveld are plentiful. Children in the Wilderness learn about their environment.(Images: Tour de Tuli)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kim TaylorMedia spokesperson+27 11 807 1800RELATED ARTICLES• The pain is soon forgotten• Getting to know a different South Africa• Exploring bicycle culture in South AfricaLucille DavieSome 350 cyclists are getting ready for the ride of their lives – riding with elephants through game reserves in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.The eighth Tour de Tuli ride, a magical four-day, 300km mountain bike ride, takes place from 3 August, starting in Botswana and ending in the spectacular Mapungubwe Game Reserve in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Cyclists cross the dry Shashe River bed, wade through the Limpopo River, and ride through elephant and lion country.Two days are spent riding through Botswana, before the crossing into Zimbabwe, where another two days are spent riding through bushveld. Then the route crosses to South Africa for the last night where riders have sundowners overlooking the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers, gazing into Zimbabwe and Botswana.The big five roam its diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. Mopani bush, fever trees and ancient baobabs dominate the flora. This vast area, some 175 000 acres of pristine game land, is home to Africa’s giant – the elephant. Their silent presence, grazing quietly on large swathes of Mopani bushes, is an awe-inspiring feature of the ride. There are some 900 of these giants in the area, so riders are bound to bump into a few along the way.The Tour de Tuli is run by luxury ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris, and is its annual effort to raise funds for Children in the Wilderness. The last is a non-profit organisation that provides an environmental and life skills educational programme for children, with the goal of inspiring them to care for their natural heritage, and take charge of their heritage in the future. It operates in seven countries – Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Tuli BlockLarge areas of the famed Tuli Block are covered on the ride. The block is a huge, shared game reserve between the three countries. Riders spend two days in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Game Reserve, starting in the Mashatu Game Reserve, or the Land of Giants. A further two days are spent in the Tuli Circle, after crossing the once-mighty, 800m-wide Shashe River into Zimbabwe, now largely a dry, sandy river bed, and finally crossing the Limpopo River into South Africa.“It’s not a race; this cannot be emphasised enough,” says Russel Friedman, one of the founders of Wilderness Safaris and a board member of Children in the Wilderness. “We spend five to six hours a day in the saddle, traversing pristine wilderness. The route does not include manicured single tracks; we follow animal tracks through areas that are normally only accessible to animals, elephants and now mountain bikes.“Many new friendships are created on the tour. The days are long, and tough, but well worthwhile being able to appreciate the biodiversity of these incredible areas,” Friedman adds.Tented campsFor those four days, 150 staff will move into the area with 2 500 tents, setting up five camps – two in Botswana, two in Zimbabwe and one in South Africa. They will ship in 100 000 litres of water for showers, over 15 000 litres of drinking water, 618 cases of soft drinks, 489 cases of beer, 177 cases of wine and spirits, 100kg of biltong, and 67 bottles of sunblock. Three 18-wheel trucks will load up the provisions, ready for tired cyclists when they wheel their bikes into each camp.And that’s not even the food, which will be brought in by 13 eight-ton trucks. All meals are provided, with support stations along the route making sure cyclists keep up their energy levels. Riders gather the night before the start at the Limpopo Valley Airfield in Botswana, across the Limpopo from Pontdrif in South Africa, to prepare to leave in batches the next morning.Children in the WildernessThe prime task of Children in the Wilderness, established in 2004, is to host children’s camps, eco-clubs and sponsor staff training. Wilderness Safaris hosts 16 to 30 children aged between 10 and 17 each year. During the year, eco-clubs are run at the schools, which foster in the children a love of wildlife. Other programmes include school feeding, water supply, school buildings and eco-mentoring training.“Children in the Wilderness increases children’s awareness, bridges cultural divides, broadens horizons, builds confidence, provides opportunities for new friendships and choices, and reveals career opportunities,” says the company.Eco-clubs, which take place at rural schools, follow a curriculum and take place weekly, monthly or every three months. They give schoolchildren who are interested in the environment a chance to meet, learn, discuss and expand their knowledge of environmental issues. They also look at health, HIV/Aids awareness, nutrition, life skills, geography, geology, arts and craft, and theatre.“In turn, Wilderness Safaris camp staff are allowed to be mentors and leaders, connecting them to their jobs, instilling them with pride for their culture and their community, and offering an enriching experience exposing new skills and talents.”Some 4 500 children have been hosted in Wilderness Safaris camps in the seven countries since 2001.The routeOn day one, riders take a 60km route which includes sightings of elephant or even big cat encounters within the Croton forests, zipping over slick rock formations, and lots of undulating single tracks. Riders overnight at the Amphitheatre Bush Camp in Botswana.On day two they head towards the Maramani Camp in Zimbabwe, a 72km ride, once again riding along single tracks on ancient elephant trails. An informal border crossing on the other side of the Shashe River is established, where an official at a wooden table on the river bank stamps riders’ passports.Day three consists of 58km of riding with spectacular sandstone features where herds of game feed all night. Riders cycle past eland, impala, and elephant, with baboons in the trees overhead. There are two options on day four: the longer and more challenging 84km route, or a shorter 47km route along jeep track.Crossing the LimpopoRiders have to cross the Limpopo River, which flooded earlier this year. During the floods, 17 000 juvenile crocodiles were swept down the river from a submerged croc farm. The organisers say that most of the crocodiles have been recaptured, but the river is low this year, and crocs prefer to spend their time in deep pools, so there is no risk of riders being taken by one lurking in the water, says Nicola Taylor, logistics manager of the tour.“There have never been any incidents with crocodiles,” she adds. In recent years, the event has attracted more overseas riders, she says, with an estimated 20 percent of the field flying in for the ride.The major sponsor is Nedbank, and the Andy Scott, the head of Nedbank Group Sponsorships, says: “The route for this year’s Nedbank Tour de Tuli, with its breathtaking fauna and flora, will be both challenging and rewarding for the riders and will go a long way to ensuring that the tour remains one of South Africa’s premier multi-stage mountain biking events.”Once you have paid your R20 000 entry fee, you might find yourself uncontrollably humming or whistling or bursting into song while cycling the Tour de Tuli – lots of people do.last_img read more

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Bane-Welker hires a new salesman

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bane-Welker Equipment is proud to introduce George Wilson to the Eaton sales team.George WilsonGeorge will be covering counties in extreme western Ohio and eastern Indiana. He has been working as a leasing agent and consultant in those same areas. George has 17 years of experience in the ag equipment business, having worked for Smith Implements in Greenfield, Ind.Prior to working for John Deere, George was a loan officer with Farm Credit Services in Muncie, Ind. George, his wife Stephanie, and their daughter Abby live in rural Henry County, outside Middletown, Ind. George is an avid sports fan and is a big Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Blackhawks backer. He loves to power walk and has done 35 half marathons and one full marathon since 2005. George is a Purdue graduate and enjoys going to Boilermaker football and basketball games.George will represent the following brands at Bane-Welker in Eaton (Case IH, Ashland Industries, Dixie Chopper, J&M, Kuhn, Land Pride, MacDon, Unverferth and Woods) at 1980 US Route 35 East. (937) 733-1726.Bane-Welker offers new and used equipment, parts, sales, service, precision farming, and customer support. The 50-year-old company operates 10 stores in Indiana includingCrawfordsville, La Crosse, Lebanon, Remington, Terre Haute, Pendleton, Plymouth, Winamac, and Wingate, and three stores in Ohio, including Eaton, Wilmington and Georgetown.For more information about Bane-Welker Equipment please visit www.Bane-Welker.com.last_img read more

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Twitter Loses Its Top Lawyer

first_imgTags:#General Counsel#privacy#twitter selena larson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts center_img Twitter’s top lawyer, Alexander Macgillivray, is leaving the company. He announced his decision on Twitter early on Friday, but gave no reason for his departure.During his tenure as general counsel, Twitter distinguished itself as an assertive defender of its users’ privacy and freedom of speech—a particularly notable stance as Twitter evolved into one of the top outlets for breaking news across the world.“As for me, it has been my privilege to work and fight on behalf of great companies and their users over the last decade,” he wrote on his blog. “A privilege and a lot of work.”As government requests for data increase, many technology companies have come under fire for allegedly providing user information without notification or proper safeguards. (Most of these companies insist they treat user data with care.) When leaked documents from the NSA purported to show that nine Internet companies were providing intelligence and law enforcement agencies broad access to user data, Twitter was conspicuously absent from that list. The Electronic Frontier Foundation awards Twitter six of six stars in its “Who Has Your Back” survey of Internet-service privacy practices.Twitter routinely informs its users when government bodies request their data, unless forbidden to do so by law or court order, and it has fought for its users in court, although it hasn’t always won. It protested a subpoena in which Massachusetts prosecutors sought Twitter data from members of the Occupy movement, although a judge eventually ordered Twitter to hand over the data. It lost a similar court fight against the Department of Justice in an attempt to protect the privacy of Wikileaks supporters. “You don’t want business interests affecting judgment about content,” Macgillivray told the New York Times in 2012. “That is against corporate interests. It’s against the trust your users have in your service.”As AllThingsD notes, Macgillivray’s departure does come at an unusual time, as Twitter is moving toward preparing and filing its initial public offering. As general counsel, Macgillivray would have been deeply involved in the process of prepping the company and its documentation for presentation to the SEC.Vijaya Gadde, a legal director at Twitter during Macgillivray’s tenure, will be replacing Macgillivray. Gadde has been managing Twitter’s corporate and international legal work and has known Macgillivray for fourteen years.Macgillivray joined the company in July of 2009 after working as deputy general counsel for products and intellectual property at Google. It is unclear where Macgillivray is headed next.“I’m looking forward to engaging my various Internet passions from new and different perspectives, seeing friends and family without distraction, and just goofing off a bit,” he wrote. “We should all do more of that.”Photo via Flickr user Joi A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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Order to nine policemen to shave beards withdrawn

first_imgFacing flak over their edict to nine Muslim members of the force to shave their beards, the police in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Friday withdrew the order after getting representation from the aggrieved policemen. Superintendent of Police Anil Paris Deshmukh had on Thursday cancelled the permission granted earlier to the policemen to sport beards.Mr. Deshmukh told reporters that the policemen had been asked to cut their beards to ensure that they looked “unbiased”.“Policemen should not only work in an impartial manner, but they should also look like that,” the SP said.Thursday’s order was issued by the district police chief to Assistant Sub-Inspector Israel Ahmed, head constable Chhotey Khan and seven constables. The order mentioned various dates when they were given permission to grow a beard and stated that it had been cancelled “with immediate effect”. ‘Administrative order’Mr. Deshmukh said it was an administrative order which had been withdrawn after getting representation from the policemen concerned. “The permission to sport a beard has been given,” he said. The decision of the police drew angry reactions on social media.last_img read more

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