By Andrew ButlerFor the Times-StandardAfter deep North Coast Section playoff runs, three local high school teams earned spots in the California Interscholastic Federation State Girls Basketball Championship. Eureka and St. Bernard’s will each host first-round games today at 7 p.m., while Arcata will tip off its tournament on the road, at 6 p.m. For the first time in the State tournament’s history, seeding was done according to competitive equality, meaning that divisions in which …
Play Your Part ambassador Ayanda Bandla, a familiar face to some of us, is a television personality and businesswoman who has a genuine passion for developing South Africa’s youth and helping them overcome their biggest challenges.Ayanda Bandla’s work to empower the youth makes her perfect for the role of Play Your Part ambassador. She joins a group of individuals paving the way to a better South Africa. (Image: Ayanda Mandisa Bandla, via Facebook)Play Your Part reporterReality television personality and businesswoman Ayanda Bandla has joined the ranks of our Play Your Part ambassadors, a group of individuals recognised for setting an example of active citizenship and embracing the spirit of giving back to the community.Bandla’s interest in television took root when she participated in the first season of One Day Leader on SABC 1, a reality television show that pitted six young leaders from across the country against each other in debates on issues that affected the development of South Africa.Topics ranged from education and health, through to unemployment – all subjects where good leadership could positively affect the growth of the country.“I made it to the season finale, where I earned myself the second runner-up position,” Bandla recalls.Shortly afterwards she joined e.tv as a sub-editor for Sunrise, an early morning news show, and hasn’t looked back.Bandla went on to study for her Bachelors degree in political science, specialising in international relations, at the University of Pretoria. This was followed by founding the Mandisa Group, a company with a diverse range of interests that include media, communications and event management.Youth developmentPerhaps most important among the company’s interests is its involvement in the education sector and in youth empowerment through the Ubuntu Sessions.“Under youth empowerment, I, together with my partners, have established and implemented youth-empowerment mini-seminars titled Ubuntu Sessions, designed to push boundaries, inspire thinking and generate new solutions,” Bandla explains.Through this, she has helped to give a voice to township youth facing some of the many issues that are part and parcel of living in South Africa’s townships.It is for this work that Brand South Africa recognises Bandla, and is the reason the organisation chose her to be a Play Your Part ambassador.The Ubuntu Sessions seminars are held in Johannesburg and Durban, and the Mandisa Group hopes to spread their influence and take these seminars to youth across the country.Ubuntu Sessions seminars are aimed at inspiring positive thinking among the youth, generating relevant solutions to the problems they face, and putting them in a position to actively play a role in their own upliftment.The sessions also give the youth an opportunity to engage with various leaders from the government, business and civil society sectors. This gives them a platform to ask critical questions and receive direct responses and guidance to help them navigate the many obstacles they face.Ambassador materialIn the hopes of making a difference in the lives of even more South Africans, Bandla has set in motion plans to establish an education non-profit organisation aimed at highlighting and celebrating the progress made in the education sector.The organisation will also tackle some of the challenges faced by youth in navigating the country’s basic and higher education systems.All this considered, Bandla fits the description of a Play Your Part ambassador, setting an example of how empowering others is one of the best ways to make South Africa a better place for us all.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
As he took the Mall of Asia Arena floor for the do-or-die clash with Letran on coach Egay Macaraya’s birthday, San Sebastian stalwart Michael Calisaan thought about the time when his mentor had not given up on him despite a motorcycle accident more than a year ago that nearly took his life.For Calisaan, there was no better time to repay the faith shown to him by Macaraya over the past year with the Stags’ season on the line and a first Final Four appearance in four years within reach.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Batang Pinoy: Jabol captures long jump, 100-m dash titles just minutes apart Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Costelo also shone in the final quarter, pouring nine of his 13 points for the Stags, who will clash with third seed Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers in the next phase of the stepladder semifinals on Friday. The survivor of the duel will go up against second seed San Beda with the winner advancing to the finals against unbeaten Lyceum.“I think we deserve to be in the Final Four,” said Macaraya.The Knights tied the game for the last time at 69 before Costelo hit a teardrop with 44 seconds remaining.“One of our concerns this season is that we don’t have an import and we didn’t have the ceiling,” said Macaraya. “But the team showed heart, the character and desire to win and to reach the Final Four.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “I wanted to win it for coach,” said Calisaan in Filipino. “He took me in and gave me a chance despite my accident last year.”The 6-foot-4 Calisaan gave Macaraya a fitting gift for his 56th birthday as he fired a career-best 36 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to power the Stags to a 74-69 victory over the Knights that sent San Sebastian to the next round of the stepladder semifinals of NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told him he had to make the most out of his second life,” said Macaraya, referring to Calisaan, who sustained near-fatal injuries due to a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Sta. Rita, Pampanga. “That accident was the turning point for him.”Calisaan nailed the biggest shot of the Stags’ season so far with a triple off a pass from Ryan Costelo with 18 seconds remaining, sealing the win after a nip-and-tuck final period. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:53NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Sebastian Stags01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES View comments
MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESMila’s Lechon brass isn’t willing to wait for another loss to take action as it is set to drop Leo Gabo and Andoy Estrella from its roster in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Mighty Roasters coach Jesse Ricardo shared that the team management are now exploring their options following their 48-65 defeat to Perpetual on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brave Busmen fall to Tianjin in Champions League playoff Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The two have been vital in the Mighty Roasters’ maiden campaign in the developmental league as they lead their camp in their 67-96 defeat to JRU last Thursday.Gabo paced Mila’s Lechon in the defeat with 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Estrella got 13.Ricardo shared that the move to replace the two will leave a huge hole in their camp, but he feels that it’s just right to give chance to other players who are willing to show dedication for Mila’s Lechon.“That’s going to have an effect on us because we’ve been with them for two months,” he said. “But there are other players willing to play for us and we’ll give them the break.”ADVERTISEMENT “That’s what we’re talking about, to find another guard,” he said. “We’re already looking for replacements for those two guards.Gabo and Estrella were absent for the tiff as the Mapuan backcourt prioritized their commitment with Quezon City in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League over Mila’s Lechon. The Capitals will have a game later in the day against Bataan at Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in Malolos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWithout the pair, Axel Iñigo shouldered the bulk of the playmaking load for the Mighty Roasters, playing for 36 minutes at the point and finished the game with 13 markers, five assists, and two rebounds. That performance, however, wasn’t enough as Mila’s Lechon dropped to the cellar at 0-2.Ricardo couldn’t hide his disappointment on the two following the defeat, saying, “It’s their choice if they chose that one. We can’t do anything about it.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
Newcastle targeting Leeds striker Kemar Roofeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are targeting Leeds striker Kemar Roofe.The Mirror says Rafa Benitez is considering a move for Roofe — if funds for new signings are made available to him.The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals in 18 games for the Championship promotion chasers.And Toon boss Benitez knows he’d bring the firepower he is looking to add at St James’ Park.Leeds, however, are well aware that Roofe’s goals will be vital to them if they want to reach the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Spurs midfielder Sissoko slams Pochettino tactics: We’re exhausted!by Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has questioned Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics after the 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.The home side looked ran off the feet as Bayern scored three goals in the final ten minutes.And Sissoko claims Spurs’ midfielders are worn out by Pochettino’s formation.”We get tired too quickly physically when we play with a diamond midfield,” Sissoko told RMC.The Argentine is under growing pressure as Spurs continue their spluttering start to the season.
There’s a reason why Urban Meyer is one of the country’s best recruiters. The Ohio State coach and his staff are thorough – ridiculously thorough. The Buckeyes’ recruiting staff sent a Block O Valentine’s Day card to the mother of Brendan Ferns, a four-star linebacker in the 2016 class considering Ohio State. Here it is: Ohio State coaches with a smart mailer. Sent valentine cards to mom of 2016 Brendan Ferns. pic.twitter.com/yPQjNWoSZn— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) February 14, 2015Ferns, a 6-foot-3, 223-pound linebacker out of Saint Clairsville, Ohio, is ranked the No. 2 inside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. He is reportedly considering OSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma and West Virginia, among other schools. [11W]
Cleveland Browns’ Spelling ErrorFor the second year in a row, the Cleveland Browns had some difficulty announcing one of their first-round picks on Twitter. Last year, while announcing the selection of Johnny Manziel, Cleveland’s Twitter account misspelled “22nd.” It took them three tries to get it right. And tonight, while announcing the selection of Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving, the Browns spelled the player’s last name wrong. It’s “Erving,” not “Irving.”The Browns just misspelled the name of their own 1st round pick. Sigh…. pic.twitter.com/eF1Y0uDcEi— Al Ciammaichella (@Gotribe31) May 1, 2015Thankfully, it didn’t take them too long to correct it. With the 19th pick in the 2015 #NFLDraft the #Browns select Florida State OL Cameron Erving. #BrownsDraft pic.twitter.com/e3KbWO4A6E— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 1, 2015Do better, Cleveland.
MONTREAL – Three Quebecers have lost an appeal of their conviction in connection with the extreme-sweating death of a woman who was wrapped in mud and cellophane at a personal-growth seminar.The Quebec Court of Appeal has also refused to hear an appeal of the prison sentences imposed on Gabrielle Frechette, Ginette Duclos and Gerald Fontaine.The court has ordered them to head to prison by Nov. 17 for the death of Chantal Lavigne as well in the case of another woman who survived the harrowing experience.Lavigne, 35, died in July 2011 after a sweating session organized by the accused.Participants were plastered with mud, wrapped in a plastic sheet and a blanket and had their heads covered with cardboard boxes for nine hours.A coroner described the process as the equivalent of being cooked alive.The accused were found guilty in December 2014 of criminal negligence causing death and were sentenced in January 2016.Frechette, who was considered a spiritual guide and organized the seminar in Durham-Sud, was sentenced to three years, while her two assistants were handed two-year prison terms.“The evidence shows beyond all reasonable doubt that the acts reflected a wild and reckless lack of concern with regard to the life and safety of the victims,” Quebec court Judge Helene Fabi wrote in 2014.The three were also found guilty of criminal negligence causing bodily harm in the case of one other person, while other people attending the seminar also fell ill.The appeal alleged, however, that the trial judge erred in concluding their behaviour constituted a marked and considerable departure from how a reasonable person would have behaved in the same circumstances.But Justice Patrick Healy, on behalf of a three-member appeals court panel, wrote Tuesday that the sentences “are not unfit.”“They are not only within an acceptable range; they are arguably lenient,” Healy said. “Second, there is no error of principle and there is no failure to consider a relevant matter of fact or a guiding principle of sentencing.“The sentencing judge provides a thorough review of factual considerations relevant to each of the appellants.”Frechette’s lawyer, Richard Dube, said he is studying the possibility of seeking permission from the Supreme Court of Canada to have it look at the case with the goal of having the guilty verdict struck down.
The Buckeyes got a very important victory on Saturday: 31-13 over Wisconsin. The win was anything but conventional, but it did solidify the Buckeyes as the leaders of the Big Ten.“It was a little bit different ball game than I think any of us anticipated,” coach Jim Tressel said in his weekly press conference. “We knew Wisconsin was a heck of a football team, and we knew we were going to have our hands full.”Once again, the defense led OSU to a comfortable victory by several scores, but offensively the Buckeyes have more questions than answers.OSU (5-1, 3-0) now prepares for the Purdue Boilermakers (1-5, 0-2) on Saturday.Defense comes up big yet againAll season, the Buckeyes’ defense has made plays when necessary. Saturday wasn’t any different.Senior captain Kurt Coleman returned from a one-game suspension and wasted little time returning to form. His 89-yard interception return stopped a driving Badger team and shifted momentum into the Buckeyes’ favor for the remainder of the game. His 14 tackles were also a career high.“The funny thing about it, I was joking with my teammates and they were telling me that because I missed a game I needed to have double the production, and it just so happened that I happened to have double the production. It was a great feeling to come back and help this team, especially in that kind of fashion. I was just happy to be out there playing with my teammates again.”Tressel said the Badgers played up to his expectations, but the Buckeyes “came up with some plays that are game changers.”“Obviously, Kurt Coleman’s play and the pressure that was put on the quarterback, his being where he was supposed to be, and then I thought the execution on the interception return was outstanding,” Tressel said. “You always say when an interception is thrown, if you can block the intended receiver and you can block the quarterback and then get everyone else running down the sideline, you have a chance, and they did that just as you would hope they would do.”OSU got another interception for a touchdown in the second half. With the game still in doubt, junior safety Jermale Hines put the Buckeyes up two touchdowns with a 32-yard interception return.The defense will look to control Purdue’s high-powered offense on Saturday. The Buckeyes have held all but one opponent to under 20 points, including back-to-back shutouts of Toledo and Illinois.Pryor takes a step backAfter having nine touchdowns in the last three games, quarterback Terrelle Pryor saw his production drop significantly against the Badgers.The sophomore completed 5 of 13 passes for only 87 yards with one touchdown and an interception. His one bright spot for the afternoon came right before halftime, when he led the Buckeyes 88 yards for the go-ahead score. A run of 27 yards and a touchdown pass for 32 yards to DeVier Posey were the highlights of the drive.The offense struggled to find a rhythm because of three touchdown by the defensive and special teams. However, OSU would have liked to see more consistency from its quarterback.The problems on offense do not begin and end with one guy, Tressel stressed. The lack of production was an offensive problem, not just a problem with his quarterback.“I think the thing you do with any of us is understand that when things go just right, I probably didn’t do it by myself, and when things didn’t go the way you’d like, it probably didn’t have everything to do with me,” Tressel said.No Boom, only ZoomThe depth at running back is quickly depleting for OSU. Daniel “Boom” Herron did not play against Indiana on Oct. 3 but returned against Wisconsin. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, he re-injured his ankle and most likely will not be available against the Boilermakers.Freshman Jamaal Berry, who was a prized recruit for the Buckeyes this season, has also been injured. Whether he will make an impact this season remains to be seen.“I’m the eternal optimist. I keep waiting for Jamaal Berry to be healthy because when he’s been healthy, he’s been very, very good,” Tressel said. “Right now, it’s Brandon and Jordan.”Small finally makes large impactSenior wide receiver and returner Ray Small has spent his fair share of time in Tressel’s doghouse. The Glenville product, who many thought would be the next Ted Ginn Jr., has not lived up to expectations, and it was unsure whether he would even play this season.However, when he took a Badger kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown on Saturday, he put defenders and past troubles behind him. He said there is no better feeling than making an impact again.“It means a lot. I play the game as if it’s my last play, no matter if it’s practice or if it’s the game,” Small said. “This year I came in and take it a lot more serious.”Small said he has no regrets and would love to have another big game this weekend to show how far he has come.