JOHANNESBURG – The Latest on South Africa’s leadership crisis (all times local):11:20 p.m.South Africa’s ruling party is welcoming the resignation of President Jacob Zuma after months of growing public anger over multiple corruption allegations.The African National Congress is expressing gratitude for Zuma’s “loyal service” and is encouraging party members to support Cyril Ramaphosa, who is now the country’s acting president.Ramaphosa is expected to be elected swiftly in a parliament vote and sworn in.___11:05 p.m.South African President Jacob Zuma says he has resigned “with immediate effect.”The scandal-tainted leader made the announcement late Wednesday in a televised address to the nation.Zuma says he has resigned despite his disagreement with the instruction of the ruling African National Congress party to leave office immediately. The ANC had been prepared to pursue a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.Zuma’s tenure has been marred by years of corruption scandals.___10:30 p.m.South Africa is waiting for President Jacob Zuma to deliver the statement he had promised in response to the ruling party’s order to resign.The presidency had said Zuma would address the nation at the top of the hour but the podium shown on TV screens across the country remains empty.The ruling African National Congress says it will move to oust the scandal-tainted Zuma in a parliamentary vote if he does not quit voluntarily.That vote has been set for Thursday afternoon.___3:05 p.m.South African President Jacob Zuma says “I will be out” if parliament votes against him in a motion of no confidence set for Thursday.Zuma’s comment in a live interview on state broadcaster SABC suggests that he will not obey a ruling party order to leave office by the end of Wednesday.The ruling African National Congress says it will move to oust Zuma in a parliamentary vote if he does not quit voluntarily.Zuma says he has been “victimized” and that he disagrees with the ANC party’s efforts to remove him. He says he was willing to resign but wanted to stay a few more months on office.He says he will make a statement later.___2:30 p.m.South African President Jacob Zuma says ruling party leaders have not given him clear reasons for why he should resign and he calls his treatment “unfair.”Zuma broke his silence Wednesday in a live interview with state broadcaster SABC as the nation awaited word on whether he would obey a ruling party order to leave office.Zuma says the ruling African National Congress has not followed party procedures in trying to unseat him. The ANC wants parliament to vote Thursday on a motion of no confidence if he doesn’t resign Wednesday.“I need to be furnished on what I’ve done,” Zuma says. “What is this hurry?”The president has not commented in the ongoing interview on whether he will resign.___2:05 p.m.The speaker of South Africa’s parliament wants to hold a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma on Thursday afternoon.The office of Baleka Mbete says the timing of the vote by open ballot must be agreed upon by the parliament’s program committee at a meeting later Wednesday.However, resistance to Mbete’s plan is not likely. Both the ruling African National Congress party and opposition parties are pushing for a parliamentary vote against Zuma, who has not responded to an order from his own party to leave office.An opposition-sponsored vote of no confidence against Zuma had been scheduled in parliament for Feb. 22, but opposition parties wanted the event to be moved to this week.___1:05 p.m.South Africa’s ruling party says parliament could elect a new president on Thursday if President Jacob Zuma leaves office.Jackson Mthembu, a senior official in the African National Congress, says the party wants to resolve the country’s leadership turmoil as soon as possible.Mthembu says that under an accelerated timeline, parliament would vote to remove Zuma from office on Thursday unless he resigns before then, and that lawmakers would elect a new president immediately after the vote.The ruling party wants Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from Zuma, who has not responded to an ANC order to quit.___12:50 p.m.South Africa’s ruling party says it is preparing for a parliamentary motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma on Thursday.Paul Mashatile, a senior official in the African National Congress, says the aim of the vote is to remove Zuma so that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa can take over.Mashatile says Zuma faces a deadline Wednesday to respond to a ruling party order to leave office.“We can no longer keep South Africa waiting,” Mashatile says.Zuma has been discredited by corruption scandals. Police have raided the home of a prominent business family with links to the president.___8:30 a.m.South African police have raided the residential compound of a business family suspected of using its ties to President Jacob Zuma to influence Cabinet appointments and land state contracts.Agents from the Hawks, an elite police investigative unit, on Wednesday entered the compound of the Gupta family in Saxonwold, an affluent neighbourhood in Johannesburg.The raid happened as the ruling African National Congress Party awaited a response from Zuma after instructing him on Tuesday to quit office because of a series of scandals.The Gupta business family has been a flashpoint for national anger over corruption in state enterprises during Zuma’s tenure. A judicial commission is preparing to investigate the alleged graft.Zuma and the Guptas deny wrongdoing.
But the commission rejected the government’s request on the grounds that other increases have done little to meet the revenue needs at the Crown-owned utility.The utilities commission decision also formally approved earlier increases of four percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent last year.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson says it’s just another broken promise by an NDP government that stumbles into messes that cost all of us because it puts rhetoric ahead of planning.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VICTORIA, B.C. – Hydro rates in British Columbia will increase three percent in April after the province’s independent energy regulator overruled a government promise to freeze rates for one year.Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says she’s disappointed with the B.C. Utilities Commission’s decision, but it has prompted the government to immediately start planning to help those who are struggling to pay their power bills.The NDP government campaigned last spring on promises to tackle rising hydro rates and last November Mungall announced plans to request that the utilities commission freeze the scheduled April increase. read more
Washington DC – Bombardier believes its investment in Morocco, a location chosen for its internationally competitive manufacturing costs, low shipping and transportation costs and proximity to Europe, will serve as a springboard to the rest of the region and help it win an important part of the continent’s demand for new aircraft, said Forbes Magazine on Wednesday.Bombardier Aerospace gained a foothold in Africa when it began operations in a transition facility near Casablanca one year ago.The eventual permanent facility, currently in construction and due to open in late 2014, represents a $200 million investment that will create 850 jobs by 2020, it said on its website. “Our investment in Morocco shows our dedication to the continent’s economic development which is so intricately linked to regional aviation.We are confident the CSeries can boost the African sector’s ability to meet demands for traffic growth, reduced emissions, improved safety and added comfort,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft during a recent interview at Bombardier’s offices in Casablanca. read more
A “high-scoring round” is one in which the field average was more than three strokes over par.Source: ESPN Stats & information group Regular (29–38)2,765-0.471,153-0.58-0.11 When the going gets rough, the old get goingFirst- and second-round scores vs. field average under normal and high-scoring conditions in the British Open, by age, 1983-2016 Old (39 and older)1,616-0.11730-0.28-0.17 So why do older players excel at the British? One reason might be in the way experience helps players deal with the ever-changing weather conditions that often beset The Open — and how those same atmospheric effects negate the advantages of long-hitting younger players.To test this theory, I looked at data provided by Stats & Info for the first two rounds of each British Open since 1983. For players who have birthdate information in the database,2Because of incomplete data, about 20 percent of players who played in the British Open are missing age information. I broke them down into the following categories: “Young” (ages 28 or below — the youngest 25 percent of players), “Old” (ages 39 or older — the oldest 25 percent of players) and “Regular” (everyone else). I also recorded whether the average score for a given round was more than three strokes over par, considering such rounds to have “high-scoring” conditions. This is admittedly an imperfect proxy for weather effects, but in the absence of tee times and climate data, it will have to do as a means of flagging rounds where conditions were challenging.When scoring conditions were normal, old and young players shot equally well relative to the field average. (Players who fit neither category shot about a third of a stroke better on average, which makes sense given those players were in the primes of their careers.) But when conditions got bad, the young players shot worse — and the older ones shot better. In high-scoring rounds, young players lost about a third of a stroke per round relative to older players, an even bigger margin than the quarter-stroke they lost relative to prime-aged players.3It’s a safe assumption that the missing ages in this data set only work in the favor of the younger players: Many of the ones missing are amateurs and fringe international qualifiers, who typically put up worse scores; likewise, past Open winners age 60 or younger, who automatically qualify, also tend to perform poorly, but their ages are reflected here. Young (28 and younger)1,408-0.127260.00+0.12 PLAYER AGEROUNDSSCORE VS AVG.ROUNDSSCORE VS AVG.DIFF. NORMAL ROUNDHIGH-SCORING ROUND With first-time winners taking each of the last seven major titles, you might not think experience counts for much in golf anymore. But as the world’s top players head to Royal Birkdale for this week’s (British) Open, it serves as a reminder that the unique challenges of links-style courses still provide at least one championship showcase for golf’s greybeards.Traditionally speaking, championship golfers do the bulk of their winning in their late 20s and early-to-mid 30s: Since 2000, about 60 percent of major winners were age 32 or younger at the time of their victory. But the big exception seems to be the British Open, whose champs are consistently much older than those of the other majors. Of the five major wins by the 40-and-older set since 2000, only one of them didn’t come at The Open (Vijay Singh’s 2004 PGA Championship win). According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the average age for British Open winners since 2000 was 33.7, while the average age for all other major champs was 30.7.And the results have been even more extreme in recent years, with four 40-somethings winning the Claret Jug this decade,1Henrik Stenson in 2016, Phil Mickelson in 2013, Ernie Els in 2012 and Darren Clarke in 2011. and this doesn’t even count Zach Johnson (who won The Open at age 39 in 2015), nor does it reflect the heroic near-misses from old-timers this century, such as 59-year-old Tom Watson’s playoff loss at Turnberry in 2009 and 53-year-old Greg Norman’s third-place finish in 2008 — the last time Birkdale hosted the event. Since 2011, the average age for The Open winners has been 38.5, nearly 10 years older than the average of the other three majors (28.7), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Open weather can infamously turn on a dime, and it requires shots of a very different shape than the usual ones many younger Americans have spent the vast majority of their careers playing. So at least in part, this is evidence that experience — and not raw power — can help a player better navigate around such challenging conditions.And that shouldn’t be any different this time around, with typical rainy, gusty weather on the forecast for Royal Birkdale. So although this has been a great season for young players on the PGA Tour, don’t be surprised if the sport’s elder statesmen take center stage in England this week. read more
Eric Seger / Sports editorSenior safety C.J. Barnett answers questions following Ohio State’s fourth practice of fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.The NCAA implemented a new targeting rule in March for the 2013 season that will allow officials to eject any player who targets and hits a defenseless player above the shoulders, and the Ohio State football team is preparing for the change.In the Buckeyes’ fourth practice of the season on Wednesday, which Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany attended, freshman safety Chris Worley was flagged for hitting sophomore tight end Nick Vannett as he caught a pass at the goal line during a full team scrimmage. That led senior safety C.J. Barnett to say the officials “don’t even know what they are looking at.”Barnett said it is something the defensive coaches are teaching in the film room as well as on the practice field, but it does not change his mentality.“Play fast, play fast,” Barnett said. “And if you get a penalty you get a penalty, oh well. Next guy up.”Co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said, from a coaching standpoint, the rule change will affect everyone, not just OSU.“What it does is it makes coaches on defense sure you got two and three (players) deep,” Withers said. “It will affect you at some point in the season. You hope not, but there’s a good possibility.”As the rule is intended to make the game safer, Withers said it is his job to get that message across to the players.“We always talk about it in the secondary room, about how that’s a lot of time where it comes from,” Withers said. “The back end with those bang-bang plays. It’s a rule about safety and, as a coach, you have to teach it as a rule about safety.”Senior safety Christian Bryant said it is a rule he would rather not “speak on,” but as a leader on the team, it is just another thing the veterans are responsible for handing down to the young guys.“All of the older guys in the secondary are just trying to do a good job of leading a lot of young guys in the right direction and showing them the way,” Bryant said.One of those veterans is redshirt junior corner Bradley Roby, who practiced with the second-team defense Wednesday.Roby is waiting a pretrial hearing later this month for a misdemeanor battery charge from an incident at a Bloomington,Ind., bar.Bryant said he thinks the experience will be humbling for his teammate.“I feel like it’s a humbling experience for (Roby), just him stepping down with the twos right now,” Bryant said. “He’s doing a pretty good job of taking that role and understanding what he needs to do and showing the young guys that he doesn’t really have a problem with it.”Barnett agreed, saying Roby knows the price he has to deal with.“Coach Meyer doesn’t tolerate anything,” Barnett said. “He messed up and broke a rule and he’s gotta pay for it.”Replacing Roby at corner is not the only thing the defense is concentrating on during camp. Even though the unit lost seven starters from last year’s 12-0 squad, Barnett said the team will be fine.“I know we lost Johnny (former defensive lineman John Simon) and Hank (former defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins) and all, but it’s Ohio State. One down, next up,” Barnett said. “We’re not really worried about who we lost but more of who’s next.”From the offensive side of the ball, freshman Dontre Wilson was all the buzz again, catching passes both as a wide receiver and from the back field. He outraced members of the defensive secondary easily on numerous occasions, and Bryant called him a “special player right now.”“I feel like he has a lot of attributes that he can bring to the team,” Bryant said. “One of those things is just being elusive.”Wilson was not the only freshman who caught the eyes of the veteran defenders, as both Bryant and Barnett said wide receiver Jalin Marshall also jumped out after he returned a kick off for a touchdown.“He’s one of those guys who’s a strong, fast guy, so he can produce at any position,” Bryant said. read more
The legendary German footballer believes that in order to get back to the top, the Nationalmannschaft needs to enjoy football again.2018 was a year to forget for the Germany national team.The defending FIFA World Cup champions did not make it out alive of the Group Stage of the 2018 competition.And then it failed miserably in the UEFA Nations League tournament.Part of the blame is that the Nationalmannschaft is not enjoying football as before, at least this is what legendary footballer Oliver Bierhoff believes.“I am convinced that although it felt that way last summer, German football is not far away from being the world’s best,” said Bierhoff to the official Germany Football Association website.“We need more emotion again. Despite all the systems, we also need to create space for the development of individuals.”“We need more playground mentality again,” he explained.“Together with the league and clubs we aim to establish a successful German way,” he said.“We need to start making the most of our talent pool again, and also develop the boys and girls of our youth teams as best we can.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Our analysis has shown that at least a third of the talent available to us is not developed to its full potential,” he said on what needs to be changed.Germany’s 2018 World Cup run was the worst of any German national team in history.“We have one head coach and two assistants in our youth teams,” added Meikel Schönweitz, head coach of the national youth teams.“With that, with have three coaches in every team and three different types of coaches: the experienced one, the innovative one, and the specialist.”“My job is to help the coaches to further develop their expertise,” he continued.“We’re seeing things that we could take for our own work more and more. The goal is to get through to the players through the coach and fully develop talent. I see myself as a go-to for the players. We’re already looking at who has the upcoming tournaments in their sights and who could help us at EURO 2024.”Happy 28th Birthday to Christoph #Kramer! 🎉#DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/RiLJEXMH1X— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) February 19, 2019 read more
Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 19, 2016 – Orderly and peaceful were the elections of the Turks and Caicos and the Governor on Friday expressed his pleasure that that reputation of TCI remained intact.HE Dr John Freeman also congratulated Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, from Friday: “I am pleased that the election on 15 December passed in an orderly manner. I congratulate the People’s Democratic Movement and its leader, the Hon. Mrs Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, on their party’s victory. I relayed my congratulations to her this afternoon. I look forward to working with TCI’s elected officials in effective partnership for the good of all the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands”On Saturday evening, the Governor officially made Sharlene Robinson premier by proclamation; Madame Premier Robinson is no stranger to being a pioneering woman – she was the first female Deputy Leader of the PDM, the first female Leader of the PDM and the first female Leader of the Opposition in the House of Assembly. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo read more