[wzslider autoplay=”true”]The divers from Mostar welcomed the female divers of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship yesterday and bestowed them with flowers. After that, Vedad Pašić performed the traditional Mostar Swallow dive from the Old Bridge in their honor.That was an overture into the training of elite male and female divers prior to today’s first rounds of the Championship, scheduled at 1 pm.Todor Spasov from Bulgaria was the first to jump off the 28-meter-high platform. The honor to be the first female diver to jump from the female platform set at 20 meters of height on the Old Bridge went to Yana Nestsiarava from Belarus.Since the Old Bridge was closed for visitors, interested audience flocked into the surrounding catering facilities and the beach under the Old Bridge, wanting to see the world’s best divers and witness their incredible skills. Gasps and thunderous applause followed every dive and it is certain that a true spectacle will be held on the Old Bridge today and tomorrow.Dive from the 28-meter-high platform lasts for three seconds. In that timeframe, divers must perform several turns, amaze the jury with their acrobatics, and plunge into the water immaculately, so that their dive causes as less water splashing as possible.The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship starts tomorrow at 13 pm on the Old Bridge in Mostar. Fourteen of the best world divers and eight female divers will perform at the seventh stop of the championship which is being held in BiH for the second consecutive year. Entrance is free.(Source: klix.ba/photo: radiosarajevo.ba)
Charlie Austin scored twice, taking his tally for the season to 10, as QPR fought back from 2-0 down at Loftus Road.Goals Joleon Lescott and Silvestre Varela put West Brom two up within 20 minutes but Austin responded by belting in a penalty and then, three minutes into the second half, pouncing from close range to haul his team level.Rangers fell behind when Lescott headed home after Sebastien Pocognoli’s right-wing corner had been flicked on at the near post by Stephane Sessegnon.Varela doubled Albion’s lead when he waltzed through the QPR defence and applied the finish after exchanging passes with Sessegnon, who has been a constant threat.But Rangers were given a much needed boost when James Morrison was adjudged to have impeded Leroy Fer after keeper Ben Foster had spilled Joey Barton’s corner and Austin converted the resulting penalty.And the striker struck again when Barton’s corner was headed against the bar by Richard Dunne and Bobby Zamora headed the loose ball towards Austin, who smashed into the roof of the net.Albion caused Rangers problems on the right-hand side in the early stages.In the second minute, Sessegnon pulled the ball back for Craig Gardner, whose shot was pushed out by keeper Rob Green.There was another anxious moment for the home side when Sessegnon took on Yun Suk-Young – who later went off injured – and found Baggies forward Brown Ideye, who fired wastefully over.Lescott made no mistake, however, nodding in his first goal since joining Albion in the summer.Sessegnon was also involved in the second goal 10 minutes later and the visitors looked in complete control before Austin, back from suspension, netted for the fifth consecutive home game.Albion remained dangerous and Rangers continued to struggle to contain Sessegnon, who had a powerful effort tipped over by Green five minutes before the break.But the R’s were level soon after the restart – and Barton then appealed in vain for a penalty, claiming he had been tripped by Morrison in the box. QPR (4-4-2): Green, Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Yun (Hill 29), Vargas, Henry, Barton, Fer, Austin, Zamora. Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Phillips. Mutch, Kranjcar, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
MILWAUKEE — The Giants may have spent four days resting during the All-Star break, but it wouldn’t come as a shock if there were restless nights for players confronting uncertain futures.After the club won for the seventh time in nine games on the final day of the first half on Sunday, Giants players seemed to understand their fate. Win, and the front office might just keep the current roster together. Lose, and the Giants may have no choice but to sell off veteran assets and completely shift …
What are South Africa’s prospects in the global economy? At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, the Mail & Guardian puts your questions to trade and industry minister Rob Davies, Colin Coleman of Goldman Sachs and communications minister Yunus Carrim, in a Google+ Hangout hosted in partnership with Brand South Africa.Watch the video:
Panelists Sandile Mabuza, executive secretary to the interim council, University of Mpumalanga, and Bonolo Ramokhele, executive director at investment company LeoFortisSome 50 community members, mostly youngsters, attended the Sowetan Dialogues at the Ehlanzeni FET Collage in Nelspruit on 25 April 2014. Hosted with Brand South Africa, the Sowetan Dialogues bring together leaders and communities to discuss issues that affect the community and contribute to nation-building and civic pride.The Nelspruit session centred on leadership and how residents could use positive thinking to rise above their circumstances.The panel discussions leaders were: Bonolo Ramokhele, executive director at investment company LeoFortis; Roy Makwakwa, a manager in the Ehlanzeni District executive mayor’s office; Ntokozo Majola, provincial manager (Mpumalanga) for the Small Enterprise Development Agency; and Sandile Mabuza, executive secretary to the interim council, University of Mpumalanga.LEADERSHIPLorraine Mofokeng from The SowetanRamokhele said that leadership starts within the community; “Leadership starts within your community. It also doesn’t need to have a monetary value behind it.”He added that poverty should never define the type of person one becomes as it’s “just a financial point in your life”.Ramokhele advised the audience that there is no need to “play small”, saying, “Leadership is not demonstrated when you are a billionaire; it begins by doing what you can do when you can, wherever you can.”Makwakwa said: “The winning formula in life is the acquisition of positive thoughts.”He added that thoughts become actions and that nothing good comes from being negative; he encouraged the young people at the dialogue to see bad situations as challenges to improve their circumstances, and themselves.He said, “If the panellists sitting here today allowed ourselves to be defined by our circumstances, we would not be where we are. We cannot allow ourselves to be trapped by the past. We must help ourselves, we must play our part. A positive mind is essential to achieve one’s potential.”Majola said: “You mould your own character and determine your future regardless of your background.”Nelspruit youth listen attentively to the panelistsLONG WALK TO FREEDOMShe encouraged the audience to read former president, Nelson Mandela’s self-penned autobiography Long Walk to Freedom to understand where South Africa comes from.“Leadership is not determined by titles and before one becomes a leader, one should be able to manage oneself – and lead by example,” she said.Mabuza said education and entrepreneurship can free individuals and communities. He advised the audience to try their hands at entrepreneurship to create jobs for themselves, rather than look for jobs that aren’t available.The dialogue concluded with panellists and audience members chatting informally, and the youngsters receiving information on securing funding to study further.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in the forecast this morning. We have two more dry days here in Ohio as sunshine dominates. A second cool front will work across the state today from NNW to SE, giving a pleasantly cool morning and daytime highs also pleasant, just short of normal. We will start to see temps climb just a bit tomorrow, but we still won’t exceed normal. Rains show up Friday morning, slowly at first, but then build through the day. Rains look to be heavier now back in SW parts of Ohio, and in the southern half of the state in general on Friday. However, the lingering action that we will talk about shortly favors better weekend rains in the northern half of the state, so we end up with good coverage of higher amounts. On Friday. From I-70 southward we can see half to 1.5” rains, with the higher end of the range back in SW areas near Cincinnati. The northern half of the state will see rains of .25″-1″, with the 1 inch number coming only with a few isolated thunderstorms on Friday. Saturday and Sunday we see additional rains as we are in the “most favored” zone for wraparound and lingering action. In fact, we can see rains still going at it as we head into Monday morning. Additional rains of .25″-1″ will be seen for the weekend period, bringing 3 day totals to over 2 inches in spots. Coverage will be 90% of the state. The map below shows rain totals through Saturday evening. Even though we can start Monday with a few showers still holding on in eastern Ohio, we are dry for [pretty much the entire week next week, Monday afternoon through Friday. However, temperatures do not look to be a big story. We spend most of next week near normal. Temperatures this weekend will be below normal as the rains and that front move through. The extended period has a system around the 28th into the 29th with rain potential of half to 1”, and another system around the 31st into the 1st that can be produce similar results. However, models seem to be hinting at some degradation of the systems, and they may end up with less moisture to work with. So, while we see some rain potential in the near-term forecast, there still is a lot of dry air next week, and no guarantees we finish the month with any help. The driest areas of the northern half of the state may have trouble getting more than just minor short-term relief this weekend.
Constables follow orders of their seniors. But, besides doing what they are told to do, constables in the Assam Police have begun giving ideas to top officers for better policing.They have, in the process, drawn the attention of the officers to niggles in the department and what needs to be done to boost the morale of men and women at the bottom of the ranks.An “ideas exchange” interaction between the officers and the constabulary was organised on Friday at the 4th Assam Police Battalion in Guwahati. It was a first-of-its-kind initiative where the officers listened to the constables, speaking only to tell them what could be done with their ideas. “This interaction, followed by a community feast, was for letting the constables share their experience since they know the ground realities better and deal with people more than the officers. The idea was to try to incorporate new ideas towards better, people-friendly policing,” Kuladhar Saikia, Assam’s Director-General of Police told The Hindu on Saturday.The officers of the Inspector-General of Police rank and above, noted suggestions such as turning up at social or religious functions to congratulate or wish the people, and attending the funeral of a villager. The constables also suggested putting the “right man in the right place”. Khargeswar Deka, a constable from western Assam’s Dhubri said the force had post-graduates working as drivers and reporting to police station officers who were academically inferior. “We can make better use of qualifications and certain skills of our colleagues with a bit of honing,” he said. Badrul Haque Laskar from southern Assam’s Hailakandi said the constables get deflated by the lack of promotions. “The department has not conducted exams for constables to become assistant sub-inspectors since 2004,” he said. “We are working on skill development. Eight of our 29 Battalions have been chosen for developing classrooms with computers where all police personnel will be given a refresher course including on public relations every three years,” said A.K. Sinha Casshyap, Special DGP (Training and Armed Police). But some constables underlined the deficiencies of the battalions. Hemanta Narzary from north-eastern Assam’s Likabali said the battalions should have a school for children of the department’s staff. “Each battalion has more than a thousand families and a school would keep us off certain worries while on duty,” he said.“We hope to interact more with the backbone of our 80,000-strong force. Their points have been well taken,” Mr. Saikia said.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins (1) delivers a pitch against Illinois on May 2, 2015. OSU lost, 6-5.Credit: Elliot Gilfix / For The LanternWhile the No. 25 Ohio State baseball team is enjoying its best season in several years, a weekend visit from the No. 7 Illinois Fighting Illini stood as a harsh reminder of who the class of the Big Ten is.Illinois (40-6-1, 16-1) won its 19th, 20th and 21st consecutive games with a weekend sweep of the Buckeyes (31-13, 12-6) at Bill Davis Stadium.OSU, looking to salvage the series with a win on Sunday, knocked in a run in each of the first two innings to grab an early 2-0 lead. However, that would be all they would muster off of one of the nation’s top pitching staffs.The Buckeyes were shut out by the Illini the rest of the way, and Illinois scored one in the third and two in the fourth to grab a 3-2 lead. It would remain that way until the top of the sixth, when Illinois blew it open with a three-run inning.A throwing error by OSU senior left-hander Ryan Riga put Illinois up by two runs, and a two-run single made it 6-2, which stood as the final score.Riga, who came into the game second on OSU’s staff in earned-run average, was hit hard to the tune of six runs, nine hits and three walks in six innings. He dropped to 5-3 on the year with the loss.Saturday’s contest was a back-and-forth affair in which the Buckeyes came up just a little short.OSU, just as they would the following afternoon, jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, scoring a run in each of the first two frames. The score remained that way until the fifth inning, when Illinois took advantage of two OSU errors to grab a 3-2 lead.The Buckeyes would answer immediately, as just two batters into the bottom of the frame, the game was tied.Sophomore outfielder Troy Montgomery scored freshman outfielder Tre’ Gantt from first with a double. Montgomery then came in on a two-out RBI single by sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson to put the Buckeyes back ahead.Just like the Illini lead, however, that would prove to be short-lived.A three-run top of the sixth put Illinois up 6-4 and chased OSU sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins from the game.While the Buckeyes would add a run in the bottom of the seventh to make it a one-run game, they ran into the nearly impenetrable force that is Illinois preseason second-team All-American, junior left-hander Tyler Jay.Jay, who is second in the nation with a 0.73 ERA, worked 2.1 innings, allowing just one hit for his ninth save of the season to preserve the 6-5 victory.Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the man who is just a tick behind Jay at third in the nation in ERA also resides in Champaign.Junior left-hander Kevin Duchene actually raised his 0.74 season ERA with an eight-inning, three-hit, one-run domination of OSU in Friday night’s series opener.The Buckeyes fell behind 4-0 after two innings, as OSU sophomore left-hander Tanner Tully was ineffective against the Illinois bats.Tully, the 2014 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, surrendered eight earned runs in five innings.The Illini outhit OSU 13-4 and featured four hitters with multi-hit performances.OSU’s bullpen was a highlight of the weekend for the home team, as five Buckeye relievers combined for 10.2 shutout innings in the three games, allowing just six hits.Over 2,000 fans were in attendance at Bill Davis Stadium for each of the three weekend contests, OSU’s three largest home crowds of the season.The Buckeyes will look to get back on the winning side with a pair of nonconference in-state matchups. They are set to travel to Oxford, Ohio, to take on Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday before heading south to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats the following night. Both games are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.