At 34, Ben Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, UFC fighter Ben Askren waits for the start of a middleweight mixed martial arts bout between David Branch and Jared Cannonier at UFC 230, in New York. Askren is finally making his UFC debut after a decade in mixed martial arts and a lifetime of wrestling. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)Ben Askren retired nearly 18 months ago. He was content to end his mixed martial arts career as one of the best fighters never to compete in the UFC.Although the unbeaten former collegiate wrestling star had dominated competition around the world for nearly a decade, his tactical fighting style and his personal beefs with UFC President Dana White had kept him off the sport’s biggest stage — and Askren insists he was at peace with it all.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “I was retired,” he said. “I was happy. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do in life. But I said, ‘This opportunity is too good to pass up. I’m going to take it.’ I’m here to compete, and that’s it.”Askren traveled a long way from suburban Milwaukee to the Vegas lights. He hasn’t fought in the U.S. in nearly six years during an MMA career that began shortly after he competed in freestyle wrestling in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Missouri won the Bellator welterweight title in just his seventh pro bout in 2010, but he wasn’t offered a UFC contract when he became a free agent in 2013. He moved to the Singapore-based One Championship and won another title, defending that belt four times while fighting in China, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. Askren never betrayed much dissatisfaction with his situation, praising the promotions that employed him while the UFC ignored him.Tyron Woodley, the UFC welterweight champion, was Askren’s wrestling teammate at Missouri. The close friends have trained together for UFC 235, which features Woodley’s latest title defense against Kamaru Usman in the co-main event.“I just felt like Ben wanted to compete against the best guys, be treated fairly, be paid well and keep dominating, so I didn’t know if he had to be in the UFC to actually facilitate those wants and needs,” Woodley said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy 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 award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The UFC shipped former flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to One in exchange for Askren, and both fighters eagerly jumped at the opportunity.“When this thing happened, I think it hit everybody by surprise, because who the hell would have thought a trade would have ever happened?” Woodley said. “I think it’s dope for the sport.”White hasn’t said much publicly about the reasoning behind the UFC’s decision to sign Askren after so many years. Askren still hasn’t talked to White at any length since the move.“I don’t think he wants to talk to me,” Askren said. “Maybe he doesn’t feel like he needs to, and that’s fine. Whatever.”Askren has changed during his decade in the game. He barely knew how to punch when he started, instead dominating with his superb wrestling, but his striking and jiu-jitsu have steadily improved.But his plan against Lawler (28-12) is simple and obvious, according to Askren: “Close the distance and wrestle him. Can you see a scenario where he beats me on the ground? I can’t see it.”Askren’s fans and teammates can’t believe the wait is finally over. They’re confident Askren will seize this surprising opportunity — and they can’t wait to hear what he’ll have to say about White and the UFC after it’s over.“He’s been talking like this since college, and I’ve just been trying to calm him down, because I recognize it’s an art behind it,” Woodley said. “It’s not ever taking away from his performance.”center_img “I can only control things I can control,” Askren said. “There was a guy who didn’t like me, and I can’t control that, and that was the reason I didn’t fight the better guys.”And then the UFC finally called last year. The 34-year-old Askren decided to answer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAfter winning belts in the Bellator and One Championship promotions, Askren (18-0) finally makes his UFC debut Saturday night against former champion Robbie Lawler. Instead of enjoying retirement, Askren will be locked in the T-Mobile Arena cage at UFC 235 for a perilous matchup with an inveterate brawler.Askren is at peace with this development, too. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LA Galaxy unveil statue of Beckham before 2-1 win over Chicago LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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Father of 4 dies in Mazaruni River mishap

first_img– body retrieved after boat capsizesThe swollen body of 36-year-old Orson Gishard of Wismar, Linden, Region 10 was dragged out of the Mazaruni River in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) on Sunday morning. He died following a boat mishap on the river on Saturday.Based on information Guyana Times received, three other persons were travelling in the boat at the time of the incident. It was windy, and the waters were rougher than usual, thus the boat, carrying the four individuals to another location, capsized.Police are working on the theory that, in falling into the water, Gishard may have hit his head, lost consciousness and consequently drowned. The other persons in the boat were reportedly able to make it to shore safely.Police Commander Ravindranauth Budhram has said the 36-year-old Gishard was among four passengers in the boat when it capsized while crossing the Kaburi Creek in the Mazaruni River, but the incident is being investigated by the Police in ‘F’ Division.Gishard’s death comes one day after another boat capsized in the Upper Cuyuni River on Friday last. Fortunately, there were no casualties in that mishap, since all the passengers were able to make it back into the boat safely.Gishard’s sister, Mellisa (only name given), said the father of four had been working with Brian & Ingrid Fung Mining and Trucking Service as a serviceman for only two months, and was making his way into the Issano mining district for work when tragedy struck.“We were told that he was making his way up to the Issano area when the boat capsize; and they weren’t finding a couple of them, but then, around 06:30 hrs, they call us and said that they found his body and the others was safe,” she related.She described her brother as a good swimmer and said she is unaware of all the circumstances involved in his demise, but it is reported that Gishard may have hit his head when the vessel capsized and may have lost consciousness and drowned.Mellisa told Guyana Times that not a lot of information has been afforded the family, and everything is being channelled through her brother’s employers. Efforts made by this publication to elicit a comment from the management of Brian & Ingrid Fung Mining and Trucking Service have been unsuccessful.Gishard has been described as a jovial person with a kind heart. He had once been a member of the GDF Air Corps, and leaves to mourn his four children along with his parents and siblings. The investigations into his death are ongoing.last_img read more

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Unearthing science

first_imgBy Shelly Leachman STAFF WRITER It was an odd experiment, to be sure: An enormous Asian elephant – 5 tons large – buried on a southeast section of a college campus, while yards away, near a baseball diamond, a rare black rhinoceros got similar treatment. But it happened right here in the South Bay, at Carson-based California State University, Dominguez Hills, back in 1979. The brainstorm of elephant-obsessed, then-psychology professor Jack Adams, the experiment’s goal was retrieval of the beasts’ bones for a comparison study aimed at revealing “why elephants do what they do,” Daily Breeze reporter James Bronson then wrote of the research. The elephant, Reed, had died of a heart attack and was donated by its owner for Adams’ research. It arrived on a flatbed truck and was buried near the school’s current gym. “Why don’t elephants jump?” Adams asked no one in particular as a crew of volunteers, friends and campus staffers cooperated – with the help of a massive backhoe – to dig the gargantuan animal carcass from the dirt some six months after it was buried. As if the rhetorical question were a pop quiz, a graduate student aiding the exhumation effort eagerly replied: “An elephant’s legs are straight up and down, like pylons. If they jump they could shatter bones all over their bodies. That’s why they don’t jump.” The spectacle of a pachyderm getting unearthed on a college campus drew many onlookers in addition to local media, who together looked on in “amusement, eagerness and disbelief,” Bronson wrote, as Adams – wearing a surgical mask and rubber gloves – climbed into the elephant’s grave to ensure the remains weren’t damaged. “Gently, gently!” he shouted, waving his arms at the backhoe operator while the curious were “smacked in the nose” by a “strong gaseous smell” emanating from the 15-foot-deep hole. “It’s a smelly procedure,” Adams would later note to the campus newspaper, “but it’s the only practical way to do it. The only other way is to boil the skin off, but it’s hard to find a pot big enough for an elephant.” Adams would eventually study the bones, mount them on mobile platforms and store them in his lab. He always hoped the school would be the site of an all-elephant museum – a wish that went unfulfilled. The elephant bones were ultimately donated to the Oregon Zoo. The noted professor – a longtime campus favorite – also went on to write a book, Wild Elephants in Captivity, that remains rare for its focus. Published in 1981, it contained both scientific data on elephants and a section on how to train them. Now out of print but still cited in more recent studies of the animals, used copies of the hard-to-find, Adams-penned paperback are going for nearly $500 on Amazon.com. Adams died about 10 years ago, according to campus officials. shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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401(k) plan can help trim taxes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Another point worth noting – your e-mails show many don’t understand this point – is that your tax bracket depends solely on your taxable income for the year, not on how much you have saved. You can have retirement accounts in the seven figures and be in the lowest tax bracket as long as your taxable income, including any retirement plan withdrawals, doesn’t exceed a certain amount (for 2007, $63,700 for married couples filing jointly). To keep our taxable income low, we rely primarily (but not exclusively) on self-employed 401(k) plans available since 2002 under a 2001 tax law. All self-employed individuals and owner-only businesses are eligible to set up these plans and save on taxes. The savings can be substantial. Regular contribution limits for 2007 are $15,500 in salary deferral for each person, plus one-fourth of compensation (business income minus expenses), up to a total maximum of $45,000. People 50 or over like Georgina and me are entitled to an additional $5,000 “catch-up” salary deferral, making the overall maximum contribution $50,000 per person this year. None of the money contributed counts as taxable income until withdrawn. Georgina and I each contribute the maximum allowed based on our income. These higher contribution limits are one benefit of being self-employed. In a regular 401(k) plan, 2007 limits are $15,500, plus a $5,000 catch-up contribution for workers 50 and over, still a substantial amount. A chance remark on a column about year-round tax savings has prompted a few skeptical if not downright cynical responses. I mentioned that my wife, Georgina, and I are in the 15 percent tax bracket, the second lowest (brackets range from 10 percent to 35 percent). Many readers wanted to know how that could be, thinking we are resorting to tax trickery. “Hmm, let’s see,” began one e-mail. “You and your wife stash away lots in your pension plan and write off many expenses since you are self-employed. You need to get a substantial raise, maybe? Better hope some IRS agent reading your column doesn’t get too curious.” Allow me to give you the prosaic scoop, showing how saving on taxes is a fairly straightforward matter, with self-employed individuals enjoying some additional opportunities. But working for ourselves, we are saddled with hefty health insurance premiums and must pay double in Social Security and Medicare taxes (both the employee and employer share). The self-employed can at least subtract health insurance premiums and one half of Social Security and Medicare taxes from their taxable income. After also subtracting self-employed 401(k) contributions, our combined adjusted work income last year amounted to just $12,911. We wouldn’t owe a cent of income taxes on that amount because our normal personal exemptions and standard deduction alone added up to $16,900. If not for other taxable income, including interest and dividends, we wouldn’t have owed any income tax (we would have still owed Social Security and Medicare tax). And yes, we took the standard deduction – which has risen to $10,700 for married couples filing jointly in 2007 – because we didn’t have enough eligible deductible expenses to exceed that amount. As to “business expense write-offs,” which are separate from standard or itemized deductions, we claimed all of $49 last year for “meals and entertainment” (lunches with visiting out-of-town sources) and $210 for supplies and office expenses (mostly printer ink, envelopes and paper). We each did claim expenses for the use of a home office, since we both have a room we use regularly and exclusively for business. This legitimate but misunderstood deduction saved us $469 in taxes, a fair amount but not the thousands many readers thought. Send questions or comments to Humberto Cruz at AskHumberto@aol.com or c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207. Personal replies are not possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Letterkenny Athletic Club: Annmarie records great time in tense ‘Lough 5’ race

first_imgAnnmarie McGlynn took part in the ‘Lough 5’ race on Saturday in the village of Loughmacrory, near Omagh, Co Tyrone. Annmarie had an excellent run in the 5 mile race. She was 2nd in the women’s race, and 7th overall, in a time of 28.21.The 1st woman was City of Derry’s Catherine Whoriskey, whose time was 28.07.On Thursday, Deirdre Diver was 2nd woman in the Rosses 8K race. LAC’s Paul Rua McBride also had a good run. Sean McFadden organised a run in the beautiful surroundings of Coravaddy forest on Saturday. The proceeds, of €1104, all went to the Paul Holian Fund.Sean was greatly assisted in his organisational efforts by his own family and by fellow LAC man, Ciaran O’Donnell and some of his family.First across the line was in-form Karl Doogan, who was followed by Paddy Ryan and Ben Carr. Marie Boyle and Fionnuala Larkin were the first women.Jane Gormley had a fine run in the last Letterkenny parkrun of the year and finished in 22.21. Peter McLean clocked 27.07 in his 36th parkrun. Young Ronan Burke was the first finisher in the 11-14 age group in 29.59. Several LAC runners got 2017 off to an energetic start by running in the Raphoe 5K on January 1st. LAC runners were to the fore in the event which attracted well in excess of 200 runners.Pauric Breslin showed that he intends 2017 to be as successful as 2016 was. He won in style in a time of 16.23. He was followed home by club mate, Sean McFadden, whose time was 16.43. Paul McFadden finished in 18.04.Martin Gormley, taking part in his 4th race in 9 days, picked up 1st prize in the M50 category in 18.40. Martin’s daughter, Eimear, on holiday from her teaching job in Dublin, acheived a PB of 21.06.Richard Raymond continued his good form and clocked 21.35. He was closely followed by Cathal Roarty in 21.41.Jimmy Gildea, who has served the club well since its inception many years ago, ran 33.45. Letterkenny AC will be organising a race on Sunday January 8th. The ‘Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure 3K and 5K Fun Run and Walk’ will start at 10.30am from Michael Murphy Sports and registration will be from 9.00am. Changing facilities and showers are available at Letterkenny Community Centre. The club is grateful to Michael Murphy for the generous sponsorship provided by his business.The club would like to congratulate Olympian and club member, Catriona Jennings, on her recent marriage to Martin McCoy.Letterkenny AC would like to wish a Happy New Year to all those people and organisations, including athletes, coaches, sponsors and media outlets, who helped to make 2016 such a successful year for the club.Letterkenny Athletic Club: Annmarie records great time in tense ‘Lough 5’ race was last modified: January 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Athletic Clublough 5racelast_img read more

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New thrill ride to speed, swoop in sky

first_img For coaster fans, the coming ride has generated some subdued online buzz – perhaps optimism – about the direction of a beloved theme park they believe is hampered by weak management, with corporate ownership in flux, Niles said. Oklahoma City-based Six Flags Inc. is up for sale, with Dan Snyder, owner of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, angling to take over. “Fans are willing to forgive and forget if you deliver a really great ride,” Niles said. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’ll be going around the mountain terrain of Six Flags,” Carpenter said. “It just adds a new dimension to it,” she said – unlike a new ride built on an isolated site. Robert Niles, editor of Theme Park Insider, an online guide to amusement parks around the world, said a common criticism is “they just slap roller coasters on top of parking lots and (have) not tried to theme them and work with the surroundings.” So the new approach in Valencia is keeping roller coaster fanatics interested and guessing, he said. “Now they’re taking advantage of that hill, so a lot of fans are curious how they utilize that.” The park’s last new roller coaster, Scream, opened in April 2003. So it’s time for a new one, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. “About every two years, if you’re a theme park, you have to have a major new attraction,” he said. “Disneyland reopened Space Mountain this year. Magic Mountain is doing another next year. … Things like this are a draw; you can only do so much Hollywood and beaches.” VALENCIA – A red-and-yellow steel dragon intended to break the roller-coaster mold at Magic Mountain will open in time to celebrate the park’s 35th anniversary, officials said Wednesday. Dubbed Tatsu, a Japanese word for “dragon,” the park’s 17th coaster is expected to open in the spring. When completed, it will launch thrill-seekers on a 3-minute ride that reaches speeds of 62 mph and boasts a 111-foot drop. Riders will be strapped in horizontally on their stomachs to simulate flying under the dragon. “We are the thrill park, and we are known for coasters,” said Sue Carpenter, spokeswoman for Magic Mountain at Six Flags California, Valencia. The new one, designed by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, is among the “largest capital investments in recent years” at the park, she said. Tatsu’s 3,602 feet of track winds around the area’s hilly terrain, even dodging nearby attractions such as the Revolution roller coaster and the landmark Sky Tower along the way. last_img read more

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Markievicz Award for Falcarragh poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin

first_imgDonegal writer and poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin has been announced as one of the first recipients of the new Markievicz Award.The award is a new bursary scheme for artists launched to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appointment of the first female cabinet minister, Constance de Markievicz.Annemarie Ní Churreáin, who is originally from Doire Chonaire outside Falcarragh, is part of a collective of poets who received one of the €20,000 awards. Annemarie Ní ChurreáinAnnemarie will be working alongside fellow poets Kimberley Campanello and Dimitra Xidous to create a project titled (S)worn State(S): Poems After Constance Markievicz.Taking the theme of ‘witness’ in the context of women’s lives and the Irish State 2012-23 and beyond, this project will result in a suite of new poems and culminate in a live performance & a letter-press publication by The Salvage Press.Annemarie is the author of two books – the highly acclaimed Bloodroot and Town and the 2019 Culture Ambassador for Donegal.The 2019 Markievicz Awards were presented by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD. The Minister congratulated each of the award recipients and wished them well in applying the award to underpinning their practice and further developing their craft.  Markievicz Award for Falcarragh poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin was last modified: September 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Xhosa knitwear design goes global

first_img8 September 2010When Laduma Ngxokolo, a textile graduate from South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, decided to create a range of men’s knitwear as part of a research project for his studies, he had no idea his love of knitting would cause such a stir in the fashion industry.“It feels like a dream some days,” Ngxokolo says when asked how it feels to go from being a student to an internationally acclaimed men’s knitwear designer.Ngxokolo’s distinctive pure kid mohair and Merino wool jerseys celebrate traditional Xhosa heritage and have put the spotlight on South African design talent.The fashion world first took notice of Ngxokolo’s designs when he entered an international competition initiated by the Society of Dyes and Colourists.He won the national leg of the competition, earning him a trip to London, some money and the Veronica Bell Trophy.He then went on to compete against eight other countries and, much to his surprise, was named the overall winner.Since then, one of his knitwear pieces was nominated for the 2011 Design Indaba Most Beautiful Objects in South Africa competition.Research project with a differenceAlthough wool and mohair garments have come to be associated with high-end fashion, Ngxokolo’s original intention for the jerseys was far much more practical.“For my BTech research project, I wanted to develop a Xhosa-inspired range of knitwear for amakrwala Xhosa for new initiates,” he says.In Eastern Cape Xhosa communities, boys between the age of 18 and 23 undergo circumcision as part of a manhood initiation ritual. After initiates return home from initiation school, they are guided through a six-month process where their elders teach them manhood protocol. Xhosa initiates are traditionally called amakrwala during this process.Before amakrwala attend circumcision school, all their old clothes are given away, which symbolises the end of boyhood. Their parents have to buy them new clothing, including high-quality men’s knitwear. This is where Ngxokolo saw a gap in the market.Amakrwala buy imported knitwear brands, but he says these bear no resemblance to Xhosa traditions. For this reason, Ngxokolo wanted to develop knitwear using only traditional Xhosa designs and colours.He says that amakrwala are influenced by urban, western styles and it was important to create contemporary garments that are still in keeping with Xhosa culture. He also wanted to use long-lasting fibres. “One of my main considerations was to use high-quality materials so that the items could be passed down to the next generation,” Ngxokolo adds.Finding design inspirationThe designs and patterns for each jersey are well researched. “I draw inspiration from traditional Xhosa beadwork. I add my own interpretation of each design and then develop the knitting motifs. This makes each jersey distinctive,” he says.The recurring zig-zag, arrow and diamond motifs found in Xhosa beadwork designs are structured geometrically, making them ideal for knitting.There is no sense of mass-production associated with Ngxokolo’s garments. Designing, sourcing of wool, dyeing and production can take up to a month. Once he has found motifs that he likes, he develops computer-aided knitwear designs resembling those of traditional Xhosa beadwork.Colour is important in Xhosa culture and the palette of each jersey is well thought-out.“Orange is one of my favourite colours. I select light, medium and dark colours so that they can be mixed and matched to form exciting colour combinations,” he says. The patterns on each jersey are attractively arranged, using various shades of red, orange, green, brown and even a touch of blue.Natural fibresNgxokolo is a purist and big supporter of using local and natural fibre in fashion. “Consumers are becoming more discerning about what they buy and wear and natural fibres are much more popular these days,” he says.All his jerseys are knitted using only pure wool and mohair from the Eastern Cape. “I enjoy working with mohair and wool because both fibres are durable, breathable and they have good colour fastness.”The Eastern Cape is a leading producer of high-quality wool and mohair, producing the majority of the world’s mohair. The absence of a thriving textile industry means the majority of mohair is exported.Ngxokolo says that in utilising the fibre, he can indirectly contribute to the sustainability of local farmers and small-scale black community farmers.Building a businessThanks to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) incubator initiative, a programme that helps promising graduates turn their creative ideas into viable businesses, Ngxokolo is on his way to building a thriving business.The NMMU Fashion and Textile Department provides him with a rent-free workshop and he is training four apprentice knitters to help with the growing demand for his knitwear. Ngxokolo also hopes to launch a female knitwear range in early 2012.The response to his work has been overwhelming and he says he has his mother to thank for first getting him interested in knitting. “She taught me everything I know,” Ngxokolo says.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Saru Sevens Academy on a winning streak

first_img14 January 2014 The South African Rugby Union (Saru) Sevens Academy team’s victory at the George 7s PL tournament on Sunday brought the curtain down on an excellent seven-week run that included claiming three titles. During that time the Springbok Sevens team also contested two finals, losing to Fiji in the Dubai Sevens final, but beating New Zealand a week later in Port Elizabeth to win the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens. Titles The Academy side, playing as Samurai, were coming off victory in the Dubai International Invitational in December and opened the new year with consecutive wins in the Punte del Este 7s and George 7s PL tournaments. Saru Sevens Elite Player Development Manager Marius Schoeman, who coached the team on all three occasions, was thrilled with his squad’s efforts.Benefit for the national team “The better quality play we can deliver, the better it is for the national team,” Schoeman in a statement on Monday. “The positive performances of the Academy side shows the depth we have in our structures, and it highlights the fact that players are really pushing each other for a place in the national side.” A number of national contracted players featured in Mar del Plata and George, alongside young and rising stars, such as the 18-year-old Warrick Gelant, a South African Schools and under-18 player in 2013. Gelant will be among a number of new players who will this week undergo conditioning and rehabilitation training. ‘Winning culture’ “It is important to create that winning culture in the program and to expose the next generation of players to the culture within the team and code,” Schoeman said. In George, the Academy won the final against the Unlimited Titans, recording a 33-17 win. Earlier on Sunday, they came though the quarterfinals and semi-finals by beating Living Ball (19-0) and South Western Districts (26-0) respectively. The Academy team’s next tournament is in March in Zimbabwe. SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

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