Nov. 12, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Argonauts are the third seed in the South Central region of the National Division II Volleyball field of 64. West Florida (32-6) will travel to Kirksville, Missouri for a Thursday 12:00 match vs. the 6th seed Central Missouri (30-6). Truman State (34-5) is the host and the top seed in the region, and they will play the 8th seed Albany State (21-14).If West Florida were to win the first round match against Central Missouri, they would play the winner of the West Georgia (27-11) vs. Washburn (34-3) match. Washburn is the #2 seed, while West Georgia is the 7th seed. West Georgia is coming off a Gulf South Conference championship match victory vs. the Argos. The other match in the region is the #4 seed Emporia State vs. #5 seed Pittsburg State.West Florida has a 4-1 record vs. the other teams in the region, with a win over Emporia State in Pensacola earlier this year, and a win over Pittsburg State in Joplin, Missouri. West Florida also defeated West Georgia twice in the regular season, before losing to the Wolves in the conference tournament championship game.Last year, the Argos lost to Central Missouri twice, with the second match taking place in the second round of the NCAA tournament. That match went the full five games, and the Argos had a couple chances to win, and finally lost the fifth game by a 19-17 score. West Florida was the 6th seed last year, and defeated Washburn (3rd Seed) in the first round 3-0, before bowing out in the exciting five game match vs. the 2nd seeded Central Missouri team. This year’s first round match is a rematch on the very same court as last year’s regional classic. Central Missouri is coming off a first round loss in their conference tournament to Pittsburg State by a 3-0 score. The Jennies are making their 25th consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament and are ranked 8th in the nation. West Florida is currently ranked 24th in the nation. Central Missouri is led by Seniors Jillian Ohrman and Amber Yoder, who have combined for nearly 900 kills. Meanwhile, the Argos are led by GSC East Division player of the year Luciana Rapach, and first team All-GSC selections Madeline Gonzalez and Isabela Gualberto.Gonzalez has already set the single season assist record and currently has 1562 assists, while Rapach and Gualberto are both hitting above .300 for the season in attack percentage. In addition, second team All-GSC selection Kimberly Clark has over 300 kills and 300 digs, as Outside Hitter. Defensive specialist Jerica Carter is now the Argos all-time leader in digs, and is currently second all time for service aces. West Florida hopes to have a handful of aces to throw at Central Missouri on Thursday, as the NCAA tournament gets underway. Print Friendly Version UWF Volleyball Selected to Participate in the National Tournament Share
Nottinghamshire completed a victory march in the women’s English Counties Championship when they won their fifth and final match by 8-1 today at Frilford Heath in OxfordshireYesterday, they secured the title when their fourth win put them out of reach of the other five regional finalists. Today, they celebrated their successful return to County Finals after an absence of 15 years.“We really did want to finish with a win, the whole team wanted it,” said Nottinghamshire captain Kathryn Horberry. “It’s absolutely fantastic.”Their final opponents were Essex and they conceded just one foursomes match to the pairing of English U14 champion Lily Humphreys and Emily Irons. The Notts points were scored by the partnerships of Emma Howie and Carol Houghton and by Lauren Spray with Esme Hamilton.The singles were a clean sweep for the champions, represented this afternoon by Rachel Boulton, Emily Lyle, Laura Morris, Emma Howie, Emma Newlove and Lauren SprayTheir win underlined their strength in depth as a team – and completed a superb week for Lauren Spray who had a 100 per cent winning record, with a perfect nine out of nine.Meanwhile, Sussex won the battle for second place with a late charge in the week. The team – who were playing at County Finals for the first time since 2011 – won their first match but then suffered two defeats. However, they climbed the leaderboard with great determination over the last two days, beating Essex yesterday and then defeating Buckinghamshire 6-3 today.They had an anxious wait to find out if they’d done enough, but when Lancashire and Gloucestershire halved today, they were confirmed as runners-up.“We were really gunning for second place,” said Sussex captain Sue Todd. “The whole team were really motivated and very determined.“We are really pleased because this is the highest we have ever been placed. We changed our whole coaching system and it’s been a year’s work to get here – that’s what it takes. We’ve got fantastic team spirit and our team manager Hannah Ralph has made an enormous input.”Sussex claimed two of the three foursomes and four singles, turning a series of tight games into wins – and giving a fine send-off to team member Paula Carver who announced her retirement from county golf after 21 years.However the final placings all hinged on the last match on the course between Lancashire and Gloucestershire. A win for either team would have pushed Sussex down the order but the match was halved, leaving Lancashire in third place and Gloucestershire in fourth.The South West champions made all the early running when they won 2½ points from the three morning foursomes. But in the afternoon it was Lancashire who called the shots with wins from Beth Garton, Eloise Healey, Georgia Coughlin and Nicola Rawlinson.Final placings:1 Nottinghamshire 10pts2 Sussex 6pts3 Lancashire 5 (23 games won)4 Gloucestershire 5 (20.5 games won)5 Buckinghamshire 2 (17.5 games won)6 Essex 2 (15 games won)Captions: The Nottinghamshire team with the trophy. Image © Leaderboard Photography. 18 Sep 2015 Victory march for Nottinghamshire
In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings two days after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son, and the star running back said Monday he is not a child abuser and wants “everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”Peterson, considered one of the best running backs in the NFL, was benched for Sunday’s 30-7 home loss to the New England and he had not commented publicly since news broke on Friday that he had lashed the boy with the switch earlier this summer, causing an unspecified injuries.“I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” Peterson said in a nearly 500-word statement issued through his agency. “I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.“No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.”Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said they had decided to bring back Peterson for practices and Sunday’s game at New Orleans “after significant thought, discussion and consideration.” The Wilfs said they want to let the legal process play out before making any more definitive decisions on Peterson’s future with the only NFL team he has ever played for.“To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child,” the Wilfs said. “At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing.”Peterson faces an initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he will try to delay the arraignment until next week after Hardin returns from a vacation out of the country.Corporal punishment is legal in Texas and non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible. But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. A blow that leaves a bruise, welt or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The guidelines also say use of an instrument “is cause for concern.”Hardin said Peterson used a switch because that was the way he was brought up by his parents in Palestine, Texas, and the NFL star agreed.“I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen,” Peterson said. “I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.”The Vikings decided not to play Peterson against the Patriots, moving swiftly after a week in which the NFL came under heavy scrutiny for its handling of a domestic violence case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.The Vikings clearly see Peterson’s case as different from the 2011 case involving former cornerback Chris Cook, who was accused of choking his girlfriend. Cook was initially suspended by the team before being reinstated with pay. But the Vikings barred him from all team activities, including games, while the legal process unfolded.Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.The NFL is looking into Peterson’s case, and if convicted he could face a minimum six-game suspension under the league’s new tougher domestic abuse policy that was implemented after Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he botched Rice’s initial punishment.The Vikings’ decision to reinstate Peterson comes on the same day the NFL announced that three experts in domestic violence will serve as senior advisers to the league. Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will “help lead and shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.”“I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct,” Peterson said. “Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.”___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
James Shikwati – Chief Executive Officer, The African Executive, Kenya; Dr David Zounmenou – Senior Researcher, African Security Analysis Programme, Institute for Security Studies; and Dr Petrus de Kock – Research Manager, Brand South Africa.Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing region. It delivers the highest returns on foreign direct investment (FDI), yet the continent is plagued by the perception of major risks associated with investment.In light of these views, a one-day seminar was held on 1 August at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton, hosted by Frontier Advisory in partnership with Brand South Africa, the Financial Times, Webber Wentzel and Deloitte. Risk was top of the agenda at the thought-provoking session, which was held with the hope of changing minds and ultimately driving Africa’s investment appeal.In his keynote address, Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer, emphasised: “The risks are definitely there, but so are the rewards.” It must be the potential rewards that were attracting unprecedented and sustained investment growth.Andrew England, Southern African Bureau Chief for financial times“Despite the economic upheaval in global markets, Africa is the world’s second-fastest growing region and delivers the highest returns on FDI in the world. But it is also a confusing continent of 54 nations, each with their own risk profile, internal and regional dynamics. This makes accurately identifying, weighting, contextualising and pricing these risks – and of course the rewards – a truly daunting task.”The continent’s market was highly fragmented and its political economy complex, with poor intra-regional enabling infrastructure, weak capital markets and often informal trading links. Public sector institutions were also often weak and the risk of political and social instability was a threat to sustainable business activity.Watch VideoBrand South Africa recently commissioned a study of companies in the country. It found that the top obstacles to further investment for local and international companies were crime, corruption, inefficient bureaucracy, labour regulations and skills levels. Speaking to the largely corporate crowd, Matola added: “Likewise, Ernst & Young’s 2012 Africa Attractiveness Survey identified political instability, corruption and security as the major risks associated with African investment.” Managing risk The conference addressed topics such as:How do we manage financial and investment risk in Africa?How do we mitigate against geo-political and conflict risk on the continent?How vulnerable is Africa to external macro-economic forces and shocks?How do we manage environmental risk in Africa with respect to food security, climate change, natural disasters and water security? The other keynote speaker was Richard Dowden, the executive director of The Royal African Society. Moderators were Martyn Davies, the chief executive of Frontier Advisory; Andrew England, the southern Africa bureau chief for the Financial Times; and Anushuya Gounden, the head of the Africa desk at Deloitte.Gounden said: “Risk perception varies: old world, Africa as a development burden, and new world, Africa is a commercial opportunity.”Panel speakers comprised:Alfredo Hengari – the head of South African foreign policy and African Drivers Programme, South African Institute of International Affairs;Dennis Dykes – the chief economist, Nedbank;Dr Deon Nel – the head of the biodiversity unit, WWF;Dr David Zounmenou – the senior researcher, African Security Analysis Programme, Institute for Security Studies;Erica Johnson – the chief officer of risk and strategy, Eskom;James Shikwati – the chief executive of The African Executive, Kenya;Katherine Tweedie – of the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University;Khungeka Njobe – the managing director of Aveng Water;Michael O’Brien Onyeka – the executive director of Greenpeace Africa;Omri van Zyl – the leader of Africa agriculture business unit, Deloitte;Praveck Geeanpersadh – the regional leader of Africa risk advisory, Deloitte;Dr Petrus de Kock – the research manager, Brand South Africa;Roddy McKean – the head of Africa practice, Webber Wentzel; and,Siobhan Cleary – the director of public policy and strategy, JSE. FDI decreases According to the Financial Times’ 2012 FDI report, which only measures new investment projects or significant expansions of existing projects, for 2011 there was a 29 percent decline in FDI projects into Egypt and a 14 percent fall in Tunisia.South Africa was the best performing country on the continent in 2011, recording a 57 percent increase in project numbers and an 87 percent growth in capital investment.Stephan Morais, one of the panellists, said: “Risk is a measure of trust. High expected rewards in Africa exist because of lack of trust in institutions and between everyone.”Matola added: “The commodities super-cycle has served African growth well. It is a prime source of the vital resources which are sustaining emerging economies in Asia and elsewhere.The massive new investment in extractive industries from energy to minerals is well documented. And, as food security rises up the international agenda, so too will the demand for arable land. By some estimates 60 percent of the world’s available unexploited cropland lies in sub-Saharan Africa.”By 2050, about 60 percent of Africans would live in cities – cities that would need infrastructure to be financed and built. According to the United Nations, Africa would have a population of about two billion by 2050. Creating a free trade area “We are proud to be amongst the 26 countries which signed an agreement in June last year to create a free trade area that covers more than half of Africa,” Matola said. “We hope that by June 2014, nearly 60 percent of the economy of Africa with a combined [gross domestic product] of $1-trillion [R8.3-trillion] and encompassing 600 million people will be a single free trade area, covering southern, eastern and central Africa.”He also mentioned other entities, such as the Industrial Development Corporation, which had expanded its remit to include African investment and would consider new or existing companies within Africa with funding needs from R1-million to R1-billion.The JSE offered a wide range of investment instruments focused on Africa outside of South Africa. Ultimately for South Africa, all this meant the country was well positioned to become a deal-making, financial and professional services hub for the entire region.“Here we are not competing with our neighbours but with New York, London Hong Kong and other international finance centres.”Matola concluded that we needed more and deeper dialogue between countries, governments, business, media and the public to dispel out-dated myths and to recalibrate how risk was seen in Africa.
Brand South Africa partners with the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Durban Play House to Promote the Constitution Amongst South African Youth Johannesburg, Tuesday 22 May 2018 – Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Durban Play House, will host a three-day youth activation that aims to promote affinity to South Africa’s Constitution which has been hailed as “the most admirable Constitution in the history of the world.”The three day activation hosted at the Play House which commences today, until 24 May 2018, will stage a Gibson Kente’s play “HOW LONG?” . This will be the first time since it was banned in 1976. Brand South Africa identified this as an ideal platform to promote Constitutional Awareness, and the Constitution’s protection for freedom of speech, by exposing school learners to the Theatre to watch the play.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Stakeholder Relations, Ms Mpumi Mabuza said: “These programmes use the Constitution as a catalyst for pride and patriotism in order to encourage active citizenship amongst South Africans.Our aim is to deliver practical insights and knowledge about the Constitution to inspire allegiance and patriotism through engagement with the youth.”South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) outlines steps that South Africa should take in order to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, with specific objectives and outcomes on how the country can move forward in realising the NDP’s goals.“In relation to this – Brand South Africa has been identified as one of the key delivery partners of Outcome 14 (Social Cohesion) to promote awareness of South Africa’s Constitution – focusing on fostering constitutional values, the promotion of equal opportunities & inclusion, influence anti-xenophobic behaviour, and drive social cohesion across society through increased interaction among South Africans.And as part of the these objectives, Brand South Africa has embarked on programmes that seek to promote awareness of the Constitution by highlighting the fruits of freedom in order to popularise the Constitution,” added Mabuza.The production is currently running at the Playhouse Opera theatre until 27th of May 2018 and includes a cast of 49 professional South African actors, choreographers, artists, composers, directors, producers and theatre personnel.The production will consist of 26 acts and promises to create national and global awareness of South African historic events.Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing.A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Join the conversation:Facebook: Official Brand South AfricaTwitter: @Brand_SAFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.