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Motherwell and Dundee play out goalless Scottish Premiership draw

Motherwell and Dundee play out goalless Scottish Premiership draw

first_imgMotherwell got on top from the start though and came close from Joe Chalmers, who hooked over from close range after keeping his place at left-back ahead of the fit-again Steven Hammell following an impressive display in last weekend’s narrow defeat at Ibrox.The hosts were producing some neat play in front of a Dundee back four which included debutant Kevin Gomis. Recent signing Craig Clay was looking smart on the ball and had a couple of efforts blocked.But Motherwell could not capitalise on their possession or a number of corners and the closest they came in the opening half was when Scott McDonald beat a man 25 yards out and fired just over.Despite being outplayed in the first period, Dundee came closest on a rare attack in the 20th minute when lone central striker Faissal El Bakhtaoui latched on to a long ball down the right channel and fired a shot that Craig Samson could not hold. Motherwell were grateful to Ben Heneghan for sliding in to block the follow-up. Motherwell and Dundee lacked attacking inspiration in a goalless Scottish Premiership contest at Fir Park.The hosts dominated the first half without getting a shot on target and neither side carved out a real clear-cut chance during a more even second period.Both sides have failed to win since the opening day of the season and neither did enough in the opposition box to justify victory.Motherwell were again without injured summer signing Jacob Blyth but at least have last season’s top goalscorer Louis Moult back after the international break, while Dundee are still to rediscover their attacking verve following the departure of Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings. Motherwell finally tested Scott Bain 10 minutes into the second half when McDonald shot from long range. The visiting goalkeeper elected to punch clear but the stop was comfortable enough.Dundee had improved instantly after the restart though and were trying their luck from distance, Michael Duffy and Paul McGowan coming closest.Dees boss Paul Hartley brought on striker Rory Loy for Danny Williams as they sensed the points were there for the taking and Samson made two saves from El Bakhtaoui after decent skill inside the box.Bain dived to save McDonald’s curling effort in between and got down to hold Marvin Johnson’s stabbed effort after a one-two with Clay. But Motherwell were generally struggling to support the Australian striker and manager Mark McGhee brought on his assistant, James McFadden, for his first appearance of the season with 10 minutes left.Well looked the likelier team to snatch a late victory but again failed to trouble Bain following some promising moves.last_img read more

Marshfield boys tennis finishes second at WVC tournament

Marshfield boys tennis finishes second at WVC tournament

first_imgFinish is Tigers’ best in four yearsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — Marshfield’s No. 2 doubles team of Jared Draxler and Ayush Shukla won the championship in a three-set tiebreaker, and the Tigers finished in a tie for second at the 2016 Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Tennis Tournament on Thursday at Wausau East and West high schools.Draxler and Shukla defeated Shia Vang and Lucas Ratanawang of Wausau East 7-5, 2-6, 10-6 to claim the conference championship and help the Tigers to 22 points, which was tied for second with Stevens Point.Wausau East won the tournament title with 25 points and — combined with its dual meet points — won the overall WVC championship, its first since 2011. Stevens Point had won the previous four and 11 of the last 12 conference titles.Marshfield’s second-place finish is its best since taking second in 2012.Marshfield’s No. 1 doubles team of Evan Fait and Derek Reckner finished second, losing in the championship match to Wausau West’s Ben Nichols and Ben Reich 6-3, 7-5.Craig Paulman was second at No. 4 singles, losing in the title match to Stevie Hanzlik of Wisconsin Rapids 6-0, 6-4, and the No. 3 doubles team of of Isaac Houk and Luke Kaiser also placed second for Marshfield, falling in the championship match to Stephen Martell and Mario Duwe of Wausau East 6-4, 6-4.Freshman Sam Haessly took third at No. 3 singles for the Tigers, winning the third-place match over Marcus Bean of Wisconsin Rapids 6-2, 6-3.Marshfield will compete in the WIAA Division 1 subsectionals Monday at Tomah.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2016 Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Tennis TournamentMay 19, at Wausau East & West high schoolsTeam scores: 1. Wausau East 25; 2. Marshfield and Stevens Point 22; 4. Wausau West 20; 5. Wisconsin Rapids 19; 6. D.C. Everest 4.No. 1 singlesChampionship: Dane Steidl (WR) def. Jon Peck (SP) 1-6, 6-2, 15-13; Third place: Sawyer Schlindwein (WE) def. Luke Bailey (WW) 6-1, 6-1; Fifth place: Justin Twardowski (MAR) def. Ilias Ouertani (DC) 4-6, 6-1, 10-7.No 2 singlesChampionship: Adam Schneider (WE) def. Thomas Hardy (SP) 6-2, 6-1; Third place: Ryan Graczkowski (WR) def. David Richetto (WW) 6-4, 6-2; Fifth place: Eli Lee (DC) def. John Weisenberger (MAR) 6-0, 6-1.No. 3 singlesChampionship: Jon Richetto (WW) def. Patrick Hefferan (SP) 6-3, 6-3; Third place: Sam Haessly (MAR) def. Marcus Bean (WR) 6-2, 6-3; Fifth place: Tyler Neill (DC) def. Miles Stifler 6-2, 6-2.No. 4 singlesChampionship: Stevie Hanzlik (WR) def. Craig Paulman (MAR) 6-0, 6-4; Third place: Tate Raumen (WW) def. Gray Chlahessy (WE) 6-2, 6-0; Fifth place: Ryan Begley (DC) def. Kyler Smigaj (SP) 6-3, 6-0.No. 1 doublesChampionship: Ben Nichols-Ben Reich (WW) def. Evan Fait-Derek Reckner (MAR) 6-3, 7-5; Third place: Keachy Chang-Isaac Stine (WE) def. Garrek Wierzba-Grant Czaikowski (SP) 6-0, 7-5; Fifth place: Mitch Hruska-Isaac Vanderwaal (DC) def. Josh Beyer-Shane Glinski (WR) 6-4, 7-5.No. 2 doublesChampionship: Jared Draxler-Ayush Shukla (MAR) def. Shia Vang-Lucas Ratanawang (WE) 7-5, 2-6, 10-6; Third place: Jack Kiiskila-Trevin Bonkoski (WR) def. Carter Smigaj-Angis Blackman (SP) 6-1, 3-6, 11-9; Fifth place: Tim Cornish-Preston Pagel (DC) def. Jordan Kowalski-Feuchi Yang (WW) 6-4, 6-2.No. 3 doublesChampionship: Stephen Martell-Mario Duwe (WE) def. Isaac Houk-Luke Kaiser (MAR) 6-4, 6-4; Third place: Danny Cornish-James Radloff (DC) def. Luke Halversen-Ben Brown (WW) 6-1, 7-5; Fifth place: John Nigon-Read Zirnhelt (WR) def. Joe Dickelman-Ethan Whitmarsh (SP) 4-6, 7-6, 10-8.Overall team standings (including dual meet points): 1. Wausau East 73; 2. Marshfield and Wausau West 62; 4. Wisconsin Rapids 57; 5. Stevens Point 54; 6. D.C. Everest 14.last_img read more

Co-ops ‘create jobs, beat poverty’

Co-ops ‘create jobs, beat poverty’

first_img7 November 2012Co-operatives can be used as a business model to effectively empower South African communities by creating employment and helping to eradicate poverty, says the chief director of co-operatives development at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Jeffrey Ndumo.Ndumo spoke on Monday at the graduation ceremony of members of Soweto-based co-operatives who completed the enterprise development and empowerment training workshop offered by the DTI last month.“Co-operatives are established by members of the community with a common purpose after identifying a social, cultural or economic need that will assist them improve their lives,” he said at the Diepkloof Community Hall in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg.“Economically, co-operatives are a good and successful model to create employment and eliminate poverty. They are also one of the best ways and means of mobilising the marginalised sections of our society and bring them into the mainstream economy.”Creating a captive marketNdumo said while the contribution of co-operatives to the country’s Gross Domestic Product was minimal, “the future of employment creation in South Africa lies with co-operatives due to their ability to create a captive market”.The training was in line with the DTI’s mandate to promote entrepreneurship in the country and establish, support and grow co-operatives.The graduation ceremony was hosted by a member of Parliament’s portfolio committee on trade and industry, Xitlhangoma Mabasa.Mabasa said he decided to facilitate the training for members of co-operatives in his constituency in order to contribute in reducing the failure rate of small enterprises, including co-operatives.“I felt it was necessary to assist these entrepreneurs by equipping them with the basic skills and knowledge such as financial management, marketing, business management and human resource management,” he said.“In this way not many small enterprises will fail and they will be able to take their rightful place in the South African economy and contribute in creating more jobs.”One of the businesspeople who received a certificate, Ntebo Takalo, said the three-day training workshop was beneficial to all the five members of her co-operative, Gauta Ya Letlotlo La Taimane.“The skills and knowledge we acquired at the workshop has opened our eyes and minds to numerous things we would have not been exposed to had we not attended. These include tendering for projects, running the cooperative like a business, applying for finance, as well as financial and business planning,” she said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

R60m centre to train ‘new generation of black farmers’

R60m centre to train ‘new generation of black farmers’

first_img14 May 2014 Construction work has begun on a R60-million multi-purpose training and development centre at the Agricultural Research Council in Roodeplaat, Pretoria. The facility will boost the government’s drive to reinvigorate black commercial farming in the country. Speaking to SAnews after the sod-turning ceremony on Tuesday, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said the objective was “to rekindle that class of commercial farmers destroyed by the Native Land Act.” The event coincided with the handing over of certificates to 2 000 graduates who successfully completed a programme in vegetable and livestock production at the Roodeplaat training facility. According to Nkwinti, the new facility will complement the department’s flagship programme for young South Africans, the National Rural Youth Service Corps (Narysec). The Narysec was established in Thaba Nchu in the Free State in 2010 to give young people in rural areas the skills they needed either to find employment or to start their own businesses. More than 14 000 people are enrolled in Narysec. “We are creating a class of black people who are going to run the country’s economy over the next decade,” Nkwinti said. “It will actually anchor them, because scientific training will be done here. They will go to Thaba Nchu to implement the theoretical part they have learnt at the new facility.” Nkwinti said the biggest challenge facing South Africa was the threat to food security. “We don’t seem to appreciate the challenge because we can go to the market and buy whatever food we want to eat. However, there are many people who cannot afford it. I’m talking about people who go to bed without having a meal. “We need to produce young farmers who can grow vegetables, produce meat, and those who can also look after the environment to ensure that the environment around us can carry us through the next 100 years. “Again, if we continue to import food that we can also produce ourselves – then it means we will be exposing ourselves to a serious challenge of food security for the next 50 years. As [the] government, we want to reverse this,” he said. The centre will be built through a partnership between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). Council CEO Shadrack Moephuli said: “As the ARC, we do research and development for new scientific solutions and technologies. Part of our challenge is finding the best ways in which we can deliver these technologies, the information and the data to the people who are going to use it. “We saw it appropriate that we contribute towards the success of agriculture, particularly land reform,” Moephuli said. “We will provide them with the training so that they can be productive themselves, understand the use of technology, how to respond to the needs of consumers, but also how to ensure to identify the diseases at their respective farms and solve the problems on their own.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Except cricket, nobody is interested in other sports: Indian boxing coach

Except cricket, nobody is interested in other sports: Indian boxing coach

first_imgThe BJP presidential elections were due in February 2007. But with the crucial UP elections slated around that time, the party has advanced its polls to November this year. That way, an adverse UP verdict doesn’t impact the polls.”Parliament is sought to be run in such a way that anyone,The BJP presidential elections were due in February 2007. But with the crucial UP elections slated around that time, the party has advanced its polls to November this year. That way, an adverse UP verdict doesn’t impact the polls.”Parliament is sought to be run in such a way that anyone questioning the UPA or the Speaker’s decisions is terrorised and bulldozed.”Vijay Malhotra, BJP leader”The venue for (President) Bush’s address was changed from Parliament House to Vigyan Bhavan to a park. Finally, he addressed India from Delhi Zoo.”Arundhati Roy, author”Air-conditioned cars are no luxury these days. In order to ensure that ministers work properly, we are providing them this facility.”Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar”There is no need for a villain in today’s scripts because we are moving away from larger-than-life characters to realistic ones.”Ramesh Sippy, filmmaker”If there is a cricket match, the president and the prime minister will come to watch. But nobody is interested in other sports.”Rajinder Singh Tanwar, Indian boxing coachlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova completes career Grand Slam with French Open win

Maria Sharapova completes career Grand Slam with French Open win

first_imgMaria Sharapova won the French Open on Saturday, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 in the final to complete the career Grand Slam.Second-seeded Sharapova, who was guaranteed of moving to No. 1 in the world regardless of the result, jumped to a quick 4-0 lead against the 21st-seeded Errani, who was playing in her first Grand Slam final.Errani battled back on a blustery day at Roland Garros, but Sharapova’s bigger serve and bigger groundstrokes eventually wore down the Italian, who at 5-foot-4{ stands 9{ inches shorter than her Russian opponent.Sharapova added this year’s French Open title to championships at Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008 to become only the 10th woman to win all four major tournaments.last_img