Dundee head into 2017 with derby win over St Johnstone

first_imgUp stepped Blair Alston to curl a 30-yard free-kick over the Dundee wall only to see it come crashing back off the cross-bar with home keeper Scott Bain beaten.St Johnstone came close to equalising again in the 25th minute when Richard Foster’s swinging cross was met by the on-rushing Murray Davidson, but his diving header went wide from eight yards out.Davidson was involved once more 10 minutes before the interval. The midfielder picked up possession 30-yards from goal before firing a powerful shot which Bain did well to hold just below his bar.Saints midfielder Paul Paton then joined Kerr in the book on 42 minutes for a late challenge on O’Hara right in front of referee Robertson.Then, from the resulting free-kick, Gadzhalov made it 2-0 when he drove an unstoppable volley high into the net from Haber’s check-down following McGowan’s free-kick.Dundee started the second-half looking to increase their lead and had a chance to do so almost immediately.Hateley’s effort was helped on in the direction of EL-Bakjtaoui whose shot was deflected over from close-range.But in the 57th minute they killed the contest when O’Hara robbed Paton of possession before sliding his pass to Hateley, whose low cross was turned into his own net at the near post by Anderson.It was game over for the visitors who barely threatened Bain’s goal from then on as Dundee confidently saw things out. Dundee headed into 2017 on a high thanks to a comfortable 3-0 Tayside derby win over St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership at Dens Park.First-half goals from Faissal EL-Bakhtaoui and Kostadin Gadzhalov before an own goal from Saints captain Steven Anderson ensured St Johnstone’s five-game unbeaten run came crashing to an end.Skipper Darren O’Dea and midfielder James Vincent both dropped out for Dundee following their 2-0 midweek defeat at Partick, so EL-Bakhtaoui started along with Mark O’Hara.St Johnstone’s last loss had come away to Ross County on November 19 when they went down 4-2, but they found themselves behind after just 15 minutes. Dundee midfielder Paul McGowan released Marcus Haber down the right and the Canada international’s low cross was perfect for Frenchman EL-Bakhtaoui who finished with a calm shot through Saints keeper Alexander Clark’s legs.It was a dream start for the hosts as EL-Bakhtaoui’s second goal since joining the Dark Blues back in the summer put them in the driving seat.Saints, though, almost levelled in 22 minutes when they struck the woodwork.Dundee defender Cammy Kerr had brought down Danny Swanson to become the first player to be booked by referee Don Robertson.last_img read more

Scotland announce team for Six Nations opener against Wales

first_imgProps Gordon Reid and Jon Welsh will also start the game after last featuring for Scotland in 2015 and last year’s summer tour respectively.John Barclay returns to captain the team at number six with Finn Russell back at number ten.Scotland Head Coach Gregor Townsend, said: “We’ve selected a squad that we believe can start the NatWest 6 Nations championship with the intensity and speed required to win in Cardiff.”The line-up is as follows: 1. Gordon Reid 2. Stuart McInally 3. Jon Welsh 4. Ben Toolis 5.Jonny Gray (VC) 6. John Barclay 7. Hamish Watson 8. Cornell De Preez 9. Ali Price 10. Finn Russell 11. Byron McGuigan 12. Huw Jones 13. Chris Harris 14. Tommy seymour 15. Stuart Hogg. Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has announced his team that will take on Wales in their opening Six Nations fixture.Newcastle Falcons centre Chris Harris will make his first start for Scotland as they get the competition under way in Cardiff.The 27-year-old will be one of six changes made from the side that faced Australia in November.Ali Price will start at scrum-half ahead of Greig Laidlaw, Stuart Hogg will return at full back after a late withdrawal from the win over the Wallabies and Cornell Du Preez and Ben Toolis will start after being elevated from their replacement status in November’s win.last_img read more

Sitting in the chair of African dreams

first_img1 October 2010 A spectacular hand-beaded chair is getting South Africans talking about their dreams and expectations for their country, their communities and themselves. The Dreams for Africa Chair is a project of the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT), situated in KwaZulu-Natal. The chair has become a nationally recognised initiative that has warmed the hearts of South Africans and given them the license to express their expectations and raise their hopes for the future. Some may even be inspired to go on and take action to bring their dreams to life.Unleashing South African dreams About eight years ago, the HACT launched the highly successful Woza Moya (Zulu, meaning “Come Holy Spirit”) income generation project to help women affected by HIV/Aids to earn a living. KwaZulu-Natal is one of South Africa’s provinces that is most affected by HIV/Aids. A study titled South African National HIV Prevalence, HIV Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey 2008 reveals that between 2002 and 2008, KwaZulu-Natal had the highest HIV prevalence in the country. The original purpose of the chair was to draw more visitors to the Woza Moya stand at the 2010 Design Indaba, an annual conference and exhibition that brings together designers, architects, crafters, artists and other creative talents from all over the world. Besides showcasing their jewellery and small crafts at Design Indaba, Woza Moya wanted to create something spectacular to help raise funds of R1.5-million (US$214 000) for a new craft centre. Paula Thomson, who runs the project, described the dream chair as a revolutionary idea. “We realised that the women in the project had stopped dreaming about the future, and we were saddened by this. Their circumstances, being HIV positive and living in poverty, didn’t leave much room for dreaming anymore,” she said. This thinking led to the creation of the “talking” chair. The entire chair, except the painted arms and legs, is adorned with beautiful handmade beadwork. Every woman in the project was asked to put her personal dream into the little beaded pieces that would become the chair’s patchwork upholstery. Thomson and the team envisaged that the wings attached to the chair would resemble wire angel wings. However, a German volunteer at the project came up with a much better idea – he constructed the wings from wood in the shape of the African continent, giving the chair a local twist on the classic wingback style. The next challenge was to find a suitable chair. “I was just walking past a skip bin one day and I saw four chair legs sticking out of it,” Thomson said. She rescued an old broken chair from the skip, it was glued back together and local upholsters were tasked with patching it up. The chair has now become a metaphor for the women who come into the project. “They come in broken and damaged and by working together there is transformation within.” After the chair’s first appearance at the Design Indaba in February earlier this year, it has toured the country. Thomson and Claudia Krumhoff, HACT marketing and public relations officer, and photographers Peter Upfold and Matthew Willman have visited many South African towns and cities. Every person who sits in the chair and shares their dreams adds to the character of this work of art. The photographers have generously donated their time and creative input to take photographs of anyone who wants to sit in the chair and share their dreams. Wherever it goes, people are curious about the chair. “The good thing about the chair is that it also connects people to HIV/Aids in a non-threatening way,” Thomson said.South Africans can take a seat HACT staff and patients in the respite care unit were the first to receive the honour of sitting in the chair. Thomson said that although some of the patients were too weak to walk, they still insisted on being carried to the chair. “This was an incredible experience because it was as if their dignity had been restored.” Many local celebrities and South African icons have since been photographed in the chair: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (famous as Zapiro), local band Freshlyground, radio personality DJ Fresh, musicians Lira and Johnny Clegg, and actors Leon Schuster and Shorty, to name but a few. Claire Johnston, vocalist of the everppopular South African band Mango Groove, was recently photographed in the chair. She was amazed by its detail. “So much work and care had gone into making it; so much human feeling, which is what makes an object special. I was told that the chair had a certain magical quality, and that people who saw it were drawn to it and wanted to sit in it,” Johnston said. She also said that the chair has come to represent something very powerful: “It is definitely a symbol of what we all have in common, what unites as opposed to divides. I want to be like the chair – positive, bright and full of possibility!” The support of high profile South Africans is invaluable to the Dream Chair project, said Thomson, but it is also important to photograph ordinary South Africans, especially those who are doing outstanding work in their communities. Jessica Foord from Hillcrest is one such example. She survived a gang rape while walking with her father at a dam near Hillcrest in 2008. Foord didn’t want to remain a victim, so she established the Jes Foord Foundation to help people restore their lives after rape, to raise community awareness about rape, and also to support victims’ friends and families.South Africans’ dreams “We get to hear everyone’s innermost dreams. People have even asked if they can have two or three dreams. This shows that to some extent, we have all stopped dreaming,” Thomson said. There is no limit to the type of dream people can express, whether it’s for themselves, their communities or for the country. The dreams that South Africans have shared reflect the diversity of the country. They have been funny, uplifting, thought-provoking and unexpected. A mother from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape dreams of clean water for her children who are always sick; a three-year-old girl wants to be teen television character Hannah Montana; a young boy wishes to become a successful businessman and make his parents proud; and another South African would like wealth to be distributed more evenly in the country. While taking the chair to Robben Island, Thomson encountered a man on a Cape Town wharf whose dream was that South Africa would overcome its biggest stumbling block of people not talking to each other any more.Bursting at the seams Woza Moya is currently housed in a garage, but is in need of a craft centre to inspire the women to come in and work. The garage also houses a sewing and pottery project and the venue is bursting at the seams. Although it is an incredible hub of creativity, said Thomson, the project is now at the stage where it needs larger facilities. Over 300 crafters are involved in the project. The team helps every woman who comes in to identify a creative skill such as beading, quilting, embroidery or sewing, which she can use to earn an income. The body of crafters grows every week, but infrastructure constraints are making it difficult to accommodate more women. A R1.5-million injection would make it possible to enlarge the craft room, build a second storey and do other renovations. Last year the centre raised R3-million ($428 000) for the crafters. “This proves that our crafters are at the centre of everything we do,” Thomson said.Getting involved Anyone can hire the chair at a daily rate to photograph it on their premises. Many companies are hiring it as part of their strategic planning meetings as well as brand and team building sessions. Any photo shoot with the chair can be tailor-made to an organisation’s needs. The rate includes a set of postcards, which can be customised with the customer’s logo, and extras may be bought for an additional fee. Prints of South Africans, celebrities and community leaders who have already been photographed in the chair can be ordered and prices vary depending on the size of the image. An extensive catalogue of the postcards, as well as rates, is available online. Woza Moya also sells dream-themed items such as tablemats, handbags and notepads directly from their craft shop in Hillcrest. They plan to soon release a coffee table book of all the photographs and dreams. Thomson hopes that the Dreams for Africa photo exhibition will raise more awareness of HIV/Aids in South Africa. “We’ve never really met anyone that hasn’t been moved by the chair,” she said. “It has been on an incredible journey, and it just makes you feel connected to South Africa again.” 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

Barefoot on the Roof of Africa

first_imgMembers of the Barefoot Impi teamon top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Dr Ross Tucker, a member of the team,said that when they reached the summitof Kilimanjaro, the team was engulfedwith feelings of vindication mixed withhappiness.(Images: Barefoot Impi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ronnis DanielsThe Children’s Hospital Trust:Communications Co-ordinator+27 21 659 1796Ray MaotaSouth African mountain climbers can now relish the fact that they are the first people documented to ever climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, barefoot, and all done in the name of charity.With no serious injuries, all the climbers from Barefoot Impi – a group of adventurers and philanthropists who engage in charitable causes barefoot – reached the summit of Kili.Their feat was done in aid of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. The expedition was sponsored by Old Mutual, a financial services provider.There were 10 climbers in the team. Matt Botha, Dr Ross Tucker, Camilla Howard, Clyde Barendse, Andrew King and Hedley Young went shoeless, the others were guides and a camera man.The money raised from the climb will go towards upgrading the hospital’s Poisons Information Centre.Carla Goliath of the Children’s Hospital Trust said: “The money donated is still coming in and some have pledged donations which we have not yet received so the amount of money raised from the climb is still to be confirmed.”The Children’s Hospital Trust is fundraisers for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.Before their departure, Sean Disney, the managing director of Adventure Dynamics International, who has climbed Mount Everest and the Seven Summits twice, said: “The objective of the expedition is to climb and summit Kilimanjaro barefoot in entirety. This naturally poses a whole new array of additional challenges that one would have to overcome during a conventional summit.”Tackling KiliTucker said: “Ultimately, to be perfectly honest, we were clinical, precise and got to the summit relatively easily. I’d go so far as to say that probably 80% of expeditions to Kilimanjaro have more problems and issues than we had.“Perhaps being barefoot forced on us a more stringent approach, but it worked, and that should, I would hope, shake a paradigm or two.”The team reached the summit of the 5 895m mountain, also known as the Mountain of Greatness and the Roof of Africa, in five days battling terrain, altitude and weather along the way.They went through extensive training for months in advance, hiking barefoot up trails on Table Mountain and spending time in ice chambers at -15°. The mountaineers basically lived barefoot for months to give their feet the best possible chance against the elements on the mountain.And all that training paid off. “We reached the peak as one very emotional tribe knowing we had achieved what we set out to do,” said King.Tucker added: “I can honestly say that when all six of us got to the summit, with no drama, there was a feeling of vindication mixed with the happiness. All it took was planning and preparation with intelligence, foresight and discipline.”Some of the rules for the hike included: walking barefoot from the gate of the mountain to its peak; set climbing times during each day and not placing a shoe of any kind on any foot during the set climbing times.Why the upgrade is neededThere are only two 24-hour emergency poison lines available to the South African public and medical profession. They are based at the Tygerberg Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospitals, both in Cape Town.Both use the database at the Red Cross hospital as their source of information.According to the Children’s Hospital Trust, an upgraded, internet-based system is required that can be accessed on- and offline by medical professionals throughout southern Africa. This web-based system will allow rapid and immediate access to medical institutions and healthcare professionals, as well as provide information on non-toxic substances to the general public.The cost to upgrade the Poisons Information Centre is R3.1-million (US$406 000).last_img read more

Married Couple’s Quiet Title Action Against IRS Dismissed (Novoselsky DC Wis.)

first_imgA lawyer and his wife’s quiet title action against the IRS was dismissed. The taxpayers filed the suit to determine the validity of a federal tax lien on their residence and to determine its priority relative to other liens on the same property. The taxpayers alleged that the IRS filed the Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL) despite an agreement in writing regarding the underlying debt for a plan of installment payments and despite a prior withdrawal of the lien memorializing the debt. However, it was noted that the installment agreement expressly allowed the IRS to file NFTLs. Moreover, while the agreement was in effect, the withdrawal of a prior NFTL did nothing to disturb the underlying lien or to bar the IRS from filing future NFTLs. Therefore, the IRS was entitled to summary judgment on the operative complaint. Finally, the taxpayers’ motion to amend their complaint to a claim for injunctive relief related to the levy on the funds held by the taxpayers’ bankruptcy trustee and a claim for damages under Code Sec. 7433, was denied.D. A. Novoselsky, DC Wis.Other References:Code Sec. 6331CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶38,187.39Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC IRS: 48,210.15Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Face-off between friends turned foes Hesh and Lee threatens to smash India’s Olympic dream

first_imgMahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.When he split from partner Mahesh Bhupathi in November 2011 after playing together at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Leander Paes, 40, said he wanted “younger legs and fast serves”. He was hinting that Bhupathi, a year junior, was ageing. At No. 7 in,Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.When he split from partner Mahesh Bhupathi in November 2011 after playing together at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Leander Paes, 40, said he wanted “younger legs and fast serves”. He was hinting that Bhupathi, a year junior, was ageing. At No. 7 in the Association of Tennis Professionals’ (ATP) top 10 doubles rankings, Paes had the privilege to pick his mate. This was the second time the two were sparring. The first happened immediately after the duo won the 2001 French Open doubles. They reunited in 2010 after a nine-year gap.The All India Tennis Association (AITA) replaced Bhupathi with 32-year-old Rohan Bopanna, ATP ranked No. 12 in doubles. But eight months later, on June 15, AITA officials changed their mind and said they wanted Bhupathi to partner Paes in the doubles at the London Olympics. They hoped Paes would be happy to pair with Bhupathi, fresh off a triumph with Sania Mirza at the French Open mixed doubles tournament. Bhupathi refused. He wrote to AITA that he did not want to play with Paes. Bopanna followed suit.As a result, Paes, India’s top-ranked player, is now without a partner and has threatened to pull out of the London Olympics, set to begin on July 25. “We cannot condone or reward the drama enacted by Mahesh and Rohan. This would be a bad precedent,” wrote Paes in a letter faxed to aita on June 20.The crisis could also affect India’s chances in mixed doubles in London if AITA manages a wild card for Mirza. If Bhupathi were to be left out of the squad, Mirza would haLeander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.ve to play mixed doubles with Paes, whom she teamed with to win the Doha Asiad mixed doubles title in 2006.advertisementThe Indian tennis fraternity is stunned. “We all felt Bhupathi, after his French Open win, would fit very well into Leander’s scheme of things. We are trying to sort out the problems,” says Jaideep Mukherjea, former Indian player and now a member of AITA’s Olympic team selection committee.AITA President Anil Khanna woke up late to the crisis, which has been brewing since the duo, nicknamed the Indian Express, derailed. He spoke to Paes in London on June 17 and then called up Bhupathi and Bopanna in Mumbai. He pointed out that only the Bryan brothers of the US (Mike and Bob) play together in all tournaments, including the Olympics. “This is the Olympics. Do it for the nation. Your magic will work in London,” Khanna pleaded with them.Khanna told both Bhupathi and Bopanna that by refusing to play with Paes, they were violating an AITA agreement-mandatory for all ranked tennis players in India-which commits them to “play unconditionally for the country”. The two did not budge. Worse, Bhupathi called up Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken on June 18 and sought his intervention. Maken asked Khanna why he could not send two teams. AITA then thought of selecting two doubles teams (Bhupathi-Bopanna and Paes-yet-to-be-decided partner) but didn’t do so because then they would have been compelled to choose either Somdev Dev Varman, ATP-ranked 259th in singles and recovering from an injury to his right shoulder, or Yuki Bhambri, ATP-ranked 218, to partner Paes, the country’s best player. When Khanna told Maken that it would be an insult to Paes, the minister quickly stepped back, leaving the decision to the tennis federation. “The sports ministry leaves it to AITA to exercise any of the options in the best national interest. We will speak to players if they need to be spoken to,” said Maken. On June 21, AITA  finally decided to send two doubles teams, one with Bhupathi-Bopana and the other with Paes and Vishnu Vardhan, ranked 207 in ATP doubles.Paes, a bronze medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, merely said he wanted to play with Bopanna for “professional reasons” and that the latter had agreed to do so in an email sent to him on October 18, 2011. But it had little effect on June 15. Both Bopanna and Bhupathi listed a string of reasons, all very personal, for not wanting to partner Paes. Top of the list of Bhupathi’s grievances was a total breakdown in communication between him and Paes. Bopanna said he was “shocked and insulted” after Paes badmouthed him following their Davis Cup doubles loss to Uzbekistan in March this year. “He screamed at me in front of everyone in the court. It was very, very insulting. I am comfortable playing with Mahesh,” Bopanna told Khanna.AITA officials told india today Bhupathi was livid that Paes had asked for Bopanna without his knowledge at a time-October 2011-when they were still playing together. Bopanna relayed the offer from Paes to Bhupathi. Bopanna then sacrificed a highly successful association with Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and started playing with Bhupathi.advertisementThe last straw, apparently, was the Davis Cup tie in Uzbekistan. Bhupathi claims Paes wanted to keep him out of the Indian squad. AITA dropped Bhupathi to accommodate Bhambri, citing Paes’ triumph in the Australian Open doubles competition with the Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek as partner.Bhupathi believes that AITA is cut up with him because his sports management company, Globosport, has been successfully organising atp and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) events in India without involving the tennis association, getting stars such as Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Mary Pierce and Martina Navratilova to play in the country.This may well be the biggest double fault in the history of Indian tennis.last_img read more

10 months agoMouscron GM Allaerts confirms plans to re-sign Liverpool striker Awoniyi

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mouscron GM Allaerts confirms plans to re-sign Liverpool striker Awoniyiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMouscron general manager Paul Allaerts admits they’re eager to sign Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi.Awoniyi has struggled for playing time on loan at Gent this term, appearing 16 times but making just five starts. He has also failed to net in the Belgian Pro League.“We are very interested in Awoniyi,” Allaerts told Voetbal Krant.“The club need a striker and the player himself does not play too often at Gent.”Awoniyi spent last season with Mouscron and scored nine goals in 29 appearances. last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool chief Moore mocks Man Utd & Fergie: We’re back on our perch!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool chief Moore mocks Man Utd & Fergie: We’re back on our perch!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief Peter Moore has enjoyed a swipe at Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson.When Ferguson arrived at Old Trafford in 1986, he said his first task was to “knock Liverpool right off their perch”.But Moore, a lifelong Liverpool fan, believes the club have reclaimed their previous status.”We are back on our perch, as we famously say,” he told former Liverpool striker Michael Robinson during an interview at the World Football summit in Madrid.”What the Fenway Sports Group have done at Liverpool over the past nine years is nothing short of miraculous.”They have gone through ups and downs but have stayed the course and never taken a penny out of the club.” last_img read more

Video: Jameis Winston Is Watching Film On Memorial Day

first_imgJameis Winston sits at home and watches game film on a tablet.Jameis Winston Film WatchingThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off their season on September 13 this year, which means that rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida State, has less than four months to figure out the team’s entire playbook. Luckily, Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in this past year’s NFL Draft, seems to be taking his new job seriously. Monday, Winston reposted a video, shot by his friend, that shows him studying film on a computer on Memorial Day. While we’re sure he enjoyed some of the holiday, it’s a great sign for Bucs fans.Winston and the Bucs take on the Tennessee Titans in their season opener. Oddly enough, he could face off against Marcus Mariota again – the quarterback opposite him in his last college football game.last_img read more