Oscar shines at IAAF World Champs

first_imgAsked by Jacaranda FM DJ Darren Scott whether he would like to participate in both the London Olympics and Paralympics, Pistorius said: “I would like to. I’ve run one qualification time for the Olympics and I need to run another time next year, I think between January and June, but I’ve first got to qualify for the Paralympics. After making history by becoming the first athlete with a disablity to qualify for an able-bodied World Championships, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius left a huge impression in Daegu, South Korea. Running in the outside lane in his heat, he turned in the second-best time of his career, clocking 45.39 seconds to secure a spot in the semi-finals. “I’m extremely excited about that and I think I’ll be running the 100, 200, 400 and then for the first time the 4 by 100 in the Paralympics, so I’m extremely excited about that. The 400 metre runner had qualified for the event at the last possible opportunity by running a personal best time of 45.07 seconds in Italy in June. 31 August 2011 “I think we’ve got a great year coming up and there’s a lot of hard work [ahead] to prepare for both of those [events] next year.” With the 14th-fastest qualifying time out of 16 for the semi-finals, the “Blade Runner”, as Pistorius is known, was given lane seven in his semi-final. Unfortunately for him, a poor start set him back and he failed to get into his stride, finishing last in the event, but making a massive stride for athletes with disabilities. After the race, Pistorius was somewhat disappointed, but spoke with his customary humility, saying: “I would really like to have performed better tonight. My goal was to make the semi-final when I came out here, and that I did, and it’s just been a great experience. Wenda Theron, running in the women’s 400 metres hurdles, bowed out in the semi-finals, but managed a personal best time of 56.13 seconds in the heats. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Ruben Ramolefi, competing in the 3 000 metres steeplechase, turned in the second fastest time in the qualifying rounds of the event. His time of 8:11.50 was also a national record. However, despite his fine performance in achieving the A-qualifying standard, Pistorius was not expected to progress beyond the heats, but, as he has done so often before, he proved his doubters wrong. “I think even if I had run faster tonight, I wouldn’t have made it to the final. It would have taken a miracle for that to happen and I’ve got a lot of respect for the guys that made the final. ‘A great oportunity’“It’s just been a great opportunity to come out here and I’ve learnt a lot from this experience,” he added. “The IAAFs is a phenomenal event and being one of the athletes to be able to come out here has just been a huge blessing.” Already a popular figure among Korean fans, Pistorius was loudly cheered by the locals, who had taken him on as one of their own. Even before the start of the event, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak paid a visit to the athletes’ village and met Pistorius. LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks continued the rich tradition of South African 400 metres hurdlers by qualifying for the final of the event after both claimed second places in their semi-finals. South Korean support Top South African performersWhile South Africans have failed to land any medals in Daegu, there were other promising and excellent performances by Team South Africa athletes during the first three days of competition.last_img read more

African economies ‘to remain resilient’

first_img25 January 2012While economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will remain subdued at about 5% in 2012, in line with an expected slowdown in global activity, none of the continent’s key economies are expected to slip into recession, a new report by Standard Bank says.The bank’s latest African Markets Revealed report examines some of the key international and local factors that will drive markets in 21 African economies and covers strategies for investing in the continent across foreign exchange, interest rates, equities and Eurobonds.African markets ‘to roll with the punches’The report notes that the significant downward re-pricing of global growth since May 2011 fostered a jittery risk environment, which added to the very testing circumstances already faced by many African markets.However, Standard Bank Group head of African research Stephen Bailey-Smith maintains that there are good reasons to believe that African markets will roll with the punches in 2012.“Although we are still cautious on global growth, we are more constructive on asset prices that have already discounted plenty of bad news and are benefiting from ample G4 liquidity,” he said in a statement this week. “Such an outlook should prove more supportive for commodity prices and portfolio flows into Africa that have been extremely limited in recent years.”Economic growth forecastStandard Bank’s latest economic growth forecast remains the same as that of 2011 and is below the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) 5.2% projection.“Since May 2011 we have been revising down our growth estimates for Africa predominantly in line with an expected slowdown in global growth activity,” said Bailey-Smith. “Our projection for weighted sub-Saharan African growth was 5% in 2011 and a similar trajectory in 2012, which is well below the IMF’s expectation of 5.8%.”He explained that one of the key issues of disparity between the IMF and the Standard Bank Group view is with regards to South Africa, which remains the largest economy on the continent.Standard Bank Group expects South Africa’s economic growth in 2012 to be lower than expected, which will drag down sub-Saharan African’s weighted growth aggregate.The IMF expects South Africa to grow at 3.6% in 2012 (up from 3.4% in 2011), but Standard Bank Group expects both of these numbers to be lower than expected, pulling down the Sub-Saharan Africa aggregate, he said.Upward revision of Nigerian GDPThe report notes that another potential complicating factor will be the likely sharp upward revision to GDP that Nigeria is likely to get from the result of new survey data. This will increase the weights of the faster growing sectors of the economy in a similar way to the process in Ghana in late 2010.“Interestingly, excluding South Africa and Nigeria, the IMF sees Sub-Saharan Africa growth of 6.8% year-on-year in 2012 from 5.4% in 2011,” said Bailey-Smith. “Once again we are more cautious, projecting a figure of 6.0% for 2012 as more likely, as we see SA as the key drain rather than Nigeria.”The report is upbeat about the performance of currencies, bonds and equities in key African markets, noting that there has been marked improvement in recent months in the performance of Africa’s currencies as the markets again pressed home the message that real interest rates matter.“The sharp increases in interest rates have added significant protection to a number of currencies and made them extremely attractive from a carry trade prospective,” the report explains.Political risks remainThe report also cites political risk of a series of elections as one of the exogenous variables driving Africa’s markets that will remain a key differentiator in 2012.“There is no shortage of election risks across Africa in 2012, with elections (or referendums) taking place in possibly 20 out of the 54 countries across the continent.“The most closely followed by the international investor community will be the outcome of the ongoing electoral process in Egypt, presidential election in Senegal on 26 Feb 12, parliamentary and presidential elections in Kenya and parliamentary and presidential elections in Ghana in December 2012”, said Bailey-Smith.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Vegetable prices normalise as supplies improve in Maharashtra

first_imgA week after farmers started their agitation across Maharashtra, vegetable prices started normalising as supplies to wholesale markets improved on Wednesday amid heavy police security. But farmers continued their protest.The protesters scuffled with the police in Sangli district as they attempted to disrupt a vegetable market in the afternoon. The protesters accused the police of using force to transport eight activists belonging to the Kisan Sabha and the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana. The police said they were moved from Sangli to another place to prevent incitement to violence. The police have prohibited assembly of people in public places under Section 144 of the Cr.PC till June 19 in Nashik district, where the suicides of two farmers on Monday and Tuesday added fuel to the agitation. The police in Pune district have been asked to act against burning of effigies. Yet, effigies were burnt in parts of Latur district in Marathwada. Farmers staged a demonstration against the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government near the home of BJP leader and district guardian minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar. The police arrested 17 protesters.Demonstrations were more intense in Ahmednagar district where markets were shut in Sangamner. The cow market was suspended in Rahata. Vegetable supplies improved at the agricultural produce market committees in Mumbai, Kolhapur and Pune, as the produce arrived from other States.last_img read more

11 security personnel injured in IED blast in Jharkhand

first_imgEleven personnel of the CRPF and the State police were injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Jharkhand’s Seraikela Kharsawan district in the early hours of Tuesday, officials said.The blast took place around 5 a.m. when a joint team of the CRPF’s special jungle warfare unit, Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), and the State police was carrying out an operation in the forests of Kuchai area in the district, they said.According to officials, the improvised explosive device (IED) is suspected to have been buried under the dirt track. The injured troops, eight of the CoBRA and rest belonging to the State police, have been airlifted to Ranchi, they said.The joint team was being led by the 209th battalion of the CoBRA of the CRPF deployed in the State for anti-Naxal operations, officials said.last_img read more

Bounce back

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With its pride pricked the last time out, San Miguel Beer showed up with complete focus and willingness to play defense on Sunday night and re-establish itself as a yardstick for PBA Philippine Cup champions.The four-time defending champion broke away from Barangay Ginebra in the third quarter and thwarted a mighty finishing kick by the Gin Kings to prevail, 99-91, and get back on the winning track at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, the PBA Press Corps will hold its 25th Annual Awards Night on Monday at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.  A total of 13 awards will be handed out.Highlight of the presentation is the bestowing of the Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan Coach of the Year trophy to Magnolia coach Chito Victolero who led the Hotshots to the season-ending Governors’ Cup title.The scores:First GameNORTHPORT 95—Anthony 22, Tautuaa 18, Bolick 14, Pringle 11, Taha 9, Elorde 8, Arana 4, Guinto 3, Flores 2, Lanete 2, Grey 2, Gabayni 0, Sollano 0.NLEX 90—Erram 19, Quinahan 18, Galanza 11, Paniamogan 10, Magat 8, Tallo 7, Fonacier 5, Baguio 4, Ighalo 2, Alas 2, Soyud 2, Porter 2, Taulava 0, Rios 0.Quarters: 25-22; 48-46; 71-70; 95-90Second GameSAN MIGUEL 99—Standhardinger 26, Ross 22, Lassiter 16, Pessumal 13, Fajardo 10, Santos 6, Nabong 6, Tubid 0, Zamar 0.GINEBRA 91—Tenorio 24, Aguilar 20, Slaughter 11, Thompson 9, Devance 6, Teodoro 6, Dela Cruz 4, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 3, Mariano 2, Mercado 2. MOST READ Broner pins blame on planned Pac-May 2 “While the other teams were still sleeping, we were already having our training camp,” coach Pido Jarencio said in Filipino after his Batang Pier nailed the big shots at the crunch to rise to 2-0 and a share the lead with idle Phoenix.Austria credited his players’ willingness to play defense this time as they allowed just three players to score in twin digits for Ginebra, with LA Tenorio leading the way with 24.“I am so happy because we had some sleepless nights [after the Columbian loss],” Austria said. “I have been telling the players that there are no easy wins in this league.”Ross finished with 22, Marcio Lassiter chipped in 16.San Miguel also sat out the injured Terrence Romeo and got just 10 points from reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “They showed that they have pride in them,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said in Filipino when asked about the turnaround in form compared to Friday when they suffered a 118-124 loss at the hands of Columbian.Christian Standhardinger tallied 26 points and Chris Ross and Von Pessumal fired 12 and 10, respectively, in the third quarter breakaway that had the Beermen leading by as much as 23 that not even Ginebra’s vaunted never-say-die spirit could overhaul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSan Miguel caught Ginebra at 1-1.Earlier, NorthPort rolled to its best Philippine Cup start by bringing down NLEX, 95-90. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Quarters: 20-17; 44-35; 78-57; 99-91Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6A India launch tipped for September

first_imgXiaomi launched the Redmi 6 series of phones which include the Redmi 6, the Redmi 6A and the Redmi Note 6 in China recently. The Chinese OEM is now gearing up to bring two of the three Redmi phones to India very soon. A new report suggests that Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A in India in September. However, it is important to note that Xiaomi India is yet to confirm the launch timeline of the phones.According to a report from 91Mobiles, some industry sources have confirmed that the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A will be launching in India in the next two months. There is, however, no word whether Xiaomi will launch the Redmi Note 6 in India alongside the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A in September. Xiaomi usually launches the Note device in a separate event, the scenario may be the same with the Redmi Note 6. Meaning, the Note 6 may launch in India later in the year.Alongside confirming the launch month of the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A, the new report also reveals that the both these devices will come with MediaTek processors. Now, that’s a disappointing news to hear. Considering, the Redmi 5 runs on Snapdragon 450 and Redmi 5A on Snapdragon 425, seeing the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A running on MediaTek processors is disappointing. Other specifications of the two phones are expected to be the same as the China models.In China, the Redmi 6, which is the successor to the Redmi 5, comes in two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and the second one with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable via a microSD card. The Redmi 6 sports a 5.45-inch display with HD+ with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone comes with AI-powered dual camera setup on the back consisting of 12-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front, the Redmi 6 sports a 5-megapixel sensor.advertisementThe Redmi 6 is powered by a 12nm-based MediaTek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2GHz. Redmi 6 comes in two variants — one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the second one comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. As for the pricing, the Redmi 6 comes with a starting price tag of 799 Yuan (roughly Rs 8,500) for the 3GB RAM model. The price of the high-end variant with 4GB RAM is launched for a price of 999 Yuan (roughly Rs 10,500).The Redmi 6A, on the other hand, is an ultra-affordable phone. The Redmi 6A has been launched in China for 599 yuan (roughly around Rs 6,000) which is interestingly same as the Redmi 5A India price. The Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone comes with a 12-megapixel camera on the back, while on the front, the phone includes a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The Redmi 6A runs the latest MIUI 10-based on Android Oreo. On the hardware front, the Redmi 6A is powered by a 12nm-based MediaTek Helio A22 processor and is backed by a 3000mAh battery.last_img read more