By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Since breaking the 37-year-old Triple Crown curse with his wire-to-wire win at the Belmont Stakes June 13, American Pharoah has become an American folk hero.The 3-year-old thoroughbred has become a nationwide star, and that has brought increased attention to the sport.As a result, all eyes will be on Monmouth Park Aug. 2 when American Pharoah returns to the racetrack for his first challenge since the Belmont Stakes to run in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational.The Oceanport racetrack, which is celebrating its 70th year of racing, is expecting the biggest day in its history. American Pharoah will be the first Triple Crown winner to ever race at Monmouth Park.“We are preparing for 60,000 [fans],” said John Heims, director of media relations at Monmouth Park.The single-day attendance record at Monmouth is 53,638 in 2003 to see Funny Cide, who had won the first two legs of the Triple Crown that year: the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.It would be an understatement to say that Monmouth Park is delighted to have the sport’s 12th Triple Crown winner. “Everyone here is beyond excited that [owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert] have chosen Monmouth Park for the next start for American Pharoah,” Heims said. “The anticipation is building, and there is a tremendous buzz surrounding the entire event.”American Pharoah was expected to arrive at Monmouth Park July 29 and will be stabled in trainer Kelly Breen’s barn.Monmouth Park has set aside a time slot for the Haskell participants July 30 and 31 and Aug. 1. It’s anticipated that American Pharoah will run between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m. on the main track — the time slotted for the Haskell horses.On July 31 and Aug. 1, the Clubhouse will be open to the public for free from 7-8 a.m. to watch the Haskell horse.It looks like it will be a six-horse field for the $1 million William Hill Haskell. Mr. Jordan, Competitive Edge, Keen Ice, War Story and Tekton are expected to challenge American Pharoah.The Haskell will be telecast live on NBC from 5-6 p.m. Gates will open at 9 a.m. on race day with first post set for 11:30 a.m. Post time for the Haskell is 5:52. Baffert is quite comfortable at Monmouth Park, having won the Haskell a record seven times, including last year with Bayern.In anticipation of its biggest day, Monmouth Park is turning the Haskell into a three-day celebration with what it is calling The Pharoah Phan Phestival.Included in the Phestival will be a giveaway Aug. 1 with a baseball jersey commemorating Baffert’s seven Haskell victories that will be available as long as supplies last.Baffert will also be inducted into Monmouth’s Hall of Fame during the weekend.On July 31, an American Pharoah button and magazine giveaway courtesy of the Daily Racing form is on tap. American Pharoah is also scheduled to school in the paddock with the horses from that day’s races.When racing is completed Aug. 31, the track is hosting its Third Annual Joes vs. Jocks Mini Golf Phestival at the Bluegrass Miniature Golf course on the racetrack grounds.Fans can join their favorite jockeys for a round of miniature golf and help raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.
Jurgen Klopp has emerged as the clear front runner for the Anfield hot seat, with Liverpool hoping to appoint the German as a replacement for sacked manager Brendan Rodgers by the end of the week, British media reported.The former Borussia Dortmund coach is favourite to take over from the Northern Irishman, with ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti also in the frame.Klopp is understood to be open to the idea of a move, the reports said, adding that talks between Liverpool and his representatives were progressing well.The 48-year-old has been out of work since leaving Dortmund in the summer.Klopp won two German Bundesliga titles at Dortmund and led the club to the finals of the Champions League in 2013, but lost the German Cup final to Wolfsburg in his final game in charge at the end of the 2014-15 season during which his side struggled in the domestic league, eventually finishing seventh.Klopp is understood to have spoken to former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann about the club, the city and the fans, the BBC reported.Former Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg believes Klopp will be back coaching “very, very soon” and thinks he is suited to Anfield.“He gave me this answer a couple of weeks ago. He said, ‘I’m ready for a team that’s not on the highest level, to create something, to build something up’. This could be Liverpool, right?,” Effenberg, who has played 35 times for Germany, told the BBC.“Liverpool is one of the greatest atmospheres. It’s pretty much the same as Dortmund. The fans stay with everything behind the club and this is what Jurgen Klopp likes and what he needs,” the BBC quoted Effenberg as saying at the ASPIRE4SPORT conference in Berlin.“So maybe, very soon, we’ll hear something from Jurgen Klopp, to make a decision, maybe, for Liverpool.”In a statement issued by the League Managers’ Association on his behalf, Rodgers, who was sacked after Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw at Everton, said he was ‘incredibly disappointed’ his 3-1/2 year tenure at Anfield was over.Negotiations will now take place over his severance package, which could reportedly cost Liverpool in excess of seven million pounds.
Tottenham Hotspur’s England striker Harry Kane suffered serious ankle ligament damage in Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Manchester City, the Premier League club said on Thursday.Kane rolled his left ankle in the second half of the quarter-final first leg after a hefty tackle on City defender Fabian Delph and left the field immediately.Spurs gave no timeframe for when Kane might be fit again.“Following assessment over the past two days, we can confirm that Harry Kane has sustained a significant lateral ligament injury to his left ankle following a challenge in our Champions League quarter-final, first leg win against Manchester City,” Spurs said on their website.“Investigations are ongoing and he will continue to be assessed by our medical staff over the coming week.”The England captain, who has scored 24 goals in all competitions this season, left the club’s new stadium on crutches with a protective boot on his foot.On Wednesday, 25-year-old Kane had tweeted: “Gutted to go off injured but every setback is a chance to come back stronger than ever. Big finish from the boys to go on and win!”After Tuesday’s match, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “It’s a worry for us.“We are going to miss him – maybe for the rest of the season. We hope it is not a big issue but there is not to much time to recover.”Kane has missed 21 club games since the start of the 2016-17 season with ankle injuries alone.He was ruled out for almost two months in January, missing seven games, when he damaged ligaments in the same ankle during their 1-0 Premier League home defeat by Manchester United.He also missed a month of last season with a similar injury to the right ankle, and endured separate absences of six and four weeks during the 2016-17 campaign.Tottenham are fourth in the Premier League with six matches remaining, two points behind third-placed Chelsea – who have played a game more – and one point ahead of north London rivals Arsenal, who are fifth in fifth.The second leg of their Champions League tie against City is on Wednesday, 17 April at Etihad Stadium.Spurs also said England midfielder Dele Alli had fractured his left hand in Tuesday’s game.Fourth-placed Tottenham are battling for a top-four finish to claim a Champions League spot for next season. They trail third-placed Chelsea by two points, with a game in hand, and lead fellow London rivals Arsenal by one point.Spurs will face Huddersfield on Sunday, as the Terriers face up to relegation from the Premier League.They may have little to play for but manager Jan Siewert has demanded his players represent the club with pride, and Lowe admits he and his team-mates are playing for their futures – whether that be convincing Siewert of their value or putting themselves in the shop window.“Everyone has got different reasons,” he said. “One player wants to represent himself to another club, another wants to show the manager he is ready for next season.“Everyone is different but hopefully we can show at the weekend that as a team we are still willing to fight.”
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The Malaria Program of the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL) says there is an increasing rate of misuse of the treated mosquito nets, which are intended to protect people from mosquito bites, but are now being used for different purposes.The Director of the LCL’s Malaria Program said it is surprising that treated mosquito nets are not being used for their intended purposes in spite of the fact that the nets are an important tool for preventing the endemic sickness of malaria, which globally kills a child every 60 seconds.Dr. Moses Y. Harris told over 10 community leaders and other residents that the willful refusal of Liberians to use the mosquito nets has made the fight against malaria a challenging one for the country. The mission and vision of the LCL Malaria Program, according to Dr. Harris, is to end malaria deaths.He made the remarks over the weekend during a one-day awareness program on malaria prevention, held in Bernard Farm, which comprises of over 10 communities.He said the fight against malaria needs more than mosquito nets, therefore he urged community members to cooperate and stop the blatant refusal to use the nets for the right purpose and join the fight against malaria which he described as one of the deadliest diseases in the world.“Liberians know how to prevent malaria, but because we don’t want to do what we are supposed to do, we will keep getting sick,” Dr. Harris said.He pointed out that the appropriate use of the mosquito nets and clean environment are the surest ways to stop malaria.Dr. Harris said WHO has reported that about 24 percent of global disease is caused by environmental exposures, which he believes can be prevented.The report estimates that more than 33 percent of diseases in children under the age of five are caused by environmental exposures, said Dr. Harris. He also told the communities the insecticide treated bed nets should be washed once every three months with bathing soap and hung out to dry in a shade.The Regional Supervisor #1 of the LCL Malaria Program, Susan Larmouth, praised Bernard Farm Community residents for their support to the program.Some members of the communities have praised the LCL Malaria Program for raising awareness in their communities.One of three volunteer health workers who are trained by the LCL Malaria Program to provide malaria care in the communities were seen doing regular community household visits. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It was a thriller at Balaidos Barcelona lost a thrilling encounter with Celta de Vigo 4-3 on Sunday evening to remain fourth place in LaLiga, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.The visitors were run ragged in the first half, going 3-0 down with goals from Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and Jeremy Mathieu.Gerard Pique pulled one back for Barca early in the second half, before Neymar netted from the penalty spot to reduce the deficit to just one.But Celta again went two in front, Hernandez making the score 4-2 after a hilarious mistake from Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal.Pique added his second of the game to make it 4-3 in the dying stages, but the visitors could not pull level before the final whistle.You can watch the goals below… 1
Aberdeen defender Andy Considine said Sunday’s League Cup final loss to Celtic hurt acutely because the Dons have proven they are a match for the Hoops.Ryan Christie’s first-half strike made the difference at Hampden as Brendan Rodgers secured a seventh straight trophy since arriving in Glasgow.Considine rued the narrow loss, but said he was quick to remind his teammates after the defeat of the progress Derek McInnes’ side have made.He said: “In years gone by it was ‘It’s the Old Firm, it’s almost like if they win it doesn’t matter, we’ll go on to the next game’. “But I feel we are so close to them now. It hurts so much more because I feel we can go toe to toe with them.“We have shown we can beat them, both of them.”When asked what it took to beat the Glasgow pair, he added: “It’s about doing the basics well but at the same time, you only get three or four chances, and you need to be clinical.“That’s the big thing about facing the Old Firm, you’ve got to take your chances because they are fantastic teams. “There’s not a lot of lapses of concentration and when you do get that you need to tuck it away.”Aberdeen look to bounce back on Wednesday when they face Rangers at Ibrox.Considine insisted winning at the home of the new Premiership leaders would provide the perfect cure for any lingering League Cup hangover.“A result like this hurts but Wednesday night is massive,” he said. “This month is huge for us, nine games, and fingers crossed we can come through with flying colours.“If there was a way to make ourselves feel better, we’d go to a place like that and win.”
The government are putting it on their agenda for 2017 to revise the retirement age for workers in both the public and private sector. The aim is to reduce age discrimination in the workplace and reduce government spending for the years ahead.The proposal, drafted by Minister for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, is to make mandatory retirement ages illegal.Although there is not concrete compulsory retirement age in Ireland, the issue lies within the employment contracts in both private and public sectors which require people to retire at a specific age. The Sunday Independent report that people are to be incentivised into working for longer with the promise of a larger state pension, in an attempt to avoid the pension time bomb.For the first time, employers will need to provide a legitimate reason aside from age, for compulsory retirement.These proposals will also give people the chance to retire early on a reduced pension.Varadkar told the Sunday Independent that the aim is to provide “greater flexibility around retirement”, and that “we are also examining a change in the law that would put the onus on employers who want someone to retire before the State pension age, so that the employer would have to prove that this is necessary for some objective reason”. Minister McEntee added that “when they reach a certain age set out in an employment contract, most people have no option but to retire, even if it’s not what they want. I believe we must give people the option of working if that is what they want and if they have the ability to do so.”Government to revise retirement age 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)
South Africa’s 2010 mascot Zakumiinteracted with government employees atthe Football Fridays launch. Diski Dancers teaching governmentofficials the dance. Deputy health minister Molefi Sefularoblows on his vuvuzela. (Images: BonganiNkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Terrence Manase The Presidency+12 300 5436 or +27 82 338 6707RELATED ARTICLES• Peace football tournament for SA • Stadiums ‘on track’ for 2010• Get kitted for Football FridaysBongani NkosiThe South African government has thrown its full weight behind Football Fridays – a campaign to drum up support for national football squad Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Football Fridays was officially launched at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 October 2009 and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was there to give his seal of approval.“We would like to make the call to all South Africans, especially public servants, to wear football jerseys every Friday in anticipation of this great celebration coming our way next year … the Football Friday concept is one such initiative that government fully supports,” he said.The drive was introduced in September by the International Marketing Council (IMC) and has since been encouraging the public to don shirts of their favourite team, be it Kaizer Chiefs or Manchester United, at the end of every working week.As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the IMC’s primary task is to promote the country as a destination “Alive with Possibility”.“Fly the Flag for Football”, of which Football Fridays is a part, and “Feel the Diski Rhythm: it’s time to celebrate 2010!” are further IMC initiatives designed to ignite football spirit in South Africa before the World Cup kicks off here in June next year.At Friday’s launch government officials and Union Buildings employees turned out in their droves to be introduced to Football Fridays in style. “We must ensure that every public servant wears their jersey every Friday,” said the Presidency’s chief operations officer Jesse Duarte.The intention is to get every working South African in his or her football jersey every Friday, including those in the private sector, where the initiative is already taking shape, said Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the 2010 Local Organising Committee.Besides getting the nation in the desired mood for an exciting tournament, Football Fridays will also inspire national unity that is “required to host a successful World Cup”.“Football Fridays is a brilliant concept. We encourage everybody to support it,” Irvin said.“We believe that [Football Fridays] will help us define our South Africanness,” said IMC CEO Paul Bannister.Bafana Bafana gears upFootball Fridays, said Sports and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, is all about “laying a solid foundation to build a movement around Bafana Bafana”.The minister added that the initiative will go a long way in reigniting the spirit shown to the national team during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009.Bafana, which had struggled during the eight matches in the run-up to the tournament, put in a sterling performance at the Confed Cup. It collected four points in the group stages and went on to lose 1-0 to Brazil in the semi-finals. Many a local football critic commended the team for their accomplishment.Just recently the South African Football Association reinstated Bafana’s former coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, which will undoubtedly boost the squad’s morale.The Brazilian coach, who is famed for bringing brought World Cup victory to his country, is replacing fellow Brazilian Joel Santana who had a difficult time during his South African tenure.At the launch world football icon and former Bafana captain Lucas Radebe said South Africa’s recent below-par performance is not likely to continue into 2010. “I believe that this is a blessing in disguise … the team will really perform well at the right time. The players must know that they have the support of the nation.”But Bafana Bafana isn’t the only team South Africans are expected to support during next year’s spectacle: all African teams participating need the backing of the nation.To date Ghana and Ivory Coast have secured their places, alongside South Africa, which qualified automatically as the host nation. The last African nation to be represented at the World Cup has yet to qualify.Motlanthe was quick to congratulate the placing of the two West African teams, which look set to deliver a promising performance.“Bafana will not lack support, but we must ensure that the other African teams are largely backed … we call on all South Africans and Africans to come together as a one team,” Khoza said.“[It is] an event that will send a message to the world that Africa’s time has come,” he added.Welcoming the worldFootball Fridays also aims to inspire South Africans to give a warm welcome to international football fans and become top-notch hosts during the World Cup.“We must also ensure that those who come to our shores want to come back again. We must make them love South Africa,” said Stofile.To ensure a smooth and safe World Cup, government has invested R1.3-billion (US$164.9-million) to boost security in the country. As part of this, 41 000 police officers, including 10 000 reservists, will be deployed to monitor the month-long event. The officers will be supported by 10 000 staffers from various government departments to form the Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.During next year’s World Cup dedicated investigation teams and special courts will be set up to deal with all football-related crimes on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis, Motlanthe pointed out.The special courts and police stations will be set up close to host venues, “making processing and prosecutions much quicker, especially if or when a foreigner is affected”.“We have every confidence in our security establishment to secure this event,” he said.World Cup visitors will also be treated to a much-improved public transport system, made possible by government’s R11.7-billion ($1.48-billion) investment.The world-class Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system, already operational in Johannesburg, will be extended to the host cities of Cape Town, Pretoria/Tshwane and Port Elizabeth, while other modes of public transport are also being beefed up around the country.“I have no doubt that when the last whistle blows, our country and continent will never be the same again,” Motlanthe said.Time to Diski!With South Africa being a country of rhythm, there has to be a dance style to rouse excitement ahead of the 2010 spectacle – and the Diski Dance is there just for that. It will be the official theme dance for the nation during the tournament.All South Africans are encouraged to learn the dance, created by choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi.“I urge all of you to learn the Diski Dance as part of being a good host and welcoming the world in a celebratory style,” said Motlanthe.Groups of young dancers have been deployed across the country to teach the public the moves, said senior dancer Cassius Tlhotlhalamaja. “People are interested in Diski Dance. It is becoming a trademark,” he added.The dance, which imitates “diski” moves, is easy to learn, with the full version just five steps long. The entire piece can be performed in less than three minutes, experts say. “Diski” is a South African township slang word for football.The dance is also being promoted through commercial media, with a Diski Dance advertisement having already hit local television stations.“It’s our South African Macarena and our R Kelly step in the name of love,” Tlhotlhalamaja said.
A man from Hanover Park in Cape Town walked a total of 34km every day to get to university, and go back home. His journey ended with graduation this week. Now he is putting to work and is teaching the next generation at a local school. Eric van der Byl proudly holds his Bachelor of Education degree after graduating this week. (Image: supplied) • South Africa’s Smart Schools showcased on Brand South Africa media tour • Kenyan gogo teaches her grandchildren a thing or two • South African policies help to reduce poverty, says World Bank • KZN pupils switch on the e-school • Storytelling takes centre stage Priya Pitamber In 2010, Eric van der Byl started studying at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He had to walk 17km to campus and then 17km back home again each day because he could not afford transport.He did that for four years, through rain and cold, heat and sun. But his hard slog has paid off: Van der Byl graduated this week with his Bachelor of Education degree. Now 44, he was at a loss for words for a while, only able to say that the ceremony was unbelievable.But his effervescent personality came through when he was asked why he had persevered under such circumstances. “I had to become the source that could provide encouragement and help. My view is I could help and I did. In my second year, I became a mentor and tutor [at the university].”Van der Byl opted to study education because, as he described it, “teaching is the mother of all professions”. He is now teaching Grade 7 at Parkfields Primary in Hanover Park.He admitted he still had a lot to learn. “The first month has been very hectic,” he said. “I feel like a blind man. There is something new every day.” But the other staff members had been very helpful and the school “is wonderful”, he said. He marvelled at the teachers who operated like well-oiled machines. One day, he said, he wanted to be like them.“I believe in holistic education. It’s not just about teaching subject knowledge,” he told Cape Town newspaper, Cape Argus. “It’s about opening [students’] minds to all the possibilities that are out there for them. I see it as my main role to open their minds to the skills and talent and other potential that they possess.”Van der Byl was listed as a graduation highlight on the university’s website. “He has shown true spirit and determination in pursuing his goals, going as far as walking 17km daily to get to campus,” it read. “He, too, is already putting his qualification to use and is employed as a teacher…”Vice-chancellor Professor Tyrone Pretorius said: “This is indeed a very special occasion, not only because this is the first year I will be presiding over graduation ceremonies or that we are celebrating UWC’s 55th anniversary, but because I am proud of the calibre of graduates UWC has produced.“Being a socially responsible university, I have no doubt in my mind that this latest crop of graduates will go on to do amazing work for the betterment of not only South Africa, but the world at large.”Going forward, Van der Byl, a father of three, would like to pay off his study loans and perhaps pursue his postgraduate honours degree. “But I am not sure if I could balance everything now,” he said.His story has received a positive reaction from often cynical readers. In the comment section on the IOL website, Cynicalenigma wrote: “You give me hope, sir. If I had a kid, I would want you to be his/her teacher. Thank you.” Kgatle commented: “What a beautiful story. I imagine the kids that are taught by this hero will turn out okay indeed, just like their superhero teacher.” And Vuyo said it was a good story that made his day.