The pressure continued to build on the Villa goal after the break, but Spurs were often too wasteful to take advantage as Moussa Sissoko dragged horribly wide with just Heaton to beat.Christian Eriksen had been left on the bench with doubts remaining over the Dane’s future with the transfer market across Europe still open until September 2.Pochettino finally called for his ability to pick the lock of a packed defence 25 minutes from time.Eriksen certainly did not appear lacking in commitment as he immediately offered the cutting edge Spurs had lacked.Heaton made a stunning save as Sanchez turned Eriksen’s cross goalwards 17 minutes from time, but the rebound was worked back to Ndombele who curled home from the edge of the area.Only another brilliant save from Heaton denied Eriksen scoring moments later with a thumping strike from a free-kick.However, Heaton was helpless four minutes from time when the ball broke Kane’s way and the England captain hammered the ball home to break his duck at Tottenham’s new home.And within four minutes he had a second with a trademark finish curled low beyond Heaton into the far corner.Share on: WhatsApp Harry KaneLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Harry Kane scored his first goals at Tottenham’s new stadium as last season’s Champions League finalists came from behind to beat newly-promoted Aston Villa 3-1 on Saturday.Spurs were on course for a Premier League opening day shock for 73 minutes as they trailed to John McGinn’s early opener.However, club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele sparked the fightback by curling home from distance to level before Kane struck twice in the final four minutes.Villa spent over £100 million ($120 million) on 12 new recruits over the summer to try and stabilise themselves as a Premier League force again after three seasons in the second tier.And there were plenty of promising signs for Dean Smith’s men, particularly in the first 45 minutes, before they wilted under Spurs’ relentless second-half pressure.Despite a host of new arrivals, it was one of Villa’s heroes in gaining promotion from the Championship last season who stunned Mauricio Pochettino’s men early on.From a long ball forward, Wesley outmuscled Davinson Sanchez to allow McGinn to burst through and he kept a cool head to leave Danny Rose on the floor before firing into the bottom corner.The visitors could even have been further ahead had one of their new recruits Trezeguet been more clinical at the end of a couple of promising counter-attacks.Spurs soon had the visitors penned in, though, as Kane headed over then fired wide when one-on-one with Tom Heaton as half-time approached.
Their 17-game losing streak was over. Without a win — or a loss. Nothing to celebrate.“A sour feeling,” quarterback Tyrod Taylor said.More bitterness.Cleveland didn’t take advantage of forcing six turnovers by Pittsburgh and missed a chance at its first win since 2016 on Sunday, tying the Steelers 21-21 in overtime in a game that turned into another emotional roller-coaster for fans who were so close to seeing their team go 1-0 for the first time in 14 years.But the Browns, being the Browns, couldn’t finish the job.“Tying in the NFL is really weird,” left guard Joel Bitonio said. “I never even thought I would be a part of it.”Bitonio could have never imagined playing on an 0-16 team, either, but that’s what happened last season when the Browns went through their entire schedule without posting a win. At least that can’t happen again.Watt capped a brilliant performance by blocking Zane Gonzalez’s 43-yard field-goal try with 9 seconds left to preserve the tie for the Steelers, whose drama-filled week around Le’Veon Bell ended with more theatrics.It was the league’s first Week 1 tie since 1971, and the first time in 133 games the Browns and Steelers couldn’t settle their rivalry on the field.The Browns rallied from a 21-7 deficit in the fourth quarter to stun the Steelers, who blew their own chance to win it in OT when Chris Boswell’s 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.Pittsburgh was without Bell, whose contract holdout will carry into the season’s second week. But the Steelers, who sacked Taylor seven times, refused to offer any excuses after falling dangerously close to becoming the first team to lose to the Browns in Week 1 since 2004.“Hell yeah, it feels like a loss,” Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward said. “I’m sorry for using that kind of language, but if we settle for those, we’re going to be an awfully (steamed) off bunch. We didn’t get the job done. I credit T.J. for getting that block, but the outcome was already decided. It just gives you a sick taste in your mouth.”Here are some other takeaways from the league’s first tie in two seasons:BAD BENSteelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hardly looked like a future Hall of Famer, throwing three interceptions in the first half and losing two fumbles. He made some uncharacteristic errors, forcing a pass into double-coverage that was picked off by Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, who had two interceptions in his pro debut.Roethlisberger passed for 335 yards, but he was upset Pittsburgh’s offense couldn’t put away the Browns.“It’s just frustrating that we can’t make the plays down the stretch,” he said. “We just didn’t make them.”GREAT GARRETTBrowns defensive end Myles Garrett seemed to be everywhere. He forced two fumbles, recorded two sacks and rushed Roethlisberger into making some indecisive throws.“I think he is going to have a great year,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “He is showing that he was worthy of being the first player drafted a year ago. A healthy Myles Garrett means a ton to this organization and football team. He just has to do it week in and week out and be this player every week.”The Browns were last in the league with just 17 takeaways last season.WATT A PLAYERWatt already had four sacks and 11 tackles when the made the game’s defining play.“When it snapped, I’m just trying to do my job and get penetration,” Watt said of his game-saving block. “I threw my hand up at the last minute, and it hit my hand — tie game.”GORDON’S GRABJosh Gordon made just one catch — one mesmerizing, jaw-dropping, game-tying catch.With the Browns trailing 21-14, Gordon leaped and snagged Taylor’s 17-yard pass over Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton for a touchdown with 1:58 left in regulation.It was another positive for Gordon, who missed most of training camp to address health issues and was playing in his first season opener since 2012 because of drug and alcohol addictions. Gordon has also been battling a hamstring issue.ROUGH STARTBrowns undrafted rookie left tackle Desmond Harrison had a long day.Harrison, who moved into the starting lineup this week, was penalized for two false starts in the first half and had some other assignment issues.Harrison wasn’t the only offending Cleveland player as the Browns were called for 11 penalties for 87 yards.“Disappointed,” Jackson said of the infractions. “Our team has got to get better. It is not good enough. You take the turnovers, and the penalties that we had and our inability to do some things early offensively, those are huge keys to a tie game. We have to do some things better.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL CLEVELAND (AP) — When the ball deflected off T.J. Watt’s left hand and fluttered to a water-logged landing, well short of the crossbar, there was nothing more the Browns could do. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, bottom, cannot hold onto the ball under pressure from Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Joe Haden, top, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
A person familiar with the situation says the Sixers have made Brand their new general manager, replacing Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo resigned in June as the 76ers’ president of basketball operations after what an investigation concluded was “careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team information on Twitter.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the move had not been officially announced. Brand is expected to be introduced at a news conference on Thursday.Brand had worked for the Sixers as vice president of operations and also served as the general manager of the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers’ G League affiliate.Brand was the No. 1 pick of the 1999 draft by the Chicago Bulls and played two stints with the Sixers.Sixers coach Brett Brown had served as Philadelphia’s interim GM and said earlier Tuesday he wasn’t interested in holding both jobs. Brown pledged the Sixers would name a general manager before the season started.“This is not something that interests me. I do not believe in the role that I have as a head coach that it’s tenable,” Brown said. “We will have, to the best of my knowledge, a general manager appointed, announced by the start of the season. And it’s not me. It was never going to be.”Hours later, the Sixers had their guy.Brand played in 1,058 career games over 18 seasons with the Bulls, the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas, Atlanta and the Sixers. He posted career averages of 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. A two-time All-Star and the 2000 rookie of the year, Brand was also the recipient of the 2005-06 Joe Dumars Trophy, presented each season to the player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.The person familiar with the decisions also said Ned Cohen will remain assistant general manager and Marc Eversley will stay as senior vice president of player personnel. They both interviewed for the GM job. Alex Rucker was promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations.The Sixers won 52 games last season and beat Miami in the first round of the playoffs before they were eliminated in the conference semifinals by Boston. Under Brown’s watch, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have blossomed into two of the top young players in the league.The Sixers were rocked when an independent review found that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, operated four Twitter accounts it investigated, and she admitted using private information to criticize the Sixers and rival colleagues.Colangelo and his predecessor Sam Hinkie, who hired Brown, had the final say in player personnel decisions. Brown said he was looking “for a partner” in personnel moves with the new GM.“I do have a voice. I’ve always had a voice here,” Brown said. “I think as the head coach, it should be that, to a point. I get the role of the general manager.”Brown said losing Colangelo was a “game-changer” but said his absence or lack of a general manager had nothing to do with the Sixers striking out in their bid to land LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, a lower-tier free agent — or anyone beyond a couple of modest pickups such as Wilson Chandler.“I think we would all be naive to think free agents choose a basketball program because of a general manager,” Brown said. “They come because of Joel and Ben. And I hope the coach has got a little bit to do with it.”He added: “The general manager situation had zero to do with us not being able to acquire one of those talents.”Brown, who took the 76ers from 10 wins to the third seed in the Eastern Conference in just two seasons, agreed in May to a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-2022 season.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Elton Brand is in charge of the Philadelphia 76ers. In this March 23, 2016, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand stands during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
Jemele Hill John N. Mitchell, Philadelphia Tribune Staff WriterThe stories that came up on Monday when I Googled the name of award-winning journalist Jemele Hill did not surprise me.I searched Hill’s name because I wanted to see how far conservative pundits would go in an effort to contort the words from her recent opinion piece for The Atlantic into something nonsensical and fallacious.Hill, now a staff writer for The Atlantic, saw her star ascend in September 2017 when she infamously called President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter. At the time, Hill was a co-host on ESPN’s Sportscenter, the sports network’s most high-profile show.She has since become a favorite target of the right.Hill argued that now is the time for elite Black athletes, who make hundreds of millions of dollars for predominantly white colleges and universities, to begin attending historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).Her position is that the billions of dollars in television money and other sizable financial windfalls that predominantly white colleges and universities reap by having Black athletes, such as Zion Williamson and Kyler Murray, the top selections in this year’s NBA and NFL drafts, respectively, would eventually find their way to Black schools if athletes such as these opted to attend them. And she’s right. Sports fans will want to watch the very best athletes, and television networks will find them wherever they attend college.The struggles of HBCUs are well documented. They are fighting daily for their existence. The reasons for this are manifold and in many cases institutional.HBCU graduates don’t have as much money to give because they’re not earning as much as their white counterparts.Pay gaps continue to widen between African Americans and whites, and the disparity is most acute when factoring in a college education. According to research by the Economic Policy Institute, Black college graduates earned 13% less per hour than their white counterparts in 1979 and 22% less per hour in 2015.Hill’s premise is rooted in what minority communities have understood for years — that when the American Dream, as it frequently does, is not working out for the vast majority of the members of marginalized communities, changes must be made. And what could be more American than using the natural resources of one’s community — in this case the athletic gifts of young African-American student athletes — to strengthen the financial health of HBCUs?Still, FOX News’ Tucker Carlson, whose show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has lost advertisers due to its often unpalatably racist nature, offered up the ridiculous notion that Hill was advocating for the resegregation of higher education.Carlson literally told University of Maryland professor Jason Nichols that the “triumph over segregation was held up as comparable to storming the beaches at Normandy.”He might be right, but it is disingenuous of him to cloak Hill’s suggestion that elite Black athletes opting to attend HBCUs would be an effort by Blacks to resegregate. More realistically, it is a typical right-wing talking point that comes from the same playbook that also tells African Americans that a “victim mentality” and the “Democratic plantation” are bigger problems than actual racism and a bigoted commander in chief.If handfuls of African-American blue-chip athletes decide they are going to go to Howard University or North Carolina A&T, it will not be an indication that the sky is falling or that the status quo is no more. And it certainly won’t be evidence that there is some desire among Blacks who did experience what life was like before Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka have an urge to do so.But something radical must happen to help struggling HBCUs in need of money, resources and revenue streams that presently aren’t getting it done.Hill’s idea could begin changing this in small increments. And what better group for this to begin with than members of Generation Z?John N. Mitchell has worked as a journalist for more than a quarter century. He can be reached at [email protected] and Tweet at @freejohnmitchel.https://www.phillytrib.com/commentary/johnmitchell/mitchell-attack-on-hill-is-typical-right-wing-talking-points/article_a3f6926a-d4b2-59cd-b792-afe904e19a7d.html
The Monmouth County Audubon Society has announced it will sponsor up to $3,000 in scholarships for the fall 2013 semester.“Thanks to the generosity of one former member, our organization will be sponsoring this annual scholarship for the foreseeable future. We are very excited to be able to subsidize the education of future naturalists or conservationists,” said Harden Fowler, the organization’s conservation chairman and the creator of the program.The Ted Engberg Memorial Scholarship will be offered to Monmouth County high school spring graduates who will be continuing their education this fall in a field related to conservation. Criteria require that applicants be Monmouth County residents.Full information on the scholarships and applications will be available on the organization’s website at www. monmouthaudubon.org or by writing to MCAS, P.O. Box 542, Red Bank, NJ 07701.Students can also get an application through their high school’s guidance office.The deadline for submitting applications is May 1. The MCAS Scholarship Committee will review the applications, make their decisions and award the scholarships in June.
KENNY BLACK, TRAINER, WHAT A VIEW, SECOND: “That is just brutal. I thought he was home free turning for home. It looked like Tyler had a ton of horse. This horse has gotten really good, that’s obviously the best race he’s ever run.” ART SHERMAN, DORTMUND, SIXTH: “It was kind of a bad mistake, but you don’t know until you try him. He’ll be on the dirt from now on.” RICHARD MANDELLA, BAL A BALI, WINNER: “I like winning better. The horse got sour last year, and with a little time off and some freshening up, he responded and came back good.” TRAINER QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, DORTMUND, SIXTH: “He was not [comfortable] on the turf. I think he should go back to dirt again and recover, recuperate, and I think he’s going to run big on the dirt. Big difference when you take them off the turf to the dirt. We’ll be ready for the next one.” JAVIER CASTELLANO, BAL A BALI, WINNER: “I feel great. I’m very lucky and fortunate to have been able to ride the horse. I give all the credit to Mr. Mandella and what he did; the way he trained the horse.“He came from way back and gave a great performance. Richard kind of told me how to ride the horse a little bit. I did my homework, watched past races, handicapped the race. Everything turned out well, worked out great. I’m very fortunate and was very lucky to ride this horse.” JOCKEY QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is Calumet Farm.
A car was taken after a burglar broke into a home in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny last weekend.The incident occurred in Manor View at around midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning.It is thought that the burglar entered the home and stole the keys to the homeowner’s car – a grey English-registered Peugeot – before driving away. The car was later found abandoned in a nearby housing area.Gardaí are investigating the burglary and unauthorised taking of the vehicle. The authorities are appealing for anybody who was in the Long Lane area at the time or who witnessed this car to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. Car taken following burglary of Letterkenny home was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
20 September 2013 South Africa is about to start building its first new university since 1994. The Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley in the Northern Cape will welcome its first students in 2014, marking a milestone in the transformation of education in the country. Construction of the R6-billion university is set to start this month and is expected to be completed by 2015. Speaking at the official launch of the university on Thursday, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said the institution would be “a powerful symbol of the country’s democracy, inclusiveness and growth. “Sol Plaatje University is an integral part of government’s programme of expanding access to higher education and growing knowledge production and the innovation capabilities of our nation,” he said. The university is expected to enrol about 5 000 students, starting with about 150 students during the first intake in January 2014. Lecturers and students will have access to the most advanced communications platforms and processes, with well-equipped libraries, knowledge resources and laboratories forming part of the university’s research and scientific infrastructure to support its niche areas of specialisation. According to the Department of Higher Education and Training, one of the university’s specialisations will be heritage studies, including interconnected academic fields such as museum management, archaeology, indigenous languages and restorative architecture. Intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer Sol Plaatje (1876-1932), whom the university is named after, was the author of Mhudi (completed in 1920, published in 1930), the first novel by a black South African. He was also a prominent campaigner for the rights of black people, and a founder member and first general secretary of the South African Native National Congress, which would become the African National Congress (ANC). Sol Plaatje is one of two new universities being developed in the country – work is also under way on Mpumalanga University, which will have campuses in Nelspruit and Siyabuswa. South Africa currently has 23 universities. These include six universities of technology, which focus on vocationally oriented education, six comprehensive universities offering a combination of academic and vocational diplomas and degrees, and 11 traditional universities offering theoretically oriented university degrees. However, none of these is located in either Mpumalanga or the Northern Cape, making these the only provinces in the country that are not home to a university. Source: SAnews.gov.za
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetFrom the road, it looks like many farms in Clark County that you might pass by and get a quick glimpse of, with 24 acres or rolling hills, woodland areas, gardens, greenhouses, livestock pens and red barns. But once you step onto The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm you begin to realize that there is more to this farm that what you see as you drive by.The farm got its start after two school teachers who decided to leave their well-established careers, along with the benefits that came along with them, to open a working farm that would become a day program for adults with disabilities, including those suffering from autism spectrum disorder and dementia. The farm’s mission is to provide those adults the dignity to enjoy meaningful work, life and social relationships in a safe agricultural community, to participate as good stewards of God’s bounty.“One of the motivations to do this for me, personally, is that my son is one of our farmers involved in the program and I wanted a different kind of programming for him than anything I had found available,” said Beth Snyder, one of the owners and founders of The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm, which stands for Honor And Respect Daily. “I wanted him to be able to experience the joys of working with living things and being outside and being active.”The farmers at H.A.R.D. Acre are involved in different activities every day. At some point in the day, they will get to take care of the animals, which include a cow, some sheep, goats, miniature donkeys, and an alpaca. Gardening will also be a part of the farmers’ daily routine, starting with seed pods in February and ending with harvest as late as November. Items grown and crafts made on the farm are available all year long at the farm’s retail shop.“I think there is a real satisfaction that the work you are doing has meaning and you feel a responsibility to come back the next day to continue the job, whether it be to water, to weed, to pick or to make sure the animals are okay,” Snyder said. “That sense of belonging that you get on a farm is important to anyone and I think we are finding out that it is really meaningful to this population.”Being a working farm, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with the tasks that may need to be done on certain days, so the day doesn’t always go according to plan. But, like any working farm, there is always something to do.“Once the chores are done, we might end out painting outside and them hold on to those projects and finish them inside the barn on a rainy day,” said Jennifer Hardacre, who also owns and founded The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm. “Daily programs are also based on the ability of our farmers. For instance, gardening for someone that has full range of mobility might include weeding the garden at the ground level, where someone who may not be able to bend over would be weeding at one of our raised beds or planting seeds at a high table top. We can plan a program for anybody and make it a meaningful day on the farm.”Leaving careers in teaching to start a program like this was certainly a leap of faith, but Snyder and Hardacre have been very thankful for the support of the community and the early success of The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm.“It has been more successful then Beth and I could have envisioned,” Hardacre said. “There is an army of people that support us. They donate. They volunteer. Our farmers and their families and the local agricultural community and so many people are backing this effort because it is such a needed program.“It was very scary to step out from a solid teaching career, but seeing the progress of the program and the individuals taking part in it has been very rewarding.”The H.A.R.D. Acre Farm is hosting their 3rd Annual Fall Festival that features hay rides, kids games, food trucks, direct sales vendors, a petting zoo, crafts/fall decor, a love offering bake sale, pumpkin painting, fall family photos, live entertainment, raffle baskets, a 50/50 drawing and more on September 15th starting at 11am. For more information, follow The Hard Acre Farm on Facebook or visit TheHardAcreFarm.org.