first_img With his seven blocks, Budinger now has 299 in his 49er career, a mark which ranks No. 14 all-time at LBSU. Right ahead of him at No. 13 spot with 300 career blocks is coach Alan Knipe. Budinger also recorded his 800th career kill. Setter Tyler Hildebrand recorded seven blocks to go along with four kills and 35 assists, and Paul Lotman and Teddy Liles both recorded four blocks. Lotman and Liles both added seven kills while senior Robert Tarr finished with eight kills and four digs. Libero Tyler Caldwell led the 49ers with nine digs. The Tritons (0-1, 0-1) gave up too many easy points to the 49ers, thanks to numerous errors. UCSD committed a total of 44 errors in the match, which in turn led to 44 points for LBSU. UCSD had 28 hitting errors, 11 service errors, one blocking error and four reception errors. The Tritons hit just .120 in the match. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Long Beach State began its reign as the No. 1-ranked team in the nation the way one might expect with a convincing victory. Senior Duncan Budinger had a great homecoming on Wednesday night, recording 13 kills and seven blocks to lead the 49ers to a 30-24, 30-21, 30-21 win at UC San Diego in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener. Budinger, from Encinitas, hit an impressive .812 in the match without a hitting error to lead LBSU (4-0, 1-0) a day after the team was installed as the top team in the country. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Chris Sayers led UCSD with 13 kills, but hit just .094, and Tim Dietrich added six kills. last_img read more

first_imgTottenham legend Ledley King has tipped a consistent Spurs side to go far in domestic and European competition this season.Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of Bayer Leverkusen v Tottenham. CLICK HERE for more!Mauricio Pochettino’s men are the only remaining unbeaten team in the Premier League and currently sit in third place behind joint leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.The only defeat they have suffered this season came in their Champions League opener against Monaco at Wembley, although they quickly made amends by beating CSKA Moscow in a tough away trip to Russia.Spurs face another away outing against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany on Tuesday night, but King is confident his former side can carry their fine domestic form over into Europe and seal another vital win.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, King said: “It’s been a long time coming for Spurs to be back in the Champions League.“It’s never easy to go to Germany and get a result, but the team are in fine form and I’m hopeful they can go there and do that.“Our home form is going to be important and we have to try and make Wembley our home as quickly as possible, but the good thing about this team is that they can go away from home and get results as well.Asked if Spurs can mount another title challenge this year, having come so close last season, King added: “I think so. The consistency they’ve shown already this season is very good.“Spurs fans wanted to see if the team could continue what they built on last season and bring it into this season, and I think we’ve all seen already that the team is very consistent.“We’re a tough side to beat and we’re in every game we play in, so I don’t feel there’s any reason why they shouldn’t be challenging again at the end of the season.”Listen to Ledley King on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!last_img read more

first_img 11 11 1. Loris Karius (goalkeeper) – see the full possible Liverpool XI, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 19. Sadio Mane (right attack) 11 11 10. Philippe Coutinho (left attack) 11 7. James Milner (left back) Liverpool host West Bromwich Albion this Saturday 21 October, kick off 17:30 BST, and you can listen to live commentary on talkSPORT.Jurgen Klopp’s men sit fourth in the Premier League, just two points off Manchester City in first and Arsenal in second.The Reds will have been left disappointed by their goalless draw with Manchester United on Monday night, but that’s history, and three points will be the aim as they take on Tony Pulis’ Baggies side.So will Klopp make any changes from the clash earlier this week? Has Daniel Sturridge lost his place in the starting line-up?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool line-up by viewing the slideshow above. 20. Adam Lallana (right midfield) 11 11 11 32. Joel Matip (centre back) 14. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) 11. Roberto Firmino (centre forward) 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) 11 23. Emre Can (left midfield) last_img read more

first_imgListen to the best bits of Extra Time from the weekend with Tom Latchem and Ged Mills.This week the boys wanted your stories of the last time you did a ‘bunk’, they went cultural with poetry after being joined by Bristol City’s Josh Brownhill, who revealed he wrote a poem about Wayne Rooney when he was 11 years old, and former Arsenal midfielder David Hillier talked about his time now as a fireman.last_img

first_img1 Watford have moved six points clear of the relegation places with this victory Antonio Conte’s future as Chelsea boss was cast into further doubt as his 10 men were thrashed 4-1 by Watford on Monday night.The Blues, who lost 3-0 at home to Bournemouth last week, were poor again at Vicarage Road and had Tiemoue Bakayoko sent off inside half an hour.Troy Deeney scored a penalty in the closing stages of the first half but Chelsea stayed in the contest and equalised through a magnificent Eden Hazard goal.The visitors were not level for long, however, as Daryl Janmaat scored his own memorable effort to put Watford back in front before Gerard Deulofeu, man of the match on his home debut, and substitute Roberto Pereyra rounded off the win with breakaway goals to secure an emphatic win.Conte had called on Chelsea’s hierarchy to “prepare a statement…to say they trust me in my work” ahead of the game but it was another dismal evening for the defending champions, who are now 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City.Michy Batshuayi and Diego Costa scored the goals in a 2-1 win for Chelsea here last season. That was the second game of a campaign which ended in Premier League glory for the Blues but, like those goalscorers last August, Chelsea’s hopes of retaining their crown are gone.Either of those strikers would have had a chance of playing here as Conte once again deployed Hazard as Chelsea’s main attacking option with new signing Olivier Giroud warming the bench.Deulofeu was lively in the early exchanges and sent a shot into Thibaut Courtois’ side-netting after being picked out inside the box.Bakayoko was enduring another dismal display in a Chelsea shirt and was booked for bringing down Etienne Capoue inside the Chelsea half before Pedro hit a post on a rare Chelsea foray forward – only to see a free-kick given for handball against Victor Moses in the build-up.The challenge became harder for Conte and his players when Bakayoko’s evening came to an abrupt end as a second yellow card for a crude foul on Richarlison saw him dismissed by referee Mike Dean.It continued to go from bad to worse for the Italian as Dean awarded a penalty to the hosts when Courtois burst from his line to close down the onrushing Deulofeu, with the Barcelona loanee going down under minimal contact.Deeney, whose only previous league goals this season were penalties against Arsenal and Manchester United, stuck home the resulting spot-kick to give the Hornets a deserved half-time lead.Chelsea were brighter after the restart but the numerical advantage often helped Watford out and they soon started to create chances, Deulofeu curling a shot wide before David Luiz, booked moments earlier, gifted possession to the hosts only for Richarlison to also narrowly miss the target.Chelsea’s equaliser was as brilliant as it was unexpected, Hazard dancing past Capoue before finishing perfectly past Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis from 25 yards.Watford responded well and were back in front two minutes later as Janmaat collected the ball on the right before jinking into the box, exchanging passes with Pereyra and keeping his cool to finish past Courtois.With Chelsea committing bodies forward, Deulofeu capitalised to lead a counter-attack which he started and finished with a well-taken strike, with Pereyra adding insult to injury with a fourth in added time as Watford won in the league for the first time since Boxing Day.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see Camarillo Christian Women’s Club luncheon, 11a.m. Friday, Spanish Hills Golf and Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. Dress code. Reservations required by Tuesday. Cost: $21. Call (805) 987-7134. Spiritual Healing Movement’s monthly “world healing” ceremony, 7p.m. Tuesday, meeting at Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. The Rev. Bob McDill will be the guest speaker. Call (866) 204-2261 or see www.spiritualunitymovement.org. Dennis Prager’s “Torah: Verse by Verse” class, 8:15-9:45p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 9, University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air. Tickets: $40. Call (310) 440-1246 or see www.uj.edu. Catholic community meeting, 11:30a.m. Wednesday, China Olive restaurant, 9224 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. “The Legacy of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, servant of God” will be discussed by speaker Matthew Connolly. Buffet luncheon: $10; reservations required. Call (818) 846-3271 or (323) 656-0955. National Council of Jewish Women, Vista-Val Division, 9:30a.m. Jan. 8, meeting at Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. Actor Allen Gruener will read “Shining City.” Call (818) 343-5375. World Peace Meditation, 4a.m. Sunday, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. “Out of the Darkness, Into the Light” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Sue Rubin at the “burning bowl” ceremony service, 10a.m. Sunday. Call (805) 495-0105. Lessons and carols with Holy Eucharist and choir, 10a.m. Sunday, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (818) 785-4251. New Year’s Eve service, 7p.m. Sunday, Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. Call (818) 348-5714. New Year’s Eve dance for single Catholics, presented by L.A. Catholic Alumni Singles, 8p.m.-midnight Dec. 31, St. Mel Roman Catholic Church, 20870 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Admission: $35. Formal attire. Call (818) 759-1545. “Toast the New Year and a New You” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10a.m. Sunday, when the Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meets at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. “A Good Year” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “Winter Solstice Wanes as the New Year Gains” will be the message of the Rev. Bob McDill and Ron Ruscillo, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.valleyonion.org. “Do You Have Something in Your Eye?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Lee, 9:15a.m. Sunday, Bethel Lutheran Church of Encino, 17500 Burbank Blvd. Call (818) 788-2653. “Is it God? Or God and ?” will be the message delivered by Laney Clevenger, 10a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “Compassion is Always a Perfect Fit” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Joey K. McDonald, 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 763-8231. “The Hope of the Wise Men” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Robert Snyder, 11a.m. Sunday, Community Christian Church of the Foothills, 10193 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga. Call (818) 353-8080. “History of Humanity in One Lesson” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651 or see www.heartchurch.com. “God’s Word of Joy!” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Ken Hahn, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 18425 Kittridge St., Reseda. Call (818) 342-1633. “Extreme Makeover” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Janet Loughry, 9:30a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. “Renewal as the Light” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awareness, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 713-3636. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to be published. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200; fax (818) 713-0058; or e-mail to holly.andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgThe Cowboys boasted one of the league’s best rushing defenses in each of the last two seasons, including No. 1 overall in 2016. In 2017, he guided a linebacker group that accounted for 34 percent of the tackles for the league’s No. 8 ranked defense (318.1 yards per game) and rushing defense (104.0 yards per game). Eberflus’ trio of Sean Lee (101 tackles), Anthony Hitchens (84 tackles) and Jaylon Smith (81 tackles) finished as the Cowboys’ top-three tacklers. Lee eclipsed the 100-tackle mark for the fifth time in his career. Some of Eberflus’ most impressive efforts came with the development of Smith, who missed his entire rookie season in 2016 due to an injury he suffered in his final collegiate game at Notre Dame. In his first year, Smith saw action in all 16 games (six starts) and tallied 81 tackles (50 solo), 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Dallas also concluded the 2017 season ranked 11th in the NFL in passing defense (214.1 yards per game).The Cowboys boasted the league’s No. 1 overall ranked rushing defense (83.5 yards per game) in 2016 and gave up the fifth-fewest points. Lee led the defense with 174 tackles (120 solo) and 12.0 tackles for loss, both career highs. He was named First Team All-Pro and was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.In 2015, Eberflus and his unit saw the return of Lee who missed the entire 2014 season due to injury. Lee shifted to the weakside linebacker position and saw immediate results, totaling 156 tackles (109 solo), 11.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one interception en route to his first career Pro Bowl selection. In 2014, Eberflus was credited with molding then rookie Hitchens into a pro, as he started 11-of-16 games and saw action at every linebacker position. Hitchens recorded 100 tackles (74 solo) which ranked third on the team. The total ranked fifth most by a rookie in team history and he became the first rookie defender to record 100 tackles in a season since Roy Williams (127 in 2002). The Cowboys improved their rushing defense from No. 27 in 2013 to No. 8 in 2014 and tied for the seventh-most interceptions in the league.In 2013, Eberflus assisted with the team’s transition to a 4-3 scheme. Lee finished with 123 tackles (95 solo) and a team-high four interceptions despite missing five games due to injury. Eberflus guided DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer to Pro Bowl selections in 2012.In Eberflus’ first season in Dallas, he inherited a group that was spearheaded by All-Pro Ware, who registered 19.5 sacks, good for second in the NFL and tops amongst all linebackers in the league, en route to his sixth consecutive selection as a Pro Bowl starter.Prior to Dallas, Eberflus spent two seasons (2009-2010) as the linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns.Preceding his NFL coaching career, Eberflus spent eight seasons (2001-08) at the University of Missouri and nine years (1992-2000) at his alma mater, the University of Toledo.Eberflus was a four-year letterman and a three-year starting linebacker at Toledo. He earned First Team All-Conference honors as a junior and senior as he led the team in tackles both years. Eberflus also served as a team captain as a senior and took home the Nicholson Trophy for contributing the most towards the success of the team. He earned his degree in education from Toledo in 1993 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.Nick Sirianni: Sirianni has 14 years of coaching experience, including the last nine seasons in the NFL. He spent the past five seasons with the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers as wide receivers coach (2016-17), quarterbacks coach (2014-15) and quality control-offense (2013).In 2017, Sirianni assisted with the league’s No. 1 passing attack and the No. 4 overall offensive unit. He guided wide receiver Keenan Allen to a career year. Allen tallied career highs with 102 receptions for 1,393 yards and added six touchdowns. He set a franchise single-season record for receptions and his receiving yardage output ranked second in team history. Allen ranked fourth in the NFL in receptions and third in receiving yards. He finished 10th in the NFL with 1,402 yards from scrimmage.Under Sirianni’s direction, Tyrell Williams enjoyed a breakout season for the Chargers in 2016. In just his second NFL season, Williams led the team with 69 receptions for 1,059 yards while adding seven touchdowns. He became just the 15th player in franchise history to top 1,000 yards.After originally joining the Chargers in 2013 as a quality control coach on offense, Sirianni served as quarterbacks coach for San Diego from 2014-15. Quarterback Philip Rivers was selected to Pro Bowls in his two seasons with Sirianni as his position coach. In 2015, Rivers set new franchise marks for attempts (661) and completions (437), while passing for 4,792 yards, 10 shy of the franchise record. Rivers set a team-record with five-straight 300-yard games, including the first 500-yard game in team history, and he threw 29 touchdown passes.Sirianni’s NFL coaching career started with the Kansas City Chiefs where he served as wide receivers coach (2012) and offensive quality control coach (2009-2011).Prior to the NFL, Sirianni coached five years (2004-08) at the collegiate level. He served as wide receivers coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2006-08. Sirianni began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Mount Union, where he served as defensive backs coach from 2004-05. He helped the Purple Raiders to a national title in 2005.A native of Jamestown, N.Y., Sirianni won three NCAA Division III National Championships (2000-02) as a wide receiver at Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. A three-year starter, he earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors as a senior after a career-high 13 touchdown catches. Sirianni spent one season (2005) playing in the Atlantic Indoor Football League with the Canton Legends before transitioning into coaching.Sirianni’s brother, Mike, is the head coach at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. A seven-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Sirianni owns a .818 winning percentage (139-31), which is the highest in school history. In 2017, the Presidents won 11 games and their 25th PAC title and hosted two NCAA Division III playoff games for the first time since 2004. His brother, Jay, is a former head coach at their alma mater, Southwestern Central High School in Jamestown where their father, Fran, also spent nine years as the varsity head coach. Under Jay, Southwestern Central won New York state championships in 2008 and 2009. He stepped down from coaching at Southwestern Central in 2015.Bubba Ventrone: Ventrone has 13 years of NFL experience as a player (2005-2014) and coach (2015-17). He served as assistant special teams coach with the New England Patriots the last three seasons and won Super Bowl LI with the Patriots following the 2016 season.In 2017, Ventrone helped special teams ace Matthew Slater get selected to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl (2011-17). Kicker Stephen Gostkowski converted 37-of-40 field goals and 45-of-47 PATs for 156 points. He finished the season ranked in the top five in the NFL in total points (second), field goals made (fourth) and field goal percentage (fifth). Gostkowski was one of only four kickers in the league to be perfect on field goal attempts from 50+ yards (4-of-4).The Patriots boasted some of the best coverage units in the league in 2017. New England ranked third in the NFL in kickoff return average allowed (18.9) and fourth in punt return average allowed (4.6).Under Ventrone’s assistance in 2016, Slater was selected to his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl and earned First Team Associated Press All-Pro honors for the first time in his career. Defensive back Nate Ebner tied for the NFL-lead in special teams tackles (19) and forced one fumble.In 2015, Gostkowski led the league in scoring (151 points) for the fourth straight season, was elected to the Pro Bowl and named First Team Associated Press All-Pro. Gostkowski ranked in the top five in the league in field goals made (33, tied-second), field goal percentage (91.7, tied-fifth) and PAT percentage (100.0, tied-first). Additionally, punter Ryan Allen set a single-season career-high with 31 punts inside the 20-yard line which ranked tied for sixth in the NFL. Slater was selected to his fifth straight Pro Bowl as a special teamer and wide receiver Danny Amendola led the NFL with 12.0 yards per punt return.Prior to coaching, Ventrone spent 10 years in the NFL as a player with the San Francisco 49ers (2013-14), Cleveland Browns (2009-2012), New England Patriots (2005-08) and New York Jets (2007). He played in 97 career games and tallied 13 tackles (12 solo), one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Ventrone was a standout on special teams, where he compiled 57 special teams stops. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2011.Collegiately, Ventrone played in 35 games at Villanova and totaled 251 tackles (189 solo), 19.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed. He earned First Team All-Atlantic 10 recognition his junior year. Ventrone was a three-time Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team honoree (2002, 2003 and 2004).A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Ventrone attended Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, Pa., where he was a three-time all-conference performer and also set three high school records in track and field: long jump (22’6”), triple jump (45’6”) and 100M (10.8). Bubba’s younger brother, Ross, also played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Patriots.Rusty Jones: Jones has 28 years of NFL experience with the Chicago Bears (2005-2012) and Buffalo Bills (1985-2004). A pioneer in the strength and conditioning field, Jones was named the recipient of the 2016 NFL strength and conditioning Lifetime Achievement award.Jones was named 2006 National Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society in February of 2007. The award recognized his proficiency at enacting his renowned conditioning and nutrition program upon his arrival in Chicago.As one of the most well-respected strength, conditioning and nutrition experts in the business, Jones’ philosophy focuses on designing specific nutritional and workout programs for each individual player on the roster to maximize their performance while maintaining year-round health. His approach takes nutrition and body composition down to the molecular level and is based on what players do at their position.Since 2014, Jones has worked as a sports performance consultant for numerous professional and collegiate programs.Before retiring from the NFL following the 2013 season, Jones served as the director of physical development (2008-2012) and strength and conditioning coordinator (2005-07) with the Bears. In his first season in Chicago in 2005, he helped Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher deal with hamstring problems and leg cramps that had caused him to miss seven games the prior year. Urlacher played in all 16 games in 2005 and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year.Prior to Chicago, Jones spent 20 years with the Buffalo Bills after being hired by the team in June of 1985. He spent 19 years as the Bills strength and conditioning coordinator before being promoted to director of physical development/assistant to the head coach prior to the 2004 season.During his tenure in Buffalo, Jones worked under six head coaches including Hall of Famer Marv Levy and worked with over 25 different Pro Bowlers including Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, James Lofton and Bruce Smith. The Bills qualified for the playoffs in 10 of Jones’ 20 seasons with the team, including four consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 1990-93. He gained league-wide notoriety for getting Buffalo’s players in top physical condition while the Bills enjoyed success running the “no-huddle” offense in the early 1990’s.Before joining the Bills, Jones spent two years (1983-84) as the conditioning supervisor for the DeBartolo Corporation, working in Pittsburgh with the Penguins, Spirit and Maulers.Jones earned a physical education degree from Springfield (Mass.) College and taught for two years at Dover High School in New Hampshire. The native of Berwick, Maine and Noble High School returned to Springfield to earn a master’s degree in exercise physiology (1979-82), serving as a graduate assistant with the football program during that time. The Indianapolis Colts have hired three new assistant coaches.The Colts signed Matt Eberflus as defensive coordinator, Nick Sirianni as offensive coordinator, Bubba Ventrone as special teams coordinator and Rusty Jones as director of sports performance.Matt Eberflus: Eberflus has 21 years of coaching experience, including the last nine seasons in the NFL. He spent the last seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys serving as the team’s passing game coordinator/linebackers coach (2016-17) and linebackers coach (2011-15). His role as the passing game coordinator gave him more influence in the coverages amongst the linebackers and the secondary.last_img read more

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma with his counterparts,Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh,President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev,President of China Hu Jintao, and BrazilianPresident Dilma Rousseff. Zuma wasaddressing a press conference as SouthAfrica formally joins Brazil, Russia, Indiaand China (BRIC) to form BRICS.(Image: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Clayson MonyelaSpokesperson, Department ofInternational Relations and Cooperation+27 12 351 0893 or +27 82 884 5974RELATED ARTICLES• SA’s BRIC membership to boost country• Launchpad top a billion consumers• SA holds score on Doing Business index• Looking south and east for growth• China-Africa relations to deepenSource: The PresidencyThe third summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group of emerging nations takes place in China on 14 and 15 April under the theme Broad Vision, Shared Prosperity.South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, representing the country for the first time at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, addressed a plenary session on 14 April.Zuma thanked the other members of the bloc, saying that South Africa was proud to be a member of the new world order.The full text of his speech follows below:It is a great honour for South Africa to attend this third BRICS leaders’ meeting as a new member of this important mechanism.I wish to acknowledge with deep gratitude the personal efforts made by the distinguished leaders present here, to expedite South Africa’s membership of BRICS.Your various messages of congratulations and official statements on South Africa’s membership have been humbly but proudly received by the South African government and people. I thank you sincerely for this exceptional welcome into your midst.It may be recalled that just two decades ago, South Africa was still in the throes of its liberation struggle. Brazil, the Russian Federation, India and China firmly supported our quest for freedom.  Today we have met as one, we have met as partners.This bears testimony to the evolving world. We are now equal co-architects of a new equitable international system.Such a new world order will be to the benefit of all humanity and aims at securing shared prosperity for all.What distinguishes each of the BRICS countries is the value and importance we attach to development.We share the commitment of ensuring that our people benefit at the broadest level from global growth and that the benefits of economic expansion are shared equitably.South Africa and the African continent’s future prosperity is increasingly linked to the economies of BRICS, and this forum can decisively assist in tackling our development deficits.As you are aware, the BRICS countries in general have a large savings pool whereas the African continent is ready for large scale investments, particularly in infrastructure and manufacturing.Over the next ten years, Africa will need US$480-billion (R3.3-trillion) for infrastructure development, which should interest the BRICS business communities.Already, Africa is projected as the third fastest growing economy in the world, while the BRICS countries now constitute the largest trading partners of Africa and largest new investors.This economic relationship will be further strengthened as Africa forges ahead towards regional economic integration. This move will open up opportunities for more foreign direct investment and expanding trade relations with BRICS countries.With regards to South Africa specifically, we expect to benefit economically and politically from this important alliance.Our primary goal is to improve the lives of South Africans through the growth and development of the economy, which will in turn result in job creation, our primary focus areas especially this year.South Africa stands to benefit from the concrete projects of BRICS.  These are in areas such as agriculture, science, statistics, development finance institutions, security and justice.As this is a dynamic relationship, more areas of cooperation will no doubt be added as we interact.We must emphasise that the relationship with our BRICS partners does not mean that relations with countries such as the US and the broader North have become less important.The European Union and Europe also remain South Africa’s most important economic trading partners, accounting for approximately 40% of its exports, as well as 70% of foreign direct investment.We value these relationships with the developed North too.We recognise the developed North’s continued dominance, but it is important to also acknowledge the rising importance of the giants of the South and the value thereof, for a developing economy like ours.Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,As you are aware, the African Union (AU) has put forward a road map towards a viable political solution to the Libyan situation.The roadmap calls, amongst others, for the cessation of all hostilities, implementation of political reforms to eliminate the causes of the current crisis, and an inclusive dialogue among the Libyan parties.While Libyan Leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi accepted the road map and has agreed to work with the AU towards a solution, we must still work further with the opposition groups to gain their understanding and cooperation.We appreciate the support of the BRICS countries of this AU initiative.With regards to Cote d’Ivoire, the AU had taken a position that the recognised winner of the elections, Mr Alassane Ouattara, should be given an opportunity to lead the country.It is important that work begins without delay towards normalising the situation and to unite the Ivorian people.Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,At the end of this year, South Africa will host the 17th Conference of Parties (COP) meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.We are working towards the implementation of the COP 16 decisions in Durban, and are aiming for a realistic outcome in the short time available, while not raising any unrealistic expectations.We firmly support an equitable and legally binding outcome to be reached by parties participating in the climate change negotiations.I also have the honour to co-chair, with Her Excellency Tarja Halonen, the President of Finland, the UN secretary-general’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability.We have no choice as nations of the world. We must confront the climate change challenge head on for the sake of sustainable development and future generations.Ladies and gentlemen,With regards to equitable international trade, we join the call for the conclusion of the Doha Development Round, and will continue engaging for a developmental round.Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,We are optimistic about progress in many areas of cooperation, because we in BRICS share a common view on the need to work together to change the world for the better.There is unity of purpose in our diversity and this is what renders this mechanism unique and increasingly influential.Naturally each country is responsible to its own citizenry, but we further share a collective accountability now to the global community and notably the emerging market and developing economies component thereof.Once again, let me reiterate the honour of the Republic of South Africa and its people on becoming a member of this important group of countries.I thank you.last_img read more

first_img26 June 2014A total of 136 men and women from 31 countries will do battle for the coveted UCI rainbow-striped world champion’s jersey at the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on Sunday.Host nation South Africa is unsurprisingly the strongest represented numerically, with 28 men and 18 women set to fly the Rainbow Nation’s flag high at the event, while Germany contributes the largest number of foreign riders with their 12 male and five female competitors.South African teamCycling South Africa’s official federation men’s team consists of National MTB marathon Champ James Reid (Trek SA), Kevin Evans (FedGroup ITEC), Darren Lill (Cannondale Blend/Powered by RED-E), Nico Bell (Team RECM), Waylon Woolcock (Cannondale Blend) and Sipho Madolo (songo.info).Robyn de Groot (Biogen Toyota), Candice Neethling (Time Freight VELOlife), Jeannie Dreyer (Hi-TEC/USN), Yolandi du Toit (Garmin SA), Ashleigh Moffatt (Time Freight VELOlife) and Amy McDougall (Valencia) make up the women’s line-up.While local supporters will be hoping for hometown advantage and local course knowledge to result in a fairytale podium finish for at least one of the South African riders on home soil, the Europeans stars are the contenders to watch.Swiss powerMen’s defending world champion Christoph Sauser (Specialized Racing) leads a potent Swiss outfit, which is familiar with South African shores conditions and, together with the likes of Urs Huber (Team Bulls) and cross-country expert Ralph Naef (BMC Racing), will be out to ensure Switzerland is again a force to be reckoned with at this year’s Worlds.The Czech Republic team, the same size as the Swiss, is also formidable and former cross-country world champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing), Kristian Hynek (Team Bulls) and former road sensation Frantisek Rabon could all find themselves at the sharp end of the field this Sunday.German strengthGerman cross-country champ Milatz Moritz is another of the shorter format specialists set to tackle this year’s marathon challenge. He joins Karl Platt (Team Bulls) and current world number one Steffen Thum in a powerful German outfit.Austria’s Alban Lakata, France’s Thomas Dietsch and Remi Laffont and Belgium’s Roel Paulissen all add to a fascinating mix of European-based podium hopefuls, while Colombia’s Hector Paez Leon will be aiming to get in on the act and fly the flag for South America.African ridersThe men’s race will also see riders from Namibia, Mauritius and Lesotho joining hosts South Africa as the African representatives, while four Nepalese riders who will be making their World Championships debut, join Japan’s Yuki Ikeda as the Asian standard bearers.Australia and New Zealand will both shine for the Australasian region while Canada’s Cory Wallace and Timothy Carleton are the only North American competitors.Women’s raceThe women’s race is set to be an interesting one as the likes of Belgium’s Alice Pirard, Hungary’s Eszter Dosa and Switzerland’s Milena Landtwing look to put their recent UCI Marathon Series form to good use when they go up against some the biggest names of the sport.The likes of Annika Langvad (Denmark), Sabine Spitz (Germany), Sally Bigham (Great Britain) and Esther Suss (Switzerland) are all hugely experienced, have been at the front of the field previously, and will be tough to beat.Tereza Hurikova (Czech Republic) will look to build on her recent European Championships success, while the Stellenbosch-based Swiss rider Ariane Kleinhans (Team RECM) will hope her knowledge of the terrain will help her overcome the stiff challenge she faces.Live streamingSpectators eager to catch all the action live can access Cascades MTB Park for free on Sunday 29 June, while all the action will be streamed live via www.mtbworldchamps.co.za.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgProtecting your computer from malware and viruses has been hard, but as technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) gain popularity and as computers are increasingly embedded into everything from clothing to refrigerators, the world of cybersecurity is becoming much more formidible.Ernst and Young estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 50 billion devices connected to the Internet.  New automobiles, for example, already typically have anywhere from several dozen to hundreds of embedded microprocessors. Connected devices are showing up everywhere, like medical implants, airplanes, smart meters, sensors, and many other devices.The problem is that the security of many of these many embedded devices is simply poor or non-existent.  The Ernst and Young report, for example, said that “in the rush to market, the main goal for many providers has been to generate revenues through sales, rather than focusing on long term cyber resilience of their devices.”Carlo Kristle G. Dimarucut, Senior Director at SGV & Co., said that “as consumers, we should understand that the majority of IoT devices are amalgamations of old technologies that have been given new functions and communication channels. This means that these technologies, many of which use stripped down versions of known operating systems with new interfaces, may contain old vulnerabilities.”The Ernst and Young report concluded that “the cyber workforce simply cannot scale in line with additional device connectivity, as budgets for cyber are not unlimited, businesses will increasingly seek to develop adaptive, scalable solutions to match their changing network landscape.”last_img read more