Garden Statue.

first_img Walter Reeves UGA CAES File Photo On “Gardening in Georgia” this week, host Walter Reeves shows how to build a garden statue using clay pots. You’ve seen them in informal gardens. But how do you build one yourself?Reeves uses small pots for the arms and legs and big pots for the body and head. A masonry bit drills the holes in the bigger pots, through which cord is threaded to attach the arms and legs to the body. At the end of the segment, Reeves and his pot baby share a soft drink.”Gardening in Georgia” will air Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. and will be rebroadcast Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon on Georgia Public Television.English Garden TroughsOn this week’s show, co-host Tara Dillard visits with Mary Braswell, owner of “English Garden Troughs.” Planting a cast stone garden trough in the European manner is something new to Mary.European garden troughs are planted around the outside and on the inside. Great attention must be given to textures, colors and forms.Plantings outside the trough must not entirely obscure the trough. Rocks are poured in the base of the trough, then soil and finally the plants are added.The trough was pulled into position next to an existing, mature yucca, and a lamb’s ear was planted at the opposite corner. A very European outcome!Mushrooms in the YardMushrooms are the fruiting part of an underground fungus. Reeves shows a line of mushrooms which sprouted where a tree root died and is being decomposed by fungi.There’s no way to eliminate the underground fungus, so there’s no way to prevent mushrooms in your yard. There is, however, a way to deal with them after they pop up: Reeves tees up a mushroom and uses a metal water wand practice his golf swing.”Gardening in Georgia” airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. It’s rebroadcast every Saturday at noon or 12:30 p.m. on GPTV. The show’s Web site provides further information.The show is produced especially for Georgia gardeners. It’s produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.last_img read more

Strawberry straits

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaThe adage that one rotten apple spoils the barrel may hit close to home for strawberry growers in the coming year. Only in this case, it’s a few infected strawberry plants that could threaten a whole crop.A highly contagious fungus that causes anthracnose (a plant disease unrelated to anthrax) has infected the plants of a major supplier of strawberry plugs, (the trays of tiny plants that farmers transplant to their fields), said University of Georgia plant pathologist Phil Brannen.This, coupled with the resulting higher-than-usual demand for clean strawberry transplants, could make things tough for Georgia growers. They’re planting next year’s strawberry crop between now and mid-October.Anthracnose began showing up in strawberry plug beds in late August and early September in North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Tennessee, according to Fruit Pest News, a Tennessee Extension publication.Now, Georgia planters are finding the unwelcome fungus in recent shipments of plugs.The common source of the anthracnose has been a farm in Ontario, Canada, Brannen said. However, the plugs grown from the infected Canadian runner tips may come from several operations, many in North Carolina.”First, growers will see marginal burning on the edges of leaves, which will start to crack,” Brannen said. “This is irregular leaf spot, the precursor to anthracnose.”In general, he said, the plants will be pale and stunted. Some will die.”In the spring, the inoculum in the leaves will be passed to the flowers and fruit, which cuts back on production tremendously,” he said. “Fruit rot begins before you can get to the market and sell (the strawberries).”The problem with anthracnose, Brannen said, “is that once you bring it in, you’ve got it. There’s no cure for it.”Ideally, growers should carefully inspect all new shipments of strawberry transplants, he said. They should destroy any plants showing symptoms of the disease.”Preventing anthracnose from getting a toehold is ideal,” he said. “But for some growers, this won’t be an option. If a shipment looks halfway decent, they’ll have to give it a try.”That’s because, this late in the season, it’s hard to find a new source of clean plants. And “for those whose bread and butter is strawberries, giving it up isn’t an option,” he said.Brannen and other UGA scientists have developed a fungicide spray program they hope will help farmers pull through. Growers can learn about the spraying regimen from their county UGA Extension Service agent.Not all strawberry growers will be affected.Farmers transplant strawberries in one of two ways: plugs or bare-root plants. Plug plants come in trays and have an intact root ball, like any container-grown plant. They have a higher survival rate and are easier to work with.However, plugs cost more than bare-roots, which are young plants that are simply dug up, placed in a plastic bag and overnighted to the farmer.The anthracnose problem so far has been found in plugs. But most farmers haven’t yet gotten shipments of bare-roots, said Tift County extension agent Keith Rucker.Growers in Tift County produce 45 acres of Georgia’s 280-acre, $4.5 million strawberry crop. Most Tift growers use bare-root plants, Rucker said.Unlike plugs, bare-root plants must be planted almost immediately. So most south Georgia growers haven’t yet received the shipments they will plant this fall.”People planting bare-roots should be on the lookout for anthracnose,” Brannen said. “Although we don’t think the problem will be as severe in bare-rooted plants, we’re concerned that anthracnose could still come in on these plants as well.”(Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

At $56k this is Queensland’s cheapest holiday retreat

first_imgThe studio unit is located at 257/1-21 Anderson Road, Woree, in Cairns.THIS may well be the cheapest holiday unit in Queensland, and at just $56,000 it also comes fully furnished.The studio unit at 257/1-21 Anderson Road, Woree, was sold on April 1 by agent David Hall of LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill, but he told The Courier-Mail that there were several more available in the building.IT’S TIME YOUR KIDS STARTED PAYING RENTBRISBANE KICKING GOALS FOR HOUSINGIt could be like a holiday every day.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“It is possibly the cheapest available,” he said. “It was on the market for six weeks and we had a strong marketing campaign through The Cairns Post and, a video on Facebook. We did six open inspections and on the sixth open home it sold.”Mr Hall said the seller had held the property for four years, and the catch was that it was rented out in three monthly blocks or terms longer than that.“It’s a minimum three months for rental, though you can live in them as well.”“Minimum three months at $200 month includes electricity. That’s a massive solar system that feeds energy for the resort. There’s a resort pool, playground, and it’s just 8km from Cairns CBD.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:10Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Elizabeth Tilley09:10Mr Hall said the tenants that investors had put into units such as this one include Fly In Fly Out workers contracted to a wind farm in the region.“They don’t do AirBnb in that complex,” he said.The unit which has recently sold was self-contained, fully furnished and located on the ground floor at the end of the block/“This studio is one of the bigger ones in the complex at 28sqm,” according to the listing. Body Corporate costs were estimated at $4,350 with rates at about $2,450 per annum.last_img read more

Sergio Aguero ‘out for a month’ with hamstring injury

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set for a month out with a hamstring injury suffered on international duty.The 27-year-old, who scored five goals in City’s win against Newcastle last weekend, lasted just 22 minutes of Argentina’s defeat to Ecuador.”I think I’ll be a month without playing,” Aguero told TyC Sports in Buenos Aires.City’s problems increased on Friday as David Silva came off in Spain’s 4-0 win over Luxembourg with a sprained ankle.The 29-year-old midfielder hobbled off early in the first half as a result of a challenge by midfielder Lars Gerson. Spain manager Vicente del Bosque said he had no timeline on a return for Silva.Aguero could miss four Premier League games – including the first Manchester derby of the season on 25 October – and two Champions League fixtures against Sevilla. His absence leaves City with just Wilfried Bony as a recognised central striker, with youngster Kelechi Iheanacho in reserve.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Georgia Gov. to start reopening process Friday

first_imgGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp has announced that he plans to start reopening parts of the state’s economy beginning on Friday.In a press conference on Monday Gov. Kemp stated that businesses such as gyms, bowling alleys, salons, and massage therapists will be allowed to open up shop again beginning April 24th.While these businesses will be allowed to reopen, however, Kemp says it will not be “business as usual.”The businesses will still have to adhere to social distancing measures and will be required to screen employees for fever, enhance sanitation efforts  require the wearing of masks and gloves, and consider staggered employee shifts.Kemp says the move is to allow businesses to manage inventory and payroll.Business such as theaters, personal clubs, and restaurants will have their chance to reopen as well. The governor says they will be allowed to reopen on Monday, April 27, while businesses such as nightclubs and bars will remain closed until further notice.last_img read more

Pitt’s Steven Adams among NBA Draft early entries

first_imgPitt center Steven Adams blocks a shot by Providence forward LaDontae Henton. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) The Associated PressIt’s officially one and done for Pittsburgh center Steven Adams. Adams started 32 games for Pitt and averaged 7.1 and 6.3 rebounds per game. The 19-year-old led the Panthers with 65 blocks and made 57 percent of his shots while being named to the Big East All-Rookie Team. Considered a project when he signed, Adams improved as the season went on. He had 13 points and 11 rebounds in Pitt’s 73-55 loss to Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Adams said after the defeat he planned to come back but had a change of heartNBA Draft: Thursday, June 27 at The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, 7-0, freshmanC.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph’s, 6-9, juniorAnthony Bennett, UNLV, 6-8, freshmanVander Blue, Marquette, 6-4, juniorLorenzo Brown, N.C. State, 6-5, juniorReggie Bullock, North Carolina, 6-7, juniorTrey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, sophomoreKentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, 6-5, sophomoreMichael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, 6-5, sophomoreAdrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman, 6-5, juniorAllen Crabbe, California, 6-6, juniorDewayne Dedmon, Southern Cal, 7-0, juniorGorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6-11, juniorJamaal Franklin, San Diego State, 6-5, juniorKeyondrei “Kiwi” Gardner, Midland (Texas) JC, 5-7, freshmanArchie Goodwin, Kentucky, 6-4, freshmanTim Hardaway Jr., Michigan, 6-6, juniorGrant Jerrett, Arizona, 6-10, freshmanChristian Kabongo, New Mexico State, 6-4, sophomoreMyck Kabongo, Texas, 6-1, sophomoreShane Larkin, Miami, 5-11, sophomoreRicky Ledo, Providence, 6-7, freshmanAlex Len, Maryland, 7-1, sophomoreC.J. Leslie, N.C. State, 6-9, juniorNurideen Lindsey, Rider, 6-3, juniorAmath M’Baye, Oklahoma, 6-9, juniorRay McCallum, Detroit, 6-3, juniorBen McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, freshmanTony Mitchell, North Texas, 6-8, sophomoreShabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 6-6, freshmanNerlens Noel, Kentucky, 6-10, freshmanVictor Oladipo, Indiana, 6-5, juniorKelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7-0, juniorOtto Porter Jr., Georgetown, 6-8, sophomoreMarshawn Powell, Arkansas, 6-7, juniorPhil Pressey, Missouri, 5-11, juniorAndre Roberson, Colorado, 6-7, juniorTrevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro, 6-4, juniorTony Snell, New Mexico, 6-7, juniorTahj Tate, Delaware State, 6-4, sophomoreJohn Taylor, Fresno Pacific, 6-1, juniorAdonis Thomas, Memphis, 6-7, sophomoreDeshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6-7, juniorB.J. Young, Arkansas, 6-3, sophomoreCody Zeller, Indiana, 6-11, sophomoreInternationalAlejandro Abrines, Barcelona (Spain), 6-6, 1993 (birth year)Giannis Antetokounmpo, Filathlitikos (Greece), 6-9, 1994Laszlo Dobos, Zaragoza (Spain), 7-3, 1993Rudy Gobert, Cholet (France), 7-0, 1992Livio Jean-Charles, ASVEL (France), 6-8, 1993Sergey Karasev, Triumph (Russia), 6-7, 1993Raul Neto, Lagun Aro GBC (Spain), 6-1, 1992Lucas Riva Nogueira, Estudiantes (Spain), 7-0, 1992Alexandre Paranhos, Flamengo (Brazil), 6-8, 1992Bogdan Radosavljevic, Bayern Munich (Germany), 6-11, 1993Dennis Schroder, New Yorker Phantoms (Germany), 6-1, 1993Strahinja Stojacic, Smederevo (Serbia), 6-5, 1992Daniel Theis, Ratiopharm (Germany), 6-8, 1992Janis Timma, Ventspils (Latvia), 6-7, 1992Marko Todorovic, Barcelona (Spain), 6-10, 1992Note: Country indicates where team plays, not country of nationality. Players cound withdraw up to June 17.last_img read more


first_imgPhilip D’Amato5814111124%62%$834,810 Edwin Maldonado85138915%35%$528,540 Joseph Talamo10413151413%40%$644,654 FRESH START FOR KOBE’S BACK IN BLINKERS?Kobe’s Back, who gets out of the gate slower than a Sumo wrestler, will wear blinkers for the first time in 17 career starts when he runs in Sunday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for older horses at six furlongs.“He deserved a little freshening,” trainer Peter Eurton said in explaining why the five-year-old gray son of Flatter has not raced since finishing seventh of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland Oct. 31. “That’s the only reason he got the time off.“He’s not a nervous horse in the gate; he just gets pretty complacent. I hope the blinkers will help Sunday. This will be the first time he’s worn them in a race, but he’s had them on for every work since the Breeders’ Cup, in fact, almost every day in his training.“He does seem to be on the bridle more and getting underneath himself better. His works have been stronger, he’s showing more desire and interest, so we’ll see.“I may say after the race that it’s something I should have done sooner. Let’s hope so.”Owned by the C R K Stable of Lee and Susan Searing, Kobe’s Back won the Grade II San Vicente Stakes in 2014 and the Grade III Commonwealth last April, in addition to a maiden victory. He has earned $652,250.The Palos Verdes, race six of eight: Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Salutos Amigos, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Mystery Train, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 9-2; and Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Eurton40611615%58%$372,520 Drayden Van Dyke6777910%34%$431,329 LUCKY SEVEN POST IN LEWIS FOR UNCLE LINO?Both trainer and jockey are pleased with the draw for Uncle Lino in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.“If I had to pick a post position, that would be it: seven of seven,” said Gary Sherlock, trainer of the son of Uncle Mo who tries two turns for the first time.“Hopefully he’ll lay off some of the speed and put in a good finish.”Added jockey Fernando Perez, who has ridden Uncle Lino in each of his three previous races, resulting in a maiden win and two photo-finish losses, a second and a third, each by a neck: “I don’t think he’ll be too wide with seven horses. I think it’s a good post position.”The Lewis: Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; I Will Score, Mike Smith, 5-2; Dressed in Hermes, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 8-5; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 8-1; and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 5-1. Peter Miller6293715%31%$333,040 John Sadler3956313%36%$246,810 Kent Desormeaux4479516%48%$619,745 STREET FANCY TAKES ON CHAMP SONGBIRD SATURDAYIMPERATIVE THE NEW CHOICE IN SAN ANTONIO STAKESOUTSIDE POST GOOD FOR UNCLE LINO IN ROBERT LEWISMcANALLY SEEKS TO ADD TO HIS SANTA ANITA RECORDBLINKERS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER FOR KOBE’S BACK?DAVID C. LOPEZ IMPRESSES HORSEMEN AT SANTA ANITACHAMP NYQUIST TO WORK BEFORE FIRST RACE SUNDAY David Lopez891881520%46%$535,176 Agapito Delgadillo4265614%40%$162,942 Steven Miyadi3057517%57%$178,744 Jeff Bonde1952326%53%$121,360 Rafael Bejarano1042323922%53%$1,114,785 Fernando Perez891051611%35%$489,844 Mike Smith4863613%31%$537,385 Doug O’Neill7711121314%47%$493,362 Jerry Hollendorfer6766119%34%$378,911 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won ‘HAPPY’ IMPERATIVE SET FOR SAN ANTONIOWith Dortmund abstaining from Saturday’s San Antonio Stakes, chances for the opposition improved dramatically, specifically in the case of Imperative, who was made the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Grade II race at 1 1/8 miles with $500,000 in purse money.“The absence of Dortmund certainly should help a little bit, but my horse is doing good,” said Richard Baltas, trainer of Imperative, who was a game second to 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9.“We’re not going to be that far off (the pace). He was closer last time. The horse is happy. I’m looking forward to the race.”The field for the San Antonio, race seven: Cat Burglar, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Blingo, Alex Solis, 20-1; Imperative, Mike Smith, 5-2; and El Kabeir, Gary Stevens, 6-1. McANALLY HOPES TO ADD TO LONGEVITY MARK IN SAN MARCOSRon McAnally has been at Santa Anita since 1948. He ranks fourth all-time in victories at The Great Race Place with 703, behind Bobby Frankel, 917, Charlie Whittingham, 869, and Bob Baffert, 751.McAnally also is fourth in stakes victories with 113, and hopes to add to that number Saturday when he sends out Quick Casablanca in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“I’ve been here all my life,” said McAnally, who turns 84 on July 11. “The most dramatic change? Off-track betting. It hurt the live crowds, although originally they said the satellites would be 50 miles from here. Now it’s 20, at Pomona.“But my horse is doing well. He should like the distance. He doesn’t want to go a mile. He wants a mile-and-a-quarter, a mile-and-a-half. He won at a mile-and-half in Chile.”The San Marcos: Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Chiropractor, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Power Foot, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Hay Dude, David C. Lopez, 5-2; Abbey Vale, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 15-1; and Big Cazanova, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1. Richard Baltas4976314%33%$477,594 Flavien Prat1011791517%41%$849,968 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Martin Garcia5686814%39%$492,789 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 4) Bob Baffert4587918%53%$500,740 Martin Pedroza4664213%26%$156,390 Santiago Gonzalez12224171120%43%$934,188 STREET FANCY MAIN THREAT TO SONGBIRDPhil D’Amato is not deluding himself when it comes to Street Fancy’s chances of defeating champion Songbird in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, but on the other hand, he’s not the meet’s leading trainer by accident.Through 24 racing days, D’Amato held a 14-11 lead over runner-up Doug O’Neill, and had started 19 fewer horses. Making her first start this meet on Saturday will be Street Fancy, a daughter of Street Sense who won the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos Dec. 12, closing from seventh in a field of nine to win the mile-and-a-sixteenth race by a length under Mike Smith.The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden Songbird in each of her four victories and will be aboard again on Saturday.“Street Fancy is doing well and we’re going to see where we stand against the best filly in the country,” D’Amato said, speaking in glowing terms of unbeaten Songbird. “She’s a special filly. She might even be the best three-year-old in the country, male or female. But my filly’s not missed a beat since winning the Starlet. I think she’s moved forward and this will be a really good test or gauge to see where we stand.”The field: She’s a Warrior, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Street Fancy, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Jade Princess, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 1-5; and Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1. APPRENTICE LOPEZ LIVING A DREAM AT SANTA ANITAApprentice jockey David C. (for Charles) Lopez is one of the best-kept secrets in Santa Anita’s riding colony. Through 24 days of the Winter Meet, the 26-year-old native of Puerto Rico who was raised in The Garden State and is “a Jersey boy at heart” ranked third in the standings with 18 wins from 89 mounts, a respectable 20 percent average.It doesn’t appear Lopez will slow down anytime soon, since he doesn’t lose his five-pound apprentice allowance until March 7. The next day, he will ride as a full-fledged journeyman,“Originally, I came out from Monmouth Park,” said Lopez, who is represented by agent J.R. Pegram. “I was raised in Long Branch, right next to Monmouth Park (in Oceanport). I went on a break for a while just galloping horses since 2011, then came back late 2014, early 2015 to Turf Paradise, got going a little, then went to Golden Gate with agent Dennis Patterson, and he got me rolling right off the bat. I think I won three the first week there.“It’s all been clicking. I never dreamed I’d be doing this well at Santa Anita, ever in my life. I just wanted to make a living at any track I was at, and I came here and everything’s been like a dream, really.“I’ve been galloping seven years and racing professionally about a year-and-a-half.”Lopez comes from a family of racetrackers, as does Pegram. David’s father, C.C. Lopez, still rides at Penn National at 53; his brother, Erick Lopez, 28, rides at Golden Gate; and his cousin, Jose Ferrer, rides at Tampa Bay Downs.“My grandfather, Carlos Lopez, also was a jockey,” David points out.Agent Jim Pegram is the father of J.R. and agent Brad Pegram. Owner/breeder Mike Pegram is Jim’s brother.One important horseman Lopez has impressed is leading trainer Phil D’Amato.“I think he’s definitely shown he can compete with the big boys on the Southern California circuit,” said D’Amato, who saddled two winners Thursday.“David’s got great hands and is one of those riders horses just run for. He reminds me of a version of Pat Day. He’s got light hands, finesse, and seems to get better each week.”FINISH LINES: Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Nyquist will work five furlongs under regular rider Mario Gutierrez at 10:15 a.m. Sunday before the first race at 11 a.m. as he prepares for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Monday, Feb. 15 . . . Bob Baffert on Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund missing Saturday’s San Antonio: “He’s been training but I lost some time with him. I was trying to get him back, but he’s not quite like the Dortmund we know. Kaleem (owner Kaleem Shah) said whatever you need to do, don’t run him until you’ve got him perfect.” . . . Baffert spent Thursday being escorted through Super Bowl’s Media Center and Radio Row in the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco under the supervision of NTRA Media Relations Director Jim Mulvihill. Ever the good sport, Baffert even dove into a pit filled with foam squares when he tried to catch a long pass. NTRA posted the video on its Facebook page and suggested he “stick to training.” . . . Multiple stakes winner Toews On Ice worked six furlongs from the gate for Baffert in company Friday for the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 15. The son of Archarcharch was clocked in 1:14.20, while stablemate Speed Check went in 1:13.80 . . . Congratulations to Santa Anita’s popular on-track TV analyst Michelle Yu and her husband, trainer Ryan Hanson, on the birth of their seven-pound, four-ounce baby girl, Olivia Rein Hanson, at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday in Orange County. “She was born on American Pharoah‘s birthday,” Yu pointed out. “Her hobbies include eating and sleeping, both of which she does very well.” . . . Favored in all four lifetime starts, Donworth makes his first start for new trainer Doug O’Neill in Saturday’s San Antonio Stakes since winning the Stanton Stakes by 11 lengths at Delaware Park last June. A 4-year-old colt by Tiznow, out of the Street Cry mare Temple Street, Donworth was purchased by Dennis O’Neill, Doug’s brother and stable consultant, at Keeneland’s breeding stock sale in November for $550,000, making him the sales topper. Donworth was purchased out of the Regis Farms dispersal handled by Three Chimneys for owner Paul Reddam. “We’re very excited,” said Doug when asked about Donworth. “Mario (Gutierrez) worked him for us last week and he loved how he felt. With Dortmund out, we believe he has a good chance to win.” Vladimir Cerin1661238%56%$154,690 Tyler Baze12112211510%40%$669,676 William Spawr2065230%65%$156,362 Mark Glatt4355212%28%$257,960 Mario Gutierrez939161110%39%$528,544 Kristin Mulhall2052125%40%$193,610 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390last_img read more

Behind the rhythm of ‘DJ Matt Chapman’: A third base revolution for our eyes, ears

first_imgSchlepping gear is a rookie’s responsibility, passed down draft class to draft class. Carrying the music, though, became the privilege of one special rookie.Midway through the 2017 season, after hearing Matt Chapman’s all-encompassing musical selections blaring over the weight room speakers, veteran outfielder Matt Joyce knighted Chapman “DJ Rookie.”“But I didn’t mind it,” Chapman said. “Now it’s a blessing and a curse, because I’m still carrying the music.”Step into the A’s clubhouse on …last_img read more

SA words spice up OED

first_img7 October 2002What South African words would you include in an English dictionary designed for the region?There are words one hears every day in South Africa: ubuntu, for example, that Nguni word meaning humanity. There are lekgotla (Sesotho) and bosberaad (Afrikaans) – both strategy planning sessions, usually called by government or organisations.Some South African words have entered world usage – “fundi’, from the isiNdebele umfundi (an expert, a teacher) and “trek’, from South African Dutch (a long or arduous journey). Others, perhaps, deserve elevation into “World English’: babelaas (hung-over), from the isiZulu ibhabhalazi; and for those who get themselves into that state, dof, or stupid, from Afrikaans.The South African Concise Oxford Dictionary is the newest in a range of regional dictionaries – there are Canadian, Australian and Indian editions – and the editors had some difficult choices to make. They settled on 1 500 examples of South African English, including words specific to the country as well as those which have meanings in South Africa different from their definitions overseas.“Madam’, for example, might be “a polite form of address for a woman’ elsewhere, but here it’s “the mistress of a household, usually a white woman’, or “an affluent urban white woman’. A “bond’ in South Africa is a “mortgage’ in the US and the UK. And perhaps the best-known example: a South African “robot’ is not a steel-plated humanoid but a traffic light.Less known, but also important, is the use of the comma in figures. The second, South African usage entry under “comma’ is “a mark representing a decimal comma: two comma five metres’ – presumably where many other countries would say “point’.Choices were made by The Dictionary Unit for South African English, a not-for-profit unit affiliated to Rhodes University in Grahamstown and financed partly by the Pan South African Language Board, established by the South African Constitution to promote the country’s 11 official languages as well as other languages used in the country.The unit had a head start: set up in the 1960s by linguistic academics Jean and William Branford, it could rely on their 1978 Dictionary of South African English and the unit’s massive 1996 Dictionary of South African English on Historical Principles.The new dictionary is intended, say the publishers, for the average adult, the student and the professional. It veers from politics (Nepad, Black Consciousness, Gear) to food and drink (witblits, mebos, skottel) to agriculture – or, anyway, a particular crop. “Ganja’ was there already (origin: from Hindi gamja), but the South African edition has added dagga (origin: from Khoikhoi dachab) and “Durban poison’ (cannabis of a particularly potent variety, originating in KwaZulu-Natal, or so says the dictionary).The preference for Mandrax among South African substance abusers – more than in any other country – is also reflected in the dictionary, with one of the definitions of “button’ being “South African informal: a Mandrax tablet’.There is a nod to youth culture, or at least its music. There is nothing especially South African about hip hop (it is, says the dictionary, of US black and Hispanic origin) or rap (of US origin) or kwasa kwasa (“a lively erotic dance originating in central Africa’ as well as “a genre of popular African music’).But kwaito is distinctly home-grown. It is defined as “a style of popular dance music featuring rhythmically recited vocals over an instrumental backing with strong bass lines’. So now you know – and the origin of the name, if not the style, goes deep into Johannesburg culture. “Kwaito’, says the dictionary, comes from the Amakwaito, a group of 1950s gangsters in Sophiatown – and they, in turn, derived their name from an Afrikaans word for angry or vicious: kwaai.Traditional South African culture is highlighted in the new dictionary, with many words from official languages, especially Nguni, included. An imbizo – traditionally “a gathering called by a traditional leader’ but also “a meeting or workshop’ – comes from the isiZulu biza, “call, summon’.Makoti is in (“a young married woman, a bride’, from isiZulu), and indoda (“a man, especially one who has undergone traditional initiation’, from isiXhosa and isiZulu). So are imbongi (a praise singer) and inyanga (“a traditional healer who uses herbal remedies. Compare with sangoma’), as well as sangoma (“a traditional healer or diviner, from isangoma‘).And traditional culture of a different kind is included as well, with many words from Afrikaans, among them deurmekaar (“confused, disorganised’ – like many words, rather more evocative in original than in translation), boeremusiek and boerekos, and everybody’s favourite, lekker, which the dictionary helpfully defines as “tipsy’ as well as “good’ and “pleasant’.Anyone seeking an illustration of the interweaving and interdependency of different South African cultures need look no further than the language.Tsotsitaal, for example, is “an Afrikaans-influenced township patois . typically spoken in Gauteng. Origin from tsotsi + Afrikaans taal ‘language”). And the word tsotsi? It’s “a black urban criminal’, says the entry, and its origin is “perhaps a Sesotho corruption of zoot suit, with reference to the flashy clothes originally associated with tsotsis’. 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Quotable OR Tambo

first_imgBorn in 1917, OR Tambo would have been 100 years old this year. He is remembered as a selfless and accessible leader, as a man who cultivated personal relationships with people he knew and always remembered people’s names.OR Tambo and Nelson Mandela were leaders who inspired through their oratory. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterHe has been eulogized as an inspiration to activists. A man whose towering intellect was evidence of his broad ranging interests. He is also remembered as an orator who inspired who inspired loyalty through his leadership.Below is a list of his most interesting speeches from his time in exile.Acting as self-confident and conscious makers of history, as liberators, we, the offsprings of the so-called Dark Continent, destroyed and buried an entire historical epoch that had been imposed on the peoples of the universe by the ruling classes of an allegedly enlightened Europe and North America. We who were described as backwards became the midwives of the new social reality of independent people, the reality of the collapse of the colonial system, and confounded those who, having invested themselves with an omnipotent and omniscient personality, had thought such a result impossible, undesirable and even inconceivable.OAU Liberation Committee, Arusha, 10 February 1983We are one people today. This means we are recapturing our glorious past. We were one people. History put us together on this continent from time immemorial. We evolved together, shared a common African culture, traded with one another and dealt each with the other as human beings, whether in times of war or in times of peace, whether in circumstances of hunger or in conditions of plenty.Frelimo Mass rally at Bairro De Liberdade, Maputo, 14 February 1982As we look back over these past twenty years, our glorious martyrs stand out before us: men and women who made the supreme sacrifice for the people`s cause; fighters who stood rock-solid in the face of fascist brutality, refusing to submit; soldiers who fought from the frontline, fearless and firm in their conviction of the certainty of victory.on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Formation of Umkhonto We Sizwe, 16 December 1981It is true that man is mainly concerned with his day-to-day affairs. But it is also true that youth, by their very nature, are curious as to what lies behind these problems.second Pan-African Youth Seminar Dar Es Salaam, 5 August 1961The objective of our struggle in South Africa, as set out in the Freedom Charter, encompasses economic emancipation. It is inconceivable for liberation to have meaning without a return of the wealth of the country to the people as a whole. To allow the existing economic forces to retain their interests intact is to feed the roots of racial supremacy and exploitation, and does not represent even the shadow of liberation.60th Anniversary of the South African Communist Party, London, 30 July 1981The pursuit of the certainties of a bygone age has itself become the gravedigger of fond hopes that injustice could be rationalised into a system of thought, implemented as a practice and imposed as a decree and be accepted by the victims of that injustice. Illusions closely held for many a year, that white minority rule would last an eternity, are stalking all the enclaves of white South Africa, proclaiming everywhere that, in fact, they are illusions, fleeting shadows without substance.second National Consultative Conference of the ANC, Kabwa Zambia, 16 June 1985South Africa today is a country of immense inequalities. The bedrock of our perspective is our commitment to the establishment of democracy in a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it, black and white.OR Tambo in a statement to the Business International Conference, 27 May 1987 in London:“They (women) have a duty to liberate us men from antique concepts and attitudes about the place and role of women in society and in the development and direction of our revolutionary struggle.”OR Tambo: at the concluding session of the Conference of the Women`s Section of the ANC, Luanda, 14 September 1981Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img