Coach: L.B. Poly ‘in for a shock’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Lancaster, which advanced to the second round of the Southern Section Div. I-AA playoffs last season, will play host to Long Beach Poly (16-10, 8-4) – the third-place finisher in the intensely competitive Moore League – tonight at 7:30 in the first round of this year’s playoffs. Lancaster coach David Humphreys believes the Eagles, who have won seven consecutive games, are playing well enough to knock off Poly and make a deep postseason run. “Long Beach is in for a shock,” Humphreys said. “Some teams take us lightly because they don’t think too highly of (the Golden League), but we’re playing very well right now. “I’ve talked to four or five coaches about Long Beach. They’re a good team. They’re big, quick, they shoot well, and they can really crash the boards.” Although Arnold’s perimeter presence gives Lancaster an edge in the backcourt, Poly outsizes the Eagles in the post. If there was a film documenting Robert Arnold’s senior boys’ basketball season at Lancaster High, a highlight would be his game-changing sequence Friday at Highland. Lancaster led 41-33 with 4:32 remaining when the 6-foot-4 guard blocked a shot, drove the length of the court and finished with his left hand as he was fouled. “M-V-P, M-V-P,” Lancaster’s student section chanted with Arnold at the free-throw line. “Reggie, Reggie,” they chanted moments later, serenading the Reggie Miller look-alike. Arnold finished with 17 points, nine in the fourth quarter, to lead the Eagles (18-9 overall, 10-2 Golden) to a 52-38 victory and its third Golden League title in four years. The Jackrabbits are led by 6-5, 210-pound forward Chris Brown (11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game) and 6-7, 215-pound forward David Chlebowski (9.7 points and six rebounds). Javaughn Espiritt, a 6-5, 185-pound forward averaging 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, is Lancaster’s best post player. Highland (16-11, 8-4), which finished second in the Golden League, is the only other Antelope Valley team reamining in the postseason. The Bulldogs figure to be underdogs tonight when they visit Millikan of Long Beach (16-10, 10-2), the Moore League’s second-place team. Senior Darnell Porter averages 20.3 points per game for Millikan, and junior Deno Anderson leads Highland with averages of 15.2 points and seven rebounds. Highland is without senior forward Chris Hill, who was suspended from school for five days and removed from the team after throwing a punch at Lancaster’s Tielden McKissic in Friday’s game. Hill, a role player for the Bulldogs, averaged 5.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. Without Hill, Highland coach Jeff Smith said his Bulldogs have to play a near-perfect game to contend with Millikan. “They’re the favorite,” Smith acknowledged . “We need to execute nearly every time down the court to win. We played poorly against Lancaster in our last game, but thank goodness these kids are 15, 16 and 17 years old and can rebound from games like that.” Kevin Connelly, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 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

South Africa, UK to double trade

first_img18 July 2011 British Prime Minister David Cameron, kicking off his first working visit to sub-Saharan Africa in Pretoria on Monday, committed to doubling bilateral trade with South Africa by 2015. Speaking after a meeting with President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings, Cameron also pledged an additional €52-million aid package for refugees in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. With trade between South Africa and the UK valued at around R60-billion, Cameron noted that engagements between Britain and South Africa were more critical than ever. He described the relationship between the two countries as “cordial and strong”, saying there was room to make it even stronger through increased trade and investment.‘We are seeing a booming Africa’ “There is a huge opportunity for trade between Africa, South Africa and the United Kingdom … we are seeing a booming Africa, and I want Britain to play a crucial role in that development,” Cameron said. “Our engagements are more important than ever before.” Zuma said that while trade between Britain and South Africa continued to grow, there was room for improvement. “I want to say our relations are strong,” Zuma said. “We are happy to take our relations forward, and we will improve as we go forward.” Zuma said that, apart from trade matters, his discussion with Cameron also dwelt on the leadership crisis in Libya and the political situation in Zimbabwe.Different stances on Libya Although the two countries agree that a solution is needed to resolve the Libyan crisis, they have different approaches, with Cameron standing firm on British support for the Nato air strikes while Pretoria emphasises a negotiated settlement. “I think all of us feel we need to resolve the Libyan question. The people of Libya have to decide how they go about ensuring democracy in their country,” Zuma said, adding that the African Union was willing to engage further with the European Union on an appropriate solution to the crisis. “The Prime Minister and I agree that a solution is needed, but we differ on how to go about that,” Zuma said. “What is important to us from the African Union perspective is that any product in Libya should be preceded by negotiations and an end to the violence and the killing of civilians – that is our position.” Cameron is set to visit Nigeria next. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Avis supports carbon offset project

first_imgThe BnM-fired brazier on the left, with thetraditional, much smokier method on the right. Basa njengo Magogo is estimated to savehouseholds some 300 kg of coal a year.(Images: Nova Institute)MEDIA CONTACTS • Michelle LoweOgilvy press office+27 11 709 9687 or +27 72 130 3558Emily van RijswijckAs its carbon offset project for the future, Avis Rent a Car has chosen a cooking and heating method which reduces carbon emissions and is more economical than traditional methods commonly used in townships.The Basa njengo Magogo (isiZulu, meaning “make a fire like a grandmother”) teaches sound environmental principles through simple behaviour change and is the first Gold Standard project of its kind in the world. Gold Standard is recognised as the international benchmark for certification of carbon mitigation projects.The programme, which has already been introduced successfully around South Africa, teaches local communities to burn coal according to the Basa njengo Magogo (BnM) method, which is more fuel efficient and cuts pollution considerably.Simple yet effectiveThe traditional method of making fire in an imbawula (a metal brazier or drum) or stove entails placing paper and dry twigs at the bottom and then adding a heavy coal layer on top. The method produces excessive smoke and is known to cause respiratory problems. It also takes longer to fire up.With the BnM method, the process is simply reversed, placing the coal layer first in the drum and then topping it with the quick-burning kindling.“In addition to emission reductions, BnM leads to a reduction in indoor and ambient air pollution, better visibility and reduced health risk,” notes the London-based CarbonNeutral Company who will manage the programme on behalf of Avis.“This is because, with the heat on top, particulate matter and volatile compounds are burnt off when they pass through the fire, making it cleaner and more efficient,” the company explains.CarbonNeutral is a member of the International Carbon Offset and Reduction Alliance, and complies with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol initiative.The company is a world leader in carbon offset and carbon management business and has purchased carbon credits from over 200 projects across six continents over the past decade. Its CarbonNeutral trademark is a leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change.Cleaner burning, cost effectiveWith the Basa njengo Magogo method, much less coal is necessary to achieve results – approximately 50% less of the fossil fuel is used to produce the same amount of heat created by the old technique.“One of the first monitoring reports from the project, which began in 2009, showed that a household which converts to BnM saves on average 300.7 kg of coal a year,” adds CarbonNeutral.According to the South African National Energy Research Institute, laboratory tests have shown that the method reduces smoke by up to 90%. This is welcome news for people whose health is affected by high levels of particles in the air.Importantly, the new technique does not require any change of household equipment and is implemented entirely through local training sessions on the improved use of stoves or braziers which people already own, Avis notes on its corporate website.The project and its methodology have been developed by the Nova Institute, a non-profit organisation which provides practical solutions to poor communities.The technique has been accredited to Nobelungu Mashinini of eMbalenhle township in Secunda, Mpumalanga province, and is named in honour of the enterprising grandmother.Since its pilot stage, initiated in 2008, the BnM method has been successfully introduced to communities across South Africa and is gaining a stronger foothold.It is endorsed by several reputable organisations, among them Enerkey and CEF, the latter mandated by the then Department of Minerals and Energy in 2008 to roll the programme out nationally. The Department of Environmental Affairs runs a similar programme, the Clean Fires Campaign.Becoming carbon neutral Avis is the first car rental company in South Africa to earn carbon neutral certification. This was achieved in 2009 when the company succeeded in offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for all of its internal electricity usage and fuel consumption for its fleet to net zero, as well as through several carbon offset projects initiated worldwide.“This means that each ton of carbon dioxide that Avis emits from its energy usage and fleet, is counterbalanced with a ton of carbon dioxide saved by a validated emission reduction project that has met international standards.”Avis’ programme currently only offsets internal company carbon emissions in line with Scope 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol and not emissions for customers who rent Avis vehicles as the latter falls into the Scope 3 category.The GHG Protocol is the most important and widely accepted standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. It was developed by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.“Our past relationship with the CarbonNeutral Company has been strong and for this next period, we tasked it to find a locally registered project that would complement our internal reduction efforts, and enable us to offset some of our unavoidable GHG emissions” says Wayne Duvenage, CE of Avis Rent a Car.Contributing to reforestation in TanzaniaAvis is also making its presence felt in Tanzania, where it has adopted the Uchindile-Mapanda Forestry Project into its portfolio of projects. The project involves the reforestation of degraded land to sequester, or trap carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Emissions reduction has been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard.The project is based in the Southern highlands of Tanzania and will establish commercial forests across the Uchindile and Mapanda districts. Avis has planted eucalyptus and pine varieties covering more than 7 000 ha at Uchindile and over 3 000 ha at Mapanda.The trees will be harvested in 13 to 21 years time for use in various timber related products.A range of exotic and indigenous tree species plus local fruit crops have also been planted on the sites to improve species diversity and forest health.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Rohit joins Sidhu, Tendulkar and Yuvraj in elite World Cup list

first_imgIndian opener Rohit Sharma has added one more achievement in his already burgeoning pack of batting records during the World Cup 2019 game against Pakistan in Manchester. Rohit, who scored a century in India’s opening game of the tournament against South Africa, was batting on 61 off 52 balls at the time of publishing this article.But as soon as he reached his 50 off 34 balls, Rohit joined an elite list of Indian players who have hit 3 successive half-centuries in their 1st 3 innings of a World Cup. After his century against the Proteas, Rohit also hit a sublime 57 versus Australia.Navjot Singh Sidhu was the first to the landmark when he completed this feat during the 1987 World Cup. Next from India on the list is the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who repeated the deed in 1996 before all-rounder Yuvraj Singh mimicked him in 2011.Indian batsmen with 50+ scores in their first 3 inns in a World Cup:Navjot Singh Sidhu (in 1987)Sachin Tendulkar (in 1996)Yuvraj Singh (in 2011)ROHIT SHARMA (in 2019)#INDvPAK #PAKvIND #CWC19 Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 16, 2019Rohit’s latest innings is a continuation of his supreme form against Pakistan since his dismissal for a duck in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. His scores in ODIs against Pakistan since then are: 52, 111* & 61* (and counting).Rohit and KL Rahul – who replaced Shikhar Dhawan as his opening partner – posted a century opening partnership, the first in World Cup matches against Pakistan.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul break Tendulkar-Sidhu World Cup recordAlso Read | India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Bharat Army goes creative with Jay Jay Vijay Shankaradvertisementlast_img read more