German bathroom brand enters SA

first_img29 January 2009Hansgrohe, a leading international producer of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and showers, has announced its entry into the South African market through the acquisition of privately held local firm Personalised Bathrooms.Personalised Bathrooms was previously an independent market partner to Hansgrohe, and will now be managed as an independent distribution company trading as Hansgrohe South Africa, with its headquarters in Johannesburg.“In taking this step, we’re going to boost our market presence substantially in South Africa,” Hansgrohe CEO Siegfried Ganßlen said in a statement this week.Innovation and design leadersHansgrohe has selected Anthony Mederer, a former director at Personalised Bathrooms and son of company founder Heinz Mederer, to take over as the general manager of what will become Hansgrohe’s 29th subsidiary.“Hansgrohe is known throughout the industry across the globe as one of the innovation and design leaders, and is perceived in South Africa as the premium brand for top-quality fixtures and showers,” Ganßlen said.“We will invest in the South African market with the clear objective of recording disproportionately strong growth, to develop the number one import brand and to become the market leader.”Continuing partnershipHe said the long-term basis for this objective was to continue the partnership with the experienced Personalised Bathrooms team, with which the company’s market share in the country had grown considerably over the last 14 years.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ICC ban on runners is unfair

first_imgLast year the ICC technical committee, in its deliberations, decided that a runner would not be allowed for a batsman.That decision was no doubt prompted to a great extent by batsmen, who were tiring, but did not wish to retire and thus lose out on momentum, asking for runners, so that they could simply bat and let some other person with fresh, and perhaps younger, legs do the running for them.There had been the instance earlier when Andrew Strauss, the England skipper, who had refused a runner to his South Africa counterpart Graeme Smith, since the latter was cramping up and couldn’t run. His reasoning was that a cramp was not an injury, but a fitness issue and so Smith did not deserve a runner.There was a bit of huffing and puffing about that in the media of both countries and understandably the stance taken was different by different people.Strauss was correct as cramps should not be a reason for allowing a runner, but then Smith could well have pretended that it was a muscle injury and he would then be allowed a runner. That Smith was honest enough to admit that he was suffering cramps didn’t help his cause, but it showed how in modern day cricket, it does not always pay to be honest and maybe that is the reason why players leave it to the umpires to make the call when an appeal is made for a dismissal, even though they may know they were out or not out.The ICC’S decision to ban runners did make a lot of people sit up because there was no simultaneous balance for bowlers going off the field with an ‘injury’. Now lots of players in the game know that bowlers often take off just to rest up a bit or have a rub down or a refreshing shower, or even a dip in the ice bath and then come back to bowl relatively ‘new’.In limited-overs cricket, many teams have used the strategy of finishing some of their bowlers’ quotas and then sending them off the field so that a quicker substitute fielder can come in for the last few overs and save crucial runs that can make the difference between winning and losing. This is one of the anomalies of the laws of the game and while some will argue that since most cricket laws are made to suit batsmen, there should be at least some that favour the bowlers.There will always be people who will try and take advantage of the laws and bend them as much as possible and cricket captains are no different. That is the reason why we have seen in the ICC Twenty 20 that some bowlers who have finished their quota of overs have gone back to the dug-out, and a younger, more agile fielder comes in to substitute for him, and save a few runs. This is something that the ICC needs to take a close look at.The umpires on the field are busy trying to control the game and in any case they are not doctors, so if a bowler says that he has got a pulled muscle or something, they are not going to stop the player from going off to have his injury attended to. This is where the rule banning runners for batsmen looks unfair for they could be having a genuine injury for which they don’t get subs, but bowlers get one even if they are just going for a change of a sweaty shirt.The playing conditions are decided by the ICC technical committee and then usually endorsed by the executive board before they are introduced in world cricket.Most times, some new conditions are tried out in the domestic competitions of member countries, and once a report on the viability of it is verified then they are brought into international cricket. The laws of the game though are still the property of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and they decide on a lot of controversial topics rather than ICC, the governing body of the game, which is baffling to many a cricket lover.The business about the switch hit and the issue of the hyperextension of the arm while bowling, have been ruled upon not by the ICC, but by MCC. The ICC does not meet with universal approval for its lack of ability to lay down the law that doesn’t help either. Then it lets the MCC take a lot of calls on the correctness or otherwise of the contentious switch hits and hyperextensions. No wonder it is often referred to as a toothless body.Added to this is the fact that the MCC has a world cricket committee whose discussions get a load of publicity despite the committee having no real authority to deal with issues of world cricket. It is like the Cricket Club of India or Madras Cricket Club, or the National Cricket Club, forming its own technical committee despite the BCCI having its technical committee and wanting to impose its decisions on Indian cricket. It would simply not be accepted, would it?The ICC has just had a change with David Richardson, the new CEO of the world body. He was earlier the general manger of cricket and drove many of the changes that have come into the game, some of which have been applauded and a few criticised. As he settles down to the job, he will hopefully take the call on the absurdity of banning the runners for batsmen even while allowing a substitute for a bowler to go off for a few overs. That of course is just one of the many calls he will need to take to make the game a truly balanced one.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Former Air Force receiver hoping NFL is a dream delayed

first_img“I think that day was pretty much a win for me as far as, first of all, being there,” Robinette told The Associated Press by phone from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, where he’s a logistics flight commander for the 58th Rescue Squadron. “It looked like 100 people that were there from the NFL.“Just being there and to have eyes on me, especially after laying low for the last two years, was awesome,” Robinette said. “And I think from a performance stance, I did pretty well. I looked pretty smooth. I feel really good about it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRobinette told teams he expects to be available full time by August or September but has saved up vacation days to be able to attend offseason training programs, minicamps and training camps to show his hiatus from football wasn’t a hindrance.Robinette was the first Air Force player ever invited to the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine. He also expected to be the first one ever to go straight into the pros like standout Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds had done a year earlier when he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. “My goal is just getting a shot,” said Robinette, who already has the answer for any team wanting to know why it should take a chance of a guy who’s been out of football for two years: because he’s been serving his country, growing as a leader and following the chain of command.“I’ll say, ‘I can still play at a high level, I’m very coachable and really able to buy into an organization and their mission and goal,’” Robinette said. “You don’t have to worry about me being a knucklehead.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I wasn’t raised that way, to carry a grudge, to be bitter about something like that,” Robinette said.He had the same outlook after his commission and graduation were subsequently delayed by several months.“Absolutely, it was another part of my path,” Robinette said. “Because I was associated with someone who was in an open investigation, I was a witness and with that going on, the academy felt that until that played out, I had to stay there in close range until things got settled down or they figured out what was going on.”Meantime, Robinette was invited to minicamps with the Bills and Patriots but neither team signed him with his two-year active-duty commitment looming.He received his commission and graduation on Sept. 7, 2017, and was stationed at Nellis, where he said he was determined to grow as an Air Force officer and train in his spare time to keep his NFL dream alive.At first he was only able to lift weights and do some speed work, but this year he began training with the 58th Rescue Squadron, which has its own workout facility because its tasks are so arduous.“So now I have a full field where I can work on route running, agility drills, stuff like that,” he said.A week before Ohio State’s pro day, Robinette went back to Colorado Springs for Air Force’s pro day, where his trainer clocked him at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash, nearly a 10th of a second faster than his 4.62 clocking at the NFL combine two years ago.Even though he’ll need to shake some rust off his game, Robinette said, “people are always developing in the NFL.” Besides, he said he’s a better prospect now for having spent the last two years focusing on growing as an officer and a teammate.He’ll gladly pack weight onto his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame if somebody sees him as a tight end prospect instead of a receiver: “Heck, if you need me to put my hand in the ground and play tackle, I’m fine with that.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess That year, the DOD revised its pro sports policy, allowing graduates of service academies to apply for Ready Reserve so they could begin their pro sports careers immediately.Robinette maintained a full class load his final semester while commuting 100 miles six days a week to train with other NFL hopefuls, including Christian McCaffrey, at Landow Performance, a facility in suburban Denver owned by Loren Landow, who is now the Denver Broncos strength coach.Robinette was projected as a mid-round selection in 2017 but went undrafted after learning he would have to fulfill his two-year active duty commitment after all. He was told as the first round was underway that Air Force leaders had informed the academy that cadets would still be required to serve at least two years on active duty. That was a precursor to an official reversal of the DOD’s pro sports policy shortly after Jim Mattis was appointed secretary of defense.The Pentagon said graduates from military academies receive their educations at taxpayer expense, so prospective professional athletes would have to follow in the steps of Roger Staubach, Chad Hennings and David Robinson and first serve their country.Robinette insists he wasn’t embittered by the policy reversal .ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES FIFA chief hails re-election of Asian football chief Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2017, file photo, Air Force wide receiver Jalen Robinette takes part in a drill to prepare for the NFL Combine at a workout facility in Centennial, Colo. Two years after the U.S. Defense Department thwarted his plans of going straight from the Air Force Academy to the NFL, Robinette is determined to turn that detour into a dream delayed as he approaches the fulfillment of his two-year commitment of active duty. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DENVER — Two years after the U.S. Defense Department thwarted his plans of going straight from the Air Force Academy to the NFL, Falcons all-time leading receiver Jalen Robinette is determined to turn that detour into a dream delayed, not dashed.Close to fulfilling his two-year active-duty commitment, Robinette recently competed in Ohio State’s pro day, where he caught passes from quarterback Dwayne Haskins and glances from pro scouts intrigued by the muscular 25-year-old who hasn’t played since 2016, when he led the nation with a 27.4-yard average.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Positions Vacant!

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for positions in our Western Australia and Victoria office. Please click on the respective jobs below to open the Position Description.Events and Competitions Coordinator (Western Australia)Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 1 March 2017.Part time Events and Competitions Coordinator (Victoria)Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 1 March  2017.For further information or to lodge your application for these career opportunities, please email [email protected] LinksPositions Vacantlast_img read more

North Peace Fall Fairs Pioneers of the Year

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This year’s ‘Pioneers of the Year’ have been named at the 2019 North Peace Fall Fair.An annual tradition for the Fall Fair, the Fair Committee chooses two individuals or couples to be the North Peace Fall Fair Pioneers of the Year. This year’s recipients are Dennis Davidson and Herbert and Katrina Keuth.The chosen Pioneers are awarded a plaque and receive a gift certificate for a dinner for two. The criteria to be nominated as a recipient of the Pioneer of the Year include; Must have been involved in agriculture in the North Peace Must have been a participant in the Fall Fair Must be over the age of 70 years Must have been a past member or faithful volunteer to the Fall Fair Must have lived a minimum of 25 years in the North Peacelast_img read more

Need a love story which befits my personality John Abraham

first_imgMumbai: John Abraham started his journey with romantic thriller Jism, but he soon switched to comedy followed by action. The actor says he now wants to feature in a love story. The 46-year-old actor, who established himself as one of the biggest action stars in Bollywood, says he is waiting for a script in the genre which suits his personality. “I would love to do an out-and-out romantic film. But lately, I haven’t found anything which works for me.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”It is a beautiful genre. I need a love story which befits my personality and physicality and the kind of person I am. I am definitely looking out for a story in that space,” said John. Till the time he finds his perfect love story, the actor plans to focus on his ambitious action franchise “Attack”. “We are still developing the script of ‘Attack’. It is something we are really excited about. The problem with the action is that it is something in which you need to get the emotion right. One can do the best action in the world, but if the emotion is not correct, it’s not going to work,” he says. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaFor an action hero, John says it is important to get the attitude right. “What matters is the emotion, with which one is performing the action. If you have the emotion and the attitude in place, you are on the right track,” he adds. The actor, whose latest release RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter) opened to positive reviews, is also working on Nikkhil Advani’s Batla House, a biker film by Rensil D’Silva as well as a film on football titled 1911.last_img read more

How USCs Upset Of SMU Rattled The East Region

5Virginia00+100 1Villanova00+1+10 SEEDTEAMSWEET 16ELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMP.WIN Unsurprisingly, the changes in odds are mostly concentrated in SMU’s sector of the bracket. Baylor’s path became far easier with SMU out of the way (our model considered that Round of 32 game a virtual toss-up), and even Duke saw a slight increase in its probability of advancing deep into the tournament.The way this largely upset-free tournament has been going so far, those changes count for some of the most movement we’ve seen, and they show just how much impact the loss of one dark horse (or is it one dark Mustang?) can have at this stage of the tourney.Check out our March Madness predictions. 11USC+18+4+100 4Florida000+10 The NCAA tournament started with one of the chalkiest opening days in NCAA tournament history, and Friday wasn’t looking very different: better-seeded teams won the first five games of the day, bringing their record to 19-2 going into the late afternoon on the east coast. But what was shaping up to be one of the most boring opening rounds ever received some much-needed surprise when University of Southern California upset SMU on Friday afternoon, knocking out what the computer power ratings considered one of the tournament’s most tempting dark-horse picks.Despite being seeded sixth in the stacked East region, SMU was a trendy choice to go to the Sweet 16 — or beyond. After going 27-4 in the regular season and winning the American Athletic tournament, SMU was the 11th-best team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, and one of only 15 schools to rank among the top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.But against Southern Cal, SMU’s shooting efficiency and rebounding cratered. Now, with one SMU out of the mix, the landscape of the East region — the most difficult quadrant of the tournament — has been altered. CHANGE IN ODDS OF REACHING… Changes caused by SMU losing to Southern California on Mar. 17.Source: ESPN The ripple effects of SMU’s loss in the East region 3Baylor+30+10+3+1+1 2Duke0+4+1+10 10Marquette0+1000 read more

Buckeye brainteasers Ohio State vs Florida

For a 12th consecutive year, the Ohio State football team is heading to a bowl game. In Luke Fickell’s final game as head coach, OSU will take on the University of Florida in the Gator Bowl Jan. 2. Here’s a look at what the Buckeyes can expect in Jacksonville, Fla. What will new OSU head coach Urban Meyer’s role be in helping prepare OSU for the Gator Bowl? Meyer said Dec. 11 that he would not travel with the Buckeyes to Florida, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t helping prepare the team before it departed. During a Dec. 4 conference call, Fickell was vague about whether Meyer would help the Buckeyes prepare for Florida, saying he would continue to focus on the coaches currently leading OSU. “I couldn’t tell you exactly how the whole situation is going to work,” Fickell said. “I don’t know that I would sit there and explain it to anybody other than our team and coaches anyway.” Fickell didn’t dismiss the idea that Meyer would assist the OSU players and the current coaches, so one might think it is likely he’ll have some level of input on the game plan. After all, Meyer recruited the majority of the players on Florida’s roster and is barely a year removed from coaching his former team. One could argue that no person outside of Florida’s current staff knows the Gators better than Meyer. What Florida players could pose a threat to OSU’s defense? The Florida offense has averaged 25.6 points per game this season which is ranked 71st nationally. Quarterback John Brantley came into Florida as a highly touted recruit and was expected to replace former Gator legend Tim Tebow, but has struggled at times moving into the offense. He’s thrown 1,912 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. The strength of the UF offensive attack is its speedy running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps. Both backs are under 5 feet 9 inches, but it’s the running backs’ agility and speed that make them a threat. The Gators try to get the ball to Rainey and Demps on the edge and aren’t afraid to utilize the two in the passing game. Between the two of them, they have combined for 1,329 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said he’s very aware of Florida’s fast running back tandem. “They have speed in the backfield,” Heacock said. “They changed to a pro-style offense this year and I think it’s been good for them. I think they have a little more power and they are a little more physical.” Can the Buckeyes keep up with Florida’s speed? When Meyer was head coach at Florida, the Gators developed a reputation for speed. It gave Florida a multitude of options on offense and a swarming mentality on defense. OSU witnessed the danger of Florida’s speed first hand in 2007, when the Gators beat the Buckeyes, 41-14, in the BCS National Championship Game. Will Muschamp took over as Florida’s head coach and switched the offense to more of a pro-style attack, but many of the speedy players Meyer recruited are still on the roster. “You hope we can keep up with their speed,” Heacock said. “You never know until you get out in the game and see how we’re playing. I think we have the potential when we are moving fast and playing fast that we can match up. A lot of it has to do with attitude and the approach you take to the game.” But, the Buckeye players believe they have enough speed of their own to matchup with the Gators. “I think we match up (to Florida’s speed) pretty well,” freshman linebacker Ryan Shazier said. “People may overlook us just because we’re in the Big Ten and they don’t think we are fast. But I think we have just as much speed.” Can the Buckeyes put a happy ending on the turbulent year? The OSU football team has been through a lot this season on and off the field. Scandals, suspensions and six losses have made this year one that many Buckeye fans would like to forget. For the first time since 2004, OSU won’t be playing in a BCS bowl, but the Buckeye players still say they have a lot to play for. “It would mean a lot to win this game,” senior linebacker Tyler Moeller said. “You always want to finish on top. It would give the team great morale heading into next year. And for me personally, and especially the seniors, it would be great to go out with a win in the last game.” Expect the Buckeyes to do just that. A Buckeye defense that’s almost back to full health and maturing freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will lead the Buckeyes to a close victory over the Gators. Final score prediction: OSU 31, Florida 27 read more

England must be aggressive and brave – Kane

first_imgEngland captain Harry Kane has urged his teammates to be both “aggressive and brave” ahead of the upcoming World CupThe Tottenham forward acknowledged that England have been too cautious in past tournaments and so, therefore, have been unable to properly display their true potential due to their rather excessive focus on playing it safe.While the Three Lions have fallen short in the major tournaments over the years, Kane is anticipating a change in routine for the current squad.“There will be tough moments, and ups and downs. Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it’s about playing attacking football,” he told Sky Sports.“We are aiming to win the first game, then to target the second, and take that attitude to the World Cup.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Since making his England debut at senior level in 2015, Kane has since gone on to score 13 goals in 24 appearances.However, he failed to find the back of the net in Euro 2016 as England were shockingly eliminated by Iceland in the Round of 16 stage.“Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer,” said Kane.Gareth Southgate’s side will begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on Monday next week.last_img read more

Marcus Rashford on the Manchester Derby

first_imgIn an exclusive blog for the Manchester United website, Rashford shares his memories and experience of playing in the Manchester derby.Manchester United visit the Etihad on Sunday for a mouthwatering derby, and Jose Mourinho’s team will go into the game high on confidence after their 2-1 victory away at Juventus on Wednesday.Ahead of the game, Rashford wrote on the United website, sharing what the derby means to him.“I just love playing in the derby. There is a different feel around the city, and the way my friends speak leading up to the game is always different to other games.” Rashford said.“My family are the same. When it’s derby day, my brother just doesn’t speak! He is just tuned into the game and everyone just keeps themselves to themselves.“Derby day has always been a massive day in my family. There was always a get-together of sorts at my house when I was younger, including the one City fan in my family – my uncle.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“So it’s always all of us against him! [Laughs] Going to the derby games means you get the full experience and the full day out.“When you watch it on TV, it’s completely different to when you watch it at the ground. The atmosphere and the feeling is second to none when you’re there, but I still have great memories of watching on TV with my family.“The rivalry has always been huge between the two teams, I remember that from coming up through the ranks at United. I think I played in my first derby at nine years old and it felt different, it was special.“When I first joined the club, we had players from all over the country playing for United, there was a group of about 30 or 35 of us and, even though some weren’t from Manchester when they played in that game, it just had a different feel to it. It’s something that the Academy players here are well prepared for so you’re always ready when you step into that environment.“I’ll never forget Wazza’s overhead-kick [at Old Trafford in 2011]. That was probably one of the most entertaining derbies I have ever watched. For me personally, to score the winner there [at the Etihad in 2016] was the biggest feeling in my career. Obviously, winning trophies is always your aim but I’d say on a personal note that was the biggest feeling I’ve had.”last_img read more