MIAMI, United States (CMC):Enigmatic former West Indies opener Kieran Powell looks set to turn his back on cricket, if his foray into the world of baseball is successful.The 25-year-old is currently in Florida ahead of a trial at the IMG Academy on January 13, as he seeks to land a contract with a Major League Baseball team, media reports have said.”An opportunity came about after a few discrepancies with the West Indies Cricket Board. I decided to take some time off from cricket and some footage of me playing cricket was seen by the LA Dodgers,” Powell said.”I’ve had some training out here in the US for a few months.”Powell was one of the brightest sparks in West Indies cricket before he bizarrely walked away from the game a year and a half ago.He played in the first match of the three-Test series against touring New Zealand last year June but subsequently bowed out of action and never returned.The Nevisian has also not played for Leeward Islands Hurricanes in any format of the West Indies domestic championship.Powell, who has played 21 Tests and 28 one-day internationals, said he was looking forward to his new career.”[Baseball is] really fun, it’s an interesting game, I’ve loved every minute of it so far, and I hope to continue doing it for the rest of my career,” he said.”It’s a unique opportunity, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. This is what dreams are made of as I said earlier. I’m just so excited about it, like everyone’s so excited about it.”While Powell has a modest average of 27 in Tests, he was good enough to score a hundred in both innings of a Test against Bangladesh three years ago.
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MESA, Ariz. — Jerry Blevins returns to the A’s a different pitcher, a veteran who is now well-traveled with plenty of experience. But that sense of humor he had his first time around remains intact, and it was on full display as he arrived at Hohokam Stadium for the first day of workouts.“I don’t think I’ll get sick from mold in this one,” Blevins joked when talking about the differences from his first A’s stint, referring to the club’s older spring home of Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The …
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.It didn’t take long for A’s fans to start writing revisionist history on Wednesday.That’s what happens when your team’s starting pitcher in a winner-take-all playoff game goes two innings and allows four runs, effectively torpedoing any chance of victory and ending the team’s season.After something like that it’s easy to second-guess manager Bob Melvin — or more accurately, the A’s front-office, as one has to think …
7 December 2010South Africa’s Standard Bank Group has been named Best Bank in Africa for 2010 as well as best bank in five individual African countries by The Banker, a leading journal of the global banking and finance industry.The annual Bank of the Year awards recognise banks that succeed in gaining strategic advantage and delivering shareholder returns in spite of volatile market conditions.In addition to Best Bank in Africa, The Banker named Standard Bank the best bank in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe.“Standard Bank has a deep and long-standing commitment to developing business in Africa,” Standard Bank Group Deputy CEO Ben Kruger said in a statement last week. “We are delighted with this recognition of our capability on the continent as well as our ability to connect Africa and the world.”African ‘calling card’The Banker recognised Standard Bank Group for its ability to adapt to changing conditions, secure important deals and succeed in an increasingly competitive landscape.According to the statement, the awards recognise the group’s efforts to develop a solid banking business in key African regions going back many years, to when the continent was still struggling to gain global confidence.“Africa will remain our calling card, and Standard Bank is ideally placed to capitalise on developments in the region,” said Kruger.“We are particularly well-placed to connect trade and investment opportunities in Africa, not only to developed markets, but also with the emerging BRIC [Brazil, Russia, India and China] economies that are helping to propel growth in world trade.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Shortest stageThe shortest of the nine stages commenced at a furious pace as the teams left Jolivet Farm in the Highflats region. MacDonald and Woolcock rode hard up front to force an early break on the single track, which the riders hit after 5 kilometres. “I’m sure it will become an important race for our team from now on.” The Nedbank 360Life duo, who won the African leader jersey at the recent Absa Cape Epic, completed the 910km journey from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Scottburgh in 32 hours 27 minutes and 39 seconds, which left them 17 minutes clear of defending champions Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock of RE:CM, who recorded a total time of 32:44:43. Wheelchairs donatedThey donated a wheelchair per stage win to the Cycling for Mobility initiative and an additional 14 from the proceeds of the auction of their African leader jersey. ‘It’s one of the top races’“They said it’s all about the riders and certainly the trails are testament to that. It’s one of the top races I’ve done…definitely in this country.” He said the two standout stages had been day four, when the riders dropped down the escarpment from Sterkfontein Dam into KwaZulu-Natal, and the penultimate stage through the Umkomaas River Valley. MacDonald and Woolcock continued to drive the pace up Heart Rate Hill, with Evans and George sitting comfortably just behind them. The Nedbank 360Life rider said he and George had gotten a lot out of the event, but had also been proud to give something back. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 7 May 2012 Itec Connect-Vodacom’s David Morison and Louis-Bresler Knipe finished two minutes off the pace in 2:30:06 to take third on the day and the final step on the podium overall in 33:27:09. RESULTS Women1. Ischen Stopforth, Catherine Williamson (bizhub-fcf) 38:33:272. Sarah van Heerden, Jackie Church (Itec Connect-Vodacom Ladies) 40:34:313. Michelle van der Westhuizen, Jo Mackenzie (Cycling for Mobility 2) 54:38:04 MixedErik Kleinhans, Ariane Kleinhans (Contego 28E) 36:08:58Johan Labuschagne, Yolande de Villiers (Cycle Lab KTM) 37:12:12Carel Bosman, Leana de Jager (PeptroPro-bizhub) 39:15:23 Only Evans and George, Morison and Knipe, and the Transact pair of Paul Cordes and Arno du Toit, were able to stay with them. “Once the break was there, it was just a matter of consolidating to the end,” said Evans. Contego 28E’s powerhouse couple, Erik and Ariane Kleinhans, also added the mixed category medal to their recent Epic title, completing the nine days of riding in 36:08:58. SAinfo reporter Men1. Kevin Evans, David George (Nedbank 360Life) 32:27:392. Waylon Woolcock, Neil MacDonald (RE:CM) 32:44:433. David Morison, Louis-Bresler Knipe (Itec Connect-Vodacom) 33:27:09 “We’re spoilt to be able to come back and do this twice in the space of two weeks. We’ve checked out the tracks and I think we know where we’re going to make the racing.” The final day’s racing over 71 kilometres ended in a dramatic sprint across the beach, with RE:CM cementing their runner-up spot in the overall standings with a second stage win in 2:27:59. Nedbank 360Life followed them over the line just seven seconds later. ‘An easier way to end the tour’“It played out pretty much as we thought,” said Evans. “RE:CM wanted to win one more stage, so we had a free ride and just got to sit on. It was actually nice because it’s an easier way to end the tour.” Evans said afterwards that the event had exceeded his every expectations and that he and George had thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the 550-odd riders in the community-run race villages. Ischen Stopforth and Catherine Williamson of bizhub-FCF took line honours in 2:57:17 to seal an almost uncontested victory in the women’s race in 38:33:27. Evans said they were now looking forward to their next big goal, the BOE Sani2c, which traces the last three days of the Old Mutual joBerg2c. Top South African mountain biking stars Kevin Evans and David George debuted in spectacular fashion at the 2012 Old Mutual joBerg2c, taking five stage wins en route to overall victory at Scottburgh on the Kwazulu-Natal south coast on Saturday. The hills towards the first water point, after 33 kilometres, split the front group and the two top teams in this year’s race, RE:CM and Nedbank 360Life, were able to open up a gap of 1:20 on Itec-Connect Vodacom and Transact.
31 August 2016The September Jive art exhibition and music seminar series will celebrate HeritageMonth with a tribute to the musical heritage of South Africa. Curated by former Gallo Music archivist Rob Allingham, with support from the Southern African Music Right Organisation (Samro) and the French Institute of South Africa, it will be held at Alliance Francaise in Parkview, Johannesburg, from 1-30 September 2016.A series of events will provide a platform to meet, discuss and engage with theundeniable diversity and fertile history of South African music. It will comprisetwo art exhibitions, as well as panel discussions and screenings of music documentariesand music-themed films.The primary aim of the month-long event is to promote South African musicalheritage to a wider audience, from an academic, historical and visual perspective.Entrance to the exhibits, discussions and viewings is free throughout the month.ExhibitionsThe South African Music Graphics exhibition will present more than 150 of thecountry’s most important, unique album sleeve designs, dating back over 100 years.Curated and selected by some of the country’s most knowledgeable collectors andart designers, including installation artist Siemon Allen, Allingham, journalistCaroline Hillary and art academic Molemo Moiloa.The My Favourite Sounds exhibition is a multimedia, interactive experienceincorporating photography, sound and social media. Some of South Africa’s bestmusic and media personalities present their favourite South African music. Theexhibition will feature portraits by up-and-coming music photographer DwayneKapula of the various contributors, who include Yvonne Chaka Chaka and JohnnyClegg. There will also be video interviews about what South African music means tothem and what songs and performers in particular have had an influence on theirlives.The exhibitions will provide a digital platform through the event’s Facebook andother social media pages, for the general public to join in and contribute their ownfavourite local recordings and album art.Panel discussionsWednesday, 7 September 18:30Forbidden sounds: music and censorship in the time of apartheidPresented by Rhodes University sociology professor Michael Drewett, the talkwill explore apartheid’s music censorship practices, from the banning of“undesirable” music to keeping the airwaves clear of subversive messages.Thursday, 15 September 18:30Past to the present: old sounds to modern earsThe discussion will be on the current re-issues market, from compilations tooriginal albums, and how its popularity is benefiting undiscovered artists from thepast. The panel will also discuss the successes and challenges faced by four localspecialist music labels in the age of sampling and music copyright.The panel will be moderated by SAFM’s Richard Nwamba , with contributionsfrom musicologist Chris Albertyn, Allingham and legendary radio DJ and recordlabel executive Benjy Mudie.Thursday, 22 September 18:30SA cult albums: divine sounds?This panel discussion will examine the notion of cult underground music and itsplace in popular art.Highlighting the 1968 song Yakhal’ Inkomo by Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi as one of the best examples of a piece of music achieving cult status, the panel will unpack what cult hits mean and how social and political factors work to create a cult classic piece of pop culture.Moderated by Brenda Sisane from Kaya FM, contributors include musicjournalist Percy Mabandu, producer Lloyd Ross and other panellists, to be confirmedcloser to the date.Wednesday, 28 September 18:30A brief history of the South African music industryPresented by music archivist Allingham, this talk will cover a century ofproducing, marketing and distributing local music, from the early years to thegreatest successes and to the digital trends of the present and beyond.Film screeningsFriday, 2 September 18:30Shwabada, a documentary by Nhlanhla MasondoExploring the music and life of composer and multi-instrumentalist NdikhoXaba, described as an artist “for whom jazz is much too small (a definition)”, thisdocumentary explores Xaba’s influence on the relationship between theatre, politicsand music, while creating an intimate portrait of one of Africa’s greatest musicians.Friday 9 September 18:30Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, a documentary by Lee HirshThe popular, soul-stirring documentary on how South African music influencedthe liberation movement, it features exclusive interviews with those who were partof the struggle. Rare film footage documents the vital role musicians played in thefight against apartheid.Friday, 16 September 18:30Dilemma (A World of Strangers) a film by Henning CarlsenMade in 1962 and based on Nadine Gordimer’s exploration of the effects ofapartheid on all its citizens, the film – which was secretly filmed in the country byDanish filmmaker Carlsen – features memorable and historically important musicalperformances by Tandi Mpambane (Klaasen), Abigail Kubeka, Kippie Moeketsi andWanda Makhubu.Africa Shakes, a film by Basil MailerMade in 1965 and influenced by the popularity of the Beatles’ A HardDay’s Night music film, this documentary offers a unique time capsule of thelocal music scene in South Africa during the 1960s, both in the cities and thetownships. The film includes appearances and performances by, among others, BenNkosi, Reggie Msomi, Lemmy “Special” Mabaso and Gideon Nxumalo.Friday, 23 September 18:30Jiving and Dying: The Radio Rats Story, a documentary byMichael CrossTwenty-five years in the making, the film looks at the music of rock band RadioRats and the subversive socio-political lyrics of frontman Jonathan Handley. Theband became a ground-breaking trailblazer in independent rock music in South Africa.Friday, 30 September 18:30Future Sounds of Mzansi, a documentary by Nthato Mokgata and Lebogang RasethabaThe film explores South Africa’s cultural landscape after 20 years ofdemocracy, through the rise of local electronic dance music. It covers theunderground history of the genre and the work of some of its most diverse genre-bending contemporary artists, including narrator Spoek Mathambo.Alliance Française of Johannesburg is at 17 Lower Park Drive, corner KerryRoad, opposite Zoo Lake, Parkview, Johannesburg.For more information, visit the September Jive Facebook page.Source: Alliance Française of Johannesburg SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info material