The Trojans added to their list of recruits for next season after three-star power forward Nick Rakocevic committed to USC on Monday, marking the Trojans’ fourth freshman recruit to sign a letter of intent.The news follows the transfers of forwards junior Darion Clark, sophomore Malik Martin redshirt junior Katin Reinhardt. Junior guard Julian Jacobs is also reportedly entering the NBA draft.Rakocevic, a 6-foot-10 forward from St. Joseph High School, received offers from multiple top-25 teams and has a composite three-star rating from ESPN, Scout and Rivals to go along with First Team All-State honors and a Division 3A Illinois State Championship in 2016.At just 210 pounds, Rakocevic’s frame is undersized in comparison with other top forwards in the nation. Luckily though, his Tim Duncan-esque play in the paint makes him a scoring presence in and outside of the paint.Prior to signing with the Trojans, Rakocevic received 16 offers from many top schools, including the NCAA Tournament runner-up North Carolina Tar Heels.“Honestly, [USC] was just the best situation for me,” Rakocevic said to Scout.com. “I think that the people there and the coaching staff really love me, and I really love them. When I was on the official visit, I knew it was the place for me.”In terms of Rakocevic’s potential playing time in 2017, he is on board with a backseat, complementary role as head coach Andy Enfield described to him during his visit last Thursday.“His plan is to develop me my freshman year,” Rakocevic said. “It’s going to be a lot in the developmental process, but I’m going to be playing. My sophomore year, I’m going to be one of the guys to step up and be one of their main big guys … I’m just excited.”On the roster the Trojans will have three core forwards in rising senior Nikola Jovanovic, and rising sophomores Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu who will share time with Rakocevic and fellow freshman recruit Harrison Henderson.Rakocevic should earn some playing time considering that the departed Martin, Clark and Strahinja Gavrilovic’s combined 13.7 minutes per game earned in 2016 will be distributed among him and Harrison.Forwards Boatwright and Metu came in and succeeded as freshmen last season, and Enfield will look to groom Henderson and Rakocevic the same way to be the prominent interior players that Boatwright and Metu were in USC’s 2016 campaign.Rakocevic is unique in his supreme length that allowed him to dominate the glass in high school and play much like Metu above the rim.Also, Rakocevic is slightly taller than Henderson and will most likely be utilized in bigger packages along with Jovanovic to pick up rebounds and prevent any further scoring. Rakocevic and Jovanovic have similar games on offense and could potentially be a pain to defend.With an underrated shooting and defensive capabilities, Rakocevic is an intriguing prospect with a virtually unlimited potential if he can increase his size and strength. The summer and fall camps will prove if he is up for the challenge of big freshman minutes.
“He said he wanted to play through it,” D’Antoni said. “In retrospect, it might have been better to just come on out.”Nash’s setback also contributed to the team’s never-ending injured list that includes Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Pau Gasol (strained right groin), Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee), Jodie Meeks (sprained right ankle) and Jordan Farmar (left hamstring). None are expected to return until sometime after next week’s All-Star break.Nash has played only nine games this season, leaving it possible that the Lakers could benefit financially from his absence. If an NBA-appointed official determines Nash couldn’t play another game, the Lakers wouldn’t have the final year of Nash’s contract counted against their cap. But neither Nash nor the Lakers are thinking that way.The Lakers (18-33) still had a chance to ensure a three-game winning streak. Chicago also remained shorthanded without Derrick Rose (right knee) and Carlos Boozer (left calf). Seldom-used center Chris Kaman remained two points of matching his career-high, posting 27 points on 13-of-23 shooting and 10 rebounds. Jordan Hill (15 points) and Kendall Marshall (13 points) also cracked double figures.The Lakers also trailed only 88-84 with 48.9 seconds left after Wesley Johnson’s fast-break dunk. On the next possession, Lakers guard Steve Blake ran a pick-and-roll with Kaman and tried threading the needle with a bounce pass. D.J. Augustin swiped the ball and converted on a one-and-one. “Steve (Blake) is a great player and does a great job for us,” Kaman said. “It was just one play, but it happened to be at the important time of the game there.”Kaman found no solace with his play either, even if it could open up more playing time. Though D’Antoni described Kaman as “very good offensively” and rated his defense as “okay,” he said giving playing to Kaman once Gasol returns will be “tough.”“The whole season has been a frustrating year for me personally,” Kaman said. “Part of that is having injuries. Part of that is a lot of guys are on one-year deals not knowing what they want to do and not knowing where they’re supposed to be. The more time we have together as a unit out there, the better it is. But with guys getting hurt and guys being in and out, it’s not easy.”With Nash joining that list again, the Lakers’ job just became more difficult.See box score | Follow Mark Medina’s Inside the Lakers blog Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s a gut feeling. It wasn’t like I broke it again,” said Nash, who finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and two assists in 21 minutes. “I just kind of irritated the nerve. I’m pretty hopeful all the stuff I’ve been doing can overcome the irritation. It’s kind of transient. Hopefully when I wake up tomorrow, I’ll feel better.”Nash had displayed encouraging signs during his two-game stint last week, including a 19-point effort on 8-of-15 shooting and five assists in the Lakers’ win Friday in Philadelphia.But Nash showed discomfort after committing a turnover with nine minutes left in the third quarter, however he didn’t leave until nearly four minutes later.“I wanted to play. Especially when you’re losing, you want to fight through it,” Nash said. “I’ve been through that before and I know where it goes. I didn’t want to risk it and honestly let the guys that were able to carry the load. I think it was the smartest decision to come back and not have a major setback.”D’Antoni wondered if that should’ve happened sooner. LOS ANGELES >> A familiar image emerged surrounding Steve Nash, and it didn’t involve the dazzling passes he recaptured recently after staying sidelined for nearly three months.Instead, the Lakers’ 92-86 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center provided an awfully familiar storyline that never seems to end. Nash left midway through the third quarter after a collision with Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich sparked nerve irritation in his leg. Nash suffered the same damage last season when he fractured his left leg Oct. 31, 2012 against Portland, an injury that sidelined him for 24 games. The subsequent nerve issues eventually affected his back and hamstrings, keeping him out for eight games, including two playoff appearances.Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni also said Nash’s back tightened up. Yet, Nash expressed optimism he could still play Tuesday against the Utah Jazz, insistent that the nerve damage in his back that sidelined him for all but eight games this season won’t suddenly emerge.
Marco Djuricin had two good chances to put Brentford ahead in a goalless first half.The striker exchanged a neat one-two with Lasse Vibe, who replaced the injured Alan Judge, and forced an outstretched save from Allan McGregor in the first minute.And then on-loan Red Bull Salzburg man Djuricin fired at McGregor’s legs from close range after being out through by John Swift.Judge missed out because of hamstring problems but that was the only change from the side that clinched a fourth straight Championship win, against QPR, last Friday.Brentford had a decent shout for a penalty just before the half-hour mark when Vibe was brought down by a combination of Michael Dawson and Harry Maguire.And Hull, who twice went close through Abel Hernandez before the break, wanted a penalty of their own when David Meyler’s long-range effort appeared to strike the arm of Toumani Diagouraga inside the box.Brentford (4-2-2): Button; Yennaris, Tarkowski, Dean, Bidwell; Woods, McCormack, Diagouraga, Swift; Vibe, DjuricinSubs not used: Bonham, Saunders, Hofmann, Kerschbaumer, O’Connell, Gogia, CanosFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
“Long-term growth and investment requires trust and co-operation between business, labour and government,” the plan states – while noting that trust levels in South Africa are low, and labour relations “unduly tense and sometimes violent”. The economy will never evolve in a more labour-intensive manner if this state of tension between employers and employees persists, the plan warns. “Promoting more rapid, job-creating growth means tackling these tensions in an honest and open manner.” ‘Must talk directly to the needs of our people’ In receiving the plan, President Zuma commended the commissioners for putting the elimination of poverty and reduction of inequality at the heart of their plan. “These two challenges, plus the need to eliminate illiteracy, are the ones that most South Africans feel most strongly about. Any plan that fails to talk directly to the needs of our people … will not be good enough for our country.” The President was also pleased that nation building and social cohesion had been identified as critical for the achievement of the plan’s objectives. “It is essential that we capture the balance in our Constitution to build a prosperous, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa,” he said. Minister for Planning in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said all South Africans needed to work together with the government, business and civil society to make the plan a reality. “While the state can build schools, we need communities to ensure that the schools work properly and that children study hard. Our paradigm is one where communities are active in their own development,” Manuel said. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said he appreciated the commissioners’ bravery in acting upon the mandate given to them by the President of taking a broad, cross-cutting and independent view of South Africa in drafting the plan. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Raising exports, focusing on those areas in which South Africa already has endowments and comparative advantages, such as mining, construction, mid-skill manufacturing, agriculture and agro-processing, tourism and business services.Increasing the size and effectiveness of the country’s innovation system, and ensuring closer alignment with companies that operate in sectors that fit in with the growth strategy.Improving the functioning of the labour market to help the economy absorb more labour, through reforms and specific proposals concerning dispute resolution and discipline.Supporting small business through better coordination of the activities of small business agencies, development finance institutions, and private and public incubators.Improving the country’s skills base through better education and vocational training.Increasing investment in social and economic infrastructure in order to lower costs, raise productivity and bring more people into the mainstream of the economy.Reduce the regulatory burden in sectors where the private sector is the main investor, such as broadband internet connectivity, to achieve greater capacity and lower prices.Improve the capacity of the state to effectively implement economic policy. 14 November 2011 South Africa’s National Development Plan seeks to create a “virtuous cycle of growth and development” by removing the most pressing constraints to investment and job creation in order to eliminate poverty and sharply reduce inequality in the country by 2030. The wide-ranging draft plan, which will be refined through public engagement before going to Cabinet, was presented to President Jacob Zuma by Trevor Manuel, chairman of the National Planning Commission, in Pretoria on Friday.11-million new jobs by 2030 The plan builds on the government’s New Growth Path, which targets 5-million new jobs by 2020, setting an ambitious target of reducing South Africa’s unemployment rate from 27 percent in 2011 to 6 percent by 2030 by creating 11-million new jobs. This will require meeting the corollary target of annual average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 5.4% between now and 2030, and the National Development Plan focuses strongly on economic interventions to achieve job-creating growth. However, its scope is much wider than that, ranging from improving the country’s infrastructure while integrating the rural economy and transitioning to a lower-carbon economy, to improving the quality of education, achieving quality universal health care, building safer communities, reforming the public service and beating corruption.‘South Africa needs to write a new story’ At its heart, the plan envisages a shift away from a paradigm of entitlement to a paradigm that promotes the development of capabilities, the creation of opportunities, and the participation of all citizens. “To make meaningful, rapid and sustained progress in reducing poverty and inequality over the next two decades, South Africa needs to write a new story,” the plan states. “At the core of this plan is a new development paradigm that seeks to involve communities, youth, workers, the unemployed and business in partnership with each other, and with a more capable state. “The aim is to develop the capabilities of individuals and of the country, and to create opportunities for all South Africans.”An economy that will create more jobs To increase both employment creation and economic growth, the plan proposes:
ANC president from 1952 to 1967, and winner of the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, Chief Albert Luthuli was the most respected African leader of his era. The Albert Luthuli Legacy Project keeps the story of Luthuli – and the millions of people he represented – alive for a generation of South Africans born into freedom.‘No true peace and progress can be secured in any country as long as there are others in that country denied full democratic rights and duties’ – Chief Albert John Luthuli (Photo: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa reporterPresident-General of the African National Congress from December 1952 until his death in 1967, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, Chief Albert John Luthuli was the most widely known and respected African leader of his era.Luthuli’s home in Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal, a meeting place for people linked to South Africa’s freedom struggle during the years of Luthuli’s banishment, was proclaimed a museum in August 2004.The opening marked the completion of the government-driven Albert Luthuli Legacy Project, which included the launch of an annual memorial lecture, and the unveiling of a bronze statue of Luthuli at the KwaDukuza Municipal Chambers, and of a memorial at the Groutville Congregational Church where Luthuli’s grave is located.The house that is now the Chief Albert Luthuli Museum was under constant police surveillance when Luthuli lived there.Although Luthuli had been banished to his home by the apartheid government, many people travelled there to seek his counsel – among them United States attorney-general Senator Robert Kennedy, who arrived by helicopter for an unofficial visit in 1966.The Order of Luthuli is South Africa’s highest award for contributions to democracy, human rights, justice and peace. See: South Africa’s national orders.Luthuli and his guest held a private discussion on a wooden bench that is still positioned under a tree outside the museum. The two men discussed the ANC’s vision of a united South Africa, and before leaving Kennedy gave the ANC leader a portable record player and recordings of speeches made by his brother, former US president JF Kennedy.The ventilation shafts running beneath the floorboards were once used to conceal documents. According to the Arts and Culture Department, during restoration work on the building, workers uncovered a number of papers dating from that historic era.A latecomer to politicsAccording to SA History Online, Luthuli – who preferred his Zulu name Mvumbi (“Continuous Rain”) to his Christian names Albert John – was a latecomer to politics, nearly 50 when he first assumed national political office.Born near Bulawayo in what was then Rhodesia (and is now Zimbabwe) in 1898, Luthuli was sent back to his family’s home at Groutville mission station in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 1908.After completing a teaching course at Edendale near Pietermaritzburg, Luthuli took up the running of a small primary school in the Natal uplands. At around the same time, he was confirmed in the Methodist Church and became a lay preacher.The language of the Bible and Christian principles “profoundly affected his political style and beliefs for the rest of his life”, SA History Online states in its biography.In 1920 Luthuli studied further, then took up a teaching post, at Adams College. In 1935 he agreed to accept the chieftaincy of Groutville reserve, and returned home to become an administrator of local tribal affairs for the next 17 years.Luthuli’s public support for the 1952 Defiance Campaign finally brought him into direct conflict with the South African government, who demanded he resign from the ANC and dismissed him from his post as chief when he refused to do so.In response, Luthuli issued “The Road to Freedom is via the Cross”, in which he condemned apartheid as degrading to all who are party to it and expressed both his belief in non-violence and an optimism that whites would sooner or later accept a shared society.“The notoriety gained by his dismissal, his eloquence, his unimpeachable character, and his demonstrated loyalty to the ANC all made Luthuli a natural candidate to succeed ANC President James Moroka”, SA History Online states in its biography.Luthuli was elected ANC president-general by a large majority in December 1952, winning re-election in 1955 and 1958.“Bans imposed in early 1953 and renewed in the following year prevented him from giving direction to the day-to-day activities of Congress”, SA History Online states, “but as a country-bred ‘man of the people’, combining the most inspiring qualities of Christian and traditional leadership, he provided a powerful symbol for an organisation struggling to rally mass support.”Between the end of 1957 and May 1959, during a lapse in restrictions on his movements, Luthuli made a number of highly publicised addresses to whites and mixed audiences, his polished speeches and balanced appeals for reason in race relations earning him the praise of many white South Africans.Six days after the Sharpeville emergency in 1960, Luthuli sought to rally Africans to resistance by publicly burning his pass in Pretoria and calling for a national day of mourning. On 30 March he was detained and held until August, when he was tried and given a six-month suspended sentence.‘How easy it would have been to hate’Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, Luthuli was allowed to travel to Oslo to receive the award the following year.In his acceptance speech on 10 December 1961, Luthuli said: “It can only be on behalf of the people of South Africa, all the people of South Africa, especially the freedom-loving people, that I accept this award, that I acknowledge this honour. I accept it also as an honour not only to South Africa, but for the whole continent of Africa …“Quite long ago my forefathers extended a hand of friendship to people of Europe when they came to that continent. What has happened to the extension of that hand only history can say, and it is not time to speak about that here, but I would like to say, as I receive this prize of peace, that the hand of Africa was extended. It was a hand of friendship, if you read history.”In his Nobel lecture, delivered at the University of Oslo on the following day, Luthuli said: “How easy it would have been in South Africa for the natural feelings of resentment at white domination to have been turned into feelings of hatred and a desire for revenge against the white community.“Here, where every day, in every aspect of life every nonwhite comes up against the ubiquitous sign ‘Europeans Only’ and the equally ubiquitous policeman to enforce it – here it could well be expected that a racialism equal to that of their oppressors would flourish to counter the white arrogance toward blacks.“That it has not done so is no accident. It is because, deliberately and advisedly, African leadership for the past fifty years, with the inspiration of the African National Congress, which I had the honour to lead for the last decade or so until it was banned, had set itself steadfastly against racial vaingloriousness.“We know that in so doing we passed up opportunities for an easy demagogic appeal to the natural passions of a people denied freedom and liberty; we discarded the chance of an easy and expedient emotional appeal.“Our vision has always been that of a nonracial, democratic South Africa which upholds the rights of all who live in our country to remain there as full citizens, with equal rights and responsibilities with all others. For the consummation of this ideal we have laboured unflinchingly. We shall continue to labour unflinchingly.”At the end of his lecture, after much applause, Luthuli sang the African anthem, Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika.On 21 July 1967, while taking a walk near his Natal home, Luthuli was killed, reportedly when he was struck by a train.Source: SA History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya have been expensive with the ball against New Zealand in the three-match series, prompting former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar to down criticising the bothers.As a matter of fact the most the brother have been one of the more uneconomical bowlers in the series.Hardik is in fact has been the most expensive bowler in the series for either team having given away a total of 131 runs from the three games. He has a economy of 10.92 having bowled 72 balls and picking up three wickets at an average of 43.67.In the first T20I in Wellington, Hardik Pandya was hit for 51 from his four overs though he picked up two wickets. In the 2nd T20I in Auckland, Hardik went for 36 runs from his four overs as well as picking up one wicket. In the third and last T20I, Hardik was the most expensive, going for 44 in his four overs and he was also wicketless. His elder brother, Krunal didn’t fare any better, as he cost 119 runs from 72 balls at an economy of 9.92. He picked up a total of 4 wickets at an average of 29.75.Krunal in the first T20I went for 37 and picked up one wicket. In the second T20I, Krunal put up a man-of-the-match performance as he took three wickets from his four overs and that too with giving away just 28 runs. In the third and last T20I though, Krunal was his most expensive in the series as he was hit around the park by thge New Zealanders for 54 as he went wicketless.advertisementManjrekar took to social media to raise concerns about the lack of consistency from the two Pandya, who have been the preferred all-rounders for India. He feels the two Pandyas should not be bowling four over in T20Is and may only come good in some of the games but not always.”If not today, the realisation will come soon enough that the Pandya brothers are your 2 overs bowlers & only a good day could bowl 4 in T20Is,” Manjrekar wrote on Twitter.If not today, the realisation will come soon enough that the Pandya brothers are your 2 overs bowlers & only a good day could bowl 4 in T20Is. #INDvsNZt20Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 10, 2019India went onto lose the third T20I as well as the series as they fell short of the New Zealand total by 4 runs. The mixing and matching of players will have to fine-tuned with the ICC Cricket World Cup just round the corner.Also Read | Lots of positives and a few mistakes, says Rohit Sharma after T20I series defeatAlso Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20I