Wanderers hit back to beat Fulham

first_imgBolton 3 Fulham 1 Bolton scored two late goals as they came from behind to beat Fulham.Shaun Hutchinson opened the scoring on 22 minutes, smashing in a right-wing cross from Alex Kacaniklic after the home side had failed to clear a corner.AdChoices广告Ross McCormack missed a chance to make it 2-0 and then saw an effort saved before Wanderers hit back shortly before half-time.Nikolay Bodurov was unable to clear Saidy Janko’s right-wing cross and former Chelsea man Eidur Gudjohnsen was on hand to equalise.Bolton dominated the second half and Kostas Stafylidis prevented them going ahead by blocking Adam Le Fondre’s close-range shot on the line.But Janko scored a brilliant goal, belting home from near the edge of the penalty area with 10 minutes remaining.And a terrible mistake by Whites keeper Marcus Bettinelli gifted Bolton another goal in the final minute.Bettinelli’s woeful clearance fell to Le Fondre, who duly lobbed in his team’s third. Fulham: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Stafylidis; Tunnicliffe; Fofana (Parker 66), Christensen; Kačaniklić (G Williams 81); Rodallega (Woodrow 76), McCormack. Subs not used: Kiraly, Roberts, Dembèlè, Burn. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Platini quits as UEFA chief after ban appeal fails

first_img0Shares0000Michel Platini had been favourite to take over as FIFA president in a February election, but the UEFA leader is suspended because of the Swiss investigation. PHOTO/AFPPARIS, May 9 – Michel Platini on Monday resigned as UEFA president after his appeal against a ban from football activities failed though it was cut to four years.The Frenchman said he was resigning to pursue the case over a suspect $2 million payment in Swiss courts in a bid to clear his name. He has been UEFA president since 2007 and the FIFA ban upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport effectively ended his career as one of the most powerful figures in sport.The CAS rejected the appeal saying it was not convinced about the “legitimacy” of the payment ordered by ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter.It did cut the ban from six years to four and reduced a fine from 80,000 Swiss francs ($80,000) to 60,000 Swiss francs.“I note today’s decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but I consider it a profound injustice,” Platini said in a statement.“This decision inflicts a suspension for which the length stops me, de facto, and by luck, from being a candidate in the next FIFA presidential election,” he added.“As agreed with the national associations, I resign as president of UEFA to pursue my fight before the Swiss courts to prove my probity in this case.“Life has always kept beautiful surprises for me, now I am free to live them,” said the former French football star.The decision means that Platini will not be able to take any official role in the European Championship finals that start in France on June 10. He was a key organiser of the event until the FIFA payment scandal erupted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Tourism to cash in on 2010 boom

first_imgSouth African traditions are also a tourism drawcard.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  The recent 2010 Fifa World Cup has eradicated many myths about South Africa and boosted growth prospects for the country’s tourism industry, the government said on 7 September 2010.The tournament created a bright image of the country, Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in a statement. “The positive brand value that has been unlocked is immeasurable. The event helped us to turn the corner in terms of foreign perceptions about tourism safety.”The Department of Tourism met with industry role-players in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg, on 6 September to review the tournament’s impact on the sector.Delegates at the meeting included representatives from Federated Hospitality Association, South African Tourism Services Association of South Africa and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa, among others. They discussed lessons learnt from the spectacle and future plans for the industry.The meeting is part of government’s ongoing process of evaluating the benefits associated with hosting the football World Cup.In 2010, and especially during the tournament, South Africa managed to position itself as a high-quality tourism destination, according to the minister.“The World Cup opened up a new window of opportunity for the tourism industry,” said Van Schalkwyk. “It is up to all of us to make use of this opportunity.”It speeded up the construction and renovation of vital infrastructure, such as airports and new accommodation facilities, Van Schalkwyk added.The King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal was built at a cost of R6.7-billion (US$922-million), while the country’s two other international airports, OR Tambo and Cape Town, received multibillion-rand upgrades.Domestic airports, including those in Bloemfontein, East London, Upington and Kimberley, also underwent massive revamps worth millions of rands.“These are all important investments in building the future capacity of the tourism sector,” said Van Schalkwyk.Tourism on top of its gameThe country’s tourism industry was on top of its game during the World Cup, the minister said.In addition to creating a safe environment for tourists and completing airport and road revamps on time, the sector excelled in service delivery in the formal accommodation sector, management of increased airlift volumes, the security of air space and the implementation of new systems to facilitate passenger movement, Van Schalkwyk said.“Overall, the collective efforts in the tourism sector were key in delivering an exceptional World Cup,” he added. “As a country, a people, a government and private sector we built a shared vision and delivered on it.”However, the industry could have done so much more in other areas, the minister said. These include ensuring greater benefits for small, medium and micro enterprises; better managing the expectations of the informal accommodation sector; “getting accommodation prices right in the face of the global economic downturn”; and listing up-front availability of accommodation on a database.National convention and events bureauThe tourism department is planning to set up a national convention and events bureau to make the most of the World Cup legacy.Cashing in on the infrastructure investments is one of the most important tasks ahead, the minister said, adding that “our proposals in this regard have been received very well by the industry”.The bureau will be part of the five-year National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) which the department introduced in May 2010. It will be positioned to market events and promote tourism businesses.In light of South Africa attracting more than 1-million tourists during the month-long World Cup, the NTSS is now aiming to increase the number of foreign arrivals in the future.Some 9.9-million foreign visitors came to the country in 2009, but through the strategy volumes are hoped to reach 13.5-million by 2015.last_img read more

South Africa works to stop load shedding

first_img19 May 2015The current load shedding incidents are receiving urgent attention with several steps being taken to address this, including the finalisation of the Integrated Energy Plan, says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.“I want to reassure South Africans that the load shedding which prevails is receiving our highest priority for urgent resolution. Partnerships have been established between [the] government, labour, business and civil society to find solutions to our problems, in keeping with the great spirit of our country,” she said.Delivering the Department of Energy’s budget vote this morning, the minister said the government’s urgent response to load shedding had accelerated the finalisation of the much-awaited Integrated Energy Plan.“Once approved by [the] Cabinet, the Integrated Energy Plan will be published as a policy document. This plan will inform our future energy mix and prioritise policy interventions for future programmes within the energy sector,” she told Parliament.Last month, the department announced a package of energy supply and demand options.“This will increase the independent power producer [IPP] energy supply to the grid by means of renewable energy, coal, gas and co-generation by 17 000 megawatts [MW] towards the end of 2022. An annual increase of 2 400MW of additional energy capacity will be added to the grid. Our current circumstances compel us to add a significant amount of electricity generation to the grid in a very short time.”Renewable energyShe said the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) had added to the energy supply capacity and electricity diversity in South Africa over a period of only three-and-a-half years.“Competitive energy prices have been achieved, with a distinct and meaningful possibility to make a real socio-economic difference in the communities where they are located.”Since 2011, the department had procured 5 243MW of renewable electricity in bid windows 1 to 4 and connected 37 projects, with a capacity of 1 827MW, to the national grid.On average, 15% of this energy was delivered to the power system during system peak periods, alleviating pressure on the power system.“The energy contribution should grow to approximately 7 000 gigawatt hours per annum with the first 47 renewable energy independent power producers fully operational and producing at full capacity by mid-2016.”Tariff decreasesThrough the competitive procurement approach, the average per kilowatt hour tariff, in April 2014 terms, for onshore wind had declined by 55% to an average of 62c per unit and for solar photovoltaic by 76% to 79c per unit, Joemat-Pettersson said.“This programme has secured a commitment of about R170-billion in capital investment to the South African economy. South Africans own an average of 48% in all [independent power producers], with black South Africans owning 28% of these projects.”The department had already submitted for concurrence to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa new determinations for an additional 6 300MW for the REIPPPP, as well as 1 800MW for co-generation. Co-generation supply of about 720MW had been secured through Eskom.“In addition, we have revised the approach in relation to the procurement of co- generation in line with the Integrated Resource Plan to assist with the current electricity challenges. The Request for Proposal for the revised co-generation approach, totalling 1 800MW is on track for release to the market.“The announcement of the preferred bidders is expected in the third quarter of 2015. The new approach will ensure that the approval process is expedited and financial close accelerated.”Request for proposalsThe REIPPPP Request for Proposals for an additional 1 800MW from existing bid submissions was on course for release to the market by June 2015. This bidding process would be open to all unsuccessful bidders from all previous bid windows which were ready for re-submission.Her department would also announce the appointment of additional preferred bidders from bid window 4 in early June.Projects under this programme had started to spend on their socio-economic development and enterprise development commitments, said the department.A spending pattern was unfolding, with most spending being allocated for education and skills development, health care, infrastructure, and social housing improvements, among others.The department is engaged in the re-design of the IPP Request for Proposals, paying particular attention to early, efficient and equitable benefits to communities, as well as to a greater local content approach that will strengthen industrialisation in South Africa.Coal-fired powerAdditionally, the minister said that the Request for Proposals in relation to new coal-fired generation was released to the market in December 2014 with the bid submission initially scheduled for June 2015. Given ongoing engagement with the market and the need to ensure a successful procurement phase with firm results, this period would be extended by about two months to the end of August.Preferred bidders for this programme would be announced before the end of the calendar year.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Augmented Reality (AR): AR Apps and Gadgets to Supercharge Vision

first_imgAugmented Reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes digitally generated images over real-world ones. Digital elements can include animations, sound, graphics, GPS data or 3D models.  In film, the merging of real world video with animated characters is nothing new, but being able to create real-time composite images is something that is.In fact, it could be big.  Tim Cook called the implications of Augmented Reality “profound”.Analysts predict that the Augmented Reality market will grow to a $120 billion market by 2020, significantly bigger than the Virtual Reality market which is expected to be $30 billion in 2020.Jay Wright, president and general manager at Vuforia, said that “now a salesperson can go from having a brochure to a full-scale, 3D model that sits in someone’s office. It becomes a valuable tool for selling consumer and industrial products… Companies are evaluating AR across the board. It’s a technology with a ton of promise and potential, and what we’re seeing now is enterprise customers trying to understand exactly how and where it works.”last_img read more

Poll: How Do You Feel About The Big 12’s Future?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Big 12 announced on Monday that it would not expand at this time and probably not ever. That’s probably a good thing as the whole expansion notion was getting a little bit old, but I’m curious about how everyone feels about this.I haven’t totally gathered all of my thoughts yet — Carson and I are going to talk about this on the podcast today — but I think I’m more optimistic than most about the future. Anyway, vote here and leave your thoughts below, and I will post them tomorrow after the poll ends.Tuesday poll question: Following the no expansion announcement, the Big 12 will …— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 18, 2016last_img read more

Social Media Reax: OSU Players Tweet after win over TCU

first_imgMood: pic.twitter.com/sI7fZ1cwwb— Brad Lundblade (@BradLundblade) November 19, 2016 Here’s a look at all the player reaction from OSU’s 31-6 win over TCU.And then he said, TCU was gonna beat us? #GoPokes ?? pic.twitter.com/0TiGiu9plx— Keondre Wudtee (@K_wudteeQB) April 3, 2016 We just having fun with it ?? pic.twitter.com/2x3qQuPLUq— Ricky Spanishhh ? (@DarrionGolden79) November 19, 2016 Glory Up ?— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) November 19, 2016 All glory to God for today— Ricky Spanishhh ? (@DarrionGolden79) November 19, 2016 All glory to God ???? Thank you ??— Chris Lacy II (@Gifted_CLacy) November 19, 2016 Great overall team win today man I love my brothers lets get that ring!!!!— Lenzy Pipkins (@Pippy_LONGsock) November 19, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. One last big 12 game with my brothers can’t wait, and God Bless!!!!! #GoPokes— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) November 19, 2016 My roommate @chriscarson29 need to go to prison for 25 to life for first degree murder— Bk (@Bryce_Balous) November 20, 2016 As a former offensive lineman rushing for 300+ feels good way down in my soul. Great job men. ??— Zac Veatch (@zveatch) November 19, 2016 I love that shit ! Keep it comin— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) November 19, 2016 I need that? pic.twitter.com/Sa63NYCeqa— Justin Phillips (@Phillips_Era19) November 20, 2016last_img read more

Previewing: Oklahoma State-Texas A&M Corpus Christi

first_imgOpponent Performancescreen-shot-2016-12-22-at-8-51-24-amOur Lady of the Lake is tough on the road as you can see by the fact that they stayed within 15 of A&M-CC. Also, how many teams do you think will play St. Mary’s (Texas) which is a Division-2 school and the actual St. Mary’s which is a top 20 team this year? Probably not many.Three Things To Watch1. There will be steals. These are two of the most-thieving teams in the nation as witnessed by a look at the top 10 teams nationally in steal percentage. If my math is right (and there’s a good chance it’s not!) we could see a steal on 25-30 percent of total possessions based on how these two teams have played so far this year.screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-8-59-42-am2. Can Dizzy sustain his madness? Thomas Dziagwa is shooting nearly 55 percent from three and has a 75 percent effective shooting percentage (which is outrageous and would rank No. 5 in the nation if he qualified in minutes played). He also doesn’t have a 2-pointer yet (!) and can’t keep up this torrid streak forever. I’m really interested to see where he lands come Big 12 time, but for now let’s just ride the wave of swag and enjoy the show.Something to keep an eye on. Best 3P% by an OSU freshman:Dziagwa – 54.8%Evans – 47.5%Harris – 44.1%Curry – 43.3%Clark – 40.9%— Oklahoma State Stats (@OSUStats) December 22, 2016 Oklahoma State got its 10th win last season on January 19 agains Kansas, five games into the Big 12 season. It has a chance to get No. 10 this year before Christmas as the Pokes host Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the last non-conference game before Big 12 play starts next Friday, December 30.Viewing InformationTime: 12 p.m.TV: Fox Sports SouthwestLocation: Stillwater, OKLine: N/AInjury Report• Tavarius Shine is out with a back injury.Statistical Matchupscreen-shot-2016-12-22-at-8-59-06-amA&M Corpus Christi is about what you would expect from a middle-of-the-road Southland team. They actually played Brad Underwood’s Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks last year in the Southland final (which was SFA’s third win over them that season). They are also the only Southland team Underwood lost to in his time at SFA.The Islanders are not particularly good at anything other than turning teams over (which OSU has a propensity to do on the offensive end). Their star is Rashawn Thomas who is from Oklahoma City (and was not recruited by OSU). He averages 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks a game. 3. Health going into 2017. The Big 12 will be rugged this season (per the usual), and Oklahoma State will need to be at full strength starting next week against West Virginia. I’ll be looking for Underwood to pull some of his studs midway through the second half not so much to rest legs (the WVU game isn’t for eight days) but to prevent injuries that have plagued the Pokes for the past year.Other Notes• The Cowboys are 55-8 (.873) all-time against current members of the Southland Conference, and have faced two other Southland opponents this season. OSU took down Central Arkansas, 102-90, and New Orleans, 117-72, back in November.• Jawun Evans is the only player in the country to rank among the top 20 in scoring and the top 15 in steals.• OSU’s bench has been responsible for 36-plus points in eight games this season, including three games with 58-plus points.• Jeffrey Carroll is the only player in the Big 12 ranked among the league’s top five in scoring (4th, 16.5 ppg), rebounding (4th, 7.3 rpg) and field goal percentage.• The Islanders are 4-25 all-time against Big 12 opponents. That includes an 0-8 mark against the Cowboys, the most frequent foe.PicksPorter: Pokes 103 | Islanders 77Cox: Pokes 102 | Islanders 72center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Offers 2019 Running Back Isaiah Spiller

first_imgRising 2019 running back prospect Isaiah Spiller reported a scholarship offer from Oklahoma State on Thursday night.Spiller is a 6-foot, 185-pound prospect from Spring, Texas, who has picked up 11 scholarship offers this spring from the likes of Texas A&M, OU, TCU, Baylor, Oregon and others.AdChoices广告As a sophomore last season, Spiller recorded 545 yards on just 66 attempts and housed eight for touchdowns for Klein Collins.Spiller is the son of former Texas A&M tight end Fred Spiller, which likely explains why the Aggies are the crystal ball favorites to land him at this point.OSU also has 2019 running back offers out to Noah Cain, Deondrick Glass and Deion Hankins. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Embracing ‘That Dog’ Mentality Heading in 2017

first_imgTexas41.1%58.9% Besides the fact that South Alabama has a better chance at winning than Kansas, there are a few jokes on that list. Texas is favored at a 58.9 percent clip. Bedlam, which should be the most competitive it has been in years, is at 76-24. And the odds of Texas Tech beating OSU are better than those that Baylor has.The Cowboys are still favored in most of their contests, so by this metric, they should win nine games. But in the scope of expectation, that’s not enough — but again, that’s OK.“We want to be the guy that no one thinks about and then sneak up on you and steal a win,” Washington said.The most likely “steal” would be in Austin against Tom Herman’s Texas squad, the one that lost to Kansas last year. The Longhorns were picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 Preseason Poll behind Kansas State. They haven’t beaten OSU on their home turf in eight seasons and four tries. Since then, in 2008, UT has gone through four losing seasons and haven’t reached 10 wins once.When Herman got the job, he brought the team in for a meeting and took a poll.“Raise your hand if you’ve been on a winning Texas football team,” Herman said at media days.“Three people raised their hand,” he said.Maybe I’ll be retracting this story in a few months when coach Mike Gundy and his team get thumped out of the sky in Austin or Pittsburgh or Lubbock or … Ames. But for now, Washington said he thinks the Cowboys like the feeling of being counted out when they know they’re in.“Gundy always says, ‘You want to be that dog with its back up against the wall,” Washington said. “‘And when it’s time to come out swinging, it’s time to go.’” Baylor67.2%32.8% Tulsa84.6%15.4% Iowa State74.8%25.2% Kansas94.5%5.5% Texas Tech65.8%34.2% Oklahoma23.9%76.1% OpponentOSU OddsOpponent Oddscenter_img TCU49.2%50.8% Pittsburgh59.1%40.9% South Alabama93.4%6.6% Kansas State64.2%35.8% West Virginia60.5%39.5% Oklahoma State, to most of us, might be a sexy pick to win the Big 12 or even make the College Football Playoff or even win the National Championship, but on the macro scale, the Cowboys are still fighting uphill.The Cowboys are favored by less than 70 percent in eight of their games and are underdogs in three, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. So while the best group of receivers in the nation might be on the field in Stillwater, a lot of people aren’t buying in.“That’s kinda where we want to be,” James Washington said at Big 12 Media Days.With a quick glance at what the FPI is projecting there are a few things jump off the page. For starters, TCU is somehow favored to win in Stillwater, something that hasn’t happened since before the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more