7 9 5 JockeyMts $400,720 5 1 Jockey Standings (Current Through Saturday, February 1, 2020 Inclusive) 3 73% 2nd 15 $455,627 Tiago Pereira55 19% 57% 23 $358,459 Michael W. McCarthy23 2nd 50% $283,481 Jeff Bonde14 Mike Smith30 11 Drayden Van Dyke71 29% 4 35% Flavien Prat78 6 8 Richard Baltas60 2 $253,081 2 18% 15 TrainerSts 2 5 Win% John W. Sadler40 4 Mark Glatt37 4 25% Jorge Velez80 12 5 $693,654 39% 5 Money Won $461,807 33% 4 Umberto Rispoli62 7 4 $576,072 16% 5 $493,318 Mario Gutierrez51 7 6 47% 4 14% 13% 25% 45% $506,528 20% 7 18 Edwin Maldonado39 4 6 Peter Miller38 14% 14% $199,605 15 15 $961,010 15% 3 11 4 $411,097 POINDEXTER BREEDS THREE STRAIGHT WINNERS ON SATURDAYIn a true racing rarity, breeder Allen Poindexter bred the winners of the first three races on Saturday at Santa Anita, beginning with Iowa-bred Posit in the first race, a 5 ½ furlong turf allowance. A 4-year-old filly by Cairo Prince, out of Chanel Number Mine, by Value Plus, Posit, who is owned by Reddam Racing, LLC, trained by Simon Callaghan and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, paid $32.20.In race two, a maiden special weight for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, Kentucky-bred Clivetty reported home on top under Joel Rosario. A filly by Into Mischief, out of Rosemonde, by Indian Charlie, Clivetty, a first time starter, was purchased for $900,000 by OXO Equine, LLC at a 2-year-old in training sale in Ocala, Fla. Trained by Don Chatlos, Jr., she was off at 5-1 and paid $13.80 to win.Poindexter’s amazing natural hat trick was culminated when his second Iowa-bred, Auberge, reported home on top as the 3-5 favorite in race three, a first condition allowance for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. Trained by Bob Baffert (who thereby collected his 2,999th North American win), this 3-year-old filly by Palace City, out of Prenuptial Vow, by Broken Vow, sold for $570,000 at the Fasig Tipton Mid-Atlantic May 2-year-olds in Training Sale. Owned by Speedway Stable, LLC, Auberge, who was most recently second in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes Jan. 5, won by 2 ¼ lengths with Drayden Van Dyke up and paid $3.20 to win.MIDCOURT CARRIES KOBE’S COLORS INTO THE RUNHAPPY WINNER’S CIRCLEBy Mark Whicker, So Cal Newspaper GroupVictor Espinoza rode back toward the finish line, in purple and gold finery. He was returning from a nice Saturday drive. Midcourt, the 4-year-old, lunged to the front in the San Pasqual Stakes and never slowed down, winning by a widening three-and-a-half lengths. The physicality was obvious. But Lee Searing, the steel executive from Rancho Cucamonga, saw the mentality.“We’ve named our horses after basketball and the Lakers for years,” Searing said. Those last few years, the main reason I went to those games was to see Kobe.”Bryant remains inescapable, even here, even six days on. A longshot in the fifth race at Santa Anita was named Majestic Gigi, and, sure enough, she wore No. 2 and was even leading at the top of the stretch. Midcourt was matched up with Roadster, once a Kentucky Derby winter favorite for Bob Baffert. The favorite was Restrainedvengeance, who thought he had Midcourt in his sights but practically needed binoculars at the end.With John Shirreffs training, Midcourt has won five of his past six races. “He’s a goofball,” Searing said, “He just didn’t want to train. If you could stand beside the barn and see the little things John puts him through, it’s amazing. Now he can’t wait to get out there and compete. And we gelded him, which helped. I’ve only had one other horse in the Santa Anita Handicap, so this is exciting. This is the best he’s ever run.”But Searing also thought of Kobe’s Back, who won five times in 26 races for him and brought in more than $1.1 million. In 2016 he won two stakes races at Santa Anita within a month. Searing never met Bryant but he did get a small note, relayed through a friend. “You gave him a good name,” it read.Kobe’s Back also ran in a Breeders Cup sprint at Keeneland, and in 2015 he and Gary Stevens lost by a neck to Wild Dude in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.“If he’d won that one he’d be a stallion in Kentucky,” Searing said. “Now he’s a stallion in Maryland. But a lot of people have been asking me about him this week.”Roadster was a no-factor sixth in the San Pasqual, but Baffert, as usual, had already had his moments. A 3-year-old filly named Auberge won the third race, and, three races later, Kentucky Derby contender Thousand Words brought it home in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes over Royal Act, also owned by Searing, and High Velocity, another Baffert horse.That was Baffert’s 3,000th win as a thoroughbred trainer. He ranks 32nd all time, but he is seventh in win percentage (23 percent) and sixth in finishing win, place or show (53%). “It’s just a number,” Baffert said, when it clearly was not. He later said he was thinking about 3,000 when his horse was beginning to take control on the far turn.“Thousand Words, 3,000 wins, I mean, you can’t make this stuff up,” Baffert said. “And to do it in a race named after one of my all-time favorite owners (Robert B. Lewis) just makes it more special.“I can’t remember the first one. But I do remember a horse named Presidents Summit.”In late 1988 Baffert was still just a quarter-horse cowboy from southern Arizona. “I was struggling,” he said. His friend Bob Baedeker pointed him to Presidents Summit, who won a claiming race.“I’m trying to run down to the winners circle, I’ve got my cowboy hat on,” Baffert said. “I really needed a horse like that.”Presidents Summit would win twice more. Pretty soon Baffert got better talent, and one thing led to another, and another thing led to 15 wins in Triple Crown races, and two Triple Crowns. Thousand Words is now 3-for-3, by margins of a neck, a half-length, and three-fourths of a length. “He won’t blow you away in the middle of the week,” Baffert said. “He’s a hard horse to ride, because he doesn’t always want to work. But he shows up when the race starts.”Flavien Prat did the honors. A few minutes later he rode United to victory in the San Marcos, for 4-year-olds on grass. United shook up Santa Anita in November when he made Bricks and Mortar, the 2019 Horse of the Year, dig as hard as he could to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf by a head.Meanwhile, Searing has a buzzer-beating horse that could be playing well into the fall. But he was already looking ahead. “We have a filly named Lady Mamba, too,” Searing said. “So we’ve got to breed Kobe’s Back to Lady Mamba. I mean, that’s going to happen.”BIG GAME SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA STARTS AT 11:30 A.MCome for the races and stay for the Big Game. That’s the plan this Sunday at Santa Anita, as racegoers will be treated to a seven-race program that gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with free General Admission, drink specials and a free $3,000 Football Contest.With the decision to go with a seven-race card, Santa Anita officials opted to move post time back 30 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in order to accommodate those that intend to stay for the game which is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. PT.Fans are also encouraged to visit Santa Anita’s spacious Infield Area with free General Admission and parking offered each weekend via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place.For additional information regarding Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.BIG GAME SUNDAY ILLICITS THIRD EDITION OF HORSEMEN SELECTIONSFor the third consecutive day, Santa Anita horsemen were eager to weigh as Super Bowl 54 “post time” fast approaches at 3:30 PT:Gary Stute, trainer–“IN MEMORY OF IVAN PUHICH, GOTTA GO WITH THE 49ers.”Mel Stute, California racing legend–“I’LL TAKE THE 49ers.”Billy Kilmer, All Pro quarterback–49ersA.C. Cowlings, 10-years NFL, retired –“I’M GOING WITH THE 49ers, THEY’VE GOT A GREAT DEFENSE.”Ron Flatter, VSiN radio–“I’M SAVING IT FOR RADIO.”Sean McCarthy, trainer–“I’M A BAY AREA GUY. 49ers, BABY.”Richard Baltas, trainer–“I’M PICKING SAN FRANCISCO AND THE UNDER.”Dean Pederson, trainer–“WARRIORS.”Bob Baffert, TAKE 2–“I’M GONNA WITHHOLD JUDGEMENT UNTIL THE 3RD QUARTER.”Brice Blanc, jockey–“I DON’T KNOW WHO’S PLAYING.”Scott Hazelton, TVG–“CHIEFS.”Huey Barnes, asst. starter–“MYSELF, I’M A CALIFORNIA GUY, BUT I THINK IT’S KANSAS CITY.”Bob Baedeker, owner–“49ers.”Patti Sterling, agent–“49ers ALL THE WAY, I LIKE THEIR QUARTERBACK.”Jeff Bonde, trainer–“49ers.”James Corral, ex jockey–“SAN FRANCISCO.”Billy King, wheel man for Henry Moreno–“I’M A CALIFORNIA BOY, NINERS ALL THE WAY.”FINISH LINES: … …Two out of Flavien Prat’s three victories yesterday came in stakes races, with Thousand Words in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis and United the Grade II San Marcos…Thousand Words gave Hall of Famer Bob Baffert his 3,000th career win. Agapito Delgadillo who rode Siberian Tigah in the first race on Jan. 31 is suspended for three racing days Feb. 8, 9 &14, for altering course without sufficient clearance after the start and resulting in a disqualification from second to third…Notable works among a total of 134 with 21 in the training track this morning: Kingly, nominated to the Thunder Road, went 5 furlongs in 1:02.60 for Baffert, Majestic Eagle, also nominated to the Thunder Road, drilled 5 furlongs on the training track in 1:02.60 for Neil Drysdale, Go Big Blue Nation, nominated to Las Virgenes worked 4 furlongs in :48.20 for Michael McCarthy, Improbable’ s first recorded work since the Breeders’ Cup 3 furlongs in :36.80 Baffert, John Sadler’s Gift Box worked 4 furlongs in :49.60 …Santa Anita offers $2 beer and $6 specialty cocktails each Friday at designated locations throughout the track. Specialty cocktails include a Baldwin Buck, Margarita and other selected cocktails. There is also free Club House and General Admission each Friday . . . FIRST POST ON BIG GAME SUNDAY, FEB. 2., IS EARLY AT 11:30 A.M. COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR THE BIG GAME!…LIVE RACING RESUMES ON FRIDAY, WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M. 41% 6 4 7 $472,817 5 $124,721 5 Doug F. O’Neill53 64% 14 33% $156,095 10 1 42% 2 15% 2 6 19 4 $247,080 Brian J. Koriner24 41% 11% CHIEFS OR 49ers? HORSEMEN AREN’T PUNTING 40% 1st 3 3rd 1st 7 J.C. Diaz, Jr.47 6 $205,101 48% MIDCOURT CARRIES KOBE’S COLORS INTO THE RUNHAPPY WINNER’S CIRCLE 14% 16% ITM% Bob Baffert41 18% $373,091 10 25% 35% 36% Win% 7 Agapito Delgadillo33 4 7 10 Abel Cedillo129 Joel Rosario92 10 5 9% 6 58% 29% 32% 2 1 5 5 50% ITM% 1 36% 5 Geovanni Franco44 Craig Anthony Lewis22 10 4 $122,021 17 48% LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 2nd, 2020Quick Questions With Assistant Starter Huey BarnesWORKOUTS:Tiny Tina ( D’Amato) 2-2-20Improbable (Baffert) 2-2-20Majestic Eagle (Outside) and Last Opportunity (Drysdale) 2-2-20Kingly (Baffert) 2-2-20Frontier Market (Outside) and Sea of Liberty (Sadler) 2-1-20Ohio (McCarthy) 2-1-20St. Joe Bay (Sadler) 2-1-20 4 9 $263,182 8 10% 1 3 22% 39% 18% 2 13 22 Philip D’Amato50 14% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Money Won 45% 3rd 29% 8 11% $1,119,832 Hector O. Palma19 20% 4 0 9 6 46% 18 Mike Puype22 $878,421 6 3 50% $527,405 10% COME FOR THE RACES AND STAY FOR BIG GAME SUNDAY AT 11:30 AM 42% $674,482 Ruben Fuentes43 11 $947,412 $177,660 $1,021,634 7 $1,355,354 Richard E. Mandella24 21% 37% 65% 37% Steve Knapp22 Victor Espinoza29 6 44% HAT TRICK FOR BREEDER ALLEN POINDEXTER ON SATURDAY $245,341
The Leganés has exercised this morning behind closed doors (15 minutes open for the press) with the novelty of the presence of three of its four winter signings, all officialized yesterday, the last market day: Bryan Gil (already exercised on Friday), Roger Assalé and Miguel Ángel Guerrero. Ibrahim Amadou, the last reinforcement of the market, is the only one who was not present on the lawn during the session.The first three, those who did train, should be in physical condition to be, if Javier Aguirre wishes, for tomorrow’s meeting, against Real Sociedad (12:00) in Butarque. Taking into account the difficulties that Aguirre has had to make some calls in recent games (there have been seven casualties during the winter market), the logic says that there should be premieres. Guerrero, because of his past as a cucumber, is the one with the most ballots. The cucumber squad is now 25 players. The rest of the campus beyond signings and exits will be available with two exceptions. One of them is Cuellar, who was sanctioned with two games after seeing the double yellow in the Metropolitan and his pique at the exit of the lawn. Soriano will supply him. Lombo, third goalkeeper, will debut in a league list after doing so in the Cup.Nor can Szymanowski, still recovering from his knee injury, the one that occurred in July. Carrillo, who fell off the list against Barcelona, has trained normally and could also be part of the call against the Txuri-Urdin.
fielding let us down Guyana are once again regional Under-19 kingpins. The defending champions defeated Jamaica by four wickets in the final of the WICB Under-19 Championship at Manchester High School yesterday. Set a competitive 246 to win, Guyana achieved their target at 250 for six with four overs remaining. Leading the way for the Guyanese was West Indies Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmeyer with 55. The left-handed opening batsman, who earlier this season represented West Indies Under-19s in the WICB Super50 Tournament, was the main man in two important partnerships at the start of the Guyanese reply and laid the platform for their victory. He first put on a 59-run opening stand with Tevin Imlach (14) before following up with a 29-run partnership with Balchan Baldeo for the second wicket. Hetmeyer was eventually run out with the score on 88. His dismissal gave Jamaica a glimmer of hope as they claimed three fairly quick wickets to have the visitors at 149 for five. However, thanks to knocks of 45 from No. 6 batsman Sherfane Rutherford, and 43 not out from No. 7 Kassem Khan, the victors were able to recover and reach their target. “Several things went wrong, but most off all, the fielding let us down today,” explained Jamaica coach, Robert Samuels. “Catches win matches, and it is as simple as that. We could have been a little bit more aggressive, and scored about 30 more runs. But even so, if you don’t take your chances, it will cost you, and that is what affected us.” Part-time off-spinner Brad Barnes, one for 42 off 10 overs; pacer Miguel Smith, one for 43 off eight; and captain and off-spinner Michael Frew, one for 44 off eight, were Jamaica’s best bowlers. Earlier, Jamaica, after winning the toss and electing to bat, were led to their total by opener and wicketkeeper Jevoy Spence, who slammed 92. He stroked nine fours and two sixes during a 140-ball knock, before his was the sixth and final wicket to fall in the innings with the score on 219. He also shared in three solid partnerships. The best was a sixth-wicket stand of 66 with second topscorer and Manchester High student Brad Barnes, who ended unbeaten on 51. The others were a 61-run fifth-wicket alliance with captain Michael Frew, who made 30, and a 40-run second-wicket partnership of 40 with Leonardo Friginette, 14. Spinner Akenie Adams, two for 33 off nine overs, and fast-bowling all-rounder Kemo Paul, two for 39, also off nine, led the way for the champions. The victory represented Guyana’s sixth in the seven games with their only loss coming against Jamaica in the opening round of the tournament.
During the grace period, warning notices are mailed to car owners. Beginning June 1, citations will be issued. The red light system includes a digital camera and video camera that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on a 12-second loop. The Police Department has access to the streaming video. The system is operated by Redflex Traffic Systems, which receives a portion of the revenue from citations. The city receives about $140 per citation, while the state and county also receive shares. Red light cameras already are in place at Montebello and Paramount boulevards and at Montebello and Beverly boulevards. They were installed in 2003. For more information about the program, call (323)887-1338. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – As of Monday, drivers who run a red light at the Montebello and Paramount boulevards intersection will get a $381 citation in the mail. Enforcement of a new red light camera program began at 6a.m. at the intersection, following a two-month grace period in which violators received warnings, said retired Montebello Police Department Sgt. Craig Powers, who is charge of the program. “The intersection is one of the top three intersections that studies show has the highest rates of accidents,” he said. The other two other intersections, Garfield Avenue at Via Campo Avenue and Washington Boulevard at Greenwood Avenue, also now have red-light cameras, and a monthlong warning notice period began Monday for those locations, police said.
An 11-year-old who banged his face when his mother’s car was in collision with another vehicle has been awarded €25,000.The boy, who is now aged 16, was a rear seat passenger in the crash which happened on June 15th, 2013. Barrister Gareth McGrory told Letterkenny Circuit Court the boy suffered from headaches for weeks after the crash after he banged his nose and forehead.He was rushed to hospital by his grandfather where he was treated for his injuries.He had to stop playing football for a long period of time and always had a fear of driving down narrow roads following the crash.A medical report revealed there was some faint skin discolouration on his forehead and a 1.5cm crescent scar on the bridge of his nose.He had a concussion at the time but is no longer nervous in cars.Judge John Aylmer said he was happy to recommend the offer of €25,000 in compensation which he said was more than adequate.Mr McGrory applied to Judge Aylmer to have €1,000 released from the settlement to buy a computer for the boy which was granted.11 year old who banged face in car crash is awarded €25,000 was last modified: February 6th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashInjuryLetterkenny Circuit Court
Ronaldo has completed a shock £99.2m move to the Italian champions from Madrid and will arrive in Turin on Sunday or Monday.Juve will spend pre-season in the USA where they face Bayern Munich, Benfica, MLS All Stars, and Ronaldo’s beloved Madrid on 5th August. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? possible xi Cristiano Ronaldo’s highly-anticipated Juventus debut will NOT be against Real Madrid, according to reports.The five-time Ballon D’Or winner is not expected to be ready to feature in the pre-season friendly between the two clubs. 2 Ronaldo’s move to Juventus thrilled fans in Italy gameday LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS predicted How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence who plays? Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more But, according to Mundo Deportivo, the match will come too early for the Portuguese superstar, who will only start training five days before it takes place.It is understood his debut will instead come on 19th August – the opening day of the next season’s Serie A. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? ALTERED Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Ronaldo will not feature in the friendly against Madrid NEW ERA highlights How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY: The city’s Day of the Dead festival featuring altars, music by Quetzal and La Internacional Sonora Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sherman Way between Canoga and Jordan avenues, Canoga Park. Free. Call (818) 346-4892 or see www.mainstreetcanogapark.org. Tune Fest Music Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tarzana Community & Cultural Center, Ventura Boulevard and Vanalden Street. Admission $10. Call (818) 705-1286. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, PO Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WALNUT – The moments following the Southern Section Div. I girls’ cross-country finals on Saturday were filled with uncertainty for Highland High’s Caitlin Fitzgerald and coach John Johnston. Fitzgerald finished 10th with a time of 18 minutes, 24 seconds on the 2.91-mile Mt. San Antonio College course, but wouldn’t know if she qualified for this Saturday’s state meet until the official results were published. The top five runners not on an advancing team earn an individual berth at Woodward Park in Fresno, granted they finish in the top 20. Fitzgerald has had close misses before. She missed advancing to last year’s section final by one spot. But this time, she earned the final individual state-meet berth. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Fitzgerald wasn’t the only Highland runner at Mt. SAC on Saturday, although she was the only one racing. Four members of the Bulldogs boys’ team painted their chests in Highland’s scarlet and yellow and spelled out “F-I-T-Z.” Other Highland runners painted shirts to cheer on Fitzgerald. “Guess we’re going to need some more paint,” one runner remarked when they found out Fitzgerald would run at the state meet. Three-time Golden League champion Brienna Morris, fifth at the state meet as a freshman, failed to advance to that race for the second consecutive year. The Quartz Hill junior finished 15th in the section final with a time of 18:49. Gradual improvement: Andrea Gutierrez was blunt about the state of the 2002 Paraclete cross-country team. “We (stunk), but then we got Ken (Lemus),” she said. “We’ve gotten a little bit better each year.” Lemus coached the Spirits to the Southern Section finals in 2003 and the state meet the next year. They’ll run at state again on Saturday after finishing third in last Saturday’s Southern Section Div. IV final. The Spirits are confident they can improve on last year’s sixth-place finish at Woodward Park. They entered the 2004 race unranked, but are No. 6 in Div. IV statewide this year. The Southern Section final was the last race at Mt. SAC for Gutierrez, the only senior in Paraclete’s top seven. She was only slightly sentimental when she realized that fact. Relief seemed to be the overwhelming emotion in her voice. Not only is Mt. SAC, which hosts an annual invitational and all section postseason meets, a very demanding course, but the Spirits had to leave campus at 5 a.m. Saturday to arrive on time. Young leader: Last year, Alexis Velasquez’s Paraclete teammates helped pull her through the Southern Section final. This year, she set the pace. Velasquez finished 12th with a time of 19:30 on the 2.91-mile course. The sophomore was eight seconds ahead of freshman Haley Kennedy; Alpha League champion Kaitlin Huerta finished in 19:42. “I think all the invitationals we run helped teach me to pace myself,’ Velasquez said. She also led the team with a second-place finish in its race at the Mt. SAC Invitational in October. Loosen up: The Paraclete boys’ team will also run at Woodward Park on Saturday. It entered the Southern Section Div. IV final as the fourth-ranked team, but finished seventh. The Spirits were only 12 points away from not advancing to state. “(Our finish) was OK, but it’s not what we wanted,” Lemus said. “You could see them get tense. You could see it in their shoulders. I tell them in practice to relax. You’re running with your best friends, what do you have to worry about? Forget about the other teams.” Sophomore Edwin Flores, the Alpha League individual champion, led Paraclete with a 10th-place finish in 16:28. So close: Rosamond’s Melissa Olmos missed advancing to the state meet by one second. She finished 14th in the Southern Section Div. IV final with a time of 19:32. La Salle of Pasadena’s Margaret Sitker finished 13th in 19:31 to grab the fifth and final spot. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Khanyi MagubaneFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialThe elections have come and gone, and we now call Jacob Zuma Mr President.I am now, officially, living under the leadership of a man who came under intense pressure from a public trial and a test of character at the hand of South African media and civil society, most recently through a new communication medium – blogs.I find myself obsessively following the blogs of online news publications, so as to tap into the mindset of South Africans.The blog’s discussions are fascinating, not least because of the way users, with their identities hidden, unleash torrents of abuse against each other. With racial slurs and put-downs, users try to out-do each other with their profound insights into politics and the functions of government.Some comments are witty and quite clever, but for the most part I have found the general sentiment coming out of blogs is a desperate need for healing.The blogs have an uncanny way of revealing unresolved resentment that many still harbour after 15 years of democracy. And this resentment isn’t going away by itself.As toxic as they may be, these blogs may be just what we need. They allow many South Africans to get their negativity out of their systems and into the open, hopefully making space for something geared towards a positive outlook on this country.South Africans are forgetting that we actually have a stable country right now, in the midst of a global recession. And now we have a new president, whether we like him or not, let’s just get on with it – let’s resolve the serious issues we have as a people.Recently, the Gauteng provincial government narrowly managed to avert what would have been South Africa’s biggest industrial action to date, with about 54 000 municipal workers having planned a solidarity strike in support of bus drivers, who had been striking for six weeks.The doctors and nurse’s strike, which still needs to be resolved, involves similarly routine issues: increased wages and better working conditions.These are things we all expect from our jobs. And they are entrenched in Section 10 of the constitutional Bill of Rights: “Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected.”This new strike season can’t come as a shock to the new government. South Africans voted to improve their lives and, when this doesn’t happen, they take to the streets to protest. The sooner we get on with the business of running the country, the better chance we have of showing the world what we are capable of – performing miracles where none are expected.At this time, when sceptics are predicting that the country will fall apart, South Africans must work to prove them wrong.The time to tear each other up is certainly not now, nor do I ever foresee a time that will be right for destructive engagement, which doesn’t further the collective cause of each and every South African.As South Africans we want to be safe in our homes, on the streets and in our cars. We want job security, an efficient health system, and a quality education for our children. We want a place we can call home, that’s not leaking when it rains, and that’s not a furnace when it’s hot and a mortuary when it’s cold.The government is under pressure to deliver on its promises. But we can play a part by not only maintaining that pressure, but also by simply getting on with the work that needs to be done.Khanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for MediaClubSouth Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.
MediaClubSouthAfrica 12 July 2010 As Spain lifted the 2010 Fifa World Cup on the chilly evening of 11 July, South Africans across the country were filled with a sense of pride in a spectacle well hosted. While Soweto’s Soccer City stadium, where Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0, was packed to capacity, thousands of other fans flocked to public viewing areas elsewhere in Johannesburg to witness history being made in their own backyard. Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. Celebrations after the match at Innes Free Fifa Fan Fest in Sandton, where I watched the match, had a rich South African flavour, with music, dance and much vuvuzela-trumpeting. With such a distinct local vibe, you could be forgiven for thinking that Bafana Bafana had beaten the Netherlands in that final. “The World Cup has been a great success,” said Sifiso Mazibuko from Soweto. “People who expected it to go badly have been proven wrong. Even though Bafana lost in the first round, we proved … that we can host a world-class event. “There are many events, like the Olympics, that South Africa can now host,” he added. The final match buzz could be felt in the country from the time Germany lost to Spain in the semifinals, days before the 11 July finale. A colourful carnival kicked off on the streets of Soweto on 9 July, with about 500 entertainers showing off their skills along a 5km stretch from Maponya Mall to Kliptown Square. These festivities helped set the mood for a thrilling countdown to the final match and closing ceremony. Vincent Nkosi gathered with his family in Pimville, Soweto, to witness the impressive display on the streets. He later commented that the carnival’s success reflected how well World Cup-related events were managed. “It is part of a package that shows that everything has been well organised. Organisation of the World Cup was really up to scratch,” he said.African hospitality Nkosi also spoke about the tourism boom in the township during the tournament: “I’ve been seeing many tourists everyday here in Soweto. It was nice hype.” The noted decrease in crime and hospitality shown to World Cup visitors swelled Nkosi’s pride in Africa’s first World Cup. “It’s been a success and enjoyable, especially the safety and accommodating our visitors … We’ve shown good courtesy to our visitors.” To minimise crime during the tournament, government deployed 31 000 local police officers and called on international security agencies, including Interpol, for back-up. Christian Jutte, from Denmark, is one of the visitors who felt safe and welcome here, although he is no stranger to the country, as his wife is originally from Soweto. Speaking from Kliptown Square during the carnival, he said: “feels like home in South Africa … I feel safe. “I now hope that investors will come and see that anything is possible in South Africa,” he added.‘Putting the country first’ President Jacob Zuma announced on 10 July that government will soon launch a programme to thank South Africans for their impressive World Cup spirit. “South Africans are the stars and champions of this tournament,” Zuma said in a statement. “We extend a special thank you to South Africans for the passion and excitement that has kept the tournament alive for the past weeks. We thank you for putting the country first,” he added. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.