Raiders’ Kolton Miller feels ready for key matchup vs. Broncos

first_imgOAKLAND — It’s not hard to believe Kolton Miller when he says he’s feeling better these days.He’s more comfortable in his second year as a left tackle in Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s system and is no longer bothered by the right knee and elbow injures that affected most of his rookie NFL season.Miller knows, though, that the guy he’ll likely be lining up against Monday night at the Coliseum — Denver Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb — will also be better in year two as a pro.“He’s got more …last_img read more

Warriors’ Draymond Green cut down to size (6-foot-5) under new NBA procedures

first_imgIn the long history of big-time competitive sports, program heights and weights have always been relative. In a previous century, Bill Walton insisted his program height be 6-foot-11, because “7 feet is where being a freak starts.”San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh gave orders to list offensive tackle Bubba Paris at 299 pounds even though it seemed clear that Paris tipped the scales north of 300. (Quick aside: Walsh ultimately replaced Paris with Steve Wallace. When asked why, Walsh said, …last_img read more

Video: ‘White Wedding’ strikes a chord

first_imgRomantic comedy “White Wedding” grossed over R1.1-million on its opening weekend on the South African movie circuit. The film stars Rapulana Seiphemo and Kenneth Nkosi of “Tsotsi” and “Jerusalema” fame. Actor and co-writer Kenneth Nkosi chats about his role in the film and how the storyline came about.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 1 June 2009.last_img

Boxing offers a way out of a life of crime

first_imgThe African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha needs your help to keep youngsters off the streets. (Image: Lead SA)Township life has its harsh realities and those who have experienced them should try to uplift those youngsters who are at risk of being sucked into a life of crime, violence and drugs – Thembani “Terror” Gqeku, a former professional boxer, is that person.Gqeku runs the African Youth Boxing Club in Khayelitsha, which he established in 2011 to get more youngsters off the streets. He was driven to open his boxing club after he saw two youngsters trying to stab each other.Khayelitsha is a partially informal township in Western Cape, located on the Cape Flats in Cape Town. The name is isiXhosa for “new home”. It is reputed to be the largest and fastest-growing township in South Africa.“I was looking out of the window and saw two boys fighting with knives and I thought, ‘No, this is not right. Two people should not be fighting like this,’” Gqeku said.Gqeku is playing his part to develop his community and improve skills of those youngsters with whom he works. In his way, in his area, he is working to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan or Vision 2030.DISCIPLINEAlthough all townships have a reputation for violence and the youngsters need to know how to protect themselves, this is not the only thing they learn at the African Youth Boxing Club. “It teaches the youngsters discipline, style… how to survive in life and how to protect themselves,” said Gqeku.He took up boxing when he was just nine years old. It gave him a reason not to smoke, drink, or hang out with gangsters, as do so many other young boys in the township.Gqeku trains a total of 38 children, mostly boys, and aged seven to 15. Training happens six days a week but the schedule is informal. Children start arriving at 3pm and the class starts once enough children are at the gym.“If I get the boys into boxing, I get them out of crime… The boys who train with me, they think twice before committing crimes.”GYM DREAMSGqeku, who is unemployed and has five children of his own, runs the gym for free. “I’d love to have a kit for them,” he said. “My dream is that they can walk in the street and everyone will see that they are from African Youth Boxing Club.”Another need was for essential boxing equipment such as gum guards, boxing gloves, headgear and funds for the boxers to enter tournaments, he said. “When I think of all the challenges, I could cry but these are my boys and I will do anything for them.”He is not alone in his quest. South African township gyms have a long history of creating national and international boxing champions.Gqeku was named Lead SA’s Hero of the Month in September 2014. You can contact Lead SA if you would like to help African Youth Boxing Club.last_img read more

Show your cache some love

first_img SharePrint RelatedLove is in the air. And locked to a gate. — Love Lock Eeuwige Liefde !?! (GC41QJY) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 12, 2014In “Community”Winner Winner Geocache Dinner! — Wheel of Fortune … Spins (GC282CQ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 25, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Four tips for hiding quality geocachesFebruary 19, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Geocachers show their geocaching love in many ways. For some, it’s as simple as finding and hiding geocaches. Others with trackable stickers and geocaching swag. Some geocachers even show love to each other through geocaching. There have been a lucky few who have used geocaches to propose to their significant other!With Valentine’s Day coming up in many countries, it’s time to think about how to show your love as geocache owner. Start with visiting your cache and follow our simple checklist to make sure geocachers can find and enjoy your cache for years to come!Check if your geocache is there: There are many factors that can affect your geocache, from muggles to animals, make sure your geocache is still hidden in the intended location. Inspect your container: Have the elements been hard on your cache container? If so, consider replacing it.Review your hint: Does it still make sense? Sometimes weather or other forces change the geocache surroundings. Make sure you are still leading people in the right direction!Assess the logbook: Check to see if your logbook is still in good condition and has plenty of space for future geocachers. No one likes a full wet logbook!Check for trackables: If your geocache has trackables, do a quick inventory. Mark trackables as missing if they are listed in the inventory but no longer are in the cache.If there is an issue with your cache that cannot be immediately fixed, please temporarily disable the cache listing, so that people do not search for it, and fix the issue as soon as possible. Although cache maintenance is the cache owner’s responsibility, courteous geocachers often help, which helps increase the quality of the game for all! How do you show your geocaching love? Post your stories in the comments!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Xiaomi launches smartphone dock that checks blood pressure, heart rate

first_imgForget reaching out for those use-at-home devices or the hospital to check your blood pressure and heart rate. Here comes a much handy gadget that can do the job for you, and it is none other than your smartphone!Xiaomi has launched a smartphone dock in partnership with iHealth Labs that will be used to monitor blood pressure and heart rate. The company reportedly invested $25 million in iHealth Labs this week.As reported by a website, the smartphone dock will go on sale exclusively via Xiaomi’s website in China at a price of CNY 199. It can measure both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure along with the heart rate.The dock sports an attached pad that is attached to the person’s arm to take readings using the app on your smartphone. It is easy to use as Xiaomi states, and is ideal for elderly users. The results of the blood pressure and heart rate can be shared with others via the companion app.iHealth Labs has launched similar blood pressure dock for the iPhone which was much expensive than Xiaomi’s dock with a price tag of $79.95. Xiaomi’s debut in health-related gadgets was in July when it launched Mi Band alongside the Mi4 smartphone.last_img read more