Guard Ben Garland adds depth to 49ers line

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Guard Ben Garland signed Tuesday with the 49ers, and while he is familiar with coach Kyle Shanahan’s system from their 2016 season together in Atlanta, the 49ers needed depth at that spot entering this week’s draft.Garland appeared in 46 games and started seven during his Falcons tenure the past three seasons. He originally signed with the Denver Broncos in 2010 out of the Air Force Academy and, after his two years of military commitment, he spent two seasons on the Broncos …last_img read more

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Here’s to you, South Africa

first_imgBy Anne Taylor25 April 2014Brand South Africa has launched a new campaign in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy. Remembering where we come from is important if we are to celebrate where we are. And the ads – which will flight across TVs, radios, laptops and mobiles this weekend, achieve just that.With the headline, “Here’s to you, South Africa”, the ads are a toast to South Africa’s achievements. “Here’s to 20 years of inspiring achievements and many more to come.”“We have overcome so much and come so far, it is time to celebrate the miracle of South Africa. We can be proud to be South Africans. We are confident in the future we are building, and are constantly amazed at what we have achieved.” – Wendy Tlou, Brand South Africa’s director of strategic marketingThe campaign aims to generate pride and love – and what else could you feel when you see two students, sitting on a bench, marked “Europeans Only”? Europeans? Seriously?! On a bench in a public place? I’m especially grateful that it is not something my children would  recognise. When I tell them that there was once a time when white South Africans referred to themselves as “Europeans”, we all shake our heads at the madness of it all. When I tell them that once, there were different benches for people with different skin colours, they don’t even believe me. Thank God for that. Thank God we live in a different country – one that is nothing like it was two decades ago.The past is truly a different country. And who would want to live there anyway?Read more about the campaign’s launch on SouthAfrica.info: Advert celebrates 20 years ‘with pride, wonder’last_img read more

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New country souvenir, Cuba, with Geocache of the Week: Virtual Reward – Fusterlandia

first_imgCheck out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNew country souvenir, United Arab Emirates, with Geocache of the Week: Burj Khalifa a Virtual RewardNovember 20, 2019In “Community”New country souvenir, Montenegro, with Geocache of the Week: Ledena pecina / Ice cave!February 20, 2019In “Community”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week” We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here. Difficulty: 2 Terrain: 1.5 Image by Ramsey63. Inspired by artists such as Gaudi, this massive public art is ‘naïve,’ meaning that it uses easily recognizable childlike shapes in bright, evocative colors. Our geocache of the week is located in Havana, the heart of Cuba—in fact, it’s placed right in someone’s backyard! Virtual Reward – Fusterlandia celebrates the life and work of José Rodríguez Fuster, a cherished Cuban artist and the creator of a sprawling and fantastic work of public art—Fusterlandia! Location: Cuba N 23° 05.367′ W 082° 28.983′ Image by beemerdon. Image by Footnotes coach.  Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Today, we release a new country/regional souvenir for Republic of Cuba! If you have found a geocache in Cuba, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. The first Virtual Cache in Cuba, this was placed in 2018 as part of the Virtual Rewards program, and it’s easy to see why this eccentric and eclectic locale was chosen. This heart is in Havana. Image by cactuslover. If you visit, Fusterlandia is located to the west of the city center, a short taxi or bus ride from downtown. The Virtual Cache encourages finders to locate their favorite piece in the sprawling sculpture garden. What secret gems will you discover hidden in Fuster’s backyard masterpiece?  The Republic of Cuba sparkles at the intersection of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean. It is comprised of the island of Cuba (from which it draws its name), Isla de la Juventud, and several other exquisite archipelagos. From the urban pastels of Havana, to the dramatic mountains and rocky outcrops of the Viñales Valley and more than 300 dazzling beaches, Cuba is a dream destination for the discerning geocacher. Fusterlandia began in Fuster’s backyard in 1975, but didn’t stop there. His extraordinary creation soon spilled out of his artist’s studio into the yards of his neighbors, sparking a revitalization and reimagination of the neighborhood of Jaimanitas. Virtual GC7B7RA by Winterwolfe Image by suijayne.last_img read more

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Spot-fixing: ICC quizzes Neetu Chandra

first_imgProbing the spot-fixing scandal involving Pakistani cricketers, the investigators of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit has reportedly quizzed Indian actor Neetu Chandra. Sources said the questioning happened after Neetu’s name came up while scanning the phone records of spot-fixing accused cricketer Mohammad Asif. Scrutiny of Asif’s phone records was done after his former girlfriend and Pakistani actress Veena Malik had alleged that Neetu was the link between Asif and an Indian bookie. Veena has accused UK-based freelance photographer Dheeraj Dixit of being the Indian bookie who allegedly used to phone Asif leading the hushed conversations. Both Dixit and Neetu have denied the allegations. However, probes by both the ICC sleuths and the UK’s Scotland Yard are still on into the fixing allegations and no one has been given a clean chit by the investigators.last_img read more

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Video: LSU Fan Creates Video That Shows Huge Difference Between LSU, Texas A&M’s Defenses

first_imgLSU players doing a blocking drill at practice.LSU Texas A&M DrillJohn Chavis was LSU’s defense coordinator from 2009-14. Now, he’s at Texas A&M. The 58-year-old coach, unsurprisingly, has brought one of the defensive drills he used with the Tigers to College Station, Texas. In the drill, called the “Gauntlet,” a player has to make his way through several opponents before knocking down a tackling dummy. An LSU fan has created a video that shows a pretty big difference in physicality between the Tigers and the Aggies. So Chavis tried to bring the Gauntlet drill with him to A&M… And it didn’t really have the same effect pic.twitter.com/ZjboBMzbN7— The LSU Logo (@LSU_Logo) August 20, 2015It doesn’t even look like you’re watching the same drill. Now, it’s important to consider that one clip is not an entire representation of a team’s defense, but Texas A&M probably does have a long way to go before reaching the status LSU’s defense did under Chavis. [SDS]last_img read more

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Protesters vow to fight Quebec governments religious symbols ban

first_imgMONTREAL — Teachers and community members linked hands outside a Montreal high school this morning as about 150 people formed a human chain to protest the Quebec government’s secularism bill.Many in the crowd donned kippas or hijabs in solidarity with those who could be locked out of the public service under the Coalition Avenir Quebec government’s legislation to ban the wearing of religious symbols by state employees in positions of authority.English teacher Farhana Begum says some of her students wear religious symbols, and she doesn’t want them to be told they can’t become a teacher, judge or police officer.She says it’s ridiculous to think that teachers who display their religion are less able to do their jobs or would try to convert their students to their beliefs.The Quebec government argues the bill is reasonable and aligns with the values of Quebecers, but opponents have denounced it as discriminatory.They say it unfairly targets religious minorities and especially Muslim women, since teachers who wear the hijab are among those who stand to be affected if the bill becomes law.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Seth Bearjar aims for a collegiate championship sweep with Ohio State pistol

OSU junior Seth Bearjar lines up a shot at the team’s shooting range in Converse Hall. Credit: Courtesy of OSUSeth Bearjar was 10 years old when he fired a BB gun that his father had given him for the first time. At that moment, he had no idea that it would spark what would one day become his passion. Jump ahead a decade, and Bearjar has now won multiple national titles with the Ohio State pistol team. The Buckeyes have been crowned champions at the Pistol Intercollegiate National Championships for the third straight year, giving them eight titles in program history. Bearjar, a junior, has been a member of the team throughout the current streak.  “I’m sure it is the same with all teams that have won more than one (championship). At a certain point it becomes expected to win,” Bearjar said. “However, it is still one of the most exciting feelings you will get.”Bearjar began shooting competitively with the pistol and rifle team at Patuxent High School in Lusby, Maryland, about an hour south of the United States Naval Academy. It was here that he picked up rifle, following in the footsteps of his older brother who also shot rifle for the team. He picked up pistol shooting his freshman year, as well, which he discovered he was much better at. Navy’s coach had wanted Bearjar to come shoot for them, but in his junior season, he decided that a military academy was not for him. Bearjar then began pursuing other options, and amid that search, he found OSU.“When I came and visited, I liked Ohio State,” Bearjar said. “I knew that the only way for me to continue shooting every day would be to be on a team, and Ohio State was the most supportive of having a team.” When he joined the team after arriving in Columbus, Bearjar said he experienced a bit of a transitional period moving from high school to college. “Coming here, there are some of the best shooters in the country,” Bearjar said. “I didn’t quite know how to respond. It was pretty intimidating at first.” Despite any expectations of first-year turbulence, Bearjar excelled during competition. The team won the national championship, and he earned second-team All-American honors in both free and air pistol.It was an important season for the team, as the seniors in their previous season were expected to win but fell short. In their final chance at a title, they did not disappoint. “When we won, it was crazy,” Bearjar said. “It was really exciting. It felt really good to know that I was part of the team that helped the seniors recover after their previous year.”Bearjar has now been on the team for three years, amassing a new championship at the end of each year. In that time, he has improved both as a shooter and a competitor. In his sophomore season, Bearjar earned first-team All-American honors in free pistol and was a second-team All-American in air pistol. This past season, he achieved honor roll mentions for air and free pistol. “He has become stronger physically,” said OSU coach Donna Knisley. “He has become very strong mentally, as well. He is probably one of my top mental shooters.”Looking forward to the coming season, Bearjar and his team have their sights aimed at another national title.“We really want to make it a fourth,” Bearjar said. “I think next year, as long as we win, and I think we have a really good chance, it will be one of the biggest celebrations. It will really be an achievement to win four years in a row.”Even after shooting competitively for over eight years now, Bearjar said there is definitely still room for improvement.“My personal goal is to make finals for all the events I shoot, but hopefully top three for air pistol,” he said. “It would be a nice way to end my shooting career.” read more

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Womens Big Ten Tournament title up for grabs

The Ohio State women’s basketball team, the two-time defending Big Ten Tournament champion, is the No. 5 seed in this year’s conference tournament. No. 1-seed Michigan State, which earned the top spot for the first time in program history, has three losses in conference play.Two of those losses came against the Buckeyes.In other words, the 2011 Big Ten Tournament is up for grabs.First-round games are set to begin on Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. When the tournament kicks off, the field will feature six Big Ten programs that had schedules among the top-50 strongest in the country, according to NCAA.org.After Purdue’s 90-67 loss to OSU on Feb. 10 at Nationwide Arena, Boilermaker coach Sharon Versyp said even more teams could be selected for the NCAA Tournament.“I think there’s at least seven teams that should go to the NCAA,” Versyp said. “It’s a very tough conference. Any given day, anything can happen.”With its 80-47 win against Wisconsin on Sunday, OSU (19-9, 10-6 Big Ten) earned a first-round bye and a date with No. 4-seed Iowa (22-7, 10-6 Big Ten).After the game, OSU coach Jim Foster said that despite OSU’s occasional struggles during the regular season, including two three-game losing streaks, it was always capable of finishing the season strongly.“When everybody was in a panic, I thought we were still redeemable,” Foster said. “I’ve seen teams figure it out at different stages of the season.”Should Foster’s Buckeyes beat Iowa to advance to the semifinals, they could face Michigan State (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten). OSU managed to sweep the season series against the Spartans with a 67-53 victory on Jan. 16 at home and a 54-53 win Thursday in East Lansing, Mich.After Sunday’s win, senior center Jantel Lavender said it does not matter whom the Buckeyes play.“We’re starting to show who we are,” she said. “We have a really strong team. We don’t want (the season) to be over.”Besides strong performances against the Spartans, the Buckeyes beat three of four squads seeded above them in the conference tournament. Foster said he is comfortable with his team ahead of what he hopes will be a “months”-long postseason.“I think we’re in a very good place and we understand how we got here, which is more important,” Foster said. “We had to earn it.”The subject of parity in this year’s Big Ten Tournament was discussed during the postgame press conference on Sunday.Foster smiled and said, “It’s certainly going to be more interesting than it looked a few weeks ago.” read more

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Belotti has no interest in signing for a big club

first_imgFormer Manchester United target Andrea Belotti has no interest in leaving Torino for a bigger club if that means that he will have to sit on the benchThe Italy international was strongly linked with a departure from Torino last season after a strong season, which had seen the 24 year-old score an impressive 26 league goals in the Serie A.Bids of around €100m were said to be in line for Torino, with the likes of Manchester United and AC Milan having expressed an interest in signing the forward.But after a difficult season, this time around, Belotti’s market value is believed to have halved. But the Italian is adamant that he will only leave Torino if first-team football can be guaranteed.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“People tell me I should go to a big club who play for trophies, but I evaluate what’s right for me 360,” he told Domenica Sportiva, via Football Italia.“I’m not interested in going to a big club if it means me not playing or being a substitute. If I move, it’s because I’ll be a starter.”So far this season, Belotti has only scored six league goals compared to his 22 goals at this stage last season.last_img read more

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Bernardo Silva wants Man City to become serial winners

first_imgManchester City will be striving to make history at Wembley on Sunday as they try to retain a trophy for the first time against Chelsea.Bernardo Silva feels City need to start becoming serial winners by defending their titles starting with the Carabao Cup on Sunday.A win for the Citizens will secure their sixth triumph in the competition and means only Liverpool, with eight, have won it more times.And Bernardo confirmed that keeping a grip on the cup would be a big boost.“Not only winning it once but keep winning and winning. We know we have the squad to do that but our opponents are very strong and it won’t be an easy job. We will do our best to try.”The Portuguese midfielder dismissed their recent 6-0 whitewash over Chelsea, suggesting the result is irrelevant.“To be honest we should forget that match because it won’t happen again. We are not expecting the same result,” he said via Manchester News.“We are playing against one of the best sides in the world even though lately their results are not the best for them.”WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.City did a number on Chelsea in that league meeting, after losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in December, by closing down main supply route Jorginho.And Bernardo warned it will take the same application and energy to win at Wembley.Here is Bernardo Silva…And Raheem Sterling rattles it home…and once more City are in front 😍😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/383P7tf5pt— Nyame Ba (@JeffBazza10) February 15, 2019“Against this kind of players you can never relax and if you give them time to think, time to play, and time to decide they will destroy you,” he said.“So yes we have to play with the same intensity and try to win another trophy.”Guardiola’s men head into the tie in a confident mood after beating Schalke 3-2 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.last_img read more

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