October 1, 2011 Regular News Eighth Circuit needs a judge Eighth Circuit needs a judge The Eighth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting application to fill a circuit vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert P. Cates.Applicants must have been a member of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters and reside on the Eighth Circuit.Application packages are available on the Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org.The original application and none copies must be received by Paul A. Donnelly, JNC Chair, Donnelly & Gross, P.A., 2421 NW 41 st S treet, Suite A-1, Gainesville 32606 no later than 5 p.m., October 27. Applications post-marked prior to October 27, but received after this date, will not be accepted.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin shake hands following an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Tampa Bay won 27-24.(AP Photo/Don Wright/File)CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) _ Ten months ago, fans swarmed around Lovie Smith after his team’s open practice, eager to get an autograph from the former NFL coach who had just been hired to turn around the moribund football program at Illinois.Over the weekend was a much calmer scene with about 150 fans at Saturday’s practice and a line of about 40 waiting for his signature.After athletic director Josh Whitman fired Bill Cubit and then hired Smith on March 7, there has been the realization that it will take time to fix things. The 3-9 season spelled that out, too, but players say it is happening.“(The culture change is) on the rise, for sure. It’s definitely changed since the last coaching staff left,” senior running back Kendrick Foster said. “We’re definitely meaner and tougher, our mentality to compete is more fierce, I can say that. It’s a work in progress and you have to trust the process.”A year ago, Smith had little time to assemble a staff and moved spring practice to April. He didn’t even know his players’ names. He knows them now _ and they know him.“We’re not scrambling to get in and get things installed with the players and trying to get everything done,” defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson said. “We’ve had a little more time to meet with the players, get things installed so we have a better understanding of what we want to do on the field.”Many of the players here a year ago were either recruited by Cubit or former coach Tim Beckman, who was fired amid allegations of player mistreatment. Cubit didn’t last long, either, and the hope was that Smith would at least bring some stability.“We’re trying for a huge change in culture. We didn’t have a great culture in the past,” junior offensive lineman Nick Allegretti said. “All we’re trying to do is change the culture, make it tougher, stronger program in general that can make it through a Big Ten season.”The key is accountability, coaches and players agreed, and the staff has built a personal relationship with each player based on honesty. Players say they see Smith as a player’s coach: When they need something from him, he is there to help. When they are not doing well, he will let them know.“It’s been about looking yourself in the mirror,” senior wide receiver Malik Turner said. “If everyone’s doing that, then we’re moving in the right direction, because it starts with us.”Smith already had success in his first recruiting class despite questions whether he could land talent after spending nearly 20 years in the NFL. But his first class was ranked No. 34 by Scout.com and No. 45 by 247sports.com, and recruits have raved about Smith, who knows that he’s set to start building a Big Ten power for years to come.“We hopefully set a foundation that will help us win championships one day, that’s been the plan all along,” Smith said.Coaches like offensive coordinator Garrick McGee don’t think Smith has changed at all, though he has had to change the things he does compared to what he did while leading the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.He’s become accustomed to visiting families around the nation, making his pitch for why parents should send their sons to Illinois. Twitter has become a norm for the 58-year-old coach, tweeting at celebrities like Chance the Rapper, trying to get everyone involved in the Illini rebuild.He’s become a regular at men’s basketball games, sitting behind the basket and watching his favorite sport.It’s been part of a change that coaches and players know isn’t close to being done. It will take a few years to assess Smith’s progress, assuming he remains in place, but he and his players know it starts with workouts on those cool February and March days. The players have become accustomed to seeing Smith on the field, but there are still moments where they can’t believe that he is their leader.“Sometimes I do sit back and see how blessed I am to have this coaching staff that believes in me, and just believes in this team and program,” Foster said. “They just continue to surprise me with how much they care about us, that’s what you want from a coaching staff, just caring about the person, not the football player, they care about both, and that’s the amazing thing about this staff.”___More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Glacier Gymnastics club culminated an impressive season on the balance beam by hosting the Kootenay Zone Championships at the Civic Centre facility.Teams from throughout the zone joined the host from the Heritage City in the annual windup competition to the local gymnastic season.The zones were held over two days with competition in boys, girl’s pre-competitive, interclub and high school events.Glacier results included:Level 1 Argo 2002 Alexis Dyck, first on bars, second on floor and beam and first overall; Senna Moroney, first on beam, second overall; Teigan Barnhart, first vault, third overall; and Gwen McCrory second on bars first on floor, third on beam.Level 1 Argo 2001Ohia Wintraub, first on beam and bars, secnd on floor and vault, second overall; Olivia Kelly, third on floor, fourth on beam, third overall; Ashley Caponero, second on floor, fifth overall and Mimi Lockhurst, third on beam, fifth on floor and sixth all overall.Level 1 Tyro (10 & 11yrs old)Sara Tolles, first on vault, floor and beam, second overall and Brenna Barnhart, second on floor, third on vault and bars and third overall.Level 1 Novice & Open combinedKaya Fraser, first on beam, second overall; Maddie Sternloff, second beam, third on floor, fourth overall; Miranda Boisvert, fourth on beam, sixth overall and Katie Poetsch, third on beam and fourth on floor.Level 2 TyroBryn Walsh, first on bars and floor, second overall; Kylee Dyck, second on floor, third on Bars, third overall; Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery, second on beam, fourth on floor, fifth overall and Hailey Lothrop, third on beam and sixth overall.Level 2 NoviceChultim O’Neil was first vault, bars, floor and first overall; and Bronwyn Sutherland, first on beam and third on vault.Level 2 OpenJulie Poetsch took third on floor and bars, fourth overall; Kelly Westrop, second on vault, fourth on floor, fifth overall; and Rebecca Benner, sixth on vault, beam, floor and overall.Level 3 Tyro/Novice combinedJasmine Schacher captured first on beam, second on floor, bars and overall and Ella Kellan, third on floor and fourth overall.Highschool Level 1 Category Trilby Buck, first on vault, floor and first overall.Highschool Level 2 CategoryDanielle Cousins was first on beam, floor and overall; Shaylene Geist, second on bars, beam, third overall; Leanne Kalmikoff, third on floor, bars and overall and Abby Cowan second on floor, third on valult and fourth overall.Boys Level 3 Under 13Quinn Barron dominated with a gold in all six events and overall; Ciun Murphy, second on floor, rings and parallel bars second overall and Oliver McDougall-Eisele, second on vault and horizontal bar and third [email protected]
Ryan Connolly has rejoined Galway United for the 2018 SSE Airtricity League First Division campaign after spending a season with Shamrock Rovers.The midfield playmaker spent three seasons on Corribside, where he played a key role for the club, making 96 appearances, scoring 12 goals in the process.The Mayo man was voted on the First Division Team of the Year in his first season at Eamonn Deacy Park, he was also voted Galway United Player of the Year in 2014 when the Tribesmen won promotion to the Premier Division and he captained the club in 2016.Connolly made 31 appearances for the Hoops last season, scoring one goal against Bluebell United in the FAI Cup.United boss Shane Keegan moved quickly to secure the services of the cultured midfielder, who he believes played his best football in the maroon of Galway United.“It’s a real coup to get Ryan,” Keegan explained to www.galwayunitedfc.ie.“It’s certainly one that is going to catch the eye because of the quality that he gives us.“The biggest compliment I can pay Ryan is how highly our players spoke about him last season. At times, they would point to the qualities Ryan has and that it might’ve been something that we were missing.“I’ve had very productive discussions with him and I hope he can get the most out of Galway United and that we can get the most out of him. He could be outstanding for us next season.“It’s a huge statement to get Ryan signed, there is no doubt that he could’ve remained in the Premier Division and while he did enjoy his time at Shamrock Rovers, I think he missed being back West and he enjoyed playing his football in Galway.”Connolly maintained close contact with members of United’s squad last season and he’s pleased to be returning to Eamonn Deacy Park.“I’ve been speaking to the lads throughout the season about Shane and they said he is brilliant in all aspects of the game and I’m really looking forward to working with him next season. I thought he was very good in the discussions I had with him.“My best years have been with Galway United. It’s where I’ve felt happiest playing football. I had offers from other clubs, but the main thing was coming back to where I felt happiest. I want to go back to enjoying my football. I felt Galway United was the best option for me.“Our aim and mindset will be to win the league. It’s going to be a competitive First Division. Our manager, players and coaching staff have to be geared towards winning the division and nothing less.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
However, many emerging accommodation establishments were ungraded, presenting an urgent challenge in respect of the football tournament. Overall, the survey found that notwithstanding the challenges faced by most tourism SMMEs, emerging enterprises offered an impressive range of tourism goods and services. A word of encouragement came from Dr Nikolaus Eberl, author of The Hero’s Journey, who had some words of advice for emerging tourism entrepreneurs. He said Germany hosted a successful World Cup in 2006 because of that country’s excellent hospitality. 12 November 2008 “Accommodation establishments run by emerging enterprises in the 2010 World Cup host cities are generally modest in size, but contribute … more than 12 000 rooms, which is not insignificant. This complements the capacity of the established hospitality sector and could play an important role during the 2010 World Cup,” she said. The company also focuses on increasing these small enterprises’ business activities by providing greater market access. Delivering the report to scores of tourism businesses at Nasrec, in Soweto on Friday, Daniller said the aim of the survey was to gauge the readiness of tourism SMMEs to participate in the World Cup. Soweto With numerous B&Bs, restaurants, entertainment hotspots, and recognised tourist attractions, like the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Mandela Family Museum, Soweto is expected to be one of the main visitor attractions in 2010. Daniller said the survey found that many enterprises were viable and able to provide services and goods for 2010 and beyond, even though there were challenges to be surmounted. The venue for the opening ceremony, and opening and final matches of the World Cup, Soccer City, is also located on the outskirts of Soweto, an opportunity for tourism businesses to tap into the thousands of international visitors expected to attend matches at the stadium. “Many people had preconceived ideas of Germans. They were regarded as unfriendly and aloof. But when 2006 came, visitors were treated like royalty by the hospitality industry. The fan festivals also provided an excellent opportunity for ordinary Germans to extend their hand of friendship to visitors.” MATCH, the Fifa agency that manages accommodation and other services for 2010, required all establishments on its database to be graded, and the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) would not grade establishments run by informal – read unregistered – enterprises. This is according to Lindsay Daniller of the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP). Daniller was presenting a report entitled “Towards 2010 and beyond”, a result of a survey conducted among 5 000 emerging tourism entrepreneurs in World Cup host cities. The TEP, a public-private partnership between the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and the Business Trust, was established in April 2008. It facilitates the growth and development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the tourism sector. The 2010 Fifa World Cup will present huge opportunities for businesses, especially emerging entrepreneurs, in South Africa’s tourism industry. “This means that all emerging accommodation enterprises that want to benefit from the formal 2010 booking and payments system have to be registered as business entities as well as graded,” said Daniller. Grading Eberl said the 2010 event also provided an opportunity for South Africans to show the world what South Africa – and Africa as a whole – had to offer. Townships like Soweto had the largest number of emerging tourism SMMEs, offering accommodation, arts and crafts, and food and beverages. “This provides a sound foundation for development. There are also gaps and shortages in the overall range of tourism products, providing significant opportunities for emerging SMMEs.” Encouragement “Most emerging tourism SMMEs operate in urban centres and recognised tourism areas,” she said. “A large number of these SMMEs are B&Bs [bed and breakfasts], guest houses and businesses that manufacture and sell crafts. These emerging enterprises offer an impressive range of tourism goods and services.” The survey found that arts and crafts businesses were the least developed SMMEs in business terms. “However, crafters tend to be highly committed entrepreneurs, and add significant value to tourism products.” Source: City of Johannesburg
17 March 2009Three South African lodges are included on the latest National Geographic Adventure magazine list of 50 top eco-lodges. Phinda Private Game Reserve, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve have taken their place among the top environmentally friendly tourism destinations in the world.Of the 50 establishments recognised as the most earth-friendly, 17 are in Africa. Four are in Kenya, with two each in Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania, and one each in Mozambique, Seychelles, Egypt and Morocco.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. National Geographic Adventure says that a decade ago the number of true eco-lodges on the planet could be counted on two hands. But no longer are they solely found deep in the African bush or Central American jungle, as these are not the only eco-systems that need nurturing. Today, ecolodges are found in a diversity of landscapes and locales, ranging from island and savannah to mountain and desert terrain.As far back as 1990 the Ecotourism Society defined eco-tourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people’.And an eco-lodge, according to the Ecotravel Center, a division of the non-profit Conservation International Foundation, can be defined as a nature-dependent tourist lodge that meets the philosophy and principles of ecotourism.Ecolodges, therefore, are those establishments that focus strongly on a greener way of operating, including the support of local communities, the creation of far-reaching conservation initiatives, and a firm emphasis on adventure. Oh, and guests can expect dazzling locations and unsurpassed service and comfort too.A good eco-lodge should engage in responsible practices such as paying respect to local traditions by incorporating cultural elements into the design and decor, disrupting the natural environment as little as possible and using local plant life as much as possible, sourcing food from local farmers, using recycled or recyclable materials in building, and bridging cultural gaps by promoting cultural exchanges.Eco-lodges are becoming increasingly fashionable, not only because many of them genuinely deserve their place among the world’s top destinations, but also because more tourists are listening to their consciences and actively supporting the vital role that eco-lodges play in conservation. These fine citizens of the earth will return home knowing that their holiday contributed to preserving the world’s natural environment.In South Africa, the three establishments that have been singled out by National Geographic Adventure magazine have shown firm commitment to those eco-tourism principles.Tswalu Kalahari ReserveThe Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is the creation of the late Manchester entrepreneur Stephen Boler, who was at one time the largest single shareholder in Manchester City football club. Over a period of four years Boler bought 34 farms in the Kalahari Desert and combined them to form a vast 1 000km² game reserve. Since 1999 Tswalu, the largest private reserve in South Africa, has been owned by the Oppenheimer mining dynasty.Tswalu has won a number of international awards, including several AA Travel Guide accolades and a Conde Nast Traveler 2007 World Savers Award. While it offers a superb safari experience, its primary aim is conservation and socio-economic development in the region. Its architectural designs minimise water and energy usage while extensive use of solar energy and everyday waste recycling substantially reduce the impact on the environment.Tswalu is committed to restoring and preserving the natural environment and ecological processes that are unique to the Kalahari ecosystems, thereby providing a sanctuary for endangered species such as the African wild dog, listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.Some of Tswalu’s projects include a study of the mammals in the reserve and identification of their ecological roles, research into predator-prey relationships of the Kalahari lion in the reserve, a determination of the density of black rhino that can be sustained by vegetation in Tswalu, the development of a Tswalu spider database, and mapping the breeding success of raptors in the reserve.Phinda Private Game ReserveThe acclaimed Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal is a flagship establishment of &Beyond, previously known as Conservation Corporation or CC Africa. Phinda encompasses seven separate eco-systems ranging from woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, to mountain ranges, rivercourses, marshes and pans. The reserve is also home to a contingent of rare black rhino.Many of Phinda’s rangers and guides are drawn from the surrounding communities and are thus able to share a wealth of cultural information with guests. All are deeply committed to their work. The reserve runs a full-time ranger school, where prospective rangers study for eight weeks before joining a team and gaining more knowledge in the field.Phinda has embarked on a number of other important conservation and community projects, among them the establishment of a worm farm and organic garden in a nearby community, which will hopefully produce vegetables for purchase by the lodge, a black rhino range expansion project, the ongoing clearing of an invasive alien plant species known as Triffid Weed, an initiative to re-introduce lion into the reserve, and research into leopards in the area.Bushmans KloofSpectacular Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Western Cape, situated on the northern side of the Cederberg mountains about 270km north of Cape Town, boasts more than 130 rock art sites, some of which have been dated back to 10 000 years ago.The reserve was born in 1991 when the McAdam brothers bought seven farms and combined them to form the 75km² Bushmans Kloof. Initially the land was severely over-grazed and neglected, but the McAdams removed the livestock and let the land restore itself.Today, Bushmans Kloof shelters endangered species such as the Cape mountain zebra, the Cape clawless otter and the Clanwilliam yellow fish. Indigenous trees once more cover the land, which lies within the Cape Floral Kingdom, a proclaimed World Heritage site. The reserve has won much international acclaim, first in 2003 when the US-based magazine Travel and Leisure voted it as one of the world’s top 25 eco-lodges.Bushmans Kloof is a leading participant in the 1 600km² Agter-Pakhuis Conservancy project, which encourages farmers to employ ecotourism principles wherever possible. The reserve has also opened a heritage centre where photographs and artefacts, as well as traditional jewellery, musical instruments, hunting kits and more, pay homage to the culture of the Bushmen.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
15 July 2014 South Africa’s new immigration rules will allow for more efficient issuing of visas and easier sourcing of critical skills from overseas, while reducing the country’s vulnerability to the security threats of the modern world, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said in Cape Town on Tuesday. Gigaba was speaking during his department’s budget vote debate in Parliament, a day after the official opening of the new Johannesburg Visa Facilitation Centre, one of 11 new visa facilitation centres designed to efficiently implement the country’s new immigration rules. The rules, which came into effect in May, include the requirements that visa applications be made by applicants in person – so that biometric data (fingerprints and photographs) can reliably be collected – and that minors travel with their own passports as well as unabridged birth certificates. Immigration practitioners and other representatives of the tourism sector have expressed concern about the potential effect of the new rules on South Africa’s tourism industry.No ‘Afro-phobic’ agenda at play Gigaba rejected these concerns on Tuesday, saying: “Opportunistically, South Africa is being advised to drop or relax visa requirements in a world where they are required of South Africans when travelling abroad and where security has become a matter of global concern. “We reject with contempt any suggestion that these regulations are part of an ‘Afrophobic’ agenda to keep Africans – or any nationality, for that matter – out of South Africa.” Gigaba said South Africa had not terminated any visa waiver agreements it currently enjoyed with other countries, and was keen to forge more such agreements “as we are satisfied that more African countries are conducting civic registration of their nationals”.‘Now easier to attract critical skills’ Further, he said, the new immigration regulations would make it easier for South Africa to attract the critical skills it needed from overseas, as foreign nationals with such skills could now be granted a critical skills visa even without having a job, allowing them to enter the country and seek work for up to 12 months. “For some time now, business stakeholders have been asking for families of workers to be considered as a unit, an international best practice which the new regulations now include,” Gigaba added. “These specific improvements, and our commitment to responsiveness to business needs in general, will make it easier for South Africa to attract the critical skills and investment our economy needs.”New visa facilitation centres Speaking at the opening of the new visa facilitation centre in Johannesburg on Monday, Gigaba said the centre, along with 10 others across the country, would efficiently implement the new immigration rules while making life easier for foreign tourists, business people, workers or students who need extended or altered visas within a short space of time. VFS Global, a specialist service provider for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has been contracted to automate and run the visa application process, including managing the call centre and the 11 facilitation centres spread across South Africa’s nine provinces. Foreigners in South Africa who, for example, need to extend their temporary residence visas for study or work, can now apply online and set up an appointment before visiting the nearest facilitation centre to submit their personal biometrics (fingerprints and photographs). Handling and visa fees will all be paid electronically. “All of this constitutes a radical departure from the existing mode of manual application processes that are responsible for inefficiencies within the permitting environment, creating massive inconveniences to clients,” Gigaba said, adding that results were already starting to show. “Where previously our eight-week turnaround time was frequently missed, already applicants who applied for visas and permits in mid-June are beginning to receive decisions. An indication of the enthusiastic response to the new system is that 4 000 applications were received in June alone.”Standard practice abroad Although VFS Global will be responsible for processing visa applications, the decision to approve or reject applications still lies with the Department of Home Affairs. “We exercise full control over the decision-making processes to ensure that our national interests and security imperatives are served at all times,” Gigaba said. The department has already introduced such centres in a number of its high-volume missions abroad – including its missions in China, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – where it had previously struggled to cut down on long queues and long turn-around times. “While we remain committed to helping the country create a climate conducive for investment and to assist in bringing critical skills to contribute to economic development, it remains critical for us as a country to upgrade security, in the interest of our citizens and foreign nationals in the country, as is the case everywhere else in the world,” Gigaba said. He urged visa applicants “to bear with us, as this system is still new and is bound to confront some technical glitches. This is only natural, and with time it will be addressed and everyone will be happy.” SAinfo reporter
(AP) – Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the secretary of the Navy in connection with the controversy over a SEAL whose case has been championed by President Donald Trump.A Pentagon spokesman says in a statement Sunday that Esper has lost trust and confidence in Navy Secretary Richard Spencer “regarding his lack of candor” over conversations with the White House involving the handling of the SEAL case.Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman says Spencer submitted his resignation at Esper’s request. Esper has also recommended to Trump a replacement.
Former Milan and Azzurri coach Arrigo Sacchi says Roberto Mancini’s Italy side are an example for all of Serie A. “They win, convince and entertain.” Sacchi gave an interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport in which he heaped praise on Mancini’s swashbuckling outfit, who qualified for Euro 2020 with a 100 per cent record. “The Azzurri win, convince and entertain. They left to applause from the Bosnian public on Friday, who admired their quality,” said Sacchi. For decades the legendary coach has been critical of the approach many sides in Serie A take and complaining of the abundance of foriegn players in the league. “Mancini inherited a squad that failed to qualify for the last World Cup and a league that is overflowing with foriegn players, so pessimism was rampant. However the work accomplished by Mancini and his boys is hardly imaginable. They are a positive and courageous example to the rest of the league.” Italy have won 10 consecutive games, breaking Vittorio Pozzo’s long-standing record, set in the 1930s during the second World Cup triumph. “Mancio has set the template for this Italy, his choices are full of skill and optimism. They are devoid of negative, defensive and boring football. They are becoming more convincing with every game. In the match against Bosnia, we saw them pressing as very few teams practice in Serie A.” Italy finish their Group J campaign against Armenia on Monday. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
WATCH: Liverpool boss Klopp fumes ‘how did Kompany not get sent off?!’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City captain Vincent Kompany stands by his tackle on Mohamed Salah in victory over Liverpool.There’s claims the Belgian should’ve seen red for the challenge.But he says: “No I thought it was a great challenge. Was it not? Haha.”On the pitch I felt I got the ball, a bit of the man, I didn’t try to injure him at all. It was that or either let him go through on goal. The decision was made very quickly in my head.”But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp responded: “I really like Vincent Kompany but how on Earth is that not a red card? He is last man and he goes in. If he hits Mo more he is out for the season.”Kompany deserved a red card tbh. #MCILIVpic.twitter.com/gQxU8ruo5w— skyerenaee (@SkyeRenaee) January 3, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say