Stunner: Keenum-Diggs TD sends Vikings past Saints

first_imgMOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “I’m more toward the end of my career than I am at the beginning, I know that,” Brees said. “That’s all I’ll divulge.”Vikings: move on to Philadelphia for the 10th championship game appearance in franchise history, the fifth in the last 30 years. They won the first four, losing in the Super Bowl each time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Keenum completed his last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game’s final play to Stefon Diggs, who slithered away from the Saints for a 61-yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 29-24 victory and a spot in the NFC championship game at Philadelphia.“At that point, I’m just a kid throwing a football to another big kid,” Keenum said with a smile, “and he just runs and scores.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOne more win, against the Eagles, and the Vikings will become the first team to play in a Super Bowl on their home turf. Instead of the usual win-or-go-home stakes, they’re in a win-and-go-home situation.“It never ends that way,” Diggs said. “Usually, it’s reality. It’s life. So things go and you walk home and worry it about tomorrow.” Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) runs in for a game winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)MINNEAPOLIS — As Case Keenum convened the Minnesota huddle with 10 seconds left, the situation staring down the Vikings was as simple as it was daunting.With the go-ahead field goal by the New Orleans Saints that silenced this deafening stadium still fresh in the air, the Vikings were well beyond any moment of anxiety. All that was left for Keenum to do on that last snap was to throw the ball up like he used to do in his Texas backyards and hope for the best.ADVERTISEMENT PICKED OFFBrees saw his 13th career postseason game end in a crushing final moment, his 25-for-40 performance for 294 yards tainted a bit by two interceptions before halftime. One came on a leaping grab by safety Andrew Sendejo, the other off a tip by Griffen that landed in Anthony Barr’s arms at the Minnesota 10-yard line midway through the third quarter.FIRST-HALF FORCEThe Vikings came roaring out of their first-round bye, forcing punts by the Saints on their first three possessions and moving 55 yards in eight plays for a touchdown run by Jerick McKinnon on their first drive. Aided by two pass interference calls on Ken Crawley for 54 yards, the Vikings reached the 1-yard line before settling for a short field goal on the next possession. They pushed the lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter when Latavius Murray plowed in from the 1-yard line.“The Vikings had a phenomenal game plan,” Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said.The only other time the Saints went scoreless in the first half of a postseason game was five years ago. They fell behind 16-0 at Seattle in the divisional round and lost 23-15 to the eventual Super Bowl champions.SENDEJO DOWNThe first touchdown to Thomas came one play after he leveled Sendejo with a jarring blindside block, sending Sendejo to the sideline for concussion evaluation and reigniting the crowd when the flag that was initially thrown was waved off.UP NEXTSaints: head home with a 1-5 record on the road in the playoffs under Payton, with a promising group of young players but some uncertainty around how much longer Brees, who will turn 39 on Monday, will stick around. Kizzire outlasts Hahn on 6th hole to win Sony Open Instead, Drew Brees and the Saints were the ones trudging off the field in defeat.“We’re still a bit shell-shocked after what happened there at the end,” said Brees, who steered the Saints in position for Wil Lutz’s 43-yard kick with 25 seconds remaining that punctuating a forceful rally from a 17-point deficit that stood until 1:16 was left in the third quarter.The field goal was set up by a fourth-and-10 completion by Brees to Willie Snead for 13 yards to the Minnesota 33 with 40 seconds left. Brees connected with Michael Thomas for two of his three touchdown passes in a span of 3:09 that spilled into the fourth quarter. The second score was set up at the Minnesota 40 by an interception by Marcus Williams, when an off-balance throw into traffic by Keenum served as his one costly moment of recklessness, a “bonehead play,” as he put it.Keenum settled back in. He guided the Vikings to two more field goals by Kai Forbath, including a 53-yarder with 1:29 left that was his third of the game against his former team and gave them their lead back after a blocked punt by George Johnson had set up the Saints for a touchdown pass by Brees to Alvin Kamara.Then came the play that put Keenum and Diggs in permanent rotation on the NFL’s all-time highlight reels.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “We knew there was still a possibility, still some hope,” Keenum said.This wasn’t quite Franco Harris and the Immaculate Reception for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1972 playoffs, but these Vikings are on some kind of special path after turning to Keenum in the second game of the season after original starter Sam Bradford was sidelined by a knee injury.The Vikings were out of timeouts and nearly out of options when Keenum dropped back from his 39 and threw high into a crowd. Diggs jumped in front of Williams, who rolled awkwardly underneath Diggs during an ill-fated attempt at making a low tackle.Devastatingly for the Saints, nobody was behind him in the secondary, as Diggs made sure to note right before he made the break on his route during the play the Vikings, believe it or not, call “Seven Heaven.”Diggs kept his balance as he landed, kept his feet in bounds and kept on running untouched into the end zone as the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium erupted with euphoria. Keenum raced around the field, looking for anyone to hug.“I’m shocked. I don’t know what else to say. This is the first time ever I’m out of words,” Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said.Keenum, the undrafted and undersized all-time leading passer in NCAA history who was making his first career playoff start and has long looked up to Brees, was having a hard time finding the words to describe the experience. He finished with 318 yards, going 25 for 40, with Diggs catching 137 yards on six catches.“A heck of a game, wasn’t it?” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “And the good guys won.”Diggs was still in full uniform when he took the podium for his postgame interview, the ball from the winning catch resting safely in front of him on the lectern.“It’s plays like this that you dream about your whole life,” he said, “and it finally happens.”last_img read more

Flyers outrun Mustangs

first_imgThe Hythe Mustangs proved to be good competition for the Flyers on Saturday night.The Flyers won the game 5-2, but it was one of the closer games Fort St. John has played this year.The Mustangs showed up with a full bench, and ready to play, which was exactly what the Flyers and their fans at the NPA had been hoping for.  While the Mustangs may have been outskilled, they have matched any team in the league for work ethic all year long, and that alone was enough to make for a good game to watch.- Advertisement -The Flyers opened the scoring, with a Brett Loney powerplay point shot, that went over the net, off the end boards, back of the top of the net, and then off the Mustangs goalie and in.  Late in the first, Lane Latendre evened the score, with a goal generated by some good offensive pressure from Hythe.Like it has been all season long, the Flyers made their bread in the second period.  This night, they would get only two goals in the middle frame, scored by Kip Noble, and Paul Wiens (on a breakaway beautifully set up by Kip Noble).Clayton Bahm extended the lead to 3 goals early in the third, capitalizing on a two-man advantage by firing home a loose puck at the side of the set, to make the game 4-1.  Soon after, Bahm’s linemate Jeff Shipton got into the action, not with a goal, but a fight with Hythe’s Justin Paul.  Ian Munro also got his hands dirty, flipping the mitts with Dustin Oakford.Advertisement The Mustangs refused to back down, and it seemed like a Lane Latendre goal (his second) might make a game of it.  But soon after, Kip Noble fed Jeff Fast on a long outlet pass, and Fast showed great patience to wait for Noble to catch up, and fed him for Noble’s second of the game, to seal it for the Flyers.The game ended 5-2 FSJ, with the shots 32-24 in favour of the home team.  The Flyers went 3-8 on the powerplay, and will look forward to another game against Hythe, on Tuesday January 13th in Hythe – live on Moose FM.The Flyers have one game on the first weekend in January, in Valleyview, and then will take the following weekend off from NPHL hockey, for another exhibition series with the Stony Plain Eagles, in Dawson Creek (Jan !0th & 11th)last_img read more

Mickelson drives to victory

first_imgIt was the 11th time in 15 seasons that Mickelson won on the West Coast Swing. GOLD COAST, Australia – After two days of nearly flawless golf, Karrie Webb stumbled late but held on to win her sixth ANZ Australian Ladies Masters. She had a comfortable four-stroke lead through much of the back nine at Royal Pines before bogeying the 17th and 18th holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Shin Ji-yai of South Korea. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Sweden’s Peter Hedblom shot a 4-under 68 to win the Malaysian Open for his first European Tour title in almost 11 years. Hedblom’s 8-under 280 gave him a one-stroke victory over Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin, his first tour win since the Moroccan Open in 1996. At one point, five players were tied for the lead, with seven other players within two shots. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PEBBLE BEACH – Phil Mickelson waited until late last year, when his clubs were collecting dust during a three-month break from golf, to reflect on a U.S. Open disappointment at Winged Foot that suddenly seemed to overshadow all of his achievements. Instead of sulking, he found a solution. Mickelson finally got his season on track by closing with a 6-under 66 to tie the 72-hole tournament scoring record, win for the 30th time in his career and become only the third player in PGA Tour history to surpass $40 million in earnings. Mickelson, determined to become a better driver, was all that and more on a surprisingly sunny afternoon. He missed only one fairway, turned a tight race into a runaway with three birdies in a four-hole stretch along the ocean and emerged again as a threat whenever – and wherever – he tees it up. “Winning today gives me satisfaction,” he said. “I believe I can take what happened at Winged Foot and make it a plus for the rest of my career. I think I’m going to be a better driver of the golf ball for the rest of my career. At least, that’s the goal.” That’s what he did in the final round, and no one else had a chance. So complete was his performance at Pebble that Mickelson was among the top five in driving accuracy, greens in regulation, putting and driving distance. The five-shot victory matched the largest margin since Bing Crosby started this tournament in 1937. center_img His five-shot victory Sunday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am hardly was a case of redemption, but it at least changed the conversation about him from the past to his potential. Those worried about emotional scars from his double bogey on the final hole at Winged Foot can relax. last_img read more

FA suspend Aston Villa chief Keith Wyness banned over social media post

first_imgAston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has been suspended from all football-related activity for three weeks by the Football Association for misconduct relating to a social media post.The 59-year-old shared a Twitter video of Villa being denied a penalty during the final game of the Championship season against Brighton last month which had a caption questioning whether under-performing referees had ”disabilities”.“He admitted an FA charge that a comment he re-tweeted accompanied with a video was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3(1),” an FA statement read.“Furthermore, the breach was “aggravated” as defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference to disability.“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Wyness was also fined £10,000 and ordered to complete an education course.“His suspension will run from date of the expiry of the period that he has to appeal the decision.” Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has been punished for misconduct 1last_img read more

Liverpool news: Premier League fixtures 2017-18 – Every Reds game revealed

first_img1 Liverpool’s 2017-18 Premier League fixtures12/08/2017 15:00 Watford v Liverpool19/08/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Crystal Palace26/08/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Arsenal09/09/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Liverpool16/09/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Burnley23/09/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Liverpool30/09/2017 15:00 Newcastle United v Liverpool14/10/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester United21/10/2017 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool28/10/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Huddersfield Town04/11/2017 15:00 West Ham United v Liverpool18/11/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Southampton25/11/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Chelsea29/11/2017 20:00 Stoke City v Liverpool02/12/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool09/12/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Everton13/12/2017 20:00 Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion16/12/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Liverpool23/12/2017 15:00 Arsenal v Liverpool26/12/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Swansea City30/12/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Leicester City01/01/2018 15:00 Burnley v Liverpool13/01/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester City20/01/2018 15:00 Swansea City v Liverpool30/01/2018 19:45 Huddersfield Town v Liverpool03/02/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur10/02/2018 15:00 Southampton v Liverpool24/02/2018 15:00 Liverpool v West Ham United03/03/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Newcastle United10/03/2018 15:00 Manchester United v Liverpool17/03/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Watford31/03/2018 15:00 Crystal Palace v Liverpool07/04/2018 15:00 Everton v Liverpool14/04/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Bournemouth21/04/2018 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool28/04/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Stoke City05/05/2018 15:00 Chelsea v Liverpool13/05/2018 15:00 Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion Scroll down for Liverpool’s 2017-18 Premier League fixtures last_img read more

NEIL McGEE: ‘I WANT RIHANNA TO COME TO MY PARTY – AND DUNGLOE IS WORST PITCH I’VE PLAYED ON’

first_imgDONEGAL defender Neil McGee gave some startling answers when quizzed on his life by a sports newspaper.McGee slags off Dungloe’s pitch….and had a few more surprises up his sleeve.When asked who he would invite to a party, he chose Rihanna, Richie McCaw and Pol Mulligan for entertainment. Celebrations, he said, are always held in Teach Hudi Beag in Gaoth Dobhair.Here are the rest of his answers to Gaelic Life!What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?Dungloe Which character in any film are you most like?Frank the TankAny odd items in your kit bag?Three sets of rosary beadsWhat’s your preferred brand of gear? AdidasWho’s the biggest joker in the teams you play for?Neil Gallagher tells nothing but liesWhich team mate has the best looking other half? Better say EamonWho is the worst trainer?Ryan McHughWho spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?Michael MurphyWho’s the best/worst person to share a room with on away trips?Toye or McFadden. They always have some sort of bug.Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus?Toye or McFadden again.Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include?Worst is mine. Addicted to jellies. Best is Paul Durcan.Toughest opponent you have faced?Paddy Bradley.Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?Worst is “Lift it lads we’re dead here.” Does my head in.Best manager you’ve ever played under?Finbar Boyle.Best ever performance?County final ’06One to forget?Ulster final ’15When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be?Used to think I was Colin McRae going around on my quad.If there was a transfer market who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?Jigger out and take Ryan Bradley back.NEIL McGEE: ‘I WANT RIHANNA TO COME TO MY PARTY – AND DUNGLOE IS WORST PITCH I’VE PLAYED ON’ was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalGaoth Dobhairneil mcgeequizlast_img read more

PETTIGO TO BENEFIT FROM €8.3M CROSS-BORDER BOOST

first_imgA major milestone has been marked with the launch of the construction phase of the PEACE III Pettigo Tullyhommon Termon Project on the Donegal Fermanagh border.Northern Minister Nelson McCausland and Minister of State Dinny McGinley were present to launch this €8.3m EU funded scheme, which will see a major revitalisation and the provision of cross-community facilities in the border villages of Pettigo and Tullyhommon.Donegal County Council who are the lead partner in the development of this project, has been working with Fermanagh District Council and the Association for the Development of Pettigo and Tullyhommon (ADOPT) for the last number of years to bring the project to this stage of construction. Speaking at the launch, the Mayor of Donegal Cllr Frank McBrearty said: “This is a very exciting day for everyone concerned. This community has been working with Donegal County Council and Fermanagh District Council for a number of years now to make this project a reality and it gives me great satisfaction to be here today to see this marking of the beginning of the construction phase.”He added that “a special word of thanks must go to the funders of this project, the SEUPB, who through the PEACE III Programme are providing funding to the tune of €8.3million and this in itself is testament to their confidence and belief in the value and potential of this project to reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society in this part of the island of Ireland”.Contractors P.J. Treacy & Sons Ltd are undertaking all the works under this complex scheme which includes the construction of a Multi purpose venue and playschool on the old community centre site; a Youth Hub at the Methodist Hall, Tullyhommon; a Riverside Park and footbridge along both sides of the Termon Rivers and a number of Environmental Improvements to enhance the appearance of both villages.Ministers Nelson McCausland and Dinny McGinley turned the first sod on the development, ably assisted by a group of children from the local community playgroup. Minister Nelson McCausland said “This project will promote a shared and better future by providing space, facilities and improvements to the local environment.“It will be a place for everyone, for use by the communities of Pettigo and Tullyhommon, and accessed and shared by the whole community here in Northern Ireland and the Republic. The shared space will provide the environment to facilitate and encourage more opportunities for cooperation between all sections of our society and will be a wonderful symbol of the regeneration of this area.”The new Riverside Walkway and new footbridge across the river Termon will provide a restful and symbolic feature in the centre of the village, uniting both villages across the border.Minister of State Dinny McGinley said “This project is testament to the cooperation and determination of the communities to work together and deliver for future generations a flagship project that will be the focal point of the communities. A place where everyone young and not so young can meet and take part in a range of activities from sport, health and well-being, arts, culture and drama all ensuring that the enormous potential for reconciliation among these communities is realised.”Speaking on behalf of the funder, Lorraine McCourt from the SEUPB said: “I am delighted to be taking part in a key moment in the development of this initiative supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme. This project is of great significance for the region, both for its symbolic character in linking the two villages and for the physical regeneration that it will promote.” Cllr Thomas O’Reilly, Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, commented ‘The Termon project is an exciting initiative which will notably regenerate this border region. It will result in enhanced facilities, an improved environment and increased prosperity within the local area.Matching funding for this project has been provided by the Department for Social Development (NI) and the Department for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Ireland). Speaking earlier today, Martin Eves, Chairman of the local association ADOPT said “ADoPT and the local community are delighted to see a contractor on site; it has taken years of persistence and dedication to bring this project to fruition. The Termon project is the catalyst for much needed infrastructure development which will transform the social & economic dynamics of this border area. We would like to extend a special word of thanks to our project partners in Donegal & Fermanagh Councils; and in particular our funders the Special EU Programmes Body, who’s support has made this project possible”.The building works including the construction of a multi purpose venue of 22,000 sq. ft, a new playgroup building and a youth hub at the Methodist hall will provide a range of modern purpose designed facilities for all sectoral groups in the wider community.PETTIGO TO BENEFIT FROM €8.3M CROSS-BORDER BOOST was last modified: November 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:PETTIGO TO BENEFIT FROM €8.3M CROSS-BORDER BOOSTlast_img read more

Peter Lindenberg: speed sensation

first_img4 December 2002South African powerboat racing legend Peter Lindenberg has a saying that he lives by: “There are no prizes for second place.” In 22 years of powerboat racing he won the South African title on 15 occasions. There is no doubt that he would have won it even more times had he not also campaigned in the Formula One World Series.That’s not where it ends for Lindenberg, though. He first made his mark in the sporting world as a barefoot water-skier, and says one of his proudest achievements was winning the European barefoot water-skiing title in 1977. South Africa was a “total underdog” at those championships, he says, but by the end of the competition he was way ahead of everyone.World record holderLindenberg also became a world record holder in the ramp jump in barefoot water-skiing in 1981, the same year that he won his first South African powerboat racing title.But still . that’s not all. He is also a very successful motor racing driver, and that part of his career is ongoing. In fact, he currently leads the South African SASCAR (South African Stock Car Auto Racing) championship for the 2002 season.In a career littered with awards, he has among many others won the Maccabi Sports Award three times – an award also won by fellow South African and former Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter – as well as twice being awarded the State President’s Sports Award and being inducted into the South African Sports Hall of Fame.F1 Powerboat racing retirementHis recent retirement from Formula One powerboat racing comes about 18 months ahead of his planned retirement following an accident in Saldanha that very nearly cost him his life. At the time he was leading the championship standings.The accident brought to the fore his vulnerability, says Lindenberg, who says that as a racing driver “it needs only the slightest thing to go wrong and it can kill you”. He has three young children, the eldest aged 12 and the youngest aged seven, and he says he wants to see them grow up.Casting his mind back, he explains how powerboat racing started for him. Since he was a kid, says Lindenberg, it was always a dream of his to race cars, but he had a father interested in boats and so it was as a water-skier that he first made his mark. Through his success in that sport he became known in the boating industry.When he chose to move into that industry he decided to build a pleasure boat in the way that he believed a boat should be built. He first took it out for a run with Mike Haas of Johnson engines, who was so impressed with the performance of the craft that he urged Lindenberg: “Race this thing – it’s so fast.” Lindenberg told him that he (Haas) should race it, but Haas insisted that Lindenberg should be at the wheel.So it was that he first raced his “pleasure craft” at the Vaal Dam, where he proceeded to annihilate the opposition. After the event Haas asked him to build a racing version of the boat, and from there his career exploded into an unrivalled success story.DominationInterestingly, Lindenberg’s first powerboat racing title did not come in the Formula One series that he so completely dominated, but in the ROO class, in which inboard engines, putting out up to a staggering 900 horse power, were used.That was in 1981. The following year he won the first of his astounding 15 South African Formula One titles. The first seven championship victories came in succession, including an unbelievable season in 1985/6 when he won all 30 heats that he contested.There was a simple reason for Lindenberg not winning eight titles in a row; he was competing in the Formula One World Series. “It was very good, very exciting, but very difficult,” he explains. At that time, 1988/9, it was at the height of sanctions against South Africa and he was targeted by activists. Had it not been for those sanctions, he could have, and probably would have, been crowned world champion.It’s hard to argue with the facts. In 1989, a year that he describes as one the highlights of his career, he won the British Powerboat Grand Prix, finished on the podium a number of times and enjoyed a bunch of high placings, and despite being able to compete in only six of the 10 events, finished third in the World Series standings! Given the chance to compete in all the races, a world championship title was surely his for the taking.Enduring successNearer his fifties than his early-forties, Lindenberg remains a top-class sportsman. How has he managed to stay at the top for so long? “Determination” is the first word that comes to his mind. He also describes himself as being very fit, although not a gym nut, and says an active lifestyle in which he is always on the go keeps him in shape.There is no doubt that his motivation and enjoyment of competition remains very high. In fact, he feels the 2001-2002 Formula One powerboat season, in which he won nine of 10 races, was one of the highlights of his career.Looking back over an incredible CV of achievements, he comments: “It’s been a helluva run”, adding that he feels very privileged to have been able to compete at the top level for so long. He also points out with pride that he has won national colours in four different decades, an eye-popping achievement!He further points out that his career is not over, it is still ongoing as a motor racing driver.Peter Lindenberg: EntertainerEven so, at this time in his sporting career, when his powerboat racing has come to an end, how does he want people to remember Peter Lindenberg, the sportsman? “As someone who provided serious entertainment, gave them something to be proud of, and as someone who came through the transition the right way, a proud South African”, he says.On the subject of transition, he has the actions to back up the words that he came through it in the right way. Lindenberg has been involved in the development of powerboat racing for 10 years. “It’s not easy”, he explains. First up, a R28 000 boat is needed, then others things to factor into the equation include petrol, transport to and from the water for boats, and servicing.Nonetheless, he says the development programme has been a success, training 140 children a year, and in a racing population of only 400 people that is quite some feat.The futureHe might have raced his last Formula One race, but it is not the end of his involvement in powerboat racing, including its development. He is currently the president of South African Powerboat Racing, and will remain involved in managing the team that he formerly raced for, The National Ports Authority, whom he describes as “very loyal sponsors”.The team will continue to race three boats and will be introducing a new driver in Lindenberg’s place. His involvement in development will see him looking after three kids in Formula 30 and two in the junior class.However, there’s more (didn’t you just know it?). He is in charge of the Gosforth Park Motorsport Raceway, and very excited about it. Lindenberg admits he feels very fortunate to be able to head it up, and says it gives him a wonderful feeling to be able to go to work in the morning and by the time he leaves in the evening see the progress that has been made.He describes Gosforth Park, which is due to open in June 2003, as a “unique motorsport facility”, and firmly believes “it is going to change the face of motorsport in South Africa”. He explains that usually spectators at motor racing events see only a few seconds of action on each lap of a race. With stadium racing, which is what Gosforth Park will be providing, people are able to see the entire track, and the racing unfolds before their eyes.“It’s under your nose,” he says with obvious excitement in his voice. “It is the future”.A part of Peter Lindenberg’s career may have now been consigned to history with his retirement from Formula One powerboat racing, but who can doubt that Gosforth Park will be a success, given that saying he lives by: “There are no prizes for second place.”The remarkable career of a proud South African continues to go from strength to strength.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brickfields housing delivers

first_img17 August 2005The R98-million Brickfields project in Newtown, Johannesburg – the largest ever public-private housing partnership in South Africa – was officially launched by President Thabo Mbeki on Friday 12 August.Brickfields, an initiative overseen by the Johannesburg Housing Company, offers 650 one- to three-bedroom flats catering for a range of income groups. The development will also provide retail facilities for occupants.The project is one of the first Presidential Job Summit pilot projects, announced by the minister of housing in 2001.“When we came out of the Presidential Job Summit we said there should be housing and security for people. We are very excited about today’s launch,” Mbeki said.“We need to have more of these initiatives so that we ensure that people have better houses and their lives are improved. We hope that Brickfields will inspire more public-private partnerships.”Swift transformationSituated at the foot of the Mandela Bridge, the new Brickfields buildings grace the Newtown skyline, a distinct reminder of the swift transformation of this once dilapidated area into a vibrant cultural and tourism centre.The residential units are expected to have a social impact on the area, and creches are being planned to cater for children living in the complex. Support services such as information technology rooms will also be provided.The project is a joint venture between the Gauteng government and the private sector, and is the first such residential development in the inner city of Johannesburg in 30 years.Funding for the first and second phase of the project came from an initial investment of R35-million by the Gauteng Housing Department and the Gauteng Partnership Fund. The National Housing Finance Corporation injected R25-million into the development, while the City of Johannesburg provided land.The private sector came to the party with R70-million combined from Anglo American, Absa and AngloGold.From Brickfields to NewtownHistorically, Newtown has always been a multicultural and multiracial area, a settlement that served the nearby emerging mining village. It grew up in the later part of the 19th century and became known as Brickfields because the local clays along the Fordsburg Spruit were used to make bricks in the early days.An aerial view of Brickfields under construction. (Photo: Johannesburg Housing Company)By 1890 Brickfields was a full-blown shantytown where residents and their families found shelter alongside immigrants from Europe and elsewhere, including Chinese, Cape Malays, Indians and local Africans.In an attempt to destroy the settlement, Brickfields was razed to the ground, acquired by the local council and renamed Newtown.This site was later used for the construction of the city’s abattoir, then bought by the Post Office. Development never occurred and it was left empty for many years. The new Brickfields development has rising from this vacant site in Newtown to form a new, multicultural residential development.‘Newtown rocks’The first 300 tenants moved into the block on 1 July.“I’m excited to be a tenant here at Brickfields,” says Thabiso Phinda. “The night life in Newtown rocks. I’ll also be able to walk to work and to the Johannesburg University.”According to Dombolo Masilela of the Johannesburg Housing Company, Brickfields is a key part of the rejuvenation of downtown Johannesburg.“The influx of residents into Newtown will breathe new life into the inner city,” Masilela says, “and will contribute to this area growing into a major shopping, entertainment, business, retail and residential hub.”The company, established in 1995, has so far invested R112-million in 1 756 housing units in the inner city, R22-million of that in the form of direct housing subsidies. In doing so it has added 5% to the city’s housing stock.Enoch Shishenge, an artist and another Brickfields resident, says that now he is living in Newtown he will meet fellow artists more often.“Newtown is the place to be. I know what people talk about when they talk about Newtown. This is also going to be a wonderful experience because of the different cultures here at Brickfields.”Land clearing for the second phase of the development has already started, and work on the top structures is expected to start as soon as funding is available. The second phase will see a further 350 to 400 housing units being built at a cost of about R100-million.Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Smart ID printers named after heroines

first_img31 July 2013 President Jacob Zuma has named the Government Printing Works machines that will print South Africa’s new smart ID cards after the four women who led the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings in protest against apartheid’s pass laws. Speaking at the Government Printing Works in Pretoria after receiving his new smart ID card on Tuesday, Zuma said the women of today can learn from the women of 1956. “We are thus truly pleased that this Government Printing Works now houses important equipment named after our heroines and leaders – Sophie de Bruyn, Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph and Rahima Moosa.” During Women’s Month, starting on Thursday, South Africans would be “remembering the march on the Union Buildings by more than 20 000 women, who were tired of the pass laws and the impact they had on their lives,” Zuma said. “The pass laws dictated where people should live, where they should work, where their children could go to school, based on the colour of their skin. Carrying a pass then was an insult and an affront to the dignity of our people.”Roll-out over a number of years The Department of Home Affairs says the roll-out of the smart ID cards is likely to take a number of years. The department’s offices are currently being fitted with the technology necessary to process the cards. By the end of the year, the department wants to have 70 offices available to the public to receive applications for the smart IDs. Containing microchips embedded with biometric data unique to each individual, and with the information laser-engraved on the chip to prevent tampering, the new IDs will be near impossible to forge, according to Home Affairs. Besides cutting down on identity theft and fraud, the smart IDs will speed up the process of establishing a modern, reliable population register. People will also be able to use them to vote, starting with next year’s elections. The cost of the new IDs will be the same as the amount paid for the green bar-coded IDs, which currently cost R140. IDs are free for first-time applicants. Earlier this month, former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk also received their new IDs. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Speaker of Parliament Frene Ginwala, struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni and Sophie de Bruyn – one of the leaders of the 1956 march – also received their smart cards on Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, along with a number of people over 100 years old. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more