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We will take our chances and win, vows Phala

first_img23 January 2015Bafana Bafana midfielder-cum-striker Thuso Phala says they are prepared to fight to the bitter end to get out of the deep hole they find themselves in.Phala was referring to the 1-3 loss to Algeria in the opening clash of the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 touranment on Monday at Stade de Mongomo.The result has put South Africa in a difficult position to qualify for the knock-out stages.“The dressing room was sad,” he said. “We were very disappointed because, in all honesty, that was a game we were supposed to win and by a big margin. We let the coach down, we let ourselves down and the country down – but it is important for us to forget about the game as soon as we can so we can focus on the challenge ahead.Lessons“The lesson we got out of this match is that we have to take our chances, because if we miss them we will be putting ourselves under pressure. We could have wrapped that game early,” said Phala who scored South Africa’s solitary goal in that match.Bafana Bafana will be hoping for a positive outcome when they face Senegal on Friday, 23 January, at the Estadio de Mongomo.Coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba has made two changes to South Africa’s starting 11. Jackson Mabokgwane will start in goals in place of Darren Keet, who played against Algeria in the opening match that Bafana Bafana lost 1-3.Playing in front of Mabokgwane will be the back four of Anele Ngcongca at right-back, Thabo Matlaba at left-back, and the central defence pairing of Erick Mathoho and Thulani Hlatshwayo.Coetzee outMathoho returns after a one-match suspension following two yellow cards in the qualifying stages of the tournament. He takes the place of Rivaldo Coetzee, who is out due to a knee injury sustained in the match against Algeria.Both Mathoho and Mabokgwane are playing in their first Afcon tournament.The midfield remains unchanged with Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa and Thuso Phala, who scored South Africa’s only goal in the opening match, given the nod. Furman will once again captain the side.Tokelo Rantie and Sibusiso Vilakazi also retain their places upfront.“We all come from teams who have lost games before; we have all been in a hole before,” Phala said. “We came together as players and spoke about it. We keep motivating ourselves because we know we are a good team and we will come back strongly in the remaining two games.”Bafana play Ghana in their final Group C match on 27 January.Kick off is at 9pm SA time (8pm local time) at Stade de Mongomo. How they will line up:SA XI vs Algeria: 22-Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), 6-Anele Ngcongca, 11- Thabo Matlaba, 14-Thulani Hlatshwayo, 3-Eric Mathoho, 15-Dean Furman (C), 5-Andile Jali, 20-Oupa Manyisa, 18-Thuso Phala, 10-Sibusiso Vilakazi, 23-Tokelo Rantie.Subs: 16-Darren Keet (GK), 1-Brilliant Khuzwayo (GK), 21-Ayanda Gcaba, 13-Thamsanqa Sangweni, 19-Themba Zwane, 12-Reneilwe Letsholonyane, 7-Mandla Masango, 8-Bongani Zungu, 17-Bernard Parker, 4-Siyabonga Nhlapho, 9-Bongani Ndulula.Injured: 2-Rivaldo CoetzeeAFCON 2015 FIXTURESAll times CAT (SA, GMT+2)Friday 23 January 2015Ghana v Algeria – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmSouth Africa v Senegal – Estadio de Mongomo: 9pmSaturday 24 January 2015Cote d’Ivoire v Mali – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 6pmSunday 25 January 2015Gabon v Equatorial Guinea – Estadio de Bata: 8pmCongo v Burkina Faso – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmMonday 26 January 2015Cape Verde Islands v Zambia – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 8pmCongo DR v Tunisia – Estadio de Bata: 8pmTuesday 27 January 2015South Africa v Ghana – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmSenegal v Algeria – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmWednesday 28 January 2015Guinea v Mali – Estadio de Mongomo: 8pmCameroon v Cote d’Ivoire – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSaturday 31 January 2015Group A Winner v Group B Second Place – Estadio de Bata: 6pmGroup B Winner v Group A Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyin: 9pmSunday 1 February 2015Group C Winner v Group D Second Place – Estadio de Mongomo: 6pmGroup D Winner v Group C Second Place – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmWednesday 4 February 2015Quarterfinal 1 Winner v Quarterfinal 4 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmThursday 5 February 2015Quarterfinal 2 Winner v Quarterfinal 3 Winner – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 9pmSaturday 7 February 2015Semifinal 1 Loser v Semifinal 2 Loser – Nuevo Estadio de Malabo: 8pmSunday 8 February 2015Semifinal 1 Winner v Semifinal 2 Winner – Estadio de Bata: 9pmSource: South African Football Associationlast_img read more

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GREEN BUILDING TIP: Use a Certified Irrigation Pro

first_imgFrom the Green PrimerWhat is Xeriscape, and why is it important? Green pointsLEED for Homes: Up to 4 points for high-efficiency irrigation systems.NGBS/ICC-700: Up to 10 points for efficient irrigation (801.7); up to 8 points for rainwater harvesting (801.8); 2 points for irrigation zoning (801.9); 4 points for smart irrigation controller-OR-15 points for no irrigation system with green landscape plan (801.10); 5 points for gray-water irrigation use (802.1). As much as 60% of all household water consumption can go to outdoor uses. Irrigation systems should be designed not to waste potable water. A good system delivers water efficiently at the right time. Systems that distribute water indiscriminately, like lawn sprinklers, are inherently wasteful.While lawn and garden work are tempting DIY projects, a certified pro can help you accomplish your water conservation goals more efficiently. At least they can help you make better choices when designing the system.The Environmental Protection Agency has a national list of irrigation professionals who have completed a certification process through the EPA’s WaterSense program.—_This GREEN BUILDING TIP is from our Strategy Generator. Build a tip sheet for your green building or remodeling project under the Strategies & Details tab._center_img Learn more in the Green Building Encyclopedia:GREEN IRRIGATIONLANDSCAPE: NATIVE PLANTS AND SOILlast_img read more

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Ram Rahim Singh: A farm to prison story of the ‘Baba of bling’

first_imgHe glides through the air dressed in pink robes in his promotional videos and in real life is known to ride powerful, souped up bikes to congregations, the persona as flashy as the vehicle itself.But Friday was judgement day for Gurmeet Ram Rahim, head of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, who was convicted in a rape case and left two states in a state of siege. Some of that tinsel aura may fade for the ‘baba of bling’, who is not the regular godman in saffron but a curious amalgam of reel and real defying easy description.His Twitter profile describes him as “Spiritual Saint/Philanthropist/Versatile Singer/Allrounder Sportsperson/Film Director/Actor/Art Director/Music Director/ Writer/Lyricist/Autobiographer/DOP.”For his followers, who gathered in the thousands in Panchkula ahead of the verdict in the case of rape and criminal intimidation, their leader is all this and more. The bejewelled head of the Sirsa-headquartered sect, who turned 50 this Independence Day, holds sway over millions in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.As curiosity grew about the man at the centre of the frenzied storm, Gurmeet, who drove to Panchkula in a large convoy of scores of vehicles, put out a tweet appealing for peace and saying he would go to court even though he had a backache.It was the familiar blurring of lines between the larger than life image of the man of bling who would be god and superstar. For somebody who commands so much attention, the personal details are just a few.The only childHe was born in Sri Gurusar Modia village in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district on August 15, 1967, to a landlord father. An only child, Gurmeet helped his father in the farm in his early years.Gurmeet, it is said, was always spiritual. When he was seven, he was picked out by Shah Satnam Singh, then head of the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, who anointed him Ram Rahim.Sixteen years later, in 1990, Satnam Singh invited his disciples from all over the country for a grand satsang where 23-year-old Gurmeet Ram Rahim was chosen as his successor.The Dera chief, who completed his high school, is married to Harjeet Kaur. They have two daughters, Charanpreet and Amanpreet, both of whom are married, and a son Jasmeet. He also adopted a girl.last_img read more

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LVPI okays Valdez return to Creamline for playoffs

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “It’s not my decision to make (playing for Creamline) but I would really love to play (in the PVL) and help because I have commitments with them too.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Alyssa Valdez will see action when Creamline starts its best-of-three Premier Volleyball League semifinals against BaliPure on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Team Caguioa rules Ginebra 3-on-3 Camarines Sur leg MOST READ Orchids Hotel is a stone’s throw away from Arellano University where the team practices twice a day.The highly bankable and explosive spiker said on Thursday that she would at least lend her presence for the Cool Smashers in the ongoing Open Conference.“I’m really hoping to help the team and contribute even by my presence or better yet by playing,” said Valdez, who joined the club practice hours after arriving with the national team from Japan, where they held an extensive training camp.Valdez said she’s focused on the national team as it aspires for a quarterfinal finish in the Asians and a medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31.But she said she’s also concerned with Creamline, which has managed to win three matches while she was in Japan to sweep its way to the semifinals as the top seed.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant This after Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, the country’s national federation for the sport, gave her the green light to play with her club team.The approval has one condition, though.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Yes (she’s allowed to play) I already informed Rebisco. But she will stay with NT (quarters),” said LVPI acting president Pete Cayco.The Nationals will be quartered in Orchids Hotel in Manila starting Friday ahead of the Aug. 9 to 17 Asian Senior Women’s Championships in Biñan, Laguna. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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