Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and throughout the City of Philadelphia to fly at half-staff to honor fallen Philadelphia firefighter Lieutenant Kenneth Greene.Lieutenant Kenneth Greene passed away on September 14th from injuries sustained while working in the line of duty on September 3rd.The Commonwealth Flag shall remain lowered at half-staff until his interment. The United States Flag should remain at full-staff during this tribute. September 15, 2017 Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Firefighter Kenneth Greene SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth baseball team edged Mount Desert Island for its first win of the season on Thursday.Ellsworth beat MDI 5-4.Ellsworth 5, John Bapst 4Ellsworth (3-5) beat John Bapst (4-5) on Tuesday.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSumner 3, Narraguagus 0Sumner (1-5) beat Narraguagus (2-5) on Tuesday for its first win of the season.Old Town 10, MDI 0Rylie Swanson singled twice and Alden Fournier chipped in a single for MDI (3-4) in its loss to Old Town (7-1) on Tuesday.GSA 7, Central 5George Stevens Academy (8-1) beat Central (4-4) on Tuesday.DI-S 27, Jonesport-Beals 0Deer Isle-Stonington (2-2) rolled past Jonesport-Beals (0-5) on Tuesday.Mattanawcook 9, GSA 4Beckett Slayton picked up four singles and scored two runs for GSA en route to its first loss of the season on Monday to Mattanawcook (6-3).Foxcroft 3, MDI 2Nick Stanley, Alden Fournier and Riley Swanson all chipped in singles for MDI, which lost to Foxcroft (5-3) on Saturday.Mattanawcook 14, Sumner 0Mattanawcook (6-3) shut out Sumner on Saturday. Jacob Shorey had a double for Sumner.Ellsworth 9, Caribou 1Ellsworth rolled past Caribou (3-5) in its second game of a double-header on Saturday.Caribou 5, Ellsworth 3Caribou beat Ellsworth in the first game of Saturday’s double-header.Mattanawcook 14, Sumner 0Mattanawcook (6-3) shut out Sumner on Friday.GSA 10, Dexter 2Jake Keenan pitched five innings, striking out 12 and only allowing one earned run for GSA en route to the win over Dexter (3-4) on Friday.Marshal Lebel paced GSA’s offense with two hits and two RBIs. Taylor Schildroth also had a double and two runs scored.GSA 2, Central 0Gage Clapp and Dakota Chipman each had a single to lead GSA past Central on Thursday. Tyler Snow had an RBI.Searsport 6, Sumner 5Sumner lost to Searsport on Wednesday.GSA 4, Bucksport 0Taylor Schildroth had three singles and Beckett Slayton chipped in two singles as GSA shut out Bucksport (2-5) on Wednesday.Sophomore Stefan Simmons fired a four-hit shutout for GSAFor Bucksport, Matt Vincent, Tanner Stegner, Austin Mason and Jake Ames each had singles.Schenck 4, DI-S 2Kris Melanio, Mason Oliver and Ethan Shepard each had a single for DI-S en route to its loss to Schenck (3-5) on Wednesday.Shepard struck out seven in four innings.
Paris, France | AFP | Norway striker Ada Hegerberg was rewarded for her prolific form with Champions League winners Lyon as she took the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil’s Marta to take the prize following a vote by journalists from around the world. *****Kylian Mbappe wins best young player prize at Ballon d’Or ceremonyKylian Mbappe was named winner of the Kopa Trophy for young player of the year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday. The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who does not turn 20 until later this month, starred as France won the World Cup and also won the best young player award in Russia.The new award — named after French former Ballon d’Or winner Raymond Kopa — was voted for by 33 living former winners of the main Ballon d’Or prize. Mbappe was also among the 30 nominees to win that award.Mbappe — who was accompanied at the ceremony by his father and his younger brother Ethan — scored four goals at the World Cup, including one in the final as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.In doing so he became just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Brazilian great Pele, who achieved the feat in 1958.A French champion last season with PSG following a 180 million-euro ($204m) move from Monaco, Mbappe is the top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 12 goals in 10 appearances.He has scored 32 goals in 56 games for club and country in the calendar year. Share on: WhatsApp
Jamie Greubel, left, and Lauryn Williams of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the two-women Bob World Cup race in Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, Jan. 19. 2014. Williams, from Rochester, Pa., was also a gold medalist in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2012 London Summer Olympics(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A look at the sports for the Sochi Olympics:___ALPINE SKIING:THE BASICSAfter missing the first three Winter Olympics, Alpine skiing joined the program in 1936. Ten gold medals will be awarded in Sochi, five for men and five for women — downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom (usually called super-G) and super combined.STARS TO WATCHWith Lindsey Vonn out injured, the 18-year-old American many call “The Next Lindsey Vonn,” Mikaela Shiffrin, will attract plenty of attention as the favorite to win the slalom. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, a double gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and Lara Gut of Switzerland, who’ll be making her Olympic debut, could dominate other races. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway already enjoys rock-star status in Europe, while 36-year-old Bode Miller, owner of five Olympic medals, and Ted Ligety, who won three titles at last year’s world championships, will also be ones to watch from the U.S. team.DID YOU KNOW?Austria has won a record 105 Alpine skiing medals at the Olympics, nearly twice as many as any other country. Switzerland ranks second with 56, followed by France with 43 and the United States with 39.___BIATHLON:THE BASICS:Like several other sports, biathlon has military origins with the combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting first becoming a common exercise for winter troops in northern countries during the second half of the 19th century. That also helps explain why countries like Norway, Russia and Sweden are still dominant. Biathlon has one of the busiest schedules on the Olympic program, with four individual events for both men and women, along with a relay. New for this year is a mixed relay.STARS TO WATCH:Martin Fourcade of France has been the top men’s biathlete in the last two years, winning three world championship titles in 2012 and the overall World Cup last season, and he is expected to add his first Olympic gold in Sochi. Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway could well add to his two golds from Vancouver, as well. On the women’s side, expect Tora Berger of Norway and Darya Domracheva of Belarus to grab at least a couple of medals each.DID YOU KNOW?One of the all-time greats will be competing in the biathlon events in Sochi as Ole Einar Bjoerndalen aims to cap his storied career by making Olympic history. The 40-year-old Norwegian has six Olympic golds from previous games and needs two more to equal the Winter Games record. While Bjoerndalen hasn’t won an individual World Cup race in two years, Norway is one of the favorites in both the men’s and mixed relay — meaning he could well get there.___BOBSLED:United States women’s bobsled head coach Todd Hays, left, helps brakeman Lauryn Williams from Rochester, Pa., also a gold medalist in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, load luggage into a waiting bus as the team arrives for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jan. 30, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)THE BASICSIt looks simple, but it’s incredibly intricate to get a sled going and keep it upright for the ride down the track. Everyone sprints while pushing the sled on ice, then hops inside, at which point the driver is typically the only one with his or her head up for the rest of the trip. One wrong move, and that sled could tumble on its side easily.United States bobsled brakeman Lolo Jones arrives at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jan. 30, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)STARS TO WATCHSteven Holcomb of the United States was the top driver on the men’s World Cup circuit this winter, while Kaillie Humphries of Canada took the women’s overall title. Both won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games and might again this year. The U.S. has two Olympic track athletes on the women’s team, with gold medalist Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones qualifying as push athletes.DID YOU KNOW?BMW doesn’t just make fast cars. Their sled-building business will be on full display in Sochi, with Germans, Americans and Canadians — all medal favorites — among the nations racing in their sleds. And while those sleds bear the same logo, there’s some significant set-up and technological differences depending on which nation’s flag is affixed.___CROSS-COUNTRYTHE BASICS:Cross-country skiing is one of the original Winter Olympic sports, on the program since the 1924 Chamonix Games. Only two men’s events were held then, though; now it’s a total of 10 men’s and women’s races — ranging from the explosive individual sprint to the grueling endurance test of the men’s 50-kilometer race. Events are held in either the classical style or freestyle depending on the format, with the skiathlon a combination of both.STARS TO WATCH:Norway usually dominates the cross-country skiing events, and its two biggest stars are Petter Northug and Marit Bjoergen. Northug has struggled with illness this season, however, and his form is in question. Bjoergen won three golds in Vancouver in 2010 and could well repeat that feat in Sochi if she again gets the better of main rival Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland. Three-time overall World Cup winner Dario Cologna has only recently returned from an ankle injury but should still be a contender.DID YOU KNOW?The most successful Winter Olympian of all time was a cross-country skier. Bjoern Daehlie of Norway won eight Olympic gold medals between 1992 and 1998, along with four silvers. He nearly won a ninth gold, but surprisingly lost a sprint finish to Silvio Fauner of Italy in the men’s 4×10-kilometer relay at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, stunning the home crowd.___CURLING:THE BASICSTwo gold medals will be awarded, one for men and one for women. Ten teams are in both tournaments. They all play each other once in the round-robin stage, with four advancing to the semifinals.STARS TO WATCHMargaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden and Eve Muirhead of Britain have been engaged in a battle for supremacy in women’s curling for the past 12 months. Muirhead is the world champion and Sigfridsson the European champion — and the Olympics can be viewed as the decider. Brad Jacobs is the star attraction in men’s curling, although the spotlight is often stolen by the Norwegian team, with its funky wardrobe.DID YOU KNOW?Canada, the stronghold of world curling, has won a medal in every men’s and women’s tournament since the sport returned to the Olympic program in 1998.___FIGURE SKATING:THE BASICSTo the familiar medal events of men’s and women’s singles, pairs and ice dance, the IOC is adding a team competition. Ten countries will take part, combining the scores of their entries in the four disciplines.STARS TO WATCHYuna Kim of South Korea seeks to repeat — she’d be only the third woman to win two straight gold medals. A foot injury forced her out of the Grand Prix series, though. Three-time world champion Patrick Chan is the favorite on the men’s side, but was upset by Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan at the Grand Prix Final.DID YOU KNOW?Russian or Soviet skaters have won seven of the 10 gold medals in the event, but Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be on hand to defend their titles.___FREESTYLE SKIING:THE BASICSThere are the old-school events — moguls and aerials — and the newcomers — halfpipe and slopestyle. There’s also skicross. Moguls are judged on a skier’s ability to get down the bumps quickly and smoothly, while also taking off for two jumps that each count for 12.5 percent of the score. Aerials skiers pack multiple flips and twists into a jump that sends them soaring up to 50 feet off a steeply angled ramp. Ski halfpipe and slopestyle are new events, though they’ll look very much like the snowboard version.STARS TO WATCHDefending moguls champion Alex Bilodeau’s toughest competition could come from Canadian teammate Mikael Kingsbury. Hannah Kearney of the United States is the defending women’s champion. Victor Oehling Norberg of Sweden is a consistent top-10 finisher in skicross but still looking for that first victory of the season.DID YOU KNOW?Freestyle skiing dates back more than 100 years with records of skiers performing somersaults on skis at the start of the 20th century in Norway, Italy and Austria. The first professional competitions were in 1971, and it entered the Olympic program in 1992.___MEN’S HOCKEY:In a Feb. 28, 2010 file photo Canada’s Sidney Crosby (87) shoots past USA goalie Ryan Miller (39) for the game-winning goal in the overtime period of a men’s gold medal ice hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Crosby will captain the Canadian hockey team at the Olympics in Sochi. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, file)THE BASICSAbout 150 jetlagged NHL players join their European counterparts in a frenetic 12-team, 12-day tournament for hockey supremacy. Nobody has time for practice or team-building with three quick opening-round games before the knockout portion begins, but Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the United States all have their eyes on gold.STARS TO WATCHReigning NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin and fellow stars Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk are under extraordinary home-country pressure to lead the Russians to their first gold medals since the Unified Team’s 1992 win in Albertville. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby also is back for more Olympic magic after scoring the gold-winning overtime goal in Vancouver.DID YOU KNOW?The NHL stars are back for their fifth consecutive Olympics since Nagano, but this might be your last chance to see them on the podium for a while. NHL owners are making serious noise about keeping the league in session in 2018 during the Pyeongchang Olympics, citing the time difference to South Korea and lost revenue.___WOMEN’S HOCKEY:THE BASICSIn order to boost competition in a sport that has been dominated by Canada and the United States, the Olympic women’s hockey format was changed this year. The round-robin features a guaranteed grudge match between the North Americans, and a chance for them to earn a bye through to the semifinals. The preliminary round will be played at the puck-shaped Shayba Arena, and the medal round at the larger Bolshoy Ice Dome.STARS TO WATCHFinland goalie Noora Raty was 41-0 at the University of Minnesota, leading her team to a second straight college championship. Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada is going for her fourth gold medal, and she is already the leading scorer in Olympic women’s hockey history with 16 goals and 29 assists; she also won a silver medal when the Americans won the gold in the sport’s inaugural Winter Games in 1998.DID YOU KNOW?U.S. forward Amanda Kessel is the sister of Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel, who will be in Sochi for the American men’s team.___LUGE:THE BASICSSliders race feet-first down the track, sometimes going as fast as 90 mph, though the speeds should be a bit lower at the Sochi Olympics. Steering is done by subtle shifts of the body, and the start is critical. Lugers wear gloves with tiny spikes attached to the finger pads, using them to dig into the ice to gain momentum, before settling into position for the ride.STARS TO WATCHGermany, Germany, Germany. Felix Loch is the reigning Olympic champion and is favored to repeat in the men’s race, and teammate Natalie Geisenberger has been nearly unbeatable on the World Cup circuit to earn her Sochi-favorite status. The Germans also dominate in doubles luge.DID YOU KNOW?The Olympic luge program is growing in Sochi with the addition of a team relay. One man, one woman and one doubles team will compose each nation’s team, and they’ll go one after another — with one slider slapping a pad to trigger the clock and tell the next teammate it’s time to start their run.___NORDIC COMBINED:THE BASICSWith ski jumping and cross-country skiing, it’s the sole male-only sport left at the Winter Olympics. Three gold medals will be awarded, off the normal and large hills with 10-kilometer ski races for each, and a team event from the large hill which includes a 4×5-kilometer cross-country race.STARS TO WATCHEric Frenzel of Germany comes into Sochi with a big lead in the World Cup standings, having also won the Nordic Combined Triple in January, a new format that added the results of three competitions on one weekend. The Americans have a strong team, with 2010 individual large hill gold medalist and team silver medalist Billy Demong back, and 37-year-old Todd Lodwick competing in his sixth Olympics.DID YOU KNOW?The starting places in the cross-country race are determined by the finishes in the ski jump competition, with generally a 10-point lead in jumping providing a one-minute start in the ski race. That format is known as the Gundersen Method.___SKELETONTHE BASICSSometimes called “headfirst luge,” but it really has hardly anything in common with the feet-first racing sport. The sleds are simple, with racers usually grabbing a handle with one arm as they take off running at the start. They then flop onto the sled — it sort of looks like an oversized cookie sheet — and have their chin just barely off the surface of the ice as they speed down the chute.STARS TO WATCHMartins Dukurs of Latvia is a huge favorite to win the men’s title. In the women’s race, the gold-medal battle figures to come down to Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States and Lizzy Yarnold of Britain. Dukurs’ top competition might be his own brother, Tomass. Pikus-Pace was fourth in Vancouver, and Yarnold rents a flat nowadays from Amy Williams — who won skeleton gold for Britain four years ago.DID YOU KNOW?The sport has roots in the 1800s and was in the Olympic program in 1928, then again in 1948. But it wasn’t back as a medal sport until 2002, and now attracts sliders from nations that don’t even have home tracks on which to train.___SKI JUMPING:THE BASICSWomen will compete for the first time in a sport the men have had to themselves since 1924. Four gold medals will be awarded overall, the large hill, the normal hill and a team event for the men. The women will compete only on the normal hill.STARS TO WATCH“Kid Ballerina” Sara Takahashi of Japan, who says her ballet training helps her maintain balance during jumps, is the women’s favorite. Her biggest competitors are American teenager Sarah Hendrickson, the world champion who is coming off right knee surgery in August, and Lindsey Van, the sport’s first world champion and Hendrickson’s teammate.DID YOU KNOW?The International Olympic Committee fought for years to keep women from ski jumping at the Olympics, with suggestions their event wasn’t competitive enough and that their bodies weren’t strong enough to take the strain of jumps, affecting their ability to have children.___SNOWBOARDING:THE BASICSFive events: Halfpipe, snowboardcross, parallel giant slalom and two new ones — slopestyle and parallel slalom. Slopestyle is a ride down a hill with steeply angled jumps, rails and little bumps called “jibs.” Parallel slalom is racing — a shortened version of parallel giant slalom event that’s been on the program since snowboarding was introduced in 1998.STARS TO WATCHA certain rider named Shaun White, who is going for his third straight halfpipe gold and trying to win in slopestyle, as well. Another rider to watch will be Torah Bright of Australia, the defending Olympic halfpipe champion who will compete in halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboardcross.DID YOU KNOW?Mark McMorris of Canada is largely considered White’s top challenger in slopestyle but he broke a rib competing in the Winter X Games. He’s expected to be OK in time for Sochi.___LONG TRACK SPEEDSKATING:THE BASICSAll races are held in pairs using two lanes on the track. At the back straightaway, the skaters switch lanes, allowing them both to cover the same distance per lap. When both skaters emerge from the corner at the same time, the skater in the inside lane has to let the outer lane pass in front of them. The men and women each compete in five individual events, and the team pursuit.STARS TO WATCHUnited States long track speed skater Shani Davis glides around a turn as he practices in Adler Arena for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jan. 31, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Shani Davis of the United States will try to become the first male skater to win the same event at three straight Olympics in the 1,000 meters. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands is looking for redemption in the 10,000, having lost a gold medal four years ago in Vancouver after being disqualified when his coach directed him to the wrong lane during the race. On the women’s side, Ireen Wust of the Netherlands is a favorite to medal in the 1,500 and 3,000. Claudia Pechstein of Germany will turn 42 during the Olympics, her sixth. She owns nine career medals and will try for a 10th in the 5,000.DID YOU KNOW?The clap skate revolutionized the sport in the mid-1990s, helping lower world records considerably. The skates are hinged to the front of the boot and detach from the heel, allowing a more natural range of movement. The blades are about 1 millimeter thick and come in lengths from 13 to 18 centimeters.___SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING:THE BASICSUsually between four and six skaters compete on an oval ice rink using a mass start. Men and women compete in the same events: 500 meters, 1,000, 1,500, and the relays (3,000 for women and 5,000 for men). It’s often called roller derby on ice and there are several rules that, if broken, result in disqualification.STARS TO WATCHViktor Ahn is a medal favorite in all three individual men’s events. Born Ahn Hyun-soo in South Korea, Ahn became a Russian citizen in 2011. Wang Meng, China’s most decorated Winter Olympian, is out with a broken ankle on the women’s side. South Korea’s women’s team could dominate, led by Shim Suk-hee.DID YOU KNOW?The most common reason for disqualification is impeding, which involves pushing, blocking or otherwise causing an impediment for another skater.US Olympic Rosters
A few young South African entrepreneurs and creatives speak out about how they are enjoying their freedom with responsibility through their careers and their passions.Jodi Deerling says he is making sure he leaves a legacy. His daily motivation is everyone he encounters and who believes in him and his business. “I know what I am doing is much bigger than I am. I am merely a vessel.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanJodi Deerling, Michael Cost, Tia Black, Nathan Adriaanse, Nicole Norman and Jodi Cash are young South African professionals who have worked hard to make their dreams a reality. They marked Freedom Month talking about what freedom means to them.Freedom Day is an annual public holiday in South Africa. The day, 27 April, marks the first democratic election held in the country, in 1994. April is regarded as Freedom Month.Jodi DeerlingJodi Deerling (31) grew up in Malabar, Port Elizabeth and is now living in the City of Gold.An entrepreneur, he is the owner of JD Collection, which consists of men’s and children’s accessories such as bowties. His collection is carried by Spree, Superbalist.com, Zando and Big Blue, among other retailers.Deerling is a former YoTV presenter, and has acted in shows such as Isidingo, Villa Rosa and Stokvel.He has a lot to celebrate this Freedom Month, he says. “The final documents of registration for my dream business came through in April. I also met a very special person in this month. We celebrate our anniversary every single year.”Freedom means “having the choice to love who I want and to do whatever I want, as long as it doesn’t hurt the next person”, he says.“What I enjoy the most about the South African constitution is that it truly doesn’t discriminate against any sex, religion or individual.”Michael CostMichael Cost says one of his motivations to work hard is his subscribers. “My bananas; their constant support and belief in me and my work is always inspirational and keeps me motivated even in the darkest of times.” (Image supplied)Michael Cost (23) is born and bred in Johannesburg, where he still lives.He says his greatest career achievement has been to jump head first into being a fulltime YouTuber at the beginning of 2017. “Being able to sacrifice so much and risk it all in order to follow my passion has been a rewarding experience.”But he reveals: “When I was a child my dream was to be an Oscar award-winning actor. My views have changed drastically.“I have a Masters in architecture which I obtained this year. I love merging my passion for architecture with my passion for online content creation.”Cost is also the host of the Twitter chat for South African YouTubers, called #YouTubeZA.“I do believe that your job is what you make it; if you want it to be your dream job, then make it your dream job.”He looks forward to sharing more of South Africa’s culture, comedy and urban life with other South Africans and the world.Regarding Freedom Month, he says: “I am reminded every day how lucky I am to be able to do what I do and to share South Africa’s story with the rest of the world via the internet.”The power of freedom of speech is such an incredible tool, Cost says. “We can barely imagine the extent of its reach.”Tia BlackTia Black is her own cheerleader. “My goals can only be achieved by me so there is no use looking elsewhere for the motivation to attain them.” (Image supplied)Tia Black is a 28-year-old singer from Cape Town who enjoys being able to work with people she has idolised. “And being able to do what I love is an achievement in itself.“This is part of my dream job. I eventually want to venture into television, radio, theatre and the beauty industry. My dream is to do it all!”Black, who grew up in the Cape Town suburbs of Mitchells Plain and Parkwood, talks about how she feels about Freedom Month: “Growing up biracial, my whole life is an ode to the freedom we have right now.“Looking back I remember being asked if I was lost whenever I was with my mom because she’s white. Now it’s not so foreign and I love the diversity we strive to uphold. As a nation it’s kind of mirrored in my everyday life through my parents.”She adds: “I am able to do what I love on this scale because I now have the right to do so. I am free to live without being scared to do so.”We must acknowledge that in theory we have a great Constitution, Black says. “Although we are flawed and still fighting for the correct implementation of what our Constitution is based on, the fact is we actually have one.”Nathan AdriaanseNathan Adriaanse reminds himself daily: “I need to be better than I was yesterday. Tomorrow I will be better than I am today.” (Image supplied)Nathan Adriaanse (27), who grew up in Athlone, in Cape Town, has been a professional dancer since he was 21.“In 2012 I was part of a hip hop crew, Brooklyn Brotherhood,” he recalls. “We took part in the US’s Hip Hop International competition held in Las Vegas in the United States. We were South Africa’s number one representative then, and we placed fifth.“The second big achievement came later in 2012, when I landed my first feature movie role in the Warner Brothers’ House Party 5: Tonight’s the Night film.”Another accomplishment came in 2015 when he was selected to be part of Showtime Australia, performing in the tribute shows Michael Jackson HIStory Show and The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show. “I’ve been touring the world for the past year and half. This opportunity has really changed my life.”Adriaanse, who now lives in Johannesburg, says freedom to him means that he is able to invest in his career. “I am busy planning my trip to the US to improve my skills as a dancer.”He appreciates the fact that he is able to move freely as a South African.Nicole NormanTo keep her momentum going, Nicole Norman surrounds herself with positive energy. “Naturally I attract even more positivity into my life.” (Image supplied)At 23, Nicole Norman is a television presenter of the SABC3 show, Exfrontiers. She is also a blogger.Her career in fashion and entertainment has grown in the past few months, she says. “I was the red carpet host for the Cape Town Fashion Council at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival a few weeks ago and that was quite an incredible experience.”Yet, she says, “the best feeling is having someone come up to me and tell me that I’m good at what I do and that I inspire them to do their best.”Norman, who is from Cape Town, believes freedom is something we often take for granted. “As a creative, freedom is an even more pivotal aspect of what I do — especially when it comes to freedom of expression in multimedia forms.”Freedom Month is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the past. “This is what puts things into perspective and holds weight for me, allowing me to be truly grateful for the freedom I enjoy today.”In her university media studies course, she says she “recently wrote a paper exploring various legislative regulations surrounding the works of media practitioners.“I discovered that the Constitution truly protects our freedom of speech and freedom of expression — no matter how controversial.”Jodi CashRapper Jodi Cash is motivated by the desire to be fulfilled. “To know that someday I’ll be able to kick up my feet and say, ‘Yeah I did my best and I showed up to what I’m capable of.’” (Image supplied)Jodi Cash (27), a rapper who lives in Sea Point in Cape Town, has recently started releasing content. “I’m really happy with the reception of it so far. Having won Best Music Video in the Liverpool International Film Festival 2016 was just the cherry on top.“I’ve always loved making music and have never thought of it as a job. I suppose if you consider it to be a job, it definitely is a dream job.”Cash says he travelled a lot as a child and partly grew up abroad. “But I’d say I spent most of my time in Durban.”When he thinks of freedom, he refers to the day he got his driver’s licence. “It gave me a feeling of independence, like I could go anywhere.”About the Constitution, he speaks particularly about the right to freedom of expression. “This helps me to be more informed when making decisions and less susceptible to manipulation and irrational theories.“I’d much rather live in a place where I’m allowed to speak my mind than sit in silence and be forced to say things I don’t actually mean.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool top of table for Christmas after victory at Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are four points clear at the top of the table after their 2-0 win at Wolves.Mohamed Salah inspired Liverpool to a victory at Wolves that took them four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.The Reds went ahead when Fabinho played a one-two with Sadio Mane and crossed for Salah, who flicked the ball into the net with the outside of his foot.The Egyptian set up Liverpool’s second with a wonderful lofted pass over the home defence, allowing Virgil van Dijk to side-foot a six-yard volley past Rui Patricio.City, the defending champions, play their game in hand on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace, but this victory ensures for Jurgen Klopp’s side will be top on Christmas Day.
Arsenal boss Emery welcomes back defensive trio: Great momentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is delighted to see their medical room clearing.For their Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest, Emery welcomed Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding back into first-team – while Kieran Tierney made his debut.All three made a big impression as we beat Nottingham Forest – and Unai Emery praised the trio and believes they will make a big impact.”It’s amazing news,” the head coach said. “It was amazing to see the people’s reaction to Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, who played his first 15 minutes [at the end]. “It was a great moment. We can be a better competitive team with them. For us having every player available is the perfect moment. “Now we have two injuries with Lacazette and Smith Rowe, and hopefully in a few weeks he can be training with the possibility to play. Really we are really happy with Hector, Rob and Kieran.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea won’t consider offers for N’Golo Kanteby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea won’t consider the sale of N’Golo Kante.The midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Juventus, but reports claim the star is not up for sale.Juve coach Maurizio Sarri is said to be keen on reuniting with Kante in Turin.He is said to have told the club’s vice-chairman Pavel Nedved that Kante should be high on the club’s list of targets.But now according to Sky Italia’s Fabrizio Romano, there is no truth in the rumours.Romano told Calciomercato that there is no negotiations to bring Kante to the Serie A giants despite sporting director Fabio Paratici being a big admirer of the 28-year-old.
There will be quite a football posse traveling through Texas and the Midwest this weekend. According to Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram, former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson will be taking the “California 11,” a group of 11 California-based high school football recruits, on a recruiting trip this weekend. The group, which includes Johnson’s son, Keyshawn Jr., a four-star WR, will be visiting Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Nebraska, before traveling back to the West Coast. I can confirm that Keyshawn Johnson is headed to Austin to barnstorm the state with 11 recruits from Cali, including his highly touted son— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015Keyshawn Johnson @Thromedamnball and the California 11 will hit Texas A&M Fri practice, visit Texas Sat, OU Jr day Sun and Nebraska Mon— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball are flying into Austin and driving to College Station for the Texas A&M Friday Night practice— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball will drive back to Austin and spend Saturday visiting with @TexasFB and coach @Strong_TexasFB— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball will then make the 6-7 hour drive from Austin to Norman for the Oklahoma Junior Day on Sun— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball will leave OU and head to Nebraska to visit the Cornhuskers, then fly back to Cali from Lincoln— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015Among 2016 recruits in the Cali 11 are Michael Pittman, Marquel Dismuke, Isaiah Hayes and Khalil Tate— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015Among the 2017 recruits in the Cali 11 are WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr., WR Terrell Bynum, CB Darnay Holmes, CB Jermani Brown, QB Tristan Gebbia— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015That sounds like one heck of a trip. Be on the lookout for some top football prospects, Longhorns, Aggies, Sooners and Huskers.