Photos NASCAR FONTANA – NASCAR Nextel Cup team members go up and down pit road during races, making deals with other teams. It’s a time-honored tradition in the sport. Help someone and in the future, they’ll help you. Especially among drivers on the same team. Last week’s Daytona 500 was a prime example. Kevin Harvick was sixth entering the final lap. He received a draft from Matt Kenseth, who is not Harvick’s teammate, to overtake Mark Martin and win the race. “Matt Kenseth helped Kevin Harvick because he thought he was going to get the best finish he could by doing that,” Burton said. “He didn’t think, ‘Oh, there is Kevin Harvick . I am going to help him win the Daytona 500.’ “ Cup race is cut-throat and those drivers who do not make immediate impressions usually find themselves out of a job very quickly. “We are selfish, self-centered, arrogant people who drive race cars,” Burton said. Stick to racingHopefully, Jimmie Johnson will do better on a snowboard than the Lakers’ Vladimir Radmanovic did during his break. And it’s all hogwash, said Cup veteran Jeff Burton, who will start today’s Auto Club 500 at California Speedway eighth. “The stories about teammates talking about helping each other are so exaggerated,” he said. The Cup Series has next week off before returning to Las Vegas in two weeks. Johnson, the 2006 series champion, said he is going snowboarding next week. Radmanovic separated a shoulder boarding during the NBA All-Star break. Johnson hasn’t done well with other sports lately. During the off-season, he fell out of a golf cart and broke his hand. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Get your sneak peek of episode 16 of Play Your Part, here:Sakina Mohamed, CEO of the Greater Rape Intervention Project, is one of the guests on episode 16 of Play Your Part. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSakina Mohamed believes that the world would be a better place if there was no violence against women and children. Mohamed, the CEO of the non-governmental organisation Greater Rape Intervention Project (Grip), is one of the guests on Play Your Part this week.Grip was founded in 2000 after a teenage girl contracted HIV through a rape; she died of an AIDS-related illness.The episode will be broadcast on Saturday, 30 December 2017 on SABC2 at 18:00.Here’s more on the other guests on this episode:Sandi MazibukoSandi MazibukoMazibuko is the founder of the fashion label, Fabrosanz. The company does fashion styling, make-up and hair. The designer began by doing the sewing herself, but now focuses on design; she has employed a team for the cutting and sewing.Shalate TeffoShalate TeffoChildren’s home Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng is run by Teffo and her mother, Asnath. Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng, which means “little gifts of home” in Setswana, has helped hundreds of destitute children and their families. Through the home, Asnath has taken in orphaned or abandoned children and raised them among her own.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
African romance writers are creating waves from Lagos to Cape Town with a range of books that empower women. Ankara Press books offer readers alternative models of behaviour compared to those of traditional romances, which rely on ideas of male dominance. Cape Town author Amina Thula writes romance novels; she is one of a series of romance writers published by Ankara Press. The imprint aims to give a fresh spin on the genre, with books written by Africans, for Africans. (Image supplied) Priya Pitamber Forget Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey; Sindi Mali and Edward Boateng are steaming up the pages in Africa. Sindi and Edward are the main characters in The Elevator Kiss, written by Cape Town author Amina Thula. As the title suggests, the protagonists meet in a lift during Christmas, and kiss under the mistletoe. It is a kiss that changes both their lives.The Elevator Kiss is part of a group of novels published by the romance imprint Ankara Press; every one of its books is by an African author. Publisher Bibi Bakare-Yusuf first started Cassava Republic Press; a few years later, she started Ankara because “so many people read romance and it is also quite commercially viable”.Bakare-Yusuf said she felt the romance genre was an important vehicle for reconfiguring gender relations. “Not only just configuring gender relations but to show Africans in pursuit of love and erotic desire in a healthy and wholesome way,” she explained. “Romance is a genre that appeals to masses of women – and men – and it is therefore a good place to infuse transformative ideas about romance and desire.”According to the Ankara Press website, the imprint’s mission “is to publish a new kind of romance, in which the thrill of fantasy is alive but realised in a healthier and more grounded way”.No damsel in distress hereThula said most romantic sagas had a female character who, by the end of the story, had undergone a deep inner change. Her story of Sindi and Edward was different, however; it was “a personal journey for both of them and they both grow and change parallel to one another as their tale unfolds”.Edward did not have knight-in-shining-armour syndrome, and Sindi did not need rescuing. “When Edward does something for Sindi, it is normally the result of the situation and is not because he is trying to be her hero,” explained Thula. “Both main characters are well-rounded individuals who can deal with their own personal issues. They would never need a crutch because they are both very capable, have self-awareness and a healthy esteem.”Empower and enlightenThe books brought a fresh perspective compared to the more traditional romance novels. “We want to offer readers alternative models of behaviour from those provided by romances such as Mills and Boon,” explained Bakare-Yusuf. “In the past, romance novels have relied on dangerous notions of male dominance, control and manipulation that can be harmful to women. Many women tolerate abusive situations because they wrongly believe that this is what romance should look like.”She said Ankara’s titles aimed to empower women by showing what a healthy, balanced and passionate relationship could be. “It’s about giving women the permission to create the contours of their own sexual universe by providing them with representations of other women who have done it. And we felt it was equally important to give examples of men who are in touch with their own emotions and who are expressive.”Ankara stories feature young, self-assured and independent women who work, play and, of course, fall madly in love in vibrant African cities from Lagos to Cape Town. Ankara men are confident, emotionally expressive and not afraid of independent and sexually assertive women. “Our sensuous books will challenge romance stereotypes and empower women to love themselves in their search for love, romance and wholesome sex,” reads the website.Thula would also like to transform the romance genre and the portrayal of Africans in literature. “It’s about time we Africans dictated who we are and showed the world there is so much more to us than war, crime, famine and poverty,” she said. “I also think the romance genre has garnered an unfair reputation over the years. If there’s one thing we need more of in this world, it is love. We need to relearn how to love and relate to each other in a healthy and respectful manner.”A worthwhile readAinehi Edoro, writing on the lifestyle and entertainment website Bella Naija, described The Elevator Kiss as an effortless page turner. Sindi was not a typical romance heroine, she wrote. “She is not confused about her worth. She knows she is beautiful and smart. And most of all, she knows her body. She understands her desires and is not afraid or too shy to make a man satisfy them.“For those of us tired of romance stories where the woman has to wait for the man to make every move, Amina Thula has indeed given us a gift.”While reading the book, she also tweeted:Cant sleep. In bed reading Elevator Kiss. What do I think of it? Marvelous! *in bridget jones’ voice.* @jeremyweate pic.twitter.com/XKz2ReQAqT— BRITTLE PAPER (@brittlepaper) December 20, 2014I bought all @ankarapress new offerings because of the splendid covers, brilliant writers and yes I love romantic stories.— Agbonsbobo (@agbonsbobo) January 18, 2015Users who downloaded The Elevator Kiss also left their thoughts on the Ankara website. Lila described the story as “wistful, captivating and totally enthralling”. Another reader who went by the alias DL at first was hesitant to read it because of a disconnect in cultural experiences but “was pleasantly surprised to discover that was not the case”, and applauded the author: “Well done Amina, this was beautiful!”Bakare-Yusuf loved all six titles in the imprint, all for different reasons. “Each book provides a perspective and opportunity to enter into the interior world of the characters and go on a journey with them as they search for love and in the process come to terms with who they are as individuals.” Each book provided an alternative view of femininity and masculinity.Adventure and imaginationWhen Thula was a child, she wanted to become an historian or an archaeologist. “That dream was built on a lust for epic adventures, adrenaline-inducing action and high-level conspiracy and espionage – blame it on Wilbur Smith and Indiana Jones,” she joked. Now she is a student and author, even though she wrote the book with no expectation of it being published. In fact, she was certain Ankara would reject her manuscript.The book began with Thula testing her creativity. “After I finished the first three chapters, I emailed them to a friend who loved them so I decided to finish the story for her – it was going to be a gift for her,” she explained. “It took me almost a year before I sat down and wrote The Elevator Kiss because at first I couldn’t decide what genre to write. One day an innocent chance encounter with a neighbour in an elevator helped me decide on the genre and inspired the main characters’ meeting. The rest of the story flowed out from there on.”The other titles in the romance book series are:• A Tailor-Made Romance, Oyindamola Affinnih• Black Sparkle Romance, Amara Nicole Okolo• A Taste of Love, Sifa Asani Gowon• Love’s Persuasion, Ola Awonubi• Finding Love Again, Chioma Iwunze IbiamLooking to the future“We already have readers asking for more Ankara books, so the challenge is to keep up with them,” said Bakare-Yusuf. The publisher is working on the release of the next six titles, and while Ankara is concentrating on digital sales now, it also hopes to release audio and print books soon.“We are always looking for new authors, so if any readers think they have a romance novel inside them, I would encourage them to read the submission guidelines on our website and get in touch!” You never know, you could create the next Sindi Mali and Edward Boateng.”The e-books are available on the Ankara website.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer relied on his trusted serve to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) Thursday and give defending champion Switzerland a spot in the Hopman Cup final.Unbeaten Switzerland assured its place in Saturday’s final ahead of the women’s singles match between Belinda Bencic and Greek opponent Maria Sakkari.“There was very little unforced errors and it was really good quality tennis,” Federer said. “It could have easily gone three sets. For me, it is about maintaining a good level of play and I am happy with my game.”The Swiss will next face either host Australia or Germany.“I will be excited to watch it tomorrow and see who we play in the final,” Federer said. “This format lends itself to some exciting tennis.”Federer lost only seven games in wins over Cameron Norrie and Frances Tiafoe but found it tougher in his first match against Tsitsipas.The first set pitted Tsitsipas’ power against Federer’s precision with eight games held at love.Federer trailed 4-1 in the first tiebreaker before reeling off consecutive forehand winners to claw back into it. Tsitsipas double-faulted at 5-5 and Federer then won the set with an ace.The serve continued to dictate play until Federer had break points in the ninth and 11th games but was unable to convert. The 23-time Grand Slam champion, however, raised his game in the tiebreaker with a perfect drop shot to take a 6-3 lead. He closed it out shortly after.Federer’s appearances at the past two Hopman Cups were followed by Australian Open titles.Earlier, Serena Williams beat Katie Boulter 6-1, 7-6 (2) to complete an unbeaten Hopman Cup campaign in singles. With daughter Alexis Olympia in attendance, Williams was made to work in the second set before prevailing.The winless United States, however, lost to Britain 2-1. Norrie upset Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 6-0 in men’s singles and Britain won the mixed doubles 3-4 (2), 4-3 (4), 4-1.The 37-year-old Williams’ hopes for a record third Hopman Cup title ended when the United States was eliminated after losses to Greece and Switzerland.Williams has slowly built momentum in her first tournament since the U.S. Open in September as she eyes a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne.“It was definitely good to play three singles matches here, and the mixed (doubles),” Williams said on-court after her singles match.The American did not attend a news conference after the match.—By TRISTAN LAVALETTE, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
Tokyo, Sept 24 (AFP) Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka not only hit the cash jackpot with her historic US Open victory — she struck a blow for racial equality, according to a former Miss Japan. Following her 6-2 6-4 thrashing of childhood idol Serena Williams in New York earlier this month, Osaka is set to become a global marketing force as sponsors prepare to break the bank to sign the 20-year-old. But Priyanka Yoshikawa, who two years ago was crowned Miss Japan, believes Osaka can also help break down cultural barriers in a country where multi-racial children make up just two percent of those born annually. “Naomi is definitely a role model,” the half-Indian beauty queen told AFP. “Japan should be proud of her — she can definitely break down walls, she will have a big impact.” Osaka, who has a Japanese mother, a Haitian father and was raised in the United States, is set to shine a light on what it means to be Japanese, predicts Yoshikawa. “The way she speaks, and her humbleness, are so Japanese,” said the 24-year-old. “Japan puts all ‘haafu’ in the same bucket,” added Yoshikawa, referring to the Japanese for “half” — a word to describe mixed race. “Whether you’re part Russian, American or African, you’re still categorised as ‘haafu’ in Japan.” Yoshikawa’s Bollywood looks swept her to Miss Japan victory a year after Ariana Miyamoto faced an ugly backlash in 2015 for becoming the first black woman to represent the country. – ‘Not about language’ -advertisement ======================== Critics took to social media complaining that Miss Universe Japan should have been won by a “pure” Japanese. Unlike Yoshikawa and Miyamoto, Osaka speaks hardly any Japanese after moving to Florida with her family as a toddler. “It’s not about language,” insists the Tokyo-born Yoshikawa, who was bullied because of her skin colour as a child. “Why does that bother people? It’s just because she has darker skin and is mixed race. People still ask me if I eat curry every day or if I can use chopsticks! “But she’s what she thinks she is. If you think you’re Japanese, you’re Japanese.” Osaka, who won her first title at Indian Wells earlier this year, is not the first mixed-race athlete to achieve fame in Japan. Koji Murofushi, who is half-Romanian, captured hammer throw gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, while half-Iranian Yu Darvish is a starting pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs. Sprinter Asuka Cambridge, who has Jamaican blood, claimed a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while two of Japan’s Davis Cup tennis team –Taro Daniel and Ben McLachlan — are also of mixed race. But Osaka is set to become the highest profile, not to mention the richest.Despite having her 10-match win streak snapped by Karolina Pliskova in Tokyo at the weekend, Osaka can take consolation in her ballooning financial worth. – Earning power – ================= Sportswear giant Adidas is reportedly lining up a record sponsorship deal worth more than USD 10 million a year that would see Osaka become the second highest-paid female athlete behind Williams, according to Forbes. Osaka is also endorsed by Yonex, Japanese food company Nissin and watch maker Citizen. A new three-year deal with car maker Nissan underlined her earning power after becoming the first Japanese player to win a grand slam singles title. “Compared to Kei Nishikori, who is a superstar in Japan but not in the world’s top five, Naomi Osaka has the potential to be number one,” said Hirotaka Matsuoka, sports marketing professor at Waseda University. “She is tri-racial (Japan, United States and Haiti), a world athlete. Naomi is now the most marketable athlete in Japan, maybe in the world.” But Yoshikawa believes Osaka’s celebrity will help change the DNA of Japanese pop culture, like mixed-race fashion icons Rola, Jun Hasegawa and Jessica Michibata before her. “Naomi can definitely do so much good in the future” said Yoshikawa.”But it’s still going to take more time for people to think ‘haafu’ can be Japanese,” she warned. “We need more people like Naomi.” AFP KHSKHS
During our time away at the 2016 Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand, we let Australian Menâ€™s Open player Ben Moylan take over our camera â€“ a brave move some would say! Ben asked our Australian players some interesting and sometimes unusual questions, and even made some new friends along the way! To check out â€˜The Ranga Reportâ€™ please click on the links below:Episode One – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S063tINVjR4 Episode Two – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7wYqLT8KOQ Be sure to tell us what you thought of â€˜The Ranga Reportâ€™ at our social media channels:Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksThe Ranga Report
Spain coach Moreno frustrated after Norway equaliserby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain suffered a last gasp goal on Saturday, with Norway scoring a late equaliser to draw 1-1 and to leave coach Robert Moreno frustrated.Saul Niguez’s dipping second-half effort was cancelled out by Josh King’s injury-time penalty to ruin Spain’s 100% record in Group F.After the game, Moreno discussed the bad feeling in the dressing room.”When they equalise in the 93rd minute, you can’t feel good,” explained Moreno. “But that’s part of football.”We knew that they could be dangerous in that type of play.”In the final minutes we were a little nervous and we risked too much, but that can happen.”Despite the setback, Moreno chose to reflect on the positives from the game.”I liked the attitude of the team,” he said.”The players who played have done well.”I think we generated chances to score the second, but I wish we could have defended those plays better.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say