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Hoosiers Qualify 15 for Thursday Night Finals at Big Ten Championships

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Indiana University women’s swimming and diving team had a great performance in the Thursday morning prelims at the 2017 Big Ten Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.The Hoosiers qualified 15 swimmers and divers for the evening finals – four in the A Finals, seven in the B Finals and four in the C Finals. IU enters Thursday night in fourth place with a total of 108 points.500 FreestyleThe Hoosiers will bring back four swimmers for tonight’s finals of the 500 freestyle, led by Stephanie Marchuk who qualified 10th overall with a NCAA B cut time of 4:42.18. Joining her in the B Final will be freshman Cassie Jernberg, who qualified 13th overall with a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 4:44.32.Kennedy Goss finished 18th overall to earn a spot in the C Final with a NCAA B cut time of 4:46.08, while Delaney Barnard was 20th overall with a mark of 4:46.25 to join her in the C Final.Jernberg’s time ties her as the 11th-fastest swimmer in the event at IU, while Barnard’s mark makes her the 15th-best performer in school history.Shelly Drozda placed 37th overall with a time of 4:50.56, while Maria Paula Heitmann took home 38th place with a personal-best time of 4:51.25. Hannah Sakaluk was 53rd overall with a time of 4:56.45.200 IMIndiana had an impressive showing in the 200 IM prelims, as the team brought back all six swimmers for the evening finals.Lilly King was the top qualifier in the event, touching the wall with a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 1:55.49 that is the second-fastest mark in school history. Christine Jensen will join King in the A Final after posting a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 1:58.85 that ranks her as the 12th-best performer in the event at Indiana.IU will have four swimmers in the B Final of the 200 IM, led by Bailey Pressey, who touched the wall in a time of 1:59.09. Sam Lisy also posted a NCAA B cut time (1:59.18) to qualify, while Reagan Cook had a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 1:59.69. Rounding out the four swimmers in the B Final for the Hoosiers will be Rachel Matsumura, who touched in a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 1:59.75.Cook’s time ranks her as the 12th-best swimmer in the event in school history, while Matsumura’s mark puts her at 15th all-time.50 FreestyleAli Rockett will lead three IU swimmers back for the finals of the 50 freestyle on Thursday night. Keller qualified for the B Final with a personal-best and NCAA B cut time of 22.80 that ranks her as the sixth-fastest swimmer in the event in school history.Both Holly Spears and Shelby Koontz for the C Final with personal-best times. Spears touched the wall with a NCAA B cut time of 22.85, while Koontz finished in 23.01. Spears’ time ranks her eighth all-time at IU, while Koontz’s mark puts her in a tie for 11th in IU history.Katherine Keller tied for 87th in the 50 freestyle with a personal-best time of 24.33.1-Meter DiveIU received two big-time performances from Jessica Parratto and Michal Bower in the 1-meter dive prelims, as both earned a spot in Thursday night’s A Final.Parratto qualified third overall with a NCAA qualifying score of 297.25, while Bower qualified seventh with a NCAA qualifying total of 285.75.Parratto was solid throughout, scoring four of her six dives over 48 points. Bower had a great final effort, scoring a 54.60 on her last dive to move from 10th to seventh and earn a spot in the championship final.The Hoosiers will continue at the 2017 Big Ten Championships on Thursday evening with the finals of the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1-meter dive and 400 medley relay. The action gets underway at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. ET.Be sure to keep up with all the latest news on the Indiana men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.500 FreestyleStephanie Marchuk – 4:42.18 (NCAA B cut – B Final)Cassie Jernberg – 4:44.32 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut – B Final)Kennedy Goss – 4:46.08 (NCAA B cut – C Final)Delaney Barnard – 4:46.25 (NCAA B cut – C Final)Shelly Drozda – 4:50.56Maria Paula Heitmann – 4:51.25 (Personal Best)Hannah Sakaluk – 4:56.45200 IMLilly King – 1:55.49 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut – A Final)Christine Jensen – 1:58.85 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut – A Final)Bailey Pressey – 1:59.09 (NCAA B cut – B Final)Sam Lisy – 1:59.18 (NCAA B cut – B Final)Reagan Cook – 1:59.69 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut – B Final)Rachel Matsumura – 1:59.75 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut – B Final)50 FreestyleAli Rockett – 22.80 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut – B Final)Holly Spears – 22.85 (Personal Best, NCAA B cut – C Final)Shelby Koontz – 23.01 (Personal Best – C Final)T-87. Katherine Keller – 24.33 (Personal Best)1-Meter DiveJessica Parratto – 297.25 (NCAA Qualifying score)Michal Bower – 285.75 (NCAA Qualifying score)last_img read more

Monaco Snaps up Young Llorente

first_imgMonaco has snapped up teenage goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez Llorente from Osasuna on a three-year deal, the Ligue 1 club announced Tuesday.The 19-year-old, a Spanish age grade international, played last season with the club’s reserve side, going on to make one La Liga appearance as a replacement.Llorente becomes the French champions’ sixth goalkeeper with Croatia international Danijel Subasic, Swiss veteran Diego Benaglio, Loic Badiashile and Seydou Sy, with Paul Nardi out on loan with Cercle Brugge in the Belgian second division.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

Edna shows that age is no handicap

first_img4 Feb 2015 Edna shows that age is no handicap You’re never too old to get into golf – just ask Edna Bennett, who achieved her first handicap at the age of 73.“Age is definitely no barrier to playing golf,” says Edna, who plays at Three Rivers Golf Club in Essex, where she is pictured (left) with golfing friend Julie Williams. “I really enjoy everything about it, being outside, doing something physical, walking and making friends.“I now play abroad and in the UK and I belong to a lovely, friendly club – as soon as you walk in someone says ‘hi’ – there is so much on offer there.”Edna, a retired PE teacher, has been interested in golf for many years. She lives close to a golf course and her daughter, Sarah, took advantage of this to learn the game, becoming a Ladies European Tour professional for over 20 years, competing worldwide before concentrating on her coaching.But although Edna encouraged Sarah, introduced school pupils to the game and actually belonged to a golf club for many years, she didn’t get started as a player until she was over 70.“I didn’t have much time and when I first started there were not as many opportunities for new players as there are now, which made it difficult.” said Edna. She decided to postpone her golfing ambitions until she retired, but this plan was abandoned when she hurt her back in a boating accident. “That was the end of golf, I thought.”But her interest was reawakened when Sarah became increasingly involved with her coaching and took on the role of PGA head teaching professional at Three Rivers Golf & Country Club. “Sarah offered a structured beginners’ golf programme, which is very popular with the ladies, which I decided to join. I started a couple of years ago and was awarded my first ever handicap last summer,” said Edna.“Sometimes my back troubles me, but one of the reasons I like Three Rivers Golf Club is there are two courses and my membership includes the Jubilee, the shorter of the two courses which really suits my level of golf.”Friendliness is one of the key attractions of the club for Edna. “There’s never any problem in finding someone to play and roll ups are an attraction.“Sarah runs numerous coffee mornings and initiatives to help the beginners learn  all off-course aspects of the game.  She also organises holidays and ladies’ days out – we’re Bennett’s Birdies!  It’s a very friendly club, everyone just joins in. I’d encourage anyone to play.”Edna’s golfing experience has brought the Bennetts full circle. It used to be Edna who taught Sarah PE at school; now it’s daughter teaching mother.“It’s really lovely for me to see mum enjoying herself so much,” said Sarah, who is also the head coach to the England Golf U18 East regional squad.Edna and Sarah are pictured right.To find out about Sarah Bennett’s coaching programmes click hereTo find out about Get into golf opportunities across the country click herelast_img read more

West Olympia Farmers’ Market Celebrates Opening Day

first_imgFacebook492Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by West Olympia Farmers’ MarketFind local goods and produce at the West Olympia Farmers’ Market each Tuesday from mid-May to mid-October. Photo credit: West Olympia Farmers Market.West Olympia Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce the opening of its fourth season on Tuesday, May 13th at 4:00 pm. The market is located at 1515 Harrison Ave. NW in the parking lot of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and will be open every Tuesday evening from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 13th – Oct. 14th 2014. Keep an eye out for the signs on Harrison Ave.In addition to a great selection of local vendors, this season will feature live music, raffles, and monthly special events. Also, to make shopping even more convenient and accessible, West Olympia Farmers’ Market will now be accepting EBT and debit transactions. Drop by the Market Information booth for more information on all of this year’s happenings or check the West Olympia Farmers’ Market website and facebook page.West Olympia Farmers’ Market (WOFM) is your neighborhood market. WOFM strives to help build a vibrant local food economy by supporting small-scale and beginning vendors. All of WOFM’s farmers, artisans and producers are based in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, or Grays Harbor county, with the majority based in Olympia. Products at this years market include fresh produce, baked goods, pastured poultry and meats, flowers, veggie starts, crafts, and much more.  Everything is locally grown and produced, so come on out and support your local producers.For more information, please contact. [email protected], or 253-350-7836 and find us on facebook.last_img read more


first_imgMcHeat–Tyler Baze–121Kaabraaj–Eswan Flores–121Holy Lute–Jamie Theriot–121Bottle Rocket–Stewart Elliott–121Toowindytohaulrox–Tiago Pereira–123Ohio–Brice Blanc–121Secreto Primero–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121Guns Loaded–Rafael Bejarano–125Eric the Trojan–Victor Espinoza–118So Sweetitiz–Flavien Prat–118Boozer–Gary Stevens–121Also EligiblesAnytime Anyplace–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–121Jimmy Bouncer–Mario Gutierrez–121First post time on opening day, Friday, is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. OHIO: Trained by Paulo Lobo, this 5-year-old Brazilian-bred tries a new game as he shortens up off of three consecutive turf routes, the most recent a solid third place finish in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap on Aug. 21. A winner of two of five stateside starts, will try to exploit what could be a lively pace from mid-pack under regular rider Brice Blanc. Owned by Bonne Chance Farm, LLC or Stud R D I, LLC, Ohio is 12-6-2-1 overall. TOOWINDYTOOHAULROX: Trained by high percentage Phil D’Amato, this 5-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday took the Grade III Daytona Stakes over the course four starts back and is two for seven lifetime down the hill. A close seventh while encountering trouble in the 6 ½ furlong turf Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint on Sept. 3, he returns to his home ground for owner Queen Bee Racing, LLC. Although versatile, he would appear best suited rallying from well off the pace. –30– THE GRADE III EDDIE D. STAKES (2ND DIVISION) IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 9 (of 9)                                                                                                       Approximate post time 5 p.m. PSTcenter_img HOLY LUTE: Fresh off a gutty five furlong turf allowance score Aug. 31 at Del Mar, this 6-year-old horse by Midnight Lute appears a solid fit in the Eddie D. Trained by Jim Cassidy and owned by Class Racing Stable, Holy Lute has a win and three seconds from eight tries down the hill and will be ridden back by veteran jockey Jamie Theriot. Well seasoned, Holy Lute is 26-5-6-3 overall and seems to relish a head and head duel. SO SWEETITIZ: A Kentucky-bred 4-year-old filly by Grand Slam, she’ll be seeking her fourth consecutive win for owner/breeder Pamela Ziebarth as she tackles males for the first time in her ninth career start. An impressive winner of the five furlong turf Daisycutter Handicap Aug. 5, she has two wins and a second from three hillside tries. Quick from the gate, she’s conditioned by Marty Jones and will be ridden back by Flavien Prat. Based at Los Alamitos, she’s had three bullet works since her last start and will try to improve upon an overall mark of 8-4-2-0. ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2016)–In what could be the best betting race of the day, Brazilian-bred Ohio, Toowindytoohaulrox, So Sweetitiz and Holy Lute all figure prominently among a field of 11 three year olds and up in the second division of the Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Friday.Carded as the final race on a nine-race program, the Eddie D. “Take 2” attracted 13 entrants, with two horses relegated to the Also Eligible list.last_img read more

The Warriors are not better without Kevin Durant. That said…

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — The Warriors are not better without Kevin Durant.Anyone who is pushing that narrative is, in essence, saying that the Warriors are better off with an amalgamation of minutes from Jonas Jerebko, Alfonzo McKinnie, and Shaun Livingston instead of 35-plus from perhaps the greatest scorer in NBA history.No offense to those reserves, who have played well in this series against the Blazers, but that’s a downright a laughable sentiment.Yet the Warriors are 5-0 since Durant went down …last_img

Google chooses SA code gurus

first_imgEstablished in 2001, Translate.org.za works to provide South Africans with useful open source software in their mother tongue.Janine ErasmusTranslate.org.za is a non-profit organisation that translates free open source software, such as internet browser Firefox and e-mail client Thunderbird, into South Africa’s 11 official languages. Two of the company’s products have been selected for internet search engine Google’s Summer of Code 2008.The Summer of Code is a collaborative programme that brings together students and mentors from 90 countries around the world to work during the US summer holidays on free open source software products, enhancing and modifying them. Open source software can be freely modified, since the underlying code has been made available to users by the developers.Products are provided by selected mentoring organisations. Students then evaluate the products and choose those which match their skills and interests. They submit an application to work on their product of choice and if accepted, receive a stipend for their work. Applications from students may be submitted to Google from 24 March 2008.The two Translate.org.za products are Translate Toolkit and Pootle, both of which assist in language translation and localisation.Translate Toolkit is a set of tools that enables programmers to switch between various translation formats (such as OpenOffice.org formats and Mozilla formats). This simplifies the work because only one translation editor is needed for a variety of applications.Pootle is a set of online translation and translation management tools. The web interface is translated into more than 35 languages, and translations of the interface are updated live. Both projects are written in the Python programming language.Making software accessible to non-English speakersEstablished in 2001, Translate.org.za aims to empower South Africans by providing useful open source software in their mother tongue. The company believes that its solutions not only promote indigenous languages and provide practical interventions, but that they also encourage other software vendors to play a more active role in adapting their products to the requirements of those who do not speak English as a home language.According to Dwayne Bailey, director of Translate.org.za, about 80% of South Africa’s population is not fluent in English, and therefore the work is important because it allows everyone access to technology.The organisation has notched up some notable achievements in recent years. These include the translation of Firefox and Thunderbird into all 11 official South African languages, the release of the first free Afrikaans spell checker, translation of parts of the Red Hat distribution of Linux into Afrikaans, Pedi (Northern Sotho) and Zulu, and the release of free office suite OpenOffice.org in the 11 official languages.Translate.org.za has also created South Africa’s first multilingual keyboard that can display the special characters needed by the Venda, Afrikaans, Pedi and Tswana languages, as well as the DejaVu font for Venda.The organisation has garnered numerous awards for its achievements. In 2006 it won an African ICT Achiever Award for helping to make essential software accessible to more people in Africa. These awards are endorsed by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and were established to reward individuals and organisations that have made a difference to the ICT industry in Africa.Translate.org.za also received a Pan South African Language Board award in 2007. The board promotes the equal use and enjoyment of all the official languages of South Africa. The “Multilingualism and Nation Building: eBusiness Institution of the Decade” award celebrates not only Translate.org.za’s accomplishments but also its ongoing work with universities in training students to translate software through its [email protected] programme.The [email protected] is a one-day translation drive held at tertiary education institutes where students and staff work intensively on translation of software.The first [email protected] took place in 2004 at the University of Cape Town. Students and staff translated the OpenOffice.org glossary into Xhosa. A follow-up event in 2005 resulted in a fully translated version of Firefox in Xhosa.The Translate.org.za team also worked in 2005 with staff and students from the Durban Institute of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal to translate Firefox into Zulu.The most recent [email protected] was held in May 2007 at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape on translating the campus email system into Xhosa. All work was done using Pootle.Related articlesSouth Africa onlineUseful linksTranslate.org.zaPan South African Language BoardDepartment of Arts and CultureNew Partnership for Africa’s DevelopmentAfrican ICT Achievers AwardsDurban Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Cape TownUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalRhodes UniversityGooglelast_img read more

2010 and the power of perception

first_img31 July 2008Faced with growing xenophobia, its highest unemployment rate since World War II, a domestic football league beset by match-fixing and a national team that had just crashed out of the Euro 2004 championship, Germany had hit a low point in the third quarter of 2004.Two years and one World Cup later, and the country once divided by the infamous Berlin Wall was a nation transformed.Dr Nikolaus Eberl, author of BrandOvation: How Germany won the World Cup of Nation Branding, Eberl believes South Africa is where Germany was 22 months before they hosted the 2006 Fifa World Cup.Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday said that Germany “was in a collective depression” in the third quarter of 2004.Realising that it was seen by the world as a militaristic nation of scientists and engineers, Germany embarked on a campaign to make its people, in the services industry in particular, as friendly as possible – going as far as producing a “friendliness manual” that gave Germans cultural tips and taught them how to greet foreigners in their own language.“The 2006 World Cup changed the state of the German nation so dramatically that, by now, Germany is the second most valuable nation brand on the Nation Brand Index, consumer confidence is at a 27-year high, unemployment dropped by 29% in one year, foreign tourism is up 31% and, for the first time in 38 years, the government balanced the budget and declared a profit.“The 2006 Fifa World Cup transformed the faces of 82-million people within 31 days,” Eberl said – and the media played a major role to play in changing perceptions of the country, both internationally and among Germans themselves.African and South African communicators and the media, as well as the people of South Africa prior to and during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, would be responsible for changing international perceptions of the country and the continent.South Africa, Eberl said, needed to tap into its culture of Ubuntu in order to win the hearts of international visitors in 2010. South Africa, and Africa, also needed to make its heroes known to the world.Irvin Khoza, chairperson of South Africa’s 2010 organising committee, told the conference that “perception is reality, and it must be the central purpose of any communication strategy to manage popular perception, and it must be done in a bold and innovative manner.”Moeketsi Mosola, chief executive of South African Tourism and acting CEO of the International Marketing Council, told the conference that what happened in and around Soccer City in Johannesburg, or the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, in June and July of 2010 would influence global perceptions about Botswana, Uganda, Cameroon and Tunisia.“Hosting such an event means every aspect of South African and African society will come under the microscope of the international media,” Mosola said, and the country and the continent had to “make the most of opportunities which we probably won’t have again for a very long time.“We must use the opportunity to build African solidarity and encourage growth in a global economy. We must do this so that we can speak for ourselves, and not be spoken for,” Mosola said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How Southwest handles complaints: the social media connection

first_imgSouthwest has big plans for lesisure routes Other airlines rely on social media these days to handle complaints, but few employ e-connections as seemingly successfully as Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier in the United States.The airline sports a Social Care Team, whose job it is to take care of complaints, acknowledge compliments and, when the occasion calls for it, crack a joke to lighten the mood.We don’t know if all this contributes to Southwest’s second place ranking as the least-complained about carrier in the country during 2014 according to United States Department of Transportation statistics, but it can’t hurt. Consider, according to DOT statistics the airline boarded 135,769,098 passengers last year, second most among all U.S. carriers. It received 714 complaints, or 0.53 per 100,000 boardings. By contrast, United Airlines boarded 90,520,319 folks according to DOT and got 2,452 gripes. That translates into 2.71 complaints for every 100,000 passengers. The average number of complaints for the dozen U.S. airlines DOT ranks was 2.71 per 100,000 passengers.Tweet, tweetNothing galls a flyer more than being ignored. Southwest’s Social Care Team tries to make sure that doesn’t happen often. It strips away layers of bureaucracy and gets down to business fast. “The Team can handle virtually any inquiry without having to escalate [the issue to higher-ups] or direct the Customer to another channel or department for service,” says Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford in written response to AirlineRatings.com.Seven days a week the Social Care Team toils and Tweets. A couple of examples are illustrative:– When summer weather raised passenger hackles and played havoc on airline schedules along the East Coast of the U.S. the rock band The Fray found themselves delayed aboard Flight 176. The band Tweeted “@SouthwestAir owes us a drink.” A member of the Social Care Team got back to them, saying, “So sorry to delay you guys. Looks like Mother Nature is going to be nice and you should be your way soon.”The Social Care representative worked with Southwest’s Proactive Customer Service Team to make up for the band’s delay by issuing, via e-mail, what the airline calls a ‘LUV Voucher,’ good for passage on a future Southwest flight.– After arriving late in St. Louis because of a delay Hadas Gold Tweeted Southwest, “Dear @SouthwestAir please hold the plane from St. Louis to Phoenix so we can make it home.” She offered “to bake the whole plane pies if you hold flight 351 for 10 extra min.”The Social Care Team worked with the airline’s Network Operations Control center. NOC responded, getting right back to the flight: “PLZ MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT: THE STL-PHX FLIGHT WILL HOLD – AND SAY YOU EXPECT THE PIES TO BE KEY LIME.”The message mirrors the airline’s attitude: it takes its job seriously, but not necessarily itself. No word on how many pies produced. In short, Southwest spends a lot of time and effort attempting to nip problems in the bud, before they have a chance to blossom into a full-blown complaints.Traditional channelsWhile Southwest leans heavily on social media to mediate passenger problems, there are other channels as well. During business hours you can contact the carrier’s Customer Relations Department at 214-932-0333. E-mail contact can be had at www.southwest.com/contact _us. Finally there’s traditional snail mail. The address is Southwest Airlines, PO Box 36647-1CR, Dallas, Texas 75235.last_img read more

Pienaar flies Football for Hope flag

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 21 December 2010 Gifted South African midfielder Steven Pienaar has been named as the ambassador for Fifa’s Football for Hope programme, a unique global movement that uses the power of football to achieve sustainable social development. The global football governing body made the announcement on Monday.Football for Hope Football for Hope was launched in 2005 with the aim of helping children and youngsters in poor communities to transform their lives through football. The social investment and development programme operates on a global scale, and includes among its projects the 20 Centres for 2010 campaign initiated ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The campaign aims to build 20 centres around Africa to help address some of the challenges faced by the continent, including education and public health. So far, four Football for Hope centres have been built: in Kayelitsha outside Cape Town, South Africa; Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya; Katutura township in Windhoek, Namibia; and in Baguineda, Mali.Football ‘kept me going’ Pienaar can certainly identify with the issues that Football for Hope tackles, having grown up surrounded by poverty in Johannesburg’s Westbury township. In an interview with Fifa.com, the Everton midfielder said football had given him “focus and something to cherish and love, allowing me to take my mind off the problems at home. “As a young kid it was difficult because there were so many things going on around you and you were stuck in the middle of it … Football just kept me going and kept us away from all the difficulties and challenges we all faced as young kids.” Pienaar said that South Africans’ love of football went a long way to explaining the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “Of course it also shows the rest of the world that football is alive and you can go to different continents and people will make the most of the chance, as football brings people together.”On Bafana Bafana’s new coach Asked about new Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane, Pienaar likened him to Everton manager David Moyes: “He’s a workaholic. He doesn’t sleep, the only thing he does is watch football, and he’s a great coach who works hard and demands the highest level of discipline from everyone. “He also wants to be involved with the players’ lives off the pitch,” Pienaar said. “He wants the players to always be happy, which is important – he’s like a father figure – and I think he deserves to be the national team coach.” Asked if he had a message for young people in South Africa and around the world, Pienaar said: “The challenges in life can make your dreams seem far from you, it can make you believe you’ll never reach your goals. But if you have belief and faith you can reach your goals, and if you keep pushing and going, God will open the doors for you that are shut.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more