24 February 2015The remains of struggle heroes Moses Kotane and JB Marks would be repatriated on March 2 from the city of Moscow, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on 23 February.A special reception to welcome back the bodies of the struggle stalwarts will be held at Waterkloof Air Force Base, in Tshwane.“As we leave for Russia, today we salute them for their self-sacrifice, passion and commitment to nourish hopes and aspirations of the formerly oppressed nation. These are heroes and legends [who] have helped to take this country forward.”President Jacob Zuma tasked the Department of Arts and Culture to lead the repatriation and reburial of Kotane and Marks.Speaking at a media briefing before the trip to the Russian capital, Mthethwa said Kotane and Marks had died in Russia in the 1970s when the struggle had reached a point of no return.“They will be remembered as heroes of our liberation struggle who were instruments of national unity, peace and bringing our diverse people together to build one human family in one country.”Champions of democracyKotane and Marks were at the forefront of popularising the struggle in all corners of the world. “They championed the struggle for democracy in this country, [on] the African continent. most importantly in Europe, especially the former USSR, now known as Russia. Russia was a country that gave our struggle unconditional support.”Mthethwa said the story of Kotane and Marks and the generation they represented captured and reflected how courageous men and women stood up for moral principles in the face of the country’s shameful history. “These two men, at a great personal cost to themselves and their families, chose to fight for freedom and democracy,” he said.His department had been working closely with the South African Mission in Moscow to host the handover ceremony of the remains at the embassy. Family members of the two joined the delegation leaving for Russia.Kotane and Marks were buried in Moscow’s Novodevichy cemetery.“We will host a wreath laying ceremony, a memorial service and deliver a lecture to share our perspective and appreciation of the meaning of these legends,” the minister said.The remains of Kotane and Marks will be reburied in Pella and Ventersdop in North West on 14 March and 22 March, respectively. The Presidency has declared the funerals as special official funerals in recognition of the role they played in the struggle for liberation.Family memoriesKotane’s son, Sam Kotane, said his family was grateful to all those who were involved in the repatriation. “We are very happy that the remains of our dearly beloved father are being brought back from Russia after having being buried there in 1978. I am filled with mixed emotions: very happy that the remains are coming back but sad that he is coming back to a free country.“He left South Africa in 1963 at the request of [ANC] president Oliver Tambo to go and assist the African National Congress in lobbying the international community to fight the injustice of apartheid in South Africa,” he said.Sam Kotane last saw his father in 1977 in Moscow.Source: SAnews.gov
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)As a child, I don’t remember ever being that enthralled about Career Day – even though it meant the cancellation of normal classes. But if Michigan’s head coach had shown up to talk college football, perhaps I’d have a different opinion.Wednesday morning, Harbaugh attended his daughter Addison’s Career Day, and brought along a friend. Harbaugh was able to get New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees to stop by too – presumably to talk about the art of being a professional signal-caller.It looks like the kids all received Michigan hats as well. Pretty cool.Thanks to @drewbrees for stopping by my daughter Addie’s Career Day this morning. pic.twitter.com/tPVPd8NEI5— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 13, 2016Perhaps a future Wolverines star is in the bunch.
zoom China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) shipyards Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding (Hudong Zhonghua) and Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry (SWS) signed today a contract with Bureau Veritas for the classification of CMA CGM’s nine 22,000 TEU containerships.In accordance with the deal, all nine gas-fueled ultra-large containerships will be built to BV class rules and under BV newbuilding supervision.“Bureau Veritas is delighted and honored to be classing these ships and we are looking forward to working with Hudong-Zhonghua and SWS through this project and we thank both them and CMA CGM for trusting Bureau Veritas with this important project,” Claude Maillot, Bureau Veritas, Senior Vice- President, Marine & Offshore, North Asia and China, said commenting on the deal.The classification contract for the world’s largest LNG fueled containerships was held at Marintec 2017 in Shanghai.BV said back in November that it had won the classification contract for CMA CGM’s LNG-fueled ships following the company’s involvement in the project’s feasibility study.Bureau Veritas investigated the feasibility of the design together with shipbuilding group China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and French marine engineering company Gaztransport et Technigaz SA (GTT).The new ships will have a bunker capacity close to 18,000 cubic metres (cbm). The first ships from the order are scheduled to come into service from the end of 2019.CMA CGM will become the first shipping company in the world to equip giant containerships with this type of motorisation, under a contract estimated to be worth USD 1.2 billion.
The Ohio State men’s basketball team took a page out of the football team’s playbook and got off to what many would consider a slow start Monday, but it didn’t matter as the Buckeyes eventually cruised to a 85-50 victory at the Schottenstein Center. Coach Thad Matta wasn’t satisfied with the team’s original effort, but said he was pleased with the improvement as the game went on. “I’m not exactly sold we got off to the start we particularly wanted,” Matta said. “I had to get on some guys in a timeout in the first half and I thought we really responded from that.” OSU struggled to find their offensive rhythm early in the game. Defensively the Buckeyes were turning the Ospreys over at a high rate, but struggled shooting the ball, especially from 3-point range. With 10:36 in the first half, OSU had forced 7 turnovers, but was just 2-of-8 from the 3-point line and the Buckeyes had a 15-12 lead. “We didn’t come out with no juice,” sophomore forward Jared Sullinger said. “No energy. No intensity. We kind of came out there expecting to win. “Obviously it showed in the first half.” The Ospreys hung around for much of the half, but OSU started to abandon the outside shot and worked the ball inside to Sullinger and sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas. The strategy worked. OSU went on a quick 10-2 run to take a 34-21 lead and the outcome was never again in doubt. “Coach always say we get good shots when we get it inside,” Thomas said. “When we throw it to (Sullinger) and me our percentages are up. It was one of our goals.” The Buckeyes took a 45-26 lead into the half with Sullinger and Thomas leading the way with 16 and 13 points respectively. But Thomas and Sullinger took a back seat to sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. early in the second half. Smith, who already got the crowd going with a high-flying dunk in the first half, stole the ball, sprinted into the open court, and dumped the ball off to a trailing senior guard William Buford at the last second, who finished with a one-handed jam. The next possession, Smith caught the ball on the left wing, pump-faked his man, drove to the baseline and dunked right over a UNF player. Both plays came in transition, an area Smith feels he excels. “I think I’m a pretty fast guy,” Smith said. “Anytime I get a steal or if I get a rebound, I feel I can usually if not create for myself, create for my teammates.” Smith finished with seven points and five rebounds and five assists. Overall the Buckeyes had three players score in double figures. Sullinger was the high-point man with 27 points and 13 rebounds. He now has over 700 points in his career. Thomas finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Buford added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. The win came despite OSU shooting just 24 percent from behind the arc and 47 percent from the field. The Buckeye defense seemed to make up for the below-average shooting. The team forced 23 turnovers as the Ospreys shot 39 percent from the field and 24 percent from the 3-point line. UNF coach Matthew Driscoll said it’s OSU’s defense that separates them from most teams in the nation. “(The Buckeyes) really, really have a chance to make that next step to get back to the Final Four because of their defense,” Driscoll said. “They’re a much better defensive team than you guys give them credit for.” OSU’s record improved to 4-0 on the year. The Buckeyes next play the Virginia Military Institute Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Playing Saturday’s Spring Game in Cincinnati might have been unfamiliar territory for many of Ohio State’s football players, but not for sophomore defensive end Adolphus Washington, a product of Cincinnati’s Taft High School. Although the Gray team lost 31-14 to the Scarlet team during the contest at Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, Washington had a breakout performance. As a starting defensive end on the Gray defense, with a lineup that included the majority of the Buckeyes’ first-team defensive players, Washington led all players in the game with four sacks. “I just went out there and played football,” Washington said. “I just did what my coaches told me to do, and it just happened I got four sacks.” Washington was not the only sophomore defensive end to get to the quarterback often Saturday. Starting opposite Washington, Noah Spence had three sacks. As rotational players last season, Washington had three sacks over the course of the season while Spence had one. This season, though, the Buckeyes are relying upon Washington and Spence to step up as starters. OSU is replacing its entire starting defensive line from last season, including defensive ends John Simon and Nathan Williams, who combined for 11 sacks over the course of last season. While both players surpassed their sack totals from last season and accounted for more than half of the combined total of last year’s starters, the numbers might need to be taken with a grain of salt. Both Scarlet team quarterbacks, junior Braxton Miller and redshirt senior Kenny Guiton, were wearing black no-contact jerseys in the game, meaning the opposing rushers only had to touch them to record a sack. That’s also not accounting for the escape ability Miller and Guiton have to break free from contact and run away from pass-rushers with their athleticism. “You’re not allowed to finish any of those sacks, so you never know how that’s going to go with a kid like Braxton ’cause he’s so elusive, but I thought Adolphus was in the backfield an awful lot,” said cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs. Nonetheless, coach Urban Meyer expressed confidence in both Washington and Spence following Saturday’s contest. “Adolphus Washington has really raised his level of play … he’s a starter at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “We saw him today just have his way with our offensive line. “I am very pleased with Noah Spence,” Meyer added. Although Miller’s black jersey didn’t stop Spence from laying a big hit on the quarterback in one practice earlier this spring, the quarterback did not have to worry about getting hit by either Spence or Washington on Saturday, as Meyer warned the team Wednesday that he would “carry a baseball bat” to prevent it from happening again. Miller did, however, get a first-hand look at the sophomore pass-rushers coming after him. “Noah Spence and Adolphus, they work hard,” Miller said. “They have to fill big shoes from the guys who left last year … we just got to keep working with the two tackles.” With redshirt senior left tackle Jack Mewhort held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons, sophomore Taylor Decker started at left tackle for the Scarlet offense while redshirt sophomore Chase Farris started on the right side. They were on the wrong end of the dominance by Spence and Washington, with both players giving up multiple sacks. Decker and Farris are currently competing to start at right tackle this fall. Following Saturday’s game, Meyer expressed concern with the progress of that competition, calling the right tackle position the Buckeyes’ “one glaring weakness” on offense. “We have a legitimate concern about who that player (right tackle) is,” Meyer said. “Unless we get that fixed, there goes the best offense in the Big Ten. You can’t play with four linemen. One of those young players has got to step up, and they haven’t this spring.” One of five Buckeyes from the Cincinnati area, Washington was not the only Buckeye to stand out in front of a hometown crowd. Starting senior left guard Andrew Norwell played on the Scarlet offensive line, while sophomore safety Kevin Niehoff made an interception coming out of the end zone late in the fourth quarter. Washington said it was a “real good experience” to play in the city he grew up in. “I’m glad we was able to come here and play our Spring Game instead of going up to Cleveland,” Washington said. “I finally get a chance to play in front of the people that don’t get to make it to Columbus or wherever else we’re playing.” The Buckeyes’ day in Cincinnati also included a pregame talk from Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. Two members of the OSU coaching staff, Meyer and Coombs, are from Cincinnati as well. Coombs said Washington is a “born and raised Cincinnati product” who has the potential to be a “real special player for a long time.” “Adolphus is a great kid … a phenomenal athlete, has gained a lot of good power, muscle mass and he plays really hard out there on the field,” Coombs said. “His pass rush is really good, but I tell you what, Adolphus is carrying over a 3.0 (grade point average at OSU) too. So for a kid like that to be out there in a college environment and to have come from where he is from … you couldn’t be more proud of a kid than Adolphus Washington.”
The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team huddles before its 8-7 win over University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team didn’t just make a statement against No. 1 Denver; it annihilated the top team in the nation.Freshman forward Tre LeClaire led the Buckeyes (8-0) with five goals as they demolished the Pioneers, 16-7, at Ohio Stadium. LeClaire is the the team’s overall leading scorer and making a case for national freshman of the year.OSU coach Nick Myers said he saw the potential in LeClaire on the recruiting trail, and it’s not a surprise the way he is playing in his first season in Columbus.“He’s working hard and he’s a humble kid, but he’s in a position where he knows he has to shoot the ball when his hands are free,” Myers said. “And I thought he did a nice job of that today.”Senior attack Eric Fannell and senior midfielder Johnny Pearson each had a hat trick.OSU redshirt senior goaltender Tom Carey was excellent in net, saving 11-of-17 shots on goal. Carey made his first save within seconds of the first faceoff by deflecting Denver junior midfielder Trevor Baptiste’s first shot of the game. After that, the Buckeyes pounced with three quick goals in the first period.LeClaire opened the scoring for OSU, but following a goal from Denver’s senior midfielder Tyler Pace, the Buckeyes exploded on offense, refusing to let up.With 11:50 remaining in the first period, Pearson took the 2-1 lead. Then, ten seconds later, Fannell scored a goal. Pearson scored his second of the day with 4:26 remaining in the first. Before the end of the quarter, senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh put another on the board for an early 5-1 lead.In the second quarter the Buckeyes continued to shutdown the Pioneers’ offense. LeClaire scored twice and junior attack Colin Chell scored once, giving OSU a stunning 8-1 lead at the half.To open the third quarter, the Buckeyes put two more on the more to cap 10 unanswered goals and an insurmountable 11-1 lead.Myers said he told the team to keep going at the Pioneers and not to let up.“I told the team at halftime to stay aggressive,” he said. “We need to play another 30 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse and — versus a team like Denver — we have been in that position before and we can’t let up.”Fannell scored twice in the quarter with assists from freshman midfielder Ryan Terefenko and Chell.With 2:32 left in the third quarter, the Pioneers finally got on the board again when Connor Cannizzaro scored, but LeClaire answered emphatically with his fifth of the day and second in the quarter, giving OSU a 12-2 lead after three.In the fourth, Denver outscored OSU 5-4, but little did that matter.Terefenko, Blubaugh, Pearson and senior attack Austin Shanks all scored in the quarter, suppressing any chance of a comeback.Sophomore attack Austin French, junior midfielder Sean Mayle, freshman attack Ethan Walker, sophomore midfielder Colin Rutan and junior attack Colton McCaffrey all scored for the Pioneers in the quarter.Fannell said this victory should grant OSU more respect than it had been receiving.“We know as a team that we’re good and (if) people aren’t going to give us recognition, then we’re going to keep running it down teams’ throats,” he said.Next week OSU will travel to South Bend, Indiana, to play No. 2 Notre Dame in an attempt to extend their undefeated season and beat another top program.