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Past The Finishing Post

first_imgTrack : Good Weather: FineRace 1 1500 M (Purse $720,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO – (NW4)SHANE ELLIS1. #1 MEET JUSTIN DaneNelson 54.0 $250.00 $77.002. #4 PARTY CUP JPatterson2 54.0 2-3/4L $118.003. #5 BALLON D’OR LSteadman2 54.5 3-1/2L $97.004. #2 NO MONEY FRIEND SMuir 56.0 4-1/2LFinal Time : 1:35.0 Splits : 23.3, 46.4, 1:13.0,Winner : 5yo b colt – STORM CRAFT – DINERO SENORITATrainer : GARY CRAWFORD Owner: PROPER FIX SYNDICATEBred by MICHAEL GAYLEQu: $810.00 Ex: $1,629.00Trifecta: $1,752.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $650,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)JEVVANNE ERWIN1. #5 ZEPHYR OWalker 54.0 $242.00 $123.002. #10 PRINCESS EMANUELLE RHalledeen 54.0 2-3/4L $133.003. #8 MISTER BONES CBudhai 54.0 Neck $125.004. #9 MR. LYNDHURST RWilson 54.0 3-1.2LFinal Time : 1:13.1 Splits : 22.4, 46.0Winner : 4yo ch filly – NASHEET – RUSHING FORCETrainer : WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : PAUL LUMSDENBred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITEDQu: $841.00 Ex: $1,421.00D/E: $2,713.00Superfecta: $22,230.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-(NW3)FILLIES & MARESDANE NELSON1. #6 QUICK CHIC OWalker 52.5 $133.00 $60.002. #7 CLEARLY OURS PFrancis 51.0 3-1/2L $100.003. #9 GOFORHOME DaneNelson 55.0 5-1/2L $92.004. #10 TURBO MACHINE AndrePowell3 52.5 3LLate scratch : #8 HERECOMESTROUBLEFinal Time : 1:09.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.2Winner : 5yo gr filly – HE’STHEREALTHING – RACING MACHINETrainer: JOHNNY WILMOT Owner: SYDNEY ROMANBred by ELIZABETH DACOSTAQu: $425.00 Ex: $851.00D/E: $654.00 (5-8) $318.00Superfecta: $3,756.00Rolling Triple: $10,564.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACEOMAR WALKER1. #8 FIVE STAR SEllis 54.0 $121.00 $50.002. #1 PEEPING TOM WHenry 52.0 Sh.Head $50.00*3. #11 ALEXANDER REW OWalker 54.0 2-3/4L $50.004. #7 KINGONAMISSION JInnis2 49.0 6-1/2L5. #5 SON OF SPARTACUS KRobinson 56.0 1-1/4LFinal Time : 1:08.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.3Winner : 3yo b colt – TRADITIONAL – JADORETrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : MILADE & RICHARD AZANBred by MILADE AZANQuinella : (1,8) $2,712.00 Exacta : (8-1) $5,556.00D/E : (6-8) $660.00Trifecta : (8-1-11) $2,135.00Hi-5 : (8-1-11-7-5) $85,413.50Rolling Triple : (5-6-8) $3,925.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE – FILLIESROBERT HALLEDEEN1. #12 ARTHUR’S DREAM SEllis 55.0 $729.00 $238.002. #13 TIZ A VIBE RHalledeen 52.5 2-1/4L $112.003. #5 KILLER BEE OMullings 54.0 3-1/2L $93.004. #3 CLASICAL PRINCESS DaneNelson 55.0 2-1/4L5. #10 NUCLEAR TRAIN RLahoe 53.0 Sh.HeadFinal Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.1, 47.0, ,Winner : 3yo ch filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS – SPACEDOUTTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : EDISON CHAIBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $1,355.00 Ex: $3,534.00D/E: $2,511.00Superfecta: $24,983.00Rolling Triple: $18,624.00(SVREL) EXERCISE RIDERS’ RACE TROPHYRace 6 800 M (S) (Purse $600,000) 5-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $110,0 SINCE DEC. 11. #12 FIRST’K’BOY RSmith 52.5 $286.00 $104.00*2. #7 SONG ON TRACK CMamdeen 51.0 1-3/4L $64.003. #6 PEARL APPEAL AByfield 53.0 1-3/4L $148.004. #13 POWERFUL RED DEllis 58.5 1-1/2L5. #11 UNCLE CHUBBY MPottingerJr 54.0 NeckLate scratch : #9 BORDER LINEFinal Time : 0:49.3 Splits : 24.0, , ,Winner : 9yo b horse – BURNING MARQUE – MISS NICKELSTrainer: ERROL POTTINGER Owner : BARSHERBred by RENTALS & MORE LTD.NOTE: HORSE #7 SONG ON TRACK PASSED THE POST 1ST, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 2ND.Qu: $352.00 Ex: $970.00D/E: $15,687.00Trifecta: $4,840.00Hi-5: $82,397.50Rolling Triple: $19,820.00Pick-4: $61,152.00Super-6: $11,731.80 (5 OF 6)Carry-over : $1,689,392.25Race 7 1400 M (Purse $1,000,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE -(NW OF AN OV LIFETIME)RAYAN WILSON1. #6 BIRDIE MY LOVE OEdwards2 52.0 $183.00 $63.00*2. #11 LOTTERY TICKET OWalker 53.5 1-1/4L $64.003. #5 DANCING QUEEN PWilliams 53.0 6/1 1 $137.004. #8 ANOTHER FURY WHenry 52.0 2LLate scratch : #9 MR. AMBASSADORFinal Time : 1:25.2 Splits : 23.2, 46.0, 1:11.3,Winner: 4yo filly – BURNING MARQUE – BYE BYE BIRDIETrainer: FITZROY GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEBred by NEW BLUE LTD.Qu: $261.00 Exacta: $692.00D/E: $1,126.00Superfecta: $1,324.00Rolling Triple: $54,305.00AL GOPIE MEMORIAL CUPRace 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $600,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #11 JASON’S GOLD DaneNelson 55.0 $252.00 $93.00*2. #7 NEWTON’S FIRST LAW RHalledeen 55.0 4L $73.003. #4 LUNA EMMA AndreePowell3 48.0 3-1/4L $154.004. #3 CAPTAIN CUDJOE JErwin 54.0 1-3/4L5. #14 MOON WALK AndrePowell3 52.5 1LFinal Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.1Winner : 4yo b colt – REGION OF MERIT – FORMALLY GOLDTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner : GARTH SAMUELSBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $447.00 Ex: $920.00D/E : (6-11) $1,375.00Trifecta : (11-7-4) $8,177.00Hi-5 : (11-7-4-3-14) $30,691.00Rolling Triple : (12-6-11) $12,086.00PlacePot 8 : (1,4-5,10-6,7-1,8-12,13-7) $48,492.00LADY GEETA TROPHYRace 9 1200 M (Purse $1,300,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. #4 CAMPESINO RHalledeen 52.0 $104.00 $50.002. #5 GARY GLITTER CBudhai 50.5 1/2L $50.00*3. #1 SEEKING MY DREAM OWalker 57.0 1-1/4L $50.004. #6 BRAWN DaneNelson 54.0 3/4LFinal Time : 1:11.1 Splits : 22.3, 44.3Winner: 7yo b horse – COMPADRE – YAELLATrainer: PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by LORENZO ROBINSONQu: $1,144.00 Ex: $1,381.00D/E: $1,177.00Trifecta: $297.00Rolling Triple: $10,976.00JAMAICA JOCKEYS’ GUILD TROPHYRace 10 1400 M (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. #3 WARTIME OWalker 54.0 $93.00 $66.002. #2 KAMALI STAR AntThomas3 50.5 7-1/2L $170.003. #10 PIANO MAN RHalledeen 54.0 Neck $149.004. #1 DRAGLINE WHenry 53.0 2L5. #5 PHOTOGENIC DaneNelson 54.0 8/1 3/4Late scratch : #12 MAJOR FORCEFinal Time : 1:27.0 Splits : 23.4, 47.1, 1:12.4,Winner : 4yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL – TIME CRISISTrainer : WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : PAUL LUMSDENBred by DR. PAUL R. WRIGHTNOTE: HORSE #6 JON MARSHALL PASSED THE POST 5TH, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 6TH.Qu: $1,796.00 Ex: $2,354.00D/E: $291.00 (4-12) $79.00Trifecta: $3,230.00Hi-5: $64,717.50Rolling Triple : (11-4-3) $1,982.00Pick-4: $9,548.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6 : (12-12-6-11-4-3) $798,839.10 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $170,680.50 (8 OF 9); $1,273.50 (7 OF 9)Carry-over : $1,926,565.20last_img read more

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Street Child Empowers 50 More Parents

first_imgAt least fifty Liberian parents yesterday received U$100.00 each, amounting to U$5,000.00 from Street Child of Liberia, through Street Child UK, as part of its Family Business Scheme.Presenting the amount at a program held at the auditorium of the Educational Promoters in Chocolate City, Gardnersville, its board member, Sumo Dangbuah told the beneficiaries, majority of them women, “This grant is meant to help you make businesses to ensure that your children don’t return to the street.”It is Street Child’s second grant presentation, held at the same venue a couple of weeks ago, which also awarded 50 parents, each receiving U$100.00.The parents are beneficiaries of Street Child whose children were identified, registered and reunited with them. Described as Family Business Scheme, the grant is to ensure their sustainability, according to the Project’s coordinator Mrs. June-Rose Dangbuah.Mrs. Dangbuah told the Daily Observer that the beneficiaries went through a day-long ‘how to start and manage a business seminar.’Beneficiaries interviewed by the Daily Observer expressed appreciation for the grant and promised to use the money and the knowledge gained at the seminar to help their children.“We are excited at this program,” a spokesperson told the Daily Observer, “this money can help us.”There are more than 400 children beneficiaries in the Street Child of Liberia program.He said through a process of counseling, Street Child provides families of street children a package of support that aims to enable them to lift themselves out of extreme poverty and to afford the costs of educating their children. Yesterday’s program was assisted by a team of Street Child of Liberia volunteers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Teen behind the scenes

first_imgAs with most things in Hollywood, it’s about who you know. Family friend Namrata Singh Gujral was shopping for financiers for her screenplay when Gill and her father, Gladwin Gill, took notice and came on board as her backers. “It was such a pleasure to have a friend who believes enough in the film that she came in with the help of her dad to wrap up some much-needed financing to get the movie started,” said Gujral, who also plays the lead and shares producer and screenplay credits. Gill said she was drawn by the film’s theme of assimilation and cross-cultural identity. In the movie, Shelley leaves her home in the Himalayas for Los Angeles to find her childhood love, and she finds herself caught between worlds. “She learns how to keep her cultural identity while still embracing the positive things America offers,” said Gill, who confronted similar issues and whose father is Pakistani and mother is from the Philippines. “She becomes her own person.” While Gill’s future in the pictures is uncertain – she still has to finish college – she did learn a few things. “Movies are hard to make,” she said. “Very stressful.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – While most high school seniors were worrying about their future and what to wear to the prom, Natasha Gill was working her Hollywood connections. Gill, 18, has an executive producer credit in the locally made independent film “Americanizing Shelley,” which she earned from working behind the scenes during her last year in high school. She also nabbed a small role as a makeup artist. “I missed out on a lot of homework. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing,” said Gill, a Glendale native who just finished her freshman year studying political science at Pepperdine University. “It was college application time, and you have to make sure your GPA’s up. I didn’t sleep for a year.” The feature, described by its producers as “Pygmalion” meets “Bend it Like Beckham” meets “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” began a weeklong run Friday in Los Angeles and Glendale. last_img read more

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Liverpool’s Henderson calm over lack of signings

first_img0Shares0000Jordan Henderson says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) ‘knows better than everyone else’ about signings © AFP/File / FABRICE COFFRINILONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says manager Jurgen Klopp’s judgement in the transfer market should not be questioned despite a lack of heavyweight signings in the transfer window.The Reds have added just teenagers Sepp Van Den Berg and Harvey Elliott to a squad that won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. There has been criticism of Klopp for not making a significant signing to help his side’s quest for a first domestic title since 1990, but Henderson said that was unwarranted.“If the manager hasn’t signed anyone then he knows better than everyone else,” said the midfielder.“I think we’ve got a fantastic squad of players, we’ve shown that. We can use everybody, we’ve got big players (Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) coming back from long-term injuries, which is like new signings as the manager says.“We believe we’ve got a strong group in the changing room, a strong team, and we’ve just got to keep learning, keep improving on the training pitch, keep doing what we’ve been doing for a long time now, and keep staying hungry for more success.”Liverpool lost to City on penalties in the Community Shield on Sunday but their second-half display suggests they can challenge the reigning champions this season, which gets under way on Friday when the Reds host Norwich.Liverpool finished with 97 points last season, losing just one match, and they will have to maintain similar standards to have a chance of usurping Pep Guardiola’s City.However, Henderson stressed the quality of the performances could be improved despite the club’s impressive points tally.“We can’t always think back to what we did last season. We’re looking forward, we want to improve as a team,” he said.“There were a lot of games last year where we didn’t play particularly well and play as well as we like and we did grind results out at times.“Performance-wise we can be much better and that’s what we’ve got to focus on. Performance has got to be improving all the time.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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IT’S 90 NOT OUT FOR DONEGAL’S VERY OWN QUEEN NETTA

first_imgNetta Cole is looking super at 90 years young!The Queen wasn’t the only one to reach the age of ninety yesterday. There was a party too in Newtoncunningham in Donegal where Netta Cole celebrated her 90th surrounded by family and friends.In fact the Queen sent Netta a birthday card when they both celebrated their 80th, ten years ago. Back then the Queen broke with protocol as she doesn’t normally send cards to those living outside the UK.Congrats on your birthday Netta – our Queen of Donegal!IT’S 90 NOT OUT FOR DONEGAL’S VERY OWN QUEEN NETTA was last modified: April 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalNETTA COLENewtowncunninghamQueenlast_img read more

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Lyon close to agreeing deal for Chelsea forward wanted by West Ham and Everton

first_img1 Lyon have stepped up their pursuit of West Ham and Everton target Bertrand Traore – and are confident of tying up a deal for the Chelsea striker by the end of the week.According to L’Equipe, the Ligue 1 giants are now in advanced talks with the west London club regarding a move for the 21-year-old, who scored nine goals in 22 league outings on loan at Ajax last term.West Ham and Everton were both hopeful of keeping Traore in England for the time being but now it seems that his next stop will be France.Chelsea and Lyon are reportedly now close to finalising the agreement, with minor details currently being ironed out.As such, the French club believe they could agree personal terms with Traore by the weekend ahead of a deal once the window officially opens. Bertrand Traore looks set to agree a move to Lyon last_img read more

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JOGGERS AND WALKERS WANTED FOR THE DOOISH NATIONAL SCHOOL 5K

first_imgJOGGERS AND WALKERS WANTED FOR THE DOOISH NATIONAL SCHOOL 5K was last modified: April 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kdonegalDooish National Schoollast_img read more

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ANOTHER FAMOUS SHOP FORCED TO CLOSE ITS DOORS

first_imgAnother historic shop on Letterkenny’s Main Street has been forced to close.Classic Casuals has been trading as a men’s clothing out for more than two decades.Before that the shop was known as the Prefect Tailor. Owner Sean Foody was a hugely well-known and respected businessman during that time.This week members of the public reacted with shock and regret at the news of the closure which took place on Saturday last.“It’s just another sign of the times. People aren’t spending money on clothes anymore but it seems so unfair.“Sean and the lads in Classic Casuals were always a pleasure to deal with. They went that extra yard to look after their customers. “They would always be pleasant when you needed anything special,” said a customer. ANOTHER FAMOUS SHOP FORCED TO CLOSE ITS DOORS was last modified: April 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Classic Casualsletterkennylast_img read more

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CANOGA PARK

first_imgSCORINGTDPATFGTP SAFETY0202 Martinez,J.2 Monroe09/16/2005100220 Passing Total2401178157317 Boas,K.2998634.0 Boas,K.90054 Argott,A.161832 Grant10/21/20051005420 RECORD: 7-4-0 Eddy,E.1006 Thomas0202 Martinez,J.210101257.00 TOTAL2005740272195 Lozano,A.2220 Poly10/14/2005100219 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Argott,V.732473.44 Alvarado,D.100.00 Wilson11/18/20050102035 Martinez,J.646249.87 James,C.1 Lozano,A.1006 Eagle Rock09/09/20050101524 Scoring Total39293272 Hollywood11/11/20051002618 Martinez,J.303413 Jaime,E.0114 Verdugo Hills10/28/20050101024 Harris,W.22014 Williams,D.5751 Receiving Total117157317 Eddy,E.7426.01 Mendoza,U.1 Santiago,M.1130 Green,R.166.00 INTERCEPTIONSNo.center_img Boas,K.5163.20 North Hollywood11/04/20050102134 Williams,D.20012 Lozano.A.1 Gonzalez,T.5408.00 Hawkins,O.26331.5 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Van Nuys10/07/20051005312 Reseda09/30/200510020 Rushing Total26215085.819 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Eddy,E.320450192.67 Harris,W.172002 Munoz,A.022125 Martinez,J.110169 Mejia,D.1 Punting Total35114832.8 Interceptions Total13 Lopez,J.4 Bates,A.252.50 Cleveland09/23/20051002819 Bates,A.1 Martinez,J.49924.8 Argott,A.1045285.17 Argott,V.2351148151816118.43 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Green,R.3840 Argott,A.70042 Mendoza,U.91260 Boas,K.325149 Galvan,R.2 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Argott,V.60036 Hawkins,O.2150 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPAlast_img read more

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SA women take the lead

first_imgSouth Africa’s national women’s football team, Banyana Banyana. (Image: Safa) The pride of South African football, Noko Matlou of Banyana Banyana. (Image: Safa) The victorious Banyana celebrate after beating Namibia in the final of the 2006 Cosafa Cup women’s tournament. (Image: Cosafa) Zukiswa Sapepa, new commander of the Ngcobo traffic station in the Eastern Cape. (Image: Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Transport)Janine ErasmusTwo exceptional South African women have made the headlines in recent months. Noko Alice Matlou, striker for the national women’s team Banyana Banyana, is Africa’s woman footballer of the year for 2008, while Zukiswa Sapepa has become the country’s first female traffic station commander.The two are the latest in a long line of South African women whose achievements have captured the interest of the world. The likes of Judge Navanethem Pillay, Olympic and Paralympic swimmer Natalie du Toit, and scientists Tebello Nyokong and Samantha Petersen have all been lauded internationally – and they represent just the tip of the iceberg.The Beautiful GameThe Beautiful Game has a new shining star. Banyana Banyana striker Noko Alice Matlou has walked off with the continent’s top prize for women – the African Woman Footballer of the Year trophy for 2008 – at the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) annual awards ceremony, held in Lagos, Nigeria, in February.Matlou saw off fierce competition from fellow nominees Genevova Anonma of Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon’s Ngo Ndoumbouk Marlyse.Not only is she now the continent’s outstanding woman footballer, but she also becomes the first South African to win an individual CAF accolade. Only two others before her have made the shortlist for the honour – current team-mate Portia Modise and former Banyana captain Desiree Ellis.“The award has been dominated by players from North Africa,” commented the triumphant Matlou. “I am excited at winning the award. Credit should go to my team-mates for their support.”Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor, from Togo, took the men’s African Footballer of the Year award.Top scorerWith 23 goals in 20 games for Banyana under her belt, 2008 was a prolific year for the 23-year-old Matlou, who plays for the Limpopo-based Brazilian FC team when at home.Matlou helped her national side to their first ever African Women’s Championship final in November 2008. Together with Equatorial Guinea’s Anonma, she scored six goals in the tournament, including a hat-trick in the semi-final and a goal in the final, and shared the Golden Boot award with her Central African rival. South Africa lost 2-1 to Equatorial Guinea in the final.Playing for the South African under-20 team, Basetsana, in the Women’s Championship of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, Matlou again stole the show. Another hat-trick in the final saw hosts Angola brought to their knees, and Matlou’s tally rise to an impressive 12 goals in five games. She was the tournament’s top scorer and also took the Player of the Match award three times.South African Football Association (Safa) president Dr Molefi Olifant said that Matlou’s achievement will inspire thousands of women footballers in the country. The elated Olifant said, “Noko Matlou has made Safa and the country proud. This important milestone comes on the eve of major developments in the South African women football arena – her accomplishment is not an accident.”Olifant, who is also chair of CAF’s women football subcommittee, was referring to the newly launched Absa Women’s League, backed by major banking group Absa in partnership with Safa. The tournament is intended to be a breeding ground for the future stars of South African, African and world football.Safa CEO Raymond Hack said that Matlou’s “historic achievement” is cause for great optimism about the future of football in South Africa. Banyana team manager Fran Hilton-Smith added that Matlou’s victory is a proud moment to be cherished for many years to come.Matlou is tipped to lead the national team in their next challenge, the Eight Nations Tournament in Cyprus in March, where they will be the only African representative. Banyana will clash with England, Canada, Holland, Japan, Scotland, Russia, and hosts Cyprus. Participation in the tournament is by invitation only.The team is currently ranked 58 out of 116 teams with official rankings, with only two other African countries – Ghana (43) and Nigeria (29) – ranked above them.Lady bossMeanwhile, at home there is a new commander at the Ngcobo traffic station in the Chris Hani District Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. Zukiswa Sapepa has made history by becoming the first female top cop ever in the Eastern Cape’s Department of Roads and Transport. With 23 officials under her command, she stepped into the driver’s seat towards the end of 2008.The 37-year-old Sapepa started her distinguished career with the department as a traffic officer in 2002 and has risen swiftly through the ranks. Although a career as a traffic officer had been a goal from her teenage years, her work took a roundabout route before she finally joined the department.After school Sapepa trained as a teacher, and then became a shop assistant in the retail sector before resuming her studies and obtaining her Senior Primary Teachers Diploma in 1996.A shortage of teaching posts forced her to join insurance giant Old Mutual Group Schemes in Mthatha in 1997 as a client care adviser. Four years later she joined the Standard Bank of South Africa as a consultant working in Butterworth, and the very next year finally realised her long-standing goal by joining the then Eastern Cape Department of Transport as a traffic officer. She reported for duty in December 2003 after completing her basic training.Childhood ambition“This was always my ambition from childhood,” said Sapepa. “Although this was a lesser package, I felt that this is what I always wanted to be in life, to be in a position to secure a safer road environment for our road users.”Sapepa excelled in her new job. Out of 27 candidates enrolled at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Traffic Training College for the six-month basic traffic officers and municipal police officers course, she was the only one to obtain her qualification cum laude, with 75% or more in all subjects.Her leadership abilities were noticed when she worked in the elite Traffic Special Operations Unit, a roving unit that covered the whole of the Eastern Cape. In 2006, she took the position of principal provincial inspector in Queenstown. Later in the same year she was appointed as a budget officer for Traffic Control in Chris Hani District and for a short while she was the acting station commander at Queenstown station.Shortly thereafter she sat on the committee of the Performance Management and Development System, as well as the interviewing panel in the Chris Hani and Ukhahlamba Districts.Sapepa has vowed to instil pride for the profession in her colleagues – most of whom are men – and to work closely with the community to raise awareness of good driving practices. Ngcobo has a history of high accident rates, caused to a large extent by stray animals.“I love my job and therefore I will motivate those I work with, but I will not tolerate corruption,” said Sapepa adamantly. “Every time I get an opportunity to talk against corruption I will, as this has tarnished the image of the profession.”Member of the Executive Council for Roads and Transport in the Eastern Cape, Gloria Barry, congratulated Sapepa, claiming that her achievement was a victory for women’s equity. “It marks the realisation of our objective of promoting gender equality, equal access to opportunities and most importantly, the emancipation of women from all forms of oppression.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesFootball in South AfricaSA’s women power aheadSouth Africa’s provincesUseful linksConfederation of African FootballSouth African Football AssociationFifa – women’s footballFifa – women’s football in South AfricaWomen’s football in South Africagsport for girlsMTN footballKickoff – South AfricaEastern Cape Department of Roads and TransportEastern Cape provincial governmentChris Hani district municipalitylast_img read more

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