SAN JOSE — The first 20 games of the Sharks season could be used as an ink-blot test to determine whether someone is a glass half-empty or half-full person?On one hand, the Sharks (10-7-3, 23 points) are holding down first place in the Pacific Division by a point despite the natural adjustment period of adding Erik Karlsson into the mix, Joe Thornton’s reintegration into the lineup after two major knee surgeries and the team’s league-worst 88.97 percent save percentage in even strength play.Th …
Janine ErasmusNelson Mandela Bay is the Best African City of the Year, according to the 2007 World Leadership Awards.The city also took top honours in the Health category for its Emmanuel Haven hydroponics project, a Christian-driven initiative to help those afflicted by HIV and Aids. The only other finalist in this category, which is not region-specific and is open to all contestants, was the city of Lagos in Nigeria.The ceremony took place in December in London.“This has indeed proved that Nelson Mandela Bay is committed to working with the people in improving their lives for the better,” said Bay’s executive mayor Nondumiso Maphazi, accepting the award. “The name Nelson Mandela Bay will continue to travel around the world and serve as an outstanding marketing tool for attracting tourists, as well as local and international investors.”Praising all those who had contributed to the city’s triumph, Maphazi said, “We thank the world for bestowing on us these important awards. We have won for the world, Africa, South Africa and our beautiful city – Nelson Mandela Bay with all its residents!”The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality encompasses the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, as well as its inland neighbours Uitenhage and Despatch. The city is not a first-time winner at the World Leadership Awards – in 2005 its Red Location Museum of Struggle won the Architecture and Civil Engineering category, while its Sustainable Community Planning entry won the Town Planning category.New prizewinner the Emmanuel Haven comprises a research unit, an antiretroviral clinic, an orphans’ club and a Christian outreach programme. The hydroponics project provides a sustainable health service through its unique business model. It encourages proper health care for HIV-infected people by integrating its services with the general community to eliminate the discrimination and stigma that many hospices and their patients face.Leaders around the worldThe World Leadership Awards are granted by the UK-based World Leadership Forum, a non-profit organisation that promotes leadership on a global scale by drawing attention to the work of exceptional leaders in various fields and celebrating them with awards such as the policymaker of the year and the business leader of the year. It also stimulates debate on leadership issues.Founded in 2005, the World Leadership Awards celebrate the very best in modern city leadership. Awards organisers invite over 400 cities around the world to submit projects for consideration in 15 categories ranging from sport and culture and arts to architecture, urban renewal and town planning.Winners are selected from shortlisted entrants who are required to make a presentation to the judges in London. Awards are bestowed on those cities whose leaders have shown imagination, foresight or resilience in city management, as well as those cities that have overcome difficulties and set themselves as an example and inspiration to others.The year 2007 was the first time that the judges – all authorities in their respective fields – focused on broader regions, singling out the top cities in each region. The winners, chosen from the top cities in the 15 specialist categories, were Nelson Mandela Bay (Africa), Las Vegas, USA (America), Amman, Jordan (Asia-Pacific), and Madrid, Spain (Europe).Useful linksNelson Mandela BayWorld Leadership AwardsWorld Leadership Forum
While preparations for celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev are apace, the ruling Congress is at loggerheads with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab over the holding of a key event at Sultanpur Lodhi.In the run-up to the Assembly byelections on October 21, both parties are slugging it out to woo the Panthic (Sikh) voters against the backdrop of the celebrations. The byelections are to be held for four Assembly constituencies in the State.The Congress and the SAD have been trading charges with each other over the politicised preparations. While the SAD has accused the Congress-led State government of “trying to create a new history” by holding a separate programme from that being organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at Sultanpur Lodhi, the Congress has alleged that “the Badal family” was trying to create hurdles and attempting to exploit the occasion for petty political gains.As the tussle over the event continues, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “Religious institutions have their own sphere and the SGPC, a democratically elected religious body, has been conducting all religious functions. The Congress should not try to create a new history.” The Punjab government is celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary over a week from November 5-12.Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Sunday alleged, “The ‘Badal’ family was creating hurdles in the joint celebrations of [Guru Nanak Dev’s] 550th anniversary as the design was to lord over the celebrations,” he said, adding that Mr. Sukhbir Badal was now purposely spreading the misinformation.
India captain Virat Kohli achieved yet another landmark in his glittering one-day international career.He became the second batsman-ever to score a hundred on his 200th ODI in the opening match against New Zealand at the Wankhede. He is also the leading run-getter after 200 ODIs ahead of AB De Villiers (8,621) and Sourav Ganguly (7,747).AB de Villiers was the first to score a hundred on his 200th ODI. This is Kohli’s 31st ODI hundred.ODI No.200 Century No. 31 #Virat200 pic.twitter.com/C1ZmBEKyzD- BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2017In the process he has now overtaken former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who has 30 ODI hundreds to his name. Kohli is now second in the list of most hundreds scored in the 50-over format, just behind Sachin Tendulkar, who leads the pack with 49 tons.Kohli walked in after India lost Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings for 9 with the score at 16/1 from 3.2 overs. He settled in with Rohit Sharma but soon the latter fell and so did Kedar Jadhav, who walked in after the fall of Rohit’s wicket.With India in a spot of bother at 71/3 from 15.2 overs, it was up to the captain to carry the innings forward.The 28-year-old took charge with the incoming Dinesh Karthik and steadied the ship before slowly upping the tempo and that was when he was given a lease of life as Mitchell Santner dropped him on 29 off the bowling of Colin de Grandhomme in the 19th over. He took full advantage of that and chipped away with the runs here and there before completing his fifty off 62 balls with a fine on-drive off Colin Munro in the 24th over. However, he was dealt with another blow as a set Karthik fell for 37 in the 29th over while trying to pull a Tim Southee delivery — ending their 73-run stand for the fourth wicket.advertisementIn came Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kohli started playing more freely and getting more runs as the senior pro slowly settled into his stride.He finally completed his ton in the 45th over with single off the bowling of Tim Southee.What a player ???Virat Kohli hits the 31st ODI century of his career as India push on in Mumbai. #INDvNZLive ?? https://t.co/WRaOLHPaSG pic.twitter.com/VvVmaKcaNH- ICC (@ICC) October 22, 2017Kohli’s 125-ball innings of 121 was studded with nine fours and two sixes.Kohli’s form has been scintillating this season and he is only carrying that forward. He is the leading run-getter in the calendar year in ODIs. He has scored 1312 runs from 24 matches, hitting five centuries and eight fifties at an average of 82.00.