By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Confidence can breed success, and after the first half of its WIAA playoff opener on March 6 at Chippewa Falls, the Marshfield boys basketball team had plenty of it.The Tigers got hot from the 3-point line early and went on to knock off Chippewa Falls 57-34, scoring their most points in a game in over a month.Marshfield took that momentum into last Saturday’s Division 1 regional final at Hudson, putting up a season-high 67 points in a 67-61 victory to win its second-straight regional championship. The Tigers (8-16) came back from an eight-point deficit in the second half to pull out the win.Marshfield (8-16) will play Superior (20-4) in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday at Eau Claire North High School. The winner will take on either Stevens Point (23-1) or Neenah (20-4) in a sectional final Saturday night at Wausau West High School.“We shot it well, and I thought we defended the heck out of Chippewa Falls,” Marshfield coach Bill Zuiker said. “We went in knowing it would be tough. They had beat us earlier in the year, but they had lost their last game and weren’t really flying high going into the playoffs.“These kids all season, they haven’t quit and haven’t given up on themselves or on me, and they got a payoff out of it. I was so thrilled they could realize some rewards. They worked hard and prepared hard.”Marshfield struggled offensively for much of the season, scoring 50 points or more only twice in its last nine games.The Tigers were able to turn it around in the two playoff wins and embrace an underdog mentality, something that was the complete opposite of last season when Marshfield was a No. 1 seed and expected to make a run to the sectionals.“Coach gets us prepared every night for who we are going to play, and we’re just playing basketball,” senior guard Caleb Alexander said.Marshfield got big games from different players each night.In the semifinal win over Chippewa Falls, Tanner Boson was 5-for-6 and Alexander was 3-for-4 from 3-point range, scoring 22 and 15 points, respectively.Against Hudson, junior forward Adam Fravert hit for 20 points, and senior reserve guard Jordan Schlinsog scored 15. The Tigers combined to make 17 of 33 3-pointers and shot 57 percent overall.“We changed our offense a little bit, making four guys out to get a little more driving action and kick it out and shoot,” Boson said. “That really helped us. We’ve been doing a lot of shooting drills lately to get our shots up, and we just shot it a lot better.”Marshfield’s roster boasts seven seniors, six of whom have played significant minutes lately. After entering the playoffs on a four-game losing streak—all of which came by three points or less—it was the seniors that banded together to stay positive.“One of my main goals was keeping the guys focused, keeping them strong with the ball and telling these guys to compete, which is what we wanted to do, compete every night,” Alexander said.“Anything can happen in the playoffs,” Boson added. “Nothing is guaranteed. Our coach got us to believe. We’ve been having some good weeks of practice, and those close games, they were motivators for us.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
17 January 2014 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone, launched late last year, is already drawing strong international interest, with several lease agreements signed and a surge of global oil and gas companies negotiating joint ventures with South African firms, the Western Cape provincial government said on Thursday. “The Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company has signed six lease agreements with international and South African oil and gas companies,” Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde said in a statement. “These include firms specialising in oilfield services, oil rig operations, logistics operators, ship repair, engineering and market support.” Final negotiations for lease agreements are taking place between the Licencing Company and two international oilfield service companies and a South African rig repair firm, Winde said. “In some of the most exciting developments, the Licencing Company is in talks with an international consortium to develop a rig module building facility. We are also aware of a R200-million investment by a global oil servicing company which is set to create 300 jobs. Several leading international companies are increasing their staff numbers in their South African companies.” Winde said details on individual companies were bound by non-disclosure agreements and could not be released at this stage.African oil, gas service and supply hub A feasibility study conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry found that Saldanha Bay is strategically located to serve as a service, maintenance, fabrication and supply hub for the booming African oil and gas sector, due to the increasing number of oil rigs requiring maintenance, and their traffic flow passing from the west to the east coast of Africa. In October last year, German company Oiltanking GmbH entered a joint venture with a number of South African companies to build a commercial crude oil storage and blending terminal at the port of Saldanha. The company said that Saldanha was an excellent location for a crude oil hub, “as it is close to strategic tanker routes from key oil-producing regions to major oil-consuming markets”. Ideally situated for the blending of west African and South American crude oils, Saldanha “has the potential to establish itself as a global crude transhipment hub focused on certain established trade routes,” the company added. The Western Cape government has invested R25-million over five years in setting up the industrial development zone (IDZ). “This is the culmination of years of collaboration between all spheres of government and the Saldanha Bay community,” Winde said. “The IDZ has the potential to become one of the most important levers for jobs and economic growth for the Western Cape. Early indications are that it will indeed be a major catalyst for foreign direct investment and increased employment opportunities for our residents in the medium to long term.” SAinfo reporter
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A move to confer honorary doctorate for Chess icon Vishwanathan Anand was today at the centre of a raging storm after the HRD ministry reportedly raised questions over his Indian nationality but Minister Kapil Sibal stepped in to apologise to him.The HRD Minister, who called Anand over telephone in Hyderabad, said there was no question of his ministry raising queries being raised over Anand’s citizenship and that he has persuaded him to accept the doctorate.But the chess wizard politely turned it down for the present saying he would accept it on a later date because of his travel schedule and prior commitments now.Anand was to have been conferred the honorary doctorate along with Prof. David Mumford of Harvard University at a function here last night coinciding with the current International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad.Bureaucratic hurdles caused by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry put paid to the plans of University of Hyderabad to confer the honour on the 39-year-old champion, who lives in Spain for the last few years but holds an Indian passport.As reports on the unsavoury episode broke out in the media, Sibal sought to do some damage limitation. He called Anand in Hyderabad over telephone and expressed his apologies, apparently over questions raised in regard to his citizenship.”But in the case of Vishwanathan Anand there is no question (of questions over his citizenship). We are sorry for what has transpired. I told him even if some Indian were to acquire foreign nationality we are still proud of him,” the minister told a hurriedly-called press conference in Delhi.advertisementHe blamed bureaucratic procedures in the delay on clearance of the doctorate degree for Anand, who maintained he had always played under the Indian flag and held an Indian passport.”I don’t understand this issue. I am in Hyderabad to play with Mathematicians and enjoy the Congress,” said the Grand Master who went ahead to play a game of Chess simultaneously with 40 mathematicians.He defeated all his opponents barring one in a game that lasted over three hours and participated in a question-answer session with them. With one, the game was drawn. The media was told not not to put any questions.Earlier, he was accorded a grand welcome at the Congress venue and Anand remained unfazed and did not not betray any emotions over the treatment meted out to him.Anand’s wife said the minister was apologetic when he spoke to the player and wanted the matter to be put to rest now now.But she made it clear that the issue of questions over Anand’s nationality did not not come as a surprise to them as they were asked to give a copy of the passport, which she had sent to the HRD ministry in June last year.Giving his version of the story, Sibal dismissed suggestions that the ministry had doubted Anand’s nationality.”There is no question, there is no issue. There is no question of nationality (about Anand),” he said adding that he had cleared the file on Anand’s name for conferring the doctorate on May 22 last year.But, he said, there were five other names. “When I went to the Visitor it came back to me with reference to an individual. Then the University event was over. This issue arose when another file came regarding a foreigner. If I had known I would have put my foot down,” he said.Sibal said he told Anand that the honorary degree could be conferred today itself. But he indicated that he had some problem about this evening. “Then I told him that any date of his convenience for the function was okay. He has accepted it,” the minister said.He said procedural error has led to problems regarding doctorate for Anand. Immediate corrective action was taken.It should not nto take time (to implement such decisions) but sometime it happens, he said adding this was not not the time for apportioning blame on anyone.Hailing Anand for his achievements, Sibal said “Vishwanathan Anand has done India proud like Arjun Atwal (who won a top professional golf championship in the US yesterday). We should be proud of those who climb the heights of global excellence.”Meanwhile, the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) expressed sadness over not not being able to confer the honorary doctorate on Anand because of “insensitive bureaucratic obstructions”.The ICM executive committee has conveyed its deep apology to Anand over this development, its Chairman M S Raghunathan and Secretary Rajat Tandon said in a statement.advertisementThey said the idea of conferring an honorary doctorate was mooted as early as in October 2009. The UoH took up the proposal and did all the necessary work and submitted it for clearance to The HRD Ministry, they said.Despite repeated follow-up by the university, the HRD Ministry did not forward this proposal for signature by the President of India, they claimed adding, as a result “this unfortunate turn of events had taken place”.Tandon earlier told reporters that as per UoH Vice Chancellor Syed Hasnain’s direction they had made necessary arrangements for conferring the Ph.D degree tonight itself.”He (Anand) changed his mind and he is not willing to take the degree. He doesn’t want it (degree) due to the controversy,” Tandon said.Asked whether Anand has said no, Raghunathan said, “He has not told me”.