The GAC title race reaches fever pitch

Vusimuzi Mngomezulu Richards Bay FC


Staff Reporter

Friday May 06, 2022. 13:00

All eyes will be on Richards Bay and University of Pretoria as they head into the penultimate round of the GladAfrica Championship level on points, with all games set to take place on Sunday, May 8.

On matchday 28, Richards Bay lost two crucial points in their 2-2 stalemate against Uthongathi at the King Zwelithini Stadium, while Tuks made sure to capitalize following their 1-0 win over Venda.

The results meant that going into this week’s round of fixtures, Richards Bay and Tuks are level on points (50), making for an exciting end to the 21/22 campaign.

Richards Bay will travel to the Kabokweni Stadium as they face TS Sporting who will be fighting to avoid the drop. As for Tuks, the Pretoria side will take on Cape Town Spurs at the Athlone Stadium.

Over in the Mother City, Spurs will be hoping to shrug off their poor run of form and are currently three points from the drop zone. The Cape Town outfit have recorded just one win in their last five outings, recording three draws and a loss during this time.

Elsewhere, Venda Football Academy face a stern test in the form of Black Leopards, who are currently the most in form team in the league. Venda are currently in fourth place and off the back of a 1-0 defeat against Tuks. As for Lidoda Duvah, they are currently on a run of six consecutive wins in the league.

In other fixtures, Free State Stars will host Polokwane City at Goble Park, as both teams look to finish in the top half come the end of season. The visitors currently occupy 6th spot, while Free State Stars are 8th, as the two sides are separated by one point.

Jomo Cosmos, who were relegated from the professional ranks of South African football last week, will welcome Platinum City Rovers to the Tsakane Stadium.

Also, TTM will look to steer away from the drop zone when they face Uthongathi at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, as they linger just three points ahead of TS Sporting who occupy the 15th spot.

JDR Stars will host Pretoria Callies as they look to end the season on a high after recording four draws and a loss in their last five fixtures. Callies head into the tie with a slightly more favourable form sheet, after picking up a 2-0 away win against Polokwane City in their last outing.

Fixtures:

Sunday, May 8

15h00: Hungry Lions v CT All Stars

15h00: TS Sporting v Richards Bay

15h00: Free State Stars v Polokwane City

15h00: Jomo Cosmos v Platinum City

15h00: TTM v Uthongathi

15h00: JDR Stars v Pretoria Callies

15h00: Black Leopards v Venda Football Academy

15h00: Cape Town Spurs v University of Pretoria

GladAfrica Championship title race remains tense

Luvuyo Phewa of University of Pretoria celebrates goal with teammates during the GladAfrica Championship 2021/22 match between University of Pretoria and JDR Stars at Tuks Stadium, Pretoria on 22 April 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix


Staff Reporter

Friday Apr 29, 2022. 11:31

Just two points separate Richards Bay and University of Pretoria in the race for the GladAfrica Championship title, while TS Sporting could relegate Jomo Cosmos this weekend.

League leaders Richards Bay will target a third win on the spin when they welcome Uthongathi to the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium on Friday.

The Natal Rich Boyz beat Hungry LIons 2-1 last weekend to go two points clear at the top of the standings, while the ninth-placed Cane Cutters were held to a goalless draw by Cape Town Spurs which extended their winless streak to three outings.

In the other game taking place on Friday, seventh plays eighth as Platinum City Rovers host Free State Stars at Olen Park, with the two teams separated by just one point in the table.

Meanwhile, University of Pretoria will look to get their title challenge back on track when Venda Football Academy visit the Tuks Stadium on Saturday.

AmaTuks (47) relinquished the lead to Richards Bay following back-to-back 1-1 draws against Cape Town All Stars and JDR Stars, while VFA saw a four-match unbeaten run come to an end with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to strugglers TS Sporting.

Abantu Bemthetho will attempt to drive the final nail into Jomo Cosmos’ coffin when they meet in a bottom-of-the-table clash at the Tsakane Stadium.

Ezenkosi are eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the table with just nine points left to play for and anything but victory against Sporting will confirm their relegation. The Mpumalanga outfit have opened up a six-point gap to Cosmos in 15th place following back-to-back wins to close within two points of Pretoria Callies, who take on Polokwane City at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Elsewhere, Black Leopards will be eyeing a sixth straight victory when they face Cape Town Spurs at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday.

Lidoda Duvha are the in-form team in the division at the moment after a 1-0 win over Free State Stars stretched their unbeaten streak to seven matches and took them five points clear of the relegation zone in 10th position. The Urban Warriors are just a point behind Leopards in 12th spot after going through the month of April undefeated.

Sunday also sees JDR Stars travel to Hungry Lions as they look to get back to winning ways after four successive draws dented their bid for promotion. The fourth-placed Hammer Boys (42) trail Cape Town All Stars by two points in race for the promotion play-offs, with Igugu Lekapa only in action on Tuesday against TTM.

GladAfrica Championship fixtures:

Friday, April 29

15h00: Platinum City Rovers v Free State Stars

15h00: Richards Bay v Uthongathi

Saturday, April 30

15h00: Jomo Cosmos v TS Sporting

Move over, Thailand and Singapore.

While these two countries were among the first in Southeast Asia to
reopen their borders to quarantine-free travel last year, albeit with
some restrictions in place, they are no longer the most open
destinations for travel — at least for now.

Because the rest of of the region has caught up this year — and fast.

Cambodia retains its open nature

Cambodia is one of the few countries in Asia with the least Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Cambodia is one of the few countries in Asia with the least Covid-19 travel restrictions. Photo Credit: GettyImages/sergwsq

Just look to Cambodia, which has been widely acknowledged by industry
members as “ASEAN’s most open destination” when it reopened in November
2021
with the least amount of entry restrictions — all that’s needed
was negative test results.

In
a further sign of its openness, Cambodia announced 17 March that all
fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to show a PCR or
rapid test result while visa on arrival for passengers arriving by land,
air and waterway will also resume.

Vietnam: no more uncertainty over its opening status

Vietnam welcomes tourists with open arms starting 15 March.

Vietnam welcomes tourists with open arms starting 15 March. Photo Credit: GettyImages/NgKhanhVuKhoa

Vietnam, which earlier offered scant details about its 15 March
reopening date
, has unveiled that welcomes fully vaccinated travellers
without quarantine or tests upon arrival.

Incoming
international travellers to Vietnam just need to submit a negative PCR
test result certificate issued 72 hours before departure, or a rapid
antigen test result issued 24 hours before departure, effective from 16
March. Those who cannot submit a pre-departure test result must take a
rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolate until
they get a negative result.

It’s becoming more fun in the Philippines again

There won't be a limit to the number of travellers allowed to visit Philippines' shores any longer.

There won’t be a limit to the number of travellers allowed to visit Philippines’ shores any longer. Photo Credit: GettyImages/R.M. Nunes

Come 1 April, the Philippines will throw open its door to all foreign
tourists, with the resumption of visa issuances by Philippine embassies
and consulates, according to the the Department of Tourism.

“This latest development opens the country to all fully vaccinated
tourists from all countries and means the country’s tourism industry is
well on its way to recovery,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette
Romulo-Puyat in a statement.

The arrival quota will also be lifted from 1 April, removing any
limit to the number of international passengers arriving in all ports of
entry in the country. The Philippines had earlier reopened its doors to
foreign leisure travellers from visa-free countries on 10 February.

Arriving
travellers just need to submit a negative laboratory-based antigen test
result taken within 24 hours from departure, In place of the initial
requirement of an RT-PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure.

Malaysia goes full throttle for reopening

While Malaysia was one of the slowest countries in Southeast Asia to
unveil a national reopening plan, but it’s now going full throttle when
it reopens its borders on 1 April with travellers needing to do a RT-PCR
test two days before departure and a

Wahconah boys basketball head coach Dustin Belcher said it best after the Warriors advanced to the Division IV Elite Eight with a win over West Bridgewater on Tuesday — “There’s no more gimme’s, you’re going to have to go get it now.”

Wahconah is one of seven local teams within reach of an MIAA State Title and just three rounds to go before a winner is crowned. Tickets for each Elite Eight game can be found at gofan.co/search and the games will be played on Friday and Saturday.


Wahconah boys bottle up West Bridgewater in MIAA D-IV State Sweet 16 basketball game

The Warriors put three scorers north of 20 points in dispatching No. 20 West Bridgewater and securing their spot in the Elite Eight.

Fourth-seeded Wahconah has two double-digit Division IV wins in the back pocket, topping Whitinsville 65-52 in the Round of 32 before Tuesday’s 83-67 victory over the Wildcats.

Brody Calvert has been inevitable on offense with 26 points in each of the last two games. Wahconah’s guard averages 22 points per game on the year and Jesse Chapman has established himself as a strong running mate for Calvert, scoring 21 points in each of the last two games after not surpassing 19 points during the regular season. Pat McLaughlin added another 21 points in Tuesday’s win and Wahconah’s 83 points is the second-most we’ve seen from the team this season. The Warriors scored 85 points against Easthampton on February 11.

Wahconah will need all the firepower it can muster against No. 12 Manchester Essex on Saturday. The Hornets have been a machine on the defensive end, allowing 41.5 points per game through two rounds of the tournament. Manchester, which topped No. 5 Cathedral 47-44 in the Round of 16, will make the 160-mile trip to Dalton and the tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.

The six other teams in the hunt for a state title all reside in D-V, but for the two top-seeded teams, they’ve been chasing postseason treasure for some time now. The Taconic boys and Hoosac Valley girls earned the honors of No. 1 seeds in the bracket. Additionally, both teams are looking for complete control of the throne after earning the title of co-champions when the 2020 season was cut short after state semifinal wins.


Taconic boys basketball overcomes slow start, mows down Salem Academy in MIAA D-V Sweet 16

Christian Maturevich did a bit of everything and scored 20 points as Taconic punched its Elite 8 ticket on Monday evening in Pittsfield.

When the Green and Gold are in a tournament, odds are that title will have to run through Pittsfield. The first thing that stands out about top-seeded Taconic is consistency, winning 65-48 against No. 33 Upper Cape Cod before handling No. 16 Salem Academy Charter 63-48 in the Round of 16.

Taconic’s depth has really shined since the state tournament began. Sam Sherman (14.5 ppg), Tayvon Sandifer (14 ppg), Christian Maturevich (13 ppg) and Sean Harrigan (10 ppg) have all had stretches of carrying the offense throughout 16 state-tournament quarters. Hopkins Academy is coming off a thriller, just sneaking past No. 9 Hopedale 62-61 in the

From restaurants to day care facilities, companies are racing to hire new workers as the U.S. economy reopens.

HOUSTON — Unemployment benefits will soon run out, but the good news is many companies are hiring this spring.

Morgan Baylor like many other restaurant workers found herself in the unemployment line last April.

“During quarantine, a lot of people were out of work. A lot of restaurants were done,” Baylor said.

But now she’s back to work, and she’s thrilled to be working again.

“It’s only going to go up from here,” she said. “I believe we can will things to happen if we try hard enough.”

Next to the hotel industry, restaurants were some of the hardest hit businesses during the shutdown last year.

Owner and Chef Jose Salazar said now is the time to apply for restaurant jobs.

“Everyone in our industry is hiring right now. It’s actually hard to find people to work,” Salazar said.

So with the help of employment site Monster.com, we found the jobs coming back fastest in 2021.

“At Monster, we are seeing a return of jobs in the leisure sector, accommodation and food services,” career expert Vicki Salemi said. 

She said these are the industries bouncing back the fastest:

  • Hotels.
  • Restaurants and Food Service.
  • Nursing. Most doctor’s offices were forced to let go of its nursing staff as 2020 coronavirus restrictions stopped elective surgeries and most doctor visits..
  • Construction. More and more workers are needed, especially for home building in this red hot home buying market.
  • Shipping.
  • Logistics.
  • Airlines.
  • Information Technology
  • Day care.

In the shipping industry, Kerry Byne is president of Total Quality Logistics, the second largest freight brokerage firm in the nation.

“We are looking to hire a thousand people across the county,” Byne said.

According to him, they need everything from sales people and accounts to freight bookers and more.

Meanwhile, most airlines are rehiring pilots, flight attendants and gate workers as travel get into full swing.

Finally, daycare is immediate need of staff as home-based workers move back the office.

In some states, unemployment benefits will end in June and in others by Septembers. Now is a great time to look for work, so you don’t waste your money.