Details of confirmed Covid-19 cases released per local electoral area

first_img Pinterest Google+ Details of confirmed Covid-19 cases released per local electoral area By News Highland – September 19, 2020 Google+ Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleFears Burtonport to Letterkenny greenway project losing momentumNext articleDublin enters level three of restrictions on Government’s roadmap News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter The Department of Health has started giving more local information on cases of Covid-19.Details are being released per local electoral area in Donegal. The latest information covers the 14 days until September 14th. It does not include the large number of cases confirmed this week.The figures show North Inishowen with less than 5 cases as well as South Inishowen with less than 5.Milford with 6 cases (43.6 cases per 100k), Letterkenny with 17 (57.1 cases per 100k), Lifford/Stranorlar show 15 (57.9 cases per 100k), Glenties with less than 5 and Donegal with less than 5.For a proportion of notified COVID-19 cases, location on the map may reflect their place of work rather than their home address.More information on figures can be found at: https://covid19ireland-geohive.hub.arcgis.com/ Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterestlast_img read more

Adrenaline rush: Greg Minnaar

first_img15 January 2003Sitting down to lunch with Greg Minnaar, I am struck by the sparkle in his eyes. From that light within it is easy to deduce that he is a young man who enjoys his life – and especially outdoor sports. He is tanned and relaxed, and the 2003 mountain bike downhill world champion is good and interesting company.Greg’s initial sporting interest was in motocross, but that meant his parents, who owned a bicycle shop, needed to take him to the motocross track and sit with him while he practised. Because of the constraints of work, Greg was unable to practice motocross as often as he would have liked.What he could do, however, was to take his mountain bike out into the forests around World’s View, just north of Pietermaritzburg, and enjoy the adrenaline thrill of flying downhill at speed. So it was that downhill mountain biking became his first choice in sport.Truly a relaxed individual, Greg Minnaar’s exterior hides the fact that he whatever he chooses to do, he wants to do well – not just compete, but challenge for wins. That showed early when he demonstrated excellent downhill racing ability from a young age.World Cup at 16In 1997, Minnaar was given the opportunity to attend the World Cup in Switzerland, even though he was just 16 years of age. Incredibly, he managed to qualify twelfth. Unfortunately, in the race proper, Greg took a fall. Despite that setback he still managed to secure 51st place – a decent performance if one takes his tumble into account and, of course, the standard of the competition.More important than his placing, though, was the impact that being at the World Cup had on Greg. Being around his heroes, those stars he had previously seen in magazines only, convinced him that this was what he wanted to do, what he wanted to be: a professional mountain bike downhill racer.Convincing his parents was, naturally, tough because he wanted to become a professional there and then. And he hadn’t yet finished school. They said no to his pleas.Fortunately for Greg, he found an unlikely ally. The headmaster of Alexander High School was asked for his thoughts on Greg’s aim to turn professional immediately. Go for it, he said, Greg could always complete his schooling at a later stage if he chose to do so. And so Greg Minnaar left school early to become a professional downhill racer!He managed a 28th-place finish when the World Cup came to Stellenbosch in South Africa but, admits Greg, “it was a home course and I had the advantage of knowing it”. His next outings saw him place “nowhere”. He persevered.Questioned his decisionMinnaar admits that during his first year overseas he questioned his decision to turn professional and race so far away from home. He missed his family and friends, and found the going tough. Nonetheless, the results started to come, and he settled down to the grind of travel and being part of a big team where discipline was strictly enforced.“I don’t mind discipline”, says Minnaar, “but I found it tough being told the same thing 20 times”.In 2001 he tasted victory for the first time, winning in Kaprun, Austria. This was both a good and a bad thing; bitten by the victory bug, Minnaar wanted more. “I pushed too hard the next year, in 2002”, he admits, “and because of that I came short. My strength is my consistency.”Luckily, Minnaar learnt his lesson and adapted his racing to his strengths. In 2003 his consistency came through. Though he won only one race, he finished in the top five often – often enough that, when the points were finally tallied, he was the world champion.Remarkable yearMaking it an even more remarkable year is that Minnaar also won in North America, capturing the Norba title with much the same approach: consistency over a “go for broke” mentality.He told me about the two competitions, explaining that the World Championships require more technical skills, while the Norba racing tends to be less demanding technically. Because of the difference, it’s quite a challenge.Minnaar was also honoured at home when he was named the South African Mountain Bike Cyclist of the Year for 2003. No surprise there .I asked him about 2001, when he won his first World Cup event but was overlooked in the cyclist of the year balloting, with Robbie Hunter being honoured. Sure, Hunter was on a top professional road team, but Greg had won a world title.He admits he was angry, and says it still seems that road cyclists are given greater respect than mountain bikers. There are many who would agree with him.When one considers how close racing is at the top, where every tenth of a second is vital, it comes as quite a surprise to me that Greg describes his approach as “conservative”.Frankly, though, what he considers conservative would likely strike Joe Public as suicidal. He might think he’’ conservative, but the crowds of 20 000 to 40 000 that watch the mountain bike downhill racing all around the world would disagree. Why else would they be drawn to the racing? It is fast, furious and exciting.New teamGreg’s world title came when he was riding for the Haro/Lee Dungarees team, and he definitely made a good impression on the team. However, he was approached by a number of other teams after his successful season, and after consulting the Haro/Lee Dunagrees team an amiable split was agreed upon so that he could join the Team G Cross Honda.He admits that in the short term he could have made more money staying with the Haro team, but with Honda – although a formal contract stating as such has not yet been signed – Greg reckons he stands to make more financially over time. He says he could spend 10 years with the team, and what is really exciting is that they want him to be the face of the team, which is new for 2004.Make no mistake, Honda is a big name that is recognised the world over. And, as Greg explained to me, they do things thoroughly, their approach being that your equipment is either 100% ready for racing or you don’t race at all.“Pretty exciting”“Yeah, it’s pretty exciting”, he says of the testing that Honda is doing on his bike for 2004. For the first time in his career his team will be building a bike with only one person in mind: Greg Minnaar.Chatting to Minnaar, it is clear that he loves what he does. “If you like something you’ll do well in it”, he says. Also clear is that he has real fun in his career. He enjoys the adrenaline thrill. “I get bored cycling on the road”, he says.In fact, just before he joined me for lunch, he had been out learning how to do a backward somersault on his motocross bike, and I could see the sense of achievement he felt after getting it right on just his third attempt! He was on his way back there afterwards to mess around some more.Amazingly, Minnaar believes that until 2003 he hadn’t yet applied himself fully to his sport. Now, with a new team that is most definitely focused on rocketing to the top, and the knowledge of what his whole-hearted effort can achieve – a world championship – Minnaar is hoping for a 2004 season that is as successful as 2003.My personal thoughts: he’s a humble, nice guy and I hope he reaches those heights again. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA’s Inaugural Flag returns home

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 27 September 2010 The Inaugural Flag, a piece of South African history that came close to being auctioned off in the UK earlier this year, will from now on be displayed at the University of Stellenbosch. The flag was flown from an Oryx helicopter that was part of a four-aircraft formation that flew over Nelson Mandela moments after he had been inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 10 May 1994. Mandela recalled the moment vividly in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, writing: “A few moments later we all lifted our eyes in awe as a spectacular display array of South African jets, helicopters and troop carriers roared in perfect formation over the Union Buildings. “It was not only a display of pinpoint precision and military force, but a demonstration of the military’s loyalty to democracy, to a new government that had been freely and fairly elected … Finally, a chevron of Impala jets left a smoke trail of the black, red, green, blue and gold of the new South African flag.” The flag bears Mandela’s signature, as well as those of his then deputy presidents, Thabo Mbeki and FW De Klerk. Rescued from auction It was almost lost to South Africa, as it was due to be auctioned as part of Bonhams’ seventh sale of South African Art in London on 25 March 2010 – where it was expected to fetch £10 000 to £15 000 (around R120 000 to R180 000) – but was withdrawn prior to the auction. “A London-based South African businessman and philanthropist who wishes to remain anonymous has offered to buy the flag for an undisclosed amount in a sale brokered by Bonhams on the understanding that it would be returned to South Africa and handed over to the South African Government,” Bonhams said in a statement. BuaNews, quoting the Department of Arts and Culture, has identified the benefactor as Giuseppe Ciucci, chairperson of the Stonehage Charitable Trust, adding that Ciucci had since donated the flag to the South African government. The department is reportedly investigating how the flag found its way to the auctioneers.Signed copy of the Freedom Charter also rescued Another heritage item that was due to be auctioned on the same day – a signed copy of the Kliptown ANC Freedom Charter of 1955 – was also saved for the country through a pre-auction private sale negotiated by Bonhams and the Liliesleaf Trust. It was bought for the South African State with funds provided by the Mantis hotel group, mining company Lonmin Plc, and Lord Renwick. “This is the happiest possible outcome for the Freedom Charter,” Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams, said in a statement. “We are delighted to have been able to arrange a deal with this South African organisation, which was determined to see the Charter return to where it best belongs.” The seller, Leon Levy, said in Bonhams’ statement: “This was always my hope, that the Charter would be returned to the State, and I am delighted that this has now been achieved.” Nelson Mandela wrote in Long Walk to Freedom that the Freedom Charter “captured the hopes and dreams of the people and acted as a blueprint for the liberation struggle and the future of the nation.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa’s treasures on show at intellectual property gathering in Switzerland

first_imgSouth African delegates were in Geneva, Switzerland, for the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) General Assembly where they showcased the country’s cultural and scientific treasures.The event, which ran from 3 October to 11 October, brought together WIPO’s member states to discuss progress in the organsation’s work and possible amendments to intellectual property policies.Running with the theme “Treasures of South Africa”, the South African exhibit showcased the country’s traditional cultures and scientific innovations.Read the full “Treasures of South Africa” brochure below or download it.ForewordSouth Africa is the “Rainbow Nation”: a land of spectacular sights, joyous music and – of course – a vibrantly inspired people.It is also a land of treasure. Not just the treasure of gold and diamonds, but the treasure of the future: intellectual property. Having inspired the whole world through the beacon of hope of Nelson Mandela, the people of South Africa are now energizing to bring their own inspiration, the cultural and scientific wealth of their country, to its full potential.Central to this are the twin IP related goals of bringing South Africa’s traditional culture to a wider global audience, and securing a position at the forefront of scientific innovation. South Africa is one of the leading lights in the ongoing efforts of WIPO to bring rigor to the formal means of dealing with traditional knowledge, and this fine exhibition explains why.Few countries can boast the kind of evocative mastery of artistic crafts that is part of South Africa’s DNA. You will see traditional, and you will see the modern interpretation of traditional by brilliant indigenous designers. Likewise, you will learn about how South Africa works to keep its place at the top table of cutting-edge technology.Ever since the first heart transplant was performed in Cape Town in 1967, South Africa has had a world famous medical tradition. On display here is an even more remarkable product of genius from Cape Town, the CAT scan. You will also find several other internationally acclaimed inventions, such as the Smartlock Safety Syringe. Open the treasure chest, and have a great time.Francis GurryWIPO Director GeneralAbout South AfricaThe southernmost tip of Africa is home to a nation on the rise – a place where a warm-spirited and inventive people, great natural wealth and breathtaking landscapes come together to create fresh opportunities and new ways of doing things.This is South Africa in the 21st century: modern, vibrant and productive, rooted in Africa and a good international citizen.Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the consolidation of democracy in South Africa and creation of institutions that support this, has helped to strengthen the nation building project. Taking local conditions and international best practice into account, the country has launched a range of strategic initiatives to accelerate development and growth that will benefit the entire population by addressing the systemic challenges of poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment. South Africa: IP Gateway to AfricaSouth Africa is a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The country plays an active role in its national capacity and within regional formations, in particular the African Group.While it follows all WIPO committees, the nation pays special attention to The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).Intellectual Property Regulatory Body and Legislative Environment in South AfricaThe CIPC, established in May 2011, is mandated to regulate and protect South Africa’s Intellectual Property assets in accordance with the provisions of a range of legislation which is enacted over a number of decades.Creating an enabling environment for Intellectual Property has been the subject of much research and legislative reform. This process will continue to gain momentum in the next few years. The CIPC works closely with WIPO to ensure that global IP standards are implemented in South Africa and that global best practice is reflected in the changing IP legislative and policy environment.An imperative for the CIPC is to attract the registration of IP from African countries, and in particular from countries within SADC.Exhibition Theme: Treasures of South AfricaWith the theme of “Treasures of South Africa”, the Exhibition will showcase how South Africa’s engagement in the affairs of WIPO finds expression in how the country manages its national intellectual property.While reflecting on the South African multi-cultural artefacts from which many arts and culture practitioners make a living, it is an assimilation of the indigenous cultural expressions that have retained their original uniqueness.It is through this that they offer a perfect link to the policy debates on the importance of Protection of Cultural Expressions & Traditional Knowledge Systems, which are currently taking place at WIPO.The South African “Treasures of South Africa” Exhibition consists of three distinct elements, the first being craft products from some of local master crafters who include some living legends as well as items from young people making their mark in this design discipline that includes clay pots, ilala baskets, ceramics, and beaded calabashes.The second element features fashion and design works from premium South African indigenous designers who are increasingly making a name for themselves internationally such as Laduma Ngxokolo from “Maxhosa”, Palesa Mokubung “Mantsho”, Nkhensani Nkosi from “Stoned Cherrie” and more.Thirdly, a collection of visual arts wraps up the distinctive elements that are to be showcased at the exhibition.This presentation provides an artistic sneak peek into street photography. It unlocks a way of sharing the unmediated chance encounters and random incidents that take place in public places within South African townships, depicting various sociopolitical and economic settings.“Treasures of South Africa” asserts arts and culture as ancient crafts that have flourished for many centuries in Africa, together with a long history that has been transmitted verbally from one generation to the next. With growing international interest in the potential of cultural and creative industries, South Africa is increasingly focusing on its cultural and creative industries as potential contributors to economic growth and job creation.Some of South Africa’s ground-breaking inventionsSouth Africa has given expression to its brand of Inspiring New Ways with a number of world-renowned and ground-breaking inventions and innovations.As part of the WIPO General Assembly exhibition, the country will showcase the treasures that have been developed, and continue to be developed, within science and technology. Some of the most renowned inventions to emerge from South Africa include:Speed GunThis invention could only come from a cricket loving country. Henri Johnson invented the Speedball in 1992. The device accurately measures the speed and angles of speeding objects, such as cricket and tennis balls.Smartlock Safety SyringeSmartlock safety syringes provide improved protection against needlestick injury and contamination of the likes of the Ebola virus, Hepatitis and HIV. This invention has saved countless lives.CAT ScanThe Computed Axial Tomography Scan or CAT was developed by Cape Town physicist, Allan Cormack and his associate Godfrey Hounsfield.He provided the mathematical technique for the CAT scan, in which an X-ray source and electronic detectors are rotated about the body, and the resulting data is analysed by a computer to produce a sharp map of the tissues within a cross-section of the body. This resulted in receipt of a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.Contact:Companies and Intellectual Property CommissionThe dti Campus(Block F – Entfutfukweni)77 Meintjies Street, SunnysidePretoriaP O Box 429, Pretoria, 0001Tel: +27 12 394 9973Fax: +27 12 394 1015Call Centre: 086 100 2472Website: www.cipc.co.zalast_img read more

Foreign media explore South African innovation projects

first_imgJohannesburg, 7 November 2013 – Foreign correspondents based in South Africa who are being hosted on a Brand South Africa media tour aimed at profiling the country’s innovation, will today visit the iThemba Labs in Cape Town where nuclear medicine will be profiled.The tour is aimed at profiling South Africa’s innovation, and coincided with the country’s inaugural Competitiveness Forum, which took place at Gallagher Estate in Gauteng on Tuesday 5 November. The South African Competitiveness Forum brought together leaders in government, business and civil society, to discuss the factors that impact on South Africa’s global competitiveness.JohannesburgOn Monday 4 November 2013, the group held discussions with the Auditor General’s office, the Association of Public Accounts Committees, the Innovation Hub and SpringAge.Later in the day they visited Mobile Money, for a fist-hand look at innovation in the financial services industry – bringing banking services to the unbanked using only a valid mobile number to transfer money.PretoriaJournalists also visited the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria on Wednesday 6 November 2013. The CSIR conducts ground-breaking work in science, engineering and technology. At the site, journalists were briefed about world-first digital laser technology, which is being tested by scientists at the CSIR.The delegation also visited Pretoria’s Innovation Hub, which is a science and technology park which supports innovation and the competitiveness of businesses and knowledge-based institutions. At the park, journalists were taken on a tour of Sappi’s Technology Centre and the manufacturer’s pulping and bleaching processes, as well as research and development initiatives.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola commented on the significance of the media tour, saying it is important that South Africans shape the narrative we want told about our country: “South Africa scores highly on international indices, in the areas of innovation and business creativity. We are making great strides in the fields of science and technology, attested to the projects being showcased during this week. The inspiring work being carried out by young South Africans in the medical, science and technology fields will assist us to achieve the objectives set out in the National Development Plan at all levels. Through this we can reshape our narrative and our developmental trajectory,” Mr Matola said.In Cape Town, the delegation will visit various innovation projects and sites, including: iThemba Labs, Robben Island, the Cape Town Port and explore the wine route.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Follow Brand South [email protected]_SA (https://twitter.com/Brand_SA)For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Arellano, NU banner PVL Collegiate conference

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning NCAA champion Arellano and former titlist National University headline the upcoming Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference that is set to start on Sept. 2 at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs, who won the collegiate conference title in the 13th season of the Shakey’s V-League, banner Group A that includes Ateneo, San Sebastian, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Far Eastern University, and Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next The Lady Chiefs, meanwhile, join University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, San Beda, Adamson, and College of St. Benilde.FEU is on its first campaign in a major tournament under the tutelage of head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos for the position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe top four teams from Group A compete with the best four from Group B in the cross-over quarterfinals.The four winners then advance to the best-of-three semifinals with the best two teams advancing to the final round that has the same format. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Ray Allen visits Lyceum, tells unbeaten Pirates: ‘You have to work harder’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace rocked as Zaha receives near £400,000-a-week offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace rocked as Zaha receives near £400,000-a-week offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have been rocked by a stunning offer made to Wilfried Zaha.The Daily Mail says Zaha has been offered a staggering £11million a year to move to China next month.The Crystal Palace striker is a target for Super League side Dalian Yifang, who are prepared to make the Ivory Coast international one of the best-paid players in the world.They propose to pay Zaha a minimum of £44m — after tax — over four years. The winger could earn an extra £2.5m a year in bonuses and the club will fund first-class travel that will allow him to return regularly to the UK. The package would be worth around three times his current contract, under which he is reported to earn £130,000 a week.Dalian Yifang, who are coached by former Real Madrid player and manager Bernd Schuster, will make a formal offer to Palace once the transfer window reopens. last_img read more

St John Ambulance continuing therapy dog program in Fort St John

first_imgCORRECTION: Therapy Dog Program Facilitator Faye Anstey said that the program has been up and running for the past years. She added that currently, there is a team of eight volunteers and dogs.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The St. John Ambulance’s therapy dog program got a big boost earlier this summer.The St. John Ambulance launched its Therapy Dog Program, which is a volunteer organization led by Unit Facilitator Faye Anstey. To learn more about the St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, please email Faye Anstey at [email protected] There are currently eight certified handlers with the program, who bring their certified dogs on visits to local venues including Peace Villa Care Home, The Association for Community Living 4-plex, Abbeyfield House, Peace Lutheran Apartments, the Chetwynd Hospital, and a variety of other community events.A local resident being visited by a therapy dog. Supplied photoThe program’s handlers and dogs are evaluated after the dogs reach the age of 2, to test the temperament of the dog as well as the behaviour of the handler in a variety of situations.When visiting one of the locations, the team will spend 1 to 2 hours visiting residents or students, allowing the canines to offer companionship and stress relief.On June 2nd, the program got a big boost when Energetic Learning Campus students Brynn Shaw and Lexie Brown-John helped raise $1,000 through a Dog wash, where they scrubbed over 50 dogs clean. The school project was geared towards bringing awareness to the need of therapy dogs in our community.Anstey says that the program has proved very comforting for many of the people the dogs and their handlers visit, as the dog teams and visited all look forward to the weekly trips.last_img read more

Province of BC introduces new notification system for air quality

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Provincial Government has introduced a new system where British Columbians can receive direct information for air quality in their communities.According to the Government, residents are now able to sign up for public health notifications advising people of potential or existing poor air quality in their communities via email.People can enter their email on the Province’s air quality website to automatically receive air quality advisories and smoky skies bulletins. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman, says all British Columbians need and deserve clean air, adding that he urges people with pre-existing health conditions to sign up for the notifications.“All British Columbians need and deserve clean air, and we also deserve to know right away when there are pollutants in the air that may affect our health or well-being. I urge people, especially those with pre-existing health conditions or who are more vulnerable, to sign up for these notifications so they can stay healthy and take preventative measures if needed.”Currently, there are 76 community-specific sites that provide hourly data to a central database where they are processed, stored and posted online.To receive air quality notifications and for information, you can visit the Province’s website.last_img read more

Buckeyes fend off top 10 foe keep home winning streak alive

Big-time players step up in big-time games. It’s an adage that can be traced to every imaginable competitive sport.For the Ohio State men’s tennis team, ranked No. 3 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, senior Justin Kronauge and sophomore Chase Buchanan delivered at critical moments Sunday in OSU’s 5-2 victory over No. 9 Kentucky.Kronauge, ranked 43rd in the country, won his No. 2 singles match 6-4, 6-3 to put OSU up 4-1, thereby clinching the victory for the Buckeyes. Buchanan, down 5-2 in the first set in his match against No. 8 Eric Quigley, rallied for a 7-5 first set victory and dominated the second set 6-2 to win at No. 1 singles.“I just stepped my game up,” Buchanan said. “I was nervous at the beginning because my shots weren’t falling. I had to buckle down because it’s not good [for the team] if I go down.”OSU’s win improved its record to 9-1 and extended its home-match winning streak to 96. Two crucial points defined the match for the Buckeyes.At subsequent moments in their respective first sets, Buchanan went up 6-5 and Kronauge won 6-4, sending the crowd into a frenzy and putting the Wildcats on their heels.“Justin’s probably my best friend, so we know each other really well,” Buchanan said. “Seeing him get pumped up is great, it helps the team to see the top two guys playing well.”Coach Ty Tucker knows he doesn’t have to worry about his top two players playing to their highest capabilities.“They’re good players. They spend 20 hours a week together,” Tucker said. “They like to mix it up and compete. You don’t have to worry about [Buchanan and Kronauge] coming to fight.”The Buckeyes got off to a slow start, losing two of the three doubles matches to fall behind 1-0. The No. 2 doubles team of freshman Dino Marcan and junior Balazs Novak rallied from a 5-2 deficit to win 8-6 for OSU’s only doubles win.“[Kentucky’s] No. 1 doubles team is capable of winning the national title,” Tucker said. “Doubles isn’t our strong suit, but hats off to them [for winning the point].”Kentucky arrived in Columbus a confident bunch. The Wildcats had achieved their highest ranking in seven years and were coming off one of their biggest wins in school history, as they scored a 4-3 victory over then-No. 2 (and current No. 1) Virginia on Feb. 6, snapping the Cavaliers’ 63-match win streak.However, there would be no Cinderella story Sunday as the Buckeyes flexed their muscles in the singles match after dropping the doubles point.Junior Matt Allare evened the score at one by handily defeating Graeme Dyce 6-3, 6-4. Marcan, down 2-1 in both sets, won his No. 3 singles match against Brad Cox 6-4, 6-2.Shortly after Buchanan and Kronauge won their matches, Novak captured his ninth singles win of the year by defeating Anthony Rossi 6-2, 6-4 for the Buckeyes’ fifth point. read more