“Games come and go and so too titles and trophies, but memories are forever, and to be part of a band of brothers that made history and made our fellow South Africans proud, is something I will cherish forever. Smit said that the highlight of his 12-season Springbok career was being part of the nation-building force that he believes the Springboks have become. Matfield retires having played in 114 Springbok matches, more than anyone else, including 110 tests and four midweek matches. He also captained the Boks on 17 occasions. Smit departs the international game as the most-capped Springbok test player of all time, and the most-capped captain in the history of international rugby, having led the team on 83 occasions in his 111 tests. Uniting people“When I started playing for the Springboks, it wasn’t a uniting factor and the change has been amazing. People of all shapes and sizes, and all cultures and languages, have embraced this Springbok team. That has been an amazing experience and I’m grateful to have been part of that.” “I’ve been fortunate to have had such a blessed Springbok career,” he said. “Together with wonderful teammates and under great coaches, we’ve achieved quite a lot over the years. “When you start out as a Springbok, it’s about proving that you’re good enough to be there,” he said. “But as you play more tests that feeling dissolves and you realise it’s not about you, it’s about standing up to the responsibility of what this team means to a country like South Africa. Saru chose the moment of Smit’s departure to pay tribute to two the two greats, with Saru president Oregan Hoskins saying: “We have been privileged to have witnessed the careers of two undoubted legends of Springbok rugby in the past decade. ‘Set the bar incredibly high’“As players, as leaders, and as men, they have set the bar incredibly high for succeeding generations and have been instrumental in the nation-building potential of the Springboks. And they will not be forgotten – part of their legacy is that they leave behind a model for discipline, leadership and professionalism of which they should be very proud.” “John provided outstanding leadership of the team throughout what have occasionally been turbulent times, while Victor was always a tower of strength – both literally and figuratively,” Hoskins said. SAinfo reporter Hoskins added: “John and Victor nobly served our game as players and leaders, and I hope for the sake of rugby in South Africa that they will not be lost to our game and, in due course, we will be able to tap into their enormous store of wisdom and knowledge about the game.” SuccessesDuring their careers, the pair led the Springboks to the Rugby World Cup title in 2007 and to Castle Tri-Nations titles in 2004 and 2009, as well as a series win over the British & Irish Lions. Their Springbok careers spanned more than a decade – Smit made his debut in 2000 and Matfield a year later. 26 October 2011 Smit described team-mate and friend Victor Matfield as the greatest Springbok of all time following this year’s Rugby World Cup. Matfield’s 11-season test career saw him establish himself as arguably the greatest lock of his generation, while he was a commanding presence in domestic rugby, captaining the Bulls to three Vodacom Super Rugby titles. “It has been an unbelievable experience being part of building our great nation and bringing people closer to each other.” Holds the record for most capped Springbok captain (83); most capped hooker (96); most capped Springbok in tests (111); holds world record for most capped captain in major international test matches (83). FACT FILES ‘Making SA the great country it is’“Like John said, as the years went by we realised that we have a massive role to play in making South Africa the great country it is, and it’s these moments that I will never forget,” Matfield said. “They stood out as players from the day they first pulled on the Springbok jersey and over the years have been central to many of the most memorable occasions in the era of professional rugby. Matfield said his time in the Springbok jersey had been nothing short of amazing and even though there were some less memorable moments, the bulk of his time in the green and gold would be remembered as some of the most special times in his career. “That’s my biggest highlight and what I’m most proud of. Many people would want me to talk about winning World Cups and Tri-Nations series and British & Irish Lions series – and those have been spectacular moments – but the highlight has been seeing the power that this team has developed to unite all South Africans. Smit arrived in England on Tuesday to take up a two-year contract with the London-based Saracens club, while Matfield has announced his retirement from all rugby, but will make one final appearance for the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham next month. John SmitBorn: April 3, 1978, PolokwaneSchool: Pretoria Boys HighProvincial debut: 1997 (Sharks)Teams: Sharks, Clermont Auvergne (Fra), Saracens (Eng)Test debut: 10 June 2000 vs Canada in East London, aged 22Last test: 9 October 2011 vs Australia in Wellington, aged 33 Total tests: 111 Tour matches: 1 Total Springbok matches: 112 Victor MatfieldBorn: 11 May 1977, PolokwaneSchool: Pietersburg High SchoolProvincial debut: 1997 (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Teams: Blue Bulls, Griquas, Toulon (Fra)Test debut: 30 June 2001 vs Italy in Port Elizabeth, aged 24 Last test: 9 October 2011 vs Australia in Wellington, aged 34 Total tests: 110 Tour matches: 4 Total Springbok matches: 114 Most capped Springbok lock (110); holds the world record with Bakkies Botha for most tests as a lock combination in the starting line-up (62). The South African Rugby Union (Saru) has paid tribute to two giants of the game, John Smit and Victor Matfield, on their retirement from test rugby. 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Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Murray has been preparing for the 2019 season knowing that his career could be over within months. In his training program last month, he told his support group that the pain was becoming too much and that he needed to set a date for retirement.“I spoke to my team and I told them I can’t keep doing this, that I needed to have an end point because (I was) sort of playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop,” he told the news conference Friday. “I said to my team ‘I think I can get through to Wimbledon’ … that’s where I would like to stop — stop playing.”Murray added, becoming tearful again, “But I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four of five months.”Players and coaches around the world rallied around Murray . Juan Martin del Potro, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career, posted a message on Twitter expressing his support: “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting … You deserve to retire on your own terms.”Commentator Darren Cahill praised his contribution to the sport , as did fellow playerGrigor Dimitrov.Murray said he’s considering another hip operation, more to improve his quality of life than as a way of returning to the top level in tennis.“I have the option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I’ve had before — having my hip resurfaced,” he said. “That’s something that I’m seriously considering right now. Some athletes have had that and have gone back to competing (but) the reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sports, you know, it’s just for a better quality of life.”Murray said he’d spoken extensively to long-time doubles star Bob Bryan about recovering from a similar operation, but couldn’t see himself recovering to be fit enough for singles and he wasn’t considering transitioning to doubles.“I have a severely damaged right hip,” he said. “Obviously you see me running around a tennis court, walking in between points, and obviously I know it doesn’t’ look good … look comfortable. LATEST STORIES Britain’s Andy Murray wipes tears from his face during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he’s only committing to the Australian Open.In an emotional news conference Friday, when a tearful Murray had to leave the room shortly after his first attempt to get it started, and needed to pause several times to compose himself once it had resumed, he confirmed he’d play his first-round match at the Australian Open next week but wasn’t sure how much longer he could continue beyond that.ADVERTISEMENT Dwyane Wade leads key spurt as Heat hold off Celtics SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño He has reached the final five times at the Australian Open but never won the title. Getting through the first round will be a major achievement in 2019 for the former No. 1-ranked Murray, who has slumped to No. 230 after playing just 12 matches last year following surgery on his right hip in January.He opened this season last week at the Brisbane International, where he won his opening match against James Duckworth but lost in the second round to Daniil Medvedev, showing visible signs of limping between points and struggling to move freely around court. He had an incomplete practice match against long-time friend and top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday at Melbourne Park, but only won two games.Murray has had a celebrated career, breaking long Grand Slam droughts for British men when he won the U.S. Open in 2012 and at Wimbledon the following year — when he was the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the prestigious lawn tennis title. He also became the only player to win consecutive singles gold medals at the Olympics when he won at London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.Long considered part of the so-called Big Four in men’s tennis with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Murray likely will be the youngest of them to retire after 20 months of trying to deal with his painful hip.At 37, Federer is in Australia attempting to win the title for the third consecutive year and for a seventh time overall. At 31, top-ranked Djokovic is at Melbourne Park also trying to win a seventh Australian title. The 32-year-old Nadal is ranked No. 2 and confident of extending his career for several years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “But there’s little things, day-to-day, that are also a struggle. It would be nice to be able to do them without any pain: putting shoes on, socks on, thinks like that. That’s the main reason for doing it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The 31-year-old Murray said he practiced in the off-season with the main goal of making one last run at Wimbledon, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men with his title in 2013, but now wasn’t sure he’d make it that far.“I can still play to a level — not a level I’m happy playing at,” he said. “But also, it’s not just that. The pain is too much really.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I don’t want to continue playing that way. I tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right — that hasn’t worked.”The three-time Grand Slam champion is scheduled to open against No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut at Melbourne Park, where the season-opening major begins Monday.
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are seeking information about incidents reported between Tuesday of this week and yesterday where a large sum of cash and electronics were stolen. The police in continuing its investigations into crimes committee has laid four charges against a 17-year old male of Kew Town on Providenciales namely Malicious Damage to Property, Using an Offensive Weapon to cause fear, Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting arrest. The charges are related to an incident which took place between October 30 and November 15, 2013. The 17-year old was offered bail and was set to appear before the Magistrate’s court.And more from the Police… with the festive season fast approaching, officers say and there is a trend for increased robberies and criminal events during this time. The Police Force is suggesting measures be taken by businesses and individuals to safe guard themselves. Some of which are: Stay calm and don’t attempt to be heroic if approached; never assume a firearm is fake or a toy; follow the instructions of the offender; make observations of the assailant and following the incident one should immediately call 911. Related Items:
In the comics, She-Hulk, or Jennifer Walters, is the cousin of Bruce Banner, whose superhuman powers transferred to her when she received a transfusion of Banner’s blood. The Ms. Marvel character was first incarnated by Carol Danvers, who later took up the identity of Captain Marvel, and the name was most recently passed on to Kamala Khan, a teen protege of Danvers who is Marvel’s first Muslim character to headline her own comic book. Enlarge ImageFeige announced plans for a She-Hulk original series. Jesse Grant The character Moon Knight, or Marc Spector, is a former mercenary and CIA agent who has multiple personalities and is imbued with powers from an Egyptian god. These newly announced shows join a Marvel slate on Disney Plus that includes: live-action series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan set to premiere in fall 2020.a Loki series featuring Tom Hiddleston in spring 2021. WandaVision with Elizabeth Olsen in her role of Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany reprising The Vision in spring 2021.a Hawkeye series in fall 2021, starring Jeremy Renner. Marvel’s first animated series, Marvel’s What If…, which explore alternate histories of pivotal moments in Marvel’s stories, had things turned out a different way. The studio’s Disney Plus shows are designed to be essential viewing for Marvel fans, with the characters and narratives of the Disney Plus live-action shows knitted together with the studio’s blockbuster theatrical movies. Avengers: Endgame, for example, contains a clue to how Loki returns from his death in the Phase 3 finale to appear in the Disney Plus original show. Scarlet Witch will appear in May 2021’s theatrical sequel Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness — but to understand how the character got there, you’ll need to watch Wandavision that comes out around the same time. Disney Plus, a $7-a-month service set to launch Nov. 12, is the highest-profile example of traditional Hollywood digging in to compete in streaming against likes of Netflix, Amazon and — soon — Apple. With tech giants pouring money into their own TV shows and movies and luring consumers away from traditional pay TV, Disney is aiming to create a single streaming hub for all of its family-friendly content. Moon Knight rounded out the set of three new Marvel series Feige announced at D23. Jesse Grant The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com. Share your voice Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige unveiled plans for three additional Marvel shows on Disney Plus, including Ms. Marvel — the company’s first Muslim character to headline her own comic book. Jesse Grant Disney Plus already has four Marvel original scripted series and an animated show in the works. This Friday, Disney revealed three more. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the puppet master behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, said Disney Plus would also develop series based on characters She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight. He announced the shows at a Disney Plus presentation to show off trailers, screen first-look videos and parade talent at its fan convention, the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. Tags 26 Photos Comments Coming in Phase 4 of the MCU, no dates given for any of them yet though, just after Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye turn: 📺 Ms Marvel📺 Moon Knight📺 She Hulk #DisneyPlus #D23Expo #MCU #Phase4 #Marvel pic.twitter.com/TWDKSAvGqT— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 23, 2019 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 3 TV and Movies Digital Media Disney Fox Hulu Netflix
London-based bank Standard Chartered Plc is planning to sell at least $4.4 billion of assets in Asia. The move is part of a larger effort to clean up its balance sheet and comprises exposure to loans as well as proprietary bond and equity investments in China, Indonesia, India and Malaysia, Bloomberg reported, citing knowledgeable sources. The bank is in talks with potential buyers to sell assets worth $1.4 billion of stressed loans made to Indian companies, including GMR Infrastructure, the agency added.Standard Chartered Plc’s India operations had caused a loss of $981 million (Rs. 6,729 crore) in 2015, while loan impairments of its India portfolio rose sharply to $1.3 billion from $171 million in the previous year.”Corporate and commercial clients’ loan impairment increased significantly to Rs 21,949 crore ($3.2 billion). We have reviewed the portfolio through 2015 and have increased provisioning, largely to reflect lower commodity prices as well as further deterioration in India,” the bank said in its annual report. The reported move to sell Asian loans comes within less than a month of the bank planning to protect its $2 billion exposure to Indian and Belgian diamond traders. The exposure was less than one percent of its total advances, reported Bloomberg, citing sources, and added that the bank would no longer accept receivables as collateral.
pexels.comLike other states, Texas is seeing a rise in deaths from opioid overdoses.Experts say deaths in the state have been rising about ten percent a year since 2014.Matt Feehery with Memorial Hermann in Houston says the state needs to provide more treatment options, and that includes medication.“And for some we know that abstinence from substances may not be more than an ideal, which is why many state and federal responses and strategies are focused on harm reduction – which is preventing accidental death, reducing the spread of communicable diseases such as HIV and Hep C and stopping criminal activities of sustained use,” Feehery said before a legislative committee in Austin. Share