He said the ballpark is being … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos and video on a mobile deviceThe Oakland A’s announced today they plan to build a futuristic ballpark on the Howard Terminal waterfront site at the Oakland estuary to replace the aging multi-purpose Oakland Coliseum and field the team by 2023.An illustration of the new ballpark shows a facility with a jewel box design, which A’s president Dave Kaval touted as “like nothing you have ever seen.”
13 July 2012South African sprint newcomer Anaso Jobodwana will be attending his first Olympic Games in London. It’s been a very fast rise to the biggest stage of them all for the teenager. He has surprised a lot of people, not least himself.The reason for his own surprise was the fact that he was sidelined by injury for the 2011 season. One’s expectations after such a lengthy layoff are bound to be modest, but thankfully for Jobodwana he has returned to action with a bang.In 2010, he had shown huge potential by clocking 20.95 to win the South African Schools 200 metres title, but, given his injury-filled 2011 he hadn’t expected to make the jump he has in 2012.Returned to South AfricaEarlier this year, Jobodwana was based in the US and was studying at Jackson State University at Oxford in Mississippi. However, he returned to South Africa recently because the university system in the US does not allow athletes to compete on the European circuit.It was in Oxford on 14 April that the former Selborne College schoolboy achieved his first Olympic qualifying time in the 200 metres, stopping the clock in 20.32 seconds, well inside the required mark of 20.55.It really shouldn’t have come as a surprise, considering that he had run a 20.66sec 200 metres indoors in March, a feat which earned him All-American honours. He had also run two times close to the qualifying standard shortly before he made his breakthrough.The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, however, requires that an athlete achieves the required standard at least twice, with one of those being recorded in international competition.Second qualifying timeWith only two weeks to go before Sascoc’s qualification deadline, Jobodwana ran his second qualifying time in Velenje, Slovenia, clocking 20.50 to take victory at the 17th International Athletics Meeting in Honour of Miners Day.On 4 July, he became one of 14 athletes added to the 125 South African athletes previously announced in the Olympic team on 6 June.Jobodwana’s best time of 20.32 seconds, which is number one among African athletes in 2012, places him 22nd in the world this year.But don’t lose sight of the fact that he is just 19 years of age. Jobodwana is likely to improve his performances even more and London 2012 could well play an important role in an even bigger challenge from the South African at the 2016 Rio Games, which was what he was focused on until his unknown form turned out to be better than he expected.GoalHis goal for London is a place in the semi-finals, which is a pretty big one, given the fact that he hadn’t even considered qualifying for the Olympics six months ago.In an interview with the Mail and Guardian, he said: “I want to try and bring my time down – that’s the goal at the moment – but I’m hoping to make the semi-finals.“I haven’t set any real targets for the Games, though, and I haven’t written anything down, so I’m not putting pressure on myself.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Pune: Shiv Sena has decided to not field a candidate for the bypoll to the Palus-Kadegaon Assembly seat in Sangli district, which fell empty after the death of Congress leader Patangrao Kadam in March.On Thursday, Patangrao’s son, Youth Congress president Vishwajeet Kadam, had a telephonic conversation with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray who assured him that the party would not field a candidate for the seat out of respect for his late father, sources close to the Congress leader said.BJP fields DeshmukhAfter Patangrao’s death in March, it was expected that the major political parties would not field candidates against Vishwajeet Kadam, who hopes to get elected unopposed. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has already said it would not put forward anybody for the seat. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced on Wednesday that it would field Sangramsinh Deshmukh, son of late BJP legislator Sampatrao Deshmukh, for the seat — two days after Mr. Kadam filed his nomination. Sangramsinh’s cousin Prithviraj Deshmukh is BJP’s Sangli district chief. Sangramsinh heads the Zilla Parishad and has interests in the Sangli District Cooperative Bank.Bitter legacyThe Palus-Kadegaon seat has a bitter history. In 1997, following Sampatrao Deshmukh’s death, Patangrao had decided to contest the election instead of letting a relative of the BJP MLA be elected unopposed. This rankled with the Deshmukhs. In the 2009 Assembly poll, Patangrao managed to wrest the seat from Prithviraj, and again defeated him in the 2014 election, despite the BJP coming to power in the State.The BJP’s decision to field Sangramsinh against Mr. Kadam is viewed as ‘payback’ by a section of BJP leaders and workers in Sangli. However, sources say the BJP might be willing to withdraw their candidate if the Congress doesn’t field anyone for the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll.The Kalus-Padegaon Assembly by-election, along with the Palghar and Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypolls, is to be held on May 28, with counting of votes on May 31.
Three personnel of 120 Border Security Force were seriously wounded on Saturday night when a powerful remote controlled bomb was detonated near Telipati, Imphal east district in Manipur, at 11:30 p.m. The personnel were taken to the J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences in the same district.No underground organisation has claimed responsibility for the blast.There is a permanent police picket at Telipati which is dominated by people originating from Bihar. Police have registered a case. So far there is no breakthrough in the investigation.