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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Rich Scangarello, the 49ers quarterbacks coach since 2017, is interviewing Monday to become the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, Denver’s 9NEWS reported.The 49ers had previously denied the Broncos’ request to interview Scangarello, just as they had done to other teams inquiring about Mike LaFleur and Mike McDaniels, coordinators of the 49ers pass and run games, respectively.Scangarello’s responsibilities the past two seasons have been to coach up the 49ers’ revolving door …last_img read more


first_img23 January 2006Tourists visiting the palace of South Africa’s famous royal mystic, Rain Queen Modjadji, will soon be able to stay overnight.Spokesperson for the Modjadji royal family, Clement Modjadji, has confirmed plans to build a hotel in Khetlhakong village near the spectacularly scenic forestry town of Modjadjiskloof (formerly Duiwelskloof, or Devil’s Ravine) in Limpopo province’s subtropical Letaba Valley.“We are negotiating with local companies and the municipality with a view to raising funds to build the hotel,” Modjadji said. He declined to give further details, saying negotiations had reached a sensitive stage.He added that the project was expected to create hundreds of jobs in the local community.Cycad forest, Ivory RouteThe Modjadji royal palace, one of Limpopo’s best known tourist attractions, is located near the Royal Modjadji Nature Reserve, home to a cycad forest that boasts some of the oldest and largest specimens in the world.Cycads are cone-bearing evergreen plants dating back to the Stone Age. The Modjadji cycad or Encephelartos transvenosus is the highest in the world, with recorded specimens reaching 13 metres.The palace is also part of Limpopo’s African Ivory Route, which includes 3.6-million hectares of national parks, nature reserves, game farms, cultural camps and historical places associated with various African myths and legends.Clement Modjadji said a hotel was long overdue, with hundreds of tourists visiting the royal palace every year.The Greater Letaba municipality has also set aside R160 000 to build a cultural village in Khetlhakong village. To be called Modjadji’s Kraal, the village will showcase Balobedu culture, technology and art.The Rain QueensQueen Makobo Modjadji VI, who died aged 27 on 12 June 2005, was the youngest in a line of matriarchal monarchs stretching back at least 200 years. Her short reign began on 16 April 2003 when she succeeded her grandmother, Mokope Modjadji V.Rider Haggard’s 19th-century novels King Solomon’s Mines and She first drew the world’s attention to the legendary Rain Queen of the Balobedu people.Believed to have been bestowed with the power to control the rains and rivers, the Rain Queen’s mystic powers kept her small tribe safe from regional wars of conquest for two centuries.The website Prominent People gives “one of the most acceptable versions” of the many legends told about the origins of Queen Modjadji.According to this version, “an old Karanga chief from the Kingdom of Monomotapa (south-eastern Zimbabwe) was told by his ancestors in the 16th century that he must impregnate his daughter, Dzugundini. This would give the princess rainmaking powers, which would expand the wealth of his kingdom. This princess was called Modjadji, or ‘ruler of the day’.“Early in the 19th century Modjadji’s tribe, known as the Balobedu, moved further south into the fertile Molototsi Valley, where they founded present day Ga-Modjadji.“According to custom, the queen must eschew public functions. She communicates to her people via male councillors and indunas, village headmen. In November of every year she directs the annual rainmaking ceremony at her royal compound in Khetlhakone village.“The queen never marries, but she bears children by her close relatives. She is cared for by her ‘wives’, which are sent from the many villages in Ga-Modjadji. When she is nearing death, she appoints her eldest daughter as her successor and then she ingests poison.“For centuries many tribes have respected the Queen’s powers. Even Shaka Zulu sent his top emissaries to request the Queen’s blessings …”According to Prominent People, University of South Africa archaeologist Sidney Miller has excavated the ruins of the original royal kraal, finding stone foundations, pottery and middens.The ruins, according to the website, “bear resemblance to the famous ruins discovered at Thulamela near Phafuri in the far north of the Kruger National Park and the Great Zimbabwe ruins in south-eastern Zimbabwe. It lends further credibility to the many legends about the origins of Ga-Modjadji.”SouthAfrica.info reporter and Neville Maakana, BuaNewslast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A mink is surely among the top few creatures that roam the wilds of Ohio that you do not want to encounter in close quarters. Minks are rarely seen but widely known for their beautiful pelts. They are also cunning, ferocious and have a musky odor that almost rivals a skunk. In short, a mink is not something you hope to find in your home.My sister-in-law got home this week to find my brother holding two brooms with a look of sheer terror on his face after a mink was discovered in their house. The theory is that the mink came in to the basement through the sump pump drain tile that leads to the creek on their wooded property in northwest Ohio, but they don’t really know for sure. The mink was discovered when my five-year-old nephew opened the basement door to find it running up the steps at him. From there the varmint had the run of the house and a wild chase ensued. At one point it was in the bathroom (minks do prefer habitats with water). It tucked into the closet between a shampoo bottle and the washcloths with its beady eyes keenly watching from the shadows.My brother tried to grab it but failed and the mink leapt from the closet and did several laps around the bathroom through the bathtub, shower and behind the toilet. My nephew opened the closed door to check on the situation and the mink then ran out and through every bedroom, living space and open area in the house, tucking itself into numerous dark and hidden places along the way.The chase ended when my brother shut himself, wearing the thickest gloves his wife could find, in my niece’s four-by-four closet with the mink. He was moving blankets and clothes around to eliminate the myriad of potential hiding spots for the cagy monster when the stealthy mink leapt — illuminated by the flashlight beam — from a dark corner at his face. His entire family heard my brother’s high pitched scream, but he emerged victorious holding the squirming, frothing mink in his hand. Now they will have a nice pelt to show for the adventure, a lingering and very unpleasant aroma, and a great story to tell.I am the oldest for four boys and all of our lives have been spent trying to one-up each other in terms of “man-points.” Needless to say, my brother’s man points just got a real boost (in spite of the high pitched scream) and I’m not sure what I can do to top catching a wild mink in the closet by hand. And, quite frankly, I’m not sure I want to try.last_img read more


first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Game 2 loss blessing in disguise for newly-crowned Blue Eaglets UAAP juniors Finals MVP Kai Sotto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKai Sotto was the “one of the happiest” people in the Philippines Friday night.And for good reason after his Ateneo Blue Eaglets captured the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball championship where he was named the Finals’ Most Valuable Player.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments LATEST STORIES Aside from his scoring in the foul-plagued outing, Sotto also got things done on the defensive end as he grabbed 13 rebounds and three blocks which easily allowed him to be honored as the Finals MVP.But the 15-year-old knew that he couldn’t have done it without the help of his fellow Blue Eaglets, calling the whole roster as he was given the trophy after the game.“This is for all my teammates. I wouldn’t have gotten the Finals MVP if not for my coaches and teammates,” he said. “This is all for them.”ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “I’m so happy because we won a championship. How can you not be happy with that?” he said.Sotto unfurled seven of his 19 points in the fourth period, none bigger than his go-ahead putback with 25.3 seconds remaining to give the Blue Eaglets the 60-58 lead, all crucial in helping their side eke out the 63-58 victory over the NU Bullpups on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was a fitting ending to Ateneo’s awe-inspiring fightback after falling behind by six, 54-48, with 4:18 left to play. Sotto and lead playmaker SJ Belangel teamed up in staging the pivotal 10-0 run to swing the momentum back to the Blue Eaglets, 58-54 with 1:37 remaining.“Coach Joe told us that it’s the Finals and it’s all about who wants it more. We saw NU was giving its all and we felt that we were lacking in effort in Game 2. So in Game 3, we really prioritized our effort because we really wanted to win,” he said. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:58Vico Sotto on being Pasig mayor: ‘Most challenging 100 days of my life’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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgVirat Kohli became the second Indian cricketer after Mithali Raj to reach 2000 T20 International runs. He is also only the fourth male cricketer to reach the milestone after New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik. Kohli needed only eight runs before the start of India’s first T20I against England at Manchester on Tuesday.Kohli had the opportunity to reach the landmark in Ireland during the two-match T20I series last week but he failed in both matches, scoring 0 and 9.However, Kohli was still the quickest to get to the 2000-run mark in the shortest format. He took only 60 matches and 56 innings to enter the coveted club. McCullum had entered the rare club in 71 matches (66 innings) while Guptill got there in 75 matches (68 innings). Malik was the slowest of the lot, taking 100 matches and 93 innings.As it stands now, only McCullum, Guptill and Malik have more runs than him in the shortest format of the game. McCullum, who played his last T20I on June 23, 2015 against England at Manchester was leading the charts with 2140 runs from 71 matches until Guptill overtook him in the last T20I versus Australia, when he struck 105 at Auckland earlier in the year. He only consolidated the top spot after adding 62 more runs against England on Sunday’s T20I at Hamilton. Guptill now has 2271 runs from 75 games.This is another feather in the cap for the Indian captain, who has the second most ODI hundreds after Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli failed to reach the 2000-run mark in the first two T20Is against South Africa in March after falling leg-before to Tabraiz Shamsi on 26 in the first one and caught-behind to Junior Dala for 1 in the second game.On Monday, Kohli started the Manchester T20I at 1992 runs at an average of 48.58. Before the Ireland series, he was the only batsman to average over 50 in all three formats in international cricket.advertisementDuring India’s tour of South Africa, Kohli became the fastest to reach the 17,000-run mark in international cricket, achieving the feat in only his 363rd innings.Kohli left behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla, who had reached the 17000-run mark in his 381st innings last year. Kohli was also the quickest to 15,000 and 16000-run marks achieving both the milestone in 2017.The 29-year-old was in sensational form in South Africa, scoring 871 runs across formats including 558 runs and four hundreds in India’s 5-1 triumph in the six-match ODI series.He was then rested for the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka and returned to action for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.In December last year, Kohli hit his sixth double ton in Tests during India’s third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.Kohli was not even scheduled to play the first T20I against Ireland as he had signed up with Surrey for a county stint to gear up for the Test series in England. However, a neck injury during the IPL ruled him out of the county stin and he was declared fit to lead India in the two-match T20 series against Ireland.last_img read more