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US ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin gravely ill: Report
13 August 2018, 5:31 PM

Singer Aretha Franklin, a multiple Grammy award-winner star whose legacy stretches back decades, is gravely ill and surrounded by relatives, a reporter and family friend wrote on his website Monday.

The 76 year-old “Queen of Soul” Franklin, known for hits such as “Respect” (1967) and “I Say a Little Prayer” (1968), “is gravely ill in Detroit. The family is asking for prayers and privacy,” wrote Roger Friedman on the Showbiz 411 website.

Franklin, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, last performed in November 2017 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York. Her final public performance was in Philadelphia in August 2017.

“It was a miraculous show as Aretha was already then fighting exhaustion and dehydration,” Friedman wrote, describing the Philadelphia performance.

Throughout her lengthy career Franklin accumulated 18 Grammy awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement.

Franklin’s hits include “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (1968), “Day Dreaming” (1972), “Jump to It” (1982), “Freeway of Love” (1985), and “A Rose Is Still A Rose,” (1998).

In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” a duet she sang with the late British singer George Michael, was one of her Grammy-winning hits.

In 2005,  Franklin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest award for an American civilian – by then-president George W. Bush.

In January 2009, Franklin sang at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.

Tiger Woods teeing off
USA confirms eight for Ryder Cup, door still open for Tiger
13 August 2018, 4:28 PM

US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk unveiled the first eight members of his squad Monday, with the potential of a captain’s pick remaining to add Tiger Woods to the lineup.

Furyk confirmed spots next month in France for Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Rickie Fowler from US qualifying settled after Sunday’s PGA Championship final round.

Four others who previously clinched positions were top-ranked Dustin Johnson, reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed, third-ranked 2017 PGA winner Justin Thomas and second-ranked Brooks Koepka, this year’s PGA Championship and US Open winner.

Furyk will make four captain’s picks in early September, potentially including Woods, before the Americans defend the trophy against Europe at Le Golf National near Paris on September 28-30.

The US captain has previously singled out Woods as a potential captain’s pick.

And the former world number one strengthened his case for inclusion in the team with a second place finish in the PGA Championship.

The 14-time major champion, eight months into his comeback following spinal fusion surgery, fired a six-under-par 64 in the final round at Bellerive Country Club to finish second to two-time US Open champion Koepka by two shots.

Woods has already been selected as non-playing vice captain of the Ryder Cup team.

“I do want to be on the team as a player,” Woods said at the PGA Championship. “I’m going to be there either way.”

Kisner hitting a ball.
Kisner takes second-round PGA lead as Molinari and Scott charge
10 August 2018, 6:18 PM

Quiet achiever Kevin Kisner raced into the lead early in the second round at the PGA Championship on Friday as some big names moved up a leader board more crowded than the morning traffic on the nearby Interstate 64 freeway.

British Open champion Francesco Molinari and former Masters winner Adam Scott were among those threatening the lead.

Three weeks after leading into the final round at the British Open, Kisner showed himself again as a man for the big occasion when he bagged four birdies to six holes in perfect morning conditions at Bellerive.

The diminutive 34-year-old from South Carolina vaulted to seven under par, one stroke ahead of overnight leader Gary Woodland.

World number 44 Woodland, whose career has been hindered by a mediocre short game, did not rest on his laurels after carding an opening six-under 64.

He remained as he started the day at six-under, while big guns Molinari, Zach Johnson and Brandon Stone were two shots off the pace.

Three weeks after a magnificent victory at the British Open, Molinari continued his good form with three birdies in the first seven holes.

But not all the early starters made hay, with world number one Dustin Johnson among those failing to take advantage of the warm and calm morning.

He was three under at the turn after one birdie and one bogey.

Johnson was outplayed by another member of his group, Australian Adam Scott, who used his textbook swing to notch four birdies in an outward half of just 31 strokes.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, hit a series of precise approach shots and wielded his long putter with unerring accuracy.
A short birdie at the 18th, his ninth, took him to within three of Kisner.

Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira recorded the first eagle of the championship when he drove the green at the par-four 11th and sank a five-foot putt. He was one over for the tournament.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Justin Thomas were among half the field with late tee times.

Huge galleries turned out early in an area starved of big-time golf, with a long traffic jam at the nearby freeway exit forming before dawn as fans tried to beat the rush, mostly without success.

People outside a shack
Paarl residents hope Ramaphosa’s visit will change their desperate living conditions
8 August 2018, 7:57 PM

Residents of Thembani Square, an informal settlement in Mbekweni, Paarl where President Cyril Ramaphosa will be delivering the key note address for the Women’s Day celebration event say they hope he will address their challenges when he speaks on Thursday.

Thembani Square is just opposite the grounds where the big white marquee where the official Women’s Day event will take place on Thursday. But the women here have little to celebrate.

Thembani Square is plagued by problems including lack of sanitation facilities, access to water and unemployment.

Resident Yolanda Hleko, says it is difficult to use the communal toilets since they are only cleaned once a week. “We collect R10 each household to have the toilets cleaned. If you go there now you will find them dirty. ”

The community also uses communal taps. “The water coming from the taps is sometimes not clean,” Hleko explains.

A mother to two children Nomboniso Ndubane says she and her children only survive through grants.

“We are not working. As you can see we are all sitting around here, sunrise until sunset. Most of us are unemployed.”

Residents have called on government to provide skills development programmes.

Twenty four-year-old, Asiphile Maki says the youth in the area lacks skills.

“I am unemployed and have two children. I dropped out of school after having my first child. Now I have been trying to get employment to provide for my children but it has been difficult. I remain unemployed and with nothing to offer to the labour market.”

Safety is also a major concern for the women in this informal settlement.

“Women and children are being raped and robbed. Just there by the street, a woman was robbed this morning,” says Hleko pointing not very far from the place where she is seated hand washing laundry.

But it is not just strangers the women are afraid of.

Nomaseru Solo says her son is a drug addict. His addiction, she says, puts her life at risk.

“He steals from me and other residents to feed his addiction. I have now forced him to go live with his father but he keeps coming back here. I am scared that he is going to steal from someone and the community will turn against me.”

Women’s Day is the day when South Africa commemorates the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings against the pass laws. – Additional reporting by Mamaponya Motsai

A cricket ball and wickets
Sri Lanka hit 306-7 in one day clash with SA
8 August 2018, 6:23 PM

Dasun Shanaka hit a quickfire 65 as Sri Lanka blasted 306-7 off 39 overs in the rain-shortened fourth one day international against South Africa in Pallekele on Wednesday.

Thisara Perera made an unbeaten 51 and Kusal Perera also hit 51 as the home side punished South Africa’s bowlers.

Sri Lanka are seeking consolation in the series which they have already lost with defeats in the first three games.

Rain delayed the start of the game which was eventually cut from 50 overs to 39.

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