There is plenty of football left to be played this NFL season — ample time for top teams to fall and sleeper squads to make a late run.But as we fast approach the home stretch of the campaign, I can’t help but think that when it’s all said and done, the NFL Coach of the Year award is going to come to the Bay Area.Which Bay Area coach wins it, I cannot say just yet.I’ll concede that the Coach of the Year award should probably go to New England’s Bill Belichick every season, but it’s worth …
9 September 2013 At the time, the teenage Rattray was relatively unknown in international motocross circles. He joined fellow South Africa Gareth Swanepoel on the international circuit, and the two of them made waves until Rattray finally picked up a ride with the KTM factory team. He went on to be crowned world champion in 2008. Now 28, he first relocated from South Africa to Germany in 2000 to compete internationally and qualified for his first GP races in 2001 at the age of just 15. Waters, who team up with Rattray in the MX1 line-up for Husqvarna, is currently racing for the Motorex KTM Racing Team in Australia. He has overcome injury in the current season to be in second position in the 2013 National Championship after nine of 10 rounds. Langston got his break in 1998 when he moved to the Netherlands, followed two years later by his victory in the 125cc World Championships. South Africa’s Tyla Rattray has been signed by the Husqvarna Factory Racing team for the 2014 FIM Motorcross World Championships. Rattray is a former world champion, having won the MX2 (250cc) title in 2008. ManagerFinnish Motocross legend Antti Pyrhonen, presently of F1 star Kimi Raikkonen’s Ice One Racing, will manage the Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory Racing MX1 team and brings with him a wealth of first-hand experience in motocross and personal association with the Husqvarna brand. “The new Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna factory team is aiming for the top. We believe it can be reached by our dedication to the sport, and by the commitment of our riders and their determined will to win.” Husqvarna, which is based in Austria after a 2013 takeover by Pierer Industrie AG, recently made clear its intention to be a major player in next year’s Championship series by entering a full factory team for both MX1 and MX2 classes. AMA competitionRattray, who won the MX2 World Championship with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team in 2008, has spent recent seasons competing in the AMA Supercross (SX) and Motocross (MX) competitions in the USA, and ended the 2011 season as runner-up in the AMA 250 MX class. SA’s first world championTwo decades ago Albertyn became South Africa’s first MX world champion when he won the 125cc (two-stroke) Championship in 1992. He later won two 250cc World Championships – in 1993 and 1994 – before relocating to the USA. In the MX1 (450cc) class it will be Rattray and Australian Todd Waters wearing the Husqvarna colours, while in the MX2 (250cc) class Romain Febvre of France and Alexandr Tonkov of Russia will represent the new team. “Ice One Racing is pleased to welcome Tyla Rattray and Todd Waters, both from outside Europe, to the World Championship series,’ said Raikkonen. SAinfo reporter Five years ago, Rattray became only the third South African to win a FIM Motocross World Championship, following in the footsteps of Grant Langston and Greg Albertyn, when he became the MX2 world champion after the Italian Grand Prix in September 2008.
You have work to do.Why are you reliving the mistakes you made yesterday right now? Why are you still talking about the deal you lost a month ago? Living in the past keeps you from moving into the future.Why are you dwelling on what other people think of you? Why are you worried about someone else’s approval. Why are you waiting for permission that isn’t coming? You alone are responsible for your life, and this means that you have to trust yourself.Your manager, your CEO, your competitors, your government, and your parents are not capable of preventing you from doing the meaningful work you should be doing right now. In fact, no one is thinking about how to stop you. The only obstacle between you and the meaningful work you should be doing is staring back at you in the mirror each morning.There are thousands of distractions that continually and unceasingly compete for your attention. They are legion. Some of these distractions may be worth your time and attention. But no distraction is worthy of the time and energy you need to do your real work. Only you can put first things first.The small fires that fill up your inbox will burn up all of your psychic bandwidth and all of your emotional energy if you let them. If you are vigilantly keeping guard in hopes of stomping out every small flame, you will burn yourself. The fire that should be your priority every day is the one that is burning inside you. Your job is to feed it, not allow it to be extinguished.You have work to do. You should be doing this work now. You should be prioritizing this work and putting it above everything else.
The Congress government in Rajasthan is considering formulating a policy on manufactured sand (M-sand) as a substitute of ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) used for construction of buildings, in view of the Supreme Court’s ban on mining of the latter in the State. The State government has issued a limited number of mining leases for ‘bajri’ at private land.The riverbed sand, which is mixed with cement for construction, has not been legally available in the State since November 2017, when the Supreme Court imposed a ban on its mining. The non-availability of sand has had an adverse impact on the construction of houses and stalled several government and private projects, besides leading to illegal mining.Though the halt to construction activities rendered a large number of workers and labourers unemployed, the Supreme Court later came down heavily on the State government for sanctioning leases for sand mining without environmental clearances, while staying as many as 82 such licences.The complete ban on riverbed sand mining came following the failure of the previous BJP regime and miners to get environmental clearances on time. The apex court had in May this year also stayed the auction of sand mining blocks for which Letters of Intent (LoIs) were issued without getting clearance from the Environment Ministry.Mines Minister Pramod Bhaya said in the State Assembly on Tuesday that 97 mining leases for ‘bajri’ were at present operative in the State, while 216 LoIs had been issued since January 8 this year. “We will appoint a senior lawyer for representing the State government in the cases pending in the apex court and try for their early disposal,” he said.Mr. Bhaya said the State government was issuing mining leases to the owners of private land measuring between 1 hectare and 4 hectares, while short-term licence could be issued to the contractors of government projects for land measuring up to 1 hectare. After a Supreme Court judgment of 2012, such a lease could be sanctioned only after obtaining environmental clearance, he added.Congress chargeThe Congress had earlier accused the previous BJP government of being “hand in glove with the sand mafia”, which was even taken note of by the Supreme Court. The ruling party said the BJP regime’s negligence had resulted in unemployment of 25 lakh people, including construction labourers, ‘bajri’ truck drivers, truck owners, contractors and skilled workers trained in the construction sector.