Howard Wins Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ senior guard Jordan Howard is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.Howard led his team to a 1-1 week against No. 18 UCLA and Alcorn State for a Bears’ offense that averaged 101.5 points per game for the week. This is the Howard’s fourth Player of the Week award for his career and first of the season. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Guard – Chandler, Ariz.Howard dropped 35 points in an overtime thriller at UCLA last Wednesday in a 106-101 loss for the Bears. The senior from Chandler, Ariz., made eight shots from downtown, including a trey that sent the game to overtime and a four-point play to open overtime. The three-pointers made were one shy of a program record and tied for the most UCLA has allowed at Pauley Pavilion. He followed that performance with a 27-point outing in the Bears’ win over Alcorn State on Sunday, 102-76. For the week, Howard averaged 31 points per game and was 12-of-24 from behind the arc, also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists for the week. The Bears (2-2) set a school record for three-pointers made with 18 against UCLA. They also tied the record for most-three point field goals made by a team and set the record for most three-point field goal attempts (35) at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Josh Ibarra, Houston Baptist; Roddy Peters, Nicholls; Chris Galbreath, Jr., Sam Houston Statelast_img read more

Garbiñe Muguruza returns to the competition in Dubai

first_imgGarbiñe needs to proceed strengthening his sport after the good efficiency he confirmed in his participation in the Australian Open. The quantity sixteen in the world managed to get into displaying a really stable sport in the grand closing of the event held on February 1. There was the American Sofia Kenin, quantity 7, who lastly took the trophy to her showcase after tracing the first set to the Spanish.This tour is introduced as alternative for Conchita Martínez’s pupil to proceed strengthening his sport and including factors to preserve his rise in the rating, after the finish of the 12 months in the thirty-sixth place. Garbiñe reaped good outcomes in these situations final season, for instance, reached the quarterfinals at Indian Wells or the victory in the Monterrey event. The Spanish tennis participant Garbiñe Muguruza will reappear prior to anticipated on the tennis courts and can accomplish that in Dubai after accepting an invite to the Dubai Responsibility Free Championships event in the WTA Premier class.The primary Spanish girls’s tennis, not too long ago proclaimed runner-up of the Australian Open, will journey this Thursday to Arab lands to start the preparation for this event to be held from Monday on the slopes of the Aviation Membership.With this affirmation, Garbiñe closes its calendar for the subsequent weeks of competition in which it’s going to play, in addition to Dubai, in Doha (week of February 24) and the American tournaments of Indian wells (week of March 9), Miami (week of March 23) and Charleston (week of April 6), which replaces in its sports activities calendar the event in Monterrey (Mexico) that this 12 months has superior its dates to the week earlier than Indian Wells. Charleston, WTA Premier class, is disputed on American clay, considerably totally different from European pink clay. The remainder on the exhausting monitor outside.last_img read more

Westbrook, Thunder top Bulls for 3rd straight win

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a dunk in front of Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, left, and center Robin Lopez (42) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Things are starting to click for the Oklahoma City Thunder.Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES LeBron’s ‘superhuman’ powers will eventually go away, Draymond Green says PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “In the second half, we never got into a rhythm,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Never played to an identity. I thought our defense, for the most part, was pretty good for the full 48. We had some lapses. But I thought offensively, that’s where we got to really move the ball and make them work and find ways to break the defense down better than we did in the third and the fourth.”TIP-INSBulls: Were coming off a 133-94 loss to San Antonio. … Starters shot 1 for 11 from the field in the first quarter. … Valentine was the only Bulls player to make more than two field goals in the first half.Thunder: C Steven Adams missed his third straight game with a right calf contusion. … Won the firstmeeting with the Bulls 101-69 on Oct. 28. … Grant made a layup off an inbounds pass in the final second of the first half. … George finished with 13 points after scoring 42 and 37 points in his previous two games.STAT LINESOklahoma City’s wins during the current streak have come by an average of 11.7 points. All of the Thunder’s wins this season have been by at least nine points. All the losses have been by nine or fewer.QUOTABLEWestbrook, on being focused against a struggling team: “We did a good job of just coming out and being consistent, staying with our principles, playing Thunder basketball and not worrying about the opponents.”UP NEXTBulls: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.Thunder: At San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. Lauri Markkanen and Antonio Blakeney each scored 16 points for Chicago, and Denzel Valentine added 13. The Bulls shot 34.7 percent from the field.“We fought from the second quarter on, but again, we’re down 20 in the first quarter with a seven-point quarter,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You’re not breeding any confidence for yourselves. So it’s a mindset. You’ve got to come out and see that thing go through the hoop. It’s going to give you a little confidence. Right now, we don’t have a lot, especially early in games.”The Thunder led 58-34 at halftime. Westbrook didn’t score until 6:43 remained in the second quarter, but finished the half with 17 points.“He does that to a lot of people,” Hoiberg said. “He’s so explosive. There’s a reason he was the MVP last season.”Though the Thunder were never threatened in the second half, they had hoped to finish better. They shot 22 percent after the break.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City had high hopes coming into the season after trading for All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, but the Thunder had lost four straight before getting things turned around to even their record at 7-7.“From here, we’re kind of gaining some momentum,” George said. “We’re getting consistency from our level of play standpoint. I think we’re starting to come together for the most part. Again, we’re obviously not where we want to be. There’s always going to be a level of improvement, but we’re trending in the right direction.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAnthony returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with a sore lower back and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 15 points and 11 rebounds.The Thunder led 27-7 at the end of the first quarter to match the fewest points they have allowed in a quarter since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008. The Bulls made 2 of 16 field goals in the period.“Just setting the tone,” Westbrook said. “Thought we did a good job of being aggressive, using our hands.That’s how we win games.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

No. 15 Arizona beats USC to defend Pac-12 title.

first_imgArizona’s Allonzo Trier, left, passes the ball as Southern California’s Jonah Mathews defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Pac-12 men’s tournament final Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — Deandre Ayton dribbled through the sea of red-and-white confetti, bobbing and weaving past cheerleaders and fans. The Arizona big man came upon a security guard, dropped a spin move that left both smiling and headed to the locker room.Ayton’s night at the Pac-12 championship was just as smooth a ride.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds in one of the most dominating performances in Pac-12 Tournament history, leading No. 15 Arizona to its second straight title with a 75-61 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.“The dominance he just put forth, if there’s another player better, I’d like to meet him,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said. “He put his team on his back, played the right way and absolutely was a one-man wrecking crew.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAyton put on a show along The Strip, bouncing back from a nervous Pac-12 opener against Colorado with two dominating games.The Bahamian big man had 32 points and 14 rebounds in a semifinal win over UCLA and knocked the Trojans (23-11) around like bowling pins in the championship game. Ayton made 14 of 20 shots from the floor and all four of his free throws to lead Arizona (27-8) to its ninth Pac-12 title. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kansas tops West Virginia to win Big 12 title UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “I was a little starstruck, I wasn’t ready, rushing all of my shots against Colorado, not taking my time,” said Ayton, who matched the Pac-12 freshman record set by UCLA’s Kevin Love with his 23rd double-double. “Coach told me to face up, see what the defense is giving me and that’s what I did.”USC gave Arizona trouble with its zone at times and had a decent offensive night. The Trojans just had no answer for Ayton.“I don’t think you’re going to stop a guy like that, so we just have to try to do our best to contain him,” said Nick Rakocevic, led USC with 13 points. “Although he went off tonight.Both teams fought through adversity to reach the title game.Arizona was twice entangled in a federal investigation into shady recruiting practices. USC was named in the probe as well, leading to sophomore De’Anthony Melton to be ruled ineligible this season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Trojans also have played without Bennie Boatright since Feb. 15, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury, and backup point guard Derryck Thornton missed the semifinals due to an illness.In the title game, USC had success getting into the lane and with its pick-and-roll on offense while giving the Wildcats trouble with its zone.Arizona had success getting to the offensive glass — eight in the first half — and by getting the ball to Ayton, who had 13 points and eight rebounds by halftime.USC led 33-30.“We had a three-point lead at halftime in a Pac-12 championship,” USC coach Andy Endfield said. “That’s what you play for, that’s what you dream about.”But Ayton continued to be a nightmare in the second half and USC went down a big man when Chimezie Metu picked up his fourth foul with 12 minutes left.Arizona took off from there — literally.Rawle Alkins brought the pro-Arizona crowd to a roar with a two-handed dunk over Elijah Stewart and Ayton followed with another dunk to make it even louder, putting Arizona up 53-46.Ayton kept dunking and the crowd kept roaring until the confetti cannons went off.BIG PICTURE Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours USC: likely locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament after its semifinal victory, but might sweat a little on Selection SundayArizona: looking like one of the nation’s best teams at just the right time and should get a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.ALKINS’ DUNKAlkins’ dunk over Stewart caused maybe the loudest of the night in T-Mobile Arena and still had Arizona’s players talking long after the game.“It took me a few seconds to realize what happened,” Arizona center Dusan Ristic said. “It was one of the best dunks I’d ever seen in my life.”UP NEXTUSC: will play in the postseason, hoping it will be in the NCAA Tournament.Arizona: will play in the NCAA Tournament, most likely as a high seed. 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Aston Villa striker set for shock move to Turkey?

first_img Darren Bent in action for Fulham 1 Aston Villa striker Darren Bent could make a surprise move to Turkish club Konyaspor this summer.Bent’s contract with the Villains expires at the end of this month and the 31-year-old looks destined to move elsewhere after enjoying a successful loan spell with Derby County.The Rams are favourites to sign Bent on a permanent deal but, according to Eurosport TR, Konyaspor are preparing an offer for the former Spurs forward.Bent joined Villa in 2011 but has struggled to hold down a starting berth and has been shipped off on loan to Fulham, Brighton and Derby in the past three seasons.last_img read more

Plan would be costly, and not just in terms of money

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALIFORNIA’S excellent preschools are threatened as never before by the pet political initiative of Hollywood personality Rob Reiner. Proposition 82 on the June primary ballot would decimate community preschool providers, lower preschool quality by limiting competition and freedom of consumer choice, leave out the disadvantaged kids who most need preschool, and cost far more than the proponents claim. At a time when our public schools are in disarray and we face chronic budget deficits, we shouldn’t be creating a new, multibillion-dollar preschool bureaucracy. We should instead be fixing the huge problems we have with our current K-12 system. Reiner’s scheme for government-run preschool would put the decisions as to which preschools survive or are shut down into the hands of the black hole of California public schools, the county offices of education, a layer of bureaucracy that most voters don’t even know exists. Covetous of more power and operating outside of meaningful voter oversight, the county offices of education will shut down thousands of community-based preschools that currently enroll nearly half of all children enrolled in preschool in California, replacing thriving schools that provide jobs and tax revenue with government-run preschools of much lower quality. Reiner’s notion of “preschool for all” is really preschool for the rich. According to an analysis by respected former Legislative Analyst William Hamm, only 8.4 percent of funding from the new taxes would go to enroll high-risk kids who otherwise wouldn’t have gone to preschool. All the rest of the money is a subsidy of rich kids whose families can now pay anyway. Since so few new poor kids would come into the system, as contrasted with the many kids whose parents now pay and who would be taxpayer-subsidized with Proposition 82, the cost to the taxpayers of each new child coming into the system is an astounding $26,262! Proposition 82 would mean not just low quality and preschool for the rich, but also runaway costs. The Canadian province of Quebec enacted a similar scheme eight years ago, projecting that it would cost $320 million over five years. In fact, it has now cost $8.5 billion over the same period, or 33 times as much, while delivering shoddy preschools with little freedom of choice. All of these various stupidities would be bad enough under any circumstances, but one of the biggest blunders of all is that Proposition 82 is a constitutional amendment. Thus, as it becomes clear how badly it is working, it will be almost impossible to change. Even aside from all of the many problems in the initiative itself, Proposition 82 should be soundly defeated to teach a lesson in ethics and democracy to the people running the campaign. Rob Reiner and his employees last year used $23 million in taxpayer money for TV political ads promoting his vision for universal preschool. He and his cronies may yet be handed criminal indictments for using tax money for politics, but even if they’re conduct was technically legal, many voters will want to send them an unmistakable message in June about not picking the pockets of us taxpayers for politics. At a time when our public schools are in such terrible condition, we cannot afford to divert attention from K-12 education and undermine the quality of our excellent community preschools. The defeat of Proposition 82 is critical to the future of our state, and crucial to the lives of our children. Alan Bonsteel, M.D., is author of the book “A Choice for Our Children: Curing the Crisis in America’s Schools.”last_img read more

IRELAND’S SECOND OLDEST PERSON DIES IN DONEGAL

first_imgIreland’s second oldest person has died just three months short of her 107th birthday.Bridget ‘Biddy’ Mc Gee, 106, from Mín na Craoibhe, Annagry, West Donegal passed away at Dungloe District Hospital today Saturday.by Eoin McGarvey The great-great grandmother was admitted to the hospital over a week ago but prior to that she remained in reasonable health.Biddy was hale and hearty all her life and on her 106th birthday last October she partied the night away at the nearby Leo’s Tavern.She still collected her pension at Annagry post office up until a few months ago and often went shopping and to the bank in Dungloe.Biddy always maintained her secret to a long healthy life was early to bed, early up in the morning and a daily glass of milk. She would always celebrate her birthday with a glass of Baileys. In 2002 Biddy battled flood waters that threatened her home but was not left wanting as she took a mop and bucket and helped clean up the mess.Despite her big age she always exercised her right to vote in elections and referendums but because of sore bones she did not vote in this year’s referendum.Funeral arrangements to be confirmed.She is survived by two sons and one daughter.The oldest person in the country at present is Mary Kate Byrne, of Maganey, Co Laois, who will be 108 on August 14th. IRELAND’S SECOND OLDEST PERSON DIES IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ROAD DEATHS IN DONEGAL ALMOST DOUBLE THIS YEAR AS GARDAI ISSUE DRINK-DRIVE WARNING

first_imgCross Border Anti Drink Driving Campaign – An Garda Síochána in partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland this week launched a major joint Anti Drink Driving Campaign, which will continue until January 2014. The launch took place near Belleek on the Donegal/Fermanagh border. The launch demonstrates continued cooperation between the Garda and PSNI in the area of road safety and particularly in the enforcement of Drink Driving legislation on both sides of the border. from left are Brian Richardson, PCSP, Jamie Gallagher, Road Safety Officer Donegal County Council, Garrett Monaghan, Traffice Corp, Inspector Stephen Hasslett, Senior Sergant Joe Hannigan, Inspector Michael Harrison, traffic Corp., Niall Sherran, Traffic Corp, Cllr. Harry Rutherford and Stephen Lambert, RSA. Photo Clive WassonThe head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Donegal has warned that some people continue to drink and drive on the county’s roads.Inspector Michael Harrison was speaking at the launch of the Anti-Drink Driving Campaign which will continue until January 14th.Inspector Harrison revealed that almost double the number of people have been killed on Donegal roads so far this year compared to last. A total of 12 people have lost their lives up until yesterday compared with just 7 for all of last year.Speaking at the launch in conjunction with his PSNI colleagues, Inspector Harrison warned ““A minority of drivers continue to selfishly ignore all the advice that has been offered in relation to drink driving.“Therefore, I wish to remind all drivers that the Gardaí will be increasing our focus over the festive period to ensure that anyone drinking and driving will be arrested and could face a court appearance and disqualification from driving.“Enforcement of the drink-driving legislation remains a major priority as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing road casualties.” The Milford-based Garda admitted that over the years he has witnessed some very tragic scenes in Donegal.“It is often the same when we are called to fatal accidents. People not wearing seatbelts, speeding and people drinking and driving.“It is so frustrating to arrive at the scene of a fatal accident and to realise that people have lost their lives and a family has lost a loved one because people continue to make these mistakes,” he said.The launch took place near Belleek on the Donegal/Fermanagh border.The launch demonstrates continued cooperation between the Garda and PSNI in the area of road safety and particularly in the enforcement of Drink Driving legislation on both sides of the border. The campaign is backed by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) as part of their ongoing road safety awareness programme. Stephen Lambert, Chairman of the DRSWG said, “If you’re going out this Christmas with friends, make the most of the festive season, but don’t chance drinking and driving. Leave your car at home and don’t risk your life and the lives of others.”The Donegal Road Safety Working Group has also issued the following advice to road users especially over the festive period.DriversDrive at a safe speed appropriate to the changeable wintry conditions Do not drink and drive and don’t let others drink and drive. Use an alternative form of transport or appoint a designated driverEnsure that all passengers – front and rear – are wearing a seatbeltDrive with dipped headlights even during day light hoursWhen it is safe to do so always pull in to the road side to use a mobile phoneMake sure your vehicle is in good working order, i.e. your lights and brakes are in good working order and your tyres are the proper tread depth (1.6 mm)Pre-plan your journey home and take frequent breaks to avoid driving when tiredPedestrians, CyclistsWear bright clothing or reflective material such as a high visibility vest to be safe and be seen by driversRemember drunken pedestrians are also a danger to themselves. If necessary make arrangements to get home safely if you are planning to walk home after a trip to the pub.ROAD DEATHS IN DONEGAL ALMOST DOUBLE THIS YEAR AS GARDAI ISSUE DRINK-DRIVE WARNING was last modified: December 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalInspector Michael Harrisonroad deathslast_img read more

Magical McElhinneys Christmas windows to be unveiled this Sunday

first_imgMcElhinneys of Ballybofey are set to unveil their much-anticipated Christmas windows this Sunday afternoon. A fantastic family day out is planned for this special event and plenty of surprises are expected.From 3-5pm, Ballybofey will be a festive celebration of music, family fun, prizes and entertainment. An enchanted magical forest came to life in the stunning window display of 2016, while something even more creative, cultural and colourful is expected this time.McElhinneys Christmas Windows – 2016Over 20 McElhinneys team members, as well as many others in the staff force, helped put together an adventurous display in recent weeks. The planning, designing and creating began as far back as January.The secret theme was inspired by all the travels of the McElhinneys team, with inspiration arising from key fashion trends of the season.A wonderful crowd of families and friends are expected to come together this Sunday and admire the beautiful product of all their hard work. McElhinneys Christmas Windows – 2016McElhinneys have also collaborated with the local Chamber of Commerce this year, so the Twin Towns lights switch-on will coincide with the unveiling.The event is set to be a great community gathering full of festive spirit. Mr Claus is said to be arriving in time for the magic moment too! Magical McElhinneys Christmas windows to be unveiled this Sunday was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MCELHINNEYSlast_img read more

Are you ready for cleaner petrol?

first_img8 December 2005From the beginning of 2006, all leaded petrol will be phased out in South Africa and new octane grades introduced.Unleaded petrol has been available to South African motorists since 1996. The use of unleaded has gradually increased to comprise about 40% of total petrol sales.Lead was first introduced into petrols in the 1920s, but in recent years there has been a move away from leaded petrol. Lead in petrol contributes to urban pollution and is a health risk, particularly for young children.Lead replacementMotorists will still have the choice of two grades of petrol, although the octane grades will differ between the coast and high-altitude inland stations.Premium, or super, will be replaced with the new Lead Replacement Petrol (LRP), with an octane grade of 95 at the coast and 93 inland.Unleaded petrol will be available in 91, 93, 95 octane grades. Petrol stations are likely to sell only one grade of unleaded, with the higher octanes being used in coastal areas.Vehicle databaseAlthough most modern cars already use unleaded petrol, drivers of pre-1996 cars should check whether their cars will run on the new fuels.The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) has prepared a database where motorists can quickly look up their vehicle’s make and model to determine which fuel will be suitable. Naamsa database Most older cars should have no problem running on LRP. Cars built more than 20 years ago may need to use an additional bottled additive which will protect their engines.Pre-1996 cars in the coastal region may need to have their timing adjusted in order to run efficiently on LRP. Motorists can check whether their vehicle is affected by consulting the Naamsa database. The timing adjustment can be done at many service stations in the coastal region, and will be a free service.Petrol priceIn the inland area, where the 95 octane unleaded grade will become available for the first time, a special “demand management levy” will be introduced. Initially this grade will priced about 10c per litre higher than the 93 octane.The price for all other grades will be determined using the same method as previously.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more