South African football in 2011

first_img22 December 2011Two teams shone in South African football in 2011: the national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, and Orlando Pirates, who dominated the club scene.Banyana’ success was reflected in the team’s Confederation of African Football (Caf) nomination as African Women’s Football Team of the Year. One of the main reasons for that was the team’s qualification for the 2012 London Olympic Games.Only 12 places are open to women’s teams at the Olympic Games, with just two African teams among them, and those places went to South Africa and Cameroon.Banyana had previously never qualified for the Olympic Games.Busy yearThey had a busy year in 2011. Apart from qualifying games for the London Olympics, they were also involved in the All Africa Games and Cosafa Women’s Championship.In total they played 18 matches, won 12 of them, lost only four, and drew two. They scored 36 goals and conceded 15.Star striker Noko Matlou was named South African Sportswoman of the Year in August, while her fellow striker Nompumelelo Nyandeni was nominated for the Caf Women’s Player of the Year award.Club footballIn club football, Orlando Pirates enjoyed one of the finest years in their fine history.It began in October 2010 when they broke a 10-year title drought in knockout competition by capturing the MTN 8 after a penalty shootout win over Moroka Swallows. It earned the club the biggest reward in its history of R8-million.Kaizer Chiefs crushed Pirates 3-0 in December 2010 to lift the Telkom Cup, but that proved to be but a small blip as the Buccaneers went on a winning run which by December 2011 would be unequalled in the history of South African football.PSL titleIn May, Pirates claimed the Premier Soccer League title after a down-to-the-wire race for the honours.Heading into the last round of matches, Ajax Cape Town led Pirates, in second, by two points, while Kaizer Chiefs were three points off the pace, and in need of losses by the two clubs in front of them to claim the silverware.Ajax drew 2-2 with Maritzburg United, while Pirates beat Golden Arrows 2-1, leaving Chiefs out of the running for the title. With both Ajax and Pirates on 60 points, the Buccaneers claimed the title on goal difference.“I saw my team this season bouncing back after some big defeats and we were coming back in the race for the championship and only big teams can do that and that is the consistency that you need to win something,” coach Ruud Krol told the Orlando Pirates’ website afterwards.The Soweto giant’s title ended a run of three in a row for SuperSport United.TrebleShortly after that, Pirates completed a remarkable treble when they beat Black Leopards 3-1 to capture the Nedbank Cup. The club’s players rallied around coach Ruud Krol, who was out of contract, to show their support for him.It wasn’t enough as the club, incredibly, chose not to renew the Dutch coach’s contract.At the annual PSL Awards, the Buccaneers’ Andile Jali was named Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament, while Krol was named Coach of the Season. The Chairman’s Award went to Pirates’ captain Lucky Lekgwathi.Footballer of the YearHowever, the big winner on the night was Thulani Serero of Ajax Cape Town. He was named Footballer of the Year, the Absa Premiership Player of the Year, the Players’ Player of the Year, and the Red Hot Young Player of the Season.Ajax Cape Town’s big brother club, Ajax Amsterdam, recognised Serero’s excellence by signing him to four-year contract.Bafana BafanaFor Bafana Bafana, the national men’s team, 2011 tailed off into disappointment after a promising start.It began with a 2-0 win over Kenya in a friendly in Rustenburg. After that, a last-gasp goal by Katlego Mphela took Bafana to a 1-0 victory over Egypt in Johannesburg in an African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier.An experimental line-up defeated Tanzania 1-0 in Dar Es Salaam in a friendly ahead of the big return match against Egypt in the Afcon qualifiers. A goalless draw in Cairo ended the qualification hopes of the three-time defending champion Pharaohs and kept Bafana top of their qualifying group.Costly lossBafana’s preparation for their second last qualifier went well when they outplayed Burkina Faso 3-0 in Johannesburg in a friendly. Unfortunately that stood for nothing when they went down 2-1 to Niger in Niamey and fell from the top of their group standings.South Africa faced Sierra Leone in their last qualifying game, figuring they needed only a draw to advance to the Afcon finals. Embarrassingly for the South African Football Association, that was wrong.After a 1-1 draw with the Leone Stars, the players celebrated qualifying for the continental finals on goal difference. The rules governing qualification, however, stated that in the case of a tie on points, the head-to-head record between the teams – in this case there were three: South Africa, Niger, and Sierra Leone – would decide who would advance. That turned out to be Niger despite the fact that they had the worst goal difference of the three teams.Nelson Mandela ChallengeBafana regained a measure of pride by holding Africa’s highest ranked team Cote D’Ivoire to a 1-1 draw in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, but the year ended on a downer a matter of days later when Zimbabwe scored a 2-1 win over them in Harare.On a positive note, a long running dispute about the naming rights for Bafana Bafana was resolved, leaving the national team in the clear to retain their name.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African biker in Dakar challenge

first_imgSouth African motorbike racer Joey Evans is competing in the 2017 Dakar Rally, less than 10 years after he was paralysed in a motorbike accident. Hard work and determination to fulfil his lifelong dream to compete in the race got him back on his feet and up on his bike again. (Photo: From Para to Dakar website)CD AndersonSouth African motorbike racer Joey Evans is currently competing in the gruelling Dakar Rally across South America. While being in the race, running from 2-14 January 2017, is an achievement in itself, Evans’ journey to this point has been a remarkable story in which he beat the odds after a life-changing accident.An avid rider in his 20s, participating in local road and off-road racing events, Evans had always aimed to become good enough to do the Dakar. A serious accident during a race in 2007, however, left him a paraplegic. He broke his T8 and T9 vertebrae, crushed his spinal cord and was paralysed from below the chest down. He had little hope of even climbing back on a bike again.Writing on his website, From Para to Dakar, Evan explains: “I was told by the two previous hospital specialists that I would never walk again in light of my spinal cord injury that appeared to be ‘complete’. A few days later, after many X-rays and CAT scans, the doctor recommended that we fuse my T8 and T9 vertebrae to stabilise my back and attempt to relieve pressure on my spinal cord. This was a big decision to make as other doctors had recommended that we leave the area to ensure no further damage.”If the operation was successful Evans would have a small chance of walking again – but never, the doctors said, the possibility of riding a motorcycle again.This did not deter him though, and while slowly building up his strength to start walking again, the dream of riding the Dakar was always in the back of his mind.“After the operation,” Evans writes, “lying in that hospital bed, I decided that this was not going to beat me… I would work as hard as I possibly could to walk again. I had so much support from my wife, my family and friends. Everyone pushing me to keep going and always full of encouragement.”Following extensive physical therapy, Evans was walking again and less than two years after his accident, he climbed back on a bike.“I was determined to try to get back on a bike. The first time I tried to throw my leg over I could not support my weight and the bike on one leg and ended up falling over with the bike on top of me.”After enough practise and more than a few falls, he mastered the motorcycle enough to be able to ride over long distances. “Words could never describe the feeling of being back on the bike again. Alone in my helmet I felt my eyes well up knowing that this was truly a miracle to have come what seemed full circle and be back on the bike again.”A decade after being told he may never race again, Evans was at the Dakar starting line, on his trusty KTM, feeling that whatever happened next, just making it this far was a victory in itself.“Physically,” he writes, “I can now walk quite well and sometimes people don’t even notice I have a problem. My legs still don’t work properly; they are a lot weaker and slower that before and spasm a lot when I’m tired or when my adrenalin is going… But I can ride.”As of 9 January 2017, after the completion of the sixth stage of the Dakar in La Paz, Bolivia, Evans is in 102nd place in the motorcycle category, and is one of only two South Africans remaining in the race. The other is Giniel de Villiers.The epic 9,000km race ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 14 January.Source: GoodThingsGuy and From Para to Dakar websiteslast_img read more

Bewitched Accessories Pashmina Style Scarf In Teal : These scarves arrived in good time. Although they had some loose threads and

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-03-23 03:59:09Reviewed Item Bewitched Accessories Pashmina Style Scarf In TealRating 4.1 / 5  stars, based on  16  reviewsPrice£3.47 Very nice item arrived quickly and a great price. Lovely gift to give and recipient was delighted to receive. Lovely material for the price brilliant arrived earlier than expected. Lovely material for the price brilliant arrived earlier than expected.good value scarvesThese scarves arrived in good time. Although they had some loose threads and for money but it was green instead of blue like theBewitched Accessories Pashmina Style Scarf In Teal100% ViscoseApprox. 2 Inch Tassles100% ViscoseHand wash in cold water with a mild detergent. Can be dry cleaned.Solid Teal colourSoft Touch & WarmExclusive to Kuldip Very nice item arrived quickly and a great price. I expect it makes a fine scarf but i use mine to protect a dresser surface which it does very well indeed. It is a nice fine fabric and a clear colour. For money but it was green instead of blue like the. Incredible value for money but it was green instead of blue like the picture. Order for 2 of these scarves arrived quickly,both well packaged. Just need a light press with iron to remove creasing during transit. The cream one is just what i wanted,the teal is far more green than blue (as it looks in picture)it is a nice rich colour but i wanted blue. Yes i would order these if i needed some different colours. I expect it makes a fine scarf but i use mine to protect a dresser surface which it does very well indeed. It is a nice fine fabric and a clear colour. Order for 2 of these scarves arrived quickly,both well packaged. Just need a light press with iron to remove creasing during transit. The cream one is just what i wanted,the teal is far more green than blue (as it looks in picture)it is a nice rich colour but i wanted blue. Yes i would order these if i needed some different colours. These scarves arrived in good time. Although they had some loose threads and. These scarves arrived in good time. Although they had some loose threads and black spots in the material but overall they were good quality for the cost. They were worn by bridesmaids and were perfect for the job. For money but it was green instead of blue like the. Incredible value for money but it was green instead of blue like the picture. These scarves arrived in good time. Although they had some loose threads and. These scarves arrived in good time. Although they had some loose threads and black spots in the material but overall they were good quality for the cost. They were worn by bridesmaids and were perfect for the job. Lovely gift to give and recipient was delighted to receive. last_img read more

An Encouraging Study on Energy Code Compliance

first_imgWhat researchers learnedA DOE presentation of the findings and the Builder Online report made these points:Windows were consistently better than required by code. No state had more than three observations where windows didn’t meet code requirements.Compliance with lighting efficiency requirements was inconsistent. The 2009 IECC requires 50% high-efficacy lighting, which includes fluorescent and LED fixtures. Observers found some homes had all high-efficacy lighting, and about the same number having none; the rest fell somewhere in the middle.The amount of wall insulation was almost always exactly compliant with code, R-13 to R-20, depending on the Climate Zone.New houses met or exceeded the requirements for airtightness in all states, with a “high percentage” of observations ranging between 4 and 6 air changes per hour at 50 pascals (the 2009 IECC standard is 7 ach50.)No area was consistently worse than code.The Builder Online report was written by Ryan Meres, whose organization, the Institute for Market Transformation, collected information in Alabama.He wrote: “Overall, the initial data and analysis coming out of DOE’s Residential Energy Code Field Study demonstrate the success of energy codes as an effective policy tool for driving energy efficiency in the single-family residential housing market. It also demonstrates the diligence of builders and local building officials in ensuring compliance with the energy codes adopted in their states.”The findings suggest that builders should be paying particular attention to the type of lighting they install, and to requirements for duct and building envelope tightness, which get tougher with new versions of the code, Meres said. Preliminary results of a four-year Department of Energy (DOE) field study show that new single-family homes are, on average, meeting or exceeding the requirements set by local energy codes.The findings cover six of eight states that are included in the Residential Energy Code Field Study. The study will span four years, beginning with a baseline field study in the first year, followed by training in years two and three, and a follow-up field study in the final year.Preliminary findings released by DOE last month suggest that while previous studies showed low compliance with energy codes, this time around most new homes are doing better than expected on a number of fronts, according to a summary of the findings posted by Builder Online.Over the past 12 months, data collectors visited new, unoccupied houses in eight states: Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. They gathered information on lighting efficiency, window U-factors, window solar heat gain coefficients, envelope airtightness, duct leakage, and insulation levels in framed walls and foundations.The baseline code in most of the states was the 2009 version of the International Energy Conservation Code. (Only Maryland has adopted the 2015 version of the IECC, and North Carolina uses a state code.) The number of houses that researchers visited ranged from a low of 133 in Texas to a high of 249 in North Carolina.last_img read more

Get Your Tesla On: 7 Videos About The Patron Saint Of Mad Scientists

first_imgNikola Tesla, the tragically brilliant Serbian-American inventor beloved of hipsters, techies and historians the world over, may soon have his own museum, thanks to Web comic The Oatmeal’s online efforts. Eager Tesla fans will have to wait for the museum, but in the meantime, check out these outrageous videos – including classic “Sweet Home Alabama” played on Tesla coils.    Videographer Jeremiah Warren offers a short and sweet story on the great man and calls his one-time employer and arch nemesis Thomas Edison a jerk. fruzsina eordogh A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Playing with Tesla coils is actually not uncommon for YouTube. Many popular clips feature this weird device as a musical instrument:  Rob Flickenger, whom Popular Science described as a designer of “wireless infrastructure for developing countries,” created this Tesla Coil Gun after reading about it in the Nikola Tesla graphic novel The Five Fists of Science.  Educator Hank Green calls Nikola Tesla the “patron saint of …crazy geniuses” and passes on some fun facts you may not know.  And if you thought that was cool, here’s Terry Blake’s near-death experience with a giant Tesla coil! Sadly, Nice Peter has yet to do an Epic Rap Battles Of History between Tesla and Edison, but Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die takes on the feud between the two in its infamous Drunk History series.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#web#YouTube Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If you’re intrigued by conspiracy theories about Tesla’s ultimate disgrace and demise, How Stuff Works has you covered. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Trim Mode in Premiere Pro CS6

first_imgOne of the big additions in Premiere Pro CS6 is the enhanced trimming features.  In this post you’ll learn how to trim quickly with the new Trim Mode and keyboard shortcuts.Discover how to use the new Trim Mode in Premiere Pro CS6 to speed up your edits!  In this post, we’ll cover trimming in Premiere including how to perform an edit in trim mode and modifying the large trim offset.  Lastly, we’ll take a look at trimming with shortcuts in Premiere Pro – a surefire way to streamline your editing workflow.Performing an Edit in Trim ModeIn Premiere Pro, you can edit in trim mode by putting your playhead near the edit point you want to trim and pressing T.Remember: T is for “Trim”This selects the nearest edit point and puts you in Trim Mode. The Program window will change to show you the outgoing and incoming clips, with trim backward and trim forward buttons below the clips (-5, -1, and the default transition button):This puts you into a Roll (displayed as dual sided Red).  Toggle through the trim tools by using the shortcut Control + T (on a Mac) or Shift + T (on a PC.  This will toggle you  to a Ripple (displayed as one-sided Yellow) and Regular Trim (displayed as one-sided Red). Unlike Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro also toggles to the selection editing tool (displayed as one-sided Red arrow) which will leave a gap.  Watch out for that!To perform a Trim, click the -1 or -5 numbers in the Program Window.  You can also add the default video/audio transitions by clicking the default transition button.The white numbers on the far left and right show you the total frames you have trimmed (if you clicked the -5 trim backwards 3 times, the total would be -15).I personally like trimming while the edit is looping by clicking the Play button (your view will change  to the clip that is playing), and pressing the trim backward/forward buttons. This type of real time editing allows you to really fine tune your edit while visualizing the result.  Remember there is no right or wrong way to trim.  That’s why Premiere Pro offers various methods of working.Set the Large Trim Offset in PreferencesWant more trim offset?  Premiere Pro allows you to change the Large Trim amount (the default is 5)On a Mac go to Premiere Pro > Preferences > Trim.  On a PC its Edit > Preferences > Trim PC.  Change the Large Trim Offset to 10 frames.  After changing the Offset, you will see the new values in Trim Mode (see example below). Trimming with Keyboard ShortcutsUsing shortcuts are the fastest way to trim in Premiere Pro.  They may take some dedication to stick in your workflow, but force yourself to use them and after a while they’ll become second nature.You can trim 1 frame to left with the shortcut Option + Left Arrow (on Mac) or Alt + Left Arrow (on PC).  Similarly, trim 1 frame to the right with the shortcut Option + Right Arrow (on Mac) or Alt + Right Arrow (on PC).The shortcuts for trimming with the large trim offset are Option + Shift + Left Arrow or  Option + Shift+ Right Arrow (Substitute Option for Alt on PC).You can also modify the Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts to add ones you like. Below you can see all the trim commands that aren’t mapped to a keyboard shortcut.  If you’re doing a lot of repetitive trimming its more than worth it to take the time to map the shortcuts that are most useful.Check out the complete list of default Premiere Pro shortcuts here.Are you using the new Trim Mode in Premiere Pro CS6?Got tips to share?  Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

Alberta offers snapshot of crisis gripping First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nation leaders waiting for their meeting with the prime minister are preparing a grocery list of demands.Over the next few nights, we’ll bring you a look at the three major elements of the summit agenda.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto takes a look at the challenges First Nations in Alberta face in reaching those goals.last_img