Heads held high, Banyana exit Olympics

first_img1 August 2012Banyana Banyana departed the 2012 London Olympic Games on a high as they held Japan, the reigning world champions, to a goalless draw in their final match at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Tuesday.Drawn in the toughest four-team pool of the three, South Africa’s national women’s football team found the going tough in their first visit to the Olympics; apart from Japan, they faced world number four Sweden and number seven Canada. Yet, by their last game, some lessons had clearly been learnt.The loose marking and a touch of tactical naivety that had cost them early goals against Sweden and Canada were gone, and even though Japan enjoyed the better of their contest on Tuesday, they could not find a way through the South African defence.Considering that Banyana entered the Olympics ranked 61st in the world, the losses were not unexpected, but the draw with Japan showed that the competition has been of benefit to the team.Amateurs vs professionalsConsidering, too, that most of the Banyana players were amateurs up against Swedish and Japanese sides with many professionals (Canada’s professionals also outnumbered those in the Banyana team), the South Africans gave a good account of themselves.Even though South Africa managed only one goal in their three games, Portia Modise’s wonder strike against Sweden, from a good 45 metres out, could turn out to be the goal of the Olympics, in either the men’s or women’s competition.In that opening match, Banyana looked somewhat overawed to be on such a big stage and they quickly found themselves 3-0 down with barely 20 minutes played. Somehow, though, they lifted themselves to match the Swedes and reduced the gap to two goals thanks to Modise’s brilliance.Sweden, though, hit back almost immediately to secure a comfortable 4-1 victory.CanadaIn their next outing, Banyana faced Canada. Early on, in the seventh minute, poor defence allowed the Canadians to round South Africa down the right flank and centre the ball for Melissa Tancredi to steer the ball into the net for an early lead.Once they had gone behind, however, Banyana’s game improved. They managed to create some decent opportunities without managing to find the back of the net.In the second half, Christine Sinclair slotted home a rebound off her own shot to double the Canadians’ advantage. They then exposed the centre of South Africa’s defence when Sinclair beat the off-sides trap to run clear and score Canada’s third goal four minutes from time.InvaluableOn Tuesday against Japan, the same mistakes that had cost South Africa in their earlier games were not evident, which suggests that despite the losses, the experience gained in London will be invaluable to Banyana Banyana in the future.Qualifying for the Olympic Games -only 12 teams made it to London 2012 – was a big step forward for Banyana. Now the next step would be to qualify for the World Cup and continue making the encouraging strides they have made under coach Joseph Mkhonza.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

What’s Next For Geolocation? Apps, Apps, Apps

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Geolocation social networks are set to be in 2010 what microblogging was in 2008 – the next big thing. Currently the space is being dominated by Foursquare, with others like Gowalla, MyTown and Loopt trailing in its wake.While Gowalla has secured a large amount of funding, some $8.5 million, and My Town claims more check-ins than the other services, Foursquare is happily ticking along on the seed money provided by its founders (after they sold their original effort, Dodgeball, to Google), and creating a community of developers who are eager to build secondary applications. There are two reasons Foursquare is gaining so much ground over its competitors.This is a guest post by Simon Salt, the founder and CEO of IncSlingers. He is a writer and blogger whose work has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Chris Brogan’s Dad-O-Matic.com, American Marketing Association News and the Austin Realtor. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal on social media and is a recognized national speaker on that topic as well. Firstly, it is available on all phone platforms. While this is also true of Loopt, the game play element of Foursquare makes it more attractive to many users. Secondly, it took the very sensible step of opening its API early on. This has generated a wave of new secondary applications.In addition to this, it set up a developer community forum and is extremely active there, providing support, information and assistance to developers that are creating these secondary apps. Just as with Twitter, it is not just the service itself that will create demand, but the applications that run from that service. There are hundreds of applications that run on the Twitter API now (most of which are listed at oneforty.com). It is very likely that by the end of 2010 we will see similar numbers of applications for Foursquare, and, should Gowalla and the rest open their APIs, for those services too.The reason geolocation social networking is so popular is quite simply its ease of use. Arrive at a destination, be that your work, the gym, a coffee shop or even the grocery store, fire up the application on your phone, “check-in”, and get points, badges and even increased status in the game for doing so. As with Twitter, early adopters are the ones using the sites the most at the moment, but the services are rapidly spreading beyond the hard core. Unlike micro-blogging, you need no talent to be entertaining, informative or stylish – you simply check-in as you go about your day. You attract “friends” by doing this, or by connecting with people you already know, either online or in real life.The Next Step: User- and Location-FocusedAs with so many other early-stage social network platforms, extending the service with secondary applications is what makes the service truly useful. At present, the secondary applications that are being developed fall into two main categories: user-focused and location-focused. A good example of a user-focused app is wheredoyougo. This service provides a heat map visual of all of a user’s check-ins. Another, foursqpic allows users to upload pictures as part of the Foursquare Venue Tips section, supplementing simple text tips with visuals as well. These are great apps and certainly add to the fun and extend the functionality of the service. However, the real gains are coming in the location-focused apps. So far, the most developed of these is placewidget, which allows owners of a location to promote, via a website widget, the “Mayor” of their location on their website. Until now, any real marketing revolving around Foursquare was offline, and had to be location-specific. By bringing the ability to market both their involvement in the Foursquare community and promote a loyal customer, this widget gives a lot more power to businesses looking to leverage this type of social networking. Foursquare recently announced it had signed two deals with media outlets. The first is an agreement with Metro, Canada’s number one free daily newspaper, to have content for venues provided by the newspaper. The second is with Bravo TV, which will include Bravo Celebrity Tips and Bravo-branded badges for over 500 locations. A game is great, but a content-rich social network is something a lot more valuable.Photo credit: Agata Urbaniak Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#mobile#web guest author 1 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Nath accuses Narmada Control Authority of ‘partisan attitude’

first_imgAlleging that the Narmada Control Authority was functioning in a “partisan” manner, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has written to the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat claiming it had drifted away from its mandated task and failed to protect the interests of party States. Mr. Nath has urged the Minister to direct the NCA Chairman to convene a meeting to resolve these issues at the earliest.‘Not impartial’ The Chief Minister, in a letter dated September 12, wrote, “This agency has on many occasions failed to adhere to the principle of impartiality in its decisions which is of utmost importance in the federal structure of the Constitution with water being a concurrent subject in the 7th Schedule.”Stating that the NCA had hurt Madhya Pradesh’s interest, Mr. Nath listed a series of “examples of partisan attitude”. First, he alleged, the NCA had taken a unilateral decision to allow the Gujarat government to stop power generation at a river bed power house in 2018-2019, with Madhya Pradesh’s share of water, to fill up the Sardar Sarovar Dam this season. Further, wrote Mr. Nath, the NCA Chairman had “conveniently ignored” the State’s request to review its decisions.Mr. Nath wrote the State was unnecessarily burdened financially as Gujarat had failed to pay for rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R), and was required to shell out ₹69 crore to settle pending claims. “Unless these claims are settled, it cannot be said that the R&R has been completed fully,” he wrote. He said the Supreme Court order in 2017 that the project-affected vacate the submergence area in around six months left the State little time, due to the pendency of litigations. In the process Madhya Pradesh had to spend ₹352.26 crore and Rs. 266.5 crore on different occasions. ‘Gujarat required to pay’“Gujarat is required to pay for these expenses also to Madhya Pradesh as they are expenses contingent to R&R of the project arising out of the court orders,” he wrote.last_img read more

South Korea dog meat restaurants refuse to stop serving for Olympics

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The Gangneung Ice Arena is illuminated at night prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Almost all the dog meat restaurants in South Korea’s Pyeongchang county, where the Winter Olympics opening ceremony will be held on Friday, have defied a government request to stop serving the food, an official admitted Thursday.South Koreans are believed to consume about one million dogs a year as a summertime delicacy, with the greasy red meat — which is invariably boiled for tenderness — believed to increase energy.ADVERTISEMENT “Some of them initially shifted to selling pork or things instead of dog meat only to find their sales plunging sharply. They then switched back to dog meat.”Signs advertising dog meat dishes such as boshintang (health-boosting soup), yeongyangtang (nutrient soup) or sacheoltang (year-round soup) have been replaced with more neutral ones such as yeomsotang (goat soup) to avoid giving “a bad impression to foreigners” during the Games, he added.Dog meat is officially classed as “detestable” by Seoul, as is snake, but the designation has no legal ramifications.South Korean authorities periodically try to persuade restaurants to change their menus or drop signs suggestive of dog meat during major international events hosted by the country. The tradition has declined as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now something of a taboo among young South Koreans.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Activists have stepped up campaigns to ban dog consumption, with online petitions urging boycotts of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics over the issue, and protests in Seoul.Local authorities asked the 12 dog meat restaurants in Pyeongchang county to stop serving the food during the Games, in exchange for subsidies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut only two have complied, Pyeongchang County government official Lee Yong-bae told AFP.“We’ve faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operators that we are threatening their livelihood,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH North Korea has military parade on eve of Olympics in South Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Citylast_img read more

10 months agoEx-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract release

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Real Madrid defender Pepe leaving Besiktas after contract releaseby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePepe is leaving Besiktas after terminating his contract by mutual consent.Marca says an official announcement has not yet been made but the Portugal international, whose deal was due to expire in June, is now free to sign for another club.Reports in Turkey indicate that Besiktas are going through economic issues and have been unable to pay the high salaries of many of their players, including Pepe.The 35-year-old played 17 league game this season and managed an impressive five goals, with three coming in domestic action and two in Europe.Pepe moved to Besiktas from Real Madrid. last_img read more

Brian Kelly Explains Why Notre Dame’s Partnering With Bleacher Report

first_imgA picture Notre Dame's video about Bleacher Report partnership.Bleacher Report.Bleacher Report and Notre Dame announced a “groundbreaking partnership” for social media content on Thursday.From Notre Dame’s release:Bleacher Report, a preeminent next generation content creation company, has reached an agreement with University of Notre Dame football for an exclusive social content partnership throughout the season. The B/R social team will be embedded with the football program in South Bend and travel with the team to road games during the entire season to create custom content for the program’s national fan base.The collaboration will consist of full behind-the- scenes access to the Notre Dame football team including practice, locker room, game day activities, home and away games, travel, academic classrooms and a wide array of student and campus life. The array of content will include a weekly video feature, Facebook Live streams, short shareable social packages and game day Snapchat takeovers, distributed across Bleacher Report’s website and Team Stream mobile app — reaching more than 250 million users — along with B/R social platforms with an audience of more than 200 million fans.At a press conference this morning, Kelly explained the benefits of partnering with B/R for his program.Brian Kelly on Bleacher Report deal: “This gives us a unique relationship that nobody else has in college football.”— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) August 5, 2016Kelly says, flat out, the relationship with Bleacher Report allows them to reach their targeted audience. More so than the Showtime deal.— Mike Vorel (@mikevorel) August 5, 2016As I expected, Kelly says the Bleacher Report media deal requires much less time/effort than the Showtime documentary series did.— Stephen Brooks (@StephenM_Brooks) August 5, 2016Notre Dame did a documentary with SHOWTIME last season. Florida State is doing a similar documentary this season.The Fighting Irish released this video about their partnership with Bleacher Report. The start of something new.@NDFootball x @BleacherReportComing this fall… #BRxND pic.twitter.com/8dbeU1jHvN— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 4, 2016Notre Dame opens its season on Sunday, Sept. 4 against Texas.last_img read more

RCMP tactical team uses tear gas forced entry to make arrests in

first_imgPORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – A report of a suspicious man with a gun led to some tense moments in central Manitoba early Tuesday.Mounties in Portage la Prairie say they were called to a home in the community shortly before midnight and when the tactical team tried to enter, it discovered barricades had been set up.Four people inside refused to come out for negotiators, so police used tear gas to flush out a 25-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl.The tactical team then forced its way in and arrested two men, both 27.Police say the woman and teen, who were released from custody, are being treated as witnesses or possibly victims.One of the men arrested is a suspect in an earlier car theft from the same home where the takedown occurred.Police say all four people suffered minor injuries, but no officers were hurt.Police had asked the pubic to stay away from the home while officers were making arrests and not to post police movements on social media.“The RCMP thanks the public for their co-operation in staying clear,” Const. Sean O’Keefe said in a statement. “Public safety is our priority.”last_img read more

Michelle Obama in Toronto on Nov 28 to speak about equality for

first_imgTORONTO – Michelle Obama is coming to Canada later this month to speak about education and equality for girls and women around the world.The Toronto event on Nov. 28 will be hosted by the Economic Club of Canada and Plan International Canada.Economic Club of Canada president and CEO Rhiannon Traill says the former first lady will participate in “fireside chat-style” conversation.She says 3,000 tickets will be sold for the event, but each buyer will purchase two tickets, with one being donated to a young person between the ages of 14 and 24.As an example, she said if a bank buys a table for 10, five tickets will go to youth who will sit with the bank executives.Traill says young people from across Canada who want to attend will be able to apply through a site being set up by Plan International Canada.“The one thing I really didn’t want to happen was to have a bunch of Bay Street corporate leaders only bringing their children,” Traill said. “I don’t think that that’s inclusive and I don’t think that that’s fully the conversation that we need to have.”The Economic Club wants to ensure it’s inviting youth from across the country and from all backgrounds, she said, adding that it will not be a watered-down conversation.“I think that the young people in this country are prepared and a lot more eloquent and engaged than many suspect,” Traill said.last_img read more

Fundraiser supporting Calgarys Fish Creek Provincial Park

first_imgA fundraiser will be hosted Friday night to support Fish Creek Provincial Park. A Taste of Autumn Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction will feature keynote speaker Harry Sanders, a local historian who will talk about the city and the park. READ MORE: Fish Creek Park gets Taste of AutumnThe event is taking place at the Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club overlooking the Fish Creek Valley. For more event information visit The Friends of Fish Creek website.last_img

USChina trade war distracting from talks with Canada on steel tariffs Morneau

first_imgMONTREAL — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute is distracting from talks aimed at solving the steel tariffs issue between Canada and its largest trading partner.At an event in Montreal Friday, Morneau said the Americans’ Pacific trade row puts “multiple challenges on their plate,” making it tough for Ottawa to draw Washington’s attention to tariffs on its home turf.U.S. President Donald Trump slapped tariffs of 25 per cent and 10 per cent on steel and aluminum imports, respectively, from Canada in May, prompting retaliatory tariffs by Canada on $16.6 billion worth of U.S. goods.Meanwhile, American tariffs against China have triggered a tit-for-tat trade war affecting hundreds of billions of dollars in goods over the past year.Despite a 90-day ceasefire announced Thursday in which the two countries agreed to suspend tariff hikes and work toward a resolution, the Dec. 1 arrest of Chinese telecom Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer by Canadian authorities at the request of the U.S. Justice Department threatens to sour negotiations with Beijing.Morneau said his office is in contact daily with U.S. officials as well as metal producers and purchasers, but could not offer a timeline for an end to the tariffs.The Canadian Presslast_img read more