Young footballers head to Cape Town

first_imgThe Cape Town stadium will have its finalWorld Cup trial when the internationalyouth challenge kicks off in April.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library)Some of the world’s best young footballers will battle for top spot in the Cape Town International Challenge, which kicks off on 8 April.Between 8 and 10 April, under-20 teams from Nigeria, Brazil, Ghana and host nation South Africa will take the field at the brand-new Cape Town stadium. This showpiece was completed in 2009 and officially handed over to City management on 14 December 2009, six months ahead of the World Cup kick-off on 11 June.The 69 000-capacity stadium is the pride of the city and has hosted three events already – a football and rugby game, and a religious gathering. During the World Cup the stadium will host five first round matches and one second round game, as well as one quarter-final and one semi-final.The Cape Town International Challenge will be its first multi-national football event, as well as the final one before the long-awaited world football spectacular gets underway.It will also be the first – and only – chance for the stadium management to test the venue’s night time capabilities. Seven of the eight World Cup matches take place under floodlights.The South African under-20 team, Amajita (isiZulu, meaning “the guys”), and Nigeria face off at 16h30 on 10 April, while Ghana and Brazil play at 19h00. The first round takes place on 8 April at the famous Newlands Stadium with Ghana and Nigeria playing at 14h00, followed by South Africa and Brazil at 18h00.The South African Football Association has made 65 000 seats available for the event. Tickets will cost R20 (US$2.80) or R30 ($4) and will only be available from Computicket. Fans arriving at the gates without a ticket will be turned away.With all World Cup tickets for Cape Town games sold out, South African football supporters can still grab an early chance to see international football at the stadium, at an affordable price.Boosting African footballThe challenge is an official World Cup event and hopes are high that it will boost the quality of youth football on the continent and abroad.Ghana is the current under-20 world champion, and Brazil hosts the next Fifa World Cup in 2014. The South American country is a former four-time under-20 world champion.City management hopes that the challenge will grow into an annual event, leaving a world-class legacy for young footballers in developing nations. Football fans who attend the event will also be helping organisers to confirm that Cape Town is ready to welcome the world to the first-ever African World Cup.“We need your help to test the city’s readiness to host the biggest event of all,” said Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson. “It is important that this fourth event tests us to the limits.”The city’s sports and recreation director Gert Bam said that those who attend are in for a treat.Neilson added that city management was committed to developing young talent. “Some of the players in these teams will become household names in a few years and may even compete in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”Young talentSome of South Africa’s brightest football stars have emerged from the under-20 ranks. Among them are striker Benni McCarthy, now with English Premier League team West Ham United; midfielder Elrio van Heerden, currently on loan to Turkish club Sivasspor from Blackburn Rovers; and winger Steven Pienaar, who plays for Premier League side Everton.Another well-known former Amajita player is lanky defender Matthew Booth, who caused confusion among visitors to the 2009 Confederations Cup when crowds yelling his name, “Boooooth!”, were thought to be booing him.The 1.9m-tall Booth currently plays for local team Mamelodi Sundowns as defender, after a stint with Russian club Krylia Sovetov Samara, where he was captain.last_img read more

Chill Direct: A Farm System For Video Distribution

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What’s The Competition?Smaller services offering purchasable video and pay-to-view such as VHX and Laffster are growing, while Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video can’t be ignored. Netflix and Hulu stream saleable content and YouTube relies on measly ad sales that reward only huge traffic drivers (see The YouTube Industry Has A Transparency Problem). Norgard called the major players closed platforms, meaning most people aren’t able to get their material into these marketplaces without prior relationships. He says Chill Direct is open to spurring discovery of new talent (the only thing off limits is hardcore sexual content). Just as important, built-in analytics can help creatives take control of their own careers. “To build an actionable marketing plan a creator needs data, pure and simple,” Norgard said. “Studio executives and marketing departments for years have been utilizing costly market research to inform how projects are distributed. Creators will have access to where their audience is coming from, traffic, what’s converting products, who is buying, how many emails they are collecting, and where the audience is located geographically.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adam popescu Tags:#content#distribution#social video Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What’s the biggest hurdle to getting people to watch your film or video? Getting it in front of them in the first place. Unfortunately, your options are limited.Chill Direct, a new service from the social-video site Chill, hopes to expand those options and act as a new farm system to get content to TV, theaters and film festivals.If you’re as well-known as rising comic Louis C.K., who has famously parlayed his talent into a successful online special, you can essentially create your own ad-hoc distribution network. Last year, C.K. sold his “Live at the Beacon Theatre” show directly to fans for $5 each. Production costs were a reported $170,000, and the show earned $1.1 million in digital sales. C.K. then resold that content to the FX cable channel, which led to deals with other TV outlets. It was a major coup for the raw comedian and a big shift in thinking about content delivery. Assuming you’re not Louis C.K., you need help from a distributor, preferably one that leaves the bulk of any proceeds in your pocket. Chill Direct is positioning itself to be that kind of distributor.Self-Distribution For Everyone?But is self-distribution even possible for unknowns and aspiring creatives? It is if their content is properly placed in an online storefront with decent traffic – and the creator receives a strong revenue-sharing deal with the provider. At the very least it’s likely to be more lucrative than trying to monetize via pay per clicks ads on YouTube.That’s where Chill Direct comes in. Built around a package of open programming interfaces (APIs), it’s a platform to promote video on a 70/30 price-share basis, “giving creators the ability to distribute video direct to fans,” explained Chill’s co-founder and chief executive, Brian Norgard. The idea is let creatives focus on production, not distribution. A buffet of options include the cost of a site, managing uploads, coding, hosting, email marketing, social and real-time analytics. Plus, creators keep ownership of their content. That means if a third party like HBO wanted to buy thier content, creators aren’t obligated to give Chill a dime. Chill will even take the sold content off its site, as most buyers demand exclusivity. Norgard is confident that leveraging Chill’s 20 million users – plus its $10 million in funding and investors that include Hollywood powerhouse agency William Morris Endeavor – will be the key to helping Chill Direct users get their long-form videos seen. “We’re not starting from scratch. Traffic comes from the existing community, creators promoting their projects and paid media,” he said. Eight projects are on the service right now, two of which are comedy specials; one by Maria Bamford and the other by Ari Shaffir. There’s also the noted YouTube documentary “Please Subscribe.” Norgard wouldn’t comment on how well these projects are selling.Early ReviewsFor filmmakers like Alex Rotaru, the notion of a platform to show and launch his content is very attractive. Rotaru, currently distributing his award-winning documentary film Shakespeare High on the Showtime network, says if Chill Direct works as advertised, it’s the holy grail for independent filmmakers, and a potential new road to festivals and more mainstream screens. “A deep marketing strategy has always been the issue, in my view, with a do-it-yourself model,” Rotaru said. “Because the normal pathways into the studio system or into television are literally so Byzantine, they require all these secret handshakes. The right agent, the right moment, the right festival, the right critic, the right fish for lunch before the screening. It’s really the weakest link of the entire chain, distribution, as far as indie filmmakers.” But LockerGnome founder and prolific YouTuber Chris Pirillo warned that even if it the service can attract exclusive, premium material, the key challenge is convincing viewers to watch. “That’s not always easy for content creators, even the really good ones,” Pirillo said. Yet he acknowledged the value for producers to get paid for their work, an uphill battle in online video. “If this service can make it easier to offer more value to a fan base, it could be a win for content producers.”Another problem is the culture of giving away video, said Drew Baldwin, the founder of Tubefilter. “That’s one of the big challenges here because if there’s an acceptable substitute in terms of entertainment that’s free or ad-supported, it’s going to be very difficult to justify that cost.” But Baldwin added that the rest of the online video world is watching to see if Chill Direct works. “YouTube is in a great position to take advantage of that (model),” he said.  8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Parrikar will not resign: Goa BJP chief

first_imgOn a day that was dominated by all kinds of speculation and rumours surrounding ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s “adverse health” and “resignation”, Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar stated emphatically that Mr. Parrikar would not resign as the head of the BJP-led coalition government.“There is a rumour which is being spread that the Chief Minister will resign… this will not happen. He is the CM of the coalition for five years. He will complete that tenure. He will attend work soon,” Mr. Tendulkar told reporters after a meeting of BJP office-bearers and some Ministers at the party’s headquarters in the city.“His health is fine. Doctors have advised him rest for two days. After that he will meet party officials, Ministers and MLAs,” Mr. Tendulkar said.last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock furious with ref ‘experiment’ for Watford defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock furious with ref ‘experiment’ for Watford defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock was furious after their 3-2 win over Watford.Andrew Madley officiated the game at Vicarage Road, which ended in a win for the Hornets, the young referee’s first Premier League game of the season.In fact it was only Madley’s second ever match officiating in the English top tier, a decision which left Warnock bemused.”I was disappointed in one or two things,” said Warnock.”I thought Murphy should have had a free-kick, I thought it was very similar to the one he gave on the edge of their box.”And I thought Troy Deeney was lucky not to get a card if I’m honest. Conditions were poor but once he started sliding in and the goalie was going to get it, he could have pulled his foot away.”When I’ve got Andre Marriner sat at the side of me and I’ve got a young referee who’s (refereeing) his first game of the season, I don’t understand that at all.”Whether it’s just because ‘it’s only Cardiff City and we’ll let someone have an experiment today…” last_img read more

10 months agoMolde chief Neerland: Solskjaer will bring attacking style to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Molde chief Neerland: Solskjaer will bring attacking style to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde managing director Oystein Neerland expects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring an attacking brand of football to Manchester United.Molde have agreed to ‘lend’ Solskjaer to United as a caretaker following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.Neerland said: “For us, he is an offensive coach who plays entertaining football and he sees winning 4-2 as being better than 1-0.“He is very good at building teams, working within a structure to develop home grown players and giving them confidence to play but also being able to know when to sell them when the time is right because that is how this club works.“He has been so successful here. He has been here for six years – before and after Cardiff – and is very stable, very loyal and, just like at Manchester United, he is a former player so he knows the club very well and knows the DNA of the club.“He is a very positive guy. He is very easy to like and has a clear vision of how to play football but also works well with individual players.“There is no doubt in my mind that he will do well at Manchester United. He is a club legend there and that immediately means he will get respect from the players and the fans.“I don’t know well enough what’s happened inside Manchester United to comment and I will be careful on what I say on that.“But what I do know is that it’s important that he knows the history of the club and knows Manchester United’s past and what makes them successful.“It’s new times for the players but I know they will like him personally, they will enjoy working with him and it will be a big challenge to get some good results.“Of course it’s a surprise but not so much when you remember he’s got such history with the club, understands the club and he is also such a nice guy. He works so well with players and is a gentleman.” last_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Arsenal chief Kroenke only Prem owner never to spend on their club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Arsenal chief Kroenke only Prem owner never to spend on their clubby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStan Kroenke has not spent a penny of his personal fortune on Arsenal, it has been revealed.The Sun says he is the only Prem club owner not to dig into his own pocket to fund the team over the past decade.Arsenal owner Kroenke sits on a massive personal fortune of £7billion but has been unwilling to spend any of that money on the club.Instead the 71-year-old has restricted the Gunners to only using money the club brings in itself – leading to them falling behind their Premier League rivals.Arsenal’s business model means that, unlike the rest of the Prem, their spending was entirely funded from self-generated revenues – through television, sponsorship and marketing income, plus prize money. last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp won’t consider releasing Lallana for loan

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp won’t consider releasing Lallana for loanby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp won’t consider releasing Adam Lallana for loan.Sky Sports says Klopp has no plans to let Lallana leave on loan.The England international hasn’t had as many minutes as he would like since recovering from injury.There had been talk of him moving to Europe on a short-term deal with Besiktas reportedly making enquiry.But there is no chance of him going anywhere else to get match action this month.Lallana remains a key member of Klopp’s squad and the Liverpool boss has no plans to let any more of his players depart this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

13 days agoBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: The key to early season form

first_imgBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: The key to early season formby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick admits a lack of Europa League football has worked in their favour this season.The Clarets are seventh in the Premier League table after an impressive start to the campaign. “We’ve progressed but I think last year was a bit different,” the midfielder said.“I know it was frustrating for us as players and maybe the fans, staff and everyone.“At the start of the season, with the games we had, it was difficult, it was tiring.“I was talking to my friend at Wolves when we played them and I said, ‘How are you getting on with the European football?’ and he just said he’s constantly tired.“Without even knowing, the travelling does take it out of you and that’s what happened with us last year.“Even when we were out of that, we tried to pick the performances up, but it didn’t work.“Eventually we sat down, we all got on the same track and the performances started to pick up and we got some points on the board, which we did need at the back end of last year.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 held for murdering man in Nand Nagri

first_imgNew Delhi: Three men along with the prime accused who had stabbed and gunned down 25-year-old man on Monday night in North-east Delhi’s Nand Nagari area have been arrested by Delhi Police on Tuesday.On August 5,Vicky (25), a resident of E-block in Nand Nagri was stabbed and then shot dead by three to four assailants on Monday night around 8 pm near his house in Nand Nagari.Vicky was accused in four criminal cases in the past and he was killed in old enmity, said a police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe prime accused identified as Sumit alias Bowler , a resident of same locality was arrested along with his associates Ajay Tyagi (31) from Modinagar and Raj (22) from E Block Nand Nagari’s MCD flat on Tuesday. Police have also seized the vehicle used in offence. “On interrogation, Sumit disclosed that he had a tiff with Harsh on 3 August. Harsh was friend of deceased Vicky. Vicky roughed up Sumit and his brothers so Sumit roped in two of his associates and killed Vicky,” said a senior police official. “Ajay Tyagi and Raj on sustained interrogation also revealed their involvement in another murder case reported at Kharkhoda district Meerut. Hence, a murder case of Meerut has also been worked out,” said the official. Sumit alias Bowler is driver by profession. Ajay Tyagi is a money lender and Raj is presently unemployed. Investigation revealed that Vicky was a known criminal of the area and had four cases registered against him.last_img read more

Delhi BJP unit seeks action against AAP for indulging in violent acts

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP’s Delhi unit Tuesday filed a complaint with the Chief Electoral Office in Delhi and sought action against the Aam Aadmi Party, which it alleged was “indulging in violent acts” and violating the model code of conduct.In its complaint, the BJP accused the AAP of burning the 2014 manifesto of the saffron party which had photos of its leaders. They alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with other party leaders had burnt BJP manifesto on March 13. Other party leaders Manish Sisodia, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Kailash Gahlot and Pankaj Gupta were among those who led had party workers in burning copies of the party’s manifesto, the BJP alleged. The manifestos were burnt by the AAP to attack BJP on the issue of full statehood to Delhi. “The AAP leaders are violating MCC by either not seeking permission for such events from Election Commission or they have sought permission for election meetings from EC and misused such permission to violate MCC by burning BJP’s manifesto,” the letter said. The letter, written by SN Verma, co-convener of the legal department of BJP Delhi Pradesh, said orders should be issued to leaders and workers of AAP to “cease and desist from such violent acts”. Five complaints have been made against the BJP and the AAP for organising gatherings to burn manifestos without permission, officials from the Chief Electoral Office of Delhi had said on Monday.last_img read more