Two New Frank Zappa Records Are Coming Out Of The Vault

first_imgOne of the great things about being a Frank Zappa fan is the period installments of new, unreleased material from the vault. Despite family tensions, the Zappa Records label has announced two albums for release on July 15th. Frank Zappa For President and Crux Of The Biscuit are both on their way!In the throes of a heated presidential election, Zappa Records has released a collection of unreleased music composed by Zappa for the Synclavier. With these compositions and a number of politically-themed gems to be mined from the vault, the album is sure to be an ode to Zappa’s witty tendencies. The second album is a companion to ‘ (Apostrophe), with session outtakes, alternates, and live performances. Check out the tracklisting for each, below.FRANK ZAPPA: Frank Zappa for President1. Overture to “Uncle Sam”2. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It (Remix)3. Amnerika (Vocal Version)4. “If I Was President”5. When the Lie’s So Big (Live)6. Medieval Ensemble7. America the Beautiful (Live)FRANK ZAPPA: The Crux of the Biscuit1. Cosmik Debris2. Uncle Remus (Mix Outtake)3. Down In De Dew (Alternate Mix)4. Apostrophe’ (Mix Outtake)5. The Story Of Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow/St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast6. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow/St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast (Live)7. Excentrifugal Forz (Mix Outtake)8. Energy Frontier (Take 4)9. Energy Frontier (Take 6 with OD’s)10. Energy Frontier (Bridge)11. Cosmik Debris (Basic Tracks Take 3)12. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow (Basic Tracks- Alternate Take)13. Nanook Rubs It (Basic Tracks- Outtake)14. Nanook Rubs It (Session Outtake)15. Frank’s Last Words…..last_img read more

4 ways to teach financial responsibility to your kids

first_img 219SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details There are a lot of different money worries that keep us up at night. A lot of those worries could have been thwarted if we’d just done a few things differently when we were younger. If you don’t want your kids to go through the same issues that you’ve had to deal with, here are a few ways you can teach your children to be more financially responsible…Give them money: It’s hard to learn about handling money when you don’t have any. That being said, don’t just give them money and let that be the end of it. Give your kids chores around the house and provide them with a regular allowance so they can start to learn that money doesn’t grow on trees.Make them save: If you let your kids spend their allowance freely, you won’t be doing them any favors. Talk to your children about retirement and teach them about compound interest. Establish savings goals for your kids and reward them for saving each month by throwing in a little extra when their goals are met.Let them spend: Kids want stuff. You can’t afford to buy them everything they want. Teach your children about making responsible purchases and let them spend their money on things that make sense. Not only will they get the thing they want, but they’ll learn a little something about spending, saving, and budgeting.Teach them frugality: Don’t turn your children into a bunch of cheapskates but show them how to save their money for the things that really matter. Don’t give them money for a Gatorade after practice when a reusable water bottle can easily quench their thirst. Show them that there’s usually a more affordable option available for whatever they’re looking to purchase.last_img read more

Euronav Orders Suezmax Duo at HHI

first_imgBelgian tanker owner and operator Euronav has placed an order for two high specification Ice Class Suezmax vessels with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in South Korea. The company said that the order has been prompted by the signing of an additional two long-term time charter contracts of seven years each with Valero Energy Inc. for two Suezmax vessels with specialised Ice Class 1C capability starting in late 2018.The latest deal is the fourth Euronav’s long-term (seven years) Suezmax time charter contract, the company added.Delivery of these vessels is expected in the second half of 2018 when each of the time charter contracts will begin.“Euronav believes it has secured an excellent price for two high specification vessels in line with its policy of not adding speculative new capacity to the global tanker fleet. Euronav anticipates the new vessels on order will replace its older Suezmax vessels hence this order will not add net tonnage to the global Suezmax tanker fleet,” Euronav said.The fleet renewal is in line with Euronav’s expectations that asset values are approaching a low point supported by reduced immediate newbuilding berths at the yards and fewer speculative buyers.Furthermore, the company pointed out that the addition of the further two seven-year contracts greatly increases its fixed income contribution to EBITDA in 2018 and onwards.“By extending our strong partnership with a key customer, Euronav is also providing high quality and long duration earnings visibility for our stakeholders. Such fixed income capability provides Euronav with enhanced financial optionality as we move forward,” Euronav’s CEO, Paddy Rodgers noted.In terms of its newbuilding fleet, the company recently acquired two VLCCs under construction which were acquired as resales of existing newbuilding contracts and four Suezmaxes under construction. The latest order brings Euronav’s owned and operated fleet to 57 ships, including also 1 V-Plus vessel, 31 VLCCs, 19 Suezmaxes and two FSO vessels (both owned in 50%-50% joint venture).last_img read more

Robert Jerome Bushorn

first_imgRobert Jerome Bushorn passed away on December 10, 2019. He was the son of the late Virgil and Willamae Bushorn. He is survived by his wife, his brother and sister-in-law, two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren. He was born and raised in Milan. Services will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 16, 2019last_img

Eagles Drop Two Places in First FIFA Rankings of 2019

first_imgNigeria’s Super Eagles dropped two places to the 46th position in the first FIFA Rankings released Thursday. The Three-time African champions however retained their last month’s fourth spot in Africa.The drop was expected as the Nigerian senior national team was not involved in any activities to warrant any improvement in the 44th spot they ended the year with.With two matches lined up for Eagles in March, Nigeria is expected to rank better in the next edition of the grading scheduled to be published by the world football governing body on April 4. Even with nothing at stake for Nigeria in the dead-rubber last AFCON 2019 qualifier against Seychelles in Asaba next month, Eagles stand to reap points with good display.Few days after the clash with Seychelles, Super Eagles will begin their AFCON 2019 preparations with a high-profile clash with Pharaohs of Egypt at the same Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.Both Seychelles and Egypt are ranked 189th and 57th in the world respectively.Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo are the top five countries in the CAF region.Similarly, there were no changes in the top 20 of the global ranking with Belgium, France, Brazil, Croatia and England the top five teams in that order.Top Ten African Teams1) Senegal2) Tunisia3) Morocco4) Nigeria5) DR Congo6) Ghana7) Cameroon8) Egypt9) Burkina Faso10) MaliShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse fends off numerous Virginia runs in 70-58 home win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 11, 2015 at 5:26 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Virginia’s Faith Randolph knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key much to the dismay of Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman. He responded by yelling “Come on y’all!” at his players for leaving her wide open.Randolph then hit a layup and two free throws to bring the Cavaliers within four with nine minutes left in the first half, the closest they would get for the rest of the game.Every time UVA went on a run to inch closer, the Orange held it off.Syracuse opened up an 18-point halftime lead, and in the second half, as Virginia cut the lead to nine twice, No. 21 SU (11-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) didn’t falter en route to what Hillsman said was his team’s best win of the year, a 70-58 victory over the Cavaliers (12-4, 2-1) Sunday afternoon in front of 708 in the Carrier Dome.“We settled down … and did some things to stop the run,” Hillsman said. “That’s something we talked about, too, was making sure we answer runs.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHillsman told his team before the game that it was a must-win after Syracuse lost its first two conference games against No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 13 Duke. Right away, the Orange built an early lead as point guard Alexis Peterson scored 13 of SU’s first 15 points.But Virginia didn’t go away easy and forced Syracuse into 14 second-half turnovers. With a 15-point lead, Peterson chucked the ball out of bounds near the Cavaliers’ bench while trying to break UVA’s press. Brianna Butler committed an offensive foul and Peterson committed another turnover.Virginia was on an 8-0 run, trailing 44-34, forcing Hillsman to call a timeout.“I think the key was just to stay composed,” Peterson said. “Basketball’s a game of runs and they came out, they were hot, they made their run, but we did a good job of just staying composed.When the Orange could feel the Cavaliers creeping up from behind, it went to its bread and butter on offense. SU continued to push the ball in transition and scored more than double Virginia on the fast break.Forward Briana Day attracted two Virginia defenders when she ran the court, opening up shooters on the outside who cashed in. Syracuse shot 47.3 percent from the field and hit 12-of-27 from beyond the arc.“That’s the biggest thing for us,” Hillsman said. “We just want to continue to push tempo and get up and down the floor.”While the Orange stuck to its typical style on offense, it changed its defense. Instead of playing the typical 2-3 zone, Hillsman’s players went into a man-to-man defense, which challenged shooters like Randolph and allowed less opportunities for UVA to effectively penetrate the rim.Time and again, Virginia players went for layups under pressure and shot the ball too hard off the backboard. Though the Cavaliers outscored SU 35-29 in the second half, they couldn’t score enough to legitimately get back in the game.“I think to switch our defense up, it kind of keeps the team on their toes,” Peterson said. “It kind of gives us that edge because they don’t know what we’re going to do.”In the last five minutes, Peterson dribbled the ball in place while waiting for the shot clock to wind down before running the offense to protect the double-digit lead.Compared to its first two conference games, which resulted in losses, the Orange possessed a lead for more than 39 minutes. And despite its attempts, Virginia didn’t seriously threaten Syracuse after the deficit grew to 18 at halftime.“I didn’t even realize we were up by that much,” senior guard Maggie Morrison said. “We were all just working hard, playing hard, and as the lead built, we just kept the momentum going.” Commentslast_img read more

Bible Name Found on Jerusalem Artifact

first_imgA man named Temech has risen from the pages of the Bible.  The Jerusalem Post reported that his clay seal was found in a dig south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem by archaeologist Eilat Mazar, who earlier found a portion of a wall from the same Nehemiah period (11/30/2007).  The article shows a picture of the seal.  This adds to the growing list of Bible characters found in archaeological digs (e.g., 07/11/2007).    Temech (or Temah) is mentioned in Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7 as one of the returnees from Babylonian exile.  His seal may have been purchased in Babylon and brought to Jerusalem.  The date of the seal is 538 to 445 BC and is significant for identifying a temple servant from the First Temple period.  The blog at Bible Places also mentions the discovery.Update 02/02/2008: Bible Places Blog mentions that “Temah” is probably an incorrect translation.  Instead, the name may be that of another Bible character of the same period: Sophit, daughter of Zerubbabel (1 Chronicles 3:19).The seal seems to indicate a degree of syncretism with Babylonian religious imagery.  This should not be surprising.  “The fact that this cultic scene relates to the Babylonian chief god seemed not to have disturbed the Jews who used it on their own seal,” the article states as Mazar’s opinion.  We know from the books of Ezra and Nehemiah that the people needed repeated reprimands to purge their lifestyles of pagan influences.  Some returnees were more committed than others.    Popular idols are hard to exorcise.  Undoubtedly a future historian would wonder about the mixed messages in artifacts found among the remains of a typical 2008 church.  What icons of idolatry might be found among your own artifacts?  Would pins or rings with emblems of pop stars, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and other non-Christian iconic images make a future archaeologist wonder how to interpret the find?  Would an icon of Darwin be the modern equivalent of the Babylonian god Sin?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Iraq, ‘own save’ hold Bafana to a draw

first_imgAnd when South Africa did pry open the Iraqi defence – with only six minutes of regulation time left – luck was not with Joel Santana’s charges. Kagiso Dikgacio’s header was goalbound, with the goalkeeper beaten, only to hit striker Bernard Parker, who ran into the way of the ball for an “own save” he won’t forget in a hurry. The rest of the half played out in what became a familiar pattern as South Africa attacked, pushed Iraq deep into their half, and then seemed to run out of ideas, hoping that one-touch passes would find a way through the Iraqi defence. Parker was denied by the Iraqi netminder, and then his block of Dikgacoi’s header followed. Shortly after the restart, Fanteni set up Parker for a shot on goal, but his effort, from an angle, was straight at Kassid in the Iraqi goal. Fanteni was then narrowly wide with a header from a corner. ‘I just wanted to drop dead’ “When the ball hit me, I just wanted to drop dead on the spot. It happens. It’s football,” Parker said afterwards. Thembinkosi “Terror” Fanteni picked up a yellow card in only the second minute of the match, evidence of the nervousness of the hosts, who were feeling the pressure of living up to the fans’ expectations on home soil. South Africa’s best moment of the half came three minutes later when Siboniso Gaxa picked out MacBeth Sibaya on the right. On the run, Sibaya let rip with a shot across the face of goal. Kassid got his fingertips to the ball and steered it wide of the right hand post for a Bafana Bafana corner. Mashego comes close It looked as if Bafana Bafana might create something after 10 minutes when Fareed Majeed was caught in possession. Parker’s left-footed shot from outside the box was, however, tame and easily gathered by goalkeeper Mohammed Kassid. 15 June 2009 Liverpool striker Fernando Torres decided the outcome of the match with the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Confederations Cup, netting in the sixth, 14th and 17th minutes to set Spain on their way to their 33rd match on the trot without defeat. Spain thrash New Zealand With a record lead as Fifa’s number one ranked team, Spain are looking like the team to beat in South Africa. Cesc Fabregas added a fourth only four minutes later, and the rout was well and truly on. Santana sent on Orlando Pirates’ marksman Katlego Mashego, and his change was almost immediately rewarded, but Kassid denied Mashego in a one-on-one. Iraq managed only one shot on goal in the game, which underlines just how much emphasis the Asian champions placed on getting defenders behind the ball. Sibaya lets rip He said Bafana Bafana had expected to win the game, and having shared the points means the pressure is now on South Africa. Iraq’s sole shot of the game followed shortly after that. In the more than 85 minutes that remained, they failed to test SA goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Steven Pienaar, who came on as a substitute with only five minutes remaining, after having been ill in the lead-up to the contest, admitted to being disappointed by the outcome. The Kiwis showed some heart and fought back to share possession, but a blunder just after half-time by defender Andy Boyens, who missed the ball while trying to clear, left striker David Villa with a simple tap-in for Spain’s fifth goal. A lively crowd packed Johannesburg’s Ellis Park for the opening match of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, their plentiful vuvuzelas welcoming the world to a South African football experience. The goal-feast they were hoping for wasn’t forthcoming, however, as South Africa and Iraq played to a goalless draw. The size of the challenge awaiting the hosts in their remaining two matches was made clear in the opening day’s second match between world number one Spain and New Zealand in Rustenburg. The European champions were in scintillating form, crushing the All Whites 5-0. Coach Santana said he was not satisfied with the outcome. He had expected Iraq to show more attacking intent, but instead found, he said, that were trying only to capitalise on South African mistakes and looking for free kicks. Bafana Bafana did most of the pressing but, with Iraq defending in numbers, the passing in the final third of the field was often off target. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sport in South Africa

first_imgIn 2007 the national rugby team, theSpringboks, became the world championsfor the second time.(Image: SA Rugby)South Africa has a proud sporting history, despite a dark period during which the country was ostracised by the world because of its apartheid policies of only allowing white people into national teams. Although this did retard sporting development to a certain extent, today South Africans hold many world records and titles across a host of disciplines, on both an individual and team level.The country is also renowned for its successful hosting of major sporting events. Among these are also the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the 1996 African Cup of Nations and World Cup of Golf, the 1998 World Cup of Athletics, the 2003 Cricket World Cup, the 2006 Paralympic Swimming World Championships, and the inaugural World Twenty20 Championship, held in 2007.In 2009 alone the country staged a number of big international tournaments, such as the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) Champions Trophy, and the 2009 Confederations Cup.In June 2010 the biggest event yet held in South Africa, and the first one to take place on African soil, kicks off – the Fifa World Cup of football.South African sports fans are among the most fervent in the world. The most popular spectator sports are football, cricket and rugby, but South Africa has also excelled on both the motoring and the athletics track, in the pool, on the green, in the air, in the ring, and on other sports fields.Sections in this article:Sport under apartheidFootballCricketRugbyGolfBoxingAthleticsMotor racingSwimmingTennisSport under apartheidWhen the National Party took power in 1948 it began to implement policies that classified South Africans according to race. This applied to all areas of interaction, including sport, and meant that only white citizens were allowed to represent the country in the international sporting arena.So harsh were the restrictions that overseas teams comprising players of various races were not allowed to enter the country.The world reacted in a number of ways, among them banning South African sporting teams from international competition. The first to take action was the International Table Tennis Federation in 1956. The world governing body of table tennis removed the all-white South African Table Tennis Union from its membership and proclaimed the multi-racial South African Table Tennis Board as the organisation it preferred.Immediately the government withdrew the passports of players belonging to the board, effectively preventing them from competing internationally. This was just the start. In 1961 the Football Association of South Africa was suspended from Fifa membership, although it was reinstated two years later.Even the non-racial South African Sports Association, established in 1959, gave up after three years of trying to enlist the cooperation of white sports associations, and appealed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for South Africa’s expulsion from the games. The IOC was tentative at first, issuing only a warning to which the government responded with half-hearted measures.The IOC soon realised that stronger action was needed, and South Africa was banned from the 1964 Tokyo games. In 1970 the country was finally expelled altogether from the Olympic movement. It was only allowed to participate again in 1992 at the Barcelona summer games.For many years the country’s top players had only themselves to compete against, and many a gifted sportsperson was denied a glittering international career. Some took the brave step of leaving their homeland to further their careers in other countries. One of the most outstanding was Sir Basil D’Oliveira, a coloured cricketer who grew up in Cape Town.D’Oliveira was one of those who started to mature as a player just around the time of the institution of apartheid policies. With no hope of an international career playing for his country, he emigrated to England in 1960, later became a British citizen, and gained his national colours in 1966.D’Oliveira was a famed part of the scandal surrounding the 1968 England tour to South Africa, which ended before it even started when then prime minister BJ Vorster refused the team entry into South Africa because D’Oliveira was included. The tour was cancelled and England did not play another official test match against South Africa until 1994.Today the all-rounder is regarded as one of the greats and although he never played for his home country, in 2000 he was nominated as one of South Africa’s 10 cricketers of the century.South African all-white teams that toured abroad were made to feel distinctly unwelcome, and some tours were cancelled midway. There were a few so-called rebel tours during the 1980s, but these were not so successful.However, with the unbanning of the African National Congress in 1990 and the subsequent release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison, the doors were once again opened to the South African sporting community. Since then, a number of the country’s defining moments have been achieved through sport.Football National team Bafana Bafana rejoice afterscoring a goal.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library)South African football fans are amongst themost fervent in the world.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library)The history of football in South Africa goes back as far as the late 19th century. The first formal club was established in 1879 in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province. Most games took place against teams from the colonial British forces, and local teams were made up largely of European immigrants.The next town to catch football fever was Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, followed by Cape Town in 1880 and Johannesburg in 1889.The Natal Football Association was the first to form in 1882 and other provinces followed suit.The first tourists to the country were the English club Corinthians, which arrived in 1897. The first South African team to go abroad was the Orange Free State Bantu Soccer, which toured England in 1898.The next tour saw South Africa taking a nine-week boat trip to South America, where they fared exceptionally well. The last international game before sanctions took hold was against Israel in 1954.Professional football was only introduced in 1959 with the establishment of the National Football League. Twelve years later the National Professional Soccer League was formed and later changed its name to the Premier Soccer League, the name by which it is known today. The first league champion was the popular Orlando Pirates team, which still exists. Other major local clubs are Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows, Supersport United, Ajax Cape Town, and Santos.South Africa’s football governing body is the South African Football Association (Safa), which started with that name in 1882 and later changed it to the Football Association of South Africa. However, it reverted back to its original name in 1991 with the joining of the Football Association of South Africa, the South African Soccer Association, the South African Soccer Federation and the South African National Football Association.In the same year, after a long period of exile, South Africa was awarded observer status at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) congress. In 1992 the country was readmitted to the Fifa fold, followed by membership of CAF.Since then the national men’s team Bafana Bafana and women’s team Banyana Banyana have notched up a number of achievements. Bafana Bafana came away as champions at the 1996 CAF African Cup of nations, and qualified for the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Fifa World Cup.Banyana Banyana striker Noko Matlou was named Africa’s 2008 Woman Footballer of the Year early in 2009. The team is currently ranked third in Africa.South African players have also excelled overseas. One of the most popular is Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, who played for Leeds United from 1994 to 2005. His highly successful stint as captain for that team, from 1998 to 2002, earned him a place in the hearts of English football fans.For a more in-depth overview of this sport in South Africa, see Football in South Africa and the football timeline at South African History Online.CricketSouth African all-rounder Jacques Kallis,regarded as one of the greatest playersof the modern era.(Image: Jacques Kallis)The scoreboard at the end of the so-calledtimeless test of 1938.(Image: Cricinfo) The logo of the Proteas national cricket team.(Image: Professional Cricketers’ Association)Cricket arrived in South Africa under British colonisation. The first definite reference to the game was a match in Cape Town in 1808, offering a prize of 1 000 rix-dollars.The governing body is Cricket South Africa. South Africa’s oldest cricket club is the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, founded in 1843. It boasts an older pedigree than most clubs in the world.The first championship took place here in 1876, with teams from Cape Town, Grahamstown, King Williams Town, and Port Elizabeth vying for the prize. It was won by King Williams Town, which repeated the feat the following year.In 1888, Sir Donald Currie, the owner of the Castle shipping line, sponsored the first ever visiting team, England, for a two-test series. England won both, but in the process South Africa became the third official test-playing nation, alongside England and Australia.Currie also established the Currie Cup in 1888, a provincial competition although not all provinces competed initially. Transvaal defeated Kimberley to win the first Currie Cup, and from 1892 onwards it became the national championship. There is also a rugby Currie Cup, which dates back to 1889.South Africa’s first overseas tour was in 1894 to England. However, the team had to wait until they were back home for their first test victory, which came on 4 January 1906 at the old Wanderers in Johannesburg, against the same nation. The first test series win away from home came many years later, against England in 1935.The so-called timeless test, the last ever such game to be played and the longest on record, took place in Durban between 3 and 14 March 1938, also against England. The game was abandoned on the 10th day of play, with England on 654 for five wickets in the last innings, just 42 runs short of the target of 696 set for them by South Africa. The visitors had to catch the 8.05pm train that night from Durban to Cape Town, in order to arrange their departure on the Athlone Castle three days hence. England could not postpone their departure date.The South African team continued to grow in strength and talent, and during the 1963/64 tour to Australia, four players emerged who would become legends of the game – Peter and Graeme Pollock, Eddie Barlow and Colin Bland.Then came the apartheid-related isolation which would endure for 21 years. South Africa was only readmitted to international cricket by the ICC in 1991, just in time for the World Cup of 1992 in Australia. This was the setting for the famous rain-marred semi-final between South Africa and England, which ended in South Africa’s revised, and impossible, target of 21 runs off one ball.South Africa at that stage were new to the shortened format of the game, having played their first ever one day international (ODI) against India just weeks before.Since then the Proteas, as the national team is now known, have established a formidable reputation as one of cricket’s best teams. The side is especially known for its sharp fielding and attacking bowling, which formerly relied on pace but has become more varied in the last few years with the inclusion of top-class spinners such as Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe.During the 1999 World Cup South Africa and Australia clashed in a thrilling semi-final, which ended with the last man, fast bowler Allan Donald, being run out in the last over, with just one run needed by the Proteas to win.That game and the so-called 438 game, contested between the same two nations in 2006, are considered to be two of the greatest ODIs ever. The 438 game earned the Proteas the record of the highest successful run chase after Australia had reached a mind-boggling 434 runs, and, for three months, the highest team total in ODI history. The team reached their target with one ball to spare.Just three months later Sri Lanka made 443-9 off 50 overs against the Netherlands in the latter country, surpassing the South African record.In 2003 South Africa hosted its first cricket World Cup, but failed to achieve their goal of becoming the first nation to win the sought-after title on home turf. The Proteas were eliminated in the first stage.The many highlights over the years were partly dimmed by a tragic event in South African cricket history. In October 2000 the Proteas captain Hansie Cronje, one of the most successful captains ever in terms of matches won, was found guilty of match-fixing. Cronje was handed a lifetime ban against playing and coaching.At just 32 years of age he died tragically in a plane crash on 1 June 2002, and is still revered by the majority of the South African cricketing community as a sporting icon.Future stars are nurtured through careful coaching during their educational years, and then go on to compete in the three domestic series – the Supersport Series, the MTN40 series, and the Standard Bank Pro20 Series.South Africa is consistently ranked among the top teams in the world, and has taken the number one spot on several occasions.Sources:The Bleacher ReportCricinfoRugby President Nelson Mandela, wearing areplica of the captain’s jersey, handsvictorious Springbok captain FrancoisPienaar the William Webb Ellis trophywhen the national team became worldchampions for the first time in 1995.(Image: Rugby World Cup)The official Springbok regby shirt, featuringboth the springbok and the protea on theleft side of the chest.(Image: SA Rugby)South Africa is indisputably one of the great rugby-playing nations. In 2009 the country took just about every major title on offer, including the World Cup; the World Sevens Cup; the Super 14 trophy, a southern hemisphere tournament; the Tri Nations title which is contested with Australia and New Zealand; the Freedom Cup (against New Zealand); the Mandela Challenge Plate (against Australia); and a series win against the touring British and Irish Lions.The only major trophy not held by South Africa during 2009 is the Six Nations, but only because it is a competition for northern hemisphere teams.The national team, the Springboks, and their great rivals, the New Zealand All Blacks, have swapped places at the top of the International Rugby Board’s ranking since 2007.Like cricket, the history of rugby also goes back to the 19th century, when the first game was played in Cape Town in August 1862. The venue was the Green Point Common, now undergoing an extensive upgrade for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The city’s Hamilton Sea Point Club is the oldest rugby club in the country and was founded in 1875. The following year saw the establishment of the Villager Club, also in Cape Town, and from there other clubs around the country sprang up.The South African Rugby Board was set up in 1889 and became the umbrella organisation under which regional rugby unions operated. The first inter-provincial tournament took place in the same year, with Western Province taking the Raadsbeker, the trophy which today stands in the South African Rugby Museum in Cape Town.From 1892 the Currie Cup and the Board’s Trophy were contested nationally, but in 1957 the Currie Cup became the main inter-provincial tournament. The Currie Cup was established by the same Sir Donald Currie who was the force behind the cricket cup. On the eve of their maiden South African tour in 1891 Currie gave it to the captain of the British team, telling him that the trophy must be awarded to the first side to beat the tourists. Afterwards, said Currie, it should become a floating trophy for the inter-provincial champions.The English team unfortunately won all of their 19 matches, so the cup went to the team that had lost by the smallest margin, and that was Griqualand West. In the early years of the tournament there was no final – the team which finished top of the log took the spoils. The first Currie Cup final was played in 1939 and it has since become one of the most anticipated events on the South African rugby calendar.Only five years later did South Africa score an international win by beating its British rivals. Around this time the traditional green jersey was introduced, followed a few years later by the emblem of a springbok, the gazelle that now adorns every national rugby jersey.In 1906 the first South African rugby team to visit Britain arrived in London. Journalists had recently bestowed the nickname of “All Blacks” on the New Zealand team because of the monochromatic colour of their kit. In the meantime, the South African team, which had no nickname yet, visited a zoo and noticed a small herd of springbok. Thinking quickly, they decided to adopt the fleet-footed animal as their totem.The next day South African captain Paul Roos mentioned this to the press, and the name has stuck ever since. This was also when the now-familiar green and gold uniform was first worn.From then until the late 1960s South Africa continued to compete against teams from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland Wales and Ireland.However, politics eventually caught up with rugby and in 1969 the Springbok tour to England was disrupted by violent protests. A tour to South Africa in 1976 by the All Blacks was also widely condemned, especially as it happened soon after the Soweto riots. Even the Olympic Games felt the effects, as 28 countries boycotted the 1976 event in protest.In 1977 the Commonwealth unanimously adopted the Gleneagles Agreement, which was meant to discourage sporting contact with South Africa on any level. A few countries defied the decree, such as New Zealand which allowed South Africa to tour in 1981, but their defiance was short-lived as the International Rugby Board subsequently banned South Africa from international rugby.Because of the ban South Africa was unable to play in the first two Rugby World Cup tournaments in 1987 and 1991.The country was readmitted to international competition in 1992, and in the same year the South African Rugby Football Union was formed out of the merger of the South African Rugby Union and the South African Rugby Board. In 2005 the new body changed its name to the South African Rugby Union, as it now currently known.The Springboks made their World Cup debut at the 2005 event, which took place in South Africa. To the delight of the nation, the home team won in a thrilling 15-12 defeat against the All Blacks.The triumph is remembered as one of the country’s proudest sporting moments, and a great force for unity. The iconic photograph of then president Nelson Mandela handing victorious Springbok captain Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis trophy has entrenched itself in sporting history. Mandela wore a replica of Pienaar’s number six jersey.The following year South Africa became only the second in history to win the World Cup twice, along with Australia, reinforcing its reputation as one of the greatest rugby-playing nations on earth.Springbok rugby celebrated its centenary in 2006. In 2009 the Springboks were named the IRB’s Team of the Year Award, having previously won the prestigious honour in 2004 and 2007.Sources:SA RugbyThe Bleacher ReportGolf Gary Player is one of the all-timegreats of golf.(Image: Wikipedia Commons)In golf, the legendary Bobby Locke stands out as one of the giants of the game. Locke was one of the first internationally successful local golfers and helped draw the attention of the world to the country’s golfing prowess.Locke played in his first professional tournament at the age of 18. He won 38 tournaments at home, and won the British Open four times.Gary Player, or the Black Knight, is another South African golfing legend. One of only five golfers ever to win the Grand Slam, Player clinched nine major titles and set the standard for a new generation of young South African golfers. He is still regarded as one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, and was awarded national honours, the Order of Ikhamanga in gold, in 2003.These young trailblazers, including Rory Sabbatini, Ernie “Big Easy” Els and Retief “The Goose” Goosen, are building on the foundation laid down for them by the veterans.South Africa has also produced a few outstanding women golfers, such as Sally Little, who achieved the best individual score at the 1970 World Team Championship in Madrid.The game was first played in South Africa back in 1885 in Cape Town, and has since spread across the country, which is regarded as something of a golfer’s paradise with its excellent weather and professionally designed courses.The governing bodies are the South African Golf Union, formed in 1910, and the South African Ladies Golf Union, formed in 1914.Boxing Brian Mitchell, a South African boxing hero.(Image: Citizen Alert ZA)The versatile “Baby Jake” Matlala, afavourite with the fans.(Image: City of Johannesburg)The boxing ring has been graced by many South African-born world champions. The sport traces its origins back to the second half of the 19th century and the diamond and gold fields. South African boxers have been remarkably successful in the ring, winning 49 world titles between 1927 and 2001.The most prolific period was the 1990s – in 1995 there were six world champions, in 1996 there were five, and in 1997 there were six. South Africa boasted eight world champions in 1998, and five in 1999.South Africa’s first world champion was Vic Toweel, of the Toweel boxing dynasty, also known as the “Benoni Bomb”. Toweel took the bantamweight title in 1950 at the age of 23.Brian Mitchell is one of South Africa’s boxing legends. The junior lightweight first took the world title in 1986, and defended it a world record 12 times before his retirement in 1991. Mitchell was a dual title holder who at one time held both the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation junior lightweight titles.Because of South Africa’s sporting isolation Mitchell was not allowed to defend his title at home, but was forced to compete abroad more and more. Mitchell never lost a title fight and his string of 12 successful defences is still the record in that division.The charismatic Kallie Knoetze, a heavyweight boxer, reached his peak in 1979 when he was ranked third in the world. Although Knoetze never won a world title he was extremely popular with South African boxing fans. After his retirement in 1981 he became an actor, although his screen career was short-lived.Knoetze’s heavyweight contemporary Gerrie Coetzee was the first man from the African continent to fight for the world heavyweight title, and the first to win it. Coetzee did win the coveted world crown in 1983, defeating Michael Dokes in a bout fought in Akron, Ohio. In 2003 the boxer was awarded South Africa’s highest honour, the Order of Ikhamanga in bronze, for his sporting achievements.The left-handed Corrie Sanders won the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) heavyweight title in 2003, knocking out the Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in the second round.Dingaan Thobela won three world titles – the WBO and World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight titles, in September 1990 and June 1993 respectively, and the World Boxing Council middleweight title in September 2000.But the ever-popular Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala is the only South African boxer to have won four titles in three different divisions. Matlala won the WBO flyweight title in May 1993, the WBO light flyweight title in November 1995, as well as the International Boxing Association junior flyweight title in July 1997, and the same division under the World Boxing Union in February 2001.Other South African world champions include Welcome Ncita (International Boxing Federation super bantamweight, 1994), Cassius Baloyi (IBF super featherweight, 2005), Malcolm Klassen (IBF junior lightweight, 2006), and Mzonke Fana (IBF junior lightweight, 2007).AthleticsJosiah Thugwane proudly holds the SouthAfrican flag aloft after winning gold in themarathon at the 2006 Olympics Games.(Image: Polish running club)Athletics is another sport at which South Africans have long excelled. The country’s distinguished track history starts with Reggie Walker, who won the 100m at the Olympic Games in London in 1908 – the only South African, and African, to have won the Olympic 100m title.In 1979, Matthews “Loop-en-val” Motshwarateu became the first South African to run the 10 000m in under 28 minutes, in one of the most sensational performances in SA athletics history – only three other South Africans have since beaten his time of 27 minutes and 48.2 seconds. “Loop-en-val” (Afrikaans, meaning “walk and fall”) was also the first black South African athlete to break a world record, and still holds the SA 10km road record.The Comrades, widely regarded as the world’s greatest ultra-marathon, belonged to one man throughout the 1980s. Bruce Fordyce won the event on nine occasions: in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1990. He didn’t win in 1989, but then again he didn’t run that year…Zola Budd, known and loved by South Africans as a barefooted runner, was one of the stars of her time, able to compete comfortably in distances varying from 1 500m to 10 000m. She emigrated to the UK in the early 1980s in the hopes of competing in the Olympic Games. Budd’s application for citizenship was approved and she realised her dream of stepping onto the Olympic track, but the 3 000m race was to end in disaster when Budd and American Mary Decker-Slaney collided.In the later years of her career Budd set up a number of world record titles on the outdoor and indoor tracks, as well as in the cross-country division. She has since returned to her homeland.Elana Meyer, one of the world’s top middle-distance athletes in her day, won over 20 South African titles on the track, in the half-marathon, 15km, cross-country and marathon. She also held world records for 15km and the half marathon, and boasted five of the 15 best half-marathon times in history, a consistency unmatched by anyone else.At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, South Africa’s first appearance since the sporting boycott was lifted. Competing in the 10 000m, Meyer almost won gold but was beaten on the final lap by Ethiopia’s Derartu Tulu.In 1996 Josiah Thugwane emerged as a star of the marathon world when he won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Thugwane added another gold to South Africa’s haul of two, won by swimming sensation Penny Heyns.Two of the biggest names in triathlon history grew up in Durban, South Africa, but never represented the country. Paula Newby-Fraser, representing Zimbabwe, is an eight-time Ironman world champion, while Simon Lessing, representing Great Britain, is a five-time world champion.Motor racing Jody Scheckter, the only South Africanever to become F1 world champion.(Image: Wikipedia Commons)Jody Scheckter is the only South African to have won motor racing’s Formula One title. He became champion while driving for Ferrari in 1979. The Italian team had to wait another 21 years for their next driver’s title, won by Michael Schumacher.Motorcross star Greg Albertyn made his mark overseas, winning the 125cc world title in 1992, followed by the world 250cc title in 1993 and 1994. He then moved to the United States, where he won the 250cc motorcross title in 1999.South African powerboat racing legend Peter Lindenberg won the national Formula One title 15 times between from 1981 to 2001. He might have won further titles had he not also competed in the Powerboat Racing World Series.Giniel de Villiers, a multi-talented racing driver from the Western Cape, is the 2009 Dakar Rally champion. De Villiers is also a multiple South African touring car and off-road racing champion.SwimmingOlympian and Paralympian Natalie du Toitcompetes equally well against disabled andable-bodied athletes.(Image: Sascoc)Swimming in the country is overseen by Swimming South Africa.Natalie du Toit, who lost her left leg in a scooter accident, made history when she qualified for the final of the 800m freestyle at the 2002 Commonwealth Games – the first athlete with a disability to qualify for the final of an international able-bodied event. In 2008 Du Toit became the first athlete with a disability to compete at the Olympic Games, finishing 16th in the 10-kilometre open water event.Breaststroke swimmer Penny Heyns broke four world records in the 100m and 200m in the space of two days in July 1999. She went on to set eight world records in 11 races.Karen Muir was voted into Swimming’s Hall of Fame in 1980. She became the youngest ever world record holder in any sport in 1965, at age 12, when she established a new mark in the 110 yards backstroke. She went on to set 15 world records. Muir’s record as the youngest person to break a world record in any sport still stands today.Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling won the gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics, breaking the world record in the process.South African swimmers excelled at the 2009 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup. Kathryn Meaklim smashed the world record for the 400m individual medley. Cameron van der Bergh, who also holds the 100m short course world record, bettered his own world record in the 50m breaststroke and went on to set a new world record time in the 100m breaststroke. George du Rand set a new 200m backstroke world record, and Roland Schoeman added a new world record time for the 50m freestyle.Van der Bergh was named as the winner of the Best Performance award at the end of the event, with Schoeman as the runner-up.TennisThe South African Tennis Association is the country’s governing body for the sport.Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan won 57 career doubles titles, including three Wimbledon crowns. After teaming up they played 45 matches before they suffered their first loss.Wayne Ferreira was a far greater player than many South Africans gave him credit for, as one little-known fact reveals: he boasted a 6-7 career head-to-head record against Pete Sampras, and with his partner Pietie Norval took silver at the 1992 Olympics in the men’s doubles. He also cannot be faulted for perseverance: he ended his career having played in a record 56 Grand Slam tournaments in succession.South Africa has one Davis Cup title to its credit – but not one that it likes to boast about. When India withdrew from the final in 1974 in protest against the South African government’s apartheid policy, South Africa became the winner by default.Sources:The Bleacher ReportSouthAfrica.infolast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 28 November 2009

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies.1 – 3 December 2009: Boston, MassachusettsGilbane Conference BostonJoin us at the sixth annual “Gilbane Conference Boston: Content, Collaboration and Customers.”Your content is your business, and you need to make your Web content part of an integrated platform forcustomers. You need to know solutions and technologies that are ready to be implemented today. Gilbane Conference Boston is built around the four major areas of how enterprises use Web and content technologies:Web business and engagement;Managing collaboration and social media: internal and external;Enterprise content: searching, integrating and publishing;Content infrastructure.Visit for conference details. ReadWriteWeb readers, use the discount code “GILBANE” to save an additional $200. Register today!1 – 3 December 2009: San FranciscoSupernova Tags:#Events Guide#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market andrew lobo 27 – 28 January 2010: Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEnterprise Social 2.0: Rip or ROI?This senior executive event will bring together decision makers from the Top Fortune companies to discuss innovative strategies on how to maximise business performance through social media engagement. The event will include keynote speeches, best-practice presentations as well as interactive discussion sessions.The summit will provide excellent opportunities for you to hear international experts discuss best practices on how to drive business performance using Web 2.0 and social media. Key issues to be discussed include:How to integrate social media programs successfully into business strategies?Building business momentum, visibility and market growth through social mediaMeasuring success and influence using metrics and analytics: what are the tools and techniquesIntegrating viral marketing and social media into traditional marketing mixDeveloping and activating audiences using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only We hope you’re enjoying these weekly events guide. As always, you can download the entire event calendar in iCal format or import it into your Google Calendar. You can also import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.30 November 2009New Way to WorkDo you have a great story about your work environment? Job marketplace Elance and have partnered to host the “New Way to Work” competition, with a grand prize of $10,000 in cash or health insurance for the most compelling story. You can tell your story on, the premier platform for entrepreneurs to broadcast their voice, by uploading a video, posting an update, linking to a blog entry, or sharing a photo. Hurry, the competition ends on 30 November 2009. 7 – 11 December 2009: Chicago, IllinoisSearch Engine Strategies 2009From social media to local search to video SEO, Search Engine Strategies Chicago puts you in front of the experts who will help you sort which technologies and channel will take you to the next level and which are just hype.Search Engine Strategies is the pioneer of educational conference series in search engine marketing. It’s the venue where the industry visionaries and thought leaders gather each year to discuss the newest trends, share insights and present the strategic action plans you need to grow your business. Sessions include:SEO Through Blogs and FeedsDuplicate Content and Multiple Site IssuesWhat’s the Link Between Search and Social?Online PR: Where to Next?Search AnalyticsSee more at ReadWriteWeb readers receive a 15% discount when registering here using RWW15 code.8 December 2009: San Francisco, CaliforniaDiscoveryBeat 2009DiscoveryBeat 2009 is focused on the “secret recipe” for application discovery and the opportunity to create the relationships needed to succeed in a crowded and competitive space. Hosted by VentureBeat, this half-day event will be led by the hottest and most sought-after app developers, entrepreneurs and leaders from the games, social and mobile eco-system. Speakers include the masterminds behind Zynga, Playfish, Smule, Playdom, Moderati and Backflip Studios.Save 15% off regular price tickets with your exclusive ReadWriteWeb discount by clicking here here.11 December 2009: Mountain View, CaliforniaAdd-on-ConAdd-on-Con is a single-day conference focused on the future of the browser and its emergence as a platform.Developer sessions will cover best practices, cross-browser development and mash-ups. Marketing sessions will focus on monetization opportunities, distribution strategies and stats. Join 200+ individuals involved in add-on development to help define an emerging new market in the Web’s eco-system.ReadWriteWeb readers save $50 by using the discount code “addoncon09RRW.”11 January 2010: Nashville, TennesseeSocial Fresh NashvilleThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Nashville will have 30+ speakers, including Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer, Gavin Baker of Ruby Tuesday and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.26 January 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaCatalyst , a leading platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to broadcast themselves, and provider of news and information through VatorNews, and Girls in Tech, a social network enterprise focused on education and empowerment of influential women in technology, are seeking five women-led startups across any stage to present at the Catalyst Conference on January 26, 2010 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. To be one of the five, join the Catalyst competition today and win the chance to present. Related Posts The Supernova Conference is the thought-leadership forum for the network age. It brings together over 500 business, government and technology influencers to understand how decentralization and pervasive connectivity are changing our world. It’s the only conference to focus on how networks have become the main instruments of change from both business and social perspectives.An ever-evolving network itself, the conference has become the place for highly interactive and spirited debates, making significant business connections and revelations on new innovation.ReadWriteWeb readers get a discount of $700 off the regular price when registering by 16 October 2009. Use code “RRW09”. After October 16th, the discount changes to $200 off the regular price. Register here.7 December 2009: San FranciscoSF MusicTech SummitThe SF MusicTech Summit brings together 600+ visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology eco-system in a proactive environment, highly conducive to deal making. Register with a great ReadWriteWeb 15% discount. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. 4 February 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaVator, a leading platform for innovators and entrepreneurs to broadcast themselves, is holding its inaugural Vator Splash event on February 4, 2010 at the Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Catch onstage presenters: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Smule CEO Jeff Smith, August Capital VC Howard Hartenbaum and Google Ventures VC Bill Maris. Ten promising startups will also get to present onstage. Enter the Vator Splash competition if you want to present.ReadWriteWeb readers get a 25% discount on their tickets using the code VatorReadWriteWeb.8 February 2010: Tampa, FloridaSocial Fresh TampaThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Tampa will have 30+ speakers, including Chris Barger of GM, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.18 February 2010: Silicon Valley, CaliforniaFuture of FundingActive limited partners, top rated venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to Silicon Valley on February 18, 2010 to discuss the Future of Funding. The venture capital bubble has burst, and change is coming. Now is the time to have a constructive dialog about the future with all of the stakeholders at the table.Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this exclusive event hosted by TheFunded. Please visit to see speaker and event details.ReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get 10% off.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams:last_img read more