31 August 2004South Africa added two more silvers to its medal tally as the Athens Olympics concluded, to finish with six medals in all, an improvement of one over Sydney in 2004.In the last three days of competition Hestrie Cloete and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi ended second in the high jump and 800 metres respectively. Given the two athletes’ form going into the competition, the first result was a minor disappointment, the second a major triumph.Cloete outclassed on the nightCloete came up against Yelena Slesarenko who, coming into the competition, was tied with her for the highest clearance in the world in 2004 of 2.04 metres.Paralympic Team SA rocks! – It was a case of saving the best for last as Zanele Situ, who successfully defended the javelin title she won in Sydney four years ago, was awarded the Whang Youn Dai Overcome prize at the close of the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.The South African, though, entered the event with all the qualifications to make her the gold medal favourite. She was the IAAF’s female athlete of the year in 2003. She was also unbeaten in Golden League competitions in 2004.Both jumpers started out beautifully, clearing on their first six attempts, from 1.89 metres all the way through to 2.02 metres. Cloete then experienced her first failure at 2.04 metres. Slesarenko immediately put the pressure on with a comfortable clearance.Cloete lined up her next jump with determination etched on your face. She charged hard at the bar, but got her run-up wrong and had to duck under the bar, costing her a jump and leaving her with only one more attempt.The two-time world champion decided to move the bar up by two centimetres for her final jump to 2.06 metres, equal to her lifetime best. It was a brave decision, but it didn’t come off as Cloete again failed to clear.Ironically, when Slesarenko went over first time at 2.06 metres she did what Cloete had done when she won the World Championships in 2003 – first-time clearances all the way to 2.06 metres.Mulaudzi puts troubles behind himMbulaeni Mulaudzi’s silver in the 800 metres came as something of a surprise, despite the fact that for most of 2004 he was ranked number one in the world. He had struggled with illness and injury in the lead-up to the Athens Games, and as a result his form was not what it might have been.Nonetheless, he booked his place in the final with two decent runs in the heats and semi-finals. Hezekiel Sepeng, the silver medal winner in the fastest Olympic 800 metres final in history in Atlanta in 1996, also went through as the second of the fastest losers.In the final Mulaudzi put all his trials and tribulations behind him to move up one position from the third place he had achieved at the World Championships in Paris last year to capture silver.Russia’s Yuri Borzakovskiy snatched gold in 1:44.45, while Mulaudzi out-kicked world record holder Wilson Kipketer to finish second in 1:44.61 to the 1:44.65 of the great Dane. Sepeng finished sixth. Update 5 – So close for Van CollerUpdate 4 – SA’s first rowing Olympic medalUpdate 3 – Archer, beach volleyballers shineUpdate 2 – Schoeman bags another medalUpdate 1 – SA swimmers stun the world Relay disasterOther South African competitors were less successful. The men’s 4x400m relay failed to finish in the heats for the final after a botched baton change.Arnaud Malherbe, a member of the quartet, reckoned fellow team member Hendrick Mokganyetsi said the baton was knocked out of his hand by a Russian athlete at the first handover. Mokganyetsi ran back to pick the baton up, but then decided not to continue as the rest of the teams had already roared on by.Bright future for Sandler16-year old Stephanie Sandler failed to qualify for the all-round competition of the rhythmic gymnastics competition. However, her showing of twenty-second overall was more than decent, especially considering her young age. Sandler still has plenty of time to improve, develop, and learn, and better things can be expected of her in the future.Hockey: three greats retireSouth Africa’s women’s hockey team ended their tournament on a high, edging out Spain 4-3 in extra time to finish in ninth place. The final placing was a disappointment because the side failed to play to its potential in some games. That was emphasised when Germany won gold against the Netherlands; earlier in the competition South Africa had outclassed the Germans 3-0.The South African men’s team finished tenth after another tough loss, as had been the case throughout much of the tournament. Facing Great Britain, Craig Jackson and company went one goal down in the forty-third minute, but just two minutes later Greg Nicol leveled the scores at one-all.Neither team was able to break the impasse. With that, the match ultimately moved into penalty strokes and Great Britain emerged 4-3 winners from the spot.The match also brought to an end the careers of three of South Africa’s greatest hockey players ever. Gregg Clark retired as the country’s most capped player of all time, having reached the 250-Test mark in Athens.Captain, Craig Jackson, who reached 200 caps at the Olympics, also called it a day, while Greg Nicol, too, decided to call it quits after an extraordinary career. In 200 matches he scored almost 250 goals, a record good enough to qualify him as one of the all-time greats.Fighters: another dayDuncan Mahlangu failed to move beyond the preliminary round of the 68-kilogram category in the Taekwondo competition, going down to Gabriel Sagustume of Guatemala. He could have had another opportunity to move on had Sagastume won his next bout, but when he lost Mahlangu’s Olympic competition was over.Wrestler Shaun Williams was eliminated when he suffered defeats to the other two men in his 55-kilogram elimination pool. Bulgaria’s Velikov Radoslav easily beat the South African 13-2, but it was tight against China’s Zhengyu Li, who claimed a 5-4 victory. Interestingly, Li went on to defeat Radoslav.Finally, the marathonThe final event of the Olympics, as is traditional, was the marathon, run over a hilly course. Early on South Africa’s trio of Hendrick Ramaala, Ian Syster, and Gert Thys looked strong, running up at the front of the race and setting the pace.However, that strong running signaled only a false dawn as both Syster and Ramaala fell out, with Thys going on to finish in sixteenth place.SA’s Olympic medal winnersGoldMen’s 4x100m freestyle relay team (Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend, Ryk Neethling) in a world record 3:13.17SilverHestrie Cloete – women’s high jump, 2.02 metresMbulaeni Mulaudzi – men’s 800 metres, 1:44.61Roland Schoeman – men’s 100 metres freestyle, 48.23BronzeDonovan Cech / Ramon Di Clemente – men’s rowing pairs, 6:33.40Roland Schoeman – men’s 50m freestyle, 22.02 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Cape Town’s diverse scenery andtop-class facilities make it a prime locationfor international film productions, includingbig budget titles from Hollywood andBollywood.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Linton RensburgCape Film Commission media manager+27 82 508 0990RELATED ARTICLES• Hollywood studio for Cape Town• Bollywood yes for Cape Town• Cape Town: Africa’s Hollywood• Film body eyes Garden RouteNicky RehbockAlready a favourite with both Hollywood and Bollywood, Cape Town is set to get a new boost as a prime film location when overseas media hit its shores for the 2010 Fifa World Cup final draw in early December.The draw, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 4 December, will determine the match order for world’s top 32 teams playing in next year’s tournament.The Cape Film Commission (CFC) markets and develops the film industry for the city and greater Western Cape province, and is working hard to ensure foreign media have access to the best technology during the draw and next year’s cup – the first to be contested on African soil.The British Broadcasting Corporation is just one of the major international media organisations that have already started operations in the city.“We have successfully facilitated the presence of the BBC in Cape Town for six weeks before and during the draw, and in 2010 it will broadcast all matches live from its studio in the city,” the CFC said. “This is one of the most significant marketing opportunities for us.”There are also plans for the BBC to broadcast programmes such as BBC Africa and its history channel from Cape Town during the World Cup.This will have positive spinoffs for city, as the broadcaster will partner with local production companies and stay in hotels and guest houses in the region.“Cape Town and the Western Cape has become a global film industry destination and 2010 will be a crucial year during which we will have to up our game as the rest of the world’s eyes will be on us,” said Laurence Mitchell, the commission’s CEO.Africa’s top film spotOver the last decade the city has become an increasingly popular location for high-profile filmmakers, due to its spectacular and varied scenery; and the presence of the CFC, which puts international crews in touch with the right service suppliers and facilities to ensure a smooth production process.According to the CFC, deals were struck to bring seven major film productions, including Hollywood and Bollywood titles, to Cape Town in 2009.The most exciting in this line-up is the film Invictus directed by Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood and starring top Hollywood actors Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.Due for release in December, the film is based on John Carlin’s book The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World. It tells the story of South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup victory on home turf, when then president Nelson Mandela joined forces with rugby captain Francois Pienaar to help unite black and white South Africans after the fall of apartheid only a year before.Mandela is played by Freeman, whose previous productions include The Dark Knight, Evan Almighty and Lucky Number Slevin, while fellow Oscar-winner Matt Damon – star of The Departed, Ocean’s Thirteen and The Bourne Ultimatum – will play Pienaar.“This is by far the biggest film ever made in Cape Town, with at least 70% of the production process taking place in the city,” the CTC said.Another production in the pipeline is Heaven and Earth featuring the lead star of four James Bond films Pierce Brosnan. The film is a romantic drama set in 1826 when the Cape was still a British colony.Lion of Judah, the first full-length South African film using computer-generated imagery, was also recently made in Cape Town and is set for international release soon.Earlier this year parts of the Bollywood action comedy No Problem were filmed in the city. Prolific Indian director Anees Bazmee also took the stellar cast, including Anil Kapoor of Slumdog Millionaire fame and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, to various locations in KwaZulu-Natal.“Laconia is another big budget film being produced locally. It’s based on the sinking of the RMS Laconia by a German submarine off the West Coast of Africa during World War II,” the CFC said.The film is being made by Cape Town-based Two Oceans Production with a budget of more than R60-million (US$8-million). “All the services, suppliers, equipment, materials and back-up crew have been sourced from the city,” Mitchell said.Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton recently arrived in the city to shoot a commercial for a European bank. The piece, made by Cape Town’s Farm Film Productions, was shot over three days in the 4km-long Huguenot Tunnel that runs east towards the scenic Cape Winelands.“This was a huge technical operation that involved helicopters, lifts and a local crew of about 150 people. Having someone of that stature coming here to do a major shoot is great endorsement for the region and South Africa. It shows that international stars have confidence in our production capabilities,” Mitchell said.
20 January 2015Relief parcels have been distributed to flood-hit families in Malawi by the South African humanitarian group, Gift of the Givers.The parcels – worth R500 each – contained staple food, blankets, eating utensils, water purification tablets and plastic sheets, the organisation’s founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, said on 17 January.The eight-member Gift of the Givers team reached areas more than 100km away from Blantyre, he added. Distribution would also be carried out in Chikwana, Nsanje, Mangochi, Machinga, Balaka, Zomba, Phalombe and Mulanje regions.Continuous rain and the “baby” Cyclone Bansi have resulted in Malawi declaring 15 of its 28 national districts disaster zones, and the country has called for international assistance. An estimated 100 000 people have been left homeless and 173 are confirmed dead.The death toll is expected to rise as it is believed that 183 people have been swept away from one village alone. In addition, 11 000 homes have been damaged.Sooliman said the southern African country was probably facing the “greatest flood disaster in the history of its existence”. “Massive destruction to agriculture, roads, bridges and general infrastructure, including power facilities, has complicated the situation due to prolonged power outages.“The Malawi defence force has already rescued more than 4 000 people with the fear that many more are trapped in inaccessible areas,” said Sooliman.There are also concerns of a cholera outbreak and other water-borne diseases as there is no clean drinking water and the sewerage system is contaminated. The humanitarian crisis is expected to worsen as tropical Cyclone Chedza hit Malawi on 18 January.“It is expected to be far more destructive than Cyclone Bansi, bringing more heavy rains and greater flooding,” said Sooliman. Gift of the Givers has put water rescue teams from South Africa on standby for this eventuality, and medical teams are also ready if required.Sooliman has urged South Africans to contribute to the relief efforts.Meanwhile, its rescue mission in Mozambique is progressing well, according to the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which was deployed to the flood- stricken country after its government approached its neighbour for help.SANDF personnel left for Mozambique a week ago, and spokesman Lieutenant General Mabanga said the team was expected to spend seven to 14 days in that country. “Their stay will depend on the situation in that country.”Senior SANDF members would go to Mozambique on 20 January to assess needs.Tens of thousands of people have been displaced following torrential rains in Mozambique. Four people have died in Mocuba, one of two districts badly affected by flooding, while an estimated 5 000 have sought refuge in government shelters. According to reports, the waters have risen to double the flooding threshold.SANDF soldiers deployed in Mozambique include members of the South African Air Force, Navy divers and medical personnel. No SANDF members had been deployed in Malawi, Mabanga added.Source: SANews
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting See also:Online Retail Thriving: 8% Growth Expected This Holiday SeasonTop Internet Trends of 2000-2009: E-commerce Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#e-commerce#Trends#web Last night we wrote about Forrester’s prediction that online holiday retail sales will grow 8% this year to $44.7 billion. comScore had similar numbers about the growth of online retail – toy web sites grew 9% in October, as did the retail apparel segment. Online personal finance service Mint.com has joined the festive statistics parade, with data analyzing some of the U.S.’s leading retailers. Mint analyzed spending data and compared it to one year ago. The data is for top performers in the third quarter this year, based on “average monthly spend per user versus recession lows.”Interestingly, Mint’s data says that Q4 sales will not be as good as last year – which is the opposite of what Forrester predicts. However Mint does say that consumer electronics and clothing are set to rise in Q4.Check out the charts below and compare them to Forrester and comScore’s data.The highlights, via Mint.com:Aeropostale – the clothing retailer is up 10% year-over-year, having grown consistently quarter over quarter.Best Buy – the electronics retailer is up 1% Q3 year-over-year, hit a recession low of -7%.Fry’s – while competitor Best Buy’s sales exceed where they were at this point last year, Fry’s remains down -7% year-over-year (though it’s up from a -16% recession low).J.Crew – the clothing retailer’s lowest point was -3%, but it has since entirely corrected and even improved sales 4% year-over-year.Sears – the department store’s sales are up 8% over this time last year, having dipped to -10%.Target – after an initial drop to -8% in Q109, Target has halved that loss and is currently down only -4% year-over-year. richard macmanus
After 14 days of fasting, 25-year-old Hardik Patel on Friday was admitted to hospital as his health deteriorated, necessitating hospitalisation. He was rushed to hospital on the advice of a team of doctors after he had stopped water intake also on Thursday.“He has been admitted and is currently being monitored by a team of three doctors,” said a health bulletin issued by Civil Hospital in Sola, Ahmedabad.In last 14 days since he began indefinite fast to press for his twin demands of quota for his Patidar community and a waiver of farm loans, Mr. Patel had stopped drinking water after his ultimatum to the BJP government to hold talks with his Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) within 24 hours elapsed.Condition worsens“We have admitted him to the hospital because his health worsened on Friday,” said Manoj Panara of PAAS. He added that the agitation for quota and farm loan waiver will continue because the Gujarat BJP government was non-committal on the issues.Before his hospitalisation, a key leader of the Patidar community Naresh Patel, held a meeting with PAAS leader and urged him to end his fast but continue his agitation on the issues.
APTN NewsAlberta will soon become the second province in Canada to apologize to 60s Scoop survivors.APTN News has confirmed that Premier Rachel Notley will make the apology in the legislature on May 28.“In the spirit of reconciliation, the province has been working closely with the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta (SSISA) to understand the impact of the Sixties Scoop,” said a statement from the ministry of children’s services.SSISA and the Alberta government have been in talks about the adoptees would like from an apology.“Earlier this year, we held engagement sessions across the province, where we listened to hundreds of survivors and families impacted by this dark chapter in Canadian history,” the statement from the ministry said.“Throughout the process, survivors and families were clear that an apology is necessary for reconciliation. We look forward to the 28th, and thank SSISA, survivors, and their families for their strength and resiliency.”Word of the apology first circulated on social media in early May.The announcement coincides with a federal court approval of the Sixties Scoop settlement.Justice Michel shore approved the settlement on May 11 in a Saskatoon courtroom.In the days immediately following the Alberta apology, an Ontario court will make the final approval on the settlement and then a nine-month application period will open for claimants.The only other province to apologize for the apprehension and adoption of Indigenous children was Manitoba in firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnnews