Records galore, still no medals

first_img14 August 2008 In other events – including boxing, fencing, shooting, hockey and beach volleyball – Team South Africa has so far been shut out. South Africa’s hockey teams have suffered some disastrous hammerings. After being crushed 6-0 by The Netherlands, the women’s team was on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline against China. To some it might appear as if South Africa’s swimmers have performed disappointingly, but the fact of the matter is that they have turned in faster times than ever before. Jessica Pengelly swam 2:15.80 in her heat in the women’s 200 individual medley. Rika Geyser made it through to the B final of the women’s singles sculls after a convincing win by 14 seconds over second placed Soraya Jadue of Chile in her semi-final. Rowing hopeRowers Ramon di Clemente and Shaun Keeling booked a place in the final of the men’s pairs after finishing third in their semi-final. They did it the hard way, fighting their way up the standings from fifth at 2 000 metres to fourth over the next 500 metres, and finally to third over the last 500 metres. Kathryn Meaklim bowed out of the women’s 200 metres butterfly in the semi-finals, finishing last in her race in 2:11.74. She had won her heat in an African record time of 2:09.41. 100m freestyle finalIn the final, Ferns was fractionally slower than in the semi-finals in a time of 48.04, which was good for sixth place. Frenchman Alain Bernard claimed the gold ahead of Sullivan, while the USA’s Jason Lezak shared the bronze with Brazil’s Cesar Cielo Filho. Clearly, there are worrying signs but, as the glut of records in swimming proves, a lack of medals might not equal a lack of performance. Lize-Marie Retief didn’t make the semi-finals of the women’s 100 freestyle, but her time of 55.17 seconds clipped two-hundredths of a second off Helene Muller’s record that had stood since the Sydney Olympics. Best resultJean Basson achieved South Africa’s best result so far with fourth place in the 200 metres freestyle final, which was won by US superstar Michael Phelps in a world record time. After setting an African record in the heats for the 4 by 200 freestyle relay, South Africa were beaten into eighth place in the final as the USA won the event in a world record time. Semi-final eliminationSuzaan van Biljon was some way off her swim in the heats when she finished seventh in the semi-finals of the 200 metres breaststroke. Her earlier time of 2:25.51 was almost three seconds faster. Basson qualified for the final by winning his semi-final in the third best time, with Phelps fourth fastest. The American then pulled out something special to smash the previous record by almost a second. Di Clemente won bronze in Athens four years ago with Donovan Cech and is hoping to, at least, repeat that feat. Unfortunately for the swimming team, the jump in the performances of the world’s leading swimmers has been astonishing and unprecedented. So many records have been set that the achievements have lost some of their shine. Ryk Neethling had a disappointing swim in the 100 freestyle heats, finishing last in his race in 49.28. Lyndon Ferns, though, swam 48.26 to qualify for the semi-finals. He then posted a continental record of 48.00 seconds to qualify seventh fastest for the final. Eamon Sullivan won the race in a world record 47.05. George du Rand won his 200 metres backstroke heat in an African record of one minute, 59.62 seconds. He lowered the mark by one-hundredth of a second in the semi-finals, but that was good enough for eighth place only and he didn’t move on to the final. Two under African recordWilliam Diering and Neil Versfeld failed to progress beyond the semi-finals of the men’s 200 breaststroke, although they both managed to lower the African record. Versfeld, ultimately, claimed it with a time of 2:10.06. Unfortunately, for the men’s team, matters have been far worse. They went down 5-0 to The Netherlands in their opening game and were then torn apart by Australia, who romped to a 10-0 victory. Despite a host of South African and African records being smashed in the Olympic swimming pool, South Africa has yet to win a medal as world and Olympic records tumble with almost boring regularity at Beijing’s Water Cube. No impactIn events such as shooting, beach volleyball, boxing, and fencing, South Africa has been shut out, failing to make an impact. If it’s any consolation to the men’s team, the Dutch and Australian teams are ranked one and two in the world and are professional outfits, which South Africa is not. ShootoutArcher Calvin Hartley was beaten in the first round of the men’s individual competition by Cuba’s Carlos Stevens, but only after the match had gone down to a sudden death shootout. Darian Townsend placed sixth in his semi-final to miss out on the final of the men’s 200 metres individual medley. His time in the heats of 1:59.22 sliced more than a second off the continental record. He was a touch slower in the final, clocking 1:59.65. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Govt stands surety for Eskom

first_imgIncluded in the amount is the existing debt issued under Eskom’s domestic medium term note (DMTN) programme: the ES26 (Eskom 2026, 7.85%, maturing 2 April 2026), the ES33 (Eskom 2033, 7.5%, maturing 15 September 2033) bonds and the two Floating Rate Notes (maturing 2026 and 2033). Broader positive implications Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The Eskom Subordinated Loan Special Appropriation Act provides for a multi-year appropriation as follows: R10-billion in 2008/09, R30-billion in 2009/10, and R20-billion in 2010/11. “If required, government would either repay the debt in its entirety or step into the shoes of Eskom and continue to make payments on Eskom’s behalf,” the department said. “An annual limit, determined by Eskom’s cash flow requirements, will be set on the debt that Eskom can issue each year under the guarantees.” According to the Department of Public Enterprises, the loan demonstrates the government’s commitment to ensuring Eskom’s financial stability, as the backing will enable the company to maintain a solid investment grade credit rating. Subordinated loan 18 February 2009 Domestic medium term note programme “The remainder of the guarantees will be to support the issuance of new debt, both locally and internationally,” the Department said in a statement this week. “The guarantees are in addition to the R60-billion subordinated loan in support of Eskom’s capital expansion programme that has already been approved.” According to the department, this commitment by the government has broader positive implications in that it results in an overall credit enhancement, which, in addition to the existing security against some of the existing international and domestic issuances, benefits un-guaranteed lenders. The South African government has approved guarantees totalling R175.87-billion over five years in support of Eskom’s capital expansion programme, in light of the critical role the state power company plays in the economy. “Guaranteeing the ES26 and ES33 allow Eskom to utilise the existing DMTN programme to continue raising funds,” the statement read. “Government rights will be subordinated to those of other un-guaranteed lenders and commercial creditors.” SAinfo reporter Eskom has already established sizeable issuances in the bonds and notes issued under the DMTN programme. The bonds issued under the DMTN programme form part of the All Bond Index (ALBI) (ES33 2.64%; ES26 1.58%), which in addition to the size of the issuances creates liquidity in the secondary market.last_img read more

Classes begin at South Africa’s newest university

first_img18 February 2014The University of Mpumalanga, South Africa’s newest university, will officially start its academic year on Wednesday, Professor Ramaranka Mogotlane, the university’s head of academic affairs, announced this week.“Registration took place on February 14, and this week we have started with orientation until the official academic opening of the university on Wednesday,” Mogotlane said in a statement on Monday.The university, which was officially opened in October last year, currently offers three programmes: a bachelor degree in agriculture, a bachelor degree in education (foundation phase) and a national diploma in hospitality.CampusesThis is Mpumalanga’s first university – and also the first to be built by the democratically elected government. Another is being completed in the Northern Cape. Named the Sol Plaatje University, its intake will be 5 000 students.The agriculture courses will be offered at the university’s main campus which is based at the Lowveld Agricultural College in Mbombela (Nelspruit), while the the Siyabuswa campus will specialise in teacher education. The hospitality school is in KaNyamazane.Mogotlane said the programmes are under the patronage of the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria.“We are working with the universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg for quality oversight, assessment and continuous improvement,” said Mogotlane, adding that a staff improvement and development programme would be introduced.The last university built in South Africa was Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), 46 years ago. It has since been renamed the University of Johannesburg following a merger with Technikon Witswatersrand and Vista University in 2005.SAinfo reporter and read more

A Masterclass in Composition That’s Actually Fun to Watch

first_imgLearn the basics of composition in this entertaining masterclass.If you’re in the field of photography or filmmaking, chances are you think about composition a lot. In short, composition is the arrangement of elements in your image. It’s is often the  ‘je ne sais quoi‘ that separates a good image from a bad one.If it took masters such as DaVinci decades to perfect, we should probably put more thought into image composition than “it looks good”. In the following masterclass created by Division05 we will learn the basics of composition in an easy-to-understand video.The video covers various compositional concepts such as depth, color, texture, direction, shape, density, scale and value. On top of theory, the video features a few real world examples of composition, showing us in detail the direction in which an audience’s eye travels across an image.You can check out more helpful tutorials from Division05’s YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!Do you have any tips for creating better compositions? Any other tutorials you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Tutorial: How You Can Travel the World Making Videos

first_imgNetworkApproach brands, influencers, and events, then tell them your idea for travel. Reach out through email and social media, asking potential clients if they want a video to advertise their brand. You should attach your latest travel video in the message so they can understand your style. Having a foot in the door is a leg up but not always necessary. Just use what you have available, and network with as many people as possible. There are plenty of clients out there who want videos. Trust me.Keep in mind that when you begin this journey, your jobs might be free with the expenses paid. if you keep at it, eventually your work will get recognized, and you’ll begin to make some money. Your network will continue to expand as you accumulate more jobs. Brands watch other brands, and events partner with other events. Over time, these competitors and colleagues will want to implement your work into their advertising.Looking for more information on freelance video work? Check out these articles.Invisibility: The Secret to Editing and Shooting an InterviewFreelance Tip: How To Make Sure You Get Paid By Your ClientsShould You Ever Give Your Client The Unedited Project Footage?Take Your Creative Briefs to the Next Level With Adobe InDesignWhy Video Producers Should Budget for Profit Margins Traveling the world is a fantastic way to create unique, cinematic videos. So how do you afford it, and how can you actually make money doing it?This past year, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to travel the world making cinematic videos. I want to show you how you can do the same and make money while you’re at it. So let’s take a look. Make a Calling CardDevelop a solid reel, showcasing anything from your last vacation to your hometown. Once you feel confident with your project, publish it everywhere on social media — you want to get as many eyes on your work as possible. Here are some examples of simple videos I’ve made that have landed me work.last_img read more

Ind vs WI 1st Test: India enjoy an edge post Day 2

first_imgIndia dismissed West Indies for a paltry 173 in their first innings and then accumulated 91 runs for the loss of three wickets in their second essay to take an overall lead of 164 runs at stumps on the second day of the first cricket Test here. Score | PhotosRahul Dravid, who was dropped on six by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, was the crease on 45 along with debutant Virat Kohli (14) at the close of play yesterday.Captain Sammy (1/16), Ravi Rampaul (1/17) and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (1/27) accounted for wicket apiece for the home team in India’s second innings.Starting their second essay with a vital lead of 73, India once again witnessed a sloppy start as they lost their first three batsmen with only 57 runs on the board.Opener Murali Vijay’s flop show continued as he was dismissed lbw to Rampaul in the second over with India yet to open its account.Debutant Abhinav Mukund (25) showed glimpses of his potential during his 75-ball stay before he edged a Bishoo delivery to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps.India’s problems were further compounded when VVS Laxman was brilliantly caught by Sammy of his own bowling in the next over to see the visitors reeling at 57 for three in the 26th over.But Dravid and Kohli then held fort and shared unbeaten 34 runs for the fourth-wicket to ensure that there was no further damage for the visitors.India pacer Praveen Kumar appeals for a West Indies wicket during the first Test in Kingston on Tuesday. APEarlier, Praveen Kumar (three for 38) and Ishant Sharma (3 for 29) snarred six wickets between them to bowl out West Indies for 173 in their first innings at tea, in reply to India’s 246 all out.Towards the end of the West Indies innings, spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra also registered their names in the scoresheet with identical figures of two for 51 runs.advertisementThe tenor of a hot and humid day was set by Praveen, who picked up three wickets in a span of 14 balls in the opening session of the day after West Indies had threatened a recovery through a 55-run third wicket stand between Adrian Barath (64) and Darren Bravo (18).Praveen could have registered more wickets against his name in his debut Test if not for umpire Daryl Harper, who banned him for treading into the dangerous area for a third time in the innings in his 18th over, the 51st of the innings with the hosts scoring reading 135 for five.West Indies, who were struggling at 119 for five at lunch, seemed to be on the recovery path for a brief period when Shivnarine Chanderpaul (23) and Carlton Baugh (27) joined hands for a 45-run sixth-wicket stand after the hosts were reduced to 102 for five at one stage.The duo took West Indies score to 147 for five before Harbhajan dismissed Baugh, caught at silly point by Vijay.Ishant quickly built on the advantage and clean bowled Sammy (1).But the final nail in West Indies’ coffin came when Harbhajan accounted for veteran Chanderpaul, caught in the close cordon by Mukund.Mishra then cleaned up the West Indies tail in the 68th over by removing Fidel Edwards and last man Devendra Bishoo in a span of three balls.Paceman Ravi Rampaul remained unbeaten on 14 for the West Indies.Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 34 for one, West Indies lost overnight batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan (3) straightaway, lbw to Ishant before Barath and Bravo combined for a 55-run third-wicket stand.Barath puzzled the Indians bowlers with his all-attack and all-defence methods and in the process raised only the second half century of his young career of six Tests.The little Trinidadian showed a tight defence but choose his moments to attack the Indian bowlers when opportunities came his way.Bravo, on the other hand, played the anchor role and the duo saw off the bowling pair of Ishant and Harbhajan, who bowled almost the entire stretch of the opening hour.West Indies batsmen adopted a cautious approach and scored only 37 runs off 14 overs in the first hour of the day.Barath moved into his 40s by thrusting Praveen off his pads to the mid-wicket fence and then his leg-spinner Amit Mishra for a four and a six down the ground of his first two deliveries of the day.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni then decided to switch Praveen to the other end and it paid handsome dividends to the visitors.There was no inkling of it when Barath off-drove Praveen to the cover fence but off the very next delivery which held its line, the little opener had edged a catch one to Dhoni behind the stumps.advertisementBarath made 64 from 122 balls and hit nine fours and a six during his stay at the crease.Praveen built on this success with two more wickets of Bravo and Brendan Nash.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

US Open: Federer matches Agassi for Grand Slam victories

first_imgRoger Federer tied Andre Agassi for the second-most match victories in Grand Slam tournaments by beating Santiago Giraldo in straight sets on Monday.The third-seeded Swiss won 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to move level with Agassi on 224 singles wins at tennis majors; nine behind Jimmy Connors.Federer said he wasn’t aware of that mark. “I’ve played many Slams in a row already. I’m healthy. It’s just another way of saying, ‘Roger, you’ve been doing many right things throughout your career,'” he said.”It gives me good satisfaction and points me in the right direction.”Federer improved to 12-0 in first-round matches at Flushing Meadows, and 57-6 overall at a venue where he’s lifted the champion’s trophy five times.The Swiss star, who turned 30 on August 8, is trying to win at least one Grand Slam title for what would be a record ninth consecutive year. He also would like to become the first 30-something man to win a major tournament since Agassi at the 2003 Australian Open.Federer has won each major trophy at least once, so he knows the ins and outs of the various Grand Slam surfaces – the hard courts at the Australian Open and U.S. Open, clay courts at the French Open, and grass courts at Wimbledon – and was concerned organizers have made the Flushing Meadow courts too slow this year.”Did they make a mistake? Maybe they did paint the court a bit too rough. It’s just unfortunate that maybe all the Slams are too equal,” the 16-time major champion said.advertisement”They should feel very different to the Australian Open, and now I don’t feel it really does.”He showed a few signs of rust early under the lights against Giraldo, losing serve three times in the first two sets. Federer thought that might have been connected to his sense that the court played “definitely slower” than at the hard-court tune-up tournaments at Cincinnati and Montreal this month – and slower than in New York in 2010.”It takes some getting used to. You’re not getting as many free points with your serve,” Federer said. “Maybe that was part of the inconsistent play I had early on in the first couple of sets.”Explaining how the conditions felt Monday, Federer said: “The night session just feels like you can take huge cuts at the ball, you can run everything down. It’s great for tennis, but I’m not sure if it’s really what the game needs. The game needs different speed at Slams and so forth. I don’t feel we quite have that at the moment, especially if the U.S. Open is getting slower.”On the other hand, Federer noted that he thinks that will lead to “amazing points.” “It’s going to be super athletic, which is fun,” he added. “So it’s all good.”Sharapova, V.Williams win; Kvitova loses at Open Maria Sharapova reacts after defeating Heather Watson during the first round of the U.S. Open. Photo: APMaria Sharapova came back from a set and a break down against 19-year-old Heather Watson of Britain to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the U.S. Open on Monday.”It’s just a matter of belief within myself, that no matter how well or bad or good I’m playing, or my opponent is playing, I know I can tough it out,” the No. 3-seeded Sharapova said after her 2 1/2-hour victory. “No matter what the situation is, I have the belief.”That self-confidence comes not merely from her success in three-setters this season, but also from three Grand Slam titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open. It’s the sort of track record the 102nd-ranked Watson hopes to have one day; Monday’s match was only her fifth at a major tournament.Sharapova won six Grand Slam matches at Wimbledon alone this summer, reaching the final there before losing to Petra Kvitova. Fresh off that triumph, Kvitova – a 21-year-old from the Czech Republic seeded No. 5 in Flushing Meadows – failed to follow it up, flopping at the U.S. Open with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 loss to 48th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania.Kvitova is the first reigning Wimbledon women’s champion to lose her first match at the U.S. Open in the same season. Only three times had the Wimbledon winner bowed out as early as the third round in New York: Sharapova in 2004, Conchita Martinez in 1994, and Billie Jean King in 1973.”This is something new for me,” Kvitova said about her new status as Grand Slam champion. “I’ve felt a little pressure.”advertisementShe was the only seeded woman to exit on Day 1 of the year’s last major tournament, joined on the way out by No. 15 Viktor Troicki of Serbia, a 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 loser against Alejandro Falla of Colombia.At night, 2000 and 2001 U.S. Open champion Venus Williams played her first match in two months and beat 91st-ranked Vesna Dolonts of Russia 6-4, 6-3. Williams hit six aces and 28 total winners against the weary Dolonts, who spent 12 hours traveling from Moscow on Monday after having flights canceled Saturday and Sunday because of Tropical Storm Irene.Early winners included No. 7 Gael Monfils of France; No. 8 Mardy Fish of the United States, who beat Tobias Kamke of Germany 6-2, 6-2, 6-1; No. 9 Tomas Berdych of Germany, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up; No. 13 Richard Gasquet of France; No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine; and No. 27 Marin Cilic of Croatia.last_img read more

Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray lead Nuggets past Trail Blazers

first_imgDenver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, looks to pass the ball as Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored a season-high 40 points, Jamal Murray fought through a bloody lip to add 24 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-113 on Sunday night.Jokic finished a point off his career high. He added 10 rebounds and eight assists, just missing his sixth-triple double of the season.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Portland, though, scored the first six points of the fourth, moving in front by a point on Evan Turner’s jumper.It was tied at 108 when Jokic hit a floater in the lane to put the Nuggets on top with 1:07 left to play. He added a pair of free throws moments later only to see Lillard drive to the basket for a dunk. With 30.6 seconds, Murray hit a jumper, but McCollum connected on 3-pointer to pull Portland within one with 27.7 seconds left.Denver ran the clock down and Murray let a jumper fly that hit the back of the rim and bounced out. Murray grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws with 3 seconds left. Portland had just enough time for a long 3-point try by Lillard at the buzzer, but — Paul Millsap in his face — it was off the mark.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: F Maurice Harkless remains sidelined by a left knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT Murray’s lip was bloodied when he took an elbow to the mouth from Jusuf Nurkic on a drive to the basket early in the third quarter. Murray hit both free throws before heading to the locker room to get the injury tended to. He was back in the game within minutes, and grabbed a rebound off his own missed shot in the final moments, hitting both free throws after he was fouled to help the Nuggets stave off Portland.Denver rebounded from a loss at Phoenix on Saturday night for its 12th home win in a row.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDamian Lillard led Portland with 26 points, and CJ McCollum had 18 points. The Trail Blazers had won four straight.Lillard put in a reverse layup to put the Trail Blazers up by two with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter. But the Nuggets closed the period on a 17-10 run to take a 93-88 lead into the fourth. Jokic had 15 of his points in the period, including two 3-pointers during the Nuggets’ surge and also added an assist on an alley-oop pass that Mason Plumlee finished with a one-handed dunk. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Steph Curry scores 48, hits 11 3s as Warriors beat Mavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nuggets: G Gary Harris missed a fourth straight game with left hamstring tightness. … F Trey Lyles missed his second game in a row with a right wrist sprain. … Jokic scored a career-best 41 points against Brooklyn on Nov. 7, 2017.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Sacramento on Monday night.Nuggets: Host Golden State on Tuesday nightSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp prepared to be dumped from Carabao Cup

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp prepared to be dumped from Carabao Cupby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are still waiting to learn of their Carabao Cup status.The Daily Mail says Liverpool have yet to receive any indication from the EFL when they will discover their fate after fielding an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons. The strongest sanction is expulsion from the competition – manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must accept whatever punishment is given.”If it was our fault,” said Klopp, “we need to get punished.” last_img read more