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

Do-It-Yourself iPhone App Service Mobile Roadie Teams Up With Ustream

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… RWW at LeWebReadWriteWeb will be out in full force at this year’s LeWeb. I will cover the conference as part of the Traveling Geeks team and Dana Oshiro will be there with the Social Media Club House. Related Posts frederic lardinois Mobile Roadie is an application builder for the iPhone that focuses on enabling bands, athletes and event organizers to easily create their own iPhone apps. Users can use Mobile Roadie to create apps that can promote events, stream video and facilitate ticket sales through Ticketmaster and LiveNation. Starting today, Mobile Roadie will also make it easy for its users to stream live video directly to the iPhone. The company has teamed up with streaming video provider Ustream to power these live streams. With a $499 set up fee and monthly fees, Mobile Roadie definitely isn’t cheap. If you are looking for other services that allow you to build your own iPhone apps, also have a look at our list of 13 tools for building your own iPhone app.Mobile Roadie Powers the Official LeWeb 09 iPhone AppIn addition to the Ustream partnership, Mobile Roadie also announced that it will power the official LeWeb 09 application (iTunes link). This annual conference in Paris will kick off next Wednesday. The push-enabled LeWeb app will feature live streaming video, an updated conference schedule and maps. The app also includes a list of conference speakers and attendees, as well as a chat room and a Twitter aggregator for LeWeb related tweets. Users will also be able to use the app to post their own photos from conference sessions. The following video gives you a good impression of what the app is capable of: Tags:#news#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

New cabinet ministers in the Manmohan team

first_imgThe recent Cabinet reshuffle, which the Prime Minister said was “hopefully, probably the last” before next Lok Sabha polls, was confined to Congress party barring the inclusion of Tariq Anwar of NCP as a Minister of State.22 ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Cabinet Ministers and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj.The new Cabinet ministers who took oath are: K. Rahman Khan (Minority Affairs), Dinsha J Patel (Mines), Ajay Maken (Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation), MM Pallam Raju (Human Resource Development), Ashwani Kumar (Law & Justice), Harish Rawat (Water Resources) and Chandresh Kumari Katoch (Culture).Following is the complete list of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s council of minister after Sunday’s reshuffle.Cabinet Ministers:Manmohan Singh – Prime Minister (Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Planning, Atomic Energy, Space)Pawan Kumar Bansal – RailwaysPalaniappan Chidambaram – FinanceSharadchandra Govindrao Pawar – Agriculture, Food Processing IndustriesA.K. Antony – DefenceSushilkumar Sambhajirao Shinde – Home AffairsSalman Khurshid – External AffairsSudini Jaipal Reddy – Science and Technology, Earth SciencesGhulam Nabi Azad – Health and Family WelfareFarooq Abdullah – New and Renewable EnergyM. Veerappa Moily – Petroleum and Natural GasVayalar Ravi – Overseas Indian AffairsAjit Singh – Civil AviationMallikarjun Kharge – Labour and EmploymentM. Mangapati Pallam Raju – Human Resource DevelopmentKapil Sibal – Communications and Information TechnologyAnand Sharma – Commerce and Industry, TextilesC.P. Joshi – Road Transport and HighwaysAjay Maken – Housing and Urban Poverty AlleviationChandresh Kumari Katoch – CultureG.K. Vasan – ShippingKamal Nath – Urban Development, Parliamentary AffairsHarish Rawat – Water ResourcesKumari Selja – Social Justice and EmpowermentM.K. Alagiri – Chemicals and FertilizersPraful Manoharbhai Patel – Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesSriprakash Jaiswal – CoalAshwani Kumar – Law and JusticeK. Rahman Khan – Minority AffairsDinsha J. Patel – MinesRaj V. Kishore Chandra Deo – Tribal Affairs, Panchayati RajBeni Prasad Verma – SteelJairam Ramesh – Rural DevelopmentMinisters of State with Independent Charge:Krishna Tirath – Women and Child DevelopmentJitendra Singh – Youth Affairs and Sports (also minister of state for defence)Kuruppassery Varkey Thomas – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionSrikant Kumar Jena – Statistics and Programme ImplementationJayanthi Natarajan – Environment and ForestsManish Tewari – Information and BroadcastingPaban Singh Ghatowar – Development of North Eastern RegionK. Chiranjeevi – TourismBharatsingh Madhavsinh Solanki – Drinking Water and SanitationJyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia – PowerK.H. Muniyappa – Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesSachin Pilot – Corporate AffairsMinisters of State:E. Ahamed – External AffairsJitin Prasada – Human Resource DevelopmentShashi Tharoor – Human Resource DevelopmentRamachandran Mullappally – Home AffairsV. Narayanaswamy – Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Prime Minister OfficeDaggubati Purandeswari – Commerce and IndustryAdhir Ranjan Chowdhury – RailwaysKotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy – RailwaysLakshmi Panabaka – TextilesNamo Narain Meena – FinanceS.S. Palanimanickam – FinanceSathyanarayana Sarvey – Road Transport and HighwaysPreneet Kaur – External AffairsCharan Das Mahant – Agriculture, Food Processing IndustriesTariq Anwar – Agriculture, Food Processing IndustriesRanee Narah – Tribal AffairsPorika Balram Naik – Social Justice and EmpowermentAbu Hasem Khan Choudhury – Health and Family WelfareTushar Amarsinh Chaudhary – Road Transport and HighwaysMilind Murli Deora – Communications and Information TechnologyKruparani Killi – Communications and Information TechnologyPratik Prakashbapu Patil – CoalRatanjit Pratap Narain Singh – Petroleum and Natural Gas, Home AffairsVincent H. Pala – Water ResourcesNinong Ering – Minority AffairsPradeep Kumar Jain Aditya – Rural Development, PlanningRajeev Shukla – Parliamentary AffairsSrikant Kumar Jena – Chemicals and FertilizersDeepa Dasmunsi – Urban DevelopmentSuresh Kodikunnil – Labour and EmploymentS. Jagathrakshakan – New and Renewable EnergyK.C. Venugopal – Civil AviationPaban Singh Ghatowar – Parliamentary AffairsLalchand Kataria – DefenceWith IANS inputsadvertisementlast_img read more