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first_imgThe first Test between the West Indies and Australia ended in an easy, comfortable, convincing, and one-sided innings and 212-run victory for Australia. It ended inside three of the scheduled five days, and regardless of what anyone says, Australian or West Indian, it was pretty predictable. The West Indies, ranked number eight, went to Australia after hardly winning a match away from home since 1995 and only winning a few matches against the good teams at home since then. They lost two Test matches to Australia in the West Indies this year, one match by nine wickets, and the other by 277 runs, after Australia had declared at 212 for two in their second innings. And against a new-look Sri Lanka only recently, they also lost 2-0, one by an innings and six runs, and one by 72 runs. That was a defeat which was so humiliating that it left the incomparable Garry Sobers almost in tears. And after arriving in Australia, and playing against a Cricket Australia XI, a team with an average age of 21 and comprising six players making their first-class debut, they lost the game by 10 wickets with time to spare after the Australians eased to 13 without loss in their second innings. With such a record going into the Test match, it was difficult, or unrealistic, for anyone, friend or foe, to expect anything better when they tackled the number two-ranked team in the world, especially in their own backyard and with the likes of David Warner and Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, and Nathan Lyon. The West Indies, fortunately, did not have to face either Mitchell Johnson, who has surprisingly retired, or Mitchell Starc, who is injured. It mattered little, or very little. Australia broke almost every record, and quite comfortably at that. They batted first, after they had won the toss, and after Jason Holder had said he would have bowled first had he won the toss. They chipped to a mammoth 583 for four declared, after sliding to 121 for three, with a rousing fourth-wicket partnership of 449, not by Warner and Smith but by Adam Voges, 269 not out off 285 deliveries, and Shaun Marsh, 182, and then bundled the West Indies out for 223 and 148. In defeat, the West Indies did not seem worthy of being on the same field with Australia, and not for the first time in recent times, they looked out of place in a Test arena. At the start of the first day, the Aussie batsmen drove on both sides of the wicket and cut and pulled with relish, after tea on the same day they made merry when Romel Warrican, Kraigg Brathwaite, and Jermaine Blackwood were entrusted with the bowling, and on the last day, it was really embarrassing day as West Indian wickets tumbled with monotonous regularity. On that first day, the Australians sprinted to 70 without loss while stroking 15 of the 51 boundaries in the day’s play in the first 60 minutes, the four West Indies pacers bowled a total of only 48 overs between them, and Australia romped to 438 for three and to the highest total on any day in the history of Test cricket. At times during the match, especially while the part-timers were bowling, the West Indies had five and six fielders on the boundary. It was simply frustrating. The only saving grace for the West Indies as Australia scored at over five runs an over throughout their innings and their bowlers cut down the Windies batsmen one by one, were the batting performances of Darren Bravo and Brathwaite, who prevented a total embarrassment by chipping in with innings of 108 and 94 respectively. And all this followed a furious burst by Curtly Ambrose against the media for speaking the truth, nothing but the truth. Ambrose, the technical adviser, and the bowling coach, attempted to lambast the Australians for all their talk of a weak West Indies team. He was on the warpath, before the Test match, or appeared to be. The man who hardly uttered a word as a player, said: “We played against Australia not so long ago in the Caribbean and even though we lost 2-0 there were moments or periods when we had them on the back foot and had their backs against the wall. And we never finished them off. So we believe we can compete and not only compete but we believe we can beat them and that’s our focus, not just to compete but to win.” He also said, surprisingly: “We’re focused, and in light of what happened in the warm-up game, we are confident that we can put up a good show against Australia.” And to back up his words, he continued: “We had a meeting, we had a talk about it (the warm-up match). I explained to the guys in no uncertain terms that that’s unacceptable and if we are going to struggle against an Under-19 team how do we expect to compete against a strong Australian line-up?” Regardless of what Ambrose said, the West Indies did not win the first Test. In fact, they were beaten out of sight. He probably not only forgot the roles of Courtney Walsh, Richie Richardson, and Phil Simmons on this tour, but he also may have forgotten that he is the coach and not a player, and not a fast bowler at that. Ian Chappell, the former Australians great, said during the first day massacred of the West Indies bowlers, “regardless of what Ambrose says, this bowling is weak, very weak.” As the technical adviser, or the bowling coach of the team, Ambrose is expected to motivate the players as much as he can, especially as a former great player himself. He is not, however, expected to go overboard in his assessment of the players’ ability or their potential. He is not expected, especially as one who knows the game, to behave as if the players are better than they really are. He is expected to speak the truth, as he sees it, even if it is not really the entire truth.last_img read more

first_imgBafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund(Photo: South African Football Association) COACH Gordon Igesund has declared himself happy with his players after two gruelling training sessions in Cape Town over the weekend. Bafana Bafana are preparing for the African Nations Championship, which South Africa will host from 11 January to 1 February.The competition features national teams made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries only.‘Important’Speaking to Daniel Mothowagae of City Press, Igesund said: “After beating Spain, we should carry on with the habit of winning and [the African Nations Championship] is a type of tournament where it is important for the team to do well.“The challenge is to get Bafana going to a point that we get into the top eight in Africa, so that we can be seeded when the draw for big tournaments is made.”Igesund is a little behind in his preparations for the event after a mini training camp, from 27 to 30 December, had to be called off due to the reluctance of clubs to release their players, but that has now been resolved, even though the competition falls outside of Fifa’s competition window.‘A great feeling’Mamelodi Sundowns ‘ midfielder Hlompho Kekana, speaking at the training camp, said he was looking forward to the event, and expressed his confidence in Bafana Bafana. “It is always a great feeling to represent your country and I am happy to be here.” He said. “If you look at the players, you can see they want do to well for South Africa.“It is a big tournament for us local-based players and we want to show everyone what we are capable of doing. We intend to do well, very well and we are really looking forward to the start of the tournament.“There is a lot of confidence in the team and the mood is high. As hosts we are expected to go all the way and that is our focus,” he concluded.With the South African national team now in camp, six of the 16 teams have now arrived for the African Nations Championship. The winners of the first African Nations Championship in 2009, the DR Congo, are already in the country, along with Gabon, Libya, Mali and Mauritania.Group ABafana Bafana are in Group A with Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria. They kick off the tournament on 11 January at 18:00 when they face Mozambique at the Cape Town Stadium.Tunisia is the defending champion. They defeated Angola 3-0 in the final of the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.last_img read more

first_img• South Africa has a diversified economic base and an economy that offers world class business services in areas such as information and communication technology, transport and logistics, and financial and professional services. We have strong and transparent public institutions, and are committed to responsible macroeconomic management of the economy.• South Africa has a sound regulatory framework that provides protection for investors and our commercial and legal practices are in line with those in the rest of the developed world. South Africa ranks 14 out of 140 countries in the WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2015/16 in terms of the efficiency of our legal framework in settling disputes, and comes 24th in terms of judicial independence. In the same report, South Africa also ranks high in the enforcement of property rights, coming in at 24th place.• In terms of our attractiveness as an investment destination, the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2015/16 indicates that:• South Africa has improved by two places in terms of its business sophistication environment and now stands at 33rd out 140 countries.• South Africa also stands at 50th out of 140 countries in terms of technological readiness (up 16 places from 2014/15).  In terms of innovation, South Africa improved by 5 places to stand at 38th.• In terms of financial market development South Africa stands at number 12 of 140 countries, and is the most diversified on the continent.• To support investment into the country, government has finalised the new Protection of Investment Bill, which aims to balance the rights and obligations of investors and government while also preserving the right of government to regulate in the public interest.• One of our most significant interventions has been the establishment of a One Stop Inter-Departmental Clearing House which will provide efficient support to investors to ensure that South Africa offers an investment friendly environment.  This will be operational by the end of 2016.• Incentives and support services for investors in the Special Economic Zones programme are also being developed by the DTI.• South Africa will attract investors in the manufacturing sector through the DTI-led incentives such as the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme and the Manufacturing Investment Programme. Over the medium term, and starting in 2016, government will review all incentives to assess their effects on economic growth, productivity, competitiveness, the balance of trade and employment.• The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) remains a central component of government’s strategy to diversify the economy. This includes direct transfers and tax incentives. In the 2015/16 fiscal year, government set aside R24 billion in tax incentives and R16.2 billion in direct funding to support industry.• New growth sectors such as oil and gas, metal engineering and capital equipment and agro-processing will be targeted for intensive government support.• Recalibration of industrial finance will aim to strengthen the package of government and development finance institutions’ support for the productive sectors.• Growing the oceans economy with a focus on marine transport and manufacturing remains a central component of South Africa’s industrial imperatives.• Operation Phakisa was launched in 2014 to ensure rapid economic development in key sectors.  The first sector to be identified was the ocean’s economy which currently contributes R54 billion to GDP but has the potential to contribute R177 billion.• Mining Phakisa is currently underway which will contribute to South Africa’s drive to add more value to its mineral resources. This could be achieved through the beneficiation of our mineral resources (focussing on five value chains i.e. platinum group metals, iron & steel, titanium, polypropylene and capital equipment for the mining sector).• Education Phakisa is also currently being implemented.  This will ensure South Africa is able to make the right investments in identified areas to produce the skills required to drive the economy. Producing the right skills for the economy will contribute positively to the market’s ability to absorb skills while equally producing the required skills.• Many international companies have increased their investment and expanded their South African operations:Mercedes has invested R 2.4 billionGeneral Motors has invested R 1 billionFord has invested R 3.6 billionMetair Group has invested R 400mGoodyear R 670 millionBMW has recently increased its investment by R6 billionVW has increased its investment by R4.5 billionBeijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) announced an investment of R11 billion in a vehicle manufacturing planHisense has expanded its South African operations and has recently started exporting into the SADC region from its South African baseMarriot Hotels has announced it will increase its South African footprintStarbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and Facebook have chosen to set up office in South Africalast_img read more

first_img11 February 2016A rhino calf, abandoned by its mother on New Year’s Eve in the Aquila Private Game Reserve in the southern Karoo, has been named Osita, a name of Nigerian (Igbo) origin and meaning “from today onwards it will be better”.The public was invited to suggest names, which were shortlisted to the following six:Nusura: meaning “escaped death” or “survivor” in Swahili;Osita: (Osita di nma) meaning “from today onwards it will be better” in Igbo;Kito: meaning “a rare find, valuable and beautiful” in Swahili;Orion: the rhino was found with the constellation Orion’s Belt directly above it;Bijoux: meaning “rare jewel” in French; and,Bahati: meaning “good fortune” in SwahiliA SMS line was set up for people to vote for their favourite name.The game reserve said life would certainly be better for Osita. “Now weighing over 100 kilograms and gulping down over 20 litres of equine milk formula every day at three hourly feeds, he is strong, boisterous, mischievous and inquisitive.”Watch Osita run and play here:Osita’s handler, Divan Grobler, said the calf “walks to the beat of his own drum”.People who submitted the shortlisted names each won a day-trip safari, and the winner won a one-night stay at the lodge.Osita will have an informal naming ceremony on Valentine’s Day in the morning.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Mailer – February 24, 2011February 24, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”7 Tips to Attending a Mega-EventOctober 26, 2011In “Community”11 Years! Oeiras – A Mega-Event Portuguese StyleMay 16, 2011In “Community” Groundspeak Lackeys Travel the World to Attend Mega-Events Add one more item to your Mega-Event “to-do” list: meet a Groundspeak Lackey. “Lackey” is an affectionate term for Geocaching.com employees. Lackeys are traveling to nearly 20 Mega-Events around the world this year to share smiles, shake hands, and make geocaching memories with our fellow geocachers.Find a Lackey at Mega-Events in the United States, Canada, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, and the Czech Republic. We’d love to meet you and to hear your geocaching stories! Come find a Lackey at any one (or two, or three) of these Mega-Events:Albury-Wodonga, Australia – Oz MegaNordrhein-Westfalen, Germany – Dosenfischer im RuhrtalIowa, United States – MOGA 2012Lisbon, Portugal – 12 Years Geocaching | PortugalNew York, United States – ASPGB VIIIndiana, United States – GeoWoodstock XLeipzig, Germany – Project: GeoGamesBritish Columbia, Canada – Island Spirit 2012Ontario, Canada – COG Spring Fling 8West Midlands, United Kingdom – PirateMania VOhio, United States – Midwest Geobash 2012Turku, Finland – MEGA Finland 2012Lisbon, Portugal – Geocoinfest Europe 2012Cumbria, United Kingdom – North West England 2012Wisconsin, United States – West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h 2012Moravia, Czech Republic – MEGA Moravia 2012Colorado, United States – Geocoinfest U.S. 2012Dunedin, New Zealand – NZ MEGA 2012…See all Mega-Events this year! Benefits of Adding Home CoordinatesPlease enter your home coordinates so we can provide information on new geocaches and geocaching events near you.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

first_imgJust follow the arrows. Photo by geocacher BobbynAnjii Was HereAnother arrow. Photo by geocacher LazytsOne of the remaining beacon towers. Photo by geocacher Waldo62This beacon was actually restored and is in use. Photo by geocacher Nitro929 SharePrint RelatedThe Secret Double Lives of Geocaching ContainersJuly 13, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”Nananananananana BATMAN! — Batman’s Batcave (GC8413) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2013In “Community”Love is in the air. And locked to a gate. — Love Lock Eeuwige Liefde !?! (GC41QJY) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 12, 2014In “Community” Go that way! Photo by geocacher BobbynAnjii Was HereGeocache Name:Who Turned Out the Lights? Geocache SeriesDifficulty/Terrain Rating:1.5/2–4Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Dotting the United States are large concrete arrows. Some point East to West, others, North to South. Are these landing directions for UFOs? The answer has a little more history involved—all of which you can learn by finding geocaches in the “Who Turned Out the Lights?” series. Each geocache in the series is located at one of these abandoned beacons that were used to guide air mail pilots as they made their trans-continental journey. While many of the beacons are little more than ruins at this point, several still have light towers, concrete arrows and even small buildings. This series is another great example of how geocaches can be used as more than just a hobby—you can actually learn about the history of a location and earn a smiley at the same time!# of Finds:Varies by geocache# of Favorite Points:Varies by geocacheWhat geocachers are saying:“We took off at the crack of dawn to get a few caches out east of our place today. This was the 2nd one we went for, and as usual with this series it did not disappoint. Us three agreed that it’s our favorite thus far. Another great description on the cache. Also, a great camo job on the container. We really want to get another in your series asap. Another favorite pt. from us to you. TFTH!!!” – BobbynAnjii Was Here“OK. This was a committed drive but a fun adventure. I totally enjoyed both of these caches in this series and wish I had time to get them all. Bonus points for marking our Countries history!! Thank you for the adventure.” – Green Achers“It is a very interesting series from our past and I am thankful that the geocache was placed to get me out here. Thanks again.” – macjohnnvPhotos:center_img What pieces of history have you discovered while geocaching? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more