20 May 2005Makhaya Ntini was recognised for his performances for South Africa over the past year when he was named the 2005 Mutual and Federal SA Cricketer of the Year on Wednesday.Ntini bagged 58 wickets in 14 tests, including a South African record 13 for 132 against the West Indies in the second test, when he knocked over 6 for 95 and then devastated the islanders’ second innings with a haul of 7 for 37.The Border paceman’s fine performances lifted him to a career-high fourth in the LG ICC test bowling rankings.Hat-trick of awardsNtini also picked up the Castle Lager/MTN Test Cricketer of the Year award, and completed an awards hat-trick with an important one, the SA Players’ Player of the Year award.Receiving the Player of the Year award, Ntini thanked bowling coach Vincent Barnes and Proteas’ coach Ray Jennings for helping him, mentioning also Proteas’ fitness coach Adrian le Roux, physiotherapist Shane Jabaar, manager Goolam Rajah, and teammates Andre Nel, Herschelle Gibbs, Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith.Ntini didn’t just excel in the longer form of the game. He was South Africa’s highest wicket taker in one-day internationals, dismissing 34 batsmen.One-day award for SmithHowever, the Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year Award went to SA captain Graeme Smith. He scored 840 runs in 19 matches, including four centuries. He also led the national side to series victories over England, Zimbabwe and the West Indies.Smith’s opening partner, AB de Villiers, who tallied 967 runs in 11 tests in his first season in the international game, was named SA Newcomer of the Year.Record-breaking KallisLast year’s Player of the Year, Jacques Kallis, was named the Supersport Fans Cricketer of the Year.During the course of the season Kallis became SA’s all-time leading run scorer in test cricket, moving his total up to 7 337 at an outstanding average of 56.87 by the completion of the five-test series against the West Indies.Kallis also eclipsed Gary Kirsten’s record for the number of test centuries scored, taking his tally to 22 against the Caribbean side, finishing the season rated the number one batsman on the LG ICC test batting ratings.Lance Klusener, out of favour with the selectors, showed that he would not let South Africa down if given another run in the national team, claiming the Supersport Series Cricketer of the Year award for the second year in succession.Alicia Smith took the SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year award.AWARD WINNERSSA TEAM AWARDS ODI Cricketer of the Year: Graeme SmithTest Cricketer of the Year: Makhaya NtiniNewcomer of the Year: AB de VilliersPlayer’s Player of the Year: Makhaya NtiniFans Cricketer of the Year: Jacques KallisSA Cricketer of the Year: Makhaya Ntini DOMESTIC PLAYING AWARDS Standard Bank Cup Cricketer of the Year: Justin KempStandard Bank Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: Tyron HendersonSuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year: Lance KlusenerDomestic Player’s Player of the Year: Davey Jacobs OPERATIONS Umpire of the Year: Brian JerlingGroundsman of the Year: Chris Scott, WanderersScorers Assistant of the Year: Kwazulu NatalCoach of the Year: Corrie van Zyl, Eagles Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
15 May 2007He developed radar in Africa in 1939, launched the continent’s premier science council and was a world expert on lightning. Basil Schonland served as advisor to Field Marshal Montgomery in World War II, led atomic energy research in the UK and was knighted by the Queen. This Eastern Cape son of science finally received recognition as “Scientist of the Century” in South Africa in 1999, was granted a posthumous award and sparked a biography.‘Mighty Atom’St Andrew’s College in the Frontier Country town of Grahamstown at the turn of the century could not have foreseen the child prodigy on their hands when 10-year-old Basil Schonland entered the foyer in 1907. He matriculated four years later at the tender age of 14 – with the highest mark in the country. Notably bright but small of stature, his prophetic nickname at school was “Mighty Atom”.With a BA (Physics) from Rhodes University College under his belt and an OBE for service in France in WWI, Schonland enrolled as a research student at Cambridge University in the UK. Pioneering nuclear physics research was under way, and Schonland made a name for himself with research on the scattering of Beta particles.But the call of Africa propelled him to Cape Town in 1922 to take up the post of lecturer and soon professor of physics at the University of Cape Town.As Brian Austin puts it in his biography Schonland: Scientist and Soldier, facilities for research in South Africa at that time were very primitive compared to what Schonland was used to in the UK. Isolated from the international research community, he turned to something completely different.Chasing stormsHe pursued the study of lightning, and the exciting period between 1937 and 1939 (at the University of the Witswatersrand and as director of the Bernard Price Institute) saw him chasing storms, photographing lightning and measuring the electrical fields under thunderclouds.His work was internationally regarded as the biggest advance in the field since Benjamin Franklin’s work in the late 18th century.When war clouds gathered in Europe in the late 1930s, the need to develop radar was urgent. Commmonwealth countries were secretly invited to send scientists to the UK for a briefing on the new concept of radar. No one went from South Africa.However, Schonland met distinguished New Zealand scientist Sir Ernest Marsden on a ship in Cape Town after the UK briefing. Copies of vague documents and notes made during the UK discussions were all Schonland had to work on.South Africa’s own radar systemIncredibly, he and his team developed their own radar system, which was fully functional in South Africa just three months after the outbreak of World War II. “All they really received from the UK . was that it could be done and ‘how’,” wrote Military History Journal author Dr FJ Hewitt.In 1941, while on a special visit to England, Schonland was asked to stay. He became a member of the famous “Blackett Circus” – a group of scientists who scientifically addressed problems and worked with generals in the field. It was the start of operations research as we know it today.With the invasion of Normandy, France, in 1944, Schonland was appointed personal scientific advisor to Field Marshal Montgomery.There was a happy post-war sequel. Schonland’s early African radar team remained in touch, and when Sputnik 1 was launched in 1957, they improvised tracking equipment and established its orbit in just two days.The expected lifetime of Sputnik was published in Nature – giving the world the first accurate prediction of Sputnik’s expected lifespan, which proved correct to within 15%.Pan-African scienceIn December 1944, Schonland was recalled to South Africa by General Jan Smuts to establish and become first president of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The CSIR’s first pan-African programme of scientific collaboration was a historic event, held in Johannesburg in 1949 and attended by 100 delegates from 25 countries south of the Sahara.Representatives from Europe, the US and Australia were also there in a “panoply of nations never before seen under one roof in South Africa”, wrote Brian Austin in his essay “African Science and One Man’s Vision”.They formed the Scientific Council for Africa South of the Sahara (CSA), which convened over 10 years until apartheid and the growth of independence movements got in the way. The “winds of change” had begun blowing across the country by 1960, and colonial links were starting to sever.Anti-apartheid protestIn 1962, Schonland resigned his then post of Rhodes University’s first Chancellor in protest at South Africa’s apartheid legislation, which segregated previously “open” universities.South Africa was no longer able to lead, apartheid was anathema to the world, and in 1965, riven with political differences, the CSA was disbanded.By then, Schonland had already returned to England as the director of an atomic energy research unit at Harwell. He was knighted by the Queen in 1960 for his services to British science, and was a Faraday Medallist for 1962.Schonland was voted South Africa’s Scientist of the Century in 1999, and was posthumously awarded the Order of Mapungubwe (in the gold class) in 2002.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, winter 2007 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.
Groups Roma and Benfica have been drawn in Group A in Durban alongside Argentine giants Boca Juniors and the KwaZulu-Natal Academy XI, while Everton and Feyenoord are in Group B alongside Brazilian side Santos and a South African Under-19 national team selection. Durban’s Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, a training venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and Princess Magogo Stadium, a Premier Soccer League (PSL) venue, will host the tournament’s group stage matches. The semi-finals will take place at King Zwelithini Stadium, another PSL and 2010 Fifa World Cup training venue, while the Moses Mabhida Stadium, with the iconic arch that was one of the most memorable images of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, will host the final. SAinfo reporter The club, based in Lisbon, is the most popular in Portugal. They are currently riding the crest of a wave, having won the Portuguese League and Cup double, and made the final of the Uefa Europa League for the past two seasons. “For me, as a coach, it is good to have a trip like this in the preseason. We can work hard, play matches, talk with the players, and have fun, this all in preparation of the league, which will start in August.”Benfica Benfica are another club with deep roots in Africa, not least because the man generally recognised as their greatest ever player, Eusabio, was from Mozambique. “The Toffees” are also home to former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar, who is an integral part of their team, which finished fifth in the English Premier League this past season. “It is a huge honour for Benfica to be invited to participate in a tournament in South Africa,” Carneiro said. “We are delighted by the invitation and excited about the possibility of sharing experiences with other teams recognised in the international football scene. There is a lot of excitement about the current crop of junior players, and first team coach Roberto Martinez said in a statement that they will continue to go from strength to strength. “The Academy is more of a focus of the football club, rather than having individuals,” Martinez said. “We have fantastic coaches and fantastic people ready to help that path, and we will always make sure our youngsters have every opportunity to develop. Roma’s youth programme is renowned worldwide, and they have schools across the world which are developing young players based on the philosophy of the club. The coach of their under-19 side, Roy Makaay, a former Dutch international who played in Spain with Derportivo La Coruna and in Germany with Bayern Munich, said the Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament would be of huge benefit to his side. “Taking part in such a tournament is an opportunity for our players to play good matches versus professional teams,” Makaay said. “In this way they can compare their own level to the level of other international youth players. Also, it is a great experience for young players to take part in such a tournament in South Africa. Everton are one of the most successful clubs in English football history, having won nine league titles, five FA Cup finals and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985 – ironically, perhaps, claiming the trophy in the Dutch city of Rotterdam where Feyenoord are based.Feyenoord The Netherlands team has long had links to Africa, with an Academy in Ghana and a previous partnership with South African Premier Soccer League side SuperSport United. Bafana Bafana midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo was developed by SuperSport and Feyenoord, and last season was one of the top midfielders in the Dutch league with Eredivisie club PEC Zwolle. Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus took the same route. Current Netherlands international and Manchester United star Robin van Persie is one of their more famous recent graduates, along with current Holland teammate Leroy Fer. “We are very pleased to participate in the Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament,” said club CEO Italo Zanzi. “We look forward to facing strong competition from around the world and continuing to grow the international reach of our youth programme.” “This tournament is a good example for the development of football training and to approach the footballing cultures of different continents.”Roma The most famous graduate of the Roma academy is the current club captain, legendary former Italy international Francesco Totti. The 37-year-old made his debut for the club’s first team in 1993 and is still playing, some 561 appearances and 235 goals later. “But that’s where the focus is, not on the coaches. It’s in the quality of the youngsters and the programmes that allows them to fulfill that potential. Over the years we have seen that, irrespective of whom the coaches are, the talent comes through, and that will always be the biggest strength of our football club.” From the current crop of players in the Academy, ones to watch include Polish goalkeeper Mateusz Taudul, defender Jonjoe Kenny and striker Calum Dyson. Academy general manager Armando Jorge Carneiro said the club was looking forward to the clash of footballing styles in Durban. 3 July 2014 Top-class football will be on the cards when Everton of England, Portugal’s Benfica, Italian giants Roma and legendary Dutch club Feyenoord bring their best under-19 players to Durban, South Africa next month. The European sides, along with teams from Santos (Brazil) and Boca Juniors (Argentina), a specially selected South African under-19 side and a KwaZulu-Natal Academy XI, will be taking part in the inaugural Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament from 31 July to 9 August. The new event, backed and jointly organised by KwaZulu-Natal, the City of Durban and the South African Football Association, will take place annually in Durban for at least the next three years. The four European clubs, all of whom have a proven track record for developing world-class new talent, have expressed their excitement at competing in South Africa.Everton For Everton, one can count among their former scholars current England stars Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley and John Stones, while Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka also spent some time in their academy before leaving for elsewhere, only to return later on as professionals.
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How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Amanda Razani Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… In an age where citizens are operating at internet speeds, cities are being slowed down by unwieldy city government processes.A city government exists to serve its community members, yet having to spend hours to even months waiting for things such as acquiring the proper permits or licenses, to getting approval to move forward with projects is a big damper on business.Citizens’ needs and concerns, and the customer service they are provided needs to be addressed across the board, and many cities have begun stepping up to this challenge.See Also: The race for smart cities from the leading edge of techBy having the mindset that citizens are customers, this forward-thinking mindset by city governments can really change communities for the better and allow them to flourish. Just look at Indianapolis, D.C., where parking apps have replaced meters, allowing customers to pay and add time remotely, and not worry about having enough loose change. And New York and Boston are looking at ways to deal with parking fines via smartphones.In a progressive move, Anchorage will be updating its lighting, with over 4,000 lights using energy-efficient LED bulbs, and these lights can be controlled wirelessly. The next stage of this upgrade plan will be to use the light poles to monitor traffic and record air quality. These examples show urban vision that uses smart technology to make citizen mobility and quality of life better.Private sector needs to step up?Another company with this focus is Sidewalk Labs. They work with cities to find technology solutions to regularly occurring issues, such as commuting, social services and affordable housing problemsThe U.S. Department of Transportation also promoted its “Smart City Challenge” this year, with the goal of improving urban transportation. Seven participants were selected from a group of 78 entrants for the $40 million award.These examples are a great start in the right direction for improving cities and focusing on the well-being of citizens. Hopefully we can see more cities begin to follow suit. Tags:#city government#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…
Greg Sestero chats about his recent collaboration with his real life best friend Tommy Wiseau at the Marfa Film Festival.It’s 20 years to the day that Greg Sestero first met Tommy Wiseau in an acting class in Los Angeles. Sestero laughs at the memory now — a meeting which has now landed them in the middle of nowhere for a screening of their latest collaboration Best F[r]iends at the Marfa Film Festival.Not a duo to do anything by the norms, they insisted on conducting the Q&A to their film before the screening. Many in the audience to asked about their lives since the release of their cult classic best-worst-movie The Room, as well as their thoughts on James Franco and crew portraying their feats in the recent film The Disaster Artist.Sestero in particular has been busy. Besides penning the memoir The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made which the movie is based on, Sestero also wrote and produced Best F[r]iends (which is currently being released by Lionsgate in two volumes, with Volume One going On Digital and On Demand September 25th).After their screening, Sestero chatted about collaborating with his now longtime buddy Tommy Wiseau — who co-stars in Best F[r]iends with Sestero — and the advantages as well as challenges of creating a film with your best friend.Write What You Know“I had been writing a lot of projects for TV and series where I was working on longer storylines, but was having trouble coming up with endings. However, after Tommy and I took a road trip together to Vegas, the idea of Best F[r]iends and having Tommy and I co-star everything just came together.”In a particularly amazing feat, Sestero wrote the majority of Best F[r]iends in just four days. He wrote the two lead characters, Jon and Harvey, specifically for Sestero and Wiseau to reunite onscreen for the first time since The Room. Specifically, Sestero wrote Harvey’s dialogue with Wiseau’s delivery and tone in mind for Wiseau to use in his performance.Spend Time Together“This screening in Marfa in particular has been awesome. Getting out here is similar to the original trip we took to Vegas where the whole idea came together. When you spend that much time together you really get to know one another. If you didn’t like each other it wouldn’t work and you wouldn’t keep doing it.”Coming from LA, getting to Marfa or Vegas means a long travel through the desert. In Best F[r]iends, Sestero’s characters Harvey and Jon travel is used to build their relationship and develop a bond which is stressed throughout the rest of the film.Learn From Each Other“Since making The Room, we’ve both grown as artists and filmmakers. Obviously there were things we did differently from The Room, but we also were able to pick up a thing or two seeing them shooting The Disaster Artist with James Franco and Seth Rogen and those guys. This time around everything was a little more fluid.”For fans of The Room, the lore about its production runs deep. While Sestero is quick to point out that both he and Tommy decided early on to shoot Best F[r]iends on just one camera this time, it was actually a scaled-back production with a tighter and leaner crew who was there give Sestero and Wiseau the support they needed to concentrate on their performances.Push Through the Challenges of Filming“It’s filmmaking, by its nature you’re going to have challenges on any set. However, we had a great crew and we were able to plow through. Unlike The Room, we had a lot of locations on this one. Volume Two in particular was mostly shot out in the desert almost near here in Marfa. It took a good deal of trust in having the right team behind you.”Even in the hot, high-altitude Marfa sun, Sestero and Wiseau pal around a morning cocktail hour with filmmakers and local fans. The overall production of Best F[r]iends took around six months, Sestero estimates. It’s finally beginning to culminate with the Marfa Film Festival as they wrap up the edit on Volume Two (where they screened a condensed version).The Importance of Sincerity“The biggest thing I take away from The Room is that the film did have a very unique and sincere voice. That’s what we’ve pushed for with Best F[r]iends. It’s a project we really believe in, and hope its a fresh take on both our friendship, as well as friendship in general.”Perhaps the biggest takeaway from chatting with Sestero, their wild pre-screening Q&A, and watching Best F[r]iends at the festival, is the importance of sincere filmmaking and character. Sestero’s goal was not to push for laughs, but to let his and Wiseau’s chemistry and relationship shape their onscreen interactions. It creates some humor and some very odd moments, of course, but it stays true throughout — which Sestero stresses has been the most important aspect of his and Wisaeu’s now two decades of friendship.You can learn more about Best F[r]iends on the film’s website, or check it out when it hits digital on demand September 25th for Volume One. Volume Two is set for release in early 2019.For more interviews and filmmaking articles, check out our interview with the editor of The Disaster Artist on editing a film about making a film, or some of the other articles below.Producer Toby Halbrooks Shares Indie Film InsightsInterview: Filmmaker America Young on Stunts, Directing, and PersistenceFilmmaker Wendy McColm on the Meisner Technique and her Feature Birds Without FeathersA Conversation with Lucian Read, Cinematographer of America DividedInterview: The Editor of “This is America” on Building the Iconic Video