NSU’s Eppler, Nicholls’ Laiche, LU’s Giffen Garner Southland Weekly Honors

first_imgEppler picks up his first Offensive Player of the Week recognition after completing 26 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-28 upset of first-place Sam Houston State. It marked his fifth 300-yard passing performance and, with his first career rushing touchdown, his sixth game this season with three total touchdowns. Winners of three of their last four, the Demons (3-8, 3-5 SLC) close the season against Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m. CT Thursday. Eppler walked off the field of the penultimate game of his Demon career as the program leader in single-season total offense (3,309) and the first 3,000 yard passer in school history (3,254), upping his tally of game, season or career records to 14. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Shelton Eppler, Nicholls’ Sully Laiche and Lamar’s Bailey Giffen are the Southland Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Over his last four games, Laiche has 29 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. With 35.5 career sacks, he is the active FCS leader and ranks fourth in Southland Conference history. After practicing just one day last week while battling the flu, Laiche channeled his inner Michael Jordan and put up one of his finest performances with a pair of sacks, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble in a 34-20 victory over McNeese. The Colonels (7-4, 6-2 SLC) limited the Cowboys to just 34 yards on the ground and 236 yards of total offense. With the conference’s automatic bid on the line, Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana square off at 6 p.m. Thursday. A junior kicker, Giffen is the Special Teams Player of the Week after accounting for 14 points in a 31-26 loss to Houston Baptist on Saturday. Two of his four made field goals were from 50+ yards and he converted both of his extra-point attempts. The Cardinals (4-7, 2-6 SLC) close out the regular season with the 38th edition of the Battle of the Border game against McNeese at 3 p.m. Saturday. Special Teams Player of the Week: Bailey Giffen, Lamar – Jr. – Kicker – Bryan, TexasGiffen got Lamar on the board with a 51-yard boot through the uprights and made it a one-score game just before halftime with a career-long 53-yarder. He matched the conference-high for field goals made (four) and his 53-yard conversion was just one-yard shy of HBU kicker Gino Garcia’s 54-yard kick back in September. Honorable Mention: Shemar Bartholomew, Northwestern State; T.J. Campbell, Central Arkansas; Daniel Crosley, Lamar; Tre’ Spann, Southeastern Louisiana. Offensive Player of the Week: Shelton Eppler, Northwestern State – Sr. – Quarterback – Navasota, TexasTrailing 28-24 in the third quarter against the Bearkats, Eppler punched it in from five-yards out for the game-winning score and his first career rushing touchdown. Through the air, he posted his fifth 300-yard game of the season, connecting with Kendrick Price for a 67-yard scoring strike and Quan Shorts on a one-yard touchdown. Honorable Mention: Dai’Jean Dixon, Nicholls; Jerreth Sterns, Houston Baptist; Chason Virgil, Southeastern Louisiana; Donovan Williams, Sam Houston State. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Defensive Player of the Week: Sully Laiche, Nicholls – Sr. – Defensive Lineman – Gramercy, La.Laiche made his presence known early, recording his first tackle for loss on McNeese’s second play from scrimmage with a stop of running back Justin Pratt in the backfield. By halftime, he had tallied the first of two sacks and three tackles for loss. Laiche’s second sack came on the Cowboys’ final series of the game as his strip sack set up fourth-and-14. Honorable Mention: Gavin Lasseigne, Nicholls; Matt McRobert, Sam Houston State; Hayden Ray, Central Arkansas.last_img read more

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Laurie Foster: Race for Olympics heating up

first_imgThe traditional magic and mystique of Olympic year is once again raring its attractive head. With just about nine weeks to go for the National Championships (Trials), already, a few athletes are positioning themselves, drawing for their bow and taking aim. The bullseye is a seat on the plane to the widely acknowledged ultimate in sports participation, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in the Brazilian city of Rio. For this blessed nation, with the eye-catching attraction of the sports’ world-governing body, the professional circuit, yet unfolded, promises of spectacular performances are rife. After missing two World Championships through troubling injury, Yohan Blake has stormed back. He has publicly dropped a name that identified him as a monstrous and despicable creature, which he is not. The former St Jago High School sprinter and current national under-20 record holder (10.11+1.2) blasted a then 100m world-leading 9.95 legal at the UTech-MVP Classic on April 16. It stands as arguably the most compelling boost of confidence and satisfaction levels for a country trying to put its best feet forward leading into the great spectacle in the South American continent this August. EARLY DAYS Downgrade the Blake impact a bit to Simone Facey’s 11.00 at the Tom Jones Memorial last weekend. This, too, must be a morale strengthener to an athlete who has been constantly flogged in more recent times by many she considered to be her inferior in junior track. The 2009 Berlin WC 4x100m gold medallist has sent an early indication of her path to Rio. The mark will earn her lanes at the very top of the competition ladder where there is no dodging by the world’s fastest as exists with the other gender. Yet, it is early days and one is not aware of the quality or sustainability of her programme. Suffice it to say, in the absence of this knowledge, to the fringe-based honours suspects at Trials: “Watch out, VCB, Sherone (Simpson), Kerron (Stewart) and company, Simone might have been sleeping, but is now fully awake.” The advance of the nation’s throwing programme cannot escape mention in a Rio context. Foster’s Fairplay will continue to carry the flag for coaches/pioneers of excellence in that traditionally ignored area. Julian Leonard Robinson and Michael Vassell have torched the consciences of the movers and shakers of the sport in the local arena. Their charges have been crashing parties in both genders. The new, and much appreciated by a few, wellness in discus and shot put is contagious. It has spread to the Edwin Allen and Petersfield High school models. Foster’s Fairplay, on that limited mention, is hearing legitimate calls reminiscent of the soul classic by the group Champagne – “How about us?” Yes, the template has extended to other camps. However, the point to be made is that the world scene has been invaded in these hitherto peripheral disciplines and the two coaches mentioned can take a proverbial bow. As MVP’s Paul Francis, himself part of a game-changing group, said on Facebook recently, words to the effect of: “Why stop at the World Junior level? Go for the Olympics.” Let us then see if the throwing contingent of (Odayne) Richards, (Jason) Morgan, (Federick) Dacres, (Traves) Smikle and company can inspire the new discus national Under-20 record holder and Vassell-conditioned Shanice Love to reach for Rio. With all that jockeying for team selection in store, the fans’ taste buds are already well moistened. The intensity of the Diamond League and all that it brings to the fore will only be more enticing and threatens to sweeten the competition brew even further. Looking at the pending action, on field and track, one learned critic, referring to the Jamaica Trials, opined: “It will be like a mini-Olympics. Another, speaking in less ornate terms, confided: “It nah guh normal.” Foster’s Fairplay believes that those predictions could fall short at crunch time, June 30 to July 3. For feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Verdict was not a slap on the wrist

first_imgFRESNO – A jury awarded $1.7 million Friday to a woman who sued her employer after she was spanked in front of her colleagues in what the company called a camaraderie-building exercise. The jury of six men and six women found that Janet Orlando had suffered from sexual harassment and sexual battery when she was paddled on her backside on three occasions during her employment at home security company Alarm One Inc. in Fresno. The jurors, however, said that Orlando did not suffer from assault as she had claimed. Orlando, 53, had asked the jury for $1.2 million in lost wages, medical costs and damages, alleging discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventOrlando was awarded $10,000 for economic loss, $40,000 for future medical costs and $450,000 for emotional distress, pain and suffering. During the punitive phase of the trial, the jurors awarded Orlando an additional $1.2 million. Orlando’s attorney, Nicholas “Butch” Wagner, did not immediately return calls for comment. K. Poncho Baker, an attorney for the Anaheim-based company, said he thought the award was excessive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SAD PASSING OF LEGENDARY ATHLETICS COACH NEIL CULLEN

first_imgIT IS with great sadness and regret that the local sporting community has learned this morning of the sad passing of colleague and friend in Donegal Athletics, Neil Cullen.A coach with Letterkenny AC, Neil’s involvement with Donegal Athletics stretches back more than 20 years and has been the father figure for Sportshall athletics in the county throughout that time.Year after year, Neil was the driving force behind organising teams to represent Donegal at Ulster Sportshall and had a record second to none of qualifying multiple teams through Ulster to the UK Finals every year. For those who had the honour of representing Donegal and those who travelled with him each time, they will remember a man with a hearty laugh, great company and an infectious humour.Even though Neil took ill in recent times, an illness he fought with dignity, courage and never a moment of complaint, he was still to the core of Sportshall athletics, helping to choose the teams and was on the ground again with the stop watch at the Trials in Letterkenny earlier this year.Neil’s enthusiasm, energy and passion for juvenile athletics will be fondly remembered by all who knew him, athletes, parents, officials and coaches alike. Whether a young athlete was first or last, and no matter the club, Neil Cullen was the first man to congratulate, a man whose fairness was acknowledged by all who knew him. While Neil was one of the driving forces behind juvenile athletics in Letterkenny, he will be fondly remembered across Donegal, Ulster and Ireland.Donegal Athletics says it has lost a true friend and a gentleman and will be sorely missed. “To Neil’s wife Margaret and his three children Gráinne, Siobhán and Mairéad, his extended family and friends and colleagues at Letterkenny AC, we extend our deepest sympathies.”Neil’s remains were removed to his home at 3pm today.Funeral from there on Tuesday at 10.15am, going to the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballyraine, Letterkenny for 11am Requiem Mass, with burial afterwards in St. Michaels Churchyard, Urris, Clonmany.Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Haematology Units at the Mater Hospital Dublin and Letterkenny General Hospital. SAD PASSING OF LEGENDARY ATHLETICS COACH NEIL CULLEN was last modified: December 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athletics coachLetterkenny ACNeil CullenURRISlast_img read more

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‘I’m absolutely done with this manager’ – Some United fans rage over Pogba decision

first_imgMourinho makes me sick man. How can you drop pogba and not matic kmt— Martial FC (@courtenaycourts) November 27, 2018 shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mourinho dropping Pogba for Fellaini is serial killer behavior 🙃— Ferrel Cedano (@FACJR_) November 27, 2018 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Pogba deserves the free run that Matic is getting & Matic deserves the harsh treatment Pogba gets. We barely look competent with Pogba don’t know what we’ll play like without him.— ARYAN (@unitedaryan) November 27, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Football Stories Manchester United star Paul Pogba trains ahead of the Young Boys match. 1 Jose Mourinho: “I want a team where I think they can cope well with that happiness of playing a decisive game.”So he drops Paul Pogba, who scored in the World Cup final just over four months ago.— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) November 27, 2018 Manchester United manger Jose Mourinho doesn’t make life easy for himself.The Portuguese boss has once again irked the club’s supporters by dropping midfielder Paul Pogba for their Champions League clash with Young Boys. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Pogba chop bench. No pogba, no mata. Another boring fest incoming.— Eso❄ (@EsoKachikwu) November 27, 2018 Jones over Bailly and Pogba dropped 🤒🤒🤒🤒🤒🤒— Adam O Rourke (@adamorourke9) November 27, 2018 gameday cracker If I’m Paul Pogba. I’ll will be asking for a transfer this January as long as mourinho is still the manager.— Mac (@Mac_0592) November 27, 2018 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January “Attack from the first minute”..ya ryt..with two def mid at home..and pogba, bailly on bench.. Good job.. #MUFC— Pradeep (@JPKutty) November 27, 2018 REVEALED Pogba and Mata both benched…..Lindelof injured and he puts on Phil Jones instead of Bailly… pic.twitter.com/OY32SKSij5— Mohamed (@Mo33Moh) November 27, 2018 Latest Manchester United news MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED RANKED REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Pogba dropped but Matic starts????Jones instead of Bailly????It’s like he’s trying to make the most talented players leave the club https://t.co/ikVDO6TarO— عدنان (@adn___n20) November 27, 2018 REVEALED deals no dice IN DEMAND Pogba, 26, played in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace but must now sit out for at least some of the important tie, which could have huge ramifications.If Valencia do not beat Juventus and United win at Old Trafford, qualification from a tricky Champions League group will be sealed.But despite the game’s significance, Mourinho has decided to start with Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini in central midfield, which hasn’t gone down well.See what Man United fans said on Twitter below. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Pogba and Mata – United’s only creative threats on the bench – I’m absolutely done with this manager #mufc— Dipak (@dipaksiyani) November 27, 2018 BEST OF huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions last_img read more

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Simpson sings to save face

first_imgAshlee Simpson sang – really, she did – without incident on “Saturday Night Live” in her return to the scene of last year’s lip-sync fiasco. “I wrote this song after my last ‘Saturday Night Live’ appearance,” she said, introducing the mournful “Catch Me When I Fall.” She belted out the song with gusto, the only boost seeming to come with a brief echo effect on her vocal in the chorus. When she was done, Simpson smiled and hopped in relief. It was nearly a year after Simpson’s embarrassing appearance on the same stage, where her voice was heard singing the wrong song when she held her microphone at her waist. She danced an awkward jig and then walked off the stage. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The fakery made her a laughingstock and Simpson was booed lustily when she appeared at the Orange Bowl a few months later. Leading up to this week’s appearance, “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels promised it would be her singing – not some tapes – when she went on the air. “Who will be the one to save me from myself?” Simpson sang in the ballad. “Who’s going to catch me when I fall?” Later in the show she came back for a peppier number, “Boyfriend,” where her vocal was augmented by a backup singer. “Thank you so much!” she said at the end, blowing a kiss to the audience. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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HARPS SNATCH DRAW AGAINST GALWAY UTD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN

first_imgMost Finn Harps fans would have taken two wins and two draws from their first four outings so far this season.But the reality was that Ollie Horgan’s side spluttered their way to a 1-1 draw against Galway United at Finn Park tonight.Harps were forced to come from behind after a stunning curling shot from Vinnie Flaherty in the 36th minute put the visitors in front. Harps tried throughout to carve out an equaliser with Ruairi Keating trying all sorts of trickery to get back on level terms.But for a team that scored no less than eight goals in their previous two games before tonight, they only managed a couple of very real chances.In fact, it wasn’t one of the starting team who equalised for Harps but sub Paul McVeigh.McVeigh, only on the pitch a few minutes found an opening in a busy Galway box to make it 1-1 in the 75th minute. Harps tried to turn the screw but they were missing the direct style of out and out striker Kevin McHugh.Harps will be happy to remain unbeaten but Ollie Horgan will perhaps not be best pleased with his side’s overall performance.Harps gave away cheap possession throughout and looked like a team short on ideas in the oppositions’ half. HARPS SNATCH DRAW AGAINST GALWAY UTD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN was last modified: March 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfinn harpsFinn ParkGalway Utdlast_img read more

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Branson school for small business

first_img27 October 2005For the first time anywhere in the world, international tycoon Sir Richard Branson has lent his name to an educational institution – in the heart of Johannesburg.Cida City Campus, the country’s first virtually free tertiary institution, providing specialised accredited business administration degrees to disadvantaged students, officially launched the Branson School of Entrepreneurship on Wednesday.Entrepreneurship will be one of the 11 courses Cida students study in their first year at the foundation college, which bridges skills such as computing, mathematics and English, and will be offered as an elective course after that.A first batch of foundation year students has already put forward business ideas for which they will be given seed money.British entrepreneurs Tom Bloxam and Leo Caplan have each donated £100 000 (R1.2-million) to the school.“They will get a tiny bit of seed money in the first year, more in the second year and even more in the third year; and the best ideas will get even more at the end,” Branson said. The money will be in the form of a loan, which the students will have to pay back into the business seed-money kitty for use by those following them.Many of the students needed little encouraging, Caplan said at the launch. “I was at Cida this morning, and was ‘pitched’ by no fewer than four students,” he said.Walking in their footprintsTo mark the occasion Branson, with leading South African and British entrepreneurs, left his footprints behind when he placed his feet in concrete to represent “walking in the footprints of global entrepreneurs”. These symbols of inspiration will be placed at the entrance of the school at 27 Harrison Street.The building, donated and renovated by First National Bank, will be named the Nelson Mandela First National Bank Building, as it was here that the former president held meetings in his early years.Cida CEO Taddy Blecher said the school has been established to help qualified students start up and manage their own businesses.“The South African economy is dependent on entrepreneurial activity for creating economic growth and jobs, yet few young South Africans choose to start a business after their studies,” Blecher said.“A myriad reasons explain this, including the lack of role models, no access to capital or training to help them identify viable business opportunities, and the misconception that starting a business is for those who have no other choice. The school has been created to tackle these issues and arm financially disadvantaged students with entrepreneurial skill.”All students will study a module in entrepreneurship in their first year. Thereafter, they will able to specialise in entrepreneurship, entering the Branson School of Entrepreneurship in their second year at Cida.Social entrepreneurshipThe school will also focus on campaigns to boost the image of entrepreneurship as a viable career, and will offer students modules in social entrepreneurship to address social issues.“Being an entrepreneur is not only about making money,” Branson said. “You can also tackle social problems with an entrepreneurial mind. No one should develop Aids, no pregnant mother should be passing on HIV to her baby, and millions should not be dying of malaria. These are just some of the issues we will lead the school into discussing.”Branson pointed out that only 2% of entrepreneurs in South Africa have success with their businesses. “That’s a perilous situation, especially if you consider that many of them have some formal education in entrepreneurship.”Having a school like this will give people a better chance, he added. “Many will succeed and many will fail, but the confidence with which they leave there will be unparalleled.”Branson hopes that the students, by studying companies such as Virgin and working with their staff, will learn that taking a great idea and having the courage to run with it can build great 21st century businesses. “I believe that increasing entrepreneurship in this country is the golden highway to economic freedom – plus it’s an exciting and fun way to make a living.”Start-up funding for the venture comes from Virgin Unite, the charitable arm of Branson’s Virgin Group.“We have come a very long way in this country,” Blecher said. “We overcame apartheid, but the next stage of the struggle in South Africa is the need for economic democracy. We can only truly be free when we build an equal economy.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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The A to Z of South African culture

first_imgSouth Africa is more than a cultural melting pot, it’s a big warm potjie of culture, full of different ingredients and yummy surprises, and developing its rich flavour over centuries. Get a taste of cultural alphabet soup from archaeology to Zulu, with a dash of Corne, jukskei, kwaito and quagga on the way.Brand South Africa reporterA is for ArchaeologyMapungubwe in Limpopo is one of the richest archaeological sites in Africa. A Shona capital inhabited between 1200 and 1650, the city was a centre for the trade in gold and ivory with the Islamic areas of the East African coast, India and China’s Song Dynasty. The Iron Age site, discovered in 1932 but hidden from public attention until only recently, has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.Blown away by MapungubweB is for BattlesTwo globally important wars took place on South African soil in the 19th and early 20th centuries: the Anglo Boer War and the Anglo Zulu War. In both, small indigenous populations fiercely opposed the heavy might of the British Empire, winning important battles before the vast imperial military machine brought them to submission.In the Anglo Zulu War, Zulu impis armed only with spears famously took on and trounced British forces armed with the most modern firepower of the time. The British were only able to defeat King Cetshwayo kaMpande’s nation after British troops were rushed to South Africa from around the Empire.The Anglo Boer War is considered the world’s first modern war. Guerrilla tactics, camouflage uniforms, concentration camps and attacks on civilian targets, all the ugly signatures of 20th century warfare, were first used in that campaign. The war killed 22 000 British soldiers, 7 000 Boers, 24 000 black men, women and children, and 22 000 white women and children, many of whom died in almost 200 concentration camps.Honouring black dead in Boer WarC is for Corne and Twakkie“So to all you golden kids out there who always believed in the Dream and shared in the Love, we just want to say: Come on! Believe it! Thanks.”Meet Corne and Twakkie, comedians and stars of The Most Amazing Show (T*M*A*S). If you’re not South African, you’ll probably find them scary. If you are you’ll find them scary anyway, but you’ll laugh a lot too. As they would say, Corne and Twakkie are totally not kak.They’re like a bad seventies flashback: mullets, insane facial hair, tight shiny shorts last worn on a high school hockey pitch in 1974, and wonderfully mangled SA English.According to their website, Corne – the Love Captain – is 6ft 4in (23in x 4in), “the fabulous host of The Most Amazing Show and part-time healer at the Dai Maharaj Centre for Healing through Eastern Eroticism.”His co-host Twakkie is 4ft 6in, and has 84 broken bones and eight metal plates. “He made a name for himself as a stuntman in the golden decade of the 1980s and still struggles to cope with the unbearable stress of stardom.”Corne & Twakkie: Most AmazingD is for DanceIn one field especially, the new freedoms of post-apartheid South Africa have brought new life – dance has became a prime means of artistic expression, with dance companies expanding and exploring new territory.Music and dance are pulling in new audiences and a number of home-grown productions, particularly those aimed at the popular market, are wowing audiences both at home and abroad.Among these are entrepreneurial producer Richard Loring’s African Footprint, which performed in London at the 2000 Royal Variety show, the musical Umoja, which has toured the world to huge critical acclaim, and the drumming feast Drumstruck, which has taken New York by storm.Afrofusion: dance in South AfricaE is for EarthThe rock formations around Barberton in Mpumalanga and Mapungubwe in Limpopo were formed in the earth’s kindergarten period, dating back billions of years. The Magaliesberg is said to be the oldest mountain range on earth. The magnificent Drakensberg range of mountains, which runs the length of the country, has been named a Unesco World Heritage site.And then there’s the Vredefort Dome. Two billion years ago a meteorite bigger than Table Mountain hit the earth 100km southwest of Johannesburg, causing a 1 000-megaton blast that vaporised 70 cubic kilometres of rock and may have changed the earth’s climate to make multicellular life possible.The resulting crater, known as the Vredefort Dome, is the oldest and largest clearly visible meteorite impact site in the world. Although now considerably eroded, the original crater was probably 250 to 300 kilometres in diameter. The Vredefort Dome is also a Unesco World Heritage site.The world’s biggest meteor craterF is for FestivalsSouth Africa has a celebration for every event, place, art form, food, drink and agricultural commodity. There’s the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, the National Arts Festival, countless mud-and-dust music festivals, hundreds of mud-and-manure farm shows, the Lambert’s Bay Kreeffees (crayfish festival), Hantam Vleisfees (meat festival) and more.The Prickly Pear Festival in Uitenhage offers traditional food such as potjiekos, home-made jam, braais and bunnychow. The Philippolis Witblits Festival celebrates a proud local tradition – witblits (Afrikaans for “white lightning”) is South African moonshine.And every year, southern right whales travel thousands of miles to the Cape south coast to mate and calve in the bays. To celebrate the season the villagers of Hermanus put on a major festival which includes the best land-based whale watching in the world.A feast of South African festivalsG is for GoldblattSouth African photographer David Goldblatt has documented his country for over 50 years, “exploring with a critical view the context in which evolve both the life of its people and the construction of its landscape,” according to the Hasselblad Foundation says.In early 2006 he was named the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, widely regarded as the most important photographic prize in the world.His photographs have been exhibited in Europe, the US, Australia and South Africa, and form part of collections in world-class museums such as the South African National Gallery, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.Premier photo award for GoldblattH is for HandicraftsNo doubt about it – South Africans are a crafty bunch. The country’s people produce a remarkable range of arts and crafts, working from the pavements and markets of the big cities to deep rural enclaves, with every possible form of traditional artwork – and then some.The country has a wide range of craftwork styles: tribal designs, Afro-French wirework, wood carvings, world-class pottery and bronze casting, stained glass, basket weaving, clay and stone sculpting, paper from elephant dung and ornaments made from waste.South Africa’s arts and craftsI is for Indigenous ArtThe massive Drakensberg range of mountains is the world’s largest art gallery – indoors or out – and a monument to the San Bushmen hunter-gatherers who lived there from the Stone Age until the late 19th century.Living in the sandstone caves and rock shelters of the Drakensberg’s valleys, the San made paintings Unesco describes as “world famous and widely considered one of the supreme achievements of humankind . outstanding in quality and diversity of subject and in their depiction of animals and human beings . which throws much light on their way of life and their beliefs.”In 2000 Unesco named the Drakensberg as a World Heritage site, for both its natural beauty and the unique cultural heritage of the mountains’ rich store of San art.“The rock art of the Drakensberg is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara, and is outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject,” Unesco says.Rock art image galleryJ is for JukskeiA game in which the player throws a wooden pin – known in Afrikaans as a skei – at a peg in the ground, jukskei is as South African as you get. The game is said to date back to 1734, and grew out of bored transport riders passing the time by plant a stick in the ground and see who could hit it from a distance with one of the pins from the oxen yokes.Out of this developed a complicated game of skill, still played by hundreds of South Africans today. During the apartheid era the game was closely associated with the cultural identity drive of the government and actively revived and encouraged by Afrikaner nationalists – doing the game more harm than good in the long term.In 2001 South Africa’s new government launched the Indigenous Games Project, which identified jukskei as one of seven indigenous games that should be encouraged and developed.Jukskei South AfricaK is for KwaitoAs the fog of apartheid clears, South African youth culture is finding its own voice in a style of music known as kwaito and spawning a new – and profitable – industry.Summarising the state of the kwaito industry is like trying to condense the history of US hip hop music into a few pages. Some broad brushstrokes will serve as an introduction, but to fully appreciate kwaito, you’ve got to hear it for yourself.Like hip hop, kwaito is not just music. It is an expression and a validation of a way of life – the way South Africans dress, talk and dance. It is a street style as lifestyle, where the music reflects life in the townships, much the same way hip hop mimics life in the US ghetto.Just as many of the influences on hip hop come from the streets of New York and California, kwaito is known as the musical voice of young, black, urban South Africa. It’s a mixture of all that 1990s South African youth grew up on: SA disco, hip hop, R&B, Ragga, and a heavy, heavy dose of American and British house music.Kwaito: much more than musicL is for LiteratureThomas Pringle, Rider Haggard and Olive Schreiner , Wilbur Smith, JM Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Athol Fugard, Credo Mutwa, Sol Plaatjie, NP van Wyk Louw, Andre Brink, Etienne Leroux, C.Louis Leipoldt, Can Themba, Breyten Breytenbach, Alan Paton, Eugene Marais and Herman Charles Bosman all wrote from these shores.South Africa has produced two Nobel literature laureates: JM Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer. The country has had a rich history of literary output. Until relatively recently, realism dominated the production of fiction – perhaps because authors felt an overriding concern to capture the country’s turbulent history and the experiences of its people.Fiction has been written in all of South Africa’s 11 official languages – with a large body of work in Afrikaans, in particular. Many of the first black authors were missionary-educated, and the majority wrote in either English or Afrikaans. One of the first novels by a black author in an African language was Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi, written in 1930.South African literatureM is for MbubeIn 1939 a tall, shy Zulu migrant worker named Solomon Linda stepped up to the microphone and produced a three-chord song with lyrics something like “Lion! Ha! You’re a lion!”, inspired by boyhood memories of chasing lions stalking the family cattle. The song was called Mbube, Zulu for “lion”.It’s estimated that Linda received a total of 10 shillings for the song. Yet the tune went on to become Pete Seeger’s runaway hit Wimoweh, then the Tokens’ The Lion Sleeps Tonight, on to at least 160 covers, before ending up in the voices of Timon and Pumbaa, the meerkat and warthog characters in Disney’s classic movie and Broadway hit The Lion King.Along the way, it is said to have earned some US$15-million (R90-million) in royalties – but not for Linda. The musician died in 1962 with less than R100 in his bank account. His widow couldn’t afford a headstone for his grave.In February 2006, Linda’s legacy finally received some justice. After a six-year battle his daughters, who had claimed almost R10-million from copyright holder Abilene Music, settled their dispute for an undisclosed sum.Linda’s Lion sleeps – at lastN is for Nguni CattleSo you think a cow is a cow is a cow? Think again. South Africa’s indigenous Nguni cattle, long the mainstay of traditional Zulu culture, are possibly the most beautiful cattle in the world, with their variously patterned and multicoloured hides everywhere in demand.For hundreds of years, the well-being of the herds and the Zulu people have been so closely connected that cattle have become a part of the people’s spiritual and aesthetic lives. This has given rise to a poetic and complex naming practice.The fine and subtle nuance of the isiZulu language captures the delicate interrelationship between cattle terminology and the natural world, where the colour and pattern of a hide or the shape of a pair of horns is linked to images in nature.The abundant Nguni herdsO is for Owl HouseIn the remote Karoo village of Nieu Bethesda is a fascinating world of sculpture in concrete and glass, fantastic figures and mythical beasts set around a house decorated with luminous paint and multicoloured panes of glass.This is the Owl House, created by the reclusive Helen Martins and her labourer Koos Malgas in the 1940s and now regarded as a masterpiece of visionary art.In her late forties Martins found herself divorced and alone, her parents dead, and back in the tiny town in which she grew up. The Owl House was her attempt to bring light, life and colour into her lonely grey world, and soon became a major obsession.Owl House: recluse’s masterpieceP is for PalaeontologyKnown in South Africa as the Cradle of Humankind, the region of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai and environs has one of the world’s richest concentrations of hominid fossils, evidence of human evolution over the last 3.5-million years.Found in the provinces of Gauteng and North West, the fossil sites cover an area of 47 000 hectares. The remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and hominids – our early ancestors and their relatives – are captured in a bed of dolomite deposited 2.5-billion years ago. Although other sites in south and east Africa have similar remains, the Cradle has produced more than 950 hominid fossil specimens.Sites in the area supply crucial information about members of one of the oldest hominids, the australopithecines – two-footed, small-brained primates that appeared about 5-million years ago.The Cradle of HumankindQ is for QuaggaExtinction is forever – or is it? On 12 August 1883 the last living quagga died at the Amsterdam zoo, and the world believed this unusual type of zebra had gone the way of the dodo.The quagga lived in the Karoo and southern Free State, unlike regular zebras, was striped on the front half of its body only, coloured a creamy light brown on its upper parts and whitish on its belly and legs.For the last 20 years a team of South Africans have been working to bring the beast back from the dead, with the third generation of specially bred foals now being born.Bringing back the quaggaR is for RobotSouth African English is both rich and peculiar. Here, cars stop at robots, not traffic lights. A pickup truck is a bakkie, sneakers are takkies, a hangover is a babbelas, and people greet each other with a heita or howzit.Eish! expresses surprise, frustration or outrage, and a juicy piece of gossip is likely to be greeted with a drawn-out see-ree-ous!. An particularly handy word is sharp (often doubled up for effect as sharp-sharp!), used as a greeting, a farewell, for agreement or just to express enthusiasm.Voetsek! means go away right now – or else – and a bliksem is what will happen to you if you don’t voetsek. Those who won’t voetsek and aren’t scared of a bliksem are known to skrik vir niks – unless they’re simply spookgerook.SA English is lekker, bru!S is for ShuttleworthWith an appropriate name, South African internet entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth used the millions he earned selling his company in his late twenties to become the first African in space. Joining a Russian crew on the International Space Station in 2002, SA’s Afronaut has gone on to become a major philanthropist, setting up the Mark Shuttleworth Foundation to promote science education and open-source software.Shuttleworth’s Go Open Source campaign aims to create awareness, educate and provide access to the software – which is created by volunteers and free for anyone to download, use and modify. Software developed by Shuttleworth companies includes Ubuntu, a leading open-source operating system used, among others, by Google.SA’s Afronaut back on earthT is for TsotsiTsotsi is the first South African film to win an Oscar, and has put the country’s movie industry firmly in the spotlight – and vindicated the government’s multimillion-rand strategy to increase the volume of local films and market South Africa as a film-making country.Based on acclaimed playwright Athol Fugard’s only novel, Tsotsi – the word means “thug” or “hoodlum” – tells the story of a violent young street criminal who finds redemption after he inadvertently abducts a baby during a car hijacking.The film cost $5-million to make and was filmed on location in Kliptown in Soweto, Gauteng. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, it stars Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Zola, Kenneth Nkosi, Mothusi Magano and Zenzo Ngqobe.Tsotsi puts SA film in spotlightU is for Unesco World HeritageDid you know that Table Mountain National Park has more plant species in its 22 000 hectares than the British Isles or New Zealand? Or that the Drakensberg has both the highest mountain range in Africa south of Kilimanjaro and the continent’s richest concentration of rock art?South Africa is home to seven Unesco World Heritage sites, places of “outstanding value to humanity”.Natural heritage sites are the St Lucia wetlands, the Cape Floral Region and the Vredefort Dome meteor impact site. Cultural heritage includes the archaeological site of Mapungubwe, and Robben Island, for centuries a jail for political prisoners – including Nelson Mandela.The Drakensberg mountain range, with its dramatic scenery and rich store of rock art, is a mixed natural and cultural World Heritage site.World Heritage in South AfricaV is for VillagesSouth African cultural villages allow tourists to experience first-hand the traditional ways of life of South Africa’s people, from the Basotho Cultural Village in the Free State, the Shakaland Zulu village in KwaZulu Natal, the Shangana Cultural Village and South Ndebele Open-Air Museum in Mpumalanga, and the Lesedi Cultural Village in Gauteng. Visitors get to eat traditional food, be entertained by traditional dance and music, and sleep in authentic dwellings. And the villages are more than a unique holiday experience: owned and run by local communities, they help uplift the often marginalised communities of rural areas.SA village tops ecotourism popsW is for WineThe vineyards of the Western Cape have been producing wine since the 17th century, with perhaps the most famous estate, Groot Constantia, established in 1685. Members of the British royal house, Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis Philippe of France, Frederick II of Prussia, the Lords Seventeen of the VOC, governors, admirals and captains coveted the Constantia label and treated their special guests to it.South Africa now has 100 200 hectares under vines for wine production, with the annual harvest some 600-million litres. The country produces 3,1% of the world’s wine and ranks as number nine in overall volume production.The Winelands are set in magnificent Cape mountain scenery, with estates offering wine tastings, restaurants and accommodation. Some of the world’s top eateries are to be found in the region.South African wineY is for YumTwo dances of the sea, four guises of salmon, iced peanut butter and kassler soup, chocolate risotto . yum, yum and yum again. And these are just the starters.Yum restaurant in Johannesburg has developed a new and funky South African cuisine, and was rewarded with an Eat Out Johnnie Walker Restaurant of the Year award in 2005.Yum has been in the top 10 restaurant list five times before. Owner and head chef Mario de Angeli (33) has no formal training, yet was named chef of the year in 2003.He describes Yum’s menu as “new South African cuisine, our interpretation of global food from South Africa – world food by South African people”.Yum: a new South African cuisineZ is for ZuluThe Zulu people are South Africa’s largest population group, with isiZulu the most common home language. They also have the country’s largest monarchy, headed by King Goodwill Zwelathini, and a rich and enduring culture going back centuries. Shaka, who ruled the Zulu in the 19th century, is possibly their most famous leader, an almost mythical figure and the stuff of legend – not to mention a fair amount of colonial fabrication.In the 19th century, the Zulu nation took on the British Empire and, armed only with spears, won stunning victories before succumbing to the relentless might of the empire. The war was the subject of the 1964 movie Zulu, starring Michael Caine. The nation has also given its name to a revered New Orleans social club: the 100-year-old Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club.Zulus bring Zulus to New OrleansSouth Africa’s populationSource: South Africa History Online, Wikipedia, News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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12 Geocaches Guaranteed to Give You Goosebumps

first_img SharePrint RelatedIt’s the Spookiest Time of Year — Manunka Chunk Tunnels (GC82B5) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 23, 2013In “Community”Help This Blog Post Help You GeocacheApril 28, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – October 27, 2011October 28, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” As a geocacher, evil nanos, tricky puzzles and even fake spiders may no longer surprise you. That’s why we’ve created a list of the world’s spookiest geocaches — geocaches guaranteed to make you shriek, shudder and have a frighteningly good time.Check Out the World’s Spookiest GeocachesWhat’s the most frightening geocache you’ve found? Share your most terrifying tales on the Geocaching Facebook page.Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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