December 18

Bafana exit World Cup on a high

first_img23 June 2010Bafana Bafana bowed out of the 2010 Fifa World Cup with heads held high in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, playing with style and belief to score South Africa’s first ever win over France. The 2-1 victory left them placed third in Group A, level with Mexico on four points, losing out only on goal difference.Bloemfontein is renowned for its passionate football fans, and a crowd of 39 415 at the small Free State Stadium made the crowd appear much bigger than it was. The place was rocking, and the South African supporters were rewarded with an equally passionate performance by Bafana Bafana.Aaron Mokoena and company showed huge appetite for the contest, which contrasted markedly with a deflated looking French squad. For most of the game, France, World Cup finalists only four years ago, were laboured and poor.French problemsThere had been huge problems in the French camp in the lead-up to the match, with the squad refusing to train on Sunday after striker Nicolas Anelka had been sent home on Saturday. This followed a bitter tirade he had launched at coach Raymond Domenech at half-time of France’s 2-0 loss to Mexico.Further evidence of the discord in the French camp was evident in the benching of captain Patrice Evra for Tuesday’s clash, with Alou Diarra taking over as captain.In the tunnel before the teams took the field, the difference was clear: France looked tense, talking in muted tones, while there was a determined look in the eyes of the South Africans, a oneness that was lacking in the French team.South African changesSouth Africa showed a number of changes, through suspensions and the need to attack and find another gear going forward. There were starts for Moeneeb Josephs, Anele Ngongca, MacBeth Sibaya, Thanduyise Khuboni, and Bernard Parker.France were the first to make any sort of waves once the contest was under way. Andre-Pierre Gignac managed an early shot on goal, but it was directly at Josephs in the South African goal and he had no problems dealing with it.In the 10th minute Djibril Cisse steered a glancing header goalwards, but once again it went straight into the welcoming arms of the goalkeeper.South Africa’s first effort on goal came in the 17th minute when MacBeth Sibaya took a shot from distance, but it flew high and wide.Bafana Bafana had struggled to make much impact on the French defence, finding it hard to penetrate at all in the final third of the field, but that was soon to change.Goal!On 20 minutes the home team won its first corner of the game. Siphiwe Tshabalala swung it in. goalkeeper Hugo Lloris started to come for it, but then back-pedalled. The ball flew over his head to the back post and central defender Bongani Khumalo, showing plenty of desire, rose up and headed it down into the ground.The ball bounced up and into the net and the crowd exploded with joy. Khumalo took off towards the crowd, blowing kisses, and for a moment Bafana Bafana supporters began to dream that the big win they needed to reach the next round might be on.Cisse responded with a shot a few minutes later, but it was a harmless effort that passed wide of Joseph’s left hand post.South African striker Katlego Mphela then made a mazy run from halfway to deep inside the French half. He fired from the top of the box and Lloris needed to pull off a good save, diving to his right, to deny Mphela.Red cardA minute later the game took a decisive turn in favour of South Africa. MacBeth Sibaya and Youann Gourcuff rose to contest a header in South African territory. Gourcuff caught Sibaya with an elbow in the face and the midfielder went down. It didn’t look like there was too much in it, a yellow card maybe, but.The referee, to the surprise of most, produced a red card and the French were down to 10 men! Matters were going from bad to worse for Les Blues.For a while after the sending off, the game struggled to find some rhythm, but Bafana Bafana slowly started to make use of their one-man advantage.Steven Pienaar earned a free kick on the right, outside of the box, and Siphiwe Tshabalala fired a shot not far over the crossbar.Two goals upA minute later, in the 34th minute, Bafana Bafana went two goals up. Tsepo Masilela initiated an attack down the left and laid the ball off for Tshabalala, who had an overlap.He centered and the ball ricocheted off a defender back to Masilela, who had continued his run. He crossed the ball on the ground and square to Mphela, who bundled it across the line from only two metres out.South Africa were two goals up and the French well out of the game. Once again, the South African fans began to dream.maybe an improbable place in round of 16 was on the cards.In the back of the netAlmost immediately Bafana Bafana had the ball in the back of the net again, but Bernard Parker, who had struck a sweet shot was rightly ruled offsides.France’s best moment of the half came with half-time approaching when Josephs fended off a dangerous looking free kick that William Gallas just failed to get a touch on.Two minutes from the break, Mphela once again tested Lloris with another long range effort that passed across the goalie. He was forced to deflect it behind for a corner.Good value for their leadThe half ended with South Africa 2-0 up and good value for their lead. The crowd was happy and with Uruguay 1-0 up against Mexico, the possibility of progressing looked reasonable, if unlikely, as the home team had France on the rack.French coach Raymond Domenech made a change at the start of the second half, bringing on Florent Malouda, which added some sting to France’s attacking efforts.South Africa, though, were the first to ask a question when Parker fired a left-footed shot on goal. Lloris dealt with it comfortably, however.Beautiful moveThen followed a beautiful move by Bafana Bafana. Pienaar passed from the middle of the park to Tshabalala, who found himself on the right. He picked out Mphela, steaming up on the left, with a fantastic ball between the two central defenders.The striker was in the clear, with only Lloris to beat. The goalie raced out and made himself as big as possible. Mphela shot to the left of Lloris and the ball grazed the outside of the goalie’s left hand post. It was a glorious opportunity spurned.On the sidelines, Bafana Bafana’s reserves, who were busy warming up, held their hands to their heads in unison.Ngongca was then replaced by Siboniso Gaxa after picking up an injury and Thierry Henry came on for Djibril Cisse. With his 17th World Cup finals appearance, Henry equalled the French record.Just before the hour-mark, Mphela tested Lloris with another excellently struck shot from distance, forcing the net-minder to concede another corner.Weak shotFranck Ribery made a good run into the South African box but, surrounded by three defenders, produced a disappointingly weak shot that passed high over the crossbar.Mphela then had another good chance to extend Bafana’s lead. He found space on the right, rounded the defence and closed in on the goalkeeper in the box. Lloris blocked the shot with his legs and the ball deflected back into the striker and out for a goal kick.Siyabonga Nomvethe, the scorer of the goal in South Africa’s only previous World Cup finals win – 1-0 over Slovenia in 2002 – was brought on for Parker after 68 minutes.French goalOn 70 minutes, France, showing more fight and rhythm, pulled one goal back. Bacary Sagna picked out Ribery on the right with a lovely pass. Ribery could have shot but, astutely, he drew Josephs before centering the ball. Malouda ran onto it and scored from an easy tap-in.The goal effectively killed off South Africa’s dream of an improbable place in the next round.Pienaar came ever so close to providing Khumalo with his second goal in response, his free kick passing only centimetres from the defender’s head in front of the French goal.Three minutes of additional time was shown to be played and it provided some stirring action. Teko Modise, on for Thanduyise Khuboni, fired off a strong shot into the side netting from the left and then followed a great chance for Bafana Bafana.Great chanceTshabalala was picked out in the goal box after Nomvethe had left a cross from the right. He had plenty of time and space to shoot, but Lloris reacted quickly to try to close him down. Tshabalala fired and the ball almost stopped, spinning on the spot. The South African midfielder raced to pick up the rebound, but Gallas was on hand to clear.Not long afterwards the final whistle sounded and South African supporters were left with a strange mixture of pride and disappointment. It had been a gallant effort by the national football team, but it had not been enough to clinch a place in the round of 16.With Uruguay beating Mexico 1-0 in the day’s other Group A contest, South Africa finished level on points with the Mexicans, but lost out on goal difference. Mexico had scored three goals and conceded two in their three games, while Bafana finished with three scored and five given up.Uruguay topped the standings with seven points, while France finished bottom with only one point and the single goal they scored against Bafana.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

December 16

Impact of OpenStack Project Goes Beyond the Cloud Industry Leaders

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters Since the announcement of OpenStack crossed the wire on Monday, much of the emphasis has been on Rackspace‘s decision to open source their code and what this might mean in terms of the other major (proprietary) cloud players. But there are 25 companies who’ve signed on to the OpenStack organization and the benefit of the open source project will be far-reaching beyond just the cloud service providers.I had a chance today at OSCON to talk with Peder Ulander, CMO of, about what being part of the OpenStack initiative means to the startup. offers a software platform for building and managing both public or private cloud environments. allows customers to deploy cloud services within their existing IT infrastructure, facilitating the move to the cloud. has been open source all along, with modular offerings designed to meet the needs of its customers.While the benefits, and even the inevitability, of cloud technology are clear to some, there are still major inroads to be made before adoption is ubiquitous. The fears of vendor lock-in – which is a major piece of what the OpenStack project addresses – are a big part of what’s causing some companies to hesitate about the cloud. After all, despite the frequently heard assertion that cloud computing is a “disruptive” technology, Ulander says that companies don’t necessarily want to adopt something “disruptive.” Ulander likens the adoption of the cloud to the adoption of Linux. Once major players like IBM “sanctioned” its use, Linux was able to make greater inroads in the enterprise. Similarly with the backing of major players like Rackspace, Ulander contends that the OpenStack initiative will probably help cloud computing take a big leap towards legitimacy and acceptance.It’s too early to tell if the open source project will be collaborative or competitive, but already sees the benefits of participating. is planning to adopt the OpenStack Object Storage platform into its CloudStack product, for example, allowing the company to immediately add a new feature to its offerings. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

December 15

Google Search Gets Even More Personal

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Google Now#search Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google Now fans have been hoping for a desktop version of the intelligent mobile personal assistant, and now … well, it still isn’t quite here. But something similar is coming to desktops, smartphones and tablets in the U.S. this week. See also: Google Now Opens Up To iPhones, iPadsThe company is rolling out a new update to its search engine that gives users “quick answers” to personal queries—for instance, when their next flight leaves, or when a package is due to arrive—made in the search bar. And if the info is in your Gmail, Google Calendar or Google+ accounts, the relevant answers pop up at the top of the search results.The typed or spoken queries use natural language and cover common scenarios such as:Flight tracking: Type or say “Is my flight on time?” or “What’s my gate number?” to see current or upcoming flights, their status and other details.Reservations: Input “my reservations” and it pulls up upcoming hotel or restaurant reservations and addresses. It also provides driving or transit directions to the destination with one tap. Purchases: Query “my purchases” and shopping orders spring up, so you can view available order and shipping information.Plans: Ask “What are my plans for tomorrow?” and any appointments or relevant combination of the above may appear.Photos: The feature can also search and display your Google+ images upon command. Just ask something like, “Show me my photos from Thailand” or “my photos of sunsets.” Related Posts center_img Google Now anticipates the information users need, while the new feature relies on users proactively searching for specific info. Another distinction: The search-based service works in desktop browsers, as well as on tablets and smartphones. It works in any browser via text input, and via speech wherever Google search by voice is available—i.e., desktop Chrome, Google search mobile apps and the native Google search on Android.(See also: Google Wants To Kill Off The Mobile Web—And Good Riddance)The personal data Google serves up is secured via encrypted connections, the company says. Google conducted a limited field trial of the feature last year. Now it’s ready for the public, so it’s rolling out in the U.S. over next few days in U.S. English. No word yet on when it might come to other countries or languages.If you’re interested, you’ll be able to take it for a spin soon and see if you find it handy. If not, don’t fret—there’s a handy kill switch. You can turn it off temporarily by clicking on the globe icon at the top of the search results page, or shut it off completely in the “Private results” section in the settings.For more information, along with examples of things you can ask, visit the Official Google Blog or the company’s Inside Search site.  In truth, all that information is already available to you, so the new service isn’t providing access to anything you don’t already have. But it does aim to make the Google search bar a convenient way for you to call up your own information in addition to the remaining entirety of online human knowledge.According to Google, “We’ve been offering this kind of info—flights, reservations, appointments and more—for more than a year in Google Now. We’ve gotten great feedback on how convenient it is, especially when you’re on the go.” Although there are similarities in the types of practical data this and Google Now provide (which, in both cases, is for one user account at a time—there’s no multiple account support), the services are not quite the same.  adriana lee 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

December 3

Youth rapes 12-yr-old girl in Amritsar

first_imgA 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped for the past several days by a youth, who used to live as a tenant in her grandmother’s house here, the police said on Tuesday. The incident in Hussainpura area of the city in Punjab came to light when the victim told her friend, who in turn shared it with her mother. Then, the friend’s mother informed the victim’s grandmother, a police official said. The accused, who is absconding, had been allegedly raping the girl for the past several days and had threatened the minor of dire consequences if she informed anyone, the official said. The victim had been living at her grandmother’s home after the demise of her parents. The accused had stayed as a tenant some time ago at the house, he said. A case has been registered in this regard, he added.last_img read more

November 28

Pakistan not to host World Cup matches: ICC

first_imgThe International Cricket Council on Friday withdrew the 2011 World Cup hosting rights from Pakistan due to uncertain security situation in the strife torn nation.”It is a regrettable decision (but) our number one priority is to create certainty and deliver a safe, secure and successful event,” ICC President David Morgan said in a statement at the end of first day of its two-day Executive Committee meeting.Pakistan was one of the co-hosts of the quadrennial cricketing event along with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Six Sri Lankan players and an assisting coach were injured and several policemen were killed in a terror attack on cricketers last month.Earlier, the ICC had also shifted the Champions Trophy out of Pakistan after many teams raised safety concerns in traveling to the country owing to continuing unrest there.last_img read more

November 28

Sports and Pakistan: Of Players and Patriots

first_imgKapil Dev’s views which have now been echoed by other cricketers are hardly laudable (“Ties that Bind”, July 12). Cricketers are paid to play regardless of who the opposition is or what the political designs of the governments of the opposing teams are. Kapil himself pointed out that on his,Kapil Dev’s views which have now been echoed by other cricketers are hardly laudable (“Ties that Bind”, July 12). Cricketers are paid to play regardless of who the opposition is or what the political designs of the governments of the opposing teams are. Kapil himself pointed out that on his visit to Sri-nagar the soldiers egged on the cricket team to go out and beat the Pakistanis in the Sahara Cup. So with whom is Kapil expressing his solidarity? If the cricketers feel so strongly about Pakistan then they should not repeatedly put up spineless performances against them.-Jayant Dwarkadas, DehradunI fully agree with Kapil Dev that there should be no sporting relations with Pakistan until the Kargil issue is resolved. No Indian player will be in the right frame of mind in a match against Pakistan. This is bound to affect the performance of the team. Further, calling off sporting ties with Pakistan would send a strong message to that country for its involvement in cross-border terrorism. Our cricket stars should utilise the time in playing benefit matches to collect funds for the welfare of families of the martyrs in Kargil.That will constitute real patriotism.-Vivek Wahi, Delhilast_img read more

November 26

Asus launches ZenFone Go 4.5 Gen 2 starting at Rs 5,299

first_imgTaiwanese company Asus on Monday launched the ZenFone Go 4.5 Gen 2 smartphone in India starting at a price of Rs 5,299. The ZenFone Go 4.5 Gen 2 will be available in two different camera options: 0.3MP + 5MP (front and rear) and 2MP + 8MP (front and rear). It will be available on Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon, PayTM, Shopclues and in Asus exclusive stores and all other offline stores, the company announced.The ZenFone Go 4.5 Gen 2 (ZB452KG) comes with a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a 854×480 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 64GB via microSD card.The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1 Lolllipop-based Zen UI. It is backed by a 2,070mAh battery which is user replaceable. The ZenFone Go 4.5 Gen 2 will be available in the colours: Pearl White, Glamour Red, Lemon Yellow, Silver Blue, Silver and Sheer Gold.”The Zenfone Go 4.5 2nd generation embodies the ASUS spirit of providing luxury at an affordable price. A perfect accompaniment for those who seek to empower their lives, the smartphone packs in high-end specifications in an aesthetically appeasing design. We are sure the phone will be appreciated by the users, like our other products,” Peter Chang, regional head – South Asia & country manager – System Business Group – ASUS India said.Also Read: Asus ZenFone Go LTE variant launched at Rs 7,999Previously, Asus announced the 4G LTE variant of the ZenFone Go phone in India. The Asus ZenFone Go 5.0 LTE (T500) is now available for buy from online retail stores Amazon India and Snapdeal at a price of Rs 7,999.advertisementThe phone comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8916 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card.It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The dualSIM phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Asus’ ZenUI on top. The phone is backed by a 2,500mAh battery.last_img read more

November 26

Salman, Bindra and Sachin as Olympic mascots: Twitter has its own take

first_imgWith Sachin Tendulkar accepting Indian Olympic Association’s invite to be India’s brand ambassador to the games, Twitter, as usual, had its own tongue-in-cheek reaction to the development.Sachin joined Salman Khan and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra to become the third Goodwill Ambassador for India at Rio.A lot of tweeters however continued to deride the earlier choice of Salman Khan as mascot, though some jokes were just aimed at the size of the “ambassador contingent”.  Soon, we will have a seperate contingent for all India’s Goodwill Ambassadors at the Olympics & will have to find a sportsperson to lead it.; Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) May 3, 2016 India’s Goodwill Ambassador meet -Abhinav Bindra: I shoot targets.Sachin: I shoot TVCs.Salman: No comments. The matter is sub judice.; Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) May 3, 2016 What will you find in major cities in every 5 KMs:Gurgaon: ThekaIndore: Poha CentreKanpur: Gutkha ShopMumbai: Olympic Ambassador; Sunil (@akshaykanitkar) May 3, 2016 The Olympic contingent now has more ambassadors than on Indian roads; TheFrustratedIndian (@FrustIndian) May 3, 2016 add a dancer, sand artist, painter, poet, author, wild-life activist, rocket scientist, musician to the list of goodwill ambassadors for Rio; #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 29, 2016 Only in India, people mistake a goodwill ambassador with the messenger of sports, and go gaga when Bollywood celebs endorse cricket teams.; Aladdin (@Alllahdin) April 25, 2016 India Ropes in 4 ambassadors for Rio Olympics. They will also represent india in 4*100 relay race.; Pawan SinghA (@urbanpendu00) May 3, 2016Still a better Ambassador than Salman for #RioOlympics2016; The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) May 2, 2016last_img read more

November 17

Meghalaya expects Central funds for National Games (Lead)

first_imgShillong, Oct 10 (IANS) The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is expected to fund Rs 300 crore to the Meghalaya government for construction of stadiums for hosting the 2022 National Games, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said on Wednesday.The event will coincide with the 50th year of the state’s creation.”For building stadiums, the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment is funding the state Rs 300 crore. For building the games’ village, the fund has to be managed by the state government,” Tynsong said after the Cabinet meeting.The Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, discussed the state’s preparations for hosting the national games. “About 50-acre land would be utilised for creating stadiums for the national games at New Shillong Township while another land of about 70 acres would be utilized for building the games village,” Tynsong said. He said the sports department would complete the process of appointing consultant, architect, and chief executive officer of the national games by November 15.Asked if the sports infrastructure would be completed in time, with only four years left for the national games, the Deputy Chief Minister voiced his confidence saying, the state government is determined to complete the infrastructure by 2022.Nita Ambani, founder-chairperson of Reliance Foundation, had shown her keen interest in partnering with Meghalaya government in building sports infrastructure ahead of the Games.”We would love to talk to the government and help in every way possible for the national games, Ambani had said recently in Shillong.Meghalaya will be the third northeastern state followed by Manipur and Assam to host the National Games.It had co-hosted the 2016 South Asian Games with neighbouring Assam.Over 14,000 athletes and officials are expected to visit Meghalaya during the Games.–IANSrrk/prsadvertisementlast_img read more

November 16

To compete against Virat Kohli and take his wicket was pretty special: Nathan Lyon

first_imgAustralia’s most successful off-spinner and fourth-highest Test wicket taker Nathan Lyon once again showed why the team relies on his experience in home conditions to get wickets as he produced a man-of-the-match performance in the second Test against India in Perth.On a pitch which offered a lot of pace and bounce for the faster bowlers, Lyon finished with 8 wickets for 106 runs to spin Australia to a 146-run victory at the Optus stadium on Tuesday.Lyon’s performance also saw him bag a five-wicket haul, his 14th in the longest format, in India’s first innings.It was also his seventh five-wicket haul against India, a feat which saw him go level with Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan as the most five-wicket hauls against India in Test cricket.The 31-year-old, who is also known as the GOAT (greatest of all time) among Australian fans, now has 16 wickets in the series and was able to perform his duties in leading Australia’s victory song for the first time since March 5 in Durban – before the damaging Newlands ball-tampering scandal.”It’s amazing to play a role in a victory, haven’t had one in a while. Thanks to everyone. Can’t wait to sing the song. It’s fair to say we’ve been in a drought, so good to break.”Was special to wrap the tail up quickly. My role probably changed a bit, attacking in Adelaide to a defending on here. But luckily they ran down to the wicket to create a few footholes,” Lyon said after bagging the man-of-the-match award.advertisementLyon also singled out the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli in the second innings as the most special one out of the 8 he got in the match.It was also the seventh time Kohli was dismissed by Lyon in Test cricket. Only James Anderson and Graeme Swann have got his wicket more times with 8 dismissals.”Definitely those two wickets (Virat and Rahane) are special. Virat is the number one player in the world, to compete against him and to be able to take his wicket is pretty special. Pant is a wonderful striker of the ball, he’s a special talent and it’s always a great challenge to bowl to him,” Lyon added.Lyon also thanked his brother for helping him improve his batting over the years.”My brother (Brendan Lyon) has been helping me with the batting. I am not a very good batter, so I am trying to improve a little bit and play my role,” Lyon said.It was sweet revenge for Australia after a nail-biting 31-run defeat in the series-opener in Adelaide, and ensured Tim Paine’s first win in five Test matches as skipper.The focus will now shift to the Boxing Day Test which will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26.Also Read | Australia beat India by 146 runs in Perth, series now level 1-1Also Read | My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth TestAlso Read | Gavaskar critical of Kohli’s team selection in Perth: Why bring Bhuvneshwar to Australia?last_img read more