South Africa catches World Cup fever

first_img9 June 2010 With days to go to kickoff, World Cup fever has hit South Africa in earnest. Confidence and excitement levels on the streets have reached a 10-year high as the country counts down to what many South Africans are describing as a “second miracle”, after the country’s transition to democracy in 1994. Travel anywhere around South Africa and the first images you’re likely to see are those of the national flag, hoisted from suburban walls, draped from office block windows and balconies, and attached to every third car on the street. “I think the whole country is now united by one goal, and that is to make this World Cup a massive success,” Johannesburg resident James Straider told “Every time I look at the countdown clock I feel nervous, and I think it’s the excitement that creates that.” John Smit, the captain who led the South African rugby side, the Springboks, to a 2007 Rugby World Cup final triumph, said: “We have seen some unique scenes in our country before, but we are all eagerly waiting for the kick-off of this tournament. “We will be following closely the progress of Bafana Bafana, and we wish Aaron [Mokoena] and the boys all the best of luck,” Smit said. One of the country’s most famous football supporters, “Machaka”, is hoping that South Africa will do the nation proud. “I will definitely be supporting Bafana, although I have a soft spot for other teams. “But for us, it’s important as South Africans to put aside whatever differences we might have and ensure that this tournament becomes a success,” Machaka said. “A lot has been said about our country and it’s capability to host a tournament of this magnitude, but now we are excited.” Much of the optimism inside the Rainbow Nation, as the post-apartheid South Africa is often referred to, is credited to the recent rich vein of form of the country’s senior national side. The team, under veteran Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, have recovered from a dry spell in time for their opening match against Mexico, taking place at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on Friday. They’ve put in some gutsy performances recently, notching up victories against highly rated sides like Colombia and fellow-finalists Denmark. For a side that has experienced mixed fortunes in their history, this recent success has renewed hopes among the locals as they prepare to navigate group A, which also includes France and Uruguay. A majority of the 32 teams competing at the World Cup have already landed in South Africa and are getting the lay of the land ahead of the event. And, without exception, they have given a thumbs up to South Africa’s preparations, with all signs pointing to pure excitement and riveting entertainment for the month ahead. Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

The State Of Web Development – Ajax set to surpass Flash in ’07

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Ektron and SitePoint did a survey of 5,000 web developers overthe US summer, and have just released the results in a report entitled The State ofWeb Development 2006/2007. It’s packed full of useful data, even in the 25-pagepreview (which is free). The bits that particularly interested me were the following twocharts, showing which web technologies developers and organizations are using now – and planto use in future. Tags:#design#web Interestingly AJAX is not that far behind Flash (which has been around for muchlonger). See below for more on that trend… Blogs are well-used, while wikis not so – no real surprise there, as blogs aregenerally easier to use. Syndication / RSS at 36% is still a little low, but I predictit’ll be much higher next year thanks to the likes of Microsoft and Yahoo bringing itinto the mainstream. richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Most web technologies will apparently be used more – inparticular Ajax, which next year is predicted to surpass Flash for the first time.I’m quite surprised that syndication is not planned to be used more next year, as to my mindRSS and syndication has only just scratched the surface of development opportunities.Custom search is another that I pick to be used more – yet it’s slated to go downin this report! Microformats are probably a ‘long bet’, as it’s still low on peoples radar according tothis report.What will be the next big thing on the Web?I also enjoyed the section about the ‘next big thing’ on the Web.  Someresponses:Real-time visual 3D view and navigation of a sitemore standards compliance, responsible use of technologies and semanticsportable information progressParadigm shift: you will not search the Web for information. You will define what youwant, and the Web will collect it for you.Voice interactivity/navigation“…total immersion. Cell phones, PDAs, laptops, PCs, TVs – so many differentways exist to access the Web and more are added every day. The Web is going to become–if it hasn’t already – the hub on which the world spins.”“Integration of Internet technologies into everyday life that does not involve adesktop or even a mobile/cell/PDA”What are your thoughts on the next big thing on the Web? Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Behind The Screen With Maori: Pariah

first_imgPariah – Adepero Oduye & Charles Parnell(Courtesy of Pariah) By now you’ve more than likely heard about the narrative feature film directed by NYU grad Dee Rees—Pariah. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival last January, has since received much deserved critical acclaim for its sensitive and emotionally-gripping portrayal of protagonist Alike’s coming-of-age and –out as a queer teen. Set in Brooklyn, Pariah tells the story of a 17-year-old girl preoccupied with poetry and searching for romantic love. As she begins to embrace her sexuality and commence that awkward crawl towards adulthood, Alike battles her conventional parents and more flamboyant peers, all the while managing to continually progress toward a graceful freedom that she can call her own. This film is not a tragic tale, and contrary to a few mentions in the urban blogosphere—it is not “Precious 2.0.” Pariah is lovingly and masterfully crafted. Rees has surrounded herself with a team of über-talented filmmakers including executive producer Spike Lee, cinematographer Bradford Young (who received an award at Sundance for his work on the film), producer Nekisa Cooper and actors Adepero Oduye (Alike), Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell among others—the entire cast is stellar. The characters are all three-dimensional and smash open stereotypes. It’s not easy to love or hate any character outright. The costumes are seamless and the art direction is subtle and captivating. Cinematographer Young recently gave an interview in Shadow & Act where he discussed the visual aesthetic of the film and the importance of discovering new ways to present black bodies at their most beautiful. The overall effect of the film is not one that is overwrought, but rather has a fine sense of balance. In our jaded times, Rees has managed to construct a story that hasn’t yet been told in this manner, that pulls on our hearts in all the right ways and encourages us to love ourselves (and our families)—whole. Insider tip: There will be a special tastemakers screening on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30pm at the Ritz East (125 S. 2nd Street). Philly 360° has a few tickets available! Follow Philly 360° on Twitter for a chance to win. Pariah opens in Philadelphia on Friday January 13 Landmark Theatres: Ritz At The Bourse 5 400 Ranstead Street (Old City) Philadelphia, PA 19106last_img read more

Won’t quit, Games will be best ever: Kalmadi

first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Friday ruled out his resignation in the face of allegations of corruption and said that the 2010 event would be the best ever. Speaking to the media after unveiling the medals for CWG, Kalmadi said that all arrangements for the October event would be ready in time.  CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi”There is no question of quitting. We are doing a great job. We will organise the best Games ever,” said Kalmadi, refusing to take moral responsibility for the corruption allegations that have overshadowed the Games. He said he would quit after the Games only if Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Indian Olympic Association asked him to. Kalmadi admitted that several stadia had problems. “Some of the venues are still to get ready. We and the Commonwealth Games Federation are looking into it. We hope the stadia will be in tip-top condition very soon,” he said. Kalmadi sought to steer clear of the concerns raised in the CVC report. “The CVC report is on the construction (of stadia) and not on the Organising Committee,” he argued. The Organising Committee chief sought the media’s help to make the Games a success. “The Games are a major responsibility and can’t happen without the media’s support,” he pleaded. India, Kalmadi said, had bright prospects in the Games. “Last time, we got 50 medals and came fourth. This time, we are expecting 70 medals and hope to come at least third,” he said. He informed that the prime minister had allocated Rs 700 crore for the training of players and the “results would show in the medals’ tally”. Lalit Bhanot, secretary general of the Organising Committee, said 5,539 gold, 4,818 silver and 4,529 bronze medals had been ordered for the Games.advertisementlast_img read more