first_imgBy Des Bieler | The Washington PostWashington’s increasingly makeshift situation at quarterback has done nothing to end questions about why the team has been hesitant to sign Colin Kaepernick. For his part, the noted free agent was reported Sunday to be “ready and willing” to play for Washington.That’s according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, who cited “two sources close to the former NFL quarterback” in reporting that Kaepernick “would be willing to play for (Washington) as early as …last_img read more

first_img2 December 2008 Zangqa had scored out wide on the right, leaving captain Mzwandile Stick with a difficult conversion. He made it, however, to send the game into extra time to determine a winner. They’ll have a chance to win their tenth crown over the weekend of 5 December on home soil in George. Tickets are still available for the George event through Computicket outlets. SA coach Paul Treu said: “Our preparation was really good and the players all contributed superbly. Although this is a new look team, we still have a couple of players who won here in 2006 and who were part of our success early this year in Adelaide. With a first half performance that was almost faultless, the English ran in three converted tries to none to lead the Kiwis 21-0 at halftime. EnglandSouth Africa’s opponents in the final were England after they upset defending champions New Zealand in the semi-finals. TryAs time ticked down, it appeared that South Africa would bow out in the final four, but substitute Vuyo Zangqa broke from a scrum inside the Fijian 22-metre area and raced through for a try to pull South Africa within two points with only seconds remaining in the game. Stick added the extras and South Africa ran out 19-12 victors. England replied early in the second half with a try by Tom Biggs. The SA defence, however, kept him wide in the left hand corner and the conversion failed. The final was another hard-fought affair, but this time around South Africa didn’t have to come from behind. BreakTreu’s men seemed headed for extra time again, but with only 20 seconds remaining Gio Aplon broke from a ruck inside the South Africa 22-metre area. South Africa were thrust onto the back foot when Paul Delport was yellow carded and England took advantage of their numerical advantage when Nicky Young scored and then converted his own try to level the scores at 12-12. ‘Committed’“We were committed in defence and really took our chances at key moments,” he added. In Dubai, after running roughshod over their opposition in pool play – beating Scotland 31-10, the Arabian Gulf 33-0, and Kenya 31-0 – South Africa dealt comfortably with Australia in the quarterfinals, recording a 19-0 shutout.center_img Turning on the afterburners, he flew down the left-hand touchline, beating the despairing dive of England’s last defender before generously passing to Ryno Benjamin, so that he could score the try. Captain Mzwandile Stick said the unbeaten run of the Springboks on their end of season tour of the United Kingdom had served as motivation for his team; Bok coach Peter de Villiers was also on hand to present the Sevens team with their jerseys on Thursday, and then attended all their matches. A combination of a never-say-die attitude, patience, tough defence and execution carried South Africa to victory in the Dubai Sevens at the weekend. It was the second time in three years that South Africa have taken the honours in the event. In the extra period the captain once again stepped up to secure victory for his team with a sensational long distance dropped goal. The title was South Africa’s third in Dubai, after previous wins in 2003 and 2006. It was also their ninth IRB Series title in total. Right on halftime Mpho Mbiyozo crashed over to put South Africa 12-0 in front at the break. After the break, the New Zealanders fought back with a vengeance, matching the three tries of England, but when one of those went unconverted the champions were out. Early leadSA Rugby’s Young Player of the Year Robert Ebersohn put SA into an early lead when he cut inside and sliced through the England defence, which had been stretched by sustained attacks deep inside their half. Stick converted to increase the lead to 7-0. The second half followed the pattern of the first half with excellent defence from both sides snuffing out one attack after another. FijiFiji, in the semi-finals, were a much tougher proposition. The islanders tried to use their big men to drive the ball up and suck in the South African defenders before passing the ball out wide; their line-up was considerably bigger than South Africa’s, but determined defence by Treu’s charges turned the contest into a back-and-forth arm wrestle. Just before halftime, Fiji finally broke through when Rupeni Nasinga dotted down for a try, which was converted to put the Pacific islanders 7-0 clear at the break. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img6 February 2015Durban witnessed what is arguably its most successful tourism year in 2014, with an increase in visitor numbers of 12.8% over 2013, according to the eThekwini municipality.In total, 7.4 million people visited the warm East Coast city, with a total direct spend of R19.2-billion and 95 396 jobs created and sustained over the year, the municipality reported on 4 February. With indirect spend added, the tally was R32.4-billion.Durban proved to be a big draw card for domestic and international visitors over the festive period, which showed an average growth of more than 20% in visitor numbers, with 400 000 more tourists than the previous year. Over the six weeks of December to mid-January 2015, Durban had 1.45 million visitors with a total direct spend of R3.1-billion and 15 492 jobs created; some were sustained.The hospitality industry employs 95 396 people.In terms of market segmentation, Durban recorded a 15% increase in foreign visitors from the United States, 12% from Australia, 13% from Zimbabwe and 10% from Zambia. Gauteng was again a key source market, constituting 49% of all visitor arrivals.Durban mayor James Nxumalo said the city was excited to be presenting these ground-breaking statistics, which had far exceeded all projections and reached a successful peak for the city. “The positive outcome of the research is encouraging and reflects the hard work done by the industry to promote tourism and ensure Durban is a top-of-mind destination.”Durban Tourism head Philip Sithole added: “2014 has proved to be one of our most successful years. This is after we launched a number of campaigns aimed at marketing the Durban destination to both local and international markets. Most notable was our ‘Taking Durban to the World’ strategy, which aimed at boosting both international and domestic tourism.“We have already started seeing return in investment in terms of achieving the objectives of our campaigns and if you look at the number of accolades that we have received in the past year alone, most recently the New York Times listing Durban in the top 10 places to visit for 2015, it is evident that we are on the right track.”The list was released in January. Durban is number seven, and the third city on the list.Durban was named one of the New7Wonder cities of the world in December 2014, out of more than 1 200 nominees from 220 different countries.In addition, in 2012, the municipality entered into a two-year partnership with National Geographic to position Durban as a “must visit” world-class tourist destination. The partnership ended in June 2014.Under it, National Geographic implemented a global campaign that included print, digital and television. The TV campaign included the production of three 60-second vignettes and two documentaries on Durban.Speaking this week, Nxumalo said the National Geographic campaign had reached 497 million viewers in the past two years.In early December, Durban Tourism, the city’s official tourism arm, said it would spend almost R22-million in a second partnership, over three years, with the National Geographic Society to market the city worldwide.As part of it, National Geographic’s Traveller magazine would commission an in-depth feature article on Durban and potentially, KwaZulu-Natal. There would also be an editorial supplement on “The Best of Durban”, and a 12-page feature for the USA Traveller magazine and tablet editions about Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.Themes and topics would include sporting events, culture and heritage, cuisine, lifestyle, architecture and multi-culturalism.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgSouthface Energy Institute recently held a grand-opening ceremony for its new Southeast Weatherization Energy Efficiency Training Center, nicknamed the SWEET Center. The event was well attended, with several mercifully brief speeches by several dignitaries, including civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis; officials from DOE and the Georgia Energy Office; and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who just the day before unveiled an ambitious sustainability plan for the city.After the ceremony, the center opened for tours, and competitions took place to see who could perform the best weatherization work on sample building sections. The classroom focuses on combustion safety issues, a big component of weatherization work, most of which is currently focused on low-income housing. My favorite display was the backdrafting demonstration, which uses theatrical fog machines to show exactly how easy it is to draw toxic fumes like carbon monoxide into a house with pressure imbalances. I want to shoot a video of this for some of my upcoming talks; it should scare the crap out of an audience.The center also includes several complete, albeit small homes, both indoors and out, that will be used to teach proper use of performance testing equipment. I liked the wall sections with clear plastic on one side that can be used to test blown insulation techniques. After students fill a stud cavity, they can see exactly how good a job they did, learning the best techniques in the process.We can’t outsource this workBob Adams, the DOE representative, shared some impressive statistics with the group. Stimulus funding is currently helping to weatherize more than 15,000 low-income homes every day; to date, almost a quarter of a million homes have been completed. In addition to providing training for low-income weatherization, one stated goal of this center is to expand the techniques to market-rate projects that will help our domestic economy grow. As many people have said, we can’t outsource weatherization work; it has to be done locally.last_img read more

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday shunted out the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra, besides ordering action against 13 other officials after they were indicted in an inquiry into the killing of 10 Gond tribals last month over a land dispute.‘FIRs against guilty’ Addressing a press conference at his residence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said FIRs will be registered against several police and administration officials for alleged irregularities and members of the Adarsh Krishi Sahkari Samiti, Umbha, on charges of land grabbing. The disputed land in Umbha and Saphi villages will also be transferred back and registered in the name of the gram sabha, he said, while announcing that a Special Investigation Team will look into the matter. Mr. Adityanath said departmental proceedings have been initiated against Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agrawal and Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil for taking “one-sided decision” against the villagers. Directives have been issued to attach Mr. Agrawal and Mr. Patil to the Personnel Department and the DGP Headquarters, respectively, he said. S. Ramalingam has been made the new District Magistrate of Sonbhadra, while Prabhakar Chaudhary is the new Superintendent of Police, officials said. “The entire matter will be probed by an SIT. The SIT will be headed by DIG SIT J. Ravindra Gaud and will have Additional SP Amrita Mishra along with three inspectors. DG SIT R.P. Singh will be monitoring the work of the SIT,” the Chief Minister said. He said another team will be set up under Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Renuka Kumar to look into the issue of land grabbing by “fake” societies in the last 60-70 years in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra.‘No action on report’ “Fake societies in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur have grabbed more than one lakh acre of land. In 1972, the then Chief Minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna had constituted a probe committee under Mangaldev Visharad. However, no action was taken as a number of Congress leaders were involved,” Mr. Adityanath said.last_img read more