2 November 2010Gurthro Steenkamp of the Blue Bulls was named the South African Rugby Union Player of the Year on Monday. He succeeds his team-mate Fourie du Preez.The big loosehead prop shone for the Bulls as the franchise claimed its third Super 14 title and stood out for the Springboks too. Not only did he exhibit improved scrummaging in 2010, but he also excelled around the field, producing a high tackle count and uesful contributions as a ball carrier.The other nominees for the award were Francois Hougaard, also of the Bulls, and the Western Province and Stormers trio of Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, and Schalk Burger.Team of the YearWhile the Bulls produced the Player of the Year, they were also recognised as a unit and named the SARU Team of the Year after winning the Super 14 for the third time in four years with a 25-17 victory over the Stormers in Soweto.Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies was named the SARU Young Player of the Year. He also picked up the SA under-20 Player of the Year Award after excelling at the IRB Junior World Championships in Argentina, where South Africa finished third.Together with 20-year-old Patrick Lambie, Jantjies was chosen for the Springboks’ end-of-year tour. The emergence of the two young playmakers has given supporters of the green and gold a lot of optimism about the future.Western Province awardsAlthough his team was beaten in the final of the Currie Cup, Western Province coach Allister Coetzee was given some consolation as he picked up the Absa Coach of the Year award. There was another award for Province when their exciting winger, Gio Aplon, was named the Players’ Player of the Year.There was success for the Stormers, with Andries Bekker being named the Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year after an impressive season in the southern hemisphere’s leading provincial competition.Another Stormer, Jaque Fourie, won the SuperSport Try of the Year for scoring a stunning five-pointer against the Crusaders after a superb run at Newlands.Record try scorerGriquas’ Bjorn Basson was named the Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year after setting a record with 21 tries in the season. The flying winger has been snapped up by the Blue Bulls for next season.The Eastern Province Kings’ Norman Nelson, who dotted down nine times in the season, was chosen as the Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year. The Kings claimed the First Division title with a hard-fought 16-12 victory over the South Western Districts Eagles in George.Francois Brummer of the Blue Bulls picked up the Vodacom Cup Player of the Year award. His drop-kick after the final whistle helped the Blue Bulls edge the Free State Cheetahs 31-29 to win the competition.Kyle Brown won the Sasol Sevens Player of the Year Award.Club rugbyStellenbosch University was beaten in the final of the SAA Club Championships, going down to College Rovers, but Maties’ Lourens Adriaanse was named the SAA Club Championships Player of the Year.Lock Dolly Mavungwana received the SARU Women’s Rugby Achiever of the Year award.Craig Joubert, who took charge of the Currie Cup final, won the Marriot Refereeing Achievement of the Year award.Johan Goosen of Free State, yet another fine product of the country’s top rugby school, Grey College, was named the Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament.Interestingly, the Sharks, winners of the Absa Currie Cup, didn’t win a single award!Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web#YouTube mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts YouTube announced earlier today that, at just five-years-old (can you believe it?), the online video host now exceeds over two billion views a day. According to the Google-owned site, “that’s nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined.”What it didn’t announce, however, was the hashtag-like system it appears to have quietly released for its commenting system, which turns certain Internet acronyms into colorful, searchable boxes of their own.So, to recap on that first part, YouTube is five-years-old, handling over two billion views a day and launching the YouTube Five Year channel, where users can submit videos that describe how YouTube has changed their lives.More interestingly perhaps, YouTube has added some colorful hashtags to its commenting system. Now, typing in #LOL, #FTW, #FAIL and #OMG (from what we’ve tried and seen) creates little orange boxes containing the text, each of which you can click on to search for similarly tagged videos.Maybe instead of reading comments back aloud to squelch the number of inane threads, YouTube thought it would silence some commenters (and therefor complainers over the inanity of YouTube comments) by giving people a quick and colorful way to express themselves. More likely, we’re expecting the sort of functionality we’ve seen on other video sites, whereby we can click on an OMG button to search for other OMG videos for hours of unending OMG fun. For all we’re aware, there’s not much more to categorizing the world, after all, than OMG, FTW, LOL and FAIL, right?Oh, and if you’re still feeling all warm and gushy over the part where we celebrate YouTube for reaching arbitrary round-numbered statistics, here’s a video they put together for you to rejoice with it. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting [Thanks Rahul Mathur.]
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… OCR (optical character recognition) fans that are frustrated with the current offering of online services may be pleased to learn that Google Docs will now grab text from images and PDFs quickly and cost free. According to the blog Google Operating System, the new feature has quietly been pushed live by Google after several months of experimentation and development, but will it replace commercial software or online solutions?When uploading files to their account, Docs users will now see an option to run an OCR scan, which will extract characters and place them within a new text document. As far as accuracy goes, PDFs fair much better than images, especially basic black text on a white background. Tags:#Google#web I uploaded a picture of my business card and Google Docs had trouble recognizing the largest text and clearest text on the card, but surprisingly did better with smaller text. A test of a PDF document turned up nearly perfect recognition results, but Google Docs strips nearly all of the formatting out, spewing out the text in a stream of letters and spaces. Other examples from Google Operating System produced decent results, but far from perfect or useful.Additionally, when scanning a PDF, Google Docs does not save a copy of the PDF, so scanning to text and saving an original file requires two separate uploads. This feature is great for casual OCR users that want to quickly grab text from PDFs and some images or business cards. Those who rely on OCR heavily will likely be disappointed with the features and may have better results with commercial solutions. chris cameron Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… For Web-based businesses, a foray into social media may seem like a no-brainer, but how can real-world, brick-and-mortar companies use the social Web to drive revenue and growth? Look no further than Green Aisle Grocery, an independently owned, organic grocery store in Philadelphia.Even before Green Aisle’s South Philadelphia storefront opened in Nov. 2009, co-founders Andrew and Adam Erace were using Facebook and Twitter were giving followers a taste of what the store would be carrying on day one as a way to build up local buzz. Today, the store has over 780 followers on Twitter and 745 Facebook fans receiving around-the-clock updates about new products, sales and in-store events.“Social media is definitely a regular part of our business,” says Adam Erace. “The speed of social media lends itself so well to our business model.” On a typical day, Green Aisle might use Facebook and Twitter to announce the arrival of fresh-picked apricots, natural almond milk and hummus, all accompanied by camera phone-snapped photos of the actual products as they come in the door. In some tweets, Green Aisle calls out to specific regulars of the store with timely updates:Hey @joymanning your fave selzter is back in stock! http://yfrog.com/jpxvbpjIn addition to product arrivals, in-store tastings and free samples are announced online, which helps drive foot traffic to the store. When something goes on sale, the store’s Twitter followers and Facebook fans are the first to know. While the real-world success of the social media initiative is not as easy to quantify as, say, page views on a website, Erace says that each day about 40% of their customers mention something they saw on Twitter or Facebook. Until recently, social media was the only form of marketing Green Aisle used. It was only after about six months of operation that it decided to purchase its first print advertisement in a local magazine covering sustainability.The success Green Aisle has enjoyed over the last seven months is substantial enough that it’s already considering opening a second store in another Philadelphia neighborhood, according to Erace.In the meantime, the owners are looking to upgrade their website to enable customers to order groceries online. “We do delivery and pick up, just via phone and email for now,” says Erace. “It works but we’d like to put a more efficient system in place.” john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#biz#Features Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Ander Herrera believes Jose Mourinho is right to complain about Manchester United’s pre-season preparations, labelling it the “strangest” he has experienced at the club.United have been without the likes of World Cup participants Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini during their tour of the United States, while Anthony Martial left the squad early to attend the birth of his child.Mourinho has been vocal about his frustration with his thin squad and admitted he is worried ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign, with his side winning just one of their four matches in the USA. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Herrera says the coach is right in his review of their preparations so far, as they have found it difficult to work on tactics.”It’s true, and I agree with him,” he told reporters. “It must be difficult for him to work with a group of players, maybe 50 per cent of whom he’s not going to have in the future.”You can’t really work tactically, because the guys you’re working with could be leaving, going on loan or going to the second team, so it’s difficult for him.”It’s also difficult for us, but we knew in advance before coming that it was going to be like this. This is my fifth pre-season here and it’s the most strange pre-season so far.”Although the 55-year-old seems cynical in his press conferences amid his complaints over the Red Devils’ lack of transfers, too, but the midfielder insists he is different around the squad. “I can just say that with us he’s very positive, he wants us to fight for the titles, he wants us to perform to our best, he wants us to work as hard as possible,” Herrera added.”But probably he’s not frustrated about the club or the market, he’s probably frustrated because he’s not able to work with the players that he’s going to have for the season.”Also you have the situation with Matteo Darmian, he’s playing now every game but probably he’s going to leave. And then some kids, they’re probably going on loan.“So I can understand the manager and if I put myself in his position, I would be in the same situation. You want to fight for the titles but you don’t have the team with you to work for it right now.”With United’s league campaign starting on August 10 against Leicester City, Herrera feels the season should have been delayed to give players more of a rest after the World Cup.”I think the most intelligent thing would have been to postpone the start of the season by maybe one week,” he said.”But we have to accept what’s coming and luckily we’re going to have some players that are now on holiday. We’re going to have them back one week before the start of the season so they can also help.”I think we’re suffering the most, because we had the most players in the semi-finals and final of the World Cup.”But this is football and sometimes it’s like this. It’s really difficult for the manager to now prepare the team because he likes to work tactically and he’s not able to do it.”The only thing we can do now is be positive and try to be as fit as possible for the start of the season. The work we’re not able to do now, we’ll do it in the last three or four days before the start of the season.”We’re in this situation because we have so many good players — fantastic players who have reached the [World Cup] semi-finals and the final.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Manchester return? Real Madrid dismiss anti-Man Utd clause claim for Diazby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have dismissed claims have an anti-Manchester United clause in their deal for Brahim Diaz.The Spanish midfielder is leaving Manchester City for Real today in a deal rising to €20m. Diaz will sign a Madrid contract to 2025.The agreement includes a 15 per cent sell-on clause, however English media claims of an anti-United clause have been dismissed, says AS.It was suggested City had demanded a clause stating that if Diaz was sold to United, Real would pay 40 per cent of the fee to the Blues. However, this claim has been denied.Diaz will be presented to local media and fans on Monday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The ONE Campaign challenged every US presidential candidate to send them a two-minute video explaining what they would do, if elected, to fight extreme poverty in Africa.Bernie Sanders replied with this video:Video: Senator Bernie Sanders Responds to ONE Vote ’16ONE Vote ’16, a nonpartisan project of ONE Action, is a campaign to make the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease — particularly in sub-Saharan Africa — a priority in the 2016 presidential election.The next president and Congress will take office at a critical time when there are effective and affordable solutions available that save lives: providing AIDS medicine that costs less than 40 cents a day; connecting smallholder farmers to markets to break the cycle of hunger and poverty; connecting millions of people with first-time access to energy that will open new doorways to education, healthcare, and job opportunities. With the force of nearly 3 million members in the U.S., ONE Vote ‘16 will educate and mobilize voters to ensure the next president is committed to using the United States’ strategic power to help end extreme poverty and create a safer and more stable world.To find out more, click here.
Kanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday flagged off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor through video conference from Kanpur. The length of the North-South corridor is 23 kilometre. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Chandauli MP and state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, Kanpur MP Murli Manohar Joshi, along with other state ministers were present on the occasion. The prime minister also laid the foundation stone for Agra Metro Rail project. Modi also distributed keys of houses to the beneficiaries of PM Awas Yojana.