As the Raiders embark on a new era with Mike Mayock as general manager and Jon Gruden as head coach, they rid themselves of their former general manager’s right-hand man.Joey Clinkscales, the Raiders’ director of player personnel and Reggie McKenzie’s No. 2, has been fired, the Bay Area News Group has learned.This move was expected after McKenzie’s firing, and Clinkscales, who normally traveled with the team, hadn’t done so since the Raiders let McKenzie go on Dec. 10.“I have 15 years worth …
11 March 2013Luck was not on Banyana Banyana’s side as the South Africa’s women’s football team slipped to a 1-0 loss to the Republic of Ireland in a Cyprus Women’s Cup match played in windy conditions at Paralimni Stadium on Friday.A lapse of concentration early in the second half allowed Ireland to score through Aine O’Gorman, who struck with a half-volley from inside the penalty area.Banyana dominated the contest in the first half, struck the crossbar three times in the second half, but failed to find a goal against the Irish, who had thumped Northern Ireland in their first match by five goals to one.Close callsPlaying with the the wind in the first half, Ireland put Banyana on the back foot, but coach Joseph Mkhonza’s charges weathered the pressure, although there were one or two close calls. One those occurred when Grace Murray watched in agony as her in-swinging corner kick from the left struck the crossbar and was cleared to safety by Janine van Wyk, who was outstanding in defence.Refiloe Jane and Amanda Dlamini produced a far better display in the middle of the park to stifle the Irish, but Banyana’s attack looked somewhat jaded. Jane, in particular, played superbly as a protective shield for the back four.Midway through the first half, she sent Jermaine Seoposenwe through on goal with a defence-splitting pass, but Seoposenwe’s shot was saved by Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne.Narrow missesSubstitute Noko Matlou and fellow striker Nomathemba Ntsibande, came close to scoring on three occasions in the second half: Matlou had a header agonizingly shave the upright. Moments later, Ntsibande struck an upright with a fierce low shot, while goalkeeper Byrne pulled off a good, low save from Matlou towards the end of the match.Winger Mary Ntsweng was Banyana’s best player on the day. She came close to scoring and thought she had found the back of the net with a long range effort, but was left to watch in disbelief as her shot cannoned off the crossbar following sustained pressure by Banyana.After the game, she said: “As a collective, we have done well in creating chances. What we need only is to improve our communication and be fully alert when in the final third.‘Standard is higher’Ntsweng added: “The standard is higher in the tournament this year, teams have regrouped after last year’s outing and strengthened their weak departments.”Despite conceding early on in the second half, South African goalkeeper Andile Dlamini performed well on the few occasions she faced challenging situations and showed a huge improvement from her nervous first outing on Wednesday.Banyana, runners-up in the 2012 African Women’s Championship, will next face Northern Ireland in their final Group C match on Monday. They beat the same opponents 2-0 in last year’s Cyprus Women’s Cup.In Group C’s other game on Monday, the Korea Republic, who beat Northern Ireland 3-0 on Friday, will play against the Republic of Ireland.RESULTSItaly 2-0 New ZealandScotland 4-4 EnglandSwitzerland 1-1 NetherlandsFinland 1-2 CanadaRepublic of Ireland 1-0 South AfricaSouth Korea 3-0 Northern IrelandSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
21 May 2015Portia Modise deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, according to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who saluted the decorated Banyana Banyana forward following her retirement from football.Modise’s contribution to women’s football was valuable, he said yesterday, and while she was hanging up her boots as a player, it was not goodbye as she would continue to be part of sport as an ambassador and mentor.Modise was the first South African soccer player in both the men’s and women’s sports to have scored more than 100 goals for the national team. After a triumphant career as a player, she announced on 19 May that she would retire from Banyana Banyana with immediate effect to pursue a career in coaching.“I’m not saying goodbye to the football association, I’m saying see you later. I would really like to contribute to building football in this country,” she said.“The question of honouring people who have made a contribution in sport is a matter that we are attending to, through the Hall of Fame. People like Portia, I think in even in women’s sports, those that came before her have not achieved what she has achieved in the field of play,” said Mbalula.“She definitely belongs in that Hall of Fame in terms of honour and respect. She needs to be inducted into that Hall of Fame for all her achievements. She is one of the brightest stars of women’s sport.”She was retiring at a time when there were plans to make women’s league football a full-time sport in South Africa. The South African Football Association (Safa) had committed to making Modise an ambassador of women’s sport as she was a role model to young girls and an icon of women’s sport.It was important that efforts be made to train her as a coach so she could pass on her talent through training others.The Mail and Guardian newspaper stated that Modise “is South Africa’s most successful soccer player. She’s the most capped female player and the top goal scorer. Across the board.”Modise, who was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, was the longest serving player in Banyana Banyana, with 124 caps. She scored 101 goals in national team colours, making her the first African footballer to ever score 100 international goals, according to Safa.Nicknamed “Bashin” after the Orlando Pirates goal scoring legend Albert “Bashin” Mahlangu, Modise played a vital role in Banyana’s achievements. She started playing football aged 10, choosing the sport over netball in school. She played for Soweto Rangers at U/10 level and Jomo Cosmos Ladies before joining Soweto Ladies in 1996.At 13 she captained Basetsana before being called-up to the senior side two years later. She made her debut in the senior national team in 2000. She also had a stint overseas playing for Danish side Fortuna Hjorring for two seasons.Source: SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov
14 December 2015This weekend’s win is the Springbok Sevens’ third consecutive win on home soil, after their triumphs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournaments in 2013 and 2014. The win in Cape Town puts the team at the top of the log for the World Rugby Sevens Series 2015, as joint leaders with Fiji.Well done @Blitzboks – champion of the SA leg of @WorldRugby7s for the third year running! @CapeTown7s pic.twitter.com/EeQjMxjRjt— South African Rugby (@Springboks) December 13, 2015Sunday’s final featured some impressive and inspired play from the South Africans, including the physicality of forwards Kyle Brown and Philip Snyman, and the pace of Rosko Specman, Cheslin Kolbe and Seabelo Senatla against a determined and dogged Argentinian defence.No one created more havoc, though, than centre Justin Geduld, whose kicking set up scoring opportunities for both Specman and Senatla. Geduld was named Player of the Match.The brave South American Pumas refused to give up the chase. But after a Kolbe run set up a try for Ryno Benjamin and gave South Africa its fifth try of the game, the partisan 52 000 strong crowd cheered the home team to a conclusive win, and the end of a great weekend of world-class rugby.Coach Neil Powell facing @Blitzboks for national anthem @CapeTown7s #BringTheHeat pic.twitter.com/etDbtFnQ09— South African Rugby (@Springboks) December 13, 2015“We made it hard for ourselves again in the final,” Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell told SA Rugby after the game. The team had to improve from the previous day’s performance, in which the Blitzbokke faltered against Kenya, losing by two points. “I am proud of the way the team responded to the pressures and expectations from a fantastic home crowd,” Powell said.Brown, the captain, thanked the crowd for their support over the past two days, highlighting “the way the anthem was sung and the noise they made”, as the inspiration the team needed to win the final.WELL DONE @BLITZBOKS! The boys in the green and gold win the @CapeTown7s! pic.twitter.com/1Tw1Z9nZon— Cell C South Africa (@CellC) December 13, 2015The weekend provided some interesting upsets on the road to Sunday’s final. Argentina won against New Zealand in the quarter-finals, while Kenya ended the USA’s run during the pool matches on Saturday. South Africa struggled in its quarter-final against Australia, but came back strongly in the second half with a flurry of tries to win 26-5 and a spot in Sunday’s final.I picked some of my favourite images from the @CapeTown7s. See the full selection here: https://t.co/laoPfnkfoz pic.twitter.com/4hR8BZytx8— Tom Chick (@tomchick85) December 13, 2015Current World Sevens Series 2015 standing:1. Fiji – 35 points2. South Africa – 35 points3. USA – 29 points4. Argentina – 29 points5. England – 26 points6. France – 25 points7. New Zealand – 25 pointsThe next stop in the series is in New Zealand at the end of January, where the Blitzbokke will top Pool A and face New Zealand, Scotland and Russia. The tournament will be played in Wellington on 30 and 31 January.Thanks Cape Town, thanks sevens fans. Thanks Blitzboks fans. Thanks @blitzboks All of you did #bringtheheat pic.twitter.com/TOhixk5x1T— South African Rugby (@Springboks) December 13, 2015Source: News24
When the woods go silent…Dream #4A new geocache was just published within a mile of your house, and you set off to find it. Just as you’re within size of GZ, you see another geocacher making his way to the geocache…and he’s moving faster than you. You try to run but your limbs feel strangely heavy, getting heavier by the second.What it means: Your FTF (First to Find) obsession might be getting a little out of hand. It’s not all about the FTFs, even though they’re fun. Try turning your notifications off for a few days, just to see what it’s like. The goal is to reach a good balance between your day to day responsibilities and your geocaching responsibilities. Maybe 30/70. The struggle to be First to Find is real.Dream #5You walk into the room at a meet-and-greet Event Cache 45 minutes late to accusing and shocked stares. Accusing, because you’re the event host. Shocked, because you’re a tad… how shall we put it?… under-dressed.What it means: Like any good event host, you feel the pressure to make sure your guests are happy and have a good time. Sometimes, that pressure can translate into weird dreams like this one. Our recommendation? Relax. Geocachers are genetically predisposed to be awesome. Put a bunch of them together in a room and they’ll be laughing and sharing stories all day (until someone gets a new cache notification, of course).We think her ‘cachin fashion is spot on.Tell us about your geocaching dreams and nightmares in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More You know you’re a geocacher if you’ve had a geocaching dream, right? SharePrint RelatedFrom the Desk of Moun10Bike: How to Keep Your Geocaching Streak Going in the SnowDecember 18, 2013In “Community”Projekt 2013: The Mega-Event that Fought the Rain and WonJune 4, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”We’ve Got Urban Geocaching on Lock — QuadLockLog (GC330KJ) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2013In “Community” What you might not know is what your subconscious is trying to tell you. Whether you were digging through trackables in a bottomless lock-n-lock container, or found yourself frighteningly under-dressed for a geocaching event, your subconscious is probably trying to tell you something. Don’t worry—here are our interpretations of the 5 most common geocaching dreams.**And here is a grain of salt.What dreams may come when we have cached away this mortal coil?Dream #1You’re out geocaching for days and days on end, and all you get are DNFs, even on the easiest geocaches. Each time you reach GZ you look everywhere, but the situation is hopeless… not one geocache is found before you wake up.What it means: You might be feeling incomplete or ineffective in your geocaching of late. Think about your recent geocache finds. Have you been misinterpreting hints? Struggling to find good quality geocache swag among a sea of useless fast food meal toys? Or maybe your trackables just haven’t been getting the logs that they deserve. Whatever it is–something is missing from your experience. Figure out what it is and you might just have put a smiley on yourself. And remember, you’re not alone. Check out this DNF Pride video.DNF Pride PartyDream #2You’re on your way home from a successful geocaching outing at a really awesome geocache, when you realize you still have said geocache in your hands.What it means: Wretched thief! Just kidding. Your subconscious might just be coveting more favorite points, and gently prompting you to hide your own geocache. If you’ve never hidden one before consider giving it a try. If your geocache hides already number in the dozens, this is your chance to access your creative side and design a cool new geocache container.Those favorite points can be yours if you start thinking outside the lock-n-lock.Dream #3You’re geocaching deep in the woods and suddenly everything goes silent. You notice the light has faded and a strong, chilly wind has picked up. You’re miles away from civilization and your phone/GPS has just warned you that it’s losing steam. The tree cover is already making the GPS signal hard to pinpoint. You ate your last energy bar two hours ago.What it means: It’s time to find a geo-buddy (or two or three) to go geocaching with. Sartre might say, “If you are lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company,” but geocaching was only invented after he passed so his perspective was probably deeply skewed. And besides, geocaching is more fun with friends. It’s been scientifically proven.* Check out Geocaching Events to find geocachers near you.*sort of
The Czechia geocache that has earned the most Favorite points to date is Postovni schranka (GC5GTCM). Located near the main train station in Prague, this cache is perfect for leaving and exchanging wooden geocoins.Great Moravia 2017 was the first Giga Event in Czechia. It was also the first Giga Event ever hosted outside of Germany.A special icon and experience: The GPS Maze Europe was created by the Czech Geocaching Association (ČAGeo) in 2012. Ever since, the traveling educational exhibit has visited many events in Europe teaching geocachers old and new about geocaching and GPS technology.Students at the Czech Technical University in Prague can earn credits for geocaching. A geocaching class is part of an optional curriculum at their Institute of Physical Education and Sport.With so much geocaching history in Czechia it is no surprise that there are many fantastic geocaches to find. Here is a small selection of some favorites:This geocache at the Vyskov Air museum (GC13WC0) truly deserves the description large, as it doesn’t only fit SWAG but can hold a full grown geocacher (or two)! If you take one, make sure to replace with a geocacher of equal or higher value (just kidding).Kostnice / Ossuary (GCP0JT) is a Mystery cache that leads you to a medieval chapel in Sedlec that is entirely decorated in bones.One of the most favorited geocaches in Czechia requires some serious geo-gear as you will be going deep underground and wade through wet and dark tunnels to claim the Letterbox Hybrid Underground (GC28G7E).The sophisticated TB Hotel VITAJ (GC6TVHP) comes with working light fixtures, a rotating fan and model TV. Trackables can take a rest from their exhausting travels in one of the cozy rooms.This Virtual Cache leads you Katedrála sv. Víta || St. Vitus Cathedral (GC7B802) the largest and some say most beautiful cathedral in Prague.Have you geocached in Czechia? What are the best geocaches you’ve found?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”World’s most-logged geocache (GC189E5) is Geocache of the Week!May 17, 2017In “Community”Phenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017December 26, 2017In “Community” All over the world, geocaching is leading people to places they’ve never adventured to before. To celebrate how geocaching is played differently all around the world, we’ll pick a country from time to time and share some interesting geocaching facts. Today, we focus on a location with geocaching history: Czechia.There are almost 60,000 active geocaches hidden in Czechia.The first cache, Tex-Czech (GCE50), was hidden in June 2001 and has been found more than 5,000 times. It is still active today.The most logged geocache in the entire world is Prague bridges 1 – Karluv most in Prague! The cache has gained nearly 35,000 logs since it was published on January 1, 2008. Located on the northwest side of the famous Charles Bridge, the location is full of historical statues and is absolutely stunning. The first wooden geocoins were created by two Czech geocachers Poník and JPAgeo in 2005 as signature items to leave in geocaches for the next geocacher to find. Since then, they have grown in popularity all over Europe! Presently, there are about 38,000 different designs of wooden coins in the world.
Create a stunning particle dance effect in After Effects using Trapcode Particular.If you’re an experienced After Effects user you’re likely very familiar with Red Giant’s Trapcode Particular. We highly recommend the plug-in which allows users generate particles with much more functionality and control than Particle World (AE’s built-in particle generator).As a result of having such great control you can create some pretty awesome designs that would have otherwise been impossible to make. The following video tutorial by MotionSquared shows what can be accomplished using Particular. This After Effects video tutorial covers:Using ParticularOpacity Life-cyclesRepeatersColoring particlesWorking in 3D Space.Red Giant also recently created the Red Giant Universe which gives users some free plug-in’s to use in After Effects, Motion, FCPX, and Premiere. You can read more about the Universe on our blog and on Red Giant’s site.This video was first shared on the MotionSquared Youtube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Know of any other great Trapcode Particular tutorials? Share in the comments below.