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Hansen captures Joburg Open

first_img269 – Anders Hansen (DEN) 71 68 64 66 270 – Andrew McLardy (RSA) 65 68 69 68 271 – David Drysdale (SCO) 65 66 71 69 272 – Danny Willett (ENG) 67 66 71 68272 – Tyrone van Aswegen (RSA) 69 65 70 68272 – Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 68 71 63 70 273 – Richard McEvoy (ENG) 69 65 72 67273 – David Dixon (ENG) 68 69 68 68273 – Joakim Haeggman(SWE) 69 68 66 70 274 – Estanislao Goya (ARG) 70 69 69 66274 – Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 71 66 67 70 275 – Charl Coetzee (RSA) 68 67 75 65275 – Richard Sterne (RSA) 71 66 70 68275 – Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) 67 70 69 69275 – Taco Remkes (NED) 67 70 69 69275 – Graham de Laet (CAN) 72 66 68 69275 – Michael Hoey (NIR) 64 68 72 71275 – James Kamte (RSA) 69 69 66 71275 – Thomas Aiken (RSA) 69 69 66 71 Hansen had a 20-footer for eagle on 18, which would have put unbearable pressure on McLardy, but he left it three feet short. He then rammed home the birdie putt to go to 15-under, thus setting McLardy a target of 68. He sealed the deal with an impressive five-under-par 66, holding off the challenge of South Africa’s Andrew McLardy, whose second place was his second in the three years of the tournament. Source: Sunshine Tour Retief Goosen, who started the final round just one off the pace, endured a horrible day: His card was littered with nine bogeys, six of which came on the homeward nine as he crashed out of contention. Willett shared fourth with third-round leader Charl Schwartzel and fellow-South African Tyrone van Aswegen. 12 January 2009 The South African had sniffed victory when he turned up the heat on the back nine by stringing together a sequence of three birdies through 10, 11, and 12 to creep up onto the pacesetter. Anders Hansen of Denmark birdied the final hole to finish at 15-under-par 269 and walk away with the R2.25-million winner’s cheque at the third Joburg Open played at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on Sunday. A bogey on the 12th was hardly noticed as the Danish player made six birdies, including four consecutively from the sixth hole to the turn, which he reached he 31. He put the cherry on the top with his final birdie on 18th to secure victory. With the big crowd on the stands at the 18th willing him on, McLardy had a 25-foot putt to get into a playoff, but it fell two feet short. Third placeBehind the duel between Hansen and McLardy, Scotsman David Drysdale quietly shot a two-under-par 69 to ease himself into third place, ahead of the young Danny Willett of England. Frustratingly shortHowever, it was not to be as six consecutive pars, five of which could have been converted into birdies, left him frustratingly short. On the 13th, he curled a delightful approach round the trees in exactly the way he had told journalists he liked to do, landing the ball just 12 feet from the pin. Although he left his birdie attempt just inches short, it was the kind of putt that had “winner” written all over it. Schwartzel, after a superb 63 in the third round, that included a hole-in-one on the 12th, had a frustrating final round, shooting 70, but spending most of his time trying to bail himself out of bad spots or making up for his four bogeys. Defending champion Richard Sterne, who was attempting to join Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo as the only men to win three successive European Tour events in succession, had to settle for 12th place. His scorecard was hampered by far too many bogeys, and his final blitz of five birdies in eight holes in his final round was counterbalanced by two more bogeys. LEADERBOARD ‘That was very good’“I played really nice on the front side there, hitting a lot of good shots, so that was very good,” he said. He finished with a bang, however, entertaining the crowd with a 228-metre albatross on the 18th. Ultimately, his round was a disappointment as he closed with a three-over-par 74.last_img read more

Youngsters win World Cup seats

first_img11 May 2010For a group of youngsters, the international flavour of the Fifa World Cup™ came to South Africa a few weeks early as they took to the field for the 2010 National Schools Football Final, with each team “adopting” a World Cup participating nation.The tournament, which took place at Marks Park Sports Club in Johannesburg on the weekend, forms part of the My 2010 School Adventure campaign.The campaign, a partnership between the 2010 Local Organising Committee and the Departments of Basic Education, Arts and Culture, and Sport and Recreation, has seen over 8 000 schools around the country taking part in regional tournaments over the last few months, with the winners from the boys and girls u14 and u18 categories in each province representing at the national finals.Having adopted Spain, Seiphemelo Secondary School from North West province won the main match of the finals. Such was the significance of the event that the main game, the boys under 18 final, along with nine other games, was televised on sports channel Supersport.What the children did not know was that, as a reward for going so far in the campaign, 5 000 World Cup tickets were made available to the young players through the 2010 Fifa World Cup Ticket Fund.“I feel great about the campaign because it ensures that young people like myself are removed from the streets and from participating in unsavoury activities and instead are given the opportunity to participate in something meaningful,” said Seiphemulo Secondary School student Lucky Matinyane.“Some of us come from poor families, so we would not have had the opportunity to attend a World Cup game had it not been for this initiative.”Despite falling short at the final hurdle, Buddy Dodovu from the Keurhof Special School said he felt “very good and excited about the My 2010 Schools Adventure, because it gives us the feeling that the World Cup is really here.“I feel we have gained a lot from this experience because we’ve heard that there are a lot of academies that will be recruiting from these finals,” Dodovu said.The National Football Finals were contested by both boys and girls in the under 14, under 18, and Learners with Special Educational Needs divisions.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Blight On The Farm(ville): Zynga Sneaks In Major Layoffs During Apple Press Event

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Related Posts Here at ReadWrite, we’re not wholly surprised by the end, though the means were certainly conspicuous, both given the timing of the Apple event and the extreme short notice that our source reports. As our own Richard MacManus wrote back in June, Zynga’s fortunes are dangerously bound up in Facebook these days:“Social gaming company Zynga had an outstanding 2011, leading to a well-hyped IPO in December. But Zynga’s biggest risk was always an over-reliance on Facebook, with most of its revenue and users coming from the social network. It’s now six months after Zynga’s IPO and its stock price has halved, currently sitting at under $5. That’s because many of its high profile gaming products are tanking.“At the time of its IPO in mid-December, Zynga had the top five games on Facebook by daily active users. But, according to app tracking website AppData, three of those five apps have declined dramatically in Daily Active Users (DAI) since then.”We’re a long way from November 2010, when John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins called Zynga was one of the best investments his company had ever made. In February of 2011 Kleiner Perkins and others invested $490 million in Zynga at a valuation approaching $10 billion. Today the comapny is worth $1.7 billion. Zynga stock has plunged 85% from its peak last summer, now trading at $2.21 per share.INTERNAL NOTE FROM ZYNGA CEO AND FOUNDER, MARK PINCUSTeam, Earlier today we initiated a number of changes to streamline our operations, focus our resources on our most strategic opportunities, and invest in our future. We waited to share this news with all of you until we had first spoken with the groups impacted. As part of these changes, we’ve had to make some tough decisions around products, teams and people. I want to fill you in on what’s happened and address any concerns you may have. Here are the most important details. We are sunsetting 13 older games and we’re also significantly reducing our investment in The Ville. We are closing the Zynga Boston studio and proposing closures of the Zynga Japan and UK studios. Additionally, we are reducing staffing levels in our Austin studio. All of these represent terrific entrepreneurial teams, which make this decision so difficult. In addition to these studios, we are also making a small number of partner team reductions. In all, we will unfortunately be parting ways with approximately 5% of our full time workforce. We don’t take these decisions lightly as we recognize the impact to our colleagues and friends who have been on this journey with us. We appreciate their amazing contributions and will miss them. This is the most painful part of an overall cost reduction plan that also includes significant cuts in spending on data hosting, advertising and outside services, primarily contractors. These reductions, along with our ongoing efforts to implement more stringent budget and resource allocation around new games and partner projects, will improve our profitability and allow us to reinvest in great games and our Zynga network on web and mobile.  Zynga made social gaming and play a worldwide phenomenon, and we remain the industry leader. Our success has come from our dedication to a simple and powerful proposition – that play is not just something people do to pass time, it’s a core need for every person and culture. We will all be discussing these difficult changes more with our teams and as a company. Tomorrow, Dave and I will be hosting a post-earnings webcast (details to follow) and next week we will be discussing our broader vision and strategy during our quarterly all-hands meeting. I’m confident this puts us on the right path to deliver on the promise of social gaming and make Zynga into an internet treasure. If you have any immediate questions, I hope you will talk directly with your manager, Colleen, or me. I look forward to talking with you tomorrow. Mark Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Facebook#zynga Update: Zynga just provided us with a copy of an internal letter sent out today by Zynga CEO and co-founder Marc Pincus. It appears reprinted in full below.Anyone who knows the tech industry will tell you: the best time to announce bad news is smack dab in the middle of an Apple announcement. Actually, ask Zynga, the ailing maker of Facebook games, which today snuck out some very bad news indeed — that CEO Mark Pincus (above) had sprung a surprise layoff on his game developers, laying off 5% of the company’s total workforce.As the collective tech blogosphere had its blinders on during today’s iPad mini announcement in San Jose, reports bubbled up on Twitter that Zynga had quietly let go more than 100 employees in its Austin office. This afternoon, Zynga confirmed with us that it had not only culled its Austin team, but just announced the closure of its Boston office. Zynga intends to also close its bases in Japan and the UK.One (now former) Austin Zynga employee confirmed with us that the company had just announced a round of layoffs in Austin, and that TheVille along with another new IP “are both done.” According to the source, who requested not to be identified, employees who got the axe were given “less than two hours to vacate the premises, turn in [their] computers, phones and badges.”Many of the people let go in Austin had been with Zynga for more than two years. Naturally it sounds like once they collect the physical remnants of their time at Zynga, they’ll be headed to the bar.Why didn’t anyone see this coming? Oh wait, we did A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Vijender enters quarter-finals

first_imgVijender Singh defeated Terrell Gausha of USA 16:15 to book a quarter-final berth in the men’s middleweight (75kg) category boxing at the Olympics, here on  Thursday.Terrell Gausha of USA had a good start to Round 1 as he moved rather well with Vijender struggling to land his punches early on. Vijender kept himself at the center of the ring allowing Terrell Gausha to come his way and take points using counters. The Indian succeeded in doing so and took the first round 4:3.In the second round, Gausha did not move much as he traded some good right hooks and jabs but Vijender kept his guard up. Near the end of the second round a 30 sec. burst saw both the boxers trading 1-2 combos and landing a few of them. The second round ended with honours even at 5:5.With Gausha trailing by 1 point, Vijender started to move well all along the ring frustrating the American who was desperate to take the game to the veteran Indian. Gausha set the tempo of the game as Vijender managed to slow it down with some solid defending.Gaushas left-right combo had Vijender in trouble as the Indian wobbled a bit but came back strongly with a clean left hook followed by a 1-2 jab. As the bout neared its end a desperate Terrell Gausha let his guard down and a decisive punch straight to the face was landed by Vijender in the final seconds of the round. The 5 judges scored the round 7-7 thus giving Vijender victory by a solitary point with a total score of 16:15 in favour of the Beijing Olympics bronze medalist.advertisementlast_img read more