Seefluth has 13 kills, 16 digs on Dons’ home winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team improved to 5-0 in Cloverbelt Conference East Division with a 3-0 sweep of Greenwood on Tuesday at Columbus Catholic High School.The Dons won 25-14, 25-18, 25-17 to remain unbeaten in the Cloverbelt East. Greenwood is now 1-3 in conference play.Maren Seefluth had 13 kills and 16 digs; Annie Baierl had 15 digs; setter Brooke Neider had 29 assists, 11 digs, and four service aces; and Katie Hall had eight digs and two aces for the Dons.Columbus will play at the Mondovi Invitational on Saturday before wrapping up Cloverbelt East play next week. The Dons host Gilman on Oct. 3 and head to Loyal on Oct. 5 as they attempt to win the conference title.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Frederik van Zyl Slabbert will be remembered for his liberal thinking and academic prowess. (Image: Stellenbosch University)Former opposition leader Frederik van Zyl Slabbert died in Johannesburg on 14 May. The pioneering politician died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, according to his daughter Tania. She survives her father, together with her brother Riko and stepmother Jane.Slabbert had been ill and had spent time in the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg just prior to his death at the age of 70.The ruling African National Congress paid tribute to the liberal-minded politician, describing him as “legendary” and saying it deeply mourned his passing.“As leader of the Progressive Federal Party, not only did he make an indelible mark in shaping opposition politics against apartheid in South Africa, but he fought for constitutional democracy to be realised,” said party spokesperson Brian Sokutu.“He will also be remembered as one of those white South Africans who facilitated contact with the African National Congress at the time it was banned inside the country,” said Sokutu.Academic careerFrederik van Zyl Slabbert was born in Pretoria in 1940 and grew up in the Limpopo town of Polokwane – formerly Pietersburg. In 1958 he matriculated from Pietersburg Afrikaans High School, and enrolled at the Witwatersrand University for a BA degree after a brief flirtation with theological studies, with the intention of becoming a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church.An enthusiastic sports fan who had captained his school’s cricket and rugby teams, he transferred to Stellenbosch University at the end of his first year, mainly in order to play rugby. He obtained his BA in 1961, followed by an honours degree in 1962, a masters degree two years later, and a PhD in philosophy in 1967.For 10 years Slabbert lectured in sociology at Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Rhodes and Witwatersrand Universities and took up a professorship in the latter’s sociology department in 1973. Despite his brilliant political career, he retained a love for academia and was appointed chancellor of his alma mater Stellenbosch University in 2008.A heart attack at the end of that year prompted him to relinquish the post in order to spend more time with his family.Vocal oppositionWhile still studying Slabbert became interested in the plight of the Western Cape’s coloured community, an interest which led him to campaign for a position of Stellenbosch University’s Student Representative Council. But even in those days his views were considered too liberal, and he lost his bid.In 1974 he decided to make a full-time career of politics and joined the Progressive Party. In that year’s general election he stood as the party’s Parliamentary candidate for the Rondebosch constituency, snatching it from under the nose of the United Party. Slabbert managed to keep this seat for the next two general elections in 1977 and 1981.He made his name as a politician with the Progressive Party, steering it through two name changes – to the Progressive Reform Party in 1975, and then to the Progressive Federal Party in 1977. The Progressive Party’s other famous member was the late Helen Suzman who for many years stood as its only representative in Parliament.Slabbert took over as party leader in 1979 and retired unexpectedly in 1986 after declaring that a tricameral Parliament, then being mooted, was useless in the South African situation of that time. In the following year he co-founded the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa, together with fellow Member of Parliament Alex Boraine.This was the start of his secondary political career as a consultant, facilitator and analyst. In 1987 the institute organised the historic Dakar Conference, which saw Slabbert travelling with a group of white – mostly Afrikaans – South Africans to Dakar for 10 days of talks with the then-banned African National Congress.Influential businessmanFrom then on he held positions in various philanthropic organisations, such as the Open Society Foundation of Southern Africa, a funding body that promotes democracy and strong moral values, and also sat on the boards of a number of influential commercial companies, among them the Caxton CTP publishing group and Metro Cash ’n Carry.In 1990 he co-founded the black empowerment and investment company Khula, which in 1994 became a 15% shareholder of the JSE-listed Adcorp Holdings, a group that Slabbert chaired from 1998.Slabbert was also a published author who wrote or co-wrote several books including The Last White Parliament: The Struggle for South Africa, by the Leader of the White Opposition in 1986; Comrades in Business: Post-Liberation Politics in South Africa in 1998; and The Other Side of History: An Anecdotal Reflection on Political Transition in South Africa in 2006.His political and academic work earned him worldwide acclaim, and a number of awards. He was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in November 1982 and was elected as a Fellow of Oxford University’s All Souls College. He has received honorary doctorates from KwaZulu-Natal and Free State Universities, as well as the Simon Fraser University in Canada.
A fan celebrates in Altenstadt,Germany, after his team’s 4-0 victory overArgentina in a 2010 Fifa World Cup Round of16 match on 3 July.(Image: Barbara Müller-Walter, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 email@example.com• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 firstname.lastname@example.org • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 email@example.com RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup: SA’s great leap forward? • 2010 World Cup, New York style• World Cup tourists paint SA red• World Cup boost to SA advertising• World Cup driving SA tourismSouth African Civil Society Information ServiceThe Fifa headquarters are nestled into a secluded spot on the hill overlooking Zurich, one of the richest cities in the world. Here a glass of Coke will cost you R60 (US$8) at a restaurant. The city, set around a lake with snow capped mountains in the background, is picture perfect in a chocolate-box kind of way.But it’s not just a twee live-in European theme park pretending to be a city. Zurich is also home to squats, innovative housing and artists’ collectives, large immigrant communities, a thriving music scene and political dissidents from around the world. Together they have created a vibrant urban life with oases of jazz, punk, radical Kurdish workers and Russian anti-Fascists.But, as the radical groups here would be the first to acknowledge, much of the material basis for this flourishing urban life is premised on devastation in other parts of the world. The bankers here bailed out apartheid and have a long and sorry history of collaboration with oppressive regimes. They have, for generations now, drawn part of their wealth from the gold and diamond mines of South Africa.Zurich has to be understood as the apex of a pyramid that reaches down, through corporate Johannesburg, to the Bantustans and the frontline states where women kept families going while the men were sent to dig the mines on poverty wages. The wealth of a city like Zurich is intimately connected to the devastation of a place like the Transkei.In Zurich, Langstrasse, the traditional street for communist and socialist mobilisation, is also where football fans gather to celebrate their victories. During the early stages of the 2010 Fifa World Cup it was taken over by jubilant Ghanaians and Brazilians. Some of them were undocumented workers who usually keep to the margins of society. Some worked in the kitchens of the restaurants and bars along Langstrasse.The street is also the heart of Zurich’s red light district and the women touting for corporate clients here seem to come mostly from Africa, Eastern Europe and South America. But in the carnival of victory, the football fans from Ghana and Brazil assumed, for a moment, centre stage in collective expressions of identity and joy.Fifa is in charge of the administration of football and earn billions from the game. But neither this fact, nor the bitter inequality within world football, change the reality that when the whistle blows, 22 men confront each other as equals for the duration of the game. Unlike in the United Nations or the World Bank, anything can happen on the pitch. Ghana can defeat the United States. South Africa can defeat France. England can be cowed.And watching Germany play in a German town like Wuppertal doesn’t really feel any different to watching South Africa play at home. The beer, the flags, the groans and roars that mark the waves of collective emotion that, for a moment at least, take us out of our own heads, the embraces that reach across social divisions, the hooting and hanging out of car windows and, now, the vuvuzelas, are all the same.The football World Cup is a global carnival that is, at least via television, as accessible to the bankers in Zurich as it is to mine workers in Johannesburg or their families in Flagstaff.And when it comes to football, expertise is not monopolised. A person may be precariously employed, undocumented and racially othered in Fortress Europe, but there is no reason for her not to publicly assume the same right as a Swiss banker to analyse and debate a game, a team or a referee’s decision. At an academic conference, football is more likely to be the topic of lunchtime conversation than academic matters and a waiter is quite likely to have a better-informed opinion than a professor and to feel able to express that opinion confidently.In a world where inequality is so profound and so effectively policed, administered and legitimated there is something utopian in the moments of transcendence that football can create.And South Africa’s successful hosting of the tournament seems, for the moment at least, to have changed the representation of Africa in Western Europe. South Africa is everywhere – from the vuvuzelas echoing down the streets, the cakes in the colours of our flag in the bakers’ windows in Germany, South African musicians playing in small German towns and glamorous representations of Cape Town in fashion magazines to detailed reports in newspapers and documentaries on television.South Africa, and by extension Africa, largely appears as competent, modern, and as a fun place with welcoming people. Stereotypes about our people, our food and even our weather have been and are being debunked daily.The tournament has been seen as an opportunity to tell the world about South Africa. And the story it is telling is often taking the form of a refreshing change from the racist and patronising lens through which Africa has so long been represented in Europe. The images of helpless starving African children that used to be everywhere in Western Europe have been replaced with representations of Africans as speaking, thinking and debating adults as capable of good and evil as anyone else.Fifa may own the administration of this global carnival that is the football World Cup. But the fact remains that it is a global carnival, made by ordinary people.Source: South African Civil Society Information Service. All articles distributed via the SACSIS news alert service are original works that are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 South Africa License.
Safa’s Football School of Excellence set for a R3-million renovation. (Image: Safa) Fifa has donated R3-million (US$437 655) towards reviving South Africa’s Football School of Excellence, which was once a breeding ground for top-quality players who went on to join the country’s national squad, Bafana Bafana. The school was set up in 1994 in Elandsfontein, east of Johannesburg, and is run by the South African Football Association (Safa).Fifa’s donation will come from its Goal Project Funding initiative, which helps national football associations around the world establish centres, natural and artificial pitches, and schools that develop players of the Beautiful Game.Over the years Safa’s school has produced some of the country’s best football players – one of which is Steven Pienaar, who now plays for English Premier League club Everton and South Africa’s national team.Safa said it hopes the proceeds from Fifa will help the school improve its finances and leadership so it’s once more able to produce top-quality football stars.“In the past few years we had a problem where the school was no longer attracting quality youngsters, players who would do well for our junior national teams,” said Safa’s deputy president Mandla Mazibuko.But, he said, there have been some recent improvements. “Everything is back on track at the school. We had trials all over the country in 2010. We are now going for quality again.”“If you look at a number of players who went through the school of excellence, they have done very well. They were well developed and that is what we want to concentrate on,” said Safa chief Leslie Sedibe.Expansion plansThe school – which offers grades eight to 12 – currently has 112 pupils, seven teachers and four coaches. Safa is hoping to increase the number of instructors to seven to bring the coach-player ratio to more favourable levels.Safa says it will need a total of R80-million ($11.6-million) to fully transform the academy. “We will apply for Fifa’s R3-million grant every year until the school becomes a state-of-the-art facility,” Mazibuko said.Fifa’s 2011 contribution will be used to upgrade the school’s gym, kitchen, dormitories, administration and coaches’ block, and fields. Extra computers with internet connectivity will be set up in the library to enhance the school’s academic support system.Safa plans to invite overseas football experts to hold workshops at the school to groom the budding stars and prepare them for representing South Africa in future Fifa World Cups.The county’s Department of Sport and Recreation will donate table tennis and pool tables to keep the pupils entertained off the pitch. The departments’ 2010 legacy division has also committed to establishing a medical centre at the school, which will give pupils access to a psychologist.
Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The extremely popular Where I’ve Been Facebook app is today launching a MySpace widget, making it perhaps the first application developed specifically for Facebook that has made the jump to another platform. The app’s creator, Craig Ulliot, also recently formed Where IÄôve Been, LLC to manage the application and its growing networking of users.According to Where I’ve Been, the application is the most popular travel networking app on Facebook with 2.6 million users (though as of today, it was ranked second in the travel category using Facebook’s newer active users metric behind TripAdvisor’s “City’s I’ve Been To” app). Where I’ve Been is adding 30,000 new users every day — not bad for a company launched in June.MySpace users can add the widget to their MySpace profiles from the company’s web site. Judging from the site, which reference features like a travel blog and global travel guide, Where I’ve Been is planning to expand beyond just MySpace and leverage its popularity to build an external travel social network. That’s speculation on my part, but their press release about the MySpace widget calls Where I’ve Been, LLC a “start-up company dedicated to developing software for the travel social networking space” and references their Facebook app as their “first product.” I think extracting data from a Facebook app to an external site and expanding to other social networks is a smart move.One of the main criticisms of building an application specifically for a single social platform is that you’re essentially putting all of your eggs in one basket. But Where I’ve Been has shown that Facebook can serve as an amazing catalyst for building a quick user base, which can then be leveraged to expand behind the confines of the Facebook platform. I expect that other Facebook app developers will follow suit by launching on other social networks or by extracting data to outside, standalone web sites.Last month it was rumored that TripAdvisor had purchased Where I’ve Been for $3 million, which would have been the largest acquisition of a Facebook-only application to date. The purchase was denied by both sides. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web josh catone 1
A fresh set of leaks has given out some rare specifications of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note successor. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 20, which has been nicknamed Hermes, was first spotted a month ago.Regular leakster, @upleaks is the source of the new set of leaks. According to this, the smartphone will sport a full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display, although the screen size has not been divulged yet. It is also likely to be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MT6795, octa-core processor. Some other features include 2 or 3GB RAM, and 16GB internal memory.The device is expected to run on Android 5.0 Lollipop based MIUI 6. Other leaks reveal a 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera.Any details regarding the availability and pricing of the smartphone are yet to be known. Notably, the launches of four new smartphones by Xiaomi were also leaked when its product roadmap for the year was revealed earlier in the month.
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Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Website Redesign Originally published May 11, 2009 8:10:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Imagine this: Your business has two successful sites with lots of inbound links from quality sites. Both are content-rich, with long-tail search traffic and Google juice.One day you realize that for business reasons, you can no longer maintain two separate sites. They have to be combined.Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignSo what do you do?Shutdown the smaller site, and send all the traffic to a single generic landing page on the new site?That’s exactly what NYTimes.com did recently when it closed IHT.com and replaced it with a global edition of NYTimes.com . If you go to an old article on IHT.com ( http://www.iht.com/articles/2002/05/07/t1_24.php ), you’ll end up on a landing page like the one on the right.Trouble is, that’s exactly the wrong thing to do. From a user’s perspective it’s a terrible experience. Today, if you click on an old IHT link from a blog post or Wikipedia page, you won’t end up on the page you’re looking for, you’ll end up on the generic landing page. That’s a waste of time. From a business perspective, the NYT is throwing away money — at least $100,000 every month the links are broken. According to Compete.com, IHT.com was getting over 1.5 million visitors/month before it shut down. If a third of those visitors were from search and direct old links, 500,000 visitors a month are hitting the dead end in the image above, instead of the page they were looking for. To buy that traffic from Google at $.20/click, you’d have to pay $100,000 a month. Add that $100,000 to the value of the SEO authority IHT.com accrues from its 3.9 million inbound links , and you have a sense of the money The Times is leaving on the table.So what’s the right way to shut down a site you own? Create 301 redirects. If you’re moving or shutting down existing pages, make sure you create redirects from your old pages to your new pages. A redirect is a simple rule that forwards all visitors to an old URL (including search engines) to its replacement. The result is that the SEO authority of the old url is transferred to the new url.301 redirects would have saved The Times the money it’s currently loosing with its dead-end landing pages.The New York Times has a top-notch web team, and this example is probably some sort of management snafu . The landing pages explain that The Times is “in the process of moving IHT articles dating back to 1991 over to NYTimes.com.” Hopefully that means the old links will be fixed in the future.Still, it’s an expensive mistake that would have been easy to avoid, and one you probably can’t afford to make if you’re a smaller business.
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