Rangers call board meeting to discuss Caixinha’s future

first_imgThe Ibrox club finished third in the league, 39 points behind Celtic, who inflicted a 5-1 defeat on Caixinha’s side at Ibrox to give him an unwanted Rangers record early in his tenure.A summer overhaul of the playing squad brought 11 players into Ibrox, with the manager backed financially to recruit from Mexico and Portugal as well as bringing in British players.The new season began early with Europa League qualifying but Rangers suffered an embarrassing early exit at the hands of Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn.Caixinha has failed to win three consecutive games this season and his management and recruitment has been questioned. Rangers have called an emergency board meeting to discuss Pedro Caixinha’s future as manager of the Ibrox club.A home draw against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night increased the pressure on the Portuguese boss days after Rangers were knocked out of the League Cup by Motherwell at Hampden.Following the 1-1 draw at Ibrox on Wednesday, Caixinha insisted he would fight on as manager but STV has learned the club’s board will gather on Thursday to consider his position.Caixinha was appointed as successor to Mark Warburton in March 2017, signing a three-year deal after Rangers paid Qatari club Al Gharafa compensation to release him from his contract. After defeat to Celtic in the first Glasgow derby of the season, details emerged of unrest in the dressing room. Veteran forward Kenny Miller was sent to play with the youth side and has not featured for the first team since, while the player’s agent insisted Miller was not the source of “leaks” from within the club.Results and performances were inconsistent but pressure increased after a 2-0 loss to Motherwell at Hampden on Sunday. After initially saying the defeat was entirely his responsibility, he then claimed the players had “embarrassed” the club and their fans and challenged them to show their quality and commitment against Kilmarnock.Despite holding a first-half lead, Rangers missed a late penalty against the Ayrshire side and then conceded a late equaliser, prompting the club’s directors to consider his position.last_img read more

Zolani Mahola: the face of fresh

first_img15 May 2007Singer Zolani Mahola has been a busy woman of late. “Doo Be Doo”, the chart-busting track that charmed millions of South Africans, has also propelled her band Freshlyground into the international arena. Freshlyground was the opening act for UK pop star Robbie Williams’ South African tour in 2006. They followed that up by giving the world a foretaste of the 2010 South African vibe at the Fifa World Cup closing ceremony in Germany, before scooping the 2006 MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act.Earlier this year they were chosen by the South African government to perform at the unveiling of Parliament’s new logo.In between, they’ve been doing gigs for their loyal local fans and travelling the world from Joburg to Japan, getting their passports stamped in Belgium, France, Zimbabwe, Holland, Italy, Mozambique, Germany, Namibia and Mauritius along the way. Phew!As to why the band is such a hit with the global audience, Mahola remains modest.“I think that it is the same reason non-South Africans have fallen in love with Bongo Maffin, Johnny Clegg, Bayethe and Simphiwe Dana, to name only a few. There is life in our music! There is a depth of feeling in the expression, a certain joy that many other cultures have perhaps lost.”Freshlyground’s sound is distinctively southern African, yet defies classification, combining elements of kwela, folk, jazz, indie rock and Afro pop. Its eclectic nature gives their music broad appeal, enabling them to cross cultural boundaries.Rainbow bandThe way the band members, coming from contrasting musical and racial backgrounds, seem to blend so effortlessly has also caught the attention of the international media. Both Time magazine and The Washington Post have labelled Freshlyground the personification of South Africa’s “rainbow nation” ideal.While that may seem like a lot of pressure to put on the performers, Mahola takes it in her stride.“It is something to be proud of, for sure, although it also feels very normal,” she says. “It feels to me like people should be in harmony with each other. We don’t have to all be friends, but I think there is a basic humanity we all share that is unlearned as we grow up. The illusion of separatism is a human construct, I think … Of course we are different, but that difference is something to celebrate; not to use to keep us apart.”Each of the band members – who hail from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe – contributes something different to the sound. The Eastern Cape’s Mahola attributes her own musical style to the traditional Xhosa ceremonies she took part in.“There is a lot of theatre and music involved in many if not all of the rituals,” she explains. “I try to bring a celebratory quality to my style of singing and to the lyrics, of course.”Township girlBorn in Port Elizabeth on 19 July 1981, Zolani Mahola was raised in the townships of Kwazakhele and New Brighton. She believes it is the heart of the people that is the Eastern Cape’s most valuable asset.Some of her favourite memories are of childhood Christmases, “. family coming to PE [Port Elizabeth] from all over the country, all the kids in the family playing together. I remember being taken to the beach around those times, braais, Happy Valley … fun times.”Mahola first attended Kama Primary and later St Dominic’s Priory and Trinity High School. It was at Trinity that she first got involved with a drama group and realized that “being onstage was a very comfortable and energizing space”.Her road to success, Mahola says, “started with someone having faith in me, which gave me the courage to believe I stood a chance in this field. That first someone was my drama teacher Isobel van der Linde.”Given new confidence and a firm foundation in her performance art, she left Port Elizabeth to study drama at the University of Cape Town.It was as an actress that many South Africans first got to know Mahola. She starred in the series Tsha Tsha as Boniswa, a character from rural Peddie in the Amathole district.“I really enjoyed playing that character because she was so strong and self aware,” Mahola says. “She was a good example to girls and young women growing up in an environment that often does not give value to their emotional well-being or to their dreams. She was able to show girls around the country that actually it is possible and necessary to put themselves first, whether it be in terms of a sexual relationship, career-wise or even in a family setting.”The role of Boniswa also drew on her own experiences. “There is a certain strength or toughness in the personality of the character which I think that perhaps most township girls share.”Despite losing her mother at a very young age, Mahola had an excellent role model in her father.Personal, universal“My father did the best he could under very difficult circumstances. I love him. Nomvula (the title track from Freshlyground’s current album) is indeed a tribute … It is a ‘thank you’ to the people who brought me into this world. That said, I think it is a universal song, even though it contains very specific details about my life. There is something in the mood of the song that people really connect with, regardless of whether they speak isiXhosa or not.”Sung in isiXhosa and English, the lyrics of Mahola’s songs range from catchy, upbeat and fluffy to introspective and sad, but they are always relevant to people’s lives. Zithande, for example, tackles relationships and HIV/Aids. And it’s something that Mahola feels very strongly about.“It hurts that people are disappearing. It hurts that kids cant be kids any more in many situations … that they have to take on and see things that no child should be exposed to. It hurts that a woman can be faithful all her life and be infected by a husband who has multiple partners.“A lot of it is sore,” says Mahola, “but I believe that people are becoming more aware, and with the greater availability of anti-retroviral medication, we can only hope for the best. The Treatment Action Campaign is one organisation that has done a lot of work on destigmatising HIV/Aids, on gender relations and on challenging government to make treatment more available to our people.South African realities“It is important that all of us get involved, from government to businesses to the entertainment industry to mothers taking care of children orphaned because their parents were infected and died.”The reality of South Africa, its sorrows as well as its joys, infuses the music of Freshlyground – and that is what has earned the musicians their adoring fanbase.“I take a lot from people,” Mahola says. “As Brenda [Fassie] once sang, umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, we learn humanity from those around us, they help to make us real in a way.” The band is working hard on recording material for a new album, due out in September. In line with their plans to release internationally, Freshlyground has signed with Sony BMG Africa.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, winter 2007 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.last_img read more

US funding boost for Wits museum

first_imgWits University’s art museum will receivefunding to restore Ndebele cultural items.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) An artist’s impression of the interior ofthe Wits Art Museum once completed.(Image: City of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS• Julia CharltonCuratorWits Art Museum+27 11 717 1363RELATED ARTICLES• SA items in World Digital Library• Itlhabolole: beauty from waste• SA landscape display takes root in UK• Egypt reclaims its heritageBongani NkosiThe Wits Art Museum will receive funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to restore some of its treasured items, which, the academic institution says, are of national importance.Wits University announced on 18 November 2010 that the funds will be channelled towards conserving 25 beaded Ndebele aprons kept in its museum. In isiNdebele, the items are known as iiphephetu and date back to a period between 1920 and 1970.The value of the sponsorship has not yet been announced.The university said all the iiphephetu need “stabilisation, consolidation, cleaning and repair”, and a specialist conservator will be appointed to carry out the work.Iiphephetu were traditionally designed and made by Ndebele mothers or grandmothers when their daughters entered puberty. At this time the family performs an initiation ritual known as ukuthomba for the teenager, which signifies growth.The aprons are made from canvas and glass beads, with some also incorporating bits of wool and leather. “Each of the iiphephetu is unique, and displays significant invention and creativity within the parameters of this important cultural tradition,” said the university in a statement.The Wits Art Museum, currently undergoing a revamp, is one of 10 international projects that will benefit from the bank’s inaugural art conservation programme. The programme is meant to help restore artworks of cultural and historical value in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.It’s also designed to raise awareness about conserving such artworks so that they are “preserved, displayed and enjoyed by future generations”.The bank is known for providing much-needed funds for museums, including sponsorships and loans.Wits is delighted to be part of this programme, said its Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Prof Belinda Bozzoli.“By enabling this important conservation work to be undertaken, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is supporting the Wits Art Museum’s vision to contribute to a common sense of nationhood through art, by facilitating the preservation of diverse critical heritage material for the benefit of all,” she said.Exciting exhibitions in the pipeline The R68-million (US$9.8-million) restoration of the Wits Art Museum will be completed by the end of 2011. Bozzoli said the restored iiphephetu will be part of the range displayed for the public when the museum reopens.Previously known as Wits Art Galleries, the Wits Art Museum will officially reopen with a series of exhibitions targeting the university’s students and academic staff, as well as the general South African public and tourists.“Funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Programme will ensure that these vital artistic treasures can be conserved to the highest standards and enjoyed by the public for many more years to come,” said the bank’s Humphrey Borkum.“We are privileged to support the Wits Art Museum in restoring some of its most important artworks,” he added.While new technologies are used to make art conservation safer and more effective, this is costly to museums – and the American bank is aware of that, said its executive Rena De Sisto in a statement. “This is a propitious time to actively engage in preserving these treasures.”Sisto added that by helping to restore cultural art of different nations, they hope to “elevate awareness of cultural traditions around the world and inspire respect and interest across cultural boundaries”.last_img read more

South Africa works to stop load shedding

first_img19 May 2015The current load shedding incidents are receiving urgent attention with several steps being taken to address this, including the finalisation of the Integrated Energy Plan, says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.“I want to reassure South Africans that the load shedding which prevails is receiving our highest priority for urgent resolution. Partnerships have been established between [the] government, labour, business and civil society to find solutions to our problems, in keeping with the great spirit of our country,” she said.Delivering the Department of Energy’s budget vote this morning, the minister said the government’s urgent response to load shedding had accelerated the finalisation of the much-awaited Integrated Energy Plan.“Once approved by [the] Cabinet, the Integrated Energy Plan will be published as a policy document. This plan will inform our future energy mix and prioritise policy interventions for future programmes within the energy sector,” she told Parliament.Last month, the department announced a package of energy supply and demand options.“This will increase the independent power producer [IPP] energy supply to the grid by means of renewable energy, coal, gas and co-generation by 17 000 megawatts [MW] towards the end of 2022. An annual increase of 2 400MW of additional energy capacity will be added to the grid. Our current circumstances compel us to add a significant amount of electricity generation to the grid in a very short time.”Renewable energyShe said the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) had added to the energy supply capacity and electricity diversity in South Africa over a period of only three-and-a-half years.“Competitive energy prices have been achieved, with a distinct and meaningful possibility to make a real socio-economic difference in the communities where they are located.”Since 2011, the department had procured 5 243MW of renewable electricity in bid windows 1 to 4 and connected 37 projects, with a capacity of 1 827MW, to the national grid.On average, 15% of this energy was delivered to the power system during system peak periods, alleviating pressure on the power system.“The energy contribution should grow to approximately 7 000 gigawatt hours per annum with the first 47 renewable energy independent power producers fully operational and producing at full capacity by mid-2016.”Tariff decreasesThrough the competitive procurement approach, the average per kilowatt hour tariff, in April 2014 terms, for onshore wind had declined by 55% to an average of 62c per unit and for solar photovoltaic by 76% to 79c per unit, Joemat-Pettersson said.“This programme has secured a commitment of about R170-billion in capital investment to the South African economy. South Africans own an average of 48% in all [independent power producers], with black South Africans owning 28% of these projects.”The department had already submitted for concurrence to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa new determinations for an additional 6 300MW for the REIPPPP, as well as 1 800MW for co-generation. Co-generation supply of about 720MW had been secured through Eskom.“In addition, we have revised the approach in relation to the procurement of co- generation in line with the Integrated Resource Plan to assist with the current electricity challenges. The Request for Proposal for the revised co-generation approach, totalling 1 800MW is on track for release to the market.“The announcement of the preferred bidders is expected in the third quarter of 2015. The new approach will ensure that the approval process is expedited and financial close accelerated.”Request for proposalsThe REIPPPP Request for Proposals for an additional 1 800MW from existing bid submissions was on course for release to the market by June 2015. This bidding process would be open to all unsuccessful bidders from all previous bid windows which were ready for re-submission.Her department would also announce the appointment of additional preferred bidders from bid window 4 in early June.Projects under this programme had started to spend on their socio-economic development and enterprise development commitments, said the department.A spending pattern was unfolding, with most spending being allocated for education and skills development, health care, infrastructure, and social housing improvements, among others.The department is engaged in the re-design of the IPP Request for Proposals, paying particular attention to early, efficient and equitable benefits to communities, as well as to a greater local content approach that will strengthen industrialisation in South Africa.Coal-fired powerAdditionally, the minister said that the Request for Proposals in relation to new coal-fired generation was released to the market in December 2014 with the bid submission initially scheduled for June 2015. Given ongoing engagement with the market and the need to ensure a successful procurement phase with firm results, this period would be extended by about two months to the end of August.Preferred bidders for this programme would be announced before the end of the calendar year.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Build 2011: First Glimpse of the Windows 8 App Store

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Announcements#cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… scott fultoncenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… There will be an apps store platform built into Windows 8, and there will be a self-service mechanism for developers to publish their wares and make money from them. That much, we know. We do not know yet how the licensing arrangements will be worked out with Microsoft – in other words, how much of a cut the company will get. This may not yet have been decided.A demonstration of a very early prototype of the App Store was given to members of the press by Windows 8 program managers. We were given later glimpses of the new online storefront during the Day 1 keynote. However, here is what we were able to determine of the company’s plan: “Store,” as it is being called for the nonce (perhaps waiting to see what other words Apple may have trademarked in advance), gives a new retailer a wizard-like console for filling in the details about the product he wishes to upload and sell. The platform is intended for Metro apps, the new model of Windows application designed to use tiles on the Start Screen, and use the WinRT runtime platform being introduced in Windows 8.“Store” will be a prominent tile on the first page of the new Windows 8 Start Screen. The store itself will be arranged much like the Start Screen, but with a reverse color scheme – rather than bright tiles against green, mostly green tiles against white. Each page of this store will be a department, such as “Home” or “Games.” Although conventional Windows applications will also be for sale in “Store,” Microsoft has clarified its stance on the terms for conventional Desktop apps that may appear in “Store.” Manufacturers may make separate arrangements for their Desktop products to appear there; there won’t be a self-service system for Win32 or .NET architecture applications. However, as Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky told attendees here this morning, Microsoft will steer clear of making any adjustments to existing licenses for Desktop apps. It does not appear Microsoft wants a cut of sales for these apps.It’s conceivable you may find not only Office but Photoshop and other Desktop apps available as well (the prototype showed Intuit Quicken).Retailers and developers making Metro apps available for sale will be certified through Microsoft. In other words, consumers won’t be led astray by false banners made visible through “Store.” A retailer may offer multiple, optional licenses at one time – for example, a 7-day or 30-day free trial, followed by a purchase prompt, along with the option to pay less up front. The purchase, downloading, and installation processes will be completely contained by this Metro app. (It will be interesting to see how “Store” implements User Account Control, if at all.)Once sales have already started for a product, retailers will have access to a sophisticated array of statistics about the purchasers – not just how many and how much they paid, but classes and market segments based on data gleaned from their Windows Live IDs. Optionally, developers will be able to deploy telemetry into their Metro apps, enabling them to report back to the developers when they’ve crashed, and potentially why as well.Metro apps distributed with the developers’ preview release of Windows 8, given to attendees today, were conceived and built in a 10-week timeframe by a select group of college sophomores and juniors studying the fine art of programming, according to Sinofsky. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Big Question (Answered): “Do Commenters Using Real Names or Pseudonyms Leave Better Comments?”

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Comment provider, Disqus, released a study that asserts pseudonym-sporting accounts leave better comments than those left by commenters using their real names. The study also claims that those who choose to use a pseudonym not only leave better, or more liked, comments, but also leave a larger quantity of them. What do you think?Do commenters using real names or pseudonyms leave better comments?We asked and culled your responses from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter and presented them back to you with Storify. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#community#web robyn tippinscenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Bye, Bye Windows Server 2003 – Hello, Hackers

first_imgStill running a Windows Server 2003?  You’ll want to read this.As you may or may not have heard, the end of life for Windows Server 2003 is now set for July 14th, 2015 – meaning after that date, it will no longer be supported by Microsoft.So, what does this mean for you? It means that, along with other support, Microsoft will no longer be providing any security updates to Windows 2003 servers, leaving them exposed to malware and open for attack.Security pros and IT specialists around the globe have already begun preparing as there are still 23.8 million Windows 2003 Servers out there. Some are even going as far to call the end of life for this product the “biggest security threat of 2015Opens in a new window.”You can bet that most hackers have this date marked on their calendars and are eagerly awaiting its arrival.Lucky for you, with this blog (the first of a series of five intended to outline your options and solutions) we’ll help you to ensure you’re adequately protected when the date rolls around. Right now, there are three paths you can choose to go down in order to prepare:Upgrade to a newer version of Windows such as Windows 2012 R2Migrate Windows 2003 workloads to the public cloudStay on Windows 2003 for nowHowever, each of these three paths comes with their own associated challenges, namely:How to secure a hybrid compute environment and protect virtualized servers.How to secure virtual servers in the public cloud.How to secure Windows 2003 servers after July 14th, 2015.Ultimately, the “do nothing” model is not an option as customers run the risk of no longer being compliant and leaving themselves vulnerable to malware.At Intel Security we’re preparing materials to help you transition as seamlessly as possible, and overcome these challenges by securing your server environment no matter which of the three paths you decide to take.Stay tuned for our next blog where we will outline in more depth each of the three migration options available to you and how you can overcome the challenges inherent with each. And, be sure to follow @IntelSec_BizOpens in a new window on Twitter for the latest security updates. Windows Server 2003 EOS This blog post is episode #1 of 5 in the Tech Innovation Blog Series View all episodes  >Opens in a new window or view next episodeOpens in a new windowlast_img read more

Poll: How Do You Feel About The Big 12’s Future?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Big 12 announced on Monday that it would not expand at this time and probably not ever. That’s probably a good thing as the whole expansion notion was getting a little bit old, but I’m curious about how everyone feels about this.I haven’t totally gathered all of my thoughts yet — Carson and I are going to talk about this on the podcast today — but I think I’m more optimistic than most about the future. Anyway, vote here and leave your thoughts below, and I will post them tomorrow after the poll ends.Tuesday poll question: Following the no expansion announcement, the Big 12 will …— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 18, 2016last_img read more