Banyana to take on Namibia

first_img2 June 2014South Africa’s national women’s team, Banyana Banyana, will kick off their match preparations for the African Women’s Championship at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday when they take on Namibia in a friendly international.The South African national women’s team had been scheduled to undertake a West Africa tour, but a late alteration needed to be made to their programme.Plan derailedBanyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw explained: “The plan was to go on a West Africa tour and play stronger opponents. It’s unfortunate that we won’t be going as we could not get confirmation from the teams and we couldn’t wait longer as we have to prepare our team.“I would like to thank Safa [the South African Football Association] and our sponsor Sasol for all their hard work in ensuring that we continue with our planned programme by securing the match against Namibia.”Friendly international aimsLooking ahead to the clash, Pauw said: “This match will help us build on the good job that the girls have been doing, and also give us time to work on some aspects that need attention.“We need to play as many games as we can before the tournament,” she added.Banyana in 2014Banyana Banyana have played just three matches so far in 2014. In their first outing, against Zimbabwe in April in Johannesburg, they shared a 2-2 draw.Then, facing the Comoros in an African Women’s Championship qualifier first leg match in Mitsamiouli in May, they overpowered their island opposition 13-0. The Comoros subsequently obtained permission from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to withdraw from the second leg qualifier.In early June, Pauw’s charges were in friendly action against Botswana in Vanderbijlpark. They ran out convincing 4-0 winners.Women’s World Cup qualifierThe African Women’s Championships, which take place in Namibia from 11 to 25 October, will also serve as qualifiers for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada, with the top three teams qualifying for the showpiece event.Should South Africa, who finished second in the African Women’s Championship two years ago in Equatorial Guinea, secure a place in Canada, it would be the first time they have qualified for the Women’s World Cup finals.BANYANA BANYANA SQUADAndile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thokozile Mndaweni (Croesus FC), Noko Matlou (Maindis FC), Nothando Vilakazi (Palace Super Falcons), Janine Van Wyk (JVW FC), Nomathemba Ntsibande (Springs Home Sweepers), Simphiwe Dludlu (TUKS Ladies FC), Amanda Dlamini (University of Johannesburg), Gloria Thato (TUKS Ladies), Alocia Thoboka (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sanah Mollo (Mamelodi Sundowns) Lebogang Ramalepe (Maindis FC), Tina Selepe (Palace Super Falcons FC), Leandra Smeda (UWC Ladies), Refiloe Jane (VUT Ladies), Mamello Makhabane (Palace Super Falcons), Mphumi Nyandeni (FC Rossiyanka, Russia), Disebo Mametja (University of Johannesburg), Tshepiso Mokabane (FC Nove Zamky, Slovakia), Shiwe Nongwanya (Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies), Silindile Ngubane (Durban Ladies FC), Ode Fulutudilu (Spurs FC), Chantelle Essau (Palace Super Falcons), Portia Modise (Creosus FC)SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Stone Lab scholarships for school groups

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie, are offering six scholarships to school groups from grades 5-12 for a one-day Lake Erie Science Field Trip at the lab on Gibraltar Island. The application deadline is April 30, 2017, and field trips will be scheduled for September and October of 2017.“We’ve received some very generous funding from The Andrews Foundation to make these trips possible for students who may otherwise not be able to experience a day as a Lake Erie scientist,” said Dr. Kristen Fussell, Ohio Sea Grant’s research development and grants manager. “Applications from northeast Ohio and from those with the greatest financial need will be considered first, but the scholarship is open to any science teachers with students in grades 5-12.”The scholarship covers the full cost of a one-day Stone Lab Science Field Trip for 36 students and their six chaperones, lunch on the island, and transportation from the Miller Ferry dock in Port Clinton to the lab.Teachers will also be reimbursed for transportation to the Miller Ferry dock and for substitute teacher payments the day of the field trip (up to $760).Scholarship details and a link to the online application are available at go.osu.edu/fieldtripscholarship.Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, which is dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators. For information, visit stonelab.osu.edu.last_img read more

More People Now Use iPhones Than Windows Mobile

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The latest quarterly survey by comScore reports that the iPhone just passed Windows Mobile phones in US market share, though it remains at just over half the level of the Blackberry.The iPhone has been outselling Windows Mobile for some time, so it was only a matter of time until there were more iPhones in peoples’ hands. Android is still at the back of the pack but is showing signs of significant momentum.Tracing links back from blog to blog the comScore phone survey of users about what types of phones they have in their hands appears first on FierceDeveloper; comScore’s press contact was unavailable for comment but mobile developers say the numbers are unsurprising.Android growth has been steady but that platform remains below Windows Mobile, Palm’s WebOS and Symbian. Another report by comScore this morning though found that consumer interest in Android is growing fast and now rivals consumer interest in the iPhone. “Of those American consumers in the market for a smartphone,” comScore writes, “17 percent are considering the purchase of an android-supported device in next three months, compared to 20 percent indicating they plan to purchase an iPhone.Android’s prospects may fare even better in the global marketplace.“Android will continue to pick up market share, especially in the global smartphone market, because of Symbian’s lack of innovation in the last 3-4 years,” mobile blogger Jason Harris told us today. “Symbian is said to have 37% worldwide market share, and this will further erode as more folks give Android a look. Especially with the Nexus One coming out – a phone that is sold directly from Google and not from your carrier – that’s very cohesive with the European model. Right now Android has only been available from carriers, leading to OS fragmentation. Now with the Nexus One, the phone will come from Google itself, meaning your OS updates will be direct from the source, not via the carrier, who has customized the Android OS to their liking. That might work in the US, where we are carrier-centric, but not in other markets, especially emerging markets.” What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Analysis#mobile#web center_img Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Happiness in the air — a green lung space from a big heart

first_imgProsperity is a pre-condition to charity. But between the two lies the connector and facilitator called generosity, an essential. A small entrepreneur in Bhawanipatna, district headquarters town of Odisha’s Kalahandi, has converted his 12-acre farm into a park where the general public enjoy unhindered access.50-year-old Pramod Khamari, a businessman running a small hotel chain in this western Odisha town, started off dirt poor and became rich. And, it’s his way of paying back to society. He named ‘Bhagirathi Park’ after his father.On the outskirts of Bhawanipatna, with its meticulous landscape planning and features, Bhagirathi Park is on par with any in bigger urban centres.On any given holiday, the park is teeming with visitors not only from Kalahandi, but also from neighbouring districts such as Balangir, Nuapada and Rayagada. It’s also an integral part of the itinerary of tourists from Chhattisgarh coming to this region.Why a park of all things? “I believe parks reflect the quality of life of a community. But, Bhawanipatna, where I have grown up and succeeded in life, did not have a proper green lung to breathe. I realised that my 12-acre mango orchard could contribute to creating happiness and fill the major vacuum. I decided to make it a park which should be a gathering place for people irrespective of their age and social status,” said Mr. Khamari.It was not an easy task to translate the fancy idea into reality. One, funding was difficult. Since the park was close to his heart, Mr. Khamari decided to pay for it from his other ventures. Even harder was to organise everything and make it run efficiently. He found a motivated friend in Rabindra Patnaik, a science teacher in the local government high school.After visiting a few parks in Odisha and elsewhere, both carefully prepared the park’s landscape without disturbing the orchard. Children’s corner, water fountain, variety of flowering plants, replica of different wildlife and statues of gods and goddesses were placed as per a detailed plan.Bhagirathi Park is distinct from others in its use of waste materials and typical traditional tribal huts depicting tribal life and their customs. “Used bottles to prepare figurines, discarded commodes for planting saplings and other waste materials have been utilised to send out a message on environment. Of late, it has turned into a laboratory for local school and college students,” said Mr. Patnaik, who upkeeps the park without any remuneration.To avoid non-serious visitors, the management charges ₹20 entry fee per person per day.last_img read more