Parreira thanks Bafana, South Africa

first_img“As we entered this campaign the whole country was united, the entire continent was united, they had made a contribution to unite our nation.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material After returning to replace Joel Santana as Bafana coach, Parreira achieved excellent results, with South Africa losing only one of 15 games under him: that being the 3-0 setback suffered against Uruguay at the World Cup. After the 2010 tournament, Parreira, at least, sports a victory by a team not named Brazil at the World Cup finals. Some criticised Parreira’s record before the 2010 event, saying he had only ever won World Cup finals matches with Brazil. That’s true, but, as Pareirra pointed out, Kuwait and the UAE were made up largely of amateurs. It was different with Saudi Arabia but, interestingly, the only point the Saudis picked up in 1998 was in a draw against South Africa. Disappointed, but not a failure’Reflecting on South Africa’s World Cup finals campaign, during which the team drew 1-1 with Mexico, lost 3-0 to Uruguay, and beat France 2-1, he said: “We are disappointed that we didn’t qualify, but I do not consider this a failure.” “I will always remember this country with very, very good feelings,” he said of his time in South Africa. Zuma proudPresident Jacob Zuma aslo talked to the press after visiting the Bafana Bafana players in their changing room after Tuesday’s match. “The boys made us proud today,” he said. “They ended in a very positive note as a team, and I’m very happy for that.” ‘Very, very good feelings’ He added: “We are hosting and that is a big win for the country. South Africa has done Africa well, hosting this Cup in the manner in which we are, so we are very happy.center_img He said he felt Bafana Bafana had an identity now, and predicted a bright future for the game in South Africa. Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was an emotional man in Bloemfontein on Tuesday night as he bade farewell to the team after its exit from the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “South Africa can be very proud of its team,” he said. 23 June 2010 Looking back on his preparation time of seven months with the squad, he said: “I have to say to them thank you very much. I’m so happy with this occasion.” The Brazilian previously coached Kuwait at the finals in 1982, the United Arab Emirates in 1990, Saudi Arabia in 1998, and Brazil in 1994, when they won the tournament, and 2006. The 67-year-old Brazilian said he would take a break from football, for the rest of the year at least, before deciding on what he would do in the future. If he coached again, it would be in Brazil, he added. The 2010 World Cup finals were Parreira’s record sixth time as a coach in the finals. “I thank God for the privilege of participating in my sixth World Cup and finishing off with a victory. I am extremely, extremely happy,” he said. Parreira felt luck was possibly not on Bafana Bafana’s side, pointing out that the team had struck the post against both Mexico and France. He might also have pointed out a goal scored by Uruguay from an offside position, but he didn’t.last_img read more

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South African scientists make astronomy breakthrough

first_img26 January 2015Wits scientists have found three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite dwarf galaxy of the Milky Way.The scientists are part of a multinational team of astronomers working on the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) telescopes that have again demonstrated its excellent capabilities in searching for high-energy gamma rays.In the latest discovery using the HESS, the team has found the most powerful pulsar wind nebula; the most powerful supernova remnant; and a shell of 270 light years in diameter blown by multiple stars, and supernovae – a so-called superbubble.The discovery is announced in the latest edition of the scientific journal, Science, in a research paper titled: “The exceptionally powerful TeV ƴ- ray emitters in the Large Magellanic Cloud”, published on 23 January 2015.Important discovery“This is a very important breakthrough for the team,” says Professor Sergio Colafrancesco, DST/NRF SKA Research Chair in the Wits School of Physics. “It paves the way to study external galaxies with very high-E telescopes such as HESS and then later with the planned Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) in Namibia.“It will lead us to re-examine galaxy evolution and answer questions such as how high-E particles can affect the evolution of cosmic structures in the universe, principally galaxies, and the life cycles of matter in galaxies.”Very high-energy gamma rays are the best tracers of cosmic accelerators such as supernova remnants and pulsar wind nebulae – end-products of massive stars. There, charged particles are accelerated to extreme velocities. When these particles encounter light or gas in and around the cosmic accelerators, they emit gamma rays.Very high-energy gamma rays can be measured on Earth by observing the Cherenkov light emitted from the particle showers produced by incident gamma rays high up in the atmosphere using large telescopes with fast cameras.The Large Magellanic Cloud is a dwarf satellite galaxy of our Milky Way, located about 170.000 light years away and showing us its face. New, massive stars are formed at a high rate in the cloud, and it harbours numerous massive stellar clusters. The cloud’s supernova rate relative to its stellar mass is five times that of our galaxy.The youngest supernova remnant in the local group of galaxies, SN 1987A, is also a member of the cloud. Therefore, the HESS scientists dedicated significant observation to searching for very high-energy gamma rays from this cosmic object.Star formationHESS has observed the largest star-forming region within the cloud, called Tarantula Nebula, for a total of 210 hours. For the first time in a galaxy outside the Milky Way, individual sources of very high-energy gamma rays could be resolved: three extremely energetic objects of different type.The so-called superbubble 30 Dor C is the largest known X-ray-emitting shell and appears to have been created by several supernovae and strong stellar winds. Superbubbles are broadly discussed as (complementary or alternative to individual supernova remnants) factories where the galactic cosmic rays are produced.The HESS results demonstrate that the bubble is a source of, and filled by, highly energetic particles. The superbubble represents a new class of sources in the very high-energy regime.Observed at the limits of detectability, and partially overlapping with each other, these new sources challenged the HESS scientists. The discoveries were possible following the development of advanced methods of interpreting the Cherenkov images captured by the telescopes.The new HESS II 28m telescope will boost the performance of the HESS telescope system, and in the more distant future the planned Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will provide even deeper and higher-resolution gamma-ray images of the Large Magellanic Cloud – in the plans for science with CTA, the satellite galaxy is already identified as a Key Science Project deserving special attention.International teamThe HESS telescope is operated by an international collaboration of scientists with a strong involvement by South African universities, in particular Wits and North West universities, and the universities of the Free State and Johannesburg.Wits physicists are particularly involved in data analysis techniques, the development of theoretical interpretation tools of both extragalactic and galactic sources, and in the operational shifts at the telescope location in Namibia.Source: University of the Witwatersrandlast_img read more

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Spotify Coming to the U.S.: Too Little, Too Late?

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts mike melanson Streaming music service Spotify has such an air of mystery in the U.S. that even a glimpse of the program’s interface draws in readers. For the past year, we’ve discussed again and again when the company would make its way overseas and now the New York Post reports that the popular European company is “finally crossing the pond.”“After trying to crack the US market for more than a year, Spotify is close to a deal with one major music company in the US and has gained the support of at least one other,” reports the Post. But is it too little, too late?Of all the things we write about. Spotify is certainly the most inaccessible to most of our readers. From all tales (including those of us who may or may not access the service via proxy server), the service is killer. It’s like having access to a ridiculously huge music collection with all of your friends’ playlists and recommendations, wherever you are, for free. Does this sound too good to be true? It does to the music labels too, though a launch date of Q3 2010 and early 2011 was predicted last March.When Spotify CEO Daniel Ek spoke at SXSW last year, the buzz on the street was a U.S.-launch announcement. Instead, U.S.-based music aficionados have been left to look toward alternatives like Slacker Radio, Pandora, MOG, Rdio, Napster and others. The post quotes an anonymous “music executive” as saying that “Spotify is launching in the U.S., for sure. They’ve got the deals now.” While these other services have gained traction, Spotify currently offers something that none of them do – an “all-you-can-eat” music service that costs nothing except for your time. That is, the free service contains ads and users can pay $10 a month to get rid of advertising. By comparison, the free version of Pandora, which does not let you choose precisely what you want to hear, but rather a customized channel of streaming music, also has ads as well as a monthly time limit. All-you-can-eat services like MOG and Napster, on the other hand, have no free version. It’s pay or go away. The big question here, then, is whether or not Spotify will be allowed to come to the U.S. with this type of functionality still in place. If not, we’re not sure that there is much of a difference between Spotify and other “all-you-can-eat” services, which generally offer access at $5 for home access and $10 for mobile. The Post explains that labels are urging the company to stress a subscription model, instead, and make upfront payments estimated to exceed $100 million. If we get European-style Spotify, expect things to be shaken up quite a bit. If not? It’ll be the same as usual, just with one more option. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#music#news#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

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Weekly Wrap-up: iPhone Location Tracking, Optimize Your Brand’s Facebook Page, Facts Should Be Free and More…

first_imgBig news from the O’Reilly Where 2.0 conference this week. Data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden (who is also a ReadWriteWeb contributor) revealed that iPhones running iOS4 are keeping an ongoing record of your location in an unencrypted and unprotected file. Privacy concerns plus security concerns plus anything to do with Steve Jobs’ company equals the most popular story of the week.After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key trends that are shaping the Web – mobile, location, Internet of Things – plus highlights from our six channels. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week How to Optimize Your Brand’s Facebook Page For Search EnginesHow to Keep Company Data Safe on Employees’ Personal DevicesSMB Tech Roundup: Free Email Marketing, the Latest in Mobile Payments and Mobile Devices in the WorkplaceReadWriteHackReadWriteHack is a resource and guide for developers. Related Posts Open Data Kit: Mobile Data Collection in AfricaPlayBook Launch Better Than Expected: About 50,000 Units SoldMore Mobile coverageInternet of ThingsHere’s What You Can Build With Kinect: Custom Statues, Training Simulations, Noise Ink & MoreMore Internet of Things coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook using the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes.ReadWriteEnterpriseReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. What it Takes to Run the Top Visited Web Sites [Infographic]Amazon Web Services Experiencing One of the Worst Ever Regional DisruptionsAmazon Web Services Starting to Come Back Online but Problems Persist & Questions AriseReadWriteBizReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. iPad for Business Round-Up: Tablets Cutting into PC Sales, Doctors Prefer iOS and MoreIs Moorea Microsoft’s “Killer App” for Tablets?3 Must Read Articles on Management for Anyone Involved in Enterprise 2.0 or Social BusinessReadWriteStartReadWriteStart is a resource for startups and entrepreneurs. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Your iPhone Is Tracking Your Every MoveInternet Explorer, WebGL and a Return to the Bad Old DaysWhat it Takes to Run the Top Visited Web Sites [Infographic]How to Optimize Your Brand’s Facebook Page For Search EnginesFacts Should Be Free: SimpleGeo Puts 20 Million Places in the Public DomainMore coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebGet Ready For The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit: June 13-14 in New York City Join ReadWriteWeb for one of the top tech events of the summer. Day one of the summit will feature talks from some of the smartest folks in technology and media, including Fred Wilson, Gawker CEO Nick Denton, Jason Calacanis, danah boyd, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue, Chris Dixon, NPR’s Andy Carvin and more. Day two is all about learning and interaction, with breakout discussions and enriching workshops that cater to all levels of Web knowledge.Visit the event site now for more information and to buy your ticket.LocationAndroid Phones Track Your Location, TooNielsen: U.S. Smartphone Users Concerned About Privacy and Location DataMore Location coverageMobile Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Making the Most of Your Startup’s Beta Testing Process4 Tips on Hiring New Team MembersReadWriteCloudReadWriteCloud is dedicated to virtualization and cloud computing. ReadWrite Sponsors How to Create Lovable Mobile AppsJust in Time for PlayBook’s Launch, New SDKs from RIMMore Resources for Mobile Design InspirationEnjoy your weekend everyone!Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Internet Explorer, WebGL and a Return to the Bad Old DaysYou Got NoSQL in MySQL: Memcached Plugin in MySQL Technology Preview5 Free E-Books and Tutorials for Learning PHPReadWriteMobileReadWriteMobile is dedicated to helping its community understand the strategic business and technical implications of developing mobile applications. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Apple Sells 9M iPhones In Three Days

first_imgApple sold nine million new iPhones in the first three days after the iPhone 5S and 5C hit shelves. The number surpassed first weekend iPhone 5 sales last year by almost four million, although the comparison isn’t a strict one, since it pits sales of two iPhone models against sales of just one.The higher sales numbers may also be less surprising given that Apple launched its new iPhones in two additional markets this time around—one of them China. Last year, first weekend iPhone 5 sales in China totaled upwards of two million units, although Apple didn’t launch there until almost three months after it debuted the phone in the U.S., Europe and Japan.Apple didn’t break down individual model sales, but stated that demand for the iPhone 5S exceeded the initial supply, and that many online orders are scheduled for shipment in coming weeks.  Tags:#Apple#iphone 5C#iPhone 5S#now readwrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Add Drama to Your Lighting Setup with Negative Fill

first_imgEmbrace the darkness: Learn how a negative fill can quickly change the overall tone of your scene.In any basic lighting class, including those found here on the PremiumBeat blog, you’ll likely hear a lot of talk regarding 3 point lighting. In a 3 point lighting setup you have three basic lights: a key, a fill, and a back light.When lighting a scene, you’d be right to assume that you’ll likely be using some sort of variation of 3 point lighting. However, the following video tutorial shows the power of diverging from the norm through the use of a technique known as negative fill.As the name implies, a negative fill is the exact opposite of a fill light. Instead of filling in the shadows with light, a negative fill will accentuate the shadows by minimizing any additional light that may be trying to bounce onto your subject. The results can be extremely dramatic, making this concept great for narratives and emotional interviews.There are a number of ways to create negative fill, but the most basic is using a simple black sheet. You can get black sheets for as cheap as $3.99 on Amazon.The following video tutorial, created by the good folks at Indie Cinema Academy, shows us how to quickly and easily create a negative fill light.This video was first shared by Indie Cinema Academy. Thanks for sharing, guys!If you want to learn more about creating a negative fill, check out a few of the following resources:Use of Back Light and Negative Fill in Into the Blue – Shane HurlbutThe Importance of Negative Fill – DPMagNegative Fill: Controlling Contrast – Manfrotto School of ExcellenceHave any experience with working with negative fill? Please share in the comments below.last_img read more

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10 Most Memorable Sporting Events: Hitting the Bull’s eye

first_imgPride in our collective sporting achievements, regret at the opportunities missed due to lack of support at the right time for our athletes and despair at the inefficiencies and corruption which have dented our image in the world outside. That sums up the past 35 years for me. The 10,Pride in our collective sporting achievements, regret at the opportunities missed due to lack of support at the right time for our athletes and despair at the inefficiencies and corruption which have dented our image in the world outside. That sums up the past 35 years for me. The 10 memorable moments in Indian sports, not in any order of merit, are:1998 KPS Gill sacks six members of Asiad gold winning hockey team The Indian contingent danced through the night at the Asiad Village, celebrating the hockey gold which Dhanraj Pillay and his team won at the Bangkok Asian Games after a gap of 32 years only to experience despair and anger after a week when KPS Gill, the then president of the Indian Hockey Federation, removed Pillay, Ashish Balal (the goalkeeper instrumental for the victory in the final) and four other key members from the national team. Thankfully the our athletes have given us many more moments of pride that outnumber such self-goals.1983 India win the Cricket World CupKapil Dev With The World CupRepresenting a country obsessed with cricket, Kapil Dev, playing with panache and fearless abandon, led his team to an improbable victory at the Lords in London, and destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the mighty West Indies. It was India’s first World Cup triumph and one that was cherished by every Indian across the world.1999 Anil Kumble takes all 10 wickets in a Test innings in DelhiThere is something so special about being the first ever. To achieve a feat which no other countryman has in your discipline and when it is done in a competitive arena and that too in a Test between arch rivals Pakistan and India, then it just makes that memorable moment so much sweeter. There are only two names-the other being England’s Jim Laker-against this record in the 133-year-old history of Test cricket.advertisement2008 Abhinav Bindra becomes the first Indian to win an individual Olympic Gold medal with a stellar show in the 10m air rifle finalAbhinav Bindra In 2008I have always maintained that India’s sporting identity will be defined on the world stage by her achievements at the greatest sporting spectacle on earth-the Olympics. And for me, Bindra’s gold, India’s first Olympic individual gold, will always be the gold that will be remembered for instilling belief into the generations of athletes who came after him.1996 Leander Paes wins bronze at Olympic Games in AtlantaAn indelible image in my mind is the visual of Leander Paes on the victory stand at Atlanta and tears rolling down his cheeks. It encapsulates the intensity of patriotic emotion experienced by athletes when they win a medal for their country. He has achieved great personal milestones, but that Olympic bronze will be the one that the country will always remember.1980 Prakash Padukone wins All England badminton titleHe proved that nice men can win. He proved that physical fitness and dexterity at the nets can go hand in hand. “When I went to Indonesia and saw the top players train there, I realised they were far ahead in fitness and stamina. I came back and changed the way I trained. I worked harder and longer and eventually this paid off,? says Padukone.1986 P.T. Usha’s four gold and a silver in the Asian Games at SeoulP.T.Usha In 1986She is the golden queen of Indian Athletics. Her authority and dominance in Asian track and field events made her a household name in India and, more importantly, lifted the image and future of Indian women athletes. So what if she went on to miss the Olympic bronze by a hair’s breadth. Her performance at the Seoul Asian Games catapulted her again into the limelight and made other Asian countries look up and notice.2000 Viswanathan Anand wins World chess ChampionshipAsk any Indian sportsperson who they think is India’s greatest contemporary sportsperson and an overwhelming majority will take Viswanathan Anand’s name almost instinctively. Path-finders and players who have forged ahead and defied the supremacy of established sportspersons and nations and broken long traditions are special. Anand took to a sport which was dominated by the Russians, the Americans and the Europeans. He discarded the psychological timidity which had afflicted many Indian sportspersons before him, and wore his boldness and courage in international tournaments with ease and confidence, converting his 1987 Junior World Championship victory into the World Championship title in 2000. He went on to win three more world titles but the first will be his and India’s most memorable.advertisement2010 Mary Kom wins her fifth world Boxing championshipWhat can you say about a woman who wins her fifth world boxing title in the 46-48kg weight category? The feat is memorable when one considers that she has remained unbeaten since 2002 in the World Boxing Champions hip in her category and that the 2008 world title was won after she took a break in 2006 to get married and deliver twins.2009 Saina Nehwal becomes the first Indian woman to win a Super Series tournament at JakartaPrakash Padukone had done it and her coach P. Gopichand had also won international titles in badminton. Saina Nehwal, however, forged a new path to become the first Indian woman player to assert herself on the world stage and audaciously questioned the dominance of the Indonesians and Chinese.last_img read more

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