Wrestling season comes to a close for local standouts

first_imgBy doug mckenzieStaff Writer By doug mckenzie Staff Writer CHRIS KELLY CBA’s John Niedrich works Pequannock’s Scott Van Peenan for back points during a wrestleback match in Atlantic City on Saturday. While the Shore Conference wrestling community enjoyed some success this past weekend at the NJSIAA Wrestling Championships, a trio of local wrestlers found the competition to be a bit too much to handle. Christian Brothers Academy’s 145-pound senior John Niedrich got a bye in the preliminary round on Friday as a region champ. But in his prequarterfinal-round bout against Pitman’s Keros Cooper, the Colts suffered a 4-0 loss. Cooper went on to win the title at 145 pounds. From there, Niedrich came back strong with a 7-3 win over Pequannock’s Scott Van Peenan, before dropping his second-round wrestleback match to Phillipsburg’s Justin Koeller, 7-6. Koeller went on to take fourth at 145. Although Niedrich was hoping to at least place in what was a loaded 145-pound class, his losses this weekend did little to diminish what he achieved over the course of the season. Niedrich leaves CBA as one of the school’s most successful wrestlers, and is one of the main cogs in the Colts’ emergence as a local wrestling power. St. John Vianney’s Anthony Castro has also enjoyed a brilliant career, despite finding himself in the shadows of some of the Shore’s top grapplers over the past few seasons. Last weekend, Castro’s career came to an end when he was eliminated in the preliminary round by Scotch Plains/Fanwood’s Derek Francavilla, 2-1. Raritan’s junior Matt Pendle also failed to get out of the preliminary round, falling to Watchung Hills’ Alex Caruso, 8-2. Caruso went on to finish seventh/eighth in the weight class. Although it marked an early exit for Pendle, he certainly learned quite a bit from the experience and will look to take advantage of that next season. While Niedrich, Castro and Pendle were the only three local grapplers to travel to Atlantic City last weekend, a number of wrestlers from nearby communities also made the trip. Rumson-Fair Haven’s dynamic senior duo of Patrick Berger and Bryan Heller each fared well in A.C., with Berger taking third/fourth at 119, and Heller seventh/eight at 130. Berger lost to eventual champion Steve Adamscik of West Morris Mendham, 10-2, in the semifinals, before dropping his consolation bout to Absegami’s Nick Bridge, 14-3. Heller was knocked out of the title picture by eventual champion Ryan Bridge, by a pin in the quarterfinal round, but wrestled his way back to the seventh/eighth consolation match, where he beat Nutley’s Mike Bonora, 15-8. Howell’s Zac Cunliffe made his first appearance in the final round at 125 pounds, where he lost to Camden Catholic’s Ed Giosa, 6-4. With the loss, Cunliffe ended the Shore’s winningest career (133 wins) without a state title. Manalapan’s Nick Manochio (103) and Dan Hilt (119), state place-winners last year, went to Atlantic City seeking state gold as well. They were seeded first in their brackets, but neither got through to the final, settling instead for fifth place. Manochio won his fifth/sixth place consolation match over David Smith of Paulsboro, 9-4. The junior, 26-0 entering the states, lost to Mike Grey of Delbarton (the eventual champion), 6-3, in the quarterfinals to fall into the wrestle-backs, where he ultimately finished fifth. He took fourth last year. Hilt, who had the look of a state champion all year and was ranked No. 1 in the state at 119, lost in the pre-quarters to Ray Sarinelli of Morris Hills, 6-4. A third-place finisher last year, the three-time District 21 and two-time Region VI champion won by injury default over J.W. Bykowski of Pequannock in his fifth/sixth consolation match. The Braves’ Mike Gaeta placed in the state for the first time in his career. He finished eighth after losing the seventh/eighth place consolation match to Nick Matteo of Bergen Catholic by a pin. A pair of Long Branch wrestlers, Pat Tedeschi (145) and Manny Navarro (275), were eliminated in the preliminary round, while Ocean’s Dan Lopes (103) was eliminated in the first-round wrestlebacks. Toms River East’s Vinnie Salek was the only Shore Conference wrestler to claim a state title, pinning Buena’s Jim Thomas at the 2:26 mark of the 160-pound final. Jackson senior Jeramy Edwards took second at 171, losing to defending champ Ryan Goodman from Absegami in the final, 8-4.last_img read more

Hippos poop a lot of silica, and that’s critical for Africa’s rivers and lakes

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animal Behavior, Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecosystem Services, Environment, Hippos, Mammals, Research, Rivers, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img By chomping on large amounts of silica-rich grass at night, then defecating into the Mara River during the day, hippos help move silicon from land to the water — something that’s vital for the health of the river and lakes further downstream, a new study has found.Researchers analyzed samples of soil, water, grass and hippo feces from various points along the Mara River, and found that hippos alone were likely contributing more than 76 percent of the silicon being transported along the river.If the Mara River’s hippos decline in number, it could lead to a reduction in the amount of silicon that makes its way to the lakes. This in turn could result in algal blooms that can use up the oxygen in the lakes downstream and kill the fish. In the East African savanna landscape, hippos and their poop play a critical role. By chomping on large amounts of silica-rich grass at night, then defecating into the Mara River during the day, the giant grazers help move silicon from the land to the water — something that’s vital for the health of the river and lakes further downstream, a new study has found.Jonas Schoelynck, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and lead author of the study, was attending a presentation on the role of hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius) in the Mara ecosystem when he first got interested in how hippos might be moving silicon (Si). “It was there that the idea sparked and that I connected the behavior of hippos with Si cycling,” Schoelynck told Mongabay. “I had seen the hippos before in the wild and I knew that they spread tons of dung in the water while twisting their tail around. After that, it was only a matter of finding the right team and resources to conduct an expedition to the Masai Mara.”Upon reaching Kenya, Schoelynck and his colleagues collected samples of soil, water, grass and hippo feces from various points along the Mara River. In some stretches of the river, the team spotted up to 80 hippos, while in others there were few to none of the pachyderms.The researchers analyzed these samples and found that the hippos within their study area were consuming about 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of silicon daily through the plants they ate. About half of this silicon ended up in the water when the grazers excreted. Further calculations showed that the hippos alone contributed to more than 76 percent of the silicon transported along the Mara River. In short, hippos act as silicon pumps.The researchers did not look at other grazers in the landscape. But hippos split their 24 hours between grazing on land, then spending a considerable amount of time in rivers to cool off their bodies. It’s in the water that they tend to defecate, their tails violently spraying their dung around. “It is the hippos’ diel [24-hour] behavior that causes the massive transport of Si to the river, contrary to all other animals, even though all other grazers together outnumber the resident hippo population,” Schoelynck said. “The further away from the river, the less likely it becomes that the Si in animal droppings reaches the river, and chances are bigger that it will be recycled by the Savannah grass.”Hippos in Kenya’s Mara River. Image by Jonas Schoelynck.Silicon is vital for the Mara River ecosystem. This is because East African lakes like Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake, depend on silicon flowing into them from rivers like the Mara to support the food chains that they host. Diatoms, a type of single-celled photosynthesizing algae that live in the water, produce oxygen and take up carbon, and form the base of these food webs. Silicon forms a key part of the diatoms’ cells.If the Mara River’s hippo population declined, it could lead to a reduction in the amount of silicon that makes its way to the lakes. This in turn could result in “pest algae” replacing the diatoms, which need an optimal carbon-silicon-nitrogen-phosphorus nutrient ratio of 106:15:16:1, according to Schoelynck. These algae could then cause a lack of oxygen in the water, killing the lake’s fish and affecting people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.Industrial pollution and fertilizer runoff from farms have already led to toxic algal blooms in parts of Lake Victoria and other East African lakes by increasing the input of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. A decline in silicon reaching the lakes could worsen this imbalance.It “could be sufficient to further limit diatom growth in Lake Victoria, where increased nitrogen:silicon and phosphorus:silicon ratios have already caused a phytoplankton transition to year-round dominance by cyanobacteria since the late 1980s, and the diversity of planktonic diatom communities has declined dramatically,” Schoelynck said.Banner image of hippos in Kenya by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.CitationSchoelynck, J., Subalusky, A. L., Struyf, E., Dutton, C. L., Unzué-Belmonte, D., Vijver, B. V., . . . Frings, P. (2019). Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius): The animal silicon pump. Science Advances,5(5). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav0395last_img read more

Beer flows amid Euro 2016 alcohol clampdown

first_img0Shares0000A man throws a chair as a small group of Russian men provoke a group of England supporters in the centre of Lille, on June 14, 2016, three days after Russia and England football fans clashed in the southern French city of Marseille during the Russia vs England, group B, Euro 2016 match. PHOTO/AFP.LILLE, France June 15 – The beer spilled from plastic cups on the packed terraces of Lille cafes on Wednesday as a nationalist tone took over the buildup to two high-risk Euro 2016 games.A “God Save The Queen” banner hung from the balcony of one city centre hotel. English fans sang expletive-laced songs against Europe ahead of Britain’s looming referendum on whether to stay in the European Union. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Watched by hundreds of police, groups of fans roamed the streets of Lille and neighbouring Lens with Russian, English, Welsh and Slovakian flags draped around their shoulders.Amid fears of a repeat of football violence that rocked Marseille at the weekend, French authorities said the influx could total more than 70,000 in a hope to see either Russia play Slovakia on Wednesday or England take on Wales on Thursday.– Beers from 8:00 am –The authorities ordered a clampdown on alcohol sales.Some cafes refused to serve alcohol until lunchtime. But if you could not get a drink in Lille then you were not really thirsty.Guillaume, a barman at Le Khedive, a brasserie in the centre of the city, said he served his first beer at 8:00 am “and I haven’t stopped since.”The Lille fan zone, where only lower strength beer was available, was only doing slow business however. A guard at the entrance told AFP he had turned away some Russian fans for being too drunk.“I told them to come back when they sobered up. They didn’t take it badly,” the guard said.Yuril Shabanov, 14, from the Russian city of Perm, headed to the fan zone with his father and two friends. They flew from Nice and all had Russian flags around their shoulders.“I support the Russian team but not what happened in Marseille,” he said of the events that led UEFA to warn Russia that they would be thrown out of the European Championship if there was more trouble in a stadium.Yuril said he and his father took selfies with England fans in Marseille. “They were really good guys,” he said.England fans had similar hopes. “It should be a lot safer here because there are lots of British police. They’re very pre-emptive. French police intervene too late and are then too heavy-handed,” said Jamie Robson, 25, who travelled to Lille with the official supporters club.French authorities said 4,000 police and gendarmes would be on duty over the two days. They seemed to watch over every cafe terrace.On Tuesday night they speedily stopped the start of one ugly incident.England fans were chanting in a cafe in the Place de la Gare when Russian fans were passing.According to witnesses, five Russians walked into the cafe and chairs and bottles started flying. Two of the Russians were among seven people arrested during the night.“If the English are brave enough to come, we’ll crush them. We hate the English,” one Russian supporter told AFP.last_img read more

Roaring pipes could be history for motorcyclists

first_imgTension from bike noise is rising nationwide as more people snap up motorcycles for their fuel efficiency. About 1.2 million new motorcycles were sold in the United States last year – up 250 percent from 1996. And to most riders, customizing their bikes is a natural extension of their hobby. Others modify their exhausts or mufflers to enhance gas mileage and horsepower. “My bike can be very loud, depending on how I throttle on it,” said David Beard of Canoga Park, who installed a megaphone muffler system on his 1989 Harley-Davidson. “The pipes I have give me the performance that I want.” Still there are others who simply love noise and install straight pipes – the ear-splitting ones that can be heard from five miles away. “The guy riding through town at 2 a.m. and setting off all the car alarms ruins it for everybody,” said Dave Hastings, executive director of American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education of California, a nonprofit organization striving to preserve motorcyclists’ freedom on the road. The Hesperia-based group wants to establish a legal way to verify the loudness of pipes, maybe with an instrument that measures noise. California law currently does not require patrol officers to use sound-level meters to test for excessive noise. The Irvine-based Motorcycle Industry Council is now working with the Society of Automotive Engineers to develop a test that local law enforcement could use to measure decibels coming from motorcycle mufflers. The noise limit for motorcycles built after 1985 is 80 decibels, according to the California Vehicle Code. The law also prohibits modifying exhaust systems to amplify noise. Still, some argue that their loud bikes save their lives by grabbing the attention of drivers who are often distracted. “Modified exhausts aren’t always bad. They can be a lifesaver,” said Micah McCloskey of Micah McCloskey’s Custom Cycles in Canoga Park. “Horns are worthless. You want the noise the whole time. Not an obnoxious noise but an audible one.” Stopping at the Rock Store, a famous motorcycle hangout near Malibu, Adam Pendler of Denver said his hometown has outlawed any modifications to exhausts. But that means he has lost 20 percent of the power on his bike, making it difficult to get around the city that stands a mile above sea level, he said. For him, it seems as though motorcycles are being unfairly picked on because of their noise. “If you’re trying to scare people away from a vehicle that gets 50 miles to the gallon, that’s a good way to do it,” said the 27-year-old. alongfortheride@dailynews.com (818) 713-3683160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As of July 1, riders in New York can get slapped with $440 in fines for screaming mufflers. Those revving their engines too loudly in parts of Pennsylvania can get $150 tickets. Denver now allows police to fine riders on motorcycles with mufflers not certified by the Environmental Protection Agency, which sets noise-pollution standards. “The problem is that everyone remembers that loud motorcycle and they don’t even notice the 50 quiet ones that pass them by,” said Bill Wood, spokesman for the American Motorcyclist Association. Wood said the ordinances create a patchwork of inconsistent laws around the country, making it nearly impossible for motorcyclists to travel and know when they’re violating regulations. The group is pushing for a sound-level standard that’s applied equally to all vehicles on the road – not just motorcycles. SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS – Jumping on his Harley-Davidson for a heart-racing spin down Mulholland Highway, Ron Mauceri grins when asked how loud his motorcycle can get. “I have obnoxiously loud pipes,” said the Westlake Village man, who bought the bike used. Still, to maintain peace with his neighbors, the 69-year-old restricts the bike to a low hum on residential streets and reserves its thundering roar for the wide-open canyon roads. But other riders around the country have not been as conscientious. And now states nationwide are cracking down on motorcycle noise, raising concern among local bikers that their noisy pastime could be stifled if California cracks down, too. last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: 10 players you should consider naming your captain

first_img 10 Eden Hazard – Chelsea (Away to Swansea) – Click the arrow above for more captain advice – The Fantasy Premier League’s in-form player, the Belgian could be among the points against Swansea City on Sunday. 10 10 Christian Eriksen – Tottenham (Away to Stoke) – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Danish star has now signed a new deal so we could see his form pick up on the back of it. What better way to celebrate a load more cash in your bank account than some goals and assists. Who is getting the captain’s armband for your Fantasy Premier League team in gameweek 4?You’ve made your changes using our handy tips, but it’s likely you need to make one vital move.With the captaincy earning your player double points, it’s hugely vital you give it to the right man.So here we’ve got some top tips for who you should name as your skipper.Click the right arrow above to see our suggestions… 10 10 10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United (Home to Manchester City) – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Swedish striker is a man for the big stage and we don’t expect him to shy away in his first Manchester derby. Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace (Away to Middlesbrough) – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Belgian could spring to life against Boro as he looks to get on the goal trail for his new club. 10 Ross Barkley – Everton (Away to Sunderland) – Click the right arrow for more advice – The midfielder will want to prove a point to Sam Allardyce after missing out on the last England squad. He’s up against a patchy Sunderland side and could dominate with his driving runs towards goal. 10 Dimitri Payet – West Ham (Home to Watford) – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Frenchman returns for the Hammers and will be looking to make an impact at the London Stadium. If he picks up where he left off at Euro 2016 he’ll be getting points against the Hornets. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal (Home to Southampton) – Click the right arrow for more advice – We reckon the German midfield maestro may well be the man to unpick the lock against Southampton. If he’s in full flow the assists, and maybe a goal, may follow. 10 Sadio Mane – Liverpool (Home to Leicester City) – Click the right arrow for more advice – The Senegalese star appears to be fit for the Reds’ clash with the Premier League champions. If he terrorises them like he did Tottenham’s defence, he could be in the points. Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City (Away to Manchester United) – Click the right arrow for more advice – It will be tough for the Belgian star, but he could be a game changer at Old Trafford, he’ll be key if Pep Guardiola’s side are to get a positive result. Salomon Rondon – West Brom (Away to Bournemouth) – The Venezuelan striker already has one goal to his name this season, while the Cherries’ results haven’t been great. The two combined could spell joy for Rondon. 10last_img read more

Area pilot remembered

first_imgThough Stanger may not have been familiar with the skies over New York City, he had rigorously studied aviation in all its different aspects. In 2001, he graduated from Mt. SAC, with an associate in science degree after majoring in commercial flight. Three years later, Stanger received a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Southern Illinois University. Stanger received his flight instructor’s license in September 2003. Stanger started his own company, Stang-Air, in 2003 at Brackett Field after buying the Cessna 172. Stanger, who once worked as a Mormon missionary for two years, was married with one child and another on the way. The mood at Norm’s Hangar, a restaurant at Brackett Field, was solemn Thursday as patrons mourned Stanger, whose smile and easygoing manner made him many friends. “We’ve had pilot crashes before,” said David Conriquez, head chef of Norm’s. “But someone of Tyler’s magnitude – it’s like you lose one of your family.” Staff writers Wes Woods II and Ruby Gonzales contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsHe and the Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle of Glendora had become friends, and that was one of the reasons why Lidle asked him to come east to help him fly his new single-engine Cirrus SR20 airplane back to California this week. Still, for all his experience, it appears that Stanger had flown a loop around Manhattan and up the East River only once, according to a former student. Stanger took the stretch about two years ago after he purchased a Cessna 172 in the New York area to use for flight instruction. “He told me that after he bought his plane, he flew the route around the Statue of Liberty and up the river,” recalled the student, Jason Paul, 23. On Wednesday, he and Lidle were killed when the pitcher’s plane slammed into a building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. If this was Stanger’s second time up this section of the East River, then Stanger was traveling with little experience through a patch of urban air that many veteran New York City pilots say they make a point of avoiding. They say pilots try to keep from doing what Lidle’s plane did: turning left sharply between the east and west banks of the river in an attempt to avoid going into La Guardia Airport airspace. To those who knew him, Tyler Stanger was the real deal: An aviation enthusiast who had hung around Brackett Field in La Verne since he was 17 and became both a mechanic and a pilot – an unusual combination. But Stanger’s passion for planes did not translate into swagger. As a pilot and a flight instructor, he was cool and meticulous, former students and friends said, a stickler for safety measures like checklists who seemed more mature than his 26 years. Mitchell Crawford, an aerial photographer who flew with Stanger three times in the past six months, called Stanger “an absolute professional.” “He was in control, he knew his stuff and he had a passion for flying,” Crawford said. “I’m surprised an accident like this happened because he was clearly a pilot in command. He knew the rules.” last_img read more

32 teams, 32 World Cup base camps

first_img25 February 2010Fifa has released a list of base camps for the 32 teams participating in the 2010 World Cup, with hosts Bafana Bafana to be based at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel and to train at Sandown High School in Johannesburg.Fourteen other teams will be in Gauteng province along with Bafana Bafana, while six teams will be based in KwaZulu-Natal, four in the Western Cape, three in North West province and one each in Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.Other teams that will be based in and around Johannesburg include Honduras at the Indaba Hotel, Mexico at Thaba ya Batswana, Netherlands at the Hilton Sandton, North Korea at the Protea Hotel Midrand, Serbia at the Sunnyside Park Hotel, and Slovenia at the Hyde Park Southern Sun.Teams to be based around Pretoria include Argentina, at the High Performance Centre, Germany at the Velmore Hotel in Centurion, Italy at the Leriba Lodge outside Pretoria, Slovakia at the Villas Luxury Suite Hotel, and the United States at the Irene Country Lodge.Australia will be based at the Kloofzicht Lodge near Muldersdrift on the West Rand, New Zealand at Serengeti Estate near OR Tambo International Airport, and Switzerland at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark, to the south of Johannesburg.Those that will be based in KwaZulu-Natal province include Algeria at the Monduzur in San Lameer, Cameroon at the Oyster Box in Umhlanga, Greece at the Beverly Hills Hotel at Umhlanga Rocks, Ivory Coast at the Riverside Hotel and Spa in Durban, Nigeria at the Hampshire in Durban, Paraguay at Woodridge Country Estate in the Midlands, and Portugal at the Valley Lodge in Hillcrest.The Western Cape will play host to Brazil at the Fairway in Cape Town, Denmark at the Simola Hotel Country Club in Knysna, France at the Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna, and Japan at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club outside George.Teams that will be based in North West province include England at the Bafokeng Sports Campus in Rustenburg, Spain at North West University campus in Potchefstroom, and South Korea at the Hunters Rest Hotel in Rustenburg.Provinces that will host only a single team include Mpumalanga, with Chile based at the Ingwenyama Conference Centre; the Eastern Cape, with Ghana based at Rhoode Valley; and the Northern Cape, with Uruguay based at the Protea Hotel Kimberley.Fifa says the list is subject to change, as teams could still move their base camps.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Microsoft’s Vista-Live Strategy Already Impacting Google

first_imgWritten by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus Windows Vista is finallyout and along with that Microsoft seems to have kick-started its Vista-Live jointinitiative. This initiative aims to push Microsoft’s new web properties in tandem withtheir dominant Windows operating system – and so become a leader in the web industry aswell. Basically this means that Microsoft makes its Windows Live web properties thedefault in Windows Vista PCs, where possible – for example Live Search is the defaultsearch engine in IE7 on new Vista machines. But the question is, will this strategy be enough for Microsoft to beat Google andYahoo in the web race? Or will the average Joe and Jane User, with their new Vista PC,make the extra effort to change their default search engine back to Google again? In thisarticle, we will analyze the early results of Microsoft’s Vista-Live strategy, after theofficial releases of IE7 and Windows Vista this year. Our data source is Alexa,which is known to be not overly reliable – but it is quite adequate when makingcomparisons between leading sites like Google and Microsoft.Before starting with the graphs, let’s remind you of the official release dates:IE7 was released and offered to the public on November 8, 2006Windows Vista for Businesses was made available on November 30, 2006Windows Vista for Consumers was made available on January 30, 2007Keeping in mind these dates, let’s take a look at the following graphs. The vertical redlines roughly show Windows Vista’s release date.Measuring Vista’s impact on Microsoft web properties Live.com: Tags:#news#web Measuring Vista’s impact on Yahoo web properties Yahoo seems to be relatively unaffected, although its Alexa chart has been slopingever so slightly downward for the past year or two. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts MSN.com:  Discussion: Is Microsoft Pushing Google Down? The Alexa graphs show aclear win situation for Microsoft’s Vista-Live strategy (where Live products are thedefault on Vista machines). Although it may be too early to judge, history repeats itselfand people who migrate to Vista seem happy with what is given as the default – i.e. thedefault experience is ‘good enough’. Looking at this from Google’s perspective though,even though Vista uses Live Search as its default in IE, making Google your defaultsearch engine is just one click away – and an alert will display when you visit theGoogle homepage with IE7.Windows Live is crucial to Microsoft in their battle with Google, as proven by theirbig Internet marketing campaign for Live – even though they haven’tnailed the branding yet. At the same time, Google’s underlying technology PageRank is becoming acommodity; Yahoo and Microsoft are getting closer to Google’s search quality. Also opensource alternatives like Nutch and dmoz are beginning to blossom (similar in a way to Windows vsLinux). In other words, the quality gap is getting negligible between Google search and thecompetition.Having said that, Gmail and Google Office are new(ish) tools that can helpdrive visitors back to Google – so the battle is happening on many fronts. The reason why Yahoo seems unaffected is obvious. Yahoo is not in direct competitionwith Microsoft – they could even be considered allies. Yahoo is preferred by consumers for mail, finance and other portal products –and these products have never really been presented as defaults on the PC. Either youvisited the sites by yourself or you installed a browser endorsed by Yahoo.As a final note, Alexa competitor Compete’s results are in parallel with ours.According to Compete, these giantsall have an increasing trend in page views, but Google’s slope is apparently lower thanthose of MSN and Live.What do you think – is Microsoft’s Vista-Live strategy already beginning to affectGoogle’s dominance in search and other web properties, albeit only with a slightdownturn at this point? Or has Google got too much of a lead on the Web for evenMicrosoft’s OS dominance to turn it around and trend Google downwards long-term?center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The graphs above indicate a clear gain for Microsoft’s Live and MSN. In both of thegraphs, after the red line indicating Vista’s release, traffic sharply rises – shown bythe green tangents. And interestingly, both tangents have the same slope: Live’s slope is0.79, MSN’s is 0.76. This hints that the growth in both Live and MSN are not bychance.Measuring Vista’s impact on Google web properties On the other hand, Google indicates a reverse trend. According to Alexa,there is a significant fall in Google’s traffic after Vista was released. The blue lineshows the resistance. Google’s slope is a negative 0.5. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… emre sokullu 1last_img read more

Big Question (Answered): “What’s Your Technology Frustration?”

Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market robyn tippins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#community#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Technology is awesome, but getting routers to route and cords to not fray is not. No matter how wonderful it is that you can shake your arm at the tv and choose a movie on Netflix, it’s that much more annoying when these lazy-maker devices cause us to work for some gratification. Surely we aren’t alone in our frustration at having to wait, or worse, debug! So, we decided to ask our readers, “Do you have a recent example of technology frustration to share?“You answered and we culled your responses and used Storify to present it all back to you. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments. read more