SA pride in World Cup at 90%

first_imgSouth African football fans. (Image: Chris Kirchoff, For more free photos, visit the image library.) Public opinion on staging the 2010 Fifa World Cup remains overwhelmingly positive in the host nation South Africa, according to recent research conducted on Fifa’s behalf.The findings from the fourth instalment of a six-wave survey suggest a strong emotional commitment to the tournament, in particular a pronounced sense of pride (90%) in being the first African nation to host football’s premier event.The survey was conducted by international research company Sport+Markt immediately after the final draw in December. The successful organisation of this event and its blanket coverage in the media appear to have reinforced respondents’ belief in South Africa’s readiness to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup (84%) and their keen anticipation of it (86%).Similar to the previous three waves, the vast majority of respondents have high expectations in terms of the potential long-term benefits of hosting the World Cup, both tangible and intangible. Those believing it will unite the people of South Africa stand at 79%, while 88% expect it to boost South Africa’s image abroad, 91% expect it to create more jobs and 95% think it will strengthen tourism.“What these findings tell us right from the first round of surveying in December 2008 all the way through to today is that there is a strong feeling of positivity towards the Fifa World Cup among South Africans,” said Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke.“The scores have been consistently high with negligible deviation over the months.”Of the perceived potential disadvantages of hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup, inflation remains the biggest concern for South African respondents, with 70% believing consumer goods will become more expensive as a result of the competition.However, the 7% point drop in this score since the previous wave in September 2009 represents the biggest fluctuation recorded in this survey.The urban representative survey was conducted among 1 000 South African respondents in all major cities, including 2010 Fifa World Cup host cities, with quotas for ethnic origin, age and gender. Interviews was conducted face-to-face in calendar weeks 50-51, 2009. To request the charts or for further information, please contact [email protected]last_img read more

Junior Boks on course at World Champs

first_imgThe English must be commended for their never-say-die commitment and they certainly asked some hard questions of the Baby Boks, enough to suggest that the two teams could meet later in the tournament. South Africa, the defending champions, are on course to top their group at the IRB Junior World Championship, after defeating Six Nations champions England 31-24 in a hard-fought Group A match at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon, France on Sunday. “What pleased me, I think, was our kicking game. Against USA we were running the ball a lot, but especially in this game we turned them around with our kicks, and that was definitely great for us.” ‘Disappointed’England eighthman and captain Jack Clifford, who turned in a powerful performance, commented: “Obviously [we are] massively disappointed with the result. All credit to South Africa they played really well and our boys really stuck in it till the end. 11 June 2013 ‘Excited’Speaking after the victory over England, “Baby Bok” skipper Ruan Steenkamp told the IRB: “This was a must-win for us and definitely the boys were up for it, but there is still work to be done and we are excited for the next one. ‘A very good win’“We made a very good start but did not manage to capitalise on it. This was a very good win against an English team that have won the Under-20 Six Nations and have played much longer together as a team,” South Africa’s coach Dawie Theron said afterwards. RegroupedIt looked as if it would be one-way traffic, but England regrouped and a converted try by the Six Nations champions just before the break reduced the deficit to 21-7. South Africa next’s game, against France, will be played on Thursday. Immediately after the restart they signalled their intention to take the game to South Africa in the second half by working an excellent try, scored by Elliot Stooke and converted by Henry Slade, to make it 21-14. The Baby Boks’ reply was almost instant as towering flanker Jacques du Plessis crashed over for a try, which Robert du Preez converted, to make it 28-14. DisallowedThen, a wonderful counter-attack by South Africa saw Senatla sent clear for his third try, but it was disallowed after a linesman signalled a high tackle from a South African to the referee, and what would have been a comfortable 35-14 lead became a far less convincing 28-17 advantage after Slade landed the resulting kick at goal. Coach Dawie Theron’s charges dominated the first 20 minutes of the contest and despite a couple of missed penalties raced into a 21-0 lead, with Seabelo Senatla, the scorer of four tries against the USA, going over for two more against the English. Buoyed, England forced the defending champions onto the back foot and Henry Purdy went over for another try for the men in white, but Du Preez landed a further penalty to ensure a South African win. “It really came down to it in the end. The last few plays we were really going for it but South Africa pulled away and won.” The tournament format sees three groups of four teams competing for places in the semi-finals. The group winners plus the next best finisher from the three groups go through to the final four. With two wins out of two, South Africa is pretty much assured of a place in the semis. In their first outing, South Africa overran the USA 97-0 and next face hosts France, losers by 30 points to six in their first match against England, and 45-3 winners over the USA on Sunday. “I am disappointed that we did not keep our discipline in the second half, but there were also some decisions made which were out of our control and influenced the play in the second half. We will now regroup and prepare for our next match against France, who will no doubt be a difficult customer in front of their home fans.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Webtrends 9: Google Analytics Eat Your Heart Out

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling Webtrends has launched the ninth version of its Web analytics platform for the enterprise, and it’s impressive indeed. In addition to a standards-based interface that’s data-driven and accessible, three new features make Webtrends 9 stand out from the crowd. First, there’s a selective RSS overlay to let you match site activity with key feeds. Second, you can now generate URIs and REST urls to export your data and embed it in applications and Excel spreadsheets. Last, but definitely not least, is the story view, which automatically turns your entire analytics report into a short narrative for use in emails, reports, and presentations. A Minimalist InterfaceBoth Yahoo! and Google analytics are known for their colorful interfaces and reliance on Flash and JavaScript. Webtrends 9 has taken the opposite approach, with a mostly gray-scale dashboard that uses color very sparingly to highlight small points. More importantly, Webtrends 9 only uses HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, not Flash. This means it’s actually usable on devices that don’t support Flash, like the iPhone. If you have JavaScript turned off, it also automatically downgrades without losing any functionality. Bells & WhistlesGoogle and Yahoo! might work just fine for personal websites and other consumer Web analytics needs. Webtrends has always differentiated itself by focusing on the enterprise market, which needs different metrics and greater security. But several of the features new to Webtrends 9 are just plain cool, whether you’re in the enterprise or not. An automatic story view might not be flashy, but it’s darned useful, both as a presentation technique for others and for those who may be less graphically inclined. The sharing to other services like Excel was ridiculously easy, and the business need for that kind of exporting is crystal clear. In testing out these new features ourselves, we found Webtrends to have a degree of depth and flexibility that would appeal to anyone, not just the business-class customers they target. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

National coach Wim Koevermans wants India to adopt possession football

first_imgNehru Cup is the only international football tournament hosted by India. But as its 15th edition gets underway, things do not look rosy for the hosts, who start the five-nation tournament as the lowest-ranked team.Though rankings may not always show a team’s real potential, the defending champions would have certainly liked to be better placed than its 168th position, India’s lowest ever in history.On his first assignment as national coach, Dutchman Wim Koevermans, however, does not want to give too much importance to rankings, and believes the process of instilling possession football should be maintained.”Why should I be bothered about rankings?” he said on Friday. “I have just started. We have to look to the future. So even if we lose a match, it does not mean we will change our style.”So, how far has Koevermans been successful in changing the team’s old style of relying on long and aerial passes? “It’s right on track. We have played together for the last two weeks and I am happy with the boys’ effort,” he said.Senior player Syed Rahim Nabi felt that a better perspective can be achieved when the team plays matches. “One cannot comment on a team’s style unless it plays a few games. We played one match in Bangalore and on Saturday we will be playing Pailan Arrows. Then we can better gauge where we are,” he said.The team shifted here on Thursday from Bangalore and had a two-hour training session at the Jaypee Greens ground on Friday. “This is the first time we are practising on natural grass. We have a friendly match tomorrow and in the rest of the three days we will be concentrating on the tactical aspect,” he said.advertisementCameroon and Syria are the two nations who may give India a tough time. When asked if he has planned any special strategy for them, Koevermans said: “We have seen videos of recent games. But they might change their way of playing. So we are focussed on ourselves.”The coach made a special mention about the youngsters in the team. “You will always have to look to the youngsters. There are seven in this squad who are from the u-22 team and are an enthusiastic lot,” Koevermans said.No top stars from CameroonIf fans are expecting the likes of Samuel Eto’o to don Cameroon colours at the Nehru Cup, there is disappointment in store as no top stars are likely to come to India. No European-based players are likely to arrive.”Cameroon will most likely bring home-based players,” an AIFF official said.last_img read more

Honor View 20 price in India leaked with color variants ahead of January 29 launch

first_imgThe Honor View 20 is set to launch in India on Tuesday, January 29 after being globally announced earlier this week in Paris. We know that the new Honor flagship comes with a punch-hole display, a 48MP camera and a Kirin 980 chipset, among other things. We also know that the View 20 will be exclusively sold on Amazon India. What is still a mystery is the pricing, but it seems that too has now leaked out.According to a report, the Honor View 20’s price in India will start at Rs 35,999, which keeps in line with past rumours as well. This will be for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. We expect Honor to launch the 8GB + 128GB variant as well, but there is no detail on its pricing as of now. If the price is true, this means the View 20 will directly take on the OnePlus 6T which is available at Rs 37,999.The Honor View 20 brings a few firsts for the company. It is the company’s first smartphone with a hole in the display and it is also the world’s first smartphone with a 48MP rear camera. The Honor View 20 somes with a glass and metal design with a unique look on the back which involves V-shaped pattern embedded in the glass and a gradient colour scheme in Midnight Black and Blue Sapphire. Both these colour options will be coming to India as per the latest report.The View 20 offers a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2310 pixels) TFT LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster, and a USB Type-C port. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset with Dual NPU for advanced AI and machine learning computation. The V20 houses a 4,000mAh battery with super fast charge support and runs Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on topadvertisementHonor’s newest flagship sports a 48MP Sony IMX586 CMOS rear camera that aims to offer superior clarity and detail. The camera also uses pixel binning technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into one to offer a large 1.6 micron pixels when using the 12MP mode.There is also a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board to obtain depth information. Up front, the View 20 gets a 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture housed in the cutout.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 launched with punch-hole display, 48MP camera: Price, specs, India launch detailsALSO READ | Honor View 20 quick review: A hole new experiencelast_img read more

India’s Asian Cup qualifier postponed for cricket

first_imgIndia AFC Asian Cup Qualifier: India vs. Macau postponed after clash with Indian cricket team fixture Last updated 2 years ago 07:30 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Macau India 2017 AIFF Media India Asian Cup Qualification India v Macao Macao The continental qualification game between India and Macau has been postponed by a day for a bizarre reason… India’s next 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers’ game against Macau, originally scheduled to be held at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on 10th October 2017, has been postponed by a day to the 11th of October. While the official reason given to the continental governing body by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was that the stadium would not be available on the initial date, Goal has reliably learnt that the actual reason is entirely different altogether.The Indian men’s cricket team are set to welcome their Australian counterparts for a five-match ODI series this month, which will be followed by a three-game T20I series. The second T20I game is set to be held on 10th of October, the initial date on which India vs Macau game was scheduled.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Though the cricket game is being played in Guwahati, it has forced the postponement of the football game because the broadcasters of both games were not comfortable with the idea of the cricket team and football team playing simultaneously. Macau vs IndiaWith the T20I set for a 7:00 PM IST start, it was sure to overlap with the football fixture. The broadcasters felt that this could bring down the collective viewership and with cricket enjoying prominence, the football game wouldn’t get much attention. A source close to the developments told Goal, “It is a sad state of affairs that an international football match has been pushed back because of the cricket schedule. We can only hope that this does not happen again.” The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) were okay with the idea of shifting the game because of stadium unavailability since the AIFF intimated them at least a month earlier but asked the Indian FA to ensure the new date falls within the FIFA international calendar.The AFC also asked the AIFF to obtain permission from Macau regarding the change in date and the South-East Asian nation had no problems in playing the game on 11th of October.last_img read more