5 things we learned about Ronnie Lott watching ‘A Football Life’

first_img With a little health and stability, Jimmie Ward finally showing 49ers, NFL what he can do 49ers on Wednesday: Where have all the defensive interceptions gone? Marcus Allen calls him a “kamikaze.” Eddie DeBartolo uses the words “mad man.”They can only be talking about San Francisco 49ers legend Ronnie Lott, the Hall of Fame defensive back who was known for his bone-crunching hits and intense, win-at-all-costs attitude.Related Articlescenter_imglast_img

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Soccer Cinema to inspire SA

first_imgA mobile cinema will be visiting small towns around South Africa and screening the best football documentaries basedon the beautiful game. (Image: www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nathalie Rosa Bucher Soccer Cinema +27 21 465 5805 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • SA children taught the game of life • Alex to host Football for Hope • Transforming lives through sport • Top sponsors for Unity Cup in SANosimilo RamelaA mobile cinema has set off on a tour of 50 small towns around South Africa to bring the best football documentaries to those who won’t be able to afford to see any 2010 Fifa World Cup games live at the stadiums.The aim of the project is to stir up excitement in the build-up to the tournament and give audiences an opportunity to learn more about history’s greatest teams and football stars.Sponsored by the National Lottery Fund, Soccer Cinema began its cross-country journey in Cape Town on 6 April, and is due to end on 2 June. “In the months before the championship it is vital that everyone feels part of this event,” said project manager Nathalie Rosa Bucher.“Unity can be built by inspiring South Africans through documentary cinema with insight into famous players, teams as well as incredible highlights and events from the beautiful game’s colourful past.“These films are new to South African audiences, and comprise a history and world-view of football that will be available to the public across the whole country,” she said.Documentary filmmaker and producer Don Edkins, together with a small group of Dutch, Danish, and Finnish film professionals, initiated the project.The 10 films to be screened include More than just a game by South African director Junaid Ahmed. It’s set on Robben Island in the 1960s and tells the story of political prisoners there who set up a football league as a way of coping with their incarceration.UK director Daniel Gordon’s The game of their lives will also be shown. The film is about the seven surviving members of North Korean national football team who participated in the World Cup in 1966. Their victory over Italy and place in the quarter-finals made them the first Asian side to advance so far in the tournament.Johan Kramer’s The Other Final tells the story of a football match between Bhutan and Montserrat, the lowest seeded teams in the 2003 Fifa world rankings. The game was played in Bhutan, with the host team defeating their opponents 4-0.Films about African stars such as Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Sibusiso Zuma will also make it to the mobile cinema, alongside footage of former Argentinian football great, and current coach for that country, Diego Maradona. Brazil legends Manuel dos Santos Francisco, nicknamed Garrincha, and Edison Arantes do Nascimento – best known as Pelé – will also feature in the films.Communities praise projectCommunities which Soccer Cinema will visit are excited about the tour. “I think at times we felt forgotten and left out of all the Fifa events, but this project has brought back our excitement,” said John Grootboom from Worcester in the Western Cape.“We are really looking forward to these films – especially stories about the African players. They will be good inspiration for the youth here,” he said.Thato Maseko, from Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape, agrees: “Many of the youth here love football, but they don’t know much about the history of this country and the history of their favourite game. These films will give them the chance to learn about both. It will be a great treat for the people of this community – young and old. It will bring the World Cup closer to life for all of us.”last_img read more

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Work is on track at Sol Plaatje University

first_img25 March 2015Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley is on track for its student intake in 2016.The deputy minister of higher education and training, Mduduzi Manana, visited the construction site in the Northern Cape capital on 24 March, where four cranes were keeping the building programme on track. Manana said he was satisfied with progress made on infrastructure.“The briefing I received this morning and the visit to the construction site gives me tremendous confidence that all the deadlines for ensuring the successful delivery of the infrastructure necessary to accommodate the 2016 student intake will be met,” he said.“I have witnessed the evidence of the close co-operation between the different spheres of government. The Sol Plaatje Municipality has been single-minded in its determination to support the development of the university by expediting the required approval processes and supporting the social and economic development aspects of the project, among others.”Work undertaken to deliver the infrastructure for this year’s student intake of 370 had been of a high quality.The university’s central campus is part of this phase of construction. It will encompass completing six of the envisaged eight multi-storey buildings at an estimated construction cost of over R900-million. The buildings will include laboratories, lecture auditoriums and teaching facilities, academic offices, libraries, residences and student facilities.In total, the construction of more than 50 000 square metres of new buildings will accommodate the planned 2016 and 2017 student numbers. Together with the existing 2014 and 2015 provision, on campus residences will accommodate about 700 students for the 2016 academic year.Manana acknowledged the efforts being made to ensure that the province benefited from the investment in the university infrastructure. Construction procurement requires the main contractors to use local labour, suppliers and sub-contractors; and to focus on broad-based black economic empowerment and skills development.The deputy minister was also pleased with the academic performance of the university in its first year of its existence. He emphasised that in addition to high quality academic teaching and sound governance, it was necessary to have in place the infrastructure to sustain the level of academic performance.Of the students registered in 2014, 80% passed all their first-year courses with an average course pass rate of 87%.Manana also congratulated Professor Yunus Ballim on his appointment as the vice- chancellor. “I wish you well in laying the foundations for a university that will provide innovative and high quality academic programmes.”Sol Plaatje University is one of three universities the government is building. The others are the University of Mpumalanga and the Sefako Makgatho Health and Allied Sciences University, which is a result of the unbundling of Medunsa from the University of Limpopo.Higher Education and Training spokesperson Sibusiso Mlangeni said the new universities would go a long way towards increasing access to post-school education and training. They will also contribute to the National Development Plan goal of increasing higher education enrolments by 2030.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Elephants’ dung used to produce coffee and paper

first_imgOne of the big 5 are drawing more than just tourists to the African bush. Elephant dung is now being used to create paper in Africa and flavour artisanal coffee in Thailand.African elephant (Loxodonta africana) group drinking from waterhole – wide angle perspective. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Many Kenyans and Ugandans use the elephant’s dung to manufacture paper. In Thailand, the dung is used to produce rich coffee. (Image: World Wildlife Organisation)• South Africa’s sniffer elephants learn to track explosives • Africa: The tech continent • Dadaab: the camp that’s changing the world’s view on refugees • African scientists make headway in grasping persistent TB bacteria • Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls Media Club South Africa reporterSome of the world’s favourite handmade paper and sought after artisanal coffee has very humble, albeit messy, beginnings. Today eco-friendly handmade books and coffee begin life as elephant dung.John Matano’s Nampath Paper is just one of 17 Kenyan firms that process elephant dung to make high quality paper. Matano’s paper is, according to the BBC, as good as paper made from traditional sources.Elephants digest only about 45% of its highly fibrous herbivorous diet. Undigested fibre passes straight through them, creating dung that can be easily processed into paper. Or as Matano explained, “An average elephant eats 250kg of food each day. Out of that amount about 50kg of dung is produced, and 125 sheets of A4 paper can be produced from each 50kg.”This free, and constantly available renewable product has seen the birth of a new industry in East Africa. Kafe Mwarimo, manager at the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, said that the elephant dung paper industry has so far helped more than 500 local people pull themselves out of poverty.Matano said their way of making paper saves the indigenous tree populations of nearby forests from being destroyed. “The business is very reliable, and has a promising future. It is important for poaching and illegal logging to go down to 0%.”The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), a government agency, has been full of praise for the efforts of the new paper industry. Paul Gathitu, KWS spokesman, said the industry has helped to protect the country’s remaining 7 000 elephants and helped reduce illegal logging.“It is a good effort, it helps humans coexist with elephants. Lots of the paper products from elephant dung have been provided to us here at KWS.”Preserving elephantsCreation begins with the savannah grass that elephants feed on. It is that masticated fibre pulp that is the key ingredient of Nampath’s paper. Matano explained the process: “After washing, clean fibres remain. Then the fibre is boiled for four hours in a vat to thoroughly ensure it is clean. Then after that, much of the process is similar to that of making regular paper.”Saving treesWatch how people in Uganda produce paper out of elephant dung:Jane Muihia, of paper manufacturer Transpaper Kenya, said paper from elephant dung is equal in quality to regular paper. She pointed out that the paper does not actually stink. “It goes through all the regular stages of manufacture. And in price it is almost the same.”Coffee made out of elephant dungCoffee made from beans rescued from elephant dung has, according to a story in the Daily Mail, a very floral aroma. With hints of chocolate. The taste has strong milk chocolate notes with a nutty undertone and hints of spices and red berries.Black Ivory, the trade name for the coffee produced in Thailand, sells for $1 100 a kilogram, or R17 200, making it the most expensive cup of Joe you can wake up to. It is also only available to visitors at the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.The coffee is the brainchild of Thailand’s Anantara Resorts. It insists that the beans are ‘naturally refined’ by the elephants in the conservation programme. Anantara uses 8% of sales to fund care for the animals, according to the news portal ABC News.Watch how coffee lovers enjoy the Black Ivory in Thailand:last_img read more

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Usman Khawaja criticises Australia’s selection policy

first_imgAustralia batsman Usman Khawaja has criticised the country’s selection policy and says the constant team changes hampered his attempts to develop his all-round game.The 30-year-old left-hander scored 55 runs in four innings during Australia’s 3-0 Test series defeat in Sri Lanka in 2016 before being dropped for the third Test.He then scored half-centuries in six consecutive home Tests but did not play in the four-Test series in India this year.Khawaja was brought back for the first Test in Bangladesh, only to be dropped for the second match of the series.”They never used to do it before, I’m not really sure why they do it now,” Khawaja told ABC Radio of the selection policy.”It creates a lot of instability in the team I reckon, going in and out for everyone.”You hear things like ‘the players are playing afraid’ or whatnot, but that’s what happens when you drop players all the time. We’ve been doing that a fair bit lately.”The Pakistan-born cricketer has played 24 tests since making his debut in the 2011 Ashes series against England and has scored five hundreds, averaging over 45.The Queensland captain is in good form in domestic cricket and is expected to earn a place in Australia’s top order in the Ashes series against England which starts next month.”For some reason it seems like lately in Australia that the best players always seem to be the next guy in, which I don’t totally agree with,” he said.”(It is) very hard to develop your game and play some consistent cricket if you’re not getting consistent opportunities overseas, which I haven’t been getting.advertisement”It’s frustrating but I’ve just got to focus on what’s in front of me. I’d love to win an Ashes series – it’s something I haven’t been able to do yet.”Khawaja believes the Australian selectors already know what side to pick for the five-test series against England starting in Brisbane on Nov. 23.”I think the Australian team is pretty stable,” he said. “I’m confident the selectors already know what their make-up of the team is going to be for the first test.”There might be a few positions up for grabs depending on what happens in the Shield games but I’m pretty confident they know what they’re expecting.”last_img read more

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