Motu Koitabu rugby comp starts tomorrow

first_imgChairman of the MKRLA, Pipi Dai Boe said 16 clubs have registered to play in two divisions- A Grade men’s and U-20 men’s.Boe said NCD Governor, Powes Parkop will do the official kick off at 9:30am. He also wished all teams the best of luck this weekend.“Most of all, let’s all conduct ourselves in the true spirit of the rugby league and sports in general.“Let’s have respect for each other and denounce any unsociable and unruly behaviour,” said Boe.last_img

Jurgen Klopp reveals key duo out of Liverpool’s crunch meeting with Man City

first_img Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho 1 Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho will not be fit for Liverpool’s Premier League showdown with Manchester City on New Year’s Eve.Matip, who enjoyed an impressive start to his Reds career after arriving from Schalke, has been struggling with an ankle injury.He has missed the last three matches, against Middlesbrough, Everton and Stoke, and is still not ready to return.Coutinho, meanwhile, remains unavailable as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.The Brazilian playmaker has been out since November and though he is close to full fitness, will not return for the visit of City or Monday’s trip to Sunderland.“The City game is too early and I’m pretty sure the Sunderland match on Monday is too early too,” Klopp said of Coutinho.Liverpool head into Saturday’s crunch clash sitting second in the table, with City just one place and one point behind them.City boss Pep Guardiola is regarded as modern football’s greatest innovator but Klopp’s results against him have been as good as anyone’s with four victories – albeit three in cup competitions – in eight meetings during their time in the Bundesliga.Klopp insists recent history counts for nothing but accepts that in Guardiola, City have a man of huge influence.“We know everything about how Pep played with Bayern but that is not important any more because it is different players and different systems,” said the Liverpool manager, whose record against City since arriving last season is two resounding league wins and a Capital One Cup final defeat on penalties.“We are a different team so at this moment both sides cannot be sure which idea the other team has.“It is not that we have a look back at the last few games against Pep Guardiola because our teams don’t play each other.“In Holland it was Johan Cruyff and Total Football. He (Guardiola) was very nearly perfect with Barcelona, he had a big influence with Bayern and changed their style completely.“He is an outstanding manager 100 per cent. I am not interested too much in giving things a name but you can see on the pitch he is an influential manager.“He has a clear idea and a pretty much good idea. He has had a fantastic career until now.“He had a nice style with Barcelona and was really good with Bayern and now he is at City and he is there to be successful and not to show how good he is.“That is how we all are. We want to help our team.“He is very influential but the Barcelona style is not possible for each team to play. It depends a lot on the players you have.“If a Sunday morning team tried to play like Barcelona it would be pretty difficult.“You always adapt to your players and that is what he is doing and it is what we do.”last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTODAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Travel lecturewill be presented by Collette Tours Co., 2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444, Ext. 111. WEDNESDAY Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Business workshop titled “Employment Law,” 5-8 p.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $30. Call (661) 294-9375. Parent Preview Tour for expectant parents, 7-8 p.m. at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Meet in the lobby at 6:45 p.m. Call (661) 253-8060. The Reading Group will discuss “The Hungry Tide” by Amitav Ghosh, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Agnes Zagar at (661) 259-8942. Los Angeles Opera League, Santa Clarita Region, will meet, 7-9:30 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Olga Joseau at (661) 297-3086 for directions. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. FRIDAY AARP Driver Safety Program, 2-6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Beyond the Honeymoon class for engaged or newly married couples, 8 p.m. at a private home in Santa Clarita. Sponsored by Grace Baptist Church. Call (661) 296-6826. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Santa Clarita Master Chorale will hold auditions, throughout the day at the Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 254-8886 to schedule an audition. Labor of Love class for busy parents-to-be, will be held throughout the day at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8607 to register. Neighborhood Watch training program, 8 a.m.-noon at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20970 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Call (323) 526-5015 to R.S.V.P. AARP Driver Safety Program, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Business workshop titled “How to Develop a Business Plan,” 9 a.m.-noon at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $30. Call (661) 294-9375. Family conference for ages 10 and up will discuss “Origins: Look at the Evidence,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. A picnic at Placerita Canyon Nature Center will follow. Register at www.sccmnet.org/origins.htm. Grand Opening, 7 p.m. at Edna’s Style & Beauty, 22934 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Open House10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. Call (661) 255-6410. Brownie Troop sign-ups for girls in first and second grade, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall. E-mail klgarden@comcast.net. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want 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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Business workshop titled “Street Smart Marketing,” 6-8 p.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $20. Call (661) 294-9375. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. last_img read more

Ryan Jack wins appeal against violent conduct ban

first_imgRangers midfielder Ryan Jack has won his appeal against the red card shown in the recent 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock.Jack was sent off by referee Alan Muir after clashing with Killie defender Kirk Broadfoot as Rangers prepared to take a penalty in the closing stages of last Wednesday’s match. Muir initially appeared to show a yellow card before sending the player off after consulting with his assistant.Daniel Candeias missed the penalty and Kilmarnock equalised through Chris Burke in what turned out to be manager Pedro Caixinha’s last game in charge. Rangers appealed the decision, freeing Jack to play in the 3-1 win against Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday. Jack’s case was heard by an independent panel at Hampden on Thursday when the red card was rescinded.The player’s record will instead show a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.last_img read more

Australia win first Ashes test by ten wickets over England

first_imgSpeaking to Australia’s Channel 9, Warner, who finished on 87 not out, hailed his “great partnership” with Bancroft as key to the win. “It was fantastic out there to have a good dig together and build a great partnership and get us across the line without losing a wicket,” he said. “So that’s what we cherish ourselves on, coming out and being disciplined and trying to get the job done as best as possible.” Australia have won the first Ashes test by 10 wickets after the opening pair of David Warner and Cameron Bancroft recorded an unbroken 173 to clinch victory at the Gabba in Brisbane. England went into the fifth day amid reports that Jonny Bairstow had been censured by the England and Wales Cricket Board over an alleged altercation in Perth before the series began. Asked is the off-field incidents had distracted the England team, captain Joe Root said: “The story over Jonny – I think a mountain’s been made out of a molehill as far as that’s concerned, we’ve just got to move on and concentrate on our cricket as a squad.“We’ve prepared very well in the warm-up games, played three days of excellent cricket and it’s about making sure it’s five days next week.”last_img read more

Sligo athletes heading to National Community Games Finals

first_imgBoys Under 14 Cycling on Grass Eoghan Fenton, CooleraGirls Under 14 Cycling on Grass Oisin Conlon, RiverstownBoys Under 16 Pitch and Putt Donnchadh O’Brien, Rosses PointGirls Under 16 Pitch and Putt Meabh McLoughlin, Rosses Point.RELAYSMixed Relay Under 10: Coolera, Oscar Bodeker, Nicole Flanagan, Niamh Hennessy, Zak Kelly Lahon, Olivia Kinnane, Luke O’ConnorBoys Under 12 Relay: Coolera , Fiachra A Tierney, Charlie Fenton, Oisin Choo, Charlie Cullinane, Cathal GilliganGirls Under 12 Relay:  Curry, Aoibhinn Durkan, Katie Egan, Erin Walsh, Ellen GiblinMixed Relay Under 13: Ballymote, Darragh Mc Donald, Holly Mc Loughlin, Kayleigh Scanlon, Luke ScanlonBoys Under 14 Relay: Drumcliffe, Finn Campbell, Shane Mc Donagh, Daniel Oates, Joe Campbell.Girls Under 14 Relay: Drumcliffe, Jasmine Dunleavy, Molly Mc Loughlin, Anna Tiernan, Gemma O’Callaghan, Anna Currid.Mixed Relay Under 15: Drumcliffe, Nicola Dunleavy, Nessa Mc Caffrey, Sean McCarthy,  Paul O’Brien, Rían O’CallaghanBoys Under 16 Relay: Coolera, Liam Gilligan, Andrew Lynch, ross Doherty, Mark McDaniel, Ryan Young.Girls Under 16 Relay: Skreen/Dromard, Ella Boland, Jane Tempany, Sadbh Williams, Amy BolandMixed Relay Under 16: Curry,  Dylan Mc Loughlin, Tommy Ross, Kaate Hosey, Tara Walsh. Boys Under 14 800m Joe Campbell, DrumcliffeGirls Under 14 800m Gemma O’Callaghan DrumcliffeBoys Under 14 80m Hurdles Sean Bony St Mary’sGirls Under 14 80m Hurdles Ruth Flannagan Rosses PointBoys Under 16 100m Shaun Haugh O’Connor BallymoteGirls Under 16 100m Kate Hosey, CurryBoys Under 16 200m Mark McDaniel, CooleraGirls Under 16 200m Aimee Boland, Skreen DromardBoys Under 16 1500m Ben Clavin, MullinabreenaGirls Under 16 1500m  Arwen O’Neill, CastleconnorBoys  Under 12 Long Puck Thomas O’Brien, DrumcliffeGirls Under 14 Long Puck Ailish Quinn, CastleconnorBoys Under 14 Long Jump Seán McCabe, Rosses PointGirls Under 14 Long Jump Orna Murphy, CooleraBoys Under 14 Shot Putt Jonathan Gavin, St Mary’sGirls Under 14 Shot Putt Sarah Kiernan, AughanaghBoys Under 12 Ball Throw Finn McDaniel, CooleraGirls Under 12 Ball Throw Sarah McDaniel, CooleraBoys Under 16 Discus Ryan Young, CooleraGirls Under 16 Discus Isabelle Thornto, CurryBoys Under 14 Javelin Alan Lawlor Kerr, CooleraGirls Under 14 Javelin, Eileen Kerins, Cliffoney/GrangeBoys Under 16 High Jump Jamie Walsh, CooleraGirls Under 16 High Jump Tara Walsh, CurryBoys Under 12 Cycling on Grass Aoibhinn Conlon, RiverstownGirls Under 12 Cycling on Grass Anna McDaniel, Coolera Boys  Under 8 60m   Caolan Mulrooney, CastleconnorGirls   Under 8 60m  Lauren Hayes, CurryBoys  Under 8  80m  Dara Mulhern, CooleraGirls  Under 8 80m   Katie Maye, CurryBoys Under 10 100m Ethan 0’Neill, CastleconnorGirls Under 10 100m Anna Johnston, Dromore West/TempleboyBoys Under 10 200m Dara Clifford, Rosses PointGirls Under 10 200m Holly Deehan, EnniscroneBoys Under 10 60m Hurdles Patrick Tuffy, CooleraGirls Under 10 60m Hurdles Enya Gilmartin, CurryBoys Under 12 100m Adam Taheny, St Feichin’sGirls Under 12 100m Ellen Giblin, CurryBoys Under 12 600m Luke Collery, St Michael’sGirls Under 12 600m Rachel McGoldrick, CornageehaBoys Under 14 100m Darragh Burke, St FeichinsBoysGirls Under 14 100m Anna Currid Drumcliffe The 2019 Aldi National Community Games finals take place this weekend (Aug 17th & 18th) at University of Limerick.Here is a listing of the Sligo athletes and teams taking part: TEAMSGirls Under 13 Rounders:  Easkey, Kirsten Buick, Anna Carnegie,  Allannah Clarke, Ciara Collery,  Ellie Cowlie, Alicia Cuffe, Anna Feeney, Kathryn Feeney, Roisin lang, Amber J Mc Donnell, Laura Mc Guire, Maebh MurrayTag Rugby Under 11: Coolera, Conor Gormley. Sean Hannon, Michael Harte, Aaron Keane, Cathal Keane, Mae Fenton, Cass O’Dowd-Hill,Girls Under 15 Futsal: Tubbercurry/Cloonacool, Ciara Brennan, Macayla Burke, Rebecca Doddy,  Eimear Hunt, Ellen Kelleher, CiaraKerrigan,  Ciara King,  Kerri O’Hara.View the full event schedule this weekend in Limerick here.last_img read more

Kelly’s Mountain Top to welcome Circle K with grand opening party

first_imgKelly’s Mountain Top is hosting a day of celebrations on Friday 5th October for the official opening of the Circle K forecourt.The popular service station has undergone a stylish new rebrand to join the global Circle K network. The network brings many benefits to customers include the cutting-edge miles fuel that takes you miles further.The Circle K grand opening will be held at Kelly’s from 12noon to 6pm on Friday 5th October. There are many fun activities in store for customers on the day, including food tastings, face painting and goodies for the kids and free Circle K accessory gifts for the adults.Don’t miss the Circle K special Spinning Wheel competition where players can win up to €1,000 worth in prizes!There will be family fun activities for all ages to enjoy and many more prizes to be won from Circle K staff at Kelly’s, including a luxury Centra Inspired range hamper to the value of €150. The most popular draw of Circle K has been the new and improved quality fuel, Miles.Miles reduces the cost of fuel by up to 3% and saves you up to 4c per litre. The fuel contains unique additives to help clean the engine, so your car will thank you too!Miles fuels benefits:Improve fuel consumption – takes you up to 3% furtherClean and protect your engineEnhance engine efficiency and improve reliabilityReduce harmful exhaust emissionsThe Kelly’s Centra store is staying the same to offer the same great service, value and variety that their customers love.Kelly’s Centra has won the National Centra Convenience Store of the year and has been in the final every year for the past 7 years.They recently set about increasing the space at the front of store making it much easier to shop and added extra space to fresh fruit n veg, fresh homemade takeaway meals not to mention a whole new section given over to fresh world breads, from Polish to Romanian to Italian style bread all delivered fresh instore daily. Kellys has seen a lot of requests over the last 6 months or so from consumers to improve the range for vegetarians and vegans, with this in mind they’ve really increased the range to accommodate these requests.On top of this they added a new self service hot food unit with a range of tasty products including cooked chickens, chicken strips, bbq ribs and BBQ chicken wings to name just a few.The Centra BEAT THE QUEUE app is another way to help the time strapped customer. This is an app for ordering your lunch in advance via your phone or from your computer and than simply collect at store. Get the app here: Centra ‘Beat the Queue’Come and see it all for yourself at the Circle K Grand Opening next Friday, which promises to be packed with fantastic offers, fun giveaways and exciting entertainment. For all the details check out Kelly’s Centra of Mountain Top’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kellys.centramountaintopSponsored PostKelly’s Mountain Top to welcome Circle K with grand opening party was last modified: October 4th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:circle kgrand openingkelly’s mountain toplast_img read more

Mambazo’s golden anniversary

first_imgLadysmith Black Mambazo have carvedout a glittering international career over the half century of their existence. (Image: Heads Up International)The Oscar-nominated short documentaryOn Tip Toe explores the group’s roots, and includes a testimonial from Paul Simonas well as live performance footage.(Image: Amazon.com)   MEDIA CONTACTS • Simon Manda+27 72 178 6426 or +27 31 811 7575 RELATED ARTICLES • Mambazo win their third Grammy • Gospel Choir shine at the Oscars • The White Zulu on stage in SA • Hot SA musicians head to Cannes• SA university choir best in worldJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s beloved Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM), the Grammy-winning isicathamiya group, have embarked on a countrywide tour to celebrate their 50 years together.  Isicathamiya (from the Zulu word meaning “to walk softly”) is a style of singing that focuses on deft harmonising. Isicathamiya choral competitions are popular in South Africa.The Back to eKasi (slang, meaning “home”, from the Afrikaans word lokasie, meaning “township”) tour sees the globe-trotting group going back to their roots and taking their unique a cappella sound to townships around South Africa between 16 and 24 September 2010.Fans in Bloemfontein, Thokoza in Ekurhuleni municipality, Rustenburg North, Atteridgeville, Ermelo, Bela-Bela and KwaMashu near Durban are in for a treat, with performances from LBM and two local curtain-raisers at each venue.All seven concerts during the nine-day tour are free.Cultural cooperationThe eKasi tour also celebrates the youthful LBM founder Joseph Shabalala’s 70th birthday on 28 August, as well as a decade of South African-Norwegian cultural collaboration through the funding organisation Mmino, which works exclusively with music projects.Because of this milestone, Norwegian singer Kristin Asbjørnsen will also take the stage with the distinguished vocalists.Tor Christian Hildan, Norwegian ambassador to South Africa, said that music was the core of the two countries’ cultural cooperation.“We share common values and see the importance of music in cross-cultural communication as a powerful tool to address demanding social, economic and political issues,” said Hildan.“In this spirit I congratulate Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, and Mmino – and I am proud to introduce our own Kristin Asbjørnsen to South African audiences through this unique township tour.”A singer and composer, Asbjørnsen works with the musical ensembles Dadafon and Krøyt, and is also a member of the experimental vocal quartet Kvitretten.The tour is supported by, among others, Gallo, LBM’s South African record company, and the National Arts Council (NAC), based in Newtown, Johannesburg.“We congratulate uBaba [a term of respect] Shabalala on his 70th birthday, Ladysmith Black Mambazo on its 50th, and Mmino, our own child, on its 10th,” said NAC CEO Annabell Lebethe.“We are very happy to be part of this very special tour that brings Mambazo back to the townships to share their beautiful sounds with the people who helped shape our arts heritage.”Breaking down musical boundariesThe triple Grammy winners – in 1987, 2004 and 2009 – have performed and collaborated with the world’s best, including Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, gospel veteran Mavis Staples, and many more.It was Simon who, in the mid-1980s at the height of the international cultural boycott of South Africa, defied the ban to work with a group from that country, and the result was the iconic Graceland album, which rocketed LBM to international stardom.In 2006 they worked with pop sensation Josh Groban on his album Awake, appearing in two songs, Lullaby and the classic South African protest song Weeping. They also performed live with Groban in the US on the Awake tour.Family tiesJoseph Shabalala, then a factory worker, founded the group in 1960, basing its style on gospel music and traditional African harmonies. He had just converted to Christianity, an event that played a big role in LBM’s musical direction, but he has always emphasised that their message is not meant for any one religious group.LBM is very much a family affair, with the original line-up comprising members of the Shabalala and Mazibuko families. Today there are five Shabalalas and two Mazibukos in the group, with a Dlamini and Mthembu as well.In the five decades since, LBM have gone on to achieve international fame and acclaim. While their 13 Grammy nominations have yielded three wins, there has also been a host of other nominations, including Emmys, South African Music Awards, and an Academy Award nod in 2001 for the short documentary titled On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom.As individuals and as a group, LBM have been consummate international ambassadors for South African culture, but their global popularity and success has meant that fans at home often miss out on performances. This makes the eKasi tour all the more special.“I think it is going to bring lots of memories because we have not been in these places in some time … we perform in their cities, but not in townships,” said group member Albert Mazibuko. “It is wonderful and we are so looking forward to it,”Back to eKasi tour itinerary:Thursday 16 – Bloemfontein, Paradise HallFriday 17 – Ekurhuleni, Thokoza AuditoriumSaturday 18 – Atteridgeville, Saulsville ArenaSunday 19 – Rustenburg North, Ben Marais HallMonday 20 – Ermelo Community HallTuesday 21 – Bela-Bela, Sunfa StadiumThursday 23 – KwaMashu, eKhaya Muli Arts Centre On Tip Toe is the Oscar-nominated documentary tribute to LBM. (Image: Docurama Films) Read more: /index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=964:ladysmith-black-mambazo-110209&catid=43:culture_news&Itemid=112#ixzz0zlcUNSEIlast_img read more

Chilling video from inside Convair crash

first_imgWreckage of the MAC Convair 340 Chilling video has emerged from inside the Convair 340 that crashed in Pretoria last week showing the aircraft struggling to turn back to the airport after engine problems.The video, taken on an iPhone, shows smoke streaming and flames from one of the engines, and somebody saying “It’s getting bad, it’s getting very, very bad”.In the background, somebody shouts: “Make sure you’re strapped in, strap in” just before the planes crashes.The video continues after the plane crashes into a factory.Qantas pilot Douglas Haywood and retired Qantas captain Ross Kelly are believed to have been flying the plane and Mr Kelly’s wife was also on board.All three were seriously injured but the prognosis was said to be optimistic in a Facebook post this week by the owner of the aircraft, Rovos Rail.The pilots had a combined 37,000 hours flying experience and the news shocked the Qantas pilot community in Australia.The Australians are among 19 passengers and crew injured when the vintage aircraft, registered  ZS-BRV, has crashed during a test flight out of Wonderboom Airport, near the city of Pretoria in South Africa. One crew member, South African Chris Barnard, was killed in the crash and a worker from a factory hit by the aircraft has since died.According to Aviation-Safety.net the aircraft, which has 20 aboard, had been donated by the owner, Rovos Air, to the Dutch aviation theme park Aviodrome.READ: World’s safest airlinesAccording to the website “during takeoff from Wonderboom Airport, the aircraft was seen trailing brown smoke from the no.1 engine.”“Eyewitnesses also reported observing flames. The pilot flew a circuit for an emergency landing back ton runway 29. It went down about 6 km to the east of the airport. The aircraft impacted a shed and broke up. One of the crew members sustained fatal injuries.”last_img read more

Digg Townhall #2 Wrap-Up

first_imgI want to hear an honest discussion about the direction Digg has taken. I joined in 05′, because I heard about it on TechTV and I really liked the concept of finding odd, unique tech stories. Ever since Digg added the non-tech related sections, there has been an explosion of user growth, which was great because more stories were coming in, but also spam went way up. I didn’t like the politics section, so I removed it.Still, there are special interest groups who have been sneaking them in, and its upsetting. I feel like digg has been hijacked by rude, agenda driven people who have made the digg experience less enjoyable.A: Jay agreed that there are some issues with spam getting in, but that future changes to the algorithm will address this problem. However, he added, Digg gets 15,000 submissions per day, so, overall, they’re not doing so bad.Why Am I Getting New Fans?Q: Digger Branchex was suspicious of all his fan requests and wondered how he could know if they are legitimate?A: Kevin said they will be adding a text box where users can type in why they want to be a fan of someone. Jay added that incorporating external social graphs into Digg will be helpful, too, specifically mentioning Facebook and Ning, but not confirming anything involving either.Link Under Digg Stories to Report Duplicate / Alternate SourcesQ: Digger zizzy requested a new feature for duplicates, saying: There should be a link under Digg stories, where you can click “Report as duplicate” or “Submit alternate source.” If you reported it as a duplicate, you would be required to choose the Digg story it was a dupe of, and if enough people did this it would show up under the main story as an alternate source. And if you wanted to submit a story but it was already frontpaged, you could just submit it as an alternate source…A: Jay responded that “this is a pretty good idea” and they would take it into consideration. He also said he loved how the suggestion included voting on the alternates, as that focuses on using user behavior to highlight good stories. If they were to implement such a thing, Jay continued, their number one priority would be to automate this with their de-duping system, a new version of which is being tested now. Kevin mentions that the new system will search for dupes prior to you filling out the submission form (finally!).Sliders Instead of Checkboxes? Q: Digger cardsrequested that  “instead of having checkboxes for each topic/subtopic, can we have a slider for level of interest?”A: Kevin enthusiastically responded that this is an awesome idea and they will definitely look into that one, too.Emailed in QuestionsIn addition to the questions from the thread on Digg, a few emailed in questions were answered, too, including questions on the following: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#New Media#news#web Any chance that we can get some word-based blocking by which I mean that you can go to your settings and set certain words that you do not want to see stories about. An example of this use would be if you wanted to block all stories tagged “NSFW” or “(some politician)”. The reason that I would really like this is because I frequently check the Top 10 stories and as of recently a lot of them have been about Hilary Clinton or Barack Obama and I would rather see the Top 10 stories on Digg that are not related to Obama or Clinton. A: They responded that they are, in face, working on an NSFW filter, but they aren’t providing any details or release dates for this right now.Upcoming Section Improvement NeededQ: Another question involved changes needed in the Upcoming section. Digger sbader said: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Facebook/Digg integration: One user was concerned that when linking Digg and Facebook, this could lead to a bunch of “noise,” especially if you have a busy day on Digg. Kevin responded that the integration doesn’t mean that all your stories get sent to the Newsfeed of all your friends. Instead, Facebook’s API selects certain stories to share with certain friends. He cited an example where he had dugg 15 stories but only 3 or 4 got shared. Kevin admitted “I don’t know how they do it” but that it works. Podcast section: Another user wanted to know about the Podcast section, saying it’s dead, but it still has potential. Jay said it’s true that they have not released updates to that section, but since many podcasts are videos now, they’re going to integrate podcasts into the video section instead.Separating politics out of world and business?: A third user wanted to know if politics could be its own section since political coverage was drowning out the other news. Again, Jay mentioned that customizing and personalizing your settings would help with this but also agreed that a slider bar instead of checkboxes would be even better. Kevin thinks it will die down after the elections are over. Fixing Screwed Up Submissions: Another question involved how there is no way to fix a submission after it’s sent in – like correcting typos, misspellings, etc. Kevin reminded everyone there is a “preview” before it’s sent in and that if you are using a browser like Firefox or Safari, you have spellcheck built-in. He also mentioned you could email support for help, but Jay jumped in to say they can’t honor every request because the system would be abused. Social Media Sharing Feature: Another digger wanted to know if they could integrate a social media sharing button or feature. They responded they are working on this (and reminded everyone they are hiring). The final comments weren’t as important – someone wanted to know about the dog walking by on the screen (Digg is dog-friendly), another requested a feature just like Digg Spy causing Kevin to laugh, and the final question was to get clarification on the upcoming comments system and its “controversial” filter drop-down. The final announcement was that the next Townhall will be August 14th. ConclusionOverall, it seems that they are aware of some of the issues with the UI and Digg experience, and are working on addressing them via new or improved features. However, it’s clear that they have no plans to revert to the good ol’ Digg of the past that focused on tech stories. Instead, they said several times during the townhall that users should use Digg’s built-in tools to customize their settings to filter out the types of stories they don’t want to see.Unfortunately, this suggestion misses the point – the problem isn’t in seeing stories or not seeing them, but concerns that tech – the category that made Digg what it is today – is getting pushed to the wayside so Digg can go mainstream. This change means tech stories now have less of chance today to “go popular” as Digg makes way for a more diverse selection, a topic we previously explored here.Obviously, this is a calculated move orchestrated by changes to the algorithm, and no amount of complaining will change their direction. Digg may not be a tech-focused site anymore, but does that mean that techies will really stop using it? Maybe some will, maybe some won’t. But since both Jay and Kevin vaguely hinted at “micro-community features” that will be implemented in the future, it’s possible that Digg is trying to find a way to retain their techie fanbase before they leave for Mixx or another competitor’s site. sarah perez Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Last night was the second Digg Townhall, a live session hosted online by Digg founder Kevin Rose and CEO Jay Adelson. Like before, Kevin asked Digg users to post their suggestions on Digg as to what topics should be covered. (The thread is here). Now that the event is over, we can review how well those questions were addressed. Using a fairly democratic system, Kevin and Jay announced that they would respond to the top ten comments that were posted on that thread. However, at session’s end, I counted only nine from the thread (maybe one was considered a “two-fer”), although more questions were addressed than just those. The additional questions came in live during the townhall having been sent in to a special email address that Kevin announced at the beginning of the session.AnnouncementsComments System: The first topic covered was the announcement of the new Digg comments system that is about to be rolled out. Kevin said “it’s ready” and it should be out this week. (See the video here).Data Portability: Up next, Kevin made a brief mention of the data portability changes implemented on Digg (our coverage: Digg Does Data Portability: Is This All We Get?) and the Facebook/Digg integration, which is where Facebook users can import Digg stories into the Facebook mini-feed/Newsfeed. Infrastructure: Jay then discussed the internal infrastructure updates, saying that Digg receives 230 million+ pageviews/month and 26 million uniques – traffic that necessitated major internal upgrades. (He also mentioned Digg is hiring.)Meetup: Finally, Kevin announced the next Digg Meetup/live Diggnation will be on June 4th at 7 PM at Studio B in Brooklyn, NY.Q&A SessionPolitics on DiggQ: As we mentioned earlier, some of the users’ top suggestions for topics to be covered included the decline of tech stories on Digg as well as the decline of quality stories in general. However, at the time of the townhall, the comment with the most diggs was one which reflects today’s current political situation. The commenter, BigManOnCampus, wrote:…you have to wonder if digg itself hasn’t been completely hijacked by activists for particular sides. Most of the time the main front page is all about Obama. I myself don’t mind hearing about the man, but Digg use to have easily-accessible-information that was useful to me. Now it’s all about what political cause is most represented here. Is anything going to be done to finally obliterate the mob-mentality that seems to have risen to completely dominate digg?A: Kevin responded that politics is hot right now and that there never really will be the ultimate homepage that satisfies everyone. Instead, Digg is  looking into adding new features that will allow you to further customize your Digg experience as well as recommendation technologies to help you find the types of stories that you would enjoy. Jay added that when he talks to some people who are into politics, they see Digg as a political news site – that it all depends on how you use Digg. What they want is for you customize and personalize Digg, so you won’t have a bad experience.Note: You can personalize your own story selections under your profile’s settings page. Click “customize topics.”Decline of Tech Stories on DiggQ: Digg user Erfussaid: The decline of tech related stories that hit the front page. One thing that I would LOVE to see is a site filter. Meaning, if an article is from xyzsite.com, you can block it from your view completely.A: Jay announced tech content on Digg is “alive and well” and “growing” (Note to Jay: uhhh…not quite). He then said that the front page of Digg.com is designed to reflect what all of the Digg userbase is into at the time, not just tech. As for blocking specific sites, they have no features planned that would allow you to do this. Again, the recommendation was for you to customize your settings and even go into your profile and change your landing page. Where’s the Official Digg Forum?Q: Another Digger asked where was the Digg forum announced at the last townhall?A: Jay said they are still committed to this project, but they are focused on finding the right solution. They’ve narrowed it down to one or two and it will probably go live second half of this year. Their goal is to have it integrated into the Digg experience – they don’t want “just another bulletin board system.” In addition, they mentioned they are still working on the search feature as well, evaluating various technologies for that, too.Word-Based Blocking SystemQ:Sarawananasked: The upcoming section needs help. I’m not sure what it needs but browsing it is slowly becoming more and more overwhelming. If i browse by most popular I have to go through about 20 pages of stuff before i get to articles with 30 or 20 some diggs. Which i think makes the upcoming section more dependent on large friends networks which makes it harder for users with small friends list to get past 20 diggs and for it to get seen by people who don’t have you befriended.A: Kevin said he agrees “100%” – Upcoming “was awesome when it first launched” and there were only 100 stories per day, he added. Now Digg is working on a story recommendation engine where your view of Upcoming will be a list of recommended stories, but where you can switch to default view at any time. In addition, this section would also display recommended users and a gauge showing how recommendation is working for you.Jay added that if you’re not registered as a user Digg, you will be missing out on some of these features in the future, like the recommendation engine, so you should really register.Honest Discussion About the Direction Digg Has TakenQ: Digg user PyroRaver requested an “honest discussion about the direction Digg has taken,” saying: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more