Sharks lose game; have they lost Erik Karlsson?

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/18/bang_e6ab494b-7118-483b-8fb5-d10fd436f359″]ST. LOUIS — There’s a perception that luck has played a role in the Sharks’ success so far this postseason.They didn’t have much Friday night.They lost 2-1 in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues and they might have lost the services of Erik Karlsson. The two-time Norris Trophy stayed on the bench for most of the last nine minutes and all signs pointed to the right groin injury that …last_img read more

Photo library: South Africa at work 3

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Building cleaners at work as part of an inner-city rejuvenation project. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction in progress on Park Station, set to be the main terminal of the Gautrain rapid rail link. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: A food trader serves up a meal in Noord Street, city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Sandals being made from old tyres at the Bree Street informal traders’ market in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction in progress on the new Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus, a large township in the south of the city. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res imageSOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 3: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Choral singing, South African style

first_imgThe Kearsney choir boys have earnedan international reputation for theiruniquely South African performances.(Image: Elizabeth Goldswain) The choir’s US tour is a dream come truefor many of the boys.(Image: Murray Polkinghorne)MEDIA CONTACTS• Bernard Krüger Kearsney College+27 31 765 9659Wilma den HartighA group of 64 very excited young boys, all members of the award-winning Kearsney College Choir of the private boarding school for boys in Botha’s Hill, KwaZulu-Natal, are heading to New York in June to perform at the UN headquarters.Their performance forms part of an important international choral festival – The Rhythms of One World – which takes place from 24 June to 1 July.The aim of the festival is to celebrate the anniversary of the UN charter, the founding treaty of the organisation signed in June 1945. Through the varied musical performances of choral works in folklore, regional, contemporary and national pop music, the festival is also promoting peace through cultural exchange.Bernard Krüger, director of the Kearsney College music school, says the US trip is a great opportunity for the boys. “One of the highlights of the festival is the closing ceremony at the UN where we will be singing,” Krüger says.The Kearsney travelling choir is also the only African representative at the festival.“It is quite an honour,” he says.Raising fundsGetting so many boys to the US is expensive and the parents committee at the school is working hard to raise the R3.6-million (US$436 000) needed for the trip.Many of choir members are on scholarships and without additional support some would not be able to meet the costs of this tour.“We are always trying to find ways to promote the boys and expose them to sponsors,” Krüger says.This is a dream come true for many of the boys. Some will be leaving South Africa for the first time and for others this is also their first flight.Boys from affluent backgrounds as well as children who grew up in the townships are members of the ensemble, and he says that this is one of the reasons why it is so successful.“Part of the magic of our choir is that the boys come from so many different backgrounds,” he says.Jet-setting choir boysWhile in the US, the choir will also participate in the seventh International World Choir Games, considered the largest choir competition in the world with over 20 000 singers. The competition is tough as this year the boys will be competing against adult choirs, too.But this is no ordinary choir and the chances are good that these well-travelled singers will bring home awards again. Since 2000, the choir has won 12 gold medals at the World Choir Games.“Our choir has had an international footprint for many years and we’ve received many awards in Europe, Germany, Austria, Holland and Asia.”The Kearsney choir boys have earned an international reputation for their uniquely South African performances.“What makes this choir different is that it has that South African spirit, energy, smiles and laughter – the boys really have fun when they are on stage,” says Krüger.“Where most choirs who sing in the competition only perform the notes, our boys enjoy themselves.”The choir specialises in South African and folklore music, and the boys have no difficulty singing in numerous African languages, including Shona and Swahili. The performances also include a lot of dancing.Kearsney College Choir is ranked 17th in the Musica Mundi World Rankings, and is the top folklore choir.Being a member of a choir of this calibre is about more than just casual signing – the boys are required to rehearse nine hours a week and still keep up with their school work, exams and sporting commitments.Many rehearsals take place in the evening, and when all the other boys are going on half term break, the choir will be working hard to fine-tune their singing skills to perfection ahead of the competition and the UN performance.Each boy who wants to become a member of the choir also has to undergo an audition. “What I look for is for a spark of potential,” Krüger says.“The boys are very talented and work very hard.”Supporting charitiesThe boys also hope to use their visit to the US to raise awareness of two local charities, the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust and The Sunflower Fund, a bone marrow registry organisation. Both organisations have had a long association with the school.last_img read more

Brand South Africa CEO encourages citizens to tell the South African story

first_imgJohannesburg, 26 September 2013 – Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, interacting with journalists from African media houses currently on a media tour profiling infrastructure projects in South Africa, reiterated that South African citizens must shape the narrative of the story we want told about our country.Referring to the South African story of the successful triumph over a brutal and repressive system and a country that is working towards a sustainable future through the implementation of the National Development Plan, Mr Matola said, “We must shape this narrative. We must be the proof points for the messages we carry because there is a very positive and compelling image of what South Africa is about.” We cannot allow our story to be determined by others.Discussing South Africa’s priorities and efforts to manage the country’s reputation – domestically and internationally – the CEO reiterated that all social partners must work together to change the South Africa narrative and through consistent efforts, South Africa would be able to improve on its competitive indices. As a competitive nation able to attract, amongst others, skills and foreign direct investment, we will be able to deliver on the promise of a tomorrow that is better than today.Speaking specifically about South Africa’s infrastructure priorities, Mr Matola said that, “South Africa has a huge infrastructure build programme,” that is contributing towards the implementation NEPAD priorities to improve infrastructure within the continent. This committee of NEPAD is headed by President Jacob Zuma. The Cape to Cairo Corridor can only become a reality if all countries work together to make the vision of our forefathers a reality. Improved infrastructure will also lead to greater intra-African trade which will inevitably translate into a better life for all Africans. In this way, South Africa can contribute positively the building the continent’s brand factor.The media tour moves to Durban later today where journalists will experience the Dube Trade Port, Durban Harbour and Container Terminal on Friday 27 September 2013. Journalists will also visit the Moses Mabhida Stadium before concluding their tour.Mr Matola was joined by the Head of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, Brand South Africa’s Programme Manager for Africa and the Middle East and the Head of Communications at the Department of Police, Zweli Mnisi.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]last_img read more

February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

first_imgdu duintoppers nominees for featured Geocachers of the MonthTeam Bever.vw says, “In the Netherlands we have ‘De Duintoppers’ who are making very nice caches with for everybody, easy traditional geocaches, walking, biking and even boating Multi-Caches, mysteries and so on and so on. All this caches are in perfect condition. They are always helpful as well as for beginning Geocachers as long with experienced Geocachers. This team De Duintoppers adopted a lot of Geocachers and it always feels like coming home when we met Dick eand Ineke the De Duintoppers. They are the best promoters of Geocaching in The Netherlands. They have very good contacts with authorities in the area to place the Geocaches and it happens that they contacting them with the question to place something in a new nature part. They are an alternative tourist-information due to the good description in each Geocache. SharePrint RelatedJanuary Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community”March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 15, 2013In “Community”Announcing the January Featured Geocacher of the MonthJanuary 29, 2013In “Community” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the February featured  Geocacher of the Month. A panel of folks from Geocaching HQ will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon and a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching. We will be accepting comments for February’s award through Sunday, March 3rd.Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month. If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] and include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award.Nominations for the March Geocacher of the Month must be received by Friday, February 22nd. Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More CAMOURA and ankhesenamonCAMOURA and ankhesenamon nominees for the featured Geocachers of the MonthVICTOREMM writes, “I would like to suggest Mr. Carlos (CAMOURA) and his wife Carla Moura (ankhesenamon) to the Geocachers of the month. They are the greater ambassadors of Geocaching in Brazil. They hid together about 196 caches, about 23% of the caches in our state SAO PAULO, and 18% in all Brazil. In addition to several meetings and interviews that they gave to magazines and newspapers. CAMOURA’s last work was to create a Power Trail to help everyone from leaving Sao Paulo  to Intervales Park, where you will find the Project APE. They hide caches in a separate to be possible to one get the cache of the other because of few geocachers in Brazil. We have a very different reality here in Brazil, geocaching is not very popular, and their effort is enormous to keep this great adventure duintoppers As we approach the 2 millionth active geocache, the February Geocacher of the Month nominees help celebrate the geocache creators. This month’s nominees have collected hundreds of Favorite Points for their amazing hides in America, Africa, South America, Europe and beyond. Each is already a winner and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ.January 2013 Featured Geocachers of the MonthNow it’s your turn to help select one of them as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for February.Write a comment at the bottom of this blog about which of these geocachers you feel should be awarded the featured Geocacher of the Month title.In January, Tim a.k.a. The Weasel, was recognized for organizing Cache In Trash Out (CITO) events, helping guide local geocachers as a board member of the Iowa Geocacher Organization and spreading the word about proper geocaching etiquette by conducting and assisting with over 50 geocaching classes throughout the State of Iowa and abroad.Here are your nominees for the February featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.louwjtievdwlouwtjievdw nominee for featured Geocacher of the Monthlouise_gerhard and Henzz write, ” Uncle Louwtjie van der Watt AKA louwtjievdw… is a legend and cachers are travelling vast distances to find his unique and challenging caches. Uncle Louwtjie has at the time of writing 1178 finds. He also has 269 caches that he maintains vigorously. If a cache is gone then it will be replaced as quickly as possible. More important is his techniques of hiding caches. He does not use the normal conventional Tupperware or other commercial containers as a rule, but rather manufacture caches from household items found in the home. This technique is unique in South Africa and it creates a different feel for geocaches. His caches are high quality and it will challenge even the hardiest cache finder. Due to his unconventional technique of hiding these customised items cachers from all over the country at one stage or another does a sort of a pilgrimage trip to Bloemfontein. His logs, friendly advice, the cup of coffee at his home to anyone that wants to share some time with him and the willingness to contribute his time towards all of us is something that must be recognized.”last_img read more

Will Geo-Mobile Ad Networks Exist Without Apple?

first_imgdana oshiro Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts The tech world has gone geo-loco for geo-locational apps. As per our article entitled Location is Hot: Foursquare Traffic Up 3X in 2 Months, users are flocking to location-based services in the hopes of literally leaving their mark on the world. While many are just discovering services like Foursquare, Gowalla and Latitude, others are making them into viable business platforms. Nevertheless, a recent forum posts suggests Apple may restrict geo-locational ads – an act that would be a huge hindrance for those looking to monetize the iPhone. One company that would be negatively affected would be Storm Media Innovations. The Vancouver company hopes to become the little ad engine that powers the monetization of the geo-local web. The company offers a white label API where restaurants send out venue-based deals via services like Gowalla, Foursquare, Open Table and Twitter. The difference between setting up a deal in Storm and setting up a deal with Foursquare independently is the fact that Storm is based on real-time needs. Rather than offering a 50% discount on meals throughout entire week, a restaurant owner signs in during slow hours to prompt deal offers. Storm does its best to ensure steady traffic without lulls or the stress of an unnecessary fire sale. In essence, the company’s CEO Craig Baker is attempting to build the AdSense of geo-locational apps. If Apple chooses to restrict advertising, this may be a crushing blow to Baker in the North American market. Nevertheless, if he manages to bridge good partnerships with those developers who have pre-existing advertising programs, he might still have a chance to realize his vision. last_img read more