Live pro wrestling returns: Rumble in the Redwoods VI kicks off Saturday night

first_imgLive professional wrestling returns to Humboldt County as headliners Boyce LeGrande and Rocket Boy Brett battle for the Pacific North Coast Championship.Rumble in the Redwoods VI kicks off Saturday night at Redwood Acres. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bell set to sound at 7 p.m.Boyce LeGrande, the defending Pacific North Coast champion, will defend his belt against the challenger, Rocket Boy Brett. The two clashed in the main event of last year’s edition of Rumble with LeGrande claiming …last_img read more

Man United win Vodacom Challenge

first_imgWayne Rooney, as he had been in the previous match between the two clubs, was hacked down on a number of occasions. In the previous encounter he lost his temper and forced Ferguson into substituting him before he was carded. This time around, he made Chiefs pay with his play. Winger Lee Martin found veteran Ryan Giggs with a cross and he made no mistake with his chance, blasting the ball high into the corner of the net. Even during the game they made adjustments that worked; Chiefs used the offside trap effectively in the first half, but twice in the second stanza the Red Devils scored after springing the trap. 28 July 2008 Devoid of most of their frontline players two years ago, United had fallen to the Amakhosi in a penalty shootout for the title. This time around, with a much stronger side, including some of the European champions’ superstars, they were far too much for Chiefs to handle, even though the South African club had drawn 1-1 with them earlier in the tournament. First chanceChiefs created the first chance of the contest when Siphelele Mthembu ghosted past goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, but Nemanja Vidic was back to cover his keeper and clear off the line. Commenting after the game, Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Muhsin Ertugral said the Red Devils had let the ball do the work and his players could learn from that. The gap is big, about four goals big. Rooney strikesThe Red Devils doubled their advantage 12 minutes into the second half when Rooney beat the offsides trap and then Khune in the Chiefs’ goal after Danny Simpson had sent a defence-splitting through-ball for him. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Some local fans might have thought that there is not much of a gap between PSL clubs and the English champions after the draw a week earlier between Chiefs and United at Newlands. In Pretoria, United showed the difference between one of the world’s leading teams and one of the better PSL sides. A physical approach had worked for Chiefs in the first meeting between the teams in Cape Town but, having had a chance to assess their opponents, United were far too clinical for the Amakhosi this time. Giggs then set up Michael Carrick with an accurate cross, but his shot was straight at Khune and the half ended with Manchester United enjoying a single goal lead. After a quarter-of-an-hour the England striker created some space for himself, but Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was able to make the stop. Rooney, though, was making a nuisance of himself and Khune needed to clear from him shortly afterwards after the Unted star had beaten defender Jonathan Quartey. Narrow missChiefs’ supporters made some noise when Siphiwe Tshabalala narrowly missed with a free kick after Jose Torrealba was brought down just outside the area, but it was United who were in charge of the game. Five minutes before halftime, they hit the lead. Faced with the precision, pace, and big match temperament of the Red Devils, Chiefs had little to offer to counter it excepting effort, which led to some over robust tackles going in. Substitute Frazier Campbell thought he had made it 4-0 eight minutes from time after he rounded goalkeeper Khune, but Amakhosi skipper Jimmy Tau knocked the ball off the line. Manchester United lifted the 2008 Vodacom Challenge trophy at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday, comprehensively outplaying Kaizer Chiefs 4-0 in the final. Shortly after the break Giggs nearly struck a second goal, but Khune denied him. The rebound fell to Rooney, who hit the side-netting with his effort. RoutCampbell, though, was able to celebrate two minutes from the end when he knocked in a loose ball in the area to complete the rout. Rooney signaled his intent after four minutes when he was played in by Ryan Giggs, but his chip just passed over the crossbar. Speed and precision“I hope not only my players realise that, but also the rest of South Africa. This thing of holding on to the ball for long has never brought South Africa any success. We need to use more speed and precision,” he said at the post-match press conference. It didn’t take long for United to add a third and Rooney was once again involved. He headed down a cross from Simpson to Tom Cleverley at the near post and he knocked it in to firmly take Chiefs out of the game.last_img read more

Ekhaya: a bit of South Africa in London

first_img All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA.Athletes’ village Dubbed Victory Park, the athletes’ village in Stratford, East London, has a uniquely British feel. It’s open for business from 16 July, housing some 17 000 Olympic athletes, 6 000 Paralympians and officials from 203 nations. It covers 36 hectares, with comfortable living quarters and large areas of open space. Competitors dine in a huge 225m x 80m tent, which is large enough to accommodate about 100 double-decker buses. This facility, which can seat 5 500 at a time, is open 24 hours a day. The menu includes popular British staples such as fish and chips, as well as Asian and halaal food. There is also a McDonald’s on site. The social hub of the village is a pub called the Globe Centre which, while it boasts 10 pool tables, live music and karaoke, will not serve a drop of alcohol. After the Olympics, the village will be converted into residential accommodation. Source: Brand South Africa Drum up support for Team SA;Market and promote South Africa through showcasing its successes and venues such as stadiums as the preferred places to host international events;Inspire people to visit the country and experience the culture of ubuntu; andHost journalists both local and foreign, with the intention of profiling South African athletes, political principals and the country. 17 July 2012 Team South Africa, as well as those citizens going to London to show their support, will find a welcomed at the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for the duration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Ekhaya Hospitality Centre will be run by a host of national government departments during the sporting spectacular – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa. Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, explains: “The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather.’ But it is more than that: “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,’ she adds. Facilities at the centre will include wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar. Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.’ The 30th Summer Olympics begin on Friday, 27 July and end on Sunday, 12 August. Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be officially opened and closed for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from home Ekhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations. “Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,’ the department notes. South Africa is sending a team of 125 athletes to the Summer Games, with 13 names added to the initial 112 published in June. Blade runner Oscar Pistorius is among them. He will be making history as the first double amputee to compete in the Games. Pistorius will be running in the 4 x 400m relay with Willem de Beer, Ofentse Mogawane and Shaun de Jager. Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA. The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home’ that provides an opportunity to:last_img read more

Lose With Grace

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you lose an opportunity, lose gracefully. Maintain your professionalism, no matter how you lose. Be respectful of the prospective client’s decision, and be respectful of your competitor.At some point, your dream client is going to change their partner again. When they do, they are going to base their own decision about whether they allow you to compete for their business again on what they remember about how you compete (as well as how good of a job you have done nurturing the relationships you have built with members of their team).When you lose an opportunity, it is fine to argue your case, as long as you do so politely and professionally. It is also okay to ask your dream client to reconsider their decision, especially if there are issues surrounding their decision that may harm them (in fact, you are obligated to, if you really care about them). But you can’t be argumentative while you are pleading your case.There are boundaries that you do not want to cross, lest you prove to your prospective client that they made the correct decision by choosing your competitor.You don’t want anything you say or write to come across as a personal attack on the person or people who made the decision. You don’t want to attack their integrity or their ability to make a good decision. You don’t ever want to plead for their business because you were personally counting on winning their business (don’t laugh, I’ve seen this done).Your ability to lose with professionalism and grace is what allows you to maintain the relationships you need so that you can compete and win the next time. And never be so desperate for any one deal that you can’t be professional no matter what happens.last_img read more

Poll-bound Meghalaya resents visa hurdle for global Baptist body chief

first_imgA part of poll-bound Meghalaya is unhappy with New Delhi for denying visa to the Pope equivalent of the Baptists, who was scheduled to attend a four-day celebration of 150 years of Christianity in a small town in the State.The Garo Baptist Convention had invited Dr. Paul Msiza, the Johannesburg-based president of Baptist World Alliance, for the four-day celebration at Rajasimla from Thursday. Rajasimla is in Kharkutta assembly segment of Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district.“The denial of visa to Dr Paul for the 150th anniversary of Baptism in Rajasimla has caused a great deal of resentment here. This is not the only case; many of our foreign friends have been denied visa in the last three years despite the fact that they have been coming here on earlier occasions,” Reverend Janang R Sangma, general secretary of Garo Baptist Convention, told The Hindu from Tura, the headquarters of western half of Meghalaya comprising Garo Hills.“The NDA government at the Centre should realise that this is a celebration, not a mission programme and has nothing to do with conversion. Visa for such religious functions should not be denied,” Reverend Sangma said on Wednesday.Members of a local Baptist association said they have tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a tweet asking why Dr. Paul’s visa is still being kept pending. They did not receive any feedback till Thursday morning.Meghalaya Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Vincent Pala said he was not aware of the visa issue. “I will have to check,” he said.The party’s leaders in Kharkutta constituency – it is a Congress bastion – said this Dr. Paul episode reflects the Bharatiya Janata Party’s attitude towards minorities.“People are free to make allegations. One has to first find out if the South African Baptist leader’s papers are in order, or if there are reasons related to security of the country,” Meghalaya’s BJP chief Shibun Lyngdoh said.The BJP, keen on conquering Meghalaya after Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur in the Northeast, has been struggling to explain its position in the Christian-majority State after a series of attacks on churches and Christians, mostly in northern India.The BJP was somewhat shaken in June last year when two Garo Hills leaders – Bernard Marak and Bachu Marak – resigned during the peak of the beef controversy.Meghalaya goes to the polls on February 27.last_img read more

CommAgility to accelerate development of mobile devices and base stations for 4G, 5G and private networks

first_imgCommAgility has announced a new reference platform for LTE UEs (mobile devices), enhanced its existing LTE eNodeB (base station) reference platform and released a new graphical LTE Management Tool. The reference platforms provide an integrated, fully tested solution, combining CommAgility processing hardware and 3GPP Rel 10 LTE software to deliver a low-cost starting point that accelerates system development and deployment for 4G/5G researchers, product developers and LTE network engineers. The LTE Management Tool provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface which enables straightforward system evaluation, configuration, and monitoring. With the CommAgility roadmap to 5G solutions, systems built with these reference platforms have the ability to progress beyond today’s LTE.Based on the Texas Instruments TCI6638K2K SoC and a Kintex-7 FPGA, the CA-D8A4-RF4 UE reference platform provides a high-performance LTE UE with up to 300Mbps download and the four integrated wideband RF transceiver channels support any frequency between 410MHz and 6GHz. Highlighting its flexibility is the ability to alternatively function as an LTE eNodeB with different software and FPGA firmware loads.The eNodeB platform is based on CommAgility’s CA-K2L-RF2, a high-performance ARM/DSP-based processing/RF card which includes two integrated wideband RF transceiver channels. The CA-K2L-RF2 uses the Texas Instruments TCI6630K2L SoC and AFE7503 integrated RF transceiver. Variants with integrated TX power amplifiers are available for almost all LTE bands. Along with the LTE Management Tool, both reference platforms include CommAgility’s industry-leading LTE PHY and Stack software provided in binary format.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Orsec boosts next-gen intelligence solution with DPI software by Rohde & SchwarzNext Port: protocol library PROFINET RT1-CCB und EtherNet/IP as one packagelast_img read more