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22 February 2007South Africa is pulling out all the stops to ensure that it succeeds in 2010 – both as hosts of the Football World Cup and as one of the participants.The country has turned to one of the world’s most respected coaches, Carlos Alberto Parreira, to revive a national team that has disappointed since they were crowned African champions just over a decade ago.Shortly before taking up his post as coach of Bafana Bafana, Parreira told Fifa.com that South African soccer had “all gone downhill over the last seven or eight years … It’s high time the tide turned again.”This, he said, would involve “planning, organising and team building.”ObjectivesThe 63-year-old Brazilian – he turns 64 on 27 February – has set out a number of objectives for his tenure as South Africa’s coach, the first of which is to qualify for the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana.The way he plans to do that is slowly, with Bafana Bafana incorporating a style that caters to the strength of the players.To do this, says Parreira, he needs to learn about the tradition, the style and the culture of South African football. A formation that suits the players needs to be employed, and then a blending of his ideas with those of the players needs to take place.Two ideas he has already communicated about the national team are, firstly, that he views ball possession as one of the side’s strengths and aims to employ that in their play.Scoring goalsSecondly, he says, while the team is technically sound, goal scoring is an area of concern, with Bafana Bafana having been less than impressive in front of goal in recent times.With that in mind, Parreira may be hoping that Benni McCarthy will reverse his decision to retire from international football.The Blackburn Rovers’ striker has been in impressive form in the English Premier League and previously, with Porto, he showed himself to be a top class performer on the international stage, helping the Portuguese club win both the Uefa Champions League and the Uefa Cup.Of course, the big prize on the horizon is the 2010 World Cup which South Africa, as hosts of the tournament, will be contesting. Parreira’s aim is to get the team through to the second round of the competition because, from there, anything is possible.On the way to achieving this, Parreira wants Bafana to win the African Cup of Nations in Angola in 2010, as this would give the team momentum going into the World Cup – and push home interest in the event to a peak.Glory daysMany South African football fans recall the heady days of 1996, when an inspired Bafana Bafana team won the African Nations Cup on home soil. That was big – but very small compared to the World Cup.Parreira knows well that the South African public and SA Football Association (Safa) are tough taskmasters; they want results and they want them quickly.While Safa has denied this, the national body’s record is littered with coaches whose contracts ended before their time.However, with R1.8-million a month invested in Parreira, he will surely be afforded a better opportunity than those who went before him to mould the national side into winners.Lack of structuresSpeaking to Fifa.com, Parreira lamented the lack of under-16, under-18 and under-20 leagues in the country, pointing out that players who are 19 in 2007 would be 23 years of age in 2010, which would be ideal for the World Cup.However, one of his suggestions has been acted upon by Safa, with the Premier Soccer League (PSL) recently announcing the establishment of a reserve league involving eight Gauteng-based teams, namely Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows, BidVest Wits, Jomo Cosmos, SuperSport United, and Benoni United.Parreira, though, wants more, believing that a strong administration is crucial to South Africa’s success on the soccer fields of the world. Administration is certainly an area of South African football that has had to endure more than its fair share of criticism in years past.‘My office is the football field’While Parreira wants a first-class administration in place, he views his role as being one away from the office. “My office is the football field,” he says.The well-travelled Parreira got his first break into coaching in Africa when he took charge of Ghana in 1967, leading them to the African Cup of Nations final the following year.Since that time he has led Brazil, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia at the World Cup, including coaching Brazil to its first World Cup title in 24 years when the South American giants won the title in the US in 1994.A home team at the World CupSouth Africa will be the fifth team he leads at world football’s showpiece event. However, it will be the first time he is in charge of a team playing in the World Cup on home soil.Though himself an artist of some ability – he hosted exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro in 1999 and in Sao Paulo in 2002 – Parreira has indicated that his coaching is geared towards winning, with style being a less important factor. “We will be judged by the results, not the work,” he said.Going into the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Parreira famously said: “History remembers champions, not good football.”South African fans would welcome a bit of either. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
10:20 a.m.: Now we’re going to talk multimedia capabilities.Camera allows control of flash and various image settings. Can flip to front- or back-facing cameras. Honeycomb supports video chat using the front-facing camera. “We’ve spent a lot of time building image stabilization to save bandwidth” for video chat over cell networks. 10:47 a.m.: Disney: we’re bringing three key apps to Android platform. Radio Disney, Jelly Car (the “original physics game”) and Tap Tap Revenge (“our most successful franchise”).Tap Tap Revenge has been downloaded more than 50 million times with more than 25 million songs sold. 10:23 a.m.: Showing off full-screen video chat technology that’s “part of Honeycomb.”“Of course, there’s probably no one in the world that knows how much video changes the world than CNN.”Introducing Louis Gump, VP of mobile at CNN.We’ll be launching an Android app, he says. “It’s no secret that tablets are becoming a force in the marketplace. CNN has decided that mobile is a core strategy. We want to be there for Android users around the world.”10:27 a.m.: Mobile “CNN iReport” on the tablet allows users to snap pictures and post directly to the Web. “It extends the invitation to everyone to be part of the news.” Last week, the Google Android team sent out an invite promising an “in-depth look at Honeycomb, Android ecosystem news and hands-on demos,” so here we are at the Googleplex in Mountain View and we’re ready for these hands-on demos. In the mean time, we’ll be live blogging the announcement and bringing you the latest in mobile and tablet OS news from the big G.Last night, we predicted that today’s event could unveil the long-awaited Google Music, an Android Market redesign or an official announcement that Google would be forking the Android OS. Today, there’s no more time for speculation. Here’s what Google has to say, live.The event has ended, but read on for a recap.The big news today at Google is a long-awaited update to the Android Market, in-app purchases, and developer tools.9:58 a.m.: Everyone has taken their seats and we’re told the event will start in five minutes. Stay tuned! 10:02 a.m.:And we’re live.We’re going to get a demo of the Motorola Xoom tablet running Honeycomb (the tablet-only release of the Android OS) and then Chris Hugo will talk about new features on Android Market.“We consider ourselves the shepherd…” of Android. “With open source, you don’t really know what people are going to do with it. The innovation doesn’t happen in this building, it happens all around us.”Xoom demo will show how the cloud ties everything together.10:05 a.m.: Creating a platform that allows developers to iterate as quickly as possible has been Google’s goal.Three buttons – back button, home button and multi-tasking button – show previews of all background tasks.Showing off “stack widget” with multi-touch. 10:08 a.m.: “We’ve spent a lot of effort to make sure existing Android applications work on the tablet.” Showing backwards compatibility of Android applications by playing Fruit Ninja, an app that was developed “before Honeycomb even existed.”Google wants to encourage developers to build for tablets, however.Offers “application fragments,” which allow developers to re-use functionality in apps and between phone and tablet.10:13 a.m.:Honeycomb Performance“We’ve spent a lot of time on performance.”Developers can take advantage of hardware-accelerated graphics with “one line of code.” 10:31 a.m.: “The platform is just one half of the story. The other half of the story is how to get these applications into the hands of users.”Here comes the Android Market update.“The changes we’re making are for both users and developers,” including ways to monetize and promote applications for developers.10:33 a.m.: Announcing the Android Market Web Store.“Up until now, the way you would browse and install applications is using the market on your phone.”Users can purchase and install directly to their devices from the Web. Showing categories that allow users to browse through apps (more than the top featured, paid, etc).Clicking on an app brings a user to an application details page that offers overview, user reviews,”what’s new” and permissions, including current version, Android OS requirements, update date, full description and screen shots. 10:37 a.m.: Showing how you can purchase apps on the Web. Click “purchase” and when it completes, users gets a notification on their phone that the application is being downloaded.“There’s no wires, there’s no synching with computers, none of that sort of nonsense.”New Market allows people to easily share apps with links to app descriptions, rather than relying on QR codes to find an app. 10:40 a.m.: Links to Android market act differently for different devices. On a computer it takes you to the Web Market. On a phone, if you click on a link from Android Market, “it understands that this is a link to an application on Android Market, so it takes me to the Android Market client on my phone.”Now it sounds like we’re going to talk about app discovery, something Android Market has been sorely lacking.Users are able to search the market and filter results by price, device compatibility and by popularity or relevance. Tags:#Google#web Related Posts 10:43 a.m.: Android Market website is live right now at android.market.comApp sellers can now set specific pricing or different currencies.10:45 a.m.: Final thing? “Something that’s very exciting to us at Android Market.”“Support for in-app purchases is coming. Developers will be able to sell a variety of virtual goods directly within their applications.” This could be in-game currency, features or other in-app purchases.Disney is here to show off in-app purchasing SDK. 10:51 a.m.: Showing off in-app purchasing by buying a song in Tap Tap Revenge.“We got the latest code for in-app billing five days ago.” (The point being that it took less than a week to integrate in-app billing.)10:53 a.m.:That’s all folks. A general preview of Honeycomb and a much-needed update to the Android Market. We’ll have a more in-depth look at the Android Market soon on ReadWriteWeb, so stay tuned. mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 10:17 a.m.: Thomas Williamson CEO of War Drum Studios takes the stage to show off 3D graphics on Honeycomb.10:18 a.m.: Up to two people can play the same game connecting using Wi-Fi. Interactive environments, 3D graphics, etc. “The high performance Honeycomb provides allows us to do that.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#saas Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting IT professionals using the free management and monitoring tools from Spiceworks will now be able to activate and manage services from Google Apps and Rackspace. Spiceworks announced today a partnership with Google and Rackspace to bring the new features into the beta release of Spiceworks 5.1. The integration will enable system administrators to manage even more IT assets in one place.Specifically, admins will now be able to manage the following:Regular fees from Google and Rackspace will still apply.Google Apps for Business, including e-mailRackspace Cloud Server & Hosted E-mailSpiceworks Backup to the Rackspace CloudThe addition of Rackspace and Google Apps is a huge win for all parties involved. Rackspace and Google Apps get the attention of the 1.3 million IT pros that Spiceworks has attracted since its launch in tk. Spiceworks gets more value by adding support for these increasingly popular cloud services. And customers get more tools in one place.Besides Google Apps and Rackspace management consoles, Spiceworks provides both community features and IT services such as help desk, inventory and server monitoring tools. All of Spiceworks’ services are free but ad-supported.We covered the launch of its iPhone app earlier this year. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts
The Punjab police on Monday set up a Special Investigation Team to probe the murder of the 36-year-old woman officer who was shot dead at her office last week in Kharar.Neha Shorie, posted as zonal licensing authority with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar, was shot dead by a man who later killed himself as well.The five-member SIT, which will be headed by Inspector General of Police (Rupnagar Range) V. Neeraja, will probe into all the facts and circumstances leading to the incident, said an official statement here.
New South Wales Hunter Western Hornets Regional Touch is set to embark on one of the biggest tournaments that they have ever had. The 2014 Peter Wilson Memorial Championships will consist of over 100 junior teams battling it out at the annual event.Host club, Nelson Bay Touch Association, along with Hornets are working hard in preparation for this year’s milestone event, with grounds in great condition and facilities ready to go.Clubs will feature in all state age divisions (Under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 Boys and Girls), with a high attendance rate from many Hornets affiliates. Clubs sending teams to this year’s event include; Maitland, Singleton, Scone, Muswellbrook, Beresfield, Wallsend, Newcastle City, Doyalson Junior, Central Coast, Peninsula Junior, Berkeley Vale and host club Nelson Bay. In addition, the tournament will feature Forster Tuncurry from the Northern Eagles during Saturday’s games.In addition to the teams, there will be in excess of 500 officials, coaching staff and volunteers helping this event run smoothly, with some even travelling from clubs such as Parkes, Orange, Dubbo, Bathurst, Coolah and more.Event organisers are very happy with this year’s contingent and are looking forward to another large scale event. While the event is always large, members of the Touch Football community are encouraged each year to attend, with previous attending clubs such as Port Macquarie, Taree and Sydney clubs always taking a lot out of this event in the lead up to the New South Wales Junior State Cup.The event will be held at the Tomaree Sports Complex (Home of Nelson Bay Touch Association) Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay, on Saturday, 1 February and Sunday, 2 February 2014. Tournament highlights include the finals series for all divisions, the Dean McManus (18’s Boys) and Gai Taylor (18’s Girls) perpetual trophies, as well as the annual title of Peter Wilson Memorial Club Champions, all to be announced on the Sunday afternoon.For further information, fixtures and results of the event please visit www.hornetstouch.com.au and stay up-to-date with regular feeds, highlights and photos of the event on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/hornetstouch. Related LinksPeter Wilson Champs