Mini Stages Rally postponed until 2020, Donegal Motor Club confirms

first_imgThe Lagoon Donegal Mini Stages Rally that was planned for August 10th has been postponed, the Donegal Motor Club have confirmed. The decision was made as a mark of respect for the family and friend of the late Manus Kelly.The former Fianna Fáil county councillor was killed in a crash last month on the third day of the Donegal International Rally. Manus Kelly (41), one of Ireland’s leading rally drivers and a prominent businessman in the local area.The Donegal Motor Club said they hoped to have the event rescheduled for the start of 2020. Mini Stages Rally postponed until 2020, Donegal Motor Club confirms was last modified: July 8th, 2019 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)last_img read more

SA capture Polocrosse World Cup

first_imgWinning the World Cup is a “great opportunity” for South African polocrosse, he said. “People are excited and interest in the game is on the up. People who were doubters about South African polocrosse are now on board. 21 July 2011 Jan Albert Steenkamp was in excellent form for South Africa in the title-decider and was later named the best male player of the tournament. The women’s award went to Kelly Redfearn of Zimbabwe. South Africa had earned their place in the final with an excellent 25-11 victory over Australia in the semi-finals. Zimbabwe reached the title-decider with a 24-10 win over the USA. Zimbabwean expectationsMuch was expected of the Zimbabweans this time around, after they defeated a South African team full of capped internationals three-nil in a series in Johannesburg in early June. It was not, however, South Africa’s World Cup team. South Africa captured the Polocrosse World Cup title for the first time when they defeated neighbours Zimbabwe in the final at the Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre near Rugby in the United Kingdom on Sunday. ‘After four chukkas, it was over’“In the first two chukkas, our girls went down 3-0, but then pulled it back to 3-3. Our men then won their first chukka 5-0. After four chukkas, it was over, Australia weren’t going to come back from being so far down.” Heavy rains in the final created some muddy patches on the field, but South Africa adjusted especially well to them to run out convincing 29-18 winners after eight exciting chukkas. For the record, South Africa’s World Cup winners were Gavin Cocker, Jossie Spilsbury, Graham MacLarty, Nikki Crook, Jan Albert Steenkamp, Celicia Jacobs, Nico Van Wyk, and Julie Royden-Turner. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Playing in the United Kingdom proved to be a test for the two southern African nations, who are used to dry conditions. Both teams were undefeated heading into the final and both had beaten Australia, who had previously never lost a game at the World Cup, which was held Down Under in the first two editions in 2003 and 2007. It was in the game against the highly-fancied Australians that a huge turning point occurred, said Cocker. Australia dominated the USA in the clash for third place, romping to a 31-8 win, while New Zealand held on for a 20-19 victory over the UK in thee battle for fifth. Zimbabwe had earlier downed the Australians 21-12 in pool play. They also edged New Zealand 17-15 and saw off Zambia 22-10. Stellar defenceQuestioned about South Africa’s stellar defensive showing throughout the tournament – the 18 goals they gave up to Zimbabwe was by five the most they conceded in any game – Cocker again put it down to game planning for each side they faced. South Africa had finished third in both the 2003 and 2007 events, while Zimbabwe had finished fifth in 2007 and fourth in 2003. “We got the horses into the right positions for the right riders and we were lucky that the horses suited our playing style.” “It’s also good for Zimbabwe,” he said about the all-Southern African World Cup final and what it means for polocrosse in the region. South Africa won their first two pool matches 19-9 over Ireland and 18-7 over the USA before sneaking past the UK 14-13 on a last-gasp goal by Graham MacLarty. At a World Cup, for health and safety reasons, players use borrowed horses which are put into pools and draws are then made for them. Adjusting to the horses is vital and this, too, was part of the South African team’s preparation, Cocker related. Visual skillsIt was a World Cup win a long time in the making, explained Cocker. Work on the South African challenge began some nine or 10 months before the tournament and visual skills’ work with world-renowned Doctor Sheryl Calder was “very helpful”, he enthused. For those not in the know, polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse and the format features men and women playing alternate chukkas. It’s easy to understand and makes for a fantastic spectator sport. And with the next Polocrosse World Cup taking place in South Africa in 2015, the defending champions have plenty to look forward to, and to build towards. ‘Phenomenal’“It was phenomenal, especially for Southern Africa,” to be playing Zimbabwe in the final, South African captain Gavin Cocker told SAinfo. “And to win it was the ultimate, a special moment.” last_img read more

New technology hub for Braamfontein

first_imgProfessor Barry Dwolatzky is excited about the new software hub. He believes our world has changed at the core, with a tsunami of technological, economic and social transformation. The old nightclub will be remodelled as the iClub, the dance floor will be a co-working space, the bar and seating areas will be set up to encourage innovation through incubating new start-ups, and the sound and light control area will become the server room. The team involved with the Tshimologong Precinct. This African technology centre is connecting budding entrepreneurs, programmers, designers and investors. (Images: Melissa Jane Cook) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry Dwolatzky Director & CEO Joburg Centre for Software Engineering+27 11 717 6390 RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: city of innovation • Mobile technology for Africa • Smart cities need innovative citizens • Youth focus at innovation summit • Empowering young people in South AfricaMelissa Jane CookWith funky wallpaper, a DJ box, architecturally interesting window frames and a labyrinth of fascinating spaces, a former nightclub at 41 Juta Street in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein is being renovated, to be transformed into the city’s technological hub.Global tech hubs include Nairobi’s iHub, driving Kenyan innovation, as well as the Googleplex in California and the Cambridge Innovation Centre in Massachusetts, both in the US.Part of the ambitious the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) cluster development programme, TechinBraam is revitalising the once derelict suburb into a cutting-edge, high-tech precinct.The programme is a three-way partnership between the government, academia and industry, based at the University of the Witwatersrand.Professor Barry Dwolatzky, JCSE director, says the university has been trying to reach into its urban surroundings, and this is a perfect opportunity to do so.“This vision is what a renewed future can be, in the broader urban environment. Through partnering and a creative energy, we want to have as enormous an impact as possible. There are similarities to Maboneng, an artistic, creative hub on the east side of the city centre. Developments like these are a chance to remake this country, remake opportunities, and remake the economy of the area, and the space to remake careers.”The precinct has been dubbed Tshimologong, meaning “a place of new beginnings” in local language Sesotho.Technology changing usDwolatzky outlines how technology has affected society. “It has changed in numerous ways, how we make things (the use of robotics), how we buy things as consumers (online), how we communicate (we are all threaded together by networks of communication), how we deal with knowledge and education, how we deal with health, how we deal with government, and entertainment and leisure.“Our world has changed at the core, with a tsunami of technological, economic and social transformation.”He explains that within the three elements of digital technology – software, hardware and content – the innovative lifecycle is no longer linear.“There is now a connection: skills are no longer static, skills and ideas merge together, there is business model development and finally, commercialisation.“This new innovation will not take place in garages, or in the offices of big corporations. It will be a social activity, with people working together, people joining together, and this innovation will skyrocket in technology hubs. In these single environments people will be able to germinate ideas, learn, interact and incubate. This set of spaces will encourage innovation, learning and collaboration.“Almost all cities have hubs, some have more than one; they are popping up constantly.”Establishing the Tshimologong Precinct is now at a critical stage, with funds being raised to begin Phase 1 of building renovations.Clare Jeffrey, head of the Wits University Partnerships Office, explains; “Phase 1 will require an investment of about R10-million. We have set up a Founding Partners Pledge scheme, which provides an opportunity for corporates and individuals to support this exciting initiative. Founders will be listed in perpetuity on a board displayed prominently in Founders Square …. Companies pledging R250 000, or individuals and SMMEs pledging R50 000 before 31st December 2013, will be acknowledged in this way. We have already had pledges from Microsoft and BBD, with several others in the pipeline.”From hubs to clustersCluster development was proposed by company strategy authority and Harvard professor, Michael Porter, in the 1990s and refers to a geographic concentration of interconnected businesses. For example, London’s East End is now known as Silicon Roundabout or Tech City. It has 10 technology hubs, more than 5 000 technology companies, and some 300 start-ups per year, and it’s becoming the European Union’s new answer to the US’s Silicon Valley.Dwolatzky explains that research shows that for a high technology cluster to succeed it must be close to research institutions and technology hubs, close to customers, have sound infrastructure, and offer access to transport and housing. There should also be government support.He adds that Johannesburg is a major city, the economic hub of Africa. He believes that it is possible for the city to be the continent and country’s Silicon Valley.“Some initial hubs have started up; Jozi Hub at 44 Stanley, The Open at Maboneng, and Intellilab on the UJ (University of Johannesburg) Kingsway campus. This is not about competition; it’s about joining the dots and making this into something bigger.”A green, people-centred hubThe old nightclub will be remodelled as the iClub, the dance floor will be a co-working space, the bar and seating areas will be set up to encourage innovation through incubating new start-ups, and the sound and light control area will become the server room.The warehouse, 43 Juta, will be remodelled into classrooms and meeting areas; 47 Juta becomes the development centre, and 45 Juta houses offices. Founders Square, a public space, will sit at the heart of the centre offering a coffee bar and events area.Dwolatzky’s vision is to see new buildings, housing, big technology players’ research and development, and old buildings repurposed in Braamfontein.Finally, Wits will begin to reconnect with its neighbourhood, as some of its ICT-related Centres (such as the JCSE, the LINK Centre and parts of Digital Arts) move off campus into Tshimologong.Anna Cowen, from architectural consultancy Meshfield, said, “This hub is selling the future. It is a place of experimentation, a place of discovery. We are regenerating the inner buildings and there is huge potential for growth. Environmentally at the hub there will be renewable energy sharing, rain water harvesting, shared parking and waste recycling. This city block is a symbiotic relationship, with shared resources and risks and benefits.“We need to rapidly innovate to create smart, resilient and equitable cities that are people-centred … to seek for potential solutions that could cycle urban material … by using waste as resources.”Dwolatzky and Mteto Nyati, Microsoft South Africa managing director are the co-winners of the 2013 IT Personality of the Year award. The winners were announced during the Institute of IT Professionals South Africa President’s Awards ceremony at Montecasino, Johannesburg, on the 7 November.last_img read more