Spurs’ Bergwijn may not have had greatest debut – but scored a great debut goal

first_imgTHE obituary of Steven Bergwijn’s debut was already being written.Overshadowed by VAR and afforded hardly a touch by Manchester City, the £27million new-boy was set to join the long list of expensive buys who had died on their Tottenham debut.2 Bergwijn’s goal proved the pivotal moment in ensuring Spurs won the gameBut, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Bergwijn’s death were not only greatly exaggerated they were also premature.As in the 63rd minute the Dutchman produced a magical moment for the goal that turned this game on its head, kept Spurs top-four hopes alive and posted his early entry into his new club’s folklore.There seemed to be little on when Lucas Moura lifted the ball to Bergwijn just inside the box.But in an instant he chested the ball and volleyed it into the net to give Jose Mourinho’s men their very first shot – compared to City’s 14th at the time.To say it was slightly against the run of play is like saying Tottenham’s new stadium is a little bit difficult to get away from after matches.But all the queues and jams will be worth it if Bergwijn can reproduce magic moments like that on a regular basis.With five goals in 16 Eredivisie appearances for PSV this season we were led to believe he was not a natural goalscorer.But the way he took his strike suggests otherwise – even Harry Kane would have been proud of that one.Until then Bergwijn’s debut had been disappointingly quiet and you felt sorry for him.DID IT AGAINST THE BESTAs an attacking player you never want to make your debut against Manchester City because they hardly give you a touch.And as a Tottenham player you never want to make your debut against City – because VAR always steals the show in matches between these clubs.That was certainly the case again as Kevin Friend of Stockley Park had more impact on this game – some would say too much – than anybody on the pitch in N17.Many were wondering where Bergwijn would play and his starting position was like his shock move from PSV – left field.He showed his tenacity in the opening minutes by winning the ball off ex-Spur Kyle Walker, earning an ovation from the home fans.Mind you, they were not so impressed later when Riyad Mahrez mugged him in midfield.Bergwijn then moved to the right and finally into the centre, and all before half-time.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticHe hardly had a kick in the first half but that was not entirely his fault as Spurs were so deep they were in danger of toppling backwards down the escalators at Seven Sisters Station.It was a similar story in the second half – but that was forgotten and forgiven when he scored his brilliant goal to ensure he was clapped off the park when he was subbed five minutes later.Not the greatest debut display at Spurs – but one of the greatest debut goals.2Credit: Reuters New Spurs signing Steven Bergwijn shows off unique celebration during first photo-shoot for Tottenhamlast_img read more

Teary-eyed Calabar High basketball coach praises repeat all-island champions

first_imgIt was an emotional night for Calabar High School’s coach, Ludlow Barker, after watching his team hold off Ardenne High to win back-to-back Under-19 ISSA National Basketball Championship titles, following a 62-52 overtime win at the G.C. Foster College auditorium on Tuesday evening.Led by a game-high 28 points from MVP Maliek McCarthy and 13 points from Jevaun Faulder, Calabar High shrugged off a fourth-quarter surge from the Basil Barrett-coached Ardenne before going on to dominate overtime 12-4.Justin Rhoden was Ardenne’s top scorer with 15 points.However, in his post-match interview, Calabar High’s coach, Barker, could not restrain the tears as emotions overwhelmed him while he piled praises on his players for their sacrifice on the road to winning back-to-back Southern Conference and national championship honours.”I know these players,” said a tearful Barker. “When they commit to do the work, they come up trumps. I believe in them; they believe in me. I just love these players. I love coaching the school because they have heart and soul.TOP COACH, PLAYERS”They (players) say they have a top coach, but I say I have top players – the greatest players in the world – and I’d never exchange them for anything,” he stated.”Winning back-to-back South Conference titles was going to be tough, but winning back-to-back all-island was going to be harder. We had to have a lot of self-discipline and play good defence.”After an evenly contested first quarter (12-12), Calabar High captured the second period 11-7 to lead 23-19 at half-time. They continued to hold the ascendancy after taking the third quarter 17-14, but in the final quarter, Ardenne upped their game a couple of notches and Calabar High could find no answer as the Basil Barrett-coached team were hitting shots from all angles and range. In the final analysis, Ardenne High won the period 15-8 to be tied 48-48 at the final whistle.However, in overtime, Ardenne did not know what hit them as Calabar High came out firing and easily captured the period 12-4 for a convincing win.”My team held its nerve when it went to overtime. They were still feeling good about themselves even though they gave up the lead,” Barker admitted. “We didn’t lose concentration. We stuck to the game plan and we supported each other, and defensively, we did an excellent job. So to repeat at this level is quite a joy.”In the junior final, St George’s College avenged their Southern Conference final defeat to St Catherine High with a 54-47 win.Jordon Gilles with 17 points and Nathan Reid (10 points) were the top scorers for St George’s. Shevran Williams was St Catherine’s top scorer with 13 points.last_img read more

Who are the “anti-corruption advocates”? − Jordan questions

first_imgFinance Minister, Winston Jordan has taken to task, Former Auditor General, Anand Goolsarran over his recent claims that “the Government has not been moving swiftly enough to bring criminal charges against who abused the laws and public resources of Guyana, making specific reference to the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).Goolsarran in an article published in the tabloid-like Kaieteur Newspaper on September 9, 2016, titled “Govt must seriously commit to prosecuting those who abused laws, public resources – Goolsarran”, stated that Anti-corruption advocates were questioning whether Jordan has truly displayed an interest in seeing the former CEO of NICIL face the full extent of the law.Finance MinsiterWinston JordanBut, Jordan in a strongly-worded letter to the press queried who are the anti-corruption advocates raising the concerns.“I do not know who these “anti-corruption advocates” are. Do they include Anand Goolsarran who, in recent times, has set himself up as a transparency and accountability czar?,” Jordan questioned.The Finance Minister went on to remind the former Auditor General that regards to criminal proceedings against The former CEOor another official who is accused of a crime, there must be due process.“I am not a lawyer. Most of my professional life has been devoted to economics and finance. But even without the benefit of substantial legal training, I know that everyone is presumed innocent, until proven guilty. Facing the full extent of the law is a function of the outcome of police investigations and the judgment of the Director of Public Prosecutions, not the bleating of the anti-corruption advocates,” Jordan arrested. He noted too that even though there have been repeated explanations from the government that the Cabinet had established a process to deal with the forensic audits, there still seem to be unnecessary questions.Former Auditor GeneralAnand GoolsarranIn March of 2016, a Sub-Committee of Cabinet was appointed, consisting of Hon Khemraj Ramjattan, Vice President and Minister of Public Security, as Chairman; Hon Basil Williams, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Hon Jaipaul Sharma, Minister within the Ministry of Finance to scrutinize the forensic audit reports to determine which of them dealt mainly with administrative irregularities and which entered the sphere of criminality.Forensic AuditGoolsarran was the auditor hired by the Government back in July 2015 to conduct forensic audit into the affairs of the NICIL and to make recommendations.The audit was completed and Goolsaran recommended criminal and/or disciplinary actions against all those responsible for violations, including failure to properly account for state resources under their control. This included the former Finance Minister, Ashni Singh, who was also the Chairman of NICIL. However the audit was said to have lacked credibility and integrity, since the recommendations against the holding company were shrouded with biasness and prejudice.In December 2015, Guyana Times was able to obtain a report which contained NICIL’s response to the forensic audit which was conducted by Goolsarran. These responses were not included in a copy of the audit report, “leaked” to pro-government media entities.In the report, NICIL made the point that the findings stated the audit report do not provide any evidence to any instance of a constitutional breach. In fact, Guyana Times was able to see the various legal opinions issued in favor of NICIL, from prominent local lawyers, that clearly contradict the assertions of Goolsarran in his report. NICIL’s response pointed to the existence of these opinions, including the fact that Goolsarran is not a lawyer. It also pointed out that there was no evidence of self-enrichment, that all the prior audit opinions of NICIL were clean audit opinions, and that there was a body of evidence showing that all major matters, Cabinet’s or the NICIL’s Board approval was evident. NICIL further pointed out that as a company, all actions were consistent with its incorporation documents which dated back to 1990.Bias and PrejudiceAdded to that, NICIL contended that Goolsarran’s position as former Auditor General gave him access to information and knowledge about the entity that would have been based on pre-2002 matters and circumstances thereby introducing potential risks for bias and prejudice in the forensic process where there is a conflict with his predispositions and the status quo. NICIL highlighted that this potential risk for bias and prejudice was demonstrated by Goolsarran’s emphasis on pre-2002 events in his executive summary and his minimal and “sometimes dismissive” reference throughout the report to the audits and clean audit opinions for every year from 2002 of the current Auditor General Deodat Sharma. Goolsarran audited NICIL from 1990 to 2002. NICIL had highlighted also that its contention of potential risk and prejudice was further supported by the forensic auditor’s two-part newspaper publication called “Accountability Watch” where Goolsarran, in his personal capacity, prior to conducting the audit, opined on several matters involving NICIL and made recommendations in his concluding remarks about what course of action he believes government should take regarding NICIL. These very conclusions were repeated in the recommendations of the report, NICIL posited.Meanwhile, NICIL opined that the forensic auditor failed to satisfy the main objective of the forensic audit by failing to provide any evidence which substantive law, accounting principle or government policy was broken, violated, breached or ignored. NICIL refuted all references by Goolsarran to his “so called legal positions”, to indicate NICIL possessed substantial legal advice to the contrary on these matters.Additionally, NICIL stated that the report fails to distinguish clearly, which matters are legal matters and which matters are policy matters. Moreover, it noted that in almost every case, there was no support to show where the law had been breached or the many cases of previous audits that do not reach this conclusion.It has been widely observed and commented, that without the former NICIL CEO and his team having sight of the final report, which they were promised before the start of the forensic audit, that the final audit report by Goolsarran was serially leaked to KN and SN. One KN reporter at a public press conference with Brassington in December, while on camera, stated that Goolsarran was speaking to her on what she was publishing on the NICIL report when the report had not even been shared with Brassington. Goolsarran subsequently denied this allegation to this newspaper. But observers have said that this KN reporter along with the leaked audit report, suggest that Mr Goolsarran independence and credibility can be seriously questioned and that perhaps the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana and its overseas body, be formally invited to investigate these matters of Mr Goolsarran commenting in the media on matters when the Government is his client. The opposition has called on the Government to officially release the audit reports along with the responses of the responsible officials. To date, this has not happened.last_img read more

Cantwell goes the distance

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary missed a number of shots within 4 feet Thursday, but the Cardinals made up for it with some long-range connections and defeated visiting St. Matthias, 51-43, in a girls Camino Real League opener Thursday night. “The past two years, St. Matthias has never been ready to play us,” Cantwell coach Omar Villalta said. “Tonight they came to play, and we weren’t ready for them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaCantwell led 7-0 and never trailed, although the Victorians put together an 8-0 run to gain a 35-35 tie with 51.6 seconds left in the third quarter. Chavez promptly nailed a 3-pointer to offset Dezeri Navarro’s only basket of the night, which closed the deficit to 38-37 at the end of the period. Cantwell responded with an 11-0 surge to start the final quarter as Cynthia Duarte made her second 3-point basket and a transition layup for a 49-37 lead to cement the victory. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext.3046 “We let them get some good shots, and we missed a lot of shots. I think we counted eight layups missed in the first half.” Cantwell (9-7) shot 50 percent from 3-point range (6-of-12), with three 3-pointers by Gaby Chavez. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Glendale cops arrest six men in meth case

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Drug dealers that are dealing in Glendale, if they go to Long Beach we’ll follow them,” said Officer John Balian, a spokesman for the Glendale Police Department. “I mean we’ll go anywhere to apprehend them and bring them to justice.” Ramirez was arrested along with Ramiro Serrato, 27; Daniel Mora, 19; Alex Lopez, 24; Hector Mora, 39; and Adrian Solis, 21. They all pleaded not guilty Wednesday to possession of methamphetamine for sale. Police also seized four handguns. Ramirez could face up to 17 years in prison if convicted because he was caught as an ex-convict with a gun. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police arrested six men and seized $110,000 worth of methamphetamine in an investigation that stretched from Glendale to Long Beach, authorities said Wednesday. Glendale police believe Luis Ramirez, 28, of Long Beach was the ringleader of the group. They arrested Ramirez in late March in Glendale, where he was carrying 12 ounces of meth in a car. Ramirez pleaded guilty to possession and transportation of meth, but was released early for the violation, serving 29 days in jail. Glendale police began tracking Ramirez after his early release and eventually discovered five pounds of meth when they searched a Long Beach storage locker and other locations on May 26. last_img read more

TAKE A MIDNIGHT WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – IN STRANORLAR

first_imgFancy doing something a lot different for charity tomorrow night?You don’t have to jump out of a plane or shave your armpits.All you have to do is to turn up in your pyjamas and go for a midnight walk! This is the 2nd midnight madness walk, organised by the Sean O’Hare Unit in Stranorlar.The idea of the walk is a fun fundraiser, walking around the Twin Towns at midnight in optional pyjamas, followed by hot chocolate and cookies afterwards.Last year over 60 people braved the night, dressed in pyjamas, the St Mary’s ladies team walked in their gaelic gear, and it was a good night.McElhinneys have sponsored the event this year, so there’s a t-shirt for all finishers, with a draw as well for entrants. The comfort fund is used to help service users have a holiday, take day trips, and any other treats.The walk takes place at 12 midnight this Friday the 13th of July (fingers crossed) at Ard Greine Court, Stranorlar, and is open to all, young and old. Adults pay €10 while children go free.The walk is being started by Michael Gallagher, or Mickey the Post, the famous Glenfin weatherman, and entrants are advised to come early for a special warm-up session! TAKE A MIDNIGHT WALK ON THE WILD SIDE – IN STRANORLAR was last modified: July 11th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Midnight MadnesspyjamasStranorlarlast_img read more

DRIVER ESCAPES INJURY AS LORRY OVERTURNS

first_imgDrivers take it easy passing the overturned lorryA lorry driver had a lucky escape when his vehicle left the road and toppled over this morning.The incident happened at an area known as the Blue Banks between Letterkenny and Kilmacrennan.It is not understood the driver was hurt but he was shocked by the incident. Drivers using the road have been told to take care and some diversions are in place.A recovery operation is expected to take place shortly. DRIVER ESCAPES INJURY AS LORRY OVERTURNS was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Blue Bankskilmacrennanletterkennylorrylast_img read more

Elections marked by mud-slinging

first_imgIf you received a flier sent to homes in South El Monte before Tuesday’s mayoral election, you might think candidate Allen Co is being sued for paternity payments, that he was caught on videotape stealing, that he filed for bankruptcy and that he solicited a bribe from a local business person.Co denies all of it, and court records to back up the claims could not be found.In Tuesday’s election, bizarre accusations were not hard to find. “I thought about suing for libel, but I don’t know if it will be worth it, financially, and for all the time it would take,” said Co, who denied charges in the campaign piece, titled “South El Monte Community News: All News All the Time” and distributed by the American Latin Family Association.On Tuesday, 584 people in South El Monte voted for Co, compared with 1,384 for winner Blanca Figueroa, who was endorsed by the American Latin Family Society. A call to the number listed for the American Latin Family Association was not immediately returned. A message on the Society’s answer machine said it was the office for Rosemead Pride, another political action committee.Co put out some mailers of his own, accusing opponents of taking money from a political action committee supported by a developer.Cal State Fullerton political science Professor Barbara Stone said love them or hate them, dirty politics work.“When charges like that are leveled, if (the candidate) does not respond or does not have time to respond, the rumors can take on a life of their own,” she said. “They have an effect.”In Diamond Bar, a city with manicured lawns and one of the highest median-income levels in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, politics this election were not exactly clean-cut, candidates said.A flier criticized incumbent City Councilwoman Debby O’Connor, who lost her seat, for failing to get along with other parents at the Diamond Point Elementary School PTA. The same flier, which says it was distributed by the Diamond Bar Residents Against Government Abuse, accused O’Connor of campaigning during a prayer service. The service was held to support a fellow councilman who had cancer.“I refuse to even read them,” O’Connor said of the campaign pieces. “From what I hear, the only thing they didn’t accuse me of was abusing my children.”Typically called “hit pieces,” campaign literature with the most drastic charges were almost always produced and circulated by political action committees just days before election. It is often hard to find out who is behind the committees.“There often is no backlash for running a dirty campaign,” Stone said.And, when someone runs for office, they become a “public figure” in the eyes of the law, which makes it tougher for them to prove a libel case, Stone said. ben.baeder@sgvn.compam.wight@sgvn.com(626) 962-9911, Ext. 2703, 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Backpacking in South Africa

first_imgIf you want an inexpensive way to travel through South Africa, find your guide to backpacking through the country, here:Backpacking through South Africa is an option if you want to save money as a traveller. (Image: South African Tourism, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterIf you’ve got more time than money, there’s no better way to see South Africa than to backpack your way around its many offerings: spectacular beauty, a mosaic of cultures, incredible value for money, massive adventure potential – and an undeniable penchant for partying!Interested? Then take a few minutes to run through our quick guide …Get a kikoiFirst off, go out and buy a couple of kikois. Whether you’re a boy or a girl, macho or not, this sarong-like piece of clothing will be your life-saver when the sun’s blasting down, when the travel gear is rolling around in the washer, when you’ve got some downtime and you don’t need to dress up.The kikoi, which comes from Kenya, has been adopted by African overlanders and backpackers as the preferred chill-outfit from Cape Town to Cairo.Backpacking accommodationEastern CapeGautengKwaZulu-NatalWestern CapeRest of South AfricaDo your homeworkNext, go out and buy a travel book on South Africa. If you’re a surfer, you don’t want to find out about the perfect point-break B&B at the end of your trip. If you’re a birder, you’d like to know where to find the elusive blue swallow long before you hit these shores. And if you like to drink a lager at sunset with the best bathing in the southern hemisphere at your feet, it’s nice to know about Lookout Beach in advance, right?You’ll want something like the Insight Guide to South Africa or The Rough Guide to South Africa to get you started. And when you pass the Africa shelf at your local bookstore, you might want to flip through the array of coffee table publications on the country. Then check out South African Tourism’s website, www.southafrica.net.Once you’re in South Africa, all the major centres have well-run provincial tourist offices. Nose around there, and you’ll find the set of pamphlets you need to tailor-make your trip.TransportIf you’ve got a fantasy about riding around SA on the end of your thumb, lose it. This is not hitch-hiker country. South Africa is the kind of place where, if you know what to do and where to go, you’ll never experience a finer trip. But it’s not advisable to enter into the unknown anywhere in the world these days, and South Africa is no exception.So when you’re in the cities, like Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, use the public transport system, get a cab or hire a car. If you’re staying for a spell, you could do worse than buy a car – and sell it at journey’s end.Each city has a vibrant tourism centre which can advise you on day tours, bus routes to and from your hostel, and discounts where available.The bus services between cities are excellent, and so are the roads. And the backpackers’ delight, Baz Bus, is a convenient, value-for-money, hop-on hop-off door-to-door bus service to just about every backpacker’s lodge in southern Africa.If it’s in your budget, then the classic road trip through South Africa (hire or buy a car, share the cost with travelling friends) will offer up more delights than anything Route 66 ever dreamt of.Your foreign licence (as long as it’s printed in English) is valid for six months. If yours is in another language, then get an International Driving Permit before you depart for South Africa.Where to stayThe good news is, there are backpackers’ lodges galore in South Africa – see our backpackers’ accommodation box above – and you can book ahead by contacting Backpacking South Africa. The other good news is that backpacker bed rates are astoundingly cheap in this country.And once you’re staying at a backpacker’s, you can plug in to the local travelling network and find out all kinds of great things, like where to eat for next to nothing, or party until dawn, or find a long-lost friend. You’re in a well-run overlanding subculture here, so enjoy it.Your choice of where to stay depends on what you want out of the trip. South Africa is, to pound a cliche, a great smorgasbord of tourism opportunities for you to feast on!The peopleWithin hours of your arrival, you’re going to discover that South Africa is a great, heaving melting pot of cultures, colours, languages and traditions. And South Africans are very proud of our diversity.Your pocketbook guides will tell you about us, and how to behave around us. But, like most places, if you’re friendly and polite with the people you meet, chances are you’ll be met with twice the warmth.So prepare to spend time with a Zulu warrior around the fire at night, wake up at dawn and go on a game drive with a ranger who speaks Afrikaans, be served some exotic local dish by a beautiful Malay girl, share a bus with a bunch of transplanted Scots, and learn to say things like “Howzit?” (How is it/ are you?), “Hey, my bra, that’s lekka!” (Hey, my brother, that’s wonderful!), and “Sharp!” (cool!).SA slang is lekker, bru!TownshipsDemocracy arrived in South Africa in 1994 only, so the teeming townships of South Africa are, like the favelas of Brazil, poverty-ridden places where sensitivities are high.But there’s nothing to beat a township shebeen (tavern) pumping after midnight, full of laughter and jazz, or a township marketplace on a Saturday morning. There’s a sense of vibrancy in SA’s townships that cannot be met in the traditionally quieter urban suburbs. This is where you meet the soul of South Africa.But take a guide, go with an accredited tour, don’t just blunder off into a strange settlement. And with the right introductions, and a few simple safeguards, you’ll have the time of your life.Outdoor adventuresCulture’s fine, you say. But where’s the rush? Welcome to Adrenalin Central.South Africa is where you can toss yourself over the highest bungee jump in the world, where you can hit the white waters of our river systems in rubber ducks (inflatable boats), where you climb the peaks of our mighty Drakensberg mountains, where you can microlight through the hills of Mpumalanga, and where you can dive -in a cage, thankfully – in the middle of Great White Shark territory.There’s also another level of outdoor activities that includes horseback trail-riding, cattle mustering, hiking for days through mind-blowing landscapes, quietly fishing for the noble trout in our Highlands, or tracking the rare black rhino for hours in the safe hands of a trained guide.South Africa was built for the outdoors spirit, and we celebrate this in a hundred different ways.Food and drinkPrepare yourself for World Grub, a global gastronomic trip that could begin with chicken sosaties (kebabs) and end with mopani worms fried over an open fire. We have Chinese, we have Italian, we have American, we have good old British stodge – but we also have Cape Malay, KwaZulu-Natal Indian, boerekos (farm fare), and the finest lamb chops from the vast Karoo scrublands.The South African service industry is on a fast track, and you’ll have no problems eating out or self-catering.When it comes to beer and wine, you’ll find either of both of these to be plentiful, excellent and very cheap. South African beer, because of the hot weather, is a special favourite. And a tour of the Cape winelands will have you sending cases of Cabernet home.The nightlifeOur cities all have their clublands, catering to the various youth tribes in the country. Raves, folk clubs and jazz clubs are everywhere. And listen out for kwaito, our home-grown, township R&B rap style.Cafe society has finally caught on in South Africa. For decades, no one did anything but walk on the sidewalks, and now you literally can’t move for all the coffee bars and late night restaurants that have sprung up.Again, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town are night-life favourites, but prepare for after-hours surprises in places like East London, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein.The mediaThe big cities have all got their set of daily newspapers, and there’s a lively magazine industry that supports tourism. Travel tips, lifestyle information and facts you can use can be found in all our bookshops and news agents. If you want to catch up on national news from home, most leading newsgents also carry offshore publications.Internet cafes have blossomed all over South Africa, and you’ll find them not only in the large centres but also in many of the small rural towns you’ll be passing through. Take time off to keep in touch with the family. Encourage them to come over and join you!SafetyThe same rules apply as for anywhere else in the world. Be careful. Don’t wander off alone down dark alleys at night.Try not to display all your electronic possessions.Pack cash, credit cards and traveller’s cheques in separate places. Let your lodge or hotel know where you are. Leave your expensive jewellery at home.Keep a look out for muggers, and store your wallet where it can’t be pickpocketed. Take care around automatic cash machines.These and many other safety rules are what you should be following back home and while travelling anywhere abroad. Crime is not endemic to South Africa.PhotographyDust is the enemy – always remember that if you’re carrying cameras in South Africa. One of the reasons our sunsets are so spectacular is because of mid-air dust, which also tends to foul up camera equipment if care is not taken.In the winter, you’ll find your soft light from about 3pm to 5pm, and in the summer it all starts and ends a little later. But, if you can make it, the African dawns are equally superb for photography. Try to time your photo-excursions for the “book-ends of the day”, leaving the harsh light of the lunch-hour for the poolside siesta.If you’re packing more than a little pocket camera, then consider dropping in a 300mm zoom lens for the long shots, especially when you’re out in the wilderness and you can’t get closer to those lions. For normal street-work and portraits, a smaller 28-80mm zoom lens is best.Last-minute check listHealth/travel insurance?Malaria pills for the summer months (November through March) for certain parts of the country?Relevant contact numbers?Luggage locks?Sunglasses and hats?An unbridled sense of fun and adventure?Check out some useful facts for tourists – and have a blast!This article was first published on South African Tourism. Republished on Brand South Africa with permission of the author.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

How IoT could radically change your favorite sci-fi movies

first_imgFollow the Puck From: Doc Emmet Brown To: Marty Mcfly Dear Marty,If my calculations are correct. the last time we saw each other was the year 1985. Ten years later, in the year 1995, you’ve followed in your father’s footsteps and become a science fiction writer.Marty, I am writing to alarm you about a major disturbance in the future of technology. This technology will derail the ubiquity of flying cars, self-lacing Nikes, and hoverboards.The very technology that you’re using for the first time in 1995, the internet, yes my dear Marty, it will alter the future of mankind in ways you can’t imagine! Great Scott! Marty, you currently use your phone and a modem to access the internet. In the future, twenty years from now, we will be on the dawn of an era where every device around you will access the internet. These devices will talk to each other! You don’t understand, but this is the dawn of IOT aka Internet of Things. Your car, your phone, your air conditioner, each device will have the capacity to talk to the “smart” devices around it.You don’t understand, but this technology is IoT aka the Internet of Things. Your car, your phone, your air conditioner, each device will have the capacity to talk to the “smart” devices around it.Marty, I risk this automated email because I know that when it finds you, you’ll have the ability to avoid the mistakes that other science fiction writers made when writing about the future. I’ve listed several well-known science fiction films. Some titles you may or may not know. I’ve taken the time to provide you a synopsis of each and how IoT technology will impact each!Blade Runner – Based in 2019, set in a dystopian Los Angeles that feels like Hong Kong sprinkled with flying cars and buildings shaped like pyramids. A group of androids that resemble human beings are trying to find their creator before their batteries run out and hopefully get some re-engineering for a bunch of 1-UPs. Unfortunately for Phillip K. Dick, androids don’t dream of electric sheep and the IoT world which is upon us would have tagged these human-gobots wherever they roamed. The replicants wouldn’t have been able to fit in and the global tracking network would have told on them wherever they went, making Deckard’s job much easier. Even if Roy Batty made it into the elevator with JF Sebastian the emotion recognition system would have sensed that something was terribly wrong, never allowing them to continue to Dr. Tyrell floor. No late night chess.Minority Report – In the year 2054, future crimes aka Precrimes are monitored and foretold by a trio of Ms. Cleo’s known as “The Precogs,” who proactively work with law enforcement and the film’s protagonist, John Anderton to prevent crimes from happening in the future. An IoT world will eliminate the need for Precogs or a Precrime unit! Emotions like anger will be monitored and reported to the emotions department of the local law enforcement who will track and interact with IoT devices around you to prevent you from committing crimes. Thinking about killing your wife’s secret lover? Forget it. Your smart car won’t allow you to drive to his home until your anger levels have decreased.The Matrix – A hacker named Neo is recruited by a group of humans who’ve broken free of the digital matrix controlling humans in the future. IoT will place us in a matrix and it will be almost impossible to escape. We’ll connect to the IoT matrix by the devices and machines in our environment, learning, reporting and calculating our every move. This story should be rewritten and feature Neo as a human who simply doesn’t want to have his every action monitored and reported. Regardless of what pill you choose, that day is coming.Terminator – In the future year of 2029, an artificial machine intelligence, a computer system known as Skynet, has taken over the world. The humans who rebel against Skynet are led by John Connor. In the film, Skynet will send a Terminator, a killing robot, to the past to find and kill Sarah Connor, the mother of John Connor — before he’s born. In an IoT world, a revolt will be futile. Each human will be digitally marked and regardless of where you go, you’ll interact with devices that know you, report and share data about you. Marty, there will be no resistance. IoT is the future. IoT is Skynet.I realize that these words may come to you as a surprise. In the year 1995, you’re just getting familiar with chat rooms and it is hard to put faith in an Internet that connects machines to one another, an Internet without modems and more importantly, without AOL.However, 20 years from now, this will be so. Work hard. Write well Futureboy, and know that every device in Hill Valley will one day connected to the internet.P.S. — Our trip to the future altered the future of baseball! The Cubs won the World Series a year later! Great Scott! Related Posts Clarke Illmatical Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#cloud computing#Internet of Things#IoT#Trends last_img read more