CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Matt Breida’s 49ers career officially began roughly 49 miles north of where he’ll be playing Sunday in Tampa.Go back about 1 1/2 years and you’ll find Breida in his Spring Hill hometown, fielding calls from NFL teams during the draft. None drafted him. But the 49ers kept calling and won him over.“You get that gut feeling that this was the right decision to make,” Breida recalled this week. “I’m happy I …
“Both the DTI and the UNDP would need to upscale existent incubators in the country, and we would need also to formulate a comprehensive strategy to guarantee the success of this initiative.” Source: SANews.gov.za 31 October 2012 South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a memorandum of understanding in Pretoria this week to promote the establishment of business incubators in the country. The DTI said the parties had also agreed to cooperate in women’s economic empowerment by promoting inclusive financing for women, a supplier development programme focusing on the promotion of cooperatives, special economic zones and other economic infrastructure. The department’s deputy director-general, Sipho Zikode, said the vast experience and knowledge that the UNDP brought in these areas would significantly assist South Africa. He added that South Africa has been in the process of strengthening its small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) sector. “We have a world-class incubation system that still needs to be improved,” Zikode said in a statement. “It delights me knowing that we will be drawing guidance and expertise from the experience of the UNDP’s global network of offices and experts to provide support in the areas of cooperation covered in this MOU.”‘A symbiotic relationship to boost growth’ Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said government was in the throes of implementing various interventions to ensure that small enterprises and big businesses have a symbiotic relationship that will boost the development and growth of the country’s SMME sector. In September this year, Davies launched the DTI’s Incubation Support Programme. The programme aims to develop enterprises that will absorb and upgrade the vast unskilled labour force, develop new technologies and strengthen the country’s economy, the DTI said. This initiative is intended to encourage private sector partnerships and government to foster collaboration between small and big businesses, where big businesses assist SMMEs with skills and technology transfer, supplier development, and creating marketing opportunities for SMMEs. UNDP resident representative and United Nations resident coordinator, Agostinho Zacarias, thanked the department for its perseverance and persistence in pursuit of the MOU. “Hopefully sooner rather than later we will begin to reap the rewards of this union,” he said.
Freedom Challenge riders head off at sunrise into the mountains, on their way to the finish in Wellington. (Image: Freedom Challenge)• Meryl GlazerFreedom Challenge Race SecretaryFreedom Challenge+27 83 658 [email protected] DavieIn the next week or two, 75 extreme athletes will start the Freedom Challenge, a mountain bike race from Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal to Wellington in Western Cape, covering a distance of 2 300 kilometres over some very rough terrain.Over many years, South Africans have created some of the world’s toughest races, pitting themselves against the most extreme conditions in the country – whether it’s on freezing, rushing rivers, or miles and miles of tar in the scenic Western Cape, or over mountain ranges on bikes.The Freedom Challenge takes participants up and over several of South Africa’s most remote and beautiful mountain ranges, and across the endless semi-desert Karoo, into the winelands of the Cape. It is done in June, the middle of winter, which means that conditions include blizzards and snow, fierce wind, and below zero temperatures. Riders face an overall ascent of 37 000 metres over the 2 300 kilometres, to be done in a time limit of 26 days. Finishers don’t get a medal or cash – just a colourful Basotho blanket.“Winter. Snow. Flooding rivers. Freezing cold. Long days in the saddle. Major mountain ranges to cross. Flooded rivers to ford. Long portages. Massive climbs. Rhino. Buffalo. Sleep deprivation. Broken bikes. Broken bones. Broken spirits. These are but some of the things with which riders in the 2014 Freedom Challenge which starts on Monday 9 June 2014 will need to contend,” indicates the website.Support stations are positioned every 100 kilometres, where riders get meals, a bed and a chance to wash their gear. They are not permitted to carry a GPS, and must rely on maps and written directions from the race organiser, David Waddilove, who is based in Wellington.Lots of time to thinkWaddilove started the Freedom Challenge in 2004, when he ran the 54km Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town, and then continued running all the way to Pietermaritzburg, where he then ran the 90km Comrades Marathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. “Whilst I was running I had a lot of time to think about things. It became clear to me that the route could not easily be travelled on foot but would work well as a mountain biking route,” he says.And so the Freedom Challenge came about. A shorter version is the Ride to Rhodes, the first 480 kilometres of the challenge, which can be done as a race on its own. Rhodes is a small village in Eastern Cape, along the Freedom Challenge route. Some 42 riders will be taking on this shorter challenge this year, with several of them hoping to do the distance in a sub-48 hour time, requiring them to do it on virtually no sleep.Extreme challengeThere is an extreme version of the Freedom Challenge, which consists of running the Dusi Trail Run, an 80km run from the outskirts of Durban to the periphery of Pietermaritzburg, largely along the banks of the Umgeni River. Then pulling out a bike and riding to Wellington, then grabbing a kayak and paddling the Berg River Race, a four-day 240km race in the Cape. Just 11 people have done this race, while some 149 people have done the complete challenge.Mountain biker Rory Field did the race in 2012. He says the most enjoyable part was “being in the wilderness and being sufficient to the task”.In 2013, a new record was set when married couple Jeannie and Martin Dreyer finished the race in a mind-blowing 12 days, five hours and 55 minutes. Jeannie broke the women’s record by seven days, and beat 41 men and five women to the finish line. She averaged an extraordinary 200 kilometres each day, sleeping three to four hours a day, except for two days when she was off her bike for around nine hours. Martin finished the race in 2012 in 10 days, 16 hours and 40 minutes, a new record.The trail cuts through 4.5 billion years of geological time and through six plant biomes. It follows historical migration routes, and riders experience different local languages and cultures along the route. They stay in huts, B&Bs or hunting lodges – “this whilst riding through some of the most visually spectacular parts of the country”, adds Waddilove.Even more extreme plansBesides the Ride to Rhodes, which can be done as a non-stop event in June, there is a supported version done in September when it is warmer. “It is quite feasible that this will extend further with a 1 000km non-stop ride from Rhodes to Cape St Francis using international randonneurring rules.”Waddilove has plans to extend the race north to Beit Bridge, and even further, to Mount Kilimanjaro, in a ride that would start in Cape Town and end in Tanzania.But for the participants it is much more. “Riders travelling the trail have spoken of how it has afforded them a valuable and positive insight not only into this country, [but also into] themselves.”In all, 155 people have been given blankets, 17 of whom are women; and 68 of whom them have come back to do the race several more times.
28 January 2015Cape Town’s new open data portal aims to enhance transparency and accountability, as well as improve the competitiveness of the broader economy of Cape Town, Mayor Patricia de Lille said at the launch in the city on Tuesday.The Open Data Portal, which makes public sector data available to the public at no charge and in usable formats, is “another bold stride that we are taking to create an enabling environment which will attract investment that generates economic growth and creates jobs”, De Lille said.“This is a historic day as we join cities such as New York, London and Helsinki that have forged the way for cities to make their data sets available to the public,” De Lille said. “In today’s knowledge economy, access to data is instrumental in becoming competitive.”TransparencyThe portal, which was approved by council at the end of September 2014, will “enable innovation, as entrepreneurs are empowered to use the data to create new applications”, the mayor said. “As a City that believes in transparency, making this data available will empower residents to hold us accountable.”The public can access the portal via a variety of devices, including mobile phones with internet connectivity.So far, 25 data sets have been uploaded. These include the City’s budget data; the location of all district parks, community parks, cemeteries; information on MyCiTi bus stations and routes; and details about tenders that have been awarded.A steering committee made up of representatives from various City directorates would approve data sets for the portal. “We envision that hundreds of data sets will be available over time,” she said.LegacyThe public are invited to request data they would like to see on the portal, as well as to share their “thoughts and experiences” of the portal.De Lille said the portal should be seen as a legacy product of the World Design Capital 2014: “During our tenure as the World Design Capital, we wanted to find a way to use design to make government more transparent. As such, our Open Data Portal is the City’s contribution to the World Design Capital 2014 legacy.”SAinfo reporter
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Tailback James Conner #24 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes during a college football game at Heinz Field on September 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Hawkeyes defeated the Pitt Panthers 24-20. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)Pitt running back James Conner has inspired many during his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. The Panthers star was diagnosed in December, and has participated in off-season workouts and practices while undergoing chemotherapy.Conner, who missed almost all of last season with an MCL injury, is aiming to be back in action when Pitt opens up its 2016 season against Villanova on Sept. 3. This afternoon, Conner’s story will be detailed on The Ellen Show. The full show airs at 4:00 p.m. ET, but you can check out Conner’s segment on YouTube below. Conner is truly an amazing story and someone worth pulling for.
It’s not uncommon for kids to get the back to school blues but sometimes the stress can start to impact their lives and development.Registered psychologist, and Director of Moroz Child Psychology, Kelly Moroz says the best way to prepare kids for that first day is to make things as predictable as possible.“Some parents, just before school starts, will do dry runs with their children, waking up a little bit earlier, mimicking what getting ready for school looks like,” he said. “Taking a bus to get there, checking out the school and going on the playground.”Parents can also give them something to look forward to.“They might relate it to their own experience with school, talking about their favourite parts of the day to enhance the predictability of fun things that will occur in the school day,” said Moroz.Keeping a calendar with all of the extracurricular activities on it can also help.“The whole purpose of the hobbies and activities is to make for an enjoyable experience of life and if it’s starting to get to the point where you can barely even schedule in the activities themselves, let alone other relaxing fun time with the family, it’s often an indicator that changes have to occur with how many activities we do,” he explained.There are some clear signs stress could be affecting your child, such as coming up with excuses to avoid going to school.“It could change who they play with, how they eat and how they sleep,” said Moroz.For some, it could even look like they’re becoming ill.
There have been media speculations that Messi is resistant of acknowledging that Rafinha isn’t on the same level as Philippe Coutinho and should be offloaded according to birminghammail.Liverpool has confirmed that they had reached an agreement with La Liga club Barcelona for the transfer of Coutinho back in January and his transfer fee is reported to be an initial £105 million, which could rise to £142 million with various clauses that will be met.The midfielder joined Inter Milan on loan from Barca in January following Coutinho’s big-money arrival from Liverpool. Inter say they’ve been impressed with the Brazilian performance. But sporting director Piero Ausilio has suggested he’ll look to negotiate with the Catalans.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.When he went for medical, he was diagnosed with a thigh injury sustained a few days before joining Barcelona, ruling him out for three weeks.But since he made his debut for Barcelona four months ago, in a 2–0 win against his former club RCD Espanyol in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, the Brazilian has proved his worth. He has 10 goals in 22 matches for the Nou Camp giants.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has defended Cristiano Ronaldo’s struggles to score by insisting that it’s more difficult to score in the Serie A than La LigaRonaldo has now gone 270 minutes without finding the back of the net in his first three Serie A games for Juventus.The Portuguese forward played the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Parma, but it was Blaise Matuidi who instead scored the match-winner.Although Allegri is nevertheless pleased with Ronaldo’s performances and insists that it is harder to score in the Serie A due to the greater focus on defensive plays.“He had a great game,” said Allegri, according to Marca.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“There is more dedication to defending in Italy and [Ronaldo] is aware of it, as he’s a clever player.“In Italy, it’s more difficult to score 40 goals [in a season].”In his nine years at Real Madrid, Ronaldo scored 311 goals in 292 La Liga games.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner will now have to wait until September 16 to score his first Juventus goal due to the upcoming international break.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez believes teammate Lionel Messi is more motivated than he has ever been.The Uruguayan believes Messi who was recently appointed as captain of the Spanish giants is motivated to put his World Cup disappointment behind him and lead the Catalan club to more success on the pitch.“He’s really motivated, even more so after the World Cup and the Champions League,” Suarez said, according to MailGuardian.“But it’s a really difficult competition to win and Messi can’t win it on his own. It has to be a team effort, as good as he is.“Obviously, it’s infuriating for us because Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last three years. They have made history and it’s a thorn in our side.”Meanwhile, Suarez has come to the defense of Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde after the former Athletic Bilbao boss was criticized that he overworking his players in the Spanish League led to their disappointing exit in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League last season.“When you pass 30 you begin to realize there are times when you have to rest,” Suarez said.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I regret a lot the game against Leganés at home when we had a big lead in La Liga and the quarterfinal with Roma three days later. I played the whole game and you get a bit tired,” he said.“You have to manage things to be at your best in the big games.I think the coach is seeing those little details.”Suarez turned 31 in January and scored 25 league goals last term. He would like to finish his career at the Camp Nou but admits it will be difficult.“It’s complicated,” Suarez said. “Look at players like Xavi [Xavier Hernández Creus] and Andrés [Iniesta], they are players who have been ingrained in the club but they have not been able to finish here.“I am aware the day I do not have the level to play for Barça I would have to leave, but the desire of every player is to end here.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Edu is looking forward to returning to familiar surroundings ahead of Brazil’s game with UruguayThe two South American sides will play each other at the Emirates Stadium on November 16 as part of the Brasil Global Tour.Edu, who now works as Brazil’s technical coordinator, can’t wait for the occasion and stated his belief that the Emirates is now a world-class venue, which can host the best sporting events“It will be a great pleasure to go back to the Emirates, a stadium that’s home to a club I’m really fond of,” said Edu, according to Islington Gazette.“I had the opportunity to play for many years with Arsenal and win some important titles.“So, without a doubt, it will be a pleasure to see the red and white colours of Arsenal again in a stadium that is increasingly becoming more important in the world. It’s not the first time we (Brazil) are playing there.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Edu made 79 appearances for Arsenal in a four-year stay and was a member of the famous “Invincibles” team that went the entire 2003/04 Premier League unbeaten.The former Valencia and Corinthians midfielder, who also managed 15 caps for Brazil, has many fond memories of Arsenal.“It will be a great pleasure. I remember well that I played my last game alongside great friends like Dennis Bergkamp and other great athletes that were a part of Arsenal’s history,” said Edu.“And just as I said earlier it will be a great pleasure to come back again now with the Brazilian team.“It will be a great honour and I will certainly remember the great moments I had with Arsenal’s supporters, and most of all at the Emirates stadium and at Highbury too.“I am waiting for you all on the 16th, Brazil – Uruguay. It will be a pleasure and an honour to see you all again.”