Jordy Smith on top in Tasmania

first_imgSmith, the world number nine, defeated world number five Damien Hobgood of the USA, with a total heat score of 15.56 to 13.17 (combined two-wave total out of a possible 20) in the final of the six-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event. SAinfo reporter 30 March 2009 Men’s WQS Ratings (After Event #5 O’Neill Coldwater Classic, Tasmania-Australia)1. Bruno Santos (BRA) 2 8132. Jean da Silva (BRA) 2 5503. Jordy Smith (RSA) 2 5004. Darrell Goodrum (USA) 2 488 5. Pablo Paulino (BRA) 2 475 Solid two-metre waves at Bluffs Reef proved ideal for South African surfing sensation Jordy Smith as he took victory in the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Marrawah, Tasmania on Sunday. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The victory was worth $20 000 and 2 500 WQS points to the South African standout. Hobgood was just as impressed with the wilds of Tasmania, saying: “It’s been a special week for me here in Tasmania, so many great waves and just amazing people who have welcomed us here. It”s been an adventure for all of us and I”ve felt like a young kid all week!” Semi-finalsIn the semi-finals, Smith used a timely last wave to end the dream run highly-regarded Brazilian, Jadson Andre. Andre, 21, who earlier in the event had eliminated the top seed CJ Hobgood, led for most of the 35-minute match-up until Smith locked in a last-minute 8.27 score to secure a berth in the final. Smith stood out his opening heat in the week-long event and overcame a classy international field of 144 surfers to claim victory in the inaugural event to be held in the wild north-west of Tasmania. The 21-year-old’s free surfing approach was the key to his victory, with massive snaps and big aerial manoeuvres all part of his repertoire. Semi-finals SF1 Jordy Smith (RSA) 16.10 def Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.27SF2 Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.07 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.90center_img ‘I’ve had the greatest time’“I’ve had the greatest time here in Tasmania. It’s been just amazing with such powerful surf and fun people in this remote location,” said Smith after his win. Final 1. Jordy Smith (RSA) 15.562. Damien Hobgood (USA) 13.17 Results O’Neill Coldwater Classic – Tasmania With 10 minutes remaining, Smith posted a heat-high 8.73 to back up his earlier 6.83 for victory. FinalBoth surfers suffered slow starts in the 35-minute final, but Hobgood held an early lead with a ride of 7.50. He struggled with his second ride, managing only a 5.67. South Africans40. Travis Logie 1 31349. Rudy Palmboom 1 12586. Warwick Wright 87599. Damien Fahrenfort 813105. Daniel Redman 794167. Brandon Jackson 600173. Royden Bryson 563187. Ricky Basnett 538262. Klee Strachan 375 The second semi-final was an all-American affair between Damian Hobgood and Pat Gudauskas. After a tight battle, Hobgood advanced; Gadauskas needed 9.17 to win in his final ride and came up just short with an 8.90. “I always enjoy surfing waves that offer power and here in Tasmania every wave you surf is straight out of the deep southern waters, and the power just makes for great surfing. I love it.”last_img read more

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Praise for rugby academy programme

first_img24 October 2013 Nine Academy players represented the Eastern Province under-19s this year which, after winning the Absa under-19 B competition, secured promotion to the A- division in 2014 after defeating Border in a promotion/relegation playoff. ‘A significant role’“There can be no doubt that the Kings Academy has played a significant role in the identification, development and retention of young up-and-coming players from the region,” said Crous. “The support and commitment from Saru, through their partnership with the Academy, has played an integral part in the successes achieved.” ChampionsIn their respective finals the EP under-21s – unbeaten in the league phase and knock-outs in 2013 – beat their Boland counterparts 59-19, while the EP under-19s defeated the Valke 56-40 in a high-scoring final. ‘A massive improvement’“The biggest positive impact the Academy made in the Boland, was the good performances by our under-19 and under-21 teams in their provincial competitions, with both qualifying for the playoff rounds and showing a massive improvement from 2012,” said Smal. “The performances of these teams this season is testament of the commitment and hard work that was done in those provinces, which are crucial in our identification and development of talented young players,” Saru CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement. “We’ve not only given them opportunities to play, but because our Academy is situated on the George campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the players also got the opportunity to study.” The CEO of Eastern Province Rugby, Charl Crous, said 19 of the 30 players currently enrolled at the Academy had played for the province’s under-U21 team, which narrowly missed out on being promoted to A-division after losing to Border in a playoff. SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby “We’re planning to increase this in the coming years as we aim to roll out the Saru Academy programme across all 14 provincial unions. We could already see in 2013 what a difference it made helping these players by improving the quality of their facilities and coaching, while we also focus on things like conditioning, injury treatment and rehabilitation, mentoring, nutrition, tertiary studies, life skills and good accommodation. Aim“Our aim is to ultimately help create a fully professional rugby player. In the long term, we’re aiming to produce 70 professional black players in the next four years, of which 25 will hopefully go on to play in Vodacom Super Rugby in five years’ time and by 2019, we’d like to see eight new black Springboks emerge from the Academy programme.” R18-million investedMervin Green, Saru’s general manager for development, said a total of R18-million was invested in equal portions across the four Academies this year. He also lauded Saru’s High Performance Mobi-Unit for the key role they played in ensuring the Academies had a good start in 2013.center_img “It was great to see so many players come through and gain valuable experience on the playing field,” said Prinsloo. South Western Districts CEO Johan Prinsloo lauded the programme and said 19 Academy players featured for the Eagles at under-19, under-21, Vodacom Cup and Absa Currie Cup level this year. The Academies are funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and are located in areas that traditionally have high numbers of black players. During the 2013, season, five out of the eight positions in the knock-out phases of the Absa Currie Cup under-21 B and under-19 B competitions were filled by teams featuring players from Saru’s Academy Programme. Eastern Province won the Absa under-21 B and under-19 B divisions after winning their finals in Nelspruit. Rassie Erasmus, Saru General Manager for High Performance, said: “The feedback we’ve received on the involvement of the Mobi-Unit has been very good. We worked with all four Academies at least twice this year and were very well received. It was also good to interact with the coaches there.” In the U19 B division, Boland and South Western Districts made it to the semi- finals before being eliminated from the competition. “Out of our group of 30 Academy players, a total of 28 played for our junior teams, while Ashley Esau played one Vodacom Cup match for the senior team and a couple of players also trained with our senior Absa Currie Cup team.” Willie Smal, the CEO of Boland, said the Saru Academy allowed his union to retain a lot of the young talent in the province and made a massive difference in Boland’s junior teams’ results this year. “It was superb to see how the Academies and the provinces co-operated this year, and I believe that is one of the many reasons why they were so successful. I’m confident we’ll see the positive effect at a higher level in the next couple of seasons.” “Our return on investment in the first year was massive and we really got off to a very positive start this year,” said Green. The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Thursday declared the first season of operation of its four Saru Rugby Academies – established last year in Border, Eastern Province, South Western Districts and Boland – a success.last_img read more

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Blake and friends bring pop-classical mix to stage

first_imgBlake catapulted to success in 2007 with the launch of their first album, Blake. Known for mixing pop, rock and classical music with rich harmony vocals, the public embraced their debut album and over 100 000 copies were sold in just three weeks – earning the four their first gold disc. (Image: Blake)• Sue HarrisUK PublicistRepublic Media+44 (0) 20 8960 [email protected] Jane CookBritish boy band Blake is to tour South Africa, joined by opera star Gardar Cortes and the renowned Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO).They will perform on 27 and 28 June, at six locations. The Brit Award winning trio will combine opera, classical, musicals and pop harmonies.Blake catapulted to success in 2007 with the launch of their first album, Blake. Known for mixing pop, rock and classical music with rich harmony vocals, the public embraced their debut album and over 100 000 copies were sold in just three weeks – earning the four their first gold disc. Their upbeat version of Swing Low was chosen as the official anthem of England rugby that year for the Rugby World Cup.In early 2008, the album won the prestigious Brit Award for Album of the Year, a huge honour for a group still less than a year old. Also that year, Blake released their highly anticipated second album, And So It Goes. It went straight in at number 12 on the UK pop charts and number one on several classical charts around the world.Cortes, an Icelandic tenor, was born into a musical family and trained as a singer in Vienna, Copenhagen and London. He has sung various leading tenors in operas, as well as a leading part in The Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End. His debut album in the UK, titled Cortes, was released in 2007 and entered the UK classical chart at number one.In joining the visitors, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra aims to challenge the perception that classical music performances are elitist and eurocentric, and appeal rather to a truly egalitarian, local audience.Classic crossoversBlake has a celebrity following of high-profile fans that include the British royal family, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, actors Kiera Knightley, Will Smith, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman, and singer Dame Shirley Bassey – the Blake boys did a special performance at her 70th birthday party.The group has made over 90 live concert appearances; they have toured China, the Philippines, Russia and the United States, and sung in the Olympic Stadium. Their first trip to China took in indoor stadium concerts in Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, and they performed live on television to 350 million viewers as the headline international act at the Shanghai International Film Festival.In 2013, Blake continued with their sell-out tours of Europe and the Philippines and early this year they made their New York City debut. Blake were proud supporters of and sang the theme song for the much publicised trek by Britain’s Prince Harry to the Antarctica to raise funds and awareness for Walking with the Wounded. They have sold over one-and-half-a-million albums internationally, and have performed on nearly 160 television shows around the world.Listen to Blake hereLeading tenorDescribed as “the James Bond of classical music”, Cortes had phenomenal success with his self-titled debut album, which was number one in Britain, as well as sell-out tours and a Classical Brit Award nomination in 2008.He has been nominated several times for the Icelandic Music Awards and the Icelandic Performing Arts Awards – and has been voted sexiest man in Iceland twice. He has sung across Scandinavia, and in Europe, the United States and Asia, as well as at the prestigious venues of the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He sang at one of the BBC’s top featured events, the Proms in the Park in front of 40 000 people. It was broadcast live to millions of viewers.Cortes has released classical and crossover albums in his native Iceland and the UK, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, reaching number one on the charts in South Africa and Taiwan.Listen to Gardar Cortes – Nessun Dorma hereWorld-class musicFormed by a group of committed, resilient musicians, the JPO was established in May 2000 following the demise of the National Symphony Orchestra. It strives to be nationally and internationally recognised as South Africa’s leading philharmonic orchestra, performing music that incorporates the greatest accomplishments of classical and South African music genres.During 2000, the JPO used its own scant financial resources to present 15 concerts that included three overseas guest conductors as well as world-renowned overseas artists. Since its inception, the orchestra has presented four symphony seasons every year, mostly with the assistance of corporate sponsorship, individual donations and ticket sales.In addition to its symphony concerts, the JPO has performed Queen: the Concert, The Joburg Pops, La Traviata and La Boheme for Opera Africa, Carmina Burana for the German government’s celebration of 10 years of democracy and Fauré’s Requiem for University of Johannesburg.In 2007, the JPO became a full-time orchestra with permanent musicians on yearly contracts. Two years later, it performed at the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. It also received funding for three years by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and provided the recordings for the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA Confederations Cup. In 2010, the JPO was asked once again to record for the FIFA World Cup opening and closing ceremonies.That same year, it celebrated its 10th birthday.Listen to the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra herelast_img read more

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Early Facebook Employees’ New Project Quora Opens to the Public

first_imgTags:#news#web ReadWriteWeb posted the first screenshots of the service in January, but Quora has been subject of intense press scrutiny ever since – while remaining accessible only through a loose invitation system.Meanwhile, Facebook itself is developing a Q&A system and is rumored to be engaged in a back-and-forth war of IP blocking between its employees and Quora’s. We’ve heard that there’s more animosity than that going on behind the scenes as well.Meanwhile, Quora has remained a small site building itself to ensure scalability when this time finally came. Public launch day was marked by a very nice write-up in the Wall St. Journal. Quora is a good little site, but it’s hard not to wonder if the hype, funding and press coverage is warranted given the traction-to-pedigree ratio.Those of us who have enjoyed using it among a select group of early adopters may find the new public Quora to be a different animal. That’s certainly what happened when the marginally-related Aardvark went from red-hot to Google acquired to uselessly swamped with half-baked questions from the Google-using public. (Sorry, it’s true!) Quora is closely tied in to the Facebook “social graph” of its users, something that may help it avoid Aardvark’s fate if if ever gets in front of a large number of people.Let’s see what you’ve got, Quora. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Real-time social Question and Answer service Quora has opened to the public after months of high-profile development in closed beta. The service was started by a group of early Facebook employees, most notably Facebook’s first CTO Adam D’Angelo. It’s a beautifully designed site but is entering a very crowded Q&A market.The company has raised millions of dollars in venture capital, at a very high valuation, and is rumored to be in a nasty spat behind the scenes with Facebook leadership. It’s also been a great place to get inside dirt on Silicon Valley startups. Ready to take a peak inside? The site is open to new users today. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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The Impact of Network Supports Among Military Caregivers with CSHCN

first_imgFarrell, A., , Bowen, G., & Swick, D. (2014). Network Supports Resiliency among U.S. Military Spouses with Children with Special Health Care Needs. Journal of Applied Family Studies , 63, 55-70.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on September 02, 2016. Our goal then is spouse/caregiver resiliency – the extent to which spouses know and use their individual and community resources, experience a meaningful connection to the service branch, and meet the challenges of military life. (Bowen & Martin, 2011). Nearly 2 million children and youth are military-connected; the largest group under 5 years of age, and it’s estimated that 20 percent or more have special needs (NIH & HSC Foundation, 2014). Understanding these families who have children with Special Healthcare Needs (CSHCN) can impact both formal and informal network support.Formal and informal networks can contribute to caregiver resiliency among mothers with CSHCN. Formal network supports are intentionally systems that include expert providers such as human service agencies.Like civilian caregivers, military caregivers rely most on informal network supports such as fellow unit members, spouses, neighbors, and family. Formal network supports for caregivers with CSHCN include early intervention programs, the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), TRICARE, and family readiness programs and support from military leaders.Effects of having CSHCN include: parenting stress, marital distress, and increased rates of divorce. Caregivers with CSHCN are more likely to experience hardships, even if income, education, and family structure are controlled. Like many caregivers, mothers of CSHCN are more likely to stop or reduce work. However, in a recent study from the Journal of Applied Family Studies found mothers with CSHCN experience significantly less formal and informal network support than their counterparts. More informal and formal network support was generally associated with higher resilience.Highlighting family assets and coping resources is a critical aspect of intervention programs for children with disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities oftentimes seek social support, although their social supports are relatively smaller and offer less support than families with developing children.Social supports may offset some economic and psychological costs that caregiver’s experience. It’s important that we strengthen our communities, making opportunities for children with disabilities to participate fully within the community.  We can distinguish between informal and formal networks using the social organization theory of community action and change, which can generate social capital and promote family resiliency.last_img read more

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