Paris St-Germain’s ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to table a £12m bid for Blues and England star Ashley Cole, according to the Daily Mirror.Cole is believed to be a target for Ancelotti along with Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, while Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to take Raul Meireles to Real Madrid.Torres to Russia?The Mirror and the Daily Mail suggest another former Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink, is keen to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for bid-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.Anzhi are planning to offer £35m for Torres, the Mail say, while the Mirror claim it will be more like £45m.And The Sun claim Chelsea are ready to spend £35m on Real Madrid’s Argentine winger Angel Di Maria.The Mail also report that Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic will snub interest from CSKA Moscow and that Fulham are pressing ahead with a move for Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz as a potential replacement for Andy Johnson.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
24 November 2008After narrow victories over Wales and Scotland, the Springboks were expected to be pushed hard by England in their final test of the year on Saturday. As it happened, South Africa saved their best for last, crushing England 42-6 to hand them their biggest loss ever at Twickenham.The victory was built on a stubborn hard-hitting defence and opportunistic counter-attacking with a sharp edge.Captain John Smit said afterwards that South Africa won the battle of the advantage line: when the Boks had the ball they dented the line, while England were knocked backwards when they had the ball.Committed and ferociousThe image of England retaining possession but losing territory is one that will remain from the test; time after time they were repulsed by committed and ferocious gang tackling which earned the Springboks the upper hand at the collisions.England did well to force a number of turnovers – probably the area of South Africa’s game that was most concerning – but they were unable to do much with the ball they won because of the Boks’ fierce tackling.When England managed to get close to the South African tryline some outstanding defence stopped them crossing the whitewash; Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha came up with two of the best stops of the game, with England looking odds-on to score on both occasions.Attacking defenceA number of tries resulted from defence – attacking defence – as the Springboks ran in five tries to nil.Meanwhile, the experiment of converting Ruan Pienaar from scrumhalf to flyhalf proved to be an outstanding success. He performed well in all three of the Springboks’ tests on their tour and was very impressive at Twickenham.The suggestion by former Brumbies and Wallabies coach that Pienaar reminds him of Australian legend Stephen Larkham looks as if it could be accurate.Kick offEngland started the game with a grubber from the kick off. Schalk Burger managed to gather the ball, but the Springboks were penalised for going off their feet at the breakdown. Danny Cipriani stepped up and slotted the penalty to give the home team a 3-0 lead in the first minute.When Conrad Jantjes kicked off for the Boks, his kick went directly into touch. From the resulting scrum on the halfway line South Africa were penalised. After the unconvincing showings of the previous two weeks, Springbok supporters could have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be “one of those days”. However, the SA ship was soon righted.LevelCaptain Smit forced a penalty at a ruck by staying on his feet as he tried to win the ball while England held onto possession. Ruan Pienaar took a kick at goal and struck it sweetly to pull South Africa level at 3-3.The early scrums were a mess and after nine minutes referee Nigel Owens penalised the Boks at a set piece. England flyhalf Cipriani attempted a penalty from 49 metres out, but was short of the uprights.There was a heart-in-mouth moment for South African fans when Jantjes had a kick charged down inside the SA 22. Bryan Habana raced back to gather the ball, but conceded a five-metre scrum to the England.First tryFour minutes later the Springboks had turned defence into attack and forced a scrum near the England tryline. Pienaar made a half-break to force England onto the back foot. Then, when the ball was moved inside, Danie Rossouw ran onto it at pace, fought his way through three would-be tacklers and crashed over near the posts for the first try of the match.Pienaar knocked over the easy conversion to put the Springboks seven points clear at 10-3.The flyhalf was then solely responsible for South Africa’s next try when he charged down a kick by Cipriani, fielded the bouncing ball and ran through to score under the English uprights.His conversion increased the SA advantage to 17-3.Try-saving tackleThree minutes later England broke out after a swiftly taken penalty. Delon Armitage headed for the right hand corner, but Bakkies Botha with a superb effort and excellent cover defence, tackled him and forced the fullback to put a foot on the sideline only metres from the tryline as JP Pietersen arrived to assist him.Pienaar knocked over another penalty to put South Africa 20-3 ahead, but Cipriani answered with one for England to make the score 20-6.Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira was yellow-carded 10 minutes from the break for going off his feet at a ruck, leaving South Africa to play most of the rest of the half with only 14 men. England, though, could not take advantage of their numerical superiority.After the break England worked their way up to the South African tryline, but Victor Matfield made an outstanding tackle to turn back the English charge less than a metre short of the line.Sharp blowShortly afterwards the Boks struck a sharp blow in response to England’s attacking efforts. JP Pietersen made an incision into the England backline with a nice run before offloading to Adrian Jacobs who, with a sharp change of direction, wrong-footed Armitage and then held off the covering Paul Sackey to crash over for South Africa’s third try.Pienaar slotted the conversion to move South Africa into a 27-6 lead.Once again England worked their way up the field, but South Africa’s defence was stubborn and Bryan Habana stopped the home team in their tracks with an outstanding and powerful tackle.30 points upAfter an hour Jaque Fourie, on as a substitute, won SA a penalty and Pienaar made it 30-6.For the second time in the contest South Africa were reduced to 14 men when referee Owens deemed Jantjes guilty of obstruction as England sought a way through the stubborn Springbok defence. It appeared to be a dubious decision with replays indicating that Jantjes had merely stood his ground after the ball had been chipped over his head.With less than 10 minutes to go Francois Steyn almost created a fourth try for SA with a neat break. Habana was up in support and offloaded to Jean de Villiers, but he was brought down just short of the tryline.Fourth trySpringbok determination and doggedness was underlined four minutes from time when they once again blunted an England attack and turned the ball over. Steyn punted far downfield and Fourie chased. He arrived at the ball fractionally after Paul Sackey, but wrestled the ball from the England winger.Delon Armitage raced back to tackle Fourie, but he handed off the fullback, stumbled to his knees, regained his feet and ran through for South Africa’s fourth five-pointer. Steyn, whose kick had started the try-scoring movement, knocked over the conversion to extend the South African lead to 37-6.Habana scoresWith time running out the Springboks were awarded a free-kick, which they quickly moved wide. Good hands gave Habana some space and he dived over for Boks’ fifth try.Steyn was wide with the attempted conversion, but when the final whistle sounded straight after that South Africa had ended their three-match tour of the United Kingdom with a record 42-6 victory over England.Ironically, it was the same margin of victory as the Springboks achieved over the English in pool play at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, when they won 36-0.While most of England’s fans quietly left Twickenham, the Boks did a victory lap of the stadium, cheered on by the many South African fans in attendance.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Ray Maota Songezo Baleni, a B-Tech studentfrom DUT, received a Merit Awardfor his wedding ring design in thestudent category. Baleni named his woven ring design,“Love knot to last a lifetime”.(Images: DUT)MEDIA CONTACTS• Samantha VincentDUT: Jewellery Design Lecturer+27 72 115 8532 / +27 31 373 6675RELATED ARTICLES• SA academic elected to top council• Ground-breaking find by SA researcher• DUT offers online registration• Young writer to publish 18th bookJewellery design students from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have proven their creative worth by coming third in the PlatAfrica 2011 design competition.The competition, sponsored by Anglo Platinum (Amplats) in conjunction with Metal Concentrators and Johnson Matthey, culminated in an awards ceremony at Arena Royale in Fourways, Johannesburg, on 22 October 2011.The theme for this year’s event was “Platinum Romance” and the aspiring entrants had to romanticise platinum in their designs.The competition was open to professionals, students and design apprentices.Mary Jane Morifi, Amplats’ corporate affairs executive, said: “The PlatAfrica 2011 winners have all demonstrated that South Africa has some of the best platinum jewellery design talent in the world.“This year’s entries were of a very high calibre, and firmly reflected the platinum romance theme through an array of visually captivating and precisely crafted designs.”There were three parts to the competition: the professional category, which recognised the contributions of industry professionals; the student design category; and the student and professional collaboration category.The professional category was won by Noeline and Michael Angove, along with Kevin Palmer of Lazer Options; second was Wooshen Pillay from Woosh Designs Jewellery Studio; while Dorothea Annandale from Dorothea Annandale Studio was placed third.Wilma Greyling of Stellenbosch University took home the first prize in the student category, with Catherine Slade from the College of Cape Town coming second and Kieran Tinsley from Cape Peninsula University of Technology taking third place.The DUT designers came third in the student and professional collaboration category; Cape Peninsula University of Technology students led by professional designer Vassiliki Konstandakellis took honours; while the team from Mizane Jewellery, Ken Brandt and Donovan Johnston were runners-up.Team effortThe design team from DUT comprised Lungelo Dlamini, Sphelele Mbhatha, Jongani Mzukwa and Collin Ngiba. They were led by professional designer Vijay Shah of Vijay Shah Jewellers.Shah said: “After winning the professional category twice, I discovered I had a greater hunger to learn and share my knowledge. I have a long-standing relationship with the Department of Jewellery Design and I opted to mentor students and the outcome has been quite remarkable.”The jeweller won the designer category of the competition for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010.Shah holds a degree in Fine Art from the University of Durban-Westville and boasts 20 years of experience as an established designer.Samantha Vincent, DUT jewellery design lecturer, said: “We are extremely proud of our students’ performance. They have exhibited great skill and exceptional talent in their design and craftsmanship. Students worked on this competition for five weeks from conception to finished product.”The team won a cash prize of R8 000 (US$1 000) for being placed third, while Songezo Baleni, a BTech student at DUT, received a merit award for his woven wedding ring design in the student category.Baleni named his ring the Love knot to last a lifetime and said he hoped this was the first award of more to come for his woven jewellery.DUT has taken part in the competition since 2006, and in 2009 included it into its third-year Work Integrated Learning curriculum.Romanticising platinumThe DUT team’s design theme was “For richer, for poorer” which envisioned a marriage between a middle-class man and an upper-class woman.“Together we created five unique pieces as part of our range, ‘For Richer, for Poorer’. My professional input assisted students with their design concepts and technical construction of their pieces,” said Shah.Ngiba made cufflinks for the father of the bride and called them Sabiduría, which is Spanish for wisdom. Mbatha made the groom’s wedding ring, Dlamini created a brooch for the groom’s brother and called it Flor, which is Spanish for flower; while Mzukwa made the bride’s ring and named it Te Amo, Spanish for I love you.The students’ designs were complemented by a hair ornament for the bride’s mother from Shah. Shah called his design Diva.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIn what has been a tale of two Ohio growing seasons, the state’s corn crop has seen a widely divergent set of challenges, but may have similar harvest challenges that need to be monitored closely this harvest season.While some northern corn suffered from delayed planting, excessive moisture and then dry conditions that could lead to stalk integrity concerns this fall, the lush growing conditions in the southern two-thirds of the state led to a nearly ideal early season for corn (and diseases).“From U.S. 30 south seems to have a lot higher incidence of gray leaf spot (GLS) compared to what I’ve seen in the north,” said Roy Ulrich, DEKALB Asgrow technical agronomist. “We had GLS start on corn a lot earlier than we have typically seen. Last year we really didn’t start to see GLS until the middle or end of July in southern Ohio. This year we started picking up GLS at the end of June or first of July — almost a full month ahead of last year. This wasn’t a big surprise because we had the heat and then we had all that rain in June so we had plenty of moisture to get GLS to sporulate, get inoculum on the plants and start infecting fields. It was probably the highest GLS pressure I have seen in my 9-year career. It was pretty aggressive.”As temperatures dropped off a little later in the summer it changed the corn disease dynamic.“We hit the end of July and early August and temperatures relaxed. We saw GLS slow down. It was still out there at high levels but now we have seen northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) pick up in some areas,” Ulrich said. “Disease pressure is a lot higher than what we typically see, but we still see differences as to how severe that disease pressure is within products and between fields based on how they lay and their rotation.”Those summer conditions will have an impact on harvest this fall.“Early disease pressure put stress on the plant from a photosynthetic standpoint so it couldn’t produce as much energy as it would like to and, when you couple that with the really high nighttime temperatures that increase respiration rates, the plant was burning more energy than usual. Those plants could have cannibalized some of their stalks early in the season trying to get enough nutrients to move to the ear for grain fill,” Ulrich said. “We have a scenario where we could have some stalk integrity issues going into the fall. Any of those fields with higher disease pressure are at higher risk because the plant wasn’t able to produce as much energy during grain fill. Then August completely flipped the weather pattern on us and the plants may not have cannibalized the stalks like they would have if the high temperatures would have continued.”Pest issues could also contribute to stalk concerns this harvest.“In corn-after-corn fields, it was easy to find corn rootworm beetles. Rotated acres are more hit and miss. In some rotated non-traited fields we definitely saw more beetles than we have in recent years, but other areas we didn’t see it,” Ulrich said. “The corn-after-corn fields were pretty much at economic levels this year, but those corn-after-soybean fields, I am not sure.”At this point in the season, to get the most out of the 2018 corn crop, it needs to be monitored statewide for stalk integrity and for any late introduction of ear rots. Harvest needs to be prioritized accordingly, for corn in northern or southern Ohio. This column was contributed by Ohio’s Country Journal for DEKALB
CamerasHonestly, we’re going to zip past this section. I know cameras are cool and fun to look at, but to be totally transparent, they’re the least of your worries. Lenses and lighting take your cinematic image so much further than the camera you use. Personally, I film on the Sony A7III, and it’s done wonders for me. My thoughts are if you buy a DSLR that’s come out within the last two to four years, you’re most likely getting something solid.LensesYou’ll need a lens, but which one?My best ROI on any lens has been a telephoto 70-200 mm f/2.8.Image via Canon.This is dynamite for parties, weddings, corporate interviews, and just about any shoot requiring a “cinematic look.” If there’s one piece of gear that will make you money, this is the one to invest in.The next lens on the list would be a decent wide angle. Anything from an eleven to sixteen or a sixteen to thirty-five will be perfect! Wide angles can get quite expensive but are really useful for capturing real estate video, event venue coverage, or even vlogging.StabilizersLet’s rip off the band-aid. Do you get a gimbal or not? I say yes! This is the one piece of equipment that is a cinematic Swiss Army knife. A gimbal can produce a range of different shots from Steadicam- to slider-style. If you want to learn more, check out this video I made on gimbal movement:If you’re looking at buying a gimbal I recommend the Ronin S.TripodsYou need a tripod! They may be a prehistoric piece of gear but it’s a must for any filmmaker picking up gigs. They last forever and are total lifesavers for events, time lapses, and interview shoots.DronesYou don’t need a drone, but they’re great pieces of gear that make money back! I’ve been hired time and time again because I own a drone and can capture unique footage on it.Cover image via Zark Fatah.Looking for more tutorials on filmmaking and video equipment? Check these out.Production Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on SetTutorial: Getting Started with Content-Aware Fill in After EffectsVideo Editing 101: Using The J, K, and L Key Editing Shortcuts When it comes to working as a filmmaker for a living, what are the best gear investments to make money rather than lose it? Here are a few must-haves.As a freelance filmmaker, there’s nothing more daunting than investing in gear. When all is said and done, after purchasing all the accessories — from camera to tripod — you’re looking at a minimum price tag of 5K. Let’s face it, the laundry list of lenses, stabilizers, cameras, and additional accessories can easily break the bank — before you make a single dime. So, when it comes to working as a filmmaker for a living, what equipment should you invest in to make money, rather than lose it?(A brief disclaimer: The list below is just my personal opinion. Each piece of equipment has been a solid investment for me. That being said, this list doesn’t disregard the value of other pieces gear on the market.) Let’s get into it.
Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad’s younger son Tejashwi Prasad Yadav was at the receiving end of the Opposition ire on Monday after pictures of his 30th birthday celebration in a chartered plane went viral on social media.In the pictures, Mr. Tejashwi is seen with his close aides Sanjay Yadav and Mani Yadav and Lalu Prasad’s associate Bhola Yadav. However, the day when and where these pictures were clicked is not yet known.Lashing out at Mr. Tejashwi, Bihar BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand said: “These leaders were born with silver spoons, they not only make fun of the poor but are also the black spots in the name of a political party.” The RJD leader had on Saturday celebrated his birthday by planting 30 saplings at his 1, Polo Road bungalow here. He also cut a 30-pound cake during the bash, which was attended by senior RJD functionaries. The RJD, however, defended Mr. Tejashwi. “The Opposition parties are suffering from Tejashwiphobia. Why can’t a leader who talks about the poor celebrate his birthday?” said RJD spokesperson Mrityunjaya Tiwari.