Bafana’s World Cup jersey unveiled

first_img12 November 2009Bafana Bafana’s 2010 Fifa World Cup™ jersey has been unveiled. According to jersey sponsors Adidas, South African and German teams spent two years designing the jersey, which includes the South African flag on the front and an African art print on the collar.The jersey is primarily yellow, with green trim, and includes 11 threads to symbolize diversity in unity, as well as modern interpretations of traditional South African artwork.There are two versions of the jersey, known as “Techfit skin-tight” and “Formotion”. Both include “climacool” technology, which helps to control sweating.Speaking at the release of the new strip at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena said: “It’s a beautiful jersey and we are quite comfortable in it.“We are excited that we were involved in the process when they were designing it. They made 21 different [designs] that we had to choose from.”It is Bafana’s 16th new jersey in the last 11 years, and the team and its fans are hoping it contains a little magic for football’s biggest showpiece.To help build the hype for the World Cup, and to get South African citizens behind the national team, Adidas have made a massive replica of the World Cup jersey, about 60 metres by 48 metres, which can be signed by the country’s citizens. It is meant to reflect their allegiance, along with that of the players.Mike Ntombela of Adidas says the replica jersey is already on sale throughout South Africa. It will retail for R599, while a t-shirt, similar in appearance to the jersey, will sell for R345.The new jersey will be worn for the first time on Saturday, when South Africa and Japan meet in a friendly at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Nottingham to Nottingham Travel Bug Race

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Trackable Week presents a new story Monday through Friday this week about creative ways to experience Trackables. Geocaching.com Trackables allow people to tag and track an item from geocache to geocache. Trackables typically come in three varieties, Geocoins, Travel Bugs® or Promotional Trackables like the Find the Gecko, Geico campaign. (Watch a video on Travel Bugs)See the bottom of this article for a place a share your Trackable stories, links to other Trackable stories and a limited time special offer for 30% of individual orders of Travel Bugs this week only (US costumers only). Check out Monday’s installment for Trackable Week: Nottingham to Nottingham Travel Bug Race By Kelly RanckThe geocaching community is becoming larger every day, but the global community is using geocaching to make our world increasingly smaller.EyeD1OT 4th2, U.S. Travel Bug competitorTake the Travel Bug, for example. Grab a small item, attach it to a Trackable keychain, assign it a destination and watch it travel across the globe as it is passed from geocacher to geocacher, most of whom are strangers to one another.As a way of bringing the geocaching community ever closer, Jacaru and Balrgn have created a Travel Bug race. The race challenges cachers to send Travel Bugs between Nottingham, United Kingdom and Nottingham, New Hampshire, United States. They organized a race which began over the weekend. It involves more than 90 Travel Bugs.According to Jacaru, the originator of the race, “It came about as I had been thinking that it would be good to organize a race between Nottingham here in the UK and another one abroad. We could then become the geocaching equivalent of twin towns.”Jacaru emailed a few geocachers in the Nottingham, U.S. area with his idea. Balrgn responded that he would gladly like to help out. Both geocachers worked with local reviewers to establish a Travel Bug hotel cache in each location.Cameron Tiede2, UK Travel Bug competitorThese Travel Bug hotel caches are the starting and finishing points for the race. They then started contacting local geocachers and asking whether they would like to enter a TB into the race. According to Jacaru, “Word soon got round and I had quite a few locals wanting to participate. The same happened over in New Hampshire.” By race day, they expect about 30 entrants from both locations.The organizers have created a Nottingham to Nottingham Travel Bug race blog where, once the launch promotional events finish and the two hotels go live, owners will be able to track their Travel Bugs as they race across the globe.“Entrants can go and find the hotel as a normal cache and pick up a bug. However, they cannot pick up their own bug,” says Jacaru. “The first bug to arrive at the UK hotel, and vice versa will win its owner a new specially designed Geocoin, only two of these coins have been made.”Nottingham, New Hampshire, U.S.Notthingham, UKFor more information, Jacaru and Balrgn have also created a Facebook page, where geocachers will receive weekly updates on the race.“This is turning into an exciting race that has really taken shape now and inspired people to join in,” says Jacaru.This is just one of the many examples of the ways in which geocachers are working to creatively build the geocaching community and promote involvement, with a hint of friendly competition.Quick tip alert: If you are racing several bugs at once, check out this helpful hint in our Knowledge Books. It gives you a code so that you can view the status of all of your TravelBugs on the same page.Click on the image for a 30% savings on orders of Travel Bugs (U.S. customers only)Additional Trackable Stories:Watch a soldier receive a Travel Bug tattoo.Read about a Travel Bug Rescue program.Share your Trackable storiescenter_img SharePrint RelatedBecome Trackable on Geocaching.com – Tattoos to Travel BugsSeptember 13, 2011In “Community”Trackable EtiquetteNovember 24, 2010In “Learn”The Center of the Trackable UniverseSeptember 15, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Adityanath kicks off U.P. urban body poll campaign from Ayodhya

first_imgDays after releasing a separate manifesto, a Sankalp Patr, for the municipal polls, a first for any party in the state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday kicked-off his poll campaign. His first stop was politically and symbolically significant, Ayodhya, which was elevated to the status of a municipal corporation after the BJP came to power in March.The Bharatiya Janata Party is going all out to campaign for the urban body polls in Uttar Pradesh in a bid to replicate the thumping win it registered in the Assembly elections eight months ago.Mr. Adityanath is expected to address more than three dozen rallies for the municipal polls, in a style similar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign strategy.Addressing a rally in Ayodhya, Mr. Adityanath accused the previous Samajwadi Party government of neglecting it and of trying to restrict and tarnish the “pehchaan” (identity) and grandeur of the town in the eyes of the world. Those who “discriminated with your identity”, can never be forgiven, he told voters in Ayodhya.Mocking the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, Mr. Adityanath said the two parties were struck by “electric current” each time he visited Ayodhya.“Ayodhya is a symbol of faith for us. Ayodhya is the land of maryada purshottam Shri Ram…Ayodhya should get back its glory,” the Chief Minister said. Traditionally strong in urban areas, the BJP secured 10 of the 12 mayor posts in 2012.This time mayoral elections will be held for 16 posts, with the inclusion of four new seats including Mathura (Vrindavan) and Ayodhya, names emphasized by Mr. Adityanath in his speech.While mentioning that his government had already inaugurated development projects worth ₹ 137 crore in Ayodhya, Mr. Adityanath promised more schemes after the polls. He claimed credit for restoring grand Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya and said that his government’s priority was to make the town “shine” and bring a smile to the face of every person who visited it. “Ayodhya gave Diwali to the world but Diwali disappeared from Ayodhya. We restored it,” he said.While appealing for votes for the BJP candidates, Mr. Adityanath followed up on the promise made by his party in the manifesto and said that a gaushala would be built in all major cities cater to stray cattle.After Ayodhya, Mr. Adityanath is expected to hold campaign rallies in all major centres of UP, including Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Muzaffarnagar, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Lucknow and Mathura, with more than two rallies per day on average.Polls would be held for over 650 posts, including 16 Mayors and 200 Nagar Palika Parishads, starting November 22 in three phases. Results will be declared on December 1.last_img read more

Ind vs Ned: India survive Dutch scare, win by 5 wickets

first_imgIndia beat the Netherlands by five wickets after being pushed to the wall by an inexperienced Dutch side in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 190, India started off in an explosive fashion with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag putting 69 for the first wicket.But Sehwag’s dismissal started a slide and at one stage India were 99/4 before Yuvraj Singh staged a revival and helped India home in the 37th over with 191/5 on board.After scoring a six and a four, Sehwag fell to left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar when he went for another big hit. He failed to clear Alexei Kervezee at point and India lost their first wicket on 69/1. He scored 39.But another wicket wasn’t far and the Dutch players got their man when Seelaar struck again to claim Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on 27. He fell for 80/2 in the first ball of the 10th over. He too went for an aerial shot but failed to clear the man in the deep.More celebrations followed even as the shell-shocked Indian spectators didn’t understand what was happening at the Kotla. For a few minutes later big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too fell and against it was Seelaar to the fore. India were 82/3. So Seelaar sent back two big players in one over.Another wicket and India were reduced to 99/4 in the 14th over and this time it was the Dutch captain’s turn to show his bowling prowess. He landed the ball on the off and it turned in to take the insides edge of Virat Kohli’s bat and shatter his stumps. He scored a partly 12.advertisementFinally Yuvraj Singh, who had scripted India’s victory against Ireland in the last match, and Gautam Gambhir tried to steady the Indian innings. The two batted with caution rotating the strike and helping India inch closer to the target, which had assumed mammoth proportions following early attacks. But, just when the spectators thought that the two might bat on till the end, Gambhir fell.A regulation ball from the Dutch medium-pacer Mudassar Bukhari, pitched outside the leg stump but Gambhir tried to work it away but missed and in the process the ball made its way towards his stumps. He fell for 28 and India went down to 139/5 on the first ball of the 24th over.Finally, Yuvraj Singh and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put on an unbeaten 52 for the sixth wicket as India won the match by five wickets.The Netherlands inningsEarlier, after electing to bat the Netherlands scored 189 and batted on till the 47th over even as the India bowlers tried hard to get the opposition wickets.The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bat. But, the plan failed as ‘minnows’ Netherlands managed to put just 189 on board despite a decent start.Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi forged 56-run first wicket partnership before leggi Piyush Chawla decided to come up with a fine googly to send him packing on 28. Surprisingly, the Dutch team pushed Eric Szwarczynski up the order in place of regular opener Alexei Kervezee.Then it was the turn of Yuvraj Singh to show his bowling prowess. He scalped the other opener Wesley Barresi with a turner that rapped on his pads and Barresi was walking back with an LBW written against his initials. He fell on 26 and Netherlands fell to 64/2.Post Barresi’s dismissal, Tom Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate got on with a partnership. However, Yuvraj wasn’t finished yet. He got the better of danger-man Ryan ten Doeschate to push the Netherlands to 99/3 on the first ball of the 29th over.The spinners and their day, so how could the paceman be far behind. Ashish Nehra took the strike in the 30th over to scalp Tom Cooper on 29. His away moving ball took the edge of Cooper’s bat to land in skipper M.S. Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps and the Ntherlands team were down to 100/4.Taking cue, Zaheer Khan too went for the kill and was rewarded with Bas Zuiderent’s wicket. The length ball landed on the off and curved into the batsman to hit his pads. The umpire raised the finger but the Dutch went in for the review. But, they failed to en cash it as the ball was clearly striking on the top of the stumps. Zuiderent fell without opening his account and Netherlands went down to 101/5.Soon the Dutch team came under pressure and at such a stage, a run out isn’t far away. And that’s what happened when Tom de Grooth got run out on 5 in Yuvraj’s over. Grooth was short of his crease by a mile and keeper Dhoni used all the time in the world to take his bails off. And Netherlands went down to 108/6.advertisementPiyush Chawla had more reason to celebrate as he struck back to claim Alexei Kervezee on 11 and the Netherlands fell to 127/7 in the 39th over.Surprisingly, the Dutch decided to take the Batting Powerplay in the 43rd over after they had lost their seven wickets. But, it didn’t really go in their favour as in a bid to up the tempo the Netherlands lost another wicket with Bradley Kruger getting run out in 43rd over.At death skipper Peter Borren and Mudassar Bukhari tried their best to raise the run rate in the Powerplay by hitting a few shots across the fence but it was too late to script a revival. Skipper Borren top scored with 38 on board before he fell to Zaheer Khan.last_img read more