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Fistball’s finest come to South Africa for World Cup

first_imgCD AndersonThe little known but ancient sport of fistball is gaining popularity among South Africans looking for an active pastime that is a little different and a lot of fun. Their passion for the sport has culminated in the hosting of the fistball World Cup in Cape Town on 14 and 15 October 2016.What is fistball?Described as a faster, more aggressive version of volleyball, fistball dates back to 240AD. The sport became popular again in 16th century Italy, where the rules of the game were first officially devised and recorded.Watch and learn the game’s rules:During the late 19th century, fistball became popular in Germany, whose emigrants then spread the game to the rest of the world, including South America and West Africa.It was introduced into the United States in 1911, where it enjoyed small but enthusiastic support at some of the country’s youth summer camps.A world governing body was formed in 1960, which began holding international championship tournaments for men and women every four years. The sport is dominated by German-speaking countries such as Switzerland and Namibia (which won the 1995 championship), and South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina. Fistball is also part of the alternative, non-Olympic sports event, the World Games.By 2014, countries such as Australia, India and South Africa had started competing in the sport.The GaljoensMeet the stars of South African fistball: Dr Strangeglove, Moerfist, Mr Fistievous and the rest of team:The first South African team, and later the Fistball Association of South Africa (Fasa), was started in 2014 by Capetonian Leif Petersen, who was looking for an alternative sport to play as a way to make his mark representing his country.Petersen told the Mail & Guardian in 2015: “It’s always been every kid’s dream to play for their country, and as I gradually came to the realisation that I would never get the nod for the Proteas cricket team, I had to find a smaller pond where I could be a bigger fish.”Petersen brought together an eclectic group of local sport enthusiasts from all walks of life, including artists, business professionals, conservationists and refugees, to form the sport’s first amateur fistball team: the Galjoens, named after South Africa’s national fish.@FistballSA #MightyGaljoens Dr Strangeglove Moerfist & Mr Fistievous watch SA’s finest fistballing talent @ #FistballWorldCup 14-16Oct CTown pic.twitter.com/WM9KX3H2h1— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016Playing in public parks with rudimentary equipment fashioned from safety barrier tape and tent poles, the sport proved to be a fun but gruelling way to bring together a variety of South Africans and combine their love of sport with good humour and ham-fisted puns.Soon other teams formed around Cape Town, including the Kaapse Fisters, the North Beach Knuckle-Dusters and Goldfister. The first annual South African championship, the aptly named Fistivus, was held in 2015.The Galjoens also took part in their first world championship, held in Argentina in November 2015. They finished last, but according to Petersen, a lot of fun was had at the tournament and the players learnt a lot about how the game was played on a global level.The Fistball World Cup8 days away before the kick-off of the @IFA_Fistball Men’s #Fistball World Cup! 14 & 15 October at Vygieskraal Sports Ground ? #faustball pic.twitter.com/N9T6V8VygP— FistballSouthAfrica (@FistballSA) October 6, 2016At the end of 2015, Petersen received approval from the fistball world governing body in Germany to hold a World Cup tournament, bringing the best fistball club teams in the world to compete in Cape Town on 14 and 15 October 2016.The event will be held at the Vygieskraal Sports Ground, Belgravia, Cape Town, and will feature visiting clubs from Germany, Brazil and Argentina. The tournament will also debut the long-awaited documentary on the unconventional story of fistball in South Africa, featuring interviews with players and highlights of all the local teams in action.For more information, visit the Fistball Association of South Africa Facebook page.Source: Mail & Guardian / Fistball Association of South AfricaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

African nations seeks ways to stop flow of refugees to South Africa

first_img10 November 2014A three-day Migration Dialogue conference was organised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tanzania from 7 November 2014, to respond to the ever-evolving and complex dynamics of migration flows from the Horn of Africa, through Kenya and Tanzania to South Africa.Some 24 senior representatives from the governments of Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Ethiopia, and from IOM and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), met in Zanzibar to discuss the migration challenges facing the region and how to address them. The event was funded by Japan, as part of IOM’s Voluntary Return Assistance to Migrants in Tanzania project.International migratory movements in Africa have become more complex and mixed in recent years, with flows comprising asylum seekers, refugees and irregular migrants. The exodus of migrants from the Horn of Africa (mainly Ethiopia) to South Africa is a central issue.Each year, thousands of mainly young Ethiopians risk their lives in an attempt to reach South Africa, where they hope to establish better lives for themselves and their families. Migrants often sacrifice their life savings to pay smugglers amounts of up to $4 000 (about R45 000) to facilitate the journey.Human smuggling has become a thriving multi-billion dollar industry, which feeds off people’s desperation to improve their lives. Migrants are loaded into trucks by smugglers or left in “safe” houses in the jungle in Tanzania for days or weeks without food or water. Kenya and Tanzania are significant transit countries and many migrants are intercepted by the authorities en route.“Migrants are above all human beings and have the same human rights as anyone else. They should not be exposed to situations in which their lives are threatened. But the root causes of migration from the Horn to South Africa must be addressed by the governments concerned in order to come up with sustainable solutions to this migration crisis,” said Damien Thuriaux, IOM’s chief of mission in Tanzania.The meeting followed a 2010 regional conference on refugee protection and international migration, during which 13 African states met to discuss mixed movements and irregular migration from the East, Horn and Great Lakes sub-regions to Southern Africa.IOM’s Voluntary Return Assistance to Migrants in Tanzania project has returned over 220 detained Ethiopian migrants this year so far, and is planning to return a total of up to 800 by the end of the year. Since 2009, IOM Tanzania has helped over 2 500 Ethiopian detainees to return home.Source: APOlast_img read more

RMLD Discontinues Smartphone App Following Launch Of New MobileFriendly Website

first_imgREADING, MA — The Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) will discontinue the use of its smartphone app effective July 31, 2018. The app was initially launched because RMLD’s old website had limited mobile compatibility. The app provided a means for customers to interact with RMLD via their smartphone. This access is now available through RMLD’s new mobile-friendly website, www.rmld.com.RMLD’s new website contains information on RMLD programs and events, energy efficiency tips, allows customers to pay their electric bill, report an outage, and sign up for service, and displays RMLD’s Twitter feed prominently at the top of the page.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”last_img read more

Cricket Wireless customers can earn bill credits by viewing ads

first_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read the Rylo camera preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Rylo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read Google Home Hub review Tags $299 at Amazon Comments $210 at Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 7 Best Buy Phonescenter_img 0 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon $520 at HP See It Cricket is launching a new ad-based rewards program. Cricket Wireless Cricket Wireless and mobile rewards developer Adfone are rolling out a rewards app and program called Ad It Up, the companies said Tuesday. Using the app, Cricket Wireless customers across the US can choose to view ads on their phone and, in return, earn points that can be redeemed for bill credits. The Ad It Up app will come “preloaded on millions of select Cricket Android phones,” the companies said, but customers can choose to opt in or out from their devices. When customers register for the program, they’ll be asked to choose their interests so the program can show them targeted ads. “This deployment represents a sizable opportunity for both advertisers reaching Cricket customers as well as telecom companies looking to build and generate revenue in revolutionary ways,” Adfone CEO Brian Boroff said in a release. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate $6 at Tidal $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Apple iPhone XS Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Cricket,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET $999 Turolast_img read more

Bengaluru Bulls start title defence with victory over Patna Pirates in PKL

first_imgIANS In a match where the defence of the defending champions came to the party, defending champions Bengaluru Bulls recorded an impressive 34-32 win over 2017 champions Patna Pirates. What made the match special was the great performance by the defenders of the Bengaluru side who inflicted as many as four Super Tackles in the match on the raiders of Patna despite the presence of superstar Pardeep Narwal in the team. This match was regarded as a battle between the two star raiders in each side – Pardeep for Pirates and Pawan Sehrawat, the star of last year’s season, for the Bulls. While both did play their part and Pardeep scored 10 points while Pawan 9, in the end it was the solid defending team of Amit Sheoran, Ashish Sangwan and Mahender Singh which produced the main ingredient of the win. It was in the second half that these players showed their mettle as they kept foiling Patna’s attempts to increase their lead through Super Tackles after Super Tackles. Even the might Pardeep, otherwise an unstobbale force had a lean time for most part of the second half. Sehrawat, expected to deliver a big performance struggled in the first half and first part of the second half but then came into form and started to score important points. This sealed Bulls’ victory.last_img read more