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first_img Community News Top of the News Do you know the difference between plaid and a tartan? Learn more about this special pattern before doing your own patterned kilt. Traditional kilts are tartan but newer, more modern kilts come in many different colors and patterns.A tartan design generally describes is a pattern of intersecting stripes that run horizontally and vertically through a woven fabric – usually wool or some other warm textile. This design makes a plaid pattern, and is the reason why it’s often referred to as “family plaid” in North America. Tartans are used to make kilts, skirts and other accessories. They are the most popular in Scotland and Ireland.Tartan designs are native to Scotland Ireland and usually specific to a clan, family or district. Though its origins are not entirely clear, it is likely that the clan tartan we know today evolved from the district tartan. Consider that the local weaver would produce a length of cloth and the residents of that area would all wear the same plaid. Since clans and families also tended to be regional, the tartan would then come to represent the family in that area.Today tartans are worn as a national Scottish outfit but are also available to buy for anyone who fancies one.For more kilt advice and a custom fitting visit Off Kilter Kilts at 2610 East Colorado Boulevard Pasadena. Call them at (626) 817-9999 or visit www.offkilterkilts.com for more information. Make a comment 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Community News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Cover Story What is Tartan? From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | 11:51 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Courts Should Inform Accused About Their Right To ‘Default Bail’ Once It Accrues: SC [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesCourts Should Inform Accused About Their Right To ‘Default Bail’ Once It Accrues: SC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 Oct 2020 9:30 PMShare This – x”Such knowledge­s-sharing by magistrates will thwart any dilatory tactics by the prosecution”The Supreme Court has observed that Courts should inform the accused of the availability of their indefeasible right to avail ‘default bail’ once it accrues to them.The objects of Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure are subsets of the overarching fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21, the bench comprising Justices UU Lalit, Mohan M. Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has observed that Courts should inform the accused of the availability of their indefeasible right to avail ‘default bail’  once it accrues to them.The objects of Section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure are subsets of the overarching fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21, the bench comprising Justices UU Lalit, Mohan M. Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran said in a judgment delivered on Monday. The bench also observed that if the Court deliberately does not decide the bail application but adjourns the case by granting time to the prosecution, it would be in violation of the legislative mandate.The court said that provision of ‘default bail’ is for ensuring a fair trial, expeditious investigation and trial, and setting down a rationalized procedure that protects the interests of indigent sections of society. Referring to the decision in Rakesh Kumar Paul v. State of Assam, (2017) 15 SCC 67, the court observed:”As a cautionary measure, the counsel for the accused as well as the magistrate ought to inform the accused of the availability of the indefeasible right under Section 167(2) once it accrues to him, without any delay. This is especially where the accused is from an underprivileged section of society and is unlikely to have access to information about his legal rights. Such knowledge­s-haring by magistrates will thwart any dilatory tactics by the prosecution and also ensure that the obligations spelled out under Article 21 of the Constitution and the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the CrPC are upheld.”The court also reiterated that the issuance of notice to the State on the application for default bail filed is only so that the Public Prosecutor can satisfy the Court that the prosecution has already obtained an order of extension of time from the Court; or that the challan has been filed in the designated Court before the expiry of the prescribed period; or that the prescribed period has actually not expired. The prosecution can accordingly urge the Court to refuse granting bail on the alleged ground of default. The court said:”Such issuance of notice would avoid the possibility of the accused obtaining default bail by deliberate or inadvertent suppression of certain facts and also guard against multiplicity of proceedings. However, Public Prosecutors cannot be permitted to misuse the limited notice issued to them by the Court on bail applications filed under Section 167(2) by dragging on proceedings and filing subsequent applications/reports for the purpose of ‘buying extra time’ and facilitating filling up of lacunae in the investigation by the investigating agency.”The court also deprecated the practice of prosecutors filing additional complaint before the concerned court o defeat the indefeasible right of the accused to be released on bail.”If such a practice is allowed, the right under Section 167(2) would be rendered nugatory as the investigating officers could drag their heels till the time the accused exercises his right and conveniently files an additional complaint including the name of the accused as soon as the application for bail is taken up for disposal. Such complaint may be on flimsy grounds or motivated merely to keep the accused detained in custody….Irrespective of the seriousness of the offence and the reliability of the evidence available, filing additional complaints merely to circumvent the application for default bail is, in our view, an improper strategy.”Case: M. Ravindran vs. The Intelligence Officer, CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 699 OF 2020Coram: Justices Uday Umesh Lalit, Mohan M. Shantanagoudar and Vineet SaranCounsel: Adv Arunima Singh, ASG Aman LekhiClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Renovation of Smith Field marks many improvements

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh were on hand at the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday that marked the upcoming renovation of the historic William F. Smith Field in Allston.The $6.5 million renovation will include improvements to the playground and sports fields, new walking paths, a splash pond, a street hockey court, and a spacious amphitheater where performances can be staged year-round. Plans also call for increased opportunities to display public art, as well as for several street improvements along Western Avenue.Harvard continues to be a strong partner in helping advance Walsh’s commitment to creating and maintaining world-class parks, as well as his plans for encouraging creative uses for public space.The renovation project is expected to be completed by in the fall of 2018. Artist rendering: Stantec“Smith Field is a special place in the heart of an extraordinary community,” said Faust. “Public parks provide an important reminder of our responsibilities to our environment, to our neighborhoods, and to each other. I know that a newly renovated Smith Field will continue to strengthen the ties of campus and community that are so meaningful to both Harvard and to our neighbors in Allston.”Echoing Faust’s statements, Walsh said, “Parks and green spaces are gems in our communities. Whether residents use it for a game of soccer, a quiet place to take a walk or study, or see a performance at the amphitheater, I have no doubt that Smith Field will be treasured by all those in Allston.“Thank you to President Faust and Harvard for stepping up to make this new, dynamic public space a reality,” he addedThe community, the city, and Harvard deemed the renovation of Smith Field a high priority during the 2013 Institutional Master Plan (IMP) and community benefits master planning process.At the same time, the city of Boston approved a significant capital expense to fund a Smith Field master planning process and a $3.3 million renovation. The regulatory approval for the Continuum project also included $500,000 in community benefits to improve the field.The Boston Parks and Recreation Department launched a public master planning process in 2015, which included a comprehensive series of public meetings to refine the scope, design, and cost of the project. The Harvard-Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund approved $185,000 to expand the scope of the first phase of the project and pay for its design.In March 2016, the Flexible Fund approved $1.9 million to fully fund the first phase of construction, which will renovate two-thirds of the park. Harvard contributed an additional $700,000 to implement a connective pathway network (known as Longfellow Path) around the edges of the park, fulfilling a community benefit commitment associated with the 2008 Science Cooperation Agreement.The Public Realm Flexible Fund Executive Committee is responsible for developing and administering the public process associated with the distribution of Harvard’s $5.35 million local grant program. The grants are directed to community groups for improvements to the public realm.Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh (from left) with Gen. George Casey Jr. and President Drew Faust. Walsh thanked Faust and Harvard for “stepping up to make this new, dynamic public space a reality.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“The investment in Smith Field is an investment in our shared future,” said Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president. “When completed, Smith Field will help us continue to foster a strong sense of community, and will continue to show us what is possible when the city, the community, and Harvard collaborate together for the common good.”In 2016, the Boston Parks Commission voted to name the new amphitheater for Maj. Gen. George Casey, an Allston native and war hero who died while in service in Vietnam. Casey’s son, George Casey Jr., a retired U.S. Army general who served as the commanding general of the Multinational Force-Iraq from 2004–2007, and as the 36th chief of staff to the U.S. Army 2007–2011, was on hand for the ceremony.“Maj. Gen. Casey lived a life of heroic service and complete and unconditional sacrifice.He was one of us and he must continue to be one of us — part of our history, our consciousness, and our identity,” said Brian Golden, director of the Boston Planning & Development Agency. “Whether you are new to this neighborhood or you have been here for your whole life, this memorial will ask you a simple question — are you living a life today that is worthy of his sacrifice?”The 14-acre park was established in the 1890s and is named for William F. Smith, who was killed during World War I. It is located on Western Avenue, across from the Harvard Ed Portal and adjacent to the Continuum building at Barry’s Corner, and has long been a community cornerstone.The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.last_img read more

Lionel Messi is above Ronaldo, CR7, Ronaldinho – Xavi

first_imgRead Also: Barcelona vice president tests positive for COVID-19“He is a player who, if you convince him, he can even be a brilliant defender. He has physical and mental speed. He has everything,” Xavi told Ara.“If you convince him to run, what will the others do? They will run twice as much.”Prior to the suspension of La Liga, Quique Setien’s side had reclaimed top spot, with Real Madrid trailing them by two points.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the best player of all-time while Ronaldinho belongs among the greats, according to Xavi.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistTop 10 Nations That Are Most Difficult To Invade14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Xavi, currently manager of Qatari club Al Sadd, has been linked with returns to Barcelona as manager and recently declared it is something he’d like to do when he could be given complete control.“I am clear that I want to return to Barcelona, I am very excited,” Xavi told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. “Now that I have seen myself coaching I think I can bring things to the players.“But I made it clear to them that I saw myself in a project that started from zero and in which the decision-making was mine.“I would like to work together with people in whom I have confidence, with whom there is loyalty and who are very valid people. There can’t be anyone toxic around the dressing room.”Xavi has previously stressed that getting the most out of Messi was key to coaching Barcelona successfully. Loading… His former team-mate, Xavi, has no doubt the Argentina international is the greatest player ever.“Ronaldinho is at the level of the best, perhaps what he lacked was constancy,” the Al-Sadd coach told Globo Esporte.“Perhaps he lacked constancy in being at his peak. For me, only Messi is above Ronaldinho because of the constancy of the last few years.”Xavi added: “Messi is the best in history, but Ronaldinho is with the best. The rest follow.“He [Ronaldinho] is with the best – with Ronaldo ‘Fenomeno’, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, that group.”Messi had scored 24 goals in 31 games this season before football around the world was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Messi is a record six-time Ballon d’Or winner and is considered among the modern-day greats, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.last_img read more

Best to lead Ireland on tour

first_imgRory Best will lead Ireland’s 28-man squad for their tour to the United States and Canada after being overlooked by the British and Irish Lions. Press Association “We have selected a squad who have the right mix of youth and experience and I’m really looking forward to working with them over the next few weeks,” acting head coach Les Kiss said. “USA and Canada have improved enormously since the 2011 World Cup and we know we will be in for two tough Test matches.” Ireland squad: Forwards: R Best (Ulster, capt), T Court (Ulster), D Fitzpatrick (Ulster), J Hagan (Leinster), I Henderson (Ulster), C Henry (Ulster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), M McCarthy (Connacht), K McLaughlin (Leinster), T O’Donnell (Munster), P O’Mahony (Munster), M Ross (Leinster), M Sherry (Munster), R Strauss (Leinster), D Toner (Leinster), D Tuohy (Ulster). Backs: I Boss (Leinster), D Cave (Ulster), R Henshaw (Connacht), P Jackson (Ulster), F Jones (Munster), I Madigan (Leinster), K Marmion (Connacht), P Marshall (Ulster), F McFadden (Leinster), S Olding (Ulster), A Trimble (Ulster), S Zebo (Munster). center_img Best was expected to be in action in Australia this summer, but was left out by Lions head coach Warren Gatland in favour of England’s Dylan Hartley. The Ulster hooker, who was also captain of Ireland’s tour in 2009, leads a squad containing six uncapped players in scrum-half Kieran Marmion, centre Stuart Olding, scrum-half Paul Marshall, full-back Robbie Henshaw, prop Jamie Hagan, openside Tommy O’Donnell and hooker Mike Sherry. last_img read more

La Liga Eaglets Thrill NFF

first_imgNigeria Football Federation (NFF) is thrilled by the progress of some players discovered at the 2017 NPFL/ La Liga U15 Tournament into the Golden Eaglets team that came fourth in the just concluded Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania.This was disclosed by Mallam Shehu Dikko, the 2nd Vice President of the NFF and Chairman of League Management Company, who added that the partnership between the LMC and La Liga is to create platforms that will develop Nigerian young players into playing for NPFL clubs, national teams like the U17, U20, U23, the Super Eagles and possibly for clubs abroad. He stated that the Federation is satisfied with the trio of Akinkunmi Amoo, Olakunle Olusegun and Shedrack Tanko that featured for the Eaglets at the cadet AFCON.“We are happy that some of the players that featured at the first edition of NPFL/La Liga U15 tournament are already making progress. Some of them are in the U17 National Team and it shows that the players are developing and taking their game to the next level. We want to have more players progress to the next level of their careers,” Dikko told thenff.com “We are also interested in seeing these players feature for some NPFL clubs as well. We want to see these players progress to play for U17, U20, U23 and in the Super Eagles. If we are consistently doing this, the future of Nigeria football is very bright.“That is the plan all over the world. You can see players developing at the UEFA U21 Champions League and Premier League U21 and the LMC started with U15, hoping that in the future, we will move to other age levels with our partnership with La Liga,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Shehu Dikkolast_img read more

67 to stand trial as Berbice Assizes criminal session opens

first_imgThe Berbice Assizes February session opened on Thursday with the traditional march pass and inspection of the Guard of Honour but more importantly, with the announcement that sixty-seven persons are listed to have their trial heard.Justice Brassington Reynolds will preside over the Assizes. Of the sixty-seven persons to stand trial, seven persons were indicted for murder.The seven accused – Winston Benjamin, Lincoln Odell, Viay Rickbarran, Mark Edwards, Rafiek Nazanadeen, and Leonard Allen have all indicated their intentions to plead to the lesser count of manslaughter.Justice Brassington Reynolds inspecting a Guard of HonourThe February session is expected to run until June. The first case to be called is that of 38-year-old Wilbert Alphanso of Rose Hall Town, Corentyne.He faces one count of rape of a girl under the age of 16 and one count of sexual penetration of a girl under the age of sixteen. The acts were allegedly committed between July and October 2016.Alphanso objected to five members of the jury claiming that they knew him personally. Attorney-at-law Charlene Artiga is representing Alphanso while the State’s case is being presented by Attorney-at-law Mondale Moore.Alphanso pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecution will call its first witness on Wednesday next when the matter continues.Meanwhile, awaiting trial at the New Amsterdam Prison are sixty-eight males and two females who are listed to stand trial for murder. Four are down for attempted murder, one for sexual penetration, one for rape and one for unlawful malicious wounding.Two persons have been in the prison awaiting trial for the past four years while one man has been there for over five years. He was committed to stand trial for murder. 55 others have been incarcerated for less than a year.Of those in the prison awaiting trial for murder, ten are between the ages of 17 and 20 years old. Meanwhile, Justice Reynolds said he hopes to get through a significant number of the cases which are pending.last_img read more

South African rugby in 2004

first_img10 January 2005South African rugby in 2003 and South African rugby in 2004 belonged not one year apart – there were light years between them. Thankfully for the game’s legions of fans, the shift in fortunes was in the right direction.The aftermath of the World Cup failure in 2003 and questions of racism in the sport led to a changing of the guard that runs the game, and a change of Springbok coach that most would surely agree has proved to be a great success.Brian van Rooyen took over from Rian Oberholzer as CEO of Sarfu. While his autocratic style and occasional about-faces on issues have not endeared him to all, it cannot be denied that the game is in a healthier state under Van Rooyen than it was before he took over at the top.The decision to appoint Jake White to coach the Springboks proved to be a masterstroke. From an atmosphere of distrust – an “us against them” laager mentality – and poor results on the field, the Boks have evolved into a united team that has produced the kind of results that the demanding South African rugby fan, justifiably or unjustifiably, demands.2004 brought with it South Africa’s second Tri-Nations title in the tightest-fought competition to date as each team won twice at home and lost twice away from home.The Springboks, though, came close away from home and, very encouragingly, found an attacking edge that saw them top the try-scoring charts and with that earn enough bonus points to sneak the win ahead of Australia, with New Zealand in third place.It was, indeed, a remarkable turnaround from the directionless, angry rugby of 2003.Let’s take a closer look at the stars of 2004.Player of the Year: Schalk BurgerThis choice is an easy one. It is hard to argue with the four major awards the all-action blond-haired flanker won. Burger was named South African Player of the Year, the International Rugby Players’ Association’s (IRPA) Player of the Year and the IRPA Best Newcomer, as well as – the cherry on the top – the IRB International Rugby Player of the Year.So, why did he win all those awards? Probably at the top of the list of reasons would be Burger’s performances in the Tri-Nations when, up against some of the finest loose forwards in the game, he dominated the competition with powerful, industrious and effective performances that many would have thought impossible for such a big man (1.93 metres tall and 106 kilograms).The man dubbed “the Incredible Schalk” added a new dimension to the play of loose-forwards just when it seemed the standard couldn’t really be improved on.After all, in the Tri-Nations alone, there were already recognised world-class players such as George Smith, Phil Waugh, Richie McCaw and Marty Holah. Yet Burger, at age 21, turned the Tri-Nations on its head.He also enjoyed a very good Super 12 competition, but his play suffered later in the year when the Springboks undertook yet another end-of-season tour – this time of the United Kingdom and Argentina – that drained the last bit of energy left in the tired bodies of players who had begun their competitive fixtures way back at the end of February.One must question, as has been done many times before, the wisdom of such tours.Special mention: Victor MatfieldVictor Matfield and Jake White got off to a shaky start – no doubt some of the problems were due to a contractual dispute the Blue Bulls’ lock had with SA Rugby – but White also believed Matfield was capable of better performances than he had delivered so far in his career.On that point it would appear that the Bok coach was right, because Matfield lifted his game to new heights in 2004.He is a remarkably gifted athlete for such a big man, and if there was one guarantee in the Springboks’ matches it was that Matfield would win his lineout ball, while giving the other teams fits when they had the put-in to the lineout. As the year wore on his command of the lineouts became more imperious.Where Matfield lifted his game considerably – and it helped that he was partnered by his very physical Blue Bulls teammate Bakkies Botha when playing for the Boks – was in the tight phases. In the past he had been accused of spending too much time away from the rucks and mauls, but in 2004, it seemed, Matfield found a good balance.He produced a very skilled game in all departments, all over the field, and his Tri-Nations winning try against Australia at the Absa Stadium in Durban provided possibly the biggest highlight of the year for South African fans.Most overlooked player: Ettienne BothaThe player who, in my book, deserves special mention wasn’t considered good enough to make the Springboks squad in either the Tri-Nations or the end-of-season tour.Blue Bulls’ centre Ettiene Botha set the domestic scene on fire with a string of electrifying performances that helped catapult the Pretoria-based team to a successful defence of their Currie Cup title.Give Springbok coach Jake White his due, he stuck by the players that served him well in the Tri-Nations when he selected the team to tour at the end of the year, but after Botha’s scintillating season, surely he could have won a place as one of the five centres in the team.The thing is, Botha’s sustained excellence was on display week after week against the very players that White selected ahead of him. It didn’t drop off when he was confronted by a “big gun”, and he regularly made game-changing breaks or scored game-changing tries.Botha’s 18 tries – one short of Carel du Plessis’ record of 19 – were something to behold, and it was somewhat disturbing that he wasn’t considered good enough to make the Springbok squad yet he was good enough to be named Currie Cup Player of the Year.There is something about that decision that doesn’t sit right. Either Botha didn’t deserve the award, or he deserved to be awarded his national colours; in my opinion, it’s clear he deserved the award. Enough said.Best Test performance: SA vs New Zealand (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)The Springboks’ best performance of the year came in front of the side’s talisman, Nelson Mandela, in front of a full house of expectant fans at Ellis Park. Their 40-26 victory over the All Blacks was their first over the Kiwis since 2000, and it also put the Boks in position to win the Tri-Nations title, which they went on to do with a good win over Australia in Durban the following week.It wasn’t just the fact that South Africa won that resonated with the fans, but the manner in which they achieved the victory. It is not every day that the All Blacks are beaten, and it is certainly a rare feat to score five tries against the New Zealand national team. Add to that the fact that Percy Montgomery had an off-day with the boot, and the Boks could have reached 50 points.Yet it wasn’t a runaway victory. Six minutes in, John Smit and co found themselves 10-nil behind after the visitors had scored a penalty and a brilliant try by Mil Muliaina, which Andrew Mehrtens converted.Marius Joubert, though, pulled the Springboks back into the contest with the first of his three tries, which equaled the record against the All Blacks, previously set by Ray Mordt back in 1981 in the infamous flour-bomb Test.South Africa managed to open up a six-point gap at 19-13 after further tries from Breyton Paulse and another from Joubert, but the Kiwis clawed their way back through a penalty by Andrew Mehrtens, who made it 19-16.Montgomery put South Africa 22-16 in front with a penalty, but the New Zealanders retook the lead when Joe Rokocoko sliced through SA’s defences for a try that Mehrtens goaled, to make it 23-22 New Zealand.Back came the Boks, with Montgomery nailing a penalty to give SA a 25-23 lead. Mehrtens made it a one-point game with another penalty that put the All Blacks 26-25 ahead, but then came a grandstand finish from South Africa.First, Joubert punched a huge hole in the Kiwi defences and then popped up a pass for Jean de Villiers to put South Africa back in front at 30-26. Importantly, it was the Springboks’ fourth try of the match, which secured for them a bonus point; at the conclusion of the competition it would be bonus points that secured the title for South Africa.Then Montgomery extended the South African lead to seven points with a long-range kick and then, with only four minutes left, Jacques Cronje, on as a substitute for Joe van Niekerk, set up Joubert for his third try, which he dotted down under the uprights.Montgomery’s conversion made it 40-26 to the Boks, and a whole nation once again believed that the Springboks could be world beaters.The victory over the All Blacks also meant South Africa became the first holders of the new Freedom Cup, which was introduced to celebrate 10 years of democracy in the rainbow nation.Worst Test performance: SA vs England (Twickenham)This was one of those games; it had barely started and one could see that England would win for the sixth successive time over South Africa.The Springboks could do little right, making rhythm-breaking error after error. And up front the big Bok pack was strangely incapable of dealing with the driving mauls of the English. Even in the tight phases, the Boks were on the back foot. Clearly, from the start of the game, this was a team that was out of sorts.England were without the commanding figure of Jonny Wilkinson at flyhalf, but his replacement, Charlie Hodgson, blossomed behind a dominant pack to contribute 27 points in a convincing 32-16 England victory.For the third match in succession on the end-of-season tour, South Africa looked tired but, worse than that, it appeared they had not yet adjusted to the conditions, and facing the world champions that sealed their fate.On a positive note, Bryan Habana came on late in the game and scored a try with his first touch of the ball. In the next game against Scotland, the flying newcomer would confirm his massive promise with a two-try effort.That ray of light at the end of the contest, though, couldn’t hide the fact that it was by far South Africa’s worst test performance of 2004.Newcomer of the year: Bryan HabanaBryan Habana began the season starring for the South African under-21 team at the World Cup. Although they were well beaten 49-27 by eventual winners New Zealand in pool play – the Kiwis would go on to crush Ireland 49-17 in the final – Habana showed his pace with a hat-trick of tries as NZ outscored SA seven tries to five.Habana didn’t play in the Super 12, but later in the season, when he cracked the nod for the Lions’ Currie Cup team, he excelled, crossing the tryline 10 times and showing a devastating burst of speed that left defenders floundering in his wake.The champions, the Blue Bulls, liked what they saw of him in the Currie Cup and moved to sign him for the 2005 season, where the potential of his pairing with Ettienne Botha is huge.Springbok coach Jake White recognised something special in Habana and pulled him into his Tri-Nations squad, where the versatile backline speedster had a chance to reap the benefits of the Springbok experience.He wasn’t a first choice option on the Boks’ end-of-season tour, but when he came on as a substitute against England he scored with his first touch of the ball. Against Scotland the following week he touched down twice.Not only that, Habana impressed with his very physical defence despite his being somewhat undersized by today’s standards of centres and wings.After a draining tour, far too late in an extended season in which many stalwarts struggled to find form, it was clear that the find of the tour was Bryan Habana. And when one considers that he started the season playing for SA under-21, and missed out on Super 12 action, it was definitely a case of a meteoric rise for him.Coach of the year: Jake WhiteHeyneke Meyer deserves mention for leading his Blue Bulls to a convincing defence of their Currie Cup title, but Jake White takes this honour because he brought back the world’s belief in Springbok rugby. It is hard to argue with his award as IRB International Coach of the Year. It was an one he richly deserved.The quick turnaround of people’s perception of the Boks – from the bad boys of world rugby to the exciting new talent – is down to White’s vision in identifying the right players, and his ability to communicate what he wants to those players. Some recent Springbok coaches failed miserably in that vital aspect of their job.By the end of the year, White had led the Springboks to nine wins and four defeats. The successes included victories over New Zealand for the first time since 2000, over Australia, Ireland (twice), the tough Pacific Islanders, Wales (twice), Argentina and Scotland.All the losses were away from home, to New Zealand by two points, to Australia by four points, to Ireland by five points, and in the sole really disappointing game of 2004, by 16 points to England.Obviously away form is something the Boks need to work at, but the signs are good that the team is moving in the right direction. Thanks, Jake.Provincial upset of the year: Griquas vs Sharks (Kimberley)Griquas are usually tough customers in Kimberley, but heading into their clash with the Sharks they had been thrashed 79-31 at home by Western Province and 63-6 by the same team in Cape Town. They had lost six of eight matches. The Sharks, meanwhile, had downed WP 29-18 in Durban.When the final whistle blew on the Griquas versus Sharks encounter, however, it was Griquas who came away with four points and a 33-24 win. And they were full value for their victory.Just how Griquas managed to pick themselves up and beat the most consistent team in the Currie Cup over the past decade is difficult to understand, but they clearly didn’t take a step back for the visitors.Both teams managed three tries apiece, but with the Griquas’ pack forcing the Sharks onto the back foot, the Natalians made plenty of errors for which they were made to pay by the accurate boot of Braam van Straaten.Even so, the home side’s win came after they fell 10-0 behind, which goes to show how much they eventually dominated the contest.Provincial game of the Year: Blue Bulls vs Western Province (Pretoria)The two teams met in the final round of the round robin competition in Pretoria and Western Province needed a positive result to clinch second spot on the log. It proved to be an epic encounter, with both teams scoring five tries in a 36-all draw as Province achieved their aim.Played in front of a packed stadium of 52 000, the match had it all, including Ettienne Botha scoring twice to show the Springbok selectors – to no avail – that he belonged in the green and gold.Early on the Blue Bulls led 14-0 thanks to those two Botha tries, but when Bulls’ hooker Danie Coetzee was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes the visitors made the champions pay in a big way.They ran in four tries while he was off, all just before half time, to take a good-looking 26-14 lead into the break. First it was Breyton Paulse going over, followed by De Wet Barry, Jean de Villiers, and Marius Joubert.The Bulls, however, who before the game had been accused of fielding a second-string line-up because they had rested some of their stars (they would qualify top of the table regardless of the outcome), had no plans to lie down and surrender.They came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, taking the fight to Western Province in the forwards. Pedrie Wannenberg and Warren Brosnihan pulled the Bulls back into the contest with tries for the Blue Bulls, and when Morne Steyn landed a penalty with four minutes left the scores were level at 29-all.Western Province, desperate for the points they needed for a home semi-final, hit back with a great try that was rounded off by De Villiers near the uprights. The successful conversion from Gaffie du Toit put WP 36-29 ahead, but the Blue Bulls were not done.They attacked mightily, forcing Province to concede penalty after penalty, which resulted in two yellow cards, for prop Pat Barnard and lock Johan van Zyl.The home team then made them pay, carrying the ball through 14 phases, prodding and prying left and right until Western Province finally ran out of defenders and Steyn flew over for the try. His conversion leveled the scores at 36-all and brought down the curtain on a great contest.Feel-good moment of the year: SA wins the Tri-NationsAfter the troubles of 2003 – Kamp Staaldraad and the World Cup wipeout – South Africa’s return to rugby respectability was confirmed when the Springboks clinched the Tri-Nations title in Durban in front of a deliriously happy crowd.I was lucky enough to be in the crowd that day. The energy of the expectations and hopes was electric, and when those dreams were realised with a 23-19 win over Australia the feel-good vibe that erupted was a joy to experience.The Tri-Nations title proved that the talent in South Africa that everyone knows exists can be moulded into a winning Springbok team, something that had become a little unclear in recent years.Optimism is now the key word for South African rugby fans as they cast their eyes to 2005.2004 Currie Cup Log 1. Blue Bulls 562. Western Province 463. Cheetahs 454. Lions 455. Sharks 336. Griquas 287. Pumas 238. Eagles 13 Currie Cup Top Scorers Willem de Waal (Cheetahs) 192Derick Hougaard (Blue Bulls) 188Braam van Straaten (Griquas) 143Nel Fourie (Lions) 138Conrad Barnard (Sharks) 137Gaffie du Toit (Western Province) 97 Currie Cup Top Try Scorers Ettienne Botha (Blue Bulls) 18Egon Seconds (Western Province) 13Giscard Pieters (Pumas) 12Bryan Habana (Lions) 10Breyton Paulse (Western Province) 10John Daniels (Lions) 9Frikkie Welsh (Blue Bulls) 9 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Square Kilometre Array book published

first_imgThe Square Kilometre Array (SKA) global radio telescope project – which includes a first phase site in South Africa – published a book this month on the project’s progress. It features photos and analysis from some of the best science, astronomy and engineering minds in the world. The first phase of the SKA radio telescope project, called MeerKAT, is being installed in the Karoo desert. It will eventually form part of the first phase of the SKA programme. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is scheduled to be completed by 2024. (Image: SKA MeerKAT)• SKA: answering the big questions about the universe • SKA will boost Africa’s presence in science fields• SKA will drive growth of Africa’s human capital• Africa to co-host Square Kilometre Array A new, updated two-volume book on the history and the science of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) international radio telescope project was published in September 2015. South Africa is very much at the forefront of the SKA project; the MeerKAT telescope system, currently being constructed and tested in the Karoo desert, forms part of the first phase of the global SKA venture.The chapters in this new book reflect both the science undertaken with the SKA, including ground-breaking research in cosmology and the study of dark matter and dark energy, as well as the global efforts by engineers and the science community to co-ordinate and construct such a massive international project.Once completed, hopefully by 2024, SKA will interconnect a series of radio telescope systems in 10 countries in order to search space for a better understanding about the universe and solve some of the secrets of fundamental physics.  What is SKA? SKA is one of the largest global science projects ever undertaken, featuring a multinational representation of scientists, engineers and astronomers. The positioning of the African continent and the accommodating climate make South Africa a vital component of the project’s success. (Image: SKA/MeerKAT)The Square Kilometre Array project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, led by SKA Organisation. The SKA will conduct transformational science to improve understanding of the universe and the laws of fundamental physics, monitoring the sky in unprecedented detail and mapping it hundreds of times faster than any current facility.The SKA is not a single telescope; rather, it is a collection of telescopes or instruments, called an array, to be spread over long distances. The SKA is to be constructed in two phases: Phase 1 (called SKA1) in South Africa and Australia; Phase 2 (called SKA2) expanding into other African countries, with the component in Australia also being expanded.With support from Australia, Canada, China, India, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands and the UK, the SKA project has on board some of the world’s best scientists, engineers and policy makers. And over 100 companies and research institutions across 20 countries are involved in the design and development of the telescope.SKA: the book With 135 chapters, 1 200 contributors and 2 000 pages on the science behind the SKA project, its official companion book is titled Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array. It is available to download free from the SKA website. (Image: SKA/MeerKAT) The book, titled Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array, consists of 2 000 pages in more than a hundred chapters, with contributions from more than 1 000 experts, scientists and members of the SKA organisation on astrophysics, cosmology and the search for answers in the universe, all within the context of radio telescope technology. Accompanied by a variety of photos and infographics covering the science and construction of the SKA system, the book is the authoritative guide on how this global initiative will work. It tracks the progress made on the project since 2004, highlighting the work being done in Australia, South Africa and other African countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.“The publication of the new SKA science book is the culmination of more than a year’s work by the SKA science team and the scientific community at large,” says Dr Robert Braun, the SKA science director in a release publicising the book. “It’s also a great testimony to the growing interest and scope of the SKA.”According to the publishers, the book deals with SKA’s search for life in the universe through the study of molecules in forming planetary systems and the search for potential radio signals from intelligent civilisations. The search for answers from “the cosmic dawn” – the first billion years of the universe’s existence – will not only inform the past, but also give the world a look at what might happen to the cosmos in the future.SKA and the NDP Construction of the South African SKA radio telescope project infrastructure, called MeerKAT, in the Karoo desert in March 2014. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is set to be completed by 2024. (Image: SKA MeerKAT) The SKA project in South Africa fulfils the requisites for some vital pillars of the National Development Plan Vision 2030, including skills development through increased job opportunities and training during the construction of the MeerKAT facility, using local labour and top South Africa engineering and science talent.The project also addresses other NDP pillars such as creating efficient, world-class infrastructure networks and developing rural communities.  Construction of the South African SKA radio telescope project infrastructure, called MeerKAT, in the Karoo desert during March 2014. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is set to be completed by 2024. (Image: SKA MeerKAT) A MeerKAT in the Karoo The first phase of the SKA radio telescope project, called MeerKAT, is currently being installed in the Karoo desert and will eventually form part of the first phase of the SKA programme. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is set to be completed by 2024.  Infographic: SKA MeerKAT Further reading: Everything you need to know about the SKA project, including MeerKAT and the new booklast_img read more

Gauteng motorists urged to ditch cars

first_img1 April 2014Cycling and walking are being promoted by the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport as a viable alternative to motorised transport, helping to reduce congestion and create cleaner and sustainable cities.The Gauteng Transport Commission hosted a cycling indaba in Boksburg on Monday to discuss non-motorised transport infrastructure in the province’s municipalities.There are plans to distribute 3 000 bicycles to scholar transport and to create 5km of cycle lanes in Vosloorus (east of Johannesburg) and 10km in Kaalfontein (north of Johannesburg), Octavia Mamabolo, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, said in a statement. This would help learners get to school safely and in reduced time.Mamabolo said the creation of a “dedicated network of high-quality pedestrian and cycling routes will promote social integration among city residents. Integrating cycling at public transport nodes by making cycling cool through awareness and mind-set change [would also help to promote integration].Integration“Amending relevant technical roads standards and planning requirements will also reduce road deaths, amounting to 40% of road fatalities, which occur at intersections and cost the public health system, police, traffic departments and third party claims to escalate.”The City of Joburg’s infrastructure roll-out programme includes the township of Alexandra in the north of Johannesburg by integrating walking, cycling and public transport.The plan is expected to improve the township’s pavements, and there will also be dedicated cycle paths and safe links to Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport system.Mamabolo said the department acknowledged the need to shift to “a new paradigm and policy approach for making non-motorised transport a mode of choice for short distances as well as for recreation.”SAinfo reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more