H-DNL football by the numbers: Three Crusaders No. 1 in section

first_imgHaving a player finish the regular season No. 1 in the North Coast Section in any statistical category is an achievement.Having three? That’s unprecedented, and a sure sign that things are trending in the right direction for St. Bernard’s heading into the postseason.Quarterback Will Omey, a senior, is currently the No. 1 yards-getter in the section. His 3,305 total yards are more than 150 better than the next closest player, Miramonte-Orinda quarterback Matt Meredith (3,144). Omey will likely …last_img read more

South Africa’s rainbow salsa

first_imgOn the dance floor at Salsa Spirit.Samson MulugetaFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialAfter 15 years of democracy, most South Africans of the idealised “Rainbow Nation” still live largely separate lives, primarily because of economic inequality and the legacy of apartheid residential rules that kept population groups apart for decades. Most of them worship with their kin, many schools are composed of students of mostly of the same hue, and sporting events attract different groups.People also tend to socialise among their own – going to coloured or Indian parties with no hint of apology. Other groups are welcome at these parties, but the prominent group wants to party to celebrate its cultural and ethnic traditions.One exception is salsa dancing.In Johannesburg, salsa is a steadily growing phenomenon that brings together a diverse group of people who otherwise have little in common. In a city that still parties along defined lines of culture and ethnicity, salsa is a common denominator for people who share nothing but their love of the dance.Around the world, salsa is a small underground phenomenon with fanatical following. Among the general public it may be better known than rave parties or Gothic rock, but not by much.  Yet salsa and its culture have been slowly gaining ground for the past several decades; you can find salsa clubs in any world-class city worth its salt. From London to Dubai, from Miami to Sydney, you can dance with like-minded souls almost every night of the week.Salsa is a secret and instantaneous passport into an unfamiliar city, where you can walk into a club and start dancing with anyone without hesitation. You don’t even need to speak the local language. Whether in Tokyo or Shanghai, salseros are conversant in the common language of this Latin dance that sprang from the barrios of Cuba, Columbia and the Dominican Republic.Some might consider salsa a silly, frivolous pastime, especially for those over 35 who still retain the dancing bug. But salsa lovers say that is precisely why they love it. The music seeps into their bones. They hold their heads high. Their chests are puffed out like the front of a Volkswagen. They usually sport a sly smile that seems to shout, “I’m having the time of my life!” Many testify to the therapeutic values of dancing, saying it’s impossible to dance salsa and be depressed at the same time.In Johannesburg, the salsa scene revolves around five instructors from diverse backgrounds, all with a loyal following.They include Vincent Moyce, a Zimbabwean who studied salsa in New Zealand, Emmanuel Sowah, who hails from Ghana, Vicky McRose, a white South African who studied in London, Anthony Yates, a white South African who had initially trained in ballroom dancing, and 27-year-old Thabo Molto, a black South African who has been studying dancing since he was 15.Salsa is so addictive that people who can’t spend 10 minutes on a treadmill at the gym will go for hours on the dance floor.About  60% or more of salsa students are female, a ratio that is similar around the world. Most women appear to be biologically wired to love salsa. When the music starts playing, they appear almost helpless in their attraction to the beat. Most guys are terrified they will make a fool of themselves on the dance floor and stay clear. But the few brave souls who stick with it become dedicated, invariably sharing their female partners’ addiction.Salsa teachers in JohannesburgThabo Moloto of Strictly Come SalsaSunday nights at 7 pmAddress: Cha Cha’s Dance Club, The PostHouse and Link Centre (above the Baron), Main Road, BryanstonPhone: 073 749 9022Email [email protected] to be put on the mailing listFacebook group: Sunday Afternoon SalsaCost: R50Vicky McRose of Hot ‘n Spicy Salsa SchoolWednesdays at 7:30 pmAddress: Club 96, corner of Witkoppen and Main Road, FourwaysPhone: 072 265 6101Email: [email protected] or [email protected]: www.salsa.za.net Facebook group: HNS SalsaCost: R50Vincent Moyce of AfroMambo Dance CompanyThursdays at 7 pmAddress: Dance Junxion, The Mall of Rosebank, Baker Street, RosebankPhone: 072 872 8582Email: [email protected] to be put on mailing listFacebook group: Afromambo Dance CompanyCost: R100Emmanuel Sowah of Salsa Spirit SA8 to 9 pmAddress: Lonehill Mall, 22 Lonehill Boulevard, LonehillPhone: 082 776 1027 or 074 288 1798Email: [email protected]: www.salsaspirit.co.za Facebook group: Salsa Spirit SACost : R50Anthony Yates of SalsAntTuesdays at 7:30 pm (beginners) and 8:30 pm (improvers)Address: Piaceri Mediteranean Restaurant, The Wedge, 255 Rivonia Road, RivoniaPhone:  084 501 3013Email: [email protected]: www.salsant.co.zaFacebook group: SalsAnt Salsa SchoolDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesRobyn Orlin – dancing up a storm Soweto’s state-of-the-art theatre Celebrating heritage with dancelast_img read more

SA scientist lauded for polar work

first_imgProfessor Steven Chown, recognised forhis outstanding contribution to Antarctic science and policy, is the inaugural recipient of the Martha T Muse prize. (Image: Stellenbosch University) The ice-covered continent is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959. (Image: US Antarctic Programme) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Steven Chown+27 21 808 2385• Engela DuvenageMedia liaison, Faculty of Science, SU+27 21 808 2684 or +27 82 874 1291RELATED ARTICLES • World honour for SA botanist • Unesco fellowship for SA scientist • Top award for Rhodes scientist • SA biologist wins thesis awardJanine ErasmusProfessor Steven Chown of Stellenbosch University is the inaugural recipient of the Martha T Muse prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica.The announcement was made at a gala evening held during the Antarctic Treaty Summit, which took place from 30 November to 3 December at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.Delegates at the gala also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing by 12 nations, South Africa among them, of the Antarctic Treaty in the same city on 1 December 1959. The treaty came into force on 23 June 1961. Today, South Africa is the only African signatory out of the present 46 member nations. The award recognises Chown’s status as a world leader in his field, and his work with invasive alien species on the snowy continent, as well as the effects of climate change and the many years of human inhabitation in the region. It is worth a one-off US$100 000 (R750 400).As well as holding the position of director of the university’s DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, Chown is professor of zoology in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch.He will receive his award and deliver the Muse lecture at the Oslo International Polar Year Conference in June 2010. The conference aims to promote and strengthen the scientific and outreach achievements of the International Polar Year (IPY), which was established in 1882. The third IPY began in March 2007 and carried though to March 2009.The professor will also be a guest of honour at the 31st Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (Scar) and Open Science conference in Buenos Aires in August 2010. Here the international polar community will gather to discuss various topics under four main themes: health of the Antarctic ecosystem, tipping points, continuity and change, and connectivity and cross-scale interactions.Preserving the continentDespite its wintry appearance Antarctica is regarded as a desert, with an annual rainfall of just 20cm. The continent has no permanent human habitation, but many bird, animal, plant and even insect species have adapted to the cold and now call the vast icy expanse their home.Antarctica is almost completely covered by the Antarctic ice sheet, which is about 1.6km thick on average and constitutes about 90% of the world’s ice. This is the equivalent of about 70% of the world’s fresh water.South Africa has been involved in Antarctic research for about half a century and runs the South African National Antarctic Programme, maintaining bases on the continent as well as on Marion and Gough Islands.The Martha T Muse award is given by the Tinker Foundation, a funding organisation with a special interest in Antarctica, to individuals that contribute to the science- and policy-related understanding of Antarctica, and help preserve it for future generations.Scar, a committee of the International Council for Science, and tasked with overseeing scientific research in Antarctica, acts as the administrative body in the award process.The award is named after Martha Twitchell Muse, chair of the Tinker Foundation. Muse is known for her particular passion for Antarctica and intended the prize to honour a like-minded person in the early to middle stages of his or her career.Distinguished careerProf Steven Chown has built a solid international reputation and has garnered many awards and honours.Earlier in 2009, together with his colleague Prof Sue Nicholson of Pretoria University, he took the Bill Venter/Altron Literary Award for 2009 for their book on insect physiology. The award is presented for the most outstanding contribution to research by an academic, published in book form.Also in 2009 he received the gold medal from the Zoological Society of Southern Africa for his contributions to zoology.Chown obtained his PhD in Ecology and Systematics in 1989 from Pretoria University and immediately accepted a position as lecturer in the zoology and entomology department there. Just eight years later he received his full professorship.Chown has been with Stellenbosch University since 2001 and with the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology since 2004. In the five years since he has built the centre into a world-renowned research institute that focuses on the impact and management of invasive plants and animals.He is an A1-rated researcher according to the National Research Foundation, which establishes him as a world leader in his field of research, and consequently is in great demand as a lecturer at local and international meetings and workshops.Under his supervision many M.Sc. and PhD students have obtained their degrees, and he has also mentored several post-doctoral researchers. Chown has set disadvantaged students on their career path by developing and running the USAID Capacity Building Programme for Climate Change Research on the Prince Edward Islands in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean.Chown has been instrumental in many policy decisions regarding the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions. He is the Scar representative on the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection, and is the chief officer of the Scar standing committee on the Antarctic Treaty System.A prolific author, Chown has published over 250 scientific papers and has co-written four books and contributed to 21 others. He edits two journals and sits on the editorial board of six other journals, among them The American Naturalist and Antarctic Science. He is also a member of a number of scientific societies.Chown is said to have one of the highest h-factors of any South African zoologist – around 31. The h-index is a tool to measure the scientific productivity and consequent scientific impact of a scientist or group of scientists. It is based on the scientist’s most cited papers as well as the number of citations he or she has received.last_img read more

Wedoist Introduces Real-Time Contemporary Project Management

first_imgAmir Salihefendic, the mastermind of Todoist and Plurk, has introduced another -ism with Wedoist. Wedoist is a real-time project management tool – think along Basecamp lines. Amir has folded into the system a number of tech trends, hoping to point the product into the future. Wedoist offers the following features. Real-time updates on everythingStatus updatesTask managerGroup chat “I think one of the most interesting things about Wedoist is the technology stack, which uses Comet for all updates, said Wedoist’s developer Amir Salihefendic. “This means that each change gets broad-casted to everyone in a team instantly.” In tackling online project management, Amir and friends are entering a crowded field. Aside from Basecamp, there is the well-established Zoho, PBWorks, LiquidPlanner, Huddle, Clarizen and ActiveCollab.Perhaps the real-time features will keep it in the field, but will they allow it to stand out? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#enterprise#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Escoto returns from ACL injury, admits conditioning not at peak

first_imgWith Alvarez, Versoza leading the charge, JRU coach confident of Final 4 chances LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kia’s Russel Escoto. PBA IMAGESIt took more than a year but Russel Escoto is back and running for Kia.It wasn’t, however, the best of comebacks.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Escoto played just 24 minutes in the Picanto’s 90-85 loss to TNT Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena, and the loss wasn’t the only thing that bothered him.“I’m happy that I’m back and playing again, but of course I’m yet to get into tiptop shape,” said Escoto, who tore his ACL in January 27, 2017, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I tire easily, I think my conditioning is still lacking but I’m working on it day by day.”Escoto scored five points and grabbed five rebounds on his return, and in his first game back he already saw both the positives and negatives in the way the Picanto plays. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img MOST READ “We play as a team now, there aren’t that much isolation sets,” said Escoto of his team which had 19 assists, four more than what TNT did. “But in the end some players still played individualistic. I hope we can continue playing as a team.” Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Morado: We rely on every spiker who comes to the floor

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We’re not that dependent on Ate Ly even when she was here,” said Morado in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We rely on every spiker that comes to the floor.”And Morado’s aren’t just words on wind as statistics back up her claims.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCreamline boasts the league’s most potent offense with three of the top 10 scorers wearing its pink-and-white colors.Valdez is the league’s top scorer putting up an average of 27 points across four games with Rosemarie Vargas and Pau Soriano at sixth and ninth spots, respectively. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES Vargas scores 14.6 points a game across the Power Smashers five games and Soriano is at a close 13 points per game.And it was Vargas and Soriano who provided the principal firepower for the Cool Smashers in their win against the Power Smashers as they finished with 15 points apiece.Morado said Valdez’ absence is not a reason for them to lose hope and that they have to try to fill in their skipper’s offensive production the best they can.“The coaches told us that we have to believe in ourselves that we can score,” said Morado who recorded 62 excellent sets. “And I’m really happy that we fought for every point we got.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Alapag says missed shots part of ‘growing pains’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline setter Jia Morado said Wednesday their offense does not necessarily revolve around skipper Alyysa Valdez after the Cool Smashers stopped the Power Smashers in straight sets in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.Valdez was absent during the Cool Smashers’ 25-22, 25-21, 25-22, win over the Power Smashers due to her commitment to the national team, which is in Japan for a training camp.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more