Fifa recognises Bafana’s win over Spain

first_img29 November 2013South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan expressed his delight on Thursday after Fifa confirmed Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 victory over Spain as an “A” category international friendly.Fifa had initially suggested that the match, played at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 19 November, would not be recognised because Spain used more than the allowed six substitutes when they sent on a seventh player, goalkeeper Pepe Reina, to replace Victor Valdez in goal. Valdez had taken over from Iker Casillas earlier in the game.After receiving a letter from Fifa on Thursday, Jordaan said Fifa had confirmed Safa’s position on the contest.‘The country must savour this win’“We complied with all the regulations for this historic victory and I am happy this matter has been laid to rest. The country must savour this win, as Bafana Bafana were the first country to beat Spain on the African continent,” Jordaan said in a statement.“We expect that the impact of the victory will be reflected in the next December Fifa rankings as the ruling arrived on the date the November rankings were released.”Bafana Bafana’s win over Spain, the world number one since 2008 and the reigning European and world champions, was South Africa’s first victory ever over a team ranked number one in the world.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

Seedcamp: Web-Era Support for Startups

first_imgTags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As we reported earlier, 22 teams of European entrepreneurs gathered at Seedcamp in London last week to compete for a chance to win serious investment in their startups. ReadWriteWeb has been following these and other entrepreneurs on our ReadWriteStart channel, so you can get good background there on some of the teams selected to compete.Seedcamp, however, is far from a simple dragon’s den-style pitch and panel investment company. The week-long camp included many hours of training sessions and mentoring from some impressive industry names: Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and a slew of other big-time companies and individuals. Alongside training and pitching, the teams also scheduled opportunities to mingle with venture capitalists and potential industry complementors. In the end, five of the teams received €50,000 each and will remain in London for three months for more training. But this single week is the tip of a Seedcamp networking iceberg.Similar to Y Combinator, Seedcamp focuses on the beginning phase of a company’s growth, and it feels more like a “foster” organization than a traditional investment group. After speaking with CEO Reshma Sohoni (previously of 3i), we learned a bit more about the vision and context in which they work.Sohoni explained that Seedcamp has two parts: a seed fund and a platform of support, which work together to get the most interesting companies past the initial hurdles. Seedcamp focuses on opening doors and translating a startup’s ideas into a marketable product. Its platform model leads on from a very Web-savvy approach to business.“We’ve taken the best of what’s happened in the past 10 to 15 years in terms of the Web for finding great new investment opportunities and supporting them through a much more federated (not so much top-down) structure of working,” says Sohoni.Seedcamp aims to put people in contact with a strong support network, so that after the €50,000 is spent and their three months of additional support have expired, the startups should be in very capable—and well-matched—hands.An example of this “platform” mentality could be seen in the series of panels throughout the main event. The panel discussions provide a venue for attendees to question people who have “made it.” It seemed like a good opportunity to learn from the mistakes and successes of startups that are no longer new.At the technical panel, for example, the audience posed questions about scaling applications and servers to some of the biggest names in scaling history: Blaine Cook (who built Twitter), Vijay Pandu (who worked at Google), and Matt Biddulph, CTO of Dopplr. This is a seriously cool idea, because it gives everyone a chance to ask about specifics: “What servers do you use?” “How can I stop X from happening?” Questions, in other words, that might take a long time to find answers to otherwise. The panel also presented little gems of advice, such as, “Don’t test too closely, sometimes. You’ll just get stuck in making red flags green and miss the bigger problems.”Seedcamp sees itself as a startup, too, with a very active approach to business, and it has seen some significant changes to participating teams this year. For one thing, more teams are coming from further away, and one of the winning five (Talasim) came all the way from Jordan! This is an impressive step for an initiative that has always seen itself as pan-European. “In previous years, most of the applicants were coming from the UK, and most then only from London,” said one observer. “That’s changing.”The quality of applications is also improving year after year, no doubt because of how startups are moving from conception to competitor so quickly. Many of Seedcamp’s impressive advisery groups (which mentor the next generations of ‘Campers) were themselves successful applicants.The proof of any initiative is its success, and the success of Seedcamp will be found in the number and quality of startups it helps over the next few years. Tracking the next bunch of industry disruptors, and seeing which ones have come through the program, will be interesting. If the past few years are any indication, we should see quite a few!This bit of advice from Blaine Cook on the technical panel seems an appropriate note to end on:“If you’re not obsessed with your own product, you need to change what you’re doing. Keep changing it until you care about it. Then work on scaling.” Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img zach beauvais 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Assam village mourns wild elephant that came to stay with them

first_imgA village in central Assam’s Kaliabor area on Sunday performed the last rites of a wild elephant that became a part of their lives after it met with an accident three years ago.Injured after being hit by a train, the male elephant found safety in the area around Hatimur village. The villagers took pity on his condition and started providing food.The villagers soon got used to the elephant and named him Burha Baba (old monk). “He was like one of us and never harmed us,” a villager said, adding the elephant’s body was found in the Tengabari area close by.Forest officials from Kaziranga, who conducted a post-mortem on the tusker, said the elephant was old and was suffering from diseases.“The people of the area were used to the presence of the old elephant who was not keeping well for some time,” honorary wildlife warden and elephant expert Kaushik Baruah said.last_img

Fog halts flight operations at Dhaka airport

first_img.All types of flights at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka have been postponed due to heavy fog.The airport authorities said both inbound and outbound flights on domestic and international routes remained suspended since the early hours of Thursday.Two flights of Regent Air and Gulf Air failed to land at the airport due to the fog while a US Bangla flight from Singapore was diverted to Chittagong district.Armed Police Battalion’s (APBn) assistant police superintendent Md Tariq Ahmed said six flights, which were scheduled to fly this morning, could not depart the airport due to heavy fog. Met office said dense fog might continue across the country while Dhaka and Mymensingh districts witness a bit of thicker fog than other parts of the country.last_img

All rise for the Hors d oeuvres

first_imgAt Rise Productions is back with its 12th stage production, Hors d’ oeuvres. Based on the unique concept of promoting one act plays. Hors d’ oeuvres has taken the onus of promoting talent. Hors d’ oeuvres 2012 was staged at Sri Ram centre and the theme last year was insecurity and was articulated with two humorous yet deep scripts. This year the theme has been picked to be bi-polar and includes a one fall on the ground, slap my face funny adaptation of the famous Broadway show The Foreigner by Larry Shue. And the other is a first of its kind self written horror script about a man’s interaction with heaven.  Written and Directed by Archit Kumar, the cast includes Raghav Puri, Sanjana Chopra, Rahul Mudgal, Dhruv Raj Gupta, Ruchi Seth, Shivam Khanna, Namrata Bhatter, and Priya Mudgal.last_img

Shout out loud for Beltek

first_imgThe party season approaches as the mercury seems to be taking a breather. Adding to the ever expanding list of international DJs visiting the Capital gets one more name added. Here’s Martin Beltek Bijelic, better known simply as Beltek.In just a couple of years since he won Pete Tong’s competition with Copacabana, Beltek’s name regularly pops out on top of EDM music charts and labels such as Dim Mak, Ministry of Sound etc. His versatile production skills and fingerprint mass appealing sound already assured him remixing duties for major artists such as Faithless, Booka Shade, Gareth Emery and others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the city for his maiden tour by Kyoas Entertainment, Millennium Post catches up with the artiste. Read on. How do you like the music scene in India?Actually I was really happy to see that a lot of people here in India know my music. So as far as I saw the scene here, I like it big time. When did you start with this career? My career started with my first release, Copacabana on Chris Lake’s label Rising Music in 2008. And the main suspect to blame for my career start was Pete Tong. Since I won his music production contest Bedroom Bedlam back in 2007 with my track Copacabana. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow has the journey been? Tell us about the best and the worst times so far…My journey was most of the time and still is very inspiring, joyful and positive for me. I think if you lose joy and inspiration for whatever is that you are doing, then you should definitely change your job. The only a bit not so cherished moments of my job are the flight and airport waiting moments. Those are the worst. What songs top your own playlist right now? Define your music philosophy for us Mike Hawkins, Pablo Oliveros – Bangover Jacob Plant – Fire and obviously some of my own.My music philosophy is simple – Like, Inhale, Connect and Party.last_img read more

Hakim confident of Trinamool coming to power at Centre

first_imgKolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader and the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firham Hakim on Thursday asserted that his party is coming to power at the Centre.In reply to a media question, Hakim said that Trinamool will be a decisive factor behind the formation of the new government at the Centre. He also categorically pointed out that his party will run the Central government. When asked about Pradesh Congress president Somen Mitra’s statement that they have no objection if Trinamool supports Congress in the Centre, Hakim said many parties will seek Trinamool’s support after the election results come out. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe hit out at BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, saying that the Mamata Banerjee-led government in the state has worked for the well-being of people from all walks of the society. Earlier in the day, Ghosh had said that Muslims are joining BJP in large numbers as both the Left Front and Trinamool Congress governments have failed to do anything for them. Countering Ghosh’s statement, Hakim said: “We are amazed to see that the party that only talks about dividing people on the basis of religion, is now trying to appease the Muslims. He does not know that the Trinamool Congress government has brought socio-economic changes for the people irrespective of their caste, creed and religion.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”People in Amlasol used to feed themselves with ants and boiled roots of trees, who are now getting 35 kg of rice per family. The tribal people in the tea gardens are also getting 35 kg rice per family through rationing system. Schools, colleges and health centres have been set up by the Mamata Banerjee government in Muslim dominated areas. Those who used to put a tag of Muslim appeasement on Banerjee, are now trying to woo the Muslim voters,” Hakim said.last_img read more

Visual Studio 2019 New features you should expect to see

first_imgMicrosoft announced Visual Studio 2019, the next major version of its signature IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for software design. This exciting news has come right on the heels of Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub. According to Microsoft, the company is still in the “early planning phase” for Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio for Mac. Release timing will be shared “in the coming months,” with the company simply promising “to deliver Visual Studio 2019 quickly and iteratively.” Along with general improvements to make the developer tool more reliable and more productive, Microsoft has some concrete goals in mind. Last month at Build 2018 developers conference, Microsoft demonstrated two new Visual Studio previews: IntelliCode and Live Share. The former uses AI to offer intelligent suggestions that improve code quality and productivity, and the latter lets developers collaborate in real time with team members who can edit and debug directly from Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. Specific features that will be delivered in VS2019 are not provided, rather Microsoft lists various themes that the project will address. Here are the major new features Microsoft will bring in Visual Studio 2019 in coming days : It will continue to explore connected capabilities such as Live Share, for users to collaborate in real time on the same code base worldwide. It wants to investigate making cloud development situations, such as working with online source repositories, smoother. Enhancements for AI-assisted development via IntelliCode and use of the Azure cloud to deliver AI-powered assistance to developers. Operational enhancements such as additional refactoring, quicker application load, faster builds, improved navigation, and improved debugging. The release date for VS2019 is not available yet, but VS2017 was released in March 2017 and was preceded by several preview builds throughout 2016. Similarly, one would expect the first preview build of VS2019 in late summer / early autumn this year.  Fortunately VS2019 is being designed to install side-by-side with existing VS2017 builds, so it will be easy to try out the new release when it is available. A key fact about this next release, according to Microsoft, is that it will remain a 32-bit application and will support Windows 7. Initial developer reactions indicate there are concerns about the unresolved issues and code quality problems with VS2017, and that it is premature to shift to VS2019.  Microsoft does not offer specifics, but does indicate that they are working to improve this with the development team. Read Next : Microsoft is going to acquire GitHub Unit Testing in .NET Core with Visual Studio 2017 for better code quality What’s new in Visual Studio 1.22last_img read more