It’s do or die time for five local teams today as the North Coast Section playoffs get under way in baseball and softball.And that means there is little room for error and a little more at stake in every pitch and every swing of the bat.Three of those five teams will get to host a game, including Eureka, which is seeded No. 7 in the Division-III baseball bracket.The Loggers have been impressive this spring, winning 21 games, many of them against some big schools out of the area in a …
Superstar and Qantas Ambassador John Travolta has unveiled the airline’s first retro colour scheme to celebrate its 94th year. The design is also a flying tribute to 70 years of the iconic flying kangaroo logo – possibly the most widely recognized and respected brands in aviation. Mr Travolta said the retro livery brought back many memories. “It’s great to see a piece of Qantas history flying in the sky today,” said Mr Travolta. “I have enjoyed many wonderful experiences with Qantas over the years, from getting my 747 wings to having my own 707 painted in the original 1960s Qantas livery. This is a great celebration of the brand’s heritage and incredible reputation over the years. “I feel a great sense of pride just looking at this aircraft here today. Australia is lucky to have an airline like Qantas as its national carrier,” he said.Group Executive for Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth said having the retro livery on a new aircraft is a celebration not only of the famous logo and the airline’s proud heritage but a reminder of the pioneering role that Qantas has held in the global aviation market. “For 70 years our logo has been a symbol of aviation innovation, but also a reminder that home is never far away,” said Ms Wirth. “Qantas holds a special place in the Australian psyche, and we know for many of our customers this livery will inspire a fond trip down memory lane“It’s a bit of a time warp having a 1970s livery on one of our brand new B737 aircraft but it’s the perfect way to highlight the years of experience behind the contemporary airline Qantas is today. Qantas the world’s oldest continuously operating airline and is the world’s most experienced being at the forefront of virtually all major technical innovations over the past 60 years.The signature element of the 1971-1984 livery design was the ochre band around the window line of the aircraft. Ochre reflected the colours of the outback where Qantas was established in 1920. The winged kangaroo logo is used on the tail and was adapted from the original 1947 version designed by Gert Sellheim.
6 February 2013The historic Gold Cup has been brought out of retirement and restored as the “holy grail” for club rugby players in the Cell C Community Cup, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) announced after signing a three-year deal with the mobile communications company on Wednesday.The nine-carat gold trophy is one of the most expensive and historically significant trophies in Saru’s collection.It had been out of use since 2002, until Saru decided to take it out of mothballs and make it the prestigious new trophy for the Cell C Community Cup.“The Community Cup was borne out of a need to revive and modernise club rugby in South Africa,” Saru CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement.“We followed a very extensive research and consultation process over a period of three years before arriving at the tournament format. We visited every province and listened to what ordinary club people had to say. This is therefore as much their tournament as it is ours.”‘History, tradition, heritage and diversity’Citing the significance of the trophy, Roux added: “The story of South African rugby can be told through the iconic trophies that our teams have held aloft over the years. The Cell C Community Cup is all about history, tradition, heritage and diversity, and our challenge therefore was to find a ‘holy grail’ for club rugby that was on a par with the Webb Ellis Cup or Absa Currie Cup.”Using a trophy with history behind it lent something extra to the new competition, Rous reckoned: “An historic trophy is a magical thing. It gives a voice to all the players that have gone before, and every time a new team claims it, a new chapter is written. Thousands of boys dream of winning the Absa Currie Cup or Webb Ellis Cup but, for those who never reach the professional ranks, we want the Gold Cup to represent the same level of importance and aspiration.”He said the reintroduction of the Gold Cup was also an important step in Saru’s mission to tell the full story of South Africa’s rugby history – a task that will gain further momentum later this year with the opening of a revamped and world-class Springbok Experience rugby museum in Cape Town.National Club ChampionshipsThe old Saru National Club Championships had a proud history, with Stellenbosch University winning the first of 12 titles by beating Durban Collegians 28-20 in inaugural final played at Kings Park in Durban in 1975. But the advent of the professional era and the FNB Varsity Cup meant that the week-long event had become outdated and in urgent need of a revamp, Roux explained.The final Club Champs, held in Rustenburg last September, symbolised the transition from old to new as it was also the first time in the tournament’s 38-year history that university teams were not involved.Jonsson College Rovers of KZN, whose home ground is situated just a stone’s throw away from Mr Price Kings Park, were the 38th and final winners to have their names engraved on the trophy after beating Pretoria Police 23-10 in the final.College Rovers’ victory earned the Durban-based club the right to host the opening match of the inaugural Cell C Community Cup.The Gold CupThe Gold Cup was made in England nearly a century ago. It was originally intended for the winners of an annual air race between London and Cape Town but found its way into rugby as the interprovincial trophy of the former South African Rugby Football Federation (Sarff) from 1961-74. The last winners were the Tygerberg Rugby Union.When Sarff became part of the SA Rugby Board (Sarb) in 1978, the Gold Cup became an interprovincial competition involving all affiliated units of the new enlarged body until 1991.In the professional era, the Gold Cup was awarded to the South section winners of the old Provincial A competition until 10 years ago, with Free State and WP sharing the trophy when it was last contested in 2002.The Gold Cup was bought from a Cape Town jeweller in 1960 for UK£1 000 and remains the only major trophy bought with funds raised by ordinary club players.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
20 February 2013 South Africa plans to expand its use of nuclear power in a safe and secure way as a key part of the country’s move towards a diversified, low-carbon energy mix, says Energy Minister Dipuo Peters. “If we are serious about diversification towards a low carbon economy, we cannot belittle the role that natural gas and nuclear power can play in the realisation of that 2030 low carbon energy vision,” Peters said at the Africa Energy Indaba in Johannesburg on Tuesday. South Africa’s Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) for 2010 to 2030, a 20-year projection on the country’s electricity supply and demand, envisages 9 600 MW of additional nuclear capacity by 2030. The plan is due to be reviewed soon.Fukushima nuclear accident The government was in the process of finalising the IRP when the Fukushima nuclear accident occurred in 2011. Following the accident, the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) conducted safety re-assessments of the country’s existing installations, the Safari-1 research reactor in Pelindaba west of Pretoria, and the Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town. In June, the NNR announced that the country’s nuclear installations could withstand natural events. South Africa is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and had signed up for stress tests to ascertain whether its reactors were vulnerable to natural causes like tsunamis. Last week, the agency ended their peer review mission to South Africa – their first visit to a country with an existing nuclear programme. “We need to ensure that energy security is pursued as a catalyst for economic growth and prosperity throughout the continent,” Peters told the Energy Indaba on Tuesday.Renewable energy programme South Africa’s IRP also envisages about 42% of electricity generated in the country coming from renewable resources. The Department of Energy, under its renewable energy programme for independent power producers, last year selected bidders for a total of 2 614 MW of solar and wind energy to be added to the country’s power grid by 2016. Peters said the department was about to enter the next phase of the programme, which seeks to procure 3 625 MW of renewable energy in total. The minister added that her department had installed 335 000 solar water systems as it moved towards its target of 1-million by the end of 2014. Peters also spoke about the need to equip young people on the continent with knowledge and skills in science and engineering, and in the energy sector in particular. “Partners in the private sector should collaborate with government in finding solutions to address the brain drain,” she said. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Last week, Mr. Dhakate had issued shoot-at-sight order and pressed two drones into service after movement of poachers was reported along the southern fringes of the park.150 forest officials were deployed and a total of 388 camera traps installed at sensitive points within the territory of the park.Villagers in the area were also informed of the same and were advised to avoid taking animals for grazing to the core areas.The order, however, raised eyebrows following which Mr. Dhakate has been removed from his post. The Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve has been removed from his post following a controversy over shoot-at-sight order issued by him in the national park to check the activities of poachers.Uttrakhand’s Chief Secretary S. Ramaswamy said that Parag Madhukar Dhakate has been replaced by Dheeraj Pandey as Director.D.V.S Khati, the Chief Wildlife Warden, said that Mr. Dhakate was not authorised to issue any such order.Also Read Corbett Tiger Reserve workers get the nod to kill armed poachers