first_imgThe lead changed numerous times during the final round as Kingston, England’s Simon Dyson and three Scandanavians, with similar sounding names – Denmark’s Anders and Søren Hanson, and Sweden’s Peter Hanson – vied for the title. Further down the leaderboard, South Africa’s Hennie Otto finished strongly with a four-under-par 68 to end the tournament on four-under 284. With victory came a cheque of €320 000 for Kingston – worth approximately R3.49-million rand. His first win on the Tour came on home soil in 2008, at the South African Open. The win didn’t come easily for Kingston, who led by two shots with two to play. However, a three-putt on the 17th, and a birdie by Anders Hansen left the pair tied for the lead on 13-under-par 275 after rounds of 69 and 67 respectively. Importantly, it also vaulted Kingston from 116th place on the Race to Dubai (European Order of Merit) standings to 46th. Incredibly, Kingston didn’t know that he would have a place at the Mercedes-Benz Championship until only a few weeks before the tournament. He explained: “I spoke to the lady who does my travel arrangements and she asked what I was doing. I said I wasn’t playing and she replied: ‘What do you mean? You’re in’. Race to Dubai standings At 43 years of age, Kingston is the oldest winner on the European Tour this season. Bernhard Langer holds the Mercedes-Benz Championships record at 44 years old. “I didn’t know at that stage. One minute you don’t even think you are playing, and the next you win it! Unexpected wins“It’s like the South African Open. I was injured a couple of days beforehand, and didn’t think I could play and I went on to win that. Two wins, and both of them unexpected.” 15 September 2009 At the end of the season, the top 60 players on the European Tour rankings will contest the Dubai World Championships which boast a massive prize fund of $10-million. The top 15 finishers in that event will share the money. He didn’t have to wait long to clinch the title as, on the first hole of the fourth playoff in the tournament’s history, Hansen failed to hole a shot from a bunker that he needed to force the playoff to a second hole. Three players finished within a shot of Kingston and Hansen on 276: Simon Dyson closed with a 70, Søren Hansen matched Dyson’s 70, and Peter Hanson closed with a 71. South Africans Last year’s Nedbank Challenge champion Henrik Stenson was next on the leaderboard, tied for sixth with Anthony Wall on 10-under-par 278. Thomas Aiken slipped to a 75, Trevor Immelman posted the same score, and Louis Oosthuizen went around in 74 as all three men finished on three-over 291. Charl Schwartzel posted a 71 and finished on one-under 287. South African golfer James Kingston had missed four cuts in succession heading into the European Tour’s Mercedes-Benz Championship at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Cologne, Germany. He found form when it mattered, though, lifting the title on Sunday for his first overseas European Tour victory. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img24 April 2014The countdown to the 2014 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France reached exactly 100 days for the Springbok Women on Wednesday. They face Australia in their opening pool match in Marcoussis.The Springbok Women will be appearing in their third successive World Cup, but have been handed a tough draw in Pool C. Apart from the Australians, they will also take on hosts France and Wales.The 39-member preliminary World Cup squad, which includes the 15 contracted Springbok Women’s Sevens players, have been hard at work since January preparing for the tournament.ConfidentCaptain Mandisa Williams said in a statement that she was confident this would pay off when her teams takes to the field in Marcoussis on 1 August.“This is an exciting time for the Springbok Women,” she said. “The fact that there are only 100 days to go to the World Cup has definitely sparked excitement among the players because we have been working very hard towards this goal. But I have no doubt that this will also trigger some nerves because we now have only a little over three months to complete our preparations and reach our peak form.”Williams added: “It is amazing how time flies. We began our preparations in January and all of the sudden there is a sense of urgency to make sure all the structures are in place and that players are as fit as can be. But we are excited about the tournament and we are optimistic that all the late nights at training and the weekend field sessions will pay off.”The Springbok Women will participate in the South African Rugby Union’s Women’s Interprovincial tournament for their respective provinces in the next two months, with the competition kicking off on Friday.Training campThe preliminary squad will then be reduced, with the players set to participate in a training camp at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria from 18 to 24 June before departing for Europe on 25 June for a Pre-World Cup tour.The tour will feature two clashes against the Nomads in London and a match against France.The clash against the French, who are the Women’s Six Nations champions, in particular, will be vital in the team’s preparations for what is expected to be their toughest pool clash at the World Cup, as it will give them an idea about what to expect from the hosts, while simultaneously allowing them to familiarise themselves with the country.‘Invaluable game time’“The pre-World Cup tour will be important in our preparation because it will offer us invaluable game time against quality opposition, while also exposing us to the playing conditions in Europe close to the World Cup,” Williams said.“We are also grateful that we will face France before the World Cup because there is no doubt they will enter the tournament as one of the favourites after winning the Women’s Six Nations competition and also since they will have the luxury of home ground advantage.”The women will reassemble in Stellenbosch on 14 July for their World Cup holding camp where the final touches will be made to their game plan for the showpiece, with the final 26-member World Cup squad departing for France on 27 July.Springbok Women 2014 WRWC Pool Fixtures 1 Aug: Springbok Women v Australia – Marcoussis5 Aug: Springbok Women v France – Marcoussis9 Aug: Springbok Women v Wales – Marcoussis SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgTags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Bumps in the RoadThere’s something that strikes me as a little awkward about the service, initially. I don’t think it’s quite got the grammar of intention-check-ins down quite right yet. When I said I wanted to grab food, the app suggested places near me right now. I’m going downtown to the train station though – there’s no way to change my location to that spot and search from there. I can just say, effectively, “I want to eat food at the train station.” And then use the free text comment area to say “I don’t really want to eat at the train station, I want to eat near the train station, where I will be later, who can recommend a good place near there?” At that point the structured part of the data and search feel like more trouble than they are worth. I may as well use Twitter. The exciting part about Ditto is its structured activity types and the way they are supposed to just let me click a few big buttons and have expressed my desire for something to do.It’s not clear if I’m supposed to post to Ditto after I leave home or when I’ve arrived someplace. I’m not sure if the venue database is supposed to tell me where exactly I should go or if my friends are. I’m not clear why I would use Ditto to tell my friends where I am if I am already there. Is Ditto still for suggestions? Is it still unique? I suspect that Ditto is going to be most useful when I’m wandering around in an urban environment, with available friends nearby, with time to kill and a general idea of the type of activity I want to engage in but without clarity on where I want to do it. That isn’t very often, to be honest.It could just be a new way to use the social Web and thus feel unfamiliar to me, but the relationships between place and venue, intention and real-time, activity and recommendation, Ditto and other social applications like Twitter and Foursquare are all going to take some time to get worked out better than they are right now, I think. There’s certainly huge potential here though.Structured activity stream data, especially if offered in a standardized format, could serve as a platform not just for recommendations but for analytics, targeting across platforms and many other types of innovative services of value to users, service providers and commercial organizations.Big Ambitions The combination of a pleasing interface with structured activity data as output could make all kinds of things possible in the future. Engeström says the things the service learns from the way its users interact with the first set of options will influence how future activity types and iterations are implemented. Nearby movie listings are integrated already, but Engeström says that books, movies and music will all be offered soon as well, using services like Netflix and Spotify. “The idea is to discover something new,” Engeström says. “Foursquare rewards you for going back to a place over and over again, we’re the oposite of that. We’re looking for generic discovery mechanisms that will make it easy to apply to anything. We think this could replace Google as a way to find things to consume.” (Ditto would then monetize those consumption recommendations through affiliate fees or advertising.)That’s a very ambitious goal, but the design, focus on data, vision and pedigree behind Ditto are enough to help it gather some prominent backing to pursue that goal. The company is funded by hot startup backers Betaworks (Twitter, Tweetdeck, Tumblr and many more) and True Ventures (StockTwits, Urban Airship, GigaOM and more). Those are investors who focus on companies with a strong love of data – so don’t think that this app is just about pretty pictures and sharing things with your friends.Ditto is fresh out of the gate and will likely see a whole lot more features and interface development soon. The minds behind it are very sharp, and the opportunity here is huge. I hope the service ends up feeling like something I want to launch regularly. I’m not sure I want Google telling me what to do next – but I think I would like it quite a bit if a service like Ditto, and my friends using it, could come up with some good ideas. marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology “I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions,” Google’s then-CEO Eric Schmidt said last summer. “They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.” What should you be doing next? A former Googler named Jyri Engeström, whose microblogging service Jaiku was cooler than Twitter, but was acquired into oblivion by Google three years ago, now thinks he can beat Google to the punch on that question. His new service Ditto launches today (iPhone app). It aims to use social suggestions, structured data and your existing Twitter and Facebook social graphs to recommend places and activities to fullfill your every desire. Ditto is a beautifully designed app for the iPhone. Users declare what they are going to do and where, then that message appears in the streams of all their friends. Friends can say “Ditto” with the click of a button, meaning they are going to or want to do the same thing, or they can reply with suggestions. I’m going to the Amtrak Station in downtown Portland this evening and I’d like to grab food nearby, for example. When I clicked the big, plush button for the activity type “Eat Out” I was then given the option to drill down into a sub category of sub-types of this activity: Asian, Breakfast, Fast Food, Mexican, etc. Had I said I wanted to exercise, a whole other set of options would be available (jogging, gym, soccer, etc.) and the activity types end up acting as constraints on the types of venues that pop up from the Foursquare database when I click to select a venue. (If I happen to be within 120 meters of that venue, I can choose to be automatically checked-in there on Foursquare, too.)Once I declare my intention to eat near the train station, my friends offered suggestions where I should grab food. It was cool. My expression of interest could have been pushed to Twitter or Facebook, or it could remain within Ditto, where such expressions make the most sense in context. (People complain when you Tweet about what you ate for breakfast already, imagine Ditto messages pushed to Twitter about the mere fact that you intend to eat breakfast!) If I like a friend’s suggestion, I can thank them and they will get a little trophy on their profile.last_img read more

first_imgGovt. to seek death penalty for Kopardi rapists  Mr. Nikam had argued that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by the three accused, Jitendra alias ‘Pappu’ Shinde, Santosh Bhaval and Nitin Bhailume for the rape and murder of the minor. He said Shinde (accused no. 1) attempted to molest the girl five days before the actual crime that took place on July 13.The Kopardi crime spurred a wave of ‘muk morchas’ (silent rallies) from the Maratha community across the State and buttressed the community’s claim for Maratha reservation and a curb on the misuse of the Atrocity Act.Also Read  The Ahmednagar police first arrested Shinde (25) from Shrigonda, Bhaval (36) from Karjat.Bhailume (26 from Pune. All three were contractual workers in private companies or construction sites.The incident was likened to the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case in the extent of its brutality, with medical reports suggesting that violence of a particularly feral nature was inflicted on the 15-year-old girl, who belonged to the Maratha community.Reports stated that the victim’s limbs were broken, her arms dislocated from her shoulders, and her skin shorn from her body. After the crime, the accused, who belong to a lower caste, allegedly threatened the parents of the victim that they would file an atrocity case against them if they dared to lodge a case of rape and murder. The Ahmednagar district and sessions court in Maharashtra on Monday rejected a petition of the defence counsel for one of the accused in the Kopardi rape and murder case seeking the summoning of Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam as one of the witnesses.Last month, Balasaheb Khopade, lawyer for Santosh Baval, one of the accused in the rape and murder of a minor in Kopardi village last July, submitted the unusual petition in the court.The reason the defence counsel gave in the petition for naming Mr. Nikam as one of the witnesses was that he was ostensibly ‘biased’. Advocate Khopade, along with his daughter, advocate Vijaylaxmi Khopade, had accused Mr. Nikam of ‘coaching’ witnesses in his home and maintained that fabricated documents were submitted as evidence by the prosecution.Following the quashing of his petition, Mr. Khopade said he would move the Bombay High Court on the same. He said the Ahmednagar court had given time till July 24 to review the state of the appeal on his petition (summoning Mr. Nikam) in the High Court.In his petition, Mr. Khopade pointed to the big time lag between the appointment of Mr. Nikam as Special Public Prosecutor (barely 10 days after the rape incident) and the filing of the charge sheet naming 70 witnesses on October 7 last year (86 days after the crime).The 350-page charge sheet that was filed by the Ahmednagar police under sections 302 and 376 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) set forth testimonies of the 70 witnesses, including the girl’s kith and kin.Also Read Ahmednagar tense after brutal murder of minor girllast_img read more