SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby The South African Rugby Union (Saru) on Thursday declared the first season of operation of its four Saru Rugby Academies – established last year in Border, Eastern Province, South Western Districts and Boland – a success. The CEO of Eastern Province Rugby, Charl Crous, said 19 of the 30 players currently enrolled at the Academy had played for the province’s under-U21 team, which narrowly missed out on being promoted to A-division after losing to Border in a playoff. ‘A massive improvement’“The biggest positive impact the Academy made in the Boland, was the good performances by our under-19 and under-21 teams in their provincial competitions, with both qualifying for the playoff rounds and showing a massive improvement from 2012,” said Smal. During the 2013, season, five out of the eight positions in the knock-out phases of the Absa Currie Cup under-21 B and under-19 B competitions were filled by teams featuring players from Saru’s Academy Programme. Eastern Province won the Absa under-21 B and under-19 B divisions after winning their finals in Nelspruit. 24 October 2013 ‘A significant role’“There can be no doubt that the Kings Academy has played a significant role in the identification, development and retention of young up-and-coming players from the region,” said Crous. “We’re planning to increase this in the coming years as we aim to roll out the Saru Academy programme across all 14 provincial unions. We could already see in 2013 what a difference it made helping these players by improving the quality of their facilities and coaching, while we also focus on things like conditioning, injury treatment and rehabilitation, mentoring, nutrition, tertiary studies, life skills and good accommodation. R18-million investedMervin Green, Saru’s general manager for development, said a total of R18-million was invested in equal portions across the four Academies this year. He also lauded Saru’s High Performance Mobi-Unit for the key role they played in ensuring the Academies had a good start in 2013. “The performances of these teams this season is testament of the commitment and hard work that was done in those provinces, which are crucial in our identification and development of talented young players,” Saru CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement. “It was superb to see how the Academies and the provinces co-operated this year, and I believe that is one of the many reasons why they were so successful. I’m confident we’ll see the positive effect at a higher level in the next couple of seasons.” The Academies are funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and are located in areas that traditionally have high numbers of black players. Rassie Erasmus, Saru General Manager for High Performance, said: “The feedback we’ve received on the involvement of the Mobi-Unit has been very good. We worked with all four Academies at least twice this year and were very well received. It was also good to interact with the coaches there.” ChampionsIn their respective finals the EP under-21s – unbeaten in the league phase and knock-outs in 2013 – beat their Boland counterparts 59-19, while the EP under-19s defeated the Valke 56-40 in a high-scoring final. In the U19 B division, Boland and South Western Districts made it to the semi- finals before being eliminated from the competition. “Our return on investment in the first year was massive and we really got off to a very positive start this year,” said Green. Nine Academy players represented the Eastern Province under-19s this year which, after winning the Absa under-19 B competition, secured promotion to the A- division in 2014 after defeating Border in a promotion/relegation playoff. Willie Smal, the CEO of Boland, said the Saru Academy allowed his union to retain a lot of the young talent in the province and made a massive difference in Boland’s junior teams’ results this year. “We’ve not only given them opportunities to play, but because our Academy is situated on the George campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the players also got the opportunity to study.” “The support and commitment from Saru, through their partnership with the Academy, has played an integral part in the successes achieved.” South Western Districts CEO Johan Prinsloo lauded the programme and said 19 Academy players featured for the Eagles at under-19, under-21, Vodacom Cup and Absa Currie Cup level this year. “It was great to see so many players come through and gain valuable experience on the playing field,” said Prinsloo. “Out of our group of 30 Academy players, a total of 28 played for our junior teams, while Ashley Esau played one Vodacom Cup match for the senior team and a couple of players also trained with our senior Absa Currie Cup team.” Aim“Our aim is to ultimately help create a fully professional rugby player. In the long term, we’re aiming to produce 70 professional black players in the next four years, of which 25 will hopefully go on to play in Vodacom Super Rugby in five years’ time and by 2019, we’d like to see eight new black Springboks emerge from the Academy programme.”
A New York man was arrested this week in Oregon for using forged barcodes to purchase more than $33,000 worth of merchandise for approximately $1,100, according to Tigard police. Jose Modesto Adon-Cano, 25, of New York, was arrested Monday on an aggravated theft charge. Police say Adon-Cano’s arrest comes after a loss prevention officer at a Tigard Home Depot observed him affixing forged barcodes to items last week.According to detectives, loss prevention officers at the store on Southwest Sequoia Parkway called law enforcement after reportedly observing the Adon-Cano placing circuit breakers and outlets in his shopping cart and then attaching lower-priced, forged bar codes to the merchandise… Fox12 Oregon Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
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Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Overall, I was impressed by the artists I explored on Google+. They post colorful, creative things and there is a sense of community amongst artists and art fans on Google+.I still want to know what percentage of the 40M people on Google+ come back and interact with the site every day. But I take Robert Scoble’s point that there are very active niches on Google+, such as the artists I discovered today, which does point to the future of this service.Let me know of other artists using Google+ in the comments here, as I want to find more of them! Related Posts Last week I questioned how many active, daily users Google+ really has. We know it has a huge user base – according to Google, it’s over 40 million users. But Google won’t talk about how many of those people are actually active on the service. All indications are that it’s a small percentage of the total user base. My post was strongly challenged by Google+ power user Robert Scoble, who said that I was missing the point. “Google+ is for finding, and talking with, the people who are interested in the same thing you are,” he wrote. So how to find those interesting people? There are a few main ways to find groups of people in Google+. One is by using the search feature on Google+, which as you’d expect from the search giant is very good. Another is to subscribe to shared circles. The third is by hunting out lists created by the community. As I started my exploration of artists on Google+, I stumbled upon a group of lists curated by freelance designer and illustrator Leodor Selenier. She created a project named G+Artistic, described as “weekly updating lists about talented people, who share their Skills, Talent, Art, Craftsmanship, and Design.” She targeted Visual Artists, Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, Art Crafters, Jewel Designers and other artistic types.Part 1 of her project introduced me to 19 artistic people on Google+. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Through that post by Leodor, I discovered an artist named Kelly McKernan (from Atlanta, Georgia). Kelly is using Google+ to (among other things) update her followers on pieces that she’s working on. For example, a watercolor named “Atonement” was posted at an early stage, then a couple more times, and finally the finished painting was posted. The great thing is that an early iteration received a comment that advised a subtle change – which Kelly then implemented! Now that’s the Web at its best, when there is a two-way creative process. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#art#Google#social networks#web Leodor Selenier has 9 other similar lists, which you can check out by visiting her Google+ profile. Currently she doesn’t appear to offer any shared artist circles, but perhaps that’s coming in the near future.It took a bit of work to find a shared circle of artists (not sure if that was just me, or the search is inadequate in helping Google+ users find shared circles about a particular topic). However I did eventually find this one by James Day. It features 65 artists. I’ve subscribed and will monitor it over the coming weeks. richard macmanus A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says a special unit is to be established within the Ministry to direct the development of linkages with other Ministries and agencies, in an effort to boost provisions within the sector. Addressing a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, Dr. McNeill said an advisory committee, comprising GraceKennedy’s Chief Executive Officer, Don Wehby; Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) President, Evelyn Smith; and Financial Analyst, Ralston Hyman, was set up earlier this year, to assist in guiding the formation of the unit, which is expected to be established early in 2013. The overall undertaking is being headed by Permanent Secretary, Jennifer Griffiths. Minister McNeill said that the setting up of the unit is to ensure that Jamaica can gain the maximum benefit from the tourism industry, which has welcomed more than two million stopover and cruise ship visitors so far this year. This, he said, by encouraging increased expenditure by visitors, through the provision of more local products and services. “So, we have been working very hard on the linkages. Primarily, we have been focusing on agriculture and manufacturing, which are…two main industries that benefit from it (tourism). Of course, we…recognize that there are others – the entertainment sector, the transport sector, and many others, but we have been dealing with these,” he outlined. Dr. McNeill said that as part of the process meetings have been held with stakeholders, including the JHTA, with the most recent consultation held in Kingston last week. “We had a frank discussion. We looked at the concerns, and we discussed the way going forward and I think the meeting was very successful and it takes (us)…one step closer,” he stated. The consultative approach, he pointed out, is to ensure the stakeholders’ full input in creating a process that will benefit all interests. “The great advantage I have, right now, is the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, are working very closely with us. We are working with some of the groups in agriculture (and) we are working with the manufacturers; so there is a lot of input,” he stated. “What we are finding is that everybody is excited to work in the best interest of Jamaica and the best way to do that is to continue working with these…organizations, private sector and otherwise, and following their advice,” he stated. Minister McNeill informed that some of the recommendations already proposed include, establishing an e-commerce platform, and developing certain information flows, so that manufacturers for example, will know what the needs of the tourism industry are “and the needs that we are going to have, going forward.” “Information also has to go to the tourism sector on what is available in the manufacturing sector; so there is that information flow. And then, out of that, what you will then start to see are the possibilities, because we will see things that we don’t have that, maybe, the tourism sector needs, and then you will have the manufacturers being able to invest in that. We have to ensure that we can maximize the effect of those visitors that we bring to the economy of Jamaica.” Dr. McNeill stated.