first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness has expressed his disappointed regarding Neil Lennon’s unexpected departure from Celtic. Jim McGuinness has said he will miss Neil Lennon following his departure from Celtic Park.McGuinness was appointed as a performance consultant at the Glasgow giants in November 2012, after majority shareholder Dermot Desmond recommended him to Lennon.Lennon has since parted company with the Scottish champions last month, saying it was time for a new chapter in his managerial career. McGuinness is keeping a close eye on developments at Celtic Park, but he paid tribute to Lennon for giving him his chance at the club.McGuinness said, “I’m following things like everybody else.“There is a lot of stirring and movement at the club.“I must say that Neil was excellent with myself. He was someone I had a good relationship with, chatting about Gaelic football on a Monday morning was great and it was good for me. “I’m sure whoever the candidate is, the calibre of people they’re talking about being in the frame are all top quality managers, and would bring a lot to the position.“For giving me the opportunity first and foremost, I have to be very thankful for that.With Roy Keane ruling himself out of the job, it is expected the Celtic board will choose between former West Brom manager Steve Clarke or former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay.McGuinness hopes to stay with Celtic but expects his role to change once they bring in their new manager.“I hope I will (stay), yes, but with change there always will be change, so we will see what it brings. “Whatever person comes in now, hopefully I will do my best regardless.For the time being McGuinness will focus his attentions on the Ulster SFC semi-final between Donegal and Antrim.Antrim defeated Fermanagh in a thrilling encounter at Brewster park last weekend and McGuinness knows the semi-final will be a difficult clash for his Donegal side.MCGUINNESS REVEALS HE WILL MISS NEIL LENNON was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Jim McGuinnessnewsSportlast_img read more


Penza: If this is Humboldt State football’s final home game ever, give them the send-off they deserve

first_imgArcata >> The sounds of chainsaws at the Redwood Bowl during September, October and November have been customary with every Ja’Quan Gardner touchdown run or Robert Webber scoring pass over the past four years.Based on how they’ve played, there’s been plenty of revving of engines, plenty to celebrate at the Redwood Bowl along the way.Saturday is the Humboldt State football team’s final regular-season game of 2017.There’s a share of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title on the line. …last_img


Video: It starts with you

first_imgA television advert by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, a founding member of the Movement for Good, shows how change for a better South Africa starts with small, everyday actions – and starts with each of us. Click arrow to play video.The advert was first aired in February 2009.last_img


Local music festivals rock in South Africa

first_imgThe featured artist at the 2012 Splashy Fen festival is Zulu guitarist Madala Kunene. (Image: Deon Maritz) For sheer scenic attraction, Splashy Fen is unrivalled.(Image: C-Weed) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandy Carlo  C-Weed Entertainment Promotions  for Splashy Fen  +27 31 564 9074 • Tess Manders  Hilltop Live  +27 12 326 0560 • Dawid Fourie  RAMfest  +27 21 883 3607 or +27 76 416 7230 RELATED ARTICLES • Rocking the nation, and the world • Hot SA musicians head to Cannes • SA’s ‘zef’ trio thrash music scene • Jazz festival brings stars to Cape TownEmily van RijswijckSouth African music lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to music festivals, from the internationally acclaimed Oppikoppi, to a family affair like Splashy Fen and the award-winning eco-friendly Rocking the Daisies.The mix of eclectic music and under-the-stars camping in Woodstock style which is characteristic of all these festivals is proving to be a winner in the country, with attendance numbers growing each year.Locals and overseas visitors alike turn up in droves to enjoy the vibe.While some, like the RAMfest, are still in their infancy, Oppikoppi turns 18 this year and Splashy Fen came of age in 2011.Festival goers delight in much more than the music though, because each event has its own unique character and attractions. These range from the Oppikoppi bushveld to the majestic Drakensberg vistas of Splashy Fen and the unrivalled Cape Town beauty at Rocking the Daisies.Oppikoppi 18From its small beginnings in 1994 as an Afrikaans music festival, this event has grown into one of South Africa’s most popular and has also caught the attention of the international market.Voted as the fourth-best music festival held outside the UK by British newspaper the Daily Mirror in 2008, over the years the festival has established itself as a ‘must-do’ event in the eyes of its zealous followers.Like its name, which is a variant of the Afrikaans “op die koppie”, meaning “on top of the hill”, the Oppikoppi experience is as diverse as its loyal supporters.Each year offers a different theme such as the 2011 Unknown Brothers, 2010’s Smoor verlief (completely infatuated) and sexy.crooked.teeth of 2009, hinting at the off-the-wall Oppikoppi experiences one can expect.This year Oppikoppi 18 celebrates its new-found maturity.And expect to hear and to respond to the Opppikoppi festival cry regularly. It is simple yet effective: anyone shouting “oppi” will get a raucous and enthusiastic “koppi” reply from all within earshot.A firm favourite is the Couch competition which takes place throughout the three days and involves a couch makeover, the more creative the better. Judges select the best couch of the day and give the winners some time on stage with the performing artists.If you have never been to Oppikoppi, chances are you will be told by most of the regular attendees that “you have not yet lived”. Indeed, for the faithful the festival has become “a near religious experience”, notes the Oppikoppi Facebook page.This year, Oppikoppi will be even bigger with Hilltop Live organisers planning to expand the festival to accommodate 18 000 people.Affectionately referred to as “Mordor” because of the dust and thorns attendees have to contend with, in a way these inconveniences have just added to its popularity.And while most opt for the do-it-yourself experience of putting up their own camp sites, the Kreef Hotel has become an institution in its own right, over the years providing excellent temporary accommodation at Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen, Rocking the Daisies and recently the RAMfest.The word ‘hotel’ is a misnomer; festival goers stay in prepitched tents, albeit with a choice of accommodation, from the luxurious Caviar option which includes a camping bed, bedside table and table light, to the Threesome option, a tent with three mattresses.An initiative started by Chris Kreef in 2001, the hotel is referred to by its founder as a “zero point five star tent hotel for the cream of the scum”.At the least, patrons can expect hot showers, security, an excellent buffet breakfast and pristine portable toilets as part of the package.The Kreef Hotel also offers a “play and stay” option to artists which allows customers to rub shoulders with some of South Africa’s top performers around the fire.Oppikoppi 18 takes place from 9 to 11 August at its regular venue, Oppikoppi Farm in Northam, Limpopo province.Splashy fenSouth Africa’s longest-running music festival is Splashy Fen, established in 1990 by Peter Ferraz and his wife Almary after they attended the Festival of the Flower Children at Woburn Abbey in the UK back in 1967.Bowled over by this experience, Ferraz dreamed about creating a similar experience here South Africa.Some time later he bought a farm outside the dairy community of Underberg in the Mzimkulu River Valley in KwaZulu-Natal. Surrounded by the magnificent Drakensberg mountains, Ferraz realised that this was the perfect venue and he and his wife set about making their dream a reality.He recalls on the website: “We realised immediately that the farm was perfect for a music festival with its natural amphitheatre, great acoustics, breathtaking mountain vistas, winding river and lots of fields for camping. No one could ask for a more ideal setting.”From its early beginnings as a folksy festival for the family, Splashy Fen has grown into one of South Africa’s premier outdoor festivals. While the organisers promise that the basic recipe has not changed, what has changed is the spectrum of music genres on offer, not just folk and rock, but pop, dance and other contemporary styles to appeal to the broadest possible audience.The festival is not just about music. Viewed as a total outdoor experience for the family, it offers craft stalls, children’s entertainment and a number of adventure activities including a drive up the Sani Pass, the notoriously difficult road linking between South Africa and Lesotho. Sani Pass is also famous for having the highest pub in Africa at its summit.This year’s featured act is Zulu guitarist Madala Kunene. No stranger to the Splashy crowd, he’s played 11 festivals so far. Joining him are Van Coke Kartel, Lark, Arno Carstens and Albert Frost, Tidal Waves and a host of other groups and artists.Splashy Fen takes place from 5 to 9 April in Underberg at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal.The RAMfest A rock and alternative music festival which started in the Cape, RAMfest will be taking the vibe to five cities this year.Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth will host a variety of local groups, while four international acts have been signed up for Cape Town and Johannesburg: AWOLNATION from the US joins Swedish group In Flames, Infected Mushroom from Israel and drum and bass master NETSKY from Belgium.This is the first time the Swedish metalheads visit South Africa. “Get ready to hear some delicious metal brewed and matured in Sweden,” says vocalist Anders FridenRAMfest kicks off on 2 March at Hume Park in Port Elizabeth, then moves on to the Mystic Boer on 3 March in Bloemfontein, before heading out to Durban on 9 March.Following that, Gauteng residents can catch the line-up at Riversands Farm on 10 March and for those in the Western Cape, Ostrich Ranch in Cape Town on 11 March is the place to be.Festival goers can camp at the venues in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.Rocking the DaisiesRocking the Daisies is a Cape Town music and lifestyle festival which has made a name for itself as one of the greener events on the calendar. In 2011, Rocking the Daisies won a Climate Change Leadership Award for the second year in a row. A first in South Africa, the programme recognises and reward those who voluntarily implement activities to combat climate change.Besides its recycling efforts during the festival, Rocking the Daisies buys all its electricity from the Darling Wind Farm, South Africa’s very first farm of this nature.Rocking the Daisies is not just a music event, but offers a diverse line-up from stand-up comedy to gumboot dancing.Rocking the Daisies is preceded by a curtain raiser, Sowing the Seeds, which took place in February. The main event is set to take place in October 2012.Alternative festivalsEarthdanceThe annual Earthdance is a little different, and coincides with the international version. This event is aimed at bringing about peace and unity through group consciousness.Since its inception, Earthdance has been held annually in over 500 locations in 80 countries and is a regular event on the South African calendar.While some of the Earthdance festivals are more esoteric than others, Earthdance Johannesburg will this year be more commercial in nature, but the essential message of peace and sustainable living remains, the organisers confirm.“We want to create an event for all people and for all ages with all kinds of music to listen to.”Earthdance will take place on 22 September at venues still to be confirmed in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.AfricaBurnIn similar vein, an alternative festival called AfricaBurn, entirely set up and run by volunteers, takes place in the town of Tankwa in the Karoo every year.The AfricaBurn experience is unique in that it focuses strongly on self-expression, whether in the form of art, music or performance. Expect to be surprised as attendees are encouraged to “go ahead and do it”, with few limitations on creativity other than respecting others and adhering to safety rules.As forum member Travis puts it: “We do not determine what is going to be played – you do! And no one genre of music dominates this festival. We also don’t determine how it is going to be played.”AfricaBurn’s theme for 2012 is Mirage. It takes place from 25 to 30 April.last_img read more


Cloud Sherpas: Smoothing the Path for Google Apps in the Enterprise

first_imgRelated Posts Cloud Sherpas earns revenue by selling Google Apps licenses into new customers. Additionally, the company is offering new premium features for IT Administrators. So far, it looks like the product reviews and show that these services are welcome and the company has delivered on what administrators need. At least one customer has suggested that Cloud Sherpas become part of the basic Google Apps tools.Here is an overview of setting up Cloud Sherpas for Google Apps. Tags:#Announcements#cloud#cloud computing Cloud Sherpas is showing that where there are incentives to innovate, companies will. Listening to its corporate clients that are implementing Google Apps, Cloud Sherpas has started to bring Google Apps functionality closer to Microsoft Exchange – without waiting for Google to do it all by itself. Smooth Edges in the Google BubbleWe wondered what it is like to “be native” in Google Apps. Cloud Sherpas has chosen to let Google be the identity provider for their own customers who “add” Cloud Sherpas to their existing Google account as part of getting started. This is the default action in the marketplace and it seems to work best when your application is “only” in the Google marketplace.This approach highlights one of the key decisions that app developers will need to consider when building applications for Google Apps, especially porting applications that may already have user accounts.The more we learned, the more it becomes clear to the benefits for application developers to choose a platform and optimize for it. It appears, that the elusive “win-win” can be found in both bringing new customers to Google and for Cloud Sherpas to get a lot of customers by extending Google as needed to win the enterprise.Is Google Apps knocking on your IT doorstep? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike kirkwoodcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Cloud Sherpas offers additional IT administrative tools that help make it easy to manage the increasingly popular Google Apps platform. The company is riding the momentum of growth today announced over 300,000 end users under management by IT professionals who have depoloyed Cloud Sherpas as part of Google Apps.To learn more about the current state of affairs IT managers implementing Google Apps, we spoke with company founder, Michael Cohn. He shared with us a few of the insights that led the company to its products and what it means to “be native” within Google.More Tools, More Google, More Cloud Cloud Sherpas was one of the first fifty applications in Google Apps marketplace. It has leveraged this position to learn what tools are most needed by administrators of the platform. In the areas of its focus, it has extended the administration functionality of Google Apps to meet processes demanded by corporate clients. The company first product launch was a free tool, now the company is announcing a set of premium services as a companion to the free offering.Cohn shares his thoughts on the opportunity: “We’re 100% focused on making life easier for Google Apps admins. We think SherpaTools is a great fit for the largest companies and busiest IT pros.”There are several examples of admin tools in the market. Here are a few cited in the Cloud Sherpas press release:Ability to retain data when an employee leaves. Administrators suggested that Google Apps needed a utility to “transition” all the documents from a user when deleted. Cloud Sherpas offers this feature now as a premium featureEnabling the help desk. Cloud Sherpas offers a tool to help manage user accounts without giving full access to the account. This was an area where the practical use of Google Apps in the enterprise demonstrated a need for a new access control feature. Company directory services enabling administrators to add more information about an employee in a central location.last_img read more


Big Day for LivingSocial, with $10 Off a $20 Amazon Gift Card

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Of course, Amazon isn’t simply just another major retailer dabbling in the daily deal business. It’s also a major investor in LivingSocial, having put $175 million into the company in December. Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Jeremy Lew calls today’s deal “the first step of operational integration from that investment.” If so, this deal may be less about selling Amazon wares than introducing Amazon customers to the daily deal company.Any predictions on how many $10 off coupons will be sold by the time the deal ends this time tomorrow? Today looks to be a record-breaking day for the daily deal site LivingSocial. It’s offering a nationwide deal: a $20 Amazon gift card for $10. In just the first few hours of the sale, users have already purchased over 243,000 coupons. Some are predicting the deal is on a course to outperform the previous blockbuster daily deal, when Groupon offered $25 off a $50 purchase at the Gap. That resulted in some $13 million worth of coupons being sold. The LivingSocial deal still has 22 hours to go and has already sold over $2 million worth of coupons. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Amazon#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Sardar Singh feels Indian Hockey team deserves gold after all the hard work

first_imgSardar Singh is not new to responsibilities. He has been the face of Indian hockey for years now, often singlehandedly holding the team together in tough situations. Sardar has seen a lot of changes during his career – from coaches being axed to top players retiring; from not qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to making it to London four years later.Even after years of hard work, the midfielder’s love for the sport remains undiminished. With the team set for its next challenge – the Incheon Asian Games – Sardar is hoping to not just guide his team to a gold medal but also make a significant contribution to the team’s cause. “Besides the additional responsibility as skipper, I have always tried to ensure that my contribution as a player is not undermined. I never miss training sessions. I try to improve my performance every day,” Sardar told MAIL TODAY before the team’s departure to South Korea.So focused is the captain on the task at hand that he has even stopped using social networking sites to avoid distraction. “I have not been using my Facebook account for quite some time. My Twitter account is being managed by my fiance Ashpal Bhogal. I have tried to stay away from distractions.” Optimistic as always, Sardar feels the month-long camp was useful and the team is determined not to settle for anything except the gold medal. “We have prepared well and are just waiting for the Asian Games to start,” Sardar said.advertisement”With the way we have been training, the team deserves a gold medal. Of course, there are good teams like Korea, Pakistan and Malaysia, but I have full confidence in my team.”The skipper says his team might have an advantage in Incheon since they have been playing according to the new four-quarter format in the Hockey India League for two years. “All of us have played in the Hockey India League. So, we have a fair idea about the format,” he said.last_img read more