Junelle Bromfield claimed her second gold medal and Jauavney James won a silver, both in the respective girl’s and boys’ 400 metres hurdles, yesterday, as Jamaica’s Commonwealth Youth Games team claimed a record haul of six medals at this year’s staging inside the Apia Sports Complex, Samoa.Bromfield took the gold in 1:00.78, while Jamaica claimed silver in a time of 51.43, as his teammate, Leonardo Ledgister, placed sixth.As the athletics section of the Youth Commonwealth Games ended, Jamaica finished in style, with four gold, one silver and one bronze. High jumper Lushane Wilson had won a bronze medal.The team also finished the Games among the top 10 of some 60 competing countries.St Elizabeth Technical High School’s Bromfield was the standout with a double gold in a 24-hour period, while Kevin Nedrick pulled off a stunning win in the shot put.Jamaica’s ‘A’ quartet of Leonardo Legister, Michael Bentley, Leon Clarke and Jauavney James won the boys’ 4x400m gold in three minutes, 13.45 seconds.Chef de Mission Alan Beckford congratulated the team’s performance.”It has been a fantastic experience,” he said.The Jamaica team presented Puma gear to a male and female athlete from Samoa as gifts.Jamaicans will return to action tomorrow, with swimmers Annabella Lyn competing in 800m freestyle and Joseph Black the 50m freestyle.The team returns on Sunday.
8 August 2003There has never been a boxing champ as small as South African boxing giant Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala. At just 4ft 10in or 147cm, he is not much taller than the average 3ft 6in or 107cm tall Lord of the Rings hobbit.This, he tells me, as I feel like a giant looking down on him from my 5ft 8in (in heels) or 173cm, is part of the reason why he quit boxing at the age of 40 last year. He had run out of small people to fight.In a career that spans 30 years, he has always fought boxers of the same weight – flyweight – but who were taller than him. But flyweight fighters have all retired, and the next generation are still in training. He says: “There were no big names left to fight”.Was it a case of a small man doing a big sport to compensate for his height? Not at all. An only child and born in Meadowlands, Soweto, he learnt boxing from his father, who used to box for relaxation. So when the young Matlala went to the gym at the age of 10, he knew the basic moves, and slipped into the gym boxing culture very easily.Matlala has a vital energy about him, a ready smile and a relaxed confidence, which boils down to him quietly bubbling with charm. It’s easy to understand, when meeting him one on one, why people approach him in shopping malls or at the movies or when he goes to a restaurant, and greet him like an old friend. He is never impatient with his fans, and they are everywhere – he is always ready to stop and talk, and give them that smile.“Height is not an issue, it’s in the mind,” he says. Because of his height, his modis operandi in the ring is carefully worked out: “I work the body, then the head will come.” By that he means that he constantly throws punches at his opponent’s body until he tires, then the head drops, and that’s when Matlala gets his final punches in.The evidence is there – in 1996 in Las Vegas he left opponent Michael Carbajal a beaten man after nine rounds, with both eyes badly cut.And, says Matlala, he has perfected a punch that is unique to him, because of his height: “I hit over-arm, it’s my best punch.” And of course, he’s learnt to avoid his opponent’s punches, and throw more punches.The record books are proof that he knows his stuff: 52 wins, two draws and 12 losses over his career, with four world titles to his name – the World Boxing Organisation flyweight title in 1993, the light flyweight title in 1995, the International Boxing Association junior flyweight title in 1997, and the World Boxing Union flyweight title in 2001.Matlala believes that boxing is an art. Boxers must be smart and enjoy the sport, and never fight outside the ring. “Mike Tyson just wants to kill, he isn’t a smart boxer.”Just for the record, “flyweight” means that the boxer weighs in at 50kg. But now, out of training and retired, Matlala weighs in at 59kg. He says that when still boxing, it would take him two months to get to the right weight: “The first month is used to drop weight, the second month to prepare tactics.” In addition, he would monitor his diet.Those tactics extend to “persistence and having a good plan”. In 1983 he won the South African flyweight title, but lost it the same year to Vuyani Nene. It took him seven years to beat Nene, losing to him four times in the interim.DisciplineFor Matlala, more important than these aspects of his training is “discipline, dedication and positiveness”. He doesn’t drink or smoke, and used to get to the Dube Boys Boxing Club – now the revamped Dube Recreation Centre – at 5.30am, skip for half an hour to warm up, and be ready for boxing training by 6am.He is impatient of those who are not disciplined in their training. “Now they get to the gym at 5.45am, and are not ready to start training at 6am as they haven’t warmed up yet.”His recounts that his wife of 13 years says that he won’t be good at training young boxers because he has a problem with people who are not disciplined. But that’s hard to believe – he is very good-natured and generous, particularly to his fellow Johannesburgers. Besides training youngsters at Dube gym, he gives talks on motivation and discipline, on Aids awareness, and promotes boxing.He recently gave a motivation talk to a group of policemen in Hillbrow, talking particularly about discipline. He talks to youngsters in Soweto, also to street kids in the city, about Aids. He is an official City Aids ambassador.His message reflects his disciplined philosophy on life – he preaches abstinence. “It worked for me and my wife. We courted for eight years, I paid lobola in 1988, and we got married in 1990.” He discourages young people from living together. “You must have pride and family values – we lack them these days,” he says.UpbringingHe had a very ordinary upbringing. “My parents taught me to be focused. I went to school in Soweto; when I came home I did household chores.” He went to Wits University after school, but completed his BCom degree at Unisa.When he started boxing, his father encouraged him. His mother didn’t – she worried that he’d get injured and possibly killed in the ring.Matlala is also involved in Johannesburg’s “Project 100 Spots”, an illegal dumping pilot project in Soweto. Along with other city celebrities, like Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, he has been appointed champion of the project.He donates pairs of boxing gloves for auction to various charities. He says: “Whatever I have I share with others. I love kids; if I had serious money I would sponsor kids.”Matlala has two boys, aged 13 and six, who enjoy sport, but he is not pushing them to box. But they do watch it on TV.His role models in the boxing world are Sugar Ray Leonard, Joe Frazier and Muhammed Ali. “These boxers are not big-headed, they always keep a low profile.” Another role model is Nelson Mandela. The reason? “He is so humble and forgiving.”He is celebrated in his hometown in other ways. There’s a Baby Jake’s Diner in the Carlton Centre in the CBD, open since 1997. There used to be four Baby Jake Diners around town, but the others closed. Baby Jake does patronise the restaurant, but he says it is “always full”.At some outlets you can buy Baby Jake ice cream, and there used to be a soft drink available called Baby Jake. His famous nickname also appeared on a roll-on deodorant and razor blades.Writers Jack Blades and Theo Mthembu made their contribution with their biography, Baby Jake the legend.Johannesburg manMatlala is very much a Jo’burg man. He describes the city as the “best place”: “everything is happening here – boxers get sponsorship here, they train here, they live here”.He has broadened his sporting achievements: in 2001 he did the 120km Dusi Canoe Race; in 2001 he ran the Soweto Marathon; and this year he did the 90km Comrades Marathon as a celebrity. He’s planning to do the 2004 Comrades race more seriously, and the 56km Two Oceans race.There’s another aspect to his life: religion. He says he prays before every fight. “My wife taught me to give the glory back to the Almighty. One person is chosen by the Almighty to be outstanding. There is time for everything, God will know, we must wait our turn.”In the future he sees himself being a top businessman with his own brand of sports merchandise, including gloves, caps and t-shirts.I ask him what his favourite book is. It’s no surprise when he says it’s Anthony Robbins’ Awaken the giant within.Source: City of Johannesburg website Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
28 May 2012South Africa’s economy grew at a slower rate in the first quarter of 2012, but not as slowly as analysts had forecast, with mining production contracting but manufacturing showing considerable resilience.The economy grew by 2.7% in the first quarter on a seasonally adjusted and annualised basise, compared with 3.2% growth in the fourth quarter of 2011, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said in a statement on Tuesday.This was better than analysts’ forecast of 2.4%, according to news agency Reuters, with manufacturing being the surprise following a poor monthly showing in March.“We know mining was weak because of all the closures and strike activity, especially around platinum,” Stanlib chief economist Kevin Lings told Reuters. “The other sectors held up reasonably well, especially manufacturing.”Manufacturing showed growth of 7.7% in the first quarter, while finance, real estate and business services grew at 4.1%.The wholesale, retail, motor trade and catering as well as accommodation grew by 3%, while government services showed growth of 2.3%. Transport, storage and communication grew by 2.5%However, mining and quarrying contracted by 16.8% in the first quarter. Kedibone Mabaso, GDP manager at Stats SA, attributed the fall to lengthy strike action in the sector.Nedbank economists said the economy was still expected to show moderate growth, reaching 2.7% in 2012.“But the outlook is becoming increasingly murky, with Europe’s debt woes threatening to derail the global recovery and undermine local exports,” the bank cautioned, adding that mining, manufacturing and agriculture would remain under pressure.If problems in Europe persisted and resulted in capital expenditure cutbacks and retrenchments, South Africa’s domestic spending would also be hurt and the growth outcome would be much weaker than is currently anticipated.“Given the softer growth trend locally and an increasingly uncertain global environment, with turmoil in Europe and signs of softer activity in most key emerging market economies, the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee is likely to maintain its accommodative monetary policy stance until the downside risks to global and local growth fade and more compelling signs of momentum emerge,” Nedbank said.“Interest rates are likely to remain on hold at current low levels until March next year.”SAinfo reporter and BuaNews
Related Posts It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking of the app economy as a fully developed and mature space. And while it’s not the wild wild West that it was two years ago, the economy is still rapidly evolving – and we’re about to see some significant changes in 2011. 1. The Virtual Good is God – it’s all about in-app purchasingDoes it seem like everyone and their mother are talking about virtual goods? That’s because everyone is. And everyone’s mother just spent $200 buying virtual cows for her virtual farm. The virtual currency economy is big and growing – and it’s no joke for gaming publishers looking to monetize. Inside Virtual Goods recently published a report predicting that the virtual goods market in the U.S. alone will hit $2.1 billion in revenues this year.Monetization through virtual goods made a splash in 2010, but in 2011 we’ll see the economy grow into a real beast to be reckoned with. This year more iPhone and Android games will move from paid or subscription-based apps to a combination of in-app purchasing and advertising to monetize. Guest author Michael Chang is co-founder and the CEO of Greystripe. He has worked as an associate at Incubic Venture Capital and as an engineer and product manager with SAN pioneer Gadzoox Networks. He has a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS from Carnegie Mellon.2. Mobile ads are about to transform – the formats and placements within apps are going to changeWhen mobile ads first hit the market, the online format was simply slapped onto the smartphone. Since the beginning, standard banner ads have been king – placed haphazardly on every screen of an app and each page of the mobile Web. This year will be the year advertisers start to pay as much attention to where and how an ad is placed as they do to the number of impressions and clicks. We’re going to start seeing more and more large, engaging ads delivered as interstitials – placed at natural transition points in content. The actual ads are evolving too. Rich media will become common. Video ads will also grow dramatically, which will come as no surprise to any Angry Bird-er who experienced video ads this holiday season.3. Regional and local ads will become commonplace – but hyperlocal ads will wait until 2012Local was the mobile buzzword of 2010 – and it’s not going away any time soon. Throughout the year, local and regional ads are going to be popping up more frequently. BIA/Kelsey predicts location-targeted ads will grow from $400 million in 2010 to over $2 billion by 2014. Scale is driving better opportunities for targeting, and more advertisers are taking advantage. But even though the climate is ripe for local, you shouldn’t expect an onslaught of hyperlocal ads. Yes, you’ll start seeing more ads for the Best Buy near you. But you won’t be overwhelmed with ads for the pizza place downstairs quite yet.4. An Android application store will enhance payment and discovery. (It better, if Android wants to win the competition for developers.)Last year was the year for Android – Google’s Android OS overtook iPhone in the total number of subscribers. But with the iPhone coming to Verizon, Android is going to have to step up its game if it wants to stay on top. In particular, Android’s marketplace has proven to be a key limitation. Apple’s App Store, while hardly perfect, is far superior to Android’s for finding and purchasing new apps. Android needs to figure out a way to organize its apps and simplify the checkout process. Someone will figure it out in 2011. Maybe it will be Google who has announced plans for upgrades. Maybe it will be a third party like Amazon.5. The wild cards: Emerging platforms, cross-platform HTML5 apps, non-Apple tablets and interactive TV A few potential app economy game changers need to be watched this year. Windows and Blackberry will make a strong push in 2011 for market share of high-end smartphones. This could increase fragmentation of the mobile app economy but should also contribute to the shift toward cross-platform HTML5 mobile websites that look and feel like native apps. The introduction of iPad alternatives will be an indication of how big the tablet market can be. Google and Apple’s TV products will test if the mainstream is ready for interactive TV. It’s clear that we’re entering an exciting time.Disclosure: the author is the CEO of a mobile advertising network.Photo by Jorge Quinteros Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … guest author 1 Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Duran Duran have announced that they will donate royalties from Eagles Of Death Metal’s cover of Save A Prayer to charity.The song is currently the focus of a campaign aimed at getting the Eagles Of Death Metal to number 1 on the charts, following the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday. The band were performing when 87 people were killed by gunmen at the Le Bataclan theatre.“We are honoured that the Eagles of Death Metal covered “Save A Prayer,” and included it on their most recent album. In fact, it was a thrill playing the song together recently on TFI Friday in London,” Duran Duran blogged on their website. “We bumped into the band on Friday afternoon of last week, when we were all on our way to Paris on the Eurostar. We were opening Al Gore’s Climate Change concert broadcast there, and they were playing at the Bataclan.“What happened that night defies any kind of comprehension. The tragedy that unfolded at their show, and around the city, brought immeasurable sadness to so many and shocked the world. We wholeheartedly support the campaign that the fans have mounted to show solidarity to the band that they love.“We will be donating all of our royalties from the sale of this version of the single. There are a number of causes under consideration, all of which are peaceful, effective and unifying.”To join the campaign, click here.Eagles Of Death Metal also released their first statement following the attacks:“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.“Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.“We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.“All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.“Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”