Heroes’ welcome for Olympic champs

first_img10 August 2012 South Africa’s Olympic gold medallists, Cameron van der Burgh and Chad Le Clos, arrived home to a warm welcome from a cheering crowd at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday morning. The crowds braved the chilly weather to greet the Olympic swimming champions with blowing vuvuzelas, waving flags and placards that read: “We are proud of you Chad and Cameron … Welcome back golden boys”. When their flight touched down at OR Tambo International Airport from London at 7am, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula was among the first to welcome them. Looking emotional and completely surprised by the huge crowd, Van der Burgh said: “We didn’t really expect this. It was so amazing to walk out here and see this huge crowd. Chad and I could not believe that this is for us.” Van der Burgh received a gold medal in London after winning the 100m breaststroke in a world record time of 58.46 seconds. Le Clos, who was in a jovial mood while displaying both his silver and gold medals, also used the opportunity to show the country his appreciation. “I just want to say to all the women out there – Happy Women’s Day! The support that we received from home while in London was so incredible; it meant so much to us, we really appreciate it.” Le Clos beat United States swimmer Michael Phelps to win the gold medal in the 200m butterfly before taking silver medal by tying for second position in the men’s 100m butterfly. Asked how he felt after beating the most decorated Olympian of all time, Le Clos said: “A lot of people know that Phelps is my hero, and when he won the gold medal in Athens [in 2004], I was 12 years old. I could not believe that I beat him, but I wanted [to] because gold is fantastic.” Le Clos said after getting out of the pool, Phelps gave him some words of encouragement. “He also wished me luck for the future,” said Le Clos. Mbalula praised South Africans for their support. “South Africa is a winning nation. Today our people are gathered here and everywhere in the country with joy … Sport unites our people; it is a time [to] come together to celebrate and remember that we are South Africans. “You will go down in history as heroes of our people, you are real heroes,” Mbalula told the two swimmers. Mbalula encouraged South Africans to increase their support for sporting teams. “We might not get the target of 12 medals set by Sascoc, but already there’s gold … thanks to Chad and Cameron. Long live to them and the rowing team.” The Olympians who are still competing in London will come back home next Tuesday. The Games wrap up on 12 August. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Over 6-million tax returns submitted

first_img26 November 2013 Over 6-million South Africans, representing 91.5% of the country’s eligible taxpayers, submitted their income tax returns for the 2013 tax season, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) reported on Monday. Of those required to submit a tax return, 91.5% did so on time, an increase of 5.5% from 2012. The total number of returns received by 22 November deadline was 7.7% higher than in 2012. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the increase was recorded despite the threshold for submitting a return having been upped from R120 000 to R250 000, and showed the continued growth in compliance by South Africans. “The ability to collect tax revenue from individual and corporate citizens to finance the provision of public services and the provision of socio-economic infrastructure has been one of the cornerstones of our democracy these past 20 years,” he said.Tax refunds Revenue from individual taxpayers this year amounted to R4.7-billion, which is R1- billion (27.4%) more than the R3.69-billion collected in 2012. Since the start of the tax season on 1 July, Sars paid refunds of R14.26-billion to 2- million taxpayers, which is R1.4-billion higher than the 2012 figure. Almost 95% of refunds were paid within 72 hours. Seven years into the migration from manual returns to electronic submission – via eFiling or at a Sars branch office – the changeover is almost absolute, with 99.86% of all returns submitted electronically, up from 98.86% in 2012. Only 6 471 manual or paper returns were submitted this year. Sars assisted taxpayers at branch offices to submit 2.7-million returns electronically, an increase of 6.1% from 2012. Returns submitted on eFiling by taxpayers themselves totalled 3.3-million, 7.7% higher than in 2012.Penalties Sars also received 1.55-million outstanding returns from previous years, which is 13.3% higher than the 1.4-million outstanding returns submitted the previous year. Of the 1.55-million outstanding return, defaulting taxpayers paid Sars a total of R674- million in penalties. Sars said it would continue to impose penalties against taxpayers who failed to submit their returns. Working with the South African Police Service in combating fraud, Sars has arrested 38 individuals who are suspected of having submitted fraudulent claims for tax refunds. The cases are at various stages of criminal prosecution before the courts. Sars is in the process of recovering about R29.2-million that has been fraudulently claimed as tax refunds. Sars said it would continue to combat such abuse of the tax system, and cautioned taxpayers not to disclose personal information – ID numbers, tax numbers, banking details and/or eFiling log-on details – to any third party who promised them a tax refund.Consumption taxes The annual tax season represents one of the biggest direct engagements between a public institution of the South African government and a growing body of millions of economically active citizens in the country. Anyone who was formally employed during 2012/13 was required to be registered with Sars, whether they were liable for income tax or not. Employers deduct PAYE from all taxpayers who are formally employed if they earn more than the tax threshold. PAYE deductions are then paid to Sars by the employer. On 31 March 2013, there were 15.3-million individuals registered for personal income tax. Although almost 9-million were likely to have earned less than the tax threshold, they also contributed to revenue collection through consumption taxes like VAT (Value Added Tax). Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

We interviewed the Mega-Event hosts who are about to attempt a Guinness World Record

first_imgThere are a lot of awesome geocachers out there. Some look for long lost geocaches, others go for 15 countries within 24 hours, and now a group of German mega event organizers are attempting an official Guinness World Record. There will be an attempt to create the world’s largest guestbook at the Maije im Saarland Mega Event in Germany this year. We’ve taken the opportunity to  interview the event organizers.Geocaching.com: Wow, great idea! We all love to sign logbooks — and geocachers love records! Can you share some more details on what your plan is?Maije im Saarland: We’ll try to build the world’s largest guestbook or for geocachers — the world’s largest logbook! This attempt is already registered with Guinness World Records now and we’ll try to get the world record during our Maije im Saarland Mega Event on May 27, 2017 in Losheim am See, Germany.GC: How was this idea formed?MiS: In autumn of last year we were thinking about what kind of logbook we could provide during our Mega Event. The initial idea was to provide a really long clothesline (to hang some log sheets on), but it turned into the idea to provide a really huge logbook. We reached out to Guinness World Records in November and now they are just waiting for us to provide evidence. After the approval, we reached out to different companies including Bresser who has agreed to provide the paper for logbook pages. We are currently planning out how we’ll build the book cover and bind everything together. Furthermore, we now need to provide statements from eyewitnesses and authorized experts, video and photographic evidence, and some more documentation.GC: This really sounds like a lot of effort! From a clothesline to the largest guestbook — how will it look and how large will it be?MiS: We are still working on the design and the only thing we are certain about is that we need to break the current record of 2.62m x 3.15m and get at least 250 signatures! This should not be an issue for a Mega Event — we envision getting ten times this number 🙂 GC: How can the geocachers sign the logbook?MiS: The guestbook will be available during our event on May 27, 2017 in the public area totally free of charge! GC: Thanks for doing this for the community. We wish you all the best of luck. Have lots of fun geocachers!MiS: We love to give back, and we would love to have as many people as possible to sign our guestbook! Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFind the Right Geocaching Party for YouNovember 12, 2014In “Community”Geocaching wird “Officially Amazing” – Guinness Weltrekord VersuchApril 20, 2017In “Deutsch”Terezin Games Mega-EventJune 6, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

How to Land Big Name Talent in Your Indie Film

first_imgLanding a recognizable cast will improve your indie film’s chances of success. Here are a few ways to attach name actors to your feature.Top image from IMDbMost indie film directors and producers that are just starting out will feel that they have no chance of landing well known actors in their project. Many of them incorrectly assume that you need a multi-million dollar budget to hire name talent or that you need an “in” with a major talent agency. While money and connections can certainly help make things easier, they are by no means the only way to attract talent. In fact, many independent films are able to cast incredible actors at reasonable rates.The fact is that many established actors are willing to work on independent films under the right circumstances and casting name talent can absolutely be done. Below, we’ll explore this by looking at four things to take into account when casting well known actors in your indie film.1. Money isn’t everything.Image from IMDbThe idea that the only way to land a name actor is to pay their full rate is simply untrue. Money is one of only several factors that actors take into account when accepting or rejecting an offer, and if your production isn’t heavily budgeted then you need to look for alternate ways of making your project look attractive.Many times, filmmakers working on small budgets don’t even let the idea of working with established talent enter their minds, and in the end they make zero effort to explore their options. The truth of the matter is that many Hollywood actors work on low budget films all the time for next to nothing, simply because they believe in the project and know it will add value to their careers in other ways.2. Distribution matters.Image from Angelika FilmsHaving a distribution deal in place before you approach name talent will dramatically improve your chances of booking them. It is very common for filmmakers to do pre-sale agreements with distributors that essentially stipulate the distribution company will front a set amount of budget during development/pre-production so that the film can be funded, and in turn will be distributed by that company.Often times, independent films will pre-sell their foreign distribution before they even go to camera and save domestic distribution for after the film is complete. Regardless of the specific agreement that you might be able to make with a distributor, having distribution in place before approaching actors is absolutely essential. It will let them know that your project is real and that their work will actually get seen once the film is complete.3. Use a casting director.Image from One on One NYCCasting directors are an amazing resource for low budget filmmakers, yet so many filmmakers choose to go at the casting process completely alone. Casting really is an art, and a good casting director is not only highly skilled at picking talent, but also has established lines of communication with agents, managers, and talent. Not to mention, casting directors can be immensely helpful creatively by offering up suggestions for talent that might be a great stylistic fit for your story.By hiring a casting director you are essentially gaining access to their vast knowledge of the talent pool in any given city, and their invaluable insight into the process as a whole. In the end, you are far more likely to land established talent by going through a casting director in most scenarios.4. The script matters above all else.There are many ways to cast well known actors in your film, and there is no perfect formula to do it. Some productions are able to do it through casting directors, others do it through personal connections, some will approach talent directly and show them a distribution offer… But there is always one constant in any casting situation – a very strong screenplay.The number one thing that actors need to see from you is an incredible story and a rich character for them to sink their teeth into. Everything else on this list is essentially leading up to the point of you putting a screenplay in front of an actor, but once you are there, it’s the material that you present to them that matters.It can take a lot of time, effort, and sometimes money to get your script read by agents, managers, or talent themselves, so always make sure you’re putting your best foot forward. Don’t even consider taking any initial steps with regards to casting until you have a bullet proof screenplay in place that is original, marketable, and offers unique roles that will be enticing to actors.Here’s a collection of articles from around the web that touch on indie film casting:5 Essential Tips For Casting Your Indie Film13 Huge Stars Who Took Smaller Roles in Big Movies13 Ways to Cast A-List Actors in Microbudget FilmsGot any casting tips for indie filmmakers? Which actors would be in your dream cast? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

Last time they met

first_imgBy BEN HARRISWith the 2012 State of Origin series only 24 hours away, I’ve decided to go back in time and look at the last meeting New South Wales and Queensland had in the mate versus mate tournament.The year was 2008, and what a year it was.The then Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, said “sorry” to the Stolen Generation, Americans went Obama-crazy for their 44th President and this reporter sported a hair-do that rivalled Elvis.But enough of the other “highlights”, the real event of the year was in August – no, not the Beijing Olympics – but Touch Football’s State of Origin held at Tempe on August 22 and 23.The nation’s fiercest rivals in sport went head-to-head in 13 divisions from women’s 20s to men’s 50s.After two days of spectacular touchdowns, intense matches and close score lines, NSW won nine of the 13 divisions.This is what went down in history in each of those divisions.Men’s Opens: NSW 2-1After losing to Queensland 2-1 in 2006, NSW were out for revenge in the 2008 version.Game one was as thrilling as you could have got with NSW winning 9-8 in game one.NSW legend Jamie Stowe bagged four touchdowns in the game, which is a record in the men’s competition.Game two and Queensland struck back with an 8-5 victory. Chris Farrow and Nathan Jones scoring two touchdowns each, and NSW player Anthony Ziade grabbing three.With the division on the line, the final match was a beauty with both teams trading touchdowns. But in the end it was the boys in blue that won 7-5.Women’s Opens: NSW 2-1NSW took out game one of the women’s opens with ease, defeating Queensland 5-2.However, the next two matches were tight and low-scoring.NSW were able to wrap up the division with a 3-2 win in the second match but Queensland came back in the third to deny their rivals a clean sweep.Nikki Etheridge and Greta Perkins scoring touchdowns for the maroons as they won 2-1.Mixed Opens: Queensland 3-0Queensland were unstoppable in the mixed opens by winning all three games.Their romp started with an 8-5 victory on day one and it was followed it up with another comfortable win in game two, 10-5.The third match, NSW tried hard to deny Queensland of a clean sweep but they were beaten 6-5.Men’s 20s: NSW 3-0The “babies” of the squads always throw up an exciting and enthralling show for the crowd, and there were no exceptions.NSW’s Dylan Thompson found the Touchdown Zone on three occasions as his side went home 7-4 winners.Game two also went the way of the boys from NSW but only by the skin of their teeth, 8-7.Thompson was again in the thick of the action as his double and a pair to Michael Singh gave NSW a 3-0 division win when they won the third match 9-5.Women’s 20s: NSW 2-1Only one touchdown separated the two teams in 2006 and 2008 was no different.Both teams could barely be separated in each match.Queensland won the first match 2-1 but NSW returned the favour taking out game two 3-2.The third game was end-to-end stuff with both teams finding the Touchdown Zone on several occasions.But it was NSW who won the decider 6-5 with a double to Ashleigh Dind.Men’s 30s: NSW 3-0Only one word can describe the men’s 30s division in 2008 – domination.Unfortunately for Queensland, they were on the wrong end of some cricket-like scores.NSW player Adam Fahim scored a SOO record nine touchdowns – six in game two – from three matches.NSW won the division 3-0 after racking up scores of 12-0, 15-4 and 15-3.Women’s 30s: NSW 2-1As it was in the women’s 20s, only one touchdown was the difference after three gruelling matches.NSW took out the first game 2-1 thanks to touchdowns to Rachel Byrne and Melanie Harrison.Queensland got it back to 1-1 in the division following a 1-0 win in game two.However, NSW were able to overcome that defeat and record a 3-2 victory in the deciding match.Men’s 35s: NSW 3-0NSW swept this division with three wins but they were pushed all the way by their rivals in each game.NSW took out the opening two matches with the same score line, 4-3, but the third game was a lot higher scoring.The boys from the “first state” winning 8-7 with Matthew Russell scoring two touchdowns.Women’s 35s: Queensland 2-1Queensland had a reason to smile in this division, taking it out 2-1.They won the first match 4-2 but were shocked in game two when NSW fought back and recorded a 3-1 win.However, Queensland were soon back on top, winning the third match 4-1.Men’s 40s: NSW 3-0It was the Darren Currie and Brandon McDonald show in the opening two matches of this division.The NSW players scored three touchdowns each in game one and two respectively.NSW were completely dominant in the first two matches, claiming a 9-3 win match one and 9-1 in match two.Queensland put on a spirited effort in the third match but they were beaten 3-2.Women’s 40s: Queensland 2-1Queensland had revenge on their mind in this division after losing the 2006 series.After winning the first game 2-1, Queensland were confident of taking out the second.In an exciting match that saw Doreen Kearney score three touchdowns for NSW, Queensland won the second match 6-4.Not going home without a win, NSW fought back to claim the third game 4-3.Men’s 45s: NSW 3-0With rugby league great Cliff Lyons in their mix, NSW were too strong for Queensland in the men’s 45s, claiming the division 3-0.NSW took out the first game 7-3 then followed it up with a 6-1 victory in game two and an 8-3 win in the final match.Men’s 50s: Queensland 3-0The “veterans” of the competition can still produce some exciting touch football.And although the score line in the first two games show Queensland were dominant – 6-2 win game one and 7-3 victory in game two – the third match was tight.Rob McCarthy’s two touchdowns proved to be the difference and Queensland’s saving grace as they won 4-3 to clinch a 3-0 clean sweep.Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: SOO – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page.Related LinksLast time they metlast_img read more

Broadcast partners for the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership

first_imgKayo will be the only place you can watch all broadcasted games. Games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo. Sign up using this link: goto.kayosports.com.au/c/1396894/585543/9635?sharedid=artGame 1 (Saturday 6th April) and all other Saturday games will be available live and on-demand on Kayo, as well as NRL.com. (The NRL.com stream will be able to be viewed globally.)All Sunday games will be broadcast live on Fox League and live and on-demand on Kayo.In New Zealand, all Fox League games will also run on Sky Sport. We’re pleased to announce our four broadcast partners for the #NRLTouchPremiership: Kayo, Fox League, NRL.com and Sky Sport.last_img

Womens Hockey No 10 Ohio State wins 32 in overtime against Minnesota

Ohio State sophomore Tatum Skaggs (11) Skates towards her teammates on the bench to celebrate her goal in the second series game against No. 7 Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Credit: Shanti Lerner | Lantern ReporterOhio State women’s hockey earned a crucial game one win, as sophomore forward Emma Maltais scored a sudden-death game winner on a breakaway goal 28 seconds into overtime against Minnesota State. The No. 10 Buckeyes (19-2-2, 12-10-2 WCHA) handed Minnesota State (9-18-7, 3-16-5 WCHA) a loss for the fourth time this season with a 3-2 win at home in a best-of-three series that opened the first round of the conference tournament.Late game heroics are becoming routine for Maltais, who also scored the winning shootout goal against then-No. 1 Wisconsin last Friday.“That’s the person you want with the puck on her stick at the end of the game,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said.Maltais was named All-WCHA First Team on Thursday and proved why with a two-point performance Friday that increased her 1.25 point a game average that led the conference entering the series.Minnesota State did not make things easy for the Buckeyes, as freshman goalie and All-WCHA Second Team selection Abigail Levy stopped 39 of 42 Ohio State shots. Her 914 season saves entering the series make her No. 3 in the NCAA.The Buckeyes were unable to convert in the third period despite blitzing Levy with 17 shots, but Muzerall said her stout play in front of the net was no surprise given prior performances of 41 and 42 saves against Ohio State this year. Ohio State sophomore forward Liz Schepers appeared to score a game-winner when she barreled into the net in what appeared to be a goal before it was waved off for goalie interference 16 minutes into the third period.This was one of several physical third-period plays, which Muzerall said is a brand of hockey that favors the Buckeyes, though she questioned the officiating. “I thought there was a couple calls that the refs missed,” Muzerall said. “I understand it’s playoff hockey and they want us to play, so I appreciated that side of the game too. It didn’t slow us down by any means. If anything it fires us up.”Minnesota State came into the series with 643 blocked shots, the most in the NCAA, and its 19 blocks on the night helped limit the scoring of an Ohio State offense that doubled the Mavericks 42-21 in shots. The Mavericks faced a 161 combined shot deficit to opponents this season entering the postseason.Sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs opened up the scoring for the Buckeyes with her team-leading 16th goal five minutes into the first period. Despite not having a shot on goal in nearly the first 10 minutes of the game, Minnesota State got its chance following a tripping penalty by senior forward Charly Dahlquist.The penalty was Dahlquist’s fourth in four games, contributing to the Buckeyes’ conference-high 7.3 penalty minutes per game.Minnesota State freshman Brooke Bryant converted the power play and equaled the score at the 14-minute mark on what Muzerall said was a lapse in defensive effort.“We were cheating to the wall and they exposed us to the inside,” Muzerall said. “In fact, we were doing that far too often in the first two periods.”The Buckeyes regained the lead heading into the locker room as sophomore defenseman Lisa Bruno beat Levy to the upper left corner with a long-range laser beam for her second-career goal with a minute to go in the first period.Bryant was not finished for the Mavericks. She once again knotted the score with her second goal of the night just a minute into the third period. Her 11 goals on the season make her the most prolific scorer for Minnesota State.Muzerall said if the Buckeyes expect to get a similar result against Minnesota State on Saturday, improvements will have to be made in order to protect the puck.“We were slipping away from the defensive side of the game and we need to bear down defensively, especially in playoff hockey,” Muzerall said.In order to avoid a fourth-straight overtime game, Maltais said the Buckeyes have to take care of business in the first period.“I think if we get on them early and pop a couple more in — just finishing our chances and making sure we lock down on defense before we think about the offense —  I think that’s key for tomorrow’s game,” Maltais said.The Buckeyes will attempt to sweep the Mavericks in Saturday’s 3:07 p.m. matchup while Minnesota State faces elimination and the continuation of an 11-game winless streak. read more

Alisson pleased by Liverpools interest

first_imgAS Roma goalkeeper Alisson is pleased that clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid are interested in signing him but has admitted that he is not currently thinking about leaving the Serie A sideThe Brazil number one has emerged as one of the greatest goalkeepers in Europe following a breakthrough season at Roma since replacing the departed Wojciech Szczesny.His impressive displays at the Stadio Olimpico has caught the interest of several European giants and the 25-year-old is expected to be selected ahead of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup.“I don’t know what will happen,” Alisson told Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Football Italia.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s logical that the interest pleases me. I’d say it’s not just a question of need, I know my value, not in terms of money but as a player.“I know what I bring to a team, but I’m only thinking of the present. Whatever happens next, we’ll leave it for later.“I’m here and I need to focus on doing well. Even when I was at Internacional, I had negotiations with Roma but all I thought of was doing well.“I played for six months with my contract already signed with the Giallorossi but I won all the same.”last_img read more

Walcott would like to see Rooney staying at Everton

first_imgWayne Rooney is about to leave Everton after spending just one season there as he is close to joining DC United from the American MLS – but Theo Walcott still believes that he will stay.The former England international has been one of the key players in this year’s not so successful Everton’s season – but his second spell at Goodison Park is coming to an end as he is likely to leave the Premier League.Theo Walcott spoke about his teammate’s future as he said, according to Sky Sports:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Obviously I’d love him to stay, I remember having a conversation with him on the phone, he was one of the main players who got me here, so I am grateful for that, definitely.”“But if he does choose to go on I just need to wish him all the best really, him and his family. He doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone anymore.”“However, let’s wait and see. Like I said, I’d love him to stay here.”last_img read more

We know the importance of this match Ancelotti

first_imgNapoli will face off against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow and the Italian manager knows what to do to winItalian Lega Serie A club Napoli will face off against French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.And for the Italian club manager Carlo Ancelotti, this is a very important match and he knows what to do to win.“We know the importance of this match and what we must do, we are set up in the right way in order to do our best,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“To win we must do even better than we did. The draw in the first match didn’t come about by chance, at times we were too relaxed and we made mistakes. To win we must do something extraordinary.”“There is never a right time to face a team like PSG. We all know that there will be a whole city behind us and the stadium will be warm, but the approach of the team is the determining factor,” he added.“Which PSG will we face? I believe that in the middle of the first game they changed their style, I sincerely don’t know what they will do tomorrow but they definitely will remain a strong team and one difficult to face.”last_img read more