Benitez confident of Newcastle’s survival despite ‘painful’ Norwich defeat

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez maintains his team can survive in the Barclays Premier League despite a ‘painful’ loss at Norwich.Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty four minutes from time had looked like rescuing a point for the Magpies to keep them three points behind their hosts.But Martin Olsson scored in stoppage time to earn Norwich a vital 3-2 win, a result that leaves Newcastle 19th and six points adrift of safety with seven games to go.“It’s really painful,” Benitez said. “We cannot change things. The only thing we can take as a positive is the reaction of the team, but we have to do it also in the first half.“We didn’t play well in the first half. We didn’t play as I was expecting.”Asked if he still believes survival is possible, the Spaniard said: “If we can fight and play like we played in the second half, yes.“We have to try to keep this level for 90 minutes in the next game and for the next seven games.“We have seven games to play and we have to start winning as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Fans paint Rustenburg red, white, blue

first_img14 June 2010 It was all systems go in Rustenburg on Saturday night as football’s version of the American Revolution played out in front of nearly 48 000 fans at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. While England squared off against the USA on the pitch, in the stands it was a contest between the two biggest packs of travelling fans to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The USA leads the pack in terms of international ticket sales, with 142 000 tickets sold for the tournament, followed in a close second by the United Kingdom with 104 000 tickets sold. On Saturday, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium and the town of Rustenburg were awash with the red and white of St Georges Cross and the red white and blue of the American flag. Old rivalries might have been renewed on the football pitch, but in the pubs and bars of Rustenburg new friendships were being made. Fans were heard learning to speak Setswana (the local language) and how to blow a vuvuzela. And the word dumela – Sestwana for “hello” – was among the most common phrases to be heard.‘People here are so warm and friendly’ For Alex Zakipour, 14, the World Cup is the beginning of greater things. It is his first World Cup and his first visit in Africa. “I am here with my father and we have been here for a week. This country is so great. I visited places like Soweto, where I was at Maponya Mall, and I also saw the house of the former President of this country, Nelson Mandela. “People here are so warm and friendly,” said Alex. “I thought the welcome was reserved for Johannesburg only, but I am surprised with the welcoming we received here in Rustenburg. “We are here until next week Tuesday and I am enjoying every moment. After this experience, I will not miss the next World Cup”.‘I want to come back next time’ Another excited fan was a five-year-old Tre Scherz from Leeds in England. Dressed in red and white, she could not hide her excitement. “The food here is perfect and I am having fun,” said Tre. “I am here with my father and my grandmother, and we are having fun. We travel a lot and meet people. I want to come back next time.” The local language might have been popular, but it was the Rustenburg food and drink at the PH Network Cafe outside the stadium that attracted England and USA fans Daniel Dade, Christine Drysdale, and Helen and Gerry Kane. “The World Cup in South Africa made us to meet,” said Drysdale. “I am very happy I met Gerry and Helen. They are very nice people and we are going to visit them in the States. People in Rustenburg are very friendly and I am enjoying my stay. We had a braai (barbeque) and made a few friends from Portugal, South Africa, United States and even Botswana.”‘The opposite of what I read in the media’ Teri Dukel from Cincinnati in the United States had the privilege of doing something for less privileged South Africans when she donated school uniforms to needy learners in Soweto. “I am happy I have done something for some people,” Dukel said. “We bought school uniforms for some learners. We moved around and identified a school where we asked for names of children who might need some assistance. “People in South Africa are friendly and I can’t believe what I was reading in the media is actually the opposite of what is happening here,” said Dukel. Rustenbug residents were equally excited to have so many guests in their city. Tshepo Pule had a chance to braai with Stephen Clark and Matt Henry from England. “These guys are so amazing,” said Pule. “Rustenburg is buzzing with red, white and blue. This is a moment I will never forget. “I have been teaching them some Setswana words like ‘dumela’ (hello), ‘ke a leboga’ (thank you), ‘dijo’ (food), and ‘tsamaya sentle’ (go well). It is a great privilege to have these two top countries in our village. They are friendly, and we are taking care of them.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Absa in multi-currency card first for SA

first_img20 May 2013South African bank Absa has launched a multi-currency travel prepaid cash card through MasterCard, which is available in four currencies and is a first for the country and the continent.The bank will also be launching an Islamic Banking multi-currency passport soon, which is a first Sharia’h compliant and unique solution for clients travelling overseas.“Although there are other prepaid travel cards in South Africa, they can only carry one currency at a time,” Absa’s head of retail banking, Arrie Rautenbach, said in a statement last week.“The multi-currency cash passport card has the ability to allow customers to carry foreign exchange loaded with multiple currencies on one card.“When the card is used in the destination country, the system intelligently chooses the correct currency depending on the country the cardholder is in, as long as the currency is available – for example, if in the US the system will automatically debit the US dollar purse on the card,” he said.It is currently available in US and Australian dollars, British pounds and euros.“If an ATM withdrawal or point of sale transaction is made in a currency which is different to any of the available currencies on the card, or exceeds the relevant available currency balance on the card, the amount will be funded by converting the transaction amount onto the next available currency balance on the card,” he said.It also offers security features and emergency assistance if the card is lost, stolen or damaged. “It is chip and PIN enabled and it is not linked to your bank account, which means it is secure and convenient,” Rautenbach said.Customers whose cards are lost or stolen can phone a toll-free number and arrangements will be made to provide emergency cash up to the available balance on the card or courier a replacement card to the cardholder within 24 or 48 hours.“The multi-currency cash passport is convenient for frequent travellers and those who cross multiple borders on the same trip,” said global prepaid travel card management company Access Prepaid Worldwide’s managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Alan King.Access Prepaid Worldwide is part of Mastercard.“Together with Absa, not only are we first to market in South Africa with this innovative product, but it’s a first for Africa,” he said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Feds Indict Reporter For ‘Anonymous’ Hyperlinking

first_imgYou now can get hauled into federal court in the United States for sharing a link in a chat room, apparently.  Barrett Brown, the journalist covering Anonymous-related activities for news outlets like The Guardian, was charged late Friday with 12 charges including linking, identity theft and fraud related to the Stratfor Global Intelligence hack.The indictment reads, “in that Brown transferred the hyperlink ‘http://wikisend.com/download/597646/stratfor_full_b.txt.gz’ from the Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel called ‘#AnonOps’ to an IRC channel under Brown’s control called ‘#ProjectPM,’ said hyperlink provided access to data stolen from the company Stratfor Global Intelligence, to include in excess of 5,000 credit card account numbers.”Brown, who’s also writing a book about Anonymous, shared a link that thousands of people have shared before him. Brown is not charged with hacking into Stratfor, mind you, just linking. In fact, Brown’s involvement with Stratfor was more as a press laison than anything else.As someone who has been in and around Anonymous since 2008 as either as an activist or journalist, Brown’s indictment is downright terrifying. I’m not the only one that thinks so either.   Gawker’s Adrian Chen called this indictment “frightening because it seems to criminalize linking,” and he’s right. There is nothing in the language of the indictment that clarifies when it is okay to link to documents Anonymous puts publicly online.I’ve linked to “stolen information” countless times in articles I have written about Anonymous activities, and I know of other journalists and bloggers who have done the same. Besides articles, I’ve also retweeted Anonymous posts, posts that contained information that could be classified as stolen. There is nothing in Brown’s indictment that clarifies whether sharing links in this manner is illegal either.  “Worryingly, there is no specific information to indicate what, if anything, differentiates Brown’s behavior from that of any Twitter user simply retweeting the link to those files,” wrote Lorraine Murphy at The Daily Dot.    Who else retweeting dodgy information will be arrested?Immediately following news of Brown’s indictment, Internet activists, journalists and bloggers protested by tweeting the link that got Brown arrested, under #RightToLink.Asher Wolf, an online privacy advocate and creator of CryptoParty, led the charge with:It has been tweeted more than 230 times. Many #RightTo Link tweets argued that criminalizing hyperlinking and sharing hyperlinks infringes on free speech, but the hashtag failed to draw many First Amendment activists. As of Monday evening, #RightToLink had collected just under 1,600 individual mentions according to Topsy. One of my favorites tweets, as it encapsulates the fear, comes from VinceintheBay:“It’s a slippery slope. What’s next? No copy + pasting? No control + F? No right clicking? WTF?! #RightToLink #WarOnLinks”VinceintheBay’s tweet may seem hyperbolic, but there is the Richard O’Dwyer case to consider. The feds tried for two years to extradite O’Dwyer, a British citizen, for creating a site that linked to copyright-infringing material (a.k.a. Hollywood movies). Unlike Kim DotCom’s Megaupload, O’Dwyer’s TVShack never hosted actual content — it was a link aggregator like Reddit.O’Dwyer managed to avoid extradition last week by signing an agreement to pay $32,000 to “victims whose copyrights were infringed by TVShack,” a sum which represents the profit O’Dwyer made from ad sales on his site.  Will Brown be as “lucky”? Image courtesy of Barrett Brown’s YouTube channel Tags:#Anonymous The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img fruzsina eordogh Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more