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How did Brent Musburger do in his Raiders radio debut?

first_imgAll eyes were on Jon Gruden during his return to the Coliseum Friday, but many ears were tuned into Hall of Famer Brent Musburger’s debut as the radio voice of the Raiders.One could say Gruden’s homecoming went smoother than Musburger’s first game replacing longtime voice Greg Papa in the preseason opener against the Lions.Get Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.Raiders fans may be grieving the loss of Papa’s iconic “Touchdown RRRRaid-errrrs!” on the …last_img


Del Norte outlasts Arcata

first_imgArcata boys soccer dropped a physical battle with Del Norte 2-0, Wednesday evening in Arcata.Arcata (1-2-2, 2-3-3) entered the game on the back of a win, but the good results did not continue for the Tigers. The game started sloppy with both teams giving away free kicks on the edge of their own 18 yard boxes.Neither team was able to capitalize on early chances as the game began to settle down.With the win Del Norte (5-0-2, 5-0-2) remains in second place in the Big 5 Conference behind Fortuna …last_img


Travelling by minibus taxi in SA

first_imgMinibus taxis are by far the most commonform of public transport in South Africa.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dudu LushabaCity of Johannesburg+27 11 407-7134+27 83 571 ARTICLES• No stopping SA’s Rea Vaya• Cape Town’s new bus system• New infrastructure for 2010 World Cup• South African EnglishNosimilo NdlovuCatching a minibus taxi is one of the cheapest ways of getting around in South Africa – and a great way to get to know the country and its people.The first African Fifa World Cup is due to kick off in June 2010 and football fans from around the world are gearing up to head here.The government and 2010 local organising committee have been working to develop a world-class transport system (PDF, 91 KB) that will allow visitors to follow their teams from city to city.Fans will have a number of transport options. The first is the recently launched Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system, which will run in four of the nine host cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria/Tshwane and Port Elizabeth. These state-of-the-art buses will be available every three minutes in peak times and every 10 minutes in off-peak periods, from 5am until midnight.Another option is the Gautrain – a mass rapid transit railway system that will eventually run between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport. In 2010, only the route between Johannesburg and the airport will be operational.There’s also the park-and-ride system for visitors with vehicles. Areas will be set up where people can park their cars and jump into a bus or minibus taxi, which will take them to and from the stadium.The adventure beginsBut for a truly African experience, and for those on a tight budget, minibus taxis – or just taxis, as they are known in South Africa – would be the first choice. Not only will they get you around town quickly (too quickly for some), they’ll bring you up close to the country’s vibrant mix of cultures and people.A Johannesburg taxi driver’s clientele will range from a hot-shot businesswoman working in Sandton, the commercial hub of the city, to an old sangoma (traditional healer) from Soweto, South Africa’s largest township, in the south.You hop in, and the adventure begins. On the one side there may be young women sharing the latest celebrity gossip, and on the other an old man complaining about moral degeneration. While all this is going on, the music system will be pumping out the latest kwaito or hip hop beats, keeping all the heads bobbing. Those who travel the same route quickly get to know each other well, and one commuter will be able to tell you exactly what’s going on in another’s life.Having grown up in a township, I’ve been taking taxis all my life to get anywhere and everywhere. But for me, taxi-travelling has never been particularly easy, let alone comfortable. The drivers are highly skilled and experienced, but notoriously reckless in the traffic. The vehicles can also be overloaded and unsafe.The Department of Transport is aware of this, and has implemented a R7.7-billion (US$1-billion) taxi recapitalisation programme, aiming to replace up to 80% of the country’s taxi fleet by 2010.Owners who want to exit the industry or buy new vehicles are offered R50 000 ($6 720) for each unroadworthy minibus taxi that they send to accredited agencies for scrapping. New government regulations dictate that minibus taxis must be fitted with seatbelts for each passenger, have rollover bars, a type-two braking system and commercially rated tyres of sizes 185R or 195R. Some R353.5-million ($47.5-million) has been paid out in scrapping allowances, allowing taxi owners to revamp their ageing fleets with newer, safer vehicles.Taxis are widely used in South Africa, with 65% of public transport commuters relying on them daily, as they’re convenient and cheap – an inter-city trip usually costs less than R10 ($1.30). Drivers run set routes, but often pick up and drop off commuters anywhere in between.Knowing the right hand signals and lingo when stopping and boarding a minibus taxi is key to a successful journey.Getting the signs rightIn the small town of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal province, where I grew up, only two signs were used to flag down a taxi. You pointed your index finger upwards to signal for a taxi to Pietermaritzburg, the nearest city, or you pointed down to indicate you wanted a ride back home to Howick. When you were ready to get off the taxi, you just said “bus stop” and the driver would let you out at the next stop.When I moved to the biggest city in the country, Johannesburg, life got a bit complicated. First, I had to get used to the local sign: a downwards-pointing index finger. This indicates that you’re staying in the general area, just needing to go a little distance further. To get to any other area, you have to master quite a complex hand-sign system (PDF, 2 MB).To get to Johannesburg CBD from the northern suburbs, you point your index finger upwards – this will tell a driver to take you to the bustling south or west side of the city. Putting out all five fingers, like a high-five, says you want to travel further north in Johannesburg, or east.As you make your way to the outer-lying areas and the townships, the signs become more elaborate. To get to a point called “stop twelve” in the affluent suburb of Kyalami, north of Johannesburg, you have to diagonally cross your arms in front of you. The crossed arms resemble a road sign the taxis pass just before the pick-up point. If you don’t signal, the driver won’t stop.For residents of Diepsloot, a small township north-west of Johannesburg, stopping a taxi is a bit easier. Due to the bumpy roads there, commuters dip one hand up and down in a wave-like motion to say they need a ride.To go to Randburg, also north-west of the city centre, your choice of sign is dependent on where you’re coming from. If you’re in central Johannesburg, pointing your hand straight up is good enough. But if you’re outside the local mall in Cresta, a little to the west of Randburg, you have to make poking gestures with your index finger over your opposite shoulder, to signal for a taxi to Randburg. Simply put, commuters have to point backwards, showing where Randburg is in relation to the mall.Residents of Dobsonville in Soweto who need to travel to Leratong hospital in Kagiso, a neighboring township, need to make a similar poking movement, but with a slight scoop of the hand before pointing behind – the logic here is also based on location.To head to Fourways, just north of Sandton, simply hold out all four fingers with your thumb folded into your palm. To get to the large township of Thembisa, east of Johannesburg, make a “T” by putting one hand horizontally and the other vertically underneath it. Going by taxi to Cosmo City, west of Johannesburg, is easy: simply hold out your hand in a semi-circle to make the “C” sign.Now you’re on, but how do you get off?Once you’re on the taxi, it’s very important to know what to say to get off, how to say it and when to say it. You can get off just about anywhere along the route; there are no official stops. Before getting the taxi to stop, look out for nearby road or landmarks you name, loudly, for the sake of the driver. For example, shout “stop sign” 10 seconds before the sign, and the driver will make a plan. But don’t shout too early or too late, because chances are you’ll miss the drop-off point.The other popular phrase is “after robot”, which means, of course, that you want to get off after the traffic lights, keeping in mind there’s no phrase that indicates you want to get off before the robot. If the robot is red and the taxi stationary, you are expected to get off there and then – in this case the taxi won’t stop again “after robot”. How you say this phrase is  important: it must be loud and deep, pronounced “uf-dah robot”.The two leading phrases used by taxi commuters is “shot’ left driver” and “shot’ right driver”, indicating left or right. Again, you must be loud, but not as deep, pronounced with a sense of excitement in the voice.Get all this right, and you’re in for a ride of your life. Catching a taxi will take you on an audacious African journey not to be experienced anywhere else in the world.last_img read more


SA’s youth can beat drugs

first_imgYoung Jarred Gaskin succumbed to the lure of drugs, and wasted an opportunity to make a name for himself in football. “Don’t try it at all,” he said. Crystal Davids, 18, chose to study law because of the job opportunities it has to offer and because it can make a positive impact on society.(Images: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Counselling and Careers Development  Unit, Wits University  +27 11 717 9140/32• Sanca  South African National Council on  Alcoholism and Drug Dependence  086 14 72622 (toll-free)• Linda Mbongwa  Media liaison officer  National Youth Development Agency  +27 11 651 7053 or +27 82 315 3217 RELATED ARTICLES • Daniel Duda’s success story • Keep our youth drug-free • Protect and support each other • Youth Day to mark student protests • Young people: own your destinyShamin ChibbaSouth African Jarred Gaskin was 17 years old when he was chosen to play for Arsenal Football Club’s youth team in England. He returned to his home in Johannesburg and was given two months to apply for British citizenship, which would allow him to play there.But within that two months, Gaskin got involved with bad company and became hooked on crystal methamphetamine, or meth as it is colloquially known – a highly addictive man-made drug that elicits a strong bout of energy. As a result, he threw a promising football career away.Gaskin’s misfortune is testament to the modern-day youth’s struggle against drugs. And though the problem seems to be escalating, some young people say it can be beaten. Boipelo Masidi, a third-year architecture student at Wits University, said the first time she was exposed to drugs was when she left her home in Potchefstroom and moved to Johannesburg. “I have been offered cocaine. And the people who offer you are young and I know they are students because I see them around campus.”Unlike generations past, who had to deal with racial discrimination and political upheavals, those born after apartheid face a new kind of struggle against poverty and high levels of unemployment, which in turn leads to substance abuse. “We are dealing with trying to find economic freedom. Drugs are part of that struggle,” said Masidi.Aidan van Staden, a screen acting student at Afda Film School and a born-free South African (born after 1994), said drugs are more reachable because youth his age have easier access to transport and various means of mobile communications. However, Van Staden thought exposure to drugs will allow one to make an educated decision on whether to dabble in them or not. “With that knowledge you will know how to deal with it and make the right choice.”For a few, drugs have become less taboo. Jessica Elonga, 20, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but has lived in South Africa for the last six years, believes society has accepted drug use as part of growing up as a teenager. “It depends on your environment. Those who are not protected from the world grow up automatically thinking it is normal for you to [take drugs].” Drug use a “passing phase”Gaskin still harbours regret for becoming addicted to a drug he knew would turn his life upside down. He weighed 97 kilograms during his football playing days. In the two months he used meth, he lost 19 kilograms. “It really is not worth it. You will say you only want to try it once but the feeling is addictive and it will mess up your life.”At the time, Gaskin was influenced by peers who were eight years older than he was. Meth, he explained, boosts energy levels. But the come-downs often lead to depression and irritability. To keep the euphoric feeling, Gaskin always searched for more. “This was near the end of last year, during my matric finals. My marks could have been better.”Gaskin cleaned himself up after his father caught him taking meth. He now gets tested every Friday. Today, the 19-year-old works for a motor insurance company in Johannesburg and will study financial management next year.He offered a solution to youth who have not been exposed to drugs. “Just don’t try it at all. And for those who are addicted; go for rehabilitation.”Masidi is hopeful that drug abuse is a passing phase for her generation and that they can overcome it. If one is looking to get away from drugs, she said they should start by telling their parents about it and make them understand why they were using it. “The first step is recognising that you have a problem.” Masidi added that students, particularly at Wits University, can consult the Counselling and Careers Development Unit, which helps drug users beat their problem. “There is no reason to say you are stuck in a situation because there is a lot of help out there.”Twenty-year-old Angela Mchunu suggested that young adults who have drug problems should keep away from bad company and, instead, surround themselves with people who can influence them positively. “If you are in it already, it is hard to say no [to drugs].”Law student Crystal Davids, 18, thought people take drugs because they cannot handle the pressures of life. “They take the easy way out.” Davids grew up in Eldorado Park in the south of Johannesburg, where the drug epidemic has recently reached a tipping point. With the help of police and with support from the highest levels of government, the community is currently on a major drive to root out drug dealers.Taksheeta Pursooth, a human physiology student from Mayfair in Johannesburg, said drugs affect both the user and the loved ones around them. “It does affect you emotionally especially if the person is close to you.” She added that some young men and women in her community have lost their lives to drugs and alcohol. However, Pursooth accepted that such social problems have always existed and will not go away any time soon – they can only be lessened. South Africa’s youth “ready to lead because they are ready to listen”South Africa’s young men and women will inherit the country in coming years. Some of them will become the chief executives of major corporations, others will become political leaders of South Africa. And they truly believe they are prepared to take on that responsibility.For too long, Mchunu said, her generation had been portrayed in a negative light, which she believed is not entirely true. “There are people who are striving for greater things and who can turn this country around for the better.”Van Staden said his age group has aspirations and knows exactly where they want to go. “I see a lot of people my age as educated, focused and broadminded. They are ready to lead because they are ready to listen.” He felt the country that today’s young people will inherit would still have its problems, which are merely opportunities to learn and grow. A mechanical engineering student, who wished to remain anonymous, said his generation will be one of the best the country would have produced. “There are lots of people out there who are motivated. We want to do major things, make lots of money, be very influential people and change the world. In my school we all left saying we going to be big in whatever we are going to do. We were sure of that.”He added that once his generation lead the country, South Africa will begin to grow properly. “These are the people who are awakened to the possibilities and what South Africa can be.”For Davids, people her age are taking life more seriously and have become wiser. Indeed, Davids is the embodiment of her words. She chose to study law because of the job opportunities it has to offer and because it can make a positive impact on society. Youth more open-mindedGaskin said the way South Africans co-operate is “spectacular”. “We had a problem where everyone was segregated and now we have come together. I see that racism is not a problem any longer.”The exposure to various cultures and beliefs have shaped the born-free generation into a more liberal and tolerant group. Van Staden put it eloquently, saying his exposure to people from various backgrounds revealed to him different thoughts and beliefs. “I have learnt about the respect family members have for each other in Muslim households. There are not many arguments and they treat the family as a team.”Mchunu said that South Africans are becoming more liberal, having already accepted interracial and gay marriage.Pursooth does not think she will be able to adapt to another country’s cultural norms after living in South Africa’s open society. “South Africans are so familiar with diversity. We are taught in our homes how different cultures are and we try to understand it a bit better.”last_img read more


From Kickstarter to Target: Indie Ouya Gets Mainstream Retail Partners

first_imgtaylor hatmaker Related Posts Tags:#Android#Crowd Funding#gaming#Kickstarter 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Remember the humble Ouya game console? Maybe it was never that humble, but considering its indie roots, the Kickstarted experiment in Android-powered gaming just scored some surprisingly huge distribution partnerships for its release later this year. Founder and CEO Julie Uhrman tells The Wall Street Journal that the console will be available through Amazon, Gamestop, Target and Best Buy when it launches this June.The Ouya was born out of Uhrman’s notion that gaming was in major need of disruption. And disrupt she did, to the tune of $8.6 million worth of crowdfunding rocket fuel. Now, the little indie gaming console that could will sell through the biggest digital and brick-and-mortar retailers around, a funny turn of events for one of Kickstarter’s shining stars. The Ouya console, available for pre-order now, will retail for $99. An extra controller will set you back a modest $49. All Ouya games will be free to try. Uhrman even invites advanced users and devs to unscrew the console’s casing and tool around. It’s wide open, after all. Kickstarter backers could see their consoles ship out as early as next month.center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more


Philippines taps best women’s players for Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Aquino has plenty of reasons for his optimism, one of which is the composition of his team.“These are the best players that we have,” said Aquino, who also serves as program director of women’s basketball for the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), Tuesday during the weekly PSA Forum at Amelie Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJack Animam, Janine Pontejos, Afril Bernardino and Clare Castro will banner the team. Pontejos led the team in the 2018 Fiba World Cup 3×3.Aquino said the goal is to top the group and advance to the next phase. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “If we advance, then we will face the tougher teams like Japan, China and New Zealand,” said Aquino, who also calls the shots for undisputed UAAP champion National University.“You have to qualify to the main tournament. The goal is to make it there.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas women’s head coach Patrick Aquino likes his team’s chances ahead of its campaign in the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup later this month in Changsha, China.ADVERTISEMENT Rondina’s parents nothing but grateful as they get to watch daughter live for UAAP Finals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more