Wilma den HartighSouth Africa’s University of Pretoria Department of Library Services will soon join the ranks of other world-renowned libraries, becoming one of only 27 institutions – and the only one in sub-Saharan Africa – to belong to the World Digital Library Project.The project, a joint initiative of the US Library of Congress and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), will be a valuable resource for students, teachers and general audiences to promote international understanding and intercultural awareness.Another aim is to expand non-English and non-Western content on the internet and to contribute to scholarly research.Robert Moropa, director of the Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria, said the University’s inclusion in the project is a great honour. “We find it exciting that our library is ranked with other top university libraries internationally such as Yale and Brown University,” Moropa said. Only one other library in Africa – the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt – is part of the World Digital Library Project. A mockup of what the World Digital Library home page will look like when its internet site is launched. (Image: World Digital Library)To be considered for membership, the University of Pretoria library was required to submit sample material from collections it hoped to share in the project. Their submission included examples from its Pretoriana Collection, which includes articles, photographs, newspapers, brochures, architectural plans and maps of Pretoria. It also submitted material from its Woodhouse Collection, containing rock painting and art.The principal of the University of Pretoria, Professor Calie Pistorius, said the partnership makes it possible for the University to improve its digital information management, database resources management and service delivery. Digital access also means that more people can appreciate these valuable collections, which would otherwise only be accessible to a select few.The World Digital Library will be available on the internet, free of charge. It will be in a multilingual format and will include materials from cultures around the world: manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings and other cultural materials.In April Moropa will attend the World Digital Library Project launch at the Unesco headquarters in Paris.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesThe African Activist ArchiveSA heritage comes home New life for indigenous classics UCT business school tops again SA astronomer unveils the stars Useful linksUniversity of Pretoria Department of Library ServicesUnescoWorld Digital Library Project
There was plenty of media coverage on Touch Football in the month of June, with several features about up-and-coming junior talent and local competitions taking place across the country.To view the stories, please click on the links belowVandals damage Maitland Sports FieldsTyre tracks gouged in the surface of the Maitland Park sporting fields have sidelined more than 1000 participants across various sporting codes.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/1562790/vandals-damage-maitland-sports-fields/?cs=171All Schoolers touch football team claims back to back finalsAll Schoolers claimed back to back premierships in a narrow victory over Wolf Pack 4-3 during the Touch Grand Final in Charleville on Tuesday night.http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/all-schoolers-touch-football-team-claims-back-back/1914802/Bribie Teen In National SquadBribie Island teenager Kimberley Sue See has been named by Touch Football Australia (TFA) in the Australian women’s open training squad ahead of the 2014 Trans-Tasman Series.http://www.noosanews.com.au/news/bribie-teen-on-national-squad/1923988/ Rocky’s Neaton a player to watch at state titlesAll eyes will be on Rockhampton’s Riley Neaton next month, when the talented touch player joins players from 14 other Rockhampton teams at the 2013 Queensland Touch Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/rockys-neaton-a-player-to-watch-at-state-titles-in/1923616/ In good touch at carnivalSouth Burnett Times, 4 June 2013As part of the interschool winter sports carnival, 100 children from across the region played touch football at St John’s Lutheran School.Georgie Hall, from Kumbia State School, organised the touch football component of the winter sports carnival. “We had 11 teams from five schools,” Miss Hall said. “It was a fantastic turn out with Kingaroy State School, small schools cluster, St Mary’s, St John’s and Taabinga taking part in the touch football.”The touch football was refereed by student volunteers on the day.“We had students from Kingaroy State High School volunteer for the day to be referees,” Miss Hall said. “They really must be commended on the fantastic effort they put in as well as guidance they provided the younger students.”Students from Years 4 to 7 participated in a number of sportsmanship-based games throughout the day. “Students were encouraged to try their best, but it was really focused on the love of the game and getting out there and exercising,” Miss Hall said. Despite this, Miss Hall said there were overall winners awarded for the day. “Taabinga A were the overall winners of the A grade competition,” Miss Hall said.“However Kingaroy State School and St Mary’s also contested the finals.”Top stars touch down in RomaWestern Star, 4 June 2013Touch football took over Roma at the weekend with a three day carnival featuring teams from across the state The under-15s competition saw girls from across the region hit the fields in hopes of taking home the title.Girls from Roma, Chinchilla, Miles, St George and Charleville made up the South West team, taking on players from as far as the Sunshine Coast. The competition also included teams from the Darling Downs, South Coast, Wide Bay, Met East, Peninsula, North West, Met North, Met West and Capricornia.Across the event, the girls competed in five rounds each, from which the three top teams were selected into the trophy series while the bottom three teams played in the plate series.The South West girls were unfortunately knocked out in the Plate Series by Met North going down 4-2 in the match.With good performances across the three days from all participating teams, the competition remained tight, coming to an end on the Sunday with Sunshine Coast facing off against Met East.Sunny Coast dominated Met East, taking home the trophy with a 9-1 win.Taree Flames young guns finish runner upManning River Times, 5 June 2013Taree Flames young guns finished runners up in the mixed opens NSW Touch Football Country Championships held in Dubbo.The tournament boasted some of the best players in Australia and competition in the mixed was fierce.This did not deter this group of talented individuals. The youngest player in the team was only 15.Coached by Darren Rowsell, with each game they grew more and more confident, defeating last year’s champions in the semi final.Unfortunately they went down to Port Macquarie, who contained both current and past Australian players, in the grand final.The captain of Port Macquarie noted how impressed he was with the young Taree side’s performance, stating that the Northern Eagles were in an outstanding future position, given the amount of talent within the Taree side.The more senior Flames side made it to the quarter finals where they were eventually defeated by Orange.Both teams thanked Warren and Tom Steedman and Charlie Andrews for accompanying the teams as referees.Bay girls show a touch of class to take bronze at school titlesFraser Coast Chronicle, 6 June 2013A massive road-trip and tough opposition were not enough to slow down the Wide Bay 15 year girls’ touch team from claiming third place at the Queensland schools championships in Roma at the weekend.With three Hervey Bay girls, Wide Bay swept aside the competition in the preliminary rounds only to meet a skilful Sunshine Coast in the semi-final, earning a place in the play-off for third and fourth.The team’s last game was entertaining against South Coast with attack and defence meeting head on, the game went down to the wire and Wide Bay won 2-1.Wide Bay coach Peter Robinson was proud of his team and said praise could not go to the players only for the result.“I was extremely happy with all the girls in the team,” Robinson said.“The parents were outstanding – they helped out in the preparation.“The people in Roma were great country people and it was a well run championship.”The members of the team from Hervey Bay were Xavier Catholic College students Georgia Moore, Bree Fraser and Cree Forster.Sunshine Coast defeated Met East 9-1 in the finalCaitlin stars in state touch football eventSunshine Coast Daily, 6 June 2013Noosa District SHS Year 10 student Caitlin Wark has just returned from the Queensland 15 Years Girls Touch Football Carnival in Roma as a member of the winning Sunshine Coast Regional team. The Coast girls convincingly won the state final 9-1 against a more-fancied Brisbane Metropolitan East team. This was Caitlin’s first state carnival and she certainly rose to the challenge by scoring six tries over the three-day, eight-game carnival, with two of these coming in the grand final. NDSHS Touch co-ordinator Murray Gordon said that during her time with the Sunshine Coast girls’ team, Caitlin was lucky to be guided by Queensland coach Paul Cobham. Caitlin said that she had learnt a lot about the game during their 45 hours of training in the three-month lead-up to the carnival. She is a valued member of the Noosa District SHS girls’ team and regularly plays in the Noosa Touch Association A-grade competition.Roosters claim titleSouth Burnett Times, 7 June 2013Kingaroy’s touch football champions were decided on a big Monday night of grand final action at Lyle Vidler Oval, Kingaroy.The Roosters won the open grand final 5-3 against the defending champion Gumps.Roosters player Mitch Cush said his side was able to claim the touch title due to an outstanding defensive effort against the talented young side.“We defended really well and to hold them to only three points was a great effort,” he said.“I think we nullified their strike players in Sam Johnston, Peter Hourn, Belinda Johnston and Lane Ferling, and defence definitely won it for us.”Cush said the pace of Monday night’s decider was a big factor in the Roosters victory.“I think the game suited us to a point when the refs slowed it down and it didn’t suit them because they needed a more high tempo game,“We didn’t play spectacular touch football, but we played a good solid game.”Cush said his Roosters side had to play well to defeat a Gumps side which had beaten them 7-1 in their last meeting.“We had good rolling rucks and we dragged their defence in and then threw it on the outside,” he said.“Anthony Eden controlled the game from dummy half and Steve Moore scored a couple of tries, and to hold the line like we did and not let them score many was a great effort.”Cush said the Roosters side was formed to give the Gumps a run for their money.“It was to give them some competition and we ended up victorious,” he said. Touch football is a key participation sportBayside Bulletin, 11 June 2013Touch football is a key participation sport in the Redlands and in July many local players past and present will be part of the celebration to mark the sport’s 40th anniversary as an organised sport in South East Queensland.Touch football, which now caters for participants of both sexes and all ages, began as an organised sport in Brisbane with an initial fixture list of just eight teams. Several players in that initial competition were from the Redlands.While the sport has now grown to the stage where the Redlands has its own association, which organises hundreds of games each week, many Redlands players still compete in Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association competitions at White Hill Reserve.To mark the 40th anniversary of the organisation of touch football the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association has organised a commemorative dinner on Saturday, July 20, at the Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Club in Stones Corner.Tickets are limited and are $85 each, which includes a three-course dinner and three hours of free soft drinks, beer and wine.Tickets are available from the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association office at Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary Road, Camp Hill; phone 3397 5133 or email [email protected] to compete at NationalsNorthern Daily Leader, 12 June 2013Calrossy student Jasmine Mihell is going from strength to strength with her touch football performances. Jassmine has just been selected in the CIS Opens team to contest the National Titles in September this year at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. She was also part of the Tamworth touch team that won the recent Country Championships and is a member of the Under 18 National Squad. Top Touch players descend on BayThe Newcastle Herald, 18 June 2013The state’s leading schoolboy touch football players have descended on Nelson Bay this week for the NSW Combined High Schools championships.Tomaree Sporting Complex is the venue for the three-day round robin tournament with 10 teams taking part.Hunter have four matches today, coming up against Riverina, Sydney South West, Western and North Coast.PCYC sporting hall of fame for EmileeWestern Star, 18 June 2013Emilee Cherry has achieved more in 21 years than many people will in a lifetime having represented Australia in both rugby and touch football. Although she now lives in Brisbane, she’s a Roma born and bred girl through and through and she has now been chosen to be one of the three new faces on the PCYC sporting wall of fame.But she might not get to see her photo up there for a while, as next week she is off to Russia to represent Australia in the Rugby 7s world cup.“Rugby 7s has definitely taken my priority, the IRB (Sevens) World Series has five different stops around the world which keeps us very busy and I’m travelling a lot,” Cherry said.As well as representing the country in rugby, Ms Cherry also plays in the Australian Women’s touch football team and will be competing in the Trans-Tasman touch football series in Mudgee early next year. “I played touch all my life all throughout school at a rep level and then through playing they scouted me and said they said would you like to have a try at Rugby 7s,” Cherry said. She played her first international game in Dubai at the end of 2011.Cherry is studying PE teaching at the University of Queensland. If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email [email protected] LinksTalking Touch – June
The NCAA shouldn’t suspend Jim Tressel for more than two games. It shouldn’t fine him more than $250,000. It shouldn’t bar him from spring practice and summer workouts. After it finishes its investigation, the NCAA should recommend Jim Tressel’s termination as head football coach at The Ohio State University. This incident is further proof that college athletics is spinning out of control, and a message needs to be sent to university presidents and athletic directors who let rule-breaking coaches keep their jobs because they win games and sell tickets. And that’s exactly why Tressel, who said he never considered resigning, didn’t tell the athletic department that he had received an e-mail from an attorney indicating OSU football players were selling memorabilia to Edward Rife. Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor, is one of the focal points of a federal drug investigation. Tressel’s contract states that he is bound to report any possible violation immediately. He didn’t. When Regular Joe with a normal job breaches his contract, he gets the boot. So should The Vest. “I am sorry and disappointed this happened,” Tressel said. “At the time the situation occurred, I thought I was doing the right thing.” Doing the right thing? Surely a deeply religious man with a newly released book titled “Life Promises for Success: Promises from God on Achieving Your Best” knows the difference between right and wrong. Or does he? Maurice Clarett and Troy Smith, the highest-profile players of the Tressel era other than current Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were both suspended for accepting improper benefits. Tressel also had a player do the same thing at Youngstown State. It’s clear that Tressel, also author of “The Winner’s Manual,” wants to win at all cost. The mantra is shared by athletic director Gene Smith and university President E. Gordon Gee, who make up the university’s “Big Three.” When asked whether he considered firing Tressel, Gee gave a clear indication of who actually runs the university. “No, are you kidding?” Gee said with a laugh. “Let me be very clear: I’m just hoping the coach doesn’t dismiss me.” I rest my case. At this point OSU has given Tressel a slap on the wrist. The NCAA should break his arm.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThe No. 18 Ohio State women’s basketball team (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) came out with a 68-55 victory against Wisconsin (9-16, 2-10 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin. After dropping three straight games, the Buckeyes have bounced back and reeled off three wins in a row.The Badgers were well within striking distance in the fourth quarter, but Ohio State ended their hopes of an upset by maintaining the lead and holding a 24-17 fourth-quarter advantage.Ohio State threatened to run away with an easy win in the first quarter. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter and led by as many as 16 points in the opening quarter. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga came out hot, dropping nine points in the first quarter. She finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.The Badgers got back into the game with runs in the second and third quarters. Wisconsin went on an 18-2 run stretching from the second quarter to the third quarter to take a 36-35 lead. However, Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell made a layup to reclaim the lead with 5:08 left in the third. Mitchell finished the game with 16 points.The Buckeyes struggled shooting from deep throughout the game, hitting just 4-of-18 3-pointers. Ohio State badgered Wisconsin on the defensive end, picking up 14 steals and forcing 17 turnovers. Freshman forward Marsha Howard led Wisconsin with 20 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Cayla McMorris added 15 points.Losing the lead in the third quarter wasn’t the most frightening moment for the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior Makayla Waterman went down with a neck injury with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter. She was carted off and taken to a local hospital.“Makayla was taken to a local hospital for precautionary evaluation,” athletic trainer Chalisa Fonza said in a statement an hour after the game ended. “As far as we know, she has full function in all of her extremities and is doing well.”Editor’s note (4:33 p.m.): This article has been updated a statement from Ohio State on Waterman’s condition
The design appears well on the concrete wall. The fish tank is ready to be filled with water. [Photo: Brad Crutchfield & Text: aa] Adam’s design, created by nailing multiple layers of tar paper to plywood forms, makes an indentation on concrete. [Photo: Brad Crutchfield & Text: aa] March 8, 2004 Lynn Burnett (left), agriculture volunteer, and Adam Nordfors (right), agriculture and landuse manager, remove the form for the fish tank of the aquaponic system. [Photo: Brad Crutchfield & Text: aa]
Juddmonte International StakesYork 3.40C4/RUKLATE GOAL IN OUR FAVOUR FOR ONCEWe landed another winner in the column yesterday thanks to Wigan who somehow managed to come back and get a draw having fallen 2-0 behind against Doncaster.Leon Barnett’s 90th-minute equaliser salvaged a point for Wigan and saved Owen Coyle’s blushes in his first home match in charge. Nice when those last minute goals go in your favour for once.So, after a 24 point profit haul on Monday we added another 12 points last night and have something in the kitty to head to the Knavesmire this week for the superb York Ebor meeting.It was this day last year that Frankel won the International Stakes and by then we’d given up at Star Sports trying to get him beaten. Frankel of course handled the step-up in trip with aplomb and one of the key questions today is whether Toronado can equally cope with the extra distance. It was a late decision to re-route Toronado here and opinion amongst his connections is mixed as to whether it’s going to be the right move. Jockey Richard Hughes is confident he will have the stamina and stated he always believed he was more of a ‘Derby horse’ than a ‘Guineas horse’ but trainer Richard Hannon Jnr is more uncertain, taking the view “We won’t know until we try”.The five-year-old Al Kazeem will be a tough nut to crack. He has been an absolute star this season and all his wins have come at around this trip.With little to choose in the betting between them the play for me must be the horse with the proven ability over the distance.A 10 point bet which would put the column 50 points up on the week if successful !STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points win AL KAZEEM (3.40 York)(+12 points Tuesday)