Sephaka names preliminary World Cup squad

first_img5 March 2014 Springbok Women’s coach Lawrence Sephaka on Tuesday announced a preliminary squad of 39 players for the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup as he looks to put the building blocks in place for the international showpiece taking place in France from 1 to 17 August. The squad includes the 16 elite Springbok Women Sevens players based in Port Elizabeth, 11 players who featured in the 2010 IRB Rugby World Cup in London, and a number of up-and-coming players.Preparation time “We have five months to get the women ready for the Rugby World Cup, so it is important to name a preliminary squad who we could work with to ensure that their fitness levels and techniques are at the required level to compete successfully,” Sephaka said in a statement. “This squad features a healthy mix of youth and experience, which is encouraging for the future of women’s rugby, but also to achieve our goal of advancing to the knock- out stages, and hopefully winning the tournament. “The Sevens elite squad is training hard with coach Renfred Dazel and they have a few tournaments coming up in the next few months,” Sephaka added. “This will be beneficial for their match fitness and big match temperament. The other players have received their training programmes and have been working closely with the satellite coaches in their respective regions, which has involved a fair bit of individualised training, so our preparation is on track.” 2010 World Cup participants The players in the squad who participated in the 2010 Rugby World Cup include Zenay Jordaan, Lorinda Brown and Phumeza Gadu, who are all members of the elite Sevens squad, as well as stalwart Mandisa Williams, Fundiswa Plaatjie and Laurian Johannes. Powerful prop Asithandile Ntoyanto and back Tayla Kinsey, who made their test debuts last season in the Rugby World Cup qualifier against Uganda, were among a handful of new players who could feature in their first IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup. They were joined by forwards Rights Mkhari and Andrea Mentoor, and versatile player Shona-Leah Weston. The squad will be reduced to 26 players before the World Cup. Schedule The specialist 15-a-side players will continue their preparations for the World Cup in their satellite camps in the next few months, while the Sevens elite players will participate in the Hong Kong Invitational, an African Sevens series in Kenya, and the IRB Women’s World Sevens Series in Amsterdam in the next two months. The preliminary squad will then assemble in Pretoria for a training camp from 18 to 24 June. They will then travel to London and France for a World Cup warm-up tour, which will feature three matches, two against the Nomads in London, and one against World Cup hosts and pool competitors France. The squad will assemble again on 14 July for a two-week holding camp, with the World Cup squad set to depart for Paris on 27 July. Springbok Women’s Preliminary World Cup Squad Celeste Adonis (WP), Nicolene Barendse (SWD), Siviwe Basweni (Border), Lorinda Brown (Eastern Province), Nolusindiso Booi (Border), Marlien Cronje (Blue Bulls), Kirsten Conrad (Boland), Nomathamsanqa Faleni (Eastern Province), Phumeza Gadu (Eastern Province), Rachelle Geldenhuys (Falcons), Veroeshka Grain (WP), Nosiphiwo Goda (Border), Laurian Johannes (WP), Portia Jonga (EP), Zenay Jordaan (EP), Tayla Kinsey (KZN), Jacqueline Kriel (Blue Bulls), Thantaswa Macingwana (Border), Benele Makwezela (WP), Nomaphelo Mayongo (KZN), Vuyokazi Mbonda (WP), Andrea Mentoor (WP), Rights Mkhari (Limpopo Blue Bulls), Nomsa Mokwai ( Leopards), Lamla Momoti (Border), Zintle Mpupha (Border), Nwabisa Ngxatu (Border), Asithandile Ntoyanto (Border), Tamsyn Nuttley (WP), Marithy Pienaar (Blue Bulls), Fundiswa Plaatjie (Border), Mathrin Simmers (SWD), Amanda Tshidi (Border), Ziyanda Tywaleni (Border), Vuyolwethu Vazi (Blue Bulls), Denita Wentzel (WP), Shona-Leah Weston (Blue Bulls), Christal Williams (SWD), Mandisa Williams (Border) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Build Profit Not DMCA Suits: YouTube and the Wedding March

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#NYT#web An unconventional wedding march in Saint Paul, Minnesota, sent sparks across the web. Not only was it a celebration of couple Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz’s eternal union, but it was a shift in how copyright owners can interact with unlicensed content users. After being uploaded to YouTube only 12 days ago, an elaborate wedding dance routine to Chris Brown’s “Forever” has already garnered more than 12 million views. And according to the YouTube blog, rather than blocking usage of their unlicensed property, Sony instead used Google’s tracking tools to monetize. After content owners provide Google with copies of their assets and ownership agreements, YouTube’s matching engine detects protected works and displays them in a partner dashboard. In the past, rights owners like Warner Music have used the automated ContentID feature to block unlicensed usage including, in extreme cases, serving DMCA take-down notices to machinima makers and amateur singers. In February, the Electronic Frontiers Foundation criticized the system, arguing that it failed to recognize fair use remixing. Said spokesman Fred von Lohmann, “Soon it may be off limits to remix anything with snippets of our shared mass media culture — music, TV, movies, jingles, commercials. That would be a sad irony — copyright being used to stifle an exciting new wellspring of creativity, rather than encourage it.”Nevertheless, in the case of this wedding video, Sony (copyright owners of Forever) chose to capitalize on the clip’s success rather than blocking the file. They added a simple pop-up overlay that offers users a chance to purchase the song from iTunes or Amazon. According to YouTube, in the last week, the year-old song has risen to #4 on the iTunes charts and #3 on Amazon. To Google’s glee, Sony’s success in working with users is likely to inspire other copyright owners to rethink their past actions with DMCA take-down notices. And this would be a welcome change for many. Take downs have shown a history of hurting user morale, reducing valuable community content and decreasing channels of monetization for content hosts. In the case of the wedding video, while it’s obvious that Sony made money, YouTube has likely earned profit from AdWords as well as referral revenue from Amazon and iTunes. Because Sony left the wedding video up, the community continues to receive free hosting and feedback, the copyright owners profit from their licensed goods, YouTube earns new revenue, and the remix community continues to proliferate. Since last week, some of the remixes and re-creations include the Divorce Entrance Dance, a WIS-TV anchor version and the couple’s own appearance on the Today Show. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshirolast_img read more