Halep: No Pressure to Claim First Grand SlamÂ

first_img World No 1 Simona Halep claims she is under no pressure as she goes in search of an elusive first Grand Slam title at the French Open today.Halep has come up short in two French Open finals in 2014 and 2016 as well as at this year’s Australian Open. Now she has another chance to break her duck when she takes on American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the final at Roland Garros.“I don’t know who said that I feel pressure. Not me, obviously. I don’t feel pressure,” said the 26-year-old Romanian. The 25-year-old’s ranking slumped to 957th after an 11-month absence and a first-round defeat at Wimbledon last year, but she bounced back in stunning fashion by winning the US Open against her close friend Madison Keys – the same player Stephens beat in the semi-finals at Roland Garros on Thursday. “After not playing for 11 months, I’ve had some great results,” said the American, who has a perfect 6-0 record in finals.“Obviously a lot of hard work went into it, a lot of adversity, a lot of ups and downs. A lot of emotion, wondering am I ever going to be the same? Am I ever going to play good again at a high enough level? Am I a protected ranking? “I feel that it’s a big challenge for me. It’s a big chance to win my dream tournament.“But this doesn’t mean it’s going to happen or something like that. It’s a normal match I play against these opponents.“So we will see what is going to happen, but I just want to be smiling on court.”Stephens has had to battle back from a foot operation which left her unable to walk for four months. “I think now I’ve matured a little bit and have recognised the opportunities when they have been presented.“The most important thing is that I have taken those opportunities.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Yankees’ Miguel Andujar intrigues AL West club

first_imgAndujar, 24, established himself as an offensive threat in 2018 with 27 home runs and a 130 wRC+ in 149 games. His defense is his primary liability: He recorded minus-25 defensive runs saved in ’18.He was limited to 12 games in 2019 with the injury. Andujar’s absence cleared the way for Gio Urshela, a vastly superior fielder, to have a breakout season at the plate (21 home runs, 132 wRC+) in his Age 27 season.Texas isn’t limiting itself to the trade market as it tries to fill a need at the hot corner. Sullivan noted that the Rangers are also interested in signing free agents Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson, but Rendon might prove too expensive and an Andujar trade would allow them to use some of that money to address other roster needs. The Yankees find themselves with depth at third base this offseason. They reportedly have an interested party if they want to deal some of it.MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reported Sunday that the Rangers are “intrigued” by possibly trading for Miguel Andujar, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Sullivan added that the Yankees “would expect much in a trade” but offered no specifics. He speculated that a relief pitcher could be part of the return. ANALYSIS: Evaluating recent moves by Rangers, other clubslast_img read more

ONYANGO: We are ready to do it against Lesotho

first_imgCranes in final training for Lesotho match. PHOTO @OfficialFUFATotal AFCON Qualifiers 2019 Uganda ?? vs Lesotho ??Saturday 13th October 2018Time: 4pm at Mandela National Stadium, NambooleCharges: 15,000/- (ordinary Tickets), 40,000/= (VIP), 150,000/= (VVIP)Kampala, Uganda | FUFA.CO.UG | The stage is set at the historic Mandela National Stadium as the mighty Uganda Cranes host Lesotho national football team, popularly known as Likuena (The Crocodiles) at 4pm on Saturday.Uganda Cranes will proudly don the newly designed jersey, manufactured by kits company Mafro for the first time.This is the first leg of 2019 Total African Cup of Nations (AFCON) group L qualifier for the double header whose return leg will take place in Maseru on Tuesday, 16th October 2018.Owing to the level of preparations since the Uganda Cranes kicked off their preparations with their non residential preparations for the home based players last week, the writing has been well scripted on the wall, the home team is ready.Individual players led by the captain Denis Onyango have doubled their efforts in training sessions with sheer determination and commitment as they all eye maximum points.“We are determined to give our best for the game. We need maximum points out of this game this Saturday. Lesotho is not a small team like many people think. Therefore, we have to work hard and collectively as a team” Onyango disclosed to the media in the pre-match press conference held at Namboole on Friday morning. Desabre aims for 200%The head coach Sebastien Desabre and the rest of his technical team have done a tremendous task to assemble a formidable team and prepare the players mentally and physically.Desabre says the team is prepared 200 percent for the double header starting with the first leg at Namboole.“We have spoken to the players, trained well and they are prepared physically and mentally. The players know the importance of this match. We shall work hard to get the home win which will be a stepping stone to the return leg on Tuesday” Desabre told the media at the pre-match press conference.Apart from Murushid Jjuuko, all the 23 other players in the camp at the Kabira Country Club in Bukoto will be available for selection.Jjuuko is suspended after getting two cautions but will be available for the return leg when the team travels.Uganda Cranes maintain their grip at the summit of group L with four points off two matches. Tanzania and Lesotho have four points while Cape Verde has one point.Museveni boostEarly in the week, the team got a big boost when they were hosted by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House Entebbe at a function he organized to celebrate the 56th Independence Day.In a jovial mood, the President discussed football matters with the contingent before he announced his offer of a chartered flight to fly the Cranes to Maseru for the reverse fixture against Lesotho to be played on Tuesday 16th October, 2018.President Museveni also offered the Uganda Cranes contingent to State House a financial boost of UGX 200M (Two Hundred Million Shillings).‘The support from the President is a sign that he follows and loves sports. Football has been picking good results partly because of such support from the fountain of honour and office of Education and Sports. This offer will help the team fly in time to Maseru for the game’ said Mugisha.Uganda players in camp:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundown, South Africa), Jamal Salim (El Meriekh, Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC, Uganda)Defenders: Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS, Uganda), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Denis Iguma (Kazma FC, Kuwait), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam FC, Tanzania), Godfrey Walusimbi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa) FC, Isaac Muleme (Haras El Hodood, Egypt), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Hassan Wasswa (El Geish, Egypt)Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA FC, Uganda), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC, Uganda), Allan Kateregga (Cape Town City, South Africa), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia ), Moses Waisswa (Vipers Sc, Uganda), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda)Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda)Suspended: Murushid Juuko (Simba SC, Tanzania)Match Officials:Center Referee: Amin Mohamed Omar (Egypt)1st Assistant Referee: Samir Gamal Saad (Egypt2nd Assistant Referee: Mahmoud El Regal (EgyptCollated Africa Cup of Nations qualifying results Friday:Group LAt PraiaCape Verde 3 (Gomes 16, 23, Tavares 85) Tanzania 0StandingsUganda 2 1 1 0 1 0 4C. Verde 3 1 1 1 4 2 4Lesotho 2 0 2 0 2 2 2Tanzania 3 0 2 1 1 4 2FixturesSaturday: Uganda v LesothoTuesday: Tanzania v Cape Verde, Lesotho v UgandaGroup BAt YaoundeCameroon 1 (Choupo-Moting 63) Malawi 0Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)Cameroon 3 2 1 0 3 1 7Morocco 2 1 0 1 3 1 3Malawi 3 1 0 2 1 4 3Comoros 2 0 1 1 1 2 1FixturesSaturday: Morocco v ComorosTuesday: Comoros v Morocco, Malawi v CameroonGroup CAt LibrevilleGabon 3 (Bouanga 28, Appidangoye 59, Martin 88-og) South Sudan 0At BamakoMali 0 Burundi 0StandingsMali 3 2 1 0 5 1 7 Note: group winners and runners-up secure places at finals except for Group B, where 2019 Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon and the highest placed of the other three teams qualify Burundi 3 1 2 0 4 1 5Gabon 3 1 1 1 5 3 4S. Sudan 3 0 0 3 0 9 0FixturesTuesday: Burundi v Mali, South Sudan v GabonGroup DAt LomeTogo 1 (Denkey 84) Gambia 1 (Ceesay 7)At Blida, AlgeriaAlgeria 2 (Bensebaini 21, Bounedjah 75) Benin 0StandingsAlgeria 3 2 1 0 4 1 7Benin 3 1 1 1 1 2 4Gambia 3 0 2 1 2 3 2Togo 3 0 2 1 1 2 2FixturesTuesday: Benin v Algeria, Gambia v TogoGroup HAt ConakryGuinea 2 (Kamano 36-pen, Cisse 73) Rwanda 0At Bouake, Ivory CoastIvory Coast 4 (Kodjia 25, Bailly 52, Doukoure 57, Cornet 74) Central African Republic 0StandingsGuinea 3 3 0 0 6 2 9I. Coast 3 2 0 1 8 4 6C.A.R. 3 1 0 2 2 6 3Rwanda 3 0 0 3 2 6 0FixturesTuesday: Rwanda v Guinea, C.A.R. v Ivory CoastGroup IAt LuandaAngola 4 (Da Costa 12-pen, 16, Campos 52, Gelson 80) Mauritania 1 (Hacen 3)StandingsAngola 3 2 0 1 6 4 6Mauritania 3 2 0 1 4 4 6B. Faso 2 1 0 1 3 3 3Botswana 2 0 0 2 0 2 0FixturesSaturday: Burkina Faso v BotswanaTuesday: Mauritania v Angola, Botswana v Burkina FasoGroup JAt CairoEgypt 4 (Elmohamady 4, Warda 10, Hassan 29, Salah 45) eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) 1 (Gamedze 85)StandingsTunisia 2 2 0 0 3 0 6Egypt 3 2 0 1 10 2 6eSwatini 3 0 1 2 1 6 1Niger 2 0 1 1 0 6 1FixturesSaturday: Tunisia v NigerTuesday: eSwatini v Egypt, Niger v Tunisia Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England through to final four at Men’s European Team

first_img11 Jul 2013 England through to final four at Men’s European Team England have continued in their pursuit of the European Team title by beating hosts Denmark in the quarter finals of the championship today.Following the morning foursomes it was all square in today’s match but the first points did go England’s way from a 4/2 win by Northumberland’s Garrick Porteous and Hampshire’s Neil Raymond.The second game was not as clear cut with Kent’s Max Orrin and Sussex’s Toby Tree battling to the 22nd hole before losing to their Danish opponents.The afternoon singles proved to be much more favourable for England with Hertfordshire’s Callum Shinkwin securing a confident win 4/3.The next game saw the teams only loss of the afternoon when Lincolnshire’s Nathan Kimsey went down 2/1. Any resulting England nerves were quickly settled by Porteous and Raymond who followed their morning success with both of their games ending in 3/2 wins.The score of the day went to Orrin (photo copyright Tom Ward), who was clearly not effected by the morning’s extended game and finished the final pairing with an empathic 9/7 victory.England will now play The Netherlands or Ireland in one half of the semi-finals while France and Scotland will contend the other match.last_img read more

At least Cleopatra had a nice personality

first_imgSo maybe Mark Antony loved Cleopatra for her mind. That is the conclusion being drawn by academics at Britain’s University of Newcastle from a Roman denarius coin which depicts the celebrated queen of Egypt as sharp-nosed, thin-lipped with a protruding chin. In short, a fair match for the hook-nosed, thick-necked Mark Antony on the other side of the coin, which went on public display Wednesday at the university’s Shefton Museum. “The image on the coin is far from being that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton,” said Lindsay Allason-Jones, director of archaeological museums at the university, recalling the 1963 film “Cleopatra”, which ignited the tempestuous romance between the two stars. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The news was hailed as a revelation in British newspapers on Valentine’s Day, though the image is hardly a discovery. Replicas of the denarius can be found on eBay. Cleopatra’s legend has grown over the centuries. Plutarch, in the “Life of Antony” written a century after the great romance, said of Cleopatra: “her actual beauty, it is said, was not in itself so remarkable that none could be compared with her.” “But the contact of her presence, if you lived with her, was irresistible; the attraction of her person, joining with the charm of her conversation, and the character that attended all she said or did, was something bewitching. It was a pleasure merely to hear the sound of her voice …” last_img read more

Les Brodrick, South Africa’s WW2 Great Escape veteran, dies

first_imgLes Brodrick as a young Royal Air Force officer before his capture by the Nazis.The prison camp Stalag Luft III in German Silesia was built specifically to hold captured Allied airforce officers. In March 1944, 76 airmen daringly escaped from the camp after digging under the fences.The tunnel code-named Harry was shored up with stolen bed boards, had a railway track and carts for removing soil, and was ventilated with pipes made from milk-powder cans.A diagram showing the extent of tunnel Harry, running over 100 metres from under Hut 104 through the camp and out under the perimeter.(Images: Imperial War Museum)RELATED ARTICLES • SAAF: working in war and peace • Two centuries of South African military history • South African puppet company wins a Tony • Carrying the hopes of a nation • The history of South AfricaMary AlexanderHe survived being shot down over France, internment in a Nazi prison camp, escape, recapture, Hitler’s ordered mass murder of his comrades, the Long March to escape the advancing Soviet army – and a freak tsunami back home. Flight Lieutenant Les Brodrick, the last South African to make the legendary Great Escape of the Second World War, its “forgotten hero”, died peacefully in KwaZulu-Natal on 8 April. He was 91.On the night of 24 March 1944, 76 British officers imprisoned at the Nazi camp Stalag Luft III crawled to freedom through a 102-metre tunnel secretly excavated for nearly a year, over eight metres underground. On a moonless night during the coldest German winter in 30 years, Brodrick was the 52nd prisoner of war to emerge and scamper through the snow to hide in the nearby forest. The breakout was made famous by the classic 1953 film The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen.Brodrick was born in south London on 19 May 1921. After the war he and his family emigrated to South Africa where he lived, working as an English teacher, for almost 60 years.At the age of 22 Brodrick was a pilot for the British Royal Air Force (RAF), running bombing raids over Germany and occupied Europe. In April 1943 his Lancaster bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Stuttgart and, his plane limping back to the UK, hit again over occupied France. The plane crash-landed into a field near Amiens, killing four of the seven-man crew.Air officers’ prison campBrodrick was quickly captured and taken to Stalag Luft III prison camp in the German province of Lower Silesia, today part of southeastern Poland. There he soon became deeply involved in an ambitious, long-term escape project organised by another South African, the heroic but tragic RAF Squadron Leader Roger Bushell.Brodrick was imprisoned in a smaller compound of the larger prison camp, built specifically for British airforce officers. It also held captured airmen from Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Poland, France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, New Zealand – and South Africa. In its entirety, the vast camp covered 24 hectares and kept nearly 11 000 prisoners. And it was designed to keep those prisoners inside.Stalag Luft III was intentionally built on unstable, sandy soil difficult to tunnel through without the risk of collapse. Tunnelling was one of the few successful ways to escape prisoner-of-war camps, to get under the machine-gun watchtowers, electric fences, barbed wire and patrolling sentries. And a tunnel could free far more men than a dangerous dash through a prison fence.Useful too for preventing escape was the sand’s bright yellow colour, which made secretly disposing excavated tunnel soil difficult on the asphalt grey of the prison grounds. The Germans also embedded microphones into the ground to pick up any sound of digging. At 8.5 metres underground, the height of five tall men, the Great Escape tunnel was dug deep to escape detection.Soon after he arrived in the camp, Brodrick was recruited into the north compound’s escape committee, known in prisoner code as X-Committee. The secret group was put together by Roger Bushell who, as its mastermind, was given the code name Big X.The escape expertBushell, born in Springs east of Johannesburg and educated in the UK, was already a veteran of two bold escapes from Nazi camps. One required hiding in a goat pen, prostrate in the animal’s faeces, waiting for guards to move on. In the second he sawed through the floor boards of a moving prison train to drop between churning wheels onto the tracks below.Bushell was recaptured after both escapes. The second saw him fall into the hands of the Gestapo Nazi secret police, who in all likelihood tortured him, although he would never talk about it. Most accounts say he arrived at Stalag Luft III with a deep hatred of all Germans, and determined to make one, final and grand escape.It’s also said that around the time he began planning the Great Escape, Bushell received a letter from his fiancée telling him she was to marry another man. He’d been imprisoned or on the run for three years.In the German spring of 1943 Bushell put together an ambitious plan to dig not one, but three tunnels under and out of Stalag. His thinking was that, if one were discovered, the Nazi guards would find it inconceivable that more tunnels were still in progress. That would give them time to dig at least one robustly fortified and engineered tunnel – large and well-planned enough to allow more than 200 men to escape.In the British way, the tunnels were given the code names Tom, Dick and Harry.According to Australian journalist Paul Brickhill, a fellow prisoner who wrote a book about the escape after the war, when Bushell announced his plan to the X-Committee they were shocked at its extravagance. Bushell apparently roused them with these words:“Everyone here in this room is living on borrowed time. By rights we should all be dead.“In north compound we are concentrating our efforts on completing and escaping through one master tunnel. No private-enterprise tunnels allowed. Three bloody deep, bloody long tunnels will be dug – Tom, Dick and Harry. One will succeed.”Tom, Dick and HarryAs the plans progressed, Les Brodrick’s responsibility was as a “trapfuhrer”, guarding the secret entrance to Dick. Access to the tunnel was hidden under a drain in a washroom. Brodrick would open it for the diggers to enter, close it and then keep watch for guards as his comrades tunnelled underground.It was perhaps because it was an officers-only camp, filled with men with the benefit of an education, that the Great Escape’s tunnelling plans were both ambitious and ingenious. To prevent the easy collapse of the camp’s sandy yellow soil, wooden boards supporting prisoners’ bunk-bed mattresses were secretly filched to shore up the tunnel walls. Before the operation, every bed in the compound had 20 boards. At its end, they had an average of eight, and 90 double bunk-beds had vanished.The X-Committee came up with inventive ways of disposing of the yellow tunnel soil in the grounds of the camp, raking it to gardens and dumping it in the basement of the compound’s theatre. Prisoners would shuffle around with sand stuffed in long thin bags in their trousers, slowly dribbling the load onto the ground as they walked with a gait that gave them the nickname “penguins”.To get air into the tunnels, ventilation ducts were snaked together using empty cans of Klim, a milk powder provided by the Red Cross. The cans’ metal was also used to make small digging tools and candle holders. Underground candles were made by stealthily scooping fat off soup served in the mess hall, saving it in small tins, and lighting it with wicks made from the threads of old clothes.Tunnel Tom was the first to go. Bushell had decided to give the tunnel priority, but the extra activity triggered the underground microphones. The camp was searched, and in September 1943 the entrance to Tom was discovered and destroyed with explosives. It was the 98th escape tunnel found in the camp since the beginning of the war.The Germans were happy with their success, and their vigilance dropped. Bushell had been right: a German-speaking prisoner overheard guards saying that if such an enormous and well-constructed tunnel had been discovered and destroyed, there couldn’t possibly be another underway.Soon after, work on Brodrick’s tunnel Dick was stopped when the Germans began building a new prison compound over its planned exit. But the tunnel wasn’t abandoned: it continued to be a useful hiding place for wooden bed-boards and other filched material needed for the ongoing construction of the remaining tunnel, Harry.In March 1944 Harry was complete, and still undiscovered. It was an amazing piece of engineering for an entirely secret project. The tunnel was 102 metres long, dug 8.5 metres underground, and had electric light, a ventilation system and a railway track with carts for removing the soil.After the escape the Germans inventoried camp equipment and, from the amount of material missing, discovered the huge scale of the tunnel-construction project. Other than the 4 000 bed-boards and 90 bunk beds, the escape crew had stolen 192 bed covers, 161 pillow cases, 62 tables, 34 chairs, 76 benches, 1 212 bed bolsters, 1 370 beading battens, 1 219 knives, 478 spoons, 582 forks, 69 lamps, 246 water cans, 30 spades, 300 metres of electric wire, 180 metres of rope, 3 424 towels, 1 700 blankets – and more than 1 400 Klim cans.The escape begins – slowlyAfter waiting for a moonless night to ensure the cover of darkness, on 24 March 1944 the prisoners began to assemble in Hut 104, where the entrance to Harry was hidden under a moveable stove. Experienced escapers and those fluent in German were given places at the top of the escape roster. The rest drew lots. Bushell was given third place; Brodrick drew 52nd.They soon ran into trouble. On an exceptionally cold winter night with the ground covered in 15 centimetres of snow, the escape hatch was frozen shut. It was worked open and prisoner Johnny Bull broke through to the surface, only to discover that the exit was in the middle of the cleared perimeter patrolled by sentries, five metres short of the line of fir trees planned as cover. The prisoners would have to crawl through thick snow, only metres from a watchtower, to reach the protection of the forest.But the escape had to go ahead. Not only would another wait for a moonless night increase the chances of discovery, but all the prisoners’ meticulously forged travel documents were stamped with that day’s date.The escape began, but at a much slower rate than planned. First out was Harry Marshall, followed by Ernst Valenta, and then Bushell. Instead of the man a minute that could easily have freed all 200, the escape crawled to 12 men out every hour.From the night of the 24th to the morning of the 25th, the escape went on. Les Brodrick was the 52nd to emerge. After making it into the woods, he teamed up with Canadian Henry Birkland and British officer Denys Street, the three of them planning to rough it through the frigid forest southwards into Czechoslovakia and freedom.Back at the tunnel, the 77th man stumbled out of the hole into the path of a patrolling sentry. The whistle sounded, the alarm went up, and the Great Escape was over.Capture and reprisalsOf the 76 men who escaped, only three made it home. The other 73 were quickly rounded up, many at the local railway station where their clear unfamiliarity with their surroundings made them stand out to watchful Germans.Bushell and Bernard Scheidhauer, the fourth man out, were the first to be captured. They’d managed to board a train and had reached as far as Saarbrucken in eastern Germany, tantalisingly close to the French border, when police inspected their papers and discovered they were forged.Bushell fell back into Gestapo hands. On 29 March 1944 he and and Scheidhauer were put in a Gestapo car, to be taken to a handover to the “relevant authorities”. Some 40 kilometres into the trip the car stopped, the prisoners were told to relieve themselves and, while the stood at the side of the road with their backs turned to their captors, shot in the neck. Three days after his Great Escape, Bushell was dead. He was 34.Brodrick, meanwhile, had made it some way through the forest with Birkland and Street. The three came to a small cottage and, hoping for some respite from roughing it, knocked on the door. Inside were two men. In their broken German the Brodrick and his friends tried, later reports said, to “spin a yarn” to the men – try to explain why they, three strangers, were in the forest in the middle of a winter night not far from a prison-of-war camp. The men in the cottage were German soldiers, and Brodrick and his companions were arrested.Brodrick was taken to Gestapo headquarters in Gorlitz for interrogation, and then sent back to Stalag Lutz III.When he returned, Brodrick learned that 50 of the 76 men he had joined in the Great Escape had been murdered by the Gestapo. Bushell was dead, as too were Brodrick’s companions Birkland and Street.The Great Escape had a strong element of good British fun. It was daring, it was mischievous, its code names were corny, and there was a sense that other than the chance of being shot during escape, there was no desperate danger. Germany was a signatory to the Geneva Convention, which outlawed the execution of prisoners of war, escaped or not.But Adolf Hitler had other ideas. Enraged at the audacity of the escape, Hitler ordered that all 73 captured men be executed. His advisors were alarmed, and talked him down – to 50.In the film The Great Escape, the 50 are herded onto a hilltop and executed en masse. In reality the Gestapo, knowing they were committing war crimes, executed them in twos and threes, driving them to a remote location, getting them out of the vehicle, and then shooting them from behind to create the pretext that they were trying to escape.Many years later, Brodrick was asked if the Great Escape was worth it. “I suppose we did cause a certain amount of destruction,” he said. “But was it worth it? No, with 50 men dead, I don’t think so.”Three other South Africans were among the 50 murdered: Clement McGarr and Rupert Stevens, both 25, and 24-year-old Johannes Gouws, a Free State farmer’s son who just wanted to fly. After the war, the murder of the 50 was included in the charges against Gestapo officers in the crimes tried at Nuremberg.The Long March and homeBrodrick remained imprisoned at Stalag Luft III until just before the end of the war. As the Soviet army advanced from the east, Hitler ordered that all prisoner of war camps be emptied and their inmates force-marched westwards to Germany. Brodrick joined 80 000 other prisoners in the notorious Long March through a bitter winter from January to April 1945. It was later estimated that over 8 000 died.On 2 May 1945 Brodrick was among prisoners liberated by the British at Lubeck in northern Germany, and was flown back to the UK in a Lancaster bomber from his old squadron.Back home with his family, he became a teacher in Canvey Island, Essex. In 1953 the region was hit by a massive tsunami caused by freak weather conditions, with Canvey Island bearing the brunt. The family decided to leave, and in 1956 emigrated to Amanzimtoti in KwaZulu-Natal, soon moving to Scottburgh nearby. Brodrick became a South African, living here for almost 60 years.After his death his cousin John Fishlock told British newspapers Brodrick had become a forgotten hero because he moved to South Africa. “He was a remarkable man who deserves recognition,” he said. “He never knew why he was spared the firing squad – it was simply luck of the draw. His son Duke was just six months old at the time and he used to say that Hitler must have heard about that and spared him.”Only two survivors of the Great Escape remain: 93-year-old Dick Churchill, who lives in the UK, and 99-year-old Paul Royle of Perth, Australia.Les Brodrick leaves behind his wife, Theresa, 92, his sons Roy, 67, and Duke, 70, and two grandchildren.last_img read more

Sponsor Post: Case Study of Contexa at ReadWriteWeb: Context Improves CTR

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Sponsors#web rww sponsor 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Editor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write ‘Sponsor Posts’ and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Since the launch of the contextual link advertising product on ReadWriteWeb, we at Hakia have been anxious to see the results and evaluate the success of our contextual advertising product, Contexa. The Contexa system matches the semantic context of a blog post with a sponsor’s criteria on the fly to deliver relevant ads to the reader. Participating ReadWriteWeb sponsors have provided the contextual engine with up to three “trigger phrases” that define their business. As a reader of the blog, you may have seen the product’s implementation at the bottom of certain blog entries, as shown below. You can see another example here. Related Posts As we began this exciting journey, the ReadWriteWeb team defined its objective as follows:“To offer value to our readers by providing advertising links in the context of what they are reading, links that would therefore more likely be of interest to them, andTo offer a higher level of engagement to our advertisers, resulting in both more branding impressions and more click-throughs.”The preliminary aggregated statistics of the six participating sponsors (excluding Hakia), covering a 40-day period, demonstrate that the Contexa system has met ReadWriteWeb’s objectives:The Contexa system increased ad clicks by 14% (i.e. advertiser received, on average, 14% more ad clicks).The click-through rate (CTR) for Contexa was more than twice that of ReadWriteWeb’s 125 x 125 banner ads.We decided to turn the tables and interview Bernard Lunn, ReadWriteWeb’s COO and Feature Writer for his feedback! Hakia’s own COO, Melek Pulatkonak, poses the questions.Melek: Bernard, we have been working together on the ReadWriteWeb contextual link advertising system for a while. Has the system met your expectations?Bernard: Yes, it has. We wanted to see if it would generate a meaningful uplift in CTR, and it has.Melek: What feedback have you received from advertisers? And what would you recommend to participating advertisers going forward?Bernard: Advertisers have to get the traffic–relevance balance right. You can drive a lot of clicks with a hot term – something we are writing about a lot – but if the relevance is low, the advertiser won’t get good conversions. As with any new type of advertising, an art and science emerges over time. People know how to buy search terms on Google, but this is a bit different. I think we need to get better at creating more of a feedback loop (e.g. stats on how different terms have performed) so that advertisers can tune their keyword selection accordingly. Each advertiser has different needs and knows its market intimately, so it is best positioned to decide what works and how to tune its selection.Melek: What’s next? What is your vision?Bernard: For this first phase, we provided Contexa to our long-term sponsors. In the next phase, we want to offer Contexa as a standalone offering, so that advertisers can purchase keywords (or trigger phrases) directly on ReadWriteWeb. This will be an entry-level self-service advertising option that many smaller startups have requested.Melek: Anything else you would like to add?Bernard: Context matters to engagement. That is an obvious statement, but doing it right has been hard, and the opportunities for bloggers to offer ads that engage readers well and offer them value have been limited. Contexa is a good step in this important journey.We thank the ReadWriteWeb team for working with us closely to create a new contextual ad system for blogs and other publishers. To learn more about Contexa, please contact us at [email protected]last_img read more

How to Fix the Media Offline Error in Premiere Pro

first_imgFollow these quick steps to fix the Media Offline error in Premiere Pro.Anytime you move, rename, or delete a video file that’s referenced in your Premiere Pro video project, you will get the Media Offline error code. This error code can easily be fixed by simply linking to the original file. The following step-by-step tutorial will show you how to ‘relink’ your files and get rid of this classic red screen error code.Step 1: Locate Missing Clip in the ProjectAnytime Premiere Pro can’t find a media asset on your computer, you will see a red Media Offline screen. The first thing you need to do is find which clips are offline in your project. To do this, simply navigate to the project panel or hit Shift + 1 on your keyboard. You’ll see in the project panel that your missing clips have a small question mark icon on them. Select all of the missing clips, right click, and select Link Media.Step 2: Locate the Original FilePremiere Pro will pop up a box called a media browser. The media browser works very similarly to a regular media browser (like Explorer on PC or Finder on Mac). Simply select the file you wish to link to and select Locate. Find the clip that went missing and click OK. If you received the Media Offline error because you moved a folder to a new location, your other missing clips might automatically get linked as well — it all depends on the original folder structure. Continue this process for all of your missing files.Step 3: Verify the FilesThere shouldn’t be any issues at all with your newly linked footage. Just to be sure, go back and see if everything looks good in your project. If you accidentally connected to a proxy file (or simply the wrong footage), you can replace the incorrect file by right clicking on the incorrect clip in your project panel and selecting Replace Media. You can then simply repeat Step 2.Have any tips for linking footage in Premiere Pro? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Belga confident ahead of Game 2: ‘We know we can beat Ginebra’

first_imgThompson shrugs off fatigue, posts near triple-double in Kings win Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES “It’s always a challenge for us when we’re facing Ginebra. Even though they don’t have Greg, they have Japeth (Aguilar), Joe (Devance), and Scottie,” he said.Compared to the Elasto Painters’ 92-100 triple-overtime heartbreaker to the Gin Kings last Friday, where they were dominated in the rebounding department, 76-54, the series opener saw Rain or Shine only getting out-rebounded by a slim margin, 49-43.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStill, Belga wants more effort from himself and the rest of the Painters as they seek to deliver a stronger fightback in Game 2.“This is not the time to point fingers because we got to the playoffs without blaming anyone. This game, we came out flat that it felt like we’re telling Ginebra that we’ve already surrendered. We gave them a leeway to do whatever they wanted,” he said. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Despite falling behind in the series, Belga remains defiant believing that his team has what it takes to topple the Gin Kings.“This team was built through adversity that we still find ways to win. We can’t use our injured players as an excuse to play bad because we got to the playoffs in spite of those circumstances,” he said.“We know in ourselves that we can beat Ginebra, but we just have to grind it out. The series isn’t over yet, so come Wednesday, we rneed to go really hard against Ginebra. We’ll prepare and see what happens.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPundits lauded Scottie Thompson’s effort in grabbing 15 rebounds in Ginebra’s 88-80 Game 1 victory over Rain or Shine in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Monday.But on the other hand, Elasto Painters were again out-rebounded by the Greg Slaughter-less Gin Kings for the second straight game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more