Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The former FHM Model of the year winner Jessica Leandra who recently took to Twitter to express her anger in a racial slur that caused a rather large uprising in the South Africa community.
Her title has been stripped even though an apology was made...
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Florida - South Africa's Ernie Els and US rivals Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson were named finalists on Tuesday for the 2010 US PGA Tour Player of the Year award.
The Jack Nicklaus Trophy will go to a first-time winner when the recipient is announced on December 4. Finalists were nominated by the player advisory council with players who made at least 15 starts eligible to vote on a winner.
Former world number one Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion, had dominated the balloting since 1997, the year he captured his first major title by winning the Masters in record-smashing fashion.
Woods, chasing the all-time record 18 won by Nicklaus, won the award 10 times, his streak being broken only by Mark O'Meara in 1998, Fiji's Vijay Singh in 2004 and Ireland's Padraig Harrington in 2008.
But this year, Woods went winless in the wake of a sex scandal that led to a five-month hiatus from golf, a divorce from Elin Nordegren and the loss of his number one ranking to England's Lee Westwood after a five-year reign.
Els made his claim in March with victories at the World Golf Championships event at Doral and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He finished atop the US PGA regular season playoff qualifying points standings.
Mickelson is the only major winner among the finalists, winning his fourth such crown at the Masters.
Furyk won the season-ending Tour Championship as well as PGA playoff crown. He also won the Heritage and Transitions titles and finished second on the money list.
Kuchar won the money title as well as the Vardon Trophy. He captured the Barclays title during the PGA playoffs and led the tour in top-10 finishes, including a share of 10th at the PGA Championship and sixth at the US Open.
Johnson also had top-10 efforts at the US Open and PGA and won at Pebble Beach as well as the BMW Championship.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Congratulatory message by President Jacob Zuma on the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa
It is a great honour and pleasure to congratulate the Indian community in South Africa on the 150th anniversary of their arrival in South Africa.
16 November 1860 saw the coming of the first group of Indentured Indians on the ship Truro. From this seemingly insignificant beginning, the Indian community has developed into an integral component of the South African peoples.
Their odyssey from slave to full and equal South African citizens is intertwined with the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa. Their entrepreneurial spirit, their perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds, their identification and involvement with our country’s pursuit for liberation has endeared them to our fellow citizens. The names of Dr Kesaveloo Goonam, Monty Naicker, Mac Maharaj and countless others will forever remain etched in our country’s soul.
They have played a vital role in making and shaping South African history. We cannot forget that one of the icons of the twentieth century, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was nurtured by this country. His notions of Satyagraha (passive resistance) and the equality of all human beings were forged in South Africa, where he served his apprentice as a Mahatma. These ideals influenced not only our own battle for equality, but resonated worldwide and are as important today as when first formulated. We are honoured that these ideas gave birth right here in South Africa.
The Indian community have become engrained within the South African landscape. South Africa has been enriched by the beauty of their cultures, the wisdom of their religions, and the generosity of their peoples. We are delighted that while they are distinctly Indian, they remain proudly South African. We look forward to working closely together with the Indian community to build a brighter and better future for all South Africans.
Friday, November 12, 2010
The next ten years will bring disruptive technological changes, most of which we can't possibly foresee. But here are six truly exciting prospects that we know are coming in the 2010s.
I've previously written about the future of driverless cars, one of the things I look forward to the most for the coming decade. As it turns out, Google has successfully tested them for months already, driving some 140,000 miles - without a single accident!
An Australian aeronautics company is developing a 150 meter wide discus-shaped helium balloon with a payload capacity of 150 tons. Among other things, the Skylifter will have the ability to move multistory buildings to remote locations and serve as a new generation of airborne luxury cruise ships.
Sony has been developing screens so thin they can actually be rolled up. Here's a video about their 14 inch Organic Light Emitting Diode display, OLED for short. This is truly spellbinding. What can't the Japanese do? You could just roll up your 32 inch TV and bring it with you in your bag.Then roll it back out at a friend's house, on a plane or in your tent and watch your favorite movies.
To see the world from the outside, I imagine, must give you a whole new perspective on your place in it. Since the 1990s, only an exceptionally affluent handful of non-astronauts have had the opportunity to see the earth from orbit. Even today, a ticket to space will set you back $20-30 million, the waiting list is 5 years, and only the Russians will take you there. But that’s all changing.
On January 4th this year, the tallest structure in the history of the earth opened its doors for the first time. Towering some 828 meters (2,717 feet) above ground, the Burj Khalifa punctures the clouds above Dubai, dwarfing its neighbors, the 50-story buildings. Erected in less than five years, it’s an unfathomable feat of engineering, and a symbol of human capacity. But more importantly, the Burj Khalifa is just the first little snowball of the impending avalanche of super tall skyscraper construction.
Scientists in Japan and the US are realizing one of Man's ancient fantasies - the ability to vanish. Groundbreaking technology on the micro-level has enabled us to make the first primitive cloaking devices, and in the coming decade they will become more advanced (i.e. less visible) and less expensive. How do these invisibility technologies work, and what are the implications for your life?