Fistball’s finest come to South Africa for World Cup

first_imgCD AndersonThe little known but ancient sport of fistball is gaining popularity among South Africans looking for an active pastime that is a little different and a lot of fun. Their passion for the sport has culminated in the hosting of the fistball World Cup in Cape Town on 14 and 15 October 2016.What is fistball?Described as a faster, more aggressive version of volleyball, fistball dates back to 240AD. The sport became popular again in 16th century Italy, where the rules of the game were first officially devised and recorded.Watch and learn the game’s rules:During the late 19th century, fistball became popular in Germany, whose emigrants then spread the game to the rest of the world, including South America and West Africa.It was introduced into the United States in 1911, where it enjoyed small but enthusiastic support at some of the country’s youth summer camps.A world governing body was formed in 1960, which began holding international championship tournaments for men and women every four years. The sport is dominated by German-speaking countries such as Switzerland and Namibia (which won the 1995 championship), and South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina. Fistball is also part of the alternative, non-Olympic sports event, the World Games.By 2014, countries such as Australia, India and South Africa had started competing in the sport.The GaljoensMeet the stars of South African fistball: Dr Strangeglove, Moerfist, Mr Fistievous and the rest of team:The first South African team, and later the Fistball Association of South Africa (Fasa), was started in 2014 by Capetonian Leif Petersen, who was looking for an alternative sport to play as a way to make his mark representing his country.Petersen told the Mail & Guardian in 2015: “It’s always been every kid’s dream to play for their country, and as I gradually came to the realisation that I would never get the nod for the Proteas cricket team, I had to find a smaller pond where I could be a bigger fish.”Petersen brought together an eclectic group of local sport enthusiasts from all walks of life, including artists, business professionals, conservationists and refugees, to form the sport’s first amateur fistball team: the Galjoens, named after South Africa’s national [email protected] #MightyGaljoens Dr Strangeglove Moerfist & Mr Fistievous watch SA’s finest fistballing talent @ #FistballWorldCup 14-16Oct CTown pic.twitter.com/WM9KX3H2h1— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016Playing in public parks with rudimentary equipment fashioned from safety barrier tape and tent poles, the sport proved to be a fun but gruelling way to bring together a variety of South Africans and combine their love of sport with good humour and ham-fisted puns.Soon other teams formed around Cape Town, including the Kaapse Fisters, the North Beach Knuckle-Dusters and Goldfister. The first annual South African championship, the aptly named Fistivus, was held in 2015.The Galjoens also took part in their first world championship, held in Argentina in November 2015. They finished last, but according to Petersen, a lot of fun was had at the tournament and the players learnt a lot about how the game was played on a global level.The Fistball World Cup8 days away before the kick-off of the @IFA_Fistball Men’s #Fistball World Cup! 14 & 15 October at Vygieskraal Sports Ground ? #faustball pic.twitter.com/N9T6V8VygP— FistballSouthAfrica (@FistballSA) October 6, 2016At the end of 2015, Petersen received approval from the fistball world governing body in Germany to hold a World Cup tournament, bringing the best fistball club teams in the world to compete in Cape Town on 14 and 15 October 2016.The event will be held at the Vygieskraal Sports Ground, Belgravia, Cape Town, and will feature visiting clubs from Germany, Brazil and Argentina. The tournament will also debut the long-awaited documentary on the unconventional story of fistball in South Africa, featuring interviews with players and highlights of all the local teams in action.For more information, visit the Fistball Association of South Africa Facebook page.Source: Mail & Guardian / Fistball Association of South AfricaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Salesforce.com Teams Up with Black Eyed Peas for Free Chatter.com Launch

first_imgTags:#cloud#saas klint finley Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Salesforce.com announced today that the free Chatter.com software-as-a-service will be generally available January 31. Chatter.com makes the core features of Salesforce.com’s enterprise social software offering Chatter available for free. Chatter.com users will have nearly all the features that paid Salesforce.com users have, with the exception of reporting dashboards and access to the AppExchange marketplace. A few new features are being rolled out to all Chatter users as well.Twitter-style @replies and trending topics and Facebook-style “likes” are all being added to both Chatter.com and regular Chatter users.Like Yammer company accounts, Chatter.com company accounts can be created by anyone with an e-mail address from a particular company. That user can then invite other users to the company Chatter.com account. Unlike Yammer, user access can be moderated without paying for a premium account. The first user becomes the moderator, and can create other moderators. If a company discovers that employees have created a Chatter.com account without management and IT approval, Salesforce.com will add managers as moderators free of charge.Update: Yammer did not respond to our request for clarification regarding its access control policy yesterday, but Yammer Director of Communications DeeAnna McPherson has contacted us with a correction:Any user (it doesn’t have to be a moderator) can suspend another user. When that happens, an email is sent to the suspended user’s email address asking them to re-confirm their account. If they no longer have email access, they no longer have Yammer access. In the premium version, Yammer can be synced with Active Directory to automate the process of removing former employees.We make it easy to police the free accounts by surfacing employees whose company email addresses are bouncing.One drawback to Chatter.com is that all users must have an e-mail address with the company’s domain name. Unlike Huddle, another enterprise collaboration SaaS with freemium accounts, there is currently no way to add an external collaborator without first giving them a company e-mail account.As a side note, Salesforce.com’s relationship with will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas continues to flourish. Salesforce.com will air a commercial for Chatter.com starring animated caricatures of The Black Eyed Peas during the Super Bowl. The ads will bookend the half-time show, which will feature a live performance by The Black Eyed Peas. will.i.am seems to have quite a fondness for tech companies – earlier this week Intel announced that will.i.am will be its new director of creative innovation.For some, Super Bowl adds with companies with “dotcom” in the name brings back uncomfortable memories of the dotcom boom and bust.Chatter was released to all Salesforce.com users last year, and the company calls it its most successful product launch to date. Dell deployed Chatter to over 100,000 users. Other customers with over 5,000 include Bank of America and Deloitte.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Real Madrid are happy with Santiago Solaris performance

first_imgReal Madrid director Emilio Butragueno says Madrid are happy with interim coach Santiago Solari’s performance since being in charge as the club grabbed their fourth consecutive win by beating Celta Vigo on Sunday.Madrid grabbed a 4-2 win at Balaidos, bringing it to four victories with 15 goals since Solari’s tenure while bridging the gap behind Barca to four points in La Liga.“He has done excellently,” Butragueno said on Sunday.”“He arrived in a very particular moment and has achieved very good results, above all today against Celta in a very difficult game. We are very happy with how things have gone.”“We will see,” Solari said, according to AFP.“I usually don’t plan too far ahead but in principle, it’s my day off tomorrow.”“The important thing is to do everything for the good of the team and Real Madrid. Nothing else is important for me.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The team showed a lot of personalities to come through all the circumstances of the game.”“Gareth made a massive effort, his ankle was very swollen”“Celta played very aggressively, on the edge of the rules.”On the other hand, Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola believes Madrid players are behind Solari.“These things are decided by those at the top, we just have to work to get out of the crisis,” Odriozola said.“We’ll go to the death with him, he’s a great coach and of course we want him to continue.”last_img read more

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