Benni McCarthy hangs up his boots

first_img7 June 2013South African footballer Benni McCarthy announced his retirement on Wednesday after a successful career that took him from South Africa to the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and England before he returned home to finish his career with Orlando Pirates.McCarthy also earned 80 caps for Bafana Bafana during which he became South Africa’s all-time leading international goals scorer.He was at his best in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998, making his mark with a four-goal performance against Namibia, with those four goals coming in the space of only 13 minutes. He finished the tournament with seven goals and was named in the team of the tournament as South Africa made it to the final where they were beaten 2-0 by Egypt.McCarthy was also a key player in the Bafana Bafana team that became the first South African side to play in the Fifa World Cup in 1998, and netted the team’s goal in a 1-1 draw with Denmark.‘Blessed’“I have been so blessed to have enjoyed a remarkable career that took me from the township fields of Nyanga Stadium, to winner’s medals in the Uefa Champions League and World Club Cup – the highest levels that a player can achieve in club football,” McCarthy said in a statement on Thursday.“I retire having represented my country at senior level 80 times and scored a record 31 goals. Two World Cup Finals, in France and Korea/Japan, an Olympic Games and a u-20 World Cup Finals will be memories that live in my heart forever.“And to have come home to South Africa for a final chapter, and to have won the treble with Orlando Pirates [in 2011/12] was the type of finale that only dreams are made of,” he said.Surpassed expectations“It has been a 17-year professional career that surpassed even my own expectations and I’ve been privileged to have played under many great coaches, including the very best, Jose Mourinho.”McCarthy’s most successful club years were spent in Portugal with Porto and in England with Blackburn Rovers, but before he played for those teams he turned out for Ajax Amsterdam and Spanish club Celta Vigo, having started his career with Seven Stars in Cape Town.In 2002, he starred for Porto, under Mourniho, while on loan from Celta Vigo, netting 12 times in 11 matches. When the Portuguese club sold fellow striker Helder Postiga to Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho pounced and signed the South African striker to a permanent contract. McCarthy repaid that investment by topping the Portuguese League goal scoring charts the following season.Uefa Cup, Champions LeagueHe won the Uefa Cup with Porto in 2002-03 and the following season went on to lift the Champions League title with the Dragons. McCarthy played a crucial role in the team’s run, netting twice in a vital 2-1 victory over Manchester United in a round of 16 clash.Those two European successes turned Mourinho into the hottest property in coaching and he was soon signed by big spending English outfit Chelsea.McCarthy stayed on at Porto, scoring 34 goals in 74 matches, before being signed to a four-year contract by Blackburn Rovers in 2006.English Premier LeagueIt proved to be an inspired decision for the English club as McCarthy finished his first season as the second top scorer in the Premier League with 18 goals and 24 in all competitions. His league tally was bettered only by Didier Drogba and tied with Cristiano Ronaldo.An injury early the next season and the arrival of striker Roque Santa Cruz led to fewer playing opportunities for McCarthy.In February 2010, the South African signed with West Ham. Unfortunately, on his debut for the Hammers he suffered an injury that kept him out of action for six months. He ended up playing sparsely for the club and was released in early 2011.McCarthy then returned to action in South Africa with Orlando Pirates where he finished his career at the age of 35.He has indicated that he wishes to stay involved with football and will be working towards getting his coaching badges. He has previous experience working on television and hopes to do more TV work too.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Fwix Aims to be the Google of the Place-Based Web

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Data Services#Location#web The rise of the mobile web and the integration of our online and offline experiences point towards one big opportunity: for the world’s information to be organized by place. Hyperlocal news service Fwix today announces a new service that allows any other application developer to pull the names, locations and web content about places in 8 countries around the world. The data is free and comes with an offer to share access to Fwix’s ad revenue, which includes ads from partners Comcast and AT&T.The Need for a Local Content PlatformPublishing content to the web is now easy to do and finding the right content by keyword is relatively easy. Finding the best content to suit the physical location a user finds themselves in offline is not so simple yet, however. There’s no universally accepted structure for knowing where a certain business or landmark is and the web is full of information laying dormant because it’s not surfaced appropriately by place.A service that indexes and delivers content through the lense of location could enable a whole new world of application development. I visited my favorite park down the street from my house a few weeks ago and just happened to Google the right keywords and click through several pages of results to find a beautiful walking-tour of all the trees in the park. The fact that such content wasn’t made available to me quickly and easily once I told the internet I was at the park is a sign that the internet is broken. marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Fwix says it adds about 100,000 pieces of geotagged web content into its index daily, not including Tweets it associates with places through location metadata and entity extraction from messages. The company also learns that some accounts consistently talk about things in a particular place. The service pulls place-related keywords out of all kinds of content, including multimedia like photo descriptions and video transcripts. Locations are assigned based on analysis of place names and keywords in text.App developers can pull that data into their own apps by using the place organization system developed by another startup called Factual. Factual is a big data service started by Gilad Elbaz, the man who built the system behind Google Adsense.The whole system is both read and write enabled – developers can push places discovered and place-based content published into the Fwix database, which will then be served up to other apps. Content can be filtered by area, keyword, type or popularity (using the number of Foursquare check-ins as a metric of popularity).The API appears simple, easy and free of restrictions. The company says so far it’s serving up 20 million monthly calls to its XML API and 150 million to its Javascript API. There are a number of other companies offering roughly this kind of support and Fwix’s previous iterations have been less than dazzling, but the company says this place-based content indexing as a service has always been its ultimate goal. In a crowded market, it’s a strong contender.Fwix says it’s hard at work indexing archival web content as well and hopes to someday offer the data platform for “the augmented reality view of the world” – web content rich histories for any place a person might find themselves.The venture funded company ($6.5m) has 22 employees and says it is now doing more than $1 million in annual revenue, based on licensing fees it charges big companies for its data.Below, the location-based content market according to Fwix. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Quality vs. Quantity: What Should You Record While Traveling?

first_imgDrone ItThe audience will want the scale and scope of your story. This is where you establish the space so that they can better understand where you are. You can capture the scope with either 2-5 wide-angle shots or by flying a drone (if you have one). I like getting my drone up and in the sky when I arrive at a location — to better understand the geography. I can scout out places to see and places to avoid, and above all else, I can get my wide establishing shots banged out.(Side note: check the laws of flying your drone before putting it up in the sky. In the last few years, many remote locations have begun putting up drone bans.)Close-UpsAfter you’ve taken some time to learn the location, go for a walk and absorb the surroundings. Figure out what makes it unique. Is there a river? Are there lots of rocks? Whatever qualities you discover, put them in a catalog of close-up shots to capture for your edit. For a short video, I like to gather 3-5 close-ups of each feature.Story While having selection footage is helpful, the key to great storytelling is about quality content, not quantity overload.For filmmakers, traveling can sometimes become a burden of B-roll overload. You want to be present and enjoy your trip, but also capture the shots you need for a dynamite edit. Personally, I’ve had my fair share of trigger-finger moments, where I’ve arrived at a stunning location and gone entirely overboard with capturing B-roll beauty of almost every single mountain, river, shrub, rock, and stick.The following tutorial will share some filmmaking secrets regarding what to capture when arriving at a new location. The word “story” gets tossed around among filmmakers. While I’ll agree that story is paramount to engaging an audience — and making your video worth watching — you don’t have to pull your hair out building a complex narrative. I like to use the reward method. What would be a reward for my audience? Is it a talk-to-the-camera moment about a resolution I’ve discovered? Is it a brief tutorial about something I found  on this journey? Or is it a reaction to the intense struggle of, let’s say, climbing a mountain?Rather than thinking of a story as good and evil, climax and conflict, drama and resolution, look at it as a message to your audience. If you don’t have access to actors or scripts, craft a micro-narrative that is structured with a journey and then a reward. The journey could be some B-roll shots of someone climbing up a mountain, and the reward could be seeing them summiting.Interested in the track we used to make this video?“Body Slam” by GyomLooking for more video production tutorials? Check these out.Editing Tips: Sorting Footage and Creating Quality TimelinesFrom The Wizard of Oz to Transformers: 100 Years of Color GradingCreative Uses for Bokeh Overlays + Free Prism Bokeh PackGetting Creative: Five Cool Video Edits that Genuinely WorkTips for Making High-Quality Small-Budget Video Tutorialslast_img read more

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