23 October 2006The South African team of Ashleigh Simon, Kelli Shean and Stacy Bregman made history at De Zalze when they won the World Amateur Women’s Team Championship after a nail-biting playoff.They became the first team since 1980 to capture the title on home soil, and also the first African team to ever lift the most prestigious trophy in amateur golf.In a tournament regarded as the Olympics of amateur golf, many of the 42 participating countries knew little about a team from Africa, with the only internationally recognised player being Ashleigh Simon.However, after an outstanding first two rounds guided by the experience of Simon and the sheer grit of Shean, they led the field on 11-under-par 277.True contendersWith a bold 69 in the third round by Bregman, the South African team suddenly looked like true contenders for the title at 14-under-par 418.“We felt the pressure, but we knew were a good team and we really wanted to win this trophy,” said Shean.But the smooth sailing ended after the third round.The South Africans saw their four-stroke lead disappear early on their front nine with bogey-littered scorecards and a seventh hole that saw all three penciling in a drop for the hole. At the turn, the chances of South African victory started to look grim as Simon double-bogeyed the ninth hole.Sweden on the chargeBy then defending champions Sweden was racing up the leaderboard, once again guided by the unstoppable Caroline Westrup, playing a near-perfect round of three-under-par 69 for the day, backed by Anna Nordqvist, who kept it level on her front nine.However, it all came down to the back nine when Shean and Simon finally got their nerves settled and got down to business. While Simon kept the boat steady with a level back nine, Shean shot a flurry of birdies, starting with the tenth and finishing with the thirteenth.Unfortunately, it went south from there after a spell of bogeys by Shean that saw the South African lead ebb away, leaving it all down to the bitter end to save par on the eighteenth to draw level with Sweden on 10-under 566.‘The hole looked very small’“The hole looked very small from my position,” Shean said. “But I knew the situation. I knew I had to keep it level for us to have a shot at the title. So I was really happy when it dropped.”With South Africa and Sweden tied, the tiebreaker rules specified by the International Golf Federation came into play, with the non-counting scores from the final round added to the top two team scores. After that, if the result is still undecided, the rules state that it moves down to the third round’s non-counting scores.So victory was sealed for South Africa, with the third round score of 73 recorded by Simon outweighing Sofie Andersson’s 77 to put the final stamp of approval on the South Africans’ win.Colombia came third with nine-under-par 567, followed by France at eight-under 568 and Germany at seven-under 569.Sweden’s Westrup recorded the top individual score for the tournament on eight-under-par 280.The World Amateur Men’s Team Champions – the Eisenhower Trophy – starts on 26 October and will be played at the De Zalze and Stellenbosch golf courses.Scores T1 South Africa – 566T1 Sweden – 5663 Colombia – 5674 France – 568T5 Germany – 569T5 Japan – 5697 New Zealand – 5708 Spain – 5729 USA – 57410 Chinese Taipei – 576SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Saying that the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon represented a watershed moment for the Dalit community in their struggle against caste prejudices, newly elected Gujarat Assembly legislator Jignesh Mevani on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governmentrepresented a ‘neo-Peshwai’ mentality.Mr. Mevani was among several notable progressive speakers who addressed a humongous congregation at the Elgaar Parishad at the historic Shaniwarwada to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon of January 1, 1818. As many as 500 soldiers of the untouchable Mahar community had fought alongside the English to defeat the forces of Peshwa Bajirao II in the battle.Lashing out against regional parochialism, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student activist Umer Khalid “apologised” for not delivering his address in Marathi. “Ours is not the xenophobic credo of the ‘Marathi Manoos’ but a celebration of plurality and diversity … forces are aware that the battle of ideas cannot be won by words and hence are resorting to bullets,” said Mr. Khalid.Relevance todayCommenting on the murders of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, Communist leader Govind Pansare, scholar M.M. Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh, Mr. Khalid said the Bhima-Koregaon bicentenary was not merely a commemoration of the struggle of the Mahar community against the Brahminical Peshwa rule, but had modern-day echoes in the ongoing fight of progressives against Hindutva forces.Radhika Vemula, the mother of the late research scholar Rohith Vemula, said, “The Bhima-Koregaon battle was a defining moment for the Dalit community. Today, the BJP government represents the ‘neo-Peshwai’ mentality … it is this mentality and their agents, be it ministers or legislators, who conspired to killed my son and persecute Dalit scholars like him.” Ms. Vemula said that people must take inspiration from the 1818 battle and form a joint front of progressives to combat the ‘new Peshwai tyranny’. Earlier, following much controversy over the event, the police eventually granted permission to organisers with several caveats, specifying that the programme would not include objectionable slogans, posters, banners or feature acts that would “hurt sentiments of members of any caste or religion”. The event had met with considerable opposition from Hindu outfits and pro-Brahmin groups.Groups from across StateThousands of people from more than 250 progressive social outfits, including several left-leaning, Ambedkarite groups across Maharashtra, participated in the event which was symbolically held at the Shaniwarwada fort, the erstwhile seat of Peshwa power. For Dalit activists and progressives, the narrative of the Bhima-Koregaon battle is emblematic in the ongoing struggle against caste oppression and Brahminical domination.The six-hour event, which began at 2 p.m., featured cultural programmes by groups like the Kabir Kala Manch. Later in the evening, the speakers joined lakhs from the Dalit community to visit the Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar), a memorial dedicated to the battle in the village of Bhima-Koregaon, 30 km from the city.
The mysterious creator of Bitcoin could be an Australian businessman. Image Credit: BBC Advertisement One of the world’s largest cyber-currency exchanges is under investigation after it acknowledged that one of its employee’s PCs had been hacked.South Korea-based Bithumb has said that it believes personal details of more than 30,000 of its customers were stolen as a result.It appears the data was subsequently used to fool users into letting thieves steal funds from their accounts. – Advertisement – Bithumb has promised compensation.But the Korea Internet and Security Agency, a local government-empowered watchdog, has launched an inquiry into the matter, according to the Yonhap news agency.Scam calls Bithumb allows its members to buy and sell the virtual currencies Bitcoin and Ethereum. It is South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, based on recent trading volumes, and one of the five largest in the world.The breach is reported to have occurred in February, and is said to have involved an employee’s home PC rather than computer servers at the firm’s headquarters.Bithumb is reported to have discovered the breach only on 29 June and reported it to the authorities the next day.Although a notice posted to the company’s site said the leaked data did not contain passwords, dozens of customers have reported receiving follow-up scam calls and texts in June that persuaded them to share their accounts’ authentication codes.[related-posts]Bithumb has promised initially to cover losses of up to 100,000 won ($86; £67) per customer, and to add to this once it has been able to verify individual losses.But it is unclear whether victims will be compensated in full.An unverified local report said one member claimed to have lost 1.2bn won ($1.04m; £806,000).At present, virtual currencies are not regulated by South Korea’s financial authorities and efforts to address the matter have made little progress.source: BBC Africa News
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