Cricket fans keep an eye on the gamefrom the shade of the Oaks Enclosure. (Image: Supersport) The mountainous backdrop givesNewlands the edge in the scenicdepartment.(Image: Western Province Cricket Assoc’n) MEDIA CONTACTS • Anthea Allie Newlands stadium manager +27 21 657 2052 RELATED ARTICLES • New campaign to power SA’s Proteas • Dale Steyn helps kids to aim high • Final innings for Basil D’Oliveira • Supporting SA’s sports stars • Maasai hope to bowl CT overChristel JordaanThe local fans have known it for years, and now it’s been confirmed – a combination of spectacular scenery and world-class facilities has seen the historical Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town voted as the second-best test venue in the world.The Western Cape sporting ground is remarkable for its backdrop of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak and is a firm favourite with cricket fans around the world.It was topped only by the venerable Lords cricket ground in St John’s Wood, London, described by The Cricketer magazine, which published the list of superlative stadiums in its May edition, as the “alpha and omega of cricket venues – the venue upon which every cricketer yearns to leave his mark”.The Adelaide Oval in Australia completed the top three.“This is an important endorsement of a place that special meaning for both Capetonians and South Africa cricket,” said Western Province Cricket Association CEO Andre Odendaal in a statement, “and we’re proud to have maintained our high ratings in world cricket.”Newlands – or as it’s formally known, Sahara Park Newlands – is managed by the Western Province Cricket Association under Cricket South Africa.Test cricket is the five-day version of the game, which is also played in two shorter formats, the one-day and 20-over or T20 games.Best of the bestA team of journalists, photographers, broadcasters and fans decided the final order out of 26 venues offered, after a survey was run by the UK-based The Cricketer, previously known as The Wisden Cricketer. According to the article, Lord’s was the unanimous choice for number one.The results of the survey put the 26 contestants in the following order:1 Lord’s; 2 Newlands; 3 Adelaide Oval; 4 Galle stadium, Sri Lanka; 5 Trent Bridge, Nottingham; 6 Sydney Cricket Ground; 7 Melbourne Cricket Ground; 8 St John’s, Antigua; 9 Kensington Oval, Bridgetown; 10 Basin Reserve, Wellington; 11 Eden Gardens, Kolkata; 12 Arnos Vale, St.Vincent; 13 St.George’s Park, Port Elizabeth; 14 Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai; 15 Seddon Park, Hamilton; 16 New Wanderers, Johannesburg; 17 Asgiriya, Kandy; 18 M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore; 19 The Oval, Kennington; 20 Harare Sports Club; 21 University Oval, Dunedin; 22 Bellerive Oval, Hobart; 23 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai; 24 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi; 25 Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar; 26 Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh.Port Elizabeth’s St George’s Park, famous for its lively brass band that gets the spectators going during limited-overs games, and the imposing Wanderers in Johannesburg, known fondly as the Bullring, were the other two South African venues.The International Cricket Council recognises only 10 test-playing nations – they are the full members – with 36 associate members and 60 affiliate members. All 10 of the full members, which include Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, are represented in The Cricketer’s list.Most of the grounds are in locations familiar to cricket fans, and those who are puzzled by the presence of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will be enlightened to know that it’s operated by the Pakistan Cricket Board as a safe alternative to its stadiums at home.Steeped in historyNewlands cricket ground – not to be confused with the next-door Newlands rugby stadium – was first owned by Lydia Corrina Letterstedt, the daughter of Swedish brewer Jacob Letterstedt. The brewer had been granted the title deed in 1845 and he gave the land, originally a farm, to his daughter as a wedding present.The Newlands brewery still operates today. In Letterstedt’s day it was known as the Mariendal Brewery and became part of South African Breweries in 1956.In the late 1880s the Western Province Cricket Club learned that the grounds next to the Newlands station, which today is within walking distance of the cricket and rugby grounds, were available to rent or buy. In need of new headquarters around the same time, the Western Province Rugby Union also found the site optimal. At the time the ground was still part of Lydia’s Mariendal Farm.In August 1887 the grounds were levelled and on 2 January 1888 the cricket venue was opened with a match between the Mother Country and Colonial Born elevens. The match lasted two days.The cricket club bought the ground in 1896 for what was then three thousand pounds. In 2000 it was sold to the Western Province Cricket Association, who had been renting it all along, for R33-million (US$4-million). The cricket club today owns the ground’s Member’s Pavilion, and the association owns everything else.Supporters of the growing sport watched South Africa take on England on 25 March 1889 in the first test match ever held at Newlands. Unfortunately the English beat the local lads by an innings and 202 runs, but their dominance wasn’t to last long.In 1902 the pine trees along Campground Road were replaced with oaks, and today, after many decades of growth, this shady spot is known as the Oaks Enclosure and is a fine vantage point from which to relax while watching a game. At the same time new pavilions were added to accommodate 10 000 people.The venue has undergone much expansion since then. The ground can accommodate around 25 000 spectators, and the home crowd is renowned for its enthusiasm and passion for the sport.In 2003 Newlands hosted the opening game of the Cricket World Cup, and it also hosted games during the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2009 Indian Premier League.The Cape Cobras have been the home team since 2005.
Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city and economic hub, is an increasingly attractive destination for major global conferences, having risen a remarkable 133 places in the International Congress and Convention Association rankings over the past three years. The Johannesburg city centre at night, with the Nelson Mandela Bridge in the foreground, spanning the Park Station train shunting yards. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Africa’s youth population can lift the continent • See Joburg on the big screen in the new Avengers movie • What makes South African cities competitive? • Joburg: A city of stories • Joburg, South Africa’s Empire City, strikes back Staff writerJohannesburg, South Africa’s largest city and economic hub, is an increasingly attractive destination for major global conferences, having risen a remarkable 133 places in the International Congress and Convention Association rankings over the past three years.According to the ICCA’s 2014 report, released on 11 May 2105, Johannesburg is ranked at 101st place among the world’s top conference destinations, up from 136 in 2013 and 234 in 2012.The ICCA is one of the most important organisations in the business of international meetings, with a network of 1 000 members from more than 90 countries. It is the only association whose membership represents the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events. The association’s annual rankings are based on the number of rotating global association meetings hosted in a particular destination.“Joburg’s continued improvement in its ICCA rankings is thanks to a collaborative effort with our industry partners, peers and stakeholders and confirms the city’s status as a world-class business events destination,” Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau said in a statement. The economy of Johannesburg benefits from not just one central business district, but two: The Sandton CBD in the north of the city is growing rapidly. (Image: Brand South Africa)Big events mean big bucksHosting events has a direct and positive economic impact on the city and all who work and play in it. Benefits include money spent, jobs created and changing travellers’ perceptions of the city.Large business events often attract between 500 and 1 000 international visitors, who tend to stay for three to six days, with a direct or indirect contribution to the tourism value chain, including accommodation, restaurants, tourist attractions and transport services.Business tourism helps promote Johannesburg, not only as a premier destination for business, as the financial and commercial hub of Africa, but also as an all-year-round destination for leisure, sport and mega-events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup. More importantly, it helps sell the city as a profitable centre of trade development and investment.Large international gatherings also create immediate trade relations between Johannesburg and other cities and countries. Hosting events also helps with the exchange of professional and intellectual capital and expertise.Guided by its Growth and Development Strategy 2040, city government aims to position Johannesburg a leading global city, a year-round business and events destination, and a cosmopolitan centre for lifestyle, leisure, heritage, the arts, culture and entertainment. The goal is to achieve shared and sustainable economic growth in the city, stimulating both the tourism sector and the second economy.Visitors to big-ticket events also benefit from the local tourism scene, which has boomed over the past 20 years and seen an impressive development of visitor attractions, precincts, museums and sites highlighting Johannesburg’s complex and fascinating story. These include the Origins Centre, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, Museum Africa, Montecasino and the SAB World of Beer. Dawn breaks over the skyline of the established Johannesburg central business district. (Image: Brand South Africa)Sophisticated infrastructureJohannesburg has strong business events credentials. Aside from the major international business and sporting events hosted in the city since the mid-1990s, Johannesburg is home to increasing hotel inventory and world-class convention facilities, all supported by a well-established and growing service sector and solid infrastructure.Transport infrastructure includes the Gautrain rapid rail system, Rea Vaya bus rapid transit network and OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa’s most important travel hub. Over 55 airlines link Johannesburg to major centres worldwide, making it one of the easiest cities to access in Africa.The city can comfortably host any event, from small professional meetings to mega global conferences and sporting events. There are some 130 venues in Johannesburg, varying in capacity, including the four biggest which are capable of accommodating over 5 000 delegates. read more
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Facebook used to be dominated by white and Asian users, but tonight the company announced results of a demographic study of its users concluding that the percentages of black and Hispanic users of the site are now approaching their percentages of the population in the general U.S. public. Hear that? Facebook scientists have looked at the data and everything is OK now.For months, we’ve been calling on Facebook to open up user data in an appropriate way for the public at large to study.It’s an invaluable bird’s eye view of the interactions between 350 million people around the world. There are probably a lot of social patterns of interaction between people that could be discovered in that data – some not pretty at all. For now, though, Facebook has analyzed the data in-house and given itself a cheery report card. More analysis appears to be forthcoming, so we’ll see what we’re told about what really goes on on Facebook – but that data ought to be made available for outside analysis.In this case the data wasn’t anonymized; it was analyzed by two in-house staff members and two grad students from Cornell and Princeton. The group compared users’ last names on Facebook to U.S. Census data about the percentage of people with those last names who reported specific racial backgrounds. Once a larger number of Facebook users have public profiles, something that’s probably happening very rapidly thanks to the radical new privacy settings the company began recommending to users last week, then analyzing things like names, friend lists and associations won’t constitute a violation of user privacy anymore.That might not sound like something many users are comfortable with, but one way or another there is a lot of potential for social good (not just advertising) made possible by aggregate user data. Perhaps coincidentally, or perhaps not, the new privacy regime will remove the primary objections to bulk analysis of user data. Presumably something will need to be done to make the data available in bulk and in an appropriate format for outside analysis, though. The example we’ve offered most commonly in calling for this data to be released is the history of what’s called real estate redlining. In the 1960s, when both U.S. Census information and real estate mortgage loan information were made available for bulk analysis, it was proven that banks around the U.S. were discriminating against home loan applicants in traditionally African American neighborhoods.That was a big deal and we suspect that there are patterns of comparable importance, both positive and negative, hiding in Facebook’s huge store of data.For contrast and illustration, consider the conclusions drawn by popular dating site OK Cupid in an analysis of dating inquiry response rates between its users of different races. In heterosexual pairs, male inquirers on OK Cupid were far more likely to get a response when they were white. Black, Hispanic and Asian men saw terrible response rates from women on the site. White men were least likely to respond to inquiries from black women and they were by far the most likely to say that they preferred to date people of their same race. Both white men and women were quite unusual in the likelihood of their saying they preferred to date people of their own race.Take that, people who commented on the Facebook study tonight saying that people don’t see race any more! It certainly appears that we do.It will be interesting to see if Facebook is willing to publish data that shines a less positive light on its own user base. Most likely, outside parties would be more apt to expose data like that. The world could use some more self-awareness, Facebook, but it’s important that such self-awareness not be hand-delivered by scientists on your own staff, with your financial interests as their bottom line. Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#web read more