My wife Razia Myers is showing at the Art Expo with Jill Trappler Thursday 3rd December 2015

Art expo this week Thursday 3rd December

HEART TOP 40 for 28 November 2015 Adele still at number 1

HEART TOP 40 – 28 November 2015
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS NOTES
1 Adele Hello NC 1 1 (3) 5 Last Week’s #1
2 Maroon 5 Feelings Up 2 4 2 7
3 Justin Bieber Sorry Up 2 5 3 4
4 Chris Brown Zero Up 2 6 4 8
5 Sam Smith Writing’s On The Wall Down 3 2 2 8
6 Justin Bieber What Do You Mean Down 3 3 1 10
7 OMI Hula Hoop Up 8 15 7 7 Joint Highest Climber
8 Disclosure feat. Sam Smith Omen Up 1 9 3 12
9 Jess Glynne Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself Up 1 10 4 18
10 Mi Casa Chocolat Up 3 13 10 4 SA Top 10 #1
11 Nick Jonas Levels NC 11 7 11
12 Calvin Harris & Disciples feat. Ina Wroldsen How Deep Is Your Love NC 12 9 15
13 Zara Larsson Lush Life Up 5 18 13 4
14 R.City feat. Adam Levine Locked Away Down 7 7 1 (3) 11 Joint Biggest Faller
15 The Weeknd Can’t Feel My Face Down 7 8 1 (3) 14 Joint Biggest Faller
16 Trey Songz Change Your Mind Down 2 14 12 14
17 Muzart Get Down Down 1 16 16 7
18 DNCE Cake By The Ocean Down 1 17 17 5
19 Jidenna feat. Roman Gian Arthur Classic Man NC 19 13 12
20 Olly Murs Kiss Me Up 8 28 20 2 Joint Highest Climber
21 Jess Glynne Ain’t Got Far To Go NC 21 20 9
22 Cee-Lo Green Robin Williams NC 22 14 9
23 Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) NC 23 23 7
24 Shout Smile NC 24 15 11
25 Pentatonix feat. Tink Can’t Sleep Love NC 25 25 3
26 Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White I Don’t Like It, I Love It NC 26 2 21 Joint Longest Running Song
27 Deorro feat. Chris Brown Five More Hours NC 27 6 19
28 Nico & Vinz feat. Kid Ink & Bebe Rexha That’s How You Know Up 1 29 22 6
29 99 Souls feat. Brandy & Destiny’s Child The Girls Is Mine New 29 1
30 Robin Thicke feat. Nicki Minaj Back Together NC 30 30 3
31 Rita Ora feat. Chris Brown Body On Me NC 31 21 10
32 Meghan Trainor Title NC 32 32 2
33 Charlie Puth One Call Away New 33 1
34 Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. Mo Lean On Down 1 33 7 21 Joint Longest Running Song
35 Tinashe feat. Chris Brown Player Down 1 34 34 2
36 Lunchmoney Lewis feat. Chloe Angelides Whip It! Down 1 35 35 3
37 Kyle Deutsch All Night Down 1 36 27 6
38 One Direction Drag Me Down Down 1 37 26 7
39 Dbn Nyts feat. Zinhle Ngidi & Trade Mark Shumaya NC 39 29 9
40 A Great Big World Hold Each Other NC 40 30 8

Roeshdien Jaz show this Saturday at the Reeler Theatre book now

This Saturday at the Reeler Theatre with guest vocalist Kim Solomon and other great artists

HEART TOP 40 – 21 November 2015 -Adele 2 weeks at number 1 with Hello

HEART TOP 40 – 21 November 2015
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS NOTES
1 Adele Hello NC 1 1 (2) 4 Last Week’s #1
2 Sam Smith Writing’s On The Wall Up 7 9 2 7
3 Justin Bieber What Do You Mean Down 1 2 1 9
4 Maroon 5 Feelings Up 4 8 4 6
5 Justin Bieber Sorry Up 9 14 5 3 Joint Highest Climber
6 Chris Brown Zero Up 1 7 6 7
7 R.City feat. Adam Levine Locked Away Down 4 3 1 (3) 10
8 The Weeknd Can’t Feel My Face Down 4 4 1 (3) 13
9 Disclosure feat. Sam Smith Omen Down 4 5 3 11
10 Jess Glynne Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself Down 4 6 4 17
11 Nick Jonas Levels Down 1 10 7 10
12 Calvin Harris & Disciples feat. Ina Wroldsen How Deep Is Your Love Down 1 11 9 14
13 Mi Casa Chocolat Up 6 19 13 3 SA Top 10 #1
14 Trey Songz Change Your Mind Down 1 13 12 13
15 OMI Hula Hoop Up 9 24 15 6 Joint Highest Climber
16 Muzart Get Down NC 16 16 6
17 DNCE Cake By The Ocean NC 17 17 4
18 Zara Larsson Lush Life NC 18 18 3
19 Jidenna feat. Roman Gian Arthur Classic Man Up 2 21 13 11
20 R. Kelly Backyard Party Up 6 26 20 7
21 Jess Glynne Ain’t Got Far To Go Down 1 20 20 8
22 Cee-Lo Green Robin Williams NC 22 14 8
23 Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) Up 2 25 23 6
24 Shout Smile Down 1 23 15 10
25 Pentatonix feat. Tink Can’t Sleep Love Up 2 27 25 2
26 Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White I Don’t Like It, I Love It Down 14 12 2 20 Biggest Faller & Joint Longest Running Song
27 Deorro feat. Chris Brown Five More Hours Down 12 15 6 18
28 Olly Murs Kiss Me New 28 1
29 Nico & Vinz feat. Kid Ink & Bebe Rexha That’s How You Know Down 1 28 22 5
30 Robin Thicke feat. Nicki Minaj Back Together Up 2 32 32 2
31 Rita Ora feat. Chris Brown Body On Me Down 2 29 21 9
32 Meghan Trainor Title New 32 1
33 Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. Mo Lean On Down 3 30 7 20 Joint Longest Running Song
34 Tinashe feat. Chris Brown Player New 34 1
35 Lunchmoney Lewis feat. Chloe Angelides Whip It! Up 2 37 35 2
36 Kyle Deutsch All Night Down 5 31 27 5
37 One Direction Drag Me Down Down 3 34 26 6
38 MKTO Bad Girls Down 3 35 27 8
39 Dbn Nyts feat. Zinhle Ngidi & Trade Mark Shumaya Down 3 36 29 8
40 A Great Big World Hold Each Other Down 2 38 30 7

Roeshdien aka Mr Jaz to deliver great show on Saturday 28th November

The day to diarise is Saturday 28 November at the Reeler Theatre at Rondebosch Boys High School.

That’s when the “Perfect Mood”, “Feel For life”, “Inside ’n Out” and “Love is in The house” hit maker, along with his 6-piece band, will return to The Reeler Theatre at Rondebosch Boys High School for the official live performance tribute of a song, inspired by 16 Days of Activism called “#BeAMan”, written and produced by one of South Africa’s legendary songwriters, author of Crack the Songwriting Code, and founder of the Cape Town School of Songwriting, Clive Ridgway.

Besides penning Mr Jaz’ brand new hit, Ridgway has written hit singles for the likes of Judith Sephuma, Jonathan Butler, Kurt Darren, Blackbyrd, Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels, Selim Kagee in amongst a host of others.

The show will play out a fusion of jazz, soul, funk, reggae, spoken word, conscious hip hop and promises patrons music with socially conscious lyrics and loads of commercial appeal.

“It’s a show where like-minded people can connect, share and most importantly take some time out to celebrate the gift of life,” Roeshdien explains. “I will be performing all my popular radio singles, and also pay special tribute to some of my biggest inspirations: Supadan (a band founded by well-known Cape Town born international musician, Brendan Adams and managed by Roeshdien back in 2003), as well as Lauren Hill, Sergio Mendes, Jamiroquai and his ultimate inspiration, Robert Nesta Marley.

This will also be the final Mr Jaz’ final live performance for the year, before he turns his attention to the release of his much anticipated debut album in March 2016, titled The Gratitude Café.

Add the promise of surprise special guests and fans can expect a night like no other!

Tickets are available via Computicket (R150) Limited seats are still available so book now to avoid disappointment.

His two popular radio singles, “Inside ‘N Out” and “Love Is In The House” are currently available on iTunes. Three of his songs are also featured in the popular South African weekday soapie, Isidingo.

Official press statement -Eddie Jones has left WP

Western Province Rugby has agreed terms with the Rugby Football Union which will see Eddie Jones depart to take on an international coaching post with England.

There has been plenty of speculation about Jones’s future ever since his arrival in Cape Town earlier this month and he officially received an offer on Wednesday of this week which proved impossible to turn down.

“While this is very disappointing for us all at WP Rugby and the DHL Stormers, Eddie is quite clearly the most sought-after coach in world rugby and this is the biggest and most lucrative job in international rugby,” said Western Province Rugby Football Union President, Mr Thelo Wakefield.

“Despite all the speculation since the World Cup, and given what he achieved with Japan during RWC 2015, Eddie came to us on Wednesday with an offer from the RFU, which was simply impossible for any coach to turn down.

“It’s a big pity to lose Eddie before he has even had an opportunity to make his mark here but you cannot keep someone against his will, whilst also competing with the richest rugby union at the same time,” said Mr Wakefield.

Jones will assist Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal with on-field preparation and planning in December, with Smal now overseeing the team’s off-season programme.

“Of course it is not ideal to lose your coach before you have even begun your pre-season campaign in earnest… we are well aware of that,” said Wakefield.

Looking ahead, Director of Rugby, Smal, added: “For now, I will oversee the team’s off-season preparations. The assistant coaches, management team and playing body remain unaffected and all planning is in place.

“Amazingly enough I have already had contact from some big-name coaches (this week) and I will, once again, look both internally and externally before continuing to plot the way ahead for WP Rugby and the DHL Stormers.”

Eddie Jones commented: “When I was appointed at WP Rugby there was no vacancy within the RFU and I never envisaged this opportunity to come forward. So while I am excited about the opportunity to coach England – in arguably the biggest international coaching job in world rugby – I’m very disappointed to be leaving the DHL Stormers.

“I remain very grateful to WP Rugby for this opportunity and I would sincerely like to apologise to anyone that might have been affected by my sudden decision to leave Cape Town – the WPRFU Executive Committee, the WP Rugby Board of Directors, my fellow coaches, the players, the union’s stakeholders and The Faithful, all of whom have treated me so well in my short stay.

“And while it might sound like lip-service to some I am absolutely convinced that the talent amongst the coaching and playing staff here will continue to see Western Province excel at all levels in the future.”

The DHL Stormers are currently in the conditioning phase of their off-season programme, with the players training until mid-December before taking a proper pre-season holiday.

The squad will reconvene for pre-season training in early January 2016, with the DHL Stormers’ 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season getting underway against the Bulls on February 27.

South African rugby on Thursday paid tribute to All Black captain Richie McCaw,

Rugby on Thursday paid tribute to All Black captain Richie McCaw, who announced his retirement from the game after a career which spanned 148 Tests and two Rugby World Cup triumphs.

if you go to my website www.martinmyers.co.za and look on the home page I have a 20min interview with Mighty McCaw from March 2011 in Cape Town

The 34-year-old McCaw, who made his Test debut in 2001 against Ireland in Dublin, will go down in history as the most decorated rugby player ever. His 148 Tests is the most by any player and he was on the winning side 131 times for the All Blacks.

McCaw captained New Zealand in 110 Tests, a world record, and under his captaincy, the All Blacks won the Bledisloe Cup 10 times, as well as seven Castle Lager Rugby Championship / Tri Nations titles, two Grand Slams and two Rugby World Cups.

“Richie’s record is nothing short of phenomenal and we would like to congratulate him on an exceptional career for New Zealand, the Crusaders and Canterbury,” said Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

“Richie played against the Springboks 26 times we were on the receiving end of his ability 20 times – no player has beaten the Springboks more than him. Ever since he made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders way back in 2001, South African teams have been trying to figure out how to get the better of him.

“But the real measure of a rugby giant of the game isn’t always his statistics and records, rather how he is seen by his peers and here in South Africa he is very highly regarded. Our players have nothing but praise and admiration for his achievements.

“His superb record speaks for itself and he was in a class of his own for more than a decade. To say he is the greatest All Black ever is an apt description of a man who gave everything he had to the game we all love. We would like to wish him well for the next chapters in his life.”

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, who announced his retirement from Test rugby almost two months ago at the Rugby World Cup following an injury, said McCaw can be very proud of his achievements on the rugby field.

“We all know that at some stage we will have to hang up our boots and say good-bye to this game we love so much,” said De Villiers.

“All we then have left are memories and Richie can be immensely proud of the memories he has helped create on and off the field.

“He has been superb and what he has achieved on the field, as an individual and as captain of the All Blacks, is nothing short of unbelievable. The whole of New Zealand can be very proud of him. Richie will probably go down as the best who has ever played his game and his achievements will last forever.”

Richie McCaw’s goodbye

Richie McCaw’s long, slow goodbye finally comes to an end
It was hardly a shocking development. One way or another, Richie McCaw had been retiring all season. Thursday was simply the day he confirmed it, to warm applause from some of the media present at New Zealand Rugby’s (NZR) Molesworth Street offices.

From the lack of a contract extension with NZR, rumours of a deal with a foreign club, to the documentary crew that trailed him everywhere in recent times and finally the post-World Cup photos the All Blacks’ other retirees, there was plenty to indicate McCaw had come to the end.

He said he needed the World Cup victory just to finally confirm in his mind that he’d done everything he wanted and would be walking away for the right reasons.

PHOTOSPORT
Richie McCaw, centre, flanked by Steve Hansen, left, and Steve Tew at Thursday’s retirement announcement.

Not every player gets that luxury. Injuries or the selectors’ axe hit them long before then. But McCaw was no ordinary player, nor ordinary ambassador for NZR, and couldn’t be begrudged the exit of his choosing, even if Jonah Lomu’s death lent a slightly awkward air to the occasion.

“Today’s not exactly as we planned,” NZR chief executive Steve Tew said, before asking the room to rise and acknowledge Lomu with a moment’s silence.

When it came time to talk again, it was McCaw who took the floor and Lomu was the topic.

That was right and proper. McCaw is a greatly respected and admired figure whose conduct, as much as his rugby, have been testament to his qualities as a man. In that respect, his parents might be prouder of that than the 148 test matches and two successful World Cup campaigns as All Blacks captain.

But Lomu was a hero the world over and that elevates him above even McCaw. Not for the only time in his career, McCaw had the humility to recognise that the moment belonged to someone else.

There were several nice touches from then on, particularly the video tributes from Springboks captain Jean de Villiers and Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder. McCaw doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve so it was interesting to see how Blackadder’s words affected him.

Some team environments are all about the individual. But the team comes first at the Crusaders and, in that respect, McCaw said he found the perfect home when he went north from Otago Boys’ High School.

Tew and Steve Hansen, who flanked McCaw once the press conference portion of Thursday’s announcement began, have been with him virtually ever since. If there were visible signs of sadness, they came from Tew.

A great rugby career wasn’t just coming to an end but a great era in New Zealand rugby as well. McCaws don’t grow on trees and Tew was happy to admit he owed some of his own climb from the Canterbury Rugby Union to NZR, to the day when Hansen marched into his office at Lancaster Park and said “I don’t care how much he costs, we’ve got to get him.”

Hansen, then head of Canterbury’s academy system, didn’t even know McCaw’s name. He just knew the kid could play. Sixteen years on, the kid’s decided to play no more.

Worth attending today Benefit Exhibition by ULRICH BINEDELL

Free Basics by Facebook expands internet access to millions of people in Africa

Free Basics Platform is now live – more than 60 new services are available across the 29 countries where Free Basic services are available, including 14 in Africa

Praekelt Foundation and Facebook announce a partnership that aims to accelerate the impact of Internet and more organisations to create services for the Free Basics Platform

Cape Town, South Africa – Monday 16 November – Facebook kicks off its activities at AfricaCom 2015 by sharing the progress of Free Basics, a programme that brings relevant basic internet services without data charges to people in growing countries.

Facebook also shared the latest progress of the Free Basics Platform, which is now available to all developers around the world, and today together with the Praekelt Foundation announced the Praekelt Foundation Incubator for Free Basics, a global partnership to support developers building for the Free Basics Platform.

Facebook has, to date, brought free basic internet services to people in 29 countries, including 14 in Africa, and brought more than 15 million people online. Free Basics is now available to more than one billion people across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Some of the African countries where Free Basics has been launched include Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, Angola and Malawi. Mobile phone users in these countries now have access to a set of websites and services with no data charges, in categories including maternal health, education, news updates, as well as local information.

The program is making an impact on people’s lives by providing free health, education, and economic information. For instance, SmartBusiness, a website that helps people learn to launch and run a business, now sees 5x more daily searches within their service since launching in South Africa in July, meaning more people are getting access to important economic information. BabyCenter and MAMA both reach millions of people around the globe with vital health information for pregnancy and parenting, including 3.4 million people through Internet.org’s free basics services alone.

“When people are connected, they can achieve extraordinary things as individuals and as a community. Connectivity brings opportunity for people around the world, and we’ve seen this firsthand here in Africa, where we began this journey,” said Ime Archibong, director of strategic partnerships at Facebook.

Internet.org Platform is now Live

In May we introduced the Platform as a way for developers to easily create services that integrate with Free Basics, and a way to give people more choice and control over the services they access. And now, the Free Basics Platform is live.

Archibong continued, “Our mission is to connect the world, and we know when we bring communities together we can have even more impact. That’s why we launched the Free Basics Platform to work with as many developers, non-profits and the social good community, and entrepreneurs as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities. Today is the next step in this journey, and I’m thrilled to announce the Praekelt Foundation Incubator for Free Basics here in Africa together with the team. The people I have met and impact I have seen from the benefits of connectivity simply remind me we are only 1% done. Together Facebook and the developer, entrepreneur and non-profit communities in Africa can work together to bring opportunity to people in Africa and around the world.”

If you’re a developer interested in submitting your service to be part of the Free Basics Platform, you can learn more on our developer page here.

Partnering with the Praekelt Foundation to support developers and social change organisations

Praekelt Foundation and Facebook also announced the launch of a new partnership to support developers and social change organisations in their efforts to build accessible online services designed by and for people living in the developing world. Together with Facebook, and the support of Torchbox, we’re creating an open source toolkit of technologies and strategies that will empower organisations across the globe to adapt services for mobile and to create new ones, allowing them to distribute these services through the web and the Free Basics by Facebook platform.

To launch this initiative, Praekelt Foundation is creating an incubator programme that will provide support and resources to 100 independently-selected social change organisations. The tools and lessons that emerge from this programme will be opened up to the public in 2016 to allow thousands more organisations to take advantage of the ubiquity of mobile devices and the potential of the internet to create sustainable change.

The partnership aims to increase and add to the mix of free websites and services available to users on this platform. It will also focus on providing the right tools as well as technical, content, capacity building and leadership support to organisations working in the social change environment.

Praekelt Group Founder and CEO Gustav Praekelt said: “Praekelt Foundation believes that access to essential information and basic services is a human right. When people have access to the tools and knowledge that the internet and other digital communication technologies provide, they have access to opportunities that will make their lives better.”

Praekelt continued: “Over the last year, we have worked with NGOs to provide life-saving information to a potential audience of over 1 billion through Internet.org and the Free Basics Platform. We’ve never seen our work reach so many people so quickly. But we need to do more, and through the creation of the Praekelt Foundation Incubator for Free Basics we will do just that.”

Register your interest to join the Praekelt Foundation Incubator for Free Basics here.

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