“He was an outstanding Springbok and is a legend of our game – he will always have a place of honour in the history of Springbok rugby. He gave his all on the field for the teams he represented and – at his prime – was the best scrumhalf in world rugby. His current health problems are the cruellest twist of fate for one who was so athletic in his prime.”Van der Westhuizen retired from rugby after appearing in his third Rugby World Cup in 2003. He made what was a then record 89 Test appearances for the Springboks, captaining the team at the 1999 Rugby World Cup and on ten occasions in all. For a scrumhalf, he scored an extraordinary total of 38 tries in Tests, including two hat-tricks, and still shares the Springbok record with Bryan Habana. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of the South African Rugby Union, offered rugby’s support and prayers to Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen on Friday, after it was announced that the former player had been struck done by a serious illness. The 40-year-old former Springbok captain was reported to be being treated for a serious muscle related neural disease.Mr Hoskins said: “We only have the media reports to go on at this moment, but the news about Joost’s health is distressing in the extreme. The thoughts and prayers of SARU, the Springboks and the South African rugby community are with Joost and those nearest and dearest to him at this challenging time.
Mayor Jay GillianThe following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Wednesday, Dec. 31.Dear Friends,I would like to wish each of you and your family a happy and healthy New Year and a prosperous 2015.I am excited to begin 2015 and look forward to a continued positive working relationship with City Council. In the first two months of the New Year, the Administration will be presenting an updated capital plan to City Council and introducing a budget. These are important documents to guide our City forward and continue the safe, clean, family friendly services our residents, guests and businesses have come to expect and enjoy.I would like to thank the City’s Board and Commission volunteers whose terms ended in 2014. City Council and I are grateful for their service and dedication, and we acknowledge that our City is improved because of their commitment.Michele and I would like to extend best wishes to all of you for a happy 2015!Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor
On New Year’s Eve, Widespread Panic outdid themselves by bringing on a bevy of special guests, including a string quartet, backup vocalists, and horn players throughout the night. The band’s set with Love Sponge Strings will certainly go down as one of their finest, as they worked through a number of originals and covers with some beautiful accompaniment.Fortunately, we can now get a sneak peek into the band’s Nashville New Year’s, as Widespread Panic has shared pro-shot footage of their “Her Dance Needs No Body” performance. The string section brings new life to the rock and roll tune, creating a one-of-a-kind performance for the fans on December 31st.Watch Widespread Panic’s “Her Dance Needs No Body” with the Love Sponge Strings from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on December 31st, streaming below.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN | 12/31/16Set 1: Blue Indian, Holden Oversoul, May Your Glass Be Filled*, Her Dance Needs No Body*, Crazy*, Still Crazy After All These Years*^, Expiration Day* (44 mins)Set 2: Pigeons, Henry Parsons Died, Rebirtha, Sharon+, Tail Dragger+, Tall Boy+, Can’t Get High#, Ain’t Life Grand%# (57 mins)Set 3: Disco, A Little Help From My Friends+#^, Hope In A Hopeless World+#^, Up All Night+#^ > Moondance+#^, Bust It Big+#^ > Drums > Chilly Water, All Time Low#, Red Hot Mama+#^ (75 mins)Encore: For What It’s Worth#, Burning Down The House+#^Notes:* w/ Love Sponge Strings^ w/ Randall Bramblett on sax+ w/ the Megablasters on horns# w/ the McCrary Sisters on vocals% w/ David Davidson on fiddle[JB seated 1st set; House music is that of musicians that have passed this year; ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ first time played (Paul Simon); ‘Moondance’ LTP 12/31/09 Atlanta (473 shows); ‘A Little Help From My Friends’ LTP 12/31/14 Charlotte (147 shows); ‘Burning Down The House’ LTP 12/31/13 Atlanta (220 shows)][Setlist courtesy of PanicStream // photo via WSP FB]
Liverpool FC have confirmed the signing of Super Eagles forward Victor Moses and have unveiled the player at Anfield in the early hours of Monday morning.The 22-year old becomes the Reds’ eighth signing of the summer and the third deal to be concluded on Monday following the earlier announcements of defenders Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho.ConfirmedLiverpool in a statement on its official website confirmed the signing of the Nigerian star from Chelsea on a season long loan deal.-Liverpool Football Club has today completed the season-long loan signing of Chelsea forward Victor Moses.-The Nigerian international will spend the duration of the 2013-14 season at Anfield after passing a medical at Melwood on Monday. The statement read. Player’s recent statsMoses signed for Chelsea from Wigan Athletic a year ago and made 27 starts and 16 substitute appearances last season, scoring 10 goals including four strikes during the successful Europa League campaign.