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2010 stadiums amaze media

first_imgLOC CEO Danny Jordaan talking tojournalists about South Africa’s readinessto host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. A cameraman taking shots in Soweto.The tour took journalists to the famousVilakazi Street. International and local journalists startedtheir tour at Ellis Park.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• FifaWolfgang EichlerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 [email protected] FischerMedia Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 0470• 2010 Local Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• World Cup fever hits the road• Beetle mania grips World Cup• World Cup ticket sales soar• World Cup fever spreads abroad• Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling• Top 32 for 2010 Fifa World CupBongani NkosiJoao Raposo, a Brazilian journalist, is so impressed with South Africa’s stadiums he’s concerned his home country won’t match up when it hosts the Fifa World Cup in 2014.“In Brazil we’re concerned about the stadiums we will have,” Raposo said during a recent interview at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. “I think it will be difficult to compete with the stadiums that Africa has [built].”Raposo, a producer at Bandeirantes TV in Sao Paulo, is one of 120 international and local journalists currently touring South Africa’s 10 host stadiums on a trip initiated by Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). It has been scheduled to coincide with celebrations marking 100 days remaining to the kick-off the 2010 Fifa World Cup in June.What’s your view on the calabash-shaped Soccer City? I asked Raposo, who, together with a fellow journalist, will stay on after the tour to cover the full tournament in a few month’s time. “I think it’s amazing … but Moses Mabhida [in Durban] is very beautiful, it’s my favourite,” the Brazilian said.The World Cup in South Africa will be spectacular and will certainly cement Africa’s place in world football, he added.The tour is being led by Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke and LOC CEO Danny Jordaan, who are on hand to answer all journalists’ questions about the readiness of stadiums. It started in Johannesburg on 26 February with visits to Soccer City and Ellis Park.The reporters will wrap up their tour on 2 March at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where they will be addressed by South Africa’s deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and LOC chairperson Irvin Khoza.Another journalist, Ghanaian Henry Asante Twum, is also taken aback by South Africa’s “impressive” stadiums. Twum, the head of sport at Ghana Television, had seen most of the host stadiums and is convinced the country will stage a memorable event in June.“The World Cup in South Africa will be magnificent. I’m happy that Valcke has commended what South Africa has done to prepare,” Twum said. “I’m impressed with the stadiums I’ve seen.”The hospitality industry also looks ready to welcome the world to Africa, Twum added. “I’ve seen some hotels here. I think the country is in good shape.”Defining momentsSoccer City will accommodate a whopping 90 000 football fanatics, making it the biggest stadium in the country. Come kick-off on June 11, the venue will come alive with vuvuzela trumpeting and cheers from local and international fans as they watch the opening match between Mexico and Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national squad.Former Bafana midfielder Doctor Khumalo believes the vocal 90 000-strong crowd will be a motivating factor for Bafana. “A 90 000 capacity is a motivator. Some of the boys in Bafana will be nervous, but I don’t think they’re scared of Mexico,” he said.Khumalo has fond memories of playing at the FNB Stadium, which was converted into Soccer City. He played many matches for Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs there, but scoring against Brazil in the 1996 Mandela Cup remains his favourite moment. “The stadium is beautiful, and it’s even better than the older one.”Former striker Philemon Masinga also fondly remembers the impressive goal he scored for South Africa against the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. The long-range shot Masinga unleashed after collecting the ball from a defence-splitting through pass from Khumalo remains South Africa’s most important goal, as it secured Bafana a place in the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France.“I’ve got many memories of playing here,” Masinga said.Ellis Park, the other World Cup host stadium in Johannesburg, also “brings back some wonderful memories”, said Joel Stransky – the former rugby player well remembered for scoring the drop goal that won South Africa the Rugby World Cup in 1995 at the stadium.The sight of former president Nelson Mandela wearing a Springbok jersey while he congratulated the team remains etched in Stransky’s mind. Many have said Mandela’s choice of shirt that day inspired reconciliation between black and white South Africans – only a year after the end of apartheid.Experts have given their firm promise that all 10 stadiums will be 100% ready for the June kick-off. At the moment the only area needing attention is the turf at Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga, but a pitch consultant from the UK has been called in remedy this. Fifa has assured the media that the 43 500-seater stadium will be completed in time, Radio 702 reported.Vuvuzelas will be loud and clearFifa recently announced that the number of category four match tickets has been increased, meaning that local fans will have greater access to seats at stadiums. Previously only 11% of tickets were allocated for category four – the least expensive category available only to South African residents – but this has been upped to 29%.“We made a commitment that the tournament must be affordable to South Africans … We said let’s give people who’ve been supporting club football in South Africa the chance to carry a World Cup ticket,” said Jordaan.The more local fans there are, the more vuvuzelas, flamboyant fan gear and makarapas there will be at World Cup matches.The plastic vuvuzela trumpet will not be banned from stadiums, Valcke said, on condition that it is not used as a weapon at match venues. “We agreed that we will not ban the vuvuzela or the kuduzela,” he added.The vuvuzela, a South African original, will add a distinct African flavour to the international football event, said Issa Hayatou, the president of the Confederation of African Football. “The vuvuzela is a true representation of what African culture is about, and what African culture is.”last_img read more

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New R250m hospital for rural Limpopo

first_img8 July 2011 President Jacob Zuma has announced plans to build a new R250-million hospital in Limpopo to address critical health challenges in one of South Africa’s most rural provinces. Zuma made the announcement during a visit to Siloam village, about 40 kilometres from Beit Bridge, on Thursday. Addressing the villagers, Zuma said the hospital would be built in phases over a period of three years and would replace the old hospital in the area. “We are here to check how government is performing and, as part of that, we want to ensure that you are happy with the services that are being rendered to you,” Zuma told locals. Accompanied by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, Zuma said the government’s new monitoring and evaluation approach would ensure that issues of health and education remained top of the state’s service delivery agenda. “The monitoring we are doing is not through papers. It is concrete, and we want to see and hear what people are saying, so when something is not working it can be changed,” Zuma said after listening to complaints from the residents about the current Siloam Hospital.Hospital walkabout Earlier, Zuma went on an impromptu walkabout at the hospital. People from the dusty streets of the village, who had gathered outside the hospital to welcome Zuma, greeted him with cheers. As he passed one of them, Muhatuli Mphepu shouted out, demanding that Zuma fire all the managers at the hospital “because they are useless.” “We want you to fire all of them, Msholozi, because they are useless and people are dying because we do not have a proper hospital system here,” she said in Tshivenda. Speaking at the community gathering afterwards, Zuma said an investigation would look into the challenges experienced at the hospital.‘Don’t be afraid of the government’ A sad picture of poverty emerged during Zuma’s visit, with people living in shacks pleading with the President to address unemployment and lack of amenities in the area. Zuma stressed that his visit remained focused on health matters, particularly the issue of the hospital. He asked residents who had raised other issues to write them down and pass the list to his officials. He encouraged those who attended to speak their minds “and don’t be afraid of the government.” “No baba come here to the front, come and speak from here next to me so people can see you. Don’t listen to that one …” Zuma jokingly said after his spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, tried to interfere with one of the community speakers. Nurses also came in for harsh criticism from residents, who complained that they often had to wait for several hours at the hospital before receiving attention. After the meeting, Zuma was whisked away by helicopter to Lebowakgomo, where he visited another hospital before a meeting with officials at the provincial legislature. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Ray Allen visits Manila

first_imgRead Next Jesus Shuttlesworth is coming to Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRetired NBA player Ray Allen Jr. is heading to the country for the first time on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT The two-time NBA champion is making a side trip to the Philippines after attending Sneaker Con Hong Kong over the weekend.It is unclear, though, what Allen’s itinerary here would be.Allen, widely known as one of the purest shooters to ever play the game, last played for the Miami Heat where he helped LeBron James and company win the championship in 2013.He also won the title with the Boston Celtics in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games debacle looms WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments On his Instagram account @trayfour, Allen posted a photo of the boarding pass of his flight from Hong Kong to “thrilla” Manila. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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4 days agoHolland coach Ronald Koeman has big club clause

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Holland coach Ronald Koeman has big club clauseby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland coach Ronald Koeman has a clause in his contract that would release him to take over at Barcelona.The sporting director of the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB), Nico-Jan Hoogma, revealed in an interview with Fox Sports that Koeman has a clause in his contract that would enable teams to hire him after the conclusion of the 2020 European Championship, assuming they pay a fee.”Agreements were reached in this regard [for Koeman to leave], but [teams] would have to pay to do so,” Hoogma explained, without stating how much it would cost to terminate Koeman’s contract.However, Hoogma did state that he hopes that Koeman will see out his contract in charge of the Oranje, which includes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”The success of the Dutch national team can help him, but I hope we finish this process and work together until the World Cup in Qatar,” he noted.”I hope we can work together for a long time because I think it’s going very well.” last_img read more

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Ashley Judd Upset After Being Threatened With Sexual Violence Following UK’s Win

first_imgA picture of Ashley Judd in light.Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd wasn’t a fan of Arkansas’ physical play during today’s SEC title game, and she expressed that opinion during the contest on Twitter. Unfortunately, some of the responses she got were wildly inappropriate.Judd took to Twitter to take aim at a number of users who made sexist remarks and threatened her with sexual violence. She also retweeted one example.When when I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c—, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay.— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015I am sorry to retweet but this is a typical example. “@Leeroy_MAX: [email protected] Go suck on Cal’s two inch dick ye Bitch whore.”— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015In 2011, Judd revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in her memoirs. It goes without saying that this is completely unacceptable, regardless of how serious the threats actually are. Do better, college basketball fans.last_img read more

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Kirby Smart Intends To Platoon Nick Chubb, Sony Michel At Running Back

first_imgNick Chubb sprints on a treadmill.nick chubb sprints on treadmillWhen healthy, Nick Chubb is one of the best running backs in all of college football. While his rehab from last season’s knee injury is reportedly going well, and he’s already taking part in practice, new head coach Kirby Smart does not expect his star to be 100-percent to start the season. Luckily, Georgia has another ridiculously-talented running back in Sony Michel, and Smart wants to platoon the two to start the year.Kirby Smart told me today Georgia would ideally platoon Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, while developing another… https://t.co/XZiFz0Svrs— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) March 21, 2016 More from Smart, via ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg:…We’ve got a couple young pups, we signed a guy, but that’s the scariest position because even with Nick at 100 percent, which I don’t think he’s going to be 100 percent right away, we’ve only got two. We want to platoon them. There’s just too much unknown right now on Nick to feel certain.”Michel is a dynamic runner in his own right, but we hope to see Chubb back at full strength at some point this fall.[ESPN]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>last_img read more

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Indianas big 3 dooms Ohio State mens basketball

It was clear who Indiana’s top three players were in its victory against Ohio State. The trio of Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Christian Watford each scored more than 20 points (they combined for 70) to out-score the entire Buckeye team and fuel the top-ranked Hoosiers to an 81-68 victory Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. It was also clear who OSU’s best player was. Deshaun Thomas, as he has most of the season, led the Buckeyes in scoring with 26 points. But after Thomas, there appears to be a void as to who the Buckeyes can rely on a night-to-night basis offensively and, as Indiana showed, three scorers are better than one. “You’re not going to win too many games with three guys scoring over 20,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. Craft has emphasized all season the importance of winning at home, especially in conference play. The top-five teams in the Big Ten standings are separated by two games or less, and have lost a combined three home conference games. Indiana (21-3, 9-2) and OSU (17-6, 7-4) saw firsthand earlier in the week the challenges of winning on the road. OSU lost in overtime to No. 3 Michigan on Tuesday, and Indiana lost at the buzzer to unranked Illinois two days later. Zeller, a preseason All-American sophomore center, only shot six times in that loss, something the Hoosiers were ardent on improving against the Buckeyes. The Hoosiers fed their 7-footer early and often as he scored the game’s first bucket, had 12 points at halftime and finished with 24. “We really needed to get the ball in the paint,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean. “It was very important that the ball hit the paint because our statistics, when they hit the paint, are very high percentage-wise. We did the best job all of (our Big Ten games) of feeding the post today.” Perhaps more important, Zeller drew two early fouls on sophomore center Amir Williams, forcing him out of the game. Three Buckeye big men tried their luck against Zeller, but the three Buckeyes combined for five fouls in the first half and 10 for the game. Williams finished with four fouls, and senior forward Evan Ravenel fouled out. “Sometimes the refs are going to call it tight, sometimes the refs aren’t,” Ravenel said. “You can’t worry about it.” Indiana’s best option offensively was Oladipo, who matched Thomas’ effort with 26 points of his own on 8 of 10 shooting. In the first half’s waning minutes, the junior guard converted back-to-back acrobatic buckets, the last of which cam when he grabbed a loose ball, sprinted down the lane and finished with a high-flying, two-handed slam to give Indiana an eight-point advantage. Oladipo also grabbed eight rebounds and dished three assists. The Buckeyes took their first lead, 13-11, when Thomas connected on a 3-pointer from the wing, eliciting a roar from the sold-out crowd at the Schottenstein Center – some of which had been camping out in anticipation of the game since Wednesday. But Indiana, supported in part by two first-half 3-pointers from Watford, took a 41-33 lead into the locker room. Watford, a senior, hit four long balls on the day and finished with 20 points. Three free throws from Thomas drew OSU within four early in the second half, but as was the case for most of the game, Indiana answered with a run of its own as Oladipo sunk a 3-pointer at the 15:32 mark to extend the lead back to nine. The Buckeyes never got closer than seven for the rest of the game. “We’d make a run and they’d make a 5-0 run back at us and kept their composure,” Craft said. OSU coach Thad Matta agreed. “We couldn’t gain that momentum,” Matta said. “Unfortunately we didn’t guard them at the level we needed to guard them.” Indiana shot 59 percent in the second half and 53 percent for the game. OSU shot 42 percent. Thomas was the only Buckeye in double figures until below the 3:30 mark in the second half. Craft finished with 16 points and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross added 11. The loss marks the end of a difficult week for OSU and broke the Buckeyes’ streak of 121 consecutive games without consecutive losses. Between Michigan and Indiana, the Buckeyes played two of the top three teams in the nation during a six-day span. “Typical week in our conference,” Craft said. “We got a few games left and every one of them is going to be a dog fight just like these were.” The Buckeyes play Northwestern Thursday at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. and the Buckeyes like their chances for the rest of the season. “I feel as though we have the ability and the team and the personnel to beat those guys any day of the week going forward,” Ravenel said. read more

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POLICE COMMISSIONER NOT TALKING AFTER BRAZEN ARSON ATTACK

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Sept 2014 – Shockingly and to public dismay, the police up to news production time only issuing a statement in writing on what happened around one this morning at its Chalk Sound station which led to the complete destruction of one of the new police patrol jeeps and at least three other cars … Magnetic Media and PTV8 were on the scene early this morning, shortly after fire and ambulance crews left and while it was still dark out… the smell of smoke still in the air after the shocking arson attack which also saw the private vehicles of two police officers and an evidence car torched. Photos later this morning reveal that there appeared to be some sort of accelerant used on the hood the vehicles to ignite the fires… when we arrived, there was a clean-up crew and the back door which was also set ablaze in the brazen move, was being replaced. Residents offering opinions including questions on why security at the Chalk Sound police station is not better… poor lighting… No perimeter fencing… and no security cameras, inside the precinct and out. Seems the police headquarters on old airport road is also without security cameras; one person calling the arson akin to terrorism. Police have made no mention of suspects or leads; the matter is naturally under investigation. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:arson, Colin Farquhar, royal turks and caicos police force Arsonist strikes again, Grand Turk dump site machinery targeted Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Freeze proposed on new security firmslast_img read more

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Flu cases at migrant shelter reach highest point since outbreak began

first_img Posted: June 5, 2019 June 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Health officials Wednesday confirmed 28 new flu cases among asylum seekers at a local migrant shelter, the most since the county began tracking a flu outbreak at the shelter last month.The spike in new cases of “influenza-like illness” at the Bankers Hill shelter operated by Jewish Family Service of San Diego follows two days of new case confirmations in the single digits. Health officials with the county’s Health and Human Services Agency have confirmed 186 flu cases since May 19.The county is currently quarantining 51 asylum seekers and migrants at hotels around the county in an attempt to stop the flu outbreak. County health officials have now screened more than 1,000 asylum seekers at the shelter for the flu since May 19.The county defines an outbreak as one person contracted an illness and a second person contracting it and showing symptoms within 72 hours. The county first announced the outbreak May 23.Federal immigration authorities announced May 17 that they would begin flying detained asylum seekers from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to San Diego for processing at local U.S. Custom and Border Protection stations like Brown Field. Once processed, the migrants are released into the county and often end up at the Bankers Hill shelter, which offers medical care and humanitarian and legal aid.The transfers are intended to alleviate the strain on immigration agents in the Rio Grande Valley who argue they’re overwhelmed by an immigration crush at the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the Department of Homeland Security, CBP agents detained nearly 140,000 people along the border last month, the most in any month since March 2006.County officials say they plan to continue monitoring the outbreak and providing updates on new flu cases at the shelter. The county is also screening and treating people at the shelter who are not showing symptoms to prevent them from contracting the virus. KUSI Newsroom, Flu cases at migrant shelter reach highest point since outbreak began KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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