Take a bow, South Africa!

first_img14 July 2010Four years ago, Project 2010 was launched with the aim of providing a free flow of information relating to the preparations for the 2010 World Cup. In our mission statement, we declared our confidence that South Africa would host the greatest World Cup in history. Since then, this country has experienced extraordinary highs and lows, including a political and constitutional crisis which led to the recalling of the country’s president, the outbreak of xenophobia and electricity shortages which threatened to cripple the country’s power grid.On the plus side, the country was able to ride the global economic meltdown, thanks largely to a number of multi-billion rand World Cup-related construction projects.Throughout this period, the world watched nervously as the various World Cup deadlines loomed. Just two years ago, Fifa President Sepp Blatter sparked a storm of controversy by conceding that there was a “Plan B” in the event that South Africa was unable to host the mega sporting event.But, once again, we produced the goods and confounded our critics. And hundreds of millions of people spent 32 days watching in awe as South Africa took its rightful place at the centre of the universe and, in turn, embraced the entire planet.The reality is that the country, which was once the pariah of the international community, has now made the world a better place.The critics who spent four years running us into the ground have been drowned out by the roar of approval from the international media and the near-record number of fans who watched the 64 matches (South Africa became only the third host nation to exceed three-million spectators since 1930).John Carlin, author of Playing the Enemy, says all those stories, promoted by Fifa, among others, about the World Cup being the 1995 rugby World Cup all over again, about healing racial wounds, uniting the fractured nation and so forth, were off the mark.“It was much, much better than that,” he says. “What we saw was just how united and racially healed South Africa really is, how far we’ve advanced since the nervy nineties.”Blatter this week said South Africa had scored a nine out of 10 for its hosting of the event, “making it a doctorate summa cum laude“.Blatter said he had feared the high crime rate and poor public transport would jeopardise the tournament, but it went off without any major problems.“A big compliment to South Africa, a big compliment to the people of South Africa, a big compliment to the government of South Africa for all the guarantees they have given and met,” said Blatter. “They can be proud.”So there we have it. South Africa (yet again) has produced the goods. Take a bow!Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the editor of Project 2010. This is his final column.last_img read more

2 days agoReal Madrid coach Zidane praises Rodrygo, Valverde for Galatasaray win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane praises Rodrygo, Valverde for Galatasaray winby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was delighted with his young players for their Champions League defeat of Galatasaray.Real won 1-0 thanks to Toni Kroos’ goal.On Rodrygo and Fede Valverde, Zidane said: “They’re part of the squad and I made the decision that Rodrygo would play. “He’s performing and training well. In a 4-3-3 formation his natural position is as a right winger and we’re happy with his performance. Nothing changes with regards to him. Today we’ve just got to focus on this game. “He’s a member of the first-team squad and he can play for Castilla also. He did well tonight and I’m pleased with his performance. We’ll have to see what happens in the next game.” last_img read more

Canada Goose reports secondquarter profit up raises outlook for full year

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GOOS) TORONTO — Canada Goose Holdings Inc. beat expectations as it reported a second-quarter profit of $49.9 million and raised its outlook for growth for the year.The luxury parka maker says the profit amounted to 45 cents per diluted share for quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $37.1 million or 33 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue in what was the company’s second quarter totalled $230.3 million, up from $172.3 million in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Canada Goose says it earned 46 cents per diluted share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of 29 cents per diluted share a year ago. Analysts had expected a profit of 26 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.In its outlook, Canada Goose says it now expects annual revenue growth of at least 30 per cent compared with its earlier forecast for at least 20 per cent.The company also expects annual growth in its adjusted net income per diluted share to be at least 40 per cent compared with its earlier guidance of at least 25 per cent. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

1000 children to receive access to inclusive child care

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development has announced that 1,000 children with extra support needs will have access to inclusive child care with the help of SCD and ASCD programming.The funding is part of a three-year, $30-million investment through the Early Learning and Child Care agreement with the Government of Canada.The ministry says this funding, announced in February 2018, will reduce waitlists for inclusive child care and improves access to programs across the province for children with extra support needs. “Every parent wants the best for their child, yet many families with children who have extra support needs have been struggling for years to find quality care,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C. Minister of Children and Family Development.“This investment is a key part of our vision of affordable, quality child care for every B.C. family who wants it.”Supported Child Development (SCD) can include:One-On-One help for children who may need assistance during meals or to take part in activities with peers.Information and training for child care staff to help them make their programming more inclusive, such as creating a visual schedule to help children better understand their daily routine, or allowing children to begin their day earlier to be better oriented before the day begins.Working with families to link them to other local resources and support groups in the community, or to help them access medical and other needed services.The Province is investing more than $1 billion in child care over the next three years through Childcare BC, moving towards its long-term vision of a universal childcare system in B.C.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP issue warning after a series of overdoses

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are issuing a warning following a series of recent overdoses.According to RCMP, the Alberta Health Services EMS responded to approximately 14 overdose calls within the last four days.Police say investigations revealed a common trend of purple and pink coloured pills suspected to be heroin. Grande Prairie RCMP along with AHS, are cautioning individuals who engage in illegal drug use to exercise extreme caution when purchasing, and using illicit drugs.Individuals experiencing an overdose can show the following symptoms;breathing slowly or not breathing at allnails and/or lips are bluechoking or throwing upmaking gurgling soundsskin is cold and clammyNaloxone kits are available at pharmacies, community clinics and emergency departments.If you suspect an individual is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately.For more information on drug overdoses, you can visit drugsafe.ca.last_img read more

Fire breaks out in 22storey building in Bangladesh several feared trapped

first_imgDhaka: Several people were feared trapped in a 22-storey building which caught fire in Dhaka’s Banani area on Thursday in the latest blaze to hit the Bangladeshi capital. The incident happened on Thursday afternoon in the building that houses several garment shops and internet service providers. The actual number of people inside the building when the fire broke out was not known. “The fire broke out at FR Tower around 12:52 pm on Thursday,”Ataur Rahman, an officer of the Dhaka Fire Service Central Control Room, was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. “Twenty one firefighting units of the Dhaka Fire Service and Civil Defence are trying to douse the fire,” he said . Apart from the fire tenders, Bangladesh Air force helicopters and Navy commandos have been sent to the spot to douse the blaze. The blaze was such that over half a dozen people jumped off from various floors of the high-rise, while the ambulances on the ground immediately rushed them to the hospital, other senior officials at the spot said. While the actual reason behind the blaze was not known, eye witnesses and a government officer at the spot said that the fire broke out on the eight floor of the building and later spread to the other parts. However, fire service did not comment on what caused the fire. “Three units of Bangladesh Navy are working to tame the blaze. We have brought around 50 per cent of the fire under control,”Siraj, a Navy officer, said. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director Abdullah Ibn Zaid said that three Bangladesh Air Force helicopters are aiding the search and rescue operations, along with teams from the Bangladesh Army and Navy. “Many have taken shelter on the roof, and some are asking for rescue through windows, the paper quoted him as saying. The officials concerned have reported that several groups of people have already been rescued from the burning building. Last month at least 70 people were killed and over 50 injured when a fast-moving fire swept through an apartment buildings and chemical warehouses in Dhaka’s congested Chawkbazar area.last_img read more

Mens soccer OSU hopes to find a winning path versus Oakland

Senior forward Danny Jensen advances the ball down the field against a UC Santa Barbara defender. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsAfter losing its past four games, the Ohio State men’s soccer team returns to Columbus looking to string together some wins at the tail end of its season. The Buckeyes will take on Oakland University at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this Tuesday, the start of a two-game stretch at home. OSU fell victim to undefeated No. 1 Maryland on Friday night. Despite losing 2-0, coach John Bluem was impressed with how his team performed.  “That’s a real tough environment to play in. To be down early and not give up and battle like they did for the remaining 70 minutes was a great effort,” Bluem said. “In the second half we outshot them and out corner-kicked them. We made some adjustments and I think we played really well overall. I was really proud of our guys.”The Buckeyes have hit a bit of a drought in the scoring department — not scoring any goals in their last two contests. As a result, the game plan is going to have to change through the team’s remaining six games. “We are definitely going to have to be more aggressive moving forward,” said senior midfielder Henry Chancy. “The time for sitting back is no more. We have to go after every team and get them on their heels. We have nothing to lose now.”Oakland comes in struggling, much like the Buckeyes. At 4-6 on the season, the Golden Grizzlies had won three straight before losing their past two contests. Oakland’s leading scorer is redshirt senior Chase Jabbori, who has netted three goals on only 10 shots through the team’s first 10 games. Jabbori is tied in points with redshirt freshman Nebojsa Popovic and junior Austin Ricci, each with two goals and two assists apiece. The Golden Bears have been outscored 13-10 on the season, splitting time between two of their goalkeepers. Redshirt sophomore Zach Walker has gotten the bulk of the work, starting in 10 games while making 25 saves. For the Buckeyes, it was announced Friday that Tyler Kidwell and Danny Jensen were named candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. The award is given to a Division I senior that has notable achievements in four different areas: community, classroom, character and competition. “They are both really good leaders, strong students and great players,” Bluem said. “It says a lot for our university that we are producing these kinds of student athletes. I am happy for the two of them and proud of both of them. “The OSU men’s soccer program has had the past two award winners, with Alex Ivanov and Zach Mason taking home the award in 2014 and 2015, respectively. While excelling off the field, if the Buckeyes want to excel on the field, they know they must build off their performance against Maryland. “If we keep fighting like that and play the way we did, we can get on a hot streak and show that even though we don’t have everyone healthy right now, it’s still possible for us to make a good run,” said junior defender Hunter Robertson. “This next game is crucial for us.”Players and coaches alike understand that with just six games remaining on the schedule, they must put the past behind them and focus on the task at hand, even in games that are out of conference. “We can’t have a letdown because it’s a nonconference game,” Bluem said. “We have to play with intensity right from the start. We are going to treat this game as if it’s a conference opponent out there. We are going to keep doing what we do well and hopefully we catch some breaks and get some wins.” read more

Eddie Howe confirms Adam Smith injury

first_imgAFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed defender Adam Smith has sustained a “serious knee injury” in their 2-1 away defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday.Adam Smith was substituted on the 30th minute of Bournemouth’s game at St James Park on Saturday, and Charlie Daniels came on for him.After the game, Howe addressed the press, giving an update on the extent of the injury.“I spoke to him before I came into the press conference, he injured his knee in an earlier tackle,” Eddie Howe said in a post-match press conference, via Bournemouth website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He felt slightly unstable and went to take a quick free-kick, and his knee has just given way.“It looks like a serious one, we won’t know until it’s scanned but it doesn’t look good.“I don’t think it’s a cruciate but it would be foolish of me to give a clear view without a scan”last_img read more

JAMAICA 100 young persons to be appointed National Youth Parliamentarians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 14, 2017 – Kingston – Approximately 100 youth from across the island will be officially appointed as National Youth Parliamentarians on Monday, November 27, during an Investiture Ceremony at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.  This announcement was made by State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, on November 8 at Ardenne High School in Kingston, following his Motivational and Empowerment Session at the institution.   He said this Investiture Ceremony is in keeping with the Ministry’s Youth Month activities during November.In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Green said that unlike previous years, the format of National Youth Parliament 2017 will take a different form over a one-year period.“We’re back with the Youth Parliament this year. We restarted it last year.   We’re making a number of changes this year.   These changes would have come on the basis of feedback that we have got from our young people.   We actually have young people who are in charge of the programme, so they have met with me and told me what they want to do,” Mr. Green said.“The big change is that our youth parliamentarians will go through a one-year training period, where they will be given proper research techniques. They will be able to really delve into what the Government is doing, so that when they make their presentations and make their suggestions, [these] are really things that may be happening or a critique of what may be happening.   They’ll actually present in Parliament next year, so that is one of the big changes,” he added.Traditionally, the focus of National Youth Parliament of Jamaica (NYPJ) was intensive training in parliamentary procedure for youth to participate in the annual mock sitting held at Gordon House.Mr. Green also told JIS News that the NYPJ has been restructured to enable youth parliamentarians to have a more sustained engagement beyond training and a sitting of the Parliament, while building their capacities for research, policy analysis and project management.   The structure for the Youth Parliament will now include the Investiture Ceremony, where the participants will be officially inducted and receive an instrument of office.Throughout the year, the youth parliamentarians will receive training in the areas of public speaking, parliamentary procedure, policy paper writing and policy review, project management and speech writing.Along with the Youth Advisory Council of Jamaica, they will develop work plans to  focus on youth development projects in their communities and parishes, while preparing for the sitting of the Youth Parliament in November 2018.The National Youth Parliament was initially implemented in 2003 as a Youth Month activity of the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD). After a brief hiatus, the Youth Parliament was revamped in 2016 and has undergone further restructuring to ensure that the selected parliamentarians are better able to carry out their mandate.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

TRAFFIC ADVISORY Wilmington DPW Announces Upcoming Paving Projects For 8 Streets

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Department of Public Works:Please be advised that the Wilmington Department of Public Works will be grinding and resurfacing the following roadways, tentatively starting for the end of July 2019:– Arlene Avenue (from Dorothy to Ella Avenue)– Franklin Avenue– Ella Avenue– Birch Road– Burt Road– Canal Street– Corey Avenue– Grand Street (from Birch Road to #9 Grand Street)More specific dates will be communicated as they become available.During operations, no street parking will be permitted.Partial lane closures and full road closures are anticipated. Local residents will have access to their properties, although there may be short delays.Please obey the directives of police details, detour signs, and warning signs during all construction operations, and again, please do not park on the street.If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Paving Projects In Arlene Ave. & Burt Rd. Neighborhoods On Aug. 12-13In “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 13, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more