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South Africa ‘is going to surprise’

first_img4 December 2009 According to some of the world’s football greats, who have travelled from far and wide to Cape Town to attend the Final Draw for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, what millions of people see on TV on Friday night and when they arrive in South Africa next year will come as a pleasant surprise. Brazilian football legend and former World Cup winner Cafu said he was more than impressed by what he had seen in South Africa since his arrival last month. “When I was in Brazil I thought [the Final Draw] would all be well organised, but I did not know it would be so well organised. I am honoured to be here and to be part of this week so far,” said the retired footballer who still holds the record for the most number of caps for Brazil – 143. But while Cafu has been surprised by what he has seen, former England great and World Cup Ambassador Gary Mabbut believes it is the travelling fans who will get the biggest surprise next year. “I have no doubt in my mind that the world will be surprised by what South Africa has to offer. We are going to give the world a big surprise and I don’t think the world is ready for it. I believe everybody is going to get a huge wake-up call when they see what South Africa is capable of,” Mabbut said. His sentiments were echoed by Jamaican Football Association president Captain Horace Burrell, who encouraged football fans to visit South Africa next year. “Come to South Africa. It is going to be an experience that you will never have expected. It is going to be fun. It is going to be filled with laughter. There will be dancing and singing and vuvuzelas being blown in the stadium. It is going been a massive party the likes of which the world has never seen. South Africa is the place to be.” Burrell dismissed concerns that a poor showing from the South African national side would have a negative effect on attendance figures on next year’s tournament. “People are going to be coming here for an exciting time. The world will be here, and my personal view is that whatever happens, this World Cup is going to be the greatest one of all. Based on the tremendous amount of interest from all over the world, I believe the stadiums will still be full even if South Africa don’t do well.” With Cape Town hosting a number sporting icons and celebrities, thousands of people will gather in the city centre to see them arrive and many more will attend the Fifa Fan Fest in Cape Town’s Long Street to watch the Draw. The galaxy of football stars attending the event includes Luis Figo, Abedi Pele Ayew, George Weah, Garry Mabbut, David Beckham, Ruud Gullit, Fernando Hierro and Gabriel Omar Batistuta. Beckham, who will be a draw assistant tonight will be joined on stage by two-time Olympic gold medallist and nine-time athletics world champion Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, South African cricket legend Makhaya Ntini, John Smit, the captain of the world cup winning South African rugby team, and South African football player Matthew Booth. Oscar winning South African actress Charlize Theron will be the guest presenter and will assist Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke, who will be in charge of the actual draw. Guests tonight will include Issa Hayatou, chairman of the Organising Committee for the Fifa World Cup, Nobel Peace Prize winners FW de Klerk and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as former football icons Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini, Eusebio, Marcel Desailly and Roger Milla. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Infographic: Mining robot can save lives

first_imgSafety in mines is a big issue in South Africa, and robots produced by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research present the perfect solution. Its Mobile Intelligence Autonomous Systems group created and tested robots that can monitor the safety of mines after blasting.For more on the Mining Indaba, check out:Iron lady of manganese takes on mining’s big boysSouth Africa’s message at the 2017 Mining IndabaFollow #MiningIndaba and #CompetitiveSA on TwitterClick to enlarge image:last_img

Health Canada dead wrong to OK weedkiller glyphosate American lawyers say

first_imgOTTAWA — American lawyers who successfully sued the makers of the glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup on behalf of a man dying of cancer say Canada is “dead wrong” to allow it to be widely used here.Los Angeles-based lawyers Michael Baum and Brent Wisner were part of the team that secured a multi-million-dollar verdict against Bayer AG on behalf of a former groundskeeper who believes his terminal cancer is a result of years of exposure to the herbicide glyphosate in Roundup. The two are in Canada meeting with environment groups and scientists to assess whether legal action is warranted and possible in this country.Health Canada and Bayer AG say no pest management regulators anywhere in the world believe glyphosate causes cancer at the levels Canadians are exposed to it.Wisner says independent science proves the chemical causes cancer and says governments are turning a blind eye to it much like they did for years to concerns about tobacco and asbestos.Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently approved use of glyphosate for another 15 years after despite concerns that Monsanto influenced the scientific studies used to make the decision.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

At Summit Global Leaders Recommit To Family Planning

first_imgAt least 37 country governments, 16 private companies and 11 partner organizations, including civil society and private foundations, will announce commitments to accelerate progress on rights-based family planning programmes today at the Family Planning Summit.The Family Planning Summit is co-hosted by the UK Government, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in close partnership with the Family Planning 2020 Secretariat (FP2020). In parallel with the Summit in London, more than 2500 people will gather at 21 satellite events across Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uganda, demonstrating growing country leadership and support for family planning.The Summit will build on progress made since the Family Planning Summit in 2012 and will reaffirm international political support for women and girls to be able to decide for themselves whether, when and how many children to have. It will address barriers to progress that are common across many countries, with a wide range of policy and programme commitments to ensure the money invested in family planning goes further.Financial commitments to be announced at the Summit are expected to total at least $2.5billion USD (£1.9billion GBP) by 2020. The majority of the funding – $1.5billion USD (£1.16billion GBP) – has been committed by countries in Asia and Africa. Many of FP2020’s 38 partner countries, ranging from Bangladesh and Burkina Faso to India, Indonesia and Uganda, will make renewed commitments to accelerate family planning progress, and four new countries will join the FP2020 partnership.The full breadth of expected Summit commitments from country governments, donors, private sector, civil society and foundations can be found here.Commitments will seek to deliver family planning to all who need it, especially adolescents, women and girls in humanitarian crises and the hard to reach. Highlights of the commitments made include: • A Bridge Funding Mechanism to enable UNFPA Supplies, the world’s largest provider of contraceptives, to provide countries with the family planning commodities they need as efficiently as possible. The Funding Mechanism is expected to speed up the procurement process, lower the cost of contraceptives, and ultimately reduce up to 50 per cent of UNFPA-related contraceptive stock-outs-delivering better results for countries, donors, and the women and families they serve. • A supply chain Visibility Analytics Network (VAN), a global platform to capture and use data from multiple sources to provide enhanced visibility into contraceptive supply chains. By partnering with private sector logistics experts and using smart-phone technology, the network will improve countries’ ability to know what contraceptives are in stock, where and how much – and to respond to stock-outs more efficiently. In two years’ time, we anticipate that this Network will be up and running in at least 12 countries. • Countries, donors, civil society and private foundations will pledge to collect, use, and disseminate age- and sex-disaggregated data. With improved data, governments, charities and others will be better able to design and assess programmes that more effectively meet the needs of adolescents. • Ten private sector organisations from outside the health and pharmaceutical sector, including the Chaudhary Foundation, Twinings, Tata Trusts, Spark Minda, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Lindex, Vodafone, CARD MRI, NST and Reckitt Benckiser, will make commitments that expand access to contraceptives, improve supply chains, or market and deliver family planning services to their employees. These will include commitments to reach more women and girls, including through their networks, assets, and expertise-from supply chains to microfinance networks to media channels.The Family Planning Summit takes place on the five-year anniversary of the inaugural London Summit on Family Planning when world leaders set a goal to empower 120 million additional women and girls in the 69 lowest income countries to use modern contraception by 2020, and a new partnership was launched: Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). Since then, 30 million additional women and girls have begun using modern contraceptives – bringing the total to a record 300 million users across the 69 countries. As a result, last year more than 82 million pregnancies, 25 million unsafe abortions, and 125,000 maternal deaths were averted.The Summit will feature commentary by government representatives from around the world, the United Nations, foundations, the private sector, civil society and youth advocates from eight countries.Priti Patel, UK International Development Secretary, said: “Family planning has the power to change a whole country’s trajectory and help lift people out of grinding poverty. It gives women choice over if, and when, to have a family and makes real economic sense. Britain is leading the world on sexual and reproductive health and women’s rights, and we have helped 8.5 million more women make an informed choice about using desperately-needed family planning services since 2012. Today’s Summit with our international partners is an exciting and important opportunity to work together to empower millions more women and girls to take control of their own lives, address unsustainable population growth and boost global prosperity.”Dr Natalia Kanem, Acting Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said: “Together we must keep our promise to leave no woman behind. Even though family planning is one of the best investments for development and women’s empowerment, 214 million women in developing countries who want family planning still lack access to modern contraception. To meet our common goal of reaching 120 million more women and girls by 2020, we must strengthen partnerships and mobilize more funding. As we strive to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, we are committed to getting to zero unmet need for family planning by 2030 to ensure a better future for all.”Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “Access to contraceptives changes everything. Women are freer to work outside the home, earn an income, and contribute to the economy. Mothers and fathers can devote more resources to their kids’ health and education-setting them up for a more productive future. Multiply that by millions of families, and you see why contraceptives are one of the greatest antipoverty innovations the world has ever known-and one of the smartest investments countries can make. Through the new commitments expected today at the Family Planning Summit, we have made a bold statement that investing in family planning is crucial to building the healthier and more prosperous future we’re all working towards.”Beth Schlachter, Executive Director of FP2020, said: “We are guided by the urgency of knowing that our work affects the lives and futures of women every day. The Summit is a chance to evaluate our progress on family planning, and re-dedicate ourselves to bringing this life-saving intervention to all that need and want it.”last_img read more

Harry Kane reveals how fiancee broke MBE news to him

first_imgEngland Captain Harry Kane has revealed he was making final preparations for his club’s fixture against Southampton when he learned of the award.The Tottenham striker who had an incredible year for both club and country said he received messages from his fiancee Kate urging him to get in touch just prior to Tottenham’s Premier League game against Southampton on December 5.Harry Kane was in good form at the world cup and won the World Cup Golden Boot with six goals in the team’s run to the semi-finals.,Kane who has now scored a total of 156 goals in all competitions for Tottenham told Spurs TV via Belfasttelegraph:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We got a letter to the house, Kate opened the letter…it was before the Southampton game.“Normally we’d talk a little but she would never call me just before the match. I had a missed call and she texted me ‘could you answer?’.“I thought something was wrong! But Kate was excited and told me that we’d had a letter from the Queen saying we’d get an MBE.“I’m proud for her as well and the whole family. It’s not just for me. We’re part of a journey together. It shows that the hard work has paid off.”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For April 27 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, April 27, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Rain, mainly after 3pm. High near 61. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.In The Community: State Rep. Jim Miceli’s funeral mass will take place at 10:30am at St. Thomas Church (126 Middlesex Avenue). Read Rep. Miceli’s obituary HERE.In The Community: Meet sports celebrities at Rich Altman’s Sports Card & Memorabilia Boston Show, held on Friday, April 27 (noon to 7pm), Saturday, April 28 (9am to 5pm), and Sunday, April 29 (10am-4pm) at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.  General admission tickets cost $10.  Children under 8 are FREE.  Tickets must be purchased at the door. Tickets to autograph lines, however, can be purchased in advance on the event’s website HERE.  Please carefully read the varying appearance times, pricing and restrictions for each sports celebrity.  Appearances are subject to change. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Needleworkers meet at 10am. Drop-In Story Time at 10am.  [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Sewing Class at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: Two Wilmington High School teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.Live Music: Pacific Grove (211 Lowell Street) is hosting karaoke with Winnell Entertainment beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 28, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Supreme court extends Subrata Roys parole till July 11

first_imgThe Supreme Court of India on Wednesday extended the parole permit to Sahara chief Subrata Roy until July 11, reported NDTV news channel. The beleaguered businessman can now stay out of jail a month more than the earlier June 6 deadline.The release was warranted on a rider that Roy would deposit Rs. 200 crore with the Securities Exchange Board of India (Sebi) by the new date to avoid re-arrest.The Financial Express reported that the apex court also directed the securities market regulator to continue to auction Sahara assets to recover dues the company owes many small investors.The top court has also restricted Roy’s movement within the country. Meanwhile, Roy has submitted an affidavit listing out his immovable assets, and requested that the details be kept secret.The apex court had on Friday granted four weeks’ conditional release to Roy to perform the last rites of his mother, who passed away at the age of 95. The businessman has been in the jail for over two years over non-repayment of money to Sahara investors.last_img read more

ShabeMeraj being observed

first_imgHoly Shab-e-Meraj is being observed in the country tonight (Wednesday night) with due religious fervor, reports UNB.On 27th of Arabic month of Rajab every year, the Muslims observe the Shab-e-Meraj, the night when Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) embarked on a special journey to meet Allah.In the journey, the Prophet travelled on the “Buraq” to Heaven where Allah gave him some instructions to take back to the faithful regarding the details of prayers.Muslim devotees are offering special prayers at mosques and homes seeking blessings of Allah for the welfare of the entire nation and the Muslim Ummah.last_img

British MPs reject all Brexit alternatives

first_imgTheresa May File PhotoMPs on Monday once again failed to find a majority on any alternative Brexit plan before them, leaving Britain’s chaotic path towards leaving the EU mired in uncertainty less than two weeks before its departure date.Brussels has set Britain an 12 April deadline to agree to the divorce terms Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the bloc, find an alternative or crash out of the European Union.MPs have already rejected the Brexit divorce deal three times, shredding May’s authority.Parliament’s lower House of Commons seized the initiative last week by holding a first round of votes on eight alternative Brexit options but failed to find a majority on any of them.Refining them down to four, backbenchers voted again on Monday, hoping to find one solution that most of them could agree on.All four failed to find a majority although the result was close for proposals to hold a second referendum and negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU.Brexit secretary Steve Barclay hinted the government could now bring its deal back for a fourth vote this week and avoid a longer delay to Brexit that would mean holding European Parliament elections in May.He warned that otherwise “the default legal position is the UK will leave the EU in just 11 days time” without a deal — an option that experts have warned could cause huge economic disruption on both sides of the Channel.”Cabinet will meet in the morning to consider the results of tonight’s vote and how we should proceed,” Barclay said.The EU has called an emergency summit for 10 April and warned that without a plan, Britain risks abruptly ending ties with its largest trading partner two days later, causing huge economic disruption.”With our British friends we have had a lot of patience, but even patience is running out,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Italian television channel Rai 1.Following the result, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament’s Brexit committee, said: “A hard Brexit becomes nearly inevitable”.When MPs meet again on Wednesday “the UK has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss,” Verhofstadt said.Elusive majorityBritain voted by 52 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been mired in divisions over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek.The political chaos forced May to postpone Britain’s exit from the original date of 29 March, but she said it would be “unacceptable” for a further delay beyond European Parliament elections on 23-26 May.Frustrated with her approach, MPs last week gave themselves powers to find an alternative strategy, by holding so-called “indicative votes” on a range of different Brexit options.They brought them back on Monday but once again, nothing produced a majority, even with May’s cabinet abstaining.The first motion, calling for the government to negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU, was defeated by 276 votes to 273.The second option, dubbed “Common Market 2.0″, would accept May’s divorce terms but require her to negotiate a new EU customs arrangement and membership of the EU single market. It was beaten by 282 votes to 261.A vote on plans for a second referendum went down by 292 to 280.The final option, which would have instructed government to revoke the legislation to leave the EU a day before Britain is due to crash out, was rejected by 292 to 191.Nick Boles, a Conservative MP who had proposed the Common Market 2.0 plan, announced he was leaving the party after the vote.”I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise,” an emotional Boles told parliament.”I accept I have failed. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce I can no longer sit for this party,” he said.Cabinet ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss the outcome of the ballots, and could still decide to hold a fourth vote on May’s deal on Wednesday or Thursday.The votes by MPs were are not legally binding but would have been politically hard to ignore if a majority was found.last_img read more

10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week

first_imgSeptember 13, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Here’s a roundup of the week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits from the world of entrepreneurship.1. Grammy-winning band embraces web technology for new single: The popular indie band Arcade Fire has made headlines with its pioneering use of modern web technology and open-source collaboration. The collaborators? You. Its latest video for “Reflektor” allows users to put their face into the video or manipulate the graphics using a computer mouse or mobile device. (Mashable)2. Japan turns to women to ramp up startup ecosystem: The Japanese government is trying to build a stronger economy on the backs of female entrepreneurs. “Women are Japan’s great underused asset,” says Hitoshi Masusa, the former director of governmental and technology agency located in Tokyo. For its “Japan is Back” campaign, the government is rolling out plans for a 20 billion yen ($200 million USD) fund to support female entrepreneurs. (CNN Money)3. Big data debunks hiring myths: Don’t let dated hiring and work-force management practices hurt your business. Big data is blowing the lid off traditional hiring folklore, opening up search criteria and allowing employers to make better hiring decisions. (The Atlantic)4. Higher education needs a revolution: TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in San Francisco this week welcomed California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newson and Sebastian Thrun, the co-founder of online education website Udacity, to discuss the role technology plays in education. “This is code red,” said Newsom. “We have to do something dramatic. (LinkedIn Today)5. Five ways to rebound: Being an entrepreneur, you may have your fair share of disappointments. How you handle major blows can define you as a person and the leader of your company. Here are five tips to help you deal with disappointment constructively. (Salon) 6. The trep at the core of the iPhone 5S: One of the most talked about new features on the iPhone 5S is the fingerprint sensor technology. The story of how this feature got into one of the most popular consumer products ever created goes back more than a decade and starts with an entrepreneur named F. Scott Moody. (Charlotte Observer)7. Failure is not cool: For entrepreneurs, research is key to evaluating risk and ensuring there is an actual need for your product or service. Yet, recently research has fallen by the wayside, as founders are less scared to fail and more concerned about producing a lean startup or creating an inexpensive minimal viable product. Erika Hall, author of Just Enough Research and co-founder of Mule Design Studio, offers an intriguing opinion on how the “failure culture” is stifling innovation. (Wired) 8. Assimilation does nothing for diversity: Apparently, creating an established company culture or inclusion programs are stifling diversity by forcing individuals to conform. President of Matuson Consulting firm Roberta Chinsky Matuson weighs in on statements made in a recently released white paper titled Uncovering Talent by New York University School of Law Professor Kenji Yoshino and Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion Managing Principal Christie Smith. (Fast Company)9. Three defining rules of success: Separating the lucky from the exceptional, these three rules cut to the core of how great companies think and succeed. (Business Insider)10. Google releases sophisticated photo-editing tools: Google announced it has integrated photo-editing technology Snapseed into Google +, making transforming and tweaking photos, well, a snap. Snapseed not only covers the basics but also has more advanced features that allow users to apply filters, edit only certain areas of a picture and overlay various effects. (CNET)last_img read more