2010 Fifa World Cup: Football teams 2

first_imgTop South African club Kaizer Chiefs playing the UK’s Manchester United in the final of the Vodacom Cup at Loftus Stadium, a venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Manchester United won by four goals to one.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris KirchhoffMediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Happy Birthday, dear Nelson Mandela!

first_img18 July 2011 At 08:05 on Monday morning, around 12-million school children all over South African sang “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 93rd birthday – echoing the sentiment of people across the world. From “Happy birthday dear Tata, we love you Tata,” to “Nelson Mandela there is no one like you”, the little voices sang on the cold winter morning. The occasion was televised by the national broadcaster. In a birthday message by President Jacob Zuma, broadcast before the kids’ song, the President said Mandela had laid a solid foundation for this country and it was now up to South Africans to continue his legacy. “From the moment Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela strode out of prison on the 11th of February 1990, we knew that South Africa would be a different place,” Zuma said. “He showed us that despite the divisive racial oppression and hardships that this nation had gone through, it is not only possible, but necessary to embrace one another and to reconcile the South African people. “We have achieved a lot, but we must still work further to eradicate poverty and improve especially the lives of children, because Madiba loves them so much. Most importantly, we must spread love, ubuntu, humility and selflessness around us.” Mandela fever is expected to grip South Africans today, but no place will feel the spirit as much as the former Transkei region in the Eastern Cape, where Madiba was born. Unlike in previous years, where the community used to join in the birthday celebrations, this year it will be a private affair as the grandfather of the nation spends the day quietly with his family in Qunu. Pictures sent out by the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Sunday showed a frail but happy and content Mandela with his immediate family around him for a small gathering. However, this has not deterred the world from celebrating his birthday. Birthday messages are coming in from all corners, with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter flooded with well wishes to the beloved old man. Many of the messages recount his life’s achievements, while encouraging people to take a page out of his book by making a contribution to changing the world. Facebook user Barbra Vhengedza wrote: “A true blessing to a mother, an honour to a family, nation and continet as a whole … We thank the Lord for his mercy, grace and love to us through you. You are the father of Africa … the unity of many nations. May God bless you and your family. Enjoy your day. Happy birthday!” Christian Mbuyisa wrote: “Madiba, a hero, a man who led South African society from diversity, taking the road ahead in unity. You are a hero because you won. May God richly bless you from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Happy Birthday Tata Madiba.” Similar treads were also on Twitter, with Shashi Tarror writing: “Happy birthday to Nelson Mandela, statesman, nationalist &humanist, who guided South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.” Some retweeted his famous quotes like: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall,” and “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” South Africans and the world are standing up and making a difference in their communities, and in the process, continuing the legacy of Madiba. People have been urged to donate 67 minutes of their time doing good for others in his name. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pumping up Bok support for World Cup

first_imgRay Maota  Brand Soputh Africa CEO Miller Matola (top right) and other industry leaders took part in the Lead SA Bok Friday initiative. Matola in his Bok jersey “played his part” to support the Boks. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Shelley Viljoen  Primedia Broadcasting PR manager  +27 11 506 3000 • Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Playing a part to back the Boks • Growing support for Play Your Part • New campaign for a better South Africa • New campaign to power South Africa’s ProteasSouth Africans have been mobilised to stand behind their beloved Springboks, the national rugby team, as they prepare to do battle in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.The tournament kicks off on 9 September – 23 October 2011.Brand South Africa showed its support by endorsing the Lead SA Bok Friday initiative at Primedia’s offices in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 26 August 2011.“We are proud of this initiative by Lead SA to garner support for our beloved Bokke and we as the IMC are proud to ‘play our part’ in bringing national pride back into sport,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said at the event.Brand South Africa launched its Play Your Part campaign in June 2011 as a call to citizens to do whatever they can, big or small, to try and make the country a better place to live in.The organisation was in Port Elizabeth on 20 August to support the Boks as they faced New Zealand in a Tri-Nations clash.The Boks winning the game helped boost national pride – just as the Play Your Part campaign aims to do.Lead SA also encourages citizens to make a difference in the country whichever way they can.Drumming up Bok Friday fever at PrimediaMatola was joined at the event by Absa marketing and communications executive Happy Ntshingila, Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Gert Oosthuizen and Lead SA CEO Yusuf Abramjee, who is also head of news and current affairs at Primedia.Well-known South African personalities, including Zuraida Jardin, Tumisho Masha, John Robbie, Danny K, Alex Jay and Pabi Moloi, also attended the event and showed their support for the Boks.Abramjee said: “With the call to citizens to support the Springboks by wearing Bok jerseys on Fridays, we are also proud to introduce Claudia Nel who won the Pretoria News art competition for Lead SA.”Nel is a pupil at Hoërskool Menlo Park in Pretoria.The competition called on South Africans to submit artwork that can be used on Lead SA postcards.Nel’s contribution, featured on the front page of the Pretoria News, showed a face in colours of the South African flag and the city skyline in the background.Adding his voice at the Primedia gathering, Absa’s Ntshingila said: “We as Absa have always supported the Boks and there’s nothing bigger and better than getting behind our national teams, as we saw during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Absa was an associate sponsor of the Boks for nine years before being named the official sponsor in March 2011 in a deal worth more than R50-million (US$6.9-million).The Boks will have a send-off party organised by Lead SA on 1 September at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, where Danny K and La Vuvuzela will perform, among other artists.DStv’s Supersport channel will show the Rugby World Cup matches live and supply footage to other stations to ensure all 50-million South Africans behind the Boks.Rugby in South AfricaRugby has played a major transformational role in South Africa after the Springboks won the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil.The impressive victory by the Boks came a year after the first democratic elections in the country, which resulted in Nelson Mandela becoming president.The shot of Mandela and then-Bok captain Francois Pienaar hoisting the Webb-Ellis trophy at Ellis Park in Johannesburg has become an iconic national image.last_img read more

Online Retail Thriving: 8% Growth Expected This Holiday Season

first_imgYesterday we reviewed the past decade in online retailing. Today we look at some forward-looking statistics about e-commerce. In particular we analyze the upcoming holiday season and how online retailers can expect to fare. Amazon.com was founded in 1995, but it famously didn’t make its first annual profit until 2003. Those days of struggle for e-commerce vendors are long gone. In its State Of Retailing Online 2009 report, Forrester Research reported that the vast majority of Web retailers were not only profitable in 2008– in a recession – but also that their overall level of profitability grew. The e-commerce market is expanding, due to a combination of factors. One is that consumers are no longer afraid to buy things online, as they once were. Also brick-and-mortar businesses are migrating more of their operations online. We also have technology advances to thank: better recommendations technology, social media, the emergence of mobile commerce.E-commerce Continues to Grow, Despite EconomyE-commerce has ridden the ups and downs of the general economy over the past decade, but it has continued to grow throughout. In the State Of Retailing Online 2009 report, Forrester Research reported that retailers saw their Web divisions grow by 18% in 2008. Given that Forrester described 2008 as “one of the worst years ever” in retail, that’s significant growth in online retail activity. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Holiday Season Predicted to Grow 8%Online shopping has always been a seasonal market and there are promising signs for the upcoming holiday season. The latest comScore statistics show that toy web sites grew 9% in October, which comScore claimed was due to some parents getting in early for holiday gifts. The retail apparel segment also grew by 9% in October. Overall, Forrester Research predicts that online holiday retail sales (over November and December) will grow 8% this year to $44.7 billion. Brick-and-Mortar Stores a Success on the WebA noticeable trend over the past decade has been the slow but steady flight of ‘brick-and-mortar’ retail stores to the Web. In the early days of online retailing, Web operations were typically isolated from the main sales channels. But nowadays, Forrester notes that Web operations are a strategic part of the entire organization.Two recent stories from industry website Internet Retailer show how traditional retailers are not only adapting online, but thriving. Best Buy’s traffic has grown 18% over the past 12 months according to Nielsen Online. Meanwhile for the quarter ended October 31, 2009, Gap’s Web sales increased 4.9% to $298 million. The web accounted for 8.3% of sales at Gap in Q3 09, compared to 8.0% in Q3 2008. Forrester outlined a number of reasons why online channels are appealing during a “challenging” economy – including enabling consumers to find products online that they can’t find elsewhere, offering comparisons on product features and pricing, avoding holiday crowds and more. Related Posts Tags:#e-commerce#NYT#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… All of this data is very encouraging to online retailers. Even during a down economy, the Web has come through for most of them. Web entrepreneurs, if you’re looking for opportunities then look no further than online retailing!Photo credit: S?ndy richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Ohio State’s Cardale Jones Claims He’s Transferring To Akron, Then Claims “May Fools”

first_imgCardale Jones says thank you to OSU in joke on twitter for "May fools".Cardale Jones May Fools 5Typically, people use April 1st as the date to troll their friends with some kind of unbelievable joke. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones apparently celebrates the holiday a month late. Friday, Jones took to Twitter to claim that he is transferring to Akron after a “rough decision” on his part.After a few minutes, he came clean, joking that he’d pulled a “May Fools” joke on everyone.It was a rough decision but I think it’s best for me, like to thank OSU for this amazing opportunity but my time here has came to an end— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2015#NewBeginning #FreshStart— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2015#ZipNation— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2015MAY FOOLS— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2015Jones tried to sell the joke hard, even changing his Twitter bio and background page to reflect his new team.Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 2.29.37 PMJones is probably the frontrunner for the starting job at Ohio State, so this would have been a shocker. Instead, it was merely some Friday afternoon entertainment.last_img read more

Fracking firms Calfrac Trican report doubledigit Q2 revenue declines

first_imgThe Calgary-based companies step in after a well is drilled to prepare it for production, performing operations including hydraulic fracturing, where liquids, sand and chemicals are injected under pressure to break up tight underground formations and free trapped oil and gas.Calfrac reported a net loss of $42 million, up from a loss of $15 million a year earlier, as its job count and pricing levels declined in both Canada and the United States.Trican’s net loss improved to $29 million from $35 million as it continued to sell equipment and cut costs, including implementing an unspecified number of job cuts during the second quarter.Both companies said they expect stronger business conditions in the second half of 2019. Companies in this article: (TSX:CFW, TSX:TCW) CALGARY — Two of Canada’s biggest oil and gas well-fracking companies are posting double-digit percentage revenue declines as energy exploration spending slowed in the quarter ended June 30.Calfrac Well Services Ltd., which has operations in Canada, the U.S., Russia and Argentina, reported revenue of $430 million, a 21 per cent fall from $545 million in the same period of 2018.Trican Well Service Ltd., which is focused on the Canadian market, reported revenue of $110 million, a 36 per cent decline compared with $172 million in second quarter 2018.last_img read more

PACE Coaching Project gets close to deadline

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Parent and Child Early (PACE) Coaching Project is quickly reaching its deadline at the end of August to accept new participants.The PACE project is working with their partner agency in the North, the Fort St. John Child Development Centre. The Project is looking for parents of children aged 15 months to 34 months which the parents recognize the child has some sort of social communication delay, that would like to participate in the program.Pat Mirenda Ph.D., BCBA-D, Project Director for PACE shares, with young children there is a lot of reasons for a social delay to be happening such as late talkers. The project is looking specifically for children whom social communication delays put them at risk for the autism spectrum disorder, according to Mirenda.The first step in the process for parents that reach out to the project is to screen the child for Autism Spectrum Disorder with a 20 question interview to find out ‘could’ the social communication delay be because of Autism shared Mirenda.If it could be, according to Mirenda information is given to the parent to find out it really is as this is a whole different process. The child/ parent are then eligible for the study. The study is explained to the parent and asked if they want to participate.The program does assessments and then delivers one of two interventions with a 50/50 chance of receiving either-or.One is being apart of 24 weeks of parenting coaching, receiving one on one coaching from a coach in the community to learn strategies to help the child with social development skills. The other is a monitor group in which there is no coaching yet access to books and online modules made for parents to support social development. Both groups receive a service to help answer the question, does parent coaching make a difference verse access to materials which is less intensive and expensive.Parents only have until the end of August to sign up. Mirenda shared it is important to get in touch right away.To contact PACE Coaching Project; CLICK HERElast_img read more

BJP has deviated from path of truth, says Priyanka Gandhi

first_imgAgra: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday alleged that the BJP had deviated from the path of truth and it seemed that the saffron party neither has faith in democracy nor in the people.The Congress secretary general in-charge for Uttar Pradesh (East) also said the BJP instead of speaking about India and what it had done for its youth was talking about Pakistan. “It seems that the government has faith neither in democracy, its institutions nor the people..had they been real nationalists they would have tread the path of truth. “They would have understood that this country is based on truth and those who deviate from it are not let off…you will also not be excused as you, too, have deviated from the path of truth long ago,” she said at a rally here. The Congress leader was campaigning for the party’s Fatehpur Sikri Lok Sabha seat candidate and Uttar Pradesh unit president Raj Babbar. Lashing out at the BJP government, Priyanka Gandhi said during election time, they are talking about nationalism and Pakistan. “They must talk about India, what they have done for the youth, farmers and other sections of society. They must tell what their agenda for women and women security is,”she said. Taking a dig at the BJP publicity campaign, she said the truth is being “drowned” in such campaigns. “I have seen the reality in the eyes of youth who complain about jobs, seen it in the eyes of potato growers who come to Rae Bareli and Lucknow to tell about their loans and the high costs that they have to bear,” Priyanka Gandhi said. Citing the example of a farmer here who reportedly sold his produce for Rs 490 and send the money to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a mark of protest, she said,”He sent this money to the PM to apprise him about the truth of the country and its farmers.” “The truth is being drowned in publicity…you all know better…whenever a question is raised the questioner is told that he is an anti-national,” Priyanka Gandhi said. She, while talking about the Congress manifesto, mistakenly said that “aisi yojnaein ghoshna patra mein hai jisse aapko swastha sarkari aspatalon mein muft milega (There are schemes in the manifesto through which you will get free health in government hospitals)”. However, the Congress leader was quick to realise her mistake and smilingly remarked, “Swastha nahin… matlab swastha ki jaanch aur swastha ka ilaj muft milega (Not swasth (health)…I mean diagnosis and treatment will be free).” She quipped that “swastha bhi mil jaye toh achcha hain (It will be great if health can be given for free)”.last_img read more

The Worst College Football Game In The Worst College Football Town

Alabama vs. Auburn, Florida vs. Florida State, Michigan vs. Ohio State. Those are the types of college football rivalries from which sports legends are made. This weekend on the northern tip of Manhattan in New York City (known for having the lowest percentage of college football fans in the nation), a different type of history will be produced. The 0-8 Cornell Big Red will visit the 0-8 Columbia Lions. It’s a game sure to be memorable not because the two teams are so good, but because both of them are so bad.I’m a Columbia Lions football fan. I listen to their games on WKCR-FM. I’m attending Saturday’s game against Cornell. I went to every home game from 1994 to 2000, and I treasure an autographed photo with then-Lions and later NFL star Marcellus Wiley.But Columbia enters the game with statistics that resemble those of a peewee football team dropped into the NFL. Columbia has scored more than seven points in only one game this season. Last week against Harvard, the Lions suffered the ultimate embarrassment: getting shut out 45-0.The away team hasn’t been much better. Only against Princeton has Cornell put up more than 16 points in a game, and the Big Red still managed to score fewer points in that game, 27, than Columbia’s highest point total this year (28). Last week, Cornell went down 42-7 against Dartmouth, and that wasn’t even their worst defeat of the season so far.Not surprisingly, of the 121 teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly known as Division I-AA) for which the NCAA provides statistics, Columbia is dead last in offensive points per game at 8.6. Cornell is not far behind, at No. 113, scoring only 12.9 points per game. In point differential (points scored minus points allowed), Columbia ranks No. 118 with -31.2. Cornell is ranked No. 114 with -21.5.The wretchedness goes beyond the scoreboard, though. In each facet of the game, these two teams have been exceptionally awful.The Lions rank last in the FCS with 51.3 rushing yards per game (YPG). Cornell comes in at No. 117 with 88 YPG.When it comes to passing, Columbia and Cornell are deceptively bad. Columbia has passed for 221.6 YPG (good for a rank of No. 52), while Cornell has passed for 179.3 YPG (good for No. 88). Of course, both teams have almost always been behind, so they have to pass in an effort to catch up. Passer efficiency, which takes into account pass attempts, completions, interceptions, touchdowns and yards, places Columbia No. 120 out of 121 and Cornell just slightly better at No. 103.The defenses aren’t much better. Columbia has given up 273.8 YPG on the ground (No. 120). Cornell has done better, at 189.1 YPG, but that still ranks only 84th. In passing defense, Columbia ranks No. 100 with 246.9 YPG, and Cornell lags at No. 106 with 262 YPG. In passer efficiency defense, Columbia comes in at No. 100 and Cornell at No. 118.Finally, there’s special teams. Both teams have made only two field goals all year, and both of those came in the same game for each team. Columbia and Cornell rank No. 111 and No. 112, respectively, with just 16.96 and 16.91 yards per kickoff return. In yards per punt return, Columbia ranks No. 75 with 6.80, and Cornell ranks a pathetic No. 118 with just 2.29.All hope is not lost, however. The two teams excel in one notable category: punting. Columbia has punted an amazingly high 7.25 times per game, and Cornell has done so 6.63 times per game. Those are good enough to rank No. 6 and No. 16, respectively! And perhaps because they have gotten so much practice, Columbia has averaged 34.83 yards per punt, and Cornell 36.34. Those averages rank in the top half of the FCS, at Nos. 60 and 25.So, if you live in the New York metro area, are a big fan of punting and want to see two teams that cannot score or stop anyone else from scoring, you’re in luck. It’s sure to be a riveting affair in a city that just doesn’t care. read more