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December 19, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Sandton Convention Centre decked outin Confederations Cup banners ahead of thedraw.(Image: Tamara O’Reilly)Tamara O’ReillyAsk around which major football event South Africa will be hosting soon and the likeliest answer will be the Fifa 2010 World Cup tournament. While that’s not entirely wrong, it’s not entirely true either.Next year South Africa hosts the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup – a tournament played by eight teams which comprise the winners of all Fifa competitions held throughout year, the revered World Cup trophy holders and the host nation. This weekend a beady eye was cast on South Africa as the draw deciding the matches that the eight teams will play took place at a glitzy African-themed event at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.Hundreds of delegates and media personnel from around the world witnessed the preliminary draw for the competition, which will be held from 14 to 28 June 2009.“It would be wrong to regard the Fifa Confederations Cup as merely an entrée to the main course,” says Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke. “The eight participating nations represent the cream of their respective continents and the contrast between these teams and their diverse styles should create a fascinating spectacle for the fans. It is shaping up to be an exciting precursor to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”From a football point, host South Africa, had the proverbial  luck of the draw as the teams opponents in Group A are Iraq, winners of the 2007 Fifa Asian Cup, OFC Nations Cup holders New Zealand and UEFA Euro Champions Spain.“It could have been worse. It is in our favour, but we should not underestimate Iraq and New Zealand, who are both competitive teams that have fought hard to be here. The home ground advantage should give us a good chance of getting into the next round. This will lift the spirit of all of us and will be wonderful for the country,” said Danny Jordaan, CEO of the South African Local Organising Committee (SALOC).Group B is made up of CONMEBOL Cup and current Confederations Cup trophy holders Brazil, World Cup winners Italy, African Cup of Nations champions Egypt, and Concacaf Gold Cup winners USA.As it stands, the draw favours the local team’s chances of gaining entry to the semi-finals – so the longer the South African team stay in the competition, the more matches will be sold out. This will be a relief to the Local Organising Committee who is concerned that matches where only international sides playing will not be well attended.“There’s a perception that South Africa is a rugby and cricket nation and if we do not fill our stadiums we will only reinforce that stereotype,” says Jordaan. “It will be a wonderful opportunity for the fans to get a taste of a Fifa World Cup atmosphere in the stadiums. We are confident that South Africans will not want to miss this opportunity to see some of the best teams in world and that matches will be sell-outs. And as for the organisation, our stadiums will undoubtedly be ready and the Confederations Cup will give us a great opportunity to test our systems and logistical planning ahead of the Fifa World Cup.”To get locals into the spirit of things the SALOC has launched a marketing campaign that will be carried across all mediums – radio, television, community broadcasters, print and online.“It is important to get the message out there now because people are still unaware of the quality of the tournament,” says chief marketing and commercial officer Derek Carstens. “We are a soccer loving nation and we have to prove it to the world that the atmosphere that such a tournament generates internationally is not wasted on South Africans.”The SALOC has also made tickets to the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup affordable for locals. Recently with Fifa matches, spectators have to apply either online or with a ticketing partner (in this case First National Bank) to purchase a ticket. According to Fifa, ticket applications submitted will be processed on a first-come first-served basis – in the order of receipt. All successful applicants will be notified of their success within approximately seven to 10 working days after submitting their request.A maximum of 20 tickets can be purchased and there is no limit on the number of games.There are two categories of tickets available – individual match tickets and Venue Specific Tickets (VST). Under the VST are two series of tickets – one which allows access to all games played at a particular stadium and another which includes games plus access to the finals. For South Africans they range from R210 to R4 340 and bought from outside South Africa are from US$40 to $620.Tickets for individual matches range from R70 to R1 400 locally and between $10 and $200 for outsiders.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] links2009 Fifa Confederations CupConfederations Cup ticket infoSouth Africa 2010last_img read more

December 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCopy of “Hush Hush” magazineMolly Shock, aka mshock, teaches the basics of hosting a successful and fun geocaching event. It’s part party-planning and all logistics. Find out how to make the event something to remember, how much time you’ll need to prepare and other insider tips. Watch the video below for a three-minute tutorial from Molly on tips for making your own themed geocaching event a success.Molly’s marque event to date has been Trouble in Tinseltown – A Puzzle Rally Event (GC2993W).An Event Cache is where local geocachers or geocaching organizations decide a time and location to meet and discuss all things geocaching. The attendees often go geocaching before or after the Event Cache.Crime scene map from “Trouble in Tinseltown”Molly’s event was no different, but the geocaching that occurred that day took puzzle caching to a whole new level. Molly spent four months orchestrating the elaborate themed geocaching event. “Trouble in Tinseltown” guided more than 80 cachers through a fictitious scandal, betrayal and murder in a  Hollywood whodunit.Teams of geocachers discovered 15 caches by solving puzzles. They accumulated clues which ultimately provided the answer to the question, “Who killed Noah Boddy, where and with what?”Each team received a copy of “Hush Hush” magazine [pictured above] which Molly wrote to provide a detailed back-story for the event. Then teams received these instructions at the start of the caching: “Solve the puzzles, find the caches, record the facts, bring the murderer to justice!”Clipboard with “facts” for the eventMolly also created an elaborate crime scene map, a dossier and a clip board full of facts. Correctly using and deciphering each item brought teams closer to solving the crime.You can still get a sense of the event. Most of the 15 puzzle caches that Molly placed are still active.Hostess, Molly ShockMolly’s tips for a successful geocaching event include:– Design an event that lasts no more than eight hours– Make caches challenging, but not frustrating– Make it self-sufficient, provide clues (for a penalty)– Let friends help– Take cachers to a safe, interesting place– Practice the event– Have fun!Geocachers who wish to attend the event but not look for caches should be able to attend as well. They can be spectators or extra “props.” They can also simply hang out, enjoy the crowd, trade Trackables and the usual.Find out even more tips by watching an interview with Molly below.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Back to School with GeocachingSeptember 16, 2019In “Community”How to make the most of Planetary PursuitMarch 19, 2018In “News”last_img read more

November 27, 2019 | |Post a Comment
first_imgLena Dunham showed up for the Emmys in an awkward pink confection and Kerry Washington went for a bright orange dress with dark sparkle peeking out from underneath, but it was the reds and blues that dominated the carpet Monday.And neutrals, too.These ladies sure did sizzle in their red and blue numbers on the red carpetOn Team Red were best actress in a comedy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who looked a bit pinched in a tight Carolina Herrera, and Christina Hendricks in a gaudy, one-shoulder Marchesa with yards and yards of draping fabric, loud floral embroidery at the waist and a plunging neckline.Julia Roberts, at 46, had fashion observers near speechless as she showed off her legs in a bubbly beaded mini in deep blue. Keke Palmer, of “The Trip to Bountiful,” wowed in a blue cobalt trumpet-shaped gown from Rubin Singer. Layers of fabric skimmed the gown, and a structured strapless bodice was cut in a deep V.Baby bumps represented. Hayden Panettiere (who announced it’s a girl) lovingly stroked her belly in a metallic fitted gown. Amanda Peet, pregnant with her third child, was in an unfortunate, empire-waisted floral.Hayden Panettiere showed off her baby bump in effortless fashionWashington bucked the color trend in fitted orange Prada with a high slit and beaded front pleats.”I saw it hanging there and I knew it was a contender,” she told The Associated Press. “I threw it on during a lunch break when I was shooting `Scandal’ and fell in love.”advertisementSofia Vergara, always a red carpet stunner, went for a more classic look in a fitted white Roberto Cavalli gown with a space agey bodice that showed less of her cleavage than usual.Sofia Vergara donned a more conservative look on the red carpet this time roundAllison Janney, who won best supporting actress in a comedy for her “Mom” role, looked anything but: Her velvet magenta gown seriously hugged her in all the right places.”I love this dress because it makes me look like I have the tiniest waist. I put this on and everyone was like, `Done!'”Taylor Schilling and her “Orange is the New Black” crew walked early – Schilling dressed in a lighter-than-air, pale halter gown with subtle sparkle and fellow cast member Uzo Aduba in strapless red.”I enjoy a nice non-color,” Schilling joked on E! “It just felt sort of timeless.”Aduba has been having big fun in fashion since the Netflix show has grown popular. Earlier this month, she won a Creative Arts Emmy for her role as Crazy Eyes.”I wanted something beautiful,” she told the AP of her custom Christian Siriano.Laverne Cox, another of the show’s co-stars, chatted on the carpet in a caped, white gown by one her favorite designers, Marc Bouwer. Fred Leighton diamonds were sewn into the dress that sported a chest-baring neckline.Robin Wright decided against a dress altogether. She wore a Ralph Lauren Collection custom silk jumpsuit in cream with a tuxedo-style front and wide open back to her waist.Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones” represented early for the men, wearing a serious scowl like his character and sporting a top-knot.last_img
November 26, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFacing flak from Opposition on the condition ofFacing flak from Opposition on the condition of health-care services in rural areas, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel recently admitted that the shortfall of doctors is truly a matter of concern.While speaking at a function in Nadiad town two days back, she expressed concern over vacant posts of doctors in state-run hospitals.”Our government has regularly increased seats in medical and nursing colleges. However, there are very few doctors who remain in Gujarat, as most of them either start their own practice or settle abroad. People are suffering due to such imbalance,” said Patel. PTI PJT PD DK RT SSBlast_img read more

November 18, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMumbai, Nov 24 (PTI) Hosts Mumbai City FC would look to shrug off their defeat against Bengaluru FC and chase their first win of the season when they take on FC Goa in an Indian Super League (ISL) match here tomorrow. Bottom-placed Mumbai, who will miss services of injured Leo Costa, were unable to score against Bengaluru, who thrashed them 2-0. The hosts have some good forwards in Balwant Singh, Rafa Jorda, Everton Santos who need to fire and convert chances. Mumbai City head coach Alexandre Guimaraies would also be keen that his defenders and mid-fielders put up a spirited show and don?t concede any goals. Their hopes also depend on the performance of their star goal-keeper Amrinder Singh, who would look to repeat his last year?s heroics, when he earned the Golden Glove award. Guimaraies today admitted that his side was more prepared for tomorrow?s game then the opening one. ?We have a tough game. Goa did very well against Chennayin. We have to improve our performance from the first game. For tomorrow, we are more complete in our squad compared to first game and we are prepared,? the Costa Rican told reporters ahead of the game. “So we are prepared and are hoping that it?s going to be a good game and we go for a win,? Guimaraies added. Mumbai had only a shot on target in the last game. when asked about it, the coach said, “We had key players like Balwant (Singh) injured after 12 minutes of the game. Leo Costa got injured.” Goa, who are at number four in the table, on the other hand started on a winning note by defeating Chennayin FC 3-2. And they will look to continue the winning streak. With forwards like Adrian Colunga Perez, Ferran Telechea, Manvir Singh and a host of good mid-fielders and defenders, their coach Sergio Lobero would expect a complete performance at the Andheri Sports Complex. “We did have a very good start in the last game, but as it is in football living in the past will not get you anywhere, so all of us are thinking of the next game, and we are all on tomorrow, We don?t want to focus on past results,? Spaniard Lobero said. The FC coach also said that striker Collunga is injured. ?The only injury we have is Collunga. He failed to recover from the injury he was carrying last week but beyond that the team remains the same,? he said. PTI NRB AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

September 1, 2019 | |Post a Comment

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From 5-7 P.MThe controversial police, “padlock law,” was recently implemented in shutting down what some describe as a nefarious BP gas station at the corner of Forest Park Avenue and Windsor Mill Road, accused of being complicit in criminal activity in and around the business. We’ll explore the use of the padlock law with our panel of experts. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report more on police and politics. These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more