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World Cup fever spreads abroad

first_imgSouth Africans living abroad have started aproject called Hug a South African to promotethe Fifa 2010 World Cup(Image: www.zumodrive.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vusi NdlovuHug a South African+010 2369 [email protected] ARTICLES• Football Friday fever mounts• Get kitted for Football Friday• Global Fifa fan parks for 2010• Final draw celebrates AfricaNosimilo NdlovuA group of South Africans living in Korea has started a project called Hug a South African to help promote the country in hosting Africa’s first Football World Cup in June.The project is made up of ten individuals who set up South African national flags and banners, written South Africa 2010, in the busy streets of Seoul, the capital and largest city of South Korea.They wear T-shirts with the Fifa 2010 World Cup logo and give out pamphlets that inform people about the World Cup. Some of them wear body boards, written Hug a South African, and hug any interested individuals that approach them. However all the individuals are responsible for warm hugs to the public.The group also brings a few footballs with them, to let the people get a feel of what it is like to kick a one.Vusi Ndlovu, one of the South Africans involved in the project, said the aim of the campaign is to dissolve the negativity and stigma some Africans face in many developing countries.“I definitely believe we have come a long way, as a country and as a people. Being proud South Africans we have decided to contribute whatever or by whichever means possible, to ensure that our event [Fifa 2010 World Cup] is well known.”Ndlovu said they are working closely with the South African embassy in Korea, which has agreed to supply them with more resources.“We do not wish for any financial funding. We are doing this willingly and will use our own finance for the trips and all related matters. Our aim is to show the other South African people out there that you can help support your country with minimum resources available,” he said.Making a differenceThe campaign, which kicked off in December 2009, has been well received by locals in Korea. Many stop to receive hugs and take pictures with the group.“The locals have been getting quite involved. They take pictures of us to share with their friends and family. This also insures the promotion will continue beyond our campaign,” said Ndlovu.South Africans living in other countries have also welcomed the project and are working on setting it up where they are currently residing.Michelle Pearce, a South African living in Japan, has been coordinating with South Africans in the Kansai region to start a campaign. Kansai is in the southern-central region of Japan’s main island Honshū.Pearce said they have recently received confirmation from the South African embassy in Japan that they support the campaign and are willing to help the venture on any level.Daniel Rossouw, living in the United States, said he is also trying to round up South Africans living in Florida, in the southeastern region of the US, to start the campaign there. “I think this is a great campaign; it encourages pride in our country. It also helps with promoting our country and this big event [Fifa 2010 World Cup]. It’s great to do something for your country.”last_img read more

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13 killed in Rajasthan as minibus hits tree

first_imgThirteen persons, including four women and a child, were killed and 10 others injured when the minibus in which they were travelling lost balance and hit a tree in an attempt to save a stray bull on the road near Kuchaman in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district early on Saturday. The victims were residents of Maharashtra.The accident occurred at about 3.30 a.m. on the Kishangarh-Hanumangarh mega highway passing through Kuchaman town. Police said the victims were travelling from Maharashtra’s Latur district to Hisar in Haryana.Four of the injured persons were rushed in a critical condition to Sawai Man Singh Government Hospitals in Jaipur, while others were being treated at a hospital in Kuchaman.The bull, which also died in the mishap, came in the middle of the highway, forcing the minibus driver to apply brakes suddenly. As the driver veered off and lost control of the vehicle, it collided with a tree.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed his grief over the accident and offered condolences to the family members of the deceased. In a tweet, he wished an early recovery to those injured.last_img read more

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Shell Becomes Corvus Energys Investor

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Shell Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Shell, has decided to invest in Corvus Energy, a Canada-based provider of energy storage systems.As explained, the investment will help Corvus Energy expand internationally and further enhance its position within maritime energy storage.The parties have not disclosed the value of the investment.“To have Shell onboard as an investor means that we can reach out to a much larger market and apply our technology to more rigs and platforms as well as continue the hybridization of offshore vessels,” Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, commented.What is more, the investment is said to be a step towards Shell’s ambition to decrease the carbon footprint of the energy products it sells by around 20% by 2035 and by around 50% by 2050, in step with society.“We look forward to working with Shell to power a clean future and support Shell’s determination to make their operations more sustainable,” Bjørkeli added.“The energy sector is going through a major transition as the trend towards renewable generation and electrification of many sectors accelerates,” Kirk Coburn, Investment Director in Shell Ventures, said.“Current hybrid and zero-emission projects have proven that the potential for reducing costs and cutting emissions are substantial, which Shell will take advantage of in its offshore operations,” Coburn continued.With this move, Shell joins a group of strategic investors that jointly own Corvus Energy — BW Ventures Limited, part of shipping company BW Group; Equinor Technology Ventures; Norsk Hydro and a Canadian investment group focused on clean energy solutions.Corvus Energy develops energy storage systems (ESS) for maritime, offshore, subsea and port applications. Their range of lithium-ion battery ESSs are integral to the propulsion and power management systems of more than half of the battery-hybrid and zero-emission vessels worldwide.Read more:Corvus Energy Wins World’s Largest Battery Package Order for Hybrid VesselsFive More Fjord1 Ferries to Feature Corvus Energy Storage SystemsCorvus Energy Unveils New Battery for Cruise, Ferry IndustryStudy: Feeder Containerships Ready to Benefit from Hybrid Power Systemslast_img read more

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Celebrity Mothers Who Make A Difference To Be Honored

first_imgLove Our Children USA has announced the recipients of the Eighth Annual Mothers Who Make A Difference Awards.May 12th is Mother’s Day. It’s a time we celebrate Mothers not just for their love and nurturing, but their selfless acts and their ability to give to others.It’s also a time when violence against children affects over 3 million children and when bullying and suicides are at an all-time high.Love Our Children USA takes pride in announcing the recipients of the Eighth Annual Mothers Who Make A Difference Awards, recognizing celebrity mothers for balancing motherhood, work and causes.This year’s winners are celebrity moms Sandra Bullock, Sheryl Crow and Marie Osmond. These three incredible moms take on vital issues, giving of themselves to better the lives of others, still balancing their work and parenting!Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Love Our Children USA said “We are thrilled to honor three mothers who are not only noted celebrities, but they are three selfless and caring women who contribute so much to their children and families, their careers, society and to causes.“At a time when our country’s youth are plagued by bullying, cyberbullying, Internet dangers, school violence and suicide; these mothers serve as role models to mothers everywhere — making children their first priority.”The 2013 Mothers Who Make A Difference include: Sandra BullockSandra Bullock is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to fame after roles in such hit films such asSpeed, Hope Floats, While You Were Sleeping, Miss Congeniality and Crash to name a few. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress and a SAG Award for her role in the movie The Blind Side.Bullock is the mother of Louis Bardo Bullock who she adopted in 2010. Sandra Bullock continues to balance life between being a mom, filming movies as one of the most popular actresses in our country and in her humanitarian efforts. Her philanthropic efforts include the adoption of the Warren Easton High School in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. She has contributed funds for college scholarships for graduating seniors, band uniforms, athletic equipment and has helped fund the renovation to the auditorium and the construction of a school-based health clinic. Sandra Bullock has been a public supporter of the American Red Cross, the Liberty Disaster Relief Fund, the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunamis, the Haiti Earthquake, the 2011 Japan Earthquake and the oil spill in the 
Gulf of Mexico. She was awarded with the People’s Choice 2013 “Favorite Humanitarian Award.” Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow is a Grammy Award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, mother and political activist. She has released seven studio albums, two compilations, a live album, and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. Having sold more than 17 million albums in the US and over 50 million albums worldwide, Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards (out of thirty-two nominations).Pursuing her dream of becoming a mother, she adopted Wyatt Steven Crow in May, 2007, and in June, 2010 adopted son Levi James Crow. Sheryl Crow and her sons live on a farm outside Nashville, Tennessee.A breast cancer survivor, Sheryl Crow is no stranger to giving back. She supports numerous children’s and cancer organizations, and performed at a fundraiser to help build Canada’s largest Breast Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital, as well as a fundraiser with Sting to support the hospital’s expanding High Risk Mothers and Babies centre. She has been inspired by the work of the World Food Programme and encourages her fans to make donations to this non-profit organization. She performed at a concert as part of the All-Star Game festivities, helping to raise money for the cancer charity, Stand Up To Cancer, and has continued to show her dedication to environmental causes. Politically active, Crow has supported Rock the Vote’s youth registration drive. 
 Marie OsmondMarie Osmond a member of the show business family The Osmonds is a singer, actress, doll designer and mother.She gained success as a solo country music artist in the 1970s and 1980s. Beginning with her national debut at age three on The Andy Williams Show, Marie has proven to be a resilient talent with a magnetic presence recognized across generations. Entertaining for five continuous decades is a rare accomplishment, achieved by very few women. Her best known song is a cover of the country pop ballad “Paper Roses.” From 1976 to 1979, she and her singer brother Donny Osmond hosted the TV variety show Donny & Marie. As a recording artist with over 35 albums and numerous gold records, a standout career highlight was a Country Music Association’s “Vocal Duo of the Year” Award for “Meet Me In Montana.”The mother of eight children, Marie Osmond has a lot to balance and does it well. She has written books, performed on Broadway and in television movies, performed on Dancing With The Stars, and for over 18 years has received the Dolls of Excellence and Doll of the Year Awards and nominations; making her one of the top doll designers in the world. Marie Osmond Dolls is the top selling line of dolls in QVC. Despite her fame, Marie remains devoted to her family.Along with actor John Schneider, she co-founded the non-profit organization Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) in 1983. The CMN is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals around the world. She also supports the Gibson Girl Foundation, the MedicAlert Foundation and the Annual Celebrity STOMP Out Bullying Auction. Marie also serves as a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association and “Go Red for Women.”The winners will receive crystal heart awards designed specifically for Love Our Children USA by the illustrious crystal designers FineAwards.com. We congratulate them and all mothers who make a difference and wish them a very Happy Mothers’ Day.last_img read more

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The Gators Bite Back

On Friday, I noted that the Florida Gators had seen a decline in their chances of winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament despite beating Albany in their opening game. What hurt the Gators’ prospects? They defeated No. 16 Albany by an underwhelming 12 points, and they drew a tough Round of 32 matchup against Pittsburgh and a looming regional final matchup against either Kansas or Syracuse.But the Gators had a terrific weekend. They thrashed Pittsburgh by 16 points. And they were helped by upsets in the other half of the South region, with No. 3 Syracuse and No. 2 Kansas both losing to opponents with double-digit seeds.The Gators’ game against UCLA on Thursday is no gimme — they have a 72 percent chance of winning it, according to our model.  But conditional upon winning that game, they have an 83 percent chance of winning the regional final against either No. 10 Stanford or No. 11 Dayton and advancing to the Final Four.All in all, the Gators benefited more than any other team from the opening week of the tournament. Their chances of winning the national title are 18.4 percent, up from 14.5 percent before the tournament began. read more

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Opinion The Michigan Daily reporters should not be punished for doing their

Michigan coach Brady Hoke. Michigan student newspaper The Michigan Daily recently broke a story about former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons violating the Student Sexual Misconduct policy. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorAs a journalist, it is your duty to report the news. The real news. Not a fabricated story, not leaving important details out, but the honest to God news.That is all the writers at The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s independent student newspaper, were doing, and now they are being punished for it.Sports writer Matt Slovin and staff reporter Adam Rubenfire broke the story on former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons being separated from the university for violating the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.This in turn saw the paper’s reporters not invited by the school to a press conference Monday where coach Brady Hoke discussed the violations, according to Slovin and Detroit News writer Tony Paul.In a day and age where people will go out of their way to defend the free speech rights of just about anyone that speaks, seeing the school turn away their own paper because they were doing their jobs is outrageous.What would have happened if The Associated Press had broken the report, or ESPN? Would the school have been as keen to block their reporters from attending the press conference?The report from the paper is well written, well reported and factually correct. There have been no corrections issued for this story, they didn’t flat out lie — these journalists were just doing what they had been trained to do.According to the paper’s website, they are financially independent from the school, but that didn’t stop Michigan from making a statement about the content that was being run.As an editor for The Lantern, a rival Big Ten paper, I have immeasurable respect for these journalists. This story had to be reported on whether it made Michigan happy or not.In the end, I’m not sure what the program gained by blocking these reporters from entering. With the speed that news is reported in today’s world, it was guaranteed this story would get out. Michigan comes out as the bad guy and The Michigan Daily ends up having more power than it did before.The school failed in what it did and should be questioned for the decision. But more importantly we should celebrate the newspaper. Not for doing something extraordinary, but for simply doing their job: reporting the news. read more

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Football Ohio State defensive end Jalyn Holmes exits the game with apparent

Senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes (11) waits in between plays during the 2017 season opener vs. Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes was forced to leave with an apparent injury with 6:11 remaining in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska Saturday night. At the time, Ohio State led 49-7.Holmes was able to walk off the field and into the locker room with his arms draped over members of the training staff. Holmes has been listed as a co-starter at defensive end all season, and has also helped fill in at defensive tackle following the injury to redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones that caused Jones to miss the Rutgers and Maryland games. read more

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Celtic defender praises fans for clubs victory

first_imgCeltic defender Filip Benkovic has heaped praises on the club’s supporters following their 2-1 win against RB Leipzig on Thursday night.After suffering a disappointing defeat away in Germany, the Scottish champions needed a victory against the Bundesliga club to stand any chance of making it into the second round of the competition and the team duly delivered.The on-loan Leicester City defender relished the atmosphere at Celtic Park on Thursday night and revealed that manager, Brendan Rodgers urged the players not to be afraid of the pressure of what was a must-win game but to embrace it.“The manager told us before the game that if we believed in ourselves we would get the result,” said Benkovic, according to Evening Times.“He told us not to worry about the pressure but to go and play our own game. He said if we did that we could get all three points and he was right. We didn’t feel pressure. We just felt that we wanted to do our best and show how we can play.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Coming out onto the pitch it felt that the stadium was on fire. All those people, it felt like they gave us wings. It was very good.“When I played for Dinamo Zagreb it was a different situation because there were some political problems and so many fans stayed away. But the experience at Parkhead on Thursday….every player would want to have been part of this.“The memory of it will live with me forever and I want to enjoy as many of them as I can.”last_img read more

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Klopps reaction on facing Bayern in the last 16

first_imgJürgen Klopp knows Liverpool is relishing the prospect of facing old foes Bayern Munich in the Champions League but admits it would be a daunting task.The Reds were paired with the German champions during Monday’s last-16 draw, with Anfield to host the first leg on Tuesday, February 19 and the second leg scheduled for Wednesday, March 13 at the Allianz Arena.However, the former Dortmund boss who is acquainted with Bayern gave his reaction on the tie to Liverpoolfc.com immediately after the draw.“Difficult. Good draw. It was clear it would be difficult [and] they are obviously a top side. For me it’s nice, going to Germany. But it’s just the draw.We’ll face @FCBayern in the @ChampionsLeague last 16! #UCLdraw https://t.co/59c9MGPb8W— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 17, 2018Jadon 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.“So we have now time to prepare the game, a lot of time obviously, and hopefully we have all our players available then. It will be a tough one, an interesting one, and I am looking forward to it.”On whether his history with Bayern makes any difference to the tie…“I don’t know. This is a different Bayern than what I played, we are already here for three years [and] since the Audi Cup [in the summer of 2017]. We all know the stadium, the atmosphere will be great. It’s a really nice trip for all our supporters, it’s a wonderful city, so that’s all good.“The flight is not too long and we obviously know more about German football than about any other league, that’s true, but that doesn’t make a big, massive difference. In the end, the boys have to decide it on the pitch. Let’s give it a try.”last_img read more

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Paul Pogba determined to erase Man Utd defeatshame with Tottenham

first_imgManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is determined to erase Red Devils 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last year August by putting up an impressive performance in their Sunday match against the same club.Pogba missed the win over Reading FC in the Emirates FA Cup third round was a result of an injury he picked up after Newcastle United during their last Premier League outing.“I remember the first game [against Spurs] when we lost 3-0 at home,” he told official Man Utd website.”I’ve still got it in my mind. We don’t want to let this happen again.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s Tottenham, you know. They’re a very good team, they’re in the top four, so it’s going to be a big game. It’s going to be a tough one. We need points and they need them as well. We’ll see – it’s going to be a tough one.”Pogba is confident they have more glass ceiling to break even though they added five successive victories in all competitions in their cart making other clubs looking over shine.”We’re still far [away] but it’s good that people forget about us a bit,” he said.“We’re just coming our way, staying focused and trying to do our things – that’s what we need to do.”last_img read more

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