12 February 2010President Jacob Zuma, delivering his State of the Nation address in Cape Town on Thursday, called on South Africans to make the 2010 Fifa World Cup a success in honour of Nelson Mandela.Speaking during the opening of Parliament, Zuma said Mandela was central in assisting the country to win the rights to host this great event.Mandela was part of the delegation that presented South Africa’s bid to the Fifa executive, and was present on 15 May 2004 when Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced that South Africa had won the bid to host the World Cup.“We therefore have to make the World Cup a huge success in his honour,” Zuma said.Quoting from Mandela’s historic speech at the Rivonia treason trial, Zuma said all South Africans should recommit themselves to reconciliation, national unity, non-racialism and building a better future together.“Let us work together to make this year of action a successful one for our country.”World Cup: everything on trackWith under 120 days to go before the World Cup kicks off, Zuma said everything was on track for a successful event.“We have spent many years planning for this World Cup … The infrastructure, security and logistics arrangements are in place to ensure a successful tournament.”South Africans should get behind the national team, Bafana Bafana, but most important of all they should buy tickets now to attend the games, he said.The fourth round of ticket sales started this week, with over 400 000 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. The sale will run for 58 days and end on 7 April.Fans can apply for the tickets on www.fifa.com/2010 or (South African residents only) at FNB branches.Source: BuaNews
Some of Australia’s best coaches and players will be on hand to share their knowledge and skills with South Australia’s up-and-coming talent this weekend when Touch Football South Australia holds its AusSquad Junior Development weekend. Australian Men’s Open squad member, Stuart Brierty and Australian Women’s Open squad member, Leah Percy will be in attendance at the camp as will Australian 18’s Boys coach, Dave Nolan and Australian Women’s Open assistant coach, Karley Banks. South Australia’s 12’s, 15’s and 18’s Boys and Girls teams will be involved in the weekend, which will be great preparation for their respective national events later in the year – for the 18’s teams, the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships in September, and for the 12’s and 15’s, the School Sport Australia National Championships in October in Darwin. For more information about the weekend, please visit Touch Football South Australia’s website – www.touchsa.com.au. Related LinksSA AusSquad Weekend
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Luiz insists Chelsea in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz insists they’re in the title race.Chelsea are fourth in the table ahead of their match against Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and go into the festive period looking to make it three league wins in a row.”Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” the Brazil international told Sky Sports News.”Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has no money to spend in January.It’s been suggested Guardiola is seeking a new centre-half signing for the winter market.But the manager insists: “It’s not up to me, but we can’t buy anyone in January.”We do not have the money to deposit large amounts. That didn’t work in the summer, so not in the winter either.“We will do it with the players that we have. With Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia and the new players in the youth academy. We have young talented players that we can count on.” He added: “Vinny (Kompany) had a great personality and he was very helpful to me and the entire club. But he has decided to go to Anderlecht and we must continue.”
The OCR has recruited an Ananda Alert officer 1,297 of the 1,518 children reported missing over the period, have been successful reunited with their families More than 85 per cent of children reported missing for the period January to August 23, 2013, have since returned home.This was disclosed on Friday, September 6, by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who reported that 1,297 of the 1,518 children reported missing over the period, have been successful reunited with their families.Ms. Hanna, who was addressing a press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister, informed that of the total number of missing children, 325 were males and 1,193 were females. Nine children (six males and three females) were found dead and 212 are still missing.“I have mandated the OCR (Office of the Children’s Registry) to devise a successful and reliable system of informing the public of when there is recovery and the return of missing children because still, persons feel that a lot of the children have not been recovered when they actually have and successfully so,” Ms. Hanna said.She also urged parents to ensure that they have a recent photograph of their child, and also supply a copy to the school at the start of every academic year, as this will assist in the recovery effort in the event a child goes missing.“If we all assist to create stronger platforms and integration mechanisms to work with the various government agencies, and if something happens to your child, the recovery will be a lot quicker. We are utilising electronic media now and we are utilising billboards,” the Youth Minister said.She informed that for financial year 2013/14 a sum of $6.7 million has been allocated to the Ananda Alert programme.The OCR has recruited an Ananda Alert officer and has shortlisted persons for the position of Ananda Alert administrator following the approval of new posts by the Cabinet.Ms. Hanna noted that three strategies are being proposed to create a more effective public advisory system.“One is safety information to reduce the number of children that go missing; two, instances of missing children that are complete with names, locations, photographs and other pertinent information; and three, the recovery and return of missing children,” she outlined.Meanwhile, Spatial Data Analyst in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Carey-lee Dixon, disclosed that mapping reports show a high concentration of missing children reports from the Waltham Park and Hagley Park Road areas of St. Andrew.“These are mostly areas some would consider low income areas and so utilising geospatial technology, we can provide scientific basis and location,” Miss Dixon said.She also informed that there is a higher number of missing children cases being reported at the Hunt’s Bay police station for both 2012 and 2013.The Ananda Alert is a nationwide system, designed to ensure a speedy and safe recovery of a child in the unfortunate event that he/she is missing or abducted.Under the Ananda Alert System, when a child is reported missing, the name and picture will be publicised on various media, such as television, radio, billboards and multimedia equipment in stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and other locations. Three strategies are being proposed to create a more effective public advisory system Story Highlights
Twelve corporate companies have registered for the ‘Jamaica Moves: Get Moving Corporate Challenge 2019 Circuit III’ to date.Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, told JIS News in an interview that the Government is seeking to build on the success of the Corporate Challenge, which was launched in 2017, as part of its ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign.“Last year was very successful, as we had 19 companies participating. For the 2019 Circuit, we already have 12 companies registered and it is always really inspiring to see the companies out in their numbers at the different races,” the Health Minister said.Dr. Tufton encouraged more corporate entities to get employees involved in the challenge.“The Ministry of Health, under its ‘Jamaica Moves’ banner, has been promoting and working with stakeholders to promote corporate engagement in a health and wellness agenda,” he added.The 2019 Corporate Challenge comprises five races to be held from May to July. The race circuit schedule is Food For the Poor 5K on May 19; Tru-Juice Cross-Country 5K, June 2; Everyone’s A Winner/The Best Dressed Chicken 5K and 10K, June 16; School’s Out 5K on June 29, and the Welcome to Kingston 5K, July 14.Registered companies for the 2019 circuit include Rainforest Seafoods, Restaurants of Jamaica Limited, Advanced Integrated Systems Limited, FLOW, Wisynco, National Health Fund (NHF), Jamaica Broilers Group Limited, Sagicor Group, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Derrimon Trading Company Limited, Main Event Entertainment Group Limited and itelBPO Smart Solutions Jamaica.In the corporate challenge, companies earn points through staff participation in a number of races in the circuit. Companies with the most points at the end of the circuit will be declared the ‘Jamaica Moves: Get Moving Corporate Challenge’ champions.Other awards include the Jamaica Moves Company Spirit Award and the Jamaica Moves Male and Female champions.Victoria Mutual Building Society won the inaugural ‘Jamaica Moves Corporate Challenge’ in 2017 and Rainforest Seafood is the defending champion.‘Jamaica Moves’ is the Ministry of Health’s coordinated national response to the increased incidents of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).The Government is seeking to reduce NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025 through public education and engagement.
After losing three of its last four games, the Buckeye men’s soccer team broke through with a much-needed 2-0 win over Oakland (Mich.) University Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State scored its first goal midway through the first half, which allowed them to play with more confidence than they had during the recent downturn. “That’s one of our first goals we’ve scored in the first half this year,” midfielder Sam Scales said. “Early goals makes things so much more comfortable. To get that goal was awesome.” The opening goal came in the 18th minute on a corner kick from Scales that found the forehead of the team’s leading scorer, Konrad Warzycha, for his sixth goal of the season. Scales said that he had been working on driving the ball in from the corner instead of bending it in like he had previously. “Konrad’s a big old guy,” Scales said. “It’s pretty easy to find him in there.” OSU coach John Bluem said he thought the game was a little flat, but was ultimately happy his players were able to get a win after a tumultuous stretch. “I hope that we can build from this game,” Bluem said. “It wasn’t our best performance of the year, but the second half early goal like that sure took a lot of the pressure off and made it easy for us.” During the week, Bluem said the main symptom of his team’s struggles came from the lack of scoring up front by the forwards. After not being in the starting lineup, forward Chris Hegngi netted the team’s second goal 21 seconds into the second half. “It’s good for his confidence,” Bluem said. “He didn’t start tonight and maybe that was the fire from him that we needed.” “I hadn’t scored in a few games. You knew it was important to get the second goal, and it was awesome to get that second goal,” Hegngi said. OSU is down to its final stage of the season as it hosts Wisconsin and Big Ten-leading Indiana to wind things down. The Buckeyes came into Wednesday’s game ranked No. 6 in the conference standings and needed the win against Oakland to get back on track heading into such a critical portion of the season. “We need to be better than we are right now if we expect to win games as we get going down the stretch,” Bluem said. “The games get harder and harder at the end of the season and we have to accept that, work harder and push ourselves harder and be ready, mentally and physically for these games.”
Larry Johnson watches the team practice before the Blue and White scrimmage April 20 at Beaver Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of Daily CollegianLarry Johnson is officially an Ohio State Buckeye.OSU made the announcement Wednesday, naming Johnson the next assistant head coach and defensive line coach for the Buckeyes, according to a press release.“I am very pleased that Larry Johnson is an Ohio State Buckeye,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said in the release. “I have great respect for him as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men and as a recruiter. He is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff.”Johnson spent the last 18 years of his career at Penn State, including overseeing the entire defensive line for the last 14 years. He also spent 20 years coaching high school football in Maryland and Virginia, according to the release.“In just a few hours I can tell that Ohio State cares about football,” Johnson said in the release. “There is a winning tradition that is important here. They care about academics and they care about players, and I like the way coach Urban Meyer approaches things. He’s a great teacher. He is very organized and this is what I was looking for.”Johnson is set to replace former Buckeye defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who announced via Twitter Jan. 9 he was leaving OSU to take a job with the Houston Texans of the NFL. Vrabel’s jump to the NFL comes after Houston announced the hiring of former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien Jan. 3.While coaching at Penn State, six of Johnson’s defensive linemen were first-round NFL Draft selections, most recently Jared Odrick in 2010. Johnson also coached seven first-team All-Americans on the defensive line in his time at State College, Pa., including Courtney Brown, who was picked No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft in 2000.Since 1996, Johnson’s first season with the Nittany Lions, no other Big Ten team has had as many players from one position win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year than the five defensive ends Johnson coached.“I am really impressed with the Ohio State players. I just met a group of players, walked out of the room and thought, ‘wow,’ these are kinds of players I want to coach,” Johnson said. “They were really impressive.”Johnson, who grew up in Williamston, N.C., coached a defense that led the nation in sacks from 2005-09. He focuses on fundamentals and forming relationships with the players he coaches, according to the release.“I’m a relationship guy and I think in order to get the best out of your players you have to develop relationships,” Johnson said in a released statement. “I’m also a teacher. I like to teach the basic fundamentals of football. I want guys who are fundamentally sound and have the ability to play fast and to play relentless.”Johnson’s salary was not immediately available Wednesday evening, per OSU. The man he is replacing at OSU, Vrabel, earned a base salary of $291,004 last season, according to the USA TODAY coaches database.According to PennLive, Johnson was offered to remain as defensive line coach for the Nittany Lions by their new head coach — James Franklin — but declined.The Buckeyes are set to open their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is looking to the bright side of things by stating that a squad with no World Cup stars gives the kids the “pre-season of their lives”The Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly lamented the fact that so many so his first-team players are still away on holiday due to their participation at this summer’s World Cup with only a dozen, so far, having returned for pre-season training.Switzerland midfielder Nemanja Matic has now returned to the squad, while new signing Fred and goalkeeper David de Gea are set to join the squad at their US training camp within the week.But United will still have to make do without the likes of World Cup winner Paul Pogba due to reaching the latter stages of the competition.With just 18 days till their Premier League opener against Leicester City, last season’s runners-up will likely have to use academy players like Tahith Chong and James Garner.But Mata is trying to stay positive.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We all know that this is not the squad that is going to be the first-team squad when we start the Premier League in the first game of the season,” said the Spaniard, according to MEN.“But it is what it is. And I like to see it in a positive way, which is so many youngsters are with us.“It speaks very well about how the Manchester United academy is working and it’s an incredible experience for them. So for us, the senior players, it’s about getting some minutes and getting the rhythm of the game.“And for the kids, it’s just the pre-season of their lives, I believe. Because, if I was 19, 20, 18 and I had the chance to play with first-team players of Manchester United, I will definitely try to take my chance.“So, yeah, we are not still all here, but the ones that are here, we are trying to enjoy it as much as we can.”
Juventus director Beppe Marotta believes that they have “put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives.”Juventus is playing their first home game of the season today against Lazio, and Ronaldo was handed his home debut too.Juventus director Marotta is confident that with the signings they have made, that Juventus can win all the trophies they compete for this season.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“In this squad there is no classic divide between first choice and substitutes, they are all co-starters here. We put together a very competitive team because we want to go all the way in all our objectives,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia.“The club supports the work of the Coach on a daily level. The players understand they can’t always start and are all very professional, so the frequent squad rotation allows them all to be in good shape and mentally engaged.“It takes real intelligence to get the players to accept and embrace that situation, certainly more so than in recent years.”