Azkals forge tie with Yemenis, inch closer toward AFC Asian Cup slot

first_imgWith four regular starters out due to injuries, Dooley tinkered with his lineup, giving JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane a surprise start at central defense, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re going to close the deal in Nepal,” vowed Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We came here to win, but at least we didn’t lose. We’re very happy with the point.”“The team didn’t deserve to go home with a loss. The spirit was great, the preparation was great for this game. I’m actually satisfied overall.”Tawfik Ali put Yemen ahead with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.The Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Phil Younghusband, who took a touch for Mulders.Ott managed to stay onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals found the equalizer right at the death.ADVERTISEMENT CIMB Classic: Pagunsan assured of P.65 million Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES FILE  Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netSummoning its old, fighting form, the Philippines moved within a whisker of an AFC Asian Cup spot after salvaging a 1-1 draw with Yemen Tuesday night at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.For the second straight game, the Azkals needed a late goal to secure a point against the Yemenis as Mike Ott struck in the 89th minute to keep the Filipinos in pole position in Group F, where the top two sides will qualify for the tournament in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai second division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.The result increased the Azkals’ tally to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen, which play against each other in November in Dushanbe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Azkals can seal qualification in the continent’s showpiece tournament with a victory over Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.With only a point to show from its first four matches, the Nepalese are virtually out of the running for an AFC Cup berth. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Significant apprehension nationally and internationally

first_imgDear Editor,There is a direct relationship between the operations of a Government of any country, and its functions to influence governance approaches that are binding on citizens, partnerships with other States, as well as national and international business arrangements.The foundation of such arrangements is enshrined in the Constitution of a State, as it informs the basis under which current and future behavioral norms of any Government is premised. Unconstitutionality in this realm is therefore intolerable!The consequences for breaches of these central Constitutional pillars will not only undermine the current relationships and existing obligations of the State, but will be dire for all futuristic arrangements as it informs a defining framework of untrustworthiness and uncertainty. Such an unpredictable environment feeds illegitimacy, and fuels circumstances under which only the few in Government can benefit.Under the globally accepted democratic formula to which Guyana is constitutionally committed, things have become glaringly abnormal. There is now significant apprehension nationally and internationally, given the surreptitious delaying signals from the fallen of the APNU/AFC Government in response to the passing of the historic No-Confidence Motion in the Nationally Assembly on December 21, 2018.Today, imminent personalities and prominent Organisations both nationally and internationally, are justifiably demanding the activation of the mechanism for the holding of General and Regional Elections within ninety days as instructed by the Guyana Constitution. The immediate resignation of the Cabinet prescribed by Section 106 of the Constitution implies and infers a meaning of immediate suspension of forward functionality by the Principals of this Government Organ. The President is also committed to resign his individual portfolio on the election of a President following elections held in the prescribed period.It is implicit that during this period, Ministers, Prime Minister as well as the persons who formed the Cabinet, would have lost their portfolio. We should refer to them by their respective names only! These rude, abusive and disrespectful persons must face the citizens at the ensuing polls and be held accountable for their activities that informed the loss of confidence by the majority of citizens.Amidst the high tension and the debacle of our citizens’ exposure to the significant incompetence of this APNU/AFC cabal, it is indeed very heartening to see that Guyanese are responding to this present political situation very sensibly.Observably, our people are demonstrating the will to charter their own destiny, and not leave it in the hands of a few self-aggrandising and uncaring individuals. Citizens are going about their daily lives with cool, and waiting for the constitutionally instructive period to change this trespassing APNU/AFC Government by March 19, 2019. Guyanese must not allow our country to have an unconstitutional Government and our citizens have issued the eviction notice.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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WPA and its no-membership status

first_imgDear Editor,Peeping Tom was quite accurate in his pronouncement that the WPA is a “Paper Tiger”. The facts will show that today they have almost no membership. Today, like political “con artists”, they present themselves as an idea, but this is all a ploy to sell themselves as some political force to be reckoned with, when reality would illustrate that this idea that they continually refer to died with Dr Walter Rodney. So all this hot air today from people like Dr David Hinds cannot be reconciled with grounded facts.But Dr Hinds’s utterances expose an agenda that definitely fosters ethnic supremacy. If one dissects carefully his messages, one would find they are hollow and devoid of any bold political solutions that can aid in unleashing the full potential of our people. What Dr. Hinds is prepared to do today is support these “lumpen” bourgeoisie, who are prepared to put forward names like Kads Khan or Stanley Ming as GECOM Chairman, knowing fully well that these people were both key participants of the PNC campaign from 2001 and beyond.Whatever little principle Dr Hinds has left, it appears he is prepared to consecrate it at the altar of political opportunism, all in the interest of ethnic supremacy of a few, as confirmed in his “Hinds’ Sight” Column on July 7, 2019.But what Dr. Hinds does not tell this nation is that, since June 2015, the ethnic group that he pretends to support did not advance economically under this Granger Government, now JUNTA. If one were to walk in villages like Victoria, Manchester on the Corentyne, and so many other villages, one would see with one’s own eyes evidence of the economic decay over the last four (4) years; yet, the likes of Dr Hinds want these people to bear their economic pain and march with the Granger JUNTA, all in the name of marching with your “kith and kin”.What Dr Hinds is not telling these people is those pertinent facts on how many million were lost to the treasury since January 2019 because members of this Granger JUNTA used the sweat and earnings of these very same people in Victoria and their brothers in Enmore to pay for their duty-free items.What he is not telling these people is that, while 50,000 of their families have to wait for 2 years or more for their “quarter of an acre of land”, some 20 “close men” in the Granger JUNTA have transferred some 23,000 acres of land from the State to their personal assets.While I have nothing against any Guyanese owning oil blocks, like Eric Phillips, when the process lacks transparency and has resulted in these very same people in Victoria losing millions in potential wealth, I have no choice but to reject such financial skulduggery and plunder.If you look carefully at Dr Hinds’s message, he has deviously attempted to vary the narrative away from the political dishonesty and legal evil that is being practised by this Granger JUNTA today. What Dr. Hinds offers them instead is an illusionary bag of gold that will never become a reality once this Granger JUNTA stays in power.That is why the question posed by Dr. Hinds is extremely dangerous. The question: “How the politicians plan to manage the expected collective wealth”, while it is a valid question in a stable political environment, it remains dangerous in the current political dispensation, because it attempts to play mind games with the people. There is nothing in this oil revenue for the people of Victoria if this heist on the treasury continues by this Granger JUNTA.Dr Hinds’s latest political deception is that there needs to be a credible voters’ list, and he cautions the CCJ to take care. But let me expose his subterfuge: The evidence will show that, since 1992, Guyana has had credible voters’ lists on every occasion. Since 2008, when the last House-to-House Registration was done, there has not been one attempt at voter fraud (e.g. someone voted twice, or someone fraudulently impersonating a legitimate voter). Not ONE! But yet Dr. Hinds parrots the usual line that the list is not credible, which is nothing but an untruth.Since 2008, there have been Continuous Registration and four (4) Claims and Objections processes, which all contributed to a list that is as clean as is practically possible. These updated lists have served four (4) elections excellently. Even an international not-for-profit entity (IDEA) provided a study that reveals that Guyana has one of the cleanest voters’ lists in the Caribbean. Yet Dr. Hinds has the nerve to attempt to lecture this nation on the credibility of the list.One famous philosopher once said it is the intellectuals who destroy the seeds of good and fertilise the seeds of evil that grow up to ruin mankind. Dr Hinds’s actions aptly support this prognosis.We, the people, must never trust the words of Dr David Hinds, since most of his utterances prove that he is unfit and not credible to be an independent commentator. His only game plan is to mislead, and we must not fall victim to this game, which is grounded in the supremacy of one group over another.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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QPR keen to tie up permanent deal for on-loan Juventus star

first_imgQPR could tie up a permanent deal with Juventus for on loan star Mauricio Isla in January, according to reports in Italy.The Chilean international has performed well since joining the R’s in August and Harry Redknapp could exercise the option in his contract to sign the 26-year-old permanently, before his year-long loan expires next summer.And now, sources in Italy suggest Isla wants to move to the Premier League on a full-time basis and a bid of up to £8m could help QPR land the attacking full back.Isla has made nine Premier League appearances for the R’s this term and Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the west London club have the right to buy the defender for an agreed fee. 1 Mauricio Isla in action for QPR last_img

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LADIES FOOTBALL: COUNTY U13 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgTHE County U-13 girls gaelic football county championship got underway at the weekend with 24 clubs competing in this year’s thriving competition.Here are the results from the 4 Groups – with next week’s fixtures for each team. Clubs can send team pix from upcoming games to info@donegaldaily.com. Clubs should also note that games scheduled for September 26 (All-Ireland Ladies Final Weekend) will now go ahead the following Saturday, October 3.Group 1 August 29:N Padraig Muff defeated BuncranaMoville defeated N Colmcille Newtown (played Monday)Urris defeated Carndonagh Next up in Group 1 – September 5N Colmcille v BuncranaCarndonagh v N Padraig MuffUrris v MovilleGroup 2 August 29Na Dunaibh defeated St Mary’s ConvoySt Eunan’s defeated GlenswillyTermon defeated Red Hughs (played Sunday) Next up in Group 2 September 5St Mary’s Convoy v St Eunan’sTermon v Na DunaibhRed Hughs v GlenswillyGroup 3 August 29N Conaill defeated Aodh RuadhSt Naul’s defeated KillybegsFour Masters defeated N ColumbaNext up in Group 3 – September 5Killybegs v Aodh RuadhFour Masters v N ConaillN Columba v St Naul’sGroup 4 August 29Dungloe defeated Termon BMac Cumhaills defeated Gaoth DobhairGlenfin defeated CloughaneelyNext up in Group 4 – September 5Mac Cumhaills v DungloeCloughaneely v Termon BGlenfin v Gaoth DobhairLADIES FOOTBALL: COUNTY U13 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: August 31st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalLadies FootballLGFAU13slast_img read more

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MINISTER JOE McHUGH ON DUNGLOE JOBS: ‘THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR DONEGAL’

first_imgMinister Joe McHughMinister Joe McHugh has welcomed news of a €25m investment by Randox Teoranta and increase in jobs to over 500 by 2020 in Dungloe.Minister of State for the Gaeltacht told Donegal Daily a few moments ago: “I am delighted to welcome today’s announcement by Randox Teoranta that they are investing €25m in their Dungloe plant, with the potential of increasing jobs from 66 to 540 by 2020.“This is a great day for Dungloe and for Donegal. “I had an opportunity a number of weeks back along with my colleagues in Udarus to see first hand the cutting edge work which is taking place in Dungloe. This was a great insight and I was delighted to meet so many people from my own County working there, including my own parish.“I would like to commend the dedicated Management Team for their enterprise and energy in driving forward an industry that will be leading and competing on the world stage.“There is no doubt that this investment by Randox today will have benefits for the whole North West region. This commitment to the surrounding communities will act as a new roadmap, allowing us to position the region as a centre of excellence in the fields of engineering and life sciences. And the relationship between the third level sectors will be critical to driving forward the ambitious plans here in Dungloe.“I would like to acknowledge the great spirit of co-operation between Randox and Udarus na Gaeltacht and I know this partnership will go from strength to strength as this development expands over the coming years. I also want to commend Udarus for their dedication to job creation over a number of difficult years and I intend to do all I can to help support this essential work. “This is a very good day for Randox and an equally good day for County Donegal. I had an opportunity a fortnight ago to reach out to our diaspora in Boston and inform them that there are opportunities in Dungloe in the field of engineering and life sciences. Too many of our young people have had to emigrate over the past number of years. With that in mind I would like to congratulate all involved who are trying to reverse that trend.” MINISTER JOE McHUGH ON DUNGLOE JOBS: ‘THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR DONEGAL’ was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:500 jobsdonegaljobsJoe McHughMinisterrandoxTDlast_img read more

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Exoplanets Are Young, Too

first_imgObservations cause a major upset in planet formation theory, and the time needed for evolution.Two days ago, we reported the evidence for youth in Saturn’s rings and moons (19 Dec 2018). A new report from Science Magazine extends this youth out to the planets around other stars. Daniel Clery, in his article “Hints of young planets puzzle theorists,” gives observational evidence that the long-standing “core accretion” model for planet formation is wrong. At least 20 exoplanets have dust disks that can’t be as old as expected. Keep in mind that planetary scientists still make ‘reckless drafts on the bank of time’ (2 July 2007) as do the geologists, tossing around millions and billions of years like politicians with OPM (other people’s money). In this quote, Clery sounds like a politician realizing there’s not enough revenue for his favorite program.HL Tau, a mere stripling of a star no more than 1 million years old, was swaddled in a surprise. Four years ago, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile revealed gaps in a bright disk of dust around HL Tau—apparently swept clean by unseen planets that had formed millions of years earlier than astronomers thought possible. But now, an ALMA survey of 20 disks around nearby young stars suggests the precocious planets around HL Tau are no anomalies—a result that will keep theorists busy for years.There aren’t enough cloths to swaddle the baby. How big a surprise is this? Clery quotes an astronomer:“It’s spectacular,” says Joshua Winn of Princeton University. “We will never think about disks in the same way.”The findings appear to falsify the favored core accretion theory. “The process is expected to be slow, taking millions of years to play out.” These exoplanets are too young for that. Many of the cleared lanes are farther out than Neptune is from the sun, Clery says, adding to the problem, because there should be a paucity of dust at those distances.Planetary Science: the myth that dust bunnies turn into real bunnies, given billions of years.The evidence takes away support for core accretion theory and hands it to the “heretical” theory called disk instability. How fast is that process?An alternative model relying on unstable ripples or clumps in the disk that collapse under their own gravity can make planets faster, especially large ones in distant orbits. But Marco Tazzari, of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, notes that the survey found few spiral arms—signs of disk instabilities—in the disks. “There are many structures we cannot account for,” he says.The astronomers only see the lanes cleared of dust, not any planets themselves. Their proposed solution? Futureware. “To untangle these issues, astronomers need additional observations,” Clery writes. At least they are looking now, instead of just modeling. Clery’s article illustrates the latest revision of Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong has already gone wrong.” Scientists are just finding it with the ALMA Telescope. It also illustrates H. L. Mencken’s conjecture, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”Both theories, therefore, don’t seem to work. And what about the rocky, inner planets? Disk instability is not as helpful in those cases.Ashes to Ashes and Dust to DustAt New Scientist, Leah Crane demoted our planet by saying, “Earth may be made up of rocks blasted by gusts of solar wind.” Don’t you feel better now? Our response should be, “If you say it MAY be, it also MAY NOT be. How do you know?” She sings the old Bob Dylan ballad, “The answer, my friend, is…’The solar wind consists of ions, not rocks.Earth may have started as dust in the wind. Unlike in many other stellar systems we’ve seen, the area close to our sun is empty. That may be because early in the solar system’s formation, the solar wind blew rocks near the sun into the area where Mercury, Venus, and Earth eventually formed.That’s odd; we know a lot about the solar wind, and our sun isn’t blowing chunks these days. For cover, Crane runs to Christopher Spalding at Yale University, who has a “simulation.” If you start with the right size pebbles, he says, and if the sun was more active in the past, and if Jupiter contributed its gravity – then rocks 100 meters and smaller “may have acted as building blocks for these rocky worlds.” They “may have,” he says, but he’s cheating. Getting dust to grow into pebbles by accretion is one of the big hurdles in planet formation theories (28 June 2018). At least the ALMA team had observations, not just simulations.Readers, please realize that secular astronomers believed the core accretion model for decades. And before that, textbooks routinely taught the planetesimal hypothesis. And centuries before that Laplace presented the nebular hypothesis, for which he famously told Napoleon it had no need of God. Well, now we have telescopes that fail to confirm it, and the recent “alternative hypothesis” of disk instability isn’t looking too good, either. Let’s put the findings together in a logical way. If exoplanets form quickly, then Saturn formed quickly. If Saturn’s rings and moons are young, then Saturn is young. If Saturn is young, the solar system is young. If the earth is young, then Charlie & Charlie* were wrong; life must have been created. Tell me, theistic evolutionists, why you feel so compelled to abandon Genesis and desire the company of people who keep turning out to be wrong? Don’t you believe Psalm 119:99? “I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.”*Lyell, Darwin.Recommended resources: Michael Denton is neither a Christian nor a creationist, but his recent books The Wonder of Water (see the video), and Children of Light (hear his podcast) make a compelling case that our universe, our star, and our planet were intended for beings like us. Isaiah said as much long ago. “For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain [i.e., by random forces or the Stuff Happens Law], Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:18).For your amusement, here are some Murphy’s Laws that seem appropriate to the story:If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.Whether things can go wrong or not, it depends on your frame of reference. Regardless of your frame of reference, things will go wrong anyway.Two wrongs don’t make a right. It usually takes three or four.If your action has a 50% possibility of being correct, you will be wrong 75% of the time.Anything that can’t possibly in a million years go wrong, will go wrong.The probability that something can go wrong is directly proportional to the square of the amount of inconvenience it can cause you.The only time something’s right is when everyone agrees its wrong. (Visited 594 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ireland boost for SA housing

first_img16 January 2008The Irish government has approved a €5-million (about R50-million) grant for building township houses in South Africa, visiting Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern announced on Monday.Ahern said the Irish government’s development agency, Irish Aid, would give the money to the Niall Mellon Township Trust, created by Irish philanthropist Niall Mellon to build homes for impoverished South Africans.“It is up to all of us who care about the future of South Africa to take responsibility and do our bit,” Ahern said during an official visit to the Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town site where Mellon’s charity is on the verge of completing 330 homes.So far, 239 families have moved out of ramshackle homes in the area into their new brick houses, with the Niall Mellon Townships Initiative aiming to complete 450 homes in the impoverished part of the huge township.The house-building charity has also homes elsewhere in cape Town, and is already well known by the Imizamo Yethu community of Hout Bay in Cape Town for providing many families there with decent homes.Mellon, whose charity began building homes for impoverished South Africans six years ago, accompanied Ahern, Irish Minister of State for Overseas Development Michael Kitt, and Ireland’s ambassador to South Africa, Colin Wrafter, on a tour of Freedom Park.Ahern visited the shack of the Van Schalkwyk family on the edge of the Freedom Park site, in which they have been living for almost 10 years, before viewing the Garden of Hope and the community centre, built by 1 370 Irish volunteers last year.Speaking to reporters and the entourage afterwards, Ahern said he expected that the van Schalkwyk family would be living in a modern brick home before long.This year, the Niall Mellon Township Trust aims to recruit 2 008 volunteers from Ireland to come and spend a week in the area in November and build more homes, and will be chartering seven aircraft to bring them over from Ireland.Already, 3 000 volunteers – drawn from almost every village on the small island of Ireland – have been to South Africa to contribute towards the government’s objective of providing decent homes for all South Africa.This was part of “a deep-rooted desire by Irish people to do their part”, Mellon said.Mellon added that the charity had expanded dramatically in recent years and that he would be removing his name from it at the end of this year in acknowledgement of the efforts of the volunteers and members of the recipient communities.Since its inception in 2002, the charity has built more than 5 000 houses for shack-dwellers, and now provides employment for almost 2 000 people in South Africa, most of them from the townships in which it is working.The charity is hoping to have built 7 000 houses by the end of this year.“It is very difficult to build a good school and send a child home to a shack and expect them to do well academically,” Mellon said.Greeted with applause from the community a song from a group of toddlers, Ahern later escorted a disabled woman, Joyce Saal, and her niece into their new home and handed them the keys.The Irish prime minister said that Ireland was now in sixth position in the world in terms of its aid per capita, adding that the Irish government was committed to reaching the industrialised nations’ target of providing 0.7 percent of GDP to development assistance, and to “stay there at that level of aid”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Fifa gives Zuma his ref’s certificate

first_img30 June 2009In the unlikely event of an injury to a referee during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa has a ready replacement – in President Jacob Zuma, who’s just been given a special award by Fifa for refereeing on Robben Island during his years as a political prisoner.Zuma refereed for the Makana Football Association, which ran a soccer league for political prisoners on Robben Island, between 1965 and 1973.Fifa president Sepp Blatter conferred the special award on Zuma on Sunday, the final day of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.“It is a historical moment for Fifa to have a former referee of Robben Island in Mr Jacob Zuma,” Blatter said. “As such, we have decided that you are an International Referee, and that is why we have prepared a special certificate for you.”“Thank you so much, I appreciate it,” Zuma replied. “This brings back memories of my young days, when I could still play and referee!”For years on Robben Island, political prisoners had to fight for the right to play football, with men secretly playing the game in their cells with balls made of pieces of paper, cardboard and rags tied together with string.The island’s authorities finally gave in, granting inmates the right to play football in 1965. The prisoners then built their own goals, and would swap their drab prison garb to play in the colours of their teams on Saturdays.The Makana FA was formed in 1966. It was a football association which adhered strictly to Fifa’s statutes and laws of the game. On 18 July 2007, Makana FA became the first Fifa honorary member association.Among the best players on the island were the likes of Kgalema Motlanthe, currently Deputy President of South Africa. Dikgang Moseneke, now a Constitutional Court judge, was on Makana FA’s disciplinary committee.SAinfo reporter and Fifa.comlast_img read more

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R44m facelift for Mpumalanga reserves

first_img19 December 2012 Plans are under way to give the nature reserves in the South African Lowveld’s Panorama a R44-million facelift from next year, says Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. “The emergency fund will be used to upgrade the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, Manyeleti Reserve, Loskop Dam Nature Reserve and Songimvelo Reserve,” Mabuza said. However, the Blyde River Canyon will enjoy preference and renovations will start as soon as possible.” He said the renovations in the Blyde River Canyon will be done on Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, “Drie Rondawels” and Lowveld Views and River Falls. Bourke’s Luck Potholes will get a new entrance gate which will accommodate buses without obstructing the road. A restaurant will be opened with a capacity of 50 seats, and reconstruction of an eco-centre with new animal trophies, lighting and geological features will begin. Ablution facilities, offices and guest houses will also be upgraded and new boreholes will be drilled for water supply. God’s Window, just outside Graskop, will also have a new entrance gate, parking areas, walkways and view site railings. Potholes around “Drie Rondawels” and Lowveld Views will be patched and the road repaired. Walkways and railings to view sites will be installed and ablution facilities will be built, and River Falls will have new curio stalls and ablution facilities as well. Mabuza said the upgrading will also help the historic town, Pilgrim’s Rest, get back on its feet. He said the Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Department had been tasked with ensuring Pilgrim’s Rest is restored. “This campaign is targeting the festive season travellers from Gauteng and appealing to their travel needs of a tranquil and relaxed holiday,” said Mabuza. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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