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Give me your hand

first_imgGive me your hand,Let me hold fast unto it;So that you’ll lift me up,From where I stand!Lift me up from where I stand,With your bold strong hand,O, you mighty one,And stand me up firm!You’re the source of my inspirationThe fountain of my imagination;Bless the works of my handAnd take them to another level!Print my works on the “sand of time”That generations unborn will come to see;And appreciate this inborn gift of yours,Which I’ve cultivated and cherished yet forlorn!Give me your handLet me clench unto itFor I am counting on you, O, mighty oneWho bestowed this enviable gift of meAnd let my works not be forlorned!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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South Africa’s 2010 venues on target

first_imgAll eyes are on Johannesburg’s Soccer City, which will be the centre of the universe in just 16 months when it hosts both the opening ceremony and 2010 World Cup final. A recent major storm in Nelspruit resulted in some minor damage to the Mbombela Stadium, affecting 10 precast seating beams and one roof bay. However, the project is 60% complete, and is also on target to meet its deadlines. Former Dutch Sport Minister Erica Terpstra is rarely short of words, but when she led a delegation representing 37 Dutch companies on a 2010 World Cup Trade Mission to South Africa late last year, she was left speechless by Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium. Again, project managers say they are satisfied with the progress and that the venue is now 67% complete. 16 January 2009 Like most of South Africa’s World Cup stadiums, Durban is firmly on track to meet its Fifa deadlines. The next step will be the construction of the compression ring, which will give the roof, bowl and arch the strength required to hold it together. Project managers say they are on target to meet all their deadlines. Cape Town’s Green Point stadium – the other semi-final venue – is now framed by a massive compression ring which will support the glass roof which is now being constructed in New York. That’s one less thing for South Africa to worry about with the biggest single-code sporting event in the world – let’s not mince words: the biggest spectator event in the world, period – looming fast. Of course, there have been some hiccups. Port Elizabeth is still licking its wounds after missing its deadlines for June’s Confederations Cup, but city officials say they have now set their sights on “the big one”, and that the stadium is 70% complete. In a nutshell, the army of architects, planners and construction workers tasked with building some of the finest stadiums in the world (in record time) are producing the goods. “Of all the stadiums we saw, that one is special – it would turn heads anywhere,” Terpstra said. All major refurbishments to the Confederations Cup stadiums – the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, and Ellis Park in Johannesburg – have been completed. In addition, the grass pitch is already being manicured on a farm in the Boland! This week, the last piece of the massive Y-shaped arch above the stadium was inserted to complete the 105 metre-high structure which has changed the city’s skyline. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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Qantas expects bumper annual profit of up to $A1.4 billion

first_imgAustralian carrier Qantas is predicting another bumper full-year underlying pre-tax profit of $A1.35 billion to $A1.4 billion, making it the second highest in the airline’s history.In a trading update released after the market closed, the airline said it had seen an improving performance from its domestic operations and a “slight moderation” in the challenging conditions facing it in the international market.The result compares to an underlying profit of $A1.53 billion and a net profit of $1.03 billion in 2015-16.“Last year we posted the highest earnings in Qantas’ history and our guidance today would make this year’s underlying profit the second best in almost 100 years. It shows we’re able to keep performing in a mixed global environment,” chief executive Alan Joyce said.“Between our domestic flying businesses, Qantas and Jetstar, and Loyalty we are delivering solid earnings growth.“Internationally it’s still tough, with high levels of capacity growth pushing fares down, but we’ve seen those conditions ease slightly. Because of the work we’ve done to transform Qantas and expand into growth markets, our international businesses are navigating the headwinds better than our key competitors.”Group revenue was down 1.4 per cent to $A3.96 billion in the third quarter and unit revenue was down 1.8 per cent.Domestic unit revenue rose 4.6 per cent compared to the third quarter last year as the airline reduced capacity by 3.7 per cent, including a 19 per cent reduction in the resource sector.It expects the positive trend to continue in the fourth quarter.The airline said tough conditions that have seen other airlines in the Asia-pacific record big profit falls had eased slightly in the third quarter as capacity growth in the broader market slowed.International unit revenue was down by 5.6 per cent year-on-year on a group international capacity increase of 2.2 per cent but the airline said it expected the decline to continue moderating in the fourth quarter as the capacity growth from competitors dropped from high first-half levels to around 5 per cent.“Taking this into account the Qantas Group expects to report an Underlying Profit Before Tax in the range of $1.35 billion to $1.40 billion for the financial year 2017,’’ it said.“This reflects improving performance from group domestic and Qantas Loyalty partially offsetting a relatively weaker, but resilient, group International performance in a highly competitive market.’’The airline said the guidance did not include the impact of bond rate movements which would have an adverse non-cash impact on the underlying profit of $A25 million.last_img read more

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LeT behind killing of J&K youth: police

first_imgHundreds of people participated in the funeral of a cable operator who was killed in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Sunday. The police on Monday claimed that militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was behind the incident.“On the basis of reliable inputs, LeT militants Waseem Shah and Nazim Dar are behind it. A manhunt has been launched to nab them,” said a police official. The bullet-ridden body of Gowhar Ahmad Dar, a resident of Shopian’s Urpora, was found from Humhona Mulberry. Dar, a student, also worked as a cable operator. Hizbul Mujahideen also condemned the civilian killing. “Kashmiri youth with freedom loving spirit always remain on the radar of government agencies. There is a hand of the (security) agencies in it,” said a Hizb spokesman. Meanwhile, a Hizb militant, identified as Shahid Ahmad Wani, was arrested from Shopian’s Zainapora village. “One Chinese pistol, nine rounds, one magazine and a vehicle were seized,” said the police.last_img read more