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SA starts the 2010 countdown

first_imgNational flags flew high during celebrations marking 100 days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. There’s no doubt that South Africans are excited about the upcoming World Cup. South Africans are ready to welcome the world with the spirit of ubuntu. An excited South African blowing a kuduzela.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Thembelihle Radebe Media & Communications Public Liaison Department City of Johannesburg +27 11 407-7353 +27 082 377 3747 ThembelihleR@joburg.org.za • Jermaine Craig Media Manager 2010  Local Organising Committee +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 201 0121 jermaine.craig@2010oc.com RELATED ARTICLES • Media wowed by 2010 stadium tour • World Cup 2010? Yes, we can • World Cup fever hits the road • World Cup ticket sales soar • World Cup fever spreads abroad • Goodwill Balls get 2010 rollingBongani NkosiIt’s less than 100 days until the world’s biggest football spectacle kicks off on African soil, and South Africa, the host nation, is gripped by euphoria as it counts down.Photo essay: 100 days to kickoffThe country marked 100 days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup in original local vibe.  Song and dance characterised celebrations in Sandton, Johannesburg, and of course the vuvuzelas blared feverishly.The nation’s flags were hoisted high by many and the green and yellow jerseys of the South African national team signified the nation’s exhilaration.The street event in Sandton, organised by the City of Johannesburg and South Africa Tourism, coincided with other celebrations across the country. From Pretoria to Durban, the country became a hive of excitement in anticipation of the tournament.“[The excitement] is about South Africa and we’re taking it to the world,” musician Brian Temba, who was based in the UK until 2009, said from stage. A number of musicians, including Khanyo Maphumulo, Lulu Dikana, Camagwini, Watershed and many others, brought the stage alive to encapsulate the excitement of South Africans for the long-awaited event.“What an amazing day. It is 100 days to go. We will have an incredible event in South Africa,” said Lupi Ngcayisa, a producer at local radio station Metro fm.Ngcayisa, who runs a charitable campaign supplying underprivileged children with new school shoes, brought the message home to fellow South Africans that their visitors will expect nothing but ubuntu when they arrive in June. “It is up to us to ensure that the people who come here are treated with the utmost respect.”Sorina “The Flooze” Erasmus from popular local soapie 7de Laan was one of the stars of the event and got everyone hyped up about the Diski Dance, a dance style she, like many other South Africans, seems to have perfected.The City of Johannesburg used the day to send a message to the world that it’s ready to welcome them. Johannesburg is the only city in the country that will host matches in two stadiums, Ellis Park and Soccer City, and will stage 15 games including the opening match, a semi-final and the final.City employee Smokey de Clown, as he identified himself, could have easily won a prize for best dressed South African on the day. With a painted face and a strange outfit, designed from his work uniform, De Clown was a real clown, but he had an important message for tourists: “We want to show the world that Joburg is ready. Bring the world cup to Joburg.”Thanks for Football FridaysDavid Mabu is one of those colourful football fanatics who never misses a Bafana Bafana game. Mabu, a staunch Kaizer Chiefs supporter, was visibly excited as he moved and swayed with the singing crowd. “I’m the happiest fan… I’m even happy that South Africans are starting to get excited.“We’re the luckiest generation. This did not happen in our fathers’ time, but it’s happening in 2010,” said Mabu.He’s grateful for Football Fridays, the campaign spearheaded by the International Marketing Council that urges people to wear a football jersey every Friday until the World Cup kicks off. “I’m impressed by whoever created the Football Fridays concept. People are starting to buy Bafana jerseys, that will inspire the team.”Encouraging Bafana BafanaNobody doubts that the nation will get behind Bafana. The vuvuzela has become an unstoppable phenomenon and it will be blaring in support of the team. The nation will sing songs of support and the world will know that “Africa’s time has come, Ke Nako” indeed, as a local slogan goes.“We should encourage Bafana Bafana in whatever way we can,” said Benedict Majatladi from Alexandra.“We know what Bafana needs, they need power. The power inside of you can do wonders,” said singer Lulu Dikana, exhorting the national squad.The main event marking the 100 days remaining to the first match, which sees South Africa and Mexico face off, took place in Durban. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Fifa President Sepp Blatter and about 120 local and international journalists were in attendance.“South Africans are excited for a good reason,” President Jacob Zuma said at an event in the UK. “The World Cup provides an excellent opportunity to promote our country as a place of dynamism, growth and opportunity.”last_img read more

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Call for learners to study maths, science

first_img10 July 2012Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has encouraged those learners who won the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)-MeerKat Schools Competition to study maths and science, saying South Africa needs more people with these skills.Speaking at the awards ceremony in Pretoria on Monday, Pandor told the successful learners that the country needed more scientists. “We want to invest through you.”She also encouraged learners to be innovative so they change the character of South Africa.Learners from Grades 4 to 11 from various schools throughout the country were given an opportunity to enter the SKA-MeerKat competition, and 200 000 competition forms were distributed to various schools, science centres and community centres.The department received over 36 000 entry forms in the primary and high school categories across all nine provinces, where learners had to fill out a form and complete a multiple choice questionnaire based on the SKA project.The aim of the competition was to increase awareness of one of the most exciting engineering and research projects ever undertaken. Prizes included laptops, printers, digital cameras and organised tours to their nearest astronomy observatory.Karobo Melato, a 14-year-old Grade 7 learner at Boiterelo Primary School in Potchefstroom in the North West Province, was one of the learners who won the competition; he told SANews that upon completing matric, he wanted to be a technician in the South African National Defence Force.“I want to operate the big machines in the Defence Force,” he said.South Africa and its partner countries won the bid to host most of the telescope, with 70% of the telescope to be built in Africa and 30% in Australia.Once complete, the SKA will consist of about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over an area of over 3 000km. The core of the telescope will be constructed in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape, with outlying telescope stations throughout South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia and Zambia.The magnitude and sensitivity of the SKA telescope will allow scientists to explore the origins of the first galaxies, stars and planets and the evolution of the universe. It will be able to collect weak cosmic radio signals from the edges of the universe from a time before the first stars and galaxies formed.As the main host of the SKA, South Africa is expected to become a global centre for information technology, fundamental physics, astronomy and high-tech engineering. Top scientists and engineers throughout the world will be attracted to the country’s shores.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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The evolution of Bill Gates

first_imgAhead of the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, to be given on 17 July, the eve of Mandela Day, we profile this year’s speaker, philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. From computer enthusiast, he has transformed himself to crusader for various good causes to improve the world. Bill Gates, who is delivering the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 17 July 2016, has transformed himself from a computer enthusiast to business tycoon and is now a well-respected philanthropist. (Image: Bill Gates, Facebook)Priya PitamberWith what is become his signature look – big, black framed glasses – Bill Gates has become one of the world’s most recognised faces. He has also transformed himself into one of the biggest philanthropists, having started out as a computer enthusiast.Born in 1955 in Seattle, Gates had a supportive family “who encouraged his interest in computers at an early age”, reads the biography on his blog, Gates Notes.He enrolled in Harvard University by 1973, but dropped out to start software company Microsoft with his friend, Paul Allen, in 1975.The pair had a vision of “a computer on every desktop and in every home”. It must have seemed improbable to people in those years. But today it is a reality in many parts of the world as technology is integrated more and more into peoples’ everyday lives.In 2000, Gates and his wife, Melinda, set up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through it, they have been involved in improving the lives of people across the world. It works in many sectors, including HIV/Aids programmes, agricultural development, family planning and financial planning assistance for the poor.Gates left his daily job at Microsoft in 2008, but remains a member of the board and serves as a technology adviser. “These days Bill focuses most of his time on the work he and Melinda are doing through their foundation,” his biography reads.“People are often surprised to hear him say that this work has a lot in common with his work at Microsoft. In both cases, he gets to bring together smart people and collaborate with them to solve big, tough problems.”It adds that Gates is grateful to the foundation’s partners, which help people all over the world live healthier, more productive lives.“Once you’ve found a solution that works, catalytic philanthropy can harness political and market forces to get those innovations to the people who need them most.”Work in AfricaThe foundation does work across the world, including in Africa.Nearly a billion people worldwide are affected by severe hunger and poverty, it says; it has identified agricultural development to help farmers who rely on tiny plots of land for their food and some income.“Our goal is to help these farming families produce more food and increase their income, while preserving the land for future generations,” the foundation explains.Watch:Eradicating malaria is another priority for the foundation. It has also placed importance on increased resistance to drugs and insecticides.“To date, we have committed nearly $2-billion (about R30-billion) in grants to combat malaria,” the foundation’s website reads. “In addition, we have committed more than $1.6-billion to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which provides about 50% of international funding for malaria control worldwide. We also advocate for sustained and increased funding of malaria-related efforts by donor governments and endemic countries.”This progression map shows how the use of bed nets has helped to reduce cases of malaria in Africa:Beautiful map showing progress against malaria—and how much work we still have to do. pic.twitter.com/IYkBQrZNiH— Bill Gates (@BillGates) July 3, 2016These statistics record the progress in the fight against malaria:HIV/Aids is another area of focus for the foundation. New HIV infections have fallen by more than 20% in the past decade, it says, but there is further work to be done.“The foundation is working to make lasting reductions in HIV infections and extend the lives of people living with HIV by supporting research and development into vaccines and anti-retroviral-based prevention products, promoting broader-scale use of proven prevention methods, expanding service delivery, and improving diagnostic tools and treatments.”Watch:In remembering Nelson Mandela after his death, Gates recalled the former leader’s courageous stand against apartheid. “But we came to know him personally for a different reason: the fight against HIV/Aids,” he wrote.Gates recollected how Mandela took former US president Jimmy Carter and Gates’s father, William H Gates Sr, to a clinic that cared for babies born with HIV during their visit to South Africa. Mandela picked up a baby, as did the two American visitors. The photographs from that event were influential, Gates said, because Mandela led by example.“It sent a powerful message: that people did not need to be afraid of touching a person with HIV,” he wrote. Bill Gates remembers Nelson Mandela fondly. (Image: Gates Notes)“It was just one small step, and we still have a long way to go in the fight against Aids. But Nelson Mandela played a crucial role in the progress we have made so far. I will never forget the example that he set.”Millions of people with HIV are receiving treatment, & the Global Fund is a big reason why: https://t.co/bfEqqHBJ5j pic.twitter.com/ZUqL58pu84— Bill Gates (@BillGates) July 1, 2016The foundation also works in family planning and financial services to the poor.LectureGates will deliver the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on the eve of Mandela Day, on 17 July 2016 at the University of Pretoria.last_img read more

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Minimum qualifications for coop. societies’ polls

first_imgRajasthan has become the country’s first State to lay down the minimum educational qualifications for contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies. The State Cooperative Societies Rules, 2003, were amended for the purpose and notified on Monday.State Cooperative Minister Ajay Singh Kilak said here on Tuesday that the new rules would benefit about 10,000 cooperative and agricultural credit societies. “The benefit of education will accrue to the societies with their management going to expert hands,” he said.The educational qualifications will range from Class V to Class VIII for election as members of governing boards of dairy societies, farming societies, consumer societies, weavers’ societies, housing construction societies, urban banks, primary land development banks, credit societies, salary earners’ societies and cooperative unions.Mr. Kilak said elections to various posts in the societies after a certain level would be conducted through the State Cooperative Election Authority. A new poll calendar will be issued to facilitate the holding of elections under the new rules.last_img read more

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Magic Johnson wants Jordan Clarkson to win NBA 6th Man award next season

first_imgLATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games With talks of winning the league’s most prestigious award for a substitute, Johnson couldn’t help but compare Clarkson to his former “Showtime” stablemate, Michael Cooper.“Like I want Jordan (Clarkson) to do, Michael Cooper won the Sixth Man Award a couple times, and he was All-Defense every single year, because the boy was a bad, bad basketball player, such an unbelievable player,” he said.“He was our sixth man, but you would believe he was our starter. And, he was on the court in the fourth quarter, sometimes it doesn’t matter if you start or not, it’s whether you’re in the game in the 4th quarter and guess who’s supposed to be in the game in the 4th quarter?” Magic added.During his first three seasons in the league, Clarkson put up solid numbers of 14.7 points, 2.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals.His flexibility to play both guard spots has been a ray of light for the California-based franchise, which Magic believes will translate even more in his incoming fourth year.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Jordan Clarkson  APThe signing of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope last month was certainly a welcome addition to the Los Angeles Lakers’ upstart core.However, it could also be a signal for Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson to most likely come off the bench at the shooting guard position.ADVERTISEMENT Despite potentially logging in fewer minutes next season, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson believes Clarkson will continue to be a vital cog for the team.The player-turned-executive bared his lofty expectations for the 25-year-old former second-round pick and even issued a personal challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I have challenged him because I want him to be Sixth Man of the Year,” Johnson described Clarkson to Serena Winters of Lakers Nation.“I’ve challenged him to play like that, I think he has the potential, the talent, he’s worked hard this summer,” he said. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “Now we’re excited about our season. He’s gonna play a major role in us being a better team this year,” Magic said of Clarkson.“We felt we put some weapons around him that would even make his game better.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Magic Johnson has no regrets trading D’Angelo RussellSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bolt wants to go out ‘unbeatable’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more