first_imgImage Courtesy: USA TodayAdvertisement zgcrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs86eaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eety0f( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7f8g5odbWould you ever consider trying this?😱4yo2pCan your students do this? 🌚ci1Roller skating! Powered by Firework Frank de Boer, the current manager at Major League Soccer side Atlanta United FC has expressed his opinion about the ongoing debate over equal pay for men and women in Football, and believes it to be nonsense.Advertisement Image Courtesy: USA TodayFollowing the recent decision of Royal Dutch Football Association to equalize the salaries of male and female footballers representing the international teams, the former Netherlands international stated his own opinion on the matter.In an interview with The Guardian, the former Crystal Palace gaffer said that he supports equal wage for both genders in general, but not in sports.Advertisement “I think for me, it’s ridiculous. It’s the same like tennis. If there are watching, for the World Cup final, 500 million people or something like that, and 100 million for a women’s final, that’s a difference. So it’s not the same.” the Dutchman said.“And of course they have to be paid what they deserve to earn and not less, just what they really deserve. If it’s just as popular as the men, they will get it, because the income and the advertising will go into that. But it’s not like that, so why do they have to earn the same? I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t understand that.” the 49 year old added.Advertisement Back in March, a lawsuit on gender discrimination was filed against U.S. Soccer Federation by the U.S. Women’s National Team, the winners of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, regarding their salary.Megan Rapinoe, who plays as a winger for the National Team and captains Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, was the first to raise her voice on the matter.“I don’t know if there was a tipping point, but the feeling was that this was the next best step for us to put us in the best possible position to continue to fight for what we believe is right and what the law recognizes.” the 2012 London Olympics gold medal winner said.“And to try to achieve equality under the law, equal working conditions, equal working pay. It goes far beyond equal pay into the working conditions as well.” the 34 year old added. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgMarch 6 is not an ordinary day for Real Madrid. It’s our birthday. On a day like today in 1902, this historic club was created, initially named Madrid Foot-Ball Club. Brothers Juan and Carlos Padrós (both Catalan crib), as well as Julian Palacios (Madrid), were the supporters of his pregnancy. They did not imagine the great work they were building, as demonstrated by being chosen in 2000 as Best Club of the 20th Century.It never went down. Madrid is characterized by the white color of all its equipment and, of course, the fact of being, together with Barça and Athletic, the only team that has ever tasted the misfortune of descending to Second. Since the National League started in 1929 Madrid has always been there, competing and accumulating more titles than anyone: 33. But whites have forged their legend thanks to the European Cup, competition in which it is hegemonic with 13 titles, almost double its immediate competitor (Milan, 7). His five conquests followed at the start of this competition (1956-60) cemented the world dimension of the club, thanks to the unparalleled work of Santiago Bernabeu, in the offices, and of Alfredo Di Stefano, on the pitch. I do not forget Puskas (which was reinvented despite arriving at 31) or of Paco Gento, the only player who can boast of having won six European Cups.In these 118 years of life, Madrid has managed to be the club with the most supporters on the planet (about 600 million followers) and has earned a reputation that has valued until its last executioner, Pep Guardiola: “Their players feel a failure not to win the Champions League. There is no one better than them in this competition …”. Amen to everything. Real Madrid, happy 118th birthday!last_img read more

first_img– M&CC seeking to acquire own garbage trucks by 2018Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal have resumed their garbage collection services across the city, following talks with the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green made the official announcement duringGeorgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Greena press briefing Wednesday at City Hall on Regent Street.“I am happy to say that as I speak they have resumed duties, both contractors have resumed work,” Mayor Chase Green said.The garbage collectors on Friday, June 7 pulled their service from Georgetown over the M&CC’s failure to pay them more than $300 million owed since 2015.The Mayor explained that the M&CC was still in negotiations with both Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal towards working out a strategy for settling that outstanding debts.She also said that the Council was taking steps to avoid having a similar disruption of garbage service in the future.The Council will be seeking to boost its capacity to better deliver the service itself, the Mayor said. “A team has been set up to look at all the details of our new plan into having our own garbage trucks, even if we start with one or two come 2018, so we can move forward in that direction,” she explained.However, the Mayor noted that several things would have to be in place beforeDirector of Solid Waste, Walter Narinethis could happen. Some of those things include the M&CC having their own workshop and employees to maintain their vehicles.Director of Solid Waste, Walter Narine was also in agreement with the Mayor of the need for the city to strengthen its solid waste collection capacity.“We do not foresee 10 to 15 years from now private contractors doing garbage collection for the city, because we have to save cost; we have employees and we are paying employees every month. So, I do not foresee that in the future,” he stated.Additionally, the Solid Waste Director said persons were producing more garbageCity Hall, Georgetown, Guyanathan the 45-gallon barrel worth per week. Narine said this prompted a move by the M&CC to distribute garbage bins to households within the city. “What we are going to do to combat that; we are hoping very soon to give each household an additional garbage bin so that they can store the refuse,” Narine stated.The bins according to Narine, are available and will soon be distributed to every household in the city along with garbage bags.last_img read more

first_imgThe biker buddy comedy “Wild Hogs” and its ensemble cast of John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and Tim Allen was the weekend box office champ with a $38 million take, according to studio estimates Sunday. It was Walt Disney Co.’s biggest March opening ever. It was also the largest-ever debut for the 53-year-old Travolta, as well as the best nonanimated movie debut for Allen, also 53. Macy will turn 57 next week and Lawrence, 42 next month. “It’s so easy to see in the material how much fun they were having together. The audience was looking for that first great comedy of the year,” said Disney’s president of distribution, Chuck Viane. “Wild Hogs” performed well beyond expectations, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. It had been expected to be No. 1 with earnings in the $25 million range, he said. “It’s just astonishing,” Dergarabedian said. “It was the perfect vehicle for these four stars. A combination of star power, great concept and great marketing was responsible. “This is not an Oscar contender, but it’s a fun time at the movies. You know, sometimes it’s just about escapism.” No other films were even close. The No. 2 movie was the thriller “Zodiac,” which debuted with $13.1 million. “Ghost Rider” fell to No. 3 in its third week of release with $11.5 million, “Bridge to Terabithia” was fourth with $8.6 million, and “The Number 23” dropped to fifth with $7.1 million in its second week. Eddie Murphy’s “Norbit” continued to draw crowds, placing sixth in its fourth week of release with a $6.4 million take that boosted its cumulative tally to $83 million. “Music & Lyrics” was No. 7 with $4.9 million, and the new movie “Black Snake Moan,” about an aging black man who chains a young white woman to a radiator to cure her of her demons, took in only $4 million for eighth place. Rounding out the Top 10 were “Reno 911!: Miami” in ninth with $3.8 million and “Breach” at 10th with $3.5 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img“The investigation is ongoing however we urge any witnesses or anyone with any information regarding the incident [to] please come forward,” writes Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.The Fort St. John RCMP responded to a call at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2015 that a woman had been hit while walking down the road.The vehicle involved did not remain at the scene and the female was pronounced deceased by B.C. Ambulance.- Advertisement -The RCMP is asking any witnesses or anyone with information about this incident to contact the RCMP at 250 787 8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.last_img

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has issued a brilliant response to Eric Cantona’s claim that ‘there can only be one king in Manchester’.Cantona sent the enigmatic Swede a video message after he sealed a free transfer switch to Old Trafford.In it, the United legend warned Ibrahimovic that he will have to settle for being the ‘prince’ of the city.Cantona, who was nickamed ‘The King’ during his legendary spell at the club, said: “I have a personal message to Zlatan. You have decided for United and it is the best choice you’ve ever made. But one last thing, there can be only one king in Manchester. “You can become a prince if you want and jersey number 7 is yours if you are interested. It is my welcome gift to you. The king is gone. Long live the prince.”Ibrahimovic, who like Cantona has enjoyed cult status throughout his career, has now been prompted into a response.The 34-year-old told Swedish paper Aftonbladet: “I admire Cantona and I heard what he said. But I won’t be king of Manchester. I will be God of Manchester.”Ibrahimovic’s hilarious statement comes as he prepares to head to Manchester to link up with his new team-mates.The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has been on holiday in America after playing for Sweden at Euro 2016.He is expected to start pre-season training for United this week but it is unclear whether he will be part of Jose Mourinho’s squad for their trip to China. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already making an impact at Manchester United 1last_img read more

first_imgAn important witness has not been interviewed by gardaí investigating the murder of Sinn Féin spy Denis Donaldson in Glenties, an inquest has heard today.Mr Donaldson was shot dead more than six years ago by gunmen in a rural cottage with the Real IRA claiming later it was responsible.The former senior Sinn Féin official had confessed to spying for police Special Branch and secret service MI5 just months before he was killed. The Irish Examiner reports that Senior gardaí told an inquest in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, that a file had been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and they anticipated a decision on whether to pursue the criminal case within four months.Fiona Doherty, a barrister for the family, told the inquest: “The family does welcome the fact that a file has been submitted, if only because it means there has been some progress in the case.“However, the family have had ongoing contact with the gardaí about the progress of the investigation and they are concerned about the manner in which the investigation has been carried out.“There has been one witness in particular that they know has not been spoken to by the Garda, a witness they regard as very, very important.” Lawyer for the police Stephen Byrne said it had been a good investigation.“There is nothing to suggest, any evidence to suggest, that there has been anything other than a proper and bona fide criminal investigation carried out and that is a matter of record and it has resulted in a file being submitted to the DPP, which is a step I would have thought the family would seek to encourage in the hope that whoever is responsible is brought to account in the proper forum, in a criminal court,” he said.Donegal coroner Denis McCauley has opened the inquest into Mr Donaldson’s death 10 times and each time it has been adjourned.The sequence of events surrounding his death dated back to 2002 after three men, including Mr Donaldson, were arrested following a raid on Sinn Féin’s Stormont office. The power-sharing executive between unionists and nationalists collapsed and Government restored direct rule to the North a week later.In 2005 charges against three men were dropped and within days Sinn Féin said Mr Donaldson was a British agent and expelled him from the party. He later said he had worked as a spy since the 1980s. In April 2006 Mr Donaldson was found shot dead in the remote Glenties area of Donegal.The coroner said his investigation would focus on five areas::: Mr Donaldson’s life and experiences in the UK, including his work and his supposed exposure and the fact he was recognised to be an informer;:: What happened in the time leading up to his flight to Donegal and his death; :: His interaction with gardaí, given that he was a vulnerable person at risk;:: How he died;:: The investigation into his death.He welcomed the fact that gardaí had submitted a file to the DPP and said if a decision was not made to hold a criminal trial, he hoped to have the inquest under way next year.The family’s legal team has urged that the inquest take into account European Article 2 law surrounding the right to life and submitted case law from Ireland and the UK. The coroner urged them to revise their submissions before he makes a decision.Garda superintendent Michael Finan told the inquest he would expect a decision from the DPP within four months. Mr Byrne urged the coroner not to write to try to speed up the DPP’s deliberations to avoid any taint on her independence.The case was adjourned to March 21 next year.IMPORTANT WITNESS NOT INTERVIEWED BY GARDAI INVESTIGATING DONALDSON MURDER – CLAIM was last modified: November 8th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Denis DonaldsonGlentiesinquestletterkennylast_img read more

first_img‘Newtown was rough round the edges, but I felt right at home’When I first moved into Newtown, Johannesburg, people either said I was brave or mad, writes the Guardian’s Africa correspondent, David Smith.The majority of middle-class expats congregate in the city’s northern suburbs, living between an English-style house and garden, European-style cafe and American-style shopping mall. Why did I have to be different?Newtown appealed to me as the city’s self-declared cultural precinct. It has a bookshop, dance space, galleries, jazz club, street market, nightclubs, restaurants, theatres and museums on everything from African culture to science to beer. It also bears the scars of history and, like a good character actor, has an “interesting face”.For the full article, visit The GuardianFifa delighted with SA progressFifa is delighted with the progress at next year’s World Cup venues after completing a six-day inspection tour.A delegation from football’s world governing body and the World Cup Organising Committee ended a tour of six South African venues on Wednesday.“Overall, we are very impressed with the achievements made,” said Ron DelMont, who heads up Fifa’s South African office.The inspectors visited the five stadiums newly-built for the World Cup.They spent time looking at the venues in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Durban, as well as the heavily-refurbished Soccer City in Johannesburg.For full article, visit BBC SportSouth Africa: Life with a contradictory characterAfter working for seven years in the UK, Tyron Whitley last year made the move back home to South Africa with some trepidation. But 18 months on, his company– the South African Car Import Agency, which helps other returnees ship their vehicles back from émigré destinations – has been a success and the 34 year old now feels pretty positive about his native land.“When we first came back, we wondered what we were doing. Crime was a concern and initially power cuts meant that we found ourselves sitting in the house with candles studying how generators worked,” he says. “But doing business here has been a breeze.”His experience illustrates the contradictory character of South Africa as a place to work. On the one hand, its legal system, banking and financial facilities and road infrastructure compare favourably with those of the developed world. On the other, the supply of electricity can be as erratic as it is in the country’s poorer African neighbours. And the incidence of crime, especially violent crime, is among the worst anywhere.A glance at this year’s tables measuring the ease of doing business and prepared by the International Finance Corporation – the business arm of the World Bank – highlights South Africa’s advantages. Of the 30 countries clustered at the bottom of a league table of 183 nations, more than two-thirds are from Africa.For the full article, visit FT.comHIV treatment reaches 4mThe number of people on treatment for HIV in developing countries rose during 2008 from 3m to 4m, according to the latest assessment from the United Nations Aids Agency.Two-fifths of people who need it now receive it, UNAids said.There was also a jump in HIV testing and in pregnant women receiving preventive therapy for their children.But in a sign of the potential rising threat of drug resistance, the report cited studies from 13 countries showing that only 62 per cent of those who began treatment continued to take their drugs after 2 years, with just 57 per cent of those from south and east Asia still doing so after 4 years. About 40 percent of those who stopped taking treatment had died, primarily because they started taking the therapy too late, but 56 percent of the cases had stopped taking the drugs.Michel Sidibe, head of UNAids, said he welcomed the progress, while cautioning that annual new infections of 2.7m continued to exceed the rising numbers on treatment, and increasing costs combined with the effects of the financial crisis risked stalling further advances.For the full article, visit FT.comSouth Africa’s president still on a rollWhen Jacob Zuma came to power in May, there were doubters aplenty. Some said the populist former goat herd, with scant formal education, was not up to the job. South Africa, they thought, would lurch to the left. He would undermine judicial independence and curb press freedom. Graft and patronage, already rampant, would spread. Under President Zuma, South Africa’s democracy would erode. Africa’s biggest economy would go the way of others to the north.In fact, after four months in office, Mr Zuma has been notably pragmatic. He has respected South Africa’s democratic institutions and made no apparent shift to the left. He has refused to dish out plum jobs only to loyalists. There has been no witch hunt of those who opposed his elevation. Indeed, he has given senior cabinet posts to several friends of Thabo Mbeki, Mr Zuma’s predecessor and bitter rival. The press, which had often been wary of Mr Zuma, seems enamoured by the way he has encouraged debate.This week Mr Zuma passed a litmus test, in the doubters’ eyes, when John Hlophe, a much-criticised head of the Western Cape’s judiciary, was rejected as a candidate for the Constitutional Court. Many had feared that, as a well-known Zuma ally, he would not only win a seat on the court but might even end up as the country’s chief justice. But his name has been left off the shortlist of seven candidates, all respected judges, drawn up by the Judicial Services Commission. Mr Zuma will now pick four of them to fill seats that fall vacant next month when four of the court’s 11 justices retire.For the full article, visit The Economistlast_img read more

first_img24 January 2013Developments in infrastructure both physical and financial, and deeper economic integration, will be key to sustained growth in Africa, according to a panel of business and political leaders brought together by Brand South Africa at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.Hosted in partnership with CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa magazine, the discussion centred on Africa’s “resilient dynamism” – the theme of this year’s annual meeting – and featured a keynote address from South African Finance Pravin Gordhan, with a panel featuring Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, Absa CEO Maria Ramos and Transnet CEO Brian Molefe.The panel was extremely optimistic about Africa’s future. While the United States and Europe battle political gridlock and mounting debt, and global growth continues to stagnate as economic powerhouses like China seek to avoid a hard landing, Africa has remained one of the few bright spots for economic activity.The continent saw growth of more than 5 percent in 2012 and is projected to see the same in 2013, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“In a world that is troubled with slow or no growth, which is struggling with the impact of unemployment, both business and government have serious challenges ahead,” Gordhan said in his address.“Collectively, we must balance the need for short-term solutions to immediate challenges, while making a long-term commitment to sustainable growth and implementing a sound political and economic framework.”Africa, and South Africa in particular, are clear embodiments of this year’s Davos theme, showing resilience in the face of a challenging global economic climate. South Africa has ranked in the WEF Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) as being among the best places in the world for corporate governance, regulation of the financial system and availability of financial services.Deepening economic integrationDavies highlighted the need for African countries to not just broaden their economic and trade ties, but to deepen their relationships – something he said was being achieved through the development of a free trade area covering 26 countries on the continent.Davies said the absence of sovereign debt crises, alongside better governance across the continent, had gone a long way to creating an environment where African investments saw long-term growth and returns capable of creating sustained development across the continent.However, he stressed the need to ensure that industrialisation benefited all Africans, and cautioned against becoming over-reliant on mineral resources.While existing infrastructure was developed in large part for – and still largely supports – the mining industry, Davies said that long-term growth strategies had to reach further. For growth, he said, there had to be investment in financial, energy, and technology infrastructure just as there was for the extractive industries.Innovating infrastructureBoth Ramos and Molefe agreed that infrastructure development created opportunities for both investors and the African people, with more than 80 percent of Africans remaining unbanked and 70 percent without access to internet.Molefe, who is spearheading South African state company Transnet’s US$300-billion investment in infrastructure projects, said that innovation in financial services and ICT created huge potential for Africans.According to Molefe, the globalisation of the retail finance market, and the increasing use and availability of products such as bonds and mortgages, was helping to unlock value and capital, creating liquidity across all levels of the market.At Absa, Ramos said she was seeing a significant increase in infrastructure funding, adding that she was particularly encouraged that more deals were being financed in African capital markets.However, she highlighted the need to keep innovating the financial services industry in Africa, to talk more about financial infrastructure, and to create greater certainty in legal environments across the continent with regards to tariffs and financing.Looking forwardDespite the resilience and dynamism currently being seeing across the continent, unemployment and labour market instability had to be tackled to sustain the growth of the African continent.For Ramos, unemployment in particular was the global challenge of our time.According to Davies, there was no “magic bullet” for unemployment, and job creation could not be seen as simply an incidental outcome of growth, but had to be targeted in its own right.There had to be commitments from labour, business and the government to address practical matters and in particular youth unemployment, Gordhan said, with training and skills development being critical.Closing Wednesday’s event, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said: “We often forget to highlight the positives we’ve achieved. South Africa is a well-established democracy, the continent is emerging from the global economic crisis well-positioned for growth, and we have a solid, stable fiscal environment.“It is all too easy to lose sight of what’s good, and to just focus on what is not good,” Matola said. “Our task is to demonstrate that we not only acknowledge the challenges we face, but that we are responding to them in a dynamic and innovative way through our National Development Plan and infrastructure build programme.”Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

first_img‘Golden triangle’ of monuments to leaders South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool commented recently: “We like to think this statue completes a golden triangle of monuments to leaders – Mahatma Ghandi, Dr Martin Luther King and now Nelson Mandela – who have shown by their examples that while the arm of the universe is long, it does not only tend towards justice of its own accord, it can be hastened in that direction peacefully by inspired leadership.” Simon Barber, US country manager for Brand South Africa, said: “Decisions that affect the world are made by men and women – including the US vice-president – who pass this way every day on their way to and from work. We hope they may draw inspiration from this reminder of a great South African.” Across the road is a statue of Winston Churchill, placed in front of the British ambassador’s residence in 1966 by the English Speaking Union, with right hand raised in the trademark Churchill V-for-victory. Mandela’s right hand is raised in the fist of a power salute. “As you know,” Ambassador Rasool said with a grin, “rock beats scissors”. South African Embassy, Washington DC and SAinfo reporter 23 September 2013 A nine-foot (three-metre) statue of Nelson Mandela – showing him with fist raised as he walked out of Victor Verster prison a free man on 11 February 1990 – was unveiled outside the entrance to South Africa’s embassy in Washington, DC on Saturday. The statue, a copy of one that stands outside the Drakenstein Correctional Facility (formerly Victor Verster Prison) near Cape Town, where Mandela spent his final years in prison, was modelled by Cape Town sculptor Jean Doyle from photographs of Mandela striding triumphantly to freedom after 28 years of incarceration. Facing onto Massachusetts Avenue, an artery that takes much of Washington’s elite to its offices downtown, the statue stands on the spot where, in the mid-1980s, thousands of American anti-apartheid protesters symbolically surrendered their liberty under the banner of the Free South Africa Movement. Among those present at Saturday’s unveiling were Mandela’s daughter Zindzi, National Congress (ANC) chairwoman Baleka Mbete, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and Anant Singh, producer of the big-screen dramatisation of Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk To Freedom, which had a successful debut at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. The US was be represented by senior administration officials, members of Congress and civil rights leaders, including the four whose sit-in and arrest at the embassy on 21 November 1984 marked the birth of the Free South Africa Movement. They were Randall Robinson, founder of TransAfrica, Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the US Civil Right Commission, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and her predecessor as DC delegate, Rev Walter Fauntroy.The Free South Africa Movement Almost every day from Thanksgiving 1983 through the following year, a cross-section of American society, from congressional leaders and celebrities like Stevie Wonder to mothers pushing strollers, gathered at the South African embassy and peaceably had themselves arrested for trespass. The campaign built momentum toward passage of the 1986 Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act (CAAA), a bipartisan measure adopted over President Reagan’s veto (as retold in the current hit film The Butler) to put pressure on Pretoria to release Mandela and other political prisoners and begin negotiations for a new non-racial democratic order. Skadden Arps partner and former White House chief counsel Greg Craig, who as foreign policy adviser to the late Senator Edward Kennedy played a significant role in crafting the CAAA, supported the statue project with legal services. A plaque at the base of the statue quotes from Mandela’s address to a joint session of Congress months after his release in 1990: “The stand you took established … that here we have friends … fighters against racism who feel hurt because we are hurt, who seek our success because they too seek the victory of democracy over tyranny. I speak … of the millions of people throughout this great land who stood up and engaged the apartheid system in struggle. Let us keep our arms locked together so that we form a solid phalanx against racism … Let us ensure that justice triumphs without delay.”last_img read more