10 Feb

Bayern stretch Bundesliga lead

first_imgBERLIN (AP):Bayern Munich ground out a 3-1 win at Stuttgart and provisionally opened an eight-point lead to move closer to an unprecedented fourth straight Bundesliga title yesterday.”We need another three wins and a draw to achieve something very special, something no team in Germany ever achieved,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.An own goal from Georg Niedermeier got the defending champions under way in the 31st minute and David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 52nd.Daniel Didavi pulled one back in unorthodox fashion in the 63rd, scooping the ball while on the ground over the helpless Manuel Neuer. Didavi did not have time to get up from his previous attempt.Bayern substitute Douglas Costa sealed it in the 89th with a shot inside the left post.Borussia Dortmund can restore the five-point gap today with a win at Schalke in the Ruhr derby. Five rounds remain after the weekend’s games.”I always watch Bundesliga on Sundays,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “But I rely on Bayern Munich and not Borussia Dortmund.”last_img read more

18 Dec

Soweto building on award shortlist

first_imgRay Maota The Nike Football Training Centre inSoweto is used as a training groundby nearly 20 000 young footballers ayear and is also an HIV/Aidseducational centre.(Image: Designboom) This theatre in Estonia is made from blackspray-painted straw bales and is incompetition with the Nike building inSoweto for the 2011 World Building Award.(Image: Dezeen Magazine)MEDIA CONTACTS• Seruscka NaidooCommunications manager, Nike SA+27 82 688 4376RELATED ARTICLES• Reviving sport in SA schools• Nestlé nurtures future footballers• Cape Town has Africa’s best airport• Mandela’s old offices restoredThe Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto in Johannesburg’s south-west, could become the second South African building to be named World Building of the Year, after making the shortlist for the award.The facility is used as a training ground by nearly 20 000 young footballers every year and is also an HIV/Aids educational centre.If it is crowned the World Building of the Year 2011, the centre will join Limpopo province’s Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, the site of an ancient trading civilisation located in the Mapungubwe National Park. This structure won the award in 2009.The Nike building is one of 704 entries from 59 countries competing for the annual World Architecture Festival Awards, which take place in Barcelona, Spain, from 2 – 4 November 2011.The festival, described as the “world’s largest architectural meeting for architects, suppliers and clients”, culminates in the awards ceremony. This year’s event is the fourth edition, and has attracted the most entries since its inception.There are three main sections: completed buildings, structural design and future projects. The South African entry is nominated in the first category.Seruscka Naidoo, communications manager at Nike South Africa, said: “Nike is very proud and excited to be nominated for this prestigious international award.”Naidoo said that the Nike building’s place on the shortlist is testimony to the world-class facilities it offers.Rivals for the award include an office made of bamboo in India; Sweden’s Treehotel which takes the treehouse concept to new heights; and a straw-made theatre in Estonia.The centre in the heart of SowetoThe football training centre was opened by then-mayor of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo, on 9 June 2010.Designed by architects from Rural Urban Fantasy Projects (RUF), it took six months to build.Sean Pearson, RUF director, said: “It is a world-class facility, with its design inspiration taken directly from the community of Soweto and the surroundings, and football.”In its shape the rectangular building is similar to houses in the township, but is covered with wood-strip cladding, adorned with the Nike logo, that protects the interior from the sun yet lets in appropriate amounts of light.The reception area is brimming with autographed photos, T-shirts and football boots of greats such as Ronaldo from Brazil. It also features a coffee shop and 10 Apple Mac computers for the use of visitors.The first floor houses offices and the roof, fitted with synthetic grass, has a view of the two Fifa-approved pitches.Mark Parker, president and CE of Nike Inc, said at the centre’s launch: “This football training centre will create a lasting legacy for the Soweto community and inspire the next generation of footballers by delivering premium football clinics combined with life skills programming.”These factors, he said, would equip young people to live free of HIV.Saving lives in AfricaThe centre is part of Nike’s RED initiative which uses the power of sport to support young people in the fight with HIV/Aids in Africa. It does this through its Lace Up/Save Lives campaign.Nike urges people to buy red shoelaces, giving sale proceeds to educational and medicinal programmes that tackle the disease across the continent.Simply by buying the shoelaces one would have contributed to programmes such as Grassroots Soccer, which uses football as a framework to teach youngsters how to avoid contracting HIV/Aids, and to the Global Fund.The fund supports the purchase of lifesaving antiretroviral medication, training of medical staff, HIV testing, and treatment to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.Aaron Motsoaledi, South Africa’s minister of health, said at the centre’s opening: “Nike’s approach to combine football, education and medication is a powerful example of how sport can be used as a catalyst, enabling youth to make informed decisions and hopefully live a life free of HIV.”The Lace Up/Save Lives campaign has to date generated more than US$135-million (R972-million) for the Global Fund.last_img read more

18 Dec

SA looks to grow Indian tourism market

first_imgThe minister was recently on a two-day visit to India to promote South Africa as a tourism destination and highlight the potential and importance of India as a source market for tourism to South Africa. Air connectivity between the two countries is also good, with South African Airways operating four frequencies a week, while Jet Airways operates five times a week. There are also daily flights from eight different cities via Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. South Africa also recently won the bid to host the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) Convention, which attracts an average of 1 000 delegates, excluding accompanying parties. This will be held in KwaZulu-Natal in November this year. SATSA is currently in the process of training over 1 000 Indian travel agents and tour operators to ensure they have the necessary skills and experience to sell South Africa. Some 67 039 Indian tourists travelled to South Africa between January and September 2011, 29% more than over the same period in 2010. ‘Massive growth potential’ Travel agents convention “The number of Indian tourists travelling from India to South Africa has steadily increased by over 122% between 2005 and 2010, and South Africa is continuing to attract Indian tourists in great numbers,” he said at a networking event in Mumbai on Sunday. Since 2005, South African Tourism has been promoting the destination very successfully in India. India is ranked 7th in overseas top 20 source markets for South African Tourism. Rising incomes, changing attitudes and a desire to travel abroad increase demand for outbound travel. The TAFI Convention is a major milestone and the first of landmark events following the alliance formed between TAFI and Southern Africa Tourism Association (SATSA), and it will give the Indian Travel fraternity great exposure to South Africa. “The importance of India as a source market for South Africa cannot be underscored as India is an emerging travel market with massive growth potential,” Van Schalkwyk said. “India’s economic growth is also expected to continue over the next 40 years and by 2050, India is expected to be among the top-three global economies.” The conference serves as a platform for professional development, tourism information and intelligence exchange as well as a super familiarisation trip where delegates get to explore the tourism potential and attractions of the hosting region. 31 January 2012 South Africa is also bidding to host the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) Convention in 2013. South Africa’s world-renowned events and lifestyle offerings have struck a chord with the Indian traveller eager to experience a unique destination with a range of choices to suit every budget, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

3 Dec

I have not done anything wrong: Kamat

first_imgPanaji: Former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Digambar Kamat on Saturday said he was innocent and it was up to people to judge whether he was being politically harassed.In reply to a question about the Enforcement Directorate seizing his properties in connection with the Louis Berger bribery case, Mr. Kamat said, “I have not done anything wrong. I was given an intimation by the ED that my properties were attached only after the news appeared in the media.”Earlier this week, the ED had attached properties of Mr. Kamat and former Chief Minister and Nationalist Congress Party MLA Churchill Alemao, amounting to ₹1.95 crore. The properties were purchased in 2010, around the time of the scam.Mr. Kamat also said that he was unaware about the 14 shell companies that were allegedly used as intermediaries to channelise bribe money to him and others, as revealed by the ED probe.Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader and Leader of Opposition Babu Kavlekar said the party is supporting Mr. Kamat on the issue.Mr. Kamat said people from Margao had elected him again in the Assembly polls and wherever he had gone during the election period people had extended their support to him. Mr. Kamat, Mr. Alemao and other government officials have been accused of allegedly accepting a $976,630 bribe in 2010 from officials of U.S.-based Louis Berger consultancy firm to secure implementation rights of a ₹1,031 crore water and sewerage project in Goa, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).Mr. Alemao, top officials linked to the project, and senior Louis Berger employees were arrested by the State Crime Branch, but were later released on bail.Mr. Kamat has been charge sheeted as the prime conspirator. He has been charged under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 201 (tampering with evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.last_img read more

27 Nov

Madras Day: Real Madras captured in reel

first_imgAs Chennai turns 375 years old, it is only apt that a Tamil film titled ‘Madras’ will hit the screen in another couple of weeks. Starring popular star Karthi, the film is set in the part of the city where Madras was born.Just as the trailer says, ‘Kaali varaan’ (kaali is coming), Karthi as Kaali will soon come to a theatre near you. The film is set in Royapuram – the part of Chennai that gave Madras its name.Generally Royapuram is known for criminal activities. No, Karthi is not a rowdy. This movie gives the region a new look. Karthi is an IT professional who wants a happy life, like any Chennaiite.”This movie is just different. Starting from the title… You have a politician, a rowdy and an IT guy who are friends… Story revolves around them,” says Karthi, actor.Karthi spent days working out to lose at least 10 kgs. The first few days before the shoot began, he worked on acquiring the typical Royapuram accent and spent time in northern Chennai trying to learn about their way of life.Karthi realised that this place was as sweet as it was sensitive. He says, “There was a murder that happened there close by when we were shooting. The policeman was giving me details on how the investigation was proceeding.”The actor also trained in football for about ten days to look match fit for the role. “Yes… They wear those colourful Brazil tees and they play so well I insisted on getting trained in YMCA here,” says Karthi, who was equally enamoured by their sense of style, “they sport Mohawk. And I was surprised with their sense of fashion.”advertisementAs Chennai celebrates turning 375, ‘Madras’ the movie will be looked forward to. A chance to get a glimpse of the city’s fascinating roots.last_img read more

16 Nov

A first for the Big 12 and how I see the conference finishing

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Trevone Boykin torches Oklahoma State in Ft. Worth (USATSI).Trevone Boykin torches Oklahoma State in Ft. Worth (USATSI).The Big 12 as a football conference hasn’t been all that interesting over its brief (by college conference standards) history. Usually OU or Texas took the crown with the occasional Colorado, Nebraska, or Texas A&M sneaking in the back door.Take a look at the conference champions from 1996 (Texas) until 2010 (OU):TexasNebraskaA&MNebraskaOUColoradoOUKansas StateOUTexasOUOUOUTexasOUBut then the last three years that’s been flipped on its head and three schools that have all had bouts with the doldrums of the sport have assumed the top spot.Oklahoma StateKansas StateBaylorWhat’s interesting (and never happened before) is that five different teams have won the conference in the last five years (stop it with the 2012 banner, OU — you’re only embarrassing yourself). The best stretch before that was 1997-2000 when four different teams won it.The crazy part? TCU could pretty easily make that six different teams in six years if it wins out and OU beats Baylor in Norman. Speaking of OU — I was wrong about them. I’ll take my crow fried with a side of BBQ sauce, thank you.That theory still applies to Baylor, though. Because they beat TCU the WVU loss doesn’t matter all that much. Win out and you’re the Big 12 champs and probably in the College Football Playoff.My “this is how the league will finish” rankings this week.1. Baylor2. TCU3. Kansas State4. OU5. West Virginia6. Oklahoma State7. Texas8. Texas Tech9. Iowa State10. KansasTotally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

23 Oct

DSME Clinches Order for Up to Four LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has received a contract to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers for an undisclosed Marshall Islands-based shipowner.According to the company’s stock exchange filing, the order for the two 173,400 cbm LNG carriers is worth KRW 414.4 billion (USD 362.9 million).Under the deal, signed in late February, the shipbuilder is scheduled to deliver the new vessels by the end of August, 2019.DSME said that the deal includes options for two more LNG carriers, which, if exercised, would bring the value of the deal to KRW 830 billion.In late February, John Fredriksen-controlled tanker owner and operator Frontline purchased two very large crude carrier (VLCC) resales from DSME.The 300,000 dwt VLCCs, whcih were canceled in August last year, but are being built by DSME, were bought at a price of USD 77.5 million a piece.The crude carriers are set to join their owner in September and October 2017.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more