South Africa’s World Cup passion

first_imgSouth Africa thanks Black Stars World Cup: ‘South Africans to thank’ Bafana Bafana bowed out of the 2010 Fifa World Cup with heads held high in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, playing with style and belief to score South Africa’s first ever win over France. The 2-1 victory left them placed third in Group A, level with Mexico on four points, losing out only on goal difference. South Africa’s World Cup flows over South Africa’s national team raised their game in the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on Friday, holding a Mexican side placed far above them in the international rankings to an enthralling 1-1 draw – with Siphiwe Tshabalala unleashing a blistering shot to score the first goal of the tournament. South Africa ‘never before this united’ 2010: South Africa’s great leap forward “We are waiting … It is time for the people to stop putting us down and to come see for themselves that Africa can do it.” So says Gordon Mokonyane, Johannesburg resident, family man, Orlando Pirates fan – and supporter of the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa. The Black Stars of Ghana received tremendous support from host nation South Africa throughout their 2010 Fifa World Cup campaign, and were given a send-off parade in Johannesburg on Sunday for a final show of local admiration. South Africans ‘already winners’: Zuma Political parties across the spectrum have echoed President Jacob Zuma’s praise for South Africans, attributing the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup to the passon and patriotic spirit of ordinary citizens of the country. He may have skippered the first South Africa team to play on the world stage, but Lucas Radebe says nothing can compare with the excitement currently sweeping the host country with 24 hours to go before the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicks off. President Jacob Zuma has wished the national team, Bafana Bafana, well ahead of their crucial Group A match against France on Tuesday, while reminding South Africans that, whatever the outcome of the game, they are “already winners.” Victory in defeat for South Africa Photos: Vuvuzelas conquer the world! Thulani Ngcobo’s passion for football has scored him a place in sporting history, after he set a new Guinness World Record for the most Fifa World Cup matches attended by an individual at a single finals tournament. Bafana, Mexico in thrilling opener Man in the street, South Africa 2010 fan With more and more cars flying the national flag on the country’s roads, and Bafana jerseys increasingly evident on Football Fridays, it’s clear that South Africans are gearing up for the month-long mother of all football parties! Bafana exit World Cup on a high South Africa catches World Cup fever In 1994, when South Africa shed the shackles of apartheid, it did not mean the country was automatically set on a path of unity. Sport – starting with the 1995 Rugby World Cup, followed up by the 1996 African Nations Cup, and continuing with the 2010 Fifa World Cup – played and continues to play a major unifying role. World record for SA football fan In one of the largest displays of national spirit ever seen in the country, South Africans took to the streets at midday on Wednesday in a massive display of support for the home team, as a proud nation let the world know just what kind of tournament Africa’s first World Cup will be. Rugby, football – and a nation united Pretoria proudly Bafana Bafana People power reigns at Fan Fests 100 days: Joburg shows its 2010 spirit “Bafana Bafana are out of the World Cup, but they won the hearts and minds of all South Africans and the whole world tonight.” Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan summed it up after Tuesday’s match in Bloemfontein, where the national team beat France but failed to qualify for the last 16 of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. SA celebrates as World Cup wraps up As Spain lifted the 2010 Fifa World Cup on the chilly evening of 11 July, South Africans across the country were filled with a sense of pride in a spectacle well hosted. With days to go to kickoff, World Cup fever has hit South Africa in earnest. Confidence and excitement levels on the streets have reached a 10-year high as the country counts down to what many South Africans are describing as a “second miracle,” after the country’s transition to democracy in 1994. All the African teams taking part in the 2010 Fifa World Cup have felt the impetus of home ground advantage. As the last African team remaining in the tournament, Ghana have become the focus of South Africans’ passion for football and uncontained joy at hosting the first Fifa World Cup on the continent. South Africans get behind the flag Pretoria’s streets were a sea of yellow and green on Tuesday as South Africans wearing Bafana Bafana jerseys celebrated the 100 days countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Let this harmony define us: Zuma Just as the 2006 World Cup had Germans smiling, drinking beer and waving the national flag en masse for the first time in 60 years, so the first African World Cup in South Africa could have an equally dramatic effect on promoting social cohesion in a country with a lingering legacy of racial inequality, writes John Battersby. South Africans united as never before during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – and Bafana Bafana weren’t the only object of our flag-waving, vuvuzela-blasting enthusiasm. Ghana felt the love, too, as did every foreign visitor to the Rainbow Nation in its finest hour since 1994. Here are just some of the stories we ran: Ghana fever grips South Africa Johannesburg residents took a break from their busy schedules, donned their Bafana Bafana jerseys and kicked back with the rest of the country on Tuesday to celebrate the 100 days countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “What is happening in the country at the moment is a marvel to watch,” President Jacob Zuma said as South Africa celebrated the 50-day countdown to the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “This harmony should define us, and resonate in a wide range of spheres, even outside sport.” A stadium in Oregon, a beer garden in Germany, a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, a pride march in Seattle, and 2010 Fifa World Cup fan fests everywhere: South Africa’s vuvuzela is taking over the world. View MediaClubSouthAfrica.com’s gallery of the invasion. Darkness fell hours ago, and the crowd’s breath rises visibly through the winter air at Johannesburg’s InnesFree Park. Yet Chuma is drenched in sweat. And no wonder. For the past two-and-a-half hours, the 27-year-old has been leading friends and strangers, locals and tourists in an indefatigable display of singing and dancing at this lively Fifa Fan Fest.last_img read more

Ohio counties receive 2016 all White-Reinhardt mini-grants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 13 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. Grants were provided to the Logan County Farm Bureau and the Butler County Farm Bureau in Ohio.The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.“The mini-grant program is our way of giving back to our grassroots members to assist in helping younger generations learn about agriculture and the role it plays in our everyday lives,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation.Farm Bureau members share free educational resources with educators in their communities as part of the program. The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.The 2016 Mini-Grants Awarded to Ohio counties include a project with the Butler County Farm Bureau where copies of The Beeman for each of the 55 elementary schools in Butler County. Many of the schools have urban populations so this book will be a great introduction to different aspects of agriculture and related careers.The Logan County Farm Bureau is working on “A Journey through Food” to introduce third-graders to where their food comes from. Students will meet farmers and participate in hands-on projects to learn about the ag industry and increase ag literacy.last_img read more

Tips For Attaching The Right Producer To Your Project

first_imgMany independent writers and directors today make the naive assumption that it’s going to be easy to find a producer that will get their film made. In reality a huge amount of filmmakers fail to bring their projects to life as a result of teaming up with the wrong producing partner.Attempting to produce your own film (if you are a writer/director) is typically a poor decision. Taking on too much work yourself, especially if you’re primarily a creatively minded person, will always lead you to spread yourself too thin…and let your project suffer. But simply deciding to team up with a producer isn’t enough. So often filmmakers will choose to partner up with a friend or close colleague simply out of convenience, and end up paying the ultimate price down the road when they realize that they should have put in the extra legwork to find the right person for the job.Assuming you already understand the huge importance of bringing a dedicated producer on board for your film, below are three huge tips that will help you find that perfect fit.1. Manage Your ExpectationsThere are two very common issues that I see all the time with independent filmmakers as they attempt to partner up with a producer – both of which are related to their expectations. On one end of the spectrum, you have the director that mistakenly assumes their best friend is going to be the ideal producer for their project, because they ‘get it’ and have a good personal relationship with them. And on the other side of the spectrum you have inexperienced directors that assume they will be able to attach an A-list (or name) producer, by virtue of the fact that they believe they have the perfect script.There is nothing wrong with wanting to partner up with a friend, or shooting for the stars with regards to approaching a renowned producer, but you need to manage your own expectations. If you are working with a friend, be very aware early on that it’s not going to be as easy as you think, and look out for potential red flags before it’s too late. If you want to go after a big name producer – by all means go for it. Just don’t be discouraged when they don’t get back to you, or tell you they don’t love your script. Never rush the process, and always be conscious of the reality of your position in the industry.2. Understand What Type of Producer You NeedMany writer/directors (especially first timers) don’t seem to understand the huge differences between various types of producers that are out there. Assuming you have been able to find a producer that satisfies the first point on this list (and is a good fit in terms of their ability and willingness to take part in your project), the next step is to identify how they fit into the context of the story you’re telling.You need to ask yourself important (but basic) questions, like: Does this producer actually make films that you too are interested in making? Fit is crucial. Why would you collaborate with someone who specializes in producing horror films if you write dramas?While we’re on the topic of genre, it’s worth making the point that you’re going to want to avoid producers who seem to constantly switch from one genre to the next. While there are some brilliant producers that are able to do this masterfully, the vast majority of producers on the lower level of the indie spectrum that take this approach simply are taking what they can get as a means to make a living. At the end of the day, you as an indie filmmaker will be best served by finding a producer that takes pride in their creative choices too, as opposed to one that is solely driven by money and just wants to pay the bills.3. Gauge Their PassionFinding a passionate producer is, in my opinion, the number one criteria when bringing someone on board with your project. Let’s face it, funds can be quite limited at the indie level and when money can’t talk, it’s passion and hard work that will fuel your project. It’s vital to the development of your script that you find a producer that isn’t motivated by money alone. Yes, you want a producer that understands the financial end of things (after all you want to make your budget back and then some, so you can actually make another movie), but there needs to be much more to the arrangement than that. This is especially true if you are looking for a producer that is going to be involved heavily in the creative process, as you want your producer to understand the bottom line while also understanding the importance of the creative.Final thoughtsForging a solid career for yourself in the film industry has just as much to do with the people that you surround yourself, as it does with your own skill set and knowledge of the craft. Arguably the most important person on your production is going to be your producing partner, so don’t make the mistake that so many directors make and skimp out in this department. After all, it doesn’t matter how great your story is or how skilled you are behind the camera, because if the backbone of your production isn’t there to pick you up when things fall apart (and they will), your project will never be a success.last_img read more

Ganguly’s formula for Lords: Spinners need to pick wickets

first_imgRavindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Photo: PTIFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly spoke to Boria Majumdar on India’s performance in the drawn Trentbridge Test and the chances of an Indian win in the next game against England at Lords from July 17-21.Q Are you happy with India’s performance at the Trentbridge Test?A Yes, they have done reasonably well. They were in a position where they could actually force a win in this Test match, but Anderson and Joe Root took the game away from them. That’s probably one area where India did not react properly. Otherwise, I thought that they had a decent Test match.Q You have made this point so many times about Ravindra Jadeja. As a spinner he was not able to beat Jimmy Anderson on the fourth day?A I’ve said that before. Whether it is Ravindra Jadeja or Ravichandran Ashwin, the debate is who should be playing the next Test match. Either of them has to bowl a lot better. We saw Ashwin in South Africa, that’s when we saw Dhoni pick Jadeja. And now we are seeing Jadeja. Maybe he is doing a role by keeping it tight. But at some stage, he’s got to be a wicket-taking bowler. It’s an issue which Dhoni has to assess. Unless and until the spinners take wickets, India cannot win. This [Trentbridge] was a pretty dry surface, similar to what you see in India. It’s slow, you can get beaten in the flight and play on backfoot, but you still need a bit of variation, a bit of flight and turn. I could not imagine our spinners on this surface not turning the ball.advertisementQ In the post match conference, Dhoni said he was satisfied with Jadeja. If you were in Dhoni’s position, would you pick Ashwin at Lords?A We have to see what the pitch is like. If the surface is as dry as this [Trentbridge], I might pick two spinners, but we have to wait and see the pitch. If Dhoni wants to pick Jadeja, he can do that. But at the end of the day whoever he picks needs to pick up wickets. If he thinks Jadeja can do a containment role, that’s fine on Day One of the Test match. But other than that on Days 3,4 and 5, the spinner’s got to come into the game. I think it’s not the batting at that number, but it’s bowler who can pick wickets, whether it is Ashwin or Jadeja or Ojha, xyz, any spinner, he is got to pick wickets.Q Coming to the captain’s batting. On the last day at Trentbridge match, it was his opportunity. If he stayed there and saved the match, it would have been a huge statement. Once again that was a problem, wasn’t it?A Yes, but he played well in the first innings. Though he came at an important situation, yes, they dropped him in first innings but he will have to fight hard to keep getting runs. There is a technical weakness. They exploited it last time when we came to England. He kept nicking it to the slips. Probably, on a pitch with a bit more bounce, pace and movement, which we will see as the series goes on. I don’t think they are going to have flat wickets any more in this Test series. He is batting at 6, which is a good thing. But he has done well in this Test match. He fought hard. It was a different Dhoni innings, just got out in the second innings. We’ll have to wait and see what he does in the future Test matches.last_img read more

PDM not to blame for country problems says Astwood

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:edwin astwood, Pdm, problem, salem baptist church Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Jun 2015 – The People’s Democratic Movement engine is revved up and ready to go now, with the two leaders solidified in a weekend convention by the party held in its birthplace, Grand Turk. The Grand Turk South & Salt Cay, Member of Parliament said if you do not like how things are going in the country, the PDM is not to blame.“So all the problems that you have been facing in a decade, it’s nothing to do with the PDM, it’s all PNP. A whole decade of problems nothing to do with the PDM, nothing that is wrong in the country right now you can point at the PDM. We haven’t been here, we haven’t been messing up. We have a government here messing up for some 12, 13, 14 years; it is time to get rid of them, it is time for PDM and its PDM time and we are gonna take the next election… thank you.”Hon Edwin Astwood there… the party on Sunday morning joined Salem Baptist Church for worship. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for youlast_img read more

Twentyeight took to shelter in TCI fortunately Erika fizzles

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:National Emergency Operations Center. shelters Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Aug 2015 – During a post Erika debriefing on Saturday morning, The National Emergency Operations Center reported that Erika dumped less than two inches of rain on the Turks and Caicos and caused no injuries or damages to property. Throughout the islands, 28 people reported to shelters; 15 people on Provo, 11 on South Caicos and two on Salt Cay left their low lying properties for the night as a precaution, but fortunately the storm did not pack as much punch as predicted by forecasters. Meanwhile, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies is keeping an eye on Fred, the sixth named system and asking residents to be vigilant.last_img read more