Don’t underrate the Confed Cup

first_imgDanny JordaanFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialI wish to disagree with those who believe that the Fifa Confederations Cup, scheduled to kick off on 14 June 2009, is not a serious tournament.While I can understand that some people are making a comparison between it and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the 2009 Confederations Cup is absolutely crucial for South Africa. It is, after all, the official dress rehearsal for the Fifa World Cup next year, and in so many respects it will set the tone for the global showpiece. In a nutshell, it will test our preparedness and provide valuable pointers in so many areas on the road ahead.Crucially, it will usher in a vital new culture of football in our country in which we play host to some of the world’s top soccer nations – their teams, officials, supporters and media – while imparting to our own communities the special significance of their respective roles in playing, administrating, supporting and reporting on the beautiful game.It is not difficult to understand, therefore, the great importance we attach to it, because positive outcomes in the execution of the Fifa Confederations Cup imperatives will instil an immense sense of confidence, both here and abroad, in respect of our progress in putting on the best Fifa World Cup of them all.In order to do that, however, we must stage the best Fifa Confederations Cup of them all.And to coin a famous phrase of another soccer-lover, “Yes we can!”It is good for us to remember that President Barack Obama, who successfully campaigned on those inspirational words for the United States presidency, will be watching the Fifa Confederations Cup with intense interest. His national team is one of the eight competing nations in South Africa next month and the way the tournament is portrayed in the US will be critically examined and projected around the world.Indeed, the mere fact that this is a tournament involving all six Fifa’s football confederations, as well as the holders of the World Cup and hosts, South Africa, means that the message it sends out will reach right across the globe and be consumed by all those football nations who will ultimately play in next year’s Fifa World Cup.The best marketing brains like to use the phrase “advertising you cannot buy” – and that’s exactly the promise the Fifa Confederations Cup holds for South Africa.Permit me to use an example from another sport. Cricket South Africa recently agreed at the shortest notice to stage the Indian Premier League (IPL) – eight teams representing the best players in the world in an event of 59 back-to-back matches.By all accounts, it was an extraordinary success – providing advertising that South Africa just could not buy.The IPL in South Africa was not just good for cricket but it did wonders in enhancing South Africa’s credibility as a preferred destination to host blue riband global events of any nature. Apart from the acclaim for it from abroad, the IPL extravaganza re-instilled confidence in all South Africans in respect of our capability to stage and enjoy a great sporting experience – and to extend the red carpet of hospitality to any and every nation.This then is the promise of the Fifa Confederations Cup in which we have the honour to welcome the top footballers from Italy, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, the United States, Iraq and New Zealand.By ensuring their comfort, security and enjoyment, we do not just embrace them – we embrace the world.For South African soccer followers, there is the rare opportunity moreover of seeing many of the world’s great teams and players in action at our home grounds – a year ahead of the Fifa World Cup itself.This is a gilt-edged opportunity, too, for our own team, Bafana Bafana, to play in this exalted company, test themselves against the best, and for us to cheer them on. What better opportunity can there be for them, for us?Yes, the Fifa Confederations Cup is not as important as the Fifa World Cup – because nothing in world sport surpasses that marquee attraction – but it is the next best thing by far in the Fifa firmament.There is a misconception that next month’s tournament cannot provide a true measure of our preparedness for the “main event” because the host cities and venues that will stage the matches of the Fifa Confederations Cup 2009 do not include all those for the Fifa World Cup 2010.This is simply not so because those Fifa World Cup host cities and stadiums that do not form part of the Fifa Confederations Cup programme are all preparing on one and the same template and will thus enjoy the rare opportunity to closely monitor next month’s operational plan to ensure that they, too, are on track ahead of 2010.Also all those people working on the Fifa Confederations Cup – think of the thousands of volunteers – will take their hard-earned experience into 2010.And all those South African soccer-lovers who just cannot wait to revel in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of 2010 now have the privilege to raise the roof early in 2009Is next month’s tournament an important one for all of us? You bet it is.Dr Danny Jordaan is chief executive officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.last_img read more

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Making Market Research Cheaper and Easier for Entrepreneurs

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Understanding your market is a crucial part of planning your startup. But traditional market research can be both expensive and time-consuming, taking weeks or even months to develop, execute and analyze and eating up dollars that many new companies just don’t have. Ask Your Target Market is an online self-service market research platform that tackles those obstacles, helping startups and small businesses assess their markets while avoiding both the high price and lack of agility associated with traditional market research.And today, AYTM announces that it has been selected as the official market research tool for startups participating in the Founder Institute. The data collected from AYTM will be utilized to supplement the curriculum of the Founder Institute’s entrepreneur training program. AskYourTargetMarket surveys start at $30 and the company promises says most surveys are completed within 72 hours, with real-time results available. The company uses a “psychographic prescreening question” to help assemble the panel of respondents that will best represent your target market. Only looking for vegetarians or iPhone 4 users or people with active MySpace profiles (hey, you never know)? You can direct the survey right at that demographic. Or alternately, you can establish the criteria for those receiving the survey based on several factors including gender, age range, income, education, and location. And you can drill down into the results based on these demographics as well.The surveys are short – containing only up to 25 questions. But as so many demographic questions can be avoided by the way in which you assemble the panel of respondents, shorter surveys probably mean more completions.Becoming the “market research tool of choice” for the Founder Institute participants is a strong endorsement for AYTM. Have you used the service? If so, what are your thoughts? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Tags:#start#tips center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Watch: UNC’s Brice Johnson Finds Out About All-American Selection, Jersey Honor

first_imgBrice Johnson on the couch finds out about All American selection and jersey honor.North Carolina senior forward Brice Johnson was named a First Team All-American today by the United States Basketball Writers Association. As a result, he will have his jersey put up in the rafters at the Dean Dome as part of the program’s tradition of honoring All-Americans.The Tar Heels put out a very cool feature showing Johnson finding out about his All-American status from head coach Roy Williams, as his teammates cheered him. The video goes on to include Williams talking about Johnson and Johnson saying how much the honor means to him. If you bleed Carolina blue, this is a must-watch. Watch @bjohnson_23 find out the 1st team All-American selection means his jersey will be in Smith Center rafters! https://t.co/WCZJjF1KBS— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 14, 2016last_img read more

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Expanded Port of Kapellskär Ready for Operations

first_imgzoom Swedish Port of Kapellskär, the most northern port of Ports of Stockholm, is ready to launch operations at all of its five quay-berths following expansion works.The port now has two piers and five quay-berths. The new 245 metre-long pier has been in operation since summer 2016.The original pier has been extensively renovated and is now ready for traffic, according to the Ports of Stockholm.Expansion works at the site included dredging operations, while the pier received erosion protection, fenders, bollards, safety barriers and new lighting. New water supply and drain connections have been installed and the pier is prepared for the capability to allow vessels to connect to shore electricity.“After three years of reconstruction Kapellskär is a state-of-the-art port with the capacity to welcome the largest combined cargo and passenger-carrying vessels,” Ports of Stockholm informed.The port esplanade area is almost twice as large and the logistics and safety solutions have been updated.The official opening of the new Port of Kapellskär will take place in early summer 2017.last_img read more

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BJP will get more seats than in 2014 Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the BJP will win the Lok Sabha elections with full majority, and with more votes and seats than in 2014. “BJP will win with full majority and with more votes and seats than we won earlier. Even our alliance partners will get greater number of seats and our vote share will increase in different states The country has decided to elect a strong government with full majority. The country has decided to elect BJP again,” he said in an interview with Times Now news channel. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Modi referred to an old brainstorming meeting of the Congress and said unlike the opposition party which had said they do not need allies, the BJP is not arrogant. Answering a question on Jammu and Kashmir, he said there can only be hitting touch for terrorists. “We will have to make a clear demarcation that healing touch is for the citizens and hitting touch for the terrorists.” Replying to a query on the Citizenship bill, he said “some hyper-secular people” give communal colour to every issue. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said Congress had promised National Citizenship Register (NRC) but did not fulfil the promise for 30 years. “There should be a debate over NRC. Can any country in the world be a ‘dharamshala’? Is there any country in the world which doesn’t have a register of citizens,” he asked. Answering a question on Rafale deal, he said for the Congress, “defence deals have been an ATM”. He said the CAG had rejected “lies” of the opposition and these had also been rejected by the Supreme Court rejected it. “But keeping elections in mind, they are dragging the matter.” Answering a query on jobs, Modi said record loans have been taken under Mudra scheme to boost employment and self-employment and infrastructure was being developed at fast speed “Is it happening without jobs,” he asked. Modi said more than 80 per cent of informal economy and informal employment exists. Only 15-16 per cent is formal for which new mechanism is needed to arrive at employment data. He also rejected allegations of political vendetta by the opposition. “The biggest fact is that the money that was recovered in Madhya Pradesh was meant for the care and nutrition of children, which was for poor pregnant women. They are eating off those funds. The country must debate on why even today the Congress dares to commit such sins as soon as they come to power. It’s barely been a few months since they came to power in Madhya Pradesh. And to stifle debates on these issues, they keep crying foul over the raids,” the Prime Minister said. He said that the government has brought the corrupt to the door of jails and will work to get them inside if he comes to power again. Attacking Congress, he said many of its leaders were facing cases. “Congress, which has ruled for four generations, could they have ever fathomed that today their leaders would be out on bail. The man who used to be their finance minister, every second day he goes to the court to get a date,” he said. Modi said the government had succeeded in bringing back several offenders .last_img read more

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Talk session to foster economic cultural ties between India and China

first_imgKolkata: Zha Liyou, Consul General, the Consulate General of the Peoples’ Republic of China in Kolkata felt that the sectors such as manufacturing, food processing, finance, technical training, sports, tourism and shooting films could play a major role in strengthening the bilateral relationship between India and China.He was addressing a Special Session “India-China Economic Ties: A Sub-National Perspective” organised by Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry at its office on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe also mentioned about cultural and educational exchanges and spoke about Kunming which could be a dream wedding destination for the people from across the country. Referring to age-old relationship of India and China, Liyou said that the relationship in both the state and provincial level should be fostered better as a part of bilateral relationships. He pointed out that there could be an exchange of more business delegations between Kunming and Kolkata and focus areas would be agro technology, mining, healthcare and hospitals tourism and hotels and solid waste management. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBoth the Centre and provincial governments may find business solutions to further promote economic, cultural and educational ties between two countries at the sub national level. He said that Kolkata – Kunming and West Bengal – Yunnan relationships could be taken to a new high even though India and China have different structure with India having collaborative federalism and China having strong Government at the Centre. On tourism he said that while in 2018, 8 lakh Indian tourists went to China, the corresponding figure for Chinese tourists to India was only 2 lakh, which needs to be addressed. He also urged the governments of both the countries to generate more business. Earlier, in his welcome address, Vishal Jhajharia, President of the Chamber spoke about India’s huge trade deficit with China, which has been an area of concern over the years.last_img read more

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India Britain in talks to build copycat Naval supercarrier

first_imgLondon: The UK is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the ongoing ‘Make in India’ negotations, according to a media report. The talks are under way for the Indian Navy to buy detailed plans for the 65,000-ton British warship to build a so-called “copycat supercarrier” to be named INS Vishal in 2022. “An Indian delegation has already visited Rosyth dockyard in Scotland where HMS Queen Elizabeth was assembled and where a second supercarrier, HMS Prince of Wales, is now being built,” the ‘Sunday Mirror’ reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”If a deal can be agreed, the new warship would be built in India but UK companies could supply many of the parts,” it claims. The report notes that such a new Naval carrier would serve alongside India’s 45,000-ton carrier INS Vikramaditya bought from Russia in 2004 and the future 40,000-ton INS Vikrant and could give India a larger carrier fleet than Britain. “We have regular discussions with India on a range of equipment and capability issues. It would be inappropriate to comment further,” UK Defence Minister Stuart Andrew said, declining to comment on the reports. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe design for UK aircraft carriers is owned by the British and French aerospace giants BAE and Thales. “Discussion have begun with India. The design can be modified to meet Indian Navy and local industry requirements,” a BAE spokesperson said. The reported India-UK Naval deal would follow the sale of Britain’s Falklands War carrier HMS Hermes to India in 1987, which was renamed INS Viraat and decommissioned two years ago.last_img read more

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Ohio State mens hockey prepares for homeandhome with Robert Morris

OSU then-sophomore forward Matthew Weis (16) tries to corral the puck during a face-off in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Oller ReporterThe Ohio State men’s hockey team started the 2016-17 season with a bang, taking down then-No. 3 Denver on the road. Since then, the Buckeyes have continued to improve and are soaring up USCHO college hockey rankings heading into its two-game set against Robert Morris, starting Friday.No. 11 OSU took care of business last weekend with a sweep over Niagara University, scoring a combined 16 goals in two games. The two wins brought OSU’s record to 5-0-2, the first time the program has been undefeated through its first seven games since 1983-84. Junior forward Matthew Weis tallied six points in those two games against Niagara — two goals and four assists. Senior forward Nick Schilkey earned his first career hat trick as a Buckeye, and sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran had three points on the night, including two goals. Weis and Parran were named the conference’s first and third stars of the week, respectively.“It’s a great accomplishment,” Weis said. “My linemates played very well alongside me, so it’s a team award.”OSU has one of the most potent offenses in the NCAA. The Buckeyes lead the country with 99 points and rank third nationally with 4.86 goals per game. OSU has scored five goals in each of its last four games, one big reason being freshman forward Tanner Laczynski.The 6-foot-1, 191-pound winger has assimilated into college hockey with ease. He leads the team in points (11) and assists (8), making his line one of the most productive on the team. Laczynski has also garnered attention on the powerplay unit, scoring twice in the first seven games. He said that while the points are appealing on the stat sheet, it’s more about the team result for him.“Teams are not going to take us lighter anymore. I think that’s a good thing,” he said. “We’re going to start to get people’s best games, and that’s just going to make us better as a team and better for the future.”The Robert Morris Colonials are coming off of a split against Army, where Colonials freshman goaltender Francis Marotte made 26 saves on 27 shots, placing him in the top 10 in the country in save percentage at .946. Marotte is 2-1-1 in the net for coach Derek Schooley, but the Colonials are 0-2-0 without Marotte.In its own net, OSU senior goalkeeper Matt Tomkins has been unbeatable this season. He has kept OSU in several games, including an overtime tie at Miami. For the year, Tomkins has a .928 save percentage and is 4-0-2 between the pipes. For OSU to get past Marotte and provide support for Tomkins, special teams will play a large factor in the two-game set. Robert Morris ranks second to last in the NCAA in penalty kill, which serves as the perfect opportunity for OSU to assert its dominance on the powerplay, which is 8-for-26 through seven games.“We work on powerplay every week and (OSU coach Steve Rohlik) has been drilling into us that we’re not just given a spot,” Laczynski said. “You really have to work for it and it shouldn’t take him jumping on us in practice to realize that.”Robert Morris junior forward Brady Ferguson and sophomore defenseman Eric Israel lead the offensive attack of the Colonials. Ferguson leads the team with 10 points and Israel has already chalked up seven assists. The penalty kill of OSU is struggling at a rate of 78.9 percent. Coach Rohlik said that the team still has plenty of room to improve from its fast start, mostly on the defensive side of the puck.“When you start scoring a few goals, it starts affecting your overall game and you start cheating the game,” he said. “And I thought we did that this past weekend. You still got to play the right way.”OSU begins its two-game home-and-home on home ice at the Schottenstein Center. The puck will drop around 7 p.m. for the Buckeyes’ second home game of the year.The Ohio State Marching Band will perform Script Ohio on Ice during an intermission on Friday. read more

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Ohio State footballs Jake Stoneburner Jack Mewhort removed from scholarships

Ohio State redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and redshirt junior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort have been removed from their scholarships-at least until the end of the summer. In a statement released Friday night from Urban Meyer via an OSU department of athletics spokesperson, the two football players “will each be removed from athletic scholarship beginning with the summer term, and they will continue to be suspended from team activities until stipulations are successfully met.” “We are disappointed with the decisions made recently by two of our football players,” the release said, though, “(Stoneburner and Mewhort) will have an opportunity to return to the team in good standing following the summer session.” The decision comes nearly two weeks after Stoneburner and Mewhort were suspended June 3 after being arrested for obstructing justice. According to a police report from the Shawnee Hills Police Department, police said they spotted Stoneburner, Mewhort and a third person, Austin Barnard, urinating on what appeared to be an early childhood education school called The Oxford School near the Bogey Inn in Dublin, Ohio. After shining a bright light, police said the three suspects ran away. Police said they found Stoneburner and Barnard crouched between cars while Mewhort fled to a nearby wooded area before turning himself in after threatening to use a police dog. Stoneburner and Mewhort were expected to be starters under first-year football coach Urban Meyer. In 2011, Stoneburner caught 14 passes for 193 yards and had seven touchdown catches. Stoneburner was recruited out of Dublin Coffman High School. He has caught 37 passes so far in his career at OSU. Meyer listed Stoneburner after this year’s Spring Game on April 21 as one of his “top offensive playmakers.” Mewhort was a highly recruited prospect out of St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio. read more

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Julen Lopetegui happy with Real Madrid squad

first_imgReal Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui claims he is very happy with his current squad.Daily Mail reports that Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui talked down speculations about the club’s possible transfer targets ahead of his side’s first La Liga match against Getafe on Sunday.Lopetegui also insisted that he is happy with the squad he has.‘Right now we’re focusing on getting the best out of the squad we have which is a squad we love, we have a lot of talent and we’re going to work with it,’ Lopetegui said.‘We like the players we have and I have no doubts about the squad I have. Our players have a fantastic attitude, and people are going to see a Madrid side with a lot of talent. The important players are the ones that are here, not the ones that are not.’Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Lopetegui, however, said the main thing on his mind was having a strong start in La Liga.‘We have to focus on our games right now because the three points tomorrow are worth the same as all the other games, so we have to realise the season is starting now,’ added the former Spain coach.‘I’m really impressed with the enthusiasm the players have to revindicate themselves and with the talent they have.’‘We want to win this league title, it’s the competition which examines your work every day. My biggest concern is to make sure we are capable of competing.’last_img read more

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