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VAR confusion could blight World Cup – Southgate

first_img0Shares0000German referee Deniz Aytekin analyses video footage before awarding Italy a late penalty © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 28 – England manager Gareth Southgate believes a lack of clarity over the video assistant referee (VAR) system could blight the 2018 World Cup.Southgate’s side were denied another impressive World Cup warm-up friendly result as Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty three minutes from time salvaged a 1-1 draw for Italy at Wembley on Tuesday. However, the visitors were only awarded a spot-kick after German referee Deniz Aytekin overturned his initial decision not to give a penalty when substitute Federico Chiesa tumbled under the challenge of James Tarkowski using VAR.“I’m glad it’s not the World Cup just yet,” said Southgate. “I think the ruling is ‘clear and obvious’ and it’s not. It’s one you can debate all day.”Southgate added that he is against the use of technology, as in England’s Premier League, despite the huge financial considerations wrong decisions can affect.“I prefer referee’s decision is final. It’s sport and we shouldn’t be talking abut how much money it’s cost or lost.”England were on course to back up their 1-0 win over the Netherlands on Friday and draws against World Cup favourites Germany and Brazil back in November thanks to Jamie Vardy’s 26th-minute opener.“Generally over the two games I’m really pleased,” added Southgate.“In the last four games we’ve played four of the biggest countries in the world, at different levels of progression, and been competitive in every one.”Insigne’s equaliser was the first goal England have conceded in six games.However, the hosts could have been punished far earlier for a lackadaisical start but for some poor finishing from Ciro Immobile.The Lazio striker has scored 34 goals this season, but twice failed to get his shot away in time after pouncing on a pair of errors by John Stones inside the first three minutes.Immobile’s best chance came 10 minutes later when he met Antonio Candreva’s enticing cross unmarked at the back post, but again failed to find the target as his header drifted over.– Kane void –England have had to cope without talismanic striker Harry Kane through injury for all of their last four friendlies.However, Vardy furthered his case should Southgate have to cope without Kane once more in Russia by blasting ruthlessly into the roof of the net from Jesse Lingard’s quickly taken free-kick.Italy will not be joining England in Russia come the summer having failed to qualify for the first time in 60 years.But the difference in motivation for both sides failed to show as a slew of substitutions began in the second half with many England players unable to make an impression in their final match before Southgate names his provisional 23-man World Cup squad.England’s lack of goals without Kane continues to be a concern for Southgate.Kane has scored seven goals in his last six international appearances, but without the Spurs striker England lacked a cutting edge to kill the game off.They were nearly punished when Insigne volleyed across Butland and just beyond the far post 10 minutes from time.But there was no such reprieve five minutes later.The decision to use VAR at the World Cup has not been an entirely popular one due to mixed results from a series of trials across the world.But replays proved Tarkowski had trod on Chiesa’s foot and Insigne wasn’t distracted by a lengthy wait to take the penalty as he smashed low into Butland’s right-hand corner.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Real deny agreeing Mbappe fee with PSG

first_imgHowever, a statement released by the Spanish club on Wednesday read: “Given the information published in the last few hours regarding an alleged agreement between Real Madrid C.F. and PSG for the player Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid would like to state that it is completely false.“Real Madrid has not made any offer to PSG or the player and condemns the spreading of this type of information that has not been proven by the parties concerned.”Mbappe became the second-most expensive player in history when he joined Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent deal from Monaco for Sh22bn (£166m) earlier this year.The striker is currently away on international duty with France at the World Cup in Russia, where he has scored three goals.Madrid have also denied making an offer for Mbappe’s club team-mate Neymar.Spanish state television channel TVE reported that the Bernabeu club had put forward a world-record bid for the Brazilian star.However, Madrid have denied launching an offer, which would have beaten last summer’s Sh26bn (£200m) deal to bring Neymar to the French capital from Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France forward Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring against ArgentinaLONDON, United Kingdom, July 4 -Real Madrid have issued a statement denying that a world-record transfer fee has been agreed with Paris Saint-Germain for Kylian Mbappe.Reports originating in France claim that Madrid have agreed a fee, thought to be Sh31bn  (£240m), for the 19-year-old forward.last_img read more


first_imgSt. Michael’s GAA Notes: ChampionshipBoth teams were away to Glenfin on Sunday last in Group 3 of the County Championship and both recorded good victories.  The seniors won on a scoreline of Glenfin 1-9. St. Michael’s 2-8.  The St. Michael’s Scorers were: Colm McFadden 1-3, Andrew Kelly1-0, Michael Langan 0-2, Ryan Langan, Daniel McLaughlin, Raymond McLaughlin 0-1each.The Seniors play Malin in the quarter Finals.Our Reserves also came through as group winners.  With the seniors already qualified the reserves had to win to qualify and Lee Carr made sure that a win was going to be the only result scoring 2-5 with a good team performance.  The final score was Glenfin 1-5 St. Michael’s 5-11.The team and scorers were: Dean Fleming, Peter Sweeney, Neil Toye, James Henry 0-1, John Sheridan, Denis Trearty, Barry McGinley, Lorcan McDaid 0-1, Kieran Kelly 0-1, Keelan McGee 2-0, Stephen Coyle 0-3, Brendan Devine 1-1, Lee Carr 2-5, Raymond McLaughlin, Paul Creamer. The Reserves meet Four Masters in the Quarter Final.All County LeagueBoth seniors and reserves are away to Dungloe this weekend, check fixtures for day and time.St. Michael’s Mini Lotto €5650 this weekThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last; The numbers drawn were 1,2,3,10,13,14.  There were 27 4 Match no 5 winners. 28 people matched 4 and their names were drawn; the winner of the €100 was Claire Sterling.  This weeks Jackpot be €5650. The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated. Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook .Drive Home in Style From The Bingo in CreesloughYou could win a car on every game every Sunday night at the Bingo Session in the Massinass Community Centre Creeslough by winning a house on 45 nos or less.  A number from 1 to 90 will be drawn out of a draw just prior to the Bingo commencing and if that number comes out in the first five numbers of any game on the night the Car or €10,000 is in play and if that house is claimed on 45 nos or less including the number drawn, then the car is won. The Normal Snowball also in play every night.  In addition every House winner will receive a free entry to the weekly lotto, this weeks Jackpot is €5600.  There is also a Monthly Draw with the 1st prize of a Television; Tickets for the television are €2 each or 3 for €5, Tickets are also available from committee members. free ticket with every Bingo Book purchased or 2 with a double book.  The draw for the TV takes place on this Sunday night the 6th September at the Bingo in Creeslough. Free draw every night at the Bingo for some great spot prizes, 1 entry with single book, 2 with double book.  The single book is €8 and double €12, both books include snowball page. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre. The €150 on the snowball game at the Bingo session on Sunday night last was won by Mary Coll Falcarragh.  The winner of the Door Prize was Vincent Greer Hornhead Road Dunfanaghy who took a Bingo Book and a Lotto Ticket.  This weeks Snowball will be €1000.Club Gear Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michaels Minor BoardSmashing TimeAnyone with any old crockery/ cracked cups should leave them at the Portacabin in Creeslough as they will be needed for our annual Sports Day.Sports DayThe annual Sports Day in aid of the Minor Board will now take place on the 13th September. More details to follow.  All donations and or prizes for the raffle would be greatly appreciated, can you please keep this date free as this is the only fundraiser for the minor board. Please contact Manus Friel on 0876470532, Anne Marie Kelly 087 9454107 or Margaret Anne 087 6207919 for more information.RegistrationsAll players must be registered to take part in training or play games.  To registrar contact your manager or Suzi Roarty on 087 2849214.Cup/MugsThank you to all those who donated cups and mugs which is greatly appreciated, however we could still do with more donations please.Under 8’sTraining continues on Tuesday’s from 6pm to 7pm at The Bridge with the bus leaving Creeslough at 5.45pm sharp.  €3 for the bus, Gumshields essential.Under 12’sTraining will now run on a Tuesday evening from 6pm to 7.00pm at the Bridge.Bus leaves Creeslough at 5.45pm sharp. €3 for the bus.  Gumshields essential. Some more challenge games will be planned.Under 16’sThe under 16’s match away to Fanad Gaels in Round 3 of the Championship on Monday the 31st August was postponed until a later date.1-3 FROM COLM MCFADDEN ENSURE ST MICHAEL’S MAINTAIN 100% CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD was last modified: September 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more

Violence reaches French capital

first_img Along with messages of condolence and appeals for calm were insults targeting police, threats of more violence and warnings that the unrest will feed support for France’s anti-immigration extreme right. “Civil war is declared. There will no doubt be deaths. Unfortunately, we have to prepare,” said a posting signed “Rania.” “We are going to destroy everything. Rest in peace, guys,” wrote “Saint Denis.” The unrest reached Paris late Saturday. Hamon had no immediate information on the neighborhoods where the vehicles were torched. Paris police headquarters said three cars were damaged by fire in the Republique section, northeast of City Hall. “It’s copycat acts,” Hamon said. “All these hoodlums see others setting fires and say they can do it, too.” Evreux, 60 miles to the west, appeared to suffer the worst damage Saturday. The burning of the shopping center showed that “there is a will to pillage,” Hamon said. “This has been true since the start,” referring to grocery stores, video stores and other businesses that have been set afire. The unrest has taken on unprecedented scope and intensity, reaching far-flung corners of France on Saturday, from Rouen in Normandy to Bordeaux in the southwest to Strasbourg near the German border. However, the Paris region has borne the brunt. In quiet Acheres, on the edge of the St. Germain forest west of Paris, arsonists burned a nursery school, where part of the roof caved in, and about a dozen cars in attacks the mayor described as “perfectly organized.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PARIS – The urban unrest that triggered scores of arson attacks on vehicles, nursery schools and other targets from the Mediterranean to the German border reached Paris overnight, with police saying early this morning that 13 cars were burned in the French capital. By 1 a.m., at least 607 vehicles – including those in Paris – were burned during the 10th night of violence, said Patrick Hamon, spokesman for the national police. The overall figures were expected to climb by daybreak, he added. The violence – originally concentrated in neighborhoods northeast of Paris with large immigrant populations – has spread across France, extending west to the rolling fields of Normandy and south to resort cities on the Mediterranean. Attacks were reported in Cannes and Nice. In the Normandy town of Evreux, arsonists burned at least 50 vehicles, part of a shopping center, a post office and two schools, Hamon said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Five police officers and three firefighters were injured battling the blazes, he said. The unrest is forcing France to confront long-simmering anger in its suburbs, where many Africans and their French-born children live on society’s margins, struggling with unemployment, poor housing, racial discrimination, crime and a lack of opportunity. Police deployed a helicopter and tactical teams to chase down youths speeding from one attack to another in cars and on motorbikes. Some 2,300 police were brought into the Paris region to bolster security, France-Info said. More than 250 people were arrested. The violence erupted Oct. 27 after the accidental electrocution of two teenagers who hid in a power substation, apparently believing police were chasing them. The anger spread to the Internet, with blogs mourning the youths. last_img read more


first_imgTá céim dearfach agus fíor thábhachtach eile glactha ag Coiste Bainistíochta Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar, ó thaobh forbairt agus caomhnú na Gaeilge de inár bpobal.Bhí atmaisféar breá spreagúil agus fabhrach san Ionad aréir, nuair a chruinnigh suas le scór go leith daoine I gceann a chéile, le tuilleadh eolais a fháil faoi na cainteanna agus na céimeanna atá ar siúl le Cúrsa Gaeilge de chuid Coláiste na bhFiann, a bhunadh inár bpobal an samhradh seo chugainn.I láthair ag an chruinniú bhí, Aire Stáit na Gaeltachta, Donnchadh Mac Fhionnlaoich TD. Léirigh sé ina chuid cainte, an fíor thábhacht a bhaineann le hiarrachtaí ón talamh aníos, ó thaobh cur chun cinn na Gaeilge I measc an phobail de agus chuige sin, lua sé go bhfuil lúcháir agus gliondar croí air cluinstin fa na socruithe cuí atá a ndéanamh, cúrsa Gaeilge de chuid Coláiste na bhFiann a thabhairt go Dobhar, I nGaeltacht Ghaoth Dobhair. Thagair an tAire Stáit, gur cúis imní do an titim tubaisteach a tháinig ar líon na scoláirí Gaeilge a bhíos ag freastal ar choláistí Gaeilge, i gceann de na Gaeltachtaí is Gaelaí in Éirinn (Gaoth Dobhair), ach go bhfuil sé dóchasach, go mbeidh athrach ag teacht ar seo anois agus ins an am atá amach romhainn.Ag tagairt de na buntáistí dearfacha a bhaineann le cúrsa Gaeilge de chuid Coláiste na bhFiann I gceantar, dúirt an tAire Stáit, go bhfuil Coláiste na bhFiann ar cheann de na Coláistí Gaeilge is éifeachtaí agus is proifisiúnta da bhfuil sa tír agus gur maith an rud é don cheantar, go bhfuil siad ag léiriú suime cúrsa a bhunadh I nGaoth Dobhair.Lena chois sin, mhol an tAire Stáit na hiarrachtaí atá idir lámh ag Coiste Bainistíochta an Ionaid agus chur sé ina luí go láidir ar a raibh I láthair, go bhfuil sé féin agus oifigí a Roinne, (An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta), ar fáil agus tiomanta achan tacaíocht, comhairle agus cuidiú gur féidir a thabhairt, a chur ar fáil, lena chinntiú go n-éireoidh go geal le athbhunadh Coláiste Gaeilge I nDobhar, ionnús go mbainfidh lucht foghlamtha na Gaeilge agus an pobal I gcoiteanna, sult agus tairbhe as.I láthair leis an tAire Stáit, bhí príomh oifigeach de chuid na Roinne, Bertie Ó hAinmhire, uasal, agus mhol seisean na hiarrachtaí leanúnacha atá a ndéanamh an Ghaeilge agus suim sa Ghaeilge a chothú. Rinne sé cur síos ar rial na Gaeilge mar aon leis na céimeanna cuí a bhaineann le aitheantas na Roinne a fháil do na mná tí. Labhair Pádraig Mac Aoidh, uasal, a bhfuil cúramaí na gcoláiste Gaeilge air sa Roinn, ar chúrsaí cóiríocht oiriúnach agus na treoirlínte Sábháilteacht Dóiteáin I dtithe.  Is mian le Coiste Bainistíochta Ionad Naomh Pádraig, buíochas a ghabhail leis An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta, ach go háirithe, leis na mná tí uilig a bhí I láthair ag an chruinniú agus a léirigh suim tabhairt faoi lucht Foghlamtha na Gaeilge a choinneáil ina dtithe. Aithníonn muid, cé go bhfuil próiseas fadálach romhainn lenár bhfís, athbheochan Coláiste Gaeilge I nDobhar a realú, go gcaithfidh muid uilig obair as lámh a chéile agus gníomh fiúntach a dhéanamh lena chinntiú go mbeidh deá thoradh ar an obair agus go mbeidh Coláiste na bhFiann I gcroílár Ghaoth Dobhair an samhradh seo chugainn agus go fadtréimhseach. Dá réir a chéile a thógtar na caisleáin! ‘CAITHFIDH MUID UILIG OBAIR AS LÁMH A CHÉILE’ – COISTE BAINISTÍOCHTA IONAD NAOMH PÁDRAIG, DOBHAR was last modified: August 10th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DOBHAR‘CAITHFIDH MUID UILIG OBAIR AS LÁMH A CHÉILE’ – COISTE BAINISTÍOCHTA IONAD NAOMH PÁDRAIGlast_img read more

Hand Fifa Ballon D’Or to Griezmann

first_imgRonaldo and Messi have won the last 10 Balon D’orsAfter winning ten consecutive Fifa Ballon D’Or shields between them, this World Cup year presents a perfect opportunity to break the Ronaldo-Messi stranglehold on the most prestigious individual football accolade.Not that there is anything wrong with soccer monopolies or duopolies. Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers have won the Scottish league title uninterrupted for thirty years and counting, yet Scots still enjoy their football.No one begrudges Ronaldo and Messi. Their prolonged dominance of the beautiful game is a testament to an enduring spirit of self-motivation, determination and renewal. Except, their failure to stamp a mark on Russia 2018 opens the door for a new kid on the block to claim the annual accolade.All of the ten-man short list for this year’s award had an outstanding season. When national team managers and captains, plus a selection of eminent soccer journalists make their choice soon, any of Raphael Varane, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Antoine Griezmann, Luca Modric and Kylian Mbappe will feel they are in with a genuine shout to break the CR7-Messi duopoly.Using an elimination process, I have concluded that this year’s award belongs to Griezmann. True, Varane won the Champions League and World Cup but his numbers don’t add up for his to become the first defender since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 to be bestowed with title of world’s best player.Same applies to Eden Hazard, whose starring role in Chelsea’s FA Cup triumph and Belgium’s march to third place in Russia belies an underwhelming league season.Until February, Messi was a cast-iron certainty to win his sixth Ballon D’Or. The Argentine genius’ goals and assists as Barcelona sewed up an eighth Primera Liga title in eleven years and third successive Copa del Rey, were mesmerizing. But he faded as the season wore on, and was absent without Leave as AS Roma knocked Blagruana out of the Champions League.Inversely, Ronaldo’s numbers from January to June as Real Madrid lifted Big Ears were stunning. However, in a World Cup year, I can’t see Messi repeating his 2010 fate of beating then Inter Milan and Holland star Wesley Sneidjer, or for that matter Ronaldo toppling Bayern Munich’s Frank Ribery to the 2013 award.In similar vein, Harry Kane’s World Cup Golden Boot and goals blitz with Spurs did not result in silverware. Which takes us to Kylian Mbappe, whose breakthrough season ended with glory in Russia. But in the cold light of day, a serious analyst has to consider Paris Saint Germain’s Champions League capitulation to Real Madrid with a whimper. Both Mbappe and Neymar could not stand out to be counted.This leaves me with Modric and Griezmann. When I first saw Fifa’s shortlist, my first instinct was to say World Cup Golden Ball winner should get the accolade. His leadership in Croatia’s march to the semifinals and creativity as Real lifted Big Ears for a third year in a row was for the ages.Nevertheless, Griezmann tops him. The Atletico Madrid front man carried his club’s goal scoring burden as they challenged Barca in La Liga. Besides, the Frenchman top scored in both Atletico’s successful Europa League and Les Bleus’ World Cup campaign.*Hand the Ballon D’Or to Griezmann*Comments Tags: FIFA Balon Dortoplast_img read more

Will Nick Bosa’s political views become an issue for 49ers?

first_imgDo Nick Bosa’s beliefs matter to you?Yes. He needs to be a good representative of the 49ers.No. I’m only concerned about what he does on the field.VoteView Results Take Our PollBy grabbing Nick Bosa with the second pick of the NFL draft, the 49ers got a man most agree should disrupt opponents’ quarterbacks and backfields for years to come. But is there a chance Bosa will also become a disruptive force within the team’s fanbase or even its locker room because of his political beliefs?BOSA TO BAY AREA …last_img

OR Tambo spreads its wings

first_imgAn outside view of the new terminal. The arrivals area inside the terminal can accommodate thousands of visitors to South Africa. Sphiwe Mfeka, with his colleague Nomathansanqa Maqashalala, help show the public around the new terminal. A passenger is assisted at the informationdesk An artist’s impression of the new retail area and waiting lounge once its completed inside the terminal.Image: courtesy of Acsa. Khanyi MagubaneJohannesburg-born Sphiwe Mfeka has always loved airports. So much so, that his cousin who works at the OR Tambo International airport, used to take him along to work to give him an opportunity to see the arriving and departing planes.Today, Mfeka still has the opportunity to visit his favourite place, his love for being around the aircrafts has been somewhat realised after he was hired as an i-Help Agent formation officer in the brand-new international arrivals terminal at the OR Tambo International Airport.Phase one of the new R2.3-billion (US$287-million) terminal opened its doors on 3 September.Brand new featuresThe new terminal has been built not only to accommodate an expected increase in international visitors ahead of the Fifa 2010 Word Cup, but also to implement the airport’s new, more user-friendly customs control process.On arrival, visitors will be received into an international arrivals public concourse, which at 18 000m² is more than twice the size of the existing international arrivals halls.Unlike before, the arrival terminal will house various retail facilities available, including a post office, cellular phone shops and foreign exchange services. Most of the restaurants are expected to start cooking in December.Although it’s only the arrivals sections that’s currently operational, the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) says they expect the departure lounge to open its doors to the public in April next year.The new departures terminal will boast 75 check-in counters, and will link the international and domestic check-in facilities.Keeping in line with consistency of the airport’s design, departures will be predominantly on the upper level and arrivals on the ground level.One of the key challenges that come with the launch of the new terminal is the confusion of the changed venue and structure of the airport. Those coming to pick up incoming international passengers have to be redirected.To this end, assistants like Mfeka, come in handy.There are two sets of information officers. The first, clad in orange waistcoats, are located along the route leading to the new terminal from the various parking areas. The second set of officers then usher those picking up passengers to the new terminal and help them find their way around.The building of the entire terminal, with all the components completed, is expected to be fully operational by December 2009. This will include the complete installation of a new baggage management system with 10 new baggage reclaim carousels, four of which will be 90m long.The airport’s general manager Chris Hlekane, says the launching of the new terminal falls in line with the completion of the O.R. Tambo International Gautrain station. This is the first Gautrain station to be completed.The railway line will be elevated above the airport and will be directly connected to the central terminal building.Hlekane described the opening of the new terminal, as an indication that South Africa is making great strides in preparing itself for receiving all the visitors attending the World Cup, “It gives me great pleasure to declare that OR Tambo is on track for 2010 and beyond” he said.According to the airport’s project manager, Kesavan Naicker, the handicapped have also been taken into consideration. Sloping floors have been opted for instead of stairs in the terminal. For the visually impaired, the elevators also use voice-recognition technology, making moving around the airport easier.Naicker also added that once construction is completed, there will be enough capacity to meet growth in passenger numbers until 2015, after which they would consider further extensions. Construction has been underway for the past 10 years.A much needed faceliftThe launching of the new terminal forms part of a R3-billion ($366-million) construction overhaul for the airport.Apart from the new terminals, progress is underway to complete a new 5 200 bay multi-storey parkade. The complete parkade is expected to start operating in the first quarter of next year.Outside, the pavement of the runway and taxiways for the planes on the eastern part of the airport, have been rehabilitated and upgraded to accommodate the new A380 airbus.Construction of the additional rapid exit taxiways has also been completed. The replacement of the aircraft refuelling pipelines has been completed. The runway has also been widened by an extra 5m.Connecting the worldAccording to Acsa, the O.R. Tambo International Airport is the air transport hub of Southern Africa, catering for more than 17 million passengers each year.The staff component is made up of more than 18 000 people employed by various companies. The airport is centrally located in Johannesburg. It’s a 20-minute drive from the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg and a 45-minute trip from Sandton and Rosebank, where most international visitors prefer to stay.Situated within the airport complex is the luxurious Airport Sun Intercontinental, a five-star hotel with top-class 24-hour service. Guests are not restricted to a check-in or check-out time, and meals can be ordered around the clock.For those looking for more affordable accommodation, there’s the Holiday Inn hotel just outside the airport exit. Another Holiday Inn Garden Court is less than a kilometre away.Getting to and from the airport has also been simplified over the years. All passenger drop-offs take place on an upper roadway, while all pick-ups on a lower roadway.Passengers parked far from the terminals can also make use of a shuttle and golf cart services. For those with heavy luggage, porters are constantly on stand-by to help.Foreign visitors wanting to change their currency into the local South African Rand, can do so at the many forex dealers available. General banking services, automatic teller machines (ATMs), as well as a choice of car rental services can be found at the airport.OR Tambo also enjoys a large number of international airlines that fly from the airport to various destinations around the world.Airlines operating from the airport include Virgin Atlantic Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, KLM, Etihad, Air France, Air Namibia, Air Seychelles, Cathy Pacific Airways, Gulf air, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways and the national carrier, South African Airways.Do you have queries or comments on this story? 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Remembering Joe Slovo, 20 years on

first_img7 January 2015Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Joe Slovo, the general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and a founding member of the Congress of Democrats.A stalwart of the struggle against apartheid, Slovo died on 6 January 1995.Slovo was chief of staff of Umkhonto weSizwe and he served on the revolutionary council of the ANC from 1969 until its dissolution in 1983.He served in South Africa’s first democratic Cabinet as housing minister.ChildhoodSlovo came to South Africa as a child when his family emigrated from Lithuania to escape Europe’s anti-Semitism.Educated in Johannesburg, he was influenced by a militant Irish teacher, John O’Meara. He left school after Standard 6 (Grade 8). He worked as a dispatch clerk at SA Druggists, joining the National Union of Distributive Workers. As a shopsteward, he was involved in organising a strike.Slovo joined the South African Communist Party in 1942, dedicating himself to gaining power for the people and removing the oppressive apartheid regime then ruling South Africa.Influenced by Red Army heroism, he left his surroundings in Doornfontein boarding house and volunteered to fight for the allies in World War II. He later became very active in the Springbok Legion.Political activismBetween 1946 and 1950, he attended Wits University in Johannesburg, where he completed his law degree. As a student, was politically active and involved in civil disobedience campaigns of the 1950s.In 1949 he married Ruth, the daughter of SACP treasurer Julius First. Both First and Slovo were listed as communists under the Suppression of Communism Act of 1954 and could not be quoted or attend public gatherings in South Africa.First was killed in 1982 by a parcel bomb, believed to have been sent by the apartheid regime to her office in Maputo, Mozambique.Slovo and First had three daughters – Shawn, Gillian and Robyn. Shawn’s account of her childhood “A World Apart” was turned into a movie.Slovo was a founder member of the Congress of Democrats. He represented COD on the national consultative committee of the Congress Alliance which drew up the Freedom Charter.ExileHe was arrested and detained for two months during the Treason Trial of 1956. Charges against him were dropped in 1958. He was later arrested for six months during the State of Emergency declared after Sharpeville in 1960.In 1961, Slovo emerged as one of the leaders of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military arm of the ANC.In 1963, he was forced into exile – first to London, where he completed his LLM at the London School of Economics.First joined him in exile after her own detention later in 1963. While in exile Slovo continued his work for the SACP and ANC, moving to Mozambique in 1977 to establish an operational centre for the ANC.Two years after the death of Ruth First in 1982, South Africa and Mozambique signed the Nkomati Accord and Slovo was forced to leave Mozambique.Slovo was elected general secretary of the SACP in 1984. He was also MK’s chief of staff and a member of the national executive council’s working committee.ReturnSlovo returned to South Africa in 1990 to participate in the early “talks about talks” between the government and the ANC. Following a short period of ill health, he said he would not stand again as SACP general secretary.At the party’s congress in South Africa in December 1991, Slovo was elected SACP chairperson; with the late Chris Hani elected general secretary.Slovo was a leading theoretician in both the SACP and the ANC. He wrote numerous articles for the African Communist, of which he was former editor, as well as countless pamphlets. He also contributed to several books such as “No Middle Road”.Always portrayed as an arch-Stalinist by the former South African government, Slovo surprised his critics with his “Has Socialism Failed?” pamphlet in 1989, acknowledging the weaknesses of socialism and excesses of Stalinism.In 1992 an adapted form of his “Sunset Clause” document, allowing for a form of power sharing with the government, was adopted by the NWC.CommemorationSlovo loved classical music, particularly the work of Mahler, and his favourite book was Gogol’s “Dead Souls”. He was married to agricultural economist Helena Dolny and lived in Johannesburg.Dogged by ill-health from the early 1990s, Slovo died on 5 January 1995.At an event held at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Slovo’s death on Tuesday, Blade Nzimande, the party’s current secretary general, called on tripartite alliance partners – the ANC, the SACP and Cosatu – to use 2015 to forge unity.Read the speeches and writings of Joe Slovo on the SACP’s website: and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Upgrades Ahead for Microsoft Windows Phone 7: Multitasking, IE 9, Kinect Integration

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Microsoft announced its plans today to make several important upgrades to its Windows Phone 7. Some of these features will be out in March – the first major upgrade to Microsoft’s new smart-phone – and will include the addition of copy-and-paste. Other upgrades are set to roll out later this year.These will include the phone’s availability on CDMA networks, multitasking, offline document storage via Windows Live SkyDrive, and the addition of a “dramatically enhanced” Internet Explorer 9. The latter will feature the same standards support and hardware accelerated graphics as the PC version of the browser.These features will all serve to fill in some of the gaps in the phone’s initial release, making it more competitive with other smart-phones on the market. The lack of multitasking on the Windows 7 phone – the inability to, say, check your email and listen to music simultaneously – is often cited as a major drawback to the phone.Windows 7 Phone With Kinect IntegrationBut if these upgrades sound pretty run-of-the-mill, then here’s a video demo that’s a lot more exciting – integration with Microsoft Kinect. The Windows Phone 7 devices already feature integration with Xbox Live. But currently that simply amounts to being able to view your friends’ activites and achievements. As the demo below demonstrates, there are a number of very interesting possibilities when our phones can become our game controllers. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Speaking at the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tauted these upgrades as some of the ways in which the company plans to expand and scale its platform. And while we can be dazzled by the potentials for Kinect integration, it may be the recently announced partnership with Nokia that offers the Windows Phone 7 more oomph. Related Posts Tags:#gaming#Microsoft#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … audrey watterslast_img read more