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South Africa: time to be a good host!

first_imgWhat are you doing to be a good host in 2009 and 2010?As South Africa gears up to host the world of football, South Africans are being called on to get behind their national football team, to be a part of the buzz around the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup – and to be good hosts to the football fans that visit the country.Ke nako. It’s time …HOW TO BE A GREAT 2009 AND 2010 HOSTThe 2010 Local Organising Committee, the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) and South African Tourism have put their heads together and come up with six ways in which you can be a great 2009 and 2010 host.They’re simple, they’re fun do, and they’ll make you part of the action that’s going to unfold between now and that final match at Soccer City, Johannesburg on Sunday, 11 July 2010. So the only question is …What are you doing to be a good host in 2009 and 2010?1. Be informedKnow what’s going down in your own backyard. For pretty much everything you might need to know – about the teams, the venues, the dates, the host cities, the work that’s going in to get the country geared – check out: –2009 Fifa Confederations – (Fifa 2009 website) –2010 Fifa World Cup (Fifa 2010 website) –South Africa 2010 (SA government 2010 website) –Visit South Africa 2010 (SA Tourism 2010 website) –Shine 2010 (2010 good news) –Project 2010 (2010 readiness updates)2. Support our countryLearn to sing the national anthem. Fly the national flag. We’re footballing into the future – don’t be left behind! –South Africa’s national anthem –Fly, the beloved flag!3. Support our team, support our playersWe did it in 1996, and Bafana Bafana came out of international isolation to win the African Cup of Nations. Co-hosts South Korea got behind their team in 2002, and their team responded by upsetting favourites Spain in the quarterfinals to become the first Asian team to reach the World Cup semifinals.Germany did the same in 2006, and their team – previously written off at home and abroad – went as far as extra time in the semifinals before bowing out to eventual tournament winners Italy. -Bafana Bafana for the Confederations Cup semifinals – “win two to go through” – yes, we can!All you Gunners and Red Devils fans in SA – support Man U/Arsenal and a PSL team! –Soccer in South AfricaFind out more about Bafana Bafana: –Confederations Cup: Bafana Bafana4. Learn to blow a vuvuzela …… Get yourself a makarapa. Wear a Zakumi badge. Follow the games. Talk about them over a pap ‘n vleis braai. Get interested. Do any of these things in the spirit of Bafana, and you can count yourself a Bafana Bafana fan! –Vuvuzela: SA football’s beautiful noise –Hats off to SA football’s makarapa! –Zakumi: spirit of South Africa 20105. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to a game!Buy yourself and your kids/granddad/partner/buddy tickets to a Confederations Cup match. Maybe you’re the CEO? Buy tickets for your staff – it’ll be the best (and cheapest) corporate bonding outing you ever organised! –Buying Confed Cup tickets made easy –2010: second ticket phase kicks offAnd when you go to a game, gents, it’s time to …6. Do things THE RIGHT WAY -Get to the stadium an hour before the game. -Check your ticket, know your number, and sit in your designated seat. -Don’t use the steps as seats. -Don’t bring bottles or other “cellular” to the stadium (if you know what we’re talking about, then we’re talking to you!)Article last updated: May 2009Related ArticlesNews: Call to unite, celebrate Africa’s World Cuplast_img read more

Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from game uniforms in 2019

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The fight over Wahoo has spanned decades in Cleveland.Every year, groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium before the home opener in hopes of not only getting the team to abolish Chief Wahoo but to change the Indians’ nickname, which they feel is an offensive depiction of their race.Those dissenting voices have been met with fans devoted to preserving Chief Wahoo’s place in team history. The Indians’ resurgence in the mid-1990s helped spur a downtown renaissance in Cleveland.The NFL’s Washington Redskins have come under similar fire to change their logo and nickname but so far have resisted. Last year, a Supreme Court ruling in another case cleared the way for the Redskins to preserve the trademark on its logo. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ LATEST STORIES FILE – In this June 19, 2017 file photo, members of the Cleveland Indians wear uniforms featuring mascot Chief Wahoo as they stand on the field for the national anthem before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. The Cleveland Indians are taking the divisive Chief Wahoo logo off their jerseys and caps, starting in 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)CLEVELAND — Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Cleveland Indians’ uniform next year.The polarizing mascot is coming off the team’s jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo’s presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist.ADVERTISEMENT “Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”Under growing pressure to eliminate Chief Wahoo, the club has been transitioning away from the logo in recent years. The Indians introduced a block “C″ insignia on some of their caps and have removed signs with the Wahoo logo in and around Progressive Field, the team’s downtown ballpark.National criticism and scrutiny about the Indians’ allegiance to Chief Wahoo grew in 2016, when the Indians made the World Series and Manfred expressed his desire to have the team eradicate the symbol. Earlier in that postseason, a lawsuit was filed while the club was playing in Toronto to have the logo and team name banned from appearing on Canadian TV. That court case was dismissed by a judge.The Indians’ bid to host the 2019 All-Star Game, which it was ultimately awarded, further heightened debate over Wahoo.“We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion,” Dolan said. “While we recognize many of our fans have a long-standing attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019.”ADVERTISEMENT Abueva finally shows up at Gilas practice John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Associated Press was informed of the decision before an official announcement was planned for Monday by Major League Baseball.After lengthy discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Indians are taking the extraordinary step of shelving the big-toothed, smiling, red-faced caricature, which has been used in used in various expressions by the team since 1947.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, the American League team will continue to wear the Wahoo logo on its uniform sleeves and caps in 2018, and the club will still sell merchandise featuring the mascot in Northeast Ohio. The team must maintain a retail presence so that MLB and the Indians can keep ownership of the trademark.“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” Manfred said in a statement. “Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.last_img read more

Maizo-Pontillas ‘pressured’ after winning MVP plum

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Froome loses Tour lead to Aru, Bardet wins 12th stage Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Cignal’s diminutive defensive ace Jheck Dionela was the conference’s Best Libero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Rhea Dimaculangan and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERPetron Blaze Spiker Aiza Maizo-Pontillas is no stranger to winning individual awards.And she added another hardware to her collection Thursday night, taking home the MVP in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference Thursday after helping Petron dethrone F2 Logistics in five sets, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “But I will still work hard to show that I deserve the MVP.”Maizo-Pontillas’ teammate and fellow UST alum Rhea Dimaculanagan, meanwhile, won the Best Setter award.READ: Petron blanks F2, closes in on PSL titleMika Reyes also took an individual trophy for Petron, winning the 2nd Best Blocker Award while silver medalist Mary Joy Baron was named the Best Blocker.Foton teammates EJ Laure and Jaja Santiago won the Best Outside Spiker and Best Opposite Spiker trophies, respectively, while F2 Logistics’ Ara Galang was named the 2nd Best Spiker.ADVERTISEMENT “I think I’m more pressured right now because I won the MVP,” said Maizo-Pontillas, who won several MVPs when she bannered University of Santo Tomas in the Shakey’s V-League.READ: Petron claims PSL All-Filipino title, sweeps F2FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMaizo-Pontillas likened her MVP trophy to being part of the national team, as immense pressure comes along with with both distinctions.“This MVP trophy is like being named to the national team because not only does it bring pressure but the expectation for you to perform well is also there,” said Maizo-Pontillas, who had 14 points in the title-clinching game. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

APM Terminals Gothenburg Taps Into New Labor Pool

first_imgzoom Swedish APM Terminals Gothenburg has signed an agreement with the staffing agency Adecco to hire temporary personnel effective October 1, 2017 to address adhoc extra staffing needs at peak times.The main work carried out at the container terminal will continue to be performed by the permanent staff, the terminal operator said, adding that the collaboration with Adecco enables APM Terminals to increase reliability and flexibility during those times when extra staffing are required to handle customer requests “in a faster, more responsive, customized manner.” “In our business, we see weather conditions affecting ship schedules, last minute changes to supply chains or unplanned absences making it essential for us to be able to adjust the size of our workforce to keep pace with our customer requests. We believe this new option can translate into more customer success that will grow our business,” Henrik Kristensen, APM Terminals Gothenburg Managing Director, said.Until this deal, APM Terminals Gothenburg has been involved in an arrangement known in Sweden as the Blixtsystem, in which additional personnel were shared with three other port facilities in Gothenburg. Just over 300 people are currently employed temporarily on an hourly basis in the Blixtsystem, which is shared by APM Terminals, Logent Ports & Terminals AB and Gothenburg Ro/Ro Terminal AB in the Port of Gothenburg.APM Terminals’ involvement in the Blixtsystem will cease at the end of the year.“We are looking forward to supplying skilled personnel through our partnership with APM Terminals Gothenburg. We have now started recruiting new personnel, and our aim is to work closely with the company to build up an effective staffing solution for them,” Niklas Evheden, Branch Manager at Adecco in Gothenburg, said.The move comes on the back of a series of industrial actions which hit APM Terminals Gothenburg over a period of a year from mid-2016. Nine days were lost to strikes and 14 trade union blockades following one after the other were organized during the period, leading to a loss of several customers.In June 2017, the operator served a notice of termination to 160 staff members, out of a total of 450 employees, citing “a sharp fall in volumes over the past year” as the reason.last_img read more

BBC Oregon Refloated after Grounding off Newfoundland

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Canadian Coast Guard The 12,660 dwt general cargo vessel BBC Oregon has been refloated after it ran aground in the Bay Bulls harbor on June 30.According to the Canadian Coast Guard, the CCGS Edward Cornwallis and the tug Beverley M towed the 138-meter-long ship off its grounding location to a safe anchorage in the harbor.There were no reports of injuries or pollution following the incident.The officials conducted an assessment of the vessel, whereby no damages to the hull structure were found.Operated by BBC Chartering, the general cargo ship ran aground shortly after unmooring in Newfoundland, Canada.According to AIS data provided by VesselsValue, the ship is currently at anchor in Bay Bulls harbor.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Kashmiri youths swindled on pretext of jobs at IndiGo Airlines miscreants held

first_imgWith the arrest of two persons, who set up a website and duped several Kashmiri youths on the pretext of jobs as crew members and ground staff in Indigo Airlines, the Delhi Police has stumbled upon an inter-state fake job module operating from Central Delhi, the police said on Thursday.The matter came into light when a 22-year-old man, along with 15 other youths, from the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir approached the Jama Masjid police station on March 16. While, two of the identified accused – Irfan and Mohammed Shahid, have been arrested, two others – Amir Shora and Yawar Naik, still remain at large. “We suspect that the module had been working from a long time and have duped hundreds of youths. There could be more members in this module and investigations are underway,” said Paramaditya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central). Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAccording to the police, the accused set up a website named Peace Career Consultancy and Job Assistance and advertised themselves through OLX.com. On March 8, the 22-year-old complainant came across the advertisement and applied for the job, for which he first had to meet Yawar and deposit a registration fee of Rs 1,000 at the consultancy office in Anantnag. The next day, the complainant, along with around 50 others were interviewed by Amir Shora, who claimed to be a representative of Indigo Airlines. Soon, the complainant was informed that he has been selected as a ground staff, with a start-up salary of Rs 17,000. But he was also asked to leave for Delhi immediately for the final round of interaction and for collecting the appointment letter. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedOn March 10, on his way to Delhi in a bus, the complainant met 15 others who were selected as ground staff in Indigo Airlines through the same consultant. They lodged themselves in the same hotel in old Delhi’s Jama Masjid area. Meanwhile, the interaction scheduled on March 12 went on getting postponed and on March 15, the applicants were asked to report at the Indigo Airlines headquarters in Gurgaon. When they went there, they were told that there was no interview. That is when they started suspecting the consultant. On March 16, the consultant sent two persons – claiming to be Head Representatives – to the old Delhi Hotel for the final interaction. The job-seekers then immediately asked them to show their identity cards. When they refused, they were asked several questions – like the address of their head office and so – which they apparently had no clues about. The duo then tried to run away when the youths got hold of them and handed them over to the police. They were identified as Irfan and Mohammed Shahid.They have been booked under charges of cheating and other relevant sections of IPC. A team shall soon be sent to Anantnag to nab the other accused, said a police official.last_img read more

The Payments App Millennials Swear By

first_img Register Now » 5 min read November 5, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global In preparation for this year’s Burning Man festival, Ari Kalfayan, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, went out and bought costumes for he and a friend. The total cost came to just under $1,000. But instead of reimbursing Kalfayan with cash, the friend paid him back using a smartphone app called Venmo. All it took was a few taps to send money between their accounts.“I just found Venmo really easy to use for splitting costs for fun activities,” says Kalfayen.Small payments between friends is fueling rapid growth for Venmo, which lets people easily pay one another for everything from dinner to cocktails to paying rent. The idea is to free people from having to use cash or a check to split a bill.Venmo handled $700 million in payments in the third quarter, 50% more than the previous quarter. The number of people who use the app is unclear. But it’s telling that devotees are increasingly using Venmo’s name as a verb — as in, “I’ll just Venmo you” — much like Google, Facebook and Skype. Indeed, the app has become something of a must-have for Silicon Valley’s young digerati, who regularly use the service to settle up between themselves after a night of bar hopping.But it’s also an area with huge competition from PayPal, Amazon, and Apple among others, all itching for the shot to process people’s transactions and make a buck.Venmo was founded in 2009 by former University of Pennsylvania roommates Andrew Kortina and Iqram Magdon-Ismail. Three years later, they sold their start-up for $26.2 million to the credit processing firm Braintree. EBay  later gobbled up the entire company to build up its digital payments arm, PayPal.When first acquired, Venmo had already gained a foothold among teen and twenty-something users. That trend has continued.Being owned by a large company with deep pockets like eBay gives Venmo breathing room to focus on growth without having to worry so much about profits. The situation will become a bit more interesting next year after eBay spins off PayPal – and Venmo along with it- into a separate company.Jared Fliesler, a venture capitalist at Matrix Partners and formerly a vice president at the payments startup Square, explained that Venmo’s rise is tied to its ease-of-use. The ability to quickly find existing users and invite new ones by searching someone’s virtual phone book and Facebook contacts helped with the app’s growth.“It was a simple product with a clear use case, so people got it and use it,” Fliesler says.Transactions appear in a section of Venmo loosely resembling Facebook’s news feed that friends can see unless users fiddle with the settings to turn it off. To maintain privacy, Venmo never shows the actual payment amount, merely the payment’s purpose, which users type in. The social networking aspect is by no means a critical feature. But it sometimes makes for short-lived entertainment.“Most overpriced drink of my life,” reads one Venmo update posted by one user going by the name Shira Papir. “For full body wax,” reads another from a user identified as Roberto Sroka.The big question for Venmo however is whether it’s built to last. It competes with big guns like Amazon and Apple, both of which are pushing payments services. Additionally, Facebook is reportedly developing a service that would let users of its Messenger pay one another. If true, Facebook’s payments service would be able to tap into the more than one billion people who already check the social network every month.Marc Freed-Finnegan, who led the product development of Google Wallet for a year-and-a-half before leaving in 2012 to cofound Index, a retail analytics company, is skeptical about Venmo’s prospects. He mentioned Square, a payments startup founded by Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey, that got its start processing people’s credit cards but has branched out with new services including a Venmo-like system called Square Cash. “There’s already pretty strong competition from services like Square Cash at this time, which support pretty seamless payments between people,” he says.Oddly enough, PayPal, Venmo’s sister payment service, is also a rival because it too lets users pay each other. But Venmo appeals to the younger demographic in a way PayPal doesn’t.Braintree CEO Bill Ready says he doesn’t mind having two products in the PayPal family with similar features. He compares the situation to when Facebook acquired popular photo-sharing app Instagram. “You can take and share a photo with Instagram, or you can take and share a photo with the Facebook app,” he says.Eventually, PayPal will likely try to integrate Venmo into its other services to tap into those younger users. But for now, the Venmo team continues to experiment by introducing new features like “Venmo Nearby,” which lets users know when friends are in the neighborhood.Venmo isn’t a serious money-maker. It generates some money by charging merchants, not consumers, for accepting payments through the service. But Ready maintains that building out Venmo with features like Nearby helps with attracting more users, and in turn, creates more opportunities to earn money. Says Ready: “You’ll be seeing more and more of Venmo from us.” This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Wideload to travel up A34 on Sunday

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being advised to expect delays around the A34 as a wide-load travels through North Staffordshire this weekend. Police say the load will be travelling up from Stafford to Newcastle-under-Lyme, via the A34 Northbound on Sunday December 3. The load’s route will take it from Stafford, through Stone and then onto Newcastle. Staffordshire Police have warned that delays and diversions are likely as the vehicle, and its escort, travel through the region. The load is said to be one of the largest yet – weighing 587 tons, 105 metres long and 5.77 metres wide. The wide-load is due to leave Stafford at 8am. We will be bringing you live updates on the load’s progress through North Staffordshire on Sunday morning. Another wide-load passed through the region yesterday morning. Read MorePolice name lorry driver who died in accident on A500 For the latest traffic and travel news from across the region, you can visit our designated Traffic and Travel channel here. For live travel news for the rest of Monday, visit our Live News Service here.last_img read more