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Cristiano Ronaldo inspires praise, and more goals, from Lionel Messi

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Messi and Ronaldo dueled for nine years in the Spanish league before the Portugal forward opted to move to Juventus. Despite facing off directly in two league matches each season, they also met several times in other competitions and were constantly compared, week in, week out.With the Champions League now down to the final eight, they could be back on the same field soon. The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.The five-time Ballon d’Or winners have met five times in the Champions League. Ronaldo’s Manchester United edged Barcelona in the 2008 semifinals, but Messi got revenge a year later when he scored in a 2-0 victory over United in the final. They met again in 2011 semifinals, when Messi scored twice to help Barcelona eliminate Real Madrid.Both players have winning the continent’s elite tournament again as a priority. Messi has won it four times, Ronaldo five.Messi promised his fans he would do all he could to win another European Cup at the start of the season, while Ronaldo is surely eager to prove he was the reason Madrid won it for four of the past five years.Messi counts Juventus as one of the top candidates standing in his way, but it is not alone.“There are several very good teams,” Messi said. “(Manchester) City, Juventus… Ajax has shown that it has a great team of younger players who aren’t afraid of anyone. Liverpool has a lot of firepower like it showed against Bayern (Munich).“We’ll have to see who we are drawn with and prepare for what is to come, which will be the hardest part yet.” Not to be outdone, Messi responded a day later by scoring twice and providing two assists to turn a balanced matchup against Lyon into a 5-1 blowout.But while the talent gap between them is almost imperceptible, their public displays remain unmistakably dissimilar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRonaldo used an obscene gesture, mimicking a similar one by Atletico coach Diego Simeone during the first leg, after the final whistle of the 3-0 win in Turin.When asked about his goals, Ronaldo said “that’s why Juventus signed me.” LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Messi, in contrast, followed up his outstanding performance by praising Ronaldo.“What Cristiano and Juventus did was incredible,” Messi said after Wednesday’s win at Camp Nou. “I was surprised because I honestly thought Atletico would be stronger, but Juventus ran over them. Juventus is very powerful and besides that it has Cristiano, who had a magical night with his three goals.”Messi worked a bit of his usual magic as well.The Argentina forward gave his team the lead against Lyon with an early penalty. And just when the French team pulled a goal back for 2-1 and was pressing for a draw that would have sent them through, Messi took control by scoring a solo goal when he wrong-footed a pair of defenders. He then set up two more goals.“We did everything we could to stop (Messi), but when he is playing like this he is one of the best players of all time,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said. “He was like Ronaldo. He put the team on his shoulders.”ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain— Now playing in different countries, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still find ways to inspire one another to new heights.Ronaldo captured the attention of the soccer world on Tuesday when he scored a hat trick to lead Juventus past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions League quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019: Historic windfoiling and fun-filled freedom Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return PLAY LIST 02:54Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Transport Hike, State of Emergency Restrict Movement, Depopulate Monrovia

first_imgThe sustained hike in transport fares and the recently imposed State of Emergency have dramatically restricted movement and depopulated Monrovia, according to statistics of a week-long survey by the Daily Observer.The State of Emergency has, for the past week across the country, also relatively restricted the movement of food, other commodities and services.Central Monrovia and its suburbs are classic examples of how greater Monrovia has depopulated dramatically for the past one and half weeks.On top of that serious situation, the booming commercial activities in three of Monrovia’s commercial districts of Red-light, Duala and Waterside have dramatically dropped and prices of most critically needed commodities have sky rocketed.Transport fares for many Monrovia and surrounding routes have dramatically increased despite Commerce Ministry prohibition, and commuters and businesspeople continue to bear the brunt of the socio-economic hardships.Regrettably, essential food commodities that should be coming from rural Liberia have become so scarce that the average low income earners in Monrovia are being stretched to the limit.Some unscrupulous small businesspeople are taking advantage of the grave situation and escalating locally produced food commodities on the Liberian market to the detriment of ordinary Liberians.A week’s tour of the three major commercial districts in Monrovia revealed that prices of food and other commodities have tripled. Prices of food commodities in the three highly populated markets are preventing low income earners from buying and this is making it difficult to afford decent meals for their families.“This has led to genuine socio-economic belt-tightening and unbearable hardships in Ebola- stressed Liberia,” a political and economic commentator told the Daily Observer.Commentator Jackson Smith Davis, 55, suggested that strategies intended to implement the current State of Emergency should consider the fact that critically needed food commodities must come to the urban markets.“I must state quite frankly that the overstretched population cannot bear to cope with scarcity of critically needed food commodities, and this could generate to a full blown political and economic crisis [fueled by] resentment,” Mr. Davis cautioned.“While the Liberian Government and partners are heavily preoccupied with fighting the deadly Ebola virus in the country, other problems, including starvation, continue to send some Liberians to their early graves,” Mr. Davis said.A house wife of the Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville Tuesday told the Daily Observer that her every day  trip to the Red-light Market to buy food has become a nightmare, as the prices of food commodities are indeed beyond reach.Housewife Hawa Brown Washington also intimated that if the current trend continues unchecked by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, starvation may engulf many homes in Monrovia and its environs.“I have seen many households going to bed without food owing to the unbearable escalation of food prices at the Red-light Market,” Mrs. Washington lamented.“Even the measurement sizes of greens of all varieties have been reduced to the extent that LD$500 cannot prepare decent meal for a family of five in Monrovia,” Mrs. Washington asserted.Since the official statement by the Liberian Government for immediate reduction in the prices of critically needed commodities such as rice and petroleum products, there has been an upsurge of prices of the same commodities in Monrovia and other parts of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sheriff funding being restored

first_img-with files from Adam Reaburn and the Canadian Press Nearly one month after the B.C. government announced it would be cutting funding for several sheriff positions, it is now restoring that funding.B.C.’s Attorney General Barry Penner says the money is being returned after judges complained about the pressures on the court system.- Advertisement -The Province was set to cut 52 auxiliary deputies, equivalent to approximately 34 full-time positions.The original announcement had met with considerable opposition, including in Fort St. John where the City had sent a letter to various ministries and all municipalities in the Union of B.C. Municipalities to complain about the lack of consultation and notification about the cuts.Sheriffs have various responsibilities, including escorting prisoners to and from court houses, providing security within courtrooms and transporting prisoners to penitentiaries. When Sheriffs are not available, it is up to the local RCMP to take over some of those responsibilities, removing them from their regular duties, for which local municipalities pay.Although some judges had delayed or halted trials due to safety concerns, there is no information to suggest there were any cases that were disrupted in Fort St. John.Advertisementlast_img read more

Local businesses ‘seriously ill prepared’ for Brexit crash out

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Liam Doherty has criticised the government for what he says has been their failure to assist border businesses adequately prepare for the outcome of Brexit.The Finn Valley-based Sinn Féin councillor has said some of the initiatives rolled out to date by government to help businesses prepare for Britain’s withdrawal as ‘nothing more than window-dressing’.Cllr Doherty is calling on the government and state agencies to be much more proactive in their approach to ensuring business preparedness. He said: “It is incredible that this week we heard from Enterprise Minister Heather Humphries take to the airwaves to tell businesses to step up their ‘Brexit preparedness’ when it is the government itself that is failing in this regard.“The government is of course making a lot of noise and has been urging companies to avail of state supports and even advising them to contact their local enterprise Ireland office for news on supply chains.“These may make nice sound bites and is clearly an attempt from this administration to highlight the work it’s doing to help business get ready for Brexit day but, in reality, a lot of these initiatives have been nothing but window dressing.”As Brexit deadline looms on March 29th, Cllr Doherty said businesses are not getting the support they need from the state: “We’re six weeks away from a potential no-deal Brexit and the best that this government can come up with is a help-line and a slideshow from consultants. – this is not good enough in my view,” he said.“Enterprise Ireland has already warned that some 25,000 jobs could be lost in a no-deal scenario, and there’s little doubt that the border region would see its fair share of any potential job cuts.“I speak with business owners and employers here from across the border region every single day and, based on what they are telling me about their experiences, businesses here are being left to their own devices in terms of Brexit planning and are being left without much in the way of practical support from the state.“I am talking about the local shop keeper, the butcher, local retailers, hoteliers, restaurateurs, farmers and small manufacturers, all of whom speak of feeling cast adrift.”Cllr Doherty suggested that his party’s document on Brexit preparedness has the answers to impending economic disruption: “Sinn Féin has repeatedly highlighted the need for direct government support for businesses, particularly border businesses which, given their close proximity to the border, stand to be most adversely affected.“Importers and exporters based locally and that trade exclusively with Britain, the vast majority of which are small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), have voiced real fears that – given they have neither the expertise, scale or resources to easily change practices or navigate the complexities of heightened red tape – they are seriously ill prepared for a potential crash out Brexit by the end of March 2019.“Instead, government is demanding the impossible of our SMEs and, when challenged about their approach, Fine Gael chooses to hide behind a helpline, slideshows or seminars yet, there is very little tangible support being made available to business.“Sinn Féin on the other hand has listened to the concerns of businesses and, last week, the party launched its document on Brexit preparedness which includes a number of practical supports businesses should be able to avail of as Brexit looms. “The package equates to a €2bn Brexit stabilisation fund which would be in addition to any EU supports for agriculture and exporters.“Sinn Féin’s plan will address things like structural issues, while mitigating the short-term effects of Brexit on our exporters.“The time for action is now and I am calling on government to get its act together fast and provide local businesses here in the border region with the supports they need to survive and be sustainable despite all the uncertainty Brexit will create.”Local businesses ‘seriously ill prepared’ for Brexit crash out was last modified: February 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BrexitCllr Liam Dohertylast_img read more

DDTV: SEE THE STORY BEHIND LEO’S TAVERN, CLANNAD AND ENYA

first_imgThe story of Leo’s Tavern and how it led to the birth of Clannad and Enya is one of legend.Simply click on this video by RTE to see the story of one of Donegal’s most famous musical families. DDTV: SEE THE STORY BEHIND LEO’S TAVERN, CLANNAD AND ENYA was last modified: December 21st, 2015 by StephenShare 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:ClannadEnyaLeo’s TavernRTElast_img read more

ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR MAN WHO LEFT PUB WITHOUT PAYING

first_imgA JUDGE has issued an arrest warrant for a man with a County Cork address wanted in Donegal for allegedly leaving a pub without paying.Dermot O’Connor, who is 59 and from Kilkorney in Mallow, failed to appear when he was called at Letterkenny District Court.He faces a charge of leaving the Central Bar in Lifford on June 3 last without making payment. ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR MAN WHO LEFT PUB WITHOUT PAYING was last modified: June 16th, 2014 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:courtdrinkLetterkenny District CourtLiffordThe Central Barlast_img read more

Winners Revealed: Have you won tickets to the Letterkenny Food Festival?

first_imgThe second summer Off the Street Letterkenny Food Festival kicks off in less than 24 hours – so it’s time to announce the winners of our Donegal Daily giveaway!We have TWO family passes to give away for this festival of food, drink and entertainment at the Orchard Inn car park on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th July.And the winners are… Anne Breslinand Chris Frize Congratulations! You’ve each won a family pass to Off the Street LK!The Letterkenny Food Festival opens at 12noon this Saturday 28th July. Families and friends will be flocking to the Orchard Inn car park to sample great local food, learn all the tricks from producers and chefs, and listen to top local music artists.A jam-packed programme is set out  featuring demonstrations from some of Donegal’s best chefs and stories from dozens of local artisan producers to the backdrop of a wide array of street food vendors and singer/songwriters.All are welcome to come along and experience Donegal for not only its world-class scenery but also its exciting emerging culinary heritage.When? Saturday 28th (12-8pm) and Sunday 29th July (12-6pm)Where? Behind the Orchard Bar, High Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.How much are tickets? €3 per adult for a day pass, €5 per adult weekend pass (2 days), kids go free! Check out OFF THE STREET FEST on Twitter,  Facebook and Instagram for further updates on the event.Winners Revealed: Have you won tickets to the Letterkenny Food Festival? was last modified: July 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:competitionletterkenny food festivaloff the street lklast_img read more

Big Science Goes Total Left in Opposing Trump

first_imgHave they no shame? Science is not supposed to take political positions. What they’re doing this week undermines their credibility as unbiased seekers of the truth.Everyone knows the country is deeply divided politically, but there are certain groups who should keep out of politics on company time. If a scientist wants to express his or her views privately, that’s legit as it is for any citizen. But pretending that ‘science’ per se (as represented through scientific institutions and journals) only has one view of the new president is out of bounds. Maybe Big Media is refusing to report on scientists who support the new administration, but all you read in the major media is that ‘scientists’ not only dislike President Trump; they vow to fight him. Here are some samples:dScientists join massive protest against Trump (Nature). What could be clearer? “Scientists,” an imprecise group if there ever was one, are “against Trump.” Conversely, as the article implies, Trump is against science — and against “diversity” and “equality,” too. Sara Reardon reports, “Researchers at Women’s March in Washington DC defend their work as US president takes office.” Conservative scientists or researchers need not apply, because they don’t even exist in this broad-brush generalization. Nature also posted tweets from “Scientists on their hopes and fears for Trump administration” — only negative tweets, of course. Example from an anonymous Mr. E: “As teacher of well-founded Theory of Evolution, I worry about science under #BetsyDeVos & her science denying ilk. ”Climate scientists brace themselves for a Trump-led witch-hunt (New Scientist). “Witch-hunt?” Them’s fightin’ words. And the leftist pseudo-science rag New Scientist is fightin’ with ’em. Scientists, that is. Global warmists. Panicked piglets at the government teat.THE Climate forecast for the next four years is bleak. Donald Trump notoriously tweeted in 2012 that global warming was a hoax created by China to damage US manufacturing. As president-elect, he has chosen a climate change denialist to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and his pick for the helm of the energy department (DOE) is Rick Perry, who once suggested dismantling it.Question: if the DOE were dismantled, would it warm the planet or change anything? The DOE didn’t even exist until the summer of 1977. Take a moment to watch Bjorn Lomborg allay the fears and non-reason of these fearmongers (Prager University). The over-the-top propaganda words in the NS article are unworthy of science. If you thought for a moment that NS is a “news” site, pay attention to the bottom of the article, where they tell climate scientists where they can get legal counsel. The BBC is in on the campaign across the pond, too, promoting the march on Washington and the rogue Twitter accounts – no mention of the friendly meeting yesterday between President Trump and their own Prime Minister, Theresa May.Scientists Plan Washington March in Response to Trump (Live Science). Laura Geggel reports only scientists in favor of protesting Trump and his policies, giving the impression that ‘scientists’ represent a monolithic political bloc. Her bias mirrors that of the mainstream media, who gave 129 times more coverage of the anti-Trump women’s march on Washington compared to the March for Life (source: Newsbusters). A website was made to advertise the event, scientistsmarchonwashington.com.‘Rogue’ Science Agency Twitter Accounts Mock Trump-Ordered Restrictions (Space.com). Like Geggel, reporter Tariq Malik presents only anti-Trump positions of selected people pretending to speak for science. These people have set up unofficial Twitter accounts emblazoned with the logos of federal agencies such as the National Park Service, NOAA and NASA, to blast the new administration and its policies. Then Malik hands the baton back to Geggel with a link to her anti-Trump article about the march on Washington. Incidentally, Mindy Waisgerber presents the same bias in her Live Science article about the rogue Twitter accounts.3 Things You Need to Know About the Science Rebellion Against Trump (National Geographic). Et tu, NG? This blatantly partisan article by Paul Nicklen slanders Trump about orders “silencing” certain department heads without giving any response from the administration’s side. Nicklen makes it seem like Trump is acting out of personal peeve instead of studied position. The “heroes” of Trump’s “muzzling” of these departments (which do, after all, report to him), are scientists fighting his alleged “attacks” on science, and those supporting the march on Washington. One wishes in vain for a response by Kellyanne Conway, Mike Pence or Reince Priebus in the name of fairness, but Nicklen’s advocacy piece is nothing short of a battle cry, shouting ‘bravo‘ to the anti-Trump forces. And he calls it “three things you need to know.”Doomsday Clock Ticks Half-Minute Closer to Midnight in Historic Move (Live Science). It should be patently obvious to any thinking person that this “Doomsday Clock” scientists keep promoting has nothing to do with science, since nobody can foresee the future. It’s only a visualization gimmick to further certain political objectives. By reporting this charade, Mindy Waisberger joins with the self-appointed prophets to engage in fear-mongering about Trump’s election and his apparent denial of the science of man-caused global warming.What is fascism? (Live Science). Fascism belongs in the history and political science departments, not “live science.” In this not-so-subtle salvo against the Trump administration, Jessie Szalay pretends to offer a balanced presentation of the political history and nature of fascism, citing history experts. The opening photo shows Mussolini and Hitler. The timing of this article, however, is highly suspect, coming right after Democrats have accused Trump of fascism and ‘Hitlerian’ statements. That could be OK, shedding light on history, if Szalay also included some balance to defend Trump against the slander, but Szalay misrepresents conservatism as a stepping stone to fascism. Any mention of the anti-Trump protestors sporting blatantly communist slogans and resorting to violence? Crickets.Women’s access to birth control and abortion fading under Trump (New Scientist). Shouldn’t it be good news that abortion is becoming “safe, legal and rare” for liberals who once advocated those descriptive words? What could science possibly have to do with abortion? For all practical purposes, scientists would have to agree that a human life begins at conception, when a full complement of unique human genes began the developmental program toward birth. Why does NS writer Clare Wilson begin her anti-life rant with a photo of protestors with signs, “Stand with Planned Parenthood,” when that abortion provider was founded by a notorious eugenicist and racist?Those are just a few recent articles showing the lopsided political bias of Big Science. We’re not even caught up yet on the latest news. Trump hasn’t even done much concerning science after one week in office other than sign some executive orders, and the Senate has dragged on confirmation of his Cabinet appointees. Wouldn’t it be more scientific to actually watch for some data to come in, rather than to shout that the sky is falling? Who knows; liberals might even like some of Trump’s policies a year from now.It bears repeating: there are many great individual scientists who do quality work in their specialties, regardless of their political feelings. But their institutions — Big Science and its lapdog, Big Media –have gone so radically far left that they cannot be taken seriously when they engage in blatant, overt, shameless political advocacy. Treat them like you would Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton. (Visited 70 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Final whistle for winning Team SA?

first_imgCape Town was the host city for theHomeless World Cup in 2006. Gerald Bez shoots for goal during theHomeless World Cup match between SAand Australia, held at the Grand Paradein Cape Town, South Africa, in 2006.(Images: Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Clifford MartinusSAHSS: Director+27 21 704 6815 / +27 82 945 4812Ray MaotaThe South African Homeless Street Soccer (SAHSS) initiative teaches young people life skills for handling issues such as HIV/Aids, crime and substance abuse.This they do by using soccer as a tool to keep them off the streets and opening them up to opportunities outside their normal environment.The initiative is part of Oasis: “Reach for your dreams”, which was started in 2000 by director Clifford Martinus and his friends as an informal soccer team for youngsters living in the streets of Cape Town, but grew bigger and was formally registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO) in 2002. Oasis Soccer Club still exists today and takes part in local tournaments.Established in 2006, the SAHSS became part of a worldwide network known as the Homeless World Cup Foundation, which includes 94 international partner organisations whose goal is to improve the lives of homeless people through soccer.The foundation is the brainchild of Mel Young, the co-founder of The Big Issue, a weekly magazine sold by homeless people in Scotland. He is also responsible for setting up the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), a global network of street papers sold worldwide.It was in Cape Town, at the end of the annual INSP conference in 2001, that Young and Austrian Harald Schmied, who is also involved in issues relating to homeless people, came up with the concept of the Homeless World Cup Foundation.“When we started out it was just to get the youth busy with soccer,” said Martinus.“Never did we realise that this was the beginning of a way of reaching more people and become a sense of opportunity for others less fortunate than ourselves.”He added that they are looking to expand their soccer programmes to more provinces and in future host a national street soccer tournament.Team SA is ranked 20th out of 56 nations involved in the international tournament. This year’s event takes place in Mexico in October and will host a record 72 countries, with 56 taking part in the men’s event and 16 in the women’s.The tournament started in Graz, Austria in 2003, and has been to four continents.National teams send different members every year, so as to give as many of their incumbents exposure to travelling and learning about new cultures as possible.“People tend to think this is just a joyous trip, but for these youngsters, meeting people with similar situations – whether it is drug abuse of being considered anti-social – is an eye-opener,” said Martinus.“They are boarding a plane for the first time to another country, and when they get there they realise that some of the people they meet are going through the same situation and there is a way out of it.”Not only for the homelessMartinus said although it’s named homeless street soccer, it does not include only the homeless and destitute.“Most of the participants live in places of safety and are from the streets, while others live in informal settlements,” he said.The team taking part in this year’s event will consist of eight players, four technical staff members and two social workers. It is in need of funds to help cover travelling costs.Mobile phone company Cell C, which was team sponsor for the 2010 and 2011 competitions, has had to restructure its sponsorship responsibilities this year.“Unfortunately our funding this year has gone to women and children initiatives and we could not carry on with the sponsorship,” confirmed Mag Pillay, Cell C public relations manager.The issue is uppermost on Martinus’s mind.“We need to get funds for flight tickets, the kit and a stipend for the players so they can feel comfortable among their counterparts at the tournament.”The cost of the trip is likely to exceed R200 000 (US$24 000) due to the airfares.Success stories of the initiativeAyanda Nqkayi (35) is a former captain of the team. Before joining the initiative he used to sell dagga as a means of survival, but through the SAHSS programme has become involved with the Cape Town Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).Nqkayi participates in YMCA projects such as the After School Programme, where youngsters are motivated to develop their education, confidence, leadership, and social skills in a safe environment.Martinus said they also recently had the Western Cape Street Soccer finals and called on previous players to facilitate with the proceedings so they can earn some money.Thulisile Bolana (24) from Khayelitsha is also a member of the SAHSS team. He will be going to Germany in June to a leadership camp organised by the UN Sport for Development and Peace. He is one of only three from Africa who were invited to represent the projects to which they belong and share ideas with others from around the world.He will be representing Oasis and speaking on how youth from around the world use soccer and sports in general to develop themselves.Lukhanyo Mdokwa, who was captain of the team in 2010, was taken in as assistant coach for South Africa at last year’s event. While there he was asked by the director of Paris-based Saint-Germain soccer club, who is Brazilian, to assist with the Brazil homeless team.“Lukhanyo will this year go again as assistant coach if we do get the funds to go to Mexico, but he will not come back to South Africa as he will join the Brazilian team and work at an NGO in Brazil,” said Martinus.last_img read more

Gallery: Eastern Cape, a place of natural wonders

first_imgCross the border into the Eastern Cape, whether along the N6 or N2, and an overwhelming calm takes over. Its green hills, dense forests and warm seas embrace the visitor, revealing all that is sacred and making you feel as if you have arrived home.The Eastern Cape’s landscape is varied and suits the taste of any tourist. You can ski the alpine slopes of Tiffindell, hike the forests of Tsitsikamma, lounge on any of its golden beaches and take in the savannah culture of the Karoo. (Images: Shamin Chibba, unless stated otherwise)Compiled by Shamin ChibbaIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.The Eastern Cape’s natural landscape is varied and caters for tourists of all kinds. One can ski the alpine slopes of Tiffindell, surf the Supertubes in Jeffrey’s Bay , hike the forest in Hogsback and explore the oddities in the savannah-like Karoo towns.The Eastern Cape is a storied part of South Africa, filled with people carving out a life in what is the country’s poorest province. Despite this, its people have a lot of heart and if you spend a little time with them, you will feel as if you have always belonged there.The East London beachfront hosts one of the country’s biggest New Years’ bashes each year. But between the parties, it is calm, with many East Londoners walking or running on the promenade at the end of the day.Kologha Forest in Stutterheim is the second largest natural forest in South Africa after the Knysna Forest. It can be explored by foot, mountain bike and even on horseback. For those looking to do a spot of fishing, the forest’s waterways are home to trout. Be on the lookout for the forest’s many inhabitants, which include bushpigs, bats, monkeys, duikers and numerous birds. (Image: SA-Venues.com)Built between 1860 and 1880, the Donkin Street terraced houses in Port Elizabeth are actually integrated as a single unit. The whole street was declared a national monument in 1967.Tiffindell Ski Resort, in the Southern Drakensberg, is South Africa’s only ski and snowboarding resort. Established in 1993, the resort has since become the country’s winter playground. It uses snow making and grooming machines to maintain the ski hill. (Image: Tiffindell Ski Resort)The Eco Shrine in the mystical village of Hogsback is a nod to the power of art, nature, science and the sacred. In the distance are the three ridges from which the Hogsback takes its name. Some speculate that Hogsback’s magical surrounds inspired JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Residents have run with the claim, with names like Camelot, Hobbiton, Rivendell, The Shire, Lothlorien and Middle Earth seen everywhere. When you visit, don’t forget to hike to the Madonna and Child waterfall. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)The Big Tree in Tsitsikamma is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old, stands 36.6 metres tall and has a trunk circumference of nine metres.Found in the town of Storms River, the Big Tree is a yellowwood. This species, South Africa’s national tree, is endangered. Before yellowwoods were cut and logged almost to extinction, they dominated country’s landscape, particularly in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. Today, there is just 10% of the yellowwood trees of 350 years ago.Hole in the Wall is a village south of Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast. In isiXhosa, the area is called esiKhaleni, which means ‘the place of sound’. Some say the name comes from the cracking sound made by waves slapping the rocks while others believe it comes from a legend about a young maiden who fell in love with one of the mythical ‘sea people’. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)Jeffrey’s Bay is South Africa’s number one surf spot, known as Supertubes. It attracts some of the best surfers in the world for the Billabong Surf Pro Championship, in July each year. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)The beachfront in East London is a great place for tourists to pick up arts and crafts.The N2 road runs along the Eastern Cape coast, linking Cape Town and Durban and beyond. It forms part of the Garden Route. The road cuts through some of the country’s diverse flora and fauna as well as picturesque Eastern Cape towns such as Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea.A man and his dog, a common sight at Nahoon Beach, East London.In Nieu Bethesda, The Owl House is a testament to the power of imagination. With its numerous sculptures of owls, bottle-skirted hostesses, mermaids, camels and pilgrims, The Owl House has become almost a required stop for visitors to the Karoo village. Depending on your outlook, the place is either weird or wonderful. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth’s city centre was declared a public space in perpetuity by Sir Rufane Donkin. It has a lighthouse and stone pyramid monument upon which an inscription was placed by Donkin in honour of his late wife, Elizabeth, after whom the city was named.The Paul Sauer Bridge, better known as Storms River Bridge, has become symbolic for travellers along the Garden Route. It was the highest concrete arch in Africa at 120 metres above the river until the Bloukrans Bridge was built in 1984. The latter stands at 216 metres above the river. Both bridges are on the N2. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)In times long past, the home of elephants and, more recently, woodcutters, the village of Storms River attracts the curious tourist with its charm and special ambiance. With little lighting, silence and few people, it is perfect for anyone in search of a bit of solitude.Whatever your taste, you can find pristine beaches void of people or touristy resorts along the long Eastern Cape coast.The East London Golf Club, one of the oldest and best courses in the country, has hosted the South African Championships six times and the Africa Open Golf Challenge. Overlooking Nahoon Beach and Nature Reserve, it is considered a must-play course by golfers.The dolerite columns of the Valley of Desolation, just 14 kilometres from Graaff-Reinet, rise 120 metres from the valley floor. The nearby Camdeboo National Park, seen in the background, is known for its biodiversity, with more than 220 species of birdlife, 336 plants and 43 mammals. (Image: South African Tourism)last_img read more