Nick Mariano leads balanced Syracuse attack with 3 goals in 15-4 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds While Syracuse head coach John Desko stood with his arms folded on the sideline, Nick Mariano dodged down the right alley, switched to his left hand and finished at the crease.Desko unfolded his arms and clapped four times and refolded them. Syracuse already possessed a four-goal lead to start the game, but it was back to business for the Orange and Mariano, who scored another goal a minute later in what ended as a 15-4 blowout win over St. John’s (1-6).“I had an opportunity to dodge and when I dodge, I finish the ball,” Mariano said. “The offense was just setting up good looks for me and it was all on them.”Mariano scored the No. 3 Orange’s (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) fourth, fifth and seventh goals in the victory on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome and SU’s widespread offense, featuring 10 different goal-scorers, was spearheaded by Mariano’s team-high three.After transferring from Massachusetts in the offseason, Mariano leads Syracuse with 11 goals on the season, including six in the past two games. His laser-like shot forces defenses to spread out to defend him, opening up lanes to drive to the crease, where he scored two of his goals on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a great player. We wanted to (defend Mariano with a long pole),” St. John’s head coach Jason Miller said. “…He’s going to go by on a short stick. We needed to slide to him too. Overall, I wasn’t pleased with our slide-recovery game at all. That’s probably one of the reasons why he had as good of a game as he did.”A minute after Mariano’s first goal, he capitalized again on one of St. John’s’ 19 turnovers. Red Storm defender Jack McClellan backed up a Sergio Salcido shot and was set to start the clear.But the ball slipped out of his stick and McClellan moved toward the opposite end of the end zone to cover another Syracuse player. Mariano, meanwhile, picked up the loose ball behind the net and charged forward. With no defender on him, he cleanly shot the ball into the back of the net and nearly fell over as his momentum carried him away from the goal.Already with a 6-1 lead two minutes into the second quarter, Mariano stood on the sideline holding both arms up in the air. Syracuse was slowing down the pace before goalie Warren Hill had even recorded a save.Five minutes into the second quarter, Mariano caught a pass at the 25-yard line, wound up and fired in a lefty shot for his third goal of the game. After two goals came at the crease, Mariano displayed his signature shot, which helped set up his previous two goals.“He possesses a great outside shot,” Desko said. “Not everybody can shoot the ball from outside like he can. That helps stretch the other teams’ defense.”One of the benefits of transferring from UMass and switching from attack to midfield was that Mariano no longer has to be the center of defense’s attention. But with the performance he’s had so far this season, his prominence on SU’s offense is growing.“He’s a junior but he’s a freshman to our offense,” Desko said. “He’s spent a lot of time trying to learn it, pick it up, see what the options are. … I give him a lot of credit.” Commentslast_img read more

Red Devils pushed all the way

first_imgManchester United will be in today’s draw for the semi finals of the Europa League.But they needed an extra time strike from Marcus Rashford to finally see off Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate.Whatever opposition they face in the semi finals, they may have to do it without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, both of whom picked up injuries last night. Joining United in today’s semi final draw are Ajax, Celta Vigo and Lyon.The draw for the Champions League semi finals will also be made today.Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Monaco and holders Real Madrid are all awaiting their fate. Photo © Pixabaylast_img read more

How will Don Mattingly be receieved when he returns to Dodger Stadium?

first_imgThe same criticisms applied to Lasorda became attached to Mattingly in his five seasons as the Dodgers’ manager — specifically that the team succeeded in spite of, not because of, his tactical skill.That begs the question: how will Mattingly be received by the fans?“I hope it’s positive,” said catcher A.J. Ellis.“He should get a really good one,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said.“He’ll get cheered,” Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell said. “It’s Don Mattingly, you know?” Ellis said he still keeps in touch with Mattingly from time to time, around Christmas and again during spring training. Mattingly has a 1-year-old son, Louis, at home and his new team is 6-11. Ellis figured that the fans’ reception is the least of Mattingly’s thoughts.Dave Roberts, meanwhile, has a 12-7 win-loss record to begin his first season as the Dodgers’ manager. He retained only pitching coach Rick Honeycutt from the 2015 coaching staff, but Ellis believes that Mattingly shouldn’t be forgotten.“I think where we’re at as an organization, as a clubhouse, he has his fingerprints on a lot of it,” Ellis said. “I think he should be credited for that. The work him and Tim (Wallach, Mattingly’s bench coach in Los Angeles and Miami) did together the last three years was vital to our team success.”This series will be the Marlins’ only visit to Dodger Stadium in the regular season. If there’s a fuller appreciation of Mattingly to be gained through hindsight, maybe six months isn’t long enough. Maybe it is. Monday we’ll find out.All-Star outfielder?Online voting for the All-Star Game began Sunday and Howie Kendrick is on the ballot as an outfielder for the first time.Kendrick has started more games this season (6) in left field than any other position, and only Kiké Hernandez (7) has started more games in left than Kendrick. Prior to this year, Kendrick had played 1,080 games at second base and 26 in left field.The other Dodgers on the National League ballot were more predictable: Yasmani Grandal (catcher), Gonzalez (first base), Chase Utley (second base), Corey Seager (shortstop), Justin Turner (third base), Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig (outfield).All-star pitchers, coaches and athletic trainers are not chosen by fans.AlsoTurner was held out of the Dodgers’ lineup for a second straight day with a sore left toe. Roberts said that Turner will return to the lineup Monday. … Gonzalez and Utley will not be in the starting lineup against Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, Roberts said. … Carl Crawford completed his rehabilitation assignment from a lower back soreness at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He and pitcher Louis Coleman, who is on the bereavement list, will be added to the active roster for the Miami series. DENVER >> Soon, maybe even Monday, Tommy Lasorda will appear on the video board during a game at Dodger Stadium. The fans will cheer the 88-year-old Hall of Famer as they always do. He’s still the last man to manage to the Dodgers to a World Series.History, as it often does, has forgiven Lasorda for his shortcomings as a manager. He’d already managed three pennant winners and one World Series champion in October 1985 when Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post wrote that “Nobody ever called Lasorda a brilliant tactician,” then quoted a player as saying “I’m in favor of the designated hitter for the National League because it would cut down on Mr. Lasorda’s mistakes.”Enter Don Mattingly.Monday will mark Mattingly’s first game at Dodger Stadium as a visiting manager. Last October he signed a four-year contract to pilot the Miami Marlins with little explanation, leaving Los Angeles as the only man in franchise history to manage three straight division champions. He’ll be recognized on the video board too, in some form.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pirates decline option on 2B Harrison, 3B Kang

first_imgJOSH HARRISON is a fan favorite for the Bucs. But will he be traded away from the Pirates at the trade deadline? (AP PHOTO File)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Josh Harrison’s tenure at second base for the Pittsburgh Pirates is over.Pittsburgh declined 2019 options for Harrison and third baseman Jung Ho Kang.The Pirates opted to pay Harrison a $1 million buyout rather than the $10.5 million he was scheduled to make next season. The 31-year-old, a key part of Pittsburgh’s run of three straight playoff berths from 2013-15, hit .250 with three home runs and 37 RBIs in 97 games in 2018. His playing time diminished near the end of the season while Pittsburgh gave prospect Kevin Newman a look.FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. Police in South Korea are investigating Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kang over whether he crashed a luxury car while driving under the influence of alcohol and then left the scene early Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)Kang was a star in South Korea when the Pirates signed him to an $11 million, four-year deal in January 2015. He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting in 2015 after hitting 15 homers and driving in 58 runs as Pittsburgh won 98 games. It would be the high point of Kang’s time with the Pirates.The 31-year-old Kang didn’t play in North America between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests his native South Korea. He made it back to the majors with Pittsburgh in September, collecting two hits in six at bats during the final weekend of the season.Pittsburgh will pay Kang’s $250,000 buyout. He was slated to make $5.5 million next year. Kang’s contract specified he must be released at the end of the deal.___More AP baseball: and read more

Trail’s Crowe Hawks outlast Bombers 3-2 to claim second Kootenay Roundball title in three years

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFor the second time in three years the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks are off to the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships.The Hawks used timely scoring before holding off the Bomber charge to knock off defending champion L.V. Rogers 3-2 in the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Friday afternoon in Trail.A goal by Marlese Mauro off a free kick midway through the second half snapped a 2-2 tie sparking the Hawks to the narrow victory.“We dominated about 90 per cent of this game . . . we had multiple chances in the end but just couldn’t capitalize,” said Bomber head coach Deb Fuhr, thrust into the role on the sidelines after last season’s tag-team of Reed Bambrick and Heather Stewart were unable to commit to the coaching full time.“The girls showed a lot of heard and determination against Crowe and never gave up.””Everybody brought their A-Game to Trail,” added Fuhr.J. Lloyd Crowe, dumping Prince Charles Comets of Creston in semi final action, now represent the Kootenays to Port Coquitlam June 2-4 for the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Championships.Just what the doctor didn’t order for LVR was a Crowe team jumping to a 2-0 first half lead. A mix-up by defender Samantha Einarson and keeper Olivia Marshman gift-wrapped the first marker for the Hawks, heading into the tournament as the number one seed despite the two teams not playing this season.Crowe went up 2-0 before Andrea Stinson gave LVR some life when the skillful midfield curled the ball into the net off a corner kick.LVR tied the game early in the second half when senior striker Sarah Fuhr set up Paige Mansveld.However, minutes later Mauro drilled a free kick over the head of Marshman for the winning goal.“I always knew we could come back even though we were down by two goals,” said Fuhr. “We tied it 2-2 but the goal by Marlese took a little wind out of our sails . . . but still never game up, we just couldn’t finish.”For the Bombers the Kootenay Zones could not have come at a worse time.The squad was besieged by injuries with no less than striker Morag Paterson and defender Alex Hawes both having to leave the game.Defenders Brittany Wheeler and Austin McGauley as well as Sarah Fuhr were also hampered with injuries.LVR also missed the services of defender Kiraya Spencer, missing the tournament due to a previous commitment.LVR advanced to the final by stopping Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-1.A pair of second half goals by Paterson and Wheeler, with a lazer of a shot off a free kick, snapped a 1-1 tie powering the Bombers past the Rockers.Samantha Einarson scored in the first half for LVR, driving home a corner kick by Fuhr.The game marked the final contest of the high school career for Sarah Fuhr, Kiraya Spencer, Jessica Stack, Sara Einarson and Teresa Cutler.Despite losing some key pieces of the puzzle, the head coach says the Bombers will be back in the running next season.“This is a team to watch out for next season,” Fuhr said. “There’s some very good players coming up and some good Grade 11’s so LVR will be good next season.”[email protected]last_img read more

Nelson U12 Boys return from Icebreaker Tourney with silver medal

first_imgThe Nelson Youth Soccer U12 Boys lost 1-0 to Kelowna in the gold medal final of the Icebreakers Tourney recently in the Okanagan.The tournament was the first of the competitive rep season for the U12 squad.Nelson missed a pair of penalty kicks that came back to haunt the squad as Kelowna would score the only goal in the contest. “They represented the organization very well and I couldn’t be more proud of each and everyone of them,” said head coach Al Faraguna.”I was a little worried prior to the tourney, as I put our squad in the Gold division for the weekend and wasn’t sure how they would compete with the best there,” Faraguna added. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that they were one of the most well rounded teams in that category.”Nelson opened the tournament defeating Calgary 1-0 before rocketting past Vernon 6-1.”Our boys controlled the play from start to finish,” Faraguna said.Nelson then defeated Kelowna in penalty kicks to advance to the final.last_img read more

All set to strike: Students, youths and activists clamor for climate justice

first_imgClimate Activism, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Climate Politics, Protests, Social Justice, United Nations Article published by Willie Shubert Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Millions of young people around the world are expected to go on strike to demand immediate and meaningful action by governments and corporations to tackle the climate crisis.Youth activists have gathered in New York ahead of the U.N. climate summit there, where they took part in a people’s summit supported by more than 200 environmental and human rights groups.A key aspect of the climate injustice being highlighted is the fact that people in poorer countries will be hit hardest by the impacts of a changing climate.In the Philippines, one of the countries at greatest risk from those impacts, the government has backed the youth-led climate strike and called on developed countries to step up their climate actions. NEW YORK — Today marks the start of protests across the planet as millions witness the youth-led climate strike demanding governments take urgent and transformative action on climate change.Young climate activists from more than 150 countries are now calling on everyone to join them in the fight for a just, resilient and sustainable future. They draw their inspiration from Swedish student Greta Thunberg, whose refusal to go to school to protest climate inaction has fueled a global movement.“We believe that all struggles are worthwhile. We will continue to push for climate action to protect our nature, our people and our future,” said Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres, an environmental and indigenous rights activist from Honduras.Zúñiga, the daughter of the late environmental defender Berta Cáceres, who was killed for opposing a dam project in 2016, joins Thunberg in the call and dialogue with international leaders for climate action at the United Nations Climate Summit taking place in New York this week.“We have no choice but to fight for our rights. Our proposal is for governments to set high ambitions and how are we going to make radical change. And this is an opportunity for us to clamor [for] climate justice,” said Zúñiga, who, along with more than 200 environmental and human rights groups, took part in a people’s summit that was held ahead of the global climate strike.New era of climate movementThe summit adopted a declaration calling on governments and corporations to urgently tackle the climate emergency and ramp up climate commitments.“This is the moment of urgency. This is the new era of climate movement. And it is time to fight for human rights-centered climate action,” said Kumi Naidoo, secretary-general of Amnesty International. “We need to seize the opportunity to hold governments and corporations alike to be accountable. Nature does not negotiate and we cannot change the science. We need political will because it is our responsibility to rise up for the benefit of the generations to come.”Naidoo said that apart from joining the strike, these organizations plan to pursue more concerted climate litigation efforts, target the financial sector’s funding of fossil fuels, make more effective use of human rights accountability mechanisms, and coordinate more mass mobilization campaigns at national and regional levels.Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, said the declaration marks a new era of climate activism by putting people and human rights at the core of its solutions.“We will all take action and confront those responsibilities. Weak governments and toxic corporate power will have nowhere to hide as we put people at the center of our demands, and seek climate justice for the communities least responsible but most vulnerable to this climate emergency,” Morgan said.Pointing to the case of people in poorer countries being hit hardest by the impacts of climate change, Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Naderev “Yeb” Saño said the global climate strike led by the young has not only created awareness but put pressure on climate policymakers to help people cope with these impacts.In 2013, Yeb Sano was the lead negotiator for the Philippines at COP19 in Warsaw. Image by Push Europe via Flickr (CC BT-NC 2.0).“There is a massive clamor from all sectors at this time of climate emergency. The Philippines, for instance, is a stark example of the gross injustice brought on by climate impacts which infringe on people’s most fundamental rights such as the right to life, shelter, food and livelihood,” Saño said.Saño, who is in New York participating in the global summit on human rights and climate change ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit called by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, said the Philippines is currently undertaking a landmark investigation into corporate responsibility for climate action.“If successful, the inquiry could result in the first legal finding of corporate responsibility for human rights violations in the age of climate crisis. This can be a vindication for all climate-impacted communities everywhere,” Saño said.Skipping school for the planetLike many countries, the Philippine government has given the green light to more than 23 million public school students to skip classes on Sept. 20 and join the climate protests calling for immediate action to fight climate change.“Moved by the climate realities faced by the Philippines and inspired by the global youth action, young Filipinos nationwide will take part in the global climate strike,” the Department of Education announced on Sept. 18. “With this the department enjoins school heads and teachers to excuse students who will be joining the localized climate strike provided that parental consent/legal guardian consent is given.”The department has also encouraged schools and offices to conduct climate education and action activities within school grounds, including noise barrage, school or community clean-ups, and educational discussions.Over 500 students and other youth advocates across the Philippines joined today’s global youth climate strike in Manila, Philippines. Image by Leo M. Sabagan courtesy of“We need to sound the alarm for climate emergency,” said Rodne Galicha, lead convener of the Catholic climate movement Living Laudato Si’ Philippines. “We are one with Pope Francis’ call for urgent action. In solidarity with the young people of the world demanding change and the most vulnerable demanding climate justice, it is our moral duty to be responsible stewards.“We are glad that the Department of Education enjoins students and teachers to participate in the global climate strike. This is indeed intergenerational action,” Galicha said.Thousands of Filipino youths are expected to stage protests in 28 locations demanding the government declare a climate emergency.“Calling for enhanced climate action is not enough anymore,” said Jefferson Estela, convener of the Youth Strike for Climate Philippines. “This is a climate emergency and the government needs to send a clear policy signal about the urgency of this crisis.”Among their demands, the youth activists want an immediate phase-out of coal and other fossil fuels, in keeping with President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration for the country to fast-track the development of renewable energy sources. They also want the state to safeguard the rights of indigenous peoples and environmental defenders amid the climate crisis, and strengthen climate adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction management policies.“The Filipino youth is ready to break the silence and demand the kind of action necessary to save our future from the climate crisis,” said youth climate activist John Leo Algo, program manager of the Climate Action for Sustainability Initiative. “We join the millions of voices worldwide as we scream in the present and fight for our common future.”Algo emphasized the need for industrialized countries to take more drastic climate action and for developing countries to show stronger political will to properly address climate impacts. He added that there is a need to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of not only human communities, but also natural ecosystems to adapt to this crisis and achieve true sustainable development.“It is clear that we are already in a climate emergency situation,” said Gerry Arances, executive director of the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development. “It is either we act now or forever perish. For us Filipinos, despite all that we have to endure, we will fight back and fight for our children and the generations to come. And we will start by forcing our government to shift away from coal and fossil fuels as soon as possible.”Arances pointed out that the latest scientific report from the United Nations warned that without urgent action, the world would face worsening flooding, fiercer typhoons, food shortages and other catastrophic effects as a result of climate change as early as 2040.Powerful agents for changeAs young people push for more concrete action from their governments, the Philippine government says it supports the active participation of Filipino youth in the global mobilization for climate action.“As agents of change and progress, the youth is in a unique position to raise awareness on the climate emergency and to inspire tangible actions from the ground up,” said Emmanuel de Guzman, secretary of the Philippine government’s Climate Change Commission. “Climate justice delayed is climate justice denied. To rein global warming to below 1.5C [2.7 degrees Fahrenheit] is a moral imperative. Hence, we reiterate our call to the developed world to step up their climate actions and to deliver on their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.”De Guzman said the commission also supported the call by President Duterte to fast-track the development of renewable energy sources and to reduce dependence on traditional energy sources such as coal. This pronouncement, he said, comes at a crucial time when the country is finalizing its first nationally determined contribution, its climate action commitment under the Paris Agreement.Climate activist Greta Thunberg. Image by stephane_p on Visual Hunt – CC BY-NC-NDBanner image caption:Canberra Climate Strike. September 20, 2019. Image by Stephen Smith via Flickr CC BY 2.0This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets worldwide to strengthen coverage of the climate story.last_img read more

49ers report: Eric Reid’s move tops things we learned Thursday

first_imgAdded linebacker Reuben Foster: “It’s about … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES?Pick against our pros all season long and win!***SANTA CLARA — As safety Eric Reid reboots his career with the Carolina Panthers, the 49ers defense marches on without him, while also applauding him.“I’m happy for him to get a chance on a good Carolina team,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “He’s a good player and always has been.”last_img read more

Africa’s time has come, how do we brand the continent?

first_imgThis year’s Conference, themed ‘Africa’s time has come’ will bring together marketers, communicators and other interested stakeholders from across Africa to discuss how to create a new and lasting impression of Africa that will encourage foreign investment and a global mind change about the continent.It is the second year that the 2010 World Cup National Communication Partnership Conference, which is endorsed by the Presidency, is taking place. Last year’s Conference focused on branding South Africa.The Conference will be held in Sandton, Johannesburg. The day starts with inputs by a number of high profile speakers, followed by outcomes oriented working group discussions, clustered around three themes – tourism; advertising & marketing and media & communications. A Cape to Cairo themed networking dinner, showcasing a tapestry of African food, culture and music, will end proceedings.Mr. Nkenke Kekana, the Chairperson of the 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team describes the Conference, which will be held annually in the lead up to 2010, as “a unique event allowing stakeholders from across Africa to coordinate communication messages for 2010, to explore marketing opportunities and partnerships, as well as to study the key lessons from the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.”Some of the confirmed speakers (and their topics) include:Rev. Makhenkesi Stofile, Minister of Sport and Recreation: The continent’s commitment to an African legacy from the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.Mr. Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Local Organising Committee: South Africa is ready.Mr. Ben Egbuna, President of the African Union of Broadcasters: 2010 – the communication opportunity for the continent.Ms. Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa: Positioning opportunity for the continent.The cluster discussions are being led by the following respected individuals:Tourism: Mr. Sugen PillayAdvertising & Marketing: Mr. Nkwenkwe NkomoMedia & Communications: Mr. Thabo MasebeENDSlast_img read more

A legacy of harmony and pride

first_imgThe national flag flew high during the World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  Although the spirit of the 2010 Fifa World Cup has touched South Africa in many significant ways, the legacy of unity is above all else for Dr Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the tournament’s Local Organising Committee.Never before have we seen South Africans so united, Khoza said during an emotional address at a press briefing in Johannesburg on 12 July. “Today we talk about South Africans of all colours saying our team, our country.”Flags and fan gearThe national flag became a phenomenon during the month-long spectacle and was flown with pride by South Africans of all races and creeds. Just about every car on the road seemed to have one attached to its rooftop.Public and private organisations came to the party as well and displayed the country’s flag on their building façades. It was also a prominent feature at many events in the run-up to the World Cup.But it wasn’t only our colours that stood out: in the spirit of welcoming the world to the country, flags of all 32 participating nations were hoisted in many places. This turned the streets, stadiums and other public venues into a sea of vibrancy.Then there was the green and yellow Bafana Bafana gear, which became a popular fashion item before and during the tournament. South Africans wore the shirts, especially on Fridays, to show the team they were behind it.“Never before have you seen so many people wearing Bafana’s jersey and flying their flag,” said Khoza.The two trends were inspired by the Fly the Flag and Football Fridays campaigns initiated by the International Marketing Council. The organisation distributed as many flags as it could around the country, while South Africans went all out to buy the official Bafana shirts made by Adidas. This was no small investment, as they sell for anything between R550 (US$73) and R900 ($120). Locals also bought their own flags to display.George Chauke, from Giyani in Limpopo province, became one of the ultimate supporters by adorning his car with 261 flags of different countries, including those which didn’t participate in the World Cup. He spent a whopping R7 500 ($996) on the flags.Deeply movedKhoza, one of the top football administrators in the country, was deeply moved by the enthusiasm shown.“It has touched all South Africans ‒ even those who do not follow football,” he said.Nicknamed the “Iron Duke”, Khoza is also vice-president of the South African Football Association, and chairperson of the Premier Soccer League and Orlando Pirates ‒ a highly respected local team.Mandela at Soccer CityThe date 11 July 2010, when the World Cup final was played, was significant as it marked the 47th anniversary of the arrest of the Rivonia Treason Trialists, Khoza said at the press briefing.The group captured by apartheid police on 11 July 1963 consisted of a number of senior African National Congress members ‒ all heavily involved in the liberation struggle. They included Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg and Arthur Goldreich.Although Nelson Mandela was not part of the initial group, he was later implicated in its anti-apartheid activities and forced to stand trial with the others. All 10 of the accused went to prison.During the trial Mandela was charged with sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island. He was released 27 years later and soon became the country’s ultimate hero and president of the newly democratic South Africa.It is in this context that Khoza spoke of the appearance of Mandela, now frail and in his nineties, at Soccer City before the final World Cup match was played between Spain and the Netherlands.“The crowning experience was when Madiba came onto the pitch,” said Khoza.The football boss was also touched by the sight of a jubilant Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the final. “For 90 minutes he was dancing and not watching the game,” Khoza said, adding that the last time he saw Tutu rejoicing like that was in 1994, after he cast his vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections.last_img read more