Soweto’s field of dreams

first_img25 June 2009In 1959, when the gates of Orlando Stadium in Soweto first opened and the grounds became the official home of the Johannesburg Bantu Football Association, few would have guessed that, 50 years later, the Brazilian national team would train on that very pitch.An icon of both soccer and the struggle for freedom in South Africa’s famous township, Orlando Stadium holds a special place in the history of the game in the country.It has launched many notable soccer careers, housed major football clubs such as Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows, and hosted countless Soweto derbys between traditional arch-rivals Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.Only a month after the venue’s 50th birthday, Orlando Stadium continues to make its mark – as evidenced by the bus bearing a prominent “Brazil” sticker sittings outside the player’s entrance.Gearing up for their 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup semifinal clash against South Africa, the Brazilians took on Kaizer Chiefs’ under-17 side in a practice match at the stadium this week.With some of the world’s top footballing nations visiting the country for the tournament, ordinary South Africans have benefited from unique opportunities to engage with international stars outside of attending matches – in this case, seeing the South American samba kings of soccer at a stadium that holds so much importance, not only Soweto but for South Africa.Sitting on the sidelines, South African football legend Doctor Khumalo, now the under-17 coach for Kaizer Chiefs, reflected on what Orlando Stadium means to him.“I remember coming here when I was around 11 or 12 years old,” Khumalo said. “I would accompany my father to the stadium when he worked as assistant coach for Kaizer Chiefs. In those days I was one of the naughty boys, so I never thought I would play here! But eventually I made the first team.“I first played in Orlando Stadium in 1987,” Khumalo said. “It was a league match against Pirates. I wasn’t nervous about playing Pirates, we had played them before at Ellis Park, but this was the first time I would play in the Derby, in the township.“The crowd was always big when you played in the township – and that made me a little bit nervous.”Back in 1987, Orlando Stadium could seat 24 000 people. Today, the newly revamped venue with its contemporary steel design can accommodate a crowd of 40 000.Towering over the suburbs of Orlando East and Mzimhlophe, the stadium boasts a host of world-class facilities, including a 200-seater auditorium, a conference centre, a gymnasium and 120 hospitality suites.“Today Orlando Stadium is an international stadium,” says Khumalo, who is also a 2010 Fifa World Cup ambassador. “Just look at the lights, the pitch, the stands – everything has changed.”On the pitch, Khumalo’s boys are faring well against the Brazilians. “This is a great opportunity for the boys – an opportunity of a lifetime. This never happened in my time. But now, because of the Confederations Cup, we have Brazil right here.“I don’t think people know how important this day is,” Khumalo said. “These boys grow up admiring guys like Pato, and now here they are playing right alongside him.“Dreams have come true here at Orlando today. Lives have been changed.”As the final whistle blows to mark the end of the training session, the under-17s make their way off the field, patting each other on the back. The pride is tangible.They pose for a photo with the Brazilians, in a moment that forever seals an unforgettable day at Orlando Stadium – and another anecdote for the historians of Soweto and South African soccer.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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In Bihar town, woman thrashed, paraded naked on suspicion of killing youth

first_imgA woman was thrashed and paraded naked by a mob on Monday morning in Bhojpur district on the suspicion of being involved in the murder of a local youth.The body of Bimlesh Sao, 19, was found on a railway track at Bihiya town, some 25 km from Ara, district headquarters of Bhojpur, on Monday morning.Later, a mob from Damodarpur village, where Sao belonged to, took to the streets and started vandalising shops and vehicles. The mob said the teenager was strangled to death and his body thrown on the railway track to cover up the murder.They suspected a woman living in the red-light area of Bihiya town was behind the murder, and she was dragged to the street.The mob later ripped off her clothes, thrashed and paraded her naked in full public view.All along, she pleaded her innocence but no one came to her rescue.The mob also threw stones at trains passing on the track nearby.Later, the police had to open fire to disperse the mob and take the woman in to custody.She was taken to the local hospital and is under police protection.“Altogether 15 persons, including local Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Kaushal Yadav, have been arrested in the case… Seven policemen, including the local Bihiya police station officer in charge, have been suspended for dereliction of duty”, Bhojpur Superintendent of Police Awakash Kumar told local journalists.Tejashwi Yadav’s pleaLeader of the Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav tweeted, “In Bihar, a woman is allegedly stripped, thrashed and paraded naked by a mob in a lawless State. I’m speechless and numb to see the heart-wrenching videos of that woman. Nitishji, with folded hands I request you to fix law and order and ensure women safety and security. Please.”Opposition leaders slammed the Nitish Kumar-led government for the alleged spurt in crime against women in Bihar, while the ruling National Democratic Alliance leaders said police have taken action and arrested 15 persons in the case.“The law is taking its own course and anybody found involved in the incident will not be spared…some policemen too have been suspended”, said JD(U) leader and party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.last_img read more

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Uttrakhand Public Service Commission releases job notification for various vacant posts

first_imgThe Uttrakhand Public Service Commission (UK PSC) has invited applications for 237 posts including those of deputy collectors and police DSP. The Uttarakhand Public Service Commission was constituted under the provisions of the Article 315 of the Constitution. It shall be the duty of the Union and the state public service commissions to conduct examinations for appointments to the services of the union and the state respectively.VacanciesTotal Posts: 237Name of the posts:Deputy Collector – 16 postsPolice DSP – 21 postsAgriculture Service Officer Section B – 5 postsAgriculture Service Officer Section C – 6 postsAgriculture Service Officer Section D – 1 postDistrict Social Welfare Officer – 6 postsAssistant Cane Commissioner – 2 postsPublicity Officer (Cane Sugar Department) – 1 postAssistant Divisional Transport Officer – 5 postsWork Officer (District Panchayat) – 6 postsClause Bikash Officer – 32 postsFinance Officer – 23 postsAssistant Labour Commission – 3 postsAssistant Director – 6 postsDistrict Tourism Bikash Officer – 9 postsPublicity Officer (Sports Department) – 2 postsDistrict Savings Officer – 1 postDeputy Registrar – 19 postsInformation Officer – 11 postsTransport Tax Officer – 11 postsDistrict Yuva Kalyan & Prantiya Rakshak Dal Officer – 4 postsChild Development Project Officer – 39 postsDistrict Supply Officer – 2 postsRegional Food Officer – 5 postsProbation Officer – 1 postEligibility CriteriaAge Limit: The applicants’ age should not exceed 35 years. Age relaxation would be provided as per the rules.Educational Qualification: Those applying for the job should have done their graduation and post graduation from a recognized university.Selection Procedure: An interview and a written test would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply: Candidate are required to complete the online application form.advertisementImportant Dates: The last date to submit the online application form is September 24, 2014.last_img read more

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first_imgForget the intense training sessions and hard out game faces; Get the sweat bands, Fluorescent zinc, the 30 plus sunscreen, the ice vests, and the after game social drinks and BBQ ready to roll – summer Touch Football is back folks, and in a big way…Touch Football Australia is welcoming affiliates Australia wide to an action packed summer of fun around the touch fields of the nation.Summer Touch Football is booming around the Country with record numbers clambering to sign their teams up to experience the fun, friendship, and fitness aspects of the game that generates wide appeal, interest, and participation from a huge cross section of the community.Established competitions are going better than a Justine Henin-Harden backhand, with teams needing to be accommodated with additional timeslots, competition nights, and in some cases, venues, right across the Country.New competitions are popping up faster than high rises on delisted heritage sites as Australians embrace our game during a long hot summer.Whether it’s the warmer weather, the flexibility of various age categories and gender configurations, a recess in the Football codes and other winter ball sports, increased leisure time in a more relaxed holiday atmosphere, or just the fact that with the festive season beckoning the need to exercise to avoid an unwanted visit from a few extra kilograms is a necessity, our game has become the first choice sport for many during summer.TFA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Colm Maguire is looking forward to the Sizzling Summer of Touch Football across the nation and believes there are many contributing factors to the sport’s popularity during this period.“I believe summer Touch Football is so successful because it’s a great activity for people to participate in with friends and or family without the burden of training etc. It is outdoors and has a real community feel where by everyone is involved often. The sport is one of the few that you can play with your partner or your kids as well as pick and choose what level you feel is appropriate and then get into it.  Our competitions across the Country are totally inclusive and offer a niche for everyone. It is enjoyable and fun, or it is deadly serious. We have some great affiliate action and showcase tournaments to look forward to in coming months and it’s a great time to be involved in the sport,” Mr. Maguire said. All forms of the game are thriving at this time from grass root level AusTouch programs, to social and park level competitions, and prestigious showcase tournaments in all States of Australia.AusTouch, Touch Football Australia’s entry-level program to the game for Juniors, has over 1300 participants enrolled in the program since August. Over 1000 of these enrollments have been for summer season installments of the popular introductory program.Borroloola in the Northern Territory has signed up an impressive 200 strong children, whilst Goldfields in Western Australia has 150 participants at the biggest of its 6 statewide centres.Summer is tournament season for many of our States with showcase events being played all around the nation.In Queensland, the Regional State Championships were held last month, and the First Contact Cultural Festival that annually attracts over 5000 people to the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) will be held on the weekend on the 23-25 November 2007.BMTA have 260 teams registered across competitions in Brisbane over summer, and there are new Brisbane City venues at Inala, Kedron, and Norman Park.In North Queensland the recent NQ Junior Championships attracted record numbers, whilst on the tournament front, South Queensland & Border Districts will host their Annual Sharks Cup this weekend 17-18 November 2007 at Labrador in 18s, Open, Seniors, and Masters Mixed divisions.Summer competitions are thriving in South West Queensland, Central Queensland, and on the Sunshine Coast as well.Victoria is working its way through a hectic summer of tournaments including the recently completed School Sport Australia Championships, The VT League featuring the cream of Victoria’s elite performers that will culminate in a Grand Final Spectacular on 1st December 2007, and the Annual Trans-Tasman clash featuring the best of Victoria’s Australian based Kiwis against Victoria’s best representative players will be fiercely contested on the 16th December 2007.The Western Australia (WA) Super League is in full swing, with various affiliates taking turns to host the weekly representative showcase event that will culminate with a Grand Final Day on the 20th January 2008.Other highlights include the Touch West “Be Active” Junior League that will run from both North and South venues in Metropolitan Perth from 2nd February 2008, and the WA State Championships on 29th January – 2nd February 2008.The Summer season in WA is hugely popular with 550 registered affiliates, compared to 220 registered affiliates in Winter.WA also welcome a new affiliate for Summer in Cottesloe and Districts Sunset Touch Association.The Australian Capital Territory Touch Association is also hosting a Super League Series over summer for ACTTA Constituent clubs, hot on the heels of its successful Canberra Cup, staged on 2-4 November 2007.The ACTTA’s domestic competition is going great guns with 273 teams, 14 more than last summer season, taking up their spots on the half way lines of fields in the nation’s capital.ACT Junior competition numbers have swollen significantly with 136 teams in ACT Touch competitions and 25 teams at the Queanbeyan affiliate. This represents an increase on numbers of approximately 34%. Tasmania are cranking up their main season with players in affiliates in the major centres of Launceston, Devonport, and Hobart dusting off the boots for a summer of fun on the touch fields.Last week’s Tasmanian Junior State Championships was a huge success with teams contesting for the crown in divisions of 12 Years – 16 Years to demonstrate the strong standing of Junior Touch in the summer months in the Apple Isle.Southern Touch has launched its summer Premier League on Friday nights for Division 1 Men’s and Women’s and Division 2 Men’s, whilst Devonport Touch will host the Inaugural Northern Challenge on 24th November 2007.The Northern Challenge will comprise regional teams from Devonport and Launceston, as well as invitational teams from the Southern Touch Association.  This will be the selection tournament for the Northern teams to compete in the new look State Cup hosted by Launceston Touch in February 2008.  The new format will see the North play the South to showcase Tasmania’s elite level players.In South Australia, Summer is shaping up in a huge way, with new affiliate Victor Harbour joining 13 other growing affiliates around the State. Registrations are up 15% across the board over summer with 300 teams playing across the various affiliates.The Inaugural Touch Football South Australia Junior Touch league will run for six weeks up to December 16th 2007, and the Portavin Wine Charity Fundraiser Tournament will bring together some of South Australia’s major sporting stars, the touch community, and the general public on 25 November, 2007 to participate in a highly anticipated day of Touch Football and social activities.In the Northern Territory, the Darwin Touch Competition will culminate with Grand Finals on the 14th December 2007.The Australia Day knockout, played over the Australia Day long weekend on Monday 28th January 2008, will be a further summer highlight, whilst the growth of the NT Junior Competition is a pleasing reflection of development work and the establishment of AusTouch centres around the Territory.For the founding fathers’ of the sport, the New South Wales Touch Association, summer represents a sharp intake in registration numbers across the 159 affiliate in Blue’s territory.Six new affiliates have been established across the State for the Summer season and there is a 2-3% growth in Adult competitions across the state and 5-10% growth in juniors. The various regional areas of NSW will contest a plethora of tournaments, with 9 major events on the calendar over summer.The hugely popular Yass Knockout from 25-27 January 2008, and the prestigious NSWTA Junior State Cup to be contested on the 16-17 February 2008, headline an impressive list of tournaments. The jewel in the crown however, is the Annual NSWTA State Cup from 7-9 December 2007.Over 4000 people are expected to converge on Port Macquarie for 3 days of intense competition and endless fun in one of Australia’s biggest and most-loved tournaments, now entering its 30th year in existence. It isn’t just on the grass that our game is carving up the numbers either, the advent of water restrictions in a number of States has meant that Beach Touch competitions have become a real alternative for Touch Footy enthusiasts who are keen to experience the sport in a very different, exciting, and high octane format.Beach Touch competitions and events are on the rise this summer at venues around the nation including Fremantle in Western Australia, and at various locations in Queensland. The SQBD region will also host a Secondary Schools Beach touch tournament on Monday 26th November 2007 at Greenmount Beach Coolangatta.TFA Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Colm Maguire has instigated a program for TFA staff to contact each affiliate in Australia this week to officially welcome them to the Summer season and discuss their individual needs coming into what promises to be a very busy time for all.“TFA have a number of exciting concepts slated for summer aimed at improving our service to members. The first is improved communication across the board. We appreciate the work our affiliates do and it is crucial that the lines of communication are open and clear so that we can all work together to generate tangible outcomes for our members,” Mr. Maguire said.TFA will shortly unveil a range of services and products that will further foreground Touch Football as a sport on the move.“We have a new look website, affiliate and referee reward programs, new merchandise, and an increased community focus among other initiatives. I think innovations like the trends of the game and sporting pulse TV will only enhance our ability to maintain and attract new members. We are lining things up with our Strategic Plan which provides a real blueprint for the future with measureable outcomes and I believe everyone is looking forward to where the sport is going in the next couple of years,” Mr. Maguire said.So from Longreach to Launceston, slap on the sunscreen, apply the mozzie repellent, kit up and settle in for TFA’s sizzling summer of Touch Football.last_img read more

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Our Watch: Touch Football Australia (TFA) to partner with the NRL to eliminate violence against women and children in Australian society

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) will be partnering with the National Rugby League (NRL) to eliminate violence against women and children in Australian society as part of the national Our Watch program. The NRL was one of four National Sporting Organisations to receive grants of $250,000 each under the Our Watch Sports Engagement program, funded through the Australian Government’s Sports Grant Bank. The program provides $1 million in grant funding to National Sporting Organisations to deliver programs and promotions towards the prevention of violence against women and children. TFA CEO, Colm Maguire said the organisation is looking forward to working in collaboration through its partnership with the NRL to deliver programs and educational activities as well as build capacity and expertise to prevent violence against women and their children. “The sport of Touch Football provides a unique environment where both genders can participate in sport on the same playing field at the same time,” he said. “This provides an environment that exposes and promotes equality as well as fair, inclusive and respectful behaviours and attitudes both on and off the playing field.“The work we propose to conduct through the grant funding with the NRL will assist our respective sporting codes to more effectively embed gender equality and respectful relationships into and across our networks and communities.”“The NRL could not be clearer on this matter…there is no place for domestic violence in our games or society,” NRL Head of Community, Adam Check said. “The partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will ensure that we can continue to raise awareness of the need to stop violence against women and support educational programs to drive behavioural change.”  TFA has appointed Australian Men’s Open coach, Tony Trad as Touch Football’s Ambassador for the program. “Tony’s experience working across the sport across at all levels and genders and the respect and profile that he holds in the Touch Football community will be invaluable in delivering messages in this very important area,” Maguire said. More information on the work of Our Watch and the Sports Engagement Program can be found on Victims of domestic and family violence and / or sexual assault, as well as their family and friends can contact 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732 or visit LinksOur Watchlast_img read more

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Liberal government runs 14B budgetary deficit in first two months of 201920

first_imgOTTAWA — A new preliminary estimate says the federal government posted a budgetary deficit of $1.4 billion through the first two months of the current fiscal year.The Finance Department’s numbers show the combined shortfall for April and May 2019 came after government spending and public debt charges expanded at a pace about three times higher than revenues.The report says expenses during those two months jumped up 13.5 per cent — or $6.3 billion — compared to a year earlier, mostly due to increases in direct program spending and transfers to other levels of government.The department’s latest fiscal monitor says over that period public debt charges rose 13.3 per cent, or $600 million.Government revenues only provided a partial offset, compared to a year earlier, by increasing 4.2 per cent — or $2.3 billion — mostly because of higher tax revenues.The report says the government ran a $2.1-billion deficit in April and a $700-million surplus in May.The combined deficit compares to a $3.2-billion surplus over the same period in 2018.The Liberal government’s spring budget forecasted a shortfall of $19.8 billion for the 2019-20 fiscal year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Iraq resumes Kirkuk oil exports after yearlong pause

first_imgBAGHDAD — Iraq’s Oil Ministry says Iraq has resumed exports from its oil fields around Kirkuk, one year after the city was seized by federal forces from the autonomous Kurdish administration in the north of the country.Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad says an agreement was reached with the Kurdish Regional Government to export 50,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil per day, beginning Friday, through a pipeline that runs through Kurdish territory to Turkey.Exports were halted in October 2017 after federal forces took control of the disputed city, costing the KRG millions of dollars in income as the two sides haggled over revenues and pipeline fees. The Turkey pipeline is the only one available to Kirkuk for exports.Jihad said the federal government would collect the revenue from the renewed sales.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Freezing rain warning issued for Fort Nelson

first_imgSee the full weather warning below.Issued at 2019-01-26 16:25 UTC by Environment Canada: Freezing rain warning issued for:Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details: Freezing rain is expected or occurring.A warm front is moving across northern BC. Warm air aloft in combination with the cold air at the surface is producing periods of freezing rain over the Fort Nelson area. The freezing rain is expected to change over to a few flurries this evening as the warm front moves out of the region.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for the Fort Nelson region.A warm front is moving across northern BC. Warm air aloft in combination with the cold air at the surface is producing periods of freezing rain over the Fort Nelson area.The freezing rain is expected to change over to a few flurries this evening as the warm front moves out of the region.last_img read more

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Days before polls police recover 95 cartons of illicit liquor

first_imgNew Delhi: Days before polls the Delhi Police on Friday said that they have arrested two persons and recovered 95 cartons of illicit liquor smuggled into Delhi from the neighbouring state of Haryana. Police said on May 1, accused Manish Yadav was apprehended after a brief chase by the team near DDA office in Mangla Puri. One Hyundai I-20 car being driven by the accused was found laden with 45 cartons of illicit liquor. In the second incident one, Vijay nabbed from Palam area when he was transporting illicit liquor. Total 50 Cartons of illicit liquor was recovered. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said that Manish Yadav and Vijay used to procure illicit liquor from godowns of Bahadurgarh at cheap prices and used to supply it to bootleggers of Palam and Sagarpur at hiked rates. The team of AATS (South West) made the arrest. The teams include Sub Inspector Mahesh, Constable Ravidutt and Ct. Akash. It was constituted under Inspector Rajesh Malik and overall supervision of Satish Kumar ACP (Operations).last_img read more

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