4 May 2010 Apart from the day-to-day cooperation, two meetings will take place each year, one in South Africa and one in Germany. Another area that Siem is happy about is scheduling. He believes the Bundesliga has the best scheduling software in the game. Siem is especially excited about the development programme of the Bundesliga, which he believes will be of great help to South Africa. He explained that the PSL is in a similar position to that in which the Bundesliga found itself four years ago and there is plenty to build upon, including infrastructure and stadiums. Judging from the successes of the Bundesliga, it has a lot to offer the PSL. For starters, the Bundesliga features the largest average crowd size in the world of about 42 000. Back in 2000 that average was 28 000. How the league improved its average by 14 000 people a game over the course of a decade will be well worth investigating. Christian Pfennig, Director of Communication of the DFL, told the South African Press Association: “That success did not happen overnight. We planned hard and most importantly we plough €70 million (about R700-million) into development every year and it has paid big dividends with the Bundesliga being one of the best run and one of the most competitive leagues in Europe.” “If the Bundesliga can help us in that department then this partnership will have been more than worthwhile. “The Germans have the finest youth development structure in Europe and therefore the German national team is one of the best. We need to look into boosting our development structures,” Siem explained. Debts Siem told the press conference: “This is a truly momentous occasion for us in the PSL, and one of the highlights of my PSL career. This can only be beneficial to the entire PSL football family as we continue to raise the bar on and off the field.” A partnership agreement between South Africa’s Premier Soccer League and Germany’s Bundesliga was unveiled last week at the Deutsche Internationale Schule in Johannesburg, and PSL CEO Kjetil Siem says it holds many advantages for the development of the game in South Africa. Largest crowds in world football “But that is not the only place we can score. The Bundesliga can assist us to develop commercially and in the administration of the game.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Administration Tom Bender, the Chief Marketing Officer of the German Football League (DFL), said: “We are happy with the co-operation. We are convinced that both sides will profit and have enormous benefits from this partnership. The PSL is a perfect partner for a great future.” After the 2006 World Cup, which was held in Germany, the Bundesliga and the German Football Federation shared an estimated R1-billion rand. Just what the South African Football Association is going to share with the PSL remains to be seen, but the benefit would be great, said Pfennig. Another strength of the Bundesliga is the fact that relatively few clubs have large debts, unlike the English Premier League (EPL). Its operating margin is considerably better than that of the English Premier League, too, which sees much of the EPL’s money going towards massive salaries for the players. Clearly, there are more lessons to be learnt from this. As part of the deal, pay television channel SuperSport will broadcast a weekly Bundesliga programme. The channel already carries live matches from the league. Siem said that as part of the new deal there would also be an exchange of coaches and players between the PSL and the Bundesliga. Further co-operation would include establishing youth performance centres, a possible charity project in South Africa, and co-operation in club licensing, marketing, media, communication and sales.
Johannesburg, Thursday 8 May 2014 – The Brand South Africa Board of Trustees today extended its appreciation to South Africans for coming out in their numbers, across the length and breadth of our country, to vote in the country’s fifth general election on Wednesday 7 May 2014.Chichi Maponya, the chair of Brand South Africa, said: “A nation is built by all its citizens. While government plays on important role in ensuring the country is governed efficiently, a nation’s democracy is built with the participation of all its citizens. We showed the world that, after 20 years of freedom, we remain a nation that is committed to our democracy as well and voted in our numbers yesterday. Brand South Africa expresses its appreciation and congratulates all citizens for playing their part to ensure the sustainability of our democracy.”“Brand South Africa urges all citizens to continue to build a spirit of active citizenship that will be critical to ensuring that we all contribute to the growth and development of our country. Each of us should take ownership of and play an active part in ensuring the successful implementation of the National Development Plan which will guide our growth and development,” concluded Ms Maponya. Note to EditorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, helping to improve its global competitiveness. It also aims to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, contributing to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities, whether big or small. The campaign is driven by Brand South Africa. More resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit SouthAfrica.info and Media Club South Africa for further resources that can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa. Join the conversationFollow Brand South AfricaTell us how you Play Your PartFacebook: www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfricaFacebook: www.facebook.com/PlayYourPartTwitter: @Brand_SATwitter: @PlayYourPartSAWebsite: www.brandsouthafrica.comWebsite: www.playyourpart.co.za ContactFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122 Mobile: +27 (0) 73 126 9128Email: email@example.com
Tags:#games#Virtual worlds [Editor’s note: In a world where tags like “visionary” and “big thinker” get tossed around too frequently, J.P. Rangaswami is the real deal. He’s a fantastic storyteller and has lived an incredibly adventurous life. Trained as an economist, J.P. has been CIO of an investment bank in London and has won acclaim as one of the most forward-thinking and influential people in tech. He lives in London and is now the chief scientist at Salesforce.com. His blog, Confused of Calcutta, should be on every techie’s reading list, along with his feed on Twitter, where he is @jobsworth. I’m thrilled that J.P. has agreed to write articles for ReadWrite. This piece, his first for us, leaps from a description of buying tickets online to a meditation about the billions of previously disenfranchised people who soon will come online. J.P. promises to explore these ideas in future articles. I cannot wait. – Dan Lyons]I woke up early this morning; I tend to wake up early most mornings, but today was special. I knew I had to get ready to do something important, something very important. Something many people would find hard to understand.Cricket. I planned to go and queue for tickets for the Saturday and Sunday of the fifth and final “Ashes” Test between England and Australia, to be played at the Oval on August 24th and 25th 2013. Because that’s the kind of person I am.Not just the kind of person who looks forward to spending a couple of days watching 22 men in white (or “flannelled fools,” as George Bernard Shaw called them) amble around, the occasional sound of willow on leather rudely disturbing the reverie of moustachioed majors as they snored gently into their tea and crumpets. But the kind of person who enjoys actually going to see stuff “live”: plays, concerts, musicals, opera, and sport. In all shapes and sizes.So I woke up, got ready, made sure I had my membership details and credit card with me, and went along to buy my ticket. Queued patiently as they started serving bang on time. Waited my turn. Bought the tickets I wanted.It was altogether a thoroughly satisfying experience. I was warm and dry throughout; there was plenty of decent food and drink on offer; the environment was peaceful and comfortable, the company friendly and worthwhile, no noise, no crowds. They even had a notice telling me how the queue was progressing.I was at home.While I queued, I was greeted with a notice that the website was experiencing high demand, and that I’d been placed in a queue where “the flow of members accessing the site is monitored and adjusted accordingly depending on the number looking to purchase at any one time.” There was an estimate of how long I would have to wait before entering the site.Speeding Up EvolutionEven though I’ve bought tickets online many times, I felt a real sense of wonder at how technology had improved the whole process. I was particularly taken with how the size of the “waiting room” could be adjusted to reflect the number of people “queueing” in the room. Kevin Kelly, in What Technology Wants, suggests that we should look at technology as a means of speeding up evolution. In similar fashion, whenever I look at a digital process, I am particularly interested in how it improves on the analog. (And that is why I detest “region coding” on DVDs and games, where technology was used to pave cowpaths rather than build roads.)The “physics” of the digital world is different from that of the physical world. I remember Richard Bartle making this point very elegantly in October 2005, in a comment on Terra Nova:“Virtual space is not like real space, and the users of both have different criteria by which they judge it a success. People want to feel they’re in the world, and that means the architecture has to be faithful to genre. Exciting new architecture is possible, but if it intrudes then it must do so for a reason. I expect it will be a long while before the architecture award goes to a building in a contextualised (ie. game-like) world, rather than a less themeful one such as SL.“Also, because each virtual world is physically different, architecture that is successful in one may not be successful in another. Does the virtual world need staircases? Does it require structures to self-support under gravity? Are there materials that you can see through from one side but not the other? How about materials that change what they look like depending on who’s looking at them? What’s possible in one virtual world may not be possible in another – unlike the real world, they don’t all use the same physics.”When The Constraints Of The Physical World Are RemovedWhat Bartle spoke about is what excited me about digital infrastructure in general and virtual worlds in particular. The idea that people who were otherwise constrained from movement or speech or action could have those constraints removed made my heart sing. The possibility that ubiquitous affordable access to connectivity, computing power and storage could soon become a reality fascinated me. The implication that billions of disenfranchised people could have their lives transformed, particularly when it came to health, education, welfare, filled me with glee.So I was very taken with this “physics is different” idea ever since I came across it. This, despite the fact that digital landscapes and virtual worlds tended to attract a lot of criticism, particularly of the “people who are in Second Life don’t have a First Life” class.That was over seven years ago. Since then, I’ve spent considerable time observing, and participating in, social networks of one form or another, in business as well as in society in general. Over time, some themes became more important to me than others. One particular theme, that of how trust could scale, not just scale but scale at speed, has intrigued me deeply.When it comes to the physical world, biology plays a key role in how we trust, both in nature as well as speed. The “biology” of the digital world is different; over the next few posts, I plan to look at how this affects us, in our personal lives as well as in our professional ones. I am particularly interested in identifying, understanding and sharing with you the class of person who was disenfranchised in the physical world, and who is now empowered to trust and to be trusted, reliably and at speed, in the digital world.And I’m looking forward to learning from the dialogues that ensue.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jp rangaswami 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
After months of hype and profanity Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will take their war of words into the ring on Sunday (August 27) for a boxing mismatch that is poised to become the richest fight in history. Promoters have sold the bout as “historical,” a fight that will be talked about around the world for years to come and many intrigued fight fans have bought into the hype surrounding undefeated boxer Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion McGregor.The winner will also be getting the ‘Money Belt’ created by the World Boxing Council (WBC) for this weekend’s 154-pound showdown. The Money Belt is made of 1.5 kilograms of 24 carat gold; 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds and crocodile leather.(VEQTA Photo)A crowd of close to 20,000 is expected to fill the T-Mobile Arena, where ringside seats on resale sites are being offered for more than $100,000, with millions more around the globe watching on pay-per-view.LIVE STREAMING IN INDIAVEQTA, India’s only dedicated sports OTT service, has bagged the broadcasting rights for the much awaited event and will live stream the fight only on its digital platforms VEQTA.in.When and where to watch The Money Fight?Fans in the India will be able to watch the historic fight of the millennium live on VEQTA.in on Sunday August 27, 2017 at 9:00am (IST).The under-card fights will be broadcast Live on the platform from 6:30 am (IST) onwards. The fights will also be available on the platform for sports fans to view on a video on demand basis after the event.advertisementVEQTA in an official statement said, “We are thrilled to be the official broadcaster in India for what will be one of biggest and most anticipated sporting events in recent history.”This will be the first time that such a global mega sporting event will NOT be telecasted on any television channel in India but only on a digital platform.(With Reuters inputs)
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy with AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHakan Calhanoglu insists he’s happy at AC Milan.There’s been claims he will be sold next month.“I’m happy at Milan,” Calhanoglu told DAZN.“I’m happy with [Rino] Gattuso and his staff. I feel at home here in Milan.“The relationship [with Gattuso] is really good, even when he gets angry with me. I accept that, because he’s a good Coach with a winning mentality.“When it happens you’re better off not saying anything, otherwise you’ll get a clip round the ear…”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder Rakitic: Valverde must decide his futureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic says the players are happy playing for coach Ernesto Valverde.Valverde’s deal is up in the summer but he does have an option to extend it by an additional year. The coach says a decision will be made with the club later in the season.”It’s an issue for the boss and the club [to decide on],” Rakitic said. “We’re really happy with him and the whole coaching setup.”The most normal [scenario] would be that he continues with us, but we have to focus on our job, which is playing and winning football games. Let them [the club and Valverde] decide what’s for the best.”
VANCOUVER – Excruciating pain had Tamara Parrales heading to the emergency department multiple times for nearly a year, and when a specialist brought up the possibility of ovarian cancer, she wasn’t prepared to wait several months for an MRI in the public system.Parrales, 36, made the decision to pay $1,100 to have the diagnostic test in a private clinic last fall and finally had surgery in March.“If they say you might have cancer and then you have to wait four to six months to find out if you do, that should be urgent enough that they should get you in as soon as possible,” she said, adding the MRI showed she had endometriosis.“It was almost a year before I had surgery and the reason for that is the surgeon has only one day a month of operating time,” Parrales said.Starting in October, British Columbia doctors who charge patients for medically necessary procedures will face initial fines of $10,000 as the province enforces a law that hadn’t been fully enacted for 15 years.The stance against doctors illegally billing patients for private health care already covered by the public system coincides with the resumption of a B.C. Supreme Court battle by a surgeon who argues for a patients’ constitutional right to speedier treatment.The case launched by Dr. Brian Day is set to resume on Monday, and he said he may consider applying for an injunction against the law on private health announced last week by Health Minister Adrian Dix.Day said his Cambie Surgery Centre, along with the province’s 56 private surgical facilities and 17 others that provide MRIs, helps keep waiting lists down in the public system.He said private clinics may be forced to close when the law goes into effect, allowing the province to investigate so-called extra billing practices and penalize physicians who don’t reimburse patients like Parrales.“The government is in court denying that wait lists are a problem and denying there’s any harm from wait lists,” he said.Quoting statistics from the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons that show 60,000 to 70,000 patients a year go to private clinics, Day asks if they are transferred into public health care, “how does that help the system?”Private clinics are not illegal, though billing for medically necessary care is a violation of the Canada Health Act.Health authorities regularly contract out to private facilities for eye surgeries and other procedures that are paid for by public money, a practice that Dix said will continue.Dr. Trina Larsen Soles, president of Doctors of BC, said the medical association for the province’s physicians supports patients having access to care regardless of their ability to pay.“I understand the imperative of physicians who are struggling with not being able to provide the care that they want to because of limited operating-room capacity,” she said, adding she’s hoping the government will deliver on recent commitments to increase the number of hip and knee replacements through measures including more efficient use of operating rooms.The province also aims to do 37,000 more MRIs by March 2019.Larsen Soles said private facilities may play a role in reducing wait lists in the public system.“If indeed the government wants to address the waiting lists they’re going to have to utilize every bit of capacity they can, both public and private. So we are encouraged by the fact that they are going to wait until October and they’re open to negotiating with the owners and operators with these private facilities to look at what the transition might look like and how they can use them going forward to provide access to patients,” she said.“If they cause the private facilities to go under without any backup plan then they’ve done a disservice to the patients.”Christine Sorensen, acting president of the B.C. Nurses Union, said nurses will be outside B.C. Supreme Court on Monday at a rally, organized by the Council of Canadians, before the resumption of the trial, where the BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare are interveners.“My nursing colleagues across Canada, their nursing unions, strongly endorse universal public health care, strongly endorse medicare, and believe that private clinics are not the solution for patients across Canada. Far from being what people would call a relief valve, we believe that they’re a drain on the public health-care system.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misattributed a quotation about the government denying in court that wait lists are a problem to Health Minister Adrian Dix.
Cleveland IndiansThe Cleveland Indians struggled offensively once again, going 2-4 in series’ against the Los Angeles Angels and the Minnesota Twins.After taking only one of three from the Angels, the Tribe returned home and only won one in a weekend series against the division-leading Twins.The Indians are 10-14, 5-and-a-half games behind the Twins in the American League Central and in third place behind Detroit.Studs: Austin Kearns. The former Cincinnati Reds slugger had a big week, with seven hits and six RBIs in three games against the Angels. He came into Sunday’s game against Minnesota hitting .357, with two home runs and 12 RBIs.Duds: The offense. The Indians’ offense continues to be a major disappointment, with an American League-worst 85 runs. Those fortunes could change when highly touted catching prospect Carlos Santana gets called up from the Columbus Clippers.Up Next: The Indians continue their homestand with three games against Toronto beginning Monday and a three-game weekend series with the Detroit Tigers. Cincinnati RedsStep by step, the Reds are creeping back from a sluggish start to the season.The Reds opened up their week on the road with a three-game series at Houston.For the first time this season, Reds fans had their chance to bring out the brooms, as the Reds swept the series against the Astros.Pitchers Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo had some solid outings, each recording a win in the first and third games of the series respectively, and Mike Leake continued a brilliant start to his professional career recording a win off his seven-inning, five-hit performance in the second game.Pitcher Johnny Cueto helped the Reds’ win-streak get to five games on Friday, as the Reds won at St. Louis.The streak then came to an end Saturday as the Reds couldn’t match the Cardinals’ late-game surge, losing the game 6-3.Studs: The Rotation. At the beginning of the season, it seemed like these guys were never going to win a game for the Reds. In just this past week, Harang, Leake, Arroyo and Cueto all recorded wins, and didn’t leave it up to late game heroics to ensure a Reds’ win.Duds: Jonny Gomes. It was tough because no one Red had a really bad week. Gomes has only two hits in 15 at-bats over the last six games, though, and he’s a liability in the field as it is.Next Week: The Reds come back home this week as they host a series with the Mets today, and then get a day off before hosting a three-game series against the Cubs.
Barbara Barca, right, a survivor of the stampede at a crowded nightclub, cries as she leaves police headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela on 16 June. Photo: APSeventeen people were killed at a crowded nightclub in Venezuela’s capital Saturday after a tear gas device exploded during a brawl and triggered a desperate stampede among hundreds gathered for a graduation celebration, government officials said.Interior minister Nestor Reverol said the incident at the “Los Cotorros” club in the middle-class neighbourhood of El Paraiso left eight minors dead and five injured. Eight people were detained, including two teens believed responsible for setting off the tear gas canister.Family members wept and embraced one another after identifying the remains of their loved ones at a nearby hospital. Outside the club, several mismatched shoes, including a sandal with a puckered red lip decoration, lay on the sidewalk.“All I know is my son is dead,” Nilson Guerra, 43, told local journalists.More than 500 people were believed to be inside the club when the fight broke out. Julio Cesar Perdomo said his injured son told him the tear gas was launched from inside a bathroom and that partygoers tried to flee but found the club’s door closed. Pictures posted by Reverol on Twitter show a narrow staircase leading to a metal door.“The kids couldn’t leave,” Perdomo said.Officials did not provide any information to confirm or deny Perdomo’s account.The club is officially called “El Paraiso” but is more widely known as “Los Cotorros” or “The Chatterboxes.” Photos shared online from previous celebrations at the club show a dark interior with wooden tables and a stage upfront where DJs shuffled songs. Green painted metal bars and gates covered the doors and windows.Outside, a faded sign on the red brick building read “We’ve opened!”Jesus Armas, an opposition councilman who lives in the neighbourhood, said the Interior Ministry should explain how a civilian was able to obtain tear gas canisters that should only be utilized by state security forces. He also urged authorities to investigate whether the club had permission to hold several hundred people inside.“That’s not a big space and that should not be authorized,” he said.He added that other violent incidents had taken place inside the club, which is frequently used by the Ecuadorean immigrant community for parties and political events. Several campaign signs for Ecuadorean politicians were hung outside the building.Police have detained the owner of the club for “not guaranteeing adequate supervision and preventing the entry of any type of weapon.” No information on the owner’s name, exact charges or current whereabouts was immediately provided.“The establishment has been ordered closed, and we are investigating in coordination with the public ministry, which is directing the criminal investigation,” Reverol said.Caracas is one of the most violent capitals in the world and the country is engulfed in a deepening economic crisis that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee. The Venezuelan Observatory of Violence estimates about 26,600 people were killed in 2017.The crime wave, coupled with a clattering economy, has extinguished much of Venezuela’s once vibrant nightlife and left many families hesitant to let their teenage children out after dark. Relatives of those inside the club said the party was a celebration for the graduating class of several different high schools. Some parents had been hesitant to let their children attend.Haide Berrio, the aunt of a 17-year-old boy killed in the melee, told local media she went running out to find her nephew in the middle of the night after hearing about the commotion at the club and knowing that he was attending the party.Relatives of the boy found him among the dead and said he was killed by asphyxia.Her eyes sunken in grief, she said all the family wants now is for the club to be permanently closed and the owner held responsible.“I am asking for justice,” she said.Many victim relatives echoed her call for accountability.Yoanna Aponte said her 16-year-old cousin died after suffering cranial trauma when she tried to escape and was crushed by the stampede.“She fell to the ground,” she said between wails, “and all the kids stumbled over her.”
Thanksgiving Meals in the Baltimore Area 11/25Lansdowne United Methodist Church. Dinner the day before Thanksgiving. 114 Lavern Ave, Lansdowne, MD 21227. 4 p.m. to 7p.m. 410-247-4624 11/26Bea Gaddy Family Center. Event will take place at Patterson Park Recreation Center. 2601 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21224. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 410-563-2749American Rescue Workers. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. 1401 S. Hanover Street, Baltimore, MD 21230. (410) 566-3300.