East London: Eastern Cape’s jewel

first_imgThe coastal town of East London might not be one of the nine 2010 Fifa World Cup™ host cities, but it is making strides to attract football fans looking for places to travel in June and July. “Our accommodation, tourism and hospitality establishments have lined themselves up to receive those that will be staying and passing by East London during this period,” the spokesperson for what is also known as Buffalo City, Samkelo Ngwenya, told Fifa.com. “On the outskirts of our city, our communities are ready to showcase to tourists the unique cultures and ‘ubuntu’ that South Africans are renowned for. This article was first published on Fifa.com “One of our biggest advantages to travellers is our centrality in South Africa,” Ngwenya said. “We are less than two hours away by air from all major cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban), and a three-hour road trip from Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, where eight World Cup games will be taking place.” Football has always competed with rugby and cricket in this part of the country. East London is home to cricket great Makhaya Ntini, who was also one of the draw assistants at the World Cup Final Draw in Cape Town in December. Probably the most famous footballer to emerge from East London is former Bafana Bafana player Brendon Augustine, who was part of the team that went to South Africa’s first Fifa World Cup in 1998. Less than 20 kilometres from East London is the Mdantsane township, the second biggest township in South Africa. The township has produced the majority of the country’s boxing world champions, including Welcome Ncita, Vuyani Bungu, Masibulele Makhepula. Fifa.com takes a look at some key attractions in the area. Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve Situated 30km outside East London, Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve is one of the area’s prime tourists attractions. The game reserve includes game drives and luxury accommodation. You can also enjoy mountain biking, hiking and other activities. Since it’s only five kilometres from the beaches and a river, it also offers canoeing, surfing and most other watersports. Chill at Chintsa One of the most impressive places in East London is Chintsa – the vast area that lies along the shores of the Indian Ocean. It is a perfect holiday destination, with lots of places to go to. One such place is the Buccaneers backpackers, located between Chintsa East and Chintsa West and regarded as one of the best backpackers in South Africa. You will also find a number of restaurants and other holiday destinations in the area, including Dwa-dwa Park, Crawfords Beach Lodge and Mangaliso Guest House. Enjoy the beaches Among the favourite activities for the locals is to take a walk along one of the city’s many beaches. When in East London, you have plenty of choices. Your first stop might be the Orient and Eastern Beach, situated next to the majority of the city’s hotels on the beachfront. However, you can also explore a number of other options, including Nahoon Beach, Gonubie and Beacon Bay. Kaiser’s Beach and Cove Rock, a few kilometres from the city en route to Port Elizabeth, offer excellent swimming and surfing. Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance Steve Biko, the brains behind the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, was killed in police custody in 1978. The film Cry Freedom, which tells his story, helped awaken the world to the suffering and injustice of the fomer apartheid regime in South Africa. Biko was born in King William’s Town, about 25 minutes drive from East London, and his statue stands tall next to East London’s City Hall. Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

4-H Military Partnership Youth Camps

first_img4-H Military Partnerships Youth CampsNow that summer is here, our youth across the nation will have a lot more time to spend outdoors while school is out and education is put on hold. But learning should not stop just because school is out, which is how 4-H Military Partnerships is there to help.4-H Military Partnerships supports a variety of fun filled summer camps that provide educational programs.  These programs focus on a range of subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) & Agriculture, Healthy Living, and Citizenship.photo credit: 4-H Military Partnerships ProjectHere are  4-H Military Partnerships camps that are offered:Arizona – 4-H Camp G.R.I.T. (Growing, Reaching, Impacting Tomorrow)Maryland – 4-H Camp Opportunities for Air ForceDelaware – Military Youth Coastal Explorer’s WeekendDelaware – Military Youth Escape CampDelaware – Military Youth 4-H STEM/MakerFlorida – Water Adventure CampGeorgia – Cooking Up ScienceGeorgia – Barrier Island Teen CampMassachusetts – Saddle Up & LearnMontana – Gallatin Gateway Adventure CampNebraska – Big Red Academic CampsNew York – High-Tech 4-H STEMUtah – Camp QuestTexas – Tech Leadership AcademyVermont – Drone CampWashington – Fuel Your FutureJuly FourthPart of summer is celebrating the July fourth; the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. On this day, take the time to remember the history behind the 4th of July. We give thanks to the brave service men and women because without them, we would not be the land of the free.last_img read more

Arellano keeps Final Four hunt alive, routs St. Benilde

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kent Salado led the Chiefs with 16 points and 11 assists, while Zach Nicholls went 3-of-6 from three to wound up with 13 markers, all coming in the second half when the game was already decided.Lervin Flores added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, as three other players notched double-digits in scoring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the win, Arellano forced a tie with EAC at sixth place with their identical 6-9 records.Rence Alcoriza ignited the blowout as he unleashed nine of his 11 markers in the first quarter to help Arellano grab an early 28-16 lead it would no longer surrender. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fourth and final crewman pulled alive from capsized ship PLAY LIST 01:16Fourth and final crewman pulled alive from capsized ship04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano sent a strong message that it’s still alive and kicking with a 95-65 mauling of St. Benilde that kept its Final Four hopes alive in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“It’s a very important win for us. I can’t exaggerate the gravity of this game because every game is a must win for us. It gives us hope coming to our game against San Sebastian,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Cavs coach Lue says friends shot in Las Vegas tragedy Quarters: 28-16, 47-33, 69-50, 95-65. MOST READcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kendrix Belgica paced St. Benilde with 18 points and eight rebounds, while JJ Domingo had 14 markers, three assists, and two boards against seven turnovers.The also-ran Blazers dropped their fourth straight defeat to fall down to a 3-13 slate.The Scores:ARELLANO 95 – Salado 16, Nicholls 13, Flores 12, Abanes 11, Alcoriza 11, Dela Cruz 11, Viloria 8, Cañete 4, Enriquez 4, Meca 3, Padilla 2, Concepcion 0, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Taywan 0, Filart 0.ST. BENILDE 65 – Belgica 18, Domingo 14, Naboa 8, Dixon 5, Leutcheu 5, San Juan 4, Johnson 3, Sta. Maria 3, Young 3, Pili 2, Castor 0, Suarez 0, Velasco 0.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

PSL denies Iriga appeal on Soltones ban

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhilippine Superliga’s one-year ban and P50,000 fine on Iriga open spiker Grethcel Soltones stands.After convening in an emergency meeting on Tuesday, the PSL team owners unanimously denied the appeal of team owner and Iriga mayor Madeline Alfelor to downgrade the penalty for former San Sebastian standout, who apparently violated the tournament’s One League Policy.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next San Beda barges into 12th straight Finals, ousts San Sebastian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The league voted 7-0 and unanimously upheld its decision.Under league rules, Soltones should have been under contract with Iriga for a year as teams are required to sign all their players to a minimum of one-year contract with an exclusivity deal due to the One League Policy. Players under contract could not suit up in any games or tournament outside of the PSL until after their deal is done.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMuch to the team owners’ dismay, Iriga has no contract with Soltones despite her suiting up for the Lady Oragons’ season opener against Sta. Lucia in the ongoing 2017 PSL Grand Prix.Iriga and guest team Victoria Sports- University of Santo Tomas could not vote during the deliberations. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

SOUTH AFRICA ARE BUILDING

first_imgSouth Africa Touch are here with four teams and they’re improving continually and dramatically. It was a privilege to be at the Opening Ceremony where the South Africans march and singing was not only emotional but the highlight of the ceremony for me. So I sat down yesterday and chatted with Richard Mullins (Under 20 Mens Coach) and Labeeb Levy (Under 18 Mens Coach) about the state of Touch in their Nation and where it’s heading. Back in 1995 Touch was virtually non-existent in South Africa, and what little interest there was focused on the one-touch game. (Similar to the traditional six touch game but with one Touch before a turnover rather than six.) Arriving at the 1995 World Cup in Hawaii was a shock introduction for the South African Touchies, confronted with a completely different set of rules and style of play. It is estimated that in 1996 South Africa had about 600-700 players and just three leagues, one each in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. By 1999 South Africa had developed to a level where they brought together three National sides; Mens, Womens and Mixed for the 1999 World Cup and results began to pick up. In 2001 they sent a Womens 20’s side to the first Youth World Cup and in 2003 they sent, Mens, Womens, Mixed and Mens 35’s to the World Cup in Japan. Today there are about 60 teams in 12 leagues, with between 6000-7000 players. There are many social and economic factors that are helping and hindering the sport of Touch in South Africa. The growth of Touch in schools has been vital to the development of the young Touchies we’re seeing this week on the Sunshine Coast. In the last 2 years they have helped three school leagues develop, bringing many talented kids through their Touch programmes. Visits and tours from groups such as the Australian Masters sides is also helping to develop Touch, as they make South Africans more aware of the sport and it’s positive aspects. “One opportunity for us is that it’s a new sport that doesn’t require anything more than an open field and a football, we can play it on the street and it’s not as rough as Rugby,” said Richard. “But on the other side it does cost a lot of money to attend tournaments like this and we have a number of players that can afford it and a number that simply can’t.” “Many of our kids spent much time selling raffles and fundraising in order to make this trip,” said Labeeb. “Also if this trip had been just three days later than we would have saved $600 per person in travel and visa costs because of the change of travel season,” he added. As they grow in depth they are discovering an increasing number of incredibly talented players in some of the small towns scattered around their Nation. “Unfortunately no money goes into developing sport in our country,” said Labeeb. “We need so much development and money for our housing and other social areas, so unfortunately sport suffers a little, there is so much talent in these areas and we need to tap into that and develop it,” he said. Both Richard and Labeeb have no doubt that there kids have the talent and the potential to be world leaders in Touch Football. “We love it just as much as you guys,” said Richard. “We just have to continue to work with the social and economic problems confronting our nation and then keep developing our coaches, referees and administrators so we can develop our players and competitions,” he said. The experience of International competition such as this is no doubt invaluable for the South African sides. “We want to not only become more competitive every time we play, but to create our own brand and style of Touch Football,” said Labeeb. “You have the Australian style and the New Zealand style, we want to create the South African style.” And if anyone wants any more evidence pf the South African commitment to being here and playing Touch, then look no further than the South African Mens 18’s player who addressed his team mates at half time in a match against New Zealand: “We could be walking down the streets of Johannesburg and get shot and die, but here let us die for our country.” By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au LINKS: Stories will be on the homepage, www.austouch.com.au as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

10 months agoArsenal appointing first loans manager

first_imgArsenal appointing first loans managerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are appointing a first loans manager.The Sun says Arsenal will make football data analyst Ben Knapper their first loans manager from next month – in charge of starlets like Reiss Nelson.The Gunners are following a rising trend in the Premier League of appointing a supremo to oversee the rising number of players out on loan.Knapper is being promoted from his role as lead analyst after joining the Gunners from sports data and technology company Prozone in 2010.His main roles will be to decide which players to loan out and where. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoNew Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League clubby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Nice owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe remains interested in buying a Premier League club.It’s understood he looked at Newcastle and Chelsea this year – and he may return to buy a top flight club at a later date, says the Mirror.Those close to the man, who started life in a council house in Greater Manchester, insist they haven’t ruled out Ratcliffe ­making a Premier League impact one day.A business confidante said: “Jim was genuinely interested in buying a leading Premier League club. At the same time he wants value for money and after ­considering the cost involved and the ­necessary investment he chose Nice ahead of Premier League clubs he was in negotiations with.” last_img read more

Jamie Robson disciplined for racist blackface paint

first_imgDundee United have released a statement saying they have “disciplined” defender Jamie Robson for painting his face black for a party this month.Earlier this month, pictures from the fancy dress party released on social media showed the defender in ‘blackface’ and the club immediately started an investigation into the racially insensitive behavior.“Dundee United can confirm Jamie Robson has been disciplined in relation to his actions at a players’ social event earlier this month,” a statement on the club’s website read.“As a club, we have high standards concerning the behavior and actions of our staff, and on this occasion, Jamie has fallen short of these expected standards.“Dundee United is also fully committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity.RangersRangers agree Kamara and Jones signings Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 6, 2019 Dundee United midfielder Glenn Kamara and Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones have both signed pre-contract agreements with Rangers.Both players are expected to join the Ibrox…“The player’s actions were potentially offensive and with, the club’s support, he will undertake some diversity and inclusion training.”As part of the statement, Robson said: “I fully accept the naivety of my actions and can see that my actions fall short of what is expected by a professional footballer.“As soon as I became aware that I could offend, I took immediate action and removed both the make-up and costume.“I want to apologize for any offense I have caused, and I have also apologized to the club for not adhering to the standards expected.”last_img read more

Klopp heaps praise on Alisson and Ederson

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praises on Brazilian goalkeeping duo of Alisson Becker and Ederson Moraes.Klopp believes that Liverpool and Manchester City shot-stoppers could be the two best goalkeepers in the world.Both players will come up against each other on Thursday when Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in a titanic tussle at the top of the table.Liverpool is currently seated in the first position on the standings with Pep Guardiola’s men in third place, seven points behind the Reds.Alisson has been impressive for Liverpool since signing from AS Roma in the offseason for £65 million (€73m/$85m).Klopp has praises performance of the Brazil first-choice goalkeeper and Ederson, who was back-up with Brazil at the 2018 World Cup, saying they have set a new standard for goalkeepers from their country.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Alisson is unbelievably important,” he said, according to Goal.“(Claudio) Taffarel was the goalkeeper I knew from Brazil, an outstanding goalkeeper, but I do not remember a lot of world-class ones.”“Now they have two of the world’s best, if not the world’s best. It is incredible.”“Coming from Germany, I knew how important Manuel Neuer was with his football playing on top of his goalkeeping skills,” Klopp added. “You can’t imagine that two can come along with the same skills — and maybe even a bit better.”“They all have their specific importance, for sure, but Ali is not only the goalkeeper. He is an outfield player as well and that helps of course.”“What I would say is these two boys do not have to hide.”last_img read more

Murkowski Concerned About Border Policy

first_imgSen. Murkowski said that while they respect the goal of enforcing the law, she is uncomfortable with the consequence of children torn from their parents’ arms. Sen. Murkowski: “If we’re talking about young children here, young families and a forced separation for an indefinite period of time, I have concerns about it.”  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that the policy, enacted in April, was put in place to bolster border patrol efforts and crack down on illegal immigration. The Trump administration announced a zero-tolerance border policy, where immigrants face criminal prosecution for unlawful border entry. Charging immigrants who improperly enter the U.S. with a crime has for many resulted in their children being taken away by the federal government and sent to government shelters. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said during a press conference on Thursday that she is ‘troubled’ by the practice of removing a child from their parent when caught crossing the border illegally.last_img read more