Simeone distances himself from Manchester City move

first_img Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone 1 Diego Simeone has distanced himself from a move to Manchester City – insisting he is happy at Atletico Madrid.The Argentine has seen his stock go sky-high since taking over at the La Liga side in 2011 and the 44-year-old has already been linked with moves to the Blues and Paris St Germain should either of the European big-spenders decide on a coaching change.However, echoing the comments of Atletico president Enrique Cerezo over the weekend, Simeone has dismissed suggestions he may be on his way out of the Vicente Calderon any time soon, and says he is still looking at ways to make the Rojiblancos even better.He told Spanish newspaper Marca: “I feel very good at Atletico. I always want to continue improving, I’m never satisfied. I don’t know what the limit of this team is, I will continue looking.”“The happiness of completing three years at a club that I love so much is huge. I always think they can get rid of me, (but) I’m only thinking about [Atletico’s next match against] Malaga.”last_img read more

28-Year-Old Brown County Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges

first_imgYesterday, May 29th members of the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in rural Brown County.The search warrant was executed following the initiation of an investigation into possession of child pornography video files.Patrick J. Becraft, 28 of 5722 West State Road 46, was arrested on 10 counts of Child Exploitation (Level 5 Felony) and 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography (Level 6 felony). Becraft was transported to the Brown County Jail where he was processed and lodged.last_img

Swain County Wildfire Information For Friday

first_imgSwain County Emergency Management Coordinator David Breedlove gave this update on Friday morning.First he extends a huge “Thank You” to the individuals, businesses, and churches who have given so much in food and beverage so firefighters would have a refreshment when the come off the fire lines. As of Friday morning food and beverage supplies are sufficient to last through the weekend. Check back next week but hold up for the time being.Second, local firefighters are performing their rotation and going back home to sleep. Again Breedlove expressed appreciation to the firefighters in Jackson and Haywood counties and others who are providing mutual aid.  For the firefighters coming from the other states and territories as far as Puerto Rico, those individuals are housing in Andrews and Franklin and are attacking the fires from those directions. While hotels are filled with tourists in Bryson City, to this point that has not had an adverse affect upon the billeting of firefighters.Third, individuals evacuated from Silvermine Road and East Silvermine Road, Dills Road, as well as those in the Needmore areas of Licklog and Wiggins Creek have thus far taken up residence with friends and relatives. Shelters are open at the old Almond School now the SCC Swain Center and the Swain County Department on Aging. At the current time no one is staying at those facilities.  School buses will pick up students at the Needmore Road intersection and Wesser Creek Store.Fourth, thanks to the volunteer firemen who have remained vigilant no homes or structures have been lost in the fire.last_img read more

Waffle Toppers to Brighten Your Magic Kingdom Ice Cream

first_imgShare This!Is there anything better than ice cream in summer? If you’re going to be visiting Magic Kingdom, we may have a way to make that summertime ice cream even better — waffle ice cream toppers featuring your favorite Disney pals.Starting in June, specially printed waffle cone-like toppers will be available on ice cream at the following locations:Mickey will be found at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on a single-scoop ice cream cup or coneMinnie will be back at Storybook Treats with a soft-serve cup or coneDonald is over in Sunshine Tree Terrace with a soft-serve cupDaisy can be found at Aloha Isle with a soft-serve cupAnd Goofy will be at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies with a soft-serve cup or coneDoes something like this add an extra bit of magic to your ice cream at Magic Kingdom? Don’t you wish they sold these so you could take them home? (Me too!) Let us know what you think in the comments.last_img read more

Goodwill Balls get 2010 rolling

first_imgDeputy sports minister Gert Oosthuizen (left), Hyundai SA CEO Alan Ross(right), and a group of schoolchildren nextto the newly-signed Goodwill Ball. (Image: Hyundai SA) South Africa’s Goodwill Ball, with thecountry flag and World Cup mascot Zakumi. (Image: Fifa) MEDIA CONTACT • Francois MaraisMarketing manager, Hyundai SA+27 11 372 0800 or +27 82 304 7300RELATED ARTICLES • World Cup matches come alive in 3D • World Cup ticket sales soar • SA pride in World Cup at 90% • Maradona backs safe World CupJanine ErasmusThe Hyundai Goodwill Ball road show is taking 32 giant footballs, one for each team that will play in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, to participating nations to collect thousands of fans’ signatures.The road show is part of the motor manufacturer’s extensive football sponsorship, and according to Hyundai, has become a key event for the company.Hyundai is the official automotive supplier to the World Cup and has a number of other related initiatives on the go, including the Hyundai Fan of the Match and the Hyundai Best Young Player Award.The company says that 609 Hyundai passenger cars and vans will be made available for the use of Fifa officials, teams, organising committee members, match officials, and the press.What’s more is that all national teams will get to travel in style in their own Hyundai Universe luxury coach, each one distinctly decorated with the team colours and flags.Road showThe balls started their journeys at the end of January. This year marks the 11th edition since the inaugural event at the 2000 Uefa European championship. Over the years it has become increasingly popular with fans, as seen at the 2001 and 2006 tournaments in Korea/Japan and Germany respectively.“It is an honour for Hyundai South Africa to host the global launch of the Goodwill Ball road show for the 2010 Fifa World Cup … getting the ball rolling in early 2010 in Johannesburg as the eyes of the world turn to South Africa,” reads a statement on the company’s local website.Each 4m-high ball is emblazoned with various emblems, including the 2010 World Cup logo, the sponsor’s logo, the official tournament mascot Zakumi, and the particular country’s flag.All 32 spheres will return to Johannesburg in May, with their surfaces covered in signatures and good wishes, in time for the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on 11 June. Festivities have been planned to celebrate the balls’ arrival back in the city.Once the tournament is underway the balls will follow their respective teams to every match, ensuring that the messages of support are on display for all to read and take inspiration from.Part of a global World Cup familyThe initiative, says Hyundai, brings fans in all participating countries closer to the magic of the World Cup. Football supporters will revel in the knowledge that thousands of others all over the world are doing the same thing, for the same goal.“It’s a very unique way of uniting people through this amazing sport of soccer,” said Hyundai South Africa CEO Alan Ross. “From a street vendor in downtown Johannesburg to a high-flying businessman in a boardroom, we’ve all been united behind this event.”Ross described the Goodwill Balls as a symbol of pride, hope, passion and the uniting power of football the world over, and expressed his pleasure at being able to bring that legacy to South Africa for the long-awaited event.The gigantic South African ball will spend at least three months travelling around the country, stopping in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Bloemfontein.Fans will get the chance to convey their support not just for national football team Bafana Bafana, but good wishes for their competitors too, thus embracing the goodwill vibe. Those who participate will be able to have their photos taken with celebrities and sporting heroes present. Fans will also be able to enter to win World Cup tickets, tickets to the Goodwill Ball celebration, and other prizes.Support for the teamPolitical and sporting figures as well as football celebrities attended the campaign’s January launch at Hyundai Park in Sandton, Johannesburg.The audience was well entertained by popular local band Watershed, whose new song United by the World made its debut on the day. The song was commissioned by Hyundai especially for the upcoming football spectacular. It is due to be released shortly as the first single off Watershed’s new album, A Million Faces: 20 Hits, 10 Years. The band celebrate their 10-year anniversary in 2010.Putting pen to plastic were, among others, former Bafana Bafana coach Jomo Sono, Olympic swimmer Roland Schoeman, local football hero Marks Maponyane, Watershed lead singer Craig Hinds, and United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa. Pupils from a local primary school, representing the children of South African, also signed the massive South African ball.Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen said, “Indeed as we said before, Ke Nako for Africa to shine,” echoing the catchphrase of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, meaning “it’s time” in Sesotho. Hyundai Goodwill Ball road show schedule:Johannesburg and Pretoria:Sandton City (Nelson Mandela Square) – 30 January Eastgate Mall – 5 February East Rand Mall – 20 February Clearwater Mall – 19 March Cresta Shopping Centre– 27 March Menlyn Mall – 17 April Centurion Mall – 1 MayBloemfontein:Mimosa Mall – 27 FebruaryCape Town:Canal Walk – 5 March Cape Gate – 6 MarchDurban and KwaZulu-Natal:The Pavilion – 2 April Gateway – 3 April Suncoast Casino– 4 April The Liberty Mall, Midlands – 5 AprilPort Elizabeth:Summer Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth – 2-5 Aprillast_img read more

Legendary SA politician dies

first_imgFrederik van Zyl Slabbert will be remembered for his liberal thinking and academic prowess. (Image: Stellenbosch University)Former opposition leader Frederik van Zyl Slabbert died in Johannesburg on 14 May. The pioneering politician died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, according to his daughter Tania. She survives her father, together with her brother Riko and stepmother Jane.Slabbert had been ill and had spent time in the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg just prior to his death at the age of 70.The ruling African National Congress paid tribute to the liberal-minded politician, describing him as “legendary” and saying it deeply mourned his passing.“As leader of the Progressive Federal Party, not only did he make an indelible mark in shaping opposition politics against apartheid in South Africa, but he fought for constitutional democracy to be realised,” said party spokesperson Brian Sokutu.“He will also be remembered as one of those white South Africans who facilitated contact with the African National Congress at the time it was banned inside the country,” said Sokutu.Academic careerFrederik van Zyl Slabbert was born in Pretoria in 1940 and grew up in the Limpopo town of Polokwane – formerly Pietersburg. In 1958 he matriculated from Pietersburg Afrikaans High School, and enrolled at the Witwatersrand University for a BA degree after a brief flirtation with theological studies, with the intention of becoming a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church.An enthusiastic sports fan who had captained his school’s cricket and rugby teams, he transferred to Stellenbosch University at the end of his first year, mainly in order to play rugby. He obtained his BA in 1961, followed by an honours degree in 1962, a masters degree two years later, and a PhD in philosophy in 1967.For 10 years Slabbert lectured in sociology at Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Rhodes and Witwatersrand Universities and took up a professorship in the latter’s sociology department in 1973. Despite his brilliant political career, he retained a love for academia and was appointed chancellor of his alma mater Stellenbosch University in 2008.A heart attack at the end of that year prompted him to relinquish the post in order to spend more time with his family.Vocal oppositionWhile still studying Slabbert became interested in the plight of the Western Cape’s coloured community, an interest which led him to campaign for a position of Stellenbosch University’s Student Representative Council. But even in those days his views were considered too liberal, and he lost his bid.In 1974 he decided to make a full-time career of politics and joined the Progressive Party. In that year’s general election he stood as the party’s Parliamentary candidate for the Rondebosch constituency, snatching it from under the nose of the United Party. Slabbert managed to keep this seat for the next two general elections in 1977 and 1981.He made his name as a politician with the Progressive Party, steering it through two name changes – to the Progressive Reform Party in 1975, and then to the Progressive Federal Party in 1977. The Progressive Party’s other famous member was the late Helen Suzman who for many years stood as its only representative in Parliament.Slabbert took over as party leader in 1979 and retired unexpectedly in 1986 after declaring that a tricameral Parliament, then being mooted, was useless in the South African situation of that time. In the following year he co-founded the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa, together with fellow Member of Parliament Alex Boraine.This was the start of his secondary political career as a consultant, facilitator and analyst. In 1987 the institute organised the historic Dakar Conference, which saw Slabbert travelling with a group of white – mostly Afrikaans – South Africans to Dakar for 10 days of talks with the then-banned African National Congress.Influential businessmanFrom then on he held positions in various philanthropic organisations, such as the Open Society Foundation of Southern Africa, a funding body that promotes democracy and strong moral values, and also sat on the boards of a number of influential commercial companies, among them the Caxton CTP publishing group and Metro Cash ’n Carry.In 1990 he co-founded the black empowerment and investment company Khula, which in 1994 became a 15% shareholder of the JSE-listed Adcorp Holdings, a group that Slabbert chaired from 1998.Slabbert was also a published author who wrote or co-wrote several books including The Last White Parliament: The Struggle for South Africa, by the Leader of the White Opposition in 1986; Comrades in Business: Post-Liberation Politics in South Africa in 1998; and The Other Side of History: An Anecdotal Reflection on Political Transition in South Africa in 2006.His political and academic work earned him worldwide acclaim, and a number of awards. He was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in November 1982 and was elected as a Fellow of Oxford University’s All Souls College. He has received honorary doctorates from KwaZulu-Natal and Free State Universities, as well as the Simon Fraser University in Canada.last_img read more

Watching the World Cup in Europe

first_imgA fan celebrates in Altenstadt,Germany, after his team’s 4-0 victory overArgentina in a 2010 Fifa World Cup Round of16 match on 3 July.(Image: Barbara Müller-Walter, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.org• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524media-sa@fifa.org • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.com RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup: SA’s great leap forward? • 2010 World Cup, New York style• World Cup tourists paint SA red• World Cup boost to SA advertising• World Cup driving SA tourismSouth African Civil Society Information ServiceThe Fifa headquarters are nestled into a secluded spot on the hill overlooking Zurich, one of the richest cities in the world. Here a glass of Coke will cost you R60 (US$8) at a restaurant. The city, set around a lake with snow capped mountains in the background, is picture perfect in a chocolate-box kind of way.But it’s not just a twee live-in European theme park pretending to be a city. Zurich is also home to squats, innovative housing and artists’ collectives, large immigrant communities, a thriving music scene and political dissidents from around the world. Together they have created a vibrant urban life with oases of jazz, punk, radical Kurdish workers and Russian anti-Fascists.But, as the radical groups here would be the first to acknowledge, much of the material basis for this flourishing urban life is premised on devastation in other parts of the world. The bankers here bailed out apartheid and have a long and sorry history of collaboration with oppressive regimes. They have, for generations now, drawn part of their wealth from the gold and diamond mines of South Africa.Zurich has to be understood as the apex of a pyramid that reaches down, through corporate Johannesburg, to the Bantustans and the frontline states where women kept families going while the men were sent to dig the mines on poverty wages. The wealth of a city like Zurich is intimately connected to the devastation of a place like the Transkei.In Zurich, Langstrasse, the traditional street for communist and socialist mobilisation, is also where football fans gather to celebrate their victories. During the early stages of the 2010 Fifa World Cup it was taken over by jubilant Ghanaians and Brazilians. Some of them were undocumented workers who usually keep to the margins of society. Some worked in the kitchens of the restaurants and bars along Langstrasse.The street is also the heart of Zurich’s red light district and the women touting for corporate clients here seem to come mostly from Africa, Eastern Europe and South America. But in the carnival of victory, the football fans from Ghana and Brazil assumed, for a moment, centre stage in collective expressions of identity and joy.Fifa is in charge of the administration of football and earn billions from the game. But neither this fact, nor the bitter inequality within world football, change the reality that when the whistle blows, 22 men confront each other as equals for the duration of the game. Unlike in the United Nations or the World Bank, anything can happen on the pitch. Ghana can defeat the United States. South Africa can defeat France. England can be cowed.And watching Germany play in a German town like Wuppertal doesn’t really feel any different to watching South Africa play at home. The beer, the flags, the groans and roars that mark the waves of collective emotion that, for a moment at least, take us out of our own heads, the embraces that reach across social divisions, the hooting and hanging out of car windows and, now, the vuvuzelas, are all the same.The football World Cup is a global carnival that is, at least via television, as accessible to the bankers in Zurich as it is to mine workers in Johannesburg or their families in Flagstaff.And when it comes to football, expertise is not monopolised. A person may be precariously employed, undocumented and racially othered in Fortress Europe, but there is no reason for her not to publicly assume the same right as a Swiss banker to analyse and debate a game, a team or a referee’s decision. At an academic conference, football is more likely to be the topic of lunchtime conversation than academic matters and a waiter is quite likely to have a better-informed opinion than a professor and to feel able to express that opinion confidently.In a world where inequality is so profound and so effectively policed, administered and legitimated there is something utopian in the moments of transcendence that football can create.And South Africa’s successful hosting of the tournament seems, for the moment at least, to have changed the representation of Africa in Western Europe. South Africa is everywhere – from the vuvuzelas echoing down the streets, the cakes in the colours of our flag in the bakers’ windows in Germany, South African musicians playing in small German towns and glamorous representations of Cape Town in fashion magazines to detailed reports in newspapers and documentaries on television.South Africa, and by extension Africa, largely appears as competent, modern, and as a fun place with welcoming people. Stereotypes about our people, our food and even our weather have been and are being debunked daily.The tournament has been seen as an opportunity to tell the world about South Africa. And the story it is telling is often taking the form of a refreshing change from the racist and patronising lens through which Africa has so long been represented in Europe. The images of helpless starving African children that used to be everywhere in Western Europe have been replaced with representations of Africans as speaking, thinking and debating adults as capable of good and evil as anyone else.Fifa may own the administration of this global carnival that is the football World Cup. But the fact remains that it is a global carnival, made by ordinary people.Source: South African Civil Society Information Service. All articles distributed via the SACSIS news alert service are original works that are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 South Africa License.last_img read more

R3m boost for SA football school

first_imgSafa’s Football School of Excellence set for a R3-million renovation. (Image: Safa) Fifa has donated R3-million (US$437 655) towards reviving South Africa’s Football School of Excellence, which was once a breeding ground for top-quality players who went on to join the country’s national squad, Bafana Bafana. The school was set up in 1994 in Elandsfontein, east of Johannesburg, and is run by the South African Football Association (Safa).Fifa’s donation will come from its Goal Project Funding initiative, which helps national football associations around the world establish centres, natural and artificial pitches, and schools that develop players of the Beautiful Game.Over the years Safa’s school has produced some of the country’s best football players – one of which is Steven Pienaar, who now plays for English Premier League club Everton and South Africa’s national team.Safa said it hopes the proceeds from Fifa will help the school improve its finances and leadership so it’s once more able to produce top-quality football stars.“In the past few years we had a problem where the school was no longer attracting quality youngsters, players who would do well for our junior national teams,” said Safa’s deputy president Mandla Mazibuko.But, he said, there have been some recent improvements. “Everything is back on track at the school. We had trials all over the country in 2010. We are now going for quality again.”“If you look at a number of players who went through the school of excellence, they have done very well. They were well developed and that is what we want to concentrate on,” said Safa chief Leslie Sedibe.Expansion plansThe school – which offers grades eight to 12 – currently has 112 pupils, seven teachers and four coaches. Safa is hoping to increase the number of instructors to seven to bring the coach-player ratio to more favourable levels.Safa says it will need a total of R80-million ($11.6-million) to fully transform the academy. “We will apply for Fifa’s R3-million grant every year until the school becomes a state-of-the-art facility,” Mazibuko said.Fifa’s 2011 contribution will be used to upgrade the school’s gym, kitchen, dormitories, administration and coaches’ block, and fields. Extra computers with internet connectivity will be set up in the library to enhance the school’s academic support system.Safa plans to invite overseas football experts to hold workshops at the school to groom the budding stars and prepare them for representing South Africa in future Fifa World Cups.The county’s Department of Sport and Recreation will donate table tennis and pool tables to keep the pupils entertained off the pitch. The departments’ 2010 legacy division has also committed to establishing a medical centre at the school, which will give pupils access to a psychologist.last_img read more

Twitter OAuth Spotted in the Wild

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Social Web#twitter#web rick turoczy 1center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Twitter OAuth – oft promised but lagging in delivery – had begun to take on a mythical status, leaving many to wonder if it would ever be released. Now, that naysaying could be coming to swift end. It appears that Twitter OAuth has been released into the wild as part of a limited beta.Why is this important? It means that Twitter applications now have a way to verify user identity without asking for a username and password. Those credentials remain the private property of the user – but he or she still gets access to the tool and his or her Twitter account. (For more on the topic, listen to Chris “@factoryjoe” Messina talking to Twitter lead API developer Alex “@al3x” Payne about OAuth and Twitter.)The team at inuda – Jonathan “@madmotive” Markwell specifically – reports that 150 other developers have been selected to participate in the OAuth private beta.And then there’s the Twitter OAuth page, that allows developers with registered apps to review their applications using Twitter. Chris Messina shares the beta user view, as well.)How do you know if you’re in the beta? According to the Twitter Development group:“If you’re one of the 150 or so people included in the closed beta your settings page (http://twitter.com/account/settings) now contains a ‘Connections’ tab. In the sidebar is a little information and a link to register your very own application.”Needless to say, the news was well received by the Twitter development community.Granted, Twitter OAuth is only in limited beta, but given Markwell’s tweets and the inuda post it appears to be a straightforward implementation:“We managed to get a prototype up and running within a few minutes with no problems so we think it’s fair to say that you should never give your Twitter password to anyone ever again. In a few weeks all developers of Twitter applications will have access to OAuth and they’ll have no excuse other than laziness for not using it.”Could we be seeing the end of apps that ask for your Twitter password? Will OAuth make an appearance in tomorrow’s release of Tweetdeck? We can only hope.If you’d like to befriend the ReadWriteWeb staff on Twitter here are our accounts – we’d love to meet you too! Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Introducing the 2011 Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors

first_imgPhilly 360° Creative Ambassador: DJ Jazzy Jeff(L. Whitaker for GPTMC) Sulaiman RahmanSulaiman Rahman is the Chairman of the African American Chamber of Commerce and President/CEO of urbanphilly.com. Get to know our 2011 Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors: DJ Jazzy JeffWorld renowned DJ and GRAMMY Award-winning producer Seun OlubodunSeun is a fashion designer and founder of Duke & Winston Carol RiddickCarol Riddick is a singer, songwriter, and she also is the senior project manager of The Recording Academy. James PoyserJames Poyser, of The Roots, is a GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter, producer and musician. Meet the 2011 Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors Ernel MartinezErnel is a talented artist and painter for the Mural Arts Program who is currently restoring the Paul Robeson Mural.center_img Philly 360° Creative Ambassadors are trendsetters in their fields who help shape Philadelphia as a major hotspot and build buzz around the city. In 2011, we picked a group of Philly’s hottest musicians, DJs, producers, dancers, entrepreneurs and more. Keep up with who we think best represent Philly.  And, check out our 2009 and 2010 ambassadors, including The Roots, Marsha Ambrosius, Rich Medina and King Britt.  Rennie HarrisRennie is a highly respected and sought after hip hop dancer, choreographer and founder of Rennie Harris Puremovent Florcy MorissetFlorcy is the owner and curator of Vivant Art Collection Carvin & IvanCarvin & Ivan are GRAMMY Award-nominated songwriters and producers who are currently up for five GRAMMY nominations. DJ AfroDJiakDJ and co-founder of It’s the Life Creative, the team behind the popular Inside the Studio series. Spanky McCurdyCurrently on tour with Lady Gaga, Spanky is a drummer, designer and entrepreneur.last_img read more