World Cup trophy hits the road

first_img22 September 2009The World Cup trophy has embarked a global tour of 86 countries, including 53 African countries, to give fans worldwide a chance to see the holy grail of football up close.The trophy – which is 36 centimetres tall, weighs six kilograms and is made of solid, 18-carat gold, boasting two layers of semi-precious malachite – left Fifa’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland for Cairo, Egypt on Monday.It will wrap up its African leg of the tour in Cape Town on 2 December, just in time for the World Cup draw.It will then resume its world tour, starting from Seoul, South Korea on 17 January 2010, before being brought back to a South African venue that has still to be announced in May 2010.Excitement, passion, spiritFifa President Sepp Blatter said the international reach and marketing expertise of their partner in the tour, sponsor Coca-Cola, was an enormous benefit in strengthening the game, adding that it helped bring the excitement and passion of the sport to more people around the globe.“This campaign captures both the unique spirit of the continent of Africa and the celebrations that football inspires.”Coca-Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent said the trophy tour would help ensure that fans had the chance to “experience the excitement and pageantry of football no matter where they live.“And like all football fans, Coca-Cola is especially excited about the 2010 Fifa World Cup taking place on the African continent for the first time,” Kent said.Joyous dance celebrationsCoca-Cola has also unveiled a grand marketing campaign for the soccer extravaganza inspired by the joy of dance.The company has invited fans to express their optimism and passion for football through active dance celebrations, with the promise of an award for the best dancer during the tournament.The promotional campaign also includes a music anthem, global television commercials, an online programme and commemorative packaging.Source: BuaNewslast_img

Young South African town planner invited to present rural land development study in US

first_imgMthobisi Masinga, a young forward-thinking town and regional planner from Pretoria, has been invited to present his innovative research on rural land development to a high-level international city planning congress in the US. He is currently seeking sponsorship to represent South Africa at the event. Mthobisi Masinga, a South African town planner and researcher in the field of rural land development, wants to collaborate on finding modern solutions to rural land reform using lessons learnt from history. Masinga is seeking sponsorship to attend an international city planning congress in the US during October 2017 in order to present his findings. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonMasinga, a junior town and regional planner with Pretoria-based firm KENA Consult, will represent South Africa at the International Society for City and Regional Planners’ Annual Congress in Portland, Oregon, in October 2017. He has been invited to present a study on rural land use management and regulatory guidelines for South Africa.The study comes after his work in 2016 for the Limpopo province’s Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Policy/Bill and Regulations, with its principal aim of creating a partnership between traditional leadership in the province and local and municipal government spatial planning management.Work on the project included a collaboration between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the House of Traditional Leaders, and the Limpopo Office of the Premier.Masinga says the project constructively addresses the often sensitive nature of land reform, adding that “the project’s theme is to give power back to the people through activate citizenry participation, [and] the rights to the city movement and advocacy.” While the research gathered from Masinga’s work on the project can be easily applied to other regions in South Africa and the rest of the continent, it also has potential applications around the world, such as South America and Asia.Hence, his invitation to present his findings at the forthcoming international congress.Masinga is currently seeking private and industry sponsorship for the trip, hoping to be an ambassador for the South African spatial planning sector and boost the country’s international reputation for out-of-the-box thinking in the field of urban development and rural land reform.Masinga considers himself at heart an educator and anthropologist, researching and collaborating on innovative solutions to modern challenges through looking at the lessons learnt from history. He hopes that through networking at the congress event he may be able to bring more international collaborators on-board for future projects in South Africa.Basing his work in the principles of progression, reinvention and persistence, Masinga considers it his professional duty as an African, to help transform societal spaces into habitable places of tomorrow with equality for all through resources, economic development, services, and amenities.“At the current juncture in South Africa’s history, town and regional planning is a key profession in the rectification of the spatial and other imbalances in both urban and rural areas, as well as the improvement of inefficient and underperforming living environments,” Masinga says.“The challenge of planning lies in the fact that different interests and expectations for the future are often contradictory and conflict-ridden. A professional approach that combines sensitivity, analytical and strategic skills is hence required to handle the various political, social, spatial, environmental and economic issues at stake.”For more information on Masinga’s work in rural planning, and to get in touch with him regarding sponsorship and collaboration, find him on LinkedIn or contact him through the KENA Consult website. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img

Hanley Woods Architect Residential Architect to Become Associations Official Magazines

first_img“For the last 10 years, we’ve had a publishing partnership with the AIA, which concludes in December,” a McGraw-Hill Construction spokesperson said. “Working independently, we will be best positioned to provide a trusted voice, to serve the new and emerging needs of the architectural community and to advance our business interests.  “It appears that AIA was essentially looking for a custom publication they would control,” the spokesperson added. “That is not what the market needs now or in the future.” When contacted by FOLIO:, Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton declined to comment on the partnership other to say it is “in keeping with our belief that a focus on a single, large market remains the best strategy for b-to-b media companies.” This isn’t the first time the AIA has partnered with Hanley Wood. In 1976, the company’s founders served as the contract publishers for the association’s AIA Journal. Published 14 times annually, Hanley Wood’s Architect targets the commercial construction space and was launched, along with ArchitectMagazine.com, in 2006. It carries a BPA-audited circulation of 58,575. Residential Architect, which launched 12 years ago, carries a BPA-audited bimonthly circulation of 20,000.Hanley Wood also publishes Architectural Lighting, Concrete Construction and EcoHome magazines. The American Institute of Architects has selected Hanley Wood’s Architect and Residential Architect as the association’s official magazines. As part of the partnership—which has been agreed upon in principle and is expected to become effective in 2011—Hanley Wood Exhibitions will manage the AIA’s annual convention.While Hanley Wood will continue to own the magazines’ assets, starting next year it will collaborate with the AIA on editorial planning for both, and the AIA will have a dedicated section in each magazine to contribute content.The deal effectively ends a similar arrangement the AIA had with McGraw-Hill Construction and its Architectural Record magazine. It was not immediately clear what precipitated the change. Phil Simon, AIA’s marketing and promotions managing director, did not return a request seeking comment. last_img

5 Children Baptized At St Dorothys This Month

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The following five children were baptized at St. Dorothy’s on Sunday, May 20, 2018:Troy Anthony BaroLucas Thomas HealyBrett Cody ManganoMargaret Elizabeth MartinMatthew Philip PerryCongratulations to these children and their families.(NOTE: List is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy church bulletin.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”12 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”last_img

This old NES cartridge likely sold for more than 13000

first_img Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0 1:13 The sudden appearance of a copy of the rare Nintendo World Championships 1990 stirs the retro-gaming rumor mill. Josh Miller/CNET A Seattle used-game store has reported buying — and quickly selling —  a copy of a rare NES game. Pink Gorilla Games said Wednesday that a private seller traded in a copy of Nintendo World Championships 1990 along with a bag of other NES cartridges. Only a few hundred copies of the sought-after collector’s item are thought to exist.”Just traded in! Not joking,” the company tweeted Wednesday. The company later tweeted that it paid $13,000 for the game.The pictured cartridge also included serial number “0302,” indicating a higher number of copies than previously discovered. In a YouTube video, Pink Gorilla Games co-owner Kelsey Lewin explained her confirmation of the cartridge’s authenticity.Nintendo World Championships 1990 were originally produced for the competitive touring event the same year, and were also given away to winners of a Nintendo Power magazine contest.Pink Gorilla Games said it sold the cartridge to a private buyer within 24 hours but did not disclose the price. Three new iPhones in 2019, Nintendo sued over Switch…center_img Tags Nintendo Video Games Culture Share your voicelast_img

BSNL privatisation Salary delay worsening fiscal crisis intensify speculation

first_imgA woman walks past a logo of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata, India. A delay in payment of July salaries to BSNL staff has intensified speculation about the timing of the public sector telecom player’s privatization.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriThe failure to pay the staff of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) their salaries for July has triggered fresh speculation about the privatisation of the public sector telecom providers.Industry observers claim the government’s focus shifted to BSNL and MTNL after speeding up the privatisation procedures of national carrier Air India. The government has ordered Air India to freeze all appointments and promotions, setting the field for the privatization process.For the first time after Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept back to power, BSNL reportedly failed to pay its 1.76 lakh employees on time. The two public sector units (PSUs) had delayed salaries for February until mid-March due to a financial crisis. The BSNL had then said that it used its internal accruals to clear the pending salaries.The government, during its earlier stint, had held back sanction to the public sector telecom player for introducing 4G services, handing a major advantage to private-sector competitors. The government has also dithered on a decision to allow its participation in the imminent 5G trials.While BSNL chairman and managing director PK Purwar said that employees will get the July salary this week, an employees’ union leader said that no information had been shared by the management about early salary payment, according to PTI. “Salary for the month of July has not come. There is also no information when will it be credited,” the report quoted the All India Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) convenor, P Abhimanyu, as saying. BSNL has continued to lose customers to private-sector competition as delayed government decisions have blocked the updating of its services.Facebook/ ReutersPurwar told the news agency that employees would get the salary in this week. “Funds are being arranged through internal accruals,” Purwar said. BSNL has 1.76 lakh employees across the country and MTNL about 22,000 employees.This is for the first time that the two public sector companies have defaulted on paying the staff on time after the new government took charge. The BSNL needs Rs 750 crore to Rs 850 crore for salaries while the MTNL needs around Rs 160 crore. The report said the MTNL Human Resource and Enterprise Business director Sunil Kumar said the company was in the process of collecting some dues after which the salary would be paid on a priority basis “very soon”.last_img

Zimbabwe coup fears mount as military seen on streets

first_imgSoldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo: ReutersArmoured vehicles were seen on the streets near the Zimbabwean capital Harare as questions mounted Wednesday over whether President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980, still has a firm grip on power.Tensions between the 93-year-old leader and the military that has been a key buttress to his reign have intensified, and prolonged gunfire erupted near his private residence in the suburb of Borrowdale in the early hours of Wednesday, a witness told AFP.No further details were available.Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party accused army chief General Constantino Chiwenga on Tuesday of “treasonable conduct”. The public dispute has presented a major test for Mugabe, who is in increasingly frail health.Chiwenga had demanded that Mugabe stop purges of senior party figures, including vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was dismissed last week.ZANU-PF said Chiwenga’s stance was “clearly calculated to disturb national peace… and suggests treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection”.Before being ousted, Mnangagwa had clashed repeatedly with Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, who is seen as vying with Mnangagwa to be the next president.As the situation deteriorated overnight, the US embassy in Harare warned its citizens in the country to “shelter in place” due to “ongoing political uncertainty”.The armoured vehicles spotted outside Harare alarmed many residents as Chiwenga had warned of possible military intervention. The army’s spokesman was not available to comment.“I saw a long convoy of military vehicles,” a female fruit seller told AFP, while other witnesses took to social media to confirm the reports.Mugabe under pressureMugabe is the world’s oldest head of state, but his poor health has fuelled a bitter succession battle as potential replacements jockey for position.Some of the army top brass are seen as strongly opposed to Grace Mugabe’s apparent emergence as the likely next president.“We very rarely see tanks on the roads,” Derek Matyszak, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, told AFP.“Chiwenga threw down the gauntlet to Mugabe… it would make sense for Chiwenga to organise some military manoeuvres to up the ante.“It’s clear we are entering new territory here.”In speeches this year, Mugabe has often slurred his words, mumbled and paused for long periods.His lengthy rule has been marked by brutal repression of dissent, mass emigration, vote-rigging and economic collapse since land reforms in 2000.The main opposition MDC party called for civilian rule to be protected.“No one wants to see a coup… If the army takes over that will be undesirable. It will bring democracy to a halt,” shadow defence minister Gift Chimanikire, told AFP.ZANU-PF’s influential youth league, which supports Grace Mugabe as the next president, said in a statement that army chief Chiwenga must not be allowed to choose Zimbabwe’s leaders.Speculation has been rife in Harare that Mugabe could seek to remove Chiwenga, who is seen as an ally of ousted Mnangagwa.‘Ominous moment’?The crisis marks an “ominous moment in the ongoing race to succeed” Mugabe, said political analyst Alex Magaisa in an online article.“(Mugabe) has previously warned the military to stay away from ZANU-PF’s succession race.“His authority over the military has never been tested in this way.”Mnangagwa, 75, was widely viewed as Mugabe’s most loyal lieutenant, having worked alongside him for decades.He fled the country and is thought to be in South Africa after issuing a searing five-page condemnation of Grace’s ambition and Mugabe’s leadership.Earlier this year the country was gripped by a bizarre spat between Grace and Mnangagwa that included an alleged ice-cream poisoning incident that laid bare the pair’s rivalry.Mnangagwa took over as vice president from Joice Mujuru who was axed in 2014 after Grace Mugabe launched a campaign accusing her of plotting to topple the president.Grace Mugabe — 41 years younger than her husband-has become increasingly active in public life in what many say is a process to help her eventually take the top job.last_img

Full Show Freezing Temperatures And Political Roundup Jan 3 2018

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Freezing temperatures have much of Texas and Greater Houston shivering. But the weather is more than just an inconvenience for some residents — namely the homeless. We find out when the cold snap will subside and learn about efforts to protect the area’s most vulnerable.Also this hour: We examine the latest political stories from around the world and nation and discuss their potential impact on Houston and Texas. And a medical expert answers your questions about getting a good night’s sleep.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-degree Facebook Live Video Listen 00:00 /50:32 X Share last_img

Benjamin M Phillips IV Elected AFRO President

first_imgJake Oliver, chairman of the board and CEO of the AFRO-American Newspapers, announced the election of Benjamin Murphy Phillips IV as president of the company. As president, Phillips will be the chief operational officer of the company reporting directly to Oliver, overseeing a myriad of operational responsibilities that may from time to time be assigned to him. Since 2007, Phillips has been the director of Global Markets responsible for the marketing, web technical management, circulation and distribution of the company’s electronic and print products. Prior to that time he had been involved in many different capacities. Phillips is a member of the AFRO board of directors, executive committee, and prior to his election as president, served as secretary of the company. Phillips’ team was responsible for the successful 2009 launch of the Prince Georges County Edition of the AFRO as part of the company’s hyper-localism initiative.In 2013, Phillips was elected vice president of the Maryland – Delaware – DC Press Association whose mission is to “serve the diverse needs” of its newspaper members in areas of common concern. Phillips is a 2009 graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) “The Leadership” and Leadership of Baltimore County (LBC). Phillips has more than 25 years of corporate experience at IBM and Xerox Corporation where he held a number of technical sales and management positions. His successful career in the corporate arena was lauded by multiple Presidents Club honors.A native of Baltimore, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Morgan State University and numerous continuing education and professional development certificates.last_img