No turning back for 2010 hosts

first_img2009 promises to be another heady year for South Africa, but in just 12 months, hundreds of millions of people around the globe will be tuning in for the 2010 Final Draw, an event that will kick-start the biggest celebration this continent has ever seen. TNS Research Surveys, which has gauged public confidence levels over preparations for 2010, says every South African stands to benefit considerably from our hosting of this event. Nobody said it was going to be easy, and for South Africa, gearing to host the biggest single-code sporting event on the planet, 2008 has certainly proved to be more than a litmus test. As Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke recently remarked: “There is no turning back.” Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Xenophobia, widespread power cuts, the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe were just some of the distractions organisers of the tournament had to contend with. The grinding machinery tasked with building and renovating stadiums in all 10 host cities as well as numerous other 2010-related construction projects has performed remarkably well. So much so, that both Fifa and the 2010 Local Organising Committee have expressed confidence that South Africa will meet its 2010 requirements ahead of schedule. 24 December 2008 “We need to harness this energy to talk up the event,” the organisation said in a recent statement. “We recall the incredible energy and joy that swept the whole country when the bid result was announced. Negativity risks damaging this energy and can affect our actual ability to do what we know we can do.” In addition, preparations for the 2009 Confederations Cup – a key curtain-raiser for the World Cup – are on target, with tickets selling briskly. There was also good news on the crime front, with the launch of the recruitment process for 41 000 extra police officers by 2010 and the acquisition of high-tech security equipment – including helicopters, body armour and high-tech bomb disabling equipment – for the tournament. Apart from the labour disputes, spiralling construction costs and political in-fighting that are part and parcel of preparing for an event of this magnitude, there were plenty of other issues. And yet, there was much to draw hope and inspiration from. What a long, strange year it has been. South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been marked by extraordinary highs and lows.last_img read more

Uncovering South Africa’s latest fossil find

first_img8 November 2013Excavations will soon begin on a new site at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa’s Gauteng province to investigate a find of “significant” fossils suspected to be those of our very early human ancestors.Professor Lee Berger, a research professor in Human Evolution from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, will direct the expedition at the site, dubbed “Rising Star Cave”.Berger is best known for the discovery of Australopithecus sediba at the Malapa site at the Cradle – one of the most significant palaeoanthropological discoveries in recent times.The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage site situated about 40 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg.Berger said at the launch of the new expedition this week that “significant” fossils had been found in a chamber deep underground.“We do not know as yet what species of hominin we have found, and we will not speculate,” Berger said. “Our aim is to get the fossils out carefully, study them, compare them to other fossil material from around the world and then proceed to analyse and describe them.“This is part of the scientific process, and we are hoping to publish our findings – if all goes well – late in 2014.”The key challenge is the size and location of the cave: about 30 metres underground, it has a very small opening through which only slightly built people can fit.Berger used social media platforms to call for “tiny and small, specialised cavers and spelunkers with excellent archaeological, palaeontological and excavation skills”.From a list of 57 qualified applicants, Berger selected six scientists. “These are highly trained scientists with caving experience from the US, Canada and Australia who are currently in South Africa preparing for the excavation,” he said.The excavation and scientific analysis that follows will be featured in a National Geographic/NOVA television special.Members of the Speleological Exploration of South Africa will assist the expedition.Follow National Geographic’s Rising Star blog for updates on excavations.Wits University and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

10 Free E-Books on Ruby for Beginners

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Ruby may have lost some of its shine in recent months to JavaScript and Node.js, but it’s still one of the most popular programming languages out there, and it’s still growing.There are a large number of beginner’s Ruby resources out there, and the material is diverse. Here are a few places to get started.Hackety HackThis isn’t actually an e-book, but an interactive tutorial. It runs on Windows, OSX or Linux. It’s designed for kids, but anyone can learn to program using it. We covered it here previously.It was created by _why the lucky stiff, something of a legend in the Ruby scene. _why disappeared from the Web in 2009, and Steve Klabnik has taken over the project._why’s (Poignant Guide) to Ruby Check out the official Ruby documentation page for more. Another quirky beginner’s guide is Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book by Jeremy McAnally. This one is a little more conventional than the Poignant Guide, but still contains a strong authorial voice.Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ GuideIf you’re tired of quirk and just want a big, meaty guide to Ruby check out Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ Guide from The Pragmatic Bookshelf, frequently referred to as “Pickaxe.” It’s considered by many to be the definitive guide to Ruby, and the first edition available for free. The updated second edition will cost you, however.Learn to Program Learn to Program by Chris Pine is a popular beginner’s book on programming that centers using Ruby as its starter language. If you want to learn Ruby and you’ve never programmed, or need a refresher, this is a good place to start. (If you want to learn to program, but want to use JavaScript or Python as your starter language, see here and here).How To Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning With RubyHow To Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning With Ruby by Elizabeth Wiethoff is a Ruby port of Allen B. Downey’s How To Think Like a Computer Scientist series. It’s not yet complete. Other variants can be found at Green Tea Press. The Python version of the book has been used by MIT for an introductory programming course.4 MoreThe Little Book of Ruby by Huw Collingbourne – A concise beginner’s guide to Ruby published for free by Sapphire Steel, the makers of the Ruby In Steel IDE for Visual Studio.RubyLearning.comRuby EssentialsRuby in Twenty Minutes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts center_img klint finley Tags:#hack#How To How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Also by _why, this illustrated guide to Ruby may be totally engrossing to some readers and too outlandish for others. It’s straight-forward, and easy to read but contains many cartoons and completely unrelated sidebars. I’ve never seen a programming book like it._why deleted the book when he exited the Internet, but there are many mirrors. This seems to be the best place to find it.Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

Gilas gets blown out by Lebanon, drops to battle for 7th

first_imgRead Next Lebanon’s naturalized big man Norvel Pelle also gave the Filipinos’ fits, dominating the paint on both ends with 23 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.Gilas, which sorely missed the services of Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, faces Jordan on Monday in a duel for seventh place.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 shutoutTerrence Romeo paced the Philippines in scoring with 19 points, most of which came in the fourth quarter where the game was already decided.Frustrations mounted for Gilas late with head coach Chot Reyes getting tossed midway through the final frame. 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ woes continued as it suffered a second straight beating this time, at the hands of Lebanon, 106-87, in the classification phase of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Sunday night at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Fadi El Khatib led the Lebanese’ wire-to-wire win with a tournament-high 36 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 After going undefeated in the group stages, Gilas’ campaign took a turn for the worse following a blowout loss to fierce rival South Korea in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

Jazul, Fuel Masters confident of smooth transition under Alas

first_img“I feel younger,” he said. “Since college, we’ve been together and that continued in Alaska.”Jazul has every reason to feel upbeat. After all, his partnership with Alas allowed him to be a part of the Knights squad which won the NCAA title back in 2005, while also a key factor in the Aces’ Finals appearances in the past three years.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 shutout“We’re all positive here, I know what coach Louie and the coaching staff can do for us,” he said.But with the familiarity also comes responsibility as Jazul will be counted on to make the Fuel Masters’ transition under Alas easier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there’s someone in Phoenix who knows how great of a coach Louie Alas is, it’s RJ Jazul.Sharing a bond since their days in Letran, the 31-year-old couldn’t help but wax nostalgic over his history with the soft-spoken mentor, whom he has reunited with at the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next ‘Arthur’ producer wants LeBron to appear on the show after viral meme US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track PLAY LIST 01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort However, the 5-foot-11 sharpshooter said that the burden should fall on every player in the Fuel Masters roster to fulfill their roles in the new system Alas will implement.“It’s now up to us. Whoever coach you put in, if the players won’t follow, the success wouldn’t come. So we all have to buy-in to the system of coach Louie,” he said.Pressured as Phoenix is to turn things around after a rather lackluster showing last season, Jazul is just keeping the faith on Alas and his teammates as the Fuel Masters prepare for a turnaround conference starting this upcoming 2018 Philippine Cup.“Since I got traded here in Phoenix, I always had that pressure because it’s expected that the team will do good,” he said. “Now that coach Louie is here, it’s still the same. But it’s up to us as a team to deal with it and hopefully in the coming weeks, we’ll figure out where we’ll end up.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Consistent Ravena a steady force for Ateneo so far in Season 80

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I need to stay more consistent because everyone’s been doing a really good job,” said Ravena after leading the Blue Eagles over Far Eastern University, 94-82, Sunday. Ravena finished with 18 points, on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds, and five assists to steer Ateneo to a 3-0 record. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe graduating guard is averaging 18 points, nine boards, and 2.3 assists per game.Ravena had just one occasion where he managed to score in double figures in back-to-back games, against La Salle and University of the Philippines when he had 22 and 11 points, respectively.  Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Blackwater secures last playoff spot, beats GlobalPort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But Ravena’s production took a dip from there.“Last season, I’ll have a good game and the polar opposite will happen next,” said Ravena. “I’m just mentally focused coming into the season and that I need to be more consistent.” Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player in its first three games in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.And he plans to stay that way after having an up-and-down year in Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

‘Few believe the Government. But fewer, the sports administrators’

first_imgAs an idea, the Afro-Asian games is as outdated as Third World solidarity and South-South cooperation.It was mooted just after the success of the 1982 Asian Games, which changed Delhi’s geography and political economy. Salivating at the thought of a sequel, the Congress regime resolved to inaugurate the Afro-Asian Games on November 19, 1983, the anniversary of the Asiad.Now the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) plans to host the first Afro-Asian Games in November 2001, a mere 18 years too late. Nobody expects the Games to revolutionise Indian sport.The IOA’s president and vice-president – Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi and BJP MP Vijay Kumar Malhotra – are locked in a battle for the organising committee. By the IOA’s own calculations the Government will have to spend Rs 75 crore on the Games.Others treble the figure. The association was given numerous tax sops in the 2000-01 budget. If Kalmadi is so certain of success – and are demanding Rs 10 crore from Doordarshan for TV rights – why can’t they cock a snook at the state and mobilise adequate sponsorship? The IOA is not alone in its cussedness. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made the dramatically fatuous announcement that it will withdraw from the next World Cup.It has decided to interpret the Sports Ministry’s directive that it avoid matches at “irregular” venues like Sharjah – a view the International Cricket Council shares – as lack of permission to take part in any multination tournament. That the BCCI faces a tax evasion inquiry is, of course, incidental. It is easy and often justifiable to criticise the government in this country. It says something for the IOA and the BCCI if they lack even the credibility to make their case believable.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool legend Fowler keen on Bristol Rovers job

first_imgLiverpool legend Fowler keen on Bristol Rovers jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Robbie Fowler is keen on the Bristol Rovers job.Fowler has moved to declare his interest in the post at the Memorial Stadium which became available when Darrell Clarke left earlier this week.Clarke had been at the club for four and a half years but left with them 21st in League One and four points from safety.“I’ve thrown in a few [CVs] over the years, still waiting for a call,” Fowler told Soccer AM.“Bristol Rovers has obviously come up; would I be interested? Of course I would!“I went over to Thailand and loved being a manager.”People in this country think I’m inexperienced but I’ve done it before.“I came home, did all my badges, I’m properly, properly qualified, so I think it’s just a case of watch this space.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoNapoli coach Ancelotti: I want Sarri’s Chelsea in Europa League final

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli coach Ancelotti: I want Sarri’s Chelsea in Europa League finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to meet Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in this season’s final of the Europa League.Sarri left Napoli to be replaced by Ancelotti last summer.And the latter says: “I will be judged on the results of the team, but I think Napoli is doing a very good job. We did not qualify for the Champions League, but we knew from the start that it would be very difficult. “Napoli was up against two of the best teams in Europe. I would like to reach the final. It would be even better to be able to play against the Chelsea of Sarri. I think even Sarri would be happy to face Napoli. “Napoli versus Chelsea in the final of the Europa League, it would be magnificent. For me, it would be special to play Chelsea, one of my former clubs.” last_img read more

Andrew Harrison Apologizes For Racial Slur “Used In Jest” Towards Frank Kaminsky

first_imgandrew harrison racial slur frank kaminsky final four kentucky wisconsinKentucky sophomore guard Andrew Harrison took to Twitter early Sunday morning to apologize for an offhand comment he made regarding Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky at his team’s post-game press conference after the Wildcats’ Final Four loss. As his teammate, Karl-Anthony Towns, was being asked a question about Kaminsky, Harrison appeared to mutter the words “f*** that n****” to himself. Unfortunately, his microphone was turned on, and his words were far more audible than he’d likely have hoped. Harrison told his followers that the phrase was “used in jest.” He also claims that he called Kaminsky himself to wish him good luck in Monday’s title game.First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn’t mean any disrespect— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015We had a good conversation and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday.— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 5, 2015Here’s a Vine of the incident, if you somehow haven’t seen footage yet. Harrison is most likely headed to the NBA, so we’re not sure if there will be any repercussions here. Regardless, it’s good that he addressed the situation immediately and took ownership for the mistake.last_img read more