0Shares0000The official logo of the 2022 Qatar World Cup was around the globe © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSDOHA, Qatar, Sep 3 – Qatar unveiled the logo for the 2022 World Cup which will be hosted by the Gulf emirate, displaying it in public spaces in Doha and cities around the world on Tuesday.The design is a stylised Arabic white unisex shawl with maroon patterning, which is displayed in a figure-of-eight symbolising infinity while creating a heart shape above the words “FIFA WORLD CUP Qatar 2022”. It was projected onto the vast facade of the country’s National Archives in the capital’s southern Msheireb district to fanfare that included a procession of soldiers on horseback watched by a crowd of hundreds.The building was illuminated with the emblem at exactly 20:22 local time (1722 GMT) — the same as the year of the tournament.“The logo is very elegant and showing local culture with the (burgundy) colour of the Qatari flag,” Algerian hospitality worker Mourad Bencheikh, 36, told AFP as visitors crowded to photograph the new branding.“By time, people will like it.”The emblem was also displayed in Madrid, Buenos Aires and Beirut along with several other major cities.– ‘It’s wonderful’ –“This one is unique for Qatar,” said Sri Lankan quantity surveyor Mohammed Fairoos, 30, as he and a group of friends took a selfie in front of the National Archives projection.“It’s wonderful.”The Qatari organisers said the logo “was inspired by traditional woollen shawls worn during the winter months”.The 2022 event will be held in November and December to avoid the scorching Gulf summer.“Like football, the shawls’ popularity is a unifying force, woven into the everyday fabric of people’s lives,” added the Supreme Committee in a statement.Preparations for the global soccer spectacle in Qatar have accelerated in recent months.In May, the 40,000 seat al-Janoub stadium — the first purpose-built ground to be launched for the tournament — was inaugurated with an almost capacity domestic cup final.The arena, designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and located in a coastal town south of Doha, is estimated to have cost around $575 million.Of the eight stadiums Qatar is building or refurbishing for 2022, Khalifa International was already open and will host this year’s World Athletics Championships.The Championships will be a major test of Qatar’s readiness to host a global sporting event. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to descend on the desert nation ahead of the tournament which begins on September 27.A major road overhaul is also underway across Doha to expand capacity at key junctions and traffic hotspots.Parts of an ambitious metro rail project opened to the public in May. The rest of the three-line network expected to be launched in 2020 — well ahead of the tournament.The network will connect nearly all of Qatar’s stadiums, transport hubs and tourist attractions, when it is completed.FIFA faced a number of negative headlines in recent months including a decision in May to shelve plans for 48 nations to participate in the 2022 contest.FIFA boss Gianni Infantino had pushed to extend the tournament.In June, former European football president Michel Platini was questioned by French anti-corruption investigators for several hours in relation to the 2010 award of hosting rights to Qatar.0Shares0000(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)
Can Maurizio Sarri end Liverpool’s winning run? Maurizio Sarri’s side head into Wednesday’s fixture on something of a downer having dropped their first points of the campaign on Sunday, with the west London outfit unable to secure anything other than a 0-0 draw at West Ham.One of the big questions heading into the game is whether Sarri and Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, will rotate their line-ups and keep their strongest XIs fresh for Saturday’s Premier League clash. 2 Predicted line-up: Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Barkley; Willian, Morata, Hazard Carabao Cup commentaries LIVE on talkSPORT Chelsea and Liverpool begin their double-header of fixtures on Wednesday night, with the Carabao Cup third round draw pitting the Premier League rivals against one another.The Blues travel to Anfield as they try to become the first team to prevent Liverpool from winning this season, before Stamford Bridge hosts the top-flight clash between the pair on Saturday. Manchester United vs Derby (Tuesday, September 25) – LISTEN LIVEOxford United vs Manchester City (Tuesday, September 25) – LISTEN LIVELiverpool vs Chelsea (Wednesday, September 26) – LISTEN LIVETottenham vs Watford (Wednesday, September 26) – LISTEN LIVE Getty Sarri proved throughout his time as Napoli boss that he is not overly keen on rotating his first-choice team, and Chelsea played PAOK in the Europa League last week with a much stronger XI than many expected; the likes of Kepa, Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante all started in Greece. Rudiger is one player who will miss Wednesday’s clash through injury, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro also stuck on the sidelines.The Italian is expected to stick to his guns on Wednesday despite Chelsea having two games in three days, and talkSPORT.com have taken a look at a potential Chelsea XI for the first of two clashes against Liverpool.You can see the team below… 2
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThere is a lotta, lotta, lotta, lotta noise surrounding the Warriors these days. Free agent-to-be Kevin Durant is rumored to be joining every outfit this side of the Swiss Guard. Klay Thompson will/won’t get the max deal to which he is entitled. The indispensable Andre Iguodala seems amenable to returning for a 16th NBA season, but he cautions that “it’s got to be worth my time.”Kevon Looney? DeMarcus Cousins? Shaun …
Safa’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.
A shoe handover at Ntokwe Primary in Taung in the North West Province. (Image: Walk A Child To School Facebook)Walk a Child to School is helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged children through the simple act of donating school shoes. You are urged to help the cause.All South Africans are on called to play their part by donating school shoes so disadvantaged children can go to school with pride.The Walk a Child to School campaign, spearheaded by two Stellenbosch social change drivers, Abulele Adams and Wisaal Osman, calls on people to donate school shoes. The initiative was inspired by Adams’ mother, a teacher, who spoke about a girl in her class who walked to school with broken shoes throughout winter.Her story propelled Adams and Osman to create the Walk a Child to School campaign. Adams told SA Goodnews that they planned to hand over shoes monthly to deserving schools throughout South Africa.“The overall plan for Walk a Child to School is to provide children from various schools with school shoes monthly and perhaps expand that to other learning materials, for example stationery, school bag, school uniform, etc.“Learners need to be encouraged to continue with school. Shoes should not be another barrier a learner must overcome in order to have a positive schooling experience,” he said.HOW IT WORKSThe initiative receives donations from people who wish to make a difference in their communities. Teachers identify the children at their schools who need shoes. The criterion for selecting children is purely social need. There are no academic requirements for any learner to get the shoes.Walk a Child to School then collects the money, buys the shoes and hands them over to the children.“Ideally, we collect as many shoes as are needed, but this is dependent on funding,” Osman explained. “We have completed a handover for 84 pairs of shoes at one school. At a different school we gave 30 pairs of shoes. It depends on the needs of the children at the school.”This month, the two will be handing over shoes at Goedgedacht School in Western Cape and at a school in Brandvlei, in Northern Cape.They have collaborated with organisations such as The Taung Child Foundation, Tshegetso Community Projects and Goedgedacht Foundation.Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the project by buying shoes or by donating money. There are no specific sizes or gender restrictions. You can donate cash to the following bank account:Bank: CapitecAccount name: Abulele AdamsAccount number: 1348645057Bank code: 470010Reference: Your name and surnameBENEFICIARIESSince the start of the project, in October 2015, nearly R10 000 has been donated and it has served many needy schoolchildren.The first school to receive shoes was Masakhane Primary School in Port Elizabeth, which got 64 pairs of shoes on 23 October 2015. Other schools that have benefited include: Parkhurst Primary School in Westridge, Mitchells Plain; and, Rietenbosch Primary School in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch.PRAISEDurban-born, American-based early childhood development expert Bonginkosi Hopewell Mkhize praised the duo.“I have worked with children over the past seven years,” he said. “I have seen a lot of kids going to school without shoes. I have noticed a huge negative impact on those kids’ academic records. It also affects their self-confidence. They have social withdrawal syndromes because of the stereotypical stigmatising treatment from their peers. Most of them lack motivation and they drop out of school.”It was very important that we all played a meaningful role and addressed this issue by supporting initiatives that sought to address challenges faced by our children, he added.“I rally behind the initiative and I wish that everyone can support this initiative.”Cape Town early childhood facilitator and peer educator Jonathan Ho’Bosch shared Mkhize’s sentiments.“We need more people to possess true integrity and leadership as community leaders,” he said. “Young people need to also be the change that they want to see in the world so the people doing these programmes must go to churches and society or stokvel groups for assistance.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
6 October 2014The opening of a new wind tower manufacturing plant in the Western Cape, will expand South Africa’s manufacturing base, provide much-needed jobs and spur economic growth in the country.The R300-million Gestamp Renewable Industries (GRI) wind tower manufacturing factory will produce 150 wind tower masts a year for the local and export market, said Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies at the official launch of the plant on 5 November.“The opening of this facility is welcomed by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) as part of our drive to expand the capabilities of the South African manufacturing industry and to increase the country’s industrial base. The Green Economy has been identified as a key focus area in the Department’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, and provides significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth,” said Davies.Located in Atlantis, a town in the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, the wind tower manufacturing plant will employ more than 200 people some of whom will go through training in specialised fabrication processes.Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA), a division of the dti, worked closely with Green Cape, a development agency established to support the growth of the green economy in the Western Cape, to provide a seamless investment experience for GRI. Davies said the development incentive grant received from the dti was put to good use in constructing the Atlantis facility which has become a landmark in the area.“the dti is working closely with the green industries sector to develop policies that will enable further investment. We launched a study on localisation for the manufacturing of PV solar panels in South Africa. A similar study is currently being undertaken for the localisation potential in the wind industry,” said Davies.City of Cape Town executive mayor Patricia de Lille said the GRI production facility is the first major investment that the City has attracted through its pilot Investment Incentive Scheme in Atlantis.She said together with the dti, the Western Cape government and Green-Cape, the City is working towards the designation of a Special Economic Zone in Atlantis “where even more green technology companies will be incentivised to do business here’.“In so doing, the City of Cape Town will be playing its part in the protection of our environment, the strengthening of our economy, and improving the lives of residents,’ she said.GRI is the second wind tower investor in South Africa after DCD Dorbyl invested R300million in a wind tower plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth. DCD Dorbyl used the former Manufacturing Investment Programme grant from the dti to set up the Coega plant which is currently manufacturing 110 towers per year.SAinfo reporter
The Congress would be banking on the sentiment against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to stop the BJP from winning the 25 Lok Sabha seats across the eight States in the Northeast.On February 17, less than a week after the Congress claimed to have stalled the Bill from being tabled in the Rajya Sabha, BJP president Amit Shah said that his party would bring it again if voted to power in the upcoming parliamentary polls.“Only through manipulation can the BJP hope to win 21 out of 25 seats in the region. The Congress is the only hope for the people of the Northeast against the BJP’s plan that will be disastrous for their culture, identity and tradition,” Luizinho Faleiro, Congress general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, told media persons on Wednesday.Unemployment crisisApart from the Bill, the Congress would also focus on the unemployment crisis in the region as well as the rest of the country. Mr. Faleiro ribbed the regional parties that are partners of BJP in the North East Democratic Platform, an anti-Congress forum otherwise labelled as a platform for developmental issues.“The NEDA members cannot fool the people of the Northeast with their opportunist politics. If they had any values left and if they were truly concerned about the cause of the people of the region, they would have resigned the very day Amit Shah announced that the BJP would bring back the Citizenship Bill if voted to power,” Mr. Faleiro said.NEDA members such as National People’s Party had threatened to pull out of the forum as well as sever political ties with the BJP if it went ahead with the citizenship Bill. The Congress has eight Lok Sabha members form the Northeast, three from Assam which has a total 14 constituencies. The BJP too has eight seats while its NEDA partners have three. The other seats are held by All India United Democratic Front, the CPI(M) and an Independent.