Juventus set to break more records with title 1 point away

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Read Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college That should be more than doable at relegation-threatened Spal on Saturday, even with the exertions of a midweek trip to Amsterdam for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Ajax.If Juventus does get the point it needs at Spal, the team would become the first Italian club to clinch the title with six matches to spare. The previous record of five matches was set by Torino in 1947-48 and matched by Fiorentina in 1955-56 and Inter Milan in 2006-07.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Winning eight titles in a row isn’t easy,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “I hear talk of a title race that is not very interesting but it is more credit to Juventus than lack of credit to the others.“Napoli is doing what it should be to win it, and should be congratulated. But I think even more compliments should be given to Juve, because we have gone above and beyond.” MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Milan hasn’t beaten Juventus in Turin since 2011, when current Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso scored the winner for a team which was then led by now Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.However, Milan sporting director Leonardo has lashed out at what he called “very clear refereeing errors,” adding that “the referee was inadequate.”The focus of Milan’s ire was a penalty which was not given, with the score still 0-0, despite Alex Sandro stopping Hakan Calhanoglu’s cross with his arm. After reviewing the play, referee Michael Fabbri decided it was involuntary.“It’s the seventh year that Milan haven’t left a match against Juventus in Turin with points,” Gattuso said. “There have been some refereeing mistakes but also mistakes that we could have avoided ourselves.“We could have been better, but also luckier … I don’t know who decided not to give a penalty but I’m not looking for excuses.”The call could prove costly for Milan’s chances of qualifying for next year’s Champions League. It still occupies the final berth but is above Atalanta on its head-to-head record, while Roma and Lazio are just behind.There are three points separating Milan in fourth and seventh-place Lazio, which has a match in hand. The two meet at San Siro on Saturday.ICARDI RETURNFor a brief moment on Sunday, Inter Milan fans turned their ire from Mauro Icardi to Mario Balotelli.Balotelli was at the San Siro to watch his former team’s 0-0 draw against Atalanta. When he was shown on the big screen, he was resoundingly jeered. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Icardi had a mixed reception in his first appearance at home since early February, after ending a nearly two-month standoff at Genoa on Wednesday.There was applause from some sections and boos from others when Icardi’s name was read out, while a banner was displayed with the words “welcome back captain.”Icardi has been stripped of the captaincy amid protracted contract negotiations.There were also chants against him from a section of hardcore fans, but they were jeered by the rest of the stadium. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Juventus celebrate their victory at the end of the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus and AC Milan at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (Andrea Di Marco/ANSA via AP)MILAN — Juventus is set to break a slew of records in Serie A — again.The team’s 2-1 win over AC Milan this weekend, coupled with Napoli’s draw against 10-man Genoa, has left Juventus needing only one point to secure a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title.ADVERTISEMENT Spectator charged with assaulting WWE star Bret Hart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ It will be Allegri’s fifth league title in as many years in charge of Juventus, continuing the streak started under predecessor Antonio Conte.No club in Europe’s top five leagues has won eight in a row. Lyon came close, winning seven straight French league titles.If Juventus ends the season with at least six victories and a draw, it will finish with 103 points, surpassing the all-time Serie A record of 102 points it set in 2013-14. If it wins all its remaining matches it would have won 34 out of 38 games, breaking another one of the records it set that season.MILAN FUMINGAC Milan’s dismal record at Juventus continued, but perhaps it shouldn’t have.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Petulant Ronaldo under Clasico scrutiny

first_imgThe Welshman reacted to his first strike by covering his ears to mock the boos and whistles his own fans had greeted him with five days previously in a shock 4-3 defeat by Schalke.Yet not everyone was thrilled. Cristiano Ronaldo’s response to Bale firing home after his initial effort had been headed off the line by Ivan Ramis was more in tune with watching the opposition score than his one of his team-mates.“Ronaldo’s extraordinarily stroppy reaction to Bale scoring from a rebound from his effort was bizarre and unhealthy,” tweeted former England international Gary Linekar.The Portuguese striker could barely hide his frustration once more when Bale was then credited with Real’s second after his drive cannoned in off the former Spurs man’s left leg.That led to the quite unbelievable situation where Bale’s name was again whistled by the Bernabeu for having the audacity to claim a goal that was rightly his.“As a fan, I don’t like to see Cristiano Ronaldo like this, but that is what he is like” said Madrid legend Carlos Santillana, who Ronaldo recently overtook to become the third highest goalscorer in the club’s history.“He ought to cut out that cocky attitude.”– Humiliated – Ronaldo’s arrogance has long been seen as part of the formula which has made him such a great player and almost untouchable in the Spanish capital.His record of 293 goals in 285 games since joining from Manchester United six years ago means it is not a matter of if he will surpass Raul to become Madrid’s top marksmen of all-time but when, and he looks set to do it in 400 fewer appearances.Moreover, he has won back-to-back Ballon d’Ors and led Los Blancos to their coveted ‘La Decima’ – a tenth European Cup – with a competition record 17 goals in one season less than a year ago.Yet, there is a growing feeling that a combination of factors are dragging Madrid’s main man down just when they need him most ahead of Sunday’s potentially decisive clash in the fight for the La Liga title.Despite Madrid’s struggles in recent weeks, Barca’s lead at the top of the table is still only one point with 11 games remaining.Ronaldo has struck 41 times in 39 games this season, but his ratio has dropped from 1.39 goals a game to 0.64 in 2015.That run also included a ninth red card of his career for lashing out at Cordoba defender Edimar.Off the field he has split from long-term Russian supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk and was heavily criticised for hosting a huge 30th birthday party just hours after Real had been humiliated 4-0 by local rivals Atletico Madrid last month.He told reporters he wouldn’t be speaking publicly for the rest of the season after the Schalke debacle, and was seen muttering a profanity towards the Bernabeu stands when his umpteenth attempt to find the net against Levante was met with derision.Yet, Ronaldo has always loved a challenge, especially when it comes to his personal duel with Lionel Messi.“I am not going to stop. I want to reach Messi,” he said when picking up the third Ballon d’Or of his career in January, just one behind the record held by the Argentine.With Messi in majestic form as Barca have won 17 of their last 18 games, there is no better stage for Ronaldo to prove he remains the king of world football than in front of a huge global audience at the Camp Nou on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, March 20- With Real Madrid in fully-blown crisis mode following back-to-back defeats and a trip to Barcelona on the horizon, last weekend’s 2-0 win over lowly Levante should have been a cause for celebration around the Santiago Bernabeu.For one of their under-fire stars, at least, it was. Gareth Bale responded to the fiercest criticism he has faced in his 20-month spell in the Spanish capital with his first two goals in nine games.last_img read more

Powder that burns

first_imgAnchorage Daily News columnist Beth Bragg cried, “Uncle!” “Winter wins. Snow wins. Now can we see the sun again?” she wrote in Friday’s column. “Twice already I’ve hired someone to shovel my roof. Both times I waited until water leaked into the house. Both times, I discovered something was amiss, not because water dripped off the ceiling, but because it seeped through the bedroom carpet.” The robust snowfall comes after several years of wimpy, low-snow winters in proudly rugged Alaska, and so it is welcome news to some. “I love the snow. Bring it on!” said Whitney Hitchcock, a 20-year-old University of Alaska student who likes to go ice skating at an outdoor rink downtown. “I can’t get enough.” The Anchorage snowfall record is 132.5 inches, set in the winter of 1955-56. City snow-removal crews have had to cut channels through the streets, leaving narrower-than-usual roadways, hemmed in by walls of snow as high as cars. Ronnie Arnett, who came to Alaska from Kentucky in 1999 because of the lure of the frontier, said she is fortunate she drives a big vehicle. Owning SUVs “should almost be a requirement in Alaska for safety reasons. It gives you the power to see over the humps,” she said. To help open side streets, Anchorage police have begun towing cars and issuing tickets instead of just warning drivers. Police spokesman Lt. Paul Honeman said people have “become a little lulled in light snow years.” The city’s 100 snow-removal workers will have to work 10-hour shifts six days a week for the next two months to clear the streets, said Alan Czajkowski, director of maintenance and operations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The snow is already piled so high that drivers cannot see around corners. Homeowners are getting worried their roofs can’t handle the load. And snow-removal crews are running up the overtime hours. Even by Alaska’s prodigious, myth-making standards, this is a remarkably snowy winter on the Last Frontier. In one of the strangest winters across America in many years, Alaska’s biggest city has gotten more snow – over 74 inches so far – than it normally receives in an entire winter (68 inches). And there are still four more months of snowy weather ahead. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Store Manager required for new Letterkenny business

first_imgJob Vacancy: A new Fireplace and Stove business based in Letterkenny is now recruiting a Store Manager.See the poster below for details of main duties and requirements. To apply for this role, please send your CV and cover letter to careers@boydhr.ie Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday 9th August 2019.All applications will be dealt with promptly and in the strictest confidence. The client is an equal opportunities employer.   Job Vacancy: Store Manager required for new Letterkenny business was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fireplace and stove businessletterkenny jobsManagerialnew businessStore Managerlast_img read more

Business of four-legged friends is booming

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Thanks in part to people such as Marks, the pet industry is booming. Marketers are finding success in gearing human products – organic food, designer clothing, car seats – to pet owners and their furry friends. “Products that were popular with humans, they are finding animal versions,” said Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. Animal products have morphed into a cash cow, and major players are jumping on board. Disney recently introduced Old Yeller dog food in Kroger stores, and private investors agreed last month to pay $1.8 billion for Petco. The so-called humanization of pet products coincides with a growing segment of people who treat their pets like children. “More pet owners call themselves Mommy and Daddy,” said Merritt Schoch, a pet executive at JAKKS Pacific Inc. The Malibu-based company makes biscuits that profess to whiten canine teeth and chase away doggy breath. “They are actually looking at these pets as members of their families and not animals,” Schoch said. About six out of 10 households have a pet, adding up to roughly 360 million fish, kitties, pooches and birds nationwide. All the cash spent on pets adds up to an average of 9.3 percent yearly growth since 1994, Vetere said. This year, experts estimate, the industry will grow by 6 percent. That growth towers over the toy industry, which shrank by 4 percent in 2005 to $21.3 billion, according to the Toy Industry Association Inc. Pet products and services reaped $36.3 billion in 2005. Are people spending more on their pets than playthings for their own flesh and blood? It might be so, but pets still cost a fraction of what children do. Having a pet costs roughly $1,000 a year excluding extraordinary veterinary bills, Vetere said. For a child born in 2005, a middle-income family will shell out a whopping $190,980 before he or she turns 18, said economist Peter Basiotis of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Spending on pets doesn’t stop at toys and treats. Pet-friendly hotels and vacation destinations offer packages for those who want to bring their four-legged companion. Some vets offer pet health insurance. For the social butterfly, there’s dogster.com, catster.com and hamsterster.com. The Web sites allow pet owners to create profiles of their pets, replete with photos, nicknames and pet peeves. In the marketplace, many retailers open wallets by playing into patrons’ devotion to their pets. The Web site for pet boutique Bow Wow, where Marks shopped for Dakota, reminds customers that pets deserve the creme de la creme. “Our pets give us endless hours of love and fun-filled moments of entertainment, so don’t hesitate in showing them how much you care for them,” an on-line banner reads. “They deserve all the luxuries of life, just as we do.” Neatly folded doggy T-shirts fill a round table in the Ventura Boulevard store and cost $18 each. A canvas stroller that functions as a car seat and carrier lists at $150. Sparkle and Shine Shimmering Mist, advertised as making fur shiny and moisturizing skin, sells for $18. For pet owners who want a cake their pet can eat, Three Dog Bakery in Sherman Oaks sells “celebration cakes.” The whole-wheat treats are one of the most popular items in their 40 retail stores, co-founder Mark Beckloff said. “It was like allowing people or giving them permission,” he said. “It’s OK to celebrate your dog’s birthday with a cake and invite their friends over.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The birthday of Dakota, a buttermilk Labrador retriever, is celebrated like any other in Lisa Marks’ home – with presents and cake. On a recent afternoon at the pet boutique Bow Wow Inc. in Woodland Hills, Marks, 37, picked out gifts: peanut butter-banana-flavored Bon Bons, oatmeal shampoo to soothe Dakota’s “sensitive skin,” a fuzzy tug-of-war toy shaped like a frog head and a new pink leather collar. The tab came to $74. “She likes those little broaches that slide on her collar,” said Marks, looking at her two sons as they admired snapshots of pups that had visited the store. “She’s my girl.” At home, Marks planned to adorn a small cake with a bone for her pooch. last_img read more

English as not a second language

first_imgSouthern California’s Latinos gradually lose Spanish fluency and after a few generations pick up English as their sole language, according to a study released Wednesday. Questioning arguments that immigrants from Latin American countries threaten to create a separate, monolingual society in America, the study by UC Irvine and Princeton University finds that by the third generation only 7 percent of Mexican-American grandchildren speak fluent Spanish. “This absolutely knocks out the idea that people are resisting learning English,” said Ruben G. Rumbaut, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Rumbaut is co-author of the study “Linguistic Life Expectancies: Immigrant Language Retention in Southern California,” published in the September issue of the journal Population and Development Review. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“The perception that there is a lot of foreign language speaking going on is correct,” he said. “But their children are switching to English at a faster rate than has ever been seen in history.” The study focused on Mexican-Americans but also covered Spanish speakers from a number of Latin American countries. Furor around language has spurred much of the debate on immigration reform – now stalled in Congress. Critics say large segments of the population speaking only Spanish prevents assimilation into American culture and ultimately costs taxpayers by forcing the government to print documents in two languages, provide bilingual education and pay for other services. If anything, critics say the study only supports their conviction that all immigrants should learn English faster. “To say it takes three generations for them to (let go) of the language is a serious indictment of Spanish-speaking immigration,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that supports tighter border control. “What this does is create a new subculture that future immigrants will assimilate into, instead of assimilating into pre-existing American culture. There’s no question that huge numbers of Spanish-speakers, constantly refreshed by new immigrants, strengthens foreign-language media outlets and it creates a strong financial interest on the part of these stations to promote immigration.” Ahead of massive pro-immigrant protests in the spring, Spanish-language radio disc jockeys played a new Spanish version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Nuestro Himno. Critics called the Spanish-language song – featuring top Latino artists – an affront, but immigrant-rights groups held it up as a rallying cry. The study found that among second-generation Latinos, those who have at least one immigrant parent but were born here – about 35 percent of Mexican-Americans and 29 percent of Salvadoran-Americans and Guatemalan-Americans – speak Spanish well. But by the third generation, only 7 percent of Mexican-Americans with at least one foreign-born grandparent speak Spanish fluently. The study did not have third-generation figures for Latinos from other countries. In Southern California – home to America’s largest Mexican, Salvadoran and Guatemalan communities – Spanish-language media are mushrooming. There are as many newscasts broadcast in Spanish as in English – evidence that English-only proponents say points to an erosion of the assimilation process. But those who promote programming geared toward Spanish-speakers say second- and third-generation viewers have an appetite for English-language shows. “We are finding that this generation of teenagers and young adults have an affinity for their culture but they don’t have the tools to re-claim their language,” said Flavio Morales, vice president of programming for Mun2, a Los Angeles bilingual youth network owned by Miami-based Telemundo Communications Group Inc. Mun2 targets the children and grandchildren of Latino immigrants and says its own studies show that 67 percent of its audience wants to retain a link to their family country of origin and 58 percent think that means speaking Spanish. “It’s a new set of rules this generation is creating for themselves. They are as Mexicano or Cubano as anyone else. But I think you see some kids that don’t retain the language like the previous generation,” said Morales, the child of Mexican immigrants whose first language was Spanish. The use of languages among Latinos in Southern California points not to a lack of assimilation but to a complex and dynamic cultural exchange, said Jose Luis Benavides, director of the Center for Ethnic and Alternative Media at California State University, Northridge. “You can’t equate English language with being American. You can be an American and speak Ojibwe (an American Indian language) or Navajo. Equating nationality with language is dangerous.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fabregas tells Chelsea wonderkid: Become world class or I’ll be disappointed

first_img RANKED huge blow Hudson-Odoi was excellent in the FA Cup win Latest Football News 2 Cesc Fabergas believes Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has the potential to become world class.The 18-year-old was excellent in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, assisting both of Alvaro Morata’s second-half goals as the Blues progressed into the fourth round. BEST OF His contract expires in June 2020 and he is reportedly a target for Bayern Munich who have made three bids for the player, the latest being in the region of £30million.However, Fabregas feels Hudson-Odoi needs to remain grounded and he will eventually make it to the very top.“He has got everything to make it in world football,” Fabregas said to Chelsea’s official website. MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 2 no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “I have told him that if he does not really make it at the very top I will be disappointed because he is one of these talents you can see can be fantastic.“He can be world class, so he just needs to keep his feet on the ground, keep working hard.“He is a humble boy, he really loves playing football and hopefully he can really make it very soon.”A tearful Fabregas applauded all sides of Stamford Bridge as he made an emotional farewell on what is expected to be his final appearance for the club with a move to Monaco set to be completed next week. Cesc Fabregas said farewell to Chelsea REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Sudafrikas Transportnetzwerk

first_imgSudafrika hat die Transportinfrastruktur einer Industrienation. Die Strassen sind erstklassig. Das Flug- und Schienennetz ist das Großte auf dem Kontinent. Und die Hafen des Landes bieten einen naturlichen Zwischenlandungspunkt fur die Schifffahrt von und nach Europa, den Amerikas, Asien, Australasien und beide Kusten Afrikas.Die Transportbranche wurde von der Regierung als einer der Hauptfaktoren zur Verbesserung der sudafrikanischen Wettbewerbsfahigkeit im weltweiten Markt anerkannt. Sie wird in zunehmendem Maße als Motor fur wirtschaftliches Wachstum und soziale Entwicklung gesehen.2010 Fifa Fußball-WMSudafrika plant Ausgaben in Hohe von 9 Milliarden Rand zur Verbesserung und Erweiterung der Transportinfrastruktur in den neun Spielstadten, um den massiven Besucherzustrom bei der Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 bewaltigen zu konnen.In Vorbereitung sind Großmodernisierungen der Flughafen des Landes sowie Verbesserungen im Beforderungswesen, u. a. ein Taximodernisierungsprogramm, die Vereinheitlichung des Zugverkehrs und eine Umstrukturierung des Busverkehrs.Hafen und SchifffahrtHauptschifffahrtsrouten fuhren an Sudafrikas Kuste entlang in den Sudatlantik und den Indischen Ozean. Auf dem Seeweg finden ca. 96% der Exporte Sudafrikas statt und die sieben Handelshafen sind die Handelsadern zwischen Sudafrika und den anderen Partnern im sudlichen Afrika sowie Dreh- und Angelpunkte fur den Handel mit Europa, Asien, Nord- und Sudamerika und der Ost- und Westkuste Afrikas.Die staatliche Behorde Transnet National Ports Authority verwaltet die Hafen des Landes. Diese Hafen sind: Richards Bay und Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, East London und Port Elizabeth am Ostkap und Mossel Bay, Kapstadt und Saldanha am Westkap.Durban ist Afrikas geschaftigster Hafen und hat die großte Containeranlage Afrikas, wahrend Richards Bay der weltgroßte Bulkterminal fur Kohle ist. Zusammen genommen haben Sudafrikas Hafen 2007 183 Mio. Tonnen Fracht umgeschlagen. Umfangreiche Erweiterungen sind in der Vorbereitung, um die Kapazitaten zu steigern.Ein achter Handelshafen (Ngqura) ist derzeit in Entwicklung vor der Kuste von Port Elizabeth in der Provinz Ostkap. Die Inbetriebnahme ist fur 2009 vorgesehen. Nqura wird der tiefste Containerterminal in Afrika sein. Das Areal gehort als wesentlicher Bestandteil zu Coega, einer der strategischen Industrieentwicklungszonen in Sudafrika.StraßenSudafrikas Straßennetz umfasst ca. 754.000 Kilometer, von denen 9.600 km auf befestigte Nationalstraßen entfallen. Die Fahrt von Messina an der sudafrikanischen Nordgrenze bis nach Kapstadt im Suden ist eine Reise uber 2.000 km auf gut unterhaltenen Straßen.Ca. 2 400 km des Straßennetzes sind mautpflichtig.Wahrend das Verkehrsministerium die Leitlinien vorgibt, obliegt der Bau von Straßen und deren Instandhaltung er South African National Roads Agency sowie den neun Provinzen und den Kommunen.EisenbahnSudafrikas hat ein großflachiges Schienennetz – das zehntgroßte der Welt – das an die Schienennetze Schwarzafrikas angebunden ist.Die staatliche Gesellschaft Transnet Freight Rail ist die großte Bahngesellschaft und Schwerlastspedition im sudlichen Afrika mit einem Schienennetz von 22.000 km, von denen 1.500 km fur den Schwerlastverkehr geeignet sind. Die Schieneninfrastruktur des Unternehmens verbindet die Hafen mit den restlichen Landesteilen und macht ca. 80% des gesamten afrikanischen Bahnnetzes aus.Die Regierung hat ein Projekt zur Verbesserung der Bahnsicherheit und zur Neubelebung des Zuges als offentliches Verkehrsmittel gestartet. 2008 hat die Regierung Investitionen in Hohe von 19,5 Milliarden Rand pro Jahr uber einen Zeitraum von vier Jahren zur Modernisierung der Hafen und der Bahninfrastruktur angekundigt. Davon ist die Halfte fur den Schienenfrachtverkehr vorgesehen.Die South African Rail Commuter Corporation betreibt die Metrorail-Nahverkehrszuge in Kapstadt, in der Provinz Ostkap sowie in Durban und im Großraum Johannesburg/Pretoria. Diese Zuge werden hauptsachlich von weniger reichen Sudafrikanern benutzt.Fur Touristen und andere gut betuchte Passagiere bietet sich der Blue Train, einer der beruhmtesten Luxuszuge weltweit. Shosholoza Meyl befordert wahrend dessen ca. vier Millionen Fahrgaste zwischen den wichtigsten Stadten des Landes.Zugverbindungen bestehen ebenfalls mit anderen Landern im sudlichen Afrika (Simbabwe, Mosambik und Swaziland).Gautrain Rapid Rail LinkDer Gautrain, ein 80 km langes Schnellzugnetz, wird Johannesburg und Pretoria mit dem OR Tambo International Airport verbinden und bietet gleichzeitig eine sichere und bequeme Alternative zu den haufigen Staus auf der Autobahn von Johannesburg nach Pretoria.Das 25-Milliarden-Rand-Projekt ist eine Partnerschaft zwischen der Provinz Gauteng und der privatrechtlichen Bombelo Concession Company, einem kanadisch-franzosisch-sudafrikanischen Konsortium. Es wird geschatzt, dass der Gautrain bis 2009 etwa 33.000 Arbeitsplatze schafft.24 Zuge werden 18 Stunden am Tag mit einer Reisegeschwindigkeit von 160 km/h verkehren, mit einem veranschlagten Fahrgastaufkommen von 135.000 pro Tag. Fur den Zubringertransport von und zum Bahnhof und zu nahe gelegenen Zielen werden Luxusbusse bereitstehen.Es wird 10 Haltepunkte geben, 3 davon unterirdisch. Der unterirdisch gefuhrte Streckenabschnitt wird 14 km lang sein und an manchen Stellen bis zu 96 m unter der Oberflache verlaufen.Die erste Phase, der Abschnitt zwischen dem Flughafen, Sandton und Midrand, wird rechtzeitig zur Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 fertig gestellt. Die Fertigstellung der zweiten Phase ist fur 2011 vorgesehen.Flughafen und FluggesellschaftenÜber 50 Fluggesellschaften mit 230.000 Landungen und uber 33 Mio. Passagieren pro Jahr verkehren an den zehn sudafrikanischen Hauptflughafen. Dazu gehoren auch die drei wichtigsten internationalen Flughafen Johannesburg, Kapstadt und Durban, sowie die Flughafen Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberly, Upington, Bloemfontein und Pilansberg.21 Fluguberwachungszentren uberwachen den Betrieb von 145 lizenzierten Kleinflughafen mit asphaltierten Landebahnen und mehr als 580 Flugplatzen mit unasphaltierten Landebahnen.Die halbprivatisierte Gesellschaft Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) ist fur die Koordination der Infrastrukturerweiterung auf den Flughafen des Landes zustandig.2007 legte Acsa den Entwurf fur ein funfjahriges Kapitalaufstockungsprogramm im Werte von fast 20 Milliarden Rand vor, um die Flughafen auf die neue Flugzeuggeneration vorzubereiten und um das Passagieraufkommen bewaltigen zu konnen.Der Johannesburger OR Tambo International Airport ist Afrikas meistfrequentierter Flughafen mit ca. 8,9 Mio. Passagieren pro Jahr. Er wurde 2007 vom Airports Council International zum besten Flughafen des Kontinents gekurt.Cape Town International mit 3,8 Millionen Passagieren pro Jahr wurde zum fuhrenden Flughafen Afrikas gewahlt und erhielt uber sieben Jahre in Folge die Auszeichnung World Travel Award.South African Airways, Sudafrikas nationale Fluggesellschaft, fliegt uber 700 Stadte an (darunter 20 Ziele in Afrika) und bietet Wartungsdienstleistungen fur eine Vielzahl von anderen Fluggesellschaften in der Welt.Letzte Aktualisierung: September 2008SAinfo reporter. Quellen (Englische Websites):Standard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaSouth Africa YearbookDepartment of TransportTransnet National Ports AuthorityCoega Development CorporationTransnet Freight RailSouth African Rail Commuter CorporationGautrain Rapid Rail LinkAirports Company South AfricaSouth African Airwayslast_img read more

Asmal hailed as fighter for justice

first_imgAsmal was an internationally renownedauthority and sought-after speakeron human rights.(Image: SA Reconciliation Barometer)As an expert on water affairs, he helpedmillions of South Africans gain accessto safe drinking water.(Image: Stockholm Water Institute)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello HatangNMF communications manager+27 11 547 5600MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterSouth Africans have paid tribute to Professor Kader Asmal, academic, former Cabinet minister and struggle veteran, who passed away on 22 June 2011.The former education minister died in the Constantiaberg Mediclinic in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, after suffering a heart attack. Asmal also held the position of minister of water affairs and forestry before taking on the education portfolio in 1999, a post that he held for five years.On behalf of the government and all citizens of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma offered his condolences to Asmal’s family.“Professor Asmal made a sterling contribution to the struggle for liberation and sacrificed a lot in his life to ensure the attainment of freedom and democracy,” said the Presidency statement. “In the dawn of freedom he served in government, making a noticeable mark in the water and education portfolios in Cabinet.”Asmal would be remembered for his “energy, forthrightness, efficiency and commitment to making this country a better place”.His passion for upholding human rights was also a hallmark of the life he lived, said Zuma.Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, hailed Asmal as a lifelong fighter for justice and freedom, who devoted decades of his life to bringing down the apartheid system. His aim was always to see the establishment of a democratic South African society and government, where everyone would be treated as an equal.Dangor referred to a letter written by Mandela to Asmal on the latter’s 75th birthday.“While serving in our Cabinet we often referred to you as the ‘Minister of all portfolios’”, wrote Mandela. “Although we did so in a humorous way, there was truth to it.”Mandela paid tribute to Asmal’s knowledge and experience in many areas, and thanked him for his friendship. “The role that you played will remain in our history books forever.”South Africa’s national cricket board also praised the stalwart, commending his love for sport, and cricket in particular. In addition to his Cabinet duties, Asmal was legal advisor to the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee.“He did a lot of significant work for cricket,” said Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola. “Perhaps his greatest contribution was the work he did with the then finance minister Trevor Manuel to recognise sports that had credible development programmes and allow them to get tax rebates so that the money could be ploughed back into amateur and grassroots level sport.”Majola expressed his appreciation for Asmal’s firm support, saying that he rarely missed a game at Newlands, and was always there to support the national team in international games. He was also a qualified umpire, and was committed to strengthening the amateur sector of cricket, as he felt that this was crucial for the advancement of the professional game.“On a personal note I will miss him and always appreciate the wise advice he gave me in many areas of cricket,” said Majola.“Asmal was far more than a politician. He represented the best of a generation of struggle heroes who made unimaginable sacrifices to realise a democratic South Africa,” said Helen Zille, Western Cape premier and leader of the Democratic Alliance.Teacher, lawyer and humanitarianBorn and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, Kader Asmal originally qualified as a teacher at the Springfield Teachers’ Training College. A childhood encounter with Chief Albert Luthuli, Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize laureate, left him with a deep respect for human rights, which remained with him all his life.Asmal taught in KwaZulu-Natal schools until 1959, when he emigrated to London and qualified as a lawyer at that city’s School of Economics and Political Science. He was a founding member of the British anti-apartheid movement and later started the Irish branch when he took up a teaching post in the law school at Trinity College in Dublin.In the meantime, he passed bar exams in London and Dublin in 1963 and 1975 respectively. He remained at Trinity College for 27 years as a professor of law, specialising in international and labour law, and human rights. Between 1980 and 1986 he was the dean of Trinity’s humanities faculty.Asmal returned to his homeland in 1990, the same year that Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He became a senior member of the African National Congress and served on the party’s executive committee for many years.He resumed his teaching career, as professor of human rights at the University of the Western Cape, and was a visiting professor at Princeton and Rutgers Universities in the US and at Christ’s College in Cambridge, UK.In May 1994 he became a member of South Africa’s first democratic government, as the minister of water affairs and forestry. He was appointed as education minister after the second democratic general election in 1999, but resigned from Parliament in 2008 because he felt it would be unethical of him to vote for the dismantling of the Scorpions, an elite and successful crime-busting police unit.During his distinguished career Asmal received numerous honours, including the Unesco Prize in 1983, the Agfa Award for conservation from the University of Chile in 1997, and the Stockholm Water Prize in 2000.  In 2005, he received France’s Order of the Légion d’Honneur.He was an honorary fellow of the London College of Economics and Political Science and Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons, and an honorary member of the Southern African Water Institute. The academic also garnered seven honorary degrees from universities in South Africa and Ireland.As well as being a prolific author, Asmal served in various South African and international associations, including the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University, African Association of International Law, the Independent World Commission on the Oceans, and the World Commission on Dams, which he chaired.last_img read more

Google to Crank Out More iPhone Apps

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… steve ohear last100 editor 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web center_img Related Posts With Apple set to roll out the next major software update for the iPhone, and with it official support for third-party applications, it will come as no surprise that Google is busy prepping some new wares. “We expect to have applications at Day One”, Google’s vice president of engineering, Vic Gundotra, told Macworld.Syndicated from last100, our digital lifestyle blogEven before the publicly available Software Development Kit (SDK) announced in March, Google had partnered with Apple to produce two of the iPhone’s flagship applications: Google Maps and a native YouTube client.So what can we expect next from Google? While Gundotra didn’t give many clues, he did say that the company is eager to take advantage of native access to Apple’s device. Google already has iPhone/iPod touch optimized versions of its Web-based apps that run in Apple’s Safari Mobile Web browser — Gmail, Calendar, Reader, and others — so might we see native versions of those sames apps coming to the iPhone? Top of my list would be a dedicated Gmail client, similar to the Java version that Google already offers for other mobile phones including Blackberries. However, more ambitious would be a mobile client for Google Docs enabling spreadsheets and other text-based documents to be created and edited on the go. Another possibility might be a native client for Google-owned Blogger, along with support for the company’s photo-sharing site Picasa.At the same time, however, Google remains committed to browser-based mobile apps, with Gundotra giving Apple credit for developing the best Mobile Web browser currently on the market.“Google has many web-based applications we would like to be available in mobile form, but we have two challenges,” Gundotra said. “The mobile platform is not as technology capable as the desktop. And the mobile platform is unbelievably fragmented.” Gundotra believes that other handset makers will build WebKit-based browsers (the same codebase that Apple uses for Safari Mobile), leading to better industry standards. Both Nokia and Google’s own Android have also adopted WebKit.Ironically, Google could soon find itself as the iPhone’s largest independent software vendor, while at the same time becoming its biggest competitor through the launch of the company’s own mobile platform. While browser-based versions of Google’s Web applications will run via both Android and the iPhone’s Web browser with little or no modifications (since both use WebKit), native apps for either platform aren’t compatible. In many instances Google may pick and choose which of its services to build native iPhone clients for, and which should remain browser-based or exclusively native for Android devices. As an example, the pre-release version of Google Maps for Android already has features missing from the iPhone version.This post is syndicated from last100, our digital lifestyle blog covering Internet TV, digital music, Mobile Web and more. You can subscribe to last100 here. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more