Noteworthy breakthroughs in Central America ; Brazil vaults back into the top of the Index

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on Americas News News Americas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts to go further Organisation Reportscenter_img June 3, 2021 Find out more October 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Noteworthy breakthroughs in Central America ; Brazil vaults back into the top of the Index After Honduras in 2009, drained more than ever by the consequences of the coup d’état on the freedom to inform, the year’s most impressive changes concern three other Central American countries. Christian Poveda’s murder on 2 September 2009, at the beginning of the period considered, should logically have hurled El Salvador into the bottom of the Index. Yet the opposite occurred because of efforts undertaken and results obtained by Mauricio Funes’ government against impunity in this case. Even if the media (particularly those of the community) are not safe from threats, the absence of any aggression or serious acts of censorship are rocketing this reputedly dangerous country into an enviable position. A positive trend is also emerging in Guatemala, where results included no one killed, unlike in preceding years. Panama has taken an opposite direction, in an atmosphere growing increasingly tense between the media and the authorities. Three serious episodes explain this sudden drop. First, the detention – at the end of June and for nineteen days – of retired journalist Carlos Nuñez, on grounds of a conviction for “defamation and “insult” which happened twelve years earlier and of which he had not even been aware. Next, the harsh treatments inflicted in his cell on a photographer arrested because of a harmless negative. Lastly, the threats, accompanied by an expulsion procedure, which were imposed on Spanish journalist Paco Gómez Nadal, a critical columnist and defender of indigenous rights. During this time, neighbouring Costa Rica was still holding its position among the highest-ranked Latin American countries. Further to the north, the United States (50 states of the union) and Canada still occupy the continent’s best positions, but they lag behind some twenty other countries. The initial results of the Obama administration in terms of access to information are disappointing. Honduras brings up the rear in Central America, with a human track record comparable to that of Mexico, which is nonetheless slightly ahead of it, but followed, heading southward in the Index, by Colombia, where havoc caused by the country’s Administrative Department of Security (DAS) was accompanied by two murders of journalists (one of which involved a confirmed work-related motive). The situation is still tense in the Dominican Republic, where it is not healthy to be involved in corruption or drug trafficking, but it is becoming critical again in the Andean countries. Bolivia’s and Ecuador’s rankings have lost ground because of the violent acts, intimidations and blocked activities fostered by a pervasive climate of media-related political polarisation. The situation is affecting the state-owned, as well as privately owned, media. Peru has once again dropped some places because it still has not only a high incidence of assaults, but also of censorships ordered by high-ranking officials, and of abuses of process against the media. The same factors explain Venezuela’s new plunge, where the regime’s monopoly of the audiovisual terrestrial broadcast network and the excessive use of lengthy presidential speeches leaves little room for pluralism. Cuba gained several places after the wave of dissident releases – notably the “Black Springtime” of March 2003 – which began in July 2010. So far, five journalists remain imprisoned in the continent’s only state which does not recognise any independent media. If the regime has made some concessions on behalf of its political prisoners in exchange for forced exile, it still has not made any with regard to public freedoms. Persistent problems in the SouthThe other countries share some persistent problems – an over-concentration of media, economic disparities, local tensions, excessive number of legal proceedings, media coverage restrictions. Brazil can now be added to the countries with improved rankings already observed in the South Cone (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay). The Latin American giant owes its better position to a decline in incidents of serious violence – which had previously been undermining certain regions – and to some pledges to fight against impunity in certain affairs. It also owes its improved ranking to favourable legislative changes in matters relating to access of information and editorial freedom, such as the reaffirmation of the right to caricaturise in an election period. Lastly, Brazil is one of the world’s most active Internet communities. The situation there would be better still if preventive censorship measures were not being imposed on certain media outlets. News Americas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Cruising campus in a whole new way

first_imgMany of Harvard’s parking monitors are now using pedal power to patrol campus.  A new cycling program implemented by Transportation Services allows the monitors to ride bikes during their shifts as opposed to driving.  The benefits for the monitors, the community, and the environment are tremendous.The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, also known as MassBike, recently provided the employees with a three hour training in the classroom and in the field.  Those who have volunteered for the program will now be able to exercise while they work.  “I love the exercise,” said Parking Monitor Ray Gonzalez.  “But this is also a great way to keep people motivated.  Instead of the same routine all the time, it’s something different.  Some days you can be in the car and others you can be on the bike.”In addition, the monitors can be better ambassadors for the University when they’re on bikes as opposed to sitting inside a car.  “This will enhance communication and strengthen their bond with the community, said Assistant Manager of Parking Operations Robin Pulsifer.”  “Our monitors spend a lot of time helping people who need directions because they’re lost or who want to know where the best places to park are.  Having them on bikes significantly improves their approachability factor.”Of course, reducing the number of vehicles on the road will help the environment and lower Harvard’s greenhouse gas footprint.  “Our goal is to eventually install mini-computers on the bicycles so we can track the distances being covered,” said Associate Director for CommuterChoice Ben Hammer.  “We can use that information to calculate the environmental impact of the program.  Overall, we see this as a big win for everyone involved.”If it proves successful, the bike strategy could be adopted by other employees, such as those in Mail Services, who are constantly traversing campus.  “There are a lot of possibilities and opportunities,” added Hammer.last_img read more

E3 Witnesses the Birth of a Legend

first_imgWow!!! Since E3 started in 1995, I’ve been to 16 of them, and each year I’m still amazed how far gaming has advanced. Alienware was created one year after E3 started and much like the show, Alienware has also grown to be a trailblazing leader in PC gaming. This year at E3, Alienware will feature the latest Legend designed laptops and headsets since announcing the new ID at CES. In addition,  Dell G3 now has Game Shift to optimize your gaming experience in one button. But E3 is not all about our new rigs, we always want to cater to our community, and this year we have esports partnerships, display technology news, and other benefits sure to please our fans.I’m excited that visitors at this year’s E3 will be the first in North America to see and experience the newest Legend designed Alienware m15 an m17 laptops, recently announced at Computex 2019. This is the first time that Legend will be brought to Alienware’s thin & light systems, built for gamers who prioritize mobility without any compromises. But, laptops aren’t the only thing featuring the Legend design.The just announced Alienware 7.1 Gaming Headset (AW510H) and Alienware Stereo Gaming Headset (AW310H) will not only join the rest of the already existing peripheral portfolio, like our Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset (AW988), but these two headsets will be the first to bring the Legend design to the portfolio – while still delivering unparalleled clarity, ultra-comfort and fully immersive audio experiences.Now, for you budget-conscious gamers, be sure to check out the newest member of our G-Series family, the Dell G3 15. We’ve been having a lot of fun with the new Game Shift feature that, with one button, enables maximum fan speed for optimal processor performance to support intense gameplay in short bursts. This newly debuted laptop is already supercharged with the latest 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 16 series graphic cards. But the internal features aren’t the only thing getting upgraded.Alienware and G Series laptops have always offer various premium display options, but I’m excited that more systems will now offer our 144 Hz, 240 Hz, and OLED displays. Additionally, for the first time, we can talk about how our OLED displays include the industry-leading technology, Eyesafe®. For those of you who haven’t heard of Eyesafe® displays, it’s technology that maintains vivid colors while reducing potentially harmful effects of blue light exposure.Now, while all that is cool, E3 is more than just hardware announcements. It’s about everything gaming, including esports. Since the infancy of esports, I’ve made it a key priority for Alienware to invest and support esports. Educational institutions recognize this, and we are proud to help them infuse esports into their curriculum.  Along with the National Association of College Esports, close to 800 schools in North America belong to the High School Esports League and seek partners to help them develop varsity-level programs that can teach valuable STEM skills to students, whether playing or designing games. Committed to fostering tech literacy in youth, we’re taking this another step further with a new initiative, creating modular curriculum resources for K-12 school environments. You’ll hear more about everything we’re doing later this summer.Lastly, since its launch nine years ago, Alienware’s loyalty program, Arena Rewards, has benefited players across the U.S. – at E3, we announced its long-awaited expansion to Canada. Arena Rewards doesn’t require a purchase to earn points, which instead can be scored through games and community engagement. Dell Advantage dollars will be available to members in Canada later this Summer; however, Arena Rewards Points can be won today through daily and weekly quests. New Arena membership includes all the benefits of Dell Rewards and have access to game code giveaways, gaming news and more. Existing members can join Dell Advantage through their Arena account settings.Anyways, time to get the day started, it’s always great to come to E3 – seeing all those giant ads on buildings with gaming themes all around me – and getting to see everyone! I’d love to meet all of our customers and fans who made the trek out this year, so stop by the booth to meet the Alienware family. Our booth is at the entrance of the South Exhibit Hall (Booth #2301). But if coming to meet the team isn’t special enough, come visit just us to snag “first in line” privileges to play our partners’ latest AAA titles like Ring of Elysium, Zombie Army 4 and Rage 2. Our friends at Tobii Software will also be showing off their eye tracking technology on the Alienware m15, the first 15” laptop to integrate the technology. We’ll have a ton of other activities going on at the booth, but if you can’t make it to L.A., follow online at twitch.tv/alienware each day of E3 to get the latest updates or I’ll be sharing my personal experience on my Twitter handle, @AzorFrank.last_img read more

Partnerships ‘beating crime in SA’

first_img11 April 2006The past few years have seen a remarkable crime turnaround in South Africa, thanks in large part to public-private partnerships. So observes The Economist in a survey of South Africa contained in its 8 April issue.According to The Economist, the most visible result of the dramatic reduction in crime in Johannesburg, the country’s financial capital, has been the swift regeneration of the city centre. Business Against CrimeAnd it singles out Business Against Crime, the organisation that pioneered a successful model using private sector know-how to combat crime with a mixture of public and private money, as the driving force behind the turnaround.Business Against Crime set up its closed-circuit TV surveillance cameras in Johannesburg’s central business district (CBD) after the success of a similar scheme in Cape Town. Within 18 months, street crime had dropped by 80%.“Bank robberies, once common in the CBD, have become rare,” The Economist reports. “And whereas only a couple of years ago people avoided using their mobile phones in the streets to avoid attracting muggers, they now talk into them with gusto.”Applying the model elsewhereBusiness Against Crime’s model is now being applied to other parts of South Africa’s criminal justice system, such as the slow processing of criminal cases.“BAC spent R31-million over several years on getting outside experts to analyse the flow of cases, from the initial reporting of an incident in a police station to the arrival (or not) of the case in court,” The Economist reports.“On the basis of this research, the government spent about R2-billion on reforming the whole system.“Perhaps partly as a result, conviction rates – a dismal 8% in 2000 – are beginning to creep up.”General decrease in crimeAccording to the author of The Economist’s report, the crime turnaround in Johannesburg may also have helped to bring down crime in South Africa as a whole.The report cites government statistics indicating that:The overall murder rate for the country is down by over 40% from its peak in the mid-1990s. The murder rate in Soweto, Johannesburg’s world-famous township, is down by as much as 60%. Violent crime in general has fallen by 8% in the two years 2004-05. Property crimes have declined by 11% in the same period. The number of car thefts in 2004-05 was the lowest on record.The Economist notes that “areas of concern” remain, with cash-in-transit robberies on the increase and a large number of firearms still in circulation – “a legacy of South Africa’s apartheid-era wars with its neighbours.”400 000 ‘guardian angels’At national level too, SA’s private sector has “energetically moved into crime prevention to fill the void left by the state in the 1990s,” the report notes, citing official figures showing that 265 000 people are now working in the “guarding” business in South Africa – almost double the number of regular police force members.Counting related occupations such as private investigators and in-house security guards, the report estimates that the total number working in the country’s private security industry may be as high as 400 000.“With that sort of investment, it would be astonishing if crime had not come down in the past few years,” The Economist notes.Government’s roleSouth Africa’s government has also played its part in the improvement.“In the mid-1990s the state police force suddenly had to transform itself from an instrument of political repression into a crime-fighting force,” the report notes. “Many (mainly white) officers left and numbers dropped, but with better pay they have since risen again, to about 150 000.”Antony Altbeker, a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, told The Economist that increased social security provision by the state had also helped to reduce crime in one of its largest categories – namely, crime among people who know each other.Altbeker, pointing to research showing that as much as half of all crimes fall into this category, argues that increases in state pensions and child support since 1994 have moderated “some of the petty squabbling and inter-personal violence within families, including murders.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2010 Fifa Fußball-WM: Haufig gestellte Fragen

first_imgDie 2010 Fifa Fußball-WM wird in Sudafrika stattfinden. Egal ob Sie die Spiele in einem der Stadien oder Fanparks an der Sudspitze Afrikas oder am heimischen Bildschirm verfolgen – hier finden Sie – als kleinen Vorgeschmack – einige Kurzinformationen uber das Turnier und das Gastgeberland.Hat es in Sudafrika bereits derartige Großveranstaltungen gegeben?Sudafrika richtet regelmaßig großere internationale Sportereignisse aus, und seit 1994 verwaltet es erfolgreich einige der Großten – einschließlich der 1995 Rugbyweltmeisterschaft, 2003 die Kricketweltmeisterschaft, die Weltmeisterschaft des Women’s World Cup of Gold (2005-2008) und das Eroffnungsstraßenrennen der A1 GP im Motorsport (2006-).Aber die Fifa-Fußballweltmeisterschaft, das großte Sportereignis der Welt nach den Olympischen Spielen – und in Bezug auf Fernsehpublikum sogar großer als die Olympischen Spiele – spielt in einer eigenen Liga.Ab dem 9. Juni 2010 wird Sudafrika vier Wochen lang das Zentrum der Welt sein. Die WM in Deutschland erzielte die besten Einschaltquoten in der Fernsehgeschichte. Sudafrika 2010 verheißt ein noch großeres Publikum. Milliarden von TV-Zuschauern, Millionen von internationalen Besuchern und die Creme de la Creme des Sportjournalismus werden wie gebannt die Ereignisse an der Sudspitze Afrikas verfolgen.Wir werden sie nicht enttauschen.Wer sind die Bafana Bafana?Unsere Nationalmannschaft ist bekannt unter dem Namen Bafana Bafana, was auf isiZulu soviel wie “Die Jungs, die Jungs” heißt. Dieser Spitzname entstand aus einem Schlachtruf der Fans, die ihre Mannschaft bei den Afrika-Meisterschaften 1996, die ebenfalls in Sudafrika stattfanden, anfeuerten. Das Ende der Apartheid beendete ebenfalls die sportliche Isolation des Landes. Seitdem haben sich die Bafana Bafana zweimal fur die Fifa Fußball-WM qualifiziert: 1998 und 2002.Wird Sudafrika von der Fußball-WM profitieren?Schatzungen zufolge wird die Fifa Fußball-WM ganze 129 000 Arbeitsplatze schaffen und mit ca. 21 Milliarden Rand zum Bruttoinlandsprodukt Sudafrika beitragen. Nebenbei werden auch Steuereinnahmen von 7,2 Milliarden Rand erwartet und die Besucher werden wahrend des Turniers schatzungsweise an die 9,8 Millionen Rand im Land lassen.Allerdings konnten die indirekten Konsequenzen, u. a. das bessere Image außerhalb des Landes, eine noch nachhaltigere Wirkung zeigen – nicht nur fur Sudafrika und seine Entwicklung, sondern auch fur den Kontinent als Ganzes. Eine erfolgreiche Fußball-WM wird das Image, das Afrika in den Augen vieler auslandischer Investoren hat, zum Positiven andern.Wo werden die Spiele stattfinden?Die Spiele der Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 werden in 10 Stadien stattfinden: zwei in Johannesburg und weitere Stadien in jeder der acht Gastgeberstadten. Insgesamt werden in 10 Stadien mit Sitzplatzen fur uber 570.000 Personen wahrend der WM ganze 64 Spiele angepfiffen.Funf der zehn Stadien existieren bereits und werden fur die WM renoviert. Dazu gehort auch Soccer City, der Austragungsort des Eroffnungs- und des Endspiels. Die verbleibenden funf Stadien werden komplett neu gebaut.Welche Stadte sind die Austragungsorte?Neun sudafrikanische Stadte bilden die Buhne fur die Fifa Fußball-WM 2010.JohannesburgJohannesburg, der wirtschaftliche Dreh- und Angelpunkt Afrikas, eine schillernde Stadt voller Kontraste, gelegen in der kleinen, aber dicht bevolkerten Provinz Gauteng.Nachster Flughafen: OR Tambo InternationalWM-Stadien: Soccer City und Ellis ParkWM-Spiele: 10 Erstrundenspiele (einschl. Eroffnungsspiel) und zwei Zweitrundenspiele, zwei Viertelfinalspiele und das Endspiel.KapstadtSudafrikas alteste und liebenswerteste Stadt ist eingebettet in die Tafelbucht am Atlantischen Ozean, im sudlichen Teil der Provinz Westkap. Ihren malerischen Gebauden, der nahe gelegenen Weingegend, den langen Sandstrande und einer lebendigen Kulturszene verdankt Kapstadt ihren Ruf als Sudafrikas beliebtestes Reiseziel.Nachster Flughafen: Cape Town InternationalWM-Stadien: Greenpoint StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel, ein Viertelfinale, ein Halbfinale.DurbanDurban. warm, subtropisch und die großte Stadt in KwaZulu-Natal – eines der Hauptreiseziele des Landes und der verkehrsreichste Hafen Sudafrikas.Nachster Flughafen: Durban InternationalWM-Stadien: Moses Mabhida StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel, ein Halbfinale.PretoriaPretoria ist die Hauptstadt von Sudafrika und liegt nordlich von Johannesburg in der Provinz Gauteng. Die 150 Jahre alte Stadt bietet wuchtige Denkmaler, eine malerische Architektur und liebevoll gestaltete Freiflachen.Nachster Flughafen: OR Tambo InternationalWM-Stadien: Loftus Versfeld StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel.Port ElizabethPort Elizabeth, mit dem schmuckenden Beinamen “Friendly City”, liegt an der Nelson-Mandela-Bucht an der windigen Wild Coast in der Provinz Ostkap.Nachster Flughafen: Port Elizabeth AirportWM-Stadien: Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel, ein Viertelfinale und das Spiel um den dritten Platz.BloemfonteinDie ehemalige Hauptstadt der Burenrepublik und heutige Hauptstadt des Freistaates (der Name bedeutet: Blumenbrunnen) ist eine schone Stadt mit Tausenden von Rosenstrauchern und einigen ergreifenden Denkmalern.Nachster Flughafen: Bloemfontein AirportWM-Stadien: Vodacom ParkWM-Spiele: funf Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel.RustenburgDie vertraumten, Jacaranda-umsaumten Straßen tauschen leicht daruber hinweg, dass die Umgebung von Rustenburg in der Nordwestprovinz eine der großten Bergbauregionen der Welt ist, mit einer Fulle von Platinvorkommen unter der Erde.Nachster Flughafen: OR Tambo International AirportWM-Stadien: Royal Bafokeng StadiumWM-Spiele: vier Erstrundenspiele, ein Zweitrundenspiel.NelspruitDie Hauptstadt der Provinz Mpumalanga liegt im fruchtbaren Tal des Crocodile Rivers, ca. 330 km ostlich von Johannesburg.Nachster Flughafen: Kruger Mpumalanga International AirportWM-Stadien: Mbombela StadiumWM-Spiele: funf Erstrunenspiele.PolokwaneDie Hauptstadt der Provinz Limpopo ist ideal gelegen am Rande des weltberuhmten Kruger-Nationalparks.Nachster Flughafen: Polokwane International AirportWM-Stadien: Peter Mokaba StadiumWM-Spiele: vier Erstrunenspiele.Wie viele Karten wird es geben?Ungefahr drei Millionen Eintrittskarten werden fur die 64 Spiele der Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 zur Verfugung stehen. Ein Drittel (ca. eine Million) wird an sudafrikanische Fußballfans vergeben, eine weitere Million an internationale Besucher und die dritte Million ist fur die Sponsoren, die Teams und die “Fifa-Familie” bestimmt.Lohnt es sich uberhaupt zu kommen, auch wenn ich keine Eintrittskarte habe?Naturlich! Die WM 2010 wird garantiert eine Mordsgaudi, oder – wie man in Sudafrika sagt – eine Jol. Wie in Deutschland 2006 werden auch bei dieser WM Fanzonen mit Großbildleinwanden eingerichtet. Dort kann man die Spiele sehen und gleichzeitig die lokale Bevolkerung kennen lernen in den vielen Pubs, Restaurants und Sportkneipen.In welcher Zeitzone liegt Sudafrika?Die sudafrikanische Standardzeit liegt 2 Stunden vor der Weltzeit (UTC+2). Im Juni und Juli – zum Zeitpunkt der WM – ist es in Sudafrika genauso spat wie auf dem europaischen Kontinent bzw. eine Stunde spater als in Großbritannien. Spiele, die hier um 21.00 Uhr angepfiffen werden, werden in Europa genau zur besten Sendezeit ubertragen. Zuschauer in den USA sollten ihr Mittagessen am besten vorverlegen und australische Fans mussen schon fruh um funf aus den Federn.Wie wird das Wetter sein?Die WM wird im sudafrikanischen Winter stattfinden. Aber es ist warm hier in Afrika. In Johannesburg wird es trocken sein, mit sonnigen Tagen bei recht kuhlen Nachten. Rustenburg, Pretoria und Nelspruit glanzen mit Warme, nur in Bloemfontein muss man sich warm anziehen. Polokwane im Norden wird trocken und heiß sein – heißer als in den meisten europaischen Sommern. Durban begrußt seine Gaste angenehm, warm und schwul. Und immer lockt der lauwarme Indische Ozean. Eine Ausnahme ist Kapstadt. Obwohl die Stadt in der Regel – auch im Winter – eine Schonwetterstadt ist, ist der Juni in der Stadt in der Regel kalt, nass und windig, und das Meer eiskalt.Weiterlesen: Sudafrikas Wetter und KlimaWie komme ich von A nach B?Zu allen Spielstadten bestehen Zug- oder Flugverbindungen. Daruber hinaus sind in Sudafrika einige erstklassige Überlandbusgesellschaften aktiv. Die Straßen des Landes sind hervorragend. Ein Mietwagen ist daher keine schlechte Idee.Was den offentlichen Nahverkehr betrifft, so konnen sich sudafrikanische Stadte noch nicht mit Stadten wie New York oder London messen, aber dennoch gibt es Moglichkeiten. Das beliebteste offentliche Verkehrsmittel ist das Minibus-Taxi. Bis 2010 werden im Zuge eines gerade anlaufenden groß angelegten Taxi-Rekapitalisierungsplan die meisten der alten Fahrzeuge gegen großere, sicherere Minibusse ausgetauscht worden sein. Die meisten Stadte haben ein Nahverkehrszug- und Bussystem und es gibt verschiedene Taxigesellschaften. Ansonsten bietet sich ein Mietwagen oder benutzen Sie die Transfers Ihres Hotels.Wo kann ich ubernachten?“Die Hotelbranche in Sudafrika ist erstklassig”, meinte das Fifa-Inspektionsteam in ihrem Landerbericht. “Es gibt genugend Hotelzimmer fur alle, die in irgendeiner Weise an der 2010 Fifa Fußball-WM beteiligt sind, einschließlich Medienvertreter und Fans aus aller Welt.’ Andere Optionen sind die viele Bed & Breakfast-Pensionen in und um die Spielstadte sowie uber 150 Backpacker-Hostels.Und wenn ich krank werde?“Insgesamt betrachtet ist das Gesundheitssystem hervorragend ausgestattet und gehort wahrscheinlich zu den besten privaten Gesundheitssystemen weltweit – mit moderner Technik und hoch qualifizierten Facharzten und medizinischem Personal”, so das Fifa-Inspektionsteam in seinem Bericht. “Wir mochten hinzufugen, dass es in der Umgebung der Stadien, die als Austragungsorte fur die Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 vorgeschlagen wurden, komplett ausgestattete Krankenhauser mit entsprechenden Notaufnahmen gibt.’Wie sind die Leute so drauf?In Sudafrika leben 47 Mio. Menschen mit verschiedener Herkunft, verschiedenen Kulturen, Sprachen und Religionen. Besucher sind immer wieder begeistert davon, wie warmherzig, freundlich und gastlich die Sudafrikaner sind. Wir hatten eine schwierige Vergangenheit, deshalb verschwenden wir jetzt keine Zeit mehr auf Griesgramigkeit! Und feiern konnen wir allemal!“Wir konnen sagen, dass die Leute in Sudafrika immer freundlich und sehr ausgelassen waren. Wahrend unseres Besuches im Land gab es standig etwas zu feiern”, merkte das Fifa-Inspektionsteam in seinem Landerbericht an. “Immer wenn unsere Gruppe vorbei kam, hielten sie an, um ihre Freude und ihre Unterstutzung fur die Bewerbung ihres Landes zu zeigen.”Wie ist das Bier?Kalt und vorzuglich! In der Regel trinken Sudafrikaner Flaschenbier, aber in den meisten Kneipen gibt es auch mehrere Biersorten vom Fass. Der wichtigste Produzent ist South African Breweries, inzwischen auch außerhalb der Landesgrenzen bekannt. Lagerbier ist hierzulande am beliebtesten, gefolgt von Pilsener. In und um die Stadien wird es allerdings nur Budweiser geben, denn Budweiser ist der offizielle Fifa-Sponsor.Und das Essen?Hmmmmm, exotisch und abwechslungsreich. Sudafrikas Bevolkerung hat verschiedene Ursprunge, Kulturen, Sprachen und Religionen – und auch der Speiseplan ist ein reichhaltiges Sammelsurium.Fur Mutige bieten wir kulinarische Herausforderungen von Krokodilrucken uber gebratene Raupen bis hin zu Schafskopfen – lecker! Wer es lieber konventionell mag, kann sich auf bodenstandige Delikatessen wie Biltong (getrocknetes Salzfleisch), Bobotie (eine stark verbesserte Version der englischen Sheperd’s Pie) und Boerewors (hausgemachte Landwurst, auf offenem Feuer gegrillt) freuen.In der Stadt findet man in einer einzigen Straße oder einem Einkaufszentren meistens italienische Restaurants, zwei oder drei Variationen der chinesischen Kochkunst, Sushi-Bars, marokkanisches Essen, franzosische Haute Cuisine, portugiesische Leckereien und indische Kuche. Daruber hinaus findet man auch kongolesische Restaurants, Griechen und sogar brasilianische und koreanische Etablissements oder – wohin man schaut – Fusion, mit kreativen Chefkochen und originellen Leckerbissen.Darf ich das WM 2010-Logo benutzen?Nur anerkannte Fifa-Partner und Sponsoren durfen das Logo der Fifa Fußball-WM 2010 in ihrer Werbung nutzen.Was ist eine Vuvuzela?Bose Zungen behaupten, die Vuvuzela sei Sudafrikas nationales Musikinstrument. Es handelt sich um eine große Plastiktrompete in schrillen Farben, die von den Fans bei jedem Fußballspiel im Land ausgiebig geblasen wird. Der Klang ist ungefahr eine Mischung aus einem verschnupften Elefanten und dem Bariton-Summen eines gigantischen Bienenschwarms, aber die Sudafrikaner lieben ihn.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Playing a part to help the elderly

first_imgTumisho Mohlabane started the elderlyhealth and fitness classes in Mohlakeng,because he wanted to play his part inteaching the senior members of thecommunity about the importance ofstaying active and taking good careof their health. (Image: edfromct.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tumisho Mohlabane   +27 82 707 5639 RELATED ARTICLES • Play your part: make SA even better • Transforming lives through sport • SA trio trek to Mongolia for charity • Capetonian youths get sportyNosimilo Ramela It’s 11 o’clock in the morning and the elders at the Mohlakeng Community Centre, on Johannesburg’s West Rand, are winding down their morning fitness class.Former teacher Tumisho Mohlabane started the class to help elderly residents take better care of their health and wellness.The majority of attendees are pensioners between the ages of 50 and 80. Since starting the classes three months ago many members say their health has improved significantly.Mohlabane said he started the classes because he wanted to play his part in teaching the senior members of the community about the importance of staying active and taking good care of their health, thereby avoiding illness and living longer.“I am a retired teacher who used to be active and healthy,” he said. “Once I stopped working I was less active and started gaining weight and suffering from ailments such as high blood pressure. I had to go to the clinic for monthly check ups like many old people in this community do.”Unhappy about the situation, Mohlabane wanted to change his lifestyle and improve his health. “I spoke to my doctor and asked him what I could do. He suggested I do some light exercise and advised me on healthy eating options.”Mohlabane started by walking for 30 minutes every morning and doing light exercise, as well as eating healthier by adding more vegetables and fruits to his meals and cutting back on junk food.“I was doing nothing all day after I retired. I would sit at home watching television and eating lots of sweets and deep fried meat,” he said. “I believe this led to the decline in my health. Once I started exercising and eating healthily, I felt more energised and no longer had high blood pressure that I had to treat with medication.”Encouraged by his improved health, Mohlabane visited the local clinic and churches and invited other senior members of his community to join him in a spot of light exercise every morning. He also gave them advice on good eating.“That was basically the birth of our daily elderly health and wellness classes. I had found something that had improved my life and wanted to help my peers improve theirs too,” he said.Staying positive is the best wayMatsidiso Mapetla has been attending the classes since they began. At first she could hardly keep up with the rest of the group as she was struggling with arthritis.“It’s been about three months now and I can walk fast without feeling pain in my legs and ankles as I used to,” she said. “I feel lighter too – I used to huff and puff trying to breathe properly and complete the exercises. Now I lead some of the exercises and can last beyond the duration of the class.”The classes run from Monday to Friday between 7am to 11am, and depending on their daily routine, members can arrive at any time during the session. They start with a 30-minute jog or walk followed by exercise and games. The group then ends off by sharing stories about their week or weekend, while they do gentle exercises to wind down, before they depart.“It’s so much fun,” said Malebo Sithole. “So many of us were suffering from all sorts of illnesses associated with being old, like diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis, but now we are all telling a different story. A few hours of exercise and laughter, eating healthy and staying positive has really changed our lives for the best.”   Sithole said many elders in the community are dealing with challenges at home and the classes help them to escape from the stress and have some fun for a while“The people that attend these classes are mothers, fathers, and grandparents who are caring for big households. Some have children who are sick from HIV, or are caring for their HIV-orphaned grandchildren,” said Sithole.“Being here helps them to just take time to look after themselves and relax with their peers. Even at such an age, playing really still does wonders for one’s health and life overall.”Mohlabane said he is hoping to bring in dieticians and other exciting guests to talk to the group about their health, and motivate them to continue on their health and wellness journey.“I started this thinking I would just have a few neighbours join me, but we have many people now and the success has been so encouraging. There are 27 of us in the group, with more people keen to join. It doesn’t cost us anything to do this, we just have to pitch and play.”last_img read more

April is Month of the Military Child

first_imgThe New York State 4-H Military Partnership is inviting all county 4-H programs to host a “Purple Up” day for military youth in their counties during the month of April.Purple is the color of military children. It is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Marine Red, and Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy blue. The goal of “Purple Up!” is for military youth to actually SEE the support in their school, youth groups, and the community!This is a great way to introduce military youth around the state to 4-H and bring awareness to all our wonderful 4-H programs and camps! Please contact us if you have some ideas how we could celebrate.last_img read more

Archers, Tams brawl again in preseason, this time in Davao City

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments A video uploaded on Twitter by FEU athletic director Mark Molina saw La Salle forward Prince Rivero giving a back pick on FEU player Ken Ebonia, who fell on the floor upon contact.La Salle center Abu Tratter jumped in front of the fallen Ebonia while teammate Ricci Rivero slammed the ball at the FEU player, before following it up with a punt kick as another free-for-all ensued.“The second commotion which happened on the very next play after the first commotion is plain and simple, a planned and premeditated attack,” said the FEU official on his Twitter account.La Salle coach Aldin Ayo was seen in videos trying to pacify the players. But Ryan Betia, an assistant of new coach Olsen Racela at FEU, claimed that the Archers mentor choked FEU player Arvin Tolentino trying to act as a pacifier.UAAP basketball commissioner Rebo Saguisag said he will look into the incident, which marked the second time in as many years that the two teams have figured in a preseason scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program The UAAP Season 80 game between La Salle and Far Eastern U on Sept. 10 could just be the most anticipated game of the tournament yet.The two teams figured in an ugly free-for-all in an invitational tournament in Davao City late Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Eyewitnesses said the match had been heated for the most part, before two brawls ensued—the second of which forced organizers to call off the game.The first commotion ensued in the third quarter with FEU leading, 73-59. FEU’s Ken Tuffin bumped La Salle guard Kib Montalbo, who retaliated with a head butt.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 shutoutRon Dennison, who was earlier ejected for two unsportsmanlike fouls, then came out of nowhere to hit Montalbo, who had his back turned to the FEU player, sending the La Salle guard sprawling to the floor.The second incident that led to the game forfeiture came just after play resumed. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ “It happened outside the UAAP so we can’t really act on it in relation to the tournament,” said Saguisag. “But they still represent their schools and the league so it may be up to the UAAP Board to discuss.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vanguardia rues Rice’s 3rd quarter explosion in Phoenix loss to TNT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Aussie team doctor warns athletes of dengue at CWG

first_imgThe medical director of the Australia’s CWG team Dr Peter Harcourt says at least a couple of athletes would catch the dengue fever during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.The deadly fever has claimed many lives in the host city. Health remains a concern for international athletes and many of them have pulled out of the sporting event only due to this reason.British diver Peter Waterfield is the latest athlete who withdrew from the Games citing health concerns.Harcourt hoped the number dengue cases was below than the Kuala Lumpur Games, where six or seven caught the fever.”I’m assuming I’ll get a couple of cases and I’m hoping that’s all there is,” Harcourt quoted as saying by the ‘Age’.Heavy rains in the past few days has added to the woes of the organisers as the basements at the Games Village are still waterlogged.An under-construction overbridge also collapsed just outside the main venue Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium.Delhi’s Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit yesterday said it was a bit difficult to dry up the water-logged basements.CGF chief Mike Fennell also said today the waterlogging remains a concern for them.Olympic silver-medallist swimmer Eamon Sullivan said the Aussie athletes are well-prepared to deal witb the dengue threat in in the Indian capital.”I think everyone seems to be forgetting about the mosquitoes, that’s going to be a very interesting one, you definitely have to take precautions,” Sullivan told reporters in Sydney.”We’ve got mosquito nets, we’ve got mosquito repellent, we’ve got long sleeve clothes, we’ve got wash that puts repellent on your clothes, we’ve got hand sanitizer, we’ve got the works,” he said.advertisementThe Australian contingent today headed to Kuala Lumpur for a pre-Games camp before landing in Delhi on Wednesday.last_img read more

a month ago​Tottenham striker Kane: No more excuses

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham striker Kane: No more excusesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane says there are no excuses for their disappointing start to the season.Spurs have two wins in their past eight games, while their run of form looks even worse if you count games from the end of last season.They are already ten points behind top of the table Liverpool.And Kane believes they have few excuses for the malaise.”I’d say it’s been disappointing, I don’t think there’s any hiding behind that,” he said to Sky Sports. “To only win two games out of our first seven is not the standards that we’ve set in previous years.”Obviously the two draws at (Manchester) City and Arsenal are not terrible results, but being 2-0 up at Arsenal and drawing does feel like a terrible result.”We’ve put ourselves in good positions this season, we just haven’t managed to see the game out or find a way to win like we have in previous years.”It’s a disappointing start, but there are plenty of games to turn that around, starting with the game on Saturday [against Southampton].”[Game management] is something we need to get better at, when we go ahead in games we need to be more confident, to see the game out, whether we drop behind the ball or carry on playing, whatever suits that game.”We’re not inexperienced any more, we’re not young any more, the excuses aren’t there for us any more. It’s down to us players to take responsibility.” last_img read more