South Korea lodges complaint ahead of Asian football elections

first_imgThe Asian Football Confederation (AFC) logo is displayed at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on March 15, 2017. (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— On the eve of Asian football elections for the FIFA Council, South Korea complained that Qatar’s candidate has been given favorable treatment.The South Korean football federation told the Asian Football Confederation’s election oversight panel that Qatar offered voters free trips to see games in Doha in the past week.ADVERTISEMENT P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US LATEST STORIES Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a letter to panel chairman Randall Cunliffe dated Friday, seen by The Associated Press, South Korean soccer federation president Chung Mong-Gyu “urgently request(s) you to review this matter.”South Korea canceled its invitation for voters to visit Seoul last month after Cunliffe intervened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsChung and Qatari official Saoud Al Mohannadi are among eight candidates to fill five seats on the FIFA Council.The Asian football body says it is reviewing the complaint.center_img PBA: Alaska ousts NLEX, sets up playoff clash vs ‘extended family’ Phoenix ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio 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 MOST READ Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs View commentslast_img read more

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‘Tall order’ as Kayange eyes World Cup Sevens

first_imgThe squad will be captained by Andrew Amonde who led the team to fifth in the 2012/13 IRB World Sevens Series and will depart from Nairobi on June 15 for a ten-day closed camp in London before they leave for Moscow on June 25.Speaking after rolling out the squad, assistant coach, Felix Ochieng, extolled the value of having the most capped player back in the squad after he missed most of the regular season due to sturdy commitments at Bristol University in the UK.“All along through the years, Humphrey has been a quality player. His understanding of the game is at a different level as seen in London.“It’s been unfortunate we’ve not have had him here for the same conditioning programme but he was on a remote programme in the UK. But having him back here full time gives us an added advantage, that experience and that leadership he provides when he steps into the field,” assistant coach, Felix Ochieng who took up the team unveiling duty from Friday told Capital Sport.Kayange was nominated for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year in 2009 when he led Kenya to the semis of the World Cup where they eventually lost to Argentina 12-0.“Bringing Humphrey back is a big boost to this team and we are looking forward to play with him and we are proud to have him back,” Amonde added.The skipper declared he was ready to lead his side in their bid to eclipse the class of 2009 and make it to the decider.“It’s a big challenge from where the other team left it, to take it farther that is being in the final or winning the final. The team named is capable of going out there and winning the Cup for Kenya I’m happy to announce,” Amonde assured.“I’m going to get all I need from them, I will be there for them and they will be there for me and being a captain for the World Cup is a big call and I’m looking forward to lead them.”“We are going out for a win, whether we get it or go down, our fans have been with us but we are going for nothing less,” the captain added.Top try scorer and younger brother to Kayange, Collins Injera, William Ambaka, Lavin Asego, Philip Wamae, Horace Otieno, Biko Adema and Oscar Ouma are among the experienced hands in the squad.“Getting the blend right of the players who performed well in the (IRB) series and those who maintained the standard is important since we needed players who would put their bodies on the line for this team,” coach Ochieng noted.Having lost their surprise element, the tactician underscored the need to have the side to live up to their billing.“There is always pressure when it comes to the World Cup since the level of competition has improved and every team fancies themselves.“Teams have become more competitive just as we have and our aim is to qualify for the quarter finals and take it a game at a time from there,” he added.“We are no longer the underdogs; that is the mindset we have tried to get the players into. We have to perform consistently in every game, in every minute.“That is something we need to absorb and step up to the challenge if we have to get our hands on that trophy,” Ochieng explained in regards of Kenya going in as probable successors to champions Wales.The final squad of 12 will be named after the London training camp with Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) through facilitators electing to send the team to seclusion to sharpen their focus.“We have many well wishers in the UK who have facilitated this trip in addition to what we have from our sponsors so that prepare for this event in a focused environment since we do not want to spare anything to ensure we win,” KRU boss, Mwangi Muthee emphasised.SQUAD1. Andrew Amonde (KCB), 2. William Ambaka (Quins), 3. Davis Chenge (Western Bulls), 4. Eden Adero (Quins), 5. Patrice Agunda (Quins), 6. Horace Otieno (Mwamba), 7. Philip Wamae (KCB), 8. Biko Adema (Nondies), 9. Lavin Asego (Mwamba), 10. Felix Ayange (Quins), 11. Michael Wanjala (Strathmore Leos), 12. Robert Aringo (Impala), 13. Collins Injera (Mwamba), 14. Oscar Ouma (Nakuru), 15. Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), 16. Humphrey Kayange (Bristol University) 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 7- Former sevens captain, Humphrey Kayange is in the frame for a second Rugby World Cup Sevens campaign after he was listed among the provisional squad of 16 announced on Thursday.Head coach Mike Friday who left for England last Saturday included the player who led Kenya to a semi final appearance in Dubai four years ago to bolster the experience in the side that is heading to Russia as a rank favourite for the crown.last_img read more

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U.S. Midwest refinery maintenance outages to weigh on Canadian oil prices

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A maintenance shutdown at the refinery that is the largest buyer of Canadian heavy oil in the United States is expected to extend and possibly worsen the price discounts on crude from north of the border.Analysts at AltaCorp Capital in Calgary say the planned turnaround at the 430,000-barrel-per-day BP Whiting refinery in Indiana – which buys about 250,000 bpd of heavy crude from Canada – will reduce demand over the next month and a half.They say the shutdown adds to a heavy schedule of refinery maintenance in the U.S. Midwest, with about 829,000 bpd of capacity expected to be unavailable through October, higher than 560,000 bpd in the same period of 2017 and 300,000 bpd the year before.- Advertisement -The difference between benchmark oilsands blend Western Canadian Select and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate has widened to five-year highs of more than US$30 per barrel in the past week, closing Tuesday at US$31.50 per barrel.That’s more than double the typical discount, and also reflects ongoing export pipeline constraints.In a separate report, energy analysts at Haywood Securities Inc. point out that Canadian light oil is also facing higher-than-usual discounts to WTI and that situation is also expected to be aggravated due to lower demand from U.S. Midwest refineries.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Camarillo off to fast start

first_img10:30 a.m. After he rushed for more than 2,100 yards and 25 touchdowns last season, the expectations naturally were high for Whittier Christian High School senior Esteban Camarillo. He wasted no time in responding. Camarillo rushed for 215 yards and a touchdown in leading the Heralds to a 15-8 win over host Mammoth High in Saturday night’s season opener. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want 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

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Ganis president of Oscar board

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Producer and former Hollywood studio executive Sid Ganis has been named to a second term as president of the group that hands out the Academy Awards. The board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences re-elected Ganis to another one-year term Tuesday. Past academy President Robert Rehme was re-elected as vice president, while two Oscar-winning actors were picked for top board posts, Tom Hanks as treasurer and Kathy Bates as secretary. Ganis’ production company’s films include “Akeelah and the Bee.” His previous studio jobs include vice chairman of Sony’s Columbia Pictures and motion-picture president at Paramount. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.last_img read more

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New Year’s Day schedule

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeTRASH: Pickup will be delayed by one day in Los Angeles and Glendale. Trash will be picked up as usual in Burbank. STORES: Malls will be open. Some supermarkets may be open for limited hours. GOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed. The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools are on winter break. TRANSIT: Buses and subway services in Los Angeles will run on a holiday schedule. Metrolink and Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley buses will not operate. BANKS: Banks and financial markets will be closed. last_img read more

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SATURDAY SIX: In Memoriam – Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World in 2017

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World in 2017. As theme park fans, we’ve had a lot to be thankful for this year. However, as much as we all loved seeing projection mapping in The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle and Disney’s Happily Ever After, it wasn’t all good news. This year we had to say goodbye to several dear old friends. Today we pay our respects to some of those that we lost in the past year, starting with….# 6  – Terminator 2: 3-DHasta la vista, baby.Much like the Lord Almighty, James Cameron giveth, and James Cameron taketh away in 2017. While we theme park guests were blessed with the wonders of Pandora: The World of Avatar opening up in Animal Kingdom, we lost T2: 3-D – Battle Across Time at Universal Studios Florida. A stage show like no other, T2: 3=D was a breathtaking mix of a one-of-a-kind 3-D movie and a thrilling live action stunt show.The overall attraction – including the preshow – tied directly into the Terminator Universe following the events of T2, making itself an unofficial sequel to the popular franchise. Unlike traditional theme park 3-D movies where the audience all looks at one screen, the massive theater had three connecting screens. Every guest in the audience had a great seat as a special effects bonanza took place in front of their eyes including a spectacular how did they do that?! moment of a motorcycle going through the screen. James Cameron is well known to be one of the hardest men to work for in Hollywood, but he gets the best out of everyone, and T2: 3-D has the high level quality you’re used to in a Cameron production. It featured all the main Terminator 2 stars, had an insane budget-per-minute-of-film that made the legendary Captain EO look fiscally responsible, and a Shaquille O’Neal joke that was still funny 10 years past it had any right to be.On October 8th, the attraction went through its own time portal to the great attraction beyond. Goodbye T2: 3D, there may never be another one like you again.10 bell salute for T2: 3-D. @Drubov of Inside Universal)T2: 3-D. (photo by Michael CarelliInside queue has guests walking through Cyberdyne Systems. (photo by Michael Carelli)Gone, but not forgotten. (photo by @drubov)–# 5 – DisneyQuestHeaven needed a rarely updated arcade.There are not many things at Walt Disney World that had more promise than DisneyQuest. It billed itself as FIVE FLOORS OF FUN but the “fun” should have been in quotation marks. I personally believe DisneyQuest could have been one of the most special places in all of WDW, one that would have been spoken in reverence by fans like the Adventurer’s Club or Horizons. Instead it became the “and more” part of a “water parks and more” upcharge ticket add-on. There were some neat things at DisneyQuest that showed you the potential of what it could have been. The Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold game allowed several people to play at once using gameplay not unlike what would later be used in Toy Story Midway Mania. Animation Academy taught guests to draw Disney characters on a screen with a stylus rather than pen and paper. CyberSpace Mountain had guests design their own roller coaster and then “virtually” ride it. When the movie Wreck It Ralph came out, several of the actual Ralph themed arcade games made their way to DisneyQuest. There were many other attractions in the giant building, but the technology used in many of them became outdated fast and almost nothing was done to update them. DisneyQuest could have been the place to use Virtual Reality to let fans relive their favorite extinct attractions. DisneyQuest could have used 3-D printing to have guests design their own vehicle (like in Test Track) but actually take home a model. DisneyQuest could have been the place we got to see Disney IPs from Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars in new games and experiences (in fact DisneyQuest even used a great promotion that had posters showing a mash-up of Toy Story and Donkey Kong along with Star Wars and Galaga, but alas it was just for advertising.) Unfortunately it had none of that. By the end DisneyQuest was just a place people went to when it was raining.On July 2nd, DisneyQuest was put out of its misery.DisneyQuest. (photo by Brandon Glover)DisneyQuest. (photo by Daisy Lauren)Animation Academy. (photo by Daisy Lauren)Virtual Jungle Cruise. (photo by Daisy Lauren)On the day of its closing, an actual memorial took place. (photo by Attractions Magazine)Goodbye DisneyQuest Though we barely knew you at all You had the will not to update yourself While guest’s own phones became more fun as well (photo by Michael (@VirusElite524)In early November, destruction of DisneyQuest began in earnest. (photo by @bioreconstruct)By mid-November, the area where DisneyQuest stood became a metaphor for the “fun” found inside. (photo by @bioreconstruct)–# 4 – Cinematic Spectacular“We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – JawsUniversal’s Cinematic Spectacular will always hold a special place in Your Humble Author’s heart because it was the one time I was Johnny-on-the-spot to break news. Many moons ago I was taking several members of my family on a trip to Universal, when I heard over the park’s PA system about a nighttime show that would make it’s debut that night. For some backstory, at the time there had been rumors of Universal soft opening a new show for a while, and bloggers kept showing up at the park only to find out there was no show that night. Eventually, it became a “we’ll believe it when we see it” situation. After I heard the announcement inside the park, I actually went to Guest Services to verify I was not losing my mind. After confirming that night indeed would have the first ever showing of Cinematic Spectacular, I sent out a Red Alert to the local bloggers, several of whom still didn’t believe me.That night I was able to see the first showing, and as a fan of movies, I loved it. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the show was a highlight package of “100 Years of Universal” movies including Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, Silence of the Lambs, Psycho, Despicable Me, Fast & the Furious, and the Universal classic monster films. As much as I couldn’t believe my eyes in seeing Bruce Campbell’s Army of Darkness used in a major theme park nighttime spectacular, I also couldn’t believe Universal using several key moments of the show spotlighting the Liam Neeson movie Battleship (which at the time was hoped to be a huge summer blockbuster. SPOILER ALERT: it wasn’t.)To continue in the Battleship-like tradition, Cinematic Spectacular never got a huge send off. Fans of the show never even got a chance to say their goodbyes. Universal, in a way only Universal can, quietly slipped in the closure of Cinematic Spectacular on the Universal Orlando Annual Passholders Facebook Group in an October 10th announcement for a yet-untitled replacement show.Cinematic Spectacular. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Cinematic Spectacular. (photo by Brian Carey)Cinematic Spectacular (photo by Brian Carey)Cinematic Spectacular. (photo by Mike Sperduto)–# 3 – Universe of Energy“Stupid Judy. Stupid Energy.” – Ellen DeGeneresOver the years Disney has been trying to tell us Epcot Center fanboys that the park we grew up with is dead. The theme park that was unlike any park that has been built, or ever will be built, is soon going to be just another theme park. They put Frozen in Norway, but that’s okay because Mexico already had the Three Caballeros. There’s maybe 3 days a year a festival isn’t going on, but that’s okay because the Festival of the Arts was so dang awesome. They replaced Captain EO – a creation of George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Jackson – with a Pixar DVD, and that’s okay because…actually that’s not okay at all. Despite all of that, we Epcot fanboys held on to “the dream.” The Imagineers finally stuck a wood stake through the heart of Epcot Center with the announcement that the Universe of Energy – an opening day attraction featuring a slow moving dark ride that lasts over 30 minutes – would be converted into roller coaster featuring Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.Yes, there had been some changes over the years. The aforementioned Ellen was added to the show for some humor. No longer were we being sold the propaganda of the fossil fuel industry. But throughout all the changes we guests got to get up close and personal with some amazing dinosaur audio animatronics. Let’s face it, dinosaurs make everything better (except Chester and Hester’s Dino-rama, but maybe we’ll be able to write about that in next year’s In Memoriam. Knock on wood.)On August 13th, Ellen’s Energy Adventure became extinct.Universe of Energy. (photo by Brandon Glover)Universe of Energy. (photo by Brandon Glover)The large moving theaters of Ellen’s Energy Adventure. (photo by Brandon Glover)Dinos! (photo by Brandon Glover)E-Ticket dinos. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 2 – Wishes“You see, its just like I told ya—wishes can come true, if you believe in them with all your heart. And the best part is, you’ll never run out of wishes.  They’re shining deep down inside of you. ‘Cause that, my friends, is where the magic lives.” – Jiminy CricketThere is no better testament to how great a show Happily Ever After is than the fact the we guests didn’t riot once Wishes was gone. A nighttime spectacular that put a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye, and had you picking your jaw up off the ground, Wishes was true Disney magic. No one, and we mean no one, does fireworks like Disney, and Wishes had a thundering display of lights across the sky while Jiminy Cricket narrated a story filled with our favorite Disney songs and iconic film moments. Disney took a standard fireworks show and turned it into a story, one that guests remembered for years afterward. Whether it was explosions in the air synchronized to music, the heart pulling Disney moments, or Tinker Bell “flying” to end the show, everyone had their favorite part of Wishes.On May 11th, Wishes said goodnight to all.Wishes. (photo by Michael Carelli)Wishes. (photo by Michael Carelli)Wishes. (photo by Brian Carey)Wishes. (photo by Brian Carey)–# 1 – The Great Movie Ride“That’s a wrap, C.B.”As hard as it was to lose the Universe of Energy in Epcot, The Great Movie Ride was the heart and soul of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Over the years there has been a whole bunch of changes to DHS, to the point now where Disney has to spend several years and hundreds of millions of dollars to fix the park. An opening day attraction back in 1989, The Great Movie Ride took guests through an audio animatronic filled history of film, including Raiders of the Lost Arc, Casablanca, and The Wizard of Oz. Because Disney used movies from outside its own library, the ride felt authentic in a way many others don’t. Having Ridley Scott’s Alien, for example, instead of a Disney film like Flubber, took the attraction to a whole new level. The Great Movie Ride was also one of the rare attractions, especially for its time, to offer different ride experiences. While it became rare to get the “Western” scene compared to the “Gangster” scene, the fact that the ride had multiple experiences is definitely a plus. Another plus was that The Great Movie Ride had in-ride spielers, a theme park “art” that is slowly but surely being removed from the parks. Say what you will about “consistency,” but I’ll take a Cast Member any day of the week and twice on Sundays.Disney’s Hollywood Studios, formerly Disney-MGM Studios (and how many of us still call it “MGM?”), was built on the foundation of giving guests “the Hollywood that never was, and always will be.” Over the years, the behind-the-scenes look at movie making has been chipped away, but we always had The Great Movie Ride. Not only was the 20 minute ride a true E-Ticket attraction filled with glorious AAs, but it was the centerpiece of the entire park. It was to DHS what Spaceship Earth was to Epcot, complete with an incredible facade designed to resemble the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Now The Great Movie Ride is gone forever, soon to be replaced inside the movie theater facade by a 3-4 minute “runaway railway” experience that has absolutely nothing to do with movies and could have been placed literally anywhere else in the park. The times they are a changin’….On August 13th, the silver screen of The Great Movie Ride went black.Great Movie Ride. (photo by Michael Carelli)Outside of the Great Movie Ride. (photo by Brandon Glover)Great Movie Ride queue. (photo by Brandon Glover)Great Movie Ride. (photo by Michael Carelli)Singing In The Rain. (photo by Michael Carelli)John Wayne character. (photo by Tim Grassey)The character of Ellen Ripley in Alien. (photo by Tim Grassey)Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. (photo by Michael Careilli)Mary Poppins. (photo by Michael Carelli)Casablanca. (photo by Micahel Carelli)Fire! (photo by Brandon Glover)The Wizard of Oz. (photo by Michael Carelli)The Wizard of Oz. (photo by Michael Carelli)–So there you have it: In Memoriam – Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World in 2017. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)Wishes exploding above Space Mountain as seen from The Contemporary. (photo by Brian Carey)If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:In Memoriam – Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World in 2014In Memoriam – Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World in 2015In Memoriam – Six Things We Lost From the Theme Park World in 2016Six Things WDW Can Take To the Dump With the Sorcerer’s HatSix Ways To Get Your Disney Fix Outside of the Theme ParksSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, hot shot Michael Carelli, Long suffering Jets fan @Drubov, the FourSquare mayor of Guest Services Tim Grassey, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie along with Meg’s work with the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2018 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? That’s right, a NEW one, even NEWER than the SATURDAY SIX that was in the 2016 AND the 2017 edition! Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!Sarah and John Connor stand outside T2: 3-D. (Sarah is portrayed by Jacqueline Howlett while John is Casey Beck. Photo by Michael Carelli)last_img read more

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Let us hold on to Madiba’s values: Zuma

first_img9 December 2013 Peace, forgiveness, caring, justice and equality for all – South Africans should hold on to the values that Nelson Mandela lived by, President Jacob Zuma told the congregation at the Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg on Sunday as the country held a day of national reflection and prayer for Madiba. The 95-year-old former statesman passed away on Thursday, 5 December at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg after a lengthy battle with a lung infection. “We should not forget the values that Madiba stood for and sacrificed his life for,” Zuma said. “He stood for freedom, he fought against those who oppressed others … He actively participated to remove the oppressor to liberate the people of this country. When our struggle came to an end, he preached and practised reconciliation to make those who had been fighting to forgive one another and become one nation.” Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and grandson Mandla Mandela, and African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, were among those present at the Bryanston church service. Mkhize told SAnews after the service that it was important for South Africans to “re-live the values of our late former president – those are unity, reconciliation and compassion – so that we create a better South Africa. We’ve got a beacon in Nelson Mandela to take our country forward.” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, addressing a capacity congregation at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto, said Mandela “personified unity and diversity even while in prison. Through all that he endured, he learned not to hate. Instead he chose to see goodness in every person.” Motlanthe quoted Mandela, who said of himself that he “was not a saint, but a sinner who keeps trying”. Young and old filled the seats at the Grace Bible Church while others watched the service from monitors outside the church hall. Church member Margaret Lukhele, who came with her family of eight for the service, said they would “forever remain proudly South Africans because of Tata. He walked the long road back to freedom, made every South African to be free and to live free.” Also on Sunday, South Africans from various faiths gathered together under a white marquee to reflect on Mandela’s legacy at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg. Former Cabinet minister Tokyo Sexwale said South Africans grieved together “while understanding that 95 years of life were well lived and should be celebrated. It is a life worthy of celebration.” Mandela’s great-grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, thanked the public for the support the family had received, adding: “What happens next is that we pick up from where he left off.” Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein said: “The greatest tribute we can make to Madiba is to live like him. He showed us tolerance and generosity of spirit.” Anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada recounted a story Madiba had once told him, of a conversation he’d had with a little girl who had called him a “stupid old man”. Kathrada said he would remember Mandela “as a politician who could laugh at himself”. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane laments Real Mardid ‘relaxing’ to gift Legia thrilling draw

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane cursed his side’s carelessness after the European champions threw away a two-goal lead against Legia Warsaw and needed a late equaliser from Mateo Kovacic to salvage a 3-3 draw on Wednesday.Zidane was unhappy how his side lost their intensity amid a strange atmosphere at an empty stadium. UEFA had ruled the game be played behind closed doors after crowd trouble at Legia’s previous Champions League game at the Polish Army Stadium.Gareth Bale’s stunning acrobatic effort gave Real the lead after 57 seconds — the club’s fastest goal in the Champions League — and Karim Benzema made it 2-0 in the 35th minute, only for Legia to stage a stunning comeback.Thibault Moulin put the Polish champions ahead after goals from Vadis Odjidja and Miroslav Radovic either side of halftime pegged Real back, leaving Zidane angry with his side despite Kovacic averting a first defeat of the season.”When you score two goals away from home you normally have things under control but in the end we let our opponents back into the game,” Zidane told a news conference.”Once they got the first goal back it became difficult for us. We lacked everything: intensity, movement, enthusiasm. Sometimes you get games like this and now have to be patient. The good thing is we didn’t lose.”Real have conceded seven goals in four Champions League games and have now gone 10 games without a clean sheet in all competitions, but Zidane, who was without centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Pepe through injury, refused to blame his back four.advertisement”It wasn’t the worst game in defence. We started well and scored twice, but if you don’t maintain the necessary intensity to continue playing well it’s difficult.”After the second goal we dropped our intensity. I’m happy with our defence because it’s not just a question of our defenders.”Asked about Real’s long run without a clean sheet, Zidane added: “It’s not worrying but we know what we need to do and we can improve. We need to keep working so it doesn’t happen again.”Before the game, I said that opponents can cause us problems if we don’t play with enough intensity, and today we relaxed after scoring the two goals. Today, we’re left with a strange sensation.”last_img read more

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ESPN Predicts The Worst Team In College Football For 2018

first_imgAn exterior view of Kansas' football stadium.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 16: A general view of Memorial Stadium, the University of Kansas Football Stadium, during the game betweem the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Kansas Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The first full Saturday of the 2018 college football season will be here before you know it. It’s three months from tomorrow!Saturday, Sept. 1 is going to be a great day. The season’s opening weekend has a ton of great contests, including Alabama-Louisville, West Virginia-Tennessee and Michigan-Notre Dame, among others.The best part of the season approaching is that basically every program is optimistic. No one has lost yet.Not everyone should be optimistic, though. Some programs are bound to have terrible years.One of those programs, unfortunately, is Oregon State.ESPN is predicting Oregon State will be the country’s worst Power 5 team in 2018. It’s not close, either.The Football Power Index is projecting Oregon State will go 2-10 during the 2018 season. The Beavers are not favored to win any Pac-12 game.Oregon State is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 at Ohio State. The FPI gives them a 1.2 percent chance to win that game.You can view the full projections here.last_img read more

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