Thousands volunteer for 2010

first_img27 July 2009Just days after opening its 2010 Fifa World Cup volunteer programme, South Africa has already received more than 11 000 volunteer applications from the country, the continent and the rest of the world.Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC), told reporters after a meeting in Johannesburg last week that around 1 100 of these were from the rest of Africa and 1 500 from overseas.“South Africans and other countries have responded very well to the programme, and we expect more applications before the closing date [31 August],” Jordaan said.“This … clearly shows that people are looking forward to the event in which volunteers are significantly important. We are very impressed with the current number of applications.”15 000 volunteers neededA total of 15 000 volunteers are required, of which 10% must be from Africa, 10% international volunteers, and the rest from South Africa.The volunteers are required in 16 functional areas including accreditation, marketing, media, protocol services, and transportation, administration, hospitality and spectator services.The final 15 000 volunteers will further assist in welcome and information services, information technology, environmental services, language support, rights protection programme, logistic services and ushering services.World Cup challengesLast week’s LOC meeting, which aimed at discussing the challenges stressed out by Fifa president Sepp Blatter after the Confederations Cup last month, was also attended by Sport and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.Among the 2010 World Cup challenges discussed during the meeting were the transportation system, accommodation, legacy programme, logistics and security.Stofile told reporters the meeting further discussed how best South Africa could improve in terms of transportation and the training of volunteers.“Transport remains a mega challenge,” Stofile said. “After the Fifa Confederations Cup we were exposed, and we identified some challenges which need to be addressed as soon as possible.“Therefore during the meeting we discussed how best we can improve our transportation system for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We will come up with possible strategies on how we can improve and manage transport and traffic congestion,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Your Client Can Have Anything They Want

first_imgIf the most high-end product, service, or solution that you sell was available at the lowest price in the market, selling would be easy. So easy, in fact, that it wouldn’t be selling at all; it would be order-taking.The price of an offering is based on the value it creates. Products, services, or solutions that create value require a greater investment to make or deliver, and therefore, they require that your client make a greater investment in obtaining those outcomes.You will have prospects and clients that want a level of value with a required price beyond what they are willing or able to invest. You will have clients who ask you to provide them with the additional value that comes only with the greater investment at a much lower level of investment. Because they know the greater value is available, they want that additional value.Some will demand more than they are willing to pay for, insisting that you should include it, that it should be standard, that it is integral to the outcome they need. These folks will have product offerings with similar pricing levels based on the value they create, and a good many may cave in and provide additional value without capturing the value necessary to deliver that value. Others will happily take a loss, losing money on transactions, and attempting to make it up on volume.A useful operating philosophy is to decide that anyone can have anything they want, provided they are willing to pay for it.This means that you are not only going to have to justify the additional value by describing the greater outcomes, something your client is already well aware of when they ask you to deliver it for free, but also that you justify the investment you need to make in delivering that additional value. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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a month agoREVEALED: Why Aubameyang passed penalty to Arsenal teammate Pepe

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Why Aubameyang passed penalty to Arsenal teammate Pepeby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery has revealed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s designated penalty-taker after he passed on the responsibility to Nicolas Pepe against Aston Villa.Pepe converted the spot-kick to level the scores and grab his first goal for the club.Aubameyang eventually capped of Arsenal’s comeback in the 3-2 victory, and Emery was full of praise for the Gabon international after the game.”Yes, it’s Aubameyang who is responsible for penalties,” our head coach said after the game. “Also Lacazette, and today for me is a very big decision from Aubameyang to let Pepe shoot to give him confidence and the possibility to score.”Really, the responsibility is Aubameyang and I was happy when I saw that decision from Aubameyang.”He is hungry every day to score, to achieve, individual and collective objectives. Today that decision shows a really great player.” last_img read more

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Usher Features On UNCF An Evening Of Stars

first_imgActor-comedian Anthony Anderson, co-star of NBC’s Guys With Kids, hosts the 34th annual United Negro College Fund An Evening of Stars Educating our Future Presented by Target.The show premieres nationwide on Saturday, January 26 (check local listings for stations and times) and airs on BET Networks on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The nationally televised variety show focuses public attention on America’s need for more African American college graduates and UNCF’s work getting students to and through college.The show features Grammy-Award winner and founder of the Usher’s New Look Foundation, Usher, presenting a four-year college scholarship to Milwaukee, Wisconsin high school senior, Ammon Lyle. Additionally, superstars Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan will present scholarships to deserving college and college-bound students.The national audience will be electrified by performances and appearances by some of the hottest names in entertainment including Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson, Melanie Fiona, Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keenan, Ivory Wayans and many more.“I hope everybody tunes in and donates from the bottom of their hearts and the bottom of their pockets,” said Anderson. “Unfortunately, over 60,000 students apply for scholarships and financial aid every year and UNCF is able to award scholarships to just 15,000 who need help going to college. That’s why I’m a part of what UNCF is doing and I’m here for the long run.”“UNCF is delighted that stars like Usher, Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan have agreed to make our cause their cause,” said UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax , Ph.D., “performing for the UNCF An Evening of Stars national audience and introducing UNCF’s “rising stars” — the high-achieving students who, thanks to UNCF, are getting the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy. The country is facing a crisis in African American education, and UNCF, BET and our galaxy of rising and established stars are determined to do something about it.”“We are very excited to be a part of this inspirational night,” says BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee . “Historically black colleges and universities hold a special and important role in the African American community and we are honored to help raise funds and awareness to support the education of the next generation of leading African American professionals.”UNCF, the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization, supports the education of more than 60,000 students each year. A recent study by UNCF’s Patterson Research Institute showed that UNCF’s 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) out-perform many non-HBCUs at enrolling and graduating low-income students. UNCF’s largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, has a 90 percent graduation rate among its 13,000 low-income minority students, a rate significantly higher than the national college graduation rate.
UNCF An Evening of Stars, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest-running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Over its 34-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars has featured a who’s who of remarkable talent, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Nancy Wilson, Beyonce, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder, its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson and its 2010 tribute to Lionel Richie. Learn more about UNCF An Evening of Stars at www.UNCF.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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The Washington Capitals Are Lucky Because Theyre Good

The Washington Capitals are on fire right now. They’ve lost only three times since the calendar flipped to 2017 and have outscored their opponents 95 to 44 over that stretch. Aside from an 8-7 overtime loss to the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 16, the Capitals have only surrendered more than three goals two times during their hot streak. In a league in which holding the opponent to three goals or fewer will earn you at least a shootout most nights, it’s easy to see why Washington is piling up points in the standings.Not only do the Caps own the league’s best record, but they also have the most dominant stats in hockey. They lead the league in Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,1Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. as well as team goals against average, the mark of a stingy defense. They also rank in the top five in several other major statistical categories, including goals scored per game; power play percentage; penalty kill percentage; and Corsi percentage, which estimates a team’s all-important possession rate by measuring the percentage of shot attempts it directed at the opponent’s net during games.2Adjusted for score, zone and venue.This is all to say that the Capitals look really, really ridiculously good on paper. But they’ve also ranked highly in a few key stats that are traditionally more in the realm of luck than skill. For example, they’re No. 1 in PDO, which is the sum of shooting percentage and save percentage (a notoriously unstable indicator in stathead circles), both of which the Capitals also either lead the league in or are tied for No. 1. Ordinarily, a high PDO could be seen as a red flag — suggesting that a team’s statistical résumé is like a house of cards, ready to collapse at any moment. But in Washington’s case, the team even seems to have come by the percentages that make up PDO (mostly) honestly. It’s the consequence of a roster design that could mean it’s finally Washington’s year to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup.The Capitals’ statistical excellence is nothing new — in each of the past three seasons, they’ve ranked among the NHL’s top eight in both points and SRS. Perhaps even more telling, they’ve been among the NHL’s top three in PDO for the past two seasons. Their good fortune in the percentages is commonplace by now.So how do we know Washington’s success isn’t purely based on good luck? For one thing, they’ve assembled a roster that perennially shoots the lights out. The Capitals have finished outside of the top 10 in shooting percentage only once since 2009-10. And since Barry Trotz took the helm as head coach in 2014-15, the team has ranked no worse than fourth. Only the Dallas Stars outperformed the Capitals in shooting percentage in both 2014-15 and 2015-16, but while the Stars have regressed — they sit in the middle of the pack (12th) in 2016-17 — the Capitals continue to put the puck in the net with a high degree of efficiency, thanks to that group of good shooters.A handful of said marksmen are having personal best shooting percentage seasons: T.J. Oshie, whose career shooting percentage of 13.1 percent is good for 24th among active players, is scoring on 23.7 percent of his shots in 2016-17. Frequent playoff hero3This is one of the reasons the Capitals signed him. Justin Williams has a career shooting percentage of 9.7 percent, but he’s scoring on 15.7 percent of his shots. Left winger Marcus Johansson has a career shooting percentage of 14.0 percent but is scoring on an astounding 22.9 percent of his shots. And he looks poised to shatter his career high mark for goals in a season. Some of that overachievement is bound to regress to the mean, but if the Caps’ history as a team is any indicator, Washington should be able to hold onto at least some of their improvements.That’s just one of PDO’s two (usually unstable) components. The other half of the Capitals’ brilliant, odds-beating equation is goaltender Braden Holtby. Holtby is among the best netminders in the world (his career save percentage is third-best among active goalies), and he’s only getting better. His goals against average and save percentage are both better than they were last season, and if it weren’t for Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk’s ridiculously impressive performance in 2016-17, Holtby would be a lock for a second consecutive Vezina Trophy. Goaltending statistics can be notoriously fluky, but they tend to be more stable over a career, particularly when they’re as consistently great as Holtby’s have been.The main criticism of the Capitals — and especially their captain, Alex Ovechkin — has been that they’re playoff underachievers.4It’s hilarious to assign an “underachiever” tag to a guy who ranks sixth all-time — and first among active skaters — in goals scored per game. Alexander Ovechkin is a gift and a once-in-a-generation talent, and every hockey fan on Earth — Washington Capitals fan or not — should cherish his existence. They’ve qualified for the postseason in eight of the past nine seasons but haven’t managed to get past the conference semifinals despite having rosters stacked with such quality players as Ovechkin, Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alexander Semin (when he was actually good), Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green (when he was actually good), and Holtby.When juxtaposed against the Capitals’ inability to make a deep playoff run, Washington’s degree of statistical dominance suggests that, sure, perhaps the team has underachieved a bit. But there’s no doubt that Trotz and general manager Brian MacLellan have built a team poised to succeed in the modern era of the NHL. Not only do they have a group that controls the puck well, but they’ve also hacked through the noise of PDO to assemble a roster that isn’t just lucky when it beats the percentages. Who knows if the Capitals will win the Cup this year, but they’re a legitimately dominant team and, as things sit now, championship favorites. Maybe this is the year they finally shrug off the underachievers tag and deliver on that promise. read more

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Ohio States John Simon named quarterfinalist for Lott Award as Wisconsin looms

Ohio State junior defensive lineman John Simon was named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. The trophy, named after former University of Southern California safety Ronnie Lott, “recognizes college football’s Defensive Player of the Year who best exemplifies integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity,” according to the award’s website. Simon has been a force for the Buckeyes this year, recording 26 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks for the season. He also has three pass breakups and three passes defended. He recorded 8.0 tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss during OSU’s 17-7 victory over Illinois on Oct. 15. The performance earned him Lott IMPACT player of the week honors in addition to being named College Football Performance Award’s national defensive lineman of the week. Nebraska’s Lavonte David, Wisconsin’s Aaron Henry, Purdue’s Joe Holland, Michigan’s Jordan Kovacs, and Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy join Simon on the list as members from the Big Ten. The Big Ten leads all conferences with six players on the list. The SEC was second with four. Simon and the Buckeyes take on Wisconsin Saturday. In 2010, Simon had six tackles against the Badgers, but despite his performance, Wisconsin handed the Buckeyes their only loss of the season, 31-18. Freshman Braxton Miller will start at quarterback for the Buckeyes, but if Miller has to leave the game for any reason, sophomore Kenny Guiton will be the man to replace him according to OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman. Although previously implied, Bollman confirmed Wednesday that Guiton has officially passed senior Joe Bauserman as the team’s No. 2 option at quarterback. Kickoff for Saturday’s game against the Badgers is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. read more

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Fabbricini Roberto Mancini ideal manager for Italy but…

first_imgFIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini says that Roberto Mancini is the ‘ideal’ manager for Italy national team but the federation needs changes.Mancini will be in charge of his first competitive game when Italy plays Poland on September 6.Fabbricini gave his verdict on Mancini and on the current state of the Italy football federation. Football Italia reports.“I can’t make predictions about what will happen,” Roberto Fabbricini said.“The Serie B club captains are due to meet, and it would seem strange to me if a strike did happen due to the solidarity of all 19 teams, who unanimously asked me not to readmit teams.“Players are obviously free to make their own minds up, but a strike would certainly not be good for Italian football.“I think the big task facing the next federal council will be to reform the Leagues. The current format is crying out for it and as it stands, the system isn’t sustainableCristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Several glorious clubs have disappeared in the space of a few months, so it’s necessary to find an FIGC President who is able to govern our world well.“At the moment, it seems more like a confederation rather than a federation. There are often too many conflicting interests, every measure we take seems to annoy someone.“However, electing a President isn’t enough on its own. We must have the strength to make the necessary changes to this system.“Never has Italy been so low in the rankings, but I think Roberto Mancini has the ideal characteristics to coach the national team, which are enthusiasm, competence and charisma.“I saw him work in the two friendlies before the summer with balance, initiative and a great dialogue with the team.“Now we have some important games coming up, which are worth three points. We must start on the right foot.”last_img read more

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Benzemas brilliance secures Santiago Solari his job

first_imgWith another stellar solo performance by Karim Benzema in Vigo, Santiago Solari moves one step closer to keeping his job at Real Madrid.It’s official, Real Madrid is back in top form thanks to the revival project that manager Santiago Solari has completed in order to recover players like Karim Benzema.The French striker was lost during the final days of Julen Lopetegui as the manager, he started the season un top form but something happened along the way and the Frenchman seemed affected by the collective mistakes of the squad.Now under Santiago Solari, Benzema is back to his best form as he proved with the first two goals that Real Madrid scored against Celta de Vigo.The first one was a delightful finish after Luka Modric set him up with a long-range assist, Karim showed us what a perfect first touch he has and made a beautiful finish in front of the goalkeeper.The second goal didn’t come until the second half, Benzema did it again with an interesting dribble inside the box and a finish that brought an own goal from Cabral on the rebound.Real Madrid was already winning the match by two goals after one hour, but Hugo Mallo made the game more interesting with a beautiful volley that gave Celta a fighting chance.➕3⃣ Make that four wins on the spin! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/jWKg4KcYCc— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 11, 2018Real Madrid held the result until the last 10 minutes of the match, as Odriozola received a nasty knock on his knee inside the box and the referee awarded a penalty for Los Blancos.Sergio Ramos was the man who took the shot and he did it again, another Panenka-styled attempt that the goalkeeper wasn’t able to save and thus Los Blancos were winning it 3-1.But there were still more goals coming, two of them that came during the final minutes of the match.Dani Ceballos scored Real Madrid’s fourth with an absolute screamer from outside the box, but he helped Celta out in their second goal after deviating the shot that Mendez took from outside the box as well.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.This result gives Real Madrid 20 points, it puts them in a very comfortable position only four points behind leaders FC Barcelona.But the main topic for today was the fact that Santiago Solari was able to recover the squad completely, the Benzema performance may have won him the job as the manager on a permanent basis, at least until the end of the season.⚽✨ PA-NEN-KA! 👇 @SergioRamos pic.twitter.com/nzE9ZXmF1Z— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 11, 2018While there still hasn’t been an announcement from the club, we can expect them to give the job to Solari during this week when all the international players travel to represent their countries in the last fixture of 2018 for all the national teams.Solari did everything right during this time, he proved that he is qualified to at least keep this squad competitive and he also proved that he has a great connection with all the players.Karim Benzema is not the only one who has responded, pretty much all the other players did their part and they all feel important for the club again.Santiago did save Vinicius on the bench for this match, he decided to give other young players a chance and they responded very well to the challenge.Dani Ceballos is the best example of this, but the young Brazilian can expect a lot more playing time from now on at Real Madrid if Solari ultimately stays as the manager.Florentino Perez has a decision to make, but members of the board already came out to endorse the Argentine’s permanence in the club.We’ll see how everything goes for Santiago, he already did his part.Do you think Real Madrid will announce Santiago Solari as the manager or do you think they will call someone else? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Combination of factors gives TCI strong rating as a Caribbean leading economy

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jul 2015 – The Public Financial Management Reform, the fact that government revenue blossomed by 16%, the connection the Turks and Caicos has with the United Kingdom as an overseas territory, that economic growth was 4.6% and is forecast to grow steadily at two to three percent over the next three years and that $110 million dollars in the sinking fund are among the reasons the Standard and Poor’s team kept the TCI a leading Caribbean economy and gave the nation a BBB+ rating for the second year running. The Ministry of Finance yesterday explained that, “One of the benefits of maintaining a BBB+ rating is in strengthening the TCI’s negotiating position as it holds discussions with financial institutions ahead of refinancing its UK-guaranteed $170m bond, when it matures in February 2016.” But it will be in September this year that TCIG invites bids for a refinance of the UK bail-out loan and it is the intention to use $110m already held in a sinking fund, plus an additional contribution from the first half of financial year 2015-16 to repay most of the bond, with the balance being covered by new bank debt. The Standard & Poor’s team was in country in May and gave the rating just this past Tuesday, June 30th… the Ministry also used the opportunity to say in March 2015, the TCI government’s net debt to GDP ratio was approximately 24%, while its revenue to GDP is 30%. A government surplus of $77.3 million dollars and a recurrent revenue increase to $246.5 million tend to draw mixed reviews locally, but were impressive it appears to the S&P group. Beaches Resort does not owe TCI Gov’t; both sides want multi-million dollar dispute resolved Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos confirms indefinite closure in 2021 Related Items:BBB+, caribbean, economy, leading, ministry of finance, Public Financial Management Reform, standard & Poor’s Social Media on the job, what a study revealslast_img read more

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