North Carolina’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly gave final approval Monday night to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the additional betting. The House voted for the measure that had already cleared the Senate three months ago. The bill now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. A Cooper spokesman says the bill will be reviewed before he makes a decision on whether to sign it. The sports-book option took shape after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law last year that made most sports gambling illegal. State law already lets the Eastern Band offer live poker, slot machines and video-style games.
12 March 2010The staff at Durban/eThekwini Municipality’s Revenue Call Centre have launched their own version of Football Fridays, wearing different football jerseys each week to represent the different countries that will be participating at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Click arrow to play slideshow.Then click bottom right button for fullscreen (ESC to exit).To view captions in fullscreen, click “show info”.They are also planning to have their meals coordinate with whatever country they are supporting that week.“We will be representing each country with food, arts and culture”, says eThekwini Municipality’s Jade Estelle Chetty.Football Fridays News Desk
12 July 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup concluded in fine style on Sunday, with the Spanish national side raising the coveted trophy as champions for the first time. As the curtain fell on the historic event, fans reflected on what made the tournament so special for them.Clad in their national colours, Spanish fans celebrated as they left Soccer City stadium for the last time, as victors of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.With tears of joy in his eyes and his hand on his heart, Juan Toral stood with the profile of the stadium behind him, amazed that out of the 64 games, 32 teams and many weeks of football, his team would return home as world champions. “I never thought I would live to see this day,” said Toral. “Tonight we showed the world we are the best, this is a dream come true. Thank you to the people of South Africa.”“It is an amazing day,” said Carlos Cuadrado. “We as the fans of Spain will remember this day and this tournament forever. South Africa will always be special for us, the country will always be in our hearts and minds.”Results aside, many visiting fans have travelled to South Africa for the first time and will return home with fond memories of the hospitable nature of the country.“South Africans have welcomed us all over,” said Spaniard Raul Rodriguez. “It is an incredible country. The atmosphere is fantastic, the landscape is beautiful and people are really friendly. South Africa is on the right path to become a greater country.“I have been very impressed with the support for my team,” Rodriguez added. “I have never seen so many Spanish flags outside of my own country.”For Luiz Goncalves, a Brazilian fan, the hosting of a successful tournament in South Africa has changed his perceptions of the continent. “This is the way a World Cup should be,” Goncalves said. “It has been amazing here, and we hope Brazil can do the same as South Africa and host a great World Cup. I’ve told all my friends back in Brazil that Africa is living la vida loca.”Many fans returning home will offer a different perspective of the host country. “It is not like I read about before coming here,” said Chantal Schinkels, a Dutch fan who has flown to South Africa and followed her team over the last three weeks. “This tournament has changed the view around Africa and South Africa. People have enjoyed it around the world, and I have heard only positive news in the press. This is something I will tell my grandchildren about.”The Fifa World Cup is the pinnacle of international football and as such the tournament offers fans the unique experience of seeing so many stars performing at the highest level.“This final marks our twentieth game in the tournament and I have loved the football,” said local resident Dicky Naiker. “To see players such as Torres and Drogba playing here in South Africa makes us proud. Them coming here, to our country, is mind blowing. I hope the World Cup comes back in my lifetime.”For Zimbabwean national Aaron Chinhara, the World Cup has renewed his love for Africa. “Today I am proud to be African. Throughout this tournament we have seen people from all races, tribes, creeds mingling together nicely. This is a step ahead. We are no longer the continent of disease and poverty, but the continent of joy, happiness and good.”Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
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Like they did when they played NLEX and Kiefer Ravena, when they devastated TNT KaTropa on the road, when they nipped Meralco, and when they bamboozled Phoenix Petroleum on opening day.“They have the killer’s instinct and their confidence is very high,” Jarencio said of his foes as the Batang Pier try to climb above .500 for the first time here.“But we have been on a run of our own and the last two practices were very good,” Jarencio said. “It will be tough. But we’re ready for a tough game.”Jarencio is particularly wary of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, whom he describes as the “best player in the league,” and expects Kelly Nabong to step up once again and give his GlobalPort a Chinaman’s chance against the Beermen.“Kelly did his share against (Greg) Slaughter (of Barangay Ginebra),” Jarencio said. “And as long as he can do his share on defense against June Mar, we will have a good chance.”ADVERTISEMENT So thin, Jarencio knows, that the tiniest of errors will crack it.“We have no room for mistakes,” Jarencio told the Inquirer over the phone as the Batang Pier try to put the first blemish on the Beermen’s record in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We have to be 100 percent in everything we do against them, on offense, in defense,” he went on, even as he raved about how cohesive his team has been in the last two weeks of the conference despite their biggest star, Terrence Romeo, continuing to sit it out. “It has to be total team effort (on our part) and flawless execution.”San Miguel will come into the game with a four-game winning streak and, knowing how the Beermen are when a serious challenge is on the other end of the court, they are expected to respond to any GlobalPort upset plans with great efficiency. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Cellar-dwellers Meralco and KIA Picanto tangle at 4:30 p.m. with the Bolts seeking to snap a three-game slide and the Picanto shooting for a second straight win.KIA will come into the game minus Eric Camson, who was fined P30,000 and suspended a game for exchanging blows—and starting the fight—with Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan last Friday.Almazan was also canned a game and fined P20,000, the same penalties slapped by officer in charge Willie Marcial on NLEX’s Mike Miranda, who kicked San Miguel’s Chris Ross in the groin in their game over the weekend.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Pido Jarencio admitted that his GlobalPort crew is currently on a hot streak.But he also knows exactly what he and his Batang Pier will be up against, and how thin the ice they will be skating on against powerhouse three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Pacio unfazed by last-minute opponent change SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim