first_img Partnership The defeated candidate, Stewart Stephenson, brought to the table, a number of the captains of industry, whom one could wish, expects will be in the forefront of any plans to support the sport through sponsorship. The more fashionable term in current times, is partnership. If they sign up, they must move in concert with the thinking of their shareholders. It will be no easy task to get the signature of these big boys if they are not convinced that the present JFF regime will have their concepts mirrored. Failing this, they will consider that their funds are best invested elsewhere. Interesting days lie ahead for the nation’s football and the group that wears the crown of leadership. Hopefully, they will be up to the challenge. As is being seen coming out of the London World Championships medal shortfall, Jamaicans are intolerant of failures on the field of play. It is hoped that Ricketts and his team recognise, respect and rigorously respond to this. It will be a hard road to travel and not enough time, given the constraints explained. They need to move speedily and smartly to accomplish what the nation demands. Foster’s Fairplay wishes the very best for the new leaders of Jamaica’s football. – Send feedback to lauriefoster2012@gmail.com. The die has been cast as far as the medium term future of Jamaica’s football is concerned. The delegates have voted, and the head of the Clarendon Football Association, Michael Ricketts, will lead the charge for another two years. He is only empowered, according to the Constitution of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), to hold the position for that period, as that is what it will take to finish the leg of leadership started by the late Captain Horace Burrell. Burrell took the country to the pinnacle of world football by having its name among the 32 finalists who answered the call for France, 1998. This has set a template which now sees such an elevation in status as a right, to be sustained against all the odds that stand in the way. Unfortunately, football does not work that way. What should be the first order of business is the tackling of a huge debt, said to be in the region of approximately $300 million. The good news, if it can be so described, is that a substantial portion of this is owed to the Government and negotiations to reduce same should not be too much of a difficulty. Cleaning up the image of the nation’s football should be seen as a responsibility for all those who are in a position to benefit from a better look. This includes the Government, as all the national teams who are ambassadors for Brand Jamaica, when they represent the country abroad, deserve the load-shedding of some of the burden which could hamper their progress. There is, however, a major problem that could be in store for the new boss. Jamaica has already faltered in its steps towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Moscow next year. The country will not be there, so, as Ricketts stated in pre-elections exchanges with the nation, the focus of his organisation’s initiatives will be the next staging in Qatar in 2022. Thus, the dilemma rests in the fact that last Saturday’s mandate will not carry him that far. How then can Ricketts, in his bid to impress, tackle that? As Ricketts himself has stated, Jamaica’s football is at a crossroads. Foster’s Fairplay strongly supports that view. One of the points raised constantly during the campaign is that the JFF top man is only answerable to the 13 delegates who elected him to office. Nothing could be further from the truth, and if his Federation does not deliver the goods, he will soon find out. The entire country will be yapping at his heels. Ricketts and his organisation will need the support required to achieve the nation’s ambitious aims. The private sector will be called upon to play a major part in any process to advance the level at which the sport now sits. Since he is only assured of holding the reins for the next two years, what message in support of this will he take to them?last_img read more

first_imgOrganisers stressed that the keys were for internal doors and the relevant locks have now been changed.Scotland Yard is not treating the incident as a criminal matter.A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “On the morning of Tuesday 24 July officers on Olympic police operations at Wembley stadium reported that internal security keys, being used by them as part of searches, were missing.”She said officers searched the stadium but could not find the keys.“Detectives also attended to ascertain if there was any evidence of criminal offences,” the spokeswoman said. “There’s none at this time.”She added: “There is absolutely no security concern in relation to the stadium as measures were taken immediately to secure all key areas of the venue.”A spokesman for London 2012 dismissed fears that security had been breached.“These were internal keys, locks have been changed and the security of the venue has not been compromised in any way,” he said.Wembley, England’s national stadium, is one of six venues being used for the football tournament and hosted Great Britain men’s 3-1 victory over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.Both gold medal matches will be played there.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, July 30 – Police guarding Wembley Stadium where Olympic football matches are being played revealed Monday that they have lost a set of keys to the venue.Officers searching the stadium in London ahead of the start of the Games misplaced the keys, prompting an investigation by Scotland Yard, but organisers insisted that security has not been compromised.last_img read more

first_imgRay Parlour says Arsenal will have no choice but to sell Alexis Sanchez this summer if he wants out.The Chilean has refused to sign an extension to his contract, which expires in 2018, and was dropped for Saturday’s clash with Liverpool amid reports of a fall-out with Arsene Wenger.Club icon Parlour says it would be a ‘real shame’ if Sanchez were to move on, but admits it is looking likely he will go at the end of the season.“There will be clubs queueing up for Sanchez,” the three-time Premier League title winner told talkSPORT.  “If he doesn’t sign a contract, they have to sell him. They can’t keep him and let him see out his contract. They have to cash in, like they did with Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri.“It is such a shame because he has been a brilliant player for Arsenal.”Parlour believes there could be huge change at the Emirates Stadium this summer, with Sanchez not the only one whose Gunners future is uncertain.Wenger is yet to confirm whether he plans to extend his 21-year reign as manager, while Mesut Ozil is stalling over a new contract.Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be up for sale with the England duo, just like Ozil and Sanchez, approaching the final 12 months of their deals.Parlour said: “There are five big decisions Arsenal have got to make. “They have to make a decision with the manager – he has to decide what he wants to do – and Ozil and Sanchez.“Then you have got Jack Wilshere, who is going to come back into the ranks and has a year left on his contract. And Oxlade-Chamberlain is down to one year on his contract.“There are some big decisions to be made.”last_img read more

first_imgSOUTH SAN GABRIEL – Three people were killed and three others injured in a four-vehicle collision Saturday night. The crash on Rosemead Boulevard near San Gabriel Boulevard occurred about 9:10 p.m. when a 1990 Cadillac headed north on Rosemead Boulevard collided with three southbound vehicles, said Sgt. Arturo Proctor of the California Highway Patrol’s East Los Angeles Station. The collision killed the male driver of the Cadillac, a female passenger, and a 60-year-old Downey woman who was a passenger in a 1999 Nissan Maxima, one of the southbound vehicles. The driver of the Nissan, a 59-year-old Downey man, and the driver of a 1998 Honda Accord, a 27-year-old Pico Rivera man, suffered major injuries and were transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Proctor said. The crash left debris scattered across the roadway and closed Rosemead Boulevard in both directions near San Gabriel Boulevard for five hours, Proctor said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“It was a very violent crash,” he said, adding that an investigation was ongoing. “We are still trying to investigate why the \ went into oncoming traffic.” No charges have been filed at this time, Proctor added. The identities of the dead are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. 160Want 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

first_img Loading …Voting is open now here and on Twitter, and feel free to comment about why you made your choice. We’ll see you next week to crown yet another winner in the saga of Ask It! As I’m writing this up, I can hear the sounds of the fireworks from Wishes from outside my home office. Without looking up, I can tell from the sounds of the shells what “scene” is going on for the show. It will certainly be an adjustment when the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular debuts later this spring. It seems that everyone has a favorite nighttime show at Walt Disney World — so here’s this week’s question:What is your favorite current nighttime show at Walt Disney World Wishes (46%, 358 Votes) Illuminations (30%, 230 Votes) Fantasmic (21%, 163 Votes) Rivers of Light (3%, 23 Votes) Total Voters: 774center_img Share This!last_img read more

first_imgDidn’t get a chance to participate on Instagram? Weigh in with your thoughts here. Want to be able to participate in real time? Give our Instagram page a follow. Share This!One aspect of TouringPlans is that we use field-tested methods to minimize your wait in lines around the parks. One side effect of that is that TouringPlans fans don’t tolerate waiting in long lines–if the line is too long, they skip it for the moment. Over on our Instagram feed, Angela asked how long you would wait in line for a ride. Here’s your comments.last_img read more

first_imgDingaan Thobela established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Former boxing champion Dingaan Thobela is known as “The Rose of Soweto”.(Image: Cara Viereckl, via IOL)Brand South Africa reporterDingaan Thobela has proved himself as one of South Africa’s most talented boxers, although perhaps not the most hardworking fighter. The charismatic Thobela started his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but has since moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms.He has even spoken of possibly campaigning as a heavyweight whether he was serious or not remains to be seen.After an amateur career that saw him win 80 times and lose just three bouts, Thobela’s first professional fight pitted him against Quinton Ryan, a bout he won in four rounds. The slick-punching Thobela was held to a draw in his fourth fight, but proceeded to win 25 fights in a row over the next five years, registering 19 wins by knockout along the way.Dingaan Thobela starts his professional career in 1986 as a junior welterweight, but later moved up to the light heavyweight ranks – representing a rise of almost 16 kilograms. (Image: African Ring)Fighting outside South AfricaAs he scored more and more wins, Thobela became increasingly marketable and began to fight outside of South Africa. In 1990, three of his five fights were in the United States and all three ended in victories, two by knockout over Pascual Aranda and Mauricio Aceves who he both disposed of in the fifth round.In 1991, Thobela’s three contests were all won on points, and in 1992 he fought only twice, defeating Tony Foster over eight rounds and stopping Peter Till in nine rounds.At the beginning of February 1993, “The Rose of Soweto” took on Tony Lopez for the WBA lightweight title. Lopez had previously fought twice against South African boxing legend Brian Mitchell. Mitchell, who retired as WBA champion after 13 successful title defences, had fought Lopez in Sacramento on both occasions. The first bout ended in a controversial draw and Mitchell left the matter in no doubt the second time around.Controversial lossThobela discovered how difficult it was to win in Lopez’ backyard when he lost on a controversial points decision. Four months later he faced Lopez at Sun City, and this time he captured the title.Thobela made his first defence in October, but came up against a superior fighter in the unbeaten Orzubek Nazarov, who claimed a convincing 12-round decision. Thobela challenged for the title again in March 1994, but Nazarov had his number and won over 12 rounds in a repeat of his previous victory. Later in the year Thobela faced journeyman Karl Taylor in England and was surprisingly knocked out in the eighth round of their contest.In 1995 Thobela got back on track with five victories, all of them by knockout, and added a further two KO victories by June 1996. However, matters went haywire again for “The Rose” when he faced Geoff McCreesh in November. McCreesh, who came into the fight with a record of 15 wins and three losses, mostly against little-known British opponents, stunned Thobela in the second round, sending the South African to the canvas for a huge upset victory.Beaten by a journeymanIn his next fight, in March 1997, Thobela was beaten by American journeyman Willy Wise, who came into the fight with 21 wins – only six by knockout – three losses and four draws. The South African was favoured to win, but Wise secured a points victory.Questions were being asked about Thobela’s commitment, but he secured a big win later in the year, defeating fellow South African Gary Murray on a fourth-round TKO. In 1998 he fought only once, drawing against Carlos Baldomir over 12 rounds. Thobela looked rusty and out of shape and doubts grew about his boxing career.However, he returned for two fights in 1999. He won in seven rounds against Walter Danett, but was beaten on points by Cornelius Carr for the WBF middleweight title.World title winIn early 2000 he won a points decision over Soon Botes to earn a crack at Glen Catley’s WBC super middleweight title. The Briton was heavily favoured to retain his crown, but Thobela, way behind on all three judges’ scorecards, staged a strong finish, dramatically knocking Catley out with only seconds remaining in the bout. He was once again a world champion.As had happened previously, Thobela was unable to defend his world title, losing to Canada’s Dave Hilton on a controversial points decision in Montreal. Shortly afterwards, Hilton was jailed for rape and Thobela was given another crack at the title against Eric Lucas in November 2001. He struggled to make the weight, however, and Lucas dominated the fight before winning on a TKO in the eighth round.Thobela was a natural: a gifted boxer who, at the the height of his career, established himself as a charismatic, gifted fighter and a favourite of the South African public.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_img18 January 2008South Africans Alex Harris and Sibusiso Vilane made history on Thursday when they became the first South African team to walk unassisted to the South Pole.The duo set out on their epic 65-day journey on 10 November, dragging 130-kilogram sleds almost 1200 kilometres across some of the most hostile terrain on the planet.Antarctica generates much of the bad weather in the southern hemisphere, and storms there can be fierce. Temperatures range from an ambient of about -8 degrees to about -40 degrees Celsius.They completed their journey without the help of support teams putting out food or rigging up tents, and without using wind power or sled dogs, in what Harris described as “the purest form of getting to the South Pole”.Harris and Vilane are no strangers to extreme feats, with Harris becoming the second South African to summit the highest peak on each of the seven continents, the so-called “seven summits”, in 2005 and Vilane becoming the first black South African to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, in 2003.The two men spent almost a year training for the trek, dragging tyres requiring a pulling force of 30-40kg every second day, covering a distance of about 17 kilometres per training session.The trip was premised on covering at least 20 kilometres a day – they carried only an extra five days’ worth of emergency fuel and food – meaning that any mileage lost in a day would have to be made up for, or they would risk running out of supplies.They just made it, taking exactly five more days than planned – one day more and they’d have been running on empty.The physical and mental toughness it took to achieve this is hinted at in some of the extracts from Harris’s trip journal …No painkillers– extracts from Alex Harris’s journal21 November 2007have only covered distance of 45kms so far, but the last 6 days we have been stuck in our tent with high winds, so it is very frustrating23 November 2007finally on the move again. whiteout today so tough going. broke a ski in the wind the other day. did a repair job, just hope it lasts27 November 2007hi. only managed 14km in 8hrs. weather was perfect but it was the toughest day yet. soft snow made pulling desperate. but we finally made it to 81 degrees!01 December 2007at last. day 18 and did 20.48km in 8.5hrs. felt good, weather perfect and snow improving all the time. 42 more days!02 December 2007another good day. day 19. did 19.4km. my heel is starting to act up. there is a monster bank of clouds rolling in from the east.04 December 2007day 21. i battled today. heel burning like a hot poker. trying different things. sibu is fine11 December 2007day 28. last two days have been desperate conditions. zero vizibility and thick snow. only managed 15km today. heaviest the sleds have felt!13 December 2007this place deprives us of the luxury of nightime but the gloom of the day robs us of the light. instead we move through a grey twilight that knows not dawn nor dusk. it is fit for neither the living nor the dead. battled for 10hrs in the same conditions just for 15km04 January 2008day 52. feel exhausted. did 22.3km but getting colder measured -25.9 in my pocket! done 800km12 January 2008day 60 comes at last. perfect weather. still -22. did 25.4km in 10 hrs. tomorrow its on to emergency rations some juicy tidbits not mentioned before for fear of freaking the folks out. in that very windy spell in the first week, i got frostbite on my inside left thigh, about the size of my hand. not serious though as there is nothing to freeze solid and fall off. unless it was higher up my leg! anyway i have had to doctor it every day and make sure it doesnt go septic. but it is finally healing and forming scabs.14 January 2008day 62. mon 14th. gloomy day but still did 25.4km. countdown! 3 more days. 67km. unbelieveable! JTB #3. In the first week sibu and i had a huge argument about whether it was acceptable to do a #2 in the bell of the tent if conditions outside warranted it! thankfully it never came to that!15 January 2008day 63. JTB #4 We have had no painkillers on this trip. zip! must have fallen out when i was consolidating 2 kits into 1 at home16 January 2008day 64. wow, we have only 15km to go. listen to 702 thurs 4to6. you might catch us. i cant believe this day has finally come!SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgAmazon announced this morning that it now has 100,000 movies and television shows available to purchase or rent through its video-on-demand service. Of those, 9,000 are available to stream at no extra charge through its Amazon Prime membership program. Amazon has been busy in recent months, cutting licensing deals with networks and studios, including CBS and NBC Universal, to bolster its streaming content and bring its library up to par with its main competitors, Hulu and Netflix. There are subtle differences between the content libraries of each of the major movie streaming and download services. Hulu (and Hulu Plus) focuses primarily on recent TV shows (such as the most recent seasons of current shows and day-after viewing) though it does have a decent long tail of older shows and movies. Netflix is the prime destination for movies but one of its main strengths is as a library of older content that people still want to watch (with newer content still a problem it needs to work out with the studios and networks). Amazon fits in the middle.Netflix does not make their total number of offerings readily available through its press website. It says two million titles are added to user queues on a daily basis but does not specify if those are DVDs available by mail or via instant streaming. We have contacted Netflix for those specific numbers and will update if the company responds. As of the second quarter this year, Hulu Plus has 28,000 full episodes available for streaming 1,450 movies. It also has 25,000 clips available of shows. Overall, Hulu has near 15,000 hours of content available. One area where Amazon has the advantage over both Hulu and Netflix is the ability to bring newer titles to users. For instance, popular movies such as The Social Network are not available via Hulu or Netflix but can be purchased for download by Amazon for $14.99. As such, its library of newer movies is substantially greater than either Hulu or Netflix, though a hindrance to consumers who want to pay a subscription for streaming titles without having to individually purchase or rent titles. The Social Network is available through Netflix’s DVD by mail service as are almost any title that can be found through Amazon VOD.While 100,000 titles is a good benchmark for Amazon’s VOD service, it is a bit misleading. If you take into account Netflix’s entire library, including DVDs, it still outclasses all comers in the space. Amazon Prime falls well behind Hulu and Netflix with its subscription streaming service with only 9,000 titles, many of which do not fall into the category of new releases. dan rowinski Related Posts Tags:#Amazon#Internet TV#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) About 274.6 million wearable electronic devices are expected to generate USD 28.7 billion in revenue this year, research firm Gartner said today. The market is further expected to grow to 322.69 million wearable electronic devices in 2017 from 232.01 million units in 2015. Of the total sales, USD 11.5 billion is expected to come from smartwatches. “From 2015 through 2017, smartwatch adoption will have 48 per cent growth largely due to Apple popularising wearables as a lifestyle trend. Smartwatches have the greatest revenue potential among all wearables through 2019, reaching USD 17.5 billion,” Gartner Research Director Angela McIntyre said.Though the sales of smartwatches are the one of the strongest types of wearables, their adoption will remain much below sales of smartphones, she added.Bluetooth headset comprises the largest chunk of the market accounting for 116.32 million units last year. This is expected to grow to 128.50 million units this year and further to 139.23 million units in 2017, Gartner said.Fitness wearables — which include wristbands, smart garments, chest straps, sports watches and other fitness monitors — continue to increase in popularity, driven in some part by US wellness programmes.”Of all the fitness wearables, sports watches will be the one product category to maintain its average retail price over the next several years,” McIntyre said.Continued advances in sensors and analytics for sports watches will bring new capabilities that bolster average retail prices, she added. PTI SR MRlast_img read more