Football legends meet Mandela

first_img18 July 2007Brazilian football legend Pele, Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Fifa vice-president Jack Warner delivered a special gift to Nelson Mandela on the eve of the “90 minutes for Mandela” football match taking place in Cape Town on Wednesday to celebrate the great man’s 89th birthday.Pele, Eto’o and Warner visited Mandela in Johannesburg to present him with a jersey for Wednesday’s Africa XI versus Rest of the World XI match, with his name and the number 89 on the back and featuring the 46664 campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids on the front.In a statement issued by Fifa, Mandela said he was “deeply honoured” to receive the tribute, but added that “it must always be remembered that I was one of many who fought for freedom from tyranny and racism.“It is fitting, therefore, that Fifa will also pay homage to the Makana Football Association on Robben Island,” Mandela said, referring to a ceremony to be held before Wednesday’s match at which the Makana FA – made up of political prisoners on South Africa’s former penal colony – will become an honorary member of Fifa.“During the dark years of our incarceration, the association drew together all the prisoners on the island around the beautiful game of soccer,” Mandela said. “In this way it helped uphold the values of tolerance, of inclusiveness and reconciliation, and of non-racialism and peace that are still dear to all of us today.”According to Fifa.com, Pele and Eto’o promised Mandela to tell the world about their South African experiences and to contribute to the fight against discrimination and Aids.“I have met a lot of great personalities in my life, but Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary person,” Pele said in the Fifa statement. “I am really touched and honoured to lead the Rest of the World team in his birthday match.”Eto’o said he had “always longed to meet Nelson Mandela. He has fought his whole life for equality and justice. It was an incredible moment to be able to speak with him personality.“[On Wednesday], on the field, we will be standing in the line-up together to show a signal to the world.”Also in attendance were 2010 Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan and chairman Irvin Khoza.“A little over 16 years ago, the world’s most visible symbol against racial discrimination walked out of prison, dignity intact, to accelerate the momentum against South Africa’s unique form of institutionalised racism,” Khoza said. “Today we revere the man who led the most remarkable national social transformation.”The delegation then flew to Cape Town, where Eto’o will lead the Africa XI against a Rest of the World XI headed by Pele at Newlands Stadium. Kick-off is at 8pm local time.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Online Friends on an Offline Adventure: RoadTwip

first_imgForget all the On the Road, this-land-is-your-land hype. Here’s what the RoadTwip boils down to: The gas money was less than the cost of a plane ticket to get to the BIGOmaha conference. Pure and simple stinginess.I had been pitched on this interdisciplinary tech/creative conference in the middle of nowhere and decided to go out of perverse curiosity – because really, who in their right mind would have a conference in Nebraska? I had to find out. My good friend and FreedomSpeaks.com co-founder Kurt Daradics’ curiosity got the best of him, as well; and when I told him I planned to drive, he booked a plane not to Omaha, but to D.C., so we could make the journey together. That was the start of the “road trip gone Twitter.”We laid out a plan to visit ten cities for ten social media meetups and tweet, blog, live stream, video blog, and photograph almost every waking moment of the trip. With advice from Duke Stump (of North Star Manifesto renown), we carefully crafted our goals and intentions, you know, to give it a slightly less reckless air. We involved a WordPress developer and tech scene photographer, Jonathan Dingman, in our escapade. About two weeks after it occurred to us to go to Omaha in the first place, we had a website up and running, we had sponsors contributing funds and product, and we had already set off on a 3,000-mile journey across the Midwest.Video features @JolieODell and @Dingman, camera work by @KurtyD.I’m writing this now from the backseat of a moving car. We’re rolling over the irrigated fields of Iowa about 30 minutes away from BIGOmaha and Gary Vaynerchuk’s opening night party; we’re getting calls from our metropolitan social media friends already there and excitedly sharing stories we’ve gathered so far. We tell them about the young St. Louis farmer whose local produce co-op was at capacity with a full waiting list, the tech scenesters still on fire from their town’s first BarCamp or Startup Weekend, the fresh perspectives on the purposes and future of tech, the deliberate and intentional movements to live and buy locally, the strong online connections within physical communities (it’s not just the geeks on Twitter out here; it’s the waitresses, the baristas, the small business owners, and just about everybody else), and the focus on sustainability in the most pristine corners of our country.We’ve seen communities full of optimism and energy and shockingly hip millennial folks, and we’ve been shown amazing hospitality by complete strangers. I credit this partly to traditional Midwestern kindness and partly to the radically cool nature of the Internet. You see, another big premise of the RoadTwip is that the online and offline each have the most powerful effects when combined. Relationships are strengthened; the social web grows thicker; value is [email protected] and @Giramonda at Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue in Kansas City.One of my favorite stories so far is about Kansas City, which wasn’t even a planned stop on the RoadTwip. A few KC locals got wind of the ‘Twip and reached out to me on Brightkite; their enthusiasm was so infectious that I ended up begging KurtyD and Dingman to allow for a drive-by meetup for the city’s famous barbecue and a look at what residents were telling me was a tradition of microentrpreneurism. We had an amazing time there, ended up staying a couple hours longer than we should have, and are consequently late for Gary V’s shindig. But we learned so much from the new friends we made that not one of us regrets a second of it. This, to me, is a perfect illustration of the value of social media. Next time anyone asks me why I waste my time on the Internet, this story is going to make an appearance.The three of us have mapped out an arc through a lot of open space dotted with relatively small towns in order to hear new stories, challenge our perspectives, stop spinning on the NYC/SF/LA axis of the tech world, get outside the echo chamber, test the IRL capabilities of social media, and get a glimpse of something new and [email protected] explains the madness and method behind his blog, KC-Bike.Blogspot.com.So many young people will never have the extraordinary privilege of visiting the American Midwest.Perhaps this is due to misconceptions about its nature, population, and culture. Perhaps it’s because opportunities are perceived to be greater in more urban areas. Perhaps it’s a simple lack of curiosity. Watching the youngest of my cohorts as he drives our packed-to-the-gills car through Missouri rain, exclaiming at the way the cars ahead fade into the bend of the road, I can’t help but pity those who will never see this place or meet the many wonderful people who live here and love it.To read about the rest of the journey, bookmark the RoadTwip blog or follow us on Twitter. The RoadTwip gang is @JolieODell, @KurtyD, and @[email protected] putting the finishing touches on a RoadTwip video. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#Lifestreaming#web center_img jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Sandeep Singh hopes to shine on the big occasion

first_imgHe has got the five Olympic rings tattooed on his right arm, signifying that representing India at that stage is his greatest achievement and ambition.The star drag-flicker played a stellar role in ensuring that India made the cut for London after missing out on Beijing 2008.His 16 goals, including five in the final against France, were the most crucial factor as India won the Olympic hockey qualifier on home turf to seal their spot.Sandeep has become an irresistible force in penalty corner and, more often than not, finds the mark from the top of the striking circle. India will hope that he continues his rich vein of form in the British capital.”This is going to be my second Olympics after Athens 2004, so I am not as excited as most of my teammates for whom it will be the first,” Sandeep told Mail Today from Pune, where the London-bound squad is undergoing a preparatory camp.However, it does not mean that the Haryana player is any less motivated to shine. Having built a formidable reputation over his eight-year-long career, Sandeep has the confidence that he will rise to the occasion on the big stage. “I am just trying to give my best at the Olympics as fans have a lot of expectations from me,” the drag-flicker said.After India endured the heartbreak in Chile, where they failed to make it to the Olympics for the first time, Sandeep did not lose heart.”I knew we will get more opportunities to qualify. But we needed to get better to take on the better sides in the world,” the defender with 168 international caps said.advertisementHe was confident enough to have got the five Olympic rings tattooed on his arm. “I just felt like having it done and the rings have been on my arm for the last three years,” Sandeep said.With the Michael Nobbs-David John combination at the helm for the last one year, things have looked up for Indian hockey. Sandeep, who has had a stint as national captain a few years ago, has also experienced the positive changes.”The team has improved a lot in the recent times and there has been a great stress on fitness. This has helped us compete toe to toe with the top sides.”Sandeep’s prowess with the drag-flick was evident from very early on in his career, and now his strike rate on penalty corners is close to 90 per cent. There are not many goalkeepers in the world who can keep his ferocious drives out.But several experts of the game have put a question mark over Sandeep’s skills in open play. His tackling and defensive work has not always inspired confidence.But things have started looking up in that facet as well.”In the run-up to the Olympics, I am focusing on being as fit as I possibly can. Also, I am concentrating on getting better on facets other than penalty corners,” the deputy superintendent of police in Haryana Police said.Sandeep is the only player in the present squad, other than Ignace Tirkey, who has prior Olympic experience.That, coupled with a tough group that India find themselves in, make it a tough challenge. But Sandeep is undeterred. “We will take it match by match and not take any pressure on ourselves. There are a lot of young players in our squad but everyone is mature enough to not let the expectations get the better of them,” he said.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgate

first_imgLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joe Gomez accepts he needs to be playing to earn his England spot.Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate rates Gomez highly but the Liverpool centre-half has found himself behind Everton ‘s Michael Keane in the England pecking order, with Harry Maguire and John Stones the current first choices.The Kop defender said: “I cannot blame him (Southgate). He speaks to me and is a great manager but if you meet up with England you are expected to be playing so I have to keep working hard.“I have not been playing and every footballer wants to be playing.”At the same time I understand that we are European champions and the lads are doing very well at the minute so all I can do is keep my head down, keep working hard in training, and wait for my chance.”You cannot sit there and be down. You have to stay positive and do yourself justice when the time comes.“You need to show the good attitude otherwise you will do yourself harm.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: 6 Years After Leaving Syracuse, Eric Devendorf Presented His Mother With His Diploma

first_imgOtto the Orange takes the court.OMAHA, NE – MARCH 23: The Syracuse Orange mascot “Otto the Orange” performs during the first half in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at CenturyLink Center on March 23, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Eric Devendorf left Syracuse to pursue a pro career after the 2009 season, but he never quite gave up on his goal of graduating from college. Devendorf finished his degree this spring, and on Friday, he was able to present his mother with his SU diploma.Been waiting 2 do this for awhile now! Moms couldn’t be any happier which makes it even better @SyracuseU #diploma pic.twitter.com/CbuZdpx8zb— Eric Devendorf (@edeven23) August 14, 2015Devendorf isn’t the only memorable former Orange player to finish off his degree this year. Derrick Coleman surprised his mother with his diploma back in May. While some fans scoff at the notion of players leaving school early, both of these Orange greats prove that they can always go back and finish their education.last_img read more

Montreal firm to get technical Oscar for camera used in Benjamin Button

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook A Montreal company’s pioneering camera that was used on films including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Collateral will be honoured at the Oscars of the scientific and technical worlds this weekend, an event for “the people who really make the movies.”Grass Valley will receive a technical achievement award for its Viper FilmStream camera from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday.“We’ve got multiple Emmy Awards for various camera products and technologies but this is the first award from the motion picture academy, so it’s a big one,” said Mark Chiolis, one of the original members of the Viper FilmStream development team. Login/Register With: Released in 2002, Grass Valley says the Viper FilmStream was the first camera to use raw, high-quality digital images directly from the sensor without any processing. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Opinion Johnny Manziel solid in preseason debut shows growth as Browns QB

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) evades the Detroit Lions’ Kyle Van Noy during the second quarter in exhibtion action on Aug. 9, 2014, at Ford Field in Detroit.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAfter a tumultuous rookie campaign, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel proved Thursday night that he had officially taken a step in the right direction in becoming a true starting quarterback in the NFL.Professionally and personally, the Browns may have finally gotten a good idea of what the future of their franchise may look like.It has been well documented that the former 2014 first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M entered rehab this offseason for alcohol-related issues. Manziel has stayed out of the public eye and thus far in training camp, he’s looked more like a pro signal-caller rather than a college kid running around like a chicken with its head cut off.On Thursday night in the Browns’ first preseason contest against the Washington Redskins, Manziel looked calm and collected in the pocket. He didn’t force any throws into coverage and went through his progressions with relative ease, completing seven of 11 attempts for 42 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions through the air.Even when his helmet’s headset that communicated plays from the sideline went out for a period of time, Manziel kept his composure and continued to run the offense without any noticeable problem.Manziel said having his rookie year under his belt already allowed him to approach this year’s preseason opener with much more ease.“It’s way different,” Manziel said via the team’s official site on Thursday. “This isn’t my first rodeo like it was last year. It was a little bit of a whirlwind last year. I don’t want to forget about the first game against Detroit (last year), but it felt a little slower, I felt a little more comfortable and I did some good things. I want to improve and make some more out of those drives.”The highlight of the night came when Manziel scored a 12-yard rushing touchdown to give the Browns a 14-3 advantage early in the second quarter. With every patron and football fan alike expecting the trademark money sign from the man known as “Johnny Football,” Manziel instead opted for the collected, simple fist pump to celebrate.His overall performance wasn’t anything special, but he showed great improvement over his 2014 former self. Already eager to get back out onto the field, Manziel admittedly recognized that he has a ways to go in his progression at quarterback.“I wish we could’ve converted some of those third downs. There are little things like depths on some of those short routes, picking up some protections and making the right calls. For a first game, it wasn’t bad,” Manziel added. ”We scored 17 points so there’s a lot of room to improve. Going into this week of practice, we have seven days until another game. We will be eager to get back out there again, but there’s some work to put in from now until then.”Displaying further growth and maturation, the second-year quarterback is clearly looking for more in Cleveland’s next preseason matchup with the Buffalo Bills. While the Redskins were a solid first test, the Bills’ stingy defense enters the season as quite possibly the best in the NFL.Veteran quarterback Josh McCown may still hold serve as the Browns’ starter under center, but a strong showing versus the Bills could only help Manziel’s case for being the top dog in Cleveland. read more

Petrachi unhappy with Mancinis selection

first_imgTorino director Gianluca Petrachi lashed out at Roberto Mancini’s comments about coaches using foreign talent, suggesting “His Inter had no Italians.”Mancini is ready to make the first bow as Italian Coach against Poland in the UEFA Nations League.The former City boss bemoaned the lack of homegrown talents in most Serie A clubs, with coaches sticking with foreign talents.“He should’ve thought about that earlier, seeing as his Inter had no Italians at all,” pointed out Torino director of sports Petrachi on RMC Sport.“We should remember what happened in the past. The Italian system is broken down, there need to be rules made and above all respected.Cristiano 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….“It got worse and worse over the years, now there are too many politicians in charge of Calcio and not enough who know about football. If you don’t make sure the rules are respected, our sport will not have a bright future.”The Italian Football Federation wants to promote homegrown talent by launching B-Teams that can play in the third division despite the opposition it’s receiving from the Lega Pro/Serie C officials.“I am not convinced by this idea either. It needs to be planned out well to ensure players grow in other competitive leagues.“Right now, Lega Pro clubs are disappearing because nobody is helping them, instead, we are handing spots to clubs who already earn a lot of money.”last_img read more