South African Sports Minister confirms financial guarantees received

first_imgConcerns had been raised over the financing of the Games  after KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Belinda Scott admitted in March that the province would not be able to contribute ZAR580 million (£26 million/$38 million/€34 million) as initially promised, to help stage the event.The matter was brought to the attention of the National Treasury to make them aware that they would need to help provide the funding.It was claimed last week that the National Treasury had not offered final assurances or paid the first host city payment Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), with Durban 2022 chairman Mark Alexander admitting he had “no idea when the guarantees will be signed and the money paid”.The CGF sought to downplay concerns by stating that they had been reassured that the first payment would be received after governance and structures were finalised.The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) had also missed a deadline set by the Commonwealth Games Federation to establish an Organising Committee.They had been given a cut-off point for the appointment of an Organising Committee of February 29 following a recommendation from the CGF that it be in place within 180 days of the General Assembly.Mbalula has now confirmed that the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has provided the guarantees and reiterated that the South African Government remained committed to delivering the first Commonwealth Games on African soil.last_img read more

Malaysia, Vietnam draw in Suzuki Cup final first leg

first_imgCarpio 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 Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam made a fine save in stoppage time to deny Syafiq Ahmad and keep the score level ahead of the second leg in Hanoi this Saturday.Malaysia exerted much of the early pressure in front of a capacity crowd of more than 87,000 but Vietnam took the lead after 22 minutes following a swift counter-attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDoan Van Hau lofted the ball into space on the right for Phan Van Duc whose cross towards Duc Huy was cut off by Nazirul Naim but fell nicely for Huy Hung to tuck the ball into the net.The home side hardly had time to recover before Vietnam scored again three minutes later. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stephen Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled View comments Vietnam’s forward Nguyen Cong Phuong controls the ball duirng the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final football match between Malaysia and Vietnam at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on December 11, 2018. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)Malaysia came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Vietnam in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Tuesday.Goals by Nguyen Huy Hung and Pham Duc Huy midway through the first half put the visitors in charge but Shahrul Saad halved the deficit before Safawi Rasid converted a stunning free-kick on the hour mark to restore parity for the home side.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Van Duc was again the provider, pulling the ball back for Duc Huy who slipped as he met the ball with his left foot but saw his effort from 25 metres fly past goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.Malaysia cut the deficit in the 36th minute when Syamer Kutty Abba’s free kick from the left found Shahrul, who headed powerfully past Van Lam.The home side then got back on level terms on the hour when they were awarded a free kick on the right edge of the box and Safawi curled a magnificent shot into the far corner of the net.The home side had a final chance to win the game in stoppage time with a free-kick by substitute Syafiq that went through the Vietnamese wall but was punched clear by an alert Van Lam.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READlast_img read more

Video: Pirlo makes up for error with one of his trademarks

first_imgIt was classic Andrea Pirlo.Having gifted DC United the lead in New York City’s MLS match, a trademark pass from the Italian saw David Villa score with one of his trademark passes and make it 2-1.Check out Pirlo’s error below in New York City’s 3-1 win. 1 Andrea Pirlo passed to David Villa who scored for New York City last_img

Man City close to £50m deal, Chelsea eye Icardi & Arsenal to land Evans? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester City are increasingly confident of concluding a £50million deal to sign John Stones from Everton before the Premier League season starts on Saturday. City and Everton have been in negotiations over Stones for the past three weeks but are understood to have moved closer to agreement over the past 24 hours. (The Times)Everton have offered £18million for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone as they prepare for John Stones’ departure. (Daily Mail)New Everton boss Ronald Koeman is also not giving up in his pursuit of Ashley Williams. Swansea have rejected an initial £10million bid by Everton for the Welsh club’s captain. But Koeman still wants the Wales international defender and skipper, who impressed in Chris Coleman side’s run to the semi-finals at Euro 2016. (Daily Mirror)Crystal Palace have rejected a bid of £18m from Everton for the forward Yannick Bolasie, with the south London club holding out for a fee closer to £30m. (Guardian)Arsene Wenger wants to land a new defender by Friday after Arsenal ‘s injury crisis deepened. Boss Wenger is trying to push through a move for either Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafior Jonny Evans of West Brom before the season opener at home to Liverpool on Sunday. (Daily Mirror)Pep Guardiola has decided to sell Samir Nasri and Manchester City want £18million for the midfielder. Inter and AC Milan are keen on the Frenchman. (Daily Star)City boss Guardiola is also ready to ditch Eliaquim Mangala, Jesus Navas and Wilfried Bony this summer. (Daily Mail)Jose Mourinho will turn his attention to clearing out unwanted players at Manchester United after the signing of Paul Pogba for a world-record fee. Mourinho’s list of players who can go is headed by Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been cut from the first team, and also includes defenders Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind and midfielder Juan Mata. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea have turned their attentions to £50m-rated Inter Milan striker Mario Icardi after Everton refused to let Romelu Lukaku return to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)West Brom defender and Euro 2016 hero James Chester is wanted by Albion’s relegated neighbours Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)Gabby Agbonlahor has been told he has played his last game for relegated Aston Villa. The ex-England forward held talks with new boss Roberto Di Matteo before the start of the Championship season and is not part of future plans. (Daily Mirror)Brendan Galloway is likely to become a Newcastle player this week as Rafa Benitez finalises a loan fee. The Magpies are in talks with Everton about borrowing the young left-back for the season, and hope to have him in their squad later this week. (Daily Mirror)Wolves are set to beat Liverpool to Brazilian forward Anderson Talisca – and smash their transfer record. The Championship side are close to concluding a deal with Benfica for the £20m-rated ace. (The Sun)And here are the latest headlines…?OFFICIAL: Manchester United sign Paul Pogba from Juventus for world record transfer fee of £89mAndre Ayew joins West Ham from Swansea for club-record feeChelsea FC transfer news: Juventus planning to spend Paul Pogba money on Nemanja MaticArsenal transfer report: Gunners to offer Olivier Giroud to Inter Milan in bid to land striker Mauro IcardiCarlos Bacca meets with agent to discuss potential £24m West Ham moveJose Mourinho issues Zlatan Ibrahimovic warning to Manchester United’s Premier League rivalsManchester City transfer report: Blues open to offers for out-of-favour Samir NasriDeal STILL ON! Tottenham remain hopeful of signing Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’KoudouManchester United and Chelsea target Blaise Matuidi is ‘the heart of the club’ and not for sale, say Paris Saint-Germain ownerlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn says he wished Seamus Coleman has signed for Manchester United. Quinn admitted facing the wrath of Everton supporters but said he wished a deal had been made between the two clubs which would’ve seen Coleman on his way to Old Trafford.There had been strong speculation that Louis Van Gaal was interested in the Donegal man and a numerous reports had been filtered through the mainstream media in the UK. However, a move never materialized and Coleman looks set to remain at Goodison Park – although there is still plenty of time left in the transfer window.Former Manchester City and Arsenal star Quinn admitted he would’ve loved to see Coleman make the move as he believes the Ireland full-back should be playing at the highest level possible.Quinn said, “I’d love to have seen Seamus Coleman make the move to Old Trafford.“I know the Everton fans won’t thank me for saying it, but I really do believe he deserves to be playing at the highest level. “There has been strong speculation linking him with a move which prompted Roberto Martinez to say he wouldn’t sell Coleman for any less than £25 million.“I do wish he had moved though, because he deserves to be playing at the highest level which is the Champions League and it would help the Republic of Ireland to have a player operating at that level.FORMER IRELAND STAR WISHED SEAMUS COLEMAN HAD SIGNED FOR MANCHESTER UNITED was last modified: August 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsNiall QuinnsoccerSportlast_img read more

Simi considers rules for newspaper racks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – The City Council is considering regulating newspaper racks around town, looking at uniform standards to cut down on clutter. Simi Valley has an estimated 260 news racks on streets and sidewalks; some are metal, some plastic, and they vary in color. The council asked the city staff last week to come up with ways to make the stands more uniform, which could include regulations on the make and model, size, height, color and even location. “We want to cut down on clutter,” Councilman Glen Becerra said. “If you’re going to have that, it should look uniform, clean and nice. “We’re just trying to clean up the look of the city. We’re tackling the bigger issues on a day-to-day basis – crime, schools, housing – but this is another thing.” One way of addressing potential eyesores is to provide city-owned enclosures or encasements that could be used by the various publications and could cost several hundred thousand dollars. City officials were asked to meet with representatives of news media organizations that distribute in the area to reach a compromise on the regulations. In the coming weeks, the city staff will research costs, types of news racks available and how other cities have addressed the issue, as well as possible legal concerns. Among the proposed rules is one that would require boxes to be the same shade of blue, green, white or brown and one to designate locations where racks would be allowed. “We want it to look nice,” said Councilwoman Michelle Foster. “It’s very cluttered and random and needs to be cleaned up.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Concern as Donegal’s ‘Riverine Project’ denied vital funding

first_imgThe decision by the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) to turn down a funding application for the ‘Riverine Project’ has been labelled a ‘devastating blow’ for Lifford and Strabane.The project narrowly missed out on the scoring threshold for funding allocation.Cllr Gary Doherty said the decision is a devastating blow for the towns of Lifford and Strabane. “I am absolutely shocked and saddened that the project was not deemed worthy enough to progress to the next stage of the process, and I simply cannot understand the rationale for the decision. So much effort and time has been put into this project by Council officials, elected members and the wider community who were part of the evaluation process late last year and is it such a disappointment for everyone involved“However, since becoming aware of this decision, I and my party colleagues have been in contact with officials from both Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council and we remain hopeful and confident that the project can still progress.He added that the bulk of the funding under the ‘Peace IV – Shared Spaces Programme’ has yet to be allocated, and a new funding call will open next week.“Therefore we are confident that the Riverine Project can get over the line at that stage. Nevertheless, the disappointment across the towns of Lifford and Strabane is tangible this afternoon as we digest the news of this latest setback.” The proposed Riverine concept plans comprise 47 acres covering two currently unused open natural spaces, including a partially covered outdoor public events space, community building and a world class play experience, radiating out into shared parkland featuring walkways, river access and parking. .“If taken to the next stage the area will also benefit from greatly enhanced infrastructure with a new cross-border greenway network connecting Lifford and Strabane as well as a cross border pedestrian bridge linking the towns.“The space will span either side of the banks of the River Foyle in Lifford and Strabane which will be interconnected by a community footbridge.”Concern as Donegal’s ‘Riverine Project’ denied vital funding was last modified: March 8th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Moon Water Is Young

first_imgThe water detected on the moon by orbiters can only last thousands of years, not billions.A NASA press release says, “Inside Dark, Polar Moon Craters, Water Not as Invincible as Expected, Scientists Argue.” An animation at the top shows why: meteoroids and the solar wind destroy it.Unlike Earth, with its plush atmosphere, the Moon has no atmosphere to protect its surface. So when the Sun sprays charged particles known as the solar wind into the solar system, some of them bombard the Moon’s surface and kick up water molecules that bounce around to new locations.Likewise, wayward meteoroids constantly smash into the surface and uproot soil mingled with frozen bits of water. Meteoroids can hurtle these soil particles — which are many times smaller than the width of a human hair — as far as 19 miles (30 kilometers) away from the impact site, depending on the size of the meteoroid. The particles can travel so far because the Moon has low gravity and no air to slow things down: “So every time you have one of these impacts, a very thin layer of ice grains is spread across the surface, exposed to the heat of the Sun and to the space environment, and eventually sublimated or lost to other environmental processes,” said Dana Hurley, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.Planetary scientists had thought the moon’s water was “invincible” because it appeared to be locked up in polar craters that are in constant shadow. At those locations, the temperature can be -388° F – the coldest temperatures known in the solar system! The water seemed safe there. A new paper in Geophysical Research Letters challenges that assumption, arguing that constant bombardment moves the water around the moon where it becomes exposed to destructive processes.Earth’s moon from Cassini, 1999 (NASA). Some crater floors at the poles never receive sunlight, so water ice can exist there.Icy H2OLunar water does not exist in pools, obviously. Remote sensing from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and other spacecraft implied that icy water molecules in the cold traps are mixed in with lunar soil as “frost” or combined with minerals. Scientists are unsure how deep the icy deposits go in the craters.Future manned missions to the moon may depend on the availability of water. Since it would be very difficult to retrieve it from the shadowed craters at the poles, the scientists were glad to find that impacts might be scattering the molecules around the moon where they could be retrieved more easily. Exposed to sunlight, though, they could not last long. How old is the water that satellites detected?While it’s important to consider that even in the shadowed craters water is slowly seeping out, it’s possible that water is being added, too, the paper authors note. Icy comets that crash into the Moon, plus the solar wind, could be replenishing it as part of a global water cycle; that’s something scientists are trying to figure out. Additionally, it’s not clear how much water there is. Is it sitting only in the top layer of the Moon’s surface or does it extend deep into the Moon’s crust, scientists wonder?Either way, the topmost layer of polar crater floors is getting reworked over thousands of years, according to calculations by Farrell, Hurley, and their team. Therefore, the faint patches of frost that scientists have detected at the poles using instruments such as LRO’s Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) instrument could be just 2,000 years old, instead of millions or billions of years old as some might expect, Farrell’s team estimated. “We can’t think of these craters as icy dead spots,” he noted.Theory RescueThe article mentions replenishment of the water as a “possible” phenomenon, but admits that nobody knows. Imagining a “global water cycle” on the moon seems like special pleading to keep the moon billions of years old. How often do icy comets come in? Only comets whose icy water molecules reach the cold traps could replenish them. How many billions of lucky comets would be required to keep as much water there as is observed today?The solar wind is more predictable, but once again, any water generated by the process has to reach the cold traps, too – and those cold traps are not “icy dead spots” as previously thought. The shadowed craters are losing their water. Day and night, constantly, meteoroids from tiny to mighty blast the water molecules up and away into sublimation Hades.The Reasonable InferenceIn short, loss processes are confirmed by observation, but additive processes are only speculative. More measurements will be required to determine which processes predominate. Till then, science should go with observation. Scientists can no longer assume that the water is safe from destruction in the shadowed craters. The reasonably-known destruction rates support a young moon.Did you notice how the press release tiptoed around the evidence for youth? Any evidence causing problems for billions of years cannot possibly be entertained by secular materialist moyboys, but they have to respect measurable facts. Read the quotes above again, and feel the tension in their predicament.(Visited 430 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video: Thank You World!

first_img“You arrived with open minds. And embraced the spirit of Africa …” South Africa thanks all the teams and fans who visited the country “for helping make the 2010 Fifa World Cup one the world will never forget”.Click arrow to play video.last_img

Handling AutoCAD content

first_imgContent comes in many formats and sizes.  And no matter what the content, there is always the desire to be able to share that information.In our dealings at Formtek with facilities documents and engineering documents from Aerospace, Automotive and Discrete Manufacturing, frequently we come across the requirement to be able to share CAD drawing files created by a small set of skilled engineers with the rest of the enterprise community.  For example, finance people need references to parts data, 3D visualizations are useful to incorporate into sales literature, etc.  Popular software applications used to create these drawings include AutoCAD, Catia, SolidWorks, or Microstation.In large companies it is not at all uncommon to find a variety of applications and file formats being used to create engineering drawing content.  This can complicate the widespread distribution of the content because of the cost involved in the technology investment that would be needed to enable everyone to view the information.  Because each software package often has certain features where they excel, oftentimes it isn’t possible to standardize on a single authoring tool, and the additional cost of maintaining multiple applications is well justified. Often times the cost for the license of a single seat of a CAD tool is thousands of dollars.  The solution to widespread distribution of content authored from these specialized and expensive software application tools is the use of viewers.  Spicer, for example, offers a powerful viewer that allows more than 200 file formats to consistently be viewed at very reasonable per-seat cost.  Install one application on a user’s machine and that user can then view from most popular file formats, include Desktop file formats and many varieties of Raster and CAD formats.But in many cases companies have standardized on the use of specific software tools company-wide.  A common scenario we see are companies that use primarily Word/Excel/PowerPoint/PDF for office documents and AutoCAD for engineering drawing files.  In these cases, most users have the Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat software already on their machines and can view those document types, but many users don’t have AutoCAD and are locked out of viewing those files.  New free software solves this problem.Following in the footsteps of the Adobe Acrobat reader there are free file viewers for popular CAD file formats.  Perhaps top on the list is the popularity of AutoCAD’s DWG file format.  Free viewers for DWG files have been around for a while — for example, AutoCAD competitors have created Bentley View, and the SolidWorks eDrawing Viewer. Bentley View is nice because besides DWG it also supports the viewing of many other raster types, all packaged into a Free viewer.One problem though is that these competing DWG viewers are based on work done by the Open Design Alliance.  The ODA has a large number of members, including many ‘viewer companies’ like Spicer and Informative Graphics.  But their work hasn’t been supported by AutoDesk.  As the AutoCAD product evolves, often there are changes and additions to the DWG file format, and it may take some time before these differences get reported or noticed by the ODA and incorporated into their knowledge base.Late in 2005 AutoDesk announced the release of their own free DWG viewer, DWG TrueView.  The viewer supports DWG and DXF file viewing.  TrueView was written with the AutoCAD RealDWG API.  The RealDWG API is basically the same engine as that used in AutoCAD, so the fidelity of the viewed drawing is ensured. DWG TrueView supports the viewing and plotting of layers. It also allows you to save the DWG and DXF files out as a DWF format.  The DWF file format has been around since the mid-1990’s but only recently has AutoDesk attempted to promote the use of DWF as a PDF-like light-weight high-fidelity format for encapsulating engineering drawing data.  The use of DWF files may have their place, especially for use in renderings on Web pages or if you’d like to embed the drawing into a Word or office document, but with the introduction of DWG TrueView there is less of an incentive to adopt yet another file format.Also of note was the announcement of the AutoCAD DWG TrueConvert product made at the same time as TrueView was announced.  TrueConvert enables the backwards and forward conversion of DWG files: for example, batch-conversion of files from the latest release format (2004) to R14 or 2000 DWG formats or from AutoCAD version 2 to the latest release.Formtek is an AutoDesk partner and a member of the AutoDesk Developer Network.last_img read more

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