Black, white, blue in Soweto

first_img26 May 2010History was made on Saturday, 22 May when thousands of Pretoria’s Blue Bulls rugby fans poured into Orlando Stadium in Soweto – the township famous for its historic opposition to apartheid – and were welcomed with open arms and waving flags.The Vodacom Super 14 semifinal showdown between the Bulls and New Zealand outfit the Crusaders would ordinarily have been played at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, but the Bulls’ home venue is unavailable for use in the lead-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Instead, the Bulls chose Orlando Stadium, which has been refurbished to the tune of R280-million and will serve as a training venue during the Fifa World Cup.Judging by the reception they got on Saturday, the Bulls might consider making Soweto their second home.Richie McCaw’s team must have wondered what had hit them. It was blue, for sure. But was it always this noisy? they must have wondered as thousands of vuvuzelas were added to the usual Blue Bull spectator mix.The Crusaders have experienced the quirkiness of the typical Blue Bull fanbase in the past, but stirred up with the jingle of township life, on Saturday they experienced something new altogether – Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto came together to make noisy, South African history.To view a slideshow of the day, click hereJoburg’s emergency management services were on hand but, with the crowds behaving and no emergencies to take care of, they added to the general din with sirens blazing and shouts of “Soweto loves the Bulls” over the fire engine sound system.‘It is history’Never before had so many fans of a sport traditionally supported by white South Africans come in such numbers to a black township. People streamed into the area, making use of anything from funeral parlour buses to “kwela-kwela” vans – township lingo for a police truck transporting prisoners – as transport.When congestion became too much, fans disembarked from buses and started walking, hailing transport with a desperate “taxi to Soweto”. Taxi drivers laughed heartily, hooting as they sped off in the opposite direction on their way to off-load passengers in the inner city.“Wait, I am coming, baba [township slang for friend]. I am coming,” chuckled one driver to five desperate, blue-clad men running across the road.“It is history. Really, really it is nice,” commented one taxi passenger. “It shows there is a change in South Africa.”It was not long before shebeen owners along Klipspruit Road in front of the stadium ran out of Black Label quarts. And while a recording of South African pop singer Steve Hofmeyr belted out his unshaken love for the Bulls in the stadium, young and old alike, black and white – and for the most dressed in blue – made their way to their seats.The Bulls beat the Crusaders by 15 points, with the final score 39-24.Orlando StadiumOrlando Stadium will again host the Bulls fans on Saturday, 29 May when the team and the Stormers, from Western Cape, tackle each other in an all-South African Super 14 final.The stadium has its roots strongly in Johannesburg’s football history. For 40 years it was the home of soccer before the then FNB Stadium – now Soccer City – was built in Nasrec Road, thereby unseating Orlando.It was completely refurbished over two years and officially handed back to its fans in November 2008, one of several 2010 FIFA World Cup™ legacy projects initiated by the City of Johannesburg.It is now the biggest and most sophisticated stadium in Soweto and can seat over 40 000. It will be used as one of the training venues for the football World Cup. Soccer City can accommodate about 90 000 spectators.The City’s Bus Rapid Transit system, Rea Vaya, also makes its way from the inner city, past Soccer City to Orlando Stadium, before reaching its destination in Thokoza Park, making several stops along the way. It returns along the same route and is the main trunk route bus service between the inner city, Soweto and these two important stadiums.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight; Team Lakay bet excited for rematch

first_imgTeam Lakay’s Joshua Pacio. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIn the eyes of ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong, Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio should’ve come away with the victory in the strawweight title bout at ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta last Saturday.“I’m not a judge, but my personal opinion CEO I thought Joshua Pacio won the fight,” boldly said Sityodtong during the press conference for ONE: Hero’s Ascent Tuesday. “So in my opinion, Joshua Pacio won because he won the exchanges and he landed the hard shots, yes [Yosuke Saruta] he took him down but he did nothing.”ADVERTISEMENT READ: Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio yields ONE strawweight title to Yosuke SarutaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut Sityodtong’s vote of confidence was not what excited Pacio—it’s his promise that there’s going to be a rematch between the two competitors.“I’m happy he thinks that he won, but that’s his opinion and a lot people also thought that I really didn’t win,” said Pacio in Filipino. “I think to put all the doubts aside, rematch is really the solution.” “When sir Chatri said that there’s going to be a rematch, it got me going again. I’ve been quiet all day but I got really excited. I can’t wait to go back to training camp.”Pacio, who left Istorya Senayan early Sunday with a swollen face, admitted that he was outsmarted all the way by Saruta, who has only been in the promotion for two fights but has an extensive resume in the mixed martial circuit.READ: Joshua Pacio admits to shortcomings in close title loss to Yosuke Saruta“He used his experience against me. I was surprised by his moves. It was like veteran vs rookie,” said Pacio. “That wasn’t me who was up there. Our game plan wasn’t there. My striking, wrestling and grappling are not like that.”With a chance to get back at Saruta in the pipeline, the bubbly Pacio has shrugged off his grudges as he prepares to go back to the drawing board.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “In the rematch, I’m going to be different. Next time I’m going to make sure I don’t come out there looking like a rookie. I’m excited to get back to training again and work on all my mistakes from the fight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Paul George, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder past Trail Blazers ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View commentslast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid Castilla coach Raul praises Rodrygo Goes after goalscoring performance

first_imgReal Madrid Castilla coach Raul praises Rodrygo Goes after goalscoring performanceby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid Castilla coach Raul praised Rodrygo Goes after victory over Rayo Majadahonda.Rodrygo Goes dropped down to Raul’s side after scoring with the first team in midweek against Osasuna.The 18-year-old continued his goalscoring form by netting the second goal in the 3-1 win, and Raul was asked a host of questions about Rodrygo after the game.”Rodrygo motivates himself,” Raul said.”From the beginning, the situation with him has been clear: he is a first-team player but when he can help Castilla, or Castilla can help him, he will come and play.”He has played at a high level [with Santos in Brazil and in midweek for Real Madrid] and has sacrificed himself, like all of his teammates.”[On Friday] he was training with us, and although we don’t know each other that well, every time that he comes [and trains with Castilla], he gives his all and everyone sees his potential.”He will be watching his progression and knocking down doors.”When asked about Rodrygo’s characteristics, Raul seemed to be lost for words.”Rodrygo has everything,” he noted. “He can score, join attacks, help back in defence… Today we asked him to do a lot of things he is not used to doing and he worked really hard.”In the first half we were far superior and in the second we were made to suffer, yet he was always willing to help.”I’m very happy with him and the whole team.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 days agoOlivier Giroud warns Chelsea: I left Arsenal…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Olivier Giroud warns Chelsea: I left Arsenal…by Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud says he’s prepared to leave Chelsea in January.Giroud has struck in both of France’s games this week, but is fed-up with his situation at club level.After France’s 1-1 draw with Turkey, he said in the mixed zone: “I cannot be content with what I have today in Chelsea. “I’m 33 but still have legs, a profile that will allow me to play a few more years of football. I feel good physically. “The priority is to stay in Chelsea, but if I’m forced to make a choice, I’ll do like the same as when I left Arsenal.” last_img

Algonquin set up wigwam across from Parliament Hill in protest

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsIn front of the new Indigenous space on the sidewalk of Wellington Street sits a small wigwam.It went up overnight and has space for one person.At the moment, that person is Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council Grand Chief Verna Polson.“The Algonquin people are here,” she said. “And this is why I’m here, to send a clear message: the Algonquin Nation has had enough.”(The wigwam set up in front of 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa across from Parliament Hill. Photo: Todd Lamirande/APTN)Two years ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave the former United States embassy to the three big national Indigenous organizations—the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Metis National Council— to be re-purposed as an Indigenous space.At a news conference on Monday, the Algonquin announced that since the former embassy sits on their traditional unceded territory, they should be equal partners in the building and be able to make decisions about its use.“And it’s time we take our rightful place here at the capital city where our people are from. Our ancestors gave up this land for everyone to live here in harmony.Still yet, they don’t respect Algonquin people,” Polson said today.Polson said the lack of respect comes from the Inuit and Metis and that MNC President Clem Chartier and ITK President Natan Obed have refused to sit down and meet the Algonquin.“We want to sit down with the presidents. We don’t want to sit down with their advisory councils. We just want to have that discussion and hear from them,” said Polson.The ITK declined to comment on this situation to APTN News, while the Metis ignored requests altogether.In a statement to APTN, Crown Indigenous Relations said the Algonquin have been invited to all meetings regarding the Indigenous space and that they are merely facilitators.Polson says Crown Indigenous Relations told her she has to work things out with the other three organizations herself.“That’s not an answer. She’s the decision maker here. She should at least help us, help us get to that table and have those discussions.”Polson said she will stay in the wigwam at least through the Indigenous Day long weekend and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of legal [email protected]@toddlamirandelast_img read more

Package delivery firms get ready to fill gap as Greyhound leaves Western

first_img“Someone else will take it over,” she said, adding demand is low now because depressed natural gas prices have stalled local activity in the sector.The loss of Greyhound’s package service in Western Canada stirred up memories for Calgarian Gary Blaney, 50, who recalled dozens of packages delivered over the years by Greyhound to his far-flung family members.“For as long as I can remember, my family has used Greyhound to send boxes of presents at Christmas time,” he said. “It was the most affordable way and the most reliable way.”He said his family’s flow of packages sent by Greyhound peaked when he was growing up in a small town in Saskatchewan when it was the best way to connect with relatives in Ontario, Alberta and B.C.But that traffic has almost entirely stopped since he moved to Calgary more than a decade ago.“That’s the world we live in. Lots of other ways to send stuff these days.”By Dan HealingTHE CANADIAN PRESS Transport companies like his compete with Greyhound’s lower prices by offering services tailored to customer needs, he said.Steele said his company, started by his parents in 1957, has about 30 drivers who mainly serve the Edmonton-Calgary corridor, but it offers a wider range of delivery points through interline and third-party carriers.David Butler, Greyhound’s regional vice-president for Eastern Canada, said the areas being closed accounted for about 1.15 million of the 1.2 million packages Greyhound delivers each year, adding about two-thirds of the shipments were made under contract by commercial customers.Greyhound’s freight service cost less than most, but its schedule was also usually less convenient as it depended on the passenger bus schedule, Butler said.“It’s a very competitive marketplace and there’s a lot of options for the customers from the package business to look at,” he said.Greyhound said it was ending passenger service after years of adjusting schedules and prices because ridership had fallen by nearly 41 per cent across the country since 2010. Butler said the package service is down 35 per cent in the same period. A spokeswoman for Purolator Canada wouldn’t comment directly on Greyhound’s service, but said the closing won’t affect its business plans.“We don’t expect this news will affect Purolator going forward. In fact, we have been growing and expanding our services and capabilities,” Courtney Reistetter wrote in an email.James Anderson, a spokesman for FedEx Canada, wouldn’t comment on the Greyhound service, but said his firm is well able to handle delivery demand with a total of 38 hubs or facilities throughout Western Canada.Margaret Becker, who operates a “hotshot” delivery business at Fort St. John in northeastern B.C., said the oil and gas sector uses Greyhound as an equipment parts delivery service and to transport workers to towns near their drilling sites.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Package delivery firms say they are prepared to fill the gap when Greyhound Canada closes most of its Western Canada operations this fall.The company says its Greyhound Package Express service will no longer be available in most parts of B.C., northern Ontario and all of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba after it ends passenger service at the end of October.“It might create some opportunities for us on our small package delivery side of things,” said Dennis Steele, owner of Steele’s Transfer in Calgary.last_img read more

3 Naxals CRPF jawan killed in Jharkhand encounter

first_imgRanchi: Three Maoists and a CRPF jawan were killed in an encounter in Jharkhand’s Giridih district on Monday, officials said.They said the encounter between the two sides took place around 6 am in the forests of Belbha Ghat area of the district when troops of the 7th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were undertaking an anti-Naxal operation. The district is about 185 kms from state capital Ranchi. Three bodies of Maoists along with an AK-47 Rifle, three magazines and four pipe bombs have been recovered from the encounter site till now, the officials said. CRPF constable Biswajit Chauhan was also killed in the encounter, they added. The constable hailed from Udalguri district of Assam. The force is looking for more recoveries and a search is being conducted in the encounter area, they said. Jharkhand will go to polls in the final four phases of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

Track and Field Ohio States Karrington Winters sets NCAA record at Kentucky

Women’s TeamJunior Karrington Winters set the NCAA season-high 400-meter dash time of 53.41, highlighting the Ohio State women’s track and field team’s success at the Kentucky Invitational in Lexington, Kentucky.Both Ohio State relay teams in the 4×400-meter relay placed in the top three. Junior Karrington Winters, freshman Syaira Richardson, sophomore Halimah Barlow and senior Maggie Barrie combined to run a first-place time of 3:34.92.Ohio State’s third-place team consisted of sophomore Tamani Wilson, senior Beatrice Hannan, freshman Aziza Ayoub and freshman Mary Figler. The group combined for a time of 3:46.27. Richardson placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.67.The women’s throwing efforts were led by junior Sade Olatoye, who placed second in the weight throw with a throw of 20.65 meters. She also finished second in shot put with a throw of 16.30 meters. Sophomore Lyne’a Diller finished fourth with a throw of 15.24 metersOhio State had three sprinters finish in the top 10 of the 200-meter dash. Sophomore Taylor DeLoach finished fourth with a time of 23.93 seconds, Barrie finished sixth at 23.95 seconds and Barlow finished seventh at  23.96 seconds.Junior Mikaela Seibert placed second in the triple jump reaching 12.07 meters.Junior Jessica Passwater led Ohio State’s distance effort, finishing third in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:47. In that same event, junior Brittany Atkinson finished seventh with a time of 9:51. The women distance medley finished third with a time of 11:59. That unit was made up of sophomore Vanessa Robinson, senior Courtney Cloudy, freshman Kalee Soehnlen and Ayoub.The team will head up to Ann Arbor for the Michigan Invitational Saturday.Men’s TeamThe Ohio State 4×400-meter relay ended the Kentucky Invitational with a first-place finish at 3:12.88. The ‘A’ team consisted of freshman Joseph Cooper, junior Nick Gray, freshman Drelan Bramwell and freshman Tavonte Mott.Four Buckeyes placed in the 200-meter dash with freshman Eric Harrison Jr. finishing second with a time of 21.21 seconds. Mott finished third with a time of 21.64 seconds, Bramwell finished fourth at 21.68 and senior Zack Bazile finished sixth with a time of 21.77. Junior DaJuan Seward finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.01 seconds.  Senior Nick Demaline, who placed first in the shot put with a throw of 18.73 meters. Senior Aaron Zedalla placed second in the weight throw with a 20.58-meter throw and fifth in shot put at 17.35 meters. Senior Max Seipel placed sixth in weight throw (18.5 meters) and seventh in shot put (17.19 meters).The men’s pole vault unit had two athletes place, with junior Coty Cobb finishing third with a jump of 5.25 meters and senior Cole Gorscki finishing sixth (5.13 meters). Ohio State’s track field team will prepare for the Michigan invitational next Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. read more

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