Lennon: I want Lazio tie to be remembered for right reasons

first_img“In the main I think Lazio have a great support. There are always a minority who want to overshadow the game and make noise for the wrong reasons and put a stain on the game.“I’m hoping that’s not going to be the case tomorrow night. I’m hoping that at the end of the game we’re talking about a great atmosphere between two great sides, playing in a great game of football.”Lazio’s ban is amongst a spate of racist incidents in the game recently, with England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria marred by abuse from the stands. Lennon said something had to be done to quell the rise and that players had to be protected.“There’s an underbelly now of racism not just in Italy but we’re seeing it in Eastern Europe as well,” he said. “We want to eradicate that as quickly as possible. “I have a duty of care to my players and I want them protected. They’re here to play football and it doesn’t matter the colour of their skin or their background, they’re here to play for Celtic.“As far as we’re concerned we’re a club open to everybody.“Mr Stein was right, football is nothing without the supporters. The most important people in football are the ones who play football and the ones who pay at the gate to come and support the team.”Celtic are top of Group G after two games, one ahead of the Serie A side and hoping to extend that advantage and boost their chances of making the knockout stages. “I think it’s a great game for all the fans to look forward to, and certainly the players,” Lennon said.“We’ve made a great start to the group, we’re playing very well and off the back of a great victory at the weekend, the anticipation is building for this game.“It’s hopefully going to be one of those great European nights here at Celtic Park.“It’s a key game because it’s the next one. The group is tight.“Anything can happen and the group can turn very quickly either way. If we were to win it then fantastic but if we were to lose it wouldn’t be a disaster but we’re positive about things and we’re hoping to get a positive result from the game.” Celtic boss Neil Lennon hopes the Europa League match against Lazio at Celtic Park is a “celebration of football” and free from the ugly scenes that saw the Italian side forced to shut a section of their ground.UEFA brought charges against Lazio for the racist behaviour of part of their support and have imposed a partial ground closure for the visit of the Scottish champions next month. All eyes will be on the travelling fans in Glasgow on Thursday night but Lennon hoped the positive side of the game could take precedence and fans would leave having seen a game worth remembering.He said: “I’m hoping tomorrow is a celebration of football between two great clubs.last_img read more

Ten Indiana Red Cross volunteers responding to Flint water crisis

first_imgThe American Red Cross is supporting coordinated state and local water distribution efforts. Red Cross volunteers are distributing bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges, home water testing kits and educational materials at Water Resource Sites (fire stations, health department, city hall, Michigan HHS office, county community action resource department offices) and now, door to door, with the help of the recently activated Michigan National Guard. The Governor of Michigan declared a state of emergency in Flint on January 5 at the request of city and county officials.About the American Red CrossThe American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Thursday, January 13, 2016 – Six more volunteers were added to the team responding to the water emergency in Flint, Michigan, bringing the total number of Indiana Red Cross disaster workers to 10.Volunteers include:Sharon Lane and Yanna Saunders, both of Indianapolis – Lane and Saunders are scheduled to be at the Red Cross Indiana Region HQ, 1510 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis tomorrow at 10. Karen Lankton Schmidt of Zionsville – Schmidt is providing Virtual Disaster Assessment support.Volunteers already assisting in Flint are Jessica Beck of Indianapolis, and Peter Kos and Clayton Martin of Bryan, Ohio. Sam Glick of Elkhart and Bob Harkness of Winona Lake – Glick and Harkness also are driving an ERV to help with water distribution. Donald and Virginia Gorrell of Mecca – The Gorrells drove an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to Flint this afternoon from Terre Haute.last_img read more

Outrage at second tyre slashing attack at private house

first_imgGardai at Bunbeg are investigating an incident at Ranafast overnight where tyres on a car were slashed.The vehicle was parked outside a private dwelling and the vandalism was discovered this morning.It is understood Gardai are investigating whether there is any link to the tyre slashing incident on two cars at a private house at Keadue over the holiday period. On that occasion, a total of ten tyres were slashed on two cars and a trailer.Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai at Bunbeg or the Garda confidential line.Outrage at second tyre slashing attack at private house was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 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

Stratford football blanks Pittsville to clinch at least a share of conference title

first_imgTigers win seventh game in a rowBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterPITTSVILLE — The Stratford football team clinched at least a tie for the Marawood Conference championship with a 43-0 shutout of Pittsville on Friday night at Pittsville High School.The Tigers are now 7-1 overall and 7-0 in the Marawood Conference after winning their seventh game in a row. The victory assures Stratford of at least a share of the conference title for the first time since finishing in a three-way tie with Edgar and Marathon in 2013.Stratford’s season finale is next Friday at home against winless Phillips. A victory would give the Tigers their first outright title since 2007.Pittsville drops to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in the Marawood. The Panthers must win at Marathon (7-1, 6-1 Marawood) next Friday to qualify for the WIAA playoffs.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Anderson wins SA Tennis Open

first_img7 February 2011A rain delay in the final of the SA Tennis Open at Montecasino in Johannesburg proved to be no obstacle to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in his pursuit of the cup and the US$442 500 (nearly R3.2-million) pay cheque.Anderson faced India’s Somdev Devvarman, who refused to give up without a fight. Anderson came back from a disappointing first set loss to dominate the rest of the match, making the most of his hometown advantage to finish off Devvarman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.The win has catapulted Anderson to an all-time career high in the world rankings, moving him up 16 places from 56 to 40. Devvarman’s impressive performance throughout the tournament also earned him a jump up the charts, landing him at 80.Devvarman was responsible for ousting the remaining South African players, wild cards Rik de Voest and Izak van der Merwe, in the quarter- and semifinals respectively. He defeated De Voest 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 and swept through Van der Merwe’s defence 6-2, 6-4.Anderson took on Slovakian Karol Beck in Friday’s quarterfinals and made easy work of the game, finishing 6-3, 6-1. In Saturday’s semifinals, he tussled with Adrian Mannarino from France, coming back from a tie-break loss in the first set to overwhelm the Frenchman 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-4.In the doubles segment of the tournament, James Cerretani from the USA and Adil Shamasdin from Canada stood firm to take the trophy. They defeated the American duo of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Infrastructure needs investors: Zuma

first_img19 October 2012 The government will require the support of investors to realise the speedy implementation of South Africa’s proposed mega infrastructure programme, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Zuma was speaking at the Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference in Johannesburg, where a memorandum of understanding to take the infrastructure roll-out plan forward was signed between different ministers and potential investors. Zuma told the gathering that infrastructure development was a catalyst to sustainable economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation. The infrastructure plan, announced by the government in February, is expected to guide the construction of new infrastructure while speeding up current projects that support economic growth.18 strategic integrated projects It proposes 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions, ranging across rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and energy. Some of the projects are already commissioned. They include the Dube Trade Port in Durban as well as the expansion of the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape. Zuma said the summit was about the crucial role of partnerships on infrastructure development in the present and future South Africa. He urged investors to take advantage of and support the plan. The costs of the 18 strategic projects are estimated at about R4-trillion over the next 15 years. The government is expected to contribute R844-billion of the R1.3-trillion needed for the projects over the next three yearsPrivate sector support needed Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, also addressing the conference, said the government, with the support of the private sector, wanted to make the plans a reality. “We need their support for the projects included in the plan to be a success. The projects cannot be financed solely through domestic savings … we need the support of other development institutions, banks as well as other partners,” Motlanthe said. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told reporters on Friday that the government was committed to mobilising public funds to speed up the progamme, but pointed out that the private sector would have to play its role. “Construction needs money, it needs minds … so there has to be co-investment; we have to ensure there is coordination between private sector investment and public sector investment.” Patel said the infrastructure programme would provide long-term opportunities for both the state and the private sector. “Investors clearly do want to be part of these opportunities, and so if you look at the long-term demand, including commodity demand over the next 15 to 20 years … what government is doing now in the short term will help create a conducive environment for investment in the long term.”Crucial jobs driver The country’s New Growth Path sets a target of five-million new jobs by 2020, and the government believes that infrastructure development will be a crucial jobs driver. Zuma said the parties had been identified to be part of the conference because they were “crucial stakeholders with whom government can forge a partnership to enhance the implementation of the country’s long-term infrastructure plan”. Zuma said the government had paid special attention to the lessons learnt from building infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. That experience should be used to build new infrastructure crucial to the economic development of the country. “We all have proud recollections of how we managed to build stadiums, roads and refurbished airports ahead of the World Cup. We must use that project management experience to change our country’s landscape and improve living conditions while growing the economy.” This would include prioritising skills development, public and private investment as well as creating the right environment for economic growth. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Tsogo Sun in $100m African expansion

first_img29 April 2013South African hotel and casino group Tsogo Sun is to invest $100-million (about R900-million) in projects in Mozambique and Nigeria as part of its African growth strategy.The Southern Sun Maputo in Mozambique will get a $30-million (R270-million) revamp of the existing 158-room hotel, as well as the addition of 110 rooms and conferencing facilities.“The Mozambican economy has shown encouraging signs of growth in recent years, and Tsogo Sun has benefited from a strong trading at the Southern Sun Maputo,” Tsogo Sun chief executive, Marcel von Aulock, said in a statement last Wednesday.“The group has for some time been planning to utilise the additional land owned next to the hotel and believe that this exciting expansion programme will cement the Southern Sun Maputo as the destination hotel of choice in the city.”Approximately $70-million (R630-million) will go towards the Nigerian project. It involves the acquisition of a 75% stake in Ikoyi Hotels Limited, the holding company of the Southern Sun Ikoyi hotel in Lagos.The hotel has been managed by Tsogo Sun since it opened in 2009, but the acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals. Shareholders will be notified once the acquisition has become effective.“This acquisition will cement our presence within the fast growing and progressive Nigerian economy as well as provide a base from which to expand our operations in Nigeria,” Von Aulock said.The Southern Sun Ikoyi hotel is centrally located with access to prime business nodes in Lagos and has additional land available for expansion.Tsogo Sun currently operates hotels in seven African countries, including South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and the Seychelles.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Read/WriteWeb Weekly Highlights

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img In case your RSS Reader got the better of you over the working week, here’s a snapshotof last week’s Read/WriteWeb posts. The big web tech stories were Times Reader, Zune,Yahoo Mail Beta, iTV. Here are summaries of all our posts this week:New YorkTimes Reader Launches – NY Times releases the beta of its new desktop app, promising a better Webreading experience. Built with Microsoft WPF technology.NetvibesClaims 5 Million Users – despite Netvibe’s 5M user base (is that return users?),we’re still a way off start pages being mainstream tools.Zune –Social Networking Differentiates It From iPod – while the new Microsoft iPod-like device will offer social music sharing viaWiFi, questions remain over its DRM.Yahoo!Mail Beta Release – Exclusive Podcast With Ethan Diamond – Yahoo opens up the betafor its Ajax-powered web email, which has desktop-like user experience and great featuressuch as calendar and RSS Reader integration.Apple’s iPodSuccess Won’t Be Repeated With iTV – 30 people commented on this, most of them makinggood cases for Apple succeeding with iTV.The Web VCChart – Alex Iskold’s well-researched and beautifully designed chart of Web VCinvestments. Keep the comments coming in, because we’re going to do an update realsoon on the chart.Poll:Do Personalized Start Pages have a viable future? – 52% say yes, 46% no and 2% don’tknow what start pages are.VCs onWeb Technology: Judy Gibbons from Accel – this is well worth a read if you’re abudding entrepreneur in the Web space. Judy has 25 years experience in the computerindustry, so her advice should be noted.What NewWeb Technology Has Apple Unveiled? – a wrap of Apple’s announcements this week,including movies on iTunes and an as-yet unreleased device (currently named iTV) thatwill enable you to view video content on your television.Sharpcast’sDesktop/Web Synchronization – Soon For All Types Of Files – this is what NextGeneration Web Technology is all about; solving a big pain point (synching files/data between PC, mobileand other devices) and making it all seem easy.Smartpox: BarCodes For The Web – Read/WriteWeb was the first publication to cover the oddly namedSmartpox, which offers barcoding technology to connect the online and offline worlds.Top Web Appsin Brazil – continuing our very popular series on international Web markets, wediscovered that Brazil Internet users are very community-minded and social. And yes, alot of them use Orkut.WorldInternet Penetration Now 16% – Asia Growing Fast! – China and Asia in general aremaking great progress in Internet penetration. Despite the US and countries such as myown being above 65% penetration, much of the world is closer to 10-15% or lower. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Will Reddit’s SOPA Blackout Make a Difference?

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The next phase of Reddit’s war against the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) will begin next week when the social news community will black out its website for a period of 12 hours. In place of Reddit’s user-ranked news and lively conversations will be commentary and information about SOPA, as well as video of congressional testimony about the proposed legislation.This is just Reddit’s latest strike against SOPA, a topic that has been front-and-center on the site for months now. Its community of users have turned the discussion into a type of digital activism, launching a successful boycott campaign against GoDaddy and rallying support for candidates running against pro-SOPA politicians. How effective will the blackout be? To be sure, Reddit has massive traffic. The site delivered over 2 billion pageviews in December and has seen its traffic double within the last year. At the same time, it’s hard to imagine that too many people who visit Reddit on a regular basis don’t know what SOPA is or are unaware of the arguments against it. Those have been plastered all over Reddit’s front page for quite some time, and the site’s anti-SOPA activity has been the subject of widespread media coverage (a fact that probably contributed to their December traffic explosion). For a healthy percentage of people who try to navigate to Reddit on January 18, the notion that SOPA poses a threat to the Internet as we know it won’t exactly be breaking news. Getting More Big Players on BoardTo truly stir up the masses, bigger players like Facebook or Google would need to make some kind of tangible anti-SOPA move, even if it’s just a brief homepage takeover or light box with a brief message. Sites of that magnitude (and that reliant on advertising dollars) are unlikely to actually black their services out for a day, but saying a few words about SOPA would at least get the attention of everyday, non-geek people who have never heard of Reddit. Imagine if every WordPress.com blog went dark for a day or if the admin panel included a message about SOPA as Tumblr has already done. Given the makeup of Reddit’s community and the role the site has already played in anti-SOPA activism, it may actually be the perfect place to try out such an experiment, generating just enough additional awareness without alienating too many existing users. If successful, perhaps the model would expand to other sites. Wikipedia is just one major website that’s considering participating in this style of protest against SOPA. Tags:#news#Social Web#web Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… john paul titlow The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

BCCI suspends Rajasthan Cricket Association to prevent Lalit Modi’s return

first_imgLalit ModiThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday suspended Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) soon after controversial cricket administrator Lalit Modi was declared elected as its president.The decision was taken by BCCI interim president Shivlal Yadav in the light of a provision in the Supreme Court order that allowed the world’s richest cricket board take action against the RCA.The BCCI has also decided to issue a show cause notice to the RCA over the contentious election held in December last year. It would now appoint an ad hoc committee to take care of Rajasthan cricket affairs until a full-fledged state body takes charge.Earlier in the day, Modi was declared the winner of the president’s election held on December 19. An SC bench had on April 30 directed the election officer of RCA elections to declare the results on Tuesday. However, it had allowed the BCCI to challenge the controversial Rajasthan Sports Act, 2005 that enabled Modi to contest for the RCA president’s post for a second time.last_img read more