Three of Europe’s top soccer players are in South Africa to show their confidence in the country’s ability to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The three stars, Owen Hargreaves, Piotr Trochowski and Philipp Lahm, are attending a press conference and a tour of two Johannesburg 2010 soccer stadiums organised by the International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa (responsible for Brand South Africa) in consultation with the organisation that so successfully branded Germany during the last World Cup in 2006: Germany – Land of Ideas, and the City of Johannesburg.The three players flew into South Africa on Sunday and will be in the country until 16 June, during which time they will be involved in charity work, including soccer clinics.“Germany hosted the most successful FIFA World Cup to date. At this stage South Africa is ahead of where Germany was in its preparations. This gives us the confidence to say that our aim is to do even better than the Germans,” says Kheepe Moremi, Marketing Director of the IMC speaking at the press conference.‘We’ve done it before and will do it again in 2010′ is the rallying call of Brand South Africa’s drive to build optimism in South Africa and the world.Mike de Vries, who heads up Germany: Land of Ideas, stressed the enormous opportunities that 2010 will present to South Africa. “We managed to make Germans proud of their country. We also got foreigners to look differently at our country. They now see us as efficient and friendly. You can do the same and our visit here is to underline our confidence in your ability.”The IMC will be flighting an advertising campaign on both TV and radio to stress the essential message the visit by these soccer stars is bringing: South Africa has been there, done that and is more than ready to do it again.The campaign kicks off on June 16, Youth Day, the day when the young people of South Africa showed that what, for many people seems to be impossible, is in fact possible. The Soweto Uprising, commemorated on June 16, is widely seen as the first signs of the crumbling of apartheid.To emphasise the reality that South Africa ‘has done it before and can do it again’, the IMC has drawn in the City of Johannesburg, which will take the soccer stars to two stadiums which are being rebuilt for 2010 and show them how far the process is. The first stop, Orlando Stadium (which will be a training ground in 2010) was included on the players’ programme to showcase the tremendous spin-offs 2010 will have through the City’s legacy projects. The second stop will be Soccer City, where the soccer stars will have a chance to kick a football – between workers and bulldozers rebuilding the stadium.“Johannesburg is a true example of heeding the call “we have done it before and can do it again”, says Sibongile Mazibuko, Executive Director of 2010 at the City of Johannesburg.“If you think back, the City of Johannesburg did most of the hosting for the Rugby and Cricket World Cups and the World Summit for Sustainable Development. We will be the most prominent city in 2010 – hosting the opening ceremony and the final match of the tournament, as well as a number of games in between these major events,” she notes.The guests spent part of the morning at SAFA House, where Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee, welcomed the stars, expanding on the state of readiness in South Africa and expressing confidence in the country’s ability to host the best FIFA World Cup ever.“These three stars are kicking soccer balls in South Africa today – and will be back here in 2010 to see magnificently completed stadiums and a proud and united South Africa after showing the world, and each other, that we’ve done it before and can do it again”, says the IMC’s Moremi.Additional informationThe three soccer stars visiting South Africa are:§ Owen Hargreaves will be joining Manchester United on 1 July after almost a year of negotiations between his current club, Bayern Munich, and United for a fee of around R240m.§ Piotr Trochowski currently plays as an attacking midfielder for German club Hamburger SV, where he’s proved his worth after helping the club reach the Champions League; as well as Germany’s national team.§ Philipp Lahm currently plays as a defender for Bayern Munich where he is considered one of the best young fullbacks in the world. He was nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year 2006 after exceptional play, including scoring the opening goal of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.ENDSIssued by Meropa Communications on behalf of the International Marketing Council of South Africa. For more information, please contact Tumelo Kumalo, IMC Media RelationsTelephone: 011 483 0122/ 073 933 8802Email: email@example.com OrClaire Taylor, Meropa CommunicationsTelephone: 011 772 1000/ 072 341 3898Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Understanding what consumers value and look for when purchasing meat can help livestock producers increase their profit potential and become more competitive in the cattle industry.“The average livestock producer rarely follows the animals through harvest to the finished product,” said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team.“Understanding how prime, choice and select cuts are determined and what goes into establishing value can help producers make more informed choices in their day-to-day management on their farm operations,” Grimes said.To help bridge the knowledge gap, beef experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are offering a two-part Beef 509 series Feb. 20 and 27, designed to help producers take advantage of increasing consumer demand for high-quality beef products as well as position themselves for continued long-term success, he said.“This workshop can offer producers a view beyond the farm gate to the consumer’s plate,” he said. “This very hands-on class lets producers see the other side of the business by evaluating actual carcass differences, understand how these differences translate to economic value, and to learn how their farm management decisions can impact their financial bottom line.”The two-session program will include a wide range of topics focusing on many of the steps that take place after harvest that create value from the beef animal for the consumer, Grimes said.“This workshop series is designed to provide producers with the information they need to keep them competitive and help them make their operations more profitable for the long term,” he said.OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center researchers and educators will teach the workshops. The program is also sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council.Each workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program will take place at Ohio State’s Animal Sciences Building, 2029 Fyffe Road, Columbus.Topics to be discussed include:• Beef harvesting procedures and innovations.• Carcass aging.• Grid pricing.• Beef industry update.• Taste panel and shear force evaluation.• Genetic and environmental carcass merit factors.• Beef carcass grading and fabrication.• Live, carcass and boxed-beef valuations.Registration is $150 by check made payable and sent to: Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, 10600 U.S. Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040.For more information on the Beef 509 program, contact Grimes at 740-289-2071, ext. 242, or email@example.com.
The 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code is soon to be upon you.Modern building codes are most often adopted by local government legislative bodies and as such vary from place to place. The IECC is in use or adopted in 47 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, New York City, and Puerto Rico.By way of background, the International Building Code, as published by the International Code Council, establishes “the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare …” The ICC also developed the IRC (International Residential Code) and the IECC, which encourages energy conservation through efficiency in design, mechanical systems, and lighting systems.An energy conservation code is a major expansion from the life safety mission of building codes. Many suggest that the IECC has had much more impact on high-performance building than has LEED. The 2012 version has been slow to catch onThe IECC 2009 is widely adopted across this country because a commitment to adopt it was a precondition to states receiving stimulus funds from the federal government under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. RELATED ARTICLES Stuart Kaplow, an environmental attorney, is legal counsel and past chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland. There is an IECC 2012, but its adoption has been slow because its mandates should result in energy use that is about 30 percent lower than the 2009 code, which is a significant reduction. More than half of the country is currently under the 2009 IECC.Now the IECC 2015, with 77 changes from the 2012 version, has been published and is ready to be adopted. It is published in a single volume with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings).On January 1, 2015, the state of Maryland became the first state to adopt the 2015 IECC, with local government adoption and enforcement required throughout the state by July 1, 2015.In terms of overall energy impact, the 2015 IECC is only negligibly different than the 2012 version. Its mandates should result in energy use reductions of slightly more than 1% for commercial buildings with respect to the 2012 IECC.Many people argue that the time, inconvenience, and expense of implementing a new code with only a slightly more than 1% better energy impact is unwise.A U.S. Department of Energy technical analysis of the 2015 version determined that only about six of the 77 code changes actually increase energy savings. The vast majority — that is, over 60 of the changes — require new materials and methods but are energy-neutral, and three arguably have a detrimental effect on energy savings. Modest efficiency increases for residencesBut because the DOE has determined that the revised code improves energy efficiency in residential buildings, even ever so modestly, states are statutorily required to certify that they have reviewed their residential building code regarding efficiency, and have made a determination as to whether it is appropriate for the state to revise its code to meet or exceed the provisions of the successor code. This statutory requirement applies only to residential codes.There is no doubt that, in large measure because of the adoption of more stringent energy codes, energy efficiency has increased significantly. With a goal of reducing energy use, energy codes are of great import to green building. However, critics have effectively questioned the efficacy of using a mandatory code — one that is little known and rarely debated, and one that burdens real estate interests — to address a single societal issue (without balancing matters of resilience, public safety, etc.), pointing out that this all looks a lot like establishing a national energy standard for every building.Whatever your perspective on legislatively mandated requirements for continued reductions in building energy use, be aware that the 2015 version of the IECC, including the required changes in building systems and products and the associated increases in first costs, may soon be upon you. The 2015 IECC Recognizes Home Energy RatingsAn Overview of the 2012 Energy Code New Air Sealing Requirements in the 2009 IRCThe 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall StrategiesICC Approves Changes to Energy CodeAre Energy Codes Working?
Armed men looted over ₹25 lakh from the employees of a toll plaza on NH-16 in Ganjam district of Odisha on Monday.Three employees of the Gorapalli toll plaza were on their way to Khallikote town to deposit the cash in a bank when they were targeted by the miscreants.Inspector incharge of the Khallikote police station Bibekananda Swain said the car in which the three employees were travelling was stopped by the miscreants near the Haridamula square. According to eyewitnesses, there were five miscreants who had come on two bikes. They tried to snatch the cash bag from the employees and when they resisted, the miscreants fired in the air to threaten them. Hearing the gunshot, some locals rushed to the spot, but the miscreants managed to escape with the cash. “We have seized an empty cartridge from the spot,” said Mr. Swain.Following the incident, all major roads in the Khallikote police station area have been sealed and a search is on to track down the culprits, he added.
Riverland Touch offers a new sporting & social pastime to residents & workers of the Riverland. The competition is being held on Wednesday nights from 6.30pm at the Berri View Lawn Tennis Club. Round 1 commences on Wednesday 28th October with the Grand Final played on Wednesday 16th December 2009.The competition is a mixed 5-a-side competition allowing for plenty of social interaction & fun. Games are 26 minutes in length with teams playing two games per night!!!TFSA together with Riverland be active is holding two come and try evenings for interested parties to ‘try before you commit’ The first of these is being held on Thursday 20th August 2009 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm at the Berri View Lawn Tennis Club (Trenaman Crescent, Berri)The second is occurring on Wednesday 14th October 2009 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm, also at the Berri View Lawn Tennis ClubSimply attend either one (or both) of these sessions to have a go at touch footy. TFSA coaches will be in attendance at these sessions to explain the rules and game to participants.If you require further information or would like to enter a team, please feel free to call TFSA on (08… or check us out on the web at www.touchsa.com.au.Related Filesriverland_touch_nomination_form-pdfriverland_flyer_a3-pdfriverland_schools_gala_day_flyer_2009-doc
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that the combination of thunderstorms and dry conditions has caused several wildfires to erupt north of Fort St. John.According to the manager of the Buffalo Inn in Pink Mountain, the fire was first noticed at around 1:00 Thursday afternoon and has since grown at a rapid pace. The fire is said to be burning around five kilometres from the community. A photo of the fire that erupted near Pink Mountain on Thursday afternoon. Submitted photo A photo of the fire that erupted near Pink Mountain on Thursday afternoon. Submitted photo Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that the fire is currently estimated at 10 hectares in size, and is being fuelled by the tinder-dry conditions in the area. She said that an air tanker has been deployed to try and box the fire in with retardant while firefighters travel to begin battling the fire from the ground. A map of lightning strikes in B.C. at 2:40 p.m. Thursday. Photo by Environment Canada Reynolds said that the fire is one of several to pop up in the area north of Wonowon in the last several hours.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.
Saskatchewan released regulations Wednesday that will require industry to reduce methane emissions by 4.5 million tonnes annually by 2025.The regulations include penalties for non-compliance. “The prime minister has been gracious with his time when I’ve requested the opportunity to speak with him by telephone or in person and I’m appreciative of that,” he said.The premier has previously suggested the federal carbon tax is one of the biggest economic headwinds facing Saskatchewan.Moe has asked the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on the province is constitutional.The province argues its own climate change plan, which doesn’t include a carbon levy, is enough to reduce emissions. The two did not meet when Trudeau was in Regina earlier this month, but the prime minister said it was good to meet the premier in La Loche.“We are going to continue to work on issues that matter to folks in Saskatchewan,” he said.Moe, who indicated they only talked briefly, said they discussed supports both governments are providing to communities.Trudeau went on to highlight the work by both governments that helped lead to the creation of 11,000 new jobs in the province.“That is something that governments can facilitate when we invest in the right kinds of things together, but it’s a tremendous credit to people and businesses here in Saskatchewan,” he said.Moe said he had already planned to spend time with his wife when Trudeau was in Regina and that’s why the two leaders couldn’t meet. LA LOCHE, Sask. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he continues to work with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe despite their differences over the federal carbon tax.Trudeau was asked at a funding announcement in La Loche on Wednesday whether he would try to persuade Moe, who was also there, about the tax.Trudeau said he and Moe have had “many great conversations” on things they agree and disagree on.
Kolkata: Tension spread in Asansol after some banners were put up near the house of outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo on Tuesday afternoon, saying ‘Chowkidar Chor Hain’.An irate Supriyo pulled down the banners, tore them apart and finally set them on fire. It has been learnt that after returning from his election rally in the afternoon, Supriyo found that a banner had been put up close to his residence in Asansol. The BJP leaders in the districts alleged that some local Trinamool Congress leaders might have been involved in the incident, to trigger violence ahead of elections. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have, however, denied the allegation. It may be mentioned here that Supriyo has been under the scanner of the Election Commission after he was found playing the controversial theme song of the party. EC has already sought a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan regarding the issue. It was alleged that Supriyo and other BJP leaders have been playing the song despite the ban imposed by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). The election officials also instructed the DEO of West Burdwan to take necessary steps in order to check playing of the controversial song. Supriyo had played the song during his election rallies on Sunday and Monday, flouting the guidelines issued by the CEO’s office.
Northwestern men’s basketball coach Bill Carmody had trouble recalling Ohio State men’s basketball senior guard William Buford’s class year during a press conference following the Wildcats’ 87-54 Wednesday loss to the Buckeyes. Members of the press informed Carmody that Buford was a senior. “Thank God,” Carmody said, rubbing his brow. Buford scored a career-high 28 points, hauled in nine rebounds and dished out four assists during No. 2-ranked OSU’s victory against unranked Northwestern in the teams’ Big Ten conference opener at the Schottenstein Center. One might understand why Carmody said he was glad to see the Buckeyes’ lone senior beginning his final tour of Big Ten duty, as Buford shot 9-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the win. “I know Buford is a very good player,” Carmody said. “He’s looks as good as anyone to me. He can dribble the ball … gets in the lane. (He) gets fouled and goes to the foul line. He’s doing things decisively.” Buford, who has totaled 68 career points against the Wildcats in six games, said he just let the game come to him in this most recent matchup with Northwestern. “I was just shooting the ball,” he said. “I was fortunate to be knocking them down and my teammates just kept telling me to shoot.” Northwestern (10-3, 0-1 Big Ten) kept the score close in the early stages of the game. The Wildcats even held a lead with 14:01 to play in the first half. Buford helped distance the Buckeyes (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) with a 3-pointer that extended an OSU lead to 21-13 at the 10:00 mark in the first half. Buford smiled widely and celebrated with teammates after the 3-pointer. OSU was on course to take a 41-26 lead into half. Thanks in part to Buford, the Buckeyes wouldn’t relinquish the lead. OSU sophomore guard Jordan Sibert said the 2011-12 edition of the Buckeyes rely on Buford when the team can’t find a rhythm. “We can count on (Buford) now,” Sibert said. “He’s going to be scoring or rebounding. … He finds a way to get things going.” OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, who scored 17 points in 22 minutes against Northwestern, agreed. “Will is doing a great job,” Sullinger said. “This year, he’s taken a little bit of leadership upon himself because he’s been through it all. He’s doing a great job.” After watching Buford drop 28 points on his team during 35 minutes of action, Carmody had only praise for the player, saying, “(Buford’s) stepped up.” “He’s a senior and he knows what he can do, and he’s doing it.” OSU continues conference play Saturday at No. 15 Indiana. Opening tip is set for 6 p.m.
Bayern Munich have named Antoine Griezmann as their top transfer target for next summer, despite his €200m release clause at Atletico MadridThe Bavarians feel that their current squad will be able make it seven successive Bundesliga titles this season and have a respectable run in the Champions League at the same time.But AS reports that Bayern are aware that the clock is ticking for the likes of Arjen Robben, 34, and Franck Ribery, 35, who are now well into the twilight phase of their playing careers.Due to this, a new star is needed at the Allianz Arena and Bayern have named Griezmann as the ideal signing.The German side views the World Cup winner as the best striker in European football right now.Although the club president Uni Hoeness is aware that signing Griezmann will not come at a cheap price and plans to make an approach next summer instead, where he will have adequate funds at his disposal to pay for his €200m buy-out clause.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.Griezmann was originally available for €100m, but he signed a new contract at Atletico before this summer’s World Cup after opting against joining La Liga rivals Barcelona.Plan BShould their attempts to sign Griezmann next summer fail, then Bayern will then turn their focus onto signing Juventus’ Paulo Dybala.The Argentine striker is set to play a key role alongside Cristiano Ronaldo up front for Juventus this season and is contracted at the club until June 2022.Although Dybala had been linked with a move to Atletico last season after being seen with manager Diego Simeone back in March.Dybala managed 22 goals and seven assists in 33 Serie A games last season.