Livermore on his way back

first_imgInjury may have ruined his 2015 season but that hasn’t stopped Jason Livermore from thinking big. Axed by a leg ailment during last year’s National Championship 100 metre final, the 27 year-old Livermore is already looking forward to this season’s Nationals. He says his coach, Michael Clarke, is helping him to get back to his best. A late developer, the powerfully built Livermore slowly improved after finishing fourth in the 2007 Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 100 metre final won by Yohan Blake for St Jago High in the record time of 10.21 seconds. His patient work paid off in 2013 when he took a bronze medal in the 200m at the Central American and Caribbean Championships and reached the semis of the event at the World Championships in Moscow. He followed that with a solid 2014 campaign and a bronze in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games. Sadly, the progress stopped last year. Not long after he helped Jamaica to win the 4x200m at the IAAF World Relays, his dreams of running in Beijing at the World Championships were crushed by his injury at the Nationals. He isn’t looking back at that disappointment. “Things have been going great, thanks to God,” he said. “My coach is ensuring that I do the necessary things to get me back where I was and better than I was before.” His coach Michael Clarke had directed him to personal bests of 10.05 for the 100m and 20.13 seconds in the 200m in 2013. He knows that he may need to be better than he was before to qualify for the Jamaican team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  In 2015, six Jamaicans ran faster than his 100m lifetime best and three surpassed his career best in the 200m. Livermore is undaunted and seems to relish the competition.   “Things are looking forward for now in the sprints because there are a lot of athletes in Jamaica, especially young sprinters,” he observed. “Looking at the sprints right now,”  he projected, “2016 Jamaica trials is going to be a very lovely.” His target is simple. “It has always been the same … just go to trials, make the finals and be in the top three,” he said.last_img read more

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Masterful Venus oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years

first_imgMuguruza reaches another Wimbledon final  Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The 37-year-old’s sublime display of power-hitting on Centre Court stopped Konta becoming the first British woman to make the final for 40 years and set up a title match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LONDON – Venus Williams became the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years on Thursday as the American star ended Johanna Konta’s history bid with a masterful 6-4, 6-2 win.Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut, five-time champion Williams is into her ninth final at the All England Club and her first since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta, during their Women’s Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ View commentslast_img read more

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Car mysteriously disappears from ‘D’ Field Sophia

first_imgGrey Toyota AT 192 motorcar PJJ 2078 mysteriously disappeared on Sunday morning while it was parked at ‘D’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown. The car belongs to Rocky Salikram of Cummings Street, Georgetown but was attached to the End to End Taxi Service at Louisa Row.Based on reports received, the driver of the car parked the vehicle in front of his house at about midnight and retired to bed. When he awoke at about 6:00h, the car nowhere to be seen. He immediately made a report to the Turkeyen Police Station, and a statement was taken.The owner of the vehicle and members of his family have been looking for the car since it was reported missing, but have come up empty-handed up to late Sunday evening.Anyone with information that can lead to recovery of the motorcar are asked to contact the owner on telephone number 622-7762, or his brother, Asif Mohamed, on 613-5041.last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – A large contingent of law enforcement officers from Los Angeles and Orange counties searched Friday evening for a parolee who fled into a heavily wooded area of La Habra Heights on the border of the two counties. It began about 5:30 p.m. when a La Habra police officer identified a parolee at large driving a car on Walnut Street near Whittier Boulevard and tried to pull him over, said Lt. Fred Wiste of the La Habra Police Department. The man fled into La Habra Heights in Los Angeles County, where he jumped out of the car and ran into an area near the Hacienda Golf Club, Wiste said. Officers then heard what sounded like a small-caliber handgun being fired, Wiste said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2No one was hit, Wiste said. The parolee had not been found as of 7 p.m. Friday. Accused man’s hearing to proceed WHITTIER – A hearing for a man accused last year in a 22-year-old murder was continued Friday. John Alcantara, 50, was ordered to return to Whittier Court on Thursday to set a date for his preliminary hearing. He remained held in Men’s Central Jail on $1 million bail. He is accused of murdering his former boss, Robert Bennett. On Feb. 16, 1983, Bennett, 51, disappeared from a sanitation plant in Whittier, after an argument with Alcantara, according to investigators. Investigators said they received new information about the case and arrested Alcantara last year on murder charges. Man suffers shot to head, survives PICO RIVERA – A 27-year-old man survived a bullet to the head Thursday night. Louie Marquez was riding his bike in the 4900 block of Passons Boulevard at about about 10:45 p.m. when an unidentified person shot him in the head, said officials. Officials said Marquez ran down the street looking for help and called police on his cell phone, saying he had been shot. Paramedics took him to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was in critical condition Friday morning, said Sgt. Dinah Grote. Detectives were investigating the shooting. Anyone with information about the case was asked to call (562) 949-2421. Homestead relives museum’s history INDUSTRY – Visitors can relive history at the Homestead Museum next month. Living history characters will remember special events that took place at the location, from 1 to 5 p.m. June 10 and June 11 at the museum, 15415 E. Don Julian Road. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and $3 for children 2 to 12 years old. For more information, call (626) 968-8492. Book auction to benefit library WHITTIER – Bidding on rare and collectable books opens today for the Friends of the Library’s monthly auction. You can post a bid on any of this month’s selections at the display case in the front area of the Whittier Public Library, 7344 S. Washington Ave. Bidding will close at noon on June 24. Auction proceeds are used to purchase library materials, and equipment for activities such as special children’s programs and after-school activities. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino reveals the time he and Lionel Messi almost became team-mates

first_img Messi already has eight goals this term BOOST on target Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Barca’s star player Messi goes into the clash having scored eight goals in nine appearances this term, however, Pochettino recalled the time the Catalonia club nearly let Messi go to their local rivals.Pochettino, who earlier this week said there was nothing more important than beating the ‘enemy’ Barca, insisted that in the summer of 2005, the club changed their minds about selling Messi after one extraordinary performance in a pre-season match.Messi has since gone on to have a highly decorated career as a Barcelona player – winning four Champions League winners medals and five Ballon d’Ors to name but a few.“I started to hear about him when I was a player at Espanyol,” Pochettino said. “A small guy playing in the academy in Barcelona. Then I heard he was so close to signing for Espanyol – very close – in the season Barcelona played against Juventus under Fabio Capello in the Joan Gamper [Cup, an annual friendly]. I remember that summer. ready? 3 Aiming high Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available “And more than worrying you, that needs to excite you to play and so you can say ‘Oh, I played against Messi’. This is the type of player you are going to remember. For your ego, it’s a thing that you are going to tell your kids and grandkids.“Sometimes, my kids say to me, ‘Ah, you played with Maradona’. And they are so proud. So enjoy. Enjoy to play against Messi.“It’s difficult to find solutions to try to stop him, I promise you. I think it’s impossible. It’s only to enjoy it, to be close, to help the players who are going to face him and, in the end, when you have the ball, to try to have possession, to play in the opposite half, to try to push Leo to play far from your goal. Because if not, it’s terrible.” Mauricio Pochettino and Lionel Messi almost became team-mates at Espanyol, the Tottenham boss has claimed.Spurs face arguably their biggest test of their Champions League credentials when they take on Barcelona at Wembley on Wednesday night. “But because he was so fantastic in the Joan Gamper they changed their minds. They kept Messi at Barcelona. So, if you look back in history, maybe if he did not play in the Joan Gamper in that summer, maybe today he could have been the biggest star in Espanyol. Espanyol should be the Barcelona!“Maybe I would still be at Espanyol managing him!”On Wednesday’s game, Pochettino urged his Spurs players to “enjoy…the opportunity to play against one of the best players in the history of football“.“I am not going to try to find a solution,” he said. “I am going to say to the players, ‘Enjoy playing against Messi’. Because you are going to have the opportunity to play against one of the best players in the history of football. 3 Messi was shy in the early moments of his career which nearly saw him sold to Barcelona’s rivals Espanyol Spurs will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at Inter Milan in their opening Group B match 3 Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Latest Champions League Newslast_img read more

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HOPE AS LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL REOPENS TO VISITORS

first_imgLetterkenny Hospital has announced that it has reopened the hospital to visitors from this evening – Tuesday.donegaldaily.com CopyrightNormal visiting times are in place and visitors are welcome to come to the hospital from 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm and from 6.30 pm to 8 pm daily.The hospital has set up a ‘clean zone’ so that visitors are coming to the wards via uncontaminated areas. Visitors will only be able to access these specific areas during the visiting times to ensure there is no cross contamination brought into the ward areas. Visitors are requested to follow all hand hygiene procedures and to follow any staff directions.Sean Murphy, Hosptial Manager says, “All of us within the hospital recognise the importance of visitors to our patients and I am delighted that we are reopening the ward areas to visitors.“We are continuing to do everything in our power to restore services across the hospital and are prioritising the re-establishment of an emergency department.“We have over two thirds of our outpatient clinics set up for this week and a list of clinics is available on www.hse.ie/letterkenny along with any service updates. “All of our maternity services, dialysis, chemotherapy, endoscopy and laboratory services are functioning as well as a GP referred Minor Injury Unit. Our fracture clinics are being held daily in Donegal Community Hospital and we will continue to reintroduce services as soon as it is possible to do so safely.”Daily updates on clinics and services are available on www.hse.ie/letterkennyOutpatient clinics: please note patients have been individually contacted to advise of location and time of appointment.Doctor Speciality LocationWednesday 7th August Dr. Mohammed Ali General Medicine NowDoc, Oldtown, LetterkennyThursday 8th AugustDr. Mulpeter Geriatrician NowDoc, Oldtown, LetterkennyDr. Podmore Dermatology NowDoc, Oldtown, Letterkenny Renal clinic Breastcare Unit, LGHFriday 9th AugustDr. David Cardiology Breastcare Unit, LGHDr. Mohammed Ali General Medicine Breastcare Unit, LGHMr. Stenhouse Dental clinic Breastcare Unit, LGHDr. Quinn Geriatrician NowDoc, Oldtown, LetterkennyHOPE AS LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL REOPENS TO VISITORS was last modified: August 7th, 2013 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)Tags:floodletterkenny hospitalreopenVisitorslast_img read more

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Netball World Cup: She Cranes in must win encounter

first_img Tags: Mary NubaNetball World CupPeace ProscoviaRachael Nanyongashe cranesSouth AfricaStella OyellatopVincent Kiwanuka The She Cranes have won three and lost one of their first four games. (PHOTO/File)Netball World Cup 2019South Africa vs UgandaM&S Bank Arena, LiverpoolWednesday, 17-07-2017 @9pmAfter a day’s rest, the Uganda National Women’s Netball team-She Cranes, returns to action on Wednesday at the on-going Netball World Cup in Liverpool, UK.Vincent Kiwanuka’s side has so far been impressive as they finished second in the first preliminary Group stage after winning two and losing one of their three games.On Monday evening, they defeated Trinidad and Tobago 57-54 to keep their hopes of reaching a first-ever World Cup semi-final, alive.Their next game will be against the best team in Africa-South Africa and they will go into the contest knowing that only a victory will ensure history will be made.“This is our first final at the World Cup 2019, noted Kiwanuka ahead of the game.“We come up against a side that is ranked the highest in Africa and we need to be at our absolute best to win.“With all that said, I have confidence in my girls and I am sure they can pull off a great victory.The She Cranes indeed need to be at their best if they are to shock South Africa, a side ranked one spot above them in the INF rankings.South Africa’s 66-38 win over Scotland ensured that they remain unbeaten at this year’s edition.In their first four games against Jamaica, Fiji, Scotland and Trinidad, South Africa have won all of them.They have also been dominate in their displays with only Jamaica coming close to denying them victory in their last preliminary round one game which finished 57-54 in favour of the Africans.Despite both teams still having a game to play on Thursday, a victory for South Africa will ensure they reach the semis while for Uganda; a win keeps their dream of reaching the semis alive.Uganda will look to tournament revelation Stella Oyella for inspiration. Her alongside Mary Nuba, Peace Proscovia and Rachael Nanyonga have been the back-borne of the team and will have to be at their absolute best if the She Cranes can pull off a major upset.The other fixtures on Wednesday-Trinidad and Tobago vs England-Scotland vs JamaicaNetball World Cup results on Tuesday-Fiji 71-56 Singapore-Sri Lanka 55-65 Samoa-Northan Ireland 28-77 New Zealand-Australia 74-25 Malawi-Zimbabwe 66-41 BarbadosComments last_img read more

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Breaking: Gardai release description of suspect in vicious Shanan attack

first_imgGardai have issued a description of a man they wish to question in relation to the vicious attack on Letterkenny student Shanan Reid-McDaid.An official statement from the Garda Press Office has appealed for witnesses to the attack close to Market Square in the early hours of Sunday morning last.The suspect is described as, male, mid-thirties, clean shaven, 5’9”, average build, dirty blonde hair gelled back with dark bottoms, shirt buttoned to top and navy blazer. The statement says “We can confirm that Gardai in Letterkenny are investigating an incident in that a girl in her late teens was assaulted on Castle Street, Letterkenny at approximately 3am on the 15th October 2017.“The injured party was seriously injured and taken to hospital for treatment.“We would like to request that any witnesses to this alleged assault contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 9167100.”Breaking: Gardai release description of suspect in vicious Shanan attack was last modified: October 21st, 2017 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) Tags:appealattackGardailetterkennyShananstudentlast_img read more

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Kruger Park marks 110 years

first_imgAnimals have right of way on the roads ofthe Kruger Park. (Image: Mary Alexander,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.) A lilac-breasted roller in the Kruger Park.The Kruger is known for its spectacularbirding as well as game viewing.(Image: Mary Alexander,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morephotos, visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusThe flagship of the South African National Parks organisation celebrated 110 years of conservation over three weeks in June 2008. The world-renowned Kruger National Park, established in 1898, is the largest game reserve in South Africa and is now a part of the 35 000km² Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park with no internal borders that joins the Kruger to Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.The three-week-long celebration period, held in various places throughout the region, was planned to give as many people as possible the chance to join in the festivities.At the final ceremony in Skukuza, the Kruger’s main rest camp and administrative headquarters, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and other dignitaries paid tribute to the park and to the people who have helped make it one of the country’s most valuable tourism assets as well as a respected contributor to conservation efforts over the years.“There is no doubt in my mind that the park holds a special place in everyone’s hearts,” said Van Schalkwyk, “and over the last 110 years it has become an icon for the country on many levels, including conservation, tourism and national pride”.The minister added that the park received over 1.3-million visitors during the last financial year. In 2003 the number of tourists to the park exceeded a million for the first time, a feat that has been achieved every year since then.Tackling the issue of global warming and how it affects the park, Van Schalkwyk explained that plans are in place to “assess how the planning, management and expansion of our national parks can build resilience to climate change. Increasingly, we are integrating a greater variety of habitats and altitudes that reduce the risks to endemic species into our protected areas design.”Celebrating natural and cultural diversityOther items at the Skukuza event included a drill demonstration by the Kruger Park ranger corps, performances by dancers of various cultures from around the park, a performance of the special Kruger Park song by the park’s own choir and the cutting of the birthday cake.The Kruger Park song, titled “Great Wilderness Great”, was commissioned especially for the event and was composed by songwriter Shalati Joseph Khosa of Ba-Phalaborwa. “The Kruger Park is a huge inspiration to me and I feel that it is one of our nation’s most valuable heritage assets, so it was a natural step for me to write this song,” said Khosa.During the course of the celebrations the South African Mint introduced the 2008 gold Krugerrand. The Krugerrand is a 22-carat gold coin weighing one troy ounce, with smaller denominations also available. The first coin was struck at the Mint in 1967.The 2008 coin was manufactured with an antique hand-press, used by former South African president Paul Kruger’s government-in-exile to create money during its hostilities with the British forces around the time of the South African War (1899 – 1902). The current edition features a “110 Years KNP” logo, and 110 of these coins have been allocated to Kruger Park visitors, who will obtain them on a first-come-first-serve basis by filling out an order form available at all entrance gates.As big as a countryCovering almost 19 000km², the Kruger National Park is comparable in size to the whole of Wales or Israel. It came into being in 1898 but was then known as the Sabie Game Reserve. Development came a standstill during the South African War, but afterwards the victorious British took up the reins again, tasking Major James Stevenson-Hamilton in 1902 with the responsibility of looking after the area.Stevenson-Hamilton, the first warden of the park, retired in 1946 after holding the post for 44 years. He is commemorated in the name of the park’s main rest camp Skukuza, which is a Xitsonga word meaning “he who sweeps clean” and refers to his tireless efforts to control poaching.The warden worked hard to gain official status for the park and in 1926 his efforts were rewarded when the government passed the National Parks Act and proclaimed the Kruger National Park, naming it after the president at the time, Paul Kruger.Stevenson-Hamilton was joined in 1902 by new assistant warden Harry Wolhuter, who famously survived an attack from two lions in 1904, armed with nothing more than a pocketknife. He killed the first lion with the weapon and his dog kept the second lion at bay until help arrived. The knife and the lion skin can be seen in the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum at Skukuza.Biodiversity hotspotAs well as now forming part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, the Kruger is also part of the Kruger to Canyons biosphere, an area designated as such by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation under its Man and Biosphere programme. Biosphere reserves are recognised internationally as important areas for conserving biological diversity and developing the necessary scientific and technical knowledge, as well as human values, for successful conservation efforts.The Kruger to Canyons biosphere, encompassing a remarkable 55% of South Africa’s total terrestrial biodiversity, is located in eastern South Africa and bridges the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces. It contains a diversity of landscapes, ranging in altitude from more than 2km above sea level along the Drakensberg escarpment to 300m above sea level nearer the coast.The reserve is home to more than 1.5-million people, and in addition to accommodating a variety of animals including rare antelope such as Tsessebe, Sable and Roan, it is one of the few remaining viable habitats for the African wild dog, the continent’s most endangered predator.The Big Five and Little FiveKnown for spectacular sightings of the famous Big Five (African elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard and black or white rhino), the Kruger Park offers incomparable game viewing, with about 145 animal species, 110 reptile species, and more than 500 bird species occurring in the area. In addition to the Big Five, all major African big game species are found here, including hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog, many antelope species, and large carnivores including cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena.For those who enjoy a challenge, the area is also home to the Little Five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle) and the birding Big Six (ground hornbill, kori bustard, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Pel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork).The park is divided into six ecosystems: baobab sandveld, mopane scrub, lebombo knobthorn-marula bushveld, mixed acacia thicket, combretum-silver clusterleaf woodland on granite and riverine forest. Altogether it has 1 982 species of plants, some of which are the baobab, kiaat tree, fever tree, knobthorn, marula and mopane trees.The Kruger Park offers accommodation to suit the needs and preferences of just about anyone, ranging from five-star luxury to self-catering bungalows, tented camps, and caravans.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Useful linksThe Kruger National ParkSouth African National ParksKruger to Canyons biosphereGreat Limpopo Transfrontier ParkSouth African National ParksPeace Parks FoundationDepartment of Environmental Affairs and TourismSouth African MintRand Refinery (Krugerrand producer)last_img read more

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Mandela Bay Stadium ‘already a hit’

first_img30 September 2009 Built slap-bang in the middle of Port Elizabeth’s inner city, and with its white sail-like roof cladding, the 46 500-seater Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium makes for a very impressive sight – but there’s more to its design than aesthetics. The city is renowned for the friendly nature of the locals – but also for its constant high winds, an element which, for a stadium about to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, doesn’t make for the best football conditions. “The stadium is compact in nature – the wind, which is all too common in this city, will hit the roof and be deflected off, ensuring that fans and players have the best possible experience in the stadium,” explains 2010 World Cup host city coordinator Errol Heynes. When South Africa’s first built-from-scratch World Cup stadium opened in June 2009 after just 26 months of construction, the weather was not optimal, but inside the stadium it was an oasis of calm. It is the first time that Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay has had a facility capable of hosting major events, and football and rugby matches already played in the stadium have attracted near-capacity crowds. “The stadium is already hugely popular – the people of Port Elizabeth are huge sports fans,” says Heyns, adding: “Last Saturday alone we hosted three rugby matches here. The stadium precinct “All that remains to be done now is for us to finalise upgrades to our transport network to get fans to and from the games, to firm up accommodation requirements, and to complete work on the [stadium] precinct.” As part of the precinct development plans, the crane path, used by the cranes to hoist the 36 roof girders that make up the stadium’s magnificent roof structure, will become a cycle and running track around the stadium, and the plan is to extend this track around North End lake as well. There is also talk of putting fountains in the lake to further beautify the area. For 61-year-old Major Pikoli, born and bred in the area, who for many years worked in a factory a stone’s throw from the stadium, it is in the perfect place to host football’s greatest showpiece event. “It is right in the middle of the city – easily accessible for all people of Nelson Mandela Bay. As a rugby and football player of many years, it is amazing to think that my city now has such an amazing stadium, right in the North End,” says Pikoli, who 10 years ago set up his own football club in the city. Today his club fields three teams, largely made up of street children. Additional attractions No doubt Port Elizabeth will be a popular host city in 2010. With a mild climate and excellent beaches, there is also no shortage of attractions within a short drive of the city. The Eastern Cape university town of Grahamstown, just over an hour’s drive from Nelson Mandela Bay, will host the National Arts Festival, said to be the second largest in the world after Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, concurrently with the World Cup. Shuttle buses will be on hand to transport visitors between the two cities. Plans are also on the table to host the annual Knysna Oyster Festival and the Jeffrey’s Bay Shell Festival, both within driving distance of the city, at the same time. There are also a number of malaria-free game reserves just a short drive from the city, a sure-bet attraction for visitors making their first trip to the continent. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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