Special courts key to World Cup success

first_img25 June 2010One of the great successes of the 2010 World Cup – and there have been many – is how the special courts set up for the tournament have succeeded in dealing with the criminal activity that is part-and-parcel of hosting an event of this magnitude.And the good new is that South Africans, for the most part, have been squeaky clean. After all, of the 13 criminal cases which had been heard by Tuesday this week, most involved foreigners. They included a Peruvian accused of stealing a laptop from a police officer; a Brazilian syndicate charged with lifting handbags and wallets; a Ugandan citizen charged with stealing a cellphone from a Guinean; an American charged with stealing four laptops; a Slovenian and a French-speaker charged with drunk driving; and a Brazilian charged with unspecified theft.For the handful of South Africans who have stepped out of line, justice has been equally swift. As the Mail & Guardian reported: “Two armed men rob three foreign journalists at gunpoint on a Wednesday, police arrest them on the Thursday, and by Friday night they’ve been tried, convicted and begun serving 15-year sentences”.Helen Zille, the leader of the official opposition Democratic Alliance, points out that, just two years ago, Deputy Justice Minister Johnny de Lange admitted that the criminal justice system was dysfunctional. “And yet, the special World Cup courts will finalise five times more cases per month than normal courts. If we can learn this lesson from the World Cup, and apply it in a way that does not erode democracy, it will have been more than worth it,” she said.Certainly, these courts have played an important role in changing international perceptions of South Africa being a criminal’s paradise. Recent UK media reports of crazed “machete gangs” waiting for World Cup visitors have now been laughed off by every foreigner visiting this land.Instead, the world is learning about South Africa’s warmth and hospitality – and, of course, its ability to successfully host mega sporting events.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

Extreme adventurers do SA proud

first_imgClinton Martinengo, Dave Glass, Andrew Porter and Steve Bradshaw, on their expedition to develop new big wall climbing routes in the Arctic Circle. Ram Barkai, Ryan Stramrood and Kieron Palframan took the first three places for the endurance events at the Russian Winter Swimming Championship. Veteran adventurer Kingsley Holgate and his team pose while they’re still clean.(Images: Nightjar Travel) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fiona McIntosh  Editor, Nightjar Travel  +27 82 556 4938 RELATED ARTICLES • Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports • World first for SA extreme swimmers • Chilling triumph for SA swimmers • Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top • SA sailor tackles Arctic seasErik Brits, courtesy of Nightjar TravelWith a populace diverse enough to be called the Rainbow Nation, it’s no surprise that ‘Proudly South African’ means different things to different folk. Rather than tangling up in arguments that mix vuvuzelas, braaivleis and Table Mountain, one could simply sit back and take pride in being a South African – and our local adventurers provided plenty of reason to be proud over the course of the last year.Online destination guide Nightjar Travel has selected the following nine expeditions as contenders for its Nightjar Adventurer 2013.  With listings ranging from tourist attractions, game and nature reserves, towns and cities, and a host of outdoor activities, Nightjar Travel covers almost 1 800 things to do and places to go to in South Africa – encouraging locals and visitors alike to get out there and explore the country.Chilling achievementsPicture the scene. It is -33 degrees Celsius outside, and the 25m pool of water that has been cut in the frozen lake is barely above freezing point. The previous swimmer did not wear goggles, and her eyelashes froze together, so that she had to be dragged from the pool to the sauna to thaw them and restore her vision. You look down at your speedo and your flip flops – the only items of clothing on your body – and brace yourself as you step out to swim a kilometre in the icy water. Ram Barkai, Ryan Stramrood and Kieron Palframan, who were specially invited to the Russian Winter Swimming Championship, did exactly that and then went on to take all three podium positions for the endurance swim.Speaking of cold, the South Pole Challenge in honour of the race to the geographic pole, is considered the toughest race on the planet. One of the six teams consisted of Peter van Kets and Braam Malherbe. They endured the planet’s most extreme weather for 25 days, and despite being pushed to the limit, spent the last week helping to carry the gear of another competitor who’d fractured his arm. Aiming highThen there were the four climbers, Clinton Martinengo, Dave Glass, Andrew Porter and Steve Bradshaw, who felt that taking on the treacherous waters of the Arctic Circle was not sufficiently adventurous in itself. They sailed more than 11 000km over four months, braving icebergs and polar bears, with the goal of finding and developing new big wall climbing routes.Kai Fitchen, still in his teens, decided to climb Mount Kenya, but wanted to remain carbon neutral. Thus, he hauled himself and all his gear on public transport and on foot, for the 14 000km round trip. Fortunately, this gave him time to engage with over 600 pupils along the way on the topic of environmental impact and preservation. Kingsley Holgate and his team covered 30 000km over terrain that tested their vehicles to the limit. They traversed the full length of the Great African Rift Valley, with frequent stops to distribute malaria nets, water purification and eyeglasses, and to hold educational sessions for malaria prevention.Alex Harris, Marco Broccardo and David Joyce dragged a 350km sled with all their provisions across the Empty Quarter, or Rub’ al Khali, in the Arabian Peninsula. This endless expanse of soft desert sand is one of the driest in the world, and is virtually uninhabited. Their unsupported 1 180km walk took them 40 days, and yet they kept their spirits high enough to appreciate the sunrise over the dunes in the mornings.No limits to local adventuring Not all of our adventurers ventured abroad for their extreme shenanigans. Chris Bertish decided to paddle his stand-up paddleboard from Cape Town to Lamberts Bay, situated up the west coast, north of the Mother City. Our coastline unleashed Neptune’s fury upon him, and he paddled most of the 323km into a headwind. Compared to this, going sunblind was a minor inconvenience.Neptune had plenty of fury to spare for Richard Kohler who wanted to put a 3 300km “smile” on the map, by paddling our coastline from border to border. Within days of setting off, he’d been bulldozed by a shark that took the rudder right off his surfski. Soon after, angry surf snapped his spare surfski in half, and even angrier surf packed him off to the physio. After all his expedition gear was stolen, he had to start from scratch, but this did not dissuade him. His second attempt went all the way, but not without its own close calls.Inspiringly for the normal people among us, not all adventurers are lifelong hardcore athletes. “Two fairly average guys in their mid-thirties” (their words) set out to satisfy an urge, a thirst for adventure, and were simply hoping to throw themselves fully into doing what they loved. In the process, Zack Buchan and Ross Walters found themselves at the forefront of adventure kiting, when they kitesurfed all the way from Ponta d’Ouro in the south of Mozambique to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.These expeditions all had enormous support, from patient relatives to sponsors who went the extra mile, and several managed to raise impressive funds for a variety of local charities. Simply put, their impact went far beyond mere footprints in the sand. Knowing what they have all achieved, it follows easily to feel inspired, motivated and proud. If this feeling is “Proudly South African”, then I like it.last_img read more

Meural Acquired by NETGEAR – Confirmed

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#digital art#Meural Meural, the digital art platform we love and have in our office displaying beautiful art was just acquired by NETGEAR. This was just announced at NETGEAR’s Analyst Day.Meural started in 2014 by Jerry Hu and Vladimir Vukicevic. They has since raised $9.4 million over four rounds of funding from NETGEAR, Corigin Ventures, Bolt, Bryan Rosenblatt, Forefront Venture Partners, Firstrock Capital, Elio Leoni Sceti, and Francois Bennahmias.We’ve reached out to Meural and NETGEAR for confirmation on the price of the acquisition and terms of the sale. Updates to come. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini won’t rule out move for Medel

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini won’t rule out move for Medelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini refused to rule out a January move for Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel yesterday.Medel, formerly of Cardiff City, is being linked with the Hammers.And Pellegrini stated: “Those names are among 25 over the last few weeks.“We are happy with the squad we know we need to replace players that won’t play more this season – Carlos Sanchez, Yarmolenko. “I will not talk about individual players now.“ last_img read more

Las Vegas Sportsbook Releases Betting Lines For College Football’s Games of the Year

first_imgCFB Betting Lines for the weekend of September 5th.CFB Betting LinesIf you’re a gambling man (or woman), you can now bet on college football’s (basically) full slate of 2015 games.  Harbaugh-MeyerWho’s favored in the first Harbaugh-Meyer game? The Las Vegas sportsbook, Golden Nugget, has released its lines for its “games of the year,” which are nearly all of the notable games that will occur each week. The casino will take a max bet of $1,000 on the games. Here they are: Thursday, Sept. 3Michigan at Utah -4TCU -18 at MinnesotaFriday, Sept. 4Washington at Boise State -13Saturday, Sept. 5Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington, Texas)Louisville vs. Auburn -11.5 (Atlanta, Ga.)Arizona State vs. Texas A&M -3 (Houston)Texas at Notre Dame -7.5Virginia at UCLA -17BYU at Nebraska -6Monday, Sept. 7Ohio State -16 at Virginia TechSaturday, Sept. 12LSU -3 at Mississippi StateUCLA -32 at UNLVOklahoma at Tennessee -3Notre Dame -9 at VirginiaOregon State at Michigan -14Iowa -4.5 at Iowa StateMarshall -3.5 at Ohio UniversityBoise State -6 at BYUOregon at Michigan State -1Thursday, Sept. 17Clemson -3 at LouisvilleSaturday, Sept. 19Auburn at LSU -4UNLV at Michigan -33Ole Miss at Alabama -9.5South Carolina at Georgia -11Georgia Tech at Notre Dame -2Nebraska at Miami, Fla. PKStanford at USC -4BYU at UCLA -14Colorado -1.5 vs. Colorado State (Denver)Thursday, Sept. 24Cincinnati at Memphis -2Friday, Sept. 25Boise State -9 at VirginiaSaturday, Sept. 26LSU -20 at SyracuseUCLA at Arizona PKUSC -1 at ArizonaUtah at Oregon -14Oklahoma State at Texas -2.5BYU at Michigan -7Texas A&M vs. Arkansas -6.5 (Arlington, Texas)Mississippi State at Auburn -8Tennessee -2.5 at FloridaThursday, Oct. 1Miami, Fla. at Cincinnati -2.5Saturday, Oct. 3UNLV at Nevada -14Ole Miss -6 at FloridaAlabama at Georgia PKSouth Carolina at Missouri -11Arkansas at Tennessee -1Mississippi State at Texas A&M -6.5Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech -9Arizona at Stanford -7.5Arizona State at UCLA -6Oregon -16 at ColoradoArmy at Penn State -28West Virginia at Oklahoma -10Kansas State at Oklahoma State -4Texas at TCU -21Notre Dame at Clemson -3.5Thursday, Oct. 8Washington at Southern Cal -19Saturday, Oct. 10LSU -8 at South CarolinaGeorgia Tech at Clemson -3Arkansas at Alabama -7.5Florida at Missouri -10Georgia at Tennessee PKMiami (FL) at Florida State -14.5Virginia at Pittsburgh -6Boise State -12 at Colorado StateTCU -11 at Kansas StateOklahoma -6.5 vs. Texas (Dallas, Texas)Oklahoma State at West Virginia -5Wisconsin -1 at NebraskaNavy at Notre Dame -14Thursday, Oct. 15UCLA at Stanford -4.5Auburn -9 at KentuckyFriday, Oct. 16UNLV at Fresno State -12Boise State -9.5 at Utah StateSaturday, Oct. 17Florida at LSU -14Arizona State at Utah -2USC at Notre Dame PKOregon -15 at WashingtonLouisville at Florida State -12Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech -14Virginia Tech at Miami, Fla. -6Missouri at Georgia -8.5Alabama -7 at Texas A&MWest Virginia at Baylor -17TCU -29 at Iowa StateOklahoma -3 at Kansas StateMichigan State -4.5 at MichiganPenn State at Ohio State -19Saturday, Oct. 24Utah at USC -7Kansas State at Texas -2Tennessee at Alabama -10Auburn at Arkansas -6.5Texas A&M at Ole Miss -4Clemson -4.5 at Miami, Fla.Florida State at Georgia Tech PKThursday, Oct. 29Oregon -5 at Arizona StateWest Virginia at TCU -20Saturday, Oct. 31Boise State -28.5 at UNLVCentral Florida at Cincinnati -6Georgia Tech -10 at VirginiaOle Miss at Auburn -4Florida vs. Georgia -12 (Jacksonville, Fla.)South Carolina at Texas A&M -10Oregon State at Utah -16Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015Northern Illinois at Toledo -3Thursday, Nov. 5Mississippi State at Missouri, -6Baylor -12 at Kansas StateSaturday, Nov. 7LSU at Alabama -9Arkansas at Ole Miss -1Auburn -1.5 at Texas A&MTCU -11 at Oklahoma StateMichigan State -6 at NebraskaFlorida State at Clemson -2Virginia at Miami, Fla. -6.5Notre Dame -3 at PittsburghArizona at USC -7.5Thursday, Nov. 12Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech -9.5Friday, Nov. 13USC -12 at ColoradoSaturday, Nov. 14Arkansas at LSU -1.5Utah at Arizona -3Oregon at Stanford PKAlabama -9 at Mississippi StateFlorida at South Carolina -2.5Oklahoma at Baylor -13BYU at Missouri -12Saturday, Nov. 21San Diego State -16 at UNLVLSU at Ole Miss PKFresno State at BYU -18TCU -5 at OklahomaBaylor -10 at Oklahoma StateMichigan State at Ohio State -14Michigan at Penn State -4.5Mississippi State at Arkansas -10Tennessee at Missouri -2.5Georgia Tech -6 at Miami, Fla.Arizona at Arizona State -3UCLA -1 at UtahCalifornia at Stanford -13Friday, Nov. 27Baylor at TCU -6Oregon State at Oregon -22.5Washington State at Washington -4.5Iowa at Nebraska -7Texas A&M at LSU -7.5Kansas State -24 at KansasOklahoma -3 at Oklahoma StateBYU at Utah State PKOhio State -16 at MichiganPenn State at Michigan State -12UCLA at USC -3Colorado at Utah -13.5Notre Dame at Stanford -3North Carolina at NC State -6Virginia Tech -4 at VirginiaMissouri at Arkansas -7Alabama -3.5 at AuburnFlorida State -4 at FloridaGeorgia -1 at Georgia TechLouisville -2.5 at KentuckyOle Miss -2 at MississippiClemson -3 at South CarolinaVanderbilt at Tennessee -17Saturday, Dec. 5Texas at Baylor -18West Virginia at Kansas State -5Saturday, Dec. 12Navy -13 vs. Army, Philadelphia, Pa.last_img read more

Howe Stanislas will return soon

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe confirms Junior Stanislas is back in training and will soon return to action.Stanislas, however, won’t be available for selection when Leicester visit on Saturday. Eddie Howe also gave updates on the fitness of Ryan Fraser and Charlie Daniels is unavailable.The winger signed a contract extension until 2021 but has been injured with a knee injury since March.“During the international break, one of the big positives for us was that Junior joined in training and did really well.” How told Sky Sports.Brad Smith is loving his time at MLS Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Smith has been loaned from AFC Bournemouth to Seattle Sounders for a whole season, and the Australian footballer is enjoying his time there.“We did a maximal test during that break and he came first in that, so that was a really good sign, and shows he has done his rehabilitation with the best possible attitude.“He won’t be available for this game but is making the right progress.“Ryan Fraser had a hamstring problem (while on international duty), so he has been with the physios.“Charlie has had a niggle. He picked up a knee problem and we haven’t seen him during the international break.”last_img read more

Pundits verdict on Klopps celebration

first_imgPaul Merson thinks Jose Mourinho would have received an extended match ban if he had charged onto the pitch in the way Jurgen Klopp did against Everton.Klopp celebrated Liverpool’s late winner on the pitch after Divock Origi netted late in the game.And although he apologised to Everton manager Marco Silva for his celebrations after the match, Klopp has been charged with misconduct by the FA.“It’d be a 25-game ban – I dread to think,” he said on The Debate.“Put it this way, if that was Jose, he’d have got sent straight to the stands as soon as he got back to his technical area.“Jose got sent off at Southampton for going outside his technical area. It’s horses for courses – everyone loves Jurgen Klopp, apart from Manchester United fans. It’s one of them where it’s a case of ‘don’t do it again’ – no-one got hurt and Marco Silva was fine with it.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Tim Sherwood also shared his thoughts but suggested emotions can get the better of you on the touchline.“He’s a charismatic, good manager,” Sherwood disclosed to Sky.“He’s got a knack of everyone eating out of his hand, players, press, fans – they love it. Everyone loves him. He puts a positive spin on everything. He’s got a great smile and offers an honest opinion, plus, he wears his heart on his sleeve.“I can understand his emotion. I’d be still running around now, waiting for the bell for the last lap!“Until you’ve stood in that technical area, you can’t understand the emotion of winning a game and what it means to everyone.“It’s so much more than when you are a player as you’re taking the heat and taking it on for the full football club. It’s massive. When people criticise Jurgen Klopp who have never stood in the technical area, I find it difficult.”last_img read more