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Belle Vue residents fume over high iron content in water

first_imgResidents of Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara (WBD), having been forced to use water that is high in iron content, have lashed out at the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) for not addressing their water woes despite numerous complaints.A resident of Belle Vue opens his pressure pipe to allow the discoloured water out before it reaches his tapsThe condition of the water residents are forced to useOne resident, who said he was now frustrated with the situation, took to social media in a bid to gain positive attention to hopefully have the situation rectified.According to the villager, who has been living in the area for over 20 years, the water has been discoloured for as long as he can remember.“Since I was small, this thing has been happening, but for the past two months like it get worse. Every day the water coming through our taps is orange. We can’t even wash our clothes, bathe or cook with it, much less drink it,” he stated.The resident said several complaints have been made to GWI and even the Government, but to no avail. “We went to complain to GWI and they said they can’t do anything about it. A while back a representative for Minister (Joseph) Harmon was here and we complained to him, but nothing has been done till now,” he related.Hundreds of residents so far are affected, according to him, as the Belle Vue pump station supplies water to about four villages on the West Bank of Demerara.The frustrated man told Guyana Times that GWI workers would usually visit the area after a complaint is made to “flush out” the high-iron water to prevent it from reaching the taps of villagers. However, this method is not proving to be feasible as the situation is becoming worse by the day.This publication was told that villagers were now taking the matter into their own hands by opening their pressure pipes to allow the “orange water” out before it reaches their taps.Housewives have complained that the high iron content in the water has been staining their bath tubs and sinks as well as their toilets. “Every day now we does got to clean because the water coming out with a set of thing and when it settle it staining up all we sink and so,” a villager noted.The residents are contending that they are posted a hefty bill every month for a service that has not been acceptable and are demanding a solution from the water company.GWI is responsible for ensuring that safe, clean water is accessible. Several calls made to the agency’s representatives were futile on Monday. In January of this year, the types of pipes used were highlighted as one of the root causes for discoloured water. It was explained that cast iron pipes can pose health risks as the metal corrodes.Over the years, many Guyanese have been dealing with “reddish” water –largely a result of heavy iron content – coming through their taps.GWI noted at that time that to prevent iron in ground water, it may have to reach a depth of some 2000 feet. It was further explained that over $600 million was spent on chemicals to make the water potable using imported materials from countries like Canada and China, but GWI went on to say that it would also work to reduce the amount spent on acquiring chemicals in 2019.last_img read more

Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets, Albion among teams advancing to playoffs

first_imgBCB/SKYY Vodka 20/20 Cricket TournamentThe Skyy Vodka 20/20 Knock-out Cricket Tournament, organised by the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), started last weekend with two matches.Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets defeated Rose Hall Canje by 65 runs, Skeldon continued their impressive start to the 2018 First-Division season by winning by eight wickets while Albion Cricket Club and Upper Corentyne were granted walkovers over West Berbice and Young Warriors respectively after both teams failed to turn up for unknown reasons. Blairmont drew the bye and as such, advanced to the next round as well.At the Rose Hall Canje Ground, the home team won the toss and elected to field. Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets opened with Vidal Crandon and the veteran Jason Sinclair, who added 15 for the first wicket in five overs. The batsmen struggled on a wicket with a lot of preparation moisture, but Andy Naidu (21) and Clinton Pestano (31) batted positively, as Sinclair played the defensive role to remain unbeaten on a carefully constructed 41, which contained just two boundaries. Naidu hit two sixes while national player Pestano hit three huge sixes and two boundaries in his innings as Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets reached 130 for 5 in their 20 overs.Bowling for the home team, K Ramsarran claimed 4 for 24 while left-arm spinner Mark Sampson took 1 for 9 from his four overs. In response, Rose Hall Canje were restricted to 65 all out in 16 overs. Sasenarine Sukhdeo struck 36 to be the only batsman to reach double figures. Sukhdeo hit two sixes and three boundaries in his innings. Shawn Perreira, Eon Hooper, and Keith Simpson each took two wickets for 10, 13 and 14 respectively while Sylus Tyndall, Pestano and Jonathan Rampersaud took one wicket each.At the Number 73 Ground, Tucber Park batted first and reached 111 all out from 10 overs as only Garfield Benjamin (33); K Michael (17); D Talack (14) and Marlon Mickle (12) reached double figures. Bowling for Skeldon, Jermaine Reid had returns of 4 for 5 in his four overs and Sherwin Murray 2 for 25. In response, Skeldon reached 114 for 7, with Charles France top-scoring with 51and he received support from Triston Ramnauth (16) and D Charitar (17). Bowling for Tucber Park, C Tanner took 2 wickets for 18 runs and R Vankenic 2 wickets for 20 runs.BCB President Hilbert Foster stated that he was pleased that the 2018 First-Division season was finally underway and the season would include the Patron’s Cup, Skyy Vodka 20/20, Pepsi 50-Overs, Busta 40-Overs, Brian Ramphal Double Wicket and one more tournament. He called on Clubs to get themselves in order and stated that those who could not follow the new sets of rules would be left behind as the Cricket Board was enforcing a no-nonsense attitude towards discipline and the behaviour of First-Division teams.last_img read more

Students can get culture, credits on trip to Spain

first_imgRequirements for the trip include being in good class standing at the college and having a valid passport. A mandatory orientation meeting is scheduled for July 11 on campus. For information, call (661) 362-3530 or visit (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Students will visit universities and museums in the cities of Toledo, Segovia, Valladolid and Madrid during the five-week program that will run from July 24 to Aug. 11. Trips to Seville, Lisbon and Portugal are available to college students, but they are optional. Acosta added that students could earn up to eight units of college credit in the various levels of Spanish courses being offered on the trip and can enroll in up to two classes that offer honors credit. The cost is $3,195 and includes round-trip airfare, room and board, some meals, instruction and all excursions in the program. Tuition is not included but remains at the regular per-unit price. VALENCIA – Listen to the rhythmic clatter of castanets during a dramatic flamenco performance, enjoy a plate of paella and maybe sip a glass of sangria – and earn college credit. College of the Canyons’ study-abroad trip to Spain offers just that, an immersion in Spanish culture. “I have been doing study abroad for more than five years, and the reason I do this is to be a part of the transformation that I get to see in students that travel abroad,” said Claudia Acosta, chairwoman of the college’s foreign language department. “Students, especially those who have never traveled or left the U.S. before, get to connect academics with the human dimension while making lasting friends and a great support group.” last_img read more

Wokeley pleads guilty to second-degree murder for the death of Pamela Napoleon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Monday, during an appearance in the B.C. Supreme Court in Fort St. John, Leon Wokeley pleaded guilty to the murder of Pamela Napoleon.According to the B.C. Prosecution Service, instead of proceeding with a trial, Wokeley voluntary entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder.In October 2017, Wokeley was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, arson, and indignity to human remains for his role in Napoleon’s death.- Advertisement -Napoleon and Wokeley were both last seen together on July 8, 2014, leaving the Blueberry First Nation, the last time that she was last seen alive.42-year-old Napoleon was reported missing to police by her family on July 23, 2014. Her remains were discovered 12 days later inside a burned-out cabin about 30 kilometres north of Buick on the Beatton Airport Road.Following Wokeley’s guilty plea, Court Justice, Jennifer Duncan ordered a pre-sentencing report and a Gladue report to determine Wokeley’s eligibility for parole.Advertisement Wokeley remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on July 15, 2019, to set a two-day hearing for the sentencing.last_img read more

Man United line-up v Swansea City: NINE players absent for United but Van Gaal remains confident

first_img 1 1 Louis van Gaal Will Man United get off to the perfect start, or will Swansea ruin Van Gaal’s party? Comment below…What do you think the score will be? Let us know by playing our Predictor game right here. The Louis van Gaal show kicks off in earnest on Saturday afternoon, as the Dutchman takes charge of his first Premier League game as Manchester United boss – with the Red Devils hosting Swansea City at Old Trafford.It promises to be a spectacle, but while Van Gaal has certainly brought with him a wave of optimism to the club, there are some lingering doubts as the curtain raises on the start of the 2014/15 season.United have enjoyed the perfect pre-season, winning every single match, but Van Gaal has revealed that there are nine injuries in his squad, including £30m summer signing Luke Shaw who will be absent for the next month.Swansea on the other hand look largely different from the club that petered out towards the end of last season. Star man Michu has moved to Napoli on a season-long loan, while first team players Ben Davies and Michel Vorm have left for Tottenham Hotspur.In their places have come Lukasz Fabianski and Gylfi Sigurdsson, while Bafetimbi Gomis has also arrived to partner Wilfried Bony in attack.Team newsMan UnitedIn his press conference, Van Gaal commented that United have nine injury concerns, name-checking five first team players that will be absent, including Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie – the latter of whom has just returned to training.SwanseaSwansea boss Garry Monk’s only real concerns appear to be to Wayne Routledge and Marvin Emnes, with the Welsh side boasting a largely clean bill of health. Bony continues to be linked with a move away from the club, but it is likely that he will feature on Saturday.Man United possible line-uplast_img read more

‘Da Vinci’ looks like a world champ

first_img“There was a cool quotient to it,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of domestic distribution. “It was fresh and different and unlike anything people had seen, and certainly younger audiences embraced that part of it.” Sony said the movie version of Dan Brown’s book, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, was boosted by several other factors as well. “I really believe it is absolutely the fact that this is an amazing book, you have this incredible filmmaker in Ron Howard and a cast led by one of our most beloved actors,” Bruer said. “It’s also a film that provokes conversation and people are talking about it.” Online ticket selling service Fandango Inc. surveyed thousands of its customers about the movie and 74 percent of those who bought advance tickets had already read the book and 93 percent said the controversy surrounding the movie did not affect their impressions of it. “It’s just one of those rare phenomenons that happens with a successful book that is translated to screen,” Gray said. “We’ve seen if happen before with the `Harry Potter’ movies and this seems to be similar to that.” Fandango also reported that only 64 percent of those surveyed rated the film very good or excellent, 55 percent said they would definitely recommend it to a friend, and 30 percent said the movie was better than they expected. Reaction to the movie, according to the Fandango poll, was about the same among those who had read the book and those who had not. Bucksbaum expects “Da Vinci” to continue to perform strongly through the upcoming Memorial Day weekend despite what will be tough competition from Friday’s release of “X-Men: The Last Stand.” “While this turned out to be the kind of front-loaded movie everyone wants to see the first weekend, it’s also an adult movie and those tend to last longer,” he said. (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It didn’t play so well in Cannes, but “The Da Vinci Code” is a worldwide smash virtually everywhere else and box office experts said Monday that the controversy surrounding the religious thriller was the biggest reason behind its stunning $232 million worldwide opening weekend success – $8 million more than originally estimated. Although the movie is based on a blockbuster novel, widespread bad reviews and a stunningly cold reception at the Cannes Film Festival last week had some painting “Da Vinci” a potential box office failure. The harsh early reception followed well-publicized protests from Christian groups and the Vatican itself because the movie suggests Jesus fathered a child with Mary Magdalene and that the Catholic Church conspires to keep the secret at all costs. “The controversy arose from Christian groups complaining about the content of the movie and the movie is about Christians going to great lengths to cover things up,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. “When you have the Vatican proposing action against the movie, it plays into the whole mystique of `The Da Vinci Code.”‘ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIn heavily Catholic Italy and Spain, the film grossed $11 million in each country, all-time records. Both France and Japan also grossed just over $11 million each. The movie was No. 1 in the more than 91 foreign territories where “Da Vinci” debuted, including the United Kingdom ($17.1 million), Germany ($13.3 million), South Korea ($8.8 million), Mexico ($6.35 million) and China ($4.7 million). The domestic portion of that total was $77.1 million, the biggest opening of any movie released so far in 2006. More than half of the audiences in the U.S. and Canada were under the age of 30, which was surprisingly high considering it was considered to be an older-skewing film. “When controversy is so deep and heavy, the younger crowd is going to turn out and see it,” said Robert Bucksbaum, president of the box office tracking firm Reel Source Inc. “The hype surrounding all the controversy really brought the young people out.” Sony Pictures Entertainment, which released the movie worldwide, acknowledged the huge boost the movie got from younger moviegoers who have not historically been as interested in such serious, adult fare. last_img


first_imgIf you are looking for something to do this Sunday then you could use a bit of ‘horse sense.’That’s because the first horse and pony race meeting of the new season takes place.The first of an eight race card gets underway at 3.30pm at Falcarragh beach. Now all we need is a bit of sun and a couple of winners!  USE A BIT OF ‘HORSE SENSE’ THIS SUNDAY IN FALCARRAGH was last modified: May 18th, 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:Falcarraghhorse racinglast_img read more

Na Rossa lose out in thrilling clash with Convoy

first_imgGAA NEWS: The seniors run in the championship came to an end at the weekend as they lost out by the minimum to Convoy in what was an excellent game.A terrific performance from the lads just wasn’t enough as the visitors won 11 points to 10. See paper for match report.Tickets for the club draw are now on sale and can be bought from any committee member. Prices for tickets are 10 euro each or 3 for 20 euro. The lotto draw took place last Monday evening in the hall. No jackpot winner on the night.Numbers drawn were 7,10,20 and 24. Two lucky dip winners receive 50 euro Sheila Breslin, Boyoughter and Sarah Boyle, Ballinacarrick. Next weeks jackpot now stands at 3400 euro.The July club 50 draw also took place on the night. Well done to prize winners Denis O’Donnell (300 euro), Niall McMonagle (100 euro) and Imelda Doherty (50 euro).  The club’s committee again would like to thank you all for the continued support in the above draws.Good luck to the Donegal senior and minor teams as they continue their quest for all Ireland titles this Saturday in Croke park. From all at the club. Na Rossa lose out in thrilling clash with Convoy was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:convoyGAANa RossaSportlast_img read more

The World Cup’s most iconic goals: from Bobby Charlton to Diego Maradona

first_img getty Never dull, an England-Argentina World Cup meeting. Sixteen minutes into this second round clash and we have already witnessed two penalties, both scored, and a couple of bookings for Glenn Hoddle’s men.David Beckham, still waiting to make his most memorable mark on proceedings, picks the ball up thirty yards from his own goal and sprays it to 18-year-old Owen, who is faced by Jose Antonio Chamot and a wall of Argentine steel.Undeterred, our Michael flips the ball past Chamot and races clear, straight at Roberto Ayala, who for some reason has spent the entire attack rooted to his own 18-yard line. Owen jinks right, wraps his foot round the ball and beats Carlos Roa, an entire half of the pitch away from where he first took possession.The disbelieving looks on the bench are enough to tell you how special a moment this was from a man in only his third year of professional football. 9. Manuel Negrete – MEXICO v Bulgaria, Mexico 1986 Too simple really, the volley. Too dull. Too ‘common or garden’. Manuel Negrete was not put on this earth to bore his home crowd at the 1986 World Cup by simply side-footing the ball into the net.He sees the ball hovering in the air on the edge of the box and does what every self-respecting Latin American footballer should – he goes horizontal.It’s not a bicycle kick, nor an overhead. No, this is bang side on, slashing his left boot through the air and burying the ball into the goal. The quintessential scissor kick.These kind of football lexicon things matter, you know. 16 It was a toss-up between this and Geoff Hurst’s second against Germany for which England 1966 goal would inevitably make this list.But since Hurst’s goal failed the usual test – sorry, Frank Lampard – of crossing the line, Bobby it is.Our follicly-challenged hero picks the ball up inside his own half and, seeing that no Mexican defenders appear interested in tackling him, charges towards goal.Reaching the zone 30 yards from goal, an area of shooting range sandwiched between ‘cultured strikes’ and ‘speculative efforts’, he lets fly, arrowing the ball straight into the top corner. Eng-er-land. 16 11. Bobby Charlton – ENGLAND v Mexico, England 1966 16 15. Saeed Al-Owairan – SAUDI ARABIA v Belgium, USA 1994 16 16 14. Salif Diao – SENEGAL v Denmark, South Korea/Japan 2002 12. Michael Owen – ENGLAND v Argentina, France 1998 The 1994 World Cup, at its best, was a good laugh. Diana Ross’ performance at the opening ceremony. 93,000 people going to watch Cameroon v Sweden in the group stage. And the ludicrously deep goal nets which redefined commentators’ conventions of ‘billowing’.But, crucially, it was the tournament that gave us this goal. Saeed Al-Owairan, who spent his entire career with domestic side Al-Shabab (not that one) despite once being named Asian Player of the Year due to Saudi rules on playing abroad, sent his country through to the second round in their debut tournament.He scythed through the heart of the Belgian midfield covering 70 yards in all before tip-toeing through two challenges on the edge of the box.As surprised as anyone to suddenly find himself one-on-one, Al-Owairan powered the ball home. 16 1. Diego Maradona – ARGENTINA v England, Mexico 1986 6. Maxi Rodriguez – ARGENTINA v Mexico, Germany 2006 Ooft. In the evergreen words of Dirtbox from Gavin and Stacey, “right in the stanchion”.This was a special Dutch team, one that could tear you apart through Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, and also give you a good kicking, should Marc van Bommel or Johnny Heitinga be around.Captaining the side was little Gio van Bronckhorst. Reaching for the leadership clichés, pundits watch on as he puts his side ahead in the World Cup semi-final with a tracer bullet past Fernando Muslera.Doel, Nederland. 8. James Rodriguez – COLOMBIA v Uruguay, Brazil 2014 16 It’s a well-known fact that goals are scientifically proven to be better when scored via the underside of the bar.Even more so when they are hit from 25 yards on the volley, by a Colombian wizard in the middle of dragging his team single-handedly to the quarter-finals.The strike won him goal of the tournament and was one of six that secured the Golden Boot as well.“ONE OF THE GREATS! My word this boy’s a star!” exclaims Peter Drury on ITV, in a typically composed summary. Glad you agree, Peter. 16 Look up fluid in the dictionary, and you’re looking right at this goal.In many ways just as memorable for the sheer number of mediocre Premier League players involved, Senegal sweep through the Uruguay midfield with consummate ease, on their way to the quarter-finals at their first World Cup.Henri Camara (Wolves, Southampton, Stoke, Wigan), Diao (Liverpool, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Stoke), on to El-Hadji Diouf (boo, hiss), back to Diao.He finds one-time Bolton man Khalilou Fadiga on the edge, who rolls the ball back to him to nudge past Villa’s Thomas Sorensen. Richard Scudamore approves. Dip. Swerve. Curl. Arc. Swazz. All of it. All here, in this strike.Brazil have a history of producing right-backs who score stunning goals at World Cups – Josimar, Maicon, Carlos Alberto – and Nelinho deserves his place among them.Italy, 1-0 up in the third-place play-off, have marshalled Brazil well. Nelinho has the ball in a crossing position, but the backline are in formation and Dino Zoff’s in goal. No problem.The thought of crossing the ball does not enter Nelinho’s mind however, and with one swipe of the outside of his boot he hits an outrageous effort into the net. Just look at that. Look. At. That. 16 13. Giovanni van Bronckhorst – NETHERLANDS v Uruguay, South Africa 2010 Argentina and Mexico are locked at 1-1 in the 119th minute of the second round at Germany 2006 and Maxi Rodriguez has decided he isn’t going to risk penalties.One of a number of outstanding goals scored by Argentina in this tournament – more on that later – this one starts with left-back Sorin hitting a long diagonal to the corner of the box.Chesting it down, Rodriguez takes one look at the ball and swings his unfavoured left boot into it, sending the ball crashing into the top corner and his country into the quarter-finals. 7. Nelinho – BRAZIL v Italy, Argentina 1978 5. Dennis Bergkamp – NETHERLANDS v Argentina, France 1998 talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. 16 Comfortably your dad’s favourite ever World Cup goal, this, and for good reason.Grainy footage, low, shinpad-less socks and perhaps the greatest World Cup-winning side of all time.By the time captain Carlos Alberto arrives in the area to rocket in Brazil’s fourth of the day from Pele’s lay-off, he is the 10th and final outfield player to touch the ball in the move.A goal that combines quick feet, incisive passing and a thunderbolt to finish, this appears to be something out of a laboratory, patching together all the elements of every brilliant goal ever scored – only this time on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup final. What can you do in fifty-four seconds on a football field?Tranmere’s Liam Ridehalgh needed exactly that long before being sent off in this year’s National League play-off final. Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took almost double the time to put together one of the greatest comebacks of all time on that night in Barcelona.For Argentina, fifty-four seconds surrounded twenty-six passes and footballing immortality for Esteban Cambiasso.In truth, the goal is almost worthy of this list for the final three passes alone. Saviola, to Cambiasso, into Crespo, a quick backheel to return it to the midfielder, and he parks the ball in the top corner of Dragoslav Jevric’s net. Exquisite. 3. Tim Cahill – AUSTRALIA v Netherlands, Brazil 2014 16 Loveable former Premier League star. Wrong foot. Volley. Bar, underside. All the boxes being ticked here. One of those goals ex-pros will be at pains to stress ‘just how difficult it is to do that’ (Alan Shearer particularly excels at this).In fairness to Newcastle’s favourite son, it is very difficult to do what Tim Cahill did against the Netherlands in 2014. Very, very difficult indeed.By the time Mile Jedinak’s long ball has dropped over his shoulder and onto his left foot, it’s a long time since Cahill even checked to see where the goal was.It makes no difference. He catches the ball perfectly and Jesper Cillessen is just a spectator. 2. Carlos Alberto – BRAZIL v Italy, Mexico 1970 4. Esteban Cambiasso – ARGENTINA v Serbia & Montenegro, Germany 2006 10. Pele – BRAZIL v Sweden, Sweden 1958Wide-eyed, bandy-legged and still not old enough to buy himself a celebratory cerveja, a 17-year-old Pele was on his way to getting his hands on the next best thing – the World Cup.The first of a record three winner’s medals, Pele took Sweden apart, scoring twice as Brazil defeated the hosts 5-2 in the 1958 final.His side 2-1 up at this stage, he collects the ball on his chest, shrugs one defender off, flips the ball over another and thunders a low volley into the net.Momentarily forgetting just how young this kid is – two birthdays short of anyone headed to this summer’s tournament – the on-looking crowd let out an audible, collective gasp. The world’s first global superstar has arrived. 16 16 There was only ever going to be one winner. It was 32 years ago now, so even English fans can come to appreciate just how spectacularly their team were torn apart by Diego Armando Maradona.The goal came just four minutes after Maradona had pulled off an astonishing feat. No, not using his hand to put the ball in the net without a single official noticing, but beating Peter Shilton, a man seven inches taller, quite literally to the punch.After the Hand of God, Maradona employed his other deified extremity, his left foot, solely to beat the entire England team.Peter Reid, seemingly mesmerised, guides him on his way, matching the genius stride-for-stride as he gallantly refuses to put a foot in and ruin his view of one of the greatest goals ever scored. In Reid’s defence, no one else in the England defence had any answer either.Diego Maradona had just scored FIFA’s Goal of the Century. Unsurprisingly, it’s our number one too. 16 Eighty-nine minutes have passed in the sweltering Marseille heat and Argentina centre-back Roberto Ayala is about to join an illustrious list.Stephen Carr, Nikos Dabizas, Matt Elliott and now him. All are proud members of the prestigious and inclusive Utterly Skinned by Dennis Bergkamp Club.Latching onto Frank de Boer’s long ball, Bergkamp needs just two seconds and three touches to put his side through to the World Cup semi-final.Can someone please check on the Dutch commentator’s heart.last_img read more

Joburg’s digital ambassadors bring tech to the people

first_imgThe city of Johannesburg is well on its way to becoming a world-class smart city by 2030. (Image: The South African)Johannesburg, South Africa’s economic hub, is on its way to becoming a world-class smart city, and it’s making sure its citizens are tech-smart too.Over the next 18 months, more than 720 000 Joburg households will be trained in digital literacy to enable them to use and benefit from broadband connections in the city.The city, in partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), recently launched the much-anticipated R80-million Jozi Digital Ambassadors programme, which is designed to bridge the digital divide across the metropolitan municipality. It is part of Joburg’s strategy to become a fully fledged smart city, which is in keeping with its Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Strategy (GDS).This initiative dovetails with the outcomes of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030. Its focus is on skills development, jobs and growth, community development and world-class infrastructure.BECOMING A SMART CITYA smart city is an environmentally friendly city created from a combination of concepts and technologies.“We’re a city where the young lead the call for transformation, demanding the opportunity to work, improve their lives and become the best of what they can be,” said Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau. “As the city of Johannesburg we know and understand that with just a little help, our youth are not the challenge some think them to be, but our greatest asset.“This is why we are investing so much in the youth of this city. This is in line with our developmental local government approach to the implementation of the 2040 Growth and Development Strategy.”PARTNERSHIPS AND NEW PROGRAMMESRecruitment and assessment of 3 000 digital ambassadors has begun, says the city, and is being done through Vulindlel’ eJozi, a programme initiated in partnership with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. The latter is an NGO established to break down barriers to youth employment.The programme uses a new city portal called Maru a Jozi, a Setswana phrase meaning “Joburg clouds”. Maru a Jozi is an easy-to-use portal that gives the user free access to a range of basic online services. Each digital ambassador will be equipped with a tablet to train Joburg residents. They will also be mentored in business acumen so that they can learn to use technology to create innovation for their own enterprises.“The city is not only empowering people with digital knowledge and understanding,” Tau said, “but is also addressing the fact that half of Johannesburg’s 4.8 million residents do not have regular access to the internet.”He said this was being corrected by the rollout of more than 1 000 wifi hotspots throughout the city.“The Jozi Digital Ambassadors programme will enable the broader Johannesburg community to engage with digital technology, for example, in online job seeking opportunities, banking applications and access to digital services,” explained Prof Johan Meyer, the head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at UJ.last_img read more