Ronaldo Scores Twice to Reach 50 Juventus Goals Mark

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties to take his tally to 10 goals in his last six games as Juventus beat Fiorentina 3-0.The hosts were first awarded a spot kick for handball in the first half and Ronaldo swept home the penalty.Rodrigo Bentancur was fouled inside the box towards the end of the second half and Ronaldo again converted. Matthijs de Ligt then headed in a third in injury time.Ronaldo has now scored in nine successive Serie A games for Juventus, becoming the first player to do so since David Trezeguet in December 2005.He has also scored 50 goals in just 70 appearances since joining the Italian giants in 2018.The win strengthens Juventus’ place at the top of the table, with 54 points from 22 games – six clear of Inter Milan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

South Africa gains from 2010 security plan

first_imgThe World Cup security plan was well executed, Minister Nathi Mthethwa and National Commissioner Bheki Cele have said. Police have been applauded for the work they did during the World Cup. A new fleet of BMWs is part of the World Cup legacy. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zweli Mnisi, Spokesperson, Ministry of Police, +27 82 045 4024 RELATED ARTICLES • Top safety plan for World Cup • Interpol: a safe World Cup • Police hard at work for a safer SA • Cracking down on 2010 crimeBongani NkosiAlthough the 2010 Fifa World Cup came to an end almost a month ago, the crime-prevention strategy used during its month-long run will continue, helping create a safer, more secure South Africa.Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa told Parliament on 3 August that the tournament “might have come and gone, but the security legacy in the fight against crime is still benefiting the country”.The heavy investment in police resources and skills, which undoubtedly contributed to the success of the Cup, forms a major part of this legacy, according to Mthethwa.Before the tournament the police department spent about R572-million (US$79-million) on crowd-control tools, helicopters, water cannons, advanced body armour, 100 BMW highway-patrol vehicles, cartridges and ammunition.Some 44 000 officers, 3 000 more than initially planned, were deployed during the spectacle.The department also invested in new bomb squad equipment, special trainers to help crime-scene investigations and 300 new mobile cameras with high-tech monitoring devices – these “remain in place”, the minister said.“All these resources are still with police … and are serving as an enormous arsenal in our fight against crime.”In total, Mthethwa’s department was allocated R1,3-billion ($18-million) for its World Cup security strategy, which was well executed and led to very few criminal cases being reported. This even impressed Fifa, which applauded the South African Police Service in a post-tournament media briefing.“We spent our budget accountably and sensibly in accordance with the crime-prevention and combating approach of this security plan, which resulted in the safety of our citizens and visitors from around the world,” he said.Part of this budget remains and is being used to further improve the country’s police services.Top-priority security operationsThe men and women in blue kept security tight at stadiums, hotels and other public viewing areas during the Cup, and also maintained a high visibility on the streets doing spot searches.Collaboration with international agencies such as Interpol was also instrumental in ensuring a safe World Cup.The police’s fleet of armoured vehicles and forensic science laboratory were refurbished ahead of the tournament, and 40 helicopters were made available to help in overhead surveillance operations.“The number of police personnel added to the force, as well as the equipment acquired for their use, is one of the important legacies of the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Mthethwa.“The emphasis is now on sustaining these best practices and continuing to deal a devastating blow to crime.”This was reinforced at a meeting of top police management in Mpumalanga province at the end of July, according to department spokesperson Zweli Mnisi.last_img read more

A little hope goes a long way

first_imgSarah and her team cultivating land for the food garden. (Image: Sarah Bergs Facebook)An initiative in Hoedspruit, in Limpopo is uplifting local communities, promoting social responsibility and encouraging environmental education.Nourish is a non-profit organisation founded by Sarah Bergs, who grew up at Motswari Game Lodge, in Hoedspruit. She wanted to combine her love for conservation and her humanitarianism with the fight against poverty and poaching when she started Nourish just over four years ago.Bergs told the Sunday Times newspaper she could remember as a child seeing tourists from all over the world spending a lot of money at the reserve, yet the local community never benefited.“I wanted to play Robin Hood and help the community,” she said. “This is my community. You see people with so much money come in and out, and international people coming to see the heritage and wildlife.“Then you drive 20 kilometres away and see a community completely unaffected by the wealth. These guests are throwing away more money than what these people have.”Bergs credits her caregiver, Minah Mathebula, for teaching her to speak Xitsonga, to weave grass mats and be “bush-wise”, when she was growing up.THE WORK OF NOURISHNourish is a community upliftment project that provides after-school facilities for children from the area. It has a library and a vegetable garden worked by the community for their own benefit, and a small plantation where they grow moringa trees to sell to mining companies. Mines use the moringa trees to mitigate the effects of acid mine drainage, among other uses.“Initially it was a food security garden but then we figured out that in this area there was a secondary need – a big, big need for education and entrepreneurship, so then we decided to build a library,” Bergs said.RECYCLINGAlthough Nourish aims to improve entrepreneurial skills in the local community, recycling is also are high on its agenda.“We don’t want to hard-sell recycling. We just want people to walk in here and think a little bit; go home and see things a little differently. Maybe see waste as a resource, maybe see the conservation area as something precious.“You learn so much by trial and error, but I’m hoping to duplicate what we do here in other communities.”THE LIBRARY AND HOW YOU CAN HELPLaunched in 2015, the library is still in need of books and educational toys for children. Bergs also hopes to turn it into a skills training centre for the older people and adults in the region.“Since the launch of the library and helping the kids with English, I’ve had feedback that their confidence has improved a lot. That’s something very tangible. It makes me feel like I’m doing something important.“Life’s not boring at all when you’re involved in something like this.”The children have also started doing yoga.You can help her do her work better at Nourish by donating English books and educational toys for the library, and by buying one or more moringa trees for the plantation. There are also problems with electricity connections at the premises. Bergs can be contacted on 071 909 7261.Are you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Tiger Woods Voted PGA Tour Player of The Year

Tiger Woods has officially been voted by his peers PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 11th time, based on five big wins and his return to No.1 player in the world.Friday morning, the PGA announced the results and Woods had the votes.“It’s been an incredible year to have won five times, two of those World Golf Championships and one Players,” Woods said on a conference call Friday. “It’s been just a fantastic year all around. It’s also an incredible feeling to be voted by your peers, and to have that type of respect is something that’s very humbling.”On the ballot with Woods was British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar. The PGA does not release the percentage of votes, so we will never know who finished second.Also, this is the third time that Woods has won the Jack Nicklaus Award while losing the majors. He is the only player to win the award more than twice, since it began in 1990. read more

July 30 Is World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 24 (JIS): On Thursday, July 30, Jamaica will join 133 other countries in observing the inaugural World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on July 24, Chairperson for the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), Carol Palmer, said that the observance of the day is necessary to raise awareness of the trauma experienced by victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.“Our intention is largely to provide the society with more information on this crime, so they can become fully aware. If every person in the society doesn’t know what is human trafficking, then we have not succeeded in our efforts,” she said.NATFATIP will observe a week of activities, beginning on July 26 with an 8:30 a.m. church service at Hope United Church, Mona, in Kingston. There will also be a national broadcast of the Prime Minister’s message to be aired on the Day of observance, supported by a supplement and inserts in the newspapers. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Week will end with the Task Force’s participation in the Denbigh Show from July 31 to August 2, in May Pen, Clarendon. Meanwhile, Secretary General of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC), Ban Ki-moon, in an official statement for the Day, said that every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals.“On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all,” he said.Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.UNODOC reports that an estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Related Items:last_img read more

British Government Donates £5 Million to Relief Efforts in Dominica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The British Government has pledged to give the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica £5 million in UK aid, the International Development Secretary, Priti Patel has announced.Priti Patel will visit the Caribbean on Sunday to see firsthand the damage caused to a number of British territories that were destroyed by two major storms. Category five Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Dominica after making landfall on Monday, leaving 98% of buildings damaged and thousands without power – affecting almost the entire 70,000 population.Ms. Patel announced the latest wave of UK Government support as she visited HMS Ocean, which on Friday delivered 60 tonnes of UK aid to the Caribbean, almost doubling the amount of aid in the region.She said: “The UK has pledged to give £5 million to the people of Dominica, the island worst hit by Hurricane Maria – on top of the £57 million already promised to the region – to strengthen recovery following these relentless disasters. I have come to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla to see first-hand UK aid in action, helping families whose lives have been ripped apart first by Hurricane Irma and then Maria.”During her trip, Ms. Patel will meet families in the British Virgin Islands whose lives were torn apart by Hurricane Irma, and she will visit Anguilla to see UK efforts to get schools and businesses up and running to speed up recovery.The £5 million pledge brings the British Government’s financial support for islands hit by Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma to £62 million, a sum which has gone to overseas territories including the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Turks, and Caicos.This new pledge comes after calls for the UK Government to revisit their foreign aid policy with would prevent the country from contributing to relief efforts in the British overseas territories. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Maria Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Related Items:#magneticmedianews, British aid, Dominica, Hurricane Maria Recommended for youlast_img read more