SA opens at 2010 Expo Shanghai

first_imgFinal touches being made to the South African pavilion at the 2010 Expo Shanghai China. The Expo will run for six months, with 100-million people – double South Africa’s population – expected to attend. MEDIA CONTACTS • Lucy Xu MS&L Worldwide +86 21 5465 8487 139 1748 8319 RELATED ARTICLES • Team SA punts country in Davos• China-Africa relations to deepen• China-Africa trade to soar• Tigers in Africa?Mary AlexanderSouth Africa’s economic ties to China were strengthened today with the opening of the country’s pavilion at the massive six-month Expo 2010 in the eastern port city of Shanghai, the largest centre of commerce and finance in mainland China and the showpiece of the world’s fastest-growing major economy. Download press releaseGallery: South Africa at 2010 Expo ShanghaiWith the payoff line “The Rise of a Modern Economy – Ke Nako! It’s Time!” – the latter being the same slogan for the 2010 Fifa World Cup – the pavilion offers visitors a taste of the best that South Africa offers and its advantages as a strategic partner with China, given that country’s increasing interest in Africa. Each month until the end of October the pavilion will have a different theme: the 2010 Fifa World Cup, urban renewal, tourism and heritage, environment, and trade and investment.Relations between China and South Africa are said to be at their strongest since the countries established formal diplomatic relations in 1998, four years after the 1994 democratic elections which welcomed South Africa back into the international community after decades of isolation under apartheid.In 2007 the Chinese government established the China-Africa Development Fund to encourage its enterprises to invest in Africa. By the end of 2008 the fund had invested US$400-million in 20 projects, raising China’s total investment in Africa to $2-billion.China is now South Africa’s top trading partner: the number one export destination, and South Africa’s biggest import market.With the largest economy in Africa, South Africa is seen as the gateway to the rest of the continent and an important strategic trade and investment partner for China. In 2009 the total trade between China and Africa amounted to $106-billion, 45% up from the previous year, of which South Africa accounted for 20%. China’s imports from Africa amounted to $56-billion, a 54% increase.At the 2010 Expo Shanghai South Africa aims to promote its most promising industries: agriprocessing, minerals and metals beneficiation, mining and defence technology, ICT, and alternative energy such as biofuels. The pavilion, opened by South Africa’s international relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, uses the rondavel round house as its motif, interpreted in a modern way fusing traditional designs with modern materials.Expo 2010 Shanghai is the largest ever held, with some 300 pavilions over an area of 5.3 kilometres. With the theme “Better City, Better Life” it is expected to attract 100-million visitors – double South Africa’s total population – during its six-month run from May to October.The Expo continues a long tradition of World Fairs begun with the Victorian Great Exhibition in London’s Crystal Palace in 1851. Paris’s 1889 World Fair saw the erection of the Eiffel Tower, while the following event, Chicago’s 1893 World Fair, was the impetus for the invention of the Ferris wheel, with an 80-metre-high wheel erected in a bid to outdo the Eiffel Tower.While earlier World Fairs or Expos focused heavily on industrialisation and cultural exchange, from the World Expo 1988 in Australia onwards countries started to use them more as a platform to improve their overall image, or nation brand.last_img read more

World Cup: arrive early for matches

first_img12 May 2010The organisers of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ have issued a stern warning to football fans to arrive early for matches or face missing out on the action due to strict security measures that will be in place during the tournament.With less than 30 days before the kick-off at Soccer City, the Local Organising Committee (LOC), led by CEO Danny Jordaan, held a wide-ranging press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday, in which both the local and foreign media were given an indication of the country’s readiness for the tournament.A detailed security plan for the event has now been finalised and has been handed over to national police commissioner Bheki Cele for comment.Strict security measuresDuring the Confederations Cup last year, fans were allowed into the stadiums even shortly before kick-off, but for the World Cup, spectators have been advised to arrive at least three hours before kick-off, especially for the opening match.Each supporter will be allocated a seat number, so each ticket will require to be scanned before any access is granted. The information will be stored electronically, making it easy for organisers to track down anyone who is inside the stadium.“We are going to have strict security measures, and if you want to take your seat and watch the game, you’d better be at the stadium in good time,” said LOC head of security Mlungisi Ncame.Security at all airports is expected to be beefed up as most teams and fans are expected to start arriving in the next few weeks.Transportating fansBut security is not the only area that the LOC is focusing on; transport will also be a critical component and could make or break Africa’s first ever World Cup. The LOC will want to ensure that mistakes made during the Confederations Cup do not occur this time around.The past three weeks has seen the opening of a new terminal at OR Tambo International and Durban’s new King Shaka International Airport and hundreds of buses have been procured to transport soccer fanatics from all over the country.“It has been a very hard period of planning for us and I think each and every host city is ready and know what to do,” said the LOC’s Skhumbuzo Macozoma. “The mistake we made during the Confed Cup was to allow one system (the park and ride) to be exhausted, and now we want to balance all the available transport modes we have.”Travelling supportersIt was also confirmed that Mexico, who take on Bafana Bafana in the opening match, will be sending at least 15 000 supporters to the World Cup, of which most will be coming to Africa for the first time.The United States will be sending the largest number of spectators followed by England, making the encounter between the two in Rustenburg one of the most important matches of the tournament in terms of security.Post-match entertainmentSoccer supporters will also be encouraged to avoid leaving the stadium at the same time when the final whistle blows. There will be entertainment in and around the stadium to keep people busy long after the matches have ended to avoid congestion on the roads and the exhaustion of transport facilities.Meanwhile, the first group of volunteers from several countries has started to arrive in the country to assist during the 30-day soccer spectacular. Argentina will be sending at least 20 volunteers, while 50 will come from Mexico, according to Onke Mjo, who is in charge of the volunteer programme.The volunteers will guide supporters, teams and the media using all the languages of the 32 nations represented in the tournament.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Google To Developers: OK, You Can Still Have An Open Calendar API

first_imgreadwrite Tags:#APIs#developers#Google#now Hey, developers — Google is listening to you! This time, at least.In April, Google announced it would shut down CalDAV, an open standard application programming interface, or API, that developers used to access calendar data across the Web. A few big-name outfits — like, say, Microsoft — would retain access to CalDAV to keep their apps syncing with Google Calendar. All other developers were encouraged to use Google’s own Google Calendar API, a move ReadWrite’s Matt Asay decried as part of Google’s march away from open standards.Enough developers complained, however, that Google has done a U-turn and will not only keep CalDAV available to all developers, it will also provide access to CardDAV, a similar API for accessing contact information. Both APIs are also getting updates that enable OAuth 2.0 authentication and integration with the Google APIs Console.See? The ‘Plex really does care. Sometimes.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidcenter_img Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Dillinger sparks, completes Bolts’ Game 1 comeback

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I’m just trying to do my part on the team. All the guys have the confidence to let me shoot, so I just try to stay in my lane. If the ball comes, I’ll shoot it if it’s open, but if it’s not, I’ll pass it up,” the veteran forward said.“It’s just a good grind out win. Both teams weren’t shooting well and we’re just lucky to hit the big shots and that’s just how it works in the playoffs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 33-year-old Dillinger pumped in eight of his team’s last 15 points down the stretch but what he was more proud about was the Bolts living up to their reputation as one of the best defensive teams in the league.“Coach had a good game plan defensively and as long as we talk out there, we’re gonna be okay,” he said. “We’re the number one defensive team in the league and we’re a good defensive team for a reason, so as long as we listen to coach, we talk out there and communicate, we’ll be okay.” PBA IMAGESBIÑAN — Meralco’s big comeback win over Star in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals started and fittingly, ended with Jared Dillinger.Dillinger sparked the Bolts’ rally from a 17-point lead in the first half before completing his team’s comeback from 12 points down late.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments But Dillinger hopes Meralco breaks its bad habit of falling behind games. In three of its last four games, Meralco needed to overhaul big leads to win dating back to its final game in the the elimination round against San Miguel Beer.“I really don’t know what’s going on. We need to stop doing that. I’m getting no sleep. It’s just so hard to go behind and just win. It’s mentally and physically draining,” he said. “Coach says it all the time, a win is a win and we’ll take it, but I’m tired coming back from behind. Can we just get a normal one?”Game 2 is on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa, Laguna with the Bolts looking to grab a commanding lead in the best-of-5 duel.“This is just one game in the semis. We got long ways to go.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

6 days agoAaron Connolly grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potter

first_imgAaron Connolly grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potterby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Connolly is grateful to Brighton boss Graham Potter for his first team chance.Potter seems committed to blooding academy graduates, fielding nine in the recent EFL Cup game against Aston Villa.Connolly told the Daily Mail: “The previous manager [Chris Hughton] gave me my debut against Barnet and I will never say a bad word about him. But this new gaffer is a breath of fresh air. “He has looked after me and Steve. We were hoping for that chance to impress. He showed a lot of faith in us by letting other players leave the club. It’s all about repaying that trust now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a day agoMan Utd No2 Phelan offers explanation for form slide

first_imgMan Utd No2 Phelan offers explanation for form slideby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant Mike Phelan has argued it was inevitable that the club’s form would dip last season.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as caretaker manager in December brought about a run of 11 wins from 11 games.However, after Solskjaer’s permanent appointment, the Red Devils were unable to win any of their last six matches.”We’d taken them from nothing to sky high, but they bottomed out because it was just too much, they weren’t prepared for it,” Phelan told The Athletic. “So we had a lot of things to work on.”Ole relates well with the players, he understands what Man United is. It is definitely a difficult moment, but Ole hasn’t got his team yet.”He’s had three players (signed), you need more than three to be the manager of your own team.”We can build on something, I think. Ole just needs that opportunity to create the culture again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Florida State RB Karlos Williams Doesn’t Like Desmond Howard’s Take On J.T. Barrett vs. Cardale Jones

first_imgKarlos Williams tweets shows he disagrees with Desmond Howard.Twitter/@Karlos_SrDuring a College GameDay segment about Ohio State’s high profile quarterback battle, Desmond Howard made it very clear who he believes will come out on top. Citing Cardale Jones’ Twitter antics, which he does not appreciate, Howard thinks that J.T. Barrett is a lock to win the job. Desmond Howard on J.T. Barrett: “He’s not really about the foolishness” Tell us what you really think— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 5, 2015Desmond Howard just called Cardale Jones’ tweets to Ronda Rousey “foolishness” and cited it as a reason J.T. should start. So there’s that.— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 5, 2015Former Florida State running back Karlos Williams, of all people, was very upset with Howard.Desmond Howard is a hater.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015He don’t know nun bout what players do in the personal time. He just talking.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015@JameisLover Bruh be hating.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) September 5, 2015We probably wouldn’t have guessed that Karlos Williams would be a Cardale Jones defender this morning, but here we are.last_img read more

Do you have a newborn baby but have nowhere to put it

first_imgMany people believe that baby boxes are also a safer alternative to a crib and can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but to this point, there has not been enough research to prove this theory. One reason many have adopted the baby box idea is due to Finland’s low infant mortality rate which sits at 1.7 deaths per 1000 babies. This number is compared to the global rate which is 30.5 deaths per 1000 babies.Residents looking to receive a baby box must complete the online course For more information visit the baby box website or contact the North Peace Child Care Resource and Referral at (250)785-5701.Baby Box Flyer. Photo by FSJ Family Friendly Early Year’s Facebook Page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John’s Family Friendly Coalition has partnered with the North Peace Child Care Resource and Referral to bring residents baby boxes.A baby box is a box with a thin mattress and fitted sheet for newborn babies. The box also includes a bag of starter items like diapers and wipes. The beauty of the baby box program is that all boxes are free of charge.Baby boxes originated in Finland as a cheap and easy way to keep parents from having their newborn baby sleep in their bed. Baby boxes are essentially a temporary crib for families who don’t own or can’t afford one.last_img read more

Its outside noise

first_imgSeoul: Brie Larson’s vocal feminist stance has earned her both fans and trolls but the actor, who fuels her portrayal of “Captain Marvel” with extreme confidence, says she has learnt to tune out the “outside noise” and focus on doing what she feels is right. Larson’s casting as Captain Marvel, “the strongest superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe”, has made her a target of online negativity. “I made a promise to myself a long time ago that I won’t pay attention to either of it (positive or negative). I just do what feels right in my heart and all that stuff is outside noise,” Larson said. “I know who I am and I know what it is that feels right and what I want to do. I just stay true to that. And those other things about myself that I need to learn, things I can do better, I trust that people that love me and are close to me in my life, will tell me those things. Not that outside stuff.” Avengers: Endgame, one of the most anticipated cinematic events of the year, will release on April 26 .last_img read more

No data of surgical strikes before September 2016 Army

first_imgNew Delhi: In its reply to an RTI, which sought to know how many surgical strikes on Pakistan were carried out during the UPA era, the Indian Army Tuesday said it does not have any data about them. “This section does not hold any data pertaining to surgical strikes if carried out before September 29, 2016,” stated the DGMO of the Indian Army in response to an RTI filed by Jammu-based activist Rohit Choudhary. The applicant had sought information about how many surgical strikes on Pakistan were carried out between 2004 to 2014 and after September 2014, and how many of them were successful.last_img read more