20 of the most hilarious football vines this season

first_imgFrom a bird pooing in Ashley Young’s mouth to Alan Pardew playing the clown, this season was quite a funny one in the football universe.And with a little help from Vine we could all watch our favourite moments again, and again, and again…20 of the Most Hilarious Football Vines This SeasonFor more articles and the latest soccer news, check out 90min.comlast_img

Roads might pose even bigger threat to Southeast Asian forests, biodiversity than previously understood

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Palm Oil, Palm Oil And Biodiversity, Rainforest Animals, Research, Roads, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Mike Gaworecki According to Alice Hughes, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Centre for Integrative Conservation, global analyses often underestimate levels of deforestation driven by road-building in the Indo-Malaysia region. This is because many of those analyses rely on a widely used global map of roads compiled by Open Street Maps (OSM) that misses as much as 99 percent of roads in parts of the region.According to Hughes, this level of inaccuracy can have serious consequences: “Not only does it mean that any analysis based on global roads datasets will underestimate the level of fragmentation and overestimate the forest coverage of a region, but most forms of exploitation also occur within close proximity to a road.”Increasing deforestation is not the only threat posed by opening new areas to roads. “These growing road networks provide accessibility for other forms of resource exploitation,” Hughes notes in the study. “Most notably this includes selective logging, and hunting, which in the Indo-Malay region also targets a vast suite of species as pets, medicine and meat.” Southeast Asia is a global biodiversity hotspot, and Indonesia and Malaysia are no exception, harboring some of the highest levels of species diversity in the world. Yet those two countries also supply more than 80 percent of the world’s palm oil, and it’s widely acknowledged that the expansion of oil palm plantations in the Indo-Malaysian region has led to massive deforestation, imperiling biodiversity.Now, new research suggests that the deforestation threats facing the region may be drastically under-appreciated.According to Alice Hughes, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Centre for Integrative Conservation, global analyses often underestimate levels of deforestation driven by road-building in the Indo-Malaysia region. This is because many of those analyses rely on a widely used global map of roads compiled by Open Street Maps (OSM) that misses as much as 99 percent of roads in parts of the region.Because national road maps are not openly available for Indonesia and Malaysia, Hughes used high-resolution imagery data to manually map the roads in 149 plots, each 1,866 square kilometers in size, spread across the Indo-Malaysian region in such a way as to provide a representative sample of the region as a whole. She then compared her road map to a composite OSM road map for the region. Her findings are detailed in a study released earlier this month by the journal Biological Conservation.“The percentage of roads mapped within the OSM database varies dramatically across the region, with 70.6% of districts showing over 75% of roads unmapped, and almost 24% of districts showing 95–100% of roads unmapped,” she writes in the study. “At a country level Malaysia shows the lowest percentage of roads mapped with 89% of roads in Sabah and Sarawak currently unmapped, which though worse than Indonesia’s 70.2% is comparable to that of Kalimantan (87%). The Solomon islands and PNG are only marginally better at 73.9% and 64% unmapped respectively.”According to Hughes, this level of inaccuracy can have serious consequences. “Not only does it mean that any analysis based on global roads datasets will underestimate the level of fragmentation and overestimate the forest coverage of a region, but most forms of exploitation also occur within close proximity to a road,” she said in a statement provided to Mongabay.A logging road cuts through the forest in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo by Rhett Butler.Using recent deforestation data, Hughes was able to determine that more than 99 percent of all deforestation in Sabah occurs within 2.5 kilometers of a road. In 55.6 percent of the entire Indo-Malaysia region, in fact, the rate of road-adjacent forest destruction is only slightly lower than it is in Sabah, with more than 90 percent of all deforestation occurring within that same distance of the nearest road. “Overall 87% of deforestation is within 2.5 km of a road, 74% within 1 km and 60% within 500 m,” Hughes writes in the study.This is worrisome, she adds, given that about 44 percent of the entire region is within 2.5 kilometers of a road, and the average distance to the nearest road across the region dropped from 21.34 kilometers to just 6.28 kilometers once all roads were factored in.Increasing deforestation is not the only threat posed by opening new areas to roads. “These growing road networks provide accessibility for other forms of resource exploitation,” Hughes notes in the study. “Most notably this includes selective logging, and hunting, which in the Indo-Malay region also targets a vast suite of species as pets, medicine and meat. The increasing access to formerly inaccessible forest may be devastating for many species.”Bill Laurance, a tropical ecologist at Australia’s James Cook University, told Mongabay that “The results of this study are as simple as they are scary. First, roads are overwhelmingly the main predictor of deforestation in the Indo-Malaysian region. It’s a slam-dunk effect, completely off the charts statistically. If you want to know where deforestation has happened or is going to happen, just map out all the roads.”He added: “Second, in developing nations like those studied here, we don’t know where most of the roads are located, even using our best technology and datasets. In Indonesia, 70% of the roads don’t appear on any map or dataset. In Malaysia, it’s 90%. Numbers like these should keep us all awake at night, worrying about roads.”The present study adds to a growing body of research into the many deleterious effects of roads. An October 2017 study, for instance, found that road-building can spur conflicts and leave countries heavily in debt, all while ushering in increased rates of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.Past studies have also shown “the pervasive impact of roads on tropical systems via various secondary phenomena,” Hughes writes in Biological Conservation, “from increasing probability of invasion by non-native species, to microclimatic and hydrological changes, fire-risk, ease of access for other forms of development and exploitation, and of course roadkill.”Hughes writes that protected area coverage in the Indo-Malaysia region is so lacking that there is an urgent need to designate new protected areas that better cover regional biodiversity. Asian wildlife is already bearing the brunt of road-building, as she points out: “One of the best documented consequences of the development of roads through forested landscapes is the ability to exploit wildlife populations, and much of Asia already has few mammals of over 2 kg outside protected areas as a direct result of overexploitation; which is of course facilitated by greater access.”A logging truck carrying timber out of the Malaysian rainforest. Photo by Rhett Butler.Editor’s note: Bill Laurance is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.CITATIONS• Alamgir, M., Campbell, M. J., Sloan, S., Goosem, M., Clements, G. R., Mahmoud, M. I., & Laurance, W. F. (2017). Economic, Socio-Political and Environmental Risks of Road Development in the Tropics. Current Biology, 27(20), R1130–R1140. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.08.067• Hughes, A. C. (2018). Have Indo-Malaysian forests reached the end of the road? Biological Conservation, 223, 129-137. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2018.04.029center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Moving…

first_img…back into the partyYour Eyewitness had wondered as to what happened to that stalwart of the PNC – ROH Corbin after he handed off the baton to David Granger as leader of the PNC before the 2011 elections. The man’d spent his entire life – literally – doing whatever he was asked to do for the Party, as far back as the Wismar “troubles” of the 1960’s. It was common knowledge that he’d earned a graduate degree in “electoral diddling” – which not do incidentally – ensured the PNC remain in power by “garnering” as much as 97% at elections!As the consummate political operator, no one believed he’d go so quietly out to pasture. But then after taking over from Desmond’s Hoyte and leader of the PNC in 2002 and suffering an embarrassing electoral defeat in 2006, maybe he’d concluded there was no way the PNC would sidle back into govt? Can’t rig from outside, can you? So it gotta be something else. Either he was struck with a sudden attack of “statesmanship” and decided to hang up his boots “for the good of the party” or he worked out a pro quid quo with Granger.Now after being quieter that the proverbial mouse for three years, his name’s suddenly popped up as a candidate for the Chairmanship of the PNC! He’s going up against the incumbent Basil Williams, who’s been taking some heat just now for not paying attention to his substantive portfolio of Attorney General. But hey!! That’s not PNC’s business is it? Don’t rush to nod your head in agreement, now, dear reader!As a matter of fact, Williams himself confessed there’s a “very thin line” between party business and government business. He illustrated his point by going right to the top and revealed when President Granger’s ostensibly out doing government business, he also doing party business! So now we return to the billion dollar question…maybe Williams WAS doing party business when he allowed several mega settlements against the government to go through uncontested?Be as it may, if Corbin does run against Williams, your Eyewitness thinks the dapper, moustachioed one’s a goner. Yes…he did defend the “honour” of the PNC at the Rodney’s hearings…but with the PNC’s membership jumping from 5000 to “over 10,000”, since they took office, the average PNC member will demand Corbin. After all, he’s the last of the old guards who know where the bodies are buried. Hamilton Green don’t count!Another reason in his favour is they’ll be keeping an eye on 2020 when Corbin will still be younger that Granger.And he knows all there is to know about winning elections, doesn’t he?…stymied?Your Eyewitness must confess he’s flummoxed by this sudden desire of the government to take over the building that presently houses the Walter Roth Museum. Anyone who might’ve been curious about our ethnography would know that institution’s the Smithsonian of our Indigenous Peoples. Why change a good thing?And for what? To create some government offices? So we place bureaucratic comfort ahead of our national heritage? If we’re going to be so crass about our history, why not have the Ministry of Public Infrastructure throw up a new building in a couple weeks like he did with Jubilee Stadium?Where? Why on Parade Ground, which is just across from the President’s office!! So what if this site is sacred to African Guyanese because of the 1823 Rebellion? And then we now know it’s ain’t so easy to move all those delicate and intricate stuff that’s been around for thousands and thousands of years.It’ll be like going up the Itaname Rapids. And Itaname gon hu’t dem belly!…SOCUAfter months of ambiguity – and one fatal high-powered car chase – SOCU’s finally been told they report to the Police Commissioner.So could the latter gentleman now look into who’s been leaking confidentially gathered info to the Muckraker?last_img read more

Just desserts

first_imgSatiricus was in a feisty mood. He’d just read the WAPA representative saying his party KFC had gotten more than its fair share after the elections, from the Pee-an-See. “What a crock!” he fumed to himself as he stalked into the Back Street Bar. He downed his beer without even as much as a “hello” to the fellas.“If you want the truth, it is WAPA that got more than it deserved!” he blurted out firmly, as he put down his bottle rather abruptly.“Tek am easy, Sato,” said Cappo who knew his friend very well. “Ah wha’ deh pan yuh min’?”“These WAPA people don’t have any shame!” Satiricus exploded. “Pot calling kettle black!”“Slow dong, ole fr’en,” interjected Bungi. “A wha’ WAPA do yuh?”“Imagine this WAPA fella said we got too much after the election!” Satiricus said indignantly as he tried to calm down. “It’s they who got too much!”“Oh, now I see what you’re upset about,” said Hari mildly. “But the man right!”“What stupidness you talking?” said Satiricus angrily. “We brought in our 11% that put the Pee-an-See over the tape!”“But de WAPA people bring back all dem Region 4 vote, who na bin like Pee-an-See,” said Cappo.“Yes, Sato,” said Hari. “The increase in Reg 4 votes for the coalition was just as much as all the vote they got from Reg 6!”“Suh WAPA shoulda get jus’ as much as KFC!” said Bungi gleefully.“But you guys miss the point,” said Satiricus grimly. “Even if it was one vote we brought in, we put them over the tape!!”“But WAPA cou’d seh dem vote fram Region 4 put dem ovah de tape too!” smiled Cappo.“But WAPA never brought in big votes!” Satiricus almost screamed. “KFC did!!”“But how do you know KFC repeated what it did in 2011?” demanded Hari.“An’ even if dem bring in 11%, wha’ mek dem get 40% a de Cabinet?” Bungi wanted to know.“Yes!” smiled Bungi. “De WAPA fella wan’ fuh know how KFC get ovas!”Satiricus was silent.last_img read more

Fajardo dedicates latest San Miguel Beer title to family in Cebu

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon MOST READ Read Next “Personally, I struggled but my teammates, the coaching staff, never gave up on me, even if I had bad games, they were always there to show their support,” said Fajardo. San Miguel started the conference 2-5 and were in danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time with Austria at the helm.Things changed when Chris McCullough replaced 2017 Best Import Charles Rhodes and the Beermen sneaked into the playoffs as the seventh seed on there way to becoming the lowest-ranked team in PBA history to win a championship.“It wasn’t easy because the start of the conference we’re already struggling not just me but the whole team,” said Fajardo, the league’s only five-time MVP.Fajardo was the league’s top scorer and rebounder in the Philippine Cup, a conference the Beermen ruled for the fifth straight year, with 22.1 points and 12.5 rebounds but his numbers dipped in the eliminations of the Commisioner’s Cup.His confidence, however, never fluttered thanks to the constant support of his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake LATEST STORIES Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Relief for Tokyo 2020 after smooth triathlon mixed relay test ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo has once again reached the pinnacle of the PBA when San Miguel took the Commissioner’s Cup title, beating TNT in six games.The 6-foot-10 center won his eighth championship with the Beermen and even though he’s experienced tremendous success over the years there’s still that lingering feeling that it wasn’t enough.ADVERTISEMENT Fajardo has been known to be close to his family in Cebu, especially to his mother Marites, and he said that the championship would have been more special if his kin was in Manila with him.“I dedicate this championship to my family and it’s just sad that they aren’t here with me tonight,” said Fajardo in Filipino after San Miguel’s Game 6 win, 102-90, Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It would’ve been better if they were here because I can hug them, I can hug my mom, dad, my brother, my nieces and nephews, it would’ve been a much different experience.”Fajardo also admitted the latest title run was one of the most difficult they’ve had under the Leo Austria era. Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her View commentslast_img read more

Upcoming CPUC meetings on proposed area-code change

first_img818 meetings: The California Public Utilities Commission will hold a series of public meetings on the proposed area-code change: Oct. 22: 1:30 p.m., Glendale City Council Chambers, 613 E. Broadway, Room 210. 7 p.m., Buena Vista Library’s public meeting room, 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. Oct. 23: 1:30 p.m., Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board meeting room, 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. 7 p.m., San Fernando City Council chambers, 117 N. Macneil St., San Fernando. Oct. 24: 7 p.m., Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Room 1-B, Van Nuys. 160Want 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

School worker held in lewd acts

first_imgCANOGA PARK – An LAUSD maintenance man who worked at three dozen schools – many in the San Fernando Valley – over the past 20 years has been charged with molesting two children, and police said Wednesday that number could grow. Jose Guzman, 40, faces five counts of committing lewd acts upon a child. He was arrested June 6 on suspicion of molestation. He had most recently been assigned to Canoga Park High School but had worked at 35 other Los Angeles Unified School District campuses over the past two decades, police said. The investigation began in April. Detectives said Guzman told a mental health therapist he was “stricken with guilt for molesting children.” Believing kids’ lives were at risk, the therapist, who was not affiliated with LAUSD, reported the information to police. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Investigators learned that a 7-year-old boy allegedly was molested in a school restroom two years ago, and another child allegedly was molested 16 years ago at Guzman’s home. “By putting this information out there, we’re looking for additional children who may have been molested, to see if there’s a pattern,” said Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department. “The way these crimes go, you usually don’t see a 14-year hiatus.” Guzman was arrested at his sister’s home in Arleta on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14. He remains in custody with bail at $500,000 and has been suspended from his job pending the outcome of the case. “Whenever these unfortunate incidents occur, we take them seriously,” said Monica Carazo, spokswoman for the school district. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 Carazo said Guzman was a district maintenance employeeassigned to work at several sites throughout the day. The following is a list of schools where Guzman worked over the years, according to police and LAUSD officials: Frost Middle; Germain St. Elementary; Hale Middle; Haynes St. Elementary; Henry Middle; Holmes Middle; Hughes Middle; Kennedy High; Lanai Elementary; Langdon Elementary; Lawrence Middle; Leichman Special Ed; Liggett Elementary; Lockhurst Elementary; Madison Middle; Monroe High; Mulholland Middle; Napa Street Elementary; Nobel Middle; Northridge Middle; Parkman Middle; Plummer Elementary; Porter Middle; Reseda Elementary; Reseda High; Secondary Science Center; Sellerly Elementary; Sepulveda Middle; Sherman Oaks CES Magnet; Shirley Avenue Elementary; Sutter Middle; Taft High; Van Nuys High; Vanalden Elementary; Welby Way Elementary; and Woodland Hills Elementary. Potential victims or anyone with information about Guzman can call the LAPD’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit at (213) 485-2883.160Want 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

SA moves to secure water supply

first_imgThe department was using the rehabilitated a unit on the West Coast which had been in use for over 20 years, and was also putting to use a unit in Sedgefield near Knysna in the Western Cape. Nelson Mandela Municipality/Port Elizabeth was also interested in using desalination technology. Sonjica said the government would also be encouraging reuse of water, which the town of George was already implementing. The seven new projects include the Mokolo augmentation project to supply water to the planned Medupi Power station in Lephalele in Limpopo province, and the Mooi-Mgeni Transfer Scheme project, which would include the construction of the Spring Grove dam around eThekwini/Durban and Umgungundlovu in KwaZulu-Natal. Ruiters said water had been stolen at Mokolo, Berg and Olifants catchment areas, and that 250-million cubic metres of water had been illegally obtained over one year from Vaal. Desalination, refuse water usage Sonjica said that with impending climate change, the country also had to consider other means of securing its water supply. South Africa is shoring up the security of its water supply by ensuring the completion of seven major new water projects around the country by 2014, Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said at a pre-budget briefing in Cape Town this week. Sonjica said about 200 special prosecutors had been trained, added that she expected these courts to operate similarly to Labour Courts, in that they would only operate at particular times. She said the department was busy drafting a policy on desalination, but that the drought along the Western Cape Garden Route had stalled the plan.center_img Source: BuaNews Sonjica added that the government had no plans to raise the price of water, while pointing out that South Africa was among a few countries in the world where the tap water was safe to drink. Pilot water courts In addition, four special “water courts” would be set up across the country and would run as pilot projects from May in a bid to crack down on those that committed water abuses. Commenting on illegal water use, the department’s deputy director-general, Cornelius Ruiters, said a full-time unit had been dedicated to compliance and monitoring, and the department was engaging with the Department of Agriculture to combat illegal water use. 14 April 2010 “The problem is that water has been looked at as an after-affect when we plan for development, and we are trying to change that,” said Sonjica, adding that her department was considering desalination of sea water as a possible option.last_img read more

South Africa catches World Cup fever

first_img9 June 2010 With days to go to kickoff, World Cup fever has hit South Africa in earnest. Confidence and excitement levels on the streets have reached a 10-year high as the country counts down to what many South Africans are describing as a “second miracle”, after the country’s transition to democracy in 1994. Travel anywhere around South Africa and the first images you’re likely to see are those of the national flag, hoisted from suburban walls, draped from office block windows and balconies, and attached to every third car on the street. “I think the whole country is now united by one goal, and that is to make this World Cup a massive success,” Johannesburg resident James Straider told Fifa.com. “Every time I look at the countdown clock I feel nervous, and I think it’s the excitement that creates that.” John Smit, the captain who led the South African rugby side, the Springboks, to a 2007 Rugby World Cup final triumph, said: “We have seen some unique scenes in our country before, but we are all eagerly waiting for the kick-off of this tournament. “We will be following closely the progress of Bafana Bafana, and we wish Aaron [Mokoena] and the boys all the best of luck,” Smit said. One of the country’s most famous football supporters, “Machaka”, is hoping that South Africa will do the nation proud. “I will definitely be supporting Bafana, although I have a soft spot for other teams. “But for us, it’s important as South Africans to put aside whatever differences we might have and ensure that this tournament becomes a success,” Machaka said. “A lot has been said about our country and it’s capability to host a tournament of this magnitude, but now we are excited.” Much of the optimism inside the Rainbow Nation, as the post-apartheid South Africa is often referred to, is credited to the recent rich vein of form of the country’s senior national side. The team, under veteran Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, have recovered from a dry spell in time for their opening match against Mexico, taking place at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium on Friday. They’ve put in some gutsy performances recently, notching up victories against highly rated sides like Colombia and fellow-finalists Denmark. For a side that has experienced mixed fortunes in their history, this recent success has renewed hopes among the locals as they prepare to navigate group A, which also includes France and Uruguay. A majority of the 32 teams competing at the World Cup have already landed in South Africa and are getting the lay of the land ahead of the event. And, without exception, they have given a thumbs up to South Africa’s preparations, with all signs pointing to pure excitement and riveting entertainment for the month ahead. Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

Azure Tops Cloud Provider Performance Index

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts david strom Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting (A summary graph from the report is above.)The report, which is available here, shows a marked difference between Azure servers running in the US (near Chicago) and those running in Singapore (which lagged the list). Tags:#Analysis#cloud#Cloud Providers Yes, you read that right: Microsoft’s cloud service Azure topped the list of 25 different providers in a report out this week by CloudSleuth, just slightly edging out Google’s App Engine. CloudSleuth uses the Gomex performance network to gauge the reliability and consistency of the most popular public IaaS and PaaS providers. They run an identical sample ecommerce application on a variety of popular cloud service providers and measure the results over at least six months of historical data. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more