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‘Played against Götze a few years ago. Now I’m eating pickled onion Monster Munch!’ – Twitter reacts to Germany winner
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Per Showtime, “The Resurgence” will provide viewers with “unfettered access” to Cousins throughout his emotionally charged comeback from a devastating Achilles … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceShowtime on Friday announced a premiere date for “The Resurgence: DeMarcus Cousins,” a documentary that chronicles the NBA star’s grueling comeback from a career-threatening injury.The film will debut on the premium cable network at 8 p.m., April 13.
24 November 2015Bilateral talks between South Africa and Italy, with a view to renewing political and economic relations, were held in Rome between the two countries this month.Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, minister of international relations and co- operation, met her Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni, minister of foreign affairs. The two exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern, including enhancing trade and investment, and exploring further areas of co- operation such as the development of small business, infrastructure and the ocean economy, among others.The two ministers discussed the current European migration crisis, security issues and terrorism. Gentiloni was officially invited to visit South Africa during the course of 2016, said the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.A memorandum of understanding between the nations was signed in 2003 to establish a framework for regular bilateral consultations at ministerial or deputy ministerial level. Areas of co-operation under the framework included science and technology, police, defence, tourism, arts and culture, and agriculture, among others.Bilateral trade between Italy and South Africa increased remarkably last year, reaching a six-year high after rising almost R7-billion.Trade figures are expected to increase following an announcement this year that South Africa was among three countries identified by the Italian government as a potential strategic supplier of products such as raw materials, and semi-finished and intermediate products in metallurgical, steel, alloys and foundries.South Africa’s exports to Italy are dominated by mineral products, hides and skins, and iron ores; there is scope for increased exports of agricultural products, platinum, titanium and alloys. Imports from Italy consist mainly of machinery, vehicles, electrical and electronic equipment as well as pharmaceutical products.Source: South African Government News Agency
GEM may be a small organisation, but it’s having a huge impact on the world around it! As they celebrate over 7 000 users actively making South Africa a better place on a monthly basis, isn’t it time you learned a little bit more about the people who are in the business of making a difference?So what is GEM?GEM (or Going the Extra Mile) is an awesome way for you to create social change in your community – and then be rewarded for it! Think of it as a loyalty programme for community service. Just download the app, find a cause that suits you, attend one of the events, and earn GEMs (redeemable points) for your good work.Since its launch on Mandela Day 2015, GEM has grown enormously and is now hosting more than 50 community engagement events (monthly), in different cities, where thousands of people are engaging to support tens of thousands of beneficiaries. In the past two years alone it has partnered with over 35 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) countrywide and hosted over 255 social projects, rewarding the involved community volunteers with over 150 000 GEMs so far.A big part of the GEM project’s success comes from a large social media presence, with thousands of social media followers on Twitter and Facebook willing to engage and share the idea that you don’t need to be a superhero or a millionaire to change the world, your time alone is a beautiful thing to give.One of their biggest accomplishments was Nelson Mandela Day 2016, where GEM partnered with Brands South Africa’s ‘Play Your Part’ campaign. Over 2000 employees and volunteers celebrated the South African icon and former president’s life by completing maintenance work and food preparation all over the country, such as at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand or celebrating a children’s party at Malaika Orphanage in Hillbrow. They also cleaned the premises of the Ethembeni Children’s Home in the Johannesburg CBD and took part in food drives all around Cape Town (to name a few). It may have been one of the first big GEM undertakings in the country, but it won’t be the last!The app is so easy to use that GEM has over 7 000 active users who play their part weekly in any of the 50 events held each month. This huge reach has encouraged some of the biggest brands in South Africa to collaborate with GEM in order to complete Corporate Social Investment (CSI) that is as practical as it is poignant.How does it work?If you live in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Pretoria, you can simply download the ‘GEM Project’ app on your iOS/Android or dial *120*GEM1# (free of charge) from any phone to get started! You’ll be shown a number of community projects that you can volunteer at, including working with animal shelters, orphanages, soup kitchens or community clean-ups.Choose the one that suits you best and click “attending”. Once you’ve done your volunteer work you’ll receive your GEMs (1 GEM = R1), which you can use within thirty days to buy airtime, data, electricity and movie tickets! And now, thanks to new partners interested in such an innovative way to contribute to society, you can also redeem them for KFC, Shoprite, Vida é Caffe and Checkers eVouchers.The beginningsGEM was officially launched in September 2014 by co-founders Camilo Ramada, a pioneer in the field of mobile payments, and David Shields, a strategist in media, public relations and digital marketing.The two men were discussing how difficult it was for people to change their socio-economic status and become financially inclusive if the work they COULD do was not appreciated. “We receive incentives and rewards for so many things, such as shopping at a certain place, or flying a certain airline,” explained Ramada. “Why then not offer incentives for the really important things, such as taking care of babies, helping to paint a school, working in a community garden, making food for the homeless, or cleaning-up neighborhoods?” And so the GEM Rewards platform was born.What’s next?As the Canadian businessman Shawn Casemore once said, “a business that is not growing, after all, is dying”. GEM doesn’t intend to die anytime soon, and as such is expanding its social footprint into other parts of South Africa, including into Durban, Nelspruit and Port Elizabeth.It has also developed and launched ‘GEM Quiz’ on the app and USSD platform, which will allow users to earn GEMS just by answering questions. This is a function that will allow companies to build campaigns and collect data while not losing the fundamental draw of the GEM project – rewarding citizens for their actions!GEM is also proud to announce that a collaboration with WiGroup has led to the creation of GEMs very own API, which means that GEM users are now able to convert their hard-earned GEMs into vouchers that can be used at multiple retailers including Checkers, Shoprite, Pick ‘n Pay and KFC – meaning that your volunteer work is now even MORE rewarding!And finally, keep an eye out for GEM Pay, which will allow users to access financial services in the near future, making money management for the masses that much easier!To find out how you can volunteer for one of GEM’s projects, check out the GEM website and download the app or simply dial *120*GEM1# to get started. You can also follow GEM Project on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find out more about GEM’s activities below.
The 2006 National Touch League (NTL) The 2006 NTL, taking place in March 2006, is being used as part of the selection process for the 2007 World Cup to be held in January 2007 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This means that for the selection of senior teams to attend the 2007 World Cup in South Africa, there will be differences in several of the age categories for the 2006 NTL. The differences need to be there as the World Cup is being held in 2007, a different year to the 2006 NTL obviously. With all previous World Cups, the NTL and World Cup have been held in the same calendar year and the problem with age requirements has not arisen. This is not the case for the 2006 NTL and January 2007 World Cup. Please note that age requirements will return to normal for the 2007 NTL and continue to remain so, unless a special requirement arises such as International selection. The age requirements for the 2006 NTL are as follows: Men’s 20 Years and Under: Born 1986 or after Women’s 20 Years and Under: Born 1986 or after Men’s 30 Years and Over: Born on or before 1976 Women’s 30 Years and Over: Born on or before 1976 Men’s 35 Years and Over: Born on or before 1971 Women’s 35 Years and Over: Born on or before 1970 Men’s 40 Years and Over: Born on or before 1966 Women’s 40 Years and Over: Born on or before 1965 Men’s 45 Years and Over: Born on or before 1960 Men’s 50 Years and Over: Born on or before 1955 If you have any enquiries please contact NTL Tournament Director Jon Pratt on (02) 6285 2703
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid players enjoy open training sessionby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid players enjoyed Monday’s open training session with fans.Sergio Ramos was pleased to have a rare opportunity to train in front of the supporters on Monday, a unique way of closing out the calendar year.”It gives us great satisfaction that the fans always embrace us. We are saying goodbye to the year with them alongside us, training with the Madridistas,” he said.”It is a day for everyone to enjoy and for kids to get the chance to see their heroes up close.”For his part, Karim Benzema also echoed the sentiments of his captain and insisted the side are focused on winning further titles.”It is a holiday for everyone but we are at Real Madrid to win titles so I hope that we can keep winning,” he concluded.
Five stories in the news for Wednesday, March 1———STATUS OF WOMEN OFFICE TO GROWThe Liberal government has given Status of Women Canada a major role to play in its feminist agenda and, now that the federal agency is set to grow into a full-size department, it could also be changing its name. “It’s a possibility,” Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said when asked whether the department would shed its 1970s-era name for something that better reflects a more inclusive vision of equality.———PARTY ISSUES LAID BARE AT ONTARIO PC DEBATEThe four candidates for Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives leadership held their second and final debate in Ottawa and spent a good deal of time on allegations of corruption within the party. Following heated exchanges on the issue, candidate Christine Elliott eventually called for a focus on the Tories’ real enemy — Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. The new party leader will be named on March 10.———CANADIAN AIR FORCE CHOPPER DROPS RAFT ON U.S. HOMEThe Canadian Forces is seeking answers after one of its helicopters dropped an inflatable life raft that smashed a hole in the roof of a home in Miami. The helicopter was on a training exercise in Florida on Wednesday and returning to a U.S. Coast Guard air station when the uninflated raft became detached. The raft crashed into a bedroom where a woman reportedly suffered minor injuries.———SEVEN BLOC QUEBECOIS MPs QUITShortly after seven of the 10 Bloc Quebecois MPs quit yesterday citing Martine Ouellet’s leadership style, the embattled leader defiantly told reporters she wasn’t going anywhere. “I am staying on as leader,” Ouellet said after news broke she was losing 70 per cent of her caucus, leaving the once-powerful party in complete disarray. The seven members will now sit as Independents.———HEDLEY TO TAKE ‘INDEFINITE HIATUS’Canadian band Hedley, which is facing mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, will be taking an “indefinitely hiatus” after its cross-country tour at the end of March. Members of the Vancouver-based band have been under fire since sexual misconduct allegations began surfacing online two weeks ago, suggesting inappropriate encounters with young fans. Hedley earlier withdrew itself from consideration for the next Juno Awards.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will discuss the federal budget at an event in Montreal.— Finance Minister Bill Morneau will address the Canadian Club of Toronto.— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer discusses the federal budget at a Toronto Region Board of Trade event.— Provincial byelections will be held in the Saskatchewan ridings of Swift Current, Melfort and Kindersley.— Look for quarterly results today from TD Bank, Cascades, Telsat, Sleep Country Canada and TransAlta.— Statistics Canada will release Canada’s balance of international payments for the fourth quarter.— Alberta government officials in Edmonton will hear from survivors of the ’60s Scoop.— Man who allegedly directed a crude phrase at a reporter to appear in a Halifax court.
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Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig (4) attempts to regain his balance during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternRegardless of venue, the outcome was the same for the Ohio State men’s hockey team against top-ranked Minnesota: cold.The Buckeyes (11-8-1, 1-4-1-0) dropped back-to-back contests against the Golden Gophers (17-2-3, 7-0-1-0) over the weekend in Minneapolis.Saturday evening’s game began with a two-goal Buckeye advantage. Junior forward Nick Oddo scored his sixth goal of the season 10:35 into the first period before freshman defenseman Drew Brevig doubled his team’s lead less than four minutes later.Minnesota’s junior forward Sam Warning answered just 24 seconds after Brevig’s tally to cut OSU’s lead to one. Warning then scored two more times in the second period to complete his hat trick and the turnaround for the Gophers. The hosts added another goal in the final period to complete a 4-2 victory.Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said he thought his team “played a pretty good hockey game” but ultimately “came up a little short,” according to a press release.Buckeye freshman goalie Christian Frey – making his third career start – stopped 28 shots in his first-ever defeat.On Friday night the two teams met in the 2014 Hockey City Classic. The game was played outside at Minnesota’s football venue, TCF Bank Stadium, and the difficult conditions slowed down two of the nations top three offenses, producing a 1-0 win for the Gophers.“The little things you can do on the normal ice were harder for me so I just tried to keep it simple,” senior defenseman Curtis Gedig said in a press release. “I think the 1-0 score reflected how tough it was.”First period shots were 8-7 in favor of the Gophers, though the Buckeyes had the clearest opportunity through a Ryan Dzingel breakaway that was saved by Adam Wilcox in the Minnesota net.“I tried to go upstairs with it and just didn’t get a hold of it as much as I would like,” Dzingel said in a press release. “He obviously made a great save.”The visitors regretted that miss 4:20 into the second when a Taylor Cammarata shot squeezed through the body of OSU freshman goalie Matt Tomkins to give Minnesota the lead.After that goal the Buckeyes did all they could to draw level in the remaining period and a half but the couldn’t beat the impressive Wilcox, who became the first net minder to hold OSU scoreless all season.The Buckeyes are back on the road this upcoming weekend with two games against the Wisconsin Badgers. Friday’s game is set to begin at 9 p.m. and Saturday’s is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel scores a touchdown against Miami during the second quarter of the Fiesta Bowl on January 3, 2003.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAfter last season’s nearly improbable run to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, the 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes opened camp on Aug. 10 with the goal of repeating as national champions — something that was last accomplished by the 2011 and 2012 Alabama squads.The last OSU team that tried to meet this achievement fell short with an 11-2 record and a win in the Fiesta Bowl. Like the 2003 squad, this year’s Buckeye team is loaded with potential NFL talent and is considered by many to be the early favorite to win the national championship.How does this year’s unit compare to those ’03 defending-champion Buckeyes as they entered camp?To give some perspective, when the 2002 Buckeyes defeated a Miami (Florida) team chock-full of future NFL stars in the national championship game, OSU, virtually, was not given much of a chance. That ’02 team seemed to overcome adversity and doubt time and time again, much like the 2014 national title-winning Buckeyes.Going into camp in 2003, OSU fans had much excitement for the upcoming season. Starting quarterback Craig Krenzel was returning for his senior season alongside his go-to, playmaking wide receiver and future NFL first-round pick, Michael Jenkins. In total, OSU was returning 13 starters: seven on offense and six on defense. Two of the new starters in 2003, linebacker A.J. Hawk and offensive lineman Nick Mangold, became all-Americans quickly; and are still competing in the NFL.Fourteen players were drafted the following spring, and 19 total starters were drafted from the 2003 team. To look at some of the losses from the 2002 national championship team, Mike Doss and Matt Wilhelm played huge parts on the defensive side, but there was no greater loss than running back Maurice Clarett. The running back from Youngstown proved he was one of the best backs in the nation in 2002 as a freshman and scored the game-winning touchdown in the national championship game.However, the potential Heisman Trophy winner and first-round pick was reported to have stolen $10,000 out of a borrowed car from a dealership. In September 2003, Clarett was suspended for the season and never returned to play for the Scarlet and Gray. With a massive quandary at running back, and most of the offensive production from the previous year gone, it is easy to see why the Buckeyes finished 93rd in the country in total offense. The 2003 Buckeyes started at No. 2 in the polls but lost on the road to Wisconsin and Michigan.Fast forward to 2015, where the Buckeyes knew Monday entering the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for camp they would open the season at No. 1 in the polls and travel to Virginia Tech to face a Hokies team on Sept. 7 that handed the Buckeyes their lone loss last season. The biggest question mark on the team — and maybe in the country — is who will start at quarterback for the Scarlet and Gray come Sept. 7. Maybe a “question mark” is not the best way to describe the quarterback controversy, though, because if we know one thing, it’s that the Buckeyes are skilled at almost every position.The two competing quarterbacks in redshirt junior Cardale Jones redshirt sophomore and J.T. Barrett are Heisman candidates along with their teammate in the backfield, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Buckeyes return 15 starters in 2015 — eight on offense and seven on defense — compared to 13 in 2003.Like the 2003 team that was 10th in the country in total defense, the 2015 edition of the Scarlet and Gray is stacked on that side of the ball as well, led by junior defensive end, and possible first-overall NFL selection, Joey Bosa. Linebackers Joshua Perry and Darron Lee are relentless run-stoppers who pace the defense known as the Silver Bullets. OSU also returns all of its quarterbacks and its leading rusher from a year ago. The team even added a major weapon in redshirt senior Braxton Miller at the H-back position, along with a healthy junior Dontre Wilson to give the Buckeyes the threat at wide receiver they needed to replace departed senior wide receivers Devin Smith and Evan Spencer.The offseason gives us a chance to reflect on past teams including great ones like the 2003 Buckeyes at the helm of coach Jim Tressel. Now under the command of Urban Meyer, the defense is just as good as Tressel’s, but quicker. The offense is faster, as well, and more suited for Meyer’s spread offense rather than Tressel’s ground-and-pound style. Similar to the 2003 team, this OSU team has several future NFL picks and first-rounders on the roster.As Meyer’s team looks to climb the mountain once again and capture OSU’s first back-to-back championships, with three Heisman-hopeful players in Jones, Barrett and Elliott, the Buckeyes stand the best chance to repeat since the two Alabama squads. Coaches have changed and styles of play have changed, but if there is one constant from 2003 all the way to 2015, come Sept. 7 at Blacksburg, Virginia, the Buckeyes will be ready to play and contend for the school’s ninth national title.