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FIFA World Cup: Brazil declares victory in hosting ournament

first_imgBrazil, who also failed to win the World Cup the first time they hosted it in 1950, finished fourth after losing the third-place playoff to Holland 3-0.Although her country failed to net a sixth triumph, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday declared as a victory the giant nation’s staging of the World Cup. (Brazil’s Upside Down FIFA World Cup)The June 12-July 13 event, won on Sunday by Germany, was “one of the world’s most beautiful cups,” Rousseff told a news conference assessing the event. (Beautiful Game Blossoms at FIFA World Cup 2014 Carnival)”Our country can consider itself victorious regarding the organization of this World Cup,” Rousseff said in Brasilia flanked by ministers. (FIFA World Cup 2014 in Numbers)”I am sure that, without a doubt, it was one of the most beautiful. We had the Cup of Cups,” she added as a riposte to commentators who had predicted the Maracana stadium would only be ready “in 2038” and there would be chaos at airports trying to cope with millions of fans. (Brazil Lays on Best FIFA World Cup Soap Opera)Rousseff said Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final humbling by Germany was “a problem” but quoted the Chinese proverb “defeat is the mother of all victories” and urged Brazil to bounce back.Brazil, who also failed to win the tournament the first time they hosted it in 1950, finished fourth after losing the third-place playoff to Holland 3-0. “We lost the trophy but Brazil won the Cup which the whole world admired,” added Rousseff’s presidential chief of staff Aloizio Mercadante.Foreign fans flocked to Brazil, which had expected some 600,000 over a month of matches — around double the number who went to South Africa in 2010.In the event, more than a million came from 202 countries to taste the atmosphere, Tourism Minister Vinicius Lages revealed.A poll of visitors at airports in the 12 host cities and at 10 land borders indicated that 95 percent of visitors planned to return one day.More than three million Brazilians crisscrossed the country during the Cup, which mobilized more than 20,000 media personnel. According to Brazil’s civil aviation ministry, 16.7 million people took flights during the event with a single day record of 572,000.Mercadante said Brazil now looks forward to the 2016 Rio Games, which will be South America’s first Olympics.Referring back to the World Cup he said: “There were no energy grid or data transmission failures.”Look what we did in the Cup. So imagine what we can do in the Olympics!”last_img read more

Stephen Kiprotich third best at Hamburg Marathon

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Kipchoge wins men’s London MarathonKenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s London Marathon on Sunday in a time of two hours two minutes and 37 seconds — the second fastest time for any marathon.Only Olympic champion Kipchoge himself has gone quicker over the distance with 2:01:39 in Berlin last year.Sunday’s victory gave him a record fourth win in London.The 34-year-old, whose previous London triumphs came in the 2015, 2016 and 2018 editions, was in imperious form as he broke clear of Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun, second and third respectively.Britain’s Mo Farah, whose build-u[p to race day was overshadowed by an extraordinary row with distance great Haile Gebrselassie over an alleged robbery in the hotel owned by the retired Ethiopian, could not cope with the pace as he finished in fifth place. Kip third in HamburgTOP 6 Hamburg 1 Tadu Abate ETH 2:08:26 (est Prize) 25k Euro 2 Ayele Abshero ETH 2:08:27  15k Euro 3 Stephen Kiprotich UGA 2:08:32  10k Euro 4 Jiksa Tolosa ETH 2:08:52  5k Euro 5 Lucas Rotich KEN 2:09:48  3k Euro 6 Robert Chemonges UGA 2:10:00  1k EuroWomen 8th Toroitich Linet UGA 2:32:05Uganda’s former World and Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich showed he is still a key performer on the big stage, with a superb 3rd place finish in the Haspa Hamburg International Marathon Sunday morning.Kiprotich led for stretches, but he failed to break away from the chasing pack. Ethiopia’s Tadu Abate in 2:08:26 won eventually, with countryman Ayele Abshero edging out Kiprotich for second.It is his 3rd straight top 10 finish in the event, at which he was 5th in 2017 and second last year.Kiprotich, 30, has won two major global titles but victory in a big city marathon is still missing so far in his running portfolio. He however did win the Enschede marathon in 2011 with 2:07:20, before his 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Championship victories.The elite runners, including Kiprotich, will share 300,000 Euros (Sh1.16 billion). Marathons are long-distance running races with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres, usually run as a road race.last_img read more

Broward County Seeking Election Day workers Workers, earn up to $325 per day

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – As the August 18th Primary Election approaches, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections is in need of workers for the primary and the general elections on November 3rd.The good news is that those who are hired will earn up to $325 per day, according to election officials.While bilingual workers are greatly needed, all residents are welcome to apply.Below is a list of requirements for applicants:· Must be a resident of Broward County· Must attend a 3-4 hour training session· Must arrive at 5:30 a.m. on Election Day.To apply, call the Pollworker Hotline at 954-459-9911 or visit www.browardsoe.org.last_img read more

Hall of Famer Jerry Rice helps NFL fight obesity

first_imgby Barry WilnerAssociated Press WriterNEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Rice still runs “The Hill.”He wouldn’t mind having, oh, a million or so youngsters accompanying him on his grueling workouts.The greatest receiver in football history, Rice is helping the NFL and Xbox 360 fight childhood obesity through a program that hopes to encourage 1 million youngsters to become more active. The “60 Million Minutes Challenge” asks kids of all ages to pledge to be active for 60 minutes every day. It’s part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 program, a new initiative launched Monday.“To reverse the trend of childhood obesity, we need to continue to educate kids and parents about the importance of 60 minutes of daily activity,” Rice said. “That’s what’s great about Kinect for Xbox 360. It gets kids off the couch and gets their whole body in the game.“Being a healthy kid can lead to being a healthy adult.”The folks at the NFL and Microsoft, which makes the video system central to this initiative, are offering incentives such as gift cards for merchandise and personalized autographs on Facebook to youngsters who join up.Because the entire body is the controller through Kinect for Xbox 360, the amount of exercise a player gets easily dwarfs the more conventional approaches for video games in which the fingers and the wrists get the biggest workouts.“This is something I am very enthusiastic about,” said Dr. Bill Crounse, a family physician and now Microsoft’s senior director or worldwide health. “Since I started as a physician in the early 1980s, we have seen about a tripling of the number of kids overweight or of childhood obesity … and it has to do with inactivity. I reflect back to when I was growing up and kids were always running around. This is a way of getting kids and their families more motivated to get active.”More than 1,500 PLAY 60 youth events have been organized and the league has built more than 100 youth fitness zones. But that touches only a small segment of the population compared to what this program can attract.Rice isn’t really asking kids to run “The Hill” with him, of course. Or is he?“That would be a cool game for Kinect,” Rice joked. “Run “The Hill” with Jerry Rice!”He seriously emphasizes its importance in his development as one of the best players the NFL has seen.“It’s a 2.5-mile uphill run,” the 49-year-old Rice said. “The training I used to do in the offseason helped make me the great player that I was. I always wanted to be in the best possible shape so that I had that extra edge when it was late in the game and other players were getting tired.”Crounse recognizes that simply getting youngsters involved in the program won’t guarantee they will lose weight. They need to do more, including having healthy diets.Even an hour’s more activity per day, though, is an important gain.“As a physician, we know being overweight and obesity is associated with a lot of chronic diseases that are major causes of death in the United States,” Crounse said. “We also know you don’t have to be doing anything real fancy to get more activity; even walking or dancing will burn those calories. The point being if each of us would do a little more of it a day, it could translate to a weight loss of a pound a week.“So it’s not just getting kids enrolled in this program that will make kids lose that weight, but it can certainly help. And there’s a spirit of competitiveness with Xbox 360. People are very goal-oriented and this is a mechanism for the kids to do that, be competitive and active and healthier.”Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL FIGHTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY–In this Dec. 19, 2011, photo, former San Francisco 49er Jerry Rice waves to fans before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) last_img read more

Fair Haven Fireman’s Fair

first_imgPhoto Essay by Anthony V. Cosentino FAIR HAVEN – The annual Fair Haven Fire Company Firemen’s Fair continues through Saturday, Sept. 3. This year’s fair, said to be the largest firemen’s fair in New Jersey and the second largest fair of any kind in the state, features a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round, in addition to the more thrilling Zipper and Wipeout.Children have the opportunity to ride on a real fire truck, complete with blaring sirens. Hamburgers, hot dogs to seafood specialties are for sale.The fair is the main fundraising event for the Fair Haven Fire Department and takes place on the firehouse grounds at 645 River Road.last_img read more

Three games, two at home for Leafs

first_imgSaturday night the Leafs welcome the Grand Forks Border Bruins before concluding the weekend on the road in Spokane against the Braves. The Nelson Leafs hope to bounce back following a 1-0 loss last week to Castlegar when the Heritage City squad hosts North Okanagan in the first of two home games Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Knights lead the Doug Birks division of the Okanagan Conference with a record of 8-2-0-1.Nelson, at 6-4-1-0, is third in the Murdoch behind Castlegar and Beaver Valley.last_img read more

Defender Taiwo being linked with move to Portugal

first_imgBenfica are being linked with a move for Taye Taiwo.The Nigerian left-back, who spent the second half of last season on loan at QPR from AC Milan, expects to leave the San Siro on a permanent basis this summer.“If Benfica are considering signing me for the next season, then I can only thank them for showing an interest in me,” Taiwo was quoted as saying by O Jogo.“My plan is to develop and improve myself every year and next season it will also be like that. Benfica would be a good club for me to develop and improve myself.”This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

Finding sound real estate investment

first_img1 November 2010South Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and the growth of a new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions (IHS) and its global investors, that means opportunity. IHS’ South Africa Workforce Housing Fund has raised some US$250-million (R1.7-billion), with early support from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, to take equity stakes in developers and development projects that are adding tens of thousands of new homes and apartments to South Africa’s housing stockInvestors include Citigroup Global Markets along with a major North American endowment and a pension fund. The Development Bank of Southern Africa is also participating.In its largest deal to date, IHS has invested around $30-million (R200-million) in the conversion of 11 landmark buildings in downtown Johannesburg into 3 000 rental units. This and similar IHS-funded projects are making an important contribution to the revival of Johannesburg’s central business district.Other IHS-backed projects include a 4 141-unit estate in Soweto’s Jabulani district – the kind of development that is making Soweto unrecognisable to anyone whose mental picture of the township was formed before the advent of democracy.IHS’ Washington-based managing partner is Soula Proxenos. She maintains deep ties with her home country and is happy to be counted as a Global South African, part of a growing network of South African emigres committed to the country’s success.The housing in which IHS is investing is targeted at salary earners who can afford reasonable mortgage payments or rent but battle to find reasonably priced accommodation in the current market. These, says Proxenos, are the “missing middle” and many, she believes, are better off renting rather than owning.“Overall the demand for housing in the affordable property sector is huge. But current access to finance is driving consumers to rent rather than buy. For developers and investors like IHS, the high demand plus the relatively low default rate in rental payments make the provision of rental accommodation in the affordable housing market an ideal product.”Proxenos, who was managing director of Fannie Mae’s International Housing Financial Services before joining IHS, says the idea that home-ownership is always the best option is “clearly outdated”, putting people into homes they cannot afford. “It has proved a dangerous model in the US, leading to the worldwide housing crash which sparked the meltdown in financial markets.”This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

Weekly Wrap-up: Old Spice Videos, TED Talks for Startups, the New Digg, And More…

first_imgTags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups How the Old Spice Videos Are Being Made10 Inspiring TED Talks for StartupsPicking the Right Programming Language for Your StartupBankrupt Gay Teen Site May Be Forced to Hand Over Personal Information of UsersThe New Digg: What It Means For Power Users & PublishersMore coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebThe Future of the Cloud: Our Newest Research Report – Free We’re delighted to announce ReadWriteWeb’s fourth premium report, The Future of the Cloud: Cloud Platform APIs are the Business of Cloud Computing. Thanks to the generosity of our partners VMWare and Intel, we’re providing this report at no cost to you. The Future of the Cloud highlights cloud computing’s impact on IT organizations, and explores both its disruptive nature and the new markets and opportunities it’s creating. It also covers the impact of the transition on IT organizations in areas such as security, data, the new fundamentals of service provision, network architecture and the need to make the cloud part of a long-term systems and technology strategic plan. For more information or to download the report, visit here.Real-Time WebEnvolve: A Facebook-Like Chat Room for Your SiteEcho Unleashes the Masses with Real-Time Comment WidgetMore Real-Time Web coverage.Augmented RealityAugmented Reality Becoming More Like the Read/Write WebBen & Jerry’s: How a Big Brand Explores Augmented RealityMore Augmented Reality coverageInternet of Things Steve Ballmer Announces That There Will be Tablet AnnouncementsBlackBerry 6 Preview Features Social Feeds and New BrowserNoSQL Database CouchDB Turns 1.0ReadWriteBiz Our channel ReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… How Steve Ballmer Ruined the Cloud and the World CupA Business Intelligence Tool for Those Who Want More Than a SpreadsheetTwitter: Comparing its Velocity, not DowntimeReadWriteEnterprise Our channel ReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts ReadWrite Sponsors Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How to Scale Code Deployment Like Twitter DoesWhy Press Releases Aren’t Always the Best Way to Get PressTutorials Made Easy with IORADReadWriteCloud Our channel ReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. RFID Helps Indian Company Trap Ghost WorkersMIT Creates Cloth That ListensMore Internet of Things coverageMobile WebMasterCard Launches Woot-Like iPhone App for Daily DealsSurvey: Over Half of Location-Based Services Users Fear Loss of PrivacyFacebook’s OpenGraph is Coming to the Mobile WebMore Mobile Web coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App We recently launched the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes. Why Your Company Should Have a Facebook Page (Not a Profile)New HootSuite Features Offer More Insight About Your CustomersEnjoy your weekend everyone.Subscribe to Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: Old Spice’s social media campaign exploded late this week and, unsurprisingly, what readers really wanted to know about was how the videos were being made. We also continued our exploration of the significant Internet trends of 2010: the Internet of Things swaddles you in cloth that listens; I scream, you scream, we all scream for augmented reality-flavored ice cream; and there’s now a real-time, Facebook-like chat room for your site. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week ReadWriteStart Our channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.last_img read more