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first_img11 June 2009It’s been the subject of speculation and debate from the moment the host country was announced in May 2004. Now, with one year to go to the tournament’s kickoff, the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa is “finally … a given, an accepted reality”.These were the words of Danny Jordaan, chief executive the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee (OC), on Thursday 11 June 2009, the day that marks one year until home team Bafana Bafana run out onto the pitch at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium for the opening game of 2010.For Jordaan, the hard work is now starting to pay off.“So many people have worked so hard to make this dream of ours a reality,” Jordaan said in a statement on Thursday. “Now we are ready to go from planning to playing.“When we said time and time again that this World Cup is going to happen and it is going to be successful, it’s been easy for people to cast doubt, because the event hasn’t happened as yet.“But we as South Africans and Africans are undoubtedly in the process of delivering”.Although it’s been a tough road, Jordaan says he’s found inspiration in the men and women who are working tirelessly to make sure 2010 will be a success for the country and the continent of Africa.“People look at the project plans, the timelines and the key indicators to see whether this project will work and will be a success,” Jordaan said. “But for me, my conviction is derived from the hearts of the people who are actually doing the work, who are at the coalface, putting the infrastructure in place.“It’s when you look at the construction workers building the stadiums, upgrading our airports and roads, the staff working on 2010 projects at the host cities and at all levels of government, and the staff of the Organising Committee at Safa House, that you know this project will be a success.“When you look at them and you look in their eyes, you get a sense that they’ve all decided, ‘We won’t let you down, we won’t let the country down’, and that they’re going to make this work”.Jordaan also had high praise for the host cities and the government, who he says have been “exceptional” on the road to 2010.“Host cities have done extremely well, getting first into infrastructural and now operational readiness. South Africa has never experienced an event requiring co-ordination to such an extent.“And the extent to which government has organised itself – into local, provincial and national spheres in a coordinated way – is a model that future Organising Committees will surely use. And we created it”.And when the final whistle has blown and the fans depart back home, Jordaan only has one wish.“We all know the sacrifices Nelson Mandela and countless others made. When we host a successful 2010 Fifa World Cup in one year’s time – delivered by both black and white coming together – I hope Madiba will look back and that he will also come to the conclusion that all his efforts, travels and contributions were not in vain.“I hope he will be smiling”.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgMany stars swear by acupuncture to assist in conceiving children and maintaining good health during pregnancy. After battling infertility for years, Celine Dion combined acupuncture with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to successfully conceive twins.Dion passed this advice on to Mariah Carey, who attributes acupuncture in helping her conceive her twins in 2010 without having to resort to IVF. Actress Natalie Portman reportedly received acupuncture treatments throughout her pregnancy to reduce stress and promote physical well-being. It is said that “Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet relied on acupuncture to alleviate pain while she was giving birth.Back home in India, acupuncture is gaining respect and popularity for treating a wide variety of diseases with great successMechanism of Acupuncture in treating InfertilityAccording to Dr. Sunita Kapur, Senior Consultant, Dept. of Medical Acupuncture at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, acupuncture can stimulate the body’s hormonal system to do what it is supposed to – secrete the right hormones at the right time in a woman’s cycle.In  2002, a headline appeared in many newspapers and on internet which said- “Acupuncture could help women undergoing fertility treatment conceive.”  It was published by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, based on studies by German researchers. The researchers stimulated acupuncture points that were meant to “relax the uterus according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. Meridians were selected in an effort to create better blood perfusion and more energy in the uterus.  Ear points were used to stabilize the endocrine system, and points designed to promote patients’ general relaxation and well-being also were chosen.  advertisementThe women in the treated group received one acupuncture session before embryo transfer and one afterwards. Ultrasound testing six weeks after embryo transfer revealed that almost twice as many women from the acupuncture group than from the untreated group became pregnant. The two groups and their embryos were quite similar in all respects.Another study by Cornell University, published in the December 2002 issue of Fertility and Sterility, reported, ” The peripheral impact of acupuncture in improving uterine artery blood flow and hence endometrial thickness…provides encouraging data regarding its potential positive effect on implantation of embryo.”  Men also can benefit from the pituitary stimulating effects of acupuncture.  Acupuncture treatments can improve the concentration, volume, motility and quality of sperms.Dr. Sunita Kapur, herself a western medical doctor, now only practices Acupuncture and treats various types of disorders leading to male & female infertility in New Delhi, India. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, luteal phase defects, advanced maternal age, immunological reactions, endometriosis, fibroids, premature ovarian failures can be taken care of by acupuncture.  The success rate of conception with or without assisted reproductive techniques, becomes high after acupuncture treatment.Acupuncture has suddenly caught the attention of fitness freaks and sportspersons, who have greatly benefited from this therapyAcupuncture Efficacy and SupportAcupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years, as an integral part of medical treatment. Over the years acupuncture has become a respected treatment option in the West, although Eastern explanations of acupuncture differ from the explanations provided by Western scientists. Traditional Chinese medicine says that each body flows with energy called Qi. Poor health results when the Qi becomes blocked and is unable to flow properly. Acupuncture is a way to balance the Qi and keep it flowing by inserting thin needles into specific points of the body. Western scientists describe acupuncture as the stimulation of specific points in order to elicit a biochemical result.Millions of people have claimed that acupuncture has healed them of numerous ailments, but up till recently it was thought of as an alternative form of medicine that was inferior to Western medicine. This view has changed as more scientific studies have been conducted to learn more about exactly how acupuncture works on the body. A study published in the Journal of NeuroImage described how researchers used brain imaging to show that acupuncture causes an increased binding availability of opioid receptors in the brain, similar to how pain killers work in humans. The results of other respected scientific studies have led to the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare acupuncture as a safe and effective treatment option for a wide range of ailments.Acupuncture for WellnessFor a number of celebrities, acupuncture is a regular part of their health and wellness routine. Jim Carey has been quoted as saying that regular acupuncture treatments have “led to a marked change in my physical vitality and my general state of well-being.” Other stars using acupuncture as a way to maintain health and energy levels include Lucy Lui, Sandra Bullock, and Matt Damon.advertisementSports AcupunctureThe popularity of acupuncture is not confined to Hollywood. Many superstar athletes receive acupuncture treatments as a means to recover faster from injuries.  The New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants both have acupuncturists on staff to treat players. Dwayne Wade, star NBA player, relies on acupuncture treatments to soothe knee pain. Pro athletes, who need their bodies to be in optimal condition, swear by acupuncture treatments. In fact, there are now acupuncturists on site at both the Winter and Summer Olympics.Dr. Raman Kapur is a renowned Medical Acupuncturist, widely recognized for developing the practice of scientific Acupuncture in India and curing many patients suffering from intractable diseases.  He is the recipient of the first “PADMA SHRI” in Medical Acupuncture awarded by the Hon’ble President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil, on 5th May, 2008.last_img read more

Minnesota Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson has set the NFL record for longest kickoff return, a 109-yard touchdown to start the game against Green Bay.The entire length of an NFL field is 120 yards, including both end zones. The field of play is 100 yards with each end zone extending an extra 10 yards at either end. Patterson was as far back as he could be in the end zone when he caught the opening kick from Tim Masthay on Sunday night. He needed a full 12 seconds to evade 11 would-be tacklers and reach the far end of the field.The rookie wide receiver gave the Minnesota Vikings to an instant 7-0 lead over the Green Bay Packers for his second kickoff return touchdown of the season. He set a new record for the longest kickoff return in NFL history, three players shared the previous record of 108 yards: Ellis Hobbs for New England in 2007, Randall Cobb for Green Bay in 2011, and Jacoby Jones for Baltimore in 2012.Despite the Patterson record-breaking run, Green Bay still managed to come out on top beating the Vikings 44-31. read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageIt’s unlikely that Aston Martin’s no-deal Brexit survival plan includes building further V8 Cygnets, unfortunately. Aston Martin While we’re up to our ears here in the US with partial government shutdowns and wall talk, the folks over in the UK are staring down the barrel of a possible no-deal Brexit, in which Britain leaves the EU without a trade deal. The prospect has companies such as Aston Martin taking emergency measures to stay afloat, Reuters reports.The UK is set to leave the EU on March 29. The country’s Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated a trade deal with the EU but has yet to win support for it in Parliament. Her government on Tuesday suffered defeat over a related finance measure, The Guardian reports. Without a deal, shipments to and from Europe are likely to be severely delayed.The Aston Martin top brass decided at a board meeting in December to enact its no-deal Brexit contingency plan — one which we can only imagine is called something super cool like Condition Aubergine or the Condor Contingency. It will mean major changes to the way the company operates on a day-to-day basis, according to Reuters.Specifically, Aston Martin will use ports other than Dover in an effort to avoid customs delays, and it has authorized its procurement people to use air freight when shipping components from certain vendors.Aston Martin — like many automakers — runs on a just-in-time manufacturing system when it comes to getting the materials it needs to build its cars. Naturally, having the kinds of delays that are expected if a no-deal Brexit happens would pee in Aston Martin’s Wheaties, figuratively speaking. This would likely cause massive production upset, something which a relatively small independent company like Aston Martin can’t afford.The company is also holding on to an inventory of cars in Germany that it will likely augment in the coming weeks, in an effort to avoid post-Brexit costs and paperwork.Aston Martin didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 0 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: V8 power and elegant style More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 25 Photos Aston Martin Share your voicecenter_img Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Car Industry Luxury cars Exotic Cars Performance Cars Aston Martinlast_img read more

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnIt has one foot in the East and one in the West, is ultra-modern, secure and sometimes mocked as being a little dull — Singapore was the safe pick for a historic first meeting between the unpredictable leaders of the US and North Korea.US president Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed the summit — a first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader — would take place in Singapore on 12 June.”We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” he tweeted.It followed a second visit to Pyongyang by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Wednesday to make arrangements for the summit.The Southeast Asian financial hub was likely chosen due to its neutrality, security advantages and track record of hosting international summits, observers say.The ultramodern city-state has robust security infrastructure and is widely considered one of the safest cities in Asia.It has tight restrictions over media and public gatherings, which will allow for a controlled environment likely to be preferred by the North Koreans.Singapore is also in the rare position of having friendly diplomatic ties with both Washington and Pyongyang.It considers the US a close partner, while North Korea maintains a fully functioning embassy in the city-state.Singapore and the North have a long history of cooperation — the first law firm and fast food restaurant in Pyongyang were both set up by Singaporeans — even if relations hit a snag last year when Singapore enforced new UN sanctions on trade.Singapore will also be an acceptable choice to China, North Korea’s only major ally, which wields a strong influence despite its physical absence from next month’s proceedings.”As a neutral, and objective country with much-admired consistent foreign policy principles and a small state with no desire or capacity to harm other states and their interests, Singapore fits that bill well,” said Lim Tai Wei, adjunct research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s East Asia Institute.- ‘No baggage’ -By apparently agreeing to meet Trump 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles) away from Pyongyang, Kim has to travel a significant distance out of his comfort zone, said Graham Ong-Webb, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).Since Kim took over as leader, he has rarely left his isolated nation and has only officially ventured away from home this year, with two visits to China, most recently travelling to the northeastern port city of Dalian where he met Xi.He also stepped across the border into South Korea during a historic meeting with President Moon Jae-in in April, making him the first Northern leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ceasefire in 1953.Remarkable images of the two leaders greeting each other warmly over the Military Demarcation Line that splits their countries, rich with symbolism and high political theatre, were broadcast around the world.Trump had previously suggested that the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas could be a venue for his meeting with Kim, before ruling it out on Wednesday.Nearby Mongolia was also ruled out as a possible neutral third-country venue, reportedly for security reasons.But for Trump and Kim, Singapore is a convenient venue precisely because it “doesn’t have the historical or political baggage,” said Sarah Teo, an associate research fellow at RSIS’s regional security architecture programme.Singapore also has a track record for hosting international summits.In 2015, the city-state played host to a historic meeting between China’s president Xi Jinping and then Taiwanese president Ma Ying Jeou.It hosts the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a defence forum regularly attended by heads of state, defence ministers and high level military officials.Now the venue and date have been chosen, it only remains to be seen if Singapore will play host to a meeting that truly builds on hopes for the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula and a formal peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War.last_img read more