O guia rapido da África do Sul

first_imgQuantas linguas falam os Sul Africanos? A África do Sul e uma democracia? Ha cidades grandes com os confortos modernos? As estradas sao alcatroadas? Ate quando dara o meu dinheiro? . Tem tres minutos para nos dispensar? Aqui esta a verdade nua e crua e a razao por que ficara muito admirado quando nos visitar.Bem-vindo a ponta sul de África. É aqui que dois grandes oceanos se unem, que o bom tempo dura todo o ano e que a caça grossa deambula um pouco para la das luzes da cidade.É aqui que começou a humanidade: os vestigios dos nossos antepassados sao ainda visiveis em pegadas fossilizadas com mais de 80.000 anos e temos as pinturas rupestres mais antigas do mundo.Hoje em dia a África do Sul e a força motriz de todo o continente africano, a economia mais avançada e diversificada, com infra-estruturas a condizer com qualquer outro pais do chamado primeiro mundo, das naçoes industrializadas.Pode conduzir por todo o lado, dispoe de auto-estradas ao longo dos 2.000 quilometros do pais, de Musina, la bem em cima, ate a Cidade do Cabo, la bem em baixo. Ou junte-se aos milhoes de viajantes internacionais que desembarcam nos nossos aeroportos todos os anos.Cerca de dois terços da electricidade de África e gerada aqui. Aproximadamente 40% dos telefones do continente estao aqui. Mais de metade da platina de todo o mundo e 10% do seu ouro estao nas nossas minas. E quase todos os que nos visitam se admiram ate onde um dolar, um euro ou uma libra esticam. Bem-vindo a Republica da África do Sul.Quem vive na África do Sul?A África do Sul e um pais com mais de 47 milhoes de habitantes, das mais diversas origens, culturas, linguas e crenças. Cerca de 79% sao negros (ou Africanos), 9% sao brancos, 9% “mestiços’ – o rotulo local para pessoas de mistura africana, asiatica e branca – e 2,5% sao Indianos / Asiaticos. Mais ou menos metade da populaçao vive nas cidades.Dois terços dos Sul Africanos sao cristaos, sendo a Zion Christian Church (Igreja Crista de Zion) a maior igreja local, seguida da Dutch Reformed (Igreja Reformada Holandesa) e de igrejas catolicas. Muitas igrejas combinam a fe crista e a africana tradicional e muitas igrejas nao cristas adoptam as suas crenças tradicionais. Outras religioes de relevo – embora com muito menos seguidores – sao o Islamismo, Hinduismo e Judaismo.Que linguas falam os Sul Africanos?Existem 11 linguas oficialmente reconhecidas, grande parte delas naturais da África do Sul. Cerca de 40% da populaçao fala ou isisZulu ou isiXhosa. Voce nao fala? Se arranha o ingles, entao nao se preocupe. Para onde quer que va encontrara sempre alguem que fala ou entende o ingles.O ingles e a lingua que se fala nas cidades, no comercio, nos bancos, nos departamentos do estado, nos sinais de transito e nos documentos oficiais. Os sinais de transito e os impressos oficiais sao sempre em ingles. O Presidente da Republica faz os seus discursos em ingles. Em qualquer hotel os recepcionistas, os empregados, os camareiros e os porteiros, todos eles falam ingles.Outra lingua principal e o Afrikaans, um derivado do holandes, que para quem vem do norte da Europa achara facilimo de compreender.A África do Sul e uma democracia?A África do Sul e uma forte democracia multi-partidaria, com uma justiça independente e uma imprensa livre e diversa. Uma das constituiçoes mais jovens – e mais progressistas – protege cidadaos e visitantes. Nao sera de certeza encarcerado se exclamar as suas opinioes, mesmo que sejam de oposiçao (tenha mas e muito mais cuidado em fumar nos restaurantes cheios de gente!).E o apartheid?Ate Abril de 1994 a África do Sul era conhecida pelo apartheid ou regra da minoria branca. A inegavel e notavel capacidade do pais de deitar para tras das costas seculos de odio racial a favor da reconciliaçao foi por todos considerado um verdadeiro milagre, inspirando identicos esforços em lugares tao distantes como a Irlanda do Norte ou o Ruanda. A África do Sul pos-apartheid tem um governo que abrange todas as raças e e frequentemente referido como a naçao arco-iris, uma designaçao de Desmond Tutu, Premio Nobel da Paz.O negocio estrangeiro e bem vindo?Os sinais “estamos abertos para o negocio” tem a seta para cima. O pais proporciona ao potencial investidor um ambiente economico-financeiro favoravel, em que 100% da propriedade estrangeira e permitida. O repatriamento de lucros e livre. A taxa cambial e favoravel. E se por acaso tem negocios em África, esta e sem duvida a porta aberta para o continente africano.Saiba mais: África do Sul: aberta aos negociosComo e o tempo por ai?Muito sol, temperaturas amenas, sem se sofrer demais com o calor. Em Joanesburgo, capital comercial do pais, a temperatura e aprazivel todo o ano, mas a noite arrefece bastante. Durban, o maior porto de mar, e quente e muitas vezes humido, um paraiso de praias. E na Cidade do Cabo, onde os turistas se apinham para admirar um dos sitios mais lindos do mundo, o tempo e geralmente muito bom e quente, mas pode tambem ser temperamental. Se nos visita vindo do hemisferio norte, lembre-se: quando ai e inverno, aqui e verao. Traga os oculos de sol e deixe a gabardine em casa.Saiba mais: O tempo e o clima da África do SulO pais e muito grande?Para um Europeu, e. O pais estende-se por uma area de 1,2 milhoes de quilometros quadrados, tao grande como varios paises europeus juntos. Para um Americano, se calhar ja nao parece tao grande – e um oitavo dos EUA. Seja como for, leva mais de um dia de viagem de carro pela auto-estrada de Joanesburgo, a norte, ate a Cidade do Cabo, a sul (se conduzir como mandam as regras), com a topografia indo dos estonteantemente vales verdes ate quase ao semi-deserto.Como esta dividido o pais?A África do Sul tem nove provincias. Gauteng, a mais pequena e a mais densamente povoada, contigua ao Limpopo, Noroeste e Mpumalanga a norte. O Cabo Setentrional, a maior provincia mas com a menor populaçao, fica a ocidente. O Free State (Estado Livre) fica no meio do pais. E as provincias costeiras de KwaZulu-Natal, Cabo Oriental e Cabo Ocidental ficam a sul.Ha cidades grandes com os confortos modernos?África tem mais do que leoes, sabia? Joanesburgo, cheia de arranha-ceus, tem uma area maior que Londres ou Nova Iorque. As luzes acendem, a agua flui, as auto-estradas tem varias pistas e – para mal dos nossos pecados – tambem ha engarrafamentos. Pode fazer a sua reserva num Hilton ou num Hyatt ou num Holiday Inn e comer em restaurantes cosmopolitas que servem de tudo, desde sushi a hamburguer de bife de crocodilo. Ou pode recostar-se no sofa e saltitar entre cinco canais analogicos de TV e mais de 50 digitais.Quais sao as cidades grandes?A África do Sul tem duas capitais. Cidade do Cabo, a mais antiga, e a capital legislativa, onde esta o Parlamento. Pretoria, 1.500 km a norte, e a capital executiva, onde esta o governo. Portas meias com Pretoria – e suficientemente perto da mescla dos suburbios dos arredores – esta o centro comercial de Joanesburgo, outrora o maior centro mineiro de ouro do mundo, hoje em dia cada vez mais sede dos sectores financeiros e de serviços. A segunda maior cidade e Durban, um porto de mar em crescimento na costa oriental, rota de fornecimento da maior parte dos bens e produtos para o interior.Entao esta a dizer-me que as estradas sao alcatroadas?Sim, claro, ate as estradas das cidades mais pequenas. Os centros maiores estao ligados entre si por uma rede de mais de 9.000 km de auto-estradas alcatroadas mantidas periodicamente, incluindo 2.000 km de estradas de duas vias, e o seu numero tem aumentado regularmente. O caminho de ferro nacional tem 30.000 km de carris de linha ferrea ligando os lugarejos mais pequenos. Mais de 50 linhas aereas e mais do que 30 milhoes de passageiros por ano viajam pelos 10 principais aeroportos da África do Sul, entre eles tres aeroportos internacionais, nomeadamente em Joanesburgo, Cidade do Cabo e Durban.Saiba mais: As infraestruturas da África do SulE posso ligar para casa sem problemas?Isso e muito mais. Com uma rede 99,9% digital e que dispoe da linha fixa de ultima geraçao, comunicaçao sem fios e por satelite, a África do Sul tem a rede de telecomunicaçoes mais desenvolvida e moderna de África. Os tres operadores celulares nacionais fornecem mais de 39 milhoes de assinantes, cobrindo quase 80% da populaçao. O numero de Sul Africanos que desfrutam de acesso a Internet a preços competitivos, ligaçoes sem interrupçao e banda larga esta a aumentar cada vez mais.Saiba mais: As telecomunicaçoes na África do SulOs bancos sao modernos?A África do Sul tem um sector financeiro sofisticado e de nivel mundial, lado a lado com as tecnologias de ponta. A partir do momento em que puser o pe fora do aviao começara a ver bancos, casas de cambio e caixas multibanco por todo o lado. Pode usar qualquer um dos principais cartoes de credito, com o American Express e Diners Club a ter menos aceitaçao do que o MasterCard ou o Visa. Os bancos estrangeiros estao bem representados e pode fazer movimentos nas ATM ou pela internet.Ate quando dara o meu dinheiro?A África do Sul tem taxas de cambio favoraveis com a maioria das moedas estrangeiras e vera, por isso, que a sua estada nao sera dispendiosa. A moeda da África do Sul e o rand, dividido em 100 centimos. As moedas sao de 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 e R5 e as notas sao de R10, R20, R50, R100 e R200.Posso beber agua normal?A nossa agua e de muito melhor qualidade do que a agua de muitos paises chamados desenvolvidos. A agua da torneira e de boa qualidade e esta disponivel em qualquer lado, convenientemente tratada contra micro-organismos, com bom paladar e segura para se beber directamente da torneira. A agua de Joanesburgo, por exemplo, e tao boa como a de qualquer agua engarrafada.É seguro passear a pe?Como em qualquer outro lugar – desde que nao se lembre de andar de madrugada sozinho em ruas desertas. Sim, existe crime na África do Sul. Mas nao precisa de fazer mais do que tomar as precauçoes normais de bom senso. Saiba para onde quer ir antes de sair, sobretudo a noite. Nao exiba em publico ou na rua artigos de valor. Feche as portas a noite. E, como em qualquer outro sitio do mundo, deve ter em atençao que em certas zonas das cidades maiores os estrangeiros sao um alvo facil. É facil evitar essas areas sem diminuir ao seu divertimento e prazer de visitar um pais e conhecer as suas gentes que, com algumas excepçoes, sao notavelmente calorosos e acolhedores.E consigo mesmo ver animais selvagens?Nem precisa de ir muito longe. Basta uma hora de carro, saindo da selva das urbes de Pretoria ou Joanesburgo, para chegar a outra selva e ver leoes, elefantes, bufalos e centenas de outras especies no seu habitat natural.Uma das maiores reservas de vida animal do mundo e o Parque Nacional Kruger, com mais de um seculo. Actualmente faz parte de uma area de reserva maior que abrange parques de caça privados e publicos, estendendo-se para la das fronteiras nacionais para os lados vizinhos de Moçambique e Zimbabue.E ha ainda outras razoes para visitar a África do Sul: praias de areia dourada, alguns do melhores sitios de surf do globo, um cenario espectacular desde montanhas a desertos, ecossistemas que nao existem em nenhuma outra parte, uma oportunidade para ver em primeira mao a cultura africana – e um dos destinos de ferias mais baratos que podera encontrar.Saiba mais: Experiencias de viagem na África do SulEste artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSAlast_img read more

Holiday indulgence in moderation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many people are looking for ways to either avoid temptation or make better choices that will allow them to maintain a healthy weight while they navigate all the indulgence of the season, said Jenny Lobb, a family and consumer sciences educator for Ohio State University Extension.With that in mind, Lobb offers the following tips that can help you enjoy the holidays and still meet your food-related health goals.Use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate dietary guidelines as your guide to healthy eating. MyPlate encourages people to eat more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, including advocating that people make half of the food on their plate fruits and vegetables. So look for fruits and vegetables when you go to holiday gatherings and when you are planning your own meals. Filling up on those foods first might help you eat less of the other richer foods that you might encounter later.Plan ahead whether you are packing a lunch or snacks for your workday. When you bring your own food, you might be less likely to pass through the break room and indulge in some of the sweets that other people bring in. Plan ahead for any parties you might attend as well. Doing so might help you avoid some of the sweets or rich foods offered there.Survey your options. If you go to a party, take a look to see what is available before filling up your plate. Then, strategically choose what you want to indulge in. Keep an eye on your portions. In the words of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “enjoy your foods, but eat less.” You can still enjoy those special holiday treats, but keep an eye on the portions and try not to overdo it. Filling up on fruits and vegetables first might help you stick to smaller portions of the richer foods you choose to eat.Limit your liquid calories. Lots of holiday drinks such as alcoholic beverages, eggnog, and festive coffee drinks contain more calories and sugar than some desserts. So keep an eye on the beverages that you’re choosing, try to fill up on water first, and then treat those richer drinks more like desserts or sweets.Lastly, try to understand that not all of your holiday eating habits are going to be perfect, so cut yourself some slack and enjoy the season. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day.Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.last_img read more

Protest against ‘extortion’

first_imgNormal life in Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur was affected on Wednesday as hundreds of people hit the streets to protest ‘illegal taxation’, or extortion, by several extremist groups and criminal organisations.The Public Action Committee of Naga Council Dimapur, which organised the protest rally, asked the Neiphiu Rio government to crack down on the outfits and stop such taxation.At least five extremist outfits such as Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland collect ‘tax’ periodically. Accordingly, government and corporate employees have to shell out 22-24% of a month’s salary while traders and the self-employed are required to pay more.last_img

Khar cops surprise senior citizen with a birthday cake

first_imgIn a heart-warming gesture, cops from the Khar police station ensured that a senior citizen in their area was not alone on her birthday. On Saturday, four constables surprised Kumud Joshi, a retired professor, with a cake to ring in her 77th birthday.“I was pleasantly surprised to find the police officials with a birthday cake at my doorstep,” Ms. Joshi told The Hindu. “At this age, we don’t really get many visitors or people to talk to. People like us require a support system as it increases the confidence in living,” she said.The Mumbai Police’s official Twitter handle tweeted about the surprise to Ms. Joshi which led to a flood of birthday wishes for her on the social media, with many people praising the cops for their thoughtfulness. On Sunday, Ms. Joshi was presented with a collage of birthday wishes that came for her on Twitter.The surprise was planned by SI Khalil Shaikh who often visits Ms. Joshi and is constantly in touch with her. “We exchange greetings every morning on the phone. When I realised that it was her birthday, I decided to plan a surprise for her,” said Mr. Shaikh adding that the Khar police had been lending an ear to lonely seniors citizens for a long time. “At times, they want someone to have a conversation with them, so we do share our personal numbers. When we visit them, they feel really ecstatic as if a family member has come to visit them,” he said.When it comes to crime, senior citizens have always been vulnerable targets. Thus, being in touch with the local police is often helpful for them. “The cops have even gone to the extent of fetching medicines for me. During elections, they helped me get to the polling station and even dropped me back home after I cast my vote,” said Ms. Joshi.With increasing number of senior citizens living alone, many of them treat the policemen as their family members. “We always have varied experiences with the citizens. While some feel guarded and secured, many are apprehensive to our visits as they do not like their neighbours wondering why the police are paying a visit. We need to make these visits to ensure that the people living around them or working in their houses are aware that we are in constant contact with them. It helps us in preventing crimes,” Mr. Shaikh said.last_img read more

Playing aggressive key to Ginebra’s success, says Tenorio

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slaughter starts, sets tone for Gin Kings in Game 5 win MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Hunger has been a word constantly thrown through the course of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, with both sides repeatedly saying that whoever wants the game more will win the plum.LA Tenorio has no doubt that Ginebra was the hungrier team on Sunday as it came out like a house on fire and hounded Meralco in Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT “We started really aggressive. We did it the whole game, so we ended up winning the game. I think that’s really the key when we’re aggressive defensively, offensively, it’s automatic that we’ll get the win,” Tenorio said.With Tenorio steering the ship, the Gin Kings took control early before holding off the Bolts in the fourth.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 veteran playmaker got the job done on offense, orchestrating the flow for Ginebra with 17 points and four assists, while also doing his job on defense as he bullied the Meralco guards to also finish with six rebounds and three steals.Tenorio’s stellar showing, though, didn’t come as a surprise to coach Tim Cone, who asked him to play extended minutes with the loss of Sol Mercado to injury in Game 4. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next But the heavy minutes are the least of his concerns with the Kings only a win away from repeating as Governors’ Cup champions.“Actually, coach Tim was apologizing to me because of my extended minutes. But I don’t care. This is the championship. I’ll just rest after the series. If I have to play for 48 minutes, I’m ready. I told him even in next game, we don’t have Sol now, so I’m ready to extend my minutes,” he said.“Hopefully next game, we can bring this aggressiveness. But for sure, what we did today is not enough for next game. For sure, they’re going to adjust, so we just have to double our effort if we want to close out the series,” he said.“We know what to do, so we did what we’re supposed to do. Next game, we’ll bring it.”Game 6 is on Wednesday, still at the Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals PLAY LIST 01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters 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 Games View commentslast_img read more

Rio’s Olympics 1 year later: The good, the bad and the ugly

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ TNT sends Kia to 3rd straight loss in its Govs’ Cup opener Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Save for minor cosmetic changes, a city fractured by mountains and searing inequality remains as it was. Violent crime mostly concealed during the Olympics is soaring, tied to Brazil’s deepest economic downturn in 100 years and unpaid policemen leaving in droves. Brazil’s military has been called in to quell Rio’s untethered violence.Rio barely managed to keep it together for the Olympics, needed a government bailout to hold the Paralympics and then collapsed under a grinding recession and sprawling corruption scandals.The games took place mostly in the south and west of the city, which remains white and wealthy. The rest is still a hodgepodge of dilapidated factories and hillside slums of cinderblocks, tin roofs and open troughs of raw sewage.Brazil says it spent $13 billion in public and private money to organize the Olympics — some estimates suggest $20 billion — and many games-related projects since then have been tied to corruption scandals that marred the games and drove up costs. Federal police and prosecutors have linked overpriced projects to graft between politicians and construction companies.A look at the fallout since the Olympics opened on Aug. 5:ADVERTISEMENT Carlos Nuzman, president of the organizing committee, was defeated earlier this year in an election to lead the Pan American Sports Organization. He ran on his record leading the Rio Olympics and finished third in a three-man race.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “People have no dignity using public transportation in Rio de Janeiro,” she said.THE BADIn this July 16, 2017 photo, an empty parking lot is seen in front of the Athlete’s Village, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than 3,600 apartments remain unoccupied. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left a half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park and 3,600 empty apartments in the boarded-up Olympic Village. Deodoro, a major complex of venues in the impoverished north, is shuttered behind iron gates.Standing across the street, Jose Mauricio Pehna de Souza was asked if Rio benefited from the Olympics.“I don’t think so, not us in Brazil,” he said.A $20 million golf course is struggling to find players and financing.A few dozen were on the course on a recent, sunny Saturday. The clubhouse is mostly unfurnished, and it costs non-Brazilians 560 reals ($180) for 18 holes and a cart.File – In this July 4, 2016 file photo, the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics is seen from the air, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left half-dozen vacant sports arenas in the Olympic Park, and 3,600 empty apartments in the vast, boarded-up Olympic Village. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say Rio needs time to develop these venues, and faults Brazil’s deep recession for most of the problems.A prosecutor several months ago disputed this, saying the Olympic Park “lacked planning how to use white elephant” sports venues. Many were built as part of real estate deals that have yet to pan out.Juliana Solaira, a 30-year-old pharmacist who lives across from the park, called the space “an excellent legacy” but said “few people use it.” Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “Here we see all this money spent,” she said. “Unfortunately, we see most of the arenas are closed. So I think it could have been used in a better way.”The park offers few amenities: no restaurants, no shade and nothing much to do except gawk at deserted arenas. City hall officials and the federal government say they’re planning an event for Aug. 5 to “fill all the arenas” for the day.THE UGLYIn this July 27, 2017 photo, trash lays on the coast of Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events.Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, its unwelcome stench often drifting along the highway from the international airport.“I think it’s gotten worse,” Brazil’s gold-medal sailor Kahena Kunze said in a recent interview. “There was always floating trash, but I see more and more. It’s no use hiding the trash because it comes back. I figured it would get worse because I haven’t seen anything concrete being done.”Avenida Brasil, the main north-south artery through the city, is a snarl of unfinished roads and express bus lanes, viaducts to nowhere and detours through miles (kilometers) of traffic cones.In this July 27, 2017 photo, children play with a foam board in the polluted Guanabara bay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio organizers promised to clean up polluted Guanabara Bay in their winning bid in 2009. During the Olympics, officials used stop-gap measures to keep floating sofas, logs, and dead animals from crashing into boats during the sailing events. Since the Olympics, the bankrupt state of Rio de Janeiro has ceased major efforts to clean the bay, with the unwelcome stench usually drifting along the highway from the international airport. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)Some of the politicians behind the Olympics have been accused of graft, and organizers still owe creditors about $30 million to 40 million.Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who wept when Rio was awarded the games, was convicted last month on corruption charges and faces a 9 1/2-year prison term. He is appealing.Former Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes , the local moving force behind the Olympics, is being investigated for allegedly accepting at least 15 million reals ($5 million) in payments to facilitate construction projects tied to the games. He denies wrongdoing.Another early booster, former Rio state governor Sergio Cabral, is in jail on corruption charges. FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2016 file photo, Brazil’s Neymar kisses the ball before scoring the decisive penalty kick during the final match of the mens’s Olympic football tournament at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As Rio de Janeiro reels from corruption, rising crime and unfinished infrastructure, its residents can look no further than the iconic image of Neymar to remind them of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics that took place one year ago and the price they payed for hosting the games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Neymar kissed the ball, delivered a gold medal and then wept with other Brazilians.Look no further if you’re searching for an iconic image of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ THE GOODIn this July 17, 2017 photo, a commuter waits for the next car at the Jardim Oceanico subway station, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service, and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians, and safe street life in city rife with crime. These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)The Olympics left behind a new subway line extension, high-speed bus service and an urban jewel: a renovated port area filled with food stands, musicians and safe street life in a city rife with crime.These probably would not have been built without the prestige of the Olympics. But the games also imposed deadlines and drove up the price. A state auditor’s report said the 9.7 billion real ($3 billion) subway was overbilled by 25 percent.Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela — or shanytown — and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. The area in his youth was known for decay and drunkenness.In this July 16, 2017 photo, Igor Silverio poses for a photo at Praca Maua in the renovated port area, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before the Olympic Games the area was known for decay and drunkenness. Igor Silverio lives nearby the port in a favela, or shanytown, and came the other day to kick around a soccer ball with his two young boys. “For sure it’s better,” he said. But he added he “expected more from the Olympics.” (AP Photo/Renata Brito)“For sure it’s better,” he said. But, he added, he “expected more from the Olympics.”“From my point of view, the Olympics only benefited the foreigners. Local people themselves didn’t get much. The security situation isn’t good, the hospitals. I think these are investments that didn’t benefit many local people.”He said he skipped the Olympics because they were “too expensive” and located far away in the suburbs.Standing outside the new subway line, 57-year-old domestic worker Isa Trajano Fernandes said public transportation had improved but was still deficient.“When the Olympics were going on it was better, but then they let it slide,” she said.She complained about crowding on the new express buses and the lack of security. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “It’s the only medal that really mattered,” Salvador Gaeta said recently while cycling in the deserted Olympic Park. “Every Brazilian will remember it.”Other memories have faded at home since the Olympics opened a year ago. A few expectations were met, but many fell short of those promised by IOC President Thomas Bach and organizing committee head Carlos Nuzman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBach boasted at the closing ceremony of “a Rio de Janeiro before, and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.”Nuzman called Rio the next Barcelona, one of the cities clearly transformed by the games. 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ONE: Team Lakay’s Edward Kelly stopped by Christian Lee in 1st round of rematch

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion In a flyweight Muay Thai Super Series, Jonathan Haggerty of the United Kingdom topped Joseph Lasiri of Italy by unanimous decision in a bloody encounter.The taller Haggerty set the tone and decked Lasiri with an elbow to the head late in the first round.Lasiri, however, kept his aggressiveness in the last two rounds despite the knockdown and was even able to deal major damage to Haggerty, who left with a bloodied nose after taking a crushing knee.Indonesia took another loss after Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol fell to the gutsy Puja Tomar of India by split decision.In the last undercard bout, Thailand’s Mongkol Petch Petchyindee Academy handily beat New Zealand’s Alexi Serepisos by unanimous decision in their flyweight Muay Thai Super Series.ADVERTISEMENT Lee went to work from the get-go and easily took down Kelly before getting on a full mount for the ground and pound.The 20-year-old Lee also avenged his disqualification loss to Kelly four months ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith the quick victory, Lee has his sight set on another crack at the belt currently held by Martin Nguyen.“Absolutely. I want that belt,” said Lee, who had already lost to Nguyen twice. MOST READ ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Christian Lee. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Christian Lee had said he wanted a first-round finish and he stayed true to his word Saturday night.Lee, the former featherweight title contender, made quick work of Filipino Edward Kelly, stopping the Team Lakay veteran at the 2:53 mark of the opening round in ONE: Eternal Glory at Istora Senayan here.ADVERTISEMENT Matthew Wright, Louie Alas hope OT victories strengthen Phoenix LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal kid Bukayo Saka thrilled to make Premier League debut

first_imgArsenal kid Bukayo Saka thrilled to make Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBukayo Saka was thrilled to make his Premier League debut in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham.Saka replaced Alex Iwobi with three minutes remaining in our 4-1 win over Fulham, adding to his two appearances in the Europa League late last year.“Right now I’m feeling so happy,” he said. “I feel blessed to have made my debut and get minutes on the pitch. I just want to thank my family, my friends and everyone at the club who’s helped me to get to this stage.“It’s been a tough stage, a long stage, but through hard work and determination I managed to get here.“I’m not stopping now. I’m very hungry. I just want to work hard with every chance I get. In training I just want to impress the coach so I can get back on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari: Isco can play anywhere

first_imgReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari: Isco can play anywhereby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari insists he has no set position for Isco.Solari was happy with the midfielder for the 2-2 draw with Villareal.He said, “I believe that Isco’s a player with that much quality that he can operate anywhere on the pitch. “Sometimes it’s not all about making the difference with pace, but rather by using your quality, creativity and technique. “Each player has their own qualities.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

MusiCares Get Ready To Rock Auction

first_imgGRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched the “Get Ready To Rock Auction,” following the ninth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert honoring two-time GRAMMY-winning Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and legendary skateboarder/musician Tony Alva.Now through June 10, the auction features items such as signed memorabilia by Beck, the Black Keys, fun., Billy Idol, Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, and Neil Young; items signed backstage at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert by Alva, Bennington and Slash; and premium concert and meet-and-greet experiences with artists such as 311, The Band Perry, Fall Out Boy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars, and Rod Stewart.To place your bids, visit www.ebay.com/grammy. Presented in partnership with Kompolt, proceeds from GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions provide essential support for MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation.last_img read more