23 June 2009South Africa’s soccer team (whose nickname means “The Boys”) take on Brazil in a Confederations Cup semifinal at Ellis Park on Thursday. The two teams have only met twice before, both times in Johannesburg, the first time in one of the most memorable matches in Bafana Bafana’s short history.While Brazil, with a record five World Cup titles to their name, have a long history as one of the powerhouses of football, the same cannot be said for Bafana Bafana, whose first international outing as an integrated national team only took place in 1992.However, South Africa’s first outing against the South Americans remains a powerful memory for SA football fans.Africa champs vs world champsIt took place on 24 April 1996. The occasion was the Nelson Mandela Challenge, and the contest was eagerly awaited: it pitted the African champions of 1996 against the World Cup winners of 1994.The Brazilian line-up included some World Cup winners, as well as members of the Brazilian Olympic team, who were using the match as a warm-up ahead of the Olympic Games in Atlanta.Coach Mario Zagallo’s line-up included Rivaldo, who would go on to be crowned Fifa World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year (while playing for Barcelona) in 1999. He played 74 times for Brazil in his career, scoring an impressive 34 times.Bebeto, Aldair, DidaUp front, Bebeto was a household name. He had captured the attention of the world in the 1994 World Cup – the second of three in which he played – when he celebrated a goal against The Netherlands in the quarterfinals by rocking an imaginary baby; his wife had given birth to his third child only days earlier. Bebeto played 75 times for Brazil and netted 39 goals.At the back, the Brazilians had central defender Aldair, a man who made such a mark for Italian Serie A club Roma, for whom he played 415 matches, that when he retired in 2006 the team retired his number six jersey. He turned out for his country on 81 occasions.Goalkeeper Dida played even more matches for Brazil, making 91 international appearances.Clearly, it was a quality side.African Nations Cup winning captainFacing the Brazilians was a South African team captained by Neil Tovey, the same man who had led Bafana Bafana to victory in the African Nations Cup final against Tunisia at the same stadium where SA was to face the world champions.The man in charge was Clive “The Dog” Barker, the popular coach who had pulled the strings when South Africa lifted the continental title.At the back, in central defence, was Lucas Radebe, who would go on to succeed Tovey as captain and become one of the most popular players in the history of Bafana Bafana. As a star player for Leeds United, he was recognised as one of the best defenders in the tough English Premier League.The ‘most Brazilian’ South AfricanIn Bafana Bafana’s midfield was Doctor Khumalo, a player whose touch and skill made him the “most Brazilian” of the South African side, in the romantic sense in which Brazilian football is often viewed.The South African attack featured Phil “Chippa” Masinga, who would score the goal against Congo the following year that would earn South Africa a place at the 1998 World Cup in France.Alongside Masinga was Shaun Bartlett, who would go on to become Bafana Bafana’s all-time leading goal scorer – with 28 in 74 matches – before his mark was eventually surpassed by Benni McCarthy.‘For President Mandela’In the lead-up to match, Barker said the game was “for President Mandela. What a night it will be if we beat Brazil”. South Africa didn’t win, but what a contest it turned out to be.In a first half that left many of the home team’s fan incredulous, South Africa took the game to Brazil and were rewarded for their intent. Masinga put South Africa into a 25th-minute lead, and Doctor Khumalo made it 2-0 at the break, to the delight of Bafana’s fans.However, the Brazilians fought back after the break, with winger Flavio netting in the 56th minute. Twelve minutes later, Rivaldo made it 2-2.Then, with only four minutes left, Bebeto snatched the winner for the visitors.A top-class international outfitAlthough South Africa were beaten, the match provided ample proof that South Africa’s African Nations Cup title was no fluke; it validated the recognition the side sought as a top-class international outfit.It also proved to be a wonderful celebration of the game of football, and of the role Nelson Mandela played in bringing democracy to the country.In case you were wondering about Bafana Bafana’s second clash with Brazil, it took place in December 1997. Brazil won 2-1, with goals from Romario and Bebeto. Helman Mkhelele replied for South Africa.What will Thursday night bring? True fans would welcome a similar degree of entertainment, regardless of the result.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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For police assistance, people in Punjab can dial a common emergency number ‘112’, which was launched on Monday on trial basis under the Centre’s Nationwide Emergency Response System (NERS) project. Designed on the lines of ‘911’ operational in the USA, the NERS was conceptualised in the aftermath of the 2012 gang-rape of a woman in a bus in Delhi. Under the project, ‘112’ will be the single common number for help during emergency situations. All other emergency numbers such as 100 for police, 101 for fire brigade, 102 for ambulance will be replaced by the common number. A centre is being set up in Mohali for receiving calls from people in distress and the state police is expecting to officially begin the emergency number service in the next couple of months.“The common emergency number ‘112’ is under trial in Punjab and people can dial this number instead of ‘100’ for police help,” said Inspector General of Punjab Police G.S. Dhillon, who is handling the project.A majority of the people are still unaware of he emergency number ‘112’ The common emergency number will be launched in the next six months, he said.“We will initially have 60 call receivers with a capacity of handling one lakh emergency calls per day,” Dhillon said, adding the Centre had provided Rs 9.28 crore for this project.Currently, Punjab police receive about 50,000 emergency calls per day on the ‘100’ number, out of which just about one and half per cent cases are actionable.
After 14 days of fasting, 25-year-old Hardik Patel on Friday was admitted to hospital as his health deteriorated, necessitating hospitalisation. He was rushed to hospital on the advice of a team of doctors after he had stopped water intake also on Thursday.“He has been admitted and is currently being monitored by a team of three doctors,” said a health bulletin issued by Civil Hospital in Sola, Ahmedabad.In last 14 days since he began indefinite fast to press for his twin demands of quota for his Patidar community and a waiver of farm loans, Mr. Patel had stopped drinking water after his ultimatum to the BJP government to hold talks with his Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) within 24 hours elapsed.Condition worsens“We have admitted him to the hospital because his health worsened on Friday,” said Manoj Panara of PAAS. He added that the agitation for quota and farm loan waiver will continue because the Gujarat BJP government was non-committal on the issues.Before his hospitalisation, a key leader of the Patidar community Naresh Patel, held a meeting with PAAS leader and urged him to end his fast but continue his agitation on the issues.
MOST READ “We made shots today, and when we make shots, we’re much tougher to defend,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after a runaway 125-101 victory that cut the Texters’ lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five series at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We had a breakout game today and we’ll see if we can carry it over to Game 4,” added the two-time Grand Slam champion. “We haven’t done anything, exactly, we’re still down 1-2. Our goal right now is get this thing into Game 5 and let the chips fall where they may.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe next game is slated on Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay, and Cone admits that they are not exactly aware what they would be up against, considering that burly TNT import Joshua Smith practically didn’t play.“Obviously, the easy thing to say is that the import (Smith) didn’t get much minutes tonight,” Cone said. “We don’t know what’s going on with him.” Smith delivered lethal blows in narrow TNT wins in the first two games, but was played less than 10 minutes in Game 3.In the other series on Friday, San Miguel Beer tries to put Star away in their 7 p.m. match at Mall of Asia Arena.GINEBRA 125 – TNT 101BRGY. GINEBRA 125—Brownlee 31, Thompson 17, Aguilar 15, Mercado 12, Devance 10, Ellis 9, Cruz 9, Tenorio 8, Ferrer 5, Mariano 5, Taha 2, Jamito 2, Helterbrand 0, Caguioa 0.TNT KATROPA 101—Garcia 16, Tautuaa 15, Carey 11, Reyes 9, Rosario 8, Castro 7, Rosales 7, Hernandez 6, Nuyles 6, Smith 4, Pogoy 4, Semerad 3, De Ocampo 3, Golla 0, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Quarters: 34-28, 61-47, 96-74, 125-101Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PBA IMAGESDown big in a short series and playing with an underdog mentality for the first time, Barangay Ginebra on Thursday night broke away early and earned a new lease on life in its PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four series with TNT KaTropa.It also helped a lot that the Gin Kings shot a lot better than they did in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cignal sets record winning margin
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess AFC Cup: Ceres stuns Persija with big fightback Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—The PBA on Tuesday continued to mete out necessary fines in the ongoing Philippine Cup semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva and Matthew Wright were also punished for their antics in the Fuel Masters’ 92-90 win over San Miguel Beer in Game 3 on Sunday.Wright was fined P5,000 for his flagrant foul penalty 1 while Abueva was fined P3,400 after picking up a technical foul, his fourth technical this conference.Beermen forward Arwind Santos was also meted with a P1,000 fine for second motion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia took the heaviest blow after he was fined P22,400 for physically contacting a referee and for picking up his third technical this conference in Monday night’s Game 4 against Magnolia.Garcia got ejected with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter of the Hotshots’ 94-91 win that tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsElasto Painters veterans Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood were also fined.Belga was fined P3,400 after getting called for his fourth technical this conference while Norwood was fined P1,000 for pointing an accusing finger at a referee. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES
Bangladesh foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali (R) and Japan foreign minister Taro Kono address a joint press conference after their meeting at the state guesthouse Meghna in Dhaka on 7 August. Photo: PIDVisiting Japan foreign minister Taro Kono on Tuesday sought the safety of its nationals working in Bangladesh and a congenial environment for the Japanese investors, reports UNB.The Japanese minister raised the safety issue at a bilateral meeting between Bangladesh and Japan at the state guesthouse Meghna in Dhaka.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono led their respective sides at the meeting.Kono said Japan wants to deepen its ties with Bangladesh and help achieve its long-term development goals.During the bilateral meeting, Bangladesh and Japan agreed on the importance of stability in the region for building stronger economic partnership between the two countries and early realisation of safe and secure return of the Rohingyas is the key.
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BALURGHAT: In a significant move, law enforcers and district administration jointly have imposed restrictions on vehicles in Balurghat town for hassle-free traffic movement duringDurga Puja.It has been decided that no vehicle including motorbikes will be allowed in the town for 12 hours between 4 pm and 4 am starting from October 15 to 19.A high-level meeting was conducted at the conference hall of the district administrative building on Tuesday evening. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe meeting was presided over by district magistrate Deepap Priya P.District police chief Prasun Banerjee, additional district magistrate (general) Krittibas Nayak, additional police chief Debasis Nandi, sub-divisional magistrate Isha Mukherjee, district information and cultural officer Shantanu Chakraborty, Balurghat municipality chairman Rajen Shill and Gangarampur municipality chairman Prasanta Mitra were also present.”It is our target to ensure glitch-free Durga Puja. There will be complete restrictions on vehicles and motorbikes between October 15 and 19 from 4 pm to 4 am. TOTO, however, will run in the town to carry passengers as per rules and regulations provided by the local civic body. Besides, a fare-chart will be provided by the municipality shortly to the TOTO pullers to remove any confusion,” the DM said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA joint control-room will be operated by both police and civic body officials.Each puja organiser will get five free entry passes for free movement during restrictions. However, none of them will be allowed to enter in and around 100 meter of the puja pandal.The city people will be provided with two mobile numbers along with Whatsapp facility for any complaint.Notably, the same restrictions had also been imposed on vehicles last year.
Tags: Argentina, Goway Travel Posted by Argentina to attract foreigners by cutting 21% tax on hotels Travelweek Group The Mauricio Macri government of Argentina has issued a decree that refunds the 21% VAT (value-added tax) for accommodation services for foreign visitors in an attempts to attract more visitors. This is part of an ambitious tourism plan that aims to generate 300,000 jobs and raise international arrivals to 9 million and spending to $8bn USD by 2020. So far this year, tourism arrivals have fallen by 6.3%. According to the new regulation, foreigners will continue to be invoiced the same values that exist today. However, VAT invoiced for hotel services will be returned in a “direct and automatic” way on debit and credit cards issued abroad.Goway says the new VAT exemption for foreigners means big savings on accommodation in Argentina. “Globetrotters who’ve been dragging their tango heels on booking trips to Argentina may want to take the plunge in 2017,” says Goway. “The elimination of the VAT (value added tax) on hotels for foreigners makes this already very affordable destination even more tempting.”More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Goway offers tours such as Goway’s Argentina Top to Bottom, to innovative Argentina vacations such as Crossing Argentina, which mixes in a taste of Lima, Peru, to short city breaks that show off the best of Buenos Aires. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>