Celebrities get slice of action in Ironman Cebu

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Joining the men’s fray are Regent 5150 Subic winner Sam Betten, Tim Van Berkel, David Mainwaring, Alexander Polizzi and Luke Bell of Australia, Mauricio Mendez of Mexico, Brent McMahon of Canada, Kiwis Cameron Brown, Braden Currie, Eddie Rawles and Callum Millward of New Zealand, Americans Brad Williams and Iain Alexandridis, Czech Jakub Langhammer, Johan Stofberg of South Africa, Italian Jonathan Ciavatella, and Eric Watson of Bahrain.Meanwhile, the women’s race is emerging to be a crowded one, with Jacqueline Thisleton, Alise Selsmark, Kirra Seidel, Monica Juhart and Kerry Mulholland, Hungarian Anna Eberhardt, New Zealand’s Amelia Watkinson and Filipina bet Kim Kilgroe all out to claim the tiara.The weekend is going to be an action-packed one, with the staging of the IronGirl, a 5km fun run for females 12 years old and above, scheduled on Friday and the Alaska IronKids on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments Blackwater not in a rush to find new import LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Other stars like Piolo Pascual (bike), Gerald Anderson (bike), Jake Cuenca (bike), Enchong Dee (swim), Gretchen Fullido (swim), and Kim Chiu (run) will be engaging in individual legs as part of their relay teams.The celebrities, who took the time out of their hectic schedules and become ambassadors for healthy lifestyle, are just part of more than 2,600 triathletes from a record 51 countries who applied and will race on Sunday which will start and end at Shangrila-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Tim Reed and Dimity-Lee Duke, both from Australia, lead the elite pro side which are out for the top purse of $5,000 each in the men’s and women’s divisions.Reed clocked 3:51:46 to win the Cebu tilt last year. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Ford Forza Triathlon team. Photo by Mark GiongcoStars will be converging in Cebu this weekend, not just to grace the event, but also partake in the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines.Celebrity triathletes Matteo Guidicelli, Paul Jake Castillo, Bubbles Paraiso, Dyan Castillejo and Kim Atienza will all be participating in the 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run event.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Boakai ‘is the Most Experienced’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called her Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, the most experienced to lead the country.“I know that he is the more prepared, the most experienced, the one that will ensure continuity building upon the progress that we already have,” she said.Speaking on Prime FM’s Prime Morning Drive program yesterday, President Sirleaf declared: “Let me be clear, it is more than hinting, although there are many candidates who may make good presidents, but I say I am supporting the Vice President because I know that he is the more prepared, he is the most experienced, he is the one that will ensure continuity building upon the progress that we already have; that’s my commitment.”Despite opposition candidates and what attributes they may have, President Sirleaf maintained that Vice President Boakai is the best person, and that she is absolutely going to support him.President Sirleaf asserted that the biggest leadership ability the Vice President will bring to the political table is his experience, not just as Vice President, but in other areas in which he has worked, like the Ministry of Agriculture, LPMC, and LPRC.Responding to the question about whether she believes that Liberia is better than when she took over, President Sirleaf emphatically declared that “by all measures, by empirical evidence, and by statistical indicators, Liberia is better off than we found it, and in the next two years it will even be a little more better off. I assure you of that because some of the things that were delayed, we are going to make sure that they get done.”“Absolutely, we have done a whole lot, Liberia is indeed better off. I am not saying that we have reached the biggest potential. There is much more to be done, and we will continue to do more and we hope that we pass it on even better than what it is today.”President Sirleaf did not mince her words when she showered praises on some members of her cabinet, singling out the younger ministers Axel Addy, Amara Konneh and Gyude Moore, among others, whom she said have done tremendously well with immeasurable integrity to help fulfill her government’s agenda. “They have done a whole lot to carry on our agenda. I respect them, I like them and I think they are going to continue to be good leaders. I am just thankful that they decided to be a part of the administration and to help us carry out our development agenda,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea confirm AC Milan make Torres move permanent

first_img1 Fernando Torres has joined AC Milan on a permanent transfer Chelsea have confirmed that striker Fernando Torres will join AC Milan in a permanent deal in January.The Spanish international – who joined the Blues for £50m in January 2011 – moved to the Serie A giants in the summer on a two-year loan deal, but it has been announced that it will now become a permanent transfer as of January 5.The former Liverpool striker spent three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge, during which time he helped the club win the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup crowns.Chelsea thanked the 30-year-old for his service to the club in a statement.last_img

Murder trial sent to jury

first_imgThe preliminary hearing testimony of Alberto Martinez, who said he had seen Caballero three times in Garcia’s home on the day of the murder, was read into the record. “No efforts were made to find the real killer because (the Sheriff’s Department) had made up their mind it was Eric Caballero,” McDaniel said. “If the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had done their job, Mr. Caballero wouldn’t be sitting here,” she said. “The real killer would be here.” Dominguez said two witnesses, Martinez and Eugene Silos, placed Caballero in Garcia’s home when the murder was taking place. She said the apparent motive was that Caballero needed something he could sell for money or drugs. “He had friends when he had money or drugs,” Dominguez said. “He picked a family home because he knew a way out of the home,” she said. “He picked a home where he knew only Adeline Garcia would be there.” Evidence of the burglary and robbery was provided by George Campos, a friend of Caballero, who testified he saw him with two guns that looked like those taken from the house. DNA evidence of Caballero, Martinez and Garcia was found on the defendant’s tennis shoe, she said. During the preliminary hearing, Martinez had testified there was a mucus-like substance resembling blood on the shoe. McDaniel said with that evidence, maybe it was Martinez who did the killing. She also asked why so few fingerprints or DNA evidence were found in the home. McDaniel said that since the guns weren’t recovered, there is no way to know if Campos had seen Caballero with the exact guns from the home. Dominguez said it’s possible that only one fingerprint was found because the killer took the time to clean up. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He went in there looking for something,” Dominguez said. “He found two guns. Unfortunately, Mrs. Garcia found him. He had to kill her because she knew who he was. He grabbed everything and anything he could and struck here.” Dominguez said a toilet paper holder, a bench, a bar stool, a broomstick and a hammer was used in the attack on Garcia. “Her blood was all around the room,” she said. Both of her wrists were broken, she had a fractured skull, a hole in her head, hemorrhaging in her brain, face and head and on her arm were defensive wounds. But Barbara McDaniel, Caballero’s attorney, said the prosecution’s case had holes. McDaniel raised questions about the Sheriff’s Department’s examination of blood and fingerprint evidence and why a key witness didn’t testify. NORWALK – A Superior Court jury must decide whether a 23-year-old La Mirada man brutally killed his 86-year-old great-aunt during a March 4, 2005 burglary and robbery of her La Mirada home or if the Sheriff’s Department got the wrong guy. Jury deliberations continue today. Deputy District Attorney Shelley Dominguez, in closing arguments Monday, asked the jury to convict Eric Steve Caballero of first-degree murder of Adeline Garcia of La Mirada with special circumstances of a burglary and robbery. The latter could send him to prison for life without the possibility of parole. Caballero also is charged with burglary, robbery and elder abuse. last_img read more

Arsenal could add another two players to the squad this week

first_imgArsenal have started recruiting early, but there is still work to be done in the transfer market.Jack Wilshere is one high profile exit, while Stephen Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno have arrived and it is understood manager Unai Emery wants to offer defender Calum Chambers a new contract. Lozano celebrates his goal against Germany Uruguay midfielder star Lucas Torreira is wanted by Arsenal 5 5 Steven NzonziThe midfielder wants to leave the club, which could set up a reunion with old boss, Unai Emery. “Playing with high profile players in a big team could be a good progression for me,” he said shortly before the World Cup began. “We all know that the transfer window is open but we don’t talk about it that much,” he added, before pointing out that playing for France was all he was prepared to think about at the time. However, there are reports that Nzonzi’s dad has informed Sevilla he wants out. Arsenal, now managed by Emery, have been linked with the player before. Hirving LozanoA number of clubs, including Arsenal, have been linked with PSV winger Lozano. He has been a joy to watch at the World Cup where his goal helped Mexico beat Germany 1-0 en route to the knockout stage. “I just think that whoever takes a chance on him will do well,” his national manager, Juan Carlos Osorio said. “His pace and again his ability to take people on, he can play in any league and any place. I think he will be able to – and he has the tools to play – in the Premier League. Jack Wilshere posted this to his Instagram story So is else could be heading to the Emirates?Sokratis PapastathopoulosThis deal is on the verge of completion, with reports of the powerful defender’s arrival in the UK to finalise his transfer from Borussia Dortmund circulating. The Greece defender has played his club football in Germany since 2013.center_img Cristian PavonIt was claimed Arsenal offered Argentine side, Boca Juniors, £27milliion for Pavon in January, but were turned down. Pavon, 22, is contracted to the club until 2022 but it is understood Arsenal are still keen, though there will be strong interest from the Gunners’ European rivals, too. 5 Pavon featured for Argentina at the World Cup 5 Lucas TorreiraArsenal have been in talks with 22-year-old Torreira since before the World Cup began. As talkSPORT.com reported, a £25m deal for the Sampdoria midfielder could be completed this week. Nzonzi joined Sevilla from Stoke in 2015 for £7m 5last_img read more

49ers excited as preseason begins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week With seven recruits (six junior college veterans and a June high school graduate) on hand to mesh with five of last season’s top seven scorers, it’s a given that Reynolds is coaching both his most gifted and deepest group of players since he was hired by the school in the spring of 2002. “We’ve got depth and scoring (ability) that we haven’t had before,” Reynolds said. “It’s going to be interesting.” The NCAA altered regulations for preseason and postseason workouts for men’s basketball programs last spring, allowing coaching staffs to work with entire squads, on the court, as long as the total coaches-supervised workouts don’t exceed two hours in a week. Prior to the change, the maximum time was still two hours but a maximum of only four players could receive instruction at one time. “That (the change) was huge for us, with so many new players,” Reynolds said. The fourth Larry Reynolds-coached Long Beach State men’s basketball team tips off the start of preseason practice in the Gold Mine Gymnasium tonight at 9 p.m. But the coaching staff and players already have a pretty good notion of what’s going to take place during the practices leading into the team’s Nov. 18 regular-season opener at UNLV. “Things have been very competitive (during workouts and pick-up games since classes started on Aug. 29),” senior guard Jibril Hodges said. “All of the new guys are good and they are pushing the older guys. And with all of the depth we have now, we should be able to play at a much faster tempo.” Indeed. center_img “It gave us the opportunity to get everyone on the floor at the same time. Because of it, we’re ahead of where we were at the same time last year.” The impact of former community college standouts such as Aaron Nixon (San Bernardino College) and Mark Dawson (Pasadena City College) will be obvious right away, Hodges said. “We haven’t had a guy like Dawson since I’ve been here,” he said of the 6-foot-8 post player who is originally from Jersey City. “He is so big and athletic down low. And Nixon (who is 6 feet 3 inches tall) knows how to score and is very competitive.” Reynolds seconded Hodges’ assessment of Dawson. “He’s probably the best athlete at the four or five (post) positions that I’ve coached,” he said. “He runs well, blocks shots, goes after the ball and scores in and around the basket (area).” And the improvement since last season (when the 49ers won seven of their final eight regular-season games to finish 10-20 and, in all likelihood, earn their coach a fourth season) of the returnees has been quite evident, too. “Hodges has been incredible,” Reynolds said of the 6-foot-3 inch guard, who, legend has it, may not have missed 10 jump shots in the past six weeks of workouts. “I just hope he saves some of what he’s been doing for the games.” 49ERS NOTES: Mary Hegarty’s women’s team gets first dibs on the Gold Mine tonight, working out from 7 to 9. Admission is free. The men’s team will hold a 3-point Shoot-A-Thon at about 10 o’clock, with proceeds going to the Red Cross. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

We were planning to sell the Mitsubishi Evo IV, says Yusuf Bukenya

first_imgYusuf Bukenya’s Car in flames last weekend (Photos by Agencies)The just concluded fourth round of the National Rally Championship ended in agony for driver Yusuf Bukenya and his co, Frank Sserugo.The pair who had finished 15th on day one could only look on as their Mitsubishi Evo IV caught fire in the opening leg two.They were both lucky to escape the incident with just minor injuries.“I don’t know what exactly happened, said Bukenya.“All I can remember is my co-driver saying that ‘the car is on fire’.“And when he shouted again, that’s when I saw the fire at the back.“I immediately lost control; hit a jump that put us off.“We almost rolled over but the car got back onto its tyres and we quickly found our way out of it,” lamented Bukenya.It is not the first time Bukenya’s car has caught fire, in 2017, the crew survived another scare during a Super Special Stage in Hoima District.Yusuf Bukenya suffered minor injuries.Despite the accident causing a great dent to his career, Bukenya is keen on getting back into rally as soon as he can.“This accident has really put me down, continued Bukenya.“It will put me on halt for some time for sure.“It has also happened at a time when we were about to upgrade to a new car.“We were going to sell the Evo 9, top up and acquire a new competitive car.“We are thinking of organizing a fundraising event so as to solicit some funds.“We call upon anyone who can help us with anything in this campaigned we have embarked on, concluded Bukenya.The Fort Portal rally was won by Ronald Sebuguzi and Leon Ssenyange who clocked a time of 01:43:10.It was their first win this year and only the pair’s second finish after completing in Masaka in the third round.Kephar Walubi finished second, ahead of 2011 NRC champion Susan Muwonge.Next on the calendar is the Pearl of Africa Rally that is slated for next month and it will surely come so early for Bukenya and Serugo.Fort Portal race results (top five).Ronald Sebuguzi – 01:43:10Kepher Walubi – 01:46:03Suzan Muwonge – 01:46:53Fred Wampamba – 01: 49:39Omar Mayanja – 01:52:09NRC standings after four rounds.Jas Mangat – 200ptsUnisan Bakunda – 194ptsKepher Walubi – 180ptsSuzan Muwonge – 170ptsRonald Ssebuguzi -150ptsChristakis – Fitidis – 140 ptsFred Wampamba – 115PtsDr Ashraf – 110ptsPonsino Lwakataka – 95ptsDuncan Mubiru —75ptsComments Tags: Fort Portal Rally 2018NRCYusuf Bukenyalast_img read more

Pluto Shock Rebounds

first_imgThe first research paper from the New Horizons team focuses and amplifies the shock waves coming from the first images in July.Before New Horizons got to Pluto, CEH predicted an active world (7/05/15, five days before the encounter).  Secular scientists predicted a cold, dead world: “many scientists had suspected that Pluto and other Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) have long been ‘dead’ internally,” Space.com admits today upon release of the mission team’s first research paper in Science. Finding that both Pluto and Charon both show recent active geology was a “big surprise” (cf. 7/15/15, 7/17/15, 9/17/15, 9/25/15) to the 150 scientists listed as authors of the paper.  Let’s listen to the gasps from the media:“Finding that Pluto is geologically active after 4.5 billion years — there’s not big enough typeface to write that in,” [Alan] Stern [principal scientist] said. “It’s unbelievable.” (Space.com)“How such bright surfaces can be maintained on Nix and Hydra over billions of years is puzzling, given that a variety of external processes (e.g., radiation darkening, transfer of darker material from Charon via impacts, impacts with dark Kuiper Belt meteorites, etc.) would each tend to darken and redden the surfaces of these satellites over time,” they write in the new paper. (Space.com)“Parts of Pluto’s surface have almost no craters, meaning they are no more than a few hundred million years old. Yet the dwarf planet also has 3-kilometre-high ice mountains. The presence of both of these features implies that Pluto is geologically active, but where is the heat to drive that coming from?” (New Scientist)“We knew Pluto’s surface was heterogeneous based on ground-based data. However, I was astonished to see such spectacular surface color and geological diversity,” said Silvia Protopapa [U of Maryland]. (PhysOrg)[Alan Stern, principal investigator].  “The Pluto system is much more complex than I had expected. Pluto itself displays (such a diverse) range of geological landforms that it is unprecedented in the Solar System,” he explained. (BBC News).“It certainly rivals the Earth and Mars, perhaps even occupies the number one spot for complexity of all the planets in the Solar System.” (Alan Stern, quoted by Pallab Ghosh for the BBC News).“My head hurts looking at the data,’ he [Alan Stern] confesses. The flyby continues and the data comes down every week, and we continue to get data and we continue to get surprises and it just gets better and better and it gets more and more perplexing.““Scientists speculated before the flyby that there would be evaporation and condensation of nitrogen as the surface warmed and cooled. But most thought it would be a gentle process, and the apparent flows of nitrogen glaciers were a surprise.  ‘If that actually holds up – that is an absolutely fantastic thing,’ says Prof Fitzsimmons. ‘No-one had really predicted this.’” (BBC News)“From the variety in Pluto’s geological landforms, to Pluto’s atmosphere, to its intriguing moons, New Horizons has revealed a degree of diversity and complexity on Pluto and its moons that few expected in the frigid outer reaches of the solar system.” (Southwest Research Institute press release)“The Pluto system surprised us in many ways, most notably teaching us that small planets can remain active billions of years after their formation,” said Stern. “We were also taught important lessons by the unexpected degree of geological complexity that both Pluto and its large moon Charon display.” (SwRI)“It’s Official: Pluto Is Even Weirder Than We Thought” (Michael Lemonick for National Geographic). “….a tortured, highly varied landscape that pointed to a living, geologically active world rather than an inert blob hovering at the frozen edge of the solar system.”“Even now, three months after New Horizons’ close encounter, scientists are just beginning to get a handle on what’s going on with Pluto and it’s large, equally intriguing moon Charon. But what they know already, laid out in a new paper in Science, is impressive—and deeply perplexing.” (Nat Geo).  Speaking of the flat, icy plain named Sputnik Planum, the article states:“We can’t find a single crater,” says Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Given the chunks of rock and ice flying around in Pluto’s neighborhood, that can only mean one thing. “The area has been recently resurfaced,” Stern says—as recently as 100 million years ago, and perhaps even more recently than that.That would only be possible if Pluto had a source of heat other than the Sun, whose energy at a distance of about three billion miles is vanishingly feeble. Elsewhere in the solar system, icy moons such as Jupiter’s Io and Saturn’s Enceladus—which spout volcanoes and geysers—are heated by friction caused by tidal forces as they orbit massive nearby planets. But Pluto, says Stern, “is out there all by its lonesome.” Charon and Pluto’s other moons don’t have sufficient mass to account for the planet’s heat.After considering radioactivity as a heat source, Lemonick writes: “Radioactive heat, however, doesn’t explain the mountains at the edge of Sputnik Planum. At Pluto’s distance from the Sun, water ice is as hard as rock, and it takes a lot of energy to thrust it high above the surrounding terrain. “It’s not clear what their origin is,” says McKinnon, “but clearly it happened. Something created these. Right now, it’s still perplexing.” (Nat Geo)“But the surprises have not stopped coming. As New Horizons streaks outward into the region of icy worlds known as the Kuiper belt, it is sending back the data stored during its encounter in a stream limited by distance and the power of its transmitter. Bit by bit the data are building up into ever-better images and measurements of Pluto and its moons, and the researchers are scrambling to keep up. ‘Every week, a lot of new data land, and our jaws are on the ground,’ Stern says.” (Eric Hand for Science Magazine)“The first published scientific findings from NASA’s New Horizons mission, which flew past Pluto in July, confirm that the dwarf planet does not resemble any other single world in the Solar System. Instead, its wildly varying terrain is a crazy quilt of geological patterns and textures — copied, pasted and tweaked from other planets and moons.” (Nature)“Pluto’s large moon Charon displays extensional tectonics and extensive resurfacing, as well as possible evidence for a heterogeneous crustal composition; its north pole displays puzzling dark terrain. The sizes of Pluto’s small satellites Nix and Hydra were measured for the first time, as were their surface reflectivities, which are puzzlingly higher than Charon’s.” (Science)“The New Horizons encounter revealed that Pluto displays a surprisingly wide variety of geological landforms, including those resulting from glaciological and surface-atmosphere interactions as well as impact, tectonic, possible cryovolcanic, and mass-wasting processes. This suggests that other small planets of the Kuiper Belt, such as Eris, Makemake, and Haumea, could express similarly complex histories that rival those of terrestrial planets. Pluto’s diverse surface geology and long-term activity also raise fundamental questions about how it has remained active many billions of years after its formation.” (conclusion of official paper in Science)The highest resolution images will start arriving in November.Pardon our gloating, but science is supposed to involve prediction, isn’t it?  We were not surprised because we don’t believe Pluto is billions of years old.  The experts, though, are all flummoxed.  They admit openly that none of them expected these things.  They are perplexed how to account for all the young-looking phenomena. “There’s not big enough typeface to write that in.”The main reason: they are professional moyboys, with sworn allegiance to A.S.S. with its Law of the Misdeeds and Perversions that demands nobody ever alter that assumed age for any reason, evidence be damned.Storytelling mode is starting to kick in. To rescue the A.S.S. from getting kicked too hard, they are adding some hoc to cushion it. Maybe uranium is heating the icy plains. Maybe the mountains are floating around on nitrogen soup. Maybe craters vanish into the soup. Maybe an impactor came in recently to stir things up. Maybe the impactor that formed Charon was similar in composition to Pluto, but the ones that formed the small moons were different. Maybe the atmosphere is fed by an underground reservoir that cannot be detected. Maybe Pluto’s fairy borrowed terrain from Triton, Enceladus and Mars to create a crazy quilt.This is known as Special Pleading.  As with lying, though, where subsequent lies have to be told to back up the first one, Special Pleading requires piling on more ad hoc conditions when the common-sense listener starts asking follow-up questions. Why does the radioactivity heat the plains, but doesn’t melt the ice mountains right next to them? How did a heavy element like uranium get to the pristine outer edges of the solar system, where everything is supposed to be volatile?The most pressing question of all: Why must everybody be forced into believing Pluto is billions of years old?The ad hoc cushioning is leaving a lot of soft tissue exposed. (Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cosmo City: a place to call home

first_img25 July 2005“I’m very happy. Finally we have come to this. This is what the people of South Africa have asked for: a decent house.” So said Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu during a visit to Cosmo City north of Johannesburg.Construction of the mixed housing development began in March. Cosmo City will have 12 500 housing units, made up of fully and partially subsidised dwellings, rental apartments and bonded houses.“People of different incomes will live together,” said Sisulu. “Children will attend the same school, will use the same parks and recreation areas, and will grow up together without discrimination of income.”The development will also have 12 schools, clinics, libraries, a police station, 40 churches, sports fields, a public swimming pool, taxi ranks, markets, shopping centres, business nodes, petrol stations and an industrial site on the Kya Sand border.The construction of the first houses began in March. All 12 500 housing units should be complete by 2007. The four different types of housing are:5 000 fully subsidised units, with a floor area of 32m² on plots of 250m²;3 000 partially subsidised units about 60m² in size;3 300 fully bonded houses, to be sold on the open market; and1 000 apartments for rent.“This is decent shelter,” Sisulu said after inspecting two completed dwellings. “The houses are of a high standard, not the usual matchboxes.”Eradicating slumsFirst to receive the subsidised houses will be people in the nearby informal settlements of Zevenfontein and River Bend. They have been living in makeshift shelters with no running water, electricity or sanitation for 12 years.“We have pledged ourselves to eradicate informal settlements in 10 years’ time. We have to remove slums,” said Sisulu. Developments similar to Cosmo City will be built across the country.Project general manager Des Hughes said the first residents were expected to move into their houses at the end of July or beginning of August.“Beneficiaries of the free houses were identified in the communities before the project began,” he said. “We want to ensure that at least a few schools and churches are already built when people start moving into the area.“I think it is going to be such a success,” he added. “This is the most exciting housing project in South Africa.”The project employs people from the beneficiary areas in jobs such as bricklaying, painting and roofing.Work on the first three schools has started, and classes should begin in 2006.How the subsidies workThe fully subsidised houses will go to the unemployed and people earning under R1 500 a month. Those who earn between R1 500 and R25 000 will be partly subsidised.There has been an unexpectedly high demand for the 3 300 private houses. With a price tag of about R380 000 each, they have all sold out.Sisulu warned that stringent measures had been adopted to prevent subsidy fraud. The government has passed legislation to ensure free and subsidised houses do not end up in the wrong hands or get sold.“With information from the Departments of Social Development and Home Affairs, we will link title deeds to the beneficiaries’ ID numbers. The legislation dictates when and how a beneficiary may sell a house.”Designing Cosmo CityCosmo City covers an area of about 1 200 hectares. About 15% of the area, or 50 hectares, has been earmarked for parks. There will a park within a 10-minute walking distance of any given point. Some 230 hectares of fenced-off conservation areas will form a green corridor.All roads will be tarred and have lighting. Informal trading will be allowed in demarcated trading areas, which will have proper marketplaces.The project is being coordinated by the Gauteng provincial government and the City of Johannesburg. It comes with a R2-billion price tag, with funding from the private sector and government.The Gauteng Department of Housing will provide the housing subsidies, while the tab for engineering internal services is being picked up by Codevco, the Gauteng Department of Housing and the City of Johannesburg.Codevco, the Cosmo City developers, is a partnership between Basil Read, one of South Africa’s oldest construction companies, and the Kopano ke Matla trust, of which the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is the sole beneficiary. Codevco was appointed by the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng Department of Housing.The Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs has undertaken to directly pay the City of Johannesburg for electrification of the project. This was after Eskom opted out due “to the project being delayed”.City Power will design, install and manage the electrical infrastructure and hand over to Eskom for maintenance.“Commercial and industrial sites, churches and other sites will be sold on the open market and the Department of Education will foot the bill for schools development. The development costs of housing units will be borne by Codevco,” said Hughes.The construction of Cosmo City is to be done in two phases. Phase One will consist of Cosmo Extension Proper, Extension Two, and Extension Three. Phase Two is expected to begin before the end of Phase One.When the idea to develop the site was mooted in 2001, Cosmo City was met with resistance from wealthy property owners, members of the Jukskei Crocodile Catchment Area Forum. They argued that the development would hit the value of their properties.The property owners applied to the Johannesburg High Court, opposing the development. Their application was withdrawn after they failed to send legal representatives to the court hearing and failed to meet a deadline for security to cover legal costs.The Provincial Township Board dismissed an appeal of the objectors on 6 October 2004.Community participation has been essential for the success of the development. The community was engaged via workshops, public notice boards, advertisements and personal notification processes. The design proposal accommodated the community’s comments.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Brand South Africa brings its third Nation Brand Forum at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 25 September 2018 – The Nation Brand Forum is a programme spearheaded by Brand South Africa with an objective of promoting a cohesive approach when marketing South Africa internationally. It will be hosted at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in Sandton on Thursday 11th October 2018.The theme for this year is “Inspiring excellence through sports & the creative industry”. It aligns itself to the agenda of advancing South Africa’s reputation and image. Further to this, the theme propels imperative collaborations with experts in the fields of sport and creative industries as this is critical for the Nation Brand image steadiness.“We are delighted to bring the third instalment of the Nation Brand Forum. It is important to use an inclusive approach and have South Africans make a contribution to new and different ways that will strengthen the country’s image such as our creative arts and sports industries,”. Creative industry and sports are seen as South Africa’s competitive advantages and as such we have to nurture this strength, said Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ms Thembi Kunene-Msimang.Sports women and men have recently had great success in their respective sports fields such as Caster Semenya setting a new South African record in Athletics at Rabat Diamond League and record-breaking tennis playoffs by Kevin Anderson, Raven Klaasen and Kgothatso Montjane at Wimbledon.Brand South Africa has also found opportunities to collaborate with film festivals, to be noted the South African film industry has had a positive impact on the economy and its talents. Therefore, these two concepts positively contribute towards shaping a positive Nation brand image.“One thing to look forward to at this year’s Nation Brand forum will be the immensely diverse panel members and moderators. We are bringing forward leaders in sports and the creative industry, industry experts, rising stars, affording intergenerational conversations in our breakaway sessions to construct a cohesive Nation Brand image”, adds Brands South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing Ms Sithembile NtombelaBrand South Africa hopes that the outcome from the Forum will help find more Inspiring New Ways that will be unlocked by our stakeholders during the discussions. Some of the sub-themes include; “How do we best contribute to the SA’s reputation in the areas of arts and How do we build South Africa’s narrative through sport”?Event DetailsDate:           Thursday, 11 October 2018Venue:         IDC, Sandton 19 Fredman Drive, SandownTime:           08h30 for 9h00 – 15h00last_img read more