Lillard scores 33 as Blazers beat Thunder

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP): The Trail Blazers huddled in a timeout with just more than 17 seconds left against Oklahoma City, and the overwhelming sentiment was simple: relax. The Thunder had trimmed Portland’s lead to 110-109, but the Blazers refused to get rattled and came away with a 114-109 victory Thursday night. “Even though it got scary there at the end, we were still able to calm ourselves down and get the win,” said Damian Lillard, who finished with 33 points. Russell Westbrook scored 45 on 12-of-36 shooting for the Thunder, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Oklahoma City newcomer Taj Gibson added 15 points, including a high-arching buzzer-beater from 61 feet away to put the Thunder up 60-57 at halftime. Alex Abrines’ 3-pointer gave the Thunder their biggest lead at 97-89 with 7:48 left, but Al-Farouq Aminu made a layup that tied it at 101 with 3:43 to go. He missed the free throw, but Jusuf Nurkic got the tip-in to give Portland the lead. Lillard’s 3-pointer extended it to 106-101 before Westbrook’s driving layup and free throw pulled Oklahoma City to 110-106. Abrines’ 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds left narrowed it to 110-109. After the timeout, Lillard was fouled twice in the final seconds and made all four free throws before Westbrook and Doug McDermott missed 3-pointers at the end. Nurkic, acquired by the Blazers just before the All-Star break in a trade with Denver, was a spark with 18 points, 12 rebounds, a career-high six assists and five blocks. “He has a good sense of the game,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “When you have that, I think the integration goes a little bit better.” Westbrook hit all 15 of his free throws. He had eight rebounds and four assists, ending a streak of four straight triple-doubles.last_img read more

“Dual Citizenship Eventual, but Not a Priority”

first_imgThe nationwide debate on the claim to legitimate ownership of Liberia continues to be tested with zeal, heightened by the controversial dual citizenship clause proposed for Liberia. In recent years, the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) toured the country and sought the views of Liberians on changes or amendments to certain clauses in the Constitution and came up with a list of 24 propositions for referendum – among them, dual citizenship and the right of people of non-negro descent, to be allowed to attain Liberian citizenship.In what was described by other Liberian academics as ‘a very meaningful contribution to the dual citizenship debate’, a young Liberian scholar, Dr. Robtel Neajai Pailey, presented her doctorate thesis on the topic on Wednesday, April 20, at the University of Liberia auditorium, with some fellow Liberian scholars and other members of the Liberian society in attendance. Her thesis research work which was done at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, is entitled “The Love of Liberty Divided Us Here” and cataloged factors leading to the introduction postponed passage of a dual citizenship bill in the Liberian Legislature. The postponed status of the proposed bill happens to sum up her thoughts about the matter, given her findings from interviews of 209 Liberians residing in Europe, the United States of America and West Africa. In a nutshell, according to Dr. Pailey, a decision on dual citizenship is nowhere near the top of the list of priorities for most Liberians, at the present time. Moreover, her study sheds light on the respective journeys of several other African countries on the very dual citizenship issue, and what Liberia could learn from those experiences. Dr. Pailey scrutinized in her thesis the “markers” of citizenship narrowly defined in Liberia’s current Aliens and Nationality Law; how citizenship is currently conceived and practiced domestically and trans-nationally; and the symbiotic relationship between (dual) citizenship and post-war recovery.According to her, “Liberia, not formally colonized and more recently emerging from 14 years of armed conflict, represents a stark case study in citizenship construction, because of its idiosyncratic (distinctive, individualistic) history of black settler state formation.“Liberian citizenship has historically been a tool of exclusion, one barring women, non-settlers, non-Christians, and non-blacks, and it remains a violently contested space of inquiry with newer forms of citizenship now developing in Liberia and within transnational spaces.”She argued that conflict, migration, globalization and postwar recovery have configured Liberian citizenship across space and time, thereby influencing the introduction and postponement in the passage of a dual citizenship bill proposed in 2008. Her argument continued that the “bill is used as a point of entry to evaluate Liberia’s long-standing struggle to construct a unique brand of citizenship that is totalizing, tactical and timeless.“The rationale behind my research and contribution to this cardinal proposition is for us to practically fill in the empirical gaps, make informed policies, influence public discourse and begin wider discussions about what Liberian citizenship is and why should people of non Negro descent become citizens of Liberia.”She categorized Liberians into three main classes, namely: Homeland Liberians or citizens who are born in Liberia, reside in Liberia and have all their activities in the country; Permanent returnees or Liberian citizens who live in other countries that return to Liberia and settle; and Circular Returnees or Liberian citizens who are in and out of Liberia frequently due to transnational or global opportunities.She called on her fellow Liberians to stop the multilayered, gendered, aged, racial and ethnicized politics of citizenship.“This leads to the conflict-related expression that, for example, ‘Mandingoes are foreigners or strangers in Liberia’. Let us remember that Liberia is a signatory to many international conventions on global human rights, and that Liberians are citizens in other parts of the world,” she added.“Citizenship definition goes beyond legality. Being a Liberian rationally means having Liberia at heart by making meaningful contributions to its development by the use of one’s talents, time and energy.”Liberians all across the nation will be going to the polls in a referendum expected to take place before the presidential and legislative elections in 2017 to decide a number of critical issues, which include the reduction of presidential and legislative tenures, state religion, among others.Meanwhile, Dr. Pailey intends to publish her study on the matter to inform the Liberian decision on the topic, as well as to contribute to the global discussion on the matter. In attendance to hear the presentation were people from various vocations and persuasions, intelligently engaging the Dr. Pailey with many poignant and thought-provoking questions. The final question, which aptly concluded the question-and-answer session, was asked by the moderator, Norris Tweah, vice president for public affairs at the University of Liberia: “Is dual citizenship in Liberia an eventuality and, if so or if not, why?” “Given the global trends,” Dr. Pailey responded, “I think it is an eventuality in Liberia, but I will say as a caveat that perhaps… this particular moment may not be the right time. If you ask a typical Liberian what are [their] priorities, dual citizenship is not going to be at the top of their list of priorities. There are other bread and butter issues around making sure they have a living wage; that they are able to support their families; that the people they vote into power represent them adequately. They are not necessarily paying attention to what would-be dual citizens could achieve. They respect and appreciate the remittances, but are also concerned about people coming back and disenfranchising them. Whether those concerns are valid or not, they are concerns that I think should be appreciated and they should be reconciled.” She also said that there is a growing trend of dual citizenship being embraced across the African continent: one-third of African countries, she found, have varying forms of dual citizenship, some more restrictive than others. “And Liberia will follow that trajectory,” she said. “But at the moment, given the interviews that I have done and the push-back… I am not convinced that it is a priority now or that it will be passed now.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reports – Trabzonspor launch £2.5m bid for Hull City star

first_img Nikica Jelavic in action for Hull City 1 Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic is the subject of a £2.5m bid from Trabzonspor, according to reports in Turkey.Hull, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, put the Croatian on the transfer list but the Tigers want around £3m for him.Jelavic, 29, suffered an injury-affected campaign last season but managed eight goals in 26 Premier League appearances.He still has two years left on his contract but Trabzonspor reckon they can poach him on the cheap, according to Fanatik.It has even been suggested that Jelavic is already close to agreeing personal terms with the Turkish top-flight club, who recently completed the signing of Stephane Mbia.last_img read more

GOLF NEWS: LIAM DOHERTY DELIVERS STUNNING ROUND AT BALLYLIFFIN

first_imgBallyliffin Golf News: Sun 8.9.15 Paul Crotty Sunday Confined.1.Liam Doherty w (6) 36 pts. 2.Corney Doherty (23) 35 pts.3.Marc Desmond (9) 35 pts.Gross Brendan Devlin (1) 30 gr pts.1.Seamus Mallon (snr) (19) 34 pts. CSS 74 (r/o)Sun 8.9.15 Ladies 9 Holes (Glashedy No 9).0-18.1. Lisa Glover 22 pts.2. Cathy McGeoghegan 18 pts. 19-28.1. Annette Doherty 18 pts.2. Bernie McCarron 17 pts.29-36. 1. Pauline Madden 17 pts.2. Kathleen McKeague 17 pts.Fri 13 March 2015 Open any combination on The Old LinksSat 14 March 2015 Open Singles on Glashedy.Sun 15 March 2015 McColgan Cup Confined on The Old Links.Tues 17 March 2015 Captain’s Drive in Mr Phelim Davenport. Please put names on board.Entries are now being taking for the Donegal Links Classic (25, 26 & 27 May 2015).& The Great North Links Challenge (7, 8 & 9 October 2015). Call 0749376119.Check fixtures on www.ballyliffingolfclub.com for our wide range of events over the coming months.The Linx Restaurant launch night Friday 13th March, all members, family & friends welcome.Also all day menu served at the Linx on Mother’s Day 15th March. Mothers receive free entry into a draw for a very special prize!GOLF NEWS: LIAM DOHERTY DELIVERS STUNNING ROUND AT BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyliffingolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

Manchester United ‘want to sign Chelsea ace and can match his asking price’

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest transfer news However, the Blues have rejected all three offers from Barca, with the latest said to total £55million – around £7million short of Chelsea’s asking price.The Stamford Bridge club are open to selling Willian this summer, but they will not lose him for anything less than £62million (€70m), and Barca are not willing to spend so much on a player who turns 30 in just a few weeks. Barcelona have been hoping to sign Willian Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Willian played under Mourinho during the latter’s second spell as Chelsea manager Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Manchester United are ready to match Chelsea’s asking price for Willian, according to reports.Willian, the Brazil forward, has been the subject of three bids from Barcelona, with the LaLiga giants hoping to bring him to Camp Nou before the transfer window closes next month. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer On Monday evening, Barca made a late swoop for Malcom, the Bordeaux winger, despite Roma already agreeing terms with the Ligue 1 outfit for the transfer of the 21-year-old.This move suggests Barcelona have pulled out of the race to sign Willian, and Mundo Deportivo say another club want the forward.Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, has wanted to reunite with Willian since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2015, and the report states that the Red Devils ‘can and want’ to pay the required £62million to sign the Brazil international. RANKED 2 targets Despite United being prepared to match Willian’s asking price, Chelsea would prefer to sell the player to a club abroad, rather than one of their domestic rivals, as talkSPORT told you yesterday. 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED moving on LATEST last_img read more

GARDAI ROADS WARNING AFTER DELUGE

first_imgGardai are warning motorists to take care this morning due to rain, wind and surface water.“Keep a safe distance from vehicles in front,” said a spokesman.“There has been heavy rain overnight in Co Donegal and this has caused some roads to be flooded. “Patrols are out across the county ensure the safety of all drivers.”Rain will clear by the afternoon but there will be more heavy rain tonight, says Met Eireann, which could cause localised flooding.Last night’s rain was accompanied by heavy winds.   GARDAI ROADS WARNING AFTER DELUGE was last modified: December 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal weatherGARDAI ROADS WARNING AFTER DELUGErainlast_img read more

Family thanks ‘angels’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – There could have been an empty chair at the McCloskey family’s Thanksgiving dinner table today. Instead, the La Mirada family will be giving thanks to four firefighters who saved the life of their youngest son, Abraham, after the 6-year-old nearly choked to death on a hot dog. Araceli McCloskey, Abraham’s mother, calls the four men from Buena Park Fire Department’s Station 62 “our earthbound guardian angels.” “We will pray for them – and for the families who have lost children to choking,” she said. The incident occurred in September, when Abraham and his family, including his parents and older brother Matthew, 8, visited Knott’s Berry Farm. They were ending their day at the amusement park with dinner. Abraham had just taken his first bite of a jumbo hot dog when he started choking. Araceli McCloskey was the first to notice her son gasping for air. “I started screaming and asking for someone to call 9-1-1,” she said. “I could tell it was stuck in his throat and he couldn’t breathe.” Araceli tried the Heimlich maneuver, but it didn’t work. The park’s nursing staff was called. Three minutes later, the four-man team from the Buena Park fire station arrived and immediately went to work. By now, Abraham was undergoing cardiac arrest. His skin had turned gray. Buena Park fire Capt. Craig Covey, who responded with firefighters Pete Morales, Mark Engstrom and Adam Quinones, recalled what happened next. “It was a difficult job,” he said. “The hot dog was down deep in his trachea – the tube that connects your mouth and nose to your lungs – moving back and forth. Every time he took a breath, he sucked it in deeper. “He was as critical as critical could be.” As she looked on during those heart-wrenching minutes, Araceli McCloskey was struck by the deep concern the paramedics were showing. “They called him `buddy,’ reassured him and told us what they were doing, step by step,” she said. The team of paramedics now realized they had done all they could at the scene. They placed Abraham into an ambulance and rushed him to West Anaheim Medical Center, where doctors went to work. But doctors there quickly realized Abraham needed to be taken to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. There, surgeons operated to remove the chunk of hot dog. It took four days for Abraham to recover, but during that time, his condition was touch and go. Doctors also weren’t sure whether Abraham had suffered brain damage from a lack of oxygen. “I just remember saying, `Jesus, don’t take my baby,”‘ Araceli McCloskey recalled. Abraham eventually recovered, with absolutely no ill effects from the choking incident. “They gave me a second life,” said Abraham. “I am thankful to them and to Jesus Christ.” Even after they transported her son, Araceli said, the firefighters who helped save him called every day to check on Abraham. “They went above and beyond the call of duty,” she said. As for the family’s prayers for him and his team, Covey said they can use all the help they can get. “If they are going to pray for us, we will take it,” said Covey. “I wish more people would do that every day because of what we do.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img

Tony Watson lays out ‘like a 34-year-old dad,’ updates status after X-Ray

first_imgST. LOUIS — Tony Watson had two choices.The left-hander could lay his body on the line with the hope of swiping a tag on Kolten Wong, or surrender to the Cardinals second baseman after a well-placed bunt.Watson chose to take flight.“It was either try to lay out like a 34-year-old dad and make the tag or everybody was going to be safe and we’ve got a real situation on our hands,” Watson said. “I’m just glad it worked out.” With the Giants clinging to a one-run lead in the bottom of …last_img read more

Conservatives Feel More Purposeful Lives

first_imgAre liberals floundering in uncertainty over the meaning of life? A new study indicates that more conservatives feel a sense of purpose than liberals.A press release from University of Southern California (USC) gives an edge to conservatives. Knowing the overwhelmingly left-leaning atmosphere in academia, one can only imagine if the university was pleased with what psychology doctoral candidate David Newman and co-authors Norbert Schwarz and Arthur Stone found. “What is the meaning of life? Ask a conservative,” reporter Emily Gersena writes for a headline. “Researchers find that, even after accounting for religious belief, the association between political leanings and a sense of purpose were strong.”A new USC Dornsife-led psychology study shows that conservatives, more so than liberals, report feeling that their lives are meaningful or have purpose.“Finding meaning in life is related to the sense or feeling that things are the way they should be, and that there is a sense of order,” said David Newman, a doctoral candidate at USC Dornsife’s Mind and Society Center. “If life feels chaotic, then that would likely dampen your sense that life is meaningful.”The results, published on June 15 in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, were based on five studies examining how strongly conservatives and liberals feel that their lives have purpose.Belief in God was a factor, but the statistics held even when controlling for religious belief. Here’s how the study was conducted:Participants usually ranked their political ideology on a scale from one to seven, ranging from “extremely conservative” to “extremely liberal.” They also rated how much they agreed or disagreed with statements such as “my life has a real purpose” and “I understand my life’s meaning.”The psychologists were aware that religious belief may be a factor and adjusted the results to account for it. Even then, the association between political leanings and sense of purpose held strong.The results suggest “that there is some unique aspect of political conservatism that provides people with meaning and purpose in life,” the scientists wrote.Results like this always include a degree of subjectivity. Newman cautioned that “It doesn’t mean that every conservative finds a lot of meaning in their life and that every liberal is depressed.” Gersena joked that Hamlet might have been a liberal when he pondered ‘To be or not to be’ and waffled about the meaning of life.A Liberal ConjectureOn Live Science (a pro-Darwin, left-leaning science news site), reporter Brandon Specktor tried to explain away the results. He claims that the researchers say that conservatives are characterized by “a rationalization of inequality and the resistance to change.” As evidence, they point to conservative opposition to abortion and gay marriage. Somehow, they assert, this helps conservatives lead a less “chaotic” and predictable life:“Finding meaning in life is related to the sense or feeling that things are the way they should be and that there is a sense of order,” Newman said in a statement. “If life feels chaotic, then that would likely dampen your sense that life is meaningful.”Of course, this interpretation is all conjectural, Newman wrote in the study, and the link could ultimately be a matter of circumstance. For example, some common factor in the study participants’ childhoods could have led them to independently develop conservative viewpoints as well as feelings of satisfaction and purpose later on.This admittedly conjectural interpretation cannot be sound, though, because one could just as easily ‘conjecture’ that radical adventurism into revolutionary politics could give liberals a sense of meaning and purpose, or that maintaining a predictable order could be boring for conservatives.It should also be noted that opposition to abortion cannot fairly be described as “a rationalization of inequality” from the viewpoint of the unborn, many of whom are female. Conservatives look aghast at liberals’ rationalization of killing. Opposition to gay marriage, similarly, cannot be described simply as “resistance to change” because everybody is resistant to some forms of change, and not all change is good. Look at the resistance to President Trump’s policies right now, for instance, where it’s the Democrats’ turn to be described as “the party of resistance.”An alternative interpretation is that everybody has a sense of meaning and purpose to some degree, but not all purposes are equally satisfying.We discount psychology studies in general, and this is no exception. Survey questions, demeanor of the investigators, and participant selection can affect results. This one, however, does seem to have some points in its favor. For one, the sample size was very large and broad:The scientists analyzed results from two nationally-representative samples and three additional samples in which well-being was assessed in various forms. Altogether, these studies encompassed thousands of participants from 16 countries and spanned four decades.Another reason for taking it a bit more seriously than most psychology studies is that the results run contrary to academic expectations. Over the years, we have found liberal researchers arriving at (Well, what do you know!) liberal findings. This one apparently did not, although we don’t know the political leaning of these three researchers.Maybe a tentative conclusion of the study is that conservatives have more evolutionary fitness. Natural selection rewards political conservatives. Hey liberals, you don’t want to fight what natural selection rewards, do you?Regardless of what surveys say, it is vital and healthful to have a sense of purpose and meaning in life, as long as it is a righteous purpose. Knowing your Maker, and why He put you here, is an essential step to living a rich, meaningful, fulfilling life. The Bible talks extensively about living with purpose. Here are just a few samples:Psalm 17:3 – “You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.”Psalm 57:2 – “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”Psalm 138:8 – “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”Proverbs 20:5 – “The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.”Isaiah 55:11 – “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”Daniel 1:8 – But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.John 18:37 (Jesus to Pilate) – “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”Ephesians 6:22 – I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.Colossians 4:17 – And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”II Thessalonians 1:11-12 – “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”James 4:5 – Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?II Peter 1:3 – His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence (Visited 248 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: one year on

first_imgFor four weeks in June and July 2010,South African football fans mingledand celebrated with thousands ofvisitors from around the world.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Morio SanyaneCommunications director, South AfricanFootball Association+27 82 990 0835RELATED ARTICLES• 2010’s legacy all in the mind• Legacy of 2010 shines in Kenya• Millions to boost SA’s 2010 legacy• FNB pours R40-million into local football• R3m boost for SA football schoolSource: BuaNewsOn 11 June, one year after the kick-off of the first ever Fifa World Cup on African soil, South Africa marks the first anniversary of what many have called the best World Cup ever.As a result of the death of African National Congress veteran Albertina Sisulu, who was laid to rest in Soweto on Saturday, the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) will mark the tournament’s success at a later time.LOC boss Danny Jordaan said: “While we acknowledge and welcome the events and celebrations that will take place throughout the country this weekend, as a mark of respect for the funeral of Ma Albertina Sisulu in Orlando this weekend, the 2010 LOC will host a celebratory event around 11 July 2011, a year after the 2010 Fifa World Cup final.”Phenomenal achievementAccording to Jordaan, as the country marks the one year anniversary of the successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the LOC looks back with pride at the phenomenal achievement.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup was a time when South Africa dispelled doubt in its ability and invited the world to witness the reality, rather than believe the perceptions of what they thought South Africa was really about,” Jordaan said.“Africa’s first Fifa World Cup was Fifa’s best ever, its most commercially successful ever, and arguably its most socially important ever, set as it was in a developing country and continent with so much to prove.“As we reflect, we do so with great pride in what was achieved by all South Africans, at the legacy of world-class sporting infrastructure, improved transport and road networks, but most importantly at the social cohesion the event generated and the pride felt by South Africans and all Africans as we successfully hosted the biggest event in world sport.”Jordaan said that while the nation was conscious that the Fifa World Cup was about building a better future for South Africa and showcasing South Africa’s best attributes on a global stage, it was also about acknowledging the country’s past and paying tribute to icons who enabled us to create a country that could even dream of hosting a Fifa World Cup.“Without icons such as Walter Sisulu, Ma Albertina Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Govan Mbeki, Oliver Tambo and an endless list of people who dedicated their lives for the achievement of a democratic South Africa, an achievement such as a successful Fifa World Cup would simply never have been possible,” he said.A match between reigning European and world champions Spain and an Africa XI is scheduled to be played at Soccer City on 10 July, in honour of football supporters and the organisers of the tournament.last_img read more