The Magnificent Fridays drive will rally South Africans to support national sports teams. Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged South Africans to wear national team replica jerseys every Friday. Members of the national netball team that will play in Singapore in July. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Communication Arts and Culture +27 12 441 3083 or +27 82 450 5076 RELATED ARTICLES • New campaign to power SA’s Proteas • Proteas pick top World Cup squad • From Football Fridays to Fly the Flag Fridays • Flying the South African flagBongani NkosiThe frenzy that gripped South Africa before and during the Fifa World Cup in 2010 is set to make a comeback, this time spurring other national sports teams to excel in international competitions.Magnificent Fridays is a new campaign initiated by the government to get South Africans behind cricket, netball and rugby national teams – all of which will all do battle in respective world cups during 2011.The campaign is built on the concept of Football Fridays, a highly successful drive that got South Africans rallying behind Bafana Bafana, the national football team, and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The country was awash with yellow and green at the end of every working week leading up to the tournament as South Africans donned Bafana replica gear and flew the national flag with pride. And the same spirit is to grip the land again.This time citizens are urged to wear official replica clothing of any of the national teams, but especially of the Springboks rugby team, the Proteas cricket squad and the netball team, also nicknamed the Proteas. Wearing the now-famous Bafana gear is also encouraged, and hoisting the national flag tops it all.“Magnificent Fridays is about showing support for all our national teams,” said Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. “The campaign will continue throughout the year.”Mbalula and Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile are helping spread the hype across the country. The departments launched Magnificent Fridays in Johannesburg recently, and kicked off the actual road show at the city’s Park Station on 28 January.Thousands of South African flags will be handed out along the way as the road show delivers the spirit of the campaign to outlying communities. The next stop is the Free State province, and then the Western Cape, followed by stops in all the remaining provinces and then the major cities.“We’ll go all over South Africa. This is not a Gauteng campaign,” said Mashatile.Cricket squad heading to AsiaThe Proteas will be the first of the three national teams to seek international pride in 2011 when they travel to south Asia in February. They will take on other 14 nations in the 2011 International Cricket Council World Cup to be staged in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.The team is in the final stages of preparation for the tournament and is in good spirits following recent victory in the highly contested one day international series challenge against India. Magnificent Fridays will augment the Pure Protea drive, which was initiated by Lead SA specifically for the national cricket squad.Support for the team is mounting ahead of the world cup, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said, and Proteas replica attire is proving to be very popular.“There is a big interest in the Proteas world cup replica jersey,” said CSA brand and corporate relations manager Kass Naidoo. “Traffic to the online store has increased and merchandise at retail stores has been selling well.“Everyone is keen to show they are 100% behind the Proteas,” Naidoo added.The already-named world cup squad blends the talents of the country’s 15 top cricket stars.Rugby and netball to followThe Springboks, as the reigning Rugby World Cup champions, will set out to defend their title in New Zealand in September.Pinned against Fiji, Namibia, Samoa and Wales in Pool D, the Springboks will face challenging, but surmountable competition in the group stages. The team has proven its mettle many times and should also be able to rise up against stronger teams like New Zealand and Australia in the knockout stages.It should come as a confidence boost that Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson, the Boks pair recently accused of doping, were cleared of any wrongdoing on 28 January. They can now return to the international field to help the team prepare for their world cup.The Springboks’ victory in 2007 was a major highlight that South Africans celebrated with vim and vigour for days, as was the country’s historical win in 1995.The senior netball team will travel to Singapore for the world championships in July, and is currently training hard.Netball South Africa announced on 24 January that four coaches had been appointed to help the players prepare for the tournament, following the resignations of coach Carin Strauss and assistant coach Cecilia Molokwane earlier in the month.South Africans have also been urged to travel with the teams to support them at the playing venues. “Those who can go to these competitions should go,” Mashatile said.
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Soon after dangerous stunts on Mumbai trains were exposed, railway authorities have swung into action. After Headlines Today featured the stunts video, the railways have gone on a drive in Mumbai to catch the offenders. During the last two days, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has arrested nearly 70 youth, who carry out death-defying stunts on trains. A 13-year-old boy, Zahid Ansari, who appeared on a video doing what is popularly called ‘train surfing’, even landed in hospital while trying to imitate many others and is battling for his life. Headlines Today had shown how young Mumbaikars hang out of fast-moving trains and move about dangerously hitting poles along the railway lines. Many of them confessed to Headlines Today that they indulged in the dangerous act just to impress women. Train surfing In a desperate attempt to garner their 15 seconds of fame in cyberspace, some youths wish to join a select group of desperadoes from around the world who call themselves ‘train surfers’. Train surfing is not a sport but an act of putting life in grave danger by some thrill-seeking youngsters. On the net, this is generally referred to as an extreme sports, which involves riding outside speeding trains. Mostly young male adults indulge in this deadly sport, film them, and upload them immediately on popular video uploading sites. Recently, a 13-year-old boy lost his arm in South Africa, when he touched a high-voltage cable, while running atop a moving train. In October last year, 21-year-old Nilesh Jagtap from Mumbai tried to outrun an oncoming local train, in a bid to do an Aamir Khan act, while copying his train-chasing stunt from 1998 film Ghulaam. He died in the act. Train surfing has been officially declared illegal and banned in many countries. In India, while there is no specific law against it, it still is an illegal act.advertisement
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Twitter/@aggiefblifeA year ago, former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel was a first round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns after a stellar college career. Things haven’t gone very well for Johnny Football since, but Texas A&M’s @AggieFBLife Twitter account still used the Heisman winner in a tweet promoting the upcoming 2015 draft. Sign with Texas A&M: ✔️ Win a Heisman: ✔️ Get drafted in the 1st Round: ✔️ #WHOSNEXT pic.twitter.com/HfgOh2fxja— AggieFBLife (@aggiefblife) April 29, 2015As you can imagine, fans of Texas and other rival schools had a lot of fun with this ‘checklist,’ and trolled A&M and Manziel in response.Signs with A&M ✔ plays for 0 titles ✔ goes to 0 bcs bowls ✔ wins the chik-fil-a bowl ✔ https://t.co/RKR4zHfoZu— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) April 29, 2015@aggiefblife @chrisgb00 2nd string ✔️go to rehab✔️— Connor Nelson (@ConnorN22231016) April 29, 2015@aggiefblife Get Kicked Out of Manning Camp. Hang out at Rival School & party. Can’t wait to Leave A&M. #WHOSNEXT— joe villa (@mikeejoe) April 29, 2015 @aggiefblife @JManziel2 @CoachSumlin Really?No Championships, soft nonconf schedule, bttm SEC-W, arrests, rehab stints. #fireSumlin.— III & Company (@IIIandCompany) April 29, 2015So…that didn’t go quite as planned for Texas A&M. Reports that Cleveland may trade up to No. 2 to take Marcus Mariota haven’t helped matters in the Manziel Camp either.[Sporting News]
clemson fans orange bowl ticketsClemson, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming College Football Playoff, hasn’t had the chance to play for a national title in a very long time. As such, we imagine that the gift you’ll see below is a popular one in Tigers fans’ homes Friday morning.The Piedmonts apparently came up with a clever way to give a member of the family her Christmas present. When she opened an orange bowl, it signified that she’d be attending next week’s Orange Bowl contest between Clemson and Oklahoma. Of course, tears flowed.The video was posted by Greg Piedmont on YouTube. Check it out:Will there be more tears of joy after a win? We’ll find out in less than a week.
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has held a demonstration ceremony for the installation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification system using glycol on board a 170,000 cbm LNG floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) at its Ulsan shipyard.Since the glycol regasification process is free from saltiness unlike a system that uses seawater, it can minimize corrosion in major equipment including heat exchangers and lower the risk of explosion that a system using propane may be exposed to, according to the shipbuilder.Regasification system is a key facility for an LNG FSRU that receives gas from offloading LNG carriers and provides gas send-out through pipelines to shore.LNG FSRU takes a year less and costs half as much as an onshore LNG terminal to complete. The facility, better known as “the LNG plant on the ocean”, can also move from place to place where the energy demand is in growth as it has its own propulsion system.After being granted an approval in principle (AIP) for the system from Lloyd’s Register last month, HHI said it is in the process of receiving the recognition for the system from other classification societies as well.HHI completed FSRU Independence, the world’s first newbuilding LNG FSRU in 2014.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – From early childhood, Gemma Hickey rebelled against wearing dresses and never felt female.It was a misfit sensation of not belonging that Hickey wants to spare other kids — starting with their birth certificates.Hickey describes as a “big victory” what happened Friday in a St. John’s courtroom that could go a long way to ease stigmas and increase acceptance for those who linger between genders.Hickey’s legal challenge of the province’s Vital Statistics Act, which allows birth certificates only to have male or female sex designations, was delayed at provincial Supreme Court in St. John’s while the province enshrines another option.Newfoundland and Labrador’s Liberal government said Thursday it will bring in legislation this fall allowing for a change of sex designation to non-binary.Hickey hopes other provinces will follow suit — only the Northwest Territories now allows gender-neutral birth certificates.“It’s a proud day for Newfoundland and Labrador,” Hickey told reporters. “We weren’t the first place in Canada to do it, but second is pretty good and I feel very happy today. I feel very validated.”Hickey was also celebrating the debut of the documentary “Just be Gemma” airing Saturday on local CBC television (Newfoundland and Labrador). It will be available for viewing online as part of CBC’s “Absolutely” documentary series.Produced by Nine Island Communications, it traces Hickey’s physical transition from female to non-binary — neither male nor female — beginning in 2015. The journey starts with testosterone shots before surgery to remove the breasts Hickey says never felt right.Hickey recalls never identifying as female, and recounts being sexually assaulted for the first time at the age of five by an older boy who lived on their street. Years later, a priest who had taken special interest in Hickey, buying presents and offering visits at his home, became an abuser.Hickey describes falling asleep one night on his couch, and awakening with him “on top of me.”“I just thought: ‘Oh my God.’ He had a cross around his neck and it would hit my face. That’s what I remember, is just the cross hitting my chin.”Hickey took that trauma and, as an adult, formed the Pathways Foundation to support survivors of clergy sexual abuse. In 2015, Hickey walked 930 kilometres across Newfoundland raising funds for the group.Hickey talks in the documentary about wanting to be called “they” rather than he or she.“It’s pretty amazing to see life from both sides, so why do I have to pick one?”It’s an awkward transition for Hickey’s mother, Lynda Hayward. She still refers at times in the film to her “daughter” but accompanies Hickey to Ontario for plastic surgery and is often seen offering support and love.Hickey’s father, too, tells Gemma: “I love you, honey,” just before Hickey has plastic surgery to remove breast tissue and create a more masculine chest. There’s a swimming scene months later at an outdoor pond.“I felt free, like I was flying,” Hickey says of the feel of water on a bare chest.Hickey’s maternal grandmother inspired the documentary’s title.“I may not want to be a girl or a boy,” Hickey recalls telling her.“Just be Gemma,” was the grandmother’s response. “That’s all any of us wants.”Under the province’s proposed changes to the Vital Statistics Act, sex information will still be collected at birth, but people 12 and older will be able to choose an ‘X’ on their birth certificate. Children aged 12 to 15 will still require a parent to apply on their behalf, with the child’s consent required.The government also said it will remove the requirement for a statement from a medical professional prior to a sex-designation change for those 16 and older. Hickey said that change is particularly important because such a prerequisite “pathologizes” gender identity.“People can decide for themselves how they choose to identify.”Those changes would short-circuit the legal fight with Hickey, who argues the Vital Statistics Act contravenes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Hickey does not identify as solely male or female and was believed to be the first person in Canada to apply for a non-binary birth certificate.“Our rights are never given to us, so we have to fight for them,” said Hickey, who turns 41 on Oct. 1.“It’s a big victory for myself and other non-binary Canadians — particularly young people out there who are struggling with their own identity and don’t feel that they have a place.“We’re carving out that place and we’re doing that today.”Watching from the public gallery was Hickey supporter Stacey Piercey, who hopes other provinces will act soon.“It’s necessary. There’s so many gender variances and identities. It’s important to accept these kids and love these kids and make them part of our community.”Ontario’s minister of government and consumer services, Tracy MacCharles, has said gender-neutral birth certificates could be issued in Ontario as early as next year.In B.C., Kori Doty, a parent who identifies as transgender and prefers the pronoun they, refused to provide the sex of their child Searyl to the government when the baby was born in November.On Aug. 31, the federal government began allowing gender-neutral passports, the latest step in Ottawa’s plan to eventually allow individuals to identify their sex as ‘X’ — that is, unspecified — on government-issued documents.The move stems from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to better reflect gender diversity across the country.Follow @suebailey on Twitter.
OTTAWA – After a five-year battle with the Canada Revenue Agency, the parliamentary budget office is finally being promised the data needed to evaluate the amount of revenue Ottawa loses each year due to offshore tax havens and other tax avoidance schemes.The budget office has been demanding the data since December 2017 and has even threatened court action to get it. But, until now, the agency has refused to provide it, citing confidentiality of tax records.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that a deal has finally been struck between the agency and the budget officer.“An agreement has been concluded with the parliamentary budget officer and will provide this data in a way that will ensure the protection of personal information of Canadians by the end of the month,” he told the House of Commons.Jean-Denis Frechette, the parliamentary budget officer, had given the agency until Feb. 28 to turn over the data before pursuing other options.He welcomed the news of a deal Monday, but reserved the option of going to court if the data that’s handed over turns out to be less than advertised.“So, yes, that would be something that could be considered, depending on the outcome of Feb. 28,” Frechette said in an interview.He said he has no problem with Trudeau’s caveat that the handover of information will be done in a manner that will protect the personal information of taxpayers, noting that his office has always said it wants “anonymized” data only.If his office gets all the information it has been seeking, Frechette guessed it might take six to 10 months to crunch the numbers and come up with an estimated “tax gap” — the difference between the amount of tax revenue that should have been collected in a year and what was actually collected. But the time frame will depend on the quality of information the Canada Revenue Agency provides.“If they send me … paper version of all their files in boxes, of course it will take a long time,” he said. “It’s difficult for me to guess.”The Conference Board of Canada has estimated that tax evasion and tax avoidance cost the federal treasury anywhere between $8.9 billion and $47.8 billion annually.The Trudeau government has been under pressure to allow the budget officer to do a more precise, independent estimate of the tax gap, particularly in the wake of the so-called Paradise Papers — a second major leak detailing how hundreds of billions of dollars from around the world are sheltered in offshore tax havens, at the expense of numerous countries’ treasuries.A number of other countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, have long provided estimates of their tax gaps but Canada has refused to follow suit, until now.Until the size of the Canadian problem is known, Frechette said it’s impossible to know how to fix it.The Trudeau government has earmarked almost $1 billion over two years to crack down on offshore tax evasion.But while political attention has focused on the suspected billions lost to tax havens, Frechette said there are other factors at play, including Canadians involved in the underground economy who do not report their income and those who make honest errors in interpreting complicated tax rules.The Canada Revenue Agency has recently estimated that about $4.5 billion in GST revenue and about $8.8 billion in personal income tax revenue has gone uncollected annually. There has been no comprehensive estimate of the revenue lost from taxes on all sources, including corporations and trusts that are most likely to benefit from offshore tax shelters.
CALGARY, A.B. — The president of Shell Canada said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that Shell and its partners in LNG Canada will make a positive Final Investment Decision later this year.According to Natural Gas World, Shell Canada president Michael Crothers made the statement at the ARC Energy Investment Forum ‘Playing to Win’ in Calgary on May 9th. Speaking to executives and investors in the oil and gas industry, Crothers pointed out that there has been an unexpected increase in global demand for LNG in the past year. He said the 30 percent increase in demand has largely come from China, and also spoke about the impact higher demand would have on the development of new LNG projects.“We’re quite bullish about that, and we think that this site for LNG Canada is the best site on the west coast,” said Corthers. “We’ve got fantastic transit times – eight days to get to Tokyo Bay – and we have a fantastic resource base in our Groundbirch asset in the Montney, which is getting more and more stranded with the collapse in gas prices at AECO and the steady erosion of markets for our gas in the US.”Crothers added that projects like LNG Canada are the only way to get Canadian gas to offshore markets, where there are “fantastic opportunities” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing the use of coal with natural gas. Story courtesy Natural Gas World: https://www.naturalgasworld.com/shell-cda-head-bullish-on-lng-canada-project-61089