The South African pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China Themed Ke Nako! Or “It’s Time”, South Africa’s pavilion at the Shanghai Expo has opened its doors to visitors wanting to learn more about what modern-day South Africa has to offer.The Shanghai Expo’s theme of “Better City, Better Life” is embodied in South Africa’s stunning pavilion with a design inspired by a traditional Southern African rondavel round house, interpreted in a modern way fusing traditional designs with modern materials.The Pavilion invites visitors on a journey which is truly South African with experiences ranging from traditional artefacts, to world-class wines and modern urban living solutions.The expo runs from 1 May till 31 OctoberMonthly themesEach month, the Pavilion will promote a different theme including the 2010 Fifa World Cup; re-modelling of urban communities; tourism and heritage; environment and climate change; and trade and investment.South Africa will profile its economy by introducing some of South Africa’s pillar industries including agro-processing, beneficiated metals and mining technology, defence technology, ICT, as well as bio-fuels and alternative energy.As the fourth Expo which South Africa has participated in, it is also the largest Expo ever held. With nearly 300 pavilions covering an area of 5.28 square kilometers, Shanghai Expo is expected to attract over 100 million visitors.The pavilion was formally opened this week by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at a ceremony attended to by the department’s deputy director-general for Middle East and Asia Sisa Ngombane, South African Ambassador to China N Ntshinga and South African consul-general in Shanghai Vika Khumalo.Key strategic partnerIn what is seen as the biggest demonstration to date of South Africa’s view of China as a strategic partner, Nkoana-Mashabane’s visit is the first of a series of high level visits expected during Shanghai Expo.As a key strategic partner for South Africa within the South-South cooperation, the bilateral relationship with China is at its strongest since formal diplomatic relations were established between the two in 1998.Positioned as a gateway to Africa for investment and trade from China, participation at Shanghai Expo becomes relevant when considering that in 2009 the total trade between China and Africa amounted to over US$106-billion, an increase of 45% over the previous year, of which South Africa accounted for 20%.Meanwhile, China’s imports from Africa amounted to $56-billion, an increase of 54% over the previous year.
Police stop shoplifting spree [Viral Video]Seattle, Washington, police arrested some thieves who they say were trying steal “in bulk” from Costco. Seattle police put an end to the shoplifting spree as dash cameras and body cams recorded. loss prevention associates recognized what was going on inside the Costco store and called police. The suspects were gathering up laptops and other items, preparing to escape out a fire exit. A getaway driver was waiting outside. Police got in position and waited until the would-be thieves came through the fire doors. Police arrested the 30-year-old man and 21-year-old woman. The 18-year-old getaway driver was also arrested. Investigators believe they hit a different Costco earlier the same day– -stealing more than $2,000 worth of electronics. LP associates told detectives they’d had run-ins with one of the suspects before and he’d had a knife with a seven-inch blade in his pocket. Officers say the suspect had the knife when he was arrested Wednesday, as well. He was booked for investigation of robbery, and the women were booked for investigation of theft. They were all taken to the King County Jail. [Source: KIRO7 News] Man arrested for allegedly robbing 4 fast food restaurants in 18-day spanA man has been arrested for allegedly robbing four fast food restaurants during a near three-week period in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Alan Michael Josey, 21, has been charged with several counts of commercial armed robbery and is being held without bond. The armed robberies took place on the 15700 block of Livingston Road in Accokeek (Feb. 22), the 9500 block of Livingston Road in Fort Washington (March 8), the 8900 block of Annapolis Road in Lanham (March 11), and the 5300 block of Marlboro Pike in District Heights (March 11). Police said all of the incidents were armed robberies.There were no injuries in any of the incidents. Investigators say Josey is connected to a fifth robbery at a retail store in Anne Arundel County. On Monday, authorities said Josey and a woman were wanted for robbing a fast food restaurant in Accokeek. The two walked into the restaurant, and police said he confronted an employee, pulled out a gun and demanded money. The woman reportedly acted as a lookout during the incident. Police said after the robbery they left the restaurant in a White Nissan Altima with D.C. license plates. [Source: WJLA News]- Sponsor – Police searching for women accused of shoplifting 17 pairs of shoes with kidsIn Oklahoma City, Police are searching for three women accused of shoplifting 17 pairs of shoes while with children in the northwest side. On Wednesday, photos were released of the women believed to have been involved in the grand larceny Sunday evening at Shoe Carnival in the 1700 block of Belle Isle Boulevard. The shoes cost more than $1,000 altogether. “To make matters worse, they had small children with them,” police said.According to a police report, the women first went to a register with 22 pairs of shoes, a soft drink and a Reese’s Snack Mix. A clerk began to ring up and bag the shoes when the women and kids began grabbing the bags and walking out of the store before paying. According to the report, the clerk alerted a manager and one of the women told the employees her husband was in the back picking out another pair of shoes and would momentarily pay for everything. The women and kids then left the store with the 17 pairs and the snack mix. The manager told police five pairs of shoes were left at the counter. He believed the women parked far from the store in order to not be seen leaving. If you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers by calling 405-235-7300 or submitting a tip online. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward. [Source: Oklahoma’s News 4]Parking lot meth lab busted after shoplifter pursuitIn Tennessee, three people were arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Dickson Walmart parking lot when the pursuit of a shoplifter led to a vehicle containing meth-making materials, according to authorities. Thomas Seitz, 52; Genifer Pevahouse, 42, and Larry Terlecki, 45, were all arrested for shoplifting as well as charges for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Seitz was also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Pevahouse was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. Terlecki faces additional charges for a warrant for his arrest for domestic assault. Once the three were caught shoplifting, law enforcement received permission search the car and discovered the meth lab inside, said Dickson police. The 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force and and Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force were alerted and and arrive to assist with the investigation. [Source: Tennessean]Employee accused of stealing more than 1,000 iPads ordered into federal custodyA judge Thursday ruled a former Gary, Indiana, employee who allegedly used city funds to buy more than 1,000 Apple iPads must go into federal custody for a competency evaluation. Judge Philip Simon ordered that Monique Bowling-Boyd self-report to federal custody to see if she’s able to stand trial for charges of theft. Simon said it’s important to get the case moving along, and an evaluation will be able to determine if Bowling-Boyd is not competent to stand trial or malingering. “We need an expert to suss that out for us,” Simon said. Bowling-Boyd’s attorney initially sought an outpatient evaluation but Thursday agreed that it would be best done in a facility.Prosecutors allege that Bowling-Boyd, then Gary’s head of IT services, bought more than 1,000 iPads and other computer equipment, valued in excess of $5,000, according to court documents. The additional charges allege that Bowling-Boyd participated in a scheme to cash pension checks from a dead man, according to court documents, and used the deceased man’s identification card to cash or deposit the checks. Bowling-Boyd’s attorney sought a competency evaluation earlier in January, according to court documents, and Schlesinger said that since he began working on the case in September 2017, she was unable to speak during an interview with him and still has not spoken to him. [Source: Post Tribune]Cop’s hunch leads to suspect in widespread credit-data theftA California man, who attracted attention when he looked away from a Cinnaminson, New Jersey, police officer, received a three-year jail term Wednesday for his role in a massive conspiracy to steal credit cards. Angel Angulo, 28, took part in a scheme that used wireless devices to steal customer information during purchases with credit and debit cards at about 80 Michaels’s stores in 19 states, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey. Ring members used the stolen data to create counterfeit cards, then withdrew money from the victims’ bank accounts, the federal prosecutor’s office said. Angulo and an alleged accomplice, Crystal Banuelos of Bloomington, California, had 179 counterfeit cards and about $13,000 when they were arrested in May 2011. They allegedly made withdrawals from ATMs in April and May 2011. The Californians were arrested after Cinnaminson police officer F.D. “Don” Rock noticed Banuelos lingering in a car at a stop sign near a bank. He then saw Angulo walking near the bank’s ATM, wearing dark sunglasses on a cloudy day. The suspects, who both avoided Rock’s gaze, were arrested minutes later after stopping at a Route 130 gas station. The Riverside, California, man previously pleaded guilty in federal court, Camden, to conspiring to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Angulo also must pay restitution of $480,300 under a sentence imposed by US District Judge Joseph Rodriguez. Banuelos awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to the same charges. [Source: Courier Post] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Uruguay and Ghana have progressed to the quarterfinals at the FIFA World Cup 2010.With two goals from Luis Alberto Surez, two-time champions Uruguay beat South Korea 2-1 in the first Round of 16 game in Port Elizabeth.Later today in Rustenburg, Ghana warded off the hard-fighting USA 2-1 in extra-time.Asamoah Gyan struck the winning goal for Ghana in the 93rd minute after the game went into extra-time with the score tied 1-1. Ghana took the lead in the fifth minute with a goal from Kevin Prince.Landon Donovan took a penalty kick in the 62nd minute to equalise for USA.Earlier, Uruguay’s struck twice in the eigth and the 80th minute. Korea had equalised in between with Chungyong’s goal in the 68th.Uruguay would meet Ghana in the second quarterfinal.Uruguay had last won the World Cup in 1950 and their best finish since then has been fourth place in 1970.Uruguay are unbeaten in the tournament with two wins over South Africa and Mexico after a goalless draw with France.
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The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Davis, Cousins, power Pelicans’ rout of Spurs LATEST STORIES Sudanese former NBA star Manute Bol sits in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba on Feb. 16, 2009. AFP/PETER MARTELLManute Bol didn’t have a stellar career in the NBA, but he certainly was one of the league’s most memorable players.Standing 7 feet and 7 inches tall and tied with Gheorghe Muresan as the NBA’s tallest player, the willowy Sudanese giant suited up four teams in a career that spanned 10 seasons.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout UCF’s Tacko Fall is 7-foot-6, and his game is still growingSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:15Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 9503:14Mom of 3 year old girl slain in anti drug ops files raps vs Rodriguez cops02:49Robredo: 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 View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Apart form his pole-like stature and penchant for blocking shots, Bol is perhaps best remembered for his supposedly dubious age, as fans have long disputed if he really was 23 years old when when he entered the league in 1985.Among those doubters include former Cleveland State head coach Kevin Mackey, who first recruited Bol when he arrived in the US in the mid-1980s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I gave him his birthday (Oct. 16, 1962) because they didn’t know how old he was,” Mackey revealed to Zagsblog’s Adam Zagoria.With Bol’s origin in question, Mackey admitted that he made the lanky center appear as young as plausible to get him into the program. “Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you’re 35,” the former bench boss explained. “He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA.”Bol passed away due to kidney failure in 2010 and was believed to have been 47 years old at the time.A capable three-point shooter and elite rim protector, Bol is the only player in history to have tallied more career blocked shots (2,086) than points (1,599).He is survived by his son Bol Bol, an upcoming NBA prospect who recently committed to the University of Oregon. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT
In the lead up to the 2016 All Stars weekend, weâ€™ve caught up with both coaches to get their thoughts in the lead up to the event. Join us as we hear from TFA Indigenous All Stars coach, Phil Gyemore about how much he is looking forward to the 2016 event and what it means to take part in the weekend. Having coached as part of TFAâ€™s first involvement in the All Stars event in 2015, what does it mean to you to have this opportunity again?It means that we have opportunity to showcase our great sport on the big stage. The NRL All Stars event showcases Rugby League around the world so itâ€™s great to highlight the sport of Touch Football to a captive audience. We are proud indigenous people and we are excited to be able to represent all indigenous people in this special event.How do you see Touch Football Australia and the NRLâ€™s partnership, in regards to the opportunities like this it is presenting our athletes?We have seen numerous opportunities due to the NRL and TFA partnership and the All Stars event is a clear example of this. Both sports can share and promote knowledge and experiences that have been successful. I’m sure that we have only touched the surface of how we can both take our sports to the next level.Our players have the chance to share the stage and so many of our players have gone on to become the stars of the NRL. Players like Benji Marshall, Matt Moylan, Shaun Johnson and Ashley Taylor have honed their skills in our great game.What are you looking forward to most about the 2016 All Stars events?Being able to walk onto Suncorp Stadium will be amazing. We have all seen the Queensland dominance against New South Wales in the Rugby League State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium. To see first-hand the surface and get a small taste of the atmosphere at one of the worldâ€™s best arenas will be something that I’ll never forget. The Mixed format of the game is a prime example of the inclusive nature of Touch Football, what else makes this form of the game so important to the sport?Mixed Touch Football is unique in the fact that we rely on all players that need to trust one another regardless of whether they are male or female. No player takes a backwards step and all players are treated equally.The All Stars event is about recognising and showcasing the amazing talent within Touch Football and Rugby League community, including those of Indigenous heritage. As a coach, if you could have any indigenous player in your team who would it be? And why?This is a really good question. If I could choose any indigenous player it would have to be Matt Bowen, the North Queensland Cowboys and Queensland Maroons star. His amazing turn of speed, footwork and finishing ability would be an amazing asset in any Touch Football team. 2015 was a huge year for the sport, including a victorious World Cup campaign, what has been your highlight?It has been a great year for Touch Football but one of the highlights for me would have been watching Peter Bell going out a true winner in the Women’s Open World Cup Final against New Zealand. Seeing his face in the latter stages of the game and the joy on his face during the team photo after being presented the World Cup medal was special. We had to establish a game plan that was going to prove effective and the girls executed it perfectly.What is your prediction for the result on Saturday, 13 February? TFA or Indigenous All Stars to take out the title for 2016?The Mick Lovett-coached TFA All Stars will be clear favourites however like last year we won’t be holding anything back. We will win 8-7. Stay tuned to the TFA website and social media channels in the lead up to the 2016 All Stars event for all of the latest news and information:Website â€“ www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook â€“ www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter â€“ www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram â€“ www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksMeet The Coaches
@Eden_RichardsThe Australian Men’s Open side has capped off a perfect day for the Aussies, defeating New Zealand 9-4 in an emphatic team display.The win means Australia went through Day One of the Trans Tasman Series undefeated, with both the Women’s Open team and the Mixed Open side defeating their New Zealand counterparts earlier in the day.The Australian Men put in a full 40-minute performance to finish Friday’s fixtures, never once falling behind New Zealand. Australia opened the scoring in the 3rd minute through Jordan Marshall King who received a cheeky pass from Samuel Brisby after the speedy Aussie cut straight through New Zealand’s defence.New Zealand didn’t take long to reply, with Mitamumrua Graham finding Sean Law with a flat pass to make it 1-1 in the 4th minute.But Australia hit the lead in the 5th minute after a superb passage of play resulted in Peter Norman dummying to score.In what was a tight first eight minutes, New Zealand hit back again, scoring a try in the right corner after an outstanding catch from Tarkyn Loloselo saw him level the scores at 2-2.However, Australia quickly regained the lead when Matt Prowse crossed for a touchdown in the 9th minute.And the Aussies didn’t let the Kiwis respond this time, scoring back-to-back touchdowns courtesy of a huge overlap that saw Brisby cross the line and give Australia a 4-2 lead.That’s how it stayed until the final seconds of the first half, with Prowse crossing for his second touchdown of the match right on the half-time siren.That touchdown gave Australia a 5-2 lead at the break and meant New Zealand would have a lot to do in the second half if they were to salvage anything from this match-up.And the Kiwis responded by starting the second half in great fashion, scoring through Connah Pamatatau to cut the margin to two in the 24th minute.At 5-3 in the 35th minute New Zealand had to be the next team to score and they couldn’t do that, instead letting Marshall King score his second touchdown to extend Australia’s lead to 6-3.The Aussies now had all the momentum and when Dean Springfield scored in the right corner for Australia it became now or never for New Zealand with seven minutes to play and a four-touchdown margin.But it wasn’t to be for the Kiwis, with Scott Buckley scoring in the 37th minute to give Australia an 8-3 lead and all but ice the game.Buckley grabbed another in the last minute of play, putting an exclamation point on a comprehensive performance from Australia.New Zealand managed to score a consolation touchdown with the last play of the day, but the damage had been done by that point, with Australia winning by five touchdowns.The two sides will meet again on Saturday and the Kiwis will be desperate to keep the Series alive.Australia 9 (Marshall King 2, Prowse 2, Buckley 2, Norman, Brisby, Springfield touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 4 (Loloselo, Soutar-Finch, Law, Pamatatau touchdowns)Related LinksMen’s Wrap Day One
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(David Wilks. Photo from campaign website)APTN National NewsAn incumbent Conservative MP in British Columbia is under fire from the NDP after saying the federal government has no role to play in reversing the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.Kootenay-Columbia Conservative candidate David Wilks said he doesn’t believe the issue should be viewed as one about Indigenous women, according to a published report.“Let’s broaden it—missing and murdered people. The problem is that there are some that are just very, very difficult to solve…I don’t think when it comes to missing and murdered Aboriginal peoples that it’s fair for the government of the day…to say ‘what are you going to do about it?’ Well, I don’t know what I’m going to do about that, because some of them you’re going to solve and some of them you’re not going to solve. That’s the criminal element,” said Wilks, according to a report in The Free Press local newspaper.Wilks is a former RCMP officer and sat on the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee.The NDP jumped on the published quote and issued a statement from Churchill-Keewatinook Aski NDP candidate Niki Ashton.“Mr. Wilk’s dismissive attitude towards missing and murdered Indigenous women is unacceptable,” said Ashton, in the statement. “His attitude echoes Stephen Harper who refused to launch a national inquiry because he says this crisis is not high on his radar.”NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau have both pledged to call a national inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women.Conservative leader Stephen Harper has adamantly refused to call an inquiry during his time as prime firstname.lastname@example.org@APTNNews
New Delhi: Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad Wednesday alleged Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav were “agents” of the BJP, adding he will not contest from Varanasi if his candidature scuttled the Dalit movement. He made the remarks during a public meeting in Jaipur days after BSP chief Mayawati termed him a “BJP agent” and alleged that he was contesting from Varanasi as part of the saffron party’s conspiracy to divide Dalit votes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has entered into an alliance with SP in Uttar Pradesh to take on the BJP. “Akhilesh Yadav gave promotion to officers who inflicted atrocities on Dalits. His father says in Parliament that he wants Modi to become prime minister again. They are agents of the BJP, not me,” the Bhim Army chief said. “They call me an agent for questioning them. Yes, I am an agent of B R Ambedkar… If my own people were not in my way, I would have shown you (Akhilesh) that if we can vote you to power, we can pull you down too,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Chandrashekhar also claimed that Mayawati was being “misled” by Satish Chandra Mishra, her general secretary and Brahmin face of the BSP. He added that he won’t contest the election in Varanasi if his candidature “strengthened” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in any way. Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Modi. Mayawati had on Sunday tweeted, “BJP tried hard to help Chandrashekhar join the BSP as its mole, but failed in its conspiracy. It is imperative in national interest to dislodge autocratic, despotic anti-Dalit BJP from power. Please ensure no vote goes waste.” The Bhim Party founder had announced at a rally in the national capital last month that he would contest against Modi from Varanasi and welcomed support of all parties, including the Congress, to take on the BJP. He had also sought the support of SP and BSP for his candidature, saying Dalit groups would back their alliance in other seats. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance is yet to declare its candidate against Modi in Varanasi. The Chandrashekhar-led group shot to limelight during the May 2017 clashes between Dalits and upper caste Thakurs in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh. Chandrashekhar was arrested after the clashes. Though he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court, the UP Police arrested him under the stringent National Security Act. He was released in September 2018 after spending 16 months in jail.