Man in the street, South Africa 2010 fan

first_img7 April 2010 “We are waiting … It is time for the people to stop putting us down and to come see for themselves that Africa can do it.” So says Gordon Mokonyane, Johannesburg resident, family man, Orlando Pirates fan – and supporter of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ South Africa. Like many football-crazy South Africans, Mokonyane has been waiting impatiently since 15 May 2004, when it was announced that the Fifa World Cup would be heading to African soil for the first time in its 80-year history. If you are a Johannesburg resident, you might have seen Mokonyane. He is one of those people who tries to make a living selling mobile phone chargers, caps and sunglasses at busy intersections. He is one of those people who most of the time is ignored. But he’s not fussed, as they say here. “It is a job. It lets me put food on the table for my wife and daughter, and I get to spend the whole day outdoors.” Mokonyane seems to have a permanent smile on his face, but it is when the subject of football is broached that his eyes truly light up. Mokonyane is a supporter of top-flight Premier Soccer League team Orlando Pirates, as evidenced by his faded black kit, which he wears most days as he trades at different intersections around Johannesburg’s traffic-heavy northern suburbs. He doesn’t get to watch as many live football games as he would like, “but sometimes it is better to earn money than to enjoy yourself,” he says with a nod and a wink. Mokonyane’s forward-thinking manner has served him well though, as he recently found out that his brother-in-law’s ticket applications were successful and that he will be able to take his wife to two World Cup matches. “We are going to go watch Argentina against Korea Republic at Soccer City and Slovenia against the USA at Ellis Park,” he says. “It’s not Bafana Bafana or Brazil, my two favourite teams, but I don’t care. This is our World Cup, and I will be there.” He does admit, however, that seeing a player like Lionel Messi in the flesh will be a highlight for him. “For many people like me in South Africa, soccer is a way to escape. We live it,” he said as he stepped out into the road, winding through the afternoon rush hour traffic, flashing his trademark smile at a passing car. Mokonyane will be at the World Cup, and it is because of people like him that Africa’s first World Cup will long be remembered. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Google Finally Enables Push Gmail for iPhone and Windows Mobile

first_imgGoogle just announced that its users can now get their Gmail messages pushed directly to their iPhones and Windows Mobile phones. Push Gmail is now a feature of Google Sync. Google started to support the iPhone, iPod touch, and Windows Mobile in Google Sync earlier this year, but at that time, it could only push calendar and address book changes directly to these phones. Finally, Gmail users will now be able to see messages in the iPhone’s mail app without having to regularly ping Google’s servers for updates.Google provides a good set of instructions for how to get this to work with your iPhone and Windows Mobile device, though it really doesn’t take much more than just a few minutes to get this to work. As Google has licensed Microsoft Exchange for this feature, you simply bypass the Google Mail setup wizard on the phone in favor of a Microsoft Exchange account and then follow these instructions. If you are already using the calendar and contacts sync, all you have to do is flip one switch in your Microsoft Exchange setup on the phone. Google Sync supports Google Apps accounts, just make sure you enable this feature in your Google Apps dashboard.Google, of course, already offered this feature for Android users and Blackberry devices. For iPhone users – and especially for business users – this is a big deal, however, as it finally allows Google to offer a feature that Yahoo Mail users were able to enjoy from the day the iPhone launched. It’s also worth noting that other services like Nuevasync have offered iPhone users a way to route around this problem for a while already.It’s important to note that the iPhone only offers support for a single Exchange account, so you can’t use this new feature to push mail from both a personal and a business account at the same time, for example. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#news#NYT#web frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Surprise RJD ticket to scribe makes news

first_imgIn March this year, when the Rashtriya Janata Dal announced its list of candidates for all 20 seats it was contesting in Bihar, Sheohar was an exception. Party patriarch Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav wanted the ticket for one of his loyalists, Angesh Kumar Singh.Though it was then widely believed that Mr. Prasad might withhold the candidate’s name, a few days later his younger son Tejashwi Yadav sprang a surprise and announced the name of Syed Faisal Ali as the party nominee for the seat.Dark horse The announcement sparked much speculation as no one had a clue about the dark horse and how he managed to swing an RJD ticket to contest against two-time sitting BJP MP Rama Devi. Adding to the speculation, Mr. Ali is the lone journalist contesting the LS poll from Bihar. “As my father had passed away on March 26, the party decided not to announce my name along with the others. It had nothing to do with Tej Pratap wanting to field his candidate,” Mr. Ali told The Hindu at the party’s camp office in Sheohar Bazaar.A young man with long sidebars and dressed in white kurta-pyjama, Mr. Ali greeted a group of people with folded hands before settling down for a chat.“Being in the media, I had been following politics closely but never thought that I would contest polls one day,” he said, running his beringed fingers through his tousled hair. The buzz in party circles is that Mr. Ali, along with Mr. Tejashwi Yadav and a very senior Congress leader in Delhi, had rescued the RJD’s alliance with the Congress from an imminent split on the question of seat sharing.On his relation with Mr. Prasad, he said: “Laluji and my father Ashad Ali were closely associated since the days of the JP movement, and our family remained in touch thereafter.” His father was a practising lawyer at the Patna High Court though the family hails from Gaya. Seasoned journalist Second of four brothers, Mr. Ali has been group editor of Roznama Rashtriya Sahara, editor of the Arab News, and worked with the Saudi Gazette and the BBC World Service.He says he has reported from various conflict zones, including Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and also covered the Arab Spring. He was also invited by the U.S. government for its prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program in 2014.“On March 10, 2018, I resigned from Roznama Rashtriya Sahara to form a news network which has been bringing out an Urdu newspaper Sacch Ki Awaz from Delhi,” Mr. Ali said. “We’ve also planned to start a Bihar edition of our newspaper soon.” Mr. Ali hoped to add to RJD numbers, banking on support of about 3.5 lakh Muslim and 2 lakh Yadav voters traditionally loyal to the RJD. On why people should vote for him, he said, “Because I’ve a clean image, no tainted past and I’ve this urge to reach out to people for social justice.”Sheohar goes to the polls on May 12.last_img read more

Hero launches sporty ‘Ignitor’ in two variants

first_imgTwo-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd has recently launched its sporty motorcycle ‘Ignitor’at 15 dealerships across Karnataka. The bike is priced at Rs 56,747 (base variant ex-showroom Bangalore), the company said in a statement.The Hero Ignitor is offered in two variants, with the base variant getting front drum brake and the top variant getting front disc brake, it said.Ignitor is available in four exciting colours, Panther Black, Sports Red, Pearl White, & Vibrant Blue, the company said.The other features of Ignitor are: digital analog combo meter console, stylish split seat, classy cowl, striking trapezoidal headlight, dazzling tail light, adjustable rear shock-absorbers, body-coloured rear grip and dual tone rear view mirrors. The Ignitor is powered by a 125cc Ecno-Power with low friction technology engine that delivers 11 bhp of power at 8000rpm, promising both fuel economy along with a good power and pick up, the company said.”We aim to bolster our presence in the growing deluxe segment. It combines sturdiness and superior technology,” said Ani Dua, senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales), Hero Moto Corp.With PTI inputslast_img read more