Fortuna boys soccer remains unbeaten in 2016 with 6-0 win at McKinleyville

first_imgMcKINLEYVILLE >> In their head coach’s own words, it took a little bit of time for the Fortuna boys soccer team to get settled in on Wednesday evening.But once Daniel Holmes’ Huskies shook off a bit of that rust that they had, though, it was full steam ahead.Fortuna continued its unbeaten start to the 2016 season, getting a pair of goals from both Julian Urbina and Luiz Baltazar in a 6-0 win over McKinleyville and extending its lead atop the Humboldt-Del Norte League as the midway point of …last_img read more

Gauteng’s development think-tank

first_img10 September 2008The Gauteng government has entered a multi-million rand partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of Johannesburg to set up a think-tank to help the province achieve its vision of becoming a leading global city-region.To be established at a cost of R4-million, the Gauteng City-Region Observatory will be run by a research advisory committee consisting of representatives from the two universities, the Gauteng provincial government and local and metropolitan municipalities.“The idea of establishing an observatory is to ensure that leading universities play a full role in developing a prime city-region in the province,” said Professor Peter Alexander, a director at the Centre for Sociological Research at the University of Johannesburg.“The observatory will assist in developing a research-based approach to long-term strategic planning related to economic, social and other areas of development for the province.”Catalyst for cooperationIn keeping with similar successful knowledge-intensive observatory initiatives implemented globally, Gauteng’s observatory – to be based at Wits – is expected to become a catalyst for further co-operation between universities and the government in various fields of scientific endeavour.“The key objective of the observatory is to make use of the intellectual capacity of institutions of higher learning and research institutions towards the achievement of the global city-region objectives, including socio-economic development,” said Professor Rob Moore, deputy vice-chancellor for advancement and partnerships at Wits.Gauteng’s global city-region strategy, which features the province as a major metropolitan conurbation ranked in the world hierarchy of urban settlements, was influenced by the growing centrality of cities in modern economies like London, New York, Paris and Tokyo.It was also a response to development challenges affecting the province, the ongoing divide between the first and second economies and the high levels of poverty in the province.Prioritising resourcesMoore described the establishment of the observatory as “unprecedented” in the province. “The establishment of the city-region perspective will prove the province as an economic power that drives the economic and social development of not only the region but of the continent as well.”As part of its mandate, the observatory will collect data from Gauteng government departments to assess the progress made in implementing global initiatives to enhance socio-economic growth.This data will also enable the province to make intelligent decisions that help to balance investment in new initiatives against maintaining existing infrastructure.“In a resource-scarce context like Gauteng, the observatory will be key to helping the province prioritise in resource allocations,” he said.The observatory, expected to be fully up and running before June 2009, is further expected to help Gauteng lay a firm foundation for the province’s Vision 2014, which aims to halve unemployment and poverty by 2014, among other things.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

London Olympics 2012: South Korean swimmer Park Tae Hwan disqualified from 400m freestyle

first_imgSouth Korean swimmer Park Tae Hwan will miss the chance to defend his men’s 400 metre freestyle title at the London Olympics Saturday after he was disqualified for a false start in the heats.The defending champion touched the line in three minutes and 46.68 seconds, reports Xinhua.Without Park, Chinese Sun Yang is now the favourite to win the gold in the final.Sun finished first in the heat in 3:45.07, while American Peter Vanderkaay was second in 3:45.80.Germany’s Paul Biedermann, the world record holder for the event, missed out on the final after finishing 12th overall in 3:48.50.last_img read more