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Huawei eyes IoT role for HarmonyOS

first_img Blog: How is chip shortage affecting US? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore4 04 AUG 2020 Author Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Previous ArticleFTC adds to Twitter woes with data investigationNext ArticleShareChat gears up for $200M fundraising Huawei turned its attention to the IoT opportunity as a way to bolster its HarmonyOS play, by targeting what it said were gaps in current device connectivity.In a briefing, Wang Chenglu, president of the software unit at Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, said the company believed current approaches lack coherency, with this lack of seamless user experience hindering IoT uptake.Huawei is working to ensure “the mutual connectivity, communication and integration of IoT devices in a convenient way”, he explained. It introduced a feature named Distributed Technology to its Android-based EMUI 10.1 interface to allow different devices to be combined.Wang added the current smartphone industry had already established “a very rich ecosystem” and expressed hope developers could fully leverage it and use existing assets to cover more IoT devices with minimum cost.As a target for HarmonyOS, Wang outlined providision of a set of software which can be flexibly deployed across multiple IoT modules instead of having different operating systems for different devices.The company aimed to make HarmonyOS able to support a variety of devices and equipment, including car telematics systems, smartwatches, wristbands, earphones and robots. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Backcenter_img Español Related Home Huawei eyes IoT role for HarmonyOS Tags El fundador de Huawei propugna una transición hacia el software HuaweiIoToperating systemlast_img read more

Four decades later, scholars re-examine ‘Moynihan Report’

first_imgBefore he was a United States senator from New York, before he was ambassador to India, before he taught government at Harvard, Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) served as assistant secretary of labor under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and it was in that capacity that he issued a report in March 1965 titled “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action.”Originally intended as an internal memorandum providing support for Johnson’s War on Poverty, the report asserted that a disturbing proportion of African-American families suffered from instability and breakdown, that this condition resulted in a cycle of joblessness and poverty, and that the root of the problem was the psychological and social damage caused by slavery.Soon after being issued, the report was leaked to the press and immediately became the object of violent controversy. Critics accused Moynihan of attacking the black family, stigmatizing black men, and marginalizing black women. One such response to what came to be called “The Moynihan Report” was the book “Blaming the Victim” (1970) by William Ryan (who coined this still-popular phrase). On the other hand, prominent black leaders like Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, and Martin Luther King Jr. endorsed Moynihan’s findings.This past week (Sept. 27–29), more than four decades after the report’s publication, Harvard’s Department of Sociology, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science held a conference of social scientists and policy analysts to re-examine Moynihan’s work.Kicking off the event were presentations by two prominent social scientists who have spent their careers grappling with many of the same issues that Moynihan dealt with in his report: James Q. Wilson, the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, and William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard.James Q. Wilson spoke first. The author or co-author of 15 books on politics, crime, marriage, and morality, Wilson was the Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard from 1961 to 1987, and in that capacity he recruited Moynihan to teach at Harvard. Wilson began by pointing out the contrast between the Moynihan Report’s stormy reception in 1965 and strong positive response to Moynihan’s Godkin Lectures at Harvard in 1985, in which he made virtually the same arguments.The change, Wilson said, resulted largely from a disturbing statistic: in 1965, one-quarter of black children were born out of wedlock; 20 years later, one-quarter of white children were born out of wedlock. “Whites realized that this was a national problem,” Wilson said.Although no one knew for certain in 1965 what effect growing up in a single-parent family had on children, today as the result of longitudinal studies, we know the experience harms children, Wilson said. “And we know it harms boys more than girls.”Later, in response to a question, Wilson explained succinctly why marriage was important.“Marriage was invented to control men. Men like sex, but they don’t like taking care of children, unless they’re born in their own family. Getting men to take responsibility for women and the children they father is one of the most difficult tasks society faces.”Wilson said that Moynihan’s emphasis on the importance of marriage was reinforced by personal experience. Moynihan grew up poor in a single-parent family and as a boy shined shoes on the streets of New York.“He never deviated from the view that the family was the core of culture,” Wilson said.And yet, during all his years as a policy expert, an academic, and a lawmaker, Moynihan never came up with an effective program by which government could encourage marriage and the development of stable families.“Someone once asked him what government could do about the problem,” James Q. Wilson said. “Moynihan replied, ‘If you think government can restore marriage, you know more about government than I do.’ And no one knew more about government than Pat Moynihan.”William Julius Wilson, the recipient of numerous honors and awards, has written extensively on urban poverty and the plight of the black underclass. He called Moynihan’s report “a prophetic document,” even though its major points had been anticipated in the work of several black social scientists.Why then was the report controversial? One reason was its style, Wilson said. Having no idea that the document would reach beyond the small group of government officials for whom it was intended, Moynihan wrote in bold, direct language calculated to convey the urgency of the problem. Many of the report’s statements about the dissolution of the black family were quoted frequently in the press without the historical context that was an integral part of Moynihan’s argument.“By the time many critics came to read the report, they could not see it with fresh eyes because they had been exposed to the press coverage,” Wilson said.The timing of the report also had a lot to do with its controversial reception. Around the time the report was issued, riots had erupted in black neighborhoods of several cities, and the report was seen as an attempt to blame the violence on shortcomings among blacks rather than on injustices in American society.The report also collided with the growing black power movement, which emphasized “racial pride and black affirmation” and denied the existence of pathology.“Self-destructive behavior was seen as creative and resilient, a way of adapting to a hostile society,” William Julius Wilson said.The movement had the effect of stifling serious studies of urban problems during the 1970s because scholars avoided any study that could be construed as racism or blaming the victim, Wilson added.Beginning in the 1980s, scholars once again began to study problems of the black underclass, and much of that work has been an attempt to enlarge on and refine Moynihan’s insight that the problems of low-income African Americans have cultural and historical roots.“The problem is not simply taking account of culture, but of capturing the complexity and multidimensionality of culture. I think that Daniel Patrick Moynihan was trying to move us in that direction,” Wilson [email protected]last_img read more

New York Fire Department Seeks to Drop EMS Responses

first_imgTOWN OF WALLKILL Last year, Circleville firefighters responded to 176 medical emergency calls in its district one-third of the total calls it handled. Now, they’re looking to cut those numbers significantly. The district recently decided it will no longer provide automatic response for medical calls. Department Chief Walter Szulwach says that with two ambulance companies in the town, as well as one ambulance stationed at its firehouse on Goshen Turnpike, sending firefighters out to medical calls is redundant. “It’s just not a prudent use of resources,” Szulwach says. “A lot of times when we responded to medical calls, an ambulance was already at the scene.” It’s a step many fire companies throughout the region have taken. Most of the 52 Orange County fire companies don’t provide automatic response to medical calls, including 12 that don’t respond, period. Eighteen out of Ulster County’s 50 fire companies don’t respond to medical calls, nor do 26 of the 40 fire companies in Sullivan County. Sullivan County 911 coordinator Alex Rau says fire companies in Rock Hill, Bloomingburg and Wurtsboro have recently scaled back their medical-call responses.Read More, Fire crews cut medical callslast_img read more

Dragon Hunt wraps up Friday

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce’s first Dragon Hunt winds down on Friday.  The hunt is a “family shop local scavenger hunt” of participating businesses in Campbell County.  The fun begins at the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce where participants receive a map and passport for the event.Miss Willow is the first hunter to complete the full passport for the inaugural Dragon Hunt.Through Fri., Oct. 25, shoppers will search for the green dragon in each listed business. Businesses can stamp passports as well as give out small treats and prizes. Shoppers will turn in the completed passports at the chamber on Fri., Oct. 25 and receive a pumpkin.The Dragon Hunt theme originated from the “green dragon” that is a Campbell County staple for exit 134.  Adults and kids alike recognize the dragon on their way off the interstate headed home.More than 20 businesses are taking part, according to Christie Elkins, the chamber director.   (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/24/2019-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FACEBOOK PAGE)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Rossland’s Cain, Geisheimer add 2011 Cyswogn’Fun long course titles to trophy case Sunday in Nelson

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt was a Golden performance by a pair of Golden City athletes at the 2011 Cyswogn’ Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Park.Dallas Cain of Rossland, looking like a white knight in his white spandex suit, breezed over the Cyswogn’Fun course in a time of two hours, three minutes and four seconds to nip Chad Reid of Lethbridge for the men’s overall title.Cain gained some revenge on the Albertan after Reid defeated the Rosslander in 2010.“It was awesome . . . it’s a really good course,” Cain said minutes after crossing the finish line at the main entrance to Lakeside Park.Brad Kohlsmith of Calgary was third approximately 10 minutes behind Cain.Top Nelsonite was Matt Nuttal finishing fifth at 23:19:16. Former Nelsonite Greg Welwood, now living in Burnaby, was sixth at 2:21.16.Jamie Frederick and Daniel Wordsworth, both from the Heritage City, finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Another former Nelsonite now living in Kelowna, Don Debienne, tops in the 50-59 category, was tenth.Meanwhile, Geisheimer had a great day on the Nelson course cruising to the women’s title in a time of 2:16.07.The Golden City triathlete finished more than eight minutes in front of Kelowna’s Kari Bailey. “I’m really happy,” Geisheimer told The Nelson Daily after the race.“This is the third year I’ve done this race and this year they changed the course and actually they changed it in my favour because I’m a swimmer and they made the course 1500 meters so that was good for me.”Jeannette Elmore of Kelowna was third behind Geisheimer at 2:28.30 followed in fourth by Megan Molnar of Golden and Robin Watt-Sutherland of Salmon Arm in fifth at 2:35.37.Top Nelsonite female was Angie Ford in seventh at 2:39.16.Cyswogn’Fun organizers actually made two changes to the 2011 race.The first was extending the swim stage to 1500 meters from previous years.It’s obvious this change played right into Geisheimer’s hand.“I was surprised to be second person out of the water,” Geisheimer explained after running up the Lakeside beach from chilly Kootenay Lake just over a minute behind Reid.“Usually there’s three of four men around here that can swim ahead of me but I’ve been doing a lot of open water swimming this year so I think that helped.”The second change made by organizers extended the ride along the North Shore Highway 3A to Kokanee Park. In previous years racers cycled to Six Mile and back twice to get in the race distance.This change, dropping the distance to 39 kilometers was music to Cain’s ears.“It was really fun,” said the 30-ish triathlete. “It was a way better bike this year . . . just flat out and back. No coming back through the loops so that made it a lot better.”Cain, sixth out of the water, burned up the North Shore road to finish first overall in the cycle.The Ironman veteran continued to set the pace on the run finishing with the best time to capture his third Cyswogn’Fun title in five attempts.“(My wife and I) had a baby this year so I’ve put training on the back shelf and train when I can,” said Cain, itching to get back onto the course at the Subaru Ironman Canada in Penticton later this month.“But I’ve feeling really good. I won Sylvain Lake and finished second at Osoyoos.”“Maybe less training is the answer,” he added.The total distance for Nelson Cyswogn’Fun is 1500 meter swim, 39 kilometer cycle and 10 km run across the Big Orange Bridge along Johnstone Road and back.“I really like the bike because we only had to cross traffic once,” said Geisheimer, cooking with the men most of the race. “And organizers did a fantastic job of stopping vehicles. So I was really happy with my ride considering I’ve been training 90 per cent mountain bike and only 10 per cent road.”After jumping off the bike Geisheimer did not look out of place on the grueling run.“The run is always hard but I’ve done this race before so I kind of know what to expect and that’s definitely helpful,” said Geisheimer, who won the women’s long course race in 2007 and 2010.While Cain is off to the Penticton Ironman, Geisheimer is turning her focus to off-road triathlons. Next up for the Rosslander is an off-road race in two weeks in Canmore, Alta.NOTES: Organizers were quick to respond to a pair of swimmers in trouble during the first stage of the long course Sunday morning. A female swimmer was pulled from the 13 C waters of Kootenay Lake complaining of hypothermia and taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital. . . . Organizers said entries were down, some saying by at least 100, from past years. The reason is economics. . . . Mother Nature cooperated with great weather for the race. It was great news for the organizing team after last year’s less than great weather. The only concern heading into the race was the chilly waters of Kootenay Lake which was colder than normal due to the late [email protected]last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Amigos

first_imgThey went a gambling in a high-stakes game of hockey and came home with a pot of gold. Nelson Amigos dumped Edmonton Moosemen 7-2 to capture the Gold Medal at the Gamblers Cup Las Vegas this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.The win allowed the Amigos to Three-Peat at the annual Gentlemen’s Hockey Tournament in Las Vegas.Nelson finished the preliminary round of the tournament with a 3-0 record, posting wins over Edmonton 4-0 and Kamloops Rattlers 10-3 before finishing in a 5-5 tie against Taber Fading Sons.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute Nelson Amigos with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes, Jarrett Slomba, Ron Van Zanden, Doug Harrison, Murray Elias, No. 1 fan Tony Morea, Simon Wheeldon, Darrell MacKay, Len Maida, Mike Kennedy, Mike Grace, Ian Perrault, Peter Taillon, Shawn Swail, Kent Fearns and Ward Carlson.last_img read more

Galway Ladies Wins Connacht Senior Football Title

first_img24 June 2018; Galway captain Tracey Leonard lifts the trophy following her side’s victory during the TG4 Connacht Ladies Senior Football Final match between Mayo and Galway at Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** TG4 Connacht ladies senior football final Galway 0-17 Mayo 1-12center_img By Declan RooneyTracey Leonard played a captain’s role as her six points fired Galway to a sixth TG4 Connacht senior title in the last seven years and to victory over arch rivals Mayo at MacHale Park.A Fiona Doherty goal and six points on a bright return to action from Cora Staunton kept Mayo in touch, but despite having Charlotte Cooney sin-binned during the second-half, Tracey Leonard and Mairead Seoighe kicked the winning points late on as Galway claimed back-to-back victories.After winning the toss Mayo captain Sarah Tierney elected to play against the strong breeze in a scorching Castlebar venue, and it was the Tribesgirls that made that most of that advantage early on.Roisin Leonard got them off the mark after 29 seconds before Nicola Ward and Tracey Leonard made the most of gaping holes in the heart of the Mayo defence to kick scores.Following her late introduction to the team before throw-in Staunton’s first involvement was to balloon a fifth-minute free high across goal, but she soon found her target on the heels of a Niamh Kelly point to cut Galway’s lead to 0-3 to 0-2.Galway continued to exploit the space in front of the Mayo full-back line and Aine McDonagh stretched their lead after nine minutes. That lead was four points by the 18thminute as Tracey and Roisin Leonard landed good scores, but a sweet Staunton point from distance kept Mayo in touch and they only trailed 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time.Grace Kelly could have put a point between the sides straight after the restart but her free came back off the post, and it was Galway who then kicked on through Roisin Leonard.Staunton then took on the free taking duties from the right and got Mayo back in the game, and after Seoighe worked hard to score for Galway, Staunton gathered a break to score for Peter Leahy’s troops.Niamh Kelly’s direct running saw Mayo close to within a point, and when Charlotte Cooney was sin binned in the 45thminute Galway faced a real test.Galway responded with points from Sarah Conneally and Emer Faherty, but a stunning goal from Fiona Doherty pulled Mayo back to within a point with ten minutes remaining. Sinead Cafferky levelled matters with a great score four minutes from time, but Tracey Leonard and Seoighe hit two quick scores to put Galway out of sight.Galway now go on to face Waterford and the losing Leinster finalists in the group stages, while Mayo take on the Leinster champions and Cavan.ScorersGalway: T Leonard 0-6 (2f), R Leonard 0-3 (1f), M Seoighe 0-3, E Faherty 0-1, N Ward 0-1, O Divilly 0-1, A McDonagh 0-1, S Conneally 0-1.Mayo: C Staunton 0-6 (4f), F Doherty 1-0, N Kelly 0-2, G Kelly 0-2 (1f), S Cafferky 0-2Galway: L Murphy; S Burke, S Lynch, F Cooney; C Cooney, N Ward, E Faherty; A McDonagh, C Cormican; O Divilly, T Leonard (c), A Davoren; M Seoighe, R Leonard, L Coen.Subs: S Conneally for Coen (39), N Connolly for Lynch (39), L Ward for R Leonard (54), D Brennan for Davoren (60).Mayo: A Tarpey; E Lowther, S Tierney (c), D Caldwell; K Sullivan, R Kearns, D Hughes; F McHale, C McManamon; N Kelly, F Doherty, S Cafferky; G Kelly, S Rowe, C Staunton.Subs: O Cannon for McManamon (55), M Corbett for Hughes (56), S Howley for G Kelly (57).Referee: G Carmody (Roscommon).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Edges Past New Orleans

first_img“I was wide open,” said Douvier, who had only hit one of his six attempts at that point. “Our philosophy is ‘inside-out, no doubt,’ so as soon as Rashawn (Thomas) kicked it out, I just pulled the trigger.” The Islanders defense blinked during an 8-0 run that allowed the Privateers to take a 42-34 lead with 15:17 left, but refocused afterwards, as they held New Orleans to only three field goals in the last 9:30 of the contest. The Islanders and Bearkats split the two regular season games, as Sam Houston won 67-59 in Huntsville on February 7, while losing 69-59 in Corpus Christi on February 28. POSTGAME QUOTESTexas A&M-Corpus ChristiHead Coach Willis Wilson Opening statement…“I’m just really glad we don’t have to play them again. Three games and it seemed like three battle royals. I could not be more impressed with UNO’s level of intensity and just commitment and focus. That been said, I was really proud of our guys fighting back. It was a period there in the second half where we really just weren’t ourselves. We really got out of sorts a little bit. The guys were just able to refocus on the things that we do and really dialed in on just trying to execute on those things and doing them well and it really paid off for us from that point forward.”On the play of Bryce Douvier… “Bryce really didn’t come alive until midway through that second half. His mouth wasn’t moving, his feet really weren’t moving the way he’s capable of going. I just issued him a challenge on the bench we need you to play, if you’re going to have to really turn it on.”On Sam Houston State… “I think they’re the best defensive team in the league in terms of field goal percentage. They don’t give a quarter, they don’t take a quarter. They’ve done a really great job all year long of making teams have to earn it and that’s been reflective of their defensive field goal percentages.”Senior Guard John JordanOn New Orleans…“They’re a tough team. They’re well coached. They have good size, and they can matchup with us well, and have good perimeters and a good inside presence. They play well and they shoot the ball well.”On the road ahead… “We got good teams ahead of us and we just have to stay level-headed and keep competing. We just have to make it a one game season every day.” Shooting just 38 percent from the field, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi mustered enough offense during the middle of the second half that offset the fact the Islanders managed just one field goal in the final 4:53, scoring four of their last six points via the charity stripe. Nate Frye was the only Privateers player in double figures with 20 points, while Thibodeaux added a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with eight points. BOX SCORE  |  PHOTO GALLERY  |  HIGHLIGHTS  |  REPLAY  |  BRACKET  |  TOURNAMENT CENTRAL A commitment to defense midway in the second half proved to be the key to third-seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi escaping Merrell Center with a 61-58 win over seventh-seed New Orleans on Thursday night in a game that wasn’t decided until a pair of missed treys by the Privateers in the closing seconds finally gave the Islanders (19-12) a reason to finally breathe. New Orleans shot just 26.9 percent from the field in the second half, including just 1 for 8 outside the arc. On New Orleans’ offense…“I thought we attacked hard and I thought we attacked the basket. We executed as far as going in to draw contact and sometimes the shots are going to fall, but I thought we go some good looks. There was a stretch where we took a couple quick ones. We got several offensive rebounds and took a couple quick ones. If we make those, then we’re out rolling.” “We really got out of sorts a little bit, but we refocused on the things that we do and really dial in on those things,” said Wilson. “That really paid off for us from that point forward.”center_img Tied at 44-44, the game’s momentum swung in a nine-second sequence midway through the second half when Islanders forward Bryce Douvier blocked a Kevin Brown shot before he knocked down what would prove to be Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s only 3-pointer of the night, which gave them the lead for good with 7:56 remaining. New Orleans – which lost all three games to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by a combined 10 points – had two chances to tie the game, but Kevin Brown and Travin Thibodeux each missed 3-pointers in the final five seconds. “I thought we attacked hard,” said Privateers coach Mark Slessinger. “I thought we executed when we went to draw contact. Sometimes, the shot’s just aren’t going to fall, but I thought we got some good looks.” John Jordan led all scorers with 22 points to go along with six rebounds, five steals and four assists for the Islanders, while Thomas added 13 points and seven rebounds. KATY, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and New Orleans played a knockdown, drag out slugfest that came down to the final five seconds, a period of time that allowed the Islanders to survive for at least one more game. New OrleansHead Coach Mark SlessingerOpening statement…“It was an incredible game. Look at the three games we’ve played with them all year. It came down to 2-point game at their place, an overtime game at our place and then a 3-point game tonight. My hat goes off to Corpus and their staff. I wish them nothing but the best of luck going forward. More than anything I’m very proud of our student-athletes. I’m proud of how they conduct themselves and how hard they played and the level that they compete. I’m proud that the University of New Orleans is moving forward and becoming a champion again like our rich history is in the past.” “Three games and it just seemed like three battle royals,” said Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Willis Wilson after the victory gave the Islanders a sweep of the Privateers (11-18) and a matchup against third-seed Sam Houston State on Friday night. Sophomore Guard Trevin BroylesOn physicality of game…“I felt like we attacked the basket really well. We got a good look at the shot that we wanted, it was just physical out there and we couldn’t finish.” Sophomore Guard Nate FryeOn physicality of game…“I liked the way we attacked as a whole. We attacked hard and fast and that’s what we need to keep doing. That’s what gives us success and that’s what makes up our team.”last_img read more

Maradona backs safe World Cup

first_imgArgentinian coach Diego Maradona recently visited the 97 400-seater Soccer City stadium, which will host the opening and closing 2010 Fifa World Cup matches. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Argentinian national coach Diego Maradona sent a powerful message to the global football community during a recent visit to South Africa: “This will be a great World Cup, with no doubts of security.”It came as a welcome remark in the aftermath of the fatal attack on Togo’s football squad in Angola on 8 January, which cast widespread uncertainty over the safety of the June-July tournament.The Togolese team was in Angola to participate in the African Nations Cup, a 2010 Fifa World Cup forerunner, but they withdrew shortly after the incident.“They can say what they want but we know we are coming to play the World Cup in a safe country,” Maradona said during an inspection tour of the Argentinian base camp in Pretoria.“I have seen that with my own eyes. Anything can happen in the world, but I have spent a week in South Africa and everything is very good and the people very friendly.”The star also visited schools in Soweto, South Africa’s largest township, in the south of Johannesburg, and other 2010 venues during his week-long trip.“I will tell my players that they only have to think of playing football when they come here and worry about nothing else – this is the impression that I will take back to my country.”On 21 January Maradona visited the almost-complete Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, which will host the opening and closing World Cup matches. The former Footballer of the Year was visibly impressed by the flawless pitch and striking orange seating, which will be able to accommodate 97 400 fans.“They really did a great job on this stadium. I have been to many stadiums before, but this is very big and so great. To be able to enter this stadium is so beautiful. I feel inspired to play here, but unfortunately my time has passed,” he said.Construction workers, who had filled the venue’s upper rows to catch a glimpse of the football great, cheered and chanted: “Maradona! Maradona!” as he demonstrated his effortless ball skills.Later the coach swapped signed national jerseys with Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee, and then broke away from the crowd to congratulate the workers on stadium.“I think this visit by Maradona gives South Africans an insight into the excitement that will be generated by the World Cup,” Jordaan said.“He didn’t go to any black tie events, he went into the townships where he said he felt safe, not threatened … he embraced people. Maradona’s contribution off the pitch has been very significant.”After the coach left the stadium, Jordaan spoke to journalists about World Cup safety fears: “We ended with the final draw on 4 December, and the international visitors left. Now it’s the 21st January – and absolutely nothing has happened. The English cricket team was here, and they were very happy; and now Maradona’s come, and he’s also happy – that should speak for itself.”last_img read more

What lies ahead for FIFA President Sepp Blatter in his 5th term

first_imgThe FIFA election is won and done. Sepp Blatter’s problems, however, are far from over.The prize for the 79-year-old president of soccer’s governing body is four more years in office and some big issues ahead. American and Swiss federal investigations, which rocked FIFA this week, could yet creep closer to Blatter’s door.Blatter, who defeated Prince Ali bin al-Hussein on Friday in the FIFA presidential election, is also set for open conflict with UEFA and its president, former protege Michel Platini.”At the end of my term I will give this FIFA to my successor in a very, very strong position, a robust position,” Blatter said in his acceptance speech.Here’s a look at what the future holds for FIFA and its President Sepp Blatter:What next for Sepp Blatter?Carry on regardless, is one answer. And keep fighting UEFA.Blatter was defiant this week in shifting blame for the American corruption case on the actions of individuals out of his control. His candidate speech to voters Friday simply offered more of the same leadership style.”You know who you are dealing with,” he said. “What football needs right now is a strong leader, an experienced leader, a leader who knows all the ins and outs of the situation.”Blatter offered no big ideas in his campaign – he did not even bother with a manifesto – but offered one pledge in his acceptance speech. He put Europe on notice by promising a “better representation of the confederations” on his executive committee, where UEFA has eight of 25 voting members.advertisementTranslation: Dilute UEFA’s influence after it supported Prince Ali and two other election candidates from Europe who withdrew last week.The FIFA vs. UEFA fight resumes Saturday morning when Blatter chairs a meeting of his 27-member executive committee. It must decide how to allocate qualifying slots for the 2018 World Cup. Europe’s 13 places – not including host Russia – should be safe.For now.When will Blatter finally answer questions about the election and the federal investigations?FIFA has called a news conference for 11:30 a.m. (0930 GMT; 5:30 a.m. EDT) on Saturday after the executive committee session. It will be Blatter’s first formal meeting with international media in 15 days.The FIFA president will want to talk about his election victory. But he will also be quizzed on the American case which left two of his vice presidents and a newly elected member of his executive committee in Zurich prison cells during Friday’s election.They are among seven soccer officials fighting extradition to the U.S. after being arrested at a luxury downtown hotel early Wednesday.The key question for Blatter? How and why was $10 million paid from a FIFA account as apparent bribes in the 2010 World Cup hosting contest.The money ended up with Blatter’s longtime executive committee colleagues Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago and Chuck Blazer of the United States to vote for South Africa’s successful bid.What about the American and Swiss corruption investigations?They are a rare part of the FIFA game that Blatter cannot control.A 164-page U.S. indictment detailed racketeering, money-laundering and wire fraud charges involving 14 soccer and marketing officials. Four more, including Blazer, were named as having made guilty pleas.The case involves widespread bribery in the award of hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial deals for tournaments in North and South America.Blatter was not named in the indictment, nor were there many links directly to FIFA.Still, U.S. federal authorities have promised it is just the beginning of their case. More ties to FIFA could be revealed when questioning – and plea bargaining – begins of indicted officials facing 20-year prison sentences.FIFA itself provoked the Swiss investigation by filing a criminal complaint to the attorney general’s office about potential wrongdoing in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting contests won by Russia and Qatar, respectively.Swiss authorities began questioning 10 FIFA voters on Thursday.Though FIFA invited the case, they may come to regret where it leads. Any serious findings will revive pressure for a World Cup re-vote – though the sporting and legal implications would be immense.What do Blatter’s critics inside FIFA do now?For Prince Ali, his spell on the Blatter-chaired FIFA executive committee is over.He was maneuvered out of his FIFA vice presidency by Asian Football Confederation leaders, and then focused only on his FIFA presidential run.The prince remains president of Jordan’s soccer federation, and is next due at a FIFA meeting when the annual congress is held in Mexico City next May.advertisementOver to you, Europe.”Enough is enough,” Platini said Thursday, after asking Blatter to resign. “People no longer want him anymore and I don’t want him anymore either.”The rift with Blatter won’t end soon and could be widened next Friday. Platini has called his member federations to discuss their tactics in Berlin ahead of the Champions League final on June 6.The high-stakes options are pulling out from FIFA or boycotting the 2018 World Cup.Platini does not want that, but said all options are open for his members to discuss and decide.Where and when does the FIFA show go next?First, the unfinished business on Saturday at FIFA headquarters. Blatter and some confederation presidents, like Platini, should also soon go to two FIFA tournament finals.On June 20, FIFA protocol requires Blatter to attend the Under-20 World Cup final in Auckland, New Zealand. Then to Vancouver, Canada, for the Women’s World Cup final on July 5.Blatter will probably take care on that trip to avoid setting foot on U.S. territory. Federal agencies would surely want to meet and speak with a visiting FIFA president.Blatter should next meet the currently hostile European soccer family in two months for what is rather a home venue for him – St. Petersburg, Russia.The home city of Blatter’s loyal ally, President Vladimir Putin, hosts the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament draw on July 25.Leaders of all 53 European members of FIFA should also be there for a showcase event that will put Blatter on center stage of world soccer.last_img read more