US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 WCup

first_img0Shares0000A North American bid won against Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup© AFP/File Patrik STOLLARZMOSCOW, Russia, June 13 – The United States, Mexico and Canada won the right to host the 2026 World Cup after easily beating Morocco in a vote by FIFA member nations on Wednesday.The North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup. Football’s showpiece event will return to the North American continent for the first time since 1994 when the United States hosted the tournament.Delegates had been faced with a clear choice — the joint North American bid boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.Morocco, on the other hand, promised a “European” World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation’s proximity to Europe.But compared to North America, Morocco’s bid existed largely on paper — many stadiums and roads would have had to have been built and critics questioned how it would have coped with the 2026 tournament, which will be expanded to 48 teams.FIFA inspectors classified the north African nation’s stadiums, accommodation and transport as “high risk”, awarding it just 2.7 out of five in an evaluation report, with concerns raised over several critical aspects.They warned “the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality cannot be overstated”.The report made the US-Canada-Mexico bid the clear favourite after rating it four out of five, and Morocco was not able to bridge the gap.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SA’s wave-breaking dolosse

first_img10 November 2006What started with the toss of bones in African child’s play culminated in one of the world’s most successful coastal engineering inventions.Dolosse – branching concrete blocks weighing up to 30 tons – are used across the globe to break up wave action.They were the invention of East London harbour engineer Eric Merrifield after a storm ripped into the Eastern Cape coast of South Africa in 1963 and tore off 60% of East London harbour’s armour. Merrifield wondered if the breakwater would have been more resistant if it had not been solid and taking on the full force of the thundering surf on just one plane. He decided to reconstruct the breakwater using a “porous” design to dissipate the water’s energy.Thus the dolos was born and a momentous novelty in harbour engineering took off. Free of patents, this Eastern Cape design is today used on breakwaters, harbours, jetties and coastlines across the globe.‘Knucklebone’According to Giving Good Weight author John McPhee, Merrifield came up with the idea to line the East London breakwater with concrete blocks of a branching shape – much like jacks that are tossed in child’s play.At that time, dolosse was the name given to crude toys of bone used by the white children of South Africa since the 1830s.Voortrekker children had acquired them from tribal children they encountered during the Great Trek, when their families moved by ox-wagons away from the Cape Colony to the Transvaal.Dolosse were the knucklebones of goats or sheep similar in shape to the letter “H” with one leg turned 90 degrees. They were among the bones thrown into the dust by African witchdoctors, or sangomas, to access advice from the ancestors.The game that was played with dolosse by Voortrekker children was called “knucklebone”. These bone toys were also often thought of as imaginary oxen.Merrifield replicated these bones on a grand scale in concrete – making dolosse that weighed 20 tons apiece to armour his breakwater.Absorbing the ocean’s powerWhen the high seas struck, there were no cracks of thunder or geyser-like spurts. Instead, the waves seemed to crumble and disappear into the crevices of the dolosse pile. A coastal engineering wonder was born.According to US Army Corps of Engineers’ Coastal Research Centre, even when quarrystone is available for rubble mound breakwaters, concrete dolosse “may be the least costly alternative”.“Dolosse are used on the Humboldt, California jetties; the Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey jetties, and on several Hawaiian breakwaters – to name just a few.The dolosse invention is anchored by the historic casting of the biggest dolosse on the African continent for the deepwater Port of Ngqura outside Port Elizabeth.The multi-user deepwater port forms part of the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Some 26 500 dolosse weighing 30 tons apiece will form the top layer of the main breakwater which, at 2.5 kilometres long, is the largest in Africa.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, summer 2006/07 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.last_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Davisson Farms, Union County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the third week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids, Dale Minyo and the crew of the Ohio Ag Net made their way south of Milford Center in Union County to Davisson Farms. Dale Davisson leads the corn and soybean operation.last_img

Aguilar, Ginebra escape Star despite costly foul and poor FT shooting

first_imgAlso, had the Kings lost the game, they would have likely blamed it to their horrible 12-of-30 free throw shooting.“Because of our missed free throws we kept them in the game. We just have to make our free throws and lessen our turnovers,” Aguilar said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 “What I was trying for is to go over him. But he stopped, pulled back, and went for a pump-fake. He was able to foul bait me,” recalled the athletic forward.With Ginebra leading by three, 95-92, Aguilar fouled Hill, who was attempting a three-point shot with 0.6 tenths of a second left. 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 openingHill cooly made his free throws to send the game into overtime.Fortunately for Aguilar, he was able to atone for his mistake with a follow-up dunk in OT that sealed Ginebra’s sixth straight win. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Japeth Aguilar. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJapeth Aguilar could only heave that sigh of relief after Barangay Ginebra eked out a heart-stopping win over Star Sunday night.And he had every reason to feel relieved after almost costing the Gin Kings the game with a careless foul on Malcolm Hill at the last-second of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img “I’m proud of my teammates. As the match escalated, we picked each other up and helped each other. It was really a test of character for us,” he said after finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes of play.“We really got tested in this game. They really came out with ferocity. They played with fire and intensity.”Ginebra coach Tim Cone explained that there’s no reason for him to dwell on Aguilar’s play with the game still on the line.“It just happened. We were trying to switch out and we had Japeth out there specifically because he has the ability to switch out on smaller guys. So his instinct on a pump-fake is to jump for the shot, and he just went to his instincts,” Cone said.“Obviously, it wasn’t a good instinct and it wasn’t the right thing to do, but he just went to his instincts, and in those situations, you just gotta try to stay disciplined,” he added. “But it’s the last play of the game. There’s 15,000 people in the stadium and they’re screaming, and it’s Manila Clasico, so you just gotta move on from it. It’s not that big of a deal, but you just gotta move on.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View commentslast_img read more