Metta World Peace joins Lakers’ G League team as assistant coach

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award World Peace played 16 NBA seasons for six franchises, including six years with the Lakers from 2009-10 and 2015-17. He was a standout defensive player who won a championship alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in 2010.While he hasn’t publicly retired, the forward formerly known as Ron Artest will assist South Bay Lakers head coach Coby Karl and his staff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWorld Peace earned the longest suspension in NBA history for his role in the Indiana Pacers’ infamous brawl in the stands at Detroit in November 2004, but he matured into a valued veteran leader for the Lakers. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Simmons’ triple-double lifts Sixers over Pistons LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 06: Metta World Peace #37 of the Los Angeles Lakers points to a teammate during the first half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 6, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP> at Staples Center on April 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Metta World Peace has joined the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA G League affiliate as a player development coach.The veteran NBA forward was added to the South Bay Lakers’ staff Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

Still a ‘thankful season’ as St. Benilde awaits NCAA decision on Perpetual

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Blazers finished the elimination round at 10-8 after winning only four games the previous year.They’re just one-game behind University of Perpetual Help for the last Final Four slot with their fortunes still up in the air with the league yet to announce its decision on the issue surrounding the eligibility of four Altas players, who allegedly played in other commercial leagues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCSB coach Ty Tang said he would take whatever the decision may be in stride and added whether his team makes the Final Four or not, he’s pleased with how the Blazers performed during the season.“As said last game, we wanna end up with a strong season-ender for us and having a first non-losing season for us is already an achievement, 10-8, more wins than losses, I think it’s been a long time. We haven’t really been in this kind of level of the game or competition,” Tang said. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? College of St. Benilde took down semifinalist Letran, 94-81, in a what could be its final game of the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Manny Pacquiao partners with Mayweather adviser Al Haymon Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “As of now, I don’t really know what happened inside the ManCom meeting. I’m just waiting for decisions. But again, come what may for us,” he said. “If ever it happens thank you, if [Perpetual Help] goes to play in the Final Four, it’s still a thankful season for us. It’s been a great season actually, of course, some disappointments here and there, we had our shortcomings but it’s a good painful experience for us to learn our lessons for next year.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Berbice needs more developmental projects

first_imgDear Editor,Along the Atlantic Coast of Berbice, in what is known as the Corentyne, there are 2 major towns that anchor the development of the area, those being Rose Hall and Skeldon. It is quite substantial, given the size of Berbice. Over the years, there has been significant investment in these two areas to ensure banking, Government, and commercial facilities are modernized and all the amenities of a 21st Century town are available in these 2 areas, which support the surrounding communities.The 2 sugar factories which carry the same name have been significant contributors to the stability and development of the Corentyne. With the ongoing focus on sustainable development, it is important that there is continued investment opportunities in these areas, so as to ensure successful economic growth in this substantial part of Berbice.The University of Guyana campus in Tain and the technical development offered by GuySuCo over the years have enhanced the skills of the workforce in these areas, and have positioned them well for future growth in multiple industries.It is important that Government continues to nurture this development, and quickly invest in the continued economic growth of these areas, so as to reduce potential long-term unemployment and economic slowing of this highly populated region.We, as a nation, must continue to do the responsible thing when it comes to our citizens and their long-term well-being, while also keeping in mind the limited skilled human resources we have available in the country.If we are serious about Guyana being for Guyanese, we must give first priority to our citizens when it comes to employment opportunities. If the local talent is available and the infrastructure is in place for successful investments in key areas of the country, as in the case of Rose Hall and Skeldon, then the overall payback on the projects undertaken will be shorter. Thus resulting in faster profitable growth for investors. Currently, the plan to offset the economic impact of the closure of parts of GuySuCo is still unclear to the population of the affected areas. There is a communication gap that needs to be rectified if such a plan does exist.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

Enmore North residents accuse Co-op of land grabbing campaign

first_img…new transports being issued for lands occupied for close to 20 years…Co-op secretary denies allegationsBy Michael YoungeResidents of Enmore North, ECD on Wednesday called on Government to intervene in a situation that is resulting in transports being issued by the Enmore North Co-op Society to individuals for lands that have already being occupied by other residents for close to 20 years, and in some cases more.The residents claim that since 2015 they have been faced with a situation where individuals are turning up at their properties claiming that have been granted transports and titles as well as other forms of documentation which purport to prove that they are the rightful and legal owners of land in the area.More than two dozen residents who spoke with the Guyana Times have said theDeokalie Balkissoonclaims have increased over the past three months, with these new purported land owners taking more aggressive actions against the residents occupying the lands in order to get them off the properties.Mrs ‘Deokalie’ Balkissoon said her brother Jaganauth Sookram had been living at 26 Enmore North for close to 20 years uninterrupted, before he died and left the land and property built on it to his six-year-old son at the time, Balchan Sookram. She was the caretaker of the property until the young man came of age to inherit his father’s land.“The Co-op gave us no notice,” she said as she protested on Wednesday, explaining that the alleged new transport holders swooped down on the property and demolished the two-storey house on the land, before erecting a new fence, demarking the land. Balkisson claimed the house was being rented over a period of time, since her brother’s son, who is now 25-years-old, had resided with her at her property for a number of years.She said that when they called in members of the Police Force on “Holy Thursday,” when the new transport owner was demolishing the property, the Police refused to assist when what she called a “fake transport” was produced by an individual.Balkisson also alleged that her husband was being chased away by the Co-op as of recent, when he attempted to pay the rates and taxes or dues on the property.Attempts on her part to meet the officials at the Co-op to get answers about herChandawattie Walikamissue have been futile to date.Another resident, who identified herself as Chandawattie Walikam, said she also has been experiencing problems with securing her transport for a property and land that her husband bought back in 1983. She claims someone else was issued a transport for her land, forcing her to take action in the courts in 2014, since she has resided on the land for close to 36 years.Other residents made numerous allegations that the lands were being siphoned off and sold to persons close to the executives of the Enmore Co-op, with one person alleging that the Chairman’s son is also a beneficiary of the corruption taking place within the Co-op Society.When contacted on Thursday, Secretary of the North Haslington Community Cooperative Society, Mary Luke, said there is no Enmore-North Society, as the lands under question were granted to Enmore as an extension.She said the residents who are complaining have no transport or official documentation for the properties and lands that they are claiming, and she pointed out that in some instances they have been engaged in illegal squatting and sale of the Co-op’s lands over a number of years, despite warnings and rebukes from the Police and other central authorities.Luke challenges the residents who have grievances with the transports issued by the Co-op to take the society to court and prove their cases if they feel that some illegality has been taking place. The Co-op Secretary dismissed the interference by political elements in the Opposition as pure mischief and strife, as she explained that the work of her Co-op is transparent and legal.last_img read more

Winner of the Moose FM Valentines Contest

first_imgCongratulations to Nicole Levac the winner of the Moose FM Valentines Draw.Nicole has won her self a prize pack includes a $100 gift certificate to the following places….D & G Jewelers, Backcountry, Roland Triebel Jewelers, Smarti Pantz Kids Clothing, and Frontier Jewelers.Keep listening for your next chance to win with Moose FM.- Advertisement –last_img

Pruett on Busch Mexico City pole

first_imgThe 46-year-old Pruett said his road-course expertise should give him the edge. “I’ve had experience on road courses, which will give me a bit of an advantage. As long we do things smart and make the right calls on stops we’ve got a shot to win it,” Pruett said. “Our car is running is good and we are going to just keep doing what we are doing.” Mexico City native Carlos Contreras was second at 103.407 mph and Juan Pablo Montoya qualified third at 103.391 mph. Montoya finished first in Friday’s practice and blamed changes in his car for his third place Saturday. “Yesterday the car had really good balance and today they made some changes and the car became really tight,” Montoya said. “I told them we shouldn’t make the changes, but they said it will be better. I guess it wasn’t.” MEXICO CITY – Scott Pruett won the pole for today’s Telcel-Motorola 200, the third race south of the border in NASCAR’s Busch Series. Pruett averaged 103.647 mph on his fastest lap Saturday on the 2.518-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez course. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DDTV: ST MICHAEL’S GAA CLUB SET TO STAR IN PROGRAMME ABOUT RYDER CUP HERO PAUL MCGINLEY

first_imgDDTV: St Michael’s GAA club are set to play a starring role in a documentary programme being made about Irish golf legend Paul McGinley.In this superb five minute trailer above McGinley talks candidly about how an injury to his kneecap ended his GAA career at the tender age of 19. It was a devastating blow to McGinley who revealed that he felt he had the ability to play inter-county football.He was forced to find another sport and the only other game he played that didn’t involve running was golf.McGinley only played golf during his summer holidays in Dunfanaghy.His father Mick is originally from the scenic seaside village and the family are frequent visitors to the town. McGinley spoke in-depth about how he loved the playing as part of a collective unit in Ryder Cup teams and that he could share his success with others.In the clip it cuts to action taken from a St Michael’s league match, and also includes behind the scenes footage from inside the dressing room.The documentary is expected to be screened on SKY later this summer.To view the video above, simply press play.  DDTV: ST MICHAEL’S GAA CLUB SET TO STAR IN PROGRAMME ABOUT RYDER CUP HERO PAUL MCGINLEY was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAnewsPaul McGinleySportSt Michaelslast_img read more

GLENTIES COUNT FINISHED – SIX ELECTED

first_imgEnda Bonner (FF) Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig (Ind) and Terence Slowey (FG) have all been elected in the Glenties EA. Independent candidate Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has been elected to the Donegal County Council.Enda Bonner returns to the council chambers after losing out in 2009, first time independent candidate Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig ran a superb campaign and was also elected.Terence Slowey (FG) had a huge battle with Ian Molloy (FF) for the final seat, but the Ardara man came through in the end and secured his seat, and won re-election to Lifford. The trio join Sinn Féin duo Marie Therese Gallagher and John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh and Seamus O’Domhnaill (FF). GLENTIES COUNT FINISHED – SIX ELECTED was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more

GARDENING WITH GARETH – WHY YOU SHOULD GET OUT AND VISIT GARDENS NOW!

first_imgHeritage Trees within Ards FriaryI love getting out and about visiting gardens, I find this so inspiring!Seeing how other gardeners approach problems such as plant choice, pruning, maintenance and how they add features such as ponds, seating areas, fountains can be so enjoyable and provide me with a wealth of ideas for planning and designing gardens.I’m fortunate to visit loads of great gardens every year in my capacity as a Horticulturist.Sometimes it’s to advise on design, on maintenance, on pest or disease management, historical garden restoration and even to judge gardening competitions and as such I visit every type of garden, from the small terraced to the country estate and everyone has me taking pictures and logging ideas into my tiny crammed brain.In Donegal we are blessed with many great gardens, from the small to the stately we have them all, and in turn the Donegal Garden Trail offers the public access to some of the finest gardens in the county.The Donegal Garden Trail comprises 24 gardens spread out over the county from GreenCastle to Killybegs and Fallcarragh to Lifford.I’ve been fortunate enough to visit a good few of the gardens over the past few years, and I’d encourage you all to make a point of visiting some this year.Some like Ros Ban in Raphoe and Glenveagh Castle are open all the year round, others like Blackrock in Lifford are open for one spectacular weekend a year only.Bluebells in Baronscourt EstateRos Ban GardensA garden which I describe as a ‘game changer’ in my own outlook on gardening- a multi roomed, multi layered garden which explores the cultural and medicinal uses for plants. Spread over 3 acres the garden includes extensive medical plants, displays of geology and everything from information panels on wild grasses to displays of old Irish lettering. All made to come alive with the enthusiasm and vast knowledge of the owners Bob & Ann Kavanagh, who both blow me away with their passion for gardening. I’ve visited this garden both with Horticultural students and as an individual and after each visit I always come away knowing a little bit more about medicinal plants and the ecology of the garden. Located about 2 miles from Ros Ban are both Oakfield Park and Beltany View. Within the Italian Garden in Drenagh Estate Nr LimavadyOakfield ParkOakfield Park is a great example of what can be achieved with the help of a masterplan. The 100acres of gardens at Oakfield are a triumph of landscape design. Oakfield Park works on so many levels, there is of course the railways, the castle, the lake but also there is the walled kitchen garden, the formal lawns, the tree avenues, the wildflower meadows and the use of Follies throughout the garden. Oakfield Park is so well planned, so well designed and the masterplan to well executed that its hard to believe that you’re not in a 100 year old garden, you are in fact in a garden with is (mostly) 15-10 years old. Explore all the trails and walks and you’ll have 8 miles walked, and been exposed to features, design elements and planting inspired by Sir Gerry and Lady Heathers visits to some of the worlds greatest gardens.Former Head Gardeners House in Bogay Glebe, NewtowncunninghamBeltany ViewLike Oakfield Park this is a newish garden. Created from a greenfield site from 2000 by the current owners, Dutch couple Marjan and Ton Banert this is a great example of what can be created in a difficult location and how to maximise what the great lord has given you. Ton has taken on a stream which ran through the garden and turned this into a series of ponds which are connected via piping buried in the garden. Each pond is wonderfully planted and the final pond has countless Koi! Marjan and Ton are wonderful hosts who talk through their plant successes and failures as they worked to create and develop the garden.As you can see the Raphoe area is somewhat of a ‘hot spot’ for gardening, with these three great gardens all within a short hop of each other. However these Horticultural gems are not a new phenomenon to Raphoe, the gardens of the now ruined Raphoe castle were once lush paradises of Horticulture which included , amongst other things, orange trees, brought back by the various Bishops through their European Travels. Sadly the Palace is now a ruin but the footprint of the walled garden can still be seen. Harveys Point HotelAfter a visit to the famous Harveys Point carvery why not enjoy a stroll around the grounds. The gardens of the hotel, managed by Pat Murphy, are a showcase of seasonal colours, high impact planting and careful management to ensure that view from the hotel are enhanced by the grounds. Little touches like hedge heights are all carefully planned as to allow hotel patrons to experience the beauty of Lough Eske.Salthill HouseA mecca of flowers. A garden full of flowers. Flowers Flowers Flowers! Elizabeth Temple has taken a walled garden and turned it into a showcase of all things Horticultural over the past 20+years. A visit to Salthill House will inspire you, from the Snowdrops in the early spring to the Peony Roses and Perennials of the summer. Elizabeth has such skill at gardening that in the height of summer the garden just looks like it happens all by itself, you can’t see the countless stakes and supports that are used to keep every plant looking straight and well….just wonderful! Salthill House is a garden which, like Oakfield Park, attracts gardeners from all over Ireland and the UK, we are so fortunate to have Salthill on our doorstep! And as for the lazy beds for vegetable growing……just amazing!McIlroys Garden in BuncranaFrom walled Georgian estates to perhaps more modest surroundings and I do hope that Susie McIlroy doesn’t take offence by that last statement. Susies garden is a wonderful town garden, located in the heart of Buncrana. Susie and her husband Jack have a magnificent garden full of bedding plants and wonderfully maintained hedges, shrubs, massive hanging baskets and perennials. While gardens like Oakfield Park, Salthill House, Dunmore House and the likes are special, I would argue that gardens like McIlroys in Buncrana are perhaps even more appealing to the general public. The ability to see what other gardeners have done with perhaps a similar sized space that you may have at home is really appealing. One of the 100+ plus varieties of roses in Noras Rose Garden in BallybofeyDonegal, and to include Derry have many great gardens that are open to the public, some all the time, some specific weekends and some by appointment. For kitchen garden inspiration a visit to Beech Hill Hotel and Rathmullan House are musts, for tropical inspiration a visit to Seamus Gallaghers amazing garden at Cluain na dTor in Fallcarragh is a ‘knock your socks off’ experience, seeing a garden in Donegal full of Banana Trees and other tropical wonders is just amazing, many of the plants Seamus has you’ll struggle to see outside of a Botanical Gardens, so it’s a must visit for you. The designed landscape around Culdaff House, Dunmore House, Castle Grove Hotel and Ards Friary are a must see.Some of the planting in Blackrock Garden in LiffordAlso look out for open days at Brooke Hall and Hamstead Hall in Derry and The Manse in Eglinton, these two gardens are jaw-droppingly beautiful.As I said before, I visit countless gardens every year and to me every garden offers something special, for example I was in Oakfield Park this week with a group of 53 people and it was the display of wild orchids which had me reaching for my camera, a display which wasn’t there 2 weeks ago and will be gone in 2 weeks – Its reasons like this that I enjoy visiting the same garden at different times of the year.Details of all the gardens included in the Donegal Gareth Trail 2015 can be found on the www.donegalgardentrail.com website, and for loads of pictures from each visit www.garethaustin.com and do a wee search through the blog there.Anyways I have to go, I’m doing exactly what I preach and off visiting gardens today – Ballywalter Park over Belfast way is where I’m heading today….lucky me! Next Week….I’ve enjoyed talking about them so much this week I’m going to start detailing each garden more from next week…so a great garden every week!Gareth AustinGareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and Horticultural Lecturer with the National Learning Network. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .GARDENING WITH GARETH – WHY YOU SHOULD GET OUT AND VISIT GARDENS NOW! was last modified: July 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more

SA vendors ready for World Cup

first_imgHawkers sell an assortment of craft goods. Informal traders such as these are gearing up to take advantage of the business opportunities offered by the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Jeffrey Barbee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Denis Creighton Soweto Tours +27 11 315 1534RELATED ARTICLES • SA airports 90% World Cup ready • World Cup fever spreads abroad • World Cup fever hits the road • SA pride in World Cup at 90%Nosimilo Ramela Informal traders are learning foreign languages in preparation for the thousands of visitors from all over the world expected during this year’s Fifa spectacular.Thulani Mabhena arrives early to secure his spot and start laying out his merchandise outside the Hector Peterson Museum, in Orlando West, Soweto South Africa’s biggest township. “Bonjour ma soeur [Hello my sister],” he says to a lady passing by rushing to catch a taxi to work. “Bonjour Thulas [Hello Thulas],” said the woman. “Comment allez-vous ma soeur? [How are you my sister?],” replies Mabena with a bright smile.Mabhena, or Thulas as he is affectionately known, has been practising French for the past four weeks. “I’m getting really good at the language now. By the time the foreign visitors arrive here for the World Cup in June I’ll be brilliant. This will make them feel welcome, and hopefully they will purchase a few items amidst all the excitement,” he said.Thulas uses a French book he got from a friend to learn French. He focuses on learning basic phrases, such as greetings, and simple terms to explain and negotiate prices and make sales. “I mainly started learning French because I realise how popular Soweto is, particularly this historical area. Many tourists come here all year round. I suspect during the World Cup there will be even more tours to this area.”The museum is on Khumalo Street and is a commemoration of the 16 June 1976 Soweto Uprising. Thousands of students took to the streets to protest against being taught in Afrikaans at schools, as dictated by the Afrikaans medium decree. Hector Peterson was one of the hundreds of children who were killed when police responded to the protestors with teargas and live bullets.The historic museum is a short distance from where police opened fire on students. It takes visitors on a journey through the build-up to the youth rebellion, the events of the day and its tragic end result.Tourists visit Soweto all year round, taking tours to historic sites such as the Hector Peterson Museum. This makes it a hot spot for vendors selling South African arts and crafts, and other memorabilia.Thulas sells handmade, beaded leather shoes, shirts, hats, wooden bangles, wooden wine glasses, handmade painted tablecloths, calabashes, small sculptures of elephants and rhinos, key holders, and other craft painted with South African flag colours.“I’m not the only person selling here as you can see. I want to put myself a step ahead of the pack. The other vendors here can’t speak French. Who do you think the tourist will want to buy from – the guy speaking a language they can’t understand, or the one that speaks their language?”Serving SA on a hot plateAbout 10 Kilometres east of the museum lies Soccer City the largest stadium in Africa and the flagship venue for the Soccer World Cup 2010. The stadium can seat 80 000 people and will be hosting both the opening match and the final.Ntabiseng Molefe is cooking up a storm with her friend Lufuno Mgomane. They dance and sing along to traditional Mozambican music coming from a small CD player. “Bom dia Senhor [Good morning Sir],” they say in unison as a gentlemen approaches them to enquire about the price for one plate of food. The gentlemen speaks to them in Portuguese and they reply in Portuguese, checking their notebooks every now and then to make sure they get each phrase right.They make a successful sale and break into uncontrollable laughter from excitement as the man walks off with his plate of steamy tripe and pap (Afrikaans for stiff porridge) singing and bopping his head to the sounds of the Mozambican music in the background. “We did it amigo [friend],” said Molefe.  Mgomane and Molefe have been learning Portuguese from their neighbours and construction workers working in the area who come from Mozambique. “We sell food here which is just a few kilometres from the stadium. Tourists will pass us here on the way to the stadium. They will smell our lovely South African food and want to taste it. Then we will charm them with our Portuguese. We’ll be selling endless plates.”The two ladies say they chose Portuguese because they believe it’s more universal in ‘football world.’ “The Brazilians are the most popular team and the Spanish team and they can both speak and understand it. Many African countries speak it too. In football world I think most people can speak or understand some Portuguese,” said Mgomane.  Molefe says they are keen to be part of the big event and want to interact with the tourists, football fans and players. By learning the language, they believe they are giving themselves a good chance in business and in enjoying this once in a lifetime experience. “I’m sure the players will also drive past here touring or on the way to the stadium for games. They will hear the music and us speaking their language. I’m sure they will give us their autographs and say hello,” she said.  “Tourists might also get lost on the way to the stadium and they always ask the people on the streets for directions. Imagine how welcome and safe they will feel when we respond to them in their own language. The music helps to create a vibe too and draw people’s attention. It will make tourists stop and dance for a while, the smell will catch them, and we will make big sales. ”Mgomane agrees. “We are determined to sell this country of ours. With every sale we make we will serve South Africa to the tourists. They will remember the warmth of the pap, and the people of this country.”Vendors key to tourism attractionThe Durban police station has set up classrooms where vendors can learn French. A young woman who recently finished her French degree has been giving classes to vendors who work along the beachfront where most of the city’s top hotels are located.The classes have been going on for the past two months, and take place three times a week.Durban will host seven World Cup matches and expects 100 000 visitors during the tournament. The city wants to ensure that vendors benefit from the influx of visitors.The vendors will not be allowed in areas managed by Fifa, including the stadiums, where only official World Cup partners such as Coca-cola and Budweiser are allowed to sell their products.To insure the traders are still able to benefit from the event, three new markets are being built to house 500 stalls along the beachfront.“Informal traders are a key tourism attraction,” said Vumi Mchunu, the city’s coastal areas manager“It is important for them to know other languages in order to interact with their customers clearly during the World Cup,” she said.Though many vendors in South Africa have little education, some battling to speak English one of the country’s official languages. They are enthusiastic about learning a new language, hoping it can boost their growth and their small business.last_img read more